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Clear #1

Writer: Scott Snyder Artist: Francis Manapul Publisher: ComiXology Originals Release Date: October 13, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 12
8.9Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

A sci-fi mystery thrill-ride into a strange dystopian future, where a neurological internet connection is transforming reality.

Batman writer SCOTT SNYDER and Detective Comics artist FRANCIS MANAPUL unite to take readers on this hard-boiled sci-fi journey.

Part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive digital content only available on comiXology and Kindle. Read for free as part of your subscription to comiXology Unlimited, Kindle Unlimited or Amazon Prime. Also available for purchase via comiXology, Kindle and collected in print via Dark Horse Books.

  • 10
    AIPT - David Brooke Oct 12, 2021

    Your new favorite science fiction comic book series is here, and it goes by the name Clear. This series has all the trappings of an instant hit, capturing the old-school vibe of a detective noir with the modern sensibilities we crave in sci-fi. Buried within the slick visuals is a comic that is focused on the human struggle to escape reality and bury our noses in entertainment and instant gratification. In some sense, it's an inversion of Blade Runner which is about trying to find identity -- in Clear, our protagonist is trying to hold onto his identity and what is real in a world that wants to escape it. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    GWW - Joseph Gilmore Oct 12, 2021

    There is a reason Clear was the second title to be released from Snyder's Best Jackett Press imprint and ComiXology. It is a fascinating, gripping, and visual tour de force of storytelling. Once again, Snyder has delivered an absolute masterpiece. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Comic Watch - Dustin Gebel Oct 12, 2021

    Clear is a promising start to what could be a compelling sci-fi neo-noir. It replaces the long lingering pace of most science fiction and replaces it with a kinetic, surreal visual style. The mystery and characterizations are the textbook noir archetypes, but knowing Synders body of work, its not hard to guess that there are some tricks up his sleeve. Bolstered with Manapul's next level panel work and colors, this could could, and shouldstep out of the neon drenched shadow of Blade Runner. Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - Jamie Lovett Oct 13, 2021

    With the impeccable execution of two masters at the top of their game to back it up, this is easy to recommend for anyone who wants unnervingly relevant genre fiction. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Oct 13, 2021

    I won't say this is an easy lift for Snyder because every writing project has its challenges and no matter how easy it comes to mind, putting it to page is its own host of birthing challenges. That said, this is a very straightforward setup that we've seen in any number of films before in terms of the actual structure and intent. The trappings have some welcome elements to it that are wonderfully designed, and that's no surprise with the talented Francis Manapul handling it and the colorwork. It's got a strong look but also manages to work a lot of really solid variety to it because of the Veils, which I hope is utilized more going forward. Snyder's got a solid story here, one that easily appeals to me as I used to enjoy things like the Philip Marlow series on HBO decades ago. It's old school with the right flair and sets up an interesting storyline. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Oct 13, 2021

    Clear #1 is peak cyberpunk noir. Snyder isn't reinventing the wheel, but this story is more than the sum of its parts because of Manapul's art. It feels like Snyder wrote it specifically for Manapul, and he makes it very special. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lotusland Comics - Hank Rea Oct 13, 2021

    'Clear' #1 is a fantastic new neo-noir mystery thriller. Snyder takes the tried and true story of a hardboiled detective caught up in a murder mystery and sets it in a moody neon-soaked future. It's a comfortable beginning with familiar plotting but you should come for Snyder's writing but stay for Manapul's brilliant art.  It's a master class.  Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Oct 13, 2021

    Manapul delivers some breathtaking visuals throughout the issue. The contrasting styles and images created with the veils is stunning and unique. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    COMICON - Olly MacNamee Oct 12, 2021

    Detective Sam Dunes is an old shoe flavoured gumshoe in the mould of classic film noir P.I.s in a new school neo-noir world. And on the scent of a murder mystery. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Oct 12, 2021

    It's too early to say just how much we'll see of the other filtered worlds and how deep our main character will descend into the world he's tried to avoid. But this is a highly intriguing first issue that paints a disturbingly plausible picture of the future and makes me want to read more. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Graphic Policy - Brett Oct 13, 2021

    Clear #1 is a solid start for those who enjoy detective stories. It's an exciting start that blends classic tropes and beats with a look that feels more Blade Runner than anything else. There's a familiarity of it all while also folding in new ideas and concepts which have potential for creating an intriguing series going forward. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Christopher Rondeau Oct 12, 2021

    Clear #1 has a great premise but lacks a balance between the art and the writing. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Kate Snchez Jan 1, 1970

    That said,CLEAR #1is a gorgeous comic and Detective Sam Dunes is a swoon-worthy man with a past that I want to know more about. Snyder's writing feels like a movie and Manapul's art perfectly matches. While this may have been a slow one to start if the ending splash page with Dunes eye reflected in a watch seems like a promise that things are about to pick up fast. Read Full Review

  • 10
    omnicitycomics Oct 12, 2021

    This is Snyder’s second release from his exclusive deal with Amazon’s ComiXology and just released today! If you have an Amazon Prime or ComiXology Unlimited membership you can read it for free!

    This is another title that I have been anxiously waiting to read. The best way I can describe it is if you were to take some of the concepts of Inception, Surrogates, and Blade Runner and made something new. It’s a Neo-Noir story that I didn’t know I needed in my life.

    So what is Clear all about? It’s about Detective Sam Dunes navigating in a world where people have the ability to serve as neurological servers for constant internet connection and use ‘Veils’ or filters to see the world for what they wish it to b more

  • 9.0
    Toonstrack Oct 13, 2021

    Excellent first issue with unique ideas and excellent arc framing a classic neo noir backdrop.

    Thsres a lot to like here and I think its only going to get better

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  • 8.5
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  • 8.5
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    Bruno Mael Oct 14, 2021

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