Comic of the Week: Public Domain #1 from Image Comics

Jul 2, 2022

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It’s pretty well understood that not all comic book movie fans are comic books readers. But if there was ever a comic the non-reader, diehard comic book movie fans could appreciate, it’s Public Domain #1. 

Image Comics
Writing and Art by: Chip Zdarsky

It took a little while, but as superhero movies and shows have become more prominent, the public has become more aware of the manner in which comic book creators are treated by the Big 2. (Still a lot of room for improvement.) Public Domain sheds a little light on this issue as Chip Zdarsky blends his current and past professions together while providing several interesting subplots.

We’ve got a fractured family. Then there’s the partnership that seemingly went completely awry. Readers also meet a young creator who’s looking to get her chance. And at the center of it all, a big bomb is dropped, leaving readers with a massive cliff-hanger going into Public Domain #2 — which is where Zdarsky truly succeeded.

This issue is a snapshot into the life of Miles Dallas. Readers don’t see the ending coming, as much as it makes perfect sense within the flow of the story. As a result, the ending is even more impactful. Public Domain #1 is yet another reminder why Image is the place to go for interesting new stories — you never know what you’re going to get.

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Looking for more comic book content? Go check out the latest episode of Geeks WorldWide Radio‘s TLDR podcast, where Joseph Gilmore and Nick Friar discuss comics weekly and talk to creators from the industry.

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For more on Public Domain, along with Chip Zdarsky’s other projects, including Batman and Daredevil, check out his interview with TLDR.

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