Written by Paul Cornell
Art by Ryan Kelly
After two issues of data dumping concerning the existence of aliens and their technology, Paul Cornell returns to his main plotline, as Governor Alvarado prepares herself for a debate during the Democratic primaries. Her opponent is a pretty smooth player, and Alvarado is still readjusting to life after her abduction.
Cornell gives most of the main characters some space of their own this issue. The Governor's ex-husband was abducted with her, and he's also having a hard time, missing time, and having some difficulty managing reality (as we see in a beautifully executed, if complicated, scene).
Professor Kidd is using the campaign as cover to investigate other instances of abduction, including that of a woman who may have been on the alien craft the same evening as the Governor. This is putting him on the trail, and quite probably the radar, of the 'Men in Black', who have a very peculiar way of keeping their existence out of the media, and paying homage to one of my all-time favourite TV shows at the same time.
Cornell is doing some very cool work with this series, and Ryan Kelly is one of the best artists for this book. He excels at drawing real people, and putting them in real situations. Few artists can pull off books that involve a lot of scenes of people sitting around talking as well as Kelly can. This is a great title, and it proves that Vertigo still has some life in it.