Punks: The Comic #1

Punks: The Comic #1

Writer: Joshua Hale Fialkov Artist: Kody Chamberlain Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: October 8, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 2
7.8Critic Rating
6.0User Rating

Dog, Skull, Fist, and Abe Lincoln live in a house, beat the #### out of each other, and frequently humiliate themselves. There is bleeding and sadness; Morrissey would likely approve.

The cult hit comedy returns with new stories and a classic in the back. From Eisner/Harvey nominees JOSHUA HALE FIALKOV (The Bunker, I, Vampire) and KODY CHAMBERLAIN (SWEETS, The Ride).

Exclusive Variant cover by Eisner Award Winner ROB GUILLORY.

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - James Anders II Oct 8, 2014

    Now I don't think everybody will dig on this comic as much as I did. It has nothing super heroic about it. Well Skull can shoot fireballs and Dog can kill gnomes with the best, but their powers are not about saving others. They could give two shits about it and that is fine by me. These Punks are super and entertaining in a way that I have not been entertained by a comic in some while. I thoroughly applaud Image for taking it on and I thoroughly applaud Fialkov and Chamberlin for continuing something magical and sick, terrific and twisted, as well as something demented and divine. This may be the most fun you can have this month without being arrested for it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Eric Bridges Oct 7, 2014

    Punks #1 is a great jumping off point for a weirdly great comic. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Edward Kaye Oct 9, 2014

    Those familiar with the original series will find lots to love here, while those who only know Fialkov's more serious work will be baffled, but highly amused. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Oct 6, 2014

    Punks: The Comic relentlessly mocks itself and everything around it. It's nihilistic, but in a way that bears more resemblance to the punks in The Big Lebowski than A Clockwork Orange. It puts on a face of apathy in order to mask the desires and concerns of its creators. Fialkov and Chamberlain have created a comic that doesn't seem care, even when it has something worthwhile to impart. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Leroy Douresseaux Oct 25, 2014

    Comics / Comic Reviews / More Comics Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Coming Up Comics - David Melton Oct 7, 2014

    Despite being completely ridiculous and a lot of fun, Punks is, above all, smart. A triumphant and hilarious return that will leave readers dying for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Oct 8, 2014

    This is a bizarre but very amusing book. Like the similarly bizarre God Hates Astronauts, this series threatens to wear out its welcome at times. But the way Fialkov divides the story helps keep the humor fresh for a bit longer. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Dan Pennacchia Oct 9, 2014

    It is important to recognize that, as much as this book is informal and unapologetic, that it is not without an intelligent approach. Sure, anyone can cut together images and throw crude dialogue on the page and call it a rebellious publication. Likely though, it isnt going to work as well as this does. Punks: The Comic is a great return to the books origins and, for new readers, an introduction into a hilarious and rude world. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Oct 8, 2014

    PUNKS is something hard to wrap your head around because it's so different from everything else on the shelves. The book is a bit silly but a lot of fun. The biggest thing holding the issue back is that it's not an atypical comic and that may turn people off to it. However, the sense of humor, the weirdness, and the overall concept are pretty fantastic, and if you're looking for something different, you should check this book out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Ben Penfold-Marwick Oct 7, 2014

    This has the humour and feel of a Young Ones episode, mixed with the Xeroxed aesthetics of a punk 'zine and the animations of Terry Gilliam. It's crazy stuff, crammed with knowing humour and a bazillion pop culture references. If the cover appeals to you, the innards will also. Punks: The Comic is heaps of fun. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Oct 7, 2014

    The beauty of Punks is that it doesn't take itself seriously. There's a story called "Depression" with a very quick reference to Morrissey, because of course there is. At one point, Abraham Lincoln straight-up tells the reader that the next story will be split in two just so that they have to buy the second issue, a hilarious nod to the way comics are traditionally formatted - and this one is clearly anything but. Image Comics has always been standing in front of the rest of the comic book industry shouting "Let creators do what they want and it'll work out." Punks is an obvious testament to that. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Morven MacAskill Oct 11, 2014

    Surreal and hilarious Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Oct 10, 2014

    "Punks" is like no other comic on the stands, and whether that fact sounds appealing or repulsive will determine how you feel about it. The book is not illustrated in a traditional way " Chamberlain makes the book like he was making a 'zine " photocopies, X-acto knives, scotch tape, more photocopies. Because of that aesthetic, the book reads quite differently than any other comic you'll pick up this week. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Graphic Policy - Michael Richter Oct 9, 2014

    Undoubtedly, Fialkov and Chamberlain are vastly creative; they created a fascinating world. Punks is refreshing, in that it does not take itself seriously. It is not a groundbreaking comic book nor is it memorable. Nonetheless, it serves its purpose. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Matt Little Oct 8, 2014

    "Punks" is a sandbox in which its creators can play and get dirty in any way they see fit. It's comics for release, not looking to convey any type of message or do anything more than to simply entertain with words and pictures. It's a silly ride in the moment that is over the moment the back cover is closed. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Major Spoilers - Chris Wilson Oct 12, 2014

    I'm not sure whether I can recommend Punks: The Comics #1. It isn't about anything, and story is almost nonexistent. I know I enjoyed most of the book but it's so off the wall bizarre I don't know who it's aiming for. Clearly Fialkov and Chamberlain are loving every minute of its creation, but it reads like a fever dream. It's like nothing on the stands that's for sure, and Image is the perfect home for it. If you like weird humor and spot it on the racks, flip through it. If you're the right kind of crazy you'll be in for a treat. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Capeless Crusader - Lindsey Bass Oct 7, 2014

    Im still unsure of whether or not this is supposed to be one cohesive story or mini stories within one book. I read through this issue several times and I still have very little idea of whats going on. I think its safe to say I wont continue reading this book. Who would I even recommend this too? Really, the only reason for anyone to pick up this book is for the novelty aspect of it. People will pick it up because of the names attached or because its something different. Nothing about this book screams “punk” to me. I feel like the characters could be any group of male friends, regardless of the counter-culture they may or may not belong too. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Soyner Oct 8, 2014

    If you like this type of comedy (Feels very British. Almost like a comic version of the show The Young Ones) you'll probably really enjoy this book. BUT if you don't like it there really aren't many redeeming qualities to make this worth a purchase. The art style is very fun and creative but again it all gets a little old if you don't like random, oddball comedy.

  • 5.0
    Cosmic Ray Nov 16, 2014


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