MPH #1

MPH #1

Writer: Mark Millar Artist: Duncan Fegredo Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: May 21, 2014 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 23 User Reviews: 7
6.9Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

The all-new Millarworld Universe kicks into high gear with the launch of Millar and Fegredo's fast and furious miniseries. When a group of hard-luck teens in Motor City stumble upon a street drug called MPH, they gain the power of super speed. Will they use it to save the world? Hell no! Not when there's dolla, dolla bills to be had, y'all. A high-octane urban adventure, MPH brings you super speed like you've never seen before! This launch features a variant cover by Jock, a blank cover variant, and a special series of linked cover variants by Fegredo showcasing the book's cast.

  • 8.6
    Coming Up Comics - Timothy Merritt May 21, 2014

    The bookended story that surrounds Roscoe's is just as intriguing, and looks to reveal a bigger picture as the series unfolds. In all, Millar's story here is top notch, and Fegredo's art looks great, especially in his big action panels where his skill with details is on full display. This looks to be fun read that I'm already a little disappointed will only be a miniseries, but it's one I will recommend you pick up immediately. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book City Podcast - Mitchell May 23, 2014

    This is a fantastic issue #1 because Millar doesn't try to hide anything. In fact, the story is pretty simple and this is a great thing. From the opening pages it is clear what this story will be, yet at the same time I found my mind wandering to all the awesome possibilities. Don't try to look at this book as a story with double meaning, take it for what it is, pure entertainment. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Wesley Messer May 20, 2014

    While by the end MPH veered into the realm of theMark Millar I dislike, MPH deserves more time to grow. I'm happy to give the story another issue or two to see what Millar has in mind. Speed is a concept explored frequently but never in such a realistic fashion, I can understand why this got snatched up for a movie deal. Takenote that MPH is still a comic that may not work for everyone. If the promise of the first half of the issue comes forward more than my dismay over aspects of the latter, MPH might be a winner out of Mark Millar's Millarverse after all. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Joe Tower May 26, 2014

    MPH is kinetically spectacular fanboy fare wrapped up in the gritty currency of a Curtis Hanson movie" If you don't want to pick it up, just think The Avengers-meets-8 Mile and you'll have the general idea. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Lonnie Nadler May 23, 2014

    I think “MPH” #1 is on a good pace to show us a how much trouble and fun a minor thug can get into with major super speed. While the pace started slowly, I imagine thats the plan. I predict this series will pick up momentum and hopefully finish well. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez May 19, 2014

    Fans of the Millarworld series will no doubt pick this up since it will tie in with other books. This seems to be another strong title from Millar. Strong character development and immersive artOne cant ask for more! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas May 24, 2014

    There aren't any superheroes in costumes, nor monsters or robots. It's everyday people and settings that Fegredo is tasked with drawing, and all his characters have a unique feel to them that makes the book feel grounded despite the upcoming “super” themes. Fegredo's most impressive work though is seen through the latter half issue's depiction of speed. It's handled a bit differently than just showing speed lines, and I can't wait to see how he handles speed in upcoming issues. There isn't a whole lot to complain about with this first issue, other than the fact that we've seen this type of story before. Drugs granting the user powers is a story we've seen plenty of times before, as is super-speed as a power, both independently and from both Marvel and DC. It will ultimately be how Mark Millar makes these characters and situations stand out from their fairly generic origins that will define this series and make it stand apart. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Jeff Lake May 22, 2014

    MPH is definitely a book to keep an eye on, assuming it doesn't sprint off the shelves. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin May 20, 2014

    MPH gets off to an awesome start introducing us to an interesting world with intriguing characters. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair May 20, 2014

    The story opens and ends with intrigue and characters are competently introduced, which makes me crave the next issue and that’s a very good sign. Unlike the Rodriguez character, Millar’s not a speed demon when it comes to shipping out new issues, I think it took Superior a full year to wrap up and that was a mini series. So I figure this mini will wrap up in let’s say 2015? I hope I’m wrong. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Dean Stell May 25, 2014

    Who knows if it'll be great, but it is a very solid start and it doesn't have any of those edgy Millar tropes that bother some people. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker May 24, 2014

    Overall, I don't want to ding the series for what it's been described as, and what it is so far. It's a solid comic, entertaining, fun, good read. Overall, it's an interesting first issue that gets me to want to read the second. Lets hope Millar delivers on the hype. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    We The Nerdy - Bryan Huth May 23, 2014

    The art of the book also lends itself to this new and interesting story. While Duncan Fegredo's art isn't anything you've never seen before, it draws back to that familiar aspect that I mentioned before that makes this new book old and new in all of the right ways. MPH definitely looks to be another solid title to add to Image's impressive roster of original books, however it appears that it will take a few more issues before this book can really hit its' stride. (no pun intended) Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards May 21, 2014

    MPH #1 is not a bad comic at all, with some decent writing and good artwork. However, it's lacking that little something that helps give it an edge or a real identity in this industry of unique takes on superheroes and powers. It may need another issue to truly take off. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson May 21, 2014

    "MPH" #1 doesn't push any storytelling boundaries or make the reader think too hard, so in that regard accomplishes the same kind of thing "Fast and Furious" does, by delivering something fun that's not trying to be philosophical. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski May 23, 2014

    Duncan Fegredo's art is not to be missed, whatever it is he's working on. That said, Mark Millar is traditionally a stronger opener than he is a finisher. With that in mind, “MPH” is a surprisingly ordinary affair, with a bare minimum attempt to link the superhuman with the reality and not much aside from it. The cast is interesting, the central character is appealing in some ways, but “MPH” #1 survives almost entirely on Mark Millar's formula for a pitch and not much more beneath the surface. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ra'Chaun Rogers Jun 2, 2014

    Shock and awe seems to be Millar's cup of tea, but it makes me fear for this book in terms of what kind of shock treatment he will use this time (we don't need another gang rape or anything like that at all) I am thankful that the book wasn't offensive like I expected it to be but I'm not terribly excited to read any further. However I will do so, to monitor how the series progresses. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Booked - Julien Loeper May 20, 2014

    The same could be said of Mark Millar comics in general. They're the equivalent of summer-movie blockbusters (which isn't necessarily a bad thing mind you), big on fun and action but light on thematic weight or depth. Most of them are light and breezy reads, and MPH #1 is no different. I'd recommend picking it up if you're into Millar's work or just looking for something quick and fun to read with an intriguing end setup to boot. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli May 24, 2014

    MPH is not your typical Mark Millar book. It's tame on the adult themes and content. It's light on the shocking images, such as gore. Instead, Millar tries to lay out a real example of someone that ends up in prison but gets an interest drug to try out. It's a decent comic book that I mildly recommend. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Capeless Crusader - Jesse Quick-Rincon May 20, 2014

    All in all, the comic is good but its not anything I can get really passionate about. It has a well-rounded main character and a nice tone but if I had any complaint its just that I dont feel much compelled to read the next comic. Im curious what the drug is and where it came from but I cant imagine that its going to turn out to be anything that interesting. And I couldnt care less about where the betrayal story arc is going. Its not something you will necessarily regret buying but its only okay for me. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Culture Mass - Andy Mansell May 26, 2014

    Another new twist on the Flash legend, but the wooden characterization makes the premise a rather hard pill to swallow. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon May 21, 2014

    MPH is not as strong as other Millarworld titles but fans of his work will probably be on board. The “superpowers as designer drugs” concept is not a wholly original one, and that’s compounded by lackluster characterization and plot development. But it still has the potential to be a very powerful starting point. Millar is onto something with his early depictions of super-speed. We’ll just have to see if the rest of his story can catch up to that. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison May 22, 2014

    Millar's fans and the movie executives he seems to be writing for exclusively will probably enjoy MPH. The rest of us, who enjoy stories about likable characters who act in a heroic manner, would do better to stay away. Read Full Review

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