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The Disciples #1

Writer: Steve Niles Artist: Christopher Mitten Publisher: Black Mask Studios Release Date: June 10, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 4
8.1Critic Rating
7.2User Rating

Dagmar, Rick, and Jules, intrepid private eyes/bounty hunters, have been hired by a high ranking Senator to retrieve his teenage daughter who's run off to join a mysterious religious cult.

This is no ordinary cult though. In the near future of "The Disciples," the ultra-wealthy have become true Masters Of The Universe by colonizing moons throughout the solar system. Billionaire industrialist McCauley Richmond is one such colonist: he's built a new society on Ganymede, a moon of Jupiter, where his flock of cultists can have the religious freedom to worship him.

But when the team reaches Ganymede in their Starship Vent more

  • 10
    Comix I Read - Kyle Pitman Jun 6, 2015

    If you're looking for a creative sci-fi/horror comic that leaves you with the perfect amount of questions and tons of room to grow,TheDisciples #1 is the answer. It's a textbook example of a great first issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    We The Nerdy - Amy Brander Jun 9, 2015

    These are the basics needed to push out a successful first issue for me. We've achieved that here. Requirements made! So art-wise, I'm pretty happy. Illustrator Christopher Mitten has created some beautiful panels of space. Kinda fell in love with them. You might recognize Mitten's work from Wasteland which is an on-going series from Oni Press. It's a post apocalyptic story which started back in 2006 written by Antony Johnson who I've actually interviewed before about his series Umbral. I have yet to read Wasteland. It's on my list.Black Mask Comics has been making me really happy lately. I love current series We Can Never Go Home and Space Riders. Now I can add TheDisciples to the list of monthly purchases. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Nerds Unchained - Jeremy Radick Jun 12, 2015

    If the rest of the series is as engrossing and creepy as this first, then we're in for an unsettling, horrific treat. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jun 10, 2015

    The Disciples #1 is a slow start, but by the end of the first issue, we've got our first horror moment. It's a build throughout the issue that pays off. It had me saying WTF. Definitely a great addition to sci-fi horror like Alien, Aliens, Event Horizon, and other classic films in the genre. Can't wait to see where it all goes, and counting down until the second issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Lost Lighthouse - thelostlighthouse Jun 11, 2015

    The Disciplesis off to a great start, and while I had expected a little more horror right from the off this first issue benefits from the set up and great art as a lead in. Check this out at your local comic book shop, or you can get it digitally over Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III Jun 9, 2015

    The Disciples #1 isn't a perfect horror debut for Black Mask Studios, but it is an effective one. Steve Niles, Jonathan Mitten and Jay Fotos deliver a first issue that is equal parts private eye procedural and horror yarn, all condensed into a a well-constructed science fiction landscape that can only be expanded in further issues. Horror is a tricky genre to tackle in comics. It can either come across as exploitation or end up feeling bone-dry as it ramps up to actual scares. The Disciples #1 avoids both of these extremes and settles itself into a creepy middle ground that promises bigger and better scares later on. This debut issue is yet another reason to stand up and take notice of Black Mask Studios and a worthy example of just what kind of stories you can experience when you look beyond established imprints. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Jun 11, 2015

    This book is more sci-fi than horror, but I think the horror is coming in issue two and beyond, judging by the last page of issue one. Niles and Mitten are able to avoid that typical execution of horror as with a “gory-and-bloody-stuff-will-scare-people” mentality. It’s not that that scares us, but imagining ourselves in that situation. If the situation is not plausible, then we don’t get scared. There is so much yet to come, and I am more excited for this book than words can explain. Keep up with this series for more sci-fi and some new horror! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - James Anders II Jun 10, 2015

    But in a sci fi twisty horror tale like The Disciples, disturbing is exactly what I am looking for. Niles and Mitten have got the ball rolling at a good pace with Issue #1. I give additional credit to Jay Fotos as well for the color hues of blues and blacks that work well in bringing the shiver to the work and complete this fine opening salvo. With these three bringing it early, I am looking forward to see how far into the darkness we will sink. As for now, based on Issue #1, I am going to say it looks like it is going to be one big deep sink. Read Full Review

  • 7.5 - John McCubbin Jun 9, 2015

    The Disciples #1 may not have been quite as captivating as I anticipated, but that doesn't mean it wasn't awesome. Giving great set-up, and ending on a chilling high, the creators have done something truly memorable, as though this issue by itself isn't anything special, I can easily see the series becoming something that fans will be talking about for years to come. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    Geekality - Ryan Marshall Jun 10, 2015

    Usually most of Steves project is matched with stunning traditional painted/mixed media artwork, which can either overpower the narrative or enhance it. But Christopher Mitten who has collaborated before with Steve on Criminal Macabre totally nails it with his solid and gritty line work which never feels loose. The spacey backgrounds and textures also were simply beautiful and help embellish Christophers line art, taking this book to another level. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Big Comic Page - Ross Sweeney Jul 21, 2015

    Like a fairly awesome mix of Aliens psychological horror, Fireflys frontiersmanship and the sense of wonder that imbues all great sci-fi, this is a book that absolutely knows how to make the most of its wonderful artists. Theres a heck of a lot to like about this series thus far, and whilst therere a couple of writing pitfalls, its eminently readable and thoroughly enjoyable. Read Full Review

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