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Saucer Country Vol. 1: Run (Saucer Country #1)

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Arcadia Alvarado, the leading Democratic candidate for President of the United States, says she was 'abducted by aliens.' As the Mexican-American Governor of New Mexico, she's dealing with immigration, budget cuts and an alcoholic ex. She's about to toss her hat into the ring as a candidate for President in the most volatile political climate ever. But then...a lonely road ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published November 21st 2012 by Vertigo (first published March 14th 2012)
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I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway.


Awesome Latina protagonist!

Artwork is realistic. Characters have distinct facial features, heights, etc, which is helpful given that the majority of the cast are middle-aged white men.

Proper anatomy! Huzzah!

No excessive sexualization of characters. Nudity/skin shown is logical (character is in shower, nightgown, whatever) and poses are natural, rather than contorted into a pin-up pose. Arcadia dresses like a politician, with a minimum of cle
Dec 08, 2014 Zedsdead rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Paul Cornell's horrifying witch tale London Falling was simply terrific. His fantasy comic Demon Knights was awful. A Better Way to Die, his short story contribution to GRRM's anthology Rogues, was uneven, a promising effort that fell flat. The guy is just all over the place.

He dekes again by taking what bodes to be a pulpy crapfest of a concept--flying saucers--and somehow crafting from it an intelligent, thoughtful exploration of UFO mythology combined with a fairly shrewd study of an unlikely
Shannon Appelcline
Aug 10, 2013 Shannon Appelcline rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, comics-indy
I spent much of this comic trying to decide whether I liked this comic or not. I appreciate the characters, and I think the use of political drama is good as a contrast to the science-fiction. However the alien elements of the comic seemed a bit cliched -- which may be the point. I felt like it had started to shape up by the end, when we were focusing more on Arcadia and on figuring out what's going on, and I thought the last issue, with its look at a possible UFO mythology quite good.

I'll defin
William Thomas
Dec 26, 2012 William Thomas rated it did not like it
Paul Cornell went too clever by half here with Saucer Country, whose premise sounds like the most promising new title Vertigo has to offer. However, Cornell's execution leaves everything to be desired and what we are left with after having been grabbed by the synopsis is little more than wacky antics and hallucinatory diatribes.

Writing: D
Art: C
Jenny (Reading Envy)
I wasn't sure what to think of this at first, but by the fourth of six, I was hooked. Alien abduction, Latina presidential candidate, and things are not what they seem.... I'd definitely jump to vol. 2 to find out what happens next.
Feb 04, 2014 Cale rated it liked it
I lost track of this as a monthly, but it works better collected. A Hispanic divorced governor of New Mexico is planning to run for President, but she's got a big secret - she thinks she was abducted by aliens. The story does not play out as you would expect, and all of the characters are interesting and deep. Everyone seems to recognize just how close to the edge the story is, and plays it accordingly. There are lots of twists and turns and political maneuvering, and separate organizations with ...more
This book being what it is with the complex, unclear storyline and the convoluted nature of the plot, I would have been better served by finishing the whole thing when I started it. As it was, I spent the last few issues terribly confused because I'd started it a week ago, read the majority, and not picked it up since. Whoops. It would definitely be a better read if you read it all at once, because I, for one, got a little confused by the lag. It would be interesting to see how it all ties up, t ...more
May 11, 2013 Sonic rated it really liked it
My experience of this book vacillated back and forth between "it was ok" and "really liked it" but I must admit that I ended up at "really liked it." The last chapter being a sort of trippy reader of the abduction phenomenon was absolutely fantastic, and the fast and loose (and like I said, "trippy") handling of this material, was itself a kind of explanation for why this was such a perfect way of handling this type of material.

I will never forget a conversation that I once had with a friend who
Dec 18, 2013 Paul rated it liked it
A mix of sci-fi and politics that starts strong but peters out a bit towards the end.

Aracadia Alvarado, governor of New Mexico, is destined to be a groundbreaking candidate for president. She's running at time when America's ready to consider a divorced, Latino, pro-immigration woman for president. Except for the fact that she thinks that aliens have abducted her on the eve of the announcement of her candidacy. And thinks that the aliens are the threat to national security.

Paul Cornell and Ryan
Nov 30, 2012 Michael rated it really liked it
Shelves: sequential-art
Paul Cornell legt hier hier eine Graphic Novel vor, die sich mit einem der großen amerikanischen Mythen des 20. Jahrhunderts beschäftigt: Die Entführung durch Außerirdische.
Die mexikanisch-stämmige Gouverneurin Arcadia Alvarado will als Präsidentschaftskandidatin kandidieren. Die Chancen für eine Wahl sind ohnehin nicht rosig für sie: eine weibliche, nicht in Amerika geborene Präsidentin mit einem Ex-Mann, der sie mißhandelt hat? Aber dann kommt etwas hinzu, dass eine Wahl vollends unwahrscheinl
Jul 15, 2015 Danie rated it liked it
Shelves: dc
Won this via First Reads.

The Democrat Governor of New Mexico, Arcadia Alvarado, who is also running for President of the United States, has a very trippy experience while driving home from a party. Did she and her ex-husband, who was also in the car, get abducted by aliens? Or maybe it was all in their head, all a dream? Or perhaps the truth is somewhere in between the two ideas?

Then there's also a former Harvard professor who has two miniature people, a man and a woman who are very naked and hu
First Reads Review - Saucer Country Vol 1

So I honestly don't know exactly what to make of this. I mean, I like it. The writing and the art are solid, and it's quite weird. But beyond that, I'm not entirely sure what to make of it. I suppose I should explain a bit more than that, though, as DC was nice enough to give me a free copy through First Reads. I guess I signed up for it largely because of Paul Cornell, whom I am a fan of. And in that respect I am not disappointed, only a bit confused bec
Jul 06, 2013 Sunil rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
Saucer Country puts a new spin on aliens by putting the focus on politics. Governor Arcadia Alvarado is set to be the first female, divorced, Hispanic President of the United States...but she'd also be the first President who claims to have been abducted by aliens and wants to protect the country from an invasion. Surrounding her are Harry, her supportive Chief of Staff; Chloe, her skeptical campaign strategist; and Professor Kidd, her UFO lore consultant.

This first volume spends a lot of time u
John Wiswell
May 24, 2013 John Wiswell rated it really liked it
A fun, brief story to read in the middle of my X-Files marathon. Saucer Country is the story of a governor and her ex-husband, who believe their "lost time" was an alien abduction. This introductory volume spends half its length setting up all the characters, the politicians who support or undermine her, conspiracy theorists, mad men who might also have been touched by aliens, and one great hulking bodyguard. The governor's core group, of that bodyguard, an elderly strategist who's devoted his l ...more
Dec 02, 2012 Markus rated it it was amazing
I have enjoyed a recent Vertigo titles like Scalped and Unwritten, but that last essence of something has been missing. That missing piece is UFOs, but my friend always says 'all you need for good story is Ninjas, explosions and boobs', not those things yet, but you never know. Story revolves around a governor who announces her candidacy for a president of the USA, but has encounter with aliens or something weirder. There is couple groups with hidden agendas, one want's to expose the government ...more
Jul 12, 2014 Daryl rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Now this is what Vertigo is all about. The governor of New Mexico (who is Hispanic, female, and divorced, by the way) decides to make a run for president, but then starts having flashbacks/memories of being abducted by aliens. Not a lot of progress is made in this first trade, but the story is intriguing and the art by Ryan Kelly is suitably realistic. I want to read more to see what happens next.
Nicholas Whyte
May 12, 2013 Nicholas Whyte rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf, comics, hugo, 2013, 1303, b13[return][return]Paul Cornell takes us to New Mexico, where the governor has just announced her candidacy for President, and at the same time she and her husband are mixed up in a peculiar incident of apparent alien abduction. It isn't utterly dissimilar to his London Falling, which also has establishment figures from unusual backgrounds (his varied police squad) having to deal with the unexpectedly sfnal in their work.[return][return]Cornell deconstructs ...more
Matti Karjalainen
New Mexicon demokraattikuvernööri Arcadia Alvarado ilmoittaa ryhtyvänsä kandidaatiksi kun seuraavaa presidenttiä valitaan. Alvarado on nainen, eronnut ja latino, sekä hänen suvustaan löytyy Yhdysvaltoihin laittomasti muuttaneita muukalaisia - aikamoinen takamatka kenelle tahansa USA:n presidenttiydestä haaveilevalle, mutta siinä vaiheessa homma alkaa käydä mielenkiintoiseksi kun mieleen alkaa nousta hämäriä muistoja avaruusolentojen suorittamasta sieppauksesta.

Paul Cornellin käsikirjoittama "Sau
Mar 15, 2012 Crystal rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic
Pretty interesting premise, but then, I was sold on premise before I even picked it up. In case you don't already know, the premise is... Arcadia Alvarado, a divorced Latin woman and governor of New Mexico is deciding to run for president, and oh ya, something about aliens, actual dun-dun-dun flying saucer aliens...

In any case, the first issue wasn't mind-blowing, probably mostly because the narrative is broken up a bit between what looks like a couple of different storylines, each with its own
Jan 02, 2013 Travis rated it really liked it
Pretty much any book from DC's Vertigo interests me since they cover territory you won't find anywhere else. Still, the first book of any new series needs to do an excellent job of hooking me to continue, though. Saucer Country's first volume has plenty of intriguing ideas and memorable scenes. Enough is given to the reader to get one thinking without revealing everything. It almost feels like an unreliable narrator except it's not first person. And like any good alien abduction story, you're le ...more
David Mcangus
Aug 22, 2013 David Mcangus rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, occultism
This first trade reminded me a lot of John Michael Greer's UFO book: 'UFO Phenomenon: Fact, Fantasy and Disinformation'. It explores the various theories relating to the UFO mythology and seems to settle on a similar mystical perspective. Some readers who aren't already versed in this may find the information a bit overwhelming and therefore damaging to the story. But the creators try to lessen this by offering a well balanced cast to reflect the different reactions a reader might have.

Due to a
Jeroen Schwartz
Nov 01, 2014 Jeroen Schwartz rated it liked it
Shelves: comic-graphic
De vele herhalingen (flashbacks over wat er gebeurd is, wat er gebeurd zou kunnen zijn) houden het nochtans prikkelend begonnen verhaal op. De laatste comic (in deze bundeling) is ideeënloos en belooft niet heel veel goeds voor de volgende edities (in de tweede bundel). Toch nieuwsgierig...
James Sorensen
Mar 14, 2014 James Sorensen rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Disclaimer: I won this book as part of the Goodreads first-read program.

Arcadia Alvarado, a Latina, is the Governor of New Mexico and is also the leading Democratic Candidate for the U.S. Presidency. And she has been abducted by aliens.

This is Volume #1 in an interesting Graphic Novel series with very good graphics and an interesting story but I'm not sure I'd buy Volume #2. She becomes involved with a Harvard UFO-ologist, who might be crazy and a duplicitous Doctor that will violate her confid
As a resident of New Mexico, I was attracted to this title since it contained some elements of reality concerning our state. We do have a Hispanic female governor, although she is a Republican, not a Democrat, and of course, the Roswell incident and alien encounters are a major part of local folklore.

Unfortunately, this is one of those volumes that seems to be all set up for much more complex plotting to come. We are introduced to some intriguing characters, and some interesting concepts, and w
Norman Cook
Apr 21, 2013 Norman Cook rated it really liked it
A divorced, latina running for president? Definitely science fiction. Seriously, this volume, which collects the first six issues of Saucer Country, sets up an interesting situation. Did Arcadia Alvarado really get abducted by bug-eyed grey aliens who anally probed her? I trust that popular writer Paul Cornell has something a bit more clever in mind than these overused tropes; there are certainly hints that there is more than meets the eye. Unfortunately, as with many serialized comic books, the ...more
Kate Sherrod
Aug 04, 2015 Kate Sherrod rated it liked it
My friend Mac Tonnies would have either loved our hated this comic, passionately. Me, I'm admiring the ideas more than the execution (though the art is pretty great).
May 21, 2012 Crystal rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic
Hm. Still liking it enough but I feel like so far it's all peas and potatoes. Seems like the meat is gonna take a few more issues. I still don't care about any of the characters and the plot is a bit watery; that is, the story doesn't really stay with you.

Merged review:

I'm still sort of "meh" on this one. It seemed so promising so I'm clinging to that, and there is certainly still some room for some interesting things to happen -- I mean, for crissakes, we're talking aliens showing up in odd pla
Alex Sarll
The female, Hispanic Governor of New Mexico runs for President - and you could consider that plot enough, what with the awkward ex-husband and the Tea Party types determined to bring her down - but on top of that, she's had an alien abduction experience. Except it's already been strongly implied that they're not anything so simple as little grey men from another planet - I suspect we're headed into Grant Morrison territory here, with aliens as a visitation from the cosmic overmind. Cornell seems ...more
Dec 16, 2012 Andy rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, 2012
You think you know where this is going, but you really don't. At least I didn't. New Mexico governor Arcadia Alvarado is early into her presidential campaign when she begins to suspect she was recently abducted by aliens. Alvarado is convinced that she must become President in order to help prevent an alien invasion.

Sounds pretty silly, right? And it definitely sounds like something you've seen before. But it isn't. I'm going to have to re-read this one soon because it so completely goes where I
Really interesting take on abductions. Loved the main character and the art is just beautiful, even when shows little gray aliens.
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Paul Cornell is a British writer of science fiction and fantasy prose, comics and television. He's been Hugo Award-nominated for all three media, and has won the BSFA Award for his short fiction, and the Eagle Award for his comics. He's the writer of Saucer Country for Vertigo, Demon Knights for DC, and has written for the Doctor Who TV series. His new urban fantasy novel is London Falling, out fr ...more
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