Ballistic #1

Ballistic #1

Writer: Adam Egypt Mortimer Artist: Darick Robertson Publisher: Black Mask Studios Release Date: July 10, 2013 Cover Price: $3.50 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 1
8.8Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

Welcome to Repo City State, where everyone's an asshole – even the air conditioners.

Darick Robertson (Happy, The Boys, Transmetropolitan) and Adam Egypt Mortimer's (director of Grant Morrison?s upcoming Sinatoro) madcap, psychedelic, transreal, utterly-wacko buddy adventure about Butch and his best friend Gun, a drug-addicted, genetically-modified, foul-mouthed firearm, as they attempt to elevate Butch from air conditioner repairman to master criminal in the twisted, post-eco-apocalyptic Repo City State, a reclaimed trash island built entirely from DNA-based, living technology with bad attitudes.

Ballistic marks Darick Robertson?s return to the hard sci-fi worldbuilding of his classic Transmetropolitan but mixed with The Boys' ultra-violence and the lunacy of Happy. Mortimer's mix of speculative science, pulpy noire, and drug-addled adventure cooks up a strange brew of Lethal Weapon by way of Cronenberg meets Dr. Who if written by Odd Future.

  • 10
    Comic Booked - David Gillette Jul 5, 2013

    In a lot of ways, Ballistic is a buddy story at its heart but very much in an Odd Couple way as Butch and Bang Bang can't even pull off their first, big heist together because Bang Bang is still tore up from doing drugs all night. It's that completely random, absurdist look at the future with complete irreverence for traditional comic storytelling that puts Ballistic right up there with Fred Van Lente's Archer & Armstrong for being the funniest, most addictive story of recent comic book memory. It's my pick of the week. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Bloody Disgusting - Jimbus_Christ Jul 11, 2013

    Currently "Ballisitc" is set to run as a limited series. Rumblings about the further adventures of Butch have come up if the series does well. Repo City State has so much to offer that we cannot possibly let the character die. "Ballistic" is the beginning of a whole new world and its one I want to be part of for a long time. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Jul 15, 2013

    "Ballistic" #1 is exactly the type of comic book no one is expecting or thinking they want until they have it in their hands. Like "Chew" and Grant Morrison's take on "Animal Man" in the 1980s, "Ballistic" finds new, irreverent and evocative ways to spin familiar subject matter with humor and flair to make it all seem new and innovative. This comic book wasn't on my radar, but it's certainly on my reading list now. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Jul 11, 2013

    The comic lives up to it's name and blew me away. This one might be a sleeper, but do yourself a favor and go grab a copy! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Connor Russell Jul 10, 2013

    I'd love to know where these guys came up with the world portrayed in Ballistic because it's messed up and its awesome. As a first issue for a series it delivers all the punches and has sucked me into wanting to see more and reading this as it continues. I cannot recommend this book to every comic reader as I believe it will have a small niche market, but if you like weird than check out Ballistic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Read Comic Books - Josh Crews Jul 11, 2013

    The true star of the book is Robertsons art of course. Some of the best work hes ever done in fact. He completely captures the essence of this insane acid trip of a world. There are some layouts in here that make the book worth the price all by themselves. This book surely wont work for everyone (what does?), but fans of Robertson (and fans of quirky fun) should definitely give it a chance. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Multiversity Comics - Michelle White Jul 11, 2013

    Overall, "Ballistic" is a refreshing trip to an altogether unusual world, and if the second issue manages to take the plot somewhere even more interesting, we may have a winner on our hands. For the moment, though, there's plenty of madness and great art to enjoy. Plus that talking gun is looking to be one of this years' most interesting sidekicks. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GreyMouser Jul 11, 2013

    . . $3.50, 22pgs + 3.5pgs of annotations & a 1pg map. All ADs @ back. Nice B+ cover! . . Its great to find a comic that just jumps right into your face and insists its a freak show, ready for your pull list. This comic is wild, and clearly rises above most comics these days. Part Buddy movie, part Cronenberg film and all weird... this book brings fun and action to your eyeballs. Adam Egypt Mortimer's writing is wild, with more imaginative oddities then shock value. He is clearly a writer to watch out for. Darick Robertson is no stranger to comics, considering his work on "The Boys". Here he takes things to a new level which impresses, even if the art is not always as clean as previous efforts. The colors by Diego Rodriguez start a bit dark but are excellent overall. If you like bizarre fiction, this title is for you. Im in!

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