22gigantes.com - Max Landis, acclaimed screenwriter of the hit film CHRONICLE, presents seven stories from the life of the man who will be the Man of Steel, seven pivotal moments that turned a sometimes good, sometimes angry, sometimes funny, always human, all-American alien into the world’s first superhero.THIS IS NOT A SUPERMAN COMIC.This is the story of Clark Kent, a Kansas farm boy who happens to be from another planet. It’s the story of a scared young kid with impossible powers, of a teenage delinquent with a lot to learn, of a reporter with a nose for the truth who’s keeping the biggest secret the world has ever known. This is not the Superman you know. Not yet.Illustrated by some of the greatest artists in comics today-including Jock (BATMAN: THE BLACK MIRROR), Francis Manapul (DETECTIVE COMICS), Jae Lee (BATMAN/SUPERMAN), Joëlle Jones (LADY KILLER), Nick Dragotta (EAST OF WEST) and more with covers by Ryan Sook (ACTION COMICS)-SUPERMAN: AMERICAN ALIEN tells the very human story of the Last Son of Krypton.
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Most helpful customer reviews 6 of 7 people found the following review helpful. Max Landis Takes on the Man of Steel By David Swan A few years back DC produced its Adventures of Superman series which featured some non traditional Superman writers writing short stories featuring the Man of Steel. The stories varied in quality but overall I enjoyed the series. My favorite story, in volume 3, was ‘The Sound of One Hand Clapping’ by Max Landis. This book feels like the spiritual successor to Adventures of Superman except all the stories are written by Landis and the stories have a flow even if each one is drawn by a different artist. A few of the artists from AoS return including Jock and Evan Shaner.To those who don’t know, Max Landis isn’t traditionally a comic book writer and most of his work has been in movies as a screenwriter, director, producer and actor. He’s the son of director John Landis (Blues Brothers, Trading Places etc) and based on what I’ve seen in his appearances on Youtube channels, a pretty cool guy. What I like about Landis is that he makes Clark Kent/Superman his own. He doesn’t appear to care about continuity with DC or quite frankly continuity within his own stories. In the first story a very young Clark is indestructible but in the second story, a teenage Clark is injured and bloodied by gun shots. In another story he gets staggering drunk despite traditionally being immune to alcohol (ok, his drink WAS seriously spiked). Landis tones down the characters strength but I think it makes for a more compelling character. At one point Clark gets angry and attempts to fly to the moon and it's actually a bit of a big deal since he already calculated his max speed and lung capacity and it's not enough for a round trip.Landis’s writing gives a real intimacy to Clark Kent and a reality to the stories. I was a big fan of the early seasons of Smallville because it focused on the characters and not big super powered action scenes (possibly due to budgetary limitations). Landis, likewise, focuses on characters and that can be a challenge because comic readers are often conditioned towards lots of action. Some of the characters can get a bit verbose (*ahem* Luthor) but Landis does dialogue better than many seasoned comic writers.The book starts off a bit slow but builds up to a great confrontation with Lobo. I wouldn't really consider this an origin story, it just happens to be a story the follows Clark from early childhood to the start of his career as Superman. However, if I were to compare this to popular origin stories like Secret Origin by Geoff Johns, Birthright by Mark Wade and the New 52 origin by Grant Morrison I would put this one above any of those three and those are legendary writers.I was sorry to see DC end the Adventures of Superman series but this is a nice followup. Hopefully DC will do more series like this one even if not every story is a gem. 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful. Clark Kent: The Man of Tomorrow By Edward Mims I was hesitant at first upon hearing Max Landis's name tossed around with it, since he is really hit-and-miss. But, I can honestly say that this is a great take on Clark Kent. This is NOT a Superman story, it's a Clark Kent story. And it's an awesome one. I don't know if there will be another volume for it, but I would definitely buy it if there were. Great characterization. And though it's telling you a coming of age story for the Man of Steel, it doesn't forget to have fun while doing it. 0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. A wonderful coming of age story By Joshua H. Outside of Grant Morrison's All Star Superman, Max Landis is the only writer I've read that nails the heart and soul of the American God. Landis modernizes the age-old origin story of Clark Kent without being as dark as Marvel's Supreme Power. A wonderful coming of age story, we journey with Clark, the Kents and friends as he learns to fly, exhibits super strength, discovers his physical invulnerability all while dealing with his mental and emotional immaturity. If you've watched any films recently and felt disconnected from the Kryptonian peace symbol wearing demi-god, pick up this book and remember what it's like to like a small town Kansas man in the big city trying his hand at being a superhero. This is why we read comic books. See all 11 customer reviews...
About the Author Featured as one of Forbes 30 under 30 two consecutive years, Max Landis is an outspoken rising star in the screenwriting world. Having sold over fifteen projects in the last five years, Landis' first produced feature, Chronicle, did well at the box office and led to more sales. He currently has several projects in different stages of post-production: Victor Frankenstein, starring Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy and directed by Paul McGuigan; Mr. Right, starring Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick; and the feature film he wrote and directed, Me Him Her, starring Haley Joel Osment, and featuring Geena Davis and Scott Bakula, and which premiered at the Seattle Film Festival; and the action comedy, American Ultra starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart.
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