Saturday, December 24, 2011

Xenoholics #3

Written by Joshua Williamson
Art by Seth Damoose

It's now very clear that there is a lot more going on in Xenoholics than there seemed at the beginning of the series.  This book is basically about a group of people who enjoy being abducted by aliens, who had formed a support group.  The professor who ran their sessions went missing, and then a government agent dressed all in white came after them.  The group hid out in a strange sex club for alien fetishists, before a larger group of Men in White showed up.

This issue opens with a massacre at the sex club, followed by the rescue of two of the group members by actual aliens.  Now, as this issue has progressed, we learn a number of things.  The government believes that only one member of the group was actually ever abducted, and this person is a 'key' to something (it's a little Ghostbusters-esque).  The professor saw this group as an experiment, but in what, we don't know.  The aliens don't appear to be malevolent; instead, it is suggested that they are well-known to the government, and the aliens are actually the 'good guys'. 

Williamson has set up a lot of material in just three issues, and I look forward to continuing to explore this world with him.  The stylistic and thematic comparisons to Chew are easy to make; if you are a fan of that book, you will probably like this one quite a bit.  Seth Damoose's cartoony, stubby people are growing on me.

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