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: 26
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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 - 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

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