Black Road #1

Writer: Brian Wood Artist: Garry Brown Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: April 13, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 9
7.9Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

Meet Magnus the Black, neither clean nor sober, neither Christian nor Pagan, but a man true to his word. When a ranking official under his care is brutally murdered, he's prepared to hunt the killers to the frozen tip of Norway, religious war be damned.

Northlanders creator BRIAN WOOD returns to the Viking genre along with artist GARRY BROWN (The Massive, Catwoman) and DAVE McCAIG (Batman, American Vampire) in this all-new series.

  • 10
    Outright Geekery - Eli Funaro Apr 13, 2016

    Black Road #1 is a great first entry in this new series. It's a barbaric tale that explores the nature of religion and war and depicts the brutality of the Viking Age. The art reflects the savage times of ancient Norway and details the vicious aspects of the characters and landscape. I look forward to next issue and reading how this tale unfolds. Seeing Vikings wield their axes and clash shields is such a wickedly fun guilty pleasure that should satisfy any fans of sword battle epics. Black Road is a thrilling read and a gripping tribute to the Norsemen. SKOL! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    CourtOfNerds - Gregg Aronica Apr 14, 2016

    Norsemen converted. Like a good first issue ought to do, Im genuinely eager to pick up #2 next month! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Flickering Myth - Zeb Larson Apr 13, 2016

    "Long is the way and hard, that out of hell leads up to light." Magnus is leaving his own personal hell as he heads north. Maybe this is a revenge story, or a story of redemption, or just one guy trying to find either of those. It'll make a good read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    We The Nerdy - Chad Waller Apr 15, 2016

    Black Road #1 is a beast of a comic, one that dives headfirst into the darker parts of Christianity while also treating the whole subject with a ton of respect. Complexity is everywhere, from the characters to the world to the artwork itself, and I'm damn excited to see where this goes. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Apr 14, 2016

    Brian Wood is returning to familiar territory with this new series. Luckily, Black Road recalls the appeal of Northlanders while offering just enough of a new approach to exploring Viking life that it doesn't read like a simple rehash. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Comicsverse - Kara Waltersdorff Apr 16, 2016

    Brown and Wood's Norway is brutal, aggressive, angry, and vastly interesting. Their depiction of this country is the biggest reason forthe interestthat I have for BLACK ROAD, and I look forward to seeing more.Intriguingcharacters, plot, and lovely artwork make this worth reading a few times, though there are a few small things that dampen the experience. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Anthony Franklin Apr 15, 2016

    It's worth noting that in the beginning "Black Road" is titled as a mystery and this element is something that we have yet to encounter. While this duo finds their way further north, hopefully this component will be introduced. I'm sure that with it will come welcomed sense eeriness to the title. With visions of violence and burning churches throughout the issue, there is surely something heinous waiting around the corner. Ultimately, "Black Road" has promise and I'm curious to see where it goes next as Magnus and his Guardian Angel venture further north to along the Hammaruskk Coast. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Pablo Arriaga Apr 13, 2016

    Black Road is a great norse title for those who read and enjoyed Northlanders and were aching for more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Apr 7, 2016

    This is a solid introductory issue that establishes the Viking and Christian elements well while setting our hero on his journey. Enter its conflicted and dangerous world expecting an interesting blend of cultures. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Apr 14, 2016

    This is a very thought-provoking issue. I’m sure the rest of the series will lead to even more theories and analyses than what I have right now. The creative team’s execution is phenomenal, and I cannot wait for more. Any book that makes me think beyond just the storyline is worth the read to me! Check it out, and tell us what your theories are on! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Apr 12, 2016

    One of the most interesting things about the first chapter of Black Road is that it feels like a complete piece, so this leaves us with the dilemma of not having a mystery hook to latch onto for the next chapter. Nevertheless, the character and world that Wood and Brown have constructed here are well studied and feel as whole as this issue, and the chance to peel back a few more layer of Magnus - not to mention explore the fascinating tensions between the Norsemen and the Christians - is hard to resist. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Rebecca Booth Apr 13, 2016

    All in all, this is an historical treat for fans of action-adventure. The first issue introduces the story arc perfectly, while providing just enough historical context to make this a fascinating and captivating read. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Florida Geek Scene - Brian Reed May 4, 2016

    There's a lot of pieces from familiar stories here, but I think The Black Road is doing enough to set itself apart from the rest. It's not my favorite read today, but it's pretty good, and there's enough I'm curious abuot and want more of for me to return for issue #2. I hope some things improve by then, but unless things get considerably worse, I'm probably onboard for a few more issues at least. There's a lot I want to know about in these pages, and nothing bad enough to lose me. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Apr 4, 2016

    Though the story is solid, it's Wood and Brown's depiction of Norway that will ultimately drag me back for more. It's a good first issue, and I want to see how the duo builds on it going forward. For now, we're off to a good start. It's nice to head back into the northern reaches again. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Bounding Into Comics - John F. Trent Apr 13, 2016

    The Black Road #1 has the promise of an interesting character journey, but it doesn't fully deliver. The story has quite a number of harsh transitions that require adjustment to the confusion. Magnus' narrative voice is uninspiring and ultimately detracts from the dialogue which is much more interesting. Finally, the lettering is absolutely terrible. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Forrest Hollingsworth Apr 14, 2016

    Ultimately it’s a beautiful and bleak introduction whose story doesn’t totally grab you. A half good and half misstep of a first issue, it may take an issue or two but Wood fans will probably find something to like and Brown's art is certainly worth checking out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 Apr 29, 2016

    This is a dark, DARK story. not one for the faint of heart, or those more equipped to deal with fun, happy superhero stories. but it isn’t the bleakest thing out there, so maybe it will appeal to superhero fans as well… i don’t really know much of the viking stories that Brian Wood and Gary Brown have told in the past, but i know this one. i read the interview in previews a few weeks back, and saw the first few pages of finished art, and it looked crazy. and it IS crazy. the story seems to unfold rather quickly, probably a bit TOO quickly for my tastes for this first issue (unless, maybe it were a double-sized first installment) because the way there is a prologue, an initial setup, the “middle” of the story and then the turn, ending and tease of things to come- it all just felt like toppling dominoes, when it probably should have been a bit slower and less rushed. maybe that is just how this chapter feels, but for a book called “Black Road” and the idea behind the Black Road and Magnus’ only reason to BE on the Black Road all brought up, carried out and then ended in one chapter, it seems odd to continue on this “quest”. maybe more is to be revealed or maybe i missed something. otherwise- this is a gorgeous book, tightly written, with very diverse characters, and some beautifully drawn fighting. i like this book a whole lot, and will definitely be checking out the next leg of the journey on the Black Road.

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