Black Market #1
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Black Market #1

Writer: Frank J. Barbiere Artist: Victor Santos Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: July 16, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 3
7.8Critic Rating
6.7User Rating

WHY WE LOVE IT: Here at BOOM!, we've never shied away from exploring the dark crevices of the superhero genre that other publishers can't. From Mark Waid's IRREDEEMABLE to Mike Carey's SUICIDE RISK, we love finding new ways to push the boundaries of our medium's favorite genre.

WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: BLACK MARKET mixes the visceral noir/pulp sensibilities of Frank J. Barbiere's FIVE GHOSTS and Victor Santos' FILTHY RICH with a truly modern take on superhero mythos. If you love Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips' work on Sleeper like we do, this series is for you.

WHAT'S IT ABOUT: Ray Willis is a broken man, a disgraced medical examin more

  • 9.2
    Rhymes With Geek - The Death Of Comics Jul 14, 2014

    Black Market is a smart and cerebral approach to a story featuring superheroes. Superheros have been broken down in the non traditional sense before but Black Market still finds a way to present a fresh twist to the genre. Barbiere's non powered characters drive a story that offers thoughtful moral arguments. Santos' art gifts the reader with colorful pages and unique layouts. If you are soured on the big two's supes then pick up Black Market this Wednesday for a clever new super hero comic. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Zac Thompson Jul 11, 2014

    Im not familiar with Frank J. Barbieres work, but this issue has made me an instant fan. A well crafted story that finds compelling material in well traveled territory, “Black Market” is the real deal. Buy it now. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin Jul 12, 2014

    Black Market is a unique take on the superhero genre with it's edgy plot and deep characters making it a must have for comic fans. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Chris Romero Jul 18, 2014

    Victor Santos' pencils and Adam Metcalfe's colors combine for a visually intriguing book; one that blends flashbacks with the current state pretty nicely. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Jul 15, 2014

    Black Market is loaded with potential, and after one issue I'm more than intrigued as to where it goes. For me, the first issue entertained, and got me to think, not just about the issue, but the superhero genre as a whole. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Jul 18, 2014

    Black Market is an noteworthy new title that legitimately has something new to say in the superhero world, even if it does cover some familiar ground. The only potential concern is that for a mini-series, Barbiere has already set up so many potential threads that we won't have them all resolved by the end of the run. Yet that's half the joy of discovery, and we are looking forward to seeing what Barbiere has in store for the rest of the run. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Florida Geek Scene - Brian Reed Jul 16, 2014

    Black Market was a little slow to get going, but once it did, I was really thrilled. This is a must-read, and issue two can't come soon enough. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Multiversity Comics - David Henderson Jul 17, 2014

    This was a surprising hit of a first issue, incorporating excellent use of knowing its genre inside and out (and hoping its audience does to) withartwork that both compliments and juxtaposes the writing to create a world that feels familiar yet just off ever so slightly. Barbiere and Santos have created a superhero story that's both unlike any other superhero story and isn't really a superhero story after, and yet they tell it with such grace that it's infectious, making the series at only 4 issues long feel like a pull list must have. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Jeff Lake Jul 17, 2014

    The premise of stealing meta DNA for personal gain is a compelling one, and with high stakes, personal drama and, oh yeah, super heroes, Black Market is a book brimming with promise. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - spicytoilet Jul 16, 2014

    This story is very well written with some smart dialogue. The art is absolutely fantastic too. About the only thing I didn't like was the lettering. The lettering wasn't bad, it just".. I felt that it could have been better. It felt a bit rushed. Other than that I can totally recommend this. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Meagan Damore Jul 18, 2014

    "Black Market" is the "Breaking Bad" of the superhero world. In this first issue of a four-part miniseries, Barbiere and Santos get the story rolling fast with a familiar world and an intriguing, incredibly structured story that focuses on an average man in a world of superheroes and is bound to develop into something great. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Gregg Katzman Jul 16, 2014

    BLACK MARKET is off to a very interesting start and most certainly left me wanting more. The strong emphasis on ethical dilemmas is being presented very well and has opened the door to a whole lot of potential. Throw in some fitting artwork and the end result is a smart and legitimately intriguing debut chapter that approaches a world of superheroes in a new way. BLACK MARKET is now on my radar and I'm very anxious to see where this story will go next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Cole Kennedy Jul 14, 2014

    Black Market is a very interesting and involving, realistic viewpoint on superheroes and super-powered beings and what impact they have on society, especially on those who are less than super, but aspire to be. A surprise ending, along with great character development and background info make this an easy read, while containing a lot of themes and similarities that most mature readers can relate to. This truly is the comic for the “everyman” looking to escape into views and perspectives that may not be so different from our own. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Shane Hoffman Jul 14, 2014

    Barbiere has, in one issue, set up a story with complex yet simple subjects that will affect different readers in different ways, making this much more that just another typical superhero story on the racks of your local comic shop. Victor Santos style fits perfectly into the story as well. His work has an almost ‘pop art' feel, with fairly simple but clear lines throughout. The images leap off the page with vibrant life and draw you into the story. The designs are also perfect for the characters created, making it easy to relate to the dilemma and choices that they are left to make. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    TheCultDen - Liam Salt Oct 27, 2014

    Barbiere, Santos, and Metcalfe have done a brilliant job of creating a world of shades of grey, where Ray Willis fits almost perfectly the old ethical example of the man who steals bread to feed his family. Black Market #1 reminds me a little of The Boys, and that is surely a good thing. It has the potential to be a great mini-series, and I highly recommend you read it! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Sacks Jul 22, 2014

    Yeah, he's done it again. Just as he's done with the awesome Five Ghosts, Barbiere takes familiar tropes and then zigs and zags all over the tropes in a way that makes ordinary comics seems a little too quiet after reading all the dense thrilling adventure of this tale. By squeezing all these ideas together in one story, he makes them all fresh and new, thereby showing us why we liked this stuff in the first place. Santos' art doesn't quite work for me in this story " some pages are confusing and the lack of background detail is frustrating " but Barbiere's ideas come tumbling out at such a breakneck pace that the reader either has to hold on or get out of the way. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Coming Up Comics - David Melton Jul 15, 2014

    Santos's artwork is awesome. A noir, pulp feel that doesn't come off as tired. He breaks his panels up in such an interesting and inventivewaythat it turns a normal page into something you can't stop looking at. The final panel, mixed with the last bit of narration, was truly unsettling and, if you're not hooked by then, this series isn't for you. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Jul 18, 2014

    I'll have to see how the second issue turns out, but given how this issue ends it's pretty predictable. Hopefully there's a switch up somewhere because otherwise I'll just be reading this series for the art. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Flip Geeks - Drew Bagay Jul 18, 2014

    Black Market #1 offers a new approach to the superhero genre. Given that the comics world is saturated with superheroes doing good deeds, this title gives it a new perspective that will certainly interest readers by letting us know that ordinary citizens can sometimes be the villains as well. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jul 17, 2014

    I was initially very excited by the premise of Black Market - when you have superheroes breathing fire or shooting lasers out of their eyes, who wouldn't consider their very organs to be a lucrative resource? Yet the first issue of Black Market doesn't quite deliver on that initial promise, only because we've seen much of these tropes before. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Major Spoilers - Chris Wilson Jul 21, 2014

    Black Market #1 is a good start to a mini-series and offers up a cool concept. Ray is a great and sympathetic antagonist and Frank J. Barbiere writes his thoughts extremely well. The story maintains its pace and flow even with all the back and forth in time and ends with enough intrigue that Ill read the next issue. Some plot points feel glossed over and the art didnt work for me, but Im interested in where this one goes. Check it out. Read Full Review

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