Dead of Winter #1
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Dead of Winter #1

Writer: Kyle Starks Artist: Gabo Publisher: Oni Press Release Date: August 2, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 4
7.5Critic Rating
6.8User Rating

From the tabletop smash hit comes this new series starring beloved characters from Plaid Hat Games' Dead of Winter, written by Kyle Starks (the Eisner-nominated Sexcastle), and illustrated by GABO (The Life After). In the pantheon of heroes, none are more lovable and loyal than everyone's beloved good ol' dog, Sparky. Surviving in the wintery apocalypse of the undead, this former TV star turned zombie killing machine just wants to make friends and be a good boy. As his fellow survivors scavenge for supplies in the frigid wasteland, will Sparky be able to protect his companions from threats both undead and not yet undead?

  • 9.8
    Black Nerd Problems - Carrie McClain Aug 2, 2017

    Truthfully, I thought I'd be a little lost with the comic never playing the board games. I was proved wrong. Dead Winter is very accessible for the comics reading crowd who have never rolled any dice playing any Plaid Hat game, let alone tabletop board game. For those interested there's a back page with a quick breakdown on what the game is about. Also for excited fans and enthusiasts of the game: there's a limited edition version of this issue out that comes with an exclusive Ruckus Burley character set for play with the dead of Winter board games! (Check your local comic book shops for details) Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Doug Warren Aug 2, 2017

    I have a feeling you are going to hear a lot about this series as it continues, and if you don’t pick up issue #1 and get in from the beginning, you’re going to be kicking yourself later. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Pop Break - Marisa Carpico Aug 2, 2017

    More than any other quality, that light tone is what distinguishes Dead of Winter from the average zombie fair. However, its also what keeps it from sticking the landing. No spoilers here, but the issue ends with a pretty bizarre splash page and character reveal. Presumably, the moment is meant as a treat for readers who have also played the game, but for those casually jumping into the world, it borders on baffling. Still, one odd moment isn't enough to dismiss what is otherwise a brilliant beginning to a series. I mean, come on, there's a zombie-fighting super dog. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Lune Aug 4, 2017

    A strong start. A fresh take in a saturated genre, with a deceptively light tone, and a cast that carries real weight and emotion. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Aug 5, 2017

    Dead of Winter takes a tired premise like zombies and breathes new life into it.  The inclusion of Sparky and his hate of the undead is fun, balancing the terror of the story with some comic relief.  There's more than enough here to hook you to come back for more.  At the bare minimum, you'll want to check out the Dead of Winter games as a result.  I know I do. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Comicsverse - Jesse Hart Aug 2, 2017

    An interesting take on the typical zombie formula. Sparky is a high point of the issue and the source of a lot of laughs. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Graphic Policy - Brett Aug 2, 2017

    The first issue does a good job of capturing the game and gives more than enough nods to it so that long time fans will be satisfied and it's done in a way that's not overwhelming for new readers. The comic has a grasp of what makes the game special in many ways and overall the success of the series will rest in how it translates all of that as the series goes on. So far though, it's really getting me to want to finally dive in and play this game that I've heard such amazing things about, watched play, but never had a chance to play myself (Gen Con here I come!). Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    CourtOfNerds - Kevin Carley Aug 2, 2017

    The comic is funny, and welcome departure from the similar comic fare. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Jul 31, 2017

    A good first issue that establishes its characters well, but I'm still waiting to see what makes it different from the rest. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Aug 1, 2017

    Ultimately, Dead of Winter is an enjoyable and inoffensive read, but with the exception of the few points I mentioned above, there isnt really a huge amount of new ideas being brought to the fore here – although Ill freely admit that the events of the final few pages may go a long way towards remedying that. Perhaps not quite an essential read then, but if youre a fan of zombies, awesome dogs or Plaid Hat board games, this is definitely well worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Aug 8, 2017

    Is Dead of Winter: Good Good Dog a comic I'm likely to stick with? No, not really. However, for a single issue I was entertained. For fans. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Jonathan Edwards Aug 2, 2017

    So, here's the thing: even though I personally had problems with Dead of Winter #1, I'm having trouble calling it outright bad. The story still functions fine enough, and I'd be willing to bet that the more zombie inclined would still a get a fair kick out of it. So yeah, if a standard fare plot is enough for you as long as zombies are present, or if you really like the tabletop game, maybe give this one a look. But as for me, I think I'm going to go ahead and leave it here. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Geek-O-Rama - Lucas Aug 13, 2017

    Dead of Winter isn't terrible, but it does almost nothing right. It's an unoriginal, unfunny comic with below average artwork, and you'd be better off reading almost anything else. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Kgphil01 Aug 3, 2017

    I had no idea this was based on a tabletop game and purchased it solely on the fact it was written by Kyle Starks. While the setup of the characters is decent enough the plot seems pretty paper thin. I don't know if that is because its trying to be like the game or what but its a VERY straight forward zombie story. Survivors have a little strong hold, have to go out into the infected zone to get supplies, stuff goes wrong. That's about it. The dialog is written in a way that feels very much like each character is a person sitting around the table playing a board game with their friends talking about what is going on in the game so I think it succeeded there. There is some good humor which is expected from Starks writing. The art is decent e more

  • 4.0
    markkawika Sep 18, 2017

    I had high hopes for this but the art killed it for me. Pretty standard zombie story, but the faces of the characters are just too flat and unrealistic for my tastes.

  • 8.0
    DavidTC Aug 12, 2017

  • 8.0
    KnM Feb 2, 2018

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