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Torrent #1

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 11 critic ratings.


From MARC GUGGENHEIM (Arrow, X-Men Gold, Star Wars: Revelations) and JUSTIN GREENWOOD (THE OLD GUARD: TALES THROUGH TIME, Future State: Gotham), the team who brought you the critically acclaimed series Resurrection, comes a brand-new superhero universe.

Michelle Metcalf is the world’s most happy-go-lucky hero, CRACKERJACK, until tragedy forces her to cross the line from hero to vigilante.

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
31 pages
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11 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    First Comics News

    Marc Guggenheim and Justin Greenwood continue to help build on Image’s newfound trend of creating new superheroes with a story that takes the innocence of a typical superhero story and then flips it on its head for a tale of vengeance. We meet Michelle Metcalf aka Crackerjack (who’s married with one son in her civilian identity) squares off with a villain named Mr. Skelton (Sounds more like that name of a wrestler) but to her chagrin, she gets some assistance from her “sidekick” Slipstream (He’s Bucky, Impulse and Miles Morales all rolled into one); But when he gets injured and his would is trade by Crackerjack (Who warns him to take it easy for 48 hours), he basically ignores her and heads out anyway only to get beaten down then sells out Crackerjack by revealing her identity to Mr. Skelton so this is when everything hits the fan. Guggenheim brings an extremely fresh take of revenge when it comes to Crackerjack along the dark path she’s heading toward is shown within the first page and the set-up helps makes her situation clearer. The meta-commentary and the homage to certain comic book factors help in making this series enjoyable but it’s the drama that really enhances the story, especially during the last few pages as Michelle’s life is ripped from her piece by piece. For anyone who wants an intelligent and strong superhero story that doesn’t talk down to its core audience, then Torrent is the superhero comic for you.

  • 90


    Torrent gets off to a terrific start with the story of a superhero mom whose world is turned upside down. This first issue does exactly what it’s supposed to: it leaves you wanting more – and more now!

  • 90


    Torrent #1 is a great first issue for a superhero book, introducing new heroes and setting up a revenge tale. The creative team clearly loves superheroes and the history behind them, homaging elements while setting up a revenge story you’ve never seen before.

  • 89

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: A dark, engaging and inventive thriller from Guggenheim. The characters are interesting and the story doesn’t waste a lot of time getting to the meat of the story. I love the dark progression of it and how unique a tale it is. I was not expecting the twists and turns it made and was pleasantly surprised with how the story grew in the first issue. I look forward to seeing how dark it gets going forward.

    The Art: Greenwood delivers some beautifully detailed and brutal art throughout the issue. There is a great energy to the visuals and they perfectly match the tone of the story.

  • 80

    Lyles Movie Files

    Most of this issue was set up with an extended flashback, but Guggenheim and Greenwood set a tone that suggests Torrent could be a fun title to follow in 2023.

  • 80

    Capes & Tights

    Torrent #1 is an exemplary comic book that combines great humor with an emotional attachment to its main character that will draw readers in right away. Guggenheim has plenty of experience writing superhero stories but this time he puts his own unique spin on it by creating an entirely new universe that stands out from the rest. The characters feel fresh and familiar all at once, which makes them instantly relatable and entertaining – especially Crackerjack, the inimitable Michelle Metcalf!

    Guggenheim’s witty dialogue pairs perfectly with Greenwood’s artwork and Rico Renzi‘s vibrant colors which fuses animated cartoon style with classic comic books art. It creates a unique look that is sure to draw in more than just hardcore fans of the genre – it’s truly something special! Keith Wood also adds to the entire story with stellar design and lettering throughout the debut issue.

    Torrent #1 follows our heroine Michelle as she navigates her new life as both a regular person and a new kind of superhero. We see her struggle between being who she was before tragedy struck and who she must become in order to protect those closest to her. It sets up perfectly for future issues as we follow along on her journey of self-discovery as she learns what it means to be both Crackerjack by day and Michelle Metcalf by night — all while trying to stay one step ahead of danger!

    If you’re looking for something different in your next superhero comic book adventure then Torrent #1 is definitely worth checking out! With funny, yet serious dialogue, vibrant artwork and an emotional connection between readers and the protagonist that will keep you coming back for more, this series premiere is sure to please fans old and new alike. Get ready for an exciting ride as we explore this brand-new superhero universe through the eyes of our beloved Crackerjack — Michelle Metcalf!

  • 75

    Comic Book Revolution

    Torrent #1 is a great start to the newest superhero series on the market. Marc Guggenheim and Justin Greenwood craft a compelling narrative around the series lead, Michelle Metcalf. With how this first issue ended I am hooked and looking forward to reading more.

  • 70

    Comic Crusaders

    First issues are always a tricky endeavour. Those involved have to entice the reader, drop a new set of characters and situations and get the reader to care about them, prior to upsetting the apple cart. In these regards, I think that Guggenheim and Greenwood have managed their respective workloads well, creating an enjoyable fun ride that may have legs.

  • 50

    Geek'd Out

    My biggest issue with Torrent #1 is how rudimentary it is. Despite claims made by creators Guggenheim and Greenwood, Torrent doesn’t feel especially “new” or original for the superhero genre, and any of its elements that could be seen as novel or subversive have themselves already been done to death elsewhere. Guggenheim claims the initial idea of the series was to “turn Spider-Man into the Punisher,” which could have been intriguing enough had Marvel not literally done it themselves fairly recently, saying nothing of every other “edgy” take on superheroes seen in titles over the past few decades like Kick-Ass and The Boys. We’re at the point in comic book history where it’s almost more subversive to deliver a more optimistic superhero tale than a pessimistic one, and Torrent starts off on a wrong note by not differentiating itself enough on the base premise.

  • 30

    Major Spoilers

    The opening sequence is interesting, but things quickly go sideways from there, with grimdark plot twists from the ’90s, leaden dialogue and a final panel that was meant to be a tribute but just feels dishonest.

  • 20

    Torrent is bad and it is bad on every level. The story itself is built on bad tropes, the stereotype mom putting work first, who passes off store bought muffins as homemade and feels mom guilt about making dinner from ingredients of convenience instead of scratch who, because of her career-first—her career, in this case being a superhero—focus ends up watching her family die and then goes on a violent quest for bitter revenge we’ll call justice. (…) The art here is also just odd with weird angles that look like it has no idea what it wants its style to be. The colors aren’t great either and don’t really convey much beyond the sour tone of the entire affair. The whole comic feels and looks and reads as tired and honestly a little misogynistic.

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