Damage #1

Writer: Robert Venditti Artist: Tony Daniel, Danny Miki Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 17, 2018 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 20 User Reviews: 19
7.2Critic Rating
7.0User Rating

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Tasked as the government's own living, breathing, ticking time bomb, Ethan retains no control when the monster takes over. Cheaper than a nuclear warhead and twice as effective, Ethan fights to rein in the damage he unleashes when the beast inside him springs free for one hour a day. With everyone around him in danger, Ethan struggles to contain the DAMAGE he inflicts on the DC Universe.

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Branden Murray Jan 17, 2018

    I'm all in on Damage after issue #1 because this book has the perfect combination going for it so far of intrigue and action, all while looking beautiful on the page. I highly suggest you give this a shot, ignore the obvious Hulk comparisons, and dive in. This is as good a jumping on point for newbies as there may ever be and something that might reinvigorate long-time readers.   Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jan 17, 2018

    Im optimistic Daniel and Venditti can keep Damage away from too many familiar Hulk paths. If theyre successful, this could be one of DCs surprise hits for 2018. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jan 17, 2018

    I wasn't quite sure what to expect but this was not it and that's a good thing. It feels like there's a vision here and the “New Age of Heroes” as a whole. While we've seen this before, the way it's presented feels fresh and exciting as it breaks DC's mold in some ways. Solid stuff that has me looking forward to seeing what's next. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Jan 17, 2018

    I had a good feeling about this New Age of DC Heroes, and they are off to a good start with Damage #1. This is the best time to introduce new heroes and concepts that take us beyond the same stories retold. If you are looking for a reason to invest in Damage, I think they gave us good reason to. New characters, creative, not quick to reveal everything at once, but gives us just enough to anticipate how this story branches into the rest of the world. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Jan 17, 2018

    I am not sure how I feel about “The New Age of Heroes”. Whilst I sit on the fence, pondering if having a range of new characters is financially feasible for comic book fans (I know I can't afford to buy every book), retailers who may have to chop numbers in other areas such as indie books perhaps and DC; if I have a choice to buy a book with my favourite characters or a new book with a new character thatI have no real relationship with, how do you think my knee will jerk? These are questions for another time. In the meantime, the New Age is upon us with a pretty solid book straight out of the gate. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joe Glass Dec 12, 2017

    Damage #1 may look like a simple case of DC trying to make lightning strike twice by doing their own version of another publisher's character, but that is the most superficial way of looking at it. Damage has some new kinks and subtleties that ultimately make for a different story and experience, despite the surface appearance. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jan 17, 2018

    With its last-second cameo featuring a big screen-worthy band of antiheroes, Damage may wind up being another casualty in a long line of new superhero characters - but as far as first impressions go, Damage packs a surprising wallop. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Jan 17, 2018

    Damage #1 is a damn cool comic. It's the kind of book you want to cut out pages from and post to your door in middle school. That's not a slight either. This slam-bang beat-'em-up formula is played to perfection and is everything Metal advertised itself to be. It's all about wild-looking characters tearing about cities and foes. That concept works in these pages because it has artists capable of pulling it off. Damage is all about impact and it plants its big moments like a punch. It's a reminder of how this sort of comic is supposed to be done. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Beat - Louie Hlad Jan 17, 2018

    As an introduction, this issue does its job. I'm listening. The trick now is to keep my attention and build a character who is more than just a big guy who smashes things. But, you know, have him smash a whole lot of stuff along the way, too. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - D. Ivester Jan 16, 2018

    Damage has great art, fantastic action panels, and a chance to give us something new in the DC Universe. I hope to see this series breakthrough a barrier to be a surprise standout and not buried beneath building rubble. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Jan 17, 2018

    Damage is an interesting character that will have people talking for a variety of reasons. "Is he a rehash of the Hulk?" is probably going to be on most people's minds, but to me DC has established it's a different character in many ways. They also tie-in some familiar DC character faces which should help give readers a sense of what kind of book this will be. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Jan 17, 2018

    Welcome to the New Age of Heroes ladies and gentleman! Damage (2018-) #1 comes out of the gate swinging; this book hits hard and keeps on hitting throughout and when it finally stops, readers, with their heads dizzy from the action, will be eager to keep reading this series and will also be looking forward for what DC has in mind with other New Age of Heroes titles. Damage (2018-) #1 isn't perfect but it's entertaining. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Dec 31, 2017

    Damage looks like it could be interesting. The first issue doesnt have me especially optimistic, but Im not ready to write it off either. I can recommend trying it for sure, though, and you should feel free to check it out. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Multiversity Comics - Rowan Grover Jan 18, 2018

    Prioritising style over substance, "Damage" #1 struggles to holds together an interesting plot but lucks out with an all-star art team that embody the term 'huge'. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Shoot The Breeze Comics - Taylor Vessel Dec 31, 2017

    "Damage" has potential but maybe in the form of hurting DC's monthly sales. We'll just have to wait and see what the story brings to the table in the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Jan 17, 2018

    Damage isn't going to change your comic book world. The character is going to feel familiar for all the reasons I've already listed, but the character has a lot of potentials. Both creators are talented writers and so working together they may just create something that can make a mark on the DC Universe. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jan 17, 2018

    Damage #1 is a less than auspicious way of launching "The New Age of DC Heroes." This issue tells a very straightforward tale that does nothing to set its title character apart from the classic Hulk or the many other character's he's inspired over the years. Fans of Daniel's art may be won over regardless, but there's little about this series that feels genuinely new or different right now. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comicosity - MJ Rae Jan 17, 2018

    Overall, this was a fun read. Damage has the potential to be an interesting player, and a randy band of anti-villains sneak in toward the end, providing some suspense and anticipation for the next issue. The true problem might simply be that there isn't enough here to support a solo series. Damage only exists for an hour a day, and only so much can happen in an hour. Will these moments of Damage, coupled with 23 hours of Ethan, be enough to hold readers' attention? Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Joey Edsall Jan 18, 2018

    As a purely aesthetic experience, artist Danni Miki and colorist Tomeu Morey create a visual spectacle balances a level of chaos with an attention to detail that never lets the panels lose a sense of space, making it more artistically cohesive work than a narratively cohesive comic. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Capeless Crusader - Jeremy Radick Jan 17, 2018

    It's too bad, because as the opening title of DC's New Age of Heroes, Damage #1 feels like a pale variation of a lot of other things that have come before and been done better rather than anything new. But, if you like some truly great art and don't care about the story, then you'll get your wish here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Face Puller Jan 17, 2018

    is an overall acceptable story. It does suffer from many genre cliches (a jealous ex-partner, the obvious, villainous government amidst others) and an undeniable familiarity with THE HULK so while I am hopeful for The New Age of DC Heroes this is, an underwhelming start for the new line of DC heroes.
    Rating out of 100%

    1-Art: 20
    2-Story: 10
    3-Design(Style): 10
    4-Colors: 20
    5-Lettering: 18

  • 8.5
    NewComicguy Jan 18, 2018

    Great book I see a lot of potential.I don't think this is a Hulk rip-off as many people say.Turning into a strong big monster isn't the most original idea.Plus it seems different.Ethan is a soldier not a genius.He can talk to Damage,it's not the other is unconcious and other is awake,which I think it can make some really good moments.So can't wait for the next one.

  • 7.5
    HOSHWE Jan 17, 2018

    Its Alright. Nothing new story-wise, the art looks amazing, otherwise its nothing out of the ordinary. will see if it gets better in the future.

  • 7.0
    Haand Jan 17, 2018

    This has potential, but this first issue seemed more like a preview than a full issue. An ending that has me wondering what will happen next, although I feel like something should have been resolved. Nice art, but I hope the story can advance more than this.

  • 7.0
    Supes' soups Jan 17, 2018

    Very subpar, mediocre, lackluster, and uninspired first issue for all the hype and delays. The art is only decent (not Daniel's best work by a long shot). I realize it's only a first issue but it was such a quick five minute read with only chaotic action and barely any plot and character introduction, I couldn't even tell what the first name of the title character was until I read a blurb online. And how is this supposed to relate to Metal? Is this one of the messed up earths of the dark multiverse? Then is that the earth prime Amanda Waller or some other one? Not too impressed with this new age of heroes schtick...

  • 6.5
    Maria17♥ Jan 18, 2018

    A rip off of the Hulk, a Rip Off of nick fury (in the form of a woman) in a Hulk cliche story of a man running away from the government
    great art, unoriginal script

  • 6.0
    Herushalaim Jan 17, 2018

    It's just Hulk... But nothing new is done with it. It's predictable and the dialogue and characters are ridiculous.

  • 5.5
    Nihilist Jan 17, 2018

    Damage looks, feels and reads like Hulk, since to a degree, he's Hulk. Sure, super soldier motif is very (probably too much for its own good) popular in comics, and classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde trope was used on more than one occasion to depict hidden goodness in certain characters, most notably Hulk, but the general feel of the book reminds me of Hulk, and to put it simply, Damage could be a comic adaptation of Hulk movie with Edward Norton as Bruce Banner.

    Usage of Suicide Squad, strangely featuring Solomon Grundy (who Hulk ripped off, and now Damage ripped off him to close the circle), may be logical, since rogue weapons of mass destruction are something they could be deployed to deal with, but I think it's pretty clear they are used as a selling point. Harley Quinn is beloved by masses and she sells. Sells a lot.
    New characters, introduced in the comic, so far represent classic archetypes we've seen many times before - hero who doesn't want his destructive, hideous powers, his jelaous companion-turn-enemy and bad, cold general. They're uninspiring - but hey, it's just the first issue, maybe they'll grow and evolve, who knows? But then, there's also a risk Liggett gets the super soldier serum injected as well, and we'll get another Abomination.

    One really good thing I can say about Damage is its art. Panels look great - they're detailed and nicely drawn, colors are vivid. That makes Damage an equivalent of a typical first person shooter video game - looking great, but being empty inside.

  • 4.5
    MKW69 Jan 17, 2018

    Most Decompressed Comic I've read. Bendis can Learn, from this. It took me less than a minute to read it. It's also Hulk Rip off. Mixed with Venom (ugh), and Super Soldier motive.

  • 3.0
    Bleemak Jan 17, 2018

    So we have this big strong guy who can't talk and is angry and his human self cannot control his monster self and he is facing army. WHERE HAVE WE SEEN THIS BEFORE?

    Awful comic. The writing is so predictable (we don't have to be their monster) or whatever and the artwork is mediocre at best.

    I don't mind DC and Marvel borrowing each other's ideas as long as they can make it interesting and have new dynamics. Marvel's Hyperion is a "pastiche" (nice word for rip-off) of Superman but seeing him work with Avengers/Ultimates especially Thor is interesting. But this? This is just forgettable version of Hulk's backstory.

    +Damage looks pretty cool
    +"Hulk" joining Suicide Squad is interesting I guess...?

    -Everything else.

  • 8.0
    The bad who Jan 18, 2018

    I can say I'm on board with the series after the first issue. It's gorgeous to look at and has great action. It sure was short, but with all the splash pages, they did made the most of it. It's a real treat to look at and this new DC initiative with the 2.99 monthly issues is great to explore new things. Talents are there to back it up too. Sure, you could stop to comparison with the Hulk and with the not so original story, but honestly, is there so much original characters and storyline in the comic book world nowaday? Just enjoy and don't overthink it, it really fun and that's what comics should be about sometimes.

  • 6.0
    SloboSOY Jan 18, 2018

    So what we have. Well for now we know not much and I wanted to smash the Ligget. He was really dumb to mock Ethan, then beg him to let him leave, for mock him once more. Very dumb. I don't see how it's related to metal for now. But I not like this Damage.
    Some sort of Abomination created by the army & who want to be free ... Smell hulk !
    The fact that the suicide squad appear at the end not make me happy too. I don't like them.

    Cover - Well I didn't understand why we have some part of the immortal men cover inside. That said not bad & well related to what I read 2/2
    Writing - Tony Daniel loose his the Pitt touch. Doomed was more interesting after his first issue. Not a good sign. 1/3
    Arts - Yeah he can draw scary monster & damaged city ... 3/3
    Feeling - I want the real Damage/Grant Emerson ... Not this I will try to piss marvel ! 0/2

  • 9.0
    Navy Blue Robin Jan 17, 2018

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    KFuqua Jan 17, 2018

  • 9.0
    Dispatchdcu Jan 18, 2018

  • 8.5
    that dude Jan 18, 2018

  • 7.0
    FrenchLover Jan 16, 2018

  • 6.5
    TheFallenKing13 Jan 17, 2018

  • 6.0
    mufla Jan 17, 2018

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