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Dying Is Easy #1

Writer: Joe Hill Artist: Martin Simmonds Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: December 11, 2019 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 4
8.8Critic Rating
5.5User Rating

The debut of an all-new creation by Joe Hill (Locke & Key) and Martin Simmonds (Punks Not Dead)! Meet Syd "Sh*t-Talk" Homes, a disgraced ex-cop turned bitter stand-up comic turned... possible felon?!
In part 1 of Dying is Easy, Carl Dixon is on the verge of comedy superstardom and he got there the dirty way: by stealing jokes. He's got a killer act, an ugly past, and more enemies than punch-lines. So when someone asks Syd Homes how much it would cost to have Dixon killed, Syd isn't surprised in the slightest. He's already got a figure in mind...

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Dec 9, 2019

    Dying is Easy #1 is out in shops on December 11th.Dyingiseasywill be available for purchasehereat IDW Publishing and wherever print and digital comics are sold. Or, support your local comic shops usingwww.comicshoplocator.com. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - David Pepose Dec 10, 2019

    Walking up on a comedy club stage might be a terrifying concept for some, but I promise you, Dying Is Easy should be at the top of your pull list this week. Impeccably drawn and hilariously subversive, this is the sort of debut you’ll find yourself reading and rereading again. While some readers might be skeptical about the idea of a crime-fighting standup comedian, Dying Is Easy is a series that deserves to be laughing all the way to the bank. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Nathan Koffler Dec 11, 2019

    Joe Hill and Martin Simmonds have created something really great with Dying is Easy. The overall storytelling is excellent and the characters and dialogue are even better. This debut issue reeled me in as soon as I opened it and as I kept reading, I laughed and I winced and I fell in love with it. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Geek'd Out - Insha Fitzpatrick Dec 11, 2019

    Dying is Easy will be a five-part miniseries from IDW Publishing. You can pick up your copy of Dying is Easy #1 from IDW (print or digital), on Comixology, or visit and support your local comic book shop. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - Jason A. Fleece Dec 11, 2019

    Dying is Easy #1 is a solid first issue, introducing the major players and the world of the story well. The cover page makes it seem like this might be the first in a series of adventures for Syd Homes, so heres hoping that future issues are as strong as this one. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Dec 11, 2019

    Martin Simmonds art style in this issue is perfectly suited to the dark tone of the story. There is a film noir quality to the visuals where characters are always bathed in shadows and that helps to bring home the mood of this story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Ronnie Gorham Dec 10, 2019

    Dying is Easy #1 is a great new story by Joe Hill and Martin Simmonds that offers an interesting take on the whodunnit trope involving an ex-police officer turned comedian turned possible murderer. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Sequential Planet - Danilo To Dec 11, 2019

    Like mentioned at the beginning of the review, I loved how well paired Simmonds' style got with Hill's storytelling and despite my regards about the fight scene, the plot and the art are more than enough to convince me to keep up with this comic and see just how wonderful and gritty it can get. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Multiversity Comics - Rowan Grover Dec 12, 2019

    A complex crime story that while visually stunning and narratively complex, can leave readers feeling a little uneasy. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Cody Walker Dec 10, 2019

    All that being said, cops make many enemies every day. There's no telling who might have set up the insulting detective. Maybe next issue we'll see him get a little taste of his own medicine? Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Spencer Perry Dec 11, 2019

    Master storyteller Joe Hill lays a unique groundwork here, setting the stage for his cop-turned-comedian story with a slew of off-putting jokes that frame his lead character in a proper fashion for this neo-noir. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    ohhaimark Dec 14, 2019


    -This was a fine first issue. I might continue this series. Then again, maybe not.

    -The dark comedy's solid. I appreciate the lack of restraint, too. Be warned, if you're planning on reading this: the comedy is very, very dark.

    -Shit Talk is a pretty compelling main character.

    -I like the story with Shit Talk being blamed for driving someone into committing suicide. It's a nice, dark addition to his character.

    -I'm much more excited for where this is going. This issue was a lot of setup. Hopefully next issue is more interesting.

    THE BAD:

    -Did this need to be 4.99? The story's light, and it feels like it could easily be normal sized.

    -I feel more

  • 7.5
    Veido Feb 16, 2020

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    KnM Nov 29, 2022

  • 3.0
    batman_forever Jan 4, 2020

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