Birthright #1

Birthright #1

Writer: Joshua Williamson Artist: Adriano Lucas, Andrei Bressan Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: October 8, 2014 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 27 User Reviews: 24
9.0Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

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For the Rhodes family, losing their son was the most devastating thing that could've ever occurred... but it couldn't prepare them for what happened when he returned.
Skybound's newest original series turns fantasy into reality in this EXTRA-SIZED FIRST ISSUE for just $2.99, by creator/writer JOSH WILLIAMSON (GHOSTED, NAILBITER) and artist ANDREI BRESSAN.

  • 10
    All-Comic - Ian Stephen Oct 9, 2014

    There were plenty of surprises and twists in this first issue alone that by the last page, it had won me over and totally consumed me. It'll be exciting to see where the story will go because there is plenty of room to develop in the world of Birthright. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Nick Couture Oct 14, 2014

    This is one of the strongest Image #1's of the year. My hat goes off to Joshua Williamson, Andrei Bressan, and everyone involved, for crafting an emotionally powerful story with great characters that is instantly compelling. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Horror Talk - James Ferguson Oct 22, 2014

    Birthright is a damn near perfect comic book. It packs an emotional punch and instantly creates a world that I want to explore with countless additional chapters. Williamson puts a great spin on an old classic, looking at it from a different angle that casts the fun adventure films of my youth in a whole new light. Plus, there is one helluva cliffhanger that will have you begging for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Oct 8, 2014

    Joshua Williamson has delivered another phenomenal debut issue. I first read this with no idea what the story was and seeing the twists unfold makes a spectacular reading experience. Getting caught off guard by a twist in a comic is fun but when there's more than one, it's a whole new game. You know you should not get comfortable or think you know what's coming next. Andrei Bressan's art fits the story perfectly. The layers to the story are intriguing and you can tell this is going to be a thrilling series. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Infinite Comix - Eric Lund Oct 10, 2014

    The issue is greatly paced and wonderfully executed. The creative team and hand is firing on all cylinders and are fashioning something quite special. There are some pretty big twists and surprises throughout the issue that will have the reader dying to read the next issue. This is a great start of what's sure to be wild ride and one not to miss out on. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Oct 11, 2014

    This is a comic that should absolutely not be missed. I enjoyed each and every page and because of the surprising cliffhanger, I can't wait for the next issue. Don't miss out on what looks to be another amazing series from Image. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Oct 11, 2014

    Birthright starts off with a bang. The first issue is padded with plenty of story and it doesn't stop to let the reader catch their breath. The comic has a wide appeal to anyone that ever had an imagination as a child about far-off lands but it will also appeal to those that have children and perhaps this storyline digs into their deepest fears. There is no reason to skip this comic book. This is why people read comics. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Wayne Hall Oct 7, 2014

    I have to say, if you see the name Josh Williamson on the cover of a comic, buy it! You may be surprised by what genre story he's telling, but you won't be disappointed! Be sure to pick up Birthright #1 so you can get into this book on the ground floor! It's terrific! Read Full Review

  • 10
    We The Nerdy - Kristina Poffenroth Oct 7, 2014

    Andrei Bressans art is great in this issue, and the way his style flexes between Terrenos and Earth is flawless. There is realism and darkness on Earth, and Terrenos is alien and vast, with strange clothing and strange creatures. Bressans linework is bold and sharp, and in combination with Adriano Lucas coloring, it sets the mood for both lands perfectly. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin Oct 7, 2014

    Birthright has blown my expectations right out of the water, with the mixture of fantasy and mystery being a real winner. Being extremely gripping, and utterly enthralling the creators manage to give an opening issue that showcases the vastness of this world, whilst also getting across the depth of the story itself. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Coming Up Comics - David Melton Oct 7, 2014

    Make sure to get this title as soon as it comes out as I guarantee it will fly off the shelves. Be prepared to live out your childhood adventures and get ready to deal with the consequences. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Oct 10, 2014

    A story that works on just about every level you could hope one to work on. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    IGN - Jeff Lake Oct 8, 2014

    Birthright #1 is what every debut hopes to be; expertly plotted, infinitely interesting and just plain cool. Billed as what happens when one story ends, the book's final page makes it abundantly clear that our journey has only just begun. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair Oct 7, 2014

    Remember that feeling you got when you watched The Neverending Story or Goonies? Or when you read your very first Harry Potter novel? Now grant it, the Harry Potter books were published when I was already an adult, but I'm trying to illustrate a point here. That innocence we had as children when adventure is displayed in front of our eyes and that sense of wonder that only a kid can dream of. That's how I felt with Birthright and I'm hoping to get that feeling every single month. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Oct 8, 2014

    Birthright is off to a fantastic start with a great setup, a strong family dynamic that should be interesting to see going forward, strong writing, and solid artwork. There are some things that I would have liked to see more of in this first issue, but for what we got, we had a great first outing. Hopefully the next issue lives up to the potential we've seen here. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Backwards Compatible - Paul Fiander Oct 8, 2014

    This opening look at the trials and tribulations of the Rhodes family makes we want to read more, the mix of fantasy with true to life drama make this an intriguing read and well worth your time. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Oct 7, 2014

    These characters, the gripping missing persons plot and the adventure in a faraway land mix together nicely in "Birthright" #1. Williamson, Bressan, Lucas and Brosseau give readers a rich, new, thrilling adventure with a couple surprises along the way. "Birthright" #1 gives a little bit away in the title, but the creative team ensures that readers are not going to be ready for everything that happens in this first issue. Image has yet another strong debut on the shelves with "Birthright" #1. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Zac Thompson Oct 9, 2014

    This is something every 80's child has dreamed of, but spins it in the most interesting way possible. "Birthright" will make you think about destiny in a whole new way, and show you a fully realized world that rivals the imagination of Jim Henson. With an adventure reminiscent of Labyrinth, and the heart of Stand By Me, Williamson and Bressan will have you captivated from page one. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Rhymes With Geek - Denise Blakely Oct 8, 2014

    I think this is going to be a great book. I'm hopeful that it keeps the delicate balance between the fantasy and reality worlds that this first issue so well exhibits. The end left me groaning out loud to know what is going to happen in the future. Pick this up, you won't be sorry. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Graphic Policy - Edward Wendt Oct 9, 2014

    It is not really possible to expand on what occurs here without spoiling the outcome of the first issue, and because of this, I can only seek pity on the readers flipping through at a comic store, skimming to see if this is for them. Looking at only the first few pages is probably not enough of a catch to grab in readers, but those skimming the whole issue will ruin the fun. As it is, this is a book worth checking out, promising not only a few twists in its setup but also more to come and those with a little bit of faith in the writer will be rewarded. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Capeless Crusader - Cody Mudge Oct 10, 2014

    It always surprises me that fantasy isnt more popular in comics. It seems like a genre that manages to translate well to the medium and the fan-base is usually quite receptive. If Birthright can find a dedicated following in these first few months then I think were in for a treat. Williamson is a writer that is reaching new heights for himself with every passing month and Bressans art is positively gorgeous. This is a series you dont want to miss out on. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Oct 8, 2014

    At the end of the day, Birthright takes a simple concept seen through fantasy stories of our past, and toys with the unanswered questions left by a journey created by destiny. Not to mention the end being the opposite of what you might expect of this series gives you more than enough reason to see just where Joshua Williamson intends to take this story when things aren't as hopeful as appear. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Michael Moccio Oct 9, 2014

    Birthright looks to be a comic to watch; with that twist at the end of the issue, I don't know how you could possibly stop yourself from wanting to pick up issue two. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Nuts - Jef Mendoza Oct 12, 2014

    Growing up and loving fantastical adventures like The Never Ending Story and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen this was right up my alley. May not be for everyone but it's a great dark/mysterious introduction to what might be a great family adventure tale. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ryan Scott Oct 13, 2014

    The story follows a family dealing with the disappearance of their son, Mikey, after he gets lost in the woods only to show up a year later as a grown dragon-slaying He-Man. It seems like an homage to a lot of things, sort of aWorld of The Lord The Of Game Oftype of thing with hints ofTrue DetectiveandCriminal Mindsto boot.Joshua Williamson(Captain Midnight,Ghosted,Nailbiter) writes a damn fine script with a legitimate twist andAndrei(Green Lantern: New Guardians)Bressans art matches up quite nicely. However, in a rarely emphasized credit,Par Brosseau(sweet name right?) deserves some real recognition for the lettering in this book.Why?Well, youll have to read it to find out. And I do recommend that you do just that. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Nerds On The Rocks - Earl Rufus Oct 18, 2014

    Whereas more and more comics are adopting a minimalist approach, Birthright fills every frame with detail, from the foreground to the background. It forms a sweeping landscape that is perfect for an epic. They want to soak you in the world. No part of the world is treated as boring; whether it's the walls, the foliage, or the sky. Every extra touch makes the world that much richer and more vibrant " the perfect place to roam and explore. I can't wait to get started. Talley-ho. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Oct 13, 2014

    Joshua Williamson did a great job of capturing the strife of a terrible loss while keeping things on track. He could have gotten to the reveal a different way, but he hit all the notes he needed to while taking the reader on a journey that could get a lot more interesting. Read Full Review

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