The Torch #1
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The Torch #1

Writer: Mike Carey, Alex Ross Artist: Patrick Berkenkotter Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: September 2, 2009 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 5
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THE SOUL OF AN OLD MACHINE PART 1 The Torch is dead- buried with full military honors. But what does death mean for an artificial man? The Mad Thinker is determined to find out, with the reluctant help of the Torch's best and oldest friend, Tom (Toro) Raymond.

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Krinn Sep 7, 2009

    The Torch #1 was a well crafted and enjoyable read. Readers should not let their lack of knowledge of the various Golden Age characters prevent them from giving this issue a chance. This issue is quite new reader friendly. The Torch #1 was a character heavy read that offers a textured and substantive read that gives the reader plenty to digest. I would not recommend The Torch #1 to action fans. However, to everyone else, I would recommend giving The Torch #1 a try. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Sep 2, 2009

    The art is also significantly improved as well. Patrick Berkenkotter turns in a very detailed set of pencils, that showcase every last line and wrinkle on Thinker's face. Overall, his style is reminiscent of Ed Brubaker's partners in Captain America, making it that much easier for cap readers to jump over to this book. Not that they should need much motivation. This series may have no direct tie to Ed Brubaker's saga, but it shows a similar love and care for some classic WWII heroes. The Torch #1 is definitely one of the pleasant surprises of the week. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Marlowe Lewis Sep 4, 2009

    This book gets three and a half stars, mostly because the multi-layered script kept me "thinking" about the story long after I had actually finished reading the book itself. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Sep 2, 2009

    This book might have a steep price point, but it is definitely worth the price, especially if you have found yourself enjoying Marvel's celebratory septuagenarian comics. While this is not required reading by any means, it is a nice salute to the history of the Marvel Universe. A sibling book to the current adventures occurring in "Captain America" this issue is a great spot for readers looking for something different out of their Marvel Universe. With A.I.M., Toro, Vision, and Thinker already in this issue, it seems like subsequent issues have a fun foundation to build upon. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Sep 3, 2009

    Berkenkotter's is photorealistic in tone. While his work is penciller unlike Ross's usually painted work, it's definitely presented in what one might see as a Ross house style. It's similar in tone to the linework in Avengers/Invaders and several of Ross's Project Superpowers titles. It tells the story effectively, but it also comes off as somewhat generic and flat at times. It rarely really grabs the eye. Read Full Review

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