Sonata #1

Writer: David Hine, Brian Haberlin Artist: Brian Haberlin, Geirrod Van Dyke Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: June 12, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 9
7.5Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

"THE FALL"-In this all-new series from DAVID HINE (THE BULLETPROOF COFFIN), BRIAN HABERLIN (WITCHBLADE), and GEIRROD VAN DYKE (SPAWN, MEDIEVAL SPAWN/WITCHBLADE), two cultures clash on a planet they each believe is their Promised Land. The Rans are a peace-loving people, but the Tayans are a race of warriors who seek to colonize and control. The mysterious Sleeping Giants also call this place home, though no one knows if they're monsters or the gods of legend. And amidst all this, a young woman named Sonata is willing to break all the rules to find her place in this world-and she's not about to let sleeping gods lie.

  • 9.1
    The Brazen Bull - Jaimee Nadzan Jun 12, 2019

    Brian Haberlin and David Hine have created a thoughtful, fast-paced first issue: Sonata #1 begins a series that is not to be missed. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - Max Funkey Jun 12, 2019

    I'm excited to see where Sonata goes from here. It hit a lot of the beats that I'm particularly fond of. Sonata herself is plucky and clever. The planet has a life of its own and the sleeping giants are terrifying. If you're a fan of sci-fi, old or new, then Sonata #1 should hit all the right notes. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Pastrami Nation - Pablo Martinez Jun 22, 2019

    Im looking forward to the next issue of Sonata. The writers did a great job at being able to highlight personality traits of each character, making them all very different and also memorable. Id like to see what the polar opposite leaders, Matari of the Rans and Kantor of the Tayans, do to keep both their people alive and survive the planet Perdita. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - David DeCorte Jun 11, 2019

    SONATA #1 is a hit in just about every regard. It's a well-constructed narrative with solid worldbuilding, clear stakes, and fantastic artwork. Don't sleep on this one. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jun 12, 2019

    Sonata #1 drew me in with an interesting concept but left me wanting to explore this world more. I want to dissect the allegory and see what Hine and Haberlin will “say” when it's all over. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Jun 5, 2019

    Obviously, the art team ISNT using an old version of MacPaint to put together the visuals of this issue. The visuals ARE a lot of fun for an opening issue of a story that shows signs of some genuine wonder and somewhat dazzling. The credits page mentions a behind-the-scenes companion app to the series which as of this writing isnt available. Itll be interesting to learn more about the process for the series once it becomes available. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Sequential Planet - Marcus Orchard Jun 12, 2019

    Sonata #1 is a wonderful example of a strong worldbuilding. The creative team trades exciting action for a strong foundation, and it makes for an enjoyable read that sets the series up for success. This is an easy recommendation for those who like compelling epics. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Rowan Grover Jun 14, 2019

    A solid fantasy debut from Image Comics, "Sonata" #1 will appeal to fans of the genre but leans too hard into its conventions at the best of times. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Word Of The Nerd - Brent Jackson Jun 11, 2019

    Sonata #1 is an interesting futuristic alien-world type tale. I really enjoyed the overall character, creature, and general world design of this series. The story, though, for the first issue at least, is not that gripping. I think it may have needed a little bit more character development rather than focusing on explaining everything happening in the issue. The second issue will be key to this series' staying power. If we get more character involvement it could turn into something interesting. If not, it turns into another comic with a cool design and no character. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Big Comic Page - Mark Scott Jun 20, 2019

    Its not my preferred genre, but I ended up really enjoying reading this issue, and if youre a fan of fantasy or dark science fiction, Sonata is definitely well worth picking up. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Geek'd Out - Michael Farris Jr. Jun 12, 2019

    All in all, it wasn't a bad book, but with the amount of positives, it felt like the story and the characters deserved a lot more than they were given. I'm hoping issue #2 provides a clearer divide of what makes this story unique as opposed to a story that has been rehashed a thousand times … but maybe with less beautiful skin. Read Full Review

  • 4.0 - Connor Casey Jun 12, 2019

    If you've ready any science fiction story with themes of colonization, nature vs. technology or usage of natural resources, then you already know beat for beat what's going to happen in Sonata #1. Read Full Review

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