Gold Key Alliance #1

Writer: Phil Hester Artist: Brent Peeples Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment Release Date: April 6, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14
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Turok, Dinosaur Hunter. Magnus, Robot Fighter. Solar, Man of the Atom. The Mighty Samson. The legendary heroes whose adventures have thrilled comic book readers for over half a century are back, only this time they all share the same time and the same world - ours! In this breakneck first issue, each warrior wrestles with the perils of the twenty-first century, but a greater evil is approaching, one that will unify the legendary champions in a struggle that will change each forever. Join Eisner-nominated writer Phil Hester (Wonder Woman, Green Arrow, The Bionic Man) and rising star artist Brent Peeples (Last of the Greats, Legenderry: Green H more

  • 10
    Word Of The Nerd - Christopher Calloway Apr 8, 2016

    This first issue is like getting four mini-adventures in one, and I look forward to seeing how the heroes will ultimately form their alliance. I highly recommend Gold Key Alliance #1for the tight and efficient story telling by Phil Hester and the sold art by the team of Brent Peebles and Morgan Hickman. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Pauly D Mar 30, 2016

    For classic comic fans, GoldKey: Allianceis a long awaited treat. Hester lays down the groundwork for the quintuplet of characters nicely without spoiling how these four unite. Brent Peeples, who has done work for Image and Valiant, excels in his craftwithin this title. He uses classic superhero art styles from the 60's and merges them with modern flair. His attention to detail is keen and flawless. Bringing these characters together into one publication is sure to be an action packed ride that will bring both a sense of nostalgia to old school readers and thrills to the current generation as well. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Mar 29, 2016

    This story will instantly grab your attention. It is truly an amazing plot that I can't wait to read more of. The creative team has done an amazing job mixing words and art to create the perfect balance for storytelling. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Outright Geekery - Eric Ogar Baumgard Mar 30, 2016

    It seems I've been talking about how much the different aspects of this issue took a middle of the road approach, but don't take that to mean that the quality of this comic is just middle of the road. Riding the line between too much detail and leaving too much to the imagination can be like walking a tightrope for writers and artists, and it's not easy. This is why I felt like this was a very well crafted issue, and why I can't wait to see where this team goes with the rest of the series. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Slackjaw Punks - Iron Squid Apr 6, 2016

    Gold Key Alliance #1 doesn't really have a story, but what makes up for the lack of story, is its introduction of each character divided instead of them teaming up right away in most team up books, and it's just kind of fun. We've never really seen a team up like this from Dynamite since Masks and Lords of Mars. Dynamite is always awesome when it comes to using their characters to create an entirely new team that nobody would ever think of. Honestly, I'd recommend this book if you want something different and interested in getting into Dynamite! Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Apr 7, 2016

    With an earned love over the years for these characters, I'll admit I was surprised by how quickly Phil Hester got me to like these characters and want to see more of them. There's a real sense of purpose and polish about them here that speaks to the larger tales that could potentially be told through these new imaginings. Peeples does a really good job of bringing it all to life with some great set design and distinctive looks for the locales so that they stand out but all feel a part of the same world. Similarly with the character designs as well, which makes me curious to see what they'll look like suited up as the series progresses. Giving us something grounded but with the fantastic mixed in definitely hits a sweet note and I'm really excited to see where this goes and if it can help to relaunch these characters in a better position. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Apr 9, 2016

    So while it's not "my" Gold Key, it has potential. It made enough of an impression that I shouldn't need reminding to pick up the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Apr 10, 2016

    I feel that Hester did a great job on setting up these Gold Key characters and modernizing them to fit into the present day world. Peebles art works very well here, illustrating these classic characters for todays audience. With the set up of this issue, I am excited to see not only where these characters end up, but to also see how they come together and what the overall threat ends up being. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Impulse Gamer - Chris O'Connor Dec 26, 2016

    It's tempting to divulge a certain aspect of this story to really express how clever it is in the way it brings all these characters together… but to do so would really spoil the moment. I will be somewhat vague (though probably not so vague that if you really thought it about it you couldn't figure it out)… comics frequently use the “multiverse” or “alternate universe” ploy to tackle new storylines… Superman Red Son being a great example of an alternate telling of a well known character. Gold Key Alliance takes that notion and weaves it into the story itself… no longer subtext… it is the text, but in such a way as to make sense and work as a great way to reboot the characters and their universe. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    GWW - Agasicles Stamas Apr 10, 2016

    Gold Key: Alliance #1 leaves the series with some serious challenges. I am sure that the series and the creative team, has the umph to overcome them. As it stands, I'll have to hope for a more adventure-oriented take in next month's issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Critical Blast - Mike Maillaro Apr 13, 2016

    Dynamite typically does a good job bringing it's licensed characters together, so I still have a lot of faith in this series. The first issue felt like setup. Hopefully, they will get a chance to help establish these characters a little better. Like I said before, this wasn't a bad comic, I am just not sure there was enough here to really grab an audience. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comicosity - Amy Ziegfeld Apr 6, 2016

    It's difficult to recommend this comic. Even if the series subsequently becomes far more engaging, the content in this issue is deeply inessential. The art, while interesting, isn't good enough to make it worth a look on its own, and the writing has nothing new to say, nor does it find an interesting way to say it. There's promise here, and the potential for a fine comics story, but that potential is unrealized in this first issue. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Bounding Into Comics - John F. Trent Apr 6, 2016

    Gold Key Alliance #1 fails to deliver a compelling, connected story. Instead, it delivers four different and separate stories focused on each of the characters. By doing this, Hester highlights who these characters are and what they are capable of doing. However, he sacrifices an overarching story in doing so. The actual dialogue is solid and at time self-aware. There is humor as well as seriousness. The artwork is solid. It's nothing amazing, but Peeples does do a good job of keeping the art diversified, especially during action sequences between the different characters. If you are looking to get introduced to these characters this book is worth picking up; however, if you are looking for something more, you should probably skip this one. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson Apr 5, 2016

    It's difficult to know who this comic is aimed at. For newcomers, it's a dull affair without any real story other than "here are the characters". For existing fans, it's an utterly redundant and fairly superficial look at characters they already know. In all honesty, this feels like a Free Comic Book Day teaser being marketed as an actual comic with a cover price, which is an incredibly disappointing outcome for what should be " on paper, at least " a winning concept. Skip this one entirely and start the series for issue #2 if you're dead-set on following this one. Trust me, you aren't missing anything. Read Full Review

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