Craig Neilson-Adams's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Big Comic Page Reviews: 279
8.1Avg. Review Rating

10
4 Kids Walk Into A Bank #3

Dec 20, 2016

If South Parks Trey Parker and Matt Stone wrote a sequel to The Goonies, itd probably be a lot like 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank. Rude, crude, hilarious and with a surprising amount of heart, this is an absolutely essential purchase.

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8.0
A-Force #5

Oct 14, 2015

Overall, in spite of my minor niggles, A-Force stands as one of the most enjoyable Secret Wars series that Ive had the pleasure of reading, and I cant wait for the ongoing series to still come. Its a little disappointing that Bennett wont be returning for volume two, but I have no doubt that the series will continue to flourish in Wilsons capable hands. Definitely one to pick up the trade of, if you happen to have missed out on the single issues.

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4.0
Adventure Time: Ice King #1

Jan 19, 2016

While the idea does have potential, this first issue just didnt pop like it probably should, and while it did just enough to feel authentic enough to the Adventure Time world, it just felt like a bit of a missed opportunity to me. Flat, uninspired and ultimately disappointing, ICE KING is an unexpected blip on BOOM! Studios otherwise stellar Adventure Time output.

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7.0
Adventures of Supergirl #1

Jan 25, 2016

Fun, lively and colourful, this first chapter is definitely going to appeal to fans of the CBS series, even if it is painfully slight. This is definitely a title that's going to read a lot better a few chapters at a time, but as a quick introduction to the character with some eye-catching visuals and a snappy cliffhanger, I don't think you could do much better in this limited page count. Definitely a title to keen an eye out for, especially if you're a fan of the show.

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8.0
Adventures of Supergirl #2

Feb 8, 2016

Another bright and lively chapter then, and a wonderful companion piece to the similarly bright and lively CBS television show. While its not necessarily pushing the envelope all that much, at least for the time being, theres no doubt that this series is doing exactly what it set out to do so far. Fans of the show will absolutely love this, although theres still a lot of enjoyment to be had for relative newcomers like myself. Well worth a look, folks.

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8.0
Aliens: Dead Orbit #1

Mar 24, 2017

As it stands now, this is still a thoroughly immersive read, focusing heavily on atmosphere rather than plot, and featuring some impressively detailed and utterly dynamic artwork. Highly recommended.

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9.0
Aliens: Defiance #1

Apr 1, 2016

While the full scope of the story is only truly revealed during the final pages, Wood and Jones have crafted an impressively strong opening chapter for this latest Dark Horse Aliens series. While the bare bones may not be particularly daring, the strength of the lead character and the crisp, confident execution of both the storyline and the artwork make this an absolutely essential purchase for fans of the franchise, or simply for fans of science-fiction horror in general. Bring on issue two! Oorah!

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10
All-Star Batman #1

Aug 10, 2016

In summary, the fact that it contains one of the best Bat-stories Ive read for quite some time is more than enough to justify the $4.99 cover price, and the opportunity to see Scott Snyder pouring out his creativity in such an unrestricted arena makes for absolutely essential reading.  You can count me in for all thirteen issues of this one, thats for darn sure.

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10
All-Star Batman #2

Sep 14, 2016

All-Star Batman continues to deliver a fascinating look at the Dark Knights rogues gallery, providing a fresh new interpretation of Two-Face in the main story while shining an extra storyline spotlight on new sidekick Duke in the “backup” strip. Since it was first announced, the hype generated by the, yes, all-star creative team almost seemed to be setting the bar a little too high, but to this point in the series, Snyder, Romita Jr, Miki, White, Shalvey and Bellaire have somehow managed to exceed expectations, resulting in an absolutely essential purchase for any and all Batman fans.

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7.0
Amerikarate #1

Mar 2, 2017

Ultimately, AmeriKarate is a book which is under absolutely no delusions about what it really is, and is all the better for it. Its a broad, crass and gloriously unsubtle love letter to 80s movie excess, and while the jokes dont necessarily all land, theres still a lot of fun to be had here in a switch off your brain for a few minutes and enjoy the madness kind of way.

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8.0
An Android Awakes #1

Dec 22, 2015

It's almost impossible not to find yourself becoming drawn deeper and deeper into PD121928's plight as he battles through rejections, anxiety and writer's block, and there's an offbeat sense of humour to some of the prose that feels vaguely reminiscent of Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, albeit with a slightly darker, slightly more twisted 2000AD-style feel. Overall then, while it's not necessarily a 'comic' in the truest sense of the word, An Android Awakes is a boundlessly creative, proudly eccentric read that will have you hooked until the final page. Definitely well worth a look.

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10
An Olympic Dream #1

Mar 15, 2016

While AN OLYMPIC DREAM is a fairly difficult read at times due to the inherent  tragedy of the story, its also an incredibly important one, and provides some much-needed humanity to what can otherwise seem like a faceless problem.  Highest of recommendations for this one, and another glowing testament to the provocative and thought provoking  work of SelfMadeHero.

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6.0
Angel Catbird #2

Mar 4, 2017

Ultimately, if you enjoyed the first volume of Angel Catbird then youll definitely enjoy the second as it delivers more of the same feline-themed shenanigans and zany world-building, all wrapped up in a bright, colourful package. Is it perfect? No, not by a long shot. But for an easily consumable slice of high-concept all-ages fantasy packed with cat puns and feline trivia, you could definitely do a lot worse.

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10
Animosity #1

Aug 4, 2016

Overall then, while this first issue doesn't really give us any indication of what direction the series is going to take as it moves forwards, it provides what is easily one of the most utterly intriguing and skilfully executed opening chapters to a new series this year. With its ability to make you recoil in horror, snort with laughter and feel a lump in your throat practically simultaneously, Animosity is an absolutely essential purchase.

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8.0
Another Castle #2

Apr 12, 2016

Overall then, while its not necessarily the kind of thing I would pick up myself, I absolutely love that there are comics like this out there on the shelves. Perfect for little girls who like princesses, little boys who like princesses, and grown adults who like goddamn princesses, this is a progressive, positive and gloriously fun series that deserves to be seen by as many eyes as possible.

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9.0
Another Castle #3

May 25, 2016

In my review of the last issue, I said that while it wasnt necessarily for me, I absolutely loved the fact that comics like Another Castle were on the shelves. Well, after this latest issue, Im starting to think that this comic might actually be for me after all. Its sharply written, gorgeously illustrated and packed with humour, intelligence and important messages that never come across as preachy. Seek this one out, check your preconceptions at the door, and thank me later.

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8.0
Another Castle #4

Aug 11, 2016

In the increasingly diverse world of comic books, its reassuring to know that younger readers picking up this book are being taught some valuable lessons. Namely, that heroes can show weakness, that the people we think of as monsters can sometimes be every bit as heroic as the rest of us, and perhaps most importantly that princesses can kick some serious ass. And I think youll agree thats a message we can all get behind.

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9.0
Another Castle #5

Oct 25, 2016

Smartly written, lovingly illustrated and poignant without ever feeling preachy, Another Castle is a remarkably uplifting series that deserves to be seen by as many people as possible.  If I had a child, boy or girl, this is exactly the kind of comic book Id want them to be reading.

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8.0
Aquaman (2016) #1

Jun 21, 2016

Overall then, this is a fine opening issue that takes its time to establish the new status quo before throwing a Manta-shaped spanner into the works and letting all hell break loose.  For the time being, the threat against Aquaman is fairly conventional (if impressively well-orchestrated), and itll be interesting moving forwards to see whether Abnett can inject anything truly ground-breaking into this series.  Ill definitely be hanging around long enough to find out, thats for sure.

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8.0
Aquaman (2016) #2

Jul 7, 2016

Overall then, while it still feels more like a continuation than a quote-unquote Rebirth, I actually rather enjoyed Abnetts run on the New 52 Aquaman, and that enjoyment has most certainly translated to this new series. Abnetts Arthur Curry has a strong, confident voice, and if youve always viewed Aquaman as something of a lesser superhero (damn you, Robot Chicken!) then this series is all but guaranteed to change your mind. Definitely one of the highlights of DCs Rebirth so far, and a series with a huge amount of potential as it moves forwards.

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6.0
Aquaman (2016) #3

Jul 20, 2016

These issues aside, Abnetts underlying storyline – Arthur trying to advance Atlantis onto the world political stage – has some real legs, so it's doubly disappointing to see this latest issue derailed by some frankly lacklustre artwork.  While its certainly not enough to write off a series that has undoubtedly impressed during the early months of DCs Rebirth, it does however serve as a disappointing stumble for what was shaping up to be an impressive new story.

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8.0
Aquaman (2016) #4

Aug 3, 2016

Overall then, while the niggles surrounding the artwork remain, Abnetts story is proving to be more than enough to keep this books head above water. The political drama of a King trying to bring his people onto the world global stage while being beset on all sides by attempts to derail him makes for utterly gripping reading, and from a pure storytelling point of view, this may very well be the best post-Rebirth issue of the series so far.

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7.0
Aquaman (2016) #5

Aug 17, 2016

While its essentially one long action sequence, theres a lot to like about this issue, and about this series so far as a whole. The final pages offer an intriguing new direction and potential obstacle, and while some of the flaws from earlier in the arc remain Black Mantas side story still feels superfluous, although its clear that Abnett is merely keeping the situation simmering away until its time to bring it to the boil this can definitely be viewed as strong opening arc which impressively establishes the new status quo for Aquaman in the post-Rebirth world.  We just need to sort out those darn faces.

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8.0
Aquaman (2016) #14

Jan 4, 2017

While it may have started a little slowly, this is a series which is building some serious momentum over the last half dozen or so issues, and which now stands as one of the most consistently enjoyable titles in DCs lineup. Highly recommended.

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10
Aquaman (2016) #15

Jan 18, 2017

This is easily the best issue of the post-Rebirth series so far, and a fitting conclusion to what has been one of the most enjoyable Aquaman arcs in years.  Abnett continues to cement his role as Rebirth MVP, managing to generate the same level of excitement about the character as Geoff Johns way back at the beginning of the New 52.  Highest of recommendations for this one.

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9.0
Aquaman (2016) #16

Feb 1, 2017

Serving as a mixture of epilogue and prologue, this issue provides an impressive transition from one story arc to the next, all while introducing an intriguing new threat. Dan Abnetts Aquaman is fast becoming the jewel in DCs Rebirth crown, and the series is starting to display an impressive level of consistency that is going to make it an essential fortnightly read.

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8.0
Artful #1

Dec 22, 2016

Overall then, Artful provides an even-handed adaptation of Peter Davids popular novel, and while there are some rough edges along the way, the strength of the premise and the charm and eloquence of the dialogue make this an utterly intriguing read. If nothing else, reading this first issue has made me want to go and pick up the original novel to get the full experience, but Im also going to be sticking with the rest of this series to see how the comic book version plays out. Well worth a look.

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8.0
Astonishing Ant-Man #1

Oct 21, 2015

Aside from a minor stumble midway through, this first issue serves as a truly impressive return for a title Ive been waiting for ever since I devoured the first series. Spencer and Rosanas are telling a small story (no pun intended) filled with heart, humour and excitement, and are clearly having the time of their lives doing it. Highly recommended.

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6.0
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1

Dec 9, 2015

Okay, cards on the table, my expectations for this series were ridiculously low, so the fact that it hasnt turned out to be a complete car crash thus far is almost reason enough for me to recommend it. That said, if youre willing to fight through your misgivings (assuming you actually have them and arent whipping yourself into a fanboy frenzy at the prospect of these characters meeting face-to-face something I probably should be doing myself), theres actually a pretty fun story here with some chunky, dynamic artwork and a Batmobile-load of potential. Definitely worth a look if youre curious, but it doesnt quite do enough to qualify for the essential reading category. Not yet, anyway.

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8.0
Behemoth #1

Dec 9, 2015

There is also an emotional gut-punch near the end of the story that jerks the wheel in a whole new direction, displaying the full extent of the power and fury that Theresa had been previously trying so hard to block out, leading to a powerful, explosive and surprisingly poignant finale. While it may sound like a cookie-cutter teen mutant story on paper, Behemoth has an impressive amount of emotion and depth behind it, and both Kipiniak and Woodward should be applauded for managing to handle this story in such an impressively unique way. Highly recommended.

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8.0
Big Trouble In Little China / Escape From New York #1

Oct 4, 2016

Overall then, while its not exactly reinventing the wheel, this is an affectionate and enjoyable pairing of two iconic 80s characters, packed with quotable dialogue, chuckle-worthy moments and bigtime action set pieces. And really, what more could you want?

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8.0
Black Canary (2015) #7

Jan 26, 2016

Black Canary has cemented itself over the last seven issues as one of the brightest, boldest and most original books currently on sale from DC Comics, and with an almost painfully tantalising cliffhanger, there's absolutely zero doubt that I'll be picking this one up once the next arc kicks off. I'd strongly advise you to do the same, and if you haven't got on board yet, make sure to grab the first trade when it hits shelves on March 2nd.

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10
Black Eyed Kids #1

Apr 19, 2016

A chilling, unsettling read from start to finish, BLACK EYED KIDS provides one of the most gripping opening issues to a horror story that Ive read in years. Quite how the series will hold up once we start to learn a little more about the titular kids remains to be seen, but for now, Pruett and Kudranskis creation stands as a true masterpiece of tension and atmosphere, and a book that should creep its way right to the top of any self-respecting horror fans must buy list.

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6.0
Black Eyed Kids #2

May 19, 2016

Theres a still a hell of a lot to like about this series – and this issue, for that matter – but I cant help but feel a slight twinge of disappointment that Pruett and Kudranski have tipped their hand in such an inelegant fashion here. Moving forwards, this is a book which is absolutely rife with potential, providing it can somehow manage to replicate the creeping unease that made the first issue such a jaw-dropping success. For now though, while Id love to be able to approach the upcoming issues with optimism, the sense of dread I previously felt for the Black Eyed Kids is now directed at the series itself.

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10
Black Science #17

Nov 3, 2015

Theres also a fantastic sensation of just sitting back and letting this monumental series unfold, safe in the knowledge that Remender and Scalera have at least fifty issues (at least!) plotted out, and that every character will be given their own unique arc to explore. This is multi-layered science fiction world building of the highest order, perfectly executed by a creative team at the absolute top of their game.

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10
Black Science #19

Jan 5, 2016

Black Science continues to cement its reputation as one of the finest comics on the shelves today, providing a surrealist, genre-defying science fiction opus wrapped around a handful of utterlycompelling characters. This isnt the time tojump intothe series, but I highly recommending grabbing the first three trades as soon as humanly possible and getting on board with this one. Trust me, you wont regret it.

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10
Black Science #23

Aug 2, 2016

Okay, lets cut to the chase. Black Science is, for my money, the most consistently brilliant series on the shelves today, an accolade it has held in my opinion, at least for the best part of three years now. Remenders work has honestly never been better, and his seamless collaboration with Scalera continues to redefine just how well a writer and artist should be working together. If you havent been following this series until now, you really, really need to pick up the first four trades and get caught up right away. You can thank me later.

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8.0
Blood Blister #1

Feb 1, 2017

Overall then, while its clearly focusing on character ahead of story for the time being, Blood Blister gets off to a strong start here with an impressive hook thats guaranteed to crawl under your skin and fester. The opportunity to see a swindling, backstabbing, morally reprehensible human being getting his comeuppance is definitely an alluring prospect, but I cant help but think that the creators here have something a little more unconventional in mind for poor Brandon Hull. Ill definitely be sticking around to find out, thats for sure.

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2.0
Boy-1 #2

Sep 8, 2015

While theres quite possibly the beating heart of a solid idea trapped in here somewhere, the lacklustre execution unfortunately leaves BOY-1 as an instantly forgettable slice of ultimately pedestrian sci-fi. Nowadays in particular, with so many brilliantly inventive, beautifully characterised science fiction titles hitting the shelves on a weekly basis, thats just not going to cut it.

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7.0
Bruce Lee: The Dragon Rises #1

Apr 4, 2016

While some of the “fish out of water” stuff is a little on the nose at times, the tone stays pleasingly light throughout, giving the whole issue an engaging, ‘Saturday morning cartoon' vibe. Fans of Bruce Lee (which Im assuming is pretty much everyone, right?) are in for an absolute treat, and while it doesnt perhaps have a huge amount of meat on those storyline bones just yet, this is a definitely an enjoyable opening chapter for what is a truly intriguing comic book project.

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6.0
Clandestino #2

Mar 15, 2016

In the end, CLANDESTINO is a fun but ultimately flimsy read with a fairly by-the-numbers story and protagonist which finds itself being lifted from mediocrity by virtue of its impressive artwork and the sheer enthusiasm of its creator.  Those looking for any sort of nuanced storytelling or multi-layered character development will find themselves bitterly disappointed, but those of us who can appreciate a mustachioed hero dispatching a squadron of corrupt military police in a shower of blood, bullets and eyeballs are in for an absolute treat.  Make of that what you will.

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9.0
Colder: Toss The Bones #3

Nov 24, 2015

This minor niggle aside, Ferreyra and Tobin are as perfectly-suited a partnership as you could possibly hope for, feeding off one anothers twisted ideas to create something truly special; a horror comic that not only shocks and entertains but also creeps under your skin, lurking there in your subconscious as it waitsfor the lights to go out. It should probably go without saying by now, but Ill say it one more time you need to buy this comic, as well as the previous two volumes. Trust me, you won't regret it.

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9.0
Colder: Toss The Bones #4

Dec 30, 2015

At this stage, its difficult to say anything about this series that I havent said already, but allow me to summarise: Nimble Jack is undoubtedly one of the finest horror creations in years, and his actions in this series only serve to solidify that position; Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra are a creative partnership made in heaven or, yknow, hell, depending on how you look at it; and Colder, with its disturbing visuals and truly unnerving moments of psychological horror, is the very definition of a must buy title.

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10
Colder: Toss The Bones #5

Jan 27, 2016

If youre not already picking this book up, then theres probably nothing else I can say now that I havent said already that will change your mind. Simply put, this is one of the finest, most original, most disturbing horror series' of all time. Yeah, I said it. Colder deserves to be held in that level of regard. While the story may be over, I have a feeling itll be sticking with a lot of us for a long, long time, every time we see a person mumbling in the streets, every time we fold up a paper aeroplane, and every time we see a group of goddamn pigeons. As I've said before, this is horror as an absolute masterclass.

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9.0
Conan: The Slayer #1

Jun 18, 2016

As introductions go its a punchy, aggressive affair that tells you everything you need to know about the man himself. Conans encounter with the Kozaki plants the seeds for some interesting stories as the series progresses, and Bunn and Davilla combine to provide an emotive, visceral take on the iconic barbarian. Highly recommended.

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6.0
Criminal Macabre: The Third Child #TP

Jun 22, 2015

Overall though, this is still an enjoyable slice of offbeat horror which is likely to give fans of the franchise exactly what theyre looking for, while also providing a decent pick up and read thrill for newcomers like myself. Niles and Mitten work together seamlessly throughout, and while it didnt quite grab me like I hoped it would, theres still a hell of a lot of like about The Third Child.

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8.0
Curse Words #2

Feb 25, 2017

Ultimately then, while this latest chapter doesnt quite hit the heights of the first issue, this is still a series that comes highly recommended, with Soule and Browne combining to create something truly unique, from the artwork to the lead character himself. And, providing it can decide whether it's a fantasy with dashes of comedy or a comedy with hints of fantasy, this could wind up becoming something truly special. I'll definitely be sticking around to find out, that's for sure.

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8.0
Curse Words #3

Mar 21, 2017

Ultimately then, while it does lose a little of its uniqueness during the sequences in the Hole World, there's no denying that Curse Words is still a fun, funny and visually striking read. Soule and Browne continue to work in perfect harmony here, and the sheer enthusiasm that these two creators clearly have for this title make it almost impossible not to enjoy.

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8.0
Daredevil (2015) #1

Dec 2, 2015

For me, the only real stumble in this first issue happened on the final page, with the reveal of a slightly hokey new villain who inadvertently conjures up images of a certain Jim Carrey movie. Youll know it when you see it. Aside from that, however, this is an impressively confident start as we get to watch Soule and Garney stamp their own unique mark on this iconic character.

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9.0
Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1

Nov 25, 2015

Overall then, for a book that managed to have both dizzyingly high and worryingly low expectations, DKIII: The Master Race explodes out of the gate with a barnstorming first issue that manages to capture the edge and intriguing of the original while avoiding the heavy-handed political agenda of its sequel. Pats on the back for all involved then, and consider me firmly on board for the rest of this series.

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4.0
Dead Vengeance #1

Oct 6, 2015

Overall, while it features an undoubtedly strong premise and some lovely artwork, Dead Vengeance doesnt quite manage hit the ground running in this first issue, stumbling on its way out of the blocks and providing a disappointingly flat first issue as a result.  Hopefully now that the exposition portion of the story is out of the way the series can start to build some momentum, but in terms of serving the main purpose of an opening issue to hook the reader enough to make them want to read the rest of the series this one feels more like the body in the tank than the reanimated man.

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5.0
Death Be Damned #1

Feb 5, 2017

Ultimately then, while it's an interesting enough premise, there just isn't enough meat on the storyline bones yet to make this a truly satisfying read. That and the uneven and untidy nature of some of the artwork makes Death be Damned a difficult title to fully recommend, although there's some real potential here that will, hopefully, be tapped into as the series continues. One to keep an eye on for sure, but perhaps not one to get too excited about just yet.

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7.0
Deathstroke (2016) #1

Aug 24, 2016

An essential pickup for fans of the character then, but Im not sure if this one has quite managed to do enough yet at this early stage to entice new readers into the fold. Only time will tell, but as beginnings go, this is definitely a solid foundation for what should be an intriguing new series.

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9.0
Demonic (2016) #1

Aug 16, 2016

While its ostensibly a series about demons, Demonic actually digs a lot deeper into the helpless feeling of surrendering your own free will and then having to live with the terrifying consequences of your actions. Chilling, unsettling and utterly compelling, Demonic is a story that will keep whispering in your ear long after you put the book down. Highly, highly recommended.

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10
Doctor Strange (2015) #1

Oct 7, 2015

So yes, Ill be on board with this series for as long as Jason Aaron is.  Serving as an utterly captivating introduction to the world of the Sorcerer Supreme, this is as close to a must-buy first issue as you could hope for.  Never had any interest in Doctor Strange before?  Doesnt matter.  By the Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth, this is your new favourite Marvel series.

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8.0
Exit Generation #2

Oct 27, 2015

The first issue of Exit Generations was always going to be a tough act to follow in my mind, but Read and Oliveira have done a solid job here of building and expanding upon their stellar opening chapter. The pace is a little slower than in issue one, which is probably a wise decision, but the final panel leaves no doubt in anyones mind that things are going to be ramped up significantly in issue three and, having already read the final two issues, I can gleefully confirm that this is most definitely the case. Brilliantly creative sci-fi filled with flash, style and humour, Exit Generations is a title you truly owe it to yourself to pick up.

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7.0
Exit Generation #3

Dec 1, 2015

Overall, while it hasn't quite managed to maintain the momentum from its stellar first issue, Exit Generation continues to provide a lively, gripping read, balancing lighthearted banter and swashbuckling space awesomeness with moments of genuine emotion, and making it a worthy purchase for any self-respecting comic fan.

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9.0
Faith #1

Jul 19, 2016

If you havent jumped on this particular bandwagon yet, now is the perfect time. Mixing superhero shenanigans with real life issues, and packed to the brim with humour, drama and excitement, Faith is all but guaranteed to become your new favourite superhero.

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9.0
Faith #2

Aug 23, 2016

Overall, this is yet another fantastic issue that takes what could otherwise be a fairly generic situation – a supervillain capturing a hero for nefarious means – and puts an unmistakably Faith-y stamp on it. Charming, relatable, funny and with a worthy message at its core about never feeling the need to change yourself to please people around you, Faith continues to be one the most fiercely likeable superhero comics on the shelves today.

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10
Faith #4

Oct 19, 2016

Easily the best issue of the series so far, and featuring perhaps my favourite Faith moment of all time, this is pretty much essential reading. I absolutely love Faith, and if you pick this comic up I guarantee you will too.

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9.0
Faith (Mini-Series) #1

Jan 15, 2016

Overall then, while this is first and foremost an introductory issue that sets out to establish the status quo for our beloved character, there are enough intriguing plot threads being dangled here to all but guarantee that this series is going to be a hit.  Faith is yet another utterly brilliant character from a company that seems to thrive on brilliant characters, and this is an upbeat, positive and above all a truly fun book that deserves to be seen by as many eyes as possible.

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9.0
Frostbite #1

Sep 28, 2016

After a bit of a shaky start, this first issue sinks its hooks in impressively, painting a rich, vibrant picture of a world on the brink of destruction, and a population doing whatever they have to in order to survive. Williamson is always at his best when hes allowed to gradually develop his own world, and in Frostbite, he may well have crafted one of his most impressive works to date. Raw, tense, violent and utterly chilling, Frostbite is a well-timed science fiction series with a razor-sharp edge. Highly recommended.

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7.0
Frostbite #2

Oct 27, 2016

After an incredibly strong opening chapter, things take a noticeable step back here, leaving Frostbite balancing on the precipice of becoming just another post-apocalyptic science fiction book. However, with Williamson and Alexander at the helm, Im supremely confident that the ship will be able to quickly right itself, and that well be back to capitalising on this fascinating premise again before too long.

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8.0
Future Quest #1

May 18, 2016

Overall, while theres a feeling that weve only just scratched the surface, this first issue still has a lot of incredibly cool stuff going on, no doubt about it. Science fiction, adventure, humour, nefarious villains and bold, larger than life heroes. While it may not be as quote-unquote “edgy” as a lot of comics these days, that's actually part of its overall charm. This is a wonderful throwback to some fantastic cartoons and a more innocent, un-cynical style of storytelling. Exciting, dramatic and just plain fun from start to finish, Future Quest is the Saturday morning cartoon you never knew you needed until right now

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2.0
G.I. Joe: Cobra World Order Prelude #1

Oct 13, 2015

Essentially, what we have here is a 32-page version of the previously on G.I. Joe section that you would expect to find at the beginning of any issue.  As a perfect jumping-on point, this is anything but, and I only hope that the actual Cobra World Order Event features some actual content, otherwise this is going to be a long, painful slog.   I may check in on it, but more to satisfy my own nostalgic curiosity than because of anything done by this particular issue.

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8.0
Ghost Stories of an Antiquary #1

Nov 3, 2016

Overall, while the artwork compliments the stories to differing degrees throughout the collection, the unquestioned brilliance of the author guarantees that at least one of the stories here will creep into your subconscious and burrow in, waiting to manifest itself at a later date. And while the prospect of adapting such a descriptive prose style into a sequential art format may be fairly daunting to some, Moore, Reppion and their assembled artistic talent have proved to be more than equal to the task here. Highly recommended.

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9.0
God Country #1

Nov 21, 2016

This is one of the most exciting and captivating first issues of an Image Comics series that Ive read for quite some time, which is definitely saying something. Cates and Shaw are working in perfect harmony here, creating an intense, grounded world thats about to be blown apart in the most gloriously celestial fashion imaginable. Highly, highly recommended.

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10
God Country #2

Feb 7, 2017

I absolutely loved the first issue of God Country when it dropped last month, and Im going on record right now as saying that not only is this second issue even better, but that this series is going to be one of the absolute cant miss titles of 2017. You have been warned.

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8.0
Gotham By Midnight #6

Jun 26, 2015

Proof, if proof were needed, that big two comics can still retain that edgy, indie feel in the right hands, of course. Definitely one to pick up, assuming youre not already doing so.

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10
Gotham By Midnight #7

Jul 22, 2015

Overall, while the meat of the big picture is clearly still to come, the development of the characters and the well-structured variety of the monster of the week format is working extremely well for Gotham by Midnight thus far. A wonderfully scripted book brought to life by some of the finest visuals on the shelves today, this is a shadowy corner of the DC Universe that deserves a hell of a lot more light to be shed on it. So take a little peek under the rock that is Gotham By Midnight. I guarantee you wont be disappointed.

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10
Gotham By Midnight #11

Dec 2, 2015

While itd be easy for me to hang my head and feel despondent about the upcoming final issue of this series, Im adopting a glass half full approach here. This is a series that is undoubtedly going to stand the test of time and be looked back on in years to come as one of the truly tragic comic book cancellations. Its better to burn out than to fade away, as they say, and if thats the case, then Ferreyra and Fawkes are poised to unleash an absolutesupernova of a final issue that's going to make a lot of people feel pretty damn stupid for missing out on this one.

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10
Gotham By Midnight #12

Dec 23, 2015

Its truly powerful stuff, and a fitting to end to a series Im absolutely gutted to see finish. Once again, pats on the back all round to everyone who hasworked on Gotham by Midnight over the last year, and lets keep our fingers crossed that we get to revisit this particular title somewhere down the line. Even if this is the end, however, I think Im due one last attempt to try and recommend this one to as many people as possible… seriously folks, if you havent picked it up yet, the first trade is available now (and you can win yourself a signed copy over on our Facebook page!) and the second arc shouldnt be too far behind.This is atruly unique book that provides a brilliantly twisted look at one of the comicbook worlds most famous cities. R.I.P. Gotham by Midnight, youll be sorely missed.

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9.0
Grass Kings #1

Mar 6, 2017

Fascinating, gorgeously illustrated and beautifully executed, Grass Kings is a series that flat-out demands your attention. While this is definitely a patient, understated opening issue, Kindt and Jenkins are working together in perfect synergy here, creating an almost palpable level of excitement as this all-too-believable story is gradually revealed. Highest of recommendations for this one.

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6.0
Green Arrow (2016) #1

Jun 15, 2016

Overall though, I still have high hopes for this series as it moves forwards.  As I mentioned, some of the themes brought up have some real meat to them, and the fact remains that it looks great (something which is only going to continue when Ceej favourite Juan Ferreyra starts tagging in from issue four).  It remains to be seen whether the clunky dialogue and full-sprint narrative flow can resolve themselves, but based on the strength of the Rebirth issue, Im willing to call this a minor blip rather than hitting the eject button for the time being, at least.

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8.0
Green Arrow (2016) #4

Aug 3, 2016

That said, theres still a heck of a lot to like about this series, not least of which is the fact that it provides an engaging, accessible entry point to the world of Green Arrow.  Plus, when you have an artistic tag team like Oscar Schmidt and Juan Ferreyra providing the visuals, you can pick this one up safe in the knowledge that youre buying one of the best looking comics available today.  Itll be interesting to see where the conclusion of this arc leaves us moving forwards, but Im definitely on board with this series for the foreseeable future.

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8.0
Green Arrow (2016) #5

Aug 17, 2016

Overall, this first arc has righted itself impressively after a fairly jumbled start, and while some of the dialogue can still feel a little clumsy at times, the strong premise and jaw-dropping artwork makes Green Arrow one of the more highly recommended titles in DCs Rebirth lineup.  The final page lurches the story into a wildly unexpected direction, and with Oscar Schmidt set to take over on artistic duties for the next three issues, the potential is high for this series to continue its impressive improvement in the weeks and months to come.

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5.0
Green Arrow (2016) #9

Oct 19, 2016

Honestly, after an impressive reveal to set it up, the Island of Scars storyline has been a bit of a non-starter, and in DCs current quick-fire release schedule, should be viewed as entirely skippable. Fingers crossed that the series manages to regain some of its early momentum as the team heads back to Seattle, otherwise this is a book that could find itself being rapidly culled from a lot of bloated post-Rebirth pull lists.

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8.0
Green Arrow (2016) #10

Nov 2, 2016

I mentioned in my review of the previous issue that it felt like this series was running out of steam after an impressively strong start.  Well, Im happy to report that this issue marks a welcome return to form, and that Percy and Ferreyras energetic, vibrant take on the character hits you like a Boxing Glove Arrow to the face.  Its not flawless by any means, but it is a hell of a lot of fun, and if this trend continues is definitely worth a couple of your hard earned quid every fortnight.

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7.0
Green Arrow (2016) #16

Feb 2, 2017

That said, this is still an otherwise enjoyable issue, buoyed by Schmidts kinetic artwork and always pushing things forwards at a brisk pace. Another minor stumble in what has been a fairly solid series to this point then, although Im confident that the conclusion of this arc and the fallout from the events of the closing pages should make for a truly fun read.

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8.0
Green Arrow: Rebirth #1

Jun 1, 2016

Overall then, this is definitely a great jumping-on point for Green Arrow, and provides an intriguing, accessible and character-focused standalone issue. While there isnt a huge amount of meat on those storyline bones just yet, the pieces are definitely being put in place for what should be a fun series, and the artwork is almost worth the $2.99 cover price alone. You can definitely count me in with this one – for the time being, at least.

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8.0
Green Valley #2

Nov 8, 2016

While this second issue doesnt necessarily have the same razor-sharp banter or emotional gut-punch of the first, it still goes a long way towards establishing these interesting, three-dimensional characters and laying the groundwork for what promises to be a thoroughly entertaining series. Oh, and if the final pages are anything to go by, the fantastical aspect of this fantasy series may be about to take center stage in a major way. That said, knowing Landis and how closely to his chest hes playing this one, I wouldnt want to put money on predicting just where this story is heading.

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9.0
Green Valley #4

Jan 11, 2017

As strong as the story undoubtedly is though, it wouldnt work nearly as well without the fantastic characterisation of the Knights themselves, and in that respect Landis deserves the ultimate credit for creating such intriguing and relatable characters. A fantastic series packed with twists, turns and razor-sharp dialogue, Green Valley comes highly, highly recommended.

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7.0
Harley Quinn and Her Gang Of Harleys #1

Apr 13, 2016

Overall then, this is a new series that perfectly mirrors Harley herself; Bright, bold, colourful, just a little bit crazy, and almost guaranteed to evoke both love and revulsion in equal measure in its readers. Me? Well, as I said before, Im somewhere in the middle. Not great, not awful, but well worth a look if youre a fan of this particular gal.

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8.0
He-Man / Thunder Cats #1

Oct 5, 2016

Bold, dynamic, in-your-face and unashamedly fun, this series serves as yet another fantastic addition to DCs rapidly-growing He-Man canon, and provides the first look at what is hopefully going to be long, enduring comic book love affair with the inhabitants of Thundera.

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7.0
He-Man / Thunder Cats #2

Nov 16, 2016

Story wise, this issue starts off in a fairly by-the-numbers fashion, picks up in the middle with some fantastic action, and ends by throwing an interesting curveball into the established He-Man mythos. Ultimately however, while the levels of fan service are off the charts, this feels at times more like an enjoyable slice of fan-fic than the polished, boundary-pushing comic that Eternity War was. Freddie E Williams II ensures that things look absolutely gorgeous throughout, but as a lifelong fan of these two franchises, I cant help but find myself craving something a little more… substantial. Fingers crossed that things pick up once the inhabitants of Thundera arrive, which by the looks of it may be sooner rather than later.

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7.0
He-Man / Thunder Cats #3

Dec 21, 2016

Ultimately then, while Im thrilled that this comic actually exists in the first place, I still cant shake the feeling that the fans of both franchises deserve more.  Sure, its great to have such gorgeously illustrated pages featuring the inhabitants of Third Earth and Eternia going blow-for-blow, but with a little more storytelling creativity and dialogue polish this series could be something truly special rather than merely the entertaining diversion that it is.

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8.0
He-Man / Thunder Cats #4

Jan 18, 2017

If youre looking for complex character work or nuanced storytelling youll probably end up disappointed, but if you want a comic that makes you feel like a kid sitting wide-eyed in front of your TV again, this is definitely the series for you.

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9.0
He-Man / Thunder Cats #5

Feb 15, 2017

Easily the best issue of the series so far then, and Messrs David, Goldfine and Williams are building up some serious momentum here as we head into the concluding chapter. After a bit of a shaky start, the series is finally delivering on its massive potential, and while the artwork has been uniformly fantastic from the very first page of the very first issue, the writing is finally starting to catch up, providing us with the kind of air-punching awesomeness that a series like this demands.

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8.0
He-Man / Thunder Cats #6

Mar 15, 2017

At the end of the day, this is an interesting story featuring two larger-than-life franchises being brought together in about as fun a way as you could hope for. Unfortunately, a noticeable lack of polish in the writing – the dialogue in particular – really holds this one back from becoming something truly special, which is a real shame when you consider the fact that it features some of the best illustrations of these iconic characters that you're ever likely to find.

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9.0
He-Man: The Eternity War #9

Aug 28, 2015

Overall, while some casual passers-by may sneer and turn up their noses at the comic based on the cheesy 80s cartoon series, what theyre actually doing is denying themselves the opportunity to pick up one of the most dramatic, unpredictable and visually striking fantasy comics on the shelves today. Abnett and Mhan have the power, and this issue is undeniable proof of that.

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9.0
He-Man: The Eternity War #10

Sep 23, 2015

Even if I wasnt a lifelong He-Man fan which I most definitely am I would still be absolutely enamoured with this book. The Eternity War is bold and dynamic, packed with twists, turns, and air-punching moments of awesomeness. Plus, just when you think you know the answers, the creative team change the questions, yanking the wheel and sending things careering off into a wildly unexpected direction. One of the most consistent titles in DCs roster at the moment, even if some people still turn up their nose at the perceived tacky cash-in for the camp 80s TV show, He-Man: The Eternity War is for real, folks, and you owe it to yourself to at least give it a chance.

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8.0
He-Man: The Eternity War #11

Oct 28, 2015

So much more than mere nostalgia, this is a fantasy series that has proven that it is more than capable of standing on its own two feet, and even if you never picked up any of the toys or sat in front of your TV watching the cartoons, He-Man: The Eternity War still comes highly, highly recommended.

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8.0
He-Man: The Eternity War #12

Nov 25, 2015

Honestly folks,forget your pre-conceptions about the perma-tanned blonde haired bodybuilder from the toys and cartoons. He-Man: The Eternity War is a fantasy series that deserves your attention for its artwork, its dramatic twists and turns, and for the sheer excitement that it elicits. Get on board, people. You wont regret it.

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8.0
He-Man: The Eternity War #14

Jan 27, 2016

For all of its ups and downs, this is a fairly difficult issue for me to review impartially. For dedicated He-Fans, Id likely give this issue a 4.5/5 for its epic (there's that word again) scope and Easter Egg-laden artwork. For more casual readers, itd probably be more like a 3.5/5, with an engaging narrative that occasionally leans a little too heavily on fan service. In the interests of fairness, lets split the difference and call it a 4. Regardless of the rating however, theres no denying that this is yet another solid issue of one of the best franchise comics on the shelves today, with a truly climactic showdown that leaves some fairly massive questions hanging over the future of the series.

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9.0
He-Man: The Eternity War #15

Feb 24, 2016

Overall then, this is a perfect send-off for what has been an absolutely fantastic series. As a lifelong He-Man fan, I often longed for the day where I could read a monthly comic that not only paid its respects to the classics of the past but also helped push this captivating universe forward in new and exciting ways, and for the last year and a half, thanks to Messrs David, Abnett and Mhan, thats exactly what I got. So, while its sad to see the series come to an end, Im definitely hopeful for the future, and if whoever picks up this mantle down the line can carry it half as far and half as well as this particular creative team has, were going to be in for an absolute treat.

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8.0
Head Lopper #1

Sep 9, 2015

While it continually finds itself balancing on the knife-edge between silly and serious, Head Lopper is an utterly enjoyable read with a striking visual style, providing a decidedly original take on the swords and sorcery genre.

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10
Head Lopper #2

Dec 8, 2015

With Apocalyptigirl and now this, MacLean has cemented his place as an absolute must-buy creator for me, and Im already starting to get withdrawals until my next quarterly Norgal fix. One of my favourite reads of the year, even if the three-month wait between issues is borderline cruel. Darkly humourous, gloriously illustrated and boundlessly entertaining, Head Lopper is a book you truly owe it to yourself to pick up.

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10
Head Lopper #3

Mar 10, 2016

Highest of recommendations for this one then, and with the concluding issue not set to hit shelves for another three months, theres plenty of time for you to get caught up in the utterly unique world of HEAD LOPPER.

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9.0
Head Lopper #5

Mar 17, 2017

The final pages set things up for the story to come, and with the true horrors of the Crimson Tower seemingly only just beginning, this latest arc promises to be yet another bold, in-your-face and beautifully illustrated chapter of the most metal comic on the shelves today.

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6.0
Highlander: American Dream #1

Feb 21, 2017

Its a solid enough story, and new face Vazilek is definitely an intriguing addition, but it all just feels like Ruckley is playing things a little bit too safe for the time being, proving an affectionate but ultimately underwhelming addition to the Highlander lore. Theres potential here for sure, but unless youre a die-hard fan of the franchise, your fantasy itch could probably be scratched far more satisfyingly elsewhere.

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9.0
House of Penance #1

Mar 18, 2016

A historical horror story that is guaranteed to crawl under your skin, HOUSE OF PENANCE is uncomfortable, unconventional and thoroughly unmissable. Dark Horse continues to cement its place as the absolute pinnacle of horror comics, and with a gripping first issue, both visually and narratively, I honestly cant recommend this series highly enough.

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10
House of Penance #2

May 10, 2016

At the end of the day, any horror story is only as good as the characters involved, and in Sarah Winchester and Warren Peck, we have been blessed with two utterly compelling protagonists, each with a truly relatable aspect to their personal trauma.  While there are historical and factual aspects to this tale, Tomasi should be applauded for weaving such a gripping fictional narrative around them, and Bertrams stunning visuals round out what has to be considered one of the truly unique, genuinely disturbing horror titles of 2016.

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10
I Hate Fairyland #4

Jan 21, 2016

Without a doubt one of the most deliciously twisted, yet unrelentingly fun, books on the shelves today, I HATE FAIRYLAND remains an abso-fluffin-lutely essential purchase.

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9.0
Indoctrination #1

Apr 22, 2016

Once again, its worth clarifying that the style and approach isnt going to be to everyones tastes, but for fans of slow-burning, intelligent drama that creeps under your skin, INDOCTRINATION is a fascinating, gripping series which comes highly, highly recommended.

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9.0
Indoctrination #2

Jul 29, 2016

Slow-burning, gripping, and with a premise that could have been ripped directly from the headlines, Indoctrination provides a masterful look at the current climate of terrorism and asks some interesting questions about the nature of free will and whether we can ever truly break free from our apparently pre-determined paths. Highly, highly recommended.

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6.0
Jack the Ripper #1

Jan 6, 2016

Overall then, this is very much a book of two halves, with a gripping opening and a somewhat bewildering finale. Jack The Ripper is still well worth a look though, particularly for those with a taste for Victorian thrillers, and for those of us who appreciate truly great artwork.

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6.0
Jackboot & Ironheel #1

Aug 16, 2016

Overall, while there are a few uneven moments here and there, the central premise is solid if a little clichd and theres a wonderfully old-school British sensibility to the writing that adds some definite charm to the proceedings.  Perhaps not quite an essential purchase just yet, but definitely one thats worth keeping an eye on, particularly if youre a fan of zombies, Nazis or classic stiff upper lip war stories.

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8.0
Jeff Steinberg: Champion of Earth #5

Jan 19, 2017

While its probably about as far removed from highbrow as you could possibly expect a comic to be, Jeff Steinberg: Champion of Earth once again succeeds in what Im assuming is its primary aim making the reader laugh. Broad slacker jokes mixed with subtler gags and lively artwork make this a thoroughly enjoyable read, and I honestly cant wait to see how the story wraps up next month. Oh, and as a side note, Rolo needs a spin-off. Rolo – Champion of Earths Best Friend. Hell, it practically writes itself.

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7.0
Jeff Steinberg: Champion of Earth #6

Mar 17, 2017

Ultimately then, while it doesnt quite satisfy as an ending to a story, or even to a chapter, this is still a fun, enjoyable and frequently hilarious read. With the way Fialkov and Fleecs have left things, it would be an absolute tragedy if this series doesnt continue somewhere down the line, and all the indicators here suggest thats exactly whats going to happen. Ill definitely be picking up whatever comes next, thats for sure, and Id highly recommend you do the same.

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8.0
Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Giants #1

Dec 7, 2016

Overall, this is just a lovely read, full of joy, love and just the right amount of adventure – and on top of all that, it carries a wonderfully effective message. With that said, whilst one can of course acquire, read and enjoy the book as a grown up, if youve small humans in your life, this is most certainly a book that you can and should share with them, especially if youre looking for something other than the grimndark capesncowls. The only shame I can think of is that Nolan isnt going to be a continuing writer/artist – but such is the nature of anthology series such as this. Im definitely looking forward to next months.

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7.0
Justice League of America: Vixen Rebirth #1

Jan 11, 2017

Ultimately, your enjoyment of this issue is going to boil down to your prior familiarity with the character. If you know the deal with Vixen, theres not a huge amount of new material here, although its worth mentioning that the artwork in the second half of the issue is probably worth the cover price on its own, that splash page in particular. If nothing else, its clear that Orlando and Houser have a firm grasp on the character, which is going to make her inclusion in the JLA all the more interesting. Lets hope shes isnt lost in the inevitable shuffle of a team comic, as theres a tremendous amount of untapped potential here.

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7.0
Khaal #1

Jan 10, 2017

Overall then, while the bloated world of comic book science fiction is a tough nut to crack, there are just enough positives in this first issue to suggest that Khaal may very well do just that. The story structure is strong and the artwork is luscious, and while theres always a risk that these kind of titles can crumble under the weight of their initial premise, this is definitely a series to keep an eye on as it develops.

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8.0
Kingsway West #1

Jul 31, 2016

In Kingsway West, Greg Pak has created a truly compelling protagonist and dropped him into a rich, detailed and complex setting. Having a Western set in an alternate version of our own world – a version where Chinese and Mexicans wage war for natural resources in the wastelands of America – is intriguing enough, but throwing in the added fantastical aspects like dragons and magic really gives this series the potential to become something truly special. A great set-up issue for what promises to be a gripping and gorgeously illustrated series.

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6.0
Klaus #3

Feb 2, 2016

Overall then, while this latest issue has its fair share of dynamic moments and a final panel that hints at a deeper story to be told, I still cant shake the niggling feeling of disappointment at just how by-the-numbers Klaus has been so far. Those looking for an enjoyable, inoffensive fantasy romp about hunter becoming Santa Claus should probably give this a look, but those of us hoping to see Grant Morrison weave more of his trademark magic are likely to end up with the comic book equivalent of a lump of coal in their stocking.

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9.0
Lady Killer 2 #1

Jul 10, 2016

This minor niggle aside, the flair with whichJolle Jones executes the story – not to mention the legitimately world-class artwork – makes this an absolute joy to read. The first series of Lady Killer started off with an intriguing, attention grabbing hook (a housewife assassin!) before gradually unveiling a tense, dramatic and darkly comic character piece, and this second arc has all the hallmarks of delivering exactly the same captivating experience. Highly, highly recommended.

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9.0
Lady Killer 2 #3

Nov 15, 2016

While Lady Killer may have initially made its mark with its brilliant premise and beautifully violent artwork, this second series has added a far more polished narrative, and Jolle Jones is to be truly commended for continuing to push herself as a writer and telling a considerably more engaging story this time around.  Highest of recommendations for this series, as always.

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10
Lady Killer 2 #4

Mar 9, 2017

One of the absolute best comics on the shelves today, this second series has somehow managed to actually improve upon its Eisner-nominated predecessor, providing a gripping story, subtle character development and some of the best artwork youre likely to see in a comic today. Get it bought

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6.0
Ladycastle #1

Jan 24, 2017

Overall, this is a solid opening for what should hopefully be a thoroughly enjoyable series. Im just keeping my fingers crossed that Dawson decides to hit the strengths of her story the humour, the feminism, the intriguing characters a little harder as the series progresses, otherwise Ladycastle could end up being a massively wasted opportunity of an otherwise five-star premise.

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8.0
Leaving Megalopolis: Surviving Megalopolis #1

Dec 21, 2015

Overall then,while this is undoubtedly a set-up issue first and foremost, Simone and Calafiore have introduced some truly intriguing plot threads here, and while it may not quite have the same attention-grabbing punch of the previous series at least not yet, anyway " theres still something utterly compelling about the city of Megalopolis. One thing's for sure, you can count me in for as long as theykeep making books set in thisutterly gripping world.

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9.0
Leaving Megalopolis: Surviving Megalopolis #4

Apr 19, 2016

The perfect antidote for the bland, repetitive superhero comics which are flooding the shelves these days, SURVIVING MEGALOPOLIS is bold, inventive and about as subtle as an assault rifle butt to the jaw. Highly, highly recommended.

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9.0
Leaving Megalopolis: Surviving Megalopolis #5

Jun 28, 2016

Overall though, I honestly cant sing the praises of this series highly enough. By turns hilarious, shocking, moving and absolutely bat-shit crazy, Simone and Calafiore have created a world like no other, and a city that while Id damn sure never want to live there I definitely look forward to visiting every month. Bring on the finale.

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8.0
Leaving Megalopolis: Surviving Megalopolis #6

Sep 30, 2016

That niggle aside, theres no denying the fact that Surviving Megalopolis has been an absolute joy to read, and remains one of my definite highlights of 2016 so far. Comic books taking swipes at some of the all-too-familiar superhero tropes arent necessarily all that new or inventive these days, but few manage it with such irreverent flair and in-your-face bravado as Surviving Megalopolis. Im definitely going to be keeping everything crossed that we get another series of this wonderfully twisted tale somewhere down the line.

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5.0
Luna the Vampire #1

Jan 12, 2016

Dont get me wrong though, this isnt a bad comic, and what Sheikh does she does very well, with bright, lively colours and eye-catching characters; its just that there are a lot of other similar all-ages titles out there that are either sharper written or better illustrated (or both), and while Luna isnt without her occasional moments of charm, there just doesnt seem to be enough of a hook here totruly reel readers in.

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4.0
M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand #1

Nov 29, 2016

While M.A.S.K. may not have been my number one cartoon and action figure franchise growing up (He-Man 4 life, yo!), I do have a lot of fond memories playing with the toys and singing that oh-so-catchy theme song on my bedroom floor. Unfortunately, the first issue ofthis new ongoing series doesnt manage to capture any of the magic that made the original franchise so appealing to youngsters, providing instead a fairly dull, paint-by-numbers good guys versus bad guys comic book featuring characters who just so happen to be wearing masks. Im hopeful that the series can improve as it progresses, capitalising on some of the limitless potential of its subject matter, but for the time being, its not looking hopeful. Still there's no sign of T-Bob so far, so I guess I cant be too mad.

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4.0
Madballs #1

Apr 19, 2016

Ultimately then, while some of of the backup material is entertaining enough, the lingering question about this release is similar to the main question surrounding its freaky rubber ball inspiration — what's the actual point?

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7.0
Mae #1

May 18, 2016

Perhaps its an unfortunate drawback of splitting a story into an episodic format that wasnt originally intended as such, but for me, this first issue didnt quite pop like I hoped it would. The characters are solid enough, but theres nothing in the premise yet that we havent seen a dozen times before. Yes, the artwork is as spectacular as you might expect, but Im going to reserve judgment on Mae until I get a chance to see where Ha is planning on taking his story.

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9.0
Manifest Destiny #20

Jun 16, 2016

While it originally made its mark as a high-concept, monster-centric reimaging of Lewis and Clark's iconic voyage of discovery, Manifest Destiny has gradually evolved into something far more; an ambitious, gripping, character-based historical fantasy series featuring a group of mismatched, desperate men and women pressing on through a seemingly never-ending spiral of pain, loss and suffering. It's also one of the best, most consistent ongoing comics on the shelves today, in case you weren't already aware.

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8.0
Manifest Destiny #21

Jul 20, 2016

Once again, its clear that Dingess and Roberts deserve the highest of praise for creating one of the most gripping adventure horror series on the shelves today. Yes, this is a slower issue than most, but it still packs a significant storyline punch, and as always, this is a series which about the journey rather than the destination, in more ways than one.

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5.0
Masked #1

Nov 22, 2016

Ultimately then, while its clear that theres an intriguing idea at the heart of this series, its one which is struggling to make itself heard at the moment. Yes, this first issue has a few flashes of greatness along the way, but with some sketchy exposition and a fairly lacklustre leading character, its going to be a bit of a tough sell to expect readers to persevere until the second instalment.

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8.0
Moonshine #2

Nov 17, 2016

With Moonshine finally tipping its hand, its going to be really interesting to see where Azzarello takes the story from here. The pieces as damaged and unlikeable as they ultimately are have all been placed on the board, and now its time to see how this bizarre and intriguing situation unfolds. One thing's for sure, though, with sharp characterization, an authentically grounded feel and a wonderfully executed horror twist, Moonshine is a title that flat-out demands your attention.

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8.0
Munchkin: Deck the Dungeons #1

Dec 8, 2015

If ever there was a book that was perfectly suited to telling a story about the season of giving, then well uh, its probably not Muchkin, to be honest. That said, this is still pretty damn funny, and provides yet another impressive use of the brilliant characters and world of the Steve Jackson Games juggernaut. Featuring some bright, colourful artwork and some brilliant comedic moments (the Tiny Tim wedgie tickled me in particular), Deck the Dungeons is a Christmas special that any self-respecting comic fan would be lucky to find in their stocking this year.

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8.0
Mutafukaz #1

Jun 25, 2015

This is most is definitely a book that anyone reading it is going to have an opinion on. Love it or hate it, theres no denying the fierce passion behind Runs work, and his undeniable artistic talent is visible on every single page. In a lot of ways, MUTAFUKAZ feels like a drive-by shooting for the senses, providing an intense injection of visual insanity and offbeat storytelling that's like nothing else on the shelves today. Demented and uplifting in equal measure, this one is definitely well worth a look, if for no other reason than to feast your eyes on the glorious vision of one absolutely twisted creative genius.

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8.0
Nancy Drew And The Hardy Boys: The Big Lie #1

Mar 7, 2017

A solid opening then for what promises to be an exciting mystery series, although it remains to be seen just how Miss Drews inclusion is going to affect the tone and style of the story, if at all. Definitely one to keep an eye on, regardless.

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5.0
Narcopolis Continuum #1

Dec 1, 2015

Overall, the jury is still out on Narcopolis: Continuum for me, at least. While a time-travelling murder mystery set indystopian world where drugs are legalised for corporate gain is an undoubtedly intriguing backdrop, the actual story being told – as well as the characters themselves – feels more than a little bland to this point. Ill stillbe checking out the second chapter, as the pieces are definitely here for a compelling sci-fi yarn, but based on this first issue, Im going to be approaching it with caution.

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8.0
New Suicide Squad #17

Feb 10, 2016

Niggles aside, this is a great jumping-on point to a series that seems poised to undergo a new lease of life with this particular creative team at the helm.  While its admittedly mostly set-up thus far, the seeds of the mystery have definitely been planted and the eyebrow-raising cliffhanger should do more than enough to ensure readers pick up the next issue.   Familiar yet fresh, patient yet dynamic, this is a fantastic opening salvo from the Seeley/Ferreyra partnership, and I for one cant wait to see what kind of twisted ride theyre going to take us on in the issues to come.

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8.0
New Suicide Squad #18

Mar 9, 2016

Overall then, theres no denying that Seeley and Ferreyra are a match made in creative heaven, injecting the series with a distinctive sense of humour – albeit humour tinged with sporadic bouts of violence. The pace looks to be picking up significantly from here on in, and the more I read of this series, the more I fun I seem to be having. You can count me in for the foreseeable future, thats for sure.

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4.0
Night Trap #1

May 31, 2016

Okay, so while this isnt exactly a first issue thats going to set the world on fire, its Cullen Bunn for gods sake, so I know there has to be more to the story than this.  As I said, the solicitation blurb gives me hope for the series as it moves forwards, but unfortunately Im not reviewing the blurb, Im reviewing the first issue, and as it stands, this is currently little more than a bland, generic and ultimately unengaging slasher yarn. In fact, the only thing keeping me holding on at this point is the unquestioned horror pedigree of its writer.  Fingers crossed for issue two, then.

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8.0
Optimus Prime #2

Jan 4, 2017

Overall then, while its position as a jumping-on point is questionable, Barber and Zama are crafting a detailed and complex character study of one of the most intriguing Transformers of all time, and are doing so by blending a myriad of different genres and styles together. Yes, the pace is glacial for the time being, and the onslaught of characters and backstory may feel intimidating or suffocating to some, but Im definitely planning on sticking with this new series for the long haul, and Id heartily recommend and would-be reader to do the same.

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5.0
Optimus Prime #4

Feb 23, 2017

It's a shame too, because the first three issue of the series, while undeniably dense and rapidly paced, still took at least a bit of time to let some of the storylines breathe a little. That isn't the case here, sadly, with each intertwining subplot meaning less and less as the unrelenting barrage of exposition and Hasbroverse interconnectivity becomes almost too much to bear. It's doubly disappointing because there are some aspects of the series – the street-level crime story set four million years ago on Cybertron, for instance – that really work, but there's just no getting away from the fact that the overall execution and structure is really starting to drag this series down.

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8.0
Optimus Prime #5

Mar 21, 2017

After a bit of a wobble, it looks like IDWs Optimus Prime series is well and truly back on track here with a far more focused approach and some great character-based moments along the way. Quite whether this first arc will be able to resolve itself satisfactorily in just one more issue remains to be seen, but for a series with so much potential, itd be a crime not to at least check back in and find out. See you all next month.

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10
Oxymoron: The Loveliest Nightmare #1

Aug 18, 2015

Another belter of a title from the folks at Comixtribe, and proof if proof were needed that John Lees is right on the cusp of taking the step from local best-kept-secret to one of the most exciting new writers in comics' (assuming that step hasn't already been taken) . Chilling, gripping and utterly unmissable, this one is going to be another runaway hit, mark my words.

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8.0
Power Cubed #1

Aug 26, 2015

With a fun premise and an impressively tongue-in-cheek execution, this first issue serves as a brilliant introduction to the crazy world that Lopresti has created; a world of villainous Nazis and their moronic henchmen, a world of imagination and excitement where anything is possible. Power Cubed is a book where you can feel the enthusiasm of the creator bursting out of every page, and with the polished visuals and constant stream of humour, is nearly impossible to read without a smile on your face.

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8.0
Predator: Life and Death #1

Feb 11, 2016

As an opening chapter, Predator: Life and Death does a solid job of establishing the larger world before digging its hooks in emphatically during the final few pages.  While it isnt necessarily tipping its hand too early about the larger story, its clear that Abnett absolutely gets the world hes playing in, providing an authentic Predator experience without things ever feeling too derivative.  A somewhat restrained start then, but given Dark Horses track record with these particular franchises, you can most definitely count me in for the rest of this event.

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6.0
Predator: Life and Death #2

Apr 5, 2016

A bit of a stumble then, and while the enthusiasm of the execution is commendable, the overall effect is diminished by some flat characters and a fairly predictable story — for the time being, at least. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the rest of this series (and for the rest of the “Life and Death” event as a whole), but this isn't exactly the start I'm sure a lot of readers were hoping for

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6.0
Predator: Life and Death #3

May 3, 2016

At the same time, I have the utmost faith in both Dark Horse as a publisher and Dan Abnett as a writer, so whatever happens, Im in this one for the long haul. Im just keeping my fingers crossed that things pick up sooner rather than later, or this event could end up becoming a damp squib of epic proportions.

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8.0
Prometheus: Life and Death #1

May 13, 2016

Ultimately then, Prometheus: Life and Death adds a truly intriguing slant to the enigmatic, god-like Engineers while managing to balance tense horror, frantic action and character-based drama incredibly effectively. As I've said before, Dark Horse Comics seem to be able to do no wrong with these franchises, and you can most definitely count me in for the rest of this event.

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8.0
Prometheus: Life and Death #2

Jul 12, 2016

Overall then, Dark Horses Life and Death event seems to finally be hitting its stride, with the inclusion of some familiar places " and faces giving the series a much-needed injection of life as it surges forwards. My cautious optimism is gradually giving way to genuine excitement, and if this issue is anything to go by, the rest of the Prometheus arc is going to be an absolute treat.

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5.0
Prometheus: Life and Death #3

Aug 9, 2016

Overall then, this feels very much like a filler issue where the plot developments, such as they are, could easily be obtained by the reader simply glancing at the front cover. Theres also an unmistakable feeling that weve seen everything here before, and with the inclusion of the Fire and Stone characters only serving to highlight just how much more exciting and dynamic the previous shared universe event was, Im sure Im not along in saying that its about time Life and Death finally shook itself out of the doldrums and actually started living up to its incredible potential.

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8.0
Rat God #HC

Nov 19, 2015

Managing to skilfully blend Native American folklore with twisted Lovecraftian horror, Rat God immediately sinks its teeth into the reader early before gradually dragging them down into the murky, unnerving word that Richard Corben has created. Dark Horse have long since established their reputation as the go-to publisher for bold, imaginative horror, and titles like this only serve to reinforce that fact. Highly recommended, but only if youre willing to take on something a little bit different from the usual horror fare.

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8.0
Red Sonja (2016) #5

May 19, 2016

Overall then, while the overall pacing has been a little uneven thus far, this issue manages to bring everything together effectively, setting the table for what should be a brutal and dramatic showdown. Sonja is undoubtedly a character whose appeal can ebb and flow depending on the writer behind her, but in Marguerite Bennett, the She Devil has found an exciting new voice and a wholly unfamiliar situation to thrive in. Highly recommended for any and all fans of this iconic character.

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8.0
Red Sonja (2016) #6

Jun 23, 2016

As a finished arc, its also far easier to appreciate the journey the characters have undergone, and I can say now that this is undoubtedly a story which is going to read a lot better in a collected volume than in single issues. Its not perfect, and the series has had its ups and downs along the way, but this final chapter delivers a strong denouement which, while not exactly ground-breaking or revolutionary, definitely keeps the pages turning right until the very end. A boldly unconventional take on the She-Devil then, and hopefully the start of a long, enjoyable relationship between Red Sonja and Marguerite Bennett.

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3.0
Red Sonja (2017) #0

Dec 13, 2016

Honestly, after seeing Sonja being portrayed in Volume 3 as a truly inspirational figure with a sharp head on her shoulders and a complex moral compass, watching her being reduced to a confused, ditzy Victorias Secret model here is damn near heartbreaking. Exploitative artwork and a two or three-page story (at most) being dragged out to no less than eighteen pages makes this an utterly avoidable release, and while Im a big fan of some of Chus previous work, based on this underwhelming opening I honestly dont think Ill be back to see how this particular fish out of water tale pans out.

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8.0
Red Thorn #1

Nov 18, 2015

As a first issue, Red Thorn does exactly what its supposed to; namely, making me immediately want to get my hands on the second. Isla is a truly intriguing protagonist, and seeing a supernatural horror mystery unfolding on the very same streets where I grew up gives this story an added level of emotional investment for me. With the series promising more demons, monsters and supernatural horror as it moves forwards, theres absolutely no doubt Im going to be sticking with it for the foreseeable future, and its safe to say that Baillie and Hetrick have created a tense, gripping addition to Scotlands rich history of dark fantasy tales.

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8.0
Red Thorn #4

Feb 17, 2016

Overall, while it may not necessarily have the same ‘edge' as some of Vertigo's other recent offerings, the intriguing fantasy trappings and engaging characters make Red Thorn yet another highly recommended purchase from the iconic publisher. Baillie and Hetrick are working together seamlessly to weave this modern day tale of Scots mythology, and are doing so in a captivating, exciting fashion. Fables may have come to an end last year, but the spirit of the landmark title lives on in Red Thorn, albeit with a slightly more Celtic slant.

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9.0
Red Thorn #5

Mar 17, 2016

For me, its fantastic to see the rich pool of Celtic mythology and the innate appeal of Glasgow the sexy, dirty jewel in Scotlands dark crown – being utilised so impressively. While deftly managing to avoid clich or parody, RED THORN digs its nails into the dark world of Celtic fantasy, providing a truly gripping series filled with humour, drama and glorious, foul-mouthed violence. You can count me in for the rest of this one, thats for damn sure.

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9.0
Red Thorn #9

Jul 29, 2016

Since late 2015, Ive been singing the praises of Vertigos recent output to anyone whos willing to listen, and with books like Unfollow, Sheriff of Babylon, Clean Room, The Dark & Bloody and Suiciders: Kings of Hell.A in their arsenal, its safe to say that the iconic publisher is undergoing something of a renaissance in 2016. Of all their titles however, few have resonated with me as deeply as Red Thorn. Maybe its the Scot in me, but the heady blend of Celtic fantasy, human drama, sex, violence and debauchery flat-out appeals to me, and seeing two creators working in perfect synergy on a book that feels like a passion project for both makes for a truly captivating read.

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8.0
Red Thorn #13

Dec 16, 2016

Regardless, with a second trade paperback on the horizon, I heartily recommend anyone who missed out on this one to pick it up as soon as it becomes available. Sex, violence, profanity and fantasy with an unmistakably Scottish slant. What more could you ask for?

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8.0
Reggie and Me #1

Nov 11, 2016

Initially, Ill freely admit that this one felt like a bit of a tough sell to me. I mean, who wants to read a series about a bully bullying people and generally being horrible to everyone? Thankfully however, DeFalcos clever twist on the narrative and Jarrell and Fitzpatricks bright, lively artwork make this an absolute pleasure to read, and while its not quite reinventing the wheel, it definitely does a great job of breathing some new life into what was previously a fairly stagnant, one-dimensional character. Definitely well worth a look.

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4.0
Revolutionaries #1

Jan 18, 2017

Ultimately then, in spite of the strength of its premise, Revolutionaries is completely and utterly suffocated by its reliance on exposition and its dangerous overcrowding, with what should be a fairly straightforward first issue ending up as a bloated, jumbled mess as Barber struggles to keep all his plates spinning at once.  Its not unreasonable to predict that things may pick up once the series is given a little time to breathe, but for now, there are far better Revolution-based titles on IDWs slate for you to throw your money at.

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10
Ringside #1

Nov 26, 2015

Wrestling fan or not, Ringside is a title that any self-respecting comic mark owes it to themselves to pick up. Taking a long, unblinking look at the violent and gritty world outside of the ring, Keatinge and Barber have created something truly special here, and one of the most exciting new series of the year.

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9.0
Ringside #2

Dec 30, 2015

Overall, Ringside remains one of the most exciting new debuts from Image this year which, given the incredibly high level of their 2015 output, is not an accolade I give away lightly. Readers expecting a bright, bold rockem sockem wrestling series are going to be bitterly disappointed, but for fans of grim, violent crime drama, this could be exactly what the doctor ordered. Once again, this is a book that comes highly recommended.

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10
Ringside #6

Jul 16, 2016

While its ostensibly a quote-unquote wrestling comic, Ringside is actually far more than that, providing both a gripping crime drama and a collection of nuanced character studies about the men who have dedicated their lives to the professional wrestling business. Brutal and emotional in equal measure, Ringside is a series that will appeal to die hard wrasslin' fans and disinterested bystanders alike, and I have no hesitation once again in giving it my highest possible recommendation.

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10
Roche Limit: Clandestiny #3

Jul 14, 2015

For me, Roche Limit: Clandestiny is a fairly tough series to review, as its a book that really needs to be experienced first-hand in order for to get the full effect. In theory, some of the concepts may seem a little daunting, and those looking for a swashbuckling sci-fi romp are pretty much guaranteed to go home disappointed. However, readers who take the time to absorb the overall message and peel back the intriguing layers of mystery will find themselves faced with one of the most intelligent and gripping sci-fi comics on the shelves today, and dare I say it one of their new favourite titles.

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10
Roche Limit: Clandestiny #4

Aug 26, 2015

While penultimate issues have a tendency to be used as a brief pause to take stock before an all-out finale, Moreci seems to have gone in the complete opposite direction here, putting together as action-packed and frantic an issue as I can remember from him. It all works beautifully however, and as he finally pulls back the curtain on his bigger picture with a shocking flourish, this issue cements Roche Limit as one of the most inventive, engrossing and unpredictable scf-fi comics in recent years assuming that wasnt obvious already.

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8.0
Roche Limit: Clandestiny #5

Oct 13, 2015

All that aside, theres no doubt in my mind that Roche Limit: Clandestiny is an absolute shoe-in for a great many peoples Best of 2015 lists, myself included, and that the powerfully unique structure of Michael Morecis opus all but guarantees its place in the annals of classic comicbook sci-fi for years to come.

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9.0
Roche Limit: Monadic #1

Mar 14, 2016

Existential science fiction is a relatively untapped genre in the world of comics, and in a market increasingly filled with dumbed-down‘shoot the aliens, save humanity' type sci-fi yarns, it's truly refreshing to have such a boldly ambitious series as Roche Limit out there on the shelves. Head-scratching it may be at times, and the lack of explanation for what we're seeing in this first issue could potentially frustrate less patient readers, but I think it's safe to say that if a reader has made it this far into the series, they should share my same confidence that Moreci is going to deliver the goods over these final four issues. Either way, the uncertainty of the conclusion and the sheer wanton creativity on display here is more than enough for me to recommend this series to anyone who'll care to listen.

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9.0
Roche Limit: Monadic #2

Apr 28, 2016

To this point, Monadic is shaping up like a wonderful amalgamation of Anomalous and Clandestiny, possessing the intriguing street-level noir of the former alongside the frantic action of the latter. And while its still offering up a lot more questions than answers to this point, Im actually rather enjoying the mystery of it all, with these first two issues leaving me feeling like Im right there alongside the lead characters as they struggle to tear down the walls of their false reality. Once again, I cant recommend this series highly enough, providing youre willing to open your mind just enough to let Morecis existential sci-fi masterclass blow your mind.

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8.0
Savage Things #1

Mar 1, 2017

Overall, Jordan and Moustafa have crafted an intriguing opening chapter here, dangling a lot of hooks throughout the course of this first issue to snag the readers interest. It still remains to be seen just what kind of story Savage Things is going to end up being, but however it ends up, theres no denying that the foundations have been laid here for what promises to be a thoroughly enjoyable series.

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7.0
Scooby Apocalypse #1

May 23, 2016

Ultimately then, against all expectations, Scooby Apocalypse manages to present a bright, lively and creative first issue that while being a little exposition-heavy in places sets the table admirably for the series to come.  And while the Scooby Purists (that's a thing, right?) may balk at the very concept, theres no denying that, when you get right down to it, this is actually a hell of a lot of fun.  Zoinks indeed.

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9.0
Snow Blind #1

Dec 8, 2015

Overall, this is an utterly captivating first issue of what promises to be a tense, unpredictable series. A gripping, noir-soaked mystery which is every bit as chilling as the snow-filled landscape that serves as its backdrop, Snow Blind is a series that comes highly recommended.

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10
Snow Blind #2

Jan 12, 2016

I love a good mystery, and thats exactly what Snow Blind is a fast-paced, utterly engaging tale that asks a lot of important questions about the fragile nature of trust, and is sure to keep the reader guessing until the very last page. Razor-sharp dialogue and wonderfully rendered artwork gives this noir thriller the extra edge if needs to really get under your skin, and the cliffhanger at the end of this issue is going to make the next four weeks a long, painful wait. Highest of recommendations for this one.

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8.0
Sons of Anarchy: Redwood Original #1

Aug 10, 2016

That said, this is still an impressive opening chapter. While the story itself isnt really established just yet, this first issue does a solid job of (re)introducing us to the younger versions of these familiar characters in an exciting, accessible way. For fans of the show, this is a pretty much essential look at how their favourite characters got to where they were at the beginning of episode one, and for casual readers, this is still a thoroughly entertaining tale packed with beer, bikes and bare-knuckle brawling. Definitely one to keep an eye on as the series progresses.

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8.0
Sons of the Devil #2

Jun 24, 2015

While the vast majority of horror comics today rely on shock value and disturbing visuals to make their impact, Sons of the Devil takes an unusually grounded look at the darker side of human nature, providing an utterly compelling read, and one of the best comics on the shelves right now.

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8.0
Sons of the Devil #5

Sep 30, 2015

If you havent been listening to us and have somehow missed out on this series, have no fear, as the first collected volume will be released this November. I honestly cant urge you strongly enough to pick it up if you havent been following this series so far.You can thank me later.

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8.0
Spell On Wheels #1

Oct 18, 2016

So, does Spell on Wheels manage to pass my meticulously researched (and not at all just thrown together) first issue test? Well lets see, shall we? Interesting characters that dont feel like one-dimensional cardboard cut-outs? Check. An intriguing story with enough meat on its bones to justify the rest of the series? Check. And, most importantly, does it make me want to pick up the second issue? Hell to the yes! Leth, Levens and Louise have put together a charming, funny and intriguing story with some fantastically realised main characters, and I for one cant wait to see where the rest of this series takes us.

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8.0
Spell On Wheels #2

Nov 14, 2016

Perhaps my only real disappointment about Spell on Wheels at this point is the fact that its only set to run for five issues. This definitely feels like a story that could be spun out for quite some time with our witches traveling the country trying to reclaim their stolen goods. As it stands however, were just going to have to enjoy these wonderful characters while we can, and let Leth, Levens and Louise take the wheel for the rest of this wildly entertaining ride.

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8.0
Spell On Wheels #3

Dec 20, 2016

Honestly, I'm loving this series so far, and Leth's knack for witty, natural-sounding dialogue featuring in a supernatural road trip comic is about as perfect a partnership as you could hope for. It's fun, it's diverse, it has something so say and it features some brilliantly-realised characters. Spell on Wheels is the new weekly TV series you didn't realise you needed to be made until right now.

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8.0
Spell On Wheels #4

Jan 23, 2017

I know I've said it before, but honestly, Im loving this series. It has charm, humour and some effortlessly likeable lead characters. Plus, the revelation in the final few pages sets things up for what should be a fairly intense conclusion in the final issue, and I for one cant wait to see how this one plays out.

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6.0
Strange Fruit #2

Oct 13, 2015

While it may not necessarily be the most balanced or well-handled insight into the racism present in Mississippi in the 1920s, Strange Fruit still provides a uniquely intriguing take on the Superman trope, and features some of the most impressive artwork youre likely to find on the shelves today.  Id say its definitely worth a look, although that will clearly depend on your reasons for picking it up in the first place.

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8.0
Street Fighter X G.I. JOE #1

Feb 23, 2016

Also, while it could perhaps be easy for the casual comic book reader to turn their nose up at this series, dismissing it as a tacky, superficial action romp without any real substance to it, Sitterson and Laiso have instead crafted a dynamic, scintillating series that brings out the best in each of these titanic franchises.  Yes, the action is very much at the forefront of the story, but as lifelong WWE fanatic Sitterson will readily attest to, sometimes the best storytelling in the world can happen just by seeing two distinctive, intriguing characters going blow-for-blow.  You can count me in for the rest of this tournament, thats for damn sure.

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8.0
Street Fighter X G.I. JOE #2

Mar 29, 2016

Overall, while it isnt necessarily all that refined and doesnt perhaps feature too much in the way of subtle character development or nuanced storytelling, for a wonderfully entertaining bout of air-punching, grin-raising escapism, you really couldnt ask for anything more than this. The quarter finals are next, and with the undercard effectively out of the way, each of the upcoming bouts is going to be given a larger page count to develop, meaning more action, better psychology and storytelling, and hopefully that Snake Eyes versus M. Bison matchup that everyone really wants to see. You can count me in for the rest of the way, thats for damn sure.

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5.0
Suicide Squad (2016) #1

Aug 17, 2016

Ill be honest, Ive never really been a huge fan of the Suicide Squad in the past.  Thats not to say I ever had anything against them necessarily, I just never felt the desire to pick up many of their comics.  Like a lot of people, its a combination of the Warner Bros movie and DCs strong Rebirth track record that made me want to jump on board with this new series.  Sadly however, after this first issue I honestly cant see any reason for me to continue with this one, save for the unquestioned pedigree of its two supremely talented co-creators.

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9.0
Suiciders: Kings of HelL.A. #1

Mar 30, 2016

While the characters themselves arent quite fleshed out just yet, the world itself most definitely is, and Bermejo and Vittis creative partnership hits you like a brick to the face, providing a shocking, visceral introduction to this bleak and violent world. Highest of recommendations for this one, folks.

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9.0
Supergirl: Being Super #2

Feb 22, 2017

Overall, while it's pretty far removed from a quote-unquote “superhero story”, Supergirl: Being Super is easily one of the most enjoyable titles I've read so far this year. A powerful coming-of-age drama with some truly gorgeous artwork, this is a book you really owe it to yourself to try and pick up.

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9.0
Superman (2016) Annual #1

Nov 30, 2016

Overall then, the story is solid, and does an impressive job of advancing the post-Rebirth Supermans character, but that artwork?Man. The artwork is something else entirely, and instantly pushes this annual from a meh, maybe to a buy it right now!, particularly for fans of Swamp Thing, of which I am mostdefinitely one.

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9.0
Superman: American Alien #4

Feb 17, 2016

SUPERMAN: AMERICAN ALIEN continues to provide a wonderfully unique look at the formative days of the Man of Steel, shifting both visual and narrative and styles with every new issue, making for a truly captivating read. Personally speaking, the Superman character has always felt a little direct, a little larger-than-life for my tastes, but these fleeting snapshots, delivered with emotion and humour, are going a long way towards changing my mind. Landis is creating something truly special here, and the addition of Lee for this particular chapter is simply the cherry on an already mouth-watering sundae. Highly recommended.

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8.0
Superzero #3

Feb 19, 2016

Overall, while the tone remains a little inconsistent, the quirky charm of the lead character keeps the pages turning and the lingering sense of ambiguity gives the book an intriguing hook as the story progresses. Could Drus crazy theory actually turn out to be accurate? Are her recurring dreams ofheroismsome sort of premonition or suppressed memory, or merely the vivid delusions of a bored young girl? A couple of months in, nobody could ever accuse Aftershock Comics of playing things safe, and in a sea of bold, dynamic, even ground-breaking titles, Super Zero may end up being the most unconventional of them all, depending on just where Connor and Palmiotti are ultimately going with this one. Either way, its going to be a lot of fun figuring things out, and you can definitely count me in with this series until we find out for sure.

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8.0
Superzero #4

Mar 22, 2016

Whatever way you slice it, SUPER ZERO is definitely starting to hit its stride, and with a lead character as utterly likeable as Drusilla Dragowski, there's no denying that the series has a firm foundation to build upon.  There's definitely more of an edge here than the cartoony, all-ages aesthetic may suggest, and I'm now officially on board with this series for the long haul, no matter which direction Conner and Palmiotti decide to take it from here.

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8.0
Swamp Thing (2016) #1

Jan 6, 2016

While it has the potential to be somewhat divisive given its total departure from the approach of the previous, critically-acclaimed DC runs of Snyder and Soule, as something of a Swampy aficionado I definitely got a kick out of the return to the classic horror origins of the character.  Long-time Swamp Thing fans will be in absolute heaven here, and casual readers looking for a wonderfully old-school horror comic are in for an real treat.

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7.0
Swamp Thing (2016) #2

Feb 3, 2016

Overall then, while Swamp Thing fans will no doubt find plenty to like here, there's no denying that – to this point, at least – the story itself isn't quite delivering like it should.  The final panel offers hope that things are fixing to become a hell of a lot more exciting as the series moves forwards, as well as asking all kinds of interesting questions that only Wein and Jones know the answers to.  As a diehard Swamp Thing fan I'm thrilled just to have a title featuring my favourite character on the shelves right now, but as a comic book reviewer, it's paining me ever so slightly that this book isn't managing to set the world on fire like I know it could.  I'm definitely hopeful for the remaining four issues though, and if nothing else, it's looking more and more likely that this may end up being one of the most visually impressive Swamp Thing runs of all time.

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9.0
Swamp Thing (2016) #3

Mar 2, 2016

Overall, it's reassuring to see this series finally building some storyline momentum, as well as capturing some of the epic scale that the first two issues were sorely lacking. While some aspects of the story are a still little underdeveloped for the time being – Sheriff Fox's investigation into the whole Lazlo Wormwood situation in the Bayou, for instance – the main thrust is truly gripping, and as I mentioned before, the series still looks absolutely stunning courtesy of Jones' sublime visuals. As a Swamp Thing fan, I'd honestly be happy to have any book featuring my favourite character on the shelves every month, but with two creative juggernauts like Wein and Jones at the helm, I have the feeling that this mini-series is on the verge of turning into something truly special. Next month can't come soon enough.

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8.0
Swamp Thing (2016) #4

Apr 6, 2016

Ultimately then, while its truly fantastic to see Swamp Thing returning to his old-school horror roots, a few significant niggles are preventing this story from becoming something truly special. Thankfully however, even during those moments where the story or pacing are somewhat lacking, we still have the absolutely stunning artwork of Kelley Jones to feast our eyes upon. And thats not too shabby, as consolation prizes go.

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7.0
Swamp Thing (2016) #5

May 12, 2016

Overall then, DCs latest Swamp Thing series continues to be something of a mixed bag. Yes, its an absolutely gorgeous-looking book, but its also one with its fair share of flaws; flaws which are sadly stopping me short of calling it an essential read. If youre a Swamp Thing fan then youre clearly already picking this one up, and rightfully so, but for the casual reader this may be a little harder for you to fully appreciate.

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6.0
Swamp Thing (2016) #6

Jun 15, 2016

If it sounds like I'm being unduly harsh, it's because I absolutely love the character, and also because this particular creative team had the potential to deliver something truly special, rather than – as it turned out – a beautifully illustrated, ultimately unsatisfying diversion. Dont get me wrong though, this isnt a bad series or a bad issue – by any stretch of the imagination. Its just nowhere near as good as it could, and should, have been.

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8.0
Switch #1

Oct 14, 2015

Featuring a strong, well-rounded female protagonist and a truly intriguing backstory not to mention that artwork Switch is all but guaranteed to be another runaway success for both Sejic and Top Cow. Definitely one to consider picking up this week, folks. Millions of DeviantArt fans cant be wrong.

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8.0
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #47

Jun 30, 2015

Overall, Im not sure why I ever doubted that this series would recover from the minor speedbump of issue #46. This creative team have proved themselves time and time again, and IDWs stellar run with this series remains one of the most consistently impressive licensed titles on the shelves today. Essential reading for TMNT fans or simply for fans of dynamic, action-packed storytelling in general.

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8.0
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #48

Jul 29, 2015

While it doesnt necessarily have any significant standout moments (although the sheer scale of the Mouser/Flyborg threat probably qualifies), this issue serves as the latest instalment of an incredibly consistent series, and one that doesnt seem to be showing signs of losing momentum any time soon. Mixing nunchuk-twirling cowabunga action with emotional heft and eyebrow-raising plot twists, TMNT is one of the finest licensed comics available today, and is absolute essential reading for any Turtle fans out there.

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8.0
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #49

Aug 18, 2015

If you're a TMNT fan and you're not already reading this series, then you're doing yourself a major disservice.  Equally appealing to die-hard fans and curious casuals alike, IDW's stranglehold over the licensed property market remains firmly in place here, and with a mouth-watering double sized 50th issue coming next month, there's never been a more exciting time to be a fan of this particular franchise. Cowabunga indeed.

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10
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #50

Oct 6, 2015

To messrs Eastman, Waltz, Curnow, Santolouco, Smith and anyone else who has worked on this series over the last four-plus years, I tip my hat to you.  You guys and gals have put together something truly special, and I hope you realise how much us Turtle fanboys and girls out here appreciate it.  I think I speak for everyone when I say that I absolutely cannot wait to read the next fifty issues.  Turtle power!

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8.0
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #52

Nov 24, 2015

While the pace has understandably slowed right down, this is still a solid chapter in the ongoing story, and without wanting todetract from the work of Santolouco or Smith,Im absolutely loving the change in artistic style. If youre a TMNT fan, youre most likely picking this one up already, and if youre not, these last couple of issues might just be the perfect time to start. As close to a reboot as you could hope for without a renumbering and a pointless all-new tagline, this is a breath of fresh air for the TMNT franchise, and a bold new direction for everyones favourite heroes in a half-shell.

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8.0
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #58

May 10, 2016

Above all, the most impressive aspect of IDW's ongoing TMNT series is the fact that, fifty-eight issues in, it still feels like one single, flowing story.  Yes, we may dip in and out of different character's lives, and yes, certain events may be pushed into the background or foreground as needs be, but all the changes, twists and turns along the way really mean something.  The cast of characters that the creative team has assembled are as rich and varied as any book on the shelves today, and the sheer confidence of the plotting from issue to issue, arc to arc, is truly something to be applauded.

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8.0
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #59

Jun 14, 2016

Overall then, while this issue sees a bit of a change of pace from the last couple of bright, bold, cartoony arcs, the confidence and steady-handedness of the creative team continues to steer this ship smoothly. While there have certainly been other licensed comics that have provided inventive, engaging and respectful incarnations of classic characters (Burnham and Schoenings Ghostbusters, for instance), few if any – have done it as consistently and for as long a period as IDWs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series. Essential reading if youre a TMNT fan, and highly recommended even if you arent.

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6.0
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #60

Jul 26, 2016

After sixty issues, its almost inevitable that IDWs TMNT series is going to have the occasional wobble, and sadly thats exactly what we have here. It features fantastic artwork from start to finish, but this an issue which is marred by a couple of storyline concessions that are a little difficult to swallow. Once again, it's worth noting that there are numerous seeds being planted for future stories, but its also fairly disappointing to see one of those very same seeds that had previously been cultivated so lovingly wither on the vine here.

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8.0
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #61

Aug 23, 2016

In summary then, if youre looking for dynamic action scenes or dramatic storyline developments, this probably isnt the issue for you. But if youre in the mood for reading one of the better character-focused issues of IDWs ongoing TMNT series for quite some time, youre in for an absolute treat.

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8.0
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #63

Oct 11, 2016

One of the better issues for a while then, and with what promises to be one hell of a showdown in issue sixty-four, IDWs TMNT series feels like its ramping up the pace again after a few slower, more contemplative issues.

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8.0
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #64

Nov 25, 2016

Overall, its great to see the storyline which was set in motion all the way back in issue #50 finally starting to pay some real dividends, and with what could potentially be viewed as a massive paradigm shift taking place in this issue, Im genuinely excited to see how this fascinating yet uncomfortable situation is going to play out.

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7.0
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #65

Dec 15, 2016

Ultimately, this is an unapologetically silly and incredibly superficial festive romp, and should be viewed accordingly. Its entirely skippable if youre of the bah humbug persuasion, but is well worth a look if youre not.

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9.0
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #66

Jan 25, 2017

Ultimately then, while its perhaps not necessarily essential reading in order to keep up to date with the ongoing story, this is still an absolute masterclass in character development, and features some truly jaw-dropping artwork. Its been far too long since Eastman, Waltz and Curnow shone a light on this particular relationship, and Im certain that fans of either character or of great storytelling in general, to be honest will absolutely love this issue.

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8.0
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #67

Feb 14, 2017

A mixed bag of an issue then, but one where the good far outweighs the bad.  A new immediate threat has been introduced, with a far more menacing one lurking on the periphery, and providing the writers can avoid re-treading old ground too much with our bickering brothers, this could end up being yet another truly enjoyable story arc.

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8.0
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Universe #6

Jan 16, 2017

Overall then, while the tone and artwork provide a marked departure from the established TMNT style, thats sometimes not a bad thing, and watching Lees and Pitarra working in perfect synergy here to craft a truly unique story based around a cult favourite character like Wyrm is thoroughly captivating. Great stuff, and hopefully this isnt the last we see of these two creators playing in this particular sandbox.

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8.0
Tet #1

Sep 8, 2015

While the premise itself isnt groundbreaking, the execution here is absolutely spot-on, and Allor and Tucker have crafted an utterly compelling tale of love, death and war. The creative narrative structure and the mystery at the heart of Tet give it real substance, and with the true horrors of the Tet Offensive still to come, its going to be interesting to see how this particular creative teams focus holds up when recreating one of the most brutally violent conflicts in modern war. You can count me in for the rest of this series, thats for sure.

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8.0
Tet #2

Oct 7, 2015

More of a compelling character study than a quote-unquote war comic, Tet does a fantastic job in its second issue of capitalising on the momentum of its first, drawing us deeper into the life of Eugene Smith and providing a chillingly honest recreation of one of the most brutal conflicts in modern history.

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9.0
Tet #4

Dec 1, 2015

Call it a hard-boiled crime thriller, call it a tragic romance, call it a war story whatever you call it, Tet is a title that is going to resonate with you long after youve turned the final page. Gritty, engaging and filled with an almost uncomfortable level of realism, this is a series that comes highly, highly recommended.

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8.0
Thanos: The Infinity Finale #1

May 7, 2016

Overall though, in spite of its occasional flaws, and the fact that this is definitely a book that requires more than one read-through to fully wrap your head around, theres no denying that Starlins mixture of dense prose and mind-expanding, poetic storyline beats " not to mention the absolutely jaw-dropping artwork " make THANOS: THE INFINITY FINALE a truly memorable and highly recommended experience.

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9.0
The Beauty #5

Dec 18, 2015

Another gripping issue then, with a tense cliffhangerthat throws the next step in this series into significant turmoil. A shining example of a brilliantly inventive premise being executed to absolute perfection, The Beauty continues to ask some truly challenging questions while still retaining all the tension and drama of the conspiracy thriller at its heart.

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10
The Beauty #6

Jan 27, 2016

While it started off with an interesting hook – a sexually transmitted disease that can make you beautiful, but which comes with a hidden price the strength of its characterisation has pushed THE BEAUTY to a whole new level, and with near-limitless potential as the story expands to the larger world, this is set to become one of the absolute must-buy books of 2016.

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10
The Beauty #7

May 18, 2016

On the surface, THE BEAUTY is a high-concept thriller about a virus that makes you beautiful, but scratch that surface just a little and you'll find a rich, multi-layered world filled with intriguing characters and complex moral dilemmas. Hurley and Haun are taking great pleasure in exploiting the potential of their million-dollar premise, and if the subsequent guest artists perform as impressively as Huddleston, this is shaping up to be one hell of an arc. Highest of recommendations for this one.

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9.0
The Dark and Bloody #1

Feb 10, 2016

It feels like horror comics are a dime-a-dozen these days, but horror comics which genuinely unnerve you, creeping under your skin and lurking in your subconscious, are far rarer beasts.  While Aldridge and Godlewski arent giving too much away just yet, the groundwork has been laid here for a truly terrifying rural horror tale, and a chilling testament to the fact that every action has a consequence.

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9.0
The Dark and Bloody #2

Mar 9, 2016

While rural horror seems to be a bit of a growth industry in todays world of comics, rarely has the genre been handled as confidently as it is here. Godlewski and Aldridge have crafted a truly unnerving tale that will shock, excite and captivate readers, all the while almost daring them to keepwatching as the horror unfolds. Highly recommended.

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10
The Dark and Bloody #3

Apr 13, 2016

This is undoubtedly the strongest issue of the series so far, and serves as a true testament to the creative synergy of both writer and artist. Everything is measured, everything is controlled, but that only makes the unfolding horror all the more unsettling as events play out with an almost morbid certainty. Will Iris survive the demons of his past as they come looking for him? Does he even deserve to? Simply put, THE DARK AND THE BLOODY is one of the most utterly compelling horror titles on the shelves today, and deserves to be seen by as many wide, terrified eyes as possible.

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9.0
The Dark and Bloody #4

May 11, 2016

Over the course of the last issue and a half, THE DARK & BLOODY has gradually shifted from a tense, unnerving rural horror to something altogether more in-your-face, with one of the most gruesomely unsettling antagonists in a long, long time (seriously the beak!). While it may ask some intriguing moral questions about blame, responsibility and consequences, at the end of the day this is pure horror through and through, and can easily stand shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the very best in the genre right now. Highly recommended, yet again.

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10
The Dark and Bloody #6

Jul 13, 2016

The denouement is powerful and shocking without straying into melodrama or overwrought exposition, and the creators give a little wink to the reader on the final page, leaving the door open like all great horror stories do. All the way through the series, The Dark & Bloody has deftly tiptoed the line between unsettling horror and captivating characterisation, and this final issue once again contains both in equal measure. There are no easy answers to be had here, no clean and tidy solutions, and – for my money – the story is all the better for it. Beautifully scripted, genuinely unsettling and surprisingly cerebral, The Dark & Bloody is a horror story that more than holds up the fine traditions of this iconic publisher.

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10
The Dregs #1

Jan 25, 2017

One of the most accomplished debuts of 2017 so far, The Dregs provides an utterly unique twist on an established genre while also putting forth a socially relevant message about the way we look at the world of poverty and substance abuse. Highest of recommendations for this one.

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10
The Dregs #2

Feb 28, 2017

Beautiful, poignant and utterly unique, The Dregs is like absolutely nothing else on the shelves right now, and comes with my highest possible recommendation.

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10
The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story #TP

Dec 7, 2016

Those seeking a behind the scenes look at the rise of the Beatles are likely to come away disappointed, as this is instead a deeply personal character study of one of musics most enigmatic and visionary characters. As Epstein himself says, The bullfight is both a celebration of life and a meditation on death, which is about as perfect a summary of the Fifth Beatle as you could possibly hope for. A powerful and fascinating book which is clearly deserving of all the praise which has been heaped upon it, The Fifth Beatle is an essential purchase for fans of music, fans of comics and for any of us who have ever been interested in the subtle nuances of the human condition.

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10
The Goddamned #1

Nov 10, 2015

Another utterly fantastic debut for a new Image Comics series then, and a welcome return for this particular creative partnership; a team who clearly havent lost a step since the conclusion of Scalped over three years ago. Brutal, unrelenting, disturbingly beautiful and in-your-face from the opening page, The Goddamned is an absolutely essential read.

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10
The Goddamned #2

Dec 16, 2015

Once again its probably worth clarifying that no, this is not your grandmas bible story, but for a stark, brutal dose of violence and brutality along with a truly compelling protagonist who maybe, just maybe, is finally showing a little bit of heart the Goddamned remains an absolutely essential purchase. Is it too late to add this one to mybest books of 2015?

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10
The Goddamned #4

May 31, 2016

Overall then, while it's bleak, unrelentingly violent approach is undoubtedly what makes it stand out, The Goddamned is turning into a damn fine character piece. Aaron andGura are two of the truly transcendent talents in their individual fields, but when you put them together, the result is nothing less than sheer visual poetry. Once of the most engaging and shocking series in recent years, and an absolutely essential purchase for all. Let's just hope the wait until issue five isn't quite as long.

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9.0
The Goddamned #5

Nov 23, 2016

As I mentioned in one of my earlier reviews, this is definitely not your grandmas bible story, but over the last five issues,The Goddamned has also gradually evolved into something far more interesting than simply an ultra-violent religious adaptation. Highly recommended.

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8.0
The Mighty Thor (2015) #3

Jan 13, 2016

Overall, while it doesnt necessarily advance the ongoing storyline very much, at least not until the final few pages, this is still an issue that a lot of fans are going to really enjoy (and Im including myself in that statement) simply because were finally getting to see the latest incarnations of these iconic creations go head-to-head. Aaron and Dauterman just flat out get these characters, and hopefully assuming it hasnt happened already – the days of people viewing female Thor as a mere novelty or publicity stunt should be all but behind us. You can count me in for the rest of this series, thats for sure.

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8.0
The Once And Future Queen #1

Feb 26, 2017

Fun, upbeat and wonderfully diverse, this modern twist on the legend of King Arthur looks set to be a massive hit, and given the track record of its creative team, this promises to be one hell of a ride going forward

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10
The Paybacks #1

Jul 30, 2015

Simply put, The Paypacks is absolutely bloody hilarious, and its difficult not to be drawn in by how much fun the creators seem to have having with it. Its easy to imagine them grinning, laughing and high-fiving as the put this bad boy together, and the sheer joy involved makes it nearly impossible not to read it with a smile on your face.

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8.0
The Paybacks #2

Sep 30, 2015

Loaded with razor-sharp wit and overflowing with creativity, The Paybacks is essential reading for anyone who ever wondered what would happen if superheroes had to deal with debt collectors.  Which, Im assuming, is all of us.

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10
The Paybacks #3

Nov 17, 2015

Arguably the funniest comic on the shelves right now, with some truly inspired gags peppering what's actually a pretty damn intriguing superhero mystery series, The Paybacks is another absolutely essential purchase from Dark Horse Comics. Buy it. Buy it now!

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10
The Paybacks #4

Dec 21, 2015

Even if this is the end though, Cates, Rahal,Shaw and Affe deserve the highest of praises for putting together this wonderfully compelling take on the superhero genre; a funny, exciting and in the end pretty damn moving series. Pats on the back all round then, although Im going to be keeping my fingers crossed that the report of the Paybacks demise has been greatly exaggerated.

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10
The Paybacks (2016) #1

Jul 8, 2016

Honestly, I cant recommend this series highly enough. The potential that this premise has for hilarity, drama and air-punching awesomeness simply cannot be understated, and with a noticeably more structured plot this time around, I can only hope that The Paybacks finally receives the commercial success it truly deserves. Ill be sticking with this team every step of the way, thats for damn sure.

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10
The Paybacks (2016) #3

Sep 30, 2016

For me though, the most enjoyable part of The Paybacks is the fact that it never quite degenerates into all-out parody, still maintaining a strong storyline structure and impressive dramatic beats amidst all the hilarity. Yes, its conceivable that the quirky humour and offbeat tone may not be to everyones taste, but quite frankly, if you dont love this series with the fire of a thousand suns, youre dead wrong, and also quite possibly mentally flawed in some way. Just sayin.

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6.0
The Power of the Dark Crystal #1

Feb 20, 2017

Ultimately then, artistic niggles aside, this first issue provides an enjoyable reintroduction to the world of the Jim Henson classic, setting up an intriguing new status quo and giving fans of the original movie a whole new reason to be excited.  And hopefully, with the exposition now out of the way, the story can start to build some real momentum and deliver the sequel weve all been hoping for.

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9.0
The Sheriff Of Babylon #3

Feb 3, 2016

Overall, while may have taken its foot off the gas ever so slightly following that first issue, The Sheriff of Babylon remains a gripping, immersive read.  Rather than your run of the mill gung-ho war story, King and Gerads have created something altogether more cerebral; a complex, fascinating and shockingly brutal look at a troubled chapter in history through the eyes of three flawed yet utterly fascinating protagonists.  Highly recommended.

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9.0
The Sheriff Of Babylon #5

Apr 6, 2016

Ultimately, while the story itself may not progress too much here, the characters themselves most certainly do, and for a title which is all about providing different perspectives on the same harrowing events, this may actually be the strongest issue of the series so far. King and Gerads have crafted something truly special here; a tense, gut-wrenchingly realistic military thriller based around a trio of utterly compelling characters. Highly, highly recommended.

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10
The Sheriff Of Babylon #12

Nov 4, 2016

Featuring religion, politics, war and both the good and bad sides of human nature, all blended together with care and respect by a creative team at the absolute top of their game, I have no problem saying that Sheriff of Babylon is hands down the best comic book series of 2016.

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8.0
The Spirit: The Corpse-Makers #1

Jan 31, 2017

Visually stunning and with a genuinely intriguing hook, the Corpse-Makers is yet another thrilling addition to the storied history of this iconic character.

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8.0
The Spirit: The Corpse-Makers #2

Mar 21, 2017

Ultimately then, this latest series serves as a solid addition to the rich Spirit mythos, and sees Francavilla stamping his own distinctive mark on the iconic crimefighter. An intriguing story with some legitimately world-class artwork, this is a series that comes highly recommended for fans of pulp crime mysteries.

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8.0
The Troop #1

Sep 23, 2015

A violent, uncompromising teen superhero drama wrapped up in a mystery that simply begs to be solved, Clarke takes great pleasure in pushing the envelope in his comic book debut, making The Troop pretty much essential reading for anyone who likes their super comics with a bit of an edge.

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9.0
The Troop #2

Jan 12, 2016

Overall, the Troop is undoubtedly one of the most exciting titles to be published by Titan Comics in a long, long time and continues to set itself apart from the deluge of bland, forgettable superhero comics on the shelves today with itsstrong characterisation, shocking visuals and unapologetically edgy approach. Count me in with this one for the foreseeable future.

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9.0
The Unworthy Thor #1

Nov 2, 2016

With this latest release marking his fiftieth issue with the character, Im ready to call Jason Aaron the greatest Thor writer of the modern era, and I cant think of anyone who would realistically be able to argue with that assessment. Aaron just flat-out gets the character, and yet at the same time he isnt afraid of making bold, sweeping, game-changing adjustments in order to tell a better story. This latest series puts the former God of Thunder in a wholly unfamiliar position, and revels in the violence and desperation which ensues. And, at the risk of making a fairly obvious pun, theres no denying the fact that Aaron, Copiel and Wilson are more than worthy of telling this latest chapter in the God of Thunders story.

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6.0
The Wicked Righteous #1

Jan 5, 2017

So, to summarise; the characterisation is sound, the artwork is solid, and the story is well paced and intriguing enough " for what it is. It's just frustrating that this first issue doesn't really touch on the book's unique selling point, leaving The Wicked Righteous as a polished but ultimately forgettable post-apocalyptic romp. I'll definitely be sticking with it to see how the rest of the series pans out, but I'm not sure if a great many casual readers will be doing the same, which is a real shame.

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6.0
This Damned Band #2

Sep 1, 2015

While the premise is absolute fried gold, the execution thus far has been a little bit off, meaning that while This Damned Band is an undeniably enjoyable read, it hasnt quite lived up to its potential just yet. However, with a little tweaking over the final two issues, I have no doubt that this wonderfully offbeat rockumentary-with-a-twist can catapult itself into must read status, and as Cat mentioned in her review of the first issue finally turn this bad boy all the way up to eleven.

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8.0
This Damned Band #3

Oct 6, 2015

Overall, while it hasnt quite peaked yet for me, at least This Damned Band is finally starting to live up to its promise, delivering a humorous and intriguing issue which opens up a lot of possibilities for the rest of the series.  Its worth mentioning that in my previous review, I mistakenly mentioned that this was a four-part series, and want to clarify that this is actually set to run for six issues, giving me a far more positive outlook about the pacing thus far.  If you like you outlandish rock and roll depravity with a slightly supernatural twist, then This Damned Band is definitely worth checking out.

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8.0
This Damned Band #4

Nov 3, 2015

If the first couple of issues of this series were the equivalent of Spinal Tap wandering endlessly through the bowels of the stadium, these last two chapters have seen them finally take the stage to belt out a roof-raising performance of Tonight Im Gonna Rock You Tonight, laying the groundwork for what should be one hell of a finale.

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7.0
This Damned Band #5

Dec 1, 2015

Overall then, while the characters themselves are intriguing, amusing and wildly entertaining, theres still something thats preventing This Damned Band from realising its true potential. Flicking back and forth between Spinal Tap-esque rockumentary hilarity and supernatural devil worshipping sounds like a great idea in principle, but to this point, the execution has beena littlejarring. That said, theres no denying the fact that the good still outweighs the bad so far, and this is definitelystill a series with a lot to like about it, particularly as it heads into what should be, one way or another, a truly memorable finale.

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7.0
This Damned Band #6

Jan 7, 2016

Overall though, Parker and Cornell have given us an enjoyable ride, with some memorable characters and more bizarre moments than you can shake a plectrum at. So, while it never did quite manage to turn itself all the way up to eleven, This Damned Band is still a series thats well worth picking up when the trade eventually drops

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8.0
Thors #3

Sep 4, 2015

While I'm still somewhat against the whole ‘Secret Wars' idea in principle, if it means I get to read some truly inventive comics like this one, then I guess I can't be too mad. Aaron, Sprouse and Sudzuka have put together a wonderfully original concept here, combining the world of gritty, street-level policework with the familiar Asgardian grandeur. Highly recommended. 

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9.0
Titans (2016) #1

Jul 27, 2016

While the bulk of DCs Rebirth books have provided bold, fresh and exciting new status quos for their title characters, few have done it with such unabashed heart as Titans. As I mentioned in my review of the Rebirth issue, this isnt a super-team Ive ever really had any interest in until now. As things stand, Im officially on board with this title as long as DC keeps publishing it, and I can guarantee Im not the only one.

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9.0
Titans (2016) #7

Jan 12, 2017

Dan Abnett is fast becoming the MVP of DCs post-Rebirth universe, and this series is a glowing testament to that fact.  With his writing here, not to mention his work on Aquaman, he has shown the ability to balance humour, action and epic-scale storytelling while still keeping his characters feeling multi-dimensional and utterly relatable.  The artwork by Weeks here is the cherry on the sundae, and with the beginning of a new arc and a fresh start for our heroes, Titans seems destined to remain at the forefront of DCs post-Rebirth output for quite some time.

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5.0
Titans (2016) #9

Mar 8, 2017

Ive made no secret of my opinion that Dan Abnett has been the unquestioned MVP of DCs post-Rebirth universe, and I still stand by that claim. However, Im also forced to admit that this latest Titans arc is in severe danger of tarnishing that reputation, and unless we start seeing some of that trademark Abnett creativity and emotion again, these next few issues could end up being something of a train wreck.

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10
Titans: Rebirth #1

Jun 14, 2016

Cards on the table, Ive never really been much of a fan of the Teen Titans until now, but this issue paints them in such an utterly intriguing light that its difficult not to get excited about the prospect of watching this team no, this family come together again in the weeks and months to come.   Full disclosure, I was kind of hoping that DCs Rebirth would serve as a good point for me to clear some titles from my already bloated pull list, but with every week that passes, another stellar series manages to creep its way into the buy pile.  So while my bank account may not necessarily be all that happy, my love of exciting, engaging, well-written comics most certainly is.

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6.0
Transformers: Robots in Disguise Animated #1

Jul 21, 2015

Simply put, for a light-hearted, accessible dose of Transformers action, you're unlikely to find anything better.

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6.0
Transformers: Robots in Disguise Animated #2

Aug 25, 2015

Simply put, this is a series that is under absolutely no pretensions about what it really is; a wonderfully light-hearted take on the Transformers Universe that is bound to appeal to younger readers.  While there are definitely more involved, complex and dramatic titles available in IDW's Transformers catalogue, this is undeniably one of the most fun, and while it may not necessarily be everyone's cup of tea, no-one can argue that this is a series that hits the all-ages mark beautifully.

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8.0
Unfollow #1

Nov 4, 2015

That minor niggle aside, this is still a great start to what promises to be another fantastic series from Vertigo. For a publisher with such a storied, iconic history in the comics world, its truly exciting to see a rejuvenation like this, with bold, ambitious storytelling featuring some of the most exciting creators on the scene today. Williams and Dowling have crafted a masterful character-based thriller here, anda storythat promises to examine full spectrum of the human condition, as well as the oddly menacing nature of social media.

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8.0
Unfollow #3

Jan 8, 2016

Overall, Unfollow is a series with an undoubtedly brilliant hook which, while it may have taken a little longer than expected to finally its full stride, finally seems poised to deliver on the potential of its premise. The basic concept offers up a lot of unique moral and societal questions, something that " given the diversity of the 140 (or should that be 139?) characters, ranging from podgy businessmen to skilled hunters " I'm expecting to be fully explored in the issues to come. Slick, tense and wonderfully scripted, Unfollow is a truly gripping series thus far, and with it surely only being a matter of time before things break down into a social media-inspired Battle Royale, you can definitely count me in for the rest of this twisted journey.

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10
Unfollow #4

Feb 3, 2016

Chilling, shocking and utterly compelling, Unfollow is your new favourite series, even if you dont know it yet. An ensemble thriller of the highest order, Unfollow has leapfrogged its way to the head of Vertigos current pack no small feat, given the sheer quality of titles being released and has cemented its place on my pull list for as long as Williams and Dowling care to keep making it.

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9.0
Unfollow #7

May 4, 2016

Once again, UNFOLLOW remains an absolutely essential purchase, for its sheer wanton creativity and unpredictability if nothing else. Were now seven issues in, and theres a feeling that weve only barely scratched the surface of whats to come. This is absolutely note-perfect ensemble storytelling, blending humour, violence, human drama and horror into one truly addictive cocktail. Buy it. Buy it now!

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9.0
Unfollow #16

Feb 16, 2017

Theres a worrying trend with high-concept stories like this where the writer rapidly runs out of momentum once the initial intrigue of the premise wears off. Well, Im happy to report that this is definitely not the case with Unfollow, as Rob Williams continues to pile on new layers of intrigue to what may very well be his finest creation. Oh, and Williams has Ferrell drop a (thankfully metaphorical) bomb on the final pages that promises to change everything. And I mean everything. Unmissable stuff, and the highest of recommendations for this series as always.

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7.0
Usagi Yojimbo #151

Jan 19, 2016

That said, while this is undoubtedly a sharp, engaging story which delivers a satisfying conclusion, in the grand scheme of Sakais Usagi Yojimbo back catalogue, it pales in comparison with some of the other tales the legendary creator has spun over the years.  Even so, this is well worth a look for newcomers to the character and long-time fans alike.

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7.0
Victorie City #1

Jan 5, 2016

Minor niggles aside, this is still a solid first issue, although itll be interesting to see how the story plays out over the rest of the four-part series to hopefully avoid it falling into the realms of clich. Carmacks sheer passion for the project gives me a lot of hope, however, and the intriguing and captivating nature of the mysterious serial killer is going to make picking up the second issue an absolute necessity for me. Dark, grimy andpossessing a truly unique visual style, Victorie City has the potential to be something truly special. Count me in for the rest of the series, anyway.

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6.0
Vigilante: Southland #1

Oct 26, 2016

While Cassagrande ensures that the comic looks great, I would have loved to see more of the actual story Phillips promised us in this first issue, and as such, I could see a lot of people being put off and potentially discarding this new series before it has a chance to really get going.  Which would be a real shame.

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8.0
Warlords of Appalachia #3

Dec 30, 2016

While its reach does exceed its grasp a little at times, the sheer confidence of the world building on display makes Warlords of Appalachia a highly recommended purchase. And while I'm still a little anxious about just how well Johnson is going to pull everything together for a satisfactory conclusion in the next issue, I'll definitely be picking this one up to find out, and I heartily recommend you do the same.

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7.0
Warlords of Appalachia #4

Jan 29, 2017

Ultimately however, theres a fine line between leaving your audience wanting more and failing to deliver a satisfying conclusion to a story, and its a line that Warlords of Appalachia comes perilously close to crossing here. If theres going to be a follow-up series then I suppose the conclusion here may be a little more forgivable, but thats never a guarantee in the world of comics, and I would personally have preferred more of a line drawn under the current situation rather than all the focus being on a fifth issue that may never arrive. As a self-contained story, this leaves way too many questions unanswered, but as a potential first step into a larger world, Warlords of Appalachia is undoubtedly a rich, enjoyable read.

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8.0
We Are Robin #10

Mar 23, 2016

While the series has had its ups and downs thus far, there's no denying that Bermejo has done a truly stellar job of opening up this truly intriguing corner of the DC Universe, and that the premise of the series – a motley crew of disillusioned, highly motivated youngsters wanting to keep up the good work of the now-absent Batman – is absolute gold. A solid issue then, filled with character rather than storyline development, and an absolute belter of a cliffhanger. Definitely a series worth checking out if you haven't done so already.

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10
We Stand On Guard #1

Jul 1, 2015

Limited series it may be, but youre going to want to get in on the ground floor of this one before it blows up to become yet another global critical and commercial juggernaut. Years from now, when people are clamouring for first issues on eBay and reminiscing about where they were when they first picked this one up, youll be able to smile, nod, and say yup, told ya.

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10
We Stand On Guard #2

Aug 4, 2015

While it was undoubtedly the writer who encouraged me to gravitate towards this series, the stunning visuals and focused nature of the story are absolutely second-to-none, providing a rich, sprawling backstory to what is being painted as a deeply personal conflict for Amber. While it might not have the same standout visual set-pieces as the mech takedown from issue one, or the same dialogue to match the Superman speech from the first chapter, We Stand on Guard is still head-and-shoulders above the vast majority of titles on the shelves today, and is as close to essential reading as you can possibly get. Get it on your pull list now.

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10
Wild's End: The Enemy Within #1

Sep 22, 2015

Some may be frustrated by the slow paced opener, but for me, this is exactly the first issue that a six-part miniseries needs.  The creators establish the setting, introduce a new dynamic, and lay the groundwork for what promises to be another riveting genre mash-up series.   Simply put, Abnett and Culbard are a match made in creative heaven, much like the pairing of anthropomorphic animals and Invasion of the Body Snatchers-esque sci-fi they have created here.  The highest of recommendations for this one.

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9.0
Wild's End: The Enemy Within #3

Nov 24, 2015

Overall then, while the story still hasnt quite ratcheted itself into high gear, the subtle character development and glorious artwork still makes The Enemy Within an absolutely essential purchase for any and all fans of sequential storytelling. Yes, its talking animals battling aliens, and yes, I know that does sound odd, but just trust me on this one. Give it a try, and Im supremely confident that youll love it.

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9.0
Wild's End: The Enemy Within #4

Dec 22, 2015

While its not guaranteed to appeal to everyone, theres something about the unusual blend of talking animals and Victorian-style alien invasion carnage that truly appeals to me. The fact that this brilliant conceit is being executed by one of my favourite creative partnerships ismerely the cherry on the sundae, and following on the heels of fantastic stories like The New Deadwardians and Dark Ages, my lifelong vow to pick up any title where Abnett and Culbard work together is looking like itll be a fairly easy one to keep. Highly recommended, folks in case you hadnt worked that out already.

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9.0
Wild's End: The Enemy Within #5

Jan 26, 2016

Alright, so if you haven't picked this one up yet, then this is most definitely not the place to start, but those of us who have been following this series – and the previous series, for that matter – are in for an absolute treat with this penultimate chapter. Tensions are heightened, battle lines are drawn and hearts are broken. Wild's End remains one of the most consistently gripping titles on the shelves today, with an inspired twist on worn-out “alien invasion” tropes and some of the best use of phrases like “Gord ‘elp us!” that you're ever likely to see.

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9.0
Wonder Woman: Earth One #1

Apr 5, 2016

Overall then, while there are certainly aspects of the book that are likely to cause some controversy, I found this to be a bold, exciting re-imagining of the story of greatest female superhero of all time. Not the definitive origin perhaps, but undoubtedly smart, provocative and wrapped up in a truly mouth-watering visual package. Whatever way you look at it, Wonder Woman: Earth One is a book which deserves to be read, discussed and debated for years to come.

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7.0
WWE #3

Mar 20, 2017

Again, its probably worth pointing out that its fairly unlikely that this series is going to appeal to anyone other than existing WWE fans, as there isnt quite enough substance here to reel in new readers. That said, for those of us who are already familiar with the whole Seth Rollins saga, this adds a lot of interesting behind the scenes flavour to what was already a pretty interesting storyline. And while it definitely showcases both the good and bad side of licensed properties, this is still a hell of a lot of fun, and a highly recommended purchase for WWE-inclined comic book fans.

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8.0
WWE: Then. Now. Forever #1

Nov 7, 2016

Overall then, while the undercard is a little inconsistent at times, Hopeless and Moras main event delivers in spades, providing an intriguing and impressively illustrated look at one of the most shocking moments in recent WWE history. And, while the prospect of a WWE comic book may have even diehard wrestling fans rolling their eyes and looking elsewhere, the clear affection that the creators have for the subject matter and the impressively earnest execution, in the main story at least make this a truly worthwhile purchase.

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