Redlands #1

Writer: Jordie Bellaire, Vanesa Del Rey Artist: Jordie Bellaire Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: August 9, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 33 User Reviews: 20
8.7Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

A brand-new horror book from the minds of Eisner Award-winner JORDIE BELLAIRE (PRETTY DEADLY, Vision, Batman) and critically acclaimed artist VANESA R. DEL REY (ZERO, Scarlet
Witch, Constantine) brings you to the sleepy, sunny town of Redlands, Florida. The police are failing to maintain control of their old-fashioned town, and a coven of killer witches plan to take everything from them. This summer, hide your bibles.

  • 10
    Geek-O-Rama - Lucas Aug 18, 2017

    Ultimately, Redlands might be a bit too dark for some people. It's definitely aiming for a specific style and aesthetic, and for the people who enjoy that style, it hits the bullseye directly. For fans of horror or southern-gothic, this is the comic for you. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Daniel Gehen Aug 15, 2017

    Tautly scripted and wonderfully illustrated, Redlands #1 is a near-perfect debut issue. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Nerdist - Benjamin Bailey Jul 18, 2017

    Horror fans need to pay attention to Redlands. Hell, everybody needs to pay attention to Redlands"it's freaking fantastic any way you cut it. Add this book to your pull list right away. You don't want to miss the darkness that is unfolding here. Trust us. Read Full Review

  • 10
    PopCultHQ - Joshua Winchester Aug 11, 2017

    This comic is frightening! It's pure horror genius! Bellaire, Del Rey and Cowles are the perfect trio working in concert to bring this fright fest of a series to life. Readers will keep turning the pages to find out what happens next but at the same time they will be filled with fear because of what could happen next. Even though this series is an original creation, it smacks of the classic horror/monster comics of the 1950s and 1970s. It is sure to become a fast favorite for all who pick it up. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicsverse - Chris Galvin Jul 11, 2017

    Everything begins with a burst of flame and descends into madness from there. A skin-crawlingly satisfying first issue. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Impulse Gamer - Dana Folkard Jun 29, 2017

    Redlands #1 is everything I hoped and more. From the very first page, I was hooked. I was immersed in a world of brutality, murder and dark magic. I'm looking forward to discovering more about these mysterious witches, and why they've decided to take over Redlands with such ruthless force. This is a story that will appeal to those who love a good horror story with a mysterious and uncertain path, that delivers equal amounts of adrenaline and moody atmosphere. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Jul 3, 2017

    Over the past few years we've seen various monsters get their day in the sun.  Zombies, werewolves, and vampires have all had time to shine.  Now it's the witches' turn.  Redlands puts them squarely on the top of the food chain.  This is an impressive, terrifying comic that will grab you from page one and never let go.  It is brilliantly paced with non-stop scares.  Do yourself a favor and buy this book. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Black Nerd Problems - Jordan Calhoun Aug 9, 2017

    Artistically, the frenetic style fits well and is reminiscent of similar horror comics like Gotham by Midnight or Sons of the Devil, the latter that particularly left a hole my horror review list that needed to be filled. I had to read it twice to truly appreciate it, but if Redlands builds from the writing we see here, it will do the trick. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Anthony Composto Jul 20, 2017

    I'll say it again, Florida is a scary place. We have freaking dinosaurs swimming in our lakes. But even scarier is the hate and evil that flows so freely from one person to another.Redlandsshows us that we need to get our shit together, otherwise we might be facing a cleansing ourselves sooner than later. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Aug 7, 2017

    Suspenseful and scary, this is a great first issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Aug 9, 2017

    It's been quite some time that a first issue has gotten this excited and this eager to continue. reading. Packed with action and shy of uninteresting exposition, Redlands brings the blood and promises to thrill for issues to come. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Aug 9, 2017

    It actually almost feels more like a prologue than a first issue – a tense, memorable introduction to the witches themselves as they make their presence felt at the expense of the utterly dislikeable Redlands police officers. And while this opening chapter only vaguely hints at the promise to come once the witches actually take over the town, as emphatic statements of intent go, youre really not going to find much better. Scintillating stuff, and a new series that comes highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Aug 9, 2017

    Just as it began, the first issue of Redlands defies expectation and leaves us with a cliffhanger. The traditional siege story would reach its climax with the events depicted in this book. Bellaire and Del Rey choose to start their story here, and where it goes now is anyone’s guess. A gripping start to what looks set to be a bold and topical new series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Jun 27, 2017

    The story unfolds in real time. We learn only what we need to, which leaves plenty of room for surprises. Redlands loves surprises. It's methodical. It's diabolical. It's terrific. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jul 11, 2017

    Along with the art, Clayton Cowles‘ lettering plays a fantastic role in giving us a grit about what's spoken but the inclusion of interesting angles for gun blasts and noises creates a sense of motion for the action. One particular scene with a “slam” written out, that sound's lettering is presented in a way that's fresh and helps drive where the action is taking place adding to the flow of movement presented. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Outright Geekery - Ben Snyder Jul 13, 2017

    Redlands #1 is horrifying. It's also amazing and should be on everyone's list of new books to read for the upcoming future. Hopefully though more information will be explained and the reader will not be left in the dark as much- because it is very scary in there. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Lune Aug 10, 2017

    Tense, unrelenting, genuinely scary, Redlands grabs you and threatens to never let you go. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Corps - Tim Montoya Jun 29, 2017

    Redlands kicks off with a bang and delivers some great visuals along the way. A new horror title from Jordie Bellaire and Vanesa R. Del Ray take you into the south for a war to control Redlands. Between the police and witches of course. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Pastrami Nation - Amie Macias Jul 16, 2017

    Mystery, power struggles, witchcraft, and strong female characters make Redlands #1 a must read. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Capeless Crusader - Jeremy Radick Aug 8, 2017

    Redlands #1 is an assured and compelling debut issue, despite the fact that the issue serves more as cold open or prologue to the story to come, I think. It's a bold way to begin the story to be sure, but Redlands #1 winds up being one of the most intense and effective openings to a horror series in recent memory despite a couple of minor flaws. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Aug 9, 2017

    Redlands is not a book you want to sleep on. Hiding your bibles seems like an understatement when you see exactly how this coven of killer witches do take everything from the so-called people who run this town. This creative team struck gold finding a twist to horror that you aren't seeing anywhere else on shelves right now. Redlands is not witches cowering from the world around them or thinking not existing is a means of survival, they are the wave of change and order. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Jul 13, 2017

    If you can't tell, I'm not hot on the South, but I'm hot on this book. It's honestly been some time since there was a new Image title that I was looking forward to reading more, but Redlands broke that drought. If you're into horror, witches or even the goddamn South, then definitely check out Redlands. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - John McCubbin Jun 25, 2017

    Redlands #1 is probably one of the most intense debut issues that I've read in a long time, with the genuine sense of threat being ever present throughout both Bellaire‘s script and Del Rey‘s art. During this, the creative team also do a tremendous job of setting up the premise, with the mysterious overtone and vivid dialogue building tremendous atmosphere throughout. Given all this, I highly recommend giving this comic a try come August 9th. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Aug 7, 2017

    'Redlands' blasts onto the scene with a mean streak and chills to spare. Bellaire and Del Rey make a potent team with a tale of vengeful witches in a god-forsaken city. The story consumes you from page one and doesn't let you go. It challenges you to identify who the true monsters are among us. 'Redlands' is a sure bet and required reading this week.  Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Milo Milton Jefferies Aug 17, 2017

    There is plenty of promise for Redlandsto become a must-read if it isn't already and there's enough here for the series to quickly become a staple on the monthly pull-list of comics fans going forward. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joe Glass Aug 13, 2017

    Redlands is a brave and committed start to a tale of horror and rebellion that will keep you hooked and show you where that rebellion can lead. A powerful start to a great new series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Christopher Rodriguez Aug 8, 2017

    More action than expected for this horror comic book and there is enough mystery and intrigue that will hook you back in for a second issue. There is no denying that this beautifully drawn comic series has a ton of potential. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Jun 29, 2017

    Books like this are not usually my cup of tea as I do feel that the whole horror genre suffers greatly from a lack of real surprises. Maybe I am just jaded. Still, that said, I think I will definitely be keeping an eye out for this book and subsequent issues to see if Bellaire and Del Rey can build on a such a solid first issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    IGN - Tara Giovannini Aug 10, 2017

    If, like me, you can't get enough of horror comics, Redlands is definitely one to check out. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    NerdEnt.Net - Flame Hawk Aug 9, 2017

    Redlands is what the horror genre of comics should be. Bellaire includes graphic art full of gore and grit befitting of the monster invasion. However, there is so little information about what is going on it forces readers to speculate. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    We The Nerdy - Thomas James Juretus Jun 23, 2017

    Redlands opens with a fast paced book, one that poses many questions but offers little to no answers. This first issue seeks to hook the reader through a dire situation instead of a character, and to a great point succeeds in doing so. The sketchy artwork may seem sloppy at first glance, but it works with the chaos unfolding, and is further enhanced by some great coloring. We've seen witches before in comics (notably from Greg Rucka in Black Magick and Scott Snyder in Wytches), and we'll just have to see how Bellaire and Del Rey set there witches apart and make them unique enough to help this title stand out. As it is, the book is a solid debut, with Bellaire and Del Rey making a solid creative team, and has my interest enough to make me see what will come next. It will just remain to be seen if it attracts enough of an audience to help future issues sell. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Nerdophiles - Jackson Adams Aug 9, 2017

    Redlands #1 feels like a first issue in a lot of ways, both as the debut of a new story and a first major writing job for Bellaire. It's a debut full of enticing moments and exciting sequences but the connecting tissue between those scenes just isn't quite there. That's a problem that could right itself as the series' central thesis crystalizes. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Aug 8, 2017

    Fans of these artists may enjoy Redlands #1 for the visuals alone. Horror enthusiasts may be willing to forgive this prosaic opening for the promise of something different in future issues. Everyone else, I fear, will find little reason to pick up Redlands #2. Read Full Review

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