Superman: American Alien #2

Writer: Max Landis Artist: Tommy Lee Edwards Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 16, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 26
7.5Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

After Smallville experiences its first violent crime in years, teenager Clark Kent is pressured by his best friend Pete Ross to take matters into his own hands in the second issue of SUPERMAN: AMERICAN ALIEN!Renowned artist Tommy Lee Edwards (MAD MAX: FURY ROAD) illustrates this unflinching look at the boy behind the Man of Steel.

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Dec 17, 2015

    "Superman: American Alien" #2 swings for the fences and succeeds marvelously; Landis and Edwards should be very proud of their achievement. Revisiting Superman's origin is tricky business, and so far every single potential pitfall has been neatly avoided. "Superman: American Alien" #2 will make readers wish that every Superman comic was this good. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Casey Walsh Dec 16, 2015

    Superman: American Alien continues to be an interesting and uniquelook into the early life Clark Kent. Landis really shines in his character interactions as the dialogue is as entertaining as the action. He knows Superman's world so well and I am having a ton funwatching him play in it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Dec 16, 2015

    Max Landis turns Clark Kent's worlds upside down and takes his fans along for the ride.  Fans who only want their Big Blue Boyscout will probably be turned off by this issue, but those who want a realistic teen aged Clark kent will love it.  Of course, he still has super powers, but the question here is, is he ready for them?  By the end, the answer isn't clear cut, but one thing that is certain is that I am really enjoying American Alien and can't wait to read the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Chris Massari Dec 17, 2015

    Superman: American Alien is a must read series and could easily be one of the best in 2016 when it comes to its seven issue conclusion. It's extremely well written and will shift to different artists, throughout the mini-series, to capture various points of Clark's life. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Dec 17, 2015

    This is a somewhat darker issue than the first, but not to the point where the book loses its inherent charm. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Steven Brown Dec 30, 2015

    In my opinion American Alien is a good read. This book shows the growth of the Man of Steel and gives credence to how he establishes his beliefs and code. I love character backstories and Landis and Edwards do a great job of giving us that. I look forward to seeing more issues of Clark before the cape. It's a great testimony to the character and core ideals of what make Superman a staple character. Good job Landis and Edwards"definitely grab a copy!! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComiConverse - Kyle King Dec 18, 2015

    Though marred by one major flaw, Max Landis's second Superman installment was expertly crafted. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Dec 16, 2015

    Fact is, this is good storytelling with fun conversation revealing sides of Clark we did not know while delivering one intense scene of Clark fighting fire with fire. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Dec 19, 2015

    "Superman: American Alien" provides a powerful issue that gives a look at Clark's teenage years. With Clark's powers still developing he is both physically vulnerable and mentally underdeveloped. The comic balances Clark's social life with his struggles with his powers and responsibilities. The book gets very dark by the end when Clark tracks down the cold hearted killers. The comic has some detailed and dramatic art that goes very well with the story. This is a little bit of a different look at Clark Kent, but it still manages to capture the innocence and the core values that the character is generally known for possessing. This is definitely a great comic to pick up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph Dec 17, 2015

    It may be a bit early to say this, but I think this will make for a story that we will one day want to see adapted to an animated movie. I mean, Landis is already a screenwriter, so you can't tell me that it's a completely preposterous idea. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Word Of The Nerd - Zina Hutton Dec 17, 2015

    Yes, Superman: American Alien #2 wasn't necessarily my thing, but I'm looking at the way I would an anthology or collection of stories from any number of my favorite writers. There are bound to be a few stories coming out of the American Alien series that are major misses with me for any number of reasons. This just happened to be one of them. Despite it all, I'm still interested in seeing what we get next month because I like the idea of rethinking how we present Clark Kent to the world. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Oz Longworth Dec 18, 2015

    It looks amazing, the pacing is outstanding and there's a hard-boiled quality that helps to make it stand out from other stories like it. So, this isn't terrible like it was last time, but Max Landis keeps creating hype for this book that he doesn't exactly deliver on. It's improving, though. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Graphic Policy - Brett Dec 16, 2015

    The second issue of Superman: American Alien isn't bad, it's just a very different tone than the first issue, so it's best to go in to the comic expecting it as single issues of an anthology that share a character. Still, the most interesting Superman comic I've read in some time. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Fanboys Inc - Buddy Beaudoin Dec 30, 2015

    Superman: American Alien does a great job at setting itself apart from the typical Superman story. Landis reimagining is bold and is a brave thing to do with a character that has over 75 years of established backstory. This issue, however, falls short in clarity of vision and is a disappointing addition to the series after such a promising start. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    The Kliq Nation - Timdogg Dec 16, 2015

    After thoroughly enjoying Superman: American Alien #1, issue two has failed to follow in its footsteps. This isn't your typical Superman story of goody two shoes farm boy. Be prepared to see Clark Kent dealing with problems an ordinary teenager should never have to worry with. The most interesting part was the one page epilogue, which I imagine will be followed-up on in future issues. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez Dec 20, 2015

    Unfortunately, this was an extremely disappointing follow-up. Again, the idea makes sense on paper, but the execution just didnt carry it out properly. There is no doubt room for some great young Superman stories, but this comic should make people weary of Landis future work on this mini-series. One doesnt need to break the mold too much to tell a compelling, realistic story. Hopefully, issue three will take two steps forward from this. Read Full Review

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