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Invisible Republic #1

Writer: Gabriel Hardman, Corinna Bechko Artist: Gabriel Hardman Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: March 18, 2015 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 20 User Reviews: 12
8.6Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

Breaking Bad meets Blade Runner.
Arthur McBride's planetary regime has fallen. His story is over. That is until reporter Croger Babb discovers the journal of Arthur's cousin, Maia. Inside is the violent, audacious hidden history of the legendary freedom fighter. Erased from the official record, Maia alone knows how dangerous her cousin really is...

  • 10
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Mar 30, 2015

    Because of the strengths of their past works, Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko will always get me to try out whatever they may be working on, and once again they've proven they're one of the most successful creative duos working today. Invisible Republic is the start of something big, yet the scale of this issue starts off so small. It's not uncommon for creators to throw lots of information at the reader in a first issue in order to make the story seem larger than it is. Hardman and Bechko do the opposite by focusing on the small things, and how those small encounters and actions contribute to the bigger picture. I'm so ready for issue number two! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Mar 25, 2015

    For those looking for an intelligent read on the level of many of Brian Wood's DMZ or Greg Rucka's superb Lazarus, Invisible Republic is for you. Joining the long list of other great Image books being published right now like Nameless, Chrononauts, Descender, and Southern Cross, Invisible Republic looks like another classic in the making. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Ryan Scott Mar 24, 2015

    The story of Arthur McBride (which we barely scratch the surface of) is so compelling that the swift ace of this boom is utterly frustrating in the best kind of please give me more issues now kind of way. If this doesnt get optioned as Ridley Scotts next project, Ill be surprised. Read Full Review

  • 10
    All-Comic - Ian Stephen Mar 15, 2015

    This was a wonderful debut for Invisible Republic. Being able to deliver a sci-fi story that doesn't heavily rely on abstract space concepts is rare these days. Invisible Republic gave readers the one thing they pick up a new series to find: a great story that you can easily be absorbed into. Invisible Republic proved to be a refreshing debut that looks to only get more interesting from here. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Scott Cederlund Feb 17, 2015

    It may be a cliche to tell your story using a reporter who is trying to find that story, but it's a fantastic device that allows the storytellers to work on multiple levels. Using Babb as the eyes and ears of the reader in this issue, Bechko and Hardman get to tell multiple, related stories. With Babb and Maia's stories unfolding, we get a before and after image for this series. We see a bit of what presaged these events and what the result has been while Bechko and Hardman open up the mystery of what happened to this world. Invisible Republic #1 is all about those mysteries. It's not world building that they're practicing here but world revealing. The world is familiar enough that they don't need to walk us through it to explain it to us. Instead they reveal the world to us, revealing the specific details of these worlds and characters. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - Sam Roche Feb 23, 2015

    March 18th may just mark the beginning of a new era in comic books, incited by Invisible Republic #1. This book has revolutionary storytelling, captivating characters and a dark and intriguing personality. Comics don't get much better than this. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Forrest Hollingsworth Mar 17, 2015

    Invisible Republic is going to be a comic version of The Road, it seems and I’m all for it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    We The Nerdy - Josh McCullough Mar 23, 2015

    What held the world together for me was Hardmans gorgeous art style. The futuristic landscape falls more in line with the dystopian telling, with an almost Fallout style quality to it. It feels like a very real place, as if people actually live here and are scraping to get by. Its not the most original of settings, however its crafted to perfection by Hardman. The concepts and creatures of this world are also revealed with perfect pacing, so despite seeming a bit slow when looking at it as a whole, while reading the story you get a great feeling of learning and discovery on every page. The ending reveal in particular is hugely affective because of the art, it's a greatmoment in which the art itself shocked me rather than the text. As a guy who really values storytelling through the art in a comic, it's an awesome scene. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Mar 18, 2015

    “Invisible Republic” #1 is a great addition to the science fiction genre in comics and I whole-heartedly expect this series to be a breakout hit in 2015. It's got so much going for it that you would be crazy to pass on it. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - John Ernenputsch Feb 20, 2015

    The husband and wife creative team of Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko bring their talents to Image Comics with their new title, Invisible Republic. The gritty, hard piece of science fiction gets off to an intriguing start by playing its cards close to the vest while slowly building the world in which it inhabits. By the time the final page hits the gravitas of what readers just read will hit them, and they will be wondering when they can get their hands on issue two. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    IGN - Jeff Lake Mar 19, 2015

    Whereas most future sci-fi tales begin with the world, Invisible Republic builds from its characters. Such structure makes the new debut from Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko quickly engaging, the book's plot piloted by very human drama. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Paul Campbell Jun 9, 2015

    A well paced start to this series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Mar 21, 2015

    Invisible Republic is going to be a sprawling epic story. This is the ground floor. If you are familiar with Bechko and Hardman's work then you know what to expect. If you are not then you should be prepared for a layered story with dark visuals and complex, but strong core characters. This issue is one to pick up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Martin Doyle Mar 17, 2015

    Coincidence or not, there are many intriguing avenues to be explored in the coming issues, and Id strongly advise you jump on-board. It looks like another one in the win column for Image Comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Outright Geekery - Akadavid Mar 19, 2015

    Invisible Republic is off to a good start with a good story and art. It has something of "found footage/lost dairy" appeal about it which sets it apart from some other sci-fi comics. The reader is coming in after the fact and will learn, along with Babb, what it took for Arthur to become the man of legend he known as. There's an epic story being told from a personal witness to history, only to know that the witness is not accounted for in that history. I want to see where Invisible Republic is going and I will be picking up the second issue next month. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Nick Philpott Mar 18, 2015

    Invisible Republic is a good comic. It has a broad scope built into a tiny, human conflict, which is an excellent way to start. I know (or at least think I know) the general shape of the story I'm on board for, and I'm interested to see where it goes. This issue just didn't leave me with a cliffhanger that grabbed me and said, "You have to come back in 30, you have to know what happens!" But we'll see. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Denise Blakely Mar 18, 2015

    Overall this is a great first issue. There's huge promise in the story line and I find myself imagining all the different ways it could go and/or be told. While I was unsure that anything exciting was going to unfold at first, when I reached the last page I was immediately yearning for the next issue. I'm in. I can already feel this story growing into something worth reading month to month and I just have to know, who is Arthur McBride? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Matt Little Mar 20, 2015

    If the creative team's previous collaborations are any indication, then readers are in store for a smart thriller full of danger and mystery, a noir piece set in the far reaches of space. Readers looking for something with the feel of classic films like "The Insider" or "All the President's Men" with the look of Ronald D. Moore's "Battlestar Galactica" would do well to check out "Invisible Republic" #1. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Mar 22, 2015

    It's influences are very clear, but there's a lot of interesting world-building on display in the first issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Katy Rex Mar 18, 2015

    Not all of the Arthurian references are clear, especially to people who didnt spend most of 4th grade avidly consuming every retelling they could get their hands on, and Im not entirely sure where this story is going, but its strong and clever enough that I will absolutely be getting the next issue. Read Full Review

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