- Series: Meteor Men (Book 1)
- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Oni Press (October 28, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1620101513
- ISBN-13: 978-1620101513
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,861,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gr 8 Up—A meteorite falls on Alden's parents' property and soon the orphaned teen encounters the alien organism that used the rock as transport to the planet. The alien is one of many that has landed on Earth, and governments and scientists try to determine their intent as Alden tries to learn how to communicate with the one in his woods, as well as find his friend who disappeared just after the landfall. Parker combines the familiar concept with gentle domesticity and deliberate humanism, thus circumventing cliché and providing an accessible perspective to the logical and realistic extensions of such an event. He gives every character involved a recognizable humanity beyond their role in the story—soldiers and scientists are more than just stand-ins for exposition or authority—and this helps make the story complex and affecting. The artwork has a rumpled, lived-in feel that suits and supports this tone and yet also delivers some cleverly executed spectacle to heighten the drama and provide some scale and perspective. The ending is optimistic and disquieting, and will likely provoke strong reactions and discussion.—Benjamin Russell, Belmont High School, NH
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Story: When a group of kids go outside to see a yearly meteor shower, they are stunned when one of the meteors lands nearby. Alden, a somewhat lonely and introspective tween, saw the meteor land on his property and tracked it down. What he and the other kids find is a meteorite, split in half, and hollow in the center. Soon, Alden discovers that meteors landed all across the world and both educational and government entities want the meteor fragment on his property. Then Alden sees an alien - and he realizes there was a reason the center of the meteor was empty. Suddenly, everything changes as he begins to communicate with the alien, discovery a fearful truth about their reason to be on Earth, fend off the government, and fight to retain control of the meteorite.
The art was beautifully rendered in full color and clean line drawings. It was so perfectly suited for the story that I could not imagine any other artist doing more justice to the plot. I was hooked from the very beginning of the story and could not put it down; I had to see what adventure the author was going to take me on with main character Alden. Although it may seem Alden is the 'hero' of the story, there are actually several characters who interact with him and, for once, the adults are not always the enemy. The underlying messages means this is a book you'll want to read several times.
The story felt very original and the author made some very interesting moral observations that didn't club the reader over the head. Alden isn't a wide-eyed innocent and has to think his way through the plot. That he is older and has to deal with teen drinking and the death of his parents mark this as a much more mature story than with The Iron Giant movie. The author builds the mystery slowly and assuredly and the book never drags in the middle.
This is an excellent graphic novel featuring sophisticated art and an original story. Although the ending felt a bit abrupt, the story had a defined arc and completed within this volume. This is one of those rare books without pretension and whose story appeals to many ages and genres.
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This is a hard book for me to review, simply because I wasn't quite sure what I thought of it - even as I was reading it. One thing's for sure, "Meteor Men" had a very memorable story line. There were twists and turns in it that I hadn't even considered as possibilities for where the book might go. The art wasn't my absolute favorite, but it was definitely good and really held my attention throughout the storytelling.
Without giving too much away, I'll say that I enjoyed the uniqueness of the aliens and their capabilities. Everything about them was intriguing even by the end, as well as some of the finer points of how Alden, our MC, was involved with them. I would definitely recommend this to science fiction fans and I'm sure that it will gain many fans once published.