Alienated #1

Writer: Simon Spurrier Artist: Chris Wildgoose Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: February 12, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 14
8.8Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

Acclaimed writer Simon Spurrier (John Constantine Hellblazer, Coda) and artist Chris Wildgoose (Batgirl, Batman: Nightwalker) present a subversive coming-of-age story about having all the power to change the world but the unready hands to truly wield it. Three teenagers, each an outcast in their own way, stumble upon an unearthly entity as it's born. As they bond over this shared secret and the creature's incredible abilities, it becomes clear to the teenagers that their cute little pet is a super-predator in the making - and it's in need of prey. Guided by the best intentions at first, the teens' decisions soon become corrupted by adolescent more

  • 10
    Outright Geekery - Joe Bones Feb 12, 2020

    The kind of comic where you come for the story, but end up staying for the art. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Watch - Gabriel De Jesus Feb 17, 2020

    Alienated #1 provides complex characters and emotional art to create a wonderfully put together story that is impressive on all levels. It is something that already has me hooked and eager for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Feb 12, 2020

    It's a normal premise that quickly gets injected with a perfect dose of science fiction that embodies the best parts of the genre. Spurrier and Wildgoose leverage the speculative elements of the world to slowly tease and unravel the different social dynamics at play, all while setting the stage for something grander. Each page is constructed with a very deliberate sense of care, and the end product is a very powerful first issue that will immediately grab your attention. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - Vishal Gullapalli Feb 11, 2020

    Alienated #1 packs a lot of potential for what will likely be yet another incredible series from BOOM! Studios and all of the creators. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Feb 12, 2020

    Chris Wildgoose delivers some beautiful art throughout this issue. The characters are detailed and look amazing. The backgrounds are lush and vibrant and complements the tone of the story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Brazen Bull - Dave Robbins Feb 12, 2020

    In Alienated, Simon Spurrier once again crafts an accessible discussion of self-reflection with a science fiction adventure that has heart as well as believable stakes. Fans of his other work will no-doubt be pleased. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bookcase - Jarred A. Lujn Feb 11, 2020

    Alienated #1 is a stellar first issue that launches a story overflowing with heart. In an era that often repeats ideas for the sake nostalgia and an easy buck, it is refreshing to read something that feels familiar yet wholly new. I love it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Feb 16, 2020

    After seeing what this being can do, it will be interesting to see what the approach will be for our band of Sams, and how, or if, they can manage to control it. Alienated #1 is an excellent start to a modern sci-fi romp. With a great story and killer artwork, Alienated alienates itself from the pack. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Nick Devonald Feb 12, 2020

    An exciting debut issue. Incredible writing hooks you in, outstanding art pulls you deep inside the comic, the colors bring it all to life and expert lettering makes a complex story readable with ease. A fantastic but subtle look at society and social media, this promises to be a great story. This is a comic that plays to all the strengths of the medium and wouldn’t work nearly as well in a different format. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Graphic Policy - Brett Feb 12, 2020

    Alienated #1 is a solid start to the series that has us immediately wanting to come back to see more. Each character is interesting in their own way and where things end up should be fascinating to see their reactions. A fantastic debut that's definitely worth checking out. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Major Spoilers - Ingrid Lind-Jahn Feb 17, 2020

    A mysterious encounter in the woods changes their lives in unexpected ways. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Darryll Robson Feb 9, 2020

    This is an outstanding first issue. Wonderfully crafted by all involved, it guarantees that you will become attached to the central characters, hooked from the very beginning. If you read this issue you will definitely be along for the full series. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Multiversity Comics - John Schaidler Feb 14, 2020

    Visually, "Alienated" #1 is a bold, ambitious achievement. As the first chapter ends, however, the story has failed to keep pace. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Feb 18, 2020

    Alienated's concept gives our three protagonists the ability to hear what often goes unspoken. There are hints at backstory already being seeded, with Samantha’s being the most notable in terms of already connecting to the other thematic elements of the book. While some will point to E.T. or Chronicle for comparison, the tale also recalls Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s “Earshot” episode, in which Buffy also became able to hear the thoughts of those around her at school and ended up preventing a tragedy that no one else could because it was coming from the mind of one of the quiet ones. That too stemmed from a sense of alienation, and the fact that this story appears to be going in a science-fiction direction shows how ripe the basic premise is, providing this cast of teenage an opportunity to find themselves and each other. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Chase Magnett Feb 12, 2020

    Wherever the mysteries of the plot and ambitions of the creators lie, Alienated #1 promises that the best is yet to come and earns more than sufficient credit to keep us reading throughout 2020. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Connor Stephens Feb 11, 2020

    Ultimately then, Alienated shows an intense amount of promise for its series as a whole. A few early stumbles in early dialogue is not even remotely enough to turn away from this rich outing from such a strong creative team. Striking characters, outstanding composition and the strong beginnings of a story of good intentions turned horribly, traumatically wrong, all help to make this debut issue a coming-of-age story worthy of the term subversive, not to mention some of your hard-earned coin this Wednesday. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Rauld Feb 13, 2020

    Wow, I was super impressed. I decided last minute to add this issue to my pull list, and did not regret it one bit. One of the best first issues I've read recently.

    Every one of the main characters is likable, and the villain is easy to hate. With just one issue you get to know a lot about the main characters and how they develop a deep connection quickly. The pacing is fantastic and had me wanting more. It reminds me a lot of Stranger Things in terms of the mood, pace, and story-telling, and I say that as a large compliment. The artwork is fantastic and perfect for this story. I'm not one to focus a lot on lettering but even that was masterful in this issue.

    Overall a really, really good issue top to bottom which I H more

  • 9.5
    Veido Feb 12, 2020

    Si Spurrier has done it again! :D Great first issue, with awesome art by Wildgoose.

  • 9.0
    Gizmo Feb 22, 2020

    I nearly passed over this, but bought it because Simon Spurrier is a good writer. In this case he delivers. The characters each reflect their own unique dimension of teenage angst, one in particular ponders a surprising degree of existentialism for a teenager. Then there is some sort of trippy alien phenomenon thrown in to keep things interesting. I'm not sure where the plot is going, but it has me interested.

  • 7.0
    Spacey Medicine Feb 19, 2020

    This has some cool ideas and an interesting enough premise. It felt a bit frenetic, but I guess that’s first issues for you.

  • 6.0
    Amazing Psycamorean Feb 12, 2020

    This was better than I expected, but I'm not very into it. I don't like teenagers. They're annoying and woefully incomplete as people. And while Simon Spurrier's character work feels out of touch and has a sort of "Hello, fellow kids" vibe, he's certainly nailed the annoying part. It feels like it's set in three different, incongruous time periods. The current stuff with YouTube, that's relatively modern. But the way they dress feels more like the 90s. And the way they act, and how things function, feels more like the mid 2000s. It just feels like the writer wasn't sure what era he was writing.

  • 5.5
    Full Spread Jun 7, 2020

    Trying overly hard to be progressive to the point of parody. Paying liberal lip service is fine, but Spurrier doesn't say anything profound and actively undermines any progressive message because the tone is so comically absurd.

    Worse of all, the mind-reading element isn't very original nor is it done in a particularly interesting way. It's such a huge development that it distracts from the core concept of the series (ALIENS!). So in that regard, this first issue is badly paced.

    Great art though.

  • 10
    gustave154 Nov 25, 2020

  • 10
    The Chosen One Feb 12, 2020

  • 9.0
    Kreniigh Mar 2, 2021

  • 8.0
    tonpas1989 May 14, 2020

  • 8.0
    Wolf Warner Feb 15, 2020

  • 7.5
    Copygram14 Sep 30, 2020

  • 6.0
    batman_forever Feb 21, 2020

  • 4.0
    KnM Jan 15, 2021

Reviews for the Week of...