Border Town #1

Writer: Eric M Esquivel Artist: Ramon Villalobos Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: September 5, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 28 User Reviews: 24
8.9Critic Rating
6.0User Rating

Don't miss the start of this all-new ongoing Vertigo series by writer Eric M. Esquivel (Gregory Graves, Ricanstruction) and artist Ramon Villalobos (Nighthawk, America).
When a crack in the border between worlds releases an army of monsters from Mexican folklore, the residents of Devil's Fork, AZ, blame the ensuing weirdness-the shared nightmares, the otherworldly radio transmissions, the mysterious goat mutilations-on "God-dang illegals." With racial tensions supernaturally charged, it's up to new kid in town Frank Dominguez and a motley crew of high school misfits to discover what's really going on in this town torn between worlds.  

  • 10
    Comicosity - Chris C. Hernandez Sep 5, 2018

    Overall Border Town is not only an important book it is a very well put together book. The story is solid, linework is beautiful and the colors take the entire package to the next level. For Latinx readers it brings their stories to the mainstream and for all readers it is full of lessons and entertainment. This series will definitely be one long remembered. Read Full Review

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Kate Sanchez Aug 7, 2018

    All in all, in one issue, the creators have set the path forward to explore latinidad in a real and supernatural way and as a woman who's idol is Guillermo del Toro, I am excited to see where it goes. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Sep 11, 2018

    Border Town is off to a tremendous start. It's established the main characters and thrown them into utter chaos thanks to an encounter with an insane and frightening monster. This issue closes out with a jaw-dropping image giving us an idea of the caliber of supernatural creatures we can expect from the rest of the series. Plus, eagle-eyed DC fans will find several references to other properties like Sandman, Wonder Woman, and more, so you get a fun Easter Egg hunt as a bonus to all the terror. Read Full Review

  • 10 - Chase Magnett Sep 5, 2018

    Border Town #1 declares itself one of the best new comics of 2018 with an entirely earned sense of bravado. Read Full Review

  • 10
    That's Entertainment - Capt. Nostalgia Sep 6, 2018

    Overall, Border Town has all the makings of a book that could gain the legacy of The Sandman, Swamp Thing & other Vertigo titles. It's fueled by a compelling narrative, mature themes and terrifying mystery that gives you enough to satisfy but also leaves you wanting more. While the writing is compelling, it is indeed matched by brilliant, realistic and raw art. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Black Nerd Problems - Johnathan Mason Sep 12, 2018

    This is a comic that includes a chupacabra disguised as a cop getting taken down by a teenage luchador in a Superman t-shirt alongside an undocumented Afro-Latina immigrant with a gun. All that happens before an ancient Mexican God of Death enters to curse out the chupacabra for its failure. Odds are you already know what side of the line you're on after sentences like that. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Ingrid Lind-Jahn Sep 8, 2018

    Border Town #1 starts out with a bang and does not back down. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Geekery Magazine - Lucas Fashina Sep 5, 2018

    In some parts it feels like more of a though exercise in political discourse, with the overarching idea being that the average person doesn't have access to the fact that matter only to their preconceived feeling and fears. Leaving the resident susceptible to be victims of the racially charged supernatural Mexican folklore. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Sep 5, 2018

    Border Town is everything a Vertigo Comics series should be " bold, brassy and unashamed to comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable. The right people will find it horribly shocking and offensive. For the rest of us, it will leave us laughing and having learned something. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - Andrew Huard Oct 27, 2018

    Border Town has already built a huge base of both haters and fans, but there is no denying that this book is heading in the right direction. These political tensions arent going away anytime soon, so the creative team will have plenty of material to work with. Most readers will also be unaware of the folklore creatures, and that will draw new audiences in that want to learn more about these intriguing horrors of myth and legend. Border Town has the makings of not only a great social commentary book, but also a great horror book that will be remembered for years to come. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Sep 8, 2018

    The only dumber thing I can think of is buying a shipment of Rose Tico toys with the intent of destroying them in a video, only to figure out you can't cut them with scissors because they're die cast. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Sep 5, 2018

    Weird and intense, Border Town is an eccentric new series from Vertigo that is not to be missed. This first issue is impressive in that it moves with great energy and manages to be highly-entertaining all the while introducing characters and setting the stage for what's still to come. Vertigo is back! Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Sequential Planet - Chris Terry Sep 6, 2018

    Border Town #1 is everything you want from a first issue. It is topical, brutal, and fun. A must pull series that gets my highest recommendation. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Oct 21, 2018

    This is a new Vertigo series with promise that takes from current cultural wars and attacks on the Latino community in the United States to create a tale about those living near the hypothetical wall that some want built to stop migrant workers in town. There are a lot of important revelations in this first issue and more than enough space to explore the main characters and his supporting cast. This is amazing. The threat is exposed but for now, it was not the most important aspect of the story. That will probably come for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Nathaniel Muir Sep 5, 2018

    A horror story that contains a deeper message, Border Town is a fun comic filled with action and humor. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Aug 6, 2018

    Border Town #1 is a strong start for a reinvigorated Vertigo imprint, a relatable coming-of-age teen drama in one of the least understood yet most argued about parts of the country. The art is terrifyingly detailed, and the story leans enthusiastically into time-tested horror tropes while also finding new ground by adding Mexican/Chicano folklore and mythos. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Sep 9, 2018

    'Border Town' is an important comic for many reasons. It's a great supernatural thriller first and foremost but the fact that it includes characters that have been missing from the comic landscape makes it almost revolutionary. Inclusion shouldn't feel like a milestone in 2018 but here we are. Esquivel and Villalobos understand better than anyone what it means to have protagonists that look like them and what it means to Latinx readers like me. Something that should be commonplace is a breakthrough for Latinx creators and characters as 'Border Town' demonstrates that great storytelling is made up of diverse influences that only enrich comics. Vertigo has come out swinging and 'Border Town' is a grand slam of a debut title.  Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Sep 4, 2018

    This is a really good horror mystery book with some kick-ass characters that I want to see more of. Sure, I don't really know what's going on yet, but that's part of the fun and I have my theories.  Good art and an interesting story make this one easy to recommend. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Aug 1, 2018

    A remarkable start to this new series and, hopefully, a sign of what is to come from Vertigo over the next few months. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Doom Rocket - Brendan F. Hodgdon Sep 7, 2018

    Border Town is an essential comic that captures a much-needed perspective in a wild and entertaining fashion, right at a time where we need such things. Much like Frank, it confronts the ugliness around us with bloody knuckles and a righteous attitude, promising a rollicking (and hopefully long-running) adventure to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    On Comics Ground - Anna Lazaro Sep 8, 2018

    Border Town's first issue is a strong way to kick off a relaunch for DC Vertigo's new era. It will definitely catch everyone's attention. I'm looking forward to the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Sep 5, 2018

    Observations, winks, nods, bloody imagery along with fun and insightful character development serves as a reminder that everyone has their fight in these politically charged times. Despite the very real message, it's the ridiculous chronicle of events in this first issue that takes center stage. A skeleton monster demonically screaming, ""you fucked up!" made me wonder what the hell I had gotten myself into"and I can't wait to see what happens next! Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Comic Watch - Nicholas Duncan Sep 12, 2018

    Weird, intense, and supernaturally charging from Latin America folklore, confronting racial conflict and high school and adult adolescence? Yeah, Boarder Town #1 is a must read! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Tony Farina Sep 6, 2018

    This feels like an homage to monster movies which works for me. There is social commentary. There is angst. There are monsters. Bring it on. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Aug 14, 2018

    With a politically-charged energy and earned, sincerely funny edginess, Border Town #1 carries the torch of original Vertigo Comics work into 2018 nicely. Esquivel, Villalobos, and Bonvillian have tapped into a very specific vein of supernatural teen horror with a hefty mixture of cynicism, anger, and wit, and I for one, cannot wait to see where it goes. If Border Town #1 is any indication, Vertigo Comics is coming back in a big way. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Sep 5, 2018

    The satire feels a bit obvious at points, and the villains are maybe a bit too cartoonishly vile, but this is a strong start. This is a comic about a very different kind of border opening, and I'm intrigued so far. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Beat - Alexander Lu Sep 5, 2018

    The first issue's character work left something to be desired" I felt at times like people were telling us what they stood for with thesis-like clarity rather than showing us" but I found most of them to be compelling nonetheless. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Bounding Into Comics - Dan Traeger Oct 9, 2018

    Save your money. This book is just awful. The characters are despicable, cartoon depictions of humans that speak and act like no human ever would. It's in your face political without backing its posturing with a good story. To illustrate my point here, V For Vendetta is in your face political but it backs up its brashness with an amazing story populated with characters you can identify with and root for. Border Town is wrapped up in a pretty package, but ultimately it's empty and divisive. It succeeds in putting up borders, not tearing them down. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    GTMedia Reviews Dec 16, 2018

     If it wasn't obvious from the title, Bordertown takes place at the Mexican border in Devils Fork, Arizona. Racial tensions are pretty high in the area. The comic opens with a group of racist rednecks prepping to go hunt Mexicans in an attempt to "Make America Great Again". While this is happening a family of Mexicans is attempting to cross the border into the US. Right before a potential lynching situation is about to take place, the family and the rednecks hunting them are all killed by monsters. 

    The comic transitions to Frank and his family arriving to the city. Frank is the new kid in school and gets interest from everyone in the cast, including Quinteh, a large Mexican kid that wears a Lucha mask throughout the entire more

  • 5.5
    Walt's Comics & Books Sep 9, 2018

    Great art. Not so great "non-story".

  • 5.5
    Spacey Medicine Mar 5, 2019

    I have no idea what I think of this comic. I kept being on the verge of being really into it, and then it got crazy preachy, and then it was back to being good again, and then out of nowhere the preaching intensified again? I'll read it, cautiously.

  • 4.5
    AkR Sep 12, 2018

    This issue really didn't grab me as much as the critics. I find the town and characters just to over the top to really draw me in. That said it's average enough for me to give it's second issue a look in hopes it gets better.

  • 3.5
    SomeDummy Sep 17, 2018

    Dialog so bad it sent chills down my spine.

  • 2.5
    DNY_Inc Sep 17, 2018

    Mediocre art and paper thin, racist stereotypes in place of actual characters made this book a massive chore to get through. The writer acts like one of those "it's cool to hate white people" types on Twitter, but judging by his ethnic "characters", he must hate PoC as well, because not a single one of them is likable, nor do they contain any redeemable qualities whatsoever. All this dreck does is spew hate & stoke further racial division at a very volatile time in the world, when more positive messages of unity & racial harmony are needed more than ever.

  • 1.0
    Tr0gd0r Sep 28, 2018

    Relies solely on racism and hate towards white people while making the people of colour devoid of any personality aside from their skin colour. The world try's to paint a picture of what the writer believes ours is like but only shows how ignorant they are. Awful and full of hate.

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