Manhunter Special #1
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Manhunter Special #1

Writer: Keith Giffen, Dan DiDio, Sam Humphries Artist: Mark Buckingham, Steve Rude Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 23, 2017 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 1
7.7Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

Big-game hunter and private detective Paul Kirk has marshaled his skills to fight crime as the masked vigilante known as Manhunter. But now crime has reached epidemic proportions that may push him to the limits - and draw the attention of the Golden Age heroes Sandman and Sandy! Plus: a short story featuring Etrigan the Demon by writer Sam Humphries and artist Steve Rude.
This issue also includes the stories "The Face Behind the Mask," from TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED #13, "Rocket Lanes of Tomorrow," from REAL FACT COMICS #1 and "A World of Thinking Machines," from REAL FACT COMICS #2, all featuring art by Jack Kirby.

  • 9.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Rick Austin Aug 28, 2017

    This may not be the special everyone would want, but if you're looking for an all-round entertaining read which truly honours The King, then Manhunter Oversize Special #1 is it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton Aug 28, 2017

    Believe me, if you have never read either of these much reprinted tales, The Rocket Lanes of Tomorrow and The World of Thinking Machines are alone worth picking up this volume for. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Aug 25, 2017

    This issue mostly misses the heart that was always evident in Kirby's stories, deciding to focus instead on the action side of the equation - but at least that is well done. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - Daniel Levine Aug 23, 2017

    The Manhunter special continues DC's fun line of Kirby tributes by bringing two Golden Age characters together, but the Demon back-up is the best part. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Shean Mohammed Aug 24, 2017

    Worth buying as the reader is transported to a character who has been underserved at DC and should see more in the light of day based on this issue alone. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Aug 23, 2017

    In the case of my mistaking this book for another character, I have unwittingly becomeone of the target audiences that I think DC are trying to reach with these Kirby specials. With no preconception to worry about, I can sit back and enjoy the slice of pastiche for what it is, smile at the explain everything dialogue and gaze fondly at the artistic leaning of one of the truly great comic book artists of all time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Aug 23, 2017

    Keith Giffen and Dan Didio have come together, with the help of their artists, of course, to create something that will surely leave long time readers feeling nostalgic. Jack Kirby (and I have said this before) certainly would have been proud. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Olivier Roth Aug 23, 2017

    Finally, as with the other specials, we are treated to a few classic Kirby “grabbers”. These have been a joy to read and this issue is no different. It’s a great way to experience a slice of Kirby’s excellent work over the years and to also discover how wide his interests seemed to be. I would also like to mention that in “A World of Thinking Robots”, his prediction of the future is eerily accurate. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Aug 23, 2017

    This issue is more of a Kirby sampler than the previous one-shots, and it seems all the better for it. Our dear co-publisher Dan Didio pens the first story, a rare showing of his writerly chops, and the second story featuring Etrigan is pretty compelling for the short space that it occupies. Kirby fans will already buy these comics on principle--but here's one you may want to actually read before bagging! Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Shoot The Breeze Comics - Scott Shuken Aug 24, 2017

    This issue makes for a nostalgic little one-shot. The vast majority of the Manhunter story is him punching people over and over while talking his way through the story, which is an apt description of most Golden Age stories. The cameo of Sandman and Sandy was fun and unexpected, and made for a more insightful story than expected. Giffen and DiDio pair well to evoke Kirby's voice, just as Giffen and Buckingham effectively replicate his art style. It's a decent tribute, if not a little standar Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Graphic Policy - Ryan C. (trashfilmguru) Aug 29, 2017

    The art ranges from "plenty good" on the low end to "stunningly brilliant" on the high end, which means this comic ranks well above the travesty that was Shane Davis' New Gods Special #1, but the scripting in the main story is flat-out atrocious and in the backup only passable, so this is quite easily the "second-worst" of the "King 100" books, far beneath both The Sandman Special #1 and The Newsboy Legion And The Boy Commandos Special #1 in terms of its overall quality. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Beat - Kyle Pinion Aug 23, 2017

    It's not a must-buy, especially given the 5 dollar price tag, but on artistic merit alone between Buckingham, Rude, and Kirby, if you're looking for some top-notch pencil work, this is a fun diversion " especially as an academic exercise. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Aug 27, 2017

    Most pleasant of all is the fact that this issue provides a double-sized package for only a dollar more than many regular-size modern comics, making it a relatively affordable package full of long-unseen comic book gems. Manhunter Special #1 needed better dialogue in the first story, and could have presented the material in a better order for my tastes, but features some lovely artistic tributes and really excellent reprints. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    TheImageIsStrong Aug 25, 2017

    I never knew to much about Manhunter and a lot of Kirby creations of his New Gods DC stuff, but man have I enjoyed most of these Kirby one shots, and Manhunter was no exception it was fun, I enjoyed the art by Mark Buckingham, colors by Chris Sotomayor, words by Dan Didio, and story and layouts by Keith Giffen. I gotta say they did this book right by Kirby standards in my opinion. The art and feel just evokes that classic Kirby feel! So I suggest if you like Kirby's New Gods and characters you will enjoy Manhunter. Great story and art! Pick this up 9 out of 10...

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