Collapser #1

Writer: Mikey Way, Shaun Simon Artist: Ilias Kyriazis Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: July 17, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 16
8.6Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

There's a voice in the head of Liam James questioning everything he does-from his job at the nursing home to keeping his relationship with his girlfriend afloat. Liam suffers from anxiety, and the only thing that quiets it is music, which makes a weekly DJ gig his one saving grace. But Liam's life changes forever when he receives a black hole in the mail (yes, you read that right), one that takes up residence in his chest, grants him insane superpowers, turns him into a celebrity and draws him into a cosmic conflict beyond his wildest imagination. Where did this black hole come from? Why Liam? Is power the cure? Or will superstardom turn Liam more

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Jul 19, 2019

    With only one issue, Collapser appears that it will be another well done, thoughtful title in the Young Animal Comics imprint. There's plenty of characterization and mystery for the comic book reader, but, also, the promise of something more that has become a hallmark of the Young Animal Comics. Comics for dangerous humans? Comics for thinking and feeling humans". Read Full Review

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Aaron Phillips Jul 17, 2019

    The pages are bizarre and trippy and loaded with amazing detail that will have you scanning all of the fine points of the illustrations. All of this culminates into a tense conclusion that will leave you excited and anxious to get your hands on the next issue. Overall, first issues can be difficult to balance, but the creative team has gone after this story in an aggressively creative fashion. Read Full Review

  • 10 - Jenna Anderson Jul 17, 2019

    Collapser's debut issue is a pleasant surprise in so many ways. Shaun Simon and Mikey Way take the bare bones of a traditional superhero origin and turn it onto its head at every turn, creating a poignant take on anxiety, self-sabotage, and the cost of being emotionally vulnerable. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jul 18, 2019

    This is a well done first issue. Kudos to the creators and everyone over at the Young Animal line of unique comic books. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Jul 17, 2019

    DC's Young Animal is back, and their newest series debut is an impressive one;Collapser #1 is a gorgeous, must-read issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton Jul 18, 2019

    Its an impressive first issue, and hopefully bodes well for an interesting ongoing book. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Jul 26, 2019

    All in all, Collapser #1 is a polished book about a messy situation. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Comic Watch - Nicholas Osborn Jul 22, 2019

    'Collapser #1' is a thoughtful exploration into the impacts of mental health and our attempts at coping told through the lens of Liam, a man who lives with an actual black hole inside him. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Michael Govan Jul 18, 2019

    ALl of that hardly even touches on the jumbled chaos that occurs when Liam's black hole activates in his apartment. I could honestly be here all day detailing what I liked on the art side of things. “Collapser”#1 is fascinating from start to finish. I read about a man changing bedpans and it was as fascinating as a superhero battle. Things are probably only going to get weirder from here and I can't wait. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - Nicole Herviou Jul 3, 2019

    While it's only a first issue, Collapser #1 shows a lot of promise, as well as skill from the creators. There's a lot to get excited about. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Jul 17, 2019

    Collapser #1 is characterization meets strong visuals and colors with a side dish of trippy worldbuilding to literally suck you into the story. Mikey Way and Shaun Simon make Liam a little bit of an asshole; he's not the greatest towards his girlfriend and is a little insensitive at times. However, Liam's passion for music and fear of failure are all too relatable. He makes a great POV character for this wild space odyssey of which Collapser #1 is a solid first few steps. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Beyond The Panel - Jideobi Odunze Jul 17, 2019

    Collapser #1 is indeed a superhero story that could only come from DC's Young Animal imprint. This creative team took advantage of the room to run wild with an impossible scenario, and the colorful language to capture everything insane about the way that Liam James' life has been flipped on its head. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Beat - Zack Quaintance Jul 17, 2019

    Overall, I found Collapser #1 to be an entertaining and assured story, one that was experimental but knew from its start exactly what it wants to be and why. I could say the same thing about the new generation of Young Animal Doom Patrol comics, which launched with a new #1 issue earlier this month. Young Animal, it would seem, has itself far more figured out than our hero in Collapser #1. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Ben Snyder Jul 21, 2019

    Collapser #1 succeeds mostly because of the likeability and realism of its main character, Liam James. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jul 17, 2019

    Collapser is the first new series from the Young Animal line's second wave, launching alongside a revival of Doom Patrol. Co-written by Mikey Way and Shaun Simon, it's an odd duck of a book " equal parts "unlikely superhero" story in the vein of legacy heroes like Sam Alexander, Jaime Reyes, Robbie Reyes, and Khalid Ben Hassin; and deep, dark exploration of millennial angst and depression. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Jeremy Daw Jul 20, 2019

    As introductory issues go, this does an awful lot more right than it does wrong. Liam is a great sympathetic character; the situations he finds himself in are entertaining and intriguing. Kyriazis' layouts and art are great and Peter's colors are wonderfully subtle. While Liam's internal monologue does grate at times, there's a lot to like here and I'm optimistic about the prospects for this series.  Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Doom Rocket - Sara Mitchell Jul 22, 2019

    Writers Mikey Way and Shaun Simon deliver a thrilling adventure into Liam's world. It's rare in stories to truly be along for the same ride as a character, but as I read through Collapser, I felt what Liam felt, I was shocked by what shocked Liam. It is such a ride to read this book. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jul 22, 2019

    Pleasantly retro but still fresh and interesting. Read Full Review

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