David Brooke's Comic Reviews

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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When compared to last issue there's a lot more exposition here (largely because the protagonists do need to get from point A to point B) but there's still plenty of action to speak of. Basically the gear is lowered so that the next issue will completely explode. To get the characters from A to B, Mooney incorporates a game of chicken between submarines, some Nazi neck snapping and a very big twist you might not be expecting. I call that a win even if the action slows a bit. 10Well told story through and throughLooks great, reads greatI mean, there could be more pages?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A done in one story that delivers an effective psychological thriller and great narration? Sign me up. This is just as good as the awesomely disturbing and great Vision #1.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pretty flipping amazing to say the least. The story isn't too complicated, but that's required considering the words would just ruin these beautiful pages. On top of that, the premise needs to be simple enough for the images to go hog wild. Just like you will be doing when you read this!

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This is a feast for the eyes wrapped in a cautionary tale that's relevant in today's society. To cap it all off there are two backup stories that are bizarre and interesting in their own right. A must buy for indie fans and anyone interested in the weird.

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This is a fantastic first issue that sets up the characters and story, delivers heart pounding action and drips with so much style it may just rub off on you. Don't miss this!

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

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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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A great first issue that begs you to want more by revealing little, but doing it all in a compelling way.

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Considering how well choreographed the flashbacks are with the present time anyone, and I mean anyone, could pick this up and enjoy it. Those who are following along should love it even more so because things are starting to come together.

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

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This is without a doubt the funniest issue of the series yet. It doesn't go completely bonkers with science fiction, but gives us enough taste to satiate that part of the title. Meanwhile it's hilarious from beginning to end. Read this!

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It's funny, features some fun dissection of science fiction tropes and establishes a new storyline that's big with its ideas. Recommended!

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

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This issue is a great for new and ongoing readers with plenty of action, great dialogue and phenomenal plotting. Why aren't you reading this?

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What a way to cap off the latest arc, with plenty of answers to satiate curiosity, action, sex and humor to entertain and a new direction to look forward to. Once again this series reminds us this is the best comic on the stands.

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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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All good stories must come to an end and this is one good story. Its character driven plot is compelling, the action exciting and the reveals all deliver.

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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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And after all that, I didn't even talk about the characters! They're interesting and there's enough humanity instilled in the protagonist for you to root for him. The gorilla doesn't get a lot of play this issue"he's used more as a surprise at the end"but judging by his guru-like demeanor I'm sure we'll get a lot of him next month. This is an impeccable first issue made all the more strong due to its pacing and structure. Buy this book!

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This is a very good comic that grabs you by the balls from page one and doesn't let go. You grow to love then adore the protagonist and by book's end if you aren't interested in where she's going next, well, you're probably incapable of feeling. Officially my second favorite comic on the stands.

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An extremely satisfying conclusion for the characters and plenty of great action to mark this as an excellent series.

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Tensions are ramping up in this incredibly brooding, well-rendered, spine tingling mystery.

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Another inspired issue in what is the scariest slow burn story I've ever read. The mystery is deep, the horror behind the veil unnerving and the characters strong. It's the True Detective of space horror.

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This is a fantastic first issue that establishes Spider-Woman's new direction, her quirky yet determined character and a compelling mystery for her to tackle too.

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

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After a brief up and down story arc, we're back, baby! This issue brings all sorts of entertainment value, not least of which is the smooch on the cover. More please!

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Comics that are done well aren't static, and it's well done here. Another great issue.

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This is an incredibly strong opening salvo to what could the best new series of the year. There's a lot of promise when it comes to the emotional side of the story and even more when it comes to the science fiction aspect. The premise is sound and should capture audiences young and old. Recommended.

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

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

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It has the sensibilities of a western, the action of a kung fu movie and a mysterious protagonist you'll be dying to learn more about. Look for it in comic book stores and Comixology November 11th.

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This issue tops the first with more character development, world building and awesome action than the first. Guera and Aaron are putting together an awesome series.

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

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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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This is a great read and an even greater introduction to the premise and characters. You'll slowly be dragged in with the dialogue and character dynamics and then coldcocked by the uniquely striking art.

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

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

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Kudos to this team for creating a fantasy series worth reading with a female protagonist! That's a rare thing indeed. I'm not sure what is going on exactly at this juncture, but I want to learn because he world and characters are so damn vivid.

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The fact is this is a perfectly told comic which dances between expert brooding and dark narration and deeply flawed characters. And yet they pretend not to be. Mixed with some powerful art this is as compelling as comics can get.

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Come with a big imagination because you'll need it to keep up with this compelling story and fantastical ride.

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Oh my god yes. If you call yourself a science fiction fan this shouldn't be required reading but necessary for you to exist. It captures a world very much possible and it does it by keeping your attention and making it all very vivid and real. Pick this book up and become the most interesting guy at the party with a very intelligent and fascinating read.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A gem that shouldn't be missed.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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The bottom line is this comic is fun to read. When the main thread of this issue ends, a train action sequence, there's yet another action sequence. Some books might lose you here, as you'll fatigue with all the action, but Mooney captures characters in the slightest of facial expressions and a surprise or two too. The small touches go a long way to keep you invested in the story.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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An original James Bond who's having a bit more fun, a new direction and an honest feel. That's exciting and it's nice to see it's not trying to be like the movies; it's its own beast playing by its own rules.

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

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

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A fantastic start to the latest Storyteller miniseries. It'll capture your childhood heart as you're whisked along the strong and magical story.

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A fish out of water story that delivers action and intrigue with strong Mad Max: Fury Road vibes.

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

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This is an incredibly strong issue due to great character work and a humbling story of a hero with a problem nobody thought anything of in the 50s.

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This continues to be my favorite character book on the stands. It accomplishes so much in subtle ways and it holds characters dynamics a high level.

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Like something out of Watchmen Millar is playing with compelling arguments about superheroes and their role in keeping society safe.

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

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

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

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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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I've enjoyed this series more than any event book Marvel or DC has put out in months. The story is paced well, always interesting and the character dynamics work. If they don't continue this series after issue #5 or find a way to bring these characters back together I will be a very sad boy.

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

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

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

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

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

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I thoroughly enjoyed the story, the characters and the mystery that is driving the plot of this series. A great first issue that is worth checking out.

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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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Very well done. The pacing is exceptional and should keep you on the edge of your seat like a nice thriller. The cinematic nature of the story helps too and it's very much like a done in one episode of your favorite TV show.

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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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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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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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The payoff in this issue, the payoff we've been waiting for for more than two issues, is really worth the read. Readers who come into this issue blind should enjoy themselves too, because there's a mini arc here focused on Dr. Strange that makes the climax worth a look. Recommended.

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What is a hero, really? And are the Avengers heroes, or self-entitled kings? We find out in this issue and it's an exciting read to say the least.

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

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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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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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Highly recommended. The weakest aspect is the third act, which is very different from most of the book, but still just as good. The art will captivate and the story, while based on the work we all know, has just enough fantastical changes to keep your interest until the very end.

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Dare I say a better second issue than the first that's laugh out loud funny and gets the plot rolling nicely. I'm no clairvoyant, but Killstrike is the sleeper hit of the year.

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This is without a doubt the funniest comic of the year, especially if you were a comic reader of the 90's. Don't be sillyhead and miss this series. Go out and get the first two and then read this issue. You won't be disappointed.

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This is a nice surprise that those new to the series can enjoy as it captures a fairy tale story fantastically. There's an undercurrent off odd that'll tickle most peoples fancies.

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

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This book couldn't come at a better time now that everyone is loving the badass Daenerys on Game of Thrones. By issue's end if you're not hooting and hollering like a canned television audience you're probably dead. Recommended.

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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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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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It may not tie-in to Robin War very well, but it's a solid done in one issue. Come for the fun action sequence and strong character development of Joker's Daughter.

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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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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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Hey, we got ourselves a neat mystery book with potential supernatural goodness on the way! I'm all for strong characters in any work and this puppy has it in droves. Worth a look and worth your dime!

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

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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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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 very good introductory issue that balances action, exposition and character very nicely. The pace is so strong and key to its success I'd swear it was created with a metronome.

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This book was going to look good no matter what, but considering the fun and high stakes story you can't not love this. This is the epitome of fun when it comes to comics and you'll be missing out if you don't give this one a try.

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Symbolism abound in this exciting and never boring epic of love, death and treachery. I challenge anyone to read this book and be bored for even a second. It's a page turner, and one that'll make you think about life and love in different ways.

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Included with all that is an interesting story progression for The Will and a bit of action thrown in too. Animated skeletons known as bone bugs, anyone? Really the only downside to an issue like this is all the recap. I'm sure there are readers out there who are dying for more, so the three or four pages used up to explain what's going on might annoy some folks. That said, you can't please everyone and once again this series continues to shine.

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A good first issue that has some great moments, checks in with all the main characters and even includes an inappropriate alien moment. Hooray!

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

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

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

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When a story comes along and proposes to be something it's not with a delightful surprise you should take notice. There aren't enough completely original stories out there worth your time, but this one takes the care. Recommended.

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A fantastic first issue that'll make you want to learn more about every secret identity and make you question why other comics haven't explored superhero identities like this.

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If you're a lover of world building and great mystery, don't miss this issue. There's plenty to uncover here as we enter a brand new world and it's fascinating to peel back the many layers of this onion.

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This is more like it! Plenty of action and art that's on scale to top anything you might call epic. Bottom line is it's fun to see things coming together for our concluding chapter next month!

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The best Secret Wars tie-in yet with a very compelling cast of characters, dynamics between them, and exciting action.

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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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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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This continues to be my favorite series right now and Solar should be on everyones' minds if they want a unique character dynamic duo and a fun new series.

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This is an enjoyable issue that changes gears but does so without losing the energy and pace of the previous issues. The best book you aren't reading!

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Solar: Man of the Atom continues to be a real treat every month due its spontaneity and the strong relationship building between father and daughter. It's a comic that's simply solid every single month.

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A fantastic end to the space portion of the story that has interesting characters moments and increases the power set of Solar ten fold. Great read and a surefire must have when this is collected.

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

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

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

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This is a well written and entertaining issue that has proven there is no cash grab going on here. Instead we're being delivered an exciting crossover that makes sense, captures the wonder of both properties and does a fantastic job with its characters.

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You simply can't find a better Star Trek or Green Lantern story on the stands today. And that's not even factoring in the fact that they're combined here!

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As far as climaxes go this is how you want an event series to end. The action is fantastic and the storyline wraps up well for all parties. Satisfying and fun!

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

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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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This is an exciting issue that delivers action and character dynamics between Leia and Han every fan will love. The art is kicking it up a notch too, making this feel like an event level book. Get it!

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This is yet another great installment in the best Star Wars series on the stands. It's always exciting much like the films, continues to have good character beats and is incredibly well paced. Dig it.

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

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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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Leading up to this issue I was losing hope but this issue brings back some great pacing and fantastic character moments to make this the strongest issue yet in the series.

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

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

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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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This is a great introductory issue to an often underplayed and misunderstood character. Finally he's getting his due in the comic book format.

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This is without a doubt the best Star Wars comic being printed right now and there are some surefire gems in that bunch too. This comic doesn't center on the main characters or events, but Lando is turning out to be the most interesting and complex character of the bunch.

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Fantastic characters and a pulse pounding plot are found in this comic. The ink work is dark and brooding, but is outmatched by the incredibly uplifting and captivating character of Lando Calrissian.

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This is a great example of a bridging issue that doesn't simply move the characters from point A to point B, but adds to the backstory and sets up some big future reveals.

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Darth Vader has never been this badass as he is clearly an unstoppable force here. You'll root for the heroes but strangely delight in Vader smashing everyone.

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After a so-so second issue this series kicks back into gear with an excellent issue. The villain is finally defined and our hero kicks some ass too. We are now aware of the ramifications and limitations of the characters which means we're locked in for anything and everything with the rules defined. Bring it on!

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Another excellent issue that's about on par with Saga when it comes to being consistently great.

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A great send off to a fun and compelling story that anyone can love. The action might run long, but we've all been waiting for this climax, so bring it, and read it today!

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

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

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What a great issue that seems to have come out of nowhere. The last two Venom centric issues were short and quick reads, but this has so much going for it it makes up for the slowness prior. To see SpOck under the Venom spell is intriguing and he's creating waves rather quickly by burning bridges with Aunt May and Mary Jane. The monster that is Venom is used to show the monster that Peter has become and it's a thrilling thing.

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Fantastic issue because dammit things are progressing so nicely and all the build up is finally paying off.

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This is a really great issue due to it mastering each sequence and propelling the story at a fast clip. The premise is sound too and it's going to be exciting to see how this story plays out.

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The narration keeps things flowing nicely too. Basically the pace is perfect, cutting between events in Parasite's life, revealing interesting details of his creation, and touching on how he's basically an addict for energy. By story's end you'll wish the guy got help more than punishment. It's pretty clear Kudor went hog wild with the layouts too, as they're always progressing the story, looking interesting and are at times straight up compelling. There's one page in particular where as Parasite is falling to his death, he recounts snapshot, single-panel events that lead him from average monster to villainous creton. It's an exciting bit of comic book artistry, partly because it's reminiscent of a roll of film, but also because it's an efficient way to recount events.

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This is a strong issue that has plenty of action to satiate fans. The god element is intriguing and it'll be fun to see Superman go up against HORDR just as soon as he can pool some cash.

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

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

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This is a must read for anyone even slightly interested in learning more about what went wrong with Wonder Woman and Superman's relationship. The stories are tastefully written and complex. You're going to come away from this read thinking these superheroes are very human indeed.

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

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

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

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

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

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This is a very enjoyable popcorn type of comic that excels at action and adventure.

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

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I had no idea what I was in for, but quickly found something as magical as any Jim Henson nostalgia dream. The characters are vivid and real and the magical world they live in is truly captivating. If you like fantasy, magic or out-of-this-world worlds, check this comic out!

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By issue's end there are more questions than answers and more threats to our protagonists which should make any reader salivate in anticipation. Recommended!

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Exciting, surprising and dramatic, you'll enter this magic world and never want to leave. With such vivid art, it's a wild ride that encapsulates the wonderment of our childhood we all wish to relive.

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A top notch drama set in a prison with real emotions, compelling characters and a satisfying story.

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

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

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I had no idea what to expect from this book, but was pleasantly surprised by a well told story. The concept in general might not be brand new, but the way it's delivered is well worth your dime.

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Without a doubt the creepiest comic I've read this year. Everything comes together to make a truly haunting experience with an ever present feeling of crushing space dread.

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

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There's no better place for atmospheric weirdness this Halloween than The Goon in Theatre Bizarre.

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Fear, mystery and justice has a new name and it's The Hangman.

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

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What is love if it's a weapon, what is identity if it's a lie and what is this comic if not fantastic?

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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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Another excellent chapter in this unconventional series. If you're bored of the usual comics on sale, or just love the hell out of science fiction, particularly science fiction about a potential future that serves as commentary for today, then check this book out!

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

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

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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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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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Shrinking Man is a top notch adaptation that feels like a classic pulp comic; the debut features strong adult themes, fantastic pacing and a satisfying sense of drama.

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This is a fantastic comic book first with great writing and an incredible sense of pace and destination. It's riding as fast as it wants to and we can only hope to keep up and enjoy it.

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

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

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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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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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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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This is a really good intro issue to a new series with adequate recap of characters and more importantly a clear understanding of the stakes at play. Without that the entire series would fall on plot and character, but here we've got the groundwork for something that could be truly epic. The art suits this type of story too. Bravo Valiant, looking forward to the rest of this series!

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This book opens with some amazing back story and art that is worth the price of admission alone.

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The last issue was just okay, because it set up everything that goes down in this issue, and this issue is glorious to read.

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Moral choices are at play making this another spectacular issue if you're a fan of psychological dramas. It's at once disturbing and tragic to witness a robot family attempt to be human, but also maintain the impossible: logical control of themselves.

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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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Ultimately this issue succeeds because, as climaxes go, there's an emotional element to all the fighting. Wonder Woman actually learns a lesson in this issue too. Oh, and it all ends with a major change to the character too. A change that is not only exciting but also a fitting conclusion to this story arc. I suppose the only negative I can graft from this issue is the ultimate end that comes to the First Born. It's a bit of a cliche when it comes to superhero books, but obviously the choice was made to aid in future stories.

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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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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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This is the best science fiction comic on the shelves. The concept is intriguing and original and it's all told in a compelling, original and captivating way. What more could you want?

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I'm glad a jumped back on this book as the art and pace are strong and the story is compelling due to new details on X and his new big bad villain. Check it out for the violence and you'll be rewarded with some gruesomely awesome shots.

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If the twist wasn't so damn exciting this would be a so-so issue mainly because not a lot happens. Then again, that “not a lot” is exciting as hell. A great issue that has it all.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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This title is back on track and fun as hell. The art continues to be extremely strong, vivid and disturbing and the plot has gotten a whole lot more interesting.

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

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I wasn't sure what to expect, but I found a fun take on a colder, more dictatorship-style Justice League making Plastic Man's lunacy and heroics all the more easy to root for. A good questionable hero's journey.

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An interesting father/son dynamic is quickly established to create a relevant and compelling mystery rife with drama.

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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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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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Beautifully painted with excellent ideas and an interesting, winding story. The protagonist gets it easy, but how it all ties into a cultural custom makes up for it in this wonderful fairy tale story.

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Dredd fans shouldn't pass this up and everyone else should at least take a peek at the beautiful art.

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

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There are subtle touches at play here that, I think, will payoff once this series is over. Reading it in the single issue format will be a treat like any serial is, but I can't help but be envious of anyone out there who will discover this series once it's finished. Take for instance the costumes of the old heroes as opposed to the young. The younger ones are dressed as heroes are today, in highly revealing sexy stuff, while the older heroes seem to be from the Golden Age of comics. Little things like this, that aren't even pointed out by the characters, add dividends to this series.

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

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Once again Giorello stuns with his well rendered pencils. Some artists are minimalist, but clearly Giorello is taking the time to sketch wood grain, detail in faces and always atmospheric surroundings. It's a true pleasure to ogle these pages. Truman gives us enough to chew on between the action bits too making this one hell of Conan, and fantasy book in general too.

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This turned out to be a pleasant surprise that continues the incredible Kings Watch event.

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I went into this comic having no idea what to expect, but ended up being completely sold on the concept, story and heroes within. I'm intrigued by the potential danger these heroes must overcome, especially since they're all very much human. So often comics jam as much information as they can into the first issue to setup the wild ride ahead which typically means a lot of exposition heavy, pace slogging pages to get through. This comic however, has a ton of information passed on to the reader, all very naturally and well paced.

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The art by Marc Laming continues to be a solid rock in this work, always well rendered and grounded. There's a lot of talking in this comic, but you won't even notice because he has a way of giving us a good balance of mid level-shots and closeups to keep us focused on the emotions and events as they transpire. Books like this require a deft hand in that regard or they'll become less comic and more novel, which kills the pace and creates a boring vacuum you can't escape.

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Mix a satisfying conclusion with some real character development and you've got yourself a good comic. When you finish a book and find yourself wishing the series would keep going… that's a good sign you are satisfied. Recommended.

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Very good. Each story is enjoyable and interesting with flair and panache that's not seen every day on the comic book shelves. The Gail Simone portion is just okay, mostly because it's telling a longer story that'll be concluded next issue, but the overall package is well worth your time.

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

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

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For all intents and purposes this is a successful comic. If you're not keyed into the Archie universe you may lose interest when he recaps the importance of some of the lesser known co-stars, but the final pages and overall message is rock solid.

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

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

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

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Compelling premise, interesting story and a mystery that drives everything in the right direction. Check this book out, especially since it's so damn prescient right now.

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A good conclusion largely because it's so damn horrific and surprising. Characters make hard choices which makes the reader take a hard and close look at themselves too.

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Why would you want to miss a good cop drama with art that's the epitome of controlled chaos? Read it for its energy and wild art.

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

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

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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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Fantastic crime drama that catapults you to another time and place. This one gives Road to Perdition a run for its money.

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A very good opening issue to a new version of a character that's had many false stops. The supernatural element to his back story is intriguing and the costume works considering the heavy use of dialogue. The look of the book is smooth and is reminiscent of the controlled nature of David Aja. Recommended.

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

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

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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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As far as event books go Aaron knocked this issue out of the park. Usually there's a ton of exposition to get through, but this issue balances character and plot effectively. Recommended.

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A very strong protagonist drives a premise that holds a lot of potential in what is turning out to be an addictive mystery.

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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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This is an extremely well-plotted comic that should pique the interest of anyone.

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A must read for anyone following along but newbies will find enjoyment in the deft storytelling via art and character.

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I simply can't wait for the next issue. The powers of Rasputin are revealed and now it's just a matter of finding out how he gets to America from here. Read this if you've loved even a single one of the prior issues.

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

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

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I was pleasantly surprised by this done-in-one story. It doesn't break new ground per se, but it tells a well rounded story with great pacing and great art. Recommended.

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This is an excellent conclusion to the first story arc with a lot of great ideas, good pace and fantastic dialogue. Check it out if you like surprises and ideas, or don't if you hate fun.

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Another good issue in this well written and well paced series. Crazy as it might sound there could be a Zenescope book on some people's list of best books of the year!

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For an issue that's mostly about characters talking about their feelings you'll be surprised just how captivating it all is due to interesting character work and compelling art.

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

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

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

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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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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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Secret Identities is my favorite superhero comic delivering surprises to the genre, its story and fantastic characters.

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You'll enjoy the dialogue, the character development and the ultimate nemesis of Sherlock"cocaine"finally getting vanquished.

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An even better introductory issue than the last, although because of this those of us who read #1 might feel a bit slighted as it retreads much of its story. All in all though, a wonderfully paced issue.

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

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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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A introduction to a hero, a call to action and a crisis all in the first book. There's a lot to chew on despite the fact that we barely even get to meet the hero before the issue's over! Recommended.

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This is another strong issue in the Solar revamp. The character is made even stronger with his outspoken and cocky daughter and the corporate angle seems to be cooking something up that might offer some surprises.

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Color, writing and art come together in this fantastic first issue, introducing a brooding mystery that peels back just enough to dare you to read what could turn out to be the scariest science fiction comic of the year.

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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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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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This is an exceptional introductory issue with plenty to keep your interest. There's humor, potential romance afoot and the main character is incredibly likeable. It's also made very clear how this character is different from the Spidey we know and love which is incredibly important.

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Even after reviewing Amazing Spider-Man this week, I can safely say this is the best Spidey book on the stands today. The art is top notch and the characters are all so good, gosh darnit, I want to be right there in the comic so I can hang with the bunch of them!

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This is a great tie-in that should not be missed due to the impeccable art and resounding influence it has on the entire event.

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Another well drawn issue with good pacing and nice character moments. Entertaining, plus it includes plot elements important to the Spider-Verse event. Score!

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This is a great issue largely due to a comedic moment and a great action sequences. The bad guy is well realized and the stakes are clearly present. Most importantly this is a teamup you don't want to miss.

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This is fun tie-in that doesn't necessarily tie-in too closely, at least so far, but instead works on the characters. Spider-Gwen fans should go gaga for this one.

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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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This crossover continues to work well on multiple levels. Exciting, action packed and capturing the most important aspect of Star Trek: discovery!

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This is the most exciting summer event series out there. It beats Secret Wars because it pulls no punches. There are no half measures and it's as exciting as they come.

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Star Trek movie fans will love this series, but action aficionados need this series.

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What a surprise this issue was, particularly because I fell out of love with the series. I adored the first three issues, but it slowly lost touch with me. This issue brings some tantalizing character dynamics to the forefront, but also teases us with some rather interesting reveals as well. The art by Kelly is serviceable to great throughout and it appears Wood has an impressive amount of tidbits for us in the coming issues.

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The addition of Chewie and C-3PO increases the enjoyment factor of this little story plus the Luke storyline gets more interesting. If you aren't reading this series you're missing out on some key backstories!

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Once again Marvel delivers big Star Wars moments that are vital parts of these characters' stories.

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Vader Down is back on track due to characters new and old coming to a head and some fantastic art and dialogue to go with it!

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

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

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It's not everyday you get a fresh story in the Star Wars universe. More times than not we get another rehash Boba Fett story, or some Jedi story with a couple different pieces added in to make it fresh. This story however, reads and feels as fresh as they come.

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Overall a great series with some pacing issues here and there. This issue delivers all the answers you'd want and comes complete with a very well rendered moment between Darth and the Emperor. The art has always been of a bombastic nature with great lighting and pace too.

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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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Everything is coming together nicely this issue. Those looking for the political side of things alluded to last issue shouldn't hold their breath, but I can't see that being an issue either. Essentially this issue gets the band together as tensions build into the next issue. Considering we get a gnarly looking alien beastie and a full throttle script I don't see how you could complain either way.

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Yes indeedy. There's not a lot bad with this issue with a progression of story and a building towards climax that's delectable. So often comics build to a climax by cheapening the moments prior, leaving loose ends annoyingly open, but here the story is moving nicely and the calm before the story is incredibly enjoyable.

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Once again I've been pulled into this monthly story and I don't want to ever leave. The single issues keep the tension up, the characters interesting and the story always moving forward. When this book is collected you'll be in for a treat, but do yourself a favor and get in on it now. It's worth it.

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This is turning out to be a solid story on many levels. It has a cool connection to a classic comic that started the industry and inspired millions. Oh and it's got a very powerful thread to humanity through its character. Read it.

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This issue also introduces a new villain for our vampires, a vampire hunter named Bart. He has the look of a gangbanger, and I'm not sure we've ever seen a vampire hunter of this type before. Since this is a comedic book he comes complete with a silly and tiny sidekick. They only get a brief intro here, but it helps add a bit of much needed complexity to the series. That's not to say it's bad, but if it were only two vampires bumbling around playing blood pong I'd imagine it'd leave readers a bit flat.

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

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

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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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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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The only problem is, if you haven't been reading along you're not going to appreciate just how awesome this comic series has been. Is that enough to rate it down to an 8.5? I'm starting to wonder, because it's such a consistently enjoyable read. Then again, comics would be pretty boring if they were all unrelated one offs.

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An above average Superior issue, because of the art singing and the plots being cut back a bit. Once again Slott advances things nicely, which helps keep the anticipation up. It's clear he has a mega plan in the works and god forbid we miss an issue and thus miss the tidbits he loves to lay down.

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This book has consistently rocked for so long you'd need to head bang to give it justice.

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For all intents and purposes this might be the story that pits Green Goblin as the forerunner as the greatest villain Spider-Man has. And at the same time building up Doc Ock as the most relatable villain he has. Those are some lofty achievements, only made stronger by just how satisfying this story has been as it has slowly unveiled itself. Recommended.

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This is another good issue that delivers in all the ways you'd hope. As far as events go the progression is phenomenal and everyone should be able to find something to enjoy. That is, if you've been following along. New readers may want to read the back issues for this one!

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A strong issue if you're digging this new direction for Superman as you've never seen him like this before.

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This is everything you want in superhero comics with plenty of action, shocking reveals and a satisfying end that promises intriguing new storylines.

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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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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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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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This is a promising first issue in what will most likely be a strong first story arc. The twist at the end is made stronger by the gravitas in the first scene and sets up a story that might put Superman at odds with his country. I'm sure a lot of fans could use more Clark in their Superman comics than what is delivered here, but I'm okay with it. This is the big blockbuster Superman book that goes along with the movie and gives the reader everything they'd want after seeing that flick. It's not just big and dumb though, and has introduced a promising story everyone should enjoy.

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

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

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

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Lovers of science fiction need to read this simply because it's chock full of fascinating ideas and societal changes.

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This is a fun introductory issue that doesn't reveal a lot of details, but does unveil a compelling story with interesting character dynamics afoot.

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

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

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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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Much like a good done-in-one cartoon episode this story is fun, fulfilling and has everything you'd want. I'm by no means a big TMNT fan today, but I found this issue entertaining enough to add some smirks and keep my interest. Really this is a perfect comic when you take into account all the types of folks who can take enjoyment from this issue.

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

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This is a fun and funny comic that's fast on its feet and always interesting. If you're not laughing by issue's end you're at the very least going to be wondering why comics aren't all this unique.

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Another great installment in what is becoming my favorite Image Comics series since Saga. It may be a little heavy on dialogue and plot, but damn is it compelling every single issue.

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

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A striking approach to a character that's always been light and funny, Powell has done something truly special with the art and made Goon more captivating than ever.

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The story of a dimension hopping time traveler is fun and interesting made all the more compelling due to a fantastic story about breaking the infinite loop of hate.

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Infinite Loop continues to be the most important comic work of the year with an exceptional cast of characters and an even more interesting story.

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This is a fun, action packed series that will at once capture your imagination due to its fantastical action and hero and have you hanging at the end of every panel wanting more.

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This is one big fun meta comic book nerd extravaganza. The message by the end is clear: you, the reader are taking part in this adventure too, and the villains are laid out and the threat interesting. Clearly at the end of the day this book is about storytelling and if you're a lover of stories and myths this will be right up your alley.

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Crime dramas live and die by the mystery and how they're untangled. This story sets up one complex knot that's made strong by an unconventional protagonist in an unconventional land.

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

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

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Mike Huddleston continues to show he's the perfect artist for a story like this. There are quiet moments; time needs to pass for things to happen and the simplest of panels needs a bit of a punch up to keep our attention. Huddleston's lines are big and loud, something a methodical story needs. In a story like this, compared to a superhero book or something with all artistic freedoms allowed, Huddleston gives that energy and creativity that's subdued enough not to overpower the story, but also keep your interest.

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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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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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And then it all ends beautifully, bookended with the morose character from the opening pages. To jump from a happy, yet emotionally damaged hero, to a depressed yet emotionally clear headed villain helps showcase each spectrum at play. By ending in such a way Oeming also sets up the next issue without wasting time or pages. After growing a little frustrated with the miniseries I'm happy to say I'm 100% on board with this issue.

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This now ongoing series starts with a five part story that I think is developing at a good pace. New details are revealed this issue; revelations, but also an opening up of the larger world. I can't help but love what Oeming is doing and this is coming from a guy who fell out of love of the first iteration of this series. This series is now on my must read list.

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In a lot of ways this issue reads like issue #0 to a new series. Instead of anything concluding, things are merely transitioning. That might piss some folks off, but when there's so much good stuff to anticipate how could you be mad? Oeming is setting up what might be a much more powerful story than these first five issues, which is saying a lot when you consider how many series pull out their strongest punches in the first arc.

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Another thought provoking issue that should be devoured by those who want a challenge with enough character development to keep casual readers interested.

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Fleshing out characters in a series that makes you wait is always the payload you've been looking for and especially satisfying when the series is so well written. Enjoyable on levels no other comic can deliver.

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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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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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Rarely does the second issue outdo the first, but V-Wars #2 does it and does it well. A very well written story, particularly because there's no action, but ever so interesting.

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

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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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Madness, horror, and outer space go together like peanut butter and jelly and like that great American comfort food this book will go down smooth. It's a nice bite of entertainment, too. It's short, but also cheap (currently less than 8 bucks on Amazon) and for the money it's a nice escape into the void.

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This is an enjoyable buildup issue that raises the stakes but also builds the characters too. This is possibly the best war comic published today.

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This is a fun issue with surprises and strong characters that will most assuredly lead to great drama and a foe that makes a lot of sense.

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Artist Victor Ibanez also does a bangup job throughout. He nails the gore and blood by making it look less like a wound a human would shed and more like a gutting of a deer or prey. The blood has different colors to it, the hearts being torn out look warm and trophylike, which help make Cheetah all the more animalistic. He also nails an interesting dream sequence of Cheetah's deepest desires to end Wonder Woman.

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Looking for a crime comic with a lot of grit, some interesting plot developments and a kickass hero? This is it. Seriously. In a lot of ways he's better than Batman because he's limited in his dealings and can take on the most corruptible. That and the villains aren't super in the slightest, but the type of dudes you will see in crime dramas.

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I'm really loving this new event, particularly how it ties into the human condition. We can't always be right or do the right thing, and when it's obvious better choices could be made there's a character dynamic that is fascinating to watch. On top of that the pace of this issue, along with the art, should keep everyone interested.

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If you ever wanted to get more info on the mysterious X-O suit you've come to the right place and it's all revealed in a very Starship Troopers kind of way. The idea that these suits are incredibly dangerous and evil is very clear after reading this. Most importantly, the villains of the Armor Hunters series are given purpose and meaning.

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Yet another great Armor Hunters tie-in that expands on the villains of the series nicely. And finally Malgam has become much more interesting!

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X-O, and more importantly Malgam, get a new direction and it's clear, concise and interesting. Good stuff.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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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The panels make up a question mark, but they also show a neat cutaway to the bones within. Each frame is interesting to look at, but all three