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The Union #1

Writer: Paul Grist Artist: Andrea Di Vito, Paul Grist Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: December 2, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 16
6.9Critic Rating
7.2User Rating

The grand unveiling of The Union! A team of super heroes gathered from all over the United Kingdom, featuring Union Jack, Snakes, Kelpie, Choir, and their fearless leader, Brittania! But when disaster strikes on their first public debut, in the form of the invasion of Empyre, the fledgling team is immediately pushed to their limits! Don't miss out on an exciting new chapter of Marvel from legendary creators, Paul Grist (JUDGE DREDD, JACK STAFF) and Andrea Di Vito!
Rated T+

  • 9.8
    Comic Watch - Cody White Nov 27, 2020

    Drawing on an exceptionally diverse creative team, the book has a quality feel from top to bottom. From the exceptional color palates by Woodard to gorgeous finish work by Underwood and Geraci, the book delivers on all fronts. Travis Lanham continues to be among the most under-rated letterers in the industry and is, of course, on full display here. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Multiversity Comics - Kobi Bordoley Dec 3, 2020

    Final Verdict: 8.3. Well paced and promising action, “The Union” #1 offers a fresh cast of characters in a uniquely British palatte that still feels accessible to all. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Dec 14, 2020

    The Union is thrust into a mega-event in the Marvel Universe right out of the gate. They're dealt a crushing blow that can utterly destroy any hope of survival, but they're heroes. They're rising up against this horde for Queen and country. Pip Pip. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - CJ Dec 2, 2020

    The Union #1 is a solid start to Marvel's new superhero team, with a timely message about working together regardless of nationality or other factors. Provided the team survives the events ofKing in Black, I wouldn't mind seeing more of them in the future. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Beyond The Panel - Jideobi Odunze Dec 2, 2020

    In the end, The Union #1 felt like a breath of fresh air from everything else unfolding in the Marvel Universe. The story is down to Earth, the problems these heroes face are relatable, and their first job as a team is going to put their longterm success as a team to the test. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Nov 27, 2020

    I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Could it be viewed as standard fare? Well, yes it could, but it very well produced. It will be a fun ride to see how this Union comes together. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bookcase - Jacob Cordas Dec 2, 2020

    The Union #1 is a promising start to a miniseries that struggles under the weight of being an event tie-in. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    COMICON - Olly MacNamee Dec 2, 2020

    ‘The Union' #1 introduces us to an all-new British-based superhero team made up of supes from across the United Kingdom. A training mission handily allows writer Paul Grist to introduce this new team one character at a time, as well as set up drama and danger that the team will be acing in the next issue. A solid first issue, but not a stellar one. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Dec 2, 2020

    The Union #1 is a rare debut tie-in that works really well. The issue plays off the attack quite well while building up an interesting dynamic for the team. The building blocks are here for what could potentially be a very entertaining story. It's just a question to see what it does with the seeds its sown. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Nerdly - Dean Fuller Dec 7, 2020

    I'm happy to see where this all goes, and if Grist can flesh out a promising direction down the road. I'm sure he can. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Chase Magnett Dec 2, 2020

    The talent is here, but it's still difficult to recommend this debut on its own merits. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Dec 4, 2020

    Paul Grist, Andrea Di Vito, Drew Geraci, LeBeau Underwood, and Nolan Woodard introduce a new British superhero team in The Union #1, but the novelty of new characters (and the return of an old one) is soon overwhelmed by one-dimensional characterization, predictable plot beats, and the burden of having to be an origin story and event tie-in. Also, Grist's script lacks the bite of his U.K. indie work even though he gets a couple of licks in. I'm really curious to see how much of his original vision was "editorialized" out. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Charles Martin Dec 2, 2020

    The Union #1 is a talented but distant introduction to a new superhero team. Outstanding art sets the new heroes up as fascinating characters, but the script -- although well-written -- seems perversely determined to avoid fleshing them out. With casualties already mounting, it's unlikely that the Union will stick around long enough to endear itself to readers. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Dec 5, 2020

    There are some good ideas, but mostly dull executions, in this new international superhero team comic. I fear the King in Black tie-in is going to get more focus than the new team. Read Full Review

  • 2.5
    AIPT - Alexandra Iciek Nov 27, 2020

    Ultimately, The Union #1 is an awkward read that spouts a great deal of sentiment about British identity, without making any effort to explore the lived experience of the British people. While I concede that this is just the beginning of the series, as a single issue, The Union #1 feels outdated and inappropriate during these difficult times. Read Full Review

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