Translucid #1

Translucid #1

Writer: Claudio Sanchez, Chondra Echert Artist: Daniel Bayliss Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: April 16, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 3
8.0Critic Rating
8.7User Rating

WHY WE LOVE IT: Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert have given us such BOOM! Studios
favorites as KILL AUDIO, THE AMORY WARS and KEY OF Z. Their latest book takes the
superhero trope of "the never-ending battle" and turns it into something you've never seen before.

WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: TRANSLUCID is the superhero story you want but never thought you'd see. A story of childhood hope and loss as much as it is about the meaning of heroism, and what defines a hero and a villain.

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: The Horse has been the archenemy of The Navigator for years. But The
Horse feels The Navigator's moral compass has been slipping, and even a villain can't let that
happen. The Horse decides to get a closer look into The Navigator's past that he's buried deep in
his subconsciousness and find out what drives a person to make the right choice, and what
propels someone to make the selfish one. Thus begins an exploration of why a young man would
take the mantl

  • 10
    All-Comic - Ian Stephen Apr 16, 2014

    Translucid has started off extremely well both with its eye-catching art and attractive story. In that aspect it's actually kind of reminiscent of the recent BOOM! Studios successful series Six Gun Gorilla. It's been really fun having these series like Translucid come from seemingly out of nowhere and surprise you with how different and interesting it is. If Translucid isn't on your pull-list or even on your radar you may want to do yourself a favor and pick up this debut issue, because it's going to be one of those series that everyone is will be talking about. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Jen 'Miss J' Aprahamian Apr 16, 2014

    I'm still trying to process TRANSLUCID -- in a good way. It's giving me a great deal to think about vis-a-vis how heroes and villains engage with each other in our beloved sequential medium, and the spotlight on "the neverending battle" makes for a brilliant discussion topic (make your friends read this book!) and a dramatic tango of a script. Vibrant colors and dynamic panels make for a visually-enticing book, and I'm already caught up in the chess match between The Horse and The Navigator. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Kyle Overkill Apr 14, 2014

    Translucid is exactly how you start a comic series. The story and writing hits you hard and the art gives you little kisses of sweet sweet beautifulness. Translucid may examine concepts and ideas that have been tackled by others in comics before but with something that looks and sounds so good it is clear this series has something of its own to bring to the argument. Boom continues to set the bar higher and higher for their work and Sanchez, Echert and Bayliss injected that bar with hallucinogens and blew it the fuck up. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Paige Herrmann Apr 29, 2014

    Translucid is off to a pretty good start, with some interesting, if clich, characters and a unique frame story. If Echert and Sanchez can maintain this level of intrigue the story will likely be a success. Translucid #1 is worth picking up if you like a classic hero-villain nemesis story. For that, it gets a solid 4/5 stars from me. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Multiversity Comics - Zach Wilkerson Apr 17, 2014

    Super hero books are a dime a dozen. “Translucid” #1 succeeds by expanding on a basic and well worn high concept, without feeling derivative. Sanchez, Ebert, and Bayliss have managed to craft a gorgeous debut issue that grabs readers with its strong characters and perplexing mysteries. Like Bayliss' “Batman: The Deal,” “Translucid” promises to offer a unique take on the struggle between good and evil, while redefining just what those roles mean. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    We The Nerdy - Jean-Luc Botbyl Apr 18, 2014

    Really, I don't have that many complaints about this issue. As a first issue, it works very well, establishing the characters, world, and plot with ease. Both the writing and the art are great. Aside from the fact that it sometimes feels way too familiar, Translucid is a great read, and one that I would wholeheartedly recommend. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Florida Geek Scene - Brian Reed May 14, 2014

    forward to discovering that part of the story when I return for therest of the series! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair Apr 15, 2014

    With fascinating characters, a good plot and an epic ending, Translucid is a just the fresh breeze I was looking for lately. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Nick Philpott Apr 16, 2014

    This explosion ends about a panel too late for me, leaving me with a final image that I don't quite know what to do with, or how to extrapolate from it. In terms of the issue as a whole, though, I'm intrigued where they're going to take this. The Horse made some moves that he can't possibly take back, and The Navigator let him do it for his own sake. It's a moral quandary, and it's one that I can't wait for Team Translucid to tackle. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    CHUD - Cat Taylor Apr 19, 2014

    If the next few issues remain at this level, at worst, Translucid will be one of the better superhero comic book stories on the shelves. At best, the level of writing will get deeper and more unpredictable as the series progresses and it will end up being one of the best under-appreciated gems on the market. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Apr 17, 2014

    Simply summed-up, Translucid #1 is a solid first issue. Its inspirations are clear but its purpose is no less enjoyable with that knowledge. The artwork is wonderful and the story will leave you desperate for Part Two at its conclusion. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    TheCultDen - Jamie Tidy Jul 2, 2014

    So to conclude I can say that the creative brains of this series have got me interested and on board for further issues. With the added safety net that I know going in this is a finite miniseries so there will be a conclusion and all the loose ends will be tied up. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Capeless Crusader - Alex Smith Apr 16, 2014

    Honestly, it's slightly pointless to try to hypothesize on where this series plans to go or what themes will be realized, mainly because Translucid was built for the trade paperback format. Reading one issue is certainly exciting, but there are so many ideas at play throughout the story that it seems destined to read better once all six issues have released. Analyzing and reviewing once we gain the full picture, akin to something such as Brian Wood's Mara. Very important topics (especially if the end page is indeed going down that path) and the possibility to re-define our traditional comics structure is enough to give a deserved recommendation, with slight reservations. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Apr 18, 2014

    Overall, the first issue takes a concept we've seen before, and presents it in an interesting way to start. It's just a sliver of the bigger picture and larger story, and I finished the first issue wishing I could just read it all at once. That being said, Echert and Sanchez have produced some epic series in the past, and I expect no less of this one. Add in Bayliss' art, and you've got an intriguing series that I'm looking forward to seeing how it plays out. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    IGN - Mike Logsdon Apr 17, 2014

    The theme of this limited series revolves around the question "Do superheroes need supervillains?" While the themes explored here are nothing new, the writers manage to throw in some imaginative characters and an intriguing complication Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Big Comic Page - Shane Hoffman Apr 15, 2014

    Im not writing off this story just yet. In fact, I have high hopes that with the coming issues the story will build more and more and this will become a ‘must read' by the time the final issue sees print. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson Apr 21, 2014

    "Translucid" #1 is just a really confusing first issue. There are good ideas, but they're buried underneath a strange execution that explains little and makes it impossible to emotionally invest in the characters or story. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Cosmic Ray Nov 16, 2014

    Loved it!

  • 7.5
    Nick Nov 18, 2014

    Decent, but had a ton of potential to tell a fascinating story about what it means to be a hero or a villain.

  • 10
    Bad Hominid Apr 17, 2014

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