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Antarctica #1 (of 5)

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 15 critic ratings.


Stargate meets His Dark Materials in a new non-stop sci-fi action blockbuster!

Hannah’s life imploded the day her father failed to return from the secretive Smith-Petersen Research Station in Antarctica. Alone and on the street, she’s at her lowest ebb when a friend offers help. Retrained as an engineer, Hannah secures a job at the same Antarctic station to search for her father and stumbles headfirst into a conspiracy that threatens everything she’s ever believed.

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
28 pages
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15 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    The Newest Rant

    I quite enjoyed this first issue of, “Antarctica,” with Birks and Robers spending a good deal of time making us care about Hannah as we lead into the main plot and mystery once she gets to Antarctica. Once the wonky sci-fi stuff starts happening Roberts does a lovely job illustrating it and I’m excited to see what exactly is going on in Antarctica based on the cliffhanger at the issue’s end! The comic is set to be five issues and the debut of this mini-series hits stores on July 12th, so you don’t have to wait long to get a copy at your comic shop–something I’d recommend!

  • 90

    Capes & Tights

    Simon Birks’ latest creation is a must-read for fans of sci-fi comics. The combination of Stargate and His Dark Materials makes for a unique story that is both gripping and intriguing. The artwork by Wili Roberts and the lettering by Lyndon White elevate the overall experience of the comic book. Birks’ storytelling ability shines through, and we cannot wait to see what he has in store for us in the upcoming issues.

  • 86

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Gorgeous art envelopes you like Hannah’s father’s arms as you sink into Antarctica #1‘s warm embrace. Although dialogue balloons reveal select conversations, the diary-style narrative summarizes Hannah’s lost years and how grit and determination—aided by a friend’s kindness—propels Hannah to Earth’s least visited continent.

  • 85

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Birks crafts an entertaining first issue with a mystery that gets increasingly more interesting as the story progresses. Hannah takes an interesting journey throughout the issue and the way the plot reveals its deeper connection to her is engaging and compelling. I really enjoy the progression of the story and the reveal at the end. I’m definitely on board to see what happens in the next issue.

    The Art: Roberts delivers some great art throughout the issue. I love the visual style and the wonderful details throughout every page and panel.

  • 85

    Comical Opinions

    ANTARCTICA #1 begins a heartfelt, sci-fi tale about a daughter determined to find her father when he didn’t return from a mission in Antarctica. Simon Birks’s character development is outstanding, and the last-page twist is a banger.

  • 80

    Lyles Movie Files

    Writer Simon Birks establishes Hannah and her plight quickly enough setting her up as an engaging lead. Any reader can relate to losing a family member making Hannah a character readers can sympathize with instinctively. While she has some rough edges, Hannah’s lack of refinement can be chalked up to the rough years of her childhood while she had to act in survival mode.

    Willi Roberts’ art is somewhat rough with more of a sketch-style, but backgrounds are normally drawn out and character movement is crisp and easy to follow. Roberts’ color work is very well done with strong illumination for streetlights and weather effects like rain and snow.

  • 80

    Big Comic Page

    An intriguing character piece that looks set to evolve into a thrilling, twist-filled adventure, Antarctic is a new series that most certainly deserves your full attention. Well worth a look.

  • 80

    Major Spoilers

    Antarctica #1 covers a lot of ground in setting up the story, but the payoff is worth it. This is not just a normal search and rescue mission. The creative team also handles the setup deftly. It is clear without being wordy and brings us up to Hannah’s new life in a way that leaves us eagerly waiting for more.

  • 80

    Antarctica delivers what might be the breeziest first issue of the entire year. The story doesn’t kick into high gear until the final couple of pages, but there’s never a moment to get stuck. The words are efficient and the layout is effective, keeping you constantly engaged from beginning to end. In a world where monologues are the norm for exposition-heavy debut issues, Antarctica makes the case that less is definitely more.

  • 80

    You Don't Read Comics

    The restlessness of the opening issue of the series really could have been cut entirely. So much of the introduction to Hannah and her life leading into her trip to Antarctica could have appeared as flashbacks. That sort of set-up might have resulted in a little more immediacy in the first issue, but it’s difficult to find any real fault with starting Hannah’s story a bit earlier until it becomes apparent exactly where Birks is taking it in the issues to come.

  • 70

    Comic Crusaders

    Not every first issue you read is gonna be a banger right out of the gate, but they should be and as creators, we should try to tell stories that grab your attention right from the first page. I honestly think they tried to do it with the first two pages of her growing up as a military child. I personally could relate to that part of the story because I too remember those days when my dad would come back from deployment and the joy that I felt every time I would get to hug him after months and months of not seeing him. That second page with Hannah (the main character) running to hug her dad throughout the years is beautiful, but I feel that it could have perhaps been stretched to an extra page. Add in a couple of close-ups of their faces as they hugged, maybe a close-up of her dad putting the bags on the floor, little things like that will help you push that emotion of being reunited with your loved one much further and will allow the reader to truly connect with the characters. On this specific title, I would advise you to pick up issues 1 and 2 if you’re interested in it because issue 1 alone might not satisfy you completely and perhaps reading both of them together will be much better as an experience. This is not a bad comic at all, it’s just too fast-paced for a first issue that is meant to be much more emotional and dramatic than action-oriented.

  • 70

    Graphic Policy

    Antarctica #1 is an ok start. It takes a while to get going and there’s some odd distractions along the way but the end of the comic delivers. It’s enough to want to see what happens next, let’s hope it gets more to the point going forward.

  • 70

    Multiversity Comics

    The writing and art do come together to form a good first issue that feels familiar without being derivative in a negative way. Some first issues call their shot and make you believe that the entire series will be as great or greater than its premiere. This one has some work to do to convince me, but I am eager to see if it can pull it off.

  • 70

    Comic Book Revolution

    Antarctica #1 is a tale of two stories of different degrees of importance. One is the main mystery surrounding our lead character. Then there is what felt like a side mission in a video game. The side mission did not hit as intended, though it did give the series lead time to showcase her personality. The main mystery of Antarctica #1 is where this first issue shines and hopefully is the main-focus moving forward.

  • 45


    Do I think the book could recover from a rather flawed start? Sure, almost anything is possible. But what I fear may happen is more solid visuals trying to make up for a hurried story that runs when it should saunter and fumbles when the landing is just right there to stick. I really wanted to like Antarctica, but so far it’s made that a mostly impossible task.

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