Stacey, a brilliant, overachieving astrobiology major at Fenton College, had planned on just another lonely Spring Break on campus. Read more...
Stacey, a brilliant, overachieving astrobiology major at Fenton College, had planned on just another lonely Spring Break on campus. But when a hurricane batters the small college town, downing power lines and knocking out cell phone reception, Stacey and her friends are stranded with no way to communicate with the outside world at the worst possible moment: in the midst of an alien invasion.
As space insects begin to burrow into students and staff, transforming them into slobbering, babbling monsters, a conglomeration of misfits must band together to prevent the infestation from spreading. Meanwhile, Stacey's long-stifled romantic feelings for her friend Charlotte begin to surface, while the professor she had admired and respected becomes the students' worst enemy.
Illustrated with enormous wit and dynamism--mixing classic tropes from science fiction, indie comics, B-movies, and campus culture--this graphic novel is something different, a large-scale action/adventure story as seen from the point-of-view of a contemporary, realistic heroine. The result is a funny and singular work unlike anything else you've ever read.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-09-14
- Reviewer: Staff
About halfway through this graphic novel, its pretty clear that the book wont go too far beyond the Invasion of Body-Snatching Pod People tropes it readily embraces. And maybe thats fine. Coauthors King (Double Feature) and Poirier (Modern Ranch Living), both novelists, may have some grand, genre-defying scheme in mind, but aside from some adult language and brief LGBTQ themes, the story of college-invading insect aliens rarely transcends its B movie source material. Debut artist Ahns work doesnt help matters muchthe minimalist linework shows occasional glimmers of cartoony inspiration but mostly feels rushed, doing little justice to the gory action scenes and doomed red shirt background characters. (Sept.)