Hardcore #1

Writer: Andy Diggle Artist: Alessandro Vitti, Adriano Lucas Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: December 19, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 12
8.3Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

SERIES PREMIERE! Imagine being able to take over the body of anyone on Earth. Sound crazy? Not for Agent Drake and the Hardcore Program. They can turn any person into a human drone to get to targets that normal soldiers can't. Drake is the best soldier Hardcore has to offer. But when he gets stranded in a body with only 72 hours to discover who's hijacked the Program, he'll have to pull out all the stops against an enemy who could be literally anyone.

From the creative minds of ROBERT KIRKMAN and MARC SILVESTRI, and presented by ANDY DIGGLE (THIEF OF THIEVES, Losers) and ALESSANDRO VITTI (Secret Warriors), comes a new Skybound Origin more

  • 10
    Epicstream - Brian McCormick Dec 27, 2018

    With Hardcore, Diggle and Kirkman have created a story with a lot of forward momentum that entertains and begs the reader to turn the page. I can't wait to see what the next issue has in store. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Outright Geekery - Simon Hodgkiss-Rogers Nov 23, 2018

    Fantastic, sci-fi/action with brilliant visuals. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Comicsverse - Ronnie Gorham Nov 15, 2018

    What if YOU could take over the consciousness of someone to save the world? Welcome to HARDCORE #1, where Agent Drake will be someone else to save himself. Alessandro Vitti's art uses action to jump off the page. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    But Why Tho? - Rashaad Dec 26, 2018

    If you enjoy reading about military and government espionage then I would suggest Hardcore, as it is amazing! Even though it does end on the note of a cliffhanger, it will leave you with a thirst for more. Sadly, the next issue doesn't release until January 23, 2019, and I personally cannot wait to get my hands on it to see where the story goes from here! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Benjamin Novoa Dec 18, 2018

    To what extent do the ends justify the means? Is one man's homeland security another man's extreme police state? Hardcore #1 doesn't pretend to have all the answers, but if relevant themes, intense action, and a well-paced narrative are your thing, you've come to the right place. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Nick Friar Dec 18, 2018

    And it really is a mano-a-mano showdown, since Pierce killed everyone in the Hardcore Program and Markus killed her because of one mistake"at least, that's what we're led to believe. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Flickering Myth - Allen Christian Dec 11, 2018

    It's always difficult to recommend a book like this based on its first issue. I've read great first issues from books I've gone on to dislike, and I've disliked #1s of books that I've gone on to enjoy very much. It's difficult to projects its future, but Hardcore is in capable hands and it's off to a good start. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Dec 19, 2018

    A fantastic execution of an unsurprisingly solid idea for a new comic, Hardcore is one of those first issues that expertly drops off all the needed exposition as it hops along its perfect pacing. The overall quality of this comic, however, will be determined by where it goes now that its foundation has been laid. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Dec 18, 2018

    While some fans might demand a more iconoclastic spin on a book, Kirkman, Diggle and Vitti show us there’s nothing wrong with a good, old-fashioned blockbuster with Hardcore. If I have any reservations about this series — which otherwise seems destined for a feature film — it’s a nagging worry that the cliffhanger of this book might veer Kirkman and company away from their real hook, subbing out the potentials for body-hijacking with the more tried (and tired) Freaky Friday scenarios. But if this creative team can keep showing us different avenues for the fun technology they’ve cooked up, Hardcore could make a killing in more ways than one. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Adam Brown Nov 15, 2018

    What I see is some hand wavy sci-fi tech used to drive a good idea into a great comic. Sure theres some deeper questions of ethics and morals in posthumanity, but sometimes you just want to be entertained, right? And in that respect, Hardcore is proper blockbuster stuff. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Geekery Magazine - Lucas Fashina Dec 19, 2018

    Perhaps because of their incredible scope or their shocking prevalence, data breaches and insider threats are creating a lot of buzz right now. It seems that a new event happens every week, and even though companies rightly fear an attack from an external source, internal threats pose a hidden risk, accounting for a substantial number of data breaches. That is why I think that HARDCORE could be an enduring series but also has a real shot at the being adapted for a screenplay. Read Full Review

  • 6.3
    Sequential Planet - Matthew Dillon Dec 19, 2018

    Hardcore #1 fails to offer much and quickly limits the central premise. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    ComicBook.com - Jamie Lovett Dec 19, 2018

    Basically, if you're a fan of action movies that take clever sci-fi concepts and do basically nothing with them concoct increasingly ridiculous action pieces, then Hardcore might be your jam. Otherwise, not so much. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Kakashi506 Dec 21, 2018

    Fantastic! Will surely be made into a feature film at some point.

  • 8.0
    Deadlybeavis Dec 22, 2018

    Cool stuff, but I'm a bit hesitant when it comes to Diggle. He's Lenny Zero stuff in the megazine was amazing, but there wasn't enough of it. Losers, started off awesome ended with a whimper. Daredevil, pretty much the same. I know there's other stuff, but I can't think of it right now.

  • 7.0
    Full Spread Dec 22, 2018

    Kirkman establishes an edgy premise and capitalizes on it with the narrative. But that dialog is...rough. Don't try and be Joss Whedon when you're not, you know, Joss Whedon.

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  • 8.0
    Perry_comics Jan 5, 2019

    Comic Book Review Scale (0-10)

    0 -1 Story must keep me engaged
    Story first page I was confused wasn't sure what was going on then boom next page and wow action that I didn't see coming all the way to the end of the first issue
    definitely want to grab the next issue

    1-2 Must be able to Understand the Story to me at least a new story never heard of a storyline like this and I think I understand everything that's going on and looking forward to more issues!

    2-3 Visuals/Artwork must make sense and be consistent
    visuals looked consistent throughout the story and made sense

    3-4 Visuals/Art work must be able to tell the story

  • 8.0
    Valiant Son Jan 13, 2019

    An exciting first issue. The story moves at pace, and the end of the issue left me much more interested than I was at the outset. That is no bad thing at all! I finished the issue eager to read the next - that is a fairly strong recommendation as to the potential within this title. Where this goes next will really decide whether this is a must-read comic-book, or not, but the potential is there.

  • 7.5
    Gizmo Jan 26, 2019

    The concept isn't new or original (even when it was introduced in Pilot Season 2012) but the execution is decent, with hope that the plot takes an interesting direction. As long as other creators are running with the ideas introduced in Pilot Season, this is me saying I'd like to see Stealth made into a short series.

  • 6.5
    Synthozoid Jan 3, 2019

    I remember the original from back in the day, it was OK, much like this is just OK. The concept is pretty decent but the execution has two major problems for me:
    (1) It is covered in 90s-esque EXTREEEEME stank
    (2) It reads like a treatment for film or television, this story, the way they are telling it, does not need to be in comics

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    KnM Sep 25, 2019

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