Aliens Don’t Know How To Raise Children: Midnight Vista #1 Reviewed

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

The Flores family just went through a messy divorce. Oliver, the only son of the Flores’, is trying to cope with it through TV. His new step-dad offers to take him out for ice cream, and something incredible happens on the way there: Oliver and his step-dad are abducted by aliens. Now, 17 years later, Oliver appears again naked in the streets of El Paso. The police pick him up and can’t believe that Oliver is back after all this time. They also aren’t prepared for the story that Oliver has to tell.

Midnight Vista #1 cover by Juan Doe
Midnight Vista #1 cover by Juan Doe

Midnight Vista #1 brings the classic alien abduction tale AfterShock comics, courtesy of Eliot Rahal, Clara Meath, Mark Englert, and Taylor Esposito.

The story is simple and easy to follow despite the time skip: Oliver is abducted by aliens and is released after 17 years. It could almost be accused of being too “traditional” in the canon of alien abduction stories.

What drew me into Midnight Vista is the character of Oliver. Despite being a fully-grown man, he’s still very much a child. That makes sense considering the trauma he’s been through and the lack of human interaction he’s had in the past two decades. It’s interesting, and it leads me to wonder how all of this is going to shake out in the issues to come.

That is the main bright spot in Midnight Vista #1, though it does have other positive qualities. That said, it still struggles with just how conventional its narrative is.

Midnight Vista #1 art by Clara Meath, Mark Englert, and letterer Taylor Esposito
Midnight Vista #1 art by Clara Meath, Mark Englert, and letterer Taylor Esposito

Clara Meath’s artwork is very good, and she does a great job of capturing how childlike the adult Oliver is in his expressions and body language. She also captures the trauma of the darker scenes with aplomb. Mark Englert is a damn good colorist, and he shows that talent well here.

Midnight Vista #1 is a promising start for this series. Oliver is a good lead, and the characters around him have the potential to be engaging. The story is a little too traditional for its own good, but it has the opportunity to break the mold in the issues to come. In any case, I can recommend this comic. Feel free to pick it up.

Midnight Vista #1 comes to us from writer Eliot Rahal, artist Clara Meath, color artist Mark Englert, letterer Taylor Esposito, cover artist Juan Doe, and variant cover artist Rahzzah.

Final Score: 7/10

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