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Dark Ride #1

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 12 critic ratings.


Devil Land has been the world’s premiere horror-themed amusement park for over 50 years, home to the scariest ride ever created—the Devil’s Due.

But when lifelong fan Owen Seasons begins his first day on the job, he will discover the true horrors happening behind the scenes, the truth about the park’s reclusive creator Arthur Dante, and that the job of his dreams might just be a living nightmare.

JOSHUA WILLIAMSON (NAILBITER, Batman) and ANDREI BRESSAN (BIRTHRIGHT) reunite for a thrilling plunge into murder, mayhem, and sinister family secrets in this all-new Skybound original series.

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
50 pages
Amazon ASIN

12 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 92

    Multiversity Comics

    Upon seeing the solicit, “Dark Ride” made me somewhat curious. Maybe a little excited? The premise was sort of enticing- what if there was a haunted amusement park? But that’s not really a story, it’s a setting. But writer and co-creator Joshua Williamson certainly knows how to tell a good story. What I wasn’t expecting is how personal it all would feel. (…) I had high hopes for “Dark Ride,” and it absolutely exceeded them.

  • 90


    Dark Ride is an exciting start to a horror series that feels right at home with horror classics like Creepshow but with a more complex story to unfurl. Fans of amusement parks should get a kick out of the impressive horror park invented here while unpacking the mystery of the park’s evil origins. Dark Ride offers a ride unique from the usual fare you’ll want to visit in real life, but the comic is the next best thing.

  • 90


    This new series is off to a chillingly great start. It’s a straightforward idea done very, very well. The issue strikes the right balance of horror without too much gore. And while it deals with dark subject matter, it doesn’t take itself too seriously. Dark Ride is a great ride.

  • 90

    Geek'd Out

    Overall, Dark Ride is a helluva lot of fun while never feeling cliche or predictable. While there is no clear protagonist, each character seems capable of carrying the story in whichever direction it goes and I, for one, am anxious to see where that is. Ive read a number of horror comics recently and I must say, this was the first one to make me go well, that was messed up. Trust me, thats a good thing.

  • 90

    If this first issue is any indication, Dark Ride is set to be a grotesquely fun and genuinely weird horror tale. The installment spends a fair amount of time introducing us to the horror theme park Devil Land and the even more horrifying and colorful characters within it, but it manages to convey that exposition in some clever and entertaining ways. Andrei Bressan’s art and Adriano Lucas’ colors work wonders in terms of establishing the series’ world, adding a sense of vibrancy that you wouldn’t necessarily expect with a book like this – and only adding a more sinister tone to what’s to come. Horror fans and theme park fans absolutely owe it to themselves to check out Dark Ride.

  • 90

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Williamson offers a unique and entertaining story in the first issue. The characters are interesting and wonderfully dark. I enjoyed the tone of the story and the dark nature of the world being created. The story is unpredictable, surprising and engaging enough to make me excited to see what happens next.

    The Art: Bressan delivers some intense visuals throughout the issue. I love the black and white elements of the introduction and the art style of Devil Land and its characters.

  • 89


    Dark Ride #1 is a mix of the fun and fear that we associate with the spooky season. But Devil Land is a business and like any new job it has a few slow moments which could leave you wondering if you’re coming back tomorrow. Watching Owen’s first day may not earn Devil Land the title of happiest place on earth however it makes him, and others, happy so it can’t be that bad?

  • 85

    Comic Watch

    Dark Ride is a thrilling ride: park homage to theme parks, part ’70s exploitation schlockfest, this comic is exactly what horror fans will want to kick off Spooky Season. Don’t skip on it!

  • 85

    Graphic Policy

    Dark Ride #1 is an interesting and intriguing debut. There’s a lot of directions it can go and with the way the first issue plays out, who knows what’s to come. There’s a fun ride to it all, one that horror fans and beyond will want to check out.

  • 84

    You Don't Read Comics

    Williamson might be able to pull off something a lot more disturbing than meets the surface of the series in the first issue. With horror and Halloween imagery lurking around every corner of the page, there might be room for something altogether more frightening as the sanitized, commercial visions of Halloween horror hide something a lot more menacing underneath. Time will tell if Williamson and company can make it work.

  • 80

    Lotusland Comics

    ‘Dark Ride’ is a great new horror series that’s engrossing on the surface as the sinister underpinnings of the story creep out and shock. Finely written and wonderfully illustrated, Williamson and Bressan have another hit on their hands with their homage to amusement parks and supernatural horror.

  • 80

    Impulse Gamer

    The story does have more adult themes as they do mention they catching someone getting a blowjob one of the rides and Halloween supposedly filmed a sex tape in the park when she was last there.

    I would be interested in how this story plays out as it is an interesting enough story and horror themed comics seem to be making a comeback these days and it is at least different than the superhero ones that have been popular for a while now.

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