King #1

King #1

Writer: Joshua Hale Fialkov Artist: Bernard Chang Publisher: Jet City Comics Release Date: August 5, 2015 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 9
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From critically acclaimed writer Joshua Hale Fialkov (I, Vampire) and superstar artists Bernard Chang and Marcelo Maiolo (Green Lantern Corps) comes a post-apocalyptic Conan the Barbarian as directed by Sam Raimi circa Army of Darkness.

King just wants what anybody wants: not to get fired, eaten, or forced to mate with a cheetah lady. As Earth's sole human survivor after the apocalypse, life among Los Angeles' strange, new populace ain't easy. Working for the LA Department of Reclamation, King gets a lot of crappy jobs going on quests and searching for artifacts from the "old world," which can range from the mythical (Excalibur!) to the absurd (an iPod Shuffle). The work commute can be a real pain in the asphalt, the 405 freeway is filled with mutants, monsters, mayhem and tentacled Elder Gods. And that's all before you hit the horrors of the San Fernando Valley.
As the world's freakish inhabitants battle for supremacy, King searches for the "s

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Aug 19, 2015

    The opening installment here is one that serves more as travelogue than anything else in a sense but it does it well to give us a feel for the kind of diverse and crazy world that exists. There's some light touches on what happened and my craving for some real backstory is always a problem with me so that makes part of this book difficult. King as a character sets his tone well but doesn't give us much to chew on with who he is outside of a few light references. It's a crap job he has but he's the only one to do it in this world where everything has just gone in a terrible direction. I'm not sure what t make of the story yet because there isn't too much of one here yet outside of "find the life seed" that he starts off on. But what helps to make it quite enjoyable beyond that is the artwork from Bernard Chang. There's just such a sense of freedom about it and incredible detail that's enhanced by the coloring job done that you just want to pore over the book for that alone. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Aug 20, 2015

    I'm not sure what the publishing plan is for "King," but Fialkov, Chang, Maiolo and Bennett have given me enough with "King" #1 to know I want more. My familiarity with the character is only twenty-two pages deep, but Fialkov constructs a believably reactionary survivor in a world every bit as bizarre as anything in "Secret Wars" or "Convergence," minus all of the history and license-driven restrictions. This is a brand new world where anything can happen and Fialkov, Chang, Maiolo and Bennett are just the team to make it happen. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Jordan Calhoun Sep 3, 2015

    Overall, this isn't the type of title I would typically pull from the shelves, but that would be my own mistake because King has the potential to be really fun. It has a lot to juggle between immense world building, character development, and plot exposition, but if it can pull it off this should be a great series. Not to mention it has a Person of Color leading as the last human alive. That alone deserves my cash. Read Full Review

  • 7.1
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Aug 26, 2015

    Regardless, once you find your way into the story, it is a fun, odd, and funny book. I would like to see more about King and his family/past, but I can't imagine the book won't go there soon. Until it does, I just hope to get a lasagna joke next month. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Jeff Lake Aug 13, 2015

    King #1 is undoubtedly fun, filled to the brim with wild set pieces and anthropomorphic action. It also feels a bit out of control, the overarching narrative unfolding in fits and spurts. Joshua Hale Fialkov and Bernard Chang make for a promising pair, but as of now the book's big means better philosophy hasn't quite fulfilled on its promise. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Aug 18, 2015

    There are some seriously awe-striking moments in King, and the basic premise is unquestionably a lot of fun. So while it feels complete weird to say this in relation to a book that has a bruiser of a leather-bound biker duck and pterodactyl in a Lakers jersey, there's still a vague sense that we've been down part of this road before. Fialkov and his terrific art team have defined the parameters of this strange future world, and what they do with it next will be of particular interest. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Dan Pennacchia Aug 13, 2015

    With a curious premise and a decent ending teaser, it will certainly be fun to follow this series as it progresses. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Nerdophiles - Sam Wildman Aug 29, 2015

    All in all, I'm interested in seeing how the rest of the book plays out. If nothing else it'll be interesting to see what's going on with King and his sister Queen. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Sep 7, 2015

    Overall I wanted to like the story more than I did. I found it to be pretty average and maybe even a little below that. While the art was a bright part of the comic, the story had too many obvious references and annoyances to really enjoy and get into. I would be curious about the second issue, but I would have very low expectations for it. If you want to support a new comic series, I can't really recommend this one. Read Full Review

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