Spaceman #1

Spaceman #1

Writer: Brian Azzarello Artist: Eduardo Risso Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: October 26, 2011 Cover Price: $1 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 1
7.1Critic Rating
6.0User Rating

the Eisner Award-winning creators of 100 BULLETS return to Vertigo with a new 9-issue miniseries, kicking off with a debut issue priced at just $1.00!Set in a post-apocalyptic near future, SPACEMAN tells the story of Orson a hulking, lonely loser who spends his days collecting scrap metal and dreaming of the startrekking life he was promised.That is, until he finds himself at the center of a celebrity child kidnapping case. Seeing his chance to be a hero, Orson takes matters into his own hands...but will his actions only cause more heartbreak?

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - George Chimples Oct 31, 2011

    Spaceman #1 is a fantastic first issue. Appealing both visually and intellectually, Azzarello and Risso have created a comic book that pops from the first page, building an engaging new world while promising a great story to come. With an asking price of a single dollar, there isn't a better value in town. Spaceman #1 scores a perfect five out of five stars. Check it out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Chad Nevett Oct 27, 2011

    "Spaceman" is a nine-issue mini-series that Azzarello and Risso plan to come back to in between other projects and, already, the possibilities seem endless. Orson isn't your typical sci-fi hero with his childish intelligence, monstrous appearance, and utter lack of purpose. With the first issue priced at only a dollar, how can you not give it a shot? Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Joey Esposito Oct 25, 2011

    Spaceman #1 is a snowball of excitement and tragedy all rolled into one great comic, and at the low, low price of only $1, there's no reason not to expand your reading horizons a bit and give it a go. It's not like Azzarello and Risso have anything but a phenomenal track record. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Fanboy Buzz - John DesPlaines Nov 7, 2011

    One issue with the 1st issue is the language. Its well written but kinda tough to decipher sometimes. Takes a more attentive reading to digest it all, but you oughta be attentive anyway, reader. More fun that way, right? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Dean Stell Oct 29, 2011

    It still isn't really clear what the plot of the story will be, but all of the elements are compelling and it is well written and well drawn. This is a definite “buy” if you're a fan of non-superhero comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Nov 4, 2011

    Risso has crafted a vision of the future that's both alien to the real world of today yet somehow still familiar. The two-page spread early in the issue combines modern American architecture with visions of poverty from other parts of the world. The wet, dreary cityscape conveys a message about the inevitable dangers of unchecked pollution and climate change. Trish Mulvihill's colors add to the depressing atmosphere (literally), but they also allow the Mars scenes to really pop, making the distinction between Orson's memories/dreams and the sorry state of his life back home all the clearer. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Nick Hanover Oct 30, 2011

    At the heart of the high expectations for the series is its pedigree, with Azzarello and Risso the proud parents of one of Vertigo's greatest hits, 100 Bullets. Spaceman at first glance appears to be a series that doesn't quite have the same immediacy of 100 Bullets, which had a concept so great it could be sold to new readers with a single sentence plot description: people who have been wronged in some way are handed a gun with untraceable ammunition and all the evidence they need for revenge. That series eventually built up into a conspiracy tale of X-Files proportions but that hook was always there. Spaceman, however, seems to be a totally different beast, with the first issue not doing much to reveal the overall plan. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair Dec 2, 2011

    From the creative team behind the critically acclaimed series 100 Bullets, comes a brand new sci-fi mini-series. Orsons an ex astronaut genetically engineered to survive a space mission to Mars. Now he lives on a pier in a bad part of town just living day to day, but his mundane existence is about to change when he crosses path with Tara, a little girl held for ransom by a gang of ruthless sea pirates. Written and illustrated by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso. Not a bad first issue. Suggested for mature readers. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Oct 28, 2011

    Spaceman has a lot going for it and at a buck for the first issue (subsequent issues will be $2.99), it's definitely worth checking out to see if it's going to work for you. I got into the visuals of the book, from the character designs to the panel layouts as well as the gorgeous coloring used, but the narrative itself wasn't exactly a struggle, but it the more it progressed the more it pushed me away. It's the kind of book that you really want to like but ended up not clicking at all and almost became a chore since it felt so disconnected from things. There's a lot to like for fans of this creative team, but with it being something that they've said is definitely different from what they've done before, it could certainly be more of a challenge than they expect. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    ComicBuzz - Niall Doonan Nov 18, 2011

    Despite my dislike for the written side of this issue, the quality of the art and the low price tag of this first issue will bring me back for one more to see if I can be swayed. But at the moment, Spaceman seems to be a muddled, unclear and frustrating series. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Oct 28, 2011

    Azzarello has a huge following and he is on a lot of people's short list of favorite creators. I have no doubt that this issue will have plenty of people that love it and I am sure as this mini-series progresses it will only get better. However, if you strip away all of that, as an introductory issue I couldn't find too much in here that tells me what this series is about. As far as I can tell the coolest thing about the issue is the prospect of the contents when I look at the gorgeous cover. Despite this not being to my tastes the fact remains that the issue is only a buck and there is simply no reason to not give it a try. Read Full Review

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