Saucer Country #1

Saucer Country #1

Writer: Paul Cornell Artist: Ryan Kelly Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: March 14, 2012 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 18
8.3Critic Rating
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Arcadia Alvarado, the leading Democratic candidate for President of the United States, says she was "abducted by aliens."As the Mexican-American Governor of New Mexico, she's dealing with immigration, budget cuts and an alcoholic ex. She's about to toss her hat into the ring as a candidate for President in the most volatile political climate ever.But thena lonely road and a nightmarish encounter have left her with terrible, half-glimpsed memories. And now she has to become President. To expose the truth and maybe, to save the world.Arcadia's quest is at the heart of this new monthly series from writer Paul Cornell (DEMON KNIGHTS, ACTION COMICS, Doctor Who) and artist Ryan Kelly (NEW YORK FIVE, NORTHLANDERS). With the help of her quirky staff, Arcadia will pursue the truth of her abduction into danger, mystery and awe. SAUCER COUNTRY is a dark thriller that blends UFO lore and alien abduction with political intrigue, all set in the hauntingly beautiful Southwest.

  • 10
    Comic Book Resources - James Hunt Mar 15, 2012

    The only real criticism that can be levelled against "Saucer Country" #1 is that it ends too soon. Not for the story, but for the reader. A double-sized issue to kick the series off would have been perfect. As it is, there's plenty of intrigue and entertainment here to last until issue #2 -- let's just hope the wait isn't a long one. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Examiner - Michael Seigler Mar 14, 2012

    If there's any justice in the world, Saucer Country will be DC/Vertigo's next surprise hit. The writing is strong, the art is rock-solid, and the premise is pure gold. If you're a fan of science fiction, political drama, or just plain good comics, do yourself a favor and put this one on your pull lists while you can still get in on the ground floor. Read Full Review

  • 10
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Mar 16, 2012

    Saucer Country #1 is a book I've been genuinely looking forward to and I can happily say it far exceeded my already high expectations. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Steve Morris Mar 20, 2012

    Saucer Country #1 is a strong first issue, filled with clever character work and an entertaining central narrative, filled with little quirks and twists. It's strongly recommended for anybody who has an interest in political thrillers, sci-fi stories, conspiracy tales or, y'know... comics. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - George Chimples Mar 19, 2012

    This is a good first issue, as Cornell lays out a bevy of complex issues, combined with identifiable, interesting characters and a mysterious central conflict. The art serves the story, with shadowy illustrations of realistic individuals in a fully realized world. If four-color fisticuffs and tight spandex are what gets your motor running, this issue will not quicken your pulse. There is precious little action, as the struggles are of the internal and thoughtful variety. But if you have ever found yourself digging on an episode of The West Wing or The X-Files, you will find plenty to enjoy in Saucer Country. Saucer Country #1 earns four and a half out of five stars. Check it out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    A Comic Book Blog - Paul Mallory Mar 15, 2012

    Needless to say, I'm definitely on board for this series. Paul Cornell has given us just enough for us to be excited, and as a fan of his DC work, I'm eager to see what the next issue has in store. I will be reviewing each issue as it's released, and I look forward to your comments, so feel free to post some. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Outer Realm Comics - M S R Mar 30, 2012

    A strong, impactful start to what looks to be an unique mystery/political hybrid, Saucer Country #1 hits all the right notes to carve out a place for itself amongst its impressive peers in the current Vertigo portfolio. Cornell and Kelly have meshed well in this initial offering, and it will be interesting to see what more twists and surprises they bring for us in the future. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Mar 31, 2012

    In short, if you like intelligent and well thought out intrigue tinged with the kind of atmospheric dread that pervaded the aforementioned X-Files, Saucer Country is for you, and soon it just might be for everybody. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Mar 13, 2012

    While this book starts a little too quickly, Saucer Country rewards the astute reader with a story that far exceeds its low-brow high concept. Ryan Kelly just has to keep doing what he's doing to keep the tone of this book going " ultimately, what will make or break this book is how Paul Cornell will maintain the balance between politics and the paranormal. But at a time where readers are flooded with new series, this is a strong debut with a ton of potential. I believe in Arcadia Almorado. I believe in Saucer Country. And you should, too. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Mar 14, 2012

    We can only hope. In the meantime, we'll have a cool book about space invaders and social crusaders to read. Check out Saucer Country #1. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Joey Esposito Mar 14, 2012

    Out of the gate, Saucer Country looks to be another solid entry worthy of the pedigree of Vertigo Comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Mar 15, 2012

    A strong start with plenty of fresh spins to an old genre, one that's fallen out of favor in recent years. It's far too early to tell if this series will do anything to reverse that trend, but there's a lot of promise here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Mar 16, 2012

    What really drew me to this series was the participation of artist Ryan Kelly. His work on such books as Local and The New York Five was always strong, as he seemed well suited to more personal, character-driven fare. Saucer Country has a strong grounding in characterization, but it also includes some larger-than-life and extreme elements, and the artist handles them adeptly. I especially enjoyed how he conveyed the haziness and darkness of Alvarado's memory. Kelly's work here actually reminded me of the simpler but effectively dark work of Warren Pleece, a mainstay of Vertigo comics (such as Mobfire and Deadenders) in the 1990s. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Examiner - Anthony Schultz Apr 1, 2012

    If you want to read a comic that has the potential to dive into serious political topics, specifically racism and immigration, that is also laced with a little extraterrestrial flare then this is the comic for you! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Keith Callbeck Mar 20, 2012

    As I anticipate Cornell keeping with the Vertigo tradition of writing for trade, I will likely trade-wait on this series as I did on Y: The Last Man. I'm not positive I can go that long without checking back in on these characters, though. I'm on board with what has started here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    cxPulp - Blake Petit Mar 19, 2012

    Its a strong first issue that has me curious to see where the title will go next. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Gilbert Short Mar 15, 2012

    You should check this out on your own, but be warned that the sci-fi isn't exactly treading any new ground. I'm fairly sure I'm also contractually obligated to dock the book a tenth of a point because of violence against cats, so there's that. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Emmanuel Malchiodi Apr 18, 2012

    The artwork by Kelly is competent, even quite good at times, but nothing out of the ordinary. Maybe it is the color palette colorist Giulia Brusco was working from but they were probably my biggest complaint about the book they just seemed uninspired and picked haphazardly. Hopefully the next issue will see this corrected. Read Full Review

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