High Level (2019-) #1 Review

Title: High Level (2019-) #1
Publisher: DC/Vertigo
Words: Rob Sheridan
Art: Barnaby Bagenda
Colors: Romulo Fajardo, Jr.
Published: February 20, 2019

Publisher’s Summary: Hundreds of years after the world ended and human society was rebuilt from scratch, a self-interested smuggler is forced to traverse a new continent of danger and mystery to deliver a child messiah to High Level, a mythical city at the top of the world from which no one has ever returned. Don’t miss the start of a new series from writer Rob Sheridan, co-creator of Nine Inch Nails’ groundbreaking Year Zero alternate-reality game!


High Level (2019-) #1 launches the series with a tremendous debut.

Thirteen’s just trying to make money the best way she can in the junker town of Onida. She’s not looking to join a revolution. Heck, she’s not even trying to leave town. But you know what they say about the best laid plans…

Part post-apocalyptic, part fantasy, High Level (2019-) #1 presents readers a thoroughly unique world. Rob Sheridan ushers his readers into his part machine, punk world with an intensely well crafted narrative. Exposition and action seamlessly intertwine in this first issue, providing readers plenty of food for thought. There’s tension under the surface of the issue, what is this mystical High Level? Is it really the utopia some believe or a place of bondage and despair? 

Rob Sheridan writes a masterful debut issue in High Level (2019-) #1. Packed with action, adventure, and a quirky robot, High Level (2019-) #1 kicks-off with Sheridan’s unique voice guiding readers through the world. In this issue, Sheridan introduces several interesting plot points, which I’m thoroughly invested in. Thirteen has will captivate you from the first panel you meet her and I’m beyond intrigued by Minnow. Wherever Sheridan takes this story, I’m all in, one-hundred-percent.

Barnaby Bagenda’s artwork is stunning. From Thirteen’s introductory, full page panel, to the final page, Bagenda’s art creates the intensely detailed world of High Level. The detail in the characters adds to the issues overall success, as you’re instantly drawn into the their stories. As for the world itself, Bagenda creates the post-apocalyptic, machine-human world with gorgeous details, exposing every nook and cranny of the landscape.

The Bottom Line

High Level (2019-) #1 is a visually stunning, storytelling masterpiece! Rob Sheridan crafts a thoughtful, well-written debut issue certain to captivate readers from the first page.

The Bottom Line
High Level (2019-) #1 is a visually stunning, storytelling masterpiece! Rob Sheridan crafts a thoughtful, well written debut issue certain to captivate readers from the first page.
A tremendous debut.

Jaimee Nadzan
Jaimee Nadzanhttps://www.thebrazenbull.com
When she's not hanging with her gang at The Bronze, this young Sunnydale resident slays...wait, no, that's Buffy Summers. Jaimee serves as Editor here at The Brazen Bull.

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