Aliens screw up just like we do. “Colonized” #4 is the latest example of how one alien named Beemis, who inadvertently destroyed an isolated community, tries his best to save what’s left of Carbon Falls. Is it truly better late than never?
WRITTEN BY: Chris Ryall
ART BY: Drew Moss
PUBLISHER: IDW Publishing
RELEASE: July 17th, 2013
Aliens accidentally reanimated the dead everything in this small town. Now the last of them tries to end it with taser sticks, anti-gravity suits, flying saucers and crash landings. If that sounds mashed together, welcome to the finale of this miniseries. Writer Chris Ryall tries his level best to make all of the disparate elements from the premise – aliens, zombies, militiamen – all relevant in its conclusion. Sadly, it feels very uneven in the end. Thrown in for good measure is a random ATF agent, dynamite trains, and zombies recalling their lives after eating aliens. Like I said, there’s a lot of ingredients thrown into this creative blender and the story is a mixed bag.
The art by Drew Moss is the life saver of the series. It’s beautifully disgusting and a fresh set of eyes on how zombies look, decompose and bite. The coloring by Jay Fotos really compliments all the different environs showcased in this issue too. The colors are vibrant when they need to be and the darks and blackness are highly effective. I’d like to see this art team tackle something else just to see what they’d come up with.
Overall, this series offers a solid concept, but sadly it lacks in execution. Maybe I had higher expectations from the idea of “Colonized”. Maybe my ideas were just way different than the creators. It’s a good try and so I hope these creators can progress upward from what they’ve learned from making this series.
Reviewed by – Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady