Hot Lunch Special #1
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Hot Lunch Special #1

Writer: Eliot Rahal Artist: Jorge Fornes Publisher: Aftershock Comics Release Date: August 8, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 5
8.1Critic Rating
9.1User Rating

From Eliot Rahal, the writer of Cult Classic, The Paybacks and Quantum & Woody comes HOT LUNCH SPECIAL, with art by Jorge Fornes (Amazing X-Men, Wolverine, Magnus)! A midwestern noir series set in the harsh landscape of the northern Minnesota Iron Range-Hot Lunch Special is all about family, food and the fight for survival.
The Khourys are a classic immigrant success story: A fractious and quarrelsome Lebanese family who carved their slice of the American Dream by becoming the largest distributors of vending machine sandwiches in the upper northern Midwest.
Unfortunately, the Khourys gains have been ill-gotten and a branch of the Chi more

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Aug 8, 2018

    Aftershock Comics has repeatedly proven that they are arbiters of extremely good taste and this is no exception. Hot Lunch Special is not to be missed. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Batman's Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Jul 27, 2018

    Hot Lunch Special #1 takes a very personal generational story and mashes it up with Fargo-esque Midwestern crime noir. Its a quiet and grounded comic mostly, one that also feels taut and dangerous by its end. This first issue is promising, an excellent start for what may prove to be a unique book. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Dan Maltbie Aug 31, 2018

    Hot Lunch Special #1 sets up for an engaging and violent story as the sins of the great-grandfather could come home to roost for his children. The story is riddled with flashbacks but continues to steam ahead towards a bloody ending. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Multiversity Comics - Dexter Buschetelli Aug 13, 2018

    I'm dead curious about this series. I bought the ticket, and I'm taking the ride. Let's just hope it feels worth it by the end. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBuzz - Victoria Wilton Aug 1, 2018

    Needless to say that I am interested in seeing where this story may lead as Rahal left us with a great cliff hanger (which I wont spoil!). So if you are looking for a more serious and gritty comic I would highly recommend Hot Lunch Special! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Big Comic Page - Mark Scott Aug 9, 2018

    My only slight niggle is that the creators have introduced a lot in this issue and, whilst I think it works well, Im more of a delayed gratification kind of guy and Id like to see more time spent on the individual elements of the story. Its a hard call, though. I like the pace that has been set but I really want to know more about the history, the Khoury family, the people who helped build the business I basically want more. I just hope that Rahal and Fornes can balance my need for expansion with not losing the pace of the story. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Bounding Into Comics - Nathan Braudrick Jul 30, 2018

    Ultimately, it's hard to pin down exactly what I think about Hot Lunch Special #1. I love the ludicrous idea to craft a serious crime story around some vending machine suppliers, but although the writing and artwork was top-notch, something about the story just didn't click completely with me. Perhaps it's the fact that there were just so many characters, plot lines, flashbacks, etc. that the book just didn't have time to sufficiently gel in my mind. If that's the case, however, subsequent issues should amend that to some extent. With a decent setup, great artwork, and a shocking cliffhanger, I am, if nothing else, interested in seeing how this one plays out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    BROOKINGS COMICS Aug 8, 2018

    Eliot Rahal has a new comic out today. We’ve been following his career as a writer, and “Hot Lunch Special” from Aftershock Comics doesn’t disappoint. At this point if you follow comics you’ve heard of Rahal. He co-wrote “Paybacks” with Donny Cates. He currently writes “Quantum and Woody” for Valiant. Rahal’s “Cult Classic” from Vault Comics is one of our favorite new comics of the year. He is a writer who has been growing with each new title. What we see in Rahal right now is a writer who has found his voice. He is striving to tell complex and significant stories in a medium that is too often dominated with superheroes and the accompanying tropes, and he is succeeding. “Hot Lunch Special” is a crime noir set in more

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    Greg Hound Aug 8, 2018

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    Wolf Warner Aug 10, 2018

  • 8.5
    fandelabd Sep 24, 2018

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