Comic Review: UFOlogy #1 – There may or may not be aliens involved
UFOlogy #1, the first in a six-part miniseries from James Tynion IV and Noah J. Yuenkel (published by BOOM! Studios), may have a strange look but the story is a lot fun!
WRITER: James Tynion IV, Noah J. Yuenkel
ARTIST: Matthew Fox
COLORIST: Adam Metcalfe
LETTERER: Colin Bell
PUBLISHER: BOOM! Studios
RELEASE DATE: April 1, 2015
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Like I did, I’m pretty sure you can tell what James Tynion IV and Noah J. Yuenkel’s UFOlogy #1 is going to be about just by looking at the cover. Strange happenings are occurring in the small town of Mukagee, Wisconsin. There may or may not be aliens involved. Some teens are going to be involved.
The first issue begins with a radio voice-over attempting to give insight into these happenings, and we meet Becky, a reluctant college-bound high school student, and Malcolm, another student from her school. Becky is sarcastic and willful, a little angry, a little unobservant. Malcolm is the typical weird kid, rattling off seemingly incomprehensive mumbo-jumbo. But he’s lost his mom somehow and he’s sad, intelligent, and very, very interesting. A lot of UFOlogy #1 is character development, focusing on the characters that will guide us through this series.
At first, I mistook Malcolm for Becky – the two of them are drawn by Matthew Fox so similarly that it’s hard to tell them apart. They have the same lanky build, the same choppy, short, black hair, the same facial features. Finally, when Malcolm’s name is mentioned on the second page of his intro, we realize it’s not Becky. It’s obvious they’re different when they finally meet, but still strange. The artwork continues to be a little stiff and awkward at times, mostly when it comes to the people.
Once our two main characters are established, the story gets really fun. It gets a little weird, but in the best way. We find out what the cover illustration means, and we meet a brand new character. The first several pages were slow moving and allowed us to get used to these characters, but after that? You’re in for a real treat.