Rowans Ruin #1

Rowans Ruin #1

Writer: Mike Carey Artist: Mike Perkins Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: October 7, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 1
7.9Critic Rating
7.0User Rating

What's to Love: The team of Mike Carey (Suicide Risk, The Unwritten) and Mike Perkins (Deathlok) come together for the first time since 2005's Spellbinders for a taut horror thriller set in their native England. If you're a fan of horror films like Insidious and The Conjuring, or comics like Curse and Nailbiter, you'll love how Rowans Ruin unfolds as it slowly clues you in on the terrifying secret that is at the heart of the story.

What It's About: Katie has always had things pretty easy, growing up in comfortable circumstances in Florida. But when she finds herself with a long summer break before grad school, she decides to do a house-swap with a British girl, Emily, as a way to vacation relatively cheaply-and to get out from under her parents' attentiveness. England is great, so different from Florida, and the house, called Rowans Rise, is charming. But soon she starts having nightmares-really, really, strong ones. Curious, Katie researches the owners of the house, and disc

  • 9.6
    Florida Geek Scene - Bryce Osceola Nov 25, 2015

    This issue is definitely a strong beginning to a promising series that will entertain any supernatural/horror fan! The artwork is great and does a wonderful job of creating truly frightening scenes. The writing is slightly choppy, but not so much as to distract from the story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - John McCubbin Oct 6, 2015

    Rowans Ruin #1 was an amazing opening issue, with the creative team giving us a subtle form of horror that begs to be further explored. They also manage to create an intriguing character as well as a chillingly gripping plot, with the teaser opening and deeper development that followed leaving a lot to ponder over heading into the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Ross Sweeney Oct 6, 2015

    Overall, this does look set to be something of a belter – two titanic British talents coming together to create a deeply engrossing tale of horror. Ive got a good – or is that bad? – feeling about this. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Oct 7, 2015

    "Rowans Ruin" #1 is a rare combination of great characterization and heart-stopping horror that doesn't resort to clichs, instead focusing on the characters and their 21st century influences. It's a strong introduction that's enough to win over wary skeptics who might hesitate to pick up another horror comic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Liam Pollock Oct 7, 2015

    Great opening, with a slow pace. It really seems to be building to hopefully be a great horror. Art could be hit or miss however. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Nerd Rock from the Sun - Trevor Coelho Oct 10, 2015

    A strong start for what could be a very good horror series. A protagonist with a secret, a house with a history, and a secondary character who seems to have happily traded someone else's life to save her own - Rowan's Ruin feel like it's going places. It isn't a great series yet, but it certainly has the potential to be. Worth keeping an eye on, I think. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Multiversity Comics - Jess Camacho Oct 8, 2015

    "Rowans Ruin" #1 is a great choice for scary October comics so if you're looking for something on the scary side to read this month, you could do far worse than this. The story is solid and the art is great. It's a title that will resonate with a lot of fans and is already off to a nice start thanks to it's lead character and pacing. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Steven E. Paugh Oct 7, 2015

    Rowans Ruin #1 will most likely be paired with Scott Snyder's Wytches, which I don't think is too far off a comparison, depending on how well this team can follow up this issue. In my opinion, it needs to back away from the more blatant scares (i.e., the Scooby Doo zombie guy) and ramp up its more atmospherically simmering menace, if it wants to become a valuable new addition to indie comics' collective horror obsession. If it can do that, I'll continue to be on this story, both in rise and in ruin. Read Full Review

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