Thee Comic Column #32: Fare Thee Well Saucer Country

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It was only about three weeks ago that I pulled my head out of my ass and found out that Vertigo had cancelled Paul Cornell and Ryan Kelly’s BRILLIANT, Hugo-nominated comic Saucer Country. I’d fallen a bit behind my reading, plowed through what I didn’t know at the time was the penultimate issue (#13) and stood with mouth agape at the massive reveal on the final page. I don’t want to spoil that surprise here because if you’re reading this but have not read the book it means you’re at least remotely curious, and if you’re remotely curious my advice is to read Saucer Country in trade – currently unfinished or not it’s a brilliant mish-mash of the X-files, The West Wing and the kind of dark suspense you get in movies like Mothman Prophecies and Shadow People.

Thee Comic Column #7: Saucer Country

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Now, it might be that at the time Saucer Country #1 came out I was knee deep in re-reading (and finally finishing) Daniel Pinchbeck’s 2007 book 2012: The Return of Quetzacoatal which, in spite of the slightly misleading title*, has quite a bit more to do with UFOs and the crop circle phenomenon than it does hype over the impending ‘Cosmic Awakening/End of the World’ being touted in many circles. Reading documented cases of amazing crop circle discovery/research wet my appetite for the kind of story Paul Cornell and Ryan Kelly are telling in their thought-provoking new title for DC’s Vertigo imprint.

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