The New Deadwardians #1

The New Deadwardians #1

Writer: Dan Abnett Artist: I.N.J. Culbard Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: March 28, 2012 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 9
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Another vampire/zombie comic? Really, Vertigo? Trust us. This is different.In post-Victorian England, nearly everyone of the upper classes has voluntarily become a vampire to escape the lower classes who are all zombies. Into this simmering cauldron is thrust Chief Inspector George Suttle, a lonely detective who's got the slowest beat in London: investigating murders in a world where everyone is already dead!But when the body of a young aristocrat washes up on the banks of the Thames, Suttle's quest for the truth will take him from the darkest sewers to the gleaming halls of power, and reveal the rotten heart at the center of this strange wor more

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson Mar 29, 2012

    Vertigo has been making a big push with their four new books launching this month and this is easily the best of the bunch. Unique and highly enjoyable, "The New Deadwardians'" fresh take on vampires and zombies will make you rethink all you thought you knew. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Addicts - Anupam Sarkar Apr 2, 2012

    In my opinion, this is one of the best first issues I have read in a while. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Erik Norris Mar 28, 2012

    New Deadwardians #1 is, in my opinion, the best of the new Vertigo #1's thus far. The cast is enjoyable and the mystery afoot is one I'm interested in seeing through. If you're skipping out on this book because it's "just another" vampire/zombie book at Vertigo, get that thought out of your head. I think you'll find a lot to like with this series even if you're feeling the effects of undead fatigue. This is a fresh concept that's pulled off quite well with its first issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Dean Stell Apr 2, 2012

    Vertigo has another winner. I'm a little disappointed that this is only an 8-issue series because I'd love to see more of how Edwardian London would deal with the zombies. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Jake Baumgart Mar 29, 2012

    Judgeing by issue one of The New Deadwardians, this will make an excellent collection for zombie and vampire fans hungry for something a little more. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Gilbert Short Mar 29, 2012

    At first, I was highly skeptical of this series, but the first issue reveals that there is a lot more depth lurking behind the core idea than originally believed. There is only one problem, but it is a big one: the aforementioned distance between the protagonist and the reader. No matter how interesting Abnett's take on vampires and zombies might be, it is hard to remain interested when the main character and the narrative itself are not equally interesting. Still, this is only the first issue; there is still plenty of time for Abnett to get the reader invested in more than the concept. Hopefully it and Culbard's delightful art are enough to carry readers to that point. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    Outer Realm Comics - Leo Johnson Apr 29, 2012

    Overall: A very interesting premise and a nice meeting of art and story make this first issue something worth reading and continuing to read later on. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Steve Morris Apr 3, 2012

    As an opening issue, The New Deadwardians relies heavily on Abnett's ability to make George Suttle into a compelling, distinct, charismatic presence. Luckily for everybody involved, that's exactly what happens, and the surrounding ideas about zombies and vampires take a backseat to Suttle's central plod through life. There's a charm in the book, but thus far Suttle is the main reason for anybody to pick it up next month. Culbard's art is well-pitched for a book like this, and he and Abnett seem to be taking great relish in the details of Edwardian society. As long as they can continue to build on Suttle, and move outwards to a supporting cast and compelling murder mystery for him to solve, The New Deadwardians looks it could be a unique and superior take on an age-old formula. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Mar 30, 2012

    In the same fashion, the story itself is hardly bursting with freshness or pulse-pounding originality. It's a deeply familiar set of tropes, even with a story as deftly set up as this one. Yet the fact that it manages to work as well as it does within the confines of such a well-trod genre is a commendation in and of itself. The Edwardians inhabited a British Empire that was already dead but still hadn't realized it, whose best days were behind it but still had momentum; replace "British Empire" with "genre" and you've described The New Deadwardians as well. But, also like the Edwardians, it continues forward with formality, seriousness, and a stiff upper lip. VERY stiff. Read Full Review

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