Jook Joint #1

Writer: Tee Franklin Artist: Alitha Martinez Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: October 3, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 10
9.1Critic Rating
6.8User Rating

TEE FRANKLIN (BINGO LOVE) and ALITHA E. MARTINEZ (Black Panther: World of Wakanda) team up for a timely horror series from the Deep South!

Mahalia runs the hottest spot in all of 1950s New Orleans. The Jook Joint keeps the jazz popping, people bopping... and the women? The women are to die for. There's only one rule: "Keep your hands to yourself." But some men think rules don't apply to them, and Mahalia and her coven of slain women enjoy reminding them that they most certainly do.

  • 10
    Comic Book Corps - Pierre Arnette Oct 3, 2018

    I've been waiting for this issue since it was announced a few months back, and it was worth the wait. When I read the first two pages of this book, I read it in Tamia's voice. She's a singer and did a song on the album Q's Jook Joint which was produced by Quincy Jones. Weird correlation, but that's where my mind went. Even with a man having his jaw ripped off and another man having his own balls fed to him, great visuals brought to life by Alitha Martinez and Shari Chankhamma, this book manages to still stay grounded in reality. Domestic violence should not be taken lightly, and Tee Franklin is doing her best to make sure we take a hard look at it because it is still happening way too often. Read Full Review

  • 10 - Nicole Drum Oct 3, 2018

    Jook Joint, the latest from Tee Franklin and Alitha E. Martinez, is uncomfortable even before the story starts with the big red "trigger warning" alerting people that there are some heavy, difficult subjects ahead, but don't let that stop you. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Nathan Koffler Oct 3, 2018

    This debut issue crams a whole lot of emotion, action, and blood in it's 27 pages and every bit of it is well written and beautiful illustrated and colored. If the entire series is as good as this first issue, we will be talking about it for a very long time. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - Kellie Keener Oct 24, 2018

    At the end of issue one, many questions are still left unanswered, questions such as where does Mahalias power come from, who are the women she cares for, and what will Heloise chose? Will she leave her abusive husband and join Mahalias coven? These questions and more will hopefully be answered in the next issue. Jook Joint is difficult to read, but well worth it. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Word Of The Nerd - Cat Wyatt Oct 4, 2018

    Jook Joint appears to be an emotionally compelling tale. The fact that the creative team cares so much about taking care of their audience while also telling this story speaks volumes to their sincerity and humanity. Regardless of how long this series ends up running, it seems like it'll be worth keeping an eye on. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    On Comics Ground - Nick Campan Oct 3, 2018

    There wasn't a time where this issue failed to grab my attention. Each scene is a page turning. Each character brings something unique and powerful to the story being told by Tee Franklin here. If you are a fan of horror and fantasies of burning the patriarchy to the ground so you can dance on its ashes, I suggest you pick up Jook Joint right now. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Sequential Planet - Marcus Orchard Sep 30, 2018

    Despite the subject matter, Franklin has created an incredibly empowering first issue that will send chills down the spines of abusers. In an era where #MeToo defines the current climate of society, Jook Joint fits in perfectly. It has a great message and is an enjoyable comic book to boot. Don't let this one slip under your radar. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Victoria Hennings Oct 11, 2018

    The subject material is intense, and Martinez illustrates the raw, beautiful power of women. The juxtaposition of death, violence and gore against dance, beauty, and enjoyment of life is clear. Jook Joint is clearly a horror comic, yet Madame Mahalia's goal is clearly a life without fear. This book is angry, impassioned, and liberating. I appreciate how much of herself Franklin poured into Jook Joint and am both excited and terrified to see what comes next. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Oct 1, 2018

    This is a good first issue that is definitely going to appease horror fans, but it also has meaning in its murders. It's stories like these that push the envelope and make us all stronger for it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Brazen Bull - Jaimee Nadzan Oct 2, 2018

    Jook Joint is intoxicating. Issue #1 introduces readers to the world of 1950s New Orleans, portraying the sensual jazz era alongside the violence of the time. Tee Franklin packs her issue with one helluva punch, creating the world of Jook Joint as a female-centered powerhouse comic. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Oct 3, 2018

    The characters themselves were compelling as well. I want to learn more about this world and the characters in it, especially Mahalia and Heloise because their dynamic is shaping up to create some interesting drama for the series as it progresses. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    GWW - Elizabeth Garcia Oct 18, 2018

    For some victims, I imagine this book could be therapeutic but for me, it just came off as too much. I usually enjoy horror comics and did look forward to this book. However, I did not enjoy it as much as I had hoped. If you enjoytorture porn type horror movies this may be a comic for you. Also, if you have any triggers regarding sexual assault, sexual violence or rape I would tread lightly before reading this book. The publisher did say they would include trigger warnings and I respect them for that. Jook Joint is currently out now in comic shops. Read Full Review

  • 10
    RaisingBlack Feb 27, 2019

    Beautifully drawn, great writing, and a world you want to sink your teeth in.

  • 8.5
    I Review Comics Nov 14, 2018

    Juke Joint is a Strange Bird. It is a shockingly brutal comic that has a great premise. if it tightens up in a couple areas it may be one of the most memorable reading experiences of 2018-2019. 

    The story follows the happenings of a Louisiana Juke Joint. It's run by a group of women that seem to have a supernatural bent and prey on men that abuse women and violate the rules of the Joint.

    The comic doesn't really spell out what's going on with the residents of the Juke Joint but I'm sure we'll learn more as the story develops. They share traits of Vampires but the lead character, Mahalia is able to travel during the day so that throws the Vampire idea into question.

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  • 7.5
    Synthozoid Oct 4, 2018

    The story is fine but the visuals are way too gory for my taste. If you like graphic horror, this may be your thing.

  • 5.0
    Spacey Medicine Mar 5, 2019

    This comic runs into the same problem that a lot of similar comics are hitting at the same time (unbelievable dialogue, caricatures instead of characters) but I think the premise is cool.

  • 4.0
    Lawless Oct 29, 2018

    Artwork good. Story predictable. Trigger warning not necessary. Won't be reading beyond this issue.

  • 9.5
    mrbrans Oct 31, 2018

  • 7.5
    Josecab79 Oct 24, 2018

  • 7.0
    NoShape Dec 1, 2018

  • 6.0
    Soilworker Jan 13, 2019

  • 2.5
    sovereignsfall18 Oct 10, 2018

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