Caliban #1

Caliban #1

Writer: Garth Ennis Artist: Facundo Percio Publisher: Avatar Press Release Date: April 2, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 3
8.6Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

Master storyteller GARTH ENNIS and Fashion Beast artist FACUNDO PERCIO team up to deliver a haunting new epic of science fiction horror.  The crew of the Caliban travels hyperspace on nothing more than a routine trip for the giant vessel.  Just human beings that have been inside a bit too long, confident of no other life in the Galaxy, and all the vastness of space to remind them how far they are from home.  But when an impossible accident suddenly causes the Caliban to slam into an abandoned alien ship, a nightmare in space begins to unfold.   Ennis delivers his unique brand of flawed characters, spot-on dialog, and trademark flare f more

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Marykate Jasper Apr 7, 2014

    Given its premise and overall tone, "Caliban" will inevitably draw comparisons to "Alien." (This may say more about the dearth of female leads in science fiction than it does about any actual similarities, but I digress.) It certainly feels similar, but never derivatively so. Given this excellent first installment, I'm excited to see it develop its own course. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Jorge Solis Apr 4, 2014

    A terrific first installment, Caliban #1 is a definite must-read for sci-fi and horror fans. I cant wait to see what Ennis and Percio have in store for readers in the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Apr 8, 2014

    Science fiction is all too rare in comics today (sad to say), so it's nice to see a smart SF story. It's not for kids - there are some grisly moments here - but it's a strong start for this new series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Booked - Aaron Clutter Apr 6, 2014

    The story is one of disaster in space, so not completely new, but the way that Ennis writes, drawing out those feelings of loneliness even when among others and the deep fear of uncertainty and the unknown, really makes this a new thing and kept me interested through the last page. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Multiversity Comics - Michelle White Apr 4, 2014

    Ennis and Percio are doing something chilling here, running with the idea that space wasn't made for us " that it can and will drive us insane. Thoughtful, unsettling, even alienating, "Caliban" is a comic that leaves you with questions you're afraid to have answered. And if that's not the definition of sci-fi horror, it's damn close. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Rhymes With Geek - Ben Penfold-Marwick For those… Apr 6, 2014

    Ennis plays to Avatars strengths as a publisher here by establishing a dark, anything-goes tone without really doing anything particularly gross or disturbing so much as strange and intense. Thats not to say its not coming, and I'm sure that Ennis is going to play around with a few tropes and keep things riveting. I have an uneasy curiosity to see what happens next, and that means the first issue did its job nicely. 8.5 out of 10. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Rhymes With Geek - Ben Penfold-Marwick The story of Gantz… Apr 6, 2014

    Ennis plays to Avatars strengths as a publisher here by establishing a dark, anything-goes tone without really doing anything particularly gross or disturbing so much as strange and intense. Thats not to say its not coming, and I'm sure that Ennis is going to play around with a few tropes and keep things riveting. I have an uneasy curiosity to see what happens next, and that means the first issue did its job nicely. 8.5 out of 10. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Rhymes With Geek - Bradley J. Timm Apr 6, 2014

    Ennis plays to Avatars strengths as a publisher here by establishing a dark, anything-goes tone without really doing anything particularly gross or disturbing so much as strange and intense. Thats not to say its not coming, and I'm sure that Ennis is going to play around with a few tropes and keep things riveting. I have an uneasy curiosity to see what happens next, and that means the first issue did its job nicely. 8.5 out of 10. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Apr 15, 2014

    Caliban #1 is a comic that I started reading because of that (very) intriguing cover, done by Percio. It hints at what the story is about in this issue and it provides the horror framework that is at the core of this issue. But really, it is the story that is the best part of the whole thing. I didn't expect to like this comic as much as I did, and I'm really glad that things turned out for the better. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Apr 5, 2014

    Much like the story, Percio's art doesn't impress in the early portion of this issue. His faces look a bit plain and the full page splash of the Caliban ship fails to convey the size and scope of the ship, not to mention that it just looks downright ugly. Towards the latter half though when the horror starts to ramp up, his art becomes a nice fit for the story. The two scenes mentioned above are memorable due to Percio's art and design. If there's more scenes like these throughout this series, then this could turn into a surprise hit. This first issue builds a lot of momentum in the second half that has me interested in seeing where this story goes, and I'm happy I gave this book a chance. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Apr 5, 2014

    Caliban looks to be epic in nature, but in the confined space way in the tradition of 2001 or Alien. The comic is off to a great start as Ennis provides a strong core cast and a good mystery for the reader to ponder. If this is turning towards a horror comic then Ennis isn't giving that away in the first issue. This is a book worth checking out. Read Full Review

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