Catalyst Comix #1

Catalyst Comix #1

Writer: Joe Casey Artist: Dan McDaid Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: July 3, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 1
7.4Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

Straight from the glory of Comics' Greatest World, Frank "Titan" Wells, Amazing Grace and the Agents of Change are back, baby! But you've never seen them like this! Superhero comics get a back-alley facelift as these very different champions confront cosmic threats and personal demons-and it all starts at the end of the world as we know it!

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Sean Tonelli Jul 3, 2013

    Catalyst Comix #1 is an exciting new property for Dark Horse Comics. It's an expertly crafted world, one which Casey has meticulously honned, that's topped off with a cherry of vibrant artwork. I have seen the future of superhero comic books, and it's called Catalyst Comix. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Florida Geek Scene - IHAVEYOURSHIT Jul 3, 2013

    Joe Casey".he's comics American dream. Has been for some better part of 20yrs now. He's always doing something different and new. They call it kicking sand. He kicks sand here and I hope it stings some. I hope that everyone else in comics is licking some open bloody sore and there goes lil Joe Casey kicking some sand in it making them go Woo Hoo. Cause that's what he said this would be. And it is. Its an opportunity for something old to be new. But did they think cool? Of course they did. Each artist is a perfect fit. Its what you want in super hero comics even though no matter how much you continue paying for, you don't seem to get. It stings hard, how damn good this comic book is. Its a ten or whatever the hip kids say when its time to fucking act. Act now, this comic has my shit. And its been a long long wait. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski Jul 4, 2013

    Joe Casey has made no bones about how good he thinks his “Catalyst Comix” is. It's the typical Joe Casey bluster, and while that's not a knock on him at all, it doesn't matter a whole lot once you've got his actual product in your hand. He's not wrong about the fact that this is a good book, but it's also not going to change comic books forever. What it does do, however, is show us a way that end-of-the-world stakes and crossover type can be made captivating in a variety of ways. All it takes is a trust in the intelligence of his audience and (perish forbid the “big 2″ ever try this) some unconventional art choices to create an “event” that truly feels special for once. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Jul 4, 2013

    Casey blends the 3 stories together very effectively showing us 3 very different aspects of the same day in the life of Golden City. We get world building, character introductions, and some very big promises on what's going to be coming in future issues. I don't think this will be everyone's cup of tea, but I loved it. The art is not "super-hero standard" and may be off-putting to some, but it's a mixture of styles that I found very appealing. I'm on board for the entire run of this series, I can't wait to see what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Sean A. Guynes Jul 3, 2013

    And if the above doesnt get you interested, but you are turned on to anything with good advertising, you really have to love any comic that advertises itself with the tag line: Catalyst Comix will steal your boyfriend. Its a $2.99 well spent, and thats a better price than plenty of the inferior books that go for a dollar more. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Jul 3, 2013

    If the lack of details doesn't bother you some of the writing might as it is heavy handed. Obviously this is all coming out of Joe Casey's brain, but it reads as if he doesn't trust his artists, stuffing every page with enough reading to stifle the pacing. The art doesn't get to tell the story enough in most cases with a lot of first person narrative taking up the page. A balance needs to be struck between action and character, but so far the series seems to be more interested in character. With so much first person narrative that doesn't relay many details most readers will find themselves confused and frustrated rather than interested and compelled to read more. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jul 8, 2013

    It's trying very hard to be different, and largely succeeds at that - but it's definitely an odd start for a comic set in the superhero style. Not for all tastes, but intriguing. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Jul 3, 2013

    "Catalyst Comix" #1 has a great idea at its core, and I want to see it succeed. If the narration is toned down a little, I think it could really work. For now, it's a release that's buoyed by its concept and the art, but I'd like to see the rest of it click into place quickly. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Grant McLaughlin Jul 7, 2013

    Catalyst Comix is a strange beast. It's still not quite clear what exactly this book is going to be about, but it has more than enough style to mask that fact for the moment. All the stories have bright spots to them, but I must say that Ulises Farinas' is far and away my favourite. He's still relatively new in comics, but I hope to see a lot more of him in the future. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Lindsey Morris Jul 8, 2013

    There is too much going on in the book for any individual hero to get sufficient attention, let alone have the reader make a connection with them. By the end of the issue the story seems overblown, and to its detriment. Read Full Review

  • 4.4
    Culture Mass - Stephen Wilds Jul 3, 2013

    A three-part superhero tale that has a lot of build-up, with little pay off. Writer Joe Casey makes bold claims about a book that is supposed to draw a line in the sand against mainstream comics, but he may just have sand in his shoes. Read Full Review

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