Characters with seemingly nothing in common share the smallest of connections. Each one having their own deep secrets guiding their unpopular actions. Mysterious plot lines with supernatural elements. Throw Matthew Fox’s name in the credits and you would think I’m talking about Lost. But I’m talking about the new book from BOOM Studios call UFOlogy.
James Tynion IV has been on fire lately, releasing two very imaginative series last year in The Woods and Memetic. He now brings us a six part story of two teens both looking for something more in the world. Malcolm, a young boy who has his head in the stars, is looking for something specific up there, he is longing for it to give him a sign. Malcolm is chasing something and one night when a bright green light shoots across the sky and lands in an abandon house, Malcolm runs towards it.
Becky is dealing with the pressures of school. The daughter of a small town police officer doesn’t want to go to college. She is extremely smart but is tanking her senior year grades just so she has an excuse not to get accepted into college. Becky is running from something and one night when a bright green light shoots across the sky and lands in an abandon house, Becky runs towards it.
Two teens with no connection find themselves at the same abandon house. This story is vert mysterious. After the first issue I do not really have a grasp on what is going on or where the story will take me. Tynion and Yuenkel spend this first issue building the groundwork and the best groundwork they can build are these characters. Both Malcolm and Becky are compelling and share two scenes in the book. The first is in detention where they strongly establish they are not friends. In the second they are together when Becky emerges from the green lit house while Malcolm pulls up on his bike. Malcolm is upset, he seems to know what is going on, and frustrated that Becky was the one who got their first and not him.
I enjoyed UFOlogy and look forward to following Malcolm and Becky down this mysterious extraterrestrial adventure for five more issues.