Dancer #1

Dancer #1

Writer: Nathan Edmondson Artist: Nic Klein Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: May 16, 2012 Cover Price: $3.50 Critic Reviews: 12
7.8Critic Rating
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Retired assassin Alan Fisher and his ballerina companion must escape a ruthless sniper who stalks them through the streets of Milan. To survive and protect the love of his life, Alan will unravel the tapestry of the past he's kept hidden and discover the killer's impossible identity. From the writer of WHO IS JAKE ELLIS? and the artist of VIKING comes a spy thriller with a 21st Century twist.

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring May 16, 2012

    First review of the day, it's my pick of the week! Dancer blew me away. I didn't know what to expect, but what I did get was a fantastic story with a great twist that already has me interested in the rest of the series. This is probably one of my top 10 favorite first issues to a series of all time. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Edward Kaye May 17, 2012

    Dancer #1 is a thrilling series debut that pleases on all fronts, and is sure to take readers by surprise. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Multiversity Comics - Gilbert Short May 17, 2012

    This book is clearly a lot of fun, and given the chance, you should definitely pick it up. It's a lot of fun on the surface, and once you dig in to the meat of it, it holds up. Good show. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Joshua Yehl May 16, 2012

    For a book called Dancer, there is little to do with the actual ballerina in the story. Alan is draped in mystery, but even less is known about the girl. In a genre already oversaturated with hard edged men hiding a hard edged past, this could prove to be a point of contention. However, given that this was the first issue, there is still plenty of time to see if she is more than a pretty face in need of saving. Edmondson and Klein's efforts combine to make a stand-out first issue that could teach other recent gun-touting thrillers like The Secret Service and Secret a thing or two. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Dean Stell May 21, 2012

    A very strong first issue. If you're looking for some modern-day espionage fun, this is a book to check out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza May 18, 2012

    Just as "Dancer" seems to be cast as a simple suspense story, with a former assassin trying to outrun his past, Edmondson throws in a sharp turn and changes the pitch, complexion, and plot of this story. It's that sharp turn that really sells this book to me. I didn't see it coming, but I'm glad it did. Now this story is something altogether different than what I thought I was getting in a book titled "Dancer." Turns out this just might not have as much to do with dancing as I was expecting, but it does have my attention. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Kevin Beckham May 16, 2012

    Let's just get this right out of the way, Dancer is one cool ass book. The art from Nic Kline (Viking) somehow takes the liking of a 1970’s thriller/spy movie. There’s just something about the look and feel of this book that’s dark, classic and slick all at the same time. The story from Nathan Edmonson (Who is Jake Ellis) shows tons of potential. There’s a little Steve McQueen swagger to Alan in his demeanor and style. The hook to the book didn’t really surprise me (well because believe it or not, I kind of saw it coming) because I was already aboard before the story got to that point. Regardless, this is a comic that I’m more than pumped for! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Fanboy Buzz - TommyHancock May 18, 2012

    Bottom line(cause Stonecold said so): One of the better suspense/thriller comic issues I've read in a long while. These types of comics are generally not my cup of tea, but this baby was put together so well I can't help but anticipate the next issue. I WOULD say head out and buy it, but the puupy has sold out and is going into second print. So, once they rehit stores, check it out. With how well the first issue did sells-wise, and how badly it leaves you wanting more, I've got two words for those who want to ppick up issue 2: Pull box. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Addicts - Anubhav Dasgupta May 28, 2012

    Read this. Read the living hell out of this. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comicosity - Brett Monro May 16, 2012

    My biggest problem is the style of the book. Was it originally designed to be a comic or was it a screenplay that wasnt picked up? While the comic medium allows for all types of stories to be told, this one just seems to lack comic-y elements. It is an enjoyable series with a solid hook, but it also seems like a story that will be much better as a trade-paperback as opposed to a monthly read. If you like The Activity, and enjoy action genre comics, then I definitely recommend giving this one a shot; if you like super-heroes, then look elsewhere. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    ComicBuzz - Niall Doonan Jun 27, 2012

    I had higher hopes for Dancer, especially after hearing good things about it, but this first issue is quite an average comic that doesnt do much new, until the final page, when it does something that could derail it all completely. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia May 18, 2012

    Now, to be fair to Edmondson, he's working within the constraints of the continued-story comic series, and if he'd been able to tell the entire story in a single graphic novel (or movie screenplay, which this is trying to pretend not to be), he'd have had more time to let the story develop and breathe; here, he pretty much has to shoot his shot at the end of issue #1 if he wants to get readers back for #2. There's certainly some “How?” and “Why?” questions that he may still answer in clever and creative ways in issues to come, with more background about our endangered couple. But I think I'll wait for the trade collection to find out. Read Full Review

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