Minor Threats #1

Writer: Patton Oswalt, Jordan Blum Artist: Scott Hepburn Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: August 24, 2022 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 8
9.0Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

It's hard out there for a supervillain. Not the world conquerors, chaos engines, or arch-nemeses . . . but the little guys. The ones who put on uniforms, knock over jewelry stores, and get tied to poles. And things are about to get worse. The psychotic Stickman has murdered Kid Dusk, sidekick to Twilight City's premier crime-fighter, the Insomniac. The Insomniac's teammates are tearing Twilight apart, turning it into a police state-desperate to capture Stickman and stop the Insomniac from 'crossing that final line' in which he may never come back from. Caught in the middle are the small-time c-list villains, finding it impossible to walk down more

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Aug 25, 2022

    This issue effortlessly introduces a whole new world, combining the use of familiar archetypes and weird new concepts into a coherent, entertaining whole. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Watch - Ross Hutchinson Aug 24, 2022

    Minor Threats #1 boasts a truly excellent script that feels like a perfect love letter to the fun and silliness of classic costumed caper comics as well as the classic underdog trope. Yet it also manages to marry in great three-dimensional and believable character writing that brings its central character to life beautifully as you follow her journey. All of this is brought to life by an art style that flawlessly captures the colorful nature of the genre after rolling it around in the grime to show the viewpoint of the C-list villain. An outstanding first issue from the classic corner box art on the cover to the last page spread that speaks to the fun everyone involved had making it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    The Comicbook Dispatch - tcreadscomics Aug 24, 2022

    Final ThoughtsMINOR THREATS #1 begins simply. When Oswalt and Blum introduce the social commentary we've had plenty of time to get to know Frankie which makes the commentary all the more effective. The point of the story is not the heroes' behavior and their excesses in the wake of The Stickman's actions. Instead, this is Frankies story, and we see the commentary through her experiences. The comic never sacrifices story for message, and as a result it makes for a compelling and fun narrative. Read Full Review

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings Aug 24, 2022

    Minor Threats #1launches a delightfully dark new superhero universe, merging Silver Age aesthetics with a modern-day plot. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    COMICON - Tom Smithyman Aug 22, 2022

    A great creative team delivers a blockbuster first issue and sets up the rest of a limited series that could be one of the year's best. The writing is strong and take the story in unexpected ways, while artwork depicts an exciting new world. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Multiversity Comics - Christopher Egan Aug 25, 2022

    Patton Oswalt and Jordan Blum have created an homage to all super-powered comic books that have come before it with a satisfying narrative that lovingly, questioningly, pokes at the rules of superheroes and the worlds they inhabit. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Aug 24, 2022

    Hepburn delivers some beautifully detailed art on every page of the issue. I love how the story elements and time periods melt into each other visually and the transitions are visually gorgeous. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Aug 25, 2022

    This is a slice of high-concept, perfectly-pitched superhero fun that blends established tropes into a fresh, enthusiastic love letter to comic book excess.It's an opening issue that makes you immediately want to pick up the next one, which – as someone who reads waaay more comics than he probably should on a daily basis – definitely isn't always the case. Pick up this issue as soon as you can and get the rest of it added to your pull list right away. You can thank me later. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicBook.com - Adam Barnhardt Aug 24, 2022

    In a world saturated with superhero comics, Minor Threats #1 is a creative and well-rounded introduction to another world of capes and tights. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Sep 4, 2022

    All in all, Minor Threats #1 has a hell of a hook and humanizes characters that are usually punching bags for the guys who get the toys and movies and Netflix shows and fills that Superior Foes-sized hole in my heart. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    GWW - B Ferg Aug 23, 2022

    A nod to not only super villains but the lives they have to live after the heist. Crime may not pay but this looks at the cost. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - Nathan Simmons Aug 24, 2022

    Funny, clever, and occasionally heartbreaking 'Minor Threats' is told so well that there's no problem at all rooting for the bad guys. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Sep 2, 2022

    I love the superhero genre and seeing all the different, impactful stories that can be told with superheroes. Marvel and DC, of course, pioneered it, but Minor Threats hits me like another recent superhero epic, The Black Hammer. It's an absolute breath of fresh air, and I am all in for the ride. Pick this one up while you can, and get ready to rumble! Read Full Review

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