The Skeptics #1

The Skeptics #1

Writer: Tini Howard Artist: Devaki Neogi Publisher: Black Mask Studios Release Date: October 26, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 1
7.7Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

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A stylish, political adventure about a pair of hip, clever teens who fool the world into believing they have superpowers. It is the 1960s. The Russians have the A-bomb, the H-bomb, and now the most terrifying weapon of all: a pair of psychically superpowered young people. Terrified and desperate, the US top brass scours from coast to coast in search of psychic Americans. Enter Dr. Isobel Santaclara, an eccentric illusionist and grifter who has recruited two teenagers and trained them to trick the US government, the Russians, and the whole world into believing they are dangerous psychics. The Skeptics is a pre-punk period piece, a sort of honest, unfuzzy, non-nostalgic look at the Cold War in DC.

  • 9.2
    Heroes Direct - Eammon Jacobs Dec 2, 2016

    The art style is wonderfully unique and feels like a combination of Black Mask Studios' latest title, No Angel, and the classic Archie comics. It works perfectly alongside the humorous tone ofThe Skeptics #1. Overall, we loved this new story. It's a breath of fresh air in the world of comics, and isn't afraid to be it's own entity. This first issue promises bigger things further down the line, whilst managing to be a brilliant entry into the world that Maxwell and Mary live in. If you're looking for something completely new, take a chance onThe Skeptics #1. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hctor A Oct 30, 2016

    The Skeptics #1 is a book full of intrigue and mystery. I loved the style of the art in this book, but I thought certain beats could've been done more effectively. It did leave me puzzled and with a lot of questions about where this is going, so I'll be looking forward to the second issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Nikki Sherman Oct 28, 2016

    I enjoyedThe Skeptics from cover to cover, as this book is interesting and easy on the eyes. I wish there was a little more to grab onto, a little bit of mystique left open on the short journey so far, but I still recommend this book to those that enjoy a good supernatural flavored spy thriller. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Outright Geekery - Richard Wanderman Jr. Oct 19, 2016

    We are never outside the situation of time and place in this book, neither the dialog nor the art seems to be anachronistic. The authors take us by the hand and lead us into the world of Sixties American Cold War paranoia and eagerness to embrace anything, no matter how absurd, that can get one up on the Russians. This is a fun read, and I look forward to seeing the next issue! Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AiPT! - Russ Dobler Oct 24, 2016

    The Skeptics #1 is a promising start to what could be that most unbelievable of occurrences — a positive portrayal of honest, critical thinking. The protagonists are genuinely concerned about national security and the allocation of resources, rather than just deriving pleasure from raining on parades. Precedent suggests that the honeymoon won't last long, but for now, The Skeptics gets the benefit of the doubt. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Oct 20, 2016

    It raises more questions than it provides answers. A good mystery-thriller should this early in the game. What we're concerned with is learning as much about these cool kids as we possibly can before Howard and Neogi pull the rug out from under us. And we do. That's what's so good aboutThe Skeptics: Even though it's playing on the world stage, it still manages to make things feel intimate. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Oct 26, 2016

    I doubt I'll be back for the next issue. I don't care for the subject matter, and I have a feeling that the book's characters are either going to live up to the title or fail it miserably and I don't particularly find that interesting. It's different from the rest of the comics out this week so that might be enough reason for someone else to pick it up, but for me, it wasn't entertaining enough to carry on with it. Read Full Review

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