Witchfinder: City of the Dead #1

Writer: Mike Mignola, Chris Roberson Artist: Ben Stenbeck Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: August 31, 2016 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 4
8.5Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

Sir Edward Grey, occult adviser to the queen, confronts flesh-eating corpses and discovers a temple beneath London. The mystery that compels him the most is what the sinister Heliopic Brotherhood of Ra wants with it-and from him.

o Written by Mike Mignola and Chris Roberson!

  • 10
    ComicWow!TV - Huck Talwar Sep 1, 2016

    This is a very gloomy, impressive start to the new story arc. I'm excited to see Edward's character develop a bit more"maybe he'll even end up working with the Brotherhood of Ra. The creative team has done a fine job of drawing us in; subsequent issues will tell if they'll keep our attention or not. Meanwhile, for any fan of Mignola or the pages of Hellboy, this is most definitely a must-read. Read Full Review

  • 10
    All-Comic - Arron Ferguson Aug 18, 2016

    This book is fun, atmospheric, slow building and tense; in contrast to the more bombastic Monsters of Midtown. There is such an expert grasp of its tone you can almost smell the dusty old paper of forgotten libraries and hear the sharp whistle of London wind. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Comic Crusaders - Inhuman Mongo Aug 10, 2016

    Overall, I was impressed with the issue. I found nothing took me out of the setting the creators have designed. The hook of a first issue was set firmly, we are given enough back story to tantalize and enough mystery to want more. Whether or not you have read anyissues or you are a Sir Edward Grey-Wiki this book is definitely worth your time. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Pauly D Aug 25, 2016

    Mignola and Roberson have created a new series for Sir Edward Grey that is simply put, cool. I always love a good zombie tale, especially a period piece. TheWitchfinderbrand has always been steeped in the supernatural just like it's parent source material, Hellboy,and the writing tandem set the tone for this and future issues flawlessly. Stenbeck's art and Madsen's colors are perfectly muted to convey not only the aura of the past but the dingy feel of the subject matter, as if we are venturing into something that conveys the filth of resurrection of the dead and the dark magic needed to achieve such a feat. This series is only a 5 parter, butI am sure that it will satisfy those who choose to enjoy, fans of Hellboy or not. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Sep 1, 2016

    Witchfinder: City of the Dead opens strong, pulling you into Sir Edward Grey's tangled world of the occult.  You don't need prior knowledge of the character or his previous endeavors.  At this point in his career, Grey is shaping up to be a hardened, skilled warrior of the supernatural, right up there with others from creator Mike Mignola, like Hellboy and Baltimore. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Aug 31, 2016

    Steeped in Hammer horror style and offering an intriguing plot, Witchfinder: City of the Dead #1 is a strong opening for one of Mike Mignola’s enduringly interesting leading men. Along with his consistently wry co-writer Chris Roberson, Mignola presents a fresh take on zombies while also providing readers yet another easy entry point into Grey’s exploits. The pair’s script, bolstered by the classically inspired pencils of Ben Stenbeck and the strongly in tone colors of Michelle Madsen, culminates in an experience tailor made for comic fans of all stripe. If it’s your first Mignola-verse comic or even your hundredth, Witchfinder: City of the Dead #1 is a ghoulishly fun read. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Multiversity Comics - Mark Tweedale Aug 8, 2016

    It's good to have Sir Edward back again. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Impulse Gamer - Dana Anderson Aug 16, 2016

    If you love a story set in Victorian era London about flesh-eating corpses, occult detectives and practitioners of the dark arts, framed in a Lovecraftian way, then Witchfinder: City of the Dead is the series for you. Issue #1 has laid the foundations for a mysterious and gripping story that I believe will appeal to many. Im looking forward to seeing where it is going to go and how these guys are going to flesh out this story of the undead! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - CLA Bindery Apr 24, 2017

    A great detective story that is a perfect jumping on point for new fans. For dedicated fans of the Hellboy universe, this a top notch story with numerous tie-ins to the bigger mythology that you will love. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AIPT - Patrick Hellen Aug 31, 2016

    I'll give this a 7 out of 10 – serviceable, a decent beginning, but nothing wows me yet. Worth a read, and if the following installments are solid, the collected edition will make this flow much easier. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Kaleb Hebert Sep 1, 2016

    Overall, not a bad first issue, but this is likely to be a series I will not be continuing. It just lacks a lot of creativity and is far too similar to Sherlock Holmes. If you are looking for a detective story, then give this a shot. The price tag is not going to break the bank, so if you are curious check out the first issue and if you do not like it, then you are only out a couple of dollars. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Wildmercy Sep 23, 2016

    Cover- 9.5
    Art - 9.0
    story - 9.0
    Coloring - 9.5
    Lettering- 9.0

    Amazing painted cover by Julian Totino Tedesco, i sat and stared at it for 10 mins... Mignola books always feel lived in and characters have deep history and great dialogue. The set-up to this WitchFinder story has film beats and dialogue that reads like a script. The art team is outstanding! Everyone is on top of their game. If you are a fan of Sherlock-homes or Penny Dreadful you will love this series. I think i would like to see Gerard Butler play Sir Edward Grey.

  • 10
    Jason The Dude Oct 18, 2016

  • 7.0
    Houdini Sep 14, 2016

  • 7.0
    Briton Sep 10, 2016

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