Betrothed #1
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Betrothed #1

Writer: Sean Lewis Artist: Steve Uy Publisher: Aftershock Comics Release Date: March 14, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 1
7.0Critic Rating
6.5User Rating

Welcome to the world of Betrothed! Kieron and Tamara are both seniors at the same high school. They've never paid much attention to each other, even though they are the only kids at school who are orphans. On the eve of their eighteenth birthdays, they discover a lifelong secret: in a dimension far away, they are each the leader of an army that is at war with one another... and what's more, when they turn eighteen, they're to be Betrothed or Fight to the Death! From writer Sean Lewis (The Few) and artist Steve Uy (Uncanny X-Men, Avengers Initiative, Grumpy Cat) comes a sci-fi series with a fun mix of Archie and , that had to be told at AfterShock! more

  • 9.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Mar 14, 2018

    This is a strong opener for me and it could make for one hell of a run and is the kind of thing that instantly feels like it needs to be done in multiple mediums from the get-go. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    We Talk Podcasts - Brett Monro Mar 2, 2018

    Even if I wasnt sold on the story after reading the majority of this comic (which I was), the ending of the issue was more than enough to make me a fanboy. Its a fun concept, with interesting characters and a huge universe to grow into. The sky is the limit based on Betrothed #1 and I hope they keep pushing their boundaries and continue giving us a great comic story. Betrothed #1 is an excellent read, and I definitely recommend it for fans of Saga, which is pretty high praise indeed. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    411Mania - Stephen Gustafson Feb 22, 2018

    I'll admit I'm not the biggest sci-fi fan but this book had a great mix of action, intrigue, and a host of engaging characters. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Watch - John Jack Feb 26, 2018

    Cool start to what promises to be an interesting series, I'll definitely be picking this up come March 14th, it'll be one to watch I'm sure. If the future covers are any indication this is going to go some crazy places! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Feb 28, 2018

    While I enjoyed the first issue, it's what happens in the second issue that will make or break this series. It's a better than average first issue for sure. It's full of intrigue, strong narration and a plotline that's different than most American comics. On the downside, it could have spent more time with the characters in the beginning and had a stronger introduction to the two societies that are fighting to their extinction. If it switches to only the fantasy side of the story, it'll have its work cut out for it. This first issue of Betrothed is going to score high, but there's the potential to be a one-hit wonder. I'll be back for more though, and in the coming monthsd, I'll hope for the best. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Matthew Mueller Mar 14, 2018

    Visually the look is a bit hit and miss, with gorgeous surroundings built at times around lackluster characters. Despite that, there's some amazing potential here, and we can't wait to see where the story takes us. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Andrew McAvoy Mar 17, 2018

    This issue leaves us seeing whether Kieron and Tamara's newfound attraction will conquer the desire of the Nuam for a fight to the death. The storyline, while not exactly original gives us two star-crossed lovers in a space opera teen drama so count me in. The art meanwhile continues the Manga-styled leanings we have seen elsewhere in AfterShock in their Backways title, and I loved it. A thoroughly satisfying book. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Doom Rocket - Brandy Dykhuizen Mar 19, 2018

    Betrothed is a fun twist on familiar themes. The characters are likeable and relatable, despite their crazy circumstances. By the end of the first issue, you're really rooting for both of them. It's quite the hook. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Matthew Sardo Mar 12, 2018

    AfterShock gives you an original adventure, that is packed with action. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Mar 14, 2018

    The first issue is good setting up the situation and giving us a good idea as to the world we're introduced to. While there's some narrative and art issues it's nothing that breaks the comic in any way. The first issue feels like a good start and from here the question is how it'll differentiate itself from the rather famous play it references a bit too much. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Crusaders - Robert Anderegg Feb 23, 2018

    So, big question: should you read Betrothed #1? I'm going to say yes, you should. Just because I think they should have slowed down the progression of this book to allow for more character/relationship building between our two main characters over more issues, that doesn't mean the overarching plot isn't a good one with plenty of potential. And so what if manga-style artwork isn't my thing? It's still well done. The concept of sworn enemies falling in love is not new, but this version is something I'm looking forward to seeing develop and grow. Anything could happen. (And yes, I will probably continue to read Betrothed to see what does.) Three out of Five Stars. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Mar 13, 2018

    Sets the stage, but the characters aren't developed much nor is this other world. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Multiversity Comics - Reed Hinckley-Barnes Mar 16, 2018

    "Betrothed" #1 ends up a jumble of influences, never managing to rise to the example set by the stories it is influenced by. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Mar 17, 2018

    Romeo and Juliet gets some genre spin with visuals that occasionally stumble. I like the premise, but the visuals are too mixed to enjoy. I'll eyeball the next issue and if the art looks improved, I'll pick it up. If it looks the same, this will be my only issue. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Feb 26, 2018

    Betrothed #1 is a manic and fast-flowing book with some ideas it really wants to tell you, but it doesn't seem to know what to do with them or what they mean. Read Full Review

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