The Paybacks #1

Writer: Eliot Rahal, Donny Cates Artist: Geoff Shaw Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: September 16, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 10
8.5Critic Rating
8.9User Rating

Heroism doesn’t come cheap, so when superheroes borrow money to finance their genetic enhancements or crime-fighting supercomputers, their debts make student loans look like IOUs! Enter the Paybacks, a repo squad composed of bankrupt former heroes here to foreclose on everybody’s secret lairs! From the team that delivered the acclaimed Buzzkill!

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Jul 30, 2015

    Simply put, The Paypacks is absolutely bloody hilarious, and its difficult not to be drawn in by how much fun the creators seem to have having with it. Its easy to imagine them grinning, laughing and high-fiving as the put this bad boy together, and the sheer joy involved makes it nearly impossible not to read it with a smile on your face. Read Full Review

  • 10
    GWW - Casey Walsh Aug 6, 2015

    If it's not obvious by now The Paybacks gets a big fat 10. The Paybacks #1 is a comic you will read over and over again, and then pass it along to your friends proclaiming "you have to read this." Superhero fans will rejoice at its satire and love for the genre while comic fans in general will admire its beautiful aesthetic and perfectly paced, humor filled story. If you haven't already add The Paybacks to your pull list, I promise at the very least it will make you chuckle and brighten your day for at least 15-20mins. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Sep 17, 2015

    For anyone looking to read something with a lot of action and adventure, this is it. It’s an unconventional book about superheroes catching superheroes in debt catching villains. This is one of the best books I’ve read this year, and I really can’t wait to see where the series goes from here. As long as Cates and Rahal keep up the witty dialogue and emphatic characterization, I will be a fan of this masterpiece. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Mar 28, 2016

    I can't think of a funnier book to recommend to comic book fans.  Donny Cates and Eliot Rahal rip everything a new a-hole and had me laughing every step of the way.  This book is the bastard child of Watchmen and Naked Gun and yes, that is a huge compliment.  Highly Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Front Towards Gamer - Lido Sep 19, 2015

    That particular of blend of jokey self-awareness with earnest self acceptance is slathered over The Paybacks and ends up key to the story working as well as it does. It creates a quasi-unreal atmosphere that successfully blends The Paybacks' more ludicrous and cartoony moments with the story's legitimate stakes. It's a fine line to walk but The Paybacks nails it perfectly. Bold, brilliant, ferociously humorous and delightfully nerdy, The Paybacks is one of the best books you'll read all year. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    We The Nerdy - John Newby Sep 18, 2015

    The Paybacks #1is off to a great start. Cates and Rahal just need to keep the repo train rolling. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Sep 19, 2015

    "Paybacks" is about a repo team that takes back property from would-be-heroes that don't pay their bills. The first issue has two repo teams. One hunts down a Batman knock-off while the other comes into a very deadly confrontation. The comic book is an entertaining read with a good high concept. The artwork is very good as it is detailed and imaginative. Overall, this is a very good comic book and one to keep your eye on. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Outright Geekery - Gaumer Aug 28, 2015

    Writers Donny Cates and Eliot Rahal deliver an expertly crafted comic book with a uniquely timely idea, imaginatively original characters, and outrageous concepts pulled directly from mainstream superhero comic books, then twisted just enough to make them hilarious. 'The Paybacks' is simultaneously a statement on an entire genre and an examination of modern times, that's both funny and relevant in a way that's compelling, fresh, and conceptually brilliant. The art accompanies the story wonderfully, adding to the overall tone of the characters and settings, and culminating in a stylistic synergy that most books fail to capture so perfectly. I cannot recommend this series enough. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Karcossa Aug 6, 2015

    There are too many things about this issue that I loved, but I don't want to give too much away here. If you're looking for a comic that's an absolute treat to read, then look no further. The first issue of The Paybacks is a joyride from start to finish that you don't want to miss out on. This comic is a blast of fresh air in a genre that frequently takes itself too seriously, and while the chaotic violence is certainly present, it never seems over the top. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Sep 17, 2015

    The book doesn't strive to be a complete parody or mean-spirited deconstruction of the superhero genre. It just aims to be funny, and it succeeds. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Multiversity Comics - Alice W. Castle Sep 21, 2015

    A really strong debut issue that may poke fun at superheroes, but it clearly does it out of love. Read Full Review

  • 8.5 - John McCubbin Sep 15, 2015

    The Paybacks #1 more than won me over, with it's unique twist on the superhero genre being both inspired as well as pure genius. Between its intriguing narrative and intense action, it more than captured my attention, and if you could only add one new comic this week, I'd recommend it being this one. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Sep 16, 2015

    What the team here has done is to create what feels like a potentially rich world to work with through a comedic bent but with the right kind of humor to know that we're not going to be something that's far too serious and self-important. The concept is one that has been done before in a different way and what we get here looks like a lot of fun if they really run with it as a kind of repo man suicide squad dealing with the superheroes that fail to pay their debts. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Comic Crusaders - 13th Crusader Aug 11, 2015

    Overall, the pleasant mix of subtle and obvious humor played extremely well within the story, especially when dealing the silent enemy of most superheroes " lack of funds. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Aj Adejare Aug 10, 2015

    The Paybacks shows promise. The characters so far seem interesting and the premise seems well executed concept wise. The actual sequence of the story is going to need some work for the next issue. The biggest dressing for the next issue is to get the information out as efficient me as possible. The authors need to work on letting the material as the story breathing their work so that everybody can appreciate it. If they can do that there'll be a lot more potential fulfilled for this work. Who knows maybe we'll even see people jump on board for this series in full. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Sep 15, 2015

    The Paybacks succeeds where similar outings have failed by maintaining its sense of humor for the duration. There's almost too much happening, but rarely does it every feel overly packed or squished. Cates and Rahal throw a lot of information at us at once, but gives the reader plenty of reason to trust in their storytelling, from the wickedly funny moments to, well, more of the same but with dinosaurs and unicorns. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Zac Kandell Sep 18, 2015

    As a first issue, this comic does its job perfectly. Yes, I have a few problems with the story, but it makes me really want to come back and read the next issue, which is everything the first issue really needs to do. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Austin Lanari Aug 19, 2015

    Ultimately, if the premise of a never-ending cycle ofde factoindenturedsuper-repo-heroes doesn't appeal to you and you'd rather read a house-art style book about Bruce Wayne stocking tinker toys in a kindergarten or some shit, it's your loss. It remains to be seen if this series really has anywhere to go, but it made a great first step in delivering on a hum-dinging elevator pitch of a premise, and damn is it pretty to look at. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Alex Mansfield Aug 5, 2015

    The Paybacks #1 checks off most of the requirements of a first issue while still being deceivingly (and acceptably) one-note. It's all about establishing the playground while still managing to be honestly fun and giving you a reason to return. Hopefully, an emotional anchor will become apparent as the series progresses and there are hints of that here, and a more diverse cast will emerge, but for now there's plenty to of irreverence to revel in. Staring you in the eye while reminding you that "Hey, you gotta pay for that, you know!" it's a strong debut that's heavy on laughs framed in a well balanced and engaging visual package. Now run, trusty unicorn companion. Run and don't you dare look back. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AIPT - Gregory Paul Silber Sep 17, 2015

    Though I hope that this comic adds some emotional depth in later issues, at the moment, it's getting by on action and humor. If you're looking for a fun twist on the superhero genre by a fresh new creative team, you should give The Paybacks a shot. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Nerdophiles - Kylee Sills Sep 22, 2015

    Following the lives of the superheroes who've gone bankrupt and made it their mission to repay their debts by repossessing the assets of other superheroes who can't pay their debts doesn't sound nearly as hilarious as the creators manage to make it in this debut issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Nerdophiles - Kylee Sills Sep 22, 2015

    In a world where anyone can take out a loan to become the vigilante superhero of their dreams, The Paybacks has a lot of material to explore. It's not a parody and, as much as the premise seems familiar or like it's already been done, the issue reads fresh with as much information as the readers are provided in such a short amount of time. I'm on board to see what happens next. Let us know in the comments if you are too! Read Full Review

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