Once Upon a Time at the End of the World #1

Writer: Jason Aaron Artist: Alexandre Tefenkgi Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: November 23, 2022 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 8
8.2Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

+ Pull List

In this epic post-apocalyptic tale, Maceo and Mezzy have never met anyone like each other, and they'll need all the help they can get to survive a planet ravaged by environmental catastrophe.

This epic trilogy-each issue overflowing with 30 story pages-spans a lifetime as philosophical differences tear at the threads holding Maceo and Mezzy together.

Will they, and the earth beneath their feet, ultimately be torn apart? New York Times bestselling, Eisner and Harvey Award-winning, and Marvel flagship writer Jason Aaron (Thor, The Avengers, Southern Bastards) launches his most ambitious creator-owned series to date with the f more

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Christopher Rondeau Nov 23, 2022

    Once Upon a Time at the End of the World #1 nailed the unity between setting, plot, and characters. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Geek'd Out - Cameron Kieffer Nov 23, 2022

    The art by Alexandre Tefenkgi and colorist Lee Loughridge is just breathtaking. Their designs for our leads are both grounded, yet fantastical with Maceos disheveled but colorful wardrobe contrasting nicely with Mezzys Furiosa-esque warrior garb. The artist's depiction of the apocalypse is messy and cluttered in ways that are eerily familiar, yet oddly unique. Maceos sanctuary is like a hoarders wet dream, with waste and resources coating the floors, while vending machines and inflatables lay scattered about. The world here isnt ravaged by zombies or aliens but seemingly by environmental disasters, perhaps even climate change. There may also be a virus at work, but again there are only hints as to what really brought down society. Its obvious that this is the work of some master storytellers who have an epic to tell and are not in any rush to get to the end. Not to oversell it but Once Upon a Time at the End of the Worldcould very well be Aarons very own Saga. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings Jan 1, 1970

    Once Upon A Time At The End of the World #1provides an apocalyptic update to the fairy tale while also being chock-full of character development and dynamic visuals. It's also proof that BOOM! excels when it comes to dark fantasy comics. This is a series that's not to be missed. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Lukke Sweet Nov 23, 2022

    On the final two pages, Dragotta's linework shifts away from the soft lines and edges of Tefenkgi and leans hard into sharp and angular.  Instantly, the tone and feel of the book changes, the stakes feel much higher than they did before.  Gone is the innocence present in the rest of the story.  Renzi's color choices follow this same pattern.  Where Loughridge's colors were muted, Renzi's are highly saturated, feeling as if they'll bleed right off the page.  It will be interesting to see how the coming issues will handle the artwork and which style it leans into more. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Nov 23, 2022

    Both artists bring beautiful visuals throughout the issue and dazzle the viewer with exciting action along with a beautiful world being crafted. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    COMICON - Tom Smithyman Nov 21, 2022

    While the apocalypse may not seem like an appropriate place for a love story, the first issue lays the groundwork for a romance for the ages. Some memorable artwork cements the beginning of what should be a strong tale of love and survival. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - Alex Schlesinger Nov 22, 2022

    The first issue of Jason Aaron's creator owned post-apocalyptic trilogy Once Upon a Time at the End of the World introduces fascinating world-building, a unique vision of environmental collapse, and a brutal twist ending with gorgeous art by Alexandre Tefenkgi, Lee Loughridge, and AndWorld Design. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Nov 23, 2022

    Once Upon a Time at the End of the World #1 is an entertaining start. The characters are cute and quirky and the world is packed with detail. While overall it's not the most original story, it's a debut that feels like a fleshed out and thought out world. One, with a lot of thought put into it and that should make for an interesting journey to come. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Nov 23, 2022

    Read charitably, it's a fairytale imagining how children might survive an ever-worsening series of crises, but the lack of grounding or characterization in that fairy tale renders it a momentary diversion. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Multiversity Comics - Joe Skonce Nov 25, 2022

    One Upon A Time At The End Of The World #1 has some occasional fun moments but lacks a strong voice to make it memorable. Read Full Review

Reviews for the Week of...