Inkblot #1

Writer: Emma Kubert, Rusty Gladd Artist: Emma Kubert, Rusty Gladd Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: September 2, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 8
8.1Critic Rating
7.3User Rating

SERIES PREMIERE! Third-generation comic artist EMMA KUBERT partners with up-and-coming creator RUSTY GLADD to deliver a high-fantasy epic! This new ONGOING SERIES follows a powerful sorceress attempting to correct her greatest mistake-the creation of a magical cat that can travel through time, space, and reality. The cat threatens to unravel the fabric of the universe, doesn't care, and just won't listen!

  • 10
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Sep 2, 2020

    At issue's end, Gladd refers to the technique that he and Kubert use as the Marvel Method. It isn't. (Not exactly.) Kubert comes up with the story and draws everything in pencil. Then Gladd inks it and writes the dialogue. This results in a more thoughtful collaboration than had been used in the original Marvel Method, which largely consisted of the artists doing most of the work on a book and handing beautiful fully-finished pages over to Stan Lee, who would then clutter them up with bad dialogue. There's more of a playful integration between Kubert and Gladd for Inkblot. There's so much potential for this collaboration to casually saunter wide-eyed through magical portals that lead from one issue to the next.   Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Ingrid Lind-Jahn Sep 5, 2020

    Inkblot #1 starts out feeling epic, but the introduction of the cat immediately takes it to a more human level. The art brings to life an engaging setting, and I think the book has a lot of promise. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Watch - Nicholas Osborn Sep 2, 2020

    The new magical high-fantasy book Inkblot #1 from Rusty Gladd and Emma Kubert is sure to catch readers by surprise with it's depth, wit and adorable little cat that sends this story into a whimsical frenzy. But it's the artwork that will have you coming back for more! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - B Ferg Sep 2, 2020

    The action of the issue begins with the emergence of the cat. From earlier panels of the issue I can attest to abilities of Kubert. So the cats illustration is a stark contrast. Instead of the detail previously shown this issue, the cat has the form of the cat, not necessarily the definition. I am glad the Seeker says cat otherwise, I would have wondered if it was just me that saw it as a cat. I found this small artistic change playfully hinted at this comics message. Between that and the Seeker's dismay, I suppose that's why Inkblot # 1 made me think of a Rorschach Test: it speaks of the chance to write your own adventure, to see what you want. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Geek'd Out - Muriel Truax Sep 4, 2020

    In the development of Inkblot, creators Rusty Gladd and Emma Kubert used the Marvel method, meaning that the dialogue is meant to supplement the artwork. As such, Inkblot has an especially old-fashioned feel in certain places, particularly when the Seeker monologues her way through action sequences across each panel. The fantasy setting and artwork of Inkblot have a whimsical quality that took me back to the hours I spent reading Cricket as a young child. This series is ideal for children or anyone wanting a break from extra gritty comics–not to mention, the cat is wickedly adorable. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    The Brazen Bull - Dave Robbins Sep 2, 2020

    Inkblot is a fun and funny YA tale chock full of fantasy and magic, dragons, and giants. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Darryll Robson Aug 9, 2020

    Inkblot builds an incredible world and is packed with gorgeous artwork. It's main selling point, however, is it's commitment to pure, unadulterated, fun. This is a comic you will fall instantly in love with. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Sep 1, 2020

    This issue drops us into a new fantasy world well worth exploring with a main character you'll root for. It has everything a fantasy needs, save for a bit more exploration of the main character. That said, Inkblot has all the trappings of the next great fantasy series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Sequential Planet - Alex Clark-McGlenn Sep 2, 2020

    A solid first chapter that is as fun as it is weird. The cat, itself is worth the time you'll spend on this comic. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Sep 2, 2020

    It takes a while for Inkblot to build momentum, but once the actual inkblot shows up, it's a chaotic run to the end and reminds me of Pagemaster, a movie you may or may not remember, but I adore as someone who loved and loves libraries. Inkblot's a good starter fantasy and one with some stunning visual design. It evokes a familiar level of comfort and I'm hoping once we get to spend more time with the magical familiar, Inkblot will come into its own. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    Multiversity Comics - Matthew Blair Sep 7, 2020

    There are a beautiful and interesting fantasy world and an adorable creature companion that will probably sell lots of plushies, but there's no real sense of urgency or reason for the story to be happening. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Aug 19, 2020

    When all is said and done Inkblot #1 delivers a fun little misadventure. Its lead character is relatable, but neither her nor the story itself, gave me much, in particular, to pull me back for more. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Bleeding Cool - Theo Dwyer Sep 11, 2020

    Inkblot #1 is comfort food fantasy for cat lovers that evokes, at its best moments, like The Princess Bride's tongue-in-cheek tone. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Carlos R. Sep 3, 2020

    Kubert and Gladd have created a beautiful and intriguing world. I’m definitely left wanting more, but I would’ve loved to have seen more conflict established, though there’s plenty here to bring me back for another issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Matthew Aguilar Sep 2, 2020

    The dynamic duo at the heart of the story are enough to justify the price of admission, and the future for Inkblot seems pretty damn bright. Read Full Review

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