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Gospel #1 (of 5)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 6 critic ratings.


When opportunity refuses to knock for restless hero Matilde, the devil comes knocking. Inspired by the work of Hayoa Miyazaki and set in the chaos of King Henry VIII’s reign, GOSPEL is a thrilling fantasy adventure that questions the truth behind the stories we tell. Thrust into action by a hellish arrival, Matilde and storyteller Pitt will quest for answers, answers that threaten to tear them apart and trigger the toughest question of all: “who am I?”

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
36 pages
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6 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 96

    You Don't Read Comics

    The story of stories is one of the more difficult things to maintain. Things can fall all too quickly into a nebulous territory as various plot elements begin to fall apart under their own weight. Morris has set up quite a job for himself, keeping everything in play without having plot elements crash into each other, but the first issue is clearly moving in the right direction to lead into interesting territory in the chapters to come.

  • 90

    Monkeys Fighting Robots

    Gospel #1 is a brilliant and unique opening chapter of historical fantasy. Will Morris’ storytelling is complex, clever, and constantly fun, making for a wildly engaging read. His visual work is among the best in comics this year, with excellent detail, animations, sequencing, and staggering color work.

  • 88

    Multiversity Comics

    There’s a distinct feeling you get at the end of “Gospel” #1 that you’ve only just started to see the best that this series has to offer. Given the quality of this debut issue, that’s an unabashedly good thing. Morris makes an excellent choice in opening this issue with an exciting, colorful chase sequence. It works on two levels. First, it captures readers’ attentions immediately; who, after all, wouldn’t be intrigued by a giant hog chasing a girl through a 16th century English town? Second, it’s the perfect introduction to the themes that this series is seeking to explore about the value of stories and of storytellers. By giving us that hook, then delivering the twist that this is all just a folktale being told in a society dominated by the church, we get to actually feel what this story is trying to convey to us.

  • 80


    Will Morris’ ‘Gospel’ #1 is so full of potential, a beautiful-looking comic that promises so much, a medieval quest for answers, magic and devilry, and more than anything else a comic about stories and storytellers. But it’s also another first issue that isn’t quite there yet. It teases and tantalises more than it hooks you in. It’s good, knocking on the door of great.

  • 80

    The most interesting stories are those that happen at intersections, places where different genres and themes collide to take on larger issues and questions as part of the adventure. It’s that notion of storytelling within the intersection of many things which Gospel #1 exists. It reveals a tale that is much more than it initially seems – taking the threads of medieval history, the hero’s journey, issues of faith, and all out adventure to take on something bigger—namely questions of self—while providing a dreamy visual quality as dynamic as the story on the page.

  • 80

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    A fun look into a period of unrest and the power of story. Set against a backdrop of the English Reformation, Gospel #1 introduces an intriguing cast of characters, led by troublemaker Matilde and Pitt the bard. And if that weren’t enough, Morris introduces a mystery of how it’s tied to the present….

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