Punks Not Dead #1

Writer: David Barnett Artist: Martin Simmonds Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: February 21, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15
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As if being an awkward, bullied 15-year-old isn't bad enough, "Fergie" Ferguson suddenly discovers he can see dead people. Well, one dead person specifically-the ghost of a certain punk rocker named Sid. Sid's spirit was trapped in London's Heathrow Airport for 40 years until the day he met Fergie. Sid's ghost is now stuck to Fergie-as if Fergie doesn't have enough on his plate, being raised by a single mum whose idea of parenting is strictly fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants. Now Fergie has to contend with an unruly ghost sidekick and some weird, uncontrollable new "abilities." How does the father Fergie never knew fit into this mayhem? And why more

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Indiana “Indy” Marlow Feb 22, 2018

    Reading this felt like the manifestation of that moment when a teenager finds the genre of music that really speaks to them. But in this case, rather than the lyrics speaking to them metaphorically theres the actual ghost of the musician helping them through life the same way the songs do. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Feb 20, 2018

    An excellent opening issue to a series to watch. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    Comicsverse - Morgan Slade Feb 21, 2018

    In IDW's PUNKS NOT DEAD #1, a troubled teen encounters the ghost of Sid Vicious. Punk rock collides with the modern era explosively. The characterization of Sid is excellent, and the themes and art work well. I'm excited to see where this goes. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Doug Warren Feb 21, 2018

    If you were a fan of punk rock at anytime (even if you were in high school in the late 90s and got wrapped up in the pop punk scene like me), this is a comic you cannot miss. And with all the openings brought up in this first issue, there's no doubt the depth of this series will keep you coming back. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Feb 26, 2018

    Punks Not Dead #1 brings a great showing to the table with a unique premise and plenty of potential. Fergie is a repressed teenager, Sid is a dead and drunk punk rocker, and the artwork is incredible. This one is highly recommended. Give it a try. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    We Talk Podcasts - Brett Monro Feb 21, 2018

    Punks Not Dead is inventive, brash, and if youre ready for it then its a hell of a trip. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Feb 21, 2018

    Yeah,Punks Not Dead#1 is yet another white boy Hero's Journey story, but David Barnett and Martin Simmond's sense of humor, (obvious) punk sensibilities, and paranormal investigation/espionage elements spice up the usual recipe and make it a dish worth sampling even if you're more of a post punk listener like me. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Feb 21, 2018

    It would be easy to either love or hate this comic book. Some will find it not "punk enough" or they'll love it a bit too much thinking it's an amazing tribute to punk. Even others will delve into a dialogue about whether or not Punk really is or isn't dead. It's a comic that's sure to have a lot of attention for all the wrong reasons, so hopefully, you came to this review to cut through all that. Plain and simple, it's a hell of a comic. It's not perfect, but it sharply written, beautifully drawn and colored and full of potential. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Kristopher Grey Feb 27, 2018

    This comic has the potential to be a lot of fun. Sid takes the stereotypical ghost friend role (because that's a thing these days) while hanging with Fergie and teaching him how to stand up to his bully. He definitely has a different perspective on humans and how the world works. How can he not when hes been bound in a public vicinity for decades with no entertainment but cracking jokes and scaring the literal crap out of people? Ironically for Sid, theres a species of nasty looking creatures seen in London thats attracted to music. Theres a chance Sid could clash with the Department of Extra-Usual Affairs. Sid could serve a world-saving purpose before he can move on, help Fergie connect with is father, or hes just stuck on Earth forever because of a posthumous accident. Only time (and more issues) will tell! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Doom Rocket - Mickey Rivera Feb 23, 2018

    Punks Not Dead #1 is an uncannily pretty comic with bizarre secrets to share. Due to the sublime artwork, the enticing plot, and the sheer energy behind this book, I can't help but recommend you pick it up. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    Multiversity Comics - John Schaidler Feb 22, 2018

    Way too early to tell where things might actually go, but a great visual aesthetic and consistently smart writing make for a strong debut. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Feb 21, 2018

    With its boy-meets-ghost story, Punks Not Dead already feels like the strongest of the Black Crown line-up, perhaps because it is also the most accessible. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComiConverse - Darryll Robson Feb 20, 2018

    Capturing the essence of Punk Rock, this comic is an excellent opening to a series with exceptional art and an intriguing script. Comedy and horror are mixed with hilarious results. Read Full Review

  • 5.6
    Comic Crusaders - Bryan Spaulding Feb 22, 2018

    Overall, the comic is not perfect, but it's an ok start to a new series. I'm interested to see how the next day at school goes for Fergie, and I'd really like to see Sid be Sid. There does appear to be some really great parts to work with here, and I'm hopeful for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comicosity - Nick Hanover Feb 21, 2018

    In a book dedicated to the power of obnoxiousness, that lack of fresh ideas is undoubtedly its most obnoxious quality. Stealing from what's come before you is all fine and good (just ask Eliot and Joyce and Jobs) but there has to be some innovating, some spark of ingenuity. By failing to do this, Barnett has only proven that while punk may not be dead, in his hands it's something even worse: useless. Read Full Review

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