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Review: ‘The Colonized’ #1

Aliens vs. Zombies vs. Miltiamen? This sounds like a drinking game for writers or movie fanatics. It reminds me of the urban legend about how those “heroes in the half shell” came to be. As wacky a premise as I can recall hearing, The Colonized #1 comes up a little tame but shows signs of promise out of the gate.

WRITTEN BY: Chris Ryall
ART BY: Drew Moss
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: 10 April 2013

Carbon Falls: a tree-hugging hillbilly commune. Flying saucers with ape-like aliens wearing NASA uniforms. Hicks with guns. Different hicks talking politics. When I read all that on one zpage, it seems more like someone fell asleep on their remote and the channels keep changing after they’ve dozed off on top of it.

Writer Chris Ryall’s new mashup of genres is funny in certain scenes, but it’s also confusing in spots. There’s a bit too much politics talk early on in this first issue for my tastes. It seems that the inner turmoil of this commune could be addressed later on in the series. Maybe Ryall was going for a Game of Thrones feel with all the behind-the-scenes backstabbing. However, these characters aren’t established well enough yet for me to care.

The aliens are pretty comical. The fact that these ‘advanced’ visitors freak out and run away from zombies they made (as the Monty Python rules state) keeps me intrigued to see what these green clowns will do next. Drew Moss’ art is crisp in making all the players have unique looks. I only wish the aliens could look more distinct as, not to sound racist, but they all look the same to me. This issue feels like a soft open but I’m keen to see how all these ingredients mix together next month.

3/5 Skulls

Reviewed by: Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady

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