Universal Monsters: Creature From The Black Lagoon Lives! #1
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Universal Monsters: Creature From The Black Lagoon Lives! #1

Writer: Dan Watters, Ram V Artist: Matthew Roberts, Dave Stewart Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: April 24, 2024 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 12
8.5Critic Rating
7.2User Rating

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MINISERIES PREMIERE
A NEW HORROR DREAM TEAM RESURRECTS ONE OF THE MOST ICONIC MONSTERS  Acclaimed creators DAN WATTERS (HOME SICK PILOTS,  Lucifer), RAM V (The Many Deaths of Laila Starr, Batman: Detective Comics), and MATTHEW ROBERTS (MANIFEST DESTINY) rise from the depths for an all-new epic.  
Years after the events of the original film, journalist Kate Marsden hunts for a notorious serial killer in the heart of the Amazon. Hot on the trail of this madman, she soon encounters an unexpected new threat-but is it friend or foe? Or is it simply... THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON?

  • 9.5
    Graphic Policy - Brant Lewis Apr 24, 2024

    The creative team has charted a fascinating course in uncharted waters for the beloved franchise. They show why the Universal Monsters have lasted so long while connecting to different people across generations. As the original movie celebrates its seventieth anniversary in 2024, this comic is a perfect reminder of its well-earned legacy in the horror genre. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Nerd Initiative - Hopsgeeknews Apr 24, 2024

    This is a strong entry issue as we expand our Universal Monsters universe. The artwork and writing go hand in hand, and they craft a cinematic experience within the pages. They did a great job not giving us too much in the first issue. The creators are slowly building up their story which I believe is a strength to the comic. I am very excited to see where this goes. It will be an absolute pull each month! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Capes & Tights - Justin Soderberg Apr 25, 2024

    Creature from the Black Lagoon Lives! #1 is a fantastic start to what promises to be an exciting new series. With strong writing, stunning artwork, and a unique take on a classic story, this series has all the makings of a standout hit. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Watch - Anthony Bergamini Apr 24, 2024

    Creature From The Black Lagoon Lives! #1 is a great follow up to the previous Universal Monster series, Dracula, that pays homage and builds upon the world of the original movie in a wonderful way. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Apr 24, 2024

    Roberts delivers some beautifully detailed art that perfectly captures the tone of the story. The visuals showcase the dense jungle location as well as the danger all around. I loved the opening images and how they connect with the main character. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comical Opinions - Gabriel Hernandez Apr 26, 2024

    UNIVERSAL MONSTERS: CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON LIVES! #1 lays a solid foundation for what promises to be an intriguing tale of horror and mystery. While the limited presence of the creature is a cause for concern, the engaging protagonist and atmospheric artwork help to compensate for this shortfall. We eagerly anticipate the subsequent issues and hope to see a greater focus on the creatures role in the story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Chris Coplan Apr 23, 2024

    As the Creature from the Black Lagoon emerges, we're promised not just teeth and claws but a textured mystery with just as much emotional strength. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Gonkbonk - Javier Reyes Apr 24, 2024

    Despite some murky areas in the early parts of the issue, Creature from the Black Lagoon Lives #1 ends with a strong enough emotional hook that will make you want to see more of what lurks underneath the surface of this chilling comic book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Apr 24, 2024

    With monsters of all sorts taking refuge in the fascinating and intimidating terrain of the Amazon, Creature from the Black Lagoon Lives! possesses the still-outstanding aesthetic and fascinating premise of its source material. But the choice to update the narrative with new perspectives and antagonists proves exceedingly wise in this introduction, refocusing the series on modern storytelling by some of the best writers and artists operating in comics today. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Apr 23, 2024

    Universal Monsters: Creature from the Black Lagoon Lives! #1 delivers an engaging start to a story that will find readers immersed in as soon as they open the comic book. Dan Watters and Ram V develop a story that is naturally developed with each turn of the page. It makes the story be something that you are uncovering alongside the lead character. For fans of the Universal Monsters franchise this is a comic book to make sure not to miss out on. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Jonn McLoed Apr 27, 2024

    The biggest problem with film adaptations is the weight of either nostalgia or expectancy. I'm lucky as I've never seen or even heard of the original so I come in as a fresh perspective so to speak. Biggest flaw was it read a little to quick and skipped along to the final page just a little ahead of the subplots. The art got the job done of telling the story easily without reading a word and for that I'm grateful as it showed an artist as a genuine fan of the story. All in I have to say nice job by the team and hopefully the next issue or 2 will flesh out those lovely subplots

  • 8.0
    thecimmerian May 15, 2024

    A great introductory issue that sets up our first encounter with the monster in a way that makes us care about the mystery behind it. Where did it come from? How long has it been there? Do the towns people fear it or respect it more? All this with only a short bit of actually seeing the monster at the end of the book. The journalist with near death trauma is...a bit annoying at times but still likable enough to make you care. The art is decent but there are times when the proportions seem somewhat off, still good though. Overall this book is fun and a must for universal monster or CFTBL fans.

  • 8.0
    Tempter Apr 24, 2024

    I was worried about the plot due to how boring I found Dracula by Tynion IV. But here it seems that two writers knew how to guide a narrative by creating new concepts without the need to bore the reader.

    For now it is approved.

  • 7.5
    AmericanHealthcare Apr 30, 2024

    Everything here is completely fine in terms of execution, although it's on the bland side and tough PTSD lady is a very stale lead. Shape of Water kind of raised the bar on this premise, and it doesn't feel like this comic got the memo.

  • 7.5
    fzanca Apr 28, 2024

    I was not a fan of the art in this issue and I think the design for the creature was not upheld. We also didn't get story progression here for the most part. We needed more in this issue than what we received. I hope there's more in the next issue. For love of the IP and after meeting Julia Adams before her passing, I will stick with it.

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  • 7.0
    DDJamesB May 11, 2024

    It's a standard set up first issue. I'm interested, but I'm going to need more in issue 2 to really care.

  • 8.5
    Rodul Apr 26, 2024

  • 8.0
    retcon_D May 3, 2024

  • 7.0
    ed1138 Apr 28, 2024

  • 6.5
    Nicetrylaoche Apr 24, 2024

  • 6.0
    ComicWorm May 9, 2024

  • 4.0
    Silver Rocket Apr 26, 2024

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