The Unexpected #1

Writer: Steve Orlando Artist: Ryan Sook Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 6, 2018 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 27 User Reviews: 13
7.5Critic Rating
7.7User Rating

In the aftermath of DARK NIGHTS: METAL, the DC Universe has been forever changed as new heroes are called out of the shadows. Amid this all is Janet Fals...Firebrand! Once a paramedic dedicated to saving lives, she must now start a fight once every 24 hours to feed the Conflict Engine that's replaced her heart. But Janet's heart isn't just a curse-it's a beacon, drawing out both the mysterious Neon the Unknown and the seductive, malevolent Bad Samaritan. One of them wants to cut out her heart, the other wants to save it-but neither of them knows the true danger hidden within that will kick off a superhero manhunt ranging from Thanagar to the more

  • 10
    Pop Culture Uncovered - belleburr Jun 6, 2018

    This is a great first issue and if The UnExpected can keep up this level of awesome throughout its run then DC has another hit on its hands. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Infinite Earths - J.D. Jr. Jun 6, 2018

    Steve Orlando kicks things off with a boom, bringing his best to a brand new book that looks set to turn the DC Universe on its head in a very big way! Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicBuzz - James L. Sarandis Jun 27, 2018

    This book is full of crazy fun and big action and has me hooked. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Jun 5, 2018

    Unexpected #1 is the best debut of the New Age of DC Heroes line, delivering a compelling protagonist with conflicting priorities that pit her needs versus her desires. Add a confident, intriguing twist that subverts expectations, and Unexpected could very well be DC's best new original book since New Super-Man. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton Jun 13, 2018

    The three writers have certainly set themselves a challenge with this debut issue. The series could go on to blow ones mind, or it could sink into suckiness really fast. Not sure which one will happen, but I am happy to take the ride and find out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Doug Zawisza Jun 6, 2018

    If you want weird, but plugged in, out-of-the-ordinary, but adventurous, exciting and unexpected work, give this a go. If you're a fan of Dark Knights Metal, give this a go. If you're a Hawkman fan or have any designs to check out his series next week, give this a go. Seriously. It's so damn fun. And unexpected. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Comicsverse - AJ Zender Jun 7, 2018

    With a strong story and a fantastic visual appeal, THE UNEXPECTED #1 is a strong addition to DC's New Age of Heroes despite several small, unexplained elements throughout. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Comicsverse - AJ Zender Jun 6, 2018

    With a strong story and a fantastic visual appeal, THE UNEXPECTED #1 is a strong addition to DC's New Age of Heroes despite several small, unexplained elements throughout. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Jun 7, 2018

    As a debut, The Unexpected #1 excels. It anchors the Morrisonian psycho-savagery with a heart that doesn't beat so much as thunders. The Conflict Engine churning under its pages begs for the next round of action. You will, too. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Jun 6, 2018

    The Unexpected #1 is another contender for one of the best debuts from The New Age of Heroes line. Firebrand is a new kind of hero entirely, and her story slices a unique corner of the DC Universe that we have never explored before. It was exciting to follow this introduction from start to finish thinking it was going to be one thing, and then become another thing. Keeping us on our toes about what comes next is going to be key to creating investment in what this series has to offer. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Jun 6, 2018

    Steeped in new post-Metal insanity and piloted by an ambitiously game creative team, The Unexpected #1 looks to bring a bit of that ol' postmodern superhero comic magic to the "New Age of Heroes". And, fellow readers, I am happy to report they largely succeed. At least for this debut issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Brandon Davis Jun 6, 2018

    A strong, if also crowded, first entry to a saga with potential. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Weird Science - Jeremy Daw Jun 6, 2018

    This is a surprisingly good opening to a series for which I had no particular enthusiasm whatsoever. My misgivings about Orlando's writing remain, but here he appears to have found a natural vehicle for his penchant for melodramatic dialogue, full tilt storytelling, and villains whose threat level is off the scale. This is Orlando gonzo – brash, excessive, palpably insane and very entertaining. Throw in some gorgeous artwork and it's entirely possible to overlook the signs of incoherence at the end of the issue and just revel in the madness. I fully expect the whole thing to come off the rails at some point in the near future, but for now, I'm definitely in. Now that's unexpected. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    On Comics Ground - Tobey Parfitt Jun 9, 2018

    Hopefully a new jewel in a field of superhero books. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Jun 5, 2018

    The Unexpected #1 is a solid enough read. There are a lot of interesting places the book could go from here, even if the read didn't excite me for the series. It's better than Immortal Men #1 for sure, but it's not on par with Terrifics or Curse of Brimstone in terms of DC's New Age of Heroes titles. That said, if you want something bizarre and different from the regular DC offering while still being a DC book (an odd niche, I'll grant), I could recommend this fairly easily. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jun 18, 2019

    I tried a lot but not all of the New Age of Heroes books and most of them suffered from the same problems in that you felt like you were a few steps behind from the first page with what was going on. This one works a bit better as the initial focus is on Janet herself and it runs through things fast to get us caught up, which is a plus. But with everything else I have to presume that not reading the Dark Nights: Metal book means you're missing out on a lot of the who, what, and why of it all. There are enough basics there to be accessible so that it'll work and can grow from there but I was hoping for a bit more from the book as it's introducing all-new characters. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jun 6, 2018

    Orlando clearly has a lot of big ideas here and I want to see where they go, but the first issue " like this line as a whole " feels a bit confused. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Jun 10, 2018

    The Unexpected #1 is a mixed bag of a comic, but the series itself has potential mostly thanks to Steve Orlando's three dimensional writing of Firebrand. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Bounding Into Comics - Daniel Mills Jun 6, 2018

    The two artists use every inch and panel of The Unexpected #1 to create a beautiful new world. One that takes advantage of the fantastical story that Orlando has displayed. Though the tone and narrative may seem familiar, the designs and colors won't. Hopefully, this art team can remain intact. Maintaining an art team has become one of the more difficult tasks of any book these days. But as the art is the most charming part of The Unexpected #1, it's more vital to keep the team together. Orlando has plenty of interesting elements to get this story headed in the right direction. The Unexpectedjust needs to find its own voice to prove its worth. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Multiversity Comics - Gustavo S Lodi Jun 8, 2018

    It is somewhat frustrating that "The Unexpected" #1 fails in telling a compelling story on this issue. While it is abundantly clear that there was a lot of world building, design and creative discussions to make this issue happen, it is also clear that the creative team bit more than they could possible chew in these twenty pages. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Jun 6, 2018

    While I will personally be back for the second issue of The Unexpected, I can easily see why some readers wouldn't be back. It's not very catchy or impressive. The threat is generic and has been done a hundred times before. Only one character has been developed, and there's nothing about her that is likely to hook you and say, "Yeah, more Firebrand please!" Also, I would have spelled that Fyre Brand TM, but that's just me. Overall, it's okay. I'm curious to get through the first adventure to see what can come from this, but I have a feeling we'll see Firebrand used in Suicide Squad in five years and that'll be it. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jun 6, 2018

    I think there's some potential here and a mid-issue twist shows that Orlando takes the title of the book seriously. This wasn't the strongest debut of the New Age of Heroes titles, but I'm curious to see where he takes the series over the next few issues. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    DC Comics News - Ari Bard Jun 7, 2018

    Honestly, I don't know what to think of this yet. There is a lot of good and some bad, but no matter what I am along for this wild ride. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    AIPT - Alyssa Jackson Jun 6, 2018

    While the book has a lot of action, nothing really hooked me about it. I didn't feel connected to the story or the characters and while I fully admit that part of that is due to this just not being to my taste, I think there are some fundamental problems that take what could be a cool idea and make it just fine. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Sequential Planet - Quinn Morris Jun 6, 2018

    As it stands, the story feels generic and too large in scale for a character's first outing. Read Full Review

  • 5.4
    Fortress of Solitude - George Chrysostomou Jun 6, 2018

    Overall, if you have the time give The Unexpected a try. However, if you are looking for a series that you can sink your teeth into, perhaps The Immortal Men will be a better fit. Read Full Review

  • 5.4
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jun 11, 2018

    A lot of unusual and interesting pieces on the board, but the rules of the game aren't yet clear. Read Full Review

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