Superman: American Alien #1 (DC)

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CREDIT: DC Comics

Rating: 5/5 – The Best Interpretation of Superman This Year!
by ComicSpectrum senior reviewer Shawn Hoklas.

The main cover to Superman: American Alien number one doesn’t hint at the lighthearted nature of the touching and fun story that waits inside. This is a story of a young Clark Kent and his parents learning to cope with his powers, highlighting a wonderful balance between a child who doesn’t yet know his limits, and his parents who don’t necessarily want to limit him. Writer Max Landis and artist Nick Dragotta have created a fantastic first issue in a mini-series that will see a rotating team of artists.

Max Landis, writer of the movie Chronicle has written my favorite interpretation of Superman this year. In the opening scene we see Clark hovering in the air with his mom hanging onto his feet. Instead of Martha yelling in panic, it’s Clark who’s yelling at his mom to “not let go”. It shows a realistic relationship between a child and his mother, showing that despite Clark’s powers and strength, he’s still just a young boy who needs his mom. Later on there’s a brilliant moment that has to be seen, and something that I can envision Hollywood using one day as it’s just so iconic.

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!

Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
(shawn@comicspectrum.com
)
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