The Tithe #1
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The Tithe #1

Writer: Matt Hawkins Artist: Rahsan Ekedal Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: April 15, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 8
7.8Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

A heist story unlike any before! Mega-churches are being robbed for millions of dollars by a crusader hacker group known as Samaritan who is giving the money to causes they deem more worthy. This modern day "Robin Hood" is being pursued by two FBI agents who actually admire their quarry but want to stop the theft before it escalates.

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Apr 19, 2015

    I haven't always been a fan of the books and stories that Top Cow have chosen to tell, but I was pleasantly surprised at just how much I enjoyed this issue and the controversial topics it introduces. Although it may run the risk of offending some, the creative team does a great job of balancing both sides of the issue by writing a strong main character who I'm looking forward to reading more about. I've read a lot of comics this week and this first issue stood out the amongst the pack! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comix I Read - Tyler Omichinski Apr 16, 2015

    If politics is your bag, or you have issues with the rise of mega-churchs that have pastors that have annual salaries in the millions, this piece is for you. In terms of being a good heist piece; it may be a bit early to tell. The set-up seems to be good so far, but there are a couple areas where I'm worried its going to fall into some cliches. These have not yet come to fruition, but it remains entirely possible that the team here may yet snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Apr 15, 2015

    Hawkins and Ekedal have crafted a winner with The Tithe #1. Their unique take on a heist book definitely has me intrigued and I will be back for more issues, without a doubt. This is some great writing paired with some excellent art and definitely worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    The Latest Pull - Barry Donnelly Apr 16, 2015

    The Tithe first and foremost wants to be an original heist story exploring the contemporary topics of anonymous hacktivism and megachurch fraud, but whether he likes it or not Hawkins has been drawn into a dialogue about religion. With only the cop side of the cops and robbers story presented so far, we have the makings of an intriguing second issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    IGN - Mike Logsdon Apr 16, 2015

    While the main premise is definitely intriguing, it's with these characters where the series finds both emotional depth and an interesting intellectual debate. In the end, a few scenes do go on a bit long, but the overall story is interesting enough to carry things through. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Kevin Finnigan Apr 17, 2015

    A Robin Hood style comic that never feels like that, and surprised me in some great ways Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Cat McGlinn Apr 15, 2015

    Good guys! Bad guys! Cool heists! Religion! Overall, its just a damn good story. Looking forward to #2. Well done guys. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Jeremy Matcho Apr 18, 2015

    Introductory issues have to hook a reader or they may pass on the book, and The Tithe should be able to snag readers. Matt Hawkins is putting together a nice streak of good book lately and this should be added to the list. Rahsan Ekedal did great work on this issue and certainly looks to have a bright future in the business. The Tithe is a book that deserves a read, the good writing and excellent art will keep you coming back. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Richard Gutierrez May 29, 2015

    This first issue is a bit overbearing sometimes with the philosophical and religious issues ingrained within the story; it is not for everyone and may be found objectionable to those whose belief systems who do not tolerate such rigorous questioning. But it is a refreshing read for those who would keep an open mind and need a break from the monotony of explosions of littering the comical landscape. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Mar 27, 2015

    The Tithe #1 represents a quality romp into rebellious wilderness that's bound to turn heads. It might upset people but after they finish kicking up dirt they'll realize that what the creative team gives us is worth a look as this comes recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Apr 15, 2015

    "The Tithe" #1 is a very well-composed introduction that's both relevant to issues of the day and uses some traditional story elements, which combine to deliver a strong and approachable story with a fresh flavor. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    We The Nerdy - Josh McCullough Apr 14, 2015

    The art by Ekedal is similarly great and incredibly well designed. If youve never seen a mega church it may seem like more of a satire but his depiction seems very accurate and its reveal is very well done. I love the little details he sprinkles throughout the books such as the Jesus masks which push the themes of the book to the forefront and give the book a unique style. Theres not too many crazy things he gets to draw in the issue but he handles the material very well and hopefully hell get the chance to prove himself in later issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Apr 15, 2015

    While the main cops and robbers story is very familiar, the setting has changed. The fact the target is rather appropriate and in the news as to largesse makes it all the more familiar. The Tithe might be a bit blasphemous, but it's the type of blasphemy I enjoy. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Multiversity Comics - Stephenson Ardern-Sodje Apr 16, 2015

    The subject matter that "The Tithe" is setting out to cover is an inherently tricky one. Religion is a divisive issue, and the human element of religion often gets overlooked in favour of more esoteric arguments. But, by focussing on how corruption and temptation are forces that pervade every aspect of humanity, as well as staying firmly rooted in the physical, rather than the spiritual, Hawkins and Edekel might've just invented a whole new genre of comic-book, 'The Mega-Church Heist'. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Florida Geek Scene - Brian Downes Apr 22, 2015

    The Tithe is written by Matt Hawkins. The artist is Rahsan Ekedal. It is produced by Minotaur Press, a Top Cow Productions Company. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny Hughes Apr 18, 2015

    With the heist premise in play, the book could turn into a procedural story. Hopefully the ambiguity of those stealing the money from the church or the church using the money collected disingenuously will come more to the front and create some tension. As it stands, with everyone, bar the ministers, on the same page the book feels a little flat. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Alex Gradet Apr 21, 2015

    Southern Baptist Campbell is conservative; hacker Miller is an atheist wiseass. Samaritans unseen lead hacker taunt-texts Miller whos been on their trail for ages. Not that this isnt a recipe for fun, but the familiarity of the beats feels like it couldve taken up less page-space, and kept the story moving. Add to it an epilogue that lays Campbell and Millers secular/non-secular debate out in plain terms, and the heist opener feels more an exception than the rule. Curiosity may carry me to a second issue, but heres hoping for more peak than valley. Read Full Review

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