Abbott #1

Writer: Saladin Ahmed Artist: Sami Kivela Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: January 24, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 20 User Reviews: 8
9.3Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

Hugo Award-nominated novelist Saladin Ahmed (Black Bolt) and artist Sami Kivelä (Beautiful Canvas) present one woman's search for the truth that destroyed her family. Hard-nosed, chain-smoking tabloid reporter Elena Abbott investigates a series of grisly crimes that the police have ignored. Crimes she knows to be the work of dark occult forces. Forces that took her husband from her. Forces she has sworn to destroy.

  • 10
    Comicsverse - Molly Barnewitz Jan 23, 2018

    Groovy artwork, captivating writing, and a hero with a cause make ABBOTT #1 a triumph. The BOOM! Studio's comic combines magic realism and astute political commentary to great effect. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - C.K. Stewart Jan 23, 2018

    Abbott #1 is an intriguing and atmospheric debut to a series that's well worth your time; it's a straightforward portrayal of the realities of '70s Detroit, for better and for worse, and through both the script and particularly the art, it weaves in an element of horror that makes the series stand out from other detective tales on the stands. Abbott has been one of the most anticipated comics of 2018 since it was announced last October, and its debut issue absolutely lives up to the hype. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Daniel Gehen Feb 2, 2018

    Abbott #1 is a taught, engaging comic. Ahmed, Kivela, and Wordie's combined efforts make for a fully realized world readers can identify with. The artwork is fantastic, and the writing does not shy away from the social issues of its setting, or even today. This may be a bold claim, but Abbott is an early contender for best miniseries of 2018. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Feb 2, 2018

    Abbott hooked me with a great premise. It's about a journalist investigating supernatural crimes that may be tied to the disappearance or death of her husband. It delivers on that and more with a gripping narrative and incredible artwork. If you want a new Foxy Brown where she deals with monsters and demons, this is the comic for you. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Doug Warren Jan 24, 2018

    This really is the best comic I’ve picked up in months. Do yourself a favor and check it out. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Ben Snyder Jan 24, 2018

    Abbott #1 feels special. The world that both Ahmed and Kivel created is full of interesting characters, racial undertones, and many aspects that still hold relevance in our current world. But most importantly it's fun and looks pretty. I really try to avoid giving perfect scores in first issues, subsequently giving them a 4 for superfluous reasons. However I simply can't do that to Abbott. Read Full Review

  • 10
    You Don't Read Comics - Ronald Simmons Jan 24, 2018

    All in all, a stellar debut by Saladin Ahmed, who has become a comic writer to watch in a relatively short window of time. ABBOTT goes far to cement that status. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Jan 24, 2018

    Abbott #1 is a shining beacon of awesome storytelling. Ahmed, Kivela, Wordie and Campbell have one hell of a tale they are building, tackling hard topics in an engaging setting. Read this comic. You wont be disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jan 24, 2018

    This was a great opening issue that does a superb job of introducing character and conflict in a way that flows as naturally as the language. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Graphic Policy - pharoahmiles Nov 3, 2018

    Overall, it's a sobering and fresh take on the supernatural genre, that mixes horror, crime noir, period drama, and thriller into a pulse pounding story. The story by Saladin Ahmed is suspenseful, imaginative, and enigmatic. The at by Sami Kivela, Jason Wordie and Taj Tenfold feels like it jumped out of a 1970s comic but with a new school sensibility. Altogether, a book that proves Saladin Ahmed should write more comic books as he's a voice that is more than needed now. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Lune Jan 25, 2018

    A stunning debut. Ahmed and Kivela deftly craft a fully realized world, mixing horrors both fantastical and all-too-real. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    We The Nerdy - Jean-Luc Botbyl Jan 23, 2018

    We may only be a few weeks in to 2018, but Abbott is one of the years most exciting books. If you need something different than whats available at other publishers, Ahmed, Kivela, and Wordie seem more than willing to supply it. I, for one, cannot wait for the next entry in the series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - D. Ivester Jan 23, 2018

    Abbott's character building is thought out very well in this issue as we travel along with her during an assignment about a "unique" murder case. We also get a small glimpse about some trouble in her past that will surely be explained later down the road, but until then I'll be happy just reading about how Abbott continues to fight to keep her spot in the world of reporters. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    All-Comic - Joshua Hilgenberg Jan 31, 2018

    Abbot #1 is the first in what will hopefully be a long run of crime drama done right. It's entertaining, yet true to its defining characteristics, such as setting. Ahmed seems to be getting at something rather than simply tempting readers with a juicy story. The entire team, though, should be lauded for this loud entry. Truly, this issue is a landmark. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Geekery Magazine - C.J. Pendragon Jan 24, 2018

    ABBOTT holds a tremendous amount of promise; there's lost love, political niceties and supernatural happenings, a little something for everyone. With the first issue of a five issue run coming out January 24, 2018, I have to demand you drop your phone and get down to your local shop. This isn't a mystery you're going to want to miss. After all, sometimes we need a reminder that there are things out there scarier, and more dangerous, than people who are just a little bit different than we are. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jan 25, 2018

    This comic manages to look both gritty and sentimental at the same time. Those few moments of supernatural horror stand out all the more because they're employed so sparingly. In short, this is a series worth following. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Doom Rocket - Brandy Dykhuizen Jan 30, 2018

    This could just as easily have been a book about truth and justice being the real heroes, without a visit from the underworld, and it would still be engaging. You'd only be doing yourself a favor by giving this one a try. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Jon Carroll Jan 24, 2018

    It's a great example of how broadening the pool of both creators and the type of content they produce enriches the entire medium and helps to lift it out of the ghetto of people in colorful tights punching each other. If the next four issues are as good as the first, then this is going to be a book to remember. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Madeleine Sisco Jan 23, 2018

    Abbott #1 is a well written, with art that fits the setting and mood fantastically, but meanders in the aspects of the story that are the least interesting. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Black Nerd Problems - L.E.H. Light Jan 24, 2018

    Abbott is an atmospheric crime drama with a supernatural bend. If any of those words make you happy, then pick this book up for #NCBD. Read Full Review

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