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Darkseid Special #1

Writer: Mark Evanier, Paul Levitz Artist: Scott Kolins Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 30, 2017 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 11
8.2Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

Mark Evanier, longtime Kirby associate and biographer (Kirby: King of Comics), tells a tale starring one of Jack's greatest villains. The latest daring escape from the orphanage of Granny Goodness leaves an infuriated Darkseid determined to capture and punish the escapees. The Lord of Apokolips puts his best hunter on the case, but one of Granny's students is unlike anyone he's encountered before. Plus, an untold tale of Omac by Paul Levitz and Phil Hester.
This issue also includes the stories "The All-Seeing Eye," from TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED #12, with art by Jack Kirby, and "Raid from Apokolips," from FOREVER PEOPLE #6, written and pen more

  • 9.6
    Outright Geekery - Tony Dillard Sep 2, 2017

    Everything was perfect from the stories to the art and even the reprints. Well, almost everything was perfect" Sadly, the King wasn't here to enjoy it with us fans. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Sep 3, 2017

    This was a fitting tribute for Jack Kirby's 100th birthday and in a one-page letter that closes the isseu, Mark Evanier provides a bit more insight into Darkseid that I really enjoyed reading. He tells a cute story of why some fans may get confused with the pronunciation of Darkseid, and shows just what type of guy Jack really was. I think you definitely get your money's worth with this issue and think DC saved the best for last with this issue that capped off the month long celebration of Jack's 100th! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Sep 1, 2017

    I hesitate to recommend a comic that "stars" a villain, but this one is a treat. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Daniel Levine Aug 30, 2017

    Mark Evanier provides a great tribute to his mentor with this Darkseid tale that shows a new perspective of Apokolips. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Andy Hall Aug 30, 2017

    This book offers a great insight into Kirby for readers who have never read one of his books. While both of the original stories subvert some of the greatest characters that Kirby created for DC, they do so in a way that truly honors his stories and what he was about. And as a comparison they are juxtaposed with two shorter stories that Kirby himself wrote on similar themes. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    On Comics Ground - Scott Shuken Aug 30, 2017

    Darkseid had the gravity he deserved, imposing and thoughtful, but angry and hungry. Scott Kolins rose to the occasion with his art, creating a jagged and heavy feel that evokes the sinister feeling of Apokolips. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Lost Lighthouse - thelostlighthouse Sep 1, 2017

    This is a fitting tribute to one of the most significant figures in comic book history. The story provides some unique insights to Darkseid as a character. Combined with the reprints of Kirby's classic issues this is an issue well worth picking up Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Comicsverse - Aaron Young Aug 30, 2017

    Jack Kirby's genius is on full display in the DARKSEID SPECIAL #1 one-shot. In this issue, we see the resistance fight against the evil of Darkseid as well as other stories about battling tyrannical forces. This comic fully encapsulates the depth of Kirby's ideas and how those ideas continue to speak volumes. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Aug 30, 2017

    DC's Jack Kirby anniversary celebration ends on a high note thanks to this Darkseid one-shot. This issue manages to capture the power and bombast of Kirby's classic Fourth World adventures while crafting a conflict that feels grounded in the here and now. Couple that with a visually impressive OMAC backup and some added Kirby reprints, and this issue offers a lot of bang for the buck. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Aug 30, 2017

    Darkseid #1 brings another great add-on to the mythos of Kirby characters with a balance of charm and grit. Its a damn fine read, and it gets a recommendation from me. Go pick it up. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton Sep 1, 2017

    There are two Kirby reprints. The first is a Young Gods of Supertown story from New Gods, which features Big Bear and Serifan, from the Forever People. The other is a fun science fiction story from Tales of the Unexpected. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Multiversity Comics - Nicholas Palmieri Aug 31, 2017

    A fitting tribute to Kirbys work and all thats been inspired by it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Olivier Roth Aug 31, 2017

    And to conclude, in the final Grabbers by Kirby himself, we get another story from Supertown and "The All-Seeing Eye" from Tales of the Unexpected #12. Again, both are very fun stories and are great examples of the King's work. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Aug 31, 2017

    Both stories honor the King, his creations and his worldview in a way that so many other recent tributes have not been able to. This is a must-read for Kirby fans. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geekery Magazine - Shawn Warner Aug 30, 2017

    Overall these Kirby one-shots have been truly wonderful and this one was one of the best. All the contributing creators brought something to the work that was uniquely their own but inspired as it were by Jack Kirby. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Graphic Policy - Ryan C. (trashfilmguru) Sep 2, 2017

    if you're looking for a "total package," I'm pleased to say that Darkseid Special #1 provides exactly that. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Aug 30, 2017

    A pretty solid Darkseid story and a fairly middling OMAC story do not really make for a good five-dollar value (though the Burnham/Fairbairn cover helps.) Yet Jack Kirby fanatics might find it indispensable. Meh. What else are you gonna spend five dollars on, a Happy Meal? Maybe check this out, then, if your kid is acting like a jerk. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    DC Comics News - Cameron Tevis Aug 30, 2017

    The story is not a complex one by any means but it is a fun read. These Specials are meant to celebrate Jack "The King" Kirby and show how much he influenced the industry with his versatility and what seems like endless creations. Darkseid is one of his most intriguing characters. If you like Kirby, comic book history, Darkseid or just self-contained stories, then you will enjoy this issue. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    We The Nerdy - Aron Pohara Aug 30, 2017

    Overall Darkseid Special is a bit of a disappointment, as it truly had a potential to be best of the Kirby Specials. If you want to complete the DCs celebration of Kirbys birthday, get it, otherwise it is easily skippable filler chapter in the story of Apokolips. Read Full Review

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