"Saucer Country" (DC/Vertigo 2012-2013) Created by Paul Cornell and Ryan Kelly
"Saucer Country" could have been Vertigo's latest treatise on American mythology and politics, if it wasn't whisked away so soon. Paul Cornell and Ryan Kelly were crafting a political drama for the information age, a sort of "X-Files" meets "West Wing" mash-up that combined flying saucer folklore with the even stranger world of American politics. Each issue was like a lecture on the history of flying saucer and alien abduction history, a paranoid page turner that was as satirical as it was chilling. The series' examination of modern American views on race combined with the amorphous world of UFO chasing made "Saucer Country" a distinctive experience, month after month, yet the brilliantly conceived title was lost in the noise of the New 52 and was given the ax after 14 issues despite rave critical reviews. "Saucer Country" was a totally original politically charged sci-fi thriller with a human heart -- here's hoping we hear more from Cornell and Kelly about its rumored resurfacing at an other publisher, soon.