8house #1

8house #1

Writer: Brandon Graham Artist: Marian Churchland Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: July 1, 2015 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 5
8.6Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

A lady of the blood house has had her mind trapped in a strange alien root-body. She's hiding on the outskirts of her kingdom until she learns that the alien monster pretending to be her has returned.

The first issue of a shared fantasy universe. Sharp genderqueer knights, blood magic, music, dancing, and a goose.

  • 10
    Nerds Unchained - Connor Frigon Jul 7, 2015

    Brandon Graham keeps his script lean, making every word critical to the story. He also peppers the story with little inconsequential details that flesh out the world, includinga new alphabet (explained in the backmatter) brilliantly integrated into the story to letter sound effects. The world of 8house takes the style conventions of high fantasy and applies it to fresh ideas. By the end of Arclight #1 we only see a sliver of the possibilities 8house holds. The world is just too big for that. The story simply leaves you gasping for more. 8House: Arclight #1 is the most instantly captivating fantasy debuts I've ever read. I need to see where this goes. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Jun 4, 2015

    Arclight is a story of solemn grace that gently pulls you into its story titillating your imagination and makes you want more. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Jul 1, 2015

    “8house: Arclight” #1 is the start of a shared fantasy universe that very easily can be the next big fantasy comic. It has a compelling cast, phenomenal world building and art that will knock you on your butt. Everyone calls everything “can't miss” but this honestly feels like the start of something very special. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Jul 2, 2015

    Bottom line, if you like weird and cool things, this book was made just for you, with love and care and awesomeness. So pick it up, and prepare to be amazed. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Jul 2, 2015

    This comic is slow-moving but it's the kind of thing that makes you want to really dig into the world and see what it's about. This is a great debut for this unique mini-line. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Booked - Julien Loeper Jul 7, 2015

    As I sit here listening to Soul Food by Goodie Mob, I realize how much it fits with 8house: Arclight #1. Both the album and the comic are very contemplative and representative of their creators in a way that most pieces of art arent. Give 8house a buy if you can. Its good comics. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - elanabrooklyn Jul 9, 2015

    The atmosphere of the book " the look and feel of its colors and even how light itself is portrayed on the page are central. I love how Churchland draws hands" you can see the bones inside them. I love how she draws skin" it has texture but it seems to glow. And I love the clothes she invents" where can I buy them?! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Jun 3, 2015

    Graham is a creator with a distinctive narrative style. His work is always original and worth checking out, but one has to either be in the right mood for its lavish, slow pacing or develop an acquired taste for his unconventional alternative storytelling priorities. "8house: Arclight" #1 is another example of jewel-box-like world building. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Jun 8, 2015

    If you're the average comic reader, meaning you grab for a superhero title before anything else, then you'll probably dislike Arclight. I'd love to say that it could instantly penetrate any reader, but there are very few titles that can actually do that. If you're the average Image reader and you're always looking to check out more of their titles, then you'll definitely dig this. It's different from anything else they're publishing at the moment and a welcomed addition to the world of comics. Look for it on June 24th when it releases. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    PopMatters - Matthew Fay Jul 15, 2015

    8House Arclight #1 is a wonderful exercise in concise storytelling and world building, and is not to be missed by anyone seeking to feel transported by their fiction. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Multiversity Comics - Matthew Garcia Jul 3, 2015

    "8House: Archlight" #1 exists in its own weird world. It's a book that will evolve and unfold rather than explode out with information. Brandon Graham and Marian Churchland only offer us a tiny glimpse of a tiny portion of this enormous world, but it's immersive and intriguing and you can't wait to return to explore even more. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Major Spoilers - George Chimples Jul 7, 2015

    Pretty as a cloud and perhaps just as hard to grasp. But still fun. Read Full Review

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