Pearl #1

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Michael Gaydos Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 15, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 27 User Reviews: 23
8.2Critic Rating
6.9User Rating

From the Peabody Award-winning creators of Jessica Jones comes a brand-new creation. PEARL is the story of an exceptional tattoo artist and accidental assassin for one of the modern-day San Francisco Yakuza.
She was born into one life, but another is calling to her. When Pearl accidentally meets one of her peers, her doppelgänger from another clan, she starts to dream of a better life. But Pearl has a very special ability that keeps pulling her back into the violent world she is desperate to escape.
PEARL is a major series launch from writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Gaydos that features their first brand-new origi more

  • 10
    Comic Watch - Brian Arbizo Aug 28, 2018

    Writing I was hooked since the first page. As someone who is heavily tattooed and love the tattoo shop culture I love that it is included in this book, it is so rare that you see in a comic book. Read Full Review

  • 10
    AIPT - Robyn Montgomery Aug 15, 2018

    An interesting story with some great setup and fantastic artwork. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Chris C. Hernandez Aug 15, 2018

    Overall, this is an exciting start for this series and a very pleasing visual immersion into this world. Its good to see a writer really create something original and not fall back on tried and true. Developing the story from here and building on the solid start can lead to nowhere but success. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicsverse - Sydney Cooper Aug 17, 2018

    DC Entertainment and Brian Michael Bendis come together to create a unique new comic, PEARL. Dive into PEARL #1 which introduces our leading lady; a tattoo artist that has deadly skill with firearms. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Aug 15, 2018

    This feels fresh and new. I love it. Hopefully, this is the start of something great. I will say, that it certainly feels like it. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    On Comics Ground - Kraal Wiggins Aug 19, 2018

    I am hooked. I wish the next issue was already out ( why can't we bing read new comics). The characters are laid out perfect and seem interesting enough to want to follow. The whole book has a slow reveal as to where things are going. This is a great starting place for anyone wanting to jump into a non-superhero title. I suggest grabbing issue one if it moves the way it starts there may be many mysteries and revelations to follow. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Multiversity Comics - Gustavo S Lodi Aug 16, 2018

    "Pearl" #1 is everything a debut issue should be and more. Interesting characters in a complex setting, with page after page of gorgeous art to get lost in. Dont miss it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Brandon Lawrence Aug 16, 2018

    A book heavy with conversation with an explosion of action creating a tense dialogue is where Bendis shines. Comically amusing when it needs to be and terrifyingly tense when necessary. This is what happens when a writer has the freedom that comes along with a world created from scratch. Gaydos explodes in this book. There is an admitted boredom seeing characters drawn as they're just talking. Gaydos overcomes this difficulty with a masterful capture of emotion in close up facials and a color scheme that is simply entrancing. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Sequential Planet - Derek Heid Aug 20, 2018

    Pearl is an explosive start to the newest creation by Brian Michael Bendis and the amazing Michael Gaydos. The story itself is very good take on the gangland crime-noir type stories, but the shining star of this book is artist Michael Gaydos and the mindblowing art he puts to paper in this first issue of Pearl. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Corps - Tom Zimm Aug 15, 2018

    Like another famous writer/artist team, Brubaker and Phillips, Bendis and Gaydos return to familiarity in all the right ways. The noir is expected but not predictable. The intrigue is built through brilliant thematic plot development at the individual character level. If you like street-level crime dramas, you will love this book! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    All-Comic - Milo Milton Jefferies Aug 26, 2018

    As good as Bendis' script is, the main draw of Pearl #1 is its utterly gorgeous artwork from Michael Gaydos. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    That's Entertainment - Capt. Nostalgia Aug 15, 2018

    Overall, Pearl #1 is a book that is simple in its delivery. The art of Gaydos with simple watercolor engrains art that has a lasting effect. Married together with Bendis' writing and storytelling; it's a perfect match. Bendis' story telling does leave a lot of room for theories and questions. Not necessarily a bad thing. Good solid entry into the series but still too young to see if this series will sink or float. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Manny Gomez Aug 15, 2018

    'Pear'l is a return to classic early era Bendis. That means heavy, but well-written dialog, pop-culture references, strong female leads, dense/twisting plots and the perfect collaborator that produces the perfect art. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Major Spoilers - Stacy Baugher Aug 15, 2018

    Pearl #1 holds the promise of drama, crime, assassins, and love that will satisfy even the most hardcore fan. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Aug 15, 2018

    Overall, definitely a recommended first issue just to see these masters work. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Doom Rocket - Brendan F. Hodgdon Aug 16, 2018

    After blazing through this first issue, it's clear that Bendis and Gaydos are onto something here. What's more, it bodes well for Jinxworld as an imprint, and serves as a reminder of Bendis' talent beyond his cape-and-cowl work. Pearl had a lot to prove in its debut. It's cleared that bar. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Aug 15, 2018

    Pearl #1 is a slow but intriguing start to Brian Bendis and Michael Gaydos' latest comic book project. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Edgar O'Neill-Figueroa Aug 20, 2018

    Starting off, Pearl #1 leaves the reader with more questions than answers, as any number one usually does. Characters are fun and relatable and the conversation between Pearl and her friend Kim was a definite highlight for me. As we find out more of what the Yakuza has in store for Pearl, the ride that Bendis takes you on makes this a book well worth a spot on the pull list. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Aug 15, 2018

    Bendis creates a great atmosphere for these characters in this first issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Christopher Rodriguez Aug 14, 2018

    The first issue of Pearl was surprisingly strong on character building, and light on story. It left it feeling a bit short, but it did its jump in getting me interested in each character. Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos are a super team all the way, and I'm down to read anything they work on. If you liked their run on Jessica Jones, then you're in for a treat. It has that same type of vibe while giving us something fresh and new. Much like Rick being sucked in by that tattoo, I can't help but want to learn more about this new leading lady. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Chase Magnett Aug 15, 2018

    The aesthetics of this story are the best form of what they are, and it will surely delight fans of this longtime collaborative duo who co-created Alias and introduced readers to Jessica Jones. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Aug 14, 2018

    Pearl #1 is a little thin on story, but the artwork balances it out well. The characters seem interesting for as long as we get to read about them, but that isnt for long. The visuals are incredible, and that does bring enough to make the book worth recommending. Feel free to check it out. Read Full Review

  • 6.9
    Graphic Policy - Brett Aug 15, 2018

    Again, the first issue isn't bad, there's just a spark that's missing to make it stand out from the pack. It is fairly standard Bendis and something we've seen before. It's not a first issue I'm jumping up and down about but I have a feeling that by the time things wrap up, that may change. If you're a diehard Bendis and/or Gaydos fan, then this is one to get, but for me, this is one to wait and see where it goes. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBuzz - Tee LaFrance Todd Aug 30, 2018

    Pearl is an intriguing woman who deserves to have more personality and a better plot that she's given thus far. Despite some almost interesting flashback scenes, I don't feel as if I know Pearl at all. She seems more defined by everyone else around her than she actually does just being her. The dialogue doesn't give her a distinct voice and the story actually moves pretty slowly for a Bendis book. But oh, the art. The images make the book worth it, so if you still want to check out this new series, please do, and just hope that it gets better from here. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    DC Comics News - Ari Bard Aug 17, 2018

    Hopefully the story can paint a direction more clearly next time, but I highly recommend giving this book a try for the visuals alone. Read Full Review

  • 5.3
    Weird Science - Hussein Wasiti Aug 16, 2018

    Hardcore fans of Bendis' creator-owned line might like this more than I did. The writing is a bit contrived and the art is good but if I wasn't reviewing this, I absolutely wouldn't read it. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Aug 16, 2018

    That the meet-cute between two tattoo artists which kicks off Pearl feels forced and strained is a worrying sign, because not only does result in the dialogue being a chore to read, but the sluggish narrative of this installment is unengaging as well. Read Full Review

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