The Witcher #1
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The Witcher #1

Writer: Paul Tobin Artist: Joe Querio Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: March 19, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 5
7.5Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

Traveling near the edge of the Black Forest, monster hunter Geralt meets a widowed fisherman whose dead and murderous wife resides in an eerie mansion known as the House of Glass-which seems to have endless rooms, nothing to fill them with, and
horror around every corner.
•  Written by Eisner winner Paul Tobin!
•  The Witcher games have collectively won over 250 awards and sold more then 5.5 million copies worldwide.
•  There are currently two games available across multiple platforms, and a third is slated for release in 2014.

  • 10
    Florida Geek Scene - Raisa Mar 26, 2014

    Lastly, the dialogue of the characters is the perfect combination of modern English and archaic language. It fits whatever time period or realm the story takes place in. What was cool was that I was able to imagine different voices and accents for the two men. This is a sign of great writing. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Corey 'Undeadpool' Schroeder Mar 19, 2014

    Even if youre not a fan of the Witcher media already, I think theres a lot in this book to enjoy, but if you are, this is a must-buy. Either way, if youre onboard for a tale of dark, tragic fantasy youll find something to enjoy here. The main character may not quite resonate for those who dont already know what hes about, but Jakob helps ease things along by giving the reader someone to immediately relate to and the monsters and setting makes this book unlike many others on the shelf. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Hulking Reviewer - Kareem Ali Mar 19, 2014

    The Witcher #1 is a solid start to the series creating an interesting setup and despite its deliberate pace it's still eventful in establishing the characters while having some action throughout. I feel Geralt's personality has been captured well considering the current situation and there are some intriguing developments that make me believe things aren't necessarily what they seem in the Black Forest. And if that's the case then this could be an even more thrilling ride but either way I'm encouraged by this start and I'm looking forward to the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Chris Romero Mar 21, 2014

    With bleak images of a deadly scenery and gross-looking old monster-hags, Joe Querio's artwork is the perfect choice for this twisted story. The Witcher #1 is a winner, so grab yourself a copy. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    The Daily Crate - Keri Honea Mar 13, 2014

    The Witcher comic series is a must-read for The Witcher fans, especially any who are as disappointed as I am with the delay of the third game. It will satisfy any Geralt cravings until the very last page. Then you'll want to chuck the book or your e-reader across the room. (Don't throw your e-reader across the room.) It releases on March 19, 2014 in retail and via digital download. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Mar 19, 2014

    Not having been particularly excited about this project beforehand, I'm definitely eager to read issue #2. And Dark Horse further cements itself as the publisher to turn to for well-executed comics based on video games. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geeked Out Nation - Soup Owens-Fowler Mar 22, 2014

    The Witcher has the foundation to be an excellent addition to the Fantasy Horror genre, with two protagonists who are relateable with the Badass-and-his-Friend dynamic. The world they live in and the dangers it possesses are interesting takes on things we may have seen before, but still have the opportunity to take us by surprise if the story is willing. If the ending is as strong and clear as the beginning, Tobin and Querio will have contributed a story that would be a great compiled volume easily read in a single sitting that would be at home on any genre fan's shelf. In our society, these two men have clearly defined jobs to make our lives enriched, and The Witcher is an example that they take it seriously and do it well. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Eric Bridges Mar 18, 2014

    Overall, this series has great potential if it gets the chance. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Backwards Compatible - Paul Fiander Mar 19, 2014

    The Witcher has begun with a great story the promise is there and the visuals are strong to say the least. Hopefully the series will continue in this vein and if it does I hope Dark Horse bring Geralt back for many more adventures to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Joey Caswell Mar 19, 2014

    This first installment of Witcher was a fantastic read, even for somebody who has no familiarity with the franchise, and especially if youre also a fan of the Mignolaverse. The strange and unique mythology slowly introduced was very intriguing to say the least and the story was just a lot of fun. It can be difficult to properly balance dark and fun, but this is accomplished with great precision in issue #1. This was a great book in terms of both story and artwork that everybody should check out. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Front Towards Gamer - Lido Mar 17, 2014

    Overall I thought this was a very, very, very decent issue. Good atmosphere complemented by good art with interesting monsters and enough to the world to help it stand out as wandering adventurer fantasy piece but let down a bit by ironically enough a lot of the same problems that plague other entries in the genre; underdeveloped protagonist and mixed supporting cast. Still if you're curious, loved the games, or are a big fantasy junkie I'd recommend this issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Hyper Geeky - ClumsyG Apr 7, 2014

    Anyone looking for a fantasy comic might find exactly what they're looking for in Witcher #1. It's not the strongest start, but the elements are there pointing to everything genre fans want and desire. If it's anything like the video games, expect an immense world filled with history that's constantly shifting and building. Issue #1 scratches the surface, and if the subsequent issues dig further, fans can expect something pretty amazing. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ra'Chaun Rogers Mar 24, 2014

    I enjoyed the first issue, though not as much as I thought I would from a storytelling standpoint -- though since I'm not familiar with Paul Tobin I don't want to write him off just yet. Hopefully as the story unfolds it will become clearer; however, I agree with John that it should've been written with new readers in mind instead of the original fans of the franchise. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Rhymes With Geek - David Melton Mar 18, 2014

    The first issue packs a lot of story into a small space and promises that there is a lot of action ahead. I just wish that they would slow it down a bit and spread all of this story over a longer period of time. I feel readers of this series, and fans of the books and video games, would be patient enough to not need everything handed to them at a frenetic pace. If they can do this over the next four issues, The Witcher has a very good chance at becoming a comic series that I won't want to miss out on. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - John Yohe Mar 24, 2014

    I can't help feeling this comic is for people who are already fans of the franchise. But it left me, as a non-game-player, kind of scratching my head. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Neil Rodriguez Mar 19, 2014

    The art in the book is very solid. Very good use of colors, to showcase the grit and darkness, and pretty consistent art through the panels. Fans of the game, and the books might will enjoy this comic since most fans will know who The Witcher is and what he does, but newer readers who pick this book up might feel a bit lost. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Newsarama - Michael Moccio Mar 20, 2014

    If you're a fan of the original series, it's probably worth a look, but for anyone without knowledge of the source material, take a pass. Read Full Review

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