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Drifter #1

Writer: Ivan Brandon Artist: Nic Klein Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: November 12, 2014 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 11
8.1Critic Rating
7.3User Rating

FROM THE CREATORS OF VIKING: Writer IVAN BRANDON (Wolverine, Men of War) and artist NIC KLEIN (Captain America, Thor) reunite to bring you a sci-fi ONGOING SERIES joining the dark revenge themes of Unforgiven with the mind-bending sci-fi universe-building of Dune. In its frantic rush to survive itself, mankind has spread across the universe, colonizing and strip-mining countless planets. Abram Pollux barely survives a crash landing on Ouro, a lawless backwater world where life is cheap. What starts as a struggle for survival quickly becomes a journey to the very edges of what it means to be human.

  • 10
    Rhymes With Geek - Denise Blakely Nov 11, 2014

    Drifter is a for sure, no questions asked, must buy. I simply cannot wait to see where this story goes and I'm over the moon with the artwork. This is absolutely the best new comic I have picked up in quite some time. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Nov 18, 2014

    Drifter has the makings of the next great sci-fi western. It has the best elements of both genres mixed together in a peanut butter cup of a comic. Plus, this debut issue builds up to a closing piece of dialogue that is an amazing cliffhanger that will have you demanding the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Hyper Geeky - ClumsyG Jan 19, 2015

    The road to perdition begins with a step, and there's something compelling about seeing a character move to the edge of a cliff. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Marco Piva-Dittrich Nov 11, 2014

    A great start Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Brendan McGuirk Nov 12, 2014

    Starring archetypal characters that avoid the wrong side of clich, on a world where nothing is yet obvious but promises to reveal its most compelling traits in time, and moving in a direction that feels like we may know the route but couldn't possibly gauge the destination, Ivan Brandon and Nic Klein are off to a roaring start on their latest Image offering. Drifter is a book you inhale, though it will likely burn your lungs. It's a hard drink, but one that goes down oh so easy. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Sushi - Gary Hilson Nov 25, 2014

    Drifter #1 is one of the most promising debuts I've read in a while, and the twist at the end just adds to the anticipation for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Coming Up Comics - David Melton Nov 11, 2014

    Read this issue twice. The first time through you'll be getting yourself acclimated with the surroundings, the characters, and the story. The second time through, you'll be able to enjoy the comic much more because it won't be as much to take in and you will find things you may have missed or misread at first. I can't wait to find out more about Abram as he is a complex character with a past that he seems to be running from, or at least conceding to. Readers will be dying to figure out what it is he has done and why he thinks death is a fair trade. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - David Harper Oct 20, 2014

    All in all, “Drifter” is an excellent debut, and the type of science fiction that I can't help but love. The storytelling exudes a real sense of confidence, and within (or because of) that, the characters intrigue and the visuals astonish. Like with many Image titles, it very well might not be for you, but if you're a fan of more grounded (literally) science fiction and just absolutely phenomenal art, “Drifter” likely is a book for you. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Jeremy Matcho Nov 13, 2014

    Drifter was a surprisingly excellent read this week. Sci-fi books can be confusing at times, but this one is easy to follow and well written to boot. Ivan Brandon and Nic Klein really blow the doors off with an exciting first issue. Having set the bar high, they will have to be on the top of their game to maintain this level of quality long term. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran Nov 17, 2014

    Drifter #1 is a book that, for now, lives or dies on its visuals and setting. There is very little in terms of story a reader can cling onto. To that end, this is a title that may not be for everyone. Although the final page has a fairly strong hook for what is to come, the reader is either already one board for the story or isn't. This isn't a run and gun piece of science fiction. Drifter #1 is slow and methodical, and wholly worth your time if you're willing to give it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Gregg Katzman Nov 12, 2014

    DRIFTER immediately makes me think of several other franchises. For me, Dune, Borderlands and even Star Wars' Mos Eisley immediately come to mind as we're taken to a world where the air looks every bit as thick as it's described in the script and the world is pretty much down in the dumps. This may be a futuristic sci-fi universe, but this planet has apparently been left behind. DRIFTER isn't focusing on telling us about its unique universe or wowing you with the possible technology it possess. Instead, it's purely character-driven and does a good job teasing several things. The end of this first issue is going to leave you with a number of questions, but it's also going to make you want to stick around to see if they'll each be answered. Thanks to some seriously impressive artwork and strong writing, DRIFTER's off to a solid start. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Nov 12, 2014

    I really went into this issue expecting nothing and came out with a new series to follow. Honestly having that bit of Planetoid vibe, but with a different character journey really helped. At the end of the day though the creators sucked me into their world and made me want to stay and so that's why I'll be back for the second issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Nov 11, 2014

    Drifter is a visual feast that's a in a master class of storytelling with an interesting world and premise to explore. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Chris Wilson Nov 19, 2014

    Drifter #1 wants to tell a cool story that slowly unfolds but there are too many questions left to be able to tell if it will be something original. So far the story is fairly typical with some neat concepts but I felt like I had missed something crucial. That's not a great feeling to have for a first issue and does little to hook a reader. The ending has me a bit intrigued and I may give the second issue peek. Nic Klein's art is so great that it distracted me from the story's shortcomings and kept the issue from feeling like a disappointment. If you've got the time, Drifter #1 might be a fun read but I can't recommend a purchase. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Unleash The Fanboy - Russell Johnson Nov 12, 2014

    Drifter is well worth your time and investment in characters that are just now scratching the surface of what this sci-fi world has to offer. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Brian Reed Dec 2, 2014

    Drifter #1 doesn't blow me away, but it does catch my attention. Once the story gets rolling and the characters get to show off who they are a little more, I bet this is going to be a good read. I'm happy with #1 for the art alone, but I'm already expecting better things to come. If you've ever wanted to see what a sci-fi spaghetti western might feel like, now's your chance. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ryan Scott Nov 24, 2014

    There is definitely a lot of Star Wars influence all over this book, and that isnt a bad thing (for example, the setting of the planet in question is reminiscent of Mos Eisley). But the story feels a little underwhelming at first. Thankfully, there is a decent enough cliffhanger to set up an issue two nicely. This book has a lot of potential. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Nov 12, 2014

    "Drifter" #1 is a good selling point for the series, although it waivers after making its pitch. Regardless, both Brandon and Klein give enough reason to return for issue #2. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Nov 15, 2014

    Drifter is a good start to a series. What the book does from here is anyone's guess but the first issue at least establishes a good core cast and a decent mystery. The book is backed up by stellar artwork and has few downsides to the comic book. This is a good book to check out if you are looking for something different on the racks these days. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Nov 16, 2014

    With more time will come more answers, but for now the art is truly driving this story and is reason enough for the confused reader to come back and find the answers to the multiple questions introduced in this opening issue. This is a creative team that has proven they're more than capable of solid and entertaining storytelling, and I'm confident they'll be able to get this on track and deliver with Drifter. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Big Comic Page - Shane Hoffman Nov 12, 2014

    The landscapes and environments are fantastic and definitely are something I could picture in a sci-fi film and the characters are highly detailed and very distinguishable from one another. Nic Klein brings his A-game to this comic and it makes for some beautiful visual story telling. So even with the minor problems in the dialogue I still am curious to see where Drifter will go, so I'm still on board for issue 2. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Jon-C17 Nov 14, 2014

    This has beautiful art, great coloring; very vivid. The story is a bit muddled and some of the dialogue is lacking, but it brings something else to the table: intrigue. Would like to see where this goes.

  • 9.0
    Nick Nov 19, 2014

    This has a lot of potential. The end notes from the author say that the beginning of the story is a bit weird, which it is... kind of. It's more of a sporadic mess, but it lays good groundwork to build a story upon. First issues can be difficult. The point of a comic is to tell a story, and to do that you need to lay groundwork, build a world, give a bit of a back-story, introduce characters... in a normal novel, this can take 150-200 pages. In a comic book, you have one issue to hook. I'd say Brandon and Klein forfeited a bit of the hook in order to produce a first issue that lends a lot of potential for a great overall story arc.

  • 8.5
    Marvelrock May 28, 2016

    Amazing art. Great set-up to a story the seems oozing with potential. The location(s) and characters seem to have a lot of promise.

  • 7.5
    Soyner Nov 16, 2014

    I really wanted to like this comic. The art is fantastic! Beautifully illustrated with such great detail that it really sets the scenes nicely. But the writing just felt...clunky. Didn't really have a good flow. Nic Klein's art is the real star. Maybe if the writing morphs a bit this will be a "pull list title".

  • 7.5
    Bad Hominid Nov 24, 2014

    Gorgeous artwork, interesting enough story, I worry that the scifi-western shtick may be getting a bit overdone, but I'm definitely on board for at least another few issues.

  • 6.5
    Gizmo Nov 16, 2014

    The timing for Drifter is unfortunate. With all of the space and sci-fi books Image is putting out, Drifter isn't really standing out. Add to that the fact that Image also just released a space western with Copperhead and the timing for this book is downright aweful, westerns are a tough sell as it is. It's almost as if viewers who grew up influenced by Firefly are now starting to craft their own space westerns. On its own merits, this is a decent first issue. The art is fantastic, especially when you consider that it is handled entirely by Nic Klein. Often, one aspect of the art, such as colour, will be lacking in cases of a single artist. However, Nic Klain brings the heat on all fronts, especially the colour. Another plus is the logo and more

  • 5.5
    JBL Reviews Nov 12, 2014

    I won't buy next issue. Western. Strange way of speaking.

  • 5.0
    Cosmic Ray Nov 16, 2014

    Art awesome. Story not.

  • 7.5
    Ceoldra Nov 19, 2014

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    KnM Nov 20, 2018

  • 7.0
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