After appearing in comics for almost 80 years, its hard to find original, interesting stories to tell about Superman. Fortunately for us, Max Landis has done just that with Superman: American Alien.
The seven issue mini-series, out today in trade paperback, tells a series of stories about Clark Kent, from his days on the farm in Smallville to his early days in Metropolis. Each story is stand alone, but contributes to the series overall arc.
This is easily the best Superman series I've read in years. Working from the conceit that most folks in Smallville know that Clark Kent is more than a normal boy, American Alien
gives us a look at a young man trying to come to grips with the his emerging powers, puberty and the other issues and problems that face any teenager, be he Terran or Kryptonian.
Landis' series hits all of the emotions, high and low, as it explores a rarely seen period in the life of the Man of Steel. In seven issues, we see Clark Kent evolve from scared child to Superman. It's a tremendous journey and its handled perfectly.
In addition to the Superman supporting characters you hope to see during this journey - Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, Lex Luthor, Lana Lang, Ma and Pa Kent - readers are also introduced to young Clark Kent's Smallville friends - Kenny and Pete. These are the guys Clark grows up with. The guys he gets into stupid kid trouble with. The guys who are more than happy to call him on his BS when he gets too full of himself. Kenny and Pete are yet another way to humanize Clark Kent and they work wonderfully.
is the series I didn't know I wanted, but I'm so glad I have it.
Superman: American Alien is available now wherever you buy your comics.
Pick this one up! You won't be disappointed.