American Carnage #1

Writer: Bryan Hill Artist: Leandro Fernandez Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: November 21, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 15
8.4Critic Rating
7.7User Rating

A new, thrilling crime saga from the writer of WILDSTORM: MICHAEL CRAY and the artist of The Old Guard! Disgraced FBI agent Richard Wright is offered a chance for redemption when his old mentor sends him undercover to infiltrate a white supremacist group believed to be responsible for the death of a fellow agent.

  • 10 - Christian Hoffer Nov 21, 2018

    American Carnage is a strong start to a story that feels very important, especially in today's world. It feels authentic and comes at a time where we need a hard look at how these movements start. Read Full Review

  • 10
    AIPT - Nathaniel Muir Nov 21, 2018

    The subject matter is difficult but this is a great comic. Great writing and art set the perfect tone for this unflinching crime drama. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Nov 21, 2018

    It eventually ends in a terrifying cliffhanger. The last line of the book is "Welcome to Real America." Its pretty shocking where we end up at the end of the issue. It's even more shocking that it reads true, with not a false note anywhere. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    On Comics Ground - James Portis Nov 22, 2018

    American Carnage quiet frankly is our real world. It is America in it's truest form. Like previously stated many won't be okay with that truth. But Hill and Fernadez give it to you. I implore everyone who wants a well told and well-drawn story of that truth to pick up this book at your local comic book shop. Because it's more than a good read. It's a needed read for all Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Comic Watch - Nicholas Osborn Nov 28, 2018

    American Carnage is a powerful display of human complexities struggling for societal influence. Inspired by real-world relevance and a beautiful artistic direction, the first issue proves to be a strong start to a series that couldnt be released at a more opportune moment. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - pharoahmiles Sep 27, 2020

    Overall, an excellent debut issue that drops you into a world that is unfortunately way too familiar. The story by Hill is excellent. The art by the creative team is beautiful. Altogether, a sobering looks at the ugliness hiding in plain sight. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Nov 21, 2018

    The art is fantastic with stunning details in composition as well as the use of shadow in many of the panels. It's evocative of the dark, mysterious tone of the issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Aug 20, 2018

    Though you’ll have to wait until November to fully experience it, know that Vertigo Comics’ crime bonafides are in great condition thanks to the incoming debut of American Carnage. Helmed by a rising star around the DC offices and an art team that has a keen eye for character, violence and mood, this Vertigo debut continues their strong efforts from original, creator-driven series with a bracing dose of socially conscious mayhem. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti Nov 21, 2018

    AMERICAN CARNAGE is a stunning book, one that feels necessary and timely but also straddles that line by presenting a gripping and hopefully long-term story. The art is fantastic on all fronts as well. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Nov 21, 2018

    The third new Vertigo title to launch, Bryan Hill's American Carnage, is by far the most gritty and down-to-earth. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Nov 21, 2018

    The inaugural issue is enticing because it shows the jagged edges. It does not shy away from brutality, but it does not revel in it. If this honest reflection can continue throughout the series, American Carnage will be a fascinating social critique, but this book will not be for everyone. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Tevin Murphy Nov 21, 2018

    I foresee the team delivering a story that doesn't shy away from addressing both the blatant and poorly concealed racism and bigotry that plagues America currently. American Carnage #1 feels like a perfect fit for a Trump era America where hate and bigotry are marketed as real values and opinions rather than the filth that they perpetuate. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Nov 21, 2018

    While this book won't win any points with the comics-gate community, true crime fans will find American Carnage quite engaging. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Sean Blumenshine Nov 24, 2018

    Other than the art, this is a solid first issue. I am interested enough in the premise to read more and I like a lot of the thematic ideas being presented. I'm curious to see where this book goes moving forward. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Jeremy Daw Nov 21, 2018

    A well-paced introductory issue, this is a book that has already provided some memorable – and unsettling – moments. If you were expecting an excoriating railing against Trump's America, you might be disappointed. With well-drawn characters and an involving set-up, this is more subtle – and considerably better – than that. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Aug 8, 2018

    A strong start to a series that looks to help re-establish Vertigo as a line of substance and depth. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Stacy Baugher Nov 22, 2018

    AMERICAN CARNAGE #1 is for mature readers. As such, it addresses themes and ideas that may be unsettling. That said there is a potential for a great dramatic tale to be told. Read Full Review

  • 3.8
    Geekery Magazine - Lucas Fashina Nov 21, 2018

    The thing is on it's own Bryan Hill and company still delivered a good issue, the only thing stopping it from becomes a great title will be the ability to deliver the epic story its title promises. Read Full Review

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