VS #1

Writer: Ivan Brandon Artist: Esad Ribic Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: February 7, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 20 User Reviews: 19
7.7Critic Rating
7.7User Rating

War has become a spectator sport. Privately funded armies of superstar soldiers march into battle for fame, profit, and the glory of their sponsor nations.
When a new generation of soldiers arrive, top gladiator Satta Flynn is about to discover how fleeting the limelight can be.
From writer IVAN BRANDON (BLACK CLOUD, DRIFTER) and superstar artist ESAD RIBIC (Secret Wars, Uncanny X-Force) in his creator-owned Image debut, with painted color by NIC KLEIN (DRIFTER, VIKING) and graphic design by TOM MULLER, VS delivers spectacular action, darkly humorous satire, and explores our hunger for fame and our penchant for self-destruction.

  • 10
    PopCultHQ - Joshua Winchester Feb 7, 2018

    VS #1 has brought glorified combat out from the reaches of Earth and into the stars. Welcome to a planet where the wars are not fought for honor and glory, but for ratings and money. The bread and circuses of an alien world, all laid out in glorious story, art, color and letters for Image Comics fans. This is a book that should not be missed out on, because if this first issue says anything, it's that people are in for a wild ride. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Outright Geekery - Joshua Rathbun Feb 6, 2018

    A great first issue to get you excited for more. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - Tom Finn Feb 13, 2018

    Brandon does a good job introducing the reader to the world he has created for them. A future where crowded cities, corporate consumerism on every screen, and a techno driven society is surrounded and cloaked by the loneliness of space. Its a cold place where everyone serves their own interest. A place where loyalty and service comes with a price tag and if you are good enough even fame. So if you enjoy themes of old sci-fi movies like Logans Run, Rollerball, or Running Man, then don't miss out on this well written and beautifully illustrated story. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Multiversity Comics - Reed Hinckley-Barnes Feb 8, 2018

    A very exciting first issue from some truly talented creators. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Micallef Feb 12, 2018

    Even while playing covers, VS marches to the beat of its own drum. When some books find themselves in sheepish restraint, this comic pushes onward. It's both rare and invigorating to find a book that's able to cultivate and repurpose it's influences while still making a case for its own existence. As this series continues, let's hope Flynn is able to fully stand on his own legs, shoulder to shoulder with the sequential art giants so lovingly referenced by Brandon, Ribic and Klein. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Keith Callbeck Feb 7, 2018

    I will confess after two reads I am still not completely sure what is happening. Is the gladiator battle Flynn's memory, or a VR game? Or both? My confusion only adds to my interest. I look forward to seeing this world unfold. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    We The Nerdy - Kyle Simcox Feb 7, 2018

    War being turned into a spectator isn't exactly a new concept, but VS handles it in an incredibly interesting way. While it is a little jarring when the book transitions you from Satta's civilian life to the warzone, it does make it feel more like a television show than a comic book. If you're looking for a beautifully, bloody good time and a new comic to add to your collection, don't miss out on VS. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Matthew Sardo Feb 6, 2018

    The combination of Ribic's art and Brandon's writing filled me with adrenaline, and I had to write this review. The action movie genre is in a bit of a slump with universe building and reboots. VS quenched my thirst for action as it's an original idea soaked in 80s sci-fi nostalgia. The first issue is a fun read worthy of the cover price. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - David Hildebrand Jan 31, 2018

    The characters are solid and the action is exciting -- and there is plenty of it. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Jan 23, 2018

    The result is a comic that contains familiar elements, but offers an entirely fresh take on it all. In the midst of battle this bloody future becomes something irresistible. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    The Brazen Bull - Dave Robbins Feb 7, 2018

    The world is callous and cruel and only the unrelenting survive. In VS #1 it appears that what is left of human kind is without humanity of any kind. This debut issue has action galore and looks to have more of a story as time goes on. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Feb 8, 2018

    The general concept driving this series is sound, but the fractured, spartan narrative makes it difficult to connect very deeply with the characters and their world in issue #1. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Feb 9, 2018

    Ivan Brandon, Esad Ribic, and Nic Klein make a fascinating if troubled first outing with VS. Its interesting, and Ribic and Kleins artwork is incredible. Flynn isnt the most compelling lead, but he may be replaced or improved as the story goes on. I can recommend this one though. Feel free to check it out. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez Feb 12, 2018

    The entire team behind the book are able to tap into and deliver on that unspoken feeling with a comic that feels familiar, yet fresh at the same time. It walks that fine line of not being derivative, but influences are clear and readers will pick up on that and appreciate it. Image has presented another comic that has the potential to be a pillar of its medium and a representation of the times. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Big Comic Page - Adam Brown Feb 6, 2018

    Im left at the end of this issue unsure where Vs will take us, and thats a good thing. All the right ingredients are here to make something truly remarkable, and if youll pardon these clichs, it may be that its just a slow-burner. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComiConverse - Darryll Robson Feb 7, 2018

    The design and artwork are spectacular from cover to cover. Unfortunately, the story itself becomes confused and this makes it difficult for the reader to become as immersed as the art requires. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Ben Snyder Feb 7, 2018

    VS #1 isn't a perfect entry point to a seemingly overtly complex and convoluted story. However, it is successful in whetting the appetite for more of it. With interesting art, and clever story explanation, hopefully it doesn't bite off more than it can chew. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    411Mania - RobF Feb 15, 2018

    In the end I enjoyed this issue, enough to want to seek out the second. With some plot improvements and characterization, it could be a hit. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    The GCRN - Daniel Clark Feb 8, 2018

    We now know howFlyn's story got to its current state, but that current state is lacking any conflict or question that begs to be resolved.By the end of this issue, the one question that I kept asking was why should I care about anything that is going on in this story? No answers came rushing to the service. This feels like an extended prologue stretched out to fill an entire issue. Perhaps the larger story will do more with this concept and give us something worthy of the art that fills the pages. If not it is a major opportunity wasted. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Pierre Brown Feb 7, 2018

    Although this series reminded me of some elements of Images Low, I wasn't all that impressed or swept up into this debut. The art is definitely nice but I'm hoping future issues of the series will leave a better impression. Read Full Review

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