Rough Riders #1

Rough Riders #1

Writer: Adam Glass Artist: Pat Oliffe Publisher: Aftershock Comics Release Date: April 6, 2016 Cover Price: $1.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 3
8.1Critic Rating
5.2User Rating

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Led by a young Theodore Roosevelt, a motley crew of soon-to-be American legends must work together to solve a mystery that threatens all of existence. Harry Houdini - street magician and master of misdirection. Annie Oakley - a washed-up entertainer, eager for a chance to prove herself in a real war. Jack Johnson - an undefeated brawler and the son of ex-slaves, determined to get his shot at the heavyweight championship... When a terrifying alien technology destroys the USS Maine, these unlikely allies set sail for bloody Cuba, into the heart of a brewing conflict, to wage a shadow war against the greatest threat mankind has ever known. Before they were famous, they were... ROUGH RIDERS.

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Robert Anderegg Apr 8, 2016

    Aftershock may have their next hit with Rough Riders. You don't have to be a history buff to enjoy Rough Riders #1, even though some context may help you with some references. Pick it up either way, because it's damn good. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Doug Zawisza Apr 11, 2016

    As someone who thoroughly enjoys Manifest Destiny, but never really engaged with my history classes (my worst subject throughout my studies), I was intrigued by the concept of Rough Riders. Then I saw the cover. The cover image in solicits several months back hooked me in, putting Rough Riders #1 on my radar, and I am thankful that my local comic shop was able to put one in my hands. I'm not going to crown this as my new favorite read, but it is smart, self-contained, and action-packed. Thanks to Glass, Oliffe, Eltaeb, Cipriano, and editor Mike Marts, I'm invested. Now, bring on the second issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Apr 7, 2016

    For anyone who likes history, history reimagined, or gets a kick out of historical figures meeting together for the first time, this series is for you. This first issue has already gotten me addicted, and I keep thinking of what'll happen next. I, without a doubt, recommend this issue to anyone interested"even moderately"in the subject matter. Enjoy! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Comic Page - Andrew McGlinn Apr 9, 2016

    If this debut issue is anything to go by then this is going to be a truly great series, one of those comics that you look forward to every single month. Not necessarily because the story is great – time will tell, I hope it will be – but because it's going to be one of those comics where you are so comfortable with the characters that living through their adventures is going to be a simple pleasure. One you'll look forward to every month. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - John Amenta Apr 6, 2016

    At issues end, I really enjoyed Rough Riders #1, and look forward to seeing who else joins and how. Glass and Olliffe have chemistry and told a solid story on two fronts, script and art. Fans of DC's Suicide Squad concept, or even films like The Dirty Dozen should latch onto this book pretty easily, as they share some common DNA.This is the first book I have read from relatively new imprint AfterShock, but it has enticed me to try more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Apr 8, 2016

    Adam Glass and Pat Olliffe definitely work well together here and the blend of history and the alternate take is definitely appealing. The core concepts are right and I like where it's going with the story and Olliffe seems like he's completely in his element here, with a kind of passion with the detail and layouts that stands out well. The execution of the story is solid but it just needed something a bit more to really give it some bite to demand you come back for more. I'll definitely be back for more since I like this kind of story and all and it's another solid feather in AfterShock's hat as they continue to grab some really interesting books for their launch year that are diverse rather than homogenous. Good stuff and definitely worth checking out if the concepts are up your alley. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    CourtOfNerds - Grant Stoye Apr 7, 2016

    I'm satisfied and hooked, and can't wait for the next book. Easily worth picking up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Apr 11, 2016

    Writer Adam Glass' first issue is one where the team is being assembled. After Roosevelt is given a mission to infiltrate Cuba for yet to be revealed reasons, he needs to gather a "phenomenal elite group with a special skill set". That's where the next issue may be headed. After getting Jack Johnson to join his group, Houdini is next on Roosevelt's list. Rough Riders is another solid first issue from Aftershock. Glass and Olliffe have gathered a group of real life characters from history and are approaching the story with a less somber tone than that of Moore's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen books that use fictional characers. Like most of Aftershock's books, I'm excited to see where this series is headed next and will be following this series for at least the first arc. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Jake Baumgart Apr 7, 2016

    With an abrupt ending, there was very little to dig into here in the first outing, but Rough Riders #1 is still a lot of fun. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Noah Sharma Apr 8, 2016

    Rough Riders is not as bold as many of its Aftershock brethren and it suffers from a lack of a clear identity. If it's a send up, it lacks the extremity to say that parody stands alongside action, but, if it's sincere, it's leaning a little too hard into action movie tropes and overblown writing. Nevertheless, Adam Glass has ably captured one of the most magnetic personalities in American history and thrown him into some mysterious circumstances that will make it hard not to come back and find out more. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Nightmare of Solomon Apr 10, 2016

    The idea of Teddy Roosevelt leading a team of characters seems like a take on Moore's LXG while having enough differences to be its own thing -- however, I cannot forgive they chose Edison over Tesla, perhaps because it would be too obvious but Tesla is still a more interesting character in fiction than Edison.

  • 1.0
    CriticWithNoName Sep 9, 2016

    Ugh. Steampunk meets historical-figures-as-fictional-characters. If there were any less thought, effort, and creativity put into this the book would be see-thru.

  • 7.5
    GlenWizard Apr 13, 2016

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