Last Sons of America #1

Last Sons of America #1

Writer: Philip Kennedy Johnson Artist: Matthew Dow Smith Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: November 11, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11
6.6Critic Rating
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What's to Love: We were instantly taken with newcomer Phillip Kennedy Johnson's inventive high concept story and mature characterization. Throw in a crime thriller element and Matthew Dow Smith's moody art and Last Sons of America can be the perfect answer to, What if Elmore Leonard wrote Children of Men?
What It Is: When a biological terrorist attack makes it impossible for anyone in America to conceive children, adoption of kids from other counties explodes. Brothers Jackie and Julian are adoption agents based in Nicaragua. They usually do all their options through legal means, but they're facing increasing competition from straight-up kidnappers. One desperate move from Jackie could put them in the cross-hairs of some very dangerous people.

  • 8.8
    IGN - Levi Hunt Nov 12, 2015

    Years ago, a mysterious attack made the entire United States population infertile. The beauty of this series is that it doesn't focus on those attacks, who made them, why they happened, or anything like that. It just takes that premise " one of the world's richest countries has lost their future, making children the world's most valuable commodity " and tells a story of people dealing with it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Nov 9, 2015

    Overall, I’d say this is a great way to start off the series. I’m excited to see what else Johnson has in store for us, and what other aspects of America he cares to comment on. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Jim Taylor Nov 12, 2015

    A gripping and hugely promising first issue; 'Last Sons of America' is a series to keep an eye on. Read Full Review

  • 7.5 - John McCubbin Nov 11, 2015

    Last Sons of America #1 is a solid start for this four-part mini-series, with the creative team delivering an intriguing premise. It also sets up a rather gripping sub plot, with the main concept leading to some amazing developments. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Multiversity Comics - Kevin McConnell Nov 12, 2015

    I did enjoy the danger in the world these characters are living in, because it is two-fold. On one side you have the sake of humanity, an obvious sci-fi trope that is a tad over used. The other danger is the brothers splitting apart due to their philosophical differences. That aspect is more interesting because it is clear how much Jack & Julian really do care for each other. Yes they are like all brothers, they fight and disagree, but they would do anything for the other. That curiosity is something I would be interested in seeing in issue #2, which can turn some of these problems around. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Nov 10, 2015

    Last Sons of America #1 has a rock-solid central concept and great characterization, adeptly illustrated by Matthew Dow Smith and Doug Garbark. Despite this, Phillip Kennedy Johnson's script is heavy on exposition and low on visual ideas, making Last Sons of America #1 a dry offering that fails to engage the readers interest past the initial high-concept. There's potential here, even if the jury's still out on whether it will be fully realized. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Nov 16, 2015

    "Last Sons of America" #1 has uneven storytelling and the tropes are well-worn. Don Carlo sounds like a stereotypical mob boss and the contrast between the more impulsive Jack and the bookish idealistic Julian is also cookie-cutter (just like the Hardy Boys, actually). Despite this, I'm looking forward to the next issue. The emotions of the characters come across strongly, and the ending cliffhanger -- though predictable in retrospect -- is well-executed enough for the last page reveal to pack some punch. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Nerdophiles - Kylee Sills Nov 16, 2015

    With the easy comparison to Children of Men, this series raises some interesting questions while boiling the sci-fi elemends down to the smallest cogs in the machine. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Nerdophiles - Kylee Sills Nov 15, 2015

    As a four part series, at least readers are bound to start getting answers sooner rather than later. The intriguing concept (immigration into America apparently appeals to me much more than immigration out of America, as I tried out BOOM!'s Americatown and could hardly finish the first issue) is enough to overlook the series' flaws for now. I'll be interested in seeing where issue #2 takes readers and how much of the larger world we get to explore while still following the dynamics of Jack and Julian's brotherly bond. Read Full Review

  • 5.4
    Word Of The Nerd - Harry Roachford Nov 13, 2015

    This comic is definitely an acquired taste. It has drama and a level of intrigue but just not enough for any casual reader. You'd have to be particularly engaged by the members of the creative team or really like this style of story to really get into it, but if you can thenLast Sons of Americamay just be the right sort of read for you. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Justin Wood Nov 11, 2015

    Apologies for the vagueness, and read the book for yourself if I sound unsure of my opinion. Nothing about this book is bad and supporting the professional effort is worthwhile. Make up your own mind, but for me the only real compelling reason I feel to personally read the second issue is to more firmly make up my mind about this book, one way or the other. Read Full Review

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