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Hook Jaw #1

Writer: Simon Spurrier Artist: Conor Boyle Publisher: Titan Books Release Date: December 21, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 3
7.9Critic Rating
6.8User Rating

In the troubled waters off Somalia, a rag-tag group of marine scientists studying a pack of female great white sharks find themselves caught in a conflict between pirates and the might of the US Navy. But why is the CIA so interested in the work of the scientists? And just how will they face up to the shadowy terror of the legendary great white - HOOKJAW?!

  • 9.0
    Comicsverse - Chris Galvin Dec 16, 2016

    Overall, it wasn't what I initially expected from a HOOK JAW comic; the shark was mainly off panel, and it was more character focused. However,it made sense to do it this way. It has a nice slow build up, establishing the main cast of characters and a solid plot. With these in place, HOOK JAW #2 is set to provide the sort of gruesome action that #1 hints at, and I, for one, cannot wait to read more. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Pastrami Nation - Jason T Smith Jan 15, 2017

    All in all a great comic: Hook Jaw gives us a horror story that keeps us amazed and gives us a science lesson in the process. I can't wait for issue #2 to drop. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Capeless Crusader - Jeremy Radick Dec 20, 2016

    For a gory horror book about an out-sized killer shark, ruthless Navy SEALS, and profane scientists, there's something endearing about Hook Jaw #1, written by Si Spurrier with art by Conor Boyle. It's a great debut; a scary and quirky fish tale you should sink your teeth into before it sinks its teeth into you. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    SciFiPulse - Oral Frier Dec 22, 2016

    At first read, Hook Jaw did not grab me. There was just something about it that didn't ring true. On my second read through, I realized that the disconnect was on my part. A story about killer sharks isn't supposed to be authentic, and once I came to that conclusion, the story really began to shine with me. Hook Jaw isn't for everyone, but, for those who want a different kind of story, it is a tale you can sink your teeth into. ( I would like to take this final moment to apologize for the pun. It was bad, and I am only slightly ashamed.) Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Dec 21, 2016

    Hook Jaw has a slow start, but the reveal of the shark is worth the price of admission.  If you're a fan of Jaws, you'll like this comic.  Every time someone is close to or in the water, you get this feeling of dread, knowing the beast lurking beneath the surface.  Plus, this is the first time I've seen a grown man hit with a severed dolphin's head, so I can check that off the old bucket list. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - Huck Talwar Dec 21, 2016

    If you're a fan of the Jaws franchise, you're going to love this series. Elements of danger, adventure, action, violence, and drama are all present. Sharks, pirates, the CIA, marine biologists"what more could you ask for?! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek-O-Rama - Rick Dec 10, 2016

    I'm excited to see what bloody mayhem Hook Jaw will be serving up next. Count me as a fan. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Chris Tresson Dec 21, 2016

    So" This issue was a lot better than I was expecting. I'm going to have to make sure it has been ordered in at the shop (I'm hoping it has) and grab myself a copy of it. I suggest you do the same, I think it's going to be a good'n. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jan 19, 2017

    Hook Jaw #2 is where things really take off for me. I'm looking forward to more and sitting back and embracing the utter ridiculousness of it all and enjoying every page of it. Read Full Review

  • 7.1
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Dec 22, 2016

    While flawed in parts, this is a good start to the revived series. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    GWW - Agasicles Stamas Dec 25, 2016

    I feel like if Spurrier can just lock down the tone on this, it will be a much more interesting series. I am ok with a mix of tones to a piece of work, but I feel like there needs to be at most one primary and one secondary. It feels like there are three or four tones here, all competing for prominence. I myself would prefer a mostly horror-driven story, with a salting of something else that keeps it from being a direct mime of a Peter Benchley tale. But whatever it is going to be, I just want the story tightened up and focused a bit more tonally. As for the art, don't change a thing. Doyle and Brusco have got it on lock, and there's very little reason to shake that up. Overall, this is a good start, and 80% of the formula that an issue #1 needs to achieve to get readers interested in staying on board. Hopefully the team will capture the other 20% in Hookjaw #2. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Big Comic Page - David Gladman Dec 21, 2016

    Overall, this is an interesting concept and, with a few issues to flesh things out and build up some momentum, could easily become something to get truly excited about. Read Full Review

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