Royal City #1

Writer: Jeff Lemire Artist: Jeff Lemire Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: March 1, 2017 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 32
9.0Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

DOUBLE-SIZED DEBUT ISSUE! NEW ONGOING SERIES written and illustrated by JEFF LEMIRE (DESCENDER, A.D., Sweet Tooth). ROYAL CITY charts the lives, loves, and losses of a troubled family and a vanishing town across three decades. Patrick Pike, a fading literary star who reluctantly returns to the once-thriving factory town where he grew up, is quickly drawn back into the dramas of his two adult siblings, his overbearing mother, and his brow-beaten father, all of whom are still haunted by different versions of his youngest brother, Tommy, who drowned decades ago. ROYAL CITY is a return to the literary and thematic territory of LEMIRE's breakthrou more

  • 10
    All-Comic - Jessica Petrecz Mar 2, 2017

    This is a ballsy book from Lemire. It is a sleeper hit that many could overlook on the comic shelves. There are no iconic super heroes or crazy sci-fi premises to draw in readers, just the name. Please, let that be enough. Trust Lemire enough to know that he can produce a story that will surprise and delight you. You have to give it to Jeff Lemire, the man never stops. This creator has had success with comics like Essex County, Black Hammer, Descender, and even does big superhero titles for DC and Marvel like Moon Knight and Green Arrow. This is a passion project, which is saying something because of all his time in this business he still has passion for what he does and can step out of his comfort zone is refreshing. Read this book, and do yourself a favor and read until the very last page. Lemire includes a few extras in the last few pages which includes a personal essay that really is a cherry on top of this sundae of a comic. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicWow!TV - Huck Talwar Mar 7, 2017

    This series is all Lemire's. He controls it all, and is able to do whatever he wants, creatively, to give us a work of art that is truly his own. Aside from his work on Hawkeye, X-Men, Wolverine, and Moon Knight, Lemire is showing us a lot of talent here. This is a really enthralling issue that is bound to get your attention and never let it go. For your own good, visit your local comic book shop and give this a read. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Chad Rice Mar 2, 2017

    If you love comics, you should be reading this book. If you love television, you should be reading this book. Its only March and I think this will be the book of 2017. Also, the book has an awesome Spotify playlist. Just saying. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Mar 13, 2017

    Royal City isnt a beat em up superhero battle, or a space faring sci-fi adventure. Its the story of a family torn apart by tragedy, and how another tragedy is bringing them together once more, whether its for better or worse. Royal City should be on your must read list, if even to give the first issue a shot. After this book, you will no doubt be hooked. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - stephengervais Mar 1, 2017

    This was an excellent story. I didn't know what to expect, but I should have known when I saw that this was a Jeff Lemire book. Lemire is a master storyteller and is may just be the best person in comics for putting together an engaging page turning story. Lemire's art style can be a little jarring at first, but it works for his stories. It's unique and instantly recognizable as Lemire. This is a great book with a beautifully constructed story. Don't you dare miss it! 10/10 Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Comicsverse - Alex Bisignaro Mar 2, 2017

    ROYAL CITY #1 by Jeff Lemire is a heavy start to what's hopefully going to be a long and prosperous series. This issue focuses heavily on characterizing the Pike family, and the art Lemire produces alongside his fantastic dialogue is raw and emotional. Definitely give this series a shot. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Lune Mar 2, 2017

    An intimate and affecting character study showcasing Jeff Lemire at his finest. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Feb 28, 2017

    Viola Davis' now famous speech from the 2017 Oscars stated, “I became an artist and thank God I did because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life." Jeff Lemire's Royal City is exemplary of this celebration of life and by the end of this issue you'll be wagering all of these characters are real. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Doom Rocket - Courtney Ryan Mar 7, 2017

    Royal City #1 is a promising opening to a series that seems set to develop the very real burdens of trauma. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Jeff Lake Mar 2, 2017

    Complex, personal, and double sized to boot, this is an excellent start to a promising series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Mar 4, 2017

    Royal City gives a lot for a first issue. Some amazing characterization and emotional story telling told in such a small time makes it easy to become quickly attached. The only problem is I could see it not being for everyone and could possibly be seen as divisive. In a medium that is usually filled with genre work something a little more realistic can easily be seen boring. Though, I contest it is so much more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Mar 1, 2017

    'Royal City' is great storytelling with nary a cape, a gun, or a monster in sight. It stands all on its own even if didn't offer mild subtle fantasy elements. Admittedly, it won't be for everyone. It's a serious immersion in the lives of these characters and you'll become invested if you want to but not everyone will appreciate a passionate piece of work like this. 'Royal City' is the class of comic book storytelling. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Jonathan Edwards Mar 1, 2017

    If it isn't already obvious, let me be frank. I'm on board with this series, and it would take some substantial missteps to change my mind. As far as recommendations go, I'd say this is just worth checking out. I'm sure there'll be people who don't dig it, but this is shaping up to be a substantial story that I think you'd be remiss to not at least give a shot. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Chase Magnett Mar 3, 2017

    This is a comic that addresses the ghosts of our lives in a somewhat literal fashion. The various appearances of one character establish what is happening to readers before the final page states the obvious, and this is to increase the effect of realization. Whether it as metaphor or literal haunting, the presentation of one family member is incredibly effective. It is the exploration of this idea, just established as a visual concept here, that will raise Royal City or fail it by not fulfilling its promise. In either case, Lemire is engaged with the work at hand and is trying to rediscover the spirit of previous work like Essex County. Royal City #1 is a mixed bag of elements that land or fail to, but it has potential to rise above the latter. Read Full Review

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