Thumbprint #1

Thumbprint #1

Writer: Joe Hill, Jason Ciaramella Artist: Vic Malhotra Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: June 12, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11
7.7Critic Rating
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Private Mallory Grennan had done terrible things as an Abu Ghraib prison worker. After being discharged from the army, Mal thought she was leaving her sins behind to start a new life back home. But some things can't be left behind -- some things don't want to be left behind. By Joe Hill and Jason Ciaramella, the writing team that brought you the Eisner-award nominated one-shot, The Cape, with art by Vic Malhotra. Thumbprint will turn your guts inside out. Item Code: APR130318

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Jun 23, 2013

    The comic mixes real world events with an interesting mystery possibly stemming from those events. Entertainment often is at it's best when it's a reflection of the real world and commentary on it, looks like this series is going that route and can't wait to see where it goes. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jun 12, 2013

    And like any good noir, there's a pervasive sense of fatalism and moral ambiguity throughout the issue. The scene focused on Grennan's wartime past paint her as a less than sympathetic figure -- possibly even one who deserves the punishment that seems to be coming her way. These torture scenes are easily as uncomfortable as those you'll find in movies like Zero Dark Thirty. But despite her reprehensible actions, Grennan still comes across as a reasonably sympathetic figure. Whatever struggles lie ahead for her, this first issue manages to invest the reader in her journey over the course of these three issues. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Analog Addiction - Tony Couto Jun 12, 2013

    With plenty of intrigue and action, this issue is a stellar read, and a well-paced comic. The lead character is well defined through narration in the present, and flashbacks. Thumbprint #1 successfully establishes the premise and with suspense, teases the consequences that Mallory Grennan will be dealt with as a result of her actions. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Multiversity Comics - Michelle White Jun 13, 2013

    Overall, this is a strong issue, and it handles its novella heritage well, spreading out into a gripping if not terribly unconventional comic with strong structural elements but no trace of prosiness. Malhotra's art, meanwhile, helps us get at the existential dread of the story, making it feel all the more wrenching. This definitely isn't the sunniest issue on the stands this week, but it's beautifully executed, all the while serving as a reminder of some uncomfortable truths. And there's something to be said for those. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Jun 12, 2013

    Thumbprint, due to its subject matter alone, is not for everyone, but it is a well crafted comic, especially with respect to artwork. I look forward to seeing much more from Malhotra going forward, and I'll be back for Thumbprint #2. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Cody "The Thorverine" Ferrell Jun 12, 2013

    Joe Hill's Thumbprint is an intense thriller. The first issue does everything it needs to do, but we don't have a clear picture of what's going on just yet. That's perfectly fine, because I can't wait to find out what's next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Jun 14, 2013

    "Thumbprint" #1 is a great beginning. Too little of the story has been told to see if it does justice to its ambitious themes and dark subject matter, but the debut issue is a winner in how it wraps the reader in with its exposition, atmosphere and restrained tension. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Brian Bannen Jun 17, 2013

    Thumbprint has promise, and I'm definitely intrigued to see how it will turn out. The story hinges on a pretty good mystery, and while its main character doesn't evoke reader sympathy, I'm curious to see how she deals with her past, as well as her future. If Thumbprint is meant to be a microcosm of veterans returning from war, it definitely captures the difficult transition many soldiers have in adapting to normalcy. Hopefully it has a much more fulfilling ending for its character. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    AiPT! - Sean M. Thompson Jun 12, 2013

    Malhotra's art is understated, and the color is as well. Everything seems somewhat muted, if that makes any sense. It's not terrible, just doesn't seem to pop. But then, the plot is so over the top, the art doesn't need to be all that flashy. 6.5 A heavy plot, which tackles subject matter not easy to swallowA complex main characterArt is underwhelmingThis issue isn't very exciting Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Sergio Porras Jun 12, 2013

    Thumbprint was a good read but would be better as a graphic novel. I believe it is a mini-series with just a few issues but it’s not something that many people will be looking forward to over the next few months but will probably do well as a collected edition especially people who are fans of his dad, Stephen King, who are looking to see if the apple falls far from the tree. If you didn't preorder it then don't feel too bad, but when the trade comes out then make sure you pick it up because it is a good story and I can already tell that it’s probably going to have all sorts of crazy twists and turns. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Zackery Cote Jul 3, 2013

    Overall, Thumbprint simply seems to be the victim of establishment. Being the first installment in the series, it's on this issue to establish many of the conventions and backstories that will go into the narrative moving forward. This makes for a rather dense, bland reading, but the threads for an exciting story are there, waiting to be woven together in future installments. I wasn't overly impressed by this issue, but I'm definitely curious to see where things go from here. Read Full Review

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