Toe Tag Riot #1

Toe Tag Riot #1

Writer: Matt Miner Artist: Sean Von Gorman Publisher: Black Mask Studios Release Date: November 26, 2014 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 20
7.7Critic Rating
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A hilarious and gory tongue-in-cheek story, Toe Tag Riot is about a punk rock band cursed to become zombies whenever they perform their music! The band goes on a last cross-country tour in search of the cure to their affliction, but being the ethical sometimes-zombie punks that they are, Toe Tag Riot uses their zombie superpowers to rid the world of racists, homophobes, misogynists and all kinds of other nasty people. Read the LGBT-positive book that the Westboro Baptist Church themselves accidentally endorsed and then felt really stupid about doing! Guest appearance by Andy Hurley from Fall Out Boy!

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Nov 30, 2014

    Toe Tag Riot #1 is fun, inspiring, a little grimy, and riotously loud, just like the music and individuals (fictional and real) that inspired it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Nerds Unchained - Jeremy Radick Nov 26, 2014

    I don't want to give too much away, aside from the fact that the issue is a lot of fun. We still need to get to know the characters a bit more, but as first issues go, it's funny, gory and gives the reader plenty of hooks to bring them back for more. Based on the subject matter and the setting within the punk rock world, it's not for everyone, true, but for those who get it, they'll enjoy it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Capeless Crusader - Lindsey Bass Nov 26, 2014

    I think anyone that is an equal rights activists, or a supporter of the LGBTQ community will enjoy this book. Of course anyone that's a fan of zombies will enjoy it, too. Just don't expect the zombies you've grown accustomed to in The Walking Dead. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicWow!TV - Nov 26, 2014

    Von Gorman's artwork has a certain 'MTV' feel to it.  There are moments when some of the artwork has a 'BEAVIS AND BUTTHEAD' feel to it.  Von Gorman's work here is lighter and less realistic.  Just as Miner is going for a lighter tone, Von Gorman is also trying to create a stylistic differentiation between universe of TOE TAG RIOT and the universe of LIBERATOR and CRITICAL HIT.  This is also one of the funniest and most original Zombie stories in a long time.  Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Multiversity Comics - Keith Dooley Nov 26, 2014

    It's a shame more books like this don't have a well-deserved spotlight. Miner and Von Gorman have released a fun book with a vital message that is cleverly written and gorgeously illustrated. I look forward to seeing the band members fleshed out (pun intended) in the remaining issues of "Toe Tag Riot" and seeing the paragons of hate brought down to the lowest peg. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Eris Walsh Nov 26, 2014

    Toe Tag Riot is meant to be tongue-in-cheek, and considering the antagonist being injustice and a cameo from a celebrity musician, theres no doubt thats an accurate description. With a base layer of good dialogue punctuated by sound artwork, however, this run is shaping up to be a keeper. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Booked - Magen Cubed Nov 27, 2014

    From start to finish, Toe Tag Riot #1 is a fun read with a strong social message and a talented creative team. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Brian Reed Nov 26, 2014

    I'm rather enjoying this comic. It's fun, it's wild, and it's out there. Bonus points for doing something unusual too! A touch of punk makes zombies much more tolerable at this late stage in their popularity. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book City Podcast - Matthias Talley Nov 24, 2014

    In conclusion, this comic is fun to read and was created by a passionate group of independent creators, who obviously have a lot to say about bigotry, homophobia, and other social ills that are on their minds. There aren't many comics that cause me to audibly laugh while contemplating societal depravities. After looking at the last panel, I want to run to my LCS and read the future shenanigans of the Toe Tag Riot. If you like zombie comics and a good laugh, this is a must buy. More Brains!! More Good Dumb Fun. Solid read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Horror Talk - James Ferguson Nov 25, 2014

    Toe Tag Riot could have been a preachy book about tolerance, but it plays everything pretty light. When Dickie starts to lecture the skinheads at the show, the other members of the band start to roll their eyes, knowing that he's about to go on a tirade. Evie and Annie jump in to poke fun at the skinheads on their own, just by being who they are. This is a fun book with punk rock, zombies, and a great sense of humor. What more do you want? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comix I Read - Boris Roberto Aguilar Nov 25, 2014

    Toe Tag Riot is a fun well written book with realistic dialog. The reality of the social issues really make this book enjoyable. When a book can easily talk about lesbians and neo-nazis without making it seem like a huge deal, I feel more willing to read that. I love the concept that a zombie band who looks ugly is ridding the world of the real ugliness in this world. If you are open to non traditional subject matter with the forefront being a rock band then this book is certainly for you. Like many new books, I will keep this on my pull list for the first arc and we will evaluate if it stays there after that. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Nick Philpott Nov 26, 2014

    Out of all the stuff I liked about this issue, the part I had the most fun with was the upending of some of the zombie tropes and the punk rock tropes. Sure, one of the band members is a vegan, and they all have stereotypical punk haircuts and outfits; but there's a scene where one of them uses punk rock safety pins to reattach a part of his body. It's the kind of inspired thing that could launch an entire comic book, and it seems that it has. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - mahargen Nov 26, 2014

    The book is raw and to the point, much like the music that inspires it. What you see is what you get. I mentioned earlier that there's a place for everything. Sometimes you want the Grant Morrison treatment on a story, sometimes you just want to see and zombie with a mohawk eat a bunch of Aryan tools. This hit home with me, so I can't recommend it enough. Matt Miner is an emerging voice in comics and I look forward to seeing him grow. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Coming Up Comics - David Melton Nov 25, 2014

    While the story takes a moment to find its footing, it eventually lands on the right foot, leaving its readers excited and hungry for more. It's a fun and original concept told in four issues so the fun won't last forever, but it promises to be memorable. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Inter-Comics Podcast - Georgie V Nov 27, 2014

    Toe Tag Riot is a very fun read, and shows some real potential. If the art picks up a bit (or it becomes more clear that this is the style the artist is purposefully imposing on the characters) this could turn into a welcome addition to any pull list. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Rhymes With Geek - J. Reifler Nov 17, 2014

    If you like comics about punk and horror you will dig this series. Toe Tag Riot has has a vibe that should appeal to fans of the Misfits and doesn't get too heavy in the gore department. I found the book to be more funny than scary but I'm not sure what the intentionis long term. It was fun in certain momentsbut didn't blow me away in the end. I guess I need to see what happens next; arewe going to end up with Night of the Living Dead or Return of the Living Dead? Will Toe Tag Riot fanslive long enough to find out? Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Outright Geekery - Akadavid Nov 30, 2014

    Toe Tag Riot is something a little different within the zombie comic genre right now. A good read that reminded me not all zombie comics are created equal. Black Mask has been putting out some good stuff lately, especially Matt Miner's other comic Critical Hit. I'm willing to giveToe Tag Riot#2 a read nextmonth. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Crusaders - Adam Cadmon Nov 20, 2014

    The thing that really keeps you reading is the way Miner has mixed and mashed the chronology of the book. We jump around from present to past and back again without ever being told just what brought about the band's fortuitous curse. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Torin Chambers Nov 26, 2014

    The worst offender of this is the time period. Toe Tag Riot is set in 2004 and I cannot find anything that suggests this choice is anything but arbitrary. There are numerous references that make no sense if the book is really Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    All-Comic - Dan Pennacchia Nov 24, 2014

    Overall, there is a lot of potential. It will be interesting to see how the series develops going forward. As of now, the first issue of Toe Tag Riot falls short of what it could be. Read Full Review

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