The Names #1

The Names #1

Writer: Peter Milligan Artist: Leandro Fernandez Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: September 3, 2014 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 3
7.0Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

New York City. Forty-year-old Kevin Walker is a successful trader. He's incredibly rich. He has a young, sexy wife and a son he adores. He has everything. Until...The mysterious man known as the Surgeon walks into Kevin's office. He takes a seat and tells Kevin to write a suicide note. Trembling but obedient, Kevin does what the Surgeon says. Then, at a word from this well-dressed figure, Kevin jumps out his window and falls fifty stories to his death.

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson Sep 3, 2014

    The first issue of The Names serves as an appetizer, a fleeting glimpse at a larger world and what seems poised to be a conspiracy with far-reaching implications. But most of all, it serves as an introduction to Katya Walker, a compelling and multi-layered protagonist who Im going to be watching with a great deal of interest as this series moves forward. Another hit from the folks at Vertigo, and a fantastically intriguing first chapter from Milligan. Well worth a look, folks. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Coming Up Comics - David Melton Sep 3, 2014

    Give this title a spin, you won't regret it. With only eight issues in the series, I feel it won't be letting up any time soon.Another strong title in the Vertigo lineup that has been giving us quite a year. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Sep 4, 2014

    "The Names" #1 has been billed as "Kill Bill" meets "Wall Street," but the first issue's plot defies comparison. No elevator pitch can do this story justice, as Milligan's gritty thriller grabs the readers while the story itself keeps them locked in. It's a gripping read from start to finish, giving readers just enough to latch on to. While the mystery of how Kevin Walker died is given to the reader from the start, the developments around it and the revelations yet to come are what will make the series memorable. Judging by what Milligan and Fernandez give to readers in "The Names" #1, there's going to be plenty of memorable moments yet to come in this story that is filled with credible characters and life-sized tragedy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Lindsey Morris Sep 4, 2014

    Overall, this is a great first issue, leaving readers engaged and wondering what secrets will be uncovered next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Sep 6, 2014

    "The Names" #1 is a solid debut. It doesn't give a lot of answers but with seven more issues this team can take its time telling us this story. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    IGN - Jeff Lake Sep 3, 2014

    Milligan does a nice job setting the tone and placing the players, moving them in convenient yet no less interesting ways. Some of the aggression does comes off as a bit gratuitous, but by and large Milligan's script is engrossing and will leave interest piqued for more. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Sep 3, 2014

    The Names #1 is a mini-series that shows potential. The premise and setup here are solid, and there's plenty of potential here for an enjoyable thriller with some more development of the characters and background. However, the narrative and storytelling is rushed in its first outing and the artwork may not be for everyone. I still definitely recommend giving this a look. This could be just what you are looking for. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    Multiversity Comics - Stephenson Ardern-Sodje Sep 5, 2014

    While the twin concepts of an evil corporation and a spurned lover on the warpath are hardly ground-breaking, Milligan and Fernandez have managed to breathe fresh life into their new venture and have concocted a stylish mixture of sexuality and hyper-violence that leaves the audience breathless by the end. This opening issue asks a lot of questions, but it remains to be seen if the answers the series provides will prove a payoff that a cutthroat capitalist would accept as a decent trade-off. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Sep 9, 2014

    The Names is a good comic. It's not a great one and it isn't one that feels too original but the issue is a good read. This is a series to keep your eye on. Whether you like single issues or collected editions from Vertigo I believe this series will be one you will want to own before it's all said and done. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comics Bulletin - Alex Gradet Sep 9, 2014

    The shadowy, hyperarticulate and shadowy did I mention shadowy bad guys dismiss her out of hand; this would read as bad-guy-hubris if it werent so consistent with the rest of the books dismissiveness toward Katya, especially when a mid-book side-plot turns her into literal, in-universe whack-material. Read Full Review

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