Dead Drop #1

Writer: Ales Kot Artist: Adam Gorham Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: May 6, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 6
8.0Critic Rating
7.7User Rating

Four issues. Four stories. One ticking clock! Red-hot writer Ales Kot (Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier) and rising star Adam Gorham (Zero) start the countdown to DEAD DROP as an unlikely cast of superhuman operators fall in deep for an undercover conspiracy action thriller in the darkest corners of the Valiant Universe...

There is a secret black market in New York. It is hidden in plain sight - in our streets, trains, restaurants. Those who know how to  navigate it exchange secrets of extraordinary nature. But when the secret in circulation is a biological weapon derived from Vine technology, the gloves are off - and the m more

  • 10
    Outright Geekery - Henry Starling May 6, 2015

    All in all this was an exciting, fun, action packed issue, all using just two characters. I for one can't wait to see how this affects the Valiant Universe. Maybe just like The Valiant? Another game changer? I guess we'll have to wait and see! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comix I Read - Boris Roberto Aguilar May 4, 2015

    Dead Drop #1 starts off right in the middle of the action and is a great way to start this limited series. This book is very well done and can be enjoyed by those who are familiar with the Valiant universe and just an enjoyable for those who aren't. This is possible due to the fantastic story telling by Ales Kot. The art is just fantastic. The art team on this comic book does such a great job and is spearheaded by Adam Gorham's art. This is complimented so well by Michael Spicer's colors and Dave Sharpe's letters. This is a fun, high octane story that by the end of the comic book issue has you on the edge of your seat. I cannot wait to read the next issue of this series. I recommend this book to everyone. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Multiversity Comics - Alice W. Castle May 7, 2015

    “Dead Drop” is an issue that works on a good number of levels. It's a great first issue to a series that promises a story full of action, but with a lot of depth. It's a great single story that has a solid beginning, middle and end and emphasises a lot of character nuance within a limited space through their actions in a very kinetic and dangerous environment. And, finally, it's a great introduction to the Valiant Universe because instead of delving deep into the lore of the universe, it gives you just a taste of one of the major characters and whets your appetite to explore their publishing line more. At least, it did for me. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene May 11, 2015

    This was probably one of the best first issues I've read in quite some time. There was no exposition or background filler. We knew what we were getting and the creative team used their strengths to present worthy wild story with common stakes that I actually cared about. If I'm correct in how the other heroes of the Valiant universe are going to be implemented in future issues, the creative force behind this series will have a lot of good things in store for readers! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Brady Steele May 6, 2015

    As over the top as a story can be with a caveman in alien space armor can be, this tale does a tremendous job of showcasing how X-O Manowarhas adapted well to his new world. He does not hack and slash his way to his adversary but uses his intellect and cunning to try to ensure victory. After only one issue, I'm already imagining this series as a four-part Netflix TV show that is instantly addictive. Get on board and see where this story swerves next. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Brett I May 5, 2015

    All in all, this was an excellent first issue, and I cannot wait for issue 2. While it went by a little fast, the re readability is there, and I would hand this to anyone who is curious about the Valiant universe. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Nerds Unchained - Connor Frigon May 8, 2015

    Adam Gorham is a well-rounded artist. Dead Drop #1 is action heavy and imaginative. It's one long extended chase scene that Gorham keeps interesting with an even hand. Theres a great sense of motion in these pages. He highlights action beats withpanels that pop into a scene, letting you catch little moments while conserving space. Dead Drop #1 is another successful collaboration between Gorham and Kot and another feather in Valiants expanding cap. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze May 6, 2015

    Dead Drop #1 is a great start to this mini series. Who knows what other challenges these other characters will have to face in order to stop these terrorists, but if it is as exciting as this chase Aric was sent on, then that next issue should be worth picking up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Yet Another Media Site - Kevin Finnigan May 4, 2015

    Adam Gorham's artwork is the shining star of DEAD DROP #1. The artwork feels ripped out of a spy movie with how intimate and close the panels are. The smaller panels put into larger panels makes the reader feel like they are flying by and only catching quick glimpses of something bigger. Gorham has the action flow like a storyboard, guiding the eye. Groom's artwork jumps from Jason Bourne style running scene to Star Trek aliens without one seeming out of place to the other. The constant use of moving backgrounds, lines with vaguely defined colors, normally doesn't work for me. Gorham uses it wisely by not using it on any large panels. The quick cut panels are the main use, and it creates a great sense of motion. Michael Spicer helps out considerably by adding slight colors to fool your eyes into feeling the motion. Spicer uses a muted palette with his colors that help set the story apart from other Valiant super hero titles. Its down and dirty in a morally grey mission. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Critical Blast - Mike Maillaro May 4, 2015

    All in all, this was a real good first issue. X-O and Neville were written perfectly, the terrorists seemed like a worthy threat to involve a good chunk of the Valiant universe. And you have a real good jumping on point for anyone who wants to check Valiant out. Which you should! They are putting out terrific comics each and every month, and Dead Drop is another great one. I did think the art was a little inconsistent, but the fast pace story and characterization more than made up for that for me. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson May 6, 2015

    "Dead Drop" #1 is a refreshing rollercoaster of an introduction, rather than the usual exposition-filled buildup. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Valiant Central - Martin Ferretti May 6, 2015

    Overall, Dead Drop #1 is a tremendously fun issue which raises some really interesting questions as to what is going on. Just what is the virus that's introduced here and how is it connected not just to the Vine but to some of the other alien connections in the Valiant universe. While not a perfect issue, Dead Drop #1 is off to a great start and has really sold me on the rest of the miniseries. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    The Broken Infinite - Frank Rodriguez May 14, 2015

    This was a heart stopping ride that will grab you and not let go. This thrill ride is rendered pretty damn well but there is some room for improvement. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Byron Hendricks May 12, 2015

    All in all, this read is somewhat of an extended chase scene. It looks pretty, but there is simply too little to make it a memorable read. This feels like a filler and for a first issue that is not the type of feeling you want t give the reader. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Infinite Comix - Daniel Gehen May 12, 2015

    Overall, Dead Drop is off to fun, if flawed, beginning. Based on the tease in the final pages, the next issue should see the hijinks ramp up exponentially. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby May 5, 2015

    All in all, Dead Drop #1 is an average read. Story-wise, there just isn't a lot here to go on. It's a polished chase sequence and not much else. Still, Adam Gorham's stylish and fluid pencils are perfectly suited to Ales Kot's speedy script, so if you can stomach its vacuousness, Dead Drop #1 is a fun little popcorn read. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Crusaders - 13th Crusader May 8, 2015

    Overall, this issue was entertaining but I was lightly disappointed. I wouldn't recommend giving up on Dead Drop based solely on this first installment. The rest of the series has yet to be released and Valiant has yet to dissatisfy".will they X-O? Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Nick Philpott May 6, 2015

    It's intriguing in all the right ways, and it's gorgeous to look at. It just feels like an awful deflating issue, especially at that price point. Read Full Review

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