A.D.: After Death #1

Writer: Scott Snyder Artist: Jeff Lemire Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: November 23, 2016 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 26
9.3Critic Rating
8.9User Rating


What if we found a cure for death?
Two of comics' most acclaimed creators, SCOTT SNYDER (WYTCHES, Batman, American Vampire) and JEFF LEMIRE (DESCENDER, Moon Knight, Sweet Tooth) unite to create a three-part epic like no other, set in a future where a genetic cure for death has been found. Years after the discovery, one man starts to question everything, leading him on a mind-bending journey that will bring him face-to-face with his past and his own mortality. A unique combination of comics, prose, and illustration, A.D.: AFTER DEATH will be serialized monthly as three oversized prestige format books written by SN more

  • 10
    Comicosity - Doug Zawisza Sep 28, 2016

    Snyder and Lemire might be giving us autobiographical peeks or wildly creative fiction. Either way it's compelling and absorbing and pushes the limits of what comics can and should be. At several points in my reading of this issue, I found it to be a spiritual cousin to R. J. Ryan and David Marquez's The Joyners,except this story has just a little bit more hope around the fringes. Book One has my attention. Let's see what Snyder and Lemire do with Book Two. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Graphic Policy - Joe Ryan Nov 23, 2016

    I would absolutely recommend AD: After Death Book One to anyone looking for something a little deeper, a little longer, and a little different. Snyder and Lemire have created a tale that feels raw, real, and beautiful. As surreal as something like curing death may seem, this book tells a very believable story. I connected to Jonah as a boy, and am very interested to learn more about who he is as a man. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Andrew McGlinn Nov 23, 2016

    After Death is an incredible piece of work by two creatorson the absolutetop of their game. Ive read and reviewed some emotionally powerful comics this year, but nothing has come close to the fallout this story has had on me. There is a powerful beauty in the solemnity of Scotts writing, and a kind of desperate hope that Im not sure will be realised. This story has all the markings of a poetic tragedy that I am desperate to complete, with some of the most viscerally affective artwork Ive seen in comics. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Nerdist - Benjamin Bailey Oct 29, 2016

    Reading AD: After Death is a haunting and beautiful experience. Lemire's art often has a dream-like quality, floating like smoke through the page. During the books' extended flashback, Snyder and Lemire create an ethereal structure, a world that always seems a moment away from collapse. There's truly something personal about AD: After Death #1, and we can only hope that continues on through the other books in the series. There is simply nothing else like this on the shelf and that's a good thing. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Jordan Claes Sep 27, 2016

    I read a lot of books, a lot of good books I like to think, written and drawn by creators who I believe to be the best at what they do. Do you know how many of those books I've ever re-read out of the literal hundreds that I've burned through at this age and stage in my life " maybe five? Seven tops. Do you know the first thing I did after I was done reading A.D. After Death? Flipped to the beginning and started reading again. It's exciting, intriguing; it's imagination run wild. I've never read a more honest script from Scott Snyder nor have I seen Jeff Lemire be any more"well"Jeff Lemire! This book is a must-read, an instant favourite and a sure contender for Book of the Year. Read Full Review

  • 10
    CourtOfNerds - Drew S. McCarthy Nov 24, 2016

    Thank you, Scott. Thank you, Jeff. Thank you, Steve. And thank you Image, for making this book. Read Full Review

  • 10
    FreakSugar - Jed W. Keith Nov 24, 2016

    With A.D.: AFTER DEATH Volume 1, writer Scott Snyder and artist Jeff Lemire have crafted one of the most moving comic books to emerge from 2016. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Nov 27, 2016

    I love the format this book is done in, with both the visual and the written storytelling being extremely strong, transporting us into very surreal situations. A.D.: After Death is something special: it is best to get in on the ground floor while you still can. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    411Mania - Jonathan Durden Jan 12, 2017

    Scott Snyder and Jeff Lemire are a good team, and it's really cool to read something of Snyder's that isn't Batman (even though I love Batman). It is also cool to see Lemire dabbling in the arts for this series as well. His art is a good match for the story and for what this book needed to accomplish, which was to pull the reader in with a captivating concept and emotional impact of the protagonist. Although the writing did that more for me, there were some page splashes that also hit me hard and I loved that about this book. Excited to read the next chapter. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    We The Nerdy - Kierra Prince Nov 25, 2016

    A.D.: After Death is looking like another stellar series for both Snyder and Lemire and I absolutely recommend picking this up. It's may be a little wordy for some people, but I guarantee the story is going to captivate you while the artwork keeps you glued to page after page while you try to take it all in. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    411Mania - Stephen M. Lyon Dec 7, 2016

    I highly recommend this title be picked up; I'm sitting here right now anticipating the next chapter and I can't wait to see what happens next. The only caveat that keeps me from giving this a score of 10 is the size of the book, which has been published in magazine size, instead of the usual comic book size. While I do like how spacious everything is, the uniqueness wears off and I'm left wondering how I'm going to store this one comic, when the rest of my titles fit in a traditional bag/board in a short or long box. Nevertheless, it's definitely worth the time to pick up and read. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Comicsverse - A. Chowder Nov 26, 2016

    It seems any new release from Snyder is indeed something to celebrate for comic book readers. In A.D.: AFTER DEATH BOOK 1, Snyder's masterful abilities to create an expressive and personal narrative are on full display, more so than ever. Lemire's watercolor art and distinctive style captures the doom and gloom vibe without sacrificing simplicity, making Snyder and Lemire truly a dream team. Although our world hasn't found the cure for death yet, you still have time to grab a hold of this new epic. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Ryan.L Nov 23, 2016

    If you are looking for a book that is different and unique I highly suggest you pick this one up. This was a crazy and weird ride but o worth it. I looked forward to the next two volumes and where this journey takes us next. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Nov 28, 2016

    It's an issue that I devoured and then went back through to comb over for additional details and clues and I can't wait to see what comes next, which is maybe the reason for the aforementioned flaw " that I don't have the rest of it in front of me to devour. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Nov 22, 2016

    Science fiction fans will love A.D.: After Death. Its mix of prose and comic book panels draw you in and make you ponder the power of both. It has a Twilight Zone vibe as if it will pull a sheet out from underneath you and reveal further truths you never saw coming. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Nov 23, 2016

    A.D. is every bit as compelling a comic as one would expect from a Scott Snyder/Jeff Lemire team-up. It's intensely emotional, beautifully rendered and very diverse in its presentation. It does seem like the story would have been better served as a single graphic novel, but at least readers don't have to wait long for the next chapter. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Alex Mansfield Sep 22, 2016

    A.D.: After Death is an alluring premise presented surprisingly and elegantly. Blending science-fiction, mystery, and even horror in a far more literary experience than one might expect, it's content to take its time and dig its emotional heels in. Snyder and Lemire are a dream pairing, two creators in fervent harmony that explore the uncomfortable, undeniable fear of death and the scarier prospect of what happens when its gone. Does it ask a lot of its audience by dedicating a third of its hearty offerings in prose and giving only slight glimmers of where the plot might go? Absolutely. But what is here is enticing, nuanced, and layered. Achieving immortality, conquering the unconquerable inevitable death that keeps so many of us awake, isn't the end game here; it's just where the story starts. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Matthew Garcia Nov 24, 2016

    Maybe isnt the best as far as first issues go, but definitely an ambitious and fascinating piece of work. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Lizard Lounge - Tom Henrich Nov 30, 2016

    This beautifully illustrated and poetic graphic novel (emphasis on novel) will drag you into its enthralling world, wrapping you in mystery after mystery. It just might have too many mysteries and not enough answers, but I expect that to be rectified in the coming sequels. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    pocketmegar Nov 25, 2016

    Scott Snyder is one of my favorite comic-book writers. What I enjoy most in his work are his inventive storytelling, his captions' polished prose and the thought-provoking themes he explores. So you can fathom how excited I got when this project was announced. Regarding Jeff Lemire's art, even if his covers often please me, I never loved his interior pages, which I find quite poorly detailed and rather strangely colored.

    From the moment I opened it to the instant I finished reading it, I was utterly mesmerized. The concept of rotating between prose for the memories and comic-book pages for the present time works flawlessly. The former is mainly a showcase of Snyder's talent. Lemire's illustrations for these pages are sometimes useless and even unveil the end of the paragraph. But, in the latter, the art is splendid. Lemire's style brings a somewhat dreamlike feel to the tale and the colors are gorgeous. Moreover, it’s important to stress the excellent lettering of Steve Wands, especially in the prose pages, where the text guides your eyes almost musically.

    The story is highly intriguing and creative, but we don’t know much about it yet, and that’s the main weakness of the comic-book. I don’t understand why they decided to divide the story into three parts. The ending doesn’t feel like one and left me on my hunger. Nevertheless, the main themes have plenty of time to be developed, like death (obviously), family or memories. They had already been studied in Snyder’s past works, notably in Wytches, and that reflects how personal this work is. By reading the protagonist’s monologue, you grasp the writer’s anxieties.

    To conclude, while it’s not genre-shattering and revolutionary, this comic-book didn’t disappoint me at all and is totally worth the price, but, for now, I believe a publication in one single graphic novel would have served the story better.

    I can't wait to discover the next issues!

  • 10
    Chip Chipperson Nov 27, 2016

    When you put 2 of the best in the business together, how can you go wrong? I like the choice of half graphic novel half prose. It actually works really well and the prose is very detailed. The new world seems Dark and mysterious with a vibe of "be careful what you wish for" living forever isn't all you'd hoped for. Good start, can't wait to see where this goes!

  • 9.0
    xiombarg Nov 24, 2016

    It seems Image has become the independent comic book company who only publish stories written by writers who work for either Marvel or DC. But with that said here we have another interesting high concept story by Snyder.

  • 9.0
    Holyjiebus Nov 28, 2016

    Spotlight Comic Review (9/10) "Amazing,"
    A.D. After Death Book 1 of 3,
    Published by Image Comics,
    Writer: Scott Snyder,
    Penciller: Jeff Lemire,
    Plot: It is now 825 AD (After Death), after mankind has found the cure for death. Meet Jonah Cooke who has lived longer than 800 years. In this futuristic world where thunder storms plague the world, and people live for centuries - how do people cope with this world?
    I got turned on to this book because of the pedigree involved behind it, and though it is experimental, I thought it was also very compelling. How would mankind continue on with their lives if they never have to worry about death? The premise is both compelling and thought provoking and often times I found myself putting myself in the shoes of the protagonist and wondered how I would react in the situations he was in. Would I be able to stay with the same girlfriend or wife for more than a hundred years? Does working in the same boring job for decades even matter knowing that I would never grow old or die?
    This book asks these thoughtful questions and many more and Snyder and Lemire tell this story in both first personal narrative accounts as well as traditional comic panels. I always thought Lemire was a writer only and never saw his artwork. Although he is not the best artist in the industry, his art style is effective here because there is a cartoony but surreal quality to it. You never know what is really real and what is really part of a dream or the protagonist's imagination. The comic is also in magazine format so the panels are wider than most comics. This format gives the comic a high definition feel and really makes each page pop. Some of the spread pages are gorgeous and feel like I can hang in my home! The people of this world look young, but they look tired and haggard as if everything in life has been experienced and explored, and nothing really surprises them anymore. This is not only a thought provoking comic book, but an amazing piece o

  • 9.0
    Spock's Brain Nov 29, 2016

    Mysterious, enigmatic, and haunting, but human, mix between prose and comics. I'm interested to see where this goes.

  • 9.0
    sharialmond Feb 4, 2017

    despite other poor reviews and my own unsure feelings i've had towards this book in the beginning, my thoughts are finally concluded. one word to describe this book is 'interesting' it's real different, probably different from any other comic book i've ever read simply because it's hardly even a comic book at all. it's basically like a an illustrated short story with a few comic book type panels and dialogue scattered throughout. even though at the beginning of the book i hated it not because it was shit but because i felt like 'this isn't how it's meant to be' but after i overcame that and questioned myself as to why i felt like that, i realised that these guys are doing something different, they're pushing the boundaries of how comic books should be. the story is really interesting and will hit you on a personal level. i'm looking forward to seeing what will happen at the end of this three part series and curious to see where this will take us. i'd recommend this book to anyone who is without a closed mind and is also looking for something completely different from anything that's currently out there

  • 9.0
    Triseult Jun 8, 2017

    Fantastic first issue. The comic alternates between sketchy, dreamy serial art and drawn-out prose that may seem meandering at first, but eventually coalesces into something poignant and powerful. Not a lot of the world is established there, but the mood is palpable, and the flawed protagonist is instantly interesting.

  • 8.5
    MPLSrobit Dec 14, 2016

    Really distinctive artwork, story and layout!

  • 8.0
    Gizmo Nov 27, 2016

    The magazine format is a good choice, it feels more appropriate when you get to chunks of text, allowing more room to break the text up into sections. Snyder shows promising talent at prose, I'd certainly read a novel by him. Lemire's artwork has always been unusual, but it works well for this subject. By the end of this issue though, I still don't have a strong grasp for what is going on and that should be more clear by the end of a first issue, especially in a three part series.

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