R.I.P.D: City of the Damned #1

R.I.P.D: City of the Damned #1

Writer: Jeremy Barlow Artist: Tony Parker Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: November 28, 2012 Cover Price: $3.50 Critic Reviews: 7
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Roy Pulsipher and Nick Walker are dead, but that doesn’t mean their time in law enforcement is over. Both Roy and Nick are officers in the Rest in Peace Department, sworn to serve the Almighty and protect the living from evil’s foul corruption. Their current case has them chasing a ghostly fanatic determined to undo all of creation—a threat with very personal connections to Roy’s past, stretching back a hundred years into a weird, Wild West and Roy’s first day on the job. It’s a twisted history that Nick is only starting to uncover, and one that could have him reconsidering ever joining the R.I.P.D.!

  • 8.5
    Digitl Noob - Russ Pirozek Nov 28, 2012

    Most prequels/tie-ins for films aren't any good, but thankfully, this isn't one of them. The build-up for the R.I.P.D. film is well underway, and this adaptation of the Peter M. Lenkov original does a great job thus far of giving fans some information on the characters and history, all while telling an engaging story. The artwork is along the lines of many Dark Horse titles, though Tony Parker adds his own unique style into the title. The series is getting off to a great start, and hopefully the next three issues of the mini will get things really rolling for the upcoming film and will continue to give fans a bit of nostalgia for long time fans and will hopefully gain several more with this offering. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Nov 28, 2012

    There was a lot going against this series if we look at all the elements involved: second volume, over a decade for the fan base to forget about it, a movie currently filming and a complete change in the creative team. Yet, none of those things affect the story or the quality and maybe even helped in the end. I mentioned that I just began reading the first series and that’s because I enjoyed this issue so much. The thing I like is that you don’t need to have read the first volume at all to understand and appreciate this series. It gives you all the story elements you need and really introduces the readers to it as if it was a completely new I.P. This is a great first issue and I don’t see how the quality could possibly dip, so pick it up and give it a read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Crux - Wesley Messer May 10, 2013

    I will say, if youre even remotely curious about the R.I.P.D. movie or looking for a new twist on the supernatural, give this a shot. I wasnt bored for a single minute reading this, the concepts and characters combined make this a clever and cool way to jump on board R.I.P.D. And if, like me, this is your first time reading the series, youll have no trouble at all getting into R.I.P.D.: City of the Damned #1. Heading into your store Wednesday, I can wholeheartedly recommend grabbing this off the shelf, you wont be disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Bloody Disgusting - ShadowJayd Nov 29, 2012

    It's a solid first issue which delves into the origins of how Roy comes to work for R.I.P.D.; its a great starting point for new readers who are interested in the Film. Parkers renderings add to the script, and bring Barlows vision alive with his superb visual storytelling. Even though it feels like the background story is compressed into insufficient space, the premise is still refreshing, and Im looking forward to the next installment. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair Nov 28, 2012

    The OutlookI quite enjoyed this Wild, Wild West meets Ghostbusters little tale, unfortunately, it loses a few rating points for borrowing heavily on M.I.B. & Cowboys VS Aliens. Having said that, it’s still worth a look. I look forward to the movie. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comic Book Bin - Zak Edwards Nov 27, 2012

    Artist Tony Parkers artwork calls on familiarity to help the extensive genre blending. The opening sci-fi looks a bit like Star Wars Episode I with all the chrome and bridges, the Western is pretty easy to pick out as well and blends into the rest of the comic, so much so that the Leopard wandering around could barely register without Parkers own emphasis. This quick reference tactic, as I said, eases all these genres being placed together so quickly, which only helps. Overall, the book looks great, especially in the continual attention to detail, and I look forward to the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Read Comic Books - Tommy Lutz Nov 27, 2012

    I'm rather taken back by the quality of this comic. The cover made it look like it could be a very good story, but both the script and the art and page compositions were poorly done. R.I.P.D.: City of the Damned #1 offered nothing worthy of a suggestion to read, except for one interesting monster near the end of the comic. This comic is another one pounding the nails into the coffin of the Western comic book. Read Full Review

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