David Brooke's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: AiPT! Reviews: 1544
8.0Avg. Review Rating

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

Feb 10, 2016

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

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10
Black Magick #1

Oct 28, 2015

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

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10
Harley Quinn and the Suicide Squad: April Fool's Special #1

Apr 6, 2016

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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10
Infamous Iron Man #3

Dec 28, 2016

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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10
Love is Love #1

Feb 14, 2017

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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10
Marvel Knights Spider-Man #1

Oct 3, 2013

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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10
Masterplasty One-Shot #1

Sep 30, 2014

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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10
Teen Titans: Rebirth #1

Sep 28, 2016

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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10
The Legend of Wonder Woman #9

Aug 31, 2016

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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10
Umbral #1

Nov 13, 2013

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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10
Weirdworld (2015) #1

Dec 14, 2015

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

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9.5
Red Hood / Arsenal #7

Dec 9, 2015

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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10
Red Hood / Arsenal #13

Jun 8, 2016

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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10
Silver Surfer (2016) #7

Oct 26, 2016

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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9.5
Silver Surfer (2016) #8

Dec 21, 2016

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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10
Vision #1

Nov 4, 2015

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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9.5
Vision #2

Dec 3, 2015

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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9.5
Vision #12

Oct 26, 2016

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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10
Archie (2015) #2

Aug 18, 2015

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

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9.5
Archie (2015) #3

Sep 28, 2015

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

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9.0
Archie (2015) #6

Feb 13, 2016

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

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

Aug 30, 2016

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

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9.5
Batman (2016) Annual #1

Nov 30, 2016

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

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10
Black Widow (2016) #7

Oct 19, 2016

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

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9.0
Black Widow (2016) #8

Nov 30, 2016

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

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9.0
Black Widow (2016) #9

Dec 28, 2016

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

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10
Black Widow (2016) #11

Feb 8, 2017

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

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9.5
Bodies #1

Jul 30, 2014

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

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9.5
Carver: A Paris Story #2

Jan 13, 2016

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

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9.5
Catwoman (2011) #50

Mar 9, 2016

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

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9.5
Catwoman (2011) #51

Apr 13, 2016

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

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9.5
Catwoman (2011) #52

May 11, 2016

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

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9.5
Chronicles of Hate #1

Sep 23, 2014

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

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9.5
Cluster #1

Feb 3, 2015

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

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9.5
Dark Knight Returns: The Last Crusade #1

Jun 15, 2016

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

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9.5
Deathstroke (2014) Annual #2

Jun 29, 2016

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

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9.5
Dream Police #1

Apr 30, 2014

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

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9.5
Foolkiller (2016) #1

Nov 2, 2016

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

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9.5
Grayson #15

Dec 9, 2015

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

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9.5
Green Lanterns: Rebirth #1

Jun 1, 2016

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

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9.5
Hot Damn #1

Apr 12, 2016

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

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9.5
How To Talk To Girls At Parties #1

Jun 21, 2016

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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9.5
Judge Dredd (2015) #1

Dec 15, 2015

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

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9.5
Judge Dredd (2015) #2

Jan 20, 2016

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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9.5
Mercy Thompson #1

Sep 30, 2014

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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9.5
Noah #1

Mar 19, 2014

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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9.5
Over The Garden Wall Special #1

Aug 25, 2015

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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9.5
Planetoid Praxis #1

Jan 31, 2017

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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9.5
Revelations #1

Dec 31, 2013

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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9.5
Rocket Raccoon #1

Jul 2, 2014

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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9.5
Royal Blood #1

Nov 18, 2014

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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9.5
Samurai: The Isle With No Name #1

Mar 8, 2016

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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9.5
Scum of the Earth #1

Jul 2, 2014

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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9.5
Secret Wars 2099 #1

May 28, 2015

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

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9.5
Star Wars: Vader Down #1

Nov 17, 2015

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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9.5
Superman/Wonder Woman Annual #2

Dec 30, 2015

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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9.5
The Ark #1

Feb 17, 2016

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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9.5
The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood #1

Sep 30, 2014

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

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9.5
The Devilers #1

Jul 15, 2014

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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9.5
The Few #1

Jan 18, 2017

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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10
The Goddamned #1

Oct 19, 2015

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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10
The Goddamned #2

Dec 16, 2015

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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10
The Goddamned #3

Feb 23, 2016

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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8.0
The Goddamned #4

Jun 1, 2016

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

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9.5
The Goddamned #5

Nov 21, 2016

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

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9.5
The Goon: Theatre Bizarre (One-Shot) #1

Oct 8, 2015

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

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9.5
The Private Eye #4

Oct 9, 2013

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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9.5
The Tomorrows #1

Jul 8, 2015

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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9.5
U.S.Avengers #1

Jan 4, 2017

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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9.5
Wonder Woman: 75th Anniversary Special #1

Oct 26, 2016

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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8.5
Jupiter's Circle Vol. 2 #1

Nov 25, 2015

Measured and well written drama about a happy marriage is solid, but where is the conflict?

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9.5
Jupiter's Circle Vol. 2 #2

Dec 27, 2015

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

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10
Jupiter's Circle Vol. 2 #3

Jan 26, 2016

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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9.0
Jupiter's Circle Vol. 2 #5

Apr 12, 2016

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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10
Jupiter's Circle Vol. 2 #6

May 10, 2016

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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9.5
Armor Hunters #1

Jun 11, 2014

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

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9.5
Armor Hunters #2

Jul 9, 2014

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

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9.0
Armor Hunters #3

Aug 12, 2014

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

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9.0
Armor Hunters #4

Sep 23, 2014

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

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9.5
Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love #1

Oct 5, 2016

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

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9.0
Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love #2

Dec 7, 2016

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

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9.5
Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love #3

Feb 8, 2017

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

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9.5
Jacked #3

Jan 27, 2016

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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9.5
Jacked #4

Feb 24, 2016

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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8.0
Jacked #5

Mar 23, 2016

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

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10
Jacked #6

Apr 27, 2016

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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9.0
Moon Knight (2014) #1

Mar 5, 2014

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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9.5
Moon Knight (2014) #2

Apr 2, 2014

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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10
Six Gun Gorilla #1

Jun 12, 2013

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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8.5
Six Gun Gorilla #2

Jul 10, 2013

Ultimately this issue is setting up a probable 9 or 10 issue #3. There are two surprises in this issue, one of which is interesting and the twist ending is intriguing, but both don't shock the reader into bliss like they did in the first issue. The exposition heavy middle of the issue does slog things down a bit too much, however important it is to the narrative, and this issue can't quite hit the perfect mark the first issue reached. That said, damn fine comics if I do say so myself.

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9.5
Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War #1

Jul 7, 2015

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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9.0
Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War #2

Aug 11, 2015

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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9.0
Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War #3

Sep 8, 2015

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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9.5
Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War #4

Oct 13, 2015

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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9.0
Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War #5

Nov 17, 2015

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

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9.5
Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War #6

Dec 8, 2015

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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8.0
Superman: American Alien #2

Dec 16, 2015

Fact is, this is good storytelling with fun conversation revealing sides of Clark we did not know while delivering one intense scene of Clark fighting fire with fire.

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10
Superman: American Alien #3

Jan 13, 2016

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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9.5
Superman: American Alien #4

Feb 17, 2016

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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9.5
Superman: American Alien #5

Mar 16, 2016

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

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9.5
Superman: American Alien #6

Apr 20, 2016

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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9.5
The Mighty Thor (2015) #12

Oct 19, 2016

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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8.5
The Mighty Thor (2015) #15

Jan 11, 2017

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

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10
The Mighty Thor (2015) #16

Feb 15, 2017

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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9.5
The Unworthy Thor #1

Nov 2, 2016

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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9.5
The Unworthy Thor #2

Dec 7, 2016

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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9.0
The Unworthy Thor #3

Jan 4, 2017

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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9.0
The Unworthy Thor #4

Feb 8, 2017

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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10
Alex + Ada #1

Nov 6, 2013

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

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9.5
Alex + Ada #2

Dec 11, 2013

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

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8.0
Alex + Ada #3

Jan 15, 2014

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

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9.0
Dark Corridor #1

Aug 4, 2015

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

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9.5
Dark Corridor #2

Sep 1, 2015

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

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9.0
Dark Corridor #3

Oct 6, 2015

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

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9.5
Half Past Danger #4

Aug 14, 2013

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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10
Half Past Danger #5

Sep 18, 2013

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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8.0
Half Past Danger #6

Nov 27, 2013

I'm not sure if this series will continue; there's no definitive info on that one in the issue, but if it does I'll be first in line. That said, this conclusion didn't match the quality of the previous issues, mainly in the plotting department. It does look amazing, loose ends are closed and you get to experience these characters for a few more pages. Overall a good book, but doesn't meet its own lofty standards from the previous issues.

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10
Mae #1

May 2, 2016

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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9.5
Mae #2

Jun 28, 2016

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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10
Mae #3

Jul 25, 2016

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

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7.5
Mae #4

Aug 30, 2016

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

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9.0
Mae #5

Sep 27, 2016

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

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9.5
Satellite Falling #1

May 8, 2016

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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9.0
Satellite Falling #2

May 31, 2016

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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9.0
Satellite Falling #3

Jul 12, 2016

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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10
Starlight #1

Mar 5, 2014

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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7.5
Starlight #2

Apr 2, 2014

It is, although it suffers the second issue blues. There isn't much action to speak of, and the one chance to do so with the flashback falls short. It does however continue the feels and feel-good nature of the protagonist.

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9.5
Starlight #3

May 14, 2014

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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9.0
Starlight #4

Jun 11, 2014

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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9.5
Starlight #5

Aug 12, 2014

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

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9.5
Starlight #6

Oct 21, 2014

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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9.5
The Infinite Loop #1

Apr 21, 2015

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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9.0
The Infinite Loop #2

May 26, 2015

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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9.0
The Infinite Loop #3

Jun 16, 2015

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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10
Savage #1

Nov 28, 2016

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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8.5
Savage #2

Dec 26, 2016

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

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9.0
Savage #3

Jan 24, 2017

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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9.0
Savage #4

Feb 13, 2017

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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9.0
Solar: Man of the Atom #1

Apr 16, 2014

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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10
Solar: Man of the Atom #2

May 21, 2014

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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9.0
Solar: Man of the Atom #3

Jun 25, 2014

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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9.5
Solar: Man of the Atom #4

Jul 22, 2014

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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9.5
Solar: Man of the Atom #5

Sep 16, 2014

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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9.5
Solar: Man of the Atom #6

Nov 4, 2014

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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8.5
Solar: Man of the Atom #7

Nov 17, 2014

Another good issue that doesn't live up to the fun of previous issues, but sets up what could be a really awesome conclusion for Erica as she tries to make her way back to Earth.

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9.5
Solar: Man of the Atom #8

Dec 8, 2014

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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7.5
Solar: Man of the Atom #10

Mar 17, 2015

The new direction to flesh out the backstory of the Solar power and a relationship between siblings gives the series a fascinating new direction to keep an eye on.

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8.0
Solar: Man of the Atom #11

Apr 21, 2015

Solar continues to be a good yard with plenty of family drama to keep your interest up, and ultimately makes the character more interesting.

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10
Solar: Man of the Atom #12

May 12, 2015

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

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9.5
Space Battle Lunchtime #1

May 2, 2016

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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9.5
Space Battle Lunchtime #2

Jun 14, 2016

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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9.5
Space Battle Lunchtime #3

Jul 12, 2016

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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8.0
Space Battle Lunchtime #4

Aug 10, 2016

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

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9.0
Space Battle Lunchtime #5

Oct 11, 2016

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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9.0
Space Battle Lunchtime #8

Jan 24, 2017

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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9.0
The Sheriff Of Babylon #1

Dec 2, 2015

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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6.5
The Sheriff Of Babylon #2

Jan 6, 2016

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

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9.0
The Sheriff Of Babylon #3

Feb 3, 2016

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

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9.5
The Sheriff Of Babylon #4

Mar 2, 2016

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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9.0
The Sheriff Of Babylon #5

Apr 6, 2016

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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10
The Sheriff Of Babylon #8

Jul 7, 2016

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

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9.5
The Sheriff Of Babylon #9

Aug 3, 2016

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

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9.5
The Sheriff Of Babylon #10

Sep 7, 2016

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

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9.5
The Sheriff Of Babylon #12

Nov 2, 2016

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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9.0
Adventure Time: The Flip Side #1

Jan 8, 2014

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

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9.0
Age of Ultron vs. Marvel Zombies #1

Jun 24, 2015

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

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9.0
All-New All-Different Avengers Annual #1

Aug 10, 2016

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

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9.0
All-Star Batman #1

Aug 10, 2016

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

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9.0
Animosity: The Rise (One Shot) #1

Jan 25, 2017

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

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9.0
Batman: Arkham Knight: Genesis #1

Mar 24, 2016

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

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9.5
Black Dynamite #1

Jan 14, 2014

A gem that shouldn't be missed.

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8.0
Black Dynamite #2

May 7, 2014

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

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9.5
Black Dynamite #3

Jul 9, 2014

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

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9.0
Blood Feud #1

Sep 28, 2015

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

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9.5
Bloodshot: Reborn #10

Jan 26, 2016

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

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8.0
Bloodshot: Reborn #11

Feb 22, 2016

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

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9.5
Bloodshot: Reborn #12

Apr 19, 2016

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

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9.0
Butterfly #1

Sep 23, 2014

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

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9.0
Cyborg: Rebirth #1

Sep 7, 2016

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

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9.0
D4VEocracy #1

Jan 24, 2017

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

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9.0
Earth 2: Society Annual #1

Aug 31, 2016

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

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9.0
Family Pets #1

Apr 26, 2013

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

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9.0
Green Arrow: Rebirth #1

Jun 1, 2016

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

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9.0
Gwenpool Holiday Special: Merry Mix Up #1

Dec 14, 2016

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

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9.0
Haunted Mansion #1

Mar 8, 2016

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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9.0
Injustice: Year Four Annual #1

Dec 30, 2015

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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9.0
Insufferable (IDW) #1

May 19, 2015

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

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9.0
Invincible Iron Man (2015) #13

Sep 7, 2016

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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9.0
Judge Dredd: Mega City Two #1

Jan 22, 2014

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

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9.0
King: The Phantom #1

Jan 27, 2015

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

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9.0
Legends of Red Sonja #4

Feb 26, 2014

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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9.0
Life With Archie #36

Jul 15, 2014

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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9.0
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers Annual #1

Aug 22, 2016

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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9.0
Miss: Better Living Through Crime #1

Jun 29, 2015

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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9.0
New Suicide Squad #22

Jul 20, 2016

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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9.0
New Talent Showcase #1

Nov 30, 2016

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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8.5
Ninjak #23

Jan 10, 2017

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

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9.5
Ninjak #24

Feb 7, 2017

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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9.0
Postal #1

Feb 3, 2015

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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9.0
Punisher (2016) #7

Dec 21, 2016

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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9.0
Robocop: Beta #1

Feb 26, 2014

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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9.0
Spider-Man 2099 (2014) #1

Jul 9, 2014

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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9.0
Spider-Man 2099 (2014) #2

Aug 13, 2014

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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9.0
Spider-Man 2099 (2014) #6

Nov 26, 2014

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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9.0
Spider-Man 2099 (2014) #8

Jan 28, 2015

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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9.0
Spider-Verse (2015) #1

May 20, 2015

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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8.0
Spider-Woman (2014) #4

Feb 11, 2015

This is a good issue with two stories going on that both exemplify the Spider-Woman character and offer a great lead in into her new direction and costume next month.

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10
Spider-Woman (2014) #5

Mar 4, 2015

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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9.0
Suckers #1

Sep 11, 2013

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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9.0
Supergirl: Being Super #2

Feb 22, 2017

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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9.0
Symmetry #1

Dec 8, 2015

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

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9.0
Teen Titans Go! #17

Aug 17, 2016

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

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9.0
Teen Titans Go! #18

Oct 12, 2016

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

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9.0
Thanos: The Infinity Finale #1

May 5, 2016

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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9.0
The Belfry (One Shot) #1

Feb 20, 2017

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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9.0
The Discipline #2

Apr 5, 2016

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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9.0
The Multiversity #1

Aug 20, 2014

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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10
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (2015) #14

Nov 16, 2016

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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7.0
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (2015) #15

Dec 14, 2016

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

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10
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (2015) #16

Jan 11, 2017

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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9.0
The Victories (2013) #1

May 1, 2013

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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9.0
The Victories (2013) #2

Jun 5, 2013

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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9.0
The Victories (2013) #5

Sep 4, 2013

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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9.5
Thunderbolts (2016) #1

May 3, 2016

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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9.5
Thunderbolts (2016) #2

Jun 8, 2016

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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8.0
Thunderbolts (2016) #9

Jan 25, 2017

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

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9.0
Vertigo Quarterly: SFX #4

Jan 27, 2016

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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9.0
Void #1

Sep 15, 2014

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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9.0
Web Warriors #1

Nov 11, 2015

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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9.5
Wonder Woman (2016) #8

Oct 12, 2016

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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8.5
Wonder Woman (2016) #16

Feb 8, 2017

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

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8.5
Batman (2016) #2

Jul 6, 2016

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

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9.0
Batman (2016) #3

Jul 20, 2016

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

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9.5
Batman (2016) #4

Aug 3, 2016

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

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9.5
Batman (2016) #5

Aug 17, 2016

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

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8.0
Batman (2016) #6

Sep 7, 2016

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

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8.0
Big Man Plans #1

Mar 2, 2015

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

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9.0
Big Man Plans #2

Apr 7, 2015

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

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9.0
Big Man Plans #3

Jun 2, 2015

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

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9.5
Big Man Plans #4

Jul 8, 2015

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

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7.0
Dark Ages #1

Aug 12, 2014

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

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9.5
Dark Ages #2

Sep 10, 2014

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

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9.5
Dark Ages #3

Oct 7, 2014

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

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9.5
Dark Ages #4

Nov 11, 2014

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

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8.5
Dream Thief #1

May 15, 2013

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

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8.5
Dream Thief #2

Jun 19, 2013

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

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9.0
Dream Thief #3

Jul 17, 2013

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

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9.5
Dream Thief #4

Aug 21, 2013

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

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7.5
Edge of Spider-Verse #1

Sep 10, 2014

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

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8.5
Edge of Spider-Verse #2

Sep 17, 2014

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

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10
Edge of Spider-Verse #3

Sep 24, 2014

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

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9.5
Edge of Spider-Verse #5

Oct 15, 2014

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

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9.5
Glitterbomb #1

Sep 7, 2016

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

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10
Glitterbomb #2

Oct 12, 2016

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

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8.5
Glitterbomb #3

Nov 8, 2016

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

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7.5
Glitterbomb #4

Dec 6, 2016

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

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9.0
Godzilla: Rulers Of Earth #1

Jun 26, 2013

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

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8.5
Godzilla: Rulers Of Earth #2

Aug 7, 2013

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

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9.5
Godzilla: Rulers Of Earth #3

Aug 28, 2013

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

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8.5
Godzilla: Rulers Of Earth #4

Sep 25, 2013

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

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9.0
Kings Watch #1

Sep 11, 2013

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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9.0
Kings Watch #2

Oct 16, 2013

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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8.0
Kings Watch #3

Dec 11, 2013

A strong issue which brings us, finally, to the team up we've been waiting for, but the wait was worth it. The art continues to imbue the darkness this story is conveying and the story progresses satisfyingly.

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9.5
Kings Watch #4

Feb 19, 2014

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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9.0
Kings Watch #5

Apr 9, 2014

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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8.5
Moon Knight (2016) #8

Nov 2, 2016

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

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8.0
Moon Knight (2016) #9

Dec 7, 2016

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

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9.5
Moon Knight (2016) #10

Jan 4, 2017

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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9.5
Moon Knight (2016) #11

Feb 1, 2017

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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9.5
Robyn Hood (2014) #1

Aug 18, 2014

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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7.0
Robyn Hood (2014) #2

Sep 23, 2014

Overall a good issue with some exposition heavy moments that could have used more pages and action to punch them up.

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9.0
Robyn Hood (2014) #3

Oct 28, 2014

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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10
Robyn Hood (2014) #4

Nov 25, 2014

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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9.0
Robyn Hood (2014) #5

Dec 23, 2014

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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9.0
Robyn Hood (2014) #6

Jan 27, 2015

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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9.0
Southern Cross #1

Feb 19, 2015

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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10
Southern Cross #2

Apr 9, 2015

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

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8.5
Southern Cross #3

May 13, 2015

I'm not sure I've enjoyed a horror comic as much as this. It's scary in a way that makes you think and it's done by a fantastically paced story and very strong characters.

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10
Southern Cross #4

Jun 23, 2015

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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7.0
Southern Cross #5

Sep 15, 2015

I wanted to love this issue, but only liked it due to some fantastic art and coloring. The issue climaxes very well, but too much exposition and a narrative that feels forced and rush make this a not-so-perfect read.

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9.0
A.D.: After Death #1

Nov 22, 2016

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

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8.5
A.D.: After Death #2

Dec 26, 2016

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

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8.5
Amala's Blade #1

Apr 24, 2013

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

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9.5
Amala's Blade #2

May 29, 2013

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

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8.5
Amala's Blade #3

Jun 26, 2013

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

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8.5
Amala's Blade #4

Jul 31, 2013

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

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

Apr 18, 2016

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

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

May 16, 2016

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

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

Jun 14, 2016

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

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

Jul 19, 2016

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

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10
Batgirl (2016) #1

Jul 27, 2016

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

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8.5
Batgirl (2016) #2

Aug 24, 2016

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

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7.5
Batgirl (2016) #3

Sep 28, 2016

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

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8.0
Batgirl (2016) #4

Oct 26, 2016

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

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9.5
Batgirl (2016) #5

Nov 23, 2016

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

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9.0
Batgirl (2016) #6

Dec 28, 2016

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

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9.0
Batgirl (2016) #7

Jan 25, 2017

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

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9.0
Batgirl (2016) #8

Feb 22, 2017

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

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8.0
Black Road #1

Apr 7, 2016

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

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9.5
Black Road #3

Jun 22, 2016

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

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8.0
Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #1

Oct 19, 2016

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

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9.5
Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #2

Nov 16, 2016

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

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9.5
Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #3

Dec 21, 2016

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

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9.0
Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #4

Jan 18, 2017

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

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8.0
Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #5

Feb 15, 2017

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

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9.5
Civil War II: Amazing Spider-Man #1

Jun 8, 2016

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

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9.0
Civil War II: Amazing Spider-Man #2

Jul 13, 2016

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

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8.0
Civil War II: Amazing Spider-Man #3

Aug 17, 2016

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

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8.0
Daredevil (2015) #1

Nov 30, 2015

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

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8.5
Daredevil (2015) #2

Dec 25, 2015

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

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10
Daredevil (2015) #5

Mar 31, 2016

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

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9.5
Doctor Strange (2015) #1

Oct 6, 2015

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

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9.0
Doctor Strange (2015) #13

Oct 19, 2016

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

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8.5
Doctor Strange (2015) #14

Nov 16, 2016

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

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8.5
Doctor Strange (2015) #15

Dec 21, 2016

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

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8.5
Doctor Strange (2015) #16

Jan 25, 2017

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

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8.5
Everafter #1

Sep 7, 2016

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

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9.5
Everafter #2

Oct 5, 2016

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

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10
Everafter #3

Nov 2, 2016

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

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7.5
Everafter #4

Dec 7, 2016

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

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9.0
Everafter #5

Jan 4, 2017

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

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8.0
Everafter #6

Feb 1, 2017

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

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8.0
I Hate Fairyland #2

Nov 17, 2015

So grotesquely comical you'll feel sick from its juxtaposing the sweetness with the filthy protagonist.

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9.0
I Hate Fairyland #3

Dec 16, 2015

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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8.5
I Hate Fairyland #4

Jan 20, 2016

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

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9.5
I Hate Fairyland #5

Feb 17, 2016

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

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9.5
James Bond #1

Nov 3, 2015

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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7.5
James Bond #2

Dec 1, 2015

I'm not sure James Bond has ever felt so well rounded and compelling, and the bad guy is nearly as important to seal the deal. This issue proves the bad guy is going to be formidable and fun to watch.

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7.5
James Bond #3

Dec 29, 2015

This is as solid as non-superhero action comics can get. Bond isn't just shooting his way through bad guys but using his wit and knowledge too.

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10
James Bond #4

Feb 9, 2016

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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9.5
James Bond #5

Mar 15, 2016

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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10
James Bond #6

Apr 19, 2016

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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9.5
James Bond #7

Jun 21, 2016

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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8.5
James Bond #8

Aug 2, 2016

This is good espionage comics and even better choreographed action.

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7.0
James Bond #9

Aug 30, 2016

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

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8.5
Jupiter's Legacy Vol. 2 #3

Aug 30, 2016

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

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9.0
Jupiter's Legacy Vol. 2 #4

Oct 11, 2016

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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9.5
Kamandi Challenge #1

Jan 25, 2017

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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8.0
Kamandi Challenge #2

Feb 22, 2017

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

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8.5
Lucifer (2015) #1

Dec 16, 2015

A satisfying opening salvo to a mystery that encapsulates time and space. If you have any interest in Biblical stories, Lucifer should not be missed.

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10
Lucifer (2015) #2

Jan 20, 2016

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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9.5
Lucifer (2015) #3

Feb 17, 2016

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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9.5
Lucifer (2015) #4

Mar 16, 2016

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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9.0
Lucifer (2015) #5

Apr 20, 2016

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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9.0
Lucifer (2015) #7

Jun 15, 2016

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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10
Lucifer (2015) #8

Jul 20, 2016

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

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8.5
Lucifer (2015) #9

Aug 24, 2016

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

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7.5
Lucifer (2015) #10

Sep 21, 2016

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

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7.5
Lucifer (2015) #11

Oct 19, 2016

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

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8.0
Lucifer (2015) #12

Nov 16, 2016

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

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8.5
Lucifer (2015) #13

Dec 21, 2016

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

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8.5
Lucifer (2015) #14

Jan 18, 2017

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

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9.0
Lucifer (2015) #15

Feb 15, 2017

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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9.5
Motro #1

Nov 1, 2016

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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8.0
Motro #3

Jan 10, 2017

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

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8.0
Nova (2016) #1

Dec 7, 2016

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

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10
Nova (2016) #2

Jan 4, 2017

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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8.5
Nova (2016) #3

Feb 1, 2017

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

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8.5
Red Team: Double Tap, Center Mass #1

Jul 20, 2016

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

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9.0
Red Team: Double Tap, Center Mass #2

Aug 16, 2016

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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9.5
Star Trek: Manifest Destiny #1

Apr 19, 2016

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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8.0
Star Trek: Manifest Destiny #2

May 3, 2016

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

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9.5
Star Wars: Lando #1

Jul 8, 2015

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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9.5
Star Wars: Lando #2

Aug 13, 2015

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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9.5
Star Wars: Lando #3

Aug 26, 2015

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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7.0
Star Wars: Lando #4

Sep 16, 2015

It's good, but not great and it suffers the penultimate issue syndrome so many comics go through. It's all setup for the big climax and it feels like a bridge issue.

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8.5
Star Wars: Lando #5

Oct 8, 2015

Maleev and Soule have woven a together solid story from beginning to end and given new meaning to Lando's eventual decision to do the right thing in Return of the Jedi.

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9.5
Superman (2011) #23.4

Sep 26, 2013

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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9.5
Superman (2011) #45

Oct 28, 2015

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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9.0
Superman (2011) #46

Nov 25, 2015

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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9.0
Superman (2011) #47

Dec 23, 2015

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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7.0
Superman (2011) #48

Jan 27, 2016

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

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9.5
Superman (2011) #50

Mar 16, 2016

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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9.5
Superman (2011) #51

Apr 6, 2016

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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7.0
Superman (2011) #52

May 25, 2016

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

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9.0
Tech Jacket #1

Jul 2, 2014

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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9.5
Tech Jacket #2

Aug 5, 2014

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

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8.0
Tech Jacket #3

Sep 2, 2014

Tech Jacket continues to be a strong comic that's a bit fluffy, but always entertaining.

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8.5
Tech Jacket #4

Sep 30, 2014

A good issue that changes tact into a much darker story. We're given just enough detail on the past and new direction to keep our interest and the funny last page brings it all down to reality.

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9.5
The Hangman #1

Nov 4, 2015

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

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9.5
The Hangman #2

Jan 20, 2016

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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8.0
The Hangman #3

Mar 8, 2016

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

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8.0
The Hangman #4

Oct 26, 2016

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

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8.5
Usagi Yojimbo: Senso #1

Aug 5, 2014

This is a severely middling first issue largely because it's focused on setting up the last page reveal. That said, the art is clean and strong as always and the basic storyline is just as clear.

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9.5
Usagi Yojimbo: Senso #2

Sep 2, 2014

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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8.5
Usagi Yojimbo: Senso #3

Sep 30, 2014

While the first issue was setup and the second all payoff, the third is a transitional issue focused mostly on action with a few plot tidbits tied together in an eye-popping artistic bow.

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9.0
Violent Love #1

Nov 8, 2016

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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8.5
Violent Love #2

Dec 6, 2016

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

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10
Wynter #1

Feb 26, 2014

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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8.5
Wynter #2

Apr 30, 2014

Another great issue as we delve deeper into this science fiction world. Concepts are introduced and this futuristic civilization gets more interesting each page of the way. Recommended!

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9.5
Wynter #3

Jul 9, 2014

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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7.0
Wynter #4

Feb 10, 2015

A good issue that delves into the protagonist's head, but doesn't offer as many science fiction ideas or psychological concepts as previous issues.

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9.0
Avengers (2016) #1.1

Nov 10, 2016

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

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8.0
Avengers (2016) #2

Dec 7, 2016

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

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9.5
Avengers (2016) #2.1

Dec 21, 2016

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

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8.5
Avengers (2016) #3

Jan 4, 2017

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

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8.5
Avengers (2016) #4

Feb 1, 2017

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

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9.0
Memetic #1

Oct 21, 2014

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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8.0
Memetic #2

Nov 26, 2014

A good second issue that has a strong character moment for one of its protagonists while the other is served a good helping of shuffle-the-character to the right place plot.

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9.0
Memetic #3

Dec 23, 2014

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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10
Miami Vice Remix #1

Mar 23, 2015

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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7.0
Miami Vice Remix #2

Apr 21, 2015

The art is one riff after another of free flowing jazz that's exciting and spectacular. The story is otherworldly and interesting, but does get a bit heavy on the exposition.

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9.0
Miami Vice Remix #4

May 13, 2015

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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9.5
Monsters Unleashed #1

Jan 17, 2017

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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8.0
Monsters Unleashed #2

Feb 1, 2017

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

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8.5
Monsters Unleashed #3

Feb 15, 2017

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

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9.0
Skybourne #1

Sep 6, 2016

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

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9.0
Skybourne #2

Oct 25, 2016

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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8.0
Skybourne #3

Jan 17, 2017

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

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10
Throwaways #1

Jul 5, 2016

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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8.0
Throwaways #2

Aug 16, 2016

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

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8.0
Throwaways #3

Sep 13, 2016

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

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9.5
Uncanny Avengers (2015) #15

Oct 12, 2016

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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8.0
Uncanny Avengers (2015) #16

Nov 9, 2016

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

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8.5
Uncanny Avengers (2015) #17

Dec 14, 2016

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

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9.5
Amazing Forest #1

Jan 19, 2016

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

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10
Amazing Forest #2

Feb 2, 2016

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

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7.0
Amazing Forest #3

Mar 15, 2016

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

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7.0
Amazing Forest #4

Apr 5, 2016

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

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9.5
Amazing Forest #5

May 3, 2016

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

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8.0
Astro City (2013) #1

Jun 5, 2013

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

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9.5
Astro City (2013) #36

Jun 15, 2016

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

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9.0
Astro City (2013) #37

Jul 20, 2016

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

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6.5
Astro City (2013) #38

Sep 14, 2016

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

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8.5
Astro City (2013) #39

Sep 28, 2016

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

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9.5
Astro City (2013) #40

Oct 19, 2016

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

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9.0
Astro City (2013) #41

Feb 22, 2017

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

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8.5
Hack/Slash: Son of Samhain #1

Jul 2, 2014

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

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9.0
Hack/Slash: Son of Samhain #2

Aug 5, 2014

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

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9.0
Hack/Slash: Son of Samhain #3

Sep 2, 2014

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

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9.5
Hack/Slash: Son of Samhain #4

Sep 30, 2014

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

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7.0
Hack/Slash: Son of Samhain #5

Nov 4, 2014

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

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8.5
Legends of Tomorrow #1

Mar 16, 2016

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

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9.5
Legends of Tomorrow #2

Apr 20, 2016

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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8.0
Legends of Tomorrow #3

May 11, 2016

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

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9.0
Legends of Tomorrow #4

Jun 8, 2016

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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7.5
Legends of Tomorrow #5

Jul 20, 2016

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

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9.0
Legends of Tomorrow #6

Aug 17, 2016

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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10
Rasputin #1

Oct 28, 2014

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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9.0
Rasputin #2

Nov 25, 2014

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

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8.0
Rasputin #3

Dec 24, 2014

The magical sequence takes up most of the issue and it's not only a site to see, but also riveting to follow along.

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10
Rasputin #4

Jan 27, 2015

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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5.5
Rasputin #5

Feb 24, 2015

Not the best of issues to go out on for a hiatus, but there are a few character moments fans will want to check out.

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9.0
Rasputin #8

Aug 25, 2015

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

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9.0
Rasputin #9

Sep 29, 2015

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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8.5
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #1

Aug 10, 2016

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

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7.0
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #2

Sep 14, 2016

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

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8.5
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #3

Oct 12, 2016

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

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8.5
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #4

Nov 9, 2016

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

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9.5
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #5

Dec 14, 2016

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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9.5
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #6

Jan 11, 2017

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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8.0
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #1

Dec 7, 2016

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

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9.5
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #2

Dec 21, 2016

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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8.0
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #3

Jan 18, 2017

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

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9.0
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #4

Feb 8, 2017

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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8.5
Suiciders: Kings of HelL.A. #1

Mar 30, 2016

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

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9.0
Suiciders: Kings of HelL.A. #2

Apr 27, 2016

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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9.0
Suiciders: Kings of HelL.A. #3

May 25, 2016

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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8.5
Suiciders: Kings of HelL.A. #4

Jun 29, 2016

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

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9.5
Suiciders: Kings of HelL.A. #5

Jul 27, 2016

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

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7.0
Suiciders: Kings of HelL.A. #6

Oct 5, 2016

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

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10
Action Comics (2016) #958

Jun 22, 2016

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

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7.0
Action Comics (2016) #974

Feb 22, 2017

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

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8.5
Afterlife With Archie #1

Oct 9, 2013

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

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8.5
Allen: Son of Hellcock #1

Dec 15, 2015

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

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8.0
Army of Darkness Vol. 4 #1

Dec 3, 2014

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

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8.0
Army of Darkness Vol. 4 #2

Jan 5, 2015

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

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8.5
Army of Darkness Vol. 4 #3

Feb 10, 2015

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

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8.5
Army of Darkness Vol. 4 #4

Mar 3, 2015

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

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9.5
Army of Darkness Vol. 4 #5

Mar 31, 2015

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

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10
Army of Darkness: Ash Gets Hitched #1

Jul 15, 2014

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

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8.5
Army of Darkness: Ash Gets Hitched #2

Aug 26, 2014

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

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8.0
Army of Darkness: Ash Gets Hitched #3

Oct 15, 2014

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

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7.5
Army of Darkness: Ash Gets Hitched #4

Nov 17, 2014

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

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8.5
Avengers: The Enemy Within #1

May 15, 2013

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

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8.5
Batman (2011) Annual #2

Jul 31, 2013

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

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8.5
Batman: Futures End #1

Sep 10, 2014

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

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8.5
Captain Midnight #12

Jun 25, 2014

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

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8.5
Chin Music #2

Aug 21, 2013

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

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9.5
Chrononauts #1

Feb 12, 2015

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

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7.0
Chrononauts #2

Apr 13, 2015

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

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9.0
Chrononauts #3

May 12, 2015

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

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8.5
Damsels: Giant Killer One-Shot #1

Aug 28, 2013

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

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10
Deadpool (2015) #20

Oct 12, 2016

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

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8.0
Deadpool (2015) #21

Oct 26, 2016

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

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8.0
Deadpool (2015) #22

Nov 16, 2016

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

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8.0
Deadpool (2015) #26

Feb 1, 2017

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

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8.0
Deathstroke (2016) #2

Sep 14, 2016

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

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8.5
Deathstroke (2016) #4

Oct 12, 2016

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

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9.0
Deathstroke (2016) #7

Nov 23, 2016

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

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9.0
Deep Gravity #1

Jul 29, 2014

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

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7.0
Deep Gravity #2

Aug 26, 2014

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

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9.0
Deep Gravity #3

Sep 23, 2014

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

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9.0
Deep Gravity #4

Oct 28, 2014

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

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8.5
Gamma (One Shot) #1

Jul 24, 2013

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

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8.5
Go Home #1

Nov 23, 2016

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

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7.5
Gotham By Midnight #1

Nov 26, 2014

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

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9.5
Gotham By Midnight #2

Dec 24, 2014

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

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8.5
Grayson Annual #3

Jun 29, 2016

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

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8.5
Green Hornet: Legacy #41

Sep 25, 2013

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

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8.5
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Wonderland #11

May 29, 2013

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

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9.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #1

Aug 3, 2016

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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8.5
Harley Quinn (2016) #3

Sep 7, 2016

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

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8.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #10

Dec 21, 2016

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

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8.5
Hawkeye (2016) #3

Feb 1, 2017

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

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9.5
Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Dragons #1

Dec 1, 2015

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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7.5
Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Dragons #2

Jan 19, 2016

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

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9.0
Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Witches #1

Sep 16, 2014

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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8.0
Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Witches #3

Nov 18, 2014

This was a good done in one story that should tickle the fancy of those who love storytelling. It feels like a complete story. It's a bit slow, but well worth a look.

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8.5
Justice League of America: Vixen Rebirth #1

Jan 11, 2017

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

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8.5
Man Plus #1

Jan 20, 2016

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

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8.0
Mother Panic #1

Nov 9, 2016

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

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9.0
Mother Panic #2

Dec 28, 2016

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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8.5
Mother Panic #3

Feb 15, 2017

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

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9.0
Motor Crush #1

Dec 6, 2016

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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8.5
Motor Crush #2

Jan 10, 2017

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

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8.0
Motor Crush #3

Feb 7, 2017

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

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6.5
New Avengers (2013) #18

May 14, 2014

The emotional impact is obvious and good here, but the decompression makes you want to tear your hair out. You feel cheated due to the cover and the promise on the last page of the last issue, but you get very little for it.

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9.5
New Avengers (2013) #20

Jun 25, 2014

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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9.5
New Avengers (2013) #21

Jul 30, 2014

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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9.0
Nightwing (2016) #1

Jul 27, 2016

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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9.5
Nightwing (2016) #2

Aug 3, 2016

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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10
Nightwing (2016) #3

Aug 17, 2016

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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7.0
Nightwing (2016) #4

Sep 7, 2016

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

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9.5
Nightwing (2016) #5

Sep 21, 2016

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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8.5
Nightwing (2016) #9

Nov 16, 2016

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

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8.0
Nightwing (2016) #10

Dec 7, 2016

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

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8.0
Nightwing (2016) #11

Dec 21, 2016

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

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7.0
Nightwing (2016) #12

Jan 4, 2017

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

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9.0
Nightwing (2016) #13

Jan 18, 2017

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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7.5
Nightwing (2016) #14

Feb 1, 2017

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

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8.5
Nightwing (2016) #15

Feb 15, 2017

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

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8.5
Nightwing: Rebirth #1

Jul 13, 2016

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

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8.0
Oh, Killstrike #1

May 20, 2015

Oh, Killstrike is a fun idea written for comic book readers from the 90's with plenty of chuckle-inducing moments to make everyone smile.

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9.5
Oh, Killstrike #2

Jun 16, 2015

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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9.5
Oh, Killstrike #3

Jul 14, 2015

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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7.0
Oh, Killstrike #4

Aug 18, 2015

Ultimately it's a powerful conclusion due to the emotional resonance, but the lack of humor hurts the enjoyment factor.

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9.5
Reborn #1

Oct 10, 2016

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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9.5
Reborn #2

Nov 14, 2016

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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7.0
Reborn #3

Dec 13, 2016

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

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8.0
Reborn #4

Jan 24, 2017

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

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8.5
Red Sonja: Berserker (One-Shot) #1

Feb 12, 2014

This is a exceptionally good looking comic with a nice story and good Red Sonja character tinges. You'll see the end coming, but as a whole it's an enjoyable read. Now at $4.99 I'm not sure it's worth the coin, but it's definitely worth a peek to see if it'd tickle your fancy.

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8.5
Red Sonja: Unchained #4

Aug 21, 2013

I've been reading Conan the Barbarian for decades and I can safely say this issue has more action with many different types of enemies than 2 or or even 3 issues of Conan put together. I call that a win. I also love how Sonja isn't a sex object like so many female heroes are these days but a levelheaded master fighter. There are so many pages in this issue that'll make you cheer for her badassery that you'll be satiated from that alone.

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7.0
Rick and Morty #3

Jun 16, 2015

Rick and Morty #3 is a great way to hold off the murderous desire to watch season 2. It harbors the show's spirit perfectly and is worth a laugh.

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8.0
Rick and Morty #4

Jul 21, 2015

A very funny premise to this issue with plenty of laughs.

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10
Rick and Morty #5

Aug 18, 2015

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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8.5
Rick and Morty #6

Sep 30, 2015

“Will this comic make me laugh?” is the question and for me it did. It's absurd in all degrees and it looks great while doing it. Go in with zero expectations and don't expect Rick or Morty to have much of a say in any of it and you'll be fine.

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10
Rick and Morty #7

Oct 28, 2015

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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5.5
Rick and Morty #10

Jan 26, 2016

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

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7.5
Rick and Morty #13

Apr 25, 2016

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

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8.0
Rick and Morty #15

Jun 28, 2016

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

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10
Rick and Morty #16

Jul 25, 2016

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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9.5
Rick and Morty #17

Aug 29, 2016

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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7.5
Rick and Morty #18

Sep 27, 2016

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

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9.5
Rick and Morty #20

Nov 28, 2016

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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8.0
Rick and Morty #22

Jan 24, 2017

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

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9.5
Rick and Morty #23

Feb 21, 2017

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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8.5
Robyn Hood: Age of Darkness (One-Shot) #1

Feb 12, 2014

It is indeed, with plenty of action, sharp dialogue and good pacing to keep anyone interested. It's not a perfect comic, but 90 or so percent of it is, which isn't a given when it comes to any property these days.

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8.5
Snow Day #1

Feb 13, 2017

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

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8.5
Spider-Woman (2015) #12

Oct 19, 2016

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

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8.5
Spider-Woman (2015) #13

Nov 2, 2016

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

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8.5
Superior Foes of Spider-Man #1

Jul 3, 2013

The reader is supposed to be in the dark when it comes to Boomerang's plan, but it's told in such a way to almost make the reader confused. That's really the only fault I can find with this comic. Most readers are going to pass this one up which is too bad. One flip through will make anyone expecting Spider-Man to throw it down in disgust. Don't do that. Give it a few pages to sink in. It's then when you'll realize there's some damn fine crime style comics taking place in between its front and back covers.

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9.5
The Autumnlands #1

Nov 4, 2014

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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9.5
The Autumnlands #2

Dec 2, 2014

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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9.0
The Autumnlands #3

Jan 20, 2015

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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6.5
The Autumnlands #4

Feb 17, 2015

It's not a great issue, but it gets the job done as it's mostly about setting up the following issue. The series has been so spectacular up to this point you'd be remiss to skip this issue.

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7.0
The Autumnlands #5

Mar 23, 2015

Autmnlands continues to keep the reader's interest and tease us with a most captivating world even if we must wait for the impending conflict to occur.

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8.5
The Autumnlands #6

Jun 2, 2015

A strong climax to a fantastical story that will make you want more. The next issue can't come fast enough.

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9.5
The Autumnlands #7

Nov 5, 2015

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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8.5
The Autumnlands #14

Jan 4, 2017

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

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8.5
The Flintstones #6

Dec 7, 2016

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

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8.5
The Halloween Legion: The Great Goblin Invasion #1

Sep 4, 2013

What we have here is a sweet read for all ages. The violence isn't going to be too much for the kiddies and the action and art is cool enough to keep the adults entertained. I never thought we'd need a superhero team to take on supernatural menaces that doesn't contain Ghost Rider, but it looks like we do. By book's end you'll wish The Halloween Legion was an ongoing series.

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8.5
The Returning #1

Mar 12, 2014

This is a very well written first issue that introduces its protagonist very well. The world is realistic and lived in and you shouldn't have any trouble believing what's going on.

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8.5
Titans: Rebirth #1

Jun 15, 2016

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

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8.5
Tom Strong and the Planet of Peril #1

Jul 31, 2013

There's no doubt in my mind this is going to be a great six issue series. Everything is set up nicely and the characters speak and act as they should. The only problem is, aside from the comic book aspect introduced here, there isn't much to chew on. It's mostly setup, so the real enjoyment won't come for another issue at least. That said, the stakes are extremely high and there's every reason to keep reading.

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8.5
Uncanny Avengers #8AU

May 22, 2013

Andy Kubert is on art and he does a sweet job of it, especially considering this is just a lowly tie-in. Most tie-ins get the second tier artists because really, let's be honest, this is just filler junk material. Not so here, as he lends his impeccably classic style to the issue. I'm not a big fan of his odd diagonal slicing panels and I'm not sure it really fits with this story, but it's exciting and well rendered.

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8.5
Virga #1

Jun 5, 2013

Unfortunately I'm not sold on the protagonist just yet, even if the supporting cast is pretty interesting. That said, Virga's ambition reaches farther than most $3.99 comics, so its value is unquestionable as a $.99 comic. Here's to looking forward to the following issues!

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8.5
Wolverine (2013) #3

May 8, 2013

Though I wasn't blown away by the first two issues by any means, I was still compelled to keep reading and I think that's largely because Cornell was doing something new and interesting. This issue reveals his grander scheme, that is if he does get to continue past the next issue, and I'm on board for whatever he has for me.

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9.5
Captain America: Steve Rogers #1

May 25, 2016

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

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9.5
Captain America: Steve Rogers #2

Jun 29, 2016

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

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9.5
Captain America: Steve Rogers #4

Aug 23, 2016

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

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7.5
Captain America: Steve Rogers #5

Sep 28, 2016

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

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10
Captain America: Steve Rogers #6

Oct 26, 2016

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

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6.5
Captain America: Steve Rogers #7

Nov 9, 2016

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

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6.5
Captain America: Steve Rogers #9

Jan 11, 2017

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

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8.5
Captain America: Steve Rogers #10

Jan 25, 2017

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

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8.5
Captain America: Steve Rogers #11

Feb 15, 2017

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

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8.0
Captain America: Steve Rogers #12

Feb 22, 2017

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

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10
Dungeons & Dragons (2016) #1

May 3, 2016

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

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9.0
Dungeons & Dragons (2016) #2

Jun 14, 2016

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

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5.5
Dungeons & Dragons (2016) #3

Jul 13, 2016

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

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9.0
Dungeons & Dragons (2016) #4

Aug 23, 2016

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

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9.5
Earth 2: Society #13

Jun 8, 2016

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

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9.0
Earth 2: Society #14

Jul 13, 2016

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

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7.0
Earth 2: Society #15

Aug 10, 2016

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

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9.5
Earth 2: Society #16

Sep 14, 2016

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

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9.0
Earth 2: Society #17

Oct 12, 2016

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

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10
Earth 2: Society #18

Nov 9, 2016

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

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9.5
Earth 2: Society #19

Dec 14, 2016

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

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5.0
Earth 2: Society #20

Jan 11, 2017

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

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7.5
Earth 2: Society #21

Feb 8, 2017

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

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9.5
Green Lanterns #1

Jun 15, 2016

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

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9.5
Green Lanterns #2

Jul 6, 2016

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

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7.5
Green Lanterns #3

Jul 20, 2016

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

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9.0
Green Lanterns #4

Aug 3, 2016

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

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7.0
Green Lanterns #5

Aug 17, 2016

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

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5.0
Green Lanterns #6

Sep 14, 2016

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

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9.5
Green Lanterns #7

Sep 21, 2016

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

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9.5
Green Lanterns #8

Oct 5, 2016

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

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8.0
Green Lanterns #9

Oct 19, 2016

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

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8.0
Green Lanterns #10

Nov 2, 2016

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

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10
Green Lanterns #11

Nov 16, 2016

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

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9.5
Green Lanterns #12

Dec 7, 2016

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

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7.5
Green Lanterns #13

Dec 21, 2016

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

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8.0
Green Lanterns #14

Jan 4, 2017

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

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9.5
Green Lanterns #15

Jan 18, 2017

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

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8.0
Green Lanterns #16

Feb 1, 2017

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

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8.0
Green Lanterns #17

Feb 15, 2017

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

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10
Lucas Stand #1

Jun 21, 2016

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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10
Lucas Stand #2

Jul 18, 2016

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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9.5
Lucas Stand #3

Aug 15, 2016

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

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5.0
Lucas Stand #4

Sep 20, 2016

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

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7.5
Lucas Stand #5

Oct 25, 2016

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

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8.5
Lucas Stand #6

Nov 29, 2016

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

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8.5
Midnighter And Apollo #1

Oct 5, 2016

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

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7.0
Midnighter And Apollo #2

Nov 2, 2016

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

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8.5
Midnighter And Apollo #3

Dec 7, 2016

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

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9.0
Midnighter And Apollo #4

Jan 4, 2017

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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9.0
Midnighter And Apollo #5

Feb 1, 2017

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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9.5
Saga #13

Aug 14, 2013

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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10
Saga #24

Oct 29, 2014

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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9.5
Saga #25

Feb 4, 2015

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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5.0
Saga #26

Mar 4, 2015

This issue does a good job thickening the plot and it's obvious Vaughn is building towards three distinct storylines that will come to a head eventually, but the issue on its own doesn't serve up enough shock and awe.

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7.5
Saga #30

Jul 8, 2015

Overall this is a good issue, albeit a tame one. There isn't a lot here that wasn't expected, and some of it handled more to clean up shop before the next arc starts, but all in all the narration about relationships makes this one worth a look.

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6.5
Saga #31

Nov 25, 2015

Saga is back, but while there are some shock moments and interesting growing pain issues in play, it's a bit bland and slow.

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9.5
Saga #33

Jan 27, 2016

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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9.0
Saga #35

Mar 30, 2016

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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9.0
Saga #37

Aug 31, 2016

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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9.0
Swamp Thing (2016) #1

Jan 6, 2016

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

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8.0
Swamp Thing (2016) #2

Feb 3, 2016

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

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9.5
Swamp Thing (2016) #3

Mar 2, 2016

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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7.0
Swamp Thing (2016) #4

Apr 6, 2016

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

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8.0
Swamp Thing (2016) #5

May 11, 2016

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

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9.0
Swamp Thing (2016) #6

Jun 15, 2016

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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9.5
The Totally Awesome Hulk #12

Nov 30, 2016

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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5.0
The Totally Awesome Hulk #13

Dec 14, 2016

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

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9.5
The Totally Awesome Hulk #15

Jan 25, 2017

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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9.5
The Totally Awesome Hulk #16

Feb 8, 2017

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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9.0
4001 A.D. #1

May 3, 2016

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

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8.5
4001 A.D. #2

May 30, 2016

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

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8.5
4001 A.D. #3

Jul 26, 2016

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

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7.0
4001 A.D. #4

Aug 30, 2016

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

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #1

Oct 7, 2015

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

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9.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #2

Oct 21, 2015

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

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5.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #3

Nov 4, 2015

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

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9.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #6

Jan 5, 2016

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

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #8

Feb 17, 2016