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Precious Metal #1 (of 6)

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Universal acclaim

Based on 5 critic ratings.

Thirty-five years before the events of LITTLE BIRD, VOL. 1: THE FIGHT FOR ELDER’S HOPE, disillusioned mod-tracker Max Weaver’s routine hunt for a modified child takes a grisly and unexpected turn. Now, saddled with an unpredictable mod who may be the key to unlocking his missing memories, Max will soon find that he isn’t the only one interested in the child’s unique abilities—and if he wants to know more, it’s going to cost him everything.

Eisner Award-winning creative team DARCY VAN POELGEEST and IAN BERTRAM reunite for their gripping return to the dystopian American Empire.

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  • 100

    A follow up to their ambitious sci-fi epic Little Bird, the creative team of Darcy Van Poelgeest and Ian Bertram have returned with another chapter in that world with Precious Metal. Those unfamiliar with Little Bird may find themselves marginally confused at first, but you have bought the ticket and you must take the ride. Bertram’s artwork is like a primal scream that has taken form, delivering shapes and lines in one splash page that outpace some entire comics. It’s a behemoth of design and the kind of visual spectacle that keeps you engaged because your brain is doing its best to make sure it can fully comprehend what it’s actually seeing. Color artist Matt Hollingsworth elevates the work too and has a tremendous task about filling in all the nooks and crannies of every panel. This is a must read for fans of the comic book form.

  • 100


    Precious Metal #1 brings readers back into the fascinating world of Little Bird with a hard-boiled tale about a man torn between the need to survive and finding answers. Fans of the acclaimed miniseries will be excited to know that this new run delivers everything that made Little Bird an incredible read and more.

  • 96

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Max may be a fly caught in a web of intrigue, but the bounty hunter battles powerful factions amid genetically modified Humans in Precious Metal #1 as he seeks to discover the truth of his existence.

  • 90


    The debut does quick work to both connect to the beloved original series while innovating both visually and thematically.

  • 86

    Multiversity Comics

    Precious Metal #1 is a comic book that is both incredibly familiar and not at the same time. On one hand, this is a story that we have seen before, and will see a thousand times in the future where a grizzled and tired old fighter who works at the edges of society gets thrust into a conspiracy that is so far above him it makes his head spin. On the other hand, this is a weird, fascinating, and wonderfully drawn world that looks unique and original and will leave you coming back for more.

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