HaHa #1

Writer: W. Maxwell Price Artist: Vanesa R. Del Rey Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: January 13, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 22
8.3Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

ICE CREAM MAN writer W. MAXWELL PRINCE brings his signature style of one-shot storytelling to the world of clowns-and he's invited SOME OF THE COMIC INDUSTRY'S BEST ARTISTS to join him for the ride.

HAHA is a genre-jumping, throat-lumping look at the sad, scary, hilarious life of those who get paid to play the fool-but these ain't your typical jokers.

With issues drawn by VANESA DEL REY (REDLANDS), GABRIEL WALTA (Vision), ROGER LANGRIDGE (Thor), and more, HAHA peeks under the big top, over the rainbow, and even inside a balloon to tell a wide-ranging slew of stories about "funny" men and women, proving that some things are s more

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jan 12, 2021

    Is there a word that means both "bleak" and "uplifiting'? Maybe "bleaklifting"? Or upbeatdown? I don't know, but this is an impressive reading experience. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Jan 12, 2021

    Haha #1 features the smart existential storytelling weve come to expect from writer W. Maxwell Prince, paired with phenomenal artwork by Vanesa Del Rey and Chris OHalloran. Its an exciting start to a new anthology series, one that fans of the format should consider a must-read. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Jan 13, 2021

    A series that demands to be read, Haha is dark, depraved, and humorous. This first issue is as thought-provoking and unsettling as it is entertaining; don't miss it. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Multiversity Comics - Kobi Bordoley Jan 15, 2021

    Full of pathos, pitch perfect art, and literary maturity, this story has the markings of a true classic. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Sequential Planet - Hunter Sandlin Jan 13, 2021

    Captivating story, wonderful art, and altogether a memorable issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Corey Patterson Jan 13, 2021

    Prince's brilliant writing in HAHA #1 combines elements of drama and horror in this engaging one-shot story. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Comic Watch - Ariel Bee Jan 13, 2021

    W. Maxwell Prince and today's collaborators Vanessa Del Rey, Chris O'Halloran and Good Old Neon spin a tale about a down on his luck clown, and how much you can lose before you aren't lucky anymore. Or maybe it's about how little you need to keep in order to continue seeing yourself as lucky? Well, what's important is, a story about a slightly pathetic clown has no right to be this good. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GWW - Deron Generally Jan 12, 2021

    Vanesa Del Rey does some brilliant work with the art in this issue. Not only does the colorful nature of Bart in his clown garb contrast with the gritty reality of the rest of the world, but there are some great visual moments added after the bank robbery that reflect the new physical and psychological changes the character is experiencing. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Jan 12, 2021

    Haha is an exciting new series launch from W. Maxwell Prince that takes a steady and serious look at how a single person can break under the pressures of an unfair world. This is a story about alienation into ourselves when a broken and terrible world becomes too overbearing. Somewhat more sadly, it's a story many will relate to and connect with. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Word Of The Nerd - Brent Jackson Jan 12, 2021

    I am not exactly sure what to tell you about Haha #1. The story is a strange one, something that I just can't quite put my finger on. It is one of those stories that, after you put it down, still kind of sticks with you for an odd reason. Not for the normal reasons, just because it is so odd and that, for me, I keep coming up with different reasons for what Prince may have been going for. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Jan 13, 2021

    When all is said and done, Haha #1 provides readers with a curious look at a terrible day. What it ultimately says may be up for a measure of interpretation, but there is never anything wrong with that. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    COMICON - Brendan M. Allen Jan 13, 2021

    The opening installment in W. Maxwell Prince's clown themed anthology kicks off with the ridiculously dark story of an amusement park clown whose marriage is falling apart. Prince is able to squeeze an amazing amount of emotional depth into these 24 pages. Absolutely brutal, shamelessly funny. I'm here for it.  Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Patrick Cavanaugh Jan 13, 2021

    It's hard to ignore any comparisons a reader might initially make between Haha and the many other clown characters in pop culture, and while the initial premise might mirror iconic trajectories, readers will surely be won over by what looks to be a more nuanced and sophisticated exploration of Bartleby's desperation that won't have to rely on gimmicks or gags to delight its audience. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Geek'd Out - Nico Sprezzatura Jan 13, 2021

    Princes script deserves credit for being as restrained as it is, prioritizing a mood over gratuitous violence (which there is some of) or a statement of arent clowns creeeeeepy? (YMMV) that you might expect from the material. Its also less of an origin story, and were not meant to glean that Bart pivots into a life of crime because of what happens to him, regardless of what may or may not unfold after the final page. You could very easily see this story continuing as its own series, but I always respect when creators leave a little something to the imagination–suggesting to the reader that their subjects will continue existing whether or not we see what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Caffeinated Critique - James Stone Jan 11, 2021

    A really interesting opening issue packed with emotion and heartache. A comic book telling a story about someone's everyday struggles in love and life. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    DC Comics News - Carl Bryan Jan 15, 2021

    Prince had a tough job. It's what every fastfood company did when McDonald's came up with the Big Mac. They had to come up with their own copy. The Joker inundated us last year in both comics and the cinema. This is a case where we need to change the lyric and “Send OUT the Clowns”. Read Full Review

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