Maw #1

Writer: Jude Ellison S. Doyle Artist: A.L. Kaplan Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: September 15, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 4
8.4Critic Rating
6.5User Rating

What happens when one woman becomes the real monster society has always made her out to be?  Dragged by her sister Wendy to a feminist retreat on the remote island of Angitia, Marion Angela Weber hopes to gain some perspective and empowerment... that isn't at the bottom of a bottle.  But everything is horribly derailed after an assault on their first night there. The violent encounter awakens something in Marion she never imagined, triggering warped mutations in her body, and awakening a hunger she can't bring herself to name.  When the townsfolk react with suspicion and violence, what unforgivable act will trans more

  • 10
    BGCP - Michael Lennox Sep 21, 2021

    Creating a protagonist like Marion is an interesting choice. She is negative and dismissive of the support and assistance her sister gives her. It would have been easy for Doyle to create a likeable character to help the audience embrace the character. By making Marion slightly annoying she is challenging your thoughts about victims and how society sees women who do not conform to societal norms. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Impulse Gamer - Richard Banks Oct 18, 2021

    It might come across like I've used every synonym available to describe The Maw's bleak tone, but to not full appreciate its moody and devastating nature would be a disservice. More than anything, it's incredibly tastefully done, dealing with difficult situations that many people find themselves in in real life. It's early days in the series, but #1 offers a compelling look into a horrific universe all too familiar to our own. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Darryll Robson Sep 14, 2021

    A disturbing and engaging opening issue. MAW is a superbly crafted, slow burning, horror story that promises great, albeit horrifying, things to come. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Sep 15, 2021

    Maw #1 is a an assured and deliberate debut issue that uses collective outrage over inequitable treatments as a hook while at the same time promising body horror and gore to come. It is, simply put, good comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    GWW - B Ferg Sep 14, 2021

    Maw # 1 is a graphic opening with few hints on what the series has in store for readers. The psychologically startling nature of it's subject is not for all readers. However, I am amazed by the subtle ways the creator and artists used fleeting images and flashbacks to take on this topic. From the start we can tell something is eating away at Marion. I can only wonder what will remain of her by the final issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Christopher Egan Sep 16, 2021

    A strong start filled with pain, hope, and a lot of questions. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Major Spoilers - Christopher Rondeau Sep 19, 2021

    Maw #1 does a great job giving you reasons to root for an unlikeable protagonist. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Max Funkey Sep 15, 2021

    Overall, Maw #1 is a good beginning to a horror story that sets its stakes early. The artwork is a pleasure to look at and helps convey the seriousness of the subject matter. The only thing that stood out as flawed was the abruptness of the ending, but even that works to the story's benefit... Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Colin Moon Sep 14, 2021

    Dealing with some very real horror, Maw #1 imparts the unflinching truth about sexual assault before it even gets close to addressing supernatural horror. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    Sequential Planet - Alex Clark-McGlenn Sep 14, 2021

    A solid first issue, but I'll hope for a more nuanced approach to the subject matter in the future. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Megan Peters Sep 15, 2021

    Maw #1 kicks off a dark story of sisterhood and feminism with a dark twist. Read Full Review

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