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Intro to Alien Invasion (Graphic Novel) Review

 
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Page Count: 224
 
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Final Score
 
 
 
 
 
4/ 5


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A quirky alien invasion tale that doesn't take itself too seriously, and doesn't shy away from strong female characters.

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Except a bit of cliche when it comes to character development, and don't expect anything in the way of color.


Final Fiendish Findings?

“And I’ll ask you not to criticize my footwear.” Professor Evans is a guy who feels like he hasn’t received the recognition he deserves. As a teacher at a small liberal arts college, he isn’t exactly swimming in accolades. But Professor Evans is hoping that will all change soon – after secretly bringing back samples […]

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Posted September 8, 2015 by

 
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“And I’ll ask you not to criticize my footwear.”

Professor Evans is a guy who feels like he hasn’t received the recognition he deserves. As a teacher at a small liberal arts college, he isn’t exactly swimming in accolades. But Professor Evans is hoping that will all change soon – after secretly bringing back samples of frozen permafrost from a remote meteor impact site, he is hoping the study he has done on the tiny creatures embedded in the ice will finally rocket him to fame. Maybe then people will stop making fun of his clogs.

So that’s the setup in Intro to Alien Invasion, and I’m pretty sure you can guess where the story is going from there. Naturally there’s an alien invasion, and of course it’s all Professor Evans’ fault. The twist in this humorous graphic novel by Owen King and Mark Jude Poirier is that he isn’t really the focus of the story. Sure, he’s definitely the bad guy in this scenario (along with the hideous body snatching aliens, of course), but the real star (and the story’s focus) is on his quiet, nerdy student – Stacey.

Stacey is your typical socially awkward smart kid. She’s friendly to everyone, and works hard, but she mostly just gets made fun of by the resident rich kids with inflated egos. Never fear, though, Stacey shall have her revenge – and she has it in a way that is both decidedly kickass and surprisingly friendly. It is Stacey who uncovers the secret about the aliens – and it’s she who leads the female dominated all out assault to get them under control. Though there are a number of sexual references and some violent alien killing, most of it is implied rather than explicit, so you shouldn’t have to worry about leaving it around where the kids can get it.

Intro to Alien Invasion is a book with a quirky sense of humor, and it’s a fun read. Though most of the characters are cliched caricatures of a certain “type”, it works well as a foil for Stacey’s heroics – and Stacey herself shines as the unlikely heroine. The artwork is done entirely in black and white (no full color panels to be seen), it really fits well with the B movie vibe of the book. It’s a great choice for comic fans looking for an easy read with a little bit of humor, a dash of romance, and plenty of alien wasting.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)