Tartarus #1

Writer: Johnnie Christmas Artist: Jack Cole Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: February 12, 2020 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 8
8.5Critic Rating
6.8User Rating

SERIES PREMIERE! A new adventure series with all the sci-fi drama of Breaking Bad set in Mos Eisley! Promising young cadet Tilde is framed for crimes against the empire after discovering her mother was the ruthless warlord of the deadly colony Tartarus, a vital player in the galactic war. Now, Tilde's only way home may be to reclaim her mother's dark crown. #1 New York Times bestseller JOHNNIE CHRISTMAS (Alien 3) and artistic phenom JACK T. COLE (The Unsound) kick off this ongoing series with 44 big pages of story!

  • 10
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Jan 20, 2020

    Tartarus #1 is a powerhouse of a debut comic, one that feels immersive both in terms of its artwork and the power of its themes. This comic is entertaining at the highest level while also conveying deep potential for twists, surprises, and grand meaning to come. Buy this book. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jason Jeffords Jr Jan 13, 2020

    TARTARUS #1 reads unlike anything that has been released lately in America. All of its elements work together to make an amazing first issue that'll draw you into the world. Image Comics and the team behind Tartarus very well have a "the best of 2020" contender on their hands. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Jay Hill Feb 14, 2020

    This is my favorite new comic I’ve read in years. No need for me to think about it or give it time, it just is. This issue is the introduction to a world brimming with life and creativity. The characters are crafted beautifully. The ideas are abundant and presented naturally. And, the narrative has already gripped me like none other. The art is as unique and creative as the story it visualizes. Awe-inspiring is all I can say about it. Read this comic, do it now! Read Full Review

  • 10
    AIPT - Arbaz M. Khan Feb 11, 2020

    I'd say is that this book is a mix of two of my favorite Ryan Gosling movies,The Place Beyond the Pinesand Blade Runner 2049. What's cool about this book is that it really goes through the motions by giving both contemplative and subtle characters, while still managing to maintain itself within the genre.A really fun book that managed to enthrall me into the sci-fi genre. I just wish I had the next issue! Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Comic Watch - Lillian Hochwender Feb 13, 2020

    Tartarusoffers readers a refreshingly diverse and complex world to sink their teeth into. Equal parts driving plot and intricate art, this story is one to keep an eye on. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Brazen Bull - Dave Robbins Feb 12, 2020

    Tartarus is a story of family legacy told in galactic scope. Empires struggle, and this is the beginning of the fall. It promises to be quite an epic journey. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Apr 1, 2020

    The artwork by Jack T. Cole is quite magnificent. He is a really underrated artist and really comes into his own here. This is a great science fiction comic. It is so damn interesting and I can't wait to see what the creative team has in store for the readers next! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Christopher Egan Feb 14, 2020

    bending world building, "Tartarus" #1 is a fascinating attempt to bring what feels like an underground science fiction and fantasy saga to more mainstream comic book readers. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Word Of The Nerd - Edward Wendt Jan 27, 2020

    Tartarus #1 is not necessarily sleek or streamlined everywhere that it needs to be, but it does the right things where it needs to. It faces a daunting task, being a sci-fi series starting from scratch, but it gives enough to the reader to keep them interested. While it stumbles a bit on pacing and characterization, all of the necessary elements are there. An ambitious effort like this is hard to judge off of a relatively condensed single issue. This, therefore, deserves the benefit of the doubt, as the stage is set for an epic story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Feb 14, 2020

    An explosive opening for a captivating science-fiction story, Tartarus dazzles in both Christmas' characterization and world-building, and in how Cole depicts that visually. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Spencer Perry Feb 12, 2020

    It may take a bit of re-reading in the first part to grasp it all, but on the whole it's a stellar debut issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Quinn Jan 15, 2020

    Tartarus #1 sets the tone for the rest of the series and does some great world-building to introduce us to the political climate and the culture of both Tartarus and the empire. Within the first few pages, the world of Tartarus drew me in very quickly and it doesn't seem to want to let go. Between the exciting plot and beautiful artwork, and maybe due to the cliffhanger at the end of the issue, I'm wallowing in my anticipation for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Outright Geekery - Joshua Rathbun Jan 8, 2020

    Tartarus is a fun, gritty and fast-paced first issue and if you like that in your sci-fi, then this is the book for you. I do feel that with the extra page count that this first issue definitely is worth the money and sometimes, you need those extra pages just to get a really good first issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Sequential Planet - Pashtrik Maloki Feb 11, 2020

    The world is interesting, the characters are engaging and the twists and turns are exciting. Despite the uneven artwork, there is still much to like about Tartarus #1 (including some aspects of the artwork). Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Christopher Rondeau Feb 18, 2020

    It was a nice touch to actual history and the creative team understands how different people approach this topic. I look forward to exploring the theme a bit more through the creative teams interpretation. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Crusaders - Lucas Fashina Feb 12, 2020

    The character design are still a work in progress, so I won't hold that against it yet, because you can tell a lot of love went into this book: The detailed narrative; the the complex geopolitical background; the world building; the literary techniques that keeps everything a mystery, yet makes every detail important; and most importantly, the detailed artwork makes Tarturus one of the most interesting read I had so far in this short year. Read Full Review

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