Not to out myself but I’m what’s known as an “older” guy. Having crossed forty a few years ago my perspective tends to be one of a different era. Maybe that’s why I love Resident Alien so much.
There’s no overt gore, there’s no overt sex, the language isn’t over the top. Nope what we’ve got here is a solidly entertaining mystery. Peter Hogan has written a mystery good enough to challenge all my favorite tv sleuths. I grew up on television detectives, from Lt. Columbo to Quincy, from Rockford to Magnum, I watched them all. Then there were the sci-fi/mystery style shows, The Incredible Hulk and Starman. One thing remained the same across all of these shows, a hero you could like (and admire) and good stories.
Well I’ve found that again in Resident Alien. Our hero, Harry, is a stranded alien pilot forced to hide among us until his (possible) rescue. His race’s talents allow him to appear like one of us (most of the time) and make him well suited as a doctor and an investigator. Add in the inevitable government agency off in the distance, trying like hell to close in on him and you’ve got a story that works very well. Well enough for a television show in my opinion (though I hope it stays a comic for a long time, I’d miss it).
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Steve Parkhouse’s art. His characters are vivid, believable, his settings are rich with detail and at times stark and simple. I wish I had some pages to show you.
Issue #1 of Suicide Blonde is in shops on September 11th, call your shop and ask them to put one on the side, I think you’ll really enjoy it.
Resident Alien – The Suicide Blonde
Writer: Peter Hogan
Artist: Steve Parkhouse
Colorist: Steve Parkhouse
Cover Artist: Steve Parkhouse
Genre: Crime, Science-Fiction
Publication Date: September 11, 2013
Format: FC, 32 pages; Miniseries
UPC: 7 61568 20619 7 00111