The Curse of Brimstone #1

Writer: Justin Jordan Artist: Philip Tan Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 4, 2018 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 25 User Reviews: 16
7.7Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

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Joe Chamberlain would do anything to save his small, forgotten town-even make a deal with the devil. But things get worse, and Joe finds himself cursed with the power of BRIMSTONE. With the power of fire and destruction coursing through his hands, Joe must now track down and destroy the demon he made his deal with before the power he now wields destroys the town he was trying to save. But as the fiery pain inside him grows, can this young man overcome his own demons before his power rips him apart from the inside out?

  • 10
    Geekery Magazine - Lucas Fashina Apr 4, 2018

    The strengths of this book are almost too many to cite. If the writing in #1 stays as strong through the course of Curse of Brimstone, it could definitely find interest from fans outside of normal comic readers. As for speculation I am not quite so high on it because thus far all of the New Age of Heroes books have been ranging from 45-50,000. I would definitely recommend picking up the 1st issue for the read and I am adding Curse of the Brimstone to my pull list. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Comicsverse - AJ Zender Apr 4, 2018

    THE CURSE OF BRIMSTONE #1 is a fantastic opening issue for what I hope to be a long-running series. Though it has some similarities to Marvel's GHOST RIDER, the story's plot and setting manage to highlight the plight of small towns across America. This is a strange, wonderfully dark premise with an amazing lead character and even better art. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Bounding Into Comics - Daniel Mills Apr 5, 2018

    The key ingredient to the story ofBrimstoneis fire. It's horrible and somehow beautiful. It's beautifully drawn by the hands of Philip Tan, and it could be beautiful for the town of York Hills when used by the story's main character Joe Chamberlain. Time will tell if his new powers will be either a curse or a blessing to the town of York Hills, but thanks to Justin Jordan and Philip Tan it will be a pleasure to read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Apr 4, 2018

    The real trick for Jordan and Tan is to distinguish Brimstone from Damage, another New Age of Heroes era book about an unwitting pawn of mass destruction. For now, there's enough to warrant staying invested and fired up about this new arrival. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Feb 28, 2018

    Curse of Brimstone blew me away with its ambition, its heart, and the pain it's trying to convey. Superheroes meet southern gothic drama in this stunning display from the team of Justin Jordan, Philip Tan, and Rain Beredo, and this comic comes highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Pop Break - Bill Bodkin Apr 11, 2018

    Much of what makes this debut issue work is contingent on the visuals. Tan's work on both the script and the pencils gives the book a seamless quality that's hard to match. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Joshua Page Apr 4, 2018

    The Curse of Brimstone #1 adds a great new series and character to DC's catalog. It appears to be a supernatural coming-of-age series that will definitely interest DC fans and newcomers. This is a series that anyone can jump into if they are interested. Readers do not need to have read anything from Dark Nights: Metal in order understand the events in The Curse of Brimstone #1. It is a series that I will be looking forward to in the future. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Apr 7, 2018

    Philip Tan is the right choice for this comic because he is one of its creators. While I would not have liked his work elsewhere, this one, he moulds into a mess that is pleasant and suits his strengths as an illustrator. But many accolades must be given to colourist Rain Beredo without whom, this comic would not have looked as great. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Chris Campbell Apr 4, 2018

    Overall, The Curse of Brimstone is a great start off to a new series. It will be a welcome addition to this new world of heroes that is being brought in to stir up the pot. DC has done the smart thing and brought in some excellent creators that will take this character in the right direction. Readers are highly recommended to pick up Brimstone and get hooked on an exciting new character. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Graphic Policy - Brett Apr 4, 2018

    What's presented in both story and look is small town America not many of us experience. These are the towns I see driving between DC and New York. You wonder how they function and why the people are still there and this series takes us into that in a ways. With that, we get a fresh voice and perspective to comics and one that's hopefully explored more as the series continues. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Apr 4, 2018

    The Curse of Brimstone #1 delivered the start of another story that is unlike anything else we are getting from DC currently. A simple character, with desperate desires, and a curse that is more than he bargained for. Being careful of what you ask for is the big takeaway from this debut. Hopefully the second issue will reinforce exactly why that is. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Andy Hall Apr 4, 2018

    The Dark Metal titles hearken back to the 90s when comics were very art-driven and this book really sells the value of that approach. The dynamic and dramatic art really sells this book. But enough with the background let's see if Chamberlain can control Brimstone or if the demon will burn the world down. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Apr 4, 2018

    A well-balanced, emotionally involving first issue with a great protagonist and some striking artwork, The Curse of Brimstone is the undisputed high point of DCs New Age of Superheroes, and I for one cant wait to see where this new story leads. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Capeless Crusader - Jeremy Radick Apr 4, 2018

    I enjoyed the premiere issue of this supernatural horror/hero mashup from storytellers Philip Tan and Justin Jordan. Evoking the kind of genre-bending that flourished in the Bronze Age, but giving the story a totally contemporary spin and an earnest compassion for its characters, Tan and Jordan deliver a low-key but enjoyable debut with a lot of promise. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    CourtOfNerds - Drew S. McCarthy Apr 4, 2018

    The Curse of Brimstone #1 allows Justin Jordan to flex his most powerful muscles as a creator of characters that people can identify with while providing a great landscape for Phillip Tan to play in and create stunning visuals. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Apr 4, 2018

    The first issue has some promise, but it's never a great sign if you like the book less once the actual plot gets going. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Gregory Ellner Apr 6, 2018

    Though derivative on the surface, "The Curse of Brimstone" brings together fantastic artwork and colors with a heart-wrenchingly real mundane story to create a memorable experience. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Apr 4, 2018

    A good intro issue with a healthy dose of backstory, but you may be expecting more from the hero angle. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Apr 4, 2018

    It's an incredibly tight first outing, if not an entirely unexpected one. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Horror Talk - James Ferguson Apr 7, 2018

    The Curse of Brimstone has some definite potential. Writer Justin Jordan establishes the main character well in this debut issue, giving us time to become invested in his life before tearing it apart. Although Joe has the best of intentions, he may cause more harm than good with these newfound powers. Let this be a lesson to everyone. Be very careful when a stranger offers you a deal too good to be true. We've seen enough tales of crossroads and demons to know that much. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Hussein Wasiti Apr 4, 2018

    This is an alright first issue, but I think the second issue will be the tell if this series is worth watching or not. We have a lot of character set-up and setting establishment and the real meat of the story is only tackled at the end of the issue. I have no idea where the story is going which makes it a lot more interesting than the other New Age books since they're mostly formulaic. Couple that with some halfway decent art, and we have an issue I very carefully recommend. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Charlie Ridgely Apr 4, 2018

    Overall, Curse of Brimstone #1 can be a fun read, but you won't remember much about the book 10 minutes after you put it down. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Apr 6, 2018

    The art is very good, but so far, the concept's mighty thin. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Corps - Michael Jones Apr 4, 2018

    If you are interested in this story, I would recommend skipping this issue, as nothing really happens. We are left knowing nothing about Brimstone's powers or what the deal with the devil entails. I don't find Joe a particularly compelling character, but I am intrigued enough to check out issue 2 just to see if we find out what his powers are. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Garrett Hanneken Apr 4, 2018

    This comic may have done little for me, but I still believe this story has potential to pick up as Joe takes on the role of Brimstone. I might still recommend this comic for those that are intrigued by a darker DC character, but you still won't get much of that here. Which is why the second issue needs to visually be stimulating, and Joe needs to be likable as Brimstone. If the next issue is able to make up for the dull town and pitiable character then there still might be fuel for the fire. Read Full Review

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