King's Road #1

Writer: Peter Hogan Artist: Staz Johnson, Phil Winslade Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: February 10, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10
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This 48-page special includes all King’s Road chapters from Dark Horse Presents by Peter Hogan and Phil Winslade—and an additional issue’s worth of story drawn by the new King’s Road art team! Artist Staz Johnson (Judge Dredd) and colorist Douglas A. Sirois (The 7th Sword) join Hogan to continue this tale of a family on the run from magical, other-dimensional monsters.

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Dawn of Comics Jan 20, 2016

    If you like modern fairly tales, monsters and magic then this is the book for you. Sadly it's only a three issue run, but I cannot wait for issue two. A full 5 stars for this. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Capeless Crusader - Kristian Solberg Jan 19, 2016

    King's Road #1 manages to expand an already engaging story without losing focus on what makes this comic interesting. It is a perfect blend of fantasy and realism, making it just adventurous enough for fans of goblins and trolls, while giving those a bit less enthused by such creatures a powerful story of betrayal to progress the story. The art is amazing all the way through, to the point where a panel of our heroes descending on a mysterious portal while trapped on a roller coaster is just as visually pleasing as seeing a character's glee as he holds a mythical knife in his hands for the first time. The amazing mixture of captivating art, fascinating world building, and a powerful narrative, makes this a must-buy for any fan of good story-telling. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Feb 10, 2016

    King's Road #1 is a fabulous package, at 48 pages it gave me a lot of story. Even if I had read the 1st 24 pages in Dark Horse Presents, I'd sill be getting a full comic worth of new material. We get a switch of art style half way through when it moves from Phil Winslade who drew the DHP chapters to Staz Johnson doing the material new for this issue, but their styles are similar enough that it wasn't a jarring transition for me. I liked the characters and, in a hallmark of writing styles that I enjoy, I felt myself immediately taking a liking to the characters and caring about what happens to them. The evil sorceress even has a great “evil” name, Malicia; maybe something that will cause other people to roll their eyes, but I love it! This is a 3-issue series so the story will wrap pretty quickly, I'm looking forward to reading the next two installments! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - christopher scott author Feb 7, 2016

    While the both worlds are well drawn, the real world is much more prevalent in this issue. Of course there is some creatures from Avalon who have come to the real world seeking the death of the family. Those creatures clearly are meant to stand out in the brightness of the real world, yet blend in to the normal populace of reality. While the magical world is really only seen in flashbacks, they are extremely well down. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Feb 16, 2016

    Overall, this is a wonderful issue. The storyline gives way for huge possibilities in the plot. This is a really interesting theme for a series, and I can’t wait to see what Hogan comes up with next. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    Project-Nerd - Erica Feb 13, 2016

    Overall, King's Roadis a strong piece. It hooks readers with its initial action sequence enough to where readers have questions and easily continue flipping pages for answers. King's Roadwill be available on February 10th, so be sure to grab a copy of your own. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Feb 9, 2016

    King's Road #1 is more suited to a dusty old comic book shop's bargain bin; lying dog-eared, water-damaged and thoroughly loved, than in the glossy glow of the new release rack. Occasionally embarrassing but always entertaining, King's Road #1 is one for the pulp fantasy fan. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Bounding Into Comics - Michael Kent Feb 10, 2016

    Overall King's Road #1 was a very solid kick off to a promising series. While not breaking any new ground in terms of storytelling or art, Kings Road has a memorable sense of humor and wit, and can be enjoyed by comic readers young and old. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    AiPT! - Robert Reed Jan 31, 2016

    King's Road #1 packs quite a bit of material within it's cover. For both readers new to this world as well as those who followed through Dark Horse Presents, the issue has enough content to make for a satisfying read. Unfortunately, King's Road #1 is hindered by its characters who aren't realized enough to match the interesting premise. This flaw isn't completely fatal to the comic, as there's enough visually interesting material, but for readers to buy into the stakes of the story, the characters have to make a stronger impression. Ultimately, King's Road #1 is an entertaining debut whose execution doesn't quite break the mold enough to make it stand from the pack. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Infinite Comix - Reid Carter Feb 14, 2016

    There's nothing new under the sun (or so the saying goes), but King's Road #1 takes being generic to the extreme. Not much feels new about this first issue, which offers 48 pages of the same story I've read multiple times before. Read Full Review

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