Jackpot #1

Jackpot #1

Writer: Ray Fawkes Artist: Marco Failla Publisher: Aftershock Comics Release Date: April 13, 2016 Cover Price: $1.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 1
7.8Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

Meet the World's Greatest Con Artists on the eve of the greatest scam in human history --ripping off the Gods themselves! The high-stakes, high-octane story of JACKPOT! begins here! Ray Fawkes, acclaimed creator of INTERSECT (writer of Gotham by Midnight and Batman: Eternal) teams up with Marco Failla (Spider-Man & the X-Men) to bring a new mind-bending, genre-busting monthly series from AfterShock!

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny Hughes Apr 13, 2016

    As I mentioned on the “snapshot review”, I wasreally looking forward to this book. The preview only served to further my interest. Now that I have read the book, I find that my faith in the quality of AfterShock books has paid off. This is yet another enjoyable romp, the kind that the new kids on the block having being producing from day one. Story wise, I am a little ambivalent about the big bad, butam willing to go with the flow under Fawkes expert writing. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Comic Page - Chris Bennett Apr 14, 2016

    Regardless, it's clear that Aftershock have yet another winner on their hands here with Jackpot, a series which starts with a bang and serves as a damn fine addition to their already throbbing roster. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Pauly D Apr 12, 2016

    Ray Fawkes brings the action fast and furious toJackpot #1,deftly introducing the players while setting up a great jumping off point for a story-line while laying the groundwork for future issues with the mystery council. He is an award winning and nominated creator of such titles as One Soul, The People Inside,and hisPossessionsseries and it is obvious to see why he has garnered such acclaim. Marco Failla and Stefani Rennee are excellent artist, known for their work for DC Comics among others and they bring an almost frantic style to the pilot issue, with dramatic lines and blasts of color. It is all in all a solid premiere and another interesting title for AfterShock. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Andrew McGlinn Apr 14, 2016

    Jackpot is a solid start, and if you are a fan of the genre this will be a hit. The creative team have dreamed up a fast-paced style of comic that is easy to read, but fly through this and you may miss something (I know I did on my first read-through). However, if you take your time over it there are also hints of a hidden richness there that you can enjoy. I was going to give this a 3, or a 3.5, it's a great start and worth a read, but there wasn't a real sense of individuality yet ". until the end. Like I said before, we know Ray Fawkes has a pedigree we enjoy, and the end of the issue just explodes with possibilities. It immediately made me think of 'Now You See Me,' and this direction has bags of potential and has my interest piqued. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Apr 15, 2016

    There will most certainly be consequences for these con artists down the line, and they are probably going to be quite severe, knowing Ray Fawkes. But Ray plays it straight; he keeps his cards close to the vest like a good hustler ought. What comes next? I can't wait to know. Jackpot is a helluva lot of fun. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComiConverse - Darryll Robson Apr 16, 2016

    A great first issue for the new publisher, Aftershock Comics. An entertaining, high-octane crime story bursting with character. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Apr 18, 2016

    The cliffhanger has a satisfying punch because Fawkes effectively widens the frame and shifts the genre of the story he's telling in one page. It's a move that's been done before, and the idea of an involuntary audition is also nothing new, but Fawkes and Failla do it well. "Jackpot" #1 was a Sting, and now it's a Conspiracy, complete with sinister surveillance and a war room. Fawkes is aware of all the genre tropes, and he straddles the line between earnest and ironic carefully. His trick on the reader was well-played, but it can only be played once. Further frame and genre shifts wouldn't have the same impact and would feel even more contrived. He needs to have other surprises of a different nature up his sleeve for future issues, or the plot will lose steam. For now, though, "Jackpot" #1 has created a strong hook. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Apr 15, 2016

    Jackpot works a familiar feeling that you see with any number of heist movies or novels in how the opening chapter plays out and it does do it well enough. Fawke's scripting and pacing feels a little off with the quick back and forth early on and I really detested the large lettering used to introduce the team as it just made this seem even more like it's simply a storyboard for a movie. Failla's artwork is decent enough but some of the angles and fluidity of the action from scene to scene left me a little cool for the most part. It's the kind of book that likely has a solid concept behind it and a bigger plan to work with, but the opening installment doesn't provide enough of a hook in any of the main areas it needs to, from writing to artwork to actual plot itself. And with characters that I'm not feeling like I should engage with, it's a book that I'll check out down the line depending on how future issues are received. Read Full Review

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