Swan Songs #1

Writer: W. Maxwell Prince Artist: Martin Simmonds Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: July 5, 2023 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 8
9.3Critic Rating
8.5User Rating


W. MAXWELL PRINCE (ICE CREAM MAN, HAHA) continues his weird, winning one-shot formula with this all-new multi-artist project that explores the way things END...and also how they never really do.  

SWAN SONGS comprises stories about endings...The End of the World. The End of a Marriage. The End of a Sentence. The End of the End of the World!  (Which I suppose one might consider the BEGINNING of a new world...)

And along for the terminal ride are some of comics' best and brightest artists! The first apocalyptic issue, "The End of the World," is drawn by none other than THE DEPAR more

  • 10
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Jul 5, 2023

    Prince and Simmonds have put something together that has a kind of purity rarely granted to an end of any kind on the comics page. There have been a lot of ends of the world in a lot of different comics, but theyve always been marred by the trivialities that come from ongoing series or the restless introduction of every new beginning. Prince and Simmonds open their series on the end with a simple, open embrace of the end of the world. Its kinda cool. Read Full Review

  • 10
    COMICON - Tom Smithyman Jun 15, 2023

    For a series about endings, Swan Songs has a fantastic beginning. The art, which features the runup to a nuclear holocaust, is strangely beautiful. And the writing is top notch focusing on a mother-son relationship instead of the end of the world. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Graphic Policy - Ricardo Denis Jun 23, 2023

    Swan Songs #1 sets the tone for a unique emotional journey that hopes to unsettle with the intention of getting at harder but necessary interpretations of our relationship with the end. Theres melancholy and theres pain, confusion and frustration, but also the possibility of hope should the individual find it within him or herself to see certain things all the way to their conclusion. And yet, none of this is telegraphed to the reader. You dont read Swan Songs for answers. You read it for the questions itll make you ask. Whatever answers you find are entirely yours. Read Full Review

  • 10
    GWW - Johann du Plessis Jul 5, 2023

    Starting with the end of the world as a side story to a mother-son relationship, Swan Song delivers a powerful opening. This series is not for the faint-hearted, as it unearths questions you never knew you should ask. Sorrow and melancholy permeate this issue, yet there lingers a glimmer, albeit a faint glimmer of hope and joy, awaiting those who dare to grasp it, whether it is the reader or the protagonist. If you are looking for an intelligent, thought-provoking read that resonates deeply, look no further. Swan Songs' debut issue sets the stage for a profoundly unique and emotionally charged journey. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jul 5, 2023

    Simmonds crafts some beautifully detailed and visually immersive art on every page of this issue. You feel a part of this world through the visuals and the final visual moments of the issue are beautifully bittersweet. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Comic Watch - Tyler Davis Jul 8, 2023

    Swan Songs #1is beautifully realized in a painterly style, combining simple writing with an environmentally atmospheric setting to create a comic book that goes above and beyond what its 24 pages should be capable of. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Chris Coplan Jul 5, 2023

    Endings suck, but g-d can they also be life-affirming. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Comicbook Dispatch - kcscribbles Jul 5, 2023

    If youre looking for a fun and light-hearted story thatll make you feel good, avoid Swan Songs #1. But if youre looking for a dark tale with an apocalyptic setting, heavily drenched in horror and existential dread, check this book out. Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Jul 5, 2023

    While Prince's black humor and idiosyncratic notions are evident, they are applied for different effects than in Ice Cream Man to reveal a sense of tragic optimism where beauty can still be found in even the worst circumstances. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Multiversity Comics - Kobi Bordoley Jul 7, 2023

    Final Verdict: 8.6. Moody and sublime, this is another strong entry into the haunting anthology genre. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Jul 3, 2023

    Swan Songs #1 does an incredible job taking you on an emotional journey in an apocalyptic setting. The journey in a hopeless world our lead character takes is one filled with pain and loss that creates an emotional investment in seeing that journey through to the end. Its through experiencing what is ultimately a mother-son story that you're left with a story that stays with you after well after finishing reading Swan Song #1. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Afterforevercomics Aug 11, 2023

    This series is going to be done by different writers and artists for each issue with the over arching theme of it being the end of something. Well this issue is The End of the World. It is written by Prince who is probably best known for Ice Cream Man, so you know this is gonna be good.

    This takes place in a hospital and the way to get a magazine. You see the doomsday clock on the TV and throughout the book you see the number slowly going down. The main characters mom is in the hospital with renal failure and he is there taking care of her and reading a gardening magazine to her. He tells her he is going to go get the last issue of the magazine so they can finish it together. Things happen on his way as you can imagine the more

  • 9.0
    ResearchReader Aug 1, 2023

    Right off the bat I will say this story isnt for everyone. It is an odd mix of bitter-sweet misery with just a dash of knowing what is most important in life and happiness.

    As for the story itself, it really is a rather happy take for a situation that is clearly painted as nothing but sadness and suffering. It really is a therapy session in a book in a way. Focus on the small stuff that you can control and bring you worth/satisfaction and ignore the stuff you cant. Help those you can, ignore those you cant. For such a dark book, it presents very positive ideas. The ending is about as sweet as one can be for the end of the world. The art was great for what this issue was trying to convey.

    As other mentioned, I wouldnt more

  • 9.0
    DDJamesB Jul 13, 2023

    Another great read from Prince. Can't wait to see what the others are all about. This did a nice job of making you feel a few different things.

  • 8.0
    derbycomics Jul 9, 2023

    W. Maxwell Prince’s ICE CREAM MAN and HAHA are two of my favorite comics of the past few years, so hearing that he was working on another anthology series with Image Comics had me very excited. Learning more about SWAN SONGS along the way, from the concept about one-off stories of all different types of endings to the rotating cast of all-star artists — including Martin Simmonds on the debut issue, only increased my anticipation.

    SWAN SONGS #1 quickly raises the stakes with two types of very personal endings that many of us fear — a son watching his elderly mother slowly dying due to illness while while simultaneously dealing with the quickly approaching end of the world due to a nuclear holocaust. The son acts as the narr more

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    ComicWorm Jul 7, 2023

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