Red Skull #1

Red Skull #1

Writer: Joshua Williamson Artist: Luca Pizzari Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: July 1, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 6
7.6Critic Rating
7.4User Rating

• One of the most vile villains of the Marvel Universe gets his very own twisted Secret Wars series!
•  Red Skull should be dead but his legend grows, so a team of villains that includes Winter Soldier, Magneto and Lady Deathstrike are sent on a dangerous odyssey to the Deadlands to prove it...but no one ever comes back alive from the Deadlands!
•  Forced to overcome zombies, Ultron drones and the Annihilation Wave, the rag-tag team of villains will find that they may bitten off more than they can chew...
Rated T+

  • 9.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Jul 7, 2015

    I wasn’t expecting much from this book, because the cover has a skull and a group of people on it. I thought, “A skull, how original.” But it surprised me in the best way, and I can already tell you, I’ll be keeping up with this series. The newest addition to the Secret Wars label, Red Skull is already making a name for itself. So if you’re a fan of the tough bad guy type, this book is waiting for you. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Graphic Policy - Edward Wendt Jul 1, 2015

    This issue proves that there are still some fresh ideas floating around in the somewhat constrained world of Secret Wars. This has proven to be a winning formula elsewhere, and works well here too. The combination of characters is broad, but it seems like they fit well together, even if they don't have much of a chance yet at this point. With so many other Secret Wars inspired series being born after this crossover, it would be nice to see one inspired by the same concept as presented here. Many people will look at the title for this series and likely not give it a chance, but for those that do, they will find something pretty fun and probably what will become one of the highlights of the entire crossover. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jul 2, 2015

    The group dynamic is entertaining, a fact which proves unfortunate when it becomes clear that most of the characters are disposal. Still, the idea of a book focused on Magneto and Red Skull practically sells itself. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    We The Nerdy - Jose' Rodriguez Jul 2, 2015

    While most of the “Secret Wars” tie-ins feel like skillfully crafted “What If's…”, “Red Skull #1″ is an original story. At the moment, it doesn't seem imperative to the overall “Secret Wars” mythos, but with the character the book revolves around, there's a chance there will be some major consequences coming out of this story. The art isn't for everyone and some might be tired of seeing zombies, but don't let that stop you from enjoying an well made book, especially with an exciting cliffhanger that assured I'll be back next month. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - Russ Whiting Jul 3, 2015

    A well-paced introductory issue with a fun premise that should appease the action-movie lover in us all. Fans of Red Skull might be disappointed at his lack of involvement in the self-titled introductory issue, but Williamson's build-up is on point and to quote a good ol' Oklahoman gentleman: "Business is about to pick up here." Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Jul 3, 2015

    Riley Rossmo's eye-catching cover grabs readers' attention before they even crack open the comic, and then Williamson, Pizzari, Beredo and Cowles all deliver a lot of straight up fun in "Red Skull" #1, with some cool twists on almost-familiar characters that are part of a punchy introductory chapter. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Kelly Richards Jul 5, 2015

    Red Skull #1 stands as a great start to yet another promising Secret Wars tie-in, that I believe gives us some hope for October's relaunch. If action movies, or just fun in general, are your thing, Red Skull #1 is definitely worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Brian Reed Jul 8, 2015

    This is one of my favorite Battleworld outings so far, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it. It's easy enough to pick up the story, which doesn't really matter any way, there's plenty of action, and lots of big name characters to feel starstruck over. And I really do enjoy cheering for the bad guys, it's nice to see them having some fun. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Brett I Jul 2, 2015

    While this is mostly set up, this was still a fun issue. It goes without saying that Im gonna give issue 2 a try, and theres no reason to expect itll go anywhere but up. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Jul 1, 2015

    All in all, Red Skull #1 is a standard set-up issue, sprinkled with a few fresh ideas that elevate the concept above the initial execution. Pizzari's artwork is wonderfully gritty during action, but fails to accurately render static characters. A compelling cliff-hanger and the promise of adventure with a great team of super-villains make Red Skull #1 worth a read, but only if you've got some room in your pull-list. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Jul 5, 2015

    Although the art wasn't for me, the storytelling and characters involved were for sure. Seeing Jack O'Lantern teaming up alongside of Lady Deathstrike isn't a team-up I've ever imagined, but it works and makes me wish for more stories like this set in the main Marvel Universe. This is a concept we've seen plenty of times before, but not as often in the Marvel Universe so it still feels new. These Secret Wars spinoff titles continue to impress and Red Skull is yet another title I can't wait to read more of. Bring on the bad guys! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III Jul 2, 2015

    The Dirty Dozen this isn't, but Red Skull #1 provides the next best thing; a group of villains and anti-heroes tasked with an impossible mission with a next to nil success rate. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    All-Comic - Lido Giovacchini Jul 1, 2015

    The best word to describe Red Skull #1 is conflicting. There are the seeds of a great comic within it and you can begin to see them germinate near the issues conclusion, but its a lengthy process to arrive at that point. When you combine this with the jarring and unpleasant art the whole issue feels like more of a prolonged slog than a great first impression. Heres hoping for better in issue 2. Read Full Review

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