Mars Attacks: Occupation #1

Mars Attacks: Occupation #1

Writer: John Layman Artist: Andy Kuhn Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: March 9, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12
7.8Critic Rating
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The Martians came. The Martians saw. The Martians conquered. Now the space invaders cruelly rule over humanity, which has no hope for liberation... until Ruby Johnson decides that she has had enough.

  • 10
    Slackjaw Punks - Iron Squid Mar 9, 2016

    There has always been a soft spot for the Mars Attacks series for me, it's comical and fun to pick up. It never takes itself to seriously to the point of Alien or Independence Day, which makes it a great title to pick up and chuckle. Mars Attacks Occupation is just a fun read for those who are fans of the series or just someone who enjoys science fiction! I'd recommend Mars Attacks Occupation all day, I loved it. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Pastrami Nation - Daniel Schwartz Mar 12, 2016

    At first, I was skeptical of a comic series based upon a 20 year old campy movie, but Layman delivers an intriguing story that ends on a captivating cliffhanger. Mix that with amazing pencils and ink by Andy Kuhn and Jason Lewis (who make the Martians look even more terrifying than they were in the movie), and fans of the movie and series have the ingredients for a winning comic. Throw in a hilarious note from Denton Tipton where he channels his inner Kent Brockman (I, for one, welcome our new Martian overlords) and this issue really sells itself. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Mar 4, 2016

    For any sci-fi fan, especially those who are also fans of Mars Attacks (the movie), this is an essential read. See how the Martians took over what is now New Tharsis—The Martian District. We haven’t gotten to see too much of the Martian life yet, but I’m hoping that’ll change, so keep an eye out for issue #2! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Flickering Myth - Kieran Fisher Mar 9, 2016

    Overall, Mars Attacks: Occupation is off to a great start. Sci-fi comics have a tendency to push the envelope on a regular basis, but sometimes you need a throwback like this that reminds you why you fell in love with the genre in the first place. It's been awhile since we had an old school alien invasion story, and this one delivers on all fronts. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Martin Doyle Mar 9, 2016

    Occupation is one of those comics that brings something truly unexpected. The subtle shift to a grim, pathos-laden tone is a masterstroke, given dramatic weight by a compelling central character and fantastic art. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Thomas J. Angelo Mar 16, 2016

    Mars Attacks!: Occupation is a bleak look at a humorless world run by Martian oppressors. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Plug - Charles Mar 9, 2016

    Predictability and lack of humor docks it points, but still a very good read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Horror Talk - James Ferguson Mar 11, 2016

    Now that the Martians have conquered Earth, they have to hold on to it.  This is the part of the board game Risk where you hope no one attacks you before your next turn so you can get all those extra soldiers by having a full country.  (Did I just take this to a far nerdier place than normal?)  Mars Attacks: Occupation shows a dreadful version of our future where we're no longer at war with an alien race; we've lost.  Despite this, mankind is surviving and in examples like Ruby, it will persevere.  The book puts humanity in an underdog position on its own world to the point where you can't wait to see Ruby kick some Martian ass. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Isaac Quattlebaum Mar 9, 2016

    Overall this is pretty interesting for a new reader. Ruby is the type of strong heroine I see leading a new resistance against the Martians. I'm not sure if that's the direction that the story is going to go to but even if it doesn't I think there are some interesting stories that can be told within this occupied world. Read Full Review

  • 6.6
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Mar 10, 2016

    It's practically PG-rated in terms of dialogue and how the humans interact with their Martian overlords, but spurts of bloody violence suddenly push it into darker territory. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComiConverse - Darryll Robson Mar 7, 2016

    A bold, classic Sci-fi inspired start to IDWs new Mars Attacks. It sets the scene while introducing the readers to an amazing new character but a few layout issues impact upon the narrative at times. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Outright Geekery - Eli Funaro Mar 11, 2016

    Overall, Mars Attacks: Occupation #1 is a little uneventful in its set up. Take in mind it is the 1st issue, and it had to establish the plot so there was not a lot of room for action. The writing is told in a retro fashion with dramatic campy B-flick narration. The art also has an old school EC comics feel to it. However, the story felt weighed down by too much exposition. Hardcore fans of Mars Attacks might get into this more so than others. Hopefully, the action picks up next month. Read Full Review

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