Pariah #1

Pariah #1

Writer: Aaron Warner, Philip Gelatt Artist: Brett Weldele Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: February 26, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14
7.2Critic Rating
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Trapped in space, the genetically engineered geniuses known as “vitros” must band together and create a plan to get back to Earth before their failing satellite turns into a deathtrap!

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Feb 18, 2014

    This first issue is pretty much a character study. What better way to get to know people than to put them in a time-sensitive ‘life or death' situation and watch while they puzzle out a way to save themselves? Not a spoiler, this isn't a one-shot so it was a pretty fair bet that they weren't just going to fall out of orbit and burn up on re-entry. What's more important is that while learning about the characters we get a taste of the larger world and why the vitros could possibly have been put into this situation in the first place. This is the story that I'll be back to follow as the series progresses. Tense, suspenseful action (as opposed to shoot-em-up/car chase action) + sharp characters + an interesting world I want to learn more about = a series that has landed itself on my pull list. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Mig-El Mar 3, 2014

    Pariah#1 is a solid book from cover to cover and is good to go even for readers unfamiliar with the first volume of the series. This issue is definitely a great jumping on point and getting caught up shouldn't be hard since there are only four issues in the first volume. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    We The Nerdy - Jean-Luc Botbyl Jan 16, 2014

    The stand out story here is probably the fourth chapter in the story, centering around a vitro named Robert, who uses his intelligence to manipulate others into doing things for him. His character is almost reminiscent of the Riddler, and he has a sadistic streak to him. He uses people as puppets, and at one point, he instigates a bank robbing. This is probably the best scene in the book, as we get a look into just how twisted people can be pushed into becoming because of who they are, and that's what Pariah is really about. It's a story of exceptional people being pushed to their limits, and being forced to do things they wouldn't otherwise do. These characters are driven into doing things that violate their moral code, because of how society views them, and this works very, very well, all the way to the stunning ending that will leave you clamoring for more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Blair Stevenson Feb 25, 2014

    I enjoyed reading Pariah #1; it moved with a swift pace and kept my attention. It is not a regular occurrence for a books narrator to die in Issue #1, so I look forward to the rest of this series, intrigued as to how this book will pan out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Michelle White Feb 27, 2014

    All told, this is an intriguing, if not entirely perfect, first issue that does a fair amount of world-building and scene-setting in little space. And while it's a bit early to read for subtext, this Generation Y-er thinks there might be an overarching metaphor here, and a fairly apt one at that. At any rate, it's hard not to look forward to the second issue of “Pariah”. We've got a politically complex " and quite mysterious " group of people to deal with, and they're certain to have all kinds of secrets to reveal. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Feb 26, 2014

    I'm definitely curious for more of this series. I have plenty of time to check out the first volume in the meantime, but I really hope that the series manages to present a new character for me to like. Herman may not have been an outgoing, outspoken character, but his narration was honest and relatable. If you're looking for a teen drama that's not quite the X-Men, but has strong elements inspired by it, then look no further than Pariah. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Milo Milton Jefferies Feb 24, 2014

    The easiest comparison to make withPariahto at the moment isGravity -and if you loved that movie then you'll find something to enjoy here. Despite its flaws,this first issue is an incredibly strong start to what should be a great new series, and it'll be very interesting to see where things go from here. Things can only get better. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    We The Nerdy - Bryan Huth Feb 27, 2014

    If you are a fan of classic sci-fi stories likeEnder's Game, you'll find something to like in this book. While the climax felt very underwhelming it could lead to future story developments, but at the moment it drags this issue down. Stay tuned to We The Nerdy for more news and reviews from Dark Horse and other publishers. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Peter Schmeiser Mar 12, 2014

    Im not a fan of the illustration, but Pariah is a story that is written for longevity, so jump in now and enjoy the ride. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Hulking Reviewer - Kareem Ali Feb 27, 2014

    Pariah #1 is an uneven start to a series that can get better as it goes along. Being thrown into the middle of chaos at the start could've worked in the issue's favor but instead of immediately giving a reason to feel invested in the vitros situation right after, the arguments about side issues only added to the confusion and hurt the story and view of the characters. It does gain some traction towards the end and one of the revelations makes me curious about the answers that will be given. And hopefully those answers will make me more interested in this series. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - John Yohe Mar 4, 2014

    Still, this is an intriguing premise, and the first issue is a real story, not just an excuse to introduce characters, while at the same time building towards a longer story arc. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Bloody Disgusting - GreenBasterd Feb 27, 2014

    “Pariah” has a lot of potential and even though the first issue leaves some to be desired. There's something about the book that makes me want more, I'm just not sure what it is yet. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    AiPT! - Sam Roche Feb 26, 2014

    Pariah #1 has a good heart and an intruiging story, and that aspect of it I enjoyed. However, certain storytelling devices were hindering to the story the creators were trying to get across, making the read uncomfortable and kind of bland. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Michael Moccio Feb 27, 2014

    Another day, another story happening in space. Pariah gets off to a weak start as readers are wondering exactly what this world is all about. Read Full Review

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