Romulus #1

Writer: Bryan Hill Artist: Nelson Blake Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: October 5, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 7
7.8Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

Our world isn't free. All of us, for generations, have lived under the secret control of The Ancient Order of Romulus. One young woman, raised by them, trained by them, betrayed by them, must push through her fear to take a stand against the silent evil that masters our world. Her name is Ashlar, and her war begins with the brutal first chapter of the new Image series ROMULUS, from writer BRYAN HILL (POSTAL) and artist NELSON BLAKE II (MAGDELENA).

  • 10
    Horror Talk - James Ferguson Oct 18, 2016

    Romulus has a perfect opening issue.  It seamlessly introduces you to this world and the main character in a way that makes it feel like you've seen them for years.  The puppet masters are still hidden, but I'm sure they won't be for long with Ashlar out there.  This definitely lives up to the description of "Buffy vs. the Illuminati." Read Full Review

  • 10
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Sep 27, 2016

    There's a reason Hill and Blake were so anxious to get 'Romulus' released and on October 5th you'll be able to get your hands on it. It's a freight train of entertainment that will leave you wanting more. It's a tried and true formula of a trained assassin fighting against enormous odds. It's off to a fantastic start and already belongs in the same breath as Greg Rucka's Lazarus and Ed Brubaker's Velvet. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    Black Nerd Problems - Omar Holmon Oct 11, 2016

    Yeah, this book right here is getting recommended quite highly from me, ain't no doubt about that shit. I'm really excited to see what this creative team can do with this character. I'm also looking forward to more bars" Wait till you see the shit she says about her sword, yo. I'ma end this review but I'm just trying to point out that sword line goes hard. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Oct 4, 2016

    “What we are cannot be built. Or owned. Or sold.” There’s a spirit of tenacity and strength of Romulus, and while its influences seem easy to spot, you’d be hard-pressed to argue that this creative team didn’t at least pick fantastic talents to emulate. Where this book stumbles a bit is when it’s stepping into uncharted territory, of solidifying its particular modus operandi and mythology, of imbuing the Order of Romulus with that certain spark that will galvanize the whole enterprise. Thankfully, Hill, Nelson and Peteri have only delivered their first issue, and they have plenty of time to fully flesh out the whys and wherefores behind Ashlar’s crusade. But as far as debuts go, Romulus provides a slick and stylish introduction that’s sure to have readers coming back for more. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Marco Piva Oct 11, 2016

    Of course, this being the first issue of the series, there's still much more that has to be said and seen before we can judge Romulus, but it's already clear that this will be an interesting story: already in this number one there are several scenes that suggest that we'll see lots of action, lots of irony but also quite some deep reflections on the state of the world. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - Nick Nafpliotis Sep 17, 2016

    Wake up, sheeple. Ashlar is going to save you from a death you didn't even know was coming"or at least lead you on a bloody good quest for answers you may not want to know. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Comicsverse - Madeleine Slade Oct 8, 2016

    In general, I think ROMULUS #1 tackles a lot of intriguing themes. Already, it touches on dehumanization, brainwashing, and trauma, but it could go way further. Hopefully, future editions will flesh out our protagonist and demonstrate, both visually and in terms of characterization, why exactly this evil organization is so toxic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Matthew Strackbein Sep 13, 2016

    This book really is about facing grim circumstances and making selfless, yet honorable decisions. But it's also packed full of the things that comics fans love. You won't be disappointed with this first issue and you'll surely want to read more. Bryan Hill and Nelson Blake II are making an exciting book that is nothing short of cool. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Ian B Oct 5, 2016

    Ultimately, while this series doesn't seem like it would be for me, it's clear that the quality is there for it to be for someone else. Most of my issues with the book were minor concerns that can easily be fixed with a little better fleshing out of characters in future issues and a little more concern for making scenes look cool without making them look absurd. If you're in the mood for something new, and are a fan of martial arts style action with a hint at some greater conspiracy looming in the background, go ahead and try it, it's easily something that I could see a lot of people enjoying. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Slackjaw Punks - Iron Squid Oct 5, 2016

    I give Romulus an indifferent rating, maybe issue 2 and 3 will give us a lot more of a kick in the face and become a great read. Other then that, I'll pass on this one… Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Big Comic Page - John Wallace Oct 4, 2016

    This is a solid first issue. The concept is appealing, especially in this era of conspiracy and cover up. The story flies along and doesnt really go wrong at any point, however it does suffer from the problem that many comics have when they introduce a new mythos, balance. The balance between exposition, character development and action can be quite hard to find, and this issue leans quite heavily on exposition and action. That does however mean that there is a lot of room do explore Ashlar beyond her initial motivations in future issues. Im not hooked, not yet, but I'm close. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Geek-O-Rama - David Doub Oct 12, 2016

    What keeps me from just hating this book is the art. The art is beautiful. Its simple and slick with an under layer of fine detail. Also, since the lead of the book focus on female, the artist draws ladies very well without using the crutch of oversexualizing them. His action has a smooth fluidity to it that draws the eye very easily. The art is what makes the book. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Flickering Myth - Rachel Bellwoar Sep 21, 2016

    Whether or not you might wish thebackstorycovered was less expansive, it does get alot of the grunt explanation out of the way, leaving the second half of the first issue entirely devoted to an interesting present day. With Ashlar's new goal being revenge on Romulus (a page depicting the methods they employed to destroy the Wolvesensuringyou understand why), will her continued use of their same methods of murder allow her to find the vengeance she seeks? Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Crusaders - Dusty Good Oct 5, 2016

    Unlikable lead heroine, stale plot, and no heart take all the wind out of the sails of this new series before it has even had a chance to launch. On the bright side, at least what is there is pretty to look at, but that's not enough to give this one a passing grade. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Geek-O-Rama - Rick Dec 2, 2016

    To conclude: pretty good art, really bad writing. I feel sorry for everybody involved; Image doesnt seem to care that much about this series. Why should we? Read Full Review

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