Since "Death, Jr." #1 arrived in comic-book stores worldwide last week, readers have been responding on message boards and via email. Here's some of what they had to say:
"Oh man, Death Jr ROCKS!!! Hilarious words/story! Bought because it looked cool in Previews, but it's an awesome read too! Great art and great story! Good job Gary and Ted!!!"
--"GOT", Lancaster, Nebraska
"Death Jr. was a really fun book, folks. Well worth picking up."
-- Brian Cronin, Comic Book Resources
"Outstanding! This thing is great, man. Good job."
-- Jorge Vega, writer/creator of ZOO, The Coat, Everyday Cosmic and Big Toe
"Great book, man. There were several spots where I laughed out loud. Naifeh's artwork, as always, is great. I'm jonesed for the rest of this series."
-- Greg Thompson, writer/co-creator of Hero Camp
"Hey, great book! I came for the Naifeh art, but I stayed for the excellent fun little story. It had me laughing in several places. Great work! I can't wait for the next one."
-- Benito Cereno, Image Comics forums
"I picked this up at a shop yesterday on a whim, something that caught my eye. Went through and read it; wow man, awesome job! A really enjoyable book all the way, good stuff!"
-- Mike Storniolo, New Jersey
"I bought it based on the previews, then added it to my pull list based on just flicking through it! Terrific book, Naifeh's art has never looked better, his colours were terrific."
-- Mike Daniels, Image Comics forums
"I have to say i was somewhat dubious at first as i haven't read comics since Archie and Jughead but I''ll try anything once. Loved it. Love the short bus jokes. Love the conjoined twins. A job well done."
-- Hannah Crowe, London (via email)
"I just bought and read Death Jr #1 today and I loved it so much I had to write to you right away and tell you how wondeful it was. I loved all the little jokes (Pandora's difficulties opening her lunch, the cat, the goldfish), and DJ's oh-so-normal interactions with his parents. DJ is so adorable, and his naivete and good-heartedness are the perfect contrast to his appearance -- and what appears to be his destiny in terms of career path. I can't wait to see what happens next."
-- "Devil Doll" (via email)
"Read it half an hour ago. Boy was that awesome! I picked it up because Ted was drawing it and I really liked it (both art and story). Black humor at its best and cool, funny yet bizarre characters."
-- Ivan Isaacs, Comic Book Resources forums