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Coda #1 (of 5)

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Universal acclaim

Based on 5 critic ratings.

In this brand new adventure in the Eisner Award-Nominated apocalyptic fantasy world of Coda, the despondent bard Hum finds a slice of tranquility with his wife, the Urken named Serka, in an ever-darkening, magic-less apocalypse – or so it seems.

Prophecies of paradise and the return of magic? Hum is skeptical, while Serka faces difficult moral decisions on the road, with winter quickly approaching…

New and returning fans alike shouldn’t miss the highly anticipated return of Coda from GLAAD Media Award- winning writer Simon Spurrier (Damn Them All, The Flash) and EW’s 2019 Artist of the Year Matías Bergara (Step By Bloody Step)!

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5 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Coda #1 is a near perfect start to a brilliant follow-up to the original Coda series. Si Spurrier and Matias Bergara bring back to life Hum's Mad Max meets fantasy dystopian world in a way that not only keeps the integrity of the first series' conclusion, but also creates an opening for new readers who are perhaps not familiar with the first story at the same time. What works particularly well here is that the story is framed through a letter or journal entry addressed to a new character, Gap, whose identity is revealed at the end of the issue but serves as a beautiful way to tie back to the structure of the first series while also setting the framework for this one even as the real-time story—much of which deals with a new "True King" and the problems that is causing for Hum—plays out on the page and really pushes the story forward. It's a great balance that reestablishes the characters, addresses how things have evolved for Hum and Serka, and sets up what may just be the wildest adventure yet.
  • 100

    Big Comic Page

    The final pages hammer how just how much Hum and Serka’s life has changed from when we last saw them, and with them both finding themselves drawn into their own (shudder) “quests”, it’s going to be really interesting to see how the rest of this series unfolds. Whatever happens though, I’m going to be right there every step of of the way yet again, because like a drunken reunion with an old friend, Coda’s triumphant return ticks every chaotic, subversive box you could possibly hope for.
  • 96

    Monkeys Fighting Robots

    Coda #1 is a phenomenal start to this sequel mini-series. Si Spurrier’s writing may be a bit dense for some, but its clever humor and poignant messaging make his script a hyper-engaging joy to read. Matias Bergara’s visual direction is singular and stunning, with a creative approach to character design and color art that will pull readers right into this world of strange fantasy.
  • 95


    Coda #1 is already focusing in on all the things that made the original run of Coda so beloved: the fascinating world-building, the realistic and lovingly tense relationship between Hum and Serka, Matías Bergara’s gorgeous character design, and the shockingly grounded emotions that underscore the story. An unendingly delicious treat for the eyes, Bergara’s art draws the reader in immediately, and Si Spurrier’s decision to give Hum and Serka an unborn child was the perfect way to give the two heroes the hope, motivation, and tension they need to add meaning to the ridiculous world they find themselves in. Anyone who loved the first Coda series will undoubtedly enjoy this first issue to no end, and anyone who didn’t read the first series will be inspired to go back in read it after sampling just one page.
  • 85

    Comic Book Revolution

    The pure imagination in every panel of Coda #1 makes this a home run of a start for this series. The way all these fantasy characters deal with a post-apocalyptic setting keeps your attention from beginning to end. It is a great entry point for the world created by Simon Spurrier and Matias Bergara.

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About the Author: Simon Spurrier

Simon Spurrier (born 2 May 1981) is a British comics writer and novelist, who has previously worked as a cook, a bookseller, and an art director for the BBC.

Getting his start in comics with the British small press, he went on to write his own series for 2000 AD, like Lobster Random, Bec & Kawl, The Simping Detective and Harry Kipling, as well as a number of stories for the flagship character Judge Dredd. In recent years he has broken into the American comic book industry, writing mainly for Marvel Comics. He also wrote Marvel’s X-Force in 2014 and 2015, which starred the characters Cable, Psylocke, Marrow and Fantomex.

He started co-writing Star Wars: Doctor Aphra from Marvel Comics with Kieron Gillen in November 2017 on issues #14-19, taking over with issue #20 in May 2018.

Simon has also written a number of novels, initially on other people’s properties, but in 2006 he signed a two-book contract with Hodder Headline, the first of which was Contract (2007) and the second A Serpent Uncoiled (2011).


Simon Spurrier writes mainly for the British comic 2000 AD but has also written comic-strips for the anthology Warhammer Monthly, as well as contributing written articles, stories and reviews to the Judge Dredd Megazine. He is the creator of Lobster Random (with Carl Critchlow), The Simping Detective (with Frazer Irving), From Grace (also with Irving), Zancudo (a belated follow-up to Ant Wars) with Cam Kennedy and Bec & Kawl (with Steve Roberts).

Spurrier has done a number of work for hire books, writing one 2000 AD themed novel for Black Flame press, and three science fiction novels for the Black Library, as well as an upcoming book for Abaddon Books. In May 2006 he signed a two-book contract with Hodder Headline. The first novel, a “post-pulp” occult-crime-comedy, is titled Contract. A limited edition hardback was released in May 2007, and the mass-market paperback is published on 4 October 2007.

He has created Gutsville with Frazer Irving and Silver Surfer: In Thy Name.

His other projects include more work for Marvel like Ghost Rider Annual #2, the one-shot Wolverine: Dangerous Game, Ghost Rider: Danny Ketch, mini-series with Javier Saltares, Conqueror a newuniversal one-shot, Punisher War Journal Annual #1, and X-Men Legacy vol.2, starring the character Legion. He also wrote a short story for Dark Horse Presents called “In Fetu.”

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