Nameless #1

Nameless #1

Writer: Grant Morrison Artist: Chris Burnham Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: February 4, 2015 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 38 User Reviews: 27
8.0Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

An astronomer kills his family, then himself, leaving a cryptic warning.
A Veiled Lady hunts her victims through human nightmares.
An occult hustler known only as 'Nameless' is recruited by a consortium of billionaire futurists for a desperate mission.
And the malevolent asteroid Xibalba spins closer on a collision course with Earth.
But nothing is what it seems-a terrifying inhuman experiment is about to begin.
Abandon all hope and experience ultimate horror in NAMELESS.

  • 10
    We The Nerdy - Justin Micallef Jan 26, 2015

    This is a book that fights hard for your money. Even though Morrison and Burnham are superstars in their own right and in a myriad of others, they are still hungry. Nameless is a series that deserves all of the dollars you spent on it. For our sakes (and the sake of the cosmos), drop whatever overpriced $5.00 comic from the biggest publishers you were going to pick the week this is released and buy this instead. I promise you it is completely worth it. Morrison and Burnham do as well. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Bloody Disgusting - Eric Switzer Feb 4, 2015

    "Nameless" isn't for everyone. It is not passive reading, it requires time and investment. This is the kind of dense, literary stuff that I wish everyone was reading more of. I'm tempted to call it your vegetables, but its not a chore to read. I guess its the whole meal: steak, potatoes, whiskey, and some alien looking veggies you can't quite figure out. But they're fucking delicious. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Brett I Feb 5, 2015

    On the whole, this issue might be one of the most re readable first issues Ive ever encountered. Having already read it three times, I can assure you that each read will shed new light on this work, which is incredibly engaging and off the wall. I need issue two, right now. Read Full Review

  • 9.9
    Multiversity Comics - Keith Dooley Jan 15, 2015

    Any issue that haunts your thoughts and challenges your perceptions through breathtaking writing, art, and colors deserves to be deemed a paragon of perfection. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin Feb 3, 2015

    Nameless is yet another strange entry from writer Grant Morrison, and though it may be hard to follow at times, it's well worth the effort. Being tantalisingly mysterious, and exciting from start to finish, this is most certainly a must have. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Coming Up Comics - Timothy Merritt Feb 4, 2015

    I still don't know exactly what this book is, but I know you need to buy it. Immediately. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    The Latest Pull - Marcus Orchard Feb 3, 2015

    What makes "Nameless #1" so great is how pure it feels as a comic book. The writing and art come together perfectly, with every page creating beautiful examples of storytelling and art coming in harmony. There are plenty of believable characters, and they are all complemented with gorgeous art. This is a smart comic book and one of the best debuts of the year (so far). Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Doom Rocket - Molly Jane Kremer Feb 9, 2015

    Nameless also showcases Morrison's superb knack for writing a gorgeous turn of phrase. Within the sparse but eloquent narration, lines like "" now it's January and the morning air's bitter with the smoke of fallen fireworks" remind us that despite so much emphasis on his (sometimes batty) concepts, storytelling, and world-building, we forget the man is also a wordsmith of the highest order as well. (Some people just have all the luck, don't they?) Nameless is a welcome addition to Image's (already massive) roster of brilliant comics. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Matt Petras Feb 6, 2015

    Like a lot of Morrisons work, Nameless will leave many frustrated after just a single read. Anyone inclined to challenge themselves with potentially poignant fiction will realize just how special this first issue is, though. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Feb 9, 2015

    If I were to have a misguided rubric for reviewing comics, the most points would definitely go to novelty. Many's the time when an otherwise unremarkably executed comic stayed on my pull list for ages just because it offered something different to a market full of reiterations of the same handful of plots. That's my attraction to Morrison, who's always original even when he's blatantly riffing off established works. You can only imagine the result when he's writing something purely of his own conception. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Jan 16, 2015

    There's a lot to focus on and love in "Nameless" #1, and I suspect that -- with each new issue to follow -- going back and re-reading this first one will just prove to be stronger. For now, though, it's really good. In the context of the rest of the mini-series, it has the potential to be excellent. We're just examining the tip of the iceberg and, so far, it feels like there might be a diamond at its center. "Nameless" #1 is an impressive and attention-grabbing debut. Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - Chase Magnett Jan 22, 2015

    When you combine the talents of Morrison, Burnham, and Fairbairn, what you are left with is magic. Its primal and raw, certainly not pretty, but undeniably powerful. They have stuffed the pages of Nameless with ideas and meaning, building a story that is constructed like clockwork, but still breathes and moves like a living thing. It is instinctive and intellectual, merging feeling and meaning into a story that challenges your mind while thrilling your senses. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Nikki Sherman Feb 3, 2015

    So, you may not know what's happening, but that's what multiple read-throughs are for, right? If you're on the fence about this issue, just remember that Morrison works in mysterious ways. Allmight be revealed in issues to come, making these first issues all the more enlightening to read, and read again. And with that art? You truly can't go wrong. Just remember the words of Nameless: nothing is real. But, you what? This book is real good. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Feb 4, 2015

    “Nameless”is a series you need to add to your pull list immediately. This debut features classic Morrison mind trips with an art team that just can't be beat. It's a complex and exciting issue that people will be talking about quite a lot this month. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Overmental - Andrew Tran Feb 4, 2015

    The book closes with a rescue from Nameless' clandestine clients, who inform him of the current doomsday scenario and enlist him in an effort to avert it. It looks like the next issue is headed to the dark side of the moon, undoubtedly to do battle with whatever amphibious, outsider entities dwell there, and all I can say is that it's good to be back into a Morrison book. How I've missed the scent of fishmen and sandalwood. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Lost Lighthouse - thelostlighthouse Feb 5, 2015

    This was solid, high-concept sci-fi from a team who excel at thegenre. I can't wait to see how Namelessdevelopsandwhat other characters will be part of the team trying to save the planet on the dark side of the moon, find out what the crazy cult killings mean and how the door to the anti-universe figures into it all. Pick this up at your LCS or digital comics platform. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - James Ristig Oct 10, 2015

    Nameless is a good start to an insane world Morrison is trying to create. Part Lovecraft and part Alien, this comic doesn't disappoint in the horror and the suspense. The gore is heavily on display, which is Burnham's personal style and makes the comic a creepy read. I wouldn't say Nameless is scary, but it definitely unnerves you as it shows off alien slime monsters and fish people. The story keeps you interested in the main character of Nameless, and the mood of the story keeps you on edge about what is real and what is just a dream. If you can stomach Burnham's gore, definitely give this one a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Adam Cadmon Feb 7, 2015

    I have little doubt that this book won't appeal to everybody, and that's perfectly fine. Those that it does appeal to will absolutely be dedicated enough to decipher the cryptic symbolism and hang with the book through its run. So, if you found this issue a little hard to digest, have no fear; or have a healthy amount of fear. Whatever. I'm going to keep reading and I suggest you do likewise. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Travis Moody Feb 10, 2015

    Nameless is still the Morrison we all knew before, dreaded, and couldn't stop reading. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comix I Read - Boris Roberto Aguilar Feb 5, 2015

    Grant Morrison is one of the best storytellers around today. His work really makes a person think about what they are reading. NAMELESS is no different. This comic book is really well crafted and you know that you will get your moneys worth. While this series feels confusing right off the bat, you can begin seeing the foundation of what Grant Morrison wants to build. The re-readability of this comic book was very high and you may want to read this a couple times before making your final verdict. This comic book may not be for everyone but for those who are familiar with Grant Morrison's work, you will surely enjoy this book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Kalem Lalonde Feb 3, 2015

    Nameless #1 brings the great quality you would expect from a comic by Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham. We’re introduced a typically complex and confusing plot, through the eyes of a fantastic protagonist. Though I have my issues with this book, I am already invested in this story and haven’t questioned once whether I should purchase the second issue. Grant Morrison is on to something here and I don’t doubt that with each coming issue, I will appreciate the full story more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Scott Cederlund Feb 3, 2015

    It may take a reading or two to decipher but this is really one of Morrison's least convoluted stories. Since he can let Burnham do a lot of the heavy, psychedelic maneuvering, Morrison's plot in this issue is one that can be easily boiled down to one or two snappy lines, but that doesn't make it any less exciting than Morrison's best reality-bending stories. It even allows him to include lines like "Welcome to the real world," and it works perfectly as Burnham effortlessly shifts you from one reality to another and you need to be grounded by Morrison's words. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBuzz - ChrisG Feb 4, 2015

    This is a mind bending epic that holds great promise. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Feb 4, 2015

    The debut to NAMELESS is a bit out there and some of its concepts are a tough swallow at times, but it's a solid start to a series. There's a lot to love about this book and the first issue is intriguing. However, it almost feels like the reader is jumping into the middle of an arc of another book and things could be explained a bit better. This is obviously something that will read a lot better in trade. However, it's a solid issue to read and reread again and the visuals in this issue are stunning and memorable. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Garry Mac Feb 4, 2015

    As with much of Morrisons work, the full impact of the book wont be felt until were at least a couple of issues in, but all in all, this feels like the opening salvo of a short, small creator-owned project that could be massive, and will likely be with us long after its issue count is done. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Front Towards Gamer - Lido Feb 7, 2015

    Namelessis a great example of just how different a simple concept can become in the hands of the right creator. Instead of grounding the dream aspect in the human element, they exist more as commentary on the comic's own weirdness. Morrison uses dreams here not as a malleable recreation of the real world, but as an expression of how easily the tightly structured rules and definitions of our reality can slip their boundaries and blend.A great parallel toNameless's connection to its own genre, Nameless seamlessly bleeds across multiple tropes and ephemera without so much as a second thought. It's a great meditation on how much genre is an oxymoronic concept, applying limits and restrictions to what a story can or can't do based solely on arbitrary metrics. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comicosity - Matt Santori-Griffith Feb 2, 2015

    If youre looking for a visceral experience of dream and fantasy on the printed page, look no further than Nameless #1. Burnham and Fairbairn are delivering like youve never seen them do before. But just dont come in expecting questions to the answers Morrison is laying out here. I think, for me anyway, too much of the genius (and there is genuine genius behind this title) never reaches the page itself. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    Major Spoilers - Chris Wilson Feb 11, 2015

    Nameless #1 shoves you into the deep in of Morrison's crazy too quickly, leaving a bit of a sourness that distracts from the sweet. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Buccaneer Book Reviews - Have-A-Peg Pete Feb 9, 2015

    As if the title and cover of this new series wasn't ominous enough, this first issue does more than enough to sustain an enigmatic aura around Grant Morrison's newest adventure. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Feb 5, 2015

    The intriguing premise is filled with shadow groups, significant symbols, dream logic, and space travel to save a dying planet, but there is a lot going on for a first issue. It's difficult to follow at times, but for now they must be considered puzzle pieces for a greater whole. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Brian Reed Feb 18, 2015

    This isn't a series I would follow. If you asked me about the story, I'd say it has some promise, and the art may not be my thing, but I would admit it takes talent, but the book is just missing that thing that holds my attention. Just like the cursing quota, this book feels like it was designed by committee to sell well, instead of by passionate artists who have a story they have to tell or they'll go mad. It'll probably do well, but I almost wish it wouldn't. I wish books that felt like art, even inferior art, sold well, and books that feel like products weren't best-sellers again and again. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Nerds Unchained - Nate Tieman Feb 5, 2015

    Nameless is not my favorite Grant Morrison story (not yet, at least), but it has potential. The plot is poised to move into the sci-fi territory Morrison explores so well, assuming the book doesn't get lost in the dreamy half-prose that Morrison likes to indulge in. It's a little too unwelcoming for readers looking for an easy, fun comic, but (like most of Grant Morrison's work) the dedicated reader will find a payoff that, while not life-changing, should guarantee the purchase of the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Feb 7, 2015

    Nameless is a decent launch. It has a lot going for it with the big name creators, the Image banner and the three dollar price tag. However, they all can't be winners. This one gets out of the gate with a decent read but nothing that hasn't been seen before in other incarnations with slight tweaks here and there. I liked the first issue and will probably stick with this for one more to see where it is heading. I recommend this to the Morrison fans or the fans of the horror genre but that's about it. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez Feb 3, 2015

    This title will definitely be an acquired taste; Morrison fans will feel right at home. My recommendation is waiting until a few issues are out and binge on them. Hopefully, that will help readers become more enthralled withthe storyline. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Feb 4, 2015

    I enjoyed the art and the last third of the story hooked me to try at least one more issue, but be warned that the majority of this issue was extremely tough to follow, at least for me. I'm not ashamed to say that this is another Morrison book where I'll head online to try and find a web-site that will help me make sense of it. That's a requirement that most casual readers won't and, it could be argued shouldn't, have to meet. Based on my respect for the two creators involved I'll be back for #2, but I'm hoping that I'm better able to follow along and appreciate the story. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Overmental - Matt Overstreet Feb 5, 2015

    Still, though, it's a bit hard to grasp as a whole, and while I happened to like this brand of wacky bizzaro writing and the gritty art, it's difficult for me to really recommend it to people. If you've never read a Grant Morrison comic before, I'm not sure this is the best place to start, and if you have read a Grant Morrison comic before, you've probably already read something similar. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    AiPT! - AiPT! Feb 4, 2015

    Not really. Everyone on our team found it perplexing and difficult to get through which screams, “not reader friendly.” Given, Morrison has written his fair share of complicated, easter egg filled stories, but overall this wasn't the best way to start. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - James Anders II Feb 4, 2015

    With all that said, I still put a recommendation for Nameless at least for one more issue to see where things may go. I think Morrison and Burnham just had a little misfire with #1 and I am not quite ready to throw the whole series out the door as of yet. Let's see where we go from here. As far as openings go however, this one just doesn't quite match up to where it needs to be. Like Nameless, it is trapped somewhere in the natural and the supernatural. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    myconius Feb 11, 2016

    an interesting introduction to the series, even if it is WAY too abstract to tell what in the hell is exactly going on??? ....... i get that Grant is trying to introduce an unsettling dream-like quality, but you have to give the reader more to sink their teeth into to want to come back for more. .... the art is beautiful! .... there are some wonderfully haunting moments, as well as some absolutely gorgeous panels illustrated by Chris Burnham. ........ one thing i must say is this issue really is a testament to just how much Chris Burnham has progressed as an artist!!! ..... some of the panels within are absolutely gorgeous!!!!

  • 9.0
    stijlleben Jul 5, 2015

    fantastic script and even more fantastic art by burnham. what a debut!

  • 8.5
    Norman Bates Apr 17, 2015

    The first issue from one of the years most anticipated releases, featured mindboggling detailed illustrations, coupled to a story that was an incomprehensible hallucinogenic. Hey, It’s Grant Morrison, what did you expect? It takes several readings to make “some” sense of it, and thankfully an exposition heavy second half offers a bit of clarity. At the very least it stood out as a super-freak fest, both daring and different.

  • 8.0
    TomSQUAREy Mar 17, 2015

    A slow but interesting start

  • 7.5
    Cosmic Ray Feb 4, 2015

    Great art. A bit difficult to grasp the story direction though. Better on a second read.

  • 7.5
    Soyner Feb 5, 2015

    Not bad but just a little too "out there" for my taste. Has potential but issue #1 wasn't the killer story I was hoping for.

  • 7.5
    DarioV Feb 6, 2015

    Never expect something linear and perfectly understandable at first by Grant Morrison. "Nameless"#1 is an odd book with an even odder pacing and quite hard to follow (although not so much actually), but leaves me with the interest to know how it will unravel, and that is absolutely something good. The art is somewhat "grainy" but what really sold me this comic, artistically speaking, was the panel layout, easy to read and yet ingenious. So, the good ingredients are right there, we'll see if the creative team will use them right.

  • 7.5
    mrDovydas Feb 8, 2015

    What the hell was this.

  • 6.5
    nlindsay Jun 18, 2015

    About as far away from Batman Inc as the creators could get - which is fine. The story was difficult to understand and did not pull me in - which is not. Burnham's art saves it. Morrison has to cut back on the deliberate ambiguity and spend more time planning his narratives. He used to be meticulous but this is getting ridiculous.

  • 4.0
    Synthozoid Feb 13, 2015

    Great art, script might as well have been a transcription of the phone book.

  • 1.0
    JBL Reviews Feb 7, 2015

    I get tired of the "not reader friendly" "I'm smarter than you" comics. I just can't do them.

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