Drumhellar #1

Drumhellar #1

Writer: Alex Link Artist: Riley Rossmo Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: November 6, 2013 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 1
6.9Critic Rating
6.0User Rating

When shock-induced visions drive a detective specializing in the paranormal to a small town in South Dakota, he finds himself up against a flesh-hungry bog-man, their mutual ex-girlfriend (did we mention she’s a werewolf?), and a demon that’s stolen his arsenal of psychedelics. Then things start to get weird. We live in strange times. They call for strange ways!


  • 9.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Lonmonster Oct 22, 2013

    Drumhellar proves that comics can do things other mediums cant. It crosses multiple genres in a spacious world that teems with imagination and care from the creators. I have no idea where Link and Rossmo are going to take us, but you can bet Ill be along for the ride. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson Nov 5, 2013

    Link and Rossmo have put together a beautifully rendered, fantastically compelling world. A dream-like, surrealist reality that serves a backdrop for some brilliantly realised characters. I'm fully aware that the surrealist style of storytelling may not be for everyone, but this is a comic that grabbed me from the opening pages and simply refused to let go. And the fact that almost every panel is absolutely gorgeous certainly doesn't hurt matters. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Hansel Moreno Nov 5, 2013

    Alex and Riley have penned a funny and engaging mystery that rapidly opens up and pulls you in. In style, it is born and bred Riley's, however the story telling involved reminds me of more of Mind The Gap and Morning Glories. High octane mystery with more questions than answers that eventually (hopefully) lead to a huge pay off. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Fangoria - Svetlana Fedotov Nov 26, 2013

    Of course, Rossmo's art adds another layer to DRUMHELLAR, with beautifully placed bursts of color and a very obvious dot-style printing that was common with older comics. It's not a traditional style in any sense and instead takes a bit from everywhere. The characters harken to a more small-press vibe with faint pencil markings with a touch of cartoon fun, while the sidekick animal (though it's not clear what sort of animal) makes nods to Japanese manga. Even the placement of the panels is intentionally a bit off, creating open spaces that don't entirely seem out of place, perhaps commenting on modern graphic design. Together, it creates something that is fantastically visually appealing without crowding the viewer's vision. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    We The Nerdy - Corey Fryia Nov 8, 2013

    Perhaps the most compelling thing that Drumheller #1 offers is the way that it seems to blur the lines between genres. This debut issue is a little bit of mystery, comedy, horror, romance and everything in between. I have absolutely no idea where Rossmo and Link are taking us on this journey, but thats part of the intrigue that makes Drummheller #1 one hell of a debut issue. Buy the ticket and take the ride! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Dean Stell Nov 10, 2013

    The comic is trippy and weird and very pretty to look at. Not sure there is enough story to keep me interested in the long term. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Tyler Goulet Nov 4, 2013

    Any day of the week, Id rather see an artist let loose and do what he wants than be weighed down by structure or rules about how youre supposed to do something. Every time Rossmos name appears on a book, you know its going to be good but his work with Drumhellar is a whole new standard that hes set for himself. Hes done the research, hopefully not too much research if you catch my drift, and hes got the talent with some to spare. If the rest of this series is anything like issue one then were in for something special… and we might need to go to rehab afterwards. But, hey, its still going to be special and something to remember. Check this series out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - James Anders II Nov 6, 2013

    I recommend Drumhellar not exactly as an intense action/adventure story, but as an enjoyable relaxing kind of fun read that has left the door open for so many avenues that I can see this story advancing really well. The sky's the limit and I hope that Rossmo can reach that limit. Let's likewise hope that Drum Hellar can understand his visions and actions as well. This is one you can read a couple of times and get something new out of it. Well done guys, well done. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Chris Romero Nov 8, 2013

    With creepy landscapes and even creepier characters, Rossmo brings his A game to this book. The artwork combined with the story leaves us wondering exactly what's real and what's imaginary. Add DrumHellar to your list this week andget ready for a trip. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Nov 13, 2013

    I'll definitely be picking up #2 to see what happens next, the story of this paranormal detective who hangs around with werewolves, bog men, and small floating ghosts has intrigued me. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Nov 6, 2013

    Riley Rossmo's gorgeous art sells the world, beginning with something that is almost Japanese influenced as the protagonist has a vision in a pond, before emerging out the other side of a Western by way of Paris, Texas. Coupled with Karl Fan's amazing colours, which make maximum use of Rossmo's minimal frame fillers, it's the hook that keeps readers visually engaged enough to want to know more about this puzzle. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Nov 5, 2013

    The thing that saves Drumhellar, aside from the strong artwork, is the flickering of humanity that comes through all the cryptic talk. Rossmo and Link allude to Drum's relationships with women like diner hostess Wanda, "naturopath" Padma and his mysterious ex Lupe. You won't get any answers here, but Rossmo is banking on the art being strong enough to justify the mystery. Ultimately, if the psychedelic artwork can sell you, Drumhellar might be a series worth partaking. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    CHUD - D.S. Randlett Nov 8, 2013

    Even if you mainly follow writers, Rossmo proves once again that he's an artist that anyone can connect with. If you're not on his bandwagon yet, now's a good time to start. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Zackery Cote Nov 6, 2013

    Drumhellar suffers from something I like to call the “Don't Drown Complex.” What this means is that Drumhellar essentially throws you into the pool of its narrative with absolutely no previous swimming experience and, rather than telling you how to stay afloat, simply tells you “don't drown.” It can be very unnerving and even a bit off-putting to be put in such a situation. Not many people actually want to struggle through such a disadvantageous position, but for those who can navigate the tumultuous waters of Drumhellar, you just may find a story that is worth following. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Flip Geeks - Alvin Minon Nov 13, 2013

    Image Comics' Drummhellar #1 is one crazy starting point for the supernatural detective. I may be skeptic with the story but the strange insane world of Hellar plus how it's depicted by Rossmo's art works like a charm. The potential might not be enough reason for some, but what I do hope though is that the disjointed winding story is there to bring us a bigger, better picture. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Nov 9, 2013

    Drumhellar is an odd book. It's a character book and that works well. However, this issue read too much like the opening to a trade collection and it drops too much of a mystery in the process. I'm not entirely sure what the book is about and that could be a problem. I'm in for another issue to see where this is headed. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Augie De Blieck Jr. Nov 8, 2013

    "Drumhellar" is a bit of a missed first effort. There's potential in it, though, and that'll be enough to bring me back for more next month. I want to see evidence of a game plan and some kind of focus in that issue to convince me to stick with it. Read Full Review

  • 1.8
    Geeked Out Nation - Philip Suson Nov 7, 2013

    Overall, this was a disappointing read. This reviewer read it five times, and still has no idea what is going on in the book. If they were to change anything now, it would be that they need to make the plot coherent, it is not too late, they need to get to the story they want to tell now before readers drop off. The art needs consistency from page to page, and they may need to not throw a lot at the readers at once, let things breathe. I could say the pacing is fast, but it is so fast that you can't understand what is going. Read Full Review

  • 1.5
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Nov 6, 2013

    Drumhellar #1 is just flat out awful. It's a comic that makes little to no sense, has no foundation for anything, the characters don't make sense, and the artwork is ugly. It's a comic that pretty much grabs the audience and tosses them into the deep end of a pool, hoping they can swim. If a comic starts like that and is this confusing, it will completely alienate its audience and drive most people anyway. As such, I cannot in good conscience recommend a mess like this. Avoid this book at all costs. Read Full Review

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