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DC's Nuclear Winter Special #1

Writer: Paul Dini, Steve Orlando, Phil Hester, Mark Russell, Mairghread Scott, others Artist: Cully Hamner, Phil Hester, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Yasmine Putri, others Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 28, 2018 Cover Price: $9.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 12
7.6Critic Rating
7.4User Rating

The holidays are tough enough as it is, but when you're living in a post-apocalyptic wasteland (or, you know, 2018) the world can seem bleaker than ever. So do yourself a favor this holiday season, break out your best eggnog and enjoy 10 all-new stories featuring the World's Greatest Heroes, including looks at the futures of Batman, Superman and the Flash, as well as many more denizens of the DC Universe.

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Ari Bard Nov 28, 2018

    Overall, it is a solid collection of mostly great stories written by a great selection of writers and drawn by a great selection of artists. It gets bogged down a bit in the middle, but I would recommend it overall. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton Dec 2, 2018

    A very enjoyable collection of unusual stories, all bound together by a hapless Rip Hunter. Fun for one and all. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Nov 28, 2018

    There have been some downright odd holiday specials over the years, but few weirder than DC's Nuclear Winter Special #1. This strange post-apocalyptic anthology continues DC's trend of seasonal anthologies and is another strong installment in a great year. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Nov 29, 2018

    Every once in awhile, these DC anthologies will surprise you, and I am glad to see that the DC Nuclear Winter Special #1 rises above it's bleak premise and delivers some truly great holiday superhero stories. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Dec 3, 2018

    I have to say that the rest of the issue is great. But I have to show how Steve Orlando just has DC history in his back pocket. In his story, a great yarn involving Superman One Million and Martian Manhunter, the villain is King Kosmos. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Epicstream - Brian McCormick Dec 3, 2018

    DC’s Nuclear Winter Special is well worth the $9.99 cover price. It has a few touching stories perfect for the holiday season. The nuclear winter and time traveling thematic added some spice to the typical Winter Special setting. Other than a few misses, the majority of the stories are fantastic and better than most annuals and specials. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti Nov 28, 2018

    My favourite story is a tie between the ones I mentioned in the first paragraph: "Memory Hearth" by Steve Orlando, Brad Walker, Nathan Fairbairn, and Clayton Cowles was fantastic. Orlando really nails the wide, beautiful awesomeness of this line of Superman, and the pairing of Brad Walker and Nathan Fairbairn was a dream come true for me. I heard from the grapevine that these two in particular have an upcoming collaboration, so I'm excited to see that. My other pick is "Last Daughters" by Tom Taylor, Yasmin Putri, Tom Derenick, and Deron Bennett. Taylor provides possibly the most hopeful plot of the whole book and I ever so loved it. Fantastic job to everyone! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Watch - John Jack Dec 25, 2018

    Decent seasonal 80 pager, but summer's Beach Blanket Bad Guys special remains the one to beat. Worth your time if you find it, although for 10$ your mileage may vary. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Major Spoilers - Stacy Baugher Nov 28, 2018

    DC NUCLEAR WINTER SPECIAL #1 is a surprising holiday title that you wouldn't think was a holiday title at first. It sneaks the holidays in, but warms the heart nevertheless. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Jones Nov 29, 2018

    "DC Nuclear Winter Special" #1's strong framing device and obscure characters are more than the sum of their parts. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AIPT - Nathan Simmons Nov 28, 2018

    While not perfect, this anthology delivers just the right amount of superheroic warm fuzzies that fans have come to expect from DC's holiday specials. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Nov 28, 2018

    DC Comics continues their tradition of annual holiday specials, and, as these things go, DC's Nuclear Winter Special is unique. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Batman Universe - Paul Shanly Nov 30, 2018

    This is an on its face weird concept for a holiday special, and one that I dont think was entirely successful. And while there are stories that I dont think are terrible successful, there are enough bright spots, such as the stories for Superman, Aquaman, and Supergirl, to make this a worthwhile read. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Nov 28, 2018

    As you might expect of an anthology series: a mixed bag of stories. More on the lame side than not. The post-apocalyptic setting is interesting but makes some of the stories that allude to its causes a little confusing. Not a bad stocking stuffer, for a few dollars less. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Nov 28, 2018

    Twenty-four quality pages, with eight of them being gorgeous, is not worth the price of admission on this ride. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    SloboSOY Nov 30, 2018

    A very fun story with rip hunter between "The time machine" and "Arabian's night" it make me smile a lot. And the art is very good.
    A nice story with a very good Batman 666, even if I'm not a big fan of Ra's. And the art is very nice.
    A touching story with Superman one million & Martian manhunter. The way to tell it is a little bumpy, but the ending have a huge emotional impact on me. And I really liked the arts.
    A weird flash story, not my favorite but the ending is nice. I'm not a huge fan of the art easer but that do the job.
    A fantastic Aquaman first part (I want to follow him). Maybe not a huge deal with what we expected after Arthur tell that they ask him a lot. But maybe the fact to see Atlantis ruin is what Arthu more

  • 7.5
    Darkseid24 Nov 28, 2018

    I am a big fan of these holiday specials, be it Halloween or Christmas. However this is one of the weirdest. It’s an odd choice to make a Christmas special about a world, that was hit by a nuclear bomb. You are getting 10 short stories& none of them are bad. They all take place in the nuclear winter, where most of people died. But heroes like Firestorm, Batman ( Damien), Aquaman, Supergirl etc. are trying to do their best to make things better, My favorite was the one with Catwoman trying to protect her friends daugther. The ending was just so sweet. Flash‘s story also was kind of sad, but heartwarming too. The only one I didn’t like that much was Supermans story, but maybe because it took place 1000 of years in the future. It was a more

  • 4.5
    Spacey Medicine Jun 3, 2019

    S a n d w i s h e s. But real talk, like one and a half of these stories was good.

  • 9.0
    SONOFBATMANN Sep 29, 2019

    Fantastic special. Much better than its predecessors (DC Holiday special).

    Ranked Stories:
    *Rip Hunter story - 8/10
    *Batman 666 - 8/10
    *Superman One Mil - 10/10
    *Flash story - 6/10
    *Supergirl story - 8/10
    *Aquaman story - 7/10
    *Firestorm story - 7/10
    *Kamandi story - 6/10
    *Catwoman story - 5/10
    *Green Arrow story - 9/10

  • 8.0
    The 20-issue Ceiling Dec 11, 2018

    Most of these were enjoyable and for one of these holiday anthologies that truly is a Christmas miracle.

  • 5.5
    Nihilist Nov 29, 2018

    As with any bigger collection of short stories, this holiday special is uneven, containing different stories written by different authors with different styles, yet all having one specific theme. I personally think about these kinds of comics as a comic equivalent of Slash's debut album from 2010, with 14 songs and almost as many guest vocalists. There'll most likely be something you like, a song or two, but due to diversity of the material, it's rather unlikely you'll enjoy everything equally. Or that you'll enjoy everything to begin with. Same here - it's a diverse set of short stories, all pretty pessimistic and quite nihilistic, take them or leave them.

    I personally think I'll leave them, since aside from Dini's bitterseweet more

  • 5.5
    KFuqua Dec 3, 2018

    One day I'll learn to stop buying these really expensive, poorly written and poorly illustrated books.

    Just not much positive to say about it.

  • 5.0
    YourGreenMuse Nov 29, 2018

    I tend to dislike anthologies like this because the quality is usually so turbulent and these take a long time to read so when the stories are inconsequential, it just feels like a time sink. The Rip Hunter framing sequence was okay. It did its job. The Batman 666 story was also just okay. The Superman story felt like there was a inconsistency in the emotions being displayed and the emotions being felt by the reader. The Flash story is hands down the best one. I think it works really well and Barry isn't an insufferable prick. Similarly, the Supergirl story also works really well. These stories both hit the emotional aspect they're going for and serve as a highlight of what these anthologies could be. Aquaman tries to do the same, but has m more

  • 10
    Greg Hound Dec 1, 2018

  • 8.5
    Grifter Dec 3, 2018

  • 8.5
    sebastianorellana95 Dec 10, 2018

  • 7.5
    Sigmund Floppychest Dec 3, 2018

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