Ether #1

Writer: Matt Kindt Artist: David Rubin Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: November 16, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 15
9.1Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

A science-minded adventurer gets mixed up in the mysteries of a fantasy world in this charming new adventure from an award-winning creative team. Boone Dias is an interdimensional explorer, a scientist from Earth who has stumbled into great responsibility. He's got an explanation for everything, so of course the Ether's magical residents turn to him to solve their toughest crimes. But maybe keeping the real and the abstract separate is too big a job for just one man.

  • 10
    All-Comic - Matthew Strackbein Oct 24, 2016

    Just when you think there's no room on the new release rack for a new title, Ether comes along and changes your mind. If the combination of Kindt and Rubin is enough to make us sit up and take note, then reading issue #1 is enough to make you add it to your pull list. Need a change from overdramatic or mainstream comics? Then look here. Need an entertaining mystery that'll keep you engaged while putting a smile on your face? Then check this one out"Ether is likely the next big, standout book and is sure to gain appreciation and recognition alike as the series progresses. There's nothing wrong with yet another new series, especially when it's of this caliber. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Laramie Martinez Nov 18, 2016

    This comic is a buddy comedy, it's sci fi, it's fantasy and it's got a surprising amount of heart. I'm looking forward to what this team is going to do with this series. Read Full Review

  • 10
    CourtOfNerds - Drew S. McCarthy Nov 16, 2016

    I actively looked for a reason to ding this book with something lower than a 10, but it's just not there. Kindt and Rubn not only deliver on their promise of science and fantasy, they bring both in spades. Boone and Glum already have a spot on my pull list and I'll anxiously await the next journey into Ether and the mysteries it holds. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Outright Geekery - Erik Koehn Oct 29, 2016

    Ether #1 is the start of a story rife with mysteries from beginning to end and from top to bottom. The structure and subtext providing just as much to speculate on as the in-plot murder mystery. Seldom have I read a first issue that leaves as much to ponder as this one. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicsverse - Kate Meekins Nov 17, 2016

    To conclude, this first issue of ETHER is fantastic to say the very least. The plot and characterization are both surprisingly engaging for a first issue, and the art could have an entire review written on it alone. Matt Kindt and David Rubn have created something amazing with this series, and I really hope that the rest of the issues will live up to this first one. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Nov 6, 2016

    The issue left me wanting more and more. I want to see exactly who Boone is, what his life is like in the real world and the Ether, and what exactly happened with the crime Boone is needed for. Ether #1 is an outstanding debut issue, one that shows boldly the strength of visual storytelling at its finest. Filled with intrigue and mystery, I cant recommend Ether #1 enough. Make sure to pick it up when it hits the stands November 16th. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Nikki Sherman Nov 16, 2016

    Dark Horse has been cranking out the kinds of stories I love. Strong characterization, intriguing and well-executed sci-fi/fantasy plots dominate their line-up, especially where stories likeDept. H,Black Hammer, and now,Ether are concerned. This book is promising through and through. I'm not going to tell you how to live your life, but it would be a damn shame to let this series slip through the cracks. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Graphic Policy - Joe Ryan Nov 16, 2016

    Buy Ether #1. In my opinion, it's got everything I'd ever want in a comic. Great writing, beautiful art, fun characters, mystery, magic, suspense, screaming birds, and a talking primate. If you like any of those things, then do yourself a favor and read this book. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Geek-O-Rama - Rick Nov 15, 2016

    In other words, there was nothing I didnt like about Ether. Pitch-perfect. Goofy, enchanting, haunting, poignant. Pick your adjectives as you will but definitely pick up Ether when you can. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Heroes Direct - Adam Fitch Nov 27, 2016

    Boone's adventures are already tonnes of fun after the debut issue, so we're looking forward to seeing him unravel this mysterious case and how he manages to do so. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Nov 17, 2016

    Suffice it to say that Matt Kindt and David Rubin immediately craft a fantasy world that's both extremely inviting and wholly unique. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    FreakSugar - Jed W. Keith Nov 15, 2016

    ETHER #1 is an honors class in epistemology and how we know what know wrapped in the trappings of a truly engaging tale of self-discovery. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - christopher scott author Feb 10, 2017

    The art by David Rubin is a clear divider of the Ether and the real world. Ether has this almost psychedelic vibe to it all enhancing the magical feel. The world is filled with both magical animals and vivid colors, while in contrast, the real world is much more bleak. It's not just the design that shifts the color wheel also changes to shades of gray, and a downplayed color. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Nov 15, 2016

    Magic is out there, and if Boone Dias has his way, he's going to find it, catalog it, and understand what makes it work. There's something inspiring and engaging about a hero like this, and it makes Ether the kind of comic book that stands out among the rest, even including the rest of Dark Horse's typically gorgeous lineup. Matt Kindt and David Rubin haven't just come up with a winning formula, but they will cast a spell on their readers - if you're looking for the best drawn comic of the week, look no further than Ether. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Nov 17, 2016

    Much like Boone within the context of the story, the audience is pulled out of Agartha by the final page, but craving another visit as soon as possible. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicWow!TV - Huck Talwar Nov 22, 2016

    Anyone who likes fantasy should enjoy this series. Honestly, I'm more of a science than magic person myself, so I find Boone's views on life really interesting. I must say, my favorite part of this issue was the flashback when Boone was explaining about explanation. This is a really interesting character that I am already rooting for. I don't know what he's doing with his life after this murder case, but I want him to succeed. In any case, I have no doubt that he will. For a thoughtful read with themes bigger than just what is on the page, this book is definitely for you. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Matthew Garcia Nov 17, 2016

    Two great creators operating at the top of their game. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Word Of The Nerd - Brent Jackson Nov 16, 2016

    Conclusion: Ether #1 is a great set up issue to what seems to be an intriguing fantasy mystery story! Boone Dias a scientist that seems to have all the answers to Ether's magical dilemmas and he is on another “magical” mystery case. Will he be able to solve this one and what exactly happened to him and his life on Earth? Writer Matt Kindt is weaving a fantastic tale combining a wonderful fantasy mystery with a splash of comedic storytelling. David Rubin's art sets this book apart from being lost in all the other Earth/Fantasy realms stories coming out in comics. Making Ether #1 feel like a Dr. Seuss/ Disney book written for adults seems like it could be a recipe for success! Ether #1 is fun, entertaining and emotional; it is a great first issue that will have the reader coming back for #2. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Anthony Composto Nov 9, 2016

    Ether has a little bit of something for everyone. It's funny, it's emotional, and " most important " it's entertaining. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Dusty Good Oct 26, 2016

    This is a solid offering from an accomplished team of creative individuals. I can see that this series is one that has some lasting power and that we all will be diving into the Ether over and over again for years to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Doom Rocket - Brandy Dykhuizen Nov 17, 2016

    While Kindt portrays the duality of Boone seamlessly, Rubin echos the smooth transitions in his artwork, illustrating how the combined chaos within a city can come together as one coherent organism. He takes us from bustling marketplaces to a goofy, outlandish cab ride to a dauntingArt Deco library, filling the pages with a handful of styles that flawlessly fit together. This is a team with whom it's worth taking an inter-dimensional journey, for plot and picture are both fantastic down to every delightful detail. Whether you favor the scientific or you have a taste for the magical, Etheris worth your while. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AiPT! - Russ Dobler Nov 16, 2016

    Ether #1 so far fulfills its solicited promise of analyzing the magical with a critical eye, illustrating the usefulness of oft-maligned empiricism through a Sherlock Holmes-style detective story. The potential return of respect for the importance of observation? Fascinating! Read Full Review

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