Glitterbomb #1

Writer: Jim Zub Artist: K. Michael Russell Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: September 7, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 9
8.0Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

Farrah Durante is a middle-aged actress hunting for her next gig in an industry where youth trumps experience. Her frustrations become an emotional lure for something horrifying out beyond the water... something ready to exact revenge on the shallow celebrity-obsessed culture that's led her astray.

Fan-favorite JIM ZUB (WAYWARD, Thunderbolts) and newcomer DJIBRIL MORISSETTE-PHAN tear into the heart of Hollywood in GLITTERBOMB, a dramatic horror story about fame and failure.

"A gut-punch of glitz and blood and starf**ked culture. You want to read this." -Chuck Wendig (Blackbirds)

  • 10
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Aug 9, 2016

    With its creature-feature hook and its blunt focus on the dark things women are subjected to in Hollywood, Glitterbomb #1 is a triumph. While titles like Satellite Sam and The Fade Out take a more genre centric look at the seedy side of entertainment, Jim Zub, Holly Raychelle Hughes, Djibril Morrissette-Phan and K. Michael Russell present their story as straight-faced as possible, warts, misogyny, and all. Real horror comes from a human place, and even with the monsters and the murder, Glitterbomb #1 feels almost too human, and that is what makes it so scary and so scary good. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Impulse Gamer - Jose J. Becerra Jr Aug 10, 2016

    Overall, this new series has the potential to be the next sleeper hit from Image Comics. The story by Zub is intense, and it will grab the reader's attention right from the start. We feel Farrah's emotions, like we're there by her side, it's rare when the author has the ability to do this. The artwork is fitting for this story, Morissette-Phan sets the tone for every act within this book. The colors by Russell compliment this book from cover to cover, nicely done by the creative team. I rate Glitterbomb #1 a 4.9 out of 5 stars, this is a book that should be on everyone's pull list, easily one of the highly recommended books for the week of its release. Glitterbomb #1 will be available on September 7, 2016. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    We The Nerdy - Chad Waller Sep 10, 2016

    Glitterbomb #1 is a great comic that I fully expect to be the start of a great series. The question now is: Do I collect this in single issues or in trades? Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Sep 7, 2016

    Strong character work outshines an almost equally strong sense of dread and unease in this title. It introduces you to a world we haven't seen a lot of in comic books, a character you root for, and a premise that can go anywhere. Glitterbomb is exciting if you dig original storytelling, and just may be the horror hit of the year. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Plug - Tanya Ruiter Aug 25, 2016

    Glitterbomb tells the story well and brings us a relatable and realistic character. The only issue would be not knowing who our "villain" or main antagonist is, however it looks as though our main character might be both. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Aug 18, 2016

    Glitterbomb seamlessly pulls you into the world of Farrah Durante to the point where you let out a little cheer when the monster inside her straight-up murders someone.  The beast is still shrouded in mystery and I'm intrigued by what its plans are for Hollywood.  I can only imagine the amount of dead bodies it will leave in its wake.  The big score on this book is Djibril Morissette-Phan and his amazing artwork.  It reminds me a bit of Sean Gordon Murphy, which is definitely a compliment.  If this is how he's starting out, I can't wait to see what else he has coming down the line, not only for this comic, but for his career. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Jeff Lake Sep 8, 2016

    It only takes two pages for Glitterbomb #1 to sell itself as something wholly investing. Writer Jim Zub, working on a seedier side of the tracks than what we're accustomed to, pulls no punches in his initial debut, which paints the life of an aging actress in Hollywood in bleak, depressingly honest detail. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Doom Rocket - Brandy Dykhuizen Sep 9, 2016

    In a town where everybody uses each other to get ahead (even the babysitters have demands), there is a force set on leveling the playing field. The beauty of Zub's story is that we're all just meat. The casting call is nothing more than a meat market. Now Farrah gets to make a meal out of all the backstabbing agents and sanctimonious cows just "trying to be nice." Glitterbomb#1 rainshorror and revenge onto the everything-is-beautiful Hollywood delusion tofantastic results. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Sep 11, 2016

    Image Comics gets it right once again as the drop a Glitterbomb on the industry. Zub and Russell have created something very different, very dark and very entertaining. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Heroes Direct - Eammon Jacobs Sep 8, 2016

    The career side of the story feeds on Farrah's insecurities and her vulnerability – and we don't doubt that this monstrous possession might just feed back on Hollywood.Glitterbomb #1 is a brilliant horror story, and is completely unforgiving in it's violence. And whilst the violence itself was unexpected, the most harrowing portion of the story is the beach scene. Her character is completely broken down and has nothing else to give. It hits the reader right where it hurts, in the feelings. If you're looking for a dark tale of horror and Hollywood –Glitterbomb #1 might be the one for you. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Nerds On The Rocks - Logan Dalton Sep 7, 2016

    Jim Zub, Djibril Morrisette-Phan, and K. Michael Russell channel the pain of rejection and the cutthroat nature of Hollywood in Glitterbomb #1 to craft a new kind of anti-hero in middle aged actress Farrah while fully immersing the comic in both the revenge thriller and body horror genres. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Brian Reed Sep 14, 2016

    All in all, aside from the single misstep, Glitterbomb is off to a great start. We have a character to worry about, a character to fear, and their fates are irresistibly entwined. The hows and why are all a mystery, and the whole thing is fun to read. I'm on board for more, easily. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Harry C. Sep 12, 2016

    Not a bad start but I am curious to see where it goes from here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Sep 12, 2016

    The horror in this story is NOT quiet, and Farrah's" interaction with a homeless man after washing ashore is one of the more terrible things I've read in comics, so I will caution that this book is a full-bore Hollywood horror story, and not for the faint of heart. That said, Glitterbomb #1 makes a great first impression, with a strong story that overcomes some wobbles in the art, beautiful production values, and most of all, a hook that leaves me wanting more. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Sep 14, 2016

    Glitterbomb isn't the kind of comic I usually pick up, but the premise intrigued me enough to give it a shot. I'm far from sold on the concept after only a single issue, but Frances is an intriguing character and I am somewhat curious to see where the comic goes. Does she attempt to hide new murderous side, do the police come after her, does the change actually affect her life (and career) in any way for the better? I'm not sure there's enough here to keep me around long enough to find out the answers to these questions, but it is a solid first issue. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Tori B. Sep 7, 2016

    There's a provocative premise to Glitterbomb and it'll be interesting to see where the creative team takes it in future issues. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicWow!TV - Huck Talwar Sep 8, 2016

    This is a really great issue to start off the series. It generates enough curiosity that we want to stay and see what happens. I have a lot of questions about Farrah as well as whatever underwater"thing (for lack of a better word)"gave her the abilities she now has to live with. I am also a bit confused as to the title of the series. Hopefully it's related in some way or another. Although there is a lot to wonder about, I have no doubt that we'll get answers soon enough. For suspense/horror fans, this series is definitely for you. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Big Comic Page - Garry Mac Sep 25, 2016

    While Id have liked a stronger opening in a book Ive been looking forward to for a while based on the solicits, Zub is a strong writer with a great way with dialogue, and a sympathetic approach to his main character, so Im keen to see where it goes. Morisette-Phans artwork, combined with K. Michael Russells soft, subtle colouring give the book a nice Vertigo-vibe, and while I cant score this issue highly in and of itself, Id recommend it. Im keen to see where this goes. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Patrick Larose Sep 9, 2016

    Glitterbomb is not a bad comic. The art is good; the writing is smart, and there's some great color work happening here. Glitterbomb is a comic with an interesting premise. Glitterbomb is not yet, however, a comic with an interest Read Full Review

  • 5.9
    Multiversity Comics - Stephenson Ardern-Sodje Sep 12, 2016

    A less than stellar start for this ageing starlet, but there's potential behind the premise that may still pan out as the story progresses. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Flickering Myth - Mark Allen Sep 9, 2016

    The issue ends on a recursive flashback that leads to a scene from the first pages, which seems an odd way to tease the upcoming series. We know what happened in this issue – why not suggest another place for the story to go?Glitterbombreads like a high concept with no foundation: there are symbols and signs of a story here, but it's all too thin on closer inspection. Though an essay on institutional backstabbing and sexism in the film industry by Holly Raychelle Hughes offers some unpleasant real-world context to the story, ancillary material shouldn't have to prop up the main event. Read Full Review

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