Sundowners #1

Sundowners #1

Writer: Tim Seeley Artist: Jim Terry Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: August 27, 2014 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 4
7.5Critic Rating
7.4User Rating

Faster than lightning! Stronger than steel! Crazier than an outhouse rat? Enter the Sundowners—sworn to protect humanity from interdimensional invaders! But is the threat real, or is it all in their heads?

  • 9.5
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin Aug 27, 2014

    Sundowners gets of to an intriguing start, showing crazy notions that may not be all that crazy. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Sep 1, 2014

    Jim Terry is the penciller for this issue with Sean Dove doing the colours and CRANK! doing the letters with the cover done by Chris Brunner and Rico Renzi. Looking at the cover, I wouldn't really pick up the comic, but the fact that Tim Seeley has written it, makes it worth the pick-up in the end. And then you start turning the pages, and you find out that there is more to this than appears on the surface. There is a very rough-edged quality to Jim's pencils and Sean's colours are dark and mesmerizing and horror-like. Goes without saying that the art contributes really well to the tension of the story and they work together perfectly. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Zac Thompson Aug 27, 2014

    Sundowners is a, excuse the clich, a refreshing take on superheroes. Its off to a great start with a lot going for it: tremendously flawed characters that are a joy to read, intrigue pouring out the seams and exceptional visuals. Ive never been into much of Tim Seeleys past work but this book has made a fan out of me. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Hulking Reviewer - Kareem Ali Sep 5, 2014

    SUMMARYSundowners #1 is an interesting and entertaining start to a series that effectively takes the quirky nature of its characters and creates a world that is both engrossing and unique. The angle it takes regarding its superheroes is refreshing, and the build up and suspense is rewarded with a shocking ending that can take the series in an unpredictable direction. I didn't know what to expect when I opened up this issue, and I'm still not sure what to expect, but if this start is indicative of the entire series I know it'll be entertaining. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Rhymes With Geek - Michael Hawkins Aug 21, 2014

    I'm excited to see where Seeley takes Sundowners in the coming months. I get a certain satisfaction in seeing things that are universally revered taken apart and examined. Seeley's daring to take a very honest look at the archetype of the masked hero we've all grown up loving and I plan on staying with the book until he gets to the very core of it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Aug 30, 2014

    Tim Seeley and Jim Terry are accomplished storytellers and have created a different take on super-heroes here. It's not cut-and-dried at this point, the wrap-up to this debut issue certainly sets a stage where something is going on. There is room for the story to go in several directions next issue, and that makes me want to read issue #2 all the more. I like being left with a sense of “I wonder where they're going to go with this?” when I read something new. If you enjoy comics that take you someplace different tucked around the edges of the super-hero genre, you should check out Sundowners #1. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Sam de Smith Aug 26, 2014

    The art's well realised, though again drawing heavily on the colouring of 80s DC in the vein of (again) Watchmen, Hellblazer et al. There's generally some retro framing and styling which seems a little too knowing at times, and whilst it fits the tone of the piece it's a little off putting. But the pace is great, the dialogue snappy and we grow very quickly to like our after-dark vigilantes – our titular “Sundowners”. Worth watching to see where this one goes, as it ticks a lot of my boxes and am keen for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - Tyler Sewell Aug 27, 2014

    It's definitely grabbed my attention and will be near the top of my list for next month. I'm excited to see where Seeley takes the series and whether it plays into more realism or supernatural themes. e.g. What's up with the opening striptease from Miss. Boil-Back? And Crowlita now has a crow's head; how long will that last? Solid opening overall, definitely worth grabbing. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Sam LeBas Aug 29, 2014

    Every detail of this book forces us to question the sanity of the characters, the reality of their experiences and the forces driving the story forward. Seeley and Terry have produced a very promising first issue in "Sundowners" #1. Blending the occult with superhero storytelling conventions and wrapping all that up as a psychological thriller, the creative team has definitely found a fresh take on the noir mystery genre. Engaging the reader until the very end, the team behind "Sundowners" #1 will have you second guessing your second guesses before the issue is through. The mystery is as much about the plot that is unfolding, as it is about whether or not there is any mystery at all. An inspired examination of mental illness, bravery and delusion, this book offers an in depth look at some truly novel subject matter. All in all the innovative storytelling makes this a very stimulating read. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Mike Logsdon Aug 28, 2014

    Seeley's "heroes," the Sundowners, all clearly suffer from a variety of mental disorders and are all given interesting vignettes to tell their tales. While the characters are all fairly interesting in their own right, the question of what's truly going on in the world may be of a higher interest. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Aug 26, 2014

    "Sundowners" #1 is a superhero story of sorts, and one with the kind of cast that's been seen many times before, but also one that actually finds something a little different to say. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Coming Up Comics - David Melton Aug 26, 2014

    I think a lot of my enjoyment of this series will rely on whether or not these characters can become less shallow and more interesting. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dana Keels Sep 2, 2014

    The book does a fantastic job of balancing humor with the plight of these seemingly delusional heroes. Jim Terry's art perfectly suits the story, and it was a pleasure to look at, largely in part to Sean Dove's colors. Towards the end of this issue is when things really start to get more interesting, completely shaking up the narrative that we had gotten used to. I can honestly say I was caught off guard. I'm highly anticipating the next issue, and to see what sort of strange and creepy rabbit hole the title goes down next! Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - F-O-R-R-E-S-T Aug 28, 2014

    Will this book eventually tread down the age old "batman is just as crazy as the joker" path or will it continue to distinguish itself as more of a focus on personhood and not herodom? This issue 1 isn't enough to decide but, if you're into the whole grim dark, gritty reality of what being a broken person who does good things could be, this book is worth your time at least. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Dan Pennacchia Aug 28, 2014

    A bit disjointed in the opening issue, Sundowners has a lot to offer. Terry and Dove do a good job with the pacing and layouts of the story, and have some solid character designs. The tone of the issue, established in the color palette and design, does not feel like a modern crime fighting book, and it adds yet another dimension to the series. While it may not be clear what to expect from the series on the whole just yet, Seeley and Terry have certainly opened quite well. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Andr Habet Aug 27, 2014

    For a second there, I was getting concerned that Dark Horse's most recent original properties were all turning out to be duds. Thankfully, Sundowners shows that the publisher and its creators still have some interesting ideas at work. If the team's mission clears up next issue and Shreds meets a timely end via strangulation, this could turn out to be a winner for them. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Newsarama - Edward Kaye Aug 28, 2014

    Sundowners just feels like more of the same recycled Alan Moore and Warren Ellis ideas that are so popular these days. Read Full Review

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