Undone By Blood #1
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Undone By Blood #1

Writer: Lonnie Nadler, Zac Thompson Artist: Sami Kivela Publisher: Aftershock Comics Release Date: February 12, 2020 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 6
8.9Critic Rating
9.2User Rating

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In the early 1970s, Ethel Grady Lane returns to her hometown of Sweetheart, Arizona with one thing on her mind: killing the man who murdered her family. But first, she'll have to find him. As Ethel navigates the eccentric town and its inhabitants, she learns that the quaint veneer hides a brewing darkness. She has no choice but to descend into a ring of depravity and violence, with her only ally an Old West novel that follows famed gunslinger Solomon Eaton. As both stories unfold simultaneously, a love of fiction informs choices in reality, for better or worse. From the minds of Lonnie Nadler and Zac Thompson (The Dregs, X-Men, HER INFERNAL D more

  • 10
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Feb 8, 2020

     'Undone by Blood' #1 is a revelation. It's such a welcomed entry in the pantheon of Western comics that not only pays homage to traditional stories from writers like Louis L'Amour and the art of vintage comics like 'All-Star Western' but transcends the genre to the level of Elmore Leonard's more modern sensibilities. It's engrossing from start to finish with top-notch artwork. This has the potential of being one of the year's best comics. Read Full Review

  • 10
    AIPT - Arbaz M. Khan Feb 11, 2020

    This story is one of the finest Westerns I've read in a long time. Cormac McCarthy fans are going to love this. This series manages to capture the aesthetic and themes of his finest novels and brings powerful visuals equal to Tom Ford and the Coen Brothers. Its only fault is that readers have to wait another month for the next issue. But, patience is a reward with this series. A compelling story, wholly unique and adding greater depth to the comics medium. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Jan 7, 2020

    There's a bit of Tarantino, a bit of Cormac McCarthy, and a bit of Charlie Kaufman in this debut comic from a group of rising creators, and it all adds up to a very compelling first issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Multiversity Comics - Matthew Blair Feb 17, 2020

    A satisfying gritty neo-Western that sets the lawless, brutal, and nasty human condition against the backdrop of a hauntingly desolate and beautiful desert town. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Alex K Cossa Feb 13, 2020

    I didn't expect to read this comic, honestly, but I am happy that I did. The use of the two tales to highlight and emphasize aspects of the other is a nice touch and I'm a big fan of the visual presentation that left me feeling as though I was on location. I'll be back for issue two. You should, as well. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Comic Page - Mark Scott Feb 13, 2020

    Just because I havent said it in a while, this is metatextual, its incredibly ambitious, and if this issue is anything to go by its going to be a staggering success. Another blindingly good first issue from all involved and I absolutely cannot wait to see what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Feb 17, 2020

    Undone by Blood is a solid tale of vengeance that's just getting started. It has an undeniably impressive hook that will grab you from the jump. This is like a bloodier version of Justified, mixing noir and western elements to produce a solid read full of suspense. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Justin Munday Feb 9, 2020

    A convoluted frame narrative hides an intriguing plot brought out by fantastic visuals. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Feb 12, 2020

    Some of the structure of this series frustrated me from the start but it eases up a bit as it progresses and most of the story is focused on Ethel. Tales of revenge are a dime a dozen but if told well there can be a lot to like about it. I've enjoyed what the pair of have written before together so I'll hold out hope that it comes together better as it goes on more. Most of the cast are non-entities here with Ethel just getting the minimum needed so that we can latch onto her tale and mission, moving forward. There's some good potential here depending on how it moves forward and engages the reader. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Feb 14, 2020

    Both stories give Kivel and Jason Wordie the space for some striking work, with their most impressive pages coming once night falls and Ethel visits the gaudy, neon-lit bars, with the violence that kicks off being reflected in dark red hues. Read Full Review

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