Copperhead #1

Copperhead #1

Writer: Jay Faerber Artist: Scott Godlewski, Ron Riley Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: September 10, 2014 Cover Price: $3.50 Critic Reviews: 28 User Reviews: 11
8.4Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

Welcome to Copperhead, a grimy mining town on the edge of a backwater planet. Single mom Clara Bronson is the new sheriff, and on her first day she'll have to contend with a resentful deputy, a shady mining tycoon, and a family of alien hillbillies. And did we mention the massacre?

Writer JAY FAERBER and the art team of SCOTT GODLEWSKI & RON RILEY bring you this gritty 24th Century Western with an extra-long first issue for the regular price of $3.50!

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - F-O-R-R-E-S-T Sep 10, 2014

    Copperhead snakes are quite venomous and this book is too in its own way. It digs its panels, pages and characters in and infects you in the best way possible. Read Full Review

  • 10
    All-Comic - Ian Stephen Sep 10, 2014

    Copperhead totally lives up to the hype. This first issue was a great introduction to the world of Copperhead and all of its inhabitants. Copperhead is poised to be one of Image's next big ongoing titles that you are going to wish you had read. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Outright Geekery - Gaumer Sep 15, 2014

    I'm a big fan of character-driven stories, and writer Jay Faerber knows how to do characters right. I'm also a big fan of sci-fi/westerns, and all the elements are here in this first ish to make for a solid, if not derivative, space western, but the genre is already pretty fleshed out at this point. The true star of this ish is the amazing work on art from one of my new favs Scott Godlewski, and I'm telling you, he's going to be one to look out for. I remember a little-known artist named Mahmud Asrar on another Faerber book called Dynamo 5, and he's one of Marvel Comics' All-New Young Guns. History is definitely repeating itself all over again. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Rhymes With Geek - Nikki Sherman Sep 9, 2014

    Image consistently puts out extremely high quality books, and this first issue of Copperhead doesn't change that statement at all. In this thought-provoking sci-fi western, Faerber and Godlewski take great care in bringing the action to the reader in an otherwise desolate setting. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Horror Talk - James Ferguson Sep 10, 2014

    Copperhead has all the makings of a great sci-fi western saga.  This may be a small town, but there's death and corruption and laser blasters.  Clara Bronson aims to clean this up.  The artwork is solid and the story is top notch with plenty of mystery involved to keep me coming back for more and more. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - Nick Nafpliotis Sep 10, 2014

    Now don't get me wrong; it's going to take a lot more than a great set up to keep this thing going. Faerber's eventually going to have to give us something new for Copperhead to really take off. But for now, this by the numbers painting has the potential to become a masterpiece. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Matt Little Sep 10, 2014

    Though the plot itself is basic, the characters themselves are interesting enough to come back for a second issue. It doesn't seem like there will be easy choices to make in this story andFaerber sets up our hero as someone who may get in her own way. Watching her learnwhat she thinks is best for the town versus what actually is best will make for good reading. The art team is just getting started and if they're this locked in during the first issue then who knows how much better they'll get once they hit their stride. Go buy this book. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Mark Brassington Sep 11, 2014

    Though the plot is simple, the characters and artwork should ensure you come back for a second helping. The book has already sold out at distribution level and will be getting a second printing so I'm pretty confident that I'm not the only one who enjoyed this book. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Nevin Jones Sep 10, 2014

    One of the best parts of this new world is how by Faerber and Godlewski hints at a greater history. There are mentions of a recent war and an interesting backstory for each character. It has the feeling of a greater established world with just one issue. The plot hasn't nailed down what the main thread will be, but there's been many strands presented that it could follow. I know that I'm completely down for it after this first issue. Give me more of this "Deadwood in space." Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Sushi - Chris Partin Sep 8, 2014

    "Copperhead" #1 is a truly enjoyable comic book that hits new readers squarely in the face with it's craftsmanship in the writing and art. It is the whole package. A definite must read for any comic book fan. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    IGN - Tres Dean Sep 11, 2014

    Jay Faerber and Scott Godlewski have managed to create a space western that doesn't feel like a blatant ripoff of its predecessors. They create a great sense of who the protagonist is as well as a great sense of the world she occupies. They keep the latter close to the chest, though. There's clearly intent to allow the readers discover this world more and more with each issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    We The Nerdy - Jean-Luc Botbyl Sep 10, 2014

    Inferior only to the world building of this issue, the characters are great as well. Faerber does a great job of establishing the characters in this issue, but also fleshing them out. Not only will Copperhead #1 introduce you to its cast, it will also take you out to a movie with them. Not literally, of course, as I doubt that there's even a movie theater in the run down town in which the cast lives. Anyways, the cast has a lot to offer the book. It's the characters that give this issue comic relief, but also give it an anchor for readers to cling on to. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Coming Up Comics - Timothy Merritt Sep 9, 2014

    With a solid creative team and an engrossing first issue, Copperhead is both accessible and inviting, and feels like a strong start to a great new effort from Image. This will be one to keep an eye on, folks. Pick one up while you can. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Nerds Unchained - Connor Frigon Sep 12, 2014

    Godlewski is the kind of artist I want drawing my sci-fi. His work is clean and free of unnecessary ink lines and shadows obscuring the world I'm meant to explore. His rendering of the town of Copperhead reinforces the books without bludgeoning us. While I'm not a huge fans of some of the alien designs, his work sells me on Copperhead #1. Read Full Review

  • 8.4 - Chase Magnett Sep 9, 2014

    Copperhead #1 opens a window to a desolate planet that is rich with history and ideas. There is a lot occurring in the background and details of this comic. It's a story I only expect to grow and improve as it delves further into the world created by Faerber and Godlewski. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Dec 15, 2014

    Science fiction comics are still few and far between overall so I'm definitely interested in this book and will likely do some catch-up in the near future, which of course is a boon to publisher and distributor as I got this for free as part of a 12 Days of Christmas promotion. The book gives us a really polished approach in terms of how its put together with great artwork throughout, a beautiful cover, solid character material being brought in and a good sense of what's going on with the foundations of things. We get a few teases of something darker going on to be sure, but in terms of the opening chapter establishing things, it does it perfectly. And few books really seem to be able to do that these days without it feeling really off. Faerber and Godlewski, along with colorist Ron Riley, really bring this setting to life in a great way here and definitely take advantage of the extras pages to give it room to breathe while still having a great sense of pacing about it. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Marco Piva-Dittrich Sep 12, 2014

    A good start for a new series Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Jen 'Miss J' Aprahamian Sep 11, 2014

    The backmatter in COPPERHEAD tells us that the book was initially pitched as "Deadwood in space," and it's not a bad way to look at this title. It's got classic Western elements fused with sci-fi staples, and the title is off to a strong start. I'm interested in seeing where things go, both in terms of worldbuilding and character development, since there's rich potential all around. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Wayne Hall Sep 11, 2014

    I always like to point out how much I love variety in my reading, and Copperhead scratches an itch for things that move along like the Old West did. It's fun, it's fascinating and it's going places I can't wait to go, so I do recommend this title if you enjoy strong writing, great situations and characters you can understand easily. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Edward Kaye Sep 12, 2014

    Copperhead #1 is a strong debut that will have you coming back for more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Sep 15, 2014

    Godlewski's art is a pleasure to look at and he does a great job of designing the all the different alien races we meet. He also nicely balances the alien and futuristic, while setting that against the “old” western background. The only issue I had with the art is that the world didn't feel as crowded as a spaceport like this should feel. The backgrounds feel sparse and doesn't feel as busy or in some panels, as alien as it should. Overall though, this is a strong start to a book that should have a bright future considering the success that Faerber has had in the past with previous series like Dynamo 5 and Noble Causes. Copperhead is another solid premiere issue exploring a genre in comics that's currently underused. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Adam Cadmon Sep 19, 2014

    All-in-all Copperhead #1 is a solid piece of story-telling. If you are a fan of Whedon's Firefly/Serenity projects, then this book is definitely for you. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Ross Sweeney Oct 7, 2014

    As for everyone else, there is a hell of a lot to like here, but its down to your tolerance of high concept sci-fi as to whether or not youll like this. But its well written and draw enough that I reckon pretty much anyone will get a kick out of it, and as said, that canvas – man, its a doozy. Looking forward to seeing how this progresses. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Lost Lighthouse - thelostlighthouse Sep 11, 2014

    This felt like it could have been set on a planet in the Firefly universe if there were a few alien species (and not just Dead Bessie), and for that reason alone I was bound to enjoy it. The story, while a slow burner, is intriguing and I liked all the characters a great deal. Check this out in your local comic shop, or digitallywith yourrecently unveiled pointless watch phone or whatever. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Multiversity Comics - Michelle White Sep 12, 2014

    This issue puts forth a lot of intriguing elements in its 30 pages, and it's fun imagining all the different places they could go. But it's the curse of science fiction comics that they don't always capitalize on the promise of their first issues, so I wouldn't call out the variety of elements as a selling point. What you're definitely getting here is some gorgeous art and colouring, and while it's early to make a call on the writing front, there certainly isn't anything here a couple issues of development couldn't fix. It's a matter of waiting and seeing where "Copperhead" slithers next. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Torbin Chimners Sep 10, 2014

    Its also very difficult to tell what the overarching plot is actually going to be, were given numerous vague references to things but its unclear whats actually important. Im sure issue #2 will begin to answer those questions. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Lilith Wood Sep 15, 2014

    Lovers of Westerns will want to check out Copperhead and give it a few issues to develop. I think the story is operating competently within this beloved genre, and time will tell if it really lifts off and differentiates itself. Clara and Budroxifinicus both have the potential to develop into strong characters, and the fun visual details, hints of mystery, and plot-thickening twists will make readers curious to find out what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    TheCultDen - David Dhalia Nov 3, 2014

    The first issue manages to place all the details like clockwork, and although the storyline can seem basic at this point, it does do well in creating a sense of mystery and suspense to make readers want to pick up the next issue in the series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Nemo Sep 21, 2014

    Right away I get a Deadwood sci-fi feel to this series. Just the first issue and I am very much enjoying it.

  • 8.5
    Victor Fries Sep 12, 2014

    Nice start to a new series, which some great art. Really looking forward to where this series leads. A lot of potential, I feel, to be a great book.

  • 8.0
    Soyner Sep 11, 2014

    Good start to a new series. Very easy to follow but not so simple it gets boring. Mixed with a little humor, action and meeting some rather off-the-wall characters, Copperhead may end up being on my pull list if it keeps this pacing and smooth storytelling.

  • 7.5
    Gizmo Sep 10, 2014

    Not the most original concept, but the writing and art are both well executed.

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