David Brooke's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: AiPT! Reviews: 1802
8.1Avg. Review Rating

Action Comics #982 is a perfect issue that's filled with great character work, tons of action, and a fast pace that keeps up to the very end.

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Another great example of how good Busiek is at telling new kinds of superhero stories.

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A fun done in one story with great detective work.

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A very well written issue with stupendous art and a plot that'll have you all-in on this series by the end.

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This is very well made, but it's too short for its own good. There's not enough here to make this more than a 5 minute read!

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A solid second issue in a new story arc that's quite intriguing.

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The 25th anniversary pays off with enlightening flashbacks.

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Some high-minded ideas and sharp art can't fix the clunky plotting and slow pace.

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There are conclusions, but they come so fast and with so many unearned twists it's rather uninspiring.

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A very well plotted and paced issue.

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Action packed first issue that sets up what could be a very unique spy/action thriller.

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A great first issue with eye-catching art and a great brotherly bond established right off the bat.

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A good issue that brings some laughs and comes together nicely by the end. The backup should be read by Lovecraft fans!

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A solid second issue that progresses the story and continues to write these characters oh so well.

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An okay outing with a nice new direction, but it retreads themes we've seen before.

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A strong opening issue that has relatable characters and sharp as hell art.

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A ton of fun, though a slow plot does make it feel lighter in some way.

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A conclusion of sorts, with lots of fighting and revealing backstory for an assassin introduced in this story arc.

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A good issue, but a great one if you've been curious about international relations in a Hydra world.

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Another visually stunning issue that bookends with some trippy stuff.

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A solidly told issue that builds on what came before it while setting up a new direction well.

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A great extra-sized issue that pays off for longtime readers

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Strong character work and a fun newbie take on a hero entering a crime scene.

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A fun main story and a hilarious backup make this a must read for fans of Lobo and/or Wiley E. Coyote.

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This issue packs a lot of character into an action frenzy of an issue. It's a lot of fun!

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This is an excellent chapter that offers payoff for those who have been reading for a while. It also sets in motion a new threat and a character transformation that you have to see to believe.

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Despite the fantastic art and striking conclusion this issue seems to be biding its time for the next issue to offer some heroics worth rooting for. As it stands, this issue takes a bad situation and makes it worse, but doesn't add a lot to the story making this issue skippable.

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A fun issue that has some detective work and a great setup of the villains.

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An excellent issue that reveals much in a cool flashback and delivers stunning visuals.

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A solid second issue that slowly reveals more of what lies beneath with a great climactic end.

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A good fight comic that complicates Cyborg Superman's plan, changes Superman (maybe forever?) and ties well into the emotional side of Superman's friends.

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A good first issue that carries forward the weirdness of the first issue with a lot of great art.

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A fun aside issue with monster madness!

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A strong opening issue to an event that will have you scratching your head, but pumped for what is to come.

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This is the must buy Secret Empire tie-in. It's hilarious, well-crafted, and just damn good storytelling.

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A strong opening issue that might be light on action, but still intriguing across the board.

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A strong issue that is incredibly scary in a "Oh my god he's going to kill us" sort of way.

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A strong issue that delivers on something we've been waiting on for months.

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An action packed extravaganza. Read this one!

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An excellent chapter that could be its strongest yet. This event is starting to pull out some memorable moments you won't want to miss.

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A good check-in when it comes to the mutants and Cap's relationship with them.

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A skippable issue that rings false in a variety of ways.

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Action heavy issue that looks great and delivers exciting moments.

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A strong ending that's exciting, but also wraps things up very well.

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A good opening issue that involves a seemingly innocent act that could get people killed.

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A good issue that does a great job retelling the modern history of Valiant.

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A strong first issue that has a lot of scary imagery and a strong setup.

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Captures a certain side of the cosmic universe in a very visually stimulating way.

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A tightly written story that's incredibly visual, ties well into "The Button," and may dictate the future of Batman in more ways than one.

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An excellent conclusion to a series that has had its ups and downs, but make no mistake: this is a showstopper of an issue.

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Though dark, this is a strong issue that deals with how belief and faith can be the guiding light from total dispair.

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A pretty issue that advances the plot, though in a somewhat forced way.

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Does a lot well including bring the fun with Green Lantern constructs.

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This issue totally redeems itself and is funny, exciting, and even plays as a love letter to one of Marvel's weirdest 80's teams.

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A strong issue that captures the weirdness of youth in a variety of ways.

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A strong first issue (though it does come after Sovereign #1) with a story that's smart and art that pops.

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If you're in this far you'll love this. The story progresses and adds a new layer of mystery.

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A strong finale with fantastic art and excellent plotting.

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A great installment in the issue that really opens things up and makes the series as a whole feel unique and must-read material.

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While light on character work this series feels fresh and fun.

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A great opening issue that'll have you on the edge of your seat.

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A strong issue as it reveals what Sam Wilson has been up to and that maybe he's the greatest hero we need.

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Entertaining, funny, and it has a meaningful purpose too. It's just great!

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A strong issue that sets up Flash's inner turmoil and looks great doing it in a well plotted team up issue.

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A solid conclusion--though a bit rushed--with amazing science fiction visuals.

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A strong first issue of a new arc that's bound to change Alana forever.

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Balances so many threads it's a wonder it all makes sense by the end. It's also dark, morbidly so, which may be the most unique thing about it!

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A fun and exciting tie-in that shows what it's like to become a spy. More or less.

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A good issue made better as it furthers a storyline in issue #7

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A funny issue with everything you'd want from the series from science fiction, violence, and a fun new guest character!

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A great installment of the series that captures the discovery of Star Trek very well.

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A good issue as it develops the inner fears of the main players. Plus it all ties into Suicide Squad #18 well.

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A thrill ride--funny and fun. Read this one!

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A second issue that's even stronger than the first. Bring on more of this series!

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A strong, Frontline type story that makes a strong point to fear the propaganda of a government!

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Visually stimulating with some great character moments. You will want the finale to come right away after this one!

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A great issue that explores the inner workings of characters while progressing the bigger story.

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Must-read storytelling and the best issue yet in the series. DC's Young Animal is killing it!

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Action packed, fast paced and a great time!

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A fun start to what could be an exciting and must read crossover event.

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A good detective story that feels well-timed with the political climate of today.

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Makes a strong case for sci-fi fans and Frankenstein fans especially.

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Perfect for fantasy fans and those who want an interesting twist on a classic Bible story.

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Another action packed issue with the bonus of backstory for the "enemy" of the story.

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A fun, funny, and well-done spy drama that lampoons James Bond well.

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A strong done in one issue highlighting what a hero cat would be like.

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Another strong issue due to fantastic noir sensibilities and well-drawn action.

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Visually amazing, there are too many amazing images to even list or count.

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A good issue that's more of a kick starter than a satisfying issue you'll reread over and over.

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Fantastic character writing makes this a winner.

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Gorgeous, high stakes, tons of character work, great pace...this is a perfect comic.

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This issue wraps up the two issue story arc with more of a message than a deeply satisfying story.

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Another good installment in an all-ages friendly crossover.

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A solid intro issue that sets up the character well.

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A strong second issue that serves as more of an intro as to what's to come for our heroes than either of the previous issues.

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Chaotic visuals and punk sensibilities. Get some!

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A good installment that proves Lemire is a master at drawing you in.

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This is an excellent first issue that should be on every Star Trak fan's pull list.

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Excellent espionage issue that reminds us this is going to be one hell of a TV show.

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The conclusions satisfy, but the rush to get there reduces the quality.

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An excellent first issue that delivers the dystopian car-addicted future well.

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A solid action-packed issue!

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It's hard to deny how cool it is to see the villains banding together and plotting in this issue.

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It's hard to not agree the "amazing" in the title is covered here.

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Action-packed, fun character wrinkles, and a downright perfectly paced issue. This is fun to the max!

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Wonderfully weird in the best of ways possible, but don't expect a conventional superhero tale.

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A fine conclusion that will have readers anticipating many new subplots, but the deus ex machina makes it less satisfying.

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An okay issue that takes a chance with a prose style and brings back a cosmic team from the 80's. That's a win, but it drags and lacks the humorous chops you've come to expect from this character.

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A good first issue with strong dialogue and plenty of action. That said, where is this going?

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An exceptional issue that captures the fun of Silver Surfer and Dawn's space adventures, delivers a major belly laugh, and ends with a cliffhanger that could change everything!

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A fun issue with Zod added to the team and a major turn of events for Harcourt make this a must read for readers of this arc.

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A strong opening and closing with plenty of emotional journey in the middle. Lana hasn't been this interesting in ages.

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A strong conclusion with many answers, interesting ideas, and a conclusion that feels warranted and deserved.

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A fun and action packed issue with the heroes coming to blows and living out their heroic dream.

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More is revealed in this issue which enhances the tension. Plus, hobo fight club! Nuff said!

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A must read for Guardians fans and Defenders fans will want the taste you get here.

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This is a must read for Secret Empire fans and Spidey fans should get a kick out of a the wisecracking hero.

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A strong first issue mostly because it captures the fun and adventure the film series does so well. The art is top notch, the new direction interesting, and you'll be along for the ride.

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The Button is turning out to be a story that'll have us talking. That's a good thing. Batman is changed possibly forever here too.

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Visceral, visually stimulating, and an intriguing meaningful story awaits you!

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A good done in one that'll give you your Guardians fix.

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A more classic comic experience with a slower pace and a confusing opening.

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A good issue with a clever story hook and a Flash-centric tale.

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I'm a sucker for good character writing and this issue has it in spades. It also drops you into a new America, which makes for a fun catch up.

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A fantastic issue in a series that's must read material for science fiction fans.

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An excellent first issue that introduces things well and is going to be a hit with readers who like character dramas.

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This is an even better second issue that plays with the naivete of Deadpool well.

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An excellent issue that will get you cheering for Thor and entertained through to the end.

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Another good issue, but the recapping can be a tad boring given we know it already. It's done well though!

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A fun addition to a story arc you gotta read!

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Longtime fans should be relieved things are going back to what made the series so much fun.

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A strong first issue that sets up the detective angle well.

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A strong first issue as far as catapulting us into a new place with a Spider-Man like character who is very different from the norm.

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Action frenzy that does well to build up Orphan's personal story.

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A fine conclusion with the team coming together nicely.

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An excellent second instalment in a storyline you'll not want to put down.

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Another interesting and action-packed installment of this epic series.

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Another fun issue that's particularly filled with surprises.

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A fun, team-focused issue with a compelling battle of words between Lex Luthor and Waller.

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This is another great issue, with a fun main story and a hilarious backup. Tiny Rick 4 life!

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Another good installment, but the artist change is jarring making the last few pages feel rushed and undercooked.

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Fantastic action wrapped in epic fantasy/sci-fi art.

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Another interesting and horror-filled issue in what is amounting to a fantastic story arc.

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Slow moving and not necessarily the kickoff we've come to expect from crossover event comics, but it's an excellent read for those who love comics filled with hints and clues.

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An okay issue that's visually great, but it's easy to lose touch with the island politics and why we should care.

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A fun issue anyone can dive into as we witness White Panther do his thing.

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A solid issue that leads into Secret Empire #0 well.

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A fantastic issue that pays off on a mysterious Superman story in a vivid artistic style.

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A solid first issue in an arc you'll be deftly intrigued by.

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A visual feast of an issue as our heroes come together and show off some impressive skills.

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This is a fun one-shot with the new story satisfying your Guardians needs and the backup older issue a fun addition.

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This is a fun issue with fantastic art and big action, but don't expect the resolution to be anything more than superhero stuff.

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A good issue that's starting to go so slowly you'll be scratching your head as to what the end game could possibly be.

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Incredibly realistic with its characters which will make it hard to put down.

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A fun comic through and through.

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Interesting character dynamics are at play, but it'll end with you scratching your head as far as where it goes from here.

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A fantastic opening issue to a summer event that'll get you extra motivated to read as you'll hate Cap and want him to be defeated!

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A fine collection of stories with two winners well worth the price of admission.

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An action-packed finale with a storytelling twist as Ninjak tells us his tale of woe.

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An excellent issue that's vividly realistic with the art, has heaps of social commentary, and is whacked-out insane.

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A fine issue that spends way too much time recapping Superman's origin.

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This is a good issue with fun fighting and training montages as the writing team closes in on some new characters.

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A great first issue as it gets you deeply interested in the mystery of a man who died in a police prison cell.

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A strong first issue because it does the work setting up the characters and the reason for fighting at all.

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Fans of Ra's Al Ghul will need to read this issue as major revelations are made that shake up his relationship with Batman. On top of that, the stakes are raised even further, and the final page will leave you wanting that next issue even more.

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A fantastic ending issue that feels big, important, and ends things very well.

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Setting the stage for new conflicts for all three characters, Red Hood and the Outlaws #9 is a great chapter in this new team's storyline. The character work is on point too, as well as the promise of new details on Jason Todd's untimely death.

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Gorgeous, fun, and filled with wonder.

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A solid conclusion that reveals new details about the Jedi Star Wars fans won't want to miss.

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A satisfying conclusion to the latest arc with answers, action, and fun character moments.

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A fun, Superman-family issue that does well to capture the characters and their dynamics.

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A great finale to a story arc that introduces a new hero with a new big problem.

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Action packed, great character writing, and a fine twist. Read this one!

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A good second issue that may add to the character, but there isn't a lot to chew on besides the scenery.

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A great issue due to the trippy art and wild revelations. I want #6 now!

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Another great issue that sets in motion a mystery that's made stronger by great character writing.

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A strong second issue in a story arc that brings a lot of horror vibes.

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A fine conclusion that is filled with surprises, fun time travel action, and an excellent end.

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An great meeting between Red Skull and Captain America as their true feelings are unleashed!

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A strong issue that delves into a heroes head as well as the villain connecting them in a meaningful way.

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A good start to the main story with a backup series co-written by Harley co-creator Paul Dini makes this a must read.

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A good outing that fleshes out Iron Fist's world with some good action too. Unfortunately the exposition is laid on too thickly!

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A big action sort of issue that changes the game at the 11th hour for the better.

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A fun somewhat self-contained story that captures Shade well and puts her on a new path.

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Adds a new wrinkle to Luke growing to become a Jedi. It's a tad clunky though which hurts the overall experience.

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A good outing, but one that tries to do too much.

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Strong developments to the universe and select characters with interesting political commentary make this another winner.

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A great first issue in that it sets things up well and gets you in the mood for hobo punching.

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A fun issue that reminds us Batgirl's fun and friendly personality is a huge part of her appeal.

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A fine conclusion that wraps things up and looks good doing it.

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An excellent issue as an all out war takes place, but you'll be left scratching your head as far as where it wraps up.

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A fun done in one adventure pitting some space cops together in a gorgeous package.

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A fun issue that's drawn very well. Come for the gore, sex appeal, and wacky adventure.

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A solid bridge issue that wraps things up and sets up new stories.

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Action packed issue that delves a bit into a villain and sets up a new type of battle for the next issue.

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Fun, exciting adventure series that's rife with surprises? Sign me up! Plus it changes its creative team to make every issue stand alone!

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This is an excellent annual that's well worth your dime. Dan Abnett writes character so damn well and this issue has plenty of it along with a big revelation. On top of all that, the art is sharp and moody perfect for a comic where superheroes distrust each other.

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A fantastic issue as things ramp up for the climactic end to the story arc.

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A fun, done in one issue that explores a ghost spaceship and ends in a tragic comedic sort of way.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The best character work Gamora has gotten in some time!

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Memories flood in which help articulate where the protagonist is and the visual look settles down and is beginning to feel right with the series.

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A solid ending with good answers, new beginnings, and a character fulfilled by its end.

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The wild world Helena inhibits is made whole due to visually arresting art in a comic you won't want to put down.

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A strong first issue that sets up the characters well and introduces the power of Christ!

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A strong penultimate issue gets you inside characters head, reminds you what makes life great, and looks good doing it.

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A solid character journey type story with a fantastic war sequence and a great melding of science fiction with realistic looking art.

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

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

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

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

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This is a good issue when it comes to epic storytelling but a few plot holes pull you out of the story and make you scratch your head.

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A slower paced issue that checks in on many different characters with some clever ideas strung throughout.

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Monsters Unleashed ends with new beginnings in store for the Marvel Universe. It may have ended in a way we all saw coming, but it's great fun especially for your inner 10 year old.

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Prepare for an awesome battle as Nightwing and Damian see themselves in more ways than one!

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One of Superman's trippiest villains gets his due via great art and a wacky game. The conclusion may be a little too much about the power of love/family, but it's a fun issue none the less.

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A fantastic issue with lot's of action, clever ideas, and impressive art

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Excellent issue due to strong character work and great dialogue.

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A great character drama that peers inside three villains heads and has them fight together because they must.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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This is an okay issue, but it doesn't do much beyond setup the villains for next time. That said, Orlando is building things towards an intriguing political angle we've never seen with Batman or the JLA.

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Mother Panic is excellent at capturing the damaged nature of the vigilante hero. In a way it's more realistic than Batman though its visuals are much more colorful. This issue's new artist does a great job, though it's uneven in its style.

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Another excellent Nova issue as the heroes dip their toe in the waters of love. This is what a duo-team book should look like.

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Artemis becomes more fleshed out via impressive detailed art and a clever spin on an Amazonian culture. This issue is well worth a look for the art alone!

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Redline #1 is an excellent first issue that captures the characters so realistically you're basically reading a good TV show. Fans of well-written dialogue must read this. Refreshing and interesting, Redline is a series those who love character dramas must read.

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Silver Surfer and Dawn go on an adventure that informs the reader in a clever way that pollution is real and protecting our environment should be our highest goal. Slott and Allred have created a wacky and weird premise to wrap this very serious story in, which makes for a trippy science fiction twist.

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The strengths of this series continue to be expressed via varied creative teams who capture a variety of subjects the series was good at capturing. This issue doesn't quite excel in both stories, but it's worthy of your time if you were a fan of either Enterprise or The Next Generation.

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As we near the finale it's clear Doctor Aphra has carved an important place in the Star Wars canon. The premise of the book–discovering ancient relics–allows for great storytelling and the character is the right amount of originality to make her genuine and stand apart from the rest.

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An interesting element is developed in Titans #9 that makes the villains capable of doing bad things under the visage of corporate protection. Abnett and Booth are doing things that feel fresh on all fronts.

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This issue continues to draw you into its complex characters quite well. By the end, you'll be on board for the villains' eventual whooping. Plus, the art continues to impress like no other.

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

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

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Possibly the most exciting and well paced issue yet; if you're not reading Motor Crush get in on it now, because it's about to get a whole lot trippier.

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Another excellent chapter in one of the most interesting and visually compelling science fiction comics out today. Ken Garing is a master world builder and each issue reveals more of his tantalizing world.

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

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

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

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

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

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Justice League fans will love the size and scope of this story. The time travel gobbledygook is beginning to grow tiresome as a lack of answers and lots of teasing continue. You can't fault the awesome art and premise though!

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This is a fine wrap up to the Midnighter and Apollo tour of Hell. They both come away stronger for it and readers will be waiting to see how the supporting cast evolves from here.

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Monsters Unleashed #4 is the unabashed action frenzy your inner 12 year old will love. It's the kind of comic you buy knowing full well good art and big action is all that matters. You can't get books like this everyday so I say let your inner 12 year old out!

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Nightwing #16 is excellent issue and a great beginning to a new story arc. Tim Seeley is on fire with this series as it's well paced, well written, and feels incredibly fresh. It even manages to make the hero fighting hero element interesting! Nightwing is the character drama you never knew you needed!

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Thankfully we only have to wait a week for the next issue, which is good because a duel is in order! Fans of the Force need to see this as they've never seen it utilized quite like this.

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Anyone dying to learn more about Mr. Oz needs to read this issue. Superman #18 not only teases a new threat quite well, but it establishes a very big shift due to Superman not being of this dimension. Readers should also note this should be read before Justice League #16.

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Viola Davis' now famous speech from the 2017 Oscars stated, “I became an artist and thank God I did because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life." Jeff Lemire's Royal City is exemplary of this celebration of life and by the end of this issue you'll be wagering all of these characters are real.

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Feeling nostalgic for James Bond? This has everything you'd want from the series in a thrilling and exciting package. Thrilling and action packed, this hits all the hallmarks of the James Bond franchise. Just don't expect the read to take too long.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Another good issue that tests the mental strength of the Hal Jordan, shows how awesome Guy can be, and reminds us the most imaginative types of stories spin out of Green Lantern.

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You can't deny Hellblazer is written well, but this issue is mired in problems from art that's hard to follow to a rushed McGuffin that's hard to care about. I'm curious, but only because you're left with so many questions and no answers.

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This is a decent first issue that should have folks worried if they want a true team book. There's some interesting dynamics in play, but for the most part this is mostly action with some jarring issues that reduce the entertainment.

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The Kamanda Challenge is an intriguing series with a compelling premise that should get lovers of dynamic ever changing stories ramped up every issue. This installment isn't quite as strong as the first issue, but its creators are taking chances which is hard to fault. This is pulp comics that's daring, original, and fun.

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Get ready to dig into a level of realism you don't see everyday in comic books. Supergirl: Being Super #2 is genuine and relatable in every sense of the word. The pace may be a tad slow in this issue, but it's still good comics, especially if you love character work.

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Teen Titans #5 features a perfectly fine ending with a twist or two up its sleeve, but it still hasn't convinced me it needs to exist. On paper this team could be intriguing, but there isn't enough here to warrant a purchase unless you love these characters singularly.

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

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Rick and Morty wraps up its latest story arc in an entertaining way with a backup that's must read for fans. There's still no date for season 3 of Rick and Morty, but if this series continues on like it has the wait won't be that tough after all.

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This is a great horror comic that's all about shock as it develops a frightening vampire world you'll want more of. Much like those who fear flying, the story is all about losing control in the most haunting of ways.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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I haven't dug this series in quite a while, but I think Hitch and Pasarin have quite a tale worth exploring here in Justice League #15. Time travel, excellent art, and a well told story combine to make "Timeless" a must read.

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Lucifer continues to be one of the best comics on the stands. The art is quite nice, the colors inspired, and the ideas clever and fresh. This is the type of book that seems to have a new surprise on every page.

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The scope is increased and major answers are revealed making this a satisfying third issue. Like a good action film, Monsters Unleashed knows how to ramp up the drama.

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Mother Panic is a thriller with art that will punch you in the teeth. Superheroics with attitude.

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Low on action, high on love and relationship building, this is the perfect Valentine's Day comic. Tim Seeley and Jung handle Dick's love life in a very respectful and adult way that builds this character even further and reminding us he's not a kid anymore.

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This series may have the best captions of any comic in 2017. Hands down. It's epic, well written, and drives the story in an awesome way. Unfortunately the plot, while paced well, feels like a repetitive amount of filler scenes more than anything. The dialogue is also clunky and difficult to get through.

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Dare I say it: This is the best horror comic of the week! With impressive moody art and a fun done in one tale it's hard not to like Superman #17.

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Mark The Mighty Thor down as the most epic and fun filled time you can have when parley is involved. Aaron and Dauterman have a series that's epic in scope and a thrill to read.

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I'm not sure you'll find a more emotional comic book experience than Love is Love. Its creation comes out of a tragedy, but it's purpose and meaning is impossible to deny. This work is filled with compassion–something we can never lose sight of–and it's a reminder we all can and do make a difference because we love.

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Aside from this being mostly action, it's a fine conclusion to a series you won't want to end. There's hope yet, though–Savage will return based on a teaser to end this book. When it does, I'll be first in line to read it.

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Snow Day is the perfect read for a cold winter day. Its protagonist is calm, reserved, and determined in a way that's interesting and compelling. You'll read this wondering if real life is really like this in small towns.

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

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

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

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

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

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Venditti and Sandoval prove this is the primo Green Lantern book–nay, the primo space comic at DC Comics. The way in which this issue breaks up between sub-stories keeps things interesting and it looks damn good doing it. This is superheroes and space done right in every sense of the word.

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This is a lackluster second issue in a series that opened in a big and fun way. It follows the crossover script to a T and looks flat or too basic. The dialogue and basic feel of each team is on point, but it's not enough to make this a must buy by any means.

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It's hard to resist reading Doctor Aphra due to its important connections to the Star Wars canon, but also its sense of adventure. It may lack the relationship development required to understand Aphra and her dad, but it's a lot of fun. This is Indiana Jones meets Star Wars, and fans shouldn't miss it.

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It's good, but not stellar. I found the issue entertaining due to Williams' ability to scatter character wrinkles throughout the story. Romita Jr. has his moments, and Barrows excels with atmosphere, but ultimately this is for fans of the series only.

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Three cheers for Hulk (the Incredible kind!) for its strong characters, excellent art, and fun plot. Come for the characters, but stay for the big action. They may specifically be Asian American, but they are the people's team.

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The scope and storied past of Thor is rendered well in The Unworthy Thor #4 with the help of every artist who has been a part of Aaron's magnum opus. It's hard to find fault with what is accomplished here, though I do wish the plot in the present pushed forward a bit more than it did.

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If this is the direction of the latest story arc please don't let it end anytime soon. Abnett and Booth are delivering an intriguing team building story that feels important because the characters come off as realistic and genuine. At this rate, Titans might be my favorite superhero team book of 2017.

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I haven't been this excited for Wonder Woman in a long time. The character is larger than life, the art equally so, and the characters vividly real.

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

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

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If the future involves souped up motorcycle racing I'm all in. This series has a Blade Runner vibe with the breakneck action of Road Rash and a wrinkle of drug abuse to make it all feel pertinent.

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Do yourself a favor and give the "The Seven Blades of the Master Darque" a try. It's only two issues, but you're bound to be all-in with this very cool story. Matt Kindt is putting on a show with clever storytelling ideas you can't miss!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hawkeye is a special kind of book that feels like a hangout with your best friend. It's fun, well paced, and good comics. The character might be too chipper, but I'll take it.

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Hitch focuses an entire story on communication between heroes before the big conflict as they discuss their trust issues and insecurities. The concept of Justice League #14 is sound, but no real change in character is shown rendering its purpose moot. Still, there's a nice sense of scope and understandable issues are discussed.

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If you like fight comics this is the best on the stands this week and possibly this month. Midnighter takes a beating, but you gotta see the other guy!

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Key details are dropped as the heroes face a threat they can't possibly fight off! Bunn does well to increase the scope of the battle with Land delivering pinup quality panel and page after panel and page. The art does feel less kinetic and interesting, but overall this is still a lot of fun.

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Moon Knight #11 has a great balance of compelling character work and alluring supernatural elements combined to make for addictive reading. Moon Knight is delivering a story that's hard to resist.

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Seeley and To wrap up their first arc in Bldhaven with enough spark to make you want more. It may be a bit stuffy and slow, but it's got some great narrative and character ideas at work throughout.

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Retro, fun, and action-packed, this is the epitome of superhero comics. This issue might lack the storytelling punch of its action sequence, but it gets the job done and then some.

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This makes up for the lackluster last issue as it brings important meaning to core characters of the Star Wars universe. Yoda's journey is intriguing and it's interesting to see him at this stage of his life and how he acts with other characters. Star Wars continues to prove saga mainstays like Yoda and Obi-wan could use a film of their own.

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Superman #16 sees a fine conclusion to the story arc that ties well into the growing battle DC is forging via its The Watchmen connections. It's nice to see a story arc end so quickly with little hubbub even though the stakes are worthy of an event caliber story.

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

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The pieces are in place to make this a fun crossover. If you've been reading Green Lanterns, though, you're going to be sorely disappointed with a recycled idea that's the main point of interest in the storyline.

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Science fiction has a new leader for #1 lists of 2017. Much like its original series I was left pondering the characters, the world, and their situation. Garing has a series I'm already prepared to buy on sight. This is science fiction that's deeply meaningful and captivating.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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This issue is certainly a good done in one issue that shows how the Green Lantern Corps are very important in the universe. The story is a nice way to reflect on what the Lanterns did, though it recaps what just occurred, which makes its purpose questionable.

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The Kamandi Challenge is an exciting page-turning extravaganza. It's entertaining in a modern way while paying respect to Jack Kirby and the fun his stories bring. The pace is so fast it's easily satisfying every page of the way.

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A mysterious discovery awaits Yoda in this flashback tale, however there's very little in the way of detail to sustain your interest. There's certainly the teasing of an idea that ties to the Force, but you could easily skip this issue to really find out next month.

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Waller's life is thrown for a loop as the fallout of Justice League vs. Suicide Squad has repercussions for her. The writing team uses this issue to build towards a possible change, or at least major character development for Waller, though to devote an entire issue to this seemingly minor moment does push the reader's patience.

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This comic is in fact good, as it builds the new lineup of the Teen Titans well. Damian gets a first hand look at what it's like to be back with Ra's Al Ghul and it ain't pretty.

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Simply put, there aren't a lot of comics that are as endearing as this. The characters are genuine and their conversations are easy to follow and enjoy. It's not a fight comic to say the least, but it's very well done character drama.

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This is a well done table setting issue if I ever saw one. There's humor, action, and a good recap of who these characters are and the dynamics between them. It doesn't feel entirely necessary though and portions feel very much like filler.

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

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

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Aside from its somewhat jarring narrative flow and the villains' downright bizarre actions to end the book, Reborn is good fantasy comics. Millar and Capullo are fleshing out a fantastical realm that's so rife with potential you'll find yourself imagining your own stories in its highly original package.

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The evil Jerry plot thickens while this issue serves as a more serious but well written story. It's not quite filled with the amount of laughs I'd want, but all in all it's good storytelling that could easily be an episode of the show.

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Strikingly visual storytelling at its best. This is the Valiant series everyone should be reading. It's self-contained and riveting comic book storytelling.

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This was one of the shining lights in the comic book industry of 2016. Natalie Reiss has proven she has the chops to deliver a unique story with refreshing art and an endearing quality you can't miss.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Lucifer kicks off a new arc with an addictive new character with the stakes raised to 11. While the pace is a tad slow, the character work is on point, as well as the awesome art.

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Tim Seeley's latest Nightwing story arc is getting more exciting by the issue and a lot happens here warranting a look. Bldhaven continues to become a more complicated and therefore compelling place to visit.

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If you're a fan of Star Wars you gotta read this as it connects to the films nicely. The mission the characters are on is intriguing, their infiltration of Empire controlled base exciting, and the evil robots continue to be a delight. That said, the father/daughter dynamic isn't feeling genuine and Black Krrsantan is way too powerful.

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Both stories have scenes and sequences worth checking out. If you haven't been reading you might be lost, but those who have should feel satisfied with both conclusions. El Diablo comes out of his story stronger and different because of it, giving the character more credibility. Waller's story doesn't quite merit the page count, but has some interesting elements.

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The cuteness levels are hard to deny as the story adds new layers, villains, and heroes into the fray. It's not quite as funny as the first issue, but perhaps that bar was set a little too high.

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Superman #15 continues the intriguing exploration of the multiverse Grant Morrison explored in Multiversity in all the right ways. It's not overly convoluted, it moves at a fast clip, and it relishes in the eclectic look and feel of multiverse heroes.

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This is the sci-fi thriller that pushes the boundaries of storytelling in comics. It's a reminder this medium has its advantages and The Few capitalizes on them to make any fan of storytelling prick up their ears.

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

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James Bond: Hammerhead captures the espionage angle to a T, which makes for a riveting spy drama. The general pace is a tad slow, but not enough to dampen the solid storytelling in play.

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Monsters Unleashed #1 is the perfect opening salvo to an event that may buck the trend for event haters. It grabs you with its monster madness from the opening page and never lets go.

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If you dig flashbacks, dragons, and stakes that rise as the hero stands waiting outmatched, this is the book for you. Frank Cho is building a fantasy/superhero epic that's addictive and hard to deny.

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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.