The Silent Invasion. Vol. 3: The Abductions

NBM. May 2020. 136p. ISBN 9781681122557. pap. $16.99. Rated: Teen+. mys
Phil Housley’s life is in a shambles after encountering space aliens and unidentified flying saucers. Trying to rub two nickels together to make ends meet, the veteran gumshoe finally catches a break by achieving the holy grail every detective searches for: a well-heeled client with cash to burn. Mrs. Finster wants Phil to find her rich lawyer husband, Howard, who keeps mysteriously disappearing from his office. A seemingly open and shut case, Phil’s investigation leads him right back into the shadowy world of conspiracy when he discovers that Howard is being treated by a psychiatrist who specializes in people who believe themselves alien abductees. The saucer people are back and are up to no good!
VERDICT Following up their previous two volumes in the series (Red Shadows and The Great Fear), Cherkas and Hancock continue their exploration of Cold War–era sf paranoia with just the right amount of rich film noir sensibility combined with a striking artistic grafting of midcentury modern cartooning with expressively sinewy line work. Recommended for collections with the earlier books in the series.
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