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Cover #1

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Mack, David Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 5, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 6
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Years in the making, from the award-winning team of Brian Michael Bendis and multimedia sensation David Mack, comes a brand-new graphic novel experience. And it's all kind of based on a true story. Sort of...
Deep in the American intelligence community, someone realizes that comic book creators, who travel all over the world to sell their wares, might make the perfect cover for operatives in the dangerous, topsy-turvy world of intelligence and counterintelligence...and that's when all hell breaks loose. This is the story of the time the world of comics and the world of international spywork smashed together-with unexpected results!
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  • 10
    DC Comics News - Alex McDonald Sep 6, 2018

    By the end readers will be hooked. The story has a decent premise although the art carries it a little. Itll be exciting to see if the writing will keep up but with a creative team such as this, its more than likely it will. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Sam Graven Sep 5, 2018

    This sounds like a high-concept analysis of a high-concept comic. It's not meant to be. But it's wonderful to see the creative team having the freedom to do something so exciting and unconventional with the form. Trust me, get in on the ground floor of this one. It's going to be big. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Watch - Cody White Sep 9, 2018

    Cover is a masterful book with which I found no flaws. Jump on board now and witness history in the making. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Sep 5, 2018

    As original as comic book storytelling can get. This is deeply interesting and it'll have you on the edge of your seat. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Sep 5, 2018

    There is nothing else like Cover #1 being put out right now. It feels like a throwback to the experimental style of Bendis' early career, and that's something I very much want to follow. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - C.K. Stewart Sep 6, 2018

    Cover #1 feels like the start of an unusual game -- an exhilarating chase with potentially unnerving consequences for poor Max Field. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez Sep 19, 2018

    Cover is a comic that, if left to the devices of its creators, has the potential to be a key highlight in the medium. It's a showcase for both writer and artist to present not only their mastery of their respective craft, but the inner workings and, perhaps most importantly, the struggles of being a comic creator. Even with the themes and subtext, it serves its most basic function: being an engaging comic. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Hussein Wasiti Sep 5, 2018

    I think everybody should check this out. The art is simply brilliant and the writing is a lot more fun and breezy than Bendis' recent Jinxworld material. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Amy Ziegfeld Sep 5, 2018

    Cover #1 is, nonetheless, a singular experience, unlike anything else on the stands now, and well worth the effort to seek out. It has a fascinatingly introspective quality as it weaves its themes through multiple avenues and does breathtaking things with its diverse art styles and striking use of color. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Sep 9, 2018

    Beautifully-drawn, carefully-plotted and avoiding the possible pitfalls that this premise might provide. An excellent first issue! Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Sep 5, 2018

    Brian Bendis' strong track record at DC Comics continues with the debut of Cover. The premise of this new series is fun, but it' really the strong visual presentation and finely rendered characters that gives the book its flavor. This comic doesn't read like anything else Bendis is currently writing, and that's a good thing. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Jones Sep 6, 2018

    "Cover" #1's gorgeous artwork and strange sense of humor make the title a wonderful addition to Jinxworld! Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Sequential Planet - Mickey Durkin Sep 7, 2018

    While the concept of this story seems preposterous and displays dreams Bendis might have himself; the issue shows a lot of potential. David Mack's art is the issue's greatest statement, but the characters and writing by Bendis are solid. I look forward to seeing how this story plays out. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Bounding Into Comics - Phillip Pratt Sep 5, 2018

    Cover #1 isn't a bad book " but it's not great either. It's an alright start and it has the potential to be interesting for anyone that's into the spy genre. However, under Bendis' pen, it suffers from the same problems as most of his books tend to. He's trying too hard to capture intrigue and suspense. Nothing feels organic. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    GWW - Dusty Good Sep 5, 2018

    Cover #1 comes off as a vanity project from Bendis. Maybe the famed writer is waiting for a cryptic woman to come along and whisk him away to parts unknown. This whole project could be nothing more than the daydream of a brilliant mind. But that statement could be true of the creator and his creation. It's hard to know where Bendis ends and his main character Max begins. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Sep 5, 2018

    There isn't enough to Cover #1 to provide much interest in the future and if this idea is to really take off, it will need to readjust its approach quickly. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    ohhaimark Sep 8, 2018

    THE GOOD:

    -The premise of this issue is enough to get a point from me. It is a great idea for a comic, and is executed really well.

    -The art was amazing. Some of the best art I have seen in a while. The mashup of styles really proves Mack's talent as an artist. And he is almost tailor made for Bendis's script.

    -The dialogue was really good. It felt really natural, like what real people would say. I know that's not much to say, but there have been a lot of comics recently with that kind of unnatural script, so I really appreciate what Bendis did for this issue.

    -The layers of this main character are incredible. The way his comics mirror his life is really, really effective and I genuinely loved th more

  • 8.0
    DVE Sep 17, 2018

    A better start than Pearl. The insider baseball stuff appealed to me, the bad news Father was well-handled, and the relationship between the main and the handler had good chemistry. The art was nice though the transitions between different styles I couldn't decipher what they were supposed to mean exactly. I can't tell if that is me or the art but it didn't hinder my enjoyment. Better start than Pearl or Superman but not as good as Action Comics yet.

  • 5.0
    Herushalaim Sep 5, 2018

    A bit too self indulgent for me, but it was just average.

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