Five Weapons #1

Five Weapons #1

Writer: Jimmie Robinson Artist: Jimmie Robinson Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: February 27, 2013 Cover Price: $3.50 Critic Reviews: 21
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Tyler finds himself in a specialized school where assassins send their kids for education and training in one of the five deadly weapons. Tyler doesn't have a weapon or any fighting skills, but he still plans to graduate by beating every weapon master in the school because he has a powerful ability that nobody can match: his razor-sharp mind! JIMMIE ROBINSON twists the insanity of BOMB QUEEN in a fun new series that will keep you guessing to the end.

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Gregg Katzman Feb 27, 2013

    Jimmie Robinson has done a wonderful job crafting an energetic and entertaining world for us to venture into. There's plenty of fun to be had as we learn the basics and there's more than enough intrigue filling these pages to have me thrilled for the next issue. Go ahead, give this issue an honest shot and it just may be the reading highlight of your week. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - Lan Pitts Feb 27, 2013

    Saying Five Weapons should not be missed is an understatement. For those readers that fell in love with the likes of the Harry Potter or The Hunger Games, or even anime fans, this comic should be right up your alley. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Crux - Wesley Messer May 10, 2013

    I am proud to give Five Weapons #1 my highest recommendation. I only have so much more to say at this stage of the review outside of buy this book now. Just go forth and buy Five Weapons, a fun series that I cant wait to see where it goes. I had a blast reading itand if you grab it yourself, you will too. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Addicts - Anant Sagar Mar 5, 2013

    I haven't read anything this fun in a while. I put this as a definite must read for everyone. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Nuts - Jef Mendoza Mar 16, 2013

    It's like an old school 80's martial arts film mixed with Harry Potter done well. The world is defined perfectly and the reader quickly connects with the characters. The main character seems like a run of the mill nobody but shows startling progress at the end. Of course the main character will be able to dominate all the school's clubs, but it's going to be a blast reading about it. Jimmie Robinson has me hooked! Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski Feb 28, 2013

    Jimmie Robinson's “Five Weapons” is deserving of the highest of recommendations for anyone who loves the comic medium and it's pretty age appropriate for younger readers too. Every aspect of “Five Weapons” adds to a unique comic experience, with a script that is as colorful and varied as the joyful cartooning that it's paired with. There's no end to the amount of fun, humor, light action, and mystery that is packed across every page. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Blue Raven Comics - Kassim Mirza Feb 21, 2013

    Here's the thing, I really don't have enough room to praise this title. It's smart, entertaining, stylized, and features an extremely methodical plot. But unlike other works that feature intricate stories, Five Weapons #1 isn't verbose or dense. It's a page turner. And it's something that should have all creator owned titles taking notice. Because in terms of creativity and style, Five Weapons #1 takes the ball and runs with it"then it does a backflip. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    First Comics News - Matthew Szewczyk Feb 27, 2013

    From the very first panel of the first page, the story will grab you and you will find yourself delving into this world of assassins in training with great interest. When the end of the story rolls around and the issues twist is revealed it will make you wish that the next issue was already available. I know that I immediately went back and re-read the issue with the knowledge of the twist and enjoyed the issue even more. I would be very surprised if this mini-series does not lead to other media opportunities such as a movie or TV show and I strongly suggest you check this book out before everyone else discovers how cool it is before you. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Grant McLaughlin Mar 1, 2013

    This issue is all about subverting expectations, which is kind of funny, because as an opening issue, it's also all about creating expectations. However, Robinson ably navigates these seemingly contradictory objectives, providing an excellent first issue that presents an intriguing world with a powerful hook to get the reader back for more. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Addicts - Anant Sagar Apr 29, 2013

    I love this series. I love it so much I want 6 seasons and a trilogy! Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    IGN - Sebastian Mejia Mar 1, 2013

    The art is great too. Robinson not only writes this issue, but draws and letters it as well. This is his world and the level of confidence his art shows elevates his story and characters. There are a bunch of great sight-gags throughout (my favorite being a throwaway sign in the background of a panel saying, "Don't be that guy," showing a decapitated body) as well as some cool visual signaling and foreshadowing that make for a great, cohesive package. Meanwhile, Paul Little contributes some great colors and keeps the red and white motif of the book from being boring. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    cxPulp - Andrea Speed Feb 26, 2013

    It's an intriguing start, and I can't wait to see where this one goes. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Mar 1, 2013

    "Five Weapons" #1 is a mini-series that's off to a great start, and one of the things I appreciate even more about it is that I feel like this could ultimately stand on its own, or also become a series of mini-series. Right now I'm hoping for the latter only because I feel like there's so much story potential that Robinson could go for years, but I'd respect the former as well. Either way, though, this is a comic that you should definitely take a look at. "Five Weapons" is both fun and clever, and that's a combination you shouldn't ever pass up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Sacks Mar 6, 2013

    This is a really fun and oddly satirical seeming book that really makes me smile. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Front Towards Gamer - PNeafsey Feb 27, 2013

    Five Weapons #1 introduces the academy, Tyler and the students of the academy in an interesting and griping way. Whether a young adult or adult, there's something of interest in this plot for everyone. While the art style is indicative of Image Comics aiming for a younger reader, the writing makes it accessible on multiple levels. Tyler Shainline is an interesting character " though he might not be who he says he is " and strangely appealing as a main character. He's smug, which would normally be a turnoff, but so far he's rightfully so. Hopefully the artwork continues to be as adaptive as this first issue and the plot proves to be on the mark in subsequent issues; if so, then Image Comics might have another hit on their ledger. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    PopMatters - Mike Cassella Mar 5, 2013

    Five Weapons has me intrigued enough to keep following the series for its full five issues. Once again, Image is delivering unique and well-done comics that are the vision of fresh talent out to show the many ways the medium can be used effectively. Robinson has a wealth of talent and a way to balance the morbid with the fun and not sink into the pit of "grim and gritty" that seems permeate the mainstream now. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    One Quest - Chris Cobb Mar 1, 2013

    While the series basic premise isn't super original the way it's being handled is pretty interesting. The main character Tyler has this great self confidence and ability to get through the problems the arise. And the twist at the end was unexpected and makes you want to read more, as any ending should. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Steve Paugh Feb 27, 2013

    Saying that, this book isn't bad and it isn't great, but I'll stick around for the second issue at least. Somehow, it just kind of misses the mark for me, not ironically, like the space between childcare and floristry. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Den Of Geek! - Jarrett Kruse Mar 3, 2013

    Immediately, Five Weapons reminded me of the only other high school comic that I am currently reading, Morning Glories. While there is room for improvement in Five Weapons and it's very difficult to judge the debut issue of a new series, there were just no characters that I really cared about. With Morning Glories I was hooked right out of the gate, but Five Weapons just feels "blah." Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics: The Gathering - TylerM Mar 1, 2013

    This first issue is a little mediocre, but miniseries are always hard to get a great first issue. The important thing is that there is a good hook. Enough for me to check out the second issue, at least. I hope it focuses on the gun club, with the orthodox Jewish leader. That way I know it'll be better. At least it will be for me. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Bloody Disgusting - GeorgeShunick Mar 1, 2013

    The art, also by Robinson, is appropriate in its tone and surprisingly well-detailed, but its not enough to save Five Weapons. Theres much better young adult fare out there. I suggest you go find it. Read Full Review

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