You’re at home one Friday or Saturday night, it’s late, you’re alone, aimlessly flipping through channels, thinking to yourself, “I should just get up and put in a movie.” But you know that you’re far too lazy for that and figure that if you search long enough, surely you’ll find something worth watching. Then, as if by divine intervention, you land on a random channel you’ve never heard of, maybe it’s your local cable access provider, and they’re playing an old black and white B-movie. There’s a dashing young man driving a car, a buxom young lady with a ditzy disposition in the passenger seat, and just when you’re about continue your search, zap, a flying saucer comes out of nowhere, and you’re hooked. We’re talking cheesy, campy, and you wish you had some buddies around to help you make fun of this, Mystery Science Theater 3000 style. You can see the string holding up the UFO, and you can’t believe how wooden the dialogue is, but at the same time, the movie is totally endearing, and you thoroughly enjoy your time spent together.
Most of us have found ourselves in this situation, or one very similar, at one time or another, and this sort of gleeful fun is exactly what It Came!, a new comic collection from Dan Boultwood, perfectly captures on its pages. Tongue planted firmly in cheek, the story, and the accompanying artwork, call to mind the heyday of schlock-filled, low-budget sci-fi cinema, with keen eye on the attempts of British filmmakers to mimic the work of their more successful Hollywood counterparts.