The Spire #1

The Spire #1

Writer: Simon Spurrier Artist: Jeff Stokely Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: July 1, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 5
8.3Critic Rating
6.5User Rating

The Spire is a mountain of metal and stone that rises out of the middle of the desert, containing a vast city of twisting tunnels, grinding elevators, and ancient machinery, and home to over a million human and non-human residents. Shå, the last of the Medusi, is responsible for keeping watch over them as Commander of the City Watch, despite the fact she isn't shown any respect due to her race. When a string of grisly murders is committed just as a new Baroness of the Spire is about to be sworn in, Shå will have to find the serial killer and bring them to justice. But the new Baroness has a deep hatred of non-humans, and Shå will have more than one enemy at her back.

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Nick Philpott Jul 1, 2015

    Everything in this book fits together with everything else and makes it sing. Instead of throwing a lot of disparate pieces together in a blender and drawing them all, this feels like a big story with a lot going on. The new information feels like clues and not just random things that the creators have invented and don't feel like they have to address. I'm not sure where this story is going, but the general idea that's presenting itself at the end of this issue is phenomenal. I can't wait to read this book for the next eight months. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Graphic Policy - sarahrasher Jul 2, 2015

    That's a smart choice, because at its heart, The Spire is a murder mystery. Spurrier takes his time leading us through The Spire's world before we arrive at the dead body, but when we get there, it feels like a natural progression, not a genre break. Sh (the one with the eyepatch) gets enough character development that, by the time she's saddled with the task of solving the crime, we know her as a person, not just as a plot device. I'm not sure how Spurrier and Stokely cram so much into thirty pages, but I'm impressed, and eager to see how the big reveals in the final few panels will fit into the larger picture. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Jun 29, 2015

    This book isn’t new, but it has new characters, and a new setting, and those two alone make it worth reading. It will probably take a few reads to fully understand, but I do recommend it nonetheless. This first issue was a good introduction to some lead characters and the problem at hand. The second issue can only get better from here, so stick around for the good stuff! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Infinite Comix - Daniel Gehen Jul 1, 2015

    This story is as layered as an origin issue can be, while still engaging and never overwhelming its reader. In the remaining 5 issues, what we are in for no less than: murder, monsters, dark magic, treason, bigotry and possibly an uprising. Our protagonist, Commander Sha (the alien head of the City Watch and presumably last of her kind) is the perfect fit to lead us through it. This book is definitely for mature readers and is a welcome palate cleanser from company wide event-overkill, and anything with capes and cowls. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Flip Geeks - Carlos Alcazaren Jul 1, 2015

    Overall, The Spire #1 makes as a fun post-apocalyptic set story with all the quirkiness and world building potential but also balances itself out with the artwork as well as the ending of this first issue which definitely makes you want to read the next one. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Ross Sweeney Jun 30, 2015

    Ultimately, its excellent to see such a fascinating world being built, driven forward by excellent creature design, a strong characterisation of an against-the-grain protagonist, and. And at 28 pages, its pretty great value for money. Im already looking forward to the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Jul 6, 2015

    The Spire is a world building fantasy book with a murder at the center. This series is scheduled for eight issues, but after reading this first issue it almost feels like it can go on for much longer. The main storyline grabbed my attention and held it to the end, while the side plots will leave me guessing for now. Spurrier and Stokely have proven before that they're both capable storytellers and this first issue shows it yet again. I may not be back for the single issues, but this is a book that I'll come back to once it's all collected. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Stephenson Ardern-Sodje Jul 3, 2015

    Overall, while there are some teething problems that come from having a whole world to fill your audience in on, “The Spire” is a truly intriguing first issue that's perfect for fans of modern fantasy novels like The Lies of Locke Lamora and The Name of the Wind. Plus, for the rest of you, it's a fast-paced, tragicomic mystery packed with mutants and magic. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Jun 30, 2015

    The Spire #1 is an impressive first issue. This is not a comic book of plot, but one of atmosphere and character that reaches out to ensnare you into its world. Yet, despite a solid script and firm direction, The Spire #1 doesn't always look as polished as it should; with certain panels looking downright unprofessional. If you can forgive the visual roughness, this is Simon Spurrier's best work yet and a worthwhile addition to the BOOM! Studios lineup. Read Full Review

  • 7.0 - Chase Magnett Jul 1, 2015

    There is a lot to like about The Spire #1. The detail-rich artwork, slick action sequences, and captivating setting provide readers with a world they can lose themselves within. The introduction of so much in such a small amount of space is cluttered at times, but cannot remove the wonders that inhabit this strange, desert tower. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Matt Little Jul 6, 2015

    There's a lot to like in "Spire" #1, but so much is happening that it's hard to connect right away. Spurrier does a great job of organizing the story and making it flow well, but it's a problem of volume. The good news is that the team is clearly invested in this world and this story. As Sh continues to work the Spire, it's easy to see how she can easily grow on readers. As an opening chapter, it's still putting in the necessary work to give readers the chance to sink into this character. "Spire" #1 is a promising start to a new world and a great effort by all involved. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Gizmo Jul 7, 2015

    I start off completely lost as I'm reading this, but as I progress through the book I'm starting to get my bearings. The main character is abrasive. But later, once I find out she's a lesbian, I like her, lol. I think it's because it shows the other side of her character. From there, the story progresses into a police procedural, a format that I'm generally not a huge fan of, but the fantasy elements make it more interesting. Overall, this isn't a totally successful as a first issue to hook the reader; as the book progresses it looks more promising. The series could pick up from here and get really good but, unfortunately, a mediocre first issue is usually a death sentence these days.

  • 1.0
    Synthozoid Jul 3, 2015

    Comes across as a parody of a Warren Ellis book. Bloody awful.

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    Kreniigh Jan 8, 2016

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  • 8.0
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