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Meteor Men

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  368 ratings  ·  76 reviews
On a summer night, Alden Baylor sits in a field watching the largest meteor shower in human history. What begins as teenage adventure becomes something more - the celestial event brings travelers who will change the world completely, and Alden discovers a connection to one of them. How does a young man who had to grow up fast handle the invasion of his planet? Can Alden ke ...more
Paperback, 136 pages
Published October 28th 2014 by Oni Press (first published October 15th 2014)
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Sam Quixote
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Skye Kilaen
Seriously intriguing sci-fi graphic novel. Alden Baylor, a normal teenager, becomes the most important person in the world. The meteor shower that was supposed to be an interesting view turned out to be an alien invasion and things will never be the same. It's not a book with a pat, easy resolution just because it has a teenage main character. When my husband and I had both finished reading this, he said "I liked how it didn't have a happy ending." My response: "Or maybe it DID!" I was turning t ...more
Wayne McCoy
Oct 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
'Meteor Men' is a perfect story for the graphic novel format. It's mystery and wonder are perfect for this medium. Some slight spoilers follow.

Alden Baker lives on his deceased parent's farm until he's old enough to own it. On the night of the Perseid meteor shower, he and others are out in the pasture to observe it. Along with the shower, meteors crash on Earth, including not far from where he is. A fight ensues over who owns the meteor, but what are they really and why did so many land? The my
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
There is nothing remarkable about the story or artwork for Meteor Men, except possibly its consistent blandness. Aliens come to earth in a meteor shower and co-opt human bodies for their use. Fairly typical or at least as typical as sci-fi can be and certainly more than a little boring. The most interesting parts of the story are brief tidbits about Alden Baylor’s history and previously mundane life. Yes, that’s right; the mundane parts are about as exciting as it gets. The author appears to be ...more
Corinna Bechko
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It's always nice to discover a new, original science fiction comic and this one has something rare: a grounded story with a satisfying twist. The art is a good fit with the somewhat contemplative mood of the narrative while also delivering strong action sequences. In short, I wish there were more comics like this.
The art was pretty good, but mostly I liked the colors and color blocking.
I enjoyed this as a YA comic -I thought Alden was a great, thoughtful, and compassionate teen.

I'm really iffy on the ending though, and I'm not sure how I feel about it. It was very fatalistic and kind of depressing (to me), though I know it wasn't supposed to be.
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Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 4.5 of 5

It is books like Meteor Men that have restored my faith in the graphic novel as a literary form.  This book is beautiful to look at and delightful to read.  To me, this is precisely what the graphic novel medium is intended to be.  I know that the bulk of the graphic novels out there are compilations of superhero comic books, but the more I've been reading lately, the more I really appreciate the non-superhero graphic nov
Nicola Mansfield
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a strong piece of pure science fiction (something I don't come across often enough these days). Aliens arrive on Earth during a meteor storm and the author brings a mature variation on the alien invasion theme. I found this to be a quick read and a story I was quickly hooked on. Usually when aliens arrive on earth one of two things happen: the aliens are bad and earth has to find the elusive way to kill them or the friendly, peace-loving aliens are misunderstood by the bad army/governmen ...more
May 23, 2015 rated it liked it
One night during the Perseid meteor shower, thousands of meteorites make contact all over planet Earth. One of those meteorites crashes in the farm of young Alden Baylor. After investigating, he makes contact with an alien that came down inside the meteorite. What does the alien want? Is it peaceful? These and many more questions are ones that both Alden and the world's ever-twitchy and defensive governments and militaries would like answered.

It's not the best alien invasion story I've read but
Ok so this was just weird, and not my cup of tea. But I'm sure plenty of others will enjoy it. This was just the weirdest alien species premise ever! They look like octopi but then morph and completely cover their host living being (usually a human) so they end up looking like humans just with big heads. Anyway, it never was adequately explained why Alden was connected to the aliens when no one else was, and I was confused as to why some people could hear the aliens thoughts and then later only ...more
Oct 30, 2016 rated it liked it
This title was originally brought to my attention by the artist whom I met at Heroes Con months before the book was published. After he heard I was a librarian he showed me a copy and thought it would be good for teens. Fast forward two years later and ComiXology has it on their unlimited service!

This was a quick read; I almost finished it in one sitting. For the most part it feels like a typical "boy meets alien" story. The last bit of the 4th issue makes it stand out a little bit and definitel
This was fine. For me, the characters were a little on the shallow side and the plot a little thin, a little typical, but it was still entertaining and the art was cool and: ALIENS! I think this would be a great comic for younger sci-fi readers.
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
A not so unusual premise handled in a unique way. This is a nice sci-fi story that actually made me think!
Abigail Monhollen
Jan 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
Boring to read. I didn't fully finish it because it was hard to get through. It had potential to be good sci-fi, but failed.
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
One of the reviews on the back of the book called this an "optimistic" story, which I don't particularly see. I suppose that's an Earth-centric view; if you step outside of humanity and look at the story from the wider universe's perspective, or from that of the alien invaders, there's certainly a sense of community. But at what cost? The conclusion seems to be that humans don't really deserve to maintain our hold on this planet when our instinct is to destroy the unusual rather than attempting ...more
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don't know much about astronomy and just this morning was reading in the news that some meteor shower would peak tonight here. It turns out this is the same meteor shower that starts Meteor Men, which I randomly picked up from the graphic novel shelf at the library yesterday, the Perseid meteor shower.

Meteor Men is another alien first contact/invasion story, but it is unique and original. That everything, the survival of the whole human race, depends on one boy is the usual YA trope, but it's
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My son picked this up at the library on a whim. Three hours later he told me "you've GOT to read this!!". He was right, it was a great story about a kid who has a meteor land in his back yard. I have a tendency to be very linear in my reading: I read these authors and these series in order... but, my son broke me out of that with this book. Indie comic company called ONI Press made it. Definitely worth checking out their stuff.
Would you think less of this if I tell you that while I was reading it--in the back of my head--I kept thinking of The Host? *face palm*

Anyway, this was a super quick read, and I never felt that I quite connected with the characters. The art helped me through, but something wasn't quite there for me.
Dec 17, 2019 rated it liked it
First contact featuring an alien race arriving via meteor storm and frightening the authorities world-wide. A teenage orphan has a personal connection to one of the new arrivals that end up being unique in that he can communicate somewhat with them. Slowly, the security services realize his value and use his knowledge and advice, but still get it wrong, or do they?
Daniel Watkins
Apr 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Loved the artwork, and I think the story was well thought out in terms of the overall arc. But I think it’s a bit too brief to really develop a bond between characters. Hopefully the story continues...
I know this was published well before The Girl With All the Gifts, but it is very much that kind of book. Except instead of hungries it has aliens. It's neat.
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved it so much!!!!!!
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The art was cool and the story was engaging. And that ending!!
Aug 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Not for those who have issues with body horror. Otherwise, a decent alien invasion tale!
Sep 30, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5 stars
Andrew Martin
the ending was really upsetting.
Mike Jozic
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very satisfying read. Although I enjoy most of Jeff Parker's books I always prefer it when he deviates from the super-hero malaise of the larger body of his work and just tells a really good sci-fi, mystery, or adventure story. Underground, Interman, and Meteor Men are great examples of this. Great characters, art, and solid storytelling make this (and the others) a strong reccommendation. Check this one out, you won't be disappointed.
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Jul 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing

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Meteor Men is a beautifully presented, engaging, and sophisticated graphic novel featuring a perfect marriage of story and art. I was greatly reminded of the movie "The Iron Giant" due to this title's distinct style, sense of adventure and wonder, underlying message, and appeal for both children and adults. If but for a somewhat abrupt ending, this would be a perfect title.

Story: When a group of kids go outside to see
Sep 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
I can't really pinpoint exactly what it is about Meteor Men that I liked, even though I've been thinking about for a little over a day now. If I had to take a guess, I'd say it's the fact that this graphic novel captured my imagination. I'm sure we've all had moments where we wonder if we're alone in the universe. Where we truly debate what would happen if we weren't. More than anything, I felt like this story was something different from tales of aliens I've read previously, and I appreciated t ...more
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