Critical Hit #1

Critical Hit #1

Writer: Matt Miner Artist: Jonathan Brandon Sawyer Publisher: Black Mask Studios Release Date: October 1, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 13
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Matt Miner rallies a brand new art team and launches Liberator fan-favorites Jeanette and Sarah in a bold new direction with their own gritty mission to stop a rogue gang of hunters - but the girls learn to their horror that these hunters have developed a new hobby: hunting people... and suddenly the rescuers become the prey.

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Oct 1, 2014

    This series is back with a vengeance and a new name. I think the new name is appropriate as Miner and company take on other subject maters. It clearly lets the reader know that things are different and growing. For new readers it's catchy and sounds interesting, but more importantly its accessible to them. If you enjoyed Liberator you're going to enjoy Critical Hit. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Stash My Comics - Leo Johnson Oct 1, 2014

    All in all,Critical Hitcontinues in the footsteps ofLiberatorby being a singular sort of story that never ceases to surprise. While it may not be for everyone, it at least deserves a chance because it's guaranteed to be a little different than you expected. Miner and Sawyer are working really well together in this first issue and it'll be great to see what the duo does asCritical Hitcontinues to tell its story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Nerds Unchained - Jeremy Radick Oct 29, 2014

    Even if you aren't as committed to animal rights as Miner is, the book has the stones to ask why aren't you? And if you agree that animals have rights, then how far should we go to protect them? If you believe that they do, can you ever go too far in saving them? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Outright Geekery - Gaumer Aug 16, 2014

    If you are looking for a great comic, full of great heroics, great story, interesting characters, and an even more interesting plot steeped in real-world problems; because I know for a FACT you aren't finding this stuff from DC or Marvel; I implore you to do yourself a favor and check out Critical Hit #1 from Black Mask Studios, and Matt Miner and Jonathan Brandon Sawyer. While Image Comics is certainly a place for different, there is no other comic studio/publisher releasing timely and important social issues wrapped in comics, and there certainly isn't one doing it as good as Black Mask Studios is with this fist ish. Critical Hit debuts on August 27th. For more on this book and more from Black Mask Studios check out their website. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Dan Pennacchia Sep 24, 2014

    Miner does a great job scripting natural conversation that provides glimpses into these characters and their history, offering just enough without impeding the momentum of the story. The issue works its way back to its opening sequence and leaves readers on a climactic moment. There are still a number of questions in play as Miner leaves a lot off the page, and it will certainly be interesting to see how the story takes shape in the coming issues. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Rhymes With Geek - J. Reifler Oct 1, 2014

    I'm interested to see where this story goes next. For readers looking for something a bit more realistic, Critical Hit is worth taking a look. This book is smart, political, and dangerous. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Jessica Boyd Oct 1, 2014

    Sawyer is an artist who is able to bring the finesse tofacial reactions. It's needed to sell the subtle nuances in the back-story and relationships that Miner has been building with these characters. Sawyeralso has a firm grasp on body placement in several of the action sequences. This drives home the timing and speed. Combined with Miner's character monologues and flashbacks it makes you squirm in your seat just like a horror should. Instead of the creepy and unnatural you have a terror built on the plausible much like the movies Last House of the Left or Wolf Creek. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comix I Read - Boris Roberto Aguilar Sep 30, 2014

    This book was very well done. By the end of the first issue, we know what this series will bring. While that may sound's not. We are in the middle of their first mission and by the end of the issue they are put into a very sticky situation that will be hard for them to get out of. Matt Miner's writing of very real issues is key to the success of this series. His need to really explore key issues is a testament to his dedication to both the larger cause and his form of art - the comic book. While other publishers are too afraid to write about real world issues at times, Matt Miner and the fine folks at Black Mask Studios don't shy away from bringing some real talking points to the forefront of their comics. I would recommend that you pick this up on release day tomorrow (October 1). You can also order direct from Black Mask Studios:  Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Backwards Compatible - Paul Fiander Oct 1, 2014

    Critical Hit has set its stall with a strong first issue however it does rely on the story having enough intrigue to draw back readers. For my taste it has this with its strong emphasis on the family narrative and the way it handles exposition. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Fortress of Solitude - Byron Hendricks Oct 6, 2014

    This is a great opening issue, giving the reader a story that will have them gripped from the get go. It draws you in and keeps your interest thanks to the images being combined with a great script. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Florida Geek Scene - Brian Reed Nov 4, 2014

    Maybe there is something in me or my upbringing that just prevents me from getting this book. I really don't agree with hunting, but I agree even less with setting fire to hunters lodges and destroying their trucks. I was totally on board when it was just being clever and scaring the deer away before they could get shot, but things got pretty terrorist pretty quickly… and the hunters are no better. It is hard for me to believe that such a nice lodge, clearly geared towards upscale city hunters could be run by a sociopath willing to torture and murder at the drop of a hat. It just feels like a lazy story to me, with no need to be believable. I'd read more to see what happens, but I'm not excited about it, nor am I hopeful for anything good. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Horror Talk - James Ferguson Oct 6, 2014

    Critical Hit begins with a bang..and a wonk, crash, and a whole mess of explosions. It's a comic with a message, although I'm not entirely sure how effective it is at this point. If the book does go down the territory of human hunting as the official description describes, it will get a whole lot scarier as Jeanette and Sarah are put in the shoes..err...hooves of the deer that they were trying to save in the first place. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Zac Thompson Oct 20, 2014

    For the book itself, I'm a little lost in the shuffle. I sympathize with the cause, and I get behind the idea, I just don't know if I'm into bringing down to an even more base level. Hunters are assholes, we get it. Hunting isn't exactly something I'm terribly connected to so perhaps I don't know the levels to which these people are assholes, but for now it doesn't seem like a logical extension of their cause and more of misstep given how quickly they burn the cabin to the ground. Then on the other hand, anarchy fucking rules. So I still wait for next issue with bated breath. Read Full Review

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