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The Domain #1 (of 5)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 5 critic ratings.

When three best friends discover a crashed UFO, they also discover technology that gives them incredible abilities! But there’s a catch: only one of them can use the powers at a time! Can their friendship survive the power’s temptation?

In the pages of Image’s Eisner-winning series, Public Domain, Syd Dallas and the team at Dallas Comics reimagine their classic character The Domain for a new audience, and… this is that comic!

This special series, written by CHIP ZDARSKY (Batman, Newburn) with amazing art by RACHAEL STOTT (Fantastic Four, Dr. Who) and EREN ANGIOLINI (Justice League: Last Ride) is a classic superhero story for those coming in fresh, and a fun meta story for readers of Public Domain!

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5 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 95

    Nerd Initiative

    This first issue is very exciting, and ends with a cliffhanger. Hopefully, the alien does not attack them once again. Liz is very bold as a character, and likes to be adventurous. Destiny kind of stayed in the background, but is willing to help Liz as much as she can. I also am wondering what is going to happen with Max, now that he has these new powers.  I also like the art, it’s so detailed for each character. As soon as I started to read, I started to care about these characters. I love the three character’s unique bond that they have.  The writing is also excellent, each comic panel serves a purpose to the story.

  • 85


    The Domain #1 is a story that’s working on multiple levels. It’s a superhero story steeped in metafiction, as well as a story about reaching for your true potential. You don’t have to read Public Domain to enjoy this comic, but if you do end up checking it out you’ll appreciate what Zdarsky is going for with this project.

  • 80

    You Don't Read Comics

    The actual story itself doesn’t seem to have a whole lot of momentum to it in spite of Zdarsky’s best efforts. The overall mix of early era Spider-Man and Star Brand and…the Captain Marvel family and so much more…it’s all kind of tedious in and of itself, but Zdarsky does such a good job of making the characters likable and relatable that it would be difficult not to feel emotionally invested in the characters. You almost kind of feel sorry for them having to worry about the government and the whole alien invasion thing that’s going to be coming next issue….

  • 79

    The Super Powered Fancast

    Many of the elements Zdarsky creates in this first issue are fun. Unfortunately, most of the plot suffers from too many cliché character moments that took me out of the story. The “Mean Girl” intro and the nerdy computer friend trope felt tired. The alien crash was interesting and the introduction of the powers was intriguing as well. It has the makings of an interesting series that I hope finds a way to do something new with the genre.

    Stott delivers some beautiful art in the issue. The action is thrilling and the characters look great.

  • 60

    For better or for worse, The Domain #1 succeeds in being exactly what it’s pitched as and joins an oversaturated market.

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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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