Welcome Back #1

Welcome Back #1

Writer: Christopher Sebela Artist: Jonathan Brandon Sawyer Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: August 19, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 5
8.3Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

What's to Love: We believe Christopher Sebela is one of the most exciting new comic writers and his idea of reincarnated assassins who are forever fighting, killing, and loving each other throughout endless lives is another reason why. Plus, Jonathan Brandon Sawyer's (Critical Hit) expressive art style reminds us of Becky Cloonan and Sean Gordon Murphy, and it's just perfect for Welcome Back.

What It Is: Mali and Tessa have lived hundreds of different lives throughout time, caught up in an eternal cycle as they take part in a war so old that neither side remembers what they're fighting for anymore. As Mali wakes up in her newest life, she suddenly becomes self-aware and starts to question everything, especially why she continues to fight. But elsewhere, Tessa is already on the hunt...

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Lance Lambert Aug 19, 2015

    Almost everything about this book is fucking fantastic. Other than a couple areas where the narrative became difficult to follow, the writing is phenomenal. Sebela continues to impress and Welcome Back shows that he's only improving his craft. If that's not enough Sawyer's art is by far some of the best, I've seen recently. There is a lot left in this story and it would be a mistake to not join the ride. I know I am on board and more than ready to see where they take us. When you hit the shop this week make sure to grab a copy and one for a friend. If you don't have friends like Mali and myself, get one for your dog. Dogs enjoy good comics too. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Horror Talk - James Ferguson Aug 23, 2015

    Welcome Back is off to a great start with an impressive first issue.  You're fully immersed in this world from the get-go.  Writer Christopher Sebela outlines what could be a complicated concept in a very quick and easy to understand way that is not bogged down by boring exposition.  Instead of telling, he shows thanks to Sawyer's artwork, and it really pays off.  This issue leaves us with a great cliffhanger that only serves to reinforce the stellar ideas put forth in this story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Aug 17, 2015

    This first issue definitely does a good job of drawing us in to stay for the whole series. What could Mali’s reincarnated stepfather possibly have to say, after all the trouble he has caused her? I don’t know about you, but I’m really excited to read the next issue. Stay tuned for more awesomeness! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Aug 18, 2015

    Welcome Back is an arresting debut, taking a concept that could have been worn out from the start and injected it with a much-needed dose of humanism. The twist in the final page hooks us in conclusively for the next month, although it wasn't a hard sell when the story is as good as this one. With massive scope for endless stories that could legitimately take us far into the future, this is one to watch. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Nerd Rock from the Sun - Trevor Coelho Aug 26, 2015

    With an interesting premise, tremendous pacing, excellent writing, and a relateable protagonist, Welcome Back looks like its going places. I enjoyed my multiple reads of the comic, and can't wait for the next book in the series. Hopefully, the next three books of Welcome Back will live up to the promise of the first issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Aug 20, 2015

    This series is quickly shaping up to be something special, though I worry four issues isn't enough to completely do the concept justice. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Capeless Crusader - Kevin Dempsey Sep 2, 2015

    "Welcome Back #1" may not be all that much of an original concept but it manages to execute everything so well in its first outing. The lore, characters, art, and story make it really stand out and does a great job of getting the readers interested in what is going to happen next. Definitely a great start to a promising looking series. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Multiversity Comics - Kevin McConnell Aug 19, 2015

    There is a lot to enjoy about "Welcome Back," as I predict most will gravitate to Tessa and her motivations. Her anti-hero status in the story is an excellent back up to Mali's "I am out and then they pull me back in" mentality she has now. There is an excellent twist in the final panel that brings all of the elements discussed in the book togetherto a new starting point. Turning the story on its head might seem like a stunt, but Sebela makes it all work in such a way that I am very excited to see where issue #2 takes the story in terms of the mythology. This is the type of book I love to see from Boom! Studios because the high concept idea is never dumbed down to make it more digestible. The creative team takes a risk and it pays off to make for a very exciting, action packed series with just the first issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Aug 19, 2015

    We(l)come Back #1 is a unique take on a familiar concept. Reincarnated assassins who are forever fighting, killing, and loving each other throughout endless lives. What's more to love about that? This of course is a title worth giving a shot because Christopher Sebela is one of those new writers that has shown the potential to create that next hit story. We(l)come Back definitely has potential for a mini series and you want to see just where this story can go knowing how the cycle always end for people like our main characters Mali and Tessa. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Alex Mansfield Jul 30, 2015

    Welcome Back is full of surprises; a coming of age tale run delightfully amok through blood soaked supernatural eternal war. Even though her life is about to get a lot more unique, this debut issue firmly establishes her as someone real, someone that is made up of parts of everyone whos never been able to figure out exactly what it is theyre supposed to be doing. Some extraneous exposition aside, Sebela has made presented an enticing concept that urges you to return and Jonathan Brandon Sawyers art needs to be seen. The futility of war, the questionable unquestioning role of the soldier, the struggle to find a place in a world where a bunch of murder fetishizers keep sending you letters, and the best damn guard dog in the world; theres a plethora of places, themes, and impossibilities Welcome Back will likely explore, but for now, issue #1 is a welcomed sight to behold. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Dean Varga Aug 18, 2015

    All in all Welcome Back #1 is an impressive and engaging first issue in what looks to be a compelling and intriguing mini-series. The concept is fantastic and has a lot of potential, characters are realistic and relatable and visually the issue is delightfully striking. Personally, I'm already twiddling my thumbs waiting for the next installment of what is shaping up to be a refreshing and distinct inclusion to the current comic market. My biggest problem is that the series in only 4 issues. Ah well, maybe there'll be more in the next life. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - J.A. Micheline Aug 19, 2015

    We(l)come Back #1 is an absolutely gorgeous-looking comic"beautiful line art, strong colors, great effects"whose writing I think will soon grow to match its visual elements. The concept is incredibly strong and the execution, though, somewhat flawed, still has more than enough legs to make a reading of it really enjoyable. I know that sounds like Im pulling for this book based on the ideas behind it rather than whats actually on the page, but I think there is enough solid writing in this issue, especially as we delve deeper into the concept itself, that its well-worth a readers time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - David Gladman Aug 19, 2015

    Overall, this is a really, really good introduction to a well-paced and balanced story that I recommend you get on board with as soon as possible. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Draven Katayama (loudlysilent) Aug 20, 2015

    Welcome Back expands the spy vs. spy genre with struggles millennials can relate to. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Infinite Comix - Daniel Gehen Aug 21, 2015

    Welcome Back #1 is a solid debut issue, but falls into the familiar trappings that many first issues suffer from. While Sebela does a solid job in establishing the premise and enabling readers to care for Mali, the series is waiting until next issue to truly get underway. If it continues to build on this strong foundation, Welcome Back should have no problem finding and retaining an audience. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    PopMatters - Matthew Fay Aug 26, 2015

    Despite a fairly simple concept, Welcome Back benefits from enough engaging characterization and narrative, as well as over the top action, to prove a very enjoyable read. The comic's script by Sebela reads like a well-crafted, stylized action film, and the artwork by Jonathan Brandon Sawyer is both kinetic and expressive, maintaining a high-octane pace. As the summer winds down and the major action thrillers have gone, this one is definitely worthy of filling the void. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Aug 22, 2015

    Overall, this does sound like it'll be a cool concept, and I do want to see where it goes, I'm just not sure this debut makes me want to do that monthly instead of waiting until it's collected as a trade.This is one I think will be a better read once it's out in trade and you can read it in one sitting. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Aug 24, 2015

    "Welcome Back" #1 is marred by uneven storytelling but, even so, the concept and visual energy are unusually strong and -- with the much of the exposition out of the way -- future issues may offer a smoother read. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    supercoolyeah Aug 31, 2015

    What did I just read? It started off slow. Ended up with a huh? I had to read it twice SLOWLY to truly understand what is happening. Wow story is confusing as heck. Hopefully it is cleared up soon. But the art of Sawyer and the coloring of Zamudio is on point and what makes this book. I don't know if I'm picking up the second issue for sure.

  • 9.5
    droog1460 Aug 20, 2015

  • 9.0
    GlenWizard Aug 20, 2015

  • 9.0
    Juanpk26 Aug 20, 2015

  • 8.5
    PedroB23 Aug 27, 2015

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