Mayday #1

Mayday #1

Writer: Curt Pires Artist: Chris Peterson Publisher: Black Mask Studios Release Date: March 25, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 1
7.9Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

A washed-up, drug-addicted screenwriter and a transgender bartender stumble onto a Satanic cult's plan to sacrifice people all across LA (geomapped in the form of a pentagram, of course) and bring on Armageddon. As our intrepid, damaged heroes embark on a suicide mission to stop the crazy cultists, even they wonder if this is all really happening or if they're just plain crazy. Probably both. The latest project from Curt Pires (POP) sees him teaming with art sensation Chris Peterson (Grindhouse) for a story that cuts to the very center of Hollywood mythology and depravity itself.

  • 10
    Bloody Disgusting - Zac Thompson Jan 22, 2015

    I enjoyed "POP" quite a bit, and I encourage you to pick it up if you haven't yet, but I think "MAYDAY" is going to mean a lot more to me because it literally hits so close to home, and in a town of 3.8 million, I bet there's a lot of you that are going to feel the same way. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Forrest Hollingsworth Apr 29, 2015

    When Kanye said “Cause who the kids gon listen to huh? I guess me, if it isn’t you” he was talking about Lauryn Hill. When Pires and Peterson say the same thing with Mayday, they’re talking about Hunter S. Thompson and maybe even Fitzgerald a bit. I love them for it and, that comparison is intentionally over the top as much as Mayday itself is over the top, Which is to say, wonderfully so. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Outright Geekery - Erik Goodrich Oct 4, 2016

    Mayday hooked me with it's gorgeous art and a story that balances the nuances and trade craft of classic Cold War era spy stories and the debauchery of the 70's. It was a very satisfying read with a cliffhanger ending that has me chomping at the bit for more. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Nerds Unchained - Connor Frigon May 2, 2015

    Chris Peterson and colorist Pete Toms enhance this druggy LA vibe with their art. Peterson is a great story-teller. I like how he controls the pacing and atmosphere with his panels. Toms is what really makes the book stand out. I love his vivid pop art colours and how they change aspect-to-aspect. Mayday #1 is a great debut, the perfect start to what will no doubt become a great series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Alice W. Castle Feb 4, 2015

    Black Mask Studios is a publisher making a name for themselves on rather niche books that take a brutal and unflinching look at our world through the medium of comics and with "Mayday", they have another notch on their belt. Curt Pires continues to be a very interesting, very unique writer in comics as eschews large, plot-driven narratives for smaller, character-driven pieces that focus on the underbelly of society people rarely like to think about. "Mayday" is precisely that kind of comic book and with Chris Peterson and Pete Toms, the book is a gorgeous acid trip through the ass end of Hollywood revealing the grit and grime underneath the neon signs and spotlights. Read Full Review

  • 8.5 - John McCubbin Apr 29, 2015

    If there was one new comic that I could urge readers to try (from this week), it'd be Mayday, as though it's not going to be for everyone, it's unique balance of drama and suspense will turn some heads. The strong character development also adds to the reasons why you should buy this, as I'm sure the product as a whole will leave you hooked for more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Ross Sweeney Apr 29, 2015

    It can certainly be held up as a prime example of how comics can be used to successfully tell stories like this, and whilst the influences are clear, it sets in motion a fascinating chain of events that promise exciting things to come. Black Mask are fast becoming a one-to-watch in the grown-up comics stakes, and this could very well serve as their calling card. Get on it! Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Nick Philpott Apr 29, 2015

    This is a madcap first issue, with quite a bit going on. There are storylines that I'm intrigued by, and the art is really spot-on. My biggest beef with it is that it seems like a cynical, coked-up Hollywood version of We Can Never Go Home, especially with the ending. It'll remain until next month for us to see how each series veers from that deciding point, but it still stands out as a strange move on Black Mask's part. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Geekality - Nicole Glade May 6, 2015

    In today's market where comics are pushing themselves to reach a wider audience, I think any reader will find a better option on the shelf than this. The issue circles back on itself in an attempt to reach some sort of conclusion while also leading into the rest of the series, but I found it entirely too forced. In short, thumbs down. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Denise Blakely Apr 28, 2015

    For me, Mayday comes nowhere close and maybe the comparison was unfair. But when you make a claim like this, high expectations are made.I find that the best part of this book is the coloring, and the little bits of social commentary Peterson placed into the artwork wasn't lost on me. I chuckled out loud at a billboard for an upcoming flick called "White Privilege 8". Overall I don't recommend this book, I think your money could be better spent elsewhere. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    nlindsay Jul 28, 2015

    Had to work to read some of the panels in terms of where characters were in the space, also when multiple scenes were presented simultaneously and because after-party hotel shots of passed out nude girls seem to be a common setting here. But I like how the characters talk and act like the people I know; these people seem to have ended up how we would have if we wouldn't have embraced societal responsibilities. Thus the dialogue and tone feel authentic to me - I'll give it a few more issues to see if Mayday can make me fall in love with it. Right now it needs a bigger hook than Hunter S. Thompson homages and a few literary allusions...when almost every character can kill-at-will with little repercussion, killing people can't be the hook that evokes my emotional buy-in and ties me to the protagonists.

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