- Writer: Liezl Buenaventura
- Artist: Xavier Tárrega
- Colorist: DJ Chavis
- Letterer: Joamette Gil
- Color Assistant: Barry Hall
- Editor: Chris Sanchez
Thanks to Mad Cave Studios for the review copy!
THEY FELL FROM THE SKY employs one of the most enduring tools of the sci-fi trade – the nerdy high school friends who stumble onto something big. In this case, as the title should clue you in on, that something is an alien ship.
This issue also uses the ‘tease something big in the first few pages, then flash back to how we got there’ technique. So, we start with the spaceship and then jump back to earlier in the day. That’s when we meet Tommy (the main nerdy kid), his family and friends. Along the way, we get the necessary school bullying scene and banter between the friends (who love to talk about a show that seem eerily similar to Star Trek)… Like any sci-fi story built around kids, this is all necessary characterization, but it doesn’t necessarily bring anything new to the table, aside from an interesting take on the bully scenario. The story really picks up about two thirds of the way through the issue when we catch up to the scene from the first pages.
Because much of the issue is devoted to setting things up, the art has a few panels where it really shines. The spaceship is cool, and the character design is nifty. There are some some subtle shift in perspective that make for varied panels.
Thus far, the story is fairly family friendly, but there are more curse words than you’d expect from the cute art. If you can live with that THEY FELL FROM THE SKY has the makings of an illustrated take on E.T.. Given that most people in the target audience likely haven’t seen that movie, they are quite likely to enjoy this book.
THEY FELL FROM THE SKY #1 is set for release on February 03, 2021.
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