Road of Bones #1

Writer: Rich Douek Artist: Alex Cormack Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: May 22, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 6
8.4Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

In 1953, the Siberian Gulag of Kolyma is hell on Earth-which is why Roman Morozov leaps at the chance to escape it. But even if they make it out, Roman and his fellow escapees still have hundreds of miles of frozen tundra between them and freedom. With the help of a mysterious being straight out of his childhood fairy tale stories, Roman just might make it-or is the being simply a manifestation of his brutal circumstances driving him insane?
From writer Rich Douek (Gutter Magic) and artist Alex Cormack (Sink), Road of Bones will carve a path of unrelenting dread right into your heart. Horror, history, and Russian folklore collide in this more

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Mateo Guerrero May 23, 2019

    Road of Bones #1 makes a brutal impression that I'm sure not going to forget for a long time. The issue concludes with a scene that sets up the next chapter in a way that will be sure to have you thinking about it long after you've put this comic down. With its spine chilling setting and unflinching eye, Road of Boneshas the potential to be a knockout. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Geek'd Out - Jim Allegro May 22, 2019

    Artist Alex Cormak (Sink) skillfully brings to life the storys desperation and uncertainty. Strong line-work and visceral expressions remind us what happens to men who are confined too long without hope. The use of sharp black-white contrasts gives the camp a dark and sinister feel. The surrounding tundra, on the other hand, is vast and empty. Light purples and pinks set against this wasteland make us feel the chilling temperatures that the escapees will have to endure in order to survive their getaway. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman May 22, 2019

    Presented here is a tale of suffering; the kind that clings the soul and lines the walls of soon-to-be black hearts.Road of Bones #1is an impressive debut issue and a must-read for Horror fans. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance May 21, 2019

    An immersive historical tale that walks the perfect tightrope between oppression and hope, Road of Bones #1 is a fantastic series debut. I highly recommend getting aboard this title from its start. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Outright Geekery - Christa Harader May 21, 2019

    "Road of Bones" #1 impresses with its bleak locale, sympathetic characters and bold dose of horror and gore. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson May 30, 2019

    Road of Bones explores a legend, time period, and location that I am entirely unfamiliar with, yet instantly pulls me in. The character development is solid. The story is intriguing. The artwork is second to none. If you thought the yeti was the scariest thing in the mountains, you haven't seen anything yet. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Christopher Egan May 24, 2019

    wrenching tale of pain and hopelessness covered in a snowdrift of spookiness. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Daniel Clark Apr 26, 2019

    Enough context is given to understand what concept this story is built upon and within that story is a character with an intriguing tale to tell. Having a unique setting and time also separates it from a crowded comic book field and the art provides an ideal sense of place and atmosphere. All this makes Road of Bones #1 one of the best first issues that has been released this year. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett May 22, 2019

    At first, Road to Bones #1 might not seem original but by its end, it's a debut that'll have you begging to read the second issue immediately. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geekery Magazine - Chino DT May 24, 2019

    It's a really impressive comic, the art expresses the very hard situation to which the political prisoners in the former Soviet Union were subjected, I would have liked a little more emphasis on the historical environment where the events happen but surely in the following issues we will know more about Roman's life and the circumstances in which he was taken prisoner, in resume a great story with a great art. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Mark Scott May 1, 2019

    If youre a fan of isolation horror youre going to love this. If youre a fan of folk horror then I think youre going to love this. My only complaint about the whole issue is that the next one isnt out yet. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose May 28, 2019

    Road of Bones is a strong debut whose historical settings take an excellent twist on tried-and-true horror tropes. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Major Spoilers - Robert Mammone May 21, 2019

    Brutal and compelling, Road of Bones #1 is a hard opening issue to read. Rich Douek and Alex Cormack are confident in the handling of their material, but it isn't for the weak of stomach or those of a nervous disposition. Read Full Review

  • 4.0 - Chase Magnett May 22, 2019

    It's a tough trek to get through, albeit not as tough as the one these prisoners are facing. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    I Review Comics Nov 16, 2019

    Road of bones #1 was a blind purchase from my Local Comic Shop. I saw the cover, flipped through it and added it to the list.

    I'm a huge fan of horror and Road of Bones was a really interesting reading experience. It's set in Russia, 1953. Our lead character Roman Morozov is the cook in a hellish Siberian prison. The locale is frigid and the prisoners here are severely beaten and abused.

    After being arrested for stealing bread Roman is beaten and interrogated. He tells the guards that he wasn't stealing the bread for himself but for a Domovik.

    The comic and a quick google search indicated that a Domovik is the fairytale of a small creature that protects a household and the people within it.

  • 8.0
    Gizmo Sep 17, 2019

    The first issue pulls me in right away, it strikes a grim tone that sticks with you after reading it.

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