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Midlife (Or How To Hero At Fifty) #1

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 10 critic ratings.


RUBEN KWAN is a 50-year-old firefighter who’s been afraid of fire his whole life. Instead of running into burning buildings, he pushes papers, living in the shadow of his father—who died a hero on the job. After 25 years in the LAFD, he’s firmly in the middle of an unremarkable life…until his new wife gets pregnant and a random act of courage reveals that Ruben is FIREPROOF!

New York Times-bestselling writer BRIAN BUCCELLATO (NO/ONE, The Flash, Chicken Devil) teams up with star artist STEFANO SIMEONE (THE LAST DAYS OF BLACK HAMMER, RADIANT BLACK) to tell the totally relatable (sometimes cringey) story of a middle-aged dad who’s about to find out that his new powers have major strings attached.

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
32 pages
Amazon ASIN

10 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Monkeys Fighting Robots

    MIDLIFE (OR HOW TO HERO AT FIFTY) #1 is a special book, that carries an emotional weight that knocked me off my feet. A must buy!

  • 96

    Comic Watch

    Regardless of your age, Midlife #1 is a comic to be treasured. Emotionally honest, it gets right to the heart of its protagonist’s existential crisis in a way that cannot be missed. Generation X, your time has come at last.

  • 90

    Graphic Policy

    I love Midlife (or How to Hero at Fifty!) #1. It’s a hell of a debut that delivers a hero we can relate to and at 50, a hero we don’t see often enough. Gen X might have grown up on comics, but Midlife (or How to Hero at Fifty!) #1 is one that might just be “our” comic.

  • 90


    Midlife (Or How To Hero At Fifty) #1 continues Image Comics’ superhero revolution, delivering an older hero in an entirely new situation. If you want something new in the realm of superheroics, pick it up. If The Boys isn’t your speed, pick this up. It has to potential to be one of the biggest superhero comics on the stands.

  • 90

    Lotusland Comics

    ‘Midlife’ is a delightful new superhero comic grounded in generational angst that will resonate with a lot of people. Gen-X has finally entered the chat.

  • 90

    Big Comic Page

    This is a character-driven, slow-burning masterpiece, no pun intended. Buccellato, Simeone and Otsmane-Elhaou deliver a story of everyday heroism that promises to become truly extraordinary before all’s said and done. Highly recommended.

  • 90

    Nerd Initiative

    Ken: The complexity of Father Time and what he deals is the driving point to Ruben Kwan’s daily life. Buccellato, Simeone and Otsmane-Elhaou mix in the familiarity of everyday life with the possibility of starting life over again. One of the best stories I’ve read this year.

    Marty: This book has everything I want in the first issue! Interesting concept, great story, amazing art, colors and letters, easily to follow and highly relatable! This creative team has an absolute gem on their hands and I can’t wait to see where this story goes! A must pull!

    Matt: This comic is a must read especially for those dads who feel stuck in the translations of life. It checks all the boxes for a great comic with the story and art. Readers seriously need to check this out.

  • 87

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    “Midlife #1” offers an intimate and poignant portrayal of a protagonist facing a midlife crisis, punctuated by the unexpected twist of superhuman abilities. The issue masterfully balances character exploration with plot development, culminating in a well-executed cliffhanger. While the art may differ from traditional superhero visuals, it effectively captures the excitement and anticipation surrounding Ruben’s journey into heroism.

  • 80

    First Comics News

    This series already made its mark by not being the typical superhero story but instead, it’s a charming tale of an everyman trying to deal with all the mess that life throws his way. Both the writing and the artwork come together to tell this naturalistic description of real life that anyone can relate to while showing us that no matter how old we are, we can always strive to be the best version of ourselves. Thanks to Ruben Kwan for that.

  • 60

    Buccellato and Simeone have joined forces to give us a superhero of a different sort, in which a regular “Joe Schmo” nearing their fifties is “blessed” with super powers. The premiere issue is interesting enough, giving readers some compelling characters that are thrust into a world of the supernatural. Unfortunately, we live in a world that has given us a glut of ideas that are, at least, somewhat similar to this one, meaning that to really bring in readers, there needs to be a hook juicy enough to have the buyer picking up the second issue. Midlife has some things going for it, but it won’t blow fans away who are looking for a new take on superheroes. First issues are really difficult because as a reviewer, you’re reviewing a small part of a whole and while this first outing doesn’t necessarily hit a home run, it does hit a double.

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