1963. The Beatles are about to hit the big time, the Cold
War is escalating, and Guido Palmano has just returned from
America a changed man. His family can't quite put their finger
on it, but Guido, a former mobster with little regard for
anything outside his own self-interest, is a different person.
He's caring, compassionate, intelligent... Alien! Now, caught
between the dangerous ties to his former life and the political
hysteria surrounding a mysterious, crashed spaceship, Guido's
doing all he can to give his loved ones the best time of their
lives before his own time on this planet runs out...
Robinson's introduction to the reissue of the out of print
original graphic novel sets the scene well - although I don't
agree with all his observations. He states that he always
pictured Illegal Alien as the sort of movie that Ealing
Studio's would have made if they hadn't gone out of business
in the early 1960s. Hmmm, I'm not sure that this is very likely.
Nor do I feel that Alec Guiness would have been perfect to
play the role of Guido Palmano.
said that this
graphic novel, taken on it's own merits, is a fantastically
engaging read. Presented in simple black and white ink drawings
(I can hear some of you less cultured comic readers sighing
already) the story is dark and moody and will appeal to anyone
who likes good story telling.
a shame that the story was concluded so quickly. While I loved
the final few pages, I thought that the story could have been
extended just before Dino meets up with Guido again. There
is certainly scope for an additional collection of stories
that chart Guido's movements before the final pages.
engaging and wonderfully conceived. Shame it's taken so long
to be reissued.
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