Resident Alien: The Man With No Name #2
We’re firmly into the mystery here in Resident Alien: The Man With No Name #2 (of 4), but it’s the subtleties of the character interaction that I enjoy most about the series.
A downtown building has burned, and the firefighters discover that the ruined warehouse was probably a meth lab. As the investigation continues, we get some crisp scenes between the authorities and some of the sketchier inhabitants of the area, doling out bits of information and characterization.
Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse are skilled in assembling small scenes of dialogue and incident into a tightly told, fast-moving mystery with an authentic feel of both small town and foreign outsider.
Following up on the first issue, the issue ends with Harry having dinner with his assistant and her father. I want to know more about that family, so I’m glad to see the interaction, particularly with what it means for the next issue. I really believe in their deep caring for each other, and their potential to be truly good friends to Harry. (The publisher provided a digital review copy.)
Update: The collected edition is now available.