Big Thunder Mountain Railroad #1

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad #1

Writer: Dennis Hopeless Artist: Jean-Francois Beaulieu, Tigh Walker Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: March 25, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 2
7.4Critic Rating
7.2User Rating

•  Millions of fans have climbed aboard the "wildest ride in the wilderness"-and now Marvel hurtles you through the mists of time to reveal the never-before-told saga of how the dangerous gold mine of Big Thunder Mountain became the haunted legend it is today!
•  Malevolent mine owner Barnabas T. Bullion is determined to shelter his teen daughter Abigail from the dangers of the Wild West, but this brave young hero has other ideas...which include robbing her own father's mine as a masked bandit!

  • 9.4
    Graphic Policy - Edward Wendt Mar 25, 2015

    Of all the Disney rides expanded to a story elsewhere, this one has as much potential as Pirates of the Caribbean. Disney put a lot of resources into 2013's The Lone Ranger, but this single issue is proof that this focus should have been placed on a concept such as this one. As it stands, this is an exciting and fun issue from the very first panel and doesn't let up throughout, and promises a solid future of adapting theme park rides into stories, provided that the creative team thinks outside the box. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Mar 25, 2015

    This creative team has kicked off this series in a fun way and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad #1 appears to be in very good hands with Hopeless and Walker. The tone is great, the characters are charming and who doesn't like a good adventure? A safe comic to read with kids but certainly not just for kids, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad #1 is definitely worth a try – it's got a great Indiana-Jones-as-a-western-with-a-strong-female-lead vibe, and more comics like that are always a good thing! I'm in for more! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Mar 25, 2015

    It's not often we see comics set in the Old West these days. BIG THUNDER MOUNTAIN RAILROAD delivers what you would want in a Western comic. It may be an "all-ages" comic but there is no shortage on the action or suspense. We're introduced to some interesting characters that will continue to grow as the series progresses. Dennis Hopless is fleshing out a story based on a Disney Park attraction with plenty of pure adventure at its core. The art and color add to the charm as well. With an interesting twist and cliffhanger at the end, it's a safe bet you'll want to come back for the next issue. If you're looking for a fun book filled filled with action and adventure, you'll want to hop on board this series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Kevin Finnigan Mar 27, 2015

    A quick, fun comic that is a great example of how anyone can enjoy all-ages books Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Mar 30, 2015

    The opening scene sets expectations for "Big Thunder Mountain Railroad" #1. While everything could easily be a letdown after a mountainside explosion and the ensuing chaos, Hopeless and company give readers a little bit of mystery, some humor and plenty of suspense for the latest of the Disney Kingdoms line of adventures. The high concept of the ride could easily be reduced to black hats and white hats hosting a mountainside shootout, but Hopeless and crew are writing an adventure first and investigating the world around the black hats and white hats to find the most interesting bits to present in a comic that scratches the need-to-go-to-Disney itch for readers of all ages. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Brian Bannen Mar 30, 2015

    I hope Marvel goes against the grain in the future and provides more original and intriguing stories using Disney properties. The pieces are there, waiting to be utilized. They just need someone to take a chance. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Danny Wall Mar 28, 2015

    Pretty average stuff all around, which makes it hard to judge if it's worth it to keep up monthly. It's nice to see a period piece, with all the great opportunities for distinct backgrounds, costumes, and design, but the story and characters default to modern-day generic heroes and situations. Remember the target audience is younger than you are, and the lack of nuance will become understandable, but kids are pretty smart, and it would be nice to aim for at least a little complexity. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    supercoolyeah Mar 28, 2015

    I love that Disney is giving an new image to Big Thunder Mountain. The art and the lettering is crisp and it does deserve recognition. The flaw lies in the story. It's just feels used. It feels like we have been told versions of this story over and over again and it's not making for a captivating read. Hopefully the small cliff hanger leads to more excitement. Though in the end this is kinda of a snooze.

  • 8.0
    Juanpk26 Mar 25, 2015

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