Cluster #1

Cluster #1

Writer: Ed Brisson Artist: Damian Couceiro Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: February 4, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 26 User Reviews: 5
8.2Critic Rating
7.3User Rating

In the distant future, as mankind discovers life on other planets, it needs soldiers to defend its colonies and outposts across the stars. In order to increase the number of boots on the ground, criminals are offered the opportunity to serve in the place of incarceration. But as wars wage on and more soldiers are needed, small-time crimes are given long-term punishments. When a group of prisoners serving their time as soldiers become stranded and abandoned on a war-torn planet, they'll need to work together to survive and uncover the truth behind Earth's role in deep space.

  • 10
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Robin Callaghan Feb 3, 2015

    Cluster #1 is a very well composed jumping off point for what looks to be a great comic Read Full Review

  • 10
    All-Comic - Ian Stephen Feb 3, 2015

    This was a fantastic first issue that read smoothly. It can be hard to ride that line of putting way too much information into a debut issue. However, Cluster was able to do it in a practical way that didn't feel like a chore, but just a well crafted issue. Cluster does have some familiar elements, but the way they are presented feels fresh. Cluster is a series that has an amazing creative team of artists that have been around andare finally flourishing and you see it reflected on the pages of Cluster‘s debut. Cluster is a series that sci-fi fans need to be following. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Rhymes With Geek - Wesley Messer Feb 4, 2015

    In an interesting note for this review, I hadn't heard much about this comicuntil fellow RWG writer Nikki pointed Cluster out to me. She said Cluster would be up my alley and she certainly was right. This is brilliant in everything that I dig about comic books. If she wouldn't have brought it to my attention there's a chance I would have missed this and that would have been a shame. Cluster is amazing and I highly recommend not missing this book. Do not let this shuffle under the radar like it did for me, grab Cluster #1 and embrace the awesomeness that lies within. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Feb 3, 2015

    This is a real treat of an issue that very quickly gets the reader interested in the premise and involved with the characters. It sets up what will assuredly be a very entertaining action comic. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Nerds Unchained - Connor Frigon Feb 5, 2015

    Couceiros style hits all my sci-fi buttons. Figures and environments are clean, the action is clear. The world of Midlothian and Tranent penitentiary feels taken out of a Robert Heinlein story, Starship Troopers without the Satire. Even so, the creators have a lot to say about crime and punishment and in doing so produce something wholly their own. Cluster #1 is sharp and engaging. It's a must read for sci-fi fans. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Nick Couture Feb 4, 2015

    Cluster #1 gets thejob done. Brisson brings readers into the world in an elegant manner. We get some rich, interesting characters, and by the end we're left with the beginning of a journey. Ajourney laced with urgency and desperation. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Tres Dean Feb 5, 2015

    With so many high-profile releases coming out this week, a little book like Cluster can easily slip under the radar. Which is a shame, because Cluster is a gem. It's difficult for a comic to live up to the sheer coolness of its James Stokoe cover, and yet, that's exactly what the book does. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Flickering Myth - Zeb Larson May 7, 2016

    I'm all for a nice, discreet endpoint in a series, but I actually finished this and hoped it could be continued. Without spoiling or giving away the ending, it works as a finale, but one that could easily stretch into one or even two different storylines. Brisson created a large enough universe that it almost deserves to be fleshed out in another installment. Or maybe that just means I really liked this. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Chris Romero Feb 6, 2015

    Cluster, combines the gore of Starship Troopers and the suspense of Aliens Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Sushi - Peter Rodriguez Feb 7, 2015

    Cluster #1 delivered in a huge way this week and will not leave readers disappointed. As I mentioned earlier, it makes good on its promise of action and ends with a nice little cliffhanger that will draw back readers next month. BOOM! Studios continues to not only draw, but deliver amazing creator-owned projects month after month. Add this to your pull list immediately! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Edward Wendt Feb 3, 2015

    Inherently that is where this series excels. While it does aim for a share of action, it is not meant to be exploitative, but rather show strong female characters while also digging a bit deeper to look at the reach of the police state in Western countries, and what that might look like in the future. It is a compelling first look at this series, and it promises a lot for what is to come, regardless of its competition. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Doom Rocket - Molly Jane Kremer Feb 9, 2015

    Cluster #1 is an excellent first issue in a series with great promise. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Eric Switzer Feb 4, 2015

    Cluster is hearty, straightforward, hard-boiled sci-fi. Its space marines vs. aliens all the way. And even if there is some intrigue, as the previews have suggested, all in all Ive got this series pegged as a pretty easy breezy affair. Im not complaining or calling it uninspired though, I need a good mix of this and that to balance my stack. For every Intersect, a Cluster makes a great palate cleanser. And with its solid writing, engaging landscapes, and 2.5 dimensional characters, Cluster may be just the this to go with my that. It isnt going to blow minds or make you rethink the space opera, but its sincere and fun. If you are into this genre, theres no reason you wont like Cluster. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - R.C. Killian Feb 17, 2015

    Cluster shows a lot of promise: it's an unapologetically, but casually female-led (even dominated) book that marries familiar premises of lethal prisoner restraint and conflict-riddled aggressive personalities to the notion of military service that teeters between forced and chosen. It promises exploration of Samara's character openly, and hints gently at seeing more of the people around her and why they made the choice to serve their sentence in combat rather than simple time. The art avoids stylistic excess or sheer banality to keep the words from utter domination without overpowering them, as befits the story-oriented nature of its central conceits. This looks like one to hop on now, if not at least keep an eye on. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Horror Talk - James Ferguson Feb 6, 2015

    The end of this issue finds some of the prisoners in a no-win position that creates an immediate sense of excitement for the reader. How are they possibly going to get out of this mess alive? This rag tag group has to work together if they hope to survive against all of the odds that are stacked against them. I have no idea where it'll go next, but I can't wait to see what Brisson and Couceiro have in store with this series. Cluster is a perfect example of space prison sci-fi done right. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Coming Up Comics - David Melton Feb 3, 2015

    An enthralling science fiction story with a cast of characters that you will be happy to invite into your lives (and villains that are creepy and you'll want to fight). Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Project-Nerd - Matt Carter Feb 7, 2015

    Ironically, in a series that will inevitably be about learning to function as a unit, what really makes Cluster work is that the book feels like a team effort. Brisson, Couciero, and Garland work well together, and that is what makes the book so damn readable. While not exactly groundbreaking all the time, it's a well done comic in which each moving part supports the whole, making future issues worth taking a look at. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBuzz - Vixen Ninetails Mar 24, 2015

    This was a very good read, reminded me a bit though of All You Need Is Kill, without the whole repetitive days. I'm interested to see how this story will pan out with the next issue, but it is well worth picking up #1. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    GWW - Shaun Washington Feb 20, 2015

    Cluster #1 did a good job of setting up a plot that has plenty of unanswered questions. Samara's back story will more than likely be filled in slowly but surely as well the origins of the other characters. Whether this books will be action packed or story driven is still up in the air. I will be checking out the next few issues to see where Cluster goes. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Major Spoilers - Ashley Victoria Robinson Feb 5, 2015

    Cluster #1 introduces a prison planet where Samara Simmons is going to spend 15 years as a soldier. It's a lot of old school action with some cool art on top. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Eva Ceja Feb 10, 2015

    Kudos to Brisson for writing yet another great female lead (hell, he writes a solid Gemma in the SOA comic) in Samara, who is as complex as they come. It should be interesting to see which route she takes among all the madness.Cluster #1also left me with as many political questions, too, especially with the cliffhanger ending And no, Sylvester Stallone doesnt show up. This sci-fi venture is sure to be out of this world fun and a little bit trouble-making. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Feb 6, 2015

    Cluster #1 is the start of a very interesting and entertaining story, what with the aliens and such. The story will draw you in and the artwork will enthrall you. The issues to come hold answers to so many questions proposed in this first one, and surely more alien battles! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Feb 3, 2015

    Cluster #1 might be lacking in any real "wow" moments, but it is a well-told debut that provides a solid foundation moving forward. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Feb 4, 2015

    Brisson adds another successful launch to his diverse resume with "Cluster" #1, incorporating some well-used building blocks to establish a character-driven science fiction story that makes for an entertaining and engaging beginning. Read Full Review

  • 6.6
    Multiversity Comics - Stephenson Ardern-Sodje Feb 5, 2015

    Ultimately, while I did find ‘Cluster' enjoyable enough, I felt that there just wasn't enough that was tangibly different in the storyline to tempt me back. If I pick up the second issue it'll be largely for Courceiro's execution of the alien landscape and not for the characters. This first issue felt as though it was trying to cram whole worlds into twenty-something pages, when really it should have been focusing on the one woman that the reader is supposed to care about. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson Feb 3, 2015

    The final pages of this issue set the tone for whats to come, and given theintriguingcast of characters that have been assembled, it should make for some interesting reading. Perhaps more than anything else though, it is Brissons impressive work on pre-apocalyptic series Sheltered that gives me high hopes for the future of this series. With a proven track record of taking familiar ideas in new and unexpected directions, I have no doubt that things are going to improve in the issues to come, and with a strong foundation being laid in this issue, Im definitely on board with this series – for the time being, at least. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Cosmic Ray Feb 5, 2015

    Cool art. Story is happening a bit fast though. What's the rush? Reminds me of Starship Troopers somewhat. I will be checking out issue 2.

  • 7.5
    DarioV Feb 10, 2015

    The BOOM! Studios is a publisher that really cares about quality, that's for sure, and although "Cluster" #1 isn't exactly the most original comic out there, it still has some strong pros, like the essential art and an interesting development. Maybe it won't be an amazing series after all, but by now it may have what it takes.

  • 7.0
    AndrewAnson Feb 6, 2015

    The start of what could be a really fun sci-fi series.

  • 6.5
    Synthozoid Feb 10, 2015

    Not terrible, just unoriginal and not intriguing enough to warrant a purchase of number two. A similar premise was done very well by Ken Garing in Planetoid, and Bitch Planet by KSD is currently knocking it out of the park.

  • 8.0
    Slayer666 Feb 11, 2015

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