The Illegitimates #1
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The Illegitimates #1

Writer: Taran Killam, Marc Andreyko Artist: Kevin Sharpe Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: December 18, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12
6.6Critic Rating
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Jack Steele: World renowned agent of OLYMPUS, super-spy, debonair, lover of ladies, man-slut. While facing off with his arch-nemesis, Viktor Dannikor, Steele faces his biggest defeat, but who will take his place? Olympus scrambles to find not one, but FIVE newbie agents to fill the void and, unbeknownst to them, they share a common thread. Can these five strangers embrace their fates and come together to save the world? They are THE ILLEGITIMATES! And if you called them bastards.... you'd be absolutely right!

  • 8.5
    We The Nerdy - Oscar Russell Dec 20, 2013

    Hopefully the second issue can live up to this one, and expand on this concept further and really keep the reader wanting more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Cody "The Thorverine" Ferrell Dec 18, 2013

    Killam knocks it out of the park with his first comic book. This is a really funny and fresh story that quickly raises above the parody some thought it would be. The only real negative you can point out is the fact the solicits give the entire game away. Other than that, round of applause to the entire team and bring on the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Dec 19, 2013

    I'm hopeful for the next issue, but I'm not expecting anything from it. Everything points to it being a very different issue and really more of the first issue of the story line than this issue is. If it can succeed in making me laugh then that's all that matters because that's where this issue succeeded. It's a big week for comics so I don't know if I would tell you to pass on some of the other great books reviewed on the site, but if you really want to see a James Bond type character clip his head on an over pass while standing on top of a moving train like the asshole that he is" then this is your book. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Dec 18, 2013

    The Illegitimates is a cute idea, decently executed so far, but time will tell if it has any legs. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - mahargen Dec 19, 2013

    A solid introductory issue. Pick it up, see if you connect with the material. It won't be for everyone, but there are some who will greatly enjoy this riff on espionage books. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Dec 27, 2013

    The rating of 3.5 starts is because this issue is almost entirely set-up for what will come next: What happens when the illegitimate kids need to take over for dear old Dad? That's the main thrust for the series and we really didn't get any of that in issue #1. There are lots of ways that this story could go, the idea is sound, now it's in the hands of Killan/Andreyko to execute on the idea as they carry on is issues 2 and beyond. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Big Comic Page - Joe Morrison Dec 18, 2013

    The majority of time is spent establishing the scenario; it fails to actually start anything of real note. We dont actually meet most of the titular illegitimates and dont really find out how they feel about their absent father, or their being recruited as spies. Despite a lot of nice story touches and some smashing art – splash pages of each illegitimates life over the years with their mother overlaid on top is a great example of telling a story with one panel – The Illegitimates #1 doesnt really go anywhere. Still, its all very enjoyable and with all the heavy expositional lifting dealt with, this series can hopefully pick up the pace, and deliver the action comedy romp it shows signs of throughout. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski Dec 19, 2013

    “The Illegitimates” is a lot of fun without being jokey or goofy. It plays its spy story with “Zucker brothers” straightness and key moments that are really hammered home by the art and the tone set by the writers. The post-Bond premise is so masterful, however, that you end up wishing there was more here in its first issue. Issue #1 is mostly setup of that very premise, and while I must say that its promise is enough to bring you back next month, I'm not sure the issue itself was quite the banger that a 1st issue should be. This one is slower, subtler burn than the premise would have you believe. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Marykate Jasper Dec 20, 2013

    This is what makes "The Illegitimates" #1 frustrating rather than a failure. This world has an engaging premise, five protagonists and an entire spyhouse to get to know. The creative team should have lavished some more attention on them for the series' debut. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bulletin - Daniel Elkin Jan 1, 2013

    As a comic, there's not a whole lot to talk about. It seems like this whole bit could have been summarized in a page or two instead of a full length issue. This sort of decompression doesn't necessarily bode well for the longer story. If it takes this many pages just for set-up, how many issues will it take to complete the first arc? Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    AIPT - Gregory Paul Silber Dec 19, 2013

    With an interesting concept and a solid creative team, The Illegitimates still has potential to spare, but this debut issue is inexcusably expository. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Ian Mondrick Dec 19, 2013

    Despite all the detractions, Im hopeful that a book like this can find its niche. Comedy is wildly underrated in comic books, and we can always use the talents of bright, creative, and funny individuals in the medium. (Brian Posehns work on Deadpool is a good example). In the nerdist interview, Killam even admits that you learn to be more critical of your art as you progress, so that may be some sort of light at the end of the tunnel. But the bottom line is, unless youre compelled by your love of SNL (or your fascination with James Bond spin-offs) stay away from THE ILLEGITIMATES. Read Full Review

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