Death of Love #1

Writer: Justin Jordan Artist: Donal DeLay, Omar Estevez Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: February 14, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 7
7.3Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

Love sucks. Philo Harris is going to do something about it. After gaining the ability to see the Cupidae that make love work-after a particularly bad drunken decision-Philo ends up going to war with love itself. With a chainsaw.

  • 9.0
    Outright Geekery - Eli Funaro Dec 13, 2017

    DEATH OF LOVE #1 is just delicious gory fun. The story is well written and the art is bright and relishes in splatter gore delight. This first issue is just a taste of what is building up to be a terrifying and hilarious tale of love and murderous passion. Anyone who has suffered from a broken heart will surely soak up this comic's bloody goodness. Love literally bleeds in this book. And it's a beautiful thing. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - Chris Hassan Dec 13, 2017

    A man with an over-the-top response to his romantic troubles embarks on an over-the-top - and ridiculously violent - adventure. What's not to love? Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Comicsverse - George Forchuk Jan 21, 2018

    A fun and interesting twist on the "love" concept with what hopes to be the same visceral violence of Luther Strode. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Cat Wyatt Feb 14, 2018

    The artwork was perfect for this story. Lots of bright colors and more focus on solid shapes than details, which makes the cherubs seem more humorous than threatening (I wonder if that'll change later?). The cupid/cherub guys are pretty cute " they're not overly baby-ish (which can just be creepy), while still being clear of what they are. The more realistic wings were a nice touch as well. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Jon Carroll Feb 9, 2018

    In a time when toxic masculinity has become a subject of regular discussion and female creators across all media come under regular attack for daring to even point it out, Death of Love is both a cogent and relevant critique of sexual relations wrapped up in what promises to be a brilliant (and bloody) farce. It is at once a great big middle finger in the face of Gamergaters, MRAs, nice guys and a valentine for everyone who despises them… or for anyone who just wants to see some angels cut down with a chainsaw. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - soshillinois Feb 14, 2018

    Of course comics can only go so far if the art isnt up to par in a visual medium. In that department: Donal Delay succeeds with a style that infuses a B-Movie and exaggerated quality to the more outlandish scenes, while still keeping a down-to-earth tone in the flashback scenes. Philos exaggerated and passive-aggressive hostility is helps to bridge the gap between the real and the surreal in this case, as well as the work of colorists Omar Estevez and Felipe Sobeiro who get to play with a lot of red that separates the violent Cupidae scenes from the rest of the story. In that regard, if youre looking for a gut punch of a comic, that also attempts to make a commentary on the circular punishment of mistreating people and tearing through Cupidae, then youre going to be satisfied. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez Jan 23, 2018

    This is a comic worth being on a comic enthusiast's radar. Yes, it may have some minor flaws, but it's quite a fun, and genuine ride. This is a story that seems to want to shine a lens on the complexities and dynamics of relationships and gender roles, while framing it through an over the top situation. This only furthers to drive the point home of how important the key personal character moments in the book, which show how much these creatives want to tell this tale of love. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Feb 13, 2018

    The opening and closing pages hint at a wildly chaotic story, and now that the nuances of Philo's personality (i.e. he's an asshole) have been well and truly laid out, I can't wait to see Jordan and Delay actuallygetting to tell it. It's going to be interesting to see whether this ends up being a road to redemption and reassessment for Philo, or merely a cautionary tale for the reader, but whatever it is, there's a huge amount of potential here for Death of Love to become one of the most inventive and irreverentValentine-themed comics ever made. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Feb 13, 2018

    Tackling romance, sex, entitlement and gender dynamics can be a thorny topic, particularly when taking a bleakly comedic and action-packed route - and indeed, there are bits of this story that do come across as a little awkward and inorganic, particularly in the character of Bob, whose dialogue sometimes comes off as overly didactic. But there's more to this concept than just hunting down Cupids - and now that the set-up is officially over, it remains to be seen if Death of Love and its problematic lead will find some way to warm themselves up to audiences, or if this antihero's repugnant attitude kills the romance once and for all. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Multiversity Comics - Reed Hinckley-Barnes Feb 19, 2018

    While the artwork is well done, "Death of Love" #1 has far too many its jokes fall flat. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    GWW - Do You Even Comic Book Feb 13, 2018

    Death of Loveis an interesting concept that is executed with problems. Read Full Review

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