Where Monsters Lie #1

Writer: Kyle Starks Artist: Piotr Kowalski Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: February 1, 2023 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 6
8.4Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

Haven't you always wondered what slasher monsters-the masked home invasion family, the mindless unkillable monster, the serial killer trapped in a doll-what they do for those couple of years in-between their murder sprees? They're at Wilmhurst-a gated community in the middle of nowhere where they relax-or try to-until they get the call to go out and kill again.
Connor Hayes survived his first slasher in summer camp. A handful of years later he barely escaped a psychopath who built torture puzzles for his victims. Since then he's been training and planning for running into these creatures again. He's a respected special age more

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Jan 3, 2023

    Piotr Kowalski brings Starks' script to life with an appropriate level of grit. The monsters are all visually distinctive and the action of the story is well-paced, with even the simple scenes of characters speaking to one another conveying a dark undercurrent of menace. All in all, this is one comic horror fans will want to pick up. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Feb 1, 2023

    What stands out about Where Monsters Lie #1 is the fact it is a comedy. It's funny. Really funny. Like, you will really laugh out loud type of funny. The comments are quick and the characters are bizarre and it all works so well because it's playing it all straight. If you're looking for a twisted laugh or a fan of the slasher genre, this is a must get. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    COMICON - Tom Smithyman Dec 16, 2022

    Fans of classic slasher films will find a lot to love in the first issue of this limited series. The normally quiet life of slashers between killing sprees is about to get disrupted. Some strong writing helps to set this quirky story apart from other horror books on the rack. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Jan 31, 2023

    Where Monsters Lie #1 is the kind of comic you'll be fully invested in by the end, wishing to learn more about its colorful characters. A unique approach to horror and killers, it's funny, weird, and wholly original. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Feb 1, 2023

    Kowalski has a wonderfully unique and visually thrilling art style that drew me in and kept me invested in the world and these characters. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Impulse Gamer - Lyla Saudi Jan 3, 2023

    All the characters that we meet in this issue are fascinating and the artwork mirrors so much of the slasher-gore for the overall vibe. We dont know much of the backstories (which adds to the mystery of things) but it has opened up the opportunity for so many pathways, that I am excited for. Ms. Zel, as a character, is so engrossing, to the point where I felt sorry for her and forgot that I was reading a slasher comic. I am also eager to know more about our mystery detective and his dark past that links him to our group of misfits. In all, a great start to the series! Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Multiversity Comics - Ryan Fitzmartin Feb 6, 2023

    A strong and bloody first issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Comic Watch - Matt Meyer Feb 1, 2023

    By taking a dark, dark subject like serial killers and marrying it with the mundanities of everyday life,Where Monsters Lie is poised to be your next favorite comic! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Feb 1, 2023

    Where Monsters Lie #1 lays the groundwork for a siege on a monstrous compound filled with familiar concepts in an arrangement capable of commenting on and finding humor in a typically far-from-fearsome setting. As it plays to both Starks and Kowalski's strengths, it also draws out new aspects in both of their work, leaving horror fans plenty to be excited for as the series continues. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Comicbook Dispatch - kcscribbles Feb 2, 2023

    Final ThoughtsWhere Monsters Lie #1 is a great first issue, setting up a wild new horror/comedy series that never shrinks away from a hard R rating of violence and gore. Anyone whos a fan of slasher films (and even those people who arent) will enjoy it. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Major Spoilers - Ingrid Lind-Jahn Feb 7, 2023

    Where Monsters Lie #1 may not be for everyone, but if you are a fan of slashers and you want a glimpse of what their lives are like when they are not actively killing a bunch of curious teens, this is probably worth a read. It is entertaining, and it is not quite like anything I have read before. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Jan 23, 2023

    In spite of a cracking premise and an impressive creative team working smoothly together, it's safe to say that this series hasn't quite hit its full stride just yet. Don't get me wrong, all the pieces are most definitely in place, but we're still just fleshing out the actual story at this point. I have no doubt that this is going to turn into hell of a series though, and if you're a fan of serial killer tropes or Kyle Starks' distinctive sense of humor (or both!) this is most definitely the book for you. Just keep one eye on the Fuckmaster at all times, yeah? Read Full Review

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