It Feels Good To Go Too Far – ALIENATED #3 Review
Alienated #3 – Things To Do, People To See
Written by Simon Spurrier
Illustrated by Chris Wildgoose
Colored by André May
Lettered by Jim Campbell
Published by Boom! Studios
After a forced hiatus while Diamond paused shipping new comics, Alienated returned today with Issue #3. For those who need a catch up, I suggest first checking out my review of Alienated #1. The three Sams: Samuel, Samir, and Samantha, spent last issue dealing with the fallout from their actions in Issue #1. In the second issue they once again communed with the alien they found in the woods. This time the Sams used the alien’s powers to teach their school’s queen bee a lesson. The issue started with the Sams contemplating the ramifications of using the alien’s power, it ended with each beginning to consider the possibilities the power could offer them. They decide together to only use the power for good.
In Issue #3 it’s Samantha’s turn to use the alien’s powers. As the reader watches her actions, we quickly come to realize that everyone might have their own definition of good. This was the most enthralling chapter yet. Last issue was a little slow as it primarily built onto the narrative. I was glad to see this issue had a lot of action and was heavy with plot development. As can be expected from this sort of story, Spurrier is beginning to reveal that there’s a fine line between hubris and humbly using one’s gifts. Spurrier treated this theme with a heavy hand in this issue, but by doing so he produced a very dramatic result.
The alien remains my favorite part of this comic. Every scene involving the alien is visually exciting. Awesome layouts are used on the pages where the alien’s powers are manifested. Wildgoose’s illustrations and May’s colors in these panels make it so the reader’s eye is constantly drawn to small but interesting details. This is only my own interpretation, but to me, the alien seems to be an empath that can weaponize the negative feelings of the three Sams. This ability was on full display in issue #3. Not only did the alien’s abilities make for some exciting scenes, but Spurrier also used it as a device to expand on Samantha’s character development. This issue dove deep into Samantha’s past and revealed the kind of person she really is, resulting in an emotionally charged story with amazing art to back it up.
I finished the second issue thinking that Alienated might be the type of comic I should have waited to read as a trade paperback. However, this issue changed my mind. This third issue was totally worth the wait, especially considering that wait was extended by a couple months due to the Covid-19 shutdown. After reading Issue #3 my interest in, and love for, this mini-series was reignited. With three issues left, there’s plenty of time for new readers to pick up this mini-series and catch up with the what’s happened so far in Alienated.