Black Eyed Kids #1

Black Eyed Kids #1

Writer: Joe Pruett Artist: Szymon Kudranski Publisher: Aftershock Comics Release Date: April 20, 2016 Cover Price: $1.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 3
7.5Critic Rating
6.7User Rating

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It's dark. You're alone. Then there's a knock. You open the door to find two seemingly normal kids. They ask to come in, to borrow your phone to call for a ride. You find yourself overcome with an intense fear that you can't explain. And then you notice their eyes... black... SOLID black. You want to run, but now they're inside. It's too late. They have you. Eisner Award winner Joe Pruett (X-Men Unlimited, Cable) is joined by artist Szymon Kudranski (Spawn, Penguin: Pain and Prejudice) for this terrifying new horror series.

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Apr 19, 2016

    A chilling, unsettling read from start to finish, BLACK EYED KIDS provides one of the most gripping opening issues to a horror story that Ive read in years. Quite how the series will hold up once we start to learn a little more about the titular kids remains to be seen, but for now, Pruett and Kudranskis creation stands as a true masterpiece of tension and atmosphere, and a book that should creep its way right to the top of any self-respecting horror fans must buy list. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Dylan Hicks Apr 20, 2016

    By the end of reading this issue, all I wanted was more. More answers, more story, and more art. Seriously, this book had everything: a well thought out plot, a consistent pace, clear yet mysterious art, and tone setting color. Black Eyed Kids #1 easily earns 5 out of 5 stars. PICK THIS UP! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Apr 25, 2016

    Pruett and Kudranski create something so eerie, so atmospheric, that it sends chills down your spine as you read it. Kudranski's artwork is so well suited for dark stories, his style is the perfect choice for Black Eyed Kids. Not a whole lot of details are given of what's going on, but for a first issue, it easily hooks the reader into wanting to stick around to find out. Plus, this debut issue is only 1.99, which gives you no reason not to try out this start to what looks to be another hit series for AfterShock. Black Eyed Kids opens a new door for the horror genre in comics: are you brave enough to walk in? Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Apr 21, 2016

    I haven't read any of Pruett's work since his old Negative Burn days at Caliber, which was such a weird heyday in itself that I still remember it well over twenty years later. Black Eyed Kids is full of potential with what it delivers here. I'm not ready to oversell the book at this point because there's pretty much all mystery about it with what it really wants to be, but it does a lot of very good things with its debut here that should hook fans of this genre in general while also drawing in others. I'm very tempted by this book based off the first issue and will definitely be keeping a close eye on it. The team here has put together a strong opener that deserves to be checked out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Adam Brunell Apr 22, 2016

    Black Eyed Kids #1 was well worth the introductory $1.99 price. It's definitely not an all ages title and is probably best suited for fans of the horror genre. This was right up my alley since I'm a horror movie fanatic; toss me Jason Voorhees, Freddy Kruger or Michael Myers any day. I feel like this series might reach the level of greatness that 30 Days of Night did and I can't wait for the next issue to be released. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    PopOptiq - Ben Howard Apr 22, 2016

    While the first issue of Black Eyed Kids is far from satisfying, the dark, creepy art and mysterious intrigue of the story might be enough to keep readers invested. If the pacing problem can be figured out, the comic has the potential to be a unique series. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Doom Rocket - Brandy Dykhuizen Apr 22, 2016

    The beauty of B.E.K. lies in what is absent. Neither Pruett nor Kudranski is interested in shedding light on the situation in the first issue " in fact, not a moment of this book takes place during the day. Characters wander through the snowy dark, active but not reactive. There ismurder, there are societal implications (horrifying though they may be), there are terrifying transformations. For now, these eerie outsiders drivethe plot, which serves to banish the reader to the margins, in the company of the civilians and police who are trying just as hard to wrap their minds around the children's intentions. The meat and the measure of the story may not be for everyone. However, for those of us with overactive imaginations and a penchant for the macabre, Black Eyed Kids is an excellent, lingering read that offers chills that resonatesfor days. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Apr 21, 2016

    This is a great introduction to the series. We don't get too much information, but just enough that Pruett reels us in with the "what if" of it all. So far, this series isn't anything more than literally some kids with black eyes walking around town, but I have high hopes that it'll turn into an enthralling story. This is going to be a good new horror series and, I don't know about you, but I can't wait to read the rest of it! Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Multiversity Comics - Stephenson Ardern-Sodje Apr 25, 2016

    Well-paced and well plotted, "Black-Eyed Kids" reinvigorates classic horror for 2016. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Graphic Policy - Patrick Healy Apr 20, 2016

    It's not a bad thing to say B.E.K.: Black Eyed Kids #1 is $1.99 and worth every penny. It's a good thing. We're supposed to be able to pick up a bunch of comics for $20 and go home and enjoy them, not four books for $20 that "pave the way" to a tie-in to a movie based on a story I've already spent $50 on! Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Apr 25, 2016

    Things could completely turn around next issue, but looked at on its own this is shrug inducing reading. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Gizmo Apr 26, 2016

    This is the creepiest comic I've read in recent memory, giving the art room to breath allows it to build tension and atmosphere. The downside is that very little story is expressed, so it feels very short, but the low price tag avoids the feeling of being ripped off or anything. If you like horror and suspense, I'd recommend checking this out based on the first issue, but it's hard to say at this point if this will be worth following in the long run since there is very little to indicate where this title is going to go from here.

  • 7.0
    Gunnarthehuman Apr 22, 2016

  • 5.0

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