Hyperion #1

Hyperion #1

Writer: Chuck Wendig Artist: Nicole Virella Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: March 23, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 10
6.6Critic Rating
7.1User Rating

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Or is he? The high-powered hero is hiding in plain sight, driving a truck across the U.S. to learn about the country he has adopted. Along the way, he picks up a lone runaway named Doll, who has more baggage than he anticipated. Doll is in danger, chased by a pack of freaks and lunatics known as THE CARNIES. Will Hyperion reveal himself to save her? Maybe! Will he use a tractor trailer as a baseball bat? Probably!
Rated T+

  • 9.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Mar 25, 2016

    This is an amazing start to a great series. I have a lot of questions that I’m sure Wendig will answer in subsequent issues. I’m excited to take this journey of self-discovery with Hyperion and if you are, too, keep reading to see what happens! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Plug - Ed Frost Mar 24, 2016

    This was a great first issue for one of Marvel's newer characters that is very interesting and a lot of potential. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Graphic Policy - Karcossa Mar 29, 2016

    With Hyperion being yet another character deposited in "our"Marvel Universe after the events of Secret Wars, and this is another comic about a character new to the world after theirs was destroyed, and this is one of the better first issues I've read since Marvel's latest renumbering happened. I'm not going to fully commit just yet, however, so I'll probably check out another issue before adding this to the pull list indefinitely. Although if the consistency keeps up that's an inevitability at this point. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Mar 28, 2016

    An intriguing start to Hyperion's first solo adventures, with strong art and story that has much potential... Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Joey Edsall Mar 28, 2016

    While writing this, I found it difficult to use the name Hyperion and not Marc. This intense focus on characterizing the person and not the hero is a strength that I hope carries through the series. The dynamic of Marc and Doll is such that if this issue had none of the action sequences it has, I would still recommend it based on the moments they share in the truck alone. It suffers a little from a common first-issue ailment of forcing the premise it wants without much set-up, but ultimately that can be overlooked for the strong material that is present. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Mar 24, 2016

    The main problem is Wendig's decision to keep the title character at a distance, instead framing the issue from the perspective of a teenage runaway named Doll. Hyperion himself becomes almost incidental to the story, which, despite a blatant Mad Max homage late in the game, doesn't really pack the scope necessary for a hero of Hyperion's stature. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Mar 24, 2016

    And while Doll might turn out to be America's sweetheart, that's not the book I'm being sold. At a time when DC's Superman books have been anything but traditional, Marvel had a chance to do their own version of Superman. Instead, they've chosen to focus on a character most reminiscent of Fenix from “B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth,” but strip her of her powers and urgency. Doll is a damsel in distress, and Hyperion is her knight in shining armor. And while that might turn in a good story, it doesn't seem to be delivering a great one. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comicosity - Doug Zawisza Mar 25, 2016

    Hyperion #1 doesn't closely align with James Robinson's Squadron Supreme, but it also does nothing to contradict it. I expected a spinoff to be a little tighter to the mother title, but that's just not the case. That said, there are good things present in Hyperion #1, like Virella and colorist Romulo Fajardo's collaboration on the more mundane aspects of the tale, Virella's drawings in Doll's dream sequence, and the unpredictability of the tale itself. Unfortunately, Hyperion #1 needs a little more Hyperion in order to keep readers hooked in. I'll give it another couple issues to hook me, just based on my enjoyment of Squadron Supreme, but Wendig and crew are really going to have to wow me in those issues. Read Full Review

  • 6.4
    Comicsverse - Dennis Mui Mar 25, 2016

    HYPERION #1 leaves many questions unanswered, which make for a solid first issue. In future issues, it looks like we will get deeper into Doll's story. Hopefully, we find out who is running the carnival and why they want Doll back so badly. In this issue, Doll only explains that she is a sort of mechanic for them, but her role seems to be more important than this impies. Also, I look forward to seeing the relationship between Hyperion and Doll evolve if he ends up helping her beyond fighting her battle for her. How far will he go to help her? We'll have to wait until HYPERION #2 to find out! Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Nerds Unchained - Jeremy Radick Mar 24, 2016

    I'll admit it is kind of novel for a book featuring such an omnipotent main character to take a subdued, down to earth approach. But as a premiere issue, the tack they're trying seems to scuttle a great opportunityto get new readers excited about Hyperion. If they want to keep the book going, the creative team is going to have to find a more compelling hook to hang the series on, or put more effort into defining Marc as an engaging central protagonist. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Jessica Petrecz Mar 24, 2016

    This first issue does a good job setting the story up to deliver an okay arc about a not so well-known character. Hyperion has been given so many varying story lines over the years, but he has never been a consistent presence in the Marvel Universe. It is nice to see Wendig going for a more human approach to the character that will hopefully endear him to fans, old and new. Honestly, the team needs to back away from the similarities to Superman, like the laser vision and the attempting to connect to the mid-west regions on the country. Hyperion needs to be established as his own character and develop trains and relationships that set him apart and endear him to readers. This series does deserve a few more issues to build the story arc and develop the characters into a hopefully great story. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Mar 26, 2016

    Overall, I think this first issue is taking Hyperion in a direction that doesn't capitalize on his strengths, but may appeal to readers who have no past experience with the character. Not knowing he's Marvel's riff on Superman may allow them to get to know him before the more "Super” qualities are revealed. Personally, I'm not sure how long I'll stay around to find out if he doesn't start living up to his potential as a character. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Mar 28, 2016

    Colorist Romulo Fajardo Jr.'s work is noticeable, but at times for the wrong reasons, due to some occasional inconsistencies; one of the very first pages is an unwelcome distraction, as Hyperion's civilian work boots change color from one panel to the next. It's a minor and forgivable lapse, but it's indicative of the overall feel of "Hyperion" #1: it reads like a passable filler story, but little else. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Newsarama - Jake Baumgart Mar 24, 2016

    Although it isn't time to give up the ship, Hyperion #1 really starts things off at a disadvantage. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    darkfire369 Mar 24, 2016

    Really good start. Interested in seeing Hyperion, who's very powerful, dealing with villains who aren't as strong as him but could be dangerous in other ways. Hope this series keeps up.

  • 6.5
    Gizmo Mar 28, 2016

    The solo title nobody asked for turns out to be not bad so far. But how does this kid know who he is and where he would be? Hopefully it's explained later.

  • 6.0
    BrightestDaycare.com Mar 31, 2016

    I don't know much about Hyperion outside the few issues I've read of squadron supreme and his second tier involvement in Hickman's Avengers run, so this book was a shot in the dark for me. Surprisingly, it wasn't as interesting as I thought it would be to read a Superman analogue story from marvel, but this issue focuses less on Hyperion, and more on his "finding himself" and this new character, Doll. I like the art a lot and the story was decent, it just needed to grab me more for a first issue. I read through this, waiting for something to happen with Doll’s “is he? Isn’t he?” of whether or not this trucker she met is actually hyperion, or the fact that he got smashed against the hood of a car and the engine block to be enough to convince a woman who works for a carnival of monstrous baddies that IF he survives that, he is the real deal. Maybe I just missed the point of this issue, it just didn’t grab me, and I think that was enough for me to drop off after this first issue.

  • 9.0
    Szack23 Mar 31, 2016

  • 7.5
    BBzdick May 27, 2016

  • 7.5
    DXO Jul 28, 2016

  • 7.0
    Destraction Mar 23, 2016

  • 7.0
    JBL Reviews Mar 26, 2016

  • 7.0
    Juanpk26 Mar 26, 2016

  • 4.5
    EggMath Apr 20, 2016

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