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Point One #1

Comicscore Index
Generally unfavorable ratings

Based on 6 critic ratings.

Here are seven all-new stories that set the stage for everything coming your way in 2012 from the biggest names in the comics industry.

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
53 pages
Amazon ASIN

6 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 80

    Weekly Comic Book Review

    Lots of good teasers here. While it’s clear where to follow the Scarlet Spider, Ultron, Age of Apocalypse and Defenders stories, I’m not sure where the others will be. So, that’s kinda a miss. And I guess there isn’t anything in this issue that isn’t anything you couldn’t learn online, so this issue is very skippable. But, it does a nice job of teasing upcoming action and features some great art. If you’re a Marvel fan and have room in your budget for the $5.99 price, it’s probably worth it.

  • 80

    Comic Vine

    There might be a steep cover price but there is so much in terms of content. Big things are coming Marvel’s way in 2012 and this is the perfect sampler to get a taste. You get 64 pages of comic (a little less if you subtract the ads) and there is an incredible line up of creators and characters (I should mentioned how super-excited I am over Chris Yost’s Scarlet Spider). It might be hard to part with six dollars for a single comic but this is a great way to get a sense of what is coming and a chance to form a decision on whether or not you’ll pick up the coming series. I didn’t absolutely love every story here but there are indeed some elements that will make you look forward to 2012.

  • 70

    Chuck's Comic Of The Day

    I really can’t recommend this issue – there are some high points (Bryan Hitch’s art on the Avengers segment, Matt Fraction’s writing on Dr. Strange, Ed McGuinness’ art on Nova), but not enough here to make it worth the inflated price and page count.

  • 60


    The whole point of this Marvel Point One issue is to get readers pumped for the upcoming year of Marvel Comics. Unfortunately, it failed to do that for me, outside a few stories, which, if I’m being completely honest, I was already pumped for. And at $6, this issue comes hard to recommend to anyone other than the Marvel True Believers.

  • 20

    Major Spoilers

    In short, it’s a bunch of trailers. There is some wonderful art in the book (The Dodsons do wonderful stuff with Doctor Strange, and Sal Larroca makes the Dragonfire/Coldmoon chapter look cool as hell) but all in all, the effect is exactly the same as the single page that Geoff Johns took to putting in the back of his #1 issues a couple of years ago: maddening glimpses of the future without real context. Add to that the issues ridiculous price tag (SIX dollars for 54 pages of random stories) and I’m left baffled at what this book is supposed to achieve. I’m looking forward to the return of Nova and the Defenders, but there’s so much thrown at the wall here that little of this issue sticks. I was really intrigued by the Watcher setup (and the supposition that all of the Watchers we’ve ever seen are just slivered bits of the same single omnipresent being) but the rest of the issue doesn’t hang together. Point One #1 is overpriced and underfocused, and the parts that don’t work drag the whole down.

  • 20


    Point One is not only a six-dollar collection of fluff that keeps you wanting for some sort of payoff, but it’s also a reproachable display of comic book industry advertising at its most exploitative. Publishers across the board need to be focusing in on cultivating brilliant new creators and developing intriguing new stories, not milking existing franchises and writers/artists for every possible dollar. That marketing strategy is getting extremely dull. This collection has actually turned me off to books, like Scarlet Spider and The Defenders, that I otherwise was interested in reading. Now I’m not sure I’ll be adding any of the titles here that weren’t already on my pull list, and I’m sure to shy away from anything with Jeph Loeb’s name on it for the foreseeable future (sorry X-Sanction). This was, in my opinion, a debacle.

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