X'ed #1

X'ed #1

Writer: Tony Patrick Artist: Ayhan Hayrula Publisher: Black Mask Studios Release Date: December 2, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 2
8.2Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

A sci-fi thriller about a next-gen form of psychiatry: "subliminal hitmen" injected into your mind who hunt down and kill the demons that haunt you. Ex-military sharpshooter Colin McClure is Mezign Corporation's most recent recruit for the still-experimental (and often deadly) job of subliminal hitman. McClure is the perfect candidate for two reasons: a) he's a killing machine, and b) he lost his legs in the war, so subliminal-ops are his only way to see any action. But he's also a dangerous candidate for one reason unknown to Mezign: Colin's true motive is to enter the mind of his catatonic daughter and bring her out of a coma.

  • 9.0
    PopOptiq - Anthony Spataro Dec 3, 2015

    Xed starts off with a very intriguing premise that dives right into the action without any sort of hesitation. There is plenty of mystery abound as not much is revealed about the team that organizes these journeys into people's minds except for Colin. Colin, with his formal vested avatar aided by a crossbow once in Evelyns mind, appears to have gone through some potential hardships in past jobs that is surely to be of topic as the series progresses. There is enough intrigue, mystery, and flying hourglasses in this first issue of Xed that breathes lots of room for potential to be explored in terms of characters and world building. Whatever is in store for this new sure hit from Black Mask Studios, Patrick, Hayrula, Garbak and Campbell have only just begun. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Nikki Sherman Dec 2, 2015

    X'ed#1 feels like jumping headfirst into never-ending ocean of pure, unadulterated fun. Those things tied around your feet? They're weights, pulling you further into the story, into the mind of the characters (in a variety of ways, at that!). Black Mask has yet another exciting book in their arsenal, and I'll be anxiously awaiting issue two. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Bounding Into Comics - John F. Trent Dec 7, 2015

    X'ED #1 was a roaring, crazy, weird adventure. It takes you on a ride, laying out a number of points of conflict and paths the story can take. It provides subtle social commentary on a number of different topics, but what it does best is entertain. This book was pure entertainment and I can't wait to read more. If there was one failing it was not enough time to really develop certain characters, but I expect that to be quickly corrected in the ensuing issues based on the characterization of Evelyn. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Graphic Policy - christopher scott author Dec 19, 2015

    For the most that part the art is superb, and realistic when the story is in the real world. However in the world of the mind, there is something about the artwork that reminds of me of Salivor Dali. Even though the world of the mind seems much more colorful for than the real world. Where in stark contrast the real seems to be done in darker tones, of red, black, and a few other colors. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Broken Infinite - Frank Rodriguez Dec 1, 2015

    Besides the disconnect of characters because of the lack of names, this was a solid first issue. There were entertaining characters that felt real, art that was gritty yet full of life because it had to do so much in one issue and a wonderful main plot that makes you wanting more because unsolved questions and the sheer concept of the book. This book is different from the word go, but in a great way. The landscape of the mind isn't something comics tackle too often as a main premise. X'ed#1 does it with ease and makes it fun and thrilling! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerds Unchained - Jeremy Radick Dec 3, 2015

    At the end of the day, X'ed is a solid and exciting debut issue for fans of science-fiction techno-thrillers with a healthy dash of weird psychology. The art is just strange enough to believably depict a mindscape, but grounded enough to effectively handle the action and atmosphere of the real world side of things. It's a winner of a debut, and I'll be checking out the next one. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Dan Leicht Nov 26, 2015

    X'ed #1 is a crazy sci-fi adventure. It's a cross between classicMichael Crichton and today's James Cameron. Tony Patrick lays the groundwork for a tale that can take the reader anywhere they can “imagine” as he's accompanied by talented artistsAyhan Hayrula, and Doug Garbark. X'ed has the action you're looking for along with the story and artwork to back it up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Dec 6, 2015

    This book bleeds of creativity: the writing is clever and on point, and the art takes a creative and fresh outlook on the human mind. To see what goes through the mind of this elderly woman is mesmerizing. Colin is this tough as nails hitman, but with a major twist to him. By the end of the issue, I wanted the second issue to already be out already. Black Mask has another original and creative series on its hands, one that reads so smoothly, it feels cinematic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    SnapPow.com - John McCubbin Dec 2, 2015

    X'ed #1 is a great point for new readers to taste what Black Mask has to offer, being yet another amazing story from the publisher. Having a wonderful concept as well as showing signs of great promise, the creative team certainly left me eager for more, and all that I can hope is that they deliver on this. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Graphic Policy - Brett Dec 4, 2015

    This is a series that's one to watch. A solid first issue that shows promise, I'm looking forward to the second. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Dec 1, 2015

    X'ED delivers a premise science fiction fans haven't seen before; the act of entering the psychology in a physical form is compelling and worth checking out for any fans of psychology. Read Full Review

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