POP #1

POP #1

Writer: Curt Pires Artist: Jason Copland Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: August 27, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 24 User Reviews: 2
6.7Critic Rating
4.5User Rating

What if the world’s pop stars and celebrities were literally products, grown by the world’s wealthiest (and most depraved) minds—and one of them escaped?

As unique as it is entertaining, POP is a white-knuckled thrill ride through the marketing-mastered, technologically tethered tragicomedy we call life.

  • 10
    Bloody Disgusting - Epic Switzer Aug 27, 2014

    "POP" is uniquely enjoyable and critically important. Even if you think Pires is overly cynical you have to appreciate the initiative. Anyone that tries to wake people up and make them think is a hero to me. No matter how the rest of it plays out, this book won't soon be forgotten. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Geeked Out Nation - Joe Winder Aug 28, 2014

    I think the story was really well written and that the artist did an excellent job of conveying the story he was given. It's not a story for everyone but it's going to have an audience that loves it. I think the drug use in the issue is going to make a few people uneasy and shy away from reading this book, but this book isn't for them. Not everyone will love it, but I certainly did and I'm looking forward to next months issue to see where it goes from here. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Rhymes With Geek - Nikki Sherman Aug 21, 2014

    POP #1 is the kind of book Dark Horse needs to be consistently putting out. It's got a little bit of everything in it, with the promise of a bright (or bleakly-themed) future ahead. Action, potential romance (or at least a strong friendship), thought-provoking story"POP #1 is the book you need to pick up when it hits shelves. At the very least, I promise there's a little Bieber-bashing within, that should sate any entertainment need. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Shane Hoffman Aug 26, 2014

    Jason Copland's artwork along with Pete Tom's colors fit this story perfectly. The style Copland uses and the colors that Toms chooses give this a very Pop art feel. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Weekly Crisis - CeeJay Sep 3, 2014

    Copland's art is emotive, kinetic and very careful about undermining how on the nose Pire's script can be. "Dustin Beaver" was obviously a parody but he was different enough visually that it didn't feel like the creators weren't going to get sued. The panel structure and use of white space also added to how psychedelic everything seemed and I enjoyed that there was a clear distinction between "real world" settings and the more 70s-style sci-fi design that appeared in action scenes and at the "POP" farm. Great brisk read with some rough but beautiful interiors. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Aug 28, 2014

    Pop #1 is a comic that will make you think. It has a lot to say and wants to speak with a big voice. It tries to use all of the tools of the comics medium to make that voice as loud and effective as possible. Composition, color, dialogue, the creators are aware of all of these components and want to make them work in an engaging way. While they may not always succeed, the very attempt itself can be effective. Pop #1 is a lot of things. It can be blunt and self-involved, but it can also be astute and quite funny. It is always beautifully drafted and colored. The one thing it is never is boring. And thats the most important thing I can ask from a comic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Ashley Victoria Robinson Aug 28, 2014

    Pop #1 is a good idea with a lot of information dispelled in 22 pages. It is my hope that the next three issues can have fewer words on the page and really allow the story's star characters " Coop and Elle " to grow together and come to shine. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Michelle White Aug 29, 2014

    "POP" is is a lightweight but enjoyable first issue that shows plenty of promise. The art is accomplished, capitalizing on the more unnerving aspects of Elle's journey, and the writing is admirably concise. It's the question of character development that's up in the air now; but regardless of any hiccups, "POP" has got our attention. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Capeless Crusader - Lindsey Bass Aug 29, 2014

    POPis great if you read it as satire. I'm sure this book will end up being a conspiracy theorist's dream. They may see this as a real glimpse into what goes on in Hollywood. Pires could have written it to be viewed that way. Either way, I look forward to seeing what happens next. Hopefully Copland will have some more caricatures of celebrities. Those are good for a laugh amidst the seriousness of the story. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Aug 28, 2014

    POP bills itself as a “white-knuckled thrill ride through the marketing-mastered, technologically tethered tragicomedy we call life.” To really succeed the series really needs to have something interesting (and preferably new) to say about the top it's taking on, pop stars and celebrity. The first issue is definitely a solid start, but this ride in the end will hopefully have something to say about our culture, instead of just being shallow like what it attempts to satirize. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - F-O-R-R-E-S-T Aug 27, 2014

    There's some unbeliavable moments and the art isn't up to par with the Image books it looks like Dark Horse is going to use Pop to compete with but ultimately, this is a fun and engrossing read that will have me coming back for the other 3 issues. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    PopMatters - Gregory L. Reece Sep 3, 2014

    Curt Pires and Jason Copland delve into the mysterious origins of pop stars in their new miniseries from Dark Horse Comics, Pop. It seems that Justin Bieber and his ilk really do have no histories, at least not the kind of normal, human histories that the rest of us share. Instead, they are, as some shrewd observers might already have guessed, created by design, developed in a laboratory, grown in a test tube, produced for one purpose only: to have their fifteen minutes, or fifteen seconds, of fame and to demand our attention just long enough to line the pockets of their investors. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Marykate Jasper Aug 29, 2014

    All told, "POP" is a perplexing first issue that's given me as much cause for excitement as cause for concern. Depending on how it moves forward, it could develop into something quite interesting, but it needs its story to rise to its ideas. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Coming Up Comics - David Melton Aug 26, 2014

    The cover is fantastic. It's what initially made me want to check this comic out. Unfortunately, that's where my interest stopped. I do, however, want to give Dark Horse credit for taking a chance on an edgy comic. It's nice to see that creators are being left to their own devices. Hopefully next time it pays off for the reader. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Ian Stephen Aug 27, 2014

    This was a very entertaining first issue. Being a four issue mini-series and having such a strong starting issue, it seems dumb to not continue reading POP. It's just nice to have an amusing mini-series to just read monthly and enjoy the ride. It's both goofy and witty, which is something comics needs more of. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Aug 26, 2014

    Music and comics go together quite well, and they’ve been fairly popular in recent times. Pires and Copland’s Pop has some of the sci-fi DNA of David Lapham’s Young Liars and they almost certainly have a stronger concept than that book did, but they aren’t able to put it all together on the page. The talent is there, though. If the team can fix the pacing issue, Copland and Toms should be able to carry the broad strokes characterization that Pires has given us thus far. There’s a good story brewing here. Hopefully, it doesn’t take too long to bubble to the surface. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Peter Schmeiser Sep 9, 2014

    Will it stand the test of time? I doubt it. Like topical jokes on Family Guy, these issue might find their way in the $0.50 bin next to Dazzler and MASK so enjoy these jokes while they are fresh. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Edward Kaye Aug 28, 2014

    The story is enjoyable, but feels like a hodgepodge of ideas and a little "been done before." Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Aug 27, 2014

    Despite all this, Pop #1 is an enjoyable read. It isn't quite the satirical sci-fi classic that it has been promoted as, but it isn't a bad book. There's enough good in this first issue to suggest that this series will improve with time and it may prove to be a more solid read in its final collected edition. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Eva Ceja Sep 3, 2014

    A sudden "cut to" to "Dustin Beaver," another manufactured star from the facility getting his knee cap blown off. Talk about a silly and over-the-top but still interesting concept! This Priestess feels pop culture is being used to make something "interesting." Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Aug 26, 2014

    POP #1 is nothing particularly special. It's got an admittedly interesting premise, but the execution, the story, and the characters leave a lot to be desired. There is some decent writing and artwork to be seen, but they are not enough by themselves able to overcome the comic's other weaknesses. Maybe it'll get better as time goes on, but right now, you are better off listening to pop music than reading this comic. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Nerdophiles - Ashley Leckwold Aug 21, 2014

    I know pop music isn't to everyone's taste, but Pop #1 feels like the annoying hippie hipster who tries to convince me of how deep he is by droning on and on about how we're all being controlled by corporations just because I mention that I enjoy Lady Gaga. The art is nice and I do feel like the story has potential to pick up, but it isn't off to a good start. Maybe stick with Phonogram or The Wicked + The Divine for now to get your pop music in comics fix. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    ComicBuzz - Ellen Aug 28, 2014

    To Sum Up: This is not a great start to a series. Its ideas are tired and its characters clich. BUTthere might be a glimmer of potential here that if realised could make for a great story. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comic Bastards - Andr Habet Aug 27, 2014

    Pop is a book that you ought to just walk pass on your next visit to your local comic book shop. Better yet, if you see it at one, do your comic geek colleagues a favor and move it behind that stack of variant cover X-Men comics no one has touched in years. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Michael71 Sep 23, 2014

    I was not entertained. Pop artists being shallow sell-outs is not really a new concept. This comic might be over my head but I did not enjoy the art imitating life and vice versa aspect of it. Coop, the protagonist, smokes weed and reads comics. More than anything, I think that just made me know I was reading a comic book too, and not a very good one at that. The story did not draw me in, nor did the artwork. It might be cathartic to see bad things happen to obnoxious pop artists but that is not enough for me to continue with this series. I don't want to be too mean. It is not without some merit and certainly better than I can do!

  • 6.0
    THA_FUBU Dec 26, 2014

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