REVIEW: Superman: American Alien #6

Publisher: DC
Writer: Max Landis
Artist: Jonathan Case
Colourist: Jonathan Case

Editor: Alex Antone
Release Date: OUT NOW!
Price: $3.99

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Superman American Alien #6

In Superman: American Alien #6 Clark Kent is still trying to figure out his alter ego, and when he gets a little too cocky two old friends Pete and Kenny from Smallville are there to whisper in his ear. But to be fair, Superman has become a local Metropolis celebrity. “It’s a bird!” “It’s a plane!” “…Oh, it’s just a plane,” says a disappointed bystander.

Clark’s roots are in Kansas, but in Superman: American Alien #6 he’s been an absentee friend, even missing Kenny’s wedding announcement. Pete gives Clark an earful about wasting his potential: ‘You aren’t Superman, but you’re not even Clark Kent anymore.’ Ultimately Pete laments his friend having to face danger without his help.

Writer Max Landis, in Superman: American Alien #6, joyously imagines the Man of Steel. The cape is needed to pull 90 degrees turns between buildings. And the spectacles? ‘I take my glasses off all the time. And you know what everyone tells me? ‘You look just like Superman,’ Clark tells his pals.

Jonathan Case takes over the art chores with satisfying results in Superman: American Alien #6. Lines are clean and by the end, especially the last page, the style is reminiscent of the original Fleischer Superman animation from the 1940s.

Superman: American Alien #6, the penultimate issue, continues to pack a psychological and emotional punch, not only for Clark but also for Pete. Big Blue’s journey is complicated, but we get to experience it with him. The pending last issue of Superman: American Alien #6 will be no less moving.

Up, up and away with, Superman: American Alien #6.


Reviewer: Joe Lovece
Reviews Editor: Steve Hooker

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