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Grommets #1 (of 7)

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 9 critic ratings.

Two best-friend outcasts navigate the Sacramento suburbs of 1984, where they find a home in skateboard culture and punk rock. On one side of the coin, Grommets is an authentic look at ’80s skater culture, a snapshot of the generation that turned skating into a worldwide phenomenon. On the other, it’s a heartfelt coming-of-age story that follows two friends from troubled homes as they navigate their damage in an era when no one cared.

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9 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    I think readers will be well served reading Grommets #1 with no expectations. Its solicit promises a lot of specific things and it certainly addresses all of the promised concepts, but I’d be more inclined to characterize it as Richard Linklater by way of The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, which is to say it possesses an idiosyncratic perspective. Yes, it delivers on the coming-of-age story of two teenagers in mid-California during the mid-80s immersed in skater culture (with clear biographic inspiration) but serves that collection of very specific elements in a fashion that is entirely unique. The first issue strikes a truly unique tone in the marriage of script and art that is equal parts cartoonish and sincere to deliver some big laughs and surprising depths.

  • 96

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Grommets #1 celebrates 80’s pop culture, the uncrossable generation chasm, and the difficulty of discovering where you belong.

  • 90


    Grommets is a skateboarder’s dream comic with its fantastic depiction of the scene in the 80s. Rick Remender lays the groundwork for a heartfelt and hilarious coming-of-age story that’s brought to life by the incredible art of Brett Parson.

  • 87

    Major Spoilers

    Grommets #1 is a heartwarming and visually wonderful look into a tiny slice of ‘80s nostalgia that will ring true for anyone who’s experienced what it’s like to find friendship in otherwise hostile environments.

  • 86

    Graphic Policy

    Grommets is a chill, laidback book about 2 up and coming skaters named Rick and Brian in 1984 Sacramento from Rick Remender, Brian Posehn, and Brett Parson. (Seriously, it’s the most chill Remender book ever.) It does a great job of capturing what it’s like to be an utter loser and suck at everything, including the one thing you’re really passionate about. Like his work on Tank Girl, Parson brings a kind of MAD magazine attention to detail with his artwork, and the skating scenes are fluid and effortless with one notable exception. All in all, Grommets #1 is a humorous examination of the terrors of adolescence (The line from Rick’s dad “Find something you like to do other than comic books” really hit home.) and the euphoria of finally finding a close friend. Definitely a breezy, summer read.

  • 85


    Grommets tackles a weird time in music and culture with the utmost integrity, hilarity, and passion to spare.

  • 80

    Nerd Initiative

    Will a younger generation get what I got out of Grommets #1? I could see doing for them what movies like Stand By Me that existed in a different time but told a story I wanted to be part of, because of the characters it created and the story it told. At the end of the day, a good story is a good story, and so far this is shaping up to be just that.

  • 80

    Lotusland Comics

    Grommets seems like something more personal to Remender and this is a love letter to all those skate kids like him who found a place in the world who otherwise didn’t quite fit. This is his ‘Dazed and Confused.’ A charming fun blast to the past.

  • 74

    Graphic Policy

    Grommets #1 is an interesting debut. It’s more a comedic “slice of life” comic than anything else with low stakes. It’s all rather quaint in a way delivering a comic that’s nostalgia of a time growing up.

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