The Dregs #1
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The Dregs #1

Writer: Lonnie Nadler, Zac Thompson Artist: Eric Zawadzki Publisher: Black Mask Studios Release Date: January 25, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 16
8.8Critic Rating
8.7User Rating

A gentrified city. Its homeless population restricted to six square blocks called The Dregs. When people start disappearing, a drug-addled homeless man obsessed with detective fiction becomes addicted to solving the mystery. Equal parts Raymond Chandler and Don Quixote set in a thriving metropolis that literally cannibalizes the homeless, The Dregs is the first homeless meta noir ever made.

  • 10
    All-Comic - Alex Mansfield Jan 18, 2017

    The Dregs #1 is a potent debut that's steeped in noir and layered with turmoil both internal and external, fictional and all too real Read Full Review

  • 10
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Jan 26, 2017

    'The Dregs' #1 is a winning debut that takes an unlikely protagonist on a mysterious journey that also reflects the ugliness in our own world. Masterfully crafted with a nod to crime noir of the past, Nadler and Thompson have created a true detective story that crackles with hard-boiled fiction and social criticism. It would be a crime to miss out on this title. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Jan 25, 2017

    The Dregs is a clever title for a book that offer so much from a seemingly simple story. Does the title reflect the characters, their part of the world or the viewpoint that society has of them? Either way, this book deserves to escape the dregs of the bargain bin, such is the quality of both the writing and the art. Read Full Review

  • 10
    That's Not Current - Kieran Fisher Jan 26, 2017

    The Dregs is a brilliant read, with powerful subtext the beating heart of a horror mystery that's not for the faint of heart. It's perhaps a little too dark for some taste buds, but if you can appreciate an intelligent tale of cannibalism then I suggest picking it up. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Jan 25, 2017

    One of the most accomplished debuts of 2017 so far, The Dregs provides an utterly unique twist on an established genre while also putting forth a socially relevant message about the way we look at the world of poverty and substance abuse. Highest of recommendations for this one. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Daniel Vlasaty Jan 25, 2017

    For now, I'll sit here eagerly awaiting issue 2 and just hope (like some of their other books) it's not all that super delayed. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Slackjaw Punks - Garret Tumey Jan 22, 2017

    Nadler and Thompson construct a macabre look at modern urban cities, and take close note to not only the corporate renovations, but also how these changes affect the people less thought of within the cities. Zawadzki's art directly reflects the depression and despair that is life in the Dregs, while Cunniffe's choice in color palette completely match's the dark tone. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Jan 29, 2017

    The Dregs is a fresh new story, different from whats on the shelf today. Black Mask is known for their imaginative books that push the envelope. The Dregs definitely pushes the blood soaked envelope in this mature readers book. If you are looking for a book outside of the super hero norm, then The Dregs doesnt get much better. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - christopher scott author Feb 8, 2017

    I will admit for a book focused on creating a murder mystery there is a nice balance between plot building, gore, plot, and some political themes like gentrification. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bleeding Cool - L. Falcetti Jan 25, 2017

    The Dregs is a not a wild howl for blood in the streets, it's not a primal rage directed at the establishment; it's the rot from within, the ulcer in the stomach of capitalist greed. It doesn't roar out of the gates like a punch to a smug Nazi's face, it picks itself up from the street, from the corner you just walked past, creeping out into the concrete night daring to be itself, to at best expose the hands on the knives carving out the humans from humanity and at least to be a bone in the throat they can choke on. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Lune Jan 27, 2017

    A grim premise presented in a unique way, The Dregs looks gorgeous even at its most horrific, and reads like the type of thrilling crime story its main character is obsessed with. A fantastic debut issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Nerds On The Rocks - admin Jan 27, 2017

    Lonnie Nadler and Zac Thompson an excellent job of humanizing its main character Arnold when homeless people are often marginalized and forgotten by society in The Dregs #1. Even though he dresses differently than him and is hooked on a drug named listo, hes a true private eye in the Philip Marlowe tradition and even takes on the Chandler characters name during the zoning meeting. Add Eric Zawadskis neat panel grids and bursts of grotesquerie buried beneath the fancy buildings and food, and The Dregs is one of the more unique comics Ive read in 2017. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Jan 25, 2017

    “The Dregs” is off to a very strong start and I'm eager to see this entire saga play out. Black Mask has yet another timely and bold series on their hands. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Feb 4, 2017

    The Dregs works as a modern day noir tale with a light horror twist.  I'm dying to see that piece expanded upon.  For now, we've got a solid detective story with an untraditional main character.  Arnold is grouchy, unclean, and drug-addled, yet his mind is racing a mile a minute.  He might be crazy, but he just might be on to something. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Feb 10, 2017

    The Dregs is a great example of what Black Mask does best: edgy comics with a touch of a social awareness message mixed in to add flavor to the story. I found the underlying mystery to be gripping, particularly after the gut-punch of the horrific opening sequence. Ultimately I was rooting for the protagonist in his search for his friend and against the greedy politicians and businessmen who were in it to line their own pockets with little regard for the well-being of others. If you'd like to try a comic that plays well outside the realm of the capes and cowls, The Dregs is worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Jan 30, 2017

    If you'll forgive the pun, The Dregs #1 isn't exactly the meatiest of debuts, but what it does deliver satisfies enough to start this series on a compelling note. Melding social issues, horror, and mystery Zac Thompson and Lonnie Nadler set their dirty little crime story apart from the pack and give Black Mask Studios another solidly entertaining debut issue under their belt. Along with the expressive and cleverly constructed artwork from Eric Zawadski and Dee Cunniffe, The Dregs #1 is a lean slab of bizarro noir just waiting for readers to try a bite. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jan 28, 2017

    The Dregs sets out on a determined path and really mines the tension of their story to good measure. The idea of a homeless detective is really neat and executed well, with sufficiently gross and gritty art. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - stephengervais Jan 24, 2017

    Sometimes I wish writers avoided all attempts to be clever. They need not tie their stories to the works of literary titans (with the quotes from Jonathan Swift and references to Raymond Chandler). Telling a simple story well will do just fine. Despite its tendency to bloviate on occasion by commenting on social shortcomings of civilized society, it's a decent conspiracy mystery thus far. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Outright Geekery - Brian A. Madrid Jan 20, 2017

    Overall an intriguing story and look forward to the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    CelebrityButts Jan 26, 2017

    Great first issue that gives a lot of story, atmosphere, setting and some sense of 'risk' to this urban hellhole. Main character is likeable yet flawed which makes me want to read more. He seems to be his best when he simply tries to keep with his problems and stick them out. Love the presentation and art style, the quotes at the beginning seemed cheesey at first, but then again it's so true. Our society is so often wounding itself - often through ignorance. Simply finding stories that are willing to take the perspective of a homeless guy is difficult, through the comic the city quickly becomes a different kind of place. Things like books matter more than suspiciously overpriced sausages!

  • 10
    ZodTee Jan 23, 2017

    Blew me away. Tight debut with insane page layouts. I want more.

  • 9.5
    ComicRelief Jan 23, 2017

    Almost PERFECT debut. This is a good one, folks!

  • 9.5
    Spock's Brain Jan 27, 2017

    The first issue sets the agenda with the gruesome opening scene and the quote from Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal"...what follows is an excellent noir story with the most unlikely of heroes. This promises to be an inside look at the life of the homeless as well as an excoriation of the rich, a look at the kind of society that allows them to coexist in close quarters. Great issue!

  • 9.5
    Grizzwaldd Jan 27, 2017

    Great start to a series. Excited for second issue.

  • 9.5
    Jahonay Feb 21, 2017

    Read this comic on break at work the other day and it stuck with me throughout my shift. It focuses the story around a somewhat questionable main character, and I felt it wasn't trying to make him too easy to relate to. The comic was dark, gritty, but without overdoing it. I find myself thinking that if I saw this homeless man in real life, then I would probably write him off completely, and maybe I should doubt myself a bit more because of that.

    Give this first issue a shot, hopefully there's more good stuff to come.

  • 3.5
    Raist819 Jul 14, 2017

    This is a classic case of a writer trying too hard. The noir feels forced, some of the pieces, like the femme fatale just happening to be at the demolished building, are terribly contrived, and the primary conceit doesn't really make sense outside of it being an allegory for gentrification. As an allegory it's as subtle as one of those After School Specials from the 80s. I certainly don't understand what the hype is about.

  • 10
    Greg Hound Apr 19, 2018

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    endangered Jul 24, 2017

  • 9.0
    DavidTC Mar 9, 2017

  • 9.0
    Phil B. May 11, 2017

  • 8.5
    Wolf Warner Jan 28, 2017

  • 8.5
    Sayrus Feb 16, 2017

  • 8.5
    Alex Mackay Mar 4, 2017

  • 8.5
    DRONESAUR May 4, 2017

  • 7.5
    Nobodyisemo May 3, 2017

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