Written by Paul Cornell
Art by Ryan Kelly
It really is unfortunate that Vertigo has pulled the plug on this excellent series as of its fourteenth issue, because Paul Cornell is really hitting his stride here, and the book becomes ever more enjoyable. He has said in interviews that he intends to continue the series in some way when the rights revert to him and other considerations make it possible.
What this tells us is that Cornell will not be coming close to finishing off the storyline in the next two issues, and I'm okay with that. As it is, it does feel as if he's condensing the story somewhat, seeing as how two issues ago, Governor Arcadia Alvarado was stuck in the middle of a heated primary fight, and now she's reached the final few days before the Presidential election which could put her in the White House. That means we missed out on any number of good stories set on the election campaign trail, which is unfortunate.
There's not much sense of time having passed, but some changes have set in for our characters. Professor Kidd has finally revealed to Arcadia that he is often visited by the tiny figures from the Pioneer space probes, and of course, she's now decided to keep him at more of a distance, a decision he does not take well. We also learn a great deal about what Arcadia's former rival, Senator Kersey, experienced at the hands of some very different aliens (think of the ones from V).
This has been a very unusual comic, blending modern politics with alien abduction mythology, and I for one, have found it to be an amazing read. Ryan Kelly returns to the art for this issue, which makes me very happy.