Heavy #1

Writer: Max Bemis Artist: Eryk Donovan Publisher: Vault Comics Release Date: September 16, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 3
8.0Critic Rating
8.7User Rating

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Bill may be dead, but he's got a job to do.
Welcome to the Big Wait, where folks who do't quite make the cut go to work off their debt. Everyone in the Wait's got a job. Bill is a Heavy, whose job is policing the multiverse, making sure bad eggs get what's coming to them. He's on track to earn his Climb and reunite with the woman he loves... until he meets his new partner: the worst dude of all time.
Heavy is The Punisher for neurotics; Inception for the impatient; Preacher for... well, it's a lot like Preacher. Max Bemis and Eryk Donovan bring you a story about the existential purpose of dumb boys with big guns.

  • 9.5
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Sep 15, 2020

    Fresh and intense, Heavy packs two-tons of hard-hitting humor and stands tall among its peers and predecessors, establishing itself as a must-read series. This debut is does everything it sets out to do, and more, giving readers good reason to come back, issue after issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comics Bookcase - Benjamin Morin Sep 15, 2020

    Heavy #1 delivers a stylish and action packed debut that should be on everyones pull list. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Nathan Simmons Sep 19, 2020

    'Heavy' #1 gleefully subverts readers' expectations of the genre. The result is a book that is both a celebration and a critique of ultraviolence. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Sep 16, 2020

    There is a whole lot to like here with Heavy and I'm really excited to see what direction it'll go in. While I suspect the end-page stinger is going to be the primary focus for a bit, it's the missions themselves that I'm interested in and how Bill is handling them and what the other teams find themselves dealing with. There is a lot of potential with this story to go in any number of creative ways and easy spinoff and one-shot books as well if Bemis can flesh out and make some interesting supporting characters. It's a great concept and the opening installment is a dense book setting a lot of the foundation of what's to come, making it a very easy recommendation. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Sep 17, 2020

    Max Bemis takes the dark humor of both his songs with Say Anything and great comics like Moon Knight and Foolkiller combines it with unparalleled violence and wild, eye-popping visuals from Eryk Donovan and Cris Peter. There's also strong, Vertigo-style supernatural world-building with tongue firmly placed in cheek; think less Sandman and more Preacher. Whether you like vibing out and thinking about the multiverse, afterlife, and moral philosophy, or just reading about a guy who kills the shit out of people thanks to his ever-present man-pain, Heavy #1 is a strong debut and the comic for you. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Geek'd Out - Michael Thao Sep 16, 2020

    As a first issue, Heavy does a good job at setting up the world and leaving you wanting more. The script and artwork provide great humor and pathos from its main protagonist, while the candy-coated color palette helps breathe life into its pages. From interviews with Bemis, it's clear that Heavy is a deeply personal tale. It's the product of years of his own experiences wrapped up in a story of “dumb boys with big guns.” Even if readers don't connect with his themes right away, they will no doubt still have a good time with Heavy.With this first issue,Heavypromises to be a cosmically violent epic with a heart of gold. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Christa Harader Sep 21, 2020

    "Heavy" #1 delights with gallows humor and a fresh take on Purgatory and punishment. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Bleeding Cool - Theo Dwyer Sep 11, 2020

    Heavy #1 sees Max Bemis & Eryk Donovan imagine a unique version of Purgatory that feels like The Punisher meets What Dreams May Come. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Graphic Policy - Alex K Cossa Sep 6, 2020

    Vault Comics have been publishing some absolute corkers recently, and Heavy #1 is another on a growing list of Must Read comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pastrami Nation - kevin hoskinson Sep 13, 2020

    Heavy #1 is an excellent start to this Vault Comics series. It's pulpy with an existential edge. As mentioned earlier, I felt and related to the themes more so than the story itself, but I still enjoyed the story a great deal. The first issue ends on a very interesting cliff hanger, and I can't wait to see what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Justin Munday Sep 15, 2020

    A sardonic and grimy opening chapter with great art, but inconsistent writing. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    COMICON - Brendan M. Allen Sep 22, 2020

    Heavy is The Punisher for neurotics; Inception for the impatient; Preacher for" well, it's a lot like Preacher. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Major Spoilers - Jonathan Cadotte Sep 19, 2020

    Heavy #1 does itself no favors by falling back on some cliches and then pointing them out to the reader. Yet, if you look past that there's some nuggets of an interesting setup and universe to be had. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    ComicBook.com - Spencer Perry Sep 16, 2020

    Your eyes may roll from the prose but the art will smooth it out along the way. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Psycamorean Sep 18, 2020

    I read this because I usually enjoy Max Bemis' writing. And overall, I liked this. It is drenched in tangents and references, however, and while I kind of like the chaotic nature of the prose, I know that would be a major turn off for some. The concept is cool, and the pacing was adequate. I will say, some of the art is a little rough. But yeah, this reads like a crazy person wrote it, but not in the way that people full of themselves like to ascribe to writers like Grant Morrison. It's kind of in the "This needed to be tightened up a little" sort of way. And I know that sounds bad and may actually be bad to some, but to me, it gives the comic a lot of character and a consistent, yet unpredictable tone.

  • 9.0
    Wolf Warner Sep 20, 2020

    Awesome 1st issue

  • 9.0
    BitchWitcher Oct 22, 2020

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