The 1950's were a historic time in the history of cinema, but one of the many things that era was known for were "B-movies". The "b" stood for "bad" and more often than not the plot involved some over-the-top monster on a rampage in a very cheesy sci-fi epic cheaply produced for the masses. Major studios plied some audiences with "3D" imagery during this time and large monsters - some of them bugs or pets or rubber toys - were often the common threat. The plots were cheesy, the dialogue stilted and the acting often wooden, but many still fondly remember these works, even if not for the intended reasons. It is this era that writer/artist/"director" Dan Boultwood (Esq.) wishes to recapture and satirize in "It Came! #1", the first of four issues from Titan Comics.
Summarizing this issue is very much akin to summarizing a comedy skit from "Monty Python" or "Saturday Night Live" or even from the mind of Mel Brooks. It is more of a comedy routine than a story, intentionally playing to the cliches and expectations of the era and genre it is invoking. "It Came!" is a film-within-a-comic set in 1958 in which the comically sexist Dr. Boy Brett and his long suffering gal-pal Doris have chosen the wrong time to have a drive in the British countryside. A giant robot from space has fallen from the sky and begun a rampage upon hapless farmers and villagers. They barely escape the automaton, although Doris' lipstick may never be the same. They flee to Trumpington Alley and meet more yokels, but they can't escape "it" for long. Boultwood's artwork captures the spirit of this satire with a black and white and heavily animated illustration style. He gives his characters (especially Dr. Brett) a lot of hilarious verbal tics and plays true to the genre while mocking it at the same time. Perhaps even more hilarious are mock ads in between the story and a parody of the "Internet Movie Data Base" profiling the two lead "actors", Fanny Flaunders and Dick Claymore.
Debuting this past Wednesday, offering 28 pages for $3.99, "It Came! #1" offers a great spoof with great art for a great price. Boultwood proves himself a master of true parody in his first major work with Titan Comics, and it should be read to be believed.