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The Fuse #1

Writer: Antony Johnston Artist: Justin Greenwood Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: February 12, 2014 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 25 User Reviews: 6
7.6Critic Rating
6.0User Rating

Working homicide 22,000 miles up on an orbiting energy platform, in a five-mile-long jury-rigged steel city stuffed with a half million people, with no help from your so-called colleagues back on Earth, is more than's murder!

Cynical, foul-mouthed veteran ANTONY JOHNSTON (UMBRAL, Wasteland, Daredevil) gets partnered with fresh-faced idealist JUSTIN GREENWOOD (Wasteland, Resurrection) for a new crime series with attitude! Murder, mayhem, and mystery-22,000 miles straight up.

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Jen 'Miss J' Aprahamian Feb 13, 2014

    Sometimes a book just comes out that feels eerily tailored to one's personal preferences, and for me, this first issue is that book. Space. Murder. Cleverness. Pairing new-kid-in-town Dietrich with hard-boiled Klem is -- to use Klem's words -- a slam dunk. Not only are we getting some decidedly not-bland characters, but we get to watch them solve intriguing crimes in a neo-neo-noir setting. I'm going to call this one a must-read for fans of just about anything Image is putting out right now; there are notes reminiscent of both the gritty crime fare that fans of FATALE, TEN GRAND, and the like will enjoy, but also a healthy does of dystopic future adventure for BLACK SCIENCE, SAGA, and EAST OF WEST aficionados. Read Full Review

  • 10
    AiPT! - Sam Roche Feb 12, 2014

    Yes, if you are not already reading a copy of The Fuse #1, get one. From the sophisticated cover to the question-raising conclusion, this is a debut you don't want to miss. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    TheCultDen - Paul Robinson Mar 24, 2014

    I'm going to give this an almost perfect score - it's a pretty high accolade, but it is so very worth it. I don't think there was a single thing that I didn't enjoy about the title - it just comes together in a comfortable package, and the only thing I would have changed would have been for there to be more of it. I'm going to be pestering the boss here at Cult Den to get us future issues of this title because I definitely want to find out what happened! Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Multiversity Comics - James Johnston Feb 13, 2014

    "The Fuse" looks to be an incredibly interesting comic from Johnston (who has taken my PotW two times running now, and I promise its not due to nepotism) and Greenwood who's totally won me over through both his art and the solicitation describing him as a fresh-faced idealist. The mystery may not be totally set in quite yet, but there's enough in this world, carefully crafted by Greenwood and Johnston, to interest even the most tired fans of genre comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Florida Geek Scene - Jesse Scheckner Feb 19, 2014

    This book may remind you of cop dramas like Law & Order, The Killing and The Wire, it may have you waxing nostalgic about Brian Michael Bendis' initial Powers arc " and it should; writer Anthony Johnston gladly proclaims these influences, as well as others including Judge Dredd, Star Wars, Alien and, the granddaddy of them all, Sherlock Holmes. Like Bendis showed us earlier (and Alan Moore definitively demonstrated years before him), mysteries " namely detective stories " are tried-and-true formats for a reason: they ask a question, provide clues, a protagonist (or protagonists) to relate to (who, despite personal flaws, usually has a steadfast moral compass), and they tell a story of good vs. evil, right vs. wrong, truth vs. lie and light vs. dark. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    The MacGuffin - Matt LeMaire Feb 10, 2014

    As a debut issue, THE FUSE #1 is a strong entry and makes a great case for picking up the series. If you're a fan of detective stories, sci-fi or cop shows, you're in for a treat. Hell, even if you're not, this is a book worth picking up. As we're quickly thrust into an intriguing new sci-fi world along with Dietrich, you can't help but be excited for what's to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Fanboys Inc - Oz Feb 7, 2014

    I feel with enough issues under it's belt The Fuse could easily get picked up by a television station and created into a series. Short of that happening, procedural television is some of my favorite, and for it to have switched mediums so fluidly is amazing. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Bree Ogden Feb 14, 2014

    Im excited to see what these creators have in store for us. This first issue wasnt perfect, but it was pretty dang close. Its clear that Johnston is playing his cards close to the chest, leaving many questions unanswered, keeping you hanging on to the final pages begging for more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Kyle Rivest Feb 14, 2014

    The Fuse #1 is a really strong start to the series. It lays just enough ground work to get you interested in the characters and their circumstances. The setting is interesting, and so far it's very well thought out. I'm interested to see Johnston expand upon the station and the cast of characters. This story arc is subtitled The Russia Shift, referring specifically to the hours worked by the protagonists, and I'm curious to see if the book will continue to focus on them, or if later arcs will feature other shifts. Regardless, The Fuse is worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Michael Moccio Feb 11, 2014

    By starting the story at the moment the status quo gets disrupted, Johnston has propelled the readers head first into the narrative; by clearly defining sources of conflict, Johnston has also allowed the reader enough information to become engaged with the story. At first glance, this series seems like something easily passed over, but given a chance, it shows its true potential to the reader through its smart balance of characters and action. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    We The Nerdy - Eduardo Gueiros Feb 27, 2014

    Overall this issue is incredibly successful in introducing a promising series. This is undoubtedly an introductory issue since no significant plot develops. It is clear that everything featured in this issue is meant to set up the remaining narrative, which will likely be revealed at a slow and steady pace as the characters are slowly introduced. I, personally, am excited to see where Johnson takes us with The Fuse, and how this housing satellite will develop as the story unfolds. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Addicts - Anirudh Singh Feb 18, 2014

    As a first issue, The Fuse serves well to introduce the reader to the series. Recommended reading for all who enjoy scifi/mystery stories. However, will the series itself work or not is a question only time can answer. Time and the last page of the last issue in the series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerds Unchained - Connor Frigon Feb 14, 2014

    The Fuse #1 is a quick set up to what might be a long journey. In time, the series could be something special, a refreshing change of pace from the high minded sci-fi that seems to dominate the industry. Smart, funny and familiar, The Fuse should make you keep an eye on what comes next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Marykate Jasper Feb 12, 2014

    I'm interested to see that partnership develop alongside the world it's in, and I'd bet that by Issue #5 "The Fuse" will be what everyone's talking about. Why not get a head start? Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Feb 13, 2014

    This is murder, mayhem, and mystery22,000 miles straight up. Like all good cop stories, it'll live and die by the interaction of it's main pairing, and so far this is a decent one. The first issue left me intrigued. This'll be one to watch out for. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Rhymes With Geek - Ben Penfold-Marwick Feb 11, 2014

    Science fiction and comic books go hand in hand, and Johnston and Greenwood have thrown cop show into the mix with winning results. The bleak world introduced in issue one of The Fuse is filled with a satisfying amount of mystery and I want to return and see it all unfold. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comicosity - Jessica Boyd Feb 16, 2014

    There are no over the top surprises in store, but some clear world building is being done with this issue. It will be interesting to see where it goes, or how far out the story goes, from here. From the first initial page you can tell there is more mystery to this murder-mystery than this first issue probably reveals. So just how far outside of standard crime conventions this series will go is still an unknown. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Nerds On The Rocks - Josh Raj Feb 12, 2014

    Overall, The Fuse #1 was a slower moving issue that didn't have art that really grabbed your attention but the story left some mysteries that did just enough to keep you interested. This could be something that really picks things up in the next issue and can build an interesting universe especially with the new cop/old cop dynamic. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Jeremiah Peace Feb 12, 2014

    The first of a 5-part introductory arc, The Fuse #1 sets up a promising series backed by two very motivated and talented creators. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - mahargen Feb 11, 2014

    Not a perfect introduction to the story, but enough to keep me interested. I’ll be back for issue two with hopes the team ironed out some of the wrinkles and gotten themselves into more of a groove. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Big Comic Page - Chris Napier Feb 11, 2014

    All in all, this is a solid first outing, if not quite mind blowing just yet. One to watch. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Geeked Out Nation - Mark Pritchard Feb 14, 2014

    I hope that he finds an audience, because I really didn't hate his book, and I genuinely want people to succeed in life, not fail. It's an okay start to a murder story, if you like detective stuff. You have two cops, two murders and a puzzle to solve. That could be enough for some readers, but not for me. It wasn't interesting or original enough for me to invest any more time in it. It could get better as the series goes on, but it's lost me already. The future as realised in 'The Fuse' looks like a generic television cop show. You'd think it would be a bit more interesting than that, wouldn't you? Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - John Yohe Feb 18, 2014

    I'm not a fan of detective/cop stories by themselves, but I like them when mashed up with other genres, like a lot of the work of another Image writer/creator, Ed Brubaker. The buddy movie formula works here, and I really really like Klem. I also like seeing a plethora of people of color in a comic story. The world of The Fuse world is visually interesting, and the murders are intriguing: the cliffhanger at the end of issue #1 works well, leaving me curious to see what happens next, and impatient, once again, that I have to wait a month. I guess that's a good sign, but I'll say again that a lot of Image's stories lend themselves to collected volumes. I guess that's true of any good ongoing story though. Read Full Review

  • 5.8
    Culture Mass - Stephen Wilds Dec 31, 1969

    There is a lot of potential in a detective story in outer space, but not everything is settling with me in this low-gravity environment. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Feb 12, 2014

    Potential readers would be better served in seeking out any of these books, shows or movies rather than wasting their time with The Fuse. Read Full Review

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