Basketful of Heads #1

Writer: Joe Hill Artist: Leomacs Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 30, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 20 User Reviews: 32
8.5Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

The rain lashes the grassy dunes of Brody Island, and seagulls scream above the bay. A slender figure in a raincoat carries a large wicker basket, which looks like it might be full of melons... covered by a bloodstained scrap of the American flag.
This is the story of June Branch, a young woman trapped with four cunning criminals who have snatched her boyfriend for deranged reasons of their own. Now she must fight for her life with the help of an impossible 8th-century Viking axe that can pass through a man's neck in a single swipe-and leave the severed head still conscious and capable of supernatural speech.
Each disembodied head ha more

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Kate Snchez Oct 30, 2019

    Overall, I'm excited for the rest of Basketful of Headseven if this issue didn't give too much away. The premise behind the talking heads at the beginning of the issue is enough to read past the set-up and if you've read Hill's work before like Locke & Keyfrom IDW Publishing you know that when he decides to hit, he's gonna hit hard. Read Full Review

  • 10
    You Don't Read Comics - Jason A. Fleece Nov 1, 2019

    Its too soon to say if DCs new Hill House label will be a hit, let alone if it will bring horror comics back to their pre-code days. Basketful of Heads #1 is an auspicious start, however, and is highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Oct 30, 2019

    This issue is enough for now and will deliver quite the treat to any readers who save it for Halloween night. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Nov 19, 2019

    Basketful of Heads has demonstrated a huge amount of character development in its first issue. I feel like I've known Liam and June for ages instead of just a single chapter of their story. Again, this makes their imminent danger all the more impactful. I hit the final page of this comic with eyes wide and bated breath. More importantly, I'm begging for more, which is exactly the kind of feeling you should have when you hit the end of a comic like this. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Tony Farina Dec 9, 2019

    What an excellent starter of a series and the Hill House universe. The last page is so amazing. I am all keyed up and ready for issue two. The tension is real. The situation, while obviously insane, feels grounded in reality. Stories about baskets of talking heads will not work if all the characters are some kind of two dimensional cut outs. That is not the case here. I would say, get a basket and fill it with issue of this comic (not heads). Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Brian Villar Oct 30, 2019

    Hill and Leomacs create a great partnership in this debut. It was important for Basketful of Heads to come out swinging as a lot is riding on the partnership DC has with Hill. As it was mentioned at the Diamond retailer event, DC Comics is going all in with Hill House and it looks like a great decision Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Ari Bard Oct 30, 2019

    Basketful of Heads launches a promising line of horror comics with a trip to the past for some small town scares. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Oct 30, 2019

    Joe Hill sets Hill House Comics on a promising course with this impressive debut. Basketful of Heads is not to be missed. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Olivier Roth Oct 31, 2019

    Stewarts choice of color pallet is probably the single best feature of this comic as he utilizes a wide range of yellows and oranges during the daytime scenes and blues and grays at night. It may seem like no-brainers to use these color schemes, but it isn’t always so noticeable how beautiful the colors can be used. Very well done. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Oct 30, 2019

    Leomacs art does a great job of giving the story a feel for the times. I really enjoyed the look of this issue and look forward to seeing what comes next. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Watch - Lenora Pentecost Oct 31, 2019

    Basketful of Heads #1 (Hill, Leomacs, Stewart, Bennett) is a bright beginning for a dark future. With an establishment of characters that grow on the reader, it will be interesting to see where this story takes us. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Doom Rocket - Brendan Hodgdon Oct 31, 2019

    Even without the titular wicker bundle of disembodied delights, Basketful of Heads #1 would be a moody rural yarn of the highest order. Joe Hill, Leomacs, Dave Stewart and Deron Bennett have crafted a vivid tale of small-town tension that sucks you in with easygoing dread. This first issue may not make for the most terrifying Halloween reading, but it promises to keep the thrills and chills going long after the holiday has passed. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Mark Scott Oct 30, 2019

    Niggles about DCs branding debacle aside, there is very little that I can fault in this issue. If anything, Id have liked it to be longer, and Id actually have liked the opportunity to read all seven issues right now, because I know its going to be a bloody, fantastic, romp! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Cat Wyatt Oct 30, 2019

    Basketful of Heads #1 was a fascinating beginning for this series. It wasn't as dark or as disturbing as I expected"but there's little doubt in my mind that those elements are on their way. I also have no doubt that we're going to pay for our emotional investment in the characters. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Oct 30, 2019

    Fans of Stephen King will definitely recognize his influence in his son's work, from the slow burn to the intimate scenes in a Maine town, but I'm not sure it's the best way to kick off a new horror line. A comic is very different from a book, and the leisurely pace might make it hard for this intriguing book to keep readers from month to month. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Outright Geekery - Antonio Pedro Nov 1, 2019

    In conclusion, if you don't want to bet on A Basketful of Heads, I can't really blame you. It's well written with mostly good looking art" but unfortunately, this issue is a bit too slow-paced for you to understand what the comic is about and that can make it a bit of a hard commitment for some people. If you can't spare the space on your pull list, I can't exactly recommend it, but if you have enough faith in Joe Hill, it's not bad at all. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Nov 1, 2019

    My only quip is that most of this issue sets up what we need to know going forward. It took longer than I would have liked to get going; however, those moments were still engaging. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Joey Casco CSW/CSS Oct 30, 2019

    The vast majority of this issue is setup and character development, and it feels like it's a lot longer than 22 pages because it's so wordy. It's not the most entertaining issue but I enjoyed the conversations that were taking place, and the art fits the tone and story very well. I feel like I know these characters pretty damn well now and I'm ready to see what's about to happen to them. And I'm really ready to see those axes be put to use. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Gregory Ellner Oct 31, 2019

    Oddly written but well-illustrated and colored, "Basketful of Heads" #1 starts 'Hill House Comics' in a weird place. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Oct 30, 2019

    Though not a complete wash, as it looks appropriately old-school both in its striking layouts and rich artwork, Basketful of Heads #1 is a disappointment. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Spacey Medicine Nov 4, 2019

    This was okay, but so far nothing that grips me. A little slow, a little whatever.

  • 7.5
    YourGreenMuse Oct 31, 2019

    This was pretty good. Solidly written, if a bit slow and wordy.

  • 10
    Inknight033 Oct 30, 2019

    Just go and get it now!!! It's great!!!

  • 10
    BitchWitcher Oct 30, 2019

    Beautiful art, well rounded and charismatic characters, and whole lot of potential for horror - of which this issue doesn't have much, but it more than makes up for it with everything else.

  • 10
    JustCrazy Oct 30, 2019

    Great intro to the story Can't wait for next month

  • 9.5

    Love it. Hooray for horror comics being back at DC.

  • 9.5
    DippingBird Nov 4, 2019

    The Hill House imprint is off to a strong start!! I’m excited to see where this series and the imprint’s back-up (‘Sea Dogs’) goes.

  • 9.0
    Azrael Nov 1, 2019

    I hoped for a while that DC Black Label would branch out into horror so my anticipation was high for the Joe Hill comic series. And this did not disappoint. Not much on scares but it sets up the story nicely and the ending really makes me want to read #2.

  • 9.0
    Silver Rocket Nov 1, 2019

    Hm.

  • 9.0
    Walt's Comics & Books Nov 1, 2019

    Very cool. I seem to always enjoy writers the most who originally come from prose BUT also understand the comics medium. Happy that I gave it a chance in spite of the horrible junk cover.

  • 7.0
    A7sus420 Nov 3, 2019

    Cool, a bit of a slog. I’m not worried though.

  • 7.0
    drwasheewashee Nov 25, 2019

    Slow start. Nice enough line art but the colours from Dave Stewart are superb. I have Hugh hopes from this line of Horror comics

  • 9.0
    GTMedia Reviews Mar 31, 2020

    For transparency, I tend to write a rough draft of my reviews in a notebook before uploading it to the site. I've written this full review twice and misplaced it. Not sure what the issue is but I lost both copies of the written reviews for this book so I'm going off of memory.

    This series is going to be decompressed. If that bothers you I think you may want to pick up the title in trade. The comic isn't bad but most of the story elements do not come into focus in this installment. There is definitely a basket full of heads shown in this issue but it pops up on the first page or two before time jumping back to the '80s.

    Basket Full of Heads #1 was the first title released under Joe Hill's Hillhouse imprint at DC Comics more

  • 9.0
    Otto Silver Jun 22, 2020

    The opening issue was running at a nice comfortable pace and introduces the most important before diving into the main plotline. The hook at the end is just enough to not leave you feeling like they are trying to play you.

    The artwork is clear and consistent and I liked the use of colour moods.

  • 2.5
    ohhaimark Nov 1, 2019

    THE GOOD:

    -I like the art quite a bit. it has this nice nostalgic feel to it.

    -That flashback story about the suicide jumper was great. The art definitely helped. I love the look of that panel with the hand sticking up, barely in frame.

    THE BAD:

    -Guess I'm gonna have to be that guy. I did not like this.

    -Not sure why, but the second page made me laugh. The slow-buildup, leading to this white backgrounded, colorful page of a decayed arm in a basket holding up its index finger, with the title spelled out in bright red letters sitting on the basket felt like comedy execution.

    -I honestly don't care about these characters. They feel super cliched and their dialogue often made more

  • 10
    ComicNerd96 Nov 3, 2019

  • 9.5
    A May Jan 11, 2020

  • 8.5
    Phil Heart Nov 1, 2019

  • 8.5
    Phil B. Nov 2, 2019

  • 8.5
    Swanktub Nov 8, 2019

  • 8.5
    Chesley Jan 20, 2020

  • 8.0
    Veido Nov 3, 2019

  • 8.0
    Justin Ray Nov 5, 2019

  • 8.0
    K2019 Nov 8, 2019

  • 8.0
    Briton Nov 24, 2019

  • 7.5
    hanry1998 Nov 20, 2019

  • 7.0
    Geoff3P Nov 27, 2019

  • 10
    Sergione Feb 27, 2020

  • 9.0
    TheImageIsStrong Feb 4, 2020

  • 8.5
    JulianPope May 26, 2020

  • 8.0
    Darren619 Mar 13, 2020

  • 5.0
    KnM Aug 9, 2020

Reviews for the Week of...

September

August

More