U.S.Agent #1

Writer: Christopher Priest Artist: Georges Jeanty Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: November 4, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 17
6.1Critic Rating
7.0User Rating

"American Zealot" Chapter 1 of 5: John Walker, the former Super Patriot, has been stripped of his official USAgent status and is now operating as an independent government contractor protecting government covert interests. His latest protection detail draws him into a conflict between a small town and the corporate giant trying to destroy it. John acquires a new partner and new enemy along the way while being haunted by ghosts from his past and confronting challenges to his future.
32 PGS./Rated T+

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Charles Martin Nov 4, 2020

    John Walker's miniseries gets off to a boisterous, gritty start. It's the usual Priest smattering of chronologically-separated scenes. The plot is opaque for now, but the story is engaging and the characters compel interest if not admiration. Combined with confident, dynamic art, the sharp script succeeds in both entertaining and provoking thought. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Comic Watch - Cody White Nov 5, 2020

    USAgent #1(#Marvel #Priest @KabaLounge @JoeSabino) may not go down as smooth as Johnnie Walker but it is a Red, White, and Blue disaster that fans of the creative team won't want to miss. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Nov 4, 2020

    U.S.Agent is an interesting new series that feels entirely different from anything else Marvel Comics is putting out today. The character is questionable as a hero and also not the best at what he does either, but dammit he still wants to do the right thing. It's hard not to root for him, even when he's ignorant and his personality seems to suit the location of middle America. This is decidedly an American comic set in an America many of us can relate to as a mega-corp takes over. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Gabriel Hernandez Nov 3, 2020

    U.S. Agent #1 is an irreverent take on the Captain America wannabe whose latest assignment suffers from his lack of finesse. The jumpy storyline has some strong moments and jokes, and the art elevates this issue beyond the sum of its parts. This is a recommended read. Read Full Review

  • 6.9
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Jones Nov 9, 2020

    Bad humor and a derivative nature sours "U.S.Agent" #1's creative irreverance. Read Full Review

  • 6.3
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Nov 10, 2020

    It's a story as Priest as Priest can be, with art that succeeds in showing us the mundane moments, but stretches a bit for the wild battle sequences. Plus, Morrie Watanabe is the sensational character find of 2020. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Nov 7, 2020

    This issue is fine on its own, but it doesn't do nearly enough to establish the main character or explore his unique place in the superhero world. That's why this mini-series exists, right? Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Nov 4, 2020

    U.S.Agent #1 feels like it doesn't know what it wants to be. There's part of it that's action/comedy starring a racist. Part of it is a spy/action story" also starring a racist. Then, there are hints there are some psychological things at play and it's an exploration of John Walker himself. It can be any of those things and if it focused on one of them it might be really good and interesting. As presented, it comes off as a choppy debut that never quite gets its bearing or finds its voice. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Connor Casey Nov 4, 2020

    While I hope Christopher Priest can find a way to dig through all the muck and what doesn't work about John Walker in order to rehabilitate him as a character worth exploring and understanding. However, I struggle to think it will happen in these five issue, or if Walker is even worth the effort. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Graphic Policy - Josh Rathbun Nov 15, 2020

    Overall, U. S. Agent seemed quite a bit mediocre and I don't see the appeal of a weak knock-off going on this kind of adventure. It lacked the humor and action that I expect from a Christopher Priest book. Instead of buying this, go get one of the Deathstroke trade paperbacks because that's a better use of your money. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Bleeding Cool - Theo Dwyer Nov 12, 2020

    An intriguing but oddly paced story that confuses more than it entertains. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Nov 5, 2020

    At this point in his career, Priest feels like the kind of writer who is just giving excuses for not being at his best. He speaks more eloquently about his thoughts behind the title for this limited series, 'American Zealot,' than anything that we see in the actual work. And in that same interview, he laments not being able to do an Adult Swim U.S. Agent book because even the stuff writers did with the character in the '80s and '90s "simply won't fly anymore." U.S. Agent is a character who could be so specifically relevant to the times we're living in but this book just misses the mark. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Nov 4, 2020

    John Walker: US Agent #1 feels like a hard fail to me. Its overall abrasive and openly-bigoted main character, coupled with some unclear story flow, combine to make a story I wouldnt recommend to anyone. Read Full Review

  • 1.0
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - clayhinojosa10 Nov 5, 2020

    I can't morally wish unemployment on another human being during a worldwide pandemic, so I won't. But I can hope to everything within Marvel's power that this book just disappears after the next issue. This was just a really really bad read from the very first panel to the last. Read Full Review

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