Blackacre #1

Blackacre #1

Writer: Duffy Boudreau Artist: Wendell Cavalcanti Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: December 5, 2012 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 1
6.7Critic Rating
5.0User Rating

A retired soldier on a secret mission... sent out from the walled city and the only life he's ever known into the violent wilderness of the world after the fall! Tribal cults, roaming bands of barbarians, vicious warlords! A startling new take on the post-apocalypse and the most auspicious comics debut of the year!

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - BradBabendir Dec 6, 2012

    I do have to say that it’s a lot easier to review a bad book than it is a good one, and I’m going to be getting upset if Image Comics and their creators keep making my job harder. Maybe Marvel will republish AvX to compensate. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Dec 7, 2012

    BlackAcre #1 is a solid start. It remains to be seen if it'll manage to balance the gritty action with interesting social commentary, or if it'll become more of a standard common vs. wealth struggle. It's worth checking out. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Multiversity Comics - Walt Richardson Dec 6, 2012

    Boudreau and Cavalcanti have provided a very solid start with this first issue of “BlackAcre,” but, to repeat myself, you only get started once. This issue is definitely good as a #1, but does not give much of an indication of what can be expected to follow, in terms of quality. Don't let my cynicism fool you, though; this is a strong start that warrants sticking it out until the second issue before passing final judgment, especially when everything else that can be said about it is positive. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Bloody Disgusting - George Shunick Dec 7, 2012

    Blackacre manages to establish the setting and characters of its plot rather quickly, which is to be commended. However, its strongest or at least most intriguing attribute is its connection to contemporary politics, and that was essentially abandoned after the opening speech. I suspect that this is because it simply isn't possible to set up a good story and to engage in political commentary at the same time. Thats understandable, and hopefully upcoming issues will explore this element further. Few comics attempt to engage in political commentary, and even less do it well. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - George Chimples Dec 13, 2012

    How good Blackacre is going to be in the coming issues will be decided on how far Boudreau can tale the characters away from their very basic introductions. I can't express how much I enjoyed the first few pages, and if he can deliver that same quality more consistently in future issues, Blackacre will be a very good series indeed. As it is, I can recommend this book with reservations. If you like post-apocalypticdystopiaand/or military science fiction, Blackacre is a book you will probably enjoy. But unless it makes a leap forward in narrative quality, it is not one for the pull list (yet). Blackacre #1 earns three and a half out of five stars. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Dec 5, 2012

    This book was just okay. It could have been better had the opening actually tried to be serious and contribute to setting the tone of the series rather than going over in painstaking detail about how the planet got so bad and why Blackacre was created. I’ll give it another issue and hope that it was just a case of the first issue jitters, but if it falls into any of the usual post-apocalyptic pitfalls then I’ll probably call it good. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Dec 5, 2012

    Stories about future worlds can always be a fun and interesting read. With a brand new series, you don't have to worry about prior continuity or information in order to jump right in. The good and bad thing is we are given a history lesson on how the world came to its current state. This takes place over six pages. Six pages of a man giving a lecture. Later we see people attacking others and then get attacked themselves. It's setting up a dreary area where our main character will have to venture but at this point, it's a little difficult to get invested. There is some promise in how the different classes will clash in the story but the next issue could determine whether or not this will be a series I stick with. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Geekality - Joe Sarnicola Dec 6, 2012

    Although much of this book is spent setting the stage for future issues, there is plenty of potential for story and character development. Like, what about all the people who don't live in Blackacre and have to face zombies, pirates, rogue soldiers and other dangers out in the wasteland? A very intriguing book. I am looking forward to reading more. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Dec 7, 2012

    It's possible the sense of blandness is partly emanating from the artwork, by Wendell Cavalcanti and Sergio Abad. Sterile and stiff, with rather distorted-looking human faces, this is a decidedly amateurish effort that can't seem to decide if it's going for old-fashioned sleekness or modern detail, and as a result falls between two stools. Even the colors are mechanical and flat. I've given better reviews to comics with worse art, but that's usually because there was a sense of amateurish exuberence present; here, there's an assembly-line feel that makes it seem like an attempt to ape some of Avatar's lesser offerings. I don't mean to sound TOO harsh here–Blackacre #1isn't really worse than some of the weaker issues of, say,Astro City–but the art really turned me off. Too bad, because the script shows a really impressive level of proficiency. Read Full Review

  • 5.9
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Dec 5, 2012

    The art provided by Wendell Cavalcanti is okay, but doesn't ever really grab you. He's a competent storyteller, and there is a nice flow to the book, but he doesn't get to tell enough story in this issue. Again, his strengths are not utilized in those first six pages which just feature images of people standing there. There is also not enough background detail in most panels, and that is incredibly noticeable in a book that is all about background and setting. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Dean Stell Dec 9, 2012

    Not a bad comic and if you're really into possible apocalyptic settings, this might be worth a look. But it isn't a great comic either. Read Full Review

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