Cowboys and Aliens by Scott Mitchell RosenbergI dont say this often, but besides its premise (title), this book literally has nothing to offer. It has mediocre art and completely nonsensical plotting as if it were written by a five-year-old. I can overlook the usual sci-fi silliness like translators and such, but things just get so stupid that you cant overlook them:
1. The first alien device the protagonist comes across looks exactly like a gun, and he immediately figures out how to use it. Amazing!
2. The 1870s blacksmith takes one look at the aliens flying carts and immediately figures out how they work--and how to make his own version! Amazing!
3. When they invariably go to an abandoned mine, its full of lava. You know, from all of those active volcanoes in the middle of the U.S.
4. The aliens need to attack the town to put their radar dish at a high point, despite the fact that it repeatedly shows that the town is surrounded by hills and buttes. This is where it crosses the border into madness, since this sort of drives the whole plot.
I disliked this book so much that Im tempted to dig through and find all of the other ridiculous things, but I think thats enough. But in terms of the characters, there are also serious problems:
5. The book wants to make an analogy between the aliens attack and the Europeans move westward, but it does it so un-subtly that its grating.
6. Every character is completely stereotypical. This isnt so bad for the cowboys, but it bothered me when it came to the Native Americans. It seemed borderline offensive.
All of this leads me to wonder how this abomination came to be, but the answer is found in the creators biographies, in the back of the book. The writers and artists each get the usual three-sentence treatment, but the creator, Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, has most of a page about him, and its the most pompous, wind-bagged thing Ive ever read, going on about how his comics company has the business model of the future, where properties are developed simultaneously for multiple distribution models, maximizing profitability, visibility, and availability... I kid you not. After reading this, not only am I completely turned off by Rosenberg and Platinum Studios, but it suddenly becomes clear how this graphic novel came into being--its one of those soulless, Hollywood constructs. I imagine SMR is the creator because he said one day, People like aliens....and cowboys...and movies made from comics. Quick! Someone make a comic about aliens and cowboys so I can turn it into a movie. Geez.......
Cowboys & Aliens
Jon Favreau the two Iron Man films directed this intriguing hybrid, which is based on a graphic novel by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg. Neither Boyes nor Eulner had a pure Western under his belt Boyes came close with the wonderful animated Rango earlier this year , but each brought extensive experience in different genres to this film—including work on the two Iron Man movies together. He plants a seed in your brain and then it gets to grow in there for a month or two before you get to execute any of the sounds. They were pressed into service just a couple of weeks into shooting when they were asked to prepare a rough scene for Comic-Con where Favreau and the top cast members appeared. We were in Santa Fe for three or four days, and we recorded some production sounds and some of the Native Americans whooping.
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Harry Gregson-Williams. Buy it Avoid it BUY IT. Scott Mitchell Rosenberg's idea was immediately pounced upon in the late 's, but the usual, endless circle of studio production woes caused the film to take so long that it finally hit the big screen five years after Rosenberg went ahead and finished the graphic novel. Director Jon Favreau of Iron Man success helms to movie and oversees lead actors Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford in roles they could play in their sleep.
The film is based on the graphic novel of the same name created by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg. The plot revolves around an amnesiac outlaw Craig , a wealthy cattleman Ford , and a mysterious traveler Wilde who must ally to save a group of townspeople abducted by aliens. The project began development in April , when Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures bought film rights to a concept pitched by Rosenberg, former president at Malibu Comics , which he described as a graphic novel in development. After the graphic novel was published in , development on the film was begun again, and Favreau signed on as director in September Despite studio pressure to release the film in 3-D , Favreau chose to film traditionally and in anamorphic format widescreen picture on standard 35 mm film to further a "classic movie feel".