Black Jack Ketchum #1

Writer: Brian Schirmer Artist: Claudia Balboni Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: December 2, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 3
8.3Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

In a dreamlike version of the Old West, Tom Ketchum struggles to clear his name-and stay alive-when he's mistaken for wanton outlaw "Black Jack" Ketchum. With the aid of his talking sidearm, a secretive gambler, and a mute girl with a Winchester, Tom evades the mysterious Union and its supernatural enforcers, the faceless Dusters, as he's forced to question his identity, his sanity, and his very existence.

  • 10
    Comix I Read - Kyle Pitman Nov 5, 2015

    Black Jack Ketchum #1 refuses to use a template. It combines elements of science fiction, fantasy and just a smidge of horror to deliver a strange but never overwhelming first issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Dec 1, 2015

    A completely unexpected and wholly welcome addition to a revived genre, and like East of West, it opens a doorway to the weird through the the shopfront of the familiar. The real Ketchum's final words were reportedly, "Good-bye. Please dig my grave very deep. All right; hurry up," before being decapitated by his hanging due to the weight he'd gained in prison. Fortunately for this Ketchum, it seems that we've only just scraped the surface of what promises to be an original new series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Dec 3, 2015

    This is one of the most enthralling comic books I’ve read this week, so if you get the chance, pick it up and enjoy! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - David Craig Dec 2, 2015

    The issue was also well plotted by writer Brian Schirmer for the most part, although I did find myself somewhat bemused by the ending of the main story. This doesn't spoil the issue as there's still plenty of fun to be had here " however, it did cap my excitement a little for the next instalment as rather than leaving me pumped, this finale left me scratching my head. Speaking of confusion, the decision to include a talking gun in the main cast is one that is yet to be explained or even touched upon. I can see the merit in not laying all your cards on the table straight away, but a hint as to whether the gun's voice is a figment of Tom's imagination or perhaps something supernatural would have been nice. Overall though, I'm nitpicking. This issue was a fun read, and shouldn't be dismissed due to these minor shortcomings. If you're looking for an interesting new indie title, Black Jack Ketchum is well worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    GWW - Anthony Franklin Dec 6, 2015

    It's too early to tell what this series will yield. We've got a lot of questions and very few answers, but this is only the first issue. The shadowy figures lurking in the background, in combination with Ketchum's hunt for his doppelganger, certainly push forward the momentum of the plot. I'm excited to see where the creative team will take this, but hopefully the narrative will move towards a more linear fashion. How Ketchum was, at one moment, being chased by the nebulous Dusters to being swallowed by a hellish steam engine"I'm not quite sure. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Levi Hunt Dec 3, 2015

    It's a rough series to judge as it feels like we've just barely scratched the surface of what it actually is, but it's certainly attention grabbing enough to bring you back for a second issue. Read Full Review

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