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Resident Alien by Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse

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Always interesting to see what some of the droids get up to elsewhere, like this one from Hogan and Parkhouse (S) - sounds like an interesting idea with some typically lovely art work too:

--- Quote ---Last year the Dark Horse Presents anthology comic series carried a pretty interesting strip from Paul Hogan and Steve Parkhouse, Resident Alien. Harry Vanderspiegle is the titular resident alien – not one of those who sneaked over the Tex-Mex border that get right wing US politicians so excitable but an actual alien, an extra terrestrial being. He even looks a bit like the classic ‘gray’ alien, although taller. Well, to the reader, at any rate.

You see to the people of his small, isolated rural town Harry is just another person, thanks to some mental tricks he can exercise so the human population see him as one of them. And so there he is, settled down in his out of the way backwater, happily spending time on the lake fishing or in his cabin, keeping a low profile and little contact with others so as not to push his luck. Until the law comes knocking on his door.


 this zero issue collects the original strip that was serialised in DHP last year in one, so it is a perfect introduction and set up for the series (I know Peter has plans for a second series should this one prove successful with readers, and I hope it does, because I loved it). It’s a great scenario, gleefully mixing science fiction aliens-among-us with the murder-mystery genre, while the odd characters and small town setting also evoke slight echoes of Lynch’s Twin Peaks and perhaps a smidgen of Doc Hollywood with the out of towner medic stuck in small town America and coming to like it (and Harry’s old fishing hat also reminds me slightly of MASH’s Dr Henry Blake). Harry himself is extremely likeable -we don’t know why he is there yet, shipwrecked alien or deliberate visitor, or if any in authority suspect he is there yet, and that adds to it – but his self-imposed, cautious isolation has left him realising when he interacts with the townsfolk that he misses company. Maybe not his own species, but they are people, and he finds himself being drawn to them, to their lives and problems and enjoying using his accurate observational skills to discern their hidden motivations.

It’s a real pleasure to delve into and I can’t wait for the start of the mini-series proper, to see Harry become more and more involved in his small town mystery – and to see if his sudden dropping of his former caution about becoming involved with humans leads him to better things or to the problems he adopted his isolated persona to avoid in the first place.
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They also point you back to this interview with Peter Hogan where he talks about the series:

ooh I've always really loved Steve Parkhouse - might look into this - !

Colin YNWA:
A few people have picked it up and discussed it over at this thread,35547.0.html

Me being pig ignorant missed it but have put that to rights this afternoon. Along with Roger Langridge's (also once of these pastures) new Popeye stuff.

Evil Pants:
It's quite good. First issue was just a collection of DHP short stories, but I reread it once the floppy came out. It's a strong premise, and an interesting take on the "small town doctor solves big crimes" genre. Like it so far.

 I was enjoying Resident Alien in Dark Horse Presents. I was just slightly disapointed to discover that what was printed in those three chapters was just a 'hook' into the mini-series (leaving the tale on a cliff-hanger) and not a whole story. I feel they could have told a complete tale to introduce the characters within DHP and the launched a series with the 'Welcome to Earth' storyline. I don't like paying for something only to be told "If you want the rest then you've got to buy something else." It's put me off a bit, which is a shame as I did like it. :(



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