Spy Island #1

Writer: Chelsea Cain Artist: Elise McCall Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: September 2, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 5
8.2Critic Rating
6.4User Rating

Super spy Nora Freud (no relation) has a plum assignment.  She's stationed on a tropical island. Her mission? Keep an eye on things. Her problem?  The island is on the lip of the Bermuda Triangle, where anything can happen.  Her other problem? This particular island is a den of intrigue, populated by spies, tourists, and evil villains set on global domination.

Spy Island is a four-issue special limited series by the creative team that brought you Man-Eaters.

New comics series from New York Times best-selling author Chelsea Cain!

  • 10
    The Fandom Post - Richard Gutierrez Mar 12, 2020

    While the language may be stilted at times, Spy Island has laid out a promising foundation for what seems to be well-meaning tribute to the spy genre and all of its inherent benefits and outlying problems. With striking artwork and mesmerizing colors dedicated to the time period, this book willingly pulls us into that turbulent decade and allows the narrative to entice readers into continuing the adventures of our dynamic heroine. The humor of the story and openness of the characters immediately cause us to become attached to these unique individuals, and if this premiere is any indication of what is to come, I for one cannot wait to see what the future will bring with the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    Major Spoilers - Robert Mammone Apr 4, 2020

    A fun frolic in an exotic locale full of mystery and great characters, Spy Island #1 is a fantastic opening issue that promises to bring lots of more of the same. If you want even the briefest distraction from the storm clouds gathering over our lives, this issue is the one to satisfy that urge. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Apr 1, 2020

    The art by Elise McCall is wonderful and incredibly unique. Her design work is flawless and every page is a visual treat. This is a strong debut. Although this story is only four issues, there is enough in here to make for a solid series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek'd Out - Cameron Kieffer Apr 1, 2020

    This latest Dark Horse miniseries is groovy, sexy, and weird in all the ways comics should be. WARNING: May contain hairy men in Union Jack speedos. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Ryan Pagella Apr 24, 2020

    Spy Island does a great job at creating the right feelings of a very specific espionage story. What is more fun about this particular world is that it also sets up some of the more fantastical and mystical aspects of spy stories of the '70s. I would read more of this, so keep them coming! Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jason Jeffords Jr Mar 18, 2020

    SPY ISLAND #1 is a great introduction to its characters and world while being a visual beauty to boot. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Felix Apr 19, 2020

    Spy Island #1 is a strange spy story as of now. A whole lot doesn't happen in the issue but the writing is lively enough that the story breezes by, and it makes me look forward to the next installment. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Impulse Gamer - Tim Chuma Mar 25, 2020

    I would recommend this one if you are a fan of spy stories and also the unexplained. One worth watching as it should develop into a great series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Adam Brown Aug 20, 2020

    This isnt slapstick comedy, but it is funny. This isnt hard Le Carre espionage, but it is chock full of spies and secret agents. Im not quite sure what it is, but I do know that I really liked it. Theres a lot going on and it pushes hard on the boundaries but everything is kept from spiralling into overblown gonzo. With no idea where this is going, Id put money on it being one to consider adding to the pull list though. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Joe Skonce Sep 7, 2020

    Featuring a psychedelic 60s inspired art style, "Spy Island" #1 creates a mystery worth revisiting. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Sep 2, 2020

    Elise McCall and Lita Miternique have some impressive and vibrant visuals throughout. I like the character designs and the atmosphere of the issue a lot. Hopefully the story matches the visuals as the series progresses. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Brent Jackson Mar 31, 2020

    Spy Island #1 has a lot of potential in it. There is a ton of stuff to like about it. The lead character, Nora Freud, oozes all kinds of charisma and I am genuinely interested in her. The visual aesthetic of this book sets the tone and feel immediately as you are transported into this world. It is full of wonderful visuals throughout (those odd fish pictures notwithstanding). It is just that I have no clue what this book is about. With only three issues to go, that is not a good start for this series. Luckily it has all that other stuff going for it. But for a first issue of a series, it does not do a good job, storywise, of letting us know really anything. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Outright Geekery - Joe Bones Mar 22, 2020

    Spy Island #1 featured a large cast of unique characters, but little plot development. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Bleeding Cool - Theo Dwyer Sep 12, 2020

    Spy Island #1 is a weird, stylish thriller about spies in the Bermuda Triangle. Read Full Review

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