The Discipline #1

The Discipline #1

Writer: Peter Milligan Artist: Leandro Fernandez Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: March 2, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 9
6.5Critic Rating
6.3User Rating

Between fighting her sister and hating her husband, Melissa still finds time to fall in lust with a stranger who's an awful lot more than he seems. What appears to be a simple seduction is revealed as something much darker and more dangerous. This controversial and erotically-charged tale of sex, death, and metamorphosis begins with an explosion of carnality and weirdness.

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny Hughes Mar 2, 2016

    The Discipline is going to be an odd book. With its graphic natures, it will garner a lot of fans, who may then end up disappointed as the book, very much like relationships move from the initial lust stage, travels along its way. The book is more than just sex which, rather than being its own conclusion, is actually the vehicle used for the journey. If you are looking for a dark story, with horror overtures with strong dialogue and compelling characters, then give this book a try. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Capeless Crusader - Josh Epstein Feb 14, 2016

    The first issue of The Discipline is a bit of a tease. It offers up a taste of the dark, mystical, sensuous world which the series will explore without delivering on the promise by the last page. Peter Milligan is obviously going for the "always leave 'em wanting more" approach, and in that he succeeds admirably. Aided by the delightfully smooth, clean art work of Leandro Fernandez, Milligan has delivered an excellent first installment in what should be a tremendously fascinating, edgy series, earning a truly exciting 9/10. - See more at: Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Comicsverse - Marco Cunalata Mar 4, 2016

    Creators Peter Milligan and Leonardo Fernandez create a strange world filled with monsters and sex! They deliver an unsettling comic that will leave you as tense as the unsatisfied protagonist, Melissa. It's a book that connects with you on a carnal level, if you can handle it! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Mar 5, 2016

    Milligans script brings us into the real life of Melissa- filled with gossip, desires, and self-doubt, and smashes it into the contrast of the very disturbing world Orlando brings to the scene. Fernandezs art is soft, calm and mesmerizing at times, and with the quick cuts to demons and the slaughterhouse, changes to imagery of sheer terror. The emotion seen and unseen here really make helps build the character of not only Melissa, but of Orlando and his intentions as well. This debut issue is a dark, disturbing, and sexually charged- and almost guarantees that the road will become far more menacing as the story progresses. Just remember, this is a mature readers book for a reason: keep this one out of the reach of young ones. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Mar 10, 2016

    The first issue gave me just enough to capture my attention and while I'm not really sure where this story is headed, I'm definitely interested in finding out. The Discipline could be placed in the genres of erotic thriller, monster/horror, or romance and fit nicely into each. That seems like it may be too much, but it actually works and I'm looking forward to more! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AiPT! - Chris Hassan Mar 2, 2016

    We just might not be willing to admit where we've seen them before. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Mar 3, 2016

    All in all, this is a pretty good start to the series. We have our protagonist and we know that her life is about to change a lot. How it’s going to change is implied but never clearly stated, so I’m a bit curious as to where Milligan is going to take the plot from here. If you’re interested in some insanely erotic storytelling, definitely check this issue out. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Mar 6, 2016

    Very much in the vein of a horror-tinged '50 Shades Of Grey', and not for the faint of heart... Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Graphic Policy - Ryan C. (trashfilmguru) Mar 7, 2016

    The first couple of pages of this issue hint at a possible sexual assault and its aftermath, but when the scene being presaged actually comes to pass within the context and flow of the story proper, it's no more clear what's happening to our obviously-out-of-her-depth "heroine" than it was at the start. A painting comes to life " yes, you read that correctly, but if you're readingArt Ops that's probably no shock " and more than likely rapes her while Orlando scurries off to some other dimension, point in time, or both to discuss her "suitability" for their little "club" with his apparent "masters." I'm tempted to say "some first date, huh?," but as we're talking about a possible sexual assault here, that would probably come off as being far too glib and so I'll just forget all about that line even though I already blurted it out. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Mar 2, 2016

    "The Discipline" #1 is off to a slightly average and predictable start, and that's a little frustrating, as Milligan is not only known for his off-beat and interesting ideas, but his work with Fernandez on "The Names" too. With any luck, future issues will play up on the elements hinted in this first issue, which will make "The Discipline" different from other types of stories. For now, however, those bits are too small to really stand out. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Big Comic Page - Andrew McGlinn Mar 4, 2016

    Looking past that, there are some intriguing elements to the story, but I dont think what has been shown in this first issue is juicy enough to completely hook the reader. Im not sure that if I had purchased part one that I would absolutely purchase part two. Perhaps as a throwaway buy, to see some more of the art and if the story gets better through morbid curiosity. Its an unfortunate side effect of todays generation that if something doesnt grip you immediately its generally discarded, I fear that unless part two is something sensational that The Discipline may fall by the wayside. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Flip Geeks - Tonichi Regalado Feb 17, 2016

    Overall, The Discipline #1 has the potential to deliver a dark fantasy but falls short on execution and style. Definitely stick around for the second issue to see if it's worth the read! Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comicosity - Allen Thomas Mar 2, 2016

    Without future issues or a more complete story, its hard to fully gauge The Discipline #1, but regardless I would exercise caution with the issues framing. Through the art we catch glimpses of the horror and occult themes, but in execution the story comes off as creepy and exploitative. I hope that the series departs from this tone, as it makes reading uncomfortable and reminds me of changes that the comic industry has needed to make for decades regarding the relationship to women, sex, and assault. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    IGN - Jeff Lake Mar 3, 2016

    Peter Milligan sets the tone early, the script's blend of sex and monsters initially intriguing. The problem is, there's little of note beyond those two elements to this first issue or, perhaps more specifically, little that connects them in any concrete way. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Mar 1, 2016

    There is a lot to be intrigued by in The Discipline, the most tantalizing thred being the physical transformation that Melissa will seemingly undergo, one that is teased in the opening pages. Yet before we can get to this, we must wade through a darkness that is oftentimes more disturbing than erotic, and troubling in its implications. Milligan isn't the first to use sex, magic and monsters as metaphorical playthings in the quest for fantasy, yet it must be recognized that The Discipline treads a very thin line between that and using the female lead as a plaything in the pursuit of story. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Nerds Unchained - Jeremy Radick Mar 3, 2016

    I want to be clear, that I don't think that's what Milligan and Fernandez are intentionally doing. They want Melissa to be a rounded protagonist who may be flawed but is still compelling and three-dimensional. But in this issue at least, she simply isn't. She comes across as no more nuanced than the heroine of a Lifetime movie, and unless the creators can breathe some real life into her, make her feel real and complex and make her journey more compelling and driven by the choices she is making, then all the manipulative sex and weird occult machinations are going to simply become unsavoury. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comic Bastards - Steven E. Paugh Mar 2, 2016

    Unfortunately, that isn't enough to keep me on-board with The Discipline. I'm not dropping it necessarily out of protest, but because it does not do well the thing it's trying to do, relying too heavily on the manufactured hype of reputation that precedes it. Satisfy your own curiosity in reading it if you must, but don't expect the satisfying sexual experience you may be promised. Read Full Review

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