Fearscape #1
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Fearscape #1

Writer: Ryan O'Sullivan Artist: Andrea Mutti Publisher: Vault Comics Release Date: September 26, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 2
9.2Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

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The Fearscape is a world beyond our own, populated by manifestations of our worst fears. Once per generation, The Muse travels to Earth, discovers our greatest Storyteller, and takes them with her to the Fearscape to battles these fear-creatures on our behalf. All has been well for eons, until The Muse encounters Henry Henry, a plagiarist with delusions of literary grandeur. Mistaking him for our greatest Storyteller, she ushers him into the Fearscape. Doom follows.

  • 10
    Black Nerd Problems - Morgan Hampton Sep 18, 2018

    Fearscape manages to blend a lot of familiar elements into a story that feels wholly original. It's hilarious, clever, and intriguing. If you're a fan of reading, no matter the genre, or the medium, this is a story you can appreciate. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Horror Talk - James Ferguson Oct 17, 2018

    Fearscape has the vibe of a literary journey through Sandman. It seems to aim that high and so far, is sticking the landing. Writer Ryan O'Sullivan has made a despicable character and put him in a situation where he could save the world. I kind of want to see this jerk fail so he finally gets the comeuppance he deserves, but that would mean sacrificing an untold amount of lives. What a moral conundrum we've got here. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Aug 13, 2018

    The whole book feels and reads like a dark fairy tale. Will Henry step up to the plate and be the hero that the Fearscape needs or will he live down to everyone's expectations. Whatever the outcome, this story is intriguing, with its flawed character who, through his own lens view of his life, may not even be aware that this is his journey or redemption, a chance to finally achieve everything that he feels he was destined to. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Batman's Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Aug 6, 2018

    A nigh-perfect debut, a unique comic that pushes the boundaries of sequential graphic storytelling. Fearscape #1 is one part killer creator-owned comic, one part famous literary short story, and 100 percent not to be missed. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Comicsverse - Leijah Petelka Sep 3, 2018

    THE FEARSCAPE is off to an amazing start. Henry Henry considers his literary authority better than everyone else, although he isn't that great. O'Sullivan perfectly illustrates who Henry Henry is, and sets us up for a hero's journey with the wrong hero. Mutti and Popov's art gives us reality, while O'Sullivan's words give us Henry's delusions. While I'd like to know more about the supporting characters, the story is set up to succeed. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Gary Moloney Aug 25, 2018

    Bold. Intelligent. Funny. Fearscape has the making of a perennial classic. It is true literary fiction in the meta-textual sense. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Outright Geekery - Maria Beth Aug 14, 2018

    If Fearscape is not at least nominated for an Eisner, I will be shocked. I have never seen so many layers delivered with such ease, let alone in a first issue. I cannot wait to see what the rest of this series offers. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Impulse Gamer - Dana Folkard Aug 21, 2018

    Overall, I believe that this is a highly intriguing tale. I love the main character, with all his horrible flaws and shortcomings. This is a story I can't quite pin and that's what I like about it. Give it a go, as I'm sure you'll feel the same way. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Sep 19, 2018

    What is destiny? If you thought this was going to be one of those stories, Henry Henry laughs in the face of that expectation. Fearscape #1 is a story of great opportunity given to the least deserving. One of the best debuts I've seen this year. How does a man like Henry play hero to a place like Fearscape? Is there truly weight to the words of a plagiarist? As the reader, you are almost left fearing for the wrong reasons, and that is a feeling we aren't privileged enough to experience from other stories of the like. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Heroes Direct - Eammon Jacobs Aug 13, 2018

    A tantalizing gothic treat that promises bigger things down the road, we can't wait. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Outright Geekery - Christa Harader Aug 15, 2018

    Fearscape #1 asks what would happen if a hack plagiarist became the hero of our time, and begins forming an interesting answer. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Gregory Ellner Sep 28, 2018

    Final Verdict: 8.5 " Using copious, exhaustive narration, Ryan O'Sullivan, Andrea Mutti, and Vladimir Popov begin to craft a story about fiction to remember. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Flickering Myth - Rachel Bellwoar Aug 29, 2018

    While Fearscape is accessible to all readers, English majors (guilty) might feel slightly bigheaded, recognizing all the references, and the prospect of more historical storylines, opened by meeting one of the storytellers who came before Henry, threatens to steal the issue away from him. A comic that's worth a read to see how it's constructed, as much as to see what it's about,Fearscape #1goes on saleSeptember 26thfromVault Comics. Read Full Review

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