Port of Earth #1

Writer: Zack Kaplan Artist: Andrea Mutti Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: November 8, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 12
7.5Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

Imagine if aliens came to Earth not in war or peace, but with a business deal: open up a spaceport here on Earth in exchange for advanced technology. But when our alien visitors break Port restrictions and wreak havoc in our cities, it falls to the newly formed Earth Security Agents to hunt down and safely deport the dangerous rogue aliens back to the Port of Earth. A gritty sci-fi action thriller from new comic book writer ZACK KAPLAN (ECLIPSE) and ANDREA MUTTI (Rebels, Star Wars, Batman Eternal, Prometheus).

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Andy Hall Nov 8, 2017

    If you've tried Eclipse, you know you can trust Kaplan to deliver a great story. (If you haven't read Eclipse, open a new browser window to order it.) This book proves that he isn't a one idea wonder. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Outright Geekery - Ray.A Nov 8, 2017

    Beautifully gritty art combined with an exceptional writing style. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Chris Campbell Nov 8, 2017

    Overall, Port of Earth #1 is a great start to another potential hit series for Kaplan. The first issue looks to have set everything up for an amazing story that he is more than capable of delivering. If you love alien invasions but want to see something new done with the genre then definitely pick up this issue. It would be worth preparing for future business dealings with far off visitors. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Doom Rocket - Mickey Rivera Nov 10, 2017

    The story starts only a decade or so after first contact but things are already leaning towards dystopia. Kaplan has arranged a scenario where things can only get worse for our planet. Sad as it is for Earth's high hopes, it will make for a compelling read in issues to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AiPT! - David Hildebrand Nov 7, 2017

    The first issue is full of setup, but the premise is very interesting. Kaplan may have another hit on his hands. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Michael D Nov 8, 2017

    Port of Earth #1 is a promising start to a new sci-fi Image series. If you are a fan of grounded science fiction then I highly recommend adding this series to your pullist. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Impulse Gamer - Dana Folkard Nov 8, 2017

    COMIC DETAILSCREATIVE TEAM:Zack Kaplan, Andrea Mutti, Vladimir Popov and Troy PeteriPUBLISHER:Image ComicsPUBLICATION DATE:November 08, 2017REVIEWER:Dana Folkard Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Daniel Gehen Nov 13, 2017

    Port of Earth #1 is a fascinating science fiction tale that encapsulates the genre's best characteristics. Zack Kaplan and Andrea Mutti have created a world that is vast and rich with storytelling potential. Like an onion, this book is full of layers, and it should be exciting to see each of them peeled back as larger story unfolds. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Brazen Bull - Dave Robbins Nov 8, 2017

    This is a space opera with a twist. The aliens are taking over, but the humans asked for it. There is plenty of blame to go around and no doubt the action has yet to really open up. A promising and intriguing premise that looks likely to be layered enough to deliver a powerful and provocative story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Nov 8, 2017

    'Port of Earth' is one of this week's recommendations for its promising debut. We're hooked and Kaplan has set the stage and now must deliver. This is a well-executed high concept sci-fi narrative with plenty of intrigue and real-world parallels. Be sure to grab a copy.  Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Brandon J. Griffin Nov 8, 2017

    'Port Of Earth' is an easily digestible, high-concept sci-fi examination of human response. It's a beautifully dark book that asks important questions and introduces readers to world we'll certainly want to spend more time in. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Andrew McAvoy Nov 11, 2017

    This first issue briskly takes the reader from the wide galactic canvas of its opening pages, to the galactic-trade agreement brokering post-first contact, before landing us gently down to street level in the company of two Earth Security Agents as they begin an invesitigation. It leaves us perfectly poised for the second installment, and its effective stage setting is enhanced immensely by some fine art from Mutti. Well worth jumping on board, and its caught my attention for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Pierre Brown Nov 8, 2017

    Port of Earth #1 is recommended for fans of sci-fi and especially fans of the Men in Black franchise. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    We The Nerdy - Luke Miller Nov 10, 2017

    I probably just need to make a leap of logic here and take everything at face value. The focus of the story pretty clearly seems like its going to be on those two cops and their murder investigation. But I really wish this whole thing was about pirates. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Justin McCarty Nov 2, 2017

    With the world-building out of the way, the comic could really take off and pull us in. Even with the unique twist on this particular premise, it still is pretty familiar. We have seen class warfare in sci-fi juxtaposed to media, large government stakes, and the good cop - bad cop tropes. This book has a lot of work to do to rise above those issues and get across its message. I can't say no to an action comic, so I'm on board, for the next couple issue anyway. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    ComicBuzz - Kyle Malone Nov 8, 2017

    Unfortunately, a story is only as good as its weakest links, and while further issues may offer more compelling narratives, so far PoE fails to stand out from amongst the crowd. Even the setting of San Francisco, which should harken us back with some nostalgia to classics such as "It came from beneath the Sea" or "Invasion of the Body Snatchers", tastes a little stale in our mouths. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Nov 5, 2017

    I suspect Port Of Earth might work better as a straight science-fiction novel than as an illustrated story. The base idea is sound but the execution " in terms of scripting and color art " leaves much to be desired. Hard science-fiction fans may enjoy it but most audiences will not find this port to be a hospitable place to dock. Read Full Review

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