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REVIEW: Abducted 1-5

Book Title: Abducted

Book Description: Drugs. Aliens. Madness. Abducted is a slow-burn sci-fi horror comic about CLAIRE, a 30-something school teacher as she goes looking for answers to her troubled past, and DOC, a burnout conspiracy theorist who's retired to the deserts of New Mexico in the backyard of a shadowy government organization. It is FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAST VEGAS meets X-FILES. Fans of slow-burn conspiracy shows about clandestine governments and unknowable aliens. Folks who love tv shows like Twin Peaks, the writings of Hunter S. Thompson and Grant Morrison and old recordings of Coast 2 Coast AM with Art Bell are our readers!

Book Author: Zach Herring

Book Format: Paperback

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Illustrator: Jay Red

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  • Story
    (3.5)
  • Interior Art
    (3.75)
  • Cover Art
    (3)
  • Dialogue
    (3)
  • Mechanics
    (3)
  • Editing
    (4)
3.4

Summary

Abducted is a slow-burn sci-fi horror comic meant for all you psychonauts out there. Using some classic sci-fi tropes, the story takes on a feel of, The X-files, if Mulder was a Hunter S. Thompson esque character. That character is Doc Marcee and we follow him as he begins to discover a compelling tale of what really happens when you get abducted. 

Overall, this was an enjoyable series. I read all 5 issues in one sitting and each one got better. Abducted is truly the definition of a slow-burn story. It took a while for the story to get going and for me to figure out the plot of the story, but the way the story was told I easily fell into it, even though nothing blew me out of the water. The dialogue carried me through the story, but it didn’t carry the story. After reading through the series once, I think I would have to read it again to fully understand the situation Herring has set up. 

The art told the story really well and was a huge contributor to The X Files feel. I was quite impressed in the mind exploration pages. That being said, the lettering had a hard time keeping up with the art. The lettering itself wasn’t always clear and could have been tightened up a bit, but I was also confused a few times as to who’s balloon I was reading.  

The editing was almost perfect. 

As a note, no cover was given (This was submitted prior to the review process change). However, this was submitted to us via a website link where you can scroll through all 5 issues. The grade is on the website.  

It’s a cool option to be able to easily scroll through all the issues, but wish I had two-up display. There was a nice curated playlist that could play while you read if you like it to, but I chose against it. You can buy the comics as well, but you still couldn’t see the covers.

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