David Brooke's Comic Reviews

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9.0
4001 A.D. #1

May 3, 2016

This is good summer blockbuster comics. The action is fierce, the science fiction fun, and the art spectacular. This is Blade Runner meets Transformers meets Elysium. Check this out!

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8.5
4001 A.D. #2

May 30, 2016

The best cyberpunk comic in ages. It looks gritty, real, and downright futuristic, made complete with one of the most epic science fiction scenarios imaginable.

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8.5
4001 A.D. #3

Jul 26, 2016

A gorgeous comic that has such good captions you might just stop everything to read them. 4001 A.D. is turning out to be a poetic masterpiece.

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7.0
4001 A.D. #4

Aug 30, 2016

4001 A.D. #4 is the perfect epilogue issue. We get at the core of Rai's motivation, see some truly awe inspiring science fiction scenes, and get a good sense of where the story can go from here.

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9.0
A.D.: After Death #1

Nov 22, 2016

Science fiction fans will love A.D.: After Death. Its mix of prose and comic book panels draw you in and make you ponder the power of both. It has a Twilight Zone vibe as if it will pull a sheet out from underneath you and reveal further truths you never saw coming.

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8.5
A.D.: After Death #2

Dec 26, 2016

A. D.: After Death #2 continues to be a rewarding experience as you attempt to find meaning in Jonah's prose. There's no doubt this is a work of art on many levels, though it does force the reader to do a bit of work in order to understand it. Whether or not you find this comic entertaining resides entirely on how much work you want to put in.

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8.0
Action Comics (2011) #33

Jul 2, 2014

While it feels way too much like a Hulk story, it still manages to work due to some interesting internal monologuing by Superman and a very real threat looming for Earth.

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4.5
Action Comics (2011) #47

Dec 2, 2015

An attempt is made to deliver an interesting story but it falls flat due to a lack of solid action and a poor wrap up. Wrath's backstory is interesting though and the art carries the emotional resonance well.

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4.5
Action Comics (2011) #50

Mar 9, 2016

I was left wanting more. Greg Pak certainly closes off his run with a long tendril of connective tissue, but the actual climax is disappointing. Save for an interesting connection between Superman and Savage's kid this is a decompressed sort of read with plenty of filler as the heroes rush around doing things to fill the page count.

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8.0
Action Comics (2011) #51

Apr 20, 2016

"The Final Days of Superman" continues to progress the growing threats to Superman well as he plans for his eventual death. The art is detailed and pretty and this third chapter, aside from a few hiccups, makes me excited to read it all over again once all eight chapters are released.

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8.0
Action Comics (2011) #52

May 11, 2016

The cliffhanger may not have me at the edge of my seat, but dang it, this is good storytelling. Superman continues to pull at our heart strings as he slowly dies and the story has gotten a hell of a lot more interesting with multiple Supermen converging.

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10
Action Comics (2016) #958

Jun 22, 2016

This is just solid superhero comics from the melodrama of the multiple Supermen to the bombastic actions. This brings me back to the 90s and I love it!

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7.0
Action Comics (2016) #974

Feb 22, 2017

Dan Jurgens effectively makes you want to know what the hell is going on with Clark as soon as possible due to well written dialogue and a date night that goes all wrong. I can't say this issue worked well all the way through, but dammit I'm curious who this imposter* is as the character is subtly revealed!

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9.0
Action Comics (2016) #975

Mar 8, 2017

This is about as good as an anniversary issue can get while still progressing the storyline. There are fun homages, meta-nods, and cool reveals that should satiate even the more rabid of Superman fans. The art throughout this volume is top notch well worth the price of admission.

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8.0
Action Comics (2016) #976

Mar 22, 2017

A good issue when it stands alone, but if you read Superman #19 you're going to be getting much of the same story.

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7.5
Adventure Time 2014 Annual #1

Apr 30, 2014

This is a nice annual that contains everything you'd expect from the series. There aren't a ton of laughs however and the read feels more like it's for kids than usual.

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9.0
Adventure Time: The Flip Side #1

Jan 8, 2014

Very good indeed with plenty of humor for you folk that love to guffaw.

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8.0
Adventures of Supergirl #1

May 11, 2016

Having not watched the show I found this book to be a fun read. Plenty of action, good introductions to Supergirl and the villain and a well rounded story from beginning to end.

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8.0
Adventures of Supergirl #2

May 25, 2016

Hacker-centric storytelling is hard to pull off, but Gates does a good job keeping things interesting in this issue. Supergirl herself is lacking though, as she must fight for page time between two supporting characters, which makes this read like a good non-Supergirl story more than anything else. It's safe to say this series is in good hands every month with tight character driven storytelling.

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7.5
Adventures of Supergirl #3

Jun 8, 2016

A good superhero comic that's got some surprises in store for you. It may not progress the character or subplots, but it's a good time!

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9.5
Adventures of Supergirl #4

Jun 22, 2016

This is the only Supergirl comic I'm reading and it's the only damn one I need. It's that good.

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7.0
Adventures of Supergirl #5

Jul 7, 2016

The first half of this issue comes up aces, setting the stage for a looming threat while delivering tense storytelling via flashback. The second half drags on, but has one heck of a cliffhanger that'll make me come back for more.

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5.5
Adventures of Supergirl #6

Jul 20, 2016

A satisfying conclusion for fans of this series. The pace is a bit wonky, and the art doesn't hold up quite enough though, which makes this a tough sell for anyone not invested in the story.

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8.5
Afterlife With Archie #1

Oct 9, 2013

Francavilla kills it on the art as always. He uses a lot of oranges and purples, which is great considering the Halloween theme, and manages to make the smallest of panels pop. What can you say about Francavilla without repeating the many positive posits that have already been said? The guy is a genius when it comes to pacing and mood as if you're on a fluffy cloud or floating in a dream. The story flows nicely, due to pacing and layouts, and it's due to his uncanny ability to draw the readers eye as naturally as possible.

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7.0
Age of Ultron #7

May 1, 2013

What this issue boils down to is a very predictable turn of events mixed with some cool elseworlds stuff. Unfortunately most of this issue consists of heroes fighting heroes before they predictably will join forces. Maybe it's just me, but I've seen this story play out way too many times.

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7.5
Age of Ultron #8

May 15, 2013

What we have here is a new timeline with the same old problems only in this one Wolverine can take the blame for thoroughly creating new mental problems for the heroes. There's really no telling where this event is going at this point, because so much has changed since issue #1 I don't even know how Ultron is involved in the slightest. That said, it's a fun elseworlds type of tale and it's interesting to see the subtle changes and not so subtle changes throughout.

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5.0
Age of Ultron #9

Jun 5, 2013

I'm not sure I've ever felt this surprised issue by issue from an event series. That's a good thing in some sense as I have literally no idea how this will end. That said, I still don't know when or why this story is taking place which makes it incredibly hard to care. I know it's setting up another event, but it's doing a poor job keeping the reader in the loop. It doesn't particularly help when an issue like #9 comes when you're getting a bunch of exposition and not a lot else. It's also no the most surprising turn of events and once Wolverine decides to go back in time you'll be able to predict what happens by issues end. That said, I have no idea how this series plans on ending.

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7.0
Age of Ultron #10

Jun 19, 2013

Overall this series was a failure because it went on way too long and didn't say nearly enough. As far as conclusions go though, there's hope at the end of this laborious tunnel, which is saying a lot when the journey felt so hopeless.

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9.0
Age of Ultron #10AI

Jun 26, 2013

Andre Araujo art is good and there are some flashes of greatness too. There are moments where his pencils look a bit cartoony, but others where I could swear Gary Frank drew them. Judging by how strong this issue is we should all keep an eye on this artist as he's going to be one of the greats in years to come.

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9.0
Age of Ultron vs. Marvel Zombies #1

Jun 24, 2015

This is a great first issue as it introduces the two sides and its protagonist well. One might imagine where the story is going based on who the protagonist is, but there are so many balls in the air it's going to be refreshing to see how this book surprises you in the issues to come.

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10
Alex + Ada #1

Nov 6, 2013

What an exceptional comic this is, particularly because it's so well balanced. The art tells so much in the simplest expression, the concept behind this book is compelling and the characters are extremely strong. If you're interested in psychological drama there won't be a better book on the shelf for you than this.

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9.5
Alex + Ada #2

Dec 11, 2013

So far this is an incredibly strong series that's well thought out and interesting. If you love characters, particularly stories that get inside their heads, this comic book is for you.

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8.0
Alex + Ada #3

Jan 15, 2014

Collected this issue will seem perfect, but as single issues go it doesn't blow you away. Of course, that's a high expectation and it's still incredibly enjoyable to read.

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7.5
Aliens/Vampirella #1

Aug 31, 2015

Save for lacking context as far as Vampirella's place among humans — this is a good read. Come for the compelling science fiction vampires on Mars backstory and the Aliens violence!

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9.0
All-New All-Different Avengers Annual #1

Aug 10, 2016

It's not a laugh out loud experience all the way through, but it's a highly enjoyable smirk worthy read none the less. It's plain fun all the way through and you can't say that for most comics these days!

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6.5
All-New Doop #1

Apr 9, 2014

This is a pretty good issue that's a teensy bit setup and a hell of a lot of recap. The concept of Doop roaming through moments we've read before is interesting in idea, but when executed it's a bit of a snore.

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8.5
All-New Ghost Rider #1

Mar 26, 2014

It is, albeit it could use more pages and more time on the bad guys. That said, this number one issue delivers a solid origin story, solid art and a solid start for a brand new, four-wheeled riding superhero.

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7.5
All-New Ghost Rider #3

May 14, 2014

By and large a strong issue. There's some heavy handed exposition portions, but the opening and closing are high octane action that shouldn't be missed.

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6.5
All-New Ghost Rider #4

Jun 25, 2014

The action sequence and surprising way to open this issue saves it from being a bridge issue and nothing more. That said, the exposition is heavy and slogs things down considerably.

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6.5
All-New Invaders #1

Jan 22, 2014

This issue doesn't bring anything new to the Invaders we haven't seen before. I'd still give it an issue or two to flesh out the concept because we don't know enough, but this issue feels done before.

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9.0
All-New X-Men #11

May 1, 2013

The fact that I knew who would defect doesn't make this issue any less interesting and enjoyable. I almost want to say it's all on Immonen for why this issue is so good, but obviously Bendis had a hand in it as well. I really envy those who hold off or discover this when it's all said and done. It's going to be one amazing read from cover to cover. Of course, at the rate this story is going it may be around for 900 issues!

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7.0
All-New X-Men #12

Jun 5, 2013

I've been giving this series eights across the board, but this one takes a knock down to a seven because the plot is forced. The Avengers show up to ask for explanations, get a simple one you could get from a phone call, then just leave with no resolution. It's glaringly obvious Bendis wanted an interaction/altercation and it's incredibly forced. That said, some good interactions, and impeccable art once again.

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8.5
All-New X-Men #14

Jul 17, 2013

Once again this comic gets a good but not smashingly good review. Why is that? Because at the end of the day you're paying for character tinges and funny moments on the side. The decompression on this series is so insane it always feels as if you're getting slighted in some way. And yet, the comic is a lot of fun to read and always has something to say about the characters.

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7.5
All-New X-Men #15

Aug 7, 2013

Personally I'm not that interested in the Jean/Cyclops love affair, especially considering all these characters might get their memories wiped anyways. It is a neat concept to play with though and I commend Bendis for going there. It'll also make it tragic if Jean does fall in love with Beast by series end, only to have her memory wiped.

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9.0
All-Star Batman #1

Aug 10, 2016

All-Star Batman knocks your socks off. There's plenty of action, but also quite a lot of thematic storytelling to chew through with the promise of big character work along the way. Throw your expectations out the window–you haven't seen Batman quite like this.

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8.5
Allen: Son of Hellcock #1

Dec 15, 2015

Tracy and Koplowitz stuff much of this issue with funny moments either via the spirit or background characters and that's fun for any fan of fantasy. The first issue of Allen: Son of Hellcock is a lot of fun and you should take the chance to go along for the ride.

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8.5
Amala's Blade #1

Apr 24, 2013

As far as setups go though it's a strong issue and it's in large part due to Michael Dialynas's art and color. Some might call it the acting of the characters, but I'd call it exceptional facial expressions from Dialynas. In some cases a writers dialogue is strong enough to apply it to stick figures, but here, while not bad, is made a hell of a lot stronger by Dialynas' art. In truth every comic should be like this, because, much like film you need a good balance between visuals and writing.

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9.5
Amala's Blade #2

May 29, 2013

And I haven't even talked about the art yet! Dialynas' style is unique and interesting, detailed but also cartoony and I love it. Here is a good example where an artist's ability to also do color shows. An artist's work can sometimes be overshadowed or improved due to the right inker or colorist being attached. Dialynas does it all though and it shows. Everything fits and looks exceptional.

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8.5
Amala's Blade #3

Jun 26, 2013

I don't know what Dark Horse is planning, but I really hope they pick this series up and make it ongoing. The adventure is exciting and as far as comics go there isn't anything else like it on the shelves. In a lot of ways I get a role playing game vibe from this series. As if Horton played it with his friends for years and then met up with Dialynas one day and realized together they could make one bangin' comic. Here's hoping they get to continue to bang on.

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8.5
Amala's Blade #4

Jul 31, 2013

This series has so many good things going on I would be hard pressed to find someone who didn't like it. Fantasy elements, role playing elements, the concept of war being pointless when we all turn into ghosts, great art, steampunk, I mean — I could go on and on. The series sadly needs more issues though! The concepts are so grand and the world so robust it deserves to be an ongoing series.

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9.5
Amazing Forest #1

Jan 19, 2016

Three great stories and one that's gorgeous but lacks in story is a win for me. Chances are the odds are good you'll find something here you'll love.

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10
Amazing Forest #2

Feb 2, 2016

This is a fantastic issue that proves there aren't enough anthology comics. Take a chance on this one you won't be disappointed. If you're on a tight budget skip Spider-Man (or whatever you read) for just one week because this offers a lot more bang for your buck.

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7.0
Amazing Forest #3

Mar 15, 2016

Two great stories for different reasons but every one more inventive than the last. This is a series I don't want to ever end despite the fact that it's not perfect.

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7.0
Amazing Forest #4

Apr 5, 2016

One solid story mixed with three more that throw some fantastic art at you add up to a good read, but if you give this a chance you might just enjoy it more than me. That's the beauty of short stories: they can work for anyone.

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9.5
Amazing Forest #5

May 3, 2016

Yet another great collection of shorts that prove Farias and Freitas are at the top of their game. Most if not all of these stories read as if they need a short film to go with them; they're that clever and good.

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10
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #1

Apr 30, 2014

This is a very good issue indeed. The main 22 page feature is exceptional, the 6 shorts are fun and look amazing with the added bonus of giving you a taste of the new series that are being produced from them. The entire issue is a great introduction to a lot of elements and characters. Recommended.

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9.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #1.1

May 7, 2014

In most cases retread comics aren't worth your time, but this one is a bit different. It adds the new element of a Spidey fan that Peter doesn't even know exists. The dynamic is there for a great story and this is a great first issue.

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7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #2

May 21, 2014

Overall this is a decent issue that won't blow you away. There are some tantalizing character dynamics at play that are building and should be fun to read, but the Electro bits are been-there-done-that.

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9.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #3

Jun 25, 2014

This is a strong issue from Slott and Ramos as it keeps the tension up, progresses the plot nicely and even gives us some great humorous moments. A top notch Spidey book to say the least.

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8.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #4

Jul 23, 2014

I liked this comic, even if it was almost all about setting up what is to come. The dynamic between Spider-Man and Silk is fresh and new and something to keep your eyes on.

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7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #5

Aug 13, 2014

While a bit repetitive with the Silk and Spider-Man attraction, this issue progresses the story nicely. I can't say a new reader will have any idea what is going on, and the layouts are a bit cramped, but overall it's a strong delivery of character and plot.

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7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #6

Sep 10, 2014

For the first story arc since his return, the story ends in a very blah sort of way. The bad guys are stopped as always and while it's a great heroic moment for Spidey it's still rather tepid. There's still no rhyme or reason as to why Black Cat is so bad, but the new Silk character works great and it'll be fun to see how she's used in the future.

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #7

Oct 8, 2014

All in all this is a good comic, albeit a bit schizophrenic since it's split nearly down the middle with two unconnected stories. That said, it's good fun and the art is top notch.

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7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #8

Oct 22, 2014

A decent issue overall with a fun team up with Ms. Marvel and new details on Spider-Verse, but overall it's a ho-hum affair as things are spread too thin.

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9.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #9

Nov 5, 2014

This is a fantastic issue that clearly explains all the players and stakes at play but also delivers good character moments and plenty of spider-ific art to go with it. Some might say it's a bit overloaded, but it's never boring.

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9.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #10

Nov 19, 2014

This series only amps up the anticipation and excels more each issue. A fantastic part 2 that is filled with action, plot details and story progression!

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9.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #11

Dec 10, 2014

This issue starts off slow but delivers impeccably for a variety of audiences. It ends with an amazing action sequence and major ramifications on the event. Great stuff.

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6.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #12

Jan 7, 2015

This issue is good, but not great and probably terrible if you haven't read the previous issues. That said, if you're digging this series you should find enough in this issue to enjoy it.

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #13

Jan 21, 2015

A good issue that moves the plot along with a few compelling conversations thrown in to keep things interesting. Can't wait for the last issue!

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #14

Feb 11, 2015

A satisfying conclusion to what has been one of the best events from Marvel in ages. It has a few surprises too which should get us all jazzed up for next issue's epilogue.

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6.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #15

Feb 25, 2015

A good issue as far as wrapping up loose ends and setting up a few character stories, but ultimately feels wasted due to characters serving the plot for plot's sake.

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7.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #16

Mar 11, 2015

Overall this is a good recap book for anyone who needs it featuring a great opening fight sequence with a throwaway villain. All in all a decent affair but not required reading.

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #1

Oct 7, 2015

The main featured story is great if you've read Superior Spider-Man but will be a bit confusing for new readers. That said, the new direction is compelling and the Spider-Mobile works too! The price tag is high, but nearly all the short stories are exciting and interesting. I just wish there was some context, but with Secret Wars not yet over I guess they have to keep that vague.

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9.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #2

Oct 21, 2015

This issue is a lot of fun with yet another Spider-Man gadget that brings on the fun side of the character. I haven't laughed so hard at a Spider-Man comic in years.

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5.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #3

Nov 4, 2015

This issue lacks the humor that made the first two issues so much fun to read. The plot progresses sure, and the Fantastic Four bits are heartfelt, but it otherwise falls flat.

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9.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #6

Jan 5, 2016

This series is very exciting—its approach is so new, there's no way of anticipating what could happen next. Spider-Man purists take note: the new direction is fun and filled with surprises!

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #8

Feb 17, 2016

Things wrap up as Spider-Man must save the day in a rare way: having a plan actually work!

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8.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #15

Jul 6, 2016

This issue pulls off an appearance by Mary Jane as a hero quite well with good setup, solid heroics, and a concerned Spider-Man that puts his trust in her. All that combined makes for a rousing conclusion to the Regent story.

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9.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #17

Aug 31, 2016

Amazing Spider-Man #17 sets a lot of things up and cleverly brings a big chunk of Spider-Man's rogues gallery together. If you're a fan of Spidey villains this issue will get you properly excited for future issues. Bottom line, this is good storytelling.

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7.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #18

Sep 21, 2016

Superior Spider-Man fans must read this issue. It captures the voice of Doc Ock incredibly well and sets into motion events that feel like the continuation of where we left off with that series. Overall it feels like a false start though as it doesn't push a new story forward so much as introduce it.

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10
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #19

Oct 6, 2016

There are so many elements that make Spider-Man great in Amazing Spider-Man #19 that it's hard not to gush. This was the most Spider-Man filled issue we've seen in some time!

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9.5
Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1

Jun 3, 2015

Fans of a Spider-Man with family responsibilities will be overjoyed with this great first issue. Those of you who like their Spider-Man single will still find entertainment in the high stakes at play in this issue.

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #2

Jul 8, 2015

This is a good issue that doesn't quite top the first issue due to a lack of action, but it's still very good reading.

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9.5
Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #3

Aug 5, 2015

If there ever was a event within an event this is it right here. Due to the nature of the story, such high stakes at play for our hero and the awesome art — you can't find a better tie-in right now.

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3.0
Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #4

Aug 19, 2015

This is a stereotypical penultimate issue that falls flat, drags on and holds back so the climax will be all the better. If you're dying to see Peter's daughter kick butt you might love it, but it's a skippable issue for most.

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10
Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #5

Sep 9, 2015

This is a fantastic end to one of the most exciting and easily accessible Secret Wars tie ins. The fact that the story begins and ends in this miniseries makes it all the more purchasable by fans of Spider-Man of all ages.

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7.5
American Vampire Anthology #2

Oct 13, 2016

This is a good anthology with plenty of freaky horror-themed elements to tide you over this Halloween season. American Vampire fans will most likely buy this without question, but really anyone can dig into this and get their horror on.

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5.0
Angel Catbird #1

Sep 7, 2016

This volume walks a fine line between cartoon fun and realistic drama, but never really commits to a direction. The characters speak and think like they're right out of the Golden Age of comics, which makes the experience feel clumsy and at least for a younger audience. Still, there are some fun ideas in this book and feels unique from anything else on the shelf.

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6.5
Angela: Asgard's Assassin #1

Dec 3, 2014

This is a disappointing entry into what could be a great series. The art is strong, but who is this Angela lady, really? I still don't know.

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8.0
Angela: Queen Of Hel #1

Oct 27, 2015

I'm starting to get these characters and I enjoyed the character dynamics that were built up here. The issue is gorgeous through and through and the peek into Hel is exciting stuff. It didn't gel perfectly, but it's a nice start.

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9.0
Animosity: The Rise (One Shot) #1

Jan 25, 2017

This is an excellent first issue due to its fast pace and downright hilarious moments. Bennett and Doe are crafting a series that gives new meaning to treating animals fairly, but doing so with big laughs and high entertainment value.

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5.0
Aquaman (2011) #47

Dec 23, 2015

Though it's entertaining — two good double page spreads do not make the action any more exciting and the plot seems to progress simply because the writer wills it which makes this experience feel unearned.

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10
Aquaman (2011) #50

Mar 30, 2016

Good story from cover to cover and absolutely no filler as Aquaman #50 establishes a new direction, a new hero, and a very compelling new enemy.

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6.0
Aquaman (2011) #51

Apr 20, 2016

It's not bad, that's for sure. Aquaman's new role as the leader of a dry land embassy continues to cull up intriguing story elements and Black Water continues to be an interesting bad guy. I'm not sure this issue does enough to entertain though, as the “heroes questioning their methods” element is understandable, but not very captivating and the detective work in play is more blind luck.

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8.5
Aquaman (2016) #1

Jun 22, 2016

Abnett will make you care about Atlantean politics and that's saying quite a lot when you stop to think about politics in comics actually working. Aquaman feels fresh and more important than ever.

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6.5
Aquaman (2016) #2

Jul 6, 2016

If you're looking for an emotional action sequence you can't do better. The issue is heavy on the action though, leaving you wanting more.

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7.0
Aquaman (2016) #3

Jul 20, 2016

Black Manta steals the show in this issue as his new direction is compelling. The art overall is spot on and great at delivering the emotional tether needed for the scenes to work.

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9.5
Aquaman (2016) #4

Aug 3, 2016

Aquaman vs. the U.S. government is shaping up to be a compelling fight of ideas as well as actions. A lot of intriguing concepts are unfurled and a striking case is made for nonviolent actions in this issue.

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10
Aquaman (2016) #5

Aug 17, 2016

Aquaman #5 is a pager turner. The creative team understands very well how to tell a visual story; it's issues like this that make me want to see a movie written by Dan Abnett.

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10
Aquaman (2016) #6

Sep 7, 2016

Aquaman is a lot of fun. The action in this issue is fun to read and look at due to the sharp visuals and the story continues to impress. Aquaman doubters need only pick this title up and see he's the real deal.

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8.5
Aquaman (2016) #7

Sep 21, 2016

Political intrigue continues in Aquaman! Aquaman #6 does well to show Aquaman unravel the truth whilst the truth is preparing to blow up right in his face.

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9.5
Aquaman (2016) #8

Oct 5, 2016

Aquaman continues to be well paced, action packed, and interesting through and through. Abnett is making Aquaman complex and intriguing every step of the way.

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4.5
Aquaman (2016) #9

Oct 19, 2016

This is one long fight sequence with bits of scenes or dialogue that express things we've seen a hundred times over in this series so far. If you want a fight book you'll be happy, but you will not find any complexity or interesting story progression here.

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8.0
Aquaman (2016) #10

Nov 2, 2016

This Mera focused issue adds a bit of action as it reveals a lot of doubt in the character with strong character development. The character work is strong, though it does seems to be slowing things down too much.

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6.0
Aquaman (2016) #11

Nov 16, 2016

This issue sets the stage for a huge battle that should not be missed with issue #12. If you dig quieter character moments, or just want to start reading this series, this is a great issue. That said, it does more to set up and resolve conflicts so as to make the next issue enjoyable, rather than delivering a satisfying experience here.

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8.5
Aquaman (2016) #12

Dec 7, 2016

The story in Aquaman is ramping up ten fold and this issue balances all the table setting well with big reveals. Aquaman is shaping up to be the Michael Bay action blockbuster with all the drama of West Wing.

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8.0
Aquaman (2016) #13

Dec 21, 2016

A slower paced, table setting issue for sure, but it's hard not to enjoy the building tensions across the board. This is turning out to be a solid arc that will pay off due to the time spent on all sides of the battle.

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7.0
Aquaman (2016) #14

Jan 4, 2017

Aside from Aquaman having to handle some rather mundane time suck baddies, this issue progresses the overall plot well as tensions rise. Atlantis may never be at peace with America after this issue and Abnett has done well to give him just cause for that!

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7.5
Aquaman (2016) #15

Jan 18, 2017

Aquaman comes off as a hero in more than one way, which is a win in itself. An epic fight sequence to start the issue showcases the sheer awesome power with a war of words to close the book, showcasing his heroic heart. It's hard to deny this is a solid period on why Aquaman deserves the credit and credibility of other heroes in the DC universe. Unfortunately the conclusions don't feel as certain, which takes the teeth out of its endings.

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9.0
Aquaman (2016) #16

Jan 31, 2017

Aside from a minor quibble that reminds us a subplot was a waste of time, this is a good first issue to a new story arc. Aquaman has a new relationship with the public, his ability to speak to animals clearly is a major story element to be explored, and a villain with great power looms. New story arc, new direction, new reasons to love this series.

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5.5
Aquaman (2016) #17

Feb 15, 2017

Save for a smashing opening and some interesting ideas of how Aquaman is perceived in America, this issue is too sluggish. The plot barely pushes forward with more time spent showing Aquaman disorientated or facing a similar threat over and over.

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7.0
Aquaman (2016) #18

Mar 1, 2017

This is a good, but not great issue that imparts some interesting ideas about war, but does so in a fight comic style that doesn't suit the material. How aquatelepathy is used again in the future remains an intriguing idea though due to the event in this issue.

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7.0
Aquaman: Rebirth #1

Jun 8, 2016

Well written, looks tight, but doesn't offer much new for longtime readers. Anyone new to Aquaman can find a fantastic introduction to the character here. Everyone else might want to wait for the next issue to see how things develop, because as of now this doesn't feel all that new as much of this recap and old hat.

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10
Archie (2015) #2

Aug 18, 2015

This is as exciting as comics can get. The art, pace and story are all so dynamic you'd be silly to miss this great series.

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9.5
Archie (2015) #3

Sep 28, 2015

I'd like to say this is excellent reading for everybody, but the truth is if you're more of an action orientated person you're going to find this boring. Then again, if you're even picking up a comic called Archie and you're looking for action you're probably too misguided to know what's good for you in the first place. Without a doubt the most fun you'll have with young adults this year.

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9.0
Archie (2015) #6

Feb 13, 2016

A good issue that progresses the plot well. The emotional resonance is strong for all the dynamic relationships due to solid dialogue and well drawn characters.

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9.5
Arclight #1

Jun 4, 2015

Arclight is a story of solemn grace that gently pulls you into its story titillating your imagination and makes you want more.

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5.5
Arclight #2

Aug 4, 2015

This series feels very important and very different from most, but it most definitely requires patience from the reader. I can't recommend it to anyone who wants to work for their entertainment, but I can't deny there is something lying in wait here that will most assuredly pay off in the end.

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7.5
Arkham Manor #1

Oct 22, 2014

Most will cry foul when it comes to this issue due to it being mostly setup, but it nails the emotional tether Bruce has for his old home even if he keeps telling himself filling it with villains is the best thing to do.

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9.5
Armor Hunters #1

Jun 11, 2014

What a great first issue to kick things off on this event: I'm getting some Independence Day vibes from this comic, in a good way, as the impending threat is scary and powerful. It puts an amazing threat in the path of the heroes of Valiant and potentially makes X-O Manowar a hero not for just his people anymore, but for the entire planet. Exciting stuff here folks, check it out!

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9.5
Armor Hunters #2

Jul 9, 2014

This continues to be the best summer event series of the year. The story is grounded very well in a reality similar to our own, the threat is real to all of humanity and the characters are interesting. Do not miss this one.

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9.0
Armor Hunters #3

Aug 12, 2014

There are plenty of moments to cheer for, as well as moments to be surprised. It's basically a amusement park ride in comic book form.

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9.0
Armor Hunters #4

Sep 23, 2014

A satisfying conclusion with all the action we've been dying for, loose ends tied up and an epic heroic finale for X-O Manowar that redefines the character. I'd call that a win, wouldn't you?

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9.5
Armor Hunters: Bloodshot #1

Jul 23, 2014

Not a bad tie-in at all, and in fact, I'll say right now it's the best so far. Bloodshot has felt as if he's been shoehorned in at the last minute of this event, but now it's clear he has a role and it's to be one badass war machine. Bring it on!

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8.5
Armor Hunters: Bloodshot #2

Aug 19, 2014

Another good issue out of this writing and drawing team. It's also rather self contained, never needing to go outside to the main event much beyond why Bloodshot is fighting the alien he's fighting. The cliffhanger introduces a not so surprising twist, but if you're not excited to see what happens next you're probably not digging this great art either.

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7.0
Armor Hunters: Bloodshot #3

Sep 16, 2014

It concludes the story, offers up a fun action sequence and looks fabulous. As far as tie-in's go, I'll take it!

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8.0
Army of Darkness Vol. 4 #1

Dec 3, 2014

If you're looking for all out action with a silly yet insane premise give this a look!

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8.0
Army of Darkness Vol. 4 #2

Jan 5, 2015

An issue that was nearly a skippable affair becomes a fun ride due to well paced action sequences and an awesome cliffhanger.

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8.5
Army of Darkness Vol. 4 #3

Feb 10, 2015

This continues to be a fun and exciting action fest with great pacing and even better art.

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8.5
Army of Darkness Vol. 4 #4

Mar 3, 2015

As far as penultimate issues this story keeps things light and entertaining, and while there's a cheapened moment overall it's turning out to be a fantastic action series.

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9.5
Army of Darkness Vol. 4 #5

Mar 31, 2015

“Ash in Space" has been an action packed blast that has been fun, exciting and exhilarating on all counts.

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9.5
Army of Darkness: Ash for President (One Shot) #1

Aug 30, 2016

If you've been following the current political climate you need to read this comic book. It's chock full of running jokes, hilarious political commentary, and a premise that suits Ash. If you don't read this you clearly don't know how to party.

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10
Army of Darkness: Ash Gets Hitched #1

Jul 15, 2014

This comic took me completely by surprise and I loved every panel of it. If you don't snatch this up, Ash fan or not, you're missing out on one well paced and exciting comic. Recommended!

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8.5
Army of Darkness: Ash Gets Hitched #2

Aug 26, 2014

There's a lot of fun to be had in this issue, and while it wasn't as perfect is the first issue, it keeps the fun and action ramped up. It's definitely a plot progression sort of issue, but that's okay.

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8.0
Army of Darkness: Ash Gets Hitched #3

Oct 15, 2014

Another good installment of this very fun and entertaining series. It all comes down to character and pacing and it has that in droves.

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7.5
Army of Darkness: Ash Gets Hitched #4

Nov 17, 2014

The story is concluded but the laughs stop and the clever plot twists end along the way; for what it's worth it's a nice ending, but I was left hoping for a bit more.

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8.5
Art Ops #2

Nov 25, 2015

Another solid issue here that is making it difficult to avoid this series. This issue proves this might be the coolest superhero team in comics.

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6.0
Art Ops #3

Dec 27, 2015

A decent issue that progresses the plot, but the reluctant hero schtick is wearing thin.

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9.0
Art Ops #11

Aug 31, 2016

Art Ops continues to be that gem of a series always bringing in fresh, new ideas. Like art, it's inspired.

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9.0
Art Ops #12

Oct 5, 2016

This is a beautiful end to a wonderful series. There's a lot of joy in its pages, and if you didn't stick around but liked the series, you owe it to yourself to read this issue.

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8.0
Astro City (2013) #1

Jun 5, 2013

Brent Anderson does a great job on art. There isn't any hyper detailed work going on, but the composition is key. When there are characters talking at the audience it's incredibly important to ensure the story is coming out loud and clear and there isn't a moment of confusion throughout. Considering the real hero being introduced is a normal man there's quite a bit riding on Anderson conveying his heroic nature without powers and costumes. I think he succeeds.

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9.5
Astro City (2013) #36

Jun 15, 2016

It's a wonder how you can pick up a comic and just enjoy the thing even if you haven't read the issue's that came before it. This issue is no different. This is just good reading for new and old fans alike.

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9.0
Astro City (2013) #37

Jul 20, 2016

This is a fun start to a new story arc that anyone can jump in on. If you're a fan of music this is must buy reading. History buffs might just love this fictional past and the ideas running around too.

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6.5
Astro City (2013) #38

Sep 14, 2016

If you're a fan of the 1920s you owe it to yourself to read this and the last issue. The creative team have made something truly special and different, taking everything we love about the 1920s and infusing it with super powers.

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8.5
Astro City (2013) #39

Sep 28, 2016

A special connection between the Hanged Man and lawyer is made in this issue. By the end you'll feel like you know the characters and want to see where their newfound relationship will take them. It ends abruptly though and without issue #40 you'll feel a bit naked!

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9.5
Astro City (2013) #40

Oct 19, 2016

Astro City is always a well of ideas you'll never want to stop dipping back into for more. This issue delivers a surprising story that is rife with surprises and clever writing.

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9.0
Astro City (2013) #41

Feb 22, 2017

This is a fine 100th issue that stands to remind us why Astro City serves as a love letter to comics and America. The creators infuse its pages with culture and heroism you should not miss.

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9.5
Astro City (2013) #42

Mar 8, 2017

Astro City puts you inside the characters' heads so well you'll be right there with them throughout the story. This issue is no different. What makes it so unique is how it brings you to conclusions based on the events and thoughts of the character.

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4.0
Avengers & X-Men: Axis #1

Oct 8, 2014

The Avengers are written well with interesting character dynamics and an honest to goodness threat on their hands, but damn is the entire Red Onslaught battle laughable and boring. At 25 minutes I was definitely given more bang for the buck, but dammit was the bang a weak one. Honestly 13 out of 30 pages are worth reading. Fail.

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7.5
Avengers (2012) #31

Jun 18, 2014

Decompression is a thing we must live with it seems, but there's just enough here to keep your interest. The art is the strongest aspect to this issue which should keep you turning the pages and there is a plot development, however small it is, that should perk up your ears for the next issue.

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8.0
Avengers (2012) #32

Jul 10, 2014

How this issue fits into the series is all going to ride on the next issue, but as far as this single issue there's enough here, ideas mostly, to satiate Avenger and science fiction fans alike.

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7.0
Avengers (2012) #34

Aug 27, 2014

This story ain't over yet, but it sure feels over because the time travel fun has ended. It all ended for a purpose, but you'd think the battle between three Kangs and Cap would end a lot more interestingly than with a simple shield toss.

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7.5
Avengers (2012) #40

Jan 14, 2015

This issue surprises you in a good way with a very balanced issue that effectively uses flashbacks to make a big moment even bigger. Still, it's rife with dialogue heavy moments that you'd just rather skip than read.

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9.0
Avengers (2016) #1.1

Nov 10, 2016

When this book ends you won't know where it can even begin next month and that's flipping exciting. Avengers #1.1 is a blast from the past that'll remind you no matter the era these characters are complex prisms from which to view the world. Even if you're not into the older era you can't deny the change of pace is a nice reprieve from the event laden series.

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8.0
Avengers (2016) #2

Dec 7, 2016

A gorgeous book, Avengers plays with time travel well, with big choices to make and high stakes to boot. Vision, Wasp, Hercules, and Spider-Man all get to shine too. What's not to love?

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9.5
Avengers (2016) #2.1

Dec 21, 2016

This is enjoyable comics with a classic feel. The heroes may have more problems than any villains as their personalities clash for high entertainment value.

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8.5
Avengers (2016) #3

Jan 4, 2017

Avengers #3 is a fine semi-conclusion to a series that's been incredibly vivid and gorgeous. Wasp takes the reigns in this one and proves she's just as heroic as the next guy.

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8.5
Avengers (2016) #4

Feb 1, 2017

Get hyped–the next issue of Avengers is going to bring it. This issue does a great job setting things up, reminding us of Kang's amazing history and it does all that with beautiful full and double page spreads. It's a testament to art and Avengers history.

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9.5
Avengers (2016) #5

Mar 1, 2017

Avengers fans need to read this issue. It's a love letter to the Avengers, but also to the wonderfully eclectic group of heroes too. Mark Waid's accomplished a rare feat: he's added a story to the pantheon of fantastic Avengers lore we'll be reading for years.

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8.5
Avengers: The Enemy Within #1

May 15, 2013

Chock it up to a story that's intended to be read in 5 parts, but this issue was a bit unbalanced for my tastes. Of course when collected I wouldn't be surprised if it's perfect. Aside from that this is a very strong issue that focuses on character and lets the rest ride.

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8.5
B.P.R.D.: Hell On Earth #140

Apr 18, 2016

Making detective work interesting, especially in the comic book format, is a hard thing to pull off, but this series does it and does it well. The issue opens with a great chase sequence and ends making you want more. A great start to a new story arc!

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9.5
B.P.R.D.: Hell On Earth #141

May 16, 2016

This might be the best book you aren't reading right now. Visually stimulating at every turn, this is a type of story you don't want to ever unglue your eyes from.

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7.5
B.P.R.D.: Hell On Earth #142

Jun 14, 2016

Like any good mystery the big reveal is satisfying and interesting. The main character gets to throw down with one hell of an evil beast too, but it does suffer from a lot of dialogue and no scene (or locale) changes.

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9.5
B.P.R.D.: Hell On Earth #143

Jul 19, 2016

This is a striking first issue as the end of days is nigh. In one fell swoop you'll understand the stakes, the characters' psychology, and you will be pulled in. If you don't highly anticipate the next issue I'm not sure you read this right!

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5.0
Back to the Future #1

Oct 20, 2015

This is an okay start with the potential to be a great read.

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8.5
Back to the Future #2

Nov 10, 2015

This issue certainly does a better job feeling more important to the films than the first issue did. It's fun to read if you love the movies as tidbits are revealed that influence how we view the films. Recommended for diehard fans and science fiction fans alike!

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4.0
Back to the Future #3

Dec 8, 2015

After a strong third issue this one falls flat due to boring, implausible and pointless "lost" stories.

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7.0
Back to the Future #4

Jan 12, 2016

The majority of the issue is filled with another semi-interesting story featuring Marty that feels too padded out.

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3.0
Back to the Future #5

Feb 23, 2016

If this series continues to stick a new detail or two into a very unmemorable story – in this case a summary of Back to the Future 2 – it's going to continue to be as boring and pointless as this.

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8.0
Back to the Future #14

Nov 9, 2016

Marty and Doc are in deep trouble (when are they not?) and explore compelling time travel conundrums. If you're after a Back to the Future tale that bends time and space jump on now.

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4.5
Back to the Future #15

Dec 20, 2016

I'm digging the story, but it's way too slowly paced to entertain you enough all the way through. The art is nice, the concept strong, and there's some laughs too, but the story is so decompressed you'll be bored to tears.

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5.0
Back to the Future: Biff to the Future #1

Jan 24, 2017

Back To The Future: Biff To The Future #1 has an intriguing premise that has plenty of opportunity to show us how Back to the Future 2 ended up where it does. That said, it misses an opportunity to make Biff a sympathetic character and instead continues to show him as the dumb jerk who doesn't deserve anything good coming his way.

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5.0
Back to the Future: Biff to the Future #2

Mar 7, 2017

Another okay, but not great installment of the spin off series nobody asked for. The biggest gripe is how it seems to prove page after page it's not a necessary story. Alan Robinson shouldn't go unnoticed, though–the art is great, and helps punch up a rather uninteresting story.

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10
Batgirl (2016) #1

Jul 27, 2016

This is a joy to read. Batgirl is incredibly endearing and the art is vividly alive; it's official folks — Batgirl has never been better.

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8.5
Batgirl (2016) #2

Aug 24, 2016

Whether it's being kicked in the face or kissed, Batgirl has a ton of charm and you'll root her on all the way.

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7.5
Batgirl (2016) #3

Sep 28, 2016

Batgirl is quite possibly the most visually striking comic on the stands today. With a variety of artistic flourishes Albuquerque makes every panel and page a delight to the eyes. There's also great detective work at play too. This issue spins its wheels a bit though and feels uneven because of it, reducing its score.

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8.0
Batgirl (2016) #4

Oct 26, 2016

Batgirl kicks butt and delivers one of the most refreshing comics when it comes to visuals in ages.

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9.5
Batgirl (2016) #5

Nov 23, 2016

The character grows while the art dazzles combining to create a series you won't want to miss. If you're interested in reading comics that do things a little differently you'll want to read Batgirl.

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9.0
Batgirl (2016) #6

Dec 28, 2016

This is an enjoyable done in one story that requires bending reality a bit to work, but is a lot of fun. Batgirl is good for plenty of sharp art and great pacing.

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9.0
Batgirl (2016) #7

Jan 25, 2017

Barbara feels more real than ever as the series takes a deeper look into her day to day life and all the plates she has to spin now that she's back from China. If Batgirl continues with this look and feel it might go down as the strongest character work she's had in ages.

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9.0
Batgirl (2016) #8

Feb 22, 2017

Batgirl is a breath of fresh air as it adds a layer of realism that's hard to resist. The characters are fun, realistic, and the writing clever.

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9.0
Batgirl (2016) #9

Mar 22, 2017

Batgirl is one of the strongest on the shelf due to great character work and solid art.

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8.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #1

Aug 17, 2016

Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #1 is a great character drama that's not only fun, but action packed. It may lack a proper villain and high stakes (so far), but the characters certainly carry it with their strong personalities.

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9.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #2

Sep 14, 2016

This is one of those issues that feels jam-packed with content with plenty of action, intrigue, and character work. If you dig relationships and team building you'll dig this book; it has a lot of character!

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7.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #3

Oct 12, 2016

This series continues to be a fun character-soaked ride. If you dig character building–or just Black Canary in general–you gotta read this. If not though, the main narrative is so slow moving you could skip it and miss little.

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8.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #5

Dec 14, 2016

A fun issue that's both meta and culturally aware as Oracle is revealed and Batgirl is reinvigorated. I wish there was more to this character, but it's still early yet.

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4.5
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #6

Jan 11, 2017

The story wraps things up, but not well enough to make it an enjoyable experience. Overall it's a bit dull as you never feel as though the characters are in danger and they don't jive with each other like they have in the past.

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8.5
Batman (2011) Annual #2

Jul 31, 2013

This issue has a lot to like, from a new interesting villain with a fresh backstory you've never seen, to a fun sequence showing Batman work his way out of the traps of Arkham. The Zero Year tie in is skippable though, as it isn't very important and only marginally ties into anything of value in the grand scheme of things. The story also doesn't delve too deeply into Batman's story, but rather is focused more on the new villain. The new Arkham employee doesn't get much characterization either, standing in as yet another cliched do gooder who wants to heal the nutsos of Gotham.

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7.5
Batman (2011) #20

May 8, 2013

As long as Capullo is drawing this comic I can't see a single issue being worse than a 7.0. That's no diss on Snyder, because he does a great job too, but there are times when an issue reads as if Capullo saved an otherwise ho hum read. this is one of those times. Clayface is once again just okay in the comic book format, and I'm still holding out hope somebody can make him memorable.

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4.0
Batman (2011) #23.4

Sep 25, 2013

Graham Nolan does a good job on art, but nothing to write home about. With so much exposition the script isn't doing him any favors, and while the story is clear and easy to follow, there really isn't much action to speak of. Namely it's dull because the script is dull.

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8.0
Batman (2011) #36

Nov 13, 2014

It's plain to see Joker wants Batman to learn more about him and the only way to do that is to raise the stakes and deliver Batman one of the hardest confrontations of his career. Readers will agree with me when I say: bring it on!

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9.0
Batman (2011) #37

Dec 17, 2014

Joker gets more complex and Batman nearly loses it in this tense issue that tantalizes.

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9.0
Batman (2011) #38

Jan 28, 2015

More is revealed about who the Joker really is and it all ends with a cliffhanger for the ages. Fans of Scott Snyder's work cannot miss this issue!

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8.0
Batman (2011) #40

Apr 29, 2015

The endgame is here and it certainly is an end to Joker's game. You may not be entirely satisfied with its final pages, but when it comes to Joker vs Batman this may be the most heavy-hitting, memorable finish yet.

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10
Batman (2011) #44

Sep 9, 2015

This is an exceptional story with its finger right on America's pulse when it comes to gun violence. The mystery weaves in and out delectably and you'll be hard pressed to find a better single issue read in 2015.

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7.5
Batman (2011) #45

Oct 14, 2015

Some interesting elements make this a fine issue as Bruce subtly reveals he might do something heroic yet and Jim Gordon is still compelling as he attempts to find his Batman footing.

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7.5
Batman (2011) #46

Nov 11, 2015

While this issue feels a bit slow and cumbersome Mr. Bloom steals the show. You haven't had nightmares under the bed quite like this.

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8.0
Batman (2011) #47

Dec 9, 2015

Action is tight and works well to build up Batman's problem solving skills while we get a major reveal to cap things off. An average sort of read with a reveal that you don't want to miss.

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9.5
Batman (2011) #48

Jan 20, 2016

A menagerie of nightmares float about Gotham in more ways than one, but more importantly the core of Batman discovers its true self.

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9.0
Batman (2011) #49

Feb 10, 2016

Batman #41 works in large part because of the writer's ability to crosscut and balance multiple elements very well. This story builds towards its climax in a very satisfying way.

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7.0
Batman (2011) #50

Mar 23, 2016

As far as climactic issues are concerned, this book delivers. We get Batman being the hero we love, storylines wrap up adequately and there's a huge battle to go along with it. Unfortunately the heavy use of dialogue bogs things down and there's a strong sense that things are changing because the next story arc demands it, not because it's earned.

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10
Batman (2011) #51

Apr 27, 2016

This is the very definition of who Batman is in every way. Bravo. Snyder and Capullo have managed to express both who Batman is, but more importantly why Batman is so damn great in every way.

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8.0
Batman (2011) #52

May 11, 2016

This is a good final issue that reminds us Batman is just as human as we are. He went through a traumatic moment and is still living with it today, but because of his relationship to Alfred and his never-ending efforts to move on, the trauma gives way to the Batman.

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9.5
Batman (2016) Annual #1

Nov 30, 2016

This is a fine annual that serves almost as more of a holiday special than a straight annual. The 5 stories all offer something different, every story looks great, and you couldn't do better pound for pound when it comes to entertainment.

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8.5
Batman (2016) #2

Jul 6, 2016

A well paced issue that moves the plot of the "Monster Men" forward while delivering meaningful character moments for Batman and Gordon. I call that a huge success if I ever saw one. Moody, cinematic, and good economical storytelling.

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9.0
Batman (2016) #3

Jul 20, 2016

We finally get the 411 on who Gotham and Gotham Girl are and it's a satisfying origin that is strangely similar to Batman's. It's clear King is setting things up for one hell of a blow to Batman as the Monster Men loom.

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9.5
Batman (2016) #4

Aug 3, 2016

King and Finch remind us there is no story if it doesn't connect to the human condition. All of the characters in this comic feel something and it's evident by their actions and emotions. If you enjoy meaningful character moments you can't do better than this.

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9.5
Batman (2016) #5

Aug 17, 2016

King's Batman is proving to be the most exciting slow burn story ever. What I mean is, you'll finish the issue feeling excited, think about what happened and realized not a lot actually occurred, but that's okay — because you can't help but crave the next piece of the story.

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8.0
Batman (2016) #6

Sep 7, 2016

Batman #6 is at its core all about pain and how you deal with it. Tom King connects Batman's pain to others which feels incredibly genuine and purposeful. The events in this issue all lead towards a major turn, which gives the new direction all the more meaning.

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7.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #22

Jul 17, 2013

There's an interesting story brewing here as Batman is lying to Carrie and doing a very immoral thing. This is due to being blinded by grief most likely, but seeing Batman exuding a weakness is fascinating stuff. The Catwoman/Batman teamup in this issue is fun to read and looks great, but seems so disjointed from the Carrie stuff it reads like filler. This is a good issue, but it won't blow you away.

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8.5
Batman and Robin (2011) #38

Jan 21, 2015

While a very fast read it's a strong issue that gives Robin an emotional arc that's fun to watch and promises a new direction for the fan favorite character.

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9.5
Batman and Robin (2011) #39

Feb 18, 2015

This issue keeps things interesting by focusing on the most interesting thing about this series: the father/son relationship.

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6.5
Batman Beyond (2015) #14

Jul 6, 2016

My interest is piqued as far as new characters joining the Batman Beyond fold. The table is set for a showdown next issue that shouldn't be missed and there's a good flashback that reminds us this series is strong in both the writing and art departments.

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6.5
Batman Beyond (2015) #15

Aug 3, 2016

A good looking issue that seems to hold back just enough to allow for the next issue to wrap things up. For part 4 in a 4 part series though, it certainly doesn't conclude much!

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5.0
Batman Beyond (2015) #16

Sep 7, 2016

As a straight conclusion/epilogue Batman Beyond #16 will satiate fans desperately awaiting the end. Could it have been easily wrapped up last month? Yeah, probably, which makes this issue a decompressed, so-so experience.

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8.5
Batman Beyond (2016) #1

Oct 26, 2016

Batman Beyond is an action packed story that connects the fighting to character. You gotta appreciate that and the resurgence of the Jokerz.

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6.0
Batman Beyond (2016) #2

Nov 23, 2016

Issue #2 sets up the next swing of the current story arc as well as deliver a fun Joker flashback to the good old days. That said, it does so in a decompressed way, leaving you wanting more.

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9.0
Batman Beyond (2016) #4

Jan 25, 2017

Batman Beyond #4 brings a new look that's hard to not love. DC Comics has a magic bullet on their hands and it's black, red, and beyond great.

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8.5
Batman Beyond (2016) #5

Feb 22, 2017

Batman Beyond #5 shows this could be one of the more drastic resets of the DC Rebirth era. This issue may not have set up its conclusion in the most satisfying way, but there's no denying this will be the book everyone is talking about. Batman Beyond fans…there is a lot to be excited about!

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8.0
Batman Beyond (2016) #6

Mar 22, 2017

A solid first issue that reminds us what is going on, some new wrinkles we weren't aware of, and an impending threat. It's too bad it drags on the last few pages though!

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8.0
Batman Beyond: Rebirth #1

Sep 28, 2016

Batman Beyond: Rebirth #1 offers a gritty take on the character due to the well rendered art and colors. This issue serves as a good introduction to the character while establishing all the supporting characters too.

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8.0
Batman/Superman (2013) #1

Jun 26, 2013

This is a strong first issue that I'm sure most fans will eat right up. We get a great scene between Bruce and Clark when they first meet, a bunch of Superman vs. Batman pages and a villain with some interesting powers. The confusing bit at the end could be read as a nice bit of misdirection, but something about its delivery seemed lazy in this reviewer's humble opinion. Let's face it though, Superman has a hit movie in theaters and everyone loves Batman. How is this book not going to sell out?

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7.0
Batman/Superman (2013) #2

Jul 24, 2013

The problem is, this series hasn't explained who the villain is, or why he's up to no good. On top of that, the Earth 2 plot has taken the focus off our heroes and onto the plot itself further diluting a potentially powerful first contact story. That's not to say it won't become a powerful rewriting of their first interaction, but I can't help but be a little bored and strung out on this story. The art is great, but where is this going? Why do I care?

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9.0
Batman/Superman (2013) #31

Apr 13, 2016

Actions scenes are fun and exciting, a new mysterious character is revealed, and the plot thickens with tantalizing developments. Sounds like a nice second chapter in a miniseries if I do say so myself!

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5.5
Batman/Superman (2013) #32

May 4, 2016

Chinese superhero team The Big Ten steal the show and make for an exciting action-packed first half of the issue. Sadly the story barely progresses though and said fight scene is an eye-rolling misunderstanding “heroes fighting heroes” fight. Blah.

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9.5
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1

Dec 9, 2015

The fact is you need to join this party knowing it's all about action and fun. Get over that hump and enjoy this beautiful ride.

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9.5
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #3

Feb 10, 2016

A solid issue that reinvigorates the series with some shocking moments, a fantastic flashback and a jaw dropping cliffhanger.

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5.0
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #4

Mar 9, 2016

TMNT and Batman fans need this for the amazing art and fan service moments, but casual readers can skip it and not miss much.

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8.0
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #5

Apr 13, 2016

Another beautifully drawn issue with moments only a real fan could dream up and a cliffhanger that will make you lose your mind. Seriously. Still though, the entire plot is biding its time for the big finale.

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8.0
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #6

May 11, 2016

Anyone expecting anything more than awesome art and tons of fanservice scenes may be disappointed, but seriously dude lighten up. This is fun!

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10
Batman: Arkham Knight - Batgirl/Harley Quinn #1

Feb 10, 2016

Even if you're not following or a fan of the video game these are solid early adventure stories for both Harley and Batgirl. They're both fantastic and feel like they belong in the Batman: The Animated Series. Plus it's a one-shot so it's done in one fun!

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9.0
Batman: Arkham Knight: Genesis #1

Mar 24, 2016

Will you completely believe the Arkham Knight has every right to hate Batman? I'm not so sure. He certainly went through hell and one key scene showing Batman manipulating him early on helps show their relationship was at least at times rocky. More scenes like this would have strengthened this story and ultimately the purpose of this book.

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6.0
Batman: Europa #1

Nov 18, 2015

A good start to an interesting miniseries that should be on any fan's radar who adores Joker.

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9.0
Batman: Europa #2

Dec 16, 2015

This issue will astound you with its fantastic art and fun action.

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7.0
Batman: Europa #3

Dec 30, 2015

Give DC credit: they go all in with a very disorienting look and feel to this issue that perfectly conveys what our characters are going through. It's definitely a cool look and completely different from the last issue even though it's the same artist, but it does muddy the waters a bit and make this issue too disorienting at times.

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9.5
Batman: Europa #4

Feb 3, 2016

A satisfying conclusion with fantastic art and a solid point made about the everlasting equilibrium between Joker and Batman.

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8.5
Batman: Futures End #1

Sep 10, 2014

A good ride in this Mission: Impossible style sequence that has a disturbing twist ending that'll make readers itching for the next issue.

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8.0
Batman: The Dark Knight (2011) Annual #1

May 29, 2013

This is a nice story with really no faults aside from it not going deep enough than its expected to. It's a done-in-one annual that can be enjoyed by all and the art makes it a joy to read. Being an annual it's a bit of a steep price for something that's middle of the road as opposed to something remarkable however.

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7.0
Batman: The Dark Knight (2011) #19

Apr 24, 2013

Unfortunately for this story if you came in blind you might find it a little cheap. All the setup in the previous issues is necessary for the emotional resonance to bleed through, at least when it comes to Mad Hatter's backstory. I also don't believe in this Bruce Wayne love story, however tragic it is.

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5.0
Batman: The Dark Knight (2011) #20

May 22, 2013

This issue started off very slow and sloppy and ramped up when it divulged the Mad Hatter's backstory. With his backstory out of the way the story has resorted to another by-the-numbers Bat caper we can easily predict. I won't spoil anything here, but the concluding page makes me wonder if it's poor timing considering Batman just lost Damian. We shall see in the concluding issue next month.

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7.5
Batman: The Dark Knight (2011) #26

Dec 31, 2013

Not too shabby as far as wordless comics go. The book has an important message to tell with just the right amount of emotion, especially coming from Batman himself, that makes the story felt.

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8.5
Batwoman (2017) #1

Mar 15, 2017

Well written with some mystery thrown in too, Batwoman is an intriguing first issue that feels entirely unique.

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8.0
Betty & Veronica (2016) #1

Jul 19, 2016

If you ever wanted to read a comic that made you feel like you were a fly on the wall of a group of teenagers this is for you. The dialogue is natural, interesting, and most importantly great at revealing character. The art is fantastic too, nailing every emotion on these bright characters.

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8.0
Big Man Plans #1

Mar 2, 2015

This is a great issue if you're looking for an interesting backstory to a troubled character, hate bullies or just love some ultra violence and nudity to go with your comics. I can't say it sets a bar as to what to expect moving forward, but it's entertaining none the less.

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9.0
Big Man Plans #2

Apr 7, 2015

After a first issue that seemed to get off track from its story and focus on the protagonist the second issue has come on strong and won't let its revenge filled heart let you go.

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9.0
Big Man Plans #3

Jun 2, 2015

This is a strong revenge tale reminiscent of Kill Bill but of a more gruesome horror genre.

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9.5
Big Man Plans #4

Jul 8, 2015

Heartbreaking, upsetting and disturbing are just a few of the words that describe this experience. It's not just a comic, it's an experience, and by issue's end you'll be stronger for it.

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8.0
Bill & Ted's Most Triumphant Return #1

Mar 11, 2015

The main story takes a while to kick into gear and isn't funny or fun enough to pull its own weight, but the backup by Ryan North more than saves the issue with a perfect rendition of the best buds on an excellent adventure.

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8.5
Billy The Pyro #1

Jul 2, 2014

I had zero expectations but ended up loving every page of this series. Issue #3 hits in another month or two and I highly recommend checking this series out. Very compelling.

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7.5
Billy The Pyro #3

Sep 17, 2014

This series continues to sell the believability of a boy learning he has insane powers. This issue is a bit too exposition heavy, and doesn't introduce much of anything new, setting up the next issue rather than being a joy to read on its own.

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8.0
Bitch Planet #1

Dec 9, 2014

There's an interesting story inside this comic with some exceptional storytelling and fantastic art in the layouts department.

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9.5
Black Dynamite #1

Jan 14, 2014

A gem that shouldn't be missed.

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8.0
Black Dynamite #2

May 7, 2014

This is a fun book that should interest anyone who wants a slightly edgy book with great action scenes. It's tongue in cheek at moments but always aware of itself. Nice stuff.

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9.5
Black Dynamite #3

Jul 9, 2014

This is a solid issue anyone can enjoy that's a hell of a lot of fun due to its throwback art and no nonsense action. A fun ride.

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10
Black Magick #1

Oct 28, 2015

If there were a class on writing your first comic book issue this could easily be used as an exemplary example. By cracking open this book you're bound to fall in love with the characters, art and above all else this new and exciting take on witchcraft.

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8.0
Black Road #1

Apr 7, 2016

This is a solid introductory issue that establishes the Viking and Christian elements well while setting our hero on his journey. Enter its conflicted and dangerous world expecting an interesting blend of cultures.

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9.5
Black Road #3

Jun 22, 2016

The brutal nature of staying alive in an older time is vividly realized in this issue. A fine backstory is revealed too which shouldn't be missed. Like the characters this comic will have you gripped with fear, brutal cold, and wishing for justice.

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9.0
Black Science #1

Nov 27, 2013

This is a good first issue, much like a breakneck first episode of a TV show. We're getting scant details on character, but being introduced to the pace and world that will blow us away for the following issues. There's a definitive splash made here, and whether it's in your taste level or not, you'll be taken aback by much of this content.

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6.0
Black Science #3

Jan 29, 2014

The art is impeccable with great colors, but I'm not sold on what the story is trying to say. If you find yourself a bit lost maybe that's the intention, but it's not conducive to keeping your attention.

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10
Black Widow (2016) #7

Oct 19, 2016

Deep emotions are felt as flashbacks reveal two very disturbing childhoods. This all ties into current events that feel important and groundbreaking. This is great storytelling because it's tied so well to the character. If you're at all interested in Black Widow, you must read this.

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9.0
Black Widow (2016) #8

Nov 30, 2016

Black Widow is a surefire hit that improves upon the breakneck storytelling style of Jason Bourne.

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9.0
Black Widow (2016) #9

Dec 28, 2016

A visual feast for action aficionados. Don't miss this if you like your action in the style of Jason Bourne.

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10
Black Widow (2016) #11

Feb 8, 2017

Black Widow is a visual feast that's so damn cinematic we may not need a film. This is it. It's just as good and action aficionados need this in their life.

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6.5
Blackout #1

Mar 26, 2014

So often in comics it seems like the art carries things and keeps your interest. In some cases it does you a service as things pick up later in the story, and I'm holding out hope that happens here, but as a first issue goes you won't be overwhelmed with good vibes, but rather teleported through its pages through the art alone.

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9.0
Blood Feud #1

Sep 28, 2015

A great first issue that establishes the characters and more importantly a town with a past that has its toes in the occult. It might have a bit too much narration for my tastes, but I'm geared up and ready for a much more monsterific second issue.

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5.0
Bloodlines #1

Apr 6, 2016

Well written characters and a strong ensemble is one thing, but this first issue lacks the spectacle and storytelling to make you want to learn more. I'll stick around for issue #2, but you'll want more after reading this so-so first issue.

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7.5
Bloodlines #2

May 4, 2016

Bloodlines finds its villain and she's ramping up the drama tenfold. Meanwhile the story progresses ever so slightly–not nearly enough if you ask me, but it'll have your attention.

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5.0
Bloodlines #3

Jun 1, 2016

Much like 90s comics it looks pretty good, but the story isn't strong enough to warrant a read. The cover is incredibly misleading as it suggests some superhero action–which is certainly coming in future issues based on the narrative here–but for the most part this is a transition issue that's all about getting characters from point A to point B.

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6.5
Bloodlines #4

Jul 7, 2016

Another good issue which reminds us not everyone is born a hero.

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5.0
Bloodlines #5

Aug 3, 2016

There's more plot development and action in this issue with a promise of some real answers, but it's hard to deny the characters are flat. Duncan practically derails every scene he has a line in.

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3.0
Bloodlines #6

Sep 7, 2016

It's hard to care about anything in this issue as not enough was established or earned to allow the reader to care much at all. If this series set out to establish this series of characters it has succeeded in establishing their powers yet barely scratched the surface of their characters. The entire series felt rushed or half baked, like a halfway decent CW show that ultimately served no purpose.

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7.5
Bloodshot & H.A.R.D. Corps #22

May 14, 2014

Aside from the story being a bit by the numbers it works and should entertain most.

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9.5
Bloodshot: Reborn #10

Jan 26, 2016

Valiant is setting itself up with one imaginative and surprise laden story many will compare to Old Man Logan but it's its own science fiction beast. The world is hell as this rip roaring story takes you on a ride you don't want to miss.

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8.0
Bloodshot: Reborn #11

Feb 22, 2016

A good issue with action and drama and looks that could kill. It plays out as you'd expect though which makes this issue lack the surprises and the punch the first issue had.

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9.5
Bloodshot: Reborn #12

Apr 19, 2016

With a good balance of flashbacks to remind us of why Bloodshot wants revenge this issue works well to deliver major action with emotional resonance. This might go down as one of the most epic action comics you've ever seen.

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9.5
Bodies #1

Jul 30, 2014

This is an enjoyable detective yarn because it captures the essence of each timeline very well. It's like reading 4 different detective stories, but they're all uncovering the same mystery. Very cool and very unique.

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9.0
Brain Boy #2

Oct 16, 2013

There is the issue of pacing though, as there are points in this issue where things slow down with heavy dialogue and exposition. Obviously a balance can't always be perfectly struck, but there are pages where it felt like an info dump which killed the breakneck speed of the issue prior. It catches up quickly after these moments though, so not too much harm in them.

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7.0
Brain Boy #3

Nov 20, 2013

It is, but just barely, especially for those who haven't been reading. Unfortunately the story is a bit crammed with facts and tidbits that'll make you want more, and at the same time the whole thing feels decompressed. Crazy, I know. Overall though, this was a fun series that had a good ending that promises big things for anyone who wants to use their imagination to carry the story further.

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9.0
Bruce Lee: The Dragon Rises #1

Apr 4, 2016

Bruce Lee is back and with it are his moves, a nice sense of humor, and a story that'll make you wonder if it might be based on real life. You'll want it to be, because you'll be reminded how badass Bruce Lee was as a fighter and a person.

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6.5
Bruce Lee: The Dragon Rises #2

May 2, 2016

While I'll come back next month to see what happens next, I can't say the slower pace is doing this series any favors. The all ages feel works though, and it maintains its-smirk inducing moments with kung-fu fighting.

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7.5
Bullseye (2017) #1

Feb 1, 2017

Though the characters are deplorable and hard to root for, this first issue is a reminder of how incredibly dangerous and deranged Bullseye can be. Bullseye #1 has a grungy crime drama feel not unlike 100 Bullets you won't want to miss.

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9.0
Butterfly #1

Sep 23, 2014

In a lot of ways this comic is like a really good song: It's not wholly discernible out of the gate, but after giving it a moment and let it flow over you the work speaks to you. The art is subdued, yet, much like the overall work, it's striking.

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7.5
Cage (2016) #1

Oct 5, 2016

Though untethered from the show or the main comics, Cage #1 is a lot of fun with expressive and kinetic art and plenty of chuckle worthy moments.

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8.5
Captain America: Sam Wilson #14

Oct 19, 2016

Captain America: Sam Wilson remains an interesting story that deftly weaves in political issues and this issue is a solid start to a new story arc that sets up the media – and public appearance – as potential future enemies for Sam.

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8.0
Captain America: Sam Wilson #17

Jan 4, 2017

Nick Spencer lays down the political commentary that will assuredly fire up its readers. If you don't want that in your comics, well it doesn't really matter at this point as you probably aren't reading this anyway. That said, Spencer manages to keep this book relevant and fun.

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9.5
Captain America: Steve Rogers #1

May 25, 2016

Spencer nails his first issue with great dialogue, a fantastic flashback sequence, and solid character dynamics. Captain America feels fresh again!

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9.5
Captain America: Steve Rogers #2

Jun 29, 2016

An entertaining master plan is revealed as we witness how it was nurtured and brought to life, literally and figuratively. The master plan and very visage of Red Skull reminds us he's a supervillain not to be taken lightly. Is there anything more exciting than Captain America needing saving from himself?

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9.5
Captain America: Steve Rogers #4

Aug 23, 2016

Steve Rogers: Captain America #4 is a master stroke for the series. You'll get inside Captain America's head and feel a mix of emotions. This is psychological drama at its finest.

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7.5
Captain America: Steve Rogers #5

Sep 28, 2016

If you're at all interested in how Steve Rogers has been secretly pulling strings during Civil War II you can't miss this issue. It may not progress the plot much, but it's good for showing Captain America as a master tactician.

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10
Captain America: Steve Rogers #6

Oct 26, 2016

Spencer continues to prove he has a great handle on dialogue conveying very captivating ideas. Captain America: Steve Rogers continues to be thought provoking in a way that will leave you breathless.

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6.5
Captain America: Steve Rogers #7

Nov 9, 2016

If you've dug the flashbacks in this series prepare yourself for some of the most interesting and enlightening scenes yet. Spencer is expanding the story in interesting and global ways, making Captain America the go to for political intrigue in comics. That said, there's so much dialogue it gets to the point where it becomes a chore to read through this. There are interesting elements being set up sure, but the balance and pace is slowed to a crawl.

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6.5
Captain America: Steve Rogers #9

Jan 11, 2017

I'm a sucker for character work and find comics like this entertaining. I did feel underwhelmed with the way the story progresses (including holding out on us for a major decision), but there's groundwork made here future Marvel fans shouldn't miss.

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8.5
Captain America: Steve Rogers #10

Jan 25, 2017

This is one of those issues that feels like the writer has had it in their drawer for some time. It comes together beautifully, hits major points, and progresses the story well. It's hard to fault it as things start to fall in place and the future of Cap in the Marvel universe becomes more clear.

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8.5
Captain America: Steve Rogers #11

Feb 15, 2017

Captain America: Steve Rogers continues to be the psychological drama America deserves. It delves into how quiet, seemingly unimportant moments shape who we are, and how down the road it may mean the difference between doing good and bad.

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8.0
Captain America: Steve Rogers #12

Feb 22, 2017

Admittedly this series is a complicated one, but that's why it's so fun. This is what good spy dramas should look like. Captain America: Steve Rogers is dripping with intrigue due to the incredible character work and circumstances.

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8.0
Captain America: Steve Rogers #13

Mar 8, 2017

Baron Zemo steals the show as Spencer shows he's going to be a main player moving forward. If you dig good character work you gotta read this.

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8.0
Captain America: Steve Rogers #14

Mar 22, 2017

A solid build up towards "Secret Empire" via Hydra's strengthening with a new sort of power.

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8.5
Captain Midnight #12

Jun 25, 2014

This is a good jumping on point that is not boring in the slightest, even though it's mostly exposition. It doesn't necessarily jump right at you, but it tickles your curious bone enough to warrant a purchase of the next issue.

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9.5
Carver: A Paris Story #2

Jan 13, 2016

This is solid storytelling that takes its time and is all the more powerful for it. The only shame (or is it a crime?) is that the third issue isn't already here.

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7.0
Catalyst Comix #1

Jul 3, 2013

If the lack of details doesn't bother you some of the writing might as it is heavy handed. Obviously this is all coming out of Joe Casey's brain, but it reads as if he doesn't trust his artists, stuffing every page with enough reading to stifle the pacing. The art doesn't get to tell the story enough in most cases with a lot of first person narrative taking up the page. A balance needs to be struck between action and character, but so far the series seems to be more interested in character. With so much first person narrative that doesn't relay many details most readers will find themselves confused and frustrated rather than interested and compelled to read more.

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9.5
Catalyst Comix #2

Aug 7, 2013

And at $2.99 this issue took me forever to read, especially when compared to the leading Marvel and DC comic books. I finished the last issue loving how much content there was, but not feeling the story. This issue dispelled all of those problems by fleshing out the characters and delivering surprises that'll make you laugh and cry out in shock. It's typical for the second issue in a series to get bogged down on plot, but not so here. If anything it was the first issue that was bogged down. There's just so much to love in this issue and I can't help but get excited for what is instore for each character in the upcoming issues.

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7.0
Catalyst Comix #3

Sep 4, 2013

I suspect the structure of this comic will make it difficult for it to hit a home run every month. Stories must ebb and flow, and when you've got three of them going at once, there's no telling if they'll balance between each other every time. That said, the overarching goal of the series is becoming clearer every issue with some tantalizing concepts at play. Stay tuned.

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7.5
Catalyst Comix #4

Oct 2, 2013

Finally, the Agents of Change storyline is completely lost on me. The characters, since there are so many, don't get enough time to be fleshed out. It's going at such a slow rate I'm starting to wonder if there's any point at all other than show a superhero team with the Casey flashlight.

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9.5
Catwoman (2011) #50

Mar 9, 2016

The main story screams Ocean's 11 in more ways than one and the two backups are fantastic too. This is can't miss superhero comics!

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9.5
Catwoman (2011) #51

Apr 13, 2016

A flashback that supplies meaning, purpose and emotional resonance to a decidedly creepy good time story.

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9.5
Catwoman (2011) #52

May 11, 2016

A great balance of flashbacks with current events propel this story ahead of the pack. Catwoman is great storytelling that doesn't hold back. If you're sick of slower moving plots in comics this is your cure.

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8.0
Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #1

Oct 19, 2016

The world of Cave Carson is wonderfully weird and well worth a look. The art is what sold me as it pops with color and feels incredibly inventive. The issue contains a fantastic throwback story too.

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9.5
Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #2

Nov 16, 2016

If you were on the fence about Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye this issue should assuage you. If you like your action delivered with a heavy dose of visually striking imagery and weirdness, you can't do better than this.

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9.5
Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #3

Dec 21, 2016

Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye is the prettiest, high octane pulp comic you could ever dream of. It's quite possibly the most psychedelic looking book in ages and is well worth a look for its imagery alone.

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9.0
Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #4

Jan 18, 2017

Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye is a visual delight that you'll never want to escape. It continues to be eye catching no matter the scene or its contents. The story itself is building up quite well, though its plotting is difficult to track in regards to the villains.

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8.0
Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #5

Feb 15, 2017

A visual feast that never lets up, Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye is the tripped out story that keeps getting better and weirder as it goes on. This issue slows its pace down with a lot of exposition, but it's still good times in the cave world underneath our feet.

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8.5
Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #6

Mar 15, 2017

A fun climactic battle ensues with art that's out of this world good. It's a fast read, but if you're interested in seeing art take chances look for this one!

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5.0
Chaos #1

May 7, 2014

The premise is sound and the players are too, but it's a tough read due to some sketchy art and a confusing progression of story.

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8.5
Chin Music #2

Aug 21, 2013

Obviously art can't carry a book all the way, which is no slight on Niles, particularly because the story has no faults. It's more due to the delivery and it feels a little too decompressed at this point to truly amaze. The story is unfolding nicely, but the fact that I'm at a loss for how the protagonists relate really dumbs down the ending of this issue.

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9.5
Chronicles of Hate #1

Sep 23, 2014

The tone is very dark and this suits the Halloween time of year, that is for sure. Fantasy fans should seek this out as well as it's everything you'd want in a grimdark story all done in vivid detail.

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9.5
Chrononauts #1

Feb 12, 2015

I was impressed with the art and pace of this first issue. It rivals the first 10 minutes of any summer blockbuster of the last 30 years and lucky us it comes two months prior to the summer movie season of 2015. March 18th can't come fast enough.

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7.0
Chrononauts #2

Apr 13, 2015

The plot progresses a smidge and the characters remain flat, but the action is fun and the concept of time travel in this iteration compelling.

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9.0
Chrononauts #3

May 12, 2015

About as big and bombastic of any comic of the action movie persuasion you're going to get.

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9.0
Citizen Jack #1

Nov 3, 2015

Politics are going to look differently after you read this disturbing satire on the political system.

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6.5
Citizen Jack #2

Dec 1, 2015

Its strongest element is the character building of Jack which may pay off in the end. The demon and general premise is strong, but this issue drags on since it's really not funny enough to sustain the commentary. That said, this is a diabolical political commentary that should be noted now that we're in the heat of campaigns and their forthcoming buzzwordyness.

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8.0
City: The Mind in the Machine #1

Feb 12, 2014

While it takes the entire issue to get to the premise of this series, it does a good job of showing a world we can all see ourselves living in. Next issue will explore what this book is really about though, so as far as getting to the point you might want to skip this issue.

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7.5
City: The Mind in the Machine #2

Mar 12, 2014

A good second issue, but not great due to some cliched villain work and a twist you'll have seen coming. The character development is good though and you're right there with the protagonist.

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6.0
City: The Mind in the Machine #3

Apr 23, 2014

This series hasn't explored the NSA aspect I was hoping for and has changed into an episode of 24. The bad guys are the government and you know from here on out it's going to be a chase sequence rather than anything interesting or compelling. The romance does work though and that's saying a lot in this day and age of comic books.

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3.0
Civil War (2015) #1

Jul 8, 2015

This is without a doubt a boring read because it doesn't actually do anything but showcase a grisly backstory and two bickering old men. It also fails to make one care what will happen next, a decidedly important task for a first issue.

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10
Civil War (2015) #2

Aug 5, 2015

This is a huge improvement on the last issue mostly due to the world opening up and being revealed to us. The art is top notch and does a fantastic job with the smaller moments and the bigger moments too. A really good issue all around.

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9.5
Civil War (2015) #3

Aug 26, 2015

This is a fantastic third issue that delivers many surprises, interesting reveals and some cool new characters too. This is by far the most exciting Secret Wars tie-in on the stands.

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9.5
Civil War (2015) #4

Sep 9, 2015

This is a great penultimate issue with big reveals and tons of action. It's a bit slow to start and the big twist isn't jaw droppingly surprising, but overall this is yet another exciting issue.

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7.5
Civil War II #1

Jun 1, 2016

Aside from Iron Man flying off the handle like an erratic child – and the Inhumans' place in the bigger picture of this story not being very clear when it should be – this issue does well to remind us comic book events are meant to be big and important. This has everything you're looking for in a bombastic event series including the irrational characters!

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8.5
Civil War II #2

Jun 15, 2016

Essentially ending with two major cliffhangers, this issue continues to bring the summer event goods. It progresses the story just enough and the art is detailed and effective. The thought-provoking story is good too, and we once again see a war brewing toward some major clashes. Unfortunately a scene change makes it unclear how things have changed by the end and the only certainty is that more conflict is coming.

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8.0
Civil War II #3

Jul 13, 2016

With a strong narrative hook utilizing a courtroom Bendis and Marquez manage to heighten the tensions that lead to the shocking turn of events. Strong dialogue is pervasive in this issue too and while you might not agree with how Marvel does things these days you can't argue this one will get you talking around the water cooler.

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9.5
Civil War II: Amazing Spider-Man #1

Jun 8, 2016

If every Civil War II tie-in is like this sign me up for all of them, because the philosophical element of knowing what the future holds and whether that's right or wrong is fascinating. Gage manages to pack this issue with action, big ideas, and strong character moments.

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9.0
Civil War II: Amazing Spider-Man #2

Jul 13, 2016

So often comic books have good guys turn back with the flip of a switch and barely any explanation or build up. This is turning out to be a great delight for those of you frustrated with that experience. Gage and Foreman are delivering an effective and believable take on the good guy going bad story. There's a lot of value here too as the issue takes a while to read and is fascinating to read as we dig deep inside Clayton Cole's head.

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8.0
Civil War II: Amazing Spider-Man #3

Aug 17, 2016

This is fantastic character drama with plenty of action to go with it. You'd be a fool not to check this out!

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8.0
Clean Room #9

Jun 15, 2016

There are moments and scenes in this book that are epic and I mean that in the most grandest of scales. There's a science fiction element to the series that fans should be able to quickly grasp and run with, but most importantly the characters are quite vivid and realistic. It may not be new reader friendly, but this feels important like Planetary did before it.

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8.0
Clive Barker's Next Testament #1

May 29, 2013

So why didn't I give it a 9 or a 10? Mainly because the tone isn't completely obvious yet. It spends most of its time stuck in the head of a middle aged madman, but maybe he's not so mad. It's hard to gauge, and it's hard to gauge what it's going for, but the cliffhanger ending seems to suggest one.

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9.0
Clive Barker's Next Testament #2

Jul 3, 2013

There's a moment in this issue where a character suggests God isn't God, but an actor and this is all a movie pitch. A character replies, “personally I love it, but it could never be made into a movie. A book sure, but not a movie.” One wonders if that was the goal, but was instead made into this very comic. A nice balance if you think about it, because comics tend to be a format between books and movies. Go read this great comic!

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7.5
Clive Barker's Next Testament #3

Jul 31, 2013

This is a transition issue if I ever saw one. The characters are going from point A to point B and to satisfy the reader in purchasing the book there's gore. A lot of gore. Personally I'm not a big fan of gore or torture in horror movies, so it didn't do much for me while reading this issue. That said, the purpose isn't lost on me. We're seeing the power of God and it's pretty ferocious and unforgiving.

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9.5
Clive Barker's Next Testament #6

Dec 18, 2013

This series continues to excel in the horror of a God who is not caring, not loving and not anybody you'd want to spend a minute with. The premise is intriguing, but the art and dialogue so compelling you'd be a moronic pion of a human not to pick up this godly work.

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9.0
Clive Barker's Next Testament #7

Jan 14, 2014

The most entertaining and exciting horror comic I've read ever.

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6.5
Clive Barker's Next Testament #8

Apr 9, 2014

Not very, especially since it's so darn skippable. The characters must get around another obstacle, but by issues end we're back where we started. On top of that all the social commentary is absent here.

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8.0
Clive Barker's Next Testament #9

May 14, 2014

The series is back on track from a slow issue #8. The scary is very real as always, but now there's some good progression of story we can all sink our teeth into.

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8.5
Clive Barker's Next Testament #10

Jun 18, 2014

The book is changing gears considerably, especially due to the event on the last page, but the general horror and mayhem that's made the entire series great is still there. Recommended.

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5.5
Clive Barker's Next Testament #11

Jul 15, 2014

In the grand scheme of this series this issue makes sense as it shows us the limitless power of our villain, but the story suffers. There is no horror in his powers because there is no human loss be it scale or character.

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6.5
Clive Barker's Next Testament #12

Aug 13, 2014

This was a series that had the biggest scope of any book on the stands this year. It had strong moments, intense reflective scenes too, but ultimately fizzled out in the end. It shouldn't be missed though, because it challenges what we think of our own reality.

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9.5
Cluster #1

Feb 3, 2015

This is a real treat of an issue that very quickly gets the reader interested in the premise and involved with the characters. It sets up what will assuredly be a very entertaining action comic.

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7.5
Cognetic #1

Oct 19, 2015

Aside from some lengthy dialogue and an opening I'm still confused by this is a good issue. Once again Tynion and Donovan have crafted a compelling horror story that's close to home in a variety of ways that will surely hit you right in the amygdala.

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9.0
Cognetic #2

Nov 17, 2015

An exciting apocalyptic story that's as chilling as they come.

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8.5
Cognetic #3

Dec 15, 2015

A satisfying conclusion that brings on the darkness to a dawn that will never come. Chilling stuff.

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8.5
Conan the Barbarian #16

May 14, 2013

Due to Brian Wood's ability to write a strong character driven story one might argue Conan has never been this fleshed out before. While other authors have developed the incredible world, Wood sticks to the character and his internal psychosis. It's different for Conan, but because it's so different it's worth reading.

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8.0
Conan the Barbarian #17

Jun 19, 2013

There's a lot going on in this issue as it keeps cutting to completely different locations. Plus there's plenty of things to think about since it's the stuff that's going on is so symbolic to the characters. The only issue I take—so far anyway—is that it's hard to see what it's trying to say exactly. The characters are doused in this fever dream vision quest and much like the characters, I'm a bit lost on what it all means. Then again, maybe Wood is saving up that meaning for the next issue when this vision quest ends.

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6.0
Conan the Barbarian #18

Jul 17, 2013

Overall the concepts driving this story are good ones with high potential. That said, there's nothing here by story's end that live up to the promises you'd hope from this series. It's possible Wood is holding his cards on this for future stories, but as it stands this story arc feels limp and unsatisfying.

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7.5
Conan: The Avenger #1

Apr 23, 2014

I should note that Ching's art is extra intriguing because it's a fairly unprecedented look to the Conan franchise. The story unfortunately doesn't get going very quickly, but what we do see of Conan is worth a look. Recommended.

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6.5
Conan: The Avenger #2

May 28, 2014

There is a ton to like in this series and plenty of pretty pictures to look at, but a story is not made by its action alone. The last page screams for you to buy the next issue, but so far things are imbalanced enough that I'd be wary.

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7.0
Conan: The Slayer #1

Jul 12, 2016

Conan fans will scream with joy along with him as he chops his opponents into pieces and there's a version of Conan here that feels unique. There isn't quite enough here to know where this story is going, but your interest should be piqued.

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8.5
Conan: The Slayer #2

Aug 22, 2016

Once again, Conan the Slayer proves if you like your ultraviolence with gore this is the swords and sorcery book for you.

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7.0
Conan: The Slayer #3

Sep 27, 2016

This issue is good for some tight action and some sexual themes that longtime fans should love. This is about as metal as Conan can get.

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5.5
Constantine: The Hellblazer #13

Jun 8, 2016

Constantine looks great with a very cool big idea to open the issue. Things wrap up adequately, but they fall into place too easily, making this a bit of a yawn of a read.

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10
Cryptocracy #1

Jun 28, 2016

I was a huge fan of X-Files which is maybe why I love this so much. It's like that show, but it reveals everything at a breakneck pace, never keeping you in the dark unless it's necessary for the narrative. Intriguing, exciting, and without a doubt addictive comic book reading. If you give this a chance; you might just love it.

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7.5
Cryptocracy #2

Jul 26, 2016

Another good issue that peels back a few layers that drive this conspiracy theory series. The world is compelling and you'll be driven even more to know all of its secrets.

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6.5
Cryptocracy #3

Aug 30, 2016

Progress is made and big action can be had, but Cryptocracy #3 doesn't quite hit home the character work. Instead you're left with wonderment, but any real idea why you should care. Still, you can't do wrong with the wonderment on every page.

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1.0
Cryptozoic Man #1

Oct 9, 2013

I read this comic twice and have no idea why it even exists. The story certainly doesn't seem to be something that needed to be written. I can't recommend this in the slightest as it's so nonsensical even the decent art is throwaway material. The only draw I see is that you might get an inside look at its creation on the TV show. The script is a mess, doesn't do the reader any favors and goes from boring to straight up frustrating.

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7.5
Curse Words #1

Jan 17, 2017

The premise is fun and feels quite fresh, but it's still early as far as what its purpose is as the protagonist is a bit of an enigma. Regardless, this is out there fun that's weird in all the right ways. The colors and art are so much fun it's hard to put down.

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8.0
Curse Words #2

Feb 21, 2017

Curse Words #2 is good, building off the last issue and delivering some magical fun along the way. Wizord is an interesting character which makes the use of his magic even more clever.

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7.5
Cyborg #10

Apr 27, 2016

Cyborg connects with his mother in a real way and that tethers this issue to some important feels. Meanwhile there's some fun action thrown in too, but don't expect the most satisfying explanation of Cyborg's escape.

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9.0
Cyborg #11

May 25, 2016

Cyborg enters the internet and yet it's not a bore like so many stories before it. The story is tense, well paced, and reminds us Cyborg can do things the heavy Justice League members can't.

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7.0
Cyborg #12

Jun 22, 2016

Come for the guest characters' interesting backstory and journey, but you may want to skip this one as it doesn't do much for the Cyborg character.

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9.5
Cyborg (2016) #1

Sep 21, 2016

Cyborg hasn't been this interesting in ages and Cyborg #1 does a fine job in getting at the core of what makes him human. The character is well written, there's action, and there's also a deep sense of self discovery at play here.

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9.0
Cyborg (2016) #2

Oct 5, 2016

Cyborg continues to be incredible at capturing the character within. The creative team has him going down a road that is testing him in a way you don't want to miss.

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6.0
Cyborg (2016) #3

Oct 19, 2016

Cyborg #3 offers a new character, new powers, and a new wrinkle in Cyborg's battle for his humanity. I can't say it's much more than a fight book for much of its length, and the new power comes out of nowhere too.

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4.0
Cyborg (2016) #4

Nov 2, 2016

This issue doesn't do enough to be good, though it's close with an emotional and impactful ending. Much of the plot has Cyborg running around fighting nightmares to pointless effect and the art is way too simplistic to carry what should have been such a visually stimulating story.

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6.5
Cyborg (2016) #5

Nov 16, 2016

Cyborg on the street should be a weekly occurance as he allows readers to see the difficulties of being black in America. Cyborg #5 does that quite well. A new character is introduced well enough, though the actions to transform her delivered too quickly to allow it to resonate.

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8.5
Cyborg (2016) #6

Dec 7, 2016

Cyborg #6 offers fast paced storytelling with strong characters in gorgeous detail. The pace might be a bit too fast for its own good, but you can't deny it's a lot of fun.

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5.0
Cyborg (2016) #8

Jan 4, 2017

A rather average superhero affair that looks nice, but feels very much by the numbers.

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9.0
Cyborg: Rebirth #1

Sep 7, 2016

This is a good Rebirth issue establishing who Cyborg is for new readers and supplying a satisfying amount of action and introspection to make it worth a look for fans. Cyborg's biggest weakness is his identity crisis, which is reupped in this issue.

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7.5
D4VE (IDW) #1

Feb 24, 2015

A good first issue that does a fantastic job fleshing out the protagonist but could use a bit more of the funny.

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9.0
D4VEocracy #1

Jan 24, 2017

Aside from a slower pace and a dense plot that's hard to gather, this is a fun first issue that sets up the world and a political campaign that should be fun. If you're fatigued from the politics of the last year hang in, as D4VEocracy is primed to be a fantastic social commentary you won't want to miss.

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8.5
D4VEocracy #2

Mar 8, 2017

This is another good issue in a series that aims to shine its satirical light on the profound stupidity of campaigning. This series would be a lot funnier if it wasn't so damn close to reality, but D4vocracy is the strongest satire you'll find in comics today–incredibly imaginative satire at that.

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8.5
Damsels: Giant Killer One-Shot #1

Aug 28, 2013

Even though the art is well rendered, the layouts are boring and the flashbacks not immediately obvious. The story is good enough to make up for that though, as the queen is a strong female lead in an industry of weak female characters. The mech element, while a bit crazy to see in a fairy tale, works because it makes sense in this world. The giants also look fantastic and the concluding battle is balanced well with flashbacks.

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7.0
Damsels: Mermaids #5

Sep 18, 2013

The art by Jean-Paul Deshong is serviceable to good throughout. There are a few expressions that completely threw me for a loop, but generally things were fluid, which makes sense for a story connected with water. There are some panels where the characters look oddly stretched out though, which again, pulled me out of the story and made me wonder what was going on. The monster at the end completely blew me away however, which makes me want to go back and read the previous issues just to see the designs Deshong has come up with.

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7.0
Danger Girl: May Day #1

Apr 23, 2014

As far as Danger Girl comics go…I'm pretty satisfied! There weren't too many gratuitous shots for those of you who aren't into that thing, and there's a satisfying flashback sequence that took me by surprise. It's too bad the first 14 or so pages really could have been boiled down to three or four, but clearly this was written with its four part series in mind.

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8.5
Danger Girl: May Day #2

May 21, 2014

Yes it's good. A decent issue that is balanced and keeps your interest in a variety of ways.

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7.5
Danger Girl: May Day #3

Jul 29, 2014

For fun bubble gum action you can't do wrong with this issue. It's not going to blow you away when it comes to character, but it's a nice little ride that sets up its next issue well.

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6.0
Danger Girl: May Day #4

Oct 7, 2014

This series is an odd one that seems to have lost its way. It had purpose and drive to start, but has seemingly ditched the whole point and moved onto a stereotypical Danger Girl comic by series' end.

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7.0
Danger Girl: Renegade #1

Sep 1, 2015

Ultimately this is a good first issue, but it doesn't do enough to make the issue feel worth the full asking price. The art is nice, the premise strong, but by issues end you'll be wondering where the hook is and wishing it didn't land on issue #2.

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6.5
Danger Girl: Renegade #2

Oct 20, 2015

It's not bad that's for certain. The story in this issue flows nicely and progresses the plot well, but doesn't focus enough on the best part of this series, young Abbey.

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9.5
Danger Girl: Renegade #3

Nov 24, 2015

Pulse-pounding action and adventure makes this a must read for blockbuster fans. This issue gives me hope a Danger Girl movie would be a great idea! It's issues like this that make you realize you should stick with a series all the way to the end.

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6.0
Danger Girl: Renegade #4

Feb 22, 2016

As always this book looks fantastic, opens with a good chase sequence, but leaves you wanting more as it mostly feels like a preview for the next series.

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8.0
Danger Girl: The Chase #1

Sep 4, 2013

Hartnell and Taliboa have my curiosity, but not yet my attention. They've set up a chase that has an intriguing MacGuffin, a bad guy with a bit of color and some sick art to go along with it. Because this is only one action sequence there isn't a lot yet to judge as far as the story goes, but if you're looking for sexy art and a story that'll keep you interested, look no further.

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8.0
Daredevil (2015) #1

Nov 30, 2015

You're going to like the new direction of Daredevil largely because each facet of his life is compelling. The villain's threat is true, but his reveal leaves a lot to be desired.

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8.5
Daredevil (2015) #2

Dec 25, 2015

Aside from the awkward ending this is turning into my favorite All-New All-Different series. Eye popping art, a unique villain and a new job for Daredevil means fresh, fun stories.

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10
Daredevil (2015) #5

Mar 31, 2016

Action packed with plenty of interesting character dynamics throughout add up to one hell of a crime comic. Who Daredevil is and what he can do is on display and it's a site to see!

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7.0
Dark Ages #1

Aug 12, 2014

This is a great first issue if you're looking for a cool premise and interesting cast of characters. Unfortunately it's weak on character concerning the main protagonist so far and it'll be hard to care all that much.

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9.5
Dark Ages #2

Sep 10, 2014

Perfectly balanced and paced with interesting reveals and a twist ending that'll get you amped up for the next issue. The action sequence is spectacular too!

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9.5
Dark Ages #3

Oct 7, 2014

Incredibly enjoyable series now more than ever, especially if you're a science fiction fan. Like a tasty onion with every layer that's sweeter and sweeter. Those sweet, sweet onions. Yum!

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9.5
Dark Ages #4

Nov 11, 2014

This is a fine conclusion to what was a very surprising and captivating read; Dark Ages was a well-paced and well plotted action adventure filled to the brim with original ideas.

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9.0
Dark Corridor #1

Aug 4, 2015

I was a skeptic going into this comic, but its slow and effective storytelling sucked me right in. I'm looking forward to the next issue and can't wait to see how new stories are woven in and introduced.

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9.5
Dark Corridor #2

Sep 1, 2015

This is how crime comics should be: storytelling that can be enjoyed on an issue by issue basis that rewards the reader who's been following along too.

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9.0
Dark Corridor #3

Oct 6, 2015

Overall another gripping story with plenty of action and great storytelling. Give me more!

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7.0
Dark Engine #1

Jul 15, 2014

If you're willing to take a chance on something completely different you will be remiss to find anything so batshit crazy as Dark Engine. Give it a try.

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5.5
Dark Engine #2

Aug 19, 2014

It's unfortunate this comic is so befuddling. There's not much to go on be it story or structure and the reader isn't given much in the way of clues. If say, there was at least a note on what year these characters are in, we'd at least have an idea how the pieces relate. Alas we don't, and so we're left with an overly bamboozling comic to say the least.

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9.0
Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1

Nov 25, 2015

Much like the five minute teaser opening to X-Files, Dark Knight III will excite you, make your jaw drop at least once and get you geared up for more. You certainly might be frustrated with the lack of answers, but chaos and confusion are a big part of this series.

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10
Dark Knight III: The Master Race #2

Dec 23, 2015

This comic is slowly revealing its hand and in doing so reads in a poetic and extremely dramatic way. It pays off for readers who want complexity in their comics and it's incredibly exciting since this isn't seen every day. If the creators behind this book can stick the landing and deliver a climax we can only dream of this might go down as one of the best works of superhero fiction in some time.

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4.5
Dark Knight III: The Master Race #3

Feb 24, 2016

Aside from strong Batman characterization this issue lacks the oomph of the previous issue's with much of the purpose lost with it.

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8.5
Dark Knight III: The Master Race #4

Apr 27, 2016

Not a bad issue at all due to some much needed story progression. Batman is getting on his feet while Superman does the opposite which makes for entertaining Dark Knight-style reading that's leading somewhere, and where exactly it's leading is slowly becoming clearer.

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9.5
Dark Knight III: The Master Race #5

Jun 29, 2016

The story in Dark Knight III: The Master Race is rounding the corner to its finish which means a hell of a lot of action and the tide finally beginning to turn in favor of the heroes. That means big reveals, epic scenes, and an adventure you can root for. Batman's captions and broodings on the proceedings steal the show however, reminding us the older and more brutal Batman might just be the best.

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7.0
Dark Knight III: The Master Race #7

Dec 28, 2016

Ultimately this issue is good, but not great. It bridges issue #6 to what could be a fantastic issue #8, though we'll have to wait till March to read that! Still, the pace is solid, the art on point, and the villains are all kinds of evil.

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9.5
Dark Knight Returns: The Last Crusade #1

Jun 15, 2016

It's fascinating to read a prequel to the Dark Knight Returns in large part because we're seeing a closer version to the Batman we know from the main comics. This book succeeds at showing us how that version could ever become the older and much more brutal version in The Dark Knight Returns, but also the big mistake he'll never live down. Joker steals the show, but it's how Batman deals with Robin that you don't want to miss.

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8.0
DC Comics: Bombshells Annual #1

Aug 31, 2016

Bombshells Annual is a good issue offering an inspired take on Barbara Gordon as well as a clever tie-in to another DC property that's a complete surprise. That adds up to a story worth reading.

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9.5
Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love #1

Oct 5, 2016

All together, this book does well to establish a story that deserves to be told around a roaring fire on a cold night. If you let it, it will give you the perfect chill.

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9.0
Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love #2

Dec 7, 2016

If you love novels like Rebecca (or the adaptation by Hitchcock) you'll find it hard not to be wrapped up in its atmospheric and mystical glow. Though somewhat melodramatic when it comes to relationships, Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love may be the sleeper hit of the year.

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9.5
Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love #3

Feb 8, 2017

This is a fine conclusion to a series that offers strong character work in a haunting and atmospheric package. A haunting murder-mystery comic with the suspense you should expect from the best horror tales.

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8.5
Deadpool & The Mercs For Money (2016) #1

Jul 21, 2016

This is a good first issue that introduces the team and Deadpool's concern with them. It doesn't spend too much time on each of them, but it's clear that's not the point. As the title suggests, this is Deadpool AND team and their mission is intriguing based on the cliffhanger.

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8.0
Deadpool & The Mercs For Money (2016) #5

Nov 2, 2016

Action packed, funny, and rife with clever bits of dialogue…it's everything you'd want in a Deadpool comic.

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10
Deadpool (2015) #20

Oct 12, 2016

This issue makes Deadpool more important and relevant than ever. It's a one shot anyone can enjoy that will have an impact on people's lives to boot. It's a must read because it's funny, but also because it contains a very important, heartfelt message. Bravo.

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8.0
Deadpool (2015) #21

Oct 26, 2016

This is another good issue that's funny, clever, and well written. I can't say everyone will love the second half due to the need to get through Shakespearian language, but overall Deadpool #21 is another good installment.

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8.0
Deadpool (2015) #22

Nov 16, 2016

Funny, emotional, and tied to Deadpool personally, this is an issue that feels solid. It's short, but works well on multiple levels.

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8.0
Deadpool (2015) #26

Feb 1, 2017

Deadpool #26 captures the romance of blood, guts and vomit well enough for a purchase. The Madcap storyline allows him to do some detective work, there are enough laughs for the price of admission, and he looks extra kinetic doing it.

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8.0
Deadpool Kills Deadpool #1

Jul 3, 2013

Having read the previous miniseries I can say with some certainty this series seems to be stronger. Obviously Bunn has been working towards something, as every miniseries naturally evolves into the next, and this one appears to be built up on the others rather than a fleeting, “Hey, lets try this idea out” feel some of the miniseries have had. The humor is okay, but the stakes have been raised and actually seem to matter this go around.

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8.0
Deadpool: Back In Black #2

Oct 19, 2016

Funny, kooky, zany…these are a few words I'd use to describe this issue. If you're up for a wacky story you should enjoy the hell out of this. It doesn't progress the plot of Deadpool, but that doesn't seem to be the point. After reading this issue I'm sure some folks will cry foul and say this series doesn't need to exist. The fact is though, it's still entertaining, and that's all that matters.

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7.0
Deadpool: Back In Black #4

Nov 30, 2016

If you dig Venom you need this comic in your life. If you dig Deadpool, and the idea of giving him even more powers, you shouldn't miss it either. While entertaining, I did wish there was more to this issue, though it's certainly worth it for most.

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7.0
Deadpool: The Duck #1

Jan 4, 2017

Silly and over the top, Deadpool the Duck combines two of the most over the top Marvel characters and hopes for the best. I'm holding out for more humor, but this issue does set things up quite well.

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7.0
Deadpool: The Duck #2

Jan 18, 2017

A heavy use of vomit jokes opens the issue, which makes it hard to laugh as it beats that horse mercilessly. The setup makes sense, but so far everything hinges on Deadpool bantering with Howard the Duck and nothing more. This plot needs some flesh on these bones!

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8.0
Deadpool: The Duck #3

Feb 8, 2017

Deadpool the Duck is a perfectly alright series that has so much potential but falls a tad short. Once you accept it's not the funniest book in ages, you'll find it funny enough, and it's hard to deny the plot isn't a clever one. Moore and Campagni have a series on their hands that can hammer home a running theme, that is for sure!

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8.0
Dean Koontz's Frankenstein: Storm Surge #1

Oct 13, 2015

If you want moody atmosphere and a promise for some truly horrific things, look no further than this new series that explores a darker evil of Dr. Frankenstein.

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6.5
Dean Koontz's Frankenstein: Storm Surge #2

Nov 17, 2015

Dr. Frankenstein has never been this scary with a plan that's so big you're not going to want to drop this comic.

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5.0
Dean Koontz's Frankenstein: Storm Surge #3

Dec 15, 2015

It's a fun, light read that's devoid of the creepy horror elements it opened with, but still fun due to the so-bad-they're-good one liners.

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7.0
Death Of Wolverine #4

Oct 15, 2014

There's going to be plenty of talk after this issue hits about what it all means, symbolically and for the character, but for this critic I couldn't find enough meaning on the page. That said, it's still a good comic, but it misses the mark.

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9.5
Deathstroke (2014) Annual #2

Jun 29, 2016

Like a good action/war movie this comic packs a wallop. It hits all the right notes and delivers an action packed and page turning story.

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9.0
Deathstroke (2014) #19

Jun 22, 2016

Deathstroke delivers tight action with clever buy-in for our hero to fight like there's no tomorrow.

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7.0
Deathstroke (2014) #20

Jul 27, 2016

A fitting end to the story arc as Deathstroke delivers the ultra violence. Action fans should pick this up, but anyone looking for more robust character work can skip it.

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8.0
Deathstroke (2016) #2

Sep 14, 2016

Strong use of flashbacks reveal Deathstroke is much more complicated than you ever thought. The series feels like a solid espionage title with breakneck violence and even more dangerous secrets to be revealed.

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8.5
Deathstroke (2016) #4

Oct 12, 2016

Deathstroke continues to prosper thanks to issue #4's measured pace and storytelling. This issue sets things up well, captures a moment between father and daughter, and even tells the story in a new way for comics. It's slow though and the cover certainly is misleading!

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9.0
Deathstroke (2016) #7

Nov 23, 2016

This is the stuff superhero comics should be made of. Priest makes even the most unrealistic aspects of superheroes feel grounded, which is particularly important for a character like Deathstroke. This issue properly sets up the big Superman showdown while delivering funny moments and interesting details on another hero.

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9.0
Deep Gravity #1

Jul 29, 2014

It's good! Alien monsters and science fiction fans of space operas will fall in love instantly.

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7.0
Deep Gravity #2

Aug 26, 2014

More like a so-so episode of Star Trek rather than one of the primo episodes with the Borg, but as far as science fiction operas go it's not bad.

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9.0
Deep Gravity #3

Sep 23, 2014

While the last issue set this up, this issue delivers action, suspense and plot progression. Good stuff, especially for those sci-fi fans out there.

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9.0
Deep Gravity #4

Oct 28, 2014

This was an average to great read each month but overall a fantastic miniseries that'll go nicely on any science fiction fan's bookcase.

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7.5
Detective Comics (2011) #20

May 1, 2013

I think we'll all look back at Emperor Penguin and consider it a successful introduction to a new villain. It's not often we can say that, and while he's a little too similar to Wrath for my tastes, he's got some interesting ties to three different entrenched Batman villains. His obsession with being the leader is also a unique trait writers will be able to fool around with for years.

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8.5
Detective Comics (2011) #22

Jul 3, 2013

Unfortunately comics need to sell a promise on their cover to get people to purchase them. This cover seems to suggest we're getting a ton of Wrath, but instead we're getting an intro to a longer story. Don't expect much Wrath when you crack this issue open. Those of you who have patience should dig this story. By all accounts Layman knows what he's doing and we're in for a wild ride.

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8.0
Detective Comics (2011) #23

Aug 7, 2013

It's also frustrating to see Layman let Batman off with your cliched "I'm only letting you live Batman because…" That said the drama is building nicely and this might go down as one of, if not the, best Batman story arc from the New 52.

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4.0
Detective Comics (2011) #23.3

Sep 18, 2013

The art by Szymon Kudranski is strong, when you can see it. The bubbles take so much real estate I'm not sure they needed Kudranski's dark moody style at all. There are a few splashes, but they come so late in the comic you'll be either bored to death or tired of all the dialogue.

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6.5
Detective Comics (2011) #25

Nov 6, 2013

Artist Jason Fabok does an exceptional job with what he's given here. Everything is exciting, well laid out and flows nicely. The fact that it's a bit of a stifling comic (with limited action and mostly narration), yet still interesting to look at means extra kudos to Fabok. And again, I really dig how he draws rain scenes.

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6.5
Detective Comics (2011) #44

Sep 2, 2015

This is a good issue in that it wraps things up across the board, but the lack of suspense and tension really hampers the enjoyment factor. Raise the stakes people!

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9.5
Detective Comics (2011) #46

Nov 4, 2015

A great read. By the end you'll be pleasantly surprised by the story and you're guaranteed to enjoy the detective elements.

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7.5
Detective Comics (2011) #47

Dec 9, 2015

As far as action comics go this is a solid issue. The fact that somebody had the idea to stick the Robins in giant bird cages is hilarious, but overall this is an average issue that doesn't quite nail the storytelling.

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9.0
Detective Comics (2011) #48

Jan 6, 2016

This is a solid issue largely due to a creepy villain and a story that focuses on Gordon actually being Batman as opposed to trying to be Batman.

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10
Detective Comics (2011) #50

Mar 9, 2016

Jim Gordon proves he deserves to be called Gotham's Dark Knight as a solid detective story comes to a close. Plus there's a gorgeous backup story that delivers 13 pinups and a fun story highlighting the weirdness of Batman bad guys.

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7.0
Detective Comics (2011) #51

Apr 6, 2016

The setup is sound as Tomasi proves the detective part of Batman is great reading. Unfortunately it spends more time telling us why we should care about Jim's soldier buddies and past rather than show us.

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6.5
Detective Comics (2011) #52

May 4, 2016

Action fans should take a look at this issue as it has plenty of action drawn in incredible detail. This two parter story concludes nicely, though it lacks the emotional oomph it was going for.

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7.0
Detective Comics (2016) #945

Nov 23, 2016

Time to suck it up and talk about your feelings, because Detective Comics #945 has that in droves. Characters are revealing pain and guilt which makes for interesting character work. The plot moves very slowly however, and it's hard to shake the feeling that the comic pads itself out with unimportant scenes so as to fill its pages.

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8.5
Detective Comics (2016) #949

Jan 25, 2017

I'm excited, nay, I'm pumped for the Batwoman Rebirth issue on sale Feburary 15th. This issue does well to establish the complexity of Batwoman, how her dynamic with Batman makes for interesting storytelling, and how she deserves her own corner in the DCU.

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7.0
Detective Comics (2016) #951

Feb 22, 2017

A perfectly fine first issue of a new story arc that should push this team to its limits. Tynion makes it clear Batman and his crew may not be ready for what comes next, which could spell a big loss for our heroes.

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8.5
Detective Comics (2016) #952

Mar 8, 2017

Exciting and action packed, Tynion IV and the artists on this book capture the wartime nature of the story and set up the stakes quite well. Fans of Cassandra will be on the edge of their seat as her mother truly is a formidable foe indeed.

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8.5
Detective Comics (2016) #953

Mar 22, 2017

The shit hits the fan as things get a whole lot worse while Cassandra's character is developed in interesting ways.

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8.0
Dinosaurs Attack! #1

Jul 17, 2013

The first issue of this series is beholden to the writing, as the dinosaurs only make a brief appearance, and the real enjoyment of the issue resides in the psychosis of the characters. Luckily this aspect is interesting and will keep you satiated until the dinos show up next month. The plot is goofy, but with enough explanation to make it plausible and should intrigue folks who dislike science fiction but want some dinosaur action.

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8.5
Dinosaurs Attack! #2

Aug 21, 2013

This issue is paced wonderfully, with a ton of great dinosaur action to ogle. In the grand scheme of this five part series it is a jarring change from the first issue, but that's just fine. Anyone looking for a sweet single issue blind buy read should be happy with this issue too. It delivers everything promised on the cover and then some. And when you think about it, in this day and age that's saying a lot.

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8.0
Dinosaurs Attack! #3

Sep 25, 2013

Since Norem only gets a brief part in the opening, and a single page near the end, most of the art is done in a conventional comic book style. That's fine, since most of it is exposition and character development, which doesn't require splashing, bombastic paintings. There's nothing too exceptional as far as layout and design, but the sharp dialogue helps keep things moving and interesting.

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7.0
Dinosaurs Attack! #4

Oct 30, 2013

It wasn't until this issue I realized what a great series this has been for horror, gore, and dinosaur fans alike. This is a good series that's filled with a sense of nostalgia for those who love dinosaurs. To think this could be a movie, and it'd be a fun one indeed, in a grindhouse or B movie vein, is an exciting prospect. Instead, we're left with this comic book, which by all accounts is enough to tide anyone over looking for this fun concept.

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6.0
Dinosaurs Attack! #5

Dec 4, 2013

It almost hits it, and there's some choice art to be had here, but overall it's a middling conclusion to a rather boisterous and fun series. I'm not sure this conclusion is saved when it's collected either, because it's so darn random.

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8.0
Divinity III: Shadowman #1

Feb 7, 2017

Witness the destruction of New York City and the all out war Shadowman brings to Russia. This issue is a good done in one story that has high octane action and killer art.

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5.0
Doberman #1

Jul 15, 2014

The premise is sound, but the story isn't funny nor all that interesting.

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8.0
Doctor Fate #14

Jul 27, 2016

Doctor Fate is a pleasant surprise, instilling interesting ideas about magic and building the character well, and it even contains a backup that focuses on race many of us could learn from.

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7.0
Doctor Fate #15

Aug 17, 2016

If you like your superhero stories action-packed you can't go wrong with Doctor Fate! Be warned though, this issue features less focus in regards to its usually strong social themes, though.

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7.0
Doctor Fate #16

Sep 21, 2016

This is a good farewell issue that reminds us why the character is a strong one. Just don't expect a climax of fireworks, but one of shrug-worthy acceptance.

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9.5
Doctor Strange (2015) #1

Oct 6, 2015

Doctor Strange #1 is a lot of fun as it sets up the weird world, the dynamic character and the impending doom in a balanced and well paced way.

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9.0
Doctor Strange (2015) #13

Oct 19, 2016

This is a great piece of storytelling that flips the Halloween one-shot on its head in a way that would only work for Doctor Strange. The character feels vibrant and better than ever thanks to inventive ideas and great art.

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8.5
Doctor Strange (2015) #14

Nov 16, 2016

This issue is fun. Doctor Strange is a character that can take you to new places and this story does so and then some. Who needs the Magic Schoolbus when you have Doctor Strange showing us the wonders of the G.I. tract?

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8.5
Doctor Strange (2015) #15

Dec 21, 2016

This series is pulling off quite a trick with each issue feeling self contained yet progressing the larger narrative. Doctor Strange can be wacky, definitely weird, and wildly fun.

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8.5
Doctor Strange (2015) #16

Jan 25, 2017

Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo continue to pump out Doctor Strange comics that assert his world is very much different from the rest of the heroes. Every month you're reminded of the topsy turvy and wildly weird world that's infectious.

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4.5
Doctor Strange / The Punisher: Magic Bullets #1

Dec 14, 2016

This is an okay start to a unique team up series. Unfortunately it's mostly introduction to each character and then bickering to get on with the mission. Here's to hoping they entertain more once in the thick of things next issue.

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5.5
Doctor Strange / The Punisher: Magic Bullets #2

Jan 11, 2017

This issue is an improvement, but not quite there yet. The pieces are in place, there are some good ideas to be had, and the action to open the issue is awesome. The problem is, at 30 pages it seems to be padding itself out to justify the page count rather than using those pages to tell a well crafted story.

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8.0
Doom Patrol (2016) #4

Jan 25, 2017

You don't have to be smart to read a comic like this, you simply need to know it's all about the journey and never about answers. Gerard Way and Nick Derington are paving the way for a complex comic series that's hard to put down because there's so much discovery.

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8.5
Doom Patrol (2016) #5

Mar 22, 2017

Wacky, wild, action packed...there's so much to love when it comes to this still developing series.

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9.5
Dream Police #1

Apr 30, 2014

It is a good comic indeed. The world is well rendered and the premise is fascinating. The nightmares could get their own book, they're that cool, and dreams have never been so interesting. Do other countries have an equivalent of the American dream? If they don't they might want to pick this book up and jump on this concept make it their own.

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8.5
Dream Thief #1

May 15, 2013

The panels make up a question mark, but they also show a neat cutaway to the bones within. Each frame is interesting to look at, but all three together build the tension as our hero sees what he did the following night. This guy is going to be someone to watch out for in the future that is for sure. He has a style all his own, but it reminds me of Sean Phillips with a little more creativity when it comes to page composition.

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8.5
Dream Thief #2

Jun 19, 2013

Artist Greg Smallwood continues a very controlled yet elaborate composition heavy style in this book. It's much appreciated, because how often have we seen people shooting and punching each other in a simple way? The composition of the page keeps you interested and the flow of the story always moving forward.

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9.0
Dream Thief #3

Jul 17, 2013

The art by Greg Smallwood is incredibly clear and poignant panel to panel. There are flourishes of inventive layouts here and there, but generally it's solid in telling the story first. There's always an appropriate closeup or medium shot when needed and the flashbacks to the dead's memories always work. The art never seems to be self-indulgent or pretty for pretty's sake, which always makes it a no-nonsense read.

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9.5
Dream Thief #4

Aug 21, 2013

And it's all ending next issue! Say it ain't so! Let's call a spade a spade. This comic isn't action packed or filled with explosions. It's a crime comic plain and simple, but it's paced impeccably, the art is always interesting and there's a strong development on all friends every single issue. It'll be sad to see this book go, but maybe it'll get an ongoing if we're lucky. If not, but Nitz and Smallwood have shown they are future powerhouses in the comic book industry. The bottom line is there is some master class storytelling going on here and you'd be a fool to miss in on it.

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9.5
Dream Thief: Escape #1

Jun 25, 2014

This issue proves Dream Thief wasn't a fluke or a one hit wonder, and that Nitz and Smallwood are a team to be reckoned with. Dare I say we're in for another instant classic? Recommended.

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6.5
Dream Thief: Escape #2

Jul 22, 2014

I'm not feeling this series as much as I did in its original run, but it's still very good at a lot of things. I'm hopeful it pulls itself around as issues come in, but so far it's not quite up to the heights this series could achieve.

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8.5
Dream Thief: Escape #3

Aug 26, 2014

This series is starting to turn back around with this very well paced and fun issue. The overall story has always been compelling, but the balance is back and it's almost as good as the original run.

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6.0
Dream Thief: Escape #4

Sep 30, 2014

This issue caps of what is an unfortunate sequel to the stellar original series. The story felt rushed, disjointed and missed the point of the original. We want to learn about new crimes and see him gain new powers, not rescue some old man we don't know!

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8.0
Drifter #1

Nov 11, 2014

Drifter is a visual feast that's a in a master class of storytelling with an interesting world and premise to explore.

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10
Dungeons & Dragons (2016) #1

May 3, 2016

A good sense of humor, fantastic action, and cool fantasy elements throughout? This is damn good fantasy that should not be missed.

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9.0
Dungeons & Dragons (2016) #2

Jun 14, 2016

This is the best damn fantasy series on the shelves today. It's fun, action-packed, and very funny.

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5.5
Dungeons & Dragons (2016) #3

Jul 13, 2016

This needs more action, more character interaction, more everything! While it's not a terrible issue it makes you wish there was more or at the very least things moved faster than they do.

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9.0
Dungeons & Dragons (2016) #4

Aug 23, 2016

Lots of action is in store for you if you give this comic a chance. It's also all really one solid lead-in to an introduction of a main villain who you won't want to miss next month.

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7.0
E Is For Extinction #1

Jun 24, 2015

A good introduction to a new story focused on a world where Grant Morrison's X-Men story went in a different direction. Fans of that now classic series should love this and I wouldn't be surprised if non X-Men fans jumped on board simply because it's a little different than what we've seen before from the mutant side of Marvel. This series has my attention.

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7.5
E Is For Extinction #2

Jul 22, 2015

An interesting issue in large part because Xorn is so damn cool. That said it's a bit wonky, Magneto's character shifts dramatically and the pace is slowed down by too much exposition.

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9.0
Earth 2: Society Annual #1

Aug 31, 2016

Earth 2: Society Annual is well worth your time if you dig action and character work. There's a meaningful conversation about sons and fathers and it's a must buy for fans of Earth 2: Society.

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9.5
Earth 2: Society #13

Jun 8, 2016

Strong dialogue, art, and pace make this issue sing. It's good reading and its pace is so damn good you could check your watch against it.

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9.0
Earth 2: Society #14

Jul 13, 2016

This issue continues a well-written and fun Elseworlds tale as the characters must make a hard choice that we can relate to. At the same time the action continues to shine due to some solid art.

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7.0
Earth 2: Society #15

Aug 10, 2016

Save for a jarring artist change halfway through this continues to be a fun gem that's a bit hidden from the rest of the DCU books. The most important element of this series is perfect: Anyone can die and anything can happen.

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9.5
Earth 2: Society #16

Sep 14, 2016

The sleeper superhero hit of 2016. Read this damn book and you'll want all the back issues.

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9.0
Earth 2: Society #17

Oct 12, 2016

Visually striking and incredibly inventive, Earth 2 Society #17 is exactly what you'll need to break the malaise of cliched comic books. This offers a delectably unnerving story and most importantly, an exciting reset.

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10
Earth 2: Society #18

Nov 9, 2016

Trippy, exciting and action packed, this issue was tightly paced and exciting all the way through. If you like a well told yarn that bends expectations, you've got to read this.

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9.5
Earth 2: Society #19

Dec 14, 2016

The plot thickens as Earth 2: Society continues to be one of the best superhero comics on the stands. It offers a reality-bending premise that's intriguing and feels very fresh.

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5.0
Earth 2: Society #20

Jan 11, 2017

A fight comic from beginning to end that's easily skippable. If you've been reading along there are a few subtle moments, and a cliffhanger to die for, but overall the issue is an average superhero fight book.

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7.5
Earth 2: Society #21

Feb 8, 2017

This is fight comics coming in at a high level. Cifuentes delivers his best issue yet, the stakes are raised and major developments happen so that you'll be itching for the finale issue next month.

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8.0
Earth 2: Society #22

Mar 8, 2017

A fine finale that sends good vibes and plenty of positive salutations. You don't get many bright and happy endings in comic books anymore so it feels unique in how it sends these heroes off. Given Multiversity I doubt this'll be the last we see of this bunch.

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7.5
Edge of Spider-Verse #1

Sep 10, 2014

If you like Spider-Man Noir you will love this issue, but those looking for more of an event book might be disappointed. There's nothing revealed here you didn't already know if you read Superior Spider-Man #32 as it serves more of a origin/recap of Spider-Man Noir.

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8.5
Edge of Spider-Verse #2

Sep 17, 2014

This is a stellar origin story issue that is just fresh enough to be worth a look. It's definitely a take on the original origin, but it's fun and fresh because the character's voice is so strong.

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10
Edge of Spider-Verse #3

Sep 24, 2014

The best Spider-Verse issue yet with an interesting Spider-Man origin and costume. Heck, even the issue has a conclusion, which the first two did not have, and adds to the overall event too!

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9.5
Edge of Spider-Verse #5

Oct 15, 2014

This is a fantastic issue that introduces an interesting world and character dynamics. It's really too bad it didn't have more time to flesh things out, but for what it's worth it's a great taste and a fun read.

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9.5
Elektra (2014) #1

Apr 23, 2014

This is an exceptional comic book that sets the tone masterfully. It looks amazing and sets up Monster Island in a very mythic and interesting way.

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7.0
Elektra (2014) #3

Jun 18, 2014

This is a good issue, although it's not great. The story progresses, the art is pretty good, and the most entertaining piece is teased for the next issue. Overall though this is good writing and a comic that shouldn't go unnoticed, especially when it's collected.

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6.0
Empowered Special: Internal Medicine #1

Mar 26, 2014

I'll admit my expectations were high for this pairing of super artists and that expectation brought me much too high for the quality of the book. That said it's a fun, albeit pointless, adventure.

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8.5
Everafter #1

Sep 7, 2016

Everafter has a winning formula of multiple genres, which feels right at home in the Vertigo library. The first issue solidly introduces us to the characters and their MO though it could use a bit more clarity as far as the state of the world.

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9.5
Everafter #2

Oct 5, 2016

If you're on the fence this issue will make you a believer. It's fast paced, looks great, and rife with surprises.

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10
Everafter #3

Nov 2, 2016

All in all you don't have to be a Fables fan to enjoy this book as it's developing its own stories nicely. This is a fantastic web that is highly enjoyable as it untangles its mysteries.

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7.5
Everafter #4

Dec 7, 2016

This issue is good for a laugh, a heavy dose of action, and a setup of a finale where the stakes can't get any higher. Hoewever, it does all of this in an issue that drags a bit waiting to lay down its heavier blows next issue. Bring on the finale!

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9.0
Everafter #5

Jan 4, 2017

Quite a fine climax to the first story arc in a series that's been gritty and real whilst blasting you with the supernatural. Everafter separates itself from the pack by making you believe anything can happen.

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8.0
Everafter #6

Feb 1, 2017

Aside from a protagonist you'll care very little about, the story is clever and weaves well into the Everafter story.

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6.5
Everafter #7

Mar 1, 2017

The magical world of Fables continues to be alive and well with a compelling prologue that sets up a key future character. That said, much of this issue coasts along with character you may not know making it hard to care.

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9.0
Family Pets #1

Apr 26, 2013

This six issue story can be found digitally May 1st on Comixology and will eventually be collected for your reading pleasure.

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7.0
Fantomex MAX #1

Oct 2, 2013

Shawn Crystal's pencils do a fantastic job pumping things up and making things pop. I particularly like how backgrounds are either detailed, polka dots, or extremely thatched. It forces the read to be a bit more chaotic and energy fueled. His work reminds me of Mike Huddleston's style and it's pretty fantastic.

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8.0
Figment 2 #1

Sep 1, 2015

If you're looking for a light read with some laugh-out-loud moments and an endearing premise, look no further than Figment 2 #1. Plus, it's all ages, so it has that going for it.

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7.5
Fistful Of Blood #1

Oct 20, 2015

Fans of grindhouse type action and horror movies should not miss this western about a girl with no name. If that doesn't tickle your fancy maybe the gritty graffiti art will.

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7.0
Fistful Of Blood #2

Nov 24, 2015

Exploitative grindhouse stylings and gorgeous art make this a must read for fans of the genre. Just don't expect a robust read by any means.

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8.0
Fistful Of Blood #4

Feb 9, 2016

A solid conclusion to an incredibly violent series that may have been light on story, but hell — made me want a sequel!

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5.5
Flash (2011) #42

Jul 22, 2015

This is a by the numbers sort of story with some nice detective work to keep things semi interesting. If not for the spectacular art though this would be a skippable issue at best.

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7.0
Flash (2011) #46

Nov 25, 2015

A bubblegum meal of fight sequences and bad guys posturing. If you like that sort of thing you'll love this.

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9.0
Flash (2011) #47

Dec 30, 2015

This is a great climactic issue that explores Professor Zoom's backstory as well as his part in Flash's own past, and it's all delivered in a fun, action packed way.

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8.0
Flash (2011) #50

Apr 20, 2016

While the featured story with Barry Allen's Flash is a by-the-numbers superhero comic, it does end in spectacular fashion, warranting a look. The backup with Wally West is fantastic and worth the price of admission alone. Without the backup this would easily be a 7 at best, but it brings it up a whole grade.

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4.0
Flash (2011) #51

May 4, 2016

What the hell did I just read? Flash comes off as weak and helpless for really stupid reasons. The Riddler's plan doesn't have enough teeth to make any sense either and it make it even worse it all ends with a shockingly melodramatic reveal.

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6.0
Flash (2011) #52

May 25, 2016

Flash #52 manages to ameliorate the last issue's gaffes with some exciting hero-villain team up action. I can't say Flash or the Riddler come off as very strong or interesting though, but if you like classic superhero stories you'll dig this.

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9.5
Foolkiller (2016) #1

Nov 2, 2016

Believe this: You will read this and only want more Foolkiller in your life. The character is well written and the story is interesting and well-paced.

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8.5
Forever Evil: Arkham War #1

Oct 9, 2013

This was a good start to the new miniseries by DC Comics. I'm still not sure the stakes when it comes to Penguin's threat to Bane though, which takes this issue down a few notches. That said, it's well paced and Bane is thoroughly clear in his desires and power. Should be fun to see how this character developments.

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6.0
Forever Evil: Arkham War #2

Nov 13, 2013

Not quite. The plot is there, and the art can be too if we can get rid of so many giant word bubbles, but damn is the dialogue stifling this series. I'll stick around to see where things are going, but the execution is leaving a lot to be desired. Especially for a book that's technically an event.

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9.5
Forever Evil: Arkham War #3

Dec 11, 2013

Call me crazy but after two so-so issues I really loved what is happening in this series. The war finally begins and Bane does something that'll get everyone talking. On top of that it's becoming clear what the macguffin is in this little blockbuster, which makes things all the more compelling.

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9.0
Frostbite #1

Sep 28, 2016

This is a strong start to a series that feels more important than ever. The climate change element is pertinent mixed in with a gritty, violent, underworld feel.

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9.0
Frostbite #2

Oct 26, 2016

Gritty science fiction storytelling that's incredible real. It's well worth a look if you like a thought provoking story with a strong premise.

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9.0
Frostbite #3

Nov 23, 2016

Frostbite is hard hitting and genuine in its ability to make violence seem meaningful and real. This issue speeds ahead too quickly at times, but it's still well worth your time. Frostbite is gritty real and thrilling. Do not miss it!

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8.5
Frostbite #4

Dec 28, 2016

Frostbite is entertaining if you're a sucker for character work. The industry has space operas, and based on the quality of this we might need to add the genre of Ice Age opera.

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5.0
Frostbite #5

Jan 25, 2017

Continuing to look great, the fifth issue of Frostbite lacks the thrilling push and pull of the last few issues as well as the good pace and flow it has been known for. The story has shifted in interesting ways, but suffers as it's forced with too much exposition.

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9.0
Frostbite #6

Feb 22, 2017

A thrilling series comes to a thrilling end. I can't say enough, if you dig pulse pounding storytelling you must read Frostbite.

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7.0
Future Quest #2

Jul 6, 2016

You may not do better in searching for a rollicking adventure with so many damn characters and wild action. It has an old school feel for sure that'll bring you back to the times when comic strips were king.

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7.5
Future Quest #3

Jul 27, 2016

It's abundantly clear Future Quest is for anyone who wants to take a ride back to when comics were a bit goofy and a lot of un. There's nothing else quite like it on the stands today.

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7.0
Future Quest #4

Aug 31, 2016

The bad guys steal the show in Future Quest #4, but you can't overlook the fantastic introduction of two more Hanna-Barbara characters. This issue has an anthology feel even though it's only 20 or so pages, which is why the main story lacks teeth with too many characters being jam packed at once.

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7.5
Future Quest #5

Oct 5, 2016

The backup which reveals a new set of heroes steals the show with a fun and clever premise for their strategy to keep their powers under wraps. If you're looking for an all ages adventure book you can't do much better than this.

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6.5
Future Quest #6

Oct 26, 2016

Overall this is a good experience with the backup allowing the main story to skip a beat and still allow the reader to find some joy in the entire issue. There's lots of action, more origin story information, and Space Ghost steals the show with an exciting scene.

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7.0
Future Quest #7

Nov 23, 2016

Future Quest continues to offer nostalgic style superheroes and plenty of them. This issue introduces new characters, key character moments, and a major turn for the big threat that's been coming for a while. Overall it's setting things up though and drags for portions of the issue.

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8.5
Future Quest #8

Dec 28, 2016

Future Quest #8 is a gorgeously rendered comic with tons of monster action. I continues to be a wonder how Parker can fit so many damn characters into a single series, but he does it and it pays off in this one.

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8.0
Future Quest #11

Mar 22, 2017

You won't see this many Hanna-Barbera characters fighting together like this anywhere else. The book combines them all in a fun, action packed way.

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8.5
Gamma (One Shot) #1

Jul 24, 2013

The one major negative of this series is that it doesn't have enough of the good stuff, which tells me it has potential for a sequel at the very least. Maybe that's contingent on how this sells. If that's true, go buy this now! The comic is a lot of fun and would be an interesting and compelling ongoing series. Unfortunately, a single issue isn't enough to let the story and concept breathe. You'll be left feeling the story is imbalanced, mostly because the best bits have yet to be said.

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7.5
Gamora #1

Dec 21, 2016

This story kicks off a hero's journey you won't want to miss. The art is sharp and darker in tone like something out of Star Wars and the action exciting too. Still, I wish there was more in the way of character work.

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9.0
Gamora #2

Jan 18, 2017

Gamora is shaping up to be the science fiction epic nobody saw coming. The second issue opens with an exciting chase sequence and fleshes out new characters well.

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8.0
Gamora #3

Feb 15, 2017

Another good issue is in store for you this week as Gamora must continue her quest to kill every last Badoon. The dialogue is excellent and the cliffhanger even better!

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8.0
Gamora #4

Mar 22, 2017

The best character work Gamora has gotten in some time!

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7.0
Ghost Rider (2016) #2

Dec 28, 2016

Save for Ghost Rider making a short appearance in his own book this is a good issue. Ghost Rider #2 is smartly written, drawn with impressive detail, and offers plenty of action too.

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8.5
Ghost Rider (2016) #3

Jan 25, 2017

Action packed and enjoyable as hell, Ghost Rider is that road trip you've always wanted to go on with friends; now can from the comfort of your own home. The character dynamics are on point and the action is rendered quite well. Just don't expect much Ghost Rider in his own book.

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9.5
Glitterbomb #1

Sep 7, 2016

Strong character work outshines an almost equally strong sense of dread and unease in this title. It introduces you to a world we haven't seen a lot of in comic books, a character you root for, and a premise that can go anywhere. Glitterbomb is exciting if you dig original storytelling, and just may be the horror hit of the year.

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10
Glitterbomb #2

Oct 12, 2016

Right in time for Halloween, Glitterbomb #2 ramps up the horror and will give you food for thought and all kinds of tingles. Like a master director, Zub and artist Djibril Morissette-Phan know they have us where they want us leaving you unsure in a haunting sort of way. The last page of this book will fill you existential dread and hopelessness and remind you the best horror is a mirror.

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8.5
Glitterbomb #3

Nov 8, 2016

Glitterbomb continues to be intriguing as it captures the horror of Hollywood and the "monster inside you" story well. It's starting to fall into the trap shows like Lost fell into as there aren't enough answers to justify the reader's interest, but it's still early yet.

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7.5
Glitterbomb #4

Dec 6, 2016

Glitterbomb continues to capture the frailty of the human condition via the awful behavior of Hollywood peers. In a world where it's all about how you look, Zub is revealing the inner truth of the characters is more monstrous than anything you could imagine — even when the script blows everything up and makes you shake your head with utter confusion!

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8.5
Go Home #1

Nov 23, 2016

Deeply meaningful, Go Home captures the brutality of humanity in more ways than one. Most importantly, this issue offers a story that will make you think about the human condition.

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9.0
Godzilla: Rulers Of Earth #1

Jun 26, 2013

I was pleasantly surprised how good this comic turned out and that's no slight on the property or the creators. It's a very hard thing to strike a balance between good story, action and have it paced so well. It has everything a plethora of readers would want. You get the monster battles, but also an introduction of concepts and characters you'll want to stick around reading about for months to come.

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8.5
Godzilla: Rulers Of Earth #2

Aug 7, 2013

Your enjoyment of this issue hinges on how much monster battling you need. If you want more character development and plot advancement you might want to skip this, but for what it's worth there is both of those things in this issue. There's just more monster battling overall. I never thought I'd love a Godzilla comic, but so far I've enjoyed every page Mowry and Frank have cooked up.

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9.5
Godzilla: Rulers Of Earth #3

Aug 28, 2013

The first issue of this series got a 9 from me, the second an 8.5 because it was mostly action, but I have to say the creative team outdid themselves on this one. It's mostly due to a stellar pace that cuts between action and story very nicely. You're never bored, never confused and always entertained. At the end of the day, isn't that all you want from a comic to release some steam?

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8.5
Godzilla: Rulers Of Earth #4

Sep 25, 2013

We do briefly check in with the human protagonists, but only to give us an idea of where they might be going in the next issue. So far the series seems to go back and forth with an action heavy issue like this one then back to story progression in the next. Essentially this keeps us interested, but also delivers on all the monster battles we want in a balanced way.

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7.5
Gotham By Midnight #1

Nov 26, 2014

This is a good first issue as it captures the tone of the series with an interesting mystery to boot. The characters are a bit thin, but at least it's clear how Batman fits in all of this.

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9.5
Gotham By Midnight #2

Dec 24, 2014

A well paced story that finishes the first story very well with exceptional art and a compelling look at its characters.

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8.5
Grayson Annual #3

Jun 29, 2016

I'd call this a very easy win for anyone interested in a done in one entertaining comic that doesn't require extensive knowledge of the characters. Grayson Annual #3 contains good character dynamics, dialogue, action, and a satisfying, well-earned conclusion.

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9.5
Grayson #15

Dec 9, 2015

Anyone expecting a run of the mill event issue will be wildly surprised to find a fantastically paced story that's a fun take on the training montage we all know and love.

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7.5
Great Pacific #9

Aug 14, 2013

That said, reading this in the single issue format makes it tricky to enjoy. Harris is writing something that's incredibly difficult to make interesting, especially in the comic book format which is lacking in human actors and professional cinematography and soundtrack. The series should be commended for making such difficult concepts interesting, but reading it in the single issue format, it's hard to be elated with the pace and the decompression of the story. As it stands it's a comic to read with a glass of whiskey and a few moments to spare. You'll need them to think on it.

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8.5
Green Arrow (2011) #47

Dec 9, 2015

A solid villain backstory that ties into Green Arrow's emotions mixed in with a fun and disturbing ceremonial scene makes this an above average read.

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5.0
Green Arrow (2011) #50

Mar 16, 2016

The darker elements work quite well for a haunting and werewolf-tastic experience. That said, Green Arrow barely does anything beside groan with no fighting to speak of and certainly does nothing heroic.

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6.5
Green Arrow (2011) #51

Apr 6, 2016

Action packed and fun because of it, Green Arrow #51 works well enough, but a few awkward scenes, panels and bits of dialogue make this an imperfect read.

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4.0
Green Arrow (2011) #52

May 4, 2016

I can't say this is a good comic. There are too many awkward panels that pull you out of the narrative and the narrative itself is a rush to the finish line with awkward dialogue and easy coincidences.

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7.5
Green Arrow (2016) #1

Jun 15, 2016

Green Arrow fans have a lot to talk about after this issue! If anything this was the Rebirth issue Green Arrow needed as there are major reveals, surprising twists and a cliffhanger that changes everything.

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9.5
Green Arrow (2016) #2

Jul 6, 2016

Another tight issue in a series that's great at providing a great pace and a balanced story. Solid art, high stakes, and a Green Arrow with lots of woman problems makes for fun page turning.

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9.5
Green Arrow (2016) #3

Jul 20, 2016

Another great issue with phenomenal art by Ferreyra that's a lot more colorful and less brooding than in the last few issues, but just as good if not better at creeping you out and bringing fun action too. This is a series that reminds you comics should be fun.

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8.0
Green Arrow (2016) #4

Aug 3, 2016

The stakes are raised as Ollie must take down an enemy that's a mystery in itself. Well written, beautiful, and tense.

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8.5
Green Arrow (2016) #5

Aug 17, 2016

Green Arrow continues to be a fun ride, introduces interesting ideas, and brings the surprises. Green Arrow does so much well it's hard to notice its flaws.

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4.0
Green Arrow (2016) #6

Sep 7, 2016

Emi fans will love this issue as it gives her character new purpose and more complexity. All in all it feels like a good CW episode of a show we should be watching.

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7.5
Green Arrow (2016) #7

Sep 21, 2016

There's a lot of fun and action packed content to be devoured in this issue. Most importantly, you'll come away respecting and liking Emi more than ever.

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6.5
Green Arrow (2016) #8

Oct 5, 2016

Green Arrow and Black Canary's relationship is focused on with plenty of sultry scenes to get readers hot and bothered. I'm not sure the balance of that and the impending threat is done well enough though, making the issue feel too focused on them.

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5.0
Green Arrow (2016) #9

Oct 19, 2016

It's decent, but not a winner. It'll be good to see this short arc end as it has felt like it's just biding its time for a more important and bigger story later.

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6.0
Green Arrow (2016) #10

Nov 2, 2016

This is an average superhero story with an espionage angle that suits the character. The art pops though and it'll make it worth the price of admission alone for most!

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9.0
Green Arrow (2016) #11

Nov 16, 2016

Gorgeous and jaw droppingly good, Green Arrow is going to make you gasp and make you want more.

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9.5
Green Arrow (2016) #12

Dec 7, 2016

Green Arrow is smartly written, well paced and exciting every punch, kick, and arrow of the way. This issue sets up the story arc, has plenty of action, and enough good dialogue to enrich the characters and progress the plot nicely.

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8.0
Green Arrow (2016) #13

Dec 21, 2016

Green Arrow continues to be a great street level heroes' journey with plenty of strong supporting characters. Though the ending is predictable, I'll be back for more next issue.

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6.5
Green Arrow (2016) #14

Jan 4, 2017

A big reveal and a solid chase sequence are in store for readers of this one. A major hiccup in art at a key time late in the issue will make you question what you're seeing, and generally the tension isn't there due to a lack of visual payoff for Ollie's actions, framed or not.

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9.0
Green Arrow (2016) #15

Jan 18, 2017

Green Arrow #15 is action packed with a Lethal Weapon vibe that's hard to resist. This issue progresses the villain's plot and looks gorgeous doing it.

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9.0
Green Arrow (2016) #16

Feb 1, 2017

Green Arrow #16 keeps you on your toes with unconventional plotting and a thriller fast pace. A lot happens in this issue which makes its value quite high.

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9.0
Green Arrow (2016) #17

Feb 15, 2017

If anyone had doubts of Green Arrow's place among the more established heroes this is a good issue to hand them. The opening clearly makes it apparent this dude is a hero to the core and with the action and plot developments so on point in this issue this is a book to keep your eyes on.

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8.0
Green Arrow (2016) #18

Mar 1, 2017

This story is well timed as Green Arrow and Arsenal come to blows over a very real and meaningful real life issue. Percy and Carlini do a great job using flashbacks to remind us Arsenal and Green Arrow have a long lived past.

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9.0
Green Arrow: Rebirth #1

Jun 1, 2016

Green Arrow introduces a wickedly creepy villain, a new underground group to haunt Seattle, and a new love interest for Ollie too. As far as Rebirth titles go this is on the right track. Green Arrow brings readers deeper into the creepy underbelly of DC Comics.

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8.5
Green Hornet: Legacy #41

Sep 25, 2013

The colors by Kristy Swan, while a bit dark, suit the creepy zombie storyline. I'm not sure who gets credit, but the clouds in the background in a bunch of the shots look pretty rad too. It makes the characters pop, and it's just enough reality mixed with the cartoony drawings to make things feel otherworldly.

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8.0
Green Lantern (2011) #47

Dec 2, 2015

This is a solid issue due to strong bookends and solid character development. Don't expect an action packed issue, but some good storytelling overall.

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5.0
Green Lantern (2011) #48

Jan 5, 2016

This is an average issue at best, as the emotional resonance is lost in every scene Green Lantern meets new characters.

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7.5
Green Lantern (2011) #50

Mar 2, 2016

As bombastic and action packed as anyone could ask a 50th issue to be. Sure it lacks the plot progression and character development that'd make it excellent, but it's still fun. Come for the awesome power of Green Lantern!

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7.5
Green Lantern (2011) #51

Apr 6, 2016

A fantastic opening that reminds us why Hal is great while also introducing a new power that's a real mystery. The action is fun too, but expect a slightly decompressed issue here.

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9.5
Green Lantern (2011) #52

May 4, 2016

Green Lantern is filled with great action, great art and most importantly his powers convey a sense that, much like in the cosmos, anything is possible.

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9.0
Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion #1

Jan 13, 2016

A desperate Green Lantern Corps is a fresh take on the characters, and the new villains and supporting characters make this accessible and a whole lot of fun to all readers.

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5.5
Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion #2

Feb 10, 2016

Classic comics are back with heroes punching and rushing to save the day with as little thought as possible! This proves to be troublesome for a complex story and the lack of understanding the villains or stakes hurts it in the end.

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9.5
Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion #6

Jun 8, 2016

Big, explosive, and exciting, this is a story that feels incredibly important and will most assuredly have resounding ramifications on the DCU in the future.

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9.5
Green Lanterns #1

Jun 15, 2016

This is quite an exciting start for Green Lanterns and a strong first issue. The buddy cop formula works incredibly well and Humphries has himself one complex and compelling story on his hands.

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9.5
Green Lanterns #2

Jul 6, 2016

This series reminds us in most cases two is better than one. The Green Lantern duo offers a compelling character back and forth combination that anyone interested in psychological thrillers should dig.

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7.5
Green Lanterns #3

Jul 20, 2016

Another good issue that reminds us Humphries has a winning formula going.

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9.0
Green Lanterns #4

Aug 3, 2016

Teamwork isn't just about working together, but working things out together and this issue is a master class in that regard. If you like character work this book is for you.

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7.0
Green Lanterns #5

Aug 17, 2016

If you like big event-caliber action you'll thoroughly enjoy this issue. Baz and Cruz's inescapable bond is on display and you'll be dying for the next issue. The events in this issue are quick though, making you want more.

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5.0
Green Lanterns #6

Sep 14, 2016

Green Lanterns #6 sets up the next big arc, closes things out for our heroes, and opens with well written captions that'll put you right inside their heads. Like much of this series, its strength is when we're right there with the heroes reading their thoughts.

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9.5
Green Lanterns #7

Sep 21, 2016

Green Lanterns #7 perfectly embodies the stress and anxiety we all face hanging with family at Thanksgiving dinner. Humphries continues to prove writing characters is his forte. If you like character work you shouldn't miss this series.

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9.5
Green Lanterns #8

Oct 5, 2016

This is a great issue that will get you into the Halloween spirit. More importantly the Guardian gets an important backstory and finally appears to trust the Green Lanterns.

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8.0
Green Lanterns #9

Oct 19, 2016

If you dig origin stories you shouldn't miss this issue especially since it delves into the new villain everybody will be talking about. That said, it's lacking superhero action.

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8.0
Green Lanterns #10

Nov 2, 2016

If you were skeptical the Phantom Ring was a hokey storyline fear not, as this issue proves there's a lot of action, ideas and character to explore yet.

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10
Green Lanterns #11

Nov 16, 2016

This is as solid as psychological thrillers come. The Lanterns are dealing with their own emotional issues and now must deal with someone even more erratic, which is highly entertaining if you dig character work.

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9.5
Green Lanterns #12

Dec 7, 2016

Thrilling character work can be had in this emotionally charged story that can only add complexity to the Green Lantern universe.

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7.5
Green Lanterns #13

Dec 21, 2016

Green Lantern fans need to read this as major revelations are revealed in regards to the Guardians and the rings they created.

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8.0
Green Lanterns #14

Jan 4, 2017

Green Lanterns #14 offers a few surprises and some major turn of events that'll get folks talking and wanting more.

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9.5
Green Lanterns #15

Jan 18, 2017

If you deal with anxiety or know someone who does this is an issue you can use to help those who don't understand make sense of the struggle. The creative team have put in a perfect issue that captures the deeply human struggle many of us face.

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8.0
Green Lanterns #16

Feb 1, 2017

A somewhat disjointed issue that starts a new arc with a threat that's an inspired combination of Batman and Green Lantern villains. Green Lanterns #16 does a good job connecting to real world issues with superhero flair.

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8.0
Green Lanterns #17

Feb 15, 2017

This is a good issue if you're a Batman fan, but a great one if you love Simon Baz. The gun he's holstered for years now comes to the forefront as Simon must tackle an inner demon.

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8.5
Green Lanterns #18

Mar 1, 2017

Green Lanterns #18 is a fever dream that you'll never want to end. It tells a story that recounts billions of years, reveals key Green Lantern history, and is a fun story in its own right.

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8.0
Green Lanterns #19

Mar 15, 2017

This series is an instant buy on site if you're a lover of good character writing.

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9.5
Green Lanterns: Rebirth #1

Jun 1, 2016

Having read all of the Rebirth books so far this is by far the best of the bunch. This book establishes the main characters and villains efficiently, but most importantly has written an addictive series right off the bat. If you're on the fence about Rebirth, Green Lanterns: Rebirth is a sure thing.

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9.5
Green Valley #1

Oct 3, 2016

Green Valley #1 is a calm before the storm opening salvo that will kick you in the teeth more than once. It has a handle on dialogue that's expected from Landis at this point, but just as satisfying as ever. You will dig this tale if you like your knights believable and primed for violence.

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8.0
Green Valley #2

Nov 8, 2016

Well written character development issue that sets up the next big challenge. The fact of the matter is, Landis will make you believe these characters are real and Camuncoli will make you believe they feel.

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8.5
Green Valley #3

Dec 13, 2016

Though the pace might just kill someone, especially with a story with such a delicious subtle reveal, this is another good issue. Green Valley is a gorgeous book with a story that will get you talking around the watercooler in no time.

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7.0
Green Valley #4

Jan 10, 2017

Green Valley continues to be a fantasy story that's a touch different and with characters you've grown to know. It's a good balance of surprises and real human emotion that's good at keeping your attention. This issue drags on and progresses things very little, but I'll still be back for more.

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7.5
Green Valley #5

Feb 7, 2017

Though the story is dragging, Green Valley #5 is still good science fiction meets fantasy meets historical fiction. Landis is writing a villain you want to die oh so badly and that'll have you back for more on top of everything else.

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9.0
Green Valley #6

Mar 7, 2017

This nine part story is nearing the home stretch and there's hell to pay by god! This series impresses via its characters writing, ideas, and art, but you'll be most surprised to find yourself wishing the villain horribly massacred and rooting for a killing. Bring it on!

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9.0
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Demons: Unseen #2

Jul 10, 2013

So often these days you can read a comic in two minutes flat. Not so here, and in fact I flipped through to the end more than once just to see how many more pages I had left. Every time I was astounded how much more story there was. That tells me there's a lot of value in this issue with plenty of story, action and character development for anyone to enjoy. I also think Jason Johnson is really coming into his own with this issue. If you want to see an early issue of someone who'll be hot on the scene in the future, check this comic out.

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7.5
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Demons: Unseen #3

Aug 14, 2013

This issue looks great and is a good conclusion to this three issue arc. That said, there are a few developments that disappoint in the climactic battle to end things. It's understandable you need to get the character from point A to point B, but it all comes off a bit lazy and another issue or two really could have let this story breath. I'm not sure if it's execution or just choice, but it does let you down a bit.

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7.0
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Hunters: The Shadowlands #2

Jun 12, 2013

By issues end it's clear this was a good issue that could have been a home run, save for its inability to give the heroes much to do. That said, there were exciting moments and some surprising ones, all of which make me want to read the next issue. When you consider how many summer event tie ins are complete wastes I'm not sure there's much more you can ask for than to get a story that drives the reader to want to read the next issue.

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7.0
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Werewolves: The Hunger #1

May 22, 2013

I'm on board for this tie-in. I like the angle it's taking, especially with a veterinarian who may or may not be doing some werewolf research. The grizzled monster hunter is just okay, but I'm willing to take his cliched character along for the ride if it means some werewolf prodding in the right direction.

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5.5
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Werewolves: The Hunger #3

Jul 31, 2013

If you've read the first two issues there's no reason not to finish this story. There's some decent werewolf vs. Roman action and a conclusion. The art however, is a bit of a mess to start and the two artists probably should have never been put on the same book to begin with. On top of that, the cover seems to suggest a different story that actually occurs, and may have been better to boot. The first issue offered up some promising ideas, but it all ends predictably.

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7.5
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Zombies: The Cursed #1

Jul 10, 2013

Ultimately this story has deep roots in the history of slavery in New Orleans and I really can't wait to see where it goes. The concept at play here concerning zombies is interesting and fresh as well. The magic wielding hero to open the book is the only weakness as far as scripting goes as I'm not sure what her deal is and she really only serves as a way to deliver exposition. That said, this was a surprisingly good read and a tie-in I'll be sure to continue.

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9.0
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Zombies: The Cursed #2

Aug 7, 2013

I left this issue with plenty of awesome action, advancement of character development, a surprise ending and tons of zombie gore. Yah I'd call that a win.

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8.0
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Madness of Wonderland #4

May 14, 2013

I came into this issue knowing nothing, but came out enjoying what it had to offer. I had to piece some things together on my own, because the writing didn't do me too many favors as far as catching me up, but dang did I leave this comic wanting to know more about our protagonist. It certainly helped the moody atmospheric art kept things twisted and a bit mental.

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8.0
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Oz #2

Aug 21, 2013

Since there's so much exposition and on top of that, so many long shots establishing the location of characters, this issue was like reading a fairy tale at a young age. You're not part of the action, but privy to the story. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it does make this issue difficult to get into. That said, I'm really digging the changes Brusha is adding to not only grow up the story, but also make it an epic fantasy.

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8.0
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Oz #3

Oct 9, 2013

This series is generally good for decent pacing and interesting additions to the mythos of Oz. The art is a bit rushed though, which takes it down a peg as far as enjoyment goes. Still, the story is compelling enough to be enjoyed by everyone.

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8.5
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Wonderland #11

May 29, 2013

The real strength of this issue is its pacing. It cuts between flashbacks, but also introduces the kidnapper in a very articulate and interesting way. It's also a self-contained sort of story which helps for anyone new to the series. Because the main thread of this story is self contained, you can enjoy the majority without knowing what happened before, but also be introduced to the obviously complicated web that's being spun.

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6.0
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Wonderland: Age of Darkness #1

Jun 18, 2014

Overall this issue is a bit of a downer as it doesn't achieve the heights it could. There is story progression, but the characters aren't explored quite enough. It is neat to see how Carlie would rule, which is foreshadowing I'm sure, but overall it's skippable..

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8.5
Grimm Fairy Tales Unleashed: Vampires Eternal #1

Apr 24, 2013

Overall this is a win for Zenescope. The story is ambitious as it takes place in both the 1500's and the present day, and juggles the main event series well but also has an identity of its own. Its tie-ins like this that prove a summer event can succeed for the reader and the publisher. Too often the tie in is an excuse to sell another book, but here it's obvious a good story is being told.

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6.0
Grimm Fairy Tales Unleashed: Vampires Eternal #2

May 15, 2013

Much like the #2 issues for any series I'm hesitant to suggest this is a home run issue. I'm not sure where this miniseries is going, and while there's some interesting character development in play, I don't know if I'm sold on its genuineness.

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7.5
Grizzly Shark #1

Apr 5, 2016

Like Ryan Ottley's work? Buy this. Like outrageous gore and lowbrow humor? Buy this. Expecting a story beyond excuses to see the Grizzly Shark eviscerate people? Steer clear for the Grizzly Shark will not bite you in the funny bone!

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7.5
Groo vs. Conan #1

Jul 22, 2014

Not a bad issue with a meta angle that you wouldn't expect. I do think you'll need to be familiar with Groo to enjoy this fully, but it's going to be a wild ride and it's worth checking out this issue to jump on.

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7.0
Groo vs. Conan #2

Aug 26, 2014

17 out of 25 pages are good reading, which isn't that bad, and maybe you'll enjoy the Sergio parts more than me, so there's a chance you'll love the heck out of this book. For me though, if it would only stick to the Conan vs. Groo bits it could be a home run.

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7.0
Guardians of the Galaxy (2013) #2

Apr 24, 2013

Overall this is an okay issue. The action sequence is awesome, but the politics will bore you to death and could have been reduced. I also came away a little confused by what is going on, but maybe that's their intention. Either way, this book serves as a blockbuster type series that won't make you think too hard, but has plenty of cool characters to root for.

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8.0
Guardians of the Galaxy (2013) #3

Jun 12, 2013

Generally speaking this is how big dumb action comics should be done. It's not too complicated and it delivers everything you'd want. It's true previous Guardians comics, I'm thinking of the Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning 2008 run, were more robust on the science fiction and story, but that's not what this comic is trying to be. You can't fault a thing for what it isn't, and it's good action comics.

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9.0
Guardians of the Galaxy (2013) #5

Jul 31, 2013

It's a little early to be demanding more characterization from Angela, but it is worth saying she doesn't do much beyond sneer and fight in this issue. It's all made up by the introduction of a classic Marvel villain on the final page, and the implications of this interaction are huge. Even though the team is broken up, we get a bit of everyone in this issue, and Rocket is once again hilarious and fun. I'm holding out hope Angela gets more to do in the next issue, as it's an intriguing idea to thrust her into the Marvel U, and I know I'm not alone when I say I want to see more from this character besides a Hulk-Smash fill in.

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6.0
Guardians of the Galaxy (2015) #14

Nov 30, 2016

A fun done in one issue that looks good and captures Flash's immense respect for Spider-Man. There's a bit of humor, but ultimately the action sequence falls flat due to the lack of any stakes at all.

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8.0
Guardians of the Galaxy (2015) #16

Jan 11, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy #16 is a valiant and intriguing aside for conventional comic book storytelling that's admirable, but isn't quite as perfect as it could be. This issue will make you smile and maybe even hoot with some truly touching moments. Because it doesn't quite hit a home run – though a home run is in sight – you're left wishing it was just a little bit better.

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9.0
Guardians of the Galaxy (2015) #17

Feb 8, 2017

Gamora (and Captain Marvel!) fans need this issue in their life. Not only is the action fun and fast, but the issue itself has some tricks up its sleeves you won't want to miss.

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7.5
Guardians of the Galaxy (2015) #18

Mar 15, 2017

Action that's tons of fun, great art, and some interesting moments that show Angela is more complex than you think. Just don't expect read to last long.

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9.5
Gutter Magic #1

Jan 12, 2016

There's a certain brand of magic in this series and it doesn't come from a wand: great storytelling.

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9.5
Gutter Magic #2

Feb 9, 2016

You'll read this and think, "why isn't this a movie yet?"

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5.0
Gutter Magic #3

Mar 8, 2016

Save for a strong climactic moment with a very large monster this issue has too many artistic hiccups and boring elements to make it truly good. It's still worth checking out if you've been reading along and it'll be interesting to see what kind of answers we have in store after that cliffhanger.

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7.5
Gutter Magic #4

Apr 19, 2016

This issue delivers a lot of answers and a satisfying conclusion to the series with the promise, like all good stories do, that the journey of Cinder is not even being close to finished. Still there are more answers and a rush to the end than a well told story from cover to cover, which will leave you wanting more for the wrong reasons.

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9.0
Gwenpool Holiday Special: Merry Mix Up #1

Dec 14, 2016

For $5.99 this is a great deal as I found myself enjoying nearly every page of it. The general premise allows the creators to play around with the ridiculousness of the holiday season and push the envelope in creative ways. Bottom line: If you want a laugh buy Gwenpool Holiday Special.

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8.5
Hack/Slash: Son of Samhain #1

Jul 2, 2014

I was pleasantly surprised by this first issue that effectively sets up a truly epic monster hunt for our girl Hack. Here's to hoping things continue to develop in a compelling way.

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9.0
Hack/Slash: Son of Samhain #2

Aug 5, 2014

This is rounding out to be an interesting read due to some choice moments of thought provoking conversations. Recommended.

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9.0
Hack/Slash: Son of Samhain #3

Sep 2, 2014

This series continues to add layers to the bad guys as the heroes continue their quest, which only strengthens the dynamics of the story. Great writing and great art!

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9.5
Hack/Slash: Son of Samhain #4

Sep 30, 2014

Another great issue in this series due to the backstory always building and the action always connected to context. Don't miss this great series!

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7.0
Hack/Slash: Son of Samhain #5

Nov 4, 2014

A fine way to end things but doesn't live up to the previous issues as it lacks in surprises and dialogue that chews up the scenery. Still a good read though.

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8.0
Hacktivist #1

Jan 22, 2014

Want some real life espionage with hacker tendencies? Check this book out or a hacker you are not!

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