Calamity Kate #1

Writer: Magdalene Visaggio Artist: Corin Howell, Valentina Pinto Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: March 13, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 6
8.4Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

Kate Strand reboots her destructive life and moves to LA to be the superhero she always wanted to be-Calamity Kate: gun-toting monster killer. With her latest career change, she faces new challenges, relationships, and competition; desperate to show she's worth a damn in a world overrun by zombies, vampires, demons, goblins, and the ultimate monster bounty: the Seven Fabled Beasts of Yore.

From the Eisner and GLAAD Media Award-nominated writer of the breakout hit Kim & Kim and DC Comics' Eternity Girl with Gerard Way and artist on IDW's Ghostbusters and X-Files comes this modern day, adventure of heroes and monsters.

  • 10 - Megan Peters Mar 13, 2019

    Packed with action, Calamity Kate is a wild ride filled with unapologetic heroines, gory battles, and irreverent humor. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Graphic Policy - pharoahmiles Mar 16, 2019

    Overall, this debut is a funny and exciting new comic which should get everyone to fall in love with these characters and this world. The story by Magdalene Visaggio is amusing and pulse pounding. The art by Corin Howell and Valentina Pinto is gorgeous. Altogether, a great story that imbues fun alongside well developed storytelling. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - Donovan Walls Mar 12, 2019

    A killer beginning sets us on a path of adventure through monsters and monster hunters. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Mar 13, 2019

    Corin Howell's art is fantastic. There are so many amazingly detailed action scenes and the fights are brutally beautiful. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    The Brazen Bull - Jaimee Nadzan Mar 12, 2019

    Packed with monsters and killer comedy, Calamity Kate #1 is a smashing success! Magdalene Visaggio's narrative is gritty, yet comical, and utterly fierce. This series is not to be missed! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Mar 12, 2019

    A really well-done first issue, Calamity Kate is a tight and well-told story with a solid concept and great characters. Come for the famous monster-hunter living in Encino premise, but stay for the quiet look at honesty, friendship, and feeling alone. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Mar 17, 2019

    Visaggio crafts an excellent story, one with a heroine that is tough as nails albeit a little crazed. Howells artwork shines brightly in this violent new monster romp. This mature ages title is one that I would recommend to fans of Supernatural, Bitter Root or any of the great monster-themed books out there. Calamity Kate brings a new, fresh voice to the world of monster hunting, and I couldnt be happier. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Multiversity Comics - John Schaidler Mar 15, 2019

    Writer Magdalene Visaggio and her creative team waste no time at all jumping right into the story with "Calamity Kate" #1, a character-driven book that follows a modern day monster hunter who simultaneously battles her own inner demons. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GWW - Dusty Good Mar 13, 2019

    I was really surprised by this comic. I didn't go in expecting too much and walked away enjoying it immensely. I really want to see where this book is going and I'm giving it a very high recommendation. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Mar 13, 2019

    Calamity Kate gets moving in a big and bold way with a lot going on and a world that feels like it has a lived-in experience to it, that these characters have been existing before the first page is finished. Visaggio keeps it moving well with a lot of different things at play from monster hunting, parenting, coping with different types of loss, and the struggle of friends that drifted away, all of which entices. Combine that with some great artwork from Howell where there's a real life to Kate and something really fun in the dynamic between Vera and her daughter as well as just how Vera has to handle Kate, and it delights once you get into the rhythm of it. Definitely a shorts series worth spending time on. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Comic Watch - Trey Campbell Apr 9, 2019

    A great blend of family life and epic monster battles gives this series potential to be great. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Sequential Planet - Marcus Orchard Mar 8, 2019

    Calamity Kate is a fun start to the series, showcasing a creative team that works incredibly well together. The drama, comedy, action, and art all come together to create an energizing comic book that is easy to recommend. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Feb 20, 2019

    A solid opening chapter then, and while the monster slaying and potential showdown with rival hunters is all well and good, its Kate herself who Im ending up wanting to know more about. Visaggio, Howell and Pinto are working together seamlessly here, and if the idea of an ass-kicking, sword-wielding, monster-slaying woman kicking some serious ass appeals to you in the slightest, this is definitely the book for you. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - David DeCorte Mar 11, 2019

    CALAMITY KATE #1 is a fun and energetic new series set in a world much like our own, but with monsters that terrorize society on a daily basis. The narrative and characters are engaging, with excellent artwork to bring the story to life. Definitely worth checking out. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Mar 13, 2019

    To paraphrase, behind every monster is a strong woman trying to kill it. As with a certain vampire slaying cheerleader, it is the aspects of different lifestyles, which seems the clear focal point of the story, will turn out to be the most interesting. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Mar 14, 2019

    Calamity Kate is a book with a fairly simple and strong central premise that shows flashes of just how good it can be, but gets mired in some pacing issues and an art shift that doesn't serve the story as well. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geek-O-Rama - David Mar 16, 2019

    If you were to tell me that the art in a comic I had never seen was very Dark Horse Comics, Corin Howell's art would be pretty close to what I would envision. Obviously, comic art has evolved and grown over the years, but that's what goes through my head. Take that for what you will. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Mar 21, 2019

    While I'm not sure I'll stick around for all four issues of the mini-series, Calamity Kate #1 is a fun read bouncing between Kate monster hunting and her less successful human interactions. Worth a look. For fans. Read Full Review

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