The Dead Hand #1

Writer: Kyle Higgins Artist: Stephen Mooney, Jordie Bellaire Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: April 11, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 15
8.8Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

"COLD WAR RELICS," Part One: Carter Carlson was a highly decorated operative during the Cold War. But in the fall of 1991, as the Soviet Union collapsed, Carter discovered a secret that not only changed his life... but also altered the course of history. Now, as the mysterious "Dead Hand" threatens to end the world once again, the only thing standing in its way is the relationship between an old spy and a little boy.

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Ben Snyder Apr 11, 2018

    The Dead Hand #1 is an expertly paced and drawn beginning chapter into a promisingly great new original series. While initially reluctant to read the rest of the issue in the beginning, the ending spin fostered a new hope for the story that it hopefully can cash in on. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Geekery Magazine - Lucas Fashina Apr 12, 2018

    Out of 5 stars I give it a 5. The strengths of this book are almost too many to cite. Though the Cold War provides a basic structural backbone the attention to character building and complexity means it can spawn a nearly endless array of individual stories.If the writing in #1 stays as strong through the course of Dead Hand, it could definitely find interest from fans outside of normal comic readers and blow the roof off the office box. I would definitely recommend picking up the 1st issue for the read and I am adding the Dead Hand to my pull list. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Apr 10, 2018

    A strong first issue that sets up a wicked twist on the spy genre. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Capeless Crusader - Jeremy Radick Apr 3, 2018

    The latest entry into spy genre from Image Comics, The Dead Hand #1 is a lean, mean and gripping debut issue, anchored by instantly compelling characters, top-notch art and design, and one hell of an intriguing hook. Written by Kyle Higgins with art by Stephen Mooney, The Dead Hand #1 is an assured and effective premiere issue that sets up a wealth of compelling concepts, characters and mysteries. If lean, taut action and killer art is your thing, you can't do better than this. It's an issue that immediately sucks you in and makes you eager for issue #2, and features a creative team firing on absolutely every cylinder. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Weird Science - Andrew McAvoy Apr 14, 2018

    I've had a very good week with comic books, but I have to say this has been my favorite. When people turn to me and say what is an example of an almost perfect comic book, it will be this one. I bought it in hard copy even though I have a digital copy. One point that I found curious - who's the woman on the front cover with the gun and the crucifix? My money's on Carter's sister but who knows? Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Outright Geekery - William Pace Apr 11, 2018

    Spys, plot twists and turns Carter Carlson's got to deal with it all in The Dead Hand #1. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Gearid Maoldomnaigh Mar 19, 2018

    The Dead Hand is the kind of the intelligent spy fiction that the medium needs more of. The creative team have something truly special on their hands with a cliffhanger that will leave you coming back again and again. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Do You Even Comic Book Apr 12, 2018

    I will most certainly be returning for the second issue of this series, and not just because we need more reviews on the site.The Dead Hand's final page compels me to. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Brazen Bull - Dave Robbins Apr 10, 2018

    This is a unique and surprising story that appears to be going one way and ends up in an entirely different place. Action and unexpected disclosures abound in this strongly written and gorgeously illustrated story. I can't wait for the next installment. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez Apr 10, 2018

    There is passion, talent and skill embedded within every page and, nothing feels inconsequential. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Doom Rocket - Brendan F. Hodgdon Apr 10, 2018

    As far as debut issues go, this is certainly a top-tier example of how to do it right. The creative team works well together to craft a detailed mystery that clearly still has a lot left to reveal about its world and its characters. I'm confident that The Dead Hand will be providing us with some great thrills throughout this summer, and beyond. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Apr 13, 2018

    The Dead Hand #1 is an excellent start to what is sure to be an enthralling Cold War conspiracy comic about an interesting lead, an apocalyptic weapon, and elaborate conspiracies. Higgins, Mooney, and Bellaire each do excellent work in this book, and I highly recommend giving it a read. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Comicsverse - AJ Zender Apr 13, 2018

    While some of the plot is a bit confusing, the overall experience of THE DEAD HAND #1 is very satisfying. With spectacular art by Mooney and Bellaire, and a really intense opening sequence, this is a series to watch in the coming months. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Apr 11, 2018

    Higgins' story feels like a slow burn at this point, but he's buoyed by some superb artistic partners with Mooney, Bellaire and letterer Clayton Cowles - that said, it's also hard to place expectations on where this book is headed (or even its central premise) since it's going so far out of its way to be mysterious. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Devon Browning Apr 16, 2018

    A good mix of familiar conflicts and new adaptation to the 'complex soldier' story where art beats text this time around. Lots of potential, but satisfies readers all the same. Worth an addition to subscriptions. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comicosity - Nick Hanover Apr 12, 2018

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  • 6.0 - Chase Magnett Apr 11, 2018

    For every nugget of an idea worth exploring, there's a repeated image that suggests this series doesn't have the legs to last or live up to its own title. Read Full Review

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