Clockwork Angels #1

Clockwork Angels #1

Writer: Neil Peart, Kevin J. Anderson Artist: Nick Robles Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: March 19, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10
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Rush's Clockwork Angels is a testament to the band's creative versatility, successful as a concept album, novel and international tour. Now Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart and New York Times bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson are bringing the story of Clockwork Angels to comics, where newcomer artist Nick Robles will bring the journey of Owen Hardy to visual life!

Die-hard Rush fans have longed for Peart's narrative songwriting to be adapted into comic book form for decades, but fans of steampunk fantasy will enjoy journeying into the world Albion thanks to Anderson's skilled storytelling.

Owen Hardy, like all the people of Albion, has lived his whole life under the rule of The Watchmaker. His entire life has been planned down to the exact second. But what happens when a young boy decides that things should not always goes as planned?

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Chris Bennett Mar 18, 2014

    I honestly can't recommend this book enough, I was hooked within the first few pages and the art is beautiful. if you're a fan of Rush's music or Anderson's writing then you need this book in your life. If you enjoyed the book but don't know Rush, then I highly recommend listening to the album of the same name to give you a different perspective of the story! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Adam Kelly Mar 19, 2014

    If you're a fan of fantasy, steampunk, or just great art and storytelling (which is why you read comics, isn't it?), check this book out. Sure, there's some Rush references like the cover reading 9:12 (21:12) in military time, but as I said you need no knowledge on the band to enjoy this great story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Stephanie Estes Mar 21, 2014

    Overall, I really just CANNOT recommend this book highly enough, particularly if you are an existing fan of Rush or Kevin J. Anderson, though even if you are unfamiliar with both you will still find enjoyment here. Nick Robles art was by far my favorite thing about this book, leaving me drooling for more. I absolutely will continue to purchase this title as it is released. If you are into fantasy, steampunk, or Rush- do yourself a solid and go buy this book. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Mar 24, 2014

    While this is a BOOM! Studios project, it exhibits some sensibilities and attitude I tend to associate with its Archaia imprint, perhaps illuminating the osmosis present in the merger between publishers. You don't have to be a Rush fan to appreciate the gorgeous artwork and the engaging story present in "Clockwork Angels" #1, but it certainly brings a little more sizzle for readers whose imagination has a place for the worlds constructed through the music of Neil Peart and his bandmates, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Mar 19, 2014

    Clockwork Angels #1 is a great comic that any fantasy fan will enjoy. With steampunk influences and with the base of the story coming from the lyrics of the legendary Neal Peart, this comic is a must read. Anderson does so much here and not once does the comic feel overstuffed or rushed. I am really excited for issue #2. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Florida Geek Scene - Brian Reed May 14, 2014

    The art is fantastic, and I love the style of the technology in the world. The train that ustlesthrough the countryside is the coolest looking thing in the whole book. I'll be back for more of that for sure. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Rhymes With Geek - Ben Penfold-Marwick Mar 19, 2014

    Rush are not for everyone, and neither is this comic, but if you are a Rush fan, this is a must read. Its a worthy, well made tie-in. If you havent checked out Rush before and you think progressive rock might be your thing, then you have no excuse. Pick up this comic book and listen to the album as you read. What better way to introduce yourself. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Mar 18, 2014

    Rush fans will likely be happy to see the band expanding into another medium and considering Clockwork Angels's previous success as a novel and an album, there is definitely an audience for it. But translating a work across mediums means that certain aspects are gained and lost. Obviously here, the art is a huge gain, showcasing a new artist with obvious chops. But what is lost? It might be the simple fact that in translating an album into a novel and then parsing it down to a six-issue comic book series, there's a certain amount of simplification that might rob the story of its uniqueness. Time will tell on that one. For now, Clockwork Angels is an interesting debut from an unlikely source thats worth a look from Rush fans and sci-fi enthusiasts alike. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Michael Moccio Mar 20, 2014

    This is by no means a bad comic, but it lacks a meaningful beginning to fully engage the readers. Writer Kevin J. Anderson just doesn't give us enough of a reason to root for the protagonist, and the world around him " though we don't know much about it " which doesn't make us feel invested in his success Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Bree Ogden Mar 21, 2014

    What could be a winning move for this comic would be to market it to a younger audience. The Disney like illustrations combined with the safe dialogue and recycled plot would do well with fresh eyes. The story is not UNenjoyable. It simply lacks the edgy depth of a groundbreaking dystopian/steampunk concept. Read Full Review

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