Preview: The Intergalactic Nemesis: Book One Target Earth

Jackie Mantey, Columbus Alive

Hysteria will soon sweep a captive audience in this very city. A race of acidic sludge alien monsters will potentially decimate all that these humans hold dear. A sound effects artist will share a stage with voice actors. What adventure!

"The Intergalactic Nemesis" is a live-action performance of a graphic novel. The story comes to life courtesy of a sensory feast - three actors on stage read the parts in an old-timey radio mystery show style, a Foley artist provides sound effects with unconventional objects, live musicians set the tone, and a big screen flashes colorful comic panels.

In "The Intergalactic Nemesis" it is 1933 and resident reporter-on-the-scene Molly Sloan and her assistant Timmy Mendez get caught in a web of interplanetary secrets and war. Helping them fend off menacing humans and aliens alike is a mysterious, sexily spectacled librarian from Arizona.

"Ben Wilcott. He's the romantic hero, a librarian, an everyday guy. I care deeply about that character," said "The Intergalactic Nemesis" creator Jason Neulander. "He wasn't born with super powers. He just is a smart, nice guy. I guess through my own personal story I can really identify with the idea of trying to succeed against all odds."

The fact that the production's characters are relatable despite struggling to survive in such a fantastic setting and plot holds a lot of the appeal of "The Intergalactic Nemesis," Neulander said.

Plus, the writing is funny. And the illustrations and music are superb. And someone actually did a lot of research to find the best way to represent the sound of moving sludgy alien blobs.

"If you like being entertained," Neulander said, "come to this show."

Wexner Center for the Arts, Mershon Auditorium

7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12

1871 N. High St., Campus