Kingsway West #1

Writer: Greg Pak Artist: Mirko Colak Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: August 24, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 24 User Reviews: 4
8.2Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

After thirteen years in prison, a Chinese gunslinger named Kingsway Law just wants to find his wife. But in a fantastical American Old West crackling with magic, monsters, and racist vigilantes, trouble just won't leave him be. And in this case, trouble is a woman with a magic sword who needs his help.

  • 10
    Pop Culture Uncovered - mansah19 Aug 17, 2016

    Kingsway West is a must-have comic book. From its artwork to its engaging story, this is one for your pull list. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Doug Zawisza Aug 1, 2016

    Fans of the various Justin Gray-Jimmy Palmiotti Hex series(es?), Manifest Destiny from Image or King from Jet City Comics will definitely want to give this one a look. Heck, fans of good comics, looking for something free of crossover, filled with freshly familiar ideas, and gorgeous artwork will want to give this a look. You will want to give this a look. And maybe even a pre-order. Kingsway West is now firmly entrenchedon my must-read list. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Weird Science - Dan Mayhoff Jul 30, 2016

    Greg Pak is at it again with a new story and he hasn'tmissed a beat. He is joined by an amazing art team as the first issue ofKingsway West gives us everything you would want from a first issue. We aregiven a compelling story, beautiful art, and are introduced to a brand newworld that harps upon both fantastical and realistic themes and makes them feelas if they always belonged together. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Aug 23, 2016

    With its diverse cast, firm understanding of western story tropes and a rich world just waiting to unfold, Kingsway West #1 is an action-packed and engaging opening gambit for Dark Horse's new series. Greg Pak, Mirko Colak, and Wil Quintana not only deliver a great story, but also a world that hasn't even broken the surface of what it has to offer in terms of story potential. It may not take much to deliver a great western, but it takes a whole lot more to deliver an alternate history that feels as rich as this one does. Thankfully, Kingsway West #1 certainly delivers that and more. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicWow!TV - Huck Talwar Aug 30, 2016

    Greg Pak is a creative writer with a beautiful talent for storytelling. For his first creator-owned series, he splices the fantasy and western genres together to create a strange yet satisfying story of a man simply trying to be a regular human being again. Will he ever find his wife? Will the Chinese ever let him live peacefully? Will the bounty on his head ever go away? Keep reading to find out! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Kristopher Grey Aug 27, 2016

    This comic was full of quality writing. The ending both tied back to the beginning, and introduced something new that will impact the issues to come. This series is worth the reader's money and time to gawk over the combination of top-notch narration and marvelous artwork. With this issue as an opening, this series has potential to be phenomenal. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - christopher scott author Aug 22, 2016

    Artist Mirko Colak manages to showcase a strong degree of realism, and heavy violence. Even with fantasy based creatures like dragons, and bigfoots running around the world feels real. I'm really curious to see what other fantasy-inspired creatures and elements get added as the story continues. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    We The Nerdy - Henry Wong Jul 29, 2016

    With his Red Skull partner, Mirko Colak, Greg Pak introduces us to a fascinating original series. He even manages to throw in a very well-done cliffhanger at the end of the issue. From the fantastic way the universe is introduced to the extraordinary level of artistic detail and creativity, Kingsway West has the makings of an exciting adventure. It definitely made an impression on me and I can only wait until the next issue comes out. (Thank you Dark Horse Comics, for publishing something this unique!) Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Capeless Crusader - Jeremy Radick Aug 10, 2016

    Kingsway West #1 expertly mixes the seemingly irreconcilable qualities that make for good Westerns and good fantasy, with six-guns and laconic dialogue complimenting winged soldiers, weird beasts and dragons. Does it feel weird and bizarre? Yes, but in the best way. That unconventional vision and freshness is what makes the book work so well. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Jul 29, 2016

    "Kingsway West" #1 is a new kind of western that the genre needs in order to go through a resurgence and metamorphosis. This is a great start that aims to do just that. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Jul 31, 2016

    In Kingsway West, Greg Pak has created a truly compelling protagonist and dropped him into a rich, detailed and complex setting. Having a Western set in an alternate version of our own world – a version where Chinese and Mexicans wage war for natural resources in the wastelands of America – is intriguing enough, but throwing in the added fantastical aspects like dragons and magic really gives this series the potential to become something truly special. A great set-up issue for what promises to be a gripping and gorgeously illustrated series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Robert Anderegg Aug 3, 2016

    I was concerned at first that this series would be too much like the AMC Original Series "Into The Badlands" after reading the pre-order description a couple of months ago. Even though I opted not to add this to my pull list, it wouldn't have regretted doing so. There is an intriguing protagonist in a mystical variation of the Wild West on a quest to find a loved one and potentially stop a destructive empire from obtaining immeasurable power. Overall, this is a success for Pak and pleasure to read, so hop on now so that you don't miss a thing.Kingsway West #1 hits your local comic book shop onAug 24, 2016. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Matthew Strackbein Aug 1, 2016

    Kingsway West #1 will be released on August 24th from Dark Horse Comics Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerdophiles - Kylee Sills Aug 29, 2016

    There are some fascinating ideas in Kingsway Law and the first issue puts a lot of the building blocks in place for a sweeping epic western-slash-fantasy showdown, but it's difficult to connect to a generic hero, who I hope gets more fleshed out alongside the rest of the world in future issues. If my biggest gripe with the first issue is that I wanted more, I can't complain too much. Pick up Kingsway Law #1 at your local comics shop and let us know what you think! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bounding Into Comics - Michael Shaw Aug 2, 2016

    If you like fantasy stories, pick up Kingsway West #1. If you like westerns, pick up Kingsway West #1. It's a wonderful merger of the two genres that ultimately gives us a fresh take on both of them. It's not without flaws, but they're issues that can easily be fixed as the story continues. You'd be remiss to pass this book up, although I would understand if you wait until the first trade comes out before you jump in. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Zeb Larson Aug 2, 2016

    This is a well-done opening issue, in no small part because it doesn't hold back with just how weird this particular world is. Mirko Colak does strong work with the art, taking old standbys like a Jackalope and reimagining them ever so slightly to be just a bit more monstrous. Probably my only complaint was that I never caught the name of the Chinese freelander Kingsway is working with; I'm sure that will be easily cleared up next time around. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Oz Longworth Aug 29, 2016

    Bottom Line: It could use a little fleshing out in terms of world building and character backstory, but Pak's fun dialogue and interesting initial premise both make for a decent start that has us looking forward to next month. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Brandon Griffin Aug 22, 2016

    Kingsway West isn't a perfect home-run when it comes to an introductory issue for aseries, butit is a really entertaining book. It definitely does the job in introducing its themes, characters, and setting, giving readers more than enough reason to check out issue #2. The overall attitude is acreative blend of the magic and Western genre. Greg Pak's vision for this book is big and bright, and I very much look forward to seeing this universe unfold. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Hulking Reviewer - Kareem Ali Aug 6, 2016

    Kingsway West #1 is an interesting start to the series by introducing an entertaining protagonist, story set up and the concept of Red Gold. The opening sequence with Kingsway sets the tone early with the character and the establishment of his life with Sonia is a great way to make the story more engaging. And the Red Gold not only makes the action better but the value of it creates an intriguing world dynamic that I hope is explored further in future issues. However, the way the story jumps around including the way it skips showing Kingsway's life with Sonia, which is his motivation, prevents it from being as engrossing as the premise. But with the way this issue unfolds overall I can't wait to see what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Project-Nerd - Alex Ampadu Aug 30, 2016

    Mixing genres can prove to be disastrous if a writer is not careful. Thankfully, Greg Pak is up to the task. There are many different places this story can go and I'm interested to see more magic cowboy action. If the prospect of a re-imagined old west sounds intriguing to you, look no further than Kingsway West. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Doom Rocket - Stefania Rudd Aug 17, 2016

    GregPak's known for his raucous and energeticwriting style (see Totally Awesome Hulk andAction Comics), but you get asense thatKingsway Westis going to be something different. Something special.Thefamiliar (here, an Old West cowboy) isgiven new life by its sheer conceit " aworldrecoveringfrom war as an ancient magic looms ahead. (Literally: there bedragonsin them hills!) Mirko Colak and Wil Quintana's visually appealing artwork is nicely done and it really does give this story life.Overall, Kingsway West #1 is ahearty first issue toa series that has plenty of tantalizing secrets stuffed withinits saddle bags. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Aug 24, 2016

    Kingsway West #1 serves as a promising debut for this new Wild West fantasy comic. It introduces an eclectic and compelling universe without bombarding readers with unnecessary details right out of the gate. Unfortunately, the bland characters don't measure up to the rich world and attractive visuals just yet. Still, there's plenty of time to address that problem as the series gets underway. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Ken Godberson III Aug 29, 2016

    There is potential in the making with this new fantasy wild west story. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Aug 22, 2016

    This is a fine first issue that drops you into an incredibly vivid and different world. It has little connection to our own despite it being set in 1800s America. This is sort of like Saga in that there's lots of great ideas, but it lacks a strong character to drive it along. Read Full Review

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