Author: Alan Moore
Artist: Jim Baike
Titan Books
RRP: £9.99
ISBN 1 84023 450 4
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A spacecraft from Tau Ceti crash-lands on the outskirts of Birmingham and its sole occupant (Interpreter Zhcchz) is left to fend for himself. He is soon befriended by a Brummie schoolgirl. She names him Skizz and it is not long before the government are hot on his heels...

ET/Skizz anyone notice a slight similarity? OK! Replace the words "slight similarity" with "total rip-off". The one difference being, Skizz is more lovable and a lot funnier.

While Alan Moore's warped brain comes up with a mighty fine plot it is Jim Baike's art that, as always shines through. I have always been a fan of Baike's since reading the short lived early 80's 2000AD spin-off comic Crisis. Baike's New Statesmen work showed what a wonderful artist he was. Skizz is a little more clumsy, but still beautiful.

For those of you who thought Birmingham was a hell hole, Skizz will... er... actually reinforce that view.

This collection is a must buy for those of us who remember the original series and £10 is a price worth paying to be swamped by nostalgia. I love the way this is also being released to coincide with the re-release of Spielberg's ET movie. Nice touch.

Darren Rea

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