The Fiction #1

The Fiction #1

Writer: Curt Pires Artist: David Rubin Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: June 17, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 3
8.2Critic Rating
7.7User Rating

What's to Love: Curt Pires (POP, Mayday) is a fountain of fascinating ideas, and we're excited to publish his latest offering, The Fiction. Fans of titles like Locke & Key and The Unwritten will take to its story about a group of childhood friends who discover doorways to other worlds through a set of strange books.  Bringing this story to life is David Rubín, who Paul Pope dubbed " ...a big talent and the real deal."

What It Is: Four childhood friends discover a box of strange books that, when read aloud, can transport them to the beautiful, imaginary worlds described within. But when one of them goes missing, the others vow never to reveal where they've been and what they've seen. Years later, when one of the remaining kids, now an adult, also mysteriously disappears, it's up to the last two of the group to dig up their dusty books to find him and finally figure out what happened to their friend all those years ago.

  • 10
    Comix I Read - Boris Roberto Aguilar Jun 16, 2015

    I really enjoyed THE FICTION #1. I liked the four main characters as I was able to identify with them. I found myself caring about them in a very short amount of time. I also really enjoyed the overall premise of the comic book. I feel as though we are in store for a really fun".yes i said fun"story with highs and lows for our characters. While the art is normally not"my style" i really liked the art in this book. David Rubin's art was spot on and what really made this book impressive were Michael Garland's colors. This book just popped right out because of the colours. I also want to point out that Colin Bell's letters were on par because while there was a lot of dialogue, the words never once interfered or took over the panel. If you are a fan of a fun, lighthearted and mysterious comic book then I would recommend THE FICTION #1 to everyone out there. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Bloody Disgusting - Eric Switzer Jun 17, 2015

    This issue is the complete setup, and rarely slows down at all acclimate us to the world of the books. When it does slow down it, thankfully, focuses on the characters and relationships. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Robin Callaghan Jun 16, 2015

    The Fiction #1 introduces us to a wonderful, if slightly familiar concept with brilliant art and engaging twists. It is a joyous ode to childhood reading that captures the imagination. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Forrest Hollingsworth Jun 16, 2015

    This is a book with a lot of potential that’s executed quite well by these creators. I’m not convinced that we’re going to get a fully fleshed out story here in only 4 issues but, I have the utmost faith in Pires as a creator and, Rubin is an equally exceptional artist that makes me believe they may just pull it off. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - pharoahmiles Jun 19, 2015

    I was excited before reading this comic book, just because I found out that Curt Pires (POP) and David Rubin (Rise of Aurora West) wer to par on this one. e collaborating on this project. The premise is solid and writing is up to par as Curt Pires proves he is an adept writer. David Rubins illustrations jump off the page. Overall, a fantastic start, to a promising series, and one worth giving a chance. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Multiversity Comics - Alice W. Castle Jun 18, 2015

    This is a pretty interesting first issue and while the series may take its time to delve into the really dense, idea-driven writing that Pires has shown in the past, he excels at creating well rounded characters in this issue that you want to follow into the next. “The Fiction” #1 is well worth checking out as it comes from creators who really know their craft and know just how much to tease you and leave you wanting more while keeping you fulfilled with fantastic writing and gorgeous artwork. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Jun 15, 2015

    This issue is the start of what is sure to be a suspenseful thrill ride of ups and downs, as we teleport from world to world in search of two missing people. This is a fun story with tons of interesting aspects of the plot. This book is definitely one to follow in the near future. Tell your friends! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Kelly Richards Jun 16, 2015

    It would be easy to draw parallels between what has so far been revealed of The Fiction and stories like The Unwritten, or The Inkheart Trilogy. However, while these assertions would not be unfounded, they would be a little reductive, as while the narrative may feel familiar, it is the differences that make The Fiction such a compelling read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Dan Pennacchia Jun 17, 2015

    Pires, as previously mentioned, has all the workings of a classic story archetype here, but with more than enough originality to make the pages of this first issue fly by. Paired with excellent artwork from Rubn and Garland, The Fiction is setting a high bar for itself. As the first issue concludes, the creative team offers a series of images that strike as ominous, despite how abstract some of the sequence may be. If his previous work is of any indication, Pires is setting out to take readers through a grand adventure that stretches the imagination and challenges as often as it fascinates. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Infinite Comix - Daniel Gehen Jun 19, 2015

    At only four issues, this comic is well worth the investment. The story is creative and intriguing, and an up-and-coming artist is turning in some of his best work to date. Check this out and prepare to be thoroughly entertained. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Jun 19, 2015

    "The Fiction" #1 is an exceptionally strong debut. Four characters have some definition by the end of "The Fiction" #1, both as adults and as children. Groundwork has been laid for several mysteries, including the question of how the older generation fits into the plot. The atmosphere of the first flashback scene was thick with hints of discord and evil. The power of storytelling and the long shadow of guilt are ambitious, powerful themes, but Pires, Rubn and Garland supply enough creative juice to do them justice so far. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Matthew Garcia Aug 20, 2015

    By the nature of the miniseries format, there's a compressed pacing to the story, but Pires and Rubn juggle all these elements without making one part feel overwhelming. A couple of the characters seem to be swept aside in favor of others, existing to fill out the frame, but that doesn't take away too badly from the rest of the narrative. Pires leaves us with a lot of questions still at the end of the issue, and I doubt the final part will bother to answer them all, which I think is cool. If anything else, "The Fiction" #3 proves you can have a conventional story that lands well when the storytellers themselves are so on point about it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Michael Moccio, &lsquo Jun 18, 2015

    From reading the first issue, it's hard to figure out what this story wants to be and, ultimately, that makes it hard to fully engage with the story despite its attractive look and above average story. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Big Comic Page - Andrew McGlinn Jun 16, 2015

    This clever use of art, married with an easy flowing story work quite seamlessly together, and this makes an overall enjoyable opening act for this tale. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Jun 17, 2015

    At the end of the day The Fiction isn't the worst comic I've read. It's not even that bad, but it's frustrating because it could have and maybe should have been really good. There's just no harmony between the story and artwork and in comics you need that. Otherwise you end up with a frustrating mess of" fiction. The only upside to this series is that it will introduce readers to David Rubin and that's a very good thing. Read Full Review

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