Bodies #1

Bodies #1

Writer: Si Spencer Artist: Dean Ormston Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: July 30, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 10
8.5Critic Rating
7.0User Rating

VERTIGO brings you the miniseries of the summer, with four detectives, four time periods, and four dead bodies - all set in London. Edmond Hillinghead is an 1890s overachiever who's trying to solve a murder no one cares about while hiding his own secret. Karl Whiteman is our dashing 1940s adventurer with a shocking past. Shahara Hasan is 2014's kickass female Detective Sergeant, who walks the line between religion and power. And Maplewood, an amnesiac from post-apocalyptic 2050, brings a haunting perspective to it all. Si Spencer (HELLBLAZER: CITY OF DEMONS, THE VINYL UNDERGROUND) executes a centuries-spanning murder mystery like nothing you've ever seen before, with four sensational artists illustrating a six-page chapter in each issue: Dean Ormston, Phil Winslade, Meghan Hetrick and Tula Lotay.

  • 10
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III Jul 30, 2014

    Bodies #1 is exactly the kind of book that one would want and expect from Vertigo. Nothing is ever what it seems to be at first within the pages of a Vertigo book and Bodies #1 is a perfect crystallization of that mentality. We have an seemingly impossible murder than spans decades along with a group of detectives, a few of which may be hiding things from everyone, including themselves, as well as hints toward a wide spread conspiracy and a looming event that may or may not be the end of the world as we know it. Bodies #1 aims to be a great many things, but above all, it is a wildly engrossing debut issue to what very well could be one of this year's top works from Vertigo. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Jul 30, 2014

    This is an enjoyable detective yarn because it captures the essence of each timeline very well. It's like reading 4 different detective stories, but they're all uncovering the same mystery. Very cool and very unique. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Rhymes With Geek - Nikki Sherman Jul 31, 2014

    Spencer and co. have something spectacular going on here. With eight issues in the mini-series, and six pages per story each issue, we'll essentially have two issues for four amazing stories telling one master narrative. Like something of an extended anthology, I can hardly wait to see where Spencer and his merry band of artists have in store for the audience. Though the story has barely unfolded, I'm intrigued enough to continue along, and hope you will too. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Coming Up Comics - David Melton Jul 30, 2014

    A brilliant debut for this mini-series that I'm already impatiently waiting for more of. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Aug 3, 2014

    Even if it's not always clear what's going on, the amount of care and thought going into this unusual narrative is obvious. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Jul 30, 2014

    Bodies #1 is a very strong debut. There's a great mystery here and characters that readers can get behind. Even better, time is being taken to set the stage. There are hints dropped throughout the first issue but Spencer creates a script that makes you desire issue two almost immediately after reading this issue. Bodies is a book with a ton of promise and I will certainly return for issue two and beyond. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski Aug 1, 2014

    "Bodies" can be a number of things for the reader: a strong mystery story, a collection of individual stories (each one nearly as interesting as the next), or a deeply interconnected web of intrigue that exists for the reader to unlock. Whatever the case, "Bodies" certainly deserves to have eyes put on it. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Tres Dean Jul 31, 2014

    Of all the debuts out this Wednesday, Bodies is one of the ones you'll be kicking yourself for not picking up if you miss it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Chris Wilson Aug 1, 2014

    I hate to compare or make statements like this, but I think Bodies could possibly be the next Wake. Once I finished I had the same feeling I did after the first issue of Wake. I cant wait to read more and Ive no idea where this will go. Vertigo is well known for trying new things and Bodies #1 is no exception. The concept, storytelling and brilliant use of multiple artists make this one book to keep your eye on. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Aug 2, 2014

    Speaking of Maplewood, while the core mystery in this comic is clearly who is killing these people in a particularly brutal way and how s/he is doing it over the course of 160 years of British history (and future), I'm much more intrigued about what has marred the UK in 2050 and what caused Maplewood's trouble with memory and language. It might be the population has been stricken with some kind of affliction affecting cerebral function, or perhaps Maplewood is some kind of Omega Woman who's gone insane. I don't know, but I honestly want to find out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    PopMatters - Gregory L. Reece Aug 5, 2014

    It is a strange story that Si Spencer introduces in Bodies #1. The tale is organized and structured, but it is still very strange. Six pages by artist Meghan Hetrick tell of the body found in London today; six pages by artist Dean Ormston tell of the body found in Victorian England; six pages by artist Tula Lotay show us where the body is yet to be; six pages by Phil Winslade return us, not quite so far this time, into the body's past, into a world at war. The artists match the feel of the times; their work embodies London present, London future, London past. They allow Spencer's written corpus to take on flesh, like the Word itself. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Chase Magnett Aug 6, 2014

    With such a great range of storytelling styles, Bodies #1 is an excellent showcase for artists. Spurrier has written a comic that has very little room to set up four interesting stories. So the artists involved are tasked with carrying the story forward and hook readers on this high concept. The assembled artistic team does so admirably and no one contribution is greater than that of Lee Loughridge. He is capable of discerning the unique needs of the story and art in each plot, enhancing the work and drawing forth the most important elements. In doing this he not only proves his importance to this one endeavor, but the incredible value colorists can add to every comics page. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Meagan Damore Aug 1, 2014

    Under Si Spencer and one hell of an art team, "Bodies" #1 marks a strong debut for these creators. They make the most out of the graphic medium with a vast array of style; between the writing and the artwork, "Bodies" is an elaborate dance through genre, space and time. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - David Vieira Aug 5, 2014

    It is the first issue but the promise of a tale that will give us more confusion before ending with an amazing coherent conclusion is there. If you're wanting something different to read without worrying about committing to long running series, Bodies #1 has the capacity to be just that. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Synthozoid Aug 3, 2014

    Nothing really wrong with it, but I'm not interested enough to buy #2.

  • 6.0
    coby Aug 2, 2014

    Coby's Top 5 Comic of the Week

    I think I mostly like this one for the concept: different artists drawing the different time periods in which the same murder happens in London. The future is the most interesting, with some sort of journalist finding the body, and everyone there has been so inundated with information overload they've all forgotten how to think and speak clearly. I'm really interested to see where Bodies goes from here.

  • 6.0
    Gizmo Aug 6, 2014

    I suppose I shouldn't have picked this up to begin with, considering I'm not much of a murder mystery fan. Other than the ridiculousness of an officer stripping off riot gear and proceeding with forensic investigation, the comic is well made. The art looks good and the characters have unique voices and speech patterns. In the end though, it's really just four people finding four bodies and that's it. Obviously more will happen in the next issues, but I don't think I have the patience for it.

  • 1.5
    SirJames Jun 24, 2015

    (SPOILER ALERT) Great premise, decent art, I love period comics, so I was definitely interested, however, it turns into a total homosexual comic at one point later in the series, it goes full scale homo in certain issues. Don't waste your time if you don't care to see men screw each other. I found myself skipping large portions or storylines of the comic, and finally not caring at all about it towards issue 8. you've been warned.

  • 9.5
    4thofnovember Jul 31, 2014

  • 9.0
    Brandon Tindle Aug 1, 2014

  • 8.0
    mrDovydas Aug 1, 2014

  • 8.0
    SwampyCA Feb 7, 2015

  • 7.5
    JayBee Jan 10, 2015

  • 7.0
    Nick Nov 18, 2014

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