Witchfinder: The Mysteries of Unland #1

Writer: Maura McHugh, Kim Newman Artist: Tyler Crook Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: June 18, 2014 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 2
8.4Critic Rating
9.5User Rating

Edward Grey is sent to Hallam to investigate a mysterious death. Once there, he hears rumors about the mysterious Unland, the wetlands around the town, and the creatures that inhabit it. Grey’s skepticism vanishes when he encounters the monsters of Unland, and he realizes that Hallam is a place of secrets.

  • 10
    ComicWow!TV - AD Boorman Jun 11, 2014

    Obviously if you like Hellboy or the BPRD, you're going to love this, but even if you don't, you might still find this interesting. It's not SteamPunk, but those who like Victorian Era horror might groove on it. Also, if you're into the Van-Helsing type heroes, Dr Spektor, Criminal Macabre, etc, you might want to give this a shot. There appear to be some Lovecraftian elements to this story, so HPL fans will find this interesting. For those unfamiliar with Mignola's universe, this is an excellent 'jumping in' point. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jun 19, 2014

    This is a good entry point for new readers. Fans of the supernatural in the Victorian era have reason to rejoice at Grey's return. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Hulking Reviewer - Kareem Ali Jun 18, 2014

    Witcherfinder: The Mysteries of Unland #1 is an excellent start to a series I had high hopes for and it didn't disappoint as it created the right amount of intrigue with its setup and its heart-racing action provided the necessary punch to finish things off. Sir Edward Grey comes off as an enjoyable character whose personality traits and abilities have so much potential for an entertaining series, and as the mysteries are unraveled I believe the journey will be well rewarded. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Nick Nafpliotis Jun 18, 2014

    The art work by Tyler Crook is a perfect match, giving the story a classic feel while still rendering the actions sequences fluidly. The story by Kim Newman and Maura McHugh could have probably used a bit more foreshadowing before the big reveal near the end, but it's still off to a fantastic start. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Nevin Jones Jun 19, 2014

    Witchfinder is a slow burn, Lovecraftian tale. The pacing and art are perfect for a first issue, and the creeping mystery leaves you wanting more. If you're down with Victorian era horror, than you need to give this comic a try. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III Jun 17, 2014

    Though Lovecraft died in obscurity, he has, without question, inspired scores of writers and caused monumental shifts in what we know today as the horror genre. While his influence on prose writers is easily apparent, comics have always been tailor made for the kind of storytelling that he was known for. Witchfinder: The Mysteries of Unland #1 is exactly the kind of story that Lovecraft would have told. While it takes more than a few cues from some of his most known works, it still stands apart as a great single issue of a great comic series. Team Witchfinder has taken everything great about a good Lovecraft tale and crystallized it through the lens of modern comic book storytelling, introducing readers to not only Sir Edward Grey, but to the works of H.P. Lovecraft as a whole. Great stories always leave you needing more, and Witchfinder: The Mysteries of Unland #1 leaves you needing, wanting, and hoping for much, much more. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Mark Tweedale Jun 19, 2014

    Definitely pick this book up. It's pushing Witchfinder's boundaries in story and art and it's better for it. The creative team on this one works fantastically well together. I hope this is the first of many Witchfinder books from them. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Joey Caswell Jun 16, 2014

    The legacy of Witchfinder is definitely in good hands with this creative team. The Mysteries of Unland arc is off to a great start, and this could potentially be the best Edward Grey story yet. Even if you arent familiar with the character, you will definitely find something to enjoy about this book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Jun 21, 2014

    I was pleasantly surprised by this issue and will be finishing the mini for sure. It's at home with the rest of the Hellboy gang, but it's different enough that it doesn't come across as more B.P.R.D. Even if you're not a Mignolaverse reader and you just like creepy mysteries that involve the supernatural, I would highly recommend this issue. To answer my question about this series being a dark horse, the answers is neigh (another pun, I know its nay). Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Florida Geek Scene - Brian Reed Jul 2, 2014

    Overall, this wasn't bad, just a little generic feeling. Everythingfelt a little too familiar, even though I haven't read a lot ofHellboy or anything else related. There's no reason I should knowthese characters, but they're all so bland, they can feel like anyonefrom almost any story. I'll keep reading because the setting and toneis working for me, but if things don't pick up soon, I probably won'tbe around to ever find out if it's really a hydra or an eel that'sbreaking into people's rooms and leaving threatening messages. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    IGN - Tres Dean Jun 19, 2014

    While first-time readers may not fall in love with this book, fans of Edward Gray and the Mignola-verse will likely find it acceptable. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Jun 23, 2014

    "Sir Edward Grey, Witchfinder: The Mysteries of Unland" #1 isn't bad, but it needs some spring to its step that is currently vacant. Now that Sir Edward is determined to discover the mysteries of Unland, hopefully we'll see things pick up a bit. For now, not a great start, but there's potential for improvement. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GreyMouser Jun 19, 2014

    I am very excited to that another installment of WitchFinder has begun! The previous mini-series' have been excellent, and this new creative team is right on track. If anything they bring the Lovecraft elements to the fore, which i very much enjoy. From the tone, to the players, to the garphic hints... this might be the most HP story to date, as it seems to draw directly from 'A shadow over Innsmouth'. I highly recommend this series!

  • 10
    Brandon Tindle Jun 23, 2014

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