Arcade Kings #1

Writer: Dylan Burnett Artist: Dylan Burnett Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: May 17, 2023 Cover Price: $7.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 3
8.8Critic Rating
8.5User Rating


Writer and artist DYLAN BURNETT (Ant-Man, Cosmic Ghost Rider) unveils a new prestige comics series sensation, perfect for fans of INVINCIBLE and MURDER FALCON.
Joe, a mysterious new face in Infinity City, has suddenly become the hottest new player at the Round House Arcade. Anyone can challenge him, but no one can win.
But Joe's secret past is about to catch up to him when his most formidable challenge yet rolls into town, forcing Joe to combo his powers with a joystick, his fists...and his fighting family legacy!

  • 10 - Connor Casey May 17, 2023

    Arcade Kings by Dylan Burnett is an absolute blast. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicsOnline - ComicsOnline Staff May 18, 2023

    As a big fan and life-long player of video games, the inspiration they provide Arcade Kings is certainly not lost on me. Transitional text is done in a classic 8-bit style. A map of Infinity City looks a lot like maps of classic video games. The fighting game Joe plays is clearly influenced by games like Street Fighter. Some of the action plays out much like some of the classic beat'em-ups we all played as kids. Burnett pays a loving homage to these games that made us, and it's the little nods to its inspirations that add to its heart. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    The Comicbook Dispatch - tcreadscomics May 22, 2023

    ARCADE KINGS #1 is relatively straightforward and ends with a lot of potential. This series is a fast paced, bright, somewhat larger than life comic and might not be for everyone. But its a fun, funny, and exciting read that deserves a look. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    COMICON - Anton Kromoff May 23, 2023

    With Burnett's exceptional storytelling skills, Arcade Kings delivers an immersive experience that will keep readers feeding quarters into the machine. Brace yourself, the arcade battle of a lifetime is about to begin! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Nerd Initiative - Ken M. May 17, 2023

    Arcade Kings #1 hits a nice 1-2 combo of action and drama that the readers wont need to worry about the judges scoring. Burnett and his team drop an emotionally charged tale clouded in secrets and combat with solid writing and dynamic art that doesnt need a cheat code. Make sure you level up your collection on NCBD with this issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Christopher Rondeau May 17, 2023

    Arcade King #1 has a ton of promising elements and spectacular art. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Comic Watch - Tyler Davis Apr 15, 2023

    Overall,ARCADE KINGS #1is an explosive blast of energy that will surely make for this year's standout summer read. With heavy arcade and eastern influences, everything in this book radiates off the page with infectious, positive vibes. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Comic Watch - Sean Winningham May 18, 2023

    A departure from the traditional superhero comic,Arcade Kings gives you a story where you're not sure whether it's a Disney or anime-inspired story, but you do know that you love it and want to immerse yourself back into the world of classic video games. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff May 17, 2023

    Burnetts sci-fi mutation of the traditional late 1990s video arcade makes for a fun milieu for the nomadic hero trope. There may not be anything terribly original about the story, but Joe seems like kind of a cool guy, and Burnetts art swiftly slides the story through page and panel in a way that allows for a very distinct narrative fingerprint. Burnett lowers a few different subplots into place in the first issue that could be interesting in subsequent chapters. It will remain to be seen if the nomadic hero trope will hold up over the course of the next few issues of the series. Burnett might have something special here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Johann du Plessis May 16, 2023

    Arcade Kings doesn't aim to immerse you in a complex narrative; instead, it delivers pure enjoyment, boundless energy, and a cast of intriguing characters. It's the ideal escape after a long day at the office, allowing you to unwind and revel in its vibrant world. Reading this comic is akin to experiencing the latest EDM sensation but in the form of a visually captivating adventure. Brace yourself for an exhilarating ride that will leave you craving for more! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Lotusland Comics - Hank Rea May 19, 2023

    Charming with exciting fighting action, 'Arcade Kings' wields an irresistible blend of genres into a potent funhouse for all readers. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    Multiversity Comics - Matthew Blair May 18, 2023

    While there are times where the book loses itself in tiny details, it is saved by gorgeous artwork and a creative team that clearly put a lot of love and passion into its creation. Read Full Review

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