Kings Watch #1




Comic series

Release date

September 11, 2013
King's Watch #1 is a great first issue that revisits some historically major characters. It'll be very exciting to watch them find their ways to one another and team up against the impending evil. Dynamite trusts Parker with the duties and he handles them very deftly, offering readers an adventurous story packed with intrigue. Fans of the characters will definitely want to check it out, but it also gives other readers something else that's worth checking out if they're looking for something new to read.
4 out of 5
If a first issue in a miniseries leaves you hungry for more, it did its job and did it well. Kings Watch looks to be a promising tale reintroducing us to the King Features heroes.
Grade: B-
While it may not be the most new-reader friendly and some explanations could have been truly helpful to let some readers appreciate some of the characters completely, Jeff Parker still seems to get who the main characters are as he plays with this modern pulp world with some good art by Marc Laming and some competent colorization by Jordan Boyd.
9 out of 10
I really did not expect to find this book as one of, if not the, best #1 of the year thus far, but I’m hard pressed to find a debut issue I enjoyed this much in the past 12 months. This perfectly paced, fun without being silly, apocalyptic without being dreary, re-imagining deserves your eyes and your dollars.
Grade: B+
A good start - let's hope for more of the same.
It'd be pretty tough NOT to be able to sell me on a comic that has Flash Gordon, The Phantom and Mandrake the Magician teaming up to fight dinosaur men and what would seem to be an apocalyptic death cult, but Parker and Laming go above and beyond.
3.5 out of 5 stars
"Kings Watch" #1 is an inviting setup that doesn't wallow in exposition, but instead offers just enough of the three primaries to trigger shared collective unconscious of readers everywhere. Every comic book reader has some frame of reference for Phantom, Flash Gordon and Mandrake, and Parker welcomes them all into this story. The writer also offers no guarantees, except that "Kings Watch" is filled with so much potential that the writer has no choice but to prove this title to be an entertaining read.
10 out of 10
Jeff Parker and Marc Laming take some of Dynamite’s pulp toys for a spin as they combine three classic characters in a fast-paced first issue that’s got me hooked. Parker writes a script that literally takes us all over the world, setting up the players for an event that could lead to the end of everything.
9 out of 10
I went into this comic having no idea what to expect, but ended up being completely sold on the concept, story and heroes within. I’m intrigued by the potential danger these heroes must overcome, especially since they’re all very much human.
8 out of 10
While Kings Watch #1 isn't quite the perfect adventure, it's darn close.