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Lawful #1 (of 8)

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 7 critic ratings.

Magical meets modern in a walled city with strangely familiar architecture, where two small children with a sense of adventure get a grim reminder of reality…. Because every mistake one makes in this world will cause them to transform into a monster, bit by bit, and in the eyes of society, there’s no distinction between the rules and what’s right!

Imperfection breeds monstrous consequences in this urban fantasy adventure with deep social commentary from renowned and award-winning writer Greg Pak (Mech Cadets, Darth Vader, Planet Hulk) and acclaimed artist Diego Galindo (Stranger Things: The Voyage).

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
31 pages
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7 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 95

    Pages and Panels

    Don’t expect action or intensity in this first issue. In fact, part of the charm is the lightness of the experience despite having deep themes. Unique and refreshing, Lawful isn’t just an interesting story with remarkable art; it sparks conversations about underlying moral complexities and layers in its world and design.

  • 90


    Lawful #1 explores the weight of society’s expectations through a fantasy lens, resulting in a compelling debut. I have a feeling that this might impact how Dungeons & Dragons players approach their next campaign…or that it might even inspire a few new ones.

  • 88

    The Super Powered Fancast

    Pak crafts an interesting story with some great drama in this first issue. The story crafts an interesting and intriguing world as well as characters that are beautifully complicated. Sung is delightfully complicated himself and everything that he goes through to survive a world that is full of secrets is interesting to see. There is a dark desperation to his actions that had me engaged with his struggles throughout the issue and the moments when he takes action create a level of suspense that I want to see explored.

    Galindo creates some beautiful art throughout the issue. I love the visual style of the story and how it mingles the visually strange within the world being created.

  • 81

    Comic Watch

    Lawful gets off to a strong start here. The first issue is complex, featuring a fascinating fictional world while offering commentary on the real one. Lawful #1 is an engrossing comic that will both amuse and inspire.

  • 70

    Capes & Tights

    Despite our minor criticism of Lawful #1, Greg Pak and Diego Galindo give us a story where mistakes or even outright rule-breaking lead to growing a paw or scales or a tale is such a unique and wonderful idea for comics that it is hopeful this series will turn into a wonderful collection of comics. Pak is a wonderful writer and any comic in their hands is worth the read.

  • 60

    Nerd Initiative

    When it comes to a first issue the number one thing I look for is if it created intrigue, and as mentioned with the way this explores morality that was accomplished. The second part is if it has something that provokes a great deal of excitement and makes you want to read the second issue as quickly as possible. I cannot say this had that impact on me. Part of that may be by design as this is not trying to force in those big moments but rather be driven by character first. I could see that however when those big moments did happen I was left overwhelmed. There’s still enough here to bring me back for issue two as I hope the strengths are built upon as the narrative continues.

  • 50

    Writer Greg Pak and artist Diego Galindo’s new urban fantasy series Lawful addresses these challenges admirably in a debut issue that effectively establishes the series’ premise, even if it lacks depth that may still develop.

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