Tech Jacket #1

Tech Jacket #1

Writer: Joe Keatinge Artist: Khary Randolph Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: July 2, 2014 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 2
7.2Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

A new ongoing series from the creative team who brought you the hit TECH JACKET DIGITAL mini! Zack Thompson: community college drop out, lives with his parents... This is who protects us from what lies beyond our world?! But he’s also Tech Jacket, the self-styled “Galactic Guardian of Earth,” and when a big-ass space ship enters Earth’s orbit, Zack will face the greatest challenge of his life!

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Jul 2, 2014

    This is a fun introductory issue that doesn't reveal a lot of details, but does unveil a compelling story with interesting character dynamics afoot. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    We The Nerdy - Kristina Poffenroth Jul 7, 2014

    Keatinge also moves the plot forward more than some introductory issues do: weve already been introduced to a mysterious villain, Mr. Crowe, who is building a mecha army, and Zachs Geldarian girlfriend is already in danger off on Mercury. The plot is simple and it builds off of a lot of well-established tropes, the villain with the super army and the damsel in distress, but its appealing and well-paced.Randolphs art in this issue is really great. Its consistent with the art in the Invincible universe, but Randolph makes Tech Jacket his own, combining the Invincible style with the sort of style you might see in a mech manga or anime show. The colorist, David McCaig, does an absolutely phenomenal job. The colors are rich and vibrant, and they do a great job of establishing the setting by using warm, orange tones for scenes on earth and brilliant blues and greens for the space scenes. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Lindsey Morris Jul 1, 2014

    Tech Jacket might seem like just another book about power suits, fighting aliens, and being awesome, but under the surface this story has a lot more going on. It puts the characters and their relationships to each other before fight scenes, it prioritizes story building. This creative team gives us a book that is fun, exciting, and engaging. Recommended for any reader of any age. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Peter Schmeiser Jul 16, 2014

    Tech Jacket has a solid foundation of ideas. A robotech-type armored suit that is part of the main characters body and he fight space crime. With practiced pacing, we get the touchstones of the character. Father that serves as support, girlfriend in trouble, evil doers scheming, and bad thing to serve as the cliffhanger to carry into issue two. I enjoyed the book. It set up the next few issues and delivered the exposition artfully without boring me to death. The visuals were great with unique camera angles, character designs that didnt seem overly silly, and the last pages use of negative space is fantastic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Zac Thompson Jul 3, 2014

    Khary Randolphs art is great, Keatinges dialog captures Zacks endearing relationship with his father perfectly and now that the ground work has been laid in there could be some great adventure to follow. Im excited for it, and you should be too. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Martin Doyle Jul 2, 2014

    Although somewhat superficial from a story perspective, the action and artwork is where Tech Jacket excels. It's a breathtaking new dawn for Zack Thomson; here's hoping the rest of the journey is just as exciting. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin Jul 1, 2014

    Tech Jacket‘s latest ongoing series gets off to a stellar start as bar a few minor quibbles the energetic developments along with the fun interactions make it well worth the read. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Marykate Jasper Jun 12, 2014

    "Tech Jacket" #1 is well done, and it leaves Issue #2 well set up. With some fine tuning and a subtler grip on its characters, it could easily evolve into a must-read space adventure. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Byron Hendricks Jul 8, 2014

    With so much happening in the background, it looks like the robot vs alien action is about to heat up as our protagonist might have to face an enemy with armour much like his own. Will Zach carve his own niche in this genre? will Tech Jacket survive its new run at Image Comics? Only time will tell, but from this issue it is clear to see that there is potential in this title. A good story coupled with good art makes for a read that you will enjoy even if it is not complex at this stage. Read Full Review

  • 6.9
    Capeless Crusader - Cody Mudge Jul 3, 2014

    When this high-flying issue was complete I was equal parts enthused and frustrated. The extreme lack of detail when it came to characters and backstory didnt allow the shocking revelation to actually shock. That said, Tech Jacket #1 does provide enough incentive to check back because of the promise shown in the science-fiction elements of the book and the classic entertainment value found in the Peter Parker-ian hero. Its not the most impressive debut of the week but its good enough to warrant checking it out to see if the series is something youre interested in. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Jul 11, 2014

    I didn't really get a feel for the main character in this issue. Various people are put into peril in this issue and for that to be effective, I really need to care about them. I've read plenty of comics that can introduce a world and cast of characters in a 1st issue and make me care about them. That did NOT happen in this particular 1st issue. It wasn't bad, it was just average. I don't care if Tech Jacket gets out of the jam he put himself into. I won't be keeping on with this series since there are too many other books out there that did make me care about the characters by the end of #1. Your Mileage May Vary. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Dante Buccieri Jul 2, 2014

    Tech Jacket isnt a bad book; its just not very good. I dont have the time, money or inclination to tear through X number of Invincible comics and/or buy another 3-issue mini just to understand fully whats happening in one issue of a new series. If youre an Invincible fan, go for it. If not, then I wouldnt bother. Its a thoroughly whelming story with good art and colors but is ultimately forgettable. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Lance Paul Jul 8, 2014

    Though a well-paced execution, Jacket drops the pen when it comes to actual character development and exposition. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    coby Jul 5, 2014

    Coby's Top 5 Comics of the Week

    This was a big week for cosmic stuff at Marvel (what with Guardians of the Galaxy hitting theaters in 4 weeks!), but my favorite new space book is Tech Jacket, from Robert Kirkman's Invincible universe. Joe Keatinge gets everything right, setting up an intriguing story with a truly galactic threat, while still keeping the human relateability factor above par with Zack Thompson and his dad's family dynamic. The art is outstanding, as I'd expect from a Skybound book.

  • 7.5
    Jon-C17 Nov 16, 2014

    Art is cool, dialogue is just ok. Story seems like it could go some cool places.

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