Midlife #1 (Or How to Hero at Fifty)

Writer: Brian Buccellato Artist: Stefano Simeone Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: October 11, 2023 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 6
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RUBEN KWAN is a 50-year-old firefighter who's been afraid of fire his whole life. Instead of running into burning buildings, he pushes papers, living in the shadow of his father-who died a hero on the job. After 25 years in the LAFD, he's firmly in the middle of an unremarkable life...until his new wife gets pregnant and a random act of courage reveals that Ruben is FIREPROOF!
New York Times-bestselling writer BRIAN BUCCELLATO (NO/ONE, The Flash, Chicken Devil) teams up with star artist STEFANO SIMEONE (THE LAST DAYS OF BLACK HAMMER, RADIANT BLACK) to tell the totally relatable (sometimes cringey) story of a middle-ag more

  • 10
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Matthew Sardo Sep 18, 2023

    MIDLIFE (OR HOW TO HERO AT FIFTY) #1 is a special book, that carries an emotional weight that knocked me off my feet. A must buy! Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Comic Watch - Matt Meyer Oct 11, 2023

    Regardless of your age,Midlife #1 is a comic to be treasured. Emotionally honest, it gets right to the heart of its protagonist's existential crisis in a way that cannot be missed. Generation X, your time has come at last. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Collier Jennings Oct 11, 2023

    Midlife (Or How To Hero At Fifty) #1 continues Image Comics' superhero revolution, delivering an older hero in an entirely new situation. If you want something new in the realm of superheroics, pick it up. If The Boys isn't your speed, pick this up. It has to potential to be one of the biggest superhero comics on the stands. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Nerd Initiative - Ken M. Oct 11, 2023

    The complexity of Father Time and what he deals is the driving point to Ruben Kwan's daily life. Buccellato, Simeone and Otsmane-Elhaou mix in the familiarity of everyday life with the possibility of starting life over again. One of the best stories I've read this year. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Oct 11, 2023

    I love Midlife (or How to Hero at Fifty!) #1. It's a hell of a debut that delivers a hero we can relate to and at 50, a hero we don't see often enough. Gen X might have grown up on comics, but Midlife (or How to Hero at Fifty!) #1 is one that might just be “our” comic. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lotusland Comics - Hank Rea Oct 11, 2023

    'Midlife' is a delightful new superhero comic grounded in generational angst that will resonate with a lot of people. Gen-X has finally entered the chat.  Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Oct 19, 2023

    "Midlife #1" offers an intimate and poignant portrayal of a protagonist facing a midlife crisis, punctuated by the unexpected twist of superhuman abilities. The issue masterfully balances character exploration with plot development, culminating in a well-executed cliffhanger. While the art may differ from traditional superhero visuals, it effectively captures the excitement and anticipation surrounding Ruben's journey into heroism. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Evan Valentine Oct 11, 2023

    First issues are really difficult because as a reviewer, you're reviewing a small part of a whole and while this first outing doesn't necessarily hit a home run, it does hit a double. Read Full Review

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