The Last of Us: American Dreams #1

The Last of Us: American Dreams #1

Writer: Faith Erin Hicks, Neil Druckmann Artist: Faith Erin Hicks Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: April 3, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 5 User Reviews: 2
7.9Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

The comics-exclusive prequel to the new game from Naughty Dog! Creative director Neil Druckmann teams with breakout comics star Faith Erin Hicks to present the story of thirteen-year-old Ellie’s life in a violent, postpandemic world. A newcomer at a military boarding school, Ellie is reluctant to toe the line, which earns her new enemies—and her first glimpse of the world outside. Must-read tie-in to the upcoming release from Naughty Dog Games!

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Apr 3, 2013

    I’m glad that this book shipped early. I’ve been dying to read it and now that excitement has begun again for the next issue. I don’t know what to expect from the next issue and I don’t care. I’m along for the ride and enjoying the journey. This comic has not only successfully wet my appetite for the game, but it manages to show that strong female characters can exist without compromising themselves or running around in their underwear. If you missed this book go to your comic shop right now and buy it. NOW! Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    The Rhodes Review - Stephen W Rhodes Jun 11, 2013

    I really liked how they started off the mini-series here.American Dreams #1 had a good story, great art, and left me wanting more. That's the bottom line: It wasn't the best comic I've ever read, but it left me wanting more. That's probably exactly what an introduction issue is supposed to do! I highly recommend The Last of Us: American Dreams #1and right now is a perfect time to read it with the game releasing on Friday! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Front Towards Gamer - PNeafsey Apr 4, 2013

    The Last of Us: American Dream #1 is more than just a bit-sized appetizer before the game's full course meal. Those who are looking for more insight into The Last of Us will find this a great introduction not just to Ellie, but the world and life that exists that she must survive and escape. It truly fleshes out the characters and the world is another character to explore. The last scene hints at learning more about this world, for which I can't wait to see what we discover. With Hickman and Druckman at the helm, and the depth of the world to explore, American Dream should be a good read for anyone, not just those interested in the game. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Spectrum - Andrew Sanford Apr 12, 2013

    Overall a very successful job, some of my grading hesitation comes from the fact that I feel this may read better in its eventual trade form. While the first issue is packed with story, there is no particular hook or twist to this familiar territory. Obviously the nice artwork is enough to make one stay around but the artwork will look just as good in the eventual collected edition. They do a good job of splitting up the exposition throughout the book but I would have liked a bit more feel for what makes this world unique, in this issue. I may grab issue 2 or I may get the trade but I think anyone reading this issue would not be disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Apr 5, 2013

    In "The Last of Us: American Dreams" #1, Druckmann and Hicks' dialogue is engaging, their characters are likable and the storytelling flows enjoyably and smoothly. The details add up to a good experience, but thus far, the story isn't memorable or exceptional. That may change in future issues, as the plot comes closer to converging with the unknown, future events of the videogame. Read Full Review

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