Frostbite #1

Frostbite #1

Writer: Joshua Williamson Artist: Jason Shawn Alexander Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: September 28, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 8
8.3Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

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  Long after Earth has entered its second ice age, humanity has learned to cope with the frozen elements. In this cold and bleak future, heat is power, and brutal gangs roam the icy wasteland looking for it. If that wasn't enough, a terrible disease nicknamed "frostbite" is literally freezing people from the inside out. Once you catch it, the effect is instantaneous. There is no immunity, there is no cure.
Until now. Doctor Henry Bonham and his daughter Victoria have found the key to ending frostbite. If they can get from Mexico City to a secret government outpost in Alcatraz, they could stabilize life across the globe. But to do that they'll need to stay alive. That's where Keaton comes in. She and her crew have faced worse journeys before, but never with the potential consequences this one poses if they fail.
A new miniseries from acclaimed writer Joshua Williamson (The Flash: Rebirth; Nailbiter) and artist Jason Shawn Alexander (Empty Zone; BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY), FROSTBITE is a science-fiction action miniseries unlike any other.

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Nikki Sherman Sep 28, 2016

    Frostbite #1 is not to be missed. Every page is a finely-crafted piece of art, with the entire issue presenting as a well-oiled, emotional machine designed to provide entertainment at its finest. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Sep 28, 2016

    It's great to see Vertigo attracting some of the hot new talent that is working on with the smaller (if you consider Image Comics small) publishers. I'm overjoyed to see that Jason Shawn Alexander's work is gaining the recognition, and wider audience, it deserves. Frostbite is definitely worth the read, and while your at it, pick up Empty Zone as well. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Major Spoilers - Wayne Hall Sep 30, 2016

    This is a great time to jump on, so I highly recommend you find this debut issue. If there aren't any paper copies around, digital ones are easy to purchase and download. Don't miss it! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Sep 28, 2016

    This is a strong start to a series that feels more important than ever. The climate change element is pertinent mixed in with a gritty, violent, underworld feel. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Sep 28, 2016

    Williamson and Alexander have presented us with a world I want to learn more about. The characters have personalities and based on their actions, they're willing to take action that feels natural and justified. There's real emotion here which is something I'd expect in a world worn down. Frostbite feels like a series I want to spend the upcoming winter months (and beyond) with. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Horror Talk - James Ferguson Sep 28, 2016

    Frostbite offers a glimmer of hope in a world where most people's hearts have frozen over.  Is that enough to save the planet from its icy demise?  Are these people even worth saving at this point?  It presents a harsh, gritty reality where staying warm means staying alive.  Bundle up, kids and get ready for one helluva ride. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Sep 28, 2016

    After a bit of a shaky start, this first issue sinks its hooks in impressively, painting a rich, vibrant picture of a world on the brink of destruction, and a population doing whatever they have to in order to survive. Williamson is always at his best when hes allowed to gradually develop his own world, and in Frostbite, he may well have crafted one of his most impressive works to date. Raw, tense, violent and utterly chilling, Frostbite is a well-timed science fiction series with a razor-sharp edge. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Adam Brunell Sep 30, 2016

    The comic reads like a reverse Mad Max series, unlike Mad Max, everyone knows what caused the ice age. Instead of sand everywhere its ice and only the warmest survive. Heat is the most precious thing in this world, but you need money to buy it. Work is not easy to find, so it seems that you either take any job you can get or become a ruffian and steal whatever you want. The ending was perfect, I want to see what happens next and will definitely be grabbing issue #2. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    CourtOfNerds - Benjamin Raven Sep 28, 2016

    It's one hell of a start to the six-part Frostbite miniseries from Vertigo. Joshua Williamson gives us an apocalyptic world that doesn't feel repetitive, and Jason Shawn Alexander and Luis NTC create a world that makes the reader feel like he/she is part of the new Ice Age.  Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Sep 28, 2016

    Frostbite #1 really is a science-fiction action miniseries unlike any other. not one that you should sleep on because for a miniseries no time was wasted throwing us into the thick of this world and their problems. Williamson, Alexander and Luis NCT all understand that this is a miniseries as well, making sure that every flip of the page fleshed this story out more than the last. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Tony Farina Sep 28, 2016

    Contrarily, I am one of those people who loves Kafka and thinks Mr. Robot is the best show on TV. I am finewith a slow reveal. There is something going on here and I want to figure it out. I do not want to read the last page of the mystery novel first and neither should you. This is going to be a limited series and based on what I have seen so far, it is going to be worth your time. This is a great start to a series that has great potential. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Ray W Sep 28, 2016

    Frostbite #1 is an enjoyable read, and introduces some new elements in a world covered in ice. The art is phenomenal and the colors bring out the desolate world. If you're a fan of Joshua Williamson, Jason Shawn Alexander, or Luis NCT, you should check this title out. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    We The Nerdy - Josh McCullough Sep 28, 2016

    Overall though,Frostbiteis a solid debut to a book that has potential, though right now feels a little formulaic. Williamson is at his best when he plays with old tropes twisting them into new possibilities, and given how the issue ends I'm excited to see how things deviate from the norm as we go forward. Though right now, unfortunately nothing about this screams “must read”, though it is nicely solid if you're looking for a new sci fi book on your pull. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Doom Rocket - Molly Jane Kremer Sep 28, 2016

    With so much post-apocalyptean fiction to choose from, if you can look past the oft-reused trappings of Frostbite's genre, you'll find a character well-worth discovering, even if the landscape is one you've seen before. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Jeff Lake Sep 28, 2016

    Frostbite #1 is a familiar tale, but it's not a bad one, and ultimately it's the quality of work that will keep readers coming back. Joshua Williamson has a clear handle on his characters and his world, his many twists offsetting the equally numerous tropes. Jason Shawn Alexander and Luis NCT combine for a one-two punch of atmosphere and mood, their bleak setting and strong character work immediately engrossing. It's not a runaway hit, but it's a pretty cool read. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Sep 28, 2016

    The six-issue mini-series has a lot of promise, and even though there is a familiar set of characters already at play, it's a slickly-told version. Frostbite doesn't so much demand your attention as casually invite you in to sit by the fire for a while and warm your weary eyes. As one of the characters in the book notes, an artificial warmth is only noticeable when you step away from it, and this pilot doesn't yet give us much of an indication of whether there is true warmth to be had from the series. We think we know enough of this narrative to say that, for now at least, ice will suffice. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Chris Tresson Sep 28, 2016

    If you're into your post-apocalyptic stories, your science fiction and good art, I'd say this is a book for you. If you're tired of seeing that sort of thing, give it a miss. I for one like those kinds of stories, if they're done well. So far I'd say this book is on par with the other hundred books I've read from the same genre recently. The art is the only thing keeping it from dropping below a three of out five for me. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Gizmo Oct 5, 2016

    A bit lazy in explaining the science, but a cool concept. The art look good and fits the subject matter nicely, however this artist clearly has not lived in an extremely cold climate before, because nobody is wearing a hat or hood. You lose most of your body heat through your head, why would no one in the second ice age wear a hat?

  • 7.0
    Marvelrock Oct 6, 2016

    I usually prefer comic art to be more detailed and clear/defined, and would have preferred to see that here, but the often muddled and stylized art with frequent use of blues, greens and grays effectively creates a bleak and frigid mood that fits the story and setting very nicely. The issue starts off with a bit of a bang, slows down a lot in the middle and the abruptly takes off -- at times the pacing seemed slightly too slow and at another time is seemed a bit rushed. The story also isn't that intriguing yet, especially as it seems similar to plots we've seen before (i.e., the world has almost ended, but this one person can save it if they can just get this cure to this one place far away). That being said, the main character seems interesting, the mood really fits the story very well, and there is some good action/violence to keep things interesting. Everything considered, this is a good, but not great, first issue.

  • 9.0
    SwampyCA Oct 18, 2016

  • 8.5
    sebastianorellana95 Sep 28, 2016

  • 8.5
    abisaeee Sep 28, 2016

  • 8.0
    Veido Oct 2, 2016

  • 7.5
    jmprados Oct 9, 2016

  • 5.0
    stijlleben Sep 29, 2016

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