The X-Files-esque conspiracy of Primordial continues in the third issue, with Dr Pembrook trying to discover how Yelena – who took care of the dog Laika before she was launched into space – found him. And what does she know about the disappearance of the Russian dog and the two American primates, Able and Mrs Baker? Speaking of the three animals, what is happening to them and where are they now?

Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino’s superb six-issue mini-series continues to both impress and intrigue at its halfway point; the flashback to the monkeys being caught and mistreated during the experiments to prepare them for space travel is well-handled but heartbreaking. Their current situation – with them finding each other and discovering that they can communicate with one another, is again an absolutely mind-blowing series of pages from Sorrentino; the layout and composition being incredibly impressive. This contrasts with the more mundane but no less intriguing situation unfolding with the scientists and Cold War conflict back on Earth.

Primordial is a comic that has genuinely dug its hooks into me; I’m not sure where it’s going, but I know it’s going to be a great read no matter where we end up.

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