Ei8ht #1

Writer: Rafael Albuquerque Artist: Rafael Albuquerque Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: February 18, 2015 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 31 User Reviews: 10
8.5Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

Welcome to the Meld, an inhospitable dimension in time where Joshua, a chrononaut, finds himself trapped. With no memory or feedback from the team of scientists that sent him, he can’t count on anything but his heart and a stranger’s voice to guide him to his destiny.

  • 10
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Ray W Feb 19, 2015

    I really found this issue being very good and not telling you what you want to know right off the bat, before giving you more info in later issues. Mike Johnson's writing is very good here and gives just a taste before letting you get know the two different worlds. We don't get to know a lot about the main character but theres something there in his story. The art is very good as well along with the small color palette of colors given. The line-work is great and the characters look very good and the world of the past and meld look really interesting. I didn't really find anything bad about this first issue but I cannot wait to read more. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin Jan 30, 2015

    Ei8ht might be an epic sci-fi tale, but it's the emotional development of the characters within that makes it stand out. Along with a captivating premise, and mysterious setting, this is a series that I definitely will be following, and you should too. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson Feb 16, 2015

    Crackling with originality and adventure, EI8HTis stunning creator-owned debut from one of the most celebrated artists in the business today. A masterpiece of visual storytelling with a genuinely compelling mystery at its heart, this is a series I honestly cant recommend highly enough. Bring on the second issue, and quickly! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Mar 1, 2015

    Dark Horse seems to have a hit on their hands with this new science fiction/time travel series. Not only is the art and writing top notch, but the use of color to define the overall look and structure of the book is a creative tool that's used to perfection. For me, Ei8ht may be my favorite new series of 2015 and I can't wait to see what comes next. Ei8ht feels original and unique as colors not only fill in the beautiful lines, but also play a foundational role in the storytelling. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Rhymes With Geek - Wesley Messer Feb 17, 2015

    Ei8ht has fullysucked me into its world. One comic that made me get lost in the little details traveling through the past, present, future, and everything else in between in the world Ei8ht is forming. It's a comic that has everything I could want in a book. It's nice to have a book that gives you just enough to make you clamor for more.Ei8ht is easily a book that I could gush on and on about. By the time you're done with Ei8ht in this issue, you're going to be saying, "Hey where's the next issue, I want it now!", and you just have to be patient till next month. Buy this book, enjoy it, and get lost in it as much as I have. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - Tyler Sewell Feb 17, 2015

    Ei8ht kicks off to an exciting first issue that demands your attention from start to finish. It's one of the most enjoyable reads I've had so far this year and the story is incredibly well-structured so you get the comic's plot without getting an overtly-wordy explanation. Keep your eye on this series because I have a feeling it's going places. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Feb 17, 2015

    One of the biggest compliments I can give this book is that with Image and BOOM! Studios cornering the market on flashy, creator-owned books, Ei8ht is the kind of masterful debut that looks to be able to stand right alongside them. There's a clear deliberateness to every choice made in this comic, and every page seems to hold the potential of a new mystery, one that you can't wait to crack. That kind of a hook is rare in this day and age, particularly in a serialized medium that often feels like a numbers game. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Overmental - Logan Dalton Feb 17, 2015

    Should I read this comic? Yes, you should. In a time when everyone and their mom is doing a high concept sci-fi comic, Ei8ht #1 is a unique riff on the genre with its mysterious "Meld" setting, an incredibly likeable protagonist, and Albuquerque applying his thick pencil and ink work to futuristic sci-fi. Plus there's a dinosaur. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Feb 19, 2015

    EI8HT is a stunning and evocative new series from one of the best artists working in the business. The compelling premise takes familiar tropes and turns them on their head, asking readers to trust in it. Given the cliffhanger ending and plethora of questions left unanswered, we're in for the long haul. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - RobertJCross Feb 18, 2015

    Awesome debut issue. Super stoked for the rest! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Inter-Comics Podcast - Mathew R Wilmot Feb 20, 2015

    What you get with issue one of Ei8ht is a smack in the face introduction to a new and unusual world. If you like your stories to take their time but give you plenty to absorb along the process then this is the kind of book for you. Another great sci-fi book is about to launch, or should we say crash into your laps. Be sure to strap yourselves in tight. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicBuzz - ChrisG Feb 19, 2015

    A strong start to a great book. EI8HT has the potential to be a fantastic series. Oh, and did I mention it has Nazis and dinosaurs? Ill take two copies please. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Jan 20, 2015

    Albuquerque doesn't introduce us to the Meld or the inhabitants therein in a dainty manner; the book simply says, "Here you go. Let's rock." And rock is exactly what "Ei8ht" #1 does with snappy dialogue, eye-catching scenery and a mystery as deep as twenty-two pages can accommodate. This world Albuquerque offers to share with us is interesting enough that I cannot wait for more. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Feb 18, 2015

    Unsurprisingly, Albuquerque's art emerges as the main selling point here. Ei8ht has a fairly different aesthetic from Albuquerque's recent DC work. The line-work is a bit looser, but not necessarily less detailed. Albuquerque shows a greater range of facial work and emotional expression in this issue, and that goes a long way towards building tone and making characters like Joshua feel like fully realized people despite their aura of mystery. meanwhile, there's a clever use of color driving this book. Most panels feature only one or two hues, with each color denoting a certain time period or locale. The effect is like a more robust version of Casanova (back in the days when that series relied on monochrome art rather than full color). This series' distinctive visual style sets it apart as much as anything. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Coming Up Comics - David Melton Feb 16, 2015

    Colorful characters, gorgeous backdrops, strong writing, what's not to love about this series already? Strap in for a wild ride. I guarantee Ei8ht will fly off the shelves. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Feb 18, 2015

    The potential is definitely here, but you have to really absorb all the elements of it, not just the story, not just the art, but the two and the coloring of it all. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Graphic Policy - Edward Wendt Feb 16, 2015

    At the very least, this first issue sets up the remainder of the series for some success, as not only is the story interesting by itself, but so too are the character well-written, especially the band of survivors that the time traveler encounters. Ei8ht still ends up being a refreshing tale of time travel, maybe not as groundbreaking in its version of the concept in its first issue, but still trying out something new while also borrowing from other works in the genre. The new plot device of the meld works well as a microcosm of this series, trying out some new ideas and some old ones, and mixing them together into something interesting. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Mia Faller Feb 20, 2015

    I'm interested to see where this story will lead and to learn more about the people of The Meld in future issues of EI8HT . Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Feb 27, 2015

    Ei8ht is like Mad Max set on Tatooine. Instead of riding tricked out death machines, people ride dinosaurs. Joshua has plopped down in the middle of this world with a mission, but he doesn't remember what that is. There's no telling what he might encounter next, but if it's anything like what he just went through, things will get worse before they get better. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Feb 21, 2015

    Ei8ht is a very solid read. With an easy to follow plot but put together like a puzzle, the book was a fun read. The characters have some grit to them and definitely leave an impression. The visuals are a match for the story and the universe it resides in. Overall, this is a comic that is worth picking up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Sacks Jan 22, 2015

    Ei8ht is an awesome first issue (in every sense of the word), the kind of comic that makes me want to hit the comic shop every Wednesday to see how my latest episodes of my favorite series play out. This first issue, by Rafael Albuquerque and Mike Johnson, spills enough of its secrets to be intriguing, reveals enough of its fictional world to get the reader pondering what is happening, and delivers enough fascinating WTFness to make it stand out from the crowd. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Adam Cadmon Feb 18, 2015

    Despite those earlier complaints, I'm in on this one; I want to see what persuaded Joshua to risk this extraordinary predicament in the first place. Given the style of this story, that may or may not be possible, which really is just one more reason to stick around and find out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Latest Pull - Leigh Fairburn Feb 18, 2015

    I'm excited to see where the book goes from here. We've got all the makings of an interesting, unique sci-fi story seamlessly integrated with beautiful, focused artwork. If you haven't picked it up yet, I highly recommend it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Dan Pennacchia Feb 12, 2015

    By the end of the story, it is clear that the creators have a grand vision for this story. It is hard to decide just what mystery is the most intriguing and what will follow in issue two. What is going on in that stand-alone page of a future city where roses are exchanged? The only way to find out is to get on board. Ei8ht looks destined to be one of the years best. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Kenny Sanders Feb 24, 2015

    I really suggest you take a peek at this comic.Rafael Albuquerque and Mike Johnson's collaboration on Eight looks promising. I can see Albuquerque's work resembles the art hedidfor Blue Beetle comics.The comic reminds me of the old Daredevil comics as far as ton Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Jorge Solis. Feb 18, 2015

    I really love how writer Mike Johnson played around with the nonlinear structure. Told from the point-of-view of the unreliable narrator, the mystery gains momentum, even while answering its own questions. Whe Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Brian Reed Mar 11, 2015

    Ei8ght is an above-average book, but it doesn't really rise to the top. I like it, but there's a lot of books I like better. I'll give it another shot, but I'm hoping the next issue holds my attention a little more. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Multiversity Comics - Michelle White Feb 20, 2015

    It's hard to make a sweeping judgement about "Ei8ht", based on this issue; we're getting a glimpse of just a sliver of the overall story. That said, this deliberate pacing may also be the series' greatest strength, giving us time to absorb the strangeness of Joshua's situation. In the mean time, the appeal of the art is strong, and the colour-coding aspect shows a lot of promise. So far as miniseries go, "Ei8ht" might be a tiny dinosaur worth following. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    We The Nerdy - Dennis Burns Feb 20, 2015

    I don't mind mystery, at all, but my concern with this opening issue of Ei8ht is that it's a miniseries and this first issue offers nothing but questions. The Meld seems like a great concept of a placeout of time basically, but the only thing we really know about it is that dinosaurs exist here, some type of tribal community is the basis of society, and Joshua is stuck here for the foreseeable future. Perhaps this issue would've worked better as a double-sized introduction to the world, but as it stands we've got two periods of time, quick scenes taking place both before and after Joshua's jump in time, and a few interesting characters with little to no backstory yet. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Following The Nerd - Jake Tanner Jan 24, 2015

    If you're a fan of the sci-fi genre, this book is definitely something you need to check out. On top of being a book about time travel, this book is a mystery at heart right now and that part of the story is what's really drawing me back for a second issue. Pair that with the timeless work of Rafael Albuquerque, Ei8ht could very well be the sleeper hit of early 2015! Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Buccaneer Book Reviews - Cap'n Aldous B. Adder Feb 23, 2015

    Not a bad comic. It has some potential, though it suffers from a problem many comics do now-a-days which is the annoying TV practice of drawing out a reveal and trying to build mystery and all that. The end result is that some folks like me see it as a writing for the trade collection and not for the singles and as a fan and person buying the singles, that's a bit annoying. Read Full Review

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