Friday, August 15, 2008
Best described as a cross between E.T. and Boys from the Blackstuff, Skizz was originally published in 2000 A.D. around 1983 and thereabouts. The series was written by script robot Alan Moore, drawn by art robot Jim Baikie and set in the area in England where I come from.
The plot: When a spacecraft from Tau Ceti crashlands just outside Birmingham, its sole occupant - Interpreter Zhcchz - is left alone and incapable of escape, in a world he can't begin to comprehend. Terrified, hungry and disorientated, the alien finally finds warmth in a dark shed...Luckily for the unfortunate alien, he is befriended by a Brummie schoolgirl, Roxy, who stumbles upon him by accident. But Skizz (as Roxy names him) becomes the object of a government search, led by the crazed alien-hunter Van Owen, after the object of a government search, led by the crazed alien-hunter Van Owen, after the wreckage of his ship is found. With Skizz still desperately trying to adjust to Earth, and only Roxy to protect him, will either of them survive, let alone cope with the strangest days of either of their lives?
Funny and gritty in equal measures, Skizz is a total classic, completely of it's time (the Thatcher years) and a great starting point for those getting into the type of cult classic 80s Brit comics that would heavily influence the likes of DC and Marvel by the mid-to-late 80s.
Posted by X-Y-Z-Cosmonaut at 3:02 AM