The Great Divide #1

Writer: Ben Fisher Artist: Adam Markiewicz Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment Release Date: September 7, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 2
7.3Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

In the near future, humanity awakens to the horrifying reality that the faintest touch from another's skin results in agonizing death.   The survivors isolate themselves, many driven mad by fragments of memories "absorbed" from those they've killed.  Two years after the "Divide," a pair of thieves stumble upon the means to save their species.  But not everyone is eager to see the old world order restored...Includes a free song download -- mood music for the apocalypse!

  • 9.7
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Michael Nunneley Sep 6, 2016

    The story of The Great Divide #1 is great. It is the perfect conglomeration of horror, humor and action in an apocalyptic setting. All of this while maintaining good world and character building. You really get this wonderful sense of dread in the world, and the characters flush out nicely. I found the whole story to be intriguing and refreshing. I'll Be adding this book to my pull-list. I can't wait to read the next issue to see where this awesome story goes. I wouldn't be surprised if this turned out to be a movie or a TV series in the future. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Sep 8, 2016

    The Great Divide starts of well and digs into its basic world setting ideas quickly with plenty of room to expand on it with as the book goes on. I'm definitely interested as Fisher presents an idea that's familiar but all its own and explores some of the areas that are often overlooked in favor of just action and sex. Markiewicz has a solid style here that's definitely appealing for this kind of book, touching on the horror side a bit but without overdoing it in a splatterfest kind of way. The pair make for a good team and this book has me already hopeful that there's a good story for this six-issue run and that it's something that can be explored more beyond that as it has the potential with what's introduced so far – and if it can connect with enough readers, which it should. This does have the potential to be the next Walking Dead. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Pauly D Sep 7, 2016

    Fisher has created an interesting world that begs the question, how do we survive without physical interaction? Something as simple as a handshake, a bump of the shoulders on the subway, a million interactions that we do not even give a second thought to on a daily basis are now a death sentence in Fisher's future. It is a fascinating concept and I am interested to see where the story takes us. Adam Markiewicz (Trench Coat Samurai) brings a raw quality to the landscape, which fits in perfectly with the storytelling. He uses harsh lines and bleak backdrops to convey the somberness of the situations while expertly conveying the emotions of the players in the tale. The market is over-saturated with dystopian stories, butThe Great Dividehas a unique caveat that should make it stand out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - Huck Talwar Sep 9, 2016

    This is a great issue that starts a really unique series. The concept of a virus breaking out isn't new at all, but spreading through skin contact is fairly fresh, and it's a great way to add an element of urgency and danger to the situation at hand. This is truly a great read, and I fully recommend it to any and all of you. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Carl Boehm Sep 7, 2016

    For an opening issue, The Great Divide #1 gets edgy, bloody, and smart. With a little work on the execution of the character in a more associative role with the readership, this book could become one of the best shitty future stories out there. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Sep 14, 2016

    The Great Divide presents a brand new spin on the end of the world.  It doesn't come with a nuclear holocaust or the zombie apocalypse.  Instead, it comes with the lack of physical connection.  You can't join hands and sing "Kumbaya" to fix this, as that would kill everyone.  You strap on a gas mask and a pair of gloves and you hope you accidentally bump into someone as you're scavenging for supplies. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Slackjaw Punks - Iron Squid Sep 7, 2016

    This book was a little hard to review, not because it is not good, its very creative and does capture my attention to continue reading the story. But I kind of wish we could have seen a little bit more as to what is going on, the book holds your attention but by the end and thinking about it, you feel like it could end up being like any other post apocalyptic book where our hero is the only one who has the cure…and he's a bad guy who does not care. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Geek-O-Rama - Rick Sep 6, 2016

    The art wasnt breaking any ground here: the linework isnt exquisite, but gets the job done; the dialogue manages to convey a snarky weariness to its speakers without going overboard. Its in the concept that TGD really shines. The problem of operating a society without any physical contact is intriguing. Is there a kind of social commentary going on here? I do hope so, because the clich of man-as-animal in post-apocalyptic stories is worn to the bone. We need something different, and I hope TGD can live up to its initial promise, without turning into a dull slog. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Nerds On The Rocks - Earl Rufus Sep 7, 2016

    The book has an interesting enough premise to get you through the first issue wanting more, but not all of what you desire is from the story beats but by what isn't explained. I'm curious to see where the book goes in future installments. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Multiversity Comics - Liam Budd Sep 12, 2016

    Dull and uninspiring, "The Great Divide" sits between itself and the reader. Read Full Review

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