King Tiger #1

Writer: Randy Stradley Artist: Doug Wheatley Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: August 12, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 19
7.2Critic Rating
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Blood, death, and fire—the darkest kind of magic. A monstrous secret from King Tiger’s past has found the mystic warrior, but can Tiger’s skills and sorcery triumph against an unthinkable supernatural obscenity linked to his own destiny? If the Tiger falls, the Dragon will rise!

  • 9.5
    Graphic Policy - christopher scott author Aug 13, 2015

    The first issue of Dark Horse Comics' King Tiger combines a fast paced story, with back story, magic, and action. Combining the world of the west and the mythology of the east in a beautiful tapestry. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Hulking Reviewer - Kareem Ali Aug 11, 2015

    King Tiger #1 is an excellent start to the series setting up an engrossing situation where the villains are as intriguing as the mystery behind their plot. A great job is done in laying this out due to the excellent writing in the form of one of the villain's narrating these events. And the character development is solid with King Tiger, Rikki and Milo, although the lack of King Tiger's powers being used even once this issue does stand out. But I've been waiting for this series since the character was introduced in Blackout, and it's well worth the wait so far. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Aug 12, 2015

    Even if you weren't completely sold on the concept for King Tiger, the interior artwork had to be worth giving this mini series a shot. You open that first page and the visuals are stunning. You always know you are in for something appealing to the eyes when the art team can produce such a visual of scenery. Be it the city, desert, or Rikki's house, the effort was there and it makes you feel like this story is taking place somewhere real. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Aug 13, 2015

    This isn't a comic that plays to the familiar martial arts stereotypes, nor does it come across as a cheap imitation of series like The Immortal Iron Fist or Master of Kung Fu. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Villain Smash - Torin Chambers Aug 12, 2015

    Packing a hefty amount of style and substance, King Tiger #1 is an exceptional reintroduction of a 90's Dark Horse character. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Aug 12, 2015

    I was wary of the King Tiger backups during Blackout and I didn't feel compelled to read them at first, though I did and ended up enjoying it for the most part. King Tiger is not a character I've had an affinity for based on past experiences with it but Stradley and Wheatley are off to a good start here with the book. What we get is something that plays to familiar elements to be sure, but it's executed with a smoothness that really shows true experience, both in writing and artwork. Stradley's able to launch from here while offering up additional bits for those that read the backups while Wheatley makes this a fully realized world with such great detail to the artwork that it feels like he's been illustrating it for years and has been loving every minute of it. I'm not sure how far the miniseries will go or whether it'll win me over with the character, but all the right pieces are in play here for a solid opening installment. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Dan Leicht Jul 23, 2015

    Something Stradley does well throughout the issue is drive in the point that “hope is humanity's great weakness” – essentially giving you a reason to turn off Netflix for a bit and get some work done. This is a series that lives in fantasy, but brings forth realistic life lessons. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Stephen Schleicher Jul 29, 2015

    A great deal of this issue is spent catching the new readers up on what is going on as well as setting up the conflict and mystery going forward. Still, this issue is a great example of set up and story bridging and is worth checking out regardless of your history with the character. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Aug 13, 2015

    The artwork alone makes this book worth reading. The story itself is well-written, with twists and turns reminiscent of Dark Times. It’s a little difficult to get into if you don’t know the character yet, but if you take the time to understand, it’s definitely worth it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Brian Reed Aug 19, 2015

    King Tiger #1 is a weird one, because while I don't love this issue, I think I'm going to love this series. It's a beautiful book that fails to deliver the cool details of the story like I wanted it to, but I can still see those cool details emerging, and I'm hoping, expecting, issue 2 to be much more fulfilling. #1 is worth it for the art alone, but I'm really looking forward to more in the future. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Alan Jul 30, 2015

    As much as I enjoyed the story, I enjoyed the art even more. Doug Wheatley and Rain Beredo have created unique, eye catching pages for our entertainment. Wheatley' Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AiPT! - Robert Reed Jul 23, 2015

    King Tiger #1 is a fun but imperfect debut. Randy Stradley's script leans a little too heavily on readers knowing who these characters from previous books, and as a result, the issue isn't particularly inviting to new readers. That being said, there's a lot to like in the issue, and the art by Douglas Wheatley is incredibly detailed and made all the more lifelike by Rain Beredo's stellar color art. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    We The Nerdy - Roshan Krishnan Aug 12, 2015

    Overall, King Tiger is an interesting introduction to a new series, however, it is only an introduction by definition. Readers who know these characters should definitely pick up this issue, while other readers do not have a significant reason for doing so, aside from the interesting theme and the amazing colors. Read Full Review

  • 6.3
    Multiversity Comics - Matthew Garcia Aug 17, 2015

    A delayed liveliness gives this book an odd, quiet tone that doesn't really fit with what the book wants to be. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Kabooooom - Byron Lafayette Aug 26, 2015

    King Tiger #1 has a lot going for it; the tale is exciting, has an exotic setting, and implies there is a larger, more interesting story to tell. However, the first issues needs to lay a bit more ground work for readers unfamiliar with the characters or setting. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Aug 12, 2015

    On the bright side, the final couple of pages have more energy than the rest of the issue combined, and hopefully that means "King Tiger" #2 will get some momentum going and have a little more to sink one's teeth into. For now, this is a disappointing first issue for a character who always seems to deserve better than what's actually received. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Adam Frey Jul 23, 2015

    Overall, this is a well-drawn book whose plot is unfortunately a little hard to get into thanks to Tiger and Milo's introductions having appeared a year ago in another book. However, it shows promise, and maybe it could fill the martial arts/mystical void in your life you didn't know was there. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comix I Read - Kyle Pitman Aug 13, 2015

    King Tiger #1 is a giant tease. It feeds you the boring basics, but dangles a carrot just out of reach. It's a clever way to hook new readers and I'm not sure whether I love them or hate them for it. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Big Comic Page - David Gladman Aug 11, 2015

    So while I'm sure some people – particularly those who have read the previous series – will undoubtedly find themselves enjoying this one, I simply can't recommend it at all for new readers. Read Full Review

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