As I've said before, and as those who know my affinity for comics are aware, I am a huge fan of independent comics and their creators. Indy comics are not tied down to decades of continuity, they aren't forced to fit into company cross-overs or specific political correctness that permeate the Big Two publishers of comics today. Simply put, the indy comics of today usually have much better stories, much better art, and all around much better comics.
I had the good fortune to meet Mr. Neely at MegaCon last year (2017), and he was so enthusiastic about his comic that I couldn't help myself. I picked up all five issues of the series and just recently had the chance to sit down and read them. I honestly wasn't sure what to expect, as it has been more than a year, and quite frankly, I could not remember anything about what the story was about. So I went into this totally blind, and I walked away from it with a sense of enjoyment and satisfaction from a story well told, both in aspects of the writing and the art.
A university professor. A small town old-timer. A hidden secret in an old cave. An attempt to make that first contact. All the makings of a great X-Files tale, and quite frankly, by the end of these five issues, I felt very much like I had just read an X-Files story, minus the Mulder and Scully, but with some great storytelling and plenty of twists and surprises.
And, the all important question - why does Professor Dunn not remember any of this?
As the X-Files so aptly put it, the trust is out there, and Professor Dunn is determined to find it. Tally is keeping secrets, and Professor Dunn knows it is something big. But what she ultimately discovers in this five-issue tale is that nothing is ever quite what it seems, and she ultimately finds herself allies with the old-time, prepared to protect his secret at all costs!
The art is a bit rough, but frankly, it creates the mood for the story, giving the characters and the setting a very western feel to it.
Overall, it was a great read, and I'd more than recommend it for someone wanting an out of the ordinary comic to read!
RATING: 9 alien pick axes out of 10 for taking a chance with an unusual tale that mixes several genres but definitely keep the reader's interest - and leaves just enough plot threads for more story to come (hopefully!)