Created and Written by James Tynion IV & Noah J. Yuenkel
Illustrated by Matthew Fox
Colors by Adam Metcalfe
Letters by Colin Bell
Published by BOOM! Studios
Release Date: 04/01/2015
UFOlogy is one of those books that shows great potential but doesn’t quite hit the mark. Story-wise, it’s intriguing enough, and art-wise, it has a distinct look that’s both pleasing and confusing.
Created and written by James Tynion IV & Noah J. Yuenkel with art by Matthew Fox, the six-issue mini-series from Boom! Studios centers on Becky Finch, a student who’s got academic issues, as well as the daughter of the town sheriff.
UFOlogy opens with Becky going for a jog while listening to a radio broadcast about strange things, which combined with the title of the book gives a clear indication that we can expect some weirdness by the last panel. However, most of the issue focuses on Becky at school and at home, while also introducing another student named Malcolm, who knows who Becky is but doesn’t know her well. Her teacher is his uncle at school, and there’s discussion regarding the disappearance of Malcolm’s mother.
Of the two, Malcolm is the one who appears to be seeking out strange occurrences by sneaking out at a night, while Becky is simply hanging out with a male friend, who wants to be more than friends. And it’s Becky and her friend that wander into an isolated, abandoned house for a strange and harrowing encounter they never expected.
The first issue leaves enough loose threads dangling to make the reader want to come back for more, although there’s not a lot in the story that makes Becky or Malcolm all that intriguing as characters – it’s what happening to them that drives the story.
The art is hit and miss. Credit must be given for its distinct style, but there’s a major problem: In the early panels, it was difficult to tell tomboyish Becky apart from Malcolm – they both had the same hair color, nearly the same hair style and similar shirts on. It’s noticeable when they’re together, and until they appear together, it’s not clear that the story has jumped from Becky to introduce Malcolm.
The colors are beautiful, however, and really make the book stand out from other titles. The lettering is also distinct, so while the art doesn’t completely succeed, it’s a nice departure from other books on the shelf.