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Veil #1

Writer: Greg Rucka Artist: Toni Fejzula Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: March 5, 2014 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 32 User Reviews: 5
8.6Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

A beautiful girl wakes up in an abandoned subway station with no memory of how she got there. When men try to hurt her . . . they wind up dead. Where did she come from? And what is she capable of?

  • 10
    Comic Addicts - Akshay Dhar Mar 20, 2014

    If you want something new, something fresh that is not heavy and flows fast but somehow leaves you wide-eyed and wanting more, I would say you definitely need to give Veil a try immediately! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - John Yohe Mar 5, 2014

    This is a great creative team. Rucka uses a similar technique here that he used in the beginning issues of Lazarus, which is to plop the reader down in a world, without explanations or exposition, and makes our curiosity, tied in with the main characters' own questions, the driving force of the story. Not many comics writers trust their readers that much. Not many creative teams are good enough to get away with it either. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Ra'Chaun Rogers Mar 5, 2014

    Not only do I look forward to reading more of this series, I'm extremely glad I read this comic. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Jen 'Miss J' Aprahamian Mar 5, 2014

    Greg Rucka appears to be keeping on trend with that whole "putting out killer creator-owned books featuring equally killer lead characters" thing, and VEIL is a welcome addition to my pull list. It's a miniseries, so there's no long haul to settle in for; just five very different, very fascinating issues to savor. Rucka and Fejzula are walking a tightrope between genres; horror and suspense and quite likely a few more are represented, making VEIL a solid selection for a wide range of readers. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Word Of The Nerd - Ani Gonzalez Mar 5, 2014

    The story, we are talking about Greg Rucka, we know it is going to be a good ride. I enjoyed the first silent pages because it gives you a hint of what is happening, I feel rats will have some importance, since they do not seem to harm Veil. The concept that nudity is not consent to touch is explored here and even if the direct act is not seen, we see the harassment caused by her being naked, no one offered to cover her up until Dante came. I also like that even if she is a damsel in distress "saved" by a "prince," she is the one defending herself. She reminds me of River from Firefly. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Adam Kelly Mar 5, 2014

    Stylistically, to me it seems like the art looks as if you're just catching a glimpse of something which really helps with the overall mystique of the book. The first few pages are perfect examples of this as we see a lit candle around a pentagram, an up-close shot of an armed man, the wind from the subway portrayed by papers floating around, and the exchange of money to name a few. What does it all mean? I can't wait to find out. Veil is one of the most refreshing books I've read in a while and proves to be one of the reasons why comics are just as a legitimate literature medium as any. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Geeked Out Nation - Soup Owens-Fowler Mar 6, 2014

    Who or what is Veil? It is too early to tell but the seeds have been planted. There are indications of a supernatural origin mixed with deadly commerce. For now, this introduction leaves us with a powerful girl, blank and loose in the world with a good samaritan now caught up into things he doesn't understand. It's a premise that is haunting and the mystery is the draw. That alone would make an interesting read but the beautiful artwork that is perfectly matched makes it brilliant. This is a comic to experience with your heart, like a song that evokes an exact mood. Atmospheric and bewitching, Veil is going to be on a lot of lips this year, two of which belong to me. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    IGN - Melissa Grey Mar 5, 2014

    The genius behind Veil lies in its linguistic construction. The book opens with several pages of eery silence, brought to life by Fejzula's eerie, atmospheric art and subdued yet colorful palette. Over the course of the issue, the girl's grasp of language evolves from silence to nonsense to a nascent self-awareness. It's difficult to balance whimsical wonderment with blood-tinged violence, but Rucka and Fejzula make it look disturbingly effortless. This is one mystery that is not to be missed. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Rhymes With Geek - Wesley Messer Mar 4, 2014

    I get the feeling that Veil is going to be a story that will catch everyone off guard by the end. The first issue gives just enough of a glimpse into the immense potential Veil has. Greg Rucka is subverting and blowing the lid off of stereotypes with every single page of Veil. Luckily Toni Fejzula's art was up to the task to bring a challenging story like Veil to life. To Greg Rucka fans like myself who have read a bit of everything he's done, Veil is going to get a fair shake. On the other side of the fence, fans of Rucka's superhero work may have a tougher time dealing with Veil, as not everything is spelled out and some comic fans aren't a patient lot. Highly recommend that everyone takes a good look at Veil. It feels newand we could use more of that in the comic book industry. Greg Rucka and Toni Fejzula, I await seeing what lies at the end of this wild ride known as Veil. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin Mar 4, 2014

    Veil proves to be a unique and enthralling story introducing a mysterious character who I want to learn more about. Due to this I highly recommend this comic and can't wait to see what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Michael Moccio Mar 6, 2014

    From the first page, the story gains traction leading to the explosive climax of ending, giving Veil an incredibly strong start and leaves the reader eager for more. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Zac Thompson Mar 5, 2014

    Veil has the perfect combination of art and story. One could not exist without the other. Together Rucka and Fejzula create a waking dream centered on a captivating and mysterious character. Its tightly paced, hypnotic, and impossible to read once. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Booked - David Hinspeter Mar 7, 2014

    Veil #1 is a terribly interesting read. Offering enough intrigue and questions with one hand, and a powerful and broken protagonist on the other, I found myself drawn deeper and deeper. The events of the issue seem to obfuscate the fact that magic is heavily implied in the opening pages, and I am unsure if this is intentional or not. Also, with Veils powers unexplained thus far, it is easy to question if Dante is helping her on his own accord or not. This is a title I would suggest to my hardiest of comic reading friends, and I know Ill be anxiously awaiting next months issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Backwards Compatible - Paul Fiander Mar 5, 2014

    Veil has the hallmarks of a killer series and this is a stellar first issue. If the team continue this level of creative output then Veil will be finding a place in a lot of people’s collections. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    We The Nerdy - Patrick McAleer Feb 25, 2014

    There are interesting juxtapositions at work here from writer Greg Rucka as Veil seems quite vulnerable but carries within her something powerful. She's unsure of her identity but she seems to know what she's capable of. veil1p3 Is her identity who she was or what she has become? With nods to mythical dance and a famous Italian poet, is Rucka giving us clues as to where this story will lead or just teasing us? I don't know, but it's shaping up to be a hell of a ride Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Mar 5, 2014

    Veil is off to an excellent and intriguing start.  Rucka knows how to write a great first issue (and several others that follow...the guy's a great writer), so it's no surprise that this is such a compelling read.  The girl is shrouded in mystery and there are more questions than answers, but I'm excited to find out where she goes next and if the body toll gets any bigger as a result. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Sean Tonelli Mar 4, 2014

    Rucka looks like he has another smash hit on his hands with Veil. This gritty and grimy world is filled with just enough heart and mystery to keep readers on the edge of their seat and all but ensure their return to the next issue. The question remains however; who is Veil? and is that really an answer we want to know? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Meagan Damore Mar 7, 2014

    Especially for a debut issue, "Veil" #1 is absolutely engrossing and so quick a read that it will leave fans begging for more. With naturalistic dialogue, riveting characters, and a genuinely fascinating mystery, "Veil" will haunt readers for days to come. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Cody "The Thorverine" Ferrell Mar 5, 2014

    Veil is a story shrouded in mystery, but this first issue guarantees that you'll be sticking around to see a larger streak of light shone into the darkness each and every month. Rucka hooks you from page 1 and Fejzula's art is a true sight to behold. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Michelle White Mar 6, 2014

    This is an elegant first issue, building a simple framework for a multitude of mysteries to hang on. The story feels archetypical but somehow fresh; there are so many paths this outsider can take us on that what happens next is anybody's guess. So far, though, this is an enthralling story; and if the bloody event that caps off this issue is any indication, there's a terrifying world behind this Veil. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Mar 5, 2014

    Rucka has earned my faith with previous works and the combination of talents here and the writers talk page definitely has me wanting to see where his imagination and Fejzula's artwork will take us. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Hulking Reviewer - Kareem Ali Mar 5, 2014

    Veil #1 is a solid first issue that sets up a very interesting story line and character dynamic that should be very rewarding for readers going forward. Despite almost falling completely into a clich for Veil's first interaction with the world it redeems itself through the connection she actually makes with another character while allowing her to demonstrate a little of her capabilities in an impressive fashion. And in doing so makes her unknown origin just as intriguing as what lies ahead for the duo. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Ian Stephen Mar 3, 2014

    Veil was a real pleasant surprise to read. A familiar writer stepping outside his box and an unfamiliar artist making a huge impression, together they bring a fascinating horror/suspense story. Veil is off to a really good start, this first issue read smoothly and even though it was a satisfying read it still makes you, as a reader, very invested to want to read more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Roderick Ruth Mar 5, 2014

    So far, this debut issue appropriately stokes enough curiousity to jump on board. Greg Rucka's story is interesting enough to stoke the fire for horror fans and Toni Fejzula's unconventional visual art style elevates your interest beyond what you may have expected. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Scott Cederlund Mar 5, 2014

    That fuzziness is what makes this the anti-Rucka comic. Look at almost any comic series from Rucka and in the first few pages, you get a clear sense of time, place, character and narrative direction. In his comics and novels, that's how Rucka builds his story. He does all of it so economically that you hardly notice it. Veil #1 has all of those but Rucka's writing here doesn't feel as tightly clenched as it usually does. This comic feels much more improvisational as he opens this story with a very narrow focus on these characters and gives so much freedom to Fejzula to visually tell the story with shapes and colors. It is a different Greg Rucka that you see at work behind the story in Veil #1, a writer more willing to follow a darkly playful path than we've seen before. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Mar 4, 2014

    Veil #1 is an exciting series debut. This issue raises a lot more questions than it answers, but Rucka and Fejzula's approach promises that we are only seeing the seeds of a great story being planted here. Fans of Dark Horse's other forays into the horror and mystery genres would be remiss to pass on this one. Rucka is pushing the comic book medium into new and invigorating territory and he has an excellent artist in Toni Fejzula, along for the ride with him. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Nerds On The Rocks - Frank Lanza Mar 5, 2014

    If you dig sci-fi, horror, with some mystery thrown in, then this could be a promising book. It's also ground that has been covered before in many other mediums, so I'm hoping Rucka can give us something fresh and original to keep us wanting to know what happens next. It's a good start, and a good book for fans of naked introductions everywhere. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Front Towards Gamer - Lido Mar 3, 2014

    I'm basing this mainly off of extrapolations from Rucka's ending letter, so I could easily be off the mark here, and we'll just have to check back in a month or so to see where the series goes, but the bottom line here is that Veil is good. The central mystery is engaging and the artwork is striking and memorable, with some amazing color work that extenuates the tone and atmosphere quite well, all of which help to make up for the first issues somewhat disjointed narrative, recommended. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AIPT - Jordan Richards Mar 5, 2014

    Veil #1 is an alright comic that could have been better. It has potential here with its creepy vibes, mysterious, and artwork, but it lacks strong story and characters to get you truly invested in it. Before you go read this issue, perhaps you should wait just a bit until the second issue comes out and get a better idea of the direction this series is going. Read Full Review

  • 6.3
    Florida Geek Scene - Jesse Scheckner Mar 12, 2014

    Visually, the book is gorgeous, with highly detailed watercolors creating a dense, colorful and dynamically imagined world. The shot where she emerges from the subway is particularly stunning; it'd feel at home on any art collector's wall. As far as the writing is concerned, it's a little early to tell. Though Veil herself is an interesting character, she hasn't done much besides spout odd freestyle poetry, and every other character presented thus far is essentially a street-level archetype. It's Rucka, though, so he gets the benefit of the doubt, always. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Mar 8, 2014

    Veil is one of those opening issues that is simply the first chapter of a collection. First issues are difficult enough to start off with a bang but when it's a finite story then it generally can't provide the story to give you a satisfactory single issue. That's why you have to gut it out and hope the payoff comes by the end of the arc or mini. The artwork is certainly enough to draw any reader back for a second issue and Rucka obviously is a name that brings a lot of success along for the ride. That should be enough to pick up this book even if the first issue isn't quite a compelling read by itself. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Spectrum - Will Hessling Mar 10, 2014

    I don't want to completely lambast this book, because I'm still hoping for good things to come. I thought the art by Toni Fejzula was a pleasant surprise. I found the style visually appealing and the more I looked at it the more I liked it. That said, it was kind of muddled at times. I wasn't sure what I was supposed to be gathering from a couple panels. I was also expecting a lot from Eisner Award winner Greg Rucka. He mentioned that this idea has been looming in his mind for 20 years or more, and I think it might be one of those white whales for a writer. I'm not trying to make excuses, but sometimes there's a character or idea so big that it's terrifying, as if it's something ancient that comes not from your own mind but somewhere else entirely, something that could cause blindness or madness or both if contemplated too long. I hope that's what it is, and I hope he drags it out into the light and picks up the pace in the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    mudstar Mar 7, 2014

    As expected because, hey, Rucka is involved, this is an enjoyable issue. Dropping readers into the world with no clue of what's going on works in this issue, as the reader is seemingly as confused as the protaganist and must work to discover the details of the predicament. I think the art compliments the tone nicely as well. Surely enough intrigue to come back for the next issue, where we'll inevitably learn more about this character and her world, something I can't wait for.

  • 8.0
    Gizmo Oct 21, 2014

    Great start to this series, can't wait to see where it goes.

  • 6.5
    nedf23 Mar 6, 2014

    I'm not quite sure what to think of this. I liked the art style and I think the story has some great potential, but I can't really make a call based on what I've read.

  • 10
    fivexfive Mar 9, 2014

  • 8.0
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