Pirouette #1

Pirouette #1

Writer: Mark L. Miller Artist: Carlos Granda Publisher: Black Mask Studios Release Date: October 8, 2014 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 12
8.3Critic Rating
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The circus is the Greatest Show On Earth, unless you're the attraction. Raised from infancy by duplicitous clowns who entertain by day and menace by night, Pirouette dreams of washing the paint from her face and escaping to a better life far away from her cruel adoptive circus family... because when the spotlights dim and the crowd disperses, the clown princess' big-top dreams give way to a nightmarish world of monsters with painted smiles.

  • 10
    ComicWow!TV - AD Boorman Nov 26, 2014

    In a story this complex, it is difficult to jump in midway through the story.  Miller and Granda are not making wallpaper; they are shooting for the big prize here.  This is not the 'same day, same story' plotline with cookie-cutter flat static characters. This is a complex story with rounded dynamic central characters. Readers who are interested will need to go back and get the first issue to make sense out of much of the second issue.  Do not worry; it will be worth it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin Oct 8, 2014

    Ever desired a intelligent circus based series? Then Pirouette is for you. Though it's still to show the true potential of the horror genre, it manages to give enthralling character development with some entertaining moments along the way. Due to this I highly recommend this issue, and will definitely be returning for the second. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Oct 8, 2014

    A gripping first chapter to a 4-part mini-series that has convincingly set the scene and left us with a score of questions that will draw us immediately back next month. Miller is not the first to scratch at the dark substance that lurks beneath the surface of the circus, but placing the source of terror to be largely within the mind of a young girl who is discovering her own identity for the first time makes this a compelling read from start to finish. Highly recommended for fans who like their horror a little more on the psycho-surreal side. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Zac Thompson Oct 21, 2014

    "Pirouette" gives new life to the old circus tale, by infusing a sense of heart and subverting the magic in favor of perversion. The result is a comic unlike anything you've ever read before, and a take on the circus that will have you longing for more. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Horror Talk - James Ferguson Oct 9, 2014

    Pirouette is a stunning yet tragic look at circus life through the eyes of a young woman looking to break out. As an added bonus, there's a scene where a woman vomits off the trapeze. What more could you ask for? Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Project-Nerd - Anne Jul 25, 2016

    Overall, I really enjoyed Pirouette #1. The story's protagonist is plucky and relatable and elicits sympathy through her (frankly) rotten "home" life. If you enjoy the frightening allure of old-timey circuses, strong heroines overcoming adversity (from both her family and peers in this case), or even a character's journey to self-discovery, then Pirouette is definitely for you. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Adam Cadmon Oct 8, 2014

    This is only the first issue, but Miller does a great job of building anticipation for his readers, and you can't ask for much more in a debut series. Will Pirouette live up to expectations? Only time will tell. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson Oct 8, 2014

    Overall, while it does feel more like a prologue than the first chapter in a story, Pirouette #1 still does an admirable job of introducing a genuinely intriguing protagonist and giving us enough of a glimpse into her troubled life to help us become emotionally invested in what happens in her future. So while the pace is relatively restrained for the time being, as a well-rounded character study not to mention an absolute visual treat – Pirouette comes highly, highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Dan Leicht Oct 6, 2014

    Miller has created a story that tackles dark themes with an ironic twist if the smile is painted on, does it really exist? Pirouette is living a life she feels trapped in, but hope could be at the next stop. Also, DONT DRINK THE TEA! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comix I Read - Boris Roberto Aguilar Oct 7, 2014

    TThis is a very good premier issue of a comic book. This is also a genre that I generally wouldn't read but I overall enjoyed this issue. The whole circus setting is only the tip of the iceberg. This book is creepy and chilling at times. There are some panels that will disgust you but it's done so well that you are on the edge of your chair. The fact that a clown can be so unhappy on the inside is pretty ironic and I can't wait to read on. If horror is your cup of tea, then I suggest you pick this comic book up and give it a shot. This four book series has started off strong and I am already drawn into the story and characters. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Oct 8, 2014

    Pirouette #1 is not a bad book, but it's hard to sit through. The amount of abuse and torture the main character goes through is uncomfortable and really depressing to read. Even with decent writing, a good protagonist, and artwork, it's kind of hard to recommend it because of the content. It may be worth a look, but just go in expecting to come out rather frustrated. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Oct 8, 2014

    I hate to go back to it, but man I wish that this issue didn't have that one line of narration in it. That's all that would need to be dropped to make this issue perfect; I'm torn giving it the score I am giving it, but the rest of the issue is stunning. Up until that scene I was ready to dub this the best book of the week and if you look at my other reviews you'll see that I read some fantastic issues this week. Even still it manages to be really good and hopefully the next issue can recover from this stumble and just be incredible. Read Full Review

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