Vindication #1

Writer: Md Marie Artist: Carlos Miko, Dema Jr. Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: February 6, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12
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MINISERIES PREMIERE! In turbulent times, when cops are often portrayed as the enemy of the people, Detective Chip Christopher maneuvers the blurred blue line between racism and due diligence in order to do his job. And right now it's his job to investigate Turn, a young black man with a sketchy past-who was previously exonerated of a similar murder.

  • 9.7
    Comicsverse - Ronnie Gorham Feb 7, 2019

    VINDICATION #1 tells an interesting story about race and the criminal justice system in America. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - pharoahmiles Feb 16, 2019

    Overall, an interesting crime procedural story that speaks to the relevant issues of today,especially the police force and the black community. The story by MD Marie feels like an episode of Law & Order. The art by Dema Jr. and Carlos Miko is lucid and vibrant. Altogether, one of the most interesting books to come from this Maverick company as they show that they also can speak to relevant issues. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Batman's Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Feb 6, 2019

    A realistic comic that lives in ambiguity and shades of gray, Vindication #1 is a scary look at how individuals influence something as consequential as the justice system. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Feb 5, 2019

    D.M. Marie is working with energies that could turn into something profoundly original and insightful. The first issue is making all the right movements towards the possibility of a moody gaze into the nature of crime in America, but for now its interesting enough to think of all the directions Maries story might head off in as the series begins its promising journey.  Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - David DeCorte Feb 5, 2019

    VINDICATION #1 plays out like a police procedural. The narrative is focused on a loose-canon cop and his obsession with ensuring a black man exonerated by DNA evidence doesn't stay free for long. However, the focus on the internal police element pushes the social commentary to the back burner in favor of genre tropes. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Geek-O-Rama - Ben Feb 20, 2019

    Obviously, this is a mystery, so you can't expect answers out of the gate, but a little more insight into the circumstances that led to Turn's conviction and the detective's obsession with him would go a long way in the early stages, especially with the events that unfold in rapid succession in a mere thirty pages. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Feb 6, 2019

    Vindication #1 is a deeply uncomfortable comic, and it should be. Read Full Review

  • 5.3
    Major Spoilers - Robert Mammone Feb 6, 2019

    Look, this is a first issue, so much of my problems no doubt stem from the requirement to set up the situation and characters as quickly as possible. There's a very good idea bubbling away just under the surface here. While it concentrates on Christopher for the most part, hopefully, the reintroduction of Washington in the next issue will bring the tension this issue sorely needed in its latter stages. While I'm dissatisfied with the writing, there's enough good stuff and potential that I will be checking out issue 2. The table is set, let's dig in. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Feb 6, 2019

    The concept is odd. The art is lower quality. This is a comic that feels like it's more concept than execution. It wants to be relevant and feels a bit rushed out to be so. The story itself is choppy at time, drags at other points, and overall gives us no characters that we should like at all. Vindication had an opportunity to be a comic that was socially relevant and has something to say, instead it feels like a cash in, making money off of real world issues. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Multiversity Comics - Christa Harader Feb 11, 2019

    "Vindication" #1 has conceptual promise but doesn't deliver enough skill in its story, artwork or colors to support its procedural realism. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Daniel Gehen Feb 7, 2019

    Vindication #1 is a comic that sadly does not live up to its promise. This is only one issue, and perhaps things will change for the better in the succeeding installments. But even if you take the potential of social commentary away, you are left with a pretty book full of unlikeable characters. Great art can do a lot for a book, but it cannot salvage this subpar story. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Sequential Planet - Marcus Orchard Feb 5, 2019

    Unless the series goes in a different direction, this one will be easy to pass. Read Full Review

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