David Brooke's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: AiPT! Reviews: 1437
8.0Avg. Review Rating

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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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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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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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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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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A big, action-packed issue is delievered as DC Comics continues to prove this is the blockbuster series of DC Rebirth. It does cheapen the experience a bit as there's a lack of character work and a heavy-handed emotional moment later in the issue doesn't quite cut it. Still, the new direction for Green and Yellow Lanterns alike is compelling.

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If you want a bubblegum crossover event look no further than Justice League/Power Rangers #1. The action is good, the art suits the story, and above all else the story moves at a fast clip. Considering this is a team vs. team book it's a bit disappointing so few characters get a chance to shine, but it's still early yet.

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Aside from a rather ridiculous way of making her powers work I'm excited to see how the writers use her abilities in different situations. Justice League of America: Vixen Rebirth is a stand-up Rebirth issue that establishes many things well and should have many in line for more.

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Red Hood and the Outlaws #6 offers a satisfying conclusion to a fantastic first arc. Lobdell and Soy have made a case for this team and it's unique place amongst the pantheon of DC series.

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Suicide Squad #9 features an international battle with high stakes and a clever twist that focuses in on Waller's ability to plan. If you're up for a done in one story with a Suicide Squad lineup that's not conventional, this is a must read.

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The Mighty Thor #15 sets up the new arc in all the right ways with big stakes and defining character moments for multiple characters. I wished there was more Thor in the book, but it had me hook, line, and sinker by the final page.

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This is a great 25th anniversary issue as it reveals Squirrel Girl's youth in a way many will relate to, but also laugh along with. The fact they've brought in a co-creator to write a portion is great and great fun. Squirrel Girl brings the good vibes, plenty of chuckles, and a great time between you and comics.

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Titans succeeds at showing a superhero team pull together in a new city whilst showcasing their dynamics in succinct ways. It also offers a big action scene and some tantalizing new threads to chew on concerning how The Watchmen plays into the future DC books.

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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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Motor Crush continues to be an eye-catching adrenaline rush. The characters are intriguing with a story you want to unpeel as there are layers of mystery waiting to be explored.

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Motro continues to be a fantastical fantasy that's its own thing. There's nothing else like it on the stands today, or ever before. Its frantic pace can be confusing and sometimes frustrating, but there's no denying this is a unique story lovers of fantasy will dig.

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Cleverly written, Kindt shows he's at the top of his game when it comes to tense visual storytelling. Ninjak #23's narrative has a cinematic feel that's hard to put down.

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

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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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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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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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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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I'm not an Atom fan, but after reading this issue I'm compelled to come back for more. A fun relationship is introduced that is rife for storytelling possibilities due to the strong characterization.

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Tensions rise in this excellent issue that juggles the trials of Midnighter and Apollo well. The art brings the big action and will have you on the edge of your seat!

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At times mesmerizing, trippy, and always captivating, Moon Knight #10 is a fever dream of story and character. Lemire and Smallwood are telling a story that not only pushes the character into new depths, but the comic book format as well.

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Nightwing fights a "whale-woman" and develops a rapport with characters, bringing a richer meaning to his stay in Bludhaven. The issue has a slower pace which makes it feel like a slog at times, but a fun fight sequence makes up for that.

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Nova is shaping up to be my favorite series in 2017. It's early yet, but it has all the visuals you could desire with a complex dynamic of characters and a compelling subplot of stories.

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Get out your Earth number guide, because the multiverse is back! This issue kicks off the series with plenty of clues, questions, and immediate threats to tantalize.

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Autumnlands continues to be the epic fantasy that you'll never want to end. This issue wraps things up well so that when it does return it can start anew and take us on yet another wild adventure.

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Jason Aaron continues to prove he might be the best in the business at capturing the inner pathos of a character. Thor is going through an emotional rollercoaster that's highly entertaining. He uses it to keep the narrative interesting and moving when action is light. Another fine issue in a series I can't get enough of.

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U.S.Avengers #1 is a rip roaring good time. There are plenty of new characters, action, and interesting dynamics to enjoy that'll make you want more! Above all else, this series appears to be laying the groundwork of what it means to be American and the very definition is fluid and compelling.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Another action packed blockbuster of an issue with lots of very pretty art. Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps continues to be the summer blockbuster of DC Rebirth.

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If you're a lover of events in comics, or simply just loved Secret Wars, this is a must read. Infamous Iron Man #3 is a fresh take on superheroes. Doom is ambiguous, which makes matters all the more intriguing.

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Mother Panic is all grit and emotional baggage in the best of ways. The character is revealed more here as Houser and Edwards peel back her past. The art continues to be detailed and dark in the best of ways.

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If you dig Yoda this is a no brainer must buy. The art is fantastic throughout the issue and possibly some of Larroca's best work to date.

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The art sure is and is worthy of at least a check-in by fans of the DC universe. It's appreciated the story is taking stories deep in the canon and bringing them out in this cute way, but the humor is lacking and most will find it hard to really enjoy.

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This issue isn't terrible, but it doesn't do enough to make it worth your time. It's one of those issues that slowly builds up characters, lacks action, and will certainly pay off later, but could be skipped.

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This is a good issue as it builds up a new character, is paced well, and has a few good laughs too. I wouldn't say it's as funny as previous issues, and the team aspect isn't working, but overall it's an okay time with a book that could really go far.

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This story arc wraps up the Kadabra story with compelling revelations you'll be talking about with friends. While the resolution is a bit hokey it's a satisfying one that's all about the bond we share with friends and lovers.

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This is a solid issue in a gritty and realistic vigilante story. Vigilante: Southland offers gritty realism in a field that's mostly extraordinary heroes. This issue progresses the plot and offers plenty of realistic action.

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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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Savage is turning into my addictive guilty comic book pleasure. The story is great at delivering realistic and cinematic storytelling with great art. The parents aren't quite as strongly written as everything else, but hell, they aren't the focus anyway.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Harley saves Christmas in this wacky, fun time. 'Nuff said.

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It's hard not to see this as lazy superhero writing. The characters punch and kick their way out of a battle with very little teamwork and a very silly premise that's put them in this position. Save for some solid art and a funny moment, this issue is easily skippable.

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Lucifer #13 is a beautifully dark and twisted holiday special. The first story captures the disgusting nature of an anti-Christmas holiday and the second shows us a moment where even Lucifer can enjoy the gift giving season.

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Nightwing #11 is a fine issue for lovers of character development. Tim Seeley introduces a slew of new characters that add a unique angle to the usually flat villain types. Bldhaven is turning out to be a certifiable playground of story ideas.

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The Punisher #7 is a fun issue with a fantastic barroom brawl you should not miss. Cloonan, Dillon and Horak create a fine issue even new readers can enjoy as it contains many elements to ensure your enjoyment.

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Silver Surfer #8 is a wonderfully endearing treat that you should not miss. The story is a fun, done in one tale that explores the scope of size in the cosmic Marvel universe.

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Doctor Aphra #2 tops the first issue and then some. Suckers for storytelling need to check out this issue and its use of flashbacks. Given the cliffhanger it's safe to say this may be one of the more important Star Wars books to read if you want to know it all.

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Superman #13 wraps up a fun two issue story arc that puts the ladies at the forefront of the stories. They're strong, bold, and compelling as hell which makes this issue a lot of fun if you dig character work.

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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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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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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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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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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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Scenes that key into the Green Lantern mythos make this a great read for fans new and old. Venditti has a story on his hands here that cuts deep.

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New Super-Man offers a great change of pace for the character as his location is fresh and his powers come with intriguing caveats. I'm excited to see where Yang takes this character from here, though the pacing needs some work.

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Red Hood and the Outlaws #5 is a great issue that's action packed and well paced. It's addictive reading and a real page turner you shouldn't miss. If the team already puts the “fun” in dysfunctional — I can't wait for more.

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This is a good, but not great final issue to the first story arc. There's a definitive resolution, and a lot of fun along the way, but there's a confusing scene that doesn't make much sense. That cheapens the conclusion. The backup is alright, but isn't as interesting as previous backups in this series, delivering a more cursory reveal than anything else.

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The premise is certainly hokey, but Pak does a good job characterizing Lin and Cho with a premise that's conceivable. What the point of it all is certainly something I was scratching my head over as it doesn't feel much more than a publicity stunt rather than a story that needs to be told.

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An all animal issue as we go on an adventure with kitty Mew that nearly succeeds, but the story isn't quite clean enough to warrant a high score. Instead this issue has its moments, and clearly is having fun with conveying a non-vocal animal planning and plotting, but is too scattered to feel wholly successful.

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A fine conclusion to the Hulk storyline with big action and key emotionally charged moments. Once again, Duggan does well with the team format with good pace and fun action.

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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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Hammerhead offers one of the most badass version of Bond yet while also delivering some new wrinkles to series. Check this series out if you love action!

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Reborn is an intoxicating visual feast lovers of fantasy must read. This issue continues to show new areas which only improves on the imagination involved here. Unfortunately there isn't enough revealed to care all that much and it's becoming harder each issue to find a reason to care outside of the art and solid premise. Here's hoping we get some answers next issue!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Justice League #10 delivers a new threat that's modern and creative. Whether you buy in or not will determine if you love or hate this issue, but you can't argue that the last 9 pages of action aren't fun and dynamic.

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This is an entertaining issue as tensions flare and the urgency rises to save Apollo. Midnighter gets to be the badass as he enters Hell where his strengths may not be enough.

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Moon Knight #9 is a fantastic issue that reminds readers the comic book format is unique and offers storytelling techniques you can't get in other mediums. The story wraps up well in a visual way you won't want to miss.

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Nightwing #10 is a perfect first issue to a story arc that adds new complexities to Nightwing's life whilst capturing his inner conflicts well. Bldhaven is ripe with new stories and this issue introduces a unique one I'll be keeping a close eye on.

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Nova #1 offers a few new tricks in a gorgeous visual package. Sam Alexander's life in high school is going to get a whole lot more complicated soon as this issue sets that up well; it does however, run on too long with the high school stuff making the overall package feel short.

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Doctor Aphra is an intriguing series as it sheds light on a side to the Star Wars universe you didn't even know existed. This first issue doesn't do enough to establish why it needs to exist, but it's still early yet. An excellent backup story helps to flesh out Aphra, which is probably why you're going to read this anyway!

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Superman #12's Super-Monster should give monster maniacs a run for their money with some exciting twists thrown in too. There's good action and intrigue for sure and though this issue doesn't do a lot, it does the things it sets out to do well.

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The Flintstones continues to be a must-read thought provoking mirror of our society. If you like your fantasy stories to be packed with meaningful truths about ourselves you must read this.

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It's stories like this one that remind you the Marvel movies have way more ideas to mine for the films. Aaron and Coipel continue to write a fantastic Thor epic that accomplishes everything you'd want in a cosmic story.

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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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Motor Crush is an exhilarating new series that feels incredibly modern and complex while delivering the action of a street fight. If you dug Road Rash growing up you will love this.

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Violent Love is an excellent crime story with a firecracker protagonist you won't want to miss. Issue #2 continues to tell a visually striking story in line with cinematic counterparts.

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

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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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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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Does this issue wrap things up and set up an element or two for future stories? Yes. Does Batman come up with a killer plan that's intriguing? Yes. Does the entire production feel hastily put together and the villain given a unsatisfying end? Oh ya. Altogether this is a fun issue that's good, but not great.

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If you're a fan of the DC universe you shouldn't miss New Talent Showcase #1. There are plenty of interesting and varying stories to dig into and most end with a tantalizing cliffhanger which will make you want to come back for more. There are many fan favorite appearances with plenty of great art too.

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If you like character introductions you will love this annual. Star Wars gains a new and vibrant character that you'll want to see more of soon. The general narrative is strong, reminding us of what's at stake for Leia and what she's fighting for too.

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This is a fun, action packed issue, pitting the uncommon duo of Superman and Swamp Thing together. It connects relatively well with the bigger story of alternate dimension characters, though the resolution isn't explained well enough to understand what exactly happened.

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The team is pulling together nicely, though maybe at a slower pace than one might like. This is a series that has a nice chip on its shoulder that, once pulled together, may just be the best “B-team” book on the market. Here's to waiting for it to start to gel!

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Totally Awesome Hulk #12 is a fine conclusion to a series I wish I had been reading from the start. Pak reminds us he's going to go down as one of the best Hulk writers ever because he captures the emotional turmoil of the characters so damn well.

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Despite the heavy exposition and lack of racer involvment, you can't avoid the fact that this is a satisfying conflusion. Wacky Raceland is the epitome of science fiction meets heavy metal music. It doesn't stop or care if its jacked up to 11 and you shouldn't either.

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Lucas Stand has been great at focusing in on character while the premise does its thing. This makes it easy to put yourself in Lucas' shoes and go on the ride with him. This conclusion has a fitting ending, flipping the script to re-up the excitement.

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Power Rangers #9 is a well paced and smartly written issue that keeps your interest to the very end. On top of that, it all culminates to a cliffhanger that'll get you talking.

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Oni Press' Rick and Morty has proven itself ten times over, especially with issues like this that are self contained. Kyle Starks is very good at capturing the characters, the wacky originality of the scenarios, and the most importantly the sense of humor of the show. Here's to hoping he continues to write this series for a long time to come.

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Savage #1 is so well written you'll find the pages without dinosaurs just as intriguing. This is efficient storytelling that'll make you care and want more. What's more savage, the boy in the opening pages fighting dinosaurs, or the excellent storytelling?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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If you like Green Lantern, or used to read the series at all, you must buy this book. Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps is a showstopper of a series that shouldn't be missed. There's plenty of action, mystery, and science fiction goodness to make this worthy of anyone's pull list.

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Ridiculous and over the top, Sixpack and Dogwelder has big reveals that are worth a look. If you haven't read a single issue you'll be completely lost and fans of the series may be twiddling their thumbs as the team takes a backseat to a major character's lineage flashback.

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The latest Star Wars story arc comes to a smashing end that's action packed and satisfying. Make no mistake, Marvel has captured the excitement of the Star Wars films with exceptional comic book action sequences.

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If you've ever found yourself enjoying Saturday morning cartoons you'll love this. It brings a bit of joy to the DC universe you can't get anywhere else.

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Teen Titans is fun with a unique take on building a superhero team. Damian and his dynamic with the rest of the team feels fresh and is well worth a look, especially if you like action.

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This issue is a lot of fun that pushes Flash to the brink, effectively tethering itself to the character and the stakes. Titans has been a lot of fun and if you like action in your comics you'll dig it.

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Vigilante: Southland #2 delivers on the hero's journey complete with all the growing pains that go with it. Unfortunately it's not developing the bigger picture well enough, nor the main character, to make you care all that much. Here's hoping it pulls together in the next issue.

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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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The Goddamned is brutally violent, delivering mayhem, hopelessness, and despair in a package one should relish.

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

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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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Big, fun action is at hand with Justice League #9. This series is a reminder superhero comics don't all have to be introspective character dilemmas–they can be fun action for everyone.

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A dramatic and fitting end that delivers big action and even bigger war of words. This series has been deeply meaningful and mythic and shouldn't be missed. That's in part due to the delivery and command of dialogue. Holly Black will be missed!

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Stories set in the dream world are fickle things, but Seely pulls it off well connecting the beats to the character development and a deeper meaning that ties back to the pre-New 52 era. Superman is infectiously happy and we're reminded Nightwing's goodness is a big part of who he is — making this issue have purpose.

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Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! #12 is a fun and endearing experience. The characters are animated and the drama, especially in this issue, compelling. The plot moves along a bit too slowly though and you'll be wishing there was more to chew on.

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As a package, there isn't a better Suicide Squad comic on the shelves today (and probably won't be for a while). The characters are interesting, the action fast, and the stakes very high. The shorter main story hasn't been much of a problem as of yet, though some decompression issues do make you wish there was more when the issue's over. Unfortunately, in Suicide Squad #6 the story progresses very slowly and feels underbaked.

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The trick of Unbeatable Squirrel Girl is how much entertainment it packs into every single issue. There's surprises, social commentary, fourth wall comedy, and plenty to character work to enjoy. If you like your comics to take themselves less seriously you need this in your life.

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It is, but only because one of the two stories is everything you'd want in a Star Trek story. The first story certainly delivers nostalgia for the series and classic comic books, but runs on too long. That said, as a whole this series is getting at the essence of Star Trek. Star Trek: Waypoint reminds us Star Trek is a series that is valid and timeless.

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If you're in doubt about the super sons offering an interesting dynamic, Superman #11 will prove it'll be fun to see in the future. It may not do much more than show that and deliver brainless action, but it looks good at least.

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If you like storytelling and the act of telling epic stories then read Reborn because it will expand your mind. The concept is compelling and feels utterly unique, with art that's gorgeous enough to taste.

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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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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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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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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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A slow start doesn't mire the overall experience too much, as new questions arise as to what happened to Hal, what the Green Lanterns do next, and whether or not the Yellow and Green Lanterns can coexist. This issue sets up the next arc well, quickly pivoting in interesting ways.

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Mother Panic will pull you in with its good character work and fantastic art. Gotham has another rich elite fighting crime, but based on this there's clearly room for her.

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Character work is on point as Red Hood's heroic goodness rears its head. The team is coming together, a major development between Red Hood and Black Mask culminates, and the art is gorgeous.

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Solo continues to offer a different type of espionage tale that's certainly unique. The problem is it's not doing it well enough to make me want to come back for more and this issue lacks the character work of the first issue that made it slightly better.

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This is a downright fun action comic that looks great. There are a few chuckles in store for you too. Altogether this is the most fun you can have with an superhero action comic.

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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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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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This second issue reminds us one of the reasons Bond is so damn good at what he does is because he cleans up real well. Diggle continues to capture facets of the character that will satiate your desire for a James Bond movie.

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Violent Love will draw you in and never let go. It's incredibly cinematic at times and you'll be wanting a whole lot more once it ends.

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

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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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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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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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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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Not one, but two action packed sequences that pit Batman and Cyborg against machines comprise the action in Justice League #8. Hitch sets up a story with high stakes and infuses it with fun dialogue and big action.

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Though the art bugged me for half the issue, and the general plot seems to have moved to a crawl, this issue still delivers interesting elements you just can't find in other DC comics.

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The wonderful chaos of Moon Knight's mind is on display and it may have never been done so creatively than here. THe truth is, you can't get a story like this in any other format and this issue is worth noting fan or not. Moon Knight #8 is a must read for comic enthusiasts.

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Hawkeye was always a hero who did right for the little guy and the story established here suits the character. This is a setup issue for sure, and it does that well; just don't expect to be wowed just yet.

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If you dig myths and gods you'll wanna check this book out. A cool underworld is revealed further though it's slowed due to it setting up the big finale next issue.

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Scare Tactics opens with a boom, establishing the characters and deeply personal stakes for Spider-Woman well. Spider-Woman's charm is infectious and you'll root for her every step of the way.

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What a fantastic and endearing way to go out. Spidey ends this week, but Thompson reminds us why Spider-Man will alway stay near and dear to our hearts.

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Much like life, Sheriff of Babylon is difficult, with its answers wrapped in pain and human frailty. It'll make you think, and we don't say that enough about comics today.

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The quest for redemption is at hand and though Thor is unworthy the story is anything but with tense, vivid action and great character writing.

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A wonderfully weird and deeply heartfelt tale that drops you into a place you never knew existed, but will only want to learn more about. If you like fables, fairy tales, and stories that feel entirely new, you gotta read this.

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

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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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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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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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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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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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Explosive, exciting, and well worth a look. Venditti is putting on a memorable Green Lantern story we won't soon forget.

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Silver Surfer is so much dang fun you'd have to be a scrooge (or a Mad Titan) to not love it. Issue #7 takes the usually heavy world of the Marvel cosmic universe and makes it relatable, imaginative, and downright joyful.

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It's good though not great. The humor is lighter than previous issues with much of it being visual gags rather than clever bits of dialogue or commentary on superheroes. It does progress the plot of Dogwelder well and is entertaining none the less.

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Suicide Squad continues to be great with good storytelling and top notch art. It should be considered equal to the best of the DC series.

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Teen Titans continues to be high energy and deeply fun. The story is rife with surprises and it's well worth a look of you're interested in getting a pop in your day.

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A key scene between deities will shock and surprise. Really the devil steals the show, but readers are in for a satisfying conclusion.

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Another good installment of one of the better fight comics on the stands. Kadabra goes full twirling-mustache-villain and sets up Flash for possibly a life changing (and maybe even death) experience.

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The structure of the story is set and the characters richly introduced in Vigilante: Southland #1. Unfortunately there's no action or superheroics at all and a slow moving plot that may deter many.

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Vision #12 deals with very complex emotions in a deft and meaningful way. It leaves you feeling these emotions and reflecting on the human condition. An amazing feat considering it's about a robot.

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This is a fantastic anniversary issue that captures the character's complexity and uniqueness perfectly. Every story has merit and purpose. If you love Wonder Woman you owe it to yourself to buy this.

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The penultimate issue delivers, with raised stakes and an enticing new wrinkle. The setting and story work well and it's nice to see Lucas finally in control, but there's a weak twist and muddy art that drags things down a bit.

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The backstory of Skybourne's protagonist is fleshed out, revealing a very unique and intriguing story indeed. There are lots of cool elements at play and the world Cho is weaving becomes ever more interesting after this installment.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Thought provoking conversation and a cool look at what the Earth is like now that angels and demons roam can be found here. It's a table setting issue for sure, but if you've read this far you'll dig it.

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A good farewell worth a few chuckles for sure. It's a bit slow and Mockingbird isn't as highlighted as I'd like, but it's a fine goodbye.

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As far as first issues go this is a great place to start. All the characters are introduced well and plenty of conflict is established. Unfortunately it's lacking action or drama to kick it up a notch making it a slow start.

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Spider-Gwen #13 is the best punk rock Halloween surprise you can get. It's fun, action packed, and filled with attitude.

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Spider-Woman is a relaxing sort of series that allows you to smirk as you enjoy the lighter moments of superherodom. This issue delivers a good one-shot tale that shows us a "day off" for superheroes.

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This is the best issue of the series so far with good storytelling in both stories. Killer Croc is action packed and introspective, while El Diablo finds someone to love and plenty of asses to kick. Still, all in all the experience isn't as efficient or solidly honed as you might like.

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You will never look at Mjlnir the same way again. Jason Aaron has made the hammer more interesting than ever with a wildly epic and cosmic backstory.

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Justice League #7 gets to the core of each of the heroes via fear, which is a unique and interesting perspective. It's entertaining enough, though it ends at out of nowhere and has quite a few problems with plot and dialogue.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps continues to be one wild epic. If you've been crying foul due to a lack of action strap in, because action is what you get in this issue!

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If you're looking for team building Red Hood and the Outlaws is turning out to be a master class in the subject. The story is slowly building towards team cohesion which increases anticipation and – if Lobdell can pull it off – one hell of a payoff.

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Solo #1 sets up what could be a very fun series, but its identity is still in question. The character is relatable and feels unique. His less than perfect nature sets him apart from other heroes of his caliber, which makes the book feel valuable, though not yet necessary.

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You haven't had this much fun with the Suicide Squad in years. It's action packed with great art and introspective backups.

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This issue reveals a glint of detail with some flashbacks that may or may not be true. It sets up a character that could be a love interest too, but overall it's an underwhelming table setting issue for sure.

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The fun is infectious and the story cute and ready to put a smile on faces of all ages.

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This is a good first issue that's good for a few laughs and sets up the team and its villains well. The characters are infectious and you'll want to keep reading just to hang around and see what they do or say next. I'm still unclear on the character motivations, or the purpose of the team really, and their coming together seemed all too easy.

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Uncanny Avengers is good in so many ways it might make your head spin. Deadpool is hilarious, the action is bombastic, and the story compelling. This is very rich storytelling you shouldn't miss.

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Who needs Wonder Woman when you have such good art and character work on another female character. Rucka and Evely will make you believe Cheetah is a good and whole person which will pay dividends when she appears next.

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If you like your action fun and fast paced you can't do better than this. Dynamite continues to produce well written and highly violent James Bond comics for an adult crowd.

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Millar and Quitely will tug at your heart strings, blow you away with action, and shake you to your core with big time shocking moments in Jupiter's Legacy 2 #4. I wouldn't have it any other way.

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This issue is fun and filled with humor. Reiss continues to reveal this world and it only becomes more interesting with every issue.

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Reborn promises to excite, surprise, and most importantly offer an afterlife tale fantasy fans won't want to miss. It takes patience to get into it, but when you let it you'll realize this is masterful storytelling.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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All Injustice fans can enjoy this because the events are displaced from time and place. It hearkens back to a better time for our heroes and it's going to shock you with fantastic Joker scenes.

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Midnighter and Apollo is fun in a breakneck, "Did I just see that?" sort of way. On top of that, it sets some high stakes for our heroes in love and establishes the story in an exciting way.

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The end rockets to its finish and you're bound to find some violent and haunting moments throughout.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Hell yeah; it's big and epic in so many ways, but also feels important. If you're interested in Green Lantern you can't miss what Sciver and Venditti are cooking up.

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While much of the content in Harley Quinn and her Gang of Harleys #6 feels like it's spinning wheels to fill pages, the sniping is exciting and the concluding pages a great surprise. Ultimately I don't think this series needed to exist, in part because not enough was done to make the team feel cohesive and interesting, but if its purpose was to create a new villain it succeeded.

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You'll be left wanting to learn more about the Nova force and how it works. Clearly Marvel is laying the groundwork for a deeper, almost spiritual explanation for the Nova Corps, and this issue explains the almost cosmic force of the Worldmind in an interesting way.

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Garth Ennis proves his best work delivers commentary on the superhero world and this issue does just that. It's funny in a big and boisterous sort of way while giving the heroes new direction and purpose.

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I can't remember the last time the Suicide Squad felt so much like a team. If you're looking for top notch art and a team book that gives every player something to do or say, you're in the right place.

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A great first issue for new and old readers alike. The story drives you to question what is going on and answers you smashingly on the very last page.

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This will be a tough sell for anyone looking for a story that offers anything better than a superhero slugfest. The characters do a lot of talking, but to not much gain.

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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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Gene Ha continues to paint a beautiful world via compelling characters that feels entirely new and fresh.

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Oni Press has made it a sure bet you'll find laughs in Rick and Morty. Every issue contains some type of hilarity, cool science fiction elements, and art that captures the show's panache. This issue doesn't quite do as well as the previous, but that's because the bar was set quite high.

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IDW couldn't have had a better first issue to kick off this exciting new series. This issue contains two stories that get to the core of what makes Star Trek so damn awesome. If you love Star Trek, you will be over the moon for this series.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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A fun, side mission sort of tale that delivers on some Deathstroke action.

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A conclusion can be a lot of things and still wrap things up well and that's this issue to at tee. It ends, but not well, with a boring last issue that serves to have the heroes say and not show enough to explain the action and stakes in play.

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There's something brooding and building that should not be missed in this series. It'll change the way you think of Heaven and Hell! This issue unfortunately does more table setting with a slower pace and leaves you wanting more.

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This is a boisterous action packed issue you should not miss. The story progresses nicely and with good pacing balances everything out.

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Both stories in this compilation do just enough to warrant a purchase. They do different things well, but neither feel strong enough on their own.

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If you're up for some nostalgia, Wonder Woman '77 Special has a lot of goofy charm and big happy endings. It's certainly not for everyone, but three of the four stories are well worth a look.

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Lucas Stand #4 slows things down and juggles too much which makes for a muddied and unsatisfying issue. The father/son stuff works to make us understand Lucas a bit more, but the issue is biding its time to kick start the climax.

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Mighty Morphin Power Rangers is a rollicking series that is gritty, exciting, and high stakes and issue #7 epitomizes that well.

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

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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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Sciver and Venditti have one hell of an epic on their hands. The issue feels big, important, and most importantly awesome.

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The team is slowly getting together, Artemis is introduced well, and most importantly you'll feel like these characters are going to be fun together.

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This is a wild ride you should not miss. DC is putting out a fun, action packed, and compelling Suicide Squad book that movie fans should love.

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Teen Titans ends with a sentimental and meaningful goodbye. The characters make their peace and a strong statement is made about how Tim Drake mihgt just be the greatest Robin ever.

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This is a far better issue than the first, as it helps establish Kingsway's state of mind but also the man he used to be. Plus the magical elements of the world pop up much more here too.

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Throwaways is very good at making superpowers look and feel real in a fresh way. This issue sets things up more than anything, but it progresses well and gets inside the characters' heads effectively.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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If you love Harley and Ivy together you can't miss this issue. It does a good job bringing them together and showing us key bonding all wrapped up in a zombie plot.

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Invincible Iron Man #13 is an emotionally charged issue that uses pace and dialogue to put you inside Tony Stark's head.

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Nightwing continues to feel like a good espionage type thriller. The biggest boon of this series so far has been the development of the new character Raptor who you'll be dying to see more of.

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The plot thickens page after page in Sheriff of Babylon as it reminds us nobody is without sin.

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Oni has an impressive fantasy comic on their hands. The characters are strong and the world is very original, making this a must buy for anyone hungry for new fantasy.

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This is excellent storytelling with a cinematic flair you shouldn't miss.

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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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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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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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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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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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Harley Quinn and Her Gang of Harleys #5 finds a meaning in its villain, delivers plenty of fun action, and changes gears for the better!

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Justice League of America #9 does a good job setting up the final confrontation as well as add complexity to Rao meeting himself in the past. This story spans time and space and seems to be on track for one fitting conclusion.

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Saga #37 is a solid check-in issue that reveals the thoughts, prayers, and new direction for our cast of characters. The highlight might be the shocking in your face moment that reveals a tantalizing truth.

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Suicide Squad: War Crimes Special #1 is a very skippable special indeed. Harley fans will enjoy the character's always silly panache, but the story lacks purpose, teeth, or exciting action.

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The Legend of Wonder Woman #9 is a perfect issue in so many ways. The action is gripping and tied to the character and story; the climax is satisfying; and we learn new things about the villain and hero. By issue's end, you won't be able to deny that Renae De Liz is a fantastic storyteller.

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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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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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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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Save for an awkward opening first four pages, this is another good issue that continues the story and raises the stakes for MI6. If for nothing else, read this comic to see Bond kick ass and Masters compose a fantastic action sequence.

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Jupiter's Legacy 2 is turning out to be a satisfying continuation of the story Millar told in Jupiter's Circle. Strong pacing and a message about society we can all relate to is within your grasp – you just need to buy this!

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While there's lack of explanation of what exactly you're looking at your eyes will love it. The characters remain interesting, the designs fascinating, and the plot ever thickening. Even though this latest issue lacks some clarity to allow you to enjoy it fully, Mae is a warm stew that you'll never want to put down.

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There may not be any actual fighting just yet, but Dark Horse is putting out a good science fiction story regardless. This issue feels more like a horror tale and that's not a bad thing!

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The quality is very high and the humor runs fast and deep. You can't go wrong with this comic if you love comedy and especially if you love Rick and Morty. To reiterate: you could easily take this issue and animate it and nobody would know it wasn't made by the creators.

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This is an okay issue that reminds us the Power Rangers can be taken just as seriously as any superhero. Aside from the great art however, nothing much happens and the backup doesn't help matters either.

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A so-so main adventure with a fantastic backup by Marc Ellerby makes this a skippable experience. This series has yet to prove why it needs to exist though it's obvious there's a story in there somewhere.

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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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Harley's Little Black Book puts on a show, making for a time-hopping jolly good romp.

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Another good issue that knocks your socks off in more ways than one. Unfortunately it's still a table setting sort of issue at heart. Still, you can't deny its ability to blow your mind.

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Red Thorn is good at gods and even better at making them look otherworldly. The narrative keeps you interested, though I did find it hard to care much for Tarek's side of the story.

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Reading this comic, you feel out of the loop, as if you're joining a party late and you're not sure who the strangers are in the room. You try to make sense of it, but at the end of the day these are weirdos you aren't going to get to know unless you put the time in. If you're willing to do so, then this book is for you. If you want to hang out with folks who make sense and you're familiar with, this is probably not your cup of tea unless of course you've read them before.

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Teen Titans is always good for a coordinated superhero team up. This issue is no different.

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If you like action, especially Flash in action, you can't miss this issue. The Titans get lots to fight, but unfortunately the bigger plot is barely scratched to give the action more room.

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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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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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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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This is a fine first issue that drops you into an incredibly vivid and different world. It has little connection to our own despite it being set in 1800s America. This is sort of like Saga in that there's lots of great ideas, but it lacks a strong character to drive it along.

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Wow, this is a great annual that's well worth checking out. It has all sorts of stories with plenty of humor mixed in. It taps into everything that makes the Power Rangers great, including the goofy humor and big action.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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These stories don't end with a whimper, but a definitive bang. It's safe to say when this series is collected it's going to be a must buy as it does a lot of things well, not least of which is being one heck of a bang for your buck.

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Exciting action, good character work, well written captions, detailed art…is there anything more you could ask for? Nightwing is exceptional.

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Suicide Squad is a shot out of a barrel that's fun and reminds us how and why these characters are captivating.

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Try Teen Titans Go and you'll be rewarded with plenty of laughs and a keen sense of fun.

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If you read the last issue you'll hop right into this drama and never want to look back. A slight hiccup slows things down, but this is good crime drama through and through.

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More is revealed in this action packed issue that propels our characters in some surprising ways.

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Lucas Stand continues to be a real treat for anyone interested in strong serialized storytelling with a deeply original premise.

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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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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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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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This is a well composed comic that offers enlightening character information that directly connects to the main plot. You'll be emotionally invested and raring for the next issue.

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Space Battle Lunchtime continues to be the most charming comic on the shelf. While this issue gets quite slow near its end, it continues to bring excellent pace, good character moments, and above all else — fantastic cooking montages!

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A great anniversary comic that pays respects to the characters we all hold dear from Labyrinth. It succeeds at capturing some of the magic of the film, but it will make you wish for new stories rather than a check-in issue such as this.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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A perfect introduction to Harley and her friends, a fun wildcard that kicks off an action packed crazy plot, and good art too. Harley Quinn is fun and filled with surprises.

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The villain introduces a playground of horrors that will be a delight to read next issue and offers some entertainment here and there in this issue. All in all though, this is a slow and tedious sort of read that's not very funny or clever. If Harley's gang is good at anything it's whining, which isn't much fun at all.

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Probably the best paced issue of this series. A lot of things go down, plenty of action takes place, and the plot thickens quite a bit.

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Cute and fun, but like a piece of candy it's devoid of any nutrients. It has potential to be more than a toy tie-in, but this issue doesn't prove there is a point beyond that just yet.

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Indeed. Nightwing is the Jason Bourne of DC Comics, but with a lot more quips and humor. Put this series on your pull list.

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Two stories that both do a lot of things well. If you ever wanted to learn more about these characters, or just see where clever writing can take them, check this title out!

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This is a decent start to a series that clearly has its strength in the action. Williams establishes he has a good handle on the characters and some cool big ideas, but it takes way too long to get going with story elements we've seen a thousand times before.

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An explosive issue with all its dynamite and entertainment stored within characters ready to blow.

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This is good espionage comics and even better choreographed action.

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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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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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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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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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This is like a nice sweet piece of candy. It's fantastic to start, grows a bit dull in the middle, but when you take the crunch at the end it's satisfying as hell. And above all else, Harley Quinn is sweet.

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As first issues go, this has got it all: action, a reminder of all that is weighing on the title character, and plenty of intrigue.

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The best Red Hood recap complete with action packed flashbacks and touching moments. If you know anything about Red Hood though, this issue is easily skippable.

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If you're a fan of myth, fairy tales, and strong female characters you can't do much better than Red Thorn.

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Gripping, relentless, haunting, unnerving and deeply human–Suiciders: Kings of HelL.A. makes you feel all kinds of emotions.

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Two minor gripes hold this back just a bit, but you can't deny it's a hell of a lot of fun. Teen Titans is always good for solid superhero team action.

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A decent start to the series that does a fantastic job introducing Wally West, his girlfriend, and the impending threat to the team.

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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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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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There's a lot to love and all this goodness combines to make Mae simply delightful.

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The funniest entertainment you'll find all week and probably all month. It's like a lost episode of Rick and Morty that only requires you do the voices in your head.

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

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As far as a Rebirth issue the creative team establishes the new direction and reminds us of important details we'll need to know going forward. That said, this is a skippable issue unless you're a die hard Constantine fan.

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This is a passable issue that doesn't do enough to warrant a purchase. If you're keen to see Flash take on some bad guys this'll be up your alley, but for the most part it treads water.

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Three out of four good stories in another volume. Is it just me, or is Sugar & Spike so good it's worth buying this every time?

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This is a must read for Lucifer fans young and old. Well told, gorgeous and addictive reading.

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The art and writing do well to make Harley Quinn a sympathetic character. This is a fitting end to the series as it feels important.

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It ends a bit too early for my tastes, but you can't miss the fact that it's well told via dialogue and cop drama elements. Most importantly you'll be rooting for the protagonists and will want to see how deep this crime takes them into the criminal underworld.

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This issue will make you start to believe the deadliest weapon in the world is a Stormtrooper and his rifle. This issue is filled with action, interesting story elements, and most importantly a brand new point of view that'll make you question who the good guys are.

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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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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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This is a one-shot caliber story as we learn a bit of information about Rita's first attempt at recruiting the Green Ranger. There's some tight dialogue and a few details are dropped at where this story might go from here.

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Save for a minor gripe this is another solid issue. By far the best original series of 2016 and one you should not pass up.

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A fine introduction that harbors an intriguing mystery and a compelling idea of the cartels fighting a war by a man who uses their tactics. Marlow is a strong character, and it'll be interesting to see where the creative team takes this next.

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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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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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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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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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As far as Rebirth issues go Nightwing: Rebirth succeeds at setting up quite a few plot threads and character dynamics. Most importantly the character of Dick Grayson is very well-defined and this issue reasserts the fact that Nightwing is a character we should be keeping our eyes on.

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The explosive conclusion to The Dark & Bloody delivers with all the monster madness and heartfelt character moments you could want. This story ends most importantly in a believable way that's satisfying and it makes me want to see what this creative team has next up their sleeve.

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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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A great backup and a solid premise to the story make this a must read for die hard Rick and Morty fans. It's also rather light on humor resorting to Mr. Poopybutthole's name for laughs more than anything. Unfortunately the main story is so slow to start most folks could probably wait for issue #2.

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Steven Horton and Stephen Thompson are delivering an emotionally charged, but fun series that is rife with surprises. The world is so vivid and the characters so interesting I wouldn't be surprised if this were picked up as a TV show.

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Space Battle Lunchtime is setting a new precedent with a genre I'm sure will inspire more cooking comics after it. It manages to do so much well, from character development to exciting cooking montages, and a fun premise with a great sense of humor.

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

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There were times when this series was so bad it was good… and made me laugh out loud more than once along the way. Not so here. This issue is hard to read, confusing at times, and serves no purpose at all beyond having characters make screaming professions and act with schizophrenic temperaments. There are no answers here (even Superman says, "I have no real answers at all") nor is there much of anything to hang a conclusion on.

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Without a doubt this is a storytelling clinic in every way.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Come for the fighting and action and you won't be disappointed.

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The pieces are in place and clues are dropped as to where this series is going and thankfully there are plenty of surprises in store for readers. That means it's not all action and fighting, but a meaningful story is brewing where the three properties can truly shine.

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This series really pops. If you want bubbly, fun art and snappy dialogue set in space you can't do better than this.

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I had absolutely no expectations for this series, but it quickly and assuredly swept me off my feet. It's good storytelling via art, character, and pacing and should be at the top of your pull list this week.

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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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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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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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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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Another brutal, action-packed and violence-soaked issue is in store for the reader. This series is about as close as most of us will get to the glory of a street fight.

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This book succeeds in telling its wide sweeping and epic story taking you to different times and places as any good historical fiction should. It does so over more pages than it really should though, which makes the narrative drag and ultimately hard to get through.

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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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Gene Ha continues to weave an addictive fantasy story, bringing us one step closer to a magical realm we may never want to leave.

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Rick and Morty consistently offers great science fiction stories. Whether you laugh isn't a guarantee, but if you're a fan of the genre it's worth checking out.

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

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A helpful rejiggering of who Lex Luthor is now and why he dons the "S" on his chest. I can't say this is the most entertaining of reads though as much of this is Lex looking sad and bored as he delivers some introspective captions.

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If you want superhero adventure this is the comic for you.

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Aside from some minor quibbles this is a satisfying conclusion to a six part series that gives two usually minor characters the spotlight. It may not have quite achieved everything it set out to do, but each story is worth a look regardless for different reasons.

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There's plenty of action throughout this issue, but the best part are the villains. They steal the show with some hilarious dialogue and great comedic timing.

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This graphic novel can be enjoyed by all ages and its magic lies in it being experienced differently and successfully for each.

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James Bond continues to be the de facto action scene-stealing comic. The action is riveting, Bond feels fresh, and the story as a whole is one you'll want to explore.

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You won't want to put down this incredibly exciting story that's rife with surprises and one hell of an original story. It's quite the bang for your buck too, especially in comparison to all the fast comic book reads that leave you wanting more.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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A major shocking moment occurs that may just rejigger the entire universe. That said, you'll finish this book wanting more.

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Aside from feeling a bit confused about Robin's mere existence in this issue, this is good superhero comics. The team fights well together, face a threat that's difficult and requires strategy and underneath it all is a long story being developed.

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Black manages to spin what appeared to be a wrapped up story right back into a complex tangle of dramatic goodness. This is the type of series written for folks who enjoy mythical storytelling that feels larger and life and Lucifer is about as large as you can get.

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An average book that wraps things up and has a nice flashback sequence to have it all make sense in the end. The series as a whole has been good due to the smaller horror scenes littered throughout, but unfortunately this issue loses that and ends up becoming a bad guy vs. good guy brawl.

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A satisfying conclusion to a series that has managed to remind us Swamp Thing is best when the supernatural elements of the DCU are involved. You really shouldn't pass up the opportunity to look at the gorgeous art either. There is one jaw-droppingly disturbing panel after another that horror fans shouldn't miss. If you're at all interested in the macabre, supernatural elements of the DCU, or just really great art don't pass this up!

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Save for this issue doing less than the synopsis suggested this is a solid read. It gets everything on track for what could be one of the most interesting detective stories of the Rebirth event. The characters and their connectivity are ready and because of how well this issue is written and and drawn.

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

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Funnier than the first issue with a lot of cooking action that's quite exciting. If you like cooking shows, science fiction for all ages, or all of those combined, this is can't miss comics. It blows away any cooking show you've seen on TV.

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A thought provoking and cerebral experience that will make you think about life. It's too early to tell what it's all about, but the visuals and characters are vividly immersive.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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This series is growing tiresome as it continues to drag on with very little in the way of character development or plot progression. Here's to hoping something happens soon, because it's hard to fathom Harley could be kidnapped for yet another issue!

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Once again two out of three ain't bad! This is by far my favorite anthology series on the stands today. It has everything you'd want in a superhero comic and then some!

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This issue makes me wish all climactic issues end with a flashback of the better times for the title character or characters. This issue is fun, action packed, rife with good dialogue and comes with a bonus story that'll make you cheer in surprise.

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After a bumpy issue or two it's pretty clear by this penultimate issue that this is going to be one fantastic horror comic when it's collected. This issue is all kinds of good due to strong character moments, a monster that will creep you out, and a story that will test the protagonist in what it means to be a good person.

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This is about as much fun as an action first superhero comic can get. It's fun and incredibly cinematic comic book reading.

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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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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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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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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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This issue lacks the laugh out loud moments of the last issue (intended or not) which leaves you with what's left: confusing and melodramatic storytelling that's more random than anything else. I want to like this series, but it's just too hard to take seriously or follow. This issue lacks a lot of the pizazz of the previous issues, making it read like a rush to get to the end more than anything else.

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It may be a table-setting sort of issue, but it's setting us up for one hell of an action fest that'll bring a heaping pile of redemption for our protagonist. The Goddamned is very good at reminding us awful can be pretty too.

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This is science fiction fun with a lot of action, cool ideas, and expressive interesting characters on display. If you love Fifth Element you owe yourself to read this comic.

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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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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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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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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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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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If anyone wanted to see how to kick off a summer event series this is it. Not only is this issue captivating, exciting and interesting, it's very good at establishing a new direction for many different stories. That requires a good balance between stories and at its core strong character development.

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This is another good issue that introduces a new threat that's downright chilling. The violence is glorious, but we're reminded the psychological brutality brings the most pain.

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An effective farewell and an earned last gasp effort to save the world makes "The Final Days of Superman" worth reading. There are more questions than answers – and ultimately this is a punch fest – but it's a solid superhero comic through and through.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Say it ain't so, my favorite story in this series isn't my favorite! Still looks good though. Overall this continues to be the strongest anthology on the stands. Each story packs a wallop of something–be it action, science fiction, or great characters–which makes this a no brainer. Buy it!

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The epic meter is about to break as this issue raises the stakes, delivers a hero's journey type tale, and reminds us how cool the supernatural side of DC Comics can be.

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Minor quibble aside this is a great read. The horror is turned to 11 and the art freakishly good in more ways than one.

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Mark Millar says goodbye to this series not with a bang, but with a promise. A promise that the world can have a Superman in Utopian, but at a price. He reminds us even the superheroes are human.

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The stakes are raised and Green Ranger's reliability has never been this unsure now that they need him most! You'll want the next issue after reading this because the villain's story progresses and the team dynamic is shifting violently.

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Science fiction fans need this in their life. The world reads as if it's honest-to-goodness alive and the protagonist is living there as we speak. You won't be disappointed if you like a character focused story with a lot of science fiction thrown in.

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This is by all accounts a comic book story that will bring you back to the heyday of Marvel Comics. Thanos' journey is a fun one as he fights with his fists and his mind, and must use every part of his prowess to make it all the way to the end. This story is by every definition awesome.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Orlando successfully concludes the last issue of the arc. Storylines are tied up, the action is epic, and Midnighter gets to team up with his ex Apollo. It wasn't a slam dunk, but it still delivered.

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At this point I'm not even sure what is bad and what is good, this comic is such a trainwreck. If you stop trying and just let this comic do its thing you might just find yourself laughing out loud as I did. I honestly can't remember the last time I had this much fun reading a comic–it's just that different. This is the Freddy Got Fingered of comics.

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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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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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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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I want to see more of the Star Trek cast saying and doing things of importance, but you can't deny the character development of the villains is a good element explored in this issue. This is big action with an event feel; perfect for summer reading.

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This is a great first issue that introduces the team, their purpose, and its identity. If you're not hooked by the last page, you wouldn't know a good thing if it ripped your heart out.

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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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Mae manages to make you fall in love with a fantasy world you don't even see in the issue. The bond, or lack thereof, between sisters is intriguing and will make you want more. Above all else though, the art is jaw droppingly good from the colors to the layouts. Get this to be astounded in more ways than one.

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Space Battle Lunchtime has a fun premise that's well paced with a unique story that makes it feel special. The characters are endearing and the story is too.

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Minor art quibbles aside this is an exciting issue with plenty to enjoy. The story is really coming to a head, cool plot points are dropped at opportune times and the character dynamics are interesting.

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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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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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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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The issue rolls along at a good pace with plenty of action, exposition, and interesting story elements. I wouldn't call Red Tool a smashing success who needs his own book anytime soon, but he certainly adds a certain element that'll make me come back next month.

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Jacked concludes in the most satisfying way possible as lessons are learned, the meaning of being a hero is revealed and the storylines wrapped up nicely too. Jacked is a big win for Vertigo and is up there with the publisher's best.

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The balance between action, character development, and twists are unparalleled. This is how you do spectacle in comics!

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Like a powder keg, Suiciders: Kings of HelL.A. builds up and then explodes in exciting ways. Most importantly, a very angry and violent character feels sympathetic and you can relate with him. That's good writing.

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Character development is on point as Superman is reminded of his looming, untimely death and it's exciting to see him come to blows with the mysterious villain of the story. While this issue doesn't progress the plot as much as I'd like it's still a fun read. Why? While Superman has died so many times before this, the writing is so good you'll still care and worry about the guy. That's exceptional in itself.

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Aside from a slower paced issue that's lighter on laughs than I'd like it still brings humorous moments. The premise of this issue is spot on and so good it probably deserves an actual episode. This is the best and only way to continue your ocular enjoyment of Rick and Morty.

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If you've been reading this all along you won't be disappointed. It furthers the plot, makes for a fun team-up type of issue, and even instills a bit of humor too. The characters are interesting, the story intriguing and the tone unique in of itself. Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death is memorable in every way.

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"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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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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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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It's not terrible that's for sure as the art pops and looks great and the story suits Harley quite well. The comic is never as funny as it wants to be (or should be!) either. There's entertaining portions throughout this issue, but the heavy use of captions and dialogue drag down the pace.

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This is a great bang for your buck anthology book that I'm sure anyone can find entertainment value in. Each story is drawn quite well in different styles mixing things up and making the book feel like it's well worth the value. After two issues it's safe to say I'd gladly purchase three of the four stories if they were printed individually.

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While I'm not 100% satisfied with who the murderer is, there's no question this book ends with the characters changed and more interesting because of this story. Like the best of stories it's all about the journey, and this series is one hell of a journey that you'll never want to end.

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Read this to see a side of Superman that's very human and relatable as he grows up right on the page issue to issue.

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If you ever wanted to take a look into Wonder Woman's head and see her darkest fears, this is your issue. While the quick dramatic shifts in story are satisfying, the issue as a whole doesn't do quite enough to warrant must-buy status.

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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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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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This is the James Bond we need to see in movies. Like, right now. Fighting is brutal, realistic and hard fought and James Bond is subtly complex. This is an action comic through and through and James Masters proves he's an action maestro.

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Klingons bring violence and violence brings an action packed Star Trek series. The character dynamics are intact and strong, but above all else this is a fun ride well worth your time.

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This is a beautifully drawn bore. It feels as if the outlining phase started with panel composition, moved to story, and then at the last moment character development was considered. The book looks great, but it's about as interesting as watching paint dry.

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

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A fantastic start to a series that introduces the Harleys well. It loses its purpose halfway through, but regains it with a shocking cliffhanger!

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A solid conclusion with everything wrapping up nicely and a cliffhanger that will put Darth Vader back into the fire and at risk now that he's finally acquired the emperor's favor.

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This issue delivers a solid second half that's gripping and painful to get through which is something horror can rarely do. The story however continues to feel too slow and it's becoming harder to care as it reaches at straws for meaning.

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A fun read that makes Hell a vivid and imaginative world you'll want to explore.

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This is great reading for anyone who loves fine character work. In subtle panels characters reveal doubt, anger, and cunning which – with well written dialogue – add up to an incredibly genuine read.

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While not all that funny, the comic is fun and done well enough. There's plenty of action, it moves at a good clip and establishes supporting characters well. The Unbelievable Gwenpool #1 ends with a cliffhanger that'll make you come back too, but don't expect to know or care why Gwenpool even has a book to call her own.

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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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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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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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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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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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Humorous and light with great art that delivers a very fun read for Harley and comic book fans alike. The fact that it ends tying into a bigger story makes this a must read.

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From the detailed and highly original layouts to a heartfelt and humanized Midnighter, this story should find its way to the top of your list.

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Superman #51 is great in large part because it makes Superman feel human, somber and alive. His scenes with Lana and Lois will remind you Superman's greatest strength is his heart.

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Outrageous dialogue, incomprehensible character moments, and a plot that is becoming a chore to understand can't save this book. If you can enjoy it for it's over the top campy nature you might like it, but after 3 issues it's beginning to wear on me.

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Swamp Thing continues to be the most disturbing character on comic book stands today due to the fantastic art and emotionally charged storytelling. While characters seem to only react in high highs and low lows, and the story moves too fast, it's still a darkly entertaining read.

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If you like dialogue or are interested in two cultures coming together to discuss somewhat serious things give this a shot. Everyone following along will be rewarded with some important themes that are bubbling to the surface.

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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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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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If you thought you wanted to learn more last issue you'll be dying by the end here. Milligan and Fernandez are cooking up one hell of a sexually charged mystery building on something many people can relate to—feeling sexually starved—and using it to reveal a mysterious world involving sex, violence, and manipulation.

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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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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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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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The bottom line is this: the characters are pushed to the brink, great teamwork is on display and the story has a few surprises up its sleeve. The fact that it ends on a cliffhanger we may have seen before doesn't hurt things as the setup in previous issues promises a different direction, and ultimately an even bigger payoff.

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Aside from a somewhat boring four page sequence this issue moves at a fast clip progressing the storylines nicely. Above all else there's fun and dialogue that bounces back and forth.

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Dramatic tension abounds in this well told and well paced story!

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If looks could kill this book would just as brutally as the gang members. I didn't read the original series, but still found myself entertained and interested in this series.

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This is a mind trip that's exciting, but otherworldly weird like a good Twilight Zone episode. It's not perfect, but you will want to see what happens next.

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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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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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Strong social messages, well balanced and paced storytelling with fantastic dialogue makes this a winner from beginning to end. Bar none this is how character writing should be. On top of that it's very new reader friendly.

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I guarantee you will have fun tripping balls with the protagonist as this issue makes for a scary, funny, and shockingly fun read.

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The comic nature of Luke and Han's story mixed with Leia and her attempting to manage a dangerous situation will remind you of the best of times in the Star Wars universe. This is good entertainment even if the plot progresses very little.

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The Deadshot story continues to tell a meaningful and great looking story, but the Katana story feels so run of the mill it brings down the whole shebang. There's nothing overtly bad in this issue, it's just so damn middling.

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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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Like any multi-feature some stories are stronger than others and while a few are a bit of a bore every story looks fantastic. The Sugar & Spike story is so damn good I'd recommend the book to anyone, but overall this is worth checking out.

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Once again another fantastic issue in what is a fantastic story arc. If this isn't your favorite series yet you haven't been reading it.

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Haunting, exciting and filled with surprises this is a Poison Ivy story you can't miss.

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One of the better 50th issues from DC Comics this year. The art is spectacular and the conclusion satisfying in all its Christmas Carol similarities.

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Without question the best Superman comic you can read today, this month and probably this year.

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If this doesn't sound like your cup of tea you may want to stay away, or it may just have a car crash appeal to you if it doesn't. Take it from someone who reads a lot of comics every week there isn't anything else like it on the stands.

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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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A tense action thriller that knows how to take its time and deliver a page turning comic. Whoever's writing the next Bond flick should check this book out and take notes!

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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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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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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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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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Something is going on, but there's still too few details to even guess at what is happening. That leaves the horror of the story so vague it's not scary at all. That said there's a solid attack that's well done and the main character continues to be intriguing.

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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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It's clear family is an important aspect of this creepy and fun first issue. It's good for all ages with art that helps us dive into the magical nature of the haunted mansion.

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In many ways this single issue reads like a graphic novel. It's filled with character moments, action and atmosphere and feels incredibly well rounded. If you're interested in ancient Japan, detailed art and great storytelling you can't go wrong with Samurai.

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This continues to be one of my favorite origin story series in a long time. The character is dark, twisted, and its biblical connections will make you want more.

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Overall this is a bit of a below average book with writing that makes you want more. More character, more answers, more depth and sometimes a cleaner, easier to understand art style. That said, it feels incredibly unique and it's taking a damn big chance so it's worth a look if you're into alternative comics.

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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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Darth Vader fans need to check this book out. It not only continues the awesome badassery that is Vader, but infuses his character with his very nature getting the best of him!

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This book is incredibly atmospheric and it should not be missed by fans of horror comics. It manages to make Swamp Thing grotesque but likeable as we peer in to see how much humanity is left.

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The story will capture your attention via character and surprise you with its ability to convey action and ultimately heart. If you've been paying attention it's a series that should not be missed.

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While this issue doesn't quite blow you away like issue #0 did, it still offers quite a bit of the character building issue #0 promised. A quick but solid action sequence is in there too, making this a series to keep your eye on.

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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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If you're looking for something a bit different with adult themes you can't go wrong with this strongly written book.

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Big event series need to be more like this. Sure the story doesn't go too far, but damn is it epic and it's filled with moments that'll get you talking at the water cooler.

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The Deadshot story continues to carry this book with a solid story, strong character development and fantastic art. While it's mostly flashback it'll resonate for those looking to understand the character a little bit more.

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A relentlessly campy in your face read that's so wacky and wild you'll be hard pressed to not enjoy it.

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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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Never boring but always haunting, exciting, surprising or all three at once. The Goddamned is why we read comics: there are no limits as story and chances dance on a razor's edge.

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

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Harley vs. Joker: Who ya got? In this case a semi-winner with strong character moments.

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This has a climax so good it's worth skipping sex for.

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Another solid issue that's not quite as perfect as the last (because that was perfect), but still highly entertaining. If you're into myth and lore you'll love this issue.

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Generally this is a good issue as it conveys hollow nature of Poison Ivy and her lack of humanity. Meanwhile she relates to a coworker who is extreme in many ways but similar to her as well. The story progresses nicely and the mystery is unfurling in an interesting direction.

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A bit light on action, but this issue introduces a new key detail involving new characters and an incredibly unique prison. Character is key here and it sure looks pretty too.

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I'm not sure you can get a better collection of Superman character-first impressions than in this series. Come for the dialogue but stay for the fun and surprising moments.

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This is an incredibly meaningful and symbolic allegorical fable. You'll soak in the imagery and fall into it like a warm bath. Recommended for those willing to go on a thought provoking journey.

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

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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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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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This new story arc sets Vader off on a path of war general and it's a site to see. We're given solid conflict and a choice scene with the Emperor too. Bring on the next issue!

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The atmosphere is ripe for one hell of a haunting story. The main character has a strong backstory, but so far I'm wondering why he's not more complex as an adult. Plus the big bad thing in this issue isn't on the page nearly enough leaving you wanting more progress.

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

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This series has been fantastic as a whole but not without some pacing issues or a lack of action here and there. Not so here. This is the real deal and how action comics should be!

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

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The visual impact is ferocious! Swamp Thing is back to being weird and horrific!

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The chips are down and it makes for an exciting and gripping read.

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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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Though this story is taking forever to get going, the cliffhanger will have you talking and thinking about what a justice system would do in the event of the big twist. This series is heating up and if it doesn't make you want to read the next issue I don't know what will!

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There's very strong character work in play here. If you're a lover of character building and the dynamics with which they grow check this book out!

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I'm sure I sound like a broken record when it comes to Saga, but it truly is always well written, well drawn and filled with surprises.

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Two stories that do well to entertain. One may be stronger than the other as Bloodshot is drawn very well with everything you want in a story, but Katana is a nice time too—just much more vapid.

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Nothing beats Superman vs. Kryptonite and you get an intense scene of that here. While the book reads like it's split into two shorter tales it's still a solid read due to strong art and compelling moments.

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70% of these stories totally enthralled me. That's pretty good odds and you might have even better luck than me if you give this a chance. I guarantee there's something in here for you, especially with so many great twists.

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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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This book offers something a little bit different and—if you're up for it—lots of it. Lovers of character-driven stories must read this series!

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A fantastic backup can't completely save a sentimental main story. It's not a bad story, but it's just not funny enough.

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A good crime noir with fantastically moody art style that imbues a strong atmosphere of the weird. It doesn't quite feel unique enough just yet, but it's worth keeping an eye on when issue #2 releases. Fans of Seven and Training Day should check this out.

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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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The art will make you barf with joy and the commentary on the insanity of fairytale lands will stick with you for a long while.

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This is a comic you'll want to read more than once as it's the strongest example of science fiction exploring something we live and deal with everyday in a funny and enlightening way.

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A lot happens, character dynamics build and there's enough surprises to fill a collected edition let alone a single issue!

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Come for the art, stay for the characters. This is how every android-focused science fiction thriller should look!

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This is an average read with good elements at play. The main protagonist continues to be strong, but Thorn takes a step back.

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Vivid and beautiful art propels this lost chapter of Luke's life and details elements we assumed and can now confirm from the original film.

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If you're a fan of mythic stories or good origin stories this is a read for you. It's raw, a bit unhinged and simply great storytelling.

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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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A fantastical dragon that's unique and creepy will satiate fantasy fans. The story doesn't quite work when it adds a witch, which slows things down too much.

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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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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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Save for an abrupt end and a somewhat unearned focus on Mr. Fantastic this concluding chapter wraps things up well. Longtime Hickman fans will love this.

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A great issue as we explore Clark Kent letting loose at the young (and very horny) age of 21. It's a side of Superman you haven't seen, but need to!

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

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

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The action sequences will rock you and fans of the Green Ranger are in for a treat!

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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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This was a fun action packed issue that does a great job selling Superman's cold nature.

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Aside from an overly long Wookiee battle, this is a satisfying penultimate issue to the ‘Vader Down' series.

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'Vader Down' ends in a satisfying way with most of the conflicts. I can't say Leia's actions or how our heroes make it out is very interesting though.

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The disturbing and reluctant hero is back as it delivers a great sense of the macabre.

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There's a meaningful story here about Americans inhabiting a place they don't belong and a crime story that's as foreign and mysterious.

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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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