Sirens of the City #1

Writer: Joanne Starer Artist: Khary Randolph Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: July 12, 2023 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 7
8.7Critic Rating
9.4User Rating

New York City. 1980s.  Runaway teen Layla struggles to survive on the mean streets, far from home.

But now every supernatural creature from the darkest corners of the urban grime is after Layla... and the child-to-be she never wanted growing inside her....

This gritty urban fantasy created by Joanne Starer (The Gimmick) and Excellence's Khary Randolph shines a light on bodily autonomy in a patriarchal world.

  • 10
    Get Your Comic On - Neil Vagg Jul 14, 2023

    Sirens of the City #1 is a must-read, right out of the gate this first issue is ticking all the boxes for a blockbuster debut. It's tantalising, atmospheric and exciting. I can't wait for more. Read Full Review

  • 10
    The Comicbook Dispatch - kcscribbles Jul 12, 2023

    Sirens of the City #1 is a blast and my favorite book of the week. I enjoyed this issue and Im looking forward to whats to come. Laylas a fascinating character with a great power set and the book perfectly sets up this world, dropping tantalizing hints of whats to come. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Megan Peters Jul 12, 2023

    Sirens of the City #1 is a delicious supernatural debut for the soul, and its clean artwork will have fans begging for more.. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    The Super Powered Fancast - Timala Elliott Jul 12, 2023

    The story begins when Layla goes to a clinic to have a procedure done. However, an uncomfortable encounter soon turns deadly. Two weeks later, she finds herself homeless as she reminisces on her past. Then, a confrontation with her ex-boyfriend eventually leads her to the discovery of the mysterious Davi. From there, she has a series of encounters led by Davi that may soon turn disastrous. Meanwhile, Jerome learns something unusual about Layla and he and his family go on a hunt to find her. The Story: Starer presents an interesting first chapter in this limited edition series. I think this issue does a good job of setting up the overall story and introducing the main character and what I presume are the principal players. Even though this is a typical origin story, its very appealing and I am captivated by its gritty tone. The illustration in this piece is a detailed comic design with a black and white motif. There are splashes of color in blue and red throughout that are used to highl Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Comic Watch - Tyler Davis Jul 12, 2023

    Sirens of the City #1is brash, dingy, and beautiful, wearing its thematic heart on its sleeve with honesty. With a healthy mix of character driven writing and plot heavy world-building, this issue manages to both tell an entertaining, atmospheric, and message heavy story all on the first go. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Jul 10, 2023

    From character to world building Sirens of the City #1 is an incredible start to this new series by Joanne Starer and Khary Randolph. The 1980s New York City setting is crafted to be filled with personality thanks to a strong series lead. Randolph's artwork steals the show that makes this one of the best-looking comic books you will find. A must-have comic book all around. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Jul 20, 2023

    Sirens of the City has immersive art with timely pops of color from Khary Randolph, a socially relevant script with fun Gothic melodrama elements from Joanne Starer, and recontextualizes monsters of myth and folklore using 1980s New York as a backdrop. I came for the cool outfits and storytelling and am staying for Layla's journey. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Jul 20, 2023

    Sirens of the City #1, come for the cool outfits and storytelling and stay for Layla's journeyPosted on July 20, 2023by Logan DaltonLeave a comment Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerd Initiative - Ken M. Jul 12, 2023

    Sirens Of The City by Starer and Randolph gives readers a unique vision of NYC in the 1980s. With a lead character led by solid writing and electric visuals, the mystery surrounding Layla will be one for readers not to pass up on New Comic Book Day! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Christopher Rondeau Jul 16, 2023

    Sirens of the City #1 delves into complex themes, which can sometimes overwhelm the reader with too many characters and ideas. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Capes & Tights - Taylor Jordan Jul 11, 2023

    Sirens of the City #1 is a fantastic urban fantasy comic that not only offers great artwork and storytelling, but also a compelling message. It tackles the issue of bodily autonomy in a patriarchal world, and its 1980s New York setting adds grit and atmosphere to the tale. Layla, the main character, is a flawed but compelling heroine who takes center stage and shines in every scene. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Multiversity Comics - Matthew Blair Jul 14, 2023

    What it lacks in worldbuilding and exposition it makes up for with great characters and a fantastic sense of style. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    AIPT - Chris Coplan Jul 12, 2023

    The magic here is real, but time will tell if this book breaks its own spell. Read Full Review

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