Big Con-Job #1

Big Con-Job #1

Writer: Jimmy Palmiotti, Matt Brady Artist: Dominike Stanton Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: February 25, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 1
8.2Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

After working the same convention circuit for many years, a group of flabby action heroes, aging sex symbols, and sci-fi bit players have become close friends as they watch their lines get shorter and their autographs get cheaper. That is, until they hire a cocky new booking agent who offers them their only chance at a comfortable retirement by robbing one of the largest cons in the country!

  • 9.2
    Flickering Myth - Zeb Larson Jul 13, 2016

    What we get here is a very interesting book that also raises interesting questions about nerd culture as it merges with popular culture. Are we losing something as these cons, and by extension the movies, TV shows, and comics that go with them become increasingly profitable? There's no real way to turn back the clock on that, but it might be useful to try and save some of the impulses that originally went into these conventions. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Mar 9, 2015

    Although all four main characters are kind-hearted and realistic people, I personally think they’re going to go for it. You can only go so far without money, and these old actors (and one actress) sound desperate. Despite the fact that robbing San Diego Comic Con is a not-so-bright idea, they seem like smart people, and will go about it in a tactical way. Honestly though, I have no idea if they will get away with it. There are two outcomes, and I’m 50/50. But, I’ll tell you this much: I can’t wait for issue #2 so I can see what happens! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicBuzz - Vixen Ninetails Mar 10, 2015

    Find out more when you pick up this issue. Its a really fantastic read, and very insightful as it covers probably the worst case scenario facing actors. I'm really looking forward to the next issue and finding out the old casts reactions. What will happen next? Who knows, that's what I love about it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Derek Vigeant Mar 17, 2015

    Stantons art also conveys so many great examples of emotion and heart to wonderfully accommodate this story. Just one panel alone of a man in the rain with his cat left me with an unforgettable impression. But without giving too much away, the series has to be able to go somewhere; thankfully, the last page reveals some great story potential. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Overmental - Logan Dalton Mar 3, 2015

    I think that this comic is a must-read for anyone who has gone to a comic convention, seen the high prices for autographs with William Shatner or Stan Lee and cursed either the celebrity or con organizers. As a veteran of both the comics and television industry, Jimmy Palmiotti is well-versed in the nuances and problems of comic conventions and exposes them in Big Con-Job #1 while creating a rag-tag bunch of washed up sci-fi actors, who just want financial security. However, Big Con-Job isn't just about geek culture and delves into things like depression, relationship problems, and the most primal human problem of all: survival. It has its sad moments, but they're balanced by a heavy helping of parody, cheesy one-liners, and pop culture references. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Brian Bannen Mar 3, 2015

    The Big Con Job #1 succeeds on many levels. It's a great introduction to a great group of characters, and the plan proposed at the end of the issue is both unique and exciting. I can't imagine a bunch of has been actors pulling off the gambit they're planning, but given Palmiotti and Brady's superb ability to inject humor and heart in conjunction with Dominike Stanton's visuals, I think we're in for a great show. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson Mar 3, 2015

    This series has been marketed as Galaxy Quest meets Oceans Eleven, and thats pretty much the best way to describe it so far. If the idea of washed up former celebrities taking matters into their own hands and deciding to rob the biggest comic convention in the world tickles your fancy, then this is most definitely the title for you. Funny in places, tender and moving in others, this is a series with a brilliantly executed premise and a colourful cast of characters. Count me in for the rest of the job. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Daniel Coleman Mar 4, 2015

    If you like conventions and heist movies, you can't miss this. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Matt Garza Mar 4, 2015

    Overall, I thought this book was highly enjoyable and it's caught my curiosity. I'm curious as to what plans Mr. King has in store for our heroes. Will they succeed in robbing the biggest convention of them all, or is Mr. King pulling an even deeper con on our B-Listers. Only time will tell, but I'll definitely be picking up the second issue of this one, I can guarantee you that. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Peter Schmeiser Mar 18, 2015

    So what happens next? Truly after a depressing descent Im hoping issue two picks up, and from what I gathered on the last page, it will. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Mar 4, 2015

    The Big Con Job #1 is a good start to a mini-series, with plenty of good setup and very strong emotional bits that really make you sympathize for the characters. It doesn't really have much story going on until the end, so don't expect until really crime related until then. However, it's not a bad book at all and it may be worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Mar 9, 2015

    "The Big Con Job" #1 is an uneasy mix of contemporary social realism and crime caper. All the characters besides Poach are flat and the heist hasn't begun yet. At this point, it's hard to say whether Palmiotti, Brady and Stanton can make it all come together. The humor and pathos are strong, so hopefully the laughs can be played up while still keeping the reader invested in Poach's life. The second issue, when the heist structure emerges and players take their places, will likely make or break the story. Read Full Review

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