Cold War #1
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Cold War #1

Writer: Christopher Sebela Artist: Hayden Sherman Publisher: Aftershock Comics Release Date: February 14, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 6
7.5Critic Rating
7.4User Rating

Panacea Cryonics offered its customers life after death by keeping their heads frozen until the day technology could rebuild them, free of disease and death. However, as these everyday people from the past are revived, they’re not handed the keys to a new life, but a gun, body armor and an ultimatum. They must fight in a war against unknown opponents for unknown reasons, to secure their place in a brave new world that doesn’t want them around.

From Chris Sebela, writer of Blue Beetle, Kiss/Vampirella and Evolution, and Hayden Sherman, artist of The Few and John Carter The End, comes the story that HAD to be told at AfterSho more

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Feb 17, 2018

    The only downside to this book is that it's only twenty-two pages long. This book is amazing. A simple premise that becomes a furious battle in a questionable landscape against questionable foes. The protagonist is terrific and the visuals are epic. This book is a jewel in futuristic warfare. Cold War is unbelievably hot! Highest possible recommendation of the week. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    That's Not Current - Rachel Bellwoar Feb 16, 2018

    Cold War #1 is a successful first issue that reminds readers to question anything that sounds too good to be true (also, that Gatorade-colored cover rocks). Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    411Mania - Stephen Gustafson Nov 22, 2017

    A solid first issue and one that has great potential as a series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jan 4, 2018

    I love this book. I have no idea what's going on, just like the cast here, and it's like they took the Gantz manga and made it into a large scale war series. Sebela's script keeps things moving well and gives us a taste of how people would react to such situations while focusing on Rook to give it a lot of forward momentum instead of just defensive reacting. Hayden Sherman's artwork is a big star in all of this, not to minimize what Sebela's working on here, but it's just so distinctive and exactly the kind of diversity in art style that I want from a publisher like Aftershock and it's why I keep coming back to check out nearly all of their books. This is definitely a must-read series right out of the gate for me. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - C.K. Stewart Feb 13, 2018

    This is a fascinating comic book, from its script to its art, but at time uneven and off-putting to the point where it makes it difficult to fully engage with its premise or characters, and whether or not it will ultimately succeed isn't immediately clear from issue one. Sebela and Sherman have delivered something as tough as it is interesting to read, making for one of the most unique debuts of 2018 to date. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Dec 21, 2017

    Its confusing and unconventional, both narratively and artistically, but theres no denying the fact Cold War is a new series that flat-out demands your attention. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Lune Feb 19, 2018

    A bold debut that races along with a grand design, but loses the human touch along the way. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Jan 9, 2018

    Problems with the characters and the art aside, Cold War #1 is still an intriguing book with a lot of cool ideas at its core. There is a cyperpunk corporate dystopia feel to it which works quite well with its premise. As such, I do recommend checking this one out. Its interesting, and youll likely have a good time reading it. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez Jan 10, 2018

    Despite the problems with the comic, it is worth checking and following the story for a couple more issues Read Full Review

  • 5.2
    Weird Science - Andrew McAvoy Feb 17, 2018

    A very good concept, which was badly executed. Unfortunately this is likely to be fatal to the success of this series. About half the plot detail, and a clearer and cleaner style of art and lettering would have helped ease readers in and establish a solid foundation through a snappy first issue. Sadly that wasn't what was delivered. Disappointing. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comicosity - Nick Hanover Feb 14, 2018

    Cold War may have been created to attack power structures that reduce us to faceless cannon fodder but its hard to care about that message when the delivery of it is so uninteresting and muddy. Instead of being a provocative anti-war work that raises questions while entertaining, Cold War meanders, full of ideas and characters that are so forgettable its hard to blame shadowy forces for viewing them as disposable. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Jonathan Edwards Jan 24, 2018

    As I said before, Cold War #1 isn't bad. But much like the art, the assemblage of its pieces just doesn't function. Maybe Tom's bloodthirstiness could've worked as a character trait if everyone else had been nothing but cannon fodder. And, maybe having a barely characterized supporting cast could've worked if there were a stronger protagonist and the heart of the story. But, when presented together, as they are here, it leaves the reader without anyone or anything to connect to or empathize with, and that makes it difficult to care about anything that's going on. So, no, I can't say I recommend this issue or book. And to be perfectly honest, I have no intention of giving it a second chance with the second issue. Read Full Review

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