Ludocrats #1

Writer: Kieron Gillen, Jim Rossignol Artist: Jeff Stokely Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: May 20, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 7
7.9Critic Rating
7.3User Rating

SERIES PREMIERE! The Ludocrat! The ludicrous aristocrat! A collision of the ornate fantasy of Dune and an M-rated Asterix & Obelix! Baron Otto Von Hades and Professor Hades Zero-K are here, and they're going to save us all have a nice time.

KIERON GILLEN (DIE, THE WICKED + THE DIVINE) and JIM ROSSIGNOL (Sir, You Are Being Hunted) write! JEFF STOKELY (The Spire) draws! TAMRA BONVILLAIN (Once & Future) colors! Clayton Cowles (BITTER ROOT, DIE) letters! The universe screams in pleasure, writhing, finally satisfied, complete, joyous!

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Jay Hill May 23, 2020

    I feel like I can say, with a great deal of certainty, The Ludocrats #1 is unlike any comic you’ve ever read. The world on display is one found only on the outskirts of creativity. This story doesn’t lull you into its craziness, it drops you right into this world of ludicrous aristocrats and says, “Bet you’ve never seen a blood gown before.” With shades of Douglas Adams and other forms of nonsensically hysterical humor, this book is not for the boring. So, unless you’re boring, you should be picking up a copy of this book. Y’know… unless you’re boring. Read Full Review

  • 10
    AIPT - Vishal Gullapalli May 7, 2020

    Being boring is a capital offense. Thankfully, 'The Ludocrats' has no intention of being found guilty. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Mar 16, 2020

    I do not know what just happened to me but I think I might have liked probably the exact right response to Ludocrats, a new comic that is like the characters it stars a perfectly ludicrous and not boring event. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Comic Watch - Lillian Hochwender Apr 29, 2020

    So what is The Ludocrats? A gratuitously violent, artistically inspired, fourth-wall-obliterating, steampunk/fantasy Saturday-morning-cartoon-meets-Asterix for people who love profanity. Is it ludicrous? Most definitely. Is it funny? Thats subjective. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally May 20, 2020

    Jeff Stokely perfectly captures the tone of this story with some beautifully bizarre visuals that catch the eye. I loved looking at each panel and noting the strange and brilliant lunacy captured in them. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Apr 2, 2020

    But there's even more: the biographies of the creative team are told in Snicket-adjacent verbiage. There's additional text that expands on the spirit of Ludocracy that make it very clear that they know exactly what they did and they just decided not to just turn it up to 11, but break the damn speakers in the process. This comic won't be for everyone, but for the people who love absurdist humor with a fantastical flair, this comic is so far into your niche that you kind of owe it to yourself to read this tale of matrimony and murder. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Cat Wyatt Mar 18, 2020

    Ludocrats #1 is a chaotic introduction to a series that will be iconic and memorable, with characters full of massive personality and vibrant artwork to support their tale. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Comic Crusaders - M.R. Jafri May 12, 2020

    In concept and execution this book is a rousing beginning. The real challenge will be to see how well Gillen and Rossignol can keep us engaged over many issues. The hope is that they continue to find new social constructs to pull apart as the story progresses. This issues deals with marriage, property ownership, party etiquette and the greatest sin of being boring. Hopefully the creators continue the pace of pulling at aspects of society and our social media age that too many take a normative. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Mar 24, 2020

    Although its characters behave in unrestrained manners and constantly try to outdo each other in the matters of eccentricity, Ludocrats #1 is a comic that's fairly easy to follow. Its focus is two main characters and a variety of visual and verbal jokes. Instead of relying on boring exposition (This is actually a plot point), Gillen, Rossignol, Stokely, and Bonvillain throw you straight in the middle of the world without a life vest. This is an admirable storytelling point, and Ludocrats #1 is a true party of a comic that you should safely try to acquire when it's released. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Geek'd Out - Ben Boruff Apr 1, 2020

    So if you like stories that feel like a 1990s Jim Carrey acting out Hieronymus Bosch's fever dream, you will enjoy The Ludocrats. It has violence, fourth wall breaks, and a character named Voldigan the Perfidious. If nothing else, comics like these help us appreciate the silliness of life and the value of spontaneity. For those reasons, I recommend it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Matthew Aguilar May 20, 2020

    Otto and Hades are magic together, and I cannot wait to see what else they can do. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Adam Brown May 20, 2020

    If you want a book thatll lift the spirits and you dont mind a bit of weird, then this could be for you. On the other hand, it might not. Im still a little confused. Maybe I should go back and read it again just to be sure Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Scott Cederlund May 20, 2020

    This comic is its own id. It exists because of and for its basic urges. Otto embodies these desires and provides the propulsive momentum in this funny comic. Gillen, Rossignol, Stokely, Bonvillain, and Cowles give us this first look into this world of action and unbridled urges that promises to be anything but stale! If boring comics are a crime, then The Ludocrats looks like the perfect get-out-of-jail-free card. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    But Why Tho? - CJ Apr 1, 2020

    Despite its scattershot plotting,The Ludocrats #1gets by on its absurd charm and reality distorting artwork. If you enjoyMonty Python and the Holy GrailorRick and Morty,then this comic is for you. Hopefully, future issues will have a more coherent plot. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Impulse Gamer - Sandro Falce May 11, 2020

    A messy and unfocused opening issue shows promise in it's charming art style and absurd sense of humor. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Apr 1, 2020

    Actually, the whole book feels like they are trying too hard to make something memorable. Read Full Review

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