Oxymoron: The Loveliest Nightmare #1
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Oxymoron: The Loveliest Nightmare #1

Writer: John Lees, Tyler James Artist: Alex Cormack Publisher: Comix Tribe Release Date: August 19, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 2
8.8Critic Rating
9.2User Rating

An afflicted detective hunts a serial killer obsessed with contradiction, who is painting a bloody canvass of carnage with the entrails of politicians and power brokers in the corrupt city she calls home. Written by John Lees (And Then Emily Was Gone) and Tyler James (The Red Ten), with art by Alex Cormack (Find), OXYMORON is a visceral thriller in the vein of Se7en and Hannibal that answers the question "What if The Joker came to a Gotham without Batman?" Features a variant cover by superstar artist CP Wilson, III (Wraith, Stuff of Legend).

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Alan Aug 18, 2015

    I've said it before, and I'll say it again. A great bad guy will do wonders for a story and Oxymoron in no exception. He's a motivated villain that falls somewhere between Heath Ledger's Joker and Mark Millar's Nemesis character. A great first issue filled with great art, Oxymoron: The Loveliest Nightmare #1 does it's best to earn your money this week. Buy it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Nov 17, 2014

    I was really impressed with this issue; impressed, but not surprised. Having read The Red Ten and several stories from the anthology, I already knew what to expect. The creative team delivers a wonderful story, staring a character that started off as homage and has now surpassed its inspiration. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Aug 18, 2015

    Another belter of a title from the folks at Comixtribe, and proof if proof were needed that John Lees is right on the cusp of taking the step from local best-kept-secret to one of the most exciting new writers in comics' (assuming that step hasn't already been taken) . Chilling, gripping and utterly unmissable, this one is going to be another runaway hit, mark my words. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Pop Culture Uncovered - John A. Jul 28, 2015

    If you have enjoyed ComixTribe titles in the past, picking up The Loveliest Nightmare is a no brainer. Dialogue and art are on point, and the story of a fallen cop's rise from tragedy and the whirlwind she finds herself in is top-notch storytelling. Every time I crack open a new series from the Tribe, I have that momentary trepidation that they are finally going to let me down. I guess I can carry on that fear until their next title, because this series is amongst the best they have put out. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Aug 17, 2015

    Oxymoron: The Loveliest Nightmare is filled with a sense of foreboding from page one. Granted, that page also includes a man with a gaping bullet wound in his forehead. It's hard to believe that things only get worse for this city from there. Oxymoron's reign of terror is brutal and absolutely insane. This is what chaotic evil looks like if left unchecked...and it's just getting started. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    BGCP - Daniel Pearson Aug 21, 2015

    A must have first issue for your collection. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Graphic Policy - Madison Butler Feb 3, 2016

    Cormack does a great job of bringing every vicious detail of the story into reality. Oxymoron himself is creepy and sinister, with a terrifying and omnipresent grin that may take clown phobias to a new level. Cormacks dynamic illustrations will haunt readers indefinitely–or at least until the comic returns with a new and equally twisted arc. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski Oct 9, 2014

    The actual miniseries in earnest is set to actually start hitting comic book shops in 2015, so you'll have to wait to read more of the twisted tale. If you're not going to be in NYC and don't feel like scouring eBay for a copy later, make a note for next year. One way or another, “Oxymoron: The Loveliest Nightmare” wants to creep you out and you should think about letting it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    First Comics News - Richard Vasseur Feb 3, 2016

    If you think you have had nightmares before wait till you see Oxymoron. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    Buccaneer Book Reviews - Cap'n Aldous B. Adder Dec 31, 1969

    Definitely could turn out to be a genuinely good take on this concept (as opposed to the over-the-top waste of potential that was Nemesis), what with a good maniac and a pretty well crafted and interesting protagonist, one that you would not expect to necessarily be the hero. The fact that she's a woman and also non-caucasian is a bold choice because a woman being hunted/played around with by a maniac who others don't believe her about could be a great tale or one going horribly wrong. I look forward to more and hope the writers can make this all it can be! The art while serviceable was fairy weak and so that loses the issue some points from me, but it's not a reason to not give an otherwise good, solid comic a try. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Dan Leicht Aug 20, 2015

    Issue #1 of Oxymoron serves to gives us a lot of the background needed to progress " this being the first of a four part story line. After a slow introduction, where we learn Clark isn't taking her demotion that well but still can't leave the city, we're given some pretty crazy images, but by the end we're left with a lot of questions; Who is this guy in the mask? What's really keeping Clark in Swantown? Who says no to a coffee refill? Read Full Review

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