The Cull #1

Writer: Kelly Thompson Artist: Mattia de Iulis Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: August 16, 2023 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 24
9.3Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

Eisner-winning writer KELLY THOMPSON (BLACK CLOAK) and superstar artist MATTIA DE IULIS (Captain America) team up for their first creator-owned work together!
Something is Killing the Children horror vibes mix with The Goonies-style adventure as five friends set off to shoot a short film on a forbidden rock near their home the summer before they all go their separate ways. But that's not really why they're there. One of them has lied. And that lie will change their lives forever.

  • 10
    ComicsOnline - Kevin Gaussoin Aug 15, 2023

    How many humans? Is this only 5 issues because its just a horrific tragedy and reminder to not eff with extra dimensional beasts even if they did kidnap/eat your kid brother because you will only make it far worse, you idiot teenagers? I dunno, but I love it so far.  Read Full Review

  • 10
    Capes & Tights - Justin Soderberg Aug 19, 2023

    Finally, there are so many threads that could be followed, setting up what seems to be an amazing story moving forward. Without giving too much away, the mystery introduced in the final pages of the comic opens up a whole new avenue of possibilities. The world building is well-paced, and I'm excited about where the story might go. Read Full Review

  • 10
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Aug 16, 2023

    The Cull is completely unlike anything else on the comics rack right now. It flawlessly engages the emotions on a level thats kind of difficult to manage with most traditional comics. Thompson approaches the story with a steady and patient hand as the reality of the terror begins to bleed in around the edges of the panel. The richly textured mood of a thoughtfully-rendered ensemble horror story begins to assemble itself in a promising first issue for Thompson and De Iulis.  Read Full Review

  • 10
    COMICON - Scott Redmond Aug 25, 2023

    Debut issues have a lot of work to do, and some make it look easier than others, which is what The Cull #1 accomplishes with a pitch-perfect first issue of this horror-adventure series. A trio of creators with such distinct and powerful styles that are able to bring them together seamlessly to create something engaging, deep, and fun. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Nerd Initiative - Jeremy Bowersock Aug 16, 2023

    If you want something with horror, mystery and adventure all wrapped up in one gorgeous package then look no further. The Cull #1 from Image Comics is sure to be another hit on comic store shelves this week and many weeks to come. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Multiversity Comics - Elias Rosner Aug 17, 2023

    The Cull shows what three creators working in beautiful harmony can create when pointed in the right direction. It may be mostly introduction but what an engrossing intro it is. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - Nathan Simmons Aug 16, 2023

    'The Cull' is haunting, honest, and unrelentingly gorgeous in its debut issue. Full of humanity and cosmic horror in equal measure, this creative team has already crafted a compelling mystery and a friend group that I want to learn more about. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Comic Watch - Seth A. Romo Aug 16, 2023

    As a mystery comic series that is (currently) slated to be five issues long, the timing could not be more perfect as summer winds down and the Halloween season begins to get closer. There is enough tension and unknown that is on par with an episode of the Twilight Zone making for an exciting series to follow. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Aug 16, 2023

    The art in this issue is absolutely gorgeous. I love the style and the way it beautifully progresses the story along with a sense of visual grace and glorious detail. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Justin Munday Aug 17, 2023

    An opening chapter with compelling characters that teases something remarkably monstrous coming our way. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Aug 10, 2023

    This could probably be called a slow-burner of a first issue, but Thomson and De Iulis don't waste a single panel along the way, introducing us to a relatable group of friends, each with their own drama, quirks and trauma, and slotting them into a shockingly unexpected situation. With Thompson continuing to go from strength to strength as a writer and De Iulis delivering a striking visual style, The Cull has the potential to be the next big hit from Image Comics, and is a new series you really owe it to yourself to pick up. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek'd Out - Cameron Kieffer Aug 16, 2023

    For all its strengths, the book has a few minor weaknesses. The biggest offender is that its over far too quickly! All kidding aside, an early scene that introduces the character of Kaite, alludes to her own family struggle but rather than build some type of mystery, it just comes off as vague with dialogue that lacks the authenticity prevalent throughout the rest of the book. Its a minor quibble, easily forgotten once the story gets going. And while it may be too soon to tell what kind of story Thompson and De Iulis are telling here or where The Cull will ultimately lead (or what it even is) but this issue is certainly unlike anything on the shelves and will likely be surprising readers up to the very end. I suggest getting in on the ground floor now! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - B Ferg Aug 16, 2023

    With this first issue readers can expect to find many opportunities to pick apart each scene that De Julis' art offers. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Aug 14, 2023

    Kelly Thompson and Mattia De Iulis hit a home run, delivering a captivating opening chapter for their mini-series with The Cull #1. The trust Thompson and Iulis have in each other as the creative team shines as much as the characters. Each of our five leads has their own story that makes their dynamic as a friend group when they meet up to be even more engaging. This makes the larger-than-life adventure the cast begin to be even more captivating. It all comes together for a series that is a must-read. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Aug 16, 2023

    The Cull #1 is a really solid start. There's the quibble that there wasn't much more pushback about what the individuals do at the end, but where's the fun in that? It's a debut that gives us some adventure but also emotional heart as well. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Charlie Ridgely Aug 16, 2023

    The first issue of The Cull does a lot to introduce the characters, providing the smallest possible hook for the massive sci-fi adventure that awaits in the rest of the series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    RatsKert Aug 19, 2023

    The art is gorgeous and engaging.
    The story has unlimited potential.
    The characters are already vibrant and with depth as well as obvious flaws and problems.
    This is the start of a great series of mini-series.(ongoing? What's that?)

  • 9.0
    Jawsh Aug 17, 2023

    Art and dialogue off the chain.
    Immediately wanted to read the next issue.
    Very strong debut issue from Kelly Thompson.

  • 9.0
    omnicitycomics Aug 11, 2023

    The Cull #1 by Kelly Thompson, art by Matia De Iulis, and letters by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou. I’ve been eagerly waiting for Kelly Thompson’s next Indie comic, and it does not disappoint.

    We’re introduced to a group of friends as they are getting ready to meet up to go shoot a short film near mysterious large black rocks by the beach. These mysterious rocks have spurred legends in their hometown, and have even brought some fame. While the group thinks they’re there to do something fun before they each go their separate ways after the summer, there’s one of them whose secret motive for being there will plunge them all into a horror filled meet up they could have never expected.

  • 8.5
    2birdsstoned815 Aug 16, 2023

    Review at (2:42) in video

  • 8.0
    fzanca Aug 28, 2023

    Kelly Thompson is always hit or miss for me. The artwork here is incredible. Very cinematic. But aside from introducing a few characters, nothing really happens. I'm reserving my review of this series until it gets a little deeper into story.

  • 8.0
    DDJamesB Aug 22, 2023

    Good set up issue. Nice revelation with a promise of more to come.

  • 7.0
    derbycomics Aug 16, 2023

    In between her stops at Marvel (Captain Marvel) & DC (Birds of Prey), Kelly Thompson has somehow found time to write The Cull, a 5-issue sci-fi horror series from Image Comics. Joining Thompson are Mattie De Iulis on art and colors and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou handling lettering. The series kicks off this week with the release of THE CULL #1.

    The issue is HEAVY on (really good) character development without any real plot development. The character Lux gets a few scenes of brilliant character building, one driven completely by the art and the other through a dialogue where we learn she’s dealing with an abusive adult male figure and an alcoholic mother. Other characters are also given complex backstories. However, if you take away more

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