American Gods: Shadows #1

Writer: Neil Gaiman, P. Craig Russell Artist: P. Craig Russell Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: March 15, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 2
7.6Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

NEIL GAIMAN! P. CRAIG RUSSELL! SCOTT HAMPTON! Shadow Moon just got out of jail, only to discover his wife is dead. Defeated, broke, and uncertain as to where to go from here, he meets the mysterious Mr. Wednesday, who employs him to serve as his bodyguard - thrusting Shadow into a deadly world of the supernatural, where ghosts of the past come back from the dead, and a brewing war between old and new gods hits a boiling point. The Hugo, Bram Stoker, Locus, World Fantasy, and Nebula award-winning novel and upcoming Starz television series by Neil Gaiman is adapted as a comic series for the first time!

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Mar 4, 2017

    American Gods: Shadows #1 will be available for purchase on March 15, 2017 from your local comic book store (Don't know where that is? Here you go.) or digitally via Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Mar 16, 2017

    The issue is mostly dedicated to introducing some of the cast and putting the story into play, but it's captivating and whets the reader's appetite for more. What more do you need? It's terrific. Buy it, already! Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Hulking Reviewer - Kareem Ali Mar 22, 2017

    American Gods #1 is an excellent start to the series combining strong character development with an intriguing story line. Shadow Moon's journey is just starting and the writing makes me care about every step of that journey. Mr. Wednesday's introduction is good overall but not as impressive as the start of the issue. However, the conclusion is spectacular and I'm looking forward to seeing how next issue builds on this. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Comicsverse - Lindsey Mott Mar 15, 2017

    By staying true to its source material and retaining Gaiman's strong narrative voice, AMERICAN GODS #1 presents a stellar example of how to make an adaptation. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    SciFiPulse - Ian Cullen Apr 24, 2017

    I enjoyed the comics story and the art work was of good enough standard that it showed you what you needed to see without pulling you out of the story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Impulse Gamer - Dana Folkard Mar 11, 2017

    Overall, Im excited about this comic adaptation and I look forward to future issues. Its great to be able to revisit this wonderful story, visualised with interesting and unusual art. Im curious to see how such a large novel will be condensed down into twenty-seven single issues without sacrificing the complex story that we have come to know. This is a comic for both old and new fans, for those who have read this book multiple times and for those who have never ventured into this strange world before. Do yourself a favour and grab a copy ASAP! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicWow!TV - Huck Talwar Mar 17, 2017

    The ending of this issue is bound to catch your attention. It stands out from the rest of the issue in terms of content and artwork. But be warned: it is super graphic"really awesome and almost profound, but seriously graphic. This is a really enthralling read, but there's a lot more to pay attention to than just the story. The small details are what make this issue so perfect. Keep reading and keep up with all upcoming 27 issues. For any fan of horror, action, crime, and/or Gaiman himself, this is a must-read series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Mar 9, 2017

    All in all, this book is an enjoyable read, whether you view it as a re-imagining of the original or are totally new to American Gods. Oh, and by the way, that episode of Star Trek was called "Who Mourns For Adonais?" Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - SHAY REVOLVER Mar 19, 2017

    Dark Horse has another hit on its hands with this one, not just because of the story's original fans but, because it this strong first issue is any indication, they're going to have whole bunch of new readers falling in love with the story for the first time as well as OG fans finding a new way to love the story in a new and exciting way. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Mar 19, 2017

    I feel that by including the mature rated back story, it will stop the American Gods comic series from crossing over to teens. The main story was great, and felt very true to the source material. That might seem like a negative to some, but I feel that having the story portrayed almost beat for beat in sequential art form is absolutely the way to go. American Gods is one of the great modern tales of our time, and the comic book version aims to hook a whole new generation of mature readers. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Patrick Hellen Mar 14, 2017

    A great adaptation of a book that many have read and lauded - but, will the images the artists creates match your own head-canon? Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Mar 11, 2017

    Taken as a whole, then, this issue (just about) manages to do its job in introducing our main character and giving us a tantalising look at the wider world in which the story takes place. On that basis, I think it's worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Doom Rocket - Molly Jane Kremer Mar 15, 2017

    Finishing this comic made me want to simply re-read the book instead of wait around for the next issue, which I'm not quite sure is a compliment to the story overall, or a detriment to this brand new series. Read Full Review

  • 6.4
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Mar 15, 2017

    American Gods: Shadows is shaping up to be a competent adaptation of the source material, but one that only sporadically uses the new medium to good effect. The rest of the time, the heavy reliance on Gaiman's original text begs the question of why readers shouldn't just turn to the novel instead. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Nerdophiles - Kylee Sills Mar 15, 2017

    Ultimately, I had higher hopes for a comic book adaptation of one of my favorite novels and the cover art is misleadingly splendid for how off some of the interior art feels, but the actual Gods of American Gods do not disappoint in the slightest. It's worth a look at the series, even if you've read the book, to see how the Gods have been visualized and adapted for a new medium to tide fans over before the television adaptation premieres and to see how such a complex, dense novel will be formatted into twenty seven issues. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Big Comic Page - Mar 14, 2017

    Its early days and I know that the story which is yet to be told is a great one, but if I didnt already know that, this first issue would likely not inspire me to buy the second. That said, my faith in the prose and the impressive track record of the artist means that I'll still be keeping an eye out for it. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Nerdophiles - Kylee Sills Mar 22, 2017

    American Gods: Shadows is the first arc, in which the first issue follows Shadow Moon through the last of his prison sentence and some heartbreaking news. For anyone who has read the novel, this introduction follows beat-for-beat the first chapter of the book, with lines lifted directly from the page or modified just slightly to fit speech bubbles by P. Craig Russell. There are no new surprises or differing points of view that might have given fans a different experience with the familiar story, which in itself is a bit of a let-down. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - James Anders II Mar 16, 2017

    I am in it for the long haul. But as for Issue #2, I will go in with a little less enthusiasm and more objectiveness. Here is hoping that Gaiman and Russell will right the ship on the words. As for Hampton's art, I am fully on board. Let's start this ongoing road trip and make it right guys. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Bounding Into Comics - John F. Trent Mar 14, 2017

    American Gods: Shadows #1 has its low points and its high points. Most of the book is bogged down in narration and an insistence to showcase the same character aspects of Shadow multiple times. It makes for a slow, grueling read. However, Russell does his best to make it interesting with unique page designs using a number of different panel shapes and sizes. Read Full Review

  • 3.5
    Multiversity Comics - Alice W. Castle Mar 16, 2017

    If you were looking for a way to experience American Gods before the TV adaptation hits, just read (or re-read) the novel instead. This isn't worth your time. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    We The Nerdy - Josh McCullough Mar 3, 2017

    Overall, it's hard to put into words how disappointed I was byAmericans Gods. The novel is ripe for a great comic adaptation, Gaiman himself being well versed in great, magical comics proving something brilliant could've been made (Gaiman himself rewriting the script with J.H. Williams on art would've been incredibly), but the simplest and cheapest road was taken instead. There's no benefit to reading this over the original novel. If you jump in fresh you'll get a mildly interesting yet poorly delivered story that doesn't offer much reason to return, while fans of the book will quickly see through this as a quick cash in.American Godsdeserves better, wait for the TV adaption. Read Full Review

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