Motherlands #1

Writer: Simon Spurrier Artist: Rachael Stott Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: January 31, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 10
8.1Critic Rating
7.1User Rating

  In a crazed future where unhinged technologies and interconnected parallel Earths have given rise to a spectacular class of super-criminal, the most beloved celebrities aren't actors or rock stars, but the bounty hunters who traverse an exotic multiverse in search of impossible prey! But when the spotlight-shunning, strait-laced tracer known as Tab finds herself in an ultra-violent race for her greatest prize yet, she's forced to work with her greatest enemy, the only person capable of IDing him: her own elderly, overbearing and hypercritical mother, who was once the most fabulous and celebrated bounty hunter of them all.  
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  • 10
    DC Comics News - Konrad Secord-Reitz Jan 31, 2018

    Motherlands #1 hit's the ground running, quite literally. It is packed with colorful and mind-bending characters from other dimensions. Spurrier and Stott have opened the door on an infinite world of possibility with this comic. So far, it's a world I'd like to stay in. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Jan 22, 2018

    Equally hilarious and heartfelt, albeit with an raunchy attitude all its own, Motherlands #1 could very well be Vertigo’s next standout hit. It certainly has all the makings of a hit, what with the talents of Felipe Sobreiro, Rachael Stott, and Simon Spurrier on full display and an obscenely funny, but still affecting opening gambit. If you like your comics bristling with ideas, stocked with gorgeous artwork, and more than a few well-placed F-bombs, then take a trip down to the Motherlands and have yourself one hell of a time. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Comic Crusaders - Bryan Spaulding Feb 1, 2018

    The dysfunctional family relationship in Motherlands takes center stage for me, and it looks like it will play out very well in the upcoming issues. The year is young, but this seems to be a strong contender for best new series in my opinion. Bring on issue #2. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Pop Break - Rachel Freeman Jan 31, 2018

    The comic maintains this outlandish tempo right up to the end. Which is expected by Simon Spurrier. His writing for Power of the Dark Crystal is elegant and beautiful " but if you have read Godshaper or Angelic (which if you haven't, you totally should) then you know just how out there he can get with the world and characters he weaves. One of my favorite things about Spurrier's writing is his use of slang. When he creates a world, he truly creates a world. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Matt Funk Jan 30, 2018

    An ambitious and beautifully executed sci-fi book grounded in funny, relatable characters that will leave you hungry for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Feb 7, 2018

    Even though this isn't what I expected, I liked what I got and really appreciate the balance of world-building and attention to character these creators pull off. Motherlands #1 is well-drawn, well-conceived and does some fun new things with familiar tools and settings. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Feb 1, 2018

    The Vertigo imprint is practically on life support these days, but a new series written by Si Spurrier and Rachael Stott is certainly nothing to sneeze at. Picture a mashup of Black Science and Dog the Bounty Hunter and you'll have some idea of what to expect here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Brazen Bull - Dave Robbins Jan 31, 2018

    Sex sells and reality TV rules, so why not combine both in a futuristic game of hide and seek? Bawdy and entertaining, Motherlands is likely to raise a laugh or two. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Sadowski Feb 1, 2018

    In an insane future corrupted by the multiverse , "Motherlands" turns bounty hunting on its head with a fractious mother and daughter team-up at the center. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Sam Graven Feb 2, 2018

    This is an excellent addition to the Vertigo canon, bringing a very British, 2000ad vibe to current line-up (which again, after 25 years, seems very fitting). I know that maybe I shouldn't emphasise the sheer, ludicrous enjoyability of this, but I'm all too aware that many folk will go into this expecting hard sci-fi and existential angst. That's not what Motherlands is. It's foul mouthed, disrespectful and trashy. Long may it continue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Capeless Crusader - Jeremy Radick Jan 31, 2018

    Motherlands #1, created by writer Simon Spurrier and artist Rachael Stott, definitely knows what it wants to be. Spurrier and Stott create a bawdy, unhinged satire of celebrity culture and meld it with a story of a dysfunctional family and cyberpunk tech into something you can genuinely say you haven't really seen before. Though I thought the anarchic, unrestrained tone occasionally felt more forced than natural, there's no denying the acerbic wit, original concept and stellar art made Motherlands #1 an enjoyable and unique read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Jan 31, 2018

    Despite this rough opening, there's enough promise to Motherlands to warrant picking up the second issue. While the world concept may be derivative, there's enough twisted humor here to forgive the basic concept. Even with that, the book is worth checking out for Rachael Stott's excellent artwork, which looks fantastic with the finishes added by colorist Felipe Sobreiro and letterer Simon Bowland. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Feb 2, 2018

    Motherlands#1 is a rough bit of SF from a talented creative team, and with the lion's share of the exposition and worldbuilding out of the way, Si Spurrier, Rachel Stott, and Felipe Sobreiro are free to lean on the prickly, yet interesting relationship between Selena and Tabitha as they hunt down one hell of a bounty in a multiverse that makes the multiverse inRick and Mortylook downright utopian. (I've never seen a single episode of that show so suck it, nerds.) Read Full Review

  • 6.1
    Weird Science - Josh Vermillion Jan 31, 2018

    While the concept and characters here seem interesting enough, I feel like the mature aspect of this book was pushed a little too hard for a first issue. The art grows on you the more you read and the story could end up being a lot of fun, but there wasn't a lot of information to go on here. I do think Simon Spurrier can turn this into a pretty cool series moving forward, but I'm lukewarm on it at this point. I'm going to remain cautiously optimistic and give it a couple more issues before writing it off because there is just enough in this opening to make me want to see where this is heading. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Cat Wyatt Jan 31, 2018

    The art style for this series was interesting. Sometimes it had a rougher quality to it; such as when we're looking at Tab's suit. While there's no obvious wear and tear, it's pretty clear that it's an older and well-worn suit. Meanwhile everything about Oona looks new (well, what isn't that weird muscle/flesh thing). Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jan 31, 2018

    There's potential here, but the issue is bogged down in coarse dialogue and so far undistinguished characters. Read Full Review

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