Hadrian's Wall #1

Writer: Kyle Higgins, Alec Siegel Artist: Rod Reis Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: September 14, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 20 User Reviews: 10
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When an astronaut on HADRIAN'S WALL is murdered, pill-popping detective Simon Moore is dispatched to investigate the ship's crew... including his own ex-wife. But if Simon's not careful, what he finds could make the interstellar Cold War go red hot. From the creative team behind the critically-acclaimed series C.O.W.L. comes a gripping, locked room murder mystery where the secrets of everyone involved are as dark as the space that surrounds them.

  • 10
    Lizard Lounge - Neil Bason Sep 20, 2016

    A genuinely intriguing opening chapter. A near prefect marriage between mature writing and eye-catching artwork come together with well-fleshed characters, nicely crafted mystery, and an undercurrent of menace to create something truly special. Long may it continue. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Nerdophiles - Kylee Sills Sep 21, 2016

    That's the premise behind Image's latest offering, Hadrian's Wall, anyway. Framed around a death investigation is an alternate look at history that brought forth the sci-fi murder mystery. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Word Of The Nerd - Caleb Palmquist Aug 21, 2016

    Word of the Nerdreceived Hardian's Wall #1 as an advanced review copy.The final date for orders of Hadrian's Wall is August 22nd. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Project Fandom - John Elrod II Sep 17, 2016

    The combination of Rod Reis' artwork with the storytelling of Kyle Higgins and Alec Siegel is now two-for-two. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - Patrick Hellen Sep 1, 2016

    This is how you write a film noir in space. The slow drip of information, past dalliances between characters, substance abuse, a femme fatale who may or may not be involved in a death, and over all of it, a seemingly faceless and unstoppable force of colonization feels like an old Chandler novel set in L.A. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Sep 13, 2016

    Hadrian's Wall is an arresting new series from an established team, one that should hook in readers conclusive from the first panel. While much of the basic narrative structure and style are borrowed from a clear set of influences, they come together in such a meticulously crafted way as to form something new and exciting. This is one book that demands an immediate follow up, and if this first issue is any indication, the month-long wait between issues is going to be a difficult. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Sep 15, 2016

    The key factor in this book are ensuring that the main character remains relatable and that the readers care about him. On top of that, the mystery has to be worthy of the eight issues. Too often the punchlineof a number of mystery stories fails to deliver on the setup. I am hopeful that under the guidance of Higgins and Siegel, we are in for quite a ride. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Marco Piva Sep 20, 2016

    Hadrian's Wall is shaping up to be a very interesting science fiction/thriller series. Give it a try! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Bounding Into Comics - David Edwards Sep 16, 2016

    With lots of characters and ideas to introduce and not much in the way of action, this probably isn't the most satisfying read in isolation, but there are enough seeds of tension and intrigue sown throughout Hadrian's Wall #1 to leave me eagerly anticipating the next one. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Noah Sharma Sep 20, 2016

    Hadrian's Wall is both fascinating and a little strange in its objective, slinking pace, setting up dominos for a classic sci-fi murder mystery. At this stage Siegel and Higgins are asking you to trust the craft on display here and come back for the next issue, when the action really begins, but absolutely incredible artwork and big ideas don't make it all to hard to have faith. The fact that the writing team has largely had Rod Reis to themselves over the past years is an incredible blessing that they seem all too happy to share with us and the emotional core of the mystery gives us something real to hold onto. Though its first issue trades on tension rather than action, Hadrian's Wall is poised to be the kind of comic that justifies a separate term for graphic novels. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Aug 16, 2016

    We now have our suspects, our body, and our self-medicating detective, all that is left now is to put the pieces together. While not the most explosive of debuts, Hadrian's Wall #1 lays out its cards on the table teasingly and with genre-hopping style. Kyle Higgins, Alec Siegel, and Rod Reis do an fantastic job making use of certain aspects of certain cherry picked influences and meld it all into a moody and fresh feeling debut issue that is sure to delight mystery fans of all stripe. They say that in space no one can hear you scream, but as this #1 shows, the crew of the Hadrian's Wall needs to be much more concerned with the audience seeing them sweat. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Outright Geekery - Trevor Brown Sep 1, 2016

    Image Comic's Hadrian's Wall is a nice addition to the sci-fi section of today's comic shelf. Slated for an eight issue run, Hadrian's Wall should inspire others to take another look of merging sci-fi with mysteries. Let's see how many issues it will take for the reader to figure out whodunit this time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - Huck Talwar Sep 20, 2016

    This is a really great issue to start the series. Our protagonist is an unreliable narrator who I'm sure will give us a story to enjoy. Higgins and Siegel write Simon's character with a great deal of carefulness and depth. This is definitely a series that any sci-fi fan will enjoy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Outright Geekery - Chuck Taylor Sep 20, 2016

    At first the story is a little slow with just enough information to keep you intrigued without giving too much away and making it predictable. It is brought together by the artwork and has the potential to be an enjoyable mystery in a different universe. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Alex Mansfield Aug 19, 2016

    If Hadrian's Wall #1 feels slow, it's at least slow in full service of thoroughly establishing the tone of this cold, detached existence at the edge of everything. Higgins and Siegel lay out the foundation at a marathoner's pace to allow Reis to engulf you in the cold harshness of environment and mentality. The surface layer is enticing enough, a science fiction twist on a murder mystery with noir underpinnings, but what's under the surface, the thematic undercurrents of our own history repeating itself and how it rears its head in our own interpersonal relationships regardless of time and place, that's the rich promise that lays ahead. Like that Roman solider stationed atop the bitter Northernmost outpost of his world, what's left to ask but, "where do we go from here?" Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Patrick Larose Aug 17, 2016

    Hadrian's Wall #1 has already managed to create a murder mystery that's both personal and weighty and with art that while sometimes stiff is more often beautiful. For anyone interested in a tight science fiction noir thriller, this eight issue series is a must to keep an eye on. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Jeff Lake Sep 14, 2016

    Hadrian's Wall #1 is a strong debut from an equally strong creative team. Kyle Higgins and Alec Siegel get the premise laid out quickly and efficiently, with lead Simon sticking out as an immediate character worth following. The sense of suspense is only furthered by Rod Reis' atmospheric art, his excellent facial work and tonal use of color generating easy investment. A whodunnit set in space? We're in. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    GWW - Kevin Veldman Sep 14, 2016

    I will definitely continue to read Hadrian's Wall. The dialogue is good, and while the story in this issue isn't exactly mind-blowing, it sets up what could be a really good story in an interesting universe, and the art is really, really perfect for the tale being told. I hesitate to give this story an overall rating since it's an introduction to both the story arc and the universe, and I think it will seem much better in retrospect once the arc progresses. I'd definitely recommend this book to any sci-fi fans and anyone who loves great art on a comic. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    Multiversity Comics - James Johnston Sep 16, 2016

    "Hadrian's Wall" starts off with a pretty strong premise and some seriously gorgeous art but it's up in the air whether or not there'll be enough meat to really support this miniseries. That said, "Hadrian's Wall" does have a little personality of its own that will just take some time to really show. This is one of those reviews that's kind of hard to do just because for "Hadrian's Wall", more than most series, it feels like I really should be reading the full story before I give a final verdict. So, uh, check back in a couple months for the trade. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Sep 20, 2016

    The setting in deep space and the unusual method of death (as I don't doubt murder was the cause) proves an interesting backdrop for the mystery. However, I'm not quite sold on the art of Rod Reis or the foundation laid by co-writers Kyle Higgins and Alec Siegel which isn't strong enough to guarantee I'll stick around. Hit-and-Miss. Read Full Review

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