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Nobody dies. In the town of Stillwater, that's not just a promise. It's a threat. Join superstar writer CHIP ZDARSKY (DAREDEVIL, THE WHITE TREES) and Eisner Award-winning artist RAMON PEREZ (TALES OF SAND, JANE) as they dive into a world of horror and intrigue in this new Skybound original series. Collects STILLWATER #1-6. Nobody dies. In the town of Stillwater, that's not just a promise. It's a threat. Join superstar writer CHIP ZDARSKY (DAREDEVIL, THE WHITE TREES) and Eisner Award-winning artist RAMON PEREZ (TALES OF SAND, JANE) as they dive into a world of horror and intrigue in this new Skybound original series. Collects STILLWATER #1-6.


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Nobody dies. In the town of Stillwater, that's not just a promise. It's a threat. Join superstar writer CHIP ZDARSKY (DAREDEVIL, THE WHITE TREES) and Eisner Award-winning artist RAMON PEREZ (TALES OF SAND, JANE) as they dive into a world of horror and intrigue in this new Skybound original series. Collects STILLWATER #1-6. Nobody dies. In the town of Stillwater, that's not just a promise. It's a threat. Join superstar writer CHIP ZDARSKY (DAREDEVIL, THE WHITE TREES) and Eisner Award-winning artist RAMON PEREZ (TALES OF SAND, JANE) as they dive into a world of horror and intrigue in this new Skybound original series. Collects STILLWATER #1-6.

30 review for Stillwater by Zdarsky & Perez, Vol. 1

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Down-on-his-luck Daniel receives a letter informing him of a great-grand-aunt passing and leaving him something in her will. So he heads out to the small town where she lived: Stillwater. Except it’s a small town with a secret: something happened there many years ago and the town’s inhabitants stopped physically aging and can’t die, so long as they stay within the town limits. Any injuries they have get healed super-quick, Wolverine-style. And now that Daniel knows the town’s secret, he can neve Down-on-his-luck Daniel receives a letter informing him of a great-grand-aunt passing and leaving him something in her will. So he heads out to the small town where she lived: Stillwater. Except it’s a small town with a secret: something happened there many years ago and the town’s inhabitants stopped physically aging and can’t die, so long as they stay within the town limits. Any injuries they have get healed super-quick, Wolverine-style. And now that Daniel knows the town’s secret, he can never leave… Chip Zdarsky and Ramon K. Perez’s new series Stillwater starts promisingly enough with an intriguing Twilight Zone-esque premise that quickly devolves into a rather tedious small scale power struggle amongst dull characters. Zdarsky initially sets up the story well but, beyond that first issue, pretty much treads water while he repeats the concept over and over while introducing the cast. And I wouldn’t have minded ignoring any kind of story if the characters were memorable or fun but unfortunately they’re not. There’s the perpetually puzzled protagonist, the caring single mom, the meathead cop, the cartoonishly evil judge, and the rest are blandly inoffensive whatevers; I don’t care about any of them. I suppose there is a story of sorts - deciding whether to reveal themselves to the world after so long/how Daniel will escape the town - but I didn’t find it very engaging. And I’m not bothered too much about the mystery of how something like this could happen - the answer will likely be aliens or magic or some such bullshit. Some of the details are thoughtful like how to punish those who can’t be killed or injured, and the intricacies of how the town could continue to be undiscovered by outside authorities for so long. And Perez’s art is decent though not his best - I think that’s because he’s not really given the chance to draw anything too remarkable or eye-catching; it’s just ordinary people talking in ordinary settings. Stillwater, Volume 1: Rage Rage starts fairly well and has its occasional moments but mostly it’s too much table-setting, even for a first volume. I get that Zdarsky wants to set up a long-running creator-owned title here but you’ve got to give the reader a reason to want to read a long-running series by giving them a stronger story than the one offered up here.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Valéria.

    O Zdarskym som nepochybovala ani na minútu a fakt nebolo prečo. Toto bolo fakt super. Hneď prvý zošit vás hodí do skvelého príbehu, kde týpek Daniel s kamarátom cestujú do mesta Stillwater, pretože Daniel dostane list, že niekde niečo zdedil. A dostane sa do mesta.. (view spoiler)[...kde proste nikto nezomiera. Všetci sa záhadne liečia, dokáže im dorásť celé telo po zraneniach. Deti sa nerodia od určité dňa/incidentu. Malé deti nerastú, ale ich mozog a pamäť sa vyvíja, takže v tele polročného dec O Zdarskym som nepochybovala ani na minútu a fakt nebolo prečo. Toto bolo fakt super. Hneď prvý zošit vás hodí do skvelého príbehu, kde týpek Daniel s kamarátom cestujú do mesta Stillwater, pretože Daniel dostane list, že niekde niečo zdedil. A dostane sa do mesta.. (view spoiler)[...kde proste nikto nezomiera. Všetci sa záhadne liečia, dokáže im dorásť celé telo po zraneniach. Deti sa nerodia od určité dňa/incidentu. Malé deti nerastú, ale ich mozog a pamäť sa vyvíja, takže v tele polročného decka dostaneme mozog 5 ročného decka. Mesto je úplne odrezané od okolitého sveta, aby sa o tom nedozvedeli iní ľudia. Na čele mesta je samozrejme týpek, sudca, ktorý si všetko to "bremeno" rozhodovania vzal ochotne na svoje plecia. A vstupom Daniela do toto mesta sa začína fakt výborný a zaujímavý príbeh.. (hide spoiler)] ...ktoré je záhadným a divným spôsobom iné. Fakt výborne napísané, zaujímavé postavy a veľmi krásna kresba. Teším sa na ďalší book, lebo prvých 6 čísel malo skvelé tempo a zaujíma ma, čo bude ďalej, nakoľko som skončilo v bode, kedy proste človek chce a potrebuje dostať viac informácií o tom, čo bude ďalej. 5/5

  3. 5 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    What happens when you go to a town and can't...well...die? This town is at a standstill. In stillwater you go, and you can get shot, punched, kicked, head chopped off, and so on and still survive. Little did Daniel know that when he entered this town it wouldn't be the FIRST time he's been there. What seems like a town filled with secrets is...well a town filled with secrets. Chip is a pretty great writer. Almost all his Marvel work has been top notch. So I was pretty excited to try this one on. What happens when you go to a town and can't...well...die? This town is at a standstill. In stillwater you go, and you can get shot, punched, kicked, head chopped off, and so on and still survive. Little did Daniel know that when he entered this town it wouldn't be the FIRST time he's been there. What seems like a town filled with secrets is...well a town filled with secrets. Chip is a pretty great writer. Almost all his Marvel work has been top notch. So I was pretty excited to try this one on. And the first two issues worked really well for me. Then the consistant switch from years started to get annoying and I didn't need every single plot point filled to get the idea of what is happening in this town. I did enjoy the dialogue, as it is solid, but the characters didn't really get me interested. I especially didn't like Daniel much. Saying that, I will probably check out volume 2. The art and story are good enough to keep me intrigued but it was a bit of a letdown. A 3 out of 5.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    I'm just on the verge of liking this, but it is a little too generic in its exploration of immortality and small town paranoia. On a page by page basis, it is engaging enough, but while it toys around with some of the interesting aspects of immortality, it seems content to let the story be driven by some real unoriginal and heavy-handed villains, while the heroes don't really have much going for them. I'll give the second volume a chance to win me over when it comes out. I'm just on the verge of liking this, but it is a little too generic in its exploration of immortality and small town paranoia. On a page by page basis, it is engaging enough, but while it toys around with some of the interesting aspects of immortality, it seems content to let the story be driven by some real unoriginal and heavy-handed villains, while the heroes don't really have much going for them. I'll give the second volume a chance to win me over when it comes out.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Frédéric

    2,5* rounded up. Mixed feelings  with this one. The plot and the underlying questions are interesting but the treatment feels like half a let-down. The supposedly main character is so far an uninteresting angry nobody... just like about everybody in the goddamn town for that matter. Stereotypes at best- conservative judge vs progressive doctor, psycho law enforcement- or mere silhouettes, the cast don’t exist enough to care for them. Yet I’m intrigued. Not really why It happened, I don’t think i 2,5* rounded up. Mixed feelings  with this one. The plot and the underlying questions are interesting but the treatment feels like half a let-down. The supposedly main character is so far an uninteresting angry nobody... just like about everybody in the goddamn town for that matter. Stereotypes at best- conservative judge vs progressive doctor, psycho law enforcement- or mere silhouettes, the cast don’t exist enough to care for them. Yet I’m intrigued. Not really why It happened, I don’t think it matters one bit, but how the situation has been dealt with these past years and what consequences on the people. And if I’m honest the story is rather well told. Well placed flash-backs, good cliffhangers... but the lack of meaningful character is really annoying. On the drawing board Ramon Perez does a good job but I expected better from him. As for the colors it’s a matter of taste, really, but I simply don’t like the pastel theme chosen for the overall aspect of the book.  Oh well,I’ll be back for book two anyway.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Billy Jepma

    What a killer introduction into what is (hopefully) going to be a killer series. Zdarsky's setup in these six issues is just about flawless, as he expertly blends exposition with characterization. Each new issue deepens and expands the lore, making for a rewarding and exciting reading experience. I wanted to wait to read the whole arc at once, but the first issues, and each one after it, were so compelling that whenever a new issue showed up at my local comic book shop, I had to read it that sam What a killer introduction into what is (hopefully) going to be a killer series. Zdarsky's setup in these six issues is just about flawless, as he expertly blends exposition with characterization. Each new issue deepens and expands the lore, making for a rewarding and exciting reading experience. I wanted to wait to read the whole arc at once, but the first issues, and each one after it, were so compelling that whenever a new issue showed up at my local comic book shop, I had to read it that same day. This is easily one of the strongest debut series to come from last year. Zdarsky is working with a big cast here––I will confess to forgetting who certain people were, from time to time––but each one feels unique, and I admire how committed he is to giving everyone a history, even if we don't get to see it ourselves. The art from Ramón K. Pérez and Mike Spicer is crucial to the comic's success. The artwork is what brings the town of Stillwater to life, making it feel both foreboding and familiar, like a small town from a dream you can't quite remember. This isn't a comic about ghosts and hauntings, but Stillwater is a setting that feels like it's full of ghosts. I wish the end of the arc felt more like an ending, but that's a problem I have with basically every comic, so I can hardly hold it against the series for wanting to set the stage for what comes next. Especially when Zdarsky's setup for volume 2 seems like it's going to lead to a wild (and somehow far darker) story that I can't wait to dive into. This gets an easy 4.5 stars from me.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rory Wilding

    Due to his social difficulties, Daniel West has been let go from his job. After receiving a letter stating that he will receive an undisclosed sum from the estate of his great-great aunt, Daniel makes a trip to the town of Stillwater, accompanied by his more successful friend, Tony. Upon arrival, the two men stumble into the town’s secret: its citizens are seemingly frozen in time and unable to age. Instead of being a miracle, it ends up having huge repercussions for him and Tony, and the realiz Due to his social difficulties, Daniel West has been let go from his job. After receiving a letter stating that he will receive an undisclosed sum from the estate of his great-great aunt, Daniel makes a trip to the town of Stillwater, accompanied by his more successful friend, Tony. Upon arrival, the two men stumble into the town’s secret: its citizens are seemingly frozen in time and unable to age. Instead of being a miracle, it ends up having huge repercussions for him and Tony, and the realization that immortality is actually a curse. Please click here for my full review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Trike

    This is basically just the opening, a slow burn set-up, and it’s intriguing enough that I’ll pick up the next one. I do wonder if Zdarsky did a self-high-five when he came up with the name Stillwater for a town where nothing ever changes, because it’s almost too perfect.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nate

    You could pick apart the premise of Stillwater all day if you wanted or you can let Zdarsky take you on a ride. I recommend the latter. He delivers a sense of place and character and sets up the stakes and connections of this story from page one.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Molly

    I continue to be furious at the number of ideas running around in Chip Zdarsky's head. I continue to be furious at the number of ideas running around in Chip Zdarsky's head.

  11. 4 out of 5

    John Hartford

    Solid first entry into a new series. I'll admit I was hyped up for this new series from Chip Zdarsky. I think he is one of the best new voices in comics. The premise of the comic is great stuff. I truly enjoyed this first volume but it started out rather slow. Coming in blind would have helped but the first issue or so sets up mysteries the back cover spoils. Once the book gets going it becomes something really special. There is so much material for Chip to work with and I cannot wait to see wha Solid first entry into a new series. I'll admit I was hyped up for this new series from Chip Zdarsky. I think he is one of the best new voices in comics. The premise of the comic is great stuff. I truly enjoyed this first volume but it started out rather slow. Coming in blind would have helped but the first issue or so sets up mysteries the back cover spoils. Once the book gets going it becomes something really special. There is so much material for Chip to work with and I cannot wait to see what direction he chooses to take things. The cliffhanger really got me and I cannot wait for vol 2. I'm new to the art of Ramon K Perez and it's safe to say I'm a big fan. Perez is a excellent storyteller and really shines with character expressions. They also do a great job of establishing a very realistic look for the book. Shoutout to Mike Spicer on the colours as well. They do some great work with lighting and especially with fire. Overal this is a smashing good start to a series. It stumbles in getting going but once the story takes off it doesn't seem like much could stop it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ondřej Halíř

    Daniel co si poslední dny sáhl na své totální dno najednou od baculatého chlápka obdrží balíček že po někom z rodiny něco sdělil a má si to vyřídit v zapadlém městečku Stillwater. Jelikož nemá co ztratit vydává se s svým BFF na cestu, jenže brzy oba dva zjišťují že tohle město je jen tak už nepustí. Hodně se mi líbí jak Zdarsky začátek fázuje docela humorně a mysteriózně, že si i člověk říká že by se mohlo dostavit trošku nějaké Twin Peaks, ale po hlavním zvratu co přijde v prvním sešitu se z toh Daniel co si poslední dny sáhl na své totální dno najednou od baculatého chlápka obdrží balíček že po někom z rodiny něco sdělil a má si to vyřídit v zapadlém městečku Stillwater. Jelikož nemá co ztratit vydává se s svým BFF na cestu, jenže brzy oba dva zjišťují že tohle město je jen tak už nepustí. Hodně se mi líbí jak Zdarsky začátek fázuje docela humorně a mysteriózně, že si i člověk říká že by se mohlo dostavit trošku nějaké Twin Peaks, ale po hlavním zvratu co přijde v prvním sešitu se z toho najednou stává komorní drama o obyvatelích kteří už nemohou žít život podle svého a to i přes to že si tento způsob žití (který nebudu spoilerovat sami nevybrali). Je to opravdu fajn lehce mystery komorní drama s dobře gradovaným příběhem a kresba je třešnička na oříšku.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Chris Thompson

    In the town of Stillwater, people don’t age and can’t die. This utopian-sounding town is the setting of a horror along the lines of Wayward Pines or Netflix’s 1BR. The protagonist, Daniel, learns the hard way that once you learn the town’s secret, there’s no leaving it (unless that is to take you outside its borders and execute you). An interesting idea that ultimately doesn’t work. It lacks any interesting characters and it’s hard to believe a small town would have the ability to keep this secr In the town of Stillwater, people don’t age and can’t die. This utopian-sounding town is the setting of a horror along the lines of Wayward Pines or Netflix’s 1BR. The protagonist, Daniel, learns the hard way that once you learn the town’s secret, there’s no leaving it (unless that is to take you outside its borders and execute you). An interesting idea that ultimately doesn’t work. It lacks any interesting characters and it’s hard to believe a small town would have the ability to keep this secret for so long. I mean, do they kill every Amazon Prime driver who sees something weird happen? I read this as a fan of Chip Zdarsky, but I don’t think I’ll come back for volume 2.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bill Coffin

    This is a fantastic first volume of what one hopes will be a long, slow-burning story. The tale of a town where nobody dies and the local tyrants who keep anyone from leaving sets up a power struggle that feels at once both local and epic, with things swiftly getting out of hand once somebody from the outside upsets the town’s delicate balance. Zdarksy’s writing is crisp and engaging, and Perez’s art is, as always, huge fun to take in, and perfectly suited for this story. Bring on Volume 2.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Adkison

    Stillwater is American folk horror. Small town with a secret that they’ll do anything to protect. An average joe visitor, who doesn’t fit in outside but certainly rejects this new setting. An underground rebellion. And, because it’s America, a bunch of guns and the psychopaths who love to use them. Some sloppy mistake early on aside, the art here is great. Clean and distinct figures that give each character an instant recognition. I do wish they would play the horror more.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jourdain

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Ends with Tommy his mom and the rest of the welcome gang getting denied about letting the outside world find out about them. The doc blows up the town hall meeting. The judge is in pretty bad shape and the deputy Ted guy brings in his buddies from war that have been hiding out in the woods to help with the rioting problem.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    Interesting premise and well told, definitely want to see where this goes. An angry young man stumbles into a town of people that never age. How these people have maintained this secret is the big mystery and the truly horrific part.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Xroldx

    Zdarsky is so good in writing down realistic conversations that you're okay with the fact that this first volume comes a bit short when it comes down to setting up the story. Nevertheless the idea is engaging enough for me to keep listening. Zdarsky is so good in writing down realistic conversations that you're okay with the fact that this first volume comes a bit short when it comes down to setting up the story. Nevertheless the idea is engaging enough for me to keep listening.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Snider

    I really enjoyed this one. It has a feeling of weird, but also normal that just works.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Paul W.

    I enjoyed this enough to finish it, and bravo to Chip Zdarskh for writing characters I truly disliked. I don't know that I want to read book 2. I enjoyed this enough to finish it, and bravo to Chip Zdarskh for writing characters I truly disliked. I don't know that I want to read book 2.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Julius7007

    7,0!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Katkatyap

    Great story! You can broaden your audience by publishing your story on Novel Star Mobile App.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin

    2.5 rounded up.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ingerlise

    Really interesting story, can't wait for more! Really interesting story, can't wait for more!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Matt Athanasiou

    Love a good weird, small town story. Interesting concept that the team scratches the surface of here, and I’m looking forward to seeing how far, and weird, they might take this.

  26. 5 out of 5

    tim

    3.5

  27. 5 out of 5

    Imogene

    A genuinely horrific concept, and a heck of an ending

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mark

  29. 5 out of 5

    Isaac

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dakota

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