Max Landis’ Superman: American Alien is one of the best things to have happened to the title character in years. Landis’ Superman echoes the countless interpretations that have melded together to embody the essence of Superman.
This installment of the stellar miniseries thrives on character. And Landis isn’t afraid to explore character in such a manner as to cut to the core of Clark Kent. To have Clark Kent mistaken for Bruce Wayne is a tradition that has been explored but never quite in such an interesting and satisfying fashion.
Through this case-of-mistaken-identity narrative, Landis holds up a mirror and reflects and refracts Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne. He shows new sides to Clark Kent. He shows us his heart, humor and ultimately, his humanity. The writing is beyond touching. It won’t let you go.
Joelle Jones’ artwork realizes the power of Landis’ writing. Jones’ ability to capture emotion with single and/or sequential visual beats is a joy. The page layouts are crafty. And Jones is a master of rendering actions and reactions.
Superman: American Alien #3 is a stellar read. You’d be hard-pressed to find a stronger single issue on the shelves. This is the Superman the world needs now. A familiar, yet fresh introspection of an icon-in-the-making.