REVIEW: 'Vanish' #1 by Donny Cates, Ryan Stegman, JP Mayer, and Sonia Oback

 


VANISH #1

Writer: Donny Cates

Artist: Ryan Stegman, JP Mayer, Sonia Oback

Letters & Design: John J. Hill

Publisher: Image Comics

Release Date: September 21, 2022

Cover Price: $3.99

From DONNY CATES (GOD COUNTRY, Hulk, Thor), RYAN STEGMAN (VENOM, King in Black), JP MAYER (Absolute Carnage, Fantastic Four), SONIA OBACK (Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows, Han Solo), and JOHN J. HILL (CROSSOVER, Harley Quinn), the all-star creative team that brought you VENOM, comes an all-new take on the classic hero's quest!

Oliver Harrison was a mythical hero who slayed the greatest threat to his realm before even hitting puberty. But that was then.

As an adult, Oliver leads an average cookie-cutter suburban life aside from the fact that he's mentally unstable, massively paranoid, smokes like a chimney, and gets blackout drunk every night to hide from his horrific nightmares. Will the arrival of a superhero team called the Prestige prove the madness isn't all in Oliver's head? And what about all the epic fantasy crap from his childhood?

Join us for a brutal as hell tale of magical worlds, gifted youth, evil sorcerers, superheroes, war, blood, guts, and death that punches you right in the face! 

Score:

★★★★1/2 (4.5/5)

QUICK REVIEW: Donny Cates is known for his epic storytelling, and ability to build momentous events with energy and frequency seemingly at will. It's that talent that has marked his indie to Marvel stuff and along with his 'Venom' collaborators, Cates has launched another raucous title 'Vanish' that simply rocks. A story that brilliantly blends fantasy, magic, and superheroes into a ferocious revenge tale that harkens to the action comics of the 90s, 'Vanish' is a comic reader's dream. Oliver was the Harry Potter of his youth in a realm threatened by genocide when he rose up to take on the villain and his crew. The crew retreated after the fight not to be seen for years. Now as a traumatized adult, Oliver comes across the crew in the present day and vows vengeance all under the guise of superheroes. Ryan Stegman, JP Mayer, and Sonia Oback provide vividly gritty and exciting framing of awesomeness in introducing some bone-crushing action. 'Vanish' is an enthralling revenge thriller that hits all the right notes making it one of the year's most exciting new comics.  

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