Wildfire #1
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Wildfire #1

Writer: Matt Hawkins Artist: Linda Sejic Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: June 11, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 2
6.3Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

Is genetically modified food an end to world hunger or a first class ticket to the apocalypse? Dan Miller is a plant biologist working with a small team perfecting an accelerated plant growth process. When things go wrong, Los Angeles pays the price in a disaster story unlike any before.

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Jun 12, 2014

    Thanks to a bunch of health-food conscious people at my day job, I've heard the tales of woe and misery that will befall all who eat GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms). I don't necessarily believe all the horror stories of how bad these are for us, but I can appreciate using this as a jumping off point for a tale of exactly how bad scientists can screw things up when they start messing with the natural order of things. Let's file the sequence of events kicked off in this issue under “they should have known better” and I'm excited to be along for the ride as Hawkins and Sejic play out the story for us. The pace will certainly accelerate as nature opens up a can of whoop-ass on the human race that dared mess with mother nature… Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Rhymes With Geek - Nikki Sherman Jun 10, 2014

    While this first issue might feel slow at times overall, readers that are able to digest science-y plots will enjoy this book. The care that Hawkins took in developing this story is evident, and Sejics art portrays this passionate obsession in wonderful ways. The last three pages of this book certainly left me wanting for more, as the action finally picked up and the fruits of the storys efforts were ready to be picked. Unless something seriously disappointing happens in the next issue, you can count me in on seeing the first arc through. If youre hungry for a heavy dose of science, let Wildfire #1 burn its way through your brain. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Jun 11, 2014

    The story slows a bit when Hawkins steps away to focus on the assistant of Silva's daughter and his younger teenage sister, which has no seeming relevance to the rest of the story, at least what's presented this issue. Overall, though, "Wildfire" #1 makes an engaging statement on current events, and doesn't really have to reach all that far to explore a seemingly possible and legitimately disturbing consequence. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Culture Mass - Stephen Wilds Dec 31, 1969

    Though the science and politics may be a bit slow for some readers, there is no doubt that the Wildfire is getting ready to spread. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin Jun 8, 2014

    Wildfire gets off to a great start as though the pace is slightly lagging at times the subject matter and intense character interaction grab my attention with the series' future looking very promising. Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AIPT - Jordan Richards Jun 11, 2014

    Wildfire #1 is a decent, if slow start to the comic. It has a pretty solid setup, some decently characterized characters, alright artwork, and a very nice and interesting debate on GMOs. Wildfire is for those of us seeking more intelligence and intriguing real-world issues in our comics with a dash of fun science fiction to boot. If that sounds good to you, then give this comic a shot. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Mike Logsdon Jun 12, 2014

    There is an unmistakable point of view espoused in this story, and while it's certainly an important subject, it might not be something that everyone wants to hear. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Geeked Out Nation - John Tuppen Jun 11, 2014

    For now I would say Wildfire is worth a look. My desire coming 100% from the strength of the premise rather than anything the book has done with its characters, yet. There are plenty of growing pains; most of them I suspect will fall away once the plot shifts into its post-apocalyptic phase. Then I think we will see exactly what Wildfire really has to spread. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book City Podcast - Fetch Jun 13, 2014

    Wildfire is not for everyone, and I am certain it wasn't meant to be. I am not blown away by it mainly because it doesn't have anything in it that I haven't seen before (not yet anyway). But I trust Matt Hawkins and I will keep buying this till at least the end of this story arc then see how I feel. I stuck with Matt Hawkins' other wordy, heavy on the science book Think Tank and it was well worth it. I just hope that Wildfire will add a little more fiction to their science. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Peter Schmeiser Jul 2, 2014

    I wont lie, this book borders on boring. If you were treated to a book with good versus evil punching each other and causing havoc in Townsville, this will be a stark contrast, and most likely send you to bed early. This is a heady sci-fi with a lethargic tempo. Imagine 22 pages of grass growing.there you go. So this book isn't for everyone. But the chosen few who want to read a sci-fi comic that poses different questions, this may be your next read. To accompany this book, here are two books you can actually plant and grow herbs and wildflowers. Perhaps on a seminal issue Top cow could up the ante with an idea like this. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Major Spoilers - Chris Wilson Jun 13, 2014

    Wildfire honestly shocked me with its quality. I knew going in that the concept was cool, but Matt Hawkins tells a compelling, neutral and enjoyable story so well that Im all in. The story leads the readers on the journey and allows them to decide how they feel. Linda Sejics art is good, but the digital nature makes the book flat and distracts. Wildfire #1 sprouts interesting scientific quandaries and is hard to put down. It will grab you and have you thinking afterward and is well worth your time. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Front Towards Gamer - Lido Jun 12, 2014

    It's a shame because there really is something to the GMO/disaster concept but with the very ugly layer of sexism lathered over it, whether intention or not, makes Wildfire a problematic book. Coming back to it a second time before writing this review it struck me how un-moored I felt reading the comic with no one acting as a strong main character as Dr. Silva was caught up in the story of being a successful and respected scientist being bullied into making dumb decisions and Dan Miller is trapped by having no-personality to engage with. All of this adds up to a very good concept that's struggling for characters to uphold it so it all comes off at least flat and worst sexist, pass. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Big Comic Page - Joe Morrison Jun 10, 2014

    Despite a solid core idea, Wildfire #1 could do with a bit of pruning to make it a bit more economical in its execution; the movie rule of show dont tell works just as well in comics too. Hopefully with the central premise now established issue two can grow into something more dynamic before this story dies on the vine. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    All-Comic - Joey Caswell Jun 14, 2014

    Overall, it just didnt feel like there was anything to get very excited about after reading this first installment. Yes, the story has just started, but the hook was missing. An overabundance of dandelions is hardly an interesting preliminary conflict, and this was apparently meant to be the height of the book. The plot just felt bland throughout, which was in stark contrast to the wonderful visuals. It is highly likely this series could get a lot better given the creators working on this one, but for now, it is difficult to recommend. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Zac Thompson Jun 11, 2014

    I really did not enjoy reading this book. That's not to say that it doesn't have potential, but I found there weren't enough interesting characters in play with unique motives. There was far too much heavy-handed discussion about the ethics of GE food, and it was almost entirely devoid of havok. Avoid this one until further notice, unless you happen to be Roland Emmerich. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Deckard Jun 11, 2014

    Good first issue. Good set up for the first arc and a conclusion that moves well into next month.

  • 7.5
    Gizmo Jun 12, 2014

    Pretty interesting first issue with decent art. The story as it is presented seems better suited to a short series then an ongoing; I wonder what Hawkins has planned.

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