Cloaked #1

Writer: Mike Richardson Artist: Jordi Armengol Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: December 15, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 4
7.7Critic Rating
7.4User Rating

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Mike Richardson! Twenty-five years ago, a genuine masked hero came out of nowhere to declare war on crime. All of America celebrated the exploits of the black-clad vigilante as he took down one lawbreaker after another . . . and then he disappeared. But when down-on-his-luck investigator Jake Stevens is hired to find the long-missing dark avenger, his inquiries threaten to expose the myth behind the mask. Written by Mike Richardson--creator of The Mask, producer of the Hellboy film franchise, and writer of the 47 Ronin graphic novel‚ and illustrated with gritty realism by Jordi Armengol.

  • 9.4
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Dec 15, 2021

    Armengol delivers some fantastic art in the issue. The noir style of the visuals are beautifully done and engaging. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Kobi Bordoley Dec 17, 2021

    Mysterious and memorable, this is a well executed, sleek detective story wrapped up in a superhero costume that's just getting started. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Dec 15, 2021

    Cloaked #1 navigates a minefield of tones and concepts that have had diminishing returns over the years to come through as a strong reading experience. Im going to follow this one through all four issues of its run. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Impulse Gamer - Kevin Mwenda Jan 5, 2022

    I must admit, I did not expect this from the Cloaked #1 story. I expected to see another superhero limited with some form of social or moral code. But thats not the case with this first issue. Instead, The Reaper is not afraid to kill the criminals, seems to steal from the people he has killed and is willing to go even further as using a child, Dick Johnson, as bait. Besides this, Cloaked #1 pages where we encounter the vigilante are well-drawn and dramatic, highlighting the vigilantes ruthless nature. However, I find the comics lack to render the eyes a little bit disturbing where on the lighter panels, and pages, the characters seem emotionless, blocky, and not human. This kinda diminishes the comics overall artwork. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Dec 16, 2021

    An interesting book, part examination of the vigilantes and the need for a sidekick coupled with a gumshoe detective story with a well worked cliff-hanger which secures readers returning. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Dec 14, 2021

    Cloaked is an interesting superhero story thanks to its slightly different take on a vigilante hero who wears black and fights crime in the night. What's most compelling is how the Reaper is rendered to look very cool and almost romanticized, yet all the facts show he's a cold killer unworthy of admiration. What's set up here is a story worth reading, especially since at just three issues we'll likely get all the answers we need in a tight package. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings Dec 18, 2021

    Cloaked #1 throws its hat into the "realistic superhero" ring with a noir-inspired tale, featuring script work from none other than the founder of Dark Horse Comics. I hope that the remaining issues start to flesh out the mystery and make this comic stand out in a crowded line of offerings. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Ingrid Lind-Jahn Dec 18, 2021

    Twenty-five years ago, a famed masked vigilante vanished and now someone wants to find him again! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Tim Adams Dec 15, 2021

    The first issue from writer Mike Richardson and artist Jordi Armengol perfectly sets up the superhero mystery, with enough intrigue to leave readers guessing as to what path the story will take next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Dec 15, 2021

    Cloaked #1 is a debut with a lot of potential. The comic ends in an interesting place and it's easy to make some guesses as to where it will go from here. Hopefully, the series delivers more than my current suspicions but its mix of spandex and detective stories is an interesting one that creates a read that's just slightly different than what else is on the shelf. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Dec 15, 2021

    It feels like there's a “twist” which is being fairly heavily signposted given the apparently Batman parallels, although that remains to be seen. Regardless, this is certainly an intriguing opening chapter for a series that feels like it hasn't quite hit its full stride yet. The groundwork has been confidently laid though, and with some striking artwork, an engaging tone and an eyebrow-raising cliffhanger, this is definitely a series I'm going to be keeping an eye on. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    COMICON - Brendan M. Allen Dec 21, 2021

    If Batman and Dead Rabbit had a baby, it would be Cloaked. Not exactly Batman, but not far enough removed to be considered satire. Artwork by Jordi Armengol is fantastic, but again, heavily reminiscent of" Batman. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Dec 16, 2021

    Cloaked is not a bad comic, being competently executed. Unfortunately, one can't escape the feeling that we've seen this story told before and told better elsewhere. Still, Film Noir fans and Batman fans looking for a change of pace should give it a try. Read Full Review

  • 5.9
    Geek'd Out - Michael Farris Jr. Dec 15, 2021

    Overall, Cloaked is sure to have its fans, and it is being released as a four-issue miniseries. I sense that passive comic book fans will enjoy the refreshed take on Batman mythology. However, comic readers with a pull list might feel they've seen this all before and hang up their cloaks after the first issue. Read Full Review

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