Rumble #1

Rumble #1

Writer: John Arcudi Artist: James Harren Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: December 17, 2014 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 24 User Reviews: 15
8.3Critic Rating
7.7User Rating

Okay, so a scarecrow walks into a bar...and proceeds to wreak havoc across two worlds! After a long absence, Rathraq, Scarecrow Warrior God, is back-and very unhappy. Bad news for his old enemies, yes, but worse news for everybody else! JOHN ARCUDI and JAMES HARREN bring you a modern day action/adventure fantasy thriller where rundown dive bars, undead kitty cats, psycho skinheads, and giant mummies all play a part. It's Louis C.K. meets Robert E. Howard in a David Fincher universe.

  • 10
    Horror Talk - James Ferguson Dec 17, 2014

    There are still many unanswered questions in Rumble, but this was one helluva debut issue. The action is exciting. The characters are fun and a little weird. The monsters are terrifying. This is a darker and slightly humorous take on the fantasy action / adventure story. Arcudi and Harren make it their own and do a tremendous job with it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    All-Comic - Ian Stephen Dec 15, 2014

    Rumble‘s first issue was an exceedingly gratifying read. Plenty of action and intrigue to attract even casual readers. Rumble still has plenty yet to reveal with its story, but this was a wonderful way to start off on the right foot. This first issue of Rumble had me sold and I'm looking forward to reading more and seeing where these creators take us. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Rhymes With Geek - Wesley Messer Dec 16, 2014

    Do give Rumble #1 a shot and embrace the insanity that lies within, I promise you'll have a good time. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Tres Dean Dec 17, 2014

    It's distinct, weird, and kinetic in a way that few artists today can touch. It's difficult to say what the book is about or where it's going, and this seems very intentional. Rumble is unpredictable. And that's a good thing. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - Russ Whiting Dec 17, 2014

    We've been given only breadcrumbs so far, but Rumble #1 has me hungry for the next course. A good (though purposely vague) first issue for what should be a series to closely watch in the next few months. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - Chase Magnett Dec 15, 2014

    The truth is I have no idea what to expect next in Rumble. Theres no clear way forward for this story because it has the ability to go almost anywhere. Every character introduced in Rumble #1 could be killed in Rumble #2 and the series would be able to move forward with ease. It is a landscape made for exploring where each aspect of can be relished in its depiction. This is a comic that loves being a comic. Arcudi, Harren, and Stewart arent trying to create a storyboard to be picked up for television or movies; theyre just making the best damn comic book that they can. They are invested in making the most of their chosen medium in order to create something unique. Rumble is kinetic, visceral and impactful, a pure comics experience. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Myke Ladiona Dec 23, 2014

    The traits of the human characters in the book are universal enough to be recognizable to the average person, but specific enough to feel like actual people. That human element is the perfect balance to the strange beings that have awakened in that world and Arcudi does a great job at providing the perfect amount of world-exposition through the character's various reactions to what is happening to them. While there might not be a lot to say about what the story ofRumble will eventually grow into, it's very apparent that the narrative is in very competent hands. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Infinite Comix - Jamie Heron Dec 20, 2014

    In perhaps the single best debut of the year, Rumble's creative team have done a wonderful job of introducing the world and characters and setting up the central mystery of who (or what) that shadowy figure on the cover is, and what he wants. Around him they've arrayed an eclectic cast of characters who promise to every bit as interesting as the deranged world which they inhabit. Rumble promises to be a wonderful journey and this first issue has handily delivered on that promise. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Adam Cadmon Dec 16, 2014

    Rumble is shaping up to be one of, if not the, standout title of the coming New Year. Pick it up and enjoy. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Dec 18, 2014

    There is still a healthy sense of mystery to this world, but there is nothing confusing or unclear about what we see happening " sure, we don't know why there are (seemingly) demons and the supernatural present, but no one else does either. Everyone in the book seems to approach the world with a certain sense of skepticism or defeatism; there is no certainty anywhere here (except that Mr. Cogan's tab hasn't been paid in a very long time). After reading the issue a few times, all I'm certain of is that I want to read more. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    We The Nerdy - Josh McCullough Dec 17, 2014

    The story is a little light but still has a lot of humours moments and enough fun that it can stand alongside the beautiful art. Its pretty hard to tell where the story is going from here, but I did find myself laughing at a lot of the lines and found the main character likeable enough that I cared about him and the story. Itll take at least another issue to see where the story is going, but right now its entertaining enough, but its clear the art is the main drawn. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Unleash The Fanboy - Max Delgado Dec 16, 2014

    Overall, Rumble #1 offers an enjoyable introduction to what promises to be a strange and quirky title. Go grab this thing today. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Lost Lighthouse - thelostlighthouse Dec 18, 2014

    This is a great start to a new series, and I am really looking forward to finding out more about Rathraq and this world. Check this out at your LCS or online. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Doom Rocket - Molly Jane Kremer Dec 23, 2014

    The comic mainly follows a bartender named Bobby who gets dragged into a mysterious (and seemingly magical) conflict after a hulking scarecrow-dude with an even bigger sword (and I do mean big " like anime-sword big) comes after a patron. It mostly takes place within the backdrop of a deliciously derelict urban landscape, and Dave Stewart's colors imbue the unnamed city with a grimy, sooty darkness, while giving the fight scenes splashes of brightness for an added oomph. While the who's and why's aren't exactly clear yet, we can excuse the aura of mystery surrounding this premiere issue. As the series continues with the promise of more of Harren and Stewart's explosively great art, Rumble #1 certainly has this reader hooked. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Dec 16, 2014

    Maybe Rumble is more like its titular scarecrow - speak softly and carry a big-ass sword. We might not get a lot of information on the characters or the overarching story yet, but Arcudi bets - and I'd argue, bets correctly - that the sheer power of James Harren will keep us coming back for more. Rumble is likely one of the best-looking books Image has put out in quite some time - only time will tell if the story behind the pretty pictures will prove to be as engaging. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Samantha Roehrig Dec 17, 2014

    The first issue of Rumble is well-rounded and delivers on all ends. I hope that Bobby can stay with us, but I don't know if this will be a comic where we follow different main characters or if Bobby will always be in the mix of things. I think him staying would be an advantage, but maybe he needs a sidekick or two. So Rumble keep this up, because readers will get hooked on the mystery surrounding this town. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Front Towards Gamer - Lido Dec 20, 2014

    Rumble #1 is easily one of the most interesting approaches to comics I've seen in quite some time. Swaps out the usual emphasis on character and plot for a unique vibe that hinges entirely on the strength of the artwork and colors to convey the creator's unique vision. It's a comic that stays with you after you've read it. Echoes of a dream that persist long after you've woken up and make you want to return as soon as possible. Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Shaun Ketchion Dec 20, 2014

    Rumble#1 offers an original concept and and a possibly iconic new character to the Horror-Comic genre. Equally fun, terrifying and funny, this first issue shows a lot of potential for an on-going series. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Coming Up Comics - David Melton Dec 16, 2014

    I can't wait until the smoke of the city clears and we begin to find out more about these characters. Should be a fun ride no matter what. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comicosity - J.A. Micheline Dec 17, 2014

    At the end of the day, I can genuinely say that I am looking forward to whats coming in issue #2. Were left at a good cliffhanger and the premise of the comic is interesting enough that I want to keep reading to find out what issue #1 largely failed to tell me. Whats more, the art is eye-catching enough that Im in the very rare position of not really caring that the narrative wasnt exactly what I wanted to be. While Rumble #1 itself didnt deliver an amazing start, the art and the premise are enough to make me look forward to whats in store for next month. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Matt Little Dec 18, 2014

    There are enough interesting elements introduced in this first issue that readers will most likely return for another chapter. It is a little frustrating to have characters introduced and not even have a name or description for them, as that happens quite a few times in this story. Once or twice in an opening issue is fine, but when the unnamed characters come close to outnumbering the ones with names that can be confusing, but this is a creative team in which to keep the faith. The way each tangential interlude is ended makes it clear to the reader that this is something that will be important later. This is a veteran team who have proven that they know how to handle the weird mixed with the normal on "B.P.R.D." and there's no reason to think they haven lost a step here. If anything, this work feels assured and confident, ready to take readers on a crazy thrill-ride. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Chris Romero Dec 19, 2014

    Along with the creepy artwork of David Stewart, the creators have successfully cooked up an intriguing enough story to make me want to check out its follow up chapter. It's too soon to say that Rumble will blow your mind, but it's off to a pretty strong start. Read Full Review

  • 6.3
    The Latest Pull - Nicholas Turner Dec 17, 2014

    Rumble's first issue may have fumbled in its attempt to entice people into its universe, but it would be foolish to give up on it so soon. The book's art team alone is a captivating reason to jump on this series and given the chance, John Arcudi may just reveal the true potential hidden in the series. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Big Comic Page - Hazel Hay Dec 17, 2014

    The only darkness is the storyline as this comic bursts with city glow. Imagine Las Vegas only not so colourful. This urban landscape is always lit with a warm eerie glow, casting shadows for the reaper to hide. The cast are quirky and bizarre. Rumble looks like its going to be fun. Read Full Review

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