The Black Order #1

Writer: Derek Landy Artist: Philip Tan Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: November 14, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 16
7.0Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

They are the five dreadlords, the Cull Obsidian, Thanos' most feared warriors and disciples... Ruthless villains to a one, the Black Order has been dispatched by the Grandmaster to destabilize a burgeoning empire, and along the way they come to realize that as big and as bad as they are, there is always someone bigger and badder... The bombastic writing style of novelist Derek Landy (Skulduggery Pleasant) and the electrifying artwork of Philip Tan combine for an absolutely unhinged super-villain adventure!
Rated T+

  • 9.9
    Comic Watch - Tyler Ouellette Nov 17, 2018

    The Black Order is a breakout story where being bad is oh so good. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Nov 13, 2018

    I liked this issue and have high hopes for where Tan and Landy will take this tale. It's not necessarily a story that needs to be told, but it's a fun take on a group of characters that are usually hyper-serious. The art is fun too, with a '90s vibe many will love. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Nov 15, 2018

    The Black Order limited series is not going to be a book that you sleep on. If you love a good villain's story? Then this one is going to be right up your alley. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    411Mania - RobF Nov 22, 2018

    I'm not sure where the Black Order fits in to the Marvel U-heroes, villains, something in between-but I am curious to see where they land. There is potential here and I want to seemore. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Epicstream - Brian McCormick Nov 16, 2018

    If you're looking for a cosmic epic from Marvel, The Black Order #1 is a good place to start. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Robert Reed Nov 19, 2018

    The Black Order #1 is a book full of style and fun. Derek Landy and Philip Tan clearly have a direction here with the murderous villains, and while not everything lands, it's still an entertaining read. The big stumbling block is that readers unfamiliar with the Black Order have very little reason to care about their fates. Corvus Glaive's small crisis of identity aside, there's little for readers to grasp on to, and that's something the series is going to need to find. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Charles Martin Nov 14, 2018

    After reading Black Order #1, my stock of knowledge about these villains is just a tiny bit bigger. The book portrays their heinous status quo with serviceable storytelling skill. It doesn't help me answer the bigger question: Why should anybody care about the Black Order? So far, this book will satisfy existing Order fans - if there are any out there - but it doesn't do nearly enough to create new ones. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Multiversity Comics - Michael Govan Nov 16, 2018

    The five dreadlords didnt quite fill me with dread. Read Full Review

  • 4.0 - Christian Hoffer Nov 14, 2018

    There's a seed of a good comic in Black Order #1, but it remains to be seen whether the creative team can cultivate it into something worth reading. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Spacey Medicine Jun 2, 2019

    This was kind of fun! I feel like I got a good handle on the characters right away, and I like them.

  • 9.0
    Titanium Nov 17, 2018

    I didn't expect to like this, but it was awesome!

  • 8.5
    MagRocks Dec 15, 2018

    This was a pretty solid and fun read. I didn’t expect the comic to feel very important and it doesn’t, but it is entertaining. The Black Order have never had a lot of depth to them and a careful line is walked here between trying to flesh them out a bit while staying true to their established character types as, well, 2 dimensional villainous mass murderers.

    It won’t rock your world or anything but if you are the type of person who thinks a comic about the Black Order could be fun, I think it delivers.

  • 8.0
    YourGreenMuse Nov 16, 2018

    Mostly enjoyed this. I like the voices these characters are given.

  • 8.0
    CrazyforRAMU May 30, 2019

    Corvus Glaive takes us into a tale of dark ultraviolence that's livened up with subtle, bone-dry wit. He spends the whole issue wondering whether or not he's the Order's "funny guy" and completely misses the fact that it's his wife who's the comic. The way she parries a general insult onto the Black Swan is hilarious, as is the fact her joke wooshes right past the Swan and her other teammates. Detailed illustrations with some truly remarkable layout work further enhance a story with a lot of hidden depth to it.

  • 7.5
    Deadlybeavis Nov 14, 2018

    Not bad, pretty good, but not great. I like weird marvel space adventures, even though this was a little uneven, I'll stick with it for a while.

  • 7.5
    the green death Nov 15, 2018

    I liked the character writing for the Black Order’s leaderand this sort of violent gonzo sci-if tale is what Tan excels in drawing but overall it went by a little too fast Tim feel like anythiñ othe than an appetizer. I’ll probably stick around for the series though because there’s something I like about this sort of cosmically tale and it reads better than Infinity Wars and Avengers: No Surrender.

  • 7.5
    SloboSOY Nov 16, 2018

    Ok their is no other famous character than the Black order. But in a way this is a good choice.
    We focus on the previous bad guy and can letting them try to reinvent themselves.
    They are a role of heroes in a way (Even if we didn't know the grand master real design).
    But why giving Corvus the need to be comic ?
    And I see that Lady like me (Or corvus) can tell Black Swan powerset. It's even a joke or a critic. He just state that he can't give her power. Ok ... Not a problem at all !
    And we have proxima a little sad to not have the fight she want. But if they really want a bigger fight, instead of killing some king who swear a oath to their target. Why don't target their real enemy ... Yeah I know, they would win and more

  • 7.0
    Ryan Apr 23, 2019

    Black Order 1 is drawn beautifully but the fight scenes can be very confusing. I was expecting a lot from this series after Infinity War and it sort of failed to deliver. Black Swan, who is one of my favorite characters, is written extremely shallow as this issue centers around Corvus Glaive. Not that much of an interesting plot at this point but it’s only the first issue so room for improvement

  • 10
    Greg Hound Dec 1, 2018

  • 8.5
    Sunspots Dec 18, 2018

  • 8.0
    Grifter Nov 17, 2018

  • 8.0
    iPodwithnomusic Mar 11, 2019

  • 8.0
    tonpas1989 Mar 26, 2020

  • 7.0
    Jason The Dude Nov 15, 2018

  • 7.0
    TheFallenKing13 Nov 18, 2018

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