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Unit 44 #2 Review - Aliens are real and they're clingy AF

Updated: Sep 12, 2020

Wes Locher (Author) • Eduardo Jimenez (Pencils)

Alterna Comics (Publisher)Get it Now from Alterna Access

The first installment of Unit #44 was hilarious. Issue #2 is even better. It's been a few months since my last review but I never felt lost. A couple of agents lose a storage unit containing alien technology and shenanigans ensue as they try to get it back.

This issue gives insight into the villain plot and fleshes out the setting a bit. The issue also details how the tech got here in the first place. The story goes back to the Roswell crash in 1947 and riffs on alien conspiracy theories. Aliens survive the crash and are given refuge while the government reverse-engineers their technology.

This segment of the book was my favorite and the surviving alien, Snahkuhn is friggin hilarious. Not sure of the character's gender but it reminds me of a cross between my wife and mother (don't ask). The characters and setting are a lot of fun and most remind me of a Seth Mcfarlane animated series. I can totally see Agents Hatch and Gibson popping up in an episode of American Dad.

Another cool aspect of the series is that the comic is driven by humor but there is still an underlying story to be invested in. Wes could have gone the Un/Sacred route of creating an extended Sunday comic strip, but they decided to tell a legit story. The script is compelling and balanced well against the gags that come at an amazing clip.

The only gripe I have is that the cover doesn't reflect anything that happens in the actual book. It doesn't detract from the story but this isn't usually a problem I see at Alterna.

On that note, check out this series. It finished awhile back and comes together a lot better than you'd expect at the outset. Unit 44 is still one of the best value propositions in comics.