Mayday #1

Writer: Alex De Campi Artist: Blond Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: November 2, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 6
7.7Critic Rating
7.3User Rating

A Cold War action-thriller like no other. It's 1971, and two young Soviet operatives are sent to California to kill a defector and recover top-secret information. As the mission falls apart into a mess of good sex, bad drugs, and ugly violence, the young Russians are faced with a dilemma: they need to rely on each other to escape America, but they must betray each other to survive Russia. By critically-acclaimed thriller writer ALEX DE CAMPI with art by TONY PARKER and BLOND.

  • 10
    Graphic Policy - pharoahmiles Nov 5, 2016

    Overall, a strong effort by the creative team, and I can reveal that a key scene has some influences from both Gaiman and Morrison. The story from De Campi, packs a punch and makes you laugh at the same time, which shows how talented a writer Alex is. The art by Tony Parker and Blond, is striking and lucid, which definitely serves a story that takes place in the 70s. Altogether, a fresh take on a spy caper that will keep the reader yearning for more. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Comicsverse - Jhoan Suriel Oct 30, 2016

    This inaugural thriller is sure to rock readers' socks off. While the premise is a familiar one, the art and use of period music sets it apart, giving it a film-like flair reminiscent of movies such as Drive and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. It's a strong start to a five part series that's bound to get more funky. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Emma Houxbois Nov 2, 2016

    The words and deeds matter, and will definitely bubble up to be a driving force in the story through the intrigue of quietly warring nation states, but for now they take a back seat to visual and sonic immersion, something creators all across the medium could stand to take a lesson from. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - elana_brooklyn Dec 15, 2016

    There are other details of importance on the pages, like the acknowledgment of brutality directed at bystanders. These often overlooked moments are important to the humanity of the story– like a child standing off-center in the middle of a road after a trucking accident. His or her parents dismissed by the CIA agents as Mexicans and not worth mentioning. The child is just left there alone on the road as the action passes by. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bounding Into Comics - Jorge Arena Dec 31, 2016

    Mayday #1 takes you on a time warp back to the height of the Cold War. Alex de Campi gives you two perspectives to view at the same time as each side races to outwit the other. A lot of detail was put into the story which left me happy with how it came out. Though the story felt slow at times, it was still a good ride. Tony Parker and Blond gives us the visual simulation you would expect from a Cold War invested drug crazed era. Though some of the panels felt off, the way the environment came off was really good. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pastrami Nation - Amie Macias Nov 6, 2016

    This book is a fun homage to the early seventies with Bond-esque females, spies, gratuitous nudity, drugs, and complete with its very own soundtrack! The artwork here does a great job with the level of grittiness it brings to this debut issue. This is one of the most visually audible stories I have ever read, and issue two cannot come soon enough. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek-O-Rama - Rick Nov 9, 2016

    According to the authors notes at the end, Mayday is intended to cover a different decade with each issue. I applaud that maneuver: instead of trying to wrap up this story, which was slight to begin with, the series simply fasts forward to tell a new (linked) tale. Its a refreshing take on serial comics, which these days seem hellbound to play out whatever overblown, minutely subplotted mess they began with regardless of the narratives quality. I cant wait to see what Mayday has in store for us in the 80s. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Andrew McGlinn Nov 2, 2016

    Mayday is a great little find. I went in looking forward to one thing a spy story and got so much more. It almost carries the sense of chaos youd expect from a Hunter S Thompson story, it definitely had a touch of the fantastic to it which only adds to your reading enjoyment as you can believe these things actually happened in the 70s. There is a tangible realism in a that would never happen to me, but I can believe it happened to someone else sense, and if that isnt enough to sell you its pretty funny in places too. Im so glad I stumbled over this, it deserves your attention. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Word Of The Nerd - Brent Jackson Nov 2, 2016

    Mayday #1 is a tale of Cold-War espionage, spies, murder and a traverse through 1970's America. The adding of a music to play while reading scenes will definitely set this book apart and give a different reading experience. While the plotcan be a little muddled and moves quickly, with four more issues to go we should be able to get to know the characters more and really start to be invested in this story. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Florida Geek Scene - Brian Reed Nov 9, 2016

    There's a lot of promise here, and I'm excited to see where it goes. While I'm not in love with this issue, I think things will only improve. There are very few problems with the book, and my biggest complaint is not having more of everything, which is exactly the point of follow up issues. If this level of quality is maintained, Mayday could be a real keeper. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Doom Rocket - Brandy Dykhuizen Nov 3, 2016

    The Cold War is often depicted as a stuffy, repressed conflict between a handful of supercharged egos with fingers on the trigger. First-hand accounts have shown that the murkiness didn't stop at the top, and much of the struggle relied those smaller stories, in which the best-laid plans turn sideways and unsuspecting bystanders get caught in the fray. As a walk through an alternative history curated with fantastic earworms, Maydaybrings a welcomed new perspective to Cold War drama. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    IGN - Jeff Lake Nov 3, 2016

    So long as the creative team irons out the pace, this book has potential. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Slackjaw Punks - Iron Squid Nov 2, 2016

    Alex De Campi is a fantastic writer, the story itself is pretty solid with the whole classic spy genre down packed completely. She does make you feel like you are hanging out in the 1970s with classic 70s music and speaking. Also…hippies, but I cannot feel a little betrayed when it came to Felix and Rose jumping out of character to do something they should have seen coming a mile away. Tony Parker's artwork is actually rather great, he uses dark tones and vibrant colors to capture the 70s rather brilliantly and makes you really appreciate the time period it takes place in. Read Full Review

  • 6.6
    Multiversity Comics - Stephenson Ardern-Sodje Nov 7, 2016

    Beautiful and barmy, this book is a pretty full-on leap into a very strange section of recent history. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    All-Comic - Matthew Strackbein Nov 3, 2016

    You may want to check out Mayday #1 for a change of pace, although, with a slew of first issues coming out every week, theres plenty of variety. That variety equals stiff competition for this new book, noble effort or not. Read Full Review

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