Step By Bloody Step #1

Writer: Simon Spurrier Artist: Matias Bergara Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: February 23, 2022 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 25
9.5Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

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An armored giant and a helpless child. Together they cross an astonishing world brimming with beasts, bandits, and-deadliest by far-civilizations...  If they stop walking, the earth itself forces them onwards. WHY? The child can't ask. She and her guardian have no language, no memory, nothing-except each other.
Multiple-Eisner nominees SI SPURRIER (X-Men), MATIAS BERGARA (Coda), and MATHEUS LOPES (Supergirl) present a watershed moment in modern comics: four double-length chapters of a bittersweet fantasy opus, completely text free.
Let's take a walk.
"STEP BY BLOODY STEP may be my new favorite comic. SPURRIER, BERGARA, more

  • 10
    Comics Bookcase - Steve Baxi Feb 7, 2022

    Spurrier, Bergara, Lopes and Price create as close to a perfect comic as possible. Every element of the art, layouts, colors and narrative is firing on all cylinders. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Feb 13, 2022

    A stunning achievement of both ambition and execution, Step by Bloody Step is a near flawless offering from a creative team at the absolute top of their game. Highest possible recommendation for this one, folks. Read Full Review

  • 10
    BGCP - Andy MacGregor Feb 22, 2022

    How can a book work without any text? By having a fascinating storyline and being visually captivating. It shouldn't work but it does and it does it really well! Si Spurrier should be commended for the storytelling in this book and the artwork from Matias Bergara is simply stunning. I urge you to pick this book up if you get the chance. Image Comics really have another winner this series. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Feb 23, 2022

    Step By Bloody Step #1 is, simply put, a masterclass in visual storytelling. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Feb 23, 2022

    Bergara delivers some stunning art in this first issue. With the story being almost completely visual in its telling, the art conveys everything that the story is trying to convey and you take the visual journey Bergara is crafting. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Feb 11, 2022

    Spurrier and Bergara have done an excellent job pacing this story as it draws you into the world around the characters, but also the deeper mystery. Step by Bloody Step #1 is a force; a story that's eye-catching, intriguing, and endearing. It's a mix of beautiful art, but also a challenge to conventional comics as we attempt to understand its subtly. Step by Bloody Step feels special as it blends wonderment, menace, and a story that feels timeless, like a new fairy tale that'll be told for ages unfolding before our eyes. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek'd Out - Michael Farris Jr. Feb 23, 2022

    Image Comics gives us yet another powerful, emotive wordless comic filled with imaginative artwork and a hero's journey featuring two vastly different protagonists. Based on this first issue, I'm a little morose that we only get to suit up for three more. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    COMICON - Tom Smithyman Jan 31, 2022

    What happens when an all-star team creates a comic book story that is text-free? It turns out to be one of the most personal takes for a generation. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Feb 23, 2022

    We know as much about the world as the protagonists and witnessing the start of their odyssey was a true pleasure. I have loved Spurrier's stories in the past and while a textless comic is a hard sell, I think the entire creative team rose to the occasion and this is a must buy. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    Multiversity Comics - Matthew Blair Feb 25, 2022

    While the book requires a bit of patience from its readers, if you take the time to concentrate youll find characters that are fascinating and heartwarming with an intriguing story and breathtaking artwork. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Nick Friar Feb 21, 2022

    The world Bergara and Matheus Lopes illustrate feels quite vast. Because there's no dialogue, it allows the reader to take more in. While that can be a lot at times, there are slight lulls in the action to give readers a chance to gather themselves or even circle back when needed. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Zac Owens Feb 23, 2022

    STEP BY BLOODY STEP from Image Comics is gorgeous and moving. This creative team has done mountains of worldbuilding without uttering a single word. Frankly, it's the kind of storytelling you have to see to believe. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    COMICON - Tito W. James Feb 1, 2022

    Sensual art and a gripping emotional mystery Step by Bloody Step delivers a saga that's louder than words. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lotusland Comics - Hank Rea Feb 25, 2022

    'Step by Bloody Step' #1 arrives with an impressive display of comic book craftsmanship in a riveting adventure with nary a line of text. Engaging, exciting, endearing, and emotive, 'Step' reaches a level of storytelling unlike many new comics even those with thousands of words of dialogue and narration. The creative team's expertise in immersive world-building and character development with striking visuals and meaningful action elevates this comic to one of the best debuts of the year.  Read Full Review

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