Blue Book Volume 1: 1961 – Graphic Novel Review

Blue Book Volume 1: 1961 by James Tynion IV (Author), Michael Avon Oeming (Illustrator)

In Blue Book, teaming with artist Michael Avon Oeming and letterer Aditya Bidikar, Tynion presents what he calls his “True Weird” stories. Tales of ordinary people encountering the strange and the impossible.

Volume 1 retells the infamous case of the abduction of Betty and Barney Hill of New Hampshire in 1961 — the very first widely-publicized UFO abduction that went on to shape and influence all future encounter stories.

After watching the show Project Blue Book on the History Channel, I’ve been fascinated with Project Blue Book and the stories surrounding it. This first volume tells the story of Betty and Barney Hill’s UFO experiences and the aftermath.

I’ve read and watched more than a few alien abduction and UFO encounter stories – from horror to humorous and everything in between. The artwork is dark and loose – without much detail. But the story matched with the startling imagery of the aliens, suddenly became creepy. Knowing this story was based on a couple’s experiences that they very much believed made it all the more gripping as I read it. The captivating read is at times heartbreaking, with emotions coming through the faces in the artwork as well. I was impressed and taken a bit by surprised at the end. I’ll definitely follow along with this exciting new series.

Blue Book Volume 1: 1961 releases from Dark Horse Books on September 19, 2023.