Sideways #1

Writer: Dan DiDio, Justin Jordan Artist: Kenneth Rocafort Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 14, 2018 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 33 User Reviews: 34
7.0Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

During the events of DARK NIGHTS: METAL, high school junior Derek James accidentally fell through a rift into the dark matter dimension! Now, as Sideways, he can create rifts in midair to leap through dimensions at will! But with that much power comes great liability-and cracks are starting to form in the fabric of the space-time continuum...

  • 10
    You Don't Read Comics - Rick Lopez Feb 15, 2018

    As an ominous figure appears at the end of the issue, along with the nature of Sideways powers, this title is going to take readers to strange and beautiful places. Grant Morrison is scheduled to help with future issues on the title, if that wasn't telling already, this title is going to continue to get more interesting as the months go on. DC's New Age of Superheroes is kicking off to a great start, Sideways shows how to introduce a new character organically while keeping the story interesting and displaying how artists truly move the needle. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Feb 14, 2018

    I'm excited about this one as it seems to have a lot of potential. Hopefully DiDio, Jordan and Rocafort can keep the fun going. With such a wide open character, the only real problem will be their imagination and getting readers to give it a try. It's definitely worth taking a look and falling for Sideways. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Do You Even Comic Book Feb 14, 2018

    The term "funny book" isn't terribly applicable to the vast majority of comics anymore.Sideways#1 isn't funny in the sense that it's a comedy, but it is a fun comic book. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Feb 14, 2018

    Sideways (2018-) #1 is the newest and perhaps strongest book to emerge from DC's New Age of Heroes initiative. Every panel is packed with an incredible amount of detail and the overall look and feel of Sideways is unique. Sideways (2018-) #1 moves at a comfortable pace and is very well-written. I'm eager to see how Sideway is developed, and thanks to cliffhanger ending that inspires interest, I am eager to read Sideways #2. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Outright Geekery - Antonio Pedro Feb 17, 2018

    Overall, I don't know if I can necessarily recommend this to everyone but I can't say it's bad. Honestly, the biggest problem is that tangible lack of story but if you like the main character (which I did) I'd say it's probably worth sticking out. Also the art's pretty good so might as well try it. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Nerds On The Rocks - Earl Rufus Feb 14, 2018

    Some complaints with the looks of the characters' eyes aside, Sideways #1 is a rock solid start. It has a visually fun power set and costume and ends in a way that looks to blow up the scope in short order. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicsverse - Sean Urke Feb 14, 2018

    SIDEWAYS #1 starts off a brand new character's journey born from the DARK NIGHTS: METAL event. A stunning first issue with a strong start. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Chris Aiken Feb 14, 2018

    However, none of this distracts too much from the story. Sideways is a fun read. I don't think there are too many teenage superheroes in the DC Universe who aren't already a part of a team or a sidekick. So, this is an interesting addition to DC's roster of heroes. And with the promise of how crazy things to come might get, Sideways seems like it's worth sticking with. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Mexi Gremillion Feb 15, 2018

    Id say give Sideways a chance. Its a brand new character whos just getting its bearings and I feel like its worth it to see what Derek can do. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Feb 14, 2018

    The big thing here in the debut of Sideways, was the responsibility of having this kind of power at your fingertips. We were prepared to follow this kid who will understand the dangers of what seem like a fun power on the surface, but what this spins into took matters to a whole new level. New heroes these days tend to face some harsh realities for dreaming big, and Sideways makes you question how wrong that can really go. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    We The Nerdy - Aron Pohara Feb 16, 2018

    Sideways is a part of the New age of Heroes, and it does look like it could be a standout from the others. It is a much better book than Damage as that book seemed very generic . Sideways gives us a hero we can actually cheer for, because we could see ourselves in him. Derek and the supporting cast all feel unique and they dont feel like they are recycled from other books. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Charlie Ridgely Feb 14, 2018

    All-in-all, this first issue is a solid introduction for the character, providing a fun read for comic nerds and newcomers alike. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Feb 14, 2018

    A fun first issue that introduces a new hero with some interesting powers and conflicts that are both personal and world shaping in the process. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Feb 19, 2018

    Sideways feels old school in how it introduces us to the latest teenage hero on the scene and that's a good thing. I got a good understanding of Derek here, how he got his powers, and his situation before it shifts into being judged as a threat to existence. And that really does go a long way toward making a book accessible, especially in spinning out of an event that a lot of people may not have read. The storytellers side in the writing is pretty solid and it works well and Rocafort's artwork is top notch as always, with some great detailed pages, really neat character designs, and a fantastic above the city two-page spread that's just delightful to take in all the details of. Sideways didn't make it onto my digital subscription list but it'll be on me trade pickup list as I'm curious to see what they do with it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez Feb 20, 2018

    Sideways is a startlingly solid debut issue and introduction of a character. It's well worth picking up and seeing where the first arc goes, as long as Kenneth Rocafort and Daniel Brown stay on the title! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Michael D Feb 14, 2018

    The story is over quick but it ends with an exciting development, immediately going to interesting inter-dimensional adventures. His powers lend themselves to some visually interesting work and Rocafort takes full advantage of that whenever Derek puts the suit on. His panel work is fluid and tells the story effortlessly. Although, the costume design really is uninteresting but at least the colors make it pop. A brand new character is really hard to pull off but the creative team has managed to make a book with a lot of potential. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Feb 14, 2018

    Sideways #1, the third entry in the "New Age of DC Heroes" lineup is my favorite of the three. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    On Comics Ground - Victor Neal Feb 14, 2018

    Sideways #1 leaves enough questions open for readers to pick up #2. I am also eager to see the full extent of his powers. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Bleeding Cool - Lacey Feb 7, 2018

    Overall, Sideways #1 isn't exactly groundbreaking, but it obviously has a solid direction in mind. Where the story goes will hopefully be a little more entertaining. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Weird Science - Hussein Wasiti Feb 14, 2018

    This is definitely the weakest book to come out of this New Age line so far. I like Derek and I'm very excited to see how he gets out of this mess he finds himself in. Aside from this and the art, there isn't much that really works here. I'm hoping that the creative team is able to impress me the next time around. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    CourtOfNerds - Grant Stoye Feb 16, 2018

    This is a very pretty book: Rocafort and Brown work phenomenally together, and I think visually this is the best New Age book on the shelves. However, for the sake of this comic, I hope Jordan is given the reigns to install his playful staccato-rhythm into the narrative. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    DC Comics News - Ari Bard Feb 16, 2018

    This is a solid first issue to a funny and lighthearted series. Hopefully they will do a little more to keep readers invested, but for now I can say that I am pleased enough to warrant reading another issue. I look forward to a more meaningful connection with Derek in the future. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Jan 30, 2018

    Still, Sideways #1 is competently executed, if uninspired. The artwork by Kenneth Rocafort is largely excellent, though his linework gets a little too involved at times in the close-ups. The colors by Carlos M. Mangual are well-chosen, giving Derek's largely black costume some excellent definition by varying the shades of grey as the light hits it. This is not a bad comic but there's nothing here that excites me enough to pick up a second issue. Read Full Review

  • 5.6
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Feb 21, 2018

    A lot of interesting pieces that don't quite come together yet. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Jan 18, 2018

    I cant recommend this one, unfortunately. Give it a pass. It may be going somewhere interesting, but the first issue doesnt get there. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    AIPT - Eric Cline Feb 14, 2018

    Aside from some nice art, this issue isn't a very promising debut for the series. Unless you're really curious about the character, I would pass on this one. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Capeless Crusader - Jeremy Radick Feb 14, 2018

    There's more than a few things to enjoy about Sideways #1, but there's no denying that artist Kenneth Rocafort and writers Dan DiDio and Justin Jordan have mined a ton of very familiar and well-worn tropes here, and never do anything with those tropes that are fresh, new or possessed of a unique point of view. As a result, the issue never comes alive, but feels like a checklist of attributes and elements designed to get the origin going and establish a new super hero. Maybe that's enough for some readers, and maybe future issues will reveal something distinct, but based on this issue it's not enough for me to really feel a burning to desire to follow Sideways on further adventures. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Feb 16, 2018

    One has to wonder why DC would opt to bring in another mediocre new teen hero when they have so many great ones currently sidelined. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Feb 17, 2018

    Sideways is off to an OK start. It's a standard opening issue for a brand new character, complete with setting everything up. But there's nothing particularly exciting to really hook new readers beyond the usual superhero fare. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Crusaders - Andy Hall Feb 14, 2018

    DIDio is better than this. I really have no interest in the next book and I am a sucker for a good origin story. If the plot doesn't get any better, all of Rocafort's great art will be wasted. If it does get better I may be tempted to pick up a future issue. It would take a lot of rave reviews for that to happen, but it is possible. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Big Comic Page - Sam Graven Feb 14, 2018

    I wanted to like this comic. Read it, tell me I'm wrong. It's not a disaster, it's just a disappointment. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Corps - Clayton Hinojosa Feb 14, 2018

    While I am all for originallity and bringing new characters into the DC Universe and bringing something fresh, this first issue was a bit weak on writing. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    IGN - Blair Marnell Feb 15, 2018

    Not every book can be a winner, and this one certainly isn't. Read Full Review

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