Resident Alien: Suicide Blonde #1 Review
By Zak Edwards
September 18, 2013 - 22:32
Dark Horse Comics
Writer(s): Peter Hogan
Penciller(s): Steve Parkhouse
Cover Artist(s): Steve Parkhouse
I was intrigued by the original Resident Alien mini-series but, for whatever reason, it fell off my radar. Instead of going back, though, I’ve decided to hop on this train (spaceship?) now and, as far as vol. 2 #1’s go, this series knows exactly what it’s doing. Resident Alien tells the story of an alien (obviously) who resides (obviously again) in a small town in the Northwest, solving mysteries and posing as the local doctor. Despite appearing as an alien to the reader, everyone in the book sees him as a good-natured doctor/forensics do-gooder, and the story leaps off from here.
Artist Steve Parkhouse, like Hogan, is a mainstay in British comics and his particular style balances heavy shading, simple palettes, and structured paneling for a story that follows the script’s priorities. Parkhouse’s character designs are simple and familiar and the world is populated by characters who look like people over impossible models, a mundane quality in keeping with the setting. Parkhouse has a long history of drawing interesting people without relying on the usual tricks of the industry (read: giant boobs), drawing readers in with a straight forward approach. For first issues, the approach both creators take is welcome, visually providing readers with something to hold on to while hinting at more beneath the surface. Seems pretty appropriate for a murder mystery.
Grade: 7.5/10 Well constructed and eminently enjoyable. Highly recommended.
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