Lazaretto #1

Writer: Clay Mcleod Chapman Artist: Jey Levang Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: September 6, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 13
7.5Critic Rating
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"After a pandemic strikes, a dorm complex at a small American college is quarantined with all of the students trapped within. What first starts out as youthful freedom from authority soon devolves into a violent new society-it's Lord of the Flies on a college campus."

"From writer Clay McLeod Chapman (Spider-Verse, Ultimate Spider-Man, American Vampire, Vertigo Quarterly), whose most recent play, "Stump Speeches," was a New York Times Critics' Pick; and introducing artist Jey Levang."

  • 9.0
    The Pop Break - Rachel Freeman Sep 6, 2017

    I'm on board. I'm ready for this to take off. But I don't see the Lord of the Flies reference yet. I'm hopeful though. Even if it's not there (please be there) I still have pretty solid faith that this will be a story worth reading. Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - John McCubbin Sep 5, 2017

    Lazaretto #1 is everything that you want from an opening issue and more. Giving us a premise that is both engaging and familiar, the creative team do a fantastic job of getting this story off the ground. In doing so, they introduce us to all the key characters, with there being more than a few surprising moments along the way. So if you're looking for a new series to pick-up, I recommend choosing this new title from BOOM! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Sep 5, 2017

    Ultimately, this serves as a gripping and horrifying opening chapter of what promises to be one hell of a new series. Lazaretto makes you want to break out the hand sanitizer as soon as you put the book down, and is guaranteed to make you look a little differently at the next person you see coughing in a public place. Highly, highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Multiversity Comics - Rowan Grover Sep 8, 2017

    Infection/quarantine stories have never looked as good as they have in Chapman, Levang and Bidikar's "Lazaretto" #1. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geekery Magazine - Kris Kolish Sep 6, 2017

    Over the past few years, Boom! Studios has made its name (in part) on a procession of fantastic miniseries. Books such as The Spire, Burning Fields, and (most recently) Godshaper efficiently tell a singular, high-concept story over the span of five to eight issues. While Lazarettos initial conceit is arguably less ambitious in comparison, its execution thus far makes up for any lack of originality in its concept. Relatable characters and art that matches the book's harrowing tone have set the stage for a disaster story with a horror slant, and Im hopeful that after five issues Boom! will have another great miniseries to add to it's already impressive library. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - David Lee Martins Sep 6, 2017

    I enjoyed this issue more than I initially thought I would. It's not a groundbreaking story and it's fairly obvious early on where the story is leading to, but it's executed well. The dialogue is a highlight and keeps the story moving along. The art style has a great human, analog look to it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Outright Geekery - Dave MacPhail Sep 10, 2017

    A great start to what looks to be a promising horror story with just the right balance of suspense and gore. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Horror Talk - James Ferguson Sep 11, 2017

    Lazaretto will make an agoraphobic out of you. This comic delivers the message of deadly, microscopic disease so well that you'll want to take a shower immediately after reading it. It's amazing how quickly this average American college is plunged into chaos. It's only going to get worse now that the quarantine is coming down. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Sep 6, 2017

    Lazaretto #1 is a solid beginning and I found myself getting past the mismatch of art to really enjoy the story that's being presented and be so happy I'm long removed from college. The series has a lot of potential and the first issue sets up a thriller which feels like it'll be an excellent mix of horror, suspense, and a bit of the college melting pot. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    GWW - Percy Waelchl Sep 5, 2017

    It is too early to tell if this series has something meaningful to say, but Chapman has created a solid foundation. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geek-O-Rama - Lucas Sep 15, 2017

    The two central characters are compelling enough that I want to see how the story continues, and how Levang continues to capture charm and horror with a unique art style. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Sep 4, 2017

    Good intro of characters doesn't make this a must read by any means as there's no work done to tell the reader where it's going or what it's really even about. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comic Bastards - Daniel Vlasaty Sep 6, 2017

    I don't know. I know this is a first issue and it takes some time to build the story up. It takes some time for these things to get their legs, or whatever the saying is. But, for me at least, I've noticed lately that I have less and less time to read (comics, books, whatever) for entertainment and enjoyment only " having an eight-month-old at home will do that to you and your time. So, (again this is just me here, other people may feel differently about this, I guess) with such a limited amount of time to read FOR FUN why should I waste my time on something I'm not into all the way? If I'm not with it to 100, then what's the point? That's just how I feel about it. Read Full Review

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