Entertainment Weekly Magazine – B+
Heiman Dale is a nerdy high schooler with an even nerdier father. Also? He’s called Heiman. So far, so slice-of-geek life. Then Dale Sr. beats the hell out of a group of barroom bullies and is subsequently whisked off to parts unknown by an eyepatch-sporting military dude. Gadzooks! Indeed, but there is more gadzookery to come, as Heiman, meanwhile, finds himself staring at the walls of a padded cell and battling history’s greatest killers – Achilles, a samurai, a Brooklyn pimp-type – in his dreams. Is he mad? Some sort of Neo-style chosen one? Drawn in way too buff a manner for such a colossal nerd? You’ll have to read to the end to find the answers to these questions (except for the last one).
FOR FANS OF… A History of Violence (the movie).
DOES IT DELIVER? If writer Wolf’s ability to juggle an array of disparate plot elements isn’t quite unbeatable, it is impressive. Meanwhile, the various artistic opportunities provided by this graphic novel’s mayhem-across-the-centuries premise are embraced skillfully by Gomez. B+
- Clark Collis
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Heiman Dale is just another high school kid. He’s got a crush on a girl, a cheerleader, and so he tries out for the football team, and proceeds to showcase his complete lack of physical aptitude on a seasonal basis. His dad, a carpenter, tries to preach and teach patience alongside pacifist conflict resolution. With this as his lot, it appears Heiman is forever destined to be his father’s son. Until said father takes down an entire room full of thugs in a matter of seconds. Then his father disappears, Heiman finds himself mysteriously locked inside a padded cell, and every night thereafter, in his dreams, Heiman squares off with one of history’s greatest warriors.
Say what?!? Sound bizarre? Intriguing? Hell yes, it does! Even better: this isn’t David Lynch’s Lost Highway; this isn’t symbolic or abstract or one giant-sized metaphor for teen angst; this is a solid story; this is Twilight Zone for the superhero genre, and it works, it makes sense, and it is one kick-ass read.
For an opening offer, Unbeatable should win Razor Wolf Entertainment a steady stream of fans: it’s a brilliant concept, gorgeously rendered, and handled with a passionate professionalism that’s apparent on every page. To play off the book’s tagline a bit: “Between the Golden Age and the Deconstruction, between Warren Ellis and Erik Larsen, between superhero kitsch and high-concept genre fare, there is…Unbeatable.
Ain’t it Cool
“This is an impressive first effort from Razor Wolf, with high production standards, glossy paper and professional coloring aplenty. Writer Matthias Wolf has a pretty engaging story too…”
“I’ve now read through this book twice now and while I didn’t get the big “oh, wow!” moment I did from the first time I read it, I did get an even more enjoyable experience the second time through. I knew what the big reveal was in this book so reading through the book again allowed me to see the “hidden” meanings in some of the events in the book. I have to applaud Matthias Wolf for what he did with this book. Its truly amazing and incredibly entertaining. Unbeatable is a top notch graphic novel that should be read by all. I would love to see this story made into a movie because it has such a powerful story behind it. It is such a good read. ”
Geeks of Doom
One of the great things about being a reviewer – no matter what you’re reviewing – is that it really forces you out of your comfort zone. It puts things in front of your eyes that perhaps you wouldn’t normally give a look. Sometimes you go through it and realize that your instincts were right and whatever it was wasn’t your cup ‘o tea. But sometimes you find something fresh and new that makes you re-evaluate how you decide to look at things. For me, Unbeatable was the latter.
On the surface, Unbeatable appears to be like so many other manga-influenced books out there today. The art is stylized, the colors are bold, and the action is prevalent on nearly every page. It’s only when you get into the story that you realize this book is so much more. It’s a fully realized origin story. And in today’s comic market, finding an entire graphic novel that focuses on developing a character’s origin is a big ‘ol breath of fresh air.
Like I said, Unbeatable is so much more than just surface, but the surface sure ain’t bad. Artist Carlos Gomez and colorists Simon Bork and Teodoro Gonzalez make every page pop with clean lines and a lush, rich color pallet. The entire creative team behind the book should be commended. It looks as solid and professional as anything on the market.
My hope is that Matthias Wolf has a grand plan for Heimen Dale and that Unbeaetable isn’t the end of the story. It would be a shame to let such a compelling origin story go to waste, especially with so many paths open to the story as it comes to a close. Whatever they do next, this is a creative team to keep an eye out for.
Blog Critics Magazine
Matthias Wolf’s first effort at a graphic novel, titled Unbeatable, starts off really well. It shows a young man in pain, waking up in a padded cell with no memories of what has transpired. Before he realizes it, he is launched into dream after dream where all he does is fight the most famous warriors in history with a predictable outcome – his death at their hands.
The storytelling and art are great, with styles reminiscent of manga artwork — somewhat comic, yet deadly serious. The coloring is fantastic, invoking exactly the kind of mood and feelings that the author intended.
All said and done, Unbeatable is a great first effort and if there is a sequel (or even other titles from the same group) then I shall definitely like to get my hands on it.
COMIXEXTREME – PICK OF THE WEEK!
This rather thrilling one-shot from Razor Wolf Entertainment features a young man named Heiman Dale, a boy who exemplifies the phrase “a lover, not a fighter.”
“Matthias Wolf comes up with a very strong origin story here (as this is essentially what it is). He’s created a very strong character in Dale, a very relatable character, who has genuinely been caught up in events beyond his control. When his father’s “big secret” is revealed, it’s a total shocker, and the length of this one-shot really gives him the room to slowly develop the character, showing how he changes from the pacifist he is at the beginning to the titular “Unbeatable” fighting machine at the end. ” The art team of Gomez, Bork and Gonzalez delivers on all counts here. The fights are exciting and engaging, the characters are dynamic, the colors are vibrant and fit the mood of the individual scenes perfectly.
Although this story works perfectly just by itself, Wolf has plenty of room at the end to bring these characters back and tell more stories. If he does, I’ll definitely be on the lookout for them. Unbeatable is a great book for fans of action comics who are tired of the same old thing.
Indy Comic Review
Rober Weiman Review: “I loved this book. When I later learned that this was the first original Graphic Novel from this publisher, I thought to myself “I hope people find this book so that I can see more in the future”.
Overall: 5 out 5 stars. When I read comics I generally have one mission in mind…to be entertained, this book did just that and did it well.”
Indie Pulp & Warren Peace Sings the Blues
“Really, it’s a pretty good book, especially considering its independent origins. The artwork is slick and pretty, and the paper quality, binding, and presentation are very professional. I definitely hope to see more work from these creators.
So, I’ll give the book a qualified recommendation; it’s not perfect, but it’s entertaining and shows a lot of promise.”
The Comics Waiting Room
“Debut graphic novels can be a tricky thing; writers often struggle with story structure, pace, and dialogue, and artists are usually pretty green as far as storytelling capability. But UNBEATABLE manages to defy those problems- Wolf’s script is strong, he juggles multiple pieces of the story with grace, and the characters are genuinely interesting on the page. He also does an excellent job of offering up solid clues as to what’s really happening without slapping a huge neon sign on the page that says “Clue Here.” Going back through the book, he actually makes the book’s final revelation fairly obvious, but it certainly wasn’t upon first read.”