Book Title: ET-ER #1
Book Description: ET-ER is set in Reading General Hospital. In the first installment we get two stories. The first is the tale of Dr. Chen. She is a promising doctor in the ER. One night after her shift she is driving home and observes a car accident.
Dr. Chen immediately pulls in behind the vehicle and starts to give the driver medical attention. An ambulance comes to assist the driver. Dr. Chen tells the paramedics that she’s a doctor and will stay with the patient. The paramedics ignore her and take the patient to the hospital where they go to the basement. Dr. Chen never knew there was a basement.
Once in the basement we see a wide variety of extraterrestrial beings receiving different medical treatments. After assisting on a difficult case with a class 19, Dr. Chen must decide if she wants to go up or down on the elevator when she gets to work in the morning.
The second story in ET-ER is about Dr. Klein. He’s performing an Innerspace type of surgery on an alien. He is launched into the creature via a pill and follows the alien’s digestive tract to where the issue is and then goes to work. Unfortunately for Dr. Klein he’s too efficient. No overtime for him on this one.
Book Author: Jeff McComsey, Javier Pulido, and Dan Panisian
Book Format: Paperback
Publisher - Orgnization: AWA Studios/Upshot Studios
Illustrator: Javier Pulido and Shawn Crystal
The first story, entitled “The Walk-Ins”, reminded me of Grey’s Anatomy meets Men in Black. It has a lot of potential with the foundation that has been built. I would have liked to see artwork that was more detailed and less like a Futurama cel.
The second story, entitled “Hard Pill”, was South Park mashed up with Innerspace. The artwork was better than the first story. Beyond that all I can say is I was disappointed that the publisher would go through that much trouble creating that many pages for a poop joke.
Of all the titles AWA Studios/Upshot Studios has put out, this one has been the biggest disappointment to me. The stories were not very original. Aside from the cover artwork, most of the rest is comparable to what one would find in Mad Magazine. Hopefully they’ll right the ship on this one quickly.
As a geek on a budget I won’t be racing out to get my hands on the next issue of ET-ER when it hits the shelves. If I come across a copy in a buck box I may consider it for some lighter reading. Otherwise it’s a hard pass for me.
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