The Covenant #1

The Covenant #1

Writer: Rob Liefeld Artist: Matt Horak Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: June 3, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 1
5.5Critic Rating
6.5User Rating

In ancient times there was no weapon more devastating than The Ark of The Covenant, containing a power that collapsed enemy nations and destroyed hostile invaders. The Philistine army, led by General Thane, seeks to crush the Israelites as they populate the surrounding territories. A bold move on the field of battle robs the Israelites of their mythical weapon, empowering their most deadly enemy. A young priest, Samuel, determines to steal back the Ark and assembled a group of mercenaries to aid him in the most daring raid in history. An untold tale of the Bible that shifted the balance of power in history.

  • 8.3
    Florida Geek Scene - Bryce Osceola Jun 10, 2015

    If one is a fan of biblical themes and different takes on stories involving religious scriptures, then this comic will definitely please. The organization of this comic is somewhat confusing, with jumps to different points in time. The artwork is very pleasing, with details of ancient cities and displays of the Ark's incredible destructive power. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Dan Leicht Jun 4, 2015

    An ample supply of characters and story make for a loaded first issue forRob Liefeld's The Covenant #1. Preparations are being made for an all out war to erupt, one that will surely help with your Spartacus void (you ever thought of trying Hulu?) Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Mario Jun 6, 2015

    Interesting concept for a new series, looking forward to see more of the title. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jun 2, 2015

    I went into the first issue expecting one thing, and came out of it surprised. While it isn't totally my cup of tea as far as setting or story, it's much better than I expected, and I'm sure it'll find a devoted audience. If you're a Liefeld fan, or a fan of biblical stories, this is one you'll probably want to check out. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Jun 10, 2015

    Despite some missing uniformity, this book follows a good storyline that is both interesting and attention-grabbing. It does seem to mimic some of the movies about the same general premise and art forms in the past few years, but who ever said that’s a bad thing? If it works, flaunt it! If you can’t get this book right away, it’s okay, but do keep an eye out for any interesting developments to come. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Big Comic Page - Cat McGlinn Jun 3, 2015

    The Covenant, for me, is a bit Marmite: you will either love it or you will hate it. If you are a fan of biblical tales and a bit of sword and sandals action then this is definitely the comic for you. If not then you should still give it a go. You never know. God does work in mysterious ways.. Read Full Review

  • 4.7
    Multiversity Comics - James Johnston Jun 4, 2015

    No seriously. Rob Liefeld, if you are reading this: please redraw the entirety of the First Testament. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jun 4, 2015

    Liefeld is surprisingly restrained in this opening chapter, focusing less on action and more on exploring the world and the rival Hebrew and Philistine factions. Unfortunately, that approach results in a generally dull comic. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Jun 4, 2015

    The Covenant #1 is boring. There's nothing wrong with the premise or what the story wants to do, but every other little thing about the comic is either badly written, poorly executed, or incredibly dull. If you want to read a Biblical epic, like this seems to want to be, I'm sure there are better options out there even ignoring the actual Bible. This though? Not really worth your time ultimately and it's best left skipped. Read Full Review

  • 3.8
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny Hughes Jun 2, 2015

    Overall I am not fussed by this book. The various elements combine to create something that I am not entirely sure I am comfortable with. The tensions of the real world and with the role that religions play in such conflict, I am not sure that a book depicting a fictionalized version of biblical characters serves to soothe these but rather exploit people's views. I may by looking into the impact of the book too much, but either way, the book fails to grab my interest and as for Ark stories, I think I will stick to Raiders. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Jun 8, 2015

    The Covenant isn't an offensively bad comic book - it's just an unrefined one. Horak's art feels amateurish at some points, and that's not particularly encouraging. Liefeld's scripting is utilitarian and dull. The sum of those parts is a boring book that stands out against Image's other offerings because it lacks the imagination and flair that those books possess. The concept at the title's core is somewhat interesting - the Ark is a compelling artifact on it's own and a biblical heist sounds like fun - but Liefeld and Horak aren't able to fully realize the concept in this issue. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Jun 8, 2015

    I appreciate that Liefeld wanted a historical epic comic book, and it's nice that he, Hovak and Image Comics were willing to give it a try. Unfortunately, their ambition has outreached their skills; it's just not clicking, either in writing or in art. It's a good idea, but the execution sadly lets it down. Read Full Review

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