Resident Alien #1

Resident Alien #1

Writer: Peter Hogan Artist: Steve Parkhouse Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: May 23, 2012 Cover Price: $3.50 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 1
7.5Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

A stranded alien seeks refuge in the small town of Patience, USA, where he hides undercover as a semiretired doctor, masking his appearance using his unique mental abilities. Now known as Dr. Harry Vanderspeigle, all the alien wants is to be left alone until hes rescued. However, when the towns real doctor dies, Dr. Harry is pulled into medical serviceand also finds himself smack dab in the middle of a murder mystery! Hed rather be fishing. Acclaimed creators Peter Hogan (2000 AD, Tom Strong) and Steve Parkhouse (The Milkman Murders, Doctor Who) deliver a truly unique sci-fi adventure tale!

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Rob McMonigal May 22, 2012

    Ed Brubaker and Greg Rucka get credit for their crime comics work, but I'm ready to add Peter Hogan to the list with Resident Alien #1. It's a great mystery with just a hint of sci-fi, and looks to only be getting better as it moves on. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Edward Kaye May 24, 2012

    Resident Alien #1 is a refreshingly original take on the classic whodunit murder mystery formula, and feels a bit like a fun mash-up between Diagnosis Murder and The X-Files Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Aaron Long May 23, 2012

    But a script is only half an equation, and the visuals don't disappoint, either! Steve Parkhouse keeps the visuals of this book easy on the eyes and perfectly represents the quaint town lifestyle. Nothing moves quickly here, nor does it need to, and Harry, while an alien, is exceptionally expressive. This is one of those great creative pairings: Hogan and Parkhouse are in sync on Resident Alien and the reader gets to reap the reward of their hard work. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal May 24, 2012

    Resident Alien has shown that it’s definitely capable of making the shift from DHP to its own series. It’s good to see the creative team have enough room to stretch their legs and compile an entire issue rather than focusing on a third and trying to create interesting story beats for readers. This book is definitely a strange one, but it’s strange in all the right ways. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg Hatcher May 23, 2012

    I'm thrilled to finally see the return of "Resident Alien." Those three chapters may have originally run back in the fall, but it says a lot that I've been looking forward to its return since then. Because of its position in the story it's not the flashiest of comics, but it's solid entertainment, and I'm definitely going to read the remaining two issues. All in all, good stuff. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jamil Scalese May 24, 2012

    The concept has me riveted, the art has me in awe. Resident Alien continues to be promising and I am eagerly awaiting the next issue. Clearly one of the best, original creations to come out of Dark Horse in recent memory. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Kaity McAllister May 23, 2012

    “Resident Alien” is off to a solid start. This story could go in a few different directions, so Im excited to see where our otherworldly Doc is going to end up. Dark Horse should be able to provide some insight with the publication of the next issue, out June 27th. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring May 23, 2012

    In my years of reading, this is the most frustrating single issue I've read because it says it's the first issue of a series, and it's not. It' took me a couple read-thrus to understand fully what was going on, but you have to read issue zero to get a full scope what is going on here. This was my biggest complaint about the book and it really hurt my enjoyment in reading this book. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair May 25, 2012

    A whodunit with a sci-fi twist as the plot thickens in this very enjoyable little mini series from Dark Horse Comics. I like how the alien interacts with the people and his curiosity & fascination with the crime that was committed. Will this E.T. find his way home? Written by Peter Hogan (Terra Obscura) & illustrated by Steve Parkhouse (The Milkman Murders). Read Full Review

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