The Picture of Everything Else #1

Writer: Dan Watters Artist: Kishore Mohan Publisher: Vault Comics Release Date: December 23, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 6
8.6Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

As the 20th century dawns, art promises to change the world...and steep it in blood. A rash of impossible killings sweep through Paris, tearing the rich and beautiful apart in their beds. When two art thieves stumble upon the portraits of the victims damaged in the exact same manner they died, it appears the man who once painted the immortal portrait of Dorian Gray has returned-with darker plans for future works. From the minds of Dan Watters (Coffin Bound, Lucifer, Deep Roots) and Kishore Mohan comes a haunting balance of depravity and beauty.

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Nov 26, 2020

    This is another absolutely stunning debut from Vault Comics; a literary horror series that provides a visceral, haunting depiction of what happens when you change the world through art, and I absolutely cannot recommend it highly enough. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Graphic Policy - Joe Bones Dec 27, 2020

    In my opinion, The Picture of Everything Else is a comic book love letter to Oscar Wilde. It's a modern philosophical examination of the nature of art and the role of the artist, that retains the setting and tone of The Picture of Dorian Gray. It has lovely art and a story that, while inspired by Gothic romance and Wildes imaginings, still has a contemporary feel. As much as I loved this comic, I recognize that it may appeal to all readers. This is a solid first issue, but it may lack enough action or mystery to engage those looking for a traditional murder mystery thriller. For those who always wondered what happened to Basil Hallward however, this is a series you'll want to pick up. Read Full Review

  • 10
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Dec 23, 2020

    A blood-stained love letter to Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Everything Elseimmerses readers into the dark undercurrent that pulsed beneath the most well-known literary works of the Victorian era. A masterwork of modern Horror and a must-read series,The Picture of Everything Elseis not to be missed. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Comic Watch - Lillian Hochwender Dec 26, 2020

    The Picture of Everything Else #1 is an artistic tour de force soaked in blood, booze, terror, and homoerotic longing. Ending on a chilling cliffhanger, this is certainly a book worth keeping up with. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    COMICON - Olly MacNamee Dec 21, 2020

    Paris, in the late 19th century. A serial killer is on the loose, while two down-and-out Parisian artists go about sustaining themselves through parties and pilfering. Until, that is, they meet the supernaturally cursed basil Hallward. Last seen dying by the bloody hands of Dorian Gray back in London. A murderous mystery and a daring debut issue from Dan Watters and Kishmor Mohan. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Dec 23, 2020

    Magic and art go back a very long way and a title like this really hits a sweet spot on multiple levels. I like the concept and how it can be approached, I'm glad to see another book exploring anything in the past rather than just in the present, and I love the visual design of everything here. It's got a great look in how it's illustrated and colored and the flow of the panels to tell the tale. Watters has a solid idea here and interesting characters from the start forced into hard choices while Mohan's artwork is just fantastic through and through. It's a great pairing that results in a strong opening book with a lot of potential. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Dec 30, 2020

    If you're a fan of old Gothic literature or even Death Note, I think The Picture of Everything Else is going to be right up your alley. There's a lot of things to enjoy within the pages of the comic, even if it took a second to really grab me personally. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Sequential Planet - Marcus Orchard Dec 23, 2020

    It's not for everyone, but fans of art and horror will want to read The Picture of Everything Else #1. It's hard to tell if the story will stay together. I'm hoping that the quality holds up and the execution is as good as the premise is. Regardless, Vault is on fire, and this is another potential hit for the publisher. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Dec 21, 2020

    Kishore Mohan's light linework and sumptuous watercolors are the kind you want to dive right into. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    COMICON - Cesareo Garasa Dec 30, 2020

    The Picture of Everything Else is a de facto sequel to Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray that retains its own subtle philosophical bent while expanding on the original's concept. It's a premise that's fascinating to revisit in our current age of social media even if the story is set in Paris during the late 1890s. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    AIPT - Chris Coplan Dec 22, 2020

    Is this a great new story of art vs. creation, or a metatextual minefield? Read Full Review

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