Decorum #1

Writer: Jonathan Hickman Artist: Mike Huddleston Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: March 11, 2020 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 30
8.7Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

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SERIES PREMIERE! There are many assassins in the known universe. This is the story of the most well-mannered one. "Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what knife you use."

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Jonathan Cadotte Mar 13, 2020

    Decorum #1 is a powerhouse of a comic book. Intriguing plots, a wonderfully established new universe, and dynamite artwork makes it one of the best first issues in a long time. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Apr 1, 2020

    Together, this creative team has given us one of the best new comics of the year. It is quite an astonishing book. Read Full Review

  • 10 - Chase Magnett Mar 11, 2020

    This is the sort of comic that can make even the most cynical critic remember why they fell in love with the medium. I suppose the only response for that is: Thanks. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Jay Hill Mar 10, 2020

    Decorum #1 is the opening chapter of a story that was expected to be big and has lived up to those expectations. There’s story, ideas, character, mystery, and action in abundance. You couldn’t have asked for a better beginning. Jonathan Hickman and epic science fiction comic books are a match made in heaven. And while the substantial story content builds up the worlds, Mike Huddleston makes them concrete with stunning and diverse visuals. In this book, a new reality of wonder is created and all you have to do is open it to be transported there. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Daniel Gehen Mar 12, 2020

    Decorum #1 is a reminder of what the comics medium is capable of. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Graphic Policy - Brett Mar 11, 2020

    Decorum #1 is a jaw-dropping debut. It's a must get for all comic fans as it challenges everything about comics from the narrative to the art, and Sasha E. Head‘s fantastic design work. Part story, part worldbuilding, Decorum #1 is a unique experience. It's also a near-perfect debut. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Mar 11, 2020

    Mike Huddleston's art is unique and beautiful and the style is perfect for this story. I love the way Huddleston both frames a scene and how the panels progress the story with tension and detail. Brilliant artwork throughout this first issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    The Brazen Bull - Dave Robbins Mar 11, 2020

    The fall of an Empire, intergalactic crime and intrigue, and an extremely polite league of assassins make for a seriously impressive foundation for the chills yet to come. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Sequential Planet - Alex Clark-McGlenn Mar 13, 2020

    An amazing, mind-bending #1 Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - Cidnya Mar 14, 2020

    Decorum #1 is an intriguing first issue, split into three parts to ensure that readers become familiar with the territory before thrown into an intergalactic narrative. The entire creative team utilizes their skill sets to create a thoroughly planned and sprawling sci-fi landscape that makes for a refined and chic reading experience. Featuring minimal coloring, graphs, and monochromatic scenes, this is a book that is begging you to pay close attention to it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Mar 10, 2021

    I feel like Ive only caught a glimpse of the characters and story. What I have seen is promising so I intend to stick with it. I would recommend Decorum to anyone looking for bold, creative sci-fi a little outside the status quo of American comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Mar 31, 2020

    Decorum #1 does exactly what a number one is supposed to do: intrigue the reader, capture the imagination, and make you want to know more even if the premise doesn't quite match up with your usual expectations. But Hickman and Huddleston masterfully construct a world with enough familiar elements to make you comfortable and enough new embellishments that form a vice grip around your brain, making you wonder: where exactly is this gonna go next? Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Cat Wyatt Mar 11, 2020

    Decorum #1 is a creative feast for the eyes, full of bold style decisions and character introductions. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Mar 10, 2020

    Hickman and Huddleston have created a multimedia storytelling journey, fearless and rich with experimentation. The first half is a bit disoriented and confused, perhaps by design, but the vast majority of readers will be thoroughly engrossed by the end of the third chapter. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Gregory Ellner Mar 12, 2020

    Fantastic artwork is still held back by a story that drags for half of its length without much in the way of a discernible reason. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Feb 20, 2020

    Your mileage with Decorum will really depend on how much you trust Jonathan Hickman to deliver, and how much you like Mike Huddleston's art Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Mar 10, 2020

    Nobody writes a comic book quite like Jonathan Hickman, for better or worse, and while the exposition here is delivered in a typically unwieldy fashion (read: chunks of text and intentionally confusing, encyclopaedia-style excerpts slotted in between chapters), the striking artwork and strong characterisation of our two female leads is more than enough to keep the pages turning, and in my case, at least to make sure I come back to check out issue two. Well worth a look, particularly if youre already a fan of Hickmans distinctive style. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    AIPT - Alex Curtis Mar 10, 2020

    Overall, without the gravitas or pathos of his other work, Hickman's attempt to pen a "fun" sci-fi romp is a slog of clichs and tired ideas. However, the art is stunning and almost, maybe worth the undeserved price tag. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Joe Davis Mar 11, 2020

    Hickman's worlds and characters are always surreal, dangerous, beautiful, and ugly. I always feel like the characters are thinking.

  • 9.0
    TheHyruleElf Mar 11, 2020

    That was fun as hell!

  • 8.0
    ohhaimark Mar 22, 2020

    Ambitious, unique and fun. I look forward to more of this series.

  • 7.5
    allenquanobi Mar 11, 2020

    Not my favorite Hickman creator owned, but it does get off to an ok start. The entire issue is the usual hickman affair, with data graphs, info dumps, and cool visuals to go around. I didn't find myself caring about any of the characters yet, and that is hard to do in one issue, so I'll continue to read it. However, in his other series there is usually at least one character that I find cool or like, most prominently Death in East of West; he made an impression right off the bat. This issue is worth it for the art alone, Huddleston shows off his insane skill with detailed sketches and beautiful vistas in the first chapter, and the other ones don't disappoint either.

  • 7.5
    Spacey Medicine Apr 8, 2020

    The art is really interesting and the story is somewhat less so, but that might be my aversion to having to learn new things. As soon as someone said “As you know...” I immediately tuned out of the world, unfortunately.

  • 10
    The Comics Golden King Mar 18, 2020

    this is SICK !!!!!! Awesome Reading.

  • 10
    JulianPope Jul 17, 2020

    An intensely rewarding and unorthodox visual experience.

  • 9.5
    Rauld Mar 15, 2020

    Wow! What a comic! Huddleston's art is MAGNIFICENT, loved loved loved the style. Hickman creates an amazing world and an amazing story. His usual pages of explanations are very useful to set the backstory, so then the main story doesn't feel overburdened. The actual main story is very captivating and the characters are great. I really can't wait for issue 2

  • 9.0
    Psycamorean Mar 15, 2020

    Hickman has set up another interesting universe, although the concepts built into it are similar to most of Hickman's work, which was to be expected. This was really entertaining, despite some familiar ground being retread.

  • 9.0
    Aussie Dad Mar 21, 2020

    Hickman always starts well. A myriad of ideas woven into complex intersecting circles. Unfortunately in some cases the story does not end as well as it starts. Hopefully this one lives up to it's opening issue promise. Kudos to Mike Huddleston on the art.

  • 9.0
    M1sf1r3 Apr 26, 2020

    Time for my first Hickman indie. Let's see how it goes.

    The Good:
    I really like the worldbuilding done here.


    The art is really great.

    The Bad:
    Ok, it is quite confusing on the first read-through.

    Hickman starts off really well and has me hooked. The only problem is that it is rather hard to interpret the first time around and requires a few rereads.

  • 8.5
    LittleMAK Jul 6, 2020

    The first issue of Decorum was a little bit confusing which is expected by every book written by Jonathan Hickman (in a good way) and I love he just completely tells us nothing in the first 10 pages and that’s bloody amazing, I mean he creates weird ass worlds and they all turn out to be epic. I’m sure that they will connect the war in the first pages to the main story and the stuff the carrier girl and that mafia alien fight scene has been epic, my only complain would be they could’ve gave us more information about the world of Decorum and the main story going on, I mean we don’t exactly have status quo yet but this is Jonathan Hickman, so expect one. And The art was pretty good but the change with the realistic pictures and the bl more

  • 7.5
    GTMedia Reviews Apr 3, 2020

    I find Johnathan Hickman's X-Men to be uneven at best and overrated at worst. The fact remains that he's a great writer when he's firing on all cylinders. Hickman is the reason I got back into X-Men comics. I saw the solicits for Hickman's creator-owned project Decorum and got excited because I wanted to see what he could do when he wasn't constrained by 50+ years of Marvel continuity.

    Decorum #1 is a good, not great comic but you're gonna have to work for it. I first read the book while semi-drunk and didn't like it at all. I read it again while distracted and a lot of the story went over my head. The next day I read Decorum again and had a eureka moment. Decorum is a decent comic but its definitely a case of Hickman indu more

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