Allen Thomas's Comic Reviews

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8.7Avg. Review Rating

9.5
A-Force #4

Sep 9, 2015

This series got me excited when news first broke, and Im saddened to see it go in the next issue. Still, we have an on-going to look forward to and this issue makes me even more ecstatic to read it. Now, there will be much more space to tell larger stories, and this miniseries is laying the blueprint for a wonderful ride. With G. Willow Wilson staying at the helm, we are definitely going to get some great stories. Until then, lets wait and see how our Marvelous superheroines deal with a horde of zombies.

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10
A-Force #5

Oct 14, 2015

I hate that Marguerite Bennett is leaving, but, as Ive stated before, the A-Force banner is in good hands with G. Willow Wilson. I look forward to what awaits me in December (and theres no way youre going to convince me this series isnt my very special graduation and birthday present).

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9.0
A-Force (2016) #3

Mar 2, 2016

From the fights to the feels, A-Force #3 is an issue that makes for a stellar read. There are some major upsets and excellent interactions that pave yet another step in this series making its mark on the Marvel universe. There are definitely still some questions I want answered and developments I want to happen, but I wait with bated breath for each issue to see how these heroines take care of some massive problems. I recommend this series if youre a big fan of women of Marvel as it is full of fun, fury, and tender emotion.

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10
A-Force (2016) #4

Apr 14, 2016

If you love relationships between Marvel women that center on compassion and support, you need to read A-Force #4. In this issue in particular, the creative team works together to highlight the connections that drive this series and that have connected these women for many years. This was an excellent end to the first story of this team that so many of us have waited for, and I am most assuredly excited for whats in store.

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10
A-Force (2016) #5

May 6, 2016

Starting with this issue, A-Force as a series feels like its going to develop a new personality and place among the rest of Marvels line. Thompson, Caldwell, and Herring shine, their work a wonderful synthesis of humor and artistic flair. Issue #5 was a great start to a new arc which gives me hope for the series as it moves forward.

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10
Adventure Time #50

Mar 9, 2016

And maybe another time Ill talk about my theory that Billy the Hero is an AU Grunkle Ford who survived the Great Mushroom War and became functionally immortal.

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8.0
Adventure Time #53

Jun 8, 2016

This issue has some great touches that expand on the larger Adventure Time mythos. On its own, its a fun and engaging story. However, readers may be a bit confused if they havent picked up the previous two issues. That being said, this issue has tiny moments of humor that hold the heart and spirit of the entire Adventure Time universe. If you have been reading thus far or if you just like a wacky and random adventure, this issue is for you.

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8.0
Adventure Time: Ice King #1

Jan 20, 2016

Ice King has a lot of emotional depth and conflict which I hope comes out through the miniseries as it progresses. However, thats also my personal bias, as I love the stories that focus on Simon and how he became the Ice King we know and sometimes love. At the same time, though, Ice King has a lot going for him just being his silly self, so I see Ice King going in a lot of possible directions that will work. If you want something lighthearted and magical, I say go for this series. Itll be a quick and fun read, much like the overall Adventure Time comic, but Ice King gets to embark on his own adventure to test the limits of his cool.

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8.0
All-New All-Different Avengers #1

Nov 11, 2015

ANAD Avengers #1 was a great start to the series. I hope it fares better for me than past Avengers titles have, but considering Im excited for the next installment, I trust that it will. Theres some excellent interplay between characters and mixing young and older heroes will help change the Avengers mantle, reviving it for a more modern and refreshing taste.

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8.0
All-New All-Different Avengers #2

Dec 2, 2015

All-New All-Different Avengers #2 is continues to set up the long haul for our new team of Avengers. Theres a bigger story ahead and this was just one cog in the machine. I have faith that this story will lead to something great for our new team, and I cant wait to see how the arc finishes and what it leads to.

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9.0
All-New All-Different Avengers #3

Jan 13, 2016

I knew that getting to the final chapter of the first arc for All-New All-Different Avengers would be the deciding factor in determining the impact of this series. I got everything that I expected with fighting, but also the budding relationships between each of the characters. This issue was a great way to bring in the ANAD wave for the Avengers, but also in establishing the utility of some of Marvels fresh faces. I am pumped for this series moving forward, and I am definitely happy to be excited about reading a new Avengers title.

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7.5
All-New All-Different Avengers #4

Jan 27, 2016

The first arc for these All-New and All-Different Avengers was definitely enough to keep me captivated, but this issue left a bit to be desired. Im still invested in finding out how the team works together, but the story overall felt very quick and not substantial. I think that as a single issue, All-New All-Different Avengers #4 works, but Im unsure about its connection to a larger story. There are still some hints and threads to follow, though, so we may be in for a story that packs quite the punch after this arc ends.

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10
All-New All-Different Avengers Annual #1

Aug 11, 2016

All-New All-Different Avengers Annual #1 was a true delight. Ive had my own issues with the Marvel line, so to see this surface means that maybe theres a chance that the line could continue to grow in diverse stories that give us a break from event-laden storylines. By the end, I was cracking up, reveling in my experience reading this comic. If you love Kamala and fanfiction, even ironically, I highly suggest you read this issue. It does not disappoint and was absolutely entertaining.

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8.0
All-New All-Different Avengers #1

Nov 11, 2015

ANAD Avengers #1 was a great start to the series. I hope it fares better for me than past Avengers titles have, but considering Im excited for the next installment, I trust that it will. Theres some excellent interplay between characters and mixing young and older heroes will help change the Avengers mantle, reviving it for a more modern and refreshing taste.

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8.0
All-New All-Different Avengers #2

Dec 2, 2015

All-New All-Different Avengers #2 is continues to set up the long haul for our new team of Avengers. Theres a bigger story ahead and this was just one cog in the machine. I have faith that this story will lead to something great for our new team, and I cant wait to see how the arc finishes and what it leads to.

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9.0
All-New All-Different Avengers #3

Jan 13, 2016

I knew that getting to the final chapter of the first arc for All-New All-Different Avengers would be the deciding factor in determining the impact of this series. I got everything that I expected with fighting, but also the budding relationships between each of the characters. This issue was a great way to bring in the ANAD wave for the Avengers, but also in establishing the utility of some of Marvels fresh faces. I am pumped for this series moving forward, and I am definitely happy to be excited about reading a new Avengers title.

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7.5
All-New All-Different Avengers #4

Jan 27, 2016

The first arc for these All-New and All-Different Avengers was definitely enough to keep me captivated, but this issue left a bit to be desired. Im still invested in finding out how the team works together, but the story overall felt very quick and not substantial. I think that as a single issue, All-New All-Different Avengers #4 works, but Im unsure about its connection to a larger story. There are still some hints and threads to follow, though, so we may be in for a story that packs quite the punch after this arc ends.

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7.5
All-New All-Different Marvel Point One #1

Oct 5, 2015

If youre looking to get your feet wet with ANAD, pick up .1. Im sure theres something in there for you, whether you squeal in excitement or consider whats in store for a bevy of characters.

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10
All-New Hawkeye #5

Sep 16, 2015

I cannot recommend this series enough and I will most certainly be adding it to my therapy file. This issue was incredibly evocative and it could very healing for many people in processing issues related to childhood, especially for those who dealt with the foster care system. The emotional depth of this series always surprises me, and I am grateful for its exploration of Clint, Kate, the kids, but also being human and navigating our present through our memories.

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8.5
All-New Hawkeye (2015) #1

Nov 11, 2015

I've enjoyed this series since the first issue of the previous volume, so I'm glad to see it back. This story promises to explore some new and old dynamics between Clint and Kate, but it's spot on in its storytelling and its art. All-New Hawkeye #1 cemented itself as one of the bright spots of the ANAD line-up. It's a different and important kind of superhero story that helps us understand the relationships between characters, but also what shapes their worlds.

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9.0
All-New Hawkeye (2015) #2

Dec 9, 2015

All-New Hawkeye continues to be a series Id recommend to others. The action takes a backseat to Clint and Kates story, and theres nothing lost in the meantime. Theres no need for extravagant displays of superpowers or archery; the tension between Clint and Kate speaks for itself and carries the story through the past and present. For an exploration into these characters, definitely pick up this issue. While not dialogue heavy, it is still rife with emotion.

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10
America #1

Mar 1, 2017

If were being real, America #1 nearly brings me to tears. The story is constructed in such an intimate, real, and human way, something which is heartbreakingly rare in comics. Theres so much that I can see in the everyday life of queer people of color, but the entire team takes it even further by looking at the wonderful details of a young lesbian Latinas life. I cant speak to the totality of Americas of experiences as a queer Latina, but I imagine theres something in this story that many people, especially those who rarely if ever see themselves in comics, have been aching for, and moreover that they deserve. This first issue is everything I wanted and more, and it speaks to the optimism in me regarding representation and the hope that maybe, just maybe, the House of Ideas will listen to what the readers of this story will say, are saying, and have been saying for years.

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8.5
Angela: Queen Of Hel #1

Oct 28, 2015

All in all, this was a great start to another All-New, All-Different series. Im excited to see more of Angela, but also more of this era for Marvel. In what Ive read so far, theyve made good on expanding representation and using characters who havent had a spotlight in a while. Angela is a great jumping on point for anyone interested in representation, diversity, and women with swords who will quite literally fight the Hevens.

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7.0
Assassin's Creed #1

Oct 14, 2015

What I hope is that my issues with Assassins Creed #1 improve as the story unfolds. It is difficult to judge the entire story by one part of it, but the elements I didnt like were pretty significant for me. However, Charlotte is still an amazing protagonist and I love her characterization. I believe she could pull off something significant within the story, so I have faith in her.

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10
Backstagers #1

Aug 17, 2016

The Backstagers is the comic you present to the young queer men and men of color in your life, and to yourself if you fit those and you happen to have a time machine. I seriously wonder if this comic could evoke the same experience and joy that we know from Lumberjanes, and in a way that affirms anyone who identifies as male in a world where were told that our emotions, our presence, and our feelings for other men must fit within restrictive and repressive boxes.

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10
Backstagers #5

Dec 21, 2016

You never know what youre going to get with each new issue of Backstagers, and the fifth provides ample changes to keep any reader interested. I love the liveliness of the characters and the small details that build up into this inclusive comic. If you have a penchant for mystery, fantasy, incredibly convoluted games of global conquest, and, most of all, a story that gives a voice and a face to marginalized characters, pick up this issue.

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8.5
Batgirl (2011) #44

Sep 23, 2015

Yet again we have a great example of how to write diverse women and characters. Babs is in true form and this issue reminds us of why she is so great. Her supporting cast point to how comics can seamlessly and organically create more diverse characters and should be an example of what it means to change the face of comics as we know them. Batgirl #44 was a great adventure and Im excited to see Babs world expand as her story evolves.

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7.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #1

Aug 17, 2016

If I had a way to summarize Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #1, it would be: it both works and doesnt all at once. The nods to continuity both recent and distant are helpful in framing the context of the story, but between characterization, interaction, and visuals, the story ends up being a bit confusing as to the purpose. I have a lot of mixed feelings, but these are also some of my favorite characters so I have faith. Im not sure where the story is headed, but there could be something awesome in the works.

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7.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #2

Sep 14, 2016

Even without comparing the newest iteration of the Birds to my own fond memories, theres something missing from Batgirl and the Birds of Prey that I feel could take it from an okay series to one that is stellar. There are glimpses, like in the growing bond between the characters, but I still feel as though this comic could and should do more with less.

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10
Batman (2016) #12

Dec 7, 2016

Batman #12 will give you a lot of things to process and may open doors for you that hide the same shadows Bruce tries his damnedest to keep at bay. To that end, I understand how this can be a difficult read for many people. In that same vein, I think this issue is immensely powerful because it questions not only Bruces motivations for his crusade against crime, but also why we do the things we do and what we hope to get out of them. There is a grand discussion to have about the content of this issue which I hope prompts people to think about their own trauma and how it manifests now. Kudos to the team for creating this brilliant piece of work, from word to image, and for doing so with a delicacy befitting its nature.

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7.5
Batwoman (2017) #1

Mar 15, 2017

Theres something to Batwoman #1 that I think fits the character and her penchant for long lost memories. The setup is nice, and the shell that holds the story is one that is evocative and intriguing. Yet, I would have liked more from the story: more info on the past, more exploration of Kates feelings beyond frustration, more ties, even if subtle, between Coryana and what transpired in Kapalicarsi. Theres promise, but the narrative is built around a wait-and-see approach which did not gauge as much interest from me as I expected. I want to know what happened and will happen in Coryana, but I need more to go on, too.

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8.0
Black #1

Oct 5, 2016

I think Black #1 has a lot to work with, and I really can see it going somewhere. Yet, it has a little bit further to go to capitalize on its theme, premise, characters, and our current social narrative. Not all stories have to be explicitly political, but Black presents a situation where thats almost necessary. I hope we get to see more of that in the future.

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7.5
Black Knight (2015) #1

Nov 18, 2015

While Black Knight #1 left a few questions for me and was not quite the introduction to the hero that Id hoped, I am curious whats to come for this series. Theres a lot of potential to use elements left from the aftermath of Secret Wars, and I want the series to capitalize on that. This issue gives a brief primer for a relatively obscure Marvel character, but I think it will take a few issues to fully gain its footing. Arthurian legend always gives a great foundation to work from, so I hope to see Black Knight gain its wings and create a shining Marvel magic story.

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10
Black Panther & the Crew #1

Apr 12, 2017

Black Panther and the Crew #1 is a great model for a team comic first issue. There is more than adequate context, character work, and storytelling. This series is already a gem for the Marvel line, and Im grateful that we have another comic that can address real issues in an organic manner without pulling punches. This comic proves that you can be political in comics in a way that does not betray reality or marginalized peoples experiences.

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10
Black Panther (2016) #1

Apr 6, 2016

Black Panther #1 was a re-introduction to TChallas story that he deserves and that was a stellar new beginning. Narratively, the story works and feels believable, requiring little knowledge or investment of the titular characters history, even with nods to past events. Such a set up means that new readers wont have too much trouble and old fans of TChalla will be able to jump in with immediate recognition of his current conflict. There are some obvious questions, but not necessarily ones that are vital to understanding the story. This story is definitely worth a try and this team is most assuredly what TChalla and the nation of Wakanda deserve.

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8.5
Black Panther (2016) #2

May 11, 2016

Im happy that a Black man is penning this title because Coates is able to speak to a cultural experience with sensitivity that does not betray the characters or their setting, even if we must also point out that this is from an American perspective. Stelfreeze and Martin add to the experience with emotionally laden art, from the characters to the world that surround them. I recommend this issue if you love TChalla and are down for an intellectually engaging story.

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9.0
Black Panther (2016) #3

Jun 30, 2016

Whether through word or visage, the team of Black Panther #3 continues to craft a stellar tale. Im emotionally invested in each of the characters and the quick transitions within each of the issues feel as though they are beginning to coalesce. If youve been a fan thus far, issue #3 is perfect for you and the series as a whole is great for getting to know the inner workings and emotions of the Black Panther.

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8.5
Black Panther (2016) #4

Jul 29, 2016

While I have some misgivings about the story and specific elements, Black Panther continues to be a solid series. Philosophy, storytelling, and drama mix together to create TChallas conflict, and characters around him continue their movements, complicating the story in an intriguing manner. This purposeful story is intellectually engaging and visually superb.

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10
Black Panther: World of Wakanda #1

Nov 9, 2016

I appreciate the care and deliberation evident in the writing and art of this inaugural issue. In a world and in a time where people dont respect nuance, World of Wakanda is daring to showcase the varying presentations we offer the world. The Dora Milaje is not a bevy of women solely cast as sexual objects; they are warriors, they are cunning, and they are different. This was an excellent creative team to give justice to the women of Wakanda and they have crafted something important in the context of comic and society.

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9.0
Bullseye (2017) #1

Feb 1, 2017

With Bullseye, what you see is what you get. This story fits the character and his position within the Marvel universe, right down to wanton killing and deadly aim. The first issue was about what I expected and was executed well. Im not sure whats down the line, or how long Bullseye will be able to hold down a title, but it at least delivers exactly what it needed to, no holds barred.

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9.0
Captain Marvel And The Carol Corps #4

Sep 24, 2015

I know Carol will still be around, but Kelly Sue DeConnick did something so spectacular with her. Just like Brian Reed worked to rebuild Carol, Kelly Sue tapped into her inner power to bring Carol back on top, showing us the value of Carol and the Star and what it means to take hold of your own reservoir of power and reach the stars.

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8.0
Champions #1

Oct 5, 2016

The first issue of Champions is a nice rendition of the team formation story. I appreciate the speed and plot, how the characters meld together, and the important values that underlie the story. However, some of these elements feel disparate, and the characters do feel like theyre written by someone who has a disconnect with current culture. Its weird to encapsulate how Champions #1 both gets it and doesnt get it when it comes to age, youth, and colloquialism, but at the very least its a series I dont mind being invested in.

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6.0
Civil War II #1

Jun 1, 2016

All in all, Im interested to see what happens with Civil War II in the coming issues. Events on this scale take time to develop, so I hope that we get deeper into what drives a wedge between Carol and Tony. As it stands, the setup is slightly believable, though rather on the nose. This first issue of the event also has some of the first Civil Wars misgivings, which Im surprised and not happy to see. Yet, things may improve as the story moves forward.

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7.5
Civil War II #2

Jun 15, 2016

Overall, this issue is an improvement, but unfortunately not by much. Many of the problems with the plot and interaction of the characters persist in a manner that betrays the set-up for this event and where the lines are drawn. Im not sure where the story is going, as some of the plot elements feel rushed and hollow, but I do have hope that every part of this story can be woven together. The art however continues to astound and amaze, ultimately helping to digest the story.

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5.0
Civil War II #3

Jul 13, 2016

Despite the storytelling, the art continues to excel and there are spectacular visuals. I dont know what this story will turn into, and Im not sure if the ramifications will actually matter. This event so far has been confusing and incongruence in many dimensions, but Im at least resolved to see it out.

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4.0
Civil War II #4

Jul 29, 2016

I want to see this story through, and I want to and do have hope that it will resolve in a manner that isnt an insult to readers intelligence, but with each subsequent installment I find myself astounded at how much more this story could unravel in a manner which does not know how to utilize characters or plot threads properly.

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6.0
Civil War II #5

Sep 21, 2016

Civil War II continues to be a confusing mish mash of ideas, both morally and plot wise. There are surprises that dont make sense and the motivations of the characters feel unclear at best. The ending was not so much a surprise as a hackneyed way to deliver shock, complete with beautiful, sad, and opportunistic posing of characters to commemorate their pain. I havent been sure where this story has been going and Im still not sure, especially with only two issues left.

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7.0
Civil War II #6

Oct 26, 2016

Civil War II has had more than its fair share of problems. The sixth issue changes the game by unifying the story and placing the characters firmly within it, rather than relying on event-convenient ideology and behavior. I wish the rest of the series had been written like this issue, because it could have had a much stronger start. On its own, this issue is a cut above the rest in the event, but though it tied together the threads started in the ones that came before, it still has problems that arent easily fixed.

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6.0
Civil War II #7

Nov 23, 2016

Civil War II #7 stays within the events knack for unnecessary plot elements and breakneck changes in the story, which even the beautiful visuals cannot overcome. The heightened tension between Carol and Maria, Steve and Miles, were a good touch, but the latter was bogged down by odd dialogue and a development that came out of nowhere. At the end of the issue, I have no idea whats going to come of this event or what real or lasting impact its going to have besides confusing readers with inconsistent characterization between the main series and other ongoings. Theres just one more issue, so at least we have that.

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1.0
Civil War II #8

Dec 28, 2016

From pacing, characters and dialog to the utter premise, Civil War II itself and its eighth issue have been constructed from the barest of bones with the loosest of threads. There doesn't seem to be any major ramification, the developments don't make sense, and it ultimately is something that falls flat from conception to execution to conclusion.

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8.5
Cognetic #1

Oct 21, 2015

Cognetic #1 was definitely me reaching out of my comfort zone and Im more than glad I did. BOOM! has been a wonderful publisher and a place where I found more of myself reflected in various characters. Im also a huge fan of psychic powers, so Im interested to see where the story goes as more issues come out. I highly recommend this issue.

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8.0
Cyborg #3

Oct 7, 2015

Cyborg #3 was action-packed, holding a lot of treasures, large and small. Im excited to see where the series goes and Im happy with what we got in this issue.

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8.5
Daredevil (2015) #1

Dec 1, 2015

While someone didnt show up as much as I had hoped or wanted, I was definitely satisfied with Daredevil #1. It captured some of the elements that make Matt who he is as a costumed crime fighter and does not betray his roots or his environment. Everything, from the writing to the art, fits the tone and story of this first issue. Theres some great stuff in store for many facets of Matts world, and I think this series is certainly in good hands.

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9.0
DC Super Hero Girls (FCBD 2016) #1

May 7, 2016

All in all, DC Super Hero Girls is a great pick for FCBD. Its a great read for kids, as it approaches them on their level, while also giving adults a useful tool in reaching out to youngsters as they manage their own issues. Stories like this and the eventual OGN are important for diversifying the landscape of comics and having accessible media for people of all ages. Id like to see diverse characters like Katana and Bumblebee take center stage in the future, but on the whole this was an enjoyable read that I would recommend to anyone.

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8.0
Doctor Strange (2015) #2

Nov 4, 2015

This series has been my first foray into the world of Stephen Strange, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Dr. Strange #2 is setting up a pretty interesting story that Im excited to see unfold. Im curious about the vestiges of the Sanctum and how they, Stephen, Wong, and definitely Zelma, will handle the upcoming supernatural mysteries. I am most certainly along for the ride.

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8.5
Doctor Strange (2015) #4

Jan 6, 2016

With minimal exposure to Stephen Strange prior to reading this series, Doctor Strange #4 contains elements I find vital to his character. Theres magic and mystery, but also Stephen as a very human man enmeshed in a world beyond most humans comprehension. As the book is reaching the climax of its first arc, I think it will be a great series for anyone who wants to jump into Doctor Strange as a character, typically before the movie releases later this year.

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8.5
Doctor Strange (2015) #5

Feb 4, 2016

Doctor Strange #5 was the type of issue that shows why the series should not be completely insular. Magic has had a major effect on the Marvel universe, and this issue shows why you cant just leave it alone within the confines of one series. Stephens situation has grown increasingly critical with every issue, and #5 shows that he is up against something that is going to threaten him, his abilities, and his world. The growing apprehension of Doctor Strange is one of its selling points, and it looks as though we will get a conflict that Stephen will have to resolve without his abilities or his connection to mystical realms. For a trip into horror and the arcane, pick up this issue.

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9.0
Doctor Strange (2015) #6

Mar 11, 2016

Stephen is in for some dark days, and Im frankly glad that such a story is being explored through him and magic. Ive spoken on this before, but I hope that this story has major ramifications on the rest of the Marvel U. To be honest, theres no way it CANT, considering the cameos throughout the story and the intimate connection many characters have to a world of mysticism in this publishers comic pages. To fully capitalize on the gravity of Doctor Strange #6, Marvel has to fall in line and create the impact in a variety of series, which will make for a wonderful though bleak story. Theres so much potential for this All-New All-Different Doctor Strange, and this creative team is surely the one to bring it to light.

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7.0
Elektra (2017) #1

Feb 23, 2017

Some stuff works, some doesn't inElektra#1. I hope it survives, but the next issues are going to have to pick up for that to happen. Elektra's characterization is cool, just the setting she is immersed in feels like an odd choice, especially considering the shaky foundation that exists under a comic's survival. I think there's promise, but this is a rather odd start for what is honestly a risky series, even if Elektra herself is really cool.

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8.5
Faith #1

Jul 20, 2016

After the roller-coaster of the Faith miniseries, this issue delivers by connecting to those threads while embarking on a new and different journey for the character. This first chapter of Faiths new story was exciting and distinct from what came before, pulling in many different elements of her publication history. I recommend this issue because it challenges readers to think of what comes next while never discounting the charm of the series and the character as a whole.

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10
Faith #4

Oct 20, 2016

Faith is a perfectly executed comic with an awesome protagonist who exemplifies the best parts of being a hero. The young take on superheroism doesnt betray larger emotional conflicts and touches on what life would be like for an emerging adult with superpowers. I can see myself in Faith and her love of all things nerdy, which helps to make her much more real in this issue. The art is polished and the story has more than enough personality to humor and intrigue. Pick up this issue (and all the ones before and after).

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9.0
Faith (Mini-Series) #1

Jan 20, 2016

All in all, Im definitely recommending Faith #1. We have a lead who strays from the typical comic book womans body and a cast of characters with a diverse range of shades. This is a story about a woman who is forging a new path and new life, but not out of tragedy or suffering, and I cannot say enough how much we need more stories like this in comics. For something new, pick up this first issue!

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9.0
Faith (Mini-Series) #2

Feb 24, 2016

Definitely keep reading this series, as Faith #2 offered some great character development and introspection. I still hate that this will only be a miniseries, as it could really go a lot of different places, especially with a character like Faith at the helm. This is a nice and rather insular cape story with a slice-of-life element, but also a little bit of imagination. Once the series is done, which I dont want to happen quickly, this story will be a great weekend chill story on a warm and sunny afternoon. Until then, definitely cop this issue.

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10
Faith (Mini-Series) #3

Mar 30, 2016

There are evident challenges in creating narratives that are confined to limited issues, but this entire team has done a great job rising to the occasion. The twists were genuinely surprising and realistic, and the art has taken on new and subtle distinctions that were important for this issue in particular. The execution of this chapter of Faiths story was absolutely on point leaving me both excited for the final installment and heartbroken that it will have to end. If youve been on board so far, you cannot miss Faith #3. If you havent, its never too late to pick up the previous two issues!

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10
Faith (Mini-Series) #4

Apr 29, 2016

I could definitely say so much more about Faith #4 but Im here to write a review, not another dissertation. The talent for this series was wonderfully chosen, and this issue displays a type of storytelling that has levity mixed with dire straits, fantasy and dreams mingled with the gravity of saving the world (or at least L.A.). As this series moves forward, this part of the story sets the tone for what we will see and captures so much of what is actually right about comics. Theres excellent pacing and movement throughout the issue without losing a beat, and prior strings are tied together in a manner that feels organic. I highly recommend you picking up this issue, and the previous three, if you want a story that has the trappings of nerddom without the toxicity.

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8.5
Flash (2016) #2

Jul 13, 2016

This was a Flash story that Im actually excited to finish. While there are politics involved that strike a chord in me, it is truly a great story. I do like the Barry is a static force of good, which reflects his character, and August provides a new dynamic to play off of as a man of color in law enforcement. It was a bit strange to see more elements from the TV show play out in this issue, but they didnt detract from the story. Theres going to be a great buildup within this new Flash and this team is a great one to see it through.

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8.5
Flash (2016) #4

Aug 10, 2016

The Flash #4 is a fun issue that manages to express important parts of each of the characters. By this point, I thought many of them would be depowered, so I am happy to see that Meena, August, and others still have their powers and fit neatly within the world of Barry Allen. I get the sense of hope and faith that Barry stands for, which are vital elements for any Barry!Flash story. Based on this issue, the series seems to be moving in a good direction, even with my own misgivings about some of the art.

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8.0
Gamora #1

Dec 21, 2016

I want to hang in there for this series, but I cant lie and say Im not on the fence. There are a few things Id take out of the story, such as Gamora being on the floor for about half of it, and others Id keep, like slashing alien throats in vengeance. Amping up the badass factor would be more of a boon than an empty device for this comic and I feel thats where it needs to go. There are clearly emotional elements to explore with Gamora, but the execution needs to change if thats going to be a focus.

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9.0
Godshaper #1

Apr 12, 2017

I can definitely say Im invested in this story. Even with some of the issues regarding worldbuilding and detail, theres enough for readers to grab and characters that are refreshingly new. The creative team works on all levels and all of their efforts lend to a tale with many nuanced moving parts. Godshaper is weird as hell and it works.

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9.0
Gotham Academy #11

Oct 21, 2015

Taking the chance to dive into Gotham Academy mid-story did not disappoint. I definitely see what the hype was about and will be making an effort to work through the entire series. Despite the serious tone, this is also a series I can see myself recommending to kids or therapists, who are regularly looking for material to connect and use with their clients.

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10
Groot #4

Sep 2, 2015

After reading this issue, I immediately thought of ways to use it in my clinical work. Groot looking for the best in people is something that I think many clients may need in order to work through depression or challenge social anxiety. This issue of Groot, and the series overall, can be a helpful way to explore how to elicit positive emotions, manage a sense of grief or regret, and how to look for the best in ourselves or others. For this reason alone, I recommend this issue.

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9.0
Groot #5

Oct 7, 2015

If I havent said it before, I feel that Groot captures many of the things that comics get right. While delving into more serious stories is important, we also need something lighthearted and fun. Groot has been a great ride and issue #5 was yet another excellent adventure.

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8.5
Harbinger: Renegade #1

Nov 16, 2016

Harbinger Renegade #1 is heavy. This is not a team comic that focuses on lighthearted compassion. Each of them are struggling to make sense of their lives as they are, as well as the places they find themselves in. From the looks of the first issue, this will be a dark series, so even the bright moments may still be tinged with shadow. I think its worth a shot if you want more context about the Harbingers, especially if you read Faith, though be prepared to face some of the difficulties of the human experience within these pages.

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8.0
Hawkeye (2016) #2

Jan 5, 2017

Kate is still my favorite, though Im not quite sure about the story thus far. I think its a helpful direction that maybe needs some fine tuning in order to be fully realized. The art gets the feel right and the writing has enough mystery, but I think the story suffers from maybe including too many things and would better work under the principle of less is more. I think theres potential in Hawkeye, especially moving into this issue, but it may need to find its voice sooner rather than later.

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7.5
Howard The Duck (2015) #1

Nov 5, 2015

I'm glad I read Howard the Duck this week. It was outside of my typical zone but has a feel to it that is rather novel. In a world of capes, masks, and superpowers, Howard is an alien who gets by with dry wit and political savvy. I think a series like this is needed to break up the superhuman reverie, but also give a new series to people who may not be as into capes. While Howard the Duck was a bit different for me, I definitely have my eye on it going forward.

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8.5
Iron Fist (2017) #1

Mar 23, 2017

Danny is moody and so is his environment, and how the team works together to portray this could mean they are on to something. There may not have been major surprises, but there is an undercurrent for this story that plays on a different kind of human grief.

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10
Jem and the Holograms #10

Dec 30, 2015

Jem And The Holograms continues to be a series that should grace your pull-lists and pre-orders. We have some great creators at the helm that do these characters justice and modernize a story that lit many of our eyes up, whether we saw it in the 80s or re-discovered it on Netflix. Issue #10 is a solid story that is setting up some interesting relationships moving forward, so definitely keep your eyes peeled for the next great installment of this series.

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10
Jem and the Holograms Holiday Special #1

Dec 16, 2015

For something fun and light and infused with the feels, pick up this issue. You definitely won't be disappointed. It's a great take on the relationship between the Misfits and the Holograms and has some excellent character moments that I hope will continue to happen.

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9.0
Jonesy #2

Mar 16, 2016

Jonesy #2 is a great all-ages comic that I highly recommend. The story is relatable and theres some great inclusivity that reflects what we need in comics as a whole. While I strongly suggest picking up the first issue, the second stands by itself rather well, so even if you jump on at this point youre sure to have a great time.

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9.0
Jonesy #9

Jan 14, 2017

Jonesy #9 examines our protagonists anxieties with jarring precision. Her fears are real, justified, and the very same ones that most if not all adolescents experience. We get to see Jonesys anger and apprehension, expressed wonderfully through the narrative and the art that accompanies it. This is a great issue if you want to look into the challenges of teens and adjustment and perfect for the young people in your life who may need some kind of outlet.

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9.0
Josie and the Pussycats #2

Nov 3, 2016

Josie and the Pussycats #2 succeeds at comedic and witty storytelling. This comic is a raucous dive into the journey to fame and fortune filled to the brim with characters who are the very definition of lively and dynamic. Overall I love how the series is done, but I also dont want it to get too carried away in the future, as it could teeter the line between amazing and too much for many readers. Despite these factors, this issue is engaging, funny, and entertaining. Josie and the Pussycats doesnt take itself too seriously, which allows the creative team to let loose. I cant help but want to join the band on their trek to fame, and I like that kind of happiness in a comic.

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10
Justice League of America (2017) #1

Feb 22, 2017

Its been a long time since I encountered a Justice League-anything that I wanted to continually read. JLA #1 puts us right in the action and gives us a glimpse of each of the characters and how they come together. The characterization and plot are on point, aided by visuals that truly astound. I love where this story is going and I like that it feels fresh, a departure from a lot of the team stuff weve seen in the past few years. Check this out if you want to see a band of characters from all walks of life that dont easily succumb to their differences, but instead do what they can in the moment while displaying their humanity.

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10
Justice League of America: Killer Frost Rebirth #1

Jan 25, 2017

I really had no idea what to expect out of this story and its made me so much more excited to read more about Caitlin and Justice League of America. You should be reading this one-shot yesterday, and youre never going to regret having it in your longbox. I hope this means something vitally new for the character, and that the little seeds planted at the end of the story, reminiscent of the long-form storytelling of older cape comics, end up becoming something more critical later on. While Id love to read this as a Caitlin solo, JLA Rebirth: Killer Frost definitely looks like it points to.

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9.0
Kim & Kim #1

Jul 8, 2016

The eponymous Kims are forces of nature who express themselves in distinct ways that still form a colorful whole, and the world around them is full of spirited characters who engage in life with a wonderful sense of creativity. If you want a story that is parts representative, fun, ass kicking, and cryptic plot threads, pick up Kim & Kim #1.

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10
Lumberjanes #17

Aug 26, 2015

This issue points to the start of a new saga for the Lumberjanes. While Stevenson leaving is a bit heartbreaking, I know we will be in great hands with Watters staying at the helm and Kat Leyh joining in the fun.

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8.5
Lumberjanes #19

Oct 21, 2015

Ripley may have been my favorite part of this issue. She was adorable! When I first encountered her, she was rambunctious, active, spunky, and curious. Seeing her looking forward to the Bandicoot Bacchanal showed that she is multifaceted and sometimes adventure isnt the only thing on her mind. I think Ripley saw some major development, even if it was part of the backdrop of the main story.

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8.5
Luna the Vampire #1

Jan 13, 2016

If you like out there stories where the sky is the limit on imagination, pick up The Adventures of Luna the Vampire. While this series may not appeal to everyone, its a great addition to the sea of issues coming out today. Its a break from the traditional serial format of comics and makes for a great break or lunchtime read. This series could also be great for kids. Even with witches, zombies, and vampires, nothing is too over the top or graphic and kids may get a kick out of the strange plots and characters.

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9.0
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers #1

Mar 2, 2016

I thoroughly enjoyed Power Rangers #1 not because I dreamt of being a Power Ranger (and made a paper airplane called a Falconzord long before its first appearance stateside), but because its a great look at teenagers being superheroes while dealing with teenage problems. Were I to have no history of the Rangers before reading this issue, Id be hooked and invested in seeing where the story moves. Theres a solid foundation for the series going forward and I think everyone should jump on it, Power Rangers fan or not. This comic really could be shaping up to have an awesome story grounded by the realism of teenage experiences, so it is definitely worth picking up this week.

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9.0
Mockingbird #2

Apr 15, 2016

Mockingbird #2 exemplifies the need for diverse creators and the value of women creating women. Had this story been written or drawn by a man, I feel as though it would have come off very differently and likely problematic. Having Cain, Niemczyk, and Rosenberg at the quill and brush of this series means we get a story of a woman with agency with less likelihood of problematic themes arising, particularly with the use of BDSM elements. Bobbi feels real, shes in charge, yet her characterization is not done in a manner that comes off hamfisted or based on mens ideals regarding women and leather.

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9.0
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1

Nov 25, 2015

I definitely recommend Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1. Lunella is a great protagonist for this series and a refreshing face for many reasons. Her story with Devil Dinosaur is just beginning, and there seem to be some interesting story elements that will unfold. If you work with kids in any capacity, keep this on your shelf. Whether Black, gifted, or not, I can definitely see this series doing a lot of good for many of the young people in our lives.

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8.0
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #2

Dec 23, 2015

This is a series Im definitely recommending to others and that Im happy to lend to my little sister, who is enamored with science experiments herself. I love seeing characters like Lunella because we truly do need more of them. Never underestimate the power of a smart young Black girl running through New York.

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9.0
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #3

Jan 27, 2016

Yet again, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur exemplifies adventure and curiosity through the eyes of a young Black girl. So many scenes resonated with me and remind me of the importance of giving young Black kids and other children of color a chance to see themselves excel at science and within the struggle of finding acceptance from your peers. This issue is highly recommended and I am definitely considering it for my upcoming therapy group using comics.

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9.0
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #4

Feb 24, 2016

This issue in particular had an all-ages feel to it. While the previous issues definitely dont depart from this sentiment, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #4 pump up the activity and the fun. Theres a lot of really great themes to explore in this issue, especially toward the end. For the parents out there, I highly recommend giving this issue to your children. Not a parent? Enjoy the lively story and art as well as the emotional undercurrent running through the story. I will definitely continue to recommend this series, as it has been one of the most enjoyable in the All-New All-Different roll-out.

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9.0
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #5

Apr 2, 2016

Its taken some time to build Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur to this point, and issue #5 was a natural end to the first arc of the series. There is definitely no lack of precocious charm or imagination as Lunella asserts herself as a hero and friend to her friendly neighborhood tyrannosaurus. The thematic elements in the writing and art were a great choice for this issue, and they help both of the characters appear important and powerful and reveal the dynamic between the two characters as they continue their adventure. This series has been great since its first issue and this installment was no exception.

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9.0
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #6

Apr 28, 2016

Having an all-ages comic in a Big Two roster is a big deal, and Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #6 delivers with not only an important form of representation but an engaging story that conveys youth, fun, and emotional complexity. Lunella is at her bravest in this issue, but there are some really important scenes involving her mother and Devil Dinosaur as well that highlight the shining moments of the story. If youve been keeping up, this is the issue you need to read from cover to cover, as it brings the story to a place both we and our main character has feared, but that will drive the plot in unexpected and entertaining ways.

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8.0
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #8

Jun 23, 2016

As we get closer to the mystery of Lunellas Inhuman DNA, this issue drops tiny hints about her powers and how they may affect Devil Dinosaur. I have my thoughts on how the story will proceed, and even if they dont come to fruition this chapter of Lunellas adventure is setting up some fascinating dynamics between her, her dinosaur pal, and a certain Kree youngster.

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10
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #10

Aug 29, 2016

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #10 is something special. I love reading about each of Lunellas adventures, and the series inspires me to consider what the world is like for girls like her and how her own story as a budding Inhuman plays out in everyday life. This issue captures the wonder and mystery of looking up to our heroes while also acknowledging the complex emotional lives of youngsters. This is a great series for any age and this issue is a shining spot among Marvels roster.

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7.0
Mosaic #2

Nov 11, 2016

Mosaic #2 is parts exciting, but it also feels trapped in a long exposition. I feel like not enough has been revealed about Morris, though the nature of his powers is becoming more privy to the reader. There are some awesome scenes that mark Morris development into a hero and that put an interesting spin on how his powers work. For the series to succeed, its going to have to pick things up, otherwise it may be difficult to grab new readers.

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9.0
Ms. Marvel (2014) #19

Oct 14, 2015

I have no doubts Kamala is in for some great new adventures. With her being a feature of ANAD Avengers, shes being thrust further into the spotlight, where she deserves. Through these issues, people have recognized her value as a character but also as a hero. Issue 19 was a culmination of her capabilities, demonstrating what makes her a hero but also a great model of how to navigate the expectations and values of different cultures and ideals.

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9.0
Ms. Marvel (2015) #1

Nov 18, 2015

I had every bit of faith that I would continue to enjoy Ms. Marvel, and this post-Secret Wars issue was a great start to a new era for the series. We will undoubtedly see how Kamala adjusts to changes in her world, but also how she lives up to her deserved title of hero. I look forward to seeing where the series goes and I highly recommend this launching issue.

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8.0
New Avengers (2015) #1

Oct 14, 2015

Questions are bouncing through my head about where the story will go. However, between the characters and the art, Im definitely on board. All-New, All-Different seems to be gaining its footing rather quickly, so Im excited to see where some of my favorite characters end up in the pages of New Avengers.

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9.0
New Avengers (2015) #2

Oct 28, 2015

This issue was essentially made for me, from the stylistic art and colors to some great character dynamics. Some of my favorite characters are in one book and I feel that theyre going to have some awesome growth and adventures through the course of the series. This is definitely one of my top picks for an All-New, All-Different Marvel.

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8.5
Nighthawk #1

May 25, 2016

I highly recommend the first issue of Nighthawk for its handling of Black issues and for its departure from much of the Marvel line. Im glad this team is tackling important and real-life issues within a new series and using them deliberately as the backdrop for Raymonds conflict. The story threads are tying together well and Im looking forward to seeing how this creative team portrays Raymond and the world around him.

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10
Nighthawk #4

Aug 29, 2016

Nighthawk is the series weve needed for a long time, especially since the death of Mike Brown, and I truly feel it is a valuable template for addressing issues in comics that many other marginalized people face.

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9.0
Nightwing (2016) #1

Jul 27, 2016

For me, any good Dick Grayson story addresses his journey through independence and his affection for those around him. Nightwing #1 accomplishes with character introspection that uncovers the nuances of Dicks life as a hero and former-spy. In a return to a nostalgic DCU, Dicks place in the universe is wonderfully captured in his recognition of the many moving parts of his past and present. For a good Nightwing story that turns some of his history on its head thematically, check out this issue.

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10
Occupy Avengers #1

Nov 2, 2016

All of the parts of Occupy Avengers #1 mesh to create a story which is emotionally heavy and introspective, but without unnecessary emphasis on dramatic storytelling or visuals. This isnt a series that needs to rely on over-the-top action or dialog. Its power is in its message and its deliberate nature. I said theres a lot to think about, to say, and to digest in Occupy Avengers, and I think thats what makes it incredibly valuable among Marvels line.

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8.0
Occupy Avengers #3

Jan 12, 2017

With a surprise ending, Occupy Avengers is sure to grab your attention. It can be dense with dialogue and narration, and I feel a return to the original mission of the series would have focused the tone of the story. Nonetheless, I appreciate the series, and this issue in particular, for giving a thoughtful look into Clints life after Civil War II.

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8.5
Odyssey of the Amazons #1

Jan 25, 2017

Odyssey of the Amazons #1 has promise, though so much happened in this first issue of the miniseries that I have no clue where its going. Some of the elements of the story lend to great twists in later installments, but I worry what is going to be the end of the line considering how few characters it feels we have left. There are major pluses in the diversity of the women, their leadership, and the attention paid to their design, while the reduction of characters and some minor issues in illustration may affect the story. Odyssey is worth a try, and, if nothing else, its nice to see Amazons in their own element.

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9.0
Paper Girls #4

Jan 7, 2016

Paper Girls is a series you need to be reading. Theres lots of great 80s references, and it has the feel of many films from that decade, as well as modern films set during that time. Im excited to see where the series goes and hope to see even more out of this awesome cast of main characters.

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8.0
Paper Girls #5

Feb 4, 2016

Im definitely invested in this story, but while Paper Girls #5 had a lot of action, it didnt seem to hit me quite like I expected. Im excited to see where it goes and how things develop, especially with the last page reveal. Theres a lot of promise in this story, and I want to see how things change as we get to see more of the main characters and the people and creatures they come across.

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9.0
Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! #1

Dec 22, 2015

If you want some Squirrel Girl-esque feels with a character who faces adulthood head on, pick up Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat #1. I enjoyed this issue, especially as my first real exposure to Hellcat besides random longbox issues of the Avengers. This series really has a lot of potential and its a needed reprieve from the tedious effects of events or the more serious tone of other series. Patsy most certainly deserves your time.

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9.0
Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! #2

Jan 20, 2016

For something lighthearted thats still rooted in history, pick up this issue. Kate Leth is definitely hitting an amazing groove in exploring Patsy and there are some subtle clues as to where to begin reading about her history. There are some amazing guest stars and some light jokes that carry the story, features that make this series stand out in this new wave of Marvel comics.

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9.0
Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! #4

Mar 24, 2016

Come back next month to see how Patsys first arc ends. Same Cat-Time, Same Cat-Channel!

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8.5
Power Man and Iron Fist (2016) #1

Feb 17, 2016

Power Man And Iron Fist is shaping up to be one more facet of the All-New All-Different Marvel line-up. By the end of this issue theres a story unfolding that could bring in a lot of different elements and have many different consequences. Im invested in seeing where the story goes and I hope that Luke and Danny get to work though many adventures in the series. This is a great chance to explore the duo as best friends in a prominent capacity while also highlighting some of the best parts of their world, which I hope involves Misty Knight.

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10
Power Man and Iron Fist (2016) #2

Mar 19, 2016

If you like Luke and Danny, pick up this issue. If youre a fan of women gawking over Luke, pick up this issue. If you want something funny, engaging, real, and Black, please pick up this issue. Power Man and Iron Fist #2 was even better than the first, and I think we are in for a really fun ride moving forward.

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9.0
Power Man and Iron Fist (2016) #3

Apr 20, 2016

While initially I wanted something different for Jessica Jones in the context of this series, and still do, I also understand why she would be characterized the way she is. Power Man and Iron Fist #3 is the continuation of a narrative that is wholly distinct from the rest of cape comics because it has a feel that is uniquely cultural, something we dont often see. I appreciate the fact that it feels like something I grew up with and the people remind me of the Black people I grew up with in my daily life and that I saw in Black-created media. This series is a gem that Im not sure many people see, and this issue further cemented that reality.

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10
Power Man and Iron Fist (2016) #4

May 18, 2016

Power Man and Iron Fist #4 was excellently constructed. I saw something new in each part of the creative team that I hadnt seen before and that made the story stand out. While a wrap-up of the first story for the series, on its own it works as an evocative piece that addresses themes of friendship and pain, portraying them visually with specificity and detail. If youre a fan of Danny and Luke and the power of friendship, give this issue a spin.

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8.5
Prowler #1

Oct 26, 2016

Prowler #1 was pretty cool. I think the series is starting off by being bogged down by another story involving a flagship character, which isnt new for comics, especially those connected to Spider-Man. Hobie has a lot of promise, and the creative team executes him well. I look forward to what they do and Im glad I took a chance on one of Marvels new headlining black men.

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8.5
Rat Queens #14

Dec 30, 2015

I highly recommend this series and this issue. From the beginning, Rat Queens has been a great ride and I like seeing issues like #14 which promise some major stories in the future. I look forward to seeing how things change between each of the Queens and what magical misadventures they find themselves in. For something new, refreshing, and irreverent, look no further than Rat Queens #14.

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10
Raven #1

Sep 21, 2016

If youre a fan of Raven, whether from the 80s or now, read this issue. This is the reintroduction we needed years ago so Im glad we are getting a chance to dive into the life of a Titan with a dark history but bright future. Raven #1 gives just enough to make her interesting while setting up what looks to be a truly shattering and evocative story from here. Im interested to see where the story goes and how it ties into this new era for DC.

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8.0
Raven #4

Dec 21, 2016

Raven #4 touches on some of my favorite motifs in Ravens story, from her evil roots to her struggle to maintain relationships with other people. There are some beats that were missed in the story, but its still one Im excited to read. With only a couple of issues left, I hope there is a neat resolution that pushes Raven forward while also honoring the legacy set forth for over thirty years. Theres not much action, but this issue does at least have some important notes that are vital to the character and her place in DCs new status quo.

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7.0
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #1

Aug 10, 2016

For a first issue, this isnt a bad setup, though it relies on a departure from a character with a rather firmly established personality. People can change, but I wonder if the changes were so drastic that it takes away from the spirit of Jason Todd. Still, this story could turn into something beyond the superhero double agent thoroughfare. Its worth reading, but the more interesting parts appear to be coming later rather than sooner.

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8.0
Rocket Raccoon and Groot #1

Jan 1, 2016

Going into this series, I had no idea what story would await me. Even in the first few panels I was taken aback, fully realizing this wasnt the type of Rocket and Groot story I had been used to. While its not my typical comic book story, Rocket Raccoon And Groot #1 raises a lot of interesting questions, particularly about life for this interstellar duo since the end of Secret Wars. I like that Skottie Young is exploring a more bleak story because talking tree and raccoon can very easily fall down the funny cutesy hole, though this was assuredly done well in last years Groot series. What I hope for as the series progresses is a story that explores Rocket and Groots friendship and its tests and limitations. There have been some great moments between those two characters to point to an important sentimentality, so I want to see what Young does with this relationship.

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8.0
Runaways (2015) #3

Aug 19, 2015

After this issue, I still have questions, but I have no doubt theyll be answered. As we are building to the major points of the main series and its tie-ins, Runaways #3 points to an underlying unease about Doom and his rule over the Secret Wars world. I only hope that Runaways will be a major key in pointing to why we shouldnt trust Doom, but also why we should have faith in a ragtag group of youngsters willing to bounce between domains to save themselves and the ones they love.

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9.0
Scarlet Witch #1

Dec 7, 2015

I'd most certainly recommend Scarlet Witch #1 to any reader, new or old. If you love Wanda like I do, this was a great change of pace from her stories of late. However, the narrative isnt one that relies too heavily on canon. This issue seriously felt like a fresh start, so its a great point to begin to know Wanda if youve never read her or about her. There are subtle nods to her past, but all directions point toward a future as an independent character.

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10
Scarlet Witch #2

Jan 13, 2016

Seriously. Buy this issue. If youre a fan of art, especially that breaks away from the typical square panel and muscles world of cape comics, youll love this series. Theres much experimentation throughout each page, and it works well for a series that focuses on mysticism. This team was such an excellent choice for Wanda, and I am gladly keeping Scarlet Witch on my pull list after this issue.

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8.5
Scarlet Witch #3

Feb 3, 2016

What I like about Scarlet Witch #3, especially in the context of the series thus far, is that its a holistic and immersive experience. The art and the writing all feel very deliberate, which I find integral in stories that involve magic. Im excited for what the next chapter holds and how it fits in with the larger Marvel Universe.

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10
Scarlet Witch #5

Apr 8, 2016

This series continues to be the one that Wanda has long deserved. If you want a good jumping on point for Scarlet Witch, issue #5 is definitely that. The story is not anchored by heavy continuity or even the previous arc. It incorporates elements of both without losing the essence and the power of the present installment. There are some great and very deft uses of art and storytelling that make this issue stand out among many others.

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9.5
Scarlet Witch #6

May 5, 2016

I could seriously spend days unpacking Scarlet Witch #6. It is rife with emotion, a journey into the image of what it is like to love in the darkness of pain. The writing and art are nearly impeccable and this issue is one that I will forever keep in my collection. The story is grounded in a realistic though sorrowful examination of grief and could be vital in helping people explore one of the most confusing and painful experiences that humans can. I cant make you love this series, but if you read issue #6, you just might anyway.

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8.5
Scarlet Witch #7

Jun 23, 2016

Scarlet Witch has been on a solid run since the first issue, and this installment adds a new dimension to Wandas story. As an independent piece of work, this issue is engaging and thoughtful. With slight cultural references and minimal flair, Scarlet Witch #7 is a story of family and magic with artistic emphasis in all the right places.

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9.0
Scarlet Witch #8

Jul 6, 2016

I like comics that engage me in multifaceted ways, and Scarlet Witch #8 does just that. While I was ready to give up the ghost, fearing that the series had lost its luster to the annals of a problematic continuity, I'm glad that this installment is deep, nuanced, and layered. Robinson's skill as a writer shines, and Lotay's wonderful art conveys the emotional undercurrent of this story and Wanda's relationship with her past. This may be an issue that is divisive, but I think it's important to digest. It represents the parts of Wanda that many of us detest, while providing a context around them that changes her current dynamic and how it relates to her prior actions.

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10
Scarlet Witch #9

Aug 11, 2016

I have a lot of things to say about this issue and just how magnificent it is. I love Wandas gumption and her challenge to her brother that she is not to be unduly influenced, pressured, or changed to fit his whims. I truly feel as though this issue is one more stitch in a bandage to help remedy years of keeping Wanda broken or unstable or missing. Definitely pick it up if you want to see your Scarlet Witch defy odds and family to grasp her own destiny.

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8.5
Scarlet Witch #10

Sep 16, 2016

While not the strongest entry, Scarlet Witch #10 is definitely not bad. Zamas presence is felt through similar culturally artistic nuances seen in previous issues, infusing a Japanese artistic vibe within the context of an American comic, with the addition of Herrings mysterious color work. This issue conjures odd and nearly wordless feelings within me between the story, the characters, and the art, and I value these things because they give me an opportunity to digest a comic in ways beyond what is physically represented. I have my points of contention, but they pale in comparison to the experience of absorbing this issue in the many facets of its presentation.

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10
Scarlet Witch #11

Oct 10, 2016

Ive long thought that this series has helped to undo some of the damage to Wandas character, and Scarlet Witch #11 is no exception. We are finally getting down to the truth about her mother and her past, but this chapter holds within it some of the important elements of the stories that have come before. Just like Wanda has helped people connected to magic previously, the same dynamic is unfolding for her, and its awesome to see such a motif so deliberately and carefully carried out.

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9.0
Scarlet Witch #12

Nov 2, 2016

Scarlet Witch has been a risky series from it conception. A solo series about a Marvel hero with a mired past and with regularly rotating art teams is a choice youd think the House of Ideas would shy away from. Yet, this comic has continued to excel, and its twelfth issue weaves together the tapestry that started with the first threads of the inaugural issue. With surprise and intrigue, Wanda makes her way back to some of her earliest steps in an effort to learn more about her mother. Whatever comes after this will be a mystical trek through the annals of history and the halls of magic.

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8.0
Secret Six (2014) #7

Oct 21, 2015

This might as well have been Risk Week for me, jumping on in the middle of arcs or reading entirely new series. Yet again, Im glad I did. Secret Six is a mix of some of my favorite things in comics, and the story is setting up nicely to end in a major moral crisis or demonic beings from alternate dimensions wreaking havoc. Can we say Win-win?

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8.5
Silk (2015) #1

Nov 25, 2015

Silk was a series I recommended to people before Secret Wars, and it remains as a series I think people should read. Not only do we have a new, diverse character within the pages of a Marvel comic, but it captures not only the adventure but the intrigue of a good comic series. Silk #1 showed that the series is definitely in for the long haul, and its one that people need to keep on their pull lists. Im happy to see that many things are the same, but many things are also likely to change in the world of Cindy Moon.

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8.0
Silk (2015) #2

Dec 16, 2015

I dont see myself putting down Silk any time soon and this issue was one more piece in Cindy Moons story. I think there are some great things in store and this story cannot be rushed. Cindy has the makings of a great hero and Spider, and I have high hopes for her future.

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7.0
Spider-Man/Deadpool #1

Jan 5, 2016

Im not quite sure where this series is headed, but Wade seems to have some machinations at play. The set up seemed strange to me, essentially creating Spider-Man/Deadpool #1 as the antithesis of a buddy comic. However, if you like seeing an agitated Spider-Man, or just love Deadpool in general, Id say this issue and series is worth a go. Some of the jokes werent bad and had great timing. Theres a lot of action and there may be some surprises in store as the series moves forward.

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9.0
Spider-Woman (2015) #1

Nov 17, 2015

I loved the pre-Secret Wars series, and Im in still love with Spider-Woman post-Secret Wars. Jessica Drew has some interesting adventures ahead of her, and her supporting cast looks like itll show up in a lot of awesome ways. This series gets into some interesting dynamics regarding the varied lives of super-heroes, so its definitely worth a read. There are some important dialogues that reflect some very real-life experiences, which makes me curious how many people will see Jessica in this new light.

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8.5
Spider-Woman (2015) #2

Dec 23, 2015

What I like about Spider-Woman #2 is that it puts Jessica in the place she wanted to be in the previous issue, but after she has decided to stop doing things by her lonesome. I feel like the following issues will bring out what makes her great, but also how she has coped with being forced off planet for so long before. I want to see how Jessica resolves this current issue and what it leads to for her in the future.

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9.0
Spider-Woman (2015) #3

Jan 27, 2016

As this story arc builds, I trust that its going to reveal something integral for Jessica, and not just in the sense of her pregnancy. Already, we have seen her acquiesce to her friends wishes then take up her venom blasts when she needs to. Motherhood will be an interesting change for Jessica, and at this point, I believe it wont be in a way that defines or limits her. Im excited for what we get to see as this arc moves closer to being finished.

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10
Spider-Woman (2015) #6

Apr 30, 2016

Separating this issue as its own piece rather than the part of a larger story is actually not difficult. There are some wonderful parts of one of my favorite characters that re-emerge and as a standalone issue I can definitely see it as part of her solo series across from the crossover. Spider-Woman #6 actually gives off a tone that I think would be awesome in Jessicas solo series, as Hopeless has demonstrated how to incorporate her motherhood with her heroism while also deliberately discussing her personal dilemma in finding balance. Jones and Rosenberg craft a Jessica I love to see and who is emotive, again adding to the new developments in this Spiders life while conveying power and force. There is just enough in this issue to keep you adrift with Spider-Women, yet if you read it as a solo issue not too much is lost. If you love Jessica Drew and what makes her a formidable force in the 616, pick up Spider-Woman #6.

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8.5
Spider-Woman (2015) #7

May 19, 2016

On its own, Spider-Woman #7 is enjoyable. Who doesnt like multiversal twins, broken furniture, crying babies, and Spider powers? There are some minor parts of the story that could have been more fully fleshed out, but overall this issue is a point that gets a lot of Jess world right as a standalone story and that helps to give some background to the Spider-Women crossover. This issue is a good mix of storybuilding and intent use of character qualities and I recommend it if youre a fan of Jessica Drew.

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9.0
Spider-Woman (2015) #9

Jul 8, 2016

Spider-Woman #9 is an important issue if you love Carol or Jess, if youre caught up on Civil War II, and if you like a good comic that discusses the more heartbreaking parts of friendship. I was worried about the role Jess would play in the current crossover, and this installment gave me hopes about where she stands. The middle ground truly is a viable option, and Jess had taken her stake there despite knowing the potential effects on her relationship with Carol. With dark elements, action, and friends in conflict, this issue get a lot right about two of Marvels premiere heroes without being lost to the whims of an overarching comic event.

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10
Spider-Woman (2015) #12

Oct 19, 2016

The creative team for this story is absolutely stellar, and each of their talents are uniquely put to use to set up an issue which helps Roger and Jess shine, both narratively and artistically, and that deepens their relationship without relying on common tropes of motherhood and relationships between men and women.

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8.0
Spider-Women Alpha #1

Apr 6, 2016

Spider-Women Alpha #1 has a nice mix of everyday superheroes lives, mystery, and giant robots. If the first half of the issue was an ongoing, Id read every installment. The interactions between each of the Spiders is wonderful and the story holds much potential, even before Spider powers come into play. There looks to be some great use of cross-dimensional elements, as well as some great surprises in store for the main characters of the crossover. If you want something that feels like a slight departure from the usual cape comic, especially if you love Jessica, Gwen, or Cindy, pick up Spider-Women Alpha #1.

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9.0
Spider-Women Omega #1

Jun 1, 2016

Damn, what a wild ride! Spider-Women: Omega was intense, fun, and completely ridiculous. If Im being frank, we need stories like this. Im not sure where it will lead and how it will affect Gwen, Jess, and Cindy moving forward, but it gave us a glimpse into their lives, their bond, and their love for each other. On its own, this issue is packed with action and emotional resolution, and in the context of the crossover its an important book-end that brings to light many of the major themes. I recommend this issue if youve been keeping up, and if you havent its not too late to get the rest of the cross-over!

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9.0
Star Wars: Darth Maul #1

Feb 1, 2017

Darth Maul #1 explores the inner world of the Sith warrior, giving context to his cruelty toward others. He endeavors to face a real challenge, and will plunge himself into the depth of danger to find one, whether that be monster, Jedi, or his own master. The story is a nice addition to the Star Wars comic line, and its a great read whether you like the character or the lore itself.

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9.0
Starbrand and Nightmask #1

Dec 15, 2015

I recommend Starbrand and Nightmask #1 personally because it fits what I like to see in comics. Fresh and slightly stylized art, familiar characters, and snark. Im glad I took a risk on this series because its one that I will definitely be looking forward to every month. We have a new lead who is a person of color, disability is represented without infantilizing or objectification, and the reveals at the end of the issue promise something explosive, especially in the next issue. If you want something fun and light, definitely check out this series.

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9.0
Starbrand and Nightmask #2

Jan 21, 2016

Starbrand And Nightmask #2 makes great use of continuity, characters, and environment, and is becoming to be one of the series Im most excited about. Its fun, its fresh, and theres a big background to explore through both of the main characters. I hope this series sees more play throughout the Marvel universe, and I have some guesses as to how that could happen. Until then, Im definitely on board and my body is ready for the next installment of Starbrand And Nightmask.

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8.5
Starbrand and Nightmask #3

Feb 21, 2016

With other series coming out that lead up to Civil War II, I am curious as to how this series is going to progress. Im realizing that Marvel may have a long haul setup ahead of us, and Starbrand And Nightmask has a rightful place in that order. This issue is upping the ante on the critical situation ahead of Adam and Kevin, so the next issue is bound to be pretty explosive. Im glad Marvel gave this series a chance, because theres a lot of potential both within its pages and in its relation to other series. Hopefully theres going to be some big game reveals and connections as the series moves forward, and Im excited to see where Adam and Kevins adventures take them.

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10
Steven Universe (2017) #2

Mar 22, 2017

This issue is a wonderful discussion point for fans of Steven Universe, regardless of age and gender, and provides more than enough material to address gender in the context of this universe and ours. Steven Universe is a grand series for all ages and it deserves its spot in your mind, on your shelf, and tucked away in your longbox.

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9.0
Steven Universe (2017) #3

Apr 26, 2017

Steven Universe continues to be a comic that inspires awe and touches you right in the feels. Id honestly expect no less, so its good to see this series is in good hands. The creative team is adaptive and adept when it comes to storytelling, vivifying Stevens universe but without the need for him as a central character to drive the plot. Issue three proves that there are so many more stories to explore and that each of the individual characters that live in this oceanside town have enthralling lives of their own which are captured in sentimental moments.

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9.0
Steven Universe Special #2016

Dec 14, 2016

If you want a cute story or you love donuts or both, pick up Steven Universe 2016 Special #1. It has a wide appeal for any reader and can entertain the little ones in our lives or the people who love comics and need some levity on their New Comic Book Day. This comic is an endearing addition to anyones collection and is great for the literal or metaphorical rainy day.

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8.0
Suicide Squad Most Wanted: El Diablo #6

Jan 18, 2017

This last issues of Suicide Squad Most Wanted shows the intricacies of the team and each of the members. They are smart, they are cunning, and they are deeply flawed, all elements which are important to this kind of comic. I like how things play out and I like the subtle hints as to the dynamic feelings of the major characters. Things may be more complicated from this point, and the creative team gives awesome clues as to why that matters.

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10
Super Sons #1

Feb 15, 2017

Super Sons #1 takes the meaning behind the bat and the s-shield and puts them in a childlike context. The main characters lives, interactions, and conflicts fit squarely in the experiences of young children, rather than forcing them into adult contexts. If this first issue is any indication, there will be plenty of laughs and action infused with a necessary levity in the future. Super Sons has the makings of an unbridled and fun comic without forsaking the core of the cape genre.

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10
Superman (2016) Annual #1

Nov 30, 2016

Superman Annual has a nice one-shot feel that pushes the narrative of our new Superman to a new place while also serving as a capstone to the current Superman run. This is where you get to see those tiny moments in previous issues become important. Light on the charm, heavy on the punches, and deep in the feels, I recommend this issue because of its impact as an insular story, but also in the context of a truly remarkable run for Superman thus far.

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8.0
Superman (2016) #1

Jun 15, 2016

Superman #1 is an interesting reintroduction to the character after the last five years and certainly after his Rebirth chapter. Im excited to see where the story goes, particularly with Jon maintaining much of the focus, while also hesitant about what this means for the Big Blue Boy Scout. This first installment of the new Superman series is intriguing, holding more mystery than I expected. This team feels solid and seem as though theyre ready to tell an important story through their art and writing.

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9.0
Superman (2016) #2

Jul 6, 2016

Its nice to see that Superman #2 is an improvement on an already good story. This feels like a fresh start for Jon and Clark and done in a way that conveys emotions accurately. The values of the House of El and the Kent Family are in full effect, and the characters interactions with each other feel realistic. The next issue looks like its going to up the ante, so I look forward to what this series continues to bring.

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9.0
Superman (2016) #3

Jul 20, 2016

Superman #3 assuredly doesn't disappoint because of its ability to draw on the emotion and intrigue of the previous issues while increasing the emotional tension of the events surrounding this specific Kent family. I like the touches of Superman's past, no matter the continuity, and how they affect the timeline as it is now. Every character is dynamic and compelling, and the story continues to build into something powerful.

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8.0
Superman (2016) #4

Aug 3, 2016

The turns in this issue were unexpected, though not completely bad. I didnt foresee the first arc using these developments, which took me away from what I initially found worthwhile and engaging about the series. I still want to see how the story progresses, but I also want to see a return to the dramatic and evocative storytelling surrounding Jon that was present in the previous issues. Superman #4 feels weird and more disparate in the context of the rest of the story, which has me wondering where it and the characters will go from here.

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9.0
Superman (2016) #5

Aug 17, 2016

I like that Superman #5 brought back the shining parts of the previous issues through the interaction of each of the Kent family members and their fervor in watching over each other. This issue makes me feel like the arc is back on track, even if there arent major developments beyond the ending. This focus on storytelling enhances the quality of this new Superman series while also portraying each of the characters in new and interesting ways without sacrificing the underlying themes of the famous S-shield. I think things could be moving up from here and Im excited to see what turns this story takes.

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9.0
Superman (2016) #6

Sep 7, 2016

The fight with the Eradicator is over for now, and whats left is a world that has a new Superman, a new Superboy, and that dares to uncover the emotional underpinnings of both. I definitely recommend this issue.

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8.0
Teen Titans (2014) #18

Mar 23, 2016

Teen Titans #18 is a deeper exploration in to the character and history of Cassie, one which Im glad tied into Dianas larger story. There are some great dynamics throughout the issue and the art brings life to the actions and the emotion running throughout this installment of the series. For a rather simple and straightforward story that dives into lore for Cassie, I say pick up this issue.

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6.0
Teen Titans (2016) #6

Mar 22, 2017

Im a firm believer that comics should reflect reality, but Teen Titans #6 does so for Jackson in a way that doesnt feel like his background matters. Its only a setup, driving him toward the Titans, not a realistic way of explaining his experiences with pain, hurt, and oppression. Beyond his story, there are other moments, in writing and art, that detract from the feel of this new arc. Jackson has been touted as the next major member of this team, but for him to feel like he was worth the wait, the story itself needs some drastic changes.

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8.5
Teen Titans: Rebirth #1

Sep 28, 2016

Im more pumped about this series than I thought Id be. This one-shot is setting the stage for a Teen Titans that could lose the more serious tone the series has had for the past five years. I do have my reservations, largely regarding characterization and overall feel for the series, but I also have faith that this team is going to do something right. I look forward to seeing how things play out, because this Rebirth issue has a lot of potential. Lets hope it lives up to it and brings back a Teen Titans series that has life, joy, and family.

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8.0
The Beauty #7

May 19, 2016

My initial surprise eventually lead to a pretty enjoyable experience. I like anthology style series that explore the same world, so I hope thats what Beauty is turning into. Because of this issue, Im more on board than I expected I would be. Id like to see where the series goes and how Haun and Hurley craft the story, as well as how they work with the shifting crew of art teams in subsequent issues.

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6.0
The Discipline #1

Mar 2, 2016

Without future issues or a more complete story, its hard to fully gauge The Discipline #1, but regardless I would exercise caution with the issues framing. Through the art we catch glimpses of the horror and occult themes, but in execution the story comes off as creepy and exploitative. I hope that the series departs from this tone, as it makes reading uncomfortable and reminds me of changes that the comic industry has needed to make for decades regarding the relationship to women, sex, and assault.

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10
The Mighty Captain Marvel #1

Jan 19, 2017

If youre looking for a Captain Marvel who is owning up to her mistakes but still willing to fight, even when at odds with others, then this is the story for you. Stohl is doing something so very right with Carol and Im grateful. Im excited for where this story goes and it has certainly revitalized my love for Carol, which never truly left, by making her human rather than mischaracterized moral cannon fodder. With Rosanas, Garland, Joe Caramagna, and Anthony Gambino in tow, The Mighty Captain Marvel is telling the story it needs to with delicacy and deliberation.

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7.5
The Totally Awesome Hulk #1

Dec 1, 2015

Overall, this series raises some questions for me. Im always down for a changing of the guard, so Im interested to see where this goes. Until then, Totally Awesome Hulk will be a series I have an eye on.

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9.0
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (2015) #1

Oct 28, 2015

I honestly can't recommend Squirrel Girl #1 enough. The series has charm, diversity, but also offers a nuanced understanding of the characters that lends to the fun and joyousness of the series. This is a great title to help usher in the All-New, All-Different Marvel.

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9.0
The Wicked + The Divine #20

Jun 8, 2016

If youre caught up with the series, The Wicked + The Divine #20 is going to rock your socks off. I caution that this is not a jumping on point, as you get a lot of information covered from the end of the second volume to the present. Still, if you happen to read this issue by itself, youll have more than enough questions that will make you want to collect the entire series. Im excited for whats next, as the revelations in this issue are going to have a profound effect on the series as it continues to up the ante.

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10
The Wicked + The Divine #21

Jul 16, 2016

For The Wicked + The Divine to build to this point and have more to offer is like having my mind blown with no idea of when it will re-integrate. So many things have come to a head, and the action and developments for the characters, especially Amaterasu, have me waiting with bated breath for the next issue. I loved the action, the visuals, and the continued raising of the stakes for the Pantheon.

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9.0
The Wicked + The Divine #22

Aug 17, 2016

The Wicked + The Divine #22 is exactly what youd expect from this series if youve kept up. Despite my own issues with some of the story elements, it definitely holds up in the context of the rest of this tale and provides an ending that is shocking and unsettling, refusing to let readers go with a sense of calm and comfort. Many important themes, like youth, defiance, and independence, rise within this issue and encapsulate the larger experience of the series to this defining point. You definitely want to see how this ends.

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10
The Wicked + The Divine #25

Jan 5, 2017

The Wicked + The Divine #25 ups the ante by the end of the issue, giving the Pantheon something grand and new to worry about. We dont know if their two year shelf-life is still a thing, or if this new development will turn that belief on its face. With complex feelings and deep characterization, the series is moving forward with a wonderful pace that makes you wait with bated breath for the next installment.

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7.5
Thunderbolts (2016) #1

May 4, 2016

Im going to need another issue to know if Im fully invested in this new run on Thunderbolts, partially due to my feelings about the end of the issue. Yet, Im willing to give it a chance to see one of my favorite teams have another go-round in the 616.

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8.5
Titans (2016) #1

Jul 27, 2016

This issue shows that brightness and joy can stand next to gravity, capturing serious elements and still offering compassion between characters. If youre a fan of these legacy characters and want to see their new place in the DCU, I recommend this issue.

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7.0
Titans (2016) #2

Aug 24, 2016

I feel like Titans could be something great, but I didnt think this is where the story would go. What I hope for in the future is a story that utilizes elements without surprises, or one that takes a sense of surprise and weaves it seamlessly into the entire story. Im no stranger to magical doppelgangers when it comes to superheroes, though I feel they werent needed her. While this series captures some of the spirit of the classic Titans, the reliance on some of the tropes through the years lends to storytelling that isnt intriguing. I love these characters and I hope the next issue improves.

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7.0
Titans (2016) #3

Sep 28, 2016

Titans is a series I had higher hopes for because the characters involved, but it isnt doing much for me. I wish there was more emphasis on how the characters connect and what it means for them to be back together. I also want the women to have a more prominent role outside of common gender conceptions. Titans teeters in the precipice of getting it right, but it doesnt quite take the plunge. I enjoyed the nods to bigger elements, but overall the series has not been for me.

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9.0
Trinity (2016) #1

Sep 21, 2016

I didnt know to expect, and I came into Trinity with my own ideas about what needed to emerge. At the end, I find myself both satisfied and excited about the stories we are going to get in the future. I like this Bruce, Diana, and Clark, and I hope that their friendship not only sets a tone for this series but for the entire DC line as we move deeper into a different kind of universe. These touching and slice-of-life moments are part of what I look for and what I feel helps the Trinity shine, and I hope that we see more of them and the main characters connections as the series grows into its own.

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10
Trinity (2016) #2

Oct 19, 2016

This comic and this issue is proof that things dont have to be big on action to be good, but also that deeply emotional stories can exist within the context of cape comics. I highly encourage you to pick up this story, and I hope you enjoy it from its startling beginning to its shocking end.

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10
Trinity (2016) #3

Nov 16, 2016

Trinity #3 is yet another eye catching and evocative addition to one of DCs newest series. I enjoy the emotional trips into the minds and the pasts of each of the characters, as well as Lois inclusion as a gamechanging element by the end of the issue. Between art and story, this team is doing the DC Trinity justice and I appreciate their care in crafting this narrative. There seems to be so much quality work and storytelling in our future, and this issue is clearly no exception.

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7.0
U.S.Avengers #1

Jan 4, 2017

U.S.Avengers is a series that may need some time to build. Theres just enough there with the cast of characters, but maybe not enough of what it needs. I like some of the setup, especially that this title may be more prone to keeping up appearances, but it also could have gone further with more diverse characters. It may be worth a shot, though I could also understand why some readers may not be riveted by this first story.

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8.5
Ultimates #12

Oct 26, 2016

We are looking at a new age for the Ultimates. This has continued to be the series which mends the storytelling rifts of Civil War II and I admire the series ability to humanize each of the team members amidst conflicts. While this age for the team is coming to a close, Im excited for the next step, because issue twelve helped to remedy the schism between many of the team members in a way that feels realistic and human. A new chapter is in store for the Ultimates, full of promise and cosmic adventure.

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8.5
Ultimates (2015) #2

Dec 9, 2015

If you like team series, Ultimates is still your comic. Much of the narration is done through Black Panther, but everyone shines through each panel. We truly have a team of powerhouses, and if they are the right choice to tackle issues of this magnitude.

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9.0
Ultimates (2015) #3

Jan 6, 2016

I cannot recommend this book enough. I find myself more excited with each issue I read. The Ultimates #3 hints at some big development for our cast of characters and hopefully the entire Marvel Universe. To have this diverse cast of powerhouses is enough itself, but each installment of this book never fails to excite or amaze.

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9.0
Ultimates (2015) #4

Feb 10, 2016

Yet again, Ive definitely enjoyed an issue of Ultimates. I like where this story is going, and I appreciate that the arc has taken a more emotional turn while still tying in parts of the previous issues. This story is slowly but surely weaving together, but its not an excruciating wait. In fact, from start to finish and between every locale, Ultimates delivers on every front. Theres a great mix of action, science, and, in this issue, emotion that is more than enough to keep me on board.

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8.5
Ultimates (2015) #5

Mar 23, 2016

If youre a fan of the timey-wimey omniversal stuff, then youre going to love this issue. Ultimates #5 has some excellent talk about Marvels omniverse and timelines that will be sure to have some bearing on other series. The end of the issue promises something big for the future of Marvel and the Ultimates as they move into their second volume.

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9.0
Ultimates (2015) #8

Jun 22, 2016

While the major development in this issue is the teams formation, it provides necessary background for the characters and likely how their roles will play out in this series and Civil War II. We get much more of their feelings regarding being on the team and after handling the conflict with Thanos. I like that this issue provided vital information regarding the theme of the Ultimates, that it is very much political, and that more attention is paid to how they respond to the loss of Rhodey. Ultimates #8 is a great character exploration issue that provides a benchmark for the characters and the team as they move forward.

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10
Ultimates (2015) #10

Aug 19, 2016

Just because this issue breaks my heart does not mean it's not good. It's actually exemplary. This creative team brought together many different elements to capture the difficulty of the Ultimates' schism while relying on older plot devices to drive the series to a creatively complicated but well-executed place. I'm excited, and scared, for what's coming for the Ultimates, but the series is definitely in the right hands.

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8.5
Unbelievable Gwenpool #1

Apr 13, 2016

This series may be worth a try if you arent quite a fan of Deadpool, but dont mind Deadpool-adjacent. Rather than heavy on the quips that define him as a character, The Unbelievable Gwenpool infuses gunplay and mercenaries with a lighter and much more palatable tone and style, never losing sight of the character in effort to connect her to Marvels modern cash cow.

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9.0
Wild Storm #3

Apr 19, 2017

If youre a fan of these long lost characters, I think The Wild Storm #3 will give you what youre looking for. New readers, though, may have a slightly different experience. Theres a distant vision that is slowly being enacted, which is helping to build the drama and tension of this crew of characters. With that in mind, the pacing may feel slightly off in this series third issue, but theres still enough to pique curiosity.

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