Tuesday, 15 January 2013
Posted by emmetocuana at 11:00
Sad news this week, as Paul Cornell has confirmed that his series Saucer Country will be finishing up at DC in April this year. With ends the writer's current crop of work for DC - unfortunately he will also be leaving Demon Knights, which was a fun fantasy title that riffed on Arthurian myth and DC's own in-universe history.
Saucer Country was also a neat inversion of reader expectations, being simultaneously a book centered around UFO conspiracy theories as well as the cut-throat world of American politics. Arcadia Alvaro a Presidential hopeful doing the rounds of stump speeches, while also attempting to hide what she suspects is an alien abduction experience, is a compelling protagonist. Her surreal political campaign was executed in the pages of Saucer Country impressively - I wonder if the title is also a reference to Bill Hicks' line about his Flying Saucer tour - and it is a great shame not to follow her future adventures in politics.
Cornell himself promised on his blog that the tale will one day be finished, rather than consigning it to the dustbin of cancelled comics -
I will, one day, finish Saucer Country, in one way or another, in a dramatically satisfying way. That is to say, I won't just put up the remainder of the plot on my blog or something, I'll find a professional means to actually complete the story, ideally in comic book form, or as a novel or, hey, go on, a movie. The rights revert to me reasonably soon. We'll work from there.
Labels: Bill Hicks, Comics, DC Comics, Demon Knights, Paul Cornell, Saucer Country, UFO conspiracies, Vertigo |