Superman: American Alien #1
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Superman: American Alien #1

Writer: Max Landis Artist: Nick Dragotta Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 11, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 29 User Reviews: 35
8.2Critic Rating
8.9User Rating

Hollywood screenwriter and Eisner Award nominee Max Landis (Chronicle, American Ultra, ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN) joins forces with top comics artists including Jock, Francis Manapul and Jae Lee to bring you SUPERMAN: AMERICAN ALIEN, a 7-issue miniseries chronicling the life of Clark Kent and his development into the archetypal hero he will eventually become. But these are not the stories of the iconic Superman as you know him, but of the soft-spoken, charming, often-funny Kansas farm-boy behind the Man of Steel. With the tone of each issue ranging from heartwarming and simple, to frighteningly gritty and violent, to sexy, sun-kissed and funny, more

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Dawn of Comics Nov 16, 2015

    I have to admit, I'm not the biggest Superman fan, I find him a little dull because he is so powerful. But seeing this version, this young boy learning that being different can be a good thing and learning that actions have consequences at such a young age, it shows not only why he became the man he is today, but how! I absolutely loved it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComiConverse - Kyle King Nov 15, 2015

    Max Landis makes us care about the Kents all over again in this simple, sincere, and original story. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Oct 16, 2015

    Landis, Dragotta and Guimares tell a beautiful and delightful tale about a key segment in the life young Clark Kent. A single illustration by Matthew Clark and Rob Schwager at the end of the issue is ripe with insight into the history of the Kents, which both deserves reader scrutiny and contains some curious oddities that demand future explanation. If you're worried "Superman: American Alien" #1 is just another version of Superman's origin, don't be -- it's even better. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Nov 20, 2015

    Nick Dragotta's art style is a perfect fit for this story and his lines have such movement and grace to them. He has a more cartoony style which adds to the charm and child like innocence of Clark, and lends itself to the small town setting. I loved the facial expressions throughout this book and the looks that take place between Clark, Martha and Jonathan are both subtle and exaggerated throughout the book, always matching the mood and tone of the scene. Superman: American Alien is a must read for Superman and non-Superman fans alike, it can help remind you why people like Superman! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Nov 11, 2015

    Despite already knowing how Clark's childhood story ends, Landis, Dragotta, and Guimares are making this a fascinating read. We all know the story but we're getting to see what it was like for Clark, as a child, to go through the changes of his emerging powers along with the insecurities and fears he had to deal with. If you're looking to just escape and see an early chapter of Superman's life, this is definitely worth checking out. You'll be reminded why you love Superman so much. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Major Spoilers - Wayne Hall Nov 14, 2015

    A Man of Steel we can relate to! Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Nov 12, 2015

    Superman: American Alien is a wonderful start and it adds new story to Superman's origin. It tells a heartwarming story and allows us a better look at the Kents. I'm a big fan of the series already, and I will definitely buy the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    The Latest Pull - Marcus Orchard Nov 13, 2015

    Superman: American Alien has the potential to be a timeless tale for the Man of Steel. It's a unique approach on the origin of an influential icon, and doesn't fail to present the reader with massive emotion. Both the script and the art are fully capable of telling the story by themselves, and together they create a heartwarming tale that emphasizes characters rather than a deep story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    PopOptiq - Josh Grant Nov 12, 2015

    While American Alien will explore Clark's vulnerabilities and alienation through his formative years, it's heartening to see Landis understandthat the character's fundamental humanity is what keeps him from truly being an alien. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Nov 12, 2015

    If this first issue is any indication, Superman: American Alien will have plenty to add to the now-familiar tale of Superman's origin. This issue doesn't try to cover too much ground, instead offering an engrossing look at a young Clark Kent's early brushes with flight. Between the compelling characterization and the gorgeous art, the series is off to a great start. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph Nov 18, 2015

    Any Superman fan with a few extra bucks in their pocket is well advised to pick up this issue. Trust me, this really does seem like the beginning of the next definitive Superman story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Zina Hutton Nov 12, 2015

    Superman: American Alien #1, and its first story "Dove," are really a worthy addition and update to the spiraling mythology of Superman as a character. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Nov 12, 2015

    The biggest surprise aboutAmerican Alien isn't that it's a damn fine Superman story (because it toootally is), it's Landis' sobering depictionof the two people responsible for the greatest hero the world has ever known. As a complete entity,Superman: American Alien #1 is a lovely valentine made fortwo people who wanted one thing and were given something else entirely. (Landis' final double-page splash with art by Matthew Clark might be one of the loveliest " and saddest " things I've ever seen in a DC book.) Life is never easy. Love is even harder. Maybethat's why Landis titled his first-ever Superman story "Dove". It's his none-too subtle way of showing us that even symbols of hope can still put a hole through your roof. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicsverse - Chris Galvin Nov 12, 2015

    If you want to see what Superman can be, pick up this book. It'll make you believe again. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Nov 11, 2015

    “Superman: American Alien” #1 captures all the things people love about Superman. It's a charming story that will make you feel a little bit of everything and features great art by Dragotta and Guimaraes. If you're a new Superman fan or a longtime fan, this is not a comic book you'll want to skip. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Multiversity Comics - Keith Dooley Nov 13, 2015

    "Superman: American Alien" #1 is overflowing with that sense of possibility in every facet of its execution. The simple yet timeless concepts of hope and perseverance are infused within every page of this comic book. The final two page epilogue by Landis, artist Matthew Clark, and colorist Rob Schwager is not only heartbreaking, but informs the sense of hope in trying times that is on every preceding page. This issue can be read and thoroughly enjoyed as a one-shot story, yet if this issue is a preview of what is to come, then we might be lucky to have another classic Superman epic. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    The Hub City Review - Matthew J. Theriault Nov 13, 2015

    Superman: The Movie made you believe a man could fly. Superman: American Alien will make you feel for all the times he fell before he flew. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Fanboys Inc - Buddy Beaudoin Nov 11, 2015

    "Superman: American Alien #1" is a great start to what promises to be a new and adventurous take on the life of Clark Kent and his journey to becoming The Man of Steel. The tandem work of Landis and Dragotta seems effortless in this compelling and dramatic retelling of a familiar story. Issue one shines, and left me anticipating the brutality promised in issue two. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Graphic Policy - Brett Nov 11, 2015

    This is easily one of the best Superman comics DC has put out in a while, and I can't wait to check out the rest of the series. This is another comic I came to the end and want a pairing of these two creators going forward with this character. Comics should be fun, and this comic is. The excitement of it all soars off the page. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Nov 11, 2015

    A fun short story that, ironically, brings Clark Kent down to earth, Superman: American Alien #1 is a well-meaning one-shot that feels like its on the verge of greatness. But its not quite there yet. What does scratch at the surface, however, is the final two-page spread of the issue a story all its own by Landis and artist Matthew Clark detailing in artifacts some very interesting facts about Jonathan and Martha Kent. I would recommend this comic if only for those two pages. Its a wild pastiche that opens up worlds of stories to be told. And thats pretty damn exciting for a mythology with over 75 years of legend already. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    We The Nerdy - Josh McCullough Nov 13, 2015

    Superman: American Alien may cover a lot of familiar ground, but it's clear there's a new voice waiting to emerge from between the pages. Right now, it's simply another gorgeous retelling of the greatest hero of all time, but the potential is there for it to become something truly special for Superman fans. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Nov 14, 2015

    A fun story that shows a devoted family at the cusp of one member recognizing his abilities. The art, however, bothered with its attempts to mix American and Japanese styles, unsuccessfully. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Nov 11, 2015

    Max Landis starts off his Superman mini with a nice issue about a young boy trying to find his way in the world.  It doesn't matter that the boy happens to be Clark Kent...well, yes it does and  it's a story that made me smile.  The art added to the charm and in the end, I'm glad I read it.  That might not sound like much, but these days, that's a rousing recommendation.  Take it for what it is. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AIPT - Jordan Richards Nov 11, 2015

    Superman: American Alien #1 is a comic that treads familiar ground, but manages to do so in its own way, resulting in an enjoyable and sweet comic. It captures a snapshot of Superman's past that is nice to visit, but the artwork at times does take away from the experience. I'm not sure how the rest of the series will do, but if you are big fan of Superman, this may be up your alley. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Nov 15, 2015

    "Superman: American Alien" kicks off the series of one-shots by taking a look at the early days of Clark's childhood when he learns to fly. The book explores his relationship with his parents and is a coming of age type story. The artwork is gorgeous. It captures the frightening proposition of a kid going through unexplained changes. I liked this issue and if you are looking for a lighter look at Clark and his beginnings then I urge you to pick this up. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Nerdophiles - Jackson Adams Nov 16, 2015

    In the last five years, we've already gotten at least three different origins for Superman, one which did so much more than this issue in only 8 pages. I came away from this issue with only a feeling that I've been there, done that and no amount of artful flourishes or tragic additions are going to make it feel like this is worth another seven issue miniseries. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez Nov 16, 2015

    Landis definitely had a specific vision in mind for this story, but that doesnt always mean that the material is good. In this case, American Alien shows promise; Max has the talent and is worth giving a few issues to find his voice. Since there will be a new artist on every installment, there is opportunity for this series to find its sweet spot. Some readers will like this comic more than others, but Superman fans should take the time and give this title a shot. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Nov 11, 2015

    American Alien has lofty goals, but there isn't an inkling of execution here. I don't think Landis' approach works here, especially when you compare it to similar stories like Mark Waid and Leinil Yu's Superman: Birthright and Geoff Johns and Francis Manapul's Superboy: The Boy of Steel. American Alien has no hook or framing device to give readers a reason to jump onboard with this title. Nick Dragotta is an incredible artist, but he doesn't show up here for whatever reason. It might have been the subject matter, but we're used to seeing much better work from him. American Alien is a disappointment in every sense of the word, and Landis would be wise not to dial up expectation for his next project the way he has with this one. Read Full Review

  • 2.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Oz Longworth Nov 13, 2015

    Nick Dragotta must have owed someone money and is working off his debt via humiliation. That's the only reason I could imagine DC putting him to work wasting such gorgeous linework and facial expressions on Max Landis' script, which is as dull as the look in Kanye's eyes when he's out with Kim Kardashian. Read Full Review

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