The Last of Us: American Dreams #2

Writer: Faith Erin Hicks, Neil Druckmann Artist: Faith Erin Hicks Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: May 29, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 2
7.0Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

The essential tie-in story for the latest Naughty Dog Games release continues! Ellie ventures outside, discovering more of the truth about the world the way it was before the pandemic, and encounters new wonders... and new dangers. Co-scripted by Naughty Dog lead writer and art director Neil Druckmann.

  • 9.3
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen May 29, 2013

    Hicks' characters are expressive and full of emotion. She's able to convey a great deal of information through body language and facial work. Even the juxtaposition of muted colors with brighter hues in Ellie's daydreams go a long way to bringing this world to life. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Rhodes Review - Stephen W Rhodes Jun 12, 2013

    If it wasn't clear already, I recommend this issue and this mini-series to my fellow Gamers out there! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal May 29, 2013

    I’m pretty sure something massive is going to go down in the next issue and the anticipation is only amplified with this seemingly basic issue. What this issue truly does, is give you a baseline of what passes as normal in this world so that when it destroys it… you’ll fully appreciate what once was. This is definitely one of, if not the best video game adaptations ever told in comics… and the game isn’t even out yet. It’s got me hyped for two things: the next issue and the game, bring them both on I say. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Zac Boone May 29, 2013

    Hicks' artwork is quality stuff. Expressions play a crucial role in this issue, and she succeeds in that regard. Some of the backgrounds are nonexistent, but when she includes them, she really goes to town. My biggest quibble is one that readers who started with issue one will already have come to terms with. I have no problem with cartoonish artwork being paired with dark subject matter. However, hyper-realistic graphics have been a major selling point for the game itself, so I was pretty shocked by the drastic difference in the art of the book. Again, it's only a problem in that it took some getting used to. Read Full Review

  • 5.9
    Culture Mass - Brian Martin May 29, 2013

    The Last of Us: American Dreams isn't a terrible comic by any stretch of the imagination. At the series' halfway point, it just doesn't feel like the material is strong enough to support four issues. The comic doesn't necessarily reek of "cheap tie-in" desperation, but it also doesn't demand to be read. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Jimbus_Christ May 30, 2013

    Overall “The Last of Us: American Dreams” is gearing up to be a worthy prequel. The first two issues do nothing but develop characters. Which is good, but even a flimsy plot would be nice. As it stands the story develops quite predictably, and doesnt do a whole lot to tell its own story in this world, at least not yet. The next two issues will truly be the testament to whether or not this story was worth telling. Yet, Im so engrossed in the world and the character of Ellie that I eagerly await the next two issues, just not as eagerly as I await the game itself. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Jun 4, 2013

    As a video tie-in comic, "The Last of Us: American Dreams" #2 does the job of filling in more of Ellie's backstory for gamers who want more immersion in the world. However, with its decompressed pacing and lack of deeper characterization, it doesn't stand on its own. Read Full Review

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