Shanghai Red #1

Writer: Christopher Sebela Artist: Josh Hixson, Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: June 20, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 9
8.4Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

Red is one of hundreds shanghaied out of Portland in the late 1800s. Drugged, kidnapped, and sold to a ship's captain, she wakes up on a boat headed out to sea for years, unable to escape or even reveal who she truly is. Now she's coming back in a boat covered in blood to find her family and track down the men responsible for stealing her life out from under her. Eisner-nominated writer CHRISTOPHER SEBELA (High Crimes, Heartthrob, We(l)come Back), JOSHUA HIXSON (The Black Woods) and HASSAN OTSMANE-ELHAOU (Felix & Macabber) bring you a tale of revenge, family, and identity that stretches from the deck of a ship outside Shanghai all the way to more

  • 10
    Outright Geekery - Thomas Hulett Jun 1, 2018

    Christopher Sebela, Joshua Hixson and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou have delivered a perfect blending of words, art and color. Every so often publishers and creators deliver on their promises and I for one am glad they did. After all, sometimes it's cathartic to see someone finally get what's coming to them. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicBuzz - James L. Sarandis Jul 10, 2018

    If you don't like buckets of blood give it a pass, but for everyone else 10/10. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - Jeff Marsick Jun 21, 2018

    Shanghai Red is simply fantastic comic storytelling. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    Comicsverse - AJ Zender Jun 20, 2018

    Despite its dark and sometimes claustrophobic atmosphere, SHANGHAI RED #1 succeeds on nearly every account. The deep focus on lead character Red and the grim and gritty plot make for a fresh and realistic pirate adventure unlike any other. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Graphic Policy - pharoahmiles Jan 30, 2019

    Overall, the comic is an excellent revenge story with a setting that shows this story can work no matter the setting. The story by Christopher Sebela is grimy, action packed, and well told. The art by Joshua Hixon and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou is inspiring as the linework is awe inducing. Altogether, an excellent trade paperback which gives action fans more than their fill and adds a new hero to the pantheon of strong female protagonists. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jun 20, 2018

    Shanghai Red is a revenge tale, but it's one that feels unique due to its setting and characters. There's a grittiness about it all and a low-fi aspect that makes it stand out from the pack. This is an absolutely fantastic debut issue and one that has me sucked in to see where it all goes. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Corps - Michael Jones Jun 20, 2018

    Sebela does a masterful job of getting the reader invested in Red's character in very few pages. I think the book really shines where no dialogue exists, and Hixson's art is left to tell the story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jul 9, 2018

    The art by Hixson is very strong and tells the story perfectly. He reminds me of a young David Mazzucchelli. This is an interesting debut for what could be a great series. I'm definitely intrigued to see what happens next! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jun 19, 2018

    There's nothing out there like Shanghai Red, and this storyline proves to be a terrific debut for this up-and-coming creative team. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Sequential Planet - Marcus Orchard Jun 20, 2018

    Shanghai Red is a strong introduction to what could be one of the great revenge stories. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Jun 20, 2018

    Shanghai Red #1 is a good start to this new series. It has the odd plot misstep and does some things in a manner that one could question, but the whole product is great. The lead is interesting, and the art is excellent. This one earns a recommendation. Check it out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Sadowski Jun 21, 2018

    Final Verdict: 8.0 " A brutal opening highlighting Portland's sordid history of shanghaied sailors personified as the vengeful Red. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Stephen Schleicher May 25, 2018

    The revenge story with a twist, you will cheer the protagonist on from the very beginning". Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Chase Magnett Jun 20, 2018

    This debut may feel like a kick to the face for anyone too adjusted to trends of decompression, but a refreshing kick to the face if there ever was one. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Brazen Bull - Dave Robbins Jun 19, 2018

    Not quite a swashbuckler, but plenty of carnage and savagery begins Shanghai Red, a story where those responsible for kidnapping and brutality will pay dearly for their crimes Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman's Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Jun 19, 2018

    Shanghai Red #1 is the first issue of a book with MASSIVE potential, and both the writer and artist hit some truly impressive heights here. Now that the protagonists backstory has been made clear in great detail, this book seems poised to sail (sorry!) to some really exciting places. 8.0/10 Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - Nathaniel Muir May 1, 2018

    A revenge story that is well written and has beautiful art. This is as much about Red as it is about her vengeance. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Sam King May 23, 2018

    Good art, a solid idea, and an action-filled opening make for a strong start for the series. I will definitely be waiting to see where this one goes. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Doom Rocket - Brendan F. Hodgdon May 28, 2018

    Sebela, Hixson, and Otsmane-Elhaou have certainly struck an equilibrium with this bloody entertaining debut. While one might believe they have a comfortable idea of where this series may go plot-wise, there is a lot of thematic new ground to be broken here. The broad strokes of Shanghai Red may be familiar, but the devil is in the details. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Bounding Into Comics - Nathan Braudrick Jun 5, 2018

    The word that comes to mind when trying to surmise this first issue of Shanghai Redis "potential." There is an awful lot of it in this issue, but it just doesn't quite reach any of the heights that it clearly sets for itself. Revenge tales are always engaging when done right, but you have to be able to identify with and root for the protagonist and I don't feel like this first issue did a very good job of bringing the readers to that point. That being said, there is a lot to be hopeful about here and now that Molly/Jack finally made their way to their hometown of Portland, perhaps subsequent issues will make good on what is, admittedly, an intriguing premise. Read Full Review

  • 4.9
    Weird Science - Jun 23, 2018

    Well, it just goes to show, don't ever build up your expectations for anything ever, just take life as you find it. Certainly, that's what I've learned from my years listening to Jim Werner. Anyway. For me, I'm not sure if I'll pick up the next issue. Perhaps this title is only one for the pirate completest in your life. Read Full Review

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