Monday, June 27, 2011

Falling Skies, Graphic Novel Review

In the heart of Boston, following the devastating events of an alien invasion, history professor Tom Mason and his sons Hal, Matt, and Ben are just trying to survive. After an extreme firefight with the aliens, Ben gets kidnapped. Determined to get his son back, Tom joins forces with the 2nd Mass, a militia group that is taking the fight against the aliens. But with the group's munitions supplies running low, Tom must locate an old friend to equip him and his team in order to ensure the survival of the human race!

Falling Skies by Paul Tobin
ebook, 104 pages
Expected publication (paperback) at August 9th 2011 by Dark Horse Comics

I don't know how many of you are familiar with the series which started the previous Sunday under the same name but this story is the prequel of the tv story. For those who have watch the first 2 episodes, you may noticed that there isn't info on Ben's kidnapping, the fighting teams or more about the alien invasion. All those are explained in this book. 

The artists tried to copy the faces of the actors to the novel. At some points they look exactly like them but at other you can't even recognize the characters between them. There were times i was re-reading parts so i can understand who is the person who said a certain bubble. 

Now, while the story is really interesting with mystery and action everything is described as written in a diary. Most of the time there are no bubbles between people, just the picture and description about it. Because of that it became tiresome and i believe it lost much of its life. It felt dead. You were seeing only Tom's POV and you didn't get to know the rest of the characters and create your own opinion about them.

Apart from the things above it was a nice read. Didn't impress me much, but i can't say it didn't have an appeal. The TV series seem better so far.

Thanks Netgalley and Dark Horse Comics for providing a digital copy.


  1. I feel a little ashamed to admit that I've never read a graphic novel. I didn't even know there was a TV series for this.

  2. I haven't read the novel but the first episodes of the series looked promising, they didn't cause me waves of excitement like other series (firefly, game of thrones, startrek) but they were nice.

  3. Falling Skies" is not preachy; it is not cliched, despite the stereotyped, implacable aliens. Old fashioned patriotism? Sure, but in the same timeless way of another time of world war when the sky was falling: the Battle of Lepanto.


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