The Girl In The Bay #1

Writer: J. M. DeMatteis Artist: Corin Howell Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: February 6, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 8
8.9Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

In 1969, seventeen-year-old Kathy Sartori was brutally attacked, her body hurled into Brooklyn's Sheepshead Bay. Miraculously, she survives, fights her way back to the surface, only to discover that 50 years have passed, and an eerie doppelganger has lived out an entire life in her place. Kathy soon confronts not just this strange double, but the madman who "murdered" her five decades earlier. Will he, and the dark entity that lives inside him, hold the key to Kathy's missing years? Or will Kathy become a ghost of herself and be forced to live out what remains of her life on the edge of the world that she desperately wants to be a part of?

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Nathan Koffler Feb 6, 2019

    Dark Horse's imprint Berger Books has become a home for unique comic books and The Girl in the Bay is it's newest family member. Its debut issue packs a heavy bundle of emotion and suspense that will surely captivate you. Read Full Review

  • 10 - Patrick Cavanaugh Feb 6, 2019

    From its opening panels, The Girl in the Bay hooks a reader with the tease that our main character will die, making it impossible to put the book down. Read Full Review

  • 10
    The Fandom Post - Richard Gutierrez Feb 6, 2019

    The Girl in the Bay at first seemed like an empty vessel for a hopeless rebel, with a life seemingly destined to be stuck within her own stubbornness and a need to indulge within selfish pleasure, but in the end, this title is surprising in its revelation and resulting plot opening. With haunting artistry and a narrative which keeps the reader guessing, this book is worth becoming emotionally invested if not to learn what is truly behind Kathy's new path in life but to also learn what happened to her troubled past. DeMatteis, Howell, and Devlin have created a literary treat which satisfies on many levels and hopefully will become a classic for years to come. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Feb 10, 2019

    DeMatteis has created a story with so many layers, and so many questions. Howells artwork is beautiful and vibrant and captures this world perfectly. The Girl in the Bay is a next generation of murder mysteries and yet, remains a throwback. A must watch book for 2019. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Feb 6, 2019

    The art by Corin Howell is beautiful. There are some great details in both the characters and the backgrounds. The underwater scenes look amazing and the art perfectly matches the tone of the story itself. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Brazen Bull - Jaimee Nadzan Feb 6, 2019

    What happened to Kathy? And who's been living in her place? Suspenseful and intriguing, The Girl in the Bay #1 will captivate you from the opening panel. J.M. DeMatteis' story is unique and his character genuine. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Comic Watch - Trey Campbell Feb 7, 2019

    This was an outstanding first issue to what is sure to be a great mystery with plenty of twists and emotion. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Darryll Robson Jan 28, 2019

    The Girl In The Bay #1 is a solid first issue. A perfect blend of flowing Art work and a lyrical script make this an easily digestible comic. As the central character develops the narrative becomes more complex and intriguing. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Jan 25, 2019

    Berger Books have been quietly going about their business, utilising the experience of editor Karen Berger for a little while now. With that idea in mind, it is safe to say that this is yet another hit for the imprint. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Sequential Planet - Marcus Orchard Feb 5, 2019

    The Girl in the Bay #1 is a fun time with strong writing and clean art. The mystery is genuinely enthralling, the character is relatable, and the pacing is spot on. Mystery fans will find a lot to chew on in this debut that shouldn't be missed. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Rory Wilding Aug 29, 2019

    A fun crime/fantasy miniseries that is visually striking, whilst being thematically driven by great characters wrestling with their own identity. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Christopher Egan Feb 7, 2019

    Even with some minor stylistic flaws, "The Girl in the Bay" #1 begins a truly fascinating and dark fantasy that is guaranteed to draw you in. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Jan 21, 2019

    This first issue follows a lot of familiar tropes, but does so with a gentleness and confidence that prevents it from ever feeling clichd or derivative. And, at the end of the day, if the intention of an opening issue is to make you care about the leading character and want to find out what happens next, then The Girl In The Bay succeeds on both counts. A slick, emotive story that deftly treads the line between drama and horror, this is an easy new series to recommend. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Feb 6, 2019

    It’s clear from this first issue that DeMatteis has an idea that he has let fully gestate before bringing it to the page, something he credits his “truly gifted editor” Berger with developing to the completed script stage. It could go deep into revenge thriller at this point, or continue to explore something less tangible than that. The fact that it is hard to tell at this early stage is indicative of the hook that DeMatteis and his art team have already sunk into us. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geek-O-Rama - Lonnie Feb 13, 2019

    The production values are high(not a pun). Do I feel the need to read the next issue? Yes. This is a miniseries so grab it fast. Read Full Review

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