The Eltingville Club #1

The Eltingville Club #1

Writer: Evan Dorkin Artist: Evan Dorkin Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: April 23, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 1
8.1Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

After twenty years, three Eisner Awards, and a smattering of hate mail, the Eltingville Comic Book, Science-Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Role-Playing Club is finally breaking up. When Bill's dream job in a comic shop turns into a nightmare for the club, more than bridges and membership cards are burned in a fiery, fan-tastic finale!

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Joe Morrison Apr 22, 2014

    Stuffed to the brim with jokey details in the background (the DVD of porn parody League of Extra-Horny Genital Men deserves some form of award for punnery) and well-observed little touches such as the treatment of female fans; Dorkin shows that the truest form of satire requires detailed knowledge of its subject. As repellent as they all are, its a shame that this group of misfits wont be with us much longer. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Apr 23, 2014

    While this is a great issue I don't know if I would every read it again. It's definitely worth reading and I would actually encourage people to read it bearing in mind that it's satire and not meant to be taken seriously. Sadly the people who should read it the most" probably won't and if they do the point will likely be missed on them. One thing is clear though, Evan Dorkin is bold. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeks Unleashed - joedwardlewis Apr 23, 2014

    This is genre defining comics and it's not every Wednesday you get to say that! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Dan Reifler Apr 23, 2014

    The Eltingville Club finale is a fun final issue full of fanboy cynicism, and good old comic book violence. The only complaint that can be made would be that this is a comic primarily for fans of Evan Dorkin's previous work. The casual passerby may be turned off by this issue for its purposely off-putting characters and the almost claustrophobic amount of dialogue. For fans who have been following his personal work It's an excellent addition to his brand and I can not wait to add the The Eltingville Club hardcover to my Dorkin collection in October. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Brian Reed Apr 23, 2014

    You should read this book. Every one should read this book. I thinklampooning the problems still draws attention to them, and I thinkthat's the only way to ever fix them. So yeah, buy this, read this,and feel a little uncomfortable about yourself. Maybe it'll teach younot to shop at a place like this, or not to put up with assholes likesthis. Maybe it'll even save you from being an asshole like this. Notbad for four bucks! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski Apr 24, 2014

    “The Eltingville Club” feels like a huge spotlight thrown on the hobby in a time where hot-button social issues seem to hit comic book social media at a weekly clip. As relentless as Dorkin is, an alarming amount of it rings true. Aside from getting the typically detailed and evocative humor cartooning that you expect from an Evan Dorking comic, you get something that should feel like it hits us all extremely close to where we live. This is one of the sharpest, harshest, most honest things you'll read all year. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - louis whiteford Apr 30, 2014

    The sheer nastiness of the book can be overwhelming for some, but it’s the sort of thing I’ve been looking for. Dorkin said his characters were the sort of guys who wrote death threats to comic writers and actresses they didn’t like. There weren’t any this issue, but I hope he gets around to it. The Eltingville Club has proven it can make me uncomfortable. I want it to make me reeeaallly uncomfortable. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Watsonian Apr 24, 2014

    This book is not for everyone. Although there are some good character beats, it might be a bit too heavy on the dark, cringe worthy comedy for some. That being said, this book is great at what it does. Dorkin intentionally directs harsh criticisms, and does so while injecting humor. In the wrong hands, this could be interpreted as a critique of geek culture in general, but Dorkin is sharp and poignant in whom he is actually criticizing. As dark as this comic is, theres a little lesson to be taken from it and a few laughs to be had. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Apr 25, 2014

    "The Eltingville Club" #1 is comedy, a genre in which narration can take a back seat to plot, so it's an extra pleasure that Dorkin's storytelling is strong on pacing and suspense. The timeline is simple and linear, but the first half of the comic deepens the characterization for Bill and Joe, before re-introducing Pete, Jerry and Josh into the story. The escalation is taut with tension. Readers can feel that a confrontation is in the works, and during the throwdown, Dorkin doesn't disappoint. If anything, it's surprising how far he goes. The ending quickly brings readers back down to earth after the adrenaline rush for a sobering and even depressing conclusion, but one that will leave readers wondering when, how -- even whether -- the four will meet again. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Following The Nerd - Ciaran Flanagan May 1, 2014

    This is unfortunately the bitter end of the Eltingville club. The better part of the last twenty years has been spent trying to put the Club to sleep ( including a failed pilot for Cartoon network) and anyone who jumps on board at this point will only get to see the death throes; the hilarious and sad death throes. Any readers who were around during the boom time will feel a little piece of themselves die too. But they'll still laugh. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Front Towards Gamer - Lido Apr 21, 2014

    This again goes back to that issue of being a fakey firsty in that any dramatic arc or character investment we might feel for the club comes from previous appearances, not self contained investment. A story like this could've worked if it was more willing to give the characters dimensions or at the very least an interesting edge to who they are, like Pain & Gain, or if there was just 1 likable character to act as an audience surrogate in this horrible unholy land, like Django Unchained, but as it stands unless you're already following the The Eltingville Club saga I wouldn't recommend this issue. Read Full Review

  • 2.5
    AiPT! - Gregory Paul Silber Apr 23, 2014

    No. It's as bad as that time that time something something Gambit something something (crude sexual act) something something (genetalia related obscenity). Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GreyMouser Apr 24, 2014

    . . . $4, 26pgs! C+ cover. All ADs @ Back! . . . As a fan of Dorkin & Dyer i'm very excited for this 2-parter that promises to wrap up the Club saga, as seen in issues of DORK. I hope its not the last time we see this freaks, but they have long deserved their own comic book. Evan uses these characters like a kick to the nuts of fan-dom, geeks, dorks, and collectors. He does it with a heaping pile of humor, snotty references and scathing sarcasm. Its exactly what fan-dom needs, to help us pull our collective heads from our collective asses! get ready to laugh at yourself and your scene, dont miss it. Highly recommended!

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