Mazebook #1

Writer: Jeff Lemire Artist: Jeff Lemire Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: September 8, 2021 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 34
8.7Critic Rating
8.7User Rating

From New York Times bestselling and Eisner Award-winning Black Hammer creator Jeff Lemire comes this ambitious and haunting comic series about family, mourning, and reality.

A lonely building inspector still grieving the loss of his puzzle-loving daughter receives a mysterious phone call one night from a girl claiming it's her and that she's trapped in the middle of a labyrinth. Convinced that this child is contacting him from beyond this world, he uses an unfinished maze from one of her journals and a map of the city to trace an intricate path through a different plane of reality on an intense and melancholy adventure to bring his more

  • 10
    Geek'd Out - Michael Farris Jr. Sep 8, 2021

    Mazebook #1 is a poignant exploration of the listless feelings of loss that, at the same time, sets us up for a harrowing journey in future issues. Lemire masterfully lures you into the corridors of emotional agony before stunning you with a twist that reminds you why you invested–and will continue to invest–in this series. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Comic Watch - Lillian Hochwender Sep 8, 2021

    Mazebook #1 is an intimate exploration of grief and memory that wont soon be forgotten. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Justin Munday Sep 9, 2021

    A painful and evocative read, Mazebook #1 sees Lemire plumbing the depths of emotional loss while building a cerebral mystery around that same loss. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Emmetdavis7 Sep 8, 2021

    Mazebook #1 is a haunting look at loss that only a few comic books care to entertain or succeed at. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Sep 7, 2021

    Stripped-down storytelling at its absolute finest, Mazebook is a captivating mystery that isn't in any hurry to share its secrets. Lemire pretty much can do no wrong in my eyes, and this is another worthy addition to his considerable catalogue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Sep 8, 2021

    Nearly everything Jeff Lemire releases is gold. Mazebook #1 is another amazing debut from the creator that's sure to create buzz and wrack up award nominations. It's sad. It's beautiful. And, it'll hit so many readers in the gut and take them on an emotional ride. This isn't a “feel good” comic to read but it's an amazing start to an adventure to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Sep 8, 2021

    I had no idea what to expect going into Mazebook but what I got is definitely a strong Jeff Lemire story. Though I don't enjoy everything that he writes there's a lot to like in the chances he takes and the kinds of stories because there's some real variety to it and it's not just the same thing. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Adam Barnhardt Sep 8, 2021

    Through clever design work and ground-breaking panel layouts, Mazebook #1 is amongst some of Lemire's easiest books to read, though you'll still want to instantly re-read it to try cracking this mystery for yourself. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Sep 7, 2021

    Mazebook is an intriguing first issue to a series that is more about the self-exploration of a man who is isolated and alone by his own design. Where it goes from here is unclear; the book seems to teeter between the real and the imaginary, but it'll hook you nonetheless. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    BGCP - Michael Lennox Sep 10, 2021

    We have all experienced some form of grief so great we exclude ourselves, from a failed relationship where we hide indoors for days to the death of a pet or family member this allegorical tale might help some struggling with grief to recognise themselves within it and find a way out of their own maze. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Henry Finn Sep 13, 2021

    A lyrical dream-like ode to fatherhood that is packed with emotion and meaning, well worth a read through. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Max Funkey Sep 13, 2021

    From its heartbreaking premise to its drab, sketchbook-art world, everything feels tailored to make the reader experience Will's painful ennui. I'm not sure what kind of story it will be going forward, but the atmosphere of this first issue is so oppressive and effective that I know it will be emotional. If you're a fan of haunting stories with family drama and a little fantasy, then this is for you. Read Full Review

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