Mars Attacks Volume 1: Attack From Space
John Layman & John McCrea
This is Volume 1 of many. The book contains the first 5 comics in the series that started with Issue #1, Published June, 2012. It also included Issue #6, which begins the second volume (at least my Advanced Readers Copy did). At the end of Issue #5, it says
So Issue #6 may not be included.
This book has some of the same feeling as the Mars Attacks movie, directed by Tim Burton in 1996, which was based on the Topps trading cards from 1962. The Martians look nearly identical and they use flying saucers, and ray guns to blast away the flesh on their victims. The movie has a bit more comedy to it than the book does.
Once you get away from the basic premise of Martians attacking Earth with flying saucers and ray guns, the movie and the book’s paths separate. This book has new versions of the Topps trading cards interspersed throughout. They show different scenes so that this story can follow them instead of the original series. There is a new set of heroes that will be the primary focus of the battles against the Martians. The story and drawings are very good. The action is constant. If you enjoy heroes instead of superheroes, you will like this series. This is a book binding the actual story pages from the comic books, so other features such as letters pages and ads are missing. The comic is a monthly, so January should see the publication of Issue #7. I will be looking forward to stopping by my local comic book shop and looking for it.
I give this book 3 1/2 stars out of 5. It’s a good, fast paced, action graphic novel.
I received this book for free through NetGalley.com.
Publication Date: February 26, 2013 | Series: Mars Attacks
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!
Paperback: 124 pages
Publisher: IDW Publishing (February 26, 2013)
The product description is from Amazon. Mars Attacks Volume 1: Attack From Space