Collider #1

Collider #1

Writer: Simon Oliver Artist: Robbi Rodriguez Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: July 31, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 2
7.9Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

It started small: temporary gravity failures, time reversal loops, entropy reversals. With much fanfare a new government agency was formed with a mandate to prevent and protect. Its official title: The Federal Bureau of Physics. Humans, if nothing else, adapt to the changing parameters of their existence. What was extraordinary soon became ordinary, a part of peoples daily lives. They move on and do what people have always done: survive. But even that new status quo is now under threat. Things are getting worse, and it falls to Special Agent Adam Hardy and his FBP team to figure out whats going on, before its too late

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Mark Povelaitis Aug 2, 2013

    Collidertakes an interesting premise of a world where physics can and will go mental and runs with it very well. Writer Simon Oliver's working-class heroes and relatable and interesting and artist Robbi Rodriguez's artwork is fun and exciting. Definitely a Vertigo title to be on the look out for. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    IGN - Melissa Grey Jul 31, 2013

    If this stellar beginning is any indication of what's to follow, we're in for a delightfully unpredictable ride. Oliver and Rodriguez have something unique on their hands, and I'm looking forward to what they've got up their sleeves for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran Jul 30, 2013

    Collider #1 is definitely a book that someone can read for the crazy science and fantastic art. However, to do so would be to miss out on all the questions the creative team is asking. What happens when we rely on something so completely? Even something we thought was as constant as the laws of physics. Can humanity truly adapt to anything the universe wishes to throw at us? What happens when we're the reason these laws fight back? This is a solid debut and hopefully an example of what we can expect as Vertigo slowly evolves and grows. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson Aug 1, 2013

    "Collider" #1 is a fantastic start to an exciting new series and a reminder of what a quality powerhouse Vertigo is and can be. It's also a nice reminder of why the industry needs more books from Vertigo, not less. A higher quantity of smart, beautifully executed comics that explore the fantastical and bizarre without being about traditional superheroes is a very good thing. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Aug 8, 2013

    Agent Adam Hardy is good at his job but not loved by his boss. We have political intrigue as funding for the FBP is in question, incidents are on the rise, and who is going to step in, private enterprise? Great 1st issue for people who like science in their science fiction and a bit of edgy humor and politics are added to the recipe like just the right amount of spice. Another great series from a revitalized Vertigo, highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair Jul 31, 2013

    This was a terrific read. It felt like I was watching a TV show that should be aired on the Sci-Fi channel, but it’s better than that, its comics, scratch that, it’s Vertigo. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Aug 2, 2013

    For a story where gravity will occasionally and sullenly cease its predictable work, Collider is delightfully grounded, though no less capable of sending your imagination spinning so high that indeed, you might experience a bit of Vertigo. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Aug 2, 2013

    Robbi Rodriguez's art suits the extreme nature of the plot incredibly well, but it's incredibly evocative of Murphy's work on The Wake with its figures made up of elongated lines and sharp angles. Rico Renzi's colors are a vital component to the storytelling here; the elements of physical laws going wild are conveyed a great deal through the color art, making it an even more important factor here than normal in color comics. Rodriguez handles the unusual, sci-fi aspects of the plot as adeptly as he does the mundane ones. The everyday backdrops are thoroughly convincing, making it easier to dive into this world of impossibilities and dangerous wonder. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Jul 31, 2013

    There is a lot of potential in this first issue with its premise and world it is developing. The characters could use some more work so we can get to know them better, but right now, I'm quite sucked in already. If you are looking for something a bit different, as in government agents fighting the broken laws of physics, this could be for you! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Den Of Geek! - Marc Buxton Aug 4, 2013

    Collider does what Vertigo has been doing for years, shattering the limitations of reality and expectation and daring readers to venture into a realm where anything goes. Collider is ripe with originality and potential and shows that creative engine of Vertigo is revving just as hard as it has for decades. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Aug 11, 2013

    The world itself opens itself up to so many possibilities as to what's to come. The series has a lot of potential with a pretty unique concept and a set-up that's entertaining. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Read Comic Books - Roderick Ruth Jul 31, 2013

    While this introductory issue isn't quite the hair-raising, jaw-dropper that one might expect with first issues fromVertigo these days, it did establish itself as a congruent story with a lot more interesting things to tell. We've only just hit the tip of the iceberg in this series, and I'm looking forward to seeing more of what this creative team has to offer. The premise of “physics gone wrong” is interesting enough to the science fiction fans out there to stick around and check this out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Jen 'Miss J' Aprahamian Jul 31, 2013

    Given the right conditions, Simon Oliver and Robbi Rodriguez will launch a spectacularly interesting title. COLLIDER is different and fresh and weird, and I'm totally into it. I can't even begin to tell what the grander story is, but it looks like it's going to be such a fun, surreal journey that I'm willing to forget about the big picture for now, and enjoy the gravity disruptions. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Booked - Tony Calandra Aug 4, 2013

    So I will end this with- If you are looking for a different and visually entertaining comic book then Collider might just be for you. I will be back for issue #2 to see where this trio of artist take us and hope it dives into some answers and more mysteries of this new world of physic emergencies. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Jul 31, 2013

    Ultimately, Collider #1 suffers from what is probably just a slow burn and lack of detail that I think makes it difficult to latch on to the new series. In a market that relies on immediate fan buzz to propel continuing sales (especially for creator-owned series), this seems like a critical error. A brilliant idea not fully executed for an immediate hook, Im unsure whether Ill be coming back next month. Time (and space) will tell, I suppose. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Aug 1, 2013

    I want to like Collider, and it's not actively bad, but its first issue didn't bring the excitement I'd hoped for. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Multiversity Comics - Michelle White Aug 1, 2013

    Overall " and unhappily, given the promise of its central concept " this comic is looking a little bland. High-concept sci-fi stories that fumble the execution are not exactly the endangered white tigers of the comic world, and this issue feels like it's suffering from a lot of the usual problems, at least in terms of writing. We're missing the concise exposition and revealing character details which make a speculative story really compelling, and in short, things need to be stepped up a little for "Collider" to make an impact. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Aug 2, 2013

    The comic is a great start. The book sets up the concept and introduces the characters but there isn't a ton in here to really blow you away by issue's end. This is perfectly fine for the long form but it does make for a mild launch. The science fiction fan or those looking for something out of the ordinary should get ready for what's looks to be a great ride. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Aug 2, 2013

    I think that once the story kicks into gear and the concept goes to some more interesting places, Collider is going to be worth your time. The first issue holds a lot of promise, but not really any satisfaction in and of itself despite the talent and intelligence on display. Give it another few issues, and Collider might be something special. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    GreyMouser Aug 1, 2013

    . . $3, 22pgs. Too many damn ADs. Bright C grade cover. . . This first issue works well at introducing the quirks of the world as normal, where physics repair is a blue collar job. This issue moves along nicely but is fairly sedate, focusing more on character and introduction. The terminology and science sound plausible, in a loose way, but he did lose me a bit in one scene. How much high science or cartoon physics this series will use, remains to be seen. Characters and dialog are all good and engaging, and the issue serves to pull in the reader. The art is not so much my style but it is interesting with good character design, intense color and fresh playfulness. This book is very bright and panels are often sparse, but the design very good. I think ill try the next issue, could be a good one to watch out for.

  • 8.0
    mrDovydas Sep 11, 2013

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