Title: Alienated #1
Words: Simon Spurrier
Art: Chris Wildgoose
Published: February 12, 2020
Publisher’s Summary: “Acclaimed writer Simon Spurrier (John Constantine Hellblazer, Coda) and artist Chris Wildgoose (Batgirl, Batman: Nightwalker) present a subversive coming-of-age story about having all the power to change the world but the unready hands to truly wield it. Three teenagers, each an outcast in their own way, stumble upon an unearthly entity as it’s born. As they bond over this shared secret and the creature’s incredible abilities, it becomes clear to the teenagers that their cute little pet is a superpredator in the making—and it’s in need of prey. Guided by the best intentions at first, the teens’ decisions soon become corrupted by adolescent desires, small town jealousies, and internal rivalries, sending them into a catastrophic spiral of their own making.”
Alienated speaks about, and to, those who feel excluded from human society. It begins with the internal monologues of three teenagers named Sam who are isolated from the world in their own separate ways. They each seek individual expression, but in the same breath wish to be fully seen as their authentic selves. They feel apart from the world and from each other, but a strange encounter in the woods links them in a way that is beyond human experience.
There is a great deal of compassion in Alienated. Simon Spurrier pulls familiar characters from the mundane world into a place that is truly alien, yet at the same he time manages to tell a story that is completely heartfelt. These are sympathetic and isolated characters who are easy to recognize and have concern for. Soon it becomes apparent that not only are these young people permanently changed and linked, but they are in a predicament that is entirely outside the realm of what they could ordinarily deal with.
The Bottom Line
In Alienated, Simon Spurrier once again crafts an accessible discussion of self-reflection with a science fiction adventure that has heart as well as believable stakes. Fans of his other work will no-doubt be pleased.