Lantern City #1

Lantern City #1

Writer: Matthew Daley, Paul Jenkins Artist: Carlos Magno Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: May 13, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 5
7.7Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

WHAT'S TO LOVE: From the writings of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, to comics like The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Lady Mechanika, the detailed and imagination-fueled steampunk movement has excited fans worldwide. Set in an original, sprawling steampunk world, Lantern City explores everything we love about the genre and what it takes to change a person's place in the world.

WHAT IT IS: Sander Jorve just wants to keep his wife and son safe. Living in the brutalized lower class of Lantern City means living in near constant darkness, the enormous walls of the city always looming overhead, while the upper class enjoys the elevated, interconnected towers and airships above. When Sander's brother-in-law, the persuasive activist Kendal, convinces him to infiltrate the brutal ranks of the Guard, he's set on a dangerous path that will test his abilities and beliefs, all in the name of making a difference for his family and his caste.

  • 10
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene May 18, 2015

    There are some first issues that are merely one hot wonders while others completely miss the mark. Lantern City hits the bullseye with its eyes closed due to its great script, stunning visuals, and enthralling premise. With the promise of much more to come in the story, the second issue can't come soon enough. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Liam Pollock Apr 28, 2015

    A good start to what is looking to be an interesting series. Good pacing, characters and art. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Geek Sushi - Peter Rodriguez May 17, 2015

    Although we are not yet entirely introduced to the Greys, Jenkins and Delaney have given us a strong debut issue that seems set to explore the systematic corruption of a ruling class and how prosperity of a few can sometimes mean the hardship of many. They really waste no time developing the story and at least the Sander character, yet it seems that there is so much more that will be explored in upcoming issues.Carlos Magno brings light to this city with a truly detailed and authentic steampunk style, backed up by Chris Blythe's strong coloring that features dominant blue shades that work well. Overall Lantern City #1 was a success and should be added to your pull list immediately. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    The Latest Pull - Scottie Rowland May 13, 2015

    Overall, I really enjoyed this read and will continue to read it. I feel it was a lucky pick since I randomly picked it up. I would suggest this for people who enjoy the post apocalyptic themes. As far as age limits, I'm not sure. There is nothing really in this issue that says it's inappropriate, but I can't speak for where the story is heading. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Chris Bennett May 12, 2015

    There's big plans ahead for this series and i'm glad i picked it up, safe to say i'm sold on the concept and look forward to the series! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geekality - Ryan Marshall May 12, 2015

    Overall this is a less straight-forward story as its more an ambitious one and it shows its full of potential for a long standing story arc, on the same level of Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings. Lastly, the artist Carlos Magno did an excellent job bringing the fantasy of Lantern City to life with the uttermost impeccable detail. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dana Keels May 13, 2015

    Influenced by the popular steampunk movement, Lantern Cityis set in a steampunk world that from beginning to end pops off the pages. The art by Carlos Magno (Robocop,Hellraiser) is gorgeous, to say the least. In fact, his linework has some of the most detail Ive witnessed in a lont time. The premise is as follows: Sander Jorve a member of the lower, and often oppressed, class that makes up Lantern City simply wants to provide for and keep his family safe. But with the looming of revolution in the makings he is soon swept up into a cause that is far bigger than himself. So far, it does nothing too new but, instead, does a grand job at painting a new picture on a familiar genre. Equal parts Star Wars, Bioshock, and everything Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, this story is hard to put down. The ending alone is enough to warrant following this series through the next few issues just to find out how things might pan out, if you werent already sold on the artwork itself. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson May 15, 2015

    "Lantern City" #1 is a fairly simple and somewhat familiar story, but it's dressed to impress and -- because of that -- this very attractive comic most certainly does. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Michael Moccio May 18, 2015

    The story is fairly linear, which Jenkins and Daley use to their advantage. Without many distractions or flashbacks used as exposition, the writing team pushes the plot forward and consistently gives Sander obstacles to overcome before the overarching goal organically appears. The only thing that's missing is some spark that's hard to quantify or put into words. While there are many elements that are compelling throughout Lantern City, there's nothing that makes us excited about what's on the next page. Part of that probably comes from the fact that this is a story we feel has been told before, but it ultimately detracts from the otherwise solid writing and story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas May 19, 2015

    The end of Lantern City will have you coming back to see what's next, but it's Magno's art that really makes this book come alive. Whether or not this becomes a television show remains to be seen, but I'm glad it's found life within the pages here. The production quality of the book is top notch with high quality pages and cover stock and although the cover art isn't as strong as the interiors, it's still enough to stand out and make you take a peek inside. I'm hoping this book finds an audience as I'm definitely interested in the world that's being built both out of and inside the world of comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Brian Reed May 20, 2015

    This has promise. I'll read more. If the story isn't quite enough to hold your interest, I bet the world will be. I'm not sure how long that will last, though. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Multiversity Comics - Alice W. Castle May 14, 2015

    All in all, “a pleasant surprise” is definitely how I'd describe “Lantern City” #1 as a whole. Jenkins, Daley and Magno have taken a genre that could easily just coast along on the strength of its visual aesthetic alone and instead have infused it with depth and character and pathos. The world of “Lantern City” is fascinating to explore with a lot of depth that is alluded and is gorgeously represented by Carlos Magno and Chris Blythe, but at the heart of it all the story of a struggle that is all too real and the characters affected by it. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Rhymes With Geek - Ari Carr May 12, 2015

    All criticisms aside, I'm really excited to see where Lantern City goes in the next issue. The climax of this issue is pretty darn exciting, with man becoming monster and if the art keeps up this way, I'll be staying on board. Hopefully #2 will bring more action and drama to the table, which is what #1 lacked somewhat. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    GWW - Cory Anderson May 12, 2015

    The story quickly escalates and Sanders is forced to take action, no longer being a bystander. My interest too has been forced to look up everything I can find out about this story and its future not only with comics and novels, but the potential TV show. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny Hughes May 12, 2015

    This issue is a solid start to what could be a very interesting book. It wears its influences proudly on its sleeve. It will be interesting to see if the story does indeed challenge Sander's perception of his world and his place in it, or will he turn out to be the traditional hero fighting against the morally wrong? Time will tell. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi May 22, 2015

    Jenkins and Daley jump right into the action, without too much introduction, making the reader automatically get sucked into the story. It’s a powerful book about oppression and social issues that are all too real on the page and off of it. If you’re into steampunk, I recommend it. If you like good artwork, I recommend it. If you like powerful stories, I recommend it. So give it a shot! Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Torin Chambers May 13, 2015

    Lantern City is an easy recommendation for steampunk fans, but a bit harder sell for everyone else. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Dan Pennacchia May 13, 2015

    On the whole, Lantern City has some familiar elements with a solid amount of originality within. Jenkins and Daley have crafted a new universe that could lead to a great tale of uprising. Despite its bumps, the book has the potential to be a good series. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal May 14, 2015

    I'll definitely be back for the next issue and I'll have to clear my mind of expectations and try not to anticipate what it's going to do next. It's a curious tale so far, but we'll have to see if it has the legs to keep going or if it's just an interesting world that would work better in a different medium. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Gizmo May 23, 2015

    Pretty cool world set up here, looks like it's going to be a revolution story. There are actually a lot of parallels between this and the Planet of the Apes comic out of Boom a couple years ago which also had Magno as the artist. In fact, the mother and son in this look identical to characters in that book; not that it bothers me, Magno is a stellar artist and is crucial in elevating this book to the next level.

  • 8.5
    bl0odshot Jun 14, 2015

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  • 7.0
    Juanpk26 May 14, 2015

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