Lab Raider #1
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Lab Raider #1

Writer: Matt Miner Artist: Creees Lee Publisher: Black Mask Studios Release Date: June 19, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 9
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A pair of young vigilantes break into a black market laboratory where illegal tests are being run on animals. What at first seems like a simple rescue mission becomes more dangerous when they stumble on secret military experiments, discovering to their horror that the animals they sought to help have been turned into something different, something monstrous... and, once the cages are opened, the rescuers quickly become the prey of these weaponized beasts. This high-octane action comic blends vigilante heroics with sci-fi horror for a brutal new adventure.

  • 9.0
    Sirens of Sequentials - CJ Pendragon Jun 16, 2019

    Lab Raider is a twisted love letter about the darker side of animal rights activism. We need to take steps to rescue mistreated animals from humanity but what steps should we be taking to make sure we don't lose our own humanity in the process? Or, as Jeanette seems to wonder sometimes, should we be worrying about that at all? With the questions of ethics swimming in her head and a horrifying discovery in the locked, top-secret basement of a targeted laboratory, Jeanette is likely on a fast track to finding out exactly how far is too far" Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jun 19, 2019

    While the series still has a focus on animal rights and activism, this latest volume feels a bit different. It's not quite as in your face with its message. Instead, it focuses on its main to protagonists. We see the impact from the previous volumes on them. And, their mission this time while still political in nature results in a twist that's much more in line with what you'd expect in a horror film. This feels like a new direction for the series and Miner is showing some massive growth in his writing bringing in previous success here. Whether you agree with animal activism or not Lab Raider #1 is a solid start and has me wanting to see where it goes next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Critical Blast - RJ Carter Jun 25, 2019

    Despite the cringe-inducing tropes, Matt Miner's dialogue is realistic, and the plot has a definite direction. Artist Creees Lee is playing way under his league, with phenomenal linework, anatomy, and background details. Expect to see him on a top-tier book in the near future, and pick this one up so you'll have some of his early work later on. LAB RAIDER is worth following into a second issue to see if there will be any moral character development in Sarah and Jeanette as they push past ethical and legal boundaries to follow their conscience. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Apr 20, 2019

    Lab Raider takes a big jump into horror by the end of this first issue. It puts the topic of animal rights front and center with a frightening take on it that, in the scheme of things, doesn't seem all that farfetched. That's what makes this a scary comic. It is dangerously close to real possibilities. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Jun 20, 2019

    While I would have liked just a touch more of the monster action teased on the cover, Lab Raider #1 still shows a lot of potential. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Jun 21, 2019

    For my money, Lab Raider is the best thing Black Mask Studios have released in quite some time, and deserves to be seen by as many eyes as possible. Boasting strong characters, striking artwork and an impressively tight structure, this is an animal rights activism series with a dark, violent edge, and I absolutely cant wait to see where this story goes next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jun 21, 2019

    There's still more to be explained as this series rolls on, and hopefully future issues will clear things up - but this is a powerful start to an unorthodox series. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Chris Egan Jun 24, 2019

    A quick and confident read,"Lab Raider" #1 carries multiple story threads that move between corporate sabotage and haunting thriller set to bright, beautiful art. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Sequential Planet - Franklin Milliren Jun 20, 2019

    All in all, Lab Raider #1 is an engaging read that presents a complex narrative with engaging characters, that ends on a literal "WTF" moment that sets that hook even deeper, and has this reviewer chomping at the bit to come back for issue #2. Read Full Review

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