It's Only Teenage Wasteland #1

Writer: Curt Pires Artist: Jacoby Salcedo Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: December 7, 2022 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 3
8.6Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

When his parents go out of town for the weekend, Mexican-American high schooler Javi decides to throw a party-one that'll launch him and his buds into popularity! Or at least get them noticed by some girls. But when things take a turn for the worse, Javi and his friends are thrust into a situation and future they could have never possibly prepared for. For fans of The Nice House on the Lake and What's the Furthest Place From Here? or other comics with really long titles and cool high concepts.

  • 10 - Tim Adams Dec 7, 2022

    There are early comparisons to titles like The Nice House on the Lake and What's the Furthest Place From Here, but It's Only Teenage Wasteland quickly differentiates itself from the competition. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Dec 7, 2022

    When all is said and done, It's Only Teenage Wasteland #1 delivers a strong read that captures the struggles of your average high schooler. Where the whole story is going and whether or not it will appeal to those who enjoy this story is something only future issues can tell. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    COMICON - Tom Smithyman Dec 5, 2022

    A group of high schoolers planning a party may not seem like an exciting premise for a comic book, but some real slice-of-life dialogue and the mystery of something larger happening makes for an interesting first issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Watch - Theron Couch Dec 8, 2022

    Its Only Teenage Wasteland #1 is an engaging comic because Javi is easy to connect to. Virtually nothing about the post-apocalyptic world is communicated in the issue, so in that way its a comic built on potential. But there is a lot of potential here. And its fun, too. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Dec 7, 2022

    There's a lot to like here just in a teenage slice-of-life kind of way in wanting to follow the story of how these kids live, but we know some strange stuff is going to be coming down the road with the end-of-the-world aspect. A teenage wasteland of a very different kind. Pires' script definitely captures a lot of it really well and the designs and layouts from Salcedo delivers a strong experience that makes it even easier to connect with the characters. Though it's going in a different direction than what most of this issue is, it's an important setup piece for what's to come and is thoroughly engaging throughout. I'm excited to see what's next. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Graphic Policy - Brett Dec 7, 2022

    It's Only Teenage Wasteland #1 is a great start that has a solid hook. The characters are interesting and where it's all going feels both new and familiar. This will be an exciting one that takes genres that have been done to death and mashes them together. This is one to keep an eye on. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Colin Moon Dec 6, 2022

    Refusing to dive into the apocalypse until the characters are in place, Teenage Wasteland promises an end of the world with a heart on its sleeve. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Capes & Tights - Justin Soderberg Aug 20, 2023

    As a fan of this comic book series, I can't help but wish it were longer. The characters and the world-building have so much potential that I hope to see more from this series in the future. If you're looking for something unique and entertaining, this is a must-read. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Jawsh Dec 13, 2022

    I loved this to bits. Super excited for the rest of the series but I love the dialogue, I love how easy it flowed, and the art by Salcedo is fantastic.
    More, please.

  • 9.0
    Aviator5000 Dec 14, 2022

    Glad I picked this one up.

    I'm not the biggest fan of teenage based stories, but this hits a soft spot that has very relatable moments for most adolescent experience.

    The time and masterful effort they took to set-up the plot amongst the "wasteland" element of this story would have been amazing in "What's the Furthest Place From Here", as well with that loveable cast.

  • 8.0
    DDJamesB Dec 11, 2022

    I thought it was a wonderfully written for the most part. It just felt like a real story. The real life stuff being so good made the twist hard to swallow for me as I felt the book would have done fine being grounded.

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