Imperial #1

Imperial #1

Writer: Steven T. Seagle Artist: Marc Dos Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: August 6, 2014 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 3
6.7Critic Rating
6.2User Rating

Mark is two weeks out from making the biggest decision of his life. But which big decision will it be? Taking the ring of the woman of his dreams and becoming a married man? Or taking the crown of the world's only superhero and becoming the next Imperial? STEVEN T. SEAGLE (THE RED DIARY/ THE RE[A]D DIARY, Genius, it's a bird...) teams with MARK DOS SANTOS  for a buddy book with commitment issues.  

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Aug 9, 2014

    This is a nice start to a series that's both easy to read and full of promise. The story opens on the inside cover and thirty pages later wraps up on the inside of the back cover. Seagle and Dos Santos are not creating an entirely new idea or premise so far, but they're taking their time and trying to perfect a premise we've seen plenty of times before. It's a fun book that made me laugh and feel good, with an ending that shows there's also something darker on the horizon. Imperial looks as though it's combining a lot of the feelings and emotions that I like to see in stories and characters and I can't wait to read more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Aug 5, 2014

    This is a good introduction issue to a premise that's bound to make you chuckle. It's also intriguing because the main character is so damn boring you can't imagine him ever deserving a comic, which is the allure of this series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Gregg Katzman Aug 6, 2014

    IMPERIAL has a very familiar concept: "average joe" faces a surreal and larger than life duty. Whether your every day kind of person can rise to the occasion and become a hero is something we've seen time and time again across countless superhero stories, but IMPERIAL has enough charm and personality to capture your interest and definitely has a ton of fun with the common premise. I'll absolutely stick around to see where this goes next and it's looking like this title has opened the door to a whole lot of interesting character development. Let's hope it delivers on that potential! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Jeff Lake Aug 7, 2014

    Imperial is a fun time from start to finish, Seagle and Dos Santos combining for a number of entertaining moments. What's best, the creators appear to know exactly the kind of book they're trying to create, nicely balancing the irreverent with the heartfelt. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Capeless Crusader - Dave Buesing Aug 7, 2014

    The solicits for Imperial label it a, “superhero comedy”, which is a bit misleading. This isn't laugh-out-loud funny material ala Sex Criminals. That said, it's an incredibly fun and pleasant book to read. There's a lot of strong characterization for a first issue, the plot is easy to follow, and the book is taking a look at how comics can come between you and marriage. Ok, I may be inserting my issues into the thematic resonance there, but Imperial is good, fun, comic book entertainment worth a shot. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Anastasia Olashaya-grill Aug 8, 2014

    A quick read, Imperial has promise. With a few more issues in its repertoire, Imperial could really come into its own as a, well" it's isn't exactly clear. Coming-of-age tale? Origin story? Miles-as-new-Spidey set up? Either way, only the surface has been scratched, so I'm super (hah, pun) curious to see what direction Seagle and Dos Santos have in mind for Mark. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Rhymes With Geek - Wesley Messer Aug 7, 2014

    So far Imperial is off to a good start. With every issue that's there, there's so much more to love in the process. The kind of the series that's rough around the edges yet you find you end up liking it; that's Imperial to me. There's likable characters, cool story possibilities, and so much here you want to sink your teeth into it. Far from a perfect comic meal though yet with the right seasonings; it'll be a fine meal indeed. Imperial is a cute story that if you're looking for something new, give it a shot. A solid new release that has a lot of room to grow. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Aug 9, 2014

    Overall, the first issue is good. It doesn't quite jump out to me, especially due to the fact there's numerous series out there right now with a similar plot. But, there's more than enough there to get me to come back and see where it goes from here. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Aug 9, 2014

    Imperial is an interesting book. While you can find a ton of other books out there that provide super heroes as seen through a creator-owned set of eyes this one is slightly different. This comic has a charming lead character that feels like he's been plucked from your local comic book store. This is one to watch. Read Full Review

  • 6.9
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Marco Piva-Dittrich Aug 16, 2014

    A pretty good start for this new series - let's see where it goes from here. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    8CN - Matt Overstreet Aug 6, 2014

    Overall, the book is fine, but it's hard to say if I'd recommend it to readers, or if I did, who exactly I'd recommend it to. It's a fun little adventure, but I'm sure with some digging you could find some similar stories, although I don't know if they'd be as well executed. Still, it's an awfully specific niche thatImperial is trying to fill, and for me, as much fun as it is, I can't say that's one niche I'm particularly interested in. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Ian Stephen Aug 6, 2014

    Imperial started off a bit clunky but it really picks up halfway through and by the last page you can't help but want to know what happens next. When there are so many creator owned comics out there doing their own versions of superheroes it's going to be hard for Imperial to stand out. Hopefully it will keep its playful tone while still keeping its serious moments authentic. Never try to judge a series by its first issue because it usually takes two to really set the stage. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Meagan Damore Aug 8, 2014

    Like its protagonist, "Imperial" #1 is painfully mediocre. Although the issue has some solid artwork, Seagle and Dos Santos reiterate an old story without any pizzazz. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Word Of The Nerd - William Aug 8, 2014

    Look at the talent" art AND writing" in any of the other Image titles I mentioned in the beginning of this rant. It burns with originality and intensity. It fits the vibrant story lines and the unique characters. It pops with excitement and flair and each title makes me" seriously MAKES ME" anticipate the next installment. Imperial did not. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Multiversity Comics - Sam LeBas Aug 8, 2014

    The shallow narration, light contents and simplistic art make this book feel a little adolescent. The theme, dealing with commitment issues, is geared more toward adults, but the intended audience may be a little smarter than this title gives them credit for. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Edward Aug 5, 2014

    In short, there's a lot of tidying up to do. The script has potential and the lines and inks are solid. If the team improves the color and tightens up the writing, this could be a fun series but, for now, I have reservations. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    The Weekly Crisis - CeeJay Aug 13, 2014

    The art is fine " serviceable's the word. The settings are well realized and detailed and the figures are okay. There's just nothing very stylized about it and from the premise and the humor base that the issue sets up, it seems like a book like this would lend itself to some stylization. All in all, Imperial was a quick, inoffensive read that could show a lot of promise going forward. Here's hoping it'll pull an Invincible (start off fairly vanilla and go batshit). Read Full Review

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