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Midnighter #1

Writer: Steve Orlando Artist: Aco Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 3, 2015 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 27 User Reviews: 21
8.3Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

Spinning out of GRAYSON comes a solo series starring the man who can predict your every move... but no one will be able to predict what he'll do next! A theft at the God Garden has unleashed a wave of dangerous biotech weapons on the world, and Midnighter intends to put that genie back in the bottle by any means necessary. But something else was stolen from the Garden as well...the secret history of Lucas Trent, the man Midnighter once was!

  • 10
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Jun 3, 2015

    An exemplary first issue for DC's preeminent gay male hero, Midnighter #1 is more than I could have hoped for, and my gratitude knows no bounds. It's been a long road getting to a place where we can see a man's sexuality and kick-ass ability intermingle on the page so vividly when the object of his affection is other men. But it's arrived and the result is blindingly great. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jun 8, 2015

    There aren't many books out there that I'd call perfect, but when you can see 10 steps ahead, it's perhaps not surprising that The Midnighter earns that praise. This book looks great, reads great, and is easily one of the best debuts from DC since the soft relaunch of Batgirl. If you've been skeptical about this character - and believe me, I was one of them - get ready for a spectacular change of heart. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - F.D. White Jun 4, 2015

    I could go on for pages detailing everything I love about a comic, but what I love most is that this feels like a huge risk DC is taking. It's in no way a typical DC book. It feels much more like an indie superhero story. Comic fans have been clamoring for something new and fresh. This is it. So please, check out this first issue. See what the hype is about. You won't regret it. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jun 3, 2015

    Midnighter is off with a bang.  Steve Orlando doesn't hold any hands, but the effort the reader puts in is paid back tenfold.  Midnighter is a badass and the world around him is dangerous and full of mystery.  While bits of the story may leave you confused (in a good way, mind you), the art does nothing but impress.  This is a great beginning of a story I hope sticks around for a long time. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Broken Infinite - Frank Rodriguez Jun 10, 2015

    Midnighter #1 gives us a great reintroduction to a popular character that gives "no fucks" about who he's facing. He loves what he does " maybe too much and he has one of the most interesting and original words around him. This issue had a little bit of everything and Orlando made it feel so organic while being innovative at the same time. ACO, Petrus and Fajardo did a spectacular job with the bold that illustrated this world. It only makes me want to see more of it. Really a strong beginning for Midnighter! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Michael Moccio Jun 3, 2015

    Midnighter is a comic for everyone - or at least, everyone who can stomach the extreme violence the titular character doles out. Regardless of where you stand on his personal life, Orlando gives you a story that anyone can feel invested in: he shows us glimpses of who Midnighter is and what motivates him and then gives the character a clear objective to attain in the first arc. Between the writing and the incredible artwork, this is a series you won't want to miss. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Zac Thompson Jun 3, 2015

    “Midnighter” is a triumph on every level. It's a shining beacon of light in DC Comic's new and exciting creative direction. It proves that superhero comics are capable of hitting multiple beats with complex and engaging leads. Orlando and ACO have crafted a tight series that is unlike any book that came before it, and it demands your attention. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Fanboys Inc - Jeff Ayers Jun 4, 2015

    A solid first issue from Steve Orlando cements him firmly as the voice for this character. The Midnighter has the chance to not only be the icon for the LGBT community in mainstream books, but also be a very cool, intensely violent character within the DC Universe. I am excited to see where his story goes from here. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Loukas Jun 9, 2015

    “I record that I was born (as I have been informed and believe) at midnight. The clock began to strike and I began to cry simultaneously.” Midnighter is far from David Copperfield, both as a book and a character. But Charles Dickens understood the symbolism of birth at the witching hour. It is the time, rhetorically if not astronomically, when shadows are deepest, mysteries most impenetrable, and the sun the farthest away. At midnight, the walls of the world grow fragile, and dangers crowd round. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Multiversity Comics - Keith Dooley Jun 5, 2015

    It's refreshing to see a character who is gay, complex, and well-written. He's a hero but definitely not without his foibles, which includes a penchant for killing. Midnighter isn't handled delicately. The lobotomization of a character that can result when their story is infused with political correctness is nowhere to be found in Orlando's story. Sterilization and milquetoast are not in Orlando, Aco, or Fajardo's vocabulary. Midnighter is imperfect, has emotional issues, and yet has a hero's heart. He truly cares for the innocent. Darkness and light concurrently mingle to create such a promising and exciting opening chapter to what has the potential to be something great. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Nerds On The Rocks - Earl Rufus Jun 3, 2015

    Midnighter was a great first issue. A comic that has found a nice mixture of the violence we all crave, and that heart that makes us connect and like the characters we read. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Jun 3, 2015

    “Midnighter” #1 is a great debut for a series that hasthe potential to be a huge hit. Steve Orlando and ACO work together very well and they're giving this character the solo series he's deserved for a long time. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Jun 5, 2015

    Midnighter delivers one hell of a debut that's sure to be a wild ride, led by a relatable character full of complexities! If you don't give this title a shot, then you're doing yourself a disservice. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Jun 8, 2015

    As far as narrative inevitability is concerned, seeing Midnighter finally get his own boisterous, unabashedly hilarious, and terribly exciting book in the DC Universe feels like a well-earned accomplishment. Seeing the book rolled out in such style " bolstered by writer Steve Orlando's assured confidence and artist ACO's furiously kinetic energy " feels like a well-deserved compliment. Welcome to DC Comics' top bracket, Midnighter. I really hope you survive the experience. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jun 3, 2015

    I'll admit at first I was a bit lost in the comic, but as Midnighter explained things, I realized I wasn't missing anything and that Orlando has crafted a first issue that's solid for both new and old readers. This is a comic I was really looking forward to out of DC's "relaunch" and it definitely delivers. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Jeremy Matcho Jun 4, 2015

    Midnighter #1 was surprisingly very good. Sometimes these first solo issues can be a bit rough, but Steve Orlando wrote a very good script. The art had a couple of confusing panels, but overall the pencils and colors added to the enjoyment of the book. If issue 2 is this good, this could a hit with critics and fanboys alike. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Jun 4, 2015

    Some will focus on violence being a part of the DCU, while others will point to Midnighter's open homosexuality, but either way MIDNIGHTER is one of the most promisingly progressive books DC has released in the last five years Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerds Unchained - Connor Frigon Jun 12, 2015

    The plot only gets moving in the last two pages after an otherwise unimportant though visually and creatively exciting cold-opener. I think Im interested in coming back next month to see where it goes. Orlando and Aco know how to make this character work, and maybe theyll manage to convert me. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Outright Geekery - Adam Normal Jun 7, 2015

    Midnighter #1 is a very solid introduction of the character to new readers and is filled with all of the over the top violence you can hope for. ACO's art work is fluid and his panel work makes all of the liver punching really easy to follow. If action is your thing, then give this book a chance. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Jun 8, 2015

    I picked up "Midnighter" #1 because of a past fondness for the character, but I'll admit that I wasn't expecting to do much more than like it. The more I look at "Midnighter" #1, though, the more I actually love it. This is a comic that has taken a great deal of care to be inviting, and it's paid off. Orlando and ACO's comic is a strong debut, one that has the voice of its characters evident and which promises fun things to come. I'm definitely, absolutely back for issue #2. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Gerry Green Jun 4, 2015

    All in all this is an excellent start to the series. I am going to ding the rating a bit for the confusing fight sequences but I expect that this is just the beginning of a very interesting comic. I look forward to more adventures with Midnighter. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jun 4, 2015

    If not a total home run, this opening chapter offers a very solid foundation on which to build an ongoing series. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - John A. Jun 4, 2015

    In the end, a solid issue was put forth by this creative team, and despite my discomfort with DC and the overall direction they have been moving their stories in, I was intrigued enough to want to read the next installment of this series. It may not be my Midnighter, but it will do in a pinch. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    PopMatters - Matthew Fay Jun 10, 2015

    Overall, Midnighter #1 is a reassuring and faithful reintroduction to the character, and one that leaves open a lot of room for exploration. Here's hoping it continues the level of depth we've begun to see here. With punching. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Jun 4, 2015

    This isn't a bad start, but it's not a particularly inspiring one, either. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Jun 4, 2015

    I guess it all comes down to the fact that the mystery of the break in is a lot more interesting than Midnighter himself. The characterization of Midnighter left me cold, but on the whole the issue was decent. It was certainly well executed for a first issue. I think it just comes down to taste. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    AIPT - Jordan Richards Jun 4, 2015

    Midnighter #1 is a good, but flawed comic. It does a great job of introducing the main character to the audience and getting them attached to him, but it falters in other ways; the story is almost nonexistent, the ending is abrupt, the dialogue is awkward and hard to follow, and the artwork is messy when it comes to the action. I think this has potential to be a good, even great comic, but right now it's a comic that's lacking. There's work to be done here and I do look forward to seeing where it goes once the story is underway and improvements are made. Read Full Review

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