The Deviant #1

Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Joshua Hixson Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: November 15, 2023 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 16
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8.6User Rating

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As snow falls over Milwaukee in 1972, a blood-stained Santa Claus commits unimaginable atrocities against young men. Fifty years later, a troubled young writer interviews this so-called "Deviant Killer," who still maintains his innocence from behind bars. And as Christmas approaches once again, the past returns, wielding a sharpened ax. Eisner-winning writer JAMES TYNION IV (W0RLDTR33, THE DEPARTMENT OF TRUTH) and acclaimed artist JOSHUA HIXSON (The Plot, Children of the Woods) unite for a pitch-black holiday horror story.

  • 10
    Geek'd Out - Cameron Kieffer Nov 15, 2023

    While Tynions storytelling prowess is evident, he has a perfect partner in artist Joshua Hixson, who manages to move the narrative forward with nary a word. His character designs are simple, yet complex, evoking the likes of David Aja and Chris Samnee, while maintaining his own distinct style. Hixson handles moments both big and small, from the tiniest flicker of emotion in our protagonists face to a full-page scene of literal blood and guts. Not to be outdone, letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou manages to include his own artistic flair, from the large captions announcing a new set piece to the disturbing sound effects that seem to have an eerie texture of their own. Like the film Suspiria,The Deviantis a grotesque thing of beauty that will shake you to your very core. Dont believe me? Pick up a copy and see for yourselfif you dare. Read Full Review

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    Comic Watch - Theron Couch Nov 15, 2023

    Horror fans will find a lot to like here. Certainly there is the horror imagery such as the mutilated bodies and the rail thin killer Santa Clause. The flashback to Michaels childhood where deviant activities, pardon the pun, became tied up with Maichels developing identity is ugly because of modern day events. And main character Michaelis somehow not right. The Deviant #1 is horror meant to disturb and discomfort. It succeeds at both. Read Full Review

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    Capes & Tights - Justin Soderberg Nov 16, 2023

    The Deviant is an outstanding comic that is sure to become a classic. It's the perfect blend of horror and holidays, brilliantly written and illustrated. The characters are relatable, the dialogue is sharp and witty, and the artwork is stunning. The Deviant is just what we needed in the wide world of comics. Read Full Review

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    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Nov 15, 2023

    Be warned, the book features language that some would find offensive; being locked in prison has given the alleged Deviant Killer something of a closed mind when it comes to looking at his own place within the world of 1973 and the following years. Tynion's holiday of horror provides much thought provoking and unease. The most wonderful tine of the year? Humbug! Read Full Review

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    Multiversity Comics - Matthew Blair Nov 17, 2023

    A haunting and intense horror story that feels incredibly personal and doesnt need the trappings of a major holiday to be effective. Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - Charlie Ridgely Nov 15, 2023

    The Deviant #1 satisfies on multiple fronts. If you're just looking for a murder story set at Christmastime, the comic book delivers that ten times over. Read Full Review

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    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Nov 13, 2023

    The Deviant #1 is one of the most impressive first issues of a comic book we've had in 2023. James Tynion and Joshua Hixson knock it out of the park creating story you can't help but be immersed by. This may be most terrifying version of Santa Clause we have seen. It's definitely a must read for fans of horror. Read Full Review

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    Gonkbonk - Javier Reyes Nov 16, 2023

    Tynion and Hixson hit a horror home run for the holidays with The Deviant. The debut issue masterfully pulls you into its unsettling, gory, and psychologically captivating story centered on a very twisted man. Read Full Review

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    Lotusland Comics - Hank Rea Nov 16, 2023

    Tense and unnerving, Tynion and Hixson's 'The Deviant' delivers an atmospheric seasonal slasher story for the holidays with style. It's a white-knuckle thriller. Read Full Review

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    AIPT - David Brooke Nov 14, 2023

    There's something truly haunting and chilly about The Deviant, not unlike Robert Eggers' The Witch. Mood and tension come together in an excellent opening issue that's filled with unease. There's a hopelessness that rings throughout that makes it hard to put this book down. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Nov 15, 2023

    The story as a whole is intriguing with some gruesome murders and two characters who are more psychological than slasher. You can see the influences for The Deviant #1 and it takes what works from them and uses them really well. More importantly, it's just entertaining horror that promises to slash through the cheer of the holiday season and deliver a bloody good time. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Comicbook Dispatch - dragoncache Nov 15, 2023

    A comic writer seeking a key to his past finds affinity with a condemned killer in The Deviant #1. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Nov 15, 2023

    Hixsons art is brilliantly dark. The visual style is perfect for the type of story being created and the moments with the killer are brutally beautiful. Read Full Review

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