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Newburn #10

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 5 critic ratings.

Newburn’s list of allies is growing shorter, alienating police contacts and his employers at the Black Castle. And he’ll need allies, soon, with a reporter on his tail.

PLUS: Things heat up for the kid as he tries to find a single friend in “GO BACK” by BROTHERS & DRAGOTTA.

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
32 pages
Amazon ASIN

5 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Comic Watch

    Newburn #10 is an arresting example of how stakes can be recalibrated as a story moves forward. Not willing to settle into something comfortable, Zdarsky and Phillips work to create a dissonance in their craft to underscore the evershifting game that Newburn is playing with everyone planning to get him.

    Whether it be in the form of a color palette that doesn’t betray the surface-level sense of calm or the use of cluttering panels that speed up the previously methodical pace, the game is evident but the motive behind it is still shrouded in questions. This issue feels like a calm before the storm and displays a level of craft from Zdarsky and Phillips that will keep you hooked until the tempest at bay arrives.

  • 87

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Zdarsky continues to evolve a solid, intense slow-burn of a mystery in this issue. The story continues to raise the stakes for Newburn as the walls continue to close around him both with his employers and the reporter digging into his activities. I like that there are so many levels of betrayal going on in the story and you don’t know who to trust including Emily. I continue to be drawn into this world and these characters and look forward to seeing what happens next.

    The Art: Phillips delivers great art throughout the issue. From the intense moments with Newburn’s mission to the dark, quiet moment between him and Emily, the visuals are stunning and draw in the reader.

  • 80

    The balance between serialization and self-contained mysteries continues to blur in the second round of Newburn as the pressures on its eponymous anti-hero mount. Given the implacable facade he delivered across the first eight issues, even the smallest cracks make for an effective moment and Newburn #8 provides more duress than anything Easton has encountered thus far. It also pulls his relationship with Emily and the exact nature of their mentorship (or friendship) into the spotlight. Even if the question presented at the start of issue #10 doesn’t deliver the most robust investigation, it connects to elements that will leave readers eagerly anticipating Newburn #11. That ratcheting tension is nearly doubled by the second installment in the outstanding backup story, “Go Back,” with a brief but thrilling chase sequence.

  • 80


    This is another rock-solid issue from a series that’s consistently compelling with each issue. With the direction the story is going, it feels like the relationship between Newburn and Emily is a powder keg that’s slowly building up to an explosive development. After this issue’s surprisingly somber final page, things are only going to get more complicated from here. This series has been great at subverting my expectations and I see no signs of that changing.

  • 70


    That’s likely why this book, and maybe this issue in particular, works so dang well: it follows a lot of the same noir-ish beats but there’s a subtext and sense of intent here that imbues this whole thing with some slightly unknowable quality. As such, we’re left to walk through the world with these characters, and try and sort out who’s on top, who’s coming down, and what it all really means. It’s a treat to be amid this story, and whatever happens with Newburn, it’s going to be a proper thrill ride.

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About the Author: Chip Zdarsky

In the ever-evolving landscape of comic books, Chip Zdarsky emerges as a figure of immense creativity and versatility. Known for infusing his narratives with both humor and emotional depth, Zdarsky has charted a course through the comic book universe that is as diverse as it is compelling. From the groundbreaking humor of “Sex Criminals” to the gritty streets of Marvel’s “Daredevil,” his journey is a testament to a talent that refuses to be pigeonholed.

The man behind the pseudonym, Steve Murray, became a household name with “Sex Criminals,” co-created with Matt Fraction. This series broke new ground with its audacious blend of comedy, romance, and the supernatural. It was here that Zdarsky’s knack for balancing wit with genuine storytelling first shone, earning the series critical acclaim and a dedicated following.

Zdarsky’s portfolio, however, spans a broad spectrum. His unique voice has breathed new life into “Howard the Duck,” where he explored themes of identity and belonging, and his run on Marvel’s “Daredevil” has been celebrated for its moral complexity and rich character development. But Zdarsky’s talents are not limited to writing. As an artist, he has lent his distinct visual style to numerous projects, enhancing his narratives with expressive artistry and dynamic visuals.

In recent years, Zdarsky has ventured into the shadowy alleys of Gotham City, bringing his distinctive flair to the world of Batman. His work on Batman titles has quickly garnered attention for its fresh take on the Dark Knight, blending the character’s traditional brooding intensity with new layers of psychological depth. Through stories that delve into Batman’s complex psyche and the morally ambiguous landscape of Gotham, Zdarsky adds to the rich tapestry of Batman lore, proving yet again his ability to navigate and innovate within established universes.

Beyond his impressive body of work, Zdarsky’s engagement with the comic book community — through social media, conventions, and insightful industry commentary — has made him a beloved figure among fans and fellow creators. His contributions have not only earned him awards and nominations but have also solidified his role as a pivotal voice in contemporary comics.

As Chip Zdarsky continues to explore the darker corners of Gotham City, his journey exemplifies the power of storytelling in comic books — where humor meets heroism, and the human condition is explored in the flicker of a bat signal against the night sky. For those drawn to the art of comics, Zdarsky’s work offers a masterclass in creativity, inviting readers into worlds both wildly imaginative and intensely real.

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