Horizon #1

Writer: Brandon Thomas Artist: Juan Gedeon Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: July 13, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 9
8.0Critic Rating
7.1User Rating

Zhia Malen thought she'd fought her very last war, until she learned her planet was targeted for occupation... by a desperate world called Earth. The people of Earth will be told that her arrival on their planet means invasion; these are lies, this is retaliation.

Skybound's newest original series by BRANDON THOMAS (The Many Adventures of Miranda Mercury), JUAN GEDEON (Ghost Racers), and FRANK MARTIN (EAST OF WEST) will show you that survival isn't just a human instinct...

  • 9.0
    Big Comic Page - Andrew McGlinn Jul 13, 2016

    Horizon is a story resplendent in possibilities. The unique plot twist the story is based around reeks of potential and, as the reader, you are already trying to second guess story direction. As a piece of art its obvious that in both story and illustration there is a high production value and a hint that there just might be the potential to go stellar. It is not a story you should rush-read, as there are layers to this that hint towards complexity. But if you are ready to make a little investment then this could very well become your new favourite comic. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Jul 21, 2016

    If you're looking for an action packed space opera, this isn't the place to look. At least not yet, the story could go there in time I suppose. The action here is more low-key. It is the action involved in following along with an agent on a mission in enemy territory. Exactly what is the mission? I'm not sure yet. But Thomas & Gedeon accomplished the most important task for me with a debut issue. They gave me someone I could root for (who in this case is an alien on a mission against Earth, go figure".) and they made the character of Zhia jump off the page and into my mind. I care about her and I want to know what happens next. Mission accomplished for the creators. I'll be back for more! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Joey Edsall Jul 12, 2016

    With a strong art team behind him, the story is given adequate space to explore its own world in a steady and subtle way. It will be interesting to see if and how the comic widens its scope and sheds more light on its own planetary conflict, but it is just as intriguing to learn more about its central character as she exists now and the history that created her. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Jul 17, 2016

    Zhia has come to Earth to stop humanitys invasion of her home planet, which, when you think about it, isnt very far-fetched. With this issue, we see Zhia adapt to this world, as well as start to make her motives known, but not in their entirety. This is a series, not a one shot, so we get just enough to peak our interest and then, sadly, we must wait for next month. Thomas crafts an excellent start to what appears to be a very interesting and eye-opening series. The art team of Gedeon, Martin, and of course, all-star letter Rus Wooten, make this book stand out immensely. The book feels different, reads different, and by all accounts, is different from your average sci-fi fare. Which is awesome, as Horizon is anything but average. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Heroes Direct - Adam Fitch Jul 18, 2016

    The artwork is a tad basic for us at times, bordering on lazy. The lack of detail is purposeful, we think, but it just seems undeserved and random. The fluid layouts help the flow of the story, but we can't help look past the clear absense of focus. This is a great debut issue for a fascinating concept, and we'll definitely be back to follow Zhia on her Earthly mission. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Black Nerd Problems - Jordan Calhoun Jul 17, 2016

    This first issue covers a lot of ground in both backstory and setting the emotional state of Zhia Malen, our protagonist, who crash lands on Earth having escaped her planet where we humans are wreaking havoc. She's confused and disoriented most of the comic, alone in a foreign place as she tries, and eventually does, find her comrade in arms disguised as a human. The reader matches Zhia's confusion for most of the issue and reaches clarity in the last few pages after Zhia has surgery to fix her ability to communicate clearly. And Zhia is pissed. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Nerds Unchained - Jeremy Radick Jul 14, 2016

    Horizon #1 is a great debut issue, with a main character that immediately captivates, and a point of view that feels contemporary and original. There's more than enough here to ensure a reader will come back for more, and I am looking forward to following Zhia on her mission. Down with Earth! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Pauly D Jul 13, 2016

    Image (Skybound) is constantly on the cutting edge of story telling, and Horizoncontinues that trend. While this issue is a classic build up story, it builds a foundation of endless possibilities. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Jul 14, 2016

    This is a great issue to start off the series. It has a really interesting premise, it’s futuristic yet strangely reflects modern day, and there is so much suspense—we’re going to see some action in this series, so keep reading to see it happen! Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Jul 15, 2016

    Overall Horizon has a lot of potential for where it can go exploring the concept of fighting for your home. It was a fast read, and there wasn't too much plot development, but we at least know our main character and her intentions. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Walt Richardson Jul 15, 2016

    "Horizon" #1 is a promising start to what could be a very good sci-fi series. Both Thomas and Gedeon give us just a taste of what they can do, and while they don't exactly blow the reader away it's certainly reasonable to expect great things to come from them. Martin colors? That's just gravy. Now that the righteous fury that appears to be the comic's driving force has surfaced, it will be worth checking out how the series develops in the issues to come. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Brian Reed Aug 31, 2016

    I think it's a bit of bad timing that Horizon debuts when it does. There's been a lot of great books coming out lately, and because of that, it's a bit hard to get excited about this one. Had it released during a slower time, when the bar hadn't been set so high in the last few months, I might be more excited about it. As it is, it's good, and I'll keep an eye on it, but I'm not sold. If issue #2 is better paced, and holds its quality throughout, then I'll be fully on board. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    IGN - Levi Hunt Jul 14, 2016

    Overall, Horizon #1 is a quiet and ponderous start to a series that is more promising in setup than execution. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Flickering Myth - Mark Allen Jul 13, 2016

    While the first issue doesn't give away too much in terms of plot,Horizon‘s premise has promise, even if a little of that is lost in the telling. Whatever the case it's certainly an enjoyable read and a book that fans of high concept sci-fi should keep an eye on. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hctor A Jul 13, 2016

    I think the issue ends up falling flat, it does alright getting its point across but there's too much hinted at that's left unexplained in the end and the art doesn't draw you in. There's something here but it just didn't pique my interest enough. Read Full Review

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