The Auteur #1

The Auteur #1

Writer: Rick Spears Artist: James Callahan Publisher: Oni Press Release Date: March 5, 2014 Cover Price: $5.00 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 1
8.6Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

Fresh off the biggest bomb in Hollywood history, disgraced and desperate producer Nathan T. Rex enters a downward spiral of drugs and depravity in a quest to resurrect his career and save his soul. Over budget and behind schedule on the latest installment of the horror franchise, PRESIDENTS DAY, T. Rex is backed into a corner by bad publicity, a crap project, and a jerk studio exec, but finds salvation at a strip club by huffing glue, and a chance encounter with cable news. Welcome to the most deranged, notorious, and hilarious comic of 2014! We apologize in advance.

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Steve Paugh Oct 16, 2013

    The Auteur is self-reflexive, turning a mirror not only on the creative process, but the public consumption of that end result. It knows full-well that most people will view it very much like a movie called Death Fist: with derision, passing judgement and indefinable distaste. And that's just fine by me. Read Full Review

  • 10
    AiPT! - Sam Roche Mar 5, 2014

    I am actively excited for the next issue of The Auteur. It's an incredibly fun comic and I just want more. I have no idea how the story will continue and grows more grotesque, but I'll be eagerly awaiting each installment. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Fortress of Solitude - Byron Hendricks Mar 6, 2014

    This series is definitely not one for the kids; it is a gory trip into the mind of a Hollywood great. Well, he is great in his mind and that is exactly what makes Rex bearable as his actions certainly do not. The Auteur offers the imagination that many titles do not have on offer. Unlike the mainstream titles that survive on name alone, this comic is trying to create its own name and it looks like Rick Spears has had his very own epiphany in the form of the Auteur #1. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski Mar 6, 2014

    We endlessly praised “Shaolin Cowboy” earlier this year for its artistically studious and indulgent approach to staging a hyper violent fight sequence with great detail, humor, and vitality. “The Auteur” carries that same spirit with it, though much more is thrown at the wall. While “Shaolin Cowboy” was delivering basically one thing, in a variety of ways, “The Auteur” is grabbing stuff from every corner of its creators' unwieldily minds to entertain you. “The Auteur” is perfect for fans of entirely original, entirely uninhibited, independently minded comics that play by their own rules and nobody else's. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Oct 9, 2013

    "The Auteur" is not for everyone, but then, alternative offerings never are. Anyone with a disdain for the mainstream, or even those just looking for something totally different, will find satisfaction here. The ongoing series is scheduled to begin next March, but "The Auteur: Premature Release Edition" #1 premieres this weekend at New York Comic-Con. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Kyle Overkill Mar 3, 2014

    The Auteur from Rick Spears, James Callahan, and Luigi Anderson is the type of comic the industries needs more of. Nathan states " We must be bold, be brave, and be amazing" and that is exactly what The Auteur is. The Auteur showcases a comic that can be funny, over the top, violent, but also incredible well made. The art is striking, the writing is slick and colors are psychedelic. The Auteur may not present ideas that will change your life but it sure will make your life my enjoyable. The next time you see someone passed out with a boner, make sure to place an issue of The Auteur gentle a top it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Brendan McGuirk Mar 4, 2014

    There's a lot of promise to this first issue. Everything from Rex to the take on L.A. to the frontal-lobe-attacking imagery is so wildly unpredictable that setting an expectation for the story feels pointless. It's ultra-engaging on a visual level. I wasn't sure if I was imagining a Nicktoons-y, Klasky Csupo quality to Callahan and Anderson's work until I saw what I'm sure was Reptar in a crowd shot, when the association cemented itself. The colors are vibrant, the character work is as funny as the situations, and the storytelling is clear. There's a lot of conversation around hackery in the story, but this one is utterly cohesive. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Ian Stephen Mar 5, 2014

    There really aren't a lot of madcap series out right now that are doing what The Auteur is pulling off. Even though comparing one series to another is considered taboo, while reading this first issue you can't help but see a lot of similarities to Chew. Both are off-the-wall concepts that balance both drama and humor while delivering an intense art style with a vivid color palette. This was a good start for The Auteur and based on this first issue it seems like this will be a fun series to follow that just might become the cult classic that Hollywood producer T. Rex has been looking for. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Culture Mass - Joshua Eubanks Dec 31, 1969

    From beginning to end, The Auteur is one gonzo comic book. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Major Spoilers - Ashley Victoria Robinson Mar 6, 2014

    Everything from the writing to the art of Auteur #1 wants to be Transmetropolitan, but something about this story misses the fun of that Warren Ellis/Darick Roberston series. If you dont mind a series that goes so far beyond homage it is very nearly pastiche and offensive phrases employed just for the fun of it then Auteur #1 might be for you, but I wouldnt recommend it to most people. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Gizmo Jun 5, 2014

    Lots of arrogant humor and drug trip outs. This looks like some raunchy fun! The after notes come off pretty arrogant too though.

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