Red Wolf #1
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Red Wolf #1

Writer: Nathan Edmondson Artist: Dalibor Talajic Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: December 2, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 10
6.0Critic Rating
5.1User Rating

Frontier boomtown Timely has more than its share of scoundrels: it takes a hero to keep them in line. Red Wolf-the Cheyenne who crossed the desert and stood up to Mayor Wilson Fisk in Secret Wars' 1872-is the only man who can fill fallen Sheriff Steve Rogers' boots. As an outsider and an honest man, Red is going to need all his wits, and both his fists, to serve and protect. The tale of how Red Wolf wins the West starts in 1872, and will take him farther than he could ever imagine!
Rated T+

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Matt Little Dec 1, 2015

    This is a good comic. With no recognizable intellectual property to which "Red Wolf" can tie itself, Marvel is going to have to rely on the goodwill of comics fans to spread the word about this series. Thankfully, they've created a product that feels like it will hold up. Edmondson is a writer who works well in single-character focused stories and creating thematic plots that challenge those characters to be their best; Talajic's art is clean, expressive and inviting to new readers. "Red Wolf" #1 is well worth your time and a great start for a story about a Native American who has agency over his own story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Russ Whiting Nov 30, 2015

    An excellent first issue that features a fascinating, well-designed cast of characters, outstanding visuals and a thoroughly engrossing narrative. Red Wolf is one of the strongest showings from the All-New, All-Different Marvel movement and a must-have for anyone with even a fleeting interest in the Western genre. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Dec 3, 2015

    I’ve been looking forward to this series, where Red Wolf is the protagonist. Something really unexpected has happened in just the first issue, so I’m stoked to see what’s going to happen in the next issue. I’m pretty excited to see how people in the future (our present time) treat Red as opposed to how his peers in 1872 treated him. There’s only one way to find out; keep reading! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    PopMatters - Jack Fisher Dec 3, 2015

    It's still only a moderately engaging story, but it has the potential to succeed in ways not seen since Back to the Future III. Red Wolf just has to make sure he doesn't hook up with any of his descendants. Read Full Review

  • 6.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Dec 2, 2015

    Red Wolf isn't a bad comic, but compared to many new Marvel releases it's a pretty dull and uneventful one. The strong characterization of the lead hero and the attractive visuals don't entirely make up for the dull supporting cast and conflict. The series has the chance to turn its prospects around thanks to the twist at the end of this issue, but maybe it should have been a little quicker in getting to that point. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Crusaders - Dawn of Comics Dec 7, 2015

    Sadly this book was looking like a 4 star book but took the easy way out and only gets a 3 star rating. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Nov 30, 2015

    This new series had an opportunity to be something interesting, unique, and really stand out, but the first issue is underwhelming on all fronts. I gave the comic a shot, but what I see is so-so art, and a story that matches by underwhelming. This is not a series I'm sticking around for the second issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Dec 8, 2015

    All in all, Red Wolf is a comic that didn't disappoint me, but also didn't really set itself apart from the crowd, it was mostly “just there”. It was a non-memorable first issue that I think may have problems hooking new readers, but I'm hoping it pulls in enough interest to stick around for a while. I'm curious to learn about this character I have very little history with so it would be a shame for it to end too soon. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Danny Wall Dec 9, 2015

    Red Wolf himself is one of those paragons of characters, who can't have any flaws except maybe exasperation of the racist world he's forced to deal with, and his only supporting character is the clich medicine woman who's similarly perfect, if a bit cryptic. It's difficult to expect seriousness and nuance while also hoping for creativity and freshness. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Dec 5, 2015

    "Red Wolf" is a very ordinary western comic book. The lead character isn't trusted by townspeople that look for any way they can to pin every crime on a Native American. The book tries too hard to present a man that is trying to do the right thing and win over the public at the same time. The comic doesn't present anything new to the idea or the genre. The ending is a strange one and could create a different direction for the next issue. The artwork does a great job capturing the mood and time period. I was looking for this comic to bring something a little different to the western genre. This is a fairly average comic book. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Dec 3, 2015

    All in all, Red Wolf #1 is a standard and somewhat forgettable take on a very unique Marvel property. Read Full Review

  • 4.0 - Chase Magnett Dec 2, 2015

    Maybe there will be something more enjoyable to be discovered in the second issue, but based on this debut it's probably more difficult to justify spending more money to find out. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Graphic Policy - Karcossa Dec 2, 2015

    While I applaud Marvel for their attempt at diversifying their line with the All New All Different relaunch, it's hard to imagine this comicreaching too high on the sales charts. IfRed Wolf is cancelled it won't be because fansdon't want to read a comic about a Native American character, it'll be because the comic isn't worth reading. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Dec 1, 2015

    Red Wolf #1 is no way to quell those that said this book and this creative team wouldn't work. Hopefully, it's not an instance that allows Marvel to say, "Well, we tried and you didn't like it," because it's clear that they didn't really put their best foot forward. By the end, there's little doubt that Edmondson and his editors had any plans to actually keep Red Wolf in his original setting. Instead, they opted to go down the "man out of time" route that we've seen from Marvel so often. We get it. It worked with Captain America. But maybe it's time to try a narrative approach that's actually new. Read Full Review

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