Flying Saucers! Government Spies! Commie traitors! Giant killer bees! Romance! Adventure! This one's got 'em all, babie.
Okay, I was kidding about the giant killer bees.
Indespensible reading: The Silent Invasion. Is a book that helped me down
the path to the twitchy paranoiac I am today. In cartoon-noir style,
Larry Hancock and Michael Cherkas chase us through the back-alleys of our own
suspicians and fears about the world we live in while poking fun at the world we
once lived in.
The Silent Invasion is simply brilliant. It tells the story of alien
infiltration into the worlds' governments, and the quest of one man, hunted by
the governments of two nations locked in a cold war, to find the truth. Or... is
Yeah, and The Silent Invasion was on the newsstands about ten years
before that Matt Sinkage-wannabe Mulder started nosing around your teevee set.
And the great thing is they just started making more!
At the same time, when comics are generally either trashy genre fiction or
pretensious "Sequential Art", The Silent Invasion is
straightforward and unashamed of what it is: It's a comic book, drawn in a
loose-brush style. It tells a story and draws us in in the way that the best of
comics do, but never hides from being straightforward and direct.
Its the avant-garde that the avant-garde hate.
Sorry, though. I couldn't find any giant killer bees.