Chin Music #1
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Chin Music #1

Writer: Steve Niles Artist: Tony Harris Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: May 8, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 24 User Reviews: 1
7.2Critic Rating
5.0User Rating

Shaw is a man on the run and lost in time. Fleeing ancient enemies, Shaw finds himself in prohibition-era Chicago surrounded by gangers and demons alike and caught between law enforcement and the local supernatural underground. CHIN MUSIC is a tale of mysticism and violence like nothing you've experienced before.

  • 9.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen May 8, 2013

    Luckily, the tone of the story is enough to build interest. And Tony Harris art really shines throughout. This is exactly the sort of Harris I like to see. There's less emphasis on photo-reference and photo-realism than books like Ex Machina, even though several characters in this issue are based on historical figures. Harris opts for a more stylized approach to his figure work, one that emphasizes the noir-infused visuals and the dynamic action of the Egypt flashbacks. His page layouts are also a feast for the eyes. The issue is easily worth a purchase for the art alone. But from what little Niles' writing reveals and the big twist ending, there's more than just the art convincing me to return for issue #2. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady May 9, 2013

    One issue, and I am completely hooked. I really am uncertain as to who or what it will ultimately be about. As long as these all-star creators continue to take sharp story turns and pumps out more gorgeously black and red soaked art, Ill be back for more. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Stash My Comics - Leo Johnson May 9, 2013

    The lack of real development could turn off some readers, but this story seems to be worth the wait. Niles and Harris have both been responsible for great work, so their is faith in the creators. Plus, the addition of a supernatural Eliot Ness makes any book worth a read. New readers could find a great read in this book if they can wait for the mysteries to be revealed. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Booked - David Gillette May 12, 2013

    Frankly, Chin Music looks exciting and fun. Put this one at the top of your pull list if you haven't made a trip to your local comic shop yet. It's a powder keg of a comic waiting to explode. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose May 7, 2013

    So what is Chin Music? Well, right now it's a maddeningly vague start that also happens to look fantastic. It's not a book " at least not right now " that's meant for people who want to have a clear grasp on what they're reading. That might draw just fans of Niles and Harris " granted, that's a decent-sized demographic. But if you're looking for a strong visual showcase, well, Chin Music is definitely singing your song. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene May 13, 2013

    Supernatural crime dramas are popular right now and while Ed Brubaker's Fatale is currently leading the charge, Chin Music establishes its own creative path in that realm. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geekality - Julius Freeman May 8, 2013

    Again, like last weeks review of Ten Grand, this is what happens when you allow big time names to let their creative juices flow like the Niagara Falls. Once again, we need to give credit to Image Comics for ushering in this new Golden Age of creativity. Chin Music is a book you cant miss, and yeah, wed all prefer if these superstar artists drew and wrote our favorite superhero books, but I much rather have them produce original works. Theres only so much you can do with superheroes before they become stale and recycled (>coughcough< Marvels NOW). Ive experienced three clean slate revisions by the big two and every time its the same ol story. Try something new, exciting, daring, and provocative in Chin Music. I know I will and so should you. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza May 9, 2013

    "Chin Music" #1 grabbed my attention when I first heard of the creative team. This is, after all, Tony Harris of "Starman" and "Ex Machina" fame providing the artwork. Proven creepy writer Steve Niles is writing it, so the book is a solid hit, at least on paper. Once the book actually hits paper, it proves to be entertaining and engaging. "Chin Music" #1 has solid story to it, filled with mobsters and mysticism. The payoff for this comic is much more than I anticipated early in my reading of it. Truly, this is the stuff comics should be made of. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Following The Nerd - Shane Kildea May 11, 2013

    There is still a lot of mystique surrounding the story after this issue but that's fine, as I understand the creators don't want to show their whole hand straight away and want this to serve as a set-up. I was interested enough with what I got in the issue to want to continue and see where it leads. Hopefully next issue we get more meat where the story is concerned. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Crux - Leslie Rising May 11, 2013

    Chin Music is one part The Maltese Falcon, one part Necronomicon, and all parts awesome. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray May 12, 2013

    There are plenty of great ideas here, which is exactly what a first issue should deliver, and it will be interesting to see if Niles can start pulling these strands into narrative in the coming months. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Jen 'Miss J' Aprahamian May 8, 2013

    Depending on how you'd like to interpret it, "chin music" can have a softer meaning (idle chit-chat to delay action) or a more brutal one (like the sock to the jaw our boy Ness takes). Both are appropriate here; Niles and Harris deliver slow, deliberate storytelling punctuated by high-action moments. It's a little slower than I'd like (especially for a first issue), but I'm willing to stay on for at least two more issues to see where things are headed. Supernatural crime dramas with top talent and an Image seal are pretty hot right now, and this period take on the concept has some definite promise. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia May 11, 2013

    Besides the crisp storytelling, Harris's art deftly handles the shifts in tone as we move from the darkened office to the heat-blasted desert to the elegance of a Chicago hotel. He's working in a darker, more fluid style than fans of Starman or Ex Machina might expect, a tribute to his versatility. If there's as much blood to follow as we've seen so far (and I have no reason to doubt that), no one's looking forward to that prospect more than Harris himself: he seems to be having a grand, ghoulish time of it already. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Zac Boone May 8, 2013

    Intriguing as Niles' concepts are, it's Harris' work that carries the issue. You don't have to buy it with story in mind. Just stare at it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker May 10, 2013

    There's a good chance when the series is over the whole will be greater than the individual parts, but this first issue was a rough one for me to start with. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Nick Hanover May 14, 2013

    Though this is the kind of first issue that forces far more questions than it answers, and it's confusing and erratic on purpose, it's clear that Niles and Harris have a plan and once we see it in motion, the first issue will reveal more of its mysteries. The issue ends with a beautifully choreographed payoff of its opening, for instance, and there are hints throughout that Ness has gotten himself into way more than he expected when he helped our skeleton friend. You might not get it yet, but if you're willing to stick with it, Chin Music might just wind up 2013's Fatale. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair May 8, 2013

    This first issue didn’t quite have the punch and tug it needed to pull me right in. Looks great, but something’s missing. It’s like a greasy pizza, it’ll fill you up, but you’re missing the nutrients your body needs. Here’s hoping that’ll change with more issue Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Edward Kaye May 9, 2013

    The script is very dialogue and narration sparse, which doesn't really help the reader follow the plot. Tony Harris's style here is a little looser than his typical highly-detailed work, and he uses some nice art deco panel layouts to help evoke a 1920s feel to the story. Despite the teething issues this series has potential. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Cody "The Thorverine" Ferrell May 8, 2013

    Chin Music #1 is a beautiful looking book that features a story that is a complete mystery. It's not necessarily a bad book, it's just light on a few details you'd hope to get in a first issue. Niles is a great storyteller, and you can definitely see some of his trademarks in the book. It's an interesting story that I really want to learn more about 3/5 Read Full Review

  • 5.8
    Culture Mass - Jonathon Jacobs May 9, 2013

    With an interesting and exciting premise, I feel like down the road Chin Music could develop into something special. Unfortunately, this first issue wasn't the hook I was hoping for. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Dean Stell May 13, 2013

    The art is off-the-charts; the story is almost non-existent. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Read Comic Books - Roderick Ruth May 8, 2013

    While the story for this issue seems to have fallen a bit flat because the writing only tends to hint at all of it's plot lines and give the reader nothing to substantially stand upon, you can at least enjoy this issue for the art. Read Full Review

  • 4.6
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore May 9, 2013

    So, the one dude's name is Shaw, the setting is Chicago, and time travel is a part of it. I understand this issue more now, but am angry that it took reading the solicit to do so. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Steve Paugh May 8, 2013

    Prohibition-era shenanigans involving Eliot Ness, Al Capone, magic bullets and mummies? Bring that shit right over here! But (and that's a big but ... I cannot lie), what begins so promisingly in its first few pages, very quickly devolves into chaos. And not in a good way. Read Full Review

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