Review: WILD’S END #1


Written by Dan Abnett
Art by I.N.J. Culbard
Published by BOOM! Studios
Release Date: September 10, 2014

Prepare yourself for one of the most unique reads of the year in the brilliant and surprising Wild’s End from Dan Abnett & I.N.J. Culbard.

Right off the bat I’m going to come out and say that Dan Abnett and I.N.J. Culbard are building something very special with this book. This first issue moves at a very intriguing pace, with a world slowly coming together in a way that drew me in and wouldn’t let up. The ominous undertones that fluctuate under the surface of this story are brilliantly woven by Abnett and his dialogue is exceptional.

It is easy to fall into reading and get comfortable with, and the complexity of the true story it is overlaying is brilliant. At many points in the issue, it appears there is little going on – let me assure you that Abnett is lulling you into a slumber before throwing down the craziness. This first issue sets the board for what could be one of the most entertaining mini-series to hit comics in a while. This is top notch writing from a comics veteran that has the same spunk as his Guardians of the Galaxy work and a very intriguing hook to pull you in and keep you intrigued.

I.N.J. Culbard takes Abnett’s strong writing to the next level with some exceptional artwork. The world Culbard builds in this comic is comforting and inviting, with the characters looking like they were pulled directly from early 1900s stories for children. When the shocking twist drops he handles that action well, and how Culbard balances the world of Wild’s End and the impending action will be very entertaining to see.

Culbard’s artwork is extremely clean and his layouts are very easy to follow. This is a comic that is so well designed that you can flow through the story effortlessly, with Culbard gracefully taking touring readers through this world and introducing some very likable characters in the process. He works very well with Abnett and Wild’s End has a very unique look and feel by his hand.

Abnett and Culbard have got something special with Wild’s End #1. This is a surprising tale that sets up what could be an absolutely fabulous mini-series that blends two styles of story that I never expected to read together. This creative team is in tight sync and readers reap the benefits of their combined skill. I highly recommend giving this one a shot, I’ll certainly be back for #2 and my guess is that once you’ve read this comic you will be too.

The Verdict: 9.0/10


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