Vertigo Quarterly: Cyan #1

Vertigo Quarterly: Cyan #1

7.4Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

The four colors that are the basis of comics coloring serve as the jumping-off point for creators to push the boundaries of short graphic fiction in the new VERTIGO QUARTERLY: CMYK series. Starting with stunningly simple, bold covers, CMYK will defy all conventions of traditional comics anthologies. The unifying color could suggest a mood, a plot point, a coloring technique limited only by the imagination of the fantastic creators weve lined up. And starting with CYAN, we have tales by some of the best talents in comics a whos who of creative minds. Jock, Fabio Moon, James Tynion IV, Robert Rodi, Shaun Simon, Amy Chu, Joe Keatinge, Cris Peter, Tony Akins and more will take on the challenge of telling compelling stories that scream cool blue. VERTIGO QUARTERLY: CMYK will continue through 2014 with MAGENTA in summer, YELLOW in fall and finally BLACK in winter. Be prepared to see color as only Vertigo can deliver!

  • 9.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Lonnie Nadler Apr 30, 2014

    VQ: CYAN treats us to nine gluttonous tales of murder, depression, betrayal, taboo, self-loathing, failure, heartbreak, lovesickness, and psychosis. I think this anthology is what Sir Elton was talking about when he sang, I guess thats why they call it the blues. This is Cyan. And Cyan is letting your demons come out to frolic. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Infinite Comix - Chase Magnett May 1, 2014

    If the same level of talent is involved with future issues of CMYK, then the series may be in a position to steal the Eisner from Dark Horse Presents in 2015. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Apr 30, 2014

    All-in-all, VERTIGO QUARTERLY: CYAN is a success. This book feels like more of a book for Vertigo fans, rather than an anthology anyone can pick up, but it was still an excellent read. The biggest problem folks may have is the $8 cover price; however, there's a whole lot of story within this book, but those who are pinching their pennies may be turned off by the price. Only one of the stories within was a task to read, everything else, including Tynion's "Once Upon the End of Time," was fantastic. Give this issue a shot. You may end up loving it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geeked Out Nation - CJ Yudelson May 3, 2014

    Overall there is not much wrong with this comic except its steep price for an anthology comic of medium length. It is great that Vertigo is still pushing the boundaries in comics by releasing something like this with the faith that it will sell by committing to 3 more installments in their CMYK quarterly line. Hopefully in next quarters "Magenta" issue we see more play with the thematic elements of color but as of now, Cyan was a good start to this new anthology series keeping short form story telling alive and well at Vertigo Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen May 5, 2014

    Tonally a little flat and not quite as exciting as previous Vertigo showcases, but still a well-crafted offering nonetheless. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Multiversity Comics - Zach Wilkerson May 1, 2014

    “Vertigo Quarterly: Cyan” is an incredibly impressive debut for the new anthology. While the theme doesn't quite hold, and the production isn't quite as strong as it should be, there's quite a lot to enjoy in these pages. DC doesn't do projects like this very often, and it's refreshing to see such a niche labor of love hit the stands. Come for the names you know and love, stay for the new creators you'll fall in love with. With nine diverse and enjoyable stories, you're sure to find something that strikes your fancy. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Nerds Unchained - Connor Frigon May 3, 2014

    The stories in Vertigo Quarterly: Cyan waver in some points, but there are a number of standouts to make this a good read. With all the discussions happening online, and in the Warner offices, hopefully Vertigo will learn from their mistakes and be more involved with their colorists when Magenta rolls around this summer. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Tres Dean May 1, 2014

    Some excellent work from Jock, Joe Keatinge, and Fabio Moon make this anthology well worth picking up, even if the other pieces fall a bit short. But at the end of the day, Vertigo Quarterly is a great indicator of the new direction this publisher is taking. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Lindsey Morris May 1, 2014

    Definitely worth a read through, but with such a hefty price tag, it might be wise to wait for the entire collected anthology rather than springing for individual issues. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Justin Giampaoli May 6, 2014

    I'm not sure if it was the difficulty in finding an emotional connection in just a few quick pages or what the deal was, but with the exception of Shaun Simon's killer opener, the pieces were all totally forgettable the second you were done reading them. Read Full Review

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