Emily and the Strangers #1

Emily and the Strangers #1

Writer: Mariah Huehner, Rob Reger Artist: Emily Ivie Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: January 30, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14
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With the help of her trio of troublemaking cats, Emily is determined to make the most rockin' song the world has ever known and win a legendary haunted guitar . . . but can she do it solo? Only one thing is for sure-what Emily wants, Emily gets . . . sometimes.

  • 9.1
    IGN - Melissa Grey Jan 30, 2013

    This inaugural issue ends with Emily acquiring a haunted tentacular guitar and in the process meeting Evan (stage name: Evan Stranger), the aforementioned blue-haired boy who, like Emily, just wants to rock. Emily and her cats may have just met their match and I, for one, can't wait to see what these two kooky kids get up to in upcoming issues. As F. Scott Fitzgerald famously wrote, "Strange children should smile at each other and say, Let's play." Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Jan 20, 2013

    After nearly 20 years, Emily the Strange, the strange multimedia icon, continues to roll strongly on. Emily and the Strangers just might (thankfully) be the first really new look into the character/meme we've had in a long time though. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Front Towards Gamer - PNeafsey Feb 9, 2013

    Emily gains her mystical tentacled guitar, along with an unexpected addition in the shape of a young blue-haired boy. Evan, stage name Evan Strange, just wants to rock and it seems like Emily might have met her match in wit and drive. I can't wait to see what new crazy new adventures these kids get into, along with the insane(ly) wonderful artwork. Even without a background knowledge of Emily and the Strangers' origins, the series is easy to picked up for newcomers and I highly recommend readers of all ages give this issue a read. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Jan 31, 2013

    In the interest of full disclosure, I picked this book for review because so many of this week's titles seemed, frankly, boring to me. In my despair, I found this book which, from the striking cover image, had me curious. The book manages to be a comic about music, a rare thing, and an even rarer thing to get right, and it, again, succeeds. The characterization, art, and coloring work together to give you a visual image of what the audio might sound like, and that is no simple task. “Emily and the Strangers” joins the lineage of books like “Phonogram” and “LP,” where a visual medium has been able to bring across an aural one. That is a rare feat. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Jessica Boyd Feb 1, 2013

    Needless to say, a familiarity with Emily probably makes this book more enjoyable than if you're reading it for the first time. However, if you're willing to go with it, I'm sure you'll enjoy the show. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Feb 4, 2013

    I know I've been missing out on something when even my wife couldn't believe that I had never heard of Emily Strange. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Booked - Emma Kathryn Jan 30, 2013

    All in all, reading Emily and the Strangers made me feel like being a teenaged goth again. It was ridiculous fun and filled my head with the possibilities of the following issues. It may be a done-to-death plot, but Emily makes it awesome. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bloody Disgusting - ShadowJayd Jan 31, 2013

    Issue #1 is definitely off to a great start. With help from her quartet of havoc-wreaking black cats, Emily is hell-bent on creating the most rockin song the world has ever heard, in order to win the legendary haunted guitar owned by the late Professa Kraken, a musician who died under mysterious circumstances. Only trouble is, she needs a band to be able to win the prize. Can she go it alone, or succumb to the interests of a young musical prodigy named Evan Stranger, who just wants to put a band together to rock out to his hearts content? Pick up a copy to find out, but just know that she does not play well with others. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Read Comic Books - Tommy Lutz Jan 29, 2013

    Emily and the Strangers #1 is not for everyone, especially not your typical 20-40 year old male comic reader. Those older male comic readers with families should seriously consider buying Emily and the Strangers #1 for their daughter, niece etc. It is just a good fun comic with a great message for young female comic readers. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Crux - Jessica Tarnate May 10, 2013

    The artwork by Emily Ivie is simple and appealing; it reminded me of Scott Wegeners work on Atomic Robo. Again, another aspect that would attract younger readers. Rich Blacks rock poster variant cover is awesome too, a nice option for Emily and the Strangers #1. Id definitely recommend this new series for young teens and kids, or to anyone older who had a punk/emo phase in high school. Its a fun read, and Emily the Strange is a kickass main character. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    PopMatters - Brett Murph Feb 11, 2013

    Other structures Ivie creates are equally compelling, none more so than Emily's home, which seems more of a castle than a house. Being a fan of the Castlevania franchise, I have a soft spot for gothic architecture, albeit the style here is toned down for the general audience. Although most of the issue is formatted in subdued colors, there is selective use of flashy hues. The haunted guitar has a lime green glow while the melodies Evan plays on his piano blossom in all their orange radiance. The emo personality is ultimately at the forefront, though. Emily dresses in black and has white highlights in her dark hair. Evan has blue bangs that match his blue-striped rocker vest.Altogether, I was pleased with Emily and the Strangers #1. Reger's emo/gothic vision shines through in the punk-themed plot and in Emily's edgy dialogue. Ivie's art pays tribute to Reger's creation, adding imagery to support his gritty comic realm. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Kenneth Bowden Feb 7, 2013

    Artistically, Emily Ivie does a perfect job for this book. She is clearly familiar with the imagery and style Emily the Strange is known for and nails it down without a hitch. I’ll admit I’m a tad unfamiliar with her work up until now, but between this and some Google Fu, I am definitely looking forward to seeing what else she does in the future. Her quirky, cartoony style blends the right amount of noir and sass for a book like this and I’d love to see how she handles other works. All in all, this is definitely gonna be a book where either ya love it right away or dodge it like the plague while a very small portion may give it a fair shot or two and in time it may grow on them, who knows right? Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    First Comics News - Shad Daly Jan 28, 2013

    Emily and the Strangers is an acceptable kids comic, but there is nothing special to appeal to teens and adults. Some goth comics get really bizarre and outr, but this one is playing it safe, because beneath it all Emily the Strange is still an advertising mascot, so she cant get too edgy. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comic Book Syndicate - Kevin T Jan 30, 2013

    I didn't like this book at all. The story was too wordy and confusing at times. At one point is Emily working on an idea and then she all of a sudden wants this guitar "I was completely bored with it and had a hard time reading it. I was waiting for something to happen and to no avail. The art, except for the blue print bit, was not very well done in my opinion. It was very plain with not really much detail to the characters at all. It did not make me want to know what was going to happen next. I could care less about the characters and what happens to them; The issue didn't draw me and was unsuccessful in making me care about the characters or the story. Though, I might have enjoyed it if I was a preteen or teenager. BUT, if you are an Emily the Strange fan, this might just be for you. Read Full Review

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