Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #1

Writer: Mark Russell Artist: Mike Feehan Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 3, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 4
8.4Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

It's 1953. While the United States is locked in a nuclear arms race with the Soviet Union, the gay Southern playwright known as Snagglepuss is the toast of Broadway. But success has made him a target. As he plans for his next hit play, Snagglepuss becomes the focus of the House Committee on Un-American Activities. And when powerful forces align to purge show business of its most subversive voices, no one is safe!
Drama! Humor! Tragedy! It all starts in Exit Stage LEFT: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #1, a new miniseries from the writer who brought you the Flintstones.
RATED T+

  • 10
    AiPT! - Eric Cline Jan 3, 2018

    This issue is an instant classic. Buy it. Read it. Love it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Doug Warren Jan 3, 2018

    There are nods to the charm of the original series, throwbacks, even! But this is 100% not what you would expect from a Snagglepuss title, yet it is so unbelievably good. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Allen Thomas Jan 3, 2018

    The Snagglepuss Chronicles is a trip in many senses of that word. There's a lot to digest and storytelling works through many avenues. Whether what we directly see in writing, pencils, inks, colors, and letters, or the implications of the world that the story is set in, this comic is an incredible combination of history, queerness, and navigating emotional issues of all sorts. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jan 3, 2018

    The downside of Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #1 is that it sets up such high expectations not only for itself, but everything else we might expect in 2018. That's the trouble with going first, if you're as good as this is, everything else has to measure up and very little will. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Jan 3, 2018

    Russell has already given us two of the best reboots of the last few years with The Flintstones and the sorely underrated Prez, and now he can add a third instant classic to that list. More than just a series of catchphrases and in-jokes, Russell and the art team have taken an easily mockable character and turned out one of the more compelling dramas of recent memory. This might be the first must-read of 2018. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    411Mania - John Pumpernickel Jan 25, 2018

    That's just the tip of the iceberg and this story is begging to be read and relished. I'll keep it simple: Pick up this issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Word Of The Nerd - Anastasia Douglass Jan 2, 2018

    I'm pleased that Russell, Feehan, Morales, and Mounts have created a comic that satisfies so many of my interests. With how little free time I have on my hands, this is a big plus. No, I'm not too politically-minded, but current affairs have become inescapable. And I've always been a fan of historical fiction, so yes, more of this comic, please! And, bonus: you don't need to know anything about the original Hanna-Barbera character to connect to this story. The Snagglepuss Chronicles #1 tickled my brain and my fancy, and I think it'll tickle yours. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Jan 3, 2018

    Exit Stage Left feels essential at this moment. It is a story nominally about the past, but truly about the present -- the best sort of historical narrative. Russell is pushing himself in a new direction, leaving playfulness behind for a more rigorous narrative, and he is perfectly matched with Feehan and Morales. Wherever this series leads cannot be good, but the comic itself seems bound for greatness. Prepare to laugh even while you know tears can't be far behind. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Tony Farina Jan 4, 2018

    Honestly, this book is not going to be for everyone, but honestly, everyone needs to read it. Find that person you know who is easily swayed by some absurd story he/she read on social media and give this book to him or her. I applaud DC for allowing Mark Russell to write a book that reminds us that if we do not pay attention to history, we are doomed to repeat it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Comic Page - Adam Brown Jan 3, 2018

    Although surely some Evens are coming? At least a heavens to Murgatroyd, right? Are we even going to get an Exit Stage Left? Russell, we need to see this. Just once for us Snagglepuss lovers, even. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Gearid Maoldomnaigh Jan 3, 2018

    Heavens to Murgatroyd, you owe it to yourself to get in on the ground floor of the year's most important books. Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles is comics answer to The Trial of Oscar Wilde. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jan 4, 2018

    A lot of DC's recent Hanna-Barbera revamps are more interesting curiosities than must-read stories. But just as he did with The Flintstones, Mark Russell is able to overhaul a cartoon icon in a way that serves as profound commentary on contemporary civilization. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jan 4, 2018

    What makes this comic stand out is the way, despite the absurdity of the situation, it takes everything surprisingly seriously. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Kent Falkenberg Jan 4, 2018

    Worlds apart from the incendiary farce one might expect from Russell. But hes also never felt quite this focused. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Dec 5, 2017

    Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #1 isn't nearly as incendiary as Mark Russell's previous cartoon adaptations (yet), but it is still a breath of fresh air for a community that really, really needs it at the moment. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Shoot The Breeze Comics - Taylor Vessel Jan 9, 2018

    Snagglepuss is a hopeful miniseries depicting diverse characters in a time when diversity was targeted. It will probably not be a hit with mainstream fans but has the potential to develop a cult following if executed correctly. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Dec 27, 2017

    Mark Feehan is a solid illustrator at ease with everyday scenes, and the odd animal snout. The work is not dark at all for a period piece. Feehan could have used more contrast with light and dark. Instead, he and inker Mark Morales kept the pages bright and free of shadows and large masses of blacks. Paul Mountss colours support this bright world. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    We The Nerdy - Jean-Luc Botbyl Jan 3, 2018

    Theres an easy in here as far as modern critiques go, especially considering Snagglepuss sexual orientation (which this issue makes abundantly clear in some of its best moments). But that depth simply isnt here, at least as far as the first issue is concerned. Well see where I stand a few issues in, but for now, Im nowhere near as excited about the prospects of this series as I was not two hours before sitting down to write about it. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    Comicsverse - Brandon Bloxdorf Jan 3, 2018

    In EXIT STAGE LEFT: THE SNAGGLEPUSS CHRONICLES #1, the writer of THE FLINSTONES takes another iconic character and revolutionize him. It's 1953 and this book tackles political issues with the nuclear arms race, social issues and more! This may just be the best new series of 2018. Read Full Review

  • 6.4
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jan 5, 2018

    In short, I'm not disappointed by this issue, but Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #1 has a lot of heavy lifting to do to get the time, the place and the unique makeup of the characters across, causing some dissonance unintentionally and some by design. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Jonathan Baldessari Jan 5, 2018

    While Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #1 has some insightful moments, it's more concerned with historical references and set-up rather than its main character. Read Full Review

  • 5.1
    Weird Science - Jeremy Daw Jan 3, 2018

    Some lovely artwork aside, this somewhat ponderous issue plays fast and loose with history and, more relevantly, an interesting character who deserves better than being transformed into an icon of suffering for one's (liberal) art. If you want a genuinely touching portrayal of a gay writer set roughly around this era, read Andre Parks' and Chris Samnee's gorgeous Capote In Kansas. If you want a powerful examination of McCarthyism, go watch The Crucible. If you want something to confirm your liberal political beliefs or indulge your Trump Derangement Syndrome, watch CNN or read the Washington Post. If you want a decent Snagglepuss story, go look for it on YouTube. Read Full Review

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