Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Still Groomin'

GROOM LAKE #2 isn't in stores until late May (it's not running late; we skipped a month between issues 1 and 2 since it was a new title and wanted to give retailers a chance to see how the first issue sold through before they had to finalize orders for issue 2), and since that's a ways off, I figure I should periodically between now and then put some focus back on the title. So here's a new review of issue 1 that Templesmith just sent me. The site would get style points on its name alone even if they hadn't also really enjoyed the first issue and given it a good review, excerpted here:

"Writer Chris Ryall and artist Ben Templesmith take their own crack at the alien mythos in IDW Publishing’s Groom Lake, crafting an incredibly amusing and satisfying debut issue. Disturbing and irreverent, Groom Lake humorously plays on every alien contact staple out there. Hillbilly alien abduction—check. Government cover-up—check. Evil giant robots—check. Anal probing—unfortunately—check. Little green men—well, actually they’re gray, but close enough. Check. It’s a veritable cornucopia of alien goodness. An extraterrestrial smorgasbord, highlighted by Ryall’s delicious scripting and Templesmith’s one-of-a-kind visuals.

And it’s funny as hell."

Full review here.

We also got a great write-up from Beau Smith in his latest Busted Knuckles column:

"Groom Lake is smart, fun, creepy and promises to interest anyone that is a fan of science fiction with a tinge of horror. This is by far the most commercial art that Ben Templesmith has done yet in his skyrocketing career. With the script and dialogue of Chris Ryall, Templesmith shows that he is a real storytelling craftsman. Ryall and Templesmith make an excellent team and I really believe they bring out the best in each other."

Full review/column here.

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