Sleeping Beauties #1

Writer: Rio Youers Artist: Alison Sampson Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: June 24, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 2
7.5Critic Rating
3.2User Rating

Based on the horror novel by Stephen and Owen King and adapted by Rio Youers (The Forgotten Girl) and Alison Sampson (Hit Girl, Winnebago Graveyard)! With A covers by Annie Wu (Black Canary, Hawkeye)!

A strange sleeping sickness, known as Aurora, has fallen over the world, and strangest of all, it only affects women. In the small town of Dooling, a mysterious woman has walked out of the woods; she calls herself Eve and leaves a trail of carnage behind her. More mysterious: she's the only woman not falling asleep.

  • 10 - Megan Peters Jun 24, 2020

    Sleeping Beauties steps out with its first issue with an eerie tone that will catch readers off guard. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Jun 23, 2020

    I had a blast reading and absorbing the intense and trippy visual style of this book. Sampson is crafting a visual tapestry I can't put down while Youers is unveiling a bag of mysteries I'm ever more curious about as I turn each page. This is another good example of how comics are a fantastic medium for novels and may even surpass films if given the chance.  Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comics Bookcase - Wesley Messer Jun 23, 2020

    It starts out clunky but once it gets going this adaptation is a lot of fun to behold. With an art team perfectly suited for the material, this comic is well worth your time. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Richard Gutierrez Jun 24, 2020

    Sleeping Beauties has a bumpy start for what appears to be a promising tale, with this premier issue balancing a captivating story against stunning artwork which motivates the reader to delve into the mysteries hidden within the sleeping community of Dooling. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Outright Geekery - Dandy Don the Valiant Jun 24, 2020

    The possibility for an Eisner Award winning series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Carlos R. Jun 24, 2020

    If you’ve never read the novel or have been interested to, Sleeping Beauties #1 offers a promising and faithful first chapter to this series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Jun 19, 2020

    It's yet to be seen how Youers and the art team will compress the lengthy text into a 10-issue series without losing something. Nevertheless, this first issue certainly achieves its goal of drawing us into its world and hooking us for the next chapter. Time will tell if it will work as a standalone enterprise, especially when eventually collected, but for now, it's a worthy complement to the novel and a different way of enjoying this timely tale. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jun 24, 2020

    The art is great and matches the tone of the story well. It will be interesting to see how it evolves along with the story. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Multiversity Comics - Kobi Bordoley Jun 29, 2020

    Sleeping Beauties" #1 offers a unique mix of trippy scenery and impending horror, which makes us curious to see where this Stephen and Owen King adaptation goes next. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Geek'd Out - Jim Allegro May 27, 2020

    I wouldnt put Sleeping Beauties #1 on my pull list; however, I might recommend it to a Stephen King fan. I didnt find it to be an especially scary or compelling inaugural issue. Nevertheless, the premise is interesting and the artwork is thoughtful. Theres a dearth of really good horror comics out there right now. So, I might keep an eye on this comic book. It has the potential to get better. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones May 26, 2020

    It's refreshingly light on exposition and it certainly isn't short on shocks"a proper comic book debut, it should be said, regardless of its pedigree. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes May 25, 2020

    I am truly on the fence with this book. My knee jerk reaction is that the book is plodding with style greatly outweighing substance. With the pacing issues of this book, and purely based on this issue, I am not sure how the story can support ten issues. Still Stephen King is a big draw, with legions of fans who may get something more out this book, than I, the non-horror fan. I do think that this is going to be a series that you won't be able to pick up midway and understand what is going on; therefore you may want to get on board before this sleepy train leaves the station. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Bleeding Cool - Theo Dwyer Aug 3, 2020

    A fever dream of a comic, this Stephen King and Owen King adaptation is a pandemic story that speaks to life in 2020 probably more than the creative team could have imagined. Read Full Review

  • 6.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jake Palermo Jun 26, 2020

    Sleeping Beauties #1 has the perfect outline for a best selling comic. But that doesn't mean it's of high creative quality. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Jun 29, 2020

    While I haven't read the Sleeping Beauties novel, I can see from this comic how the Kings would have laid out its first few chapters. I'm not entirely sold on this adaptation, as I mentioned earlier, since there's so much ground to cover in such a small amount of space so it's hard to get the full impact of the story. For now, there are some pretty interesting ideas brought in and some trippy artwork to match. The key here will be how much heavy lifting the artwork does to help convey emotion and pull the tale along. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Big Comic Page - Mark Scott Jun 25, 2020

    In thinking this review through I really tried not to draw parallels with the output coming from Joe Hill at the moment. Ultimately though, with this being an adaptation rather than an original story, it feels like a project which lacks a little in both passion and originality, and ultimately falls flat as a result. Read Full Review

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