Critical Hit #1 Review

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Critical Hit #1 Review

Publisher: Black Mask Studios
Writer: Matt Miner
Art: Jonathan Brandon Sawyer
Colors: Doug Garbark
Letters: Crank!
Covers: Johnathan Brandon Sawyer w/ K. Michael Russell, Rod Reis, Phil Noto, Francesco Francavilla

Review by Scott Keys

Never has a book been so aptly named. I believe the gang over at Black Mask Studios definitely have a “critical hit” on their hands with Critical Hit #1!

I came in to this book not having any prior knowledge of The Liberators, and it didn’t seem to hurt my reading experience one bit! Miner does a great job of establishing the main characters within the first few pages for new readers, while giving them some great destruction to go along with the exposition. The art from Sawyer was energetic and clean, and a great compliment to Miner’s script. He draws some great action sequences, as well as touching character moments.

One thing is for sure, that the subject matter may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but that’s what this medium is all about. Comics allow the exploration of themes that can’t be realized in other mediums. Sure, movies can, but do they have the budget to get the artist’s vision just right? Not usually. But in comics you really have an unlimited budget, and can convey your message the way you want. Abuse, in any form, has taken the spotlight in the news recently, and I hope that some of those themes are picked up in future issues, but even if they don’t, this was a solid first issue that’s leaves us with a nice cliffhanger to bring you back for issue 2!

Check out the preview pages below to get a more detailed look into this fantastic first issue!

Critical Hit #1 is in comic shops today, and at

Art: 4.5 / 5
Story: 4.5 / 5
Overall: 4.5 / 5

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