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Primordial #1

Writer: Jeff Lemire Artist: Andrea Sorrentino Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: September 15, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 21
8.9Critic Rating
9.1User Rating

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Mind-bending sci-fi collides with Cold War thriller in this six-issue miniseries by the bestselling and Eisner-winning creative team behind GIDEON FALLS!
In 1957, the USSR launched the dog, Laika, into Earth's orbit. Two years later, the USA responded with two monkeys, Able and Baker. These animals never returned. But, unbeknownst to everyone, they did not die in orbit...they were taken. And now they are coming home.

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Mark Scott Aug 9, 2021

    If you're even remotely into Cold War, space race, or science fiction titles in general, then I think this is a series that will drag you in from the first page. I also think that if the series maintains the same high quality as this first issue has then I certainly think were going to have another series as good as Gideon Falls, Department of Truth, or Blue in Green on our hands. Read Full Review

  • 10
    COMICON - Olly MacNamee Aug 2, 2021

    On one level Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino's ‘Primordial' #1 is a classic Cold War thriller in the making. But it's also far more ambitious than that, with a sci-fi storyline at its heart and visuals evoking ‘2001: A Space Odyssey'. Primordial #1 is one part John le Carr and another part Arthur C. Clarke. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Zac Owens Aug 2, 2021

    For a creative team this brilliant, it really means something to say that they are at the top of their game. But sure enough, PRIMORDIAL #1 sees Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino, Dave Stewart and Steve Wands doing some of their best work! Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Sep 15, 2021

    In addition to an intriguing premise, Primordial #1 brings ambitious and innovative comics storytelling from artist Andrea Sorrentino and writer Jeff Lemire in a story that's as much about the present as the past in its examination of humanity's place on Earth and amongst all living things. Read Full Review

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings Jan 1, 1970

    Primordial #1 combines a sharp script and eye-melting artwork for a sci-fi mystery that's immensely engaging. I cannot wait to read future issues, and I recommend this series to any fans of science fiction or the work of Lemire & Sorrentino. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Comics Bookcase - Larry Jorash Sep 15, 2021

    Creative, intense, beautiful. Andrea Sorrentino is a masterclass. Perfect for fans of the horror in Gideon Falls and the suspense of James Tynion IVs Department of Truth. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Sep 15, 2021

    All in all, sci-fi fans, Lemire fans, Sorrentino fans, Image fans, this is a must buy. This is an incredible start to a series and will be one that you'll want to start and stay current with. I know I will be. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Sep 15, 2021

    Primordial #1 is a pitch-perfect first issue. Lemire and Sorrentino are among the best working tandems in comics, and this book is another example of that. Their work in this book is brilliant; joined by Stewart and Wands, theyve created something special with this book. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Comic Watch - Ross Hutchinson Sep 15, 2021

    Primordial #1 is a superbly constructed opener from start to finish playing on the cold war erathriller angle on one hand while Sorrentino's mindbendingly constructed space journey pagesdeftly play on the psyche heightening the tension and driving home the alternative sci-fielements very reminiscent of Kubrick's visuals in 2001 A Space Odyessy on the other. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Graphic Policy - Ricardo Denis Aug 24, 2021

    Primordial #1 possesses a very exciting and intense sense of discovery and exploration that rests on the notion that secrets and conspiracies can generate quite a set of sense-shattering images. It's a supreme example of what can be achieved with visual storytelling and how comics can offer narrative possibilities other mediums can only hope to imagine. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Geek'd Out - Jonathan Boes Sep 8, 2021

    If youre a fan of alternate history, conspiracy thrillers, or bizarre science fiction, youll want to pick up a copy of Primordial #1. Its equal parts 2001: A Space Odyssey and All the Presidents Men, and it's totally fresh. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Joseph Gilmore Sep 6, 2021

    Overall, Primordial #1 is a terrific read that does its job perfectly. Primordial will have you hooked from panel to panel. With elements of suspense, mystery and intrigue, Lemire and Sorrentino are once again firing on all cylinders. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    BGCP - Michael Lennox Sep 16, 2021

    As a first issue, it starts with a couple of pages of shocking, psychedelic images before settling into a standard cold war thriller. The final ten pages pick up the table and toss it out of the room taking you on a bonkers trip through space and time. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lotusland Comics - Hank Rea Sep 17, 2021

    'Primordial' #1 is an enticing read that will suck you in. There's no escaping Lemire's spider web and the hypnotic art by Sorrentino and Stewart. Resistance is futile for this conspiracy thriller that's built on style and substance. Prepare to go down the rabbit hole willingly.  Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Matthew Blair Sep 17, 2021

    If youve read any Cold War conspiracy story youve read this, but the real make or break moment will come from what you think of the artwork. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Crusaders - Daniel Clark Aug 5, 2021

    If you are going into this series thinking we are getting a repeat of Gideon Falls it is important to realize that is not the case. That series was drenched in a horror mystique but that is not the case here. This is more like if the X-Files was directed by David Lynch as the story progresses things become more and more surreal. Capturing that type of tone is no easy feat. It is one thing in a film to establish a surreal atmosphere when you have the aid of score and sound. Here everything is done visually and to great effect. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Sequential Planet - Ethan Maddux Sep 1, 2021

    Primordial #1 does a lot right, and at the same time leaves something to be desired. Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino are a dynamite team who have proven themselves time and time again, so I have no doubt this story will develop into something special. As it stands it's gorgeous, compelling, and has an amazing premise. The art is not without issues, but the talent is undeniable. Keep your eye on this one. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    AIPT - Colin Moon Sep 14, 2021

    Striking if quiet, Primordial #1 is a book that presents a huge scale and a self-assured atmosphere of importance. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Major Spoilers - Christopher Rondeau Sep 19, 2021

    Primordial #1 had some great ideas but lacked an engaging main character to hook us into the story. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Loafy Trophy Sep 15, 2021

    Really intriguing story, fantastic hook at the end. All of the Sorrentino art was stimulating as usual, but I was particularly fond of the Pink Floyd homage. Excited to see what the dream team of Lemire, Sorrentino and Stewart has in store for us the rest of the way.

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  • 10
    omnicitycomics Sep 15, 2021

    Primordial by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino is the comic that fills the void of a particular sub-genre that’s been missing among all of the amazing comic books out. A political thriller with a conspiracy at the heart of it, along the lines of The Department of Truth, but with a focus on the cosmic. A political-cosmic thriller if you will. Set in the 1960s in an alternative universe where events have a slightly different outcome. Richard Nixon defeated John F. Kennedy in the 1960 presidential election — leading to a different path for the space race between the United States and Russia.

    Our main character, Doctor Donald Pembrook arrives at Cape Canaveral in 1961 under the impression that he’s on a top secret mission at more

  • 9.0
    DDJamesB Sep 21, 2021

    For a #1 its a great start. It gets you hooked and thats all I can ask for. Plus the art is super trippy and it makes the book feel really mysterious.

  • 8.5
    Hellblazer Sep 15, 2021

    A quite predictable first half but the ending was unexpected.

  • 7.0
    ComicWorm Sep 15, 2021

    It has some interesting elements, but it falls short of becoming completely engaging. The art style had a distinct look to it. The surprising ending sparked my interest enough to make me eagerly anticipate for the next issue.

  • 7.0
    Gizmo Sep 20, 2021

    The premise is interesting but there's not a lot to go off of yet to make an assessment as a reader.

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