Orphan Black #1

Orphan Black #1

Writer: John Fawcett Artist: Szymon Kudranski Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: February 25, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 1
5.9Critic Rating
6.0User Rating

One. Of a kind. Sarah's life was changed dramatically after witnessing the suicide of a woman who looked just like her. Sarah learned that, not only were she and the woman clones, but there were others just like them, and dangerous factions at work set on capturing them all. Now, the mysterious world of Orphan Black widens, with new layers of the conspiracy being peeled back in this miniseries by co-creator John Fawcett!

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Sam Graven Feb 25, 2015

    I was very impressed, to be honest. I like the premise, I like the strong narrative driven by realistic, flawed, female characters, and the pitch of the dialogue is spot on. A couple of times the narrative jars very slightly, making me reread a couple of pages to make sure I hadn't missed something, and that may be down to the assumption that the reader does actually know the show, but it's not the end of the world. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geeked Out Nation - John Turner Feb 25, 2015

    This issue focused on Sarah. The next issue promises to be from the perspective of Helena. Hopefully it will be here that the comic book can deviate from its counterpart and give us something substantial. For now, the book is off to a fair start but in no way comes close to capturing the spark that makes Orphan Black such compelling viewing on the small screen. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Project-Nerd - Sarah Feb 25, 2015

    I enjoy comics that are based off of another established media, and Orphan Black #1 does an excellent job of transposing information " as a fan of the TV show, this is definitely a series that I'll continue to follow. It's a unique view into an already established universe, offering a plethora of background information that is somewhat unattainable through TV. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Nikki Sherman Feb 24, 2015

    Overall, this is an okay start for a highly anticipated series. I'll keep with it, because frankly I find the other clones more interesting than Sarah (Cosima and Helena"I'm looking at you). I'm looking forward to seeing interactions between my favorite characters as they progress, and am willing to give this first issue a pass, because dammit, Cat Staggs really nailed it in the covers. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Max Delgado Feb 24, 2015

    Issue #1 of Orphan Black offers little new to fans of the show, although it does offer a foundation to comic-only readers who might be discovering this premise for the first time. Whatever happens next will be the thing that determines if this series is worth hanging around for. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Feb 26, 2015

    Orphan Black the comic series can be a bit of a disappointment. The book is not friendly for newcomers, and too repetitive for existed TV fans. The character likeliness can be off from time to time, and it feels like the comic exists from existence's sake. But hey, I still have fun reading it, and next month is Helena's story, and she definitely has some untold stories to be filled. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Daniel Coleman Feb 26, 2015

    Jody Houser mentions in the comments that this series will delve deeper into the clones history and give us more information. So there is hope for this series, this issue misses the mark for me as a fan of the show though. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Milo Milton Jefferies Feb 26, 2015

    So whilst Orphan Black #1 may not quite hit all the high marks of the TV show, it remains a fairly strong entry point for new readers (although, just as word of advice, stop what youre doing and go and watch the show now if you havent already, you're really missing out on something incredible) and the potential is still there for more fascinating stories to come. New readers and returning fans of the show should find plenty to enjoy here. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Feb 25, 2015

    "Orphan Black" #1 is that rare kind of tie-in that probably holds more appeal for those less familiar with a franchise than it does for its loyal followers, but it's nonetheless a worthy if tentative expansion. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin -  Myke Ladiona Mar 24, 2015

    All that aside, it might have been the simple mistake of using the first issue of the comic series to tell Sarahs story, since shes already the primary protagonist of the show. As the comics continue and we get into the backstory of all the other clones, Helena especially, the idea of revisiting what weve seen on television from a different perspective might just pay off. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comicosity - Eris Walsh Feb 25, 2015

    The comics should be a place where we can go deeper into the story; where the writers can really sink into the meat of a character/storyline or show us some of the adventures of the supporting cast without having to worry about the time and budget constraints of a television episode. Unfortunately, that doesnt appear to be what were getting with this miniseries, and that makes me sad. Read Full Review

  • 4.3
    Nerds On The Rocks - Jonathan Schultz Feb 26, 2015

    To me the pacing was extremely fast, and I think it would be very hard to follow if you haven't seen the show. This made for a very uneven issue even though I wasn't sure what I was expecting. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Capeless Crusader - Jesse Quick-Rincon Feb 26, 2015

    Its possible that if you havent watched Orphan Black that you might enjoy this comic but if you havent watched Orphan Black, Id prefer to just recommend watching Orphan Black. For fans of the show, theres nothing new here this first issue. Read Full Review

  • 2.9
    Multiversity Comics - Alice W. Castle Feb 26, 2015

    There are a lot of things that could have been done to improve this issue, but it would likely require a top down rethink about whether this series is tying into the show or simply adapting as trying to do both so far feels cramped and unnecessary. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    J.P. Polewczak Feb 26, 2015

    It was just what I expected (and feared) for issue #1. Being a fan of the show put me at a disadvantage. I knew what was going to happen, I knew all of the players involved, and I didn't feel like I gained anything once it was finished. That being said, what I anticipate from the series is a more in-depth look at the other characters leading up to their interaction. The next one is about Helena and I hope we learn more about her origin. If I feel the same way after Helena's issue as I did about Sarah's, it will be hard for me to justify continuing this series with Alison or even Cosima.

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