Beta Ray Bill #1
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Beta Ray Bill #1

Writer: Daniel Warren Johnson Artist: Daniel Warren Johnson Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: March 31, 2021 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 27
8.7Critic Rating
8.7User Rating

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FROM THE PAGES OF DONNY CATES' THOR AND SPINNING OUT OF THE EVENTS OF KING IN BLACK!
The second-most famous wielder of Mjolnir. The right-hand man to the god of Thunder. And now, a warrior without his best weapon. Beta Ray Bill is tired of playing second fiddle to Thor - and with Bill's famous hammer, Stormbreaker, recently destroyed at the new All-Father's hands, tensions are higher than ever. The Korbinite must strike out in search of a new weapon...and a new destiny. Assuming he can first defeat a Knullified Fin Fang Foom! Writer/artist Daniel Warren Johnson (Extremity, Murder Falcon) and colorist Mike Spicer take Beta Ray Bill on a jo more

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - M.R. Jafri Mar 31, 2021

    This issue represents all that great comics should be, massive action, massive stakes, huge emotion and great character work. The fact that the issue ends with an interview between Johnson and Walter Simonson shows such an appreciation for the character, creators and works that have come before. It adds to our confidence that Johnson is the real thing, a creator who cares about the character and knows how to add to the history of the Marvel Universe rather than simply telling an isolated story. This is a tale steeped in the past but paving a new direction for Beta Ray Bill and comic story-telling. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Comic Watch - John Jack Mar 29, 2021

    A rock solid issue by a great creative team. You won't regret picking this up. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Mar 31, 2021

    Overall, this is awesome. I can't wait to see how it all turns out. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Sequential Planet - Ethan Maddux Apr 3, 2021

    Beta Ray Bill #1 is a gorgeous book accompanied by all the right Simonson sensibilities. The plot hasn't quite kicked off yet, but there's clearly a high level of respect and love for the characters and world. Daniel Warren Johnson has delivered an issue that's as packed with emotion as it is with frantic action, and I can't wait to read more. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Word Of The Nerd - Brent Jackson Apr 1, 2021

    As a Daniel Warren Johnson fanboy, I was extremely excited that he was doing a five-issue mini-series at Marvel. He knocks it out of the park with Beta Ray Bill #1. From art to story Johnson delivers once again. He hits on some wonderful emotional beats in this first issue, while also delivering some delightful action scenes. He also details the story well, so if you have not been following along with King in Black don't worry you can hop onto Beta Ray Bill #1 and enjoy without fear of being lost or confused. This is a ride everyone can hop on and enjoy. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Ricardo Denis Mar 31, 2021

    Beta Ray Bill #1 is primed to be an emotional adventure with a mind to keep things cosmic both inside and outside its main character. To say that its exceptionally illustrated and colored is to state the obvious. Johnson and Spicer are a formidable storytelling team and if theres one guarantee in all this is that the comics visuals will settle for nothing less than unforgettable, but it's the storys heart where new storytelling possibilities spring forth and entice readers. Expect this journey to tap into your entire emotional spectrum and remember to take your time enjoying each panel. Wondrous things abound in every one of them. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Dan Spinelli Mar 29, 2021

    Daniel Warren Johnson spins another tale of gods and monsters. What more could you want? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Apr 3, 2021

    Through strong character writing and gorgeous artwork, the first issue of this new mini-series really gets at the heart of Beta Ray Bill and his current troubles. Great start to a new story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Apr 3, 2021

    When all is said and done, Beta Ray Bill #1 delivers an excellent, well-rounded beginning. This unexpected take on a classic character has me thoroughly intrigued to see where it takes its star next. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Manzo Apr 5, 2021

    Great intro issue to not only the series, but to a character that a reader may not be fully versed in. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Scott Cederlund Mar 31, 2021

    Beta Ray Bill #1 is a depressing comic. It starts with one of those bad days that only gets worse as the hours go by. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - mrgabehernandez Mar 31, 2021

    Beta Ray Bill #1 doesn't shy away from the downside of assuming the mantle form one of the greatest Avengers, especially when that Avenger is still around doing great things. The indie art has niche appeal but this reviewer likes it, and there's a lot of potential for issue #2. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Mar 31, 2021

    Beta Ray Bill #1 makes a clear statement that almost 40 years after the characters debut in The Mighty Thor #337, there are still many incredible tales left to tell. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    The Comicbook Dispatch - ozwoods Mar 31, 2021

    Beta Ray Bill #1 aims to tell an epic story of the titular cosmic hero reclaiming himself again. As a warrior and as a hero. The art and writing by Daniel Warren Johnson is solid and the coloring by Mike Spicer is great. The story feels like a prelude to something bigger and more personal for Beta Ray Bill. Hopefully, the next issue dives directly into the story. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Nick Devonald Mar 29, 2021

    This first issue offers readers an intriguing premise, the opportunity to delve deep into one of Marvels more mysterious characters, the titular Beta Ray Bill, as he goes on a quest to find himself. Forever in Thor’s shadow, defined by his now destroyed weapon Stormbreaker, no longer able to transform back into humanoid form, what is next for our hero? That’s what the series aims to discover. By having the story written and drawn by Johnson means that readers are getting exactly the story that he’s visualised. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Ja-Quan Greene Apr 2, 2021

    Let's get on thing straight; props to Daniel Warren Johnson for doing the writing and drawing on Beta Ray Bill #1, but there is certainly some room to grow. I don't love the artwork, but there are plenty of dope, gritty panels to keep your eyes entertained. Oh, and horse face jokes? Please dial it down a few notches. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Cuckoo Mar 31, 2021

    Fun characters and great art: Very enjoyable read.

  • 8.0
    Brion Salazar Mar 31, 2021

    At first glance Daniel Warren Johnson’s art might come off as amateurish, or even childish. And I suppose it is childish, in the very best way.

    His inky blacks and scribbled linework offer a kinetic energy that explodes off the page. While some may think his style is more suited to independent comics, I for one am thrilled whenever he works on mainstream titles.

    Beta Ray Bill is a perfect character for his chaotic and powerful art. Bill has been a fan-favorite since Walter Simonson created him in The Mighty Thor #337 (1983). A surprising thing for what could have easily been thrown away for a strange horse-faced Thor-wanna-be. Yet it was always Bill’s underlying “humanity” that struck a chord with readers. < more

  • 8.0
    huz Mar 31, 2021

    DWJ's art was amazing. That double page of Bill walking towards Skuttlebutt looked absolutely gorgeous. I did find Thor's characterization a little odd though, he seemed like a completely different person then what we've seen in Cate's Thor book. And I guess Thor and Lady Sif won't be hooking up for a while.

  • 9.5
    C.V.R. The Bard Apr 5, 2021

    Oh happy day : it's Johnson on Marvel putting together a book with my favorite character to ever wield Mjolnir and making Thor look like the asshole he is. Anyone on Thor now and in the future needs to take notes because this is how you pace a Marvel Viking book. If the Valkyrie story was written like this, it would have stole the whole King In Black show. If Thor was written like this, then I'd actually be interested in reading a monthly on Goldilocks.
    And the art is gutter as always and looks like it belongs on the walls where Aztec ritual sacrifices were committed.
    Even in defeat, Bill has never looked better. Fin Fang Foom and empty Galactus helmet's turn this into the Fantastic Four pitch Dan Slott better watch out for, bec more

  • 9.5
    EDiakota Apr 11, 2021

    " Ever since i came to Asgard, i'm reminded of my own failures."
    - BETA RAY BILL

  • 9.0
    mrDovydas Apr 18, 2021

    I was very excited for this book, as Daniel Warren Johnson always delivers, but my god this was even better. Full of great action, dramatic moments, and simply amazing art. Cannot wait for more.

  • 8.5
    Gizmo Apr 4, 2021

    Crazy action mixed with genuine moments of character development like only Daniel Warren Johnson can deliver.

  • 8.0
    Psycamorean Apr 2, 2021

    This is a good first issue. Maybe a little too quick, but good.

  • 8.0

    Beta Ray Bill
    Issue: 1
    “Argent Star: Part 1”

    Publisher: Marvel @marvel
    Writer & Artist: Daniel Warren Johnson @danielwarrenart
    Colors: Mike Spicer @spicercolor
    Letters: Joe Sabino @joesabinoletterer & Daniel Warren Johnson
    Cover: Ryan Stegman @ryanstegman

    As Asgard’s Master of War, Beta Ray Bill prepares the armies of the mighty city against the coming threat of Knull. Chaos arrives in the form of Fin Fang Foom, ensnared by Knull’s influence. Their defeat imminent if not for the timely arrival of Thor who questions Bill’s inability to hold off the beast himself. Struggling with his inner demons and angered over the feeling of existing purely in Thor’s shadow, Bill leaves Asgard more

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