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Dead Kings #1

Writer: Steve Orlando Artist: Matthew Dow Smith Publisher: Aftershock Comics Release Date: October 24, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 1
7.3Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

NEW SERIES! Sasha never saw his younger brother...until the secret police made him disappear. Sasha Vasnetsov left Thrice-Nine-the dirty folklore world that limps along in the wreckage of a Technomagic War-thirty years ago and never looked back. But word that the secret police have sent his brother Gena to a work camp for the socially degenerate drags him back, with a promise to free Gena and return him to their mother before her fiftieth birthday. The only problem? Sasha isn't a fraction of the tough guy he tries to be, so if he's going to break back into Thrice-Nine...he'll need help. Sasha's only hope is Maria Kamenaya, a former Technomagi more

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Nov 18, 2018

    Survival is key with all the kings dead. One man has a mission in this harsh environment and it's one to follow. The story is incredibly engaging for what's told and withheld, and the visuals are fantastic. The world of Dead Kings is definitely alive. If you're looking for something different, this is the book to pick up. Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Joey Edsall Oct 25, 2018

    Overall, Dead Kings #1 manages to deliver in its story and in the intrigue to the world it introduces, and it's obvious that both of those are at the forefront of the team's creative decisions. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Comic Page - Mark Scott Oct 24, 2018

    I absolutely loved this first issue, I think this has the potential to be very special and just the promise that were going to move into Russian folklore married to the strength of the story so far has me very excited for the coming issues Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Doom Rocket - Brendan Hodgdon Oct 26, 2018

    Dead Kings #1 is an incredibly personal opening chapter. It brings us in at the ground level, showing us the seediest angle of its world first and making us experience it with the most downtrodden and vulnerable of its denizens. The opening juxtaposition of a mother giving birth in the shadow of a massive mecha battle seems very indicative of the direction of the series, and representative of Orlando's best creative instincts overall. Paired with Dow Smith terrific art, Lauren Affe's colors and Thomas Mauers' letters, Dead Kings is the sort of sobering and intimate reflection that we will always need from our art. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    On Comics Ground - Elizabeth Fazzio Oct 30, 2018

    Dead Kings is what I imagine would happen if the Cold War had been fought with the Jaegers from Pacific Rim and the KGB had been the victors"mass destruction followed by a totalitarian state ruled by fear. The world of the story exists in a realm of magical realism. It hits all the marks for setting up the traditional hero's journey but is compelling enough about it to draw the reader in. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Oct 24, 2018

    This is one were I want to know as much about what happened in the past as the current story presented. This feels like so many concepts I love put together into what's basically a Western. There's gangs harassing individuals and the loner has to stand up to them. But, it's done with such style that it feels new and interesting and a world I want to explore and find out more about. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Oct 23, 2018

    A gritty first chapter that seems to promise outsized adventure and fantastical warfare to come. Theres a lot to be said about the way states fail their peoples from generation to generation, and this might be the book we need right now to say it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Oct 17, 2018

    Dead Kings is the kind of book that I think is going to reveal itself over the course of the run and will be a struggle in some ways to connect with because of it. I've had similar with some of Orlando's other works and on the original side the payoff is definitely there. What's helping with this one is the great artwork that has me really digging what the team is doing. The core story that's at play here is fairly straightforward and accessible but the trappings and the path that Orlando uses is complex and only partially presented, making it one that you have to put a bit of work in on and some patience for more of it to be revealed. And there's a whole lot here that looks to justify all of it and make the effort. Read Full Review

  • 5.4
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Jones Oct 25, 2018

    While "Dead Kings" #1 carries an interesting personality, the script fails to make a strong first impression. Read Full Review

  • 4.0 - Chase Magnett Oct 17, 2018

    There's a fascinating notebook packed with ideas on this world, but the introduction in this issue falls far short from producing any desire to pick up the second issue. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez Oct 28, 2018

    Dead Kings is a comic that feels familiar, toeing the line of generic. The story is set in the Empire of Rus, now in a state of perpetual decay after the Great Steel War. A man is in search of someone important to him, who has been imprisoned, and begins to enact a plan to infiltrate the compound, but it looks like, as one would expect, things won't go quite according to plan... Read Full Review

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