The Circle #1

The Circle #1

Writer: Damon Clark Artist: Alyzia Zherno Publisher: Action Lab Comics Release Date: December 7, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 5 User Reviews: 1
9.0Critic Rating
10User Rating

After his mother dies, Christian, a teenage boy, moves to Shell bay with his single father only to be bullied as the new kid at school. He finds friendship with the "Weird" kids and unknowingly joins them in an occult ritual that allows a darkness to possess each of them. Through the help of his gypsy neighbor, Christian will learn that the only way he can reverse the ritual is by killing off his circle of friends before they kill him or before the darkness takes over his soul. One by one he will face them all, and in the end he will have to make the hardest decision of his young life.

  • 10
    Pop Culture HQ - Jason Bennett Jan 18, 2017

    THE CIRCLE has an aesthetically-pleasing design and layout. The panels are atypical but that adds to the appeal of the book and I wouldn't want it any other way. For everything you get in-between the pages of THE CIRCLE, in either and both of the first two issues, it's remarkablethat this three-person creative team put together what would seemingly require the hands of at least 5 or 6 exceptional creators. If you think about it, perhaps that's their winning formula: Clark, Zherno, and Zen each do the work of two people, thus completing their circle. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Kittie Pop Nov 3, 2016

    Overall, I like this story and I do hope to read more of it. It's interesting and unique, and the world Damon has written for us is one I hope to be able to live in for a good while. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Slackjaw Punks - Iron Squid Dec 7, 2016

    Action Lab Comics, although only six years old, should hold The Circle in high regards as one of the best independent reads I have read this year. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Broken Infinite - Frank Rodriguez Dec 4, 2016

    The Circle # 1 is an opening chapter to what may lead to a bunch of horrible things happen. Clark and Zherno spend the issue world building and character development and make it work to their advantage. Readers learn to care about Christian, his feelings and his struggle, immediately feeling invested and, even to varying degrees, empathize. Zherno's work might not be for the average comic book reader, but will get won over by the unique, atmospheric style. Clark's writing is exquisite here, making a damn near perfect first issue with his writing alone. Readers can look forward to the Circle spinning around and round … till they stop spinning. Solid first issue Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Dec 21, 2016

    'The Circle' shows a lot of promise. Clark invests a lot of time in presenting his characters with the care and respect they deserve. Zherno displays a quirky art style that fits the story well. It's an easy new title to get lost into and appreciate. The best part? The darker elements of the story are right around the corner. Now would be a great time to get on board with 'The Circle.' Read Full Review

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