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Cowboys & Aliens

2.68  ·  Rating Details ·  770 Ratings  ·  186 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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Jan 07, 2012 J. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 06, 2014 Andrew rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Shelves: c-comics-alt
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
Garrison Kelly
Apr 07, 2013 Garrison Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the year 1874, Westward Expansion is in full effect in the state of Arizona. White settlers are purging the land of Indian tribes and claiming the territories as their own. In the middle of this conquest, a race of extra-terrestrial aliens crash lands in the desert and begins wiping out every human in their path, white or Indian. The only way for this new threat to be confronted is if the warring humans can put aside their differences and work together for the common good. They’ve already got ...more
Apr 06, 2011 Nnedi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kendall Dampier
Apr 14, 2014 Kendall Dampier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sam Quixote
Jul 15, 2011 Sam Quixote rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Brendan Nicholls
I didn't like the film and I thought the novel might have been butchered on the way to the screen. This is a case where the book is just a waste of time and shouldn't be read. My first reaction to this book was, how the hell did this become a massive budgeted film? This had no characters, the artwork was uninspired and the story was flat the whole book. I had been interested in MIB but that is another series I'll probably skip, I have since checked out reviews of the RIP division, that book seri ...more
May 04, 2011 Jim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
Jul 01, 2011 May rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Dec 10, 2011 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick, fun read! Now, I want to see the movie. Love getting graphic novels from the library.
Mar 15, 2016 Suzanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-for-work
Such an interesting premise, but none of the characters were really fleshed out. I give it a "meh."
Jun 13, 2012 Adriana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
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Aline Alves
This is the worst book/graphic novel/plot/character development/everything I've ever come across.
Aug 31, 2015 Alexis rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
This book had so much promise. I opened the book, disappointment ensued. Ignoring the OK art, the plot and character development and time and actual plausibility of the events make no sense!

First of all, the aliens have traveled possibly thousands of light years in a space ship. Their space ship is a flying saucer. Not a very effective design, but whatever. Now, this space ship would need to be very high-tech and very durable. How do they end up on Earth? The space-ship suddenly crashes into the
Ea Solinas
May 07, 2015 Ea Solinas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Joseph R.
A wagon train has almost made it to its destination in the Arizona Territory, 1873. The train is under attack by Apaches, with two gunslingers (Verity and Zeke) trying to save them. Zeke sneaks out to get the calvary. On his way he is hunted down by a couple of Apaches. Just before they kill him, an alien spacecraft crashes nearby, distracting the Native Americans and letting Zeke escape. The aliens start collecting people and make plans to claim the Earth as their own colony. The cowboys and In ...more
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
Sep 08, 2011 Stefan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Nov 17, 2012 Paul rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 19, 2010 Luis rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
May 17, 2011 Jake rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, graphic-novel
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
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
Apr 05, 2013 Josh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
First off, it's completly different than the movie. Other than the title and the fact that they both have cowboys and aliens, there's very little similar. I'm wondering if someone at Universal just didn't want to get sued for their idea so they paid off Rosenberg for his book. Just a theroy.

Anyway, the story is actually WAY better. It's a little cheesy, but it's a good wester, with lots of action fun. I don't know why they didn't use it for the movie. it would have been better. There's even som
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