Screenwriter and Eisner Award nominee Max Landis Chronicle, American Ultra, ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN presents the seven issue miniseries that chronicles Clark Kent s development into the archetypal hero he will eventually become With the tone of each issue ranging from heartwarming and simple, to frighteningly gritty and violent, to sexy, sun kissed and funny, SUPERMAN AMERICAN ALIEN is unlike anything you ve seen before This new hardcover includes special bonus features


10 thoughts on “Superman: American Alien

  1. Anne Anne says:

    This is my new favorite Superman story.All the goddamn stars When somebody says they don t like Superman too overpowered, too unrelatable, too boring I start spluttering and flapping my arms around like a crazy person ButbutbutbutNO He s like totally down to earth, but really cool Like, he s the best He s just a Midwest farm boy at heart, except he s a total BADASS Loves his mom


  2. Swaroop Kanti Swaroop Kanti says:

    Wonderful Clark Kent as Clark Kent, for who he is Seven stories by different illustrators from the first one where a young Clark Kent learning to fly with his the help of his family, to the seventh one in which an adult Clark Kent finally realises his destiny and commits to being a saviour of the human race Wonderful Clark Kent as Clark Kent, for who he is Seven stories by different illustrators from the first one where a young Clark Kent learning to fly with his the help of his family, to the seventh one in which an adult Clark Kent finally realises his destiny and commits to being a saviour of the human race


  3. Jan Philipzig Jan Philipzig says:

    American Alien retells the story of Superman s origin as far as his time on Planet Earth is concerned, at least in seven chapters, each self contained and illustrated by a different artist I think the changing visual styles are supposed to vaguely mirror the protagonist s progression through the various stages of his life, as they shift from cartoony to gritty tosophisticated and iconic, and I generally enjoyed the varied ride The surprisingly humane, often humorous, bouncy, slightly A American Alien retells the story of Superman s origin as far as his time on Planet Earth is concerned, at least in seven chapters, each self contained and illustrated by a different artist I think the changing visual styles are supposed to vaguely mirror the protagonist s progression through the various stages of his life, as they shift from cartoony to gritty tosophisticated and iconic, and I generally enjoyed the varied ride The surprisingly humane, often humorous, bouncy, slightly Archie esque portrayal of the Man of Steel may take a little getting used to, but at the end of the day I thought it captured the character s essence well with all its naivety, cheesiness and charm 3.5 stars


  4. Sam Quixote Sam Quixote says:

    A criticism I ve heard from some people who ve read a Superman comic goes something like He s not interesting because I can t relate to him he s too powerful, he s too perfect, it s too much He s a frikkin god American Alien is Max Landis attempt to humanise Superman and make him an approachable character to those readers And it s not a bad comic but it s definitely flawed From what I ve seen of Landis work, his writing doesn t have a shred of originality to it, which is ironic becaus A criticism I ve heard from some people who ve read a Superman comic goes something like He s not interesting because I can t relate to him he s too powerful, he s too perfect, it s too much He s a frikkin god American Alien is Max Landis attempt to humanise Superman and make him an approachable character to those readers And it s not a bad comic but it s definitely flawed From what I ve seen of Landis work, his writing doesn t have a shred of originality to it, which is ironic because whenever I ve seen him on Screen Junkies he s always complaining about remakes reboots and how studios don t take chances on new stories His scripts are all rehashes of existing stories whether it s Frankenstein, Jason Bourne or Akira, and American Alien is the same it s simply another retelling of the Superman origin So, once again, we see Clark learning his powers on the Kent family farm, learning about Krypton, choosing to become a hero, and meeting other emerging heroes in the world like Bruce Wayne Batman , Ollie Queen Green Arrow , and Abin Sur Green Lantern , as well as his nemesis Lex Luthor, his future love Lois Lane and best friend Jimmy Olsen Landis does write a really compelling Lex His Lex is so frighteningly above everyday concerns that it feels like he s surpassed his humanity He doesn t come off as villainous so much as that s a by product of his hyper intelligence and the path he s chosen I didn t like Landis revised Clark though His approach of making Clark relatable is turning him into a silly hipster who s kinda stupid which doesn t really jibe with who the character is Superman s meant to be a genius but you wouldn t know that from this book There s a backup story called The Castaways which is a splash page of bits and pieces that shows you Jon and Martha s lives before Clark arrived and it s really clever Matthew Clark s layout is fantastic and from this unconventional storytelling approach you see a picture emerging of these two people from all the detail Clark s contribution here was about the only art that felt like it was doing something different Each of the seven issues is drawn by a different artist who all do fine work but aren t doing anything exceptional Joelle Jones and Jonathan Case s issues looked great, as did Jock and Francis Manapul s, though Jae Lee makes Clark, Lois and Dick Grayson all look Asian for some reason It s fitting that the artwork doesn t excite as neither does Landis writing American Alien is a decent retelling of Superman s origin for a contemporary audience and the generally positive response to the book seems to show that Max Landis was successful in endearing the character to some new readers Clark does come off as ahuman, albeit annoyingly hipster ish, dude here But I didn t feel that it was a very special Superman origin and these unremarkable and unmemorable stories won t impress those who ve read books like Birthright, Earth One, Secret Origin, Superman For All Seasons and numerous other origin retellings as it s really justof the same This Is Not A Superman Comic says the blurb yeah it is, and it s one we ve seen many times before


  5. Chad Chad says:

    A series of vignettes featuring Clark Kent in his life before he became Superman The writing is fantastic I found myself enraptured with each issue Each issue has a different artist, all of which are great The one thing I didn t really get were the one page stories in the back of each issue They didn t really tie in to the rest of the book and seemed superfluous This series is in its own continuity and not part of the new 52.


  6. David Schaafsma David Schaafsma says:

    This is from apparent wunderkind Max Landis and a host of artists depicting what are for Landis seven shaping stories from Superman s development It s a kin of millennial origin story that focuseson relationships than action It has the feel of fan fiction in places, like what if Clark Kent were this party guy for awhile as he was growing up What if people back home knew he could fly The seven stories include 1 an early one on Clark learning to fly, with family help I really liked t This is from apparent wunderkind Max Landis and a host of artists depicting what are for Landis seven shaping stories from Superman s development It s a kin of millennial origin story that focuseson relationships than action It has the feel of fan fiction in places, like what if Clark Kent were this party guy for awhile as he was growing up What if people back home knew he could fly The seven stories include 1 an early one on Clark learning to fly, with family help I really liked this one, soft and sweet 2 teenaged Clark story, Clark as typical teen with powers, okay 3 College Clark as partier for a day, mistaken for Bruce Wayne, okay 4 Intern Clark interviews Lex Luthor, sees Dick Grayson, I like this one quite a bit 5 Adult Clark, with Lex and Lois, ok 6 Adult Clark, old high school buddies go to visit Clark, help him focus on his Great Responsibilities, pretty good, and 7 a real Superman one with an action finish, where he will now commit to saving the human race Pretty strong finish Each of the seven issues stories is illustrated by a different artist, in a style appropriate to that story One seems like Archie and Veronica, one is noir, and so on I especially liked the art work of Matthew Clark on the early Clark Kent, and the work by Joelle Jones The whole package feels bold and splashy and original in its conception The stories are not as inventive as the art, coming from all these directions.Doesn t feel at all like a typical superhero comic, but it s ambitious and interesting and beautiful, over all It s not all that radically different than the basic origin story, really, and yet it feels like it stands outside the basic superhero conceptions in some ways It humanizes him a lot and feels pretty fresh and fun, and is overall pretty well done Liked it quite a bit Maybe 3.5 at the moment


  7. Rory Wilding Rory Wilding says:

    THIS IS NOT A SUPERMAN COMIC This is what it says on the back of this hardcover volume of Max Landis s seven issue love letter to the Man of Steel who actually doesn t take centre stage, but really his mild mannered alter ego Clark Kent Since his inception in 1938, Superman has been reinterpreted over the decades as many writers and artists have given their own spin into Superman s origin story and what does he mean in each time and place, from shining examples such as Mark Waid s Birthright t THIS IS NOT A SUPERMAN COMIC This is what it says on the back of this hardcover volume of Max Landis s seven issue love letter to the Man of Steel who actually doesn t take centre stage, but really his mild mannered alter ego Clark Kent Since his inception in 1938, Superman has been reinterpreted over the decades as many writers and artists have given their own spin into Superman s origin story and what does he mean in each time and place, from shining examples such as Mark Waid s Birthright to low points like J Michael Straczynski s Earth One Given that we all should know who Superman is and where he comes from, from his Kryptonian birth to his Kansas upbringing, the son of filmmaker John Landis finds a new angle to the all so familiar story.Known primarily as a screenwriter, most notably for his excellent script of the found footage superhero movie Chronicle, Max Landis has commented on how much Superman means a great deal to him, having done many YouTube videos such as short films and rants for his channel Uptomykness What we get from American Alien is that it doesn t follow the traditional A to Z formula of most Superman origins and tell seven stories that explore different periods of Clark Kent s youth before becoming the world s greatest superhero.With each issue establishing its own tone as well as individual artists applying their visual style to whatever period, Landis presents the most human depiction of Clark Kent who, over the course of the series, changes and how each of these events shape him, as well as depicting life as an unpredictable road and how your persona alters from time to time, something that we can all relate to As the title American Alien has many meanings, the first issue illustrated by Nick Dragotta who applies a Pixar styled cuteness to his hand drawn character designs focuses Clark as a little boy who is wrestling with his otherworldly powers and fears how he could be seen as a monster against those he loves Following the childish innocence of 1, 2 is all about teenage angst as Clark attempts to take the law into his own hands after a horrific crime in Smallville, visualised by Tommy Lee Edwards moody visuals Although the first two issues couldn t be anydifferent from each other in terms of art and subject matter, they both share the message of just because you may feel may alien during your youth, you are not alone, something Clark learns that he is not a monster and is surrounded by loved ones.For those who felt upset over Henry Cavill s emo portrayal of Superman, Landis comic will add some shed of light for you Super fans as Clark has many moments of humour as displayed in 3 where Clark pretends to be Bruce Wayne on his birthday yacht party where he encounters a pre Green Arrow Oliver Queen and Deathstroke Amidst the drunken hilarity, what I took most from this story is Clark s brief romantic fling with Barbara Minerva as their relationship through Jo lle Jones art is both sexy and touching as they talk about despite having superficial fun, they wish to achieve greater goals with Clark realising he can t stay in Smallville forever, while Minerva wants to be an archaeologist, a nod to her animalistic fate As much as we can root for our heroes beating up the villains, no one is born evil and how wanting your desires is a typical human emotion.My favourite issue is 4 as intern Clark moves to Metropolis and the road to Superman is becomingevident, as well as being the most guest featured story with intern Clark interacting with other DC icons Despite great introductions from Lois Lane whom Clark mistakes as Louis Lane and Lex Luthor who is at his egocentric best , the best characterisation comes from Clark interviewing a young Dick Grayson, who has seen the darkness and that it needs light to be a counterpoint, which foreshadows the contrasting dynamic between Superman and one certain dark knight Granted that he has drawn superhero comics before, Jae Lee is an unusual choice and yet most of the artists in this series are unconventional artists to approach the Superman mythos.As one of the most significant artists for DC in recent years, Francis Manapul presents stunning artwork with a gorgeous visualisation of Metropolis and Clark dons a pair of goggles, body armour and a black cape before being named Superman, he is the Flying Man Despite the lack of red and blue tights, the fifth issue follows the traditional Superman formula with Lois and Lex play integral roles, whilst a classic character from Supes rogues gallery leads to a spectacular fight.When it comes to the final two issues in which Superman has now been established for the public, the question of what does Superman stand for and how he stands apart from his future fantastical compatriots In the sixth issue naturalistically drawn by Jonathan Case where Clark embraces his super persona, his Smallville bestie Pete Ross questions Clark s recklessness as a vigilante and not accepting the responsibility of worrying about others This all leads to the climatic issue where Superman fights an alien menace and an odd choice for those who know their DC lore and for a lot of the issue, it is Jock s rough but visceral artwork showcasing the slugfest Although the art here isn t as slick and polished as the previous issues and the story ends with a whimper than a bang, Landis isinterested in the emotional intimacy and the final panel of a smiling Clark, reveals a happy ending where he finds his place on this earth.Not since Grant Morrison and Frank Quietly s All Star Superman has any other comic encompasses why Superman means a great deal to his readers With Max Landis humanist approach to the character and his collaboration with the spot on if unconventional artists, American Alien shines a bright new light to Clark Kent that is cute, funny, sexy and angry and all around a good man who can be standing right next to us


  8. James DeSantis James DeSantis says:

    One Minute Video Review Landis is someone I respect, but don t love all of his work I also don t always agree with him on subjects Saying that Superman American Alien is the best Superman story I ve ever read What makes this 7 issued collection so great is they feel seperate yet all flow so well We start with Clark as just a kid, then teenager, young adult, aspiring hero, and a true fucking badass by the end Not badass in the sense he beats the One Minute Video Review Landis is someone I respect, but don t love all of his work I also don t always agree with him on subjects Saying that Superman American Alien is the best Superman story I ve ever read What makes this 7 issued collection so great is they feel seperate yet all flow so well We start with Clark as just a kid, then teenager, young adult, aspiring hero, and a true fucking badass by the end Not badass in the sense he beats the living shit out of baddies, which he does, but badass in the sense he begins to conquer life in general To show you no matter who you are, where you re from, you can overcome ANYTHING I really loved most of the art Issue 1 and 3, and the last issue all have stunning art The others are either just good or almost great Which is still good, because I usually hate sketch type drawings, they usually look lazy to me I freaking LOVED the dialog It hits home, and it makes Clark so relatable Which he should be This is a alien, true, who almost can t die, but he is just trying to make it in life Trying to love the right girl, trying to keep us his job, trying to just have purpose in his life It s so well handled, with great human moments with Clark s friends, parents, and even enemies I can gush over this over and over again It s truly remarkable how well it s done, how it flows, I give two thumbs way up After watching the horrid BvS I m so glad we got something like this to really show the young generation why Superman can be written so well Give us a Superman like this so we can fall in love with the character once


  9. Paz R.M. Paz R.M. says:

    2.5 Stars This is the second Oh, you will loooooooove this Superman title that I didn t enjoy Yeahhh guess the hype got me and this was not what I was expecting.This is a new origin, modern an updated story, by Max Landis Every issue focuses on a different age, on a different time in Clark s life They re self contained stories and every chapter has a different artist, so there is great artwork here.I could tell you about my complicated relationship with Max Landis I usually hate t 2.5 Stars This is the second Oh, you will loooooooove this Superman title that I didn t enjoy Yeahhh guess the hype got me and this was not what I was expecting.This is a new origin, modern an updated story, by Max Landis Every issue focuses on a different age, on a different time in Clark s life They re self contained stories and every chapter has a different artist, so there is great artwork here.I could tell you about my complicated relationship with Max Landis I usually hate the guy, I can t stand him, but then he comes out with things like Chronicle and I m like fuck this guy, that was good. So, I don t know I was really expecting something original, something that would take me by surprise and it was original, I give you that, but it wasn t engaging, at all Listen, I think this millennial version of Superman can grow on me, but most of the book felt, oh, so immature Landis tries way too hard to be edgy and modern and I felt like I was reading fanfiction.Good fanfiction, but fanfiction nonetheless I bet there are many stories out there with crazy ideas of a young Superman partying on a boat with Ollie, passing as Bruce Wayne and having sex with random chicks of a Clark Kent having casual sex with Lois Lane cause she s too cool for him until she thinks she can lose himWhat a trope. Listen, it was fun to read, I ll give you that But so out of nowhere, such a poor idea to me It s the YA, millennial Superman show that the CW can t wait to produce since ending Gossip Girl Listen, I ll give some praises to this story later, just give me a moment here Maybe it s my own idea of what Superman means that make me roll my eyes to this brat, hipster alien kid Was the idea to making him relatable cause it didn t work for me There are things like the interaction of Clark and Batman, of him wearing the Batman cape, that didn t sit well with me I felt like it undermined his origin story It was like putting Supes in a second place in his own comic I don t know, man Fuck it, I just didn t like it.Now, the good I loved the first chapter The little kid afraid of his own and unknown abilities, of his parents sayingScrew normalYeah, that I loved It was a charming tale Second story with a teenager Clark was also compelling Didn t love everything, but at least I enjoyed most and could see Clark with other eyes He wasn t the lonely boy any He was accepted and loved, but still scared and insecure of his powers This story was a bit gory, but I ended up liking this dark twist Then it pretty much went downhill to me.There are some good lines in this book, some funny moments that didn t always land with me, but I can assure I would have laughed if it was a proper fanfiction I mean, the ridiculous moments with Deathstroke Great fanfic material, didn t much enjoy it here.I really liked Luthor in here and the little cameo of Dick Grayson It felt so forced, but it was nice being in the head of little Robin I guess that s it Those are my positives.Like I said, maybe I ll enjoy itif I reread it with an open mind later Maybe Not so sure, though.I do have to say, the HC edition is freaking stunning


  10. Roxanne Roxanne says:

    This is another origin retelling of Superman which yes had been done quite a few times before, but this one totally nails it So if you love a good origin story you re totally in for a treat The story is awesome, the issue where Clark is mistaken for Bruce on his yacht is just amazing and the volume itself is very funny, and doesn t take itself too seriously It has some really sweet moments too, it s not high on drama or an overly technical plot It focuseson Clark becoming Superman and This is another origin retelling of Superman which yes had been done quite a few times before, but this one totally nails it So if you love a good origin story you re totally in for a treat The story is awesome, the issue where Clark is mistaken for Bruce on his yacht is just amazing and the volume itself is very funny, and doesn t take itself too seriously It has some really sweet moments too, it s not high on drama or an overly technical plot It focuseson Clark becoming Superman and his almost steampunk like early outfit was my fave, he should bring the goggles back I loved this one, it s honestly one of the best Superman comics it s so good and you definitely need to pick this one up regardless of whether you re a Supes fan or not, trust me you will be after this