The Walking Dead: The Alien #1
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The Walking Dead: The Alien #1

Writer: Brian K. Vaughan Artist: Marcos Martin Publisher: Panel Syndicate Release Date: April 20, 2016 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 9
8.7Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

  • 10
    Newsarama - Jeff Marsick Apr 21, 2016

    From Brian K. Vaughn and Marcos Martin, this is not some fanfic homage by a talented creative team. Set in Barcelona, it immediately establishes itself as a vital companion to the titular behemoth because it's the first time in TWD that we are afforded a global perspective of the undead epidemic. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Apr 23, 2016

    'The Walking Dead: The Alien' is a rare treat that honors its source but with a different voice. It seamlessly supplements TWD with an original gripping story that deserves to be read. With the name-your-own-price strategy, there's no excuse to miss this great one-shot from Panel Syndicate. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Pop Culture Uncovered - John Amenta Apr 20, 2016

    The Walking Dead will remain Kirkman's baby, and in all honesty it should. If every few years, we get a team as talented as Vaughan and Martin to produce a supplement as good as The Alien, I can see nothing wrong with that. This story succeeds as a one-off, but also offers a very low chance of eventually tying into the main series eventually. If you are a hardcore fan of The Walking Dead, get over to and take advantage of their pay-what-you-want strategy. Be mindful, though, that the artists and writers involved take no pay up front, so your contribution goes towards their salary. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Apr 23, 2016

    This one shot is available right now at and you pay what you want to download a digital copy. While you are there, make sure to check out The Private Eye, Barrier, and the other awesome books using this platform as well. You wont be disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Sushi - Peter Rodriguez Apr 28, 2016

    Vaughan has a unique talent that makes it downright impossible for readers to not get emotionally invested in the characters he creates, and this is clearly the case with both Jeff Grimes and Claudia. This is also unfortunately the problem as well, as this story may never get revisited. Much like what they are doing in the television franchise with the spin-off prequel Fear The Walking Dead, it would be absolutely incredible if Vaughan and Martin could continue to explore this particular story. The ending seems to suggest that this story is as finite as the creators suggested, yet theydefinitely leave room for the possibility of extended volumes. You can purchase The Walking Dead: The Alien at PanelSyndicate.comat whatever price you want! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Apr 21, 2016

    The only bad thing that can be said about this issue is that there isn't more Walking Dead coming from Vaughan and Martin. These two creators prove once again that they're capable of weaving magic in any comic book universe, new or established. This issue is a must-read fro any zombie fan, especially with the "pay what you want" model. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AiPT! - Nick Nafpliotis Apr 21, 2016

    Part of me wants to see where the story goes next, but as it stands now, The Walking Dead: The Alien is a gem of a tale. Whether Vaughan/Martin ever revisit it or not, I'll definitely be reading more of their Panel Syndicate output"and paying for it. If their other work is this good, then it's definitely worth your coin. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Patrick Healy Apr 21, 2016

    Obviously a great deal of credit has to be given to Robert Kirkman for everything he's done with these stories for the past 13+ years. However it is such a breath of fresh air to see the story through the eyes of a new creative team. The reader races through the story in anticipation, eager to recapture the sense of not knowing what would happen next. As the story is a one-shot, I won't tell you, either. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Dawn of Comics Aug 3, 2016

    This one shot gives us a little extended family for Rick and Carl as we meet Jeff, Ricks brother as he shows that Rick isn't the only hero in the family.The book has the overall feel of the regular series with the black and white panels only ever spliced with red when blood is flowing. The story is simple yet hits hard in the last few pages. This could have been a stand alone series companion to the regular title much as Fear is to the TV show, sadly this one shot is over far too quickly.A strong addition to any walking dead collection and worth a read. Read Full Review

  • 6.6
    Comicsverse - Pete Imbesi Apr 20, 2016

    In a timewhere there are countless ancillary WALKING DEAD experiences of varying degrees of quality, ALIEN is welcome addition to the ever expanding universe of THE WALKING DEAD.It's a real shame ALIEN wasn't a bit lengthier, or even given a miniseries, because it's an overall air of missed opportunity that keeps ALIEN from being truly great. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal May 11, 2016

    Instead of playing to the standard of the comic franchise it would have been nice for the creative team to play to their own strengths. Vaughan has some dialogue, but it was missing his trademark narration that he loves or even his off-topic banter. Martin delivers on the art in skill, but misses completely when it comes to the basics of black and white only art. Both men deliver work that would be considered good if they were anyone other than themselves which ultimately leaves this feeling like a one-shot that just wants to deliver that twist ending and nothing more. Back it if you want, but really unless you're either a blind loyalist to either The Walking Dead or Panel Syndicate, you can skip this one. Regardless of the price. Read Full Review

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