Brett's Comic Reviews

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7.8Avg. Review Rating

8.5
1872 #2

Aug 22, 2015

I'm really close to saying this should be a buy. The main reason I don't is I want to see where it goes from here. It could be great, or it could go off the rails, and the issue doesn't quite stand on its own, but it's really damn close.

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8.8
4 Kids Walk Into A Bank #1

Apr 27, 2016

The first issue has really impressed me and as the launch title of the next class of Black Mask Studios comic books, it's a hell of a start that shows off why this publisher is one to watch out for. Can't wait to read the second issue and see where this all goes, especially as to how that bank comes into play.

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7.5
Action Comics (2011) #43

Aug 12, 2015

This comic is both a throwback and very relevant to today. Pak and Kuder (and the rest of the Superman team) are trying to remind us that even though Superman is also Clark Kent, we the readers can be Superman too through our every day actions to improve our neighborhoods. You don't need to fight aliens and save the world to be a superhero, you can also just do some good in your own town too. This comic is a reminder of that, and hopefully will inspire some more folks to tie towels around their necks and attempt to be the hero they enjoy reading about.

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5.5
Action Comics (2011) #44

Sep 9, 2015

Overall, the issue feels like its slipped a but with a muddied conclusion to this first arc. While it'll probably sit well in the overall story, on it's own, it just doesn't hold up.

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8.4
Action Comics (2016) #957

Jun 8, 2016

In the first chapter of “Path to Doom” Jurgens and Zircher seems to be blending the old and the new together in a way that works and works really well. Action Comics #957 feels like a return to what Superman should be, and that's super.

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8.3
Action Comics (2016) #958

Jun 22, 2016

I hadn't read Superman in quite some time, but this return of the classic Superman has brought with it new life and a return to what I remember loving about the character. This comic has action in the title, but it also remembers there's a lot of heart at the center of the story too.

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8.2
Action Comics (2016) #959

Jul 13, 2016

“Action” might be in the title, but Jurgens brings the heart to realizing that you need it to connect with its hero. Superman is back and he's more exciting than he has been for a long time.

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8.1
Action Comics (2016) #960

Jul 27, 2016

The series is solid so far. The story. The art. It all comes together for a great comic that feels like it's worthy of the big screen in how much action and excitement there is. But Jurgens also realizes with all of that, it's the characters relationships that really matters.

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7.8
Action Comics (2016) #961

Aug 13, 2016

The Superman team continues to deliver action and excitement and has me interested in Superman for the first time in a very long time. Here's looking forward to the next issue and see if some of the mystery is finally revealed.

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7.8
Action Comics (2016) #962

Aug 24, 2016

Overall though, Action Comics continues to live up to its title and continues to also focus on heart which allows the series to sore.

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8.1
Action Comics (2016) #963

Sep 14, 2016

Overall, the comic is a good one. Jurgens continues to bring a classic feel about this Superman, but at the same time, it's updated in many ways. Superman continues to soar as new life is breathed into the character and franchise.

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7.3
Adventures of Supergirl #1

Jan 25, 2016

At only $0.99 the comic is short but a nice addition for fans of the television series. It may be read better as print issues, and my reading as a PDF might not have been optimal, so your experience with it as a digital comic may be different than mine. Still, as a fan of the television series I was surprised to find it adds to the character and was enough that I might have found the first digital first series I'll make sure to read.

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7.8
Adventures of Supergirl #2

Feb 8, 2016

For $0.99 the comic is worth it for fans of the Supergirl television show. Though short, it adds a bunch to the character and continues the fun positive messaging of its small screen counterpart. The first chapter was a good start, bit it's here where it's starting to fly.

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8.0
Adventures of Supergirl #3

Feb 22, 2016

Each chapter is good, but the story as a whole is stronger when read together. That's where the big picture becomes apparent and a simple story of capturing an alien becomes so much more.

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8.2
All-New All-Different Avengers #0

Oct 5, 2015

Overall, the comic is solid, and the reason I gave this a "buy" as opposed to the other Point One out this week is that this one looks like it really is the beginning of a greater story as opposed to just teasing a bunch. Not a bad start, not bad at all.

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8.6
All-New All-Different Avengers Annual #1

Aug 10, 2016

While I'd love to have seen more of a meta-discussion of online culture and fanfiction, there is some of that, but that's not really the point. The point is to provide something different and fun and this annual succeeds when it comes to that.

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8.0
All-New All-Different Marvel Point One #1

Oct 5, 2015

Overall, the comic got me much more enthused about the series within. There's a nice mix of look and tone within the comic, and it seems to do the job it's intended to do, get someone interested in what's coming. Overall, if you're interested in getting an idea of what to expect for the six series within, or the Marvel U as a whole, this is one you'll want to pick up when you're at the comic shop this week.

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8.0
All-New Hawkeye #1

Nov 14, 2015

The comic is a good start. It didn't blow me away, but there's more than enough here that I want to read the second issue and see where Lemire is going. Part of that “didn't blow me away” is because Lemire is so good, I have higher standards for him (sorry!). Still, the comic is more than entertaining and makes us care about the characters within.

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8.3
All-New Inhumans #1

Dec 3, 2015

The art by Stefano Caselli is beautiful with some great design of characters, especially when it comes to the diversity of their look. There's little I can say about the art other than it's just great to look at.

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9.0
All-Star Batman #2

Sep 14, 2016

Two issues in and the series is a home run. This is a bit of a grittier and darker take on Batman fitting in action, psychological examinations, character studies, and amazing art. Easily the best Batman book out there right now after two issues, and that's saying something.

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8.3
All-Star Section 8 #1

Jun 11, 2015

All Star Section Eight #1 may be a continuation of obscure characters, but it's not a must to have read anything before the appreciate the issue. It features Ennis' signature humor and hyperbole along with solid art by McCrea. DC promised us something different, and this series might stand out as one of the most unique of the bunch, and that's not a bad thing.

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8.2
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #17

Aug 31, 2016

The debut of a new Electro! The “death” of a character! This is a lead up to Dead No More that's getting me excited to see what comes next.

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8.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #18

Sep 21, 2016

The issue is a solid one. There's a bit of a classic mad-scientist/monster movie feel to it and Slott gives us more than “must fight Spider-Man” as motivation for action. Doc Ock even comes off a bit sympathetic at times. It's a fun issue, though not necessarily a vital one. It will catch up new readers as to some key goings on though. But even for long time readers, the issue still has more than enough to make it a fun read.

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7.0
American Monster #1

Jan 21, 2016

I finished reading the comic a bit disappointed, but I think that's due to such high expectations. It sets up an interesting story, and interesting characters, but the segmented style of the story without much explanation left me a little let down. Still, I plan on continuing to see where Azzarello and Doe go with it all before a final verdict.

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9.0
Americatown #1

Aug 11, 2015

Just enough information is given for readers to understand what's going on, and enough information is held back to make you want to find out more as to what's going on too. The first issue blew me away. I can't wait to see where the series goes and how it tackles such a heated topic.A brilliant example of social commentary in an entertaining package.

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8.0
Angel City #1

Sep 8, 2016

The first issue does a great job of setting up the story with expectations you'd have due to the genre, then knocking that all down with some twists that make the comic really stand out.

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8.2
Angela: Queen Of Hel #1

Oct 27, 2015

I was intrigued by the concept when this series was launched, and the first issue has me beyond interested now. The combination of writing and art is entertaining and has a very “Marvel” feel about it all. It also gives us something new, which as a reader I appreciate and enjoy. So far, it's one of my favorite debuts of All-New, All-Different, and feels like it's actually worthy of that moniker.

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8.2
ApocalyptiGirl: An Aria for the End Times #1

Apr 23, 2015

The graphic novel is beautiful, and priced for a steal at $9.99. I highly recommend checking it out when it hits shelves in late May.

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5.0
Aquaman (2011) #44

Sep 30, 2015

The overall story in Aquaman is very interesting, but there's some twists and turns that have not helped at all, with art issues added on top of it. Just not the quality it used to be, and that's a shame.

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7.3
Aquaman (2016) #1

Jun 22, 2016

Art issues aside, the first issue is a solid read that sets the ground for what looks like not just an interesting take on Aquaman, but one that really considers all of the facets to the character. I'm looking forward to seeing what Abnett does, I'm just hoping I won't have to overlook the art to do so.

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8.1
Aquaman (2016) #2

Jul 6, 2016

Abnett is laying some very interesting groundwork and the politically infused direction is a fresh way to go. I'm hoping there's a bit more intrigue in that direction, but we'll see. We've yet to get a real hardcore mix of the two that's as much about process and the dealing as it is fighting supervillains, and it looks like Abnett might be filling that niche. So far, so good though as he's shown he can balance the two worlds quite well.

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7.9
Aquaman (2016) #3

Jul 20, 2016

If you dig the idea of Aquaman as the head of state and political aspects of the character, this is a fresh and fun take on that. I'm digging it and want to see where Abnett takes it. We just need more consistent art.

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7.3
Aquaman (2016) #5

Aug 17, 2016

Maybe I'm being nitpicky about the specific details which takes me out of the comic, but overall the issue is entertaining and Abnett has ramped up the action well from the first issue. This is an interesting spin on Aquaman and I'm really interested in seeing where it goes from here. Hopefully the art issue gets stabilized before it drives people away.

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7.8
Aquaman (2016) #6

Sep 7, 2016

The issue is really good in that it not only gets a lot of there as for as where Aquaman stands but it also really ups the pressure that he resolves the issues that have gotten him in so much trouble. Abnett is really upping the action and has given us a hell of a take on the classic character.

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7.3
Aquaman (2016) #7

Sep 21, 2016

Things are interesting here. Abnett continues to really emphasize the crown that Aquaman wears which is a great thing to focus on. It makes the character stand out from the rest of the superheroes out there, it's one of his defining characteristics. A solid series when it comes to the writing.

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7.8
Aquaman: Rebirth #1

Jun 8, 2016

The issue is a solid one that builds off of what's been building for the last few issues, but at the same time really sets forth what feels like a new dynamic for Aquaman. It's a dynamic though that feels natural for the character. This is a comic to watch, and it's one that went from some interest for me to a hell of a lot.

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8.0
Archie vs. Predator #1

Apr 16, 2015

The first issue is good. It does a lot of build up, following the general formula of Predator films. It's fun, not too serious, and well worth the read. I found myself chuckling at different points, but I'm really looking forward to future issues (especially when the Predator REALLY gets going). The first issue will probably be slow for some, but by doing so it keeps up a tradition.

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7.8
Archon: Battle of the Dragon #1

Aug 17, 2015

With added material in the back perfect for any dungeon master and dice slinger, Archon: Battle of the Dragon #1 is a fun new read for those who like a little sword and sorcery.

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9.0
Atomic Robo and The Ring of Fire #1

Sep 13, 2015

Atomic Robo is seriously one of my favorite comic series. It's so much fun to read, and reminds you comics are supposed to be exactly that. With a new publisher hopefully it'll become more available and on more people's radar, because it's one of the series I have no hesitation at all recommending. This first issue of this new volume is no exception.

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7.8
Avengers (2016) #1

Nov 2, 2016

And fun is a key thing here. Waid is clearly going for a tone between this series and Champions and that tone is a return to fun comics that don't linger on the grim and dark. I had gotten a bit tired of the Avengers as a team, but this first issue has me interested again and wanting to see where things go from here.

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6.0
Avengers Standoff: Assault on Pleasant Hill Alpha #1

Mar 1, 2016

As a set up for what's to come, this comic isn't bad, it's also not great either. It gets the job done, but doesn't exactly excite me for what's to come.

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8.8
Avengers World #21

May 23, 2015

Avengers World is a series that's flown under the radar, overshadowed by the higher profile Avengers series. Barbiere and Dekal have turned it into a top tier series that not only entertains, but adds depth in both the greater world building and characters themselves.

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7.7
Batgirl (2016) #1

Jul 27, 2016

I think fans who have been reading Barbara's adventures will enjoy the issue and new readers should have enough to stick around too. By sending Barbara abroad the idea is to help set her apart from the other Bat-books, but if this is really a worldwide trip, I need to see more to make me think she really is in Japan as opposed to the Japanese section of my town.

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7.2
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #1

Aug 17, 2016

The first issue isn't bad in any way, it just is a bit predictable and the tone and interaction between the characters is a bit uneven. There's potential with these three characters, so we'll see where it all goes, but the first issue doesn't knock it out of the park unfortunately.

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8.2
Batman '66 Meets The Man From U.N.C.L.E. #1

Dec 23, 2015

The first issue doesn't give us the whole “meet” part of the series title, but sets up enough fun that I want to come back for the second issue to read more.

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7.8
Batman '66 Meets Wonder Woman '77 #1

Nov 23, 2016

Overall, it's a digital chapter, so a bit short for me, but it does pack in a lot and continues the fun tone of classic Batman and Wonder Woman. I can't wait to read the next chapter and see where things go from here.

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8.5
Batman (2011) #45

Oct 14, 2015

Snyder and Capullo continue to make Batman a must read and consistently the best comic DC is putting out right now. Awesome with every issue.

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8.4
Batman (2011) #47

Dec 9, 2015

This is an awesome issue with a huge payoff at the end. It feels like we're building a whole new legend in many ways, and this issue is a key one.

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7.6
Batman (2011) #48

Jan 20, 2016

On its own, the issue doesn't hold up, but as part of the bigger story Snyder is putting together it's a vital issue. And that ending, it's so nice to see.

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7.7
Batman (2011) #49

Feb 10, 2016

The comic is an interesting one where I go back and forth as to what I think. To me, that'll get settled in next issue, but I can see what was being attempted here. The emotional aspect is beyond top notch, it's just the backdrop of which that's present I'm a bit mixed about.

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8.2
Batman (2016) #1

Jun 15, 2016

This is a great start to a new run on Batman and doesn't feel like too much of a deviation from what Snyder and Capullo put together for years. Batman was DC's top comic, and it looks like it'll be fighting to retain that title.

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8.4
Batman (2016) #2

Jul 6, 2016

The second issue continues to add on the excellent first issue and lays the groundwork for what's to come months down the road. It's a fantastic comic that shows off both King and Finch's strengths and continues to show that Batman is one of the best comics DC is publishing right now.

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7.0
Batman (2016) #3

Jul 20, 2016

The issue isn't bad, it's just too similar to the last two issues. There's a disaster and Batman doesn't trust the two new heroes. Hopefully next issue we get a change up because this is a bit repetitive.

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7.6
Batman (2016) #4

Aug 3, 2016

I think some of the issues I'm beginning to see with the comic is due to it's twice monthly release which has slowed some things down, and sped others up. But, it doesn't feel like the right things are slowed down and the right things are being sped up. I want to get to know Gotham and Gotham Girl so I care about them before they're predictable broken down and/or turn. It'll be interesting to see how things continue. But right now we're seeing a few cracks in things.

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8.1
Batman (2016) #6

Sep 7, 2016

This is a good issue, but I go back and forth if it's a buy or a read. For folks reading up to this point it's probably a buy, but for new readers, maybe wait for the next issue to start.

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7.8
Batman And Robin Eternal #1

Oct 7, 2015

This is a buy for Batman fans, those who aren't may not enjoy it as much. It feels like the start of an epic action filled story. And do I see the groundwork of Bruce as Batman's return? An intriguing comic that has me wanting to come back for the next issue.

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7.7
Batman Beyond (2015) #1

Jun 3, 2015

Batman Beyond #1 brings the character into the main DCU, and it looks like it'll be one fun ride. Everything is on the table here, opening up a hell of a lot of possibilities in a familiar but strange world. The first issue was one that got more on my radar as time went on, and it looks like it'll be a series I'll be following for a while, especially after that ending.

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7.3
Batman Beyond (2015) #4

Sep 2, 2015

The comic felt like one big fight, not something I generally enjoy, until the end, which features a twist that ties in what's currently going on in the various current Batman series directly into this. It's not something I thought about, and it shows there's a greater plan out there for what's going on. That ending had me more excited to see what's coming in the next issue.

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6.8
Batman Beyond: Rebirth #1

Sep 28, 2016

The issue is good, though not great. As I said, it's got a reveal at the end that has me wanting to see what comes next, and hopefully, things pick up a bit more in the overall comic, but as far as getting people excited, the end results is a bit bland.

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8.0
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1

Dec 9, 2015

DC Comics and IDW are taking this miniseries seriously with top creative team that are showing that while the concept might seem silly, this isn't a cash grab. Can't wait to see where this goes next, as I was seriously amazed at how well it worked.

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9.0
Black #1

Aug 19, 2016

The comic delivers on its promise of a politically and socially infused comic that also features superpowers. The first issue is a whirlwind that brings you into the journey in the way a good story should. It's a ride full of emotion that evokes today's social ills and problems.

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8.9
Black #2

Nov 10, 2016

I enjoyed the first issue, but this second issue has me excited to see what comes next and ponder the layered nature of it all.

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9.0
Black Canary (2015) #1

Jun 18, 2015

Black Canary seems to be another break from the DC mold, helping the publisher diversify their line and most importantly do that with fun, entertaining comics. When I was done reading the first issue I not only wanted to read the second, I also wanted to hear the album that'd been produced by the band within.

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8.5
Black Canary (2015) #3

Aug 19, 2015

The issue is a solid mix of action, some humor, and revelations. The end was something that was a bit obvious, but it's still something I want to see where it goes. Fletcher and Wu are giving us a rocking series that's full of fun action, and a great mix of humor too.

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8.0
Black Eyed Kids #3

Jun 17, 2016

I'm not a big horror fan, yet this series has me hooked. Aftershock is delivering with each series and issue, and this is no exception. A must for those who enjoy horror.

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7.0
Black Knight (2015) #1

Nov 20, 2015

There's a lot to like about the first issue, and for those who grew up reading Marvel comics from the 70s and 80s may appreciate the tone of the series. What Tieri does with Dane will be interesting, and how he's started the series has me wanting to see what happens next. A “hero” as an addict is an interesting concept, and one that Tieri looks to explore more.

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7.1
Black Panther (2016) #1

Apr 7, 2016

After a long review it really comes down to this, I expected more in many ways. The first issue I'm sure will be much better when read as part of 12, but on its own, it's a let down not just due to hype, but also due to execution. Coates is clearly still learning, Stelfreeze says as much in an enlightening interview in the back, so I'm sure things will improve. But, for a comic I'm sure Marvel is hoping will bring new readers in, I'm left to wonder if new readers will read this and ask what the point/hype was all about. I don't see why they'd return other than the high profile creative team. Hell, I want to trade wait after this one issue. Add in the $5 price tag and it's hard to recommend this.

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7.0
Black Panther: World of Wakanda #1

Nov 9, 2016

The first issue has its problems, but it's well worth checking out for what feels like an amitious project and release. While I'm a bit mixed on the first issue, I can't wait to see what comes next.

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10
Black Widow (2016) #1

Mar 1, 2016

I wasn't sure what I was expecting in this first issue, but I can definitely say this wasn't it. Waid seems to have redefined a first issue giving us one that's worthy of being the opening sequence on the big screen. Comics are supposed to be fun, and Samnee and Waid have nailed it.

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7.9
Blue Beetle: Rebirth #1

Aug 24, 2016

I didn't have many expectations going into the comic, but coming out of it, I'm pretty impressed. It's fun in so many ways and has a great positive and fun tone that'll be a major draw for me of the series. Can't wait for the first issue of the main series to come and see where this all goes.

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6.0
Boy-1 #1

Aug 12, 2015

The comic feels like the overall story might work really well, but the first issue approaches the main character in a way to make him unlikeable. There's also the flow of the narrative, especially the end, that at points just doesn't quite work for me. Maybe the second issue is a little bit better, but if Jadas alters the course of human evolution, I'm not sure I want it to happen.

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5.0
Call of Duty: Black Ops III #1

Nov 5, 2015

I went in expecting a comic much closer to the style and tone of the video game series, and instead found a comic that felt connected in name only. It seems when it comes to getting my fix of a good Call of Duty story, I may have to go and pick up a controller.

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5.2
Captain America: Steve Rogers #4

Aug 23, 2016

The issue continues a rather middling series. Captain America: Steve Rogers #4 isn't bad, but it's also not really worth your dollars either. As an issue it feels like it's job is to recap everything that has happened in just three issues and do some foreshadowing, it's just not enough, nor is anything vital that it's a comic you have to have to understand what's going on or what's to come.

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7.0
Captain America: Steve Rogers #5

Sep 27, 2016

Captain America: Steve Rogers #5 is an interesting issue that will give you a lot more information about Civil War II and may even change your perspective about the event as a whole. It's interesting issue and as a part of the bigger storyline going on throughout the Marvel Universe it's more intriguing, but on its own it still feels gimmicky and sowing the seeds at the next event to come after Civil War II.

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8.5
Captain Canuck #1

Jun 4, 2015

It's a first issue and you get two stories from three top-notch creators. I've waited for this first issue, and I wasn't disappointed at all. It was a fun first issue, with a mix of classic and modern sensibilities about it. It also presents a super hero that can stand with the Big 2, and that's not easy to do. Can't wait for the second issue to hit.

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8.2
Captain Canuck #2

Jun 26, 2015

Overall, the second issue like the first doesn't disappoint at all. The series has a modern look and a classic heart. This is a superhero series that's about being a hero, saving individuals, doing what's right. The art and action doesn't hurt too. A classic hero relaunched, and one that everyone should be checking out.

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8.3
Captain Canuck #5

Dec 10, 2015

Captain Canuck continues to be one of my favorite comics with each release going towards the top of my read pile. It has all the superhero action without the cynicism, which makes it a unique treat in today's comic world.

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7.4
Captain Marvel (2016) #1

Jan 19, 2015

The first issue is a nice start be left me wanting. It's missing the excitement I was expecting and other volumes gave us, and it's focus on the boring role Carol has found herself in bleeds off the page in a negative way. Previous volumes have thrown their feminism in our faces, along with action, and this in some ways feels like a dialed back take in both ways. Hopefully, like the latter half of the comic, we get a better mix of action and space station management.

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8.0
Carver: A Paris Story #1

Sep 25, 2016

If you're a fan of noir/revenge tales this is a great comic to pick up and enjoy. The setting and character feel like an excellent homage to the past, something that could have been done then and being reprinted now. A solid entertaining read and one that probably flew under your radar.

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8.0
Castro OGN #1

Sep 30, 2015

Castro is a solid read for those who want to learn more about the Cuban Revolution and Fidel Castro, and provides a good starting point. Hopefully, it'll get folks interested to explore more, as reality is one hell of a story.

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9.0
Catwoman (2011) #41

Jun 11, 2015

I'm recommending this as a buy, not particularly this issue, but since Valentine took over. This issue on its own isn't a great starting point for new readers, though I'd imagine those already reading will be pleased. New readers might want to go back a bit. It seems like a series that's both beautifully written and drawn. Sadly I haven't kept up with the series, but not time like the present to go back and catch up.

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7.7
Catwoman: Election Night #1

Nov 2, 2016

One-shots like this I usually roll my eyes about, but Catwoman: Election Night is an entertaining comic that actually has a lot to say about the current state of politics and the Presidential election. But, what it also does is provide an escape from it all as Finch and Russell put story before politics. Whether you're a politico who wants a little politics in your comics or a comic fan looking for an entertaining story, Catwoman: Election Night is worth checking out.

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8.5
Champions #1

Oct 4, 2016

I had no idea what to expect going into this series and coming out the other side… it's awesome. It has an energy and vibe that's missing from a lot of comics. It has action, humor, solid banter, and more importantly characters that feel very aware of what they're doing. Marvel has position the series to be the center of what comes next and if this is any indication of what's coming, bring it on.

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9.0
Chew #50

Jul 2, 2015

While the series is heading towards its sixtieth and final issue, there's not time like the present to start from the beginning and catch up. With games and a television show in the works, Chew is still poised to be a massive break-out in the comic world. It's kind of hard for it not to be when it's this so infectiously fun.

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8.1
Chum #1

May 6, 2016

The first issue is a must get for noir/crime comic fans and I can't wait for the next issue.

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7.9
Cirque American: Girl Over Paris #1

Jul 7, 2016

While the original material is squarely in the young adult market, this comic is enjoyable by far more than fanse of the genre. I enjoyed it while generally avoiding all YA prose material. For me, it feels a bit Scooby Doo, a bit Nancy Drew, and a bit The Devil Wears Prada. This is a girl in Paris overwhelmed by her surroundings with a mix of mystery and it has me wanting to come back for more.

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9.0
Citizen Jack #1

Nov 4, 2015

This year seems to be a solid one for political comics, and especially satire, with Prez being one of the other standout highlights. Both succeed in showing an understanding of a broken process and broken system, while lampooning them in a way that makes you laugh, though we all should probably be crying from the reality of it all. It's just a first issue, but Citizen Jack looks like it's just what I need to get through the 2016 election.

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8.4
Civil War II #0

May 18, 2016

But, this review is about this one issue, and it succeeds in everything it sets out to do, and does so while asking a very intriguing philosophical question.

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7.7
Civil War II #1

Jun 1, 2016

Like most of Marvel's event comics, the first issue definitely hooks you and has me interested to see what comes next. Hopefully it'll focus more on the actual political debate within and not water it down with actions based on emotions.

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7.0
Civil War II #2

Jun 15, 2016

Two issues in and the series is focused too much on emotion when it'd have been much better off putting that off to focus on the debate of how to stop crime that's the core of the series. While it covers a lot, in the end, the second issue continues to leave the event series' debate shallow at its core.

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4.0
Civil War II #3

Jul 13, 2016

In the end, what's the point of spending money to read a comic that has little more to say than what's already been spoiled by the publisher? Things may pivot from here and be redeemed, but I need to judge this one issue at a time. This is a hard pass.

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4.0
Civil War II #4

Jul 27, 2016

Much like the previous issue, this issue thinks it's smart, but is paper thin when it comes to its deeper themes. This is a box office event blockbuster on the printed page, when it's over you wonder what the point was other than to watch folks beat each other up. With three issues to go, I don't see things improving based on the final few pages.

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6.0
Civil War II #5

Sep 21, 2016

It all feels like there were issues putting this issue together. Some things are rushed, othere things there's not enough detail or discussion. I'd guess it was around this issue that plans changed and the series was expanded. Overall, the issue continues an event that's more flash than substance.

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6.7
Civil War II #6

Oct 26, 2016

There's some interesting things in the issue and it gets closer to the premise we were promised, but like previous issues it just feels empty at this point too. We had battles that were just thrown together and this too feels like a quick deescalation. Much like the event as a whole, the issue is a step off. The final panel is an interesting one and I want to see what Bendis has up his sleeve, but at this point it's really hard to keep going.

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7.1
Civil War II #7

Nov 23, 2016

The issue sets a lot of things up to come and you know what's hinted at will be something bigger than presented. It also interestingly shifts the importance of Marvel's "X" lines a bit as the events to come are presented from the view of Old Man Logan increasing his importance. But, like the six issues before, the concept is muddled with too much flash.

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6.5
Civil War II #8

Dec 28, 2016

The event wraps up as I expected, a summer blockbuster film with little to challenge the reader relying on flash and shock instead of its cerebral promise.

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8.4
Civil War II: The Accused #1

Aug 10, 2016

Civil War II: The Accused fills in a lot of gaps and I'd say is a pretty vital comic for those interested in Civil War II. But, more importantly, it actually comes close to delivering on the premise that was set up in the beginning of the event. It also leaves the reader with no clear answers. All of that together equals a success and the best comic I've read so far dealing with Civil War II.

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5.0
Civil War II: The Fallen #1

Aug 17, 2016

The comic as a whole is just flimsy in so many ways. Lacking much emotion. A series of scenes. Art that just doesn't work. All for $4.99. This one is an absolute pass unless you're a die-hard Hulk fan or obsessive completist.

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7.0
Clean Room #1

Oct 22, 2015

The first issue is an interesting start. It's enough to get me to want to come back for the second, but I definitely was a bit lost in the beginning. This could be one that'll play out better in trade form, but we'll see!

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8.1
Con Man's Spectrum #1

Jun 29, 2016

Can a comic get me to check out a television show? It looks like it because I want to now see what Con Man is all about. This comic was fun and entertaining and I'm definitely coming back for more.

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8.8
Constantine: The Hellblazer #1

Jun 10, 2015

This first issue is such a departure from what I expected. DC Comics promised we'd see a fresh and diverse new line of comics, and this series is clearly a key in that. The look is fresh. The voice is fresh and fantastic. The character is finally unique than just a mystique who's a jackass. I'm signed up, and can't wait to see where it goes.

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8.0
Constantine: The Hellblazer #3

Aug 17, 2015

The comic is a solid one in that it gives us a lot of insight in John Constantine's history and some of the sins of the past. It also hints as to the beginning of his dabbling into the mystic arts, and at the same time expands that world a bit with the introduction of new characters.

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6.5
Convergence #2

Apr 18, 2015

For a hyped event, Convergence has me waiting for it to be over to get back to our regularly scheduled program.

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6.5
Convergence #7

May 20, 2015

The issue, like the previous ones, is just ok. This event is a rarity in that the tie-ins are much stronger than the main series, the opposite of the usual. The big thing though is how DC sticks the landing with the next issue, and what comes next. That in the end is how this event will be judged for the better or worse.

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6.2
Convergence #8

May 29, 2015

Really, in the end, the comic is a read mainly due to its importance in shaping what's to come, not due to actual quality. There's some things spinning out of it, like Earth 2: Society, that I'm now even more excited about. But, the real good is DC has opened the vault, and the future is wide open.

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7.5
Convergence: Green Lantern Corps #2

May 23, 2015

If you know the history, the issue might be better. It does take us back to a time when the Green Lantern Corps' human members were rather dysfunctional. We don't get enough of that though.

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8.0
Convergence: Justice League Of America #2

May 25, 2015

Convergence is a bit of a hit and miss. The main series is a bit blah, and the tie-ins are hit and miss. This is one tie-in that stands out" a lot. The tie-ins might have a pretty standard formula, but that doesn't mean you can't do somethign special to make it stand out, Nicieza shows just how to do that.

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8.0
Convergence: The Flash #2

May 22, 2015

Overall, the two issues are a solid one with a clear vision, voice, and purpose in each issue. This isn't just some boring battle like some of the tie-ins are. Abnett is a fantastic writer, and these two issues show off how solid he is.

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9.0
Cyborg #1

Jul 22, 2015

This first issue gives me so much hope. Walker looks like he's going to actually say something with this series, and at the same time provide a lot of entertainment in doing so.

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9.0
Cyborg #2

Aug 26, 2015

Cyborg is one of the strongest debuts in the DCYou line-up. It blends superhero sensibility with a real world we can relate to. Walker achieves that with the addition of small details, small thoughts, and fantastic responses to simple questions or moments. Can't wait to see where the series goes, but with just two issues, I'm completely on board.

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6.0
Cyborg (2016) #1

Sep 21, 2016

It's just ok overall. Cyborg should be a top-tier DC comic, but it feels like it's being relegated to a second tier one. The story isn't anything new or interesting. The scenes that should really connect usually have jokes that fall flat or dialogue that feels like it's written by someone who thinks this is how young kids speak. There's something to having Cyborg figure out if he's man or machine, but this just isn't it.

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7.0
Cyborg: Rebirth #1

Sep 7, 2016

The issue ends with clearly the villain that Vic will be up against. I have no idea who that is personally, but the design is cool. The issue as a whole is an interesting one, moving away from a focus on a superhero with a disability to a superhero who may not be human. It's a switch, but the tone of the comic feels similar to the previous volume. Overall, interesting stuff.

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8.3
Daredevil (2015) #1

Nov 30, 2015

Soule, Garney, and Milla set out to create a distinctive voice and look from the previous run, and they succeed. It's best not to judge on what has come before since this is so different and is clearly trying to be. So far so good, in that the character is being brought back to his roots in many way, and at the same time we're being given new things to keep us on our toes. I expect the first issue to be solid, and this team delivers an entertaining read.

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8.5
Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1

Nov 25, 2015

I'll straight up say, I was floored by this first issue which completely surpassed my expectations and reminded me much more of the classic Miller comics I grew up reading. There's been lots of hype building to this, and when I got through it all and to that last page, that hype felt warranted.

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7.0
Dark Knight III: The Master Race #3

Feb 24, 2016

It's hard to say if I had no idea of Miller's ideological leanings how my views of this issue might have changed, but even without that knowledge it's clear Miller's focused on the rise of Al-Qaeda's more insane offshoot ISIS now. I can't judge the whole tale since there's much to go, but this issue is a huge shift from the first two in its tone and what it's trying to say. It's one I expected considering how the last issue ended, but I clearly still wasn't prepared for.

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7.1
Dark Knight III: The Master Race #4

Apr 28, 2016

The series is about what I expected and continues its big on concepts, low on exploration of those concepts. But, that leaves a story that the readers can debate with each other and themselves. Honestly I expected a voice and perspective that hasn't quite played out as I expected. A comic you can debate is a success in many ways, and I continue to look forward to see what's to come.

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7.1
Dark Knight III: The Master Race #5

Jun 29, 2016

Not sure what else there really is to say. The comic isn't bad, it's just not as good as it should be. It lacks that something special that existed in the first volume and was clearly missing in the second. It's very readable and in some aspects entertaining, but modern classic, this one isn't.

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7.0
Dark Knight III: The Master Race #7

Dec 28, 2016

The issue isn't bad as it sets up the finale, but it just feels like the momentum has been lost a bit due to the delays in its release. When read as a trade I'd expect my opinions to differ, but as a single issue is how I'm judging it right now. Still, it sets up the next issue in a way that I'm hoping the wait is minimum as it looks to be one action packed ending.

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9.0
Dark Night: A True Batman Story #1

Jun 15, 2016

I had high hopes going into reading this graphic novel and it didn't disappoint at all, meeting my lofty expectations. I found myself emotionally caught up and invested in this story, and the real experiences Dini had, especially as someone who grew up watching the two shows he's most known for. It gives us a glimpse behind the curtain, no matter how ugly that may be. Dini and Risso have put together a biography in graphic novel that bends and twists the genre into something more.

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8.6
DC Super Hero Girls #1

Jun 29, 2016

This isn't a deep layered graphic novel, it's not supposed to be. This is geared towards younger kids who'll enjoy the characters and style and simplistic story. Still, I found it all enjoyable and can't wait to read and see more of it all. If there's a little super hero in your life, this is an absolute must buy for them. If you're an adult, it's one you'll want to check out to see what the kids are so excited about.

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8.6
DC Universe: Rebirth #1

May 23, 2016

It looks like Rebirth is going to be more than just the rebirth of DC's legacy, but also a rebirth of hope and fun in comics.

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9.0
Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love #1

Oct 5, 2016

I honestly went into this with no expectations and maybe a bit of a negative one (I don't care too much for Deadman), but came out loving it. I can't wait to see the next issue not just for Vaughn's solid writing, but Medina's art too. If you're a fan of horror this is one you'll absolutely want to check out as it's a solid comic to be released as we head into the Halloween season.

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4.0
Deadpool & Cable: Split Second #1

Dec 30, 2015

The comic is a throwback in many ways, and that's not a good thing. Both characters have come far and have been done better in many ways. While some are all about nostalgia, I myself have moved along and look for something a little bit more in my comics.

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8.0
Death of Hawkman #1

Oct 5, 2016

The first issue really surprised me and feels a bit Flash Gordon with a potential buddy cop story coming. I want to see what's going on as Andreyko has set the comic up to build on the mystery and it works for me. I think what has really sold me though is Adam Strange. This is a character I've never cared about, but all I want now is a pulp space adventure featuring Strange and written by Andreyko.

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7.4
Death of X #1

Oct 5, 2016

The first issue is doing what it promised, to fill in the gap of the eight months and for us to finally find out what happened to Cyclops and the first fallout between the Inhumans and mutants. For those that care about that clash and the upcoming event that feels like it'll probably be round two of that clash, this is something that's a must.

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6.9
Death of X #3

Nov 2, 2016

I said it with the first issue, I'm waiting for the end to really see how it all ends. This has been a rather odd miniseries to read as we know where things are and this fills in the gap. Who lives? Who dies? That's the questions this answers and the main draw for me. And in the end, it's all prequel for the event series to come next.

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5.8
Death of X #4

Nov 23, 2016

The comic answers questions and foreshadows things to come, but it also leaves a lot of unanswered questions (how has Magneto not seen more of a backlash?). I have no idea if those holes will be filled, but the four issue series does what it set out to do, set up the conflict to come in the next big even, tell else who has died, and provide the fate of Cyclops. It does all of that, I just wish it did a bit more too.

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7.0
Deathstroke (2014) #7

Jun 26, 2015

The comic isn't “deep,” it knows what it is and goes with it. Some times mindless action is all we're looking for, and this comic delivers that in a good way. For folks who want a comic that's straight up action, this one is for you.

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7.5
Deathstroke (2016) #1

Aug 24, 2016

The issue is an interesting first issue as it doesn't stand on its own and really relies on the Rebirth issue, which is good in some ways and bad in others. What it does is set up some potentially interesting things in the future and Priest is giving us something more than a badass with big guns.

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8.2
Deathstroke: Rebirth #1

Aug 10, 2016

Priest being back in comics has me excited and here we get a good idea as to what we can expect to come. The issue lays things out for new and old readers alike and more importantly gives us an interesting and complex character to entertain us.

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7.8
Detective Comics (2016) #934

Jun 8, 2016

This is a good set up and has me wanting to see where it goes from here.

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7.8
Detective Comics (2016) #935

Jun 22, 2016

I think the comic is pretty solid like the last one continuing to build what should pay off down the road. Again, it feels like something old mixed with something new, and that's a lot of what Rebirth is. The fact that Batwoman's worldview is at the center of this issue makes me happy in that it emphasizes she's running the show here, and that alone sets it all apart.

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8.2
Detective Comics (2016) #936

Jul 13, 2016

The comic is a nice build that sets up Batman as fallible, sets Kate/Batwoman apart, and has a hell of a twist at the end that I didn't see coming. It's exciting! It's fun! And it's really cool to me. I'm digging the comic and the fact it's kept up quality shipping twice a month is impressive. I'm looking forward to seeing where this goes, and hopefully, it can continue to keep me on my toes.

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8.1
Detective Comics (2016) #937

Jul 27, 2016

This is a solid arc so far that really shakes things up in the Bat-world. From the writing to the art, it's all top notch and impressive and I can't wait to see where it all goes from here. The action is just getting started and it looks to be exciting.

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7.9
Detective Comics (2016) #938

Aug 10, 2016

There's a great entertaining story going on here. It's fast paced and I feel like we've thrown in the deep end of things when it comes to the story. That's not a bad thing at all and really fun so far. I'm excited to see where this goes next because so far there's been a hell of a lot of action already.

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8.1
Detective Comics (2016) #939

Aug 24, 2016

The issue didn't have the “holy shit” moment I expected from the teaser, but it does have an ending that's really cool and not exactly where I thought things were going. Luckily we don't have too long until the next issue and I can't wait.

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9.0
Detective Comics (2016) #940

Sep 14, 2016

And part of the reason it doesn't feel like a cheap trick? We get an epilogue! And what an epilogue, that ties into the events into the greater mystery as to what has happened with the DC Universe. This doesn't feel like a stunt, it feels like something that's a small piece of something greater. By mixing in real emotion, giving us clear answers immediately, and add in solid art, we've got a hyped issue that actually lives up to it.

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8.5
Doctor Strange (2015) #1

Oct 6, 2015

Aaron and Bachalo have put together a really fun debut that exudes energy off of the page. This is a series I looked forward to debuting, and it delivered in every way. By Vishanti it pulled it off!

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6.2
Doom Patrol (2016) #1

Sep 14, 2016

Way described the DC's Young Animal line as experimental in many ways and it begins here with the cover with a peel away sticker of a burrito. The inside material doesn't slow down at all when it comes to that. Hopefully, things are clearer as it goes on?

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9.1
Dreaming Eagles #1

Dec 31, 2015

I will say, I was really surprised by the comic. Ennis does great war comics, but throwing in racial aspects really makes this one stand out. It also impressively makes me want to see how close it is to actual history as far as the war. It's a comic that makes me want to learn. This comic has been the surprise of the week for me. Absolutely check it out.

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7.3
Earth 2: Society #1

Jun 10, 2015

The first issue might be helped if you have read what's come before previously, but there's tons of potential here. The series sets up what will potentially be cool to see, a comic and world that's actually being built from the ground up. While I'm not totally jumping up and down yet, there's lots to go off of, and where it goes from here will be key. This could be a sleeper, that pays off after a bit, the first issue though is a fun read.

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7.0
Exit Generation #1

Sep 23, 2015

Exit Generation is an interesting debut overall. I like the concepts, I'm just not completely sold on the end result. It might have been due to high expectations set by Read's Find, but I found the first issue of Exit Generation to be good, just not great.

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7.0
Extraordinary X-Men #1

Nov 5, 2015

While new readers might find this interesting, All-New, and All-Different, may feel like a repeat and been there, done that, to long time “X” fans. The writing is good, the art is solid as expected. The first issue just feels like something I've seen before, and there's nothing new to get me excited to see what comes next.

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9.0
Fight Club 2 #1

Apr 29, 2015

Going in, I was nervous, but Fight Club 2 was one of my most anticipated books for 2015. Coming out, it's now one of my favorite books to debut this year. The fist issue is out May 27, definitely give this one a try.

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7.7
Flash (2016) #2

Jul 13, 2016

The comic is an interesting one. It begins one way so you expect a comic where Barry begins to train this new Speedster (with some foreshadowing thrown in) but, by the end of it all the comic is something very different. It's a hodgepodge of a whole bunch of different things but totally works because of the way Williamson presents it all. You can feel the energy on the page, it comes through well. The end of the comic sets something up that'll be really interesting, and luckily we only have two weeks to wait to see where it goes.

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8.1
Flash (2016) #3

Jul 27, 2016

The series is an interesting one in that it's really blown up Barry's world expanding things in a rapid way. And by doing that, totally feels appropriate for the Flash.

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7.0
Flash: Rebirth (2016) #1

Jun 8, 2016

The issue was good, not great. It feels much more like an addendum to DC Universe: Rebirth, rather than a one-shot to send this character on his way. The Flash seems like he's at the center again of the DC Universe, but other than a few bits of dialogue, you wouldn't necessarily know that here.

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7.9
Foolkiller (2016) #1

Nov 2, 2016

The first issue has some good and it has some bad and as a first issue I want to come back and see what's next. The big thing for me going forward is how this series sets itself apart from the group of comics it orbits in. So far, they all feel a bit too similar and lack that special something.

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7.1
Four Eyes: Hearts of Fire #1

Jan 7, 2016

My overall thought on the series is up in the air. There's the one aspect I clearly didn't enjoy and caught me off guard, but the characters and the art are so good. It's kind of fascinating really. But animal fighting, even with dragons, still is troubling and impacted my enjoyment. The rest of the series will really impact what I think of this one issue, but right now it's intriguing and I want to read more.

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8.5
Fresh Romance #1

May 27, 2015

The industry has been shifting away from spandex and capes for some time, and indie, web, and digital comics have been leading that charge. Rosy Press' Fresh Romance #1 is the latest example that there truly is something (and someone) for everyone when it comes to comics (and life). A fantastic addition that revitalizes a genre in comics often overlooked, or dismissed. The quality brings the issue, and genre to life.

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9.0
Frostbite #1

Sep 28, 2016

Williamson and Alexander have presented us with a world I want to learn more about. The characters have personalities and based on their actions, they're willing to take action that feels natural and justified. There's real emotion here which is something I'd expect in a world worn down. Frostbite feels like a series I want to spend the upcoming winter months (and beyond) with.

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8.7
Future Quest #2

Jul 6, 2016

The series continues to come together, and so far it's a lot of fun. The first two issues feel like the start of an epic animated crossover movie that was never made, but should of. Fans of these classic characters should be excited for this one. I can't wait to see what comes next.

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7.9
Future Quest #3

Jul 27, 2016

And I think that's something that's impressed me with the first three issues of this series. The comics feel natural and like they're ripped right from the animated series they're based on. This is awesome nostalgia for fans of these characters and the comic fills in some of the gaps for those who are new.

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4.0
Ghost Rider (2016) #1

Dec 2, 2016

The choices for this issue are… interesting to say the least. With pages that feel like they're from an issue of Totally Awesome Hulk and then another character showing up at the end, the issue feels like something you'd find many issues down when sales have dwindled and a crossover is needed to boost sales. I can't see folks who came to this from the live action version would stick around after this issue. I'm seriously perplexed.

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8.4
Go Home #1

Nov 23, 2016

Overall, the comic wasn't on my radar, but this is really solid and one I'd suggest checking out digitally. It stands out as a prime example of the type of entertainment that indie comics can deliver that you often don't see in the big publishers.

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7.8
Green Arrow (2011) #41

Jun 3, 2015

I've never been the biggest Green Arrow fan, only reading some runs here and there. This issue though has me interested to see how this plays out. It might not be the Green Arrow that everyone knows and likes, but for me it's something I want to see how it plays out.

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7.0
Green Arrow (2011) #43

Aug 12, 2015

Potential, that's what I walk away thinking after reading this, the final issue of the story arc. Green Arrow is starting to hit the social queues that I've enjoyed about the character in the past, but hasn't dived too deep… yet. We'll see where it goes, but we might be seeing the start of a good balance between the Arrow of today and Green Arrow of yesterday.

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7.0
Green Arrow (2011) #44

Sep 2, 2015

Overall, we're seeing the next step for the Emerald Archer, and while the first story of this new arc didn't have me pumped with excitement, it did have me very intrigued to see where it all goes from here.

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7.9
Green Arrow (2016) #1

Jun 15, 2016

Green Arrow was a comic I was interested in seeing what it'd be like and if the social justice aspect would return. This issue and the previous Rebirth one now have me really interested in seeing where it's going. If you've missed that aspect of Oliver Queen and Green Arrow, this is something you'll need to check out.

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7.9
Green Arrow (2016) #2

Jul 6, 2016

Rebirth is about taking the old and mixing it with the new for a new direction and Percy is nailing that so far. This really feels like more of the classic Green Arrow in many ways, but with updated storytelling. While we've seen this story before, I'm looking forward to seeing what Percy does, especially since he's shown he gets the character so well.

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7.9
Green Arrow (2016) #5

Aug 17, 2016

The first arc wraps up with this issue and it's really entertaining with a quick paced story that shakes things up. If you thought things hit a low for Oliver in the first issue, it looks like he's got further to go by the looks of the end of this one. A solid take on Green Arrow that keeps delivering.

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7.7
Green Arrow: Rebirth #1

Jun 1, 2016

The issue has me wanting to see what comes next and has me interested in checking it out. While it feels more like a fresh start than some of the other Rebirth titles, it achieves its goal in getting me interested. It looks like Green Arrow is going back to being the Social Justice Warrior, and that's something I can't wait to see in comics.

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8.0
Green Lantern (2011) #41

Jun 3, 2015

A fantastic starting point, this issue not only has me excited for what's to come, but also has me wanting to go back and see what I've missed.

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8.0
Green Lantern: The Lost Army #1

Jun 24, 2015

The issue is an intriguing one setting up a mystery I want to see where it all goes. Maybe there's more going on if you read the Green Lantern comics leading up to this (I'm going to go back and find out), but there's more than enough to make me want to see what happens next. The stakes feel high, and the lack of clear enemy creates some tension. Good debut issue that gets me to want to check out the second.

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7.0
Green Lanterns #1

Jun 15, 2016

The first issue is a good, not great, one that dives into setting up what's coming up for the series. It looks to dive pretty deep into the Lantern myth. That might not be great for new readers, but for long time readers, this should feel like a continuation of things that have come before.

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8.3
Green Lanterns #2

Jul 6, 2016

Green Lanterns is fun science fiction and building into a fun series that's basically a buddy cop comedy. It keeps things simple, but it also works due to that. By going back to basics in many ways, Humphries has leaped ahead to where this series has been for some time.

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7.0
Green Lanterns #7

Sep 22, 2016

The issue is the quiet before the storm as a new baddie for Simon and Jessica to deal with is right around the corner. I just worry that Humphries has given is a bit too much foreshadowing and what I expect to happen will. The comic feels like the part of the story where the partner cops share something and one of them then gets shot and killed. Hopefully, I'm wrong and it's not that predictable, but we'll see.

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8.1
Green Lanterns: Rebirth #1

Jun 1, 2016

As it should, Green Lanterns: Rebirth has me excited to see what's to come and brings the series back to its roots in some way with this team focused on protecting Earth. If that last page and prologue in the comic are any indication, it looks like they have their work cut out for them. The comic has some great energy about it, and has gotten me excited to see what's to come. It passes the torch ring to a new generation of Lanterns.

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7.5
Guardians of Infinity #1

Dec 3, 2015

This first issue is an interesting concept, but may be Guardians overload at this point. As a second series it would feel a bit more special, but right now I'm just not quite seeing what makes it stand out. Still, it's an interesting start at least, and a series I'll at least stick with through the first arc. You probably need to be a die-hard Guardians fan to really appreciate the series, and even then, this might be one comic too many.

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7.6
Guardians of Knowhere #1

Jul 15, 2015

Overall, if you love these characters check this out. The art is fantastic. The story is interesting, but just not enough of it, the issue is mostly fight.

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7.7
Guardians of the Galaxy (2015) #2

Nov 27, 2015

So far, the two issues are ok, and entertaining, but it's not quite as good as some of the classic runs we've seen. It's not bad, but there's just something missing.

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4.0
Gwenpool Special #1

Dec 7, 2015

As a whole, the comic feels a lot like a cash grab, especially with the fact that Gwenpool whose name is in the title is within so few of the pages. This is a comic that as a kid, I'd totally have bought only to walk away disappointed. I struggled to read it all. Don't fall for the title, this is a comic to absolutely skip this week.

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8.2
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #1

Jul 27, 2016

This first issue sets a lot up in what feels like will be an epic galactic battle over who'll protect the galaxy. There's something about it that really works that makes you feel the grand scale of it all but a story we've seen before, a despot being taken on by rebel insurgents. It's a solid start that has me excited to see what comes next.

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8.2
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #2

Aug 15, 2016

Venditti is masterfully giving us an entertaining, slow build, where things are being paced in a way so that there's an emotional impact for everything. You know the Green Lantern Corps are going to show up at some perfect time in grand fashion to be reunited with Hal, and the way things are going, I can't wait to see that moment pay off.

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7.7
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps: Rebirth #1

Jul 13, 2016

There are still gaps here as far as story and new readers won't totally be caught up, but for long time readers, this issue has that feel of something epic brewing and it has me excited for what's to come. Mission accomplished.

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8.0
Harley Quinn (2013) #20

Sep 16, 2015

I haven't been a fan of the issue I've previously read, but I really enjoy this one. Here's hoping this is more of what I should expect so I can keep on digging it. A solid issue that dials some over the top things down, but leaves just enough to keep us on our toes.

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7.3
Harley Quinn (2013) #25

Feb 17, 2016

Still, this is the first Harley Quinn comic I found myself enjoying in a real long time. I just wish the art matched the story a bit more, it'd be one hell of a comic if that were the case.

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4.5
Harley Quinn And Power Girl #1

Jun 18, 2015

There's potential to do something I might like here, taking jabs at tropes. And while that might be what Gray, Palmiotti, and Conner are attempting, it just doesn't quite come off that way to me. Might be for you, but not I.

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6.0
Harley Quinn: Road Trip Special #1

Sep 9, 2015

Other than the few pages with Bizzaro and Olsen, this comic is a clunker in both story and art. This one is for the hardcore Harley fans only.

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8.2
Haunted Mansion #1

Mar 8, 2016

I hadn't check out a Disney Kingdoms comic, and I'm really glad I did, so much so I want to see what else I missed and actually looking forward to the next issue.

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9.0
Hellboy in Hell #10

Jun 2, 2016

For Whom The Bell Tolls wraps up Hellboy's adventures and leaves them open too. It is a damn near perfect ending to this series which has been a masterclass in storytelling and art.

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7.5
Hook Jaw #1

Jan 19, 2017

Hook Jaw #2 is where things really take off for me. I'm looking forward to more and sitting back and embracing the utter ridiculousness of it all and enjoying every page of it.

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7.0
Howling Commandos Of S.H.I.E.L.D #1

Oct 27, 2015

The first issue is a solid start. It definitely had the comedic and fun moments I was hoping for, and you can see Barbiere working through how the team will gel together. It's a menagerie of characters that I wondered how they'd work together, and we're seeing the answer is quite well. An entertaining start that has me interested in seeing what comes next.

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8.5
Huck #1

Nov 18, 2015

It's clear the two creators have something to say and I wish we got more in this first issue. My only complaint is that it was a rather quick read. I want to see more of what Millar has to say, and Albuquerque's fantastic art. I went in not knowing what to expect, and came out the other end of the first issue blown away and wanting more. In many ways Huck is an anachronism, and that's not a bad thing at all. Some times that's completely refreshing.

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8.1
Indoctrination #1

Jun 30, 2016

The first issue is a solid start. There's some slight issues, the essay in the end as an example. But, overall, the comic is a beginning that has me wanting to come back for more. This is a series that wants you to explore ideas and think about them. So far it's set things up, where it goes will be interesting.

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9.0
Infamous Iron Man #1

Oct 19, 2016

I think what's really interesting about this issue is that it doesn't have the boastful nature that I'd associate with Doctor Doom. The comic is muted in a way which gave me the impression he was really thinking things through. Most importantly, it has me wanting to come back for more and see what happens next. Doom is a favorite of mine and putting him in this situation looks like it'll give us something actually new involving him.

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8.6
Infamous Iron Man #2

Nov 16, 2016

I'll admit the concept cause me to roll my eyes when I first heard it but two issues in, the series is solid in so many ways and it actually shows a villain on his journey to be a hero. This has quickly become one of my favorites of Marvel NOW! so far and a favorite of mine for Marvel in quite some time.

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8.4
Infinite 7 #1

Jan 8, 2017

If you're a fan of 80s action films like Commando, Escape From New York, or its recent incarnation in The Expendables, then this is a comic for you. The final order cut-off is January 9th, so make sure to pre-order to not miss out.

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5.5
Injection #1

May 12, 2015

Overall, I can only judge on one issue, and it left me confused to a point I don't want to continue. What it comes off as is a series that might be read better as a trade, than individual issues. Time will tell, but this might be just for die-hard Ellis fans.

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6.8
Injustice: Year Five #1

Jan 6, 2016

Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Five #1 is a fun, though not deep, first issue that's worthy picking up if you want to see Batman versus Superman where anything can happen. I wasn't expecting much depth going in, and it doesn't try to sell itself as. As far as a video game to comic adaptation, it's actually good, and the first issue has me wanting to see what comes next at least, if nothing else to just see this take on these characters.

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6.7
Injustice: Year Five #20

May 4, 2016

The chapter is entertaining in many ways but definitely not new reader friendly. Not too shocking since it's the last chapter for the latest arc. It's enough to make me want to go back though and see if the next chapter and arc might be a bit easier spot to start from.

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8.1
Interceptor #1

Jan 9, 2016

I had no expectations going in to this first issue, I hadn't even paid attention as to the creative team. I'm so glad I picked up this first issue. Such a fun solid start that has me wanting to check out the next issue, and maybe see what else I've been missing from Heavy Metal.

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7.0
Invincible Iron Man (2015) #1

Oct 6, 2015

Like a big budget film, the comic is good, not great. It has some very humorous moments, but also feels a bit empty at the same time too. You'll enjoy it while reading, but as soon as you're done you'll forget about it and move on. With past runs that had us examine Tony attempting to change the world for good through business, as well as confronting his self absorption, this debut is very dialed back. There's some decent groundwork laid out, but as a single issue it doesn't quite hold up. Hopefully future issues will give us a bit more.

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8.9
Invincible Iron Man (2016) #1

Nov 9, 2016

I had no idea what to expect going into this first issue, but I've come out of it a Riri fan. She's so much new and so much even I can relate to. This doesn't feel like a derivative of what was, there's so much there that's new. And what it especially has is heart and something we can relate to. An absolutely fantastic debut.

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8.1
IvX #0

Nov 30, 2016

The comic is a good one and there's more than enough for long time readers and new readers. There's new elements that really move things along and solid writing that catches others up. As a zero issue goes, it does its job and then some. Most importantly it sets the stage for what looks like an interesting event, here's hoping the following issues hold up.

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8.7
IvX #1

Dec 14, 2016

IVX promises to shatter the Marvel Universe as you know it and judging by this first issue it'll be one hell of a ride.

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8.0
Jacked #1

Nov 25, 2015

Jacked #1 is an interesting start and another new Vertigo series revitalizing that publishing brand. It's a solid debut, and though many elements are familiar, the comic itself has a voice of its own. Looking forward to seeing where it goes from here.

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8.2
Jacked #2

Dec 23, 2015

This comic isn't for everyone, and it's very clear as to what it is. Having said that, the series and issue is entertaining in its over the top nature that you can't take seriously. It'll be interesting to see where it all goes and if Kripke has something to say as the series progresses, but for now this is a series that has no issue going over the top tip-toeing the line with silly. And due to that, it finds it's sweet spot of entertaining.

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9.0
Justice League #44

Sep 30, 2015

A character transformed. And that ending! This is one comic that's not to be missed.

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7.9
Justice League #45

Oct 21, 2015

This is the start of the next chapter of the next event, and new readers should be able to hop in with very little issues. They might not be blown away, but as a sliver of the greater story, the issue gives us epic challenges ahead and a true feeling the Justice League may be out of their league dealing with it all.

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7.6
Justice League #47

Dec 31, 2015

Overall, the issue is good, and a solid chapter in the bigger storyline, but some of the excitement has definitely been lost. That wasn't helped with what was essentially a month off for a bunch of one-shots. Still, “Darkseid War” has been an exciting event, and I'm looking forward to seeing what comes next.

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8.4
Justice League #50

May 25, 2016

While this closes one chapter, it feels like it opens up more as it sets the stage for the next year and beyond! It's an exciting issue that's oversized in every way, both good and bad, but it's still a hell of a lot of fun.

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6.0
Justice League (2016) #1

Jul 20, 2016

Underwhelming is the best way to describe this first issue. It goes through the motions but lacks anything that makes it stand out so far. It just is and this first issue falls short of making the case that the Justice League should be DC Comics top-tier superhero team.

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6.0
Justice League (2016) #4

Sep 7, 2016

The series so far has been a bit odd to me. It's an epic, big picture destruction, a disaster film on the comics page. But like those disaster films, it lacks emotional connection and relies too much on the destruction, shock and awe. It's wide in its vision, but sadly everything else is only an inch deep. Justice League should be one of DC Comics' top tier titles that you can't forget in how epic it is, but so far, this has been forgettable.

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7.4
Justice League / Power Rangers #1

Jan 11, 2017

The first issue is a solid one. I honestly rolled my eyes when I first heard of this crossover, but after reading the first issue I'm looking forward to seeing where it goes. There's a lot that works and does that really well. There's some things that feel been there done that. But, something clicks in this rather bizarre combination.

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8.1
Justice League of America: The Atom Rebirth #1

Jan 4, 2017

Since this is a solid introduction to Ryan Choi, to me it's a buy, especially if you don't know the character and plan on checking out the Justice League of America series. You'll leave wondering not just how he'll be with all of the other superheroes, but what Ray Palmer's disappearance might have to do with Rebirth.

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7.8
Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #1

Dec 21, 2016

The issue is what I expected. It doesn't blow me away by a long shot, nor is it all that deep in what it delivers, but what it does do is deliver fun that I'd expect in a summer blockbuster. That's not a bad thing. It's a straight up action story without pretending it's anything else and in that way, it very much succeeds and excels.

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6.8
Justice League: Darkseid War: Batman #1

Oct 28, 2015

I give this a read mostly because I don't know how it fits into the otherwise excellent “Darkseid War” as well as Batman's story as a whole (though it's super unclear how this all ties in to Batman considering that series' current story). Not a bad comic, I was just hoping for something more.

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9.0
Justice League: Darkseid War: Green Lantern #1

Nov 11, 2015

By the end of this issue, I want to see King and Shaner on a Green Lantern series. They've shown they can do heart, action, and make it all look good. This is not just the best “Darkseid War” tie-in so far, but this is just a great comic period. It's full of heart in many ways, and also gets you to think and debate the role of a god. One of the best I've read this week, and one of the best I've read in a while.

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7.2
Justice League: Darkseid War: Shazam #1

Nov 11, 2015

It'll be interesting to see where this all goes, and how much will be explored down the road. Maybe we'll see an ongoing Shazam comic with Orlando at the helm. After reading this, it's something I could get behind.

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7.2
Justice League: Darkseid War: Superman #1

Nov 4, 2015

There's not much new here, but it's just done well, and it's entertaining. For fans of Superman, it could be worth a buy, but it's a comic that I enjoyed reading, and folks can do that even if they haven't followed Justice League up to this point. It doesn't add a ton right now to that story, but who knows down the road. If nothing else, Superman looks cool.

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7.0
Justice League: Darkseid War: The Flash #1

Nov 4, 2015

The issue isn't bad, and there's some nice things done with it all. I wish there was something more than just a new version of A Christmas Carol. I will say, Williams gives us actual reasons for the end of the issue that makes sense. For those really into “Darkseid War,” the issue gives us some more insight into the Black Racer and why the Flash must be death.

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5.0
Justice League: Rebirth #1

Jul 6, 2016

Hitch is either amazing with art, or just misses things. This issue feels like something is missing with a Wonder Woman that looks like a lot of Hitch's previous female characters. The detail is lacking at times and the action sequences lacking that epic feel. What should be two-page spreads are condensed into one panel. The entire comic feels rushed, from art to story. It's all compacted in a negative way.

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7.0
Karnak #1

Oct 25, 2015

The issue isn't bad at all, and I want to see what the second issue is like, despite a weird stopping point. There's absolutely some potential in the fist issue and where it all goes is key, but the comic overall doesn't feel like it's special or new. Hype has definitely hurt the comic, but expectations are what they are. In this case, the comic didn't meet them, and feels like something I've seen before.

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6.3
Last Gang in Town #1

Dec 23, 2015

As a first issue, I was really underwhelmed by the story, but at the same time, I'm intrigued to see where the series goes. I want to understand it, and I want to enjoy it, but my lack of understanding up from down made it all a little difficult. As a debut Last Gang in Town #1 doesn't work for me, but leaves me a comic I'd love to see as part of an anthology.

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7.0
Limbo #1

Nov 11, 2015

Overall, Limbo #1 is a good comic. For fans of detective stories, this is one you'll want to check out. There's definitely a lot of questions left out there, and I may be right in my initial thoughts this is the afterlife, but the set up is good and characters more than interesting enough for me to want to check out the second issue.

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6.8
Lobo #7

Jun 4, 2015

While there's nothing necessarily bad about the issue, the concept and series feels like a throwback to a bygone era. DC's moving forward, but this issue feels like a foot in the past.

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7.0
Mad Max: Fury Road - Nux & Immortan Joe #1

May 20, 2015

Overall, the first issue did exactly what I'd hope it'd do, give me more information about some of the characters from the film. None of it is shattering, and I'd actually recommend going to see the film before reading the comic, but as far as a "movie" comic, it's an entertaining first issue.

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10
March #3

Jul 23, 2016

This third volume somehow leapfrogs the other two. Whether it's due to learning or the material within, something about it created an emotional reaction I haven't felt by any media in quite some time. And most importantly it got me to think about where we as a people and nation have been, where we are, and where we're going.

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7.0
Marvel Super Hero Spectacular #1

Oct 8, 2015

Clearly geared towards kids, the comic is perfect for those who enjoy the Avengers Assemble or Guardians of the Galaxy cartoons. I'm definitely not the audience for the comic, so while my scores are not bad, it's an absolute buy for kids.

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8.4
Midnighter (2015) #1

Jun 3, 2015

I'll admit at first I was a bit lost in the comic, but as Midnighter explained things, I realized I wasn't missing anything and that Orlando has crafted a first issue that's solid for both new and old readers. This is a comic I was really looking forward to out of DC's "relaunch" and it definitely delivers.

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8.0
Midnighter (2015) #2

Jul 3, 2015

Overall, the story is solid, the art is a little blah (inconsistent is a good way to describe it). I'm much more story driven, so can overlook the art, but hopefully things balance out in that department. Orlando though absolutely has a hang of the series and characters and is taking him in an awesome balanced. direction.

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9.0
Midnighter (2015) #3

Aug 5, 2015

The issue is a stand alone comic that also adds to the ongoing narrative. It gives us violent action, and tender moments. We also get some solid commentary about today's issues. All this in one comic! Did I enjoy it? If the above isn't evidence enough… hells yes I enjoyed it. You will too. Go and buy this.

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7.0
Mockingbird #1

Mar 8, 2016

As a first issue, this didn't hook me in the way other comics have, but that doesn't make it bad at all, it's just a slower start. Cain admits this is just a small piece of the bigger picture, so I'm not expecting a full personal judgement until I've read the first arc, or at least a few more issues. If you're willing to do that, then you might want to check this out.

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7.9
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1

Nov 24, 2015

That look, along with some of the plot aspects, makes me think this is a comic geared towards the younger set (nothing wrong with that and much needed in the comic market), but I found myself intrigued as to where this was all going and really entertained. The first issue is fun, and I say it a lot, but some times that's what you need. I'm looking forward to the second issue, especially to see what this team can do, but because this first issue shows a lot of promise.

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7.7
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #2

Dec 22, 2015

The second issue is fun, though has a bit of trouble standing on its own. The series still has lots of potential and a niche that's really needed in the comics world.

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7.0
Moon Knight (2016) #1

Apr 12, 2016

I had hoped for a bit more from this comic, but I did have high expectations considering the creative team. It's a decent start and different direction, but the first issue relies WAY too much on settings and characters we've seen before.

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9.5
Motor Crush #1

Dec 7, 2016

I recently compared Mother Panic to the comic series The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys in terms of pace and tone, and I was nearly ready to do the same for Motor Crush. However, that isnt true. Its more like the album companion My Chemical Romance released three years prior titled Danger Days. Frenetic and joyful even in the darkness, Motor Crush is about finding your place in the world and trying to survive set against a futuristic backdrop of motorcycle racing. While the first issue is mostly set-up, it refuses to let off the gas as you follow Domino along on her journey and the jolt of the ending leaves you wanting another ride as soon as it is over. You owe it to yourself to take a ride with Motor Crush.

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8.1
Motro #1

Oct 6, 2016

I still have no idea where this series is going or what to expect, but I'm interested in seeing where it's all going and what Farias has in store.

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7.0
Mythic #1

May 12, 2015

The comic might not be completely original, but it's fun, and some times that's exactly what you need and want.

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8.0
Namesake #1

Nov 9, 2016

Namesake #1 is a solid debut that will take us on a magical journey of discovery and it's one I can't wait to read the next issue.

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8.0
Nanjing: The Burning City HC #1

Aug 21, 2015

Overall, Nanjing: The Burning City feels like a good book to start teens on in hopes they want to do further research about this event that's often ignored in the West. The graphic novel itself is a fine and quick read that gives a little insight into what happened, and packages it into entertainment, like Saving Private Ryan. Here's hoping it spurs some more discussion and research into what really happened.

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8.0
New Suicide Squad #9

Jun 10, 2015

For the brazen and gutsy storyline alone, I'm recommending this one a buy. While it might not use the real world names, it's clear who Ryan is writing about, and what he's getting at. In doing so, he also might be giving us a potential serious threat in the DC Universe, one I'd like to see expanded beyond this storyline. You don't see creators getting this close to something relevant and in the news, so to see it here is beyond awesome.

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8.1
New Superman #1

Jul 13, 2016

If I'm right and Yang is in fact exploring Shanzhai with this series (or at least the opening arc), this is a comic that's an absolute must read and could be one the most fascinating comics to debut this year.

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7.8
New Superman #2

Aug 10, 2016

New Super-Man is one of the most intriguing of the Rebirth titles. Two issues in and I'm excited to see where it goes, and have no idea what to expect next.

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7.9
New Superman #3

Sep 14, 2016

The series continues to be an interesting comic and one I'm digging more and more. Yang seems to really be focusing on a fun tone for it all and the mix of that humor with Bogdanovic's art is a solid combination and rather unique. I said it with the first issue, this is a series to keep an eye on and that remains true.

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7.9
Night's Dominion #1

Aug 12, 2016

If you like D&D adventures, or Assassin's Creed, or the idea of superheroes in a fantasy setting, Night's Dominion is one to check out. Ted Naifeh is great when it comes to entertaining comics that really build a world, and this looks like it'll be no exception to that.

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7.7
Nightwing (2016) #1

Jul 27, 2016

This first issue is a good one in it builds off what's come before and sets us upon a new adventure. It's a good start, though maybe not great. Still, it has me wanting to come back to check out the next issue and see where it goes.

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7.8
Northguard #1

Aug 24, 2016

I've been looking forward to Northguard #1 and had high hopes going in. The comic didn't disappoint me at all and continues the solid work began in Captain Canuck. Chapterhouse Comics looks to have another fun series on its hands.

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6.0
Nova (2015) #1

Nov 5, 2015

Overall, the comic just lacked excitement for me. That's it really. For a first issue, I'm hoping for something to grab me, and make me want to come back, and other than that last panel, the issue lacked it for me. The suburbs have a reputation of lacking excitement, and this superhero family in the suburbs embodies that.

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7.3
Nova (2015) #11

Sep 29, 2016

This one is definitely one for Nova fans, especially classic Nova…

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8.2
Nova (2016) #1

Dec 8, 2016

Nova #1 wasn't on my radar, but after reading this first issue, it's a series I'm absolutely coming back for more.

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8.1
NVRLND #1

Jun 13, 2016

The first issue of NVRLND does an excellent job of setting things up with all of the familiar characters we know, but at the same time giving each enough of a unique spin to make it all feel original. I'll admit I rolled my eyes when I heard that it was another take on Peter Pan, but having read the first issue, I'm looking forward to see what comes next.

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8.8
Old Man Logan (2016) #2

Feb 10, 2016

Old Man Logan for me is one of the best, if not the best, comic that Marvel is putting out right now. It's exceeded my expectations in every way, and a comic I'm looking forward to with each release. More of this quality please!

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8.0
Omega Men #2

Jul 1, 2015

The Omega Men so far has continued the tradition of sci-fi to explore real world issues, and entertain at the same time. Here's to many more issues and see where King takes this story, especially with his interesting background and knowledge, a unique perspective in the industry.

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7.0
Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! #1

Dec 22, 2015

The comic is hit and miss for me. Overall, I think it'd work better in smaller chunks as a back-up comic, but I also accept that I'm not the audience intended for it. Still, it's cute in many ways and there's a lot of potential here to see the comic stand on its own. So far though, this is more slice of life than superhero antics.

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9.5
Plutona #1

Sep 7, 2015

Just a magical beginning mixing familiar genres and tropes creating something better.

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8.3
Power Man and Iron Fist (2016) #1

Feb 16, 2016

As I said earlier, I had high expectations going in to this one and it delivered. The All-New, All-Different Marvel has been very hit and miss for me, and this one is an absolute hit. Can't wait for the second issue and to see what Walker and Greene have in store for us.

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9.5
Prez #1

Jun 17, 2015

This is me, is there any shock that I wouldn't enjoy the series? So far, out of all of the new DC series I've read, this one is my favorite, and thankfully we have a year to enjoy it.

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10
Prez #2

Jul 22, 2015

With a real Presidential election going on that seems more and more like the world Russell is depicting, you have to wonder is he actually writing thoughtful satire, or is he just ahead of the times? A great read for those who care even a little about the political world around them.

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6.8
Punisher (2016) #1

May 3, 2016

I think what we're seeing in this first issue is a classic Punisher, and that's my issue. I expected something more. Instead, we got something we've seen before many times.

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7.6
Red Dog #1

Sep 9, 2016

The first issue ends at a cliffhanger that is a bit overused, but what has come before kept me entertained enough to want to see what comes next and find out more about the world. I can make some guesses as to what we'll see, but so far, it's pretty entertaining and well worth checking out when it's released.

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8.1
Red Hood and the Outlaws: Rebirth #1

Jul 27, 2016

This was an issue I expected to really dislike, but the pacing, the presentation, it all works really well. So much so, I want to see what comes next. The full team isn't brought together, but I can't wait to see when it does.

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6.0
Red Wolf #1

Nov 30, 2015

This new series had an opportunity to be something interesting, unique, and really stand out, but the first issue is underwhelming on all fronts. I gave the comic a shot, but what I see is so-so art, and a story that matches by underwhelming. This is not a series I'm sticking around for the second issue.

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7.7
Ringside #1

Nov 25, 2015

This was a good first issue. While I expected a story more about wrestling, that's not quite what it is. The first issue shows a lot of promise, so we'll see where it goes, and if the idea of a Southern Bastards with wrestling sounds interesting, this is definitely one to pick up.

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8.3
Robin War #1

Dec 2, 2015

As a whole, this is a fantastic first issue that brings together a lot of characters in a way that's welcoming to new readers and should excite ones who have been around for a while, it got me excited. I can't wait to see where this event goes, hopefully it continues this first issue's excellence.

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7.2
Robin: Son of Batman #2

Jul 15, 2015

Two issues in, the series hasn't quite hooked me yet, but it's showing interesting promise in a redemption tale of a character we love to hate. Whether this series dives deeper into Damian's history and messed up past will be key. There is lots that hasn't been discussed and examined about the character (such as his birth), that if we see that, the series may be fantastic. Right now though, it's reading something featuring a character I just don't personally like, and that's something I haven't gotten past…. yet.

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7.8
Robin: Son of Batman #4

Sep 16, 2015

The comic is fun. That's the best way to put it. It's not deep, but it's a buddy adventure with kids learning who they are. And Gleason remember to infuse that with fun throughout. The comic is an entertaining read, which at times is all we really want or need. The reason this is a “read” instead of a “buy” is just the fact isn't some vital issue, or the best of the best type of issue. But, it'd be a comic I'd absolutely be happy with in my weekly pull list, and for folks who want to check out this series, this is a solid issue to hop on with.

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8.5
Runaways (2015) #1

Jun 16, 2015

Runaways is a fantastic addition to Marvel's solid Secret Wars event. It's a series that I'm hoping will stick around after the event too. We get a series like this every so often, but they never seem to last as long as they should. Here's hoping this sparks something new, and this one stays for a while.

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7.2
RunLoveKill #1

Apr 19, 2015

The first issue is absolutely interesting, and has a lot of potential. Hopefully some of the visuals are a bit clearer in future issues, which will help put the series over the top for me.

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7.8
Scarlet Witch #1

Dec 7, 2015

The first issue is ok, and I enjoyed reading it, but for me, the key is to see where it goes and how it differentiates itself from other series, embracing the character's complicated past, while forging its individual path.

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9.0
Scarlett Couture #3

Jun 25, 2015

This issue, we're missing her dossiers that were in the first two issues, possibly because Des Taylor has revealed all there is for the reader to know before the epic conclusion. What surprised me most about Des Taylors writing is his attention to details. Taylor makes of habit of making things factually accurate, which is different for some comic book writers. It only makes sense as readers, because in this age of Google we have easier access to information than generations past. Overall, a great read.

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7.1
Scooby Apocalypse #1

May 24, 2016

The first issue is definitely bold and interesting, I'm just very undecided as to what I think in the end. I'll definitely check out the second issue to see where it goes, but the first issue is more befuddling than exciting for me.

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9.5
Secret Coders #1

Sep 30, 2015

A wildly entertaining new series that combines logic puzzles and basic programming instruction with a page-turning mystery plot! Bring on the next volume!

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8.0
Secret Six (2014) #5

Aug 19, 2015

The issue felt like an Agatha Christie revelation mixed with The Usual Suspects. While it doesn't quite stand on its own, as part of the story arc, it's fantastic. A much needed issue that seamlessly fits into the overall story not breaking its stride. Its taken a few issues to get there, but Simone's latest Secret Six run is starting to remind me a lot of her modern classic run, and that's a very good thing.

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8.0
Secret Wars #2

May 15, 2015

The first issue was interesting and had me entertained, this second issue has me really interested to see what happens next. Unlike recent events from Marvel, this one is actually living up to the build up and hype so far. But, we have a long way to go before it's over. If you missed the first issue, you can skip it, the second is where things really begin.

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9.5
Secret Wars #9

Jan 13, 2016

The issue was delayed, but it's worth the wait. Hickman brings together years of ideas and stories, and launches into many decades more to come.

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9.0
Secret Wars: Secret Love #1

Aug 24, 2015

Secret Wars: Secret Love is so good, with so many varied creators, it has reminded how much Marvel has dropped the ball with the relaunch in a few months. Whitley not on a Misty Knight series? Cmon! Michel Fiffe not being given something! Marguerite Bennet, Katie Cook, Felipe Smith, Gurihiru, Kris Anka, this comic is filled with folks who are comic stars. This is the type of creative line-up I'd be building a line around. I want more of this!

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6.8
Seven to Eternity #1

Sep 20, 2016

I'm not ready to write the comic off, I'll check out the second, but high hopes and expectations have definitely been dashed.

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7.5
Shade, the Changing Girl #1

Oct 5, 2016

It took me quite a while to get into the first issue, but when I got to the end I really enjoyed it. I'm still not 100% sold, but the issue has an interesting thing going on and where it goes from here, I honestly have no idea. With so many options, I'm intrigued more than anything and want to see what comes next.

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8.0
Silk (2015) #1

Nov 24, 2015

The comic's first issue is a lot of fun. I want to see what happens next and Thompson has carved out a solid space for Silk that keeps her in a world that feels familiar for fans of the Spider family but also is unique enough to make it stand out. A great debut.

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7.8
Silver Surfer (2016) #1

Jan 19, 2016

For fans of the previous volume, little has changed. This first issue picks up where things left off with the same characters, similar status, and same look. This isn't All-New, All-Different, it's a continuation of what's come before. And that's quite ok as that worked really well. For those who missed the previous volume, this is a solid jumping on point.

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8.0
Slapstick #1

Oct 18, 2016

As I said, I wasn't a fan going in, but by the time I finished, I actually want to read the next issue and see where it all goes. I still might not be the biggest Slapstick fan, but the story's humor mixed with the advantage of digital makes it an interesting read and one to check out.

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8.6
Slash & Burn #1

Nov 14, 2015

This first issue really caught me off guard in a good way. The comic is really interesting due to the characters and the art. It's something that I got to the end of, and immediately wanted to read more. It's just a good comic that focuses on characters, not flash, and excels because of that.

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8.4
Snow Day #1

Jan 12, 2017

There is some interesting things in that this graphic novel that's supposed to be occuring in the “heartland” of America, but there's a slight disconnect that feels like it's being written by someone who has never been in the heartland. Still, the story by itself is fantastic and is a bit more artsy and philosophical take of a classic story of a sheriff rooting out corruption.

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8.6
Solarman #1

Jul 6, 2016

Solarman #1 is a solid debut and I can't wait to see what comes next. The issue is an exciting start and fills a much-needed niche that other publishers woefully ignore. This is a superhero comic for the masses and hopefully the masses find it, cause it's solid. If you're looking for a superhero alternative from the big 2, look no further.

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10
Southern Bastards #14

May 11, 2016

Southern Bastards #14 is a prime example of why this series is one of the, if not the, best comic on the market right now. And so far, this is the best issue I've read of any comic this year.

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8.6
Spider-Man (2016) #1

Feb 3, 2016

The comic feels like what's come before, but just in a different universe. That's good and bad in that it feels familiar and is just as fun, it's bad in that we don't know Miles' history/origin/etc. There's some questions to be resolved, and hopefully we get some of it. And hopefully the comic keeps it up, because it'll be fun as we find it all out.

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7.0
Spider-Man/Deadpool #1

Jan 4, 2016

Your enjoyment of the comic is squarely on whether you find Deadpool funny or entertaining. To me, we're well beyond Wolverine saturation and in to annoying guy you don't want to be around anymore.

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8.5
Spider-Woman (2015) #1

Nov 16, 2015

The first issue exceeded my expectations with a solid mixture of action and humor. I went in liking the concept and came out loving the comic. Can't wait to see where Hopeless and Rodriguez take it from here.

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8.8
Squadron Sinister #1

Jun 17, 2015

This is one hell of a start. It's a series that I went into not expecting a ton from, and came out hoping Marvel shines on a light on these characters for many years to come.

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8.4
Squadron Supreme (2015) #1

Dec 16, 2015

I went in to the first issue with high expectations and the comic met them and more. A solid beginning that so far is the best “Avengers” title to date.

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6.7
Squadron Supreme (2015) #2

Dec 31, 2015

The first issue blew me away and got me really excited for the series. Unfortunately, this second does the opposite. To me, it feels like a very average issue with little to make it stand out. The series has so much potential, hopefully we'll see more of that in the third issue. More of the first, less of the second.

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8.1
Star Wars (2014) #14

Jan 8, 2016

For those reading this event, this is a nice second to last chapter. For those not, you'll have no idea what's going on, and you should wait for the eventual trade. It'll be well worth picking up the entire event.

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6.8
Star Wars Special: C-3PO #1

Apr 12, 2016

The comic would have worked much better as a series of shorts in the back of some other issues, but on its own, it doesn't quite work. There's unfortunately not much there to really justify the comic or make it exciting. Marvel has been full of hits when it comes to their various Star Wars comics, but this one is definitely a miss.

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7.0
Star Wars: Chewbacca #5

Dec 31, 2015

The miniseries as a whole is a good read, and this final issue wraps it up nicely. But as a must read for Star Wars fans, it's low on the list. Still, there's solid moments throughout, and three pages here that are great. Hopefully we'll get more Chewie in the future, and a miniseries that gives us more depth about the furry warrior.

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8.5
Star Wars: Darth Vader #13

Nov 26, 2015

If you're a fan of Star Wars, this comic event is a must get.

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8.3
Star Wars: Darth Vader #15

Jan 8, 2016

This issue has some awesome moments. There's two pages in particular that reiterate how much of a bad-ass Darth Vader is, which seems to be the point of the series. A fitting ending, though it doesn't look like a lot has changed from it.

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8.6
Star Wars: Han Solo #1

Jun 15, 2016

This is an absolute get if you're a fan of Star Wars, Marjorie Liu, or Mark Brooks. The new series continues Marvel's killing it with their line of Star Wars comics.

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8.4
Star Wars: Obi-Wan & Anakin #1

Jan 1, 2016

The first issue is another solid entry in the new line of Star Wars comics and looks to add a lot to Obi-Wan and Anakin's relationship. Another must get for Star Wars fans.

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8.4
Star Wars: Poe Dameron #5

Aug 17, 2016

This series, like all of the Star Wars comics, have been fantastic adding to the universe. It's a must for Star Wars fans, and for those that enjoy a good jailbreak story, this is one to check out.

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8.5
Star Wars: Shattered Empire #4

Oct 23, 2015

Four issues!? I want more! And I especially want more Rucka/Checchetto Star Wars. I've been pretty reserved as far as my excitement for what's to come, but with this first glimpse of a post Jedi world, I'm getting more excited, and much less nervous. It's been almost 30 years since Jedi wrapped, but reading this series, it's like no time has been missed. I finished reading this fourth issue only wanting to read more.

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8.5
Star Wars: Vader Down #1

Nov 17, 2015

If you've enjoyed Marvel's Star Wars comics, or want to see what the fuss is about, this is a comic to absolutely check out. It kicks off with tons of entertaining action and shows why Vader is one of the biggest badasses in the galaxy.

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7.7
Star-Lord #1

Nov 18, 2015

The comic is fun. There's not much to knock it for. It presents Peter as a bit of a hothead stereotype, and also an earlier time in the Marvel U. The action is solid with a nice chase scene. The comic is entertaining that kicks things off. Hopefully it'll be able to sustain that youthful energy, as it's one of the best things about it.

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7.0
Starbrand and Nightmask #1

Dec 14, 2015

Overall, the comic is decent and has potential. I'm clearly not blown away by it, but Starbrand's last foray in college mixed with him going back should make for an interesting time and concept. Still, hopefully we'll get something different other than the characters to make the series stand out.

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8.2
Starve #1

Jun 9, 2015

Overall, the first issue is a fascinating start. It's a comic I've been looking forward to since it was announced at Image Expo. The first issue doesn't disappoint, and sets up a strange world and topic that's rarely seen in comics. It's unique for sure, and that helps it make it beyond entertaining.

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7.0
Suicide Squad Most Wanted: Deadshot and Katana #3

Mar 23, 2016

Really, this should be two reviews the quality and tone of the two stories are so different, but as a whole, the comic is an average one between the two. There's the quality of the Deadshot story and the sub-par Katana story. Combined together, it's a mixed bag.

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7.9
Suicide Squad Most Wanted: El Diablo #1

Aug 15, 2016

A solid comic that kicks off in a much better way than the pervious volume featuring Deadshot and Katana. The pacing here is much better and each story really grabs you in their own ways. If you're a fan of the characters or want to learn more about them, this is a must get.

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7.1
Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1

Aug 3, 2016

The comic does a decent job of catching folks up who are new, but I'm not sure there's quite enough to really sell the concept for old readers and maybe even the new ones. Still, this is a series I want to see where it goes and we'll see if the alignment of the comic with the film is a good thing or a bad one.

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7.8
Suicide Squad: War Crimes Special #1

Aug 31, 2016

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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7.0
Superman (2011) #44

Sep 30, 2015

Yang is giving us a very interesting take on Superman (all of the writers are actually), and this issue is no exception diving into the need for duality, and a take on how Superman would react when his identity is revealed and friends threatened. If nothing else, for me, it feels like something new, and it's definitely getting me to think about Superman, the symbol.

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6.2
Superman (2011) #45

Oct 28, 2015

I know it's the beginning of this bit, but the execution seems like a weird start to me. The issue feels like a distraction of the bigger story. An interesting concept, how it's done doesn't quite work for me.

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7.0
Superman (2011) #52

May 25, 2016

While the comic is good, it's not super. As I said, it's tame in so many ways once the price is paid. The emotional impact is just missing. I don't remember that with Superman #75. Hell, I experienced more emotion with Batman v Superman. There's sound and fury, and it all adds up to nothing to riff off a famous quote. While I'm not sure what I'd do different, this just feels like an odd end to a rather odd time in DC history.

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8.8
Superman (2016) #1

Jun 15, 2016

I loved this issue. Its focus on the White family is a step back from high flying action we can get elsewhere and the focus on the next generation is such a great direction. The comic isn't full of action, but it has a hell of a lot of heart. I haven't read much Superman for a while, but this has me counting down until the next issue.

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8.7
Superman (2016) #2

Jul 6, 2016

Much like the first issue, this second one is very much a set-up as a familiar villain shows up at the end another nod that feels like as much a throwback to classic Superman as the current hero very much is.

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8.4
Superman (2016) #3

Jul 20, 2016

This creative team is absolutely delivering with every issue and packing so much in to do it too! Superman has new life and it's partially thanks for looking back and embracing his past.

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8.1
Superman (2016) #5

Aug 18, 2016

The only reason I'm recommending this as a “read” instead of a “buy” is because it's a bit into this particular story arc and new readers may not dig it as much. Folks who have been reading Superman will be pleased. For those who don't, go out and pick up the back issues and find out what you've been missing.

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10
Superman (2016) #7

Sep 21, 2016

This is just a straight up comedic and fun issue full of small entertaining moments. From start to finish it nails everything perfectly. Add in the art by Jimenez and you've got an issue that's absolutely fantastic and fun to read and one that left me with a smile on my face to the very last moment.

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7.2
Superman/Wonder Woman #21

Sep 17, 2015

Tomasi (as well as the rest of the Superman team) are shaking things up, and it looks like we're finally seeing the end of DC's power couple. That's not a bad thing at all.

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8.4
Superman: American Alien #1

Nov 11, 2015

This is easily one of the best Superman comics DC has put out in a while, and I can't wait to check out the rest of the series. This is another comic I came to the end and want a pairing of these two creators going forward with this character. Comics should be fun, and this comic is. The excitement of it all soars off the page.

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7.3
Superman: American Alien #2

Dec 16, 2015

The second issue of Superman: American Alien isn't bad, it's just a very different tone than the first issue, so it's best to go in to the comic expecting it as single issues of an anthology that share a character. Still, the most interesting Superman comic I've read in some time.

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6.9
Superman: American Alien #3

Jan 13, 2016

I can see what Landis was trying to do here, I just think it could have been done in a better way that wasn't so over the top unbelievable and a ridiculous scenario. As part of the overall series, this could work, but as a stand alone, it misses the mark.

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8.0
Superman: American Alien #4

Feb 17, 2016

Overall, the series is a solid one and I'm enjoying where it's all going. This is one I think the whole will be better than individual issues, but those individual issues are pretty damn good.

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8.4
Superman: American Alien #5

Mar 16, 2016

This series continues to impress me, and is easily the best Superman comic on the market right now. It has rarely faltered and kept me entertained while exploring the character. Such a fantastic series and I'm looking forward to the final two issues and see where Landis takes us.

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7.6
Superman: American Alien #7

May 18, 2016

The issue is a nice end cap to Landis' series. It's a solid story and the various themes feel like they come together here. For fans of Superman, this is a series that's one you have to check out.

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8.3
Superman: Lois and Clark #1

Oct 14, 2015

It's just one issue, but it's one I really enjoyed. It also shows that DC can mix its history with a modern take that's entertaining for old and new fans alike.

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8.0
Superman: Lois and Clark #2

Nov 27, 2015

The series is really solid. Its been quite a while since I've been excited about a Superman comic, and this series is scratching an itch showing how Superman can be done right.

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8.2
Superman: Lois and Clark #3

Dec 30, 2015

This is a Superman and Lois you should absolutely be reading. It's delivered each issue and has completely exceeded my expectations.

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8.2
Superman: Rebirth #1

Jun 1, 2016

Superman: Rebirth celebrates what has come before, and looks ahead as to what is to come honoring a legacy and one of the most recognizable characters in the world. The comic successfully catches readers up, acts as a prologue and an epilogue at the same time. But, what it does is give us hope in many ways and a Superman that seems to recognize his role in the world.

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8.6
Superwoman #1

Aug 10, 2016

Remember how comics are supposed to be full of fun, positive action? This captures that and brings so much more.

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7.0
Superwoman #2

Sep 14, 2016

The end of the issue has me intrigued as there's some reveals that shake some things up and there's hints in the comic as more to come. Overall, it's an entertaining read and a series that captures the feel of classic Superman.

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8.0
Swamp Thing (2016) #1

Jan 6, 2016

Your enjoyment will probably hinge on if you like classic horror, which tends to be much slower in pacing and somewhat poetic in how the dialogue and thought balloons are written. There's been some revivals of “classic” comics that just haven't worked (*cough* X-Men Forever *cough*), but Wein pulls it off masterfully here.

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7.7
Symmetry #1

Dec 9, 2015

Symmetry is a very interesting concept that looks to tackle some solid subjects and ideas. The first issue is a great start but this is one that might be better read as a trade. Still, reading the first issue, I want to see where Hawkins goes with this all and what issues he plans on tackling as the series progresses.

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6.0
Teen Titans (2014) #9

Jun 25, 2015

The issue might have been more entertaining for long term readers, but unfortunately I'm not one. It felt like I was thrown into a sequel, and had no idea what happened in the previous film. Overall, not a bad issue, but not one that gets me excited to jump into it.

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7.0
Teen Titans (2014) #24

Sep 14, 2016

The comic is good and for fans of this group of Teen Titans, they'll probably enjoy it. It doesn't quite pack an emotional impact, but as a dual prologue and epilogue it works well.

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7.8
Teen Titans: Earth One #2

Aug 14, 2016

The graphic novel is entertaining and the two volumes together are absolutely a fun read. On its own, things get a bit murkier. If you've read the first volume, definitely grab this one, but if you haven't yet, it's best to start there.

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9.0
Teen Titans: Rebirth #1

Sep 28, 2016

Out of all of the “Rebirth” issues so far, this one has me the most excited for the series the follow. There's something about the tone, the art, the package that has me smiling and wanting more. I've never cared for the Teen Titans, but now I can't wait to read more.

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6.0
Telos #1

Oct 8, 2015

The comic is ok. It's not bad in any way, there's just nothing that really excites me about it. Telos as a character didn't interest me in Convergence, and that carries over here too. It's a series I wasn't expected, and after reading the first issue, I'm not expecting it to stick around too long.

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6.0
Telos #2

Nov 19, 2015

The comic is ok, but something isn't quite working for the series, especially in this issue. There's some cool ideas and potential, and maybe we'll see it down the road pay off, but for now, the comic feels like a jumble of concepts, plots, stories, and ideas that aren't quite fleshed out enough or used in the right way. Telos is a character to keep an eye on, hopefully he finds footing in his own story.

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9.0
Tet #1

Sep 12, 2015

Overall, the first issue is a a fantastic start, and I look forward to checking out the second. This seems like a series that'll be much more than I expected when all is said and done.

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8.6
Thanos (2016) #1

Nov 16, 2016

Thanos is a force of nature who can tear through his opponents with ease and we see here his leadership in quite a few ways as he reasserts his dominance. It's a solid debut and I can't wait for the next issue.

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9.0
The Attack #1

Dec 29, 2016

As we go deeper into the mystery more and more questions are raised and many are never answered. That's part of the tragedy and madness we're taken into. This is a raw story of grief and humanity and presents no true answers. In doing so, it leaves the reader to reflect and think and when you get to those final pages it'll leave you haunted and trying to come up with answers of your own.

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8.0
The Clone Conspiracy #1

Oct 12, 2016

The issue has a goal of getting folks to want to continue to read this story and it did that for me. There's some good mystery, solid art, and also a weird classic feel to it as well. I'm sure Spider-Man fans will be happy to check it out and there may be enough there to intrigue new readers as well.

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7.4
The Clone Conspiracy #3

Dec 7, 2016

The reveal didn't do a whole lot for me, but the issue is entertaining fun. Events don't always have to shake things up or make us say “holy shit,” sometimes they can be mindless summer blockbusters that feel more like a ride to strap ourselves in to. The Clone Conspiracy to me is exactly that and I've been enjoying the ride and looking forward to see where it takes us.

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7.0
The Covenant #1

Jun 2, 2015

I went into the first issue expecting one thing, and came out of it surprised. While it isn't totally my cup of tea as far as setting or story, it's much better than I expected, and I'm sure it'll find a devoted audience. If you're a Liefeld fan, or a fan of biblical stories, this is one you'll probably want to check out.

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8.6
The Disciples #1

Jun 10, 2015

The Disciples #1 is a slow start, but by the end of the first issue, we've got our first horror moment. It's a build throughout the issue that pays off. It had me saying WTF. Definitely a great addition to sci-fi horror like Alien, Aliens, Event Horizon, and other classic films in the genre. Can't wait to see where it all goes, and counting down until the second issue.

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7.8
The Flintstones #1

Jul 6, 2016

The first issue is a solid one, though doesn't quite knock it out of the park. It feels a lot like the classic cartoon and Russell is holding back the smart-ass humor he's shown elsewhere. Hopefully, we see more of that going forward, and if we do, it'll be a huge winner.

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9.0
The Flintstones #2

Aug 13, 2016

The Flintstones #2 is a comic who has ads to buy “crap” in between pages making fun of buying “crap.” It's amazingly meta and beyond subversive. And this is also exactly what I was hoping we'd see in this series.

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7.7
The Flintstones #3

Sep 7, 2016

Russell gives us a funny take on the classic characters, and we get another familiar face debuting too. The issue is entertaining from start to finish as there's the classic humor of The Flintstones mixed with a modern take on culture.

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7.8
The Goddamned #1

Nov 10, 2015

The Goddamned #1 is an interesting start, though didn't blow me away as expected. Aaron is an amazing writer, and my expectations are probably higher for him than most. Still the comic piqued my interest enough to want to check out the second issue and see how the story builds. If nothing else, this may be a unique and interesting concept, which Aaron excels at building upon.

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7.0
The Great Lakes Avengers #1

Oct 12, 2016

The first issue is an interesting read, but I am left with a sense it's not totally able to commit to what it wants to be or just not sure yet. Is it a comedic comic with superheroes? Is it a superhero comic with humor? Is it about the relationships and history? I'm not quite sure, but it feels like it needs to commit and go for it one way or another and if it does, it has a chance to really stand out.

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9.0
The Last Days of American Crime #1

Sep 6, 2015

I loved these comics when they were first released, I love them now. Here's hoping we see some of the other comics from Radical released under other publishers, but at least we get this solid one to enjoy. An absolute buy.

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8.5
The Legend of Wonder Woman #1

Jan 13, 2016

This is the Wonder Woman we need. This is the Wonder Woman we deserve. This is the Wonder Woman I've wanted for so long. Yes please, more of this. The Legend of Wonder Woman is an absolutely buy and comic you should be supporting in hopes we get more.

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8.2
The Mighty Thor (2015) #1

Nov 17, 2015

This first issue truly has a lot for fans who have been reading Aaron's previous Thor run, and those checking it out for the first time. This is a comic that mixes both superheroics and human heart.

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8.3
The Nameless City #1

Apr 18, 2016

The graphic novel is entertaining and a solid mix of action and life lessons that'll leave kids and adults alike entertained. The Nameless City is the first volume of what looks like a great new graphic novel series and by the time I came to its end, I wanted to see what's next.

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7.8
The Revisionist #1

Jun 1, 2016

It's a bit of humor that a comic about time travel has a retro action feel in so many ways. I myself grew up on those films and it's a genre you actually don't see as much anymore, so this is a fun return to that type of story. If you're a fan like me, this is one to check out and I think Barbiere has another hit on his hands.

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8.1
The Revisionist #4

Sep 26, 2016

The Revisionist has been fun, really fun. I'm a fan of 80s action films and time travel stories and this comic feels like a combination of the two. The series has been getting better and better as more is added to this world and with this issue it feels like things are really taking off.

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8.0
The Sheriff Of Babylon #1

Nov 6, 2015

This feels like a comic where the setting will be as fascinating and engaging as the story itself. A gritty crime story set in a location many of us will never see, and a world we truly know little about. This is a comic you'll want to buy, either as single issues or as a trade, I'm going to go with single issues myself because I want to see what happens next as quickly as possible after reading this first issue.

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9.1
The Sheriff Of Babylon #4

Mar 2, 2016

The Sheriff of Babylon is a fantastic adult series exploring recent history packaged in familiar pop entertainment and a genre that we often see. It's a riveting series that has me looking forward to the next issue and I seriously have no idea what to expect next. I just know it's going to be amazing.

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8.6
The Sheriff Of Babylon #5

Apr 6, 2016

The Sheriff of Babylon again and again impresses with its layered storytelling that challenges the reader to not just read between the lines and deeper meanings, but also think about history (both modern and of the distant past) and how that history has impacted our own views. It's an excellent discussion of modern and world events and the current situation in Iraq, and a discussion whose politics are muddied and not so clear. This is a prime example of how comics are more than just spandex and superpowers and instead can be used to explore and discuss our modern times and the geopolitical world.

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10
The Sheriff Of Babylon #8

Jul 6, 2016

A perfect example of this is towards the end of the comic which features the use of a Superman sheet that features comic book panels. For many, the use of this sheet might be overlooked, but its coloring makes it stand out, almost screaming at the reader to be noticed. It's small details like this that adds so much to the story. Here, a symbol of American ideals, freedom, justice, AMERICAN way, can't be ignored and underlies a theme that's been threaded throughout a lot of the series. A perfect example of imagery that enhances the dialogue.

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9.0
The Sheriff Of Babylon #10

Sep 7, 2016

What is the end game for every one? We have just a few more issues to go to find out in what is not just one of the best comics on the market, but also one of the best discussions of the US occupation of Iraq from someone that was there.

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9.0
The Sheriff Of Babylon #11

Oct 12, 2016

The Sheriff of Babylon #11 continues the streak of a series which is honestly brutal about real world issues. It might be one of the most interesting look at the Iraqi occupation and I'm sure when it's all wrapped up this will be a series that's examined for the story it tells and the real world it reflects.

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6.0
The Totally Awesome Hulk #1

Nov 30, 2015

The comic goes for a comedic tone, but mixed with its main character, that tone becomes a turn-off at some points. The change in character and direction got me interested, but the first issue didn't interest me enough to keep me around. One issue and I already want Banner back.

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8.5
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (2015) #1

Oct 27, 2015

The new volume continues exactly what we've seen before, not changing the solid formula at all, and that's not a bad thing when it works so well.

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9.0
The Unstoppable Wasp #1

Jan 3, 2017

If you can't tell, I really dug the first issue. It's the fun escape I was looking for when I read it and sets up a series that'll be a great mix of serious, fun, and encouragement. A solid debut and a great way to begin the year.

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8.8
The Unworthy Thor #1

Nov 2, 2016

I had no idea what to expect going into this and I want more immediately after reading it. This feels like the start of an epic Thor story and I can't wait to see what Aaron has up his sleeve.

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8.4
The Violent #1

Dec 9, 2015

This was a comic that I felt came out of nowhere. It wasn't on my radar (sorry Ed and Adam), but after reading it, it absolutely is now. This is a comic I not only recommend for comic fans, but also for folks who don't normally read comics. We talk about comics that have the ability to cross over like that, and this is a series that absolutely has that potential based off of this first issue. This is one to watch… actually this is one to buy and read.

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8.0
The Walking Dead #145

Aug 13, 2015

For long time readers, we're seeing the real beginning of the next big event to shake up The Walking Dead world. While the teaser text says “blood for blood,” this issue is more tears for blood…. so far.

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8.2
The Walking Dead #150

Jan 13, 2016

This issue has a lot more going for it, but it's really about the next phase of Rick's leadership, and I'm convinced things won't go smoothly. I'm expecting there to be debates about dictatorships, and possibly fascist leadership, we can see some of that already. Kirkman dioesn't really gives us as many shocks as he has in the past, but he has set the series on a more mature adult path for at least a little while.

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8.4
The Walking Dead #156

Jul 6, 2016

This is a key issue that should have fans buzzing. Where the series goes from here is anyone's bet, because while the act committed could be seen a mile away, the why is a mystery that's yet to come.

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8.0
The Walking Dead #158

Sep 7, 2016

The issue is a solid one packed with action and tension and most importantly has me wanting to see what happens next.

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8.0
The X-Files (2016) Annual #1

Jul 29, 2016

This is a fun standalone issue that captures the magic of self-contained X-Files episodes while using recent events and giving things a bit of an update too. X-Files fans should enjoy this one and hopefully, we can see more down the road.

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6.8
Titans (2016) #1

Jul 27, 2016

If you're a fan of the Titans, you'll probably enjoy this first issue. For those who enjoy the greater mystery of who changed the world, this series may be key. For me, it's just ok and was missing that special something that gets me excited to come back for more.

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8.4
Titans (2016) #2

Aug 24, 2016

The series is an interesting one. I don't know the interaction of these characters really well, so I'm not invested in that. I am invested in the time mystery. But, Abnett and the art team have made me really interested in the villain and the battle. The look of the comic has me hooked and looking forward to reading more.

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7.0
Titans Hunt #1

Oct 21, 2015

The comic might excite long time fans, but I'm not quite sure there's enough to entice new readers. And as a new one, I can only review my experience reading the comic. I plan on checking out the second issue, but I'd be cautious checking this out for newbies.

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5.4
Titans Hunt #2

Nov 18, 2015

I'm pretty sure the fact I haven't previously read Teen Titans is why I'm not super excited about the comic. And I wonder how long time fans might feel differently. That lack of excitement though is getting me to want the story to get going and hopefully give us some excitement, because right now there's just not much making me want to continue reading.

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6.2
Titans Hunt #3

Dec 24, 2015

The series isn't quite there for me yet, and so far it feels like it'd be better read as a trade than individual issues, but things are getting better. I think the next issue will be key to see if this is a series I keep reading, or one I completely give up on.

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7.0
Titans: Rebirth #1

Jun 15, 2016

The issue feels like it's going to be vital, which is why it's a “read,” but unless your a big Titans fan you'll likely miss the emotional punch this issue is supposed to have.

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9.0
Tomboy #1

Nov 19, 2015

This may be one of the best debuts of the year. An absolutely amazing first issue. Can't wait to read more.

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8.6
Transference #1

Jul 9, 2015

This series is going to be an underground hit, you heard it hear first. I expect sell-outs, so make sure you grab a copy while you can! Such a strong, and entertaining debut.

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9.0
Transformers: Redemption #1

Oct 31, 2015

The Dinobots allowed the heroes to remain heroes, and this story adds depth to the characters that makes you question if they're heroes too.

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8.0
Trinity (2016) #1

Sep 21, 2016

As a single issue, this is a great comic, but it leaves me a bit perplexed as how it'll work as a series. We don't get much of an answer here as far as that goes. If you just want a good comic to read, go for it. If you're looking for a first issue that kicks off the adventures of these three, you may be disappointed.

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9.0
Tumor #1

Aug 18, 2016

Tumor holds up after all of these years and continues to be a must-read. Whether or not you enjoy noir/crime stories, this tale is fantastic and heartbreaking. Make sure to put it on your summer reading list as it's the sort of mind trip of a graphic novel that's fun to curl up with and devour while laying by a pool or beach.

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9.5
Two Brothers #1

Oct 2, 2015

Two Brothers is a fantastic example of the maturity that exists in the comics medium, a graphic novel that can be appreciated by comic fans, and those who enjoy good literature. It's a beautiful read for many reasons, and easily one of my favorite graphic novels of the year so far.

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7.9
Uncanny X-Men (2016) #1

Jan 6, 2016

For new readers, I can't say how they're enjoy this first issue, but as an X fan, I appreciated it a bunch, especially with the current line-up of X comics that are very much hits and misses. The first issue entertains and shows promise, and most importantly gets me to want to come back for the second issue.

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7.3
Uncanny X-Men (2016) #13

Sep 22, 2016

The issues really gets things rolling as far as Bunn's next story arc and we get some answers. On it's own it's ok, but like a good X-Men story it's the big picture that's what really matters for me.

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7.5
Valhalla Mad #1

May 20, 2015

While the fist issue didn't completely blow me away, it was more than original enough to get me to want to come back to see where it all goes. I mean, we're being given an excuse to watch gods drink. What can go wrong?

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7.3
Venom: Space Knight #1

Nov 24, 2015

The comic reminds me a bit of other swashbuckling space adventures like Flash Gordon, and it's fun in many ways (I'll overlook how one maneuvers so easily in space). The comic has a bit of that pulp sensibility about it, but is presented more like a modern action film. There's potential in this series, and for those who are looking for an a spy-like action series in space, check this one out.

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8.1
Wacky Raceland #3

Aug 26, 2016

Wacky Raceland continues to impress me with its smart storytelling and action packed pages. I'm fascinated by the world Pontac has laid out and where it's going from here. I just know I'm along for the race.

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8.6
Warlords of Appalachia #1

Sep 19, 2016

Johnson has another interesting series on his hand here and by the time this first issue wraps up the directions it can go are pretty endless and all are interesting. Not too shocking that I enjoyed it, and I can't wait to get my hands on the next issue. The comic comes to shelves this October and it's one you'll definitely want to check out.

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8.8
We Are Robin #1

Jun 24, 2015

There's a lot already a part of DC's Batman universe, but We are Robin carves out a new and unique space that looks like it's going to be pretty entertaining.

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9.5
Weirdworld (2015) #1

Dec 14, 2015

The first issue sets up the series as a fish-out-of-water buddy cop story as Becca meets Goleta the Wizardslayer. And while that might seem formulaic, it's a lot of fun. I seriously can't wait for the second issue, and out of all of the new Marvel series, this one stands out as the best debut of them all.

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6.0
Welcome Back #1

Aug 22, 2015

Overall, this does sound like it'll be a cool concept, and I do want to see where it goes, I'm just not sure this debut makes me want to do that monthly instead of waiting until it's collected as a trade.This is one I think will be a better read once it's out in trade and you can read it in one sitting.

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6.5
Wonder Woman (2011) #44

Sep 18, 2015

Overall the issue is ok, there's nothing bad about it at all. It just doesn't feel vital for the story arc, and there's nothing that makes it stand out enough that it's a “read” or especially a “buy.” Wonder Woman feels like a ship with a destination, it's just taking a not very exciting route.

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7.5
Wonder Woman (2016) #2

Jul 13, 2016

The comic is good but it feels like I've read this not long ago with The Legend of Wonder Woman. The big difference though that'll be between the two is I fully expect the two storylines being presented will eventually converge and something we see in one plotline will also play out in some way in the other. That might be the most exciting thing about this and something I want to see play out.

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6.0
Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1

Jun 8, 2016

The issue sets up what's to come, but it's tone feels so odd for a Wonder Woman comic and just feels like it's goal is to call into question the entirety of the New 52 Wonder Woman run. I trust Rucka, but this issue definitely has me less excited for his run.

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8.5
Wonder Woman: The True Amazon #1

Sep 28, 2016

I wasn't sure what to expect going into this graphic novel, but this is a wonderful take on a classic character in a new way that feels fresh and also like something you want to share with others.

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7.8
X'ed #1

Dec 4, 2015

This is a series that's one to watch. A solid first issue that shows promise, I'm looking forward to the second.

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7.0
X-Men: Worst X-Man Ever #1

Jan 4, 2016

Like many “X” miniseries, there's nothing amazing here, it's a perfectly ok and entertaining first issue. This is one geared squarely for “X” fans. There's potential in some of the ideas Bemis puts out there, but it's hard to say how far he'll go with them in just one issue. Where he focuses will be the key overall as to determine if this miniseries stands out.

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8.4
Young Terrorists #1

Aug 20, 2015

While I'll admit I didn't catch everything going on in the first issue (nor do I need to), the debut is a hell of a package that will get you to think about it well after you've read it. Young Terrorists is a debut that is as thought provoking as much as it is raw and brutal. Can't wait to see what comes next.

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9.0
Zodiac Starforce #1

Aug 21, 2015

You can actually check out the comic on the Zodiac Starforce website, and get prepared for the new series' debut this coming Wednesday! And of course we'll have a review. This one is a buy though, if you can find it, and if not, you can read it at the link above.

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