They're Not Like Us #1

They're Not Like Us #1

Writer: Eric Stephenson Artist: Simon Gane Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: December 24, 2014 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 11
8.0Critic Rating
7.7User Rating

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Generation after generation, it's the same old S.O.S.:
There's no hope for the future, because young people think only of themselves.
They have no respect for authority. They think they know everything. They are arrogant. They are reckless. They want to tear the world apart.
In a time full of possibilities, yet rife with disappointment, the youth are changing.
They look the same, but they act different, think different, and have abilities we can only dream of.
They're not like us.

  • 10
    All-Comic - Ian Stephen Dec 24, 2014

    They're Not Like Us is the series you always wanted, but never knew it. A lot of creators have taken different approaches to bringing fresh ideas to super-powers and super-teams. However, with just one issue you can tell They're Not Like Us is something special. Thisis a series that really does have something for everyone. I highly recommend everyone check this series out now at the beginning before you start hearing everyone else talking about it. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    Multiversity Comics - Alice W. Castle Dec 18, 2014

    “They're Not Like Us” #1 from Eric Stephenson, Simon Gane and Jordie Bellaire is dropping on December 24, and for fans of “Nowhere Men” or the X-Men, I would say it is definitely worth checking out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    We The Nerdy - Josh McCullough Dec 24, 2014

    The art by Simone Gane is very strong and is the perfect fit for the story, enhancing many parts of the narrative with some clever techniques which I wont spoil, but which were very dramatic and impactful. Even without the story, the art would look absolutely gorgeous, the environments in particular look varied and grand and are a treat to pour over and soak in the atmosphere. The colours from Jordie Bellaire really help sell the atmosphere of these locals and keep the book looking varied and fresh. To top it off, the books design from Fonografiks is an excellent example of his less is more approach to design, ensuring that this book looks top notch in every regard. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Dec 23, 2014

    It would be far too easy to simply call this a new spin on the X-Men or a deconstruction of the marvelous Silver Age. Instead, They're Not Like Us updates those core anxieties that plagued the kids of the 1960s, and transplants them to the angst that a myriad of choices gives the so-called "Millennial" generation. In doing so, it embodies the spirit of the original Silver Age books, but filters them through something far more literate and not necessarily heading in the same direction as your average cape. This is definitely one to watch in 2015. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Coming Up Comics - David Melton Dec 23, 2014

    I can't recommend this book enough. Read Full Review

  • 8.4 - Chase Magnett Dec 15, 2014

    You want to read Theyre Not Like Us #1 for that precise look and feel as much as anything else. The ideas and design of this series are all locked in place and ready for presentation. It is cold in places, but that becomes a forgivable necessity. Theyre Not Like Us #1 is a beautifully constructed introduction to a complex examination of youth in revolt. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran Dec 16, 2014

    Jordie Bellaire makes some smart coloring choices. Almost avoiding shades and gradient tones all together, Bellaire raises Gane's lines, which could have been lost with a muted color palette. Better still, by avoiding the use of heavy shading, Bellaire is stepping in line with the story and concept. For those with the power, there is no true gray. No middle ground. They are better than us, so why mask it with muted colors? Even the lettering of this book generates a feeling of roughness, but never amateur, a balance that is so rarely achieved. They're Not Like Us is an extremely impressive debut from a visual stance. While the story doesn't hook the reader immediately, Stephenson manages to ask all the right questions to elevate this comic into one people should read and certainly be excited for more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Dec 24, 2014

    Reading a brand new series can be thrilling. You're never quite sure what to expect when you're about to be introduced to new characters and a new comic book world. THEY'RE NOT LIKE US starts out with the similar concept of a person discovering they have special abilities and someone coming in to take them away and save them. You'll soon discover that this is not the story you've seen before. Eric Stephenson takes the idea of people being different and explores where their motivations might lead them. With Simon Gane doing the art and Jordie Bellaire, there is a really nice feel to the book that separates it from all the costumed super-hero books on the comic store shelves. While we do get a good introduction to the very large and very diverse cast, there is still a lot we don't know. This is the first issue after all. There is enough of a hook to make you want to come back to see where exactly all of this will lead. I'm definitely intrigued with this series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Brian Reed Jan 7, 2015

    I may have enjoyed They're Not Like Us, but a few huge flaws kept me from loving it. I'd stick around to see how the selfish mutant angle plays out, I'm actually pretty excited about that. It's got some promise, but I don't think you'd be missing much by picking up the series with issue #2. And with any luck, they'll never refer to each other by name again… That would help a lot. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Dec 25, 2014

    Potentially can go somewhere interesting, though too much of an X-Men rip-off for the time being. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Dec 16, 2014

    Outside of Syd, Stephenson's characters are well-versed in their abilities and confidently live their lives above the law, without seeming like outright criminals. The subtlety of their natures gives them a sinister edge; much like the way Stephenson is saving the usage of their powers for future issues, he also holds back on revealing their outright personalities. Gane provides a notion with the characters' facial expressions, which may or may not be indicative of what Stephenson has in store, further selling readers on sticking with the series based on this less-is-more approach. "They're Not Like Us" #1 is definitely not like any other teenage mutant comic, and that's what makes Stephenson and Gane's issue so strong. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Booked - Magen Cubed Dec 28, 2014

    Theyre Not Like Us is a solid book with some interesting story elements and great artwork. It has a lot of promise, and given more issues will hopefully develop its world and characters. Until then, its still worth picking up if youre in the market for a new take on the superhero genre. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Jonny Stone Jan 2, 2015

    A solid introduction to what has the potential to be a dark, refreshing and subversive superhero title Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Dec 25, 2014

    They're Not Like Us #1 is a perfectly fine and decent enough start to this new series. It has an interesting concept so far and very sympathetic characters, but not much has happened yet. The premiere issue focused solely on setup and not much else. At this point, I would only recommend checking this title out after the second issue is released, so you have much more to chew on than just this one alone. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Denise Blakely Dec 27, 2014

    While feeling much like something we've all read and seen before, They're Not Like Us might be worth a read. To be completely honest, I can't really say for sure or not at this point. The cliffhanger that the issue ends on is the only thing that keeps me hanging on. That judgment call can't become a positive for me until I see issue 2. I waver on the fence between done before and it could really take a different interesting turn. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Outright Geekery - Gaumer Dec 27, 2014

    Like I said, there's a ton of potential in They're Not Like Us #1 but this single issue confuses quite a bit more than it entertains. The pacing is way off, and there are instances that are completely confusing. Yes, there is a certain X-Men quality that could be associated here, but that association is quickly lost by the reveal of the ultimately evil backdrop. While at its heart, X-Men is about overcoming our differences to find unity and equality. They're Not Like Us is taking the low road, showcasing a group of extraordinary people taking advantage of a society that couldn't possibly understand or stop them from doing whatever it is that they want to do. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comicosity - Jessica Boyd Dec 28, 2014

    There is zero doubt thisantagonistic, selfish approachis on purpose. It is supposed to run as a commentary on a generation. However,it feels like two dimensional character structure. It runs parallel to many popular teen television shows, much in the vein of aformulaic pilot episode for the CW Network. Given more issues and a chance for more plot twists and things could change in this story about young people with gifts. However, with series like Jupiter'sLegacy and TheWicked + The Divineproviding multiple layers of story telling, the need for a more unique point of view will need to show itself very quickly. If you enjoy single stories, without anything below the surface or complicated, this issue is for you. For others, it's still a wait and see what happens. Read Full Review

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