Red One #1

Red One #1

Writer: Xavier Dorison Artist: Rachel Dodson, Terry Dodson Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: March 18, 2015 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 7
6.9Critic Rating
6.5User Rating

What happens when America's greatest a Russian Spy? Soviet Agent Vera Yelnikov is sent to 1977 Los Angeles by the Kremlin to become an American Superhero and spread communist values in the land of Uncle Sam in a funky superhero romp straight out of a Tarantino film by TERRY & RACHEL DODSON (Uncanny X-Men, Wonder Woman, Spider- Man, Harley Quinn) and XAVIER DORISON (Long John Silver, The Third Testament).

  • 10
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Shaun Ketchion Mar 17, 2015

    A very strong first issue with a intriguing story and near flawless artwork. Red One is fresh breath in both Image's long publishing line and the comic market. Pick this up if you can on Wednesday at your LCS. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Outright Geekery - Akadavid Mar 21, 2015

    Red One is the first comic series of 2015 that could be a surprise hit. I think it's definitely worth picking up copy. Red One has a lot going for it, a great story and stellar artwork. The book is genuinely fun. I'm already looking forward to the second issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    Florida Geek Scene - Raisa May 27, 2015

    I would be insane to say anything negative about the art. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Terry and Rachel Dodson's art. The couple beautifully portrays vintage Californian scenes and somehow makes Vera sexy without being sexualized. I am currently reading Marvel's Princess Leia series, which also features Terry Dodson's art and I can't say that his art doesn't perfectly fit the book. I would not have picked anyone else to have drawn either comic. Red One will most certainly be added to my pull list. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Mar 22, 2015

    Sensational debut issue that's a 32 page steal for only $2.99. Get one while you can, because MotherRussia wants you to. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    We The Nerdy - Chad Waller Mar 20, 2015

    Red One is off to a fantastic start on every front imaginable. Here is a comic with something to say, and honestly, picturing our consumerist culture from the eyes of a poor communist is a shocking experience. We as a society need more works of art like this, because whether you agree or not isn't the point as long as you're prompted to step back and think about something more than vapid explosions and sex appeal. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Graphic Policy - Edward Wendt Mar 17, 2015

    If it sounds to be a bizarre premise it's because it is, and while it seems like it wouldn't work, it strangely works pretty fluidly. It is the super soldier program that birthed the Black Widow combined with Boogie Night wrapped in a costume that looks like a female Evil Knievel. The story takes most of the first issue to set up the complex story, but once it gets there it starts to run smoothly, specifically in its meta-take on the superhero genre, referencing Batman and Superman in their role in the American psyche. The concept is maybe far fetched, but the story doesn't attempt to cover this up but rather revels in it. Those that look a little deeper while simultaneously removing their logic cap will probably find a worthy read here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Ross Sweeney Mar 17, 2015

    Overall, Red One is a highly enjoyable slice of pulp fiction that sets up both a likeable stable of characters and an intriguing plot steeped in clandestine intrigue and mystery. Vibrant art, great dialogue and a surprisingly large amount of story crammed into a 30-odd page book make this yetanother addition to Images mass of great titles. Certainly worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Kevin Finnigan Mar 17, 2015

    A different take on superheroes in the Cold War that hooks the reader in fast Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Matt Little Mar 19, 2015

    With a great premise and a confident creative team, "Red One" #1 delivers on all levels after readers get past the opening scene. It's fun and full of great characters that audiences can get behind. This is a book worth checking out. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Mar 3, 2015

    Red One #1 is a good start to what could be an enjoyable series. It has a nice mixture of many different kinds of stories and genres in it that show some potential for fun, while also presenting an enjoyable main character and some great artwork. It's not perfect given, its iffy pacing and minor flubs in areas, but there are some good times to be had here. Give it a shot if this sounds like it'll be up your alley. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Rhymes With Geek - J. Reifler Mar 17, 2015

    Red One is not a perfect first issue but it shows promise. Xavier is writing a slightly complicated tale that may be more than what American comic book readers are expecting. There's multiple story threads introduced right from the start and far more characters than the average comic. While Red One seems to fall back on the cheese factors (seriously, zip that jump suit up!) ultimately the story seems promising. Whether this book will be a hit or a miss is still too soon to tell. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    IGN - Jeff Lake Mar 19, 2015

    On premise alone, Red One appears an interesting read. The story of a Russian spy posing as an American superhero could make for great entertainment, especially with an artist team such as the talented Terry and Rachel Dodson on board. Unfortunately, the execution of said premise doesn't quite measure up, the book's debut stifled by sporadic pacing, unclear dialogue and an underdeveloped (but over endowed) lead. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    GWW - Enrique Rea Mar 20, 2015

    Red One #1 is a very thorough first issue setting up the players and the plot that has the potential to be exciting, fun and sexy. It is good enough, on the Dodson's art alone, to come back for issue two and maybe three if the potential is realized. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Mar 22, 2015

    The first issue of Xavier Dorison and Terry Dodson's certainly has fun with the character of Vera and the reaction of various men to her. I'm more interested in the character and the process of how she is transformed into a super-hero than the the inevitable conflict with the Carpenter (or the questionable undercurrent that anyone who isn't a rabid right wing Republican is actively helping the Soviet agenda). For fans. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    The Latest Pull - Marcus Orchard Mar 18, 2015

    Red One #1 could have been so much more, but fails to accomplish anything it has set out to do. The story is a mess, with unremarkable characters and many failed attempts at jokes. There is still some potential for things to improve, but I don't see how far up this series could go. Feel free to pass on this one, despite the art by the Dodsons. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    ComicBuzz - Aj Davidson Mar 20, 2015

    I actually went in being quite hopeful for Red One to be something better than what I got. First impressions were going ok with some tight and colourful artwork that I at least found inoffensive as they suited the tone for the most part. Besides that I haven't seen a Cold War comic written after the fact in quite some time. Comics of the time had always been coloured by politics like those ghastly commie bashing Captain America days and I can only surmise that this comic is set to maybe try and balance out proceedings by having a Soviet protagonist. While there may be an effort to create a heroine with a more diverse background, it falls flat and gives the comic a creepy sort of nostalgia for the former USSR. Read Full Review

  • 3.5
    Overmental - Matt Overstreet Mar 18, 2015

    When you're not actually digging any deeper than "it's so cool how strong she is and how sexy she is," it's really nothing more than fluff. Which, I guess if you're into that sort of thing, go for it, but personally, I want characters with actual traits and stories that actually move somewhere and say something, rather than carrying on about nothing for 32 pages. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Doom Rocket - Molly Jane Kremer Mar 23, 0015

    The lettering, by the typically great Clayton Cowles, is horrendous. The word balloons are poorly formatted, they don't fit the flow of conversation, and are either far too tiny " containing a paragraph shrunk down to 8pt to fit " or entirely too enormous, threatening to swallow the few words inside of them whole. The art, however, is the Dodsons at their best: It's fun, gorgeous, and well-executed cheesecake. It's just unfortunate that the story they illustrate is dumb, plodding, and marginally offensive. If you choose to muck through all this ghastly verbiage " and I just can't recommend doing so, despite the pretty Dodson art " the visuals will provide little comfort. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comic Bastards - Nick Philpott Mar 18, 2015

    The best I can say about this book is that it's interesting. It's a reverse-James Bond story that never happened, but it unfortunately kept a lot of the tone of the era (viz the Russian mole nerd at the end who's so capable with needle and thread that he created a skintight suit for wank material on purpose). The book can't decide if it wants to be a comedy or an homage, and in doing so, falls between the cracks to be neither. I want to give it 2/5 for the art, but I just can't in good conscience do that. Luckily, the Dodsons are doing great work on Princess Leia right now, and this comic book equivalent of a dick joke will be over soon. Read Full Review

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