Circuit-Breaker #1

Writer: Kevin McCarthy Artist: Kyle Baker Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: March 23, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 9
4.6Critic Rating
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When the heroic robots that saved Japan during World War IV are outlawed, they turn against mankind, waging a campaign of terror across the last city on Earth. Their creator builds one more soldier-disguised as his teenaged granddaughter-and tasks her with dismantling the marauding mechanical militia. But as she begins to question her programming, will she be the last hope for humanity, or the final nail in our coffin?

  • 7.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jake Christiansen Mar 23, 2016

    McCarthy and Baker create a vibrant world that tackles futuristic, but relatable subject matter. The art is fun and original, and pick the story up when the pacing feels too rushed. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Comicsverse - Kara Waltersdorff Mar 26, 2016

    The language feels very broken and staccato, while the art seems sloppy and a little rushed. I definitely want to pick up the next issue to reevaluate, and I'm hoping it will live up to the idea presented by the story. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    IGN - Jeff Lake Mar 24, 2016

    It's not without its entertainment value; it's just not yet clear whom this book is for. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Mar 24, 2016

    'Circuit Breaker' has potential to be a great story about an endearing android girl fighting big bad robots with an underlying message of the politics of fear and societal discrimination. The first issue wants to say all this and more but there's so much going on that it turns to white noise in the narrative and in the art. It's worth checking out for issue two to see if it turns to a cohesive coherent read. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Jordan Claes Mar 23, 2016

    It's upsetting when a title you were looking forward to reading turns out to be a letdown " after all no one reads anything in the hope that it's going to suck. Sometimes first impressions aren't always true representations of a book no more than they can be that of a person. We can be wrong; opinions can change. However " my decision will be to not add Circuit-Breaker to my pull-list and it's an opinion I don't anticipate vacating. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Bounding Into Comics - John F. Trent Mar 27, 2016

    Circuit Breaker #1 is a Japanese-inspired dystopian story that is targeted towards a nice audience of Japanese anime and manga fans. However, the actual story struggles with character moments and the writing is rather choppy and sometimes goes off on tangents. Kyle Baker's artwork definitely captures the anime and manga style and fans of the genre will enjoy it. Chiren's backpack is a highlight with its changing facial expressions. Unfortunately, this book is one you can and should skip. Read Full Review

  • 3.4
    Multiversity Comics - Stephenson Ardern-Sodje Mar 24, 2016

    It's possible that later issues will unfold to display something more concrete, either in terms of social discussion or simply more satisfying bot-on-bot carnage, but for me, this first issue feels, much like its protagonist, an awkwardly constructed simulacrum of two separate concepts. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Newsarama - Michael Moccio Mar 28, 2016

    Ultimately, Circuit-Breaker is a book that attempts to satirize a medium and fails to do so because it doesn't comment on it in any meaningful way. At one point, a woman turns around and says, "This place has become a parody. A perverse western stereotype!" That's true, but it's McCarthy and Baker that have made this "perverse western stereotype" by focusing on all the superficial aspects of the medium without really delving deeper into this kind of media. What results is a lackluster story that has very little reason to warrant a second look. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Big Comic Page - Ross Sweeney Mar 25, 2016

    Confusing, poorly wrought and just plain odd at the end of it all, its a wasted opportunity given the talents that the book brought together, and that makes it the rarest of all beasts – a misfire from Image Comics. Avoid. Read Full Review

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