Haunt #1
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Haunt #1

Writer: Robert Kirkman Artist: Greg Capullo, Ryan Ottley Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: October 7, 2009 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 4
4.3Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

McFARLANE & KIRKMAN'S HAUNT HAS ARRIVED! Daniel Kilgore is dragged into his estranged brother Kurt's secret life of murder and espionage... by his ghost. With no training whatsoever, guided by the spirit of his secret-agent brother, Daniel must now solve his brother's murder and save the world - or die trying! It all starts here, people: Witness the birth of HAUNT!

  • 8.0
    The Comic Addiction - Michael Smith Oct 7, 2009

    I thought the overall set-up was solid and the foundation has been laid to develop a lot of story moving forward. I hope to see the art improve because there is too much talent on this book not to be exceptional. I am sure there is going to be a lot of criticism because of McFarlane being such a polarizing figure in the business. There are going to be people who hate this book and never read a page and people who love it before they even open the cover. For those that read it and give the book an honest overview I think they are going to find an enjoyable story and a pretty darn good comic book. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Andrenn Oct 9, 2009

    This was a pretty good and enjoyable read. As I said it's not great or as amazing as I'd been hoping but we still got a good read. If the creative team can work fast to take care of the art issues (getting a new inker) and the story can unravel naturally and become more coherent as to it's little threads then it could succeed better. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Mania - Chris Smits Oct 12, 2009

    Haunt is an "alright" book but is definitely not a "wowzer" by any means. My recommendation is that if you haven't read the Image books of the 90's, pick it up and see if it works for you, it totally might. If you have read that stuff (and want more just like it) then pick it up because it'll give you a new fix. But if you've read it and don't feel strongly one way or the other, flip a coin as to whether to buy it or not. It won't kill you to read it but it won't make you want to kill to get the next issue either. C+ all the way. Read Full Review

  • 5.6
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Sep 30, 2009

    Haunt may not have turned out exactly like I expected, but it still proves disappointing nonetheless. I'm willing to give the creative team another chance to see if Haunt merely needs a few chapters to pick up steam, but I only have so much patience for these sorts of shallow, grim and gritty comics. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Ryan Schrodt Oct 8, 2009

    This issue is going to sell like hotcakes because of the creative team, though the numbers are going to dwindle quickly if this is any indication of the remaining issues in the miniseries. Kirkman's writebynumbers approach to the characters and dull plot undercuts the interesting premise for the characters, while the unevenness of the art takes what should be a gorgeous book and turns it into an unpolished mess. The series has potential, but it comes nowhere close to realizing it in this issue. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Wallace Oct 4, 2009

    Still, people have been criticising McFarlane for these weaknesses for years, and it hasn't prevented his comics from being very popular. With that in mind, I don't doubt that Haunt will do well--even though I'm unlikely to sample another issue. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Robert Murray Oct 4, 2009

    In a nutshell (Help, I'm in a nutshell!), this first issue was a huge disappointment for me as a fan of Kirkman's work. I can't help thinking that this is all some joke that will make itself known in the coming issues. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comic Book Resources - Chad Nevett Oct 4, 2009

    As I said at the beginning of this review, if this book appeals to you because you're a fan of McFarlane and his work, you'll probably enjoy "Haunt" #1. If you're not, you'll most likely find this a pointless comic that never really offers anything new and feels like a bad joke. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Oct 21, 2009

    If this comic book had been one I received in the mail from a couple of amateur comics creators who self-published it, the loud, exaggerated storytelling would be much easier to take. The plotting is generic and formulaic, and it comes off as something fans of the early 1990s Image era of comics would come up with to pass the time. I still wouldn't like it if this was an amateur effort, but I'd still respect the raw enthusiasm that no doubt would've been behind it. But this is the product of seasoned professionals from the world of mainstream genre comics. The early days of Spawn, while far from a pinnacle of comics storytelling, at least exhibited a vision, a sense of direction and a supernatural conflict that at its core was emotional and down to earth. It was originally a story of Boy Meets Girl, Boy Loses Girl and Boy Is Willing to Do Anything to Get Girl Back. Haunt makes Spawn seem like a masterwork of the medium by comparison. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Alex Evans Oct 8, 2009

    The relationship and interactions between the two brothers may save this book, but I'm not sure, given that most of these flaws are at fundamental, conceptual, and creative levels. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comics Bulletin - Charles Webb Oct 4, 2009

    I disliked this book immensely, and I have a difficult time believing that anyone involved with its production was truly satisfied with the final product. It might not be the worst comic I've read this year, but it's in the running. Read Full Review

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