Midnight Society: The Black Lake #1

Writer: Drew Edward Johnson Artist: Drew Edward Johnson Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: June 10, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 1
7.7Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

They transformed her into a monster killer, but she was already something else!

Forty years ago, England’s greatest adventurers cast aside their friendship, making a choice that would come to haunt humanity. Now, secret agent Matilda Finn will face the consequences of that choice as she aids in a frantic rescue operation at Scotland’s Loch Ness, where something terrible is waiting to draw her into the fight of her life!

  • 9.7
    We The Nerdy - Chris White Jun 12, 2015

    Sometimes, when established writers create their own comics, the results can be a little underwhelmingfailing to hit the mark if at all, but Drew has risen above the rest to produce a genuinely thrilling and entertaining story that is littered with great characters and rich mythology. The artwork is spectacular and for someone to both write and draw such a great first issue is seldom found in todays industry. Seriously, I cannot rate this highly enough and Ill definitely be coming back for the next chapter in the story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Jun 9, 2015

    Drew Edward Johnson has started off on the right foot here. With a rock-solid script and striking artwork, Midnight Society: The Black Lake #1 is a gem of a comic book. Sure, there's a little stiffness to Johnson's facial expressions and the general conceit may seem a little worn, but these niggles hardly detract from the issue's overall quality. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Project-Nerd - Sarah Jan 22, 2016

    It's a great title for anyone who's looking for a strange, scary read to pick up. It's filled with creatures that are familiar fare but are clearly more deadly than most media makes them out to be; characters that are intriguing and have their own (sometimesvery dark) pasts, and a great, cohesive storyline that isinformative and fun to follow.Midnight Society: The Black Lake is a fantastic read, great for the horror fan craving a little something new. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Jun 11, 2015

    The concept is not brand new, but it’s entertaining. Johnson has started off right, with a solid script and amazing artwork for his book. The story is just getting started, but I can feel that it’s going to get even better from here, so stick around to read some more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Jun 25, 2015

    Midnight Society: The Black Lake is off to an intriguing start.  Johnson's work grabs you right away, slowly pulling you deeper into this world of mysterious monsters and brave adventurers.  The first issue ends rather abruptly, as if this was written as a larger story and cut up to fit within the confines of a single issue.  There's no real cliffhanger or sudden reveal.  Instead it serves like the end of a chapter with a new scene ready to begin with the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - RobertJCross Jun 11, 2015

    Where Johnson's strength is however is in his art. It reminded me a lot of the John Carter: Warlord of Mars comics I've been reading recently. It's raw art that is unfiltered with master strokes that aren't inked over like most. As much as I love Alex Ross and menton3, this guy's work is pretty impressive further down the totem pole. I'm sure he has more surprises in store. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Word Of The Nerd - Mia Faller Jun 12, 2015

    The story ends a bit abruptly. It would have been nice to see another scene with Dr. Kaycee or even Major Finn, though I suppose those will be exposed in the next issue. While some of the panel layouts and onomatopoeia presentation can be distracting, the overall artwork, colors and story are entertaining. For an initial issue,Midnight Society and the Black Lake #1was entertaining and interesting enough to pick up the next installment in the series. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    SnapPow.com - Harrison Rawdin Jun 9, 2015

    Midnight Society: The Black Lake #1 is an imperfect release to be sure but one with a tremendous amount of promise. So much so that I can be captivatedby the art plus the world and ignore the weak parts in order toembrace its strengths as thiscomes recommended. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Claudia Ferreira Jun 10, 2015

    The pacing seems a little off for a four-part series, but that could be mostly down to the ending point. The issue ends rather abruptly in the middle of the build-up. It's a weird spot to leave readers hanging, and whether they want to continue or not will depend entirely on how much they buy into Johnson's world-building. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny Hughes May 17, 2015

    The book ends on a somewhat of a cliff hanger, it's maybe not the most dramatic one I have ever seen, but there is enough curiosity to whet the appetite. On the whole, the book is what it is. The first issue does the job, reaching first base and waiting for the clean up hitters of the subsequent issues to drive the story home to, hopefully, an engaging and fun conclusion. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    AIPT - Nick Nafpliotis May 26, 2015

    Johnson's artwork is great throughout, but doesn't quite make up for the problems this one has"particularly the ending, which feels more like an interruption in the story rather than a cliffhanger. The Midnight Society: The Black Lake still shows plenty of potential to be a good series, but the opening chapter does not work well as a single issue. Read Full Review

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