The Steam Man #1

Writer: Joe R. Lansdale, Mark Alan Miller Artist: Piotr Kowalski Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: October 21, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 3
7.2Critic Rating
7.0User Rating

The Old West, but not as we know it. Giant steam-powered robots are created to take down invading Martians and armies of killer albino apes in an all-out brawl. The Steam Man, a giant metal man operated by a team of monster hunters, seems to have the town protected and the West under control, until a crazed and powerful vampire comes to town to bring forth the apocalypse!

  • 9.2
    Graphic Policy - Monique Sep 28, 2015

    Overall, The Steam Man is an awesome comic. Good storyline, quality artwork, and the entertainment value is there. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Villain Smash - Jorge Solis Oct 1, 2015

    With the heart of a western and the appeal of monster-extravaganzas, "The Steam Man" #1 is a genuinely engaging read. I can't wait to see what the second installment holds. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicsverse - Chris Galvin Oct 24, 2015

    It would be easy to ride the coat tails of popular culture as everything from that pulp era is mined, but ‘The Steam Man' #1 does enough to make it its own beast. I expect this to be a great mini series which will read slightly better in trade. Maybe because I'm impatient to see how it unfolds. A good solid issue, with a hint of great storytelling to come. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Oct 22, 2015

    Overall, this looks like a really promising series. I don’t know how long the steam man is going to hold out; it has already started rusting. I’m looking forward to the crew’s encounter with the Dark Rider. That should make for a pretty epic fight. This is definitely a series to keep track of. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - christopher scott author Nov 14, 2015

    The artwork may not have the extreme realism of Alex Ross, but it is well done to fit with the world. While the world may not be colorful, the use of only using a few shades of various colors actually works extremely well. In contrast some of the scenes depicted have a great mix of color, and tones to create a believable atmosphere. That gives this a nice balance to it. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Project-Nerd - Erica Oct 11, 2015

    In the end, it may seem like not much occurred. Again, most of the text is simply a brief account of the last four years and the mayhem that ensued. But the groundwork this book lays out is a unique concoction. With this in mind, I think the readers should definitely pick up the second issue on November 18th and continue to track down The Dark Rider along with The Steam Man. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Oct 27, 2015

    The Steam Man puts the action first, and artist Piotr Kowalski does a nice job with the amount of action in the script. His pencils lose some details when there are close ups on the faces, but he more than makes up for it with his penciling and designs of the Steam Man, the Dark Rider and the Martians. There's also some solid coloring by Kelly Fitzpatrick that sets the tone for all the different locales and times this premier issue covers. The Steam Man was a nice surprise and a book that I've decided to add to my pull list. You should check it out and see if you feel the same way! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBuzz - StephenFn Oct 21, 2015

    While this issue merely setups up the main characters and conflict it does so with great effect and with a lot of character built in for a single issue. With two great writing talents behind it and excellently fitting art team, this a book I am very eager to continue reading. Read Full Review

  • 7.5 - Harrison Rawdin Oct 21, 2015

    The Steam Man #1 is a good start to a concept that deserves attention. There's plenty of room for improvement down the road but the creative team does enough right to earn an audience while prepping a title that deserves to be addedyour pull-list. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    We The Nerdy - Jean-Luc Botbyl Oct 20, 2015

    At the end of the day, I would say that the first issue ofSteam Man is worth checking out. It has issues, yes, but it also has a lot of promise. The world building alone is stellar, and the art is a joy just to look at. Sure, the set up and exposition are off putting, so perhaps revisiting this series when there are multiple issues out is the way to go, but this is definitely a book to keep your eye on. Read Full Review

  • 6.6
    Word Of The Nerd - Zac Kandell Oct 22, 2015

    My question with a first issue is always if it makes me want to read the next one. There were elements of The Steam Man that I didn't like, mostly the reliance on narration, but there were enough of the other elements that I did like to make me interested in the next one. On that scale, it's a definite success. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Alex Mansfield Oct 4, 2015

    Look, if the fact that the giant robot is wearing a metallic top hat isnt enough for you to get on board with The Steam Man, thats a problem you need to figure out for yourself. For everyone else, this debut issue entices a sense of whimsical adventure and then promptly punches you in the face with beguiling horror. Whether that balance gets smoother or leans more heavily towards one will be interesting, but for now its still establishing itself and finding its feet with sharp dialogue and an unbeatable premise. It's too early to tell if the multitude of ideas thrown at the steampunk fan will result in a cohesive story or if there's any larger allegorical elements at work, so its still something of a stew instead of a finished dish. A mish-mash of genres thats still structured compellingly and a rich, clean visual presentation make for a strong start. A history that never was, a threat that never ceases, and an adventure thats never yielding, The Steam Man is worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Adam Frey Oct 14, 2015

    On its surface, it is a delightful mashup of multiple genres: aliens, westerns, giant robots, demons, and who knows what else is coming. With Halloween approaching, this might be a gooddiversion for readers who are looking for a bit ofweird horror. I'll recommend giving this a try with a caution that the book will need to work at really distinguishing itself from other weird western stories in future issues. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Crusaders - Dawn of Comics Sep 25, 2015

    Giant robots vs aliens? Yes please. Can't go too wrong with massive battle scenes. Set it over a hundred years ago and now you've peeked my interest. I was really looking forward to this title after seeing the cover. However the more I read the more I lost interest. As it became less sci-fi and more supernatural I got bored. This month has been very vampire heavy and I was looking forward to something else. This is still a good book. I just would have liked it to stick to the main premise. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Big Comic Page - Andrew McGlinn Oct 20, 2015

    Bottom line, if you like Clive Barker type horror (he's even quoted on the cover) then you'll love this book. If you were expecting Steampunk Jaegers versus Aliens then you'll be badly disappointed, but the buddy elements of the story will keep you entertained. Overall though, this wasn't one for me. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Following The Nerd - Phil Robinson Sep 29, 2015

    Right now the Steam Man crew are full-time monster hunters, on the trail of The Dark Rider, a vampire with an unending thirst for blood, and a legion of nightmare creatures behind him. With an old score to settle " and hopefully a good bit of the exposition out of the way in this first issue " the stage is set, and it will be mighty interesting to see where the crew of Steam Man go next. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Fandom Post - Gabe Peralta Sep 29, 2015

    The problem with all issue #1s of comics is that so little time is spent trying to not only grab the reader's attention, but also establish enough of the world and create likeable characters that you're willing to keep following throughout their journey. While Steam Man offers an interesting enough twist with the initial threat immediately dying off to make way for the true villain, everything else about the issue felt very by-the-book, with the crew of the Steam Man being composed of nothing but manly, snarky men and led by a captain that's out for revenge for a wife we barely spend any time getting to know. I'm sure later issues will resolve the problems I have, but I just have no desire to continue any further given this lukewarm first issue. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    The Fandom Post - James Ristig Oct 22, 2015

    The Steam Man is a bland comic with no idea of what it wants to be. The initial premise is not strong enough to carry this comic through a lackluster story and stereotypical characters. Don't let the cover draw you into this confused mess of a comic that thinks the idea of a steam powered robot is enough to sell you junk. Read Full Review

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