Heroes & Villains: E.A. Henson on his new PS5 and the “Resident Alien” Omnibus

Quite a lot to cover since last week’s column AND I’ve got a comic to write about! Let’s get it.

Get your Jack Torrence GIFs and JPEGs ready. I’m writing this on the eve of an oncoming winter storm which threatens to dump over a foot of snow on the greater Detroit area. Since this mess of water is scheduled to hit on New Comic Book day I’ve made the executive decision to not get my comics. There’s no comic collector’s creed that I’m aware of (“Neither rain, nor snow, no blackest night shall keep me from my new comics…”) so I’m going to stay inside and enjoy…

Left, the Digital-Only PS5 – Right, the Ultra HD BluRay version

My new PS5. Yes, I’ve finally fulfilled my months (years?) long dream of obtaining a PS5 and it’s…okay. Truth be told I only kind of wanted one but when the opportunity to purchase one was presented to me I couldn’t say no. Also, I would be a goddamn liar if I didn’t disclose that I had a stomach ache for most of Friday night after I picked it up due to the financial expenditure. I’m not going to starve or bankrupt myself but I’m at that point in my life where dropping that kind of cash on a luxury item seems more than a bit silly to me. 

As of this writing I’ve got two of the three games I’m interested in (Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Guardians of the Galaxy) and I’m looking forward to seeing where this system goes for the rest of its lifecycle. 

I’ve also been on a bit of a hot streak with regards to finding new toys and collectibles out in the wild. That’s more of a discussion for the Figure Friday column which you should totally check out…along with our NEW sponsor!

Now…comics!

Resident Alien Omnibus Volume 1
Peter Hogan (W)
Steve Parhouse (A)
Dark Horse Comics

Last week I got a haircut. A trivial insight into my life but still a cause for celebration…these roots don’t stay this shade of chestnut on their own. While I was in the chair my stylist barber did tell me, at length and great detail, about the hit SyFy Channel show Resident Alien. As of this writing I haven’t seen a second of it, but I promised that I would check it out on the strength of their recommendation alone. I explained that I was familiar with Alan Tudyk and his oeuvre and that his work work in the sci-fi genre was usually an indicator of outstanding quality.

Later when checking my email I was surprised to see that Dark Horse Comics had sent across the Omnibus for the very comic on which Resident Alien was based. I’m sure there are larger philosophical discussions to be had here but it does seem like whenever I ask the universe to deliver unto me a comic to write about…it does exactly that.

Here’s the blurb:

Living undercover as a semi-retired, small-town doctor, a stranded alien’s only hope is to stay off humanity’s radar until he can be rescued. When he’s pulled into a surprising murder mystery by the town’s desperate mayor and struggling police chief, ”Dr. Harry Vanderspeigle” learns more about the human condition than he ever wanted to. Acclaimed creators Peter Hogan (2000 AD, Tom Strong) and Steve Parkhouse (Milkman Murders, Doctor Who) deliver a truly unique sci-fi adventure tale with heart and humor! This omnibus collects Resident Alien volumes 1-3!

I’m about 2/3 of the way through the omnibus and that’s only because I had to force myself to put it down last night so I could go to sleep. One of the many perks of this gig is discovering comics that may have flown under my radar previously. Quite like Resident Alien, a comic about an alien…flying under the radar. 

Without a doubt I’ll be checking out the TV show now based on the strength of the comic. I’m curious to see how it fare as an adaption and I’ve never been one of those type of fans that expect a strict 1:1 adaptation of the source material, choosing to let movies or TV shows exist on their own merits. It would just be painfully boring if I knew what was going to happen already.

So if you’re a fan of Resident Alien on SyFy make sure to pick up this omnibus and check it out! Then you can politely insert the fact that you’ve read the source material into conversation, impressing both friends and loved ones!

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