Red Room #1

Writer: Ed Piskor Artist: Ed Piskor Publisher: Fantagraphics Books Release Date: May 19, 2021 Cover Price: $6.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 11
8.7Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

From the creator of Hip Hop Family Tree and X-Men: Grand Design comes this ALL-NEW monthly comic book series, with a specially priced, self-contained, double-sized debut issue! Red Room is a cyberpunk, outlaw, splatterpunk masterpiece. Aided by the anonymous dark web and nearly untraceable crypto-currency, there has emerged a subculture of criminals who live-stream and patronize webcam murders for entertainment. Who are the murderers? Who are the victims? How do we stop it? As seen on Piskor's YouTube channel sensation, Cartoonist Kayfabe!

  • 10
    COMICON - Olly MacNamee May 19, 2021

    Ed Piskor's ‘Red Room' #1 is a gloriously gory modern day E.C. comic book that delivers on visceral, graphically detailed horror delivered with the blackest of humour. And I loved it! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Manuel Gomez May 21, 2021

    RED ROOM, Ed Piskor's much-hyped new series from Fantagraphics, has finally arrived. And it's the gore-splattering, blood-dripping horror comic masterpiece you have been waiting for. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Lucas Fashina May 19, 2021

    I liked the acknowledgment in story that this stuff is not ever going to be mainstream. Though it is not 100% certain, I can think of a bunch of movies that proves that this would do well on the big screen; SAW Anthology, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and the Hostel movies are just a few. As of this writing, bidding on the Cover D Peach Momoko (1:20), has reached triple on the secondary market. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz May 19, 2021

    The story is good, but not for the faint of heart. Piskor knew exactly what he wanted this comic to be. He has a great time executing his vision and his writing and artwork has never been better. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Watch - Mike Eakins May 22, 2021

    Final thoughts on Red Room #1. Brilliant. Taboo subjects are always going to be a touchy subject and some folks are simply turned off by that and thats perfectly fine. Red Room #1 is bold, gory, unsettling, but none the less a fun torturous ride. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore May 20, 2021

    A haunting, violent, and over the top portrait of modern society. Read Full Review

  • 5.8
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton May 19, 2021

    I definitely can't recommend Red Room #1 as a story beyond some cool storytelling tricks from Ed Piskor. (He uses bullet casings to make sound effect lettering.) However, its utter contempt for humanity and 4chan-filtered-through 1990s nostalgia (Its sole connective tissue to the last volume of X-Men: Grand Design.) and dusty old paperbacks perspective on what makes society tick stimulates the doom-scrolling through Facebook comment threads and binge-watching 90 Day Fiance part of my brain so I might be making a return visit to this book… Read Full Review

  • 10
    BuckDeluxe Jun 7, 2021

    I was already anticipating this book and I definitely wasn't let down at all once I read it. It's a gory filled mess with great story pacing. I'd say don't of the true horror is in the thought that somewhere in the corners of the dark web these murder rooms could actually exist. The book is engaging and the writing moves perfectly through the story without any unnecessary filler and without feeling the need to hold the audiences hand the whole time. The characters are introduced with just the right amount of background needed without wasting the the reader's time. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I'm excited to read the next issue. If you're a fan of gore, horror, Clive Barker's books or even Eli Roth's gorey films then I highly recommend more

  • 9.5

    I am by no means a "horror-fan", i am however a fan of engaging storytelling. Theres a long lineage of horror and gore in comics. Prior to the Comics' Code, Horror comic publishers were abundant, like EC Comics for example with their anthologies of horror stories. The comic codes' attempts at censorship only pushed these creators of the dark and macabre to work underground. what followed was a period of alternative comics that ignored the comic code authority. what followed? Underground comics full of nudity, drugs, sex, violence, and moral depravation. but why would someone want to read these? because they reflect a world that is VERY much real. Banning the image of a gun or a breast does not remove those things from the world. This is my more

  • 9.0
    maljoss Dec 17, 2021

    This was s solid horror comic from a great storyteller. Piskor's affection for old EC Horror stories was evident, and his obsessive attention to detail is on full display. The style is a bit cartoony - which works for me, but mileage may vary. If you're familiar with horror comics, you can see the swerves coming, but that doesn't make them any less enjoyable.

  • 8.0
    DDJamesB May 23, 2021

    Took a chance on this book because I was curious. Its definitely dark but, it wasnt as bad as I thought it be from some of the reviews. Dont get me wrong though its definitely pretty messed up.

  • 6.0
    Big Dumb Jay Jun 8, 2021

    A not-so-interesting story wrapped around an intriguing topic. First, the good: Piskor does well when he righteously mocks Internet chatroom culture. It wasn't a horrible read, and I'll probably give it one more issue. The bad: I wasn't grossed out or disturbed by this comic, and I feel I should have been. There is gore in this book that other reviewers are describing as horrific and intense, though perhaps I'm broken -- because the brutality and grotesqueness of Red Room seems mild compared to Nemesis, Crossed, The Boys, or anything involving Garth Ennis really. I'm no gorehound, but I find Red Room's art to be cartoonish, and the lack of realism in the violence (the "victims" are all drawn like zombies rather than actual human beings) act more

  • 5.5
    HallowsEveCat Jun 9, 2021

    I thought I was truly gonna like this, saddly this isn't for me.

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    Mindo2003 Jun 3, 2021

  • 8.0
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  • 6.0
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  • 6.0
    Swanktub May 19, 2021

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