Effigy #1

Effigy #1

Writer: Tim Seeley Artist: Ryan Hill, Marley Zarcone Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: January 28, 2015 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 6
8.0Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

After a sex-tape scandal, former Hollywood child star turned Z-lister Chondra Jackson returns to her hometown of Effigy Mound, IL, to find a seemingly impossible crime - a fresh corpse in an ancient Indian burial site. Even weirder, the murder resembles a scene from an episode of her old TV show, Star Cop, a live-action children's show about a kid detective.

As Chondra starts to investigate, she stumbles upon a bizarre cult that worships celebrities as eternal effigies. And these cult members aren't just worshiping - they're also ritually sacrificing anyone who defies their veneration of the beautiful and famous. Chondra's probe takes her on a terrifying tour of burial mounds across the world, from Stonehenge to the Nazca Lines of Peru. But what is the link between the cult, Chondra's hometown, and her own bloodline? Will Chondra become the hero detective she played as a child...or is she in fact the cult's unwitting messiah?

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Loukas Feb 2, 2015

    This book must perform a balancing act that Dick Grayson, circus performer extraordinaire, would certainly appreciate. Seeley and Zarcone have chosen to set their story in an odd place and fill it with grotesques while keeping it supposedly in the real world. Effigy Mound is not the obviously imaginary Gotham, but as an exotic, if little-known, tourist trap it isn't an ordinary city, either. Similarly, the characters are bizarre, but not superheroes like the Bat Family. They are realistic, but not as normal as the characters of REVIVAL or, as far as their social setting and professional background go, even those of SUNDOWNERS. They are fascinating, but their strangeness could alienate very quickly. If Seeley and Zarcone can tell their serpentine story filled with shadows without losing their balance, they will have achieved a literary feat worthy of great praise. Worthy, indeed, of being cast in effigy. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Sushi - Paul Nolan Jan 28, 2015

    There is no way you could describe the comic book ‘Effigy' of being roughly made. You certainly won't want to burn it either. It one of those books you'll probably want to digest a few more times before the next issue hits too, just to soak in the atmosphere. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science - Daniel Stransky Feb 5, 2015

    While I openly sing Seeley's praises for the writing of this story I have to give the MVP award to Marley Zarcone. There aren't a lot of female writers and artists currently working on books for big name publisher's so whenever there is one you know there's a particular talent there. Seeing a book about a female character being drawn by a female character is a particularly good feeling as opposed to seeing a sexist and over-exagerated portrayal of the sex that often finds its way into comic books. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Overmental - Andrew Tran Dec 31, 2014

    This first issue pushes all the buttons a great first issue should: with scenes from Star Cops and Chondra's tarnished midlife, we're well-grounded in her character, and in Seeley's fascinating study on celebrity worship Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Feb 8, 2015

    This issue is all about the setup. Seeley and Zarcone are building a new world, populating it with characters, and setting up an intriguing story that will carry us along for many issues to come. The great success of this issue lies in making me care about the characters. Making me feel a reality in the world. Setting up a really interesting situation with some great hooks that are making me eager to come back for more next issue. This is the way to do a #1 issue and I will applaud the creators the best way I can, by giving them my loyalty as a reader and coming back again for issue 2. Another comic with a great female character in the lead role has been added to my “must read” list. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Jan 28, 2015

    Effigy #1 is a good enough start to this new series, featuring some solid setup and building up a potentially intriguing mystery to follow from here on out. The writing isn't bad and the artwork is easy on the eyes here. There are some problems that do hurt the book, like some strange storytelling parts, but overall, the comic was enjoyable. I look forward to seeing where the series goes from here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Jan 29, 2015

    “Effigy” #1 is a very solid debut that will be playing the long game. I couldn't be more excited for that. With solid artwork and very good characterization within the protagonist, the future of “Effigy” is very bright. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez Jan 29, 2015

    Effigy is a fresh, colorful neo-noir. Vertigo looks to have to another solid title in its stable. I highly recommend picking up this book and adding it to the pull-list. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Jan 30, 2015

    Tim Seeley has been on a real kick lately, between "Sundowners," "Revival," and his co-writing gigs on the Bat-books " and that kick continues here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Marykate Jasper Jan 30, 2015

    Though this long establishing shot of an issue isn't a riveting opener, the sureness and smartness of "Effigy"#1 are great signs for the series to come. Chondra Jackson looks like she'll be a complicated, compelling protagonist, and she's got an interesting world to explore. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comicosity - Matt Santori-Griffith Jan 28, 2015

    An interesting start to a book that could have great potential, particularly in giving Vertigo another fascinating female lead character, Effigy #1 does some really strong character work. Im left waiting for a bit more of the plot to hook me in issue #2. Knowing the pacing a lot of Vertigo titles take, Im pretty confident Ill get what I need to latch on soon enough. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    IGN - Jeff Lake Jan 29, 2015

    The book's final pages are more strange than intriguing, but there's enough mystery to the debut to merit a return look. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Matt Garza Jan 29, 2015

    As far as first issues go, this isn't one of Tim Seeley's strongest outings, but again, that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy reading it. While it's no Revival or even Grayson, it definitely has my curiosity. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    eVanDiesel Feb 22, 2015

    Hey! I've been to the serpent mound!

  • 8.5
    Slayer666 Feb 2, 2015

    Good first issue. The premise definitely piqued my interest. I will be following.

  • 7.0
    Gizmo Feb 4, 2015

    I like the characters, the humour, and the artwork. Tim Seeley obviously has a thing for female heroes, especially as cops, the child star angle is interesting as well. Essentially this boils down to a police procedural though, which I don't care for.

  • 4.0
    Synthozoid Feb 6, 2015

    Way too many ideas have been thrown together here. Sadly, it's a convoluted mess.

  • 9.0
    SwampyCA Feb 21, 2015

  • 8.0
    wooble89 Feb 1, 2015

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