It Came!

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7.0 Overall Score
Story: 6/10
Art: 8/10

Fun '50s sci-fi

Too many layers for too few issues

 
Comic Info

Comic Name:  It Came!

Publisher:  Titan Books

Writer:  Dan Boultwood

Artist:  Dan Boultwood

# of Issues:  4

Release Date:  2014

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It Came! #2

Reprints It Came! #1-4 (September 2013-November 2013).  Something has landed in the English countryside and Doctor Boy Brett and Doris Night are about to discover that aliens have invaded!  Now with killer robots and a threatening UFO headed toward London, Boy and Doris must find a way to save humanity from destruction!

Written and illustrated by Dan Boutwood, It Came! is a comic book parody of ’50s sci-fi films. Published by Titan Comics, the four issue story was relatively well received and released as a collection.

’50s sci-fi is one of my soft points.  Though the plots, effects, and stock characters are often awful, it is still a fun genre and it has become quite fashionable to mock ’50s sci-fi as a result.  Movies like Mars Attacks! and shows like Mystery Science Theater 3000 were based around this…and It Came! is a comic book version in the same theme.

It Came! is almost there.  It is a rather solid comic but it just doesn’t quite make it over the hump to a very good comic.  The story for the comic is a bit conflicted.  The comic is presented as a movie of an alien invasion and that Boy and Doris are really played by the actors Dick Claymore and Fanny Flanders.  I don’t really see a need for this extra layer.  If you hadn’t read the first couple pages or last few pages, you wouldn’t know that it was supposed to be a movie of an alien invasion.  I was fine with it just being a goofy sci-fi themed story that felt like a movie.

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It Came! #3

The characters are supposed to be stock characters.  Boy is the stuffed shirt scientist who always has witty lines and Doris is the more self-aware fun assistant (almost more Doctor Who than ’50s sci-fi).  Sometimes Boutwood takes the parody a bit too far, but other times he nails it.  I particularly like the part where they dramatically dive through the UFO’s closing bay doors…only to find they are closing a lot slower than they anticipated in classic serial style.

Visually, the comic is quite strong.  The story is presented in black-and-white and there are more aspects to make it “filmic” in quality.  The story has previews (complete with a claymation dinosaur) and bios for the actors.  It is a pretty slick package in that sense, but the story needed a tad more substance.

It Came! is good but not great.  It is a fun comic and fans of ’50s sci-fi might want to check it out.  I could see a “sequel” to It Came! and I think the comic would benefit from a sequel to expand on this actual movie theme.  With only four issues, It Came! has a tough road to grab the viewers and explore the characters to a proper degree…maybe it will get another chance.

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Author: JPRoscoe View all posts by
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