Rot & Ruin #1

Rot & Ruin #1

Writer: Jonathan Maberry Artist: Tony Vargas Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: September 10, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 2
7.4Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

Brand new adventures set in the world of Rot & Ruin! Written by NY Times best-selling author and multiple Bram Stoker award-winner, Jonathan Maberry, this all-new storyline continues events from the award-winning series of novels. In Rot & Ruin: Warrior Smart we meet Benny, Nix, Lilah and Chong as they travel through the Sierra Nevada mountains just one faltering step ahead of zombie hordes and one giant leap behind the plane flying through the sky that set them on their journey of discovery.

  • 8.1
    We The Nerdy - Josh Sep 10, 2014

    Equally impressive is the art from Tony Vargas which manages to carry with it a hauntingly beautiful quality. Vargas portrays the world of this apocalypse as one overtaken by nature with overgrown forests spreading into the humans world and animals roaming the scenery. The way Vargas depicts the zombies also feeds back into Maberrys ideas of using them as background to the main story, we see nature begin to claim the zombies as weeds grow around their ankles. Its yet another subtle reminder that they are just part of this world and not the main focus. As well as the quieter and more serene moments Vargas manages to depict the zombie action of the latter half of the book with a real sense of energy and horror that makes the scene feel exciting and tense as we worry about the characters weve grown to care for. The final scenes also allow Vargas to end on a very chilling note with a pretty creepy cliff-hanger that has assured Ill be back for a second issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    We The Nerdy - Josh McCullough Sep 10, 2014

    Equally impressive is the art from Tony Vargas which manages to carry with it a hauntingly beautiful quality. Vargas portrays the world of this apocalypse as one overtaken by nature with overgrown forests spreading into the humans world and animals roaming the scenery. The way Vargas depicts the zombies also feeds back into Maberrys ideas of using them as background to the main story, we see nature begin to claim the zombies as weeds grow around their ankles. Its yet another subtle reminder that they are just part of this world and not the main focus. As well as the quieter and more serene moments Vargas manages to depict the zombie action of the latter half of the book with a real sense of energy and horror that makes the scene feel exciting and tense as we worry about the characters weve grown to care for. The final scenes also allow Vargas to end on a very chilling note with a pretty creepy cliff-hanger that has assured Ill be back for a second issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Horror Talk - James Ferguson Sep 15, 2014

    The idea that a handful of teenagers would leave the relative safety of a gated community during the zombie apocalypse to look for a plane that they saw in the sky one day can be a bit of a stretch. I mean, they know the basic direction it was heading, but have no idea where it landed. That almost doesn't matter as Maberry pulls you in right away. The zombies have already won. These characters are just looking for some semblance of hope which is almost a foreign concept to them after everything they've been through. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Dante Buccieri Sep 9, 2014

    This issue in the end won me over with its dark imagery and constantly moving storyline. I am not sure honestly if this series will gain enough attention, but if the writer answers the questions he's left open-ended and they continue with the art direction, I think it will do well. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Jorge Solis Sep 10, 2014

    If you want to see teen samurais taking down zombies, then you better get your hands on "Rot & Ruin" #1. I really enjoyed the first issue and cannot wait for the second installment. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Stuart Addison Sep 10, 2014

    With an interesting premise and likable characters, Rot & Ruin could well be one to watch, for fans of the books and neophytes alike Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Coming Up Comics - David Melton Sep 9, 2014

    With the jumbo jet being their ultimate destination, Rot & Ruin promises to keep its readers entertained until they find it. I already have a bad feeling it's not what they want it to be, but time will tell. So far this is a great addition to the zombie world that was on the verge of getting stale. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Eric Bridges Sep 9, 2014

    Rot and Ruin is a fun start even though it's a little slow. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Project-Nerd - Jarrod Sep 11, 2014

    Rot & Ruin starts off a little rough but really begins to build.I can only assume that, if you're a fan of the books, you'll love this. I'm partially interested in continuing this seriesnowbut moreso after I catch up on the previous books. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    All-Comic - Jeremy Matcho Sep 13, 2014

    As far as first issues go, Rot & Ruin was a bit rough. There really wasnt much that would make a reader want to come back and read more about these characters. Maybe Jonathan Maberry just needs to find his groove first, which is very possible. The art needs to distinguish itself from the many other books that look exactly the same as well. Hopefully things pick up next issue or this will be another book that goes unnoticed on the shelf. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Soyner Sep 12, 2014

    Nothing new in this new series that we haven't seen before. That's not to say its bad, because it's not, but so far it is your typical zombie apocalypse story. Granted, it's just the first issue so hopefully a few new twist and turns start to pop up in future issues.

  • 8.0
    Jack Hastings Apr 10, 2017

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