Review: Saucer State #3

By Darryll Robson

Political turmoil, fears of invasion, civil unrest, and fake news. Paul Cornell and Ryan Kelly‘s Saucer State is uncannily relevant in the current political climate and they do not shy aware from making real world comparisons.

Part sci-fi adventure, part scientific reasoning, and part social commentary, Saucer State is appealing on a number of levels but is it still as gripping as previous issues?

Credit: IDW Publishing


Following on from the shocking ‘Alien Baby’ cliff-hanger from last issue, President Alvarado starts in a dream state, where she is given a warning from the Greys.

While the President holds a meeting on Air Force One, the Republican Adam Dunfries holds a press conference where he belittles the President and her actions in office. Chloe accidentally eats the ‘magic cake’ given to Michael by the fairies only he can see.

These challenging times allow President Alvarado to do what she does best, fight ignorance and confront bullies, while Michael goes in search of drugs.

Meanwhile the Bluebirds prepare to meet the Aliens after receiving the message from their founder, Joe Bermingen.

It all sounds a touch crazy when you put it like that, however, in this issue the mysteries deepen and battle lines are drawn.


Paul Cornell is a British writer looking at American politics and, judging from Saucer State, he doesn’t like what he sees. It’s difficult to know how much of the narrative was planned out years ago, when he was writing Saucer Country, but it would be fair to say that the character of Adam Dunfries is a reaction to current affairs. He is arrogant, self-involved, rude and self-destructive. His role in the comic is to provide a hateful adversary for the President to focus on while the sci-fi narrative unfolds. Dunfries offers a grounding for the story that is greatly needed in the melee of aliens, magical fairies and conspiracies. The fact that he gives Cornell and Ryan a chance to comment on the current American administration is a pleasing bonus.

Luckily the real President is too busy to read comics otherwise the creators might be the focus of a merciless tweet or two.

Beyond political commentary, the narrative weaves a complicated web. If you’re not paying attention you may get lost as the story jumps from one group of characters to another. Pay close attention and you will be rewarded. Each scene extends the mysteries without explaining anything; we’re too early in the run to expect much information about what is actually going on. Cornell’s gripping script keeps the reader engaged in the face of uncertainty. Just like the early series of the X-Files, where the alien threat was merely hinted at, the heart of this comic is not alien invasions but emotionally driven characters. Alvarado, as the president, has a difficult task trying to process all that is happening to her so she naturally jumps at the chance to engage Dunfries in political. This is where her true strength lies, Go to the full article.

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