Barbalien: Red Planet #1

Writer: Tate Brombal Artist: Gabriel Hernandez Walta Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: November 18, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 11
9.0Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

From Jeff Lemires Black Hammer! A groundbreaking new sci-fi action series in the world of the Eisner Award-winning Black Hammer universe, about prejudice, honor, and identity. Mark Markz has found his place on Earth as both a decorated police officer and as the beloved superhero, Barbalien. But in the midst of the AIDS crisis, hatred from all sides makes balancing these identities seem impossible--especially when a Martian enemy from the past hunts him down to take him back, dead or alive. Origin Story for Barbalien. Art by Gabriel Hernandez Walta (New Mutants, X-Men)!

  • 10 - Adam Barnhardt Nov 18, 2020

    It's angry, sad, and hopeful all rolled into a single issue, and at the end of the day, the sheer existence of this story is a win for anyone in the world comic books. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Nov 19, 2020

    Barbalien: Red Planet #1 is an intriguing start to Lemire and Brombal's story. Already there are signs that this will be a powerful story. This miniseries is must reading for an Black Hammer fans. And if you haven't discovered Jeff Lemire's superhero universe yet, check it out anyway. You won't regret it. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Zac Owens Nov 11, 2020

    BARBALIEN: RED PLANET #1 follows a secretly Martian/gay cop, helping put down the gay rights movement. This creative team creates a beautiful story that's both poignant and gentle. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Yavi Mohan May 12, 2021

    Barbalien: Red Planet is an excellent addition to the World of Black Hammer. It's a universe that has yet to let me down, and long may that continue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Nov 4, 2020

    All told, Barbalien: Red Planet #1 delivers a strong, impactful first issue. Where the story goes from here and whether it can continue to deliver a strong, emotional story remains to be seen. But it has certainly put a good foot forward in this issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Doom Rocket - Clyde Hall Dec 3, 2020

    Lemire's Black Hammer titles have been a consistent source of joy for me, even the tragedies. Sadly, brilliantly fulfilling was Doctor Star and the Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows (now re-christened as Doctor Andromeda); that's surely a form of four-color joy. Barbalien: Red Planet may surpass anything yet produced for the Hammerverse and its first issue signifies the intent almost flawlessly. Lemire allowing other powerful creatives onto his Black Hammer stage invites ever-increasing returns. This issue is proof. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    COMICON - James Ferguson Nov 24, 2020

    Mark Markz struggles to figure out who he is on Earth, while in the future, he's imprisoned on Mars. How do these two timelines converge? Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - Ben Morin Nov 17, 2020

    Barbalien: Red Planetworks exceptionally well on every level at delivering an engaging debut. It lays out its narrative and thematic thrusts through every aspect. From Brombal and Lemire's story to Walta and Jordie Bellaire's art, it all comes together in a unified creative vision. Barbalien takes the setup of what what could be perceived as a needless Black Hammer spin-off and instead takes the story in an intimate and relevant direction. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Nov 18, 2020

    I'm definitely curious to see how this goes with him discovering the “hidden” world but at the same time this is something that one suspects that he would have found decades earlier from his original arrival on Earth. It feels a little odd that he's just now discovering this but it should make for a good story as Lemire and Brombal are handling it well so far. I'm really excited to get more time with Barbalien in all his forms and to get so much more of Walta's artwork. It looks great and definitely just helps to elevate everything here. There's a lot to look forward to here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Christa Harader Nov 19, 2020

    Barbalien: Red Planet #1 is a good trip back into Markzs fraught identity, and his struggle to find a place anywhere in the universe. Read Full Review

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