The Shrinking Man #1

The Shrinking Man #1

Writer: Ted Adams Artist: Mark Torres Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: July 29, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 1
7.0Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

Richard Matheson's exploration of shrinking manhood is brought to vivid life in this comic-book adaptation! Scott Carey, reducing 1/7" per day, faces tension big and small as his body continues to shrink away...

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Jul 28, 2015

    Shrinking Man is a top notch adaptation that feels like a classic pulp comic; the debut features strong adult themes, fantastic pacing and a satisfying sense of drama. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Jason Graham Jul 29, 2015

    Richard Matheson's exploration of shrinking manhood is brought to vivid life in this comic-book adaptation! Scott Carey, reducing 1/7" per day, faces tension big and small as his body continues to shrink away" Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Infinite Comix - Jay Mattson Aug 12, 2015

    Richard Matheson's Shrinking Man is adapted for comics by Ted Adams and Mark Torres in all the right ways. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    We The Nerdy - Chris White Jul 29, 2015

    The Shrinking Man #1 does a great job of giving us a fresh look at Richard Mathesons novel, and with three issues left to be released, I will be excited to see how the rest of this masterpiece is adapted. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Flip Geeks - Carlos Alcazaren Aug 25, 2015

    The Shrinking Man #1 is definitely a great read for Ant-Man fans or anyone who likes stories with great suspense. You'll really feel the stress as the story progresses as the writing and the artwork delivers really well and as you read along and eventually get to the end, the story gets even more stressful as the ending leaves you wanting to wait for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - RobertJCross Jul 31, 2015

    Pretty cool first issue. I enjoyed it! Check it out! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Outright Geekery - Gaumer Jul 29, 2015

    Scott's notion of masculinity comes from his ideas that masculinity stems from man's superiority over both women and his environment, and the loss of height is tantamount to losing that privilege by becoming something "other". This, however, simply requires adaptation and the need to redefine the term altogether. Sound a bit deep? Well, it should, and this comic makes you think about timely and integral aspects of modern society, and that makes for a very special comic book: One that makes you think. Not many of those around. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Ray W Aug 5, 2015

    The Shrinking Man has an amazing story, notable artwork, and colors that have me excited to see what happens next. The art is a bit rough around charactersbut easy to follow what was going on in the story. If you like things shrinking or a fan of Richard Matheson,check this title out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Jul 27, 2015

    This issue is the start of what I predict to be a very good series. The novel was incredible, and now it’s time to give the same story a different medium, and see how it works out. Here we go! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Yet Another Media Site - Kevin Finnigan Jul 28, 2015

    Even with a few issues, THE SHRINKING MAN #1 is an entertaining comic. Considering how difficult it can be to translate a book to comic form, it's easy to look past a few issues. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - pharoahmiles Aug 1, 2015

    Adams, certainly pulls some of the most interesting parts of book into his adaptation, but it still feels as though it missing a huge amount of material. Torres art is at times, sublime, but at other times, very ample for this adaptation. Adams and Torres, have put together a passable adaptation, which tackles themes that are not only universal but timeless. Overall, you should read this adaptation to understand the popular mindset of the 50s but watch the movie or better yet, read the book, to understand Mathiesons intentions. Read Full Review

  • 5.0 - Chase Magnett Jul 29, 2015

    Matheson's story is still a classic piece of horror prose, but Adams and Torres' adaptation fails to make a case for its own existence. The advantages of the comics form, to show off scale and play with visual metaphors, are barely utilized. Instead The Shrinking Man does its best to translate prose into comics as plainly as possible. While this may make it more accessible to younger readers, it hardly makes for great comics. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Zac Kandell Jul 31, 2015

    This is the first of a four-part miniseries, and there will definitely be a trade paperback when all is said and done. It feels like this will read best in that form, since the breaks are mostly gone and the story can form one larger piece, rather than making it into single issues so they can sell those too. If this interests you, wait for the trade, there's really nothing to get out of the single issues. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Big Comic Page - Martin Doyle Jul 29, 2015

    Its easy to be sold on the premise of this story from the cover art alone, but as an adaptation its a little thin on substance and perhaps doesnt translate so well to the comic medium. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Villain Smash - Torin Chambers Jul 29, 2015

    The Shrinking Man #1 has potential but its not realized in this initial issue. Instead were given brief glimpses of a promising future. It may all come together and be great yet but as it currently stands its a hard recommendation. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    All-Comic - Lido Giovacchini Aug 2, 2015

    The closest point of comparison one could make with The Shrinking Man comic is last years Interstellar. The visuals are stunning and stylish and the craftsmanship and technical skill is thoroughly impressive, but the tone and subtext completely clash in terms of offering a truly nourishing narrative experience. If youre a big fan of the original Matheson story than this might be an enjoyable read, but for anyone more familiar with the film adaptation or just looking for an enjoyable shrinking story, there are better options open. Read Full Review

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