Plunder #1

Plunder #1

Writer: Swifty Lang Artist: Skuds McKinley Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: February 18, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 13
7.2Critic Rating
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After facing off with an illegal Chinese vessel, a gang of Somali pirates tries to board what they think is a research vessel, only to find themselves in the midst of a massacre. As their worst nightmares become reality, the 14-year-old boy who went from translator to reluctant pirate not only becomes the key to survival, but must decide for himself how far he is willing to go in the name of self-preservation.

  • 9.0
    Horror Talk - James Ferguson Feb 22, 2015

    Plunder is a damn scary comic book. It's the kind of story that will make you think twice about going in the water. Sure, Jaws did that decades ago, but this is something else entirely. This is disturbing and abnormal. I'm sure this is the kind of thing that the Navy doesn't want people to read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Wesley Messer Feb 18, 2015

    Plunder is a great book, I get the feeling it'll get lost in the shuffle and I hope it doesn't. In any given week in a comic store there are many books that hit the market. Plunder is a series that mixes Somali Pirates and horror, two concepts that go together in a pretty strong way. Some aspects of the book still don't entirely work for me, mostly the character of Internet seems to be a strange one in this. Of course it is interesting to have a strong unsympathetic character or characters, in the mix of a horror comic. Yet it leaves you wondering that you still somehow want all these people to survive to find the larger mystery here. However this turns out, Lang and McKinley have crafted a powerful piece of work here in Plunder, I'm sold on this journey. This is one story I want to see to its ultimate conclusion. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Feb 17, 2015

    Plunder #1 is a refreshing acquisition for the more literary-focused Archaia Entertainment; a visceral, well-written book set in a dark corner of the world full of narrative opportunity. Swifty Lang attacks the questionable subject matter of modern day Somali Pirates with style and excess, whilst Skuds McKinley uses his knack for an ugly face to great effect. If you can stomach the violence, Plunder #1 is a quality comic book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Tres Dean Feb 19, 2015

    Every few weeks, a new comic drops that just knocks the reader dead in terms of its sheer audacity and weirdness. This week, Swifty Lang and Skuds McKinley's Plunder joins that special shelf. Telling a tale of strange horror on the high seas, it's a hell of a book with a hell of a bite. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Mar 9, 2015

    I think being trapped in the open would be terrifying"especially if the open is saltwater with all kinds of monsters and sharks and strong waves. Granted, I'm terrified of drowning, but it would still be disturbing, at the least. Lang and McKinley take an old concept and put an exciting twist on it in Plunder, making a thriller of a comic book that you should pick up as soon as possible (even if you do need the bucket). Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Matt Little Feb 20, 2015

    This comic book hits all the right notes and, being only four issues long, it's not a story that will overstay its welcome even if the threat isn't a huge payoff. There is a patient confidence to the production in this comic book and "Plunder" #1 is a good opening to what may be an excellent addition to the horror genre. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Forrest Hollingsworth Feb 17, 2015

    Ultimately, Plunder is a book that will either make itself or defeat itself. If these creators can pump out more of the smart writing and pacing with more horrors to see, it'll become a short story I can see myself coming back to. If the dialogue continues to be inconsistent and the art has brief moments of obvious misstep, though, then it's just another horror story in a big pool of them. They only have 3 issues to pull it off. But, right now, it's looking like they can do it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Chris Romero Feb 20, 2015

    Plunder is just too early in its life to decide if it's going to be a knock-your-socks-off series, or just another story about zombies from a different perspective. Either way, issue #1 was entertaining enough to hold my attention for the next chapter. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Torin Chambers Feb 18, 2015

    Visually Plunder is a bit inconsistent at time but nothing earth shattering. The awesome moments definitely outshine the discrepancies overall. The major visual issue I had was that both of the pirates with glasses also both have yellow scarfs and short sleeved Read Full Review

  • 6.3
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Feb 18, 2015

    Not for the faint of heart… Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Big Comic Page - Hazel Hay Feb 22, 2015

    The comic is a bright, modern horror work. Sinuous bodies look like pulled pork, bones left in. Its great. We have admittedly seen this story a lot – haunted ship on the high seas – but this one looks as if its going to be fun sailing. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Jeremy Matcho Feb 17, 2015

    Plunder #1 was a surprisingly good read. It had a few flaws and some glitches in the art, but overall it was enjoyable. If youre a fan of horror comics this is definitely worth a look and even if you're not and it's a slow week for you, give it a shot. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Andr Habet Feb 20, 2015

    A story requiring tension, Badhoon's hesitation to engage in violence becomes the crux of this opening issue, and he's forced to come to terms with the consequences of not shooting a threat. I like Badhoon despite how little we know of him. I like that he's perceptive and recognizes the smallness of his captain, being bold enough to characterize his crewmates despite being what most of the characters seem to think is the most expendable character. If I continued to read this book it would be to see how this experience transforms Badhoon, whether he's able to escape it with his humanity intact. Whatever that means. Read Full Review

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