The Eighth Seal #1

The Eighth Seal #1

Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Jeremy Rock Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: December 9, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 1
7.5Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

One woman's visceral nightmares bleed into reality as she struggles to live in the political spotlight. Is she losing her mind, or do these visions hold some darker truth?

  • 10
    ComicWow!TV - AD Boorman Dec 7, 2015

    This venture into what appears to be a crossover between psychological horror and supernatural horror is reminiscent of Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra's  Eisner-nominated series Colder, but this team is adding other dimensions to the story.  It's a lot to ask of a creative team, but Tynion and Rock are at the top of their form here.  The Eighth Seal is an impressive mixture of psychological/body horror and political thriller.  Horror comics like this are a treat because they work on so many levels at once Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - GCBTs Dec 9, 2015

    The story focuses on Amelia, the current First Lady, who battles the savage evil spirits plaguing her psyche. Each mental episode murderouslyescalates into her reality. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Dave MacPhail Dec 14, 2015

    This twisted tale of dark intent skates a thin line between horror and the descent into madness! I am looking forward to taking this trip with Amelia no matter where it leads us.. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - Nick Nafpliotis Dec 9, 2015

    While the issue does fantastic/incomparable job setting the tone and mood for the series, it leaves a lot of the story's plot up in the air. Tynion obviously couldn't give away everything, but I wish he'd given us a little more than this. That being said, The Eighth Seal still has me hooked and ready for the next issue. Hopefully I can get a full night's rest sometime before it hits the stands. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Dec 10, 2015

    This horror series blends two concepts that might not be terribly remarkable on their own (a woman suffering from horrific visions and the First Lady struggling with a public perception problem) and in the process develops a surprisingly compelling little character drama/conspiracy tale. Read Full Review

  • 7.5 - Harrison Rawdin Dec 10, 2015

    The Eighth Seal #1 has some room to grow but for the most part the creative team has a concept that's worth paying attention to. More so I can happily say that we can ignore a few hiccups here and there as this comic earns a spot on your pull-list. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Alice W. Castle Dec 11, 2015

    Overall, "The Eighth Seal" #1 is the kind of first issue that already knows it has a niche target audience " that small overlap between people who love pyschological horror, people who love character-focused drama and people who love political dramas " and so it goes after them whole hog. The focus here is entirely on Amelia and the introduction of her story and her visions and so if that's not something that's of interest to you, there's not much else here for you. If that does interest you, however, you're in good hands as James Tynion IV, Jeremy Rock and Nolan Woodward pull out all the stops to create a sense of horrific unease that'll give you chills. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Big Comic Page - Andrew McGlinn Dec 8, 2015

    All things considered, issue one of The Eighth Seal is a solid start. We know this will be a body horror story dropped into a politically charged backstory. The title of the book hints towards the end of times. While not all motives are that clear in the opening issue, there is enough to make the reader want to continue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Dan Pennacchia Dec 10, 2015

    The first issue is a decent one that has a good balance of world building with the more intriguing premise of the story. The Eighth Seal has enough originality and careful construction to be excited for what lies ahead in the series. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Crusaders - Alan Dec 9, 2015

    Final Verdict: The Eighth Seal #1 may be the start to a great comic series, but I didn't see it. The bright spot is that if you find yourself enjoying the story, additional chapters can be found online and you don't have to wait for the next issue. I'm bowing out now, but best of luck to the creative team in future issues. Read Full Review

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