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Cowboys & Aliens Paperback – December 6, 2006

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From the Back Cover

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.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Scott Mitchell Rosenberg is a film and television producer, comic book publisher, and the chairman of Platinum Studios --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics (December 6, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158240724X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582407241
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 6.8 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,467,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This is not a review of the contents of the graphic novel. Instead my goal is to shed light on the complex number of editions of this book to aid potential readers and collectors in making sense of the situation.

For some reason the publishers decided to publish at least 7 different "first editions" of this Graphic Novel. Each has a different ISBN number, but not different contents, and in most cases the covers are not substantially changed. You can use the ISBN numbers to search Amazon for copies of each book. At the time of this review, 4 of the 7 editions have Amazon pages, which I have linked to.

The numbers are sequential, beginning with # 1934220000 Cowboys & Aliens, called the "Retail Edition" - Each edition after this changes the last 2 numbers of the sequence, replacing the last 2 zeros.

#...19 Cowboys & Aliens is "Retailer Variant A Edition" and because I have a copy, I know that the retailer is Midtown Comics from NYC. Other than a Midtown logo on the back cover, and the different ISBN number, I believe that this is the same as edition #00. The indicia states "First Edition" and the cover price is $4.99, which is low for a book of this size and quality. Similar books from Marvel and DC usually retail for about $19.95

ISBN#'s 27 Cowboys & Aliens, 1934220035, and 1934220043 are "Retailer Variant" B C and D. Presumably these are like #...19 and were made exclusively for large comics retailers with their logo on the back cover.
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Howdy. Welcome to Silver City, Arizona--the time is a few minutes to alien invasion, 1873. That's right...alien invasion. And the cavalry won't be coming; the garrison at Fort Larrabie has already been obliterated by a small army of huge, armored, scaly, horned marauding extraterrestrials packin' heat like the Old West has never seen. Commander Dar of the House of Dar has crash-landed on Earth, and never one to let an opportunity slip by, he's decided to turn the crash-landing into a first-strike on a planet ripe for the picking.

What these aliens don't count on is an ad-hoc cavalry of sorts forming to stop them from signaling an entire armada of House Of Dar warships to come sunder and plunder (=Bad. Humans not slaughtered would obviously become slaves to the invaders since they already have slaves of conquered races helping them). The story is all action as a group of cowboys, led by partners in adventure Zeke and Miss Verity, make an uncomfortable alliance with some Apaches, most notably War Hawk and plucky young No-Name. Well, not all action. There's romance too, as Zeke starts to fall for an emerald-skinned viper-eyed female alien named Kai, former slave of mighty Dar who decides to defect to Earth and aid Zeke and co.s hopeless-seeming resistance. And War Hawk soon has a bit of a thing for Verity, verily, and I plum reckon she's of a mind to reciprocate.

The humans pull some really cool tricks to throw off Dar's plans to summon immanent subjugation of all things Terrestrial, including using some of the aliens' advanced technology against them--although that's not a weapon Zeke keeps trying to use, it's actually a repair tool. But hey, whatever works in a clinch. And can you think of a better action scene than angry Apaches attacking over-confident aliens?
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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 warriors and a pair of hired guns protecting a wagon train. Then... suddenly a vast spaceship crashes nearby, and the aliens inside kill the Apaches who try to greet them. The cruel Commander Dar decides to conquer this world for himself, and quickly takes over the nearest Army fort.

So now the settlers, the cowboys and the Indians are being attacked by technologically advanced aliens who already outnumber them. Now these former enemies have to join forces to defeat Dar and his soldiers, or ALL of humanity will be in danger (especially when that space fleet shows up to finish the job!).

Yeah, "Cowboys and Aliens" sounds like a really terrible movie blockbuster. In fact, I think they're making it into a movie, which may or may not be insanely awesome (it's Jon Favreau, so it could be either). But as a graphic novel, it's pretty fun as a story -- lots of splashy action scenes (with glowy green weapons and flying death chariots!), and a wildly complex climax that belies its simple concept. T

Problem? The first five pages beat us over the head with "Evil Invading Aliens = Evil Invading Settlers"... which is kind of sabotaged since we see that most of the settlers (like that poor priest) don't have any "divine providence" delusions.
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