Symmetry #1

Writer: Matt Hawkins Artist: Raffaele Ienco Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: December 9, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 7
7.8Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

Utopia is here. Hunger, sickness, work...all relics of a long forgotten past. For the greater good of the human species, all individuality, creativity, and negative emotions have been genetically bred out and medically suppressed. The population is limited to segregated areas where people lead long lives of leisure, games, and socializing.  Only one man and one woman seem to notice, care, or think differently. Once they find each other, their relationship sparks a revolution...but will their love cause the salvation or destruction of mankind?

  • 10
    Word Of The Nerd - Zina Hutton Dec 11, 2015

    Matt Hawkins' writing and worldbuilding are super amazing and you can see the work put into every single aspect of this world. Coupled with Raffaele Ienco's art " gorgeously dramatic faces and sleek backgrounds ", the series shines in a way that makes me immediately crave approximately four different adaptations for the book. And we're only on the first issue. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Pastrami Nation - Daniel Schwartz Dec 10, 2015

    Matt Hawkins does a great job building his futuristic world and society for the readers. He makes us feel very comfortable with how everything is, and then literally pulls the plug. I am very curious as to how humanity will survive in this changed world where everyone is nave and unable to fend for themselves. With Raffaele Iencos beautiful pencils bringing this fallen Utopian society to life in a great introduction to what will surely be a world in chaos, this Top Cow book will have me and several readers coming back for more for several months to come. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Martin Doyle Dec 8, 2015

    So, just in case you were in any doubt, I'd highly recommend you check out this series. A brilliant conceit that's stunningly illustrated, Symmetry is stimulating and challenging sci-fi to the nth degree. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Project-Nerd - Anne Dec 15, 2015

    Overall, I really enjoyed reading Symmetry, and definitely want to find out what happens next. I'd recommend it to anyone who's a fan of sci-fi. For those of us who prefer a focus on characters and plot, the story itself doesn't get bogged down by all the little science details. However, for any readers who do enjoy the extra information, the writer has included a "science class" at the end of the issue where he goes into more detail about the world within Symmetry, so there's enough to keep everyone happy. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Dec 8, 2015

    Lovers of science fiction need to read this simply because it's chock full of fascinating ideas and societal changes. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Sarah Payne-mills Dec 14, 2015

    Matt Hawkins and Raffaele Ienco have set up a great first issue that truly entices science fiction fans. The story is interesting and compelling at the onset, and I'm interested to see where Symmetry goes. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - John McCubbin Dec 8, 2015

    Symmetry #1is a great way to introduce new readers to Top Cow. Giving us a clever twist on an established concept, the creative team produce something really interesting, with this opening issue leaving me eager for the next one. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - mansah19 Dec 8, 2015

    That being said this issue was outstanding and I look forward to the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny Hughes Dec 9, 2015

    This book is as much about control and acceptance of your life as it is about rebellion and trying to make things better. It also covers the idea of what we human beings need to be successful in life and what happens when each key element is removed, asking the question, what is left when the key elements have been destroyed. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Fanboys Inc - Buddy Beaudoin Dec 14, 2015

    Symmetry is a very engrossing read. The world building is excellent, but slightly frightening at the same time. It's gripping. The artwork is highly detailed and crisp and brings a ton of life to the futuristic storyscape. This book leaves you hanging on, and paying attention. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Martin Ferretti Dec 9, 2015

    Overall, Symmetry #1 is a great start for this new series. While it may not be perfect, and parts of the book may give some readers a sense of discomfort in how this world works, it is no doubt intriguing, and Hawkins and Ienco have managed to create a living, breathing world in just one issue and thats no easy task. It would be difficult to say whether this will be the next runaway hit for Image and Top Cow, but if the creative team continues in this direction, there is no doubt this book will develop a large following, and deservedly so. Symmetry #1 is a book you will certainly want to pick up. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Graphic Policy - Brett Dec 9, 2015

    Symmetry is a very interesting concept that looks to tackle some solid subjects and ideas. The first issue is a great start but this is one that might be better read as a trade. Still, reading the first issue, I want to see where Hawkins goes with this all and what issues he plans on tackling as the series progresses. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Dec 9, 2015

    He also excels at facial likenesses, which is especially important in a story set against a world of conformism that also requires characterization. Ienco's excellent symbolic cover provides a strong hint at the issue's turning point but gives nothing away before it unfolds naturally during the course of the story. Yes, "Symmetry" #1 is another utopic/dystopic sci-fi premise, but Hawkins skillfully freshens up the idea and Ienco makes it attractive and surprisingly diverse. Read Full Review

  • 5.7
    Multiversity Comics - Stephenson Ardern-Sodje Dec 14, 2015

    If you're a fan of Hunger Games, Scorch Trials, or whatever a 'Divergent' is, then you'll probably love this book. If not, there's not much new on offer here. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Bounding Into Comics - John F. Trent Dec 10, 2015

    Symmetry #1 is an interesting dystopia that hopes to examine the faults and benefits in a society based on the Four Pillars. However, the world Hawkins creates based on these Pillars still needs some work as it requires quite a bit of suspension of disbelief. Ienco's art doesn't help you in suspending your disbelief with plenty of decorations, unique architecture, multiple clothing styles, and machine-made colors. There is definitely an intriguing dystopia here, but it is by far not the best we have seen in recent years. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comic Bastards - Asa Giannini Dec 9, 2015

    As such, Lenco's art is occasionally gorgeous, but cannot overcome the stiff awkwardness of Hawkins' writing. And without a reliable character writer or artist, one is left to notice some of the other, more minor negative aspects of the comic. Two scenes depict women in superfluously sexual attire or positions, the way in which an opening chase scene is supposed to connect the rest of the plot is never made clear, the fonts of a number of text boxes and sound effects are cartoonishly out of place with Lenco's ultra-sleek style, and so on and so forth. All in all, the book is simply bad and not in any exciting or entertaining way. While it is possible the book will improve as it goes on, after one issue I am not sure I will stick around to find out. Read Full Review

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