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Hunt for the Skinwalker #1 (of 4)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 9 critic ratings.

Unidentified flying objects. Animal mutilation. Terrifying otherworldly cryptids. Countless strange phenomena. For more than 50 years, a remote ranch in the Uinta Basin has been the most significant nexus for the paranormal.

Inspired by one family’s confrontation with the unexplainable and terrifying… and what happened when they invited the largest scientific investigation of the paranormal to their ranch.

Based on the 2005 groundbreaking, electrifying nonfiction book by Dr. Colm Kelleher and veteran investigative journalist George Knapp that revealed the captivating true history of Gorman Ranch for the first time, seizing mainstream imagination and inspiring high profile investigations, documentaries, and genre fiction in various media.

Now, working hand-in-hand with Kelleher and Knapp, and incorporating never-before-seen new revelations, writer Zac Thompson (X-Men Unlimited, Undone By Blood) with Valeria Burzo (Castle Full of Blackbirds) adapts the category-defying tale in a series perfect for fans of I Hate This Place and The Low, Low Woods!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
31 pages
Amazon ASIN

9 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Get Your Comic On

    Consider me suitably chilled. Whilst Hunt for the Skinwalker #1 isn’t the full production, it does incredibly in laying the groundwork for what is to come. I need to find out the intentions of these visitors, the waiting is killing me!!!!

  • 90

    Capes & Tights

    Hunt for the Skinwalker #1 is an excellent addition to the paranormal and horror comic genres. It delivers a unique and engaging story based on real events with stellar writing and unique artwork. The use of narration adds depth to the story, and the blending of genres is executed flawlessly. We are excited to see where the story takes us in future issues.

  • 85

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: An interesting and engaging first issue. The story feels like being part of an investigation that takes a lot of strange and unusual paths. I like that the story isn’t predictable and does a great job of weaving different supernatural elements within it. There is a great sense of tension and suspense throughout the issue and I look forward to seeing what happens next.

    The Art: Burzo delivers some great art in the issue. The visuals are great and deliver on the suspense of the story brilliantly.

  • 80

    Monkeys Fighting Robots

    Hunt for the Skinwalker #1 is a stellar start to this new addition to the “True Weird” genre. Zac Thompson pens a script that adapts Kelleher and Knapp’s novel while still creating a character-focused narrative that lets readers share in the Sherman family’s horror. The visuals from Valeria Burzo and Jason Wordie create an eerie pulp-horror sensibility, but are still full of modern sequential direction that carries both the people-focused moments and the weird scenes a long way.

  • 70

    Hunt for the Skinwalker doesn’t deliver a perfect debut, but does it really have to? The good far outweighs the not-so-good in this first issue, and it’s easy to see the potential of what the series might become in the months ahead.

  • 70


    Whether or not you’re a believer is mostly moot — there’s a depth and power to what’s mostly an already solid family tale that happens to involve otherworldly monsters. It’s that energy that has me letting go of most of the issues I had with this book, which, aside from the nonfiction bits, is a deliberate pacing that might not be the best tempo for some readers. It may be early, but this book is already expertly laying the groundwork for something that could land very close to home and invade our lives with quiet terror.

  • 70

    Graphic Policy

    Hunt for the Skinwalker #1 lacks up a build up and the tension you’d hope for this sort of story. Things happen rapidly and presented without question. It’s a series of events as opposed to an ebb and flow of quiet, tension, and then catharsis. It feels like a visual Wikipedia entry, delivering facts above a narrative that would have us buy into the story and care what happens to the people within.

  • 70

    Comic Book Revolution

    Zac Thompson and Valeria Burzo work well together to showcase how the unexplained can be the launching point of something greater going on with Hunt for the Skinwalker #1. If you are a fan of paranormal stories this is a comic book to check out.

  • 50

    Multiversity Comics

    I think this docu-drama format just doesn’t lend itself all that well to the comic book medium as it feels like only half a piece of entertainment. The horror and real life peril and dread simply don’t translate to the page in any of the comics that make this same attempt. Which is really unfortunate.

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