ALIENATED is a New Comic Series Coming About Teens Wielding a Power They Aren't Ready For

Alienated is a new series from Simon Spurrier and Chris Wildgoose announced by BOOM! Studios at New York Comic Con. The series is said to be “a subversive coming-of-age story about about having all the power to change the world but the unready hands to truly wield it.”

Three teenagers, each an outcast in their own way, stumble upon an unearthly entity as it’s born. As they bond over this shared secret and the creature’s incredible abilities, it becomes clear to the teenagers that their cute little pet is a predator in the making—and it’s in need of prey. Guided by the best intentions at first, the teens’ decisions soon become corrupted by adolescent desires, small town jealousies, and internal rivalries, sending them into a catastrophic spiral of their own making.

Talking about the inspiration for Alienated, Spurrier said:

I always wondered what would’ve happened if E.T. had been befriended by someone a little less... nice. Someone with issues. Someone with rage and uncertainty and insecurity and big ideas, waiting to be tested. A teenager, basically. Or better yet, three of them. Then again, I always wondered what would’ve happened if E.T. himself had been a bit more, y’know. Alien. As in: ineffably strange. And terrifying. ALIENATED answers both questions. It’s my take on the classic coming-of-age high school tale, by which I mean it’s got as much vicious toxicity about it as it has awkwardness and heart. Some kids find pirate treasure, some kids find a dead body on the train tracks; these kids find an nth-dimensional psychic entity which hungers for brainwaves. Mischief and murder ensues.

Wildgoose added:

This is a dream team project for me. I’ve been hoping I would have the chance to work with Simon Spurrier and Eric Harburn for years, and finally our paths have aligned. I am so looking forward to seeing what people think of ALIENATED. We have some fresh approaches to tell the story of these three outcast teenagers who are pulled together by the unpredictable power of an alien force. I think it’s a story that will pull on your heartstrings and make you laugh, with a nice bit of cosmic horror thrown in for good measure—all wrapped in a high school drama. It’s quite the mix!

Alienated #1 will be available in February 2020 with print copies being exclusive to comic book shops. Are you interested?

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