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The Deadliest Bouquet #1 (of 5)

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 10 critic ratings.

Jasmine Hawthorn was a hard-edged Nazi hunter who trained her children well in the art of espionage. But in 1998, when her complicated past finally catches up with her, it’s up to her three estranged daughters, Rose, Poppy, and Violet, to solve their mom’s murder—if they can avoid killing each other in the process.

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Print Length
32 pages
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10 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 91

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    THE DEADLIEST BOUQUET #1 is the perfect start to a mystery story. It asks several questions as a jumping-off point for the story. And it provides an answer or two to tantalize the reader with breadcrumbs and make them eager to know more. The three sisters command attention every time the issue focuses on them. Unfortunately, that strength of character also means that the few pages and panels without them feel less energetic. The first issue’s strengths outweigh its weaknesses, though, so fans of murder mysteries will be easily drawn to THE DEADLIEST BOUQUET #1.

  • 88

    Geek'd Out

    By far the biggest draw for me here is the world-building. While the flashbacks really only hint at Jasmines own past, her upbringing by a pair of Nazi-hunters post-WWII is a concept worthy of its own prequel series. Likewise, baby sister Violet is a rich enough character to lead a miniseries or at least a one-shot of her own. With a flirtatious, violent personality and equally violent backstory, this sexually-fluid vixen is the most dynamic of La Trois Fleurs. While neither Rose nor Poppy get as much page-time or development (yet), its apparent that all three Hawthorn sisters havetheir own secrets, which Im excited to see unfold over the course of this series.

  • 80

    You Don't Read Comics

    A serial mystery can be really difficult to maintain a hold on. Deliver too much of the mystery too early, and details become overwhelmingly disinteresting. Deliver too little in the opening chapter, and any reader could lose interest with slow pacing—particularly in a comic book format that IS so closely associated with graphic fantasy. Schultz and company seem to have found a solidly respectable rhythm to the story, but it DOES feel like things are moving a bit fast for the opening. There is little question that there will be a lot of twists and turns awaiting future issues, but it IS possible that too much may have already been revealed in the opening issue.

  • 80

    Lotusland Comics

    ‘The Deadliest Bouquet’ is an intriguing character-driven murder mystery with a trio of sisters as engaging and complex as any in fiction. Issue one serves as an introduction and ends with the type of hard-nosed investigating we’re likely to see going forward. The quick pacing and rapid-fire dialogue make this a recommended pick-up. It’s a solid debut that has a lot of potential.

  • 80

    Monkeys Fighting Robots

    A solid start to a series. The Deadliest Bouquet may be a slow burning story, but the family drama is handled beautifully by the creators. The artwork and script compliment each other and allow the creators to to engage the readers in this soap opera of a narrative.

  • 77

    Major Spoilers

    The Deadliest Bouquet #1 sets out to be a murder mystery with the three sisters dead center. But it looks as though this mystery may have deep roots, and that makes it intriguing.

  • 70

    Comical Opinions

    THE DEADLIEST BOUQUET #1, available on Kickstarter starting on May 11th, 2021, is a slow burn start to a multi-generational story of murder, trauma, and dysfunction. The sparse story movement is rich with relatable dialog and dramatic character moments, but whether or not there’s enough hook to keep going remains to be seen in issue #2.

  • 70

    Multiversity Comics

    This murder mystery has some potential, but you might have to take a few breaks between pages to figure out what is happening

  • 60


    The Deadliest Bouquet is an enjoyable read but with its flaws. The story has an excellent foundation to be satisfying, but the art sometimes distracts from it. With the two parts out of alignment, the issue relays on the story to drive it. If the art can get polished and cleaned up, then Deadliest Bouquet can be a powerhouse series.

  • 60

    The opening issue of The Deadliest Bouquet is filled with unanswered questions at almost every turn. Not only do the events of the series kick off with a mysterious death, but the backgrounds of all of the major characters are left somewhat nebulous for the time being. Without anything to cling onto outside of these checkered backstories, there is very little engrossing from the jump with The Deadliest Bouquet. Still, the seeds that have been planted have me intrigued to see how this story develops over the long haul.

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