Postal #1

Postal #1

Writer: Matt Hawkins, Bryan Hill Artist: Isaac Goodhart Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: February 4, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 6
7.4Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

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The townsfolk of Eden, Wyoming wake up to the first official murder the town has seen in 25 years. Their reaction to this isn't normal, and there's a reason for that. Eden operates as a haven for fugitive criminals who remain here while new identities, often including facial reconstruction, are created for them. There is zero tolerance for any illegal activity that might draw attention to the town and an "official murder" is the last thing they want. A single, tight-knit family runs Eden with the youngest oddball son Mark Shiffron overseeing the postal branch, the only means of shipping in or out of the city. THE FBI has repeatedly been foiled trying to insert an undercover here; they see Mark as the weak link to exploit. This murder gives them a new opportunity.

  • 10
    All-Comic - Jeremy Matcho Feb 3, 2015

    Postal is a book that took me by surprise and really wowed me. The writing is incredibly interesting and well done. The art and colors are very fitting for the book and make it much more enjoyable. This is a book that needs to be read by anyone who likes good stories! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Graphic Policy - Edward Wendt Feb 4, 2015

    Everything about this story makes sense. The setting is unique, the perspective is unconventional and the characterizations are mostly completely complementary to the story. The issue reads fast because it is so engaging, and the writers are capable of making characters that are easily to empathize with from the get go. While the series might be heading in some dark directions which are hard to see from here, there is very little wrong with this first issue, and is one of the strongest lead-ins to a new story that the medium has seen in a while. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Feb 3, 2015

    A very strong protagonist drives a premise that holds a lot of potential in what is turning out to be an addictive mystery. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Feb 5, 2015

    All in all, this is an intriguing first issue that bears further watching. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Travis Greschner Feb 9, 2015

    I definitely recommend picking this one up because it's the start of something bigger, if not just to peak your own curiosity. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    We The Nerdy - Joel Raivid Feb 3, 2015

    The only problem I have with this issue was the art, it just didnt particularly compel me. It felt fairly bog standard for a story that is very mysterious and could have served the story better having a more freeflow rather than the rigidness that is currently on offer. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Ben Penfold-Marwick Feb 3, 2015

    Postal #1 does a lot within its 30 pages. While the premise of a town of criminals isn't quite fleshed out just yet, the characters within are very well established, especially Mark (a nod to Haddon perhaps). The issue feels like Twin Peaks, Copland, and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time thrown in a blender, but accompanied by Goodhart's excellent visual storytelling, it becomes its own beast. The title is so ominous, 'postal' referring to when a post office worker who becomes crazy and kills everyone, and after getting to know Mark the postman, it's unimaginable how he could hurt anyone, let alone kill them. Is this series going to slowly turn the caring man into a psychopath? I, for one, am keen to keep reading and find out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Aaron Halverson Feb 4, 2015

    The writing on this is phenomenal, the art compliments it very well and the tone is consistent. They took something that is associated with mindless violence and extreme controversy and turned it into something smart and interesting. The whole thing has a very Twin Peaks feel with mystery layered upon mystery and stocked full of colorful characters. I'm really looking forward to the next one. I'd recommend going out of your way to check this out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Capeless Crusader - Josh Epstein Feb 3, 2015

    Postal might seem on its surface like a simple "whodunnit" tale, but that is almost assuredly not the case. The very nature of the setting and the murky pasts of the characters who make up the cast of Postal make it a certainty that the title has a lot more to reveal in future issues. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Feb 13, 2015

    While this book isn't going to be everyone's cup of tea, it was a solid “win” for me in my search each month for comics that feel and read different from every other comic I'm reading. This didn't feel similar to any of the other 140 or so current series I'm reading and as such will be really easy for me to keep straight in my mind without blurring into any others (a concern I have that is probably fairly unique to me). But for any other reader, I'd recommend it as a solid read with a lot of well-written and very unique characters.And if you don't speak French, I'd recommend using Google translate on The Chef's dialogue. A little thing, but I thought it was a hoot. I'll be back to follow along with the investigation as well as getting to know more about the inhabitants of Eden. Postal #1 delivered exactly the what I was looking for in a #1; just the right amount of setup, an array of characters I want to get to know better, and a killer hook on the final page. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Coming Up Comics - David Melton Feb 2, 2015

    Pick this title up as it promises a lot of mystery, action, and strong characters. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Feb 4, 2015

    Postal #1 has all the makings of a dynamic thrill-ride. And despite the outing following an upfront path there's plenty of room for further intrigue down the road. With compelling dialogue and a capable protagonist this book earns a recommendation. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Peter Schmeiser Feb 25, 2015

    Im sure the various layers of Postal will peel back and this story will unveil itself. As it stands, the only summary I can offer of Postal is its a story of a man who delivers the mail and accidentally solves crimes. Hopefully issue two will move along a little quicker. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Neil McCulloch Feb 7, 2015

    A good concept that has great potential but not enough out of the gate to warrant running out for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Matt Little Feb 5, 2015

    The concept for this series has legs and, though the title belies a different type of action, I'm curious to learn more about Mark Shiffron, who looks to become an investigator as much as a postal worker. There are a lot of threads that could be tugged here and kudos to the team for building a postal code interesting enough to warrant a revisit. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Latest Pull - Chris Green Feb 5, 2015

    This issue felt like too much exposition on characters and settings I didn't care about. While I understand that first issues are all about introductions, this issue did nothing to make me interested in the story it wanted to tell. Perhaps later on this comic will pick up, but just going off this issue, I can't say I care to follow the series. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Project-Nerd - Paul Jan 26, 2015

    Overall, I got a very Tom Sawyer with Aspergers vibe from this book. It felt similar to Image's Copperhead in some ways but without all of the sci-fi dressing. I hope it finds an audience and can deliver on its potential. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Big Comic Page - Sam Graven Feb 3, 2015

    I had high hopes for this. As a mystery, though, it doesnt draw me in; as an offering from Image, it leaves me disappointed. A swing and a miss. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Soyner Feb 4, 2015

    Wasn't sure about this one at first but at the end it kind of left me with a "True Detective" meets "The Leftovers" vibe. Better than expected.

  • 8.0
    Cosmic Ray Feb 4, 2015

    Didn't hate it but I like a bit more amazingness in my comics.

  • 8.0
    Synthozoid Feb 6, 2015

    The guy with Asperger's rocks. Can the story just be about him and not the high concept "small town for villains" premise?

  • 8.0
    Howard Mar 10, 2015

    Very well written and I love the artwork . I'm hooked already, Can't wait for next issue!!!

  • 4.5
    Thomas Feb 26, 2015

    Sorry people but no, they fucked up with the autism thing. In the files in the back of the issue it says that his IQ is under 70. So he is does not have Asperger Autism. Asperger people are insanely intelligent or their intelligence is comparable to the norm. There are other forms of autism where the people have a low IQ but not with Asperger. DO YOUR RESEARCH. Other than that nothing special about that issue.

  • 10
    Matt Feb 4, 2015

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