Monday, December 05, 2016
We're trying to get back in the swing of things, and we'll start out with another Boom! mini-series picked up on the cheap from Hastings, not unlike Hit. From 2013, Aliens vs. Parker #1-4, written by Paul Scheer and Nick Giovannetti, art by Manuel Bracchi with Gianfranco Giardina.
If Hit was in the same vein as the movie L.A. Confidential, then Aliens vs. Parker is more like...a halfway decent SyFy movie or series? Better than the Asylum, but maybe not something that would've been in theaters? The titular Parker is a crewman for a SpaceX delivery ship, a job typically known for spectacular boredom. Until they get a delivery, of a compliment of space Marines, acting as security for a pretty mining company official, trying to regain contact with a mining planet that's gone silent...
While Parker is a likable doofus, the rest of his crew is awfully quirky, even for a story like this. The dialog carries large portions of this, and is pretty good, even if just about everyone is snarky as hell. For example, I'm not sure the marine above that mentions zombies has any other lines! The aliens are fairly simple animals, but with seemingly friendly and cute offspring; they may not be all bad. Typically there's a traitor in there somewhere, a little "the real monster is man" action; but the "traitor's" motivation is relatively tame. (Still evil, but still.) A fun little read if you see it.