Daniel Mills's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Bounding Into Comics Reviews: 40
8.5Avg. Review Rating

10
All-Star Batman #1

Aug 10, 2016

Though Tom King may have inherited the main title, Scott Snyder triumphantly returns to Batman this week with All-Star Batman #1. Twists and turns set us on a harrowing adventure starring Bruce and one of his most famous villains, Two Face. Utilizing the dual-personalities of Dent and his Ego, Snyder is crafting a fast-paced and memorable story that makes the most of every page and character. Along for the ride are artists John Romita Jr. and Declan Shalvey, who make Gotham and its outskirts into beautiful and captivating landscapes in both night and day. When so many of his stories are brooding and dark, Snyder is excelling at changing the status quo with an entertaining action-romp. Great characters, clever writing, and beautiful art, these elements make for comic perfection. Thanks to the careful attention of the creative team, All-Star Batman #1 is just that, perfect.

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9.0
All-Star Batman #2

Sep 15, 2016

After Rebirth was unveiled, one of the greatest announcements was Snyder's return to Batman by way of DC's All-Star title. Here, he's invested in creating a memorable, exciting Batman story unlike any he's told in the past. Almost serving as an homage to the kind of blockbuster storytelling that's absent from modern Hollywood mediocrity. Tom isn't the only "king" on Batman. He and Scott Snyder share that throne, and if they continue to tell stories like All-Star Batman, long may they reign.

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5.0
All-Star Batman #12

Jul 26, 2017

Unfortunately, the art seems to follow suit: a bland and uninteresting veil cast over what should be a masterwork of the veteran artists behind it. Hopefully, those artists will inevitably return to greatness soon enough, but it won't be in the pages of All-Star Batman.

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10
Batman (2016) #3

Jul 20, 2016

Batman is not Gotham, he is better than Gotham. Batman's ultimate goal is to inspire lasting change in the citizen's of his city. Tom King's newest introductions are the embodiment of that change. The more time we spend with heroes Gotham and Gotham Girl the veil is lifted and the once mysterious duo are becoming interesting and earnest additions to the city's cast of characters. Tom King does a fantastic job of balancing the action and detective work with lighthearted scenes featuring a sassy Alfred and Matches Malone. Harkening back to where it all began, the pieces of King's puzzle are forming into an excellent tale in Batman #3. Equipped with fantastic art and a mix of nostalgia and originality, King and company are putting a lasting signature on the mantle of the Dark Knight.

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9.0
Batman (2016) #4

Aug 3, 2016

Batman #4 continues the high quality set by the previous issues. It remains one of the best titles on the shelves thanks to creative storytelling, compelling action, and relatable and sympathetic villains and heroes. The threads of a great tale are taking shape, even if Batman and his villains don't seem to be around for the entirety of the story. The focus on the supporting cast and new characters seems an odd choice but King is a master at creating unique story elements and intriguing backstories. Some cameos and appearances can feel unwarranted and unwanted but it's apparent the focus is to create an all-around excellent comic with nods to new and old. The true success of Batman #4 comes by way of the excitement and humor it brings about. It makes it next-to-impossible to wait for the next issue.

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9.5
Batman (2016) #5

Aug 19, 2016

Tom King crafts a powerful climax to his first arc in Batman #5. Gotham and Gotham Girl took some time getting used to, but have grown into relatable characters that manage to shed light on Batman's influence on the city he protects. As their battle comes to an eventful end the only thing lacking is motivation. Dr. Strange and Psycho-Pirate set our heroes on this path, and yet still remain absent from the story. Regardless, this does little to take away from the poetic tale of Batman and the Gothams. An emotionally gripping start to King's reign on Batman.

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10
Batman (2016) #6

Sep 8, 2016

Batman #6 distinguishes itself thanks to the delicate script and spectacular pencils by guest-artist Ivan Reis. Tom King's first arc shows us that while Batman will always be the daring warrior we want him to be, he's also the savior we need him to be.

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9.0
Batman (2016) #7

Sep 21, 2016

As the start of an event meant to thrill and chill, Orlando and King have given the "Monster Men" one hell of an entrance.

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6.5
Batman (2016) #8

Oct 11, 2016

There's not much plot to go around, considering the event has amounted to little more than a simple monster mash. Without a focus on Dr. Hugo Strange and his motives the team have only to defeat these monsters to end this night of terror. Orlando is clearly going for a fun and entertaining affair. But given his track record "Night of the Monster Men" should have been a profound and unique story that introduces an entirely new element to the Batman universe. Instead, these giant foes are felled just as easily as any of his other enemies. If only Batman's first Rebirth cross-over had been a little more" strange.

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9.0
Batman (2016) #17

Feb 17, 2017

DC knows exactly what they're doing. Rebirth has been a remarkable success and it's due to the wonderful creative teams they've put together. While Batman #17 may not hit the highs of previous issues, King and company continue to prove themselves worthy successors to their legendary predecessors. Bane may have been one-dimensional in the New 52 but here he serves as a worthy antagonist to our Dark Knight. While the story didn't progress much, the character work develops the confrontation between hero and villain into a can't-miss event. "I Am Suicide" may have ended with a somewhat disappointing and quiet conclusion, but "I Am Bane" looks to be the clash of titans we've been anticipating since issue 1.

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10
Batman (2016) #18

Mar 4, 2017

Tom King made a few surprise choices with the beginning of his Batman: Rebirth run. He introduced new characters, focused on old villains, and ditched some of the tropes that have defined the character for ages. It certainly makes for some unique choices. Luckily, the Gotham's proved to have a heartwarming yet tragic story behind them. Bane's menacing presence has proven more than enough to warrant several storylines and arcs which continues in Batman #18. And not knowing everything Bruce is up to is proving to be a great way to keep both the villains and the readers in the dark. With the massive critical appeal of Omega Men and Grayson under his belt, it's a wonder why we ever thought King might not be up to the task of managing the greatest comic book character ever created. To everyone's surprise, except maybe Tom King himself, we were wrong.

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10
Batman (2016) #29

Aug 18, 2017

Mikel Janin once again crafts the tangled webs of King's prose. As the story weaves through a simple conversation, both writer and art team use the often-ignored backgrounds to channel emotion and insight. It's an effective and resourceful way to make use of the entire page. With thought-provoking backgrounds and and almost-biblical prose, King and company are making their way into comic history.

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8.5
Blue Beetle (2016) #1

Oct 2, 2016

Blue Beetle #1 is a great improvement over the Rebirth issue. Both Kolins and Giffen improve to give a fun and entertaining look at the mystical side of the DC Universe. Blue Beetle Jaime Reyes and his mentor Ted Kord are certainly fun to watch. Though Reyes seems to be a typical student, Kord more than compensates with his particular sense of humor. Their back-and-forth is the highlight of the comic. Unfortunately, any scenes without the two interacting drag and affect the pacing. Without a lot of action outside of two sequences a lot depends on their dynamic. Thankfully, Scott Kolins has brought his A-game. Said action sequences, though few, are engaging enough to keep you interested. The opening sequence alone features a powerful and captivating exchange of magic that is sure to be a series highlight. After a moderate Rebirth, Giffen and Kolins have made Blue Beetle #1 a step in the right direction.

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7.5
Blue Beetle: Rebirth #1

Aug 25, 2016

DC's Rebirth is about cultivating new stories with old ideals. Blue Beetle: Rebirth #1 is another comedy call-back to ever-aging 90's. Thankfully, Keith Giffen and Scott Kolins are comic veterans. Here, they create an interesting world of magic and modern technology. When delving into said depths of magic, or the tech-oriented lair of a billionaire, the pages are captivating and the writing is engaging. Unfortunately, the issue is rough around the edges. The decision making process of our heroes is questionable at best, leaving us with unsympathetic main characters and some peculiar dialogue. The art can also seem rushed and forgettable. Unclear settings and motives do little to distinguish Blue Beetle: Rebirth #1 from DC's stellar lineup, but brief glimpses of a grander work should have most readers coming back for more.

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7.5
Dark Days: The Forge #1

Jun 20, 2017

There's room to improve but Dark Days: The Forge #1 is an entertaining invite to this Summer's main event: Scott Snyder's first chance to play with all of the figures in DC's toybox.

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8.0
Dark Nights: Metal #1

Aug 16, 2017

Writer Scott Snyder is staying away from his usual techniques and tropes. Carefully, he avoids the metaphor-laden monologues that often encapsulate his often convoluted main themes. Instead here's a breathtaking world raptured by magic and filled with rock and roll. It's more of a preview for the main event, but it's certainly one hell of an invitation.

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10
Detective Comics (2016) #962

Aug 9, 2017

With James Tynion IV, the entire Batfamily is in good hands. From several issues of the New 52 Batman run to the Batman and Robin Eternal series, James has crafted stories exciting and dull. The first issue of his Detective Comics run makes it clear he was doing something unique. He's managed to introduce new and wonderful interpretations of Tim Drake, Cassandra Cain, and Clayface. Using Batman's best, but forgotten sidekicks and acquaintances, Tynion has made effective use of comic history. He makes mundane characters magnificent, and gives them much-needed growth. Concluding the Intelligence arc, Tynion neatly finishes his captivating story with hints of what is yet to come. With asimple exploration of some good ole science fiction James Tynion IV brings former Batman Azrael into DC's echelon of interesting and fully-developed characters.

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9.5
Everafter #1

Sep 11, 2016

Dave Justus and Matthew Sturges are well-versed in this fantasy realm. Together they've crafted a new beginning for comic favorites like Bigby Wolf, Snow White, and their son Connor. Along for the ride are artist Travis Moore and colorist Matthew Wiggam. With the exception of some mundane outfits the two are inspired choices to interpret the colorful and lively scripts of the writing duo. The end of Bill Willingham's original series was a momentous occasion for Vertigo and Willingham. A bittersweet end to an iconic dreamland destined to live on in video games, novels, and comics. Featuring an imaginative premise and a talented creative team, Everafter #1 proves worthy of the Fables mantle.

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9.0
Generation Zero #1

Aug 31, 2016

THE VERDICTGeneration Zero #1 may be geared towards teenagers, but it should easily please any comic reader. Fred Van Lente and Francis Portela have each helped make Valiant a success over the last couple of years. Both continue to show just how integral they are with this 1st issue. While the book could do with shedding more light on its title character's, saving their reveal for the final pages is an interesting choice that should keep readers invested in the coming story. Valiant is making some progressive comics by featuring unique protagonists not often seen in mainstream art. In a growing market, this once-dead publisher continues to distinguish itself thanks to the ideas and talents of artists like Fred Van Lente and Francis Portela.

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7.0
James Bond (2017) #1

Feb 22, 2017

James Bond needs no introduction, and is almost without one here in his debut #1 issue. His wit and allure is unmistakable but without an explosive entrance we have a quiet beginning in James Bond #1 that pales in comparison to the many satires and tributes paid to the character in modern fiction. It's clear Percy's intention is to bring the character back to his roots, a task perfectly suited for artist Rapha Lobosco. He keeps away from the often distracting and perplexing visuals that sometimes hamper the modern iteration of the character for want of a classical approach that wonderfully resembles the From Russia With Love days of old. It may not grab the reader as well as the classics it seeks to emulate, but it shows enough promise to warrant a return for the sequel.

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7.0
Justice League of America (2015) #9

Sep 4, 2016

While certain artwork and scenes leave much to be desired, Bryan Hitch's Justice League of America #9 features enough rich and exciting character work to bring a dwindling audience back for more.

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7.5
Justice League: Rebirth #1

Jul 6, 2016

The pages of Justice League have always been about action and teamwork, and that's where this Justice League: Rebirth #1 excels. Bryan Hitch shows he knows the team and how to use them in both visual and narrative fashions. Unfortunately, as the issue focuses on Superman it pushes all other members into the background. His last minute rescue instills little confidence in a team without him. As Rao, the kryptonian God, was the villain of Hitch's last story it makes one wonder if all JL stories will have an emphasis on Superman. If so, the Justice League should be thankful. Without him they were lost.

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9.5
Midnighter And Apollo #1

Oct 6, 2016

Midnighter didn't quite make a mark until his appearances in the pages of Tom King and Tim Seeley's Grayson series. There, a witty and hilarious brute showed the former Nightwing just what his computer-enhanced brain could do. Serving as more of an anti-hero, he quickly became a fan favorite in need of his own series. Enter Steve Orlando, an excellent writer who managed to turn that small amount of momentum into an incredibly progressive and fun comic series. In Midnighter and Apollo #1 he continues the fun with a touch of romance. As the superhero couples' relationship progresses, their faced with a wide plethora of issues to deal with. While some story elements are romantic cliches, the rest make for one hell of an issue. Fernando Blanco also nails the intense action while creating some beautiful scene work. With a team like this behind the curtain, Midnighter and Apollo are in for the adventure of their lifetimes.

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9.5
Mister Miracle #1

Aug 9, 2017

Instead, Mister Miracle #1 greets us with a depressed narcissist hellbent on the next thrill or his own destruction. As duty calls, the uncharacteristically unsure hero questions his own powers for the first time. Since his attempted suicide something has seemed wrong. Off. Perhaps telling us that the escape artist may not have come out of this completely unscathed. Already King is deconstructing what it means to be this man of miracles, born of two worlds and son to both god and devil. A tale that will define Mister Miracle, thisScott Free, for generations to come.

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9.5
Nightwing (2016) #1

Jul 27, 2016

With a new look and a new status quo, Nightwing #1 soars into comic stands in another fantastic Rebirth debut. Though hampered by odd facial expressions, much like the previous issue, the success here is driven by a light-hearted tone and exciting storytelling. As a revamped suit and former title are brought to the forefront, so are the new yet recognizable "big bads". The introduction of Raptor in this issue serves to heighten the tension while increasing the excitement for the stories yet to come. Thankfully, there are still several layers to peel in this new Parliament of Owls. While many hoped the Grayson series had continued, it's good to see another old friend in Nightwing. Thanks to Rebirth, Tim Seeley is utilizing every aspect of Dick Grayson's past to move him into the future.

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9.5
Nightwing: Rebirth #1

Jul 14, 2016

Nightwing: Rebirth #1 is a success in almost every way. The witty and touching script by Tim Seeley is rightfully coupled with Yanick Paquette's bold pages, even if the acrobatics don't look as fluid as Eddy Barrow's work in the New 52. There's an inherent difficulty in writing a character as pure as Nightwing/Dick Grayson. He's Batman without the baggage, remaining an optimist without the inner-conflict that drives most costumed heroes. How, then, do you make Dick Grayson compelling to readers? The pages of this comic are filled with the answers. By giving him a colorful cast of friends that are equally as charming. By having him leap fearlessly from rooftops with the ease of a Flying Grayson. By making him the kindhearted, comical hero he's always been.

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5.5
Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1

Aug 6, 2016

Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1 may serve as an adequate introduction, but ultimately falls short of a new beginning.

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8.5
Supergirl: Rebirth #1

Aug 18, 2016

Coming off of DCYou's incredibly successfully Midnighter, all eyes were looking to Steve Orlando to bring Supergirl the Rebirth she sorely needed. Luckily, he does just that. He uses the depths of DC history as a palette with which to paint Kara's new story. Unfortunately, the pages of Supergirl: Rebirth #1 are overcrowded with supporting characters and plot points that could have used some breathing room. And while the art truly shines, it does little to make those supporting characters memorable. But to Orlando, Kara is the star of the show. Her optimism and strength are the real success of this debut. Steve Orlando clearly knows how to write Supergirl and is quickly looking to create a vivid and unique world around her. Though this issue may take too many steps in that regard, they are all in the right direction.

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10
Superman (2016) #2

Jul 6, 2016

Considering Tomasi's relationship with Morrison it's no surprise he has a distinct talent for the Fatherly dynamic. Jon Kent's emergence is just one shining moment in Superman #2 that still has Superman at the forefront. He does everything he can to sacrifice of himself, while saving every living thing in this issue. It reminds us we're back to the boy scout in the not-so-red-shorts. In Superman: Rebirth #1 our current Kent-in-residence builds a monument to the deceased Superman of the New 52. That monument isn't visible in this issue, a testament to the creative team's desire to move on. Hopefully the character's sacrifice isn't lost on the Kent family, or the readers. It took the death of a Superman to "fix" the New 52, but if these are the caliber of stories we'll get because of it perhaps the loss was a necessary one.

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6.5
Superman (2016) #3

Jul 20, 2016

Superman #3 had a lot to live up to. The previous issues were building a comic dynamic unlike any other in both breathtaking and captivating fashions. The family remains but the tension and heart seems to have lessened. With characters ignoring simple logic, and a plot that could have been no more than a few pages, this issue feels like a misstep. Relevant is the fact that it's the first issue without Gleason's art, though Jorge Jimenez's work here is just as strong as his success with Earth 2: Society. Superman and Lois seem stagnant compared to the growth of their son in these pages. Jon Kent has come to a critical moment but unfortunately he does so in a mediocre way.

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9.5
Teen Titans (2016) #1

Oct 29, 2016

Clearly the Teen Titans were in need of more than a revamp. They were in need of blood both old and new. Luckily, they have a new leader brought to them by one of comics' most notable writers. Arguably the best new comic character of the 21st century, Damian Wayne is in a perfect position to head this new, old team and become the Robin he was born to be.

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10
Teen Titans: Rebirth #1

Sep 28, 2016

With time spent focusing on every one of our heroes, this first installment serves as a youthful and energetic introduction to a brand new team. Keeping new leader, Damian Wayne, in the background allowed each member a chance to show who they are in just a few pages. A patient and intelligent way to start something fresh. With lively art by Jonboy Meyers accompanying Ben Percy's energetic script, DC have clearly found the best talents to take the Teen Titans into the next generation.

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9.0
The Bounty #1

Jul 5, 2016

While not the most unique comic around, Bounty #1 is a refreshing and lighthearted entry into Dark Horse's normally dark repertoire. With titles like "Rat Queens "and "Peter Panzerfaust "under his belt it's no surprise Kurtis Wiebe can produce this caliber of material and make it seem easy. While most comics in today's market are looking to brood and contemplate, it's great to see one simply interested in fun, comedy and a pinch of excitement. The creative team work well to put together a wonderfully paced romp. It leaves us looking to the next page hoping for a glimpse at issue #2.

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7.5
The Lost Boys #1

Oct 15, 2016

Tim Seeley is yet another DC success story. So it's no surprise he's trusted with updating a story that fans have thought long dead. For the most part Seeley succeeds. His particular sense of both humor and horror prove to be a good blend for this contemporary adaptation of the 80's cult-classic. Unfortunately, The Lost Boys #1 story leaves few clues to get new readers up to speed. Nothing short of watching the original film will do to give context to the comic. While most readers will already be fans it's unfortunate to see so little attention given to those who might be taking a chance on a new story.

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7.0
Titans (2016) #1

Jul 31, 2016

Dan Abnett's Titans #1 marks a return for many elements of the DC Universe. From the returning hero, to returning villain, to a returning comedy style this issue sets itself solely in the past for better or worse. Wally West is rightfully at the forefront here, once again charming and wisecracking his way into the superhero community. Though it's a warm welcome many other classic comic tropes featured in the comic make it feel antiquated. The humor especially falls into the hit or miss category. The art by Brett Booth also struggles to captivate at times, but succeeds at both action and character. The Titans may not be in top form but it's a pleasure to see them together again.

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10
Trinity (2016) #1

Sep 21, 2016

With Trinity #1, Francis Manapul gives us an in-depth look into the emotions and kinship of DC's greatest heroes.

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10
Trinity (2016) #2

Oct 19, 2016

Loving a comic book is easy when it's truly special. The kind of story that stands out on the shelves; the kind of art that pops right out at you. That's what brings the audience in. Francis Manapul has had a storied career with DC for the last few years. Some of his titles may not have the same impact as others, but his creations are always of an incredibly high quality. It's no surprise Trinity #2 continues his hot streak. The work he puts into both words and art shows how much he cares for these characters. Here is a superhero story unlike any other being told right now. One that just so happens to look stunning without having any major fights. Instead, it's a simple story set on a farm in Kansas.

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9.0
X-O Manowar #47

Jul 2, 2016

While not a game changing story to end on, X-O Manowar #47 is another great entry into Venditti's long run on X-O Manowar. The art manages to engage and captivate on every page even if it isn't quite as impressive as the Cary Nord days of old. Each issue shows that a lot of love and care has been put into this revival of Valiant's literally ancient hero. One wonders if characters such as Shadowman, Eternal Warrior, or even Ninjak have the name and weight to compensate for our favorite Visigoth's eventual absence. Hopefully, the absence will be a short "one.

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5.0
X-O Manowar #49

Sep 6, 2016

With cameos by series guest-stars the Armorines and Commander Trill, Venditti is connecting all of the loose strings to tie the end of his tale. It's nice to see it all come together, but without an interesting hook to engage you the issue fails to serve as the beginning of a proper sendoff. Though the worlds of Earth and Vine are at stake, this arc serves as little more than a final set piece for the lengthy run.

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5.0
X-O Manowar (2017) #1

Mar 21, 2017

THE VERDICTX-O Manowar #1 had a lot to live up to. The previous iteration of the title managed to save publisher Valiant Comics, and spawned an entire universe behind it. While it does feature some beautiful art, this "reboot" doesn't pack the same punch as its predecessor. Writer Matt Kindt has done away with so much of what made Aric of Dacia a compelling character, setting him far and away from the Earthly home to which he had finally been returned. Instead he's become grizzled and angry, an unfortunately common trait among superheroes. His land and home in the United States was one of the more interesting aspects of this side of the Valiant universe and it's a shame that dynamic is gone. Though the Manowar armor may be more at home among alien species on exotic alien planets, it's owner was at his best when he was a King among men on the planet he called home.

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