BRIEF SYNOPSIS: A robot invades the 1950s British countryside.
PROS: Funny, with laugh-out-loud moments; an excellent parody of classic SciFi films of yesteryear; appealing artwork.
CONS: Though maybe intentional, the thick British colloquialisms undermined the pace of the story.
BOTTOM LINE: A hoot to read, especially for fans of 1950s SciFi B-films.
I always thought that the classic SciFi flicks of yesteryear maintained a certain kind of charm. It’s endlessly interesting to see the ways that films we made decades ago, with their small budgets, poor set pieces and outdated societal norms.
All of that is perfectly captured in Dan Boultwood’s funny comic It Came, published in a nice, sturdy hardback edition by Titan comics. The scene is 1958 Britain, and misogynistic space scientist, Dr. Boy Brett, and his erstwhile (and very patient) assistant, Doris Night, are traveling the countryside when they stumble upon a small village that is mysteriously vacant. There, they encounter a huge, seemingly indestructible robot, named Grurk because that’s the only sound he makes. Grurk’s mission to harvest the “Bristishness” from the Brits to use as a source of energy.
As you can tell by the premise, It Came is played for laughs and it succeeds on almost every level. Not only does the plot takes turns that are just plain funny, but the mannerisms of our ego-inflated manly hero are hysterical. Brett’s treatment of his female assistant is a spot-on satire of the way Hollywood treated women as nearly useless set pieces in film. Of course, Doris is really a bit smarter than Brett realizes; smarter than even Brett and the men of the military, who are called in defeat the robot but do little more than make a mess of things.
Boultwood’s story moves relatively quickly, despite a steady stream of increasingly nonsensical “colloquialisms’ uttered several of the character’s — mostly the handsome idiot, Brett. His drawing style is eye-catching and perfectly suited to the Classic B-Movie style, as demonstrated in a generous handful of extras included in the volume, including comic “issue” covers., movie posters, advertisements — all of which are comical send-ups of the 1950’s movie era.