Black Bolt #1

Black Bolt #1

Writer: Saladin Ahmed Artist: Christian Ward Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: May 3, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 26
8.0Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

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Black Bolt imprisoned! But by who? And where exactly? The answers to both will shock you! But to learn those answers, Black Bolt must first win a fight to the death with a fellow inmate - The Absorbing Man! Award-winning science fiction writer Saladin Ahmed (Throne of the Crescent Moon) crafts a story as trippy as it is action-packed, with truly mind-bending art from the one and only Christian Ward!
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  • 9.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke May 3, 2017

    Visceral, visually stimulating, and an intriguing meaningful story awaits you! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge May 4, 2017

    Though the Inhuman titles have had a rocky win/loss record as of late, Black Bolt #1 looks to be just the home run they need in order to shift the odds in their favor. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicWow!TV - Huck Talwar May 4, 2017

    For a character whose life has essentially become about his voice, the creative team certainly uses the concept of silence to their advantage. The creative team has done an excellent job with this issue, and I couldn't be happier upon turning the back cover. It's moody, dark, intellectual, and ever so clever. Black Bolt fan or not, you'll appreciate this issue, guaranteed. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Hank May 8, 2017

    Ahmed sets the tone perfectly, taking Black Bolt to places we have not often seen him. The challenges set before him are daunting but Ahmed shows there is still strength of will within the once and future king of the Inhumans. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Multiversity Comics - Jacob Hill May 4, 2017

    "Black Bolt" #1 has lofty goals and a creative team that understands how to craft a fine comic book issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson May 8, 2017

    here are a lot of jokey running gags pointed at The Inhumans since they've been thrust to the forefront of the Marvel Universe ("His full name is Blackagar Boltagon") and many of them are justified, but this book does a service to Black Bolt by treating him as a distinct character and not a stand-in for the X-Men. Black Bolt #1 hits a sweet spot for me, combining a strong, complex narrative with unique visuals and a main character who is more than the sum of his parts, making for an excellent read. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Comicsverse - Kelsey McConnell May 3, 2017

    The characterization leaves more to be desired, but the plot is an emotional rollercoaster. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Omar Holmon May 4, 2017

    Ahmed is going to give us the root of Black Bolt and Ward on art is the perfect pairing to get this adventure sold for us readers. I found it interesting with the narration style of the captions that are telling the story. It feels like a trek back to the older comic books with the character's point of view being interpreted instead of us listening in to the character's thoughts on a personal level. I'm looking forward to how this way of navigating through Black Bolt's series will shape our point of view for this adventure. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Jessica Petrecz May 4, 2017

    Black Bolt #1 is a gorgeous book that will draw you in with the beautiful artwork, but keep you buying because of the low-key deep story of injustice and perseverance. Ward and Ahmed come together and give us a harmonious story that is unlike other books on the shelves. Yes, this is a Marvel superhero story, but there is so much more than that going on here. This book gives you edgy artwork you won't see anywhere else while also delivering a thought-provoking story. Inhuman fan or newbie, everyone can get behind this book. There is enough information to catch up new readers while also adding on to the Inhuman mythos for the die-hard comic fans. If you are looking for a new title to read, Black Bolt is a must have to addto your pull list. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley May 3, 2017

    The notion of voice is key to Black Bolt, and not just because of the character, but also because this is the first issue of a new series and the first issue from a new comic bookcreator. The issue gains a character about halfway through that fills the issue with actual dialogue, but for the most part, Ahmed, Ward, and Cowles also value silence. This methodical approach shows what visual storytelling can accomplish and indicates a strong creative voice. The focus on establishing a particular mood shows that this team has something to say here. The team could have afforded to be more abstract in their setting, but this isn’t a series which intends to throw everything and the kitchen sink at you straight away. A picture can say a thousand words, and while some may choose to yell it from the rooftops, the team behind Black Bolt wants to first be sure that you’re listening carefully. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Beat - Alexander Jones May 3, 2017

    Black Bolt #1 is an exciting new start to a book bursting with lots of untapped potential. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Doom Rocket - Don Alsafi May 12, 2017

    Upon waking up chained in an unknown cell, Black Bolt quickly navigates the bizarre prison in which he finds himself. His solo explorations make for an oddly quiet first chapter, until he witnesses the torture and seeming death of a fellow inmate" at which point he encounters a standard supervillain, and gets into a standard superhero fight scene. By issue's end, we still have far more questions than answers (even with a highly effective twist ending). Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Weird Science - Repairman Jack May 8, 2017

    The story that's set forth is interesting enough, but I endup more interested in the set up to this book than I am in the plot goingforward. Between that and the stylized art that wasn't really my speed I foundthis issue sort of lacking something to draw me further. The cover is absolutely amazing though.6.8/10 Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    IGN - Blair Marnell May 4, 2017

    Saladin Ahmed has come up with a good idea for a comic book series, but it may not be a good fit for the king of the Inhumans. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall May 5, 2017

    Ultimately, I think Ahmed will make a fine comic book writer if he can get a handle at pacing stories that will work for both monthly installments and the collected editions. I definitely didn't think I got a satisfying chunk of story in this issue, and would recommend this as a "wait for the trade" series. Read Full Review

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