3 Floyds: Alpha King #1

Writer: Nick Floyd, Brian Azzarello Artist: Simon Bisley Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: May 4, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 1
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6.0User Rating

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Set a long time ago in a suburb far, far away (Munster, Indiana), Brewer and CiCi are producing a home-brew so distinct that it attracts a monstrous king and his horrid minions from another dimension. Swords are unsheathed, lines are crossed, and sieges are laid for the rise of the Alpha King!

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Matthew Strackbein May 26, 2016

    Alpha King is the story of a gruesome group of hellish warriors who fulfill the prophecy ofthe "Alpha King", by way of drowning ahome-brew craftsman of Earth in a vat of his own beer. Its a wild and bloody comic that doesnt take itself too serious, and it is just enough fun to dismiss the novelty factor of a comic book based on a craft brew. More than that it sets up a storyline that leaves the protagonist in a new world, confusedand trapped inside of a monsters sword-wielding body. In an industry dominated by superhero comics, its refreshing to see books like this on the new release rack. Demons, blood and guts, and beer! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson May 4, 2016

    Like the comic's namesake brew, Floyd, Azzarello and Bisley craft a very unusual but oddly satisfying first: a comic book tie-in to an alcoholic beverage and an origin of sorts for the brewing company's self-professed flagship beer. It's safe to say no other beer has ever had an origin quite like "Alpha King" #1. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi May 5, 2016

    Overall, this is a simple but clever nod to the brewing industry. Right now, there isn’t much tension, but I’m hoping more will come. It’s a silly look at a creative world based on beer. For any beer and comic fan, this is what you’ve been waiting for! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AiPT! - Russ Dobler May 3, 2016

    Alpha King #1 embraces the fun of beer while overloading on crunchy action the same way 3 Floyds overloads on ingredients. Both the brewery and the comic make no apologies for being outrageous and indulgent, so for many, it'll be a match made in Hop Heaven. But it's probably inessential for those whose cranks aren't turned by the idea of intra-industry conflict told through a Game of Thrones-style lens. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Outright Geekery - James Rothfuss May 10, 2016

    Overall, the art is enjoyable, but the story feels like a rehash of themes we have seen before. I would recommend getting the book simply because of the art. If you miss old school Lobo, then you can see some the work by the man who painted him best. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray May 3, 2016

    Alpha King is a difficult one to examine objectively: the story is absolutely bonkers and makes little to no sense, its a thinly-veiled piece of marketing for a beer, and there's at least one gratuitous shot of a cat's hairy testicles. All three of these things make it completely at one with the metal heritage it embodies, cranking the volume up way past eleven with art that is designed to punch you squarely in the face. This may all become a little clearer in the next issue, but for now it is probably best to finish off that six-pack, crank up the tunes and let this one wash over you. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Outright Geekery - Eli Funaro May 5, 2016

    Overall, Alpha King is bloody good fun that doesn't take itself too seriously. The story is wacky and crazy and the art is just as insane. Beer aficionados may take a liking to this book more as it seems to target their community. This comic may go well with your next D&D game while waiting for your next turn. Alpha King looks great, even if it has less filling. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Doom Rocket - Brandy Dykhuizen May 6, 2016

    Courtesy of 3 Floyds Brewery and Image Comics.Courtesy of 3 Floyds Brewery and Image Comics.Courtesy of 3 Floyds Brewery and Image Comics.The small-scale brewer defending his wares against the evil rice king will surely appeal to beer geeks and brewers with strong opinions about craft beer's current "hold out or sell out" dilemma. However, it was hard not to feel like I was reading a subtle commercial, mostly because the two plots failed to really gel and provide a smooth read. While the artwork is amazing and the book contained some undoubtedly excellent moments, the overall arc and pace is oddly syncopated, ending on a somewhat awkward note. You'll raise a pint to toast it, but you might not remember what the fuss was about the morning after. Read Full Review

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