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A Town Called Terror #1

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 13 critic ratings.


Henry West is brutally kidnapped in the middle of the night while his wife Julie watches, terrified. Henry awakens to the reality of his whereabouts, but Julie, with no evidence of the phantom crime, is unable to get help to search for him. A new series from the minds of cutting-edge horror creators STEVE NILES (30 Days of Night) and SZYMON KUDRANSKI (SPAWN, The Punisher).

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
28 pages
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13 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 94

    Geek'd Out

    Furthermore, I liked the odd aesthetic details of the West house (e.g. a gargoyle statue, a crucifix painting which sternly overlooks John and Julie having sex, and roses scattered at random) which seem out of place in a suburban home and are perhaps meant to echo how out of place John West is outside of his native town. This series promises to be a good supernatural thriller, complete with monsters and some body horror. Its a brand that is right up my alley and I look forward to reading more issues.

  • 92

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Niles creates an interesting and engaging mystery in this first issue. The slow build of the plot and introduction to the characters leaves enough mystery to hook the reader and enough compelling back story and narration to make me want to read more. I like how interesting and dark the story is while matter of fact it is with its supernatural elements.

    The Art: Kudranski delivers some beautifully detailed panels throughout the issue. The art is wonderfully stylized and filled with a dark emotion that draws in the reader.

  • 88


    There’s still a lot to learn about A Town Called Terror’s main characters and the setting, but the vagueness paired with Kudranski’s art style provide a strong start to the series. Definitely circling back for the second issue.

  • 86

    Monkeys Fighting Robots

    This comic is a trip through the horror genre that blends tropes and concepts together to become more than the sum of it’s parts. As the beginning of a new world for the creators, A Town Called Terror will quickly gather following expectant for more.

  • 80


    Although there’s still a lot to learn moving forward about A Town Called Terror, the level of curiosity that the first issue sets matched with Kudranski’s unique illustrations is more than enough for come back for the second issue. This is definitely a book to grab on your next trip to your local comic shop.

  • 80

    Comic Crusaders

    Definitely. Um, Four out of five. A good start for me, this was just a good freaking book, that satisfied my quench for good horror. So, we’ll see how it goes.

  • 78

    Graphic Policy

    A Town Called Terror #1 is an interesting start. It’s not what I expected at all. I thought I was getting into a psychological horror story about a missing husband. While that’s there, there’s also elements of a pulp horror story about family. It’ll be interesting to see where it all goes but as far as starts, this is an intriguing one.

  • 75

    Comics Bookcase

    If it’s been too long since a horror comic raised your gooseflesh or bestowed a case of jimjams, you owe yourself a look at A Town Called Terror #1. After the first read, go back and devour every page for its visuals alone. This title’s beginning oozes atmospheric chimeras slavering and thrashing, ready to be unleashed. Even its cover logo is a thing of crafted, gothic elegance.

  • 70

    You Don't Read Comics

    There isn’t quite enough story delivered in the first issue to truly get into what the series is ultimately going to be about. There’s a real danger in ambiguity on this level to open a series. Readers might not feel interested enough in what’s going on to care about a second issue. Thenit might seem potentially good but then fall apart as the mystery begins to reveal itself to be something less appealing than the shadow and mystery that dominates the pages of early issues. As for now, it’s one to watchmaybe out of the corner of the eye to see if it might turn into something worth watching a bit more closely.

  • 70

    Lyles Movie Files

    A Town Called Terror doesnt have an electric start, but the foundation is solid enough to warrant revisiting next month. Hopefully, Niles and Kudranski will peel back more of the curtain.

  • 70

    Big Comic Page

    A dark, unsettling feast for the eyeballs, A Town Called Terror grabs your attention from the first page with its striking visual style, and while we’re not quite there yet story-wise, I have no doubt that this series is going to take us to some truly horrific places before all’s said and done.

  • 63

    Sequential Planet

    A Town Called Terror #1 is a decent debut, but the strong art doesn’t cover up the lack of interesting characters.

  • 60

    Steve Niles has obviously made a name for himself when it comes to horror comics, with 30 Days of Night still considered to be one of the gold standards. With his new book, he’s joined by artist Szymon Kudranski in introducing a “Town Called Terror” that sets a moody stage but stumbles under the weight of its own exposition. In establishing the premise of the story, there is quite the exposition dump, which honestly wasn’t necessary when all is said and done, as Kudranski’s art would have been able to do the heavy lifting in this regard. It’s a shaky first issue but the premise is sound, and I’m looking forward to reading more, just hopefully with issues that let the art work breathe.

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