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Tet #1

Writer: Paul Allor Artist: Paul Tucker Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: September 9, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 4
7.9Critic Rating
6.0User Rating

Eugene Smith is desperate to leave Vietnam behind, and begin a new life with the woman he loves. But when a fellow Marine is brutally murdered, Eugene’s plans are thrown away, forever. All’s fair in love and war, right?

Writer Paul Allor and artist Paul Tucker present an extraordinary, heartfelt story of hard-boiled crime and star-crossed romance, set at the height of the Vietnam War and the decades that followed.

  • 9.3
    We The Nerdy - Chris White Sep 11, 2015

    Tet #1 is remarkable in every way. There is a detective story flowing throughout that is interesting on its own, but Allor weaves in a love story that struggles to breathe as the war takes its toll on all involved. It is intoxicating, personal and smartly written; if you like war stories with heart, give it a go. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Sep 8, 2015

    The narrative structure actually isn’t hard to understand at all, and adds to the craziness of the warzone setting. I have no doubt that the creative duo of Allor and Tucker will do justice to the history of the Vietnam War and the Tet Offensive. I’m definitely staying to read more of this awesomeness. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Sep 12, 2015

    Overall, the first issue is a a fantastic start, and I look forward to checking out the second. This seems like a series that'll be much more than I expected when all is said and done. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Sep 10, 2015

    As the first entry in IDW's new creator-owned imprint, Tet sets a high bar for all future Comics Experience projects. This series uses the Vietnam War setting to weave an engrossing noir tale about a compelling and tragically doomed trio of characters. If a little rough around the edges in terms of its visual presentation, Tet is nonetheless a must-read for fans of crime noir or war comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    SnapPow.com - Harrison Rawdin Sep 9, 2015

    Tet #1 is a sturdy comic that knows exactly what it wants to be. And with a more than competent creative team plus a clear vision on where everything is going there's no doubt in my mind that this issue did enough right to win an audience. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Multiversity Comics - Alice W. Castle Sep 10, 2015

    Overall, I'd say “Tet” #1 is a stellar debut for this series. The way Allor's writing mixes elements of war, crime, romance and loss creates this tapestry of tragedy that is Eugene's life and Tucker brings it to life spectacularly. Embodying a style that brings a harsh edge to the page, Tucker clearly shows his work with the close attention to detail he shows in the environments he creates in the issue. Sure, not everyone is going to like the way he draws people, I can already tell, but it's something I not only got over very quickly, but was able to love by the end of the issue as the style compliments the themes of the story we've seen so far. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Sep 8, 2015

    While the premise itself isnt groundbreaking, the execution here is absolutely spot-on, and Allor and Tucker have crafted an utterly compelling tale of love, death and war. The creative narrative structure and the mystery at the heart of Tet give it real substance, and with the true horrors of the Tet Offensive still to come, its going to be interesting to see how this particular creative teams focus holds up when recreating one of the most brutally violent conflicts in modern war. You can count me in for the rest of this series, thats for sure. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Sep 8, 2015

    Tet is a strong opening that aims to obscure from the beginning, creating a world where we can't necessarily trust the person doing the telling. A rich character-based piece against a wartime setting is nothing new, but Allor is skillfully weaving in a mystery wrapped inside a bigger mystery to keep us on our toes for the long haul. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Front Towards Gamer - Lido Sep 11, 2015

    This is coming off harsher than I wanted it to because Tet is a genuinely well made comic, just not one I necessarily like. It's possible you'll still like Tet if your tastes run more in its stripped down, nuts and bolts approach to mysteries and sterilized depiction of war. It's sort of like a weird blend of The Conversaton, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and Flight of the Intruder, if that sounds like your bag dive in. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Sep 10, 2015

    I know that TET isn't for me. I knew after a few pages that it wasn't going to be a series that I follow. I can still see the craft at work here. The art is pretty damn great and it does a lot of heavy lifting for the series. Like I said, the books personality comes from the art. As for the story, it's good, but it's not to that level that it can suck anyone into it. It's trying and I'll even say that it's pretty close, but it was just missing that special something to make me want to keep reading. Maybe this war story is for you. Maybe it's your first in which I would say keep with it, you never know. For me though, it's was a solid first issue, but not much else. Read Full Review

  • 5.7
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Jason Graham Sep 10, 2015

    A first issue that fizzles more than starts with a bang. Read Full Review

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