Dark Agnes #1

Writer: Becky Cloonan Artist: Luca Pizzari Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: February 5, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 4
7.6Critic Rating
7.2User Rating

Forced into an arranged marriage, Agnes de Chastillon took matters into her own violent hands to free herself from the yoke of a life she never wanted.  Now, the woman known as DARK AGNES, along with her mercenary partner ETIENNE VILLIERS, make their way through 16th century France as sellswords on their way to join the wars in Italy, where the real money is!  But when Etienne is captured by the DUKE OF ALENCON's forces and set for execution, it's up to Dark Agnes to save the day!  But what evil designs are being enacted on Agnes, and will she doom herself by saving Etienne?
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  • 9.5
    Comic Watch - Joshua Campbell Feb 8, 2020

    Loved it and wouldn't change a thing. I cant wait for issue #2! Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    Multiversity Comics - John Schaidler Feb 7, 2020

    With a tightly written script and wondrous artwork that elevates the narrative, "Dark Agnes" #1 is a raucous, fun-filled introduction to a great new character who's sure to be a crowd favorite. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Percy Waelchl Feb 5, 2020

    A good writer can still tell engaging, relevant stories almost a century after a character's creation. Becky Cloonan does just that with Dark Agnes#1. Cloonan, Pizzari, and Ramos successfully maintain a French period piece while constructing an adventure for modern readers. The classic setting is unique within Marvel's publishing catalog and hearkens back to a time when adventure comic books shared newsstand space with the new upstart genre of superheroes. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Feb 4, 2020

    This is a swashbuckling adventure audience that's a fun read with a dark underbelly. There is a mystery in Agnes' personality you'll want to uncover. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Feb 6, 2020

    I don't suspect this series will trigger a sudden demand for more Dark Agnes stories. More is the pity, for what we see here should encourage more stories like this and (dare I hope) an eventual crossover with Red Sonya or Red Sonja? Perhaps the world is not ready for such a story, even if I am. Regardless, fans of Robert E. Howard's work and swashbuckling action in general would do well to give Dark Agnes #1 a try. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Cat Wyatt Feb 5, 2020

    Dark Agnes #1 features bold artwork alongside a brave and daring (yet reckless) character. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Ingrid Lind-Jahn Feb 7, 2020

    Dark Agnes rescues her friend Etienne Villiers and the two of them set out on a job, straight into their enemy's land. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - besottedgeek Feb 4, 2020

    DARK AGNES #1 is a fun introduction to a new-to-me character. Becky Cloonan doesnt shy away from the dark aspects of Agnes, and drops intriguing clues and tidbits of her past. The inconsistent art holds the issue back from being something special, but theres enough good stuff here to warrant a look. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Spencer Perry Feb 5, 2020

    There's no hook into the larger scheme of Dark Agnes, and perhaps a purely standalone title will be a draw to some, but so far it feels like a half-baked idea that is looking for purpose. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Feb 5, 2020

    I definitely wish that Becky Cloonan had the opportunity to both write and draw Dark Agnes because her work on Dark Horse's Conan shows that she is a natural fit for high energy, bloody adventures. However, that is not the case, and the visuals of Dark Agnes #1 make the book seem more sluggish than exciting. The writing and plotting isn't pristine either with a generic sense of setting and several cliches even though Cloonan's dialogue is musical and humorous sometimes. It's a comic to definitely trade wait for Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Charles Martin Feb 5, 2020

    Dark Agnes #1 delivers strong plot and character development at a brisk, pulp-y pace. If you're in the market for a swashbuckling tale with a female lead, this will fit the bill nicely. But it doesn't press beyond satisfying. It doesn't make a compelling argument for why such a story -- or this story in particular -- is worth reading. And that's surely a missed opportunity. Read Full Review

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