Advance Review: IT Came! #1
I’ll always have a love of B-movies. Mystery Science Theater 3000, and the Sci-Fi Dinner Theater at Disney’s Hollywood Studios saw to that. It Came! #1 plays on my love of B-movies, and is utterly hysterical.
The story is quite simple. Big robot comes to Earth, and our standard couple is on the run from it. It’s gives Dan Boultwood, who draws the comic also, plenty of room to play on stereotypes of sci-fi B-movies. Boy Brett and Doris are a standard couple from B-movies. Boy invokes Peter Graves from movies such as It Conquered The World and The Beginning of the End. He’s a smart guy, but oblivious to anything that isn’t coming out of his mouth. Doris is your stereotypical girl. She’s treated slightly better than the couch that Boy is currently sitting on, and has her mind on sex. In this case, Doris seems to be smarter than Boy in some cases, but Boy makes sure she shuts her mouth (she is a woman after all). It’s harmless sexism, and shows how lopsided the heroes were in the movies from the 50s.
It’s clear that Boultwood is British, as every other sentence has a different Britishism. A couple of the jokes will go over the head of anyone who isn’t from the United Kingdom, but the joke gets it’s point across. The British dialogue doesn’t wear out it’s welcome surprisingly. I found myself surprised that I wasn’t yelling, “Enough with the British talk already!” by the end of the issue. The intermissions are a nice addition. The same with the fake IMDB pages for the stars of this so called movie. Boultwood clearly has a love of these classic movies, and knows how to encompass every aspect of the experience.
Boultwood’s artwork is very cartoony, but also very expressive. The characters have massive facial expressions, which mirror the over acting of everyone involved in B-movies. The black and white works well to set the period and tone. The robot has a simple design to him that invokes rubber and cardboard suits of the 50s. Boultwood has a wide range for his pencils, as the fake intermission adds see to it. The Raptor bouquet add looks fantastic, and I can’t wait to see it on a print version (I read a digital preview version).
IT Came! is an acquired experience, but it’s very enjoyable once that experience is done. I can’t wait for the second issue.
IT Came! #1 gets 4.5/5.