Far more than just clever wordplay (the ‘Universal Healthcare’ pun is pretty irresistible though), ET-ER is a vibrant, fun and exciting jaunt into a clandestine emergency room that caters for intergalactic patients.

Beyond that tantalisingly detailed Andrew Robinson cover are two alien-based medical dramas. The first – called The Walk-Ins – is a very Men in Black-esque tale of a Doctor being introduced to the secret hospital below the regular one – and before long, she’s assisting the kooky specialists down there with a very big, very nasty extra-terrestrial patient. The second story takes us inside a sick alien’s body, with a gross-out tale featuring a hands-on Doc who’s attacked by an aggressive pathogen.

The first story’s art is absolutely sublime; Javier Pulido’s almost Tintin-esque style really leaping off the page in pop art colouring (also by the talented Pulido). The art is appropriately otherworldly, feels very Euro Sci-Fi and it’s full of neat stylistic touches; all in all, it adds a great deal to Jeff McComsey’s excellent writing.

The second, briefer tale – Hard Pill – is a much more action-oriented one, with some great action sequences in a much more contemporary style (by Shawn Crystal) and fast-paced scripting by Dan Panosian, who wisely allows the art to do the talking, without too much in the way of dialogue to get in the way. It’s fun, it’s eventful – despite its brevity – and it’s even got a few grossly humourous touches too.

Overall, ET-ER is a blindingly good, hugely entertaining read with a great concept. The two stories show how much potential there is in the Men in Black-meets-ER mashup, taking us to some very different places over the course of the different tales. AWA have another hit on their hands, it seems.

Please check out a preview of the opening pages below.

Many thanks to AWA Studios for providing me with a copy of ET-ER #1 for review purposes.

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