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Wild Cards: Drawing Of Cards #1 (of 4)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 7 critic ratings.

THE LEGENDARY GEORGE R.R. MARTIN SUPER HERO SERIES COMES TO MARVEL! Spanning more than 25 novels, more than 20 short stories, released over three decades and written by more than 40 authors, the Wild Cards series tells the story of an alternate history in which the Earth is home to super-powered individuals. When a human is infected with the alien “Wild Card” virus, the odds are that they will be killed…which is referred to as “drawing the black queen.” Of those who survive, the bulk of them become “jokers,” left with some strange mutated form. A lucky few are called “aces,” those gifted with super-powers they can put to use toward heroes goals…or villainous ones. Now, for the first time in comic book form, see how the Wild Cards universe began with an adaptation of the very first stories in the original Wild Cards novel. Based on stories by Harold Waldrop, Roger Zelazny and series mastermind and editor, George R.R. Martin, Wild Cards is a stellar introduction to a whole new world reshaped by the emergence of superpowers.

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23 pages
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7 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Un Cómic Más

    Excellent beginning of a fertile universe and well set at the time, with a strong influence from pulp comics.
  • 98

    Comic Watch

    Wildcards: The Drawing Of The Cards #1 is a wonderfully faithful opening chapter that establishes the universe of the Wildcards with an adaption that sticks very close to the original source material brought to life by a absolutely stellar art team that is both accessible to new readers and readers familiar with the source material. It takes it's time and in doing so gets everything right in the process.
  • 90

    Monkeys Fighting Robots

    This adaptation makes a perfect comic book experience. It's witty, engaging, moving, and entertaining. The artwork and script blend together to provide an all round fantasy experience.
  • 88

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    WILD CARDS: DRAW OF THE CARDS #1 is just enough to pique new readers' interests while providing older fans with just enough of a taste to see where Cornell plans to focus this first series. Even though issue one lacks character depth, I believe that it's assumed most fans are entering this comic with at least some background on the characters and world involved. Nevertheless, I highly recommend brand new fans to this world at least use their Google machine to provide a bit more of a snapshot of some of the characters involved first. It will definitely help provide a bit more excitement as the story quickly unfolds.
  • 87

    Major Spoilers

    I really enjoyed this comic book and think it has a lot of potential. George R.R. Martin is a great world builder; you can see his influence in this story. The art team gave it a great older feel to represent the 1940s which this comic is based. With that in mind, this is a 4.5 out of 5 stars for Wild Cards: The Drawing of the Cards #1.
  • 70

    But Why Tho?

    Wild Cards: Drawing of Cards #1 is little more than a prelude to the major events of the seriesalbeit a prelude with some gorgeous art. Fans will probably either pick up or stay with the book due to Martin's name being attached. However, I'd definitely recommend picking up the novels as wellnot only are they a breath of fresh air in the superhero genre, but they're very well written.
  • 20

    Wild Cards: The Drawing of Cards is an adaptation of the first Wild Cards anthology novel edited by George R.R. Martin. Wild Cards was originally based on an RPG campaign that Martin and some of his author friends played in and grew into a shared universe of characters with wild superpowers. For fans of the Wild Cards franchise, this comic might hold to some appeal. For those who have never tried the Wild Cards books, this comic is a hot, disjointed mess. The comic seems to rush from big moment to big moment, ignoring all the stuff that made the original stories feel so unique. This is a real struggle of an adaptation and should be a hard pass for all parties.

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