Tales from the Darkside #1
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Tales from the Darkside #1

Writer: Joe Hill Artist: Gabriel Rodriguez Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: June 15, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 3
8.2Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

Joe Hill's nerve-shredding re-imagining of Tales from the Darkside never made it to your TV set...but the dead are restless and refuse to stay buried! This summer, IDW releases DARKSIDE, a four-issue comic-book adaptation of the episodes written by Hill and illustrated here by Locke & Key co-creator Gabriel Rodriguez! Three stories of the macabre and malevolent! One coulda-been, shoulda-been TV epic on paper with pictures that don't move! Step out of the warm, sunlit world you think of as reality and get ready to take a chilling walk... on the DARKSIDE.

  • 10
    Word Of The Nerd - Christopher Calloway Jun 14, 2016

    I rate this first issue a buy on site with confidence. If the rest ofTales From The Darksideis as strong as this first issue, horror fans are in for a real treat. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - Patrick Hellen Mar 1, 2017

    I've been a huge fan of Joe's words and Gabriel's art all through the Locke and Key days, and this is no exception. With the announcement a few days ago of a limited series being released, we will get to see more of this dream team of creepy comics pulling no punches and trying to make our skin crawl. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Word Of The Nerd - Kevin Given Jun 16, 2016

    Our hero must face his comeuppance. After the "Dark side" moment anyone who looks into Ziggy's eyes falls immediately to sleep for an undetermined amount of time so Ziggy hides himself from the world. When he does go out he wears the theatrical mask that represents suffering. Maddy returns to his life and they express their love for each other. But the swimmers husband who was unsatisfied with the court trial comes back for his vengeance. This leads to a long car ride. Will Ziggy and Maddy be able to overcome this curse and free themselves from an aggressive antagonist? Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Slackjaw Punks - Duff Jun 15, 2016

    While I'm a little teary, that a TV reboot (someone call Netflix) of Tales From The Darkside didn't occur. This comic does a nice job of drying those tears and turning a frown upside down. You'd be a fool not pick this one up! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bounding Into Comics - Mike Fugere Jr. Jun 14, 2016

    If you're a fan of these two creators, or a fan of horror in general, I would highly recommend Tales from the Darkside #1. From the creepy, clever story Hill has woven to the stellar artwork of Rodriguez, there shouldn't be anything keeping you from scooping up your copy. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Jun 10, 2016

    For any fans of the TV show, this series is definitely for you. I’m stoked that Romero is coming back. IDW, I love you for publishing this series. Horror fans, keep reading for the next issue, part one of the story arc, “The Black Box!” Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    We The Nerdy - Josh McCullough Jun 16, 2016

    Overall though,Tales from the Darksideis a very solid comic from a creative team I'm thrilled to see reunited. There's a very enjoyable storywithin these pages that scratches a very specific horror itch for me as well as the promise of great things to come. I really wish this was an ongoing rather than a mini, as I could read these type of stories from these two from now to the end of time, butfor now, I can easily recommend this series and am excited to see what comes next. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Jun 28, 2016

    What is in fact a rejected series pitch adapted for comic books has turned out, thus far, to be one hell of a comic book. Well-told and paced much like a three-act, half hour television show, Joe Hill has provided something just frightening enough to linger on, but not keep us awake at night. As good as it is, the story pales in comparison to the artwork, which is absolutely gorgeous. Check this out if you've been looking for something to scratch that horror comic book itch. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Jun 18, 2016

    Next issue starts a two-part story before the final fourth issue releases, so this is a short visit to the Darkside. You don't have to be a fan of the show to enjoy this first issue, but if you're a fan of EC or DC horror comics, or even the Tales from the Crypt TV show from years back, then this will appeal to you. Joe Hill is a proven writer both in and out of comics so you can trust that this series will have some surprises in store, and I'll be back for the rest of this mini-series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Outright Geekery - Marilyn Braighboy Jun 18, 2016

    When faced with a life or death situation again will he fail to perform or rise to the occasion? Find out in this creepy tale of affliction, revenge and heartache. The actual scripts will be available in an October 2016 release with artwork by subscription variant cover artist Charles Paul Wilson III. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - Nick Nafpliotis Jun 14, 2016

    Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go lift up the lifeguard's sunglasses at our neighborhood's swimming pool. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Jun 20, 2016

    A solid introduction to what hopes to be a really fun series. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Big Comic Page - John Patterson Jun 14, 2016

    I think I expected more from this book than is fair. You can't compare it to Locke and Key, nor to Horns, another Joe Hill tome. It is constrained by the precedent set by the TV series and I think it confines this dynamic duo's ability. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Jun 20, 2016

    "Tales From the Darkside" #1 has its high points, namely Hill's ability to develop a character's voice quickly and Rodriguez's smooth transitions and pacing, but "Sleepwalker" prioritizes symbolism and concept too much over plotting and characterization. Read Full Review

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