Neverboy #1

Writer: Shaun Simon Artist: Tyler Jenkins Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: March 4, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 21
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Most people take drugs to escape reality. Neverboy, a former imaginary friend, does the opposite. He’s found a loophole that allows him to stay in the real world. As long as he stays medicated, everything’s perfect. But when the drugs wear off and reality fades, the forces that guard the borders between the real and the imaginary will be ready to drag him back to where he belongs.

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Ashley Victoria Robinson Mar 5, 2015

    Neverboy #1 is a strong first issue right out of the gate that combines fantasy and character study. It is well worth picking up. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - Sam Roche Mar 3, 2015

    I certainly enjoyed it. This debut was exciting if not a touch confusing but with enough intrigue and cool ideas in play to make me hungry for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Stephenson Ardern-Sodje Mar 5, 2015

    While it's a little slow to start, this totally bonkers comic book is definitely one of the best new properties I've picked up in a while, and I'm definitely adding it to my pull list as a welcome diversion from more traditional comic-book fare. It's smart, full of heart, and beautifully rendered, a great addition to any comic-book fan's library. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    PopMatters - Gregory L. Reece Mar 10, 2015

    I'm struck by this quirky, scruffy little book by Simon and Jenkins. Neverboy is like no imaginary friend I ever had, like no superhero I've ever seen. Simon and Jenkins tell a tight little story that begs to be read twice, that holds a mystery not yet revealed. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Mark Stack Jan 30, 2015

    Neverboy #1 is a good start made fantastic by strong themes, frenetic artwork, and exceptional color work. Its a little slight as far as some first issues go so issue two is probably going to be the make or break point. But, as it stands, color me excited to see what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Dan Pennacchia Mar 5, 2015

    Neverboy is a unique new story from Simon and Jenkins. The experience of reading through issue one is incredibly exciting. With the reveal at the end of issue one, the tone and approach of future issues will certainly utilize less of a shrouded method. It will be interesting to see how the book continues and what type of world this is that the creators have made. Regardless, this first issue is so impressively crafted that it is worth reading through on its own. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Jorge Solis Mar 4, 2015

    Neverboy” #1 kicks off to a great start due to its surprising twist. Im really hoping that the Neverboy can keep advancing the story without the surprise factor. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Mar 4, 2015

    I think I can spot what's going to be an obvious complaint about this book and it's going to be that not much happens. Which is halftrue as we really spend a lot of time getting to know our main character. But when the issue pops off, it really pops off and it's only because of the way it's structured that these big payoffs matter. That and if it all seems to work too easily it's just because that's how well constructed the story and world are. Simon does a tremendous job of world building for a first issue and I will be back for more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Mar 6, 2015

    “Neverboy” is an artistic achievement with a very compelling story at it's core. This has a lot of potential and does so much in the first issue that you'd being doing yourself a disservice by not giving this a shot. You don't want to miss this one. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Coming Up Comics - David Melton Mar 2, 2015

    Neverboy doesn't try to be too much, and it doesn't have to. An enjoyable journey into another world that blends seamlessly with our own that is sure to excite readers. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Forrest Hollingsworth Mar 5, 2015

    It’s a book that relies heavily on a twist. Once that twist is revealed, the whole thing ends really abruptly. Less like cliffhanger and more like a road block but it’s got my attention enough to hold off til the next issue before I pass any real judgment on it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Marykate Jasper Jan 30, 2015

    In its opener, "Neverboy" looks amazing; the question here isn't whether this team has enough creative energy to put forth a great series. Instead, the question is whether all these intriguing ideas can be tied to a strong, persuasive arc for the title character. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Nikki Sherman Mar 4, 2015

    Grab your imaginary friend, and curl up in bed with Neverboy #1.This introduction issue is worth the read, especially if this is a light week for you. You might enjoy the simple, yet thought-provoking point of the story, and the art, at the very least, is great to look at. Dark Horse has been putting out a line of genre-pushing books, and this one is no different.Neverboy#1 reminds you of snuggling up with your childhood blanket, and then gives you a taste of what it's like to be smothered by it. While this issue may have some pacing problems, I say give it a go. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    IGN - Tres Dean Mar 5, 2015

    If anything, Neverboy is interesting. It's not a must-buy, but it's not a must-avoid, either. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Big Comic Page - Martin Doyle Mar 3, 2015

    At first seemingly impenetrable (at least to me, anyway), Neverboy turned out to be a pretty rewarding experience, one worthy of your patience and your coin. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Kat Vendetti Mar 9, 2015

    Though its debut issue misses the mark, there is still promise that Neverboy can reach the potential of its concept. With the preliminary setup out of the way, there is room yet for Simon and Jenkins to delve into the more unknown territory of which their premise is capable and establish a stronger narrative for its eponymous imaginary friend. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Mar 10, 2015

    Neverboy takes a fabulous idea, and at times makes the most of it. The ending of this first issue provides a surprising twist that could have felt so much more impactful if Simon were able to take more time exploring the relationships between the young boy and his imaginary friend. At one time or another we've all gone through a phase of our life like this and I felt as though Simon missed the opportunity to explore that simpler time, in order to write more about the complexity of this story's concept. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Booked - Magen Cubed Mar 7, 2015

    Overall Neverboy #1 is a novel concept that stumbled coming out of the gate. With more time to develop its premise, Im curious to see where this title goes. As it stands, the first issue offers some pleasing visuals and notable story elements, but its awkward execution keeps it from being a truly great read. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Mar 4, 2015

    Neverboy #1 trips a bit out of the gate and spends a long time setting up some final pages that needed some extra room to breathe. The hook was attempted but it was too brief to get me really excited, though I may return to see where this story goes from a visual perspective. If nothing else, we may get to see Jenkins and Fitzpatrick cut loose in some psychedelic ways that are worth the price of admission. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin Mar 3, 2015

    Neverboy has a lot to make up for, with this opening issue leaving this fanboy a little disheartened. Yes, it delivered a wonderful concept, with the culminating twist allowing for an alluring cliffhanger, but as first impressions go, it needed something a little deeper. Nevertheless, I still have hope in this series, as though I can't recommend this issue, I have faith in the creative team. Read Full Review

  • 4.0 - Chase Magnett Feb 10, 2015

    Neverboy #1 does not lack for potential. It alludes to The Odyssey, flirts with psychedelia, and packs plenty of pathos. However, none of that promise is ever realized. Instead, the story is told in a the most direct manner possible, failing to challenge or inspire either its creators or readership. Read Full Review

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