Black Cloud #1

Writer: Jason Latour, Ivan Brandon Artist: Greg Hinkle, Matt Wilson Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: April 5, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 13
8.2Critic Rating
7.3User Rating

Zelda was born in a world of dreams, and hers burned bigger than anyone had ever seen.
Now she's on the run in our world, the dreams broken in her hands.
But the pieces are for sale, the rich and the powerful are buying, and suddenly her world isn't the only place Zelda's running from.
From the creators that brought you Spider-Gwen, SOUTHERN BASTARDS, and DRIFTER, and the incredible colorist of THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, comes a place where dreams come true--and today, they go to war.

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Daniel Vlasaty Apr 5, 2017

    Usually, I don't get down with fantasy books. But like I said before, I think Black Cloud is something really special. It is like nothing else I've ever read before. It's a book that expects things from the reader. There will be no hand-holding here. Which is something I think can turn a few readers off; having to do some of the work themselves when it comes to figuring out the story. I think this was a really smart first issue that focused more on establishing an emotional connection between the reader and the protagonist. It was very much more interested in the "who" and less so the "what," "why," and "how." Read Full Review

  • 9.9
    Comicsverse - Rana Mar 29, 2017

    BLACK CLOUD #1 explores the power of storytelling, dreams and imagination through Zelda, a revolutionary storyteller from another world, as she maneuvers through a chaotic narrative-deprived New York City. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Word Of The Nerd - Megan Rae Mar 22, 2017

    Black Cloud is well on its way to being one of the best series of 2017. In a market flooded with post-apocalyptic nightmares and constantly changing iterations of Superhero lore, this dark fantasy adventure is a welcome change of pace. The story is very fast-paced, but with the worlds evolving and interacting, there are no limits to where this story can go. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Apr 4, 2017

    For Jason Latour and Ivan Brandon, Black Cloud is a chance to get in some essential creative exercise, to hone their strengths against the demons of self-doubt. This debut is a solid example of their craft, a well-told beginning that sets its own rules but doesn't skimp on the consequences. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Outright Geekery - Brian A. Madrid Apr 23, 2017

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading Black Could. Being the first issue of the series, one can only hope Barrett will undoubtedly offer chances to see more of the dream world as the story unfolds. See life through the eyes of Barrett and her power will keep this series running for a long time. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Multiversity Comics - Benjamin Birdie Mar 15, 2017

    Black Cloud takes the long told story of fantasy worlds encroaching on our own and puts a very contemporary and American spin on the idea. Its happy to slowplay its audience and when every moment is as compelling and well realized as the ones in this book, its hard to be disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Comic Book Corps - Tim Montoya Apr 3, 2017

    You're going to read this book at least two times. There are so many things to unpack here and that's honestly a good thing. At the end of the day, most will pick this up for the art and I can't say I blame them. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    IGN - Jeff Lake Apr 6, 2017

    As intricately crafted as it is downright wild, Black Cloud #1 is the kind of debut you'll want (and need) to read twice. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AiPT! - Robert Reed Apr 3, 2017

    Inventive and beautiful, Black Cloud #1 is both ethereal and utterly human, as dreams often are. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Florida Geek Scene - Brian Reed Apr 12, 2017

    Black Cloud could really be one to watch, especially if you're looking for a new concept unlike ten other books in your pull list. There's potential here for the reader to visit a hundred different worlds, and there's promise here that each one could be an amazing trip, full of eye candy and an interesting story. I can't see why any one wouldn't enjoy this, and I hope it does well. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Outright Geekery - Christopher Amundson Apr 9, 2017

    Maybe a little savage? Eh, maybe. I will say, this book has me wanting more story. It leaves me wanting to know all of the who/what/when/why's. All in all, this is a solid start to a brand new book, just under a 4.0, and that's pretty good. Next month, bring it! I want to get lost in this story! Give me a secret or two, plant a few hidden traps. Make me come back to your story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Forrest Hollingsworth Apr 5, 2017

    I wasn’t entirely sure I understood Black Cloud #1 after my first readthrough, then. I can’t be sure you will, either. Be sure, however, that the team here is laying the groundwork for something fantastic, to be sure, but it may leave some readers by the wayside. With that in mind, if you’re still interested, wade into the deep end and see what you find. There’s a lot to see, maybe something to learn and I think, even more to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Brazen Bull - Dave Robbins Apr 5, 2017

    A stunning debut that leaves me anxious to see where the story will take me next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Alex Mansfield Mar 30, 2017

    Black Cloud #1 is a wonder; its ballad about ballads, and a story that knows the power of stories. Though it may be unafraid to throw you in head first, it does so while tossing you everything you need to float right around you to grab on your own. Hinkle and Wilson deliver the depth to the depth-less possibilities found in a world built on stories and Brandon and Latour incorporate a relevancy and sense of urgency to help ground it all. You may very well have no idea whats going on, or if they serve a damn good cup of coffee in Zeldas world or not, but you wont care because youll be having too much fun being lost. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Apr 6, 2017

    While the pacing is a little decompressed, the monsters hidden out of reach provide a nice hook for readers, making Black Cloud a book to keep an eye on. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Carrie McClain Apr 7, 2017

    I'm not completely won over by this issue but this doesn't mean that I won't give issue #2 a chance and see where this rabbit hole starts to lead. While it all hasn't meshed together for me this soon, as it is only issue number one I can appreciate that the story itself interweaves layers of worlds, of character motivations, of "stories. There's a lot going on here and I figure I'll be here to see how more of Zelda's plans pan out and what troubles she's running from whenever whoever or whatever makes its appearance. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicBuzz - Tony Thornley May 4, 2017

    With a little more character world, this is going to be a strong and incredibly fun series. You need to get in on the ground floor. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    GWW - Christopher Rodriguez Apr 5, 2017

    On one you hand, you have a cryptic backstory for the main character and plot that both have a ton of potential. It also has an art team that is perfect for what this series is. But on the other hand, this first issue didn't get me to care enough about either the story or Barrett. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Columbus Comics Corner Apr 8, 2017

    We're introduced to two separate worlds and our main character Zelda, who can travel through both freely. Not exactly sure what is going on yet and didn't hook me to give it another issue. The art is fitting and a beautiful book to look at. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    pocketmegar Apr 9, 2017

    It's an interesting first issue. This world that Jason Latour and Ivan Brandon present us seems fascinating. I'm not really certain because we ultimately don't learn much about it, and that's my main problem with this issue. The world building isn't successful. We don't even get the protagonists' name. I suppose it's purposeful because she's presented like a mysterious character but, still, it's quite upsetting and it's revealed in the solicitation (it's Zelda). Her voice-over guides the story with pseudo-philosophical thoughts but, again, we don't know her backstory at all and what she's referring to, so it's very puzzling. Also, the pacing is rather weird. The plot moves from time to time and from place to place (or dimension, or world?) more

  • 10
    Kevinrick Apr 21, 2017

    An awesome beginning!

  • 9.5
    ComicRelief Apr 6, 2017

    Just about perfect! Pick it up and enjoy.

  • 9.0
    Wolf Warner Apr 9, 2017

    Mind Trippy story that has me intrigued!!!

  • 8.5
    Spock's Brain Apr 24, 2017

    This was interesting. I have no clue what is going on, but I want to know, so, to that end, it's an effective first issue. The standout is the great art of Greg Hinkle, who was amazing on "Airboy," and looks like he'll get an equal chance to shine here.

  • 6.0
    stormgerlock Apr 7, 2017

    I'm not really sure what this is, but I kinda liked it. I'm very interested in the magical elements of this, and there is a tad of mystery, but it's seems kinda of thrown in.

    I need to know more. But I'm not 100% on board.

    I don't even know our main character's name. Honestly, I'm pretty bad at remembering names, but still.

    I'm intrigued, but I'm not ready to put it on my pull list quite yet.

  • 6.0
    Kgphil01 Apr 9, 2017

    I don't really have a whole to say about this first issue other than I have no clue what is going on (which isn't necessarily a bad thing). What was presented was very interesting in that it could go in a million different ways. But unless your truly willing to give this book a full arc run there isn't much to really hook the reader other than possibilities of where it could be going. I have a feeling this book will read 100 times better in trade than single issues. The art is really good throughout especially in the black & white fantasy world sequences! I'm sure that once the next few issues come out everything will come together but for this issue it's extremely fragmented and I don't know if that's enough to keep readers here.

  • 8.0
    jmprados Apr 29, 2017

  • 7.5
    Veido Apr 9, 2017

  • 6.0
    Jabberwocky_Superfly Apr 9, 2017

  • 6.0
    Houdini May 21, 2017

  • 6.0
    Andrew Aug 10, 2019

  • 5.0
    KnM Nov 18, 2018

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