Briggs Land #1

Writer: Brian Wood Artist: Mack Chater Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: August 17, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 9
8.2Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

Briggs Land, nearly a hundred square miles of rural wilderness, contains the largest antigovernment secessionist movement in the United States. When matriarch Grace Briggs wrests control of the operation from her incarcerated husband, she sparks a war within the community-and her immediate family-that threatens to bring the full power of the federal government down on their heads.

o Perfect for fans of Sons of Anarchy and Justified!

o In development for an AMC television show!

  • 10
    ComicWow!TV - Huck Talwar Aug 22, 2016

    This is an amazing issue to start off the series. Wood's writing is enthralling beyond belief, and there's so much more to think about than just the storyline. The values that some characters hold are so warped and irrational. As of now, all I can hope is that Isaac and Grace are alive and well. For anyone into sociology, anthropology, politics, and a damn good story, you can't miss out on this! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Zeb Larson Aug 17, 2016

    Overall, this is my comic of the week. I'm already partial to Wood's meditations on the United States and how it's a much more contested country than we usually like to imagine. Combining those with an intra-clan feud should make for good reading. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Oz Longworth Aug 18, 2016

    AMC knew what they were doing in picking up the rights to this one. If any story deserves to be told in live action, it's this well-oiled crime family saga. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Plug - Tanya Ruiter Aug 11, 2016

    The story is great and compelling, leaving you wanting more. I look forward to learning how Grace wants to change Briggs Land and how her take over goes over. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Pwaelchl Aug 21, 2016

    After this year's San Diego Comic Con, there was buzz about this series and AMC's announcement of a Briggs LandTV series. The buzz is well deserved. There is an engaging story to be told here, but whether it is a sustained narrative or self-contained story is hard to determine. This first issue sets up a world of possibilities, but it is also a strong candidate for a trade paperback. Inching these characters forward month by month may not sustain the narrative or readers. But Wood has proven inDMZ, that those readers that stick around are in for a heck of a ride. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    We The Nerdy - Adeem Khan Aug 17, 2016

    Overall, this is a good start to an intriguingpremise. I wish more time was spent fleshing out the Briggs family, considering how important every member is about to be as sides are going to be taken, but the story is going in very interesting places. I just hope character development isn't left to the TV show in hopes of getting through the series quickly and getting it primed for the adaptation. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerdophiles - Sam Wildman Aug 24, 2016

    The whole book is basically awesome and it's a nice change from a lot of the other stuff I've been reading. I've been mostly sticking to all-ages books lately and that is decided the polar opposite of Briggs Land. Instead of bright colors and happy storylines we've got a much darker book here. Mack Chater's artwork andLee Loughridge's muted coloring really fit the mood and help bring the series to life. The use of lighting from panel to panel is excellent. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Aug 17, 2016

    I may poke my head into the seedy backwaters of Briggs Land, primarily because of its difficult undertaking. If you must write a fiction about angry people, make their story intriguing, and Brian Wood has put enough effort into creating a cast of characters that would fit seamlessly in a bingeable Netflix series. The thing is, its three issue opening salvo might not be as satisfying as an insomnia-inducing full length season. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Big Comic Page - Ross Sweeney Aug 17, 2016

    Ultimately, Im not certain that as a single issue this immediately screams buy me – it feels like it would be akin to stating that the first 40 minutes or so of Michael Manns Heat can absolutely be bought separately, then watched and enjoyed solely on its own merit. Indeed, it seems like its only going to be fair to give the series an absolute rating as and when it finds its end – and whilst its not clear exactly where and how well end up there, this first act does give a sense that its going to be a hell of a ride. So the score below is a placeholder, really – check back in a couple of months when its all said and done for a more final say! Read Full Review

  • 5.3
    Multiversity Comics - James Johnston Aug 18, 2016

    There's a lot to like about "Briggs Land" #1. The premise is strong and in a political climate where the radicalized right's voice is becoming more and more prominent, a look into the anti-government culture that led to events like the armed takeover in Oregon seem inevitable. "Briggs Land" takes that another step further by not portraying these characters as caricatures. Still, it doesn't present them as very interesting people either. Read Full Review

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