Hairball #1

Writer: Matt Kindt Artist: Tyler Jenkins Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: April 5, 2023 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 9
8.3Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

A brand-new supernatural nightmare that's Junji Ito meets Hayao Miyazaki from the Eisner-nominated creators of Fear Case and Apache Delivery Service.

A young girl with a black cat begins to suspect the innocuous beast is behind all her troubles: her parents' fighting, family plagues, and innumerable supernatural horrors. As she tries her best to rid herself of this creature, she discovers that maybe the cat is not evil after all and a greater terror may be behind these horrific events harming her life.

o Variant cover by Department of Truth's Martin Simmonds!

  • 10
    AIPT - Piper Whitaker Apr 5, 2023

    Hairball #1 is a brilliant collaboration between Kindt and the Jenkins that provides a passionate, unsettling story, setting the stage for an exciting miniseries. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    COMICON - Tom Smithyman Apr 4, 2023

    Whether or not you like cats, just about any horror fan will find something to like in this creepy story of a girl and cat adopted on the same day. Featuring strong writing and often-disturbing visuals, Hairball has something for everyone. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Multiversity Comics - Ryan Fitzmartin Apr 10, 2023

    A deeply intriguing and menacing first issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Apr 5, 2023

    Hairball #1 is an interesting comic. It leaves you pondering which is scarier, whatever the cat is up to or the adults? It perfectly delivers a haunting dark cloud hanging over the issue, building a vibe that's unsettling. There may be a cute cat on the cover, but what's inside is anything but. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Adam Barnhardt Apr 5, 2023

    Though Kindt's script is slow and missing a little spice, the frameworkcombined with Jenkins' nightmare-inducing lines and watercolorssets the stage for a killer horror title. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Justin Munday Apr 5, 2023

    An enticing and unique slice of horror, Kindt and Jenkins deliver an opening chapter that is sure to leave fans of creepy comics begging for more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Apr 7, 2023

    Theres a dark drama to the series that could run the risk of being really, really silly, but Kindt, Jenkins, and Jenkins are taking the subject matter very seriously...which COULD backfire in future issues, but the series premiere feels like a sharply-rendered horror drama from beginning to end. And thats a hell of an accomplishment given that its a horror story about a black cat and an adopted girl. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Major Spoilers - Jonathan Cadotte Apr 8, 2023

    Hairball #1 is a pretty good comic with some subtle body horror and some not so subtle domestic drama. It has enough intrigue to warrant reading more, but overstays its welcome on its own. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Capes & Tights - Taylor Jordan Mar 31, 2023

    While a story about a cat is not something we typically navigate towards, we had to take the chance with Kindt and Jenkins at the helm. However, they did prove that cats are really the worst. Read Full Review

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