Excellence #1

Writer: Brandon Thomas Artist: Khary Randolph, Emilio Lopez Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: May 8, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 12
8.8Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

Spencer Dales was born into a world of magic. His father belongs to the Aegis, a secret society of black magicians ordered by their unseen masters to better the lives of others-those with greater potential-but never themselves.
Now it's time for Spencer to follow in his father's footsteps, but all he sees is a broken system in need of someone with the wand and the will to change it. But in this fight for a better future, who will stand beside him?  
KHARY RANDOLPH (We Are Robin, Noble, Black, TECH JACKET) and BRANDON THOMAS (HORIZON, The Many Adventures of Miranda Mercury, Noble, Voltron) ignite a generational war in this ac more

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Matthew Aguilar May 8, 2019

    Excellence lives up to its name in spades. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance May 7, 2019

    Phew, this is one fantastic comic, with everything from the script to the concept to the linework feeling new and urgent and endlessly complex. Rich with universal themes of sacrifice, pride, and family, Excellence #1 is the start of something special. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally May 8, 2019

    Khary Randolphs art is beautifully detailed. Everything from the characters to the backgrounds looks amazing. The action is engaging and fluid. The character designs are fantastic and perfectly complement the story. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Brazen Bull - Dave Robbins May 8, 2019

    Excellence is a fierce and enthralling version of a magical society where the rules do not benefit everyone, not even those who possess arcane abilities. It is also the story of a powerful young man who has had enough. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Sequential Planet - Danilo To May 7, 2019

    Excellence shows right away what it came for: excellence. Exciting action, compelling characters and an involving plot, this series is definitely worth picking up as a beautiful new gem available for us comic book readers. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - Mateo Guerrero May 8, 2019

    Made entirely by creators of color, Excellence #1promises a complex journey into magic and family. There's much more to say about this series, so check it out and join the conversation. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose May 7, 2019

    Action stories in comics can be a dime a dozen, and so it’s particularly refreshing to see how Thomas and Randolph are able to take time-tested tropes and make them feel exciting, new, and downright necessary. Excellence is working on a lot of levels, whether it’s the pressures of living up to your family’s legacy, or seeing ways that ancient tradition needs to be broken down for the sake of equity and justice. In other words, this is very heady stuff — but if this debut issue is anything to judge by, Thomas and Randolph are going to weave some truly compelling magic with Excellence. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Rogues Portal - Michael Farris Jr. May 8, 2019

    All in all, this is a book that is well-deserving of the title Excellence. In this first issue, we are introduced to the complicated familial relationship that is sure to blow up around the powder-keg that is Thomass well-thought out world building. It may be a world where people can use magic, but the obstacles they face are all-too real. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jun 17, 2019

    A new take on some familiar territory, with a powerful emotional core. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - David DeCorte May 7, 2019

    EXCELLENCE #1 introduces an interesting new world, along with engaging storytelling and universal themes. The artwork is stellar, helping bring this vibrant world to life. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Flickering Myth - Sam Thorne May 9, 2019

    Overall, the foundation of Excellence #1 is well built and kudos for Image & Skybound for once again releasing something that's off the beaten path. I did enjoy it and am curious as to where Brandon Thomas will take the series in its first few story arcs. The only real criticism I had is that the issue was all about brick laying and not so much about hooking us, it just could have used a little more bite. While it wasn't among the most exciting issue #1's I have read, I'm still very much keen to see what this creative team has to give. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Olivier Roth May 9, 2019

    However, all this would be nothing without the art team of Randolph, Lopez and Bennett. Randolph and Lopez compliment each other throughout this first issue as Lopez’s colors allow Randolph's pencils to jump off of the page from panel to panel. Randolph’s choice of panel design also allows for a very dynamic feel throughout as there is an ever present feeling of momentum, especially felt during the action scenes. Couple that with some very nice framing choices, and you get a comic that feels alive throughout. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Daniel Gehen May 9, 2019

    The stage is now set for the creators to take this book in several interesting directions after a well written and great looking first effort. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Multiversity Comics - Rowan Grover May 9, 2019

    "Excellence" #1 is a great showcase in combining character and world development, with frenetic, fun art that tells a story all on it's own. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Word Of The Nerd - Brent Jackson May 7, 2019

    Excellence #1 is the start of a good series; the story itself just needs a little more clarification on this world, on how it works. The whole father/son family story is superbly well done, it just kind of gets confusing when the "magic" starts happening. I love the overall design of this book and the world. It has that nice futuristic yet "ancient" type feel to it. Khary Randolph does a great job of catching the tone of the series and, while doing an excellent job on action scenes, also catches the emotions of the characters as well. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Sal May 9, 2019

    In the afterward of Excellence #1, writer Brandon Thomas admits that this is a very personal story for him. Some of the events in this book are real to his life. Writing from personal experiences gives an author the ability to draw from a deep emotional well and ground fictional stories with real feelings. Sometimes however, that emotional well is too deep, too dark, and too difficult to climb out of.

    Set in a futuristic New York City where magic is real and ten powerful families control its use through an iconoclastic structure of ritual and trial. We witness Spencer Raymond Dales struggle with the pressure of being born into a powerful magical legacy.

    From birth Spencer is measured and tested for magical aptitude. more

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  • 9.5
    Spidey Spawn May 8, 2019

    Just WOW! I loved reading this and can't wait to see where this series goes. Well done.

  • 10
    GTMedia Reviews Jun 8, 2019

    I had no idea who Brandon Thomas was before reading Excellence but now he has my full attention. I'm generally not a fan of stories involving magic or sorcery but this is probably one of the coolest takes on the genre I've ever run across. The fact that all of the named characters are Black is also special to me because I don't usually see "My Folks" in fantasy settings. 

    This story centers around Spencer Raymond Dales and follows him from birth through his development into a young man. He comes from a line of Magicians tasked with protecting humanity. We the bulk of the issue is split between world building, Spencer's relationship with his family and his trials.   

    The World-building is excellent I dare you to more

  • 9.0
    Ken b May 12, 2019

    I picked up this book on a hunch and I'm so glad I did because it is being added to my pull list. I would've given this book a 10 but the book ended with a confusing cliff hanger. Besides that the book is perfect.

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  • 8.5
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  • 8.0
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  • 8.0
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  • 7.5
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  • 6.0
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