Drive #1

Drive #1

Writer: Michael Benedetto Artist: Antonio Fuso Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: August 26, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 2
6.8Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

A hard-boiled pop-culture sensation re-created for comics. In L.A., there's one man you want behind the wheel. Just tell him where and when. He doesn't take part, doesn't know anyone, doesn't carry a weapon. He drives, and he's the best. Ride along as James Sallis' lean nü-noir masterpiece unfolds onto the sun-bleached streets of Los Angeles in this exciting 4-part comic book adaptation.

  • 9.1
    Major Spoilers - Wayne Hall Aug 26, 2015

    Drive is a lean, taut story, where the details lend that feel of authenticity. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny Hughes Aug 26, 2015

    As said, the quality of the book isn't in doubt, at its worst it's a cash in on a cult book and movie; at its best it may entice crime noir fans to try other publishers more original works. Either way, its certainly going to be an interesting ride. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Booked - Jesse Peterson Sep 1, 2015

    Even though it's only four issues, Drive already feels like a wild ride. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicWow!TV - AD Boorman Aug 25, 2015

    Benedetto and Fuso started out with a huge advantage; Sallis' work is classic and strong.They have carefully made choices to honor the feel of the original work and maintained a restrained and reserved control over the story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Aug 26, 2015

    Drive #1 marks another successful attempt at adapting the novel into a more visually oriented medium. While this series doesn't really break new ground, it does strike a balance between respecting the source material and taking advantage of the new format.Fans of comic book crime noir will definitely want to give this first issue a try. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Karcossa Aug 25, 2015

    This four part miniseries is something that you're going to want to jump rightin and enjoy the ride. Pun intended. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Aug 25, 2015

    One of the biggest drawbacks of this kind of adaptation is getting something that is already whole in piecemeal chunks, and it is easy to believe that this may have been better served as a singular graphic novel release. All the other elements are here though, with rich visuals, a compelling narrative, and a non-linear story to draw us in for the trip. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Flip Geeks - Drew Bagay Aug 31, 2015

    While the issue seems to hit all the right notes, the biggest flaw I see is the chosen medium. For people who are used and have read the completed story, it could feel a bit tedious to see the story unfold in little chapters. Perhaps Drive could have suited better as a graphic novel, instead of the single issue format. All that said, Drive #1 has the right mix of great visuals and compelling narrative to draw the reader in. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Bounding Into Comics - John F. Trent Aug 25, 2015

    Drive #1 will have me coming back for more. Driver's character demands you learn more about him, whether it is the jobs he undertakes or the potential love interest with Irina. The artwork could be a little better, especially the character detail, but the overall story make up for it. Fast cars, chase scenes, a murder mystery, and a compelling protagonist make for a fun story. Read Full Review

  • 6.9
    Multiversity Comics - Stephenson Ardern-Sodje Aug 28, 2015

    Benedetto and Fuso's opening quarter of their version of “Drive” is definitely a slick, evocative, and well-muscled beast of a first issue. It's worth a read both for fans of the book, the film, or just of Mystery comics in general. My only worry is that an over-reliance on the story that readers may already know, and a stylistic attempt to pull influence from two mediums so inherently different (the book has to deliver everything without pictures, and the film can do it all with movement) may end up tying the creative team up in too many strings. That being said, I'm definitely going to keep up with this series because everything it's done so far it's done pretty perfectly, and it's difficult to hate on a comic too much for being true to such solid source material. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Andr Habet Aug 26, 2015

    I may not get to Drive the movie for another few years, so I'm glad I've got this comic to tide me over until then. Although crime comics have become pretty vogue recently, I haven't taken to any of them the way I have towards Drive. Through its intriguing leading character and unique look, it's definitely a comic I enjoyed much more than I initially thought I would. And now that the proverbial crap has hit the fan, I'm looking forward to seeing where this modern Western takes me. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Following The Nerd - Phil Robinson Aug 25, 2015

    This is indeed an honest adaptation of the source material, which has been shown respect, as well as having its style and sense of urgency cranked up to 11; there's no real messing around here, so you're either along for the ride of your life, or left in the dust of Drive. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Yet Another Media Site - Kevin Finnigan Aug 25, 2015

    The real appeal of DRIVE #1 is the artwork by Antonio Fusso, Emilio Lecce, and Jason Lewis. The expressive pencils of Fusso, and the subtleties in the facial expressions of the Driver, speak mountains about his personality. How Fusso kept hiding the Driver talking started off well, but became a little obvious and almost humorous by the end. The quick fight scene was handled perfectly, showing that the Driver isn't a perfect fighter, but gets the job done when he needs to. It's amazing work between Bendetto and Fusso. Lecce's inks capture the shadow and evil that lurks around every corner in Los Angeles, and really sells the seedy side of the city without diving into cliches. Lewis' colors are beautiful, balancing the neon well without it being over powering or annoying. It feels like something a tourist would talk about when they get home from a trip to LA and have only seen the shiny side of the city. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Aug 31, 2015

    Ultimately, I wouldn't count out Drive just yet - now that the world has been established, there's plenty of places for Benedetto and Fuso to go, and hopefully they'll put pedal to the metal and really ramp things up. But as far as this first issue goes, it's undeniably a slow start - and with so many other options on the stands, hopefully Drive's goodwill at the box office will keep its comic book counterpart from being left in the dust. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Aug 31, 2015

    Judged by itself, "Drive" #1 is a workmanlike translation of the story of Sallis' novel. Unfortunately, compared to the film, it falls short in artistry, style and imagination. This is going to create a divide in the reception of this comic. Readers who saw the film will probably be disappointed, while those who only read the book or are new to the story won't nitpick so much. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Infinite Comix - Jay Mattson Aug 28, 2015

    Drive #1 is a fun issue if you're a fan of the film. Otherwise, it's mostly forgettable. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Zac Kandell Aug 28, 2015

    As a single issue, there's not really anything to keep me reading into the next issue. This will likely read much better as a trade, where the end of this issue is more of a chapter break than the last thing you'll see in this series for a month, so if you're really interested in it, wait for the trade to come out, but even then I have my doubts. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Big Comic Page - Andrew Stevens Aug 27, 2015

    Drive #1 is unfortunately not as slick and polished as its celluloid namesake. Character introspection is welcomed for such a blank-slate character, but gives the impression of someone I don't want to root for, but hey, maybe I shouldn't.  Read Full Review

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