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Tear Us Apart #1

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 5 critic ratings.

Deep in the Canadian wilderness, a vicious cult, dedicated to an ideology of pain, trains children to become deadly assassins. In the midst of this world of cruelty, two teenagers break the cardinal rule—by falling in love. The only thing standing between them and happily ever after is an army of murderers with a taste for blood.

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
28 pages
Amazon ASIN

5 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 90


    Overall, this team has done an excellent job. Tear Us Apart #1 is visually stunning, and it’s a solid first issue. It leaves a good enough impression to make you want to come back and read the next book.

  • 87

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Baruchel and Jensen craft an interesting story in this first issue. It is highly entertaining and filled with great action. I really like the premise of the story and the dangers facing the characters both externally and internally. There is a brutality to the story that grabbed my attention as well and adds another level of suspense to the plot. Conceptually interesting and well executed.

    The Art: Micelli delivers some blistering violent and gorgeously detailed art throughout the issue. The issue has a dark and ominous tone amidst the love story and the art wonderfully reflects that.

  • 80

    Multiversity Comics

    The exposition did a great job in this opening issue of setting up this new world, but the romantic aspect of it has yet to be fully unraveled.

  • 70

    Capes & Tights

    Tear Us Apart is a bloody and beautiful love story that is definitely worth the read. The writing, artwork, and colors all come together to create a world that is both captivating and terrifying.

  • 60

    Tears Us Apart #1 pulls no punches as it introduces readers to a pair of children raised in a death cult in which love is forbidden. The violence depicted by Alessandro Micelli is savage as bloody blows push past the boundaries of a clearly defined panel grid until even that grid is pushed past its horizontal breaks by the ferocity displayed at the end. Action sequences provide a propulsive read but the rest of the narrative is ill-defined in this initial installment. The remote nature of the camp obscures the setting and reality occupied by this story—one only clarified in the letters column—and the appearance of magic leads one to wonder about the nature of this dark cult. Yet there’s little space to define where this starcrossed duo of desperate children are coming from even as they rush away. Given time it’s clear that Tear Us Apart has plenty of style and potential, but the first issue reads in too short of a fashion to establish much of a connection with the story.

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