The Massive #1

The Massive #1

Writer: Brian Wood Artist: Kristian Donaldson Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: June 13, 2012 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 22
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In a post-war, post-crash, post-disaster, post-everything world, the environmental-action trawler Kapital scours the earths oceans for its mysteriously missing sistership, The Massive. Captain Callum Israel, a man who has dedicated his life to the ocean, now must ask himselfas our planet dieswhat it means to be an environmentalist after the worlds ended. Callum and his crew will come up against pirates, rebels, murderers, and thieves as they struggle to remain noble toward their cause. Can you save a planet that's already doomed?

  • 10
    Blue Raven Comics - Clark Bullock Jun 19, 2012

    Issue #1 leaves us with an unexpected cliffhanger, and I am very upset that I have to wait until next month for issue #2- and this means these guys are doing something right. If this book continues on it's course right now in full speed, I believe it could very well be, well, MASSIVE. Read Full Review

  • 10
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Jun 15, 2012

    The Massive is one of the must read creator-owned titles of the year. Wood's talent for exploring current events through plausible scifi hasn't let up. It may take you a couple of readings before you find your way in, but The Massive rewards the effort. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Resources - James Hunt Jun 15, 2012

    In any case, "The Massive" is everything readers have come to expect from Wood: provocative, original, and fiercely intelligent in both conception and execution. Don't you dare miss it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    iFanboy - Paul Montgomery Jun 13, 2012

    The Massive is thrilling science fiction, offering a nuanced and scarily portentous depiction of the future. It also delivers an important conservationist message that's never cloying and only emerges to provide a gripping, thought-provoking setting. It's been a great year for exuberant, cerebral science fiction. Get ready for The Massive to blow the lesser stuff right out of the water. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Aaron Long May 25, 2012

    The Massive #1 is one of the best comic books to be released in a very long time. I have a feeling this is a series that is going to generate a lot of waves and I can't wait to read more. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Multiversity Comics - Walt Richardson Jun 11, 2012

    The first issue for "The Massive" joins "Saga" in setting the bar for debut issues to come. Wood, Donaldson, Stewart, and "DMZ" letterer Jared k. Fletcher have come together to form one of the most promising creative teams currently working together and to create an equally promising comic, with informative and engaging back-matter to boot. Comics like this and "Mind MGMT" make it clear the Dark Horse is set on winning back its creator-owned crown from Image, but so long as the competition means more comics as good as "The Massive" are on the way, we readers are the real winners. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Jun 28, 2012

    They're in charge of a small crew on a ship with limited resources, sailing waters that have gone from charted to uncharted very recently. In its maiden voyage, The Massive is shaping up to be a very tense ongoing story, full of desolation, mystery and danger. There are no zombies or anything supernatural involved at all, but given the tone and post-civilization setting, one could make an argument for calling this The Sailing Dead. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Examiner - Anthony Schultz Sep 20, 2012

    If you can stand a strong and deep narrative, rather than nonstop action and violence, then pickup The Massive. It is incredibly poignant and just as James Cameron re-packaged environmentalism in his hit film, Avatar, Brian Wood has done the same type of re-packaging except within a different medium. With this in mind I give, The Massive, four-and-a-half stars out of five. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Grant McLaughlin Jun 17, 2012

    Brian Wood and Kristian Donaldson put a strong foot forward for the first entry of The Massive. The issue has a nice balance between action and exposition to both grab the reader and explain to them what the hell is going on. There's also a few paratexts at the end of the issue that hints there may be a little more to this environmental group than meets the eye. All in all, I'm quite excited to see where this story goes. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Stephen Schleicher May 21, 2012

    I had thought I would start to spin down my physical comic book buying, switching to digital for all but a few titles. Now it looks like I have one more physical series to add to my massive collection of comics. I've not read much of Brian Wood's other work, but there is something that tells me this is a series to watch going forward. The mystery of how the characters are going to balance their philosophical and political views in a world radically changed is going to be interesting to watch play out in the series. The art is highly detailed, and though the subject may sound dry, this is actually a very good first issue. The Massive #1 arrives in June, and I recommend picking it up. If it does nothing else but make you reflect on what might be, then I think it has done its job, and I'm giving The Massive #1 4.5 out of 5 Stars. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jun 13, 2012

    Even if the characters aren't as fully realized as the conflict so far, The Massive #1 is a gripping read that should have no trouble winning over many readers to Wood's newest creator-owned venture. It certainly fills the void left by DMZ. And with any luck, readers are at the beginning of another dramatic, character-driven, multi-year sci-fi saga. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Brett Monro Jun 18, 2012

    The Massive is an excellent start to what looks to be a very worthy successor to DMZ and some of Brian Woods other creator-owned work. The story being told here is, like the title suggests, massive and I look forward to exploring the environmental question throughout the run of this series. It is exciting to read a book as good as The Massive, and I take great enjoyment out of being there from the beginning. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Digitl Noob - Russ Pirozek May 21, 2012

    Overall, however, The Massive hits the mark in terms of the hype built up for the title, delivering a great read. Even those who aren't interested in ecological collapse or environmentalism can enjoy the book because of the stellar writing of Wood, coupled with the the beautiful and fitting art of Donaldson and Stewart. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair Jun 5, 2012

    This is a monthly series and Im definitely onboard (no pun intended) for future issues. From Dark Horse Comics. Pub. Date June 13, 2012 Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Jun 16, 2012

    Wood has reteamed with Supermarket collaborator Kristian Donaldson for this series, and the artist does an exemplary job. His style has definitely evolved since his first project with Wood, as he brings much more detail and cleaner lines to bear here. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Scott Cederlund Jun 13, 2012

    The odd thing about The Massive #1 is that it's hard to tell if this is a book about the environment or an adventure book about life on the high seas. Those introductory short stories in DHP really placed the character's in their broken environments. We saw how the world's upheavals affected the lives of people. In the first issue of the series, Wood and Donaldson are still finding a balance between their story and their themes. With the whole world as their stage, their first issue's broad storytelling doesn't seem angry at the world or yet overly concerned with these environmental changes. Like his earlier work, Wood's writing on The Massive #1 feels eerily prescient but Wood and Donaldson focus more on the characters in this issue rather than the environment. The thought of activism exists in the deep background of this issue, waiting for themes and issues to emerge to inject some emotion and energy into an otherwised reserved first issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Dean Stell Jun 13, 2012

    A frustrating first issue. We have a neat setting and some interesting characters, but I need a better sense of what the characters aredoing before I can get really excited. Still, given Brian Wood's track record, I'm not too concerned about the series. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Rob McMonigal Jun 14, 2012

    The Massive looks to be an extremely promising comic, but be aware the start is a bit slow. I have a feeling that it's going to be worth it, so start reading now. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Emmanuel Malchiodi Jun 14, 2012

    The artwork by Donaldson isnt anything unique but works well for Woods words but the coloring by Dave Stewart isnt anything impressive. If anything, the coloring is pretty banal. Im fairly certain the coloring is done digitallywhich saves both time and moneybut takes away the human factor which makes comic books such a joy. The palette Stewarts working with is decent but its fluidity is like Zoloft, which spreads a giant layer of happiness over the brain, not allowing for human imperfects to shine through. Like the automatons in Aldous Huxleys Brave New World, the colors are like drones removing any depth from the illustrations. Thankfully Donaldsons artwork is passable and Woods story is intriguing, hooking me in for the entire three-issue run. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicBuzz - Niall Doonan Aug 7, 2012

    I definitely want to read the next few issues of The Massive to see how it develops and whether the search for the ship will be a long term plot or something that will be resolved more quickly. The characters are interesting so far and Donaldsons art is fantastic, so The Massive should be a very good series. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Jun 14, 2012

    This issue isn’t bad by any means, but it’s a very slow start to the series. Also it was off putting to have read stories involving the other ship, only to be put with a new batch of characters on another ship. Maybe I need to re-read the zero issue, but I’m pretty sure I didn’t miss that detail and even if I did I don’t think it would change the experience. I’m looking forward to checking out the next issue since this one leaves off in a decent spot, but I expect much more in the near future in order to hold my attention. Lastly, I think this may be one series that doesn’t benefit from the DHP formula of building interest and then launching an ongoing since the interest level was so high to begin with… we’ll see though. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Jun 16, 2012

    The Massive is an epic book. Wood has stated that the arcs will be three issues so there is room for this pick up and solidify quickly. However, this first book effort was not to my liking. The environmental portion wasn't nearly as heavy handed as I was expecting but the story presented here was just too macro in scope I felt. If you are a fan of Wood you can't afford to pass this one up but I am not sure this is going to have the wide range appeal. We'll see. Read Full Review

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