The Private Eye #1

The Private Eye #1

Writer: Brian K. Vaughan Artist: Marcos Martin Publisher: Panel Syndicate Release Date: March 20, 2013 Cover Price: $0.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 3
9.0Critic Rating
9.2User Rating

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Mar 20, 2013

    I try to encourage readers to try something different once in a while. This is the perfect candidate. I went into it without knowing what it was about and that amped up the excitement. If you've ever read anything by Brian K. Vaughan or have seen Marcos Martin's art, you know you're in for quite a treat. You don't need me to tell you how great this is. Give it a try. Visit the website and name your price. You'll be happy you did. This is what happens when creators decide to take a risk. You owe it to yourself to take a risk as well and check this out. You can thank me later. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Booked - David Gillette Mar 19, 2013

    Be smart and go give these two your money.The Private Eye is a story that deserves a long run. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Mar 21, 2013

    I'm happy to say that I supported the project with what I could afford at the time. I hope that you'll visit their site and support them as well and maybe if it's successful we'll see more creators join the site and maybe the landscape of the entire comic industry will change and for the better. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Unleash The Fanboy - Alex Mar 20, 2013

    The world that Brian K. Vaughan has crafted is so fascinating and realistic that it makes the comic a real page turner. The basic plot is a familiar one, but with all of the interesting pieces spread throughout the story, the comic almost distracted you from its simple plot and drew you head first into the world. Disguises and shadowy intrigue will keep readers coming back for more as Vaughan continues delivering comic books that will capture your imagination. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Mar 20, 2013

    As good of a debut as you can possibly hope for"hip, intelligent, sensitive, and boldly imaginative, on both the written and artistic fronts. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    IGN - Alkazaar007 Mar 19, 2013

    "The Private Eye" is a masterfully written comic book, with so much intelligently packed social commentary in a single issue, and beautiful artwork by Marcos Martin that makes him as essential to the storytelling process as Vaughan's script. For a minimum payment of 50 cents or more, it would be a great shame if people did not read this wonderful and painstakingly honest comic book. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski Mar 20, 2013

    Vaughan and Martin's story went from being completely off-the-grid, to a delightful tease to kick off the week, to what will certainly end up being the “pick of the week” for many a comic fan this week. “The Private Eye” is so good that it beat the rest of the books this week before they even showed up. But comics aren't about who's beating who. Comics should be about creating, and sharing, and cultivating a culture of imagination that we enjoy in a way that makes sense for everyone involved. “The Private Eye” is a darn fine detective story, but more importantly, it represents what digital comics can aspire to be. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Therapy - MrComicBook Mar 21, 2013

    The Private Eye is a great start to a series. If you have a PayPal account, you owe yourself to buy this comic. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Modern Age Comics - Alexander Moser Mar 20, 2013

    Private Eye is what you should expect from a comic by Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin. It's very good. I expect many more popular creators will be pulling the internet-exclusive act very shortly. If digital comics aren't your thing, I'd still give the book a shot because of the high-caliber talent associated with it, and the value of getting a book for whatever you wish to pay. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    iFanboy - Paul Montgomery Mar 19, 2013

    The Private Eye is off to a dazzling start, and of course, this first chapter ends on a top notch cliffhanger. Unfortunately, I have no idea when that next installment of this passion project will hit. This is an experiment after all. Hopefully it's a fruitful one in the long run. I say that selfishly, but also with some investment in the future of independent comic creation, not just for Vaughan and Martin, but for others. That's part of the plan. For as much as The Private Eye frets over the dangers of shared information, Panel Syndicate is also something of a rain dance, a small but fervent burst of creation to coax more from the heavens. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Den Of Geek! - Mike Cecchini Mar 19, 2013

    I purchased The Private Eye as a .pdf and read it on an iPad 3. While not as "sexy" as the HD treatment books get over on the comiXology app, this book looks terrific even as a .pdf. The entire story is told in a kind of "widescreen" format, which is to say, think of it as a series of two-page spreads, or even as if each page is a Sunday comic strip. Reading it "landscape" style on the iPad was a breeze, and it looked terrific. In the interest of full disclosure, you all should know that I paid $2.99 for the first chapter of The Private Eye, which is the cover price of Vaughan's other creator-owned series, Saga, and the average price of my weekly comic purchases. I paid an "average" price for a most certainly "above average" book. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Grant McLaughlin Mar 24, 2013

    The Private Eye, as the title suggests, is a classic PI story, but at the same time, almost all of the elements feel somewhat out of wack. Nothing quite fits where it should, yet it all feels just right. Vaughan, Martin, and Vicente have come together for an opening chapter that is equal parts mystery, adventure, and societal study, and it looks like their 10-part story is going to be a real humdinger. And again, at pay whatever price you want, there's no reason not to give this one a look. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Patrick Hume Mar 19, 2013

    Vaughan and Martin have created an intriguing new project in The Private Eye " intriguing for reasons both literary and commercial. Even if the comic itself was undistinguished, the business model it is being created under would be worthy of observation and interest. Happily, the book has everything going for it - ultramodern themes underpinned by tested tropes, a deadly mystery, and an exciting and contemporary look. Even if you come in the name of experimentation with new publishing methods, you'll stay for the story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Andrenn Mar 21, 2013

    Private Eye #1 succeeds where every first issue should. It builds the world enough to make it feel believable and gets you excited to see more of it. Then it gives us an interesting main character with a strong motivation for being the way he is in this world. It also teases us enough near the end to show us there is a much bigger story about to unfold and that you'll want to see what happens next in the series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    WhatCulture - David Ochart Mar 23, 2013

    Brian K. Vaughan is one of the best writers in comics today, and Marcos Martin is on the rise with his recent work on Mark Waid's Daredevil. Between the compelling new world and the great art, this comic is not to be missed. The pay-what-you-want mentality of its release is just the cherry on the cake. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - stephengervais Mar 20, 2013

    This being my first foray into the world of digital comics I’d rate it as a positive one. Will it replace physical copies for me? I’d say no but that’s not to take anything away from this reading experience. I definitely hope this issue generates enough income so that the team will continue with this 10 part series. I for one am hooked on this imaginative new adventure and hope that one day it is released in a hardcover format. One final note I do find it ironic and humorous that it’s a story about the dangers of putting everything out on the internet yet it’s available exclusively through the internet. Hilarious guys!! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Culture Mass - Brian Martin Mar 25, 2013

    With an intriguing premise, gorgeous artwork, and a pay as you wish price point, comic readers can't go wrong with The Private Eye. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Tyler Gross Mar 28, 2013

    Vaughan is a great writer and his manipulation of the language to create an exciting landscape is a marvel in of itself, but it's the man creating those landscapes that brings the book to life. For most of the book, Marcos Martin is simply showing off. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Mar 19, 2013

    Still, a slight stumble aside, "The Private Eye" #1 is an excellent debut from Vaughan and Martin. It's been a few years since the duo worked together on their "Doctor Strange" mini-series, and it's fun to see them reunited on a project that they've built from the ground up. You should absolutely check this out; after all, you can give as much or as little money as you want. Myself? I know I'll be back to buy the second issue. Definitely give this comic a try. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Mar 29, 2013

    Even more so than Saga, it feels like Vaughan here is willing to let the art bear some of the load of storytelling, and to take a step away from reality into the world of stylization. It's an impressive creative progression for him, and I'm excited that someone as successful as he is is willing to make it on his own terms. Vaughan could have used comics as a stepping stone and then abandoned the medium forever; it's gratifying to see him still granting the medium his interest and respect. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Skombie Mar 23, 2015

    Overall, I don’t think you can really judge how this comic is going to end up from this first issue. The plot and world building barely got off the ground. The art was still finding its feet. That said I want to see how the larger story plays out, but for now I’m going with a 6/10. Read Full Review

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