PAUL CORNELL Addresses SAUCER COUNTRY End in April
Top among those threats is the announcement made by DC Comics last week that Vertigo would end Saucer Country's run in April with issue #14. That means ongoing writer Paul Cornell and artist Ryan Kelly are having to cut short their intended story.
Cornell and Kelly launched the series last year, telling the story of Arcadia Alvarado, a Mexican-American governor of New Mexico who is abducted by aliens on the eve of her announcement that she's running for president of the U.S.
This week, readers can pick up Saucer Country #11, a creative one-shot issue featuring art by Mirko Colak. Then the series enters a storyline titled "President's Day" that is solicited as a build-up to the election.
But issue #14 will be the end of the series. Does that mean we'll never find out why the presidential candidate was abducted? And will we ever find out if she became president? Newsarama asked...
Newsarama: Paul, now that we've heard the news about the future of Saucer Country, are you getting the chance to wrap things up by the last issue in April? Will it be a finished story?
Nrama: Now that we're drawing closer to the election, what's the focus of the comic and the characters over the next few months?
Cornell: This week's issue #11 is a one-off that explores Michael's childhood and fairy encounters, which is a comic I'm very proud of.
Nrama: You're getting the chance to work with Mirko Colak in #11. What does he bring to the comic, and how does his art fit with that single issue in particular?
Cornell: He gives our fairytale a really precise, characterful quality, drawing farm life and the world of the fairies with equal realism. There's something scary about fairies, and he really brings that out.
Nrama: What are you and Ryan Kelly hoping to bring to these last few issues during the "President's Day" story arc that finishes the run?
Cornell: It's putting the characters under the ultimate pressure, with a lot of twists and reversals as clever people plot against each other, and two huge cliffhangers, the second one of which reveals all about one of our ongoing mysteries. Ryan's drawing his heart out on these.
Cornell: Usually, when something I'm working on doesn't work out, I know why, and can kind of agree with the bad reviews, because I couldn't express what I was after, or because it got messed up, or I went too slowly. In this case, if I had a chance to do it all again, I wouldn't change a thing, but the audience just wasn't there. I think they would have preferred an actual alien invasion, rather than a story about UFO mythology. I'm hoping that if we can sell it differently, we can continue and hopefully sell to people who know what to expect.
Nrama: Is there any chance for the series to continue if sales kick in, maybe in trades?
Nrama: Anything else you want to tell fans about Saucer Country?
Cornell: Thank you for all your support. I hope you'll get to join us again for a relaunch. If we can make that happen, I'll tell the world.Got a comment? There's lots of conversation on Newsarama's FACEBOOK and TWITTER!