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The Thing #1

Writer: Walter Mosley Artist: Tom Reilly Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: November 10, 2021 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 31
8.0Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

THE NEXT BIG THING Begins Here! Renowned storyteller Walter Mosley brings his signature style to a sweeping saga of Yancy Street’s favorite son that will range from the urban sprawl of the back alleys of Manhattan to the farthest reaches of the cosmos itself! A lonely evening and a chance encounter (or is it?) sends Ben Grimm embarking on a sojourn that will have him encountering – and battling – figures both old and new. Featuring guest appearances from figures drawn from throughout the Marvel Universe as well as precision artwork by Tom Reilly, THE NEXT BIG THING will remind audiences why the Thing is one of the most popular and be more

  • 10
    COMICON - Tony Thornley Nov 12, 2021

    Ben Grimm's return to the solo spotlight is everything good about superhero comics. The script shines, the art is great, and the colors are incredible. This is a book that you will regret not picking up. Read Full Review

  • 9.9
    Comic Watch - Matt Meyer Nov 8, 2021

    The Thing #1 is a pleasant surprise, hitting all the right notes for a character with a storied history who has plenty more stories left to star in. Marvel has been on a role this year with their miniseries (Beta Ray Bill, Black Knight, Ka-Zar, Kang, and U.S.Agent have all starred in can't-miss stories), and it's only fitting that the ever-lovin' blue-eyed Thing would follow suit. After all, he's one of Marvel's greatest creations. He's a star, and should always be given first-tier treatment. And in the hands of this creative team, he's bestowed just that. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings Nov 8, 2021

    The Thing #1 delves into a mystery from Ben Grimm's past, with the creative team reminding the audience why he's a beloved character. With the Fantastic Four set to gain even more prominence in the coming years with the upcoming "Reckoning War" event in their main title and a future installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I expect to see more of Ben Grimm in the future. And I look forward to the rest of this miniseries, as the ending promises even more trouble for the Fantastic Four's bedrock. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Zac Owens Nov 9, 2021

    Marvel's THE THING #1is a ton of fun. But hidden between the laughs and the action is a really emotional story too. This creative team is somehow having their cake and eating it too. They're celebrating old comics, in all their campy glory, and creating a timely narrative of heartbreak and disillusion. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Nov 8, 2021

    Save for the story taking place at an inexact time, and it being mostly setup for Thing's adventure, this is an excellent story. The creative team introduces a villain who earns his right to be feared, Thing's personality is true to the character, and the visual style is vibrant and interesting. The Thing gets to the heart of the blue-eyed hero and offers an adventure well worth exploring. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Adam Barnhardt Nov 10, 2021

    Mosley tells a poignant tale of self-worth and the desire for companionship"a story that tugs at the heartstrings every step of the way. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Impulse Gamer - Tim Chuma Nov 17, 2021

    I would recommend this one if you are a fan of this character and want to see him in his own storyline. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    BGCP - Andy MacGregor Nov 11, 2021

    It's been a while since Benjamin J. Grimm has had a standalone story (15 years if my mind serves me correctly) and It's good to see one of the most fascinating characters out on his own again, literally. Walter Mosley has worked on Fantastic Four titles before and it's good to see him utilise that experience to bring us this fascinating series featuring one of our favourite characters. This is surely a must-read for any fans of Fantastic Four. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Major Spoilers - Jonathan Cadotte Nov 13, 2021

    The Thing #1 does enough to sow interest in coming issues but itself is a flawed story with pacing issues wrapped in gorgeous packaging. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Nov 10, 2021

    The Thing #1 is an interesting start but not one that really excites. It has its moments and potential but there's just too much that feels rather random or unexplained to really get the reader excited for what's to come. There's a clear threat but beyond being an annoyance, it doesn't feel much like one. The Thing #1 might take the whole “thing” to heart a bit too much and feels like it leaves a lot of things hanging. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Nov 7, 2021

    The Ol' Timer in me remembers the fun Marvel Two-in-One book that partnered up The Thing with a guest star, much like Marvel Team-Up and Brave and the Bold for Spider-Man and Batman respectively. As much as I enjoyed the Invisible Woman mini a while back, I am really looking for Thing book, especially one set in the past where there will be no major impact. Fans of the Fantastic Four will probably love the book, for me, I would like more relevant context. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Gregory Ellner Nov 15, 2021

    So, here's the Thing: fun but not all that eye-opening, and rather relaxing on the whole despite its at times depressing atmosphere. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - mrgabehernandez Nov 9, 2021

    Final ThoughtsThe Thing #1 is an amusing trip back to the simpler days of the Fantastic Four with an adventure focused on the blue-eyed Thing. The art is great and the writing perfectly captures the character voice of the titular hero. That said, the plot is a jumbled, chaotic mess with events happening at random without reason or explanation. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Geek'd Out - Nico Sprezzatura Nov 10, 2021

    Reilly uses a faux-retro style that calls to mind the vibe of comics from this nebulous era without actually resembling it, and superstar color artist Jordie Bellaire manages to make it look simultaneously classic but updated. Read Full Review

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