Beautiful Canvas #1
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Beautiful Canvas #1

Writer: Ryan K Lindsay Artist: Sami Kivela Publisher: Black Mask Studios Release Date: June 28, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 3
8.8Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

Lon Eisley is a hitwoman hired to kill a small child a few days after discovering her girlfriend pregnant. In a bold declaration of uncertainty, she saves the boy and hits the road, despire the fact her boss clearly wanted him dead for a reason. This warped crime dystopia delves into the emotional dichotomy of creator/destroyer as Lon tries to connect the two very different worlds she now inhabits. From Sami Kivela (Chum) & Ryan K Lindsay (Negative Space, DC Writers Workshop) comes a gonzo tale of personal discovery, animal/hybrid hit troupes, and reactive pyrokinesis.

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Ben Snyder Jun 28, 2017

    At first glance, I wasn't that excited to read Beautiful Canvas #1. But upon finishing the book, I can say that I was very pleasantly surprised and I am very excited to see where and how the story continues. Read Full Review

  • 10 - John McCubbin Jun 28, 2017

    Beautiful Canvas #1 introduces us to a strange, yet enthralling narrative involving a hitwoman and the strange boy she was meant to kill. Giving us plenty of tension and mystery throughout this opening chapter, the creative team leave us a lot to mull over as we await the next instalment, with it being a must have for fans of the publisher. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Jun 29, 2017

    Beautiful Canvas is a book that will surprise you.  It's a testament to a creative team that works well together, bringing out the best in one another.  This is a great mix of crime, action, and drama with compelling characters and jaw-dropping artwork.  Buy this book. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Apr 6, 2017

    Beautiful Canvas is not for the squeamish, there is language and graphic violence. Aside from being a story about a hitwoman, we come to find that her boss is FAR worse. There are some very twisted aspects to what makes the billionaire tick and I have a feeling we've only scratched the surface in issue #1. Beautiful Canvas gave me a lot of things to think about (while being careful not to overthink) especially in light of the last panel revelation. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Jul 2, 2017

    Black Mask has a violent hit on their hands with Beautiful Canvas. A strong female lead, a story that is guaranteed to bring the pain, and hybrid mutant hitmen: what more could you want? Beautiful Canvas is an amazing debut issue, one you should be checking out. But keep in mind, this is for mature readers, so keep out of reach of the little ones. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Outright Geekery - Amani Cooper Jun 25, 2017

    If I'm not mistaken, this is the first Black Mask comic that I have read and reviewed. I'm sold. If you're into killers, secrets, and snorting drugs off food, add Beautiful Canvas to your pull list. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Black Nerd Problems - Carrie McClain Jul 2, 2017

    Beautiful Canvas #1 read well and is incredibly well written. It looks fabulous. The coloring job is supreme. It comes across as a project that the creative team spent a long time collaborating on to make sure it became something great. Black Mask Studios, I see you. I see you, fam. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Doom Rocket - Brandy Dykhuizen Jul 3, 2017

    Beautiful Canvas has sadism in spades, but somehow its cavalier violence doesn't come across as unnecessary. There are fantastically inventive moments of gore, highlighting how easy it can be to snuff out a life, interspersed with the most basic of human dilemmas: how do I make this relationship work? Lindsay and Kivela go to daring lengths to show how life imitates art and vice versa. It's a twisted, freaky world out there, and this book knows which buttons to push to make us crave more. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Jun 28, 2017

    Co- creators Lindsay and Kivela have wrapped up a story about the duality of a persons nature, in a crime story featuring super powers. I am not sure what is going to happen next, but I will definitely wait and see the bigger picture that this Beautiful Canvas will be a part of. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jul 3, 2017

    This is not a comic for young readers - there's lots of death and assorted horrific images - but for mature readers, it's a compelling puzzle to sort out - and impossible to predict. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Jun 28, 2017

    “Beautiful Canvas” #1 is the start of something that will be very special. This is unlike anything else in the genre and this creative team is so in sync with each other that it's hard to pass on this. I'm eager to see this story unfold. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Multiversity Comics - Rowan Grover Jun 29, 2017

    A complex, layered first issue, "Beautiful Canvas" will have you scouring it's beautifully drawn pages over and over. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Jun 26, 2017

    Beautiful Canvas is a story impressive in its ambiguity, with a compelling lead and a slick visual style. It's not what you I thought it was going to be when I started reading, but that's okay, because Lindsay and Kivela have aggressively grabbed my attention here, and I absolutely cannot wait for the second issue to find out just where the hell this story is going. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Joey Edsall Jun 27, 2017

    Beautiful Canvas #1 is messy, visceral, and cinematic in its presentation and scope. It often expects readers to latch on to subtext in a way that other comics usually don't. This might make parts of the comic seem alienating to some readers, but will further entice others. It is visually stunning, with something interesting in every panel, and with a vibrancy in terms of art and colors that rockets it above most other books currently out. It all makes for a strong debut that is satisfying in its own right and will leave many readers eager for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Todd Young Jun 27, 2017

    A smart debut that will makes you pay attention to detail, with an interesting main character who's both violent and conscientious of the choices she makes. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Bleeding Cool - Ell Falcetti Jul 2, 2017

    The relationship between Lon and Asia would be enough to carry me on to issue #2, as well as the surprise at the end; however, that's not a strong endorsement from me, as I get very worn out very quickly by foul-mouthed toughs these days. And Beautiful Canvas #1 doesn't have much more going for it beyond that. Read Full Review

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