Shaft #1

Shaft #1

Writer: David Walker Artist: Bilquis Evely Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment Release Date: December 3, 2014 Cover Price: $10 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 2
8.5Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

The Blank Authentix Edition features the same great story, but a blank cover that you can get your favorite artist to draw! The Blank Authentix Edition is only available for issue #1. In this issue, iconic hero Shaft makes his comic book debut in an all-new adventure. He's gone toe-to-toe with organized crime bosses, stood up to the cops, squared off against kidnappers, and foiled assassination attempts. But who was John Shaft before he became the hardboiled investigator with a reputation as big as New York City itself?

  • 10
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Dave MacPhail Dec 4, 2014

    A fascinating insight into who Shaft was before he became the coolest mutha ****** around! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Jason DiGioia Dec 3, 2014

    Even though I've never seen a Shaft film, I came into this book with certain expectations. After all, I've seen clips and I know a little about the genre. Thankfully, my expectations were trampled in a hurry. If you're a fan of mature, believable dialogue, a complex protagonist, massive story potential, and great artwork, you will thank yourself for picking up Shaft #1. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Martin Doyle Dec 3, 2014

    Shaft was not a book I was actively looking to pick up, but it's one I won't be missing from this point on. Slick dialogue, superb art, and central character who's as cool as they come. Need I say more? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Dec 4, 2014

    Shaft runs into Bamma Brooks, once a role model to our titular protagonist, who sets the path for John Shaft to follow. Walker, Evely and Miwa give readers a thick, fun comic book filled with intrigue and rich developments, guiding Shaft down that path. "Shaft" #1 is a strong debut from Dynamite Entertainment and one that has my attention. This comic book doesn't kowtow to the legend set before, choosing instead to construct a new one all its own. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Dec 3, 2014

    “Shaft” #1 is a great start to this revival of an American icon. It's action packed and a great introduction to the character for those who have never seen the films or read the novel. Dynamite Entertainment has something on their hands here. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Rhymes With Geek - M. 'Pawz' Williams Dec 2, 2014

    The main achievement of Shaft #1 is that it gives the reader a real sense of John Shaft's character while telling a suspense-filled story. First issues are often either heavy on action or build up a foundation of characters and situations on which to tell future chapters. Shaft #1 does both so well and with such assured art, that it should be used as a reference for creators planning out their debut comics. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Critical Blast - Chris Delloiacono Dec 4, 2014

    Bilquis Evely brings the world to vivid life. She adds so much detail to this seedy, sordid tale. Her characters express a range of emotions and never appear static. Couple that with the colors of Daniela Miwa and the late '60s explodes off the page. Shaft's world isn't easy or pretty. Yet, all the ugliness is just so beautiful to look at. Artistically you can't ask for more! This comic is a bad mother.... Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Heather Joy Dec 3, 2014

    I did not consider myself the target demographic for this story, but I found myself in love by the ending credits. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves characters with depth and a taste for realistic plots. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Coming Up Comics - David Melton Dec 2, 2014

    A cool-as-hell character, a dangerous background for the story, crime, murder, danger. What's not to like about this title? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Russell Johnson Dec 2, 2014

    Bottom line is that Shaft #1 was much more than I gave it credit for and much more than I had preconceived. It still may have a tough time finding an audience but fans of hardboiled crime comics and the like should give Shaft #1 a try. I was pleasantly surprised by Walker and Evely's take and would recommend this book to fans of not only crime but just good, gritty self-made heroes who will risk everything while doing the right thing. Shaft is entertaining and even a like bit motivational and you don't need to be a fan of the seventies to enjoy Shaft #1, you just need to be a fan of solid storytelling. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Dec 5, 2014

    Shaft #1 delivers a solid story to existing Shaft fans, but may end up feeling like too much setup and too little payoff for people unfamiliar with the character. A nice bonus included in the print comic is a QR code that can be used to get the first eight chapters of Ernest Tidyman's new Shaft prose novel Shaft's Revenge (these 8 chapters are also included with the digital edition). Issue #2 will feature chapters nine through fifteen when it hits stores next month, and the full length novel is expected to be released next spring. Not a bad deal and it will give readers a comic to get a taste of the prose hero that spawned a movie franchise. I'm a fan, I enjoyed the issue and am looking forward to the action picking up as the series progresses. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Front Towards Gamer - Lido Dec 6, 2014

    What Shaft reminds me of the most is Casino Royale,a top-down rebuild framed as an origin story with a decided slant towards gritty harshness and no small degree of realism, yetleft a little flat by acting as part one of something greater than itself. That being said, I still recommend it because there's more than enough potential here to be worth the price of admission and I wouldn't be surprised if Shaft ended up one of the best books of 2015. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ryan Scott Dec 8, 2014

    Walker has done no wrong, but it is perhaps the source material itself that just doesnt seem like its right for comics. Then again, perhaps this is just the result of having a nerdy white boy review a comic such as Shaft. In any case, this may not be the best of reads on stands this week; however, the creators did include a pretty sweet playlist to go along with the book. Read Full Review

  • 10
    mudstar Dec 4, 2014

    What a surprise. I've never read the book or seen the movies, but I enjoyed every minute of this book. My pick of the week. Excellent script and awesome can't go wrong with this book. More of this, please.

  • 7.5
    Gizmo Dec 22, 2014

    The story is good and the art is very good. I also like the suggested soundtrack posted in the end notes.

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