Brain Boy #1

Brain Boy #1

Writer: Fred Van Lente Artist: R. B. Silva, Rob Lean Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: September 11, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 1
7.9Critic Rating
7.0User Rating

When the United States Secret Service needs to stop an assassination before the killer's even decided to buy a gun, they call the world's most powerful telepath: Matt Price, a.k.a. Brain Boy. But when the secret agent that can read anyone's mind finds that a powerful psychic network has been hidden from him, Brain Boy begins to wonder whether he knows everything or nothing at all!

  • 9.0
    Culture Mass - Joshua Eubanks Sep 11, 2013

    Unabashedly recommended. This revived Silver Age character is nothing but solid gold. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Sep 15, 2013

    I had no idea what to expect here, and it's nice to find the series is a pleasant surprise - it stays true to the original concept, but builds it into a story that is modern and a heck of a lot of fun. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Addicts - Anirudh Singh Sep 17, 2013

    Matt Price, agent of the Secret Service gets into his game for your entertainment and mine. He is no hero, but he is no chump either. And if you want to really piss him off, call him Brain Boy. Love it. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Multiversity Comics - Zach Wilkerson Sep 12, 2013

    An under the radar revamp of a sixty-year old concept, from a publisher not known for its exceptional superhero comics, “Brain Boy” is a book that could very easily be lost amidst the weekly influx of books. However, even with the the Villain's Month and “Infinity” madness, “Brain Boy” stands tall against the competition, and is very much worth your time and consideration when perusing your local comic store. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Florida Geek Scene - Randall Austin Sep 11, 2013

    My fellow Geeks and Ungrownups, Brain Boy is simply awesome. It's one of the better comics that I've read in a while. Maybe I'm just in a good mood. To be honest, the story was engaging and the artwork was tight. The dialogue, even at it's worse, helped enhance the story. I feel confident when I say that this is definitely a comic you should add to your collection. —RLA Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - kanchilr1 Sep 11, 2013

    This is a wonderful first issue with awesome personality offering something different for fans. Those who have missed the fluid artwork of R.B. Silva will be in for a fun surprise as the surroundings are mixed up to create something interesting. Anyone looking for the fun new Fred Van Lente comic series will also be pleasantly surprised. This comic has a little something for everyone. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Sep 11, 2013

    With a title like BRAIN BOY, it's not immediately clear what the series will be about. Fred Van Lente takes the notion of a character having telepathy and goes in a different direction. Seeing a character use his powers for the government isn't necessarily something new but the execution in the story makes this series stand out from others. Van Lente does a remarkable job introducing us to a new comic "universe" without bogging it down with the usual first issue process. We find out what's going on and who is who while also getting a great dose of action and intrigue. Plus you won't see what's coming at the end. R.B. Silva and Ego do a great job with the art and colors, giving this a distinct feel that further sets it apart from other comics. BRAIN BOY is a great new series but then again, with Fred Van Lente doing the writing, it really shouldn't be that much of a surprise. I can't wait to see what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Crux - Wesley Messer Sep 11, 2013

    Brain Boy #1 is so close to being a series I can absolutely love. It's on the cusp of being perfect but it's well worth reading. Brain Boy, with its unique take on telepathy and just how you'd be as a person with the abilities is a curious little analysis on the idea, and creating a cool comic in the process. I look forward to seeing where the series goes in the future. If you're looking for a new book to check out on the shelves, look no further than Brain Boy #1. An ongoing series that's well on it's way to becoming a can't miss series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Joey Caswell Sep 11, 2013

    Admittedly, many aspects of Brain Boy have been done before within the medium of comic book story-telling. However, there is something about the way each aspect has been pieced together with the rest of the book that makes it feel fresh and new. Issue #1 was not only a terrific introduction to this story, but was also an incredibly exciting and quick-paced initial installment. If the rest of this series maintains the sensibilities present throughout #1 then this is a book to watch out for. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    CHUD - Adam X. Smith Sep 28, 2013

    I'd recommend this book highly to anyone as an alternative to the likes of Vertigo or who fancies seeing a reworking of a long-abandoned concept that deconstructs its subject without obliterating it by staring into its soul long enough for ego-death to set in. Dark Horse are clearly throwing down the gauntlet to the Big Two with this book, intent on showing that they are now in the superhero business too, and in this writer's opinion, it's a strong opening gambit. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Sep 11, 2013

    After some panel time in "Dark Horse Presents" with art from Freddie Williams II, "Brain Boy" #1 brings the enjoyable resurrection of an old Dell Comics' property to modern comic racks. Van Lente and Silva make the story of Matt Price and his service to Albright Industries fresh enough to feel brand new. A fun read with a dynamic, surprise ending that puts Price in a bad spot and gives readers something to look forward to, "Brain Boy" #1 is another solid, unexpected offering from Dark Horse. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Sep 11, 2013

    Only time will tell if this iteration of Brain Boy will stick around longer that its Dell Comics predecessor. All the pieces are here to really build a world but it's unclear whether or not we'll see Brain Boy as a part of the larger Dark Horse superhero line. While Van Lente turns in a solid effort, it's really the art team that's firing on all cylinders. If they keep this up, Brain Boy could very well be a hit. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Spectrum - Jeff Bouchard Sep 16, 2013

    Brain Boy #1 was fun to read and certainly different from some of the other books on the shelf. The creative team has retained some of the quirkiness of the original 60s character but modernized him to appeal to today's comic book reader. There is a mysterious past of the main character, espionage involving government agencies and cutting edge technology being used against high level psychic powers. If those concepts sound interesting, I would give Brain Boy a try. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Bin - Zak Edwards Sep 18, 2013

    The entire art team matches Matt Prices intensity. Penciller R.B Silva has a cartoonish style, every character becomes what Price sees: more ideas of characters than people in and of themselves. This may speak to broad characterization, but given our unreliable narrator, they seem to be given less a chance to establish themselves. Price is disinterested and thus readers are kept in the dark. The colours play into this cartoony approach, everything is bright and colourful and pleasing to look at in its intensity. Overall, the script mirrors the art and vice versa. So while the book and main character are a bit of a mess, its a mess I want to keep reading. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Front Towards Gamer - PNeafsey Sep 10, 2013

    It's this outside force that really throws Brain Boy and Matt's world upside down. It turns out not only is Matt not alone in his telepathic abilities, but there are others who threaten everything he once thought he knew. How does a Secret Service Agent with telepathic abilities and thought he was the king of the world take having everything he knew shaken? We'll find out in the next Brain Boy. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    GreyMouser Sep 12, 2013

    . . $3, 22pgs +4pg prv. Solid B Olivetti cover. Almost NO ADs! . . . So here is a modern revamp of an old Dell Comics character, to add to Dark Horse's new "Super" hero initiative. The writing is set back by a few confusing snafus, but is pretty good overall and has a couple funny moments. The art is pretty good, although it might be the colors that really make it shine. Im a bit confused by the plot and some dialog, even though im sure i can see whats coming, the character's powers are also jarringly strange. I can see this becoming a good series, but i am currently on the fence about if i will continue.

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