AJ Zender's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Comicsverse Reviews: 18
8.8Avg. Review Rating

8.8
Action Comics (2016) #980

May 24, 2017

While some of the more emotional moments are dulled, ACTION COMICS #980 thrusts Superman into conflict with a cadre of his villains. With a focus on developing Cyborg Superman, issue #980 is a setup issue for an intense battle to come.

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9.7
Angelic #1

Jul 12, 2017

ANGELIC #1 is a stellar opening issue for a story of flying monkeys and armored dolphins. With themes surrounding gender roles and autonomy, don't let ANGELIC's cartoony art deter you. This is a must-read comic for speculative fiction fans.

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9.0
Curse Words #6

Jul 19, 2017

CURSE WORDS #6 is a perfect entry point into this rockin' Image series. With stellar art and interesting villains, the only thing holding this issue back is some faltering characterization and pacing. Follow our villains on a sunny picnic in the fires of Hole World, while Wizord attempts to ally with former villain, Ruby Stitch.

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9.0
Generation X (2017) #3

Jun 15, 2017

GENERATION X #3 has a certain unerring charm with its focus on the new team's dynamics. With a deeper focus on the psychometric mutant, Nathaniel, each of the mutant misfits gets a time to shine. Narrative hiccups do distract a bit, but with hints of plotlines to come, bright days are ahead for GENERATION X.

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7.7
Ghost Station Zero #1

Jul 29, 2017

Carrying a female lead, GHOST STATION ZERO #1 is the second mission of the CODENAME: BABOUSHKA series. With a high-intensity opening, this issue's primary failing is a lack of character depth. However, with an interesting protagonist and plot, it is worthy of past spy thrillers.

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9.7
God Country #6

Jun 21, 2017

With a renewed focus on Emmett Quinlan's motivations, GOD COUNTRY #6 approaches the epic final confrontation with care. Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw are at the top of their game with this over-the-top godly brawl, while its ending leaves behind a few shed tears.

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9.3
Heavenly Blues #1

Jul 19, 2017

HEAVENLY BLUES #1 is a wholly unique take on a Hell-scape narrative. With surreal art, a fascinating setting, and some of the best flawed protagonists in comics, HEAVENLY BLUES #1 from Scout Comics is a must-read!

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9.0
Heavenly Blues #2

Jul 27, 2017

With stellar characterization of the Salemite girl, Erin Foley, HEAVENLY BLUES #2 explores the farthest reaches of Hell as our thieves build their team. With Purgatory looming, Isaiah and Erin must find a way through the Archangel's labyrinths before Hell comes calling. Can our ragtag heroes survive?

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6.7
Justice League (2016) #20

May 3, 2017

A new storyline takes off for the Justice League, but the day that never ends for the World's Greatest Heroes loses focus quickly.

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8.5
Poe: Stories And Poems #1

Aug 9, 2017

While it brings little new to the original stories, POE: STORIES AND POEMS is a beautiful and dark adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's work. By adding concrete settings and characters to these narratives, a new depth is achieved that only enhances these iconic tales.

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8.8
Robotech #1

Jul 25, 2017

Readapting THE MACROSS SAGA for new readers, ROBOTECH #1 takes on the source material in brilliant ways. With a potent plot and highly detailed art, this issue's only failing is in its development of its supporting cast. If you are a fan of giant robot fights, this comic is definitely for you.

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9.2
Scales And Scoundrels #1

Aug 11, 2017

SCALES AND SCOUNDRELS is at its best when it leans on its lighthearted nature. It steps outside of typical contemporary fantasy in those moments. While other characters don't receive the same amount of characterization, protagonist Luvander is steeped in enough mystery to keep me reading.

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9.3
Secret Warriors (2017) #2

May 21, 2017

Focusing on the early days of Captain America's regime, the new spotlight on the Inhuman, Inferno, gives this story a powerful character arc to follow. While the rest of the characterization does falter, the art and compelling plot make this a must-read for any SECRET EMPIRE or INHUMANS fans.

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8.2
Star Wars: Droids Unplugged #1

Jun 29, 2017

STAR WARS: DROIDS UNPLUGGED #1 is a deceptive story. Bearing the name STAR WARS elicits thoughts of deep, intricate characters and storylines. This story, however, is a light-hearted romp through the binary lives of our favorite droids. This fun factor makes for a strong comic strip, but it may not be right for every reader.

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7.8
Superman (2016) #27

Jul 19, 2017

With a family centric story, SUPERMAN #27 isn't a superhero tale. As the opening to the "Declaration" arc, writers Tomasi and Gleason give us a taste of Super-Dad and some American history -- although the textbook feel might not appeal to every reader.

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9.7
Titans (2016) #14

Aug 9, 2017

While our villains rarely break through into relevance, the greater fighting within the team takes center stage in this issue as tensions boil over. With a potent spotlight on Tempest, TITANS #14 is the best issue so far.

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9.3
X-Men: Gold (2017) #7

Jul 6, 2017

Tying into the SECRET EMPIRE event, X-MEN GOLD #7 drips tension as the team finds themselves trapped in the Darkforce Dimension. With a serial killer on the loose in the mansion, Kitty Pryde's Gold team must band together to save Manhattan and themselves before it is too late. This story is brilliantly plotted, despite suffering from some pacing problems.

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8.7
X-Men: Gold (2017) #8

Jul 25, 2017

Kitty Pryde takes up her sword again in X-MEN GOLD #8, rushing into battle against the new X-Cutioner. With an intense focus on her battle and the imposing stakes, this issue is a must-read for any X-Fan.

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