Monday, February 25, 2013

Mars Attacks Volume 1: Attack From Space - Paul's Review

***I received an ecopy of this book from Diamond Book Distributors and IDW Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***

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Title: Mars Attacks Volume 1: Attack From Space
Author: John Layman 
Illustrator: John McCrea
Year Published: 2013

Release Date: February 26, 2013

Synopsis: The invasion begins! The first stories of an all-new Mars Attacks universe are here, bringing outrageous action and dark humor to the comics page. Eisner-winning writer John Layman (Chew) is joined by Eisner-winning artist John McCrea (Hitman) to sound the alarm. Beware! The Martians are coming!

Review: I remember really enjoying the movie when it was first released. I don't think I was old enough to see it in theaters in 1996, but I think my parents rented it one night. I may have even had toys for the film. It is a dark comedy with a very unique take on the well known alien invasion concept. 

This comic book series holds to that feel. The dark humor and outrageousness is there, as well as some nice storytelling. I don't think this takes place within the same universe as the film as many characters I don't recall are shown. We follow survivors of the initial attack as well as one of the leaders of the Martians. 

The artwork is done in the style of the film with gore and bright colors contrasting. I liked the details put into the insects and the skeletal remains. 

I think this is a good take on the Mars Attacks story. I give this first volume a 3/5. If you like the original film, you will love this graphic novel!


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