Old Guard #1

Writer: Greg Rucka Artist: Leandro Fernandez Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: February 22, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 20 User Reviews: 17
8.3Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

Eisner-winning writer GREG RUCKA (LAZARUS, BLACK MAGICK, Wonder Woman) and critically acclaimed artist LEANDRO FERNANDEZ (THE DISCIPLINE, Deadpool, Punisher: MAX) team up together to introduce THE OLD GUARD, the story of old soldiers who never die...and yet cannot seem to fade away. Trapped in an immortality without explanation, Andromache of Scythia - "Andy" - and her comrades ply their trade for those who can find-and afford-their services. But in the 21st century, immortality is a hard secret to keep, and when you live long enough, you learn that there are many fates worse than death.

  • 10
    Outright Geekery - Nate Charles Feb 27, 2017

    Should you read The Old Guard? If you're a fan of Greg Rucka's previous work, chances are that you are already. If not, then you most certainly should be. Readers should also pick upthis book if they'reinterested by historical fiction, heavy action, or solidly written characters. It's all present here and then some. Personally, I can't wait to see what future issues have to offer. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Doug Zawisza Feb 22, 2017

    The Old Guard is a bizarre mix of his Wonder Woman work, with his Jad Bell tales, and smatterings of early Atticus Kodiak. Its not even by any means, nor does it stop with that approximation, but thats the best way I can describe The Old Guard to Rucka readers. What might be better still, is if you just sample it for yourself. Rucka, Fernndez, Miwa, and Wynne are already giving you one hell of a bargain by todays standards for page count alone, but the story in The Old Guard #1 is darn near priceless. Read Full Review

  • 10
    The Pop Break - Alisha Weinberger Feb 23, 2017

    The Old Guard hooks readers in with a solid cast of characters and solid artwork. As always, Rucka establishes a strong female lead, and finds a perfect balance between ambiguity and plot. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Wesley Messer Feb 24, 2017

    The Old Guard is without a doubt not just a well written book, but a beautifully illustrated one too.If you're somehow sleeping on The Old Guard, you need to have it in your life. It's worth your time. Once you read it you will be just as excited as I am right now. It's a brilliant new series and I cannot wait to see what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Daniel Gehen Feb 27, 2017

    The art by Leandro Fernandez and Daniela Wiwa makes this book not only an engrossing read, but a beautiful one too. The heavy use of blacks and earth tones is reflective of the characters' nature, setting the tone for what looks to be another instant classic from Image. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Feb 23, 2017

    Image have done it again. They have shown that with the correct talent on a book, you do not have to devolve comics into just the superhero crowd. True, the immortality of this gang could be seen as a super power, but its the ramifications of their “skills” that is going to make this book a very interesting and very enjoyable read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Feb 22, 2017

    This raid is representative of The Old Guard. Meticulously researched, planned and executed with precision. This sharpness ensures that this book is just as impactful of a release this far into Greg Rucka’s career as it would be if it were his debut. While using ideas he’s written about before, it’s his familiarity with them that means he uses them exceptionally well, with a new angle of approach instead of looking at the same way he has prior. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicBuzz - Kyle Malone May 11, 2017

    The opening narrative is evocative, a series of trade-offs of Andy in war versus her intimate experiences in the bedroom. Fernndez gives us a wealth of battle images from theatres such as the Mediterranean, Persia and mainland Europe, the only consistency between them all a fine use of black, of a nothing-colour, to bring Rucka's story to life. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Feb 23, 2017

    The Old Guard features many trappings that will be recognizable to Greg Rucka fans, including a strong but tortured female protagonist and a heavy focus on espionage and black ops. But when combined with the Highlander-esque immortality angle and mixed altogether, the end result is something refreshing and new. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Lune Feb 24, 2017

    A fantastic, action packed debut issue with a fresh take on a familiar concept, ageless characters and lifetimes worth of gorgeous art. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Corps - Tim Montoya Mar 27, 2017

    The Old Guard is a new series by Image Comics with Greg Rucka at the helm. With a strong female lead, tying in elements of black ops, mercenaries, and throwing in some immortals this makes for a great start. While this is just issue one, Rucka manages to grab the reader and leaves you wanting more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Impulse Gamer - Dana Folkard Feb 23, 2017

    The Old Guard #1 has me intrigued. Its engaging, gritty and thought-provoking. I think this is a creative concept that has the possibility of growing into a really interesting and well-rounded story. Im curious to learn more about Andy and her companions and see where this immortal life will take them next. Trouble is brewing and Im keen to know how its going to unfold. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Feb 22, 2017

    The Old Guard#1 is a bleak, bitingaction comic about an immortal woman, who is a skilled warrior, yet filled with sadness drawn and colored with gritty precision by Leandro Fernandez and Daniela Miwa. Andy's conscience, snark, and total competence make her a likable lead character, and a slight twist at the end sets up a decent enough hook to pick up the following issue where hopefully the other members of her team will be fleshed out by Greg Rucka and Fernandez. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Feb 22, 2017

    'The Old Guard' is Rucka at his most primal and unabandoned. A tour de force of violence and mythmaking. If you like your action grimy with characters who have nothing to lose then this title is for you. It's beautifully illustrated chaos and worth every penny. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Major Spoilers - Wayne Hall Feb 27, 2017

    This series is scheduled to be an ongoing one, so the creators are certain to have some really twisted and amazing things in store for these people. I'm anxious to see how this problem resolves as well as what challenges they'll face in the future. Worth picking up this initial issue and sticking with, so I recommend it! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Big Comic Page - Andrew McGlinn Feb 23, 2017

    Irecommend The Old Guard, if not for the excellent art, then for the promise of what's to come. Just reign in your Rucka-level expectation for issue one and you'll be fine. It's a good start, but it's not quite a great start. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - stephengervais Feb 22, 2017

    The pages could use a little more rigidness, as some scenes are muddled, leaving actors and actions demanding a re-read of the page but otherwise this is great stuff, something I'll be on the lookout for in the future." Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Jessica Petrecz Feb 23, 2017

    The Old Guard #1 seems to have plenty tricks up its sleeves to come. With acclaimed writer Greg Rucka and artist Leandro Fernandez behind the wheel this book has the right people to get it where it needs to go. Yeah, there's some cleaning up needed around the art to make it more cohesive, but that cannot take away from the original story delivered from Rucka. His ability to deliver a familiar comic trope with a new insight and fresh perspective keeps this book from feeling recycled and necessary. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Daniel Vlasaty Feb 22, 2017

    This book has a solid idea and I'll be interested in seeing how it plays out over the next few issues. I'll assume that the second issue will have some more explanations on what's going on with these characters and their immortality. I sure hope that it does because this first issue left me wanting more. More from the story as well as more from the art. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Feb 25, 2017

    With some poor characterization and little given to hook the reader I'm really left underwhelmed with what felt like a really solid premise. The coloring is great and I feel works really well with the minimalist art style. Overall though, I I thought it was just an OK issue that gave little reason to come back for more. Read Full Review

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