Grim Leaper #1

Grim Leaper #1

Writer: Kurtis J. Wiebe Artist: Aluisio Santos Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: May 30, 2012 Cover Price: $3.50 Critic Reviews: 12
7.4Critic Rating
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A brand new series from the mind of critically acclaimed writer KURTIS J. WIEBE (GREEN WAKE, PETER PANZERFAUST), GRIM LEAPER is a gory romantic comedy. Lou Collins is caught in a cyclical curse of violent, gruesome deaths and new beginnings in the bodies of strangers. With no clue why, Lou desperately searches for a way to break the curse and cross over peacefully to the other side. Then equally doomed Ella comes along. It's a love story to die for.

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Brett Monro May 30, 2012

    Grim Leaper is a rare book that can touch on so many points, but still make it seem like they belong together. You truly never know what to expect next, and that is a really good thing for this book. There is a level of dark humor that seems missing in other comics of this ilk. At the end of the day, an easy read that begs to be enjoyed again and again. Its name is Grim Leaper, and I think Im in love. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose May 29, 2012

    Even with a slow-burning start, the originality and potential behind Grim Leaper should not be ignored. There's a surprising tenderness underneath all the carnage that I think will make this book transcend expectations and really bring together some very disparate genres. Death might have lost its sting elsewhere in the comics industry, but Grim Leaper shows that there's still much to explore in the hereafter. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero May 30, 2012

    Dying can be a bummer but imagine going through death after death, only to find yourself in a new body. To make it worse, you have no idea why you keep dying and you know it's going to happen again. Everyone loves a good mystery and we can hope the explanation will be just as exciting. I'm definitely curious to find out what the story is. There were a couple moments in the story where the art or situation felt like a bit of a stretch (yes, I understand we're talking about a guy continuously returning from the dead). We're also treated by a cool back up story. Because there wasn't a clearly distinct ending in the main story (at least, in my opinion), I was a little confused in thinking the story had somehow shifted into the main character jumping into another body. You'll definitely be interested in seeing what comes next. Adding in back up stories is a great way to showcase other creators but hopefully there'll be a clear separation between the two. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBuzz - Niall Doonan Apr 19, 2012

    Overall, this is a fantastic debut. The art is very accomplished and matches the darkness and humour in Wiebes scripting. The last page will make you want to read on. Theres plenty of death in comics, but if you, like me, think that not enough of it is mixed with romance and humour, then Grim Leaper is the comic for you. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    cxPulp - Blake Petit Jun 4, 2012

    This is a really weird comic, but its one I enjoyed greatly. I look forward to seeing where this story takes us. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Fanboy Buzz - TommyHancock Jun 1, 2012

    Bottom line(cause Stonecold said so): If you're a fan of dark humor, this comic is for you. I recommend it 150% for anyone who liked the movie Wristcutters: A Love Story(if you haven't seen it, check it out as well, btw). Be warned though(as if this doesn't pull you in more) $hit gets gruesome. It's certainly not death scene after death scene, but when they do happen, they happen HARD. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair Jun 2, 2012

    The illustrations, combined with the colors are very vivid, which gives the comic a dream-like & surreal feeling to it. I really dug the “Final Destination” horrific accidental deaths. Grant it, there was only two, but you have to admit they’re extremely gruesome and creative. Having this series as a monthly ongoing series would get tedious & repetitive , but as a mini-series, it works. I look forward to the next issue. From Image Comics. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey May 30, 2012

    [Full Disclosure: IGN Comics Editor Joey Esposito has a back-up story in this comic.] Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Bloody Disgusting - theSandman Jun 1, 2012

    The love part of the title happens at the end of the comic, where the narrator, whose name is Lou, meets a girl, Ella, who shares his curse. While he watches her narrowly avoid death, and saves her life once or twice, I began to think that this comic is based on the real life situation of two clumsy nerds falling in love and trying to bump uglies while all sorts of exaggerated shenanigans (like death) get in their way. Hopefully whatever the narrator is getting a second chance to do, won't just be losing his virginity to his similarly cursed love interest after one of their funerals. While I cant decide if that would be hilarious or disturbing, I'm going to keep reading because I can't see how a comic with this many graphic death scenes, and awesome cosmic death/rebirth via galactic monster scenes, could turn out to not have more awesome plot twists. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jorge Solis May 30, 2012

    "Grim Leaper" #1 is a different kind of romantic comedy where people end up being decapitated. Lou Collins hasn't made the most out of life, even after cheating death thirteen times. Lou has no intention of living a meaningful life until he meets Ella. Now that he has a reason to stay alive, death is always lurking around the corner. Kicking off to a great start, eager readers should not miss out on this four-part miniseries. You definitely want to stick around for Wiebe's great writing, and Santos' colorful artwork in "Grim Leaper." Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Grant McLaughlin Jun 3, 2012

    While there are some missteps along the way, on the whole Grim Leaper has a lot more good than bad. And when you consider the fact that you're getting 27 pages of comics (spread across the main and backup stories) for a scant $3.50, that's a deal that's well worth your attention. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal May 30, 2012

    This book is pretty generic. There are a ton of stories sourced for inspiration for it and the mystery surrounding the curse was talked about, but not established as an actual mystery. Right now there really is no mystery other than why these two people are killed so suddenly after taking over someone’s body, but it’s not very interesting. In fact the book just wasn’t interesting to me. I think a lot of people will still enjoy it though, but I wonder if the pacing continues as it did in this first issue just how long the series will last for. Read Full Review

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