Gate-Way #1

Gate-Way #1

Writer: Joe Halpin Sr Artist: Moyano Juanfrancisco Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: January 15, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 7
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In a surreal setting where a red sky burns bright and the blanket of night brings a terror known only as the Dark Souls, ex-cop Jake Ryan struggles to make sense of his surroundings. Purgatory is a story that weaves a rich tapestry of loyalty, lust, intrigue and betrayal as beggars, thieves, priests, and murderers all vie for power in a world that rewards the bold and enslaves the weak.

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Samantha Roehrig Jan 15, 2014

    IDW has a real winner for me this week. I couldn't get enough of this first issue, and really just wanted to keep reading it. The comic just felt elevated from any first issue I have read recently. My only negative point hits with explaining a lot of detail right away. The story is just an explanation piece of Hopetown. The creators did a good job of covering this up by having the whole Councilman Mason introduction be incorporated into the comic itself. During an explanation issue, the talking seems so forced. With Gateway, the talking is all part of Jake's initiation into his new life…or death. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Jeremiah Peace Jan 17, 2014

    I'll write Halpin's over-exuberance off to a rookie mistake. This series has potential and this book is worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    We The Nerdy - Eduardo Gueiros Jan 16, 2014

    Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book, particularly because it promises to unveil an environment that is, so far, still filled with questions. I also found the idea behind what seems to be the overarching plot highly captivating, since it could go in a million different directions. Its still a little early to see where this series is headed, but I look forward to learning more about Jake Ryan and Gateways world, and will definitely be picking up the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Wesley Messer Jan 18, 2014

    Gateway does have a unique premise, the idea of Purgatory is always one ripe with possibilities. Right now this is a comic that's just okay, but with a killer hook. Now this could go places in the next few issues, as this is a five issue series. Gateway is a series to keep tabs on, this could develop into a cool series as it goes on. A great idea with mixed execution but picked up where it needed to, Gateway was a blind comic for me that turned into an overall decent experience. Hopefully the future is bright for Gateway as it goes forward. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    Florida Geek Scene - Jesse Scheckner Jan 15, 2014

    Then, of course, the twist came and everything got turned on its head. A flawed setup, sure, but the payoff was well worth it. It'll be interesting seeing where they go from here. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Big Comic Page - Joe Morrison Jan 14, 2014

    An amalgam of different comics, TV shows and movies of the past few years the story beats are largely familiar. The small community trapped within a mysterious and dangerous new existence can be seen on Lost and Under the Dome (and the Walking Dead and Battlestar Galactica and so on) while the cop killed on the job and transported to some form of afterlife is very reminiscent of R.I.P.D. Its not necessarily bad ideas that are being lifted, but theyre not handled particularly well which makes their appearance so glaring. If its true that talent borrows but genius steals, lets just say this work appears to have been leased. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Cody "The Thorverine" Ferrell Jan 15, 2014

    Gate-Way is a comic that just happens. There's no real emotion to it and we never connect to the main characters. It has an interesting premise and starts to lay out an intriguing story, but there's no real punch to any of it. This is slated as a mini-series, so maybe the best is yet to come. Read Full Review

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