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Roswell, Texas Comics – June 4, 2008
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The old cliché that it has to be seen in order to be believed definitelyi applies to this novel. As we learn in the opening pages, after Santa Ana was shot at the Alamo, history takes a vastly different turn. A hundred years later, something has happened in Roswell, TX. The President of Texas, Charles Lindbergh Jr., sends Wild Bill Bear to investigate with three Texas Rangers.
The United States, California, France, and Mexico also send agents, including pink-wearing Nazis, Madame Curie, and a host of other characters. The Pope is involved, an internal spy group in Texas keeps tabs on most of the players, and the mystery deepens when Bill Bear encounters the rancher in Roswell where events took place, a drop-dead gorgeous brunette from Tennessee, called Bettie.
... Historical characters blend seamlessly with fictional ones, and this has to be one of the funniest, most enjoyable alternative histories I have ever read.--Anders Monsen, PROMETHEUS
From straight outta Round Rock's own Big Head Press comes this rollicking and thoroughly Texalicious misadventure involving spies, counterspies, extraterrestrials, cowboys, commandos, and bikini-clad sorority girls from the galaxywide territories of the University of Texas. Say what?
Say: It's an alternative history that begins with Davy Crockett surviving the battle of the Alamo, Texas remaining an independent republic, an alien spacecraft crashing in Roswell, and things getting weirder from there. Much, much weirder, with all manner of cameos from celebrities from our reality e.g., John Wayne, Frank Sinatra, Gene Roddenberry, Marie Curie figuring strongly, in new guises, in an outlandish narrative that'll appeal to any pop-culture fans who like a bit of conspiracy theory sprinkled on top of their flakes of sci-fi goodness. Scott Bieser and Jen Zach's artwork, classic comic book rendering, effectively nails the tone and the times to each grayscale panel.--Wayne Allen Brenner, The Austin Chronicle
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Published four years after their graphic adaptation of THE PROBABILITY BROACH by L. Neil Smith & Scott Bieser, Big Head Press brings out this Texas "prequel" set 40 years earlier to that colorful romp (if prequel is the word to use when talking about alternate timelines). Smith collaborated with Rex F. May on the graphic novel's script.
Again our narrator is a native-American law officer named Bear. This time he is an ex-Texas Ranger in a Texas that never joined the United States. The story is told in flashback to new Texas President Charles A. Lindbergh Jr., the first man on the moon who discovers 2 pages of a 200 page document about an alien crash near Roswell, Texas in 1947.
Wild Bill Bear was the troubleshooter for the new president's dad at the time who was sent by Texas Ranger captain Audie Murphy to investigate the crash. Wild Bill is joined by three current rangers named Judah Benjamin "J.B." Rockwell, Meier "Rabbi" Kahane, and harmonica playing Malcolm Little.
The United States sends Eliot Ness and T. E. Lawrence with some Gurkhas to investigate the flying disk shot down by Texas Air Militia pilot Lt. G. Roddenberry near the ranch of Bettie May West. The Franco-Mexican Empire sends Madame Joliot-Curie at the behest of France's President-in-exile Charles DeGaulle President-for-life of California, Walter Elias Disney sends his two attorneys Roy Williams and Jimmy Dodd under the protection of Marine Colonel Marion Michael Morrison. The World War is still going but President Disney has some agreement with the pink uniformed Nazis so Col. Morrison also has some goose steppers in tow. Harder core Nazis send a flying wing from a carrier off the coast of California.
Things are about to hot in west Texas when all these forces meet back at the ranch. Watch for Little Annie Fanny, Jerry Lewis, "Jingles" Devine, James Mason, Ian Fleming, and Adolf Hitler [apprenticed to Diego Rivera] to show up. Anything can happen in a world where Harold Gould writes the comic strip LITTLE ORPHAN AYNIE [do you think Rand will sue?] and does.
The in-jokes are more aimed at Baby Boomers than Millennials, but this book is a colorful, page-turning adventure for all who wish to visit world where things happened differently.
Remember: in America black-listing is done by the people inside your area of work. Not by the governmente as much as they loved to really want to get all chevas on all of us. That hasn't happened.. yet.
The artwork is great, the writing goes without writing is Excellent. It's an America I want to be in.. scratch that 'The Probability Broach' is the world I want to be living it!
Typical L. Neil Smith writing, with an interesting plot and some engaging characters.
Lots of pop culture references and some characters who became famous in another universe.
An interesting alternate timeline story. Lots of improbable fun. Try it and enjoy!!