Night's Dominion #1

Night's Dominion #1

Writer: Ted Naifeh Artist: Ted Naifeh Publisher: Oni Press Release Date: September 7, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 1
8.4Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

Umber: an ancient, sprawling city where the rich live like kings and the poor are lucky to get their scraps. At its center, the tower of Uhlume rises, guarding untold riches. Though heavily guarded, with the right plan... the right people... the treasure is free for the taking. Enter our five players: the Bard, the Acolyte, the Asp, the Magus... and a barmaid? But this barmaid knows the city better than anyone. This barmaid hides a dark secret. And this barmaid needs to make a lot of money... fast. From the mind of Ted Naifeh (Courtney Crumrin, Batman 66) comes a new dark fantasy epic for fans of Rat Queens and Skullkickers.

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Sep 7, 2016

    Night's Dominion #1 is an intriguing start to what could be a very nice series as Naifeh rolls on. This first issue definitely caught my attention and I'll be back, without hesitation. This series feels like a grand adventure in a rich environment and Naifeh impressed me with both his scripting and visual storytelling skills. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Aaron Reese Sep 8, 2016

    The potential for this world is endless. Naifeh has shown a willingness to borrow ideas from famous works, but has also shown originality. It shouldn’t surprise us to medieval version of other famous characters in upcoming issues. It also shouldn’t surprise us to see Naifeh draw from historical or legendary figures that will mingle with his original creations. This could be Astro City of the Middle Ages and I can’t wait to see where the next issue takes us. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Doom Rocket - Molly Jane Kremer Sep 7, 2016

    Night's Dominion hits some of the same general notes that the Image series Rat Queens did (how could it not? Both read like D&D campaigns in sequential form, to no fault of the other), but instead of oddball hijinks and in-your-face profanity, Dominion evokes brooding drama within and around the introduction of a mysterious cast of misfits. This is more like Rat Queens' older and more sophisticated sister: quiet, measuredly deliberate, with riddles yet unravelled and depths yet to fathom. Night's Dominion #1 is the start of an RPG campaign I'd really like to play, in the hands of a DM"er, I mean, writer-artist perfectly suited to its trappings. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Sushi - Peter Rodriguez Aug 14, 2016

    Recently we have seen stories like 4 Kids Walk into a Bank and the Netflix hit phenomenon Stranger Things, where both start off with a group of kids playing a role-playing game much like Dungeons and Dragons. Well Night's Dominion could well be that fantasy game we have all imagined once before, only from the mind of Naifeh as he brings those inspirations to life in the pages of this first issue the way that he does best, with great character development and superb world-building. There is something intriguing about adding a superhero element in dark fantasy setting, and I for one cannot wait to discover what lies ahead in Naifeh's latest quest. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Agasicles Stamas Sep 11, 2016

    There have been some strong openings forlimitedseries this year in the tier 2 publishers. The Killer in Me. Jupiter's Legacy Volume 2. Nafieh's Night's Dominion stands shoulder-to-shoulder with them. I'm not sure that I am going to have room to sneak this into my pull list, but I will be looking in on it from time to time. And I'll definitely have an eye out for the trade. There was a time that we got a lot of genre-specific content in this setting, now there is very little of it. Or if we do get it, it is overly gimmicky or too traditionalist. Nafieh has stricken a great chord with a genre mash-up that is enticing in its premise, and very sharp in its execution. I cannot wait to see more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek-O-Rama - Rick Sep 16, 2016

    I've heard the characters in this comic described as "Medieval superheroes", and there certainly is a whiff of that (the terrifying Furie is a wink toward Batman, definitely); but Night's Dominion is so much more than a mere transposition. This is a genuine pulp-fantasy story in the best way. I was fully invested in every character (although the querulous Magus is definitely my favorite). I won't say much else, and I'd like to read the whole series before I give it my full praise; but Night's Dominion definitely has my heart. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Matthew Strackbein Sep 3, 2016

    This is definitely one of those times where you'll wish the entire trade collection were already out so you could consume it all at once. Patience is a virtue and, luckily, there's plenty of superhero stuff already out there, although it may not be as stylistically engrossing as Night's Dominion. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Chris Downs Sep 8, 2016

    That's not to say that it's completely po-faced though, as Naifeh's ear for warm, funny dialogue and smooth skill for visual storytelling gives the characters and story a snappy bounce amidst the darker elements, making it an absorbing read full of energy, laughs and action. This is tailor-made for those searching for something a little bit different from what the Big Two have to offer at the moment. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Laramie Martinez Sep 9, 2016

    I had a lot of questions at the end of this issue, which is always a good sign for a premier issue. I'm putting it down as one of the standouts for this week. If you're a fan of sword and sorcery or heists, check this one out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Sep 6, 2016

    Oni has an impressive fantasy comic on their hands. The characters are strong and the world is very original, making this a must buy for anyone hungry for new fantasy. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Graphic Policy - Brett Aug 12, 2016

    If you like D&D adventures, or Assassin's Creed, or the idea of superheroes in a fantasy setting, Night's Dominion is one to check out. Ted Naifeh is great when it comes to entertaining comics that really build a world, and this looks like it'll be no exception to that. Read Full Review

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