Deathmatch #1
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Deathmatch #1

Writer: Paul Jenkins Artist: Carlos Magno Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: December 26, 2012 Cover Price: $1 Critic Reviews: 8
7.7Critic Rating
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THE SUPERHERO BATTLE ROYALE YOU CAN’T GET FROM MARVEL OR DC! A powerful and mysterious supervillain has imprisoned the world’s greatest superheroes, forcing them to fight to the death until there is but one victor. It’s kill or be killed as we settle the score on all those hypothetical superhero match-ups in the ultimate DEATHMATCH. Written by industry legend Paul Jenkins (SENTRY, INHUMANS) and drawn by comics superstar Carlos Magno (PLANET OF THE APES, TRANSFORMERS), DEATHMATCH is a dark, psychological deconstruction of the superhero genre that can’t be missed.

  • 8.5
    Geek Smash - Monique Kemper Dec 28, 2012

    If at first the storyline may seem slow or confusing, do not be dissuaded because "Deathmatch" is sure to pique your interest, especially if you're an individual who enjoys a complex and stimulating plot. As any avid reader knows, a majority of the time there is a "buildup" of information, character development, and introductions of names and faces so as to develop a solid foundation for a quality story. Soon enough you will find yourself turning the pages faster and faster, until you get to the "To Be Continued" message and are yearning for more. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Dec 27, 2012

    This should be a fun series and it'll be great to see what Jenkins comes up with in each issue. BOOM! has been pumping out a lot of original work this year and this release is a great way to cap off a fantastic year for them. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson Dec 28, 2012

    At 99 cents for this first issue, "Deathmatch" #1 is a particular steal, but even regularly priced this is a comic worth checking out. Jenkins and Magno have set up a very cool and smart story that, although it could easily fall into seen it all before clich, is so far expertly avoiding all those traps and delivering a great reading experience. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Fanboy Buzz - ChrisDeneen Jan 3, 2013

    Despite the fact that this is a first issue and a (sort of) crossover its a surprisingly good read. The characters are as fleshed out as they can get in a situation like this and their designs are really striking. Not just the typical spandex and armor crowd. I have to admit while I followed the promotion for the book I thought it looked really uninteresting. So far I have been pleasantly surprised and am looking forward to watching the series unfold. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Jan 2, 2013

    I really think that Boom should have released this issue at full price because it’s well worth it. Sometimes the dollar entry price is great for something like a zero issue which has a shortened page count and is just a teaser to the series, but this was a lengthy issue. It’s great for comic readers, but I hope that the full priced second issue doesn’t scare people away. This is definitely going to be a book to watch for in 2012 and I personally cannot wait for the second issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Dec 26, 2012

    Looks like Boom! Studios might have their next break out new series. DEATHMATCH is an idea we've seen before but what makes it really work here is the presentation. We are thrown into the action and are finding out what's going on. It almost puts us on the same level as the characters since they are also unsure how they were transported to this place and who is responsible. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Jan 12, 2013

    Furthermore, writer Paul Jenkins is doing more than pitting super-heroes and villains against one another in fights to the death for someone's entertainment. He's building an entire world of heroes and villains in the midst of their most chaotic and trying experiences. The mystery here isn't just about who or what is forcing these characters to kill one another, it's about discovering who these characters are. Jenkins's character concepts are mostly archetypal, but it's nevertheless interesting to learn not only what they can do, but what makes them tick. The stronger focus on characterization helps lift this series up a bit. Mind you, the duel-to-the-death riff still isn't something that holds my interest all that much, but thankfully, there's a little more here on which I can focus instead. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Grant McLaughlin Dec 30, 2012

    Deathmatch #1 is by no means perfect, but it's a lot better than I was expecting it to be. There's a genuine mystery going on here and while the answer may or may not be satisfying in the end, I am interested in knowing just what is going on. Maybe even enough to pick up issue #2. Read Full Review

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