Kings Watch #1

Kings Watch #1

Writer: Jeff Parker Artist: Marc Laming Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment Release Date: September 11, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16
8.2Critic Rating
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Panic spreads across the world. Strange phenomena fills the skies.  Millions have nightmares of wild lands filled with horrible creatures... then wake to find the monsters are real. What are three men willing to sacrifice to save us all?  Superstar writer Jeff Parker (Dark Avengers, Red She-Hulk) and artist Marc Laming (Planet of the Apes) deliver the earth-crushing event of 2013, featuring Flash Gordon, The Phantom, and Mandrake the Magician like you've never seen them!

  • 9.5
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Feb 26, 2014

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  • 9.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Chris Romero Sep 14, 2013

    Smaller publishers such as Dynamite have been putting out excellent titles for years, and Kings Watch only reaffirms their commitment to please readers. Sure, Marvel is stepping up its game with the Infinity crossover, Image releases high-quality titles seemingly without effort, DC tries hard to revamp its New 52, but be sure to look out for the smaller guy. Dynamite is putting out some good stuff. Kings Watch #1 is proof of that. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Sep 12, 2013

    The biggest problem with this book is that it is only a miniseries. Parker and Laming really killed this first issue, and Dynamite, in general, has been bringing in a lot of really great talent as of late. Hopefully, the success of this book will lead to more stories with these characters, hopefully from this creative team. I really did not expect to find this book as one of, if not the, best #1 of the year thus far, but I'm hard pressed to find a debut issue I enjoyed this much in the past 12 months. This perfectly paced, fun without being silly, apocalyptic without being dreary, re-imagining deserves your eyes and your dollars. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Booked - Kelly Cassidy Sep 12, 2013

    OK, Dynamite, you got me to pick up another book and you lured me in. I think that be launching a number of miniseries you provide great jumping on points for new readers to try new things, let creators tell the story they want to tell, and gauge interest for maybe further stories of those same characters. It's a great strategy. And, dammit, it's working. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Sep 11, 2013

    Kings Watch #1 is not perfect but it's a powerful, potent and certainly competent piece of work that's destined to excite adventure enthusiasts of all ages. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Sep 11, 2013

    I went into this comic having no idea what to expect, but ended up being completely sold on the concept, story and heroes within. I'm intrigued by the potential danger these heroes must overcome, especially since they're all very much human. So often comics jam as much information as they can into the first issue to setup the wild ride ahead which typically means a lot of exposition heavy, pace slogging pages to get through. This comic however, has a ton of information passed on to the reader, all very naturally and well paced. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Comic Addicts - Akshay Dhar Sep 17, 2013

    I would definitely recommend this for people who love the characters to try and make their own judgement and for new readers who want something that has heroes and heroic adventures but is not the same old comic heroes the Big Two give, these guys are legend for a reason and this is a good place to check them out and not have to read the decades of back-catalogue. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Sep 13, 2013

    Lots of us remember these characters from the Defenders of the Earth cartoon, and it's good to see the band getting back together again, taking on their old job. A good start - let's hope for more of the same. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran Sep 11, 2013

    For a book that hasn't even let the so called Kings Watch meet yet, it was a great time. Dynamite Entertainment has a strong team on this book and I really can't wait to see how this adventure plays out. As a longtime fan of these characters and setting, I've been looking for a book that captures the spirit of these stories, without having to quantify the tone of the era. Parker, Laming, and Boyd are on the right path. While Kings Watch #1 isn't quite the perfect adventure, it's darn close. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Andrew Sanford Sep 13, 2013

    I really enjoyed the book and plan to dive back in, but I'm thinking of moving to trade as I am generally disavowing floppies as a relic of a past time like the iceman, steam engines and grammar. The minor nitpicks were not things that I really noticed upon my initial reading but only grew apparent to me in the course of me having to write this review. When reviewing a book, it forces me to be more critical in my take on the book but I assure you this was a fun read on what looks to be a good action book. I would love to hear from fans of these particular characters and please let me know what are the essential elements those characters need to have to be true to what you like. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Sean Tonelli Sep 11, 2013

    King’s Watch #1 is the comic book equivalent of a joy-ride in a hot new coupe. It’s fast, fun and danger lurks around every corner. Now bring on the solo adventures! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Cody "The Thorverine" Ferrell Sep 11, 2013

    Kings Watch #1 is a great appetizer for the main course to come. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Andrew Lamb Sep 13, 2013

    While I personally feel Dynamite Comics made a great choice in bringing this team back as a miniseries, after reading that theysold out the 10,000+ print runon the first day of release, I've got a feeling we'll be seeing them regularly. Die hard fans can rejoice, their comic strip pulp trio is back. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Sep 12, 2013

    "Kings Watch" #1 is an inviting setup that doesn't wallow in exposition, but instead offers just enough of the three primaries to trigger shared collective unconscious of readers everywhere. Every comic book reader has some frame of reference for Phantom, Flash Gordon and Mandrake, and Parker welcomes them all into this story. The writer also offers no guarantees, except that "Kings Watch" is filled with so much potential that the writer has no choice but to prove this title to be an entertaining read. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Hugo Robberts Lariviere Sep 12, 2013

    The colorization, however, is a bit more subtle than in the usual capes book as there is a heavy used of subdued tones in combination with lighting that produce a duller and less diverse result that do emulate the past quite well, which is fitting considering the characters. It is by no mean an extravaganza of rainbows like other books, nor does it feature some particularly complex coloring techniques, yet it is competent nonetheless. While it may not be the most new-reader friendly and some explanations could have been truly helpful to let some readers appreciate some of the characters completely, Jeff Parker still seems to get who the main characters are as he plays with this modern pulp world with some good art by Marc Laming and some competent colorization by Jordan Boyd. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Ian Stephen Sep 22, 2013

    Overall I think this is shaping up to be one of Dynamite's strongest team-up books yet. Parker was a smart choice for writer because he can really tell a high-quality adventure without being too serious. This will only be a 5 issues mini-series so it is honestly worth the time and money to at least check out Kings Watch. Read Full Review

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