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Teenagers from Mars

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  203 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Max is a grave-robbing 13-year-old who gathers relics to pawn for comic book money. Macon works at the local Mallmart by day and publishes his comic book manifestos by night. Madison is a punk beauty who just might be able to fly. When Macon gets badly beaten in a fight with his boss over comic books, Macon and Madison take revenge by smashing the front of the store. They ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published March 4th 2005 by Gigantic Graphic Novels (first published February 10th 2005)
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The Clumsiest Nerd Revenge Fantasy Ever?

If you asked an eleven-year-old comic-book geek full of admiration for his older punk-rock brother what a really "cool" teenager does and looks like, he might say: "He'd be like my brother, but even cooler and tougher. He'd always get into fights, and he'd throw rocks at Walmart for not carrying my favorite comic book, and he'd defend comic books against my teacher who always says mean things about them. Oh, and he'd have a girlfriend who is cute and kicks
Printable Tire
Just finished reading another graphic novel. Took about 2 hours to read, which seems about right. Rushed through the ending a little bit as I had to pee, but whatever. My ex-girlfriend when she was still my girlfriend lent it to me as it is her favorite book. I can see why, as the heroine shares more than an uncanny resemblance to her, at least as far as looks go anyway.

It was very funny, very touching. The artwork was amazing and the whole book was extremely cinematic, especially all the “sound
After picking up the single issues during my comic collecting days in college, I recently grabbed a used copy of the trade. I saw it sitting on my pile of "to read" books this morning and thought back to how awesome it was and decided to give it another read.

This was a book that was one of the first I can remember reading that was outside of the mainstream. At the time, I was reading a bunch of Marvel, a little DC, and a smidgen of Vertigo and Dark Horse. Outside of this, though, I read very lit
Andrea Blythe
Teenagers from Mars enters a strange meta world. In the city of Mars comic books are reviled by adults and loved by the youth, who act in direct rebellious opposition. The main character is a young comic artist, who falls for a girl and in order to empress her performs an act of vandalism, which quickly spirals out of control.

The book isn't meant to be real life and it certainly riffs off real situations (the comic book scare of the fifties with its panicked parents and burning of books), but i
So this was really good. It has everything I like in one place: zombies, punks, comic books, graffiti... what's not to like? The characters were awesome and the storyline, while not original, held my interest. My main problem with the book was a few sloppy things that could have easily been changed but for some reason (it felt like laziness on the part of the writer) weren't. For instance, why is almost the only black guy in the entire book shown throwing away a stash of pornos? Why are two of t ...more
This was... not very good. There's other stuff by Rick Spears I like a lot - Black Metal was really great, and I love Pirates of Coney Island (even though I'll probably never get to see it finished). And when I met Rick Spears @ SPX last year, he said THIS one was his "baby". And maybe that's true, but it seems like a baby he had when he was in high school who was raised by his drunk aunt and grew up to be a dull-witted crust punk who huffs natural gas right from the stove.
If I had read this whe
Here's the deal:
First, it's not a sci-fi story despite being titled, "Teenagers from Mars." That in itself is a let down. "Mars" is just a small closed minded town. The story is a comic book dork's wet dream where a couple accidentally start the (I believe it's called, but can't quite remember) Comic Book Liberation Movement. Essentially it's a few kids rebelling against adults that are trying to ban and censor comics. The story was too predictable and the teens seemed a little too angst ridde
I feel like all my reviews lately starts off with "This is a little rough, but...." and this one is no exception. It's also got a little of the tired cliche where all youngsters are with it and all adults are idiots, which needs to stop. That being said, the characters are realized well and the messages of the book are good ones that are still relevant today.
I'm not sure whether I think this graphic novel is a good choice to give to an angry teenager in your life - or a terrible, terrible choice for an angry teenager that will give them terrible, terrible (inaccurate and melodramatic) ideas about anarchists and fighting The Man. Either way, I fear I'm not the target readership. Though I can't say I didn't enjoy the bit with the girl beating the bodily fluids out of a creeper looking up her skirt, or the adorable hippie comic shop owner, or the timel ...more
Mar 26, 2008 kubby added it
comic book liberation army!
i didn't think i'd like this book, but i was quite surprised when i couldn't put it down! and there are cheesy parts that typically i'd find pretty stupid, but here i found endearing. what i like is there is included tidbits from comics history--like the mention of the guy from florida who has been banned since his teenage days from drawing comics. no really, this was a real case and if he were to be caught drawing comics, he'd end up in jail. at any rate, this book re
Aug 20, 2008 Afsheen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Josh
Recommended to Afsheen by: Comix shop
Shelves: comics
I picked this up on a recommendation at the Comix shop on Divisadero in SF. I leafed through the first few pages and was intrigued enough to take it home. Couldn't put it down that night. About bout a couple of kids in the town of Mars who start the "Comic Book Liberation Army", it is light on everything, including plot and dialogue, and maybe a bit cliche, but is a hell of a lot of fun to read. I could swear that the heroine is based on a girl I used to date. But as the authors aren't from Cali ...more
Macon lives in Mars (a small town) and has just been fired from "Mallmart" for mouthing off to his boss. He meets a cute punk girl, Madison, at a party later, and they are instantly attracted to each other because of their misfit tendencies. Then the mayor of the town shuts down the local comics store and confiscates Macon's artwork in a fit of book-burning fever. Macon and Madison fight back.
A really good story. The art is a bit low-tech for my taste at times, but that low-tech approach is part of the point of the book. The zombie metaphor is firmly fleshed out, and really well done. I especially liked that when the main character gets his sidekick, there is a scene that immediately recalls the Batman/Robin swearing of the oath scene from way back when. Recommended.
Teenagers from Mars is a pretty ridiculous but badass story about a frustrated Walmart employee, punk rocker chick and 13-year-old boy taking on a conservative small town by starting a pro-comics militia. I don't know why comic artists so often feel they have something to prove. Still, this was pretty mad and I've got to read more graphic novels.
Some alienated youth tries to woo a girl and starts some crap called the "Comic Book Liberation Front" or something and gets in trouble with the police. Wait til you have a decent idea before you waste months of you life making a comic book that sucks. Obviously, the only reason I picked this up was because the title is also a Misfits song.
Aug 10, 2011 Tim added it
Shelves: comic
A fun, quick read. Boy meets girl, boy and girl vandalize big box retailer, boy and girl run from the law and anti-comic vigilantes. The art was very well done, I particularly enjoyed Rob G's ability to capture motion and his use of out of focus portions in the frame.
Matt Chic
probably the best work from these guys (couriers, repo). basiclly you got a couple PUNK kinds who risk their lives and fuck shit up in the name of comics. sounds cheesier than it is.
Jan 06, 2008 Earline rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Earline by: Brian
Shelves: comics
one of the best contemporary graphic novels i've read in a lonnng time. kinda emo but I love some good metafiction.. especially if zombies and Misfits lyrics are involved
Noah Soudrette
While story shows some promise early on, things get way too heavy handed, contrived, and preachy. Yes, we're all for freedom of expression, but this is just silly.
Brendan Howard
I never got around to this one, but I'm glad I did. It tells an engaging, perfectly paced tale of ne'er-do-well teenagers, comic fans, and weirdos.
The art is very good and the story; about teens in a small, rural-ish community fighting the good fight for comics, is very engaging.
I felt a tightness in my chest when they were burning the comics books. Nice alternate-reality tale.
Scott Robins
Re-read to assess whether or not to keep it in my collection - a resounding YES!
Everything you could want from a graphic novel, angst, action, and a hot anti-heroine!
May 26, 2008 Nicole rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Nicole by: Jeff!
Jeff grabbed this at the library and I stole it from him. Good stuff:)
May 04, 2008 Mike rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: comic
Mediocre at best, but mildly entertaining. Glad I got it from the library.
Aug 10, 2015 Brian rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2015
Lots of fun, just don't let my kids see it and get any crazy ideas.
This book is perfect for any and all comic book geeks.
Dustin Sweet
This book reminded me of why I love comics.

One of my current favorite graphic novels.
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