Overtaken #1

Overtaken #1

Writer: Frank Mastromauro Artist: Marco Lorenzana Publisher: Aspen Comics Release Date: August 28, 2013 Cover Price: $1.00 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 1
6.8Critic Rating
6.0User Rating

The sci-fi thriller OVERTAKEN takes center stage as Aspen's 10 year anniversary celebration marches on!

Some questions, you may not want to know the answers to. Journalist Will Harden is well equipped for most situations, but nothing can prepare him for what's about to come. Relocating from the big city to a small mountain town with his wife, everything is turned upside-down the moment she goes missing. Are the rumors of alien abductions true or did something far worse happen to his wife? No matter the cause, Harden will not stop until he uncovers the truth, or dies trying.

Written and created by Frank Mastromauro, featuring artwork by the talented newcomer Marco Lorenzana, OVERTAKEN is going to take your breath away and leave you gasping for more!

  • 10
    Herotaku - Frankie Rodriguez Aug 27, 2013

    I love this book. I am glad this title was picked to be one of the 10 for 10. Mastromauro has a great mystery here and we have some of the best art I have seen in comics today. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Aug 28, 2013

    Overtaken #1 is without a doubt a starting point, and even though it's not quite what it sets out to be it still earns a recommendation from me. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Digitl Noob - Russ Pirozek Aug 29, 2013

    While it's gotten a bit of a slow start, Overtaken is bringing a familiar plot and putting a bit of a spin on it, showing two sides of the same problem. The artwork is sleek and beautiful, and this book as a whole shows a lot of promise. Another issue or two will be needed to really show off how it's going to read, but thus far, there is a lot of hope for this title. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Peter Schmeiser Aug 28, 2013

    Despite the pages of dull domestic bliss, there is a bit of intrigue building in the pages of Overtaken #1 that spark the readers imagination for issue #2. Will we dive into flights of fancy where Will finds alien tech and travels the stars to rescue his wife? Or will Overtaken be a story grounded in real-world circumstances where Will has to prove to local authorities and his in-laws that he didnt kill his wife (it was a one-armed man), and using 21st century tech, uncovers and extraterrestrial truth? Id gleefully read the latter idea, and despite the slow introduction that seemed to linger on establishing the happy atmosphere and an unnecessary motivation for the protagonist, I can say Im motivated to pick up issue 2 and see what direction this goes in. Which in the end of things, is the point of a first issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Flip Geeks - Alvin Minon Sep 10, 2013

    The awfully slow pace could be a turn off for some readers and in my case the misleading pace got me disappointed but I was still able to pull through and look at the brighter side of this comic. Opening issues have always been a challenge and I guess Overtaken just suffered some of those opening issue problems. Having said all of that, the artwork's still really good and the story could pull off something bigger later on with its somewhat familiar plot with a twist. It's a beautiful book but for now it's just one that has lot to promise and I really hope things would turn around in the next one. Oh and congratulations to Aspen Comics for its tenth year anniversary! Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Aug 28, 2013

    Again for a buck you can't argue with it and other than the hair, I really liked the art. It was some of the best that Aspen has produced in recent memory, but it wasn't strong enough to make up for the flaws in the story. I'm not thrilled about the second issue basically being the true first issue and honestly if you skipped this issue I don't think you'd be lost by starting on the next. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Sep 3, 2013

       It's all apparently leading into some kind of science fiction-based adventure, but we really don't get much to work with here - luckily, at these prices, it's a good bet that future issues will give the reader a bit more to chew on. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Sep 4, 2013

    What was I expecting for a buck? Satisfaction in a payoff, or at least a tease, visually, of things to come. Based on this issue, I won't be returning when this series goes to full price. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Sep 8, 2013

    Nothing in #1 delivered on the "high concept" of the series. Nothing particularly grabbed me and made me want to buy #2. I'm assuming that the action will pick up in #2 but the pacing here was terrible. There should have been elements (bolded in the solicit text above) woven into this issue. Acting as an amateur editor, there are at least 8-10 pages that could have been cut from this issue and replaced with something to build suspense and make me want to come back for #2. Issue #1 was $1, at that price point I'd hope a lot of people would say "It's only a buck, I'll give it a try!" The missed opportunity is that there was not anything in #1 to get me psyched enough about the issue to come back and pay $3.99 for #2. Read Full Review

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