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THE BLACK BEETLE NO WAY OUT #1 came out last week and was met by great acclaim: critics and fans of comics all loved the first installment of this new mini and that can only makes us happy! :)
Editor Jim Gibbons, letterer Nate Piekos, Mike Richardson, the whole Dark Horse crew, my lovely wife (and editor) Lisa, and myself are trying to give you the best entertaining book possible so we are all happy to see Black Beetle getting so much love all around :)
Above is a little teaser for issue 2 -which will be in stores on February 20th - and below is the first part of a tentatively comprehensive list - in no particular order - of all the press THE BLACK BEETLE NO WAY OUT #1 has got in this past week.
THANK YOU, everyone, can't wait for you guys to dig into issue 2 :)
Review: The Black Beetle #1 5/5
the Francesco Francavilla-penned, Dark Horse-published “Super-Noir” pulp serial Black Beetle is, without question or compromise, The Shit. You’ll notice that’s a capital “S” there, kids. It’s one of those titles where, after reading it, I just had to sit back and say, “THAT’S how you do it! THAT’S how you comic book!”
The Black Beetle Review 5/5
Be prepared for some crime fighting adventure that stands out from the rest. You'll want to thank Francesco Francavilla for this comic.
THE BLACK BEETLE #1 Review 4.5/5
Francavilla uses the entirety of the page, setting up design elements and filling the pages with simple mesmerizing drawings. Add in the fact that Francavilla is also handling colors for this comic and the visuals are even more appealing. Truly, this is his comic book, his character, his passion brought to the printed page.
GEEKS OF DOOM
The Black Beetle: No Way Out #1
I’m willing to bet that The Black Beetle: No Way Out #1 is going to be nominated for at LEAST one Eisner award. [...] This is as close to perfection as comics get!!
Best Shots Extra The Black Beetle #1 10/10
An original concept likeThe Black Beetle will surely give fans of the genre something to cheer for. It's been a long time coming for this title and it was worth the wait.
Pull List Review: The Black Beetle: No Way Out #1 8/10
It's a standard of excellence I wish I saw more often. The art is so dynamic and the pacing so swift that you can't help but get swept up in it.
Review: Black Beetle – No Way Out #1 8.5/10
Just as he has studied the look of the pulps and the comics they influenced, Francavilla has scritinized their text and structure, and applied that knowledge to crafting a great comic through and through.
A visual delight, and a genuinely entertaining read, the first chapter of “No Way Out” is just the thing for those with a love for all things pulp, or who just enjoy this talented artist’s work.
The Black Beetle #1 Advanced Review 9.5/10
Everything about this issue, from its stylish 399cent (as in $3.99) cover price to its uneven and blocky logo, The Black Beetle drips pulp fiction. This is going to be the must read of 2013.
Advance Review: The Black Beetle: No Way Out #1
The Black Beetle: No Way Out #1 is hugely entertaining and it has all the hallmarks of everything that makes pulp adventure fiction so much fun. It's just a fun ride and so lovingly rendered by writer/artist Francesco Francavilla that you can't help but love it yourself.
Review – Dark Horse’s The Black Beetle: No Way Out #1 8.5/10
I went in expecting pulp fun and finished with a smile on my face. [...] There’s an innocence to it, and that makes it a blast to read!
The Comics Run - Black Beetle: No Way Out #1
The art alone would be reason enough to pick up the book, but luckily the issue #0 that came out a few weeks back showed how viable a storyteller he is in all respects.
READ COMIC BOOKS
Black Beetle: No Way Out #1 Review 10/10
Black Beetle: No Way out #1 could just set the world on fire, and if you’re smart you’ll pick up a copy as soon as possible. This is great pulp storytelling and art married together to bring readers one awesome pulpy story.
HOT FIVE: BLACK BEETLE #1
If you’ve ever been wistful for those classic comic book days gone by, but want a fresh story to satisfy that urge, this is the book for you.
Indie Comic Review: Black Beetle #1
Part pulp hero, part diesel punk, Francesco Francavilla’s new series Black Beetle is poised to be the must-read book of the year.
Review: Black Beetle #1
The Black Beetle is an urban myth at its finest. Francavilla knows his stuff. He has interwoven his love letter to the genre with the best elements and traditions of mystery, action-adventure, and vigilante super heroics. More than that, this book is unadulterated pulp fiction deeply rooted in noir storytelling conventions.
This is a quality production from Dark Horse. Executed by next big name of the medium, this comic book is sure to garner a faithful following. It’s still early, but this will no doubt be in the running for one of the top books of this New Year.
Review - The Black Beetle #1
Francavilla offers an extremely fresh take on the noir comic, making the Black Beetle more than just a detective with an axe to grind for whatever reason. The Black Beetle #1 is such a fun throwback comic that shows a lot of commitment on the part of Francavilla, relying entirely on a strong story, inventive lead character and vibrant artwork.
PANELS ON PAGES
Review: The Black Beetle – No Way Out #1 5/5
Every so often, I read a comic book that makes me say out loud “Man, I love comics.” Such is the case with Dark Horse’s The Black Beetle #1, written and illustrated by Francesco Francavilla. [...] The Black Beetle #1 does everything right. It’s masterfully crafted in every way. The story is presented exactly as it should be. The mood is perfect.
We’re No. 1! Noir, Outer Space, and Too Many Bikinis
The best of the bunch this week is a pure noir superhero tale from Dark Horse Comics. The Black Beetle #1 is a classic thriller in the vein of the Shadow or the Green Hornet, or even early pulpy Batman
BLACK BEETLE: NO WAY OUT #1
with Black Beetle: No Way Out #1, Francavilla has demonstrated that he is a pretty skilled pulp writer.
The Black Beetle #1 by Francesco Francavilla
There is so much style in this comic you feel like you are reading a movie. Francavilla is a master storyteller being able to get across some great action panel by panel. He also is able to turn a splash page into a painting and get across information in a great way that is both easy to read and eye pleasuring.
Dark Horse Presents, The Black Beetle: No Way Out
The composition is note-perfect, too. Francavilla just doesn’t do traditional nine-panel page structure, and this book is all the better for it. Each page bears a greater resemblance to a pulp cover, movie poster or mural than to an actual page, though the effect never becomes intrusive.
The Black Beetle #1
It’s been a while since I’ve read a comic that hits all aspects of its design so firmly on the nose.
This issue is marketed as part one of a four part miniseries, but I seriously hope that Dark Horse gives the green light to more of The Black Beetle in the future.
Second Guessing the Exits: "Black Beetle: No Way Out #1" 7/10
I’m excited to read more of Francavilla’s pulpy patchwork superhero. The art is gorgeous and exciting and the characters are intriguing and mysterious. I definitely want to know more, and I am looking forward to the rest of the mini series.
Review: ‘Black Beetle: No Way Out’ #1 4/5
It all has an incredibly consistent look and feel. I want more. That is a great start to a new book. And this is only the first part of a four part story. You know it has an ending but I hope it is the start of something bigger we can all look forward to reading.
The Black Beetle #1 Review
Francavilla is constructing a hard-boiled world grounded in reality and awash in blacks, reds, and guns.
The artwork alone is as engaging as the script itself, making for an overall exemplary debut issue.
Review: The Black Beetle “No Way Out” #1
Final Thoughts: It’s the stuff that dreams are made of, Schweetheart. If you haven’t already picked it up, do it now or regret it for the rest of your life. (Yup, too much Bogart in my repertoire)
FRONT TOWARDS GAMER
The Black Beetle in 'No Way Out' #1 Review 8/10
The art and writing are married so perfectly that they capture the essence of a classic crime novel while appealing to modern artistic quality expectations.
THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE GEEKS
A Review: THE BLACK BEETLE: NO WAY OUT #1
I’m really enjoying the renaissance of pulp heroes we’ve seen lately, and the Black Beetle is yet another quality installment of that movement. I’m looking forward to keeping up with this one.
Comics Korner: The Black Beetle #1 Review
Any fan of classic pulp comics will love The Black Beetle. It’s full of action, mystery, great writing and the fantastic art that Francavilla is known for.
MOM’S COVER WATCH
The Black Beetle cover continues the feel of a classic pulp fiction classic. It’s both mysterious and familiar feeling all at once.
TO BE CONTINUED...