The Blue Flame #1

Writer: Christopher Cantwell Artist: Adam Gorham Publisher: Vault Comics Release Date: May 26, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 7
8.7Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

THE BLUE FLAME is a cosmic hero. The Blue Flame is a DIY vigilante that fights crime on the streets of Milwaukee. The Blue Flame is a blue collar HVAC repairman named SAM BRAUSAM. In the wake of a horrific tragedy, the boundaries of the Blue Flame's identity blur even further. Now, before a universal trial, the Blue Flame must prove that humanity is worth saving. But in order to do that, Sam Brausam has to save himself. Can he?

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes May 26, 2021

    If you love Indie books, you should have by now checked out Vault Comics. I don't think I have ever read a poor comic or been disappointed by their product. Clever, well observed with a focus on the frailties of the human spirit, Vault encourage writers and artist to develop their idea whilst not mandating any one particular editorial model. The freshness of their books are as refreshing as they are entertaining. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance May 26, 2021

    The Blue Flame #1 is a supremely confident, deliberate, and interesting comic. Every element of craft in this book is not only well-done but deployed in a way that serves a greater unified narrative, one that gets at the heart of the intersection of the fantastic and the tragic. Its brilliant work. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Apr 13, 2021

    The Blue Flame is the real deal, and a series for readers who are hungry for complex storytelling with superheroes. It takes the wonderment of John Carter and the relatability and banality of real life and crushes it into a dynamic and nimble thought-provoking first issue. It has that talk-amongst-friends vibe comics fans rarely get and the accessibility for casual or even non-comics readers. It's the kind of comic we don't get enough of. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Comic Watch - Ross Hutchinson May 26, 2021

    This is a strong compelling opening salvo of an issue that brilliantly uses the sci-fi pulp superhero idea as a gateway to tell the very real story of someone that has to deal with the consequences of a horrible tragedy in real life in an exceptionally unique way. If you like brilliant art and clever storytelling this is one to pick up. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Caffeinated Critique - James Stone May 26, 2021

    As far as issue #1's go I don't think you could ask for much more. There is spectacle and mystery with some plot twists you don't see coming. As an opening I feel this issue has laid a solid foundation for the rest of the series to build on and if people pick up this comic they will 100% want to come back for issue #2. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge May 26, 2021

    Blue Flame has a strong opening installment here with what it does and I really like its approach. The two-story spread isn't a surprise nor that they're so wildly different yet connected in a way that we can't quite be sure yet, but it all comes together in a really good way to give us an idea of who Sam is. The deep-space storyline has a lot of the hooks that get me excited for what it is but I'm just as interested as the ordinary days of Sam's life and his superhero time there, which feels very low-rent but still full of potential. The book has a great flow to it and I love the artwork and can't wait for more to see if it can pull this off. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison May 27, 2021

    While the continual shifts in story and setting may turn off those readers hoping for a more traditional superhero origin, I found The Blue Flame #1 to be a fascinating and unique introduction to the kind of hero I wish we saw more of these days. With solid artwork backing its narrative, this is one to watch. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings May 28, 2021

    The Blue Flame #1presents a crisscrossing narrative that pays homage to Silver Age comics and sci-fi serials, setting up a mystery that crosses time and space. Comic fans old and new should give this title a read, as it presents classic tropes in a fresh new way. This issue has also raised a set of questions that will keep readers -and this reviewer hooked for issues to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Ingrid Lind-Jahn May 26, 2021

    No one said that being in the superhero business would be lucrative"or easy. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Multiversity Comics - Christa Harader May 27, 2021

    The Blue Flame #1 spotlights an interesting superhero with character potential, but stutters just a little under its own narrative ambitions. Read Full Review

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