Dead Body Road #1

Dead Body Road #1

Writer: Justin Jordan Artist: Matteo Scalera Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: December 11, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 25 User Reviews: 3
8.2Critic Rating
7.3User Rating

The men involved in his wife’s death must die. All of them. Writer JUSTIN JORDAN (LUTHER STRODE) and artist MATTEO SCALERA (BLACK SCIENCE, Indestructible Hulk) craft the bruising story of one man’s revenge and the dark road he travels.

  • 10
    Nerds On The Rocks - LenDiggity Dec 11, 2013

    Dead Body Road is a rough and rugged revenge story off to an excellent start and should only continue to get better as the creative teams synergetic energy grows. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Nov 12, 2013

    You can't get this book yet which I know you're probably hating me for right now, but hopefully you're interested. Hell I'm interested in reading it again just from talking about it. There's only one other thing that Dead Body Road has in common with the Luther Strode series (other than the writer/creator) and that's its impact. There is no doubt in my mind that this series/issue is going to hit people like a ton of bricks. If you have friends that refuse to read comics, convince them to buy this issue and they'll see why the medium is so entertaining and full of endless possibilities. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Dec 10, 2013

    Dead Body Run #1 is a great debut by a talented creative team. They've managed to take a fairly stock concept and turn it into something worth reading. The mystery teased in the last few pages will give Jordan some room to make this book really unique. It's exciting to know that we haven't really scratched the surface yet and Scalera is already on top of his game. As long as the action and intrigue stay at high levels, Dead Body Road will definitely be a winner. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Jorge Solis Nov 19, 2013

    An excellent start, “Dead Body Road” #1 is difficult to put down once you get started. I can't wait to see what happens next in the series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Entertainment Fuse - Andrew Ziegler Dec 24, 2013

    While its a shame that there will only be five more issues in Dead Body Road, its actually quite perfect. This isnt one of those sprawling storiesyou know from the start that it needs to end, either with the success or failure of Gages conquest. A miniseries is the perfect format for such a story, where many of the characters wont be around for a very long time. After all, this comic is called Dead Body Road for a reason! Its a short a road, but one I know Ill love traveling. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Ricardo Guajardo Dec 11, 2013

    Dead Body Road is a high octane comic that also lays down enough characterization to give personality to the characters as well. Sure, the dialogue can sometimes come across as cliche but I think with the talent involved its forgiving. If a reader wants a new comic to pick up that will bring fast and explosive scenes, they are not going to regret buying this title. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Justin Giampaoli Dec 3, 2013

    Dead Body Road also earned some credibility with me because it lives in the gray space between absolute morality and polarized villainy. There's no sense of "bad guys" and "good guys" to be found alongDead Body Road, not really. There are men who do some bad things, but they can also be fair with the awful shit they're capable of, some sort of twisted "honor among thieves" ethos that pervades this world of memorable but human criminals and conflicted cops. In a nutshell, Dead Body Road feels like Ed Brubaker meets Quentin Tarantino. It's modern noir with high-interest style points. I'll never get tired of saying this, but Image Comics has another hit on their hands. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeks Unleashed - joedwardlewis Dec 12, 2013

    Scalera, whose Black Science hit shelves last week and which I raved about to the entirety of the internet, demonstrates why he is such hot property. The thrilling car sequence, in which the vehicles are rendered with a fetishtic quality, redefines 'the chase'. Stylistically the scene is reminiscent of Sean Gordon Murphy. How Scalera captures the movement so deftly will remain a mystery. This truly is a golden age of creators. The artwork is in such stark contrast to the aforementioned Black Science, and his work on the Indestructible Hulk, leads me to conclude he is a rare talent. One I hope to see more of in the coming years. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Dec 13, 2013

    Dead Body Road rockets out of the gate with a great issue. We have a good plot, deeply defined characters and some grizzled artwork to put together the perfect crime-gone-wrong/revenge story. I am waiting for the second issue in hopes of more action, death, torture and backstabbing. This is a great book. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Dec 11, 2013

    This is a very solid opening issue. Anyone that's into good revenge stories with lots of action should check this out. The book has great pacing with fantastic art. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The MacGuffin - Matt LeMaire Jan 19, 2014

    If there's one issue I have with the book so far, it's that it doesn't yet come off as anything more than a revenge tale. Therefore, its strength is also its weakness in some ways. But while this straightforward approach could be a negative aspect of this series, it works well to quickly grab your attention and leave you wanting more, which will likely prove to be far more important going forward. As it is, DEAD BODY ROAD is a fun and exciting first issue that grabs a hold of you and doesn't let go, leaving you anticipating the next chapter. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Nov 12, 2013

    Dead Body Road #1 is a solid revenge noir with a splash of western in there for flavour. Fans of Jordan's previous work will be very happy with this offering that features absolutely fantastic artwork from Matteo Scalera. It is the beginning of what could be a standout mini-series from Image and I highly recommend giving it a shot. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Ben Penfold-Marwick Dec 19, 2013

    This may turn out to be a very original take on an overly familiar genre, but the plot so far is not overly unique. That being said, the artwork, the dialogue, and the overall feel of this book are very much their own. I look forward to seeing where it goes from here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Cody Nov 20, 2013

    Dead Body Road reads as something familiar, but it does more than enough to make you want to come back for the second issue. Jordan writes some great dialogue and intriguing characters. The introductions are out of the way, so hopefully we start to see a little more differentiation from other stories of the genre. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Tyler Goulet Dec 10, 2013

    Dead Body Road, while on the surface doesnt seem like a new concept, has some major potential down the line. Both Jordan and Scalera are big talents in the comic world and once you get through this first issue, which is still good if you didnt really get that in the above babble, youre going to be in for a good series. Trust in these two and Image, and its a safe bet youll end up adding another great Image series to your list. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Dec 12, 2013

    Matteo Scalera has really become a superstar this year. This guy can deliver, that's for sure. Every page he draws has such intensity to it. The whole issue looks great, but the brief car chase in particular looks amazing. It feels like the cars are gonna drive off the page and roll you over (you probably deserve it). Scalera can draw action s well, if not better, than any other artist currently working, which should make you very excited for Dead Body Road. If the first issue is any indication, this series promises lots of action and that is something to be very pumped up for. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Dec 12, 2013

    At just a glance, you can immediately tell this is going to be a great series. Justin Jordan's been known not to hold back and that's evident here as well. We've seen many stories of a man seeking revenge but there is a great feeling and energy here that makes it stand apart from other similar stories. Matteo Scalera's art and Moreno Dinisio's colors work wonderfully here. There's an almost cinematic feel to it all and you'll want to read through the issue again just to take it all in. This is the type of comic that punches you in the gut with its storytelling. Getting punched in the gut may not sound fun but this comic absolutely is. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBuzz - Ollie Dec 18, 2013

    The creative team of Jordan and Scalera are among the hottest in comics at the moment and are they are on top of their game here. This is Scalera's second title from Image in the space of a month after Black Science and really shows his versatility as an artist as this shows a completely different style. Scalera is perfectly suited to Jordan's writing, Jordan writes great action that can get a touch violent and Scalera can create fantastic action scenes and give the violence a very visceral look and wouldn't look out of lace in a book like 100 bullets. I am really looking forward to the rest of this mini series and think that it could make a great TV series so go forth and buy this book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Sean Tonelli Dec 11, 2013

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  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Nov 12, 2013

    More than just a simple revenge story as things get out of hand all around with scheming "bad guys" lurking around every page turn, "Dead Body Road" #1 is a solid offering from Justin Jordan and Matteo Scalera. Yet another feather in Image's continually growing feathered headdress, this is a story unsettling enough to be compelling and memorable without any unnecessary flash or sizzle. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Dec 14, 2013

    What we have here is a fairly basic plot where a cop gets killed during the execution of a crime and her boyfriend does not take kindly to the news. What follows, and will continue into subsequent issues, is him hunting down the criminals responsible at the same time as they hunker down on their own side trying to kill off any loose ends that can lead anyone to them. It this a highly original plot? Certainly not, there are only so many variations on stories in the genre. That said, it's not the basic plot that will make the series great, it's the execution. With Jordan & Scalera I'm looking forward to a hell of a ride. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Dec 11, 2013

    Dead Body Road #1 has plenty of room to grow, but for what we get it earns attention. Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Lan Pitts Dec 11, 2013

    As mentioned, Jordan has laid out the groundwork for what has the potential to be a great thriller and it looks great so far, but reads only mediocre so far. Dead Body Road has the ingredients to make a fine comic, but things need need to pick up some, otherwise readers could easily keep on driving after this first issue and past right by this one. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    GoCollect - @DocBenway Dec 13, 2013

    A well-drawn and colored version of every action-adventure movie youve ever seen. Im hoping for some more twists along this fun, but uninspired road. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Peter Schmeiser Dec 18, 2013

    Im hoping the story eventually develops and is holding back twists and other plot devices, but I dont currently see any evidence of a story equal to the illustrations. Hopefully, as we chase down the highway of revenge, we will find a story worth pursuing. Read Full Review

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