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The Sacrificers #1

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Universal acclaim

Based on 15 critic ratings.


Tomorrow is a harmonious paradise thanks to five families who make everything perfect…for the price of one child per household. Now, as that bill comes due, a son expected to give everything for a family that never loved him and an affluent daughter determined to destroy utopia must unite to end one generation’s unnaturally protracted reign.

New York Times-bestselling writer RICK REMENDER (LOW, DEADLY CLASS, Uncanny X-Force) joins forces with superstar MAX FIUMARA (Amazing Spider-Man, FOUR EYES, Lucifer) to take you through the dark science fiction world of THE SACRIFICERS!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
35 pages
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15 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 96

    You Don't Read Comics

    So, the opening issue looks really good. There is clearly a lot of world-building to be done over the course of the series. Remender is taking his time with it. The world rests in the background as the drama of these two families gradually finds its way to the page. So much is seen through the eyes of the two children, even as they are clearly given smaller corners of the narrative at the beginning of a hopefully long and satisfying serial.

  • 95

    Comical Opinions

    THE SACRIFICERS #1 is a shockingly deep, heartbreaking, whimsical tale about the domestic troubles of a father who happens to be a god, and the painful struggles of a farming father bound by service to the gods. You could spend days unpacking the layers of meaning and messages in Remender’s emotionally deep story, and Fiumara’s art is heart-achingly good.

  • 94

    Geek'd Out

    Remender’s writing is absolutely on-point, perfectly contrasting the quiet sadness of the common folk with the dialogue-heavy scenes featuring the royals. Remender is notorious for breaking his readers hearts and there are at least three moments during this one issue that were just absolutely devastating. As excellent as his script is, he knows when to let artist Fiumara let loose with his own storytelling skills. Along with colorist Dave McCaig, Fiumara delivers one of the best looking books you can expect to find. Several panels contain no dialogue but the depth of emotion in every expression tells you more than words ever could. The bird-like family of farmers at the center of this narrative are expressive in ways that are grotesque, beautiful, and heart-breaking all at once.

    It’s been a while since I’ve had a book stick with me like The Sacrificers has. Needless to say, it’s going to be a loooong wait for the next issue.

  • 92

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    The Sacrificers #1 excels in presenting a brutal and violent world that paradoxically holds an underlying layer of beauty. Remender’s adeptness at transporting readers into such captivating and ruthless landscapes is evident once again. This issue lays a strong foundation for what promises to be an enthralling series with much more to discover and ponder in the tumultuous land of Tomorrow.

  • 90

    Big Comic Page

    With Remender and Fiumara at the helm, this series has the potential to cement itself alongside the Sagas and Black Sciences of this world in terms of A+ science fiction comics. With a few thinly-veiled allusions of what’s still to come in the post-comic notes, this is a truly fantastic start to a new series that I cannot recommend highly enough.

  • 90


    The Sacrificers #1 delivers a unique fantasy world as well as the kind of high-concept character work fans have come to expect from Rick Remender. Yes it might leave you with questions, but it’ll also have you patiently awaiting the next issue for answers.

  • 90

    Major Spoilers

    The Sacrificers #1 immerses us in the world and allows us to slowly absorb it while we puzzle out the horrifying story below the surface. How high a price would people be willing to pay in exchange for peace and prosperity, and is that price truly worth it?

  • 90


    The debut issue of “The Sacrificers” sets the stage for a captivating story to unfold. With this being the first step in a new epic journey created by some of comics’ best artists, I’m intrigued to see where this story goes and discover more about the characters and unique races. If you’re someone who loves immersing themselves in fascinating fantasy worlds, then this comic deserves a spot on your pull list.

  • 89

    Multiversity Comics

    Hard to argue that this opening issue shouldn’t be in a fantasy reader’s hands when they check out. While the main plot is still a mystery, there’s something significant coming.

  • 87

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Remender crafts a brilliant, dark, engaging and compelling first issue. This is a new and unique world and its lore immediately got my attention. Not only are the character conflicts interesting, but the world itself seems to have some bigger conflicts and rituals that I am intrigued to see play out. There is a lot going on in this first issue and the conflicts and characters draw you in.

    The Art: Fiumara delivers some beautiful and wonderfully immersive art throughout the issue. The worlds of these characters shine and dazzle the eye.

  • 85


    By giving readers a look between the worlds the series opener offers a brief understanding of the cruel complexities those who exist in the sky above endure. Seated upon his throne, Rokos starts the cycle on a new dawn as McCaig transforms him into a gigantic fireball. One that fills the sky below.

    This starts a bright new day for which the bluebird family should give thanks. Instead it is one which is very dark for this family, giving readers a better understanding of the title of this series. The Sacrificers #1 serves as an odd world recounting to the timeless dynamic between deities and those who dutifully follow their decrees. It presents the cosmos along with the concept that reality and life are not without a price; a cost. That being part of existence requires coming to appreciate what has been given unto you.

    And what you are asked to give.

  • 83

    Nerd Initiative

    Overall this first issue does a great job exploring the characters and building out the world around them. Throughout this issue I felt conflicted about some of the characters based on their actions. Part of the issue was I was completely against them and but then towards the end I almost understood their reasoning for their actions. In the end I was left with more questions than answers and I am excited to see where this story goes!

  • 80

    In taking its time The Sacrificers #1 proves to be an excellent introduction to the ambition contained in any high fantasy saga worth its salt. Much like the first chapter of a memorable novel, it provides details that will leave readers yearning to learn more. Following Soluna and the boy on their distinct paths in very different circumstances promises to reveal a world filled with both beauty and horror; The Sacrificers #1 establishes the first steps into that world wonderfully.

  • 75

    Comic Book Revolution

    The world building done by Rick Remender and Max Fiumara through what appears to be our two leads for The Sacrificers #1 is handled well. It’s a world you’re experiencing through these leads rather than being given a dictionary of a mythology explained to you. Continuing this direction will make future issues even better than this debut as we discover more about The Sacrificers world.

  • 70

    Graphic Policy

    The Sacrificers #1 introduces an intriguing world and potential concept but the first issue really lacks a “why” of it all. It teases what’s to come and lacks context of what’s presented. As is, it’s a piece of the bigger puzzle. This one might be better read as a collection than individual issues.

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