Monkeybrain is taking over this edition of Triple Shot Digital, urging you to download Strange Nation from Paul Allor (G.I. Joe, TMNT) and Juan Romera.
This high adventure comic focuses on outsider journalist Norma Park, her old man asskicking sidekick Jesse Vernon and also stars gorillas, Sasquatch, Area 51 aliens and the most formidable opponents of all — parents disappointed in her career choice!
Friend of the site, Paul Allor has impressed the comics community by coming strong out of the gate after graduating Andy Schmidt’s Comics Experience class and becoming a teacher over there himself. The young creator can add working on a comics script template for new writers (available for free) to his already impressive list of comics credits.
With Strange Nation, Paul is able to explore some big tropes and bigger twists in the realm of supernatural comics and tabloid journalism.
Our main gal Norma is more Agent Scully than Lois Lane but complimentary comparisons to the latter have been pouring in. Strong female leads always make this reporter smile, and hey, if she punches a couple of Sasquatch in the neck while doing her job, my grin gets twice as big.
Issues 1-3 of Strange Nation set up Norma’s world as the smart girl that is misunderstood at her daily newspaper gig but fits in well with the Weekly World News analog Strange Nation. After staking out a laboratory, posing as a janitor, Norma breaks in to find Joe, an intelligent and well spoken gorilla in a suit. She escapes after the alarm sounds, but at what cost to the imprisoned Joe?
Her partner Jesse Vernon faked is own death in ’77. This karate-chopping elderly adventurer shakes his hips as he kicks at henchmen in the amusement park. Could this be our peanut butter and banana sandwich eating FBI special agent E.P.?
As the investigation rolls on, we learn more about the Duma Corporation as she heads to Sydville. It is appreciated that Allor makes time to call out similarities and references to his own trope-isms in the book, like Twilight Zone and James Bond villains. This helps with the silly nature of the main ideas being toyed with.
Issue #4 debuts on ComiXology today, kicking off an exciting third act introducing the ever-important alien invasion conspiracy come to life!
From the origin of The Jupiter Cult to a town-wide Sasquatch invasion, hold on to your reporter’s notebook as things get hairy from the simian attack. Are Norma’s parents who they say they are? Why does her Dad have a long box full of Strange Nation issues under his bed? What is her Mom hiding, and what will she reveal over tea?
You will have to tune in for this strange and wonderful story yourself from Paul and Juan under the Monkeybrain imprint.
Juan Romera’s art borders on the Samnee-school of easy to read storytelling and fun fisticuffs. We’ll be looking forward to stories from him, last featured in this column for the ComiXology Submit title Fighting Stranger.
The story will continue and more will be revealed in issue #5, we hope you give this one a Triple Shot!