Enrique Rea's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Spartantown, GWW Reviews: 365
8.5Avg. Review Rating

8.0
4001 A.D.: Warmother #1

Aug 3, 2016

Valiant has made an impressive pilot issue for Ana as the War Mother. It has the potential to become a flagship title if given the chance. As an engaging and exciting one-shot, 'War Mother' is definitely a must-buy. We have our fingers crossed that we'll see Ana again.

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10
Adventures of Supergirl #1

Jan 25, 2016

If you like the 'Supergirl' show you'll love the digital comic even more. It covers some of the same ground but with a new villain clashing with Kara from the start. It jams a lot of action and information for your 99 cents. With Gates' confident voice and Bengal's excellent art, 'Adventures of Supergirl' is off to a roaring start for new and old fans alike.

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10
Afterlife With Archie #9

May 25, 2016

Hopefully, Aguirre-Sacasa has submitted enough scripts to keep this terrific series going for months. It's worthy of being on everyone's pull list especially as Reggie comes to a crossroads that could change everything. The way Sabrina is used here is both shocking and frightening. 'Afterlife with Archie' is back and as creepy as ever.

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10
Afterlife With Archie #10

Sep 1, 2016

'Afterlife with Archie' may not come out consistently on time every month but it is consistently great when it does. This interlude, this detour from the main storyline is a welcomed and entertaining venture at world-building. A dark reimagining of Josie and the Pussycats' roots that fits perfectly in the zombie apocalypse aftermath of Riverdale. This extra-sized issue is worth every penny and as powerfully twisted as you'll find from any publisher. It's so good a spin-off series would be totally justified.

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8.0
Aliens/Vampirella #1

Sep 3, 2015

'Aliens/Vampirella' #1 really is an Aliens story so far as it quickly establishes the danger and gives sci-fi fans what they crave from the beginning.

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10
Aliens/Vampirella #3

Nov 7, 2015

'Aliens/Vampirella' #3 is a quality series that fans of both properties will enjoy but more importantly anyone can jump into and share the thrills of this great crossover. Bechko and Garcia-Miranda have created more than just an homage to the 'Aliens' universe but have carved out a worthy chapter all their own.

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10
Aliens/Vampirella #4

Dec 4, 2015

'Aliens/Vampirella' #4 continues to thrill as Lars and Vampirella struggle to survive as the xenomorphs track them down. Bechko and Garcia-Miranda are doing what many have failed to do in bringing two properties together that actually work in unison. Seeing the queen infused with Vampirella's power is going to make the next issue an exhilarating penultimate edition. I can't recommend this series enough.

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8.0
Aliens/Vampirella #5

Dec 31, 2015

'Alien/Vampirella' #5 might be the table-setter for the grand finale but it's well constructed and excuted. Some of the details of the series are filled in clearing the way for what promises to be a potentially devasting ending.

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8.0
Aliens/Vampirella #6

Feb 9, 2016

'Aliens/Vampirella' is a limited series for fans of 'Aliens' that mostly delivers. The positives outnumber the negatives making this well worth the read. Vampirella shines playing the gutsy specialist trying to keep everyone alive but can't overpower the alien monsters. She has to use what she can to survive, her wits and a broken wing. In the end, things go predictably haywire, lives are lost spectacularly, and it's a total blast.

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8.0
Aloha, Hawaiian Dick #1

Apr 22, 2016

"Aloha, Hawaiian Dick" #1 is a welcomed introduction to the uninitiated. Moore knows his genre, loves his protagonist, and masterfully has fun setting up the next set piece. It's the equivalent of doing your summer reading on a beach chair in Maui while sipping on a daiquiri. If you like Elmore Leonard novels then this pulpy private eye adventure is just your style.

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8.0
American Monster #1

Jan 23, 2016

'American Monster' allows us the chance to spend time in the dark scary regions of Azzarello's mind and it's gripping and irrestible to look away at even the most uncomfortable scenes. In Juan Doe, he's found a kindred spirit who loves to wallow in humanity's filth by framing this world in heavy lines, unique layouts, and bold designs. Who is the monster in the title? The thugs? The scarred man? Or is it Azzarello himself? I don't know but I can't wait to see more of this thrilling new series.

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7.0
Aquaman: Rebirth #1

Jun 8, 2016

If you awaken from a decades-long coma or just want to know who Arthur Curry is as it pertains to DC's “Rebirth” initiative then read this issue. If you're a long-standing fan then this issue won't offer anything new except for resetting Aquaman's place in the DC universe. The true test comes in subsequent issues when he must face an old foe. Aquaman: Rebirth is well done but merely a reintroduction of the Aquaman we know and love.

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10
Archie (2015) #1

Jul 7, 2015

Anyway, Waid and Staples have exceeded expectations by bringing Archie into the 21st century with  style, humor, and tons of heart. They have honored the sweet innocence of the series with a mature approach that is still fun and inviting. In fact, they've opened a whole new world ready to embraced by old and new fans alike. Archie #1 is off to a spectacular start and one of the best debuts of the year. 

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10
Archie (2015) #2

Aug 20, 2015

'Archie' #2 reinforces the magic that began in issue #1. It reminds you why you got into comics to begin with. Whether you're rediscovering old friends or finding them for the first time on this new run, Archie and the gang have never been more accessible and enchanting than right now.

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10
Archie (2015) #3

Oct 1, 2015

'Archie' #3 is another reminder that rebooting the iconic comic could be fresh and entertaining while adding depth and nuance. Even the well-worn love triangle between Archie/Betty/Veronica is reconstructed devoid of platitudes. Waid and Staples have tapped into what makes the Riverdale experience so relatable to its readers. At its center is the emotional toll that being young takes and how that manifests in actions, usually in hilarity. Despite the loss of Staples moving forward, 'Archie' will continue to take readers on a hilarious journey with friends they continue to rediscover.

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7.0
Archie (2015) #4

Nov 24, 2015

It's inevitable that not each issue is going to be a homerun. Waid hit it big during the first three issues and stumbles with a lazy dribbler down the line with issue four. Wu seamlessly takes over the pencils with plenty of energy and style even lifting Waid's clumsy script along the way at times. We may know what drove Archie and Betty apart, but it wasn't the big deal we were led to believe.

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10
Archie (2015) #5

Jan 7, 2016

When I started this review I thought the issue was good but after going through the pages and reexamining the scenes and the interactions between the characters I may have been a little too conservative. The thoughtful approach to writing these teens is nothing short of endearing and the updated look remains extraordinary. 'Archie' #5 is one of the best issues of the run so far and if Waid and Fish can remain a duo for a while it could very well be one of the best collaborations in comics.

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10
Archie (2015) #6

Feb 18, 2016

'Archie' by Waid and Fish is so ripe with fun and drama that it makes sense that the CW Network is producing a live-action series, Riverdale, with these characters. The next great teen drama has always been with us and it continues in this fantastic new series that captures the whimsy of the past with greater depth and real emotions. Waid and Fish have broken the mold of whatever goofy image Archie may had had before. 'Archie' is a legitimate winner on every level that is funny and compelling without an ounce of snark or cynicism.

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8.0
Archie (2015) #7

Apr 6, 2016

Despite some convenient plot devices, 'Archie' #7 is still a fun read. It falls short of the best of the series but Mark Waid and Fish set up new storylines and mysteries yet to be revealed. Anytime, you can add a new wrinkle to a supporting character like Pop and make him look like a benevolent mob enforcer then you've done something right.

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10
Archie (2015) #8

May 13, 2016

Seeing what Waid is capable of, moving Archie and Veronica beyond caricatures and more complex beings has me yearning to see the same done with other characters. Betty, Sayid, Sheila, and Maria could use more development and agency themselves. Waid has proven he can do it which makes me all the more excited to see what happens next. Fish is doing exceptional work handling the waves of emotions and humor with her art. There's never been a better time to pick up an 'Archie' comic.

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10
Archie (2015) #9

Jun 23, 2016

'Archie' is not just great for an Archies Comic, not just great for an all-ages book, but a great comic book period. Waid adds layers to well-known characters and Fish infuses them with personality and passion. Archie's love life has never been this involving and authentic before. In an industry that can make fans cynical and frustrated, 'Archie' has staked its corner of the world where comics are still a joy to read.

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8.0
Archie (2015) #10

Aug 1, 2016

The Archie, Betty, and Veronica love triangle has always been a point of drama for the otherwise goofy comedy of the classic comic. Waid has added some depth and some real emotional weight to this messy situation while keeping the series fun and light. In Fish, Waid's found the perfect artist to express his thoughts to paper, exceeding all possible expectations. This is another turning point for our favorite dysfuntional Riverdale threesome making 'Archie' one of comics' A-list properties. 

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6.0
Archie (2015) #11

Aug 28, 2016

'Archie' has become one of the best comics available. It's a testament to some of Waid's best work in years. So the bar has been set pretty high in only eleven issues. The fact that issue eleven isn't as good as we've become accustomed to is normal and probably a little unfair. We expect more but it's still a pretty good read despite the simple resolutions and shallow plot. And now we have to get used to new artists yet again. We're probably being picky because 'Archie' is still worth waiting for every month.

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8.0
Archie (2015) #12

Sep 23, 2016

Waid continues to write with all the insight and tenderness of an awkward teenager proving there's virtually nothing he can't write. 'Archie' is a great comic with classic beloved characters and a modern twist. He keeps creating multi-dimensional characters out of long-established figures, finding new depths to their personalities. 'Archie' is more accessible and entertaining than ever.

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8.0
Archie (2015) #13

Oct 20, 2016

There are very few comic books that have been as consistently great as 'Archie.' Waid and every group of artists have given this classic series a remarkably fun and relatable update that honors its past. Now with the introduction of the conniving Cheryl Blossom, 'Archie' is about to take on a more devilish fun turn. It's can't miss entertainment.

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8.0
Archie (2015) #17

Feb 18, 2017

'Archie' #17 finds Cheryl in Riverdale trying to seduce Archie to get back at Veronica. It's a fun twisty romp full of melodrama and laughs. Waid and Eisma continue making Archie relevant in 2017 and worth every penny.

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8.0
Archie (2015) #20

May 22, 2017

Archie #20 is the catalyst for the new "Over the Edge" story arc and the stakes couldn't be higher. Archie has gotten himself and his friends in such a hot mess this time someone may not find themselves out of it. Waid and Woods are making sure this story lives up to the hype and so far so good.   

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10
Archie vs. Predator #4

Jul 22, 2015

Archie vs. Predator has been a great ride that stradles the line between campiness and ultra-violence. De Campi and Ruiz have created a wonderful mash-up worthy of each respective world. Impalements, hijinks, despining, jokes and blood. What more could you ask for in a comedy-action-science fiction-thriller?

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8.0
Army of Darkness: Furious Road #1

Mar 4, 2016

Army of Darkness: Furious Road #1 is a fun, gory, thrill ride that ends too soon. It's a nice addition to the Evil Dead mythos and it certainly whets the appetite for more. Despite the briefness of this introductory issue, Collins and the Baals instill enough confidence that this title is good enough to add to your pull list.

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8.0
Army of Darkness: Furious Road #2

Apr 6, 2016

'Army of Darkness: Furious Road' is a fun expansion of the 'Evil Dead' mythos. Collins has given us the Ash we know and love stuck in the middle of an exciting, dangerous, and crazy new environment. The Baals provide the incredible art and energy. It's like 'The Walking Dead' with laughs and none of the pretension.

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10
Babyteeth #1

May 16, 2017

'Babyteeth' reads like a tasty appetizer that doesn't satiate your appetite but makes you hunger for more. There's still so much to the story that Cates is holding back you can't read this and not demand to know what happens next. Engaging characters, mysterious dark overtones, innovative art and the inevitable coming of the antichrist helps make 'Babyteeth' a must-buy.

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8.0
Batgirl (2016) #1

Jul 28, 2016

It doesn't happen enough where a beloved character is shepherded into another set of capable hands that appreciate all that makes them special. DC Comics, to their credit, have given Batgirl the perfect team to carry on what you loved about the Batgirl of Burnside. Batgirl is still a must-read.

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8.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #9

Apr 14, 2017

'Batgirl and the Birds of Prey' give way for Black Canary's undercover work which results in a hard-hitting and sneaky clandestine adventure with much more promised to come. It's the perfect set-up going forward and it's not to be missed.

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8.0
Batman (2016) #1

Jun 16, 2016

'Batman' under the new creative team usher in a new era of a more relatable Dark Knight thrust into action with large-scale heroics we're not used to seeing. It's an accessible entry point for new readers that won't disappoint long-time fans either. Following a legendary creative team isn't easy but King, Finch, and Bellaire are off to a great start with big action, mystery, and a major cliffhanger. 

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6.0
Batman (2016) #2

Jul 7, 2016

'Batman' continues to evolve under King who probably needs to get through an arc to find his groove. The set-up in the first two issues appears promising with some interesting twists. It still needs more character development but I'm optimistic there are great things to come given time. Still worth picking up and readers should be rewarded.

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6.0
Betty & Veronica (2016) #1

Jul 21, 2016

It's evident that Hughes wants 'Betty & Veronica' to be fun and quirky. There's a core of that here but reaches too far becoming too cute for its own good. With the conflict established between them at the end, issue two will be vital in determining whether 'Betty & Veronica' keeps Archie Comics winning streak alive or not. The first issue has put that in doubt.

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9.0
Big Man Plans #2

Apr 7, 2015

Big Man Plans is a gem of a miniseries that doesn't pull any punches and has you rooting for the pissed off dwarf with the drywall hammer.

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8.0
Big Man Plans #3

Jun 4, 2015

Anyway, Big Man is geared up for a final showdown leading to the conclusion of the miniseries. It's worth every penny to own the series either now or as a trade paperback. Big Man Plans demands to be read.

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8.0
Big Man Plans #4

Jul 9, 2015

Big Man Plans is unapologetically violent, nearly exploitative, with a sense of justice that is cruel and unusual and we wouldn't want it any other way. 

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8.0
Bigfoot: Sword of the Earthman #1

Dec 3, 2015

'Bigfoot: Sword of the Earthman' #1 is a very creative and fun mash-up of genres with a ton of potential. It gets off to a promising start making it definitely worth picking up.

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7.0
Black Magick #1

Oct 28, 2015

'Black Magick' is the kind of title that works best, at least after one issue, when collected in a trade. It's hard to justify shelling out $4 a month for a sliver of a story. That could be said of most books, but I came away from 'Black Magick' hungry, starving for more, as though I had carrot sticks for lunch instead of a juicy burger. I'm not worried the series won't be good, I'm concerned how much it'll cost me to get to the meat on this flimsy bone.

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9.0
Brides of Helheim #4

Feb 10, 2015

All good questions but we'll have to wait until next month for those answers. In the meantime, enjoy Brides of Helheim #4, the most exciting comic book out this week.

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10
Britannia: We Who Are About to Die #1

Apr 29, 2017

Britannia: We Who Are about To Die is another fantastic mini from Valiant that historical fiction and supernatural mystery fans will love. Milligan, Ryp, and D'Armata have created an immersive and bloody whodunit that is well-paced, intriguing, and beautifully illustrated. This is a good hearty read that will leave you wanting more. Isn't that what we're all looking for in a comic? 

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10
Burning Fields #1

Jan 21, 2015

The Burning Fields could have been a great political thriller or a gory horror story or a dark police procedural. Instead it chose to be all of them and thank goodness it did. It's written with urgency and style that is gritty and hard-boiled that propels the storytelling. Rarely is the dialogue as compelling as the action in a comic but this was one nails it. The only bad thing to say about the series is that it ends in eight issues. So get off your ass and buy it today!

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9.0
Burning Fields #3

Mar 20, 2015

Pick up Burning Fields and get sucked into the mystery that is as enveloping as anything on cable or Netflix. It's all the more rewarding when you hold the gorgeous pages of art in your hands and read and re-read the year's most compelling miniseries so far.

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10
Burning Fields #4

Apr 28, 2015

This eight-issue mini, as I've previously said, is already one of the year's best comics and at the halfway point just changed gears into an even better book. How many books can you say that about? The creative team has readers spellbound with great characters, a story with deep undertones and a mystery that earns every single goosebump. Burning Fields is the supernatural, horror, political thriller you need to jumpstart your existence.

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8.5
Burning Fields #5

Jun 18, 2015

If you're looking for chuckles and quippy one-liners you may want to look elsewhere. Although there is a nice timely Jurassic Park reference that works extremely well in context. Burning Fields is a seriously haunting procedural that burns and wallows in the mud looking for a release that never comes. This is a high-grade political thriller that needs to be experienced.

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10
Burning Fields #6

Jul 21, 2015

There aren't enough superlatives to describe Burning Fields #6. It has become a must-buy since its debut. It has evolved from dramatic political thriller to a supernatural horror story. And it's been a seamless transition because the creative team work in unison. With tense tight plotting and atmospheric visuals, Burning Fields is grade A storytelling.

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8.0
Burning Fields #7

Aug 20, 2015

The stage is set for the grand finale and we'll see if Dana can find redemption and revenge without losing her soul. It should be a pulse-pounding ending to one of the smartest and exciting thrillers in comics today.

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10
Burning Fields #8

Sep 26, 2015

Dana, Aban, Decker and the summoned monster of Asag face off in an anxiety-ridden third act that delivers on what was built over seven issues. The ending is a satisfying, poignant and compelling climax that transcends genres and raises the bar on modern comic book storytelling.

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10
Burning Fields #8

Sep 22, 2015

Dana, Aban, Decker and the summoned monster of Asag face off in an anxiety-ridden third act that delivers on what was built over seven issues. The ending is a satisfying, poignant and compelling climax that transcends genres and raises the bar on modern comic book storytelling.

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8.0
Captain Midnight #18

Dec 24, 2014

I defy anyone to dislike this series. It's old school fun and heroics that make you fall in love with comics again.

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9.0
Chrononauts #1

Mar 17, 2015

Chrononauts #1 lives up to the hype as a great time-traveling adventure under the expertise of comic book titans. I can't recommend this book more. Jump aboard and add Chrononauts to your pull list now!

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6.0
Circuit-Breaker #1

Mar 24, 2016

'Circuit Breaker' has potential to be a great story about an endearing android girl fighting big bad robots with an underlying message of the politics of fear and societal discrimination. The first issue wants to say all this and more but there's so much going on that it turns to white noise in the narrative and in the art. It's worth checking out for issue two to see if it turns to a cohesive coherent read.

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8.0
Control #1

Jun 1, 2016

'Control' is a solid crime mystery with a heart of darkness that is engaging and fast-paced. Diggle and Cruickshank sacrifice character development to lay out the plot but there's still plenty of time to turn that around. Mutti and Popov create the perfect atmosphere for such a dark tale. 'Control' is a limited series worth getting lost in.

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8.5
Copperhead #5

Jan 14, 2015

It's now placed itself to expand even further in its next arc and really let loose now that we know who the characters are. This year should be a big one for the series and its creators. Copperhead is a must buy if fantastic art and intelligent storytelling is your kind of thing.

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8.0
Copperhead #6

Apr 7, 2015

Copperhead continues to be a great read with complex characters, brilliant art and absorbing storytelling. Now would be a good time to jump on this title with this new arc.

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9.0
Copperhead #7

May 13, 2015

‘Copperhead' #7 launches another compelling arc with intrigue, action, and good old-fashioned wild west drama.

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7.5
Copperhead #8

Jun 11, 2015

Boo is in a heap of trouble. Can Bronson save him in time? Copperhead is off to another great arc.

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10
Copperhead #9

Jul 28, 2015

Copperhead #9 is the perfect set-up going into an extremely dangerous rescue mission. If this issue showed us anything, it's that no one is completely safe.The pacing is fluid yet fast and exciting. The dialogue is measured but concise. It's simply one of the best comics produced because of near flawless execution.

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8.0
Copperhead #10

Oct 8, 2015

'Copperhead' #10 brings the second arc to a satisfying end and sets the stage for a revealing third. Clara Bronson remains under the radar as one the most complex female characters in comics. Faerber continues to peel back the layers with more to come. Grab the trades as fast as you can.

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8.0
Copperhead #11

Mar 8, 2017

'Copperhead' is back with a new mystery to solve. Clara and Boo are back in this great sci-fi western with engaging characters and a twisty plot. Catch up if you can with the series but if not issue eleven won't disappoint in hooking you into another immersive story.

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6.0
Copperhead #14

Jun 14, 2017

'Copperhead' #14 is a perfectly serviceable ending to the latest arc and propels the story where it should have been earlier. It's the conversion of several story lines finally colliding that should light a storytelling fire into the next arc. After an uneven start to 2017, I'm hoping Copperhead will be tighter-scripted, focused, and with better character development going forward.

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8.0
Crosswind #1

Jun 21, 2017

'Crosswind' is off to a rip-roaring start. It's taken what you'd expect from a swapping bodies plot and mucked it up in a violent vengeful way. Simone and Staggs have in essence punched out from their corporate jobs and entered an underground fight club, dipped their wrapped fists in broken glass ready to deliver a knock-out punch to the throat. 'Crosswind' is a definite knock-out. I can't wait to see what happens next.

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9.0
Cyborg #1

Jul 23, 2015

Cyborg #1 is off to a promising start anchored by Walker delving into the emotional heart of Vic while also setting up the impending threat of the Technosapiens. Cyborg has always been a compelling figureand Walker understands that. The new series is singularly about Cyborg, not in relation to the League or the Titans, but about who he is post-New 52. It's criminal we haven't had an ongoing for Cyborg until now but to DC's credit, this series is the one fans have been waiting for.

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7.0
Danger Girl: Renegade #1

Sep 5, 2015

'Danger Girl: Renegade' doesn't reinvent the adventure genre but does honor it with an exciting premise and engaging characters. It's familiar territory, a female version of 'Indiana Jones,' but so well executed and entertaining that it deserves to be read and enjoyed by all.

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8.0
DC Universe: Rebirth #1

May 26, 2016

At the very least, DC acknowledges there's a problem with the current tone of their books. The sales charts tell a grim story, continually coming in second to Marvel. This is an attempt to do a course-correction that hopefully ushers in a more successful era than the 'New 52' did. 'DCYou' was honorable but half-baked and not well supported. 'Rebirth' is off to a good start and will be judged on the books that follow. We've got our fingers crossed.

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6.0
Dejah Thoris #1

Feb 3, 2016

'Dejah Thoris' #1 isn't terrible it just isn't very ambitious. The problem facing this first issue is meeting the expectations of a popular and well-known heroine which it fails to do. The proposed "shocking conspiracy" is rather obvious and clumsily conceived. It's all too cliched and not the great adventure I'd hope for Dejah to partake in. Dejah deserves better than this and I can't recommend this title.

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10
Descender #1

Mar 4, 2015

In one issue, you have the work of two masters that are fully engaged in bringing this epic space opera to life. It's full of wonder, danger, unease, and intrigue. Start collecting Descender now. It will be the talk of the industry right down to award season. This is one story to be cherished and enjoyed and it's just beginning. Easily the pick of the week.

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7.5
Descender #4

Jun 11, 2015

Lemire and Nguyen continue to create an absorbing space epic consisting of big and small moments. A story told through the eyes of a child caught up in a maelstrom. Any good story keeps you wanting more and we can't wait to see what happens next.

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8.0
Descender #6

Aug 13, 2015

'Descender' #6 sets up the next arc with great plot development and even though it's not as climatic a finish as you'd expect, the cliffhanger exposes another storyline that's intriguing no matter how haphazard it feels. 

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10
Descender #7

Nov 11, 2015

'Descender' #7 begins its second arc with a fantastically accessible jumping on point that delivers new twists and engrossing new characters. It further solidifies its place as one of the year's best comic book series with science fiction that is exciting, absorbing and emotionally resonant.

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8.0
Descender #9

Jan 18, 2016

'Descender' keeps bringing an entertaining space fable to life with engaging new characters and world building. Lemire adds new wrinkles and twists to the story. Nguyen continues to astonish with world-class art. You won't find a science fiction tale with more heart and intrigue that looks this good anywhere.

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10
Descender #10

Feb 11, 2016

'Descender' keeps unfolding and expanding into a greater space saga with new characters and a deeper exploration of the ones we know. The stakes get higher as Lemire tightens the vice around our nerves with the potential of a returning threat to the colony. Time is of the essence as to what about TIM-21 holds the key to understanding the Harvester menace. Nguyen's art is making most comic book artists look like schmucks by comparison. The worst thing about 'Descender' is having to wait for the next chapter.

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8.0
Descender #11

Mar 11, 2016

'Descender' has become a reliable quality read. Jaw-dropping art from Nguyen, changing the way you look at comics through watercolors that fire the synapses in your head. Lemire doing his usual excellent writing making you feel things that warm your heart or crush your soul. The third arc will surely continue more of the best work in comics. We just have to be patient.

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8.0
Descender #12

Jun 18, 2016

'Descender' is back and while the main story hardly moves forward the reveal of TIM-22's backstory adds emotional weight to the present. Lemire once again shows why he's one of comics' best with a compelling issue that pulls no punches. Nguyen's art is predictably flawless and the new arc is totally accessible to new readers. It all goes by too fast but it's totally worth it.

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6.0
Descender #13

Jul 17, 2016

Lemire and Nguyen are fantastic comic creators who've been putting out fantastic volumes for years. Their talent isn't in question but as a fan, a comic book reader, a reviewer, I can't ignore the questionable decisions such talent sometimes make. We're treading water when we should be further upstream. 'Descender' is a great journey but it's time to hit the gas and stop idling.

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6.0
Descender #14

Aug 18, 2016

I might be holding 'Descender' to a higher standard. With talented creators like Lemire and Nguyen I expect so much more as they've demonstrated in this series. Lemire has a master plan I'm sure and while I feel these last three issues were missteps, there's some major developments about to happen so there's no need to abandon ship just yet. 

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8.0
Detective Comics (2016) #934

Jun 9, 2016

The more I thought about the plot details and the skill of the artists in bringing 'Detective Comics' into the post-New 52 era, the more I appreciated the result. Despite the well-worn team recruiting story the characters sell the book. If you would've told me a year ago I'd see Batwoman, Stephanie Brown, and Cassandra Cain fighting together in a Bat-book I'd call you delusional. It really happened and it's off to a good start and in the right creative hands.

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8.0
Detective Comics (2016) #935

Jun 22, 2016

Detective Comics is in good hands and relies on developing characters as teammates and people before thrusting them together in mindless action sequences. Tynion understands we want to have a reason to cheer them on and what better way to do that than let us get to know them. There's a great amount of substance and nuance in this title with an underlying mystery. ‘Detective Comics' is beginning to emerge as one of the best “Rebirth” titles.

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8.0
Detective Comics (2016) #937

Jul 31, 2016

'Detective Comics' has become an addictive read for the simple fact you don't know what's going to happen next. Tynion, Martinez, and Fernandez are giving fans a reason to believe in this "Rebirth" with great challenging storytelling. It's high adventure as only a Batman series can provide. 

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8.0
Devolution #1

Jan 23, 2016

‘Devolution' gives Dynamite Entertainment another gem of a limited series. Remender, Wayshak, and Boyd set-up a dirty devolved dystopian future where anything can happen. It's definitely worth getting on board for the ride.

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8.0
Devolution #2

Feb 18, 2016

'Devolution' #2 sets off a powder keg of action that thrusts the story forward in a big way. Remender, Wayshak, and Boyd have crafted enough twists in this post-apocalyptic tale that makes it fresh, bombastic, and ultra-violent. Everything you could want and a fearless heroine to boot.

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6.0
Devolution #3

Mar 17, 2016

After the first two prevocative issues, 'Devolution' takes a detour into blockbuster popcorn movie territory by unabashedly going big with wall-to-wall action and light on the character development. It's a beautifully rendered sci-fi monster tale by Wayshak and Boyd though. Unfortunately, Remender leaves his protagonist Raja in the background leaving the narrative to the visuals without a clear direction. You still get your money's worth in sizzle but very little steak to fill you up.

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8.0
Doom Patrol (2016) #1

Sep 15, 2016

You have to approach 'Doom Patrol' with an open mind and a sense of humor. It's going to take you places you won't expect, leave you asking many questions, most won't be answered yet, but like David Lynch and Tim Burton, it's about the journey into weirdness that counts. Welcome to the corner of the DC universe that feels like Wonderland. So far 'Doom Patrol' is a quirky blast that will leave you "curiouser and curiouser."

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8.0
Eccentrix (One-Shot) #1

Jul 3, 2015

‘Eccentrix' is a well executed dark comedy adventure that hits all the right notes. It is worth seeking out to not only read a great story but support small publishers and talented creators. It will be available exclusively on Comixology beginning Wednesday, July 1. Do yourself a favor and buy this book.

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8.0
Eclipse #1

Sep 7, 2016

'Eclipse' #1 is an effective and unique dystopian murder mystery that draws you in. Kaplan takes a great premise and deftly executes a well-paced and intriguing sci-fi story. Art from Timpano and Gonia make it all work with an expansive world-building layout full of detail and color.

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8.0
Eclipse #3

Nov 2, 2016

Part mystery, part monster tale, and all science fiction, 'Eclipse' keeps getting better as Kaplan unfolds this dystopian detective story. With Timpano and Northrop on art, it's easy to imagine a future so dangerous and unforgiving. This latest chapter advances the series while further developing its characters while making the villain even more formidable than before. Make sure to add 'Eclipse' to your pull list so you don't miss this winner.

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8.0
Eleanor and the Egret #1

Apr 7, 2017

"Eleanor and the Egret" is fun and charming enough to overlook the lack of character development and plotting. It's simply too pretty and enjoyable on its own to fault it for whatever shortcomings it may have. With so much cynism and pretentiousness in the world of comics, it's nice to sit back and enjoy the ride of a story that just fills your dark soul with light and joy.

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8.0
Eternal Warrior: Awakening #1

May 12, 2017

'Eternal Warrior: Awakening' is a solid start to a new series that doesn't pretend to be something its not. Gilad is here to kick ass and take names. While this first installment ends rather abruptly it provides a ton of great action and lays the foundation for more thrilling adventure. Venditti and Valiant value this property and it shows. It's also a great introduction to another exciting title from Valiant's long list of great books. 

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8.0
Exit Generation #1

Sep 24, 2015

'Exit Generation' is off to a great start with intriguing characters, an explosive cliffhanger, and fantastic storytelling potential. It's worth adding to your pull list to see what happens next.

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8.0
Exit Generation #2

Oct 30, 2015

'Exit Generation' #2 has been a nice surprise and actually improves on the first issue. It's as good as any comic from the Big Two and probably better. It has some wild ideas and not even logic can triumph over sheer unadulterated entertainment. It's definitely worth adding to your pull list if you're looking for a good time.

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8.0
Extremity #1

Mar 4, 2017

'Extremity' #1 makes a thunderous debut with a straightforward revenge action thriller with plenty of heart. A character-driven sci-fi story with magnificent art that makes this new series pull list-worthy. Daniel Warren Johnson has arrived.

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10
Faith #1

Jul 20, 2016

If you've tired of superhero comics amid reboots and huge convoluted events, then 'Faith' will restore your faith in comics again. It's like reading Spider-Man or Superman for the first time. 'Faith' is fun, exciting, down-to-earth, and must-reading.

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8.0
Faith #2

Aug 26, 2016

Under less skillful hands, this issue of a superhero in the villain's clutches could have been overwrought and cliched. Instead, true to Faith's character, it's fun, heroic, and self-aware. 'Faith' made superheroes fun again and it didn't take a whole company relaunch to do it.

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8.0
Faith #3

Sep 14, 2016

No matter how cynical the world is if 'Faith' doesn't inspire some joy in your life you're doing comics wrong. The issue is just unapologetic enjoyment. It answers the question what if your favorite superhero went to comic-con? The result is a light and fluffy good time. And there's nothing wrong with that.

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9.0
Faith #4

Oct 24, 2016

'Faith' continues to exemplify the best in superhero comics and issue four is another example of how necessary Faith Herbert is. She's a relatable, lovable, nerd who's also a fierce defender of justice. No pull list is complete without 'Faith' on it.

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8.0
Faith #5

Nov 4, 2016

'Faith' continues to be one of the best comics in the business. It's unapologetically optimistic and heroic with an affable and endearing lead like Faith Herbert. It doesn't matter what your politics are if you want great superhero storytelling that puts a smile on your face this is the book for you.

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10
Faith #6

Dec 10, 2016

'Faith' doesn't need bombastic cliffhangers to be compelling. In fact, the sweet satisfying ending is poignant and subdued. It's more reflective and thought-provoking than you're used to and that's a good thing. Faith aspires to be more than just another superhero comic and does it effortlessly with brains and heart.

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8.0
Faith #7

Jan 6, 2017

'Faith' continues to be a joy to read as Houser and company deliver great character-driven stories and exceptional art. Faith is tested and dragged through some dark moments in her past. We're heavily invested in this new arc because we don't who or why she's being haunted this way. It's a good point for new readers to jump in and find out what makes this book so great.

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8.0
Faith #8

Feb 6, 2017

'Faith' is one of the best comics for various reasons but Houser's commitment to making Faith a complicated but relatable human with powers might be the best reason. If you're not emotionally invested in her as a person then you've missed the point. Faith represents the best of us but also exposes our very human weaknesses. If she can triumph over her mental roadblocks then so can we. What could be more powerful or inspirational in a hero? Be your own hero.

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8.0
Faith #10

Apr 5, 2017

'Faith' #10 is an easy way to get on board with one of the most entertaining comics being published. Houser sets up a new arc with Faith at ease while an engaging band of criminals make their move. It would be a crime to miss this series.

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8.0
Faith #11

May 5, 2017

'Faith' continues to be one of the best comics you can buy as evidenced by its recent Eisner Award nomination for Best New Series. Houser has her foot on the gas in this arc with some truly treacherous territory ahead. You won't find a better comic. 

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8.0
Faith #12

Jun 9, 2017

'Faith' as a series is an exceptional example of what makes comics fun and entertaining. This is why Faith deserved a better series finale than this. It's funny and Faith is as brilliant and likable as ever but the weak ending underserves this great title. Regardless, 'Faith' is a shot in the arm to the superhero genre that delivers unadulterated joy and optimism. 

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10
Faith (Mini-Series) #1

Jan 29, 2016

Representation matters in comics and Valiant delivered a special hero in 'Faith.' She is charming, brave, upbeat, and confident. Everything you could want in a hero regardless of appearance. The debut isn't without some issues but overall it shines brightly and with a cliffhanger to come back for. 'Faith' is a winner.

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10
Faith (Mini-Series) #2

Feb 27, 2016

A lot has been made of Faith's appearance but it's a non-issue. As a person, as a hero, Faith rises above the superhero fray because of her confidence and her humanity. Houser has taken the best aspects of superheroes, male or female, and installed them in Faith as a role model. Valiant has a flagship superhero book on its hand if it wants it. If this mini doesn't turn into an on-going title Valiant should pack up and close its doors. Needless to say but 'Faith' is a must buy.

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10
FCBD 2017: I Hate Image #1

May 6, 2017

It's one giant spoof and totally irresistible.

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10
FCBD 2017: Kid Savage #1

May 6, 2017

It's a rewarding read for all ages that blends action, thrills, humor, warmth, and heart. 'Kid Savage' starts slowly and just keeps picking up speed into one amazing ride.

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8.0
Feathers #2

Feb 6, 2015

With only four more issues to go, Feathers, is a fun and charming mini-series. Something adults and children could enjoy together.

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8.5
Feathers #3

Mar 6, 2015

Feathers is just getting better and better. It is hitting its stride and moving the plot along wonderfully. The new characters and conflicts are building upon themselves resulting into an anxiety-filled cliffhanger. You can't help but root for Poe and Bianca on as their journey continues.

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9.0
Feathers #4

Apr 1, 2015

The only thing better than Corona's storytelling is his art. Throughout the series, the layouts and perspectives of each page are varied and lively. The character designs are colorful, cartoony and expressive. Feathers is an all-ages book because it's meant to delight anyone from 8 to 80 and it does so through engaging characters, endless charm and whimsical adventure.

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8.0
Fissure #1

Jan 8, 2017

'Fissure' ushers in a new era for Vault Comics with a solid mystery that is driven by characters not solely action. Daniel's experience is on display as the dialogue is natural, the story involving, and Delpeche's art is first class. 'Fissure,' as well as Vault are the ones to watch in 2017.

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10
Generation Zero #1

Aug 23, 2016

To fans of Valiant comics, Generation Zero's brilliance should be no surprise. If you're new to Valiant, this is a great place to start. Van Lente has a star in Keisha Sherman and we haven't really seen Generation Zero show up yet. It's a testament to good writing and world-building that this debut issue is so arresting. With great art from Portela & Dalhouse and an involving mystery, Generation Zero is poised to be another giant hit for Valiant. Get on board now!

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6.0
Generation Zero #4

Dec 13, 2016

Generation Zero #4 is honestly a good character-building read but perhaps not the issue to jump into if you haven't read the last three. Within the arc's context, it fills in a lot of information but more rewarding for readers who've read the series from the start. So I urge you to catch up, buy issues 1-3 and see what I mean. Van Lente and Portela have something explosive in the works and you won't want to miss it.

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8.0
Generation Zero #5

Dec 30, 2016

Generation Zero strikes its zenith in an action-packed issue that pits the Rook Police Department versus the team with Keisha squarely in the middle of it. The series is finding its groove and with it, a protagonist that is nearing her final form. Plenty of trouble is brewing for everyone involved which makes this Valiant title the one to watch as we enter the new year. It just keeps getting better.

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4.0
Giant Days #15

Jun 4, 2016

'Giant Days' has raised the bar so high that when an issue doesn't quite live up to expectations it can seem worse than it is. It's still more entertaining and satisfying than 99% of what's available at your local comic book store. It's always an adventure with Esther, Daisy, and Susan and worth cherishing every month.

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10
God Country #1

Jan 16, 2017

'God Country' arrives like a wrecking ball to your pull list. It demands to be read and once you read it you'll wonder why this title wasn't in your life sooner. Cates and Shaw lull you into a false sense of security before propelling your eyeballs out of your head. All hyperbole aside, this is how you make a first issue memorable and instantly addictive.

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10
God Country #2

Feb 17, 2017

'God Country' #2 proves its exciting debut was no fluke. Here, we get more character development and world building that feels fluid and smart. There's a heart to this fantasy that is as potent as the mighty sword of the gods that Emmett wields. Cates and company have put together a must-read series. Don't wait for the trade, put it on your pull-list now!

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8.0
God Country #3

Mar 16, 2017

'God Country' is a special series with more on its mind and heart than just great fantasy spectacle. It combines the best of both worlds without sacrificing a cohesive narrative that tugs at your heart while taking your breath away when the spectacle comes. 'God Country' is a transcendent comic book series that deserves all the praise it's gotten. Read this now!

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10
God Country #4

Apr 19, 2017

'God Country' is even better than you've heard. That's a credit to this creative team but more importantly to Cates' Emmett Quinlan that drives the narrative with old-man stubbornness, strength, and renewed courage. When everything you hold dear relies on keeping that sword you'd defy gods and monsters to keep it too.

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9.0
Goners #4

Jan 20, 2015

Goners is a horror book that delivers the visuals and gore while subversively tugging at your heartstrings. The good news for new readers is that this adventure is just getting started. Buy back issues get caught up and enjoy the ride.

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9.0
Goners #6

Mar 25, 2015

It's as much an homage to the kid in all of us. I used to wrap a towel (against my mother's wishes) around my neck and hold a broomstick like a sword slaying imaginary dragons or wielding a stick like a lightsaber defeating the dark side. Semahn and company tap into our subconscious and take us back to our younger selves before the weight of the world squeezed out any childlike wonder from our souls. Goners is that adventure we always yearned for to save the world and become the hero in our mind.

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9.0
Graveyard Shift #1

Dec 23, 2014

Needless to say but Faerber and Image have yet another hit on their hands. As if the rich couldn't get any richer, both still have Secret Identities debuting in February. It could be a hat trick of titles for writer and publisher. So if you like your vampire crime thrillers with pulse pounding action and fantastic noir-ish art then Graveyard Shift is the title for you.

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7.5
Graveyard Shift #2

Jan 27, 2015

Expect more of it next month. Now would be a good time to jump on this title.

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8.0
Graveyard Shift #3

Feb 26, 2015

Graveyard Shift #3 finds new ways to reinvigorate the vampire genre without stooping to cheap tricks or theatrics. At its center, it's about Liam and Hope and this disease of vampirism. Along with Bueno's wonderful art this miniseries has proven that a vampire story can be exciting, smart and enjoyable.

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7.5
Graveyard Shift #4

Apr 1, 2015

Overall, Graveyard Shift excels at bringing a fresh take on the vampire genre with characters that are smart and engaging. The miniseries is a good introduction to what really should be an on-going series to better flesh out the world-building. The conclusion may have been fleeting, but Faerber and Bueno have established a great foundation that will hopefully continue at some point.

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9.0
Green Lanterns #1

Jun 15, 2016

Green Lanterns, for the most part, is accessible and completely engaging. It's compelling and addictive. It features two grossly underused characters of color that shine brightly together and are off to a perfect start. Humphries, Rocha, Leisten, and Blond make this title hard to ignore and definitely worth your time.

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10
Harbinger: Renegade #1

Nov 9, 2016

'Harbinger Renegade' #1 is the perfect entry point into the Valiant universe and this well-executed stunner of a story. New and old readers will love this new series that reads like an action-packed sci-fi/superhero movie. If you miss X-Men then this will satisfy your soul.

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10
Heathen #1

Feb 20, 2017

'Heathen' #1 is another top shelf offering from Vault Comics. Natasha Alterici has created a fantastic new fantasy adventure series with a great new leading lady as tough as Red Sonja or Dejah Thoris. The comic mixes high adventure, Norse mythology, subversive social commentary in a fast-paced thrilling story. This is a must-buy this week.

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10
Heathen #2

Mar 24, 2017

Great comics leave you wanting more, replaying what came before, and wishing 30 days would pass in a moment. 'Heathen' is that type of fantasy comic, that makes you fall in love with it only to be crushed 20-something pages later with a devastating cliffhanger. Vault Comics just snuck up on the industry with a blockbuster book of their own. Make sure you get 'Heathen' so you can say were there from the beginning before it blew up.

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10
Hit: 1957 #1

Mar 27, 2015

As good as Hit was, Hit: 1957 might be better. Issue one is off to a great start and not only pays homage to the likes of Raymond Chandler and James M. Cain but it carves its own legacy in hard boiled fiction history.

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9.0
Hoax Hunters (2015) #1

Apr 2, 2015

Heavy Metal made a great call for their very first comic book under their imprint. Hoax Hunters is a smartly written supernatural series that is fun, exciting and engrossing. Do yourself a favor and seek this out, tell your LCS to order it or simply go to Heavy Metal and download it today!

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8.0
Holy F*cked #1

Sep 10, 2015

For most people, 'Holy F*cked' is more likely to put a smile on your face than a scowl. It's an outrageous romp through reimagined mythology set in Los Angeles of all places that'll make you snort with laughter.

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8.0
Horizon #2

Aug 19, 2016

'Horizon' is slowly opening up the story with some provocative twists making us the bad guys and the aliens the freedom fighters. Considering the awful things we do to each other it's not far-fetched we'd invade another planet if we could. Thomas and Gedeon are still finding their footing but so far it's coming together, building momentum and looking great while doing it. 'Horizon' is still one comic to watch.

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8.0
Horizon #3

Sep 20, 2016

'Horizon' continues to evolve with a more a balanced issue providing more depth while still bringing the action. As such, it keeps getting better, finding itself and revealing its purpose and the motivations of its characters. This exciting new title is just getting started and deserves to be on your pull list.

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8.0
Horizon #4

Oct 22, 2016

'Horizon' continues to build on a larger narrative that while exciting in pieces should probably be enjoyed as a whole when the trade paperwork arrives. Nonetheless, this latest chapter is a masterpiece of explosive action with a unique look and feel from Gedeon and Martin. Hold on to your butts, and get this series.

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8.0
Immortal Brothers: The Tale of the Green Knight #1

Apr 12, 2017

'Immortal Brothers: The Tale of the Green Knight' is a pleasant, lighthearted adventure that is thoroughly gratifying. It takes a talented team like this - Fred Van Lente, Cary Nord, Clayton Henry, Mark Morales and Brian Reber - to give this Valiant one-shot the perfect look and tone it deserves and is worthy of recommending to everyone you know.

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10
Indoctrination #1

Apr 21, 2016

Indoctrination #1 does what great first issues do, they lay out the groundwork, reveal just enough to get you hooked and then leave you wanting more. Moreci and Battaglia burrow underneath your skin to make you uncomfortable, hitting you with morally gray concepts and horrors too real to deal with. It's a fascinating and immersive journey worth going down the rabbit hole for if you dare.

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8.0
Indoctrination #2

Jul 28, 2016

If you enjoy crime procedurals that are dark, mired in political intrigue and suspense then 'Indoctrination' is for you. Moreci and Battaglia have brought an intelligent, intense, crime drama to comics that is completely riveting. Do yourself a favor and get your hands dirty with 'Indoctrination.'

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8.0
Interceptor #1

Jan 8, 2016

‘Interceptor' #1 is a fantastic addition to Heavy Metal's fledgling comic book division. It's already off to a promising start with much of the exposition and backstory out of the way the perilous mission on the vampire-controlled earth can begin. You can't go wrong with an interstellar vampire space adventure with two courageous girls as its leads. If we've learned anything from the movies over the last year is that women rule and that's just the cherry on top for ‘Interceptor.'

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10
Interceptor #2

Feb 10, 2016

'Interceptor' is determined to give you your money's worth. This is a visceral experience that drops you in the middle of the action and dares you to hold on. If Mad Max and Aliens had a baby it would be Interceptor. Cates and Burnett are giving Heavy Metal the hardcore action, sci-fi, monster, extravaganza it deserves.

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10
Interceptor #3

Mar 3, 2016

Heavy Metal has taken a deliberate approach to releasing comics and with such a wonderful book as 'Interceptor' you'll wonder why they don't make more. However, as we've learned from the Big Two, quantity isn't better than quality. You can't go wrong with 'Interceptor,' it's everything you love about comics.

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8.0
Interceptor #4

Apr 11, 2016

In this penultimate issue of the 'Interceptor' mini, what starts as a single-minded venture takes a sharp turn by the end. After an pulse-pounding march to Matilda everything changes leaving the reader gassed but demanding more answers. This all adds up to a magnificant prelude to next month's conclusion. Get on this if you haven't and binge read it now.

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8.0
Interceptor #5

Jun 1, 2016

If you've been reading 'Interceptor' from the beginning you'll be rewarded with an epic ending that feels conclusive but allows for the story to continue should it get picked up. I hope it does as Cates and Burnett make a great team with a vivid imagination giving Heavy Metal an established winner every month.

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8.0
Josie and the Pussycats #1

Sep 27, 2016

'Josie and the Pussycats' is an unbridled joy to read. It may be the most fun series of the New Riverdale era and that's saying something. With art this good and characters this entertaining, 'Josie' is a winner.

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8.0
Josie and the Pussycats #2

Nov 5, 2016

'Josie and the Pussycats' continues to evolve in issue two and succeeds at being a raucous joyride. Their road to stardom has been a little bumpy so far but there's nothing the Pussycats can't overcome. With endless charm, whimsical humor, and fun visuals, 'Josie and the Pussycats' is bound to put a smile on your face.

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8.0
Jughead (2015) #1

Oct 3, 2015

Jughead #1 is a light, funny, and smart revival of one of comic's best pals. Zdarsky and Henderson work in unison to bring a modern take on classic characters while keeping the goofy charm, hysterical hijinks, and subversive smarts well intact. Jughead is a winner.

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8.0
Jughead (2015) #2

Nov 19, 2015

'Jughead' #2 captures the spirit of the classic character with some smart plotting and joyous artwork. Zdarsky and Henderson build on the excellent first issue with another inventive story that'll bring a smile to your face.

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8.0
Jughead (2015) #3

Dec 29, 2015

Even as the series falls into a recurring pattern of storytelling, 'Jughead' #3 still entertains with humor, crazy interludes, and wonderful colorful layouts.

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8.0
Jughead (2015) #4

Feb 10, 2016

'Jughead' #4 continues with the possible school conspiracy theme and adds a defining moment. The question is will Jughead's suspicions be vindicated or is it all a ruse? Regardless, it continues to be a fun subversive read that is smart and engaging.

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8.0
Jughead (2015) #5

Apr 1, 2016

'Jughead'is one of the most enjoyable reads in comics right now and you don't have to be familiar with Archie Comics in order to dive right in. Zdarsky's approach is fresh and funny while staying true to the character. Henderson is the perfect artist who's dynamic enough to capture the range of emotions and action each and every month. The main conspiracy is still a mystery but it doesn't matter when the journey is this much fun.

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8.0
Jughead (2015) #10

Oct 27, 2016

'Jughead' is one of those comics that can change your mood. If you're having a bad day, this comic will put a smile on your face. It's classically funny with a contemporary approach that's more nuanced than you'd expect. North adds layers of depth to Jughead that makes him even more endearing than he already is. The inclusion of Sabrina and Salem are welcome great guest stars that bring their own sense of magic both figuratively and literally. The bottom line is 'Jughead' is can't-miss entertainment. 

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9.0
Jughead (2015) #11

Dec 3, 2016

North and Charm close out this arc of 'Jughead' with probably the best heartfelt teen comedy you won't find at the movies. There's plenty of wild laughs but it's the organic chemistry between Jughead and Sabrina in the end that makes this issue an absolute winner.

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8.0
Jughead (2015) #14

Apr 7, 2017

Speaking of charm, as in Derek Charm, his lively art has kept the fun Archie Comics has been known for. With expressive expressions and body language, Charm injects humor at times without a single piece of dialogue. North and Charm make a nice combination, a symbiotic collaboration that benefits the sometimes wild shenanigans of Jughead and the Riverdale kids. They provide a smart and funny approach that keeps Jughead fresh and relatable. Unfortunately, North ends his run on 'Jughead' after a great approach of keeping the gang involved despite the name on the front of the book.

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8.0
Jughead: The Hunger (One Shot) #1

Mar 30, 2017

What Tieri and Walsh have done with 'Jughead: The Hunger" is auditioned for an ongoing or limited series whether they know it or not. I want more. I want more Jughead horror stories as he travels the country like Bruce Banner did on TV's "The Incredible Hulk."As a one-shot, this is a solid story with some surprising devilish twists. It's a nice appetizer to hold us until "Afterlife with Archie" returns.

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7.0
Karma Police #1

Mar 31, 2017

'Karma Police' is off to a solid start. It's wonderfully inventive and colorfully illustrated. It's full of monsters and evil spirits with a sly sense of humor amid all the violence. In the spirit of "Big Trouble in Little China," Karma Police is a fun trip filled with action and horror.

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8.0
Kill Or Be Killed #1

Aug 3, 2016

There's more to 'Kill or Be Killed' that the title represents. Brubaker and Phillips have somehow created what should be a standard vigilante story into a character-driven drama that is as compelling as their past work. You'll be hooked after the first issue if only to find out what's next and how Brubaker pulls off this ambitious and unexpected story.

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7.5
King: Flash Gordon #1

Jan 27, 2015

Gordon, like many of the King Features Syndicate books being rolled out this year by Dynamite Entertainment, pays homage to what made them so fun and engaging while making them contemporary and accessible. Flash Gordon #1 is as fresh and entertaining as it's ever been with a modern sensibility. Here's hoping issue two will have a little more coherence in the story, but it's really worth checking out as the positives outweigh the negatives.

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9.0
King: Jungle Jim #2

Mar 27, 2015

Paul Tobin has taken a classic character and made him and the people around him engaging, interesting, funny and entertaining. Jungle Jim has been one of the nicest surprises this year so far. There isn't a cynical bone in the book's body, no brooding protagonist, or cookie-cutter dystopian future. Jim is just good old-fashioned fun.

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9.0
King: Jungle Jim #3

Apr 28, 2015

The penultimate issue leads us into the inevitable showdown between Ming and Jim's rebels. It will all end too soon though as Jungle Jim is worthy of an on-going series but this miniseries ends with number four. Let's hope Dynamite takes this funny adventure series and gives it a permanent roster s

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7.5
King: Jungle Jim #4

Jun 18, 2015

Everything is resolved with few surprises and rather one-sided. It seems brief too, but perhaps I just wanted to spend more time with these characters. Tobin has created a fun universe with an obscure hero that has been a complete delight. I'm hoping we'll see more of Jungle Jim. It's been one of the best surprises in comic books this year.

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10
King: Prince Valiant #3

Jul 17, 2015

Prince Valiant has been a wonderful surprise. All the elements of great storytelling are here with an engaging protagonist, a high-stakes adventure, and beautiful art. Make yourself happy and get this series before it's over.

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9.0
Lady Killer #1

Jan 6, 2015

Lady Killer doesn't rewrite the genre of undercover assassins but does exemplify how good it can look. This first of five issues is a winner and shows a ton of potential for the rest of the run.

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8.0
Lady Killer #2

Sep 20, 2016

'Lady Killer' continues to build on Josie's new life in Florida. A new alliance, a possible new affiliation, and certainly more kills to come. This issue was light on the blood and gore but some interesting new developments mean the next issue can't come soon enough. Josie is finding her stride with a little help from Irving. 'Lady Killer' is deliciously dark and beautiful. 

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8.0
Lady Killer #3

Mar 5, 2015

Lady Killer really is Jones' baby as every layout is carefully designed with stunning detail and flawless action. The book just flows from panel to panel without a missed step. Jones and Rich have concocted a exciting story with a leading lady that is compelling and transcends her era. The series is hitting its stride and the conclusion is sure to be a doozy. Don't miss this one.

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9.0
Lady Killer #4

Mar 31, 2015

Josie finds an unlikely ally or two heading into issue five and I can't wait to see how all this plays out. Issue four is a tour-De-force so I can only imagine what the conclusion will bring.

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9.0
Lady Killer 2 #1

Aug 6, 2016

Lady Killer 2is the best dark comedy in comics that skewers the patriarchy of the past with a killer woman in Josie Schuller. It's not just a compelling story but arguably one of the best-illustrated comics as well. You need to add this to your pull list. Lady Killer if off to another strong start.

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8.0
Lady Killer 2 #2

Sep 17, 2016

Lady Killer continues to build on Josie's new life in Florida. A new alliance, a possible new affiliation, and certainly more kills to come. This issue was light on the blood and gore but some interesting new developments means the next issue can't come soon enough. Josie is finding her stride with a little help from Irving. ‘Lady Killer' is deliciously dark and beautiful.

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9.0
Lazarus #14

Jan 16, 2015

Lazarus is one of the most elegant sci-fi dystopian epics in comics. One that doesn't bombard you with great futuristic technology or fantastical beings. It is still about great characters in a world that resembles ours but is rearranged by fate. Lark brings a somber but masterful use of shadows and angles that create emotive scenes that don't require words.

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9.0
Lazarus #15

Feb 17, 2015

Issue 15 is an exciting entry point for new readers as well. There's plenty of background and quick exposition to catch up the reader right before the battle ensues and leaves off on a point that is totally accessible. I know it's an odd thing to say at the end of an arc, but that's how well the execution is in the issue – flawless. Just don't expect this level of action every month. Instead, enjoy the backstabbing, the intrigue, the continued world building but most of all stay for one the best characters in comics – Forever Carlyle.

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8.0
Legenderry Red Sonja #1

Feb 10, 2015

Legenderry: Red Sonja #1 is another rip-roaring adventure series from Dynamite that is undeniably fun. It's well worth the time and money to support good old-fashioned storytelling that brings back the joy in comic books.

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8.0
Legenderry Red Sonja #2

Mar 17, 2015

Dynamite's ‘Legenderry' series set in a steampunk-flavored alternate universe has been one of the nicest surprises this year in comics for the sheer fun in reading these adventures. It takes the reader back when comics weren't as pretentious or convoluted. It was just plain old fun. Legenderry: Red Sonja #2 is a great adventure series with one of the fiercest females in all of comics.

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7.5
Legenderry Red Sonja #5

Jun 25, 2015

Legenderry: Red Sonja has been a wild kick in the pants for fans of pulpy adventure stories with mad scientists, monsters and fearless women. It's been a light-hearted affair made specifically to allow Sonja to shine. Andreyko and Aneke have added to the legend of the she-devil with a smart and fun miniseries.

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8.0
Legenderry: Green Hornet #2

Mar 27, 2015

Legenderry: Green Hornet is another great series from Dynamite that is hard to resist.

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8.0
Legenderry: Green Hornet #4

May 13, 2015

‘Legenderry: Green Hornet' #4 is a complete joy to experience. Green Hornet and Kato are men of action in the middle of an old-fashioned adventure tale against dastardly baddies. It will all lead to a showdown with the Veiled Lady.

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8.0
Life With Kevin #1

Jun 21, 2016

'Life with Kevin' may spin some familiar sit-com tropes but with a charming character like Kevin Keller it feels fresher than it should. It's a fun and engaging peek in the life of one of Riverdale's best getting out on his own after college reaching for his dreams, looking for love, and doing it all with confidence and optimism. How could you possibly hate that?

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10
Loose Ends (2017) #1

Jan 25, 2017

'Loose Ends' is a gritty masterpiece that pulls you in. It captures the dark storytelling edge you've seen in things like Hell or High Water, Breaking Bad, Sons of Anarchy, and Justified. If you like 'Southern Bastards' you'll love 'Loose Ends.' Latour, Brunner, and Renzi bring you your next comic book obsession.

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8.0
Magdalena (2017) #1

Mar 23, 2017

"The Magdalena" #1 is a great introduction for new readers and old ones into the world of 'The Darkness.' Patience and Maya provide a great duo of conflicting faiths but neither lacks the tenacity or courage to send demons right back to hell. It's a fun and dark story ripe for the taking.

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10
Magnus #1

Jun 7, 2017

'Magnus' is a provocative and intelligent sci-fi drama that has a lot on its mind. Higgins establishes this futuristic tale with precision and intrigue while Fornes and O'Halloran paint a grounded story with some effective android designs. Kerri Magnus is the latest and greatest iteration of the Magnus title and this worthy successor is our avatar to a strange new world where only robots dream. A solid debut that is must-buy this week.  

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10
Monstress #1

Nov 4, 2015

'Monstress' #1 is a dazzling dark fantasy with subversive social and political undertones that cut at the heart our existence now as told through this grim fairytale of vengeance and injustice. Liu and Takeda have taken elements of steampunk, fantasy and kaiju and created a singularly frightening world where a young woman defies her oppressors but doesn't triumph without sacrificing part of her soul. This is the type of storytelling that envelopes you and doesn't let you go.

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8.0
Monstress #2

Dec 11, 2015

'Monstress' #2 continues the ambitious world building by introducing new characters and how they fit in the tumultuous landscape. Liu and Takeda have created a dark fantasy world that exposes the divisions of race, status, class, and species that almost mirror our own.

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10
Monstress #3

Jan 28, 2016

'Monstress' is an epic fantasy in every sense of the genre. It's thick with mythology and complexity. It's a story that's still developing and illustrated with more audacity than we deserve. Issue three revealed some important details while making your heart race. Liu and Takeda are simply magnificent. 

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10
Monstress #4

Mar 18, 2016

'Monstress' is one for the ages. As epic as it aims to be with stunning visuals and evocative storytelling. This is one series that should be bought in print and held in one's hands to truly appreciate it. Liu and Takeda have poured their souls into 'Montress' the least you can do is add it to your pull list. 

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8.0
Moonshine #1

Oct 8, 2016

Even though Azzarello and Risso have only grazed the surface with the debut issue of 'Moonshine,' we've seen enough to know this is another great collaboration between two great creators. It's dripping with atmosphere and danger, a pulpy rural noir, that is only getting started. 'Moonshine' is a no-brainer to add to your pull list.

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8.0
Motor Crush #1

Dec 6, 2016

'Motor Crush' delivers an action-packed debut issue that runs on adrenaline and a fierce leading lady in Domino Swift. It's the perfect example of a creative team allowed to cut loose and create a thrilling futuristic tale without the trappings of dystopian or apocalyptic tropes. It's a fresh blast of kick-ass fun and intrigue that ushers in a new year in comics with style.

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8.0
Motor Crush #3

Feb 10, 2017

'Motor Crush' continues to shine as Domino becomes more humanized under the weight of her own decisions and their consequences. The stakes are raised higher and higher giving the series momentum going forward. Fletcher and Stewart have thrusted the story into another gear while Tarr bangs out more emotive and bone-crushing visuals. This is not to be missed.

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9.0
Motor Crush #4

Mar 9, 2017

'Motor Crush' continues to embroil Domino in a whirlwind of emotions and secrets. With eye-popping visuals washed in vibrant colors, the action scenes deserve a soundtrack all their own. This uniquely cool title keeps getting better with a character you'll actually care about. 'Motor Crush' feels like a summer popcorn flick in your hands. Catch up now.

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7.5
New Crusaders: Dark Tomorrow Special #1

Jun 18, 2015

'New Crusaders' deserves a chance to blossom under the new Dark Circle Comics imprint where, more than anywhere else, can become a valuable addition to their line-up. It has a fertile foundation to build upon, with some diverse brave young heroes. 'Dark Tomorrow' proves that the 'New Crusaders' can be an exciting action series, that it can find redemption for its legacy and solidify itself as an on-going.

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10
Nightwing: Rebirth #1

Jul 14, 2016

'Nightwing: Rebirth' #1 does what other 'Rebirth' specials couldn't do - make me excited for what's to come. Seeley injects enough depth and character in Grayson's storyline while tying together where he's been with where he's going. The story goes full circle and it's endearing, positive, and exciting. The art is perfectly in sync with the writing. Dick Grayson is DC's favorite son and he shows you why. Nightwing is back and DC Comics is better for it.

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8.0
Ninjak #17

Jul 13, 2016

It's the type of issue that even if you weren't following the arc, the recap at the beginning helps immensely, you'd get sucked into this death match regardless. More than anything by the end, you want more. The next arc involves another Valiant character, Eternal Warrior, so the storyline will pivot with the crossover, but if this is the type of action we can expect I'm here for it.

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8.0
Old Guard #1

Feb 22, 2017

'The Old Guard' is Rucka at his most primal and unabandoned. A tour de force of violence and mythmaking. If you like your action grimy with characters who have nothing to lose then this title is for you. It's beautifully illustrated chaos and worth every penny.

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10
Paper Girls #1

Oct 8, 2015

Paper Girls is the culmination of three master craftsmen at the height of their talents telling a character-drivenstory with unexpected twists. This oversized first issue is a bargain at twice the price. The series defies usual comic book conventions with no capes in sight or category to fit them in. It's simply a good tale told with perfection. With issue one, Vaughan, Chiang, and Wilson have conjured up a story that can go anywhere with characters that matter in a beautifully organic way. If this doesn't describe a classic in the making I don't know what does.

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8.0
Paper Girls #2

Nov 13, 2015

'Paper Girls' masterfully captures the nostalgia of kids-in-peril movies of the 80s with the charm and appeal that was found in the Spielberg's movies of that era. While issue two doesn't move plot very much it does make the reader hunger for more. As the mystery unfolds you can't help but root for these girls to save the world. You can't go wrong with this series.

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10
Paper Girls #3

Dec 4, 2015

Obviously, ‘Paper Girls' is more than just nostalgia. It's a slow-burning sci-fi story being unfolded with enough moments of surprise and awe to keep the reader riveted and demanding more by the end of it. Vaughan and Chiang have captured the wonder and fun of another era that makes ‘Paper Girls' a unique and satisfying experience.

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10
Paper Girls #3

Dec 4, 2015

Obviously, 'Paper Girls' is more than just nostalgia. It's a slow-burning sci-fi story being unfolded with enough moments of surprise and awe to keep the reader riveted and demanding more by the end of it. Vaughan and Chiang have captured the wonder and fun of another era that makes 'Paper Girls' a unique and satisfying experience.

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8.0
Paper Girls #4

Jan 11, 2016

'Paper Girls' #3 is moving fast with something dramatic happening with every issue. At each turn the stakes get higher and higher and before you know it the issue is over leaving you outraged that you have to wait another thirty days to get more. Vaughan has created literary crack as he so often does with Chang and Wilson as his accomplices. There's no way to avoid getting addicted to this weird 80's-inspired kids-in-peril sci-fi adventure.

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6.0
Paper Girls #5

Feb 6, 2016

We may expect too much from such a talented group of comic book creatives. We've become accustomed to being wowed with every new title. When things like character development stalls and motives become unclear it can be a little jarring to see titans of the industry falter a little bit. Yet, 'Paper Girls' offers a series-saving twist as its cliffhanger and the book is still a fun ride as long as you don't ask where you're going or why.

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8.0
Paper Girls #6

Jun 3, 2016

'Paper Girls' is back and I want answers! Unfortunately, the mystery only deepens as the girls are thrust through space and time leading to more unanswered questions. Yet, this new arc is irresistibly engaging and funny. It might work better as a trade but you can't go wrong with Vaughan, Chiang, and Wilson on a title.

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8.0
Paper Girls #7

Jul 13, 2016

'Paper Girls' seems to have turned a corner making its purpose clearer while providing more emotional character development. Vaughan is giving us more from his leading ladies, asking deeper existential questions while in this bizarre future world that happens to be our present day. It's getting better and beginning to meet our unfairly imposed expectations.

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8.0
Plutona #1

Sep 4, 2015

Behind such a talented group of creators, 'Plutona' transcends its genre with endless charm, brilliant pacing, and an intriguing mystery. It begins familiar and ends with endless possibilities. Jeff Lemire, ever the literary snake charmer, has hypotized us again with a captivating new tale in 'Plutona.'

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8.0
Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death #1

Jan 21, 2016

'Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death' #1 is a great start to reestablishing the underrated Poison Ivy as a brilliant and powerful figure capable of emerging from Harley Quinn's shadow. The first issue wisely chooses a character-driven story that leads to an intriguing cliffhanger. Established fans should love this while new readers may want to be patient to see where this mystery goes.

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9.0
Postal #2

Mar 11, 2015

Postal #2 is a wonderful dark tale told through the eyes of an unlikely but welcome protagonist. We're hooked!

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10
Postal #3

Apr 22, 2015

If there was hesitation to pick up Postal, issue three should convince you to add it to your pull list. It's building something especially dark and wicked by keeping readers on their toes. Get it now!

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8.5
Postal #4

May 27, 2015

Postal continues to be a gripping read that doesn't rely on action for action's sake. Admittedly, they will have to get to the larger villain they introduced soon. Mark's mom can't be the heavy and the savior despite her selfish motivations. Still, Mark continues to be one of the best lead characters in comics even as heart-breaking as it can be to see him in the middle of such evil and depravity. And the darkness is just beginning.

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7.0
Postal #5

Jul 16, 2015

These new events could mean something greater going forward, but it all moves quickly, perhaps too quickly, to make a bigger impact. It felt like a one-shot storyline and Mark seemed a little out of character as well. The series has been great so even when it's off a little Postal is better than most books.

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8.0
Postal #6

Aug 20, 2015

'Postal' continues to evolve as Hawkins and Hill take us deeper into the rabbit hole.I'd love for Mark's dad to finally make an appearance in present day as that thread has lingered there for a while, teasing readers of a powerful menace but continues to be out of reach. It's still one of the major unanswered plot points that was created but never fully realized. Otherwise, the series is still intriguing enough to keep pulling it every month. There's a much bigger plan at work and impatient readers like myself want satisfaction now. I suppose the writers are doing their job of keeping readers on the edge of our collective seat begging for more.

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10
Postal #7

Oct 1, 2015

'Postal' #7 throws some new surprises that work. The narrative continues to shift, but Mark is still the most compelling figure. The shady business of Eden is seen through Mark's eyes and there seems something big is coming that he won't even anticipate. All the more reason to get aboard 'Postal' now.

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8.0
Postal #8

Nov 27, 2015

'Postal' #8 delves into some serious moral ambiguity challenging the reader's idea of justice. It also sets the table for an inevitable confrontation. It's one of the best issues so far using the complexities of the characters to expand on the world around them exposing new layers. It's a great jumping-on point for new readers and a treat for established ones.

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8.0
Postal #9

Jan 23, 2016

‘Postal' #9 addresses some plot points while establishing new ones. Bryan Hill unleashes Molly on Eden leaving us dying to know more. The series is as unpredictable as ever and one of the most devilishly entertaining books you'll find.

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10
Postal #10

Feb 24, 2015

'Postal' continues to surprise and evolve as a pulpy crime drama with engaging characters and a premise that promises anything can happen. With the arrival of Molly, a town of criminals in hiding has itself a new villain. Hill and company keep getting better and better. Although, I may never forgive Hill for that violent cliff hanger. I don't know we'll see until next month. Make sure 'Postal' is on your pull-list to see what happens next.

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10
Postal #11

Mar 30, 2016

'Postal' is a special book that continues to evolve and grow while maintaining a degree of intrigue, danger, and uneasiness. Especially, in this arc where Hill and Goodhart have been flawless. Molly is a charming monster and things are likely to come to a head soon. You can't binge watch this thriller but you'll be dying to know what happens next.

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8.0
Postal #12

Apr 27, 2016

Despite being too efficient in resolving the Molly problem, 'Postal' #12 still delivers a good amount of intrigue and action. It was interesting to see Mark and the Sheriff work together and the ending opens up some great new dangers. The series will resume in June so be sure to preorder with your shop. 'Postal' remains a must-read.

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8.0
Postal #13

Jul 28, 2016

'Postal' is back with a vengeance with an explosive new arc. Hill brings a reenergized new narrative after a short hiatus. It's a complicated tale without a traditional hero at its center in the midst of a simmering war. This is the issue you'll tell your friends about.

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8.0
Postal #14

Sep 4, 2016

'Postal' is gearing up for war and such things are inevitable when you deal with criminals of every ilk. A town whose city limits can't keep out the past, the sins that brought its residents there in the first place. Hill muddies the waters again about who is righteous and who is damned. Considering war is coming to Eden, we'll have to wait and see how God sorts them out. It's going to be a barn-burner for sure.

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8.0
Postal #15

Oct 5, 2016

At the heart of the series is Mark who continues to evolve, using his smarts and gaining confidence to deal with all the different shady citizens of Eden. There's no shortage of danger and suspense in town and Hill, Goodhart, and Russell are on a roll. 'Postal' is about to explode.

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8.0
Postal #16

Oct 28, 2016

'Postal' continues to deliver big cinematic action and great dramatic tension with a cast of dubious characters. It's a testament to Hill's talent of adding new facets to the personalities of Eden's protectors. With Goodhart and Russell providing amazing art, 'Postal' continues to be a must-read.

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8.0
Postal #18

Feb 22, 2017

'Postal' is the crime drama in comics that's as addictive as any on television. It loves to linger in the dark corners of society with bad people trying to be less bad in order to hold on to what they have, a safe uncomplicated place to call home. Issue eighteen challenges all of that with some decisions that are sure to have devasting results. Hill and Goodhart produced another solid chapter.

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8.0
Postal #19

Mar 31, 2017

'Postal' is on such a groove right now. It's one of the most engrossing dramas in print and the build-up is beginning to pay off. Hill is playing chess, manuevering his pieces into place while further developing characters like Mark. This is top-notch writing and art that makes comics so worthwhile.

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10
Postal #20

May 4, 2017

'Postal' under Bryan Hill has taken some dramatic turns with some of the biggest moves on the chessboard happening this issue alone. Maggie cements her place as a badass in much the same way Carol has on TV's The Walking Dead. She's no pushover and Hill has allowed her to shine. Now, the table is set for some really crazy developments. Make sure 'Postal' is on your pull list if it isn't already.

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8.0
Power Lines #1

Mar 31, 2016

'Power Lines' is a unique and important series that uses familiar superhero tropes to inform about the real world. Robinson is blazing a trail mixing real issues with fantastical supernatural powers in a premiere issue that teases at darker forces. It raises some questions and places a person of color in the limelight for once. 'Power Lines' is definitely worth picking up.

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10
Princeless: Be Yourself #2

Jul 31, 2015

'Princeless Book 4: Be Yourself' #2 has everything you could want in an adventure comic. Brave and endearing heroes, goblins, dwarves, dragons and monsters. All with a sense of humor that doesn't insult the reader and transcends age groups. Buy for your kids, your neighbor's kids or just buy for yourself.

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10
Princeless: Raven: The Pirate Princess #2

Aug 22, 2015

'Princeless: Raven the Pirate Princess' #2 has everything you expect in a pirate adventure and much, much more. It's funny and exciting with characters you instantly care about and get intelligent satire as a bonus. The wondrous thing is the book truly is an "all-ages" story that can be enjoyed from 8 to 80 years old. It transcends genres while introducing characters of color matter of factly. It is a world, even a fantasy world, as the world looks now. Full of different people with amazing stories to tell. This is one of those amazing stories that must be read.

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8.0
Princeless: Raven: The Pirate Princess #3

Sep 17, 2015

'Princeless - Raven: The Pirate Princess' is a delightful series full of wonderfully diverse characters set on an incredible journey. Yet, the creators don't take anything for granted. They trust in their characters and their audience to invest in not just the action and jokes but all the emotional ties that bind them. It continues to be an excellent comic regardless of genre.

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8.0
Princeless: Raven: The Pirate Princess #4

Oct 24, 2015

Whitley has made 'Raven, the Pirate Princess' a special read where character, emotion, and relationships matter. The final pieces are in place after a funny and emotional journey to get to this point. Thanks to Higgins and Brandt the future of this seafaring adventure is looking good.

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8.0
Princeless: Raven: The Pirate Princess #5

Feb 3, 2016

'Princeless: Raven the Pirate Princess' is about the characters, how they interact, who they are, how they treat each other and what their place is in the book. Where some writers skimp on character development, Whitley soaks in it, drawing every bit of personality and nuance from his leads. If you're looking for a lot of action at the expense of character then this isn't the book for you. If you're looking for a great story to get lost in with a diverse group of smart characters then 'Raven the Pirate Princess' is the one for you.

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7.0
Princeless: Raven: The Pirate Princess #6

Mar 22, 2016

'Princeless: Raven the Pirate Princess' #6 feels less restrained on the island than while on sea. The various characters get to have something more to do before things went awry. The crew's personalities have started to get fleshed out leading to some amusing scenes. It all works to build up to the ending that should make the next issue a lot more exciting.

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8.0
Rat Queens #12

Sep 17, 2015

'Rat Queens' continues to evolve and find its footing after many creative changes. With issue 12 it may have found its equilibrium despite some stumbles.

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8.0
Rat Queens #15

Mar 16, 2016

'Rat Queens' #15 marks a shift in tone and narrative as the friends are driven apart. It's a welcome change that will inevitably bring them back together hopefully stronger and just as exciting and fun as when it all started. This heart-breaking issue raises the stakes on an emotional level clearing the way to a new beginning for Hannah and her "sisters."

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8.0
Rat Queens #16

May 6, 2016

'Rat Queens' was the fantasy title with attitude, humor, and badass maidens. Things fell apart along the way and Wiebe has been looking for his mojo back ever since. With Fowler and Bonvillain on board, the title seemed to be getting back on its feet like it does in this genial and entertaining issue. However, Wiebe has decided to put the book on hiatus but we hope for its return because the world needs a pack of booze-guzzling, death-dealing battle maidens-for-hire.

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8.0
Rat Queens Special: Braga #1

Jan 14, 2015

Rat Queens Special: Braga is a nice diversion from the series that may not have the usual sarcastic humor, but does a wonderful job of addressing a transgender character by merely treated her as a person. Something we could all learn in general.

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10
Reborn #1

Oct 18, 2016

'Reborn' is one of Millar's most disciplined works with a laser-focus on creating a new fantastic world through the eyes of a wholly conceived character. Paired with Capullo's amazing art and Plascencia's bold color scheme, Image's new series is a blockbuster, steeped in mystery and high in concept, 'Reborn' is an adventure worth getting invested in. Needless to say, this is a must-buy.

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6.5
Red One #1

Mar 20, 2015

Red One #1 is a very thorough first issue setting up the players and the plot that has the potential to be exciting, fun and sexy. It is good enough, on the Dodson's art alone, to come back for issue two and maybe three if the potential is realized.

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10
Red Sonja (2013) #17

Jul 31, 2015

It all culminates into a wonderful read that ends in a great cliffhanger that will make you want issue #18 right this minute. Red Sonja in general is a phenominal character for her humor, wit, tenacity and confidence. Under Simone, Sonja continually is growing and developing. It would be a crime not to pick up this series.  

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8.0
Red Sonja (2013) #18

Sep 23, 2015

'Red Sonja' #18 is a bittersweet swan song for Simone that leaves our favorite she-devil with an optimistic new outlook on life. Theexciting conclusion to this arc brings a sense of peace to both the creator and her greatest muse as they part ways.

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8.0
Red Sonja (2013) #18

Sep 26, 2015

‘Red Sonja' #18 is a bittersweet swan song for Simone that leaves our favorite she-devil with an optimistic new outlook on life. The exciting conclusion to this arc brings a sense of peace to both the creator and her greatest muse as they part ways.

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8.0
Red Sonja (2017) #1

Jan 13, 2017

'Red Sonja' is the perfect adventure series to help escape the plethora of superhero titles in comic shops. And who better to cheer on than the She-Devil herself. Chu and Gomez offer a great first issue full of energy and action that looks great too.

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8.0
Red Sonja (2017) #4

Apr 25, 2017

'Red Sonja' is still one of the best characters, male or female, in comics and this is the kind of issue that personifies her resolve and heroism. Volume four is far from perfect but Chu gets to the heart of Sonja and gives fans what they expect - a fierce but thoughtful warrior. This fish-out-of-water story full of immortal sorcerers and demons is just what the doctor ordered. 

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9.0
Redneck #1

Apr 20, 2017

'Redneck' does the impossible and makes vampires fresh and exciting again by not making it about vampires. Instead, Cates relies on authentic familial Texan charm and an unexpected turn of events. Estherren and Cunniffe give the book the tone and feel it deserves with pitch-perfect art. Cates does it again with another must-read comic.

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8.0
Redneck #2

May 29, 2017

'Redneck' #2 is the precursorof deadly things to come. Cates sets his marvelous characters in motion that will surely erupt in an explosive clash. If you're a fan of Southern Bastards (and you should be) and want a twist of horror unlike any other then 'Redneck' is for you. There are few must-reads in comics and this is definitely one of them.

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8.0
Regression #1

May 11, 2017

Cullen Bunn has another winner on his hands with 'Regression.' A horror story that will unnerve you and shock you. Luckert and Enger help bring it all to life with glorious and grotesque art. It'll creep you out, maybe even gross you out but it'll keep you engaged the whole way. 'Regression' sets the tone right away and keeps you hooked.

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8.0
Reincarnate #1

Aug 31, 2016

'ReincarNATE' is just the type of creative storytelling that has made Moreci one the busiest writers in comics as well as successful getting his works adapted into film and TV. Burns and Beckett brings it all to life with wonderful designs and colors. Thanks to Heavy Metal, readers get another chance to delve into 'ReincarNATE' and everyone should.

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8.0
Replica #3

Feb 3, 2016

The world-building on 'Replica' #3 is eye-popping and the narrative growth from issue one to now is taking shape nicely as the mystery begins to unfold. Jenkins' Trevor Churchill is a great comic book character but his clones also get some development. AfterShock Comics has another winner on its hands and the fact that after three issues 'Replica' is still compelling and funny proves it.  

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10
Roche Limit: Clandestiny #1

May 7, 2015

If you loved movies like Aliens, Predator, or Leviathan then Roche Limit Clandestiny is the book for you. It's just getting started so you have to add it to your pull list and get ready to be taken on a suspenseful science fiction journey.

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8.0
Roche Limit: Clandestiny #2

Jun 11, 2015

It's easy to make comparisons to movies like Aliens and Predator. Those movies brought something special to science fiction and Roche Limit Clandestiny brings something special to comic books. A great space mystery with suspense and action that keeps you hanging on every page. Moreci and company are giving you the sci-fi fix you need.

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9.0
Roche Limit: Clandestiny #3

Jul 17, 2015

Roche Limit Clandestiny #3 is the game-changing issue that lays out the conflict from a philosophicaland violence standpoint. It asks much from the reader to grasp and ponder while the horror manifests itself in different ways. Charles and Battaglia illustrate the tension and anxiety with the touch of virtuosos. If such a thing as a "thinking man's sci-fi comic" exists this would be it.

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8.0
Roche Limit: Clandestiny #4

Aug 28, 2015

Frankly, this type of action and weight in a penultimate issue is uncommon. Usually, it's a long set-up towards an action-packed finale. Moreci instead honors the story as the arc approaches its zenith with the stakes getting higher and higher. With its philosophical quandaries already established and the extinction level threat revealed, 'Roche Limit Clandestiny' continues to shine as one of the smartest and original sci-fi comics available.

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8.0
Roche Limit: Monadic #1

Mar 15, 2016

Moreci and company are back with a defiant series that asks you to take the plunge and dive into their dark and mysterious world. A world where you have to pay attention, invest in these characters' lives, because you're either all-in or you're out. As we've witnessed in the last two arcs the pay-off is worth the journey.

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8.0
Roche Limit: Monadic #2

Apr 28, 2016

Roche Limit: Monadic is not offering easy answers, at least not yet, and you have to endure like the characters while it plays out before you. Moreci is a master manipulator, moving his chess pieces in place before he reveals more. It's a cerebral cat-and-mouse game that will ultimately pay off in spades. Charles and Battaglia once again provide the fertile groundwork in building this reality working in unison with Moreci. If you're looking for a smart sci-fi thriller Roche Limit: Monadic is the one to get. 

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8.0
Roche Limit: Monadic #3

Jun 10, 2016

Moreci, Charles, and Battaglia have another mind-bender in Roche Limit Monadic and they've set the stage for an epic conclusion. For all its darkness and danger the underlying story remains the unyielding yearning for survival and pursuit of peace amid the world designed to manipulate and destroy its inhabitants. The ending could go many different ways, probably at the sacrifice of many characters, but we'll have to wait to find out. Chances are we won't see the finale coming and that's how it should be.

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10
Roche Limit: Monadic #4

Jul 7, 2016

'Roche Limit' started in a dark place and by the end, it found peace, optimism, and redemption for humanity. 'Monadic' is the icing of a very weird, wonderful, and thought-provoking sci-fi cake.

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10
Romulus #1

Sep 27, 2016

There's a reason Hill and Blake were so anxious to get 'Romulus' released and on October 5th you'll be able to get your hands on it. It's a freight train of entertainment that will leave you wanting more. It's a tried and true formula of a trained assassin fighting against enormous odds. It's off to a fantastic start and already belongs in the same breath as Greg Rucka's Lazarus and Ed Brubaker's Velvet.

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8.0
Romulus #2

Dec 2, 2016

Hill is building this new world and fleshing out the characters more in issue two. He aptly balances the exposition with exciting action sequences beautifully choreographed with Blake's artitistic touch. If the first issue of 'Romulus' didn't grab you then the follow-up should. Things are about to get cooking in this intriguing new series.

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8.0
Romulus #3

Dec 28, 2016

'Romulus' continues to evolve into one fascinating and exciting story with new revelations and motivations. Ashlar herself has room to grow and that makes this unique battle between warring factions all the more compelling. Hill and Blake are putting on a clinic on how to make a great comic. Pick it up now.

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8.0
Romulus #4

May 31, 2017

'Romulus' ends the first arc with a bang but leaves us wanting more. The unfortunate delay broke the title's momentum but we're reminded how great it can be when Hill and Blake are at their best. This is still a recommended buy and hoping the next arc will be uninterrupted. 

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8.0
Rose #1

Apr 13, 2017

'Rose' #1 is off to a great start with a well-executed high fantasy that looks great and is compelling. A tale of tragedy and revenge that smartly sets the stakes in the first issue, introducing the threat and the eventual savior. Finch and Guara work seamlessly together to create a comic worth reading and getting immersed in. 'Rose' is a winner.

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8.0
Royal City #1

Mar 1, 2017

'Royal City' is great storytelling with nary a cape, a gun, or a monster in sight. It stands all on its own even if didn't offer mild subtle fantasy elements. Admittedly, it won't be for everyone. It's a serious immersion in the lives of these characters and you'll become invested if you want to but not everyone will appreciate a passionate piece of work like this. 'Royal City' is the class of comic book storytelling.

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8.0
Samaritan: Veritas #1

May 26, 2017

'Samaritan: Veritas' is off to a magnificent start full of intrigue, action, and dubious characters. It's a stellar addition to the Edenverse that incorporates many of Top Cow's best titles and ties them together. If you enjoy tense political thrillers with great visuals then this is for you. Hawkins and Rojo drop you right into the action and the pursuit is on. Make sure you don't miss it.

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8.0
Scooby Apocalypse #1

May 25, 2016

'Scooby Apocalypse' is an unexpected joy full of smart fun that mixes nostalgia with fresh present day drama. Issue one sets the groundwork for a great adventure and with top-tier talents like Giffen, DeMatteis, Porter, and Hi-Fi behind it, they're giving Scooby and the gang the story they and fans deserve.

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8.0
Secret Identities #1

Feb 18, 2015

Faerber is on a roll with great books like Copperhead and Graveyard Shift. Secret Identities #1 is off to a great start making it a hat trick for the talented writer. Joines and Faerber share one voice which is important. A lesser duo would awkwardly and abruptly alter the tone within the same issue causing a bit of confusion for the reader.

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8.0
Secret Identities #2

Mar 17, 2015

Secret Identities #2 is a story that is still evolving with likable characters, intriguing plot-lines and wonderfully conceived art.

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9.0
Secret Weapons #1

May 2, 2017

Secret Weapons #1 is another winner for Valiant with a beautifully told and illustrated debut that speaks to the heart of what makes a hero a hero.

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8.0
Seven to Eternity #1

Sep 21, 2016

'Seven to Eternity' #1 introduces us to another wild world from the mind of Rick Remender. It's brought to vivid life by Jerome Opena and Matt Hollingsworth. This story of sacrifice, honor, and revenge set in a fantastical and magical realm plays to the creators strengths, albeit a little rushed. Remender is chomping at the bit to tell this tale and it's worth every penny just to stare awestruck at each and every panel. This is highly recommended.

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8.0
Shaft: Imitation of Life #2

Mar 10, 2016

Walker's best asset is Shaft himself. A larger-than-life figure you can't take your eyes off of. It'll be interesting to see how this missing persons case will linger going forward to the two remaining issues. The art is incredible and Walker knows his hero so well, 'Shaft' is an engaging series that deserves to be read.

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10
Shirtless Bear Fighter #1

Jun 22, 2017

'Shirtless Bear Fighter' is ridiculously awesome and unabashedly silly. Call it a parody of action comics that take themselves way too seriously or an homage to movie hero tropes but either way this is an irresistibly good time. Sit back, relax and watch Shirtless fistfight bears, eat flapjacks, fly his bear-plane, and kick ass while completely butt-naked. It's the conspiracy comedy action thriller with rampaging bears and a burly man with a pixelated wanker you didn't know you needed. 

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10
Spencer & Locke #1

Apr 12, 2017

'Spencer & Locke' took a risk, openly integrated the concept of a modern classic comic strip and it works. It just works. The 'what if' of a boy and his stuffed animal grew up to be a detective and his imaginary partner is executed without irony or played as a gimmick. It's a dark comedy that David Pepose lovingly portrays as a serious crime drama and it's irresistible. So far, Action Lab has another great title in their stable making this a must-buy. 

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10
Spencer & Locke #2

Jun 2, 2017

'Spencer & Locke' is far more than its premise suggests. It might be a love letter to 'Calvin and Hobbes' and 'Sin City' but it stands on its own as a police procedural murder mystery. Locke is a man obsessed, looking for justice while still battling his own demons. This is a unique hard-boiled crime thriller that is every bit as haunting and riveting as the genre implies.

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10
Spencer & Locke #3

Jun 23, 2017

'Spencer & Locke' continues to impress with new revelations and the upping of action, violence, and psychological drama. To say there isn't anything like this in comics right now would be an understatement. Pepose, Santiago, and Smith have delivered a multi-layered tour de force of a thriller. It takes your expectations and blows them away. 'Spencer & Locke' is an unexpected thrill that must be read. 

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7.0
Strayer #1

Jan 27, 2016

AfterShock has another winning title with a world of potential. Jordan, Gedeon, and Bonvillain have given birth to what could be the new pub's finest adventure series. Despite some rough spots, 'Strayer' sets the stage for the further exploits of a mysterious mage and her hero for hire in a world that could use some saving.

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7.0
Suicide Squad Most Wanted: El Diablo #1

Aug 12, 2016

In Suicide Squad Most Wanted: El Diablo and Boomerangyou get two stories for the price of one. Considering that both have a lot going for them and make you want to read more I'd say it's not only a bargain but well worth your time.

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10
Superwoman #1

Aug 13, 2016

Jimenez, Santorelli, and Cox have set the bar high after this debut issue. They've made 'Superwoman' #1 worth the buy at twice the price and I don't say that lightly. It has great action, chemistry and optimism between Lana and Lois, a shocking cliffhanger, and a sense of awe-inspiring superhero magic. Jimenez is Big Papi clobbering a grand slam 600 feet into the air with this issue. Don't miss it.

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8.0
Switch #1

Oct 13, 2015

This younger version of 'Witchblade' reinvigorates the Top Cow staple with new energy and fun characters. 'Switch' takes the sense of wonder from young comic characters like Spider-Man and Ms. Marvel and transcends it to a whole new world that will make the series a must-buy for new and old readers. Sejic's singular voice carries the story with razor-sharp focus and amazing visuals.

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8.0
Switch #2

Nov 29, 2015

'Switch' belongs in the conversation of other books geared toward young adults like Black Canary, Batgirl, and Ms. Marvel. Sejic has reinvigorated the Witchblade brand with a likable new bearer and world building that is primed for action. 'Switch' is a winner.

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8.0
Switch #3

Apr 21, 2016

'Switch' #3 may have been late to print but it was worth waiting for. The rise of Mary as the new Witchblade continues to be endearing, funny, and most of all action-packed. The extended world building is growing organically with wonderful mentors for Mary. As fun an origin story as you'll find in comics. Now give me more!

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8.0
Swords of Sorrow #1

May 6, 2015

Swords of Sorrow #1 sets the stage for a sprawling adventure that will involve a lot of heroes and villains that promises to be exciting and groundbreaking. Grab issue one and buckle up it's going to be a wild ride.

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8.0
Swords of Sorrow #2

Jun 4, 2015

Simone's characters all come across well, but there's no denying Red Sonja's star power shines brightest in Swords of Sorrow. Perhaps the most well-known of Dynamite's female pulp stars, the she-devil is a funny and relentless warrior. If you like adventure and cinematic action then get on Swords of Sorrow now.

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8.0
Swords of Sorrow #4

Aug 13, 2015

'Swords of Sorrow' #4 sets the table for the expected showdown against the Prince's forces by finally bringing together all the hand-picked warriors. The series is picking up steam as Gail Simone raises the tension and prepares readers for one wild finish to this fun and exciting event.

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8.0
Swords of Sorrow #5

Sep 9, 2015

'Swords of Sorrow' continues to shine amid a deluge of converging characters and storylines with Gail Simone keeping it all together with the strength of a thousand amazons. She lays it all out on a map quite literally and that helps to navigate the final march between the tens of valorous women in a collision course with the Prince's minions. No matter what issue six should be a barn burner.

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8.0
Swords of Sorrow #6

Oct 17, 2015

‘Swords of Sorrow' may be over, but it was an event that needed to happen. These great characters earned their place among any at the Big Two and some predate even those. Does the event always succeed? No, but there's more goodness to derive from it than not. Simone's great ambitions pay off by bringing together so many talented women and creating a platform for overlooked characters that prove themselves to be as compelling as any in comics. As for issue six, Simone smoothly ramps up the tension and action to conclude the epic battle between good and evil that satisfies while defining what it means to be a female warrior.

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8.0
Swords of Sorrow #6

Oct 15, 2015

'Swords of Sorrow' may be over, but it was an event that needed to happen. These great characters earned their place among any at the Big Two and some predate even those. Does the event always succeed? No, but there's more goodness to derive from it than not. Simone's great ambitions pay off by bringing together so many talented women and creating a platform for overlooked characters that prove themselves to be as compelling as any in comics. As for issue six, Simone smoothly ramps up the tension and action to conclude the epic battle between good and evil that satisfies while defining what it means to be a female warrior.

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8.0
Swords of Sorrow: Black Sparrow & Lady Zorro #1

Jun 25, 2015

Swords of Sorrow: Black Sparrow/Lady Zorro is a special one-shot indeed. It brings together two formidable heroes without an ounce of cynicism or competitive rivalry between them. The two work fantastically as a team to fend off threats throughout the issue. If this doesn't make you want to pick up past issues of the respective heroes I don't know what will.

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8.0
Swords of Sorrow: Dejah Thoris & Irene Adler #1

Jun 18, 2015

Leah Moore has brought Adler to life and made this adventurer a vital part of the story with a smoothly engrossing introduction. With that out of the way, the rest of this short series should be more action-filled. The cliffhanger certainly proposes some interesting twists and if issue one is any indication, Thoris and Adler are in some very capable hands.

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8.0
Swords of Sorrow: Dejah Thoris & Irene Adler #2

Jul 3, 2015

Moore and Manna have put together a smart and exciting but all too short miniseries. It's one of the best-written tie-ins to the main Swords of Sorrow storyline. This penultimate issue sets up what's sure to be an incredible conclusion.

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7.0
Swords of Sorrow: Masquerade & Kato #1

May 27, 2015

Despite being a little predictable (we know they're going to get along and work together), Swords of Sorrow: Masquerade & Kato #1 is an exciting one-shot that wonderfully sets the stage for their collaboration going forward.

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10
Swords of Sorrow: Pantha & Jane Porter #1

Aug 26, 2015

You can set aside your preconceived notions about strong female characters and just enjoy these action heroes on a rudimentary level. It may not add much to the overall Swords of Sorrow arc, but it stands on its own. It garners five stars not because it's perfect but because it's perfectly entertaining.

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8.0
Swords of Sorrow: Vampirella & Jennifer Blood #3

Jul 13, 2015

Swords of Sorrow: Vampirella & Jennifer Blood#3 succeeds as the best in the series because both characters are at their best. Blood and Vampirella make a great team who aren't afraid of anyone or anything. It makes for an exciting, white-knuckle read that punches you in the gut and keeps you asking for more.

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7.0
Swords of Sorrow: Vampirella & Jennifer Blood #4

Aug 21, 2015

Admittedly, the ending wasn't very surprising except for Chastity's reveal. We know Vampirella and Jennifer Blood finally join up with the other awesome ladies of 'Swords of Sorrow' in the main book. It was just a matter of seeing how and not if they would come out ahead. Yet, it doesn't detract from the exciting action, humor and camraderie from these two very different but equally compelling characters.

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8.0
The Archies (One Shot) #1

May 25, 2017

This double-sized one-shot of The Archies is as good as any 'Behind The Music' special from VH-1. Albeit, without any of the drugs and sexwe've grown accustomed to from other bands. This is a good time made for Archie fans that won't disappoint. Like a lot of bandsthat just start out, there's always a clash of egos and misunderstandings. Archie and the gang have endured in all their iterations because at their core they want to do the right thing and eventually find a way. It's this optimism that keeps Archie, Betty, Veronica, and Jughead as popular as ever.

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8.5
The Black Hood #2

Mar 25, 2015

The Black Hood is storytelling from street level. It shows that gripping tales of heroism or anti-heroism doesn't need powers or capes or morally straight characters. It's a primordial instinct to find justice in a way that the means justify the ends. Grab a copy and enjoy crime noir at its best.

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8.0
The Black Hood #3

Apr 22, 2015

Like the titular hero,The Black Hoodis finding itself, not settling to be just another vigilante book. It's just as concerned with the person beneath the mask as it is with the search for justice. Hettinger is flawed and scarred, certainly not the face of a superhero, but one that is riveting and that's what makesThe Black Hoodso compelling.

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8.0
The Black Hood #6

Oct 27, 2015

'The Black Hood' takes a nice sunny detour to give Greg a chance to heal with Chaykin joining Swierczynski on this breezy but compelling one-shot. A new setting doesn't stop trouble from reaching Greg and the story unfolds like a Hitchcock thriller. Dark Circle Comics is hitting all cylinders right now thanks to books like this.

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8.0
The Black Hood #7

Nov 26, 2015

'The Black Hood' is about a man dealing with demons on a constant basis. He gives in to his impulses, succumbing to what makes him feel alive and relevant. Swierczynski and Gaydos make this title a joy to read because they respect their hero enough to let him grow, fail, succeed, and fail again. It makes for an exciting crime drama to read. Welcome back, gentleman.

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8.0
The Black Hood #8

Jan 18, 2016

'The Black Hood' is a down and dirty street tale of a determined cop turned vigilante that is doing everything he can to make the streets safer even if it kills him. And it almost does. It's this type of realistic portrayal that makes Hettinger a compelling figure for everything he does right and everything he does wrong. He's no all-powerful gun-toting savior and that's okay. He might be misguided but damn is it gripping.

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6.0
The Black Hood #9

Feb 21, 2016

The Black Hood continues to be a bit of quandary. Greg, the recovering drug addict/policeman/vigilante, has some serious growing pains as a street level hero. As often as he gets beat up it's a miracle he's alive and able to solve cases at the same time. If this is suppose to be a realistic portrayal of a regular man taking justice into his own hands then we're seeing everything that could go wrong with such an idea. It's both refreshing and frustrating to see a flawed hero with good intentions but perhaps ill-equipped for fighting crime in a mask. Our hero Greg is no superman just a scrappy cop who can take a punch. The series will need to move along Greg's evolution, making him stronger and smarter, in order to give readers a reason to come back.

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8.0
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #3

May 27, 2015

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is the real deal. A methodical journey into the darkest reaches of magic and horror with a sweet budding witch at the center. It still retains some of the high school drama we're accustomed to, but the stakes are so much higher and the thrills much more genuine.

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8.0
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #4

Jul 28, 2015

'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' #4 explores the point of no return for Sabrina with heavy sadness and realistic grief. It sets up the next issue perfectly with a single panel at the end. Yet, it's enough to dread what happens next. 'Sabrina' just keeps getting better and better.

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8.0
The Circle (2016) #1

Dec 21, 2016

'The Circle' shows a lot of promise. Clark invests a lot of time in presenting his characters with the care and respect they deserve. Zherno displays a quirky art style that fits the story well. It's an easy new title to get lost into and appreciate. The best part? The darker elements of the story are right around the corner. Now would be a great time to get on board with 'The Circle.'

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8.0
The Circle (2016) #2

Jan 24, 2017

'The Circle' is an entertaining supernatural teen drama that is finding its groove. The next issue, as with any new series, is the make-or-break point with issue three. So far Clark and Zherno are hitting all the right notes building an intriguing story.

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8.0
The Doorman #1

Mar 30, 2016

'The Doorman' has a lot going for it. It's a refreshing enjoyable and entertaining interstellar adventure laced with danger, conspiracies, and mystery. It's something you can dive into right away and keep wanting more. The diverse leads are also a welcomed change but most of all 'The Doorman' is a blast.

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8.0
The Doorman #2

Apr 27, 2016

'The Doorman' #2 gives Heavy Metal another fantastic sci-fi adventure along with 'Interceptor' that is pure entertainment. Rahal, Kibblesmith, Goode and Cooper have a winner on their hands. It feels like a true extension of the first issue filled with more action, humor, and clever twists. Just when you think you have it all figured out, there's another dramatic turn that will drive you nuts because you'll have to wait another month. Make sure you add this to your pull list so you don't miss it.

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10
The Dregs #1

Jan 26, 2017

'The Dregs' #1 is a winning debut that takes an unlikely protagonist on a mysterious journey that also reflects the ugliness in our own world. Masterfully crafted with a nod to crime noir of the past, Nadler and Thompson have created a true detective story that crackles with hard-boiled fiction and social criticism. It would be a crime to miss out on this title.

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10
The Dregs #2

Mar 3, 2017

'The Dregs' is a rock-solid story with innovative art and classic crime thriller bones. It sheds an unflinching light on the dilemma of homelessness while finding dignity in its hero. The only thing that would make this better is revisiting that stunning opening from the first issue and examine that some more as I'm sure they will. Black Mask has a winner on their hands.

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10
The Dregs #3

May 4, 2017

'The Dregs' is certainly one of those hidden gems that you find from word-of-mouth and cherish as your secret treasure. It deserves so much more than to be a selfish delight and should be shouted from the rooftops. Here's an expertly told story from a passionate team of writers and artists that have more on their minds with a socially aware comic that works as hard-boiled pulp.

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7.5
The Empty #1

Feb 10, 2015

The Empty #1 is off to an excellent beginning to what could become a great adventure. It's reminiscent of Jeff Lemire's work with thoughtful, intelligent characters under extraordinary circumstances. The art is absolutely wonderful and worth a read. Do yourself a favor and check it out.

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10
The Fade Out #12

Jan 8, 2016

‘The Fade Out' ends in a sudden and blunt way it won't offer any satisfaction and warm fuzzy feelings. Especially because Charlie, drunk and a hot mess, cowers under the bright lights of Hollywood as if the town is laughing at him mocking him. Feeding him the truth without justice or resolution but keeping him alive to work in this cesspool of humanity again. No slow fade out or prologue delivered and that's the perfect conclusion to this bleak tale. It's not the ending we wanted but it's the ending we deserve.

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8.0
The Goddamned #1

Nov 14, 2015

‘Before the Flood' is the prequel to the infamous great cleansing flood of biblical legend and the fact that Aaron's take on this is framed as a young Clint Eastwood seeking something in a dark desolate wasteland is enough to make it easily accessible and thrilling. It's got enough visceral delight in its brutality thanks to Guera's amazing visuals that ‘The Goddamned' is a must-buy.

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8.0
The Goddamned #1

Nov 12, 2015

'Before the Flood' is the prequel to the infamous great cleansing flood of biblical legend and the fact that Aaron's take on this is framed as a young Clint Eastwood seeking something in a dark desolate wasteland is enough to make it easily accessible and thrilling. It's got enough visceral delight in its brutality thanks to Guera's amazing visuals that 'The Goddamned' is a must-buy.

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8.0
The Hangman #1

Nov 5, 2015

I'll admit 'The Hangman' won't be for everyone. The pacing is quick, perhaps too quick as it leads to one reveal and then it's over with a mysterious cliffhanger. It reads more like a prelude than a fully realized issue but it's so well done, even in a fleeting way, I can forgive that and look forward to more. 'The Hangman' #1 does what great first issues should do and that's make you want more.

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10
The Hangman #2

Jan 23, 2016

‘The Hangman' #2 does the impossible as it improves on the first issue while taking on a familiar plot and making it fresh with great dialogue and haunting images. If you're looking for a grimy supernatural horror story of a reluctant angel of death sent to earth directly on Satan's orders to kill society's worst then this is the book for you.

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8.0
The Hangman #3

Mar 9, 2016

There's no doubt that Archie wanted to make Dark Circle its more adult and mature-themed line of comics. Thankfully, with the help of 'The Hangman,' Dark Circle has become Archie's version of DC's Vertigo Comics with a slick, edgy story that draws you in every month. It's a little twisted and dark but also fresh and compelling. It's become worth adding to your pull list so you don't miss it.  

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9.0
The Humans #3

Jan 10, 2015

The theme may seem heavy and it can be but this is after all a book for mature readers and The Humans is not just entertainment, but moving and compelling in ways you wouldn't expect from sequential art. All the more reason to add this to your pull list.

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8.0
The Hunt #1

Jul 20, 2016

'The Hunt' takes a unique approach with Irish mythology and modern setting. Lorimer has put together a supernatural story with good bones that intrigues enough to want more. The art perfectly captures the terrifying tension from the beginning and hovers throughout. 'The Hunt' could develop into the best horror comic with an even better follow-up issue. It's worth getting on board now.

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8.0
The Hunt #2

Aug 18, 2016

Lorimer's use of Irish mythology gives 'The Hunt' a unique set of mystical rules to follow. It becomes more intriguing with every issue and the worst is yet to come for young Orla. The story is gaining momentum and I can't wait to see what happens next.

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8.0
The Hunt #3

Oct 2, 2016

'The Hunt' escalates the conflict between Orla and the dark forces that have haunted her life. A grandmother in serious condition, a kidnapped brother, a precarious situation hanging by a magic spell, and Orla's deep into enemy territory. 'The Hunt' keeps getting better and the payoff is right around the corner. It's a beautifully illustrated story of suspense that deserves your attention.

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8.0
The Hunt #4

Nov 17, 2016

'The Hunt' pays off in issue four where Orla lets loose and embraces her power. Readers are rewarded with some pushback against the Sluagh, ratcheting up the suspense and action as the first arc continues to build into a crescendo. 'The Hunt' has found its footing and is delivering in spades.

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8.0
The Hunt #5

Dec 21, 2016

'The Hunt' has opened a new realm of magic and mythology based on Irish lore and Lorimer has barely scratched the surface of what's possible. This is a great introduction to a supernatural world that is distinct and suspenseful. Whatever shortcomings in this mini are saved by the brilliant art and composition. I highly recommend it and worth every penny to pick up the trade when it arrives.

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10
The Legend of Wonder Woman #1

Jan 14, 2016

'The Legend of Wonder Woman' is the origin story for a new generation. It holds on to the classic beginning while exploring her growth as a young princess discovering her power. De Liz and Dillon have poured their hearts on the page giving this limited series an extraordinary start that is intoxicating and fantastic.

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10
The Legend of Wonder Woman #2

Feb 16, 2016

If you love Wonder Woman or want to fall in love with her all over again, then 'The Legend of Wonder Woman' is the book for you. A deserving retelling that demonstrates what made Diana the noble warrior of great character that she is with a compelling all-ages approach that works on every level. Buy the digital chapters, buy the print edition, just get your hands on it and savor what a great superhero comic should be. 

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6.0
The Shield (2015) #1

Oct 21, 2015

'The Shield' #1 didn't live up to expectations but the DNA of a great series is there. A reborn American hero embodied by a more muscular version of Jessica Chastain has a ton of potential. With some character development and cleaner layouts Victoria Adams could become the face of Dark Circle Comics and the flagship book it deserves to be.

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6.0
The Shield (2015) #1

Oct 23, 2015

‘The Shield' #1 didn't live up to expectations but the DNA of a great series is there. A reborn American hero embodied by a more muscular version of Jessica Chastain has a ton of potential. With some character development and cleaner layouts Victoria Adams could become the face of Dark Circle Comics and the flagship book it deserves to be.

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8.0
The Totally Awesome Hulk #7

Jun 24, 2016

'Totally Awesome Hulk' #7 can be seen as a lot of things. A necessary but all-consuming showcase for Banner amid a Civil War II tie-in that leaves Cho as a cameo in his own title. On the other hand, there is a sense of peace and happiness to Banner that has been earned and maybe won't be for long but seeing his burden lifted and his tortured soul emancipated is a revelation. TAH #7 is a love note to fans of Bruce Banner and I for one cherish it.

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10
The Walking Dead: The Alien #1

Apr 23, 2016

'The Walking Dead: The Alien' is a rare treat that honors its source but with a different voice. It seamlessly supplements TWD with an original gripping story that deserves to be read. With the name-your-own-price strategy, there's no excuse to miss this great one-shot from Panel Syndicate.

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8.0
They're Not Like Us #2

Jan 28, 2015

The Voice's diatribe about being different and essentially saying, "they're not like us,” could just as well be Stephenson telling whoever picks us this book. It is different and unlike anything on shelves right now. The series is just getting started and the writer is challenging the reader to buckle up and prepare for something entirely new. We are Syd and perhaps we too have a right to be a little bad.

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7.0
They're Not Like Us #3

Feb 28, 2015

Going into the make-or-break issue four I hope to see some more character development and a larger sense of where the book is going. The execution is great, but the substance needs more fleshing out. I want to like this title more, but I need more concrete reasons than the cynical premise and beautiful art.

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10
Tokyo Ghost #1

Sep 16, 2015

'Tokyo Ghost' has energy and visual invention that is so fully realized and dazzling that it thrashes with a punk-rock beat. The creators conjured up an exhilarating, deranged and exhausting tour de force that highlight each of their strengths. It also wraps a beating heart of tenderness in one of the most epic action extravaganzas in comics. Get this book now.

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10
Tokyo Ghost #2

Oct 22, 2015

Remender's biting social commentary about media consumption and a desensitized society is worn on the book's sleeve while Deb and Led represent a sliver of hope in their humanity.The contrast in storytelling from issue one to two is dramatic but essential to develop a stronger narrative and it succeeds in every way. Murphy and Hollingsworth are a formidable art team as any in the history of the medium. 'Tokyo Ghost' is one of the year's best already and deserves to read religiously.

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10
Tokyo Ghost #2

Oct 23, 2015

Remender's biting social commentary about media consumption and a desensitized society is worn on the book's sleeve while Deb and Led represent a sliver of hope in their humanity.The contrast in storytelling from issue one to two is dramatic but essential to develop a stronger narrative and it succeeds in every way. Murphy and Hollingsworth are a formidable art team as any in the history of the medium. ‘Tokyo Ghost' is one of the year's best already and deserves to read religiously.

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10
Tokyo Ghost #3

Nov 20, 2015

We can't tell just yet what any of this means. Is Gardens of Tokyo as perfect and serene as it appears or is there a dark side? We know it has one creepy guy lurking about. It almost doesn't matter because Deb and Teddy are so well written that you fall under their spell. Remender is locked into his feelings and he lets it fly, baring his soul through Deb making the most cynical asshole believe true love, however fractured, can be redeemed.

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10
Tokyo Ghost #5

Jan 24, 2016

Debbie is torn apart emotionally throughout, Dent is a single-minded monster and the world will never be the same again. It's a hell of a cliffhanger to leave fans on because the next arc doesn't arrive until the spring. It gives Remender and company more time to think of new ways to blow our minds when 'Tokyo Ghost' continues. 

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8.0
Tokyo Ghost #6

Apr 25, 2016

'Tokyo Ghost' is back and bolder, crazier, and more gratuitous than ever. We even get clarity about the title but this cyperpunk Blade Runner-on acid series is just getting started in its second arc. Gone is the peaceful splendor of Tokyo Gardens and we're right in the thick of the maelstrom with Dent mowing down everything in his wake. Make sure to get on board of the crazy train and add this to your pull list.

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8.0
Tokyo Ghost #8

Jul 10, 2016

'Tokyo Ghost' is the best comic you're not reading. It has some of the best work from Remender, Murphy, and Hollingsworth. The emotional gut-punch in this issue mixed with incredible action is why this series deserves more eyeballs. This is just the latest round of dynamic storytelling that makes 'Tokyo Ghost' a must-buy for serious comic book fans.

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9.0
Tokyo Ghost #9

Aug 5, 2016

'Tokyo Ghost' is a fantastic subversive powerhouse of science fiction that should find more readers as a trade. Those of us lucky enough to enjoy the majesty of Remender's wild script and Murphy/Hollingsworth's magnificent art on a monthly basis will have to wait anxiously for the epic final issue. The fate of the world will be decided between magical analogwarriors and technologically brainwashed minions of a madman. Comics doesn't get any better than this.

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8.0
Tokyo Ghost #10

Sep 5, 2016

'Tokyo Ghost' comes to a solid if not predictable end. Overall, you won't find a more exciting thought-provoking read than this limited series. It should do blockbuster business as a trade where it can all be soaked up at once providing one long riveting story to lucky readers. When you get an all-star line-up of talent to make a comic book it should exceed every expectation. 'Tokyo Ghost' has done that in spades.

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10
Tomboy #1

Nov 17, 2015

'Tomboy' is being marketed to the same audience of 'Batgirl' and 'Spider-Gwen' but it really skews towards the older young adult crowd. Goodwin and Action Lab have a hit in the making. The "warning" on the cover says it all: "This book contains violence, blood, murder, madness, and magical girls." It doesn't get any better than that.

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8.0
Tomboy #2

Dec 10, 2015

reveals the mystery is much deeper and widespread than previously thought. It's not clear if Addison's magic girl rage is real or her mind playing tricks, but her attack has brought other players out of the shadows. With great art and an evolving conspiracy, 'Tomboy' is becoming a more complex series than its debut alluded to.

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8.0
Tomboy #3

Feb 5, 2016

Addison takes in a lot of new information this issue. She won't see her Grandpa the same way going forward and now her friend is also in danger. Usually, issues 3 and 4 are make or break for new comics and 'Tomboy' #3 passes the test with flying colors. We get some answers while establishing a new narrative that changes the scope of the series. If you haven't added 'Tomboy' to your pull list you're missing out on one of Action Lab's best books.

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10
Tomboy #4

Mar 3, 2016

'Tomboy' is a sophisticated, smart, thriller that will chill you to the bone. Goodwin spins the magical girl trope on its head and turns her into a possibly halucinating vigilante killer. The art belies the deadly motives behind the characters on the page and that makes for a compelling read. Get 'Tomboy,' talk about, share it, and enjoy it with twisted glee.

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8.0
Tomboy #5

May 25, 2016

The return of 'Tomboy' puts us back under Goodwin's spell. Jessie's in danger but can Addison get to her in time? Will she be exposed putting herself and family in great peril? If you haven't gotten aboard this great series, now would be a good time to start reading 'Tomboy.'

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10
Tomboy #6

Aug 10, 2016

The quality of 'Tomboy' is not in doubt. It's one of the best comics, horror, fantasy, or otherwise. This book deserves more readers, more eyeballs taking in this masterfully conceived story. Goodwin has all the makings of joining the ranks of Gail Simone, Kelly Sue DeConnick, and Ed Brubaker. Get a copy or two, tell a friend, tweet about it, whatever you have to do to get 'Tomboy' in more hands.

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10
Tomboy #7

Sep 3, 2016

Following a powerful issue with another strong issue is no easy task unless you're Mia Goodwin and Michelle Wong. They followed with the perfect epilogue to the devasting last issue. The beats within this chapter were perfect, no victory lap for Addison, some revelations to existing characters and new storylines to sink your teeth into. Gail Simone, Ed Brubaker, Brian Azzarello, and Kelly Sue DeConinck are some of the best writers in comics. Goodwin is slowly making her case that she belongs among them. 'Tomboy' is dark and addictive.

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10
Tomboy #8

Sep 30, 2016

I don't know how well 'Tomboy' sells but I'm sure it isn't enough. In some ways, I want to keep this comic to myself and savor the joy of an indie book that isn't part of some great big conglomerate but mine alone. However, no matter how selfish I may be 'Tomboy' deserves to sell out each month requiring second and third printings. It's that good. It's smart, immersive, disturbing, and uniquely original.

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10
Tomboy #9

Dec 29, 2016

I don't know if I can shout any louder that 'Tomboy' is one of the best comics currently in print. Issue nine exemplifies all that makes it so good. The dark bloody nature of the series coupled with thoughtful and creative storytelling. Goodwin rewards fans with the origin of Addison's powers and opens up an entire new set of circumstances going forward, adding layers of discoveries to digest. It was so good I read it twice. Do yourself a favor and pick up 'Tomboy' now.

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8.0
Tomboy #10

Feb 13, 2017

'Tomboy' is reaching the climatic confrontation we've been waiting for. Issue ten sets that up while dealing with the emotional turmoil between father and daughter, the act of vengeance of another father, and the forces that might bring Irene Trent to justice. As always, Goodwin and Wong bring their best. 

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10
Tomboy #11

Jun 15, 2017

'Tomboy' #11 is a gift to readers who've followed Addison's supernatural adventure to the bloody end. It's a hidden gem of a series that deserves more eyeballs. Goodwin and Wong have redefined the magical girl genre with a dark, stunning, and savage tale. 'Tomboy' is a winner. Pick it up, tell a friend, talk about it, share it, let people know just how awesome this book is. 

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8.0
Transference #1

Jul 10, 2015

The pace is smooth and quick, but the development of Coulton, for example, is hampered because of it. We're likely going to get to know him better as the series progresses and as usual Moreci's skill at dialogue helps to reveal some of his character. Still, minor quibbles aside, Transference #1 is high concept with great ambitions that make it worth adding to your pull list to see where this sci-fi/spy thriller takes you.

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8.0
Trespasser #2

Apr 15, 2016

With all that said, I still have a ton of questions. What happened to the world? Why can't they just go into town for supplies? Is the alien they ate giving Hector blisters? What does the new alien want? What's up his daughter's eye? It's this desire to know more while being completely petrified that makes 'Trespasser' a cleverly paced suspense story.

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8.0
Trinity (2016) #1

Sep 26, 2016

Trinity is just the type of slow jam Rebirth needed to rebuild the relationships between DC greatest heroes. We expected great art from Manapul but he also gives an earnest and endearing character-driven story that cements the future of Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman as a team. It's unclear where the book goes from here but with Manapul at the helm I'm willing to find out.

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8.0
Uncanny: Season Two #1

Mar 31, 2015

Uncanny Season Two is off to a great start and definitely deserves a place on your pull list.

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8.0
Vampirella (2016) #1

Mar 2, 2016

'Vampirella' #1 is full of flirty sexy wit with a new spin on hunting monsters in a social media-crazed L.A. Leth gives Vampirella a fresh fun approach complete with a new look while still fighting evil forces that surround her. This is one Dynamite relaunch that is easy to jump on and enjoy from the beginning.

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8.0
Vampirella (2016) #2

Apr 8, 2016

'Vampirella' under Leth has taken on a mysterious and comedic turn with its horror legacy still in intact. Casallos and Pinta help bring it all to life with dynamic art and layouts. If you like your horror-comedy that's fun, well-written, and illustrated with bravado then this is the comic for you.

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10
Velvet #11

Aug 13, 2015

Velvet is Brubaker and Epting at their best. Fans of their work wouldn't expect anything else. They deliver to bring another thriller to life that's smart, sexy and engaging. The new arc is off to a great start and one that shouldn't be missed.  

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8.5
Vigilante: Southland #1

Oct 28, 2016

Vigilante: Southland #1 is the first chapter of what hopefully will be an immersive mystery story full of intrigue, danger, and crime fighting action. We get a taste of the conspiracy aspect of the story in the debut issue as well as Donny's newfound purpose to find justice for Dorrie. It hits some familiar beats but it's only the first step in this re-imagined tale of the ‘Vigilante' legacy told in a new exciting contemporary way. Don't lose out on this solid debut.

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8.0
Violent Love #1

Nov 11, 2016

Barberie and Santos have my attention. A great piece of pulp to get lost in at just the right moment. We're able to spiral out of control along with Daisy behind the safety of a colorful narrator leading the way. There's still a lot more to find out and 'Violent Love' has me hooked. 

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10
Virgil OGN #1

Sep 11, 2015

Orlando describes the story as "queersploitative" and it does harken to a time of exploitative film like 'The Harder They Come' but the themes are firmly relevant in the now. 'Virgil' is a straightforward revenge thriller ripe with socio-political undertones that ispowerful, extremely violent and emotionally ravaging.

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9.0
Winnebago Graveyard #1

Jun 2, 2017

'Winnebago Graveyard' is an unapologetic horror throwback that has one goal in mind: to freak you the hell out. Niles and Sampson make it work by shocking you at first and keeping you on edge from that point on. It's an atmospheric mind-f*ck that will raise the hairs on the back of your neck. This is just the beginning, expect a wild ride into some terrifying territory.

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7.5
Witchblade #180

Feb 14, 2015

Witchblade, during this arc and with this creative team, is off to a great start. It's an engaging story that's accessible to new readers especially with the quick recap in every issue. Get on board now so not to miss the conclusion of what's sure to miss a seminal event in Witchblade history.

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8.0
Wonder Woman '77 Meets the Bionic Woman #1

Dec 9, 2016

'Wonder Woman '77 Meets The Bionic Woman' is not only a blast from the past but a reminder of what makes superhero comics so great. It's a chance to escape and get lost in the daring exploits of heroes who just get the job done, not for themselves or for the glory, they simply want to make the world a safer place. These themes are timeless and this comic celebrates the best in all of us. Read this book!

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8.0
Wonder Woman '77 Meets the Bionic Woman #2

Feb 3, 2017

'Wonder Woman '77 Meets The Bionic Woman' is moving right along without feeling rushed giving our heroines time to gel while kicking ass. The high-stakes and the villain are revealed giving the series some momentum going into the next chapter. It's a solid fun read that makes comics enjoyable again. 

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8.0
Wonder Woman '77 Meets the Bionic Woman #4

May 16, 2017

'Wonder Woman '77 Meets the Bionic Woman' continues to be a fan's dream. Issue four introduces us to some old friends while setting up the villains' evil plan with a climatic ending. If you love these amazing women from an era gone by then this is your sweet spot. Mangels and company give you what you want with a beautifully conceived adventure totally in keeping with the series it's based on. 

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9.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #1

Jun 23, 2016

'Wonder Woman' #1 demonstrates a level of reverence and understanding of the iconic Amazon that harkens back to long before the New 52. She is graceful but fierce when needed and the epitome of class and calmness. Rucka has created a Wonder Woman we can be proud of and under the artistic hands of Sharp and Martin she's never looked better. The stage is set for more action and adventure with a debut issue that hooks you in.

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9.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #2

Jul 15, 2016

Fans of Wonder Woman deserve quality like this on a regular basis. Thankfully, we get Rucka, Sharp, Martin, Scott, and Fajardo every two weeks to fill our desire for sharply written stories and industry-leading art. One of the most iconic heroes of all-time warrants nothing less. As tone deaf as DC Comics can be with some of their decisions, I can say they are doing Wonder Woman justice with this creative dream team.

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10
Wonder Woman (2016) #4

Aug 16, 2016

With titles like 'Wonder Woman,' it's no wonder sales of DC Comics have improved. When you have talented passionate creators churning out nearly flawless, well-conceived stories, that go to the heart of the character, it's easy to fall in love with DC again. Rucka, Scoot, Fajardo, are doing just that making WW a must-read and a must-see. 

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6.0
Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1

Jun 10, 2016

I don't blame Rucka for this issue being mired in prologue. It's the directive from DC for 'Rebirth.' With a team this talented, it'll be exciting to see what they can do once the handcuffs are off. Fans should pick up the new ongoing series in spite of 'Rebirth' not because of it. There are some great stories ahead from Rucka and Sharp and that's all you need to know.

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10
X-O Manowar (2017) #2

Apr 27, 2017

'X-O Manowar' is the sure-fire hit of the year that has established itself after only two issues as the blockbuster event comic to beat. If you like non-stop action, incredible art, and a kickass space adventure this is the comic you've been waiting for. Valiant has set the bar for high-octane storytelling.

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10
X-O Manowar (2017) #3

May 30, 2017

X-O Manowar #3 is worth buying at twice the price. It's a summer blockbuster in your hands that should be on your pull list at any cost. Kindt and company have a no-holds-barred adventure worthy of praise for everything from script to lettering. This is a no-brainer of a win for readers.

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6.0
Xena: Warrior Princess #1

Apr 15, 2016

'Xena: Warrior Princess' #1 unfortunately, disappoints to thrill but does have the potential to become more engaging with a more straight forward approach in the next issue. The disjointed storytelling makes it hard to grasp what's going on or why we should care about Xena and Gabrielle. Valentine has done better work and I expect she'll recover her stride in the issues to follow. I'm cautiously optimistic.

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