The Surface #1

The Surface #1

Writer: Ales Kot Artist: Langdon Foss, Jordie Bellaire Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: March 11, 2015 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 10
7.2Critic Rating
6.1User Rating

What would happen if Moebius and District 9 had a baby? Maybe THE SURFACE!

Welcome to Africa. Ebola is no longer a problem. The West and the East are moving in-and three hacker lovers are searching Tanzania for the place that can change everything: THE SURFACE!

The first issue of a mind-bending action SF epic drawn by the esteemed LANGDON FOSS (Get Jiro!, Winter Soldier) and colored by the Eisner-winning JORDIE BELLAIRE (everything)! THE SURFACE!

  • 10
    Comic Booked - Julien Loeper Mar 10, 2015

    I could go on and on about spatial design and how it relates to the radical philosophy found in this book, but as space and time are limited for me, Im just going to say this. I love this book, but I want to see how it is going forward before making any snap judgments about renewal of faith and perfectionism. Therefore Im going to give this a perfect score, but a perfect score doesnt necessarily mean a perfect comic. If I looked more critically, I could definitely find something about this I would call flawed. Still, my time is limited. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Rhymes With Geek - Wesley Messer Mar 11, 2015

    The Surface has it all for me and I'm only revealing so much as the pleasure of reading it should be savored. I hope allof you out there give this booka chance and take time to embrace the ride this comic will take you on. This is a comic that gave me wonder, joy, and made me excited to see what the future will hold for it. The Surface is going to be an amazing journey; onethat I plan to be on for the long haul. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    We The Nerdy - Josh McCullough Mar 11, 2015

    While I have focused largely on the writing so far, as really it is the main draw here, the role of Foss as artist should not be understated. He is giving some really difficult challenges during the book with some really weird ideas that he has to visualise and he does an incredible job of it. The last page in particular is worth the price of entry alone, looking like a surreal masterpiece of art which seems to pop with new details and oddities the more you look at it. Designer Tom Muller has to be commended once again, for his unique minimalist style furthering the unique look of the book and presenting a comic unlike anything Ive seen in a long time. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Katy Rex Mar 12, 2015

    This is an extremely solid first issue, and with so much more to learn about this world, it's hard to have to wait another month for the next one. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Marykate Jasper Mar 16, 2015

    "The Surface" #1 goes all in, so there will certainly be readers who hate what it's doing. As much fun as I had puzzling it out, if it doesn't sound like your type of book, you're likely quite right. However, if you're in the market for a trippy hacker odyssey, you're going to love "The Surface." Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Michelle White Mar 13, 2015

    The first issue of "The Surface" adds up to a big ol' heap of ideas with " and this is integral " a thread of narrative coherence just strong enough to hold it all together. This thread isn't what will have people coming back for a second issue, though; the appeal here is largely the ideas and the art, in isolation from one another. That's not an ideal combination, but it does have its own flavour and charisma. Established Langdon Foss or Ales Kot fans will certainly get their jollies here; and those who have been skeptical of the latter may find themselves pleasantly surprised. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Edward Mar 10, 2015

    In short, while I do enjoy this title, its message or direction is exceptionally muddled. Somewhere between a comic book and an essay, this definitely has a cult readership ahead of it. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    AiPT! - Sam Roche Mar 12, 2015

    There are parts to The Surface #1 that I really liked, but due to a lack of clarity and some off-putting expositional bits placed throughout, I can't say it's great yet. For me right now it appears that this is going the way of Change, but I'll still be around next issue just because I trust the author. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Forrest Hollingsworth Mar 11, 2015

    The Surface is built on an interesting idea, it just needs some room to breathe and hone in because right now it’s a massive undertaking to even see if you’re interested. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Capeless Crusader - Nathan Brown Mar 12, 2015

    While I enjoyed THE SURFACE, it's very easy to get lost in the vast amount of text on a page. It takes its time trying to get its message across, lingering on the scientific theory's presented throughout the book. This first issue isn't generally gripping, but it has peeked my curiosity and will hopefully improve by the second issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez Mar 11, 2015

    What hinders The Surface is its inaccessibility to a general audience. Perhaps thats intentional? Also, considering how much material this creative team is trying to present, waiting for a new issue every month will hurt the overall impact. This book is worth checking out, but Id recommend waiting for the trade paperback release. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Mar 14, 2015

    The Surface may very well become a smash hit. It might also have a cult following that swears to the genius of the story. Either way I do not believe this comic is for everyone. For me, it throws too many ideas and dumps too much information on a reader that a single issue could possibly support. When you back that up with three uninteresting characters you have a very difficult read to get through. I liked the artwork a lot but it wasn't enough to get the story to rise to a level that I found interesting. Take a chance and you might fall in love with this comic book. At $3.50 for twenty-eight pages you get a bargain no matter how much you enjoy the comic. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Steven E. Paugh Mar 11, 2015

    I'll stick around The Surface for a couple more issues to see if its depth is anything more than the facade its name implies, but I do so warily and with no small amount of anxiety that his so-called "Psychomagic" is all just smoke and mirrors. Read Full Review

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