Secret Identities #1
Prev Series

Secret Identities #1

Writer: Brian Joines, Jay Faerber Artist: Ilias Kyriazis, Charlie Kirchoff Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: February 18, 2015 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 29 User Reviews: 9
7.9Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

The supergroup known as The Front Line have just invited new hero Crosswind to join them. But what they don't know is that Crosswind is a mole, sent to learn all their secrets. And the Front Line have LOTS of secrets.

Writers BRIAN JOINES and JAY FAERBER and the stunning art team of ILIAS KYRIAZIS and CHARLIE KIRCHOFF bring you classic super-team action and intrigue for the 21st century.

Behind every mask is a secret...

  • 10
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Feb 18, 2015

    By the end of "Secret Identities" #1, the creative team realizes the readers might be getting a little pruny in the deep end, so they drain the pool out from underneath them. The last page reveal is a surprise but, when the reader hits that point in the comic, they've already processed a couple other surprises. Faerber, Joines, Kyriazis, Kirchoff and Dukeshire make sure "Secret Identities" #1 brings everything a new comic should: action, adventure, intrigue, visually exciting characters and a story that moves. It all comes together nicely, giving readers yet another solid offering from Image Comics. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Word Of The Nerd - Travis Greschner Feb 20, 2015

    When I read the synopsis my first thought was of Watchmen, but after reading Secret Identities I have to say it's a story of its own and it's just the beginning. After the action packed first issue and the curiosities it has peaked, I highly recommend picking up this first issue! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Feb 17, 2015

    A fantastic first issue that'll make you want to learn more about every secret identity and make you question why other comics haven't explored superhero identities like this. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Forrest Hollingsworth Feb 18, 2015

    Secret Identities #1 is a complex, refreshing issue that introduces us to age old ideas in a new way. It’s held back by being too large in scope but, the initial legwork is done. Now, it’s time to run with it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Lost Lighthouse - thelostlighthouse Jan 5, 2015

    This is a strong first issue for a really interesting new superhero story, and with the benefit of being a creator-owned story it means the stakes can be much higher (for example, the death of a character can actually have meaning as we can't guarantee they'll be back from the dead in a year). Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Entertainment Fuse - Nicole D'Andria Feb 18, 2015

    Despite the numerous problems I could see this series running into, the spoilers you could easily encounter and the claustrophobia-inducing amount of characters, this is a really good start to the series. There is a lot of creativity in the issues each member of the team is going through. Depending on how future issues go, I could see this being a fantastic series. However, just looking at the first issue, its full of snappy dialogue, intrigue and an enticing variety of charactersin other words, I highly recommend picking up Secret Identities #1 so you can start digging up the dirt on these characters. Though I think youre going to need a forklift Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    We The Nerdy - Justin Micallef Feb 9, 2015

    Kyriazis' art really seals the deal. His depiction of the members of the FrontLine on and off duty is incredibly well done, allowing the art to sing when relying on the light-hearted nature of the story's proceedings but also shifting (again) seamlessly to the darkness present in the pages of this title. Highlight of this issue remains his rendering of Frontline's superhero base, which is the hollowed out carcass of a giant monster. Somewhere, someway, Kirby is proud. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Sushi - Paul Nolan Feb 18, 2015

    Does Secret Identities do enough to differentiate itself from the crowd? Yes, it brings a new dynamic to team super-heroics, and really questions the edge of morality. This ones well worth the $3.50 entrance fee. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    BGCP - Marco Piva-Dittrich Jan 23, 2015

    Very interesting start to the series Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Brian Reed Mar 4, 2015

    I'm excited for more of this, and I can certainly see the appeal it will have for many fans. The action is solid and will keep beat-em-up fans coming back for more, but those of us into story won't be disappointed either. The dark secrets the heroes keep could be really interesting if done right, and I don't see any reason to suspect they won't be handled well. Give this one a shot, it's looking like it'll be a fun ride. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - R.C. Killian Feb 24, 2015

    This is familiar territory for Faerber, at least in light of the aforementioned Noble Causes. He and Joines do a great job of setting up a brand new team of superheroes with the same kind of gusto that book had, superheroes who we're convincingly told have a lot of backstory, without sitting us down for the lot of it. The structure"introduce the super team, introduce a core conflict, and seed each of the characters with a secret identity that can't end well"is just the right kind of enticing for anyone who is looking for a book to alternate between tense teasing and explosive revelations, exactly as intended. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Feb 17, 2015

    Secret Identities #1 does what all good debut issues should do, and gives us just enough set-up for each of the main characters to warrant a further bit of ferreting down the rabbit hole. The final twist revelation indicates where the series might go from here, but even this feels like a tease for something larger over the horizon. Regardless, Faerber and Joines have used a clearly extensive love of the genre, and just as Joines did with the culturally rich Krampus, begun to play on our assumptions and familiarity with the conventions. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Feb 19, 2015

    The debut of SECRET IDENTITIES plays with the conventions we are all familiar with, but sets up enough mysteries for us to expect the unexpected in months to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Rhymes With Geek - J. Reifler Feb 18, 2015

    It's a little soon to tell whether Secret Identities will be groundbreaking but for now it's still quite decent. I can easily see myself following this series and hanging around for more character reveals and twists. This issue sets up a lot of potential for future issues and I can see it being a fun mini-series. For readers looking for a little more ‘story' with their superhero Secret Identities is my pick this week. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - Adam Gomolisky Dec 31, 2014

    The story is enough to span many issues and not tire itself out. I'm confident that whatever story comes out of the conflict in Secret Identities, it will be fresh. I cannot wait for issue #2. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Alex Mansfield Feb 17, 2015

    It's clear that Faerber, Joines, and Kyriazis love superheroes, but even clearer that this is a sandbox of their own creation and one they intend to mine to the fullest. It's rare to see a first issue, let alone a superhero title, entice the reader with so manyvaried ideas while still providing a wealth of information. This isn't a slug-fest and it isn't a quiet introspective deconstruction of superheroes, but rather Secret Identitiesis simultaneously a celebration of the genre and something new altogether. There is an abundance of potential on display, mixed with the promise of dramatic conflict and requisite action that would typically require a Surgeon General's Warning regardingits addictive properties. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Enrique Rea Feb 18, 2015

    Faerber is on a roll with great books like Copperhead and Graveyard Shift. Secret Identities #1 is off to a great start making it a hat trick for the talented writer. Joines and Faerber share one voice which is important. A lesser duo would awkwardly and abruptly alter the tone within the same issue causing a bit of confusion for the reader. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    The Latest Pull - Caleb Webster Feb 15, 2015

    Secret Identities doesn't hold back from embracing and satirizing the superhero genre and is a fresh take on cape books by Image Comics. I'd recommend this book to anyone wanting to try something new,you may very wellregret it if you don't pick it up! I'll see you on the Front Line. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Graphic Policy - Edward Wendt Feb 17, 2015

    While there are some limitations and inexperience evident in the writing, this is still a well conceived story. It is maybe not as impressive as some of the other attempts to establish a universe of heroes (Armour Hunters, Project Black Sky, Suicide Risk) but it does touch on a lot of the cliches of the genres, and in a parody style examination of them gives them a bit of a new spin. This series is not of the highest caliber, but its shows some potential, both in itself and for the creative team, but also showing that both still have some distance to grow. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Overmental - Andrew Tran Feb 19, 2015

    Secret Identities' debut isn't quite perfect, but there are definitely some aspects of the title that I wouldn't mind exploring. So far, it's succeeding more on the strength of its characters than with a cohesive plot or conflict, but there's lots of room for improvement. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Feb 18, 2015

    The challenge for Secret Identities is proving that this book has legs beyond simply airing these characters' dirty laundry. Can the conspiracy to discredit these heroes serve as a long-term driving force? Will the busy ensemble focus allow readers to truly connect with any one character? That's what we'll have to see in the months ahead. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Robert Bexar Feb 24, 2015

    The ending has a great twist to it and I am very interested to see where this book goes. However, I hope that the creators know where they are going with this storyline. The mole is going to take some finagling later on down the road. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Feb 20, 2015

    A fun premise, though somewhat closed-ended, featuring a group of new heroes that I want to know more about, featuring Faerber's trademark soap opera storytelling. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Kevin Finnigan Feb 17, 2015

    While a few hiccups keep this from being great, Secret Identities #1 offers enough to recommend Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Edward Feb 18, 2015

    All in all, despite it's few flaws, I quite like this concept. The idea, combined with the superhero genre, gives it plenty of potential and the creative team looks to be exploiting this as much as possible. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Coming Up Comics - David Melton Feb 17, 2015

    Just from the dialogue and artwork, you can tell this series wants to be interesting as well as light and fun, unfortunately this first issue is too convoluted as it tries to bring you up to speed. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Nina Bird Feb 18, 2015

    Though we're still getting to know this team, I'm pretty interested already. I love witty banter mid-battle, what can I say? I also really enjoyed seeing the team members outside of their superhero personas and seeing how their lives are messy. It was interesting to see these moments upfront rather than picking through them as the characters develop. This is looking like a fun, action-filled comic. This was a solid introduction; now I'm looking forward to seeing these characters unravel further, and to seeing the damage that Crosswind does. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Big Comic Page - Sam Graven Feb 17, 2015

    This is an encouraging start, as long as it doesnt veer into self-parody. Theres been so many outstanding reimaginings of the genre of late, however, that this has an awful lot to prove. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Capeless Crusader - Cody Mudge Feb 17, 2015

    Secret Identities #1 comes off as a comic that might have worked a lot better about 10 years ago. The creator-owned space has been used to break down superhero characters and concepts, to amazing effect, and this title doesnt fit in well with that illustrious crowd. Read Full Review

Reviews for the Week of...