Miskatonic #1
Prev Series

Miskatonic #1

Writer: Mark Sable Artist: Giorgio Pontrelli Publisher: Aftershock Comics Release Date: November 11, 2020 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 2
6.4Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

Miskatonic Valley holds many mysteries - cultists worshipping old gods, a doctor deadset on resurrecting the recently deceased, a house overrun by rats in the walls - but none more recent than a series of bombings targeting the Valley's elite.

These horrors reach a breaking point when the brilliant, hard-nosed investigator Miranda Keller is sent to stop the bombings. To J. Edgar Hoover, there can be no other explanation than those responsible for similar actions during the Red Scare of the 1920s...but when Miranda digs too deep, she uncovers an unimaginable occult conspiracy, one that may cost Miranda her job - and her sanity.
< more

  • 9.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Darryll Robson Nov 11, 2020

    Miskatonic is addictive storytelling from the get go. Historical and modern sensibilities clash in a narrative full of intrigue and realism. It has instantly set itself up as an unmissable series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Nov 11, 2020

    Miskatonic has some feel of the familiar to it with the general broad strokes of the story but I'm just interested to see this play out in the time period it's in. Watching the push and pull of societal issues at the time and how it unfolds is interesting and setting that against the strangeness we get at the end of it definitely hits a sweet spot for me. Sable's script is pretty good though I wish there were just a few more blunt moments in setting up the time and place for readers while Pontrelli's artwork is spot on, especially with how Bowland colors it. I'm definitely curious to see where it goes from here and to discover what the real truths are, which hopefully aren't easily sussed out to something simple and mundane. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AIPT - Nathan Simmons Nov 11, 2020

    'Miskatonic' #1 kicks off an intriguing genre mashup from Aftershock! Fans of the Cthulhu Mythos and noir fiction will find a lot to dig into here. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Multiversity Comics - Kobi Bordoley Nov 16, 2020

    "Miskatonic" #1 leans heavily into Lovecraftian themes to great effect and does well by updating the content for the 21st century " even if the characters feel a little one dimensional. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bookcase - Keigen Rea Nov 11, 2020

    Im not ready to write Miskatonic off completely yet, but this first issue isnt among my favorite debuts of the year. Give this a go if youre really into Lovecraft and X-Files and not into critiquing those things (yet). Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Nov 13, 2020

    I quite enjoyed this book. I am a little concerned that I have read a previous book from Dark Horse where an unspeakable horror stalks a port town. Whilst that was set at the turn of the century as opposed to a more recent, but still historical times, I am sure that further similarities will dissolve as Miranda and her retired detective move further into the caee. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Nov 11, 2020

    Miskatonic #1 isn't a bad debut but it also never quite excites. It feels like it rushes through the first issue never building tension. There's little build-up and instead, things spiral quickly. But, that spiral also never elicits excitement or fear from its main characters. The emotional aspect isn't there. We'll see where it all goes but this is a mystery that isn't worth exploring or solving right now. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Big Comic Page - Mark Scott Nov 12, 2020

    Overall, this isnt exactly a groundbreaking story. Its a decent Lovecraftian thriller, but Im not wowed. Theres just a feeling that weve seen it all before. Theres a surfeit of Lovecraft out there in the comics world, and while good Lovecraftian is always welcome, its becoming more and more difficult to be outstanding in the genre. That being said, I did enjoy the story enough that Ill be grabbing the next issue to see what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    ComicBook.com - Christian Hoffer Nov 12, 2020

    This isn't a great Lovecraft story, a great detective story, or really any type of story at all. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    COMICON - Benjamin Hall Nov 11, 2020

    Investigator Miranda Keller is attempting to solve a series of bombings in the locale of Miskatonic Valley. Will she find a run of the mill culprit, or is something more sinister at play? Read Full Review

Reviews for the Week of...