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Review: Falling Skies

Falling Skies by Paul Tobin, Juan Ferreyra and Andrew Dalhouse
Graphic Novel, Science Fiction, Aliens
Paperback $. (104 pages, DARK HORSE)
In the heart of Boston, following the devastating events of an alien invasion, history professor Tom Mason and his sons Hal, Matt, and Ben are just trying to survive. After an extreme firefight with the aliens, Ben gets kidnapped. Determined to get his son back, Tom joins forces with the 2nd Mass, a militia group that is taking the fight against the aliens. But with the group's munitions supplies running low, Tom must locate an old friend to equip him and his team in order to ensure the survival of the human race!

Perfect introduction to the show! (4 stars)

Believe it or not I actually found out about the show by stumbling over the comic. While I am by no means a comic book aficionado or collector it is one of my favorite artistic mediums. I often hold back on reviews of graphic novels in regards to the art itself. Someone with a better knowledge of the current processes used and such could give a much more educated opinion on the styles and trappings but the work here in Falling Skies is absolutely brilliant.

I've always thought it was hard to capture a real person, in this case actors, and get their features and expressions right. The fact that I didn't know who was starring in the show but had their names based on recognizing their faces in these panels... it speaks volumes in regards to the skill of the art team.

The storyline here is essentially an alien invasion where humans are pretty well cut off from one another and must struggle to survive and find a way to fight back. It's a story that's been done plenty of times because it works. Centered around Tom, a teacher and father turned fighter, the comic is essentially his journal entries visualized. It introduces the cast of main characters we'll be seeing in the show in a pretty organic matter, nothing felt random there. We get a basic introduction to the aliens as well, learning little bits about them and what they've been doing even though much is left to mystery.

Overall this book is well put together and a fabulous introduction to the story for the show. It's pretty and gritty, everything I like in a comic book. Enjoy!

Notes: Review copy received via NetGalley.

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