Blackwood #1

Writer: Evan Dorkin Artist: Veronica Fish Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: May 30, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 7
8.3Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

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From the multi-Eisner award-winning creator of Beasts of Burden and the artist of Archie and Slam comes this supernatural fantasy about a magical murder in a sorcery school. When four teenagers with haunted pasts enroll in Blackwood College-a school that trains students in the occult-their desire to enhance their supernatural abilities and bond with others is hampered by an undead dean's curse, ghosts in their dorm, a mischievous two-headed mummy-chimp, a plague of mutant insects, and the discovery of an ancient evil that forces our heroes to undergo a crash course in the occult for the sake of the world.

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Christian Hoffer May 30, 2018

    Blackwood could be a contender for series of the year, and I can't wait to read what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Impulse Gamer - Dana Folkard Jun 18, 2018

    Overall, I'm absolutely loving this series. The writing is clever and sophisticated, delving into an emotionally complex horror story. I love the supernatural side of this story, bringing a mysterious and ominous tone to the narrative, and this coupled with the lovely art makes for a highly enjoyable read. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal May 2, 2018

    It's been a long time since a Dark Horse title got me excited to read more. Like I mentioned in the beginning, it seems like they've been searching for an identity and while they've expanded what they publish, not all of it has been a good fit. Blackwood feels like a Dark Horse title from beginning to end and has me wanting to read more of it. With titles like B.P.R.D. being scarcer and scarcer and Harrow County ending, Blackwood is a great replacement for anyone's reading list. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes May 8, 2018

    For a genre that I am not generally fond of this book has impressed me. Where Potter and his gang dealt with wizards, Blackwood has a more earthy feel to it. This then gives the book a bigger horror vibe than a magic one. If the powers that be at Dark Horse know one thing, it is how to do horror well and this book is no exception! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose May 29, 2018

    Magic and broomsticks might play well with the kids, but older readers might ask what's the catch - and the terrifying answers can be found in Blackwood. While Dorkin's script sets up a lot of questions for future installments, it's Veronica and Andy Fish who really make this book a showstopper, with a thrilling and fluid sense of artistry that makes this book you should not avoid. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jun 1, 2018

    Evan Dorkin is quite a writer. Veronica Fish is a hell of an artist. Together here, they make magic. This is only four issues so it could go anywhere. That's exciting. And that makes for a must read comic. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Horror Talk - James Ferguson May 30, 2018

    Blackwood is like Harry Potter mixed with Deadly Class. It keeps all the supernatural elements and ups the danger factor considerably. If this is just a taste of what this series has to offer, I'm very excited to see where the creators take it next. It's a well-rounded horror book. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bounding Into Comics - Nathan Braudrick May 30, 2018

    The sign of a well-done mystery story is that it leaves the reader hungry for more clues and itching to see the resolution. All the stellar artwork and colorful panels won't carry the weight if the mystery itself is not engaging. Fortunately, Blackwood #1 fires on all cylinders in that regard. Evan Dorkin and Veronica Fish have succeeded in getting things off to a fantastic start from the bottom up and I, for one, can't wait to see this mystery through to its end. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Outright Geekery - Joshua Rathbun May 2, 2018

    Blackwood #1 is the start of a fun and sinister series with all sorts of creepy goings on. For some, Evan Dorkin's name might be enough to buy this but there's more than just his involvement in the series and it's got some killer visuals to go with it. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge May 30, 2018

    Quite simply, I liked Blackwood a lot. The familiar pieces are here but it's very well executed with the artwork, the structure of the story, and how i introduces us to the characters. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison May 29, 2018

    Blackwood #1 is a promising, fun, and intriguing first step for the series. The premise may not be the most unique, but the characters are likable and distinct enough to keep the comic interesting. The story has a slow start, but it grabs your attention by the end. This comic earns a recommendation. Check it out when it hits stores tomorrow. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Doom Rocket - Brandy Dykhuizen May 21, 2018

    Blackwood has everything a burgeoning sorcerer could ever want " gargoyles, stained glass, warm beer and monsters. I look forward to seeing what curses and creatures these kids vanquish. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Jonathan O'Neal May 31, 2018

    The first issue of "Blackwood" contains a ton of narrative detail and visual delights, but each aspect is in service to an intriguing horror story setup that feels more promising with each page turn. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicBuzz - Tee LaFrance Todd Jun 19, 2018

    The end was impactful and enough to have me waiting for the second issue. I would recommend Blackwood if youre looking for a modern, simpler Lovecraft, a more horrific Scooby-Doo, or a teen angst Harry Potter. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    Weird Science - Andrew McAvoy Jun 3, 2018

    I would say that this book probably did enough to hold my attention and intrigue me enough to come back for more. That said, there is an assumed familiarity with the characters that doesn't ring quite true, and assumes a familiarity with the characters that the writer hasn't earned. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    We The Nerdy - Chad Waller May 29, 2018

    Now this all being said, Blackwood itself is fairly competent. Wren sucks but we'll come around to her around issue three when she vomits her backstory and saves a dude, and the rest will turn into likeable chaps that follow their respective tropes too closely to be memorable. It's got “mediocre” stamped all over it, which isn't a bad thing if you want a haunted university. It's not like we get too many of them. That being said, DC has Mystic U out right now, and you might find a better version of this there. I dunno. I stopped reading that too. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Outright Geekery - A. J. Jones May 25, 2018

    I can't really recommend BLACKWOOD to anyone, not even fans of Evan Dorkin like me. Read Full Review

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