Red Thorn #1
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Red Thorn #1

Writer: David Baillie Artist: Meghan Hetrick-Murante Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: November 18, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 9
7.9Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

On the rain-soaked streets of Glasgow, a girl whose drawings somehow come to life has just stumbled across her one true love. And thousands of miles below those streets, an ancient demi-god plots his escape from the prison where he's been held for nearly two thousand years. Evil forces are at play and no one is safe as the legends of Scottish mythology collide with the modern world. Fans of FABLES and THE SANDMAN won't want to miss this riveting dark fantasy epic!

  • 10
    Comix I Read - Kyle Pitman Nov 20, 2015

    Red Thorn #1 is perfect for those who're in the mood for a dark fantasy story (a la Sandman or Fables) with tons of potential and a heaping helping of personality. It's a bold statement, but Red Thorn #1 just may be my favourite book Vertigo has released in the past few months of it's new title onslaught. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Dec 8, 2015

    An excellent first issue that introduces several new characters involved in the fantastic. If you like fantasy, especially dark fantasy, this is for you. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Zina Hutton Nov 20, 2015

    This book is amazing. The plot is definitely something that draws you in from the start (even it is a tiny bit slow in some plots) and since I knew about the book because I'm a huge fan of Meghan Hetrick's work, obviously she's a major draw. If you're a fan of mythology (even if it isn't Scottish mythology) and gutsy, gorgeous main characters who are about to wind up way over their heads in the consequences from bad decisions, consider checking out Red Thorn #1! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicBuzz - Dave Scott Nov 19, 2015

    If you like Myth, if you like Fantasy, if youre a Scottish person living away from home and want a wee hello or if you just want to read a really well written book that might just give you a taste of times gone by then in my view this Number 1 delivers that and certainly deserves another issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Graphic Policy - Karcossa Nov 21, 2015

    Red Thorn #1 is abrilliant example of the talented creative team working with a synchronicity that you wouldn't ordinarily expect from the debut issue in a series.I can't wait to see what elseDavid Baillie,Meghan Hetrick and Steve Oliff have up their sleeves. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Nov 18, 2015

    As a first issue, Red Thorn does exactly what its supposed to; namely, making me immediately want to get my hands on the second. Isla is a truly intriguing protagonist, and seeing a supernatural horror mystery unfolding on the very same streets where I grew up gives this story an added level of emotional investment for me. With the series promising more demons, monsters and supernatural horror as it moves forwards, theres absolutely no doubt Im going to be sticking with it for the foreseeable future, and its safe to say that Baillie and Hetrick have created a tense, gripping addition to Scotlands rich history of dark fantasy tales. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Nov 18, 2015

    This was a pretty great start for RED THORN. The issue delivers a lot of this world and story all within this opening. We get a good idea of who Isla is and this book actually mixes a bit of romance with a bit of horror pretty well. There may not be any big horror scenes, but the tone for horror is there. The art is pretty fantastic and once again, Vertigo has another hit on their hands. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Nov 22, 2015

    Meghan Hetrick's art and portrayal of Isla adds to her being such an endearing character. She's drawn beautifully but realistically. Her red hair makes her stand out on the page and the designs of the characters are original and striking, though like the story, we don't see them too much. My only complaint is that at times the colors were a bit too deep, standing out too much when they didn't necessarily need to. That's a small complaint in an otherwise strong premiere. Vertigo continues to produce some fantastic comics and based on their upcoming releases I'm looking forward to more, they're not done yet! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Nov 23, 2015

    There's a lot of promise in Red Thorn, especially if it takes the time to allow some of these individually great concepts to breathe on their own. Isla comes fully formed out of the gate, and the mystery it initially presents is genuinely compelling. The only issue is that Baillie undercuts some of his own drama by over-explaining a climax, albeit one that does neatly set us up for the next chapter. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    IGN - Levi Hunt Nov 19, 2015

    Overall, this is an enjoyable story that's evocative of some of the elements and tones of 2000s Vertigo, but not yet at the same "must-buy" level as some of the other recent Vertigo launches. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Nov 19, 2015

    "Red Thorn" is a comic that could have used an oversized first issue, if only to smooth out some of the details in the script while still giving us a lot of plot in the initial helping. There's enough in the issue's favor to warrant a second look, but Baillie's writing needs to allow itself to slow down just a touch, enough so that we're getting some more details, but not so much that everything grinds to a halt. Fortunately, with art as nice as Hetrick's, chances are good people will be willing to give it another shot in December. There are some interesting ideas here, and hopefully we'll see them move forward in a slightly more polished manner before long. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    AIPT - Jordan Richards Nov 18, 2015

    Red Thorn #1 is sadly a misfire for Vertigo. On one hand, this comic has great potential and ideas, while also having some very nice looking artwork. On the other hand, the comic's narrative, story, and main character are rather inconsistent in how they are written. I'm not sure if I can recommend this one due to those problems. Maybe wait a bit first to see what happens next before checking this one out. Read Full Review

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