Killmonger #1

Writer: Bryan Edward Hill Artist: Juan Ferreyra Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: December 5, 2018 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 16
8.8Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

One day, Erik Killmonger will rise up and attempt to steal the throne of Wakanda. The throne he believes he is owed. But long before he became "Killmonger," there was a boy known as N'Jadaka. A boy who was stolen from his home and taught only the world's cruelties. A boy who knew the Black Panther only as a fairy tale, a whisper from strangers. This is the story of a man who driven by revenge. This is the legend of Killmonger.

  • 10
    AIPT - Nathan Simmons Dec 4, 2018

    This brilliant first issue is as unflinching and brutal as its lead character. Comic book and film fans alike need to pick this one up. Read Full Review

  • 10 - Nicole Drum Dec 5, 2018

    Deftly written and beautifully drawn, Killmonger #1 may be one of the best comics this year as it takes a familiar story and gives it completely new dimension. It will be interesting to see exactly where the series takes us, but one thing is for certain: you'll never see Killmonger the same way ever again. Read Full Review

  • 10
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Dec 5, 2018

    Hill has written an amazing first issue here. It's brilliantly paced and plays out in a way where the reader can see the opportunities for Erik to turn around and choose a different path while we are engaged and invested in both the path he does take and the circumstances that led him to it. I am completely engaged in seeing where this story goes next. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Dec 10, 2018

    With TChalla frequently feeling like the least interesting character in his own stories, Im incredibly grateful that Marvel have opted to put a little focus on such a fascinating character, and the fact that Killmongers story is being delivered by such a supremely talented creative team is just the icing on the cake. This is an attention-grabbing and visually dynamic look at one of the most intriguing characters in the Marvel Universe, and you can definitely count me in for the rest of the journey as this story continues to unfold. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Comic Watch - Matt Meyer Dec 7, 2018

    Bold and brash yet quietly emotional when it needs to be,Killmonger proves this is character worthy of the spotlight. One issue in, and Hill and Ferreyra are on fire. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Multiversity Comics - John Schaidler Dec 7, 2018

    With a tightly written script that deftly balances action and backstory - not to mention gorgeous art - "Killmonger" #1 is a debut worthy of this breakout character. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    On Comics Ground - Aaron Jones Dec 10, 2018

    Be prepared to learn more about N'Jadaka and how he became the Killmonger we know. It's harsh, it's bloody, and it's a story we've been waiting to be told. An MIT grad becomes a killer, how does it happen? Short answer, kill his family and severe him from his homeland. Longer, more detailed answer? This whole mini-series. Killmonger and some dangerous mercenaries become reluctant partners, and I can bet, there's more killing a-coming. Pick it up today. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - David DeCorte Dec 4, 2018

    KILLMONGER #1 reads like the opening act of a classical tragedy. The book explores what is at the core of this character who is somewhere between villain and antihero, and what fatal flaws will ultimately lead to his downfall. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Oz Longworth Dec 7, 2018

    Though Hill pens a perfectly serviceable opening issue of this Killmonger backstory, maybe it (and the character himself) deserved a chance to stand on their own without the movie bump. Alas, it's still a book that's mostly worth the four bucks. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Dec 5, 2018

    Killmonger #1 is an interesting recalibration of a character who could be a much larger player in the Marvel Universe. Can Hill and Ferreyra get him there? Only time will tell. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DGalek12 Jan 16, 2019

    Everyone has seen or is familiar with the movie Black Panther and the villain of the story, Killmonger. However, what we don't know, is how Erik ( J'Nadaka ), became the assassin that he is. Bryan Hill does a great job making Erik seem real, modern, and understandable to the causes he is after. Bryan shows the reader how Erik went from a young scared boy to a "bloodthirsty revolutionary ".

    The pencil by Juan Ferreyra is deep, dark, and does a great job drawing the line between flashbacks and recent events. The details on each panel are enjoyable and easy to read when jumping from panel to panel.

    Overall, this is a great pick up for Black Panther fans or to anyone who enjoys good writing and art.

  • 9.5
    GTMedia Reviews Dec 5, 2018

    Okay, Mr. Hill, you have my attention. 

    I rarely read Marvel anymore. Too many events, too much hype, too many relaunches, too many cash grabs. Killmonger #1 is easily the best Marvel comic I've read in years. It capitalizes on the strength of the Black Panther film yet feels right at home in the 616 Universe. 

    The writing is very strong and grounded. Even as the fantastical happens around him Erik feels real maybe extreme but he feels like a real person with nothing to lose. Brian Hill has a firm grasp on this character's voice and I'm excited to see more. This will be the first Marvel series I add to my pull list since Secret Empire and I'm genuinely excited at the prospect.

    The art for the series is da more

  • 8.0
    Cosmic Ray Dec 5, 2018

    Very heavy-handed. Could use a sense of humor somewhere.

  • 6.5
    Perry_comics Jan 5, 2019

    Comic Book Review Scale (0-10)

    0 -1 Story must keep me engaged:
    Going into it i didn't think i would enjoy or even finish it but it kept me engaged from start to finish

    1-2 Must be able to Understand the Story:
    At first, I didn't understand what was going on but slowly as the story progressed i think i understand it better and enjoy the story

    2-3 Visuals/Art work must make sense and be consistent:
    visuals make sense but at times was not consistent when killmonger fought the first guy in his apartment
    he slammed the window on his head and exploded his head but next panel you see his head hanging out the window

    3-4 Vis more

  • 4.5
    YourGreenMuse Dec 8, 2018

    This issue was kind of a drag to get though. I didn't really find any of the characters relatable or interesting. This is just a mediocre revenge story.

  • 4.0
    Spacey Medicine Jun 3, 2019

    I find this character really thoroughly unlikeable but like not in a fun or intriguing way, and I’d be happy if he died. I am therefore delighted that the intro announced he’s already dead.

  • 9.0
    CrazyforRAMU Jul 1, 2019

    This vengeance-minded origin story begins to unpack the bloody baggage of Erik Killmonger. It's a dark tale told with fierce skill in words and art. The script relies on some pedestrian antihero tropes, but they're employed with single-minded purpose and absolute confidence. It reads smooth and looks terrific; this series is primed to become something special.

  • 10
    Greg Hound Dec 4, 2018

  • 10
    mrbrans Dec 7, 2018

  • 9.5
    CesarCastanha Dec 16, 2018

  • 9.0
    DrTracy Dec 13, 2018

  • 9.0
    monslager Jan 16, 2019

  • 8.5
    tonpas1989 Jun 13, 2020

  • 7.5
    iPodwithnomusic Aug 6, 2019

  • 6.0
    batman_forever Jun 18, 2020

  • 1.0
    V for Venganza Dec 10, 2018

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