Wild's End: The Enemy Within #1

Wild's End: The Enemy Within #1

Writer: Dan Abnett Artist: I.N.J. Culbard Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: September 23, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 2
8.3Critic Rating
9.5User Rating

What's to Love: The first Wild's End miniseries kept us in constant suspense with its unlikely mash-up of War of the Worlds and The Wind in the Willows. We're holding our collective breaths once again as author Dan Abnett (Guardians of the Galaxy) and illustrator I.N.J. Culbard (The King in Yellow) are set to play with the paranoia and "enemy amongst us" conspiracy theories prevalent in stories we love like Invasion of the Body Snatchers and The X-Files.

What It Is: As Clive, Susan, Fawkes, and the other survivors of the alien invasion of Lower Crowchurch try to cope with what just happened to their small town, the military arrives in an attempt to cover up the "incident." Town residents are immediately detained, questioned, and treated with suspicion. Are they alien spies, collaborators, sympathizers? Clive and the rest will need to escape imprisonment if they're to get the word out and warn the rest of the world in case the aliens return.

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Sep 22, 2015

    Some may be frustrated by the slow paced opener, but for me, this is exactly the first issue that a six-part miniseries needs.  The creators establish the setting, introduce a new dynamic, and lay the groundwork for what promises to be another riveting genre mash-up series.   Simply put, Abnett and Culbard are a match made in creative heaven, much like the pairing of anthropomorphic animals and Invasion of the Body Snatchers-esque sci-fi they have created here.  The highest of recommendations for this one. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Sep 26, 2015

    Wild's End: The Enemy Within #1 is an excellent read for anyone who enjoyed the original series. If you are intrigued by this series I highly recommend you check out the first volume and get fully up to speed on the glory that is Wild's End. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Multiversity Comics - Kevin McConnell Sep 25, 2015

    I had a sense of childhood wonder while reading; itbrought be back to my grandfather playing old time radio during dinner. The imagination shown by Abnett & Culbard is exactly why this book succeeds. There is a fun look and a serious tone that have excellent balance between them. I am not sure if this is classified as all-ages, but I am sure that it could be. This is why I read comics: for something that has a little bit of everything for everyone. Even if the idea isn't original, or if it is a sequel, the execution is what matters the most. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Sep 22, 2015

    There is a lot to love in this issue, from the characterization to the surprises here and there, to science fiction references within it. I do always like a good story about aliens, too. Issue #2 is going to have a lot of good content, and I can’t wait! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Samantha Roehrig Sep 23, 2015

    This comic has proven itself over and over again, but with these new characters and bigger problem, I think Wild's End will prove that it is top dog without a doubt. I am still wondering what will happen next and I want to see more of Clive and everything he has gone through. Every character seems to have a story, but most of them play out onscreen expect Clive and Susan. Seeing these two unfold could bring in some great plot on top of this alien invasion. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Infinite Comix - Daniel Gehen Sep 25, 2015

    This is shaping up to be another wholly unique experience that only BOOM! could provide. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Zac Kandell Sep 25, 2015

    Without knowing the prior series, I liked this issue a lot. I'm not only looking forward to the next issue, I'm also looking forward to reading the first Wild's End series while waiting for the next issue. In that, it is completely successful as a first issue of a series. Read Full Review

  • 10
    J.P. Polewczak Oct 5, 2015

    Wild's End, the previous 6-part series, left me with questions and while I enjoyed the storytelling, the artwork, and the attention to detail with additional letters and journal entries from the characters, I hoped they would extend the series to clean some things up. Well, my wish was granted. Not a telling from a new perspective or a prequel, but rather the Enemy Within is a new standalone story picking up shortly after where the initial left off. The introduction of some interesting new characters and a new direction with characters we grew to love in the previous series, but thanks to the team of Abnett and Culbard, it's not difficult to get a feel for their different personalities. I'm looking forward to see how this develops and if they will give me the closure I want from the wanderers of Lower Crowchurch.

  • 9.0
    AlphaNerdsProductions Feb 20, 2016

    I always find stories with animals with human characteristics hard to dive into. The idea of animals afflicted by human issues always rang as unwelcome. However the issue is crafted in a way that after a brief flashback, you become completely immersed in the setting and forget this trouble. This comic has a unique voice that makes it stand out from the crowd, with it's faithful recreation of turn of the century England and loving nods to the science fiction of the time. All the characters introduced here are likable, and worth following. Though the overall mystery barely begins, the few pieces we get more than warrant coming back again. On a final note, the inclusion of the reporters papers is a smart and fun way to give exposition, but I hope they don't lean on it in the future.

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