Surface Tension #1

Surface Tension #1

Writer: Jay Gunn Artist: Jay Gunn Publisher: Titan Books Release Date: May 27, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12
7.6Critic Rating
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"We are all made of water"

Months after mysterious corals drew 99% of humanity into the sea, a band of survivors ekes out a hollow existence on a remote British island.

When two people are cast up on the beach, completely blue, but very much alive, the island is thrown into turmoil.

What caused the mass extinction event? How did these two return from the deep, when billions died? Most importantly, what is the coral, and what does it want with the Earth?

A timely ecological fable of a planet rebelling against its inhabitants - perfect for fans of The Walking Dead, The Day of the Triffids, and Invasion of the Body Snatchers - Surface Tension is a gorgeous adventure of unprecedented scope. The oceans have never seemed so threatening!

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - Tyler Sewell Mar 25, 2015

    Surface Tension provides an impressive debut for Jay Gunn as a first time creator. The concept is refreshingly original and Gunn fills the pages with lively art and wonderfully imaginative creations. As one of Titan's more anticipated series, Surface Tension certainly meets its expectations and then some. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Sushi - Peter Rodriguez May 19, 2015

    Jay Gunn shines in this debut issue with stunning illustrations, most notably the way he depicts the sea monsters and those with the sickness, and I was very pleased with his choice of colors. Surface Tension #1 shows all the signs of a hit series with great storytelling and just the right amount of creepiness. It's an enigmatic horror adventure that was both unexpected and profound with a relevant theme that perhaps seeks to teach humanity a lesson in the most frightening way. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall May 30, 2015

    Gunn really grabbed me with this over-sized 36 page debut issue. He pumps out a LOT of information but does so while keeping the story moving via some effective flashbacks that fill in critical details. And just when I thought I had a handle on they style of the story he hit me with an extremely unexpected final panel that grabbed me and has me anticipating where the story will take me in issue 2. I'll definitely be back for more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Feb 10, 2015

    Surface Tension is another creator owned series coming from Titan Comics this year, the other that I'm aware of is Scarlett Couture. I for one am interested to see where this series goes and hope that others will as well so that we can continue to see more creator owned series from Titan. More creator owned is a good thing, so if you're interested in this series then make sure you pre-order it before it releases in May. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson May 20, 2015

    Overall, Surface Tension lays out a truly intriguing premise in this first issue, introducing some of the key players and painting an impressive picture of creator Jay Gunns distinctive dystopian vision. Equal parts mystery, horror and human drama, this is a first issue that provides more questions than it does answers, but with the clear passion Gunn has for the project, Surface Tension looks poised to become something truly special as the story progresses. Jump in and get your feet wet before you end up missing out on what could be one of the sleeper hits of 2015. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Harrison Rawdin May 27, 2015

    Surface Tension #1 is smart science fiction kept strictly is a real world type of situation. That might sound like a really weird statement but that's the impression I'm left with when I closed this issue. The franchise creator gave us human characters in a terrible situation, and by the looks of things, it's only going to get more complicated from this point on. Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Jun 1, 2015

    Gunn’s lifelike artwork makes for a wonderfully oxymoronic science fiction piece. I haven’t read all too many Titan comic books lately, but I’m glad I picked this one up. Finally, something original. Sure the underlying idea has been used, a force that draws humans to one place or the other, but the context is all original. Four for you, Jay Gunn; you go, Jay Gunn (reference: Mean Girls). Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - soshillinois May 27, 2015

    Now the art itself on Surface Tension is great. While it does tread the line between sci-fi and horror, the book Is compiled of realistic characters even in the midst of all the madness piling up in this first issue. The cast has a great deal of variety both in terms of the voices there, as well as look, and personality. In addition, the locales that show up in the story allow it to distinguish itself from typical sci-fi fare. All in all Surface Tension is a great book to jump into if youre looking for a different kind of story to read on the stands. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Sacks Feb 24, 2015

    I'm sick to death of post-apocalyptic dramas, but Surface Tension cuts through my cynicism with a smartly-designed, highly detailed world. It also delivers a lot of drama, both interpersonal and with giant sea creatures eating people. It's high and low. It's an auspicious debut. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    Multiversity Comics - James Johnston May 28, 2015

    Another problem that just giving away what the coral towers are is that it just takes up so much space. As I mentioned earlier, no time is dedicated to any of Brieth's residents, save for an old lady whose job is to immediately ask Megumi for the 411. On one hand, yes the concept is incredibly cool and one i would want to show off too. On the other, there aren't any actual people developed enough to let the situation affect them. It kind of feels like the book is pitching itself to you as you read it. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills May 30, 2015

    Gunn has a pretty good idea in place, but his focus is too split in his attempts to tell as much story as possible in this over-sized first issue. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose May 26, 2015

    Ultimately, there are going to be people who are impressed with Gunn's environmental messages, as well as the sheer chutzpah he has welding them to the horror tropes of The Walking Dead. Even I'm impressed, on a conceptual level. But the execution of Surface Tension still leaves a little to be desired - which may be the kiss of death for this environmental comic, many of which often fall under the radar. Jay Gunn deserves plenty of praise for putting so much of himself into Surface Tension - here's hoping he can streamline his narrative in future issues, to really decide what kind of story he wants to tell his readers. Read Full Review

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