Oliver #1

Writer: Gary Whitta Artist: Darick Robertson Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: January 23, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 8
8.2Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

SERIES PREMIERE! Award-winning screenwriter GARY WHITTA (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, The Book Of Eli) teams with celebrated artist DARICK ROBERTSON (Transmetropolitan, HAPPY!, The Boys) for a new take on a literary classic-with a futuristic twist. OLIVER re-imagines Charles Dickens' most famous orphan as a post-apocalyptic superhero fighting to liberate a war-ravaged England while searching for the truth about his own mysterious origins.

  • 10
    PopCultHQ - Jason Bennett Jan 22, 2019

    Despite people's differences, whatever they may be (race, religion, sexual orientation, political views, etc.), something I feel everyone experiences and yearns for is hope. Though times seem rough in this post-apocalyptic London in the future, the creative team and their combined talents have created a comic book brimming with hope. The emotion you find page after page, panel after panel, makes you want to know more, see more, feel more. Though the times ahead in this world look bleak and dark, OLIVER reminds us to keep looking up! Read Full Review

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Nikko Soto Jan 21, 2019

    Overall, I enjoyed reading the first issue of theOliver comic series. It brought me the same joy as when I read the Dickens' novel many years ago. I'm sad that I have to wait for the next issue to come. It's a perfect example of how to do an adaptation of a major piece of literature into a comic but also finds a way to make it its own. This coming-of-age story will surely have readers invested and will hopefully find ways to relate to it. It's incredible to see creators caring about these sort of stories. I'll anxiously wait for the next installment. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Ian Cullen Jan 25, 2019

    This is a really interesting take on a classic Dickens character and I'm looking forward to where the story will go from here. So much so that I hit the subscribe button on my Comixology account. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jan 23, 2019

    The art by Darick Robertson is amazing. There are some great visual moments in this issue and the use of shadow is brilliant. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Word Of The Nerd - Therese Walsh Jan 22, 2019

    This is skillful storytelling at it's finest, with many facades to it; Oliver works as a superhero origin story, a coming-of-age story or, as with the Dickens classic, a social commentary about life on the margins of society. We're shown a world not only on the brink of destruction but very much there. Even at this early stage, I've invested in this series. It really ticks all the boxes on my comic list"an apocalyptic world, an exploration into society and a great story and artwork. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Sequential Planet - Pashtrik Maloki Jan 19, 2019

    So what does a steam-punk inspired, post-apocalyptic science fiction, superhero reinterpretation of Oliver Twist - with an added Shakespearian flair - look like? It looks like a darn good book. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Jan 22, 2019

    A solid debut issue wherein Darick Robertson, a seasoned veteran of dystopian comics, continues to push his artful rendering of blown-out landscapes. Whats also compelling about this comic is the orphan-mentor relationship screenwriter Gary Whitta situates at its core. The Oliver Twist connection is perhaps a bit superfluous, but this is otherwise a strong comic. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - David DeCorte Jan 21, 2019

    OLIVER #1 varies wildly from its source material, delivering an inventing and beautiful take on the original novel. The writing keeps you invested throughout, ratcheting up the tension with new mysteries and puzzle pieces, while the artwork, despite being a bleak, post-apocalyptic vision, is a visual treat. Add this one to the pull list. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Jan 23, 2019

    Oliver #1Written by Gary WhittaArt by Darick Robertson and Diego RodriguezLettered by Simon BowlandPublished by Image Comics‘Rama Rating: 8 out of 10 Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Jan 23, 2019

    At its core, this is Oliver with a twist but Whitta sets us up with an entire world that is waiting to be explored. Rather than simply update the story to a shattered Earth, Whitta has used the character as a way to open the door to something darker and more mysterious. As Dickens, quoted in the final panel, once wrote: “Surprises, like misfortunes, rarely come along.” Dare we say: we want some more? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Adam Barnhardt Jan 23, 2019

    An intriguing debut issue, Gary Whitta and Darick Robertson manage to craft a tale that's just different enough from the other post-apocalyptic tales that saturate the shelves at local comic stores around the world. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek-O-Rama - Ben Jan 30, 2019

    The art captures the desolation of a post-nuclear apocalypse with the same aesthetic that I saw in my mind as I read Oliver Twist back in the day. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Adam Brown Jan 23, 2019

    So in answer to my earlier question, its a big yes; we are left wanting more. Not because weve been left unsatisfied but rather cause second helpings would go down a treat. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Michael Govan Jan 24, 2019

    “Oliver” #1 seems to be one of those adaptations that is inspired by the original work while being its own distinct work. There may have been some references to Dickens that I missed but I was never lost or confused about anything. It does a great job of immersing readers in this dark, new world and leaves readers with burning questions. What is Prospero hiding from Oliver? What is the state of society outside of the clones? How will Oliver change the world? I need answers and can't wait to see what's next. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    The Brazen Bull - Dave Robbins Jan 22, 2019

    This post-apocalyptic tale loosely based on the Dickens work throws super soldiers into the mix to create something that so far, at least, is a clever concept. We'll see if it pans out into a richer story.. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Jan 22, 2019

    As strange a mash-up as Whitta's Oliver is, there's real potential here for deep social commentary. The difficulty may lie in the novel that Whittas drawing-on for inspiration. Oliver Twist looked to cast light on the sinister nature of child labor and children being ushered into shadowy streets to become criminals. It was a situation brought about by economic disparity. After the war, though...there IS no economic disparity. EVERYONE is living through irradiated hell. Without the presence of wealth, Whittas Oliver might well run the risk of missing a major component that made Dickens classic so important. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    AIPT - Alex Curtis Jan 22, 2019

    Creating fresh and unique story-worlds is hard work. But that's no excuse for the cavalcade of unoriginality Oliver bombards us with. Read Full Review

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