Control #1

Writer: Andy Diggle, Angela Cruickshank Artist: Andrea Mutti Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment Release Date: June 1, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12
7.7Critic Rating
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Detective-Sergeant Kate Burnham isn't making any friends in the Washington DC Police Department. That makes her the perfect scapegoat when a routine homicide investigation threatens to blow open a criminal conspiracy that reaches to the upper echelons of the DC power elite. Kate makes it go away, or they make her go away. Cop or criminal, power is all about control, applied top-down from the penthouse elite to the hustlers on the street. But what happens when the street pushes back...?

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - Todd Young May 31, 2016

    A compelling first issue. Hopefully there is more where this came from in the chapters to follow. Not just for someone who enjoys the genre, it both looks great and has a cool feel in both setting and plot. Like an HBO series in comic form. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Jun 12, 2016

    Control #1 is a perfect setup for the series. We get the inciting action to put things in motion, great introductions of key characters, a nice set of breadcrumbs setting up the trail to follow, and an ending with some punch that's definitely got me hooked to come back for more next issue. I only pre-ordered issue #1, but this series now has a home on my pull list, I'm in for the 6 issue series. On the strength of this debut alone, I'm in for an ongoing set of stories with Kate Burnham, if the creative team brings her back for more. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    We The Nerdy - Adeem Khan May 31, 2016

    Overall, Control #1 is a great start to this series. It sets up an interesting villain, an intriguingmurder mystery, and it shows off some great art. Andy Diggle focuses the book too much on it's fast-paced plot that he loses sight of his characters, but with five more issues to go, i have high hopes for this series. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Multiversity Comics - Stephenson Ardern-Sodje Jun 2, 2016

    A strong piece of genre fiction that showcases the talents of a creative team in complete "Control" of the situation. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Jim Taylor Jun 2, 2016

    Andrea Mutti's art seems the perfect fit for the grimly oppressive world created here by Diggle and Cruickshank, and Vladimir Popov's range of blues, blacks and greys bring a rain-drenched life to the grimy back allies of Washington D.C. after dark. Mutti's lines captures every bloody smear of the city's underbelly, and give Control #1 a feeling of bleak vitality. With such a well-paired combination of writers and artists, this series shows an awful lot of promise. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Jun 1, 2016

    'Control' is a solid crime mystery with a heart of darkness that is engaging and fast-paced. Diggle and Cruickshank sacrifice character development to lay out the plot but there's still plenty of time to turn that around. Mutti and Popov create the perfect atmosphere for such a dark tale. 'Control' is a limited series worth getting lost in. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Outright Geekery - Fabienne Payet Mar 12, 2017

    I say, if you are a fan of adventurous and murderous comic then you won't regret picking this one up. It almost has a feel of a tv series to it. Not something I often say about a comic. Do yourself a favor, go pick it up, you can thank me later. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Andrew McGlinn Jun 3, 2016

    Issue one of Control is a strong start. The writers have crafted a cold opening with enough hints and intrigue to bring you on board and have you wanting to know what is coming next. That coupled with a style of art so pertinent to the soul of the story could make this mini-series a hidden gem for Dynamite. I just hope it doesnt get lost launching in the same week as DCs Rebirth event. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Jun 3, 2016

    This issue is the start of a series that I think is going to be really successful—at least really entertaining. It is going to be quite a dramatic one, and I am so ready to learn the secrets that Brady is hiding from the public. If you are, too, pick up this issue and read along! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Outright Geekery - Eli Funaro May 28, 2016

    Overall Control #1 is an effective first entry in this series. It launches into the murder mystery with a fast pace that keeps the reader engaged. The art totally focuses on the gritty underworld of the streets and the corrupt, shadowy faade of political secrets. Fans of TV cop dramas like Law and Order may find this book interesting. The political conspiracy seems fitting for our current social climate. Just like the ideas brought up in the Captain America movies, Control begs us to ask questions about our government and laws and is sure to start a conversation. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Asa Giannini Jun 1, 2016

    For those keeping score, I'd say that make Control #1 something of a wash. On the pros side we have a solid story that, while not transcending any clichs, is entertaining and well paced. On the cons side is some over-familiar plotting and ugly art. For fans of crime stories, I'd recommend giving it a shot, but for someone getting into that genre for the first time, this is probably not the place to start. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Resources - Karen O'Brien Jun 3, 2016

    I'm a huge fan of police procedurals and all things noir, so I really wanted to love "Control #1." Storytelling in comics works when the art and story complement each other, but they are in conflict here. I'd like to see where Diggle, Cruickshank and Mutti are going to take the story, so I'll check out issue #2, but I hope the creative team will make some adjustments to more fully realize Burnham's world. Read Full Review

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