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2.68 of 5 stars 2.68  ·  rating details  ·  674 ratings  ·  170 reviews

1873. Arizona.

An era when all a man could count on was his horse and his six-gun, and Indians fought a losing battle with European settlers.

Until somebody else entered the fight--an invader who saw all humans as slaves, and was determined to conquer our world.

Graphic Novel
Published December 6th 2006 by Platinum Studios
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J.
I don't say this often, but besides it's premise (title), this book literally has nothing to offer. It has mediocre art and completely nonsensical plotting as if it were written by a five-year-old. I can overlook the usual sci-fi silliness like translators and such, but things just get so stupid that you can't overlook them:

1. The first alien device the protagonist comes across looks exactly like a gun, and he immediately figures out how to use it. Amazing!

2. The 1870s blacksmith takes one look
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Andrew
Oct 24, 2014 Andrew rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Andrew by: andrew.edwards91@gmail.com
I read this because a lot of my friends were hyping up the movie. I think only because they have a hard-on for Mr.Indiana Bladerunner Solo, and the idea of him playing a cowboy is pretty cool.

The book was horrible, and what I saw of the movie was just as bad.

I despised 'the White people hurt the Indians' and 'aliens hurt the White people' parallel. Especially when the aboriginal (is that what you call them? They must be the only ethnic group that has a thousand different terms and not one of th
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Nnedi
umm...nah, no need to review. i mean, the concept is super cool but the aliens in this were just weird looking human beings. * SPOILER ALERT!* and the native american guy does the "'she's soooooo beautiful', while gazing at the white woman" thing...dude, come on! and the white guy makes out with an ALIEN! no hesitation there. i guess all it takes is looking "humanoid sexy". do aliens kiss? show affection? just like humans? why's she wearing fishnets? wtf is going on here.just lazy. lol, but i'll ...more
Joey the J in R.J. Spindle


Well, that was short, sweet, and to the point. It moved rather fast for me. It could have been a bit longer and not felt as rushed. I didn't hate it, but it isn't making me jump for joy in any way either. Though I only saw the movie once, I think I might prefer it. The story was more complex in the movie, and this was just ... bare bones. We didn't really get to know any of the characters. There was only one which developed at all throughout the story, and that was Kai.

All in all, I'd say it was
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Kendall Dampier
Cowboys & Aliens is a 105-page Platinum Studios 2006 graphic novel created by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg and written by Fred Van Lente and Andrew Foley, with art by Dennis Calero and Luciano Lima.
The ultimate show down between Cowboys and Indians is going down when the are interrupted by the aliens. I found this book very intriguing ,because the Cowboys and Indians became "partners" when they were just fighting not even an hour ago.
Some can say this is a boyish read, but I disagree. It’s a
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Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: I'd heard about the upcoming summer movie starring {sigh} Harrison Ford so thought I'd read the original comic book the movie is based on first.

This is a rather unusual tale as one could guess from the title. We join a group of settlers led by a priest who are traveling west to claim some land they have bought to start a new life. They are attacked by Indians and one of their two guides goes off to get help from the nearby Fort. Indian attacks end up being the least of his wo
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Jim
Okay, I was browsing in the bookstore and saw this on the table. I know that there is a movie coming, based on this story, so I thought I'd check it out.

At first blush, I like the concept. If aliens have been coming to Earth for a long time, they should have come during the 1800's. There have been plenty of films of us fighting aliens with our relatively primitive weapons. Imagine trying to fight aliens with 19th century weapons!

Well, that's all well and good, but the actual execution of the con
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Sam Quixote
Wow, I'm amazed you have to pay for this book, I've read free comics that had better art and writing than this wreck.

The concept is minimal - cowboys from the frontier days, late 19th century, encounter aggressive aliens who decide to bring death and destruction to the world. Cowboys fight back.

Done right, this could've been a fantastic book. Unfortunately it's "created" by Scott Rosenberg, the man whose only idea in life is humans vs aliens, like his previous work "Men in Black". The only dif
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May
So I was challenged by my friend to explain my 4 star rating for this graphic novel. I thought about it and no, I'll stick to my 4 stars. Aside from the prologue which draws the inevitable parallel between the colonization of Americas by Europeans powers with the colonization of an alien world by a hostile alien force, this book doesn't pretend to be a running political or social commentary. Rather, this is a quick read that just pure fun and entertainment. I love the fact that the natives did n ...more
Ea Solinas
Cowboys... and aliens. It sounds like a really, really stupid movie pitch.

But instead Scott Mitchell Rosenberg "Cowboys & Aliens" is a pretty fun graphic novel -- it has a simple but entertaining premise, lots of glowy splotchy action scenes, and some likable characters (on the human side). Its main downside is that it slaps you in the face with a hamhanded "evil aliens = European settlers" message that knocks you sideways.

The year is 1873, and there's a battle going on between the Apache wa
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Amanda
While I enjoyed the read and the art, I did not enjoy it as much as the movie, finding it to be too heavy-handed and obvious in its message, as well as a bit too stereotypical in how it handled its Native American characters.

The art is bright and colorful with easy-to-follow panels. The book opens with a clearly laid out parallel between the colonizing alien species and the white settlers in America. It’s clever to make a group actively colonizing another group suddenly the victim of colonizers
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Robert Jones
Awful. Truly terrible. Don't be fooled by the two stars: those are rewarding the graphic novel's art. I did not know that the movie would have been so different - that's a compliment to the movie. All people can find something to hate about this book! One-dimensional characters, check. Laughable plot contrivances are a go. And no bad book would be complete without some amateur-hour attempts at ham-fisted morality. There is literally a scene where a cowboy complains, to a Native American about "s ...more
David
Quick, fun read! Now, I want to see the movie. Love getting graphic novels from the library.
Paul Mirek
This is a book that feels behind it's time, but that's not as bad as it seems. If you've got a hankering for a story with pulpy sensibilities that wears its heart on its sleeve, C&A should hit the spot nicely. Admittedly, exploring racial issues with aliens is played out, but you can't blame these guys for trying. Foley and Van Lente keep the pace of the story snappy, and Luciano Lima's designs have a classic sci-fi feel that's all too rare these days. Like the movie, it's nothing you'll fin ...more
Cayt Landis
Cowboys and Aliens by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg is the graphic novel that the movie by the same title was based on it. It tells the typical story of cowboys versus Indians. That is until aliens show up and interrupt the fight. Now they must work together to defeat aliens who intend to enslave the human race.
The Plot
The plot of Cowboys and Aliens is not particularly interesting or unique. Indians and cowboys fight over land until aliens show up on the scene. The aliens want to take over the plan
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Luis
Written by: Fred Van Lente& Andrew Foley
Penciled by: Dennis Calero (Prologue) & Luciano Lima (Main story)

Cowboys & Aliens is an interesting idea to create. Should have been proved to be a fun read, but alas- that was not to be. From a quick prologue we're quickly thrown into action without much warning. And from there, the ride doesn't stop until the end. This is what hurts the story mostly. There's no exploration into characters, their motives, the setting.... anything.

The story's
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Stefan
When I first saw this book in the store I thought it was one of those companion books that gets released for movies or tv shows. I had heard about the movie and was curious to flip through it to find out a little more about what it was about. When I saw that it was actually a graphic novel I was surprised for two reasons, first because my local book store rarely stocks any graphic novels and second because I hadn't known that the upcoming movie was based on a book. Since it's a movie I've been l ...more
Tyler
While this was not bad, I think that it works a lot better in concept than in execution. This actually seemed like a series of concepts ties with a loose story. I think that the only way to do this justice would be through a longer, more elaborate narrative. The end is set up for something like that, but maybe because the initial run was not so successful, they have not pursued anything further. Maybe with the upcoming film adaptation interest will renew.

That being said, I think that, just from
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Kaseka
I read this because the movie was fun, and I wanted to see how it differed from the comic. (Answer: the movie was better, and had little in common with this book.)

2/5 stars: This comic book was okay. Its comparison of the aliens invading Earth and the Americans invading Native American lands was entirely lacking in subtlety. This parallel was pushed to the reader's attention repeatedly through imagery and layout; the phrase "filthy savages"; the claiming of land already occupied; a rant by a cow
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Adriana
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Tim Heard
I never had any interest in the movie that was inspired by this "graphic novel." The movie itself, which I'm sure has little to nothing in common with the "graphic novel" based on the trailers and clips I viewed on the Internet, was poorly reviewed. When I got this, I was kind of hoping it would be better than the film in terms of artistic and storytelling quality. When I actually read it, I mostly disappointed because it read like a comic book, obviously because it is a comic book series that w ...more
Josh
i thought this comic was decent. it wasn't Watchmen or anything but it wasn't the worst thing i've ever read. my ratings tend to be significantly higher than most people's, so maybe it should be closer to a 3, but the point is, it wasn't this horrible, cheesy, stupid book. the reason i make a big deal out of this is because i know there were a lot of people who hated the movie long before it even came out, just because of the title. people blend genres and time periods of all different kinds all ...more
Magila
whatever, 1 and 2 reviews. granted it is short and the character development is also short. i would say that happens alot. but the graphic novel is fun and quick and entertaining and original. unless you put it down and quit, i just don't see how you can give this book a 1 or 2.

i am now sold on graphic novels. in case you are interested, this graphic novel's rights were bought and optioned into a movie. in prep for that, a hugo (scifi award) winning author was coopted into turning the very very
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Jake
This thing was so goddamn ludicrous. There's not much to the story or the characters. It was written for 10-year-olds to read in backyard tents with their friends. It's so old school pulpy in its ridiculousness that it feels like the writers were doing it for their inner-children. It almost reads like a little kid explaining the very premise to you: "So there's, like, cowboys and Indians, and they're living in the Old West, but then these aliens come and they're all like, 'Poosch!' And everybody ...more
Paul
I have to admit that I actually went out of my way to go see the movie by John Favreau, I figures, hey, it's by the guy that did Iron Man, so it's gotta be good, right? right?

Well, Cowboys & Aliens is a 2011 American science fiction Western film directed by Jon Favreau and starring Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, and Olivia Wilde. The film is based on the 2006 graphic novel of the same name created by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg. The main plot revolves around an amnesiac outlaw (Craig), a wealthy
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A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
Book source ~ Library

It’s 1873 in Arizona and Zeke and his partner are protecting a caravan trying to reach their destination of Silver City. Attacked by Indians, Zeke rides off to the Fort for help only to find aliens are taking over.

Not a bad graphic novel. Art is ok and story is also ok. As far as being like the movie though, other than having aliens and cowboys it is nothing like the movie. Yes, I saw the movie when it came out. Hello. Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford? How could I not. Besides
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Heather
This was an ok comic. Nothing much to it. The art style was ok but nothing to write home about. Therected was no connection to any of the characters. I never felt betrayed or upset or even relieved at any point when I was suppose to. It read it and that was it. I was asked what I thought at the end and the full hearted response was "meh".

Read it if you were curious how it differed from the movie feel free to read it but I can't see any other reason to go out of your way to pick it up.
Martin
First off, I think that if aliens have the technology to get all the way to Earth - especially in the year 1873, with our clear technological inferiority - they certainly can wipe us out, no doubt about it.
So that's part of what bugged me about this comic book.

The other things that bugged me are probably the same as most people who've given this book 1 star, and even then, probably because "No stars" is not an option - although some books have been known to suck sweaty balls , so maybe we coul
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Slayermel
This was an interesting enough read and I enjoyed the concept, however I feel that the story could have used a little more work. I decided to read this before seeing the movie and I'm glad I did as the clips of the movie already look 10 times better then the book. I think had I seen the movie first I may not have gotten through the whole graphic novel.
I think considering this was written in 2006 the technology the aliens possessed could have been stepped up a few notches, what was shown in this
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Adrian
Aug 03, 2014 Adrian rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Adrian by: Young adult literature professor
On the lines of the darker Batman comics, cowboys and Alena touches on some of the social issues of today. It is fast paced. To understand some of the situations, the reader needs to know something about western expansion in America and the relationship between Native Americans and Americans/Europeans.
I recommend this comic novel to young adults, readers who like to suspend their disbelief for a fun read, and comic artists.
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