The Blood Queen #1

The Blood Queen #1

Writer: Troy Brownfield Artist: Fritz Casas Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment Release Date: June 11, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10
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  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jun 15, 2014

    Magic and mystery with a manipulative maiden whose motivations are most interesting. This is something new and different that's worth checking out. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Jun 11, 2014

    The Blood Queen #1 is a comic that despite some minor scuffs soars high. The creative team delivers an opening issue that without a doubt carries a lot of interest and deserves to generate tremendous buzz because this one comes highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Jules Boyle Jun 10, 2014

    It's excellent stuff, with writer Troy Brownfield creating a believable fantasy world, one that you can imagine has a real history and is populated by actual people. Fantasy comics seem to be a hard sell, but this one, if given room to breathe could blossom into something pretty special. Oh and the first arc is called Reign In Blood, after the Slayer album. Extra thumbs up just for that alone. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Carl Boehm Jun 11, 2014

    Though not stated outright, this has all indications that it may be the fictionalized story of Elizabeth Bathory, the woman who slaughtered virgins to bathe in their blood and remain young. Since everyone needs an origin story, this would make for an opportune topic for a dark fantasy book. At least The Blood Queen has a competent creative staff to make this book compelling. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - AD Boorman Jun 9, 2014

    As would be expected, there is violence, sorcery, and innuendo. If you like 'sword and sorcery,' with strong female characters, you would probably like this comic. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Backwards Compatible - Paul Fiander Jun 11, 2014

    Blood Queen is a solid opening to a new series, the parts are there but there does feel an imbalance between the art and narrative. Both together work but the art feels like the weaker of the two mediums. If you like a fantasy vibe then this could be a series to keep an eye out for. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Jun 14, 2014

    Our heroine Elizabeth is established as a healer and she knows about blood magic, but blood magic seems to be generally regarded as dubious pursuit that has been banned. Elizabeth herself is kind of ambiguous, we don't know from this issue whether she is going to end up being fully good, very evil, or somewhere in between. There are definitely some ulterior motives going on that we see the seeds of but are not fully played out in this issue. Overall this was a good first issue, it introduced a number of characters, the world our story is set in, as well as various points of conflict and story possibilities. This can go in any number of directions as the story develops and I'd be OK with any of them. I have some suspicions, but I'll keep them to myself for now in the interests of remaining “spoiler free”. Ultimately this achieved the goal of a #1 issue, it got me to want to come back for #2. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Rob McMonigal Jun 11, 2014

    Blood Queen #1 should definitely appeal to those who have read Brownfield's other print comics or who are looking for a comic that echoes elements of Game of Thrones without trying to be a carbon copy. It will require overlooking the mediocre artwork, but those who do so should be entertained and intrigued enough to stick around to see what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jun 11, 2014

    With a fairly standard setup here, there's not a lot to draw on to really establish itself as something that stands on its own. There's any number of fantasy novels that operate off of similar beginnings, though this book has the added plus of some pretty appealing artwork by Fritz Casas to work off of. Brownfield moves things along well enough with the story and the dialogue is handled well as it isn't too overdone or coming across as annoying for lack of a better word. But the greatest sin the book has is that it doesn't offer a strong enough hook to make you want to come back for more. While that's easier to do when you've got a couple of issues under your belt and the audience already intrigued, it's problematic with a first issue since you need to give folks a reason to come back. There's a tease here, but it's likely not enough for most unless they're simply strong fans of the genre. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Wesley Messer Jun 11, 2014

    Blood Queen is the kind of comic that leaves you empty by the end of the journey. I like fantasy, I see where Troy Brownfield is wanting to take this but it's so painfully generic. When I look back at this comic I won't look back in anger, I'll look back in boredom. The best and worst comics elicit some kind of reaction from their readers. You can be bad, good, or even middle of the road, but if you're boring, there's just no saving you. Blood Queen is not a comic I would recommend to anyone, there is much better fantasy out on the shelf. Skip this with my blessing. 4 out of 10 Read Full Review

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