Neighbors #1

Writer: Jude Ellison S. Doyle Artist: Letizia Cadonici Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: March 22, 2023 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 4
7.5Critic Rating
5.2User Rating

When Janet and Oliver Gowdie move to a quaint mountain town, their daughter Casey becomes part of a horrific chain of events revealing that their neighbors are anything but what they seem.

Soon an unsettling old woman named Agnes Early fixates on Janet and Oliver's other daughter-2-year-old Isobel.

It becomes clear that it's impossible to know who to trust... or who is even still human...

Steeped in Irish and English folklore and mythology, Jude Ellison S. Doyle (Maw) joins artist Letizia Cadonici (House of Slaughter), and colorist Alessandro Santoro (Bloom) to tread new ground in changeling horror. A tale perfect f more

  • 8.5
    Comic Watch - Tyler Davis Mar 22, 2023

    THE NEIGHBORS #1is a promising start to what may wind up being one of the most haunting horror comics this year from Boom Studios. With a folk-horror hook and its contemporary themes, this issue is just the right mix of uneasy and endearing needed to enrapture readers everywhere. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Mar 22, 2023

    Cadonici delivers some great visuals throughout the issue. There is a wonderful use of shadow throughout that brilliantly complements the tone of the story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Mar 22, 2023

    Perhaps what works best about this first issue is just how relatable the horror is. We've all felt out of place in new surroundings, so having the creative team underscore that with a creeping sense of dread and the aforementioned finale that could be ripped directly out of a lot of people's nightmares makes for a thoroughly engrossing read. Packed with eye-widening horror and believable personal drama, this feels like an A24 horror movie in comic book form, and I absolutely cannot wait to see what's coming next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    COMICON - Scott Redmond Mar 31, 2023

    ‘The Neighbors' #1 kicks this series off with solid character & world-building with moody atmospheric artwork that captures that small-town horror vibe. This is a solid debut that taps into the world we know and the world that is beyond our own in many respects. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Capes & Tights - Justin Soderberg Mar 17, 2023

    This riveting story offers horror and suspense with an exploration into Irish and English folklore and what possibly could be happening next door. With a story from Jude Ellison S. Doyle, art from Letizia Cadonici and Alessandro Santoro, plus amazing lettering Becca Carey, this comic is sure to delight all types of readers. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Comicbook Dispatch - kcscribbles Mar 22, 2023

    The Neighbors #1 is a strong debut issue, setting up the main characters and the tension between them as it also begins unveiling the secrets of the neighbors and the otherworldly-type town the family has moved to. It ends with a great shocker and I cant wait to see where the miniseries goes next. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    Multiversity Comics - Quinn Tassin Mar 27, 2023

    Scattered pacing and some sloppy dialogue dull an otherwise interesting, genuinely scary debut. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    ComicBook.com - Connor Casey Mar 22, 2023

    The Neighbors begins like most horror comics' do in their first issue, intentionally withholding as much information as possible while sprinkling in supernatural elements on top of eye-catching imagery and unnerving situations. And while Letizia Cadonici's artwork shines with background details and depictions of the lifelessness in certain people's faces, there's not much else to talk about in this uneven opening issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Screaming Enigma Mar 22, 2023

    I’m a bit torn on this issue. While the stage is set for a promising story for the rest of the series, there’s just a couple things that drag things down for me. My main issue is that some of the dialogue felt somewhat forced, specifically when Casey shows her resentment of Oliver during her confrontation with him. Plus, some of the political viewpoints felt a tiny bit wedged in there, but not enough to where it’s overwhelming in any way. One last thing that I was mixed on was when Casey begins to cry when she said she would “tell on” the person outside. It just felt a little bit out of nowhere. Nonetheless, this was still an intriguing start to the miniseries and I hope things get a bit better with next month’s issue.

  • 4.0
    ItsJess Mar 23, 2023

    Generic horror with generic 2020s twitter politics; would likely be a 5/10 if not for the latter.

  • 4.0
    thecimmerian Mar 23, 2023

    I hate when people use 'woke" as an all encompassing term but I'm going to do just that here because I don't know any other way to put it. The wokeness of this book is what I remember more than the mystery of what's happening in this town and that's not good. A gay/bi mother divorces her wife, re-marries a trans man who has mental issues of paranoia and agoraphobia, then moves her bi-racial family (including a toddler who may have some type of autism possibly, and an emo teen) to a new town where the author makes sure to mention fox news, bigotry, and climate change in the characters conversations while being sure to show the husbands mastectomy scars. None of this is bad or wrong of course but it doesn't feel like an organic part of th more

  • 6.0
    ComicWorm Mar 23, 2023

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