Speed Republic #1

Writer: Ryan Lindsey Artist: Emanuele Parascandolo Publisher: Mad Cave Studios Release Date: February 2, 2022 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 7
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In the future, Europe has united under one man, The Autocrat. He rules the apocalyptic landscape from corporate monopolies with a vision of unity that is gospel to some, but hollow to others. To distract the 99% from their poor and empty lives, they are given the opportunity to compete in the Grand Race. A marathon street race through Europe where only one driver can make it to the end and win a life of luxury.
Our hero, Sebastian Valencia, enters with the hope that winning this race can make up for his wasted past, but along the way he starts to question what kind of future he is actually buying into.
For fans of Cannonball Run meets more

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - Carrie McClain Nov 22, 2021

    Speed Republic #1 introduces a young man with a wasted past who is putting it all on the line for a chance to make it better in a street race where not everyone survives. Full of action, cool artwork, and thoughtful musings on a world that is already in dystopian decline, it should prove to be a surprise hit for your pull list, especially for fans of Cannonball Run and Mad Max. It ends on a shocking cliffhanger that leaves me wanting more to see who makes it to the finish line. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jake Palermo Dec 22, 2021

    Speed Republic #1 begins a pretty enticing noirish tale where a chance to escape the dourness looks more like an addiction. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Get Your Comic On - Dave Jones Jan 28, 2022

    A surprisingly gripping story with and deep and emotional undertone that I am looking forward to see how it all unfolds and comes together. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comical Opinions - Gabriel Hernandez Feb 2, 2022

    SPEED REPUBLIC #1 begins a new ear in dystopian speed races against the backdrop of a future Europe on the verge of collapse. The traps are inventive, the backstory of the main character is dramatic and emotional, but the race lacks flair and the stakes are not clear. This issue is not the strongest debut but it has potential. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    Multiversity Comics - Kobi Bordoley Feb 3, 2022

    An interesting concept with strong characters and high stakes action that slightly suffers from the ersatz nature of its worldbuilding. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Lotusland Comics - Hank Rea Feb 3, 2022

    'Speed Republic' #1 sets the foundation for the story. The first issue consumes a lot of setup and some random violence that bodes well for the rest of the series as it goes forward. With the world-building out of the way, I expect the following issues will focus more on the race itself and some of the nameless baddies we've only glimpsed so far. It's a commendable balancing act for Lindsay to find the layers of the story instead of just a straight action comic. 'Speed Republic' #1 offers a ton of potential for more behind the wheel action and adventure.  Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    COMICON - Tom Smithyman Jan 31, 2022

    If you are a fan of post-apocalyptic racing stories like Mad Max or Death Race 2000, you may think Speed Republic is for you. You would be very, very wrong. Read Full Review

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