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Void Rivals #1

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Universal acclaim

Based on 13 critic ratings.


The blockbuster OBLIVION SONG team of ROBERT KIRKMAN & LORENZO DE FELICI debut the biggest new comic book series of 2023 with the launch of AN ALL-NEW SHARED UNIVERSE and a SURPRISE you won’t see coming!

War rages around the Sacred Ring, where the last remnants of two worlds have collapsed around a black hole in a never-ending war.

However, when pilot Darak and his rival Solila both crash on a desolate planet, these two enemies must find a way to escape together. But are they alone on this strange planet? And what dark forces await that threaten the entire universe?

Publication Date
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Print Lenght
30 pages
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13 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100


    And so we have a debut that gives us two survivors slowly becoming more than enemies while looking great and tickles the flames of Transformer fans into a feeding frenzy. No doubt this comic will sell out for any one of these reasons, but I do hope it’s because of this Robinson Crusoe-in-space sci-fi yarn being an emotive, personal story of two enemies overcoming their join prejudices and learning to like, even love one another.

  • 100

    Comic Watch

    Void Rivals #1 is more than just an entry point for the new Energon Universe, serving as an excellent example of how characters provide a better story than anything else. The art team knocks it out of the park, with vast, open landscapes looking beautiful in every panel.

  • 100

    The Convention Collective

    Wow! Well now we know why this book has been shrouded in mystery and it was a wild twist for sure! I certainly didn’t see it coming. Now I don’t want to create any spoilers for the many people who haven’t had a chance to read this book yet but I think it’s going to gain a lot of traction soon enough. Who better to take a familiar property and make it fresh and new than Kirkman himself! He manages to breathe new life into a universe that has always been popular but was getting stale. With this new story, setting and possible expansion a whole new world of possibilities have been opened up. On top of that having his co-pilot De Felici on pencils for the ride is also a fresh and exciting compliment. His character design and world building allow this story to completely be free from any restraints while still allowing for connection to the main universe. Together they make a compelling start to what will eventually be fleshed out over the coming issues. The action, mood and dialogue take you in an unexpected direction before dropping that “wow” surprise on you near the end of the book. I’ll be curious to see if this is a book Kirkman is just getting off the ground or if he will be helming this for a long run. Either way, it’s going to please a lot of current fans while potentially adding a bunch of new readers to the fray. Good stuff.

  • 100


    We live in an age of spoilers. Do yourself a favor and call your Local Comic Store to ask them to pull a copy of Void Rivals #1. Read this on your own as soon as possible so you can have the full experience. Void Rivals is start of something big in the comic world, and I’m thankful that the surprises weren’t revealed in advance.

  • 100


    The first issue of Void Rivals accomplishes so much in just thirty-two pages. Not only does it kick off Skybound’s new Energon Universe initiative, but it also does so by introducing us to new characters within an exciting original story. As easy as it could have been to rely on the popularity of the Transformers name, Void Rivals sets out to create its own identity in a beloved universe. With this being only the beginning, there is still so much more than meets the eye for Void Rivals and the rest of the Energon Universe.

  • 90


    Void Rivals is an intriguing comic that takes a bold swing at introducing a significant new Skybound property. For that alone, this issue is exciting, but you’ll likely be wishing for a bit more when the issue reaches its “to be continued” moment.

  • 90

    Comic Book Revolution

    Robert Kirkman and Lorenzo De Felici deliver a comic book with compelling characters and a storyline that is made better by an ending that leaves you excited to read the next issue as soon as possible. Void Rivals #1 is comic book you do not want to miss out on reading.

  • 90

    Capes & Tights

    The unlikely alliance between Darak and Solila is a nice touch. Although they are bitter rivals, they must learn to work together if they want to survive on the desolate planet they’ve found themselves on. The tension between the two characters is palpable, and you’re never quite sure if they’ll be able to overcome their differences.

  • 85

    Comical Opinions

    VOID RIVALS #1 conjures an updated version of Enemy Mine (1985) with two marooned enemies forced to work together to survive. Kirkman’s writing is on-point, giving the familiar tale a fresh coat of paint, and the twist reveal is worth the price of admission.

  • 85

    Comics Nexus by Inside Pulse

    I am intrigued by this new shared Energon Universe and the story of these two beings who I thought may be robots, but may actually be cyborgs or aliens or something else. The art team of Matheus Lopes and Lorenzo De Felici have a gritty style that works for this series and helps establish the subtle-macabre tone writer Robert Kirkman is looking to establish. What to kick off something new and classic in one issue.

  • 80


    Robert Kirkman knows how to write comic books. I bet he could write an excellent first issue in his sleep. The first issue of Void Rivals is simple, sweet and about as perfect as need be. The surprise that the two aliens are more similar than they think is pretty obvious, but Kirkman knows it’s obvious, and has fun with it. From there, it’s a simple story of two people who have been told to hate each other putting aside their differences and learning to work together in fun and life-affirming ways. Both characters already have personality from the get-go, and I’m fully on board with their journey. The artwork by De Felici is perfect for this series, easily capturing the action, the characters and the alien world. This first issue is the whole package.

  • 80

    Lotusland Comics

    Skybound/Image was so excited about the reveal at the end of ‘Void Rivals’ #1 that they spoiled it with a press release announcing it before the issue became available that same day. The news sort of eclipsed a fine first issue of enemies stranded and forced to work together to survive. Robert Kirkman and Lorenzo De Felici reunite after working on ‘Oblivion Song’ together to create a very intimate sci-fi adventure that features only two characters, Darak the Agorrian and Solila the Zertonian. Both are forced to crash land on a desolate planet after a brief dogfight and after some continued hand-to-hand combat on the ground, they realize if they don’t work together they’ll both die. It’s very reminiscent of the 1985 film ‘Enemy Mine’ that featured a similar plot. But with great dialogue and wonderful visuals by Lorenzo De Felici and Matheus Lopes, the issue is engaging and fast-paced. The reveal is a shocker because it comes out of nowhere but it’s a clever twist in a comic that didn’t need it. And so the “Energon Universe” is born with more crossovers to come. As for ‘Void Rivals’, it may be a Trojan horse for the exciting team-up of two beloved franchises but it stands on its own as an entertaining first issue created with superior execution by a passionate creative team.

  • 77

    Indie Comix Dispatch

    As a geek on a budget I am all in on Void Rivals. We are getting an exciting new series that reminds us to be kind to others. We get great artwork. We get a chance to see greatness from the man that gave us The Walking Dead. What’s not to love?

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