Dante #1 (One Shot)

Dante #1 (One Shot)

Writer: Matt Hawkins, Jason Ning Artist: Darick Robertson Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: January 25, 2017 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 9
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Dante was a family man with a wife and young daughter, and also a top assassin working for an international crime syndicate. For two decades he worked hard to keep these two lives separate and was then ready to retire. Manipulated into thinking he could quit with the syndicate's blessing, Dante was betrayed and accidentally killed a young Asian boy while fighting to save himself. This act changes him forever as he is supernaturally cursed and wakes up inexplicably covered with tattoos. Dante tries to uncover the source of this supernatural curse while looking for his family that has now disappeared.

  • 10
    411Mania - Stephen M. Lyon Feb 2, 2017

    I equated this book earlier to My Name Is Earl, (a sitcom about a jerk who wins the lottery and sets about trying to fix his wrongdoings, to keep karma from catching up with him) and I think this could become an ongoing series the same way that the show did, albeit with less humor and way more gore. I would make each issue an individual story of him righting a past wrong, all the while with the backstory of why he's doing what he's doing, with different hints woven throughout. This is a one-shot that deserves to be more than a one-hit-wonder. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Pastrami Nation - Daniel Schwartz Feb 20, 2017

    In my opinion, Image Comics has hit a home run with Dante. Filled with amazing artwork and a creative story, Dante is the supernatural redemption story that will leave you waiting for the next adventure. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Florida Geek Scene - Brian Reed Feb 8, 2017

    I like Dante, and that's what makes me regret the shortcomings even more. How nicely our first conflict wraps up, and how easily the man learns his lesson, is a missed opportunity for a much stronger story. The character and the readers would be much more invested if these things were harder to arrive at, but wishing for more of a good thing must be a good sign. The subject matter might not appeal to every one, and we'll have to see how the episodic nature of the story plays out, but the Dante (One Shot) is definitely worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    Impulse Gamer - Chris O'Connor Feb 2, 2017

    To be honest… I'm keen to know what happens next… that is a pretty good state for a comic to leave a reader in. I'm not sure how that plays out as a one shot… but if they were to continue the story they have set it up so well with the idea of each tattoo representing an action that needs correcting. As mentioned earlier… Dante is not a character who is interested in redemption (not the way we are used to seeing that anyway)… but most of us can understand the desire to protect our families… and if Dante has to charge through hell to see them again, I have no doubt he will. A worthy title to add to your collection. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Slackjaw Punks - Iron Squid Jan 25, 2017

    I am a little disappointed to be giving this such a review, Jason Ning was the primary writer and appeared to be his first book, so well done for your first try, what really makes me sad is Matthew Hawkins wrote The Tithe which was absolutely brilliant and Darick Robertson's artwork is some of my favorite and it is still stunning even when drawn into a mediocre book. Once again, Dante is not necessarily bad, but it is something that we have seen time and time again and our hero is kind of one-dimensional action hero. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Jan 30, 2017

    Top Cow are one of the most consistent studios in the Image arsenal. Regardless of the lack of freshness you can always rely on the studio to produce a high quality looking book.This is no exception. Will the quality of production over the story content be enough for Dante to hit his peak? Only time will tell if the series is strong enough to compete with some much better books out there. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics: The Gathering - TalkNerdy2Me Jan 25, 2017

    It’s a real shame that the writing is so subpar, since the art by Darick Robertson is actually quite good. It took me longer than it should have to place where I knew his work from, but I caught myself thinking that Ruby could have been called “filthy assistant”. Robertson was artist and co-creator of “Transmetropolitan”, one of most excellent and essential comics it’s ever been my pleasure to read. “Dante” isn’t worth two tugs of dead dog’s cock in comparison. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Outright Geekery - Erik Koehn Jan 3, 2017

    I tend to give anything Hawkins does a chance and I will end up following this story down the road but I just can't recommend this book to anyone. Unless you're really into juvenile power fantasies combined with white man's guilt. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comic Bastards - Daniel Vlasaty Jan 25, 2017

    I wanted to like this book. I really did. I generally want to like everything I read or watch or listen to. I don't like not liking things. But Dante just wasn't doing it for me. Read Full Review

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