The Spirit: The Corpse-Makers #1
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The Spirit: The Corpse-Makers #1

Writer: Francesco Francavilla Artist: Francesco Francavilla Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment Release Date: February 1, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 1
9.0Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

A series of unexpected disappearances and deaths hit Central City. Initially these cases seem purely unrelated: no apparent connection between the victims makes it easy for the police to just file them as runaways or natural deaths. But when someone close to Ebony White disappears, The Spirit is on the case! From the mind of writer/artist & Eisner winner Francesco Francavilla, comes a thrilling tale of The Spirit that promises to tingle your spines.

  • 10
    Nerds On The Rocks - Logan Dalton Feb 3, 2017

    The Spirit Corpsemakers #1 is a study in how brush strokes and shifts in color can create suspense and atmosphere and also a damn good start to a mystery from Francesco Francavilla that gives Ebony White some time in the spotlight. And the poster worthy title page (Done in melancholy blue, which happens to be the color of The Spirits outfit.) will have you salivating even before the plot really kicks in. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Stephen Schleicher Feb 3, 2017

    The Spirit is a character that has and should remain timeless " kept in the time period where his exploits seem larger than life. The Spirit: The Corpse-Makers #1 is a delight to read, and the art blows my mind as always. Fans of pulp mystery will want to pick up this issue right now, and add the series to their pull list. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Jason Laframboise Feb 1, 2017

    Thus far it has captured the spirit of the old school Spirit stories, and for a fan of the character such as myself that is a huge plus. The Spirit has been around for decades now so telling unique stories with is, I imagine quite hard. He has probably been published by more comic book companies then any other characters, including Quality, DC, Harvey, now Dynamite and even was carried in 20 Sunday Newspaper comic strips. This is a character that has had one of the most legendary people in all of comics create him and write him, so it probably is a daunting task to throw yourself into a book like this, but Francavilla did a great job with this first issue. A great read that I highly recommend. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Feb 12, 2017

    Francavilla is a master of the craft, and this book serves as a tribute to Eisners classic creation as well as new chapter in its stories history. The mark of a great issue is when you reach the end, it feels like it ended way too soon. That is the feeling I had when I reached the last panel here. The opening title sequence evoked thoughts of Eisners classic title pages, the panel shapes, the color hues, it all matched exactly what we want when revisiting The Spirit. The one page tribute to Eisner and Cooke at the beginning of the book is a great way to kick off this new series, which might take best new series before its all said and done. The Spirit is back, and I couldnt be happier. Read Full Review

  • 10
    All-Comic - Matthew Strackbein Jan 22, 2017

    It's everything you love about The Spirit perfectly intact from a fresh, yet loyal perspective. Will Eisner's name is synonymous with achievement, and his creation is perhaps one of the most iconic characters known to comics' fans. But perhaps the greatest gift Eisner gave the industry was insight into the limitless possibilities of the medium. That's why The Spirit remains fertile ground after all these years and The Corpse-Makers is taking full advantage of the possibilities. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Slackjaw Punks - Duff Feb 1, 2017

    Corpse Makers, is more than a tribute to Eisner's talents and legacy, it's a continuation. Francavilla's spin breaths rare and emboldens his own legacy. The real question isn't; "Is the Corpse-Makers are good comic?" That's a given. No, the real question we should ask is; "will be honoring Francesco Franacavilla, like Will Eisner a 100 years from now?" Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Capeless Crusader - Jeremy Radick Jan 24, 2017

    If you're interested in getting more of the Spirit in your diet, then you can't ask for a better introduction than The Spirit - The Corpse-Makers #1 by Francesco Francavilla. From an artistic point of view, you aren't going to find a more gorgeous book on the stands and the story excels in its job of enticing readers to stick around for the rest of the series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Mar 18, 2017

    To sum up, then, this is a memorable introduction to a story that promises to be both intriguing and emotionally engaging. Its central narrative is strong and it is fit to burst with the kind of foreboding atmosphere that this reviewer finds almost impossible to resist. My one minor complaint is that The Spirit himself isn't in it very much. That aside, I can heartily recommend the issue – particularly if you like your comics pulpy and moody. A very strong start to what I suspect will be an outstanding series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Alexis Simonetta Feb 1, 2017

    All in all this is a great tribute to Eisner. Definitely something you should check out if you've ever been interested in his work. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Feb 1, 2017

    While The Spirit as minimally on my radar over the decades of being a comic book fan, I became really engaged with the previous series that Dynamite put out. With this incarnation, Francavilla is bringing his signature style to it with the artwork but also with the more minimal approach to the script with the dialogue. It makes it lean and more focused on the visual storytelling, which completely works – something that I can say as a fan of the live-action film that was definitely style over substance. The Corpse-Makers storyline has plenty of potential and it opens up things for a lot of fun visually as Francavilla is definitely one of the more gifted illustrators I follow with the work that he does. I wasn't thinking of this series much after being such a fan of the previous one but I'm all in to see where this will take me. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Jan 31, 2017

    Visually stunning and with a genuinely intriguing hook, the Corpse-Makers is yet another thrilling addition to the storied history of this iconic character. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Kent Falkenberg Feb 2, 2017

    Fantastic art, and a story that follows some typical beats. But knowing all the steps doesn't make the dance any less fun. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Chris Tresson Feb 1, 2017

    So, don't be a palooka, get yourself down to your local comic shop and grab yourself a copy of it. Even if you don't like the story he's written, Francavilla's art is enough of a reason to have a flip through it. You might just find you like it. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Word Of The Nerd - Brent Jackson Feb 1, 2017

    Conclusion:Will Eisenr's The Spirit in The Corpse Makers #1 (of 5) is a great start to a mystery story. Francesco Francavilla as the only creator on the book uses his writing and artistic abilities to make this series stand out. His great use of colors and pulp styling gives The Spirit a great creepy vibe to the story. The Spirit being the original pulp/noir superhero it has been long awaited for Francavilla to get a hold of him and in this first issue he does not disappoint. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Feb 7, 2017

    Will Eisner's The Spirit: The Corpse-Makers #1 takes it's time to set-up the world, characters, and tease the mystery which will be developed in the coming issues. Francavilla's art fits the character well. Fans of The Spirit should enjoy themselves here. Worth a look. Read Full Review

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