Imaginary Fiends #1

Writer: Tim Seeley Artist: Stephen Molnar Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: November 22, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 13
8.8Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

"Polly Peachpit." Those were the words ten-year-old Brinke Calle said when she was found covered in her own blood by the woods in rural Cannon Falls, MN. Her best friend, Melba, had just attempted to murder her because a spider girl named Polly Peachpit told her to.
Since that day, Melba has spent seven years in a mental health facility. Tomorrow is her eighteenth birthday. Tomorrow, she'll be transferred to a federal prison. Tomorrow, her real sentence will begin.
That is, until she receives a visit from FBI Agent Virgil Crockett. Crockett explains that there is another world beyond ours, where hungry spectral aliens stalk the minds more

  • 10
    AiPT! - David Brooke Nov 13, 2017

    If you like horror or original big idea, stories this is for you. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Nov 26, 2017

    Imaginary Friends is like Drop Dead Fred with the little girl from The Ring. It's twisted and unsettling, presenting a world filled with monsters that only a few of us can see. This issue wastes no time introducing us to the landscape and establishing the parameters of the setting. I can't wait to see how it's expanded upon as there are tons of possibilities with this concept. The sky is the limit as the IMPs can be almost anything. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Nov 22, 2017

    This feels like it's going to be a tight horror miniseries that will deliver serious scares. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Andy Hall Nov 22, 2017

    While it is too early to tell how the series will work out, Imaginary Fiends reminds me of the early issues of Harrow County. Even when everything is bright and sunny, you know there is something creepy in there, even if you can see it right now. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Nov 26, 2017

    In short, this one is a winner, featuring unnerving situations that have gravity and reality to them, straddling the line between hallucination and story perfectly and drawing me in with every page. Imaginary Fiends #1 is excellent, engaging, well-drawn and featuring a perfect elevator pitch concept. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    On Comics Ground - Dan Foley Jan 19, 2018

    Does everything a first issue needs to do and is very entertaining. Fantastic concept and it looks to be the start of a great Horror/Fantasy series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Nov 28, 2017

    Sometimes Seeley's work really isn't all that inspiring, but often times it is pretty good for a scare or a unique twist on old horror tropes and themes. Imaginary Fiends, based on the merits of its first issue, looks to be one of these times. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Nov 22, 2017

    Imaginary Fiends #1 effortlessly chills and creeps while taking a dark and sinister look at imaginary friends and explaining who they are, what they do, and why they're here. This stunning debut is impressive in several ways and ultimately, should be devoured by comic book readers. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geekery Magazine - Chelsea Stanford Nov 22, 2017

    IMAGINARY FIENDS will come out monthly, so there's no excuse to miss out on this literary masterpiece. Keep in mind the imagery can be strong, there's death galore and some bloody moments. The entire sentiment behind the main IMP is an insatiable hunger for fear and adoration born from it, so it's not suitable for younger kids. However, if you're not easily frightened and prone to fits of fainting, I cannot recommend IMAGINARY FIENDS highly enough. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Alex McDonald Nov 25, 2017

    Imaginary Fiends is a new series with a lot of promise. A stellar premise with interesting characters makes this a series worthy of picking up. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    IGN - Blair Marnell Nov 23, 2017

    I love a good surprise, and Imaginary Fiends is a great one. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Weird Science - Josh Vermillion Jan 5, 2018

    This book is a ton of fun! Tim Seeley has crafted wacky story that adds a creepy, suspensful element as well. There is a great mix of goofy characters and cool concepts about the imaginary friends of children. Combine that with great art and coloring, and you've got yourself a winner. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    We The Nerdy - Kyle Simcox Nov 23, 2017

    All in all though, Imaginary Fiends is an interesting concept that I am very much entertained by. Things we thought we dreamt up in our minds to be our friends really turn out to be these creatures that feed off of us. As a kid, I remember watching Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends, a show where kids dropped off their imaginary friends as they grew up so that some other child in need of companionship could come along and adopt them to a loving home. Now Im an adult reading a comic about parasites that invade the minds of the young in order to sustain themselves, with the slight chance that theyll become real monsters and give them that nudge they need into doing something they can never come back from. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Daniel Vlasaty Nov 22, 2017

    I had never even heard of Imaginary Fiends before I saw it on our review list. And honestly, based on the title alone I kind of assumed it would be a throw-away book " something to be read and then immediately forgotten. But I'm happy to say that's not the case. I'm happy because this book is fresh and exciting and I'm also happy because I'm always happy when I find a new horror book that I actually like. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Superbromovies - Casey Walsh Nov 22, 2017

    Imaginary Fiends takes the innocence of the imaginary friend and turns into a twisted buddy cop adventure that is certain to be the subject of all your nightmares. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - christopher scott author Nov 24, 2017

    The first issue delivers an interesting set up that mixes together horror with a more traditional detective setting. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - MJ Rae Nov 22, 2017

    If you are itching for more of Stranger Things, or missing Halloween already, Imaginary Fiends is the perfect dose of horror, mystery, and nostalgia. Read Full Review

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