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Blue Book #1

Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Klaus Janson Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: February 22, 2023 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 12
7.6Critic Rating
7.2User Rating

From the New York Times bestselling and award-winning cocreators of Something is Killing the Children, The Nice House on the Lake, The Department of Truth, and Powers comes this ambitious, nonfiction comic book experience depicting true stories of UFO abductions with an eye to capturing the strange essence of those encounters.

In this debut issue, Tynion presents what he calls his "True Weird" stories. Tales of ordinary people encountering the strange and the impossible. Teaming with artist Michael Avon Oeming, they retell some of the most popular UFO and alien encounter accounts starting with the infamous Betty and Barney Hill abduc more

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Feb 19, 2023

    Even if you don't enjoy weird tales, Blue Book is an engaging, thrilling read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    COMICON - Tony Thornley Feb 23, 2023

    The Substack comic comes to print, with a tale of true UFO terror. It's tense, interesting and worth picking up. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Justin Munday Feb 24, 2023

    Creepy and unnerving, Blue Book #1 is a fantastic opening to this UFO thriller and love letter to creepy encounters and strange stories from decades past. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Feb 21, 2023

    The fantastical is typically depicted in the future or at least the present, but both stories in Blue Book explore the supernatural under a historical context of the past, making the weird and unusual feel unique and new. Read Blue Book for the supernatural uniqueness but stay for the enjoyable exploration of humanity. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Feb 22, 2023

    The book is one that works with a backup story as well, also written by Tynion but with artwork by Klaus Janson, which is interesting but didn't quite grab me all that much. The main story, however, hits a sweet spot for me with what it does in creating a strong mood and going for a tale that feels from a time where you could work this kind of material better. It'd still work today to be sure but there's something about the disconnect from everyone else in this pre-internet era which makes it resonate all the more with its loneliness and lack of, well, everything else. The two characters are interesting and I'm both excited and afraid to see what's in story for them. It's a solid story with a lot of great tension that kept me eager to see what's next and I can't wait for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Feb 22, 2023

    Michael Avon Oeming delivers some great art in the issue. There are some great visual moments that are compelling and I enjoy the style of the issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Capes & Tights - Jared Thomas Feb 17, 2023

    Dark Horse Comics' Blue Book #1 is an exciting exploration into some of history's strangest UFO encounters. From mysterious abductions to eerie sightings, this comic book brings these tales from beyond our world into vivid detail for readers everywhere! With Tynion IV's captivating narratives paired with Oeming's beautiful illustrations, this debut issue is sure to capture your imagination as you embark on a journey full of mystery and adventure! Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Comic Watch - Mike Eakins Feb 22, 2023

    Blue Book #1 is a fun ride into historical nonfiction with a comic book twist. The books deceptively simplistic style adds a nice layer to the tone of the story in keeping with the era, even the title borrows from the Air Forces project that was responsible for investigating sightings and abductions. Even if aliens and UFOs arent your thing, Blue Book is an engaging and really fun read. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Graphic Policy - Brett Feb 22, 2023

    Blue Book #1 is an interesting start but doesn't quite abduct me and take me away in the mothership. The main story's rather abrupt ending is a bit jarring and the build up, while good, is a bit too slow to leave things where they're at. This might be one that's a bit more enjoyable when the you can read it all at once. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Multiversity Comics - Christopher Egan Feb 24, 2023

    telling older sighting and urban legends doesn't give readers much of note with "Blue Book." Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Feb 23, 2023

    Project Blue Book was a government study on UFOs that ran from 1952 to 1969. Tynion has set up an opportunity to explore a few different stories from that era that might gain something from a comic book format if he can find a novel way to approach them. There are so many stories that havent had the kind of exposure that The Interrupted Journey has had over the decades. Tynions back-up on Coney Island is fun, though. A few supporting pages of the weird could contribute to a relatively well-rounded mini-series. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Christian Hoffer Feb 22, 2023

    Blue Book #1 contains well-drawn recountings of two well-known paranormal encounters, both of which are gorgeous to look at but have very little substance beyond the artwork. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Feb 23, 2023

    While Blue Book #1 accomplishes its attempt to establish tone, it never manages to do anything with it. The unsettling energy it delivers fizzles out in the end, like a Lovecraft tale where the monster never actually appears. Read Full Review

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