Herv St-Louis's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Comic Book Bin Reviews: 619
7.7Avg. Review Rating

6.0
52 #7

Jun 24, 2006

If every few week, readers are gonna be subjected to bad art, because of tight deadlines, than this does not bode well for this series. The inker and the pencillers style dont match at all. Lashleys work is in line with Jim Lee while Draxhall inks are fuller and darker. It felt like reading a bad Jim Lee clone. The editors should pay more attention and with whom they match when handing assignments.

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7.0
52 #9

Jul 9, 2006

The artwork was great this issue. It was easy to comprehend the action. The inker, is also above average and gave a soft and clean look to the characters and backgrounds.

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7.0
52 #39

Feb 8, 2007

The artwork is decent but not exceptional. Smith's characters are stiff and his proportions are off. They have very small heads, long torso and long legs. Smith tries to convey some emotions but most of his characters have the same open mouth-dazzled look.

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7.0
52 #40

Feb 11, 2007

Marvel and DC Comics really differ. When you look at a Marvel comic book with a no holds' fight, things are messy. Here Batista drew a clean fight, although much of it occurred under rain. Looking at this issue without a Marvel comic book next to it, the fight looks spectacular. But comparing it with say, New Avengers #27, it feels dry. Nevertheless, the storytelling here is solid and it's far easier to understand what was going on in this issue, than it was in the other title mentioned above.

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6.0
52 #41

Feb 18, 2007

Camuncoli's work doesn't look as good here as it has in other series. All the crispness of his lines is gone. His work requires solid inks not thin lines. Benitez's two page origin of Starfire looks wild but interesting.

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8.0
52 #42

Feb 25, 2007

This issue reunited Ralph Dibny with one of the artist who drew him often in the old Justice League Europe / Justice League International series. Although the cartoony look was right for Ralph Dibny, it also took away from the seriousness of this issue. Sure Dibny stretches, but he doesn't have to look weird when he does. At the very least, the team who brings us 52 every month is finally making this series entertaining.

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7.0
52 #49

Apr 13, 2007

The artwork was fine, but the inking was all over the place, with so many artists.

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7.0
Absolution #0

Jun 14, 2009

Viacavas work is solid, although not sexy and provocative. He delivers a straight story visually sticking closely to the story and not bringing innovation. Im not complaining. For a story stepped in the real world, its important to have something easy for the reader to identify with. He succeeds on that front. But I cant help wonder how this series would have looked if say the publisher had tried a crime noir feel.

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8.0
All New Atom #1

Jul 9, 2006

John Byrne is an action artist. With him telling the story, there is nothing that is unclear. His work is not as polished as it used to be, but still, it makes for a great adventure story. I really like the dynamism of his work. Scotts inking preserves much of Byrnes original work - or at least, tries to make it looks like Byrnes work of recent years.

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10
All-Star Batman #7

May 13, 2017

This is not the all-knowing Batman. He is a detective and does uses tricks to get his way with Poison Ivy, much like he did with Freeze. The resolution of this story not confusing as the one with Freeze. Its a good thing.

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7.5
All-Star Batman #8

May 13, 2017

I havent seen Giuseppi Camuncolis work in years. Im glad that hes back. His characters are always expressive and their grins are his signature. Mark Morales inks hims here. Its thicker lines and coarser than Sandra Hopes inking of his work in the Intimates. But its still remarkable and leads the story in directions easily. The page with the brain maze is one such gem.

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8.0
All-Star Batman #9

May 13, 2017

But for this Batman story, it is not part of the procedural detective case. The tory has to be resolved and Snyder has dispensed with such details and instead focused on the masquerade and legerdemain between Batman and Ras Al Ghul. So we know that Batman is a detective, and as Ras Al Ghul says, an illusionist. But we do not see the construction of the illusion which would have been enhanced if more time had been spent with the procedural detective legwork. Perhaps it would have taken an extra issue to tell this story and that may not have been what Snyder nor his editors wanted.

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8.0
All-Star Batman #11

Jun 24, 2017

I like Rafael Albuquerques work. It reminds me of Eduardo Barretos work but with thinner lines. The art is probably the one thing that made me most interested in the comic. It reminded me of the old 1950s Batman or the one from the Bruce Timms cartoon but with a bit more realism and crime noir.

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7.5
All-Star Batman #12

Aug 8, 2017

Both sets of artists bring Batman back to his crusader roots via pulpy artistry. This is a savory representation of Batman that differs from the Dark Knight ghoul.

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8.0
Amazing Spider-Man #551

Mar 24, 2008

Larrocas work is cinematic and captures the acrobatic feel of Spider-man well. Although this story was staged at night, it still looked quite bright as Spider-mans world should be. Thats excellent work on the colour palette.

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6.0
Amazing Spider-Man #555

Jun 7, 2008

Im not a fan of Chris Bachalo. His work is confusing and he doesnt seem to care about storytelling. I feel like he takes shortcuts when he draws both anatomy and both when he lays down a page. It seems that omitting certain elements is where he draws his unique style. While some like these omissions, they annoy me. His Spider-man, for example, is not overly muscular. He looks like a slob with a beer gut and a few extra pounds, instead of being a slim acrobat. Why does Spider-man look like that? Well, Bachalo doesnt like to draw waist lines. So his Spider-man looks like a couch potato without a v shaped torso. His Wolverine looks like a fat sumo wrestler without elbows joints. Elbow joints are a pain to draw for Bachalo.

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9.0
Amazing Spider-Man #567

Oct 28, 2008

There has been many times where I have not found Jimenez work suitable for Spider-man. Hes work feels better in epic stories with iconic characters. Spider-man is iconic, but not larger a god-like figure. Yet, Jimenez added enough grittiness to make this story entertaining visually and selling me on the idea that he could be a great Spider-man artist, if given the right story. This was his breakthrough and he impressed me.

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7.0
Amazing Spider-Man #582

Jan 7, 2009

I never knew that Mike McKones art could look like Phil Jimnezs. It was a good issue with great graphics and great inking where each character looked like who they were supposed to be, as opposed to generic stick men. McKone is welcome to draw more issues in the future.

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5.0
Amazing Spider-Man #583

Jan 20, 2009

The artwork for the Obama insert was bad. Surely, MarvelComics could have found a better artist that can capture Barack Obama. He doesnthave high cheekbones. But then again, all of Nauck's characters look the same! I felt thatBarry Kitsons part was weaker, now that Mark Farmer was assigned as his inker.If Marvel Comics could go back to the previous team that corrected theweaknesses of Kitsons work, his run on Spider-man would be priceless.

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8.0
Amazing Spider-Man #584

Jan 25, 2009

This is an interesting story that extends a few plotsintroduced before, while introducing new conflicts. The story was not complex,but then it seems like a stepping-stone for much more to come. Its intriguingenough for me to come by next week.

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7.0
Amazing Spider-Man #585

Feb 7, 2009

What saves this issue from being a bad one isthe art by Romita Jr. Hes just fantastic. He adds grace and escapism to thepages, elevating them to a greater story than the usual Spider-man story. It feelslike great art even if the story is poor. Thats saying a lot of the masterartist.

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7.5
Amazing Spider-Man #586

Feb 16, 2009

This issue should be a treat for readers that havecarefully read all issues of this series for the last year. A lot of hints weregiven as to the identity of Menace and those readers will feel vindicated. Forthe rest of us, it will be no more than another reveal issue where the bad villaintells her complicated backstory instead of eliminating the hero while the goingis good. Im not sure if Ill be interested in reading more about Menace whenthe story ends.

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man #587

Feb 22, 2009

Romita Jr. just continues to make me wish he would drawevery issue of Spider-man rather than anyone else. But then again, MarvelComics has to put him in all their big event series and they cant clone him.Too bad.

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7.0
Amazing Spider-Man #588

Mar 22, 2009

As for the plot, it too was rushed, but it wasgood enough and good wrap up of a long storyline. The ending with Menace andNorman Osborn is particularly interesting.

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9.5
Amazing Spider-Man #589

Mar 30, 2009

Ive never read anything by Van Lente before, although he seems to have been working in the comic book industry for some time. I really liked what I read this issue. The story was simple, yet complex. There was strong motivations and characterization. There was also some humour which is always good with Spider-man. I hope he returns for more stories.

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7.0
Amazing Spider-Man #594

May 22, 2009

I had to check the credits a few time. Kitson and McKones work is starting to look like Phil Jimenez. Im not complaining here. Kitson and McKone have been doing some great work in the past and Ive always enjoyed the rich textured pages filled with details and realistic renderings. But here, they are beginning to surpass their already excellent work. Morales' inks are thick enough to solidify Kitsons lines which are usually very thin. I like that. Hes also streamlining the characters visual to make them more recognizable as Spider-man characters. J. Jonas Jameson looks like himself. Aunt May looks like herself. The only character the team needs more work on is Mckone's Norman Osborn.

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9.0
Amazing Spider-Man #595

Jun 12, 2009

This new storyline is just in time to celebrate the 600th issue of the Amazing Spider-man. Part of me asks how Kelly will pull of the confrontation between Norman Osborn and Spider-man without detracting from the overall game plan of the Dark Reign storyline affecting all Marvel Comics. Still, it was a good build up issue that concentrated on the characters and introduced a credible stake and conflict in the person of Norman Osborn. One issue which I wish had been addressed this issue is how Jonah Jameson Jr. feels about the black Spider-man in Normans Osborns Avengers. Does he think hes ok?

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7.0
Amazing Spider-Man #596

Jun 12, 2009

Siqueiras work felt still at times, and with tons of expressions at other places. Im not sold on his Harry Osborn depiction yet, although it resembles the design established in comic books these days. His face is not long enough and too cheeky. But I do like the Kevin Maguire influenced pages, like the one with the fake Hawkeye. They were quite fun. Siqueira draws beautiful women, but they all look alike. At first, I thought that the Invisible Woman was another hooker...

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9.5
Amazing Spider-Man #597

Jun 13, 2009

Checchetto is a very good artist. Im not familiar with his work but he showed that he could handle the chores remarkably well. The one weakness is his inking which should be more encompassing to cover the lines. His work needs it. He plays a lot with page layouts and use closure to suggest information happening off page. Thats quite good.

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5.0
Amazing Spider-Man #598

Jun 28, 2009

I like the artists approach to the visuals. That was the strongest part of the comic book and perhaps this was not rated even lower by this reviewer.

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7.0
Amazing Spider-Man #604

Sep 22, 2009

I enjoyed the artwork tremendously. It was clean, polished, and filled with details. From the initial pages, the artists created a mysterious mood that quickly gave in to the brighter world of Spider-man. Its amazing how they effected this transition so smoothly.

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6.0
Amazing Spider-Man #605

Sep 22, 2009

So many artists work on this issue that its jarring and shows the weakness of the story. Its not good. Pulidos work fits better a crime noir or period piece. It looks out of place in Spider-man. I felt his work was weak, but upon looking at it again, it was enjoyable. It just isnt Spider-man material. Ross work looks frozen The characters dont feel like they are moving. Its not even that they are showing up to take still poses. They just feel out of whack. Paquettes work is the best here and actually makes this issue salvageable visually. But he can only hide the weakness of the script so much.

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6.5
Amazing Spider-Man #610

Nov 29, 2009

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6.5
Amazing Spider-Man #611

Nov 29, 2009

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7.0
Amazing Spider-Man #612

Nov 29, 2009

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6.0
Amazing Spider-Man #613

Nov 29, 2009

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7.0
Amazing Spider-Man #614

Jan 11, 2010

I like Azacetas work. This is not typical Spider-man fare, but it worked for this storyline. He didnt give the work too much crime noir angle. Instead, we saw overtones of dirty and compulsive design featuring compulsive characters. Its a shame the story was not up the quality of the art in this story.

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7.0
Amazing Spider-Man #615

Jan 16, 2010

I think one of the problems I may have with Spider-man are the artists chosen like Pulido. He is not a bad artist by any stretch. In fact, I like seeing Spider-man with big winter socks and a tuque. But while an accomplished artist, he makes this run feel like and old Ann Nocenti story which is not what I want to read here. I really feel conflicted here, because the artist is a top talent matched to a series that doesnt fit his style. I really like his rendition of the Sandman, but its not the stuff that makes me want to read Spider-man every week.

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8.0
Amazing Spider-Man #616

Jan 17, 2010

Visually Pulido continues to shine, although I dont believe he is Spider-man material. I really like how he draws the Sandman and uses him ingeniously. He does have a great sense of storytelling and posing which would probably look better he he had been assigned a more solid inker.

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man #617

Jan 24, 2010

Fiumara is one of those artists that you have to learn to like. His work does not come across as great Spider-man material, but in spirit, it feels right. Sure, Peter Parker looks like a skinny dude, but I really like the facial expressions he gives his characters and the gestures and poses they have. The colouring by D'Auria also enhanced his work. Everything flowed well, although some aspect of the storytelling were off. For example, all the scenes with the horses were badly integrated. Where did they come from and how were they killed? This issue also makes the jump from $2.99 to $3.99 which is a concern to me, although there is a back up story. I'm not sure if eight extra pages justify such an increase.

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man #618

Jan 25, 2010

With Pulido, Fiorama and now Rodriguez, I have to say that I dont understand Marvel Comics current taste for non American comic book style illustrators on this series. We had the likes of Barry Kitson and Phil Jimenez for so long that I didnt know how spoiled I was. Rodriguez is not a bad artist at all. His characters have distinct features and his fine lines are a delight. But he seems to be of that same school of artists with a less heavy-handed approach to comic book art closer to what one would expect from something like the Will Eisners spirit or even a European artist. It feels metrosexual. Im not complaining, but it is an interesting artistic direction for Spider-man as a series.

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8.0
Amazing Spider-Man #619

Mar 9, 2010

Martin is a good artist and his style is in line with the more illustrative and distinctive style used in Amazing Spider-man the last few months. Like many of these artists, it takes a while to get used to the style although the artists are excellent. They are just not super hero material artists. Here, Martin delivers with Spider-man and proves that a good artist can change preconceptions.

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7.5
Amazing Spider-Man #634

Jun 19, 2010

Larks work was good although not exactly appropriate for Spider-man. He gives Spider-man a noir look instead of the super hero feel needed for the character. Still, hes a solid artist that draws characters in motion very well. I guess Id rather see him work on Daredevil than Spider-man.

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man #635

Jun 27, 2010

Speaking of Kaine, he looked very different this issue. The artist drew him with shorter hair and made him almost a clone look alike of Peter Parker. He tends to look very different with the long hair. I like the work of Lark and Gaudiano here. It fits the story well. They are also remarkable storytellers guiding the reader through a web of action seamlessly.

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6.5
Amazing Spider-Man #636

Jul 11, 2010

Spider-mans death has revived Kraven the hunter. The balance of life is in disorder and Kraven does not want to live, unlike what his wife and family wishes. Whats at stake now that Spider-man is dead. Or is he really dead? I didnt like the bad sleight of the hand trick used here. We never saw when Spider-man and Cain switched places. The Chameleon was following them the entire time. How can that be explained? The only thing Im happy regarding this issue, is the death of Cain. I didnt like the character and didnt know why he was brought back in the first place. The artwork is good and the shots of the impaled Spider-man are deadly creepy.

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6.5
Amazing Spider-Man #637

Jul 25, 2010

Kraven the Hunter is back and wants to end it all with Spider-man. It turns out that it was Kaine that was sacrificed last issue and now the web is turning against Kraven and his family. Can Spider-man restore cosmic order? First, the explanation for how Kaine replaced Peter Parker was totally wrong. It didnt make sense. Why Spider-man was dressed in his black costume also didnt make any sense. His sudden anger also didnt make sense. How easy it was for him to defeat all of Kravens family after a year of failing to do so didnt make sense. I guess not much made sense this issue. Marvel Comics wanted Kraven back after his suicide years ago and thats all this story was about. It certainly didnt feel like a Spider-man story. Where was Peter Parkers plight? Where was his dumb bad luck? This issue was disappointing and Spider-man as a series is starting to lose the freshness that the reboot over a year a year ago with his marriage to Mary Jane Watson being erased was supposed to accomplish.

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9.0
Amazing Spider-Man #642

Oct 3, 2010

Azaceta is a great artists, but not necessarily the best choice for Spider-man. The editors of the book have been favouring artists like him over the traditional action-oriented ones for a while now. Perhaps they are trying to give Spider-man a unique look and feel. Well, in a sense its working. Im just concerned about how Azaceta makes Peter Parker look so fat!

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6.5
Amazing Spider-Man #667

Jan 1, 1970

I dont like Humberto Ramos work. I wont go in details since I have never liked his work. Theres too much happening at once and the characters proportions are exaggerated and distorted. However, many people like his work and I wont fight against that. While many of the pages interior art was tough to follow in action scenes, the quiet ones were much better laid out. I will give him props for being a dynamic illustrator.

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6.5
Amazing Spider-Man #669

Sep 27, 2011

And thats why this entire story was painful to read for me because the same type of pulling without a pause that characterizes Ramos work is also present in the script. Things move fast then stretch, then compress into a mess that makes it difficult to care for the characters. Still Slott understand Peter Parkers voice and throughout the story, there are flashes of the eternal inner demons that affect the character. Here, hes worrying about whether or not to tell his girlfriend Carlie about his secret identity. It was actually quite fun to see him stress over that again.

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9.0
Amazing Spider-Man #673

Nov 18, 2011

I really like Casellis work this issue. Its everything Humberto Ramos is not. Its well constructed with good anatomy. Backgrounds are not rushed and are rich. Characters dont look exaggerated and the action flows naturally. A very good read.

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6.5
Amazing Spider-Man #674

Nov 26, 2011

I used to love Camuncolis work when he worked on the Intimates several years ago. On Dark Wolverine, he was perfectly suited for the twisted and anti-social nature of the story. But in Spider-man, he is painful to watch. The grins and angst he draws his characters with doesnt work with the adventurous world of Spider-man. Its too gritty. And he doesnt do emo kids so well. If he had a better inker, like Sandra Hope, his work would be better for this series.

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #1.2

Jun 15, 2014

Prez draws a rough Spider-man where the story and art are completely meld one into the other. The artwork does not over power the story at all. While the lines are rough, this new Marvel house style works well for characters like Spider-man and Daredevil. The inks feel minimal and the colours are simple. Unfortunately, this latest Spider-man series by Marvel is not as cheap under like the previous series.

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7.0
Amazing Spider-Man Extra #2

Feb 3, 2009

Rivera is not a master storyteller himself " the scenewhere Wolverine is shot in the head is unclear. However, his work is more kineticand his panels less filled with useless visual information, the way Bachalofills his. I do like his interpretation of Wolverine. He looks more human thansuper heroic.

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7.5
American Way: Those Above and Those Below #1

Jul 11, 2017

Georges Jeantys work is gritty for the period covered and full of action. His storytelling is also very clear. I feel that the colouring overpowers the artwork but this is how most comic books feel nowadays.

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7.0
Angry Birds Comics #1

Jun 15, 2014

I like the artwork. The colours are vivid and bright. The best part about the entire comic book was the slingshot frame at the bottom of each page mimicking the red bird attacking the pigs. I enjoyed this comic book and would recommend it to kids. Yet, I wonder how the creators will create enough stories for a continuing series.

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8.5
Ant-Man #1

Jan 23, 2015

P.S. $5 is twice the price of a comic book from just a few years ago, an one-third of what the movie would cost at the theatre. Where is the value for the reader?

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9.0
Aquaman (2016) #1

Jun 22, 2016

I was not familiar with Brad Walkers work before this series. Hes a good artist. He seems to be more in line with Marvel Comics than DC Comics. This is not a criticism. Usually DC Comics goes for the more realist and classical artists. Their execution is usually fine but lacks energy. Not Walkers Aquaman! All of his characters jump off the page! Aquaman really has a lot of hair! Its good stuff!

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8.5
Aquaman (2016) #9

Oct 19, 2016

Having said this, I enjoyed how Aquaman resolved his conflict with the Shaggy Man, using his brain. From my research, similar ploys have been used before to defeat the Shaggy Man. I'm glad that Abnett's Aquaman was able to update and old trick.

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8.5
Aquaman (2016) #12

Dec 7, 2016

I have one complaint about colourist Gabe Eltaeb. Black peoples palms are a different colour than their hands. Black people do not have black palms.

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8.5
Aquaman (2016) #13

Dec 28, 2016

I am starting to prefer Scot Eatons Aquaman better than Philippe Brioness version. Although each draws Atlantis as a generic science fiction set, Eatons rendition is less cleaner even with Wayne Faucher cleaning the pencils with inks.

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9.0
Aquaman (2016) #14

Jan 4, 2017

I havent been a fan of Philippe Brioness Aquaman all the time. I think my problem is the inking. It lacks polish. And this is a shame because he draws very good figures. Still his work is solid and does not really jump out when compared to Scot Eatons. Each handle Aquaman well. But when will Brad Walker be back?

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9.5
Aquaman (2016) #15

Jan 18, 2017

It finally dawned on me that Philippe Briones is inspired by John Byrne, heavily. The entire fight has the kind of kinetic movement one expects from a Byrne super hero fight. The angles, the postures all give away a clear Byrne influence. And thats why the way Briones draws technology seemed somewhat familiar in the past. If you long for a modern take on Byrne, pick up this issue. I havent seen anyone capture Byrnes energy and signature so well since the late Mike Parobeck. I must say that inker Wayne Faucher's inks also helped make Briones' work much better than usual.

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9.0
Aquaman (2016) #16

Feb 2, 2017

Dan Abnetts job is to keep up the charm now that Aquamans first storyline has established the series as one to care about. Its a typical quiet issue where he introduces a new threat and resolves some dangling plot points relating to Mera and Aquamans relationship. Its all moving in the right direction. Its also a great jumping point for the series.

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9.0
Aquaman (2016) #17

Feb 15, 2017

Scot Eaton is back and his work is clean. Its also dynamic enough. I like all of the Easter eggs that he added in the pages where there a crowds cheering. Aquaman has three regular artists but they fit well. I prefer Brad Walker but Wayne Faucher is a strong inker and he makes the art look great.

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8.5
Aquaman (2016) #18

Mar 1, 2017

This story was good and added more background characters and potential conflicts for Aquaman to deal with. Id like to see how he would fare in a conflict involving China and Khandaq. These are not the type of stories that we see about Aquaman usually. This issue at the very least, opened the repertoire for new adventures. This story was also good because as he has done many times in the past, Aquaman had to use his brains to fight a threat as opposed to just his muscles.

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8.0
Aquaman (2016) #19

Mar 22, 2017

What works less for me is Philippe Brioness art. He resembles John Byrne but not in a pleasant way. His figures are stiff and the faces not attractive. His work would look better with a dedicated inker. He should not ink his own work. His Deadwater looks scary though.

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8.0
Aquaman (2016) #21

May 13, 2017

Scot Eatons work is solid as usual. Although some of the alien creatures on Tethis look cool, his strength is with technology scenes and military gear. But no worries. Aquaman and Mera look swell when they swim!

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9.0
Aquaman (2016) #22

May 14, 2017

Im not always a fan of Philip Brioness work. While his art is reminiscent and inspired by John Byrne, his inking can be at time too light and insufficient to correctly strengthen his figures. Not this time. His work is outstanding this issue with great facility for action scenes. Youll believe that Aquaman is jumping off the ground easily.

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8.0
Aquaman (2016) #23

May 19, 2017

Scot Eaton continues to draw a clean and effective Aquaman although characters hair could be flowing much more.

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9.5
Aquaman (2016) #24

Jun 10, 2017

Pencillers Scot Eaton and Philippe Briones deliver a good farewell to the series theyve been drawing since 2016 but I have to mention the funny error that he tried to correct in the sequence during Arthurs trial. There is a blonde woman watching closely the trial. She wears what seems like a crown similar to Mera. But Mera was established as having left the city pages earlier. I bet that editor Andy Khouri had the inkers remove the scales from the womans costume and give her blonde hair instead! This woman was so prominently portrayed that at one point I even wondered if she was Aquamans mother, Atlanna! Similarly, there is another woman coloured differently who looks like Tuula, Atlantiss regent.

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10
Aquaman (2016) #25

Jun 24, 2017

Of course, the best part of this comic is the art by Stepan Sejic. It seems that DC Comics really wants Aquaman to shine, now that he will become a popular movie hero. The publisher is putting its best talent behind this series and willing to reduce its publication from twice a month to one so that it can have solid work for this series. I do hope that Abnetts script will be strong enough to create a memorable Aquaman run similar to Greg Ruckas Wonder Woman.

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9.5
Aquaman (2016) #26

Jul 25, 2017

Sejic provides the most vivid and original take on Aquaman since Esteban Maroto who was Davids colleague on the Atlantis Chronicles. His Aquaman and Atlantis are not sci-fi based. They are vivid with colours even deep undersea but there is a feeling that the characters are underwater. Sejic knows how to draw water and textures that resemble scales and other see critters. Its all fun here.

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10
Archie (2015) #1

Jul 9, 2015

Stapless art is great. She is the perfect artist for Archie. If she can stay with this series for a few years, she might one day challenge Dan DeCarlo as the ultimate Archie artist. Her rendition of the characters makes them more realistic, but its still a comic with enough comedic moments and funny gestures. She renders the reality television / comic jam well. Much of the comic would have worked fine without as much dialogue. Shes a great storyteller. I want to read more about this new Archie and I am glad that Archie Comics is continuing their push to make their comics relevant for kids today. It's part of what I call the nouveau comics.

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9.0
Archie (2015) #2

Aug 20, 2015

Fiona Staples is becoming the classic Archie artist for me, the same way Dan DeCarlo and Dan Parent were for their generation. Of all the alternate covers for this issue and the first, only Stapless interpretation of Archie feels right to me. She adds a lot of comedy and slapstick humour to the pages, which again, are classic Archie tropes. While the art looks fresh and contemporary, its still an Archie story. My only complaint is that Stapless inking is too rough and hard. She should soften her touch a bit.

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8.5
Avengers (2010) #1

May 26, 2010

Marvel usually relies on Romita when it wants to push a comic book out there. Romita delivers, of course, thinking ahead, this may not be a wise decision as we know Romita will probably leave in about six issues and the artists left to pick up the slack, while probably good will probably drive the sales of this series down. Wouldnt it be better to build this series from the ground up with a regular artistic team committed to stick around for a while instead of borrowing a popular name to jump start a new franchise?

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6.5
Avengers (2010) #2

Jun 27, 2010

I think Romita is tired. His work is becoming sloppy in these pages. All the good thing about his storytelling and the way he draws characters as massive statues becomes a caricature of himself in this story. There is no elegance in the posing of his character. It feels as if hes delivering pages after pages mindlessly without taking proper care to compose good layout and something visually interesting. Romita is a great artist and I really like his style, but too much Romita without any control only shows his excesses which like everything consumed too much is bad for you.

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4.0
Avengers (2010) #5

Oct 3, 2010

Im tired of Romitas mumbo jumbo that passes for artwork. I never thought I would say something like that. While his work on Black Panther and the Eternals was well layed out and interesting. Here, Romita indulges in his greatest weaknesses. Characters have no real shape. Ok they look like cylinders so that must count as a shape. The story is full one full-page panels that attempt to look dramatic but arent. There are almost no backgrounds behind the characters and all the technology looks like a bunch of pipes plugged into bigger pipes. I understand that readers like Romita. Everybody likes Romita. But I feel like hes pulling a John Byrne on readers. Hes a high level artist mailing in crap as work and readers are supposed to feel privileged to read this crap which is a pale shadow of the real work the artist is capable of delivering. Didnt Frank Miller and Neal Adams try to pull that one too? Didnt turn out too well for either of them...

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8.0
Avengers (2010) #6

Oct 31, 2010

Romitas work was bettet this issue and less sloppy than I remembered. I especially like the last page with all the Avengers commenting on the new recruit and how the multiple panels showed their expressions. Its drawings like those on that page that made Romita a popular artist in the first place. Its simple work with but a few lines that capture so much energy. When he rushes his work, its easy to perceive that. By the way, I like how everyone but Wolverine appeared to be drink hot chocolate or tea. Wolverine had a beer instead!

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4.0
Avengers (2010) #17

Oct 12, 2011

Im not sure what will be salvaged from the crossover next issue, now that there is no Avengers Tower. It almost feels like Brian Bendis is compelled to put all the toys back in their box by destroying one mainstay of his Avengers run " the Tower. One thing I can say is that John Romita draws too many comic books per month and the lack of cohesiveness in his work is really harming the Avengers. He is still committed to Kick-Ass. Perhaps he should let another artist have go at the Avengers. His work does not bring anything to the table anymore and is actually a detriment. It used to be that his work on a series was a special thing. Now, its just a pale imitation of a master who works too much and sends in pages of scribbles instead of properly designed comic book pages.

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8.0
Avengers (2010) #18

Nov 16, 2011

Acuna is the right artist for this storyline which is less explosive than the previous one. Im actually glad to see John Romita Jr. gone from this series. He was really pushing it to the ground with his rushed artwork and dirty lines. His work was all sketches and no finishes. Its good to see a totally different take here with Acuna whose work is somewhat painterly and much more stylized. There are even hints of crime noir in his work. Im hooked again.

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7.0
Avengers (2010) #19

Nov 26, 2011

Some people told me on Twitter that they dont like Acunas work. I wonder why. Its not as designed and as distinct as it was on the Freedom Fighter series for DC Comics. Hes tone down a lot to look more like the crime noir work of Steve Epting on Captain America. Acunas not really good on action because his work is so stylized. The Avengers are all about action. It will be interesting to see if the toned down stylization works with action scenes.

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8.0
Avengers Academy #1

Jul 10, 2010

McKone is a solid and very good artist whose work shines netter when he has the right inker. Here he inks himself which makes for a happy medium. Cox is a great match and solidifies his work instead of propelling forward the fine lines that McKone is known for. The series seems interesting, but its one too many Avengers series for me, so Ill skip it in the future, not because its bad, but because Im not convinced it needs to exist.

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8.0
Avengers Academy #2

Jul 25, 2010

Finesse, the young polymath wants to know as much as possible about the Avengers and their history as possible to better herself. And she is prepared to blackmail Quicksilver to achieve her ends. Will that succeed? First, the only interesting character here, besides the older Avengers is Finesse. Shes interesting and not a redundant heroine who will probably cease to be in a few year. Im hoping she turns into a major villainess or attempt to. However, he angle was already explored in the Justice Society with the character of King Chimera, an equally smart young kid who wanted to get as much knowledge as possible out of the older heroes. Yet, here, shes looking for specific information on Magneto and the Brotherhood of evil mutants. As if there was something to learn by being evil. She should just move in with the X-Men and be done with it! I like the visuals in this story. They are very strong. I wasnt sure about whether to keep this series in my pull list, but I want o see what Finess

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8.0
Avengers Academy #7

Dec 21, 2010

The art is a hit and miss. I dont like how McKone draws some of the characters faces, but thats not really his fault. Its his inkers. McKone is a solid and competent artist with decades of work under his belt. I cant ever complain about his work. What hes done in Amazing Spider-man the last few years is inpecable. Anything he did in LEGION for DC Comics is to be marvelled at. So here, I can only blame his inkers for the weird faces he gives some of his characters. But rest assured, everything else is rock solid.

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9.0
Avengers Origins: Ant-Man & the Wasp #1

Nov 26, 2011

The artwork is just right even if painted. Often painted comics feel stiff. Janet Van Dyne has never looked better. Even the wacky costumes look decent with very little updates needed. The price of this comic book is a bit steep though. I would encourage readers to only pick up issues they are interested in as opposed to all of those coming out. For example, I skipped the one on Luke Cage because I dont really care about the character.

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2.0
Avengers Origins: Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver #1

Nov 26, 2011

Don't pick up this comic book. It's bad and muddies up the origins of Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver even more. Instead, go pick up their original first appearances in the Avengers and the X-men.

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7.0
Avengers Prime #1

Jul 10, 2010

What are the reasons for still buying this series? Well, the Enchanteress is back. I like her. The real reason is Alan Davis who proves that he is as relevant as ever no matter what new generation of comic book artists comes after him. He makes Bryan Hitch look like an amateur. I like it when these old pros come out and are given opportunities to show why they are the real deal.

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6.5
Avengers World #5

Jun 7, 2014

I dont know who Manifold or Captain Universe are. I dont know much about this comic book because the writers expect readers to know all the characters and what happened before. Although this comic book is gorgeous, I have no idea why someone cares about something so empty.

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8.0
Avengers: The Initiative #4

Sep 2, 2007

Castellis work is not standard Marvel Comics, but I really enjoyed it. His characters have strong facial expressions. The storytelling is good, although some of the characters should be facing from left to right instead of right to left to pull the reader forward in the story. This is a minor detail. The inking, which I presume is also Castelli is excellent. Real comic book inking has become so rare that when one sees it, one understands exactly why its missed.

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9.0
Avengers: The Initiative #14

Jul 6, 2008

I enjoy Casellis work. He gives a lot of dimensions to the characters and combined with the beautiful colouring by Rudoni, he makes me wish all comic books could look this good. The quality of the artwork on this series surprises me. After all, it is not a main Marvel Comics series, unless that is really what Marvel Comics wants. Well, I can only say that readers win, and I might have to seriously consider adding this series to my regular reading list, because the artwork looks so good.

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7.0
Avengers: The Initiative #16

Nov 7, 2008

Visually, this series is strong with strong visual expressions for the characters and great action shots. Its too bad that the artists are assigned to a less important series.

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8.0
Avengers: The Initiative #20

Jan 4, 2009

Kurths work reminds me of Michael Bairs. His characters faces feel twisted and in agony. An inker with crisper lines would have improved his renderings. He does know how to capture emotions and perhaps thats why he was picked for this issue.

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7.0
Avengers: The Initiative #21

Feb 7, 2009

Gage is a good writer and ads layers of characterizationto his characters. Each is unique and has its own motivations. Its hard toguess where this story is going though. Oh, well, at least the ride isworthwhile.

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6.5
Avengers: The Initiative #22

Feb 28, 2009

I said it. Ramos is becoming more enjoyable. Hisfigures have more shape and show hope that maybe one day, theyll have spines supportingtheir bulging muscles. My only complaint was the size of their mouth and howscrew they looked. But to Ramos credits, not reading the captions did not takeaway from understanding what was going on. That means hes a good storyteller.

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8.0
Avengers: The Initiative #32

Mar 8, 2010

Asrar is a good artist with good storytelling skills that can weave a story with an exotic panel canvas without confusing the reader. Buchmans inks are complementary and solid and make this a very delightful comic book to read.

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7.0
Bart Simpson Comics #34

Apr 18, 2007

I like that the artwork in this series is so similar. Although there are small variations, all characters are instantly recognizable. Unlike all the Batman animated series, the characters model sheets are always respected. This is how a comic book based on licensed property should be conceived.

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8.5
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #4

Dec 13, 2016

The artwork is good but there are a few pet peeves. There is a shot of Huntress swimming underwater with her hood still on in the water. As she pulls from the water, the hood nor any other part of her uniform look wet. She hood just fits on her and feels as puffy as it did before she jumped in the river. Its an amazing material that just looks great and dry at all times. Granted Roge Antonio is not drawing Aquaman but really?

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7.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #6

Feb 6, 2017

While I liked the artwork, I have to severely criticize the use of black palms in the colouring. The new Oracle is black but his palms should have no melamine and hence not coloured brown. Colourist Allen Passalaqua should pay attention.

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7.0
Batman #687

Jun 14, 2009

Now Ed Benes. I dont know how many times I have said that this guy just is not at the level that DC Comics is pretending he is by giving him all those top assignments that he cant possibly deliver correctly. As this issue was mostly talking heads, he was capable of doing a decent job, but the man cannot choreograph action to save his life. At this point, I consider him as nothing than a cheaper Jim Lee knock off to sell books DC Comics thinks are important. Benes wrecked the Justice League series with scenes that did not make sense, he continues to draw stuff all over the place without any sense of composition. Perhaps DC Comics thinks that putting an overrated writer with an overrated artist is the way to go. Well, its making it easy for me to skip this series.

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8.5
Batman #693

Nov 29, 2009

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8.5
Batman #694

Jan 10, 2010

That Daniel draws and writes the story is essential to its current success. He intuitively knows where to put emphasis on visual elements. The visuals could be a little more integrated with the plot, but Ill forgive him for taking a few graphic liberties when the story is so entertaining.

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8.5
Batman #695

Jan 24, 2010

I already wrote about how I like Tony Daniel on this series. Hes different storywise and brings another energy visually. Its the first time in years, I believe, since the days of John Byrne that Batman has been written and drawn by one single artist (outside of Legends of the Batman and special oneshots and mini-series, of course). There is as much energy in the visuals as a Jim Lee comic book. There is also a lot of mood and brooding. Its a perfect mix.

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6.5
Batman #700

Jul 25, 2010

What have we learned at the end of this story? Not much. The art was all over the place. Some was good, some was bad. Overall it just reinforced the craziness of this story that might as well have been credited to the Joker.

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7.5
Batman #701

Jul 25, 2010

What happened to Batman just before he crawled out of the bottom of the river where he was trapped and insane and left off to help the Justice League figure out a case during the Final Crisis? This is the story of the last hours of Batman before being teleported to the past by Darkseid. The fact that I forgot that there was a gap between the story of batmans death and the one he suffered by Darkseid is probably a sign that it really didnt matter. At the time Grant Morrison was all over the pace confusing readers with complicated construtivist stories. What this story is about is how Batman is pushed to the limits of human endurance and mental stability by his work. Surely, Superman could have found another detective such as Mr Terrific or Dr. Mid-nite to solve the case of the dead gods. But it would have robbed us of another one of these stories where Batman is an omnipotent god instead of a man who tries really hard. Daniel is a favourite Batman artist of mine. He makes the story even

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6.5
Batman (2016) #2

Jul 13, 2016

David Finchs pencils are crisp. Matt Banning and Danny Miki improve. However, Im not sold on how Finch draws faces.

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10
Batman (2016) #24

Jun 10, 2017

David Finch, and Clay Mann are not the artists that I would have chosen for this story, not because they do not excel. They do. But for such a quiet story his work seems over kill and one expect a fight, an explosion lurking in the next page to jump at readers. But none does, so we are left with a complex story and intricate designs to convey emotions. Finch, and Miki do not convey emotion through facial expressions well so it is the placement of the characters in the page; their use of space that informs us of the subtlety in this story. It is one approach that is very sober, and removes the melodrama and lives us with cerebral decision-making and very few emotions coming from the characters. This seems to be the Batman that King wants to write about.

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10
Batman (2016) #25

Jun 24, 2017

Tom King often uses good staging to start his stories and set up their conflict. I like what he did here with the stand-up comedian and the Joker. I also enjoyed how he mixed the Riddler in the chaos. There is a detective and crime noir feel to this story which like all of Kings work, is cerebral. Its also a great follow up to the last issue and its surprising revelation.

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7.0
Batman (2016) #26

Jul 10, 2017

Mikel janns strength is his ability to draw so many different faces and keep them consistent. Hes the right pick for this story and I hope to see more of his work in the future.

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9.0
Batman (2016) #27

Jul 25, 2017

Clay Mann is not the usual artist for this storyline. That affects the story as the visual style changes a bit too much. While the panels layout appears superficially the same, the characters idiosyncratic faces which are so important in this story are off regardless of Manns effort to mimic Mikel Jann.

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7.5
Batman (2016) #28

Aug 8, 2017

Visually, this story deserves to be mentioned with the best about Batman. Im glad that the regular artist Mikel Jann is back this issue. One aspect of his work that may be ignored is how he draws cityscapes. Hes excellent. Look at his Gotham City. You would want to live there, minus the inconvenience of the Joker and the Riddlers war.

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5.0
Batman and Robin #6

Nov 29, 2009

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9.0
Batman and Robin #13

Jul 11, 2010

Robin is left alone with a smiling and begging Joker that revealed the truth of how he has been manipulating Batman and Robin and the rest of the city police force for months. But Robin is too impulsive to be caught by the Jokers temptations. This story was good but weird at once. The beginning which starts a few days before the rest of the book was confusing in a Morrison way, so Im not worried about this. All we be clear by next issue. The best part was the smiling Joker who really didnt want to smile and how it was totally unclear if he was begging for his life or just taunting Robin. Irivings Joker is beautiful and scary to look at.

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6.5
Batman Beyond (2015) #16

Sep 24, 2016

This series has to end. It will now fit in with the rest of the DC Comics universe closely. Spellbinders defeat was rushed and the conclusion of the story was designed to lead the reader to the future of Tim Drake and Rebirth. I did not enjoy the art by Stephen Thompson. It felt like a bad version of Barry Kitson with badly telegraphed action scenes. In the fight scene, it felt like the characters were floating in the air performing ballet and not connecting with one another with their fists. Also, white characters looked Asian for some reason.

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9.0
Batman, Inc. #1

Nov 28, 2010

The highlight of the series is of course Paquettes work. Its soft and well inked. The drawings are solid. I love his Catwoman and his interpretation of the new Batman suit. The colouring is simplified with palettes of colours per sequences. Thats not often done in comics, but always appreciated when it is.

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8.0
Batwing #2

Nov 8, 2011

Visually, this series works. The painted style is very dynamic and the artwork delightful.

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8.0
Batwing #3

Nov 26, 2011

Olivers work takes a bit of adjustment to get used to, but its still kinetic although all painted. Its as if he had made cuts out of airbrushed sections, cutting a clear line and using a lot of white space as a negative background. The lack of proper background is not much of a problem though, due to the well-done juxtaposition of painted elements and white space.

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6.0
Birds of Prey (1998) #95

Jun 24, 2006

Just looking at the cover, one could see that art wise, it wasnt the strongest issue of the series. The storytelling and the choreography of the fight between the Birds of Prey and Prometheus is all over the place in a weird page crossing panel layout. Such storytelling invariably doesnt help the smooth reading of a comic book and are but excuse for an artist to show some of his work. It hurts the book, instead of helping it.

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7.0
Birds of Prey (1998) #96

Jul 26, 2006

Past two alternated reviews:

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6.5
Birds of Prey (1998) #127

Feb 22, 2009

Visually, I find it interesting that all the principalswho worked on this series seem tom have Qubcois origins. Bedard, St.Aubin andcover artist Roux all have typical Canadian names. Im not a fan of inker Floydand I think hes the reason the artwork looks so generic. This series has beengraced with strong artists in the past, but its not going out with a bangart-wise.

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8.5
Birds Of Prey (2010) #2

Jun 19, 2010

Ive criticized Benes work in the Justice League of America series several times. But I cant criticize him here. This is where he belongs and Im happy to see him draw these pages. Yes, he continues to have severe problems with storytelling. The fight choreography is not the best it could be. There are chunk of action missing. It doesnt all make sense. But I like how he draws the Birds. Hes trying for more grittiness, and I cant complain. Now, Melo is not as good an artist and her pages are very inconsistent. Im hoping she was but a small back up for this issue and not someone that will come back too often. Shes not ready yet to take the center stage in a series like that.

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8.5
Birds Of Prey (2010) #4

Oct 3, 2010

Visually, its where things fall apart. Benes has been sick and its difficult for him to deliver whole issues. I understand that and of course am not blaming him. As he handled the fight between Black Canary and White Canary, these pages were spectacular. The weaker pages are with Melo who just isnt a compelling choice for this work. She makes the girls look all round and cutesy, but not in a way that makes the reader think they are high level fighters.

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8.5
Birds Of Prey (2010) #7

Dec 18, 2010

Syaf is a solid artist. However the inking by Cifuentes may not be the best match for his style. Syaf needs something cleaner and more solid to highlight the great lines and figures he weaves.

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9.0
Birds Of Prey (2011) #1

Sep 24, 2011

Jesus Saiz is perfect for this series. One important thing about Birds of Prey is that it has to look good. When you have female leads in a series, I dont care if it comes off as sexist, but the leads must be beautiful. Each woman is beautiful here and graceful enough. The action was easy to follow. This series is a go for me.

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9.0
Birds Of Prey (2011) #2

Nov 12, 2011

Saiz is excellent here. I just love how he draws women. They are hot but not exaggerated. They can kick ass and look good in skin-tight costumes, without looking like tramps. Saiz has the right mix for these characters.

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9.0
Birds Of Prey (2011) #3

Nov 26, 2011

Saiz, as I wrote in the past is the perfect artist for a series where the female leads are expected to be beautiful, but drawn to overemphasize their curves. He can draw women in action scenes quite well, without using any of the clichs and poses that would break a real persons back in real life.

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9.0
Birds Of Prey (2011) #4

Dec 28, 2011

This story was fast-paced. I read it in about five minutes. A previous story hinted that Batgirl and Black Canary had some kind of real disagreement. But this issue Batgirl just showed up to help her old teammate without bringing up any of their past issues. It kinds of invalidate the previous subplot. Of course the story ends in a cliffhanger. I will say that Birds of Prey is one of the most solid of the 52 reboots. It may not go to some of the creative heights of other series such a Wonder Woman, but it is a great read. Time Warner Inc. the parent company of DC Comics supports the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).

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8.0
Black Canary (2015) #1

Aug 19, 2015

About the visuals. Well, I like the logo a lot. Its original. I get that DC Comics is trying to market this comic to a female audience. I just dont like how Annie Wu draws Black Canarys face. It seems angry and she looks like a cheap trailer trash girl on drugs. This is not how I imagine Black Canary. She is not sexy.

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8.0
Black Canary (2015) #2

Aug 19, 2015

Ditto is cute. Annie Wu renders action well. I just dont like the face she chose for Dinah. In some drawings, Dinah looks healthy and strong. In some, she looks meek and skinny. It feels weird as long time Black Canary fan to see her rendered this way. But I accept that I am not who this series is intended for. I find the background by the paparazzi blogger annoying. Its not easy to read. Maybe if the format was improved it would be more fun to follow.

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7.5
Black Canary (2015) #3

Aug 19, 2015

Annie Wus work is still solid, although I continue to dislike the sneering Dinah she draws. The other characters all look great. So its a personal choice that she made about how Dinah looks. I like the variant wardrobe Dinah uses in this issue. Its inspired from older depictions on the character from the first Birds of Prey special from 1996 while emulating the classic costume. Hey, Black Canarys a good comic. Im only critical because shes my favourite female character!

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6.0
Black Panther (2009) #1

Feb 7, 2009

As Im uncertain about why I should be readingthis series, the art by Lashley doesnt help. Hes one of those artists thatdraws women in mysterious ways. I havent seen women like that in real lifeyet. Theres a lot of cross hatching which means hes channelling Jim Lee.

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8.0
Black Panther (2009) #5

Jun 13, 2009

Hudlin is taking the series in a new frontier, using the often used conflict of science versus magic as the theme and path upon which he builds this series. Doing so he tries to recapture the African heritage aspect of the series. Its also an interesting proposition given that the Black Panther has always been immersed in science and technological breakthrough as if this was the value that Africans placed on their culture. By going back to the magical and folkloric aspect of African culture he puts emphasis on matters that are closer to a typical African society than science.

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9.0
Black Panther: The Man Without Fear #513

Dec 18, 2010

Francavilla draws a pulp Black Panther that feels like hes from the 1950s. I like it. The Clark Kent secret identity trick is funny too. I like all the gear the Black Panther carries around. The fights scenes were interesting. Cant wait to see more from this team.

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9.0
Blackest Night: JSA #3

Mar 8, 2010

Series like these are good to give less known artists opportunities to shine and show their work to a larger audience. This, is done well, although Barrows is hardly a newcomer. I enjoyed his interpretation of several of the characters and how solid they felt.

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8.5
Blue Beetle (2011) #1

Sep 26, 2011

Is Blue Beetle a series worth following in light of all the new series from DC Comics? Its not bad so far and has a lot of hinted future stories. However, if you dont want to go through a series about the formative years of Jaime, skip it. I it doesnt bother you or that youve never read about the character before, this series, while not exceptional is a good pick.

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7.5
Blue Beetle (2011) #2

Dec 4, 2011

I like Guaras work this issue. There were problems with the first issue, so Im glad problems were ironed out. His work is crisp and with great inking by Jos. I particularly like how characters keep popping out the panels they are drawn in. Guara does it so naturally, that its almost unnoticeable.

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8.5
Brightest Day #2

May 25, 2010

While many artists work on the series, they work on sections involving specific characters, so everything meshes properly. Its amazing that multiple artist series like this one looks so good. Often, newcomers are assigned to such series instead of solid artists. Im liking everything of course.

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8.5
Brightest Day #3

Jun 12, 2010

The various artists do a good job as usual. I dont feel that there were weak parts although I prefer some more than others.

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8.5
Brightest Day #4

Jun 19, 2010

The artwork continues to be pleasant. The place Hawkgirl and Hawkman visit reminds me of a cheaper Avatar world. Lets hope the artist can make that story look more visually interesting in future issues. I do like how he draws Hawkgirl and Hawkman though. They look great. The pages with Deadman were the strongest of all and that may help make the character popular again.

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8.0
Brightest Day #5

Jul 11, 2010

Meras people come back to seek the death of Aquaman and Hawkman and Hawkgirl are on a new world where men birds are at war with men lions. Our heroes are caught in the crossfire and may well be the next meals of the various factions. Oh, Mera reveals her real reason for travelling to Aquamans dimension. I liked the sections with Aquaman and the reveal of the big secret plot. Its about time. Now, because Geoff Johns is involved, we know that hes going to be rewriting a lot of history. The Hawkman and Hawkgirl segment was violent and it was fun to read the section because it felt that the writers really knew the characters. The artwork colouring for the Aquaman section was painful. The pencils were strong, but the colours destroyed the experience. The storytelling was not as clear in the Hawkman and Hawkgirl section.

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8.5
Brightest Day #6

Aug 1, 2010

Visually, this book continues to rock although several different artistic teams are involved. But parts tend to get gory, so readers beware.

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7.0
Brightest Day #7

Aug 6, 2010

Visually its difficult to judge this comic book. All participants provided good material. But the splash page at the end featuring artwork from artists currently on series featuring some of the characters feels more la disparate collage than a page meant to excite readers.

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8.5
Brightest Day #14

Nov 27, 2010

Reis was the perfect choice to draw the acrobatic Deadman. It felt like I was reading a Daredevil comic book. I really like how he draws his characters. Every page was lively. Whats good about Reis is that his artwork never gets in the way of the story. It supports and reinforces it without taking over, as many good artists tend to do.

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7.0
Captain America (2004) #35

Mar 26, 2008

Butch Guice is doing some of his best work in years here and I like how his Captain America is stepped in that real gritty political thriller world. Thanks to colourist Frank DArmata, the transition from Guice and previous artist Steve Epting is smooth and it still feel like were reading the same series.

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7.0
Captain America (2004) #37

Jun 29, 2008

Epting works hard at recreating entire sets that look real. For example, the introductory pages in 1945s Paris, is quite vivid and respectful of actual Parisian architecture. When added to his fine depiction of characters, it creates a whole world that is almost like a film. Some of the main characters faces are starting to look the same, but thats a small caveat.

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8.0
Captain America (2004) #46

Feb 5, 2009

The highlight of this issue, is of course the artworkwhich gives Namor unique features, although his head is not as triangular as inother comic books. Dont let the cover fool you, Captain America does not fightNamor. However, its interesting to see Namor rendered in a crime noir series.

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9.5
Captain America (2004) #47

Mar 1, 2009

In this issue, we get some Bourne-like remorse fromCaptain America. What really happens is that it highlights the fact that thecurrent Captain America is a criminal and murderer, a wanted felon in much ofthe world. Granted he wants to do well and improve now, but this is far fromwhat the original Captain America stood for. Im not complaining though. One issue that concerned me was the use of theword China to describe Taiwan, that is, if according to the writers, Taipei isstill located in Taiwan and not Communist China.

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9.0
Captain America (2004) #48

Mar 30, 2009

There is nothing that I can say about the artwork in this series except for marvelling at the quality and consistency readers are treated to. Even when there is a replacement artist, like Butch Guice, the work is so similar to Eptings that its only noticeable when reading the credits. Kudos to the art director who works behind the scenes and never get any credits for his work.

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6.5
Captain America (2004) #600

Jun 20, 2009

The artwork is all over the place this issue. Some is good, some is weaker, some is historical, and some self congratulatory, like the Alex Ross piece reprinted from an earlier story. The one story that was the most fun to look at was the old one from the 1940s featuring very primitive artwork.

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7.0
Captain America (2004) #602

Apr 27, 2010

Ross and Guice are great artists as usual, but the colouring was simplified compared to what has been depicted in the series. The almost sense of tension brought by the colours that contributed the thriller feel are gone, replaced with regular comic book colouring. Its not bad, but less inspiring.

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7.0
Captain America (2004) #606

Jul 25, 2010

Is Captain America too violent? His partner, the Falcon thinks so and wants to chat about it with Steve Rogers, the first Captain America. But time for repentance is short as the latest Baron Zemo launches an attack on Bucky Barnes to destroy his life and may have help from a certain Red Skull. Will they succeed? This issue was interesting and obviously a set for Barnes to fall into more violent acts as he avenges his friend and at the last minute realize that violence is not the way. Well, thats what I expect at the end of this story as well as the formal introduction of a new Red Skull and the creation of a new batch of arch villains for the hero. In other words, I feel that Ive read this story before and know whats going to happen in about three issues from now. Guice delivers better art than usual, which is a weird thing to say as hes always very good. Theres something about the way he inks this series that has changed. Its much stronger than before.

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7.5
Captain America (2004) #607

Jul 25, 2010

Bucky and the Black Widow are searching for the girl who slipped some drugs into his drink a few days priors and caused him to hallucinate and attack several cops at the hospital where his partner the Falcon was treated. But Baron Zemo is prepared to take out the new Captain America. Will he succeed? This issue is much more interesting than the previous one and the Captain, thanks to the Black Widow has to use his brains for once. I like that he has a good back up with Steve Rogers and the Black Widow to keep him out of trouble. Although we know who is the bad guy and part of their motivations, its still interesting to follow the trail of deception with Captain America. The artwork is as solid and consistent as in previous issues with the established look for the series maintained by the forceful inks by Guice.

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6.5
Captain America (2004) #608

Aug 6, 2010

The dated feeling about this comic book must come from the new inker who turns Guices work into its weakest form. Guice is an artist that needs strong inkers. Here Magyar and Pennington gave us something that felt like I was reading a comic book drawn by Don Heck. All the mystery and mood of earlier issues in this series were replaced with quick action panels and poor inking.

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7.0
Captain America (2004) #609

Oct 7, 2010

Now, the artwork is another matter. Im not sure what happened. Its the same regular team, yet it looks so different and uninspired. It felt like I was reading a Captain America comic book from the 1970s with the angst in the characters face and the melodramatic poses. Maybe its the inking, or the colours that arent making Guices work look better.

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9.0
Captain America (2004) #611

Oct 31, 2010

Changing the artist probably made me like this comic book even more. Aruna has a great reputation for drawing characters in a way that makes them look like theyre from a political thriller. With the old Marvel Comics look of past issues, Im glad we have something more solid to concentrate on. Aruna particularly reveals the distinct traits of every character he draws. I like how skinny his Tony Stark is, compared with Steve Rogers.

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7.0
Captain America (2011) #2

Sep 5, 2011

McNiven is the top artist to have work on Captain America for a while. This is a compliment as the past series was quite well drawn with solid art by Steve Epting. McNivens page layout stays consistent and mostly simple which helps with the storytelling. Hes shading adds a layer of grit to Captain America and make his seem slightly older, but tougher. I can grow to like this way Captain America is being portrayed. Now, if the story could only get more interesting...

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6.0
Captain America (2011) #3

Oct 23, 2011

McNiven is a great artist, but his work here only serves t highlight the weakness of the series. Was the series a real suspense thriller, his Captain America might have a chance to look and feel right. But here, we see stitches and chainmail details on the costume which only reinforces the reality of the world Captain America lives in, while he looks like an idiot wearing a rubber suit. It doesnt work, unfortunately, no matter how good the artist is.

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8.0
Captain America (2011) #4

Dec 6, 2011

McNiven is good here. The illustration and storytelling are fine, but I still feel like his work is like a bunch of photographs. So even though he can move through the story visually and make it clear for readers to know whats happening, it feels stilted. Its really difficult to understand whats off. Check out the picture of the Falcon flying on page four. He just stands there in the sky on top of a city as if he had been stuck there. Its hard to feel that hes in the air floating. Well, much of the comic book has this feel. So gorgeous art work and decent storytelling, but it feels stiff, monotone and non-moving. There is no kinetic energy to the drawings.

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6.0
Captain America: Sam Wilson #17

Jan 6, 2017

I also need to mention that a comic that features black characters prominently should not be plagued with the black palms problem, where colourists draw the palms of Blacks the same colour as the rest of their skin. This usually betrays a colourist who has little clue about how people look in real life and has not spent much time observing the world. In Sam Wilson Captain America, this is not just an oversight, its bad design.

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6.0
Captain America: Steve Rogers #1

May 29, 2016

The one salvation of this comic is Jesus Saizs work. His Captain America is solid and real. There are dimensions to his characters and they are pleasant to look at. There is an Art Deco feel to the dimension that he gives his characters that fits the story of a white supremacist. Art Deco always makes white supremacists look better.

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8.0
Captain America: Who Will Wield the Shield? #1

Dec 31, 2009

This issue could have been published within the regular Captain America run. It is created by the same regular team that has work on the regular series and the Captain American Reborn series. The one thing I do miss is the fully dimensional colouring of the regular Captain America comic book series that gave a realist bent to the earlier issues in this run.

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7.5
Captain Atom #1

Sep 24, 2011

Im not a fan of Williams. I didnt like his work in JSA All-Stars. But here, hes actually effective. The energy that grows and ebbs works for his style. Im not annoyed at all by his take of Captain Atom, although hes not my favourite artist. What he draws is classic super hero and its just right for this series. Now, whether this series will make it is another story. Ill stick around for the next issue, and maybe the concept of a Doctor Solar and Doctor Manhattan-like character in the DC Comics universe will materialize. So far, I cant say this creative team is not getting it.

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8.0
Captain Atom #2

Dec 4, 2011

Sometimes artists you literally hate on some series find their voices on other ones. The number one reason I didnt read All-Star Justice Society was because of Williams. I just could not stand his work. Here, on Captain Atom, that series is perfect for the fluid forms he likes to depict. He really complements the series. The colouring is fine too, although I wonder why Captain Atom has to glow, if its hinted at in some scenes that he was invisible to onlookers. I didnt like Kruls work on Green Arrow and Arsenal and I didnt like Williams Justice Society work. But here, both creators just merge their talents and create one of my favourite and one of the most innovative of the 52 reboots. Woah.

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8.0
Catwoman (2011) #1

Sep 27, 2011

I'm not sure if I'll return to this series next month. It's a wait and see.

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6.5
Chastity #1

Jul 6, 2014

My problem with this comic is the art by Dave Acosta. Its not bad, but its not competent. Chastity is not the most popular comic book character. Chaos Comics is a small publisher Chastity. The Acosta needs an inker to equalize his work. I grow tired of comic book publishers who cut corners by taking unpolished pencils straight to colouring. Inking improves comic book art.

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9.5
Clean Room #14

Dec 28, 2016

There are minimal shadows in Walter Geovanis work. I dont believe that he cant play with light and dark. I think that given the very bright environment he plays with, that he purposely avoid strong shadows. It makes his characters, regardless of the colouring feel as if they were over-saturated. This is not a criticism. This is very effective for the kind of story that he writes and the bright settings his characters thrive in.

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8.0
Clean Room #15

Jan 1, 2017

Sanya Anwar is a good artist for this issue as shes good with drawing everyday people, places and things. Funilly, Anwar would also be a great artist for the new Archie series with realistic characters. Her work looks cartoony but not too much. Its far more realistic than Love and Rockets.

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7.5
Constantine #15

Jun 15, 2014

The artwork was jarring. There were too many lines and magic energy blasts to follow the action. If this is what the creators intended then good job. But its not the kind of comic book that I want to read a second time. It was too busy. The illustrator is good but he buries his own work with unnecessary details.

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10
Creature Tech #1

Jan 3, 2008

I like the dynamism of TenNapels work. One can feel the animated cartoon influence in his art. Of note is the close resemblance to the Charleroi comic book school of design, popularized by Belgian cartoonists. His characters are expressive while being inked with a heavy line that is closer to American styles. Its a good mix and its perfect to capture the once serious and comical tone of this book.

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6.0
Daredevil (1998) #92

Jan 21, 2007

The artists are a mix of Lee Weeks and Alex Maleev. Suitable for Daredevil as every character looks like what we have come to expect. Its a good thing their work is good because the story is not as entertaining.

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9.0
Daredevil (1998) #93

Feb 7, 2007

The artwork is fine and a great way to imagine Daredevil. Its rainy and realistic at the same time. Its not about dark shadows in corners, but more about the brownstones and rain drop. Its great stuff.

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8.0
Daredevil (1998) #96

Jun 11, 2007

Lark and Gaudino continue to deliver gorgeous realistic shots that fit the current crime orientation of the series. Although not as spectacular as previous Daredevil artists, their work focuses on the story and telling it well. As such, its a perfect complement to Brubakers scripts.

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9.0
Daredevil (1998) #97

Jun 11, 2007

Lark and Gaudino offer visuals where the characters look consistent. They even look consistent to the work by Alex Maleev. Thats a great feat and I wish more comic book series spent time creating a uniform visual identity for their characters, than trying to feature the new hot head artist of the month. The story is just easier to read this way.

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7.0
Daredevil (1998) #98

Jul 7, 2007

Lark and Gaudino continue to create artwork that complements Brubakers plot very well. I do have one caution though. While their work is consistent, when compared to Alex Maleev, it feels somewhat inferior. Thankfully, what they lack in polished looks, they make up in storytelling - one of Maleevs weakness.

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8.0
Daredevil (1998) #107

Jul 31, 2008

Lark is a solid artist whose work captures the mood and doesnt deviate from the script. Characters show enough facial expressions to be believable and make readers relate to them. That is all this story needs.

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9.0
Daredevil (1998) #114

Jan 4, 2009

Lark is just right for this series and help establish the crime noir feel. Whats good, is that it doesnt feel like reading a Batman title. Its clearly a Daredevil branded style and the lack of Daredevil in costume in these pages is not even an issue for this reviewer. Its just solid drama rendered visually.

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9.0
Daredevil (1998) #115

Feb 3, 2009

The art team on this series does what few can. Itintegrates different chapters drawn by different teams smoothly, making it unnoticeablefor the casual reader to pin point where one artist started and left off. Ofcourse each artist in this series works solely to carry the story forward andthere are no wasted panels or posters showing the prowess of individualartists. Its a team effort that pays off quite well.

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9.0
Daredevil (1998) #116

Mar 22, 2009

Aja continues in the tradition of past Daredevilillustrators to create a crime noir what I like about his contribution, isthat its so embedded with the general tone of this series, thats itsdifficult to differentiate from other Daredevil illustrators. Its good work.

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9.0
Daredevil (1998) #117

Mar 29, 2009

Visually, it all works out. I remember when Daredevil looked like but a worm next to the kingpin. Its not the case now it seems. The cover shows them at about the same size. Its not clear with the inside art, as Daredevil is constantly slouching. Its kind of odd too that he would do so instead of measuring up to the man he has come to call his arch nemesis.

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7.0
Daredevil (1998) #119

Jun 28, 2009

Lark and Gaudiano continue to draw a good series and their run uninterrupted for many issues certainly strengthen this run and gives it its own identity.

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8.0
Daredevil (1998) #502

Nov 29, 2009

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9.0
Daredevil (1998) #503

Dec 27, 2009

De La Torre is a good artist and keeps Daredevil in style which is appreciated. I particularly liked Hollingsworths colours. He creates palettes that feel like washes with too much light saturation. Its great with the story as it gives it an aerie mood as if there is steam in the room.

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9.0
Daredevil (1998) #504

Mar 8, 2010

De La Torre is great. I like how his work feels rainy and continues to give everything Daredevil related a unique look that cannot be found in most other super hero books. Ive said it before. DC Comics had an opportunity to make Green Arrow a Daredevil type of book but failed after Brad Meltzers run. Here Marvel Comics keeps to the right formula with edging stories and iconoclastic artists.

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10
Daredevil (1998) #505

Mar 8, 2010

Checchetto is a good replacement for De La Torre.Hollingsworths colours help cement the whole story and make sure it all fits in. This is turning to be a real classic Daredevil story in the making, visually and storywise.

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8.0
Daredevil (1998) #507

Jul 4, 2010

Visually, although the artist is not the same, the colouring helps create the same mood of lush red blues that has pervaded this series since the new team took over. However, things may be a bit too dark in places. The mix of snow and blood looks great though.

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6.0
Daredevil (1998) #508

Jul 25, 2010

Daredevil has turned the Hand into a retributive justice organization and killed his arch enemy Bullseye (although no body was shown). Where will he go next? Will his best friends, Foggy Nelson and Dakota North be the next victims of his madness? Daredevil as a villain is interesting, although he never really is in control of his fate and other people are always playing him. Im not sure what will be achieved with this storyline that has not been explored and done before in a Daredevil comic book. Hes been betrayed before. Hes gone crazy before. Hes beat up a lot of innocents and hurt Foggy and people he loves many many times before. Why do they even care at this point? The story doesnt explain that. Foggy thinks the Kingpin is behind everything and is willing to forgive Matt Murdock another time. Again, that is the weakness of the story. It stays in the past and plays the old plots constantly and shows what a wreck Daredevil really is. How I long for a good Daredevil story arc where he

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5.0
Daredevil (1998) #509

Oct 3, 2010

De la Torre is a great artist here and unfortunately, he is not given good material to work with. He manages to make the story visually interesting and rich which is the best thing about this comic book. Combined with Hollingsworths colours, they do make this comic book a visually rich experience, even if the story is nowhere to be found.

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7.5
Daredevil (1998) #512

Dec 29, 2010

Visually, the artwork continues to be great with exceptional colouring. It was probably the best thing about this issue.

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7.0
Daredevil (2011) #2

Sep 5, 2011

Rivera is from the Spider-man series. Maybe thats why I felt like this was like reading Amazing Spider-man. Hes the kind of artist that works well with the choreographed action in Daredevil. Im still amazed that Marvel Comics allows artists like Rivera to work for them. Their styles are completely non super hero mainstream, although it captures action just as well. To tell the truth, I prefer Rivera to whoever was handling the regular Daredevil series in last years Shadowland crossover. Pay attention to how Captain America and Daredevil spar in this issue and you will discover what real comic book storytelling is about.

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8.0
Daredevil (2011) #3

Sep 20, 2011

Rivera is great at action. I like how he drew the decomposing sound-based villain. Thats some ingenious design. However, he should not be doing any more cover for Daredevil. This one was so uninspired that were this series not already in my pull list, I would not have picked up this book based on its cover. Its really an ugly cover that feels like its from a 1980s comic book.

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10
Daredevil (2011) #4

Oct 10, 2011

Now that Waid is finally blooming on this series, Martins work is finally allowed to shine properly. Martin has been a great draftsman from the beginning, but with little inspiring material to work with, it all felt useless. Now he can tell the kind of stories that matter and that people will remember. Its nothing crazy or groundbreaking, but the illustrations are just right and of course the storytelling works well for a character with so much kinetic energy, like Daredevil.

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10
Daredevil (2011) #5

Nov 28, 2011

Martin is not Lee Weeks, but his works is perfectly suitable for this series. Hes not too big on drawing Daredevil jumping around, but his storytelling is excellent He casually moves the story along and as reader, I never feel overwhelmed. There is just enough visual information to carry us through. Its refreshing.

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6.0
Daredevil: Cage Match #1

May 30, 2010

Daredevil and Cage have a bet about which one can take the other first after Cage misjudges Daredevils capabilities. But good old Daredevil thug, Turk is involved in the match as Cages trainer. Will he manage to sabotage this friendly fight? This story is set in the past and of course, is full of continuity errors. In the past, Foggy Nelson, Matt Murdocks partner did not know he was Daredevil. Or if he knew, he did not tell the hero he knew. Thats a major mistake. Second, Turk looks way too modern with dreads rather than the good old afro weve always known him to sport. There is no point to the story. Its not even charming or reeking of that good old fake nostalgia story set in the retroactive past that comic book publishers like to publish. The characters in the book look very stiff which is not a great thing when featuring a very acrobatic protagonist.

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5.0
Dark Avengers #1

Jan 25, 2009

Here, Deodato tries to make Osborne look like Richard Nixon.I guess that when a villain of the day is needed, Nixons the man to ape. I dontlike how Deodato poses his characters. Their gestures feel painful and stretched.If I were ever to stand like any of them, I would have chronic back pain. Hesalso the type of illustrator that has muscles always in a pumping mode, neverrelaxed. Well, looking at his work did not relax me. Hopefully this series canend quickly once this crossover is over.

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9.5
Dark Avengers #3

Mar 22, 2009

The artwork this issue is better than in the first issue.The weird posing has stopped and Deodato shows he can stage a fight scene. Now,if only his Nixon interpretation of Osborn could become the norm at MarvelComics, that would be just sweet.

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8.5
Dark Avengers #5

Jun 9, 2009

Deodato is a good artist. He continues to build upon the facial representation of Osborn as Nixon crossed with some Tommy Lee Jones. Its priceless and how I envision the character from now on. The mood here reminded me of the current Captain America run but with less beautiful colouring. Still this is a good layout and with good pacing.

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7.5
Dark Avengers #9

Sep 21, 2009

The Egyptian gods have been waiting for Thor to suffer from somekind of weakness before returning a favour and taking him out once and for all. So they plot this plan to go meet him in his secluded mountains and defeat him. Meanwhile, Thor, having recently killed his own grandfather is afraid of his power and prefers to stay away from civilization. Will the Egyptian gods succeed in defeating the Norse god?

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9.0
Dark Avengers #11

Nov 29, 2009

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10
Dark Avengers #12

Dec 26, 2009

Deodato has often been for me a hit or miss, but here, its a hit. Hes much more interesting than in the first issues. Gone are the dramatic pauses, replaced by solid storytelling and good staging. My only question is why cant he draw nipples on naked characters. I thought this convention of the comic book world had been dismissed years ago. As an aside, old time readers will recognize that this cover is an old recreation of the first Avengers series #314 which also mentioned the Void!

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9.5
Dark Avengers #13

Jan 23, 2010

Its hard to imagine that a year ago, I really did not like Deodatos work on this series. I felt his characters gestures were odd and non natural. I didnt like his storytelling either. Whereas I wished this series would end quickly, I now really like what is offered and the visual. Deodato has grown a lot in this series in subtle ways. His posing is no longer back pain inducing. His characters look like normal humans instead over muscled creatures suffering from roid rage. He also makes every one of them look different. Finally, his Norman Osborn is the best rendition of any current one with his Richard Nixon nose. This series really has grown and is a great one.

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10
Dark Avengers #14

Mar 3, 2010

The Sentry goes berserk assuming his dark side and only Norman Osborne is capable of taming him. Yet, any result must be temporary as the Sentry is now self aware. That cant really be good for anyone. I really like this issue which shows that Osborn is more than a crazy lunatic. As crazy as he is, he knows how to control people crazier than he is. His argument for stopping the Void was credible and showed that he did not reach his current position only through guile. He has merit. This series is the one where Bendis has been putting all his efforts and it will be sad to see it go away. Its just too enjoyable. Deodato has grown as an artist and converted me into one of his fans in the space of a year. I used to hate his work. Now, I feel he defines the entire Norman Osborn and Dark Reign era.

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10
Dark Avengers #15

Mar 22, 2010

I will miss Deodato when the Dark Avengers end in a few months. Hes really a great artist that has evolved over the past year into a strong creator. Beredo added more painterly effects to his clouring this issue and that complemented Deodatos work quite well.

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10
Dark Avengers #16

May 26, 2010

Deoodato continues to impress me. Starting as an artist I could not stand with annoying unnatural poses, he morphed into a strong storyteller with a sense for the dramatic, as can be seen in the last page of the comic book featuring Osborn. Hes not what I would call a photogenic artist. His style is not exuberant. But he gets the job done.

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8.0
Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Exodus #1

Sep 20, 2009

Deodato and Dodson offered the type of visual that makes one wish the story read could last forever. It was just fun to see the potential fights and the various set ups. Some of it was confusing though and may have something to do with the large cast used in this comic book. Nonetheless, its still something worth collecting.

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7.0
Dark Reign: The List - Amazing Spider-Man #1

Nov 29, 2009

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9.0
Dark Reign: The List: Avengers #1

Sep 21, 2009

Djurdjevic is a great artist, although he draws his characters open mouth wider than Rob Liefeld. He gets pacing and page composition and its hard to find anything bad with his work. Its crispy comic book fair and it may help to justify this fourth or fifth " I lose track " Avengers series.

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6.0
Dark Reign: The List: Daredevil #1

Sep 20, 2009

Tan is a bad choice for this series. His work is better suited to clear-cut and brooding super heroes, not crime detective tragedy like Daredevil. Although his work was not bad, he lacks the skill to capture Daredevils kinetic moves. When Daredevil dodges an attack from Bullseye, it doesnt feel like its this superbly trained acrobat beating the odds. It feels like Cable ducking an explosion without any grace.

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8.0
Dark Wolverine #75

Jun 28, 2009

Camuncoli has been a better artist. When he drew the Intimates for Wildstorm hes characters looked more compelling. The only difference is that he had a more competent inker " Sandra Hope that was capable of improving his work. Here, Catacchio only enhance Camuncolis weaknesses like the wider than normal mouths and the goofy expressions of the character. The way this is drawn is not bad, but would be a better fit in a Vertigo series, than one featuring a Wolverine.

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3.0
Dark Wolverine #78

Sep 22, 2009

Im not a fan of Segovias work. He makes womens breast stupidly huge and draws their hair as floating in the wind, even inside a closed office. His storytelling is all over the place as he favours expressing and showing off his art work and weird angles as opposed to sticking to the script and delivering something the average reader can decipher without having the rebuild a puzzle that ultimately doesnt make sense.

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7.5
Dark Wolverine #80

Nov 29, 2009

Im not a fan of the artists work as their storytelling is not good. Theyd rather put dismembered panels all over the place instead of concentrating on telling the story clearly.

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8.0
Dark Wolverine #82

Jan 23, 2010

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8.5
Dark Wolverine #83

Mar 3, 2010

Daken, the son of Wolverine is courted by Fates of Asgard that want him to start Ragnarok anew. Will Daken follow their lead or continue to prove that he is his own master? I really like this issue and although I hate Daken as an antisocial jerk " he represents the worst type of person I would never want to come across, he is the most interesting villain I have read in years. He is just a bad guy and there is nothing redeemable about him, as the Fates see. I see a future for this series after the Dark Avengers story and would gladly follow it, if the writers stay on board. Camuncoli has always been a great artist and I wish he could get a better inker to show how good he really is.

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8.0
Dark Wolverine #84

May 1, 2010

Daken is offered a future where he is a leader of men during the Siege of Asgard. Will he rise up to the occasion or will he be a loner once more. I really liked this issue as it showed the best and the worst of the character. I really despise Daken as a character but I feel compelled to read his comic book series. I dont usually like clones of other characters like X-23, but Daken here is his own character. Hes not his dad, Wolverine and his even more interesting than the old man. Hes just crazy and a psychopath. Much of the fun of this series lies in the strong characterization by Way and Liu. Im not sure anyone else could make Daken such a formidable character. Camuncoli of course is a great artist, although Sandra Hope is his best inker to date. Catacchio brings another dimension to Camuncoli and in this gritty war with Asgard, it fits just right.

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7.0
Dark Wolverine #85

May 2, 2010

Wolverine recruits his son, Daken, the Dark Wolverine so they can team up to take down Romulus, the man who trained Daken. But Daken is his own man and betrays his father. But can Daken really trick his own father or is there a greater plot at work? I like that Wolverine is no longer treated as an idiot next to Daken. I like that Daken has been taken down one peg and that his sexuality is his downfall. Hes not that smart, just a psychopath. What I didnt like was the clear cut break from the last storyline where no explanation about where Daken ended up after the Siege were given. The last issue of Siege is next week and I know this series is not meant to spoil that, but some better transition is warranted. I felt like I had missed an issue. Im not a fan of Segovia. He seems to me like another of those Leinil Francis Yu clone artist. Maybe with an inker that did not reinforce Yus style it would have worked better. On the other hand if you like Yus work, this comic book is for you.

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6.5
Dark Wolverine #86

May 31, 2010

Daken, the Dark Wolverine sets his father in a trap in order to deliver him to his guru Romulus. But will Wolverine fall into the trap or will Dark Wolverine try to set up the two men against one another and claim the spoils? I hate stepping into a comic book that In follow monthly and discover that Im missing a whole chapter because of some stupid and convoluted crossover. Its whats happened here. I didnt know the last issue would be continued in Wolverine Origins. Frankly, I dont care about Wolverine Origins. The only thing that occurred here is Marvel Comics proving that I didnt really need to read much of Wolverine Origins to get the story. It was confusing at first, but after ignoring the missing chapter, I could focus on the present tale. The story is pointless and a bunch of fight strewn together. Im not interested in the whole Romulus affair, although one could argue that Romulus is a big part of Dakens history. Smith s visual work is good and flows well.

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7.5
Dark Wolverine #87

Jun 19, 2010

The artwork is good in places but weaker in other ones. Still it captured the ambiguity of the character well. I actually like seeing Daken without his super villain costume more than. The character feels more genuine and his conflicting personality can shine better. The colours were particularly good this issue.

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7.5
DC Universe: Rebirth #1

May 29, 2016

One artist would have been enough to tell this story. Not trusting any of its great cartoonists means that DC Comics is still playing it safe. I dont want to read a safe comic meant to comfort me in the familiar. I want to be impressed and shown what the future holds for DC Comics. I dont quite feel it yet with Rebirth #1.

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8.5
Death of Hawkman #5

Feb 10, 2017

Just a note: Hawkgirl is not in the comic even though she is featured on the cover.

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9.0
Deathstroke (2016) #3

Oct 12, 2016

Joe Bennett is an old time 2000s DC Comics artist who could draw good looking women. Im glad that he is back for this issue as it focuses on Ravager. Bennett is a pro. His work follows the lead established by Carlo Pagulayan but with less flash. What he loses in flash, he makes up in solid storytelling and a double-cross set up that remarkably enhances Priest complicated premise.

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8.0
Deathstroke (2016) #4

Oct 28, 2016

Joe Bennet's work here is great. He is used to drawing urban action scenes. But here, he does the kinetic and step by step storytelling well.

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9.0
Deathstroke (2016) #8

Dec 25, 2016

In the visual department, Larry Hama, an old pro at wordless comic book storytelling, continues to guide the beautiful pencils by Carlo Pagulayan. Hama is the perfect foil for Priest. They are both old timers in comics who are willing to let visuals do the heavy storytelling lifting. Pagulayan is a fine artist who while he many not handle storytelling as naturally as Hama, can render beautiful scenes.

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6.5
Deathstroke (2016) #9

Jan 1, 2017

Cary Nords style is a complete switch from what weve seen previously in this series. The problem is not that Nord is a bad artist. He is an old pro. The problem is that the does not match what weve seen before and creates a storytelling break that is worsened with the complicated story. Editors should really be more careful when picking replacement artists for a few issues.

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7.0
Deathstroke (2016) #10

Jan 24, 2017

Cary Nord is just not right for this book. I usually like his work but this is not the kind of series where he shines. The Slade in prison scenes were painful to watch. His storytelling of the Bosnian attack in the flashback made no sense and due to equally bad lettering and dialogues, it was unclear who was speaking. The characters in this book tend to share the same voice.

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10
Deathstroke (2016) #11

Feb 7, 2017

Dennys Cowan is back! And hes inked by Bill Sienkiewicz. Hum, what can I say about this? With Priest, this is one of the strongest line up of classic comics greats working together. Ive complained about guest artists not fitting the current series look. Because this was a one shot with the Creeper, which mind you fit the rest of the series continuity, I can only say that I was impressed with this comic. Its the best one so far. Why is Deathstroke so hit and miss?

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9.5
Deathstroke (2016) #17

May 13, 2017

Trust Joe Bennett to deliver a solid comic capturing all the madness in the Wilson family. His work is detailed and just right to capture the beauty of the characters. These are not, however, beautiful people. And the fact that their ugliness is not more visible is a problem!

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7.5
Deathstroke (2016) #19

May 26, 2017

The artwork in this chapter is the best of the entire storyline. Carlo Pagulayan did get help with wonderful layouts by Larry Hama. Im hoping that when Deathstroke becomes a monthly title, that Pagulayan will be able to remain as the only artist on this series. While I enjoy Joe Bennetts work, I prefer Pagulayan to the regular DC Comics s house style.

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9.5
Deathstroke (2016) #20

Jun 16, 2017

Larry Hama continues to shape the wonderful breakdowns of this story which are then rendered marvellously by Carlo Pagulayan. Its great work guys!

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8.0
Deathstroke (2016) #21

Jul 10, 2017

Deogenes Neves is an unknown to me but he seems ready for the big leagues. I dont always like the way he draws faces though, but everything else is dynamic and at the level established by prior artists on this series. Last question. Why is this series priced at $3.99 when it has the same page count as cheaper series?

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7.5
Deathstroke (2016) #22

Aug 8, 2017

I did not enjoy the part of the story involving the big fight with the light creatures. So many clichs, like the size-changing teammate falling after being hit. The art was good yet the way the story was told visually was disappointing.

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8.0
Detective Comics (2016) #941

Oct 12, 2016

A stronger inker is needed to enhance Andy MacDonalds artwork. At point, his ink coverage work. At others, it is too light and gives a Vertigo Comics feel to his work. Although dealing with monsters, the Vertigo look should not be what this series aims for. He can draw gory stuff, although not as well as Ryan Ottley or Howard Porter.

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9.0
Doctor Solar: Man of the Atom Vol. 3 #1

Jul 25, 2010

The one weak point is the artwork. Its not bad at all, but the inking should be stronger. It doesnt fit with the style of the story and makes it more quiet than it really is.

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8.0
Doctor Solar: Man of the Atom Vol. 3 #3

Dec 30, 2010

Robinson replaces Dennis Calero this issue. His work is more attuned to a super hero comic book and although he is not a better illustrator, his dynamism may be what this series needed to be noticed. I like Caleros work, but the inking was not the best. Its pure super heroics!

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8.5
Doctor Solar: Man of the Atom Vol. 3 #4

Jan 1, 2011

As I write before, Robinsons work is more suited for this series than the previous artist because its more super hero-oriented. The line work reminds me of Gil Kanes drawings. Funnily, its also kinetic. For those not familiar with Solar The Man of the Atom, this series is worth picking. The story is still slow, but it packs enough action and contents per issue. Its not a five minutes read.

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8.5
Doctor Spektor: Master Of The Occult #1

Jul 7, 2014

Neil Edwards is a solid illustrator whose work seems to be as good with super heroes as with drawing regular folks. Most of the issue contains with regular folks. His work is cleaner than the average Vertigo series from DC Comics. Im looking forward for more adventures from this series but Im not sure if enough readers will notice it and give it a chance.

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8.0
Doodle Jump #1

Jul 7, 2014

Since Im comparing this series to Angry Birds, I have to say that the birds look much better. I like the roughness and line quality of the doodles but they look less polished than the Angry Birds comic. While the colours are bright, the shading on the character makes them look dirty. Perhaps this is the intended look for the series but it looks dirty.

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8.0
Doomwar #1

Feb 28, 2010

Eaton is used to working on the Black Panther so his work seems natural here. It is a bit busy with too much going on in the page to really make the layout work. Thus its not very engaging even if the characters designs are strong.

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8.0
Doomwar #2

Mar 22, 2010

Eaton is used to the Black Panther and his black characters actually look like they are black, instead of Caucasian with brown painted on them. The characters also each have their own looks. This is good. Unfortunately, the darker colour palette used by Beaulieu is too dark to enhance the work of Eaton and the entire book ends ups being a smudge of lines and colours that is not really appealing, although the artist is fine. The cover by Romita was poor by all standards and looks like it was put together at the last minute just so they could say Romita participated and try to sell more copies. Well poor covers, even by Romita dont tend to do that.

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7.0
Doomwar #6

Aug 6, 2010

The artwork was good of course with a team thats quite used to working with these characters. It seemed less dark than previous issues. Its not an impressive issue either which means that this comic book will not have that much resonance or influence in a few years. Thats a bummer because there was so much great potential when it started.

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8.0
Eternals #1

Jun 29, 2008

The story did a good job of retelling details about the last mini-series so readers can start fresh. Knauf set up the conflict with Druig and another evil very well. Coming off after Neil Gaiman is a tough act to follow. And where the Knaufs divert with Gaiman is when they try to give the Dreaming Celestial a language at once alien and similar to a computing language in order to make us understand how Celestials communicate and view our world. It removes the dread we had about the Dreaming Celestial in the mini-series. We know hes not going to start rampaging through San Francisco. But it also lacks the evocative and poetic quality of the simple words used in Gaimans scripts. Still, the story is worth reading and the characters likable and intriguing enough for us to care more about them.

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9.0
Everafter #2

Nov 1, 2016

Travis Moore reminded me of a younger Rags Morales. I have never heard of him before but I enjoy his work. Unlike Morales, he keeps the size of eyeballs to a respectable size. Besides great character renditions, Moore excels at background illustration. His page layouts are sometimes a bit too fancy and can lead to confusion though. If he limited these tricks, it would enhance his considerable storytelling abilities.

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10
Everafter #5

Jan 31, 2017

Travis G. Moore is incredible. His work is stellar and adds a lot of realism to a story about mythical creatures and characters. This series is great. If you are not reading it yet, I urge you to try it.

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9.0
Everafter #6

Feb 28, 2017

Steve Rolstons work is a stark change from what we have been treated to earlier. His rendering which are cartoony and simplified are suited for a story featuring goblins. I do admit that I was put off by it at first since it is so different from the hyperrealism that we have witnessed earlier. But Rolstonis a solid storyteller, nevertheless.

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6.0
Fantastic Four #556

Aug 17, 2008

Hitch doesnt help his partners story. His art, here is ugly. The inking is poor and the characters not solid. Johnny Storm who is supposed to be a hunk, looks like a 40-year-old guy. Reed Richards looks alright, but what Hitch does with the story is not interesting. There is a lot of information in each panel, but after a while you ask yourself why? It doesnt make the story clearer or more interesting.

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7.0
Fantastic Four #557

Aug 17, 2008

Hitch draws a decent George W. Bush, and adds many intricate details to the CAP and other settings. The story definitely looks over the top and out of this world and I understand why Marvel Comics picked him for the storyline. Because of the outlandish sets he creates, there is always a threat that his work will not connect with readers because they are out of scale. However, he does add enough of those close-ups shots with enough human emotions.

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9.0
Fantastic Four #558

Aug 18, 2008

Hitch is a hit or miss. It depends on how much he inked his work or let other inkers lend a hand. I would bet that Currie does a better job of inking Hitch though and maybe he should have more space to interpret this great penciler. In the past, teams such as John Romita Jr and Klaus Janson proved that an inker can add as much thrill and delight to a great artists work, when they are given the space needed to shine. Lets hope that Hitch inking his own work is not a matter of ego, and that Currie can start taking more spotlight.

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6.0
Fantastic Four #559

Nov 20, 2008

Im not a fan of Hitchs work here. All his male characters look like George W. Bush. However, the action sequences are entertaining enough and of course done in cinema wide scope format. Perhaps thats why the issue feels like such a quick useless read. Its filled with giant posters.

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9.0
Fantastic Four #567

Jun 13, 2009

Hitch continues to deliver superior renderings in these pages and he will be missed when his and Millars run end. He clearly defines how the characters should look, although I dont like how he draws Doctor Dooms nose. It seems like something DC Comics Hawkman would wear!

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9.0
Fantastic Four #585

Nov 28, 2010

Epting is a great artist. Hes like a mix of Alan Davis and Bryan Hitch. If I have one criticism, its that he needs a stronger inker to strengthen his lines. In many panels, they look almost half-closed. Beyond that it all looks nice and has great colouring by the unmatchable Paul Mounts.

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6.5
Fantastic Four #600

Nov 27, 2011

With an anthology format, its easy to have bad art. There were no real weak chapters visually. It all looked nice although the styles were very different. Di Giandomenico was my favourite artist. His piece on Johnny Storm was crisp and lively.

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5.0
Final Crisis #4

Nov 6, 2008

Visually, the story is good with a well flowing story reinforcing the plot. Its just too bad that the artwork is wasted on a story that makes no sense.

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9.0
Final Crisis: Requiem #1

Jul 15, 2008

Im not against Mahnkes interpretation of the Martian Mahnunter, as it gives it a unique look among all the football-player-like super heroes he used to fight with. The death of the Martian was gruesome but effective. It did show some of his emotions through his eyes which lack irises. Thats a feat.

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7.0
Flash (2011) #3

Nov 27, 2011

I guess, giving the Flash to a new writer like Manapul was a big gamble on DC Comics part. The Flash is one of the core characters at DC Comics and its always had great creators working on it. Visually, Manapul does incredible work and because hes both the writer (partly) and the artist, his work relies on the visual storytelling a lot. It works. There are very few mainstream comic books still written and drawn by the same guy and I hope that DC Comics will let the experiment continue a while longer. These comics usually produce gems when given time to grow.

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7.0
Flash (2016) #22

May 17, 2017

Howard Porter does the best he can with the thin script he was given. He continues to draw his characters with as much expression as Bart Sears and the dynamism of comics in 2017. Not many artists at DC Comics have the level of dynamism that Porter has. For this issue, he was the best pick. I do like how he redesigned Jay Garrick though.

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8.0
Flash (2016) #23

May 31, 2017

Carmine Di Giandomenicos work continues to remind of the art of Carmine Infantino with the elongated figures whose muscles are well defined and almost sculpted. I wonder if he has trained with Carmine Senior. Of course, his take on the Flash is more modern yet still pleasing.

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9.5
Flash (2016) #24

Jun 16, 2017

Carmine di Giandomenico and Pop Mhans show a lot of the pencils (whether they are actual pencils or digital) used for the page. Often Giandomenico reuses elements but does not adjust the width of the lines in close shots. Here instead, we see the thickness of the lines that he uses and the analog quality that they have. Not any comic book artists these days are willing to play with the lines of their figures the way Giandomenico does. It adds a lot of energy to his work.

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6.5
Flash (2016) #25

Jul 2, 2017

Many artists contribute to this issue and do make it good. I like that each artist was given the right section to illustrate. Carmine di Giandomenico is violent in his expression of emotions such as Barry Allens pain and the Reverse-Flashs evil. Neil Googe gives the Flash and Thawne innocence and naivety. Its lovely. Ryan Sook adds grounding and the weight of a body to the few pages that he draws. If the colourist had toned these pages with sepia or another filter it would have added to the historical feel the artist conveyed.

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8.5
Flash (2016) #26

Jul 18, 2017

To some extent, I feel that now Flash suffers from the Daredevil problem where since Frank Miller every writer wants to rewrite the classic stories that elevated the character. So just like Daredevil, with Flash, every writer since Mark Waid has been trying to write the ultimate epic with the speed force and the Reverse Flash. When Geoff Johns did it, he added layers by beefing up the Rogues gallery. But Im not too sure what Williamsons contribution will be at this point other than playing with other writers toys and retelling their greatest stories his way. Why wont writers of characters with defining stories like Daredevil and Flash just not forge their own paths?

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7.5
Flash (2016) #27

Aug 4, 2017

Im glad that this story is over even though the Reverse-Flash seems to be gone for a while. I suspect that he will be revived yet again. Im tired of seeing him. Hes like Sinestro for Green Lantern Hal Jordan. You can always count on a writer to bring him back no matter how often he dies. Because the death of the Reverse-Flash does not appear to be permanent, the story loses all emotional connection and strength. He had been killed in the Button crossover with Batman, and revived the very next issue in Flash. Writer Joshua Williamson has sabotaged his own efforts here.

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10
Flash Gordon #1

May 17, 2014

I have a concern about this series. The ideas are fresh and could cement a solid reboot for Flash Gordon. But will Dynamite lose interest with Flash Gordon in a few years or will it try to sustain a new classic version of the character?

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8.5
Flash Gordon #3

Jul 7, 2014

Evan Shaner continues to be a remarkable artist in the tradition of Chris Samnee, Alex Toth and even Frank Frazetta. He renders his characters with a retro look fit for the 1960s but that is delicious for the eyes in 2014. A dedicated inker would create the textured light and dark compositions that would enhance his work.

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8.0
Flash Gordon #6

Oct 7, 2014

Evan Shaner is of course the best artist for this series. The comic book did not feel the same the last issue when a guest artist stepped in for a substantial set of pages. He adds a lot of the levity that Parker tries to imbue in the comic. His composition and storytelling is flawless. He understands the basic cinematographic staging. For example, check out the pages where Dale and the Hawkmen hide in the bush. The space they occupy on the page is rigorously maintained, just like in a movie. Few comic book artists bother to use these cinematographic continuity tricks.

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8.5
Flash: Rebirth (2016) #1

Jun 15, 2016

I like having Carmine di Giandomenico working on this series. Its been a while since a guy named Carmine drew the Flash and for some odd reason, he draws his character with the same elongated limbs that look unattached to thetorso, like Flash creator Carmine Infantino! Di Giandomenicos interpretation of the Flash is really an updated take from Infantino, down to certain memorable poses that old time readers will recognize.

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7.5
Future Quest #2

Jul 13, 2016

I marginally prefer the Doc Shaner pages to Ron Randalls pages. Jonathan Cases pages were good too. It feels like one is watching the old cartoons. Perhaps that is why these artists were created. The transitions between their pages were seamless thanks to the colouring from Jordie Bellaire. Im looking forward to reading more issues of Future Quest. The cover and the colurs for the cover are not as good as what's inside.

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7.0
Future Quest #8

Jan 1, 2017

Ariel Olivetti has experience drawing Space Ghost comics. However, his style is a bit jarring compared to what weve seen previously. He is an excellent painterly artist. It just feels out of place in a comic with pure retro art.

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8.5
Future Quest #9

Feb 8, 2017

I really like Ron Randall and think that he is a great replacement for Doc Shaner. His work is cleaner too. Randall is an old pro who delivers good super hero action. Veronica Gandinis colouring is also very good although he draws the palms of black characters the same colour as the rest of their skin. No one has melamine in their palms and soles. That means that they should not be coloured brown.

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7.5
Future Quest #11

Mar 28, 2017

The saving grace of this series has been the characters which so many love and the artwork by wonderful artists such as Evan Shaner who is back this issue after only been the cover artist, as I assume that he was working on other projects. Ive said before. Shaner is the perfect artist for this series.

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6.0
Future Quest #12

May 15, 2017

I want to see more of these characters but I want the stories to avoid dragging and to mean something.

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9.0
Gotham City Sirens #1

Jun 28, 2009

Of course, any comic book featuring female lead is forever doomed to have an artist that knows how to highlight the female physique " or draw something that looks like what men idealize about womens bodies. March does a good job drawing women, but also backgrounds and male characters. His work is crispy and full of action. Hes capable of doing comedic facial expression and is a good storyteller. Did I mention that his women, although over sexualized, have reasonably real proportions?

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6.0
Green Arrow (2010) #1

Jul 10, 2010

The visuals are not bad, but they do annoy me. They have that sharp edge that feels like someone is rubbing their nails on a blackboard. Thats how it feels looking at them. Its not that the artist is bad. But his work is not quiet. Blame the inker for that one.

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6.0
Green Arrow (2011) #2

Nov 8, 2011

Jurgens and Prez deliver a crisp and solid comic book, but it feels dated and from an earlier generation. Its not to my liking. Ill have to seriously consider whether Ill get the next issue.

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7.0
Green Arrow (2011) #3

Nov 26, 2011

Jurgens and Prez may sound like a dream team, but the work comes out stiff. It really feels like a book from the 1990s. The storytelling is brilliant, but the rendering, while well done still continue to feel old.

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7.0
Green Arrow / Black Canary #15

Jan 4, 2009

Norton is not a bad artist, but his work is not memorable either. Its solid and well crafted but without the extra oomph that creates a star artist. I think his greater weakness was having Rubinstein ink his work. While Im glad to see old pros get work, his inking totally overpowers Nortons work.

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7.0
Green Arrow / Black Canary #20

May 26, 2009

Norton is a good artist that delivers. But my problem with his rendition is that theres nothing that grabs the reader and takes it to another level. He is not a bad artist at all. His work is professionally rendered but he doesnt try to break any mould. DC Comics seems happy to hire a lot of artists of this caliber for its series. On one hand this is a good thing because artists like Norton and Rubinstein do their work proficiently. But on the other hand, this work does not elevate the comic book into anything more. In these times of shrinking audiences and economic downturns, Id like to see artists like Norton and Rubinstein put more efforts to grab readers attention.

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7.0
Green Arrow / Black Canary #21

Jun 21, 2009

Rubinstein gives a Dick Giordano feel to the book which is not bad, but does date it and make it less attractive than other comic book. Its a pity that a fine inker like him who understands the art of the comic book feels dated in his handling of comic books. The reason I worry so much about the dated look, is because the majority of comic book readers these days dont have appreciation for the art of comic book inking and looking at this comic book may decide that it is old and boring, because of the well executed, but not mind grabbing artwork.

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7.0
Green Arrow / Black Canary #31

Mar 26, 2010

Dallocchio is a great artist but his inked lines are too thin in several instances. He would benefit from a more present inked line. His characters look weird in some places. He tends to draw women with gigantic opened mouth that look silly.

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6.0
Green Arrow / Black Canary #32

May 3, 2010

Green Arrows secret identity is busted and he is on trial for the murder of Prometheus. Can Green Arrow maintain his old friendships and save his marriage with the Black Canary? Im not sure what Im supposed to read here. Green Arrows secret identity has been busted? I thought everyone knew about him being Oliver Queen? Isnt he married with the Black Canary a super heroine with no secret identity of her own? Its a time like this that casual readers, like me who claim to not care much about continuity become continuity freaks. The story is ridiculous and makes no sense. The entire mayor storyline before that, where no one connected the dots was as ridiculous. But worse is the fact that we are supposed, as readers, feel that Green Arrow did something really bad. In Identity Crisis, the actions of the super heroes were genuinely wrong. There was a real tension and a feeling that a threshold had been crossed. But Green Arrow? The guy whos been killing people since the mid 1980s is supposed

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7.0
Green Hornet #1

May 1, 2010

Lau is a good artist, but his characters seem too long. Im also not a big fan of his action scenes. What I do like is the colouring. Its bright and vibrant. It helps that the various covers are as enticing as the ones from Now Comics.

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6.5
Green Hornet #2

May 3, 2010

Although accomplished artist Phil Hester draws the breakdowns, the storytelling g and fights scenes are not the best I have seen. Theres a real problem with the choreography and Laus elongated figures dont help much. But regular non action scenes fare much better.

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7.5
Green Hornet #3

May 4, 2010

Britt Reid Sr. is murdered by the Black Hornet in front of his son Britt Reid Jr. while the mysterious Asian woman fails to save the day. Whats going on? Can Reid Jr. exact vengeance on the Green Hornet or is the Black Hornet as different man? There was inconsistencies in this issue. Who exactly threw the Green Hornet darts at the home invaders last issue? It seems that it was this new Black Hornet character, but why would he attack his own men? The rest of this issue serves as the wake up call for Reid Jr. and will soon explain why he must become the new Green Hornet. The old Green Hornet, from what I gather in this series didnt become vigilantes for revenge but for justice. It will be interesting to see the old Kato guide the new recruit. This issue is almost farcical. The old Kato really is Miyagi. Its unfortunate that Green Hornet has to become the karate kid. Still this series is interesting, even if one knows exactly where its going next. It may not be the most thoughtful Kevin S

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7.0
Green Hornet #10

Nov 28, 2010

Lau is good here with, although the first few pages with the missiles and the transformation of the Black Beauty into a hornet jet were incomprehensible. The other pages were much clearer and easier to read. Hester who did the breakdowns is usually good at storytelling and may have helped with that a lot. Theres a manga feel to this comic book series, and it feels odd because Green Hornet feels more like crime noir.

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9.0
Green Hornet #11

Dec 22, 2010

Im not sure if Hester even helped with the breakdowns of the storytelling this issue, but Laus work seems more dynamic than usual. The figures look much better than they did a few issues back. My only criticism is that I feel he needs a thicker inking over his pencils to strengthen the characters on the page. But it seems that now inkers was hired for this book and that it was sent directly to the Photoshop colourist for treatment. If thats the case, that would annoy me greatly as comic book inking is an essential skill and part of why comic books look so good. Skipping this production step in favour of the colourists fixing the work is a short term gain that doesnt help to highlight the artwork and make it more solid for a viewer.

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3.0
Green Hornet Blood Ties #1

Oct 31, 2010

As for the artwork, it was as bad. All the bad guys looked the same, making knowing who was saying what more difficult. Then the action and the posing of the character was bunch of clich action scenes that didnt help me as reader figure out what was supposed to be happening within the panel. It was really bad and a very weak attempt at a Green Hornet comic book. I supported this line before because I really like the characters, but material like this makes me seriously question future purchases. This comic book should not have been printed and sold to readers without major revisions.

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4.0
Green Hornet Blood Ties #2

Nov 28, 2010

This is the worst Green Hornet series published by Dynamite. Its just bad. Lets start with the artwork. I cant stand Desjardins' work. Its smudgy and a bunch of lines trying to pastiche Jim Lee who unlike Desjardins, knew exactly how many lines of cross hatching to put on a page and where he had to stop before the whole thing became convoluted. Desjardins' characters all look the same and have the same expression. The inking i is weak and instead of reinforcing the best aspect of his work, only highlight the bad. The bad composition, the odd facial expressions, the weird storytelling are all put under the spotlight with the chicken scratches that pass for inking. What Desjardins needs is a solid line. Not crosshatching. You look at the page and there is no anchor to help the readers eyes latch on to some element because everything is a weak chicken scratch. There is no play of line width and thickness where foreground elements stand out and help guide the readers eyes within a panel. E

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7.0
Green Hornet: Year One #1

May 1, 2010

This story tells the origin of the first Green Hornet and how he and Kato started fighting criminals in Chicago. As an old comic book fan of the Green Hornet, Im happy to see the multi-generational history of the character first established by writer Ron Fortier back. When Now Comics published the Green Hornet, there was a Golden Age one " the same from the radio serials, there was Silver Age one, the same from the 1960s television series and finally, there was the new modern Green Hornet and a female Kato. While the female Kato will be seen in the modern Green Hornet series, the other Kato is the original butler that passed as a Korean while being Japanese. In this issue we are shown flashbacks of both Britt Reid and Kato before they become masked vigilantes. We see what motivated them to become the men that decided to fight crime. Although the Green Hornet is much like Batman and preceded the later, there has not been such thought provoking work done on the character. Kato, in the N

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8.5
Green Hornet: Year One #2

May 3, 2010

The Green Hornet is here to give a warning to crime boss Carusos men. He wants a share of the business and nothing happens in his city without him being a part of it. The best parts of this comic book were those where we did not see the Green Hornet and Kato. In particular I liked the sequence in Africa with the warlords. All the parts with the Green Hornet and Kat were standard super hero thug action without anything imaginative. If youve read a Batman comic book, youve read this one. Lets hope future issues can put more fun back in the characters as opposed to their flashbacks. The art is solid and reinforces that 1940s look.

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8.0
Green Hornet: Year One #3

Jun 1, 2010

This story tells the tale of how Kato first met with Britt Reid and became his lifelong servant and sidekick. Caught in China during Japans attack on China and witnessing the horrors of his fellow Japanese patriots, Kato switches side and fight his countrymen until caught. But Reid saves him just in time to create a friendship that will take them all the way to Chicago where they will fight mobsters. This is finally the story that should have been told for the first two issues explaining the bond between the two heroes. Theres always been a racist context in the Green Hornets relationship with Kato where the former is less skilled and talented than the man that serves him and drives him around. Wagner doesnt deal with that issue head on, but helps alleviate criticism about the white guy who bosses around the yellow guy. Katos devotion to the Green Hornet is explained more in cultural obligation mode than in terms Westerners are used to. Lets hope future stories delve deeper in this asp

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6.5
Green Lantern (2005) #49

Dec 28, 2009

Benes draws this issue well although he still is a poor storyteller that relies on grandstanding shots of people standing around full of angst without doing much. The section by Marco Marz actually show what a better artist can deliver in but a few pages and how Benes is overrated and out of his league in a book like Green Lantern.

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9.5
Green Lantern (2011) #1

Sep 19, 2011

Doug Mahnke is a pro and I have always loved his work from the day I saw it in the first Mask mini-series. His work is crispier than before and at times, I found myself wondering if it wasnt Patrick Gleasons work. Gleason worked under Mahnke for years, so its interesting to see the master allow the student to inspire him. But its ll good including hints of Steve McNiven. Its sweet and crisp.

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10
Green Lantern (2011) #2

Nov 8, 2011

Mahnke adds that touch of suspense and great design to every page. Through him, I could feel the despair of Hal Jordan as he tried to rescue the people on the bridge but could not. I cant say anything bad about this comic book. Its that good.

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8.0
Green Lantern (2011) #3

Nov 26, 2011

Mahnkes Sinestro is creepy but so real. I like the crispness of the artwork. There is a Gil Kane quality to the visuals, which is quite a compliment for the artist.

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9.0
Green Lantern (2011) #4

Mar 20, 2012

Doug Mannke works wonder here and it's funny because one can feel see fear in the eyes of the Korugarians hedraws. Sinestro's gaze also has the same scary quality. I like Alamy's inks this issue. It's not as clean as usual with thick layers of blacks, but it works in the context of the story with the cells covering and absorbing all light.

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10
Green Lantern Corps (2011) #1

Sep 26, 2011

I dont know Fernando Pasarin, but can say that his work is brilliant so far. He has that same crisp quality that Doug Mahnke and Patrick Gleason have brought to Green Lantern in the past. His figures are well-formed and even his aliens look believable. Being able to draw good aliens is one great skill for a series like Green Lantern. I wasnt a regular Green Lantern Corps reader in the past, but I see no reason for passing such an excellently put series. This one has my full recommendations.

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9.0
Green Lantern Corps (2011) #2

Nov 12, 2011

Pasarins work is crisp and detailed. Hes good with alien designs too. He also knows how to create dread and anguish. Most of this story is about the perceived threat of the aliens. We dont see them do much damage on panel. Pasarin is good at hinting at stuff that occurs off page and creates dread.

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8.5
Green Lantern Corps (2011) #4

Dec 28, 2011

I like how the story has moved along and the big reveal of the villains origins. Its actually an interesting concept. We havent heard of them before of course although they seem similar to the Manhunters. I dont know how the Stormwatch and the Martian Manhunter will play out in future stories, but I really like the cameo. I also like seeing more of Stewarts resolve and Gardners cunning. This issue was not as fast moving action-wise as previous ones, but the build up and characterization rounded off the series thus far. Time Warner Inc. the parent company of DC Comics supports the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).

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8.0
Green Lantern Corps (2011) #32

Jun 15, 2014

Changs work under Moritas inks is a compelling mix. Moritat changes enough of Changs work that I didnt recognize it at first. Yet, the work is crisp. Chang draws good action scenes. I like the sequence where John Stewart was fighting with the Durlan invader. Some of the pages are too packed. For example, the shots of the Corps become a big mass of lines. This comic book is good. Get it.

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10
Green Lantern: New Guardians #1

Oct 2, 2011

Im not used to Kirkham, but I like his work already. Theres almost a hint of anim in his work, but with full composition being influenced by American comics. He can draw gore and aliens. His characters have good facial expressions and dont all look the same. Who could ask for anything more?

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9.0
Green Lanterns #1

Jun 16, 2016

I liked Robson Rochas artwork. Its not special but solid. His figure have that early Image Comic rage thing but with better anatomy! Hes also a decent storyteller. The colours were a bit too bright and muffled the artwork in places though. It was often difficult to quickly differentiate Green energy from the figures or the refracted light from props and surrounding characters.

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9.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #26

Aug 13, 2017

Rafa Sandoval is solid. He has a clean style with a few edges and angles that add to the dynamism of Green Lanterns. I really enjoy reading a comic without any internal logical flaw, good art, and a strong plot. Read this!

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4.0
Hawkgirl #53

Jul 4, 2006

Chaykin is not even trying to do the character justice. Hawkgirl is a babe for God sake. Here she looks pudgy and fat. That villainess looks even more ludicrous as she is built like a man yet wear those little bras to cover her boobs. Shes so manly, no one would have cared a second if they had drawn her nipples. Really, if you were a seven foot giantess with the body of a football player, would you even bother to cover your boobs? Just to keep fans reading, Chaykin shows us the nice lingerie that Hawkgirl wears to fight crime. Perhaps he never heard that female soldiers have bras designed for action. Who the hell cares, right. Lets just put some bras on the women built like Miss Muscle USA and put fine lingerie of the fat girl.

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8.5
He-Man / Thunder Cats #2

Dec 25, 2016

Freddie Williams II is always an acquired taste. But here, his work shines and fits better than anything else. His exaggerated musculature is not a problem in this comic. The kind of grotesque physique he gives characters is what I expect from these cartoon characters. If you have been sitting on the fence about this comic like I have, just give in. You will not be disappointed.

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9.0
He-Man / Thunder Cats #3

Dec 29, 2016

Ive already written about how Freddie Williams who is an acquired taste usually is the best artist for this comic. Besides the fact that he can render these muscle-bound atrocities well, he also make them look dynamic. In the case of the Thundercats, lets not forget that they always seem to dance when they fought. They dance in the comic too! Heres a suggestion. If youre a fan of Conan comics, pick this up.

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8.5
He-Man / Thunder Cats #4

Jan 26, 2017

Freddie Williams continues to be super cool drawing the one comic book he was meant to draw. He keeps amazing me by how much I cannot imagine anyone capturing the action from these cartoon properties and the overtly muscle frames of the characters so well.

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9.5
He-Man / Thunder Cats #5

Feb 15, 2017

I'm tired of saying that Freddie E. Williams II was born to draw this comic. Its chaotic and filled with energy and overtly muscle guys who seem on roids. It doesnt matter. This is what this comic and the cartoons were about. Get this comic!

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7.5
He-Man / Thunder Cats #6

Mar 21, 2017

Freddie Williams continues his dynamic work here but puts in way too much details per page. Most of it is lost in a fury of colours and details. You can only savour the comic if you read it slowly. There are so many details hidden everywhere. But these details do get in the way of the storytelling and the action looks off in many of the panels.

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5.0
Herogasm #1

May 28, 2009

The artwork was uneven. The proportions are off and the work feels expedited. The best part of the artwork is the scenery. The backgrounds and vehicles are all well rendered hinting that perhaps the artist is the wrong choice for a series thats focused on the human body and what goes on between consented adults.

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4.0
Herogasm #2

Jun 27, 2009

I still dont understand all the subplots and who is trying to outfox who. Although I joined this new series with #1, I still dont know what its purpose is about and why I should care about this comic book. Thats because the writer assumes that you have read the series from which this one spins off from, The Boys. Well, I havent and in comic book writing, not assuming that your reader picks up your book for the first time is a capital sin. I should not have to go through years and volumes worth of material to figure out what is happening in the pages of this comic book.

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4.0
Image United #1

Jan 18, 2010

About the artwork, only Valentinos was solidly formed and well composed. To think that these guys were once considered the top of the cream in terms of comic book art. Looking at their stuff is like looking at an old boxer who think he still has in him but doesnt realize that world has moved pass him.

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0.0
Image United #2

Jan 23, 2010

This series need an editor. I know the guys at Image Comics think that editors are there to make their lives miserable, but a strong editor would send the badly drawn pages back for retouching and make sure all the characters had proper anatomy and scales that matched one another when two artists share the same page and panel. Here, there is nothing but a mess and complete waste of raw talent.

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9.0
Incredibles #4

Jan 19, 2010

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7.0
Invincible #58

Jan 20, 2009

The story and the characters are still interesting, butbeyond the break point in issue #50, I dont feel that much has happened,although Ive skipped many issues.Visually this series continues to be strong,with clear storytelling and engaging sets. Many comic book artists should startstudying Ottleys work and aptitude to deliver a monthly series.

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7.0
Invincible #59

Feb 28, 2009

I like Ryan Ottleys work. Hes definedInvincible for this reader and adds a good super hero but lightness to the workthat makes it pleasant. In hindsight, Im not sure if his work would fit in anotherseries that was not about a young idealistic hero, like Johnny Rocket orSpider-man.

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8.0
Invincible #60

Mar 28, 2009

Ottleys rendering of the various vignettes for this issue works. A lot of stuff happens. But unlike Morrisons Final Crisis, the vignettes provide just enough information for the reader to complete the missing elements in one narrative. Thats good storytelling. Ottleys work is violent and full of blood, but dynamic. Perhaps his simplified and almost cartoony style is what will keep readers from perceiving the full effect of the gore in this issue.

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8.0
Invincible #62

May 28, 2009

I ask myself often if Ottley will ever get equal billing to creators Kirkman and Cory Walker. When I think of Invincible, I dont think of Walkers interpretation. I think of Ottleys. Hes defined the character and his universe for me. After delivering months after months of work on this series, it would be just for him to be acknowledged as an equal creator of Invincible, even if he did not draw the first issues.

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8.0
Invincible #63

Jun 27, 2009

By the panel counts, this issue seems to have a lot going for it. There is actually a lot to view visually. Ottleys storytelling is impeccable and entertaining. Sure, all his characters are covered with blood, which seems odd in such a clean cut comic book, but at least the gore has a purpose.

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8.5
Invincible #67

Oct 24, 2009

This is the second issue of Walkers return to Invincible. May I ask where hes been? I really like his work on this series as it gives a solid form to all the characters. He seems to be able to draw action, quiet scenes and gore as well as the regular artist of the series. The only difference here is that hes also part creator of Invincible and its world. A very good issue over all.

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7.0
Invincible #68

Nov 29, 2009

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7.0
Invincible #69

Jan 18, 2010

Ottley is back, but the inks on his work are to fine. I like the thicker lines better. I still like the amount of details he puts in and the construction of the panel. Its really a dynamic series when hes around.

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8.0
Invincible #70

May 1, 2010

Invincible fights the horrible squid guy that looks like the Justice Leagues Starro. But the fight against the parasite alien organism turns bad when Invincible has to make an important decision about the how to stop the villains threat. This story seemed like it was played for a laugh until Invincible crossed that line and ended the threat posed by the villain. I like where this is going and what it means for the character. After all the crap hes been through recently his reactions make sense. Theres not much to discuss about this issue except for the fact that it was a solid read. Ottley remains my favourite Invincible artist and he knows how to draw gore.

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8.5
Invincible #71

May 4, 2010

Invincible, his brother and his dad go out in space to join an alliance against the Viltrumites. However on route, they are attacked by Viltrumites and the one man that cause so much grief to Invincible. But prior that, its goodbye to everyone, including Eve who has a secret that could change Marcs life. I like this issue. It was a simple story with the right amount of action and strong storytelling. Its also the pause before the big fight. Im not sure how Invincible will get out of the jam hes in though. This issue a;so introduced a new character called Tech-jacket. Im hoping to see more of this character but I hope this is not Kirkman signalling that hes ready to retire Invincible after this run. Ottley is again gracing the pages with inker Rathburn who works so well with him. If both draw the next issue, I bet they will be tons of cool gore!

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9.5
Invincible #72

Jun 5, 2010

Invincible faces Conquest a second time. This time neither combatant will underestimate the other and they will fight until one of them die and the other barely makes it alive. Which one will it be? This issue took me by surprise. Its a great super hero fight to the finish the likes of which we rarely see these days, even with all the violence thats been allowed to creep in super hero comics. It used to be that Invincible was the safe series for those who long a old school super hero with challenges and real emotions, la Spider-man. The last year or so, Invincible has proven that every time we think it will become bland, it will shock us. This issue is like that. I really did not expect a fight to the finish when I picked this title this week. I didnt skip to check out the last pages, so it was a real shocker for me. I dont know how they ll come back from that one. Ottley, like everything in this issue is great. However, I seriously hope that drawing these comic books draw out all th

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7.0
Invincible #73

Jul 25, 2010

Mark is hurt badly and the Viltrumite war is being waged in every reaches of the universe without him, his father, and his brother. Months pass and Omni Man and Oliver Grayson, bond while attending to Marks wounds. But will they make it in time to help the fight the Viltrumite war? This issue annoyed me because it showed that Invincible would magically be healed up very soon although his guts were pulled from his being last issue. All of the drama established about the importance of the fight are useless, if the next issue erases everything and heals Mark completely. Nothing was gained, nothing was lost. Meanwhile, the war continues and it doesnt really matter as Mark and family are sitting this one out. Its a sleight of the hand for the reader and a cheap trick. I bet by the time we return to Earth Atom Eve, Marks girlfriend will have given birth already... The art is of course good and solid as usual. It might have been the most pleasant thing about this issue.

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10
Invincible #75

Dec 29, 2010

Ryan Ottley. Ryan Ottley. Hes Invincible. He draws all these worlds and characters, and then kills them in the most gruesome ways, making us care about all these cool characters that appear in the pages of this comic book series. I cant complain about anything Ottley does, including the gore. Its emotional. People are mangled and obliterated without care. Its not emotional or redeeming. Their deaths are true, in a sense. They are not heroic or romantized. The threat of the Viltrumite is well visualized. Ottley is a true super hero comic book artist. Hes a classic. Pick up this book. Its worth it.

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7.0
Invincible #83

Oct 9, 2011

Ottley continues to draw this series with a passion, although his figures are becoming more cartoony. Colourist John Rauch softraces many of the lines in this comic which is new here. It does reinforce the cartoon look of this series. It doesnt look bad at all. Its good to see the series growing visually, even if I dont like how Ottleys work is changing. Its not bad at all, just not what Im used from the artist.

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7.0
Invincible #84

Dec 4, 2011

Ottley was drawing this issue. He didnt draw Invincible #85 and that was a lot. I know hes not the original creator, but hes probably contributed more to Invincible than any other artist for several years now. His work can become a caricature at times " Eve is not exactly beautiful this issue. Yet, the visual pacing is fast and dynamic.

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8.0
Invincible #85

Nov 27, 2011

Cory Walker is back this issue and I have to say that I prefer when Ryan Ottley draws this series. The characters still look very much the same though, but Ottleys work is more lively and the faces more interesting to look at.

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9.0
Invincible #86

Feb 11, 2012

Cory Walker continues to art shores on the series after Ryan Ottley's departure. Although the characters look very much the same, he doesn't do gory fights as well and as bloody as Ottley. Yet the storytelling in this series is solid and following the action, never a problem. I'd like to see Walker's work under another inker. I have a feeling it would be more appealing.

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8.0
Invincible Iron Man #2

Jul 5, 2008

Art-wise, the entire book is a delight. There is a risk that the colouring which is heavily paint-like will stiffen the storytelling, but Larroca,s dynamic posing and effective use of iron Man allows the work to breathe like a comic book instead of a photo novel.

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10
Invincible Iron Man #10

Feb 17, 2009

Larroca is a great artist that brings the human dimensionof this story of a wider scale. He succeeds as well in drawing humaninteractions as big battle armour. Colourist DArmata has to be mentioned forthe way in which he channels the colour palette of French cartoonist M"bius. Itgives the book a realistic look mixed with some slight fantasy, informing thereader that this is not all real, but a comic book.

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10
Invincible Iron Man #14

Jun 21, 2009

Without Larroca, the story would not feel as larger than life. With Larrocas participation, this series and the current story arc have the potential to dethrone previous highlights of Iron Man, like the armour wars and much of the run by David Michelinie and Bob Layton. Whether its technology, regular folks or super models, Larroca knows how to render them well.

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10
Invincible Iron Man #18

Sep 20, 2009

Larroca may be credited as being the other half of this marvelous run in a few year. The work he does here, will allow him to stand on the same pedestal as that of classic comic book teams such as Chris Claremont and John Byrne, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. This is what hes delivering month after month in this series and hes making this run on Iron Man one of the best since the armour wars from the 1980s.

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8.5
Invincible Iron Man #20

Dec 26, 2009

Larroca again delivers a stand up series of panels and images even when their narrative contents is less interesting, as is the case with the desert s dream sequence. I like his irregular line which when looked from a certain distance is quite stark and sharp.

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7.0
Invincible Iron Man #21

Jan 1, 2010

Visually, Larroca continues to wow readers with complex set and differentiated characters that populate the universe of Tony Stark and Iron Man. It still like the details he puts into those armours.

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7.0
Invincible Iron Man #22

Jan 17, 2010

Again Larroca is a solid artist that just works well and deliver results. The execution of this story visually is perfect, although the material the artist is given is not as interesting.

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7.5
Invincible Iron Man #23

Mar 3, 2010

Iron Man is still in a catatonic state and only with the help of Doctor Strange can he assume his identity in the world he created in his mind and emerge outside. But elsewhere, the Ghost is actively looking for his body and some of Toby Starks closest allies have already begun to fall. Will Iron Man come back in time? The issue continues the unnecessary detour inside of Iron Mans mind. I understand that some filler was needed to make the heros return match the Siege storyline running elsewhere, but this is a stretch and as a reader, I know what will happen and when. The question is when will the creative team put it all together before we all lose interest. Visually Larroca continues to pen the best looking Iron Man in years, although his talent is wasted on this trivial story.

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6.0
Invincible Iron Man #24

Mar 8, 2010

Im repeating myself here, but Larroca is working with poor material yet making it all look great. Ill write it again. Its a waste of his talent to be given so little to work with. But its also a compliment to his skills that he can make a bad story look so good.

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9.5
Invincible Iron Man #25

May 1, 2010

This issue is a new start for the series after Siege, after the total mind wipe out of Tony Stark, after he lost everything to Norman Osborne. This series is a perfect jumping point for people curious about Iron Man and of course a great tie-in with the Iron Man movie. While the last few issues bored me to death with the mind travel storyline, Im glad to see some of the drama and corporate action back in this series again. Tony Stark is an industrialist and a technologist. The series does better when it sticks to that instead of all that new age mumbo jumbo. Of course, this story ties in with the other big Stark villain who will show up for the movie, Justin Hammer " actually his daughter. I like the hint of sexism directed at her character and am glad to see he portrayed as a worthy boardroom opponent to Stark. I like the new armour, but would have liked to see how much it differs from the old one and how it could no longer be attacked the way the Skrulls did the last time. Larroca fi

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9.0
Invincible Iron Man #27

Jun 12, 2010

I like the interior scenes with Stark and Potts. Each really have a look of their own. Its the same for the other characters like Rhodey whos starting to resemble Don Cheadle who played his role in Iron man. Im not a fan of the Detroit Steel armour as it is too big and lack and any humanoid silhouette. But perhaps the thing about that armour is too show that its overkill compared to the lean simplicity of the Iron Man suit.

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7.0
Invincible Iron Man #28

Jul 25, 2010

Iron Man is rebuilding his empire by creating top speed sports cars powered by his repulsor technology. Hes recruiting the best of the bunch to create his new company focused on helping the world and not creating military armament. But the Hammers have another objective and they want to shame Tony Stark and take over the business he relents. Will they succeed? This issue was talking heads. Although the artwork by Larrocca was gorgeous as usual, I had problems getting in the mood of reading the talking heads. I understand that some work has to be done to rebuild a solid core and cast for this series, but there has to be a better way of making it work than talking heads for almost 22 pages.

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5.0
Invincible Iron Man #29

Aug 15, 2010

The creators of this series started strong with a package that was unique and interesting. But now they are falling on old tricks that worked the first two years of this series, but no longer can be relied upon right now. As a reader, Ive seen their best work and this issue is not their best. It was poor and not innovative both story-wise and visually. They have become complacent and hiding their mistakes under layers of nothing can only work so long.

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8.0
Invincible Iron Man #31

Dec 30, 2010

Visually, the issue is good. Larroca does racing track stories well too. The cover is weaker not because of the artwork but because the composition and the monotone colours fail to draw attention on the flying Iron Man.

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8.0
Invincible Iron Man #32

Nov 28, 2010

Larroca is back in shape this issue with well-drawn pages filled with details and a realistic view of the world of tech. Sometimes, hes off his game, but this issue, he was very careful with details and designed gorgeous pages. The segment with Pepper Potts drawn McKelvie was good looking too, but although the artist is superb, it looked simplistic next to Larrocas work.

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8.5
Invincible Iron Man #502

Apr 5, 2011

Visually, this comic book rules. The characters look consistent and have similar recognizable facial features throughout. Now, Im not a fan of Larroca reusing some of the panels and blowing them in some shots as the line thickness loses its impact and it doesnt make for a nicer picture. If hes going to reuse material, he should at least adjust the line width.

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8.0
Invincible Iron Man #506

Aug 2, 2011

Larroca is a great artist as usual and I like how he draws the dwarves. His work is splendid as usual. One thing important has to be said about his work. He has successfully delivered almost all issues of Iron Man since the 2008 almost always on time and still continues to work on the series while not missing deadlines. This is not very common these days.

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6.0
Invincible Iron Man #507

Sep 5, 2011

Larroca serves his usual great imagery in this comic book which is really about nothing right now. If it wasnt for his work on this series, I probably would have dropped Invincible Iron Man by now. I remember in the 1990s when readers who only bought comic books for the art were criticized. I used to criticize them too. Ive become my own worse enemy.

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4.0
Invincible Iron Man #508

Oct 23, 2011

Larroca draws well and is the one strength of this series. Without his work, this series would have failed already.

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6.0
Invincible Iron Man #509

Nov 16, 2011

Beautiful artwork with as much action as Larroca could cram in given this issue was about a bunch of talking heads. Have not picked up the latest issue yet, but if nothing improves, Ill stop collecting Iron Man, even if it sports very beautiful art.

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7.0
Invincible Iron Man #510

Nov 27, 2011

Larroca executes the visuals well. Hes to be credited for this book still being one of the top one at Marvel Comics. Its his vision and continuous work the last three years that has made this book with it is and allowed Fraction to get away with poor and unimaginative stories. Fraction owes Larroca a lot for making his pitiful work, the last two years seem better than it really is.

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7.0
Invincible Returns #1

May 3, 2010

Invincible Returns occurs between Invincible #70 and #71 where the character prepares for war against the Viltrumites along with his father. It also returns the character to his original super hero costume. Invincible feels bad after having murdered an innocent man possessed by an alien squid. His recent actions have him fear that his Viltrumites origins may push him over the edge and make him violent. Can a return to his original costume mark a return to more innocent times? Well the writer answers this one quickly. You cant go back. I dont mind the older costume. But I like that the character is trying his best to do good and be good. Ottley draws most of this book but its not his regular inkers. Thats too bad because they almost change the look of his work. This issue by the way is a good jumping on point for readers as it recaps the recent history of Invincible. Often, Im not sure why I read this series. Its not bad, but its not groundbreaking. What it does best is show the gory s

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7.0
Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. #28

Jun 7, 2008

I have finally figured out who de la Torres work reminded me off in this issue. With his rendering of the Silver Centurion Iron Man armour, which is more muscular and less mecha-like, posing abilities and excellent anatomic renderings of de la Torre seem inspired by Neal Adams. Just look at how his characters twist and turn as if their bodies were tortuous masses that really occupied the 3D space they depict. The inking may mask the more traditional comic book style of the artist, but a scene with good fashion super heroics doesnt. Im not complaining.

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7.5
Iron Man: Legacy #2

Jun 1, 2010

In this story set in the past, Iron Man travel to the fictional country of Transia to stop an genocide in progress, but the US Government, under pressure from other world powers wants Tony Stark to reign in Iron Man. But will the lives saved and the technology retrieved worth more than obeying the United States Government? Its a good issue that doesnt even forces the reader to having read the first one. The story is that easy to get into. This story is quite similar in set up the premise of the first Iron Man film and some of the stories by Matt Fraction on Invincible Iron Man. The formula here seems to work. Add some technology wars, some world despots and a couple of remote caves in the most inland and hard to reach places in the world and there you have a good Iron Man story. I read the first issue, but I admit this one is the best of the two. The artwork is a hit or miss in some places. While we have very good renditions of Iron Man and the many armoured opponent he faces, the re

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6.0
Iron Man: Legacy #3

Jun 27, 2010

Kurths work is likable and annoying at the same time. I dont like the finite detail in the line work. It draws attention away from a good reading of the story. Yet Kurth draws good figures and realistic backgrounds. Martinez, the collaborating inker should tone down the finite line work inking and let Kurths decent work shine through, instead.

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7.0
JSA All Stars Vol. 2 #2

Jan 18, 2010

Yet, Sturges has a winner with the characterisation and the motivations. I get the characters and why they are doing this. This is a good story and I like how reliant on their own skills they are while still being a good team in a fight. I do like the leadership conflict with Power Girl and Magog. I wish Magog would just die, but apparently, DC Comics is trying to push him down our throat as a major character. Does anyone remember Agent Liberty from way back and how he was hyped as the second coming of Christ? Thats how I feel DC Comics is trying to push Magog and hes one of the reason that I dont like the story. However, I do appreciate the conflict with the Injustice Society. The villains have as much personality as the heroes. But I do have to ask about Geomancer. Wasnt he killed way back in the old Justice Society series?

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7.0
JSA All Stars Vol. 2 #8

Jul 25, 2010

The All-Stars have a little break. Cyclone and King Chimera get closer to one another but a new perilous mission threaten the budding the relationship the two have. Will death get in the way of love? I feel that Cyclone is like a modern Kitty Pryde. Ive finally figured out who she was. Shes spunky and different from all the young girl heroines out there. Thats fun. Shes also annoying and turns this series into a soap opera. I never cared about her and wonder why would supposedly responsible adults would ever put a kid like that in a super hero team. Well, I may not have to worry about her for long, unless this is another illusion by King Chimera. Another character that was badly introduced in this series. I had no idea that he was the legacy of a real Golden Age character. His back-story was never really introduced properly in this series. Can we all agree that Freddie Williams is not a good thing for this series? His works like a bad Bart Sears . Hes the one reason I just cant get int

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8.5
Justice League #2

Nov 16, 2011

Lee designed a great comic book there, with a lot of destruction and some clever panels. I like the interplay he did with Flash and Superman. The pages were very busy however, although easy to read.

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8.5
Justice League #3

Nov 26, 2011

Jim Lees work is messy this issue. Theres a too much happening all at once and several reading are needed to capture all hes put in. Id suggest he cleans up and simplifies a bit. But then, his fans rally like his messy pages and that may not please them. But I read Justice League because I like the Justice League, not because of Jim Lee.

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9.0
Justice League #4

Dec 28, 2011

Jim Lees work is good and solid as usual. I did find that his sharks were exaggerated and big, as if he was trying to improve on Aquamans image. I bet we dont get to see any giant purple squid helping Aquaman anymore! The panels in this comic book are packed with tons of information, perhaps too much at time. But then again, thats what Jim Lee does and complaining about his signature style is useless. Just having him work on a comic book is always an event anyway. Time Warner Inc. the parent company of DC Comics supports the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).

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6.5
Justice League (2016) #10

Dec 25, 2016

I dont know Neil Edwards but he had some difficult material to work with. Most of the issue was a bunch of talking heads in the suburbs. Only towards the end when the villains showed up did he finally let lose. Hitch overburden his scripts with dialogue, something one would expect a comic book artist to be weary of. He is not.

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8.0
Justice League / Power Rangers #1

Feb 20, 2017

This is a classic team up comic where the two factions meet and fight one another! We dont see the end of the fight as it ends on a cliff-hanger but its fun. One thing that this story does which a lot of reboots of kids cartoons tend to do is to increase the stakes on the cosy and nice world of the readers childhood heroes by showing some real destruction with dire consequences. We will have to wait for future issues to find out how exactly this pans out though.

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9.0
Justice League Dark #1

Oct 4, 2011

Janin makes everyone he draws beautiful, unless they are from the Justice League. They looked off and not their natural super heroic posture. Yet, on every non super hero scene, Janin rendered a varied and interesting universe. His women minus Wonder Woman are all beautiful.

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8.0
Justice League of America (2006) #24

Oct 29, 2008

Guess artist Goldman does a good job of telling this action-based story. The difference in storytelling with regular artist Ed Benes is easy to see. Goldman is not a pro storyteller, but after two years of gruelling with an artist that just cannot understand how to tell a story visually, its a fresh change.

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6.0
Justice League of America (2006) #28

Jan 7, 2009

Ah, artwork... I keep saying that I dont like Luis work on this issue. He needs a better inker. His lines were too sketchy and weak in some places. He has a problem with proportions and the fact that he tries to mimic Ed Benes style, which to begin with, is not that great, is not a good thing.

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6.0
Justice League of America (2006) #29

Jan 25, 2009

Reading Len Wein as the writer for this issue, I feared thatwe would read a narrative that has not evolved with time. Thankfully, Weinswriting has evolved and was suitable for this story. I did find that the clichremark of Earth being a backwater planet repeated one too many time " how manyscience fiction writers have used this to show how Earth should not be athreat?Chriscross work was suitable for a storyinvolving the old Justice League. It was cartoony and with simple lines. Yet,the storytelling was excellent and the dynamism of the page was second tonone. It was a fun story to readvisually.

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7.5
Justice League of America (2006) #30

Feb 22, 2009

When you cant get Ed Benes to draw, you get his clone.Hes a better artist, but Im annoyed at the thought that the editors feel theymust serve reader a clone of their star artist in order for readers to besatisfied with this issue. Luis may be a better artist, but there are visualeffects, such as the display of power of Red Tornado that he cant pull off,the way Benes can. I cant believe I actually said something positive aboutBenes...

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9.5
Justice League of America (2006) #31

Mar 28, 2009

The artist for this issue is probably the best that has worked in it since this series began. Unfortunately, Sandra Hopes pencils dont enhance his work as she tries to turn him into another Ed Benes clone.

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8.0
Justice League of America (2006) #41

Mar 8, 2010

Bagley is a pro. Im more used to seeing him on a Spider-man book than on a Justice League series. So his characters have that Marvel Comics energy and looseness which is often lacking from the illustration centric DC Comics. With Robinson, this is an excellent mix that should produce results.

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7.0
Justice League of America (2006) #44

Apr 27, 2010

Bagley is a great Spider-man artist. He really knows how to make a page dynamic. He brings classic Marvel Comics dynamism to this series. It feels odd! Hunter and Rapmund are not the best inkers for Bagleys pencil though. They add a Jim Lee quality to Bagleys work which doesnt fit well with his style.

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7.0
Justice League of America (2006) #45

May 25, 2010

I really like Bagleys work but Hunter may not be the best inker for him. The work looks rush and like something from an Image comic book. Theres a lot happening in that comic book and Bagley is up for the challenge which is good. So maybe the inking did not please me very much, but its still an exciting comic book unlike much of what the Justice League has been about in the past. Im willing to give this fast paced League a go.

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8.5
Justice League of America (2006) #46

Aug 14, 2010

Bagley is an action-oriented artist and his work is one of the most dynamic of the comic book industry. Theres a kind of energy that was only found in older John Byrne stories that is still refreshing. However, I have to admit that reading this comic book feels like reading a Marvel comic book as opposed to a DC Comics title.

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7.5
Justice League of America (2006) #47

Aug 15, 2010

The visuals have not changed and continue to be powerful under Bagleys guidance. However, the inking was less dynamic and crazy than usual and perhaps a bit too clean for what I like to see on Bagleys pencils.

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8.0
Justice League of America (2006) #51

Dec 30, 2010

Robinson pads a fun story here where he continues to push this junior Justice League to the next level, proving they are not just replacements for the real Justice League. What Robinson has for him, what hes always had was a thorough understanding of DC Comics history and where each character fits in. For example, I like how Blue Jay assumes no one remembers him and his time with the Justice League. It shows his inferiority complex, while at the same time allowing the character to redeem his worth, by taking out Owlman at the first opportunity. This is the same Owlman who is an exact match for Batman and gave the second Batman, Richard Grayson a lot of trouble. Robinsons run on this series has not been liked by all. Its been criticized severely. Coupled with the Justice League mini-series he wrote last year that helped destroy Green Arrow and Arsenal, he has a lot to prove. But this is the writer who wrote Starman and the Golden Age mini-series. Before writing him off, Ill give him mor

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8.0
Justice League of America: The Atom Rebirth #1

Jan 4, 2017

What I like about this comic is that Steve Orlando updated the material from Gail Simone's series and made it better, giving Ryan Choi who was murdered before the New 52 reboot to shine again. It's a captivating story that reintroduces the old Atom Ray Palmer, and many elements of his past, like Adam Cray. We know that many of his stories did happen but instead of focusing on that, we get to know more about Ryan Choi.

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8.0
Justice League of America: Vixen Rebirth #1

Jan 25, 2017

I enjoyed Jamal Campbells Vixen. She is black. Unlike the X-Mens Storm who seem to become paler by the day, having gained blue eyes a while back, Vixen cannot be mistaken for a white woman with slightly darker skin. She is totally black and beautiful! Campbell, by the way is a great colourist and probably being black himself, avoids the black palm problem that plagues many comic book colourists work.

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7.5
Justice League: Generation Lost #1

May 25, 2010

Lopresti is a solid artist. The art is very strong with good backgrounds behind the characters. The storytelling is great and moves the story along quite well.

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8.0
Justice League: Generation Lost #4

Jul 11, 2010

Bennett is a good value but his facial expressions are not all the way to the level of some of the classic artists that have worked with this specific team of the Justice League.

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7.5
Justice League: Generation Lost #12

Oct 31, 2010

The mark of a good artist is when you dont notice his work as it doesnt interfere with the story and continues to carry the plot forward. Thats what Dagnino delivers here. Its crisp and well drawn. Theres little I can say that would be negative. Hes not very distinctive or flashy, but for this story, it works and thats all that matters.

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9.5
Justice League: Generation Lost #14

Dec 29, 2010

I liked Loprestis work, but Ryan is not the right inker for Captain Atom. I liked all the other characters and the grit added, but the reflections on Captain Atom looked more like crosshatching. Everything else was fine with clear action and storytelling. My criticisms about this story are quite minor and do not take away from enjoying the comic book. Its really personal pet peeves, so Id definitely suggest this book to any super hero story fan.

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9.5
Justice League: Generation Lost #15

Jan 1, 2011

Bennett is back. I always like his work. He draws beautiful women. His characters faces are always full of expressions. His work here complements Winick script perfectly. Jadson gives Bennetts pencils a more angular feel which is not bad at all. Inkers usually give him softer lines, but I like the contrast here. With solid pencils, any play on inks usually make the drawings look good no matter what.

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6.0
Justice League: Rise and Fall #1

May 1, 2010

The Justice League investigates the death of Prometheus and tries to capture Green Arrow his murderer. Can Green Arrow stay aloof for long? This issue, of course continues the story from the Justice League Cry for Justice mini-series where Star City was destroyed and Green Arrow committed a murder " ahem again. The whole story about Green Arrow killing a bad guy is ridiculous as he has been there and much further during the years Mike Grell wrote the character. In fact one of the crucial scene in the Green Arrow Longbow story that reintroduced the character to an adult readership, he murdered the torturer of his girlfriend, the Black Canary. So all of this story feels hollow to me and not as poignant as when Green Arrow first started killing people 20 years ago. Krull reminds me of A.J. Liebermans Martian Manhunter series. Both try to write groundbreaking tales about the characters they are responsible for, but all of their efforts fall short as a better creator has done the same and

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2.0
Justice League: The Rise of Arsenal #3

Jun 1, 2010

Again Dick Grayson, the old buddy, the buddy thats better than Roy Harper in every way comes to save the day and show why hes the smart one and acting as Batman these days and why Roy is nothing more than a red hair clone of Green Arrow who uses drugs. I dont mind that the character has to fall before getting up again, but does the writer have to put him through so much stupid misery until the reader cant take anymore and just wants to never see the character ever again? Im not one of those fans who argues that writers destroy characters all the time. But in this case, theres nothing left. Roy Harper reminds me of a tramp whos had too many overdoses getting pushed all over the place by her pimp while walking on stilettos with a big white fur coat on. Did I mention how he was clutching a dead cat he found in some garbage dump with flies hovering over the carcass, because Harper had gone into a hallucination and thought he was talking and protecting his daughter? A dead cat with hovering

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7.0
Justice Society of America #22

Jan 7, 2009

I dont like Alex Ross work, so Ill skip any comments on that. Ok, I wont. I think Alex Rosss work hurts the comic book page. He does not draw (or paint) for comics. He does simply creates panels and links them together. His painterly style breaks the flow of reading, and bringing no closure between panels. Eaglesham is a great artist and does for this series, everything that Alex Ross doesnt.

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7.0
Justice Society of America #24

Mar 1, 2009

Wiacek is the wrong inker for Ordway. He used to also inkJohn Byrne, which explains in part why he shouldnt have been given this job. Byrneand Ordway are strong illustrators, but their renditions are not exactly ascutting edge as the work of current comic book artists. Wiacek doesnt inktheir work in a manner that covers the crispy extra details the artists use intheir work. Instead, he exacerbate the very tones he should smudge under stronginks. It makes the comic book look dated, even if it is well crafted.

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7.0
Justice Society of America #33

Nov 29, 2009

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7.0
Justice Society of America #35

Mar 8, 2010

Travis Moore is a solid artist but the inking of Dan Green could have been stronger. The story looked good but nothing exciting. Moore shows some beginnings of mastering facial expressions but he isnt there just yet.

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9.5
Justice Society of America #36

Mar 8, 2010

Merino does good work here and his inker is better than the one from last issue. I like the classic 1950s look of Liberty Belle. Shes really the hottest JSA character these days. I like the various villains depictions although its a bit difficult to understand who they all are as we have not been properly introduced to them.

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8.5
Justice Society of America #37

May 1, 2010

This issue explains how the Justice Society was defeated by the Fourth Reich in the past and how the future changed. Its a Days of the Future Past type of story and its a good read. Mr. Terrific is the central character of this storyline and we see him use his intellect to the max. I like his interrogation and how he relates history. Im glad that there is finally a classic Justice Society story. The series has been too laid back for months and the use of Kid Karnevil to set up this particular storyline was a long time coming. But Im glad it pan out and this team may yet make a mark in the Justice Societys history. Right now, theres dangerously approaching the best work by Geoff Johns. A strong series is nothing without strong art. Merino provides the good old comic book visual punches and the strong group shots necessary to carry the story forward.

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8.5
Justice Society of America #38

May 2, 2010

Mr. Terrific and the captured super heroes put their plan in motion on the arrival of the leader of the Fourth Reich in this alternate future story that looks at what would have happened if the Justice Society had lost to the Fourth Reich and its power nullifier in the present. This story is gripping. What I like about Willingham is that he shows how the Nazi and World War Two element is essential to the identity of the Justice Society. This is an important part of the teams history and he may have created in this storyline which is like a Days of the Future Past, an worthy villain that matches the anti mutant theme of the X-Men. My only worries is that this story will not go further and just simply ape what has been done in the X-Men. I really hope he can go beyond another classic. Merino is perfect for this storyline and I like how he draws the older super heroes.

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9.0
Justice Society of America #39

Jun 6, 2010

Merino continues to draw great super heroes here and seems quite adept at drawing them when they are older. The cover is one of those where what is drawn doesnt happen at all inside but its still a good action pack story.

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9.0
Justice Society of America #40

Jul 4, 2010

Speaking of expression, I like the pencils in the story, but the inks leave something to be desired. The artist needs stronger inks to reinforce his work and make it solid. Here, it feels too weak, although the visuals are strong.

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7.0
Justice Society of America #41

Aug 15, 2010

Bagleys work does create a unified look for the entire story that often does not happen in a crossover. Because his work is action-oriented, it reads well.

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4.0
Justice Society of America #44

Oct 31, 2010

Finally, the mayorship of Jay Garrick makes no sense at all, unless its to pit him against city council when he tries to help rebuild the city in future issues. Ive never heard of Monument Point before so I cant even understand what the writer was trying to pull. This story cannot get any worse.

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7.0
Justice Society of America #45

Nov 28, 2010

I dont like the painterly look of Kolins work. But I guess the painterly look is back in fashion in comic books. The one thing I cant pin on Kolins is for making static poses. Many times painted comic books feel stilt. They dont here because Kolins is a master storyteller and understands motion and dynamism in comic book storytelling.

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6.0
Kato #1

May 30, 2010

The art changes a lot from the beginning to the end. I really wonder if this is the same artist here or if he farmed out some of the work of an unaccredited one. I dont like the first few pages, but later, the artwork and the characters proportions become more normal.

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8.5
Kato Origins #1

May 4, 2010

The artwork on that book is very good. All Asian characters actually look Asian and not like Caucasians painted yellow or Caucasians with tiny slits for eyes. The few action shots were good too. They were much easier to comprehend then in the Green Hornet comic book. This will be very important as Kato is the type of visual series that reader want to see a lot of martial art action from. Perfect choregraphy of moves will be important.

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9.0
Kevin Keller #1

Feb 9, 2012

The art is handled by Dan Parent who seems to be the big man on campus in the Archie universe. I'm not a fan of his portrayal of Archie character. He lacks the rounded figures and soft edges that makes them enjoyable to watch. Inker Koslowski's lines are too thick in many places and it overpowers the work, making it too simplified. Simple but rich artwork like this can exists without overtly thick lines. I like anything by the late Mike Parobeck for example.

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7.0
KFC: Across the Universe #3

Jul 25, 2017

Now, what you probably wonder is will this comic want to make you eat some Zingers? Well, perhaps they could have shared a bit more about what makes this chicken sandwich so special. They could have replaced it with chicken thighs and it wouldnt have affected the story much. If youre going to go capitalist, do it all the way and tell us why your product is so special!

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9.0
Kick-Ass #8

Mar 3, 2010

I like the innocence of the characters captured by Romita, although I keep thinking that Steve Dillon would have been a better pick for this seores. Romita does make the action larger than life and he knows how to draw a good mobster. But for some reason, I would have preferred Dillon to handle the gore instead. Well, its never too late to hope and maybe the second mini-series will bring that.

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8.5
Kick-Ass 2 #3

Sep 5, 2011

Romita here is more polished than his recent work on the Avengers which is not looking too good. The storytelling is good. It seems that series like this one are better suited for the man than stuff like the Avengers where there are as many characters to draw but on a larger scale. Here, the scale is human. These goons in costumes still look good in them and if Romita has a weakness its that. They still look like super heroes instead of idiots dressing up with pantyhose Lulu Lemon gear.

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4.0
Kick-Ass 2 #4

Oct 1, 2011

Romita helps Millar achieve his goal, but I fail to see what else hell get out of the deal besides some hefty royalties on the next Kick-Ass film. Tom Palmer does a good job of cleaning up the dirty pencils of Romita. In the Avengers, Romitas work is a mess of lines. Here, there is an actual flow to the page and lines.

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8.0
Kick-Ass 2 #5

Nov 27, 2011

Romita Jr. Is back in shape this issue. Perhaps not having to draw the Avengers every month has freed him and allowed him to deliver more than bland sketches with too many lines. His composition is good here and the figures look fully formed. This is the Romita work that I like. The one that looks so easy for him to draw, thats full of energy, but all you have to say when you look at it is say that its pure genius. Its gory. He shows the piss and blood leaking down Kick-Ass dads body while being hung in jail. Not a cool pic to remember. But for what this comic book is about. It works.

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4.0
Kick-Ass 2 #6

Mar 22, 2012

Romita should just retire before he becomes a farce like other great comic book artists of the past. It used to mean something to have john Romita Jr. draw a comic book. Now, it just means that the publisher has paid a lot of money and is trying to recoup its investment by over-hyping a piece of crap that looks rushed, that the artist has not really slaved over or bothered to add any special touches to. It looks like Romita Jr. I has the same energy and pacing, but it's like he paid some imitator to copy his style, picking up only the worse traits of his work so he could deliver this comic book in time.

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6.5
Legion of Super-Heroes (2011) #1

Oct 1, 2011

The story itself was very limited with a classic infiltration plot and some other bad guy breaking in at the end of the comic book. There was also a lot of grief about dead Legionnaires, but again Levitz failed to explain to those of us reading a Legion of Super Heroes book for the first time why we should care and why there were so many deaths. This was my first time reading Legion of Super Heroes, and will probably by my last time.

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6.0
Magdalena Daredevil #1

Jul 6, 2008

Of course, the visuals are tight and well executed. It good to see that the art of inking a comic book is still valued and used profoundly by some artists, like Parks. Marvel Comics contribution to this book is minimal. They just lent Daredevil. Thats too bad. More interaction between the characters various universes would have been cool.

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9.0
Magnus: Robot Fighter #2

May 16, 2014

Cory Smith is excellent and creates work like Don Heck but for a new audience. His illustration style is not as popular as it used to be. It feels like pencil drawings and dirtier inks. Yet, it adds just enough grit to what could have been a slick depiction of robots. His robots are menacing yet still look like the spaghetti legs f the 1960s. But with his dirty lines, Smith makes the robots evil and less than the perfect machines they claim to be.

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7.5
Magnus: Robot Fighter #7

Oct 7, 2014

The artwork is dynamic. I enjoy Cory Smith's storytelling, composition and figures. The world he created in Magnus is all his. My only issue is with the inking. I find the line weight in some close ups too thick. His inking works better in his action scenes and long shots. At first I thought that Dynamite as policy skipped on the inking in most of its comics. Smith informed me that he does ink all of his Magnus pages. He is a good comic book artist, but his inking is not always satisfying to me.

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7.5
Midnighter And Apollo #4

Jan 4, 2017

The art, however, is incredibly cool. Fernando Blanco uses heavy inks and patches of blacks that delineate most of the characters and settings, leaving just enough gaps for our brains to fill. Even the colouring is good. This comics excess are forgiven just because the art rocks.

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8.0
Mighty Avengers #9

Mar 24, 2008

This is a good looking issue, with each time strip separated by a different style. It works well and tells us more about the story and the many settings. Much of this story is one big fight after another but they look fine and flow well over all the inking is crisp, just the way I like it.

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8.0
Mighty Avengers #12

Jun 7, 2008

Maleev has the opportunity to work on a story that is attuned to his strength. Or perhaps, his participation made it the type of stories he would draw! Its all headshots and introspections, with very little words said. Its not crime noir, but his moody style fits the super spy thriller that we witness this issue. As with everything Maleev works on. The *visuals are balanced, well executed and without any extra drawing and the right storytelling. He makes it seem so easy to render out professional pages like these.

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8.0
Mighty Avengers #17

Oct 31, 2008

The artwork is weird. It seems like a second rate John Romita Jr. clone. It has some of his feel, but without the tightness in design, that makes Romitas work crisp and alluring. The linear work captures much of the feel though. Perhaps its the best thing to hope, for a story about a second rate Avenger.

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8.0
Mighty Avengers #20

Jan 4, 2009

I like the use of multiple artists to tell the story. I particularly liked the flashback to the early Avengers when they had just found Captain Americas body frozen in ice. But before we can witness Wanda Maximoff putting all the broken parts together again in two years time, well have to go through another annoying companywide crossover trying to pitch us Black Reign. Im not buying.

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7.0
Mighty Avengers #21

Jan 25, 2009

Pham is weird artist. His work reminds me of several artistsat once. However, those artists have nothing in common. He draws from Coipel,Maguire, Jim Lee and Jeff Johnson. He draws the best from each of these artists,however, inkers Martinez and Miki are not the best suited for his work. Theyput too much grit and lines instead of a clear fluid inked line which wouldreinforce the strong composition and character designs of Pham.

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7.0
Mighty Avengers #22

Mar 1, 2009

Pham really borrows a lot from Kevin Maguire, even if hiswork is more angular and his ability to draw facial expressions not as strong. Howeverthe rock creatures he uses are clearly modelled after those the Defendersfought in the series created by Keith Giffen, J. M. DeMatteis and Maguire.Still, his work is well suited for a Marvel Comics series. No complaints fromthis reader.

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8.5
Mighty Avengers #23

Mar 29, 2009

This series continues to be lighter than the New Avengers and far less sinister than the Dark Avengers. With three Avengers series, its becoming crowded already. As I said last issue, its really starting to feel that these are the Westcoast Avengers where they focused on traditional super heroics instead of the more cutting edge stuff Bendis is doing over in the New Avengers series. But no matter how much one can label this team the B team, when the Westcoast Avengers were the best at their game, they routinely beat the main Avengers series in terms of good stories. I dont have any complaints about this series. Its not groundbreaking while being above average. It will be interesting to see when Slott takes this team. He has the potential to make this series very popular, especially with readers tired of reading Bendis take on the Avengers. For one thing. With Slott aboard, it doesnt feel like readers are reading the same comic book spread over two series, as it felt during the Secret

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8.5
Mighty Avengers #25

Jun 10, 2009

Marvel Comics found another Leinil Francis Yu clone for the artwork. Im not sure why Marvel Comics seeks to replicate so closely the work of one artist, instead of branching out and allowing artists to be themselves. Yus work was different and thats why it was noted by so many. Having all those clones of him running around does service to no one. Readers arent idiots. Its not the real thing and Yus work is always on a tight line, being admirable at once, or totally annoying. Clones tend to fall into the annoying camp rather quickly.

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9.0
Mighty Avengers #26

Jun 21, 2009

The artwork is a bit difficult to enjoy as Segovia is a Leinil Yu clone. This is not the type of artwork an highly adventurous series needs. He slows down everything with his linear work. This series should feature an illustrator who can create snappy and short burst of actions while clarifying the artwork as much as possible.

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6.5
Mighty Avengers #29

Sep 21, 2009

Usually, I like Phams work, but hes making the characters faces and builds larger than usual and its starting to take away from me concentrating on the story and focus on the large frames instead. Hes a good artist, but it seems that like many, hes falling prey to a few tricks and ways of drawing that make all of his work look consistently similar and it may limit his progress.

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9.0
Mighty Avengers #30

Oct 24, 2009

I like the break in artist this issue. The artwork is more solid and crisp. The inking is clean. Khoi Pham is a great artist, but he was starting to use shortcuts in his work. A new artist has a tendency to reinvigorate a series and makes us think it might be more fun than we expected. Considering the job that was done to present Hank Pym as a major force in the Avengers, It was good to see so well handled visually.

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8.0
Mighty Avengers #31

Jan 9, 2010

The artwork was good, although a departure from the regular artist. A little bit more inks and shadows would have balanced the pages more. It felt like everything was a pastel palette.

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9.0
Mighty Avengers #32

Jan 11, 2010

I was happy to see Pham back this issue. He really defined this series for me. I do miss his usual inker though who brings more fluidity to the lines in his design than Yeungs inks. Yeungs lines are finer and he is better with the cartoony and facial expression work of Pham, but he doesnt add the grittiness and the kinetic energy of Miki to Phams work. Still, the cleaner approach is not bad at all, as the facial expressions look better than before.

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9.0
Mighty Avengers #33

Jan 22, 2010

Pham has become one of the reasons this series is so particular and he is the other half of it. How he draws these various characters is growing on me. Yeung is a great inker for him this issue as he makes everything look clean and enhance quite well Phams natural talent. This series really has improved the last two issues and should no longer be considered the weaker of the Avengers titles.

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7.0
Mighty Avengers #34

Mar 8, 2010

This story felt for me like an excuse to see Thor in the book. Thor looked good enough but the inker has to change. It felt like I was reading a comic book from the 1980s inked by John Dixon and Bob Hall.

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8.0
Mighty Avengers #35

Mar 26, 2010

Phams inker is not great this issue. Its hard to figure out this team. Sometimes they work well, sometimes they dont. This issue they dont and the art looks weird, although its from a familiar team.

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8.0
Mighty Avengers #36

May 1, 2010

Doctor Pym must fight his son Ultron, but doing so may make an enemy of Jocasta. Will Pym defeat his most treacherous creation or will he die trying? I must be the only person who like Pym enough to have enjoyed this series as I am now. This series, more than any other has been the one that was meant to fix the character and it has. Pyms been broken since Jim Shooter played with him and made him a wife beater. Here, all his weaknesses are revealed as strengths. Hes no longer just another crazy genius super hero who puts on a costume. Im not sure what the plans are for this series after the Siege, but I,d like Pym to come back and be used once more in more Avengers stories. Of course, Pham and Yeung continue to create strong visuals for this story. Im not completely a fan, but Id rather see the two work on this series rather than a poorer team. It feels like Jeff Williams but not as tight. By the way, there may be a way for the Wasp to comeback as was revealed in this issue. It will be

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9.0
Mister Miracle #1

Aug 13, 2017

Gerads is the ideal partner in crime to King. He reveals nothing of the big plan. He just adds layers and subtexts as needed to the extent that it will be impossible to figure out what was his exact contribution to this comic. Lets tackle that one in another review.

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8.0
Mister Terrific #1

Sep 17, 2011

The series starts with a mystery and enough motivation to fill two years worth of stories. However, visually, its a hit and misses. Some pages are gorgeous, others are hideous. This series will need much better art to survive the 52.

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7.0
Mister Terrific #2

Nov 8, 2011

The artwork is dreadful on this series. Every page is inconsistent. If this series gets cancelled, the artist will have to shoulder much of the blame. Its kind of painful to look at. The inker is too soft on this artist and many of the poses attempt to be dynamic but exaggerate everything too much.

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6.5
Mister Terrific #3

Nov 26, 2011

Im still rooting for this series to work its magic and find an audience. I really like this character but there are a few plot holes. Wallace glances over core elements so quickly and then brings them back as if they had been well-established. He did that the previous issue with people knowing Michael Holt was affected by a temporary madness and quickly exonerated. This issue, he does the same with the extent of Mister Terrifics secret identity. At first glance, it seems that everyone knows or can easily make tie the two. But apparently thats not the case. There isnt enough distinction when the character is a super hero and when he is a business man. The villain quickly figured out the secret identity thing and used it against Mister Terrific. The ideas for this series are good, but there are too many important points that are continually skipped over.

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7.0
Mister Terrific #4

Dec 28, 2011

I used to really like this character but this series fails to entertain or take the character anywhere useful. It's a shame.

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6.0
Mister Terrific #6

Mar 20, 2012

It's a short story filled mumble jumble pseudo science, as much of this series has been, but little to make it feel realistic.

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7.0
Namor: The First Mutant #1

Oct 7, 2010

Visually, I feel like Im supposed to be enjoying myself, but Im not. Painted comics are always good to look at, but when the artist uses Photoshop to reuse the same sea creature in many pages of the comic book, I start to feel like Im watching an old Flintstones cartoon where the background kept being reused every five seconds while Fred and Wilma are driving by. I think modern readers deserve more care and attention in their comic books. I can understand reusing artwork for dramatic effect, but using the same fish all over makes the artists look sloppy.

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8.5
Nemesis #1

Mar 26, 2010

McNiven is great here. The work feels European. The one thing I would change is to provide Niven with another inker who would give thicker lines to his work. It reminds me a lot of Frank Quietly in the shaky lines that populate the pages. From afar, it all looks like solid. Close by, you see the irregular lines that permeate the work.

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8.5
Nemesis #2

Jun 11, 2010

The answer to this will come mostly from what McNiven can do. It would be hard for this series to switch artist in the middle of its run. The last issue was several months ago and it does not seem like the artist will increase his cadence. Again, the work is beautiful and more attuned to European comic books than American comics. The realism of the character shines and the action is easy to read. There are a lot of poster worthy pages in this comic book. Some of the images dont even look like McNiven applied inks to them but its not a complaint. It feels raw and its good. This series is recommended for readers who enjoyed Kick-Ass

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8.5
Nemesis #4

Jan 8, 2011

Visually, McNiven delivers. Hes not the goriest artist either. Instead, he has a fine control over the characters faces and designs and goes for the maximum wide panel format as if this comic book was indeed a film. Its a better trick than relying outfight on splash pages to tell a story as he can actually have many major shots in a single page. However, it doesnt make for the best laid out and well flowing story. Its a bunch of mini splash pages strung together as if they were a comic book. So, should you get the last issue of Nemesis? I say yes. I was entertained. All Im saying, is dont believe the hype.

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8.0
New Avengers #44

Nov 2, 2008

The artist has a classical illustrative style that is well adapted to this science fiction story. However, the inking could use a little more weight. The sketchy lines left on the characters face feels sloppier than stylistic. Tan also has a few problems with proportions. His characters head are too small compared with their bodies.

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5.0
New Avengers #49

Feb 1, 2009

Tans work is not bad, but Banning is the wrong inker forhim. He just muddles through the drawings of Tan, making them almost undecipherable.Banning makes Tans work look like a poor imitation of Leinil Francis Yu, whichhimself is not a great artist. Can standards to both writing and art be raiseda bit?

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6.5
New Avengers #50

Mar 1, 2009

I wasnt a fan of the artwork this issue. Its mostly agroup effort that always intrude in the immersion a reader has with suchmaterial. I understand that Marvel Comics wanted to make the series seemspecial for each character, but the guest artists arent even iconicillustrators known for their particular renderings of the characters theytackle, so they lose their relevancy.

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6.5
New Avengers #51

Mar 29, 2009

As for the story, Bendis is following existing patterns of developing a story. You know your work is either seminal or clich when people can pick up your writing techniques and tricks the moment you introduce them. It feels like I have read this story before in Civil War and Secret Invasion. Its not really what happens that is copied. Its how its presented.

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7.0
New Avengers #53

Jun 9, 2009

Tan is a clone of Leinil Francis Yu but with better sense of how to pace a fight. He also uses less cinematic tricks to get his storytelling to mean anything. Thats useful. He doesnt have the crispness nor provide the anorexic cheek bones similar to Yus characters. Its a good improvement when I think about it, even if it feels a little off Yus style.

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6.0
New Avengers #54

Jun 28, 2009

Im sure that Tans work looks decent when only pencilled. Here, it looked stronger than in previous issues. The problem, as one can see from the cover of this comic book is that the colourist overpowers the artwork with the flashy colours. She submerges all the art and thus its hard to get a quick representation of whats going on when looking at the art. A cover staging the Avengers fighting a gigantic villain is a classic clearly taken from Brave and the Bold #28 which introduced the Justice League and Fantastic Four #1. But when looking at those other comic books, its much easier to understand whats going on. Here, we have an overabundance of reds, yellows and oranges engulfing characters that already where bright coloured costumes, like Wolverine, Spider-Woman and Spider-man. Well, the interior of the comic book is the same and no iconic element can step out of the page because of the submerging effects of the colouring.

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7.5
New Avengers #59

Nov 29, 2009

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7.5
New Avengers #60

Dec 26, 2009

Immonen is a good artist, of course, but Im not supportive of the attempt to give a Leinil Francis Yu flavour to his work. Their style are totally different and I consider Immonen a superior artist. Having his work changed through the ink to mimic Yul is somewhat insulting considering Immonen doesnt have to ape anyone. Why editors at Marvel Comics this is a good idea is anyones guess.

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6.5
New Avengers #61

Mar 3, 2010

The old Captain America is back and along with the new one investigates the men and the security around the Avengers mentioned that has been overtaken by Norman Osborn and his Dark Avengers. Elsewhere, Spider-man and Spider-woman are on a double date fighting villains and making sure neither is a Skrull spy. This is a filler story like much of the stories that have been featured in this series to give enough time for Bendis to tackle bigger issues in many other books. During the Secret Invasion series, this comic book was again relegated to the back burner, but at least it featured profile type of stories on about the Secret Invasion and its main players. Here, this story is the type that made the Avengers an not so interesting series way back in the 1980s. There is nothing here, except for punchy one lines by the characters and fake character development and characterisation contradicted by the unified voices all characters have. Visually its more interesting, but the colouring in the

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6.5
New Avengers #62

Mar 3, 2010

Spider-woman is under mind control by lower grade villains and attacking Spider-man. Spider-man dares not hurt his ally, but time is running out and something has to be done before someone gets hurts. Will Spider-woman snap out of it? This is another filler story with a useless premise that does not show the Avengers at their best, safe for the original Captain America. Its also a preparation of sort for the Siege storyline. Skip this one if you are on a budget. I like the two sets of artists used here, but their work is wasted on such a mediocre story.

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5.0
New Avengers #63

May 1, 2010

This issue focuses on the relationship between Mockingbird and Ronin. They are powerless Avengers, married, but forwarded in the middle of the action and plots against the Avengers. Will their relationship last longer than the next fight with the villain next door? This is another filler issue the way Bendis writes them when he is doing a major crossover. It ads some details to the bigger conflict, but is otherwise somewhat irrelevant. His Dark Avengers series has more juicy details. Here, he tries to do what several writers have attempted over the years. Hes trying to prove that Ronin and Mockingbird are not clones of DC Comics Green Arrow and Black Canary. Its not convincing and the quick wordy jabs the characters spat at one another do little to convince. The dialogue is weak and hip. The artwork is good but not memorable. Frankly, Im not sure why Im reading this series. Its been bad for months now.

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6.0
New Avengers #64

May 4, 2010

The Hood has lost his powers. Loki has taken them away to give to the super heroes battling the Void. The Hood is a broken man and must find a way to get back at the Avengers. So he and Madame Masque make a quick getaway. This story explains why the Hood was so loyal to Norman Osborne and shows that Bendis has more plans for the Hood. The series is nearing its end and its about time. While this issue was a better read, there isnt much to justify keeping this series alive now that the Siege is almost over and the running story with the Sentry is almost over. Like usual a lot of the marerial was filler, although the artwork was quite good. Mckone is an old pro. He really could not mess something like that. Hopefully hell have better material to work with the next time.

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7.0
New Avengers (2010) #1

Jun 19, 2010

Immonen is an old pro. Here he went for a simpler look and style but his solid storytelling is still visible to all. I would argue hes the strongest asset of this series so far, although hes no longer a super popular comic book artist. But, hes a solid artist that can take deadlines and deliver good work. That counts for much.

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7.0
New Avengers (2010) #2

Aug 8, 2010

The joke here was saved by Immonen who is a first class artist who doesnt seem to get the respect he deserves. Hes a pro and he delivers no matter what comic book hes working on. Of all the new Avengers series since the heroic Age debut, this one is the least interesting and the first one Ill be dropping, even if the artwork here is incredible.

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6.5
New Avengers (2010) #4

Oct 3, 2010

Immonen is the best thing about this comic book. But looking a good art will not mask flaws and what I perceive as a lack of interests by the writer of this series. It feels like he patches up some story at the end of the day, after having spent all his time on other stuff. If he doesnt care about this series, he should stop writing is and let another writer take care of things.

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7.0
New Avengers (2010) #15

Jan 1, 1970

Deodato has joined the New Avengers and thats a good thing. He is a breakout talent. I was going to cancel this series, but I may keep buying it just because of this artist. This issue he experiments with crosshatching which gives a textured feel to the shadowy part of his illustrations. Thats great stuff.

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9.5
New Avengers (2010) #16

Sep 20, 2011

Deodato renders a mean and lean Daredevil. I like how he drew him here. I could easily see him become regular artist for Daredevil should the sales of his series plunge further. But that is another story. Meanwhile, did I mention how this team feels more and more like the Defenders? I wonder if it would sell as much if it was billed like that.

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7.0
New Avengers (2010) #17

Oct 12, 2011

Deodatos work is impressive. Hes changed how he draws his Norman Osborne. I see less Richard Nixon in his rendering. I think Deodato is a master comic book artist and Ill definitely pick up any other book hes working on in the future. However, right now, even the best part of the New Avengers is not enough to make read the same plot over and over again while I pay way too much money for a comic book whose writer after eight years should retire and allow someone else to tell the next chapter of Earths mightiest heroes. If you are not jaded by Bendis and the New Avengers, I say continue to read this series. Its not bad at all and there is still some humour left. But Im not willing to put up with this anymore so Im bailing out.

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7.0
New Avengers (2010) #18

Nov 26, 2011

Deodato made his name drawing Dark Avengers and hes treading on old grounds here. His Norman Osborn is also the best. Hes the best thing in this issue.

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10
New Avengers (2010) Annual #1

Oct 1, 2011

Visually, DellOttos work has a painterly quality that works for a story about the epic history of the Avengers. The first few pages showing important crisis in the history of the Avengers, where they were responsible for creating a threat that could have affected the universe was quite powerful. Unfortunately, to read the end of this story one has to pick up another annual. The price of this comic book was ridiculously high, though.

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6.5
New Avengers Finale #1

May 26, 2010

Having written all of this, there are reasons for readers to get this book. It shows the progress Bendis has made and how hes managed to make the Avengers more popular than the X-Men in but a few years. So careful readers should take my criticisms with a grain of salt. Had Bendis totally failed in elevating the Avengers front and center at Marvel Comics, I wouldnt be writing this right now. Id be feeling relieved the series ended. Now Bendis is not going anywhere and is continuing his work on the next chapter of the Avengers history. Lets hope he succeeds there.

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7.0
New Avengers: Reunion #4

Jun 10, 2009

I like Lopezs work. He draws beautiful women. Without his contribution, this series would not have been so strong. Its rather unfortunate that the plot was weak this issue, giving him less material to work with. But I really like how he redesigned Mocking Bird. Other artists should use her new costume.

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6.5
Nightwing (2011) #1

Sep 24, 2011

I kinda wish that this series would fail and that we would only get to see Nightwing is other peoples books. But unfortunately that wont be the case. The character has a huge following and DC Comics probably consider him too important not to invest more in him. I wont pick up Nightwing #2.

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8.5
Original Sin #0

Jun 7, 2014

Cheung is great here. What I like about this issue is how the art of inking matters. Several inkers worked on this comic book. Many comic books publishers no longer have their comics inked. I think it is a loss. The shadow and contrasts in this issue alone show that good colouring is not always the answer to creating mood and ambience in a comic. This comic book is not necessary to follow Original Sin but fun nonetheless.

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8.0
Original Sin #1

Jun 7, 2014

Deodato is a pro but his inks are too dark for this series. Many of the backgrounds have fine details that dont look as solid next to the figures he draws. His rendition is excellent. But the line weight of the backgrounds is too thin. It doesnt support the foreground well. This is a problem as there are many shadows and dark areas. It gives too much visual information and does not create the right ensemble.

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7.5
Outsiders (2007) #19

Jun 27, 2009

Still, Pasarins artwork is very good and does remind me a bit of Morales. Its important for a series like this one about characters that are not important and cannot hold their own series, to look good. Although some of them, like Owlman dont do much.

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6.0
Outsiders (2007): Special #1

Feb 22, 2009

Im not a fan of Adam Kubert, so of course Icare little for his work in this issue. Its tolerable and does the job. Heplays with new page layouts, using much more space to draw an empty story.

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7.0
Patriot-1 #1

Jul 7, 2014

Dexter Wee captures action scenes well but his brush strokes are too muddy. There are too many lines in the characters faces and telling them apart in the end of the comic is a problem. The two women had the same body type and attire. Only their haircut helped me differentiate them. This graphic novel read like a treatment for a movie. I wonder if Powers has more stories in store for Patriot-1.

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9.5
Peanuts #0

Dec 5, 2011

Of the two artists featured in this brief comic book, I preferred the work of Vicki Scott. It was livelier and relied less on stock Peanut characters pantomimes to make its point. Snoopy was the start of that strip and the work relied on no text caption to guide the story. In comparison, Ron Zormans pages did not innovate so much with the characters pauses, and relied on typical gestures displayed by Peanuts character over the years. I would say he played it safe. The stories by Schulz were of course authentic but did look odd as the comic strip format was adapted to make a comic book page. The characters appeared much smaller than in the original material. As an experiment, this comic book will be interesting to watch.

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9.0
Power Girl #18

Dec 19, 2010

Basris artwork is gorgeous and perfect for Power Girl. I like that DC Comics gave this series an above average artist with a unique flair instead of a random generic one. He follows in Amanda Conners steps quite well. The fight was epic and the colouring sweet.

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9.5
Raven #5

Feb 21, 2017

I liked Diogenes Neves work here. Blonds colouring helped a lot to with the negative space created by the white thing and the blue hue used throughout the issue. The only thing missing were Kirby crackle balls!

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4.0
Red Hood And The Outlaws #1

Sep 24, 2011

Red Hood is this guy that thinks hes good at what he does. He thinks hes cool and laid back and the middle child of Batmans Robins. This story read like a stupid comic book from the 1990s with action forced in the first few pages and then some silly break on beach while some of the characters have sex. I do like the pairing of the three characters. Roy Harper has never really interacted much with the Red Hood. The Red Hood has certainly not interacted with Starfire. Starfire and Roy Harper have been on the same team many times, but I dont recall anything particular in their friendship. So the premise of paring the three is a good one. But the execution and the actual story are meaningless. Theres no story to read. Well, its a buddy comic book, but where is it leading next? I think I know which comic book I can eliminate from my 52 pull list.

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8.0
Red Lanterns #2

Oct 9, 2011

Ed Benes is just right for this series. Another artist would have made this series crawl to a halt, not because they arent good, but because their art would not be action-based. Milligans script is very wordy. Benes facial expressions have also improved over his previous series. I cant wait to see where he grows next.

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8.5
Red Lanterns #3

Nov 26, 2011

Benes has been paired to a series that works for his strengths and will help him grow as an artist. His storytelling is already better. I suspect working with Milligan has something to do with it. His range is still limited, but its not annoying. Fans of pseudo Jim Lee art will enjoy.

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6.0
Red Robin #1

Jun 14, 2009

Bachs is a great artist. I hope he stays with this series long. In fact, as long as he stays, Ill excuse the poor geography skills of Yost. One thing does concern me though. Tim Drake is not the standard six feet high yet. Hes still growing up. It wasnt easy to perceive that he was a smaller compact guy in the artwork. I hope Bachs remedies to that. Tim Drake did look young out of costume though.

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8.0
Samurai's Blood #3

Aug 17, 2011

Buy, read, bag, board!

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7.5
Scooby Apocalypse #2

Jul 21, 2016

Porter delivers the visual to a comic that could be the storyboard of a Hollywood blockbuster about teenaged kids trying to escape from a bunker filled with monsters. His work is scratchy and not clean cut as one would expect from a Scooby-Doo comic. Yes, he updated the style and the characters designs. They look like the cast of a current comic book. There is no nostalgia. Porter reinforces all of the character tropes Giffen and DeMatteis have wrought. Im not sure if it is a good thing.

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8.0
Scooby Apocalypse #6

Nov 8, 2016

Dave Eaglesham and Wellington Alves join Howard Porter this issue with the artwork. Eagleshams sequence is very short and thus there is little to say about his work which continues to be solid as ever. Alves does manage to show us the inner beauty of Velma in his flashbacks. Thus she cannot be all that bad. At least I hope so.

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7.0
Scooby Apocalypse #7

Dec 25, 2016

Howard Porter is really the difference that this comic needs and why it still looks fresh and dynamic. His work is dynamic and he can make talking heads crisp and interesting.

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7.5
Scooby Apocalypse #9

Jan 26, 2017

I really like the change of art with Ron Wagner. Wagners work looks like a classic comic by Jim Aparo. Its just solid storytelling and cartoony art from a bygone era. It actually works well here and if we are going to get replacements for Howard Porter, Wagner is just right for this comic, somehow!

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7.0
Scooby-Doo Team-up #21

Feb 7, 2017

I like the mix of cartoon styles used in this comic. Harley Quinn and the Joker looked their best with the 1990s Batman Adventure look while Batman and Robin sported the classic Hanna-Barbera look. Some of the background characters even looked like they came from an Archie comic.

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8.0
Sea Ghost #1

Jan 30, 2011

The Sea Ghost is an interesting series. So far its too similar to the Space Ghost to be anything that could go beyond, but its still a great package for parents who want to introduce their kids to comics, or someone looking for something that feels its from a generation ago.

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7.5
Secret Avengers #2

Jul 10, 2010

Deodato is even better here than in Dark Avengers. His growth is phenomenal. The story is detailed and the characters look unique. He creates cool suits just for the Mars landing and I like how he draws technology and ships. Although Ill drop this series because I cant buy all that Marvel Comics publishes, its still a good read.

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8.0
Secret Avengers #3

Aug 1, 2010

The art also looks much better With Deodato continuing to grace the pages with remarkable pencils and strong action sequences. Few Marvel Comics look so good these days.

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8.0
Secret Invasion #1

Apr 5, 2008

This issue was quite interesting as a set up issue, although not much into the early infiltration of the Skrulls has been revealed. It will be interested when more of the Easter eggs that Bendis has been inserting are revealed. However, this issue and possibly the rest of the series, will probably focused more on action than the secret plot. And there is the main problem with Secret Invasion. Readers will have to read a ton of other books where the real story will be exposed.

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7.0
Secret Invasion #3

Jun 14, 2008

I actually like the work by Yu this issue. Some of the annoying aspects of his past work are not as present. The lines in his work make more sense and the layout of his pages, and hence, the progresses of the actions are better and less disruptive. Hes learning storytelling and how to refine his raw artwork as we read. Once he masters these, hell be a great artist.

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6.0
Secret Invasion #4

Jul 15, 2008

Yu has improved. Although his characters continue to have the same cheeky and bony faces, his story telling and is actually clear. He also limits the amount of crosshatching which helps readers to read the pages. He almost feels like a major and serious comic book artist now.

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0.0
Secret Invasion #5

Aug 30, 2008

At this point, I dont care about Yus anorexic characters that all look the same. Hes learned how to better pace his stories, but I still dont care about his artwork. Hes part of why I dont like this series and why Im quitting this Secret Invasion thing. Now can we get back to real storytelling and stories that readers can't figure out how they will end after just reading the first issue?

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5.0
Secret Invasion #6

Nov 12, 2008

This issue, Yu uses wide frames to tell the story visually. Its always a good crutch for artists that are not expert storytellers. Its hard to do wrong with the cinemascope frame. And thats his saving grace, because I continue to believe that hes not an expert storyteller and that all his characters have the same face and expressions.

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4.0
Secret Invasion #7

Nov 13, 2008

The fights in this issue are not well choreographed. They are like a collection of posters patched together with speech bubbles. Its hard to follow the action. This is an entire mess and it will be interesting to see if the extra large final issue will be able to salvage this series.

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2.0
Secret Invasion #8

Dec 3, 2008

Of course, I cant give this comic book a decent grade. But, I must ask all comic book readers hooked on Marvel Comics, to use the little disposable money they have left to spend it on comic books that do not degrade their intelligence like Secret Invasion and to encourage promising creators that have something to challenge them and for whom creating comic books is not about keeping the brand alive long enough so they can sign a movie deal. Please support real comic books and people that actually care about putting out a good product.

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2.0
Secret Wars #5

Aug 20, 2015

It is ironic that a comic book about the end of being features the main characters of the Fantastic Four. They too are about to cease being. The one redeeming value of this comic is the beautiful art by Esad Ribic. Hes good. But everything else in this comic book is not. As a casual comic book reader, I found the comic complex and vague. As a long time Marvel Comics fan, Im disappointed and bored. Save your money. Dont buy this comic.

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7.0
Shadowland #2

Aug 8, 2010

Tan is a hit or miss. Hes a hit this issue. The characters look good enough and he did a couple of wonderful pages with Ghost Rider. Its not easy to capture the power of a guy on a flaming motorcycle. However, he has problems with his anatomy, giving the heroes impossibly long torsos and very small heads.

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6.0
Siege #1

Jan 10, 2010

At $3.99, this series felt like a rip off in terms of pages. I know its a standard 22 pages comic book, but I felt like nothing was delivered this issue. I like Coipels work of course. He reminds me of a better Rags Morales. He gives a feel of majesty to his work which has been lacking since Civil War from Marvel Comics crossovers. Here, we have a great artist and seeing his renditions of all the classic Marvel Comics characters is a joy for a reader. Lets hope he can keep up the pace and the good work in future issues.

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8.5
Siege #2

Feb 27, 2010

Coipel is in a class of his own artistically and although his work is not conventional, it is original and powerful. He tends to make all men with large frames and small chins and this does take away overall from his work. Yet besides this weakness, he is a great storyteller and someone who knows how to draw action on a page.

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10
Siege #3

Mar 21, 2010

Coipel is Coipel. Hes one of the best artists that Marvel Comics has right now. His folksy style captures all characters idioms so well. I like his rendition of the Sentry as this parasitic creature. Of course I like his Thor and I like his Captain America and Iron Man. Theres a double page spread in there that just calls to action. All the heroes are lined up and ready to kick ass. Just perfect.

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8.0
Siege #4

May 26, 2010

As for the story, well, it doesnt explain much about the Sentry, but it is dramatic enough. Theres nothing particular to it or memorable. When you buy this just look at the pictures and ignore the script.

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5.0
Siege Epilogue: Fallen Son #1

May 26, 2010

The issue does whats its supposed to do. It offers readers many viewpoints on a troubled character that was an enigma for many. Ok scratch that. The issue should have been about offering readers many viewpoints on a troubled character. What we got here was all positive viewpoints and nothing about the crazy lunatic that resuscitated his wife and locked her in a cell in tower. The only explanation for this book was that Jenkins was trying to salvage the character he had created and that was changed by Brian Bendis in the New Avengers. There are hints that well see more of the Sentry but thats left opened ended.

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6.0
Simpsons Comics #141

Jul 11, 2008

Bongo Comics has not adjusted its Canadian prices on Simpsons Comics yet and charges an extra dollar to Canadians, when their currency is traded at the same price as the American dollar. This is a problem and may lead me to cancel my subscription if Bongo Comics doesn't adjust its prices soon.

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9.0
Sixpack & Dogwelder: Hard-Travelin' Heroz #2

Oct 27, 2016

Russ Braun captures the spirit " pun " intended of the comic by using a realistic and rich style that still captures the slapstick moment of the story. His lines are thick and juicy and accompanied with just enough texture to make the comic a treat for fans of solid comic storytelling. It took me a while to read this comic because I was put off by the first issue. This one sold me. It's not as nasty as it sounds.

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7.5
Sixpack & Dogwelder: Hard-Travelin' Heroz #3

Nov 14, 2016

Russ Brauns work continues to be wacky and crisp at the same time. I like the energy in his work. He can do super heroics but also wacky comedies featuring regular people and backyard swimming pools. The cover is by the late Steve Dillon. Always a pleasure to see his work grace some comic. For years he was only within the pages while Glenn Fabry drew the cover all of his Hellblazer comics.

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8.5
Solar: Man of the Atom #1

May 16, 2014

The artwork is simpler in places and has a Steve Rude polish when it comes to spaceships and buildings. The characters designs and postures are not from Steve Rudes repertoire though. Its solid comic book fair that appears in many current DC and Marvel comics. It is not a criticism. Dynamite is publishing solid works these days. Gone are the days of Green Hornet Blood Ties. Thank God.

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8.0
SpongeBob Comics #7

Feb 9, 2012

However, I have to commend the "risk" taken with the Kochalka pieces. They are not groundbreaking, but the fact that Viacom was ok with the design of one of its properties not being respected totally is cool. The other stories follow the animated character bibles established for Spongebob more closely. I always like to see softraced coloured art, and of course, just like the cartoon series, the comic book features much of that. It's a fun comic book. I pretty sure every issue is as safe and entertaining.

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8.0
Squadron Supreme #11

Jun 14, 2009

Edwards work is good but the inking not appropriate for his style. It did not enhance his work, which is strong in storytelling and action scenes.

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8.5
Steve Rogers: Super Soldier #1

Jul 25, 2010

Why have only one Captain America series when you can have two? Steve Rogers is chasing the grandson of the man who created the serum that transformed him into Captain America. He wants to sell the serum to the highest bidder and Rogers is here to stop that. But the chase ends quickly as another villain enters the fray. First Eaglesham is a great artist and perfect for this series. He gives majesty to his characters. His characters always remind me of guys like Lou Fine. He really worked at distinguishing every character. I was expecting all the men to be big brutes. He tends to draw a lot of them. They werent. The story was good, although it conflicts with recent developments in the former Avengers the Initiative series where another Erskine grandson was featured. The story is a classic spy story with the casino shots. Its interesting so far, but its hard to justify another series on this character when he already shows up in Secret Avengers and practically every Avengers book around.

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5.0
Stormwatch (2011) #2

Oct 31, 2011

Sepulveda renders a great comic book, but he may have added to the complexity of reading the pages and the convoluted nature of the comic book. His work reminds me of Bryan Hitch which is a good thing. However, his inker may not be the most appropriate for his work. Im not sold on this series yet and I think this will be my last issue. Thats too bad because I really wanted to enjoy it.

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6.0
Street Fighter II #5

Mar 24, 2007

This is a straightforward issue with much action and many surprises. Although there are many flashbacks and subplots building up this story, it is easy to understand what is going on. However, except for the cliffhanger, not much makes me want to come back next issue. The characters personalities and motivations are easy to figure out, but one doesnt feel enthralled by their challenges. The short Chung Lin and Master Gen story at the end of the book was much more interesting and made me relate to the characters, even if they are hardened killers.

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4.0
Street Fighter IV #1

Feb 21, 2009

While the art is beautiful the storytelling ispoor. It helps a reader a lot when he knows whats going on in a panel. So notonly are the stories poor, now the artwork is just as irrelevant. The colouringreally gives an anim look to the comic book. Theres a lot of action in thiscomic book. However, the artist is not very good at fight choreography, whichis a prerequisite for a comic book highlighting martial arts.

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4.0
Street Fighter Legends: Chun Li #1

Jan 25, 2009

Visually, this comic book feels like an anim. Its gotbright colours and weird page compositions used to draw the reader in theaction. It should be a fun read, even if the story is weak.

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6.5
Street Fighter Legends: Chun Li #3

Jun 19, 2009

Of course, the stories from the Street Fighter series by Udon are always weak. This issue is actually better thought out and with more material to peruse. However, its difficult to understand where this issue fits with what has happened previously. It seems that the writer is still exposing the basic plot elements of the story, instead of developing them.

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8.5
Suicide Squad (2011) #1

Sep 24, 2011

I like Dallocchios artwork, but find that the inking is uneven and not complementary to his work. He needs someone with thinker lines to really surround his work. Here, the lines are too thin and brittle to extract all the good designs from the penciller and throw it out at the reader. Because the lines are so thin and much of this issue is dark and with little light, it can sometimes make understanding whats happening in an individual panel difficult.

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8.0
Super Powers #2

Jan 2, 2017

Art Baltazar completely own this comic. He is an accomplished cartoonist that knows how to simplify complex character designs into something recognizable and dynamic. Superman is Superman. Batman is Batman. But each character has been stripped to its essential core which makes them more enticing, visually.

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8.0
Super Powers #3

Jan 28, 2017

The characters facial expressions are the best. Their postures and pantomime are very good too. Get this comic, and let the kids in your life know about it!

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9.0
Super Powers #4

Feb 1, 2017

I really dig Baltazars simple yet clear cartoon style for this comic. Its easy to dismiss and misunderstand how complex it is. The compositions are well thought of. Dare I say that Super Powers is more entertaining than the Justice League comic that came out this week

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7.5
Super Powers #5

Mar 1, 2017

The art is as dynamic as ever and this the part of the story which is very easy to follow. It is cartoon art but its quite suited to the story. This story would be taken more seriously if the artwork was more realistic, although with realistic art, perhaps the problems in the pacing would be too much to ignore. It seems that this series is not an ongoing one as I was hoping. Thats too bad.

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6.5
Teen Titans (2011) #1

Oct 4, 2011

Now, I didnt like the art at all. It started with KidFlash whose face I felt like punching. He just didnt appeal to me. Later, we also see ugly faces for Wonder Girl which made me more focused on how much I couldnt stand her face than what she was actually doing. I dont like the work of this artist much, so I wont focus on that too much here. His work is dynamic and seemingly well positioned for an action-packed comic book. Some readers may enjoy the Jim Lee influences.

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10
Teen Titans Go! #19

Jan 1, 2017

The artwork is very cartoony but funny. Everything is dynamic and easy to decipher. Marcelo Dichiara draws both stories, adhering strongly to the animated model sheets developed for this series years ago. Even for adults, this comic will provide a few good laughs and good break from gloomy comics. As for kids, it wont talk down to them.

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9.5
The Fall and Rise of Captain Atom #1

Jan 4, 2017

I dont know Will Conrad but I like his clean classic DC Comics look! He has a great handle on anatomy and his Justice League characters look good. Of note are his special effects and water illustrations. They are great. Youll notice that DC Comics seem to model Captain Atom closely after The Watchmens Dr. Manhattan. He is clearly blue instead of silver. Interesting decision!

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10
The Fall and Rise of Captain Atom #2

Feb 2, 2017

Will Conrad is impressive. His work is very realistic but not stiff. Often very realistic artistss work is stiff. Last issue Conrad proved that he could draw super hero material. Here, he proves that he can draw regular slice of life and thrillers as well. Captain Atom is engaging partly because of his participation. This comic is great. Go out and buy it!

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9.5
The Fall and Rise of Captain Atom #3

Mar 1, 2017

I went back quickly to the two previous issues to find any other references to The Watchmen. There seems to be all around I need more time to dig further. If you are still wondering if you should get this comic, well don't. This is an important Rebirth comic which is highly entertaining! Buy it now!

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8.5
The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men #1

Oct 4, 2011

The artwork was very super hero-like and therein is my main criticism. Why are the boys so muscular when they are teens in high school? Ok, Raymond is a jock and football player, but out of costume, he doesnt seem so big or muscular. But when he and Jason transform, there is no in between. They automatically gain the traditional six-pack and super muscles of other super heroes. Nevertheless, this series should be a fun read.

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10
The Green Hornet Parallel Lives #5

Nov 28, 2010

Raynor is a great artist. Normally, I wouldnt care for someone with this style, but for this series, I cant think of a better match. Its slightly cartoony and action-packed. His storytelling is great as the action and the character move the story along without submerging the plot. If it looks a bit rough in some places, its not much of a problem. Its gritty but with cool facial expressions. It really is the best-designed Green Hornet series published by Dynamite right now. I wish they would raise the level of all their other series to match this one.

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7.0
The Green Hornet Strikes #1

May 30, 2010

As Britt Reid is about to sell the secret identity to Chicagos current crime boss, a new Green Hornet is trying to infiltrate the headquarter of Gregor Kaast. Will the Green Hornet arrive in time to save Britt Reid or will Kaast murder the former Green Hornet first? This issue is set in the near future, but the only way to tell is to read the blurb at Dynamite Entertainments Web site. It should not be so and thus this series will confuse casual readers that do not follow these things as closely and that also pick up the other Green Hornet series by Kevin Smith. The plot is a typical Green Hornet boss, with the hero or an aspect of him challenging a local crime boss. The plot is also too close to the one in the regular Green Hornet comic book series by Kevin Smith where an older Hornet again, foolishly gave up his life for his replacement. Still its interesting to follow the antics of this geeky Green Hornet and see how well he fares without a Kato as back up. The artwork is good and so

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10
The Green Hornet Strikes #5

Jan 1, 2011

Padilla is a good artist. Never heard of him before this series but his work is fun to look at. Theres a hint of manga in his work, but the inks are so strong and the characters so gritty that it feels like a light influence from Japanese comics.

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7.5
The Last Phantom #1

Oct 7, 2010

The art is odd. Its not bad, but its not hot. Its super detailed with a lot of good visual in the jungle. However, the hero looks like a villain and the action is not very kinetic.

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8.0
The Last Phantom #3

Jan 1, 2011

Ferigatos work is solid. Hes the kind of artist that doesnt get as much work anymore because their style is not popular, although he is a solid storyteller. His work is completely competent. Every character has a different face. His sets are lush and filled. His inks are beautiful and contrast elements in his composition quite well. Coupled with the great colouring, this is a visual feat. This story has much potential. If you havent a Phantom story in years, this one may be for you.

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8.5
The Mighty #1

Feb 28, 2009

Now, the story. The set up is different. Im not sure if the Mighty is really to betrusted. It feels like Ive read this story somewhere in Robinson and SmithsThe Golden Age " right down to the buzz hair cut of the prodigy. As a set upissue, it did its work, although nothing groundbreaking was introduced. But Ima sucker for comic book superhero stories set in the 1950s, so who knows. This storycould be the more than sum of all the other series Ive alluded to above. Itcould have the epic depth of The Golden Age and the gritty reality of Blackmask.

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10
The Mighty Thor #4

Aug 2, 2011

Olivier Coipel is one of my favourite artists. To think that people used to complain about his work when he was working on Legion of Super Heroes for DC Comics. Granted most of his characters look alike, he has the ability to capture mundane and non heroic characters unlike anyone else. His use of facial expressions has also improved tremendously since he last worked on Thor as its regular artist.

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9.0
The Mighty Thor #5

Sep 5, 2011

While the fight between Thor and the Silver Surfer seems like it will never end, Fraction manages to show how one-sided Thor has been in this war against Galactus. The Silver Surfer is much more level-headed, patient and merciful than Thor, even is his job is dreadfully worse than Thors. The best part of the story is Loki. Dare I say that Loki was never as interesting a character as now that hes a boy? Hes really the god of mischief now. The magic with Coipels work, is that his characters all feel like dwarves, even Thor. But their facial expressions are unique and even if there is a lot of familiarity in all the characters, it is so easy to tell each character apart.

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5.0
The Mighty Thor #6

Oct 2, 2011

Is it just me, or is Coipel shrinking the heads of his characters even more than before. Thor towards the end of the issue looked like a his head belonged to a midget. It was so compressed, it made no sense. I like how Coipel draws all the regular folks, Volstagg, Galactus and the Silver Surfer, but I like his Thor less and less. I hate it when artists become caricatures of themselves. However, I have to say that with the head compression thing, the Silver Surfer really looked like he had been drawn by Jack Kirby.

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7.0
The Mighty Thor #7

Nov 26, 2011

Ferry is a marvellous artist with anything related to fantasy. His work is epic. Its too bad he gets to work on filler material instead of better stories, until Thor comes back from wherever he is.

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5.0
The Mighty Thor #8

Nov 27, 2011

Ferry saves this comic book again. Just like Salvador Larroca on Invincible Iron Man, he makes a comic book which would be unreadable at least pleasant to look at and probably props up the work of Fraction, helping cover all the problems in the script.

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5.0
The Savage Hawkman #3

Nov 27, 2011

I dont like the Philip Tans work. Its way to confusing. What exactly is happening on page eight? What is the woman doing to Morphicius? To say that Tan is a weak storyteller is an overstatement. He just cant put a series of images in a sequence that makes sense for a reader to follow. I have no clue about whats happening most of the time. And the text captions dont help either. As for the colouring by Gho, the colours are nice, but he buries Tans work in dark tones and makes visual that are already hard to decipher impossible to comprehend.

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9.0
The Sixth Gun #41

Jul 7, 2014

Tyler Crooks artwork is efficient. Its clean enough and simple. Yet, it conveys all the right emotions in a few strokes. The details and background may be minimal but they support the characters in the foreground well. The inks are also clean. The colours are doll but thats on purpose. The story told is not bright and joyful. So the tones support the mood of the story well. Im curious about this series now and will seek more.

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7.0
The Spirit Vol. 2 #1

May 3, 2010

A new killer has been hired by the Octopus to stop the Spirit, but hero is already in on the scoop and is preparing his moves. But will this new assassin prove more than a match for the Spirit? Im not sure why this series was created. It seems to me that if the previous one by Darwin Cooke and Mark Evanier didnt work out " and they were probably the best revival the character could get, why would this dumb down Spirit series work now? Is it because it removes the grey areas of the character? Is it because its now typical super hero fare? The reason is because its meant to fit with that new FirstWave line from DC Comics. Well, this reader doesnt care. It felt like watching the Frank Miller film all over. I had the same sense of disconnect with the dialogue and the characters acting. This type of series is why so many people are afraid that big publishers like DC Comics can only rape and milk and original creation for its brand name only. It falls short of what I expected from the Spirit

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7.0
The Transformers #3

Jan 18, 2010

The design on the Transformers is changing again. They usually do when theres a new toy around. Being out of the loop on the latest Transformers toys, I cant tell whats happening. However, I will say that I hate how Figueroa draws the Transformerss faces. I get it that hes basing their designs on the films, but it just makes the characters look ugly and less relatable. Another problem is the lack of real inking. I wish they would hire a real inker to strengthen the lines on the page. Relying only on pencils and posterized line art is not a replacement for proper inking.

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7.0
The Transformers #7

Jun 1, 2010

The Decepticons are in disarray and reverting to cannibalism to survive. Meanwhile Megatron is preparing his return and complains about how he finds Optimus Prime weak and how ultimately, his nemesis will be betrayed by the humans they seek to protect. Is that the ultimate fate of the Autobots? While this story is interesting, itshas many parallels to the arrival of Galvatron in the Transformers cartoon series in 1986 with the Decepticon leader, after having been defeated by Rodimus Prime, return to lead his troops to glory. But the parallels end here and the story is much more a personal study of Megatron which unfortunately does not go far enough. Sure Megatron tells us whats wrong with everything, but he spends little time telling us whats great about him and how he will lead his troops differently than say Starscream. Su can be pleasing and sometimes less. I like his Transformers in many panels, but just find his humans too simple. The light effect he traces all over the characters

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8.5
The Transformers #11

Oct 7, 2010

Guidis work is good, but hes not the best Transformers artist around. Yet, hes good for action and its easy to follow whats going on in the page. He may be a bit low key and not hot on the ornate stuff drawn by other Transformers artist, but hes a good value and great for this series.

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5.0
The Transformers #14

Dec 30, 2010

Im not a fan of Figueras Transformers. Hes never been good with humans either. I dont like how he makes the Transformers faces ugly and alien-like. He also puts way too many details that dont help strengthen the structure of the images he draws. The inking this issue was inexistent. I grow tired of all these comic book publishers who think they can get away with Photoshop colouring and skip the inking production step. There is some inking here, but its not used to solidify the work and make it better. Its only used to indulge in the artists pet peeves. Comic book inking is an art form and a necessary step for pencil-drawn illustrations. Inking cleans the muddiness of a pencil drawing and brings structure and solidity to a drawing. Then, its used to establish shadows, highlights and lowlights. It adds dimensions and helps elements in the foreground comes forward and draw the gaze of the reader away from the background and other mid-level layers. Figueroa understands some of these princi

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9.5
The Transformers #22

Aug 2, 2011

Milne draws good Transformers although he gives them a human face. The colouring is good and there are touches throughout the book that make things interesting visually. For example, there is a scene where Megatron throws a rock on a piece of glass. The wreckage is shaped like the Decepticons symbol.

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10
The Transformers #23

Jan 1, 1970

Milne is good, and I like that he continues to work on this series, providing it with visual continuity. His Transfomers faces have more human qualities, than robotic ones, but I dont mind that.

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9.0
The Transformers #25

Sep 20, 2011

One thing for sure, it was fun to see little used characters like Breakdown and Streetwise, instead of the usual golden team from the very first Transformers stories " you know Prowl, Jazz, Bumblebee and all. O they were there, but for once we got to see characters that deserve much more exposition. It was fun to see the differences between Prowl and fellow cop Streetwise. They are both police cars, but like in real life, they differ in tactics. Im not sure where this new storyline is going, but I cant wait to find out about this new conspiracy.

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3.0
The Transformers #26

Oct 1, 2011

What this does is show how shallow and irrelevant the story ultimately is. If as a reader, I cant force myself to decipher a comic book, then theres a problem. Its actually a problem that as a reader Id have to force myself to figure out whats happening. This storyline which is supposed to be important to the world of the Transformers is a non starter for me because of the muddle atmosphere artwork that impede on the actual reading of the comic book. I want to read a comic book, not marvel at the pretty colours on a canvas.

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10
The Transformers #27

Oct 9, 2011

Cahill should be the regular Transformers illustrator beyond the Chaos storyline. I really enjoy his take on the Transformers. Prowl really looks unique in robot mode, although in his alternate car mode, its sometimes tough to distinguish him from Streetwise. This story is really enjoyable from the first page to the last.

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9.0
The Transformers #29

Nov 26, 2011

Of course, without Cahill the story would not be as interesting I like his take on the Transformers with just enough human facials but well designed and updated robot modes. Im not impressed with Jazz latest designs though, but I understand its probably tied to some toy and not a decision of the artist.

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10
The Unwritten #1

Jun 17, 2009

Veteran artist Peter Gross lends a hand with the series casing the story in a realistic but clear style that forces the reader to focus on the story and no other artefacts that would deter attention from the story. His loose inks are a good match for the narrative and do not give a noirish or any other slant to the story. For those familiar with the premise of the series, such a neutral art style is necessary and I hope will be adapted for particular tales.

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9.0
The Unwritten #7

Nov 29, 2009

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8.5
The Unwritten #8

Jan 10, 2010

Sometimes, its annoying to review the work of a regular comic book artist who delivers the same quality every month in a series. When the artist just executes well, there is nothing to say than continue patting him on the back. Theres really nothing to say about Gross work. He delivers quality every issue to the same level and contributes to the feel and popularity of this series. His work does little to interfere with the entire experience drawn from this The Unwritten.

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8.0
Thor (2007) #4

Jan 9, 2008

Coipel continues to deliver great pages. Here, he draws topics and sceneries that he is not used to. His still succeeds in making the pages dynamic and filled with action shots. The African backdrop is lightly suggested but not explored further. This is a great story and a great attempt at redefining Thor.

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7.0
Thor (2007) #6

Mar 24, 2008

I like Coipels work and how he draws town folks and Asgardians. They are flip coins of each other and the scene where they interact in the city hall, reminds me of some of the warmer slice of life paintings from early Dutch Renaissance painters. All go about their businesses, with red cheeks, filled stomachs and simple candour. I wish more comic books made me feel this good about knowing art history!

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10
Thor (2007) #10

Aug 19, 2008

Coipels handling of Thor takes more character every issues and the way he portrays Thor, is becoming more unique and iconic. Thor is no longer just another blond guy with Goldilocks. Hes a rugged with the grace of a strong man, incorporated in the body of a brute. His silence visually is always telling and exudes his strengths and weakness in a way few other artists could do. I really enjoy this run.

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9.0
Thor (2007) #12

Jan 4, 2009

Coipel is my favourite Thor artist. I think Ive said that about him every time Ive reviewed his work. He brings dignity to Thor and makes this series look much more classic and epic-like than other Marvel Comics series. I would say his contribution here will help this current incarnation of Thor be what Frank Millers run was for Daredevil. His work is simply majestic. By the way, I like how he draws the young Loki and how he draws his eyes.

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10
Thor (2007) #600

Feb 16, 2009

Aja brings an iconic touch to this early Avengers storythat reminds me of James Fry. Giarrussoand Kirby are just pros, although the inkers on Kirbys work made his storieslook quite different.

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8.0
Thor (2007) #606

Mar 3, 2010

Its Thor versus the Destroyer armour powered by Doctor Doom. Thor is supposed to lose this one. So Thor has fought this armour several times and this time powered by Doctor Doom, it should be more dangerous than usual. There used to be a way in old comic books where the hero would defeat opponents that were more powerful than their through their smarts. No smarts was on display here. It was all about heavy smashing making the Destroyer armour and the combine might of Doctor Doom seem pathetic at best. If there is one highlight in this issue, it is the revelation that Doctor Doom has been doing some experiments on samples from Lokis body. The artwork is not bad, but its a far cry from the folkloric look developed by Olivier Coipel that is currently charming people in Siege. Im not quite sold on this artist.

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8.0
Thor (2007) #607

Mar 3, 2010

This issue serves as a way to explore what happened from the Asgardian side before the Siege and to let the reader know why they did not foresee the attack of Norman Osborn and his Dark Avengers. It Not a bad issue, but more a behind the scene story that adds a few details here and there, but is not compelling reading. Its the type of issue one could easily skip until the Siege crossover ends. Tan needs a better inker that rounds up his coarse lines. If that happened, his work would be more enjoyable. Elson is the opposite. He needs coarser and thicker lines to contour his work, although it looks good here.

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6.0
Thor (2007) #608

May 1, 2010

More fighting between various Asgardians and humans occur this issue which serves as a tie-in to the Siege storyline. Kelda meets her deceased lovers parents and Volstagg fights the Thor android clone. This issue was filler while the Siege storyline continues its course. Its a shame that a series that was so strong when it started has become a shadow of what it was and lost all that momentum. Thor barely makes an appearance. Sure, I like Thors supporting cast, but Im definitely not liking where this series is going. Im putting Thor in the penalty box until after Siege to see if the writers can come up with better stories than the leftovers from Straczynski. The artwork is the best thing about this issue. The colouring is impressive too. However, thats not enough to keep this reader hooked.

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7.0
Thor (2007) #609

May 2, 2010

The Siege of Asgard continues and kelda and Volstagg do their best to help. Asgardians under the leadership of Balder continue to fend off their opponents, but time is running out for the Asgardians. Loki reveals more detail about the attack and feels sorry for being a god of mischief. This issue was better than the last. There may be hope for a good Thor story after all. I like the parts with Loki and how he was able to reveal that Balder was selfish and jealous king. Visually, there were so many artists working on this issue that it did not matter. It was solid work nonetheless. I guess next issue will be the one where I decide if Thor is really worth it.

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8.0
Thor (2007) #610

May 31, 2010

After the siege of Asgard, the remaining Asgardians have to rebuild their world. But the old Thor clone is still alive, pretending to be the rightful heir of the throne of Asgard. Will Thor defeat this evil clone? The best part of this story is the continuing love affair between Kelda and the mortal human called Bill. I really like Keldas character and the fact that her love affair with Bill is not over, although one is dead. The artwork looks nice and reminds me of Marie Severin. I would have liked that it was clear that Thor had finally defeated his clone. Since his first appearance in Civil War, hes been reduced to an annoyance and a character that has no purpose. I wish we wont see him any time soon after this. I wrote last issue that I wasnt sure about keeping this series on my pull list. This one was good enough to make me come back.

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8.0
Thor (2007) #611

Jul 25, 2010

All of the heroes from Asgard that have died recently have been exile to a new hell created by Hela out of a small domain in Mephistos domain. But the Disirs want to claim the souls of the Asgardians for themselves and break the pact that Mephisto had with Hela. Can Thor stop them in time? Finally theres a new storyline from this new creative team thats not bugged down by a crossover cleaning up the threads established by the previous creative team. Well get to see what they can do on their own. So far its interesting. I like this story a lot. Im not sure how Thor will deal with this new threat. It,s also fun to see what Mephisto has cooked up. He makes a great replacement for Loki. The artwork feels realistic and brutal. Theres something epic about it. Im enjoying this series.

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8.0
Thor (2007) #612

Aug 1, 2010

The artwork feels like illustrations without the proper inking. For some reason, it reminds me of the kind of epic comic strips one would read in Prince Valliant, although the style is completely different. Its not a complaint, but a compliment.

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7.0
Thor (2007) #615

Oct 3, 2010

Fraction for me has been a hit or miss. I dont like his work on Uncanny X-Men and his Invincible Iron Man the last year has been too slow and not to the same level as the first year. Here he sets up a bunch of plot points and even makes some of it funny. So its hard to say whether hes on to something good with Thor. It wasnt a runaway hit with me nor a failure. Its middle ground stuff, but Im not sure if Fraction can afford middle ground stories anymore. Marvel Comics has faith in him, but many readers dont. The series he works on, just like Thor sell on their own out of momentum. Will he try to make Thor sell more by putting in quality work or is he just going to mail in a plot every month the way hes been doing with Uncanny X-Men? I dont trust him just yet. He can be a great writer but he often is lazy and slow to finish a story, like in his current Invincible Iron Man run. Here, he probably relied too much on Ferrys work to carry the comic book and that has been his problem several

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9.5
Thor (2007) #618

Dec 22, 2010

On the other hand, the highlight of this run is the art by Ferry. He is an illustrators illustrator. I like the crazy creature he draws. Some of them reminds me of the Myazaki ones, but with a totally different visual reference. As a storyteller, Ferry is as excellent. The pages and their contents flow seamlessly. Every panel in this comic book is a work of art to admire. Not many comic books have such visual quality.

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9.0
Thor (2007) Annual #1

Sep 21, 2009

For some reason Grindberg reminded me of David Laphams work on the old Valiant comic books. This book really had a Valiant feel to it, but with a different colour scheme. But thats not a problem for this reviewer and he rendered Thor and Donald Blake quite well this issue. The backgrounds drawn are all detailed and add to the context of the story.

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9.0
Thor: Defining Moments Giant-Size #1

Nov 29, 2009

Now if they can increase the action and the speed up the delivery of issues, Thro will be in good hands, although Im not a fan of Billy Tans work.

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9.0
Thor: The Mighty Avenger #1

Jul 25, 2010

This story recaps the early years of Thor as he arrived on Earth and meets Jane Foster. Thor wants his hammer back, but its trapped in a urn in a museum. Security thinks hes nothing but a hobo and throws him out. But when Mr Hyde shows up and threatens Jane Fosters life, things get more complicated for the son of Odin. This story is fun and simple, although it completely rewrites everything about Thor. Thats the one thing I dont like about this type of stories that dont try to fit in with what already exists but add a complete rewrite to a classic. I do like the characters and Jane Foster is more human and lively than shes ever been. I like Thor as a big hobo and the fact that as of yet theres not Loki in sight. Woah, a good Thor story without Loki? Well we know hell show up eventually. As for the art, I really like it. The characters smiles and faces were fun to watch. It gives the story a dated look which is good.

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9.5
Thor: The Mighty Avenger #2

Aug 1, 2010

Samnee is a great artist and I hope he stays with this series for a while. I like the expressions he puts on Thor and other characters faces. There is a simplicity in his work which is charming but also hides how much work he really put into to make this series such a joy to read visually.

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10
Thor: The Mighty Avenger #3

Oct 3, 2010

Samnee is the best artist for this series. Its delightful to look at every page and every panels he draws. Theres never something out place or unnecessary. Even while packing many panels per page, he still makes each count for something. This comic book is probably one of my favourites from any publisher right now.

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10
Thor: The Mighty Avenger #6

Dec 20, 2010

I dont know what else to say about Samnee. Hes the best artist for this series. Its because of him thats its so good. I like the way the character has real expressions in this comic book. The storytelling and pacing is excellent. Thor actually smiles so much that its refreshing. I cant get enough of this series. It,s my favourite read from Marvel Comics these days.

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10
Thor: The Mighty Avenger #7

Jan 1, 2011

Im tired of praising Samnee every issue. I cant say anything negative about his work. I cant ask him to improve on anything. For what this comic book is about and what hes supposed to do, theres little I could suggest. Thats rare that a comic book is so perfect, that theres nothing to say about it. I guess the weakest part is the cover. Its not the best, but everything inside just flows. Something else that has to be commended is how Samnee draws a one page recap of the entire series, instead of just relying on a text blurb. I wish more comic books would adopt this formula.

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5.0
Thor: The Trial of Thor #1

Jun 20, 2009

The title of the comic book is also very misleading. There is no trial at all in this book, although I found the forensic talk of the Asgardian investigators a little too modern to be credible.

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10
Tiny Titans #1

Jun 7, 2014

I enjoy Baltazars cartoons. He simplifies his characters just enough to make them recognizable. Each character has its own icons and bright colours. Since the publisher aimed this comic book at older readers like me in an attempt to give them to kids, I guess DC Comics has succeeded.

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6.5
Titans #10

Feb 16, 2009

Porter did a decent job visually this issue, although hesnot my favourite artist. His characters are not very appealing to me. However,he told the story correctly and did not confuse me as reader, by focusing onthe good storytelling.

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7.5
Titans (2016) #12

Jun 18, 2017

Kenneth Rocaforts artwork reminds me of Art Thieberts. And like Thiebert, he needs a strong inker. While not my favourite type of comic artist, his work is dynamic enough for this series and keeps in line with what has appeared before. This version of Titans has looked like it came from the 1990s from the start!

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6.5
Transformers Heart of Darkness #4

Aug 2, 2011

The story itself is less interesting with nothing but fights and stuff blowing up. Little has been learn from the previous issue. In fact, since its been months since the last issue I read, I couldnt quite understand where the story was picking up from and where it was going, even with an introductory recap to the story, it took me a while to get a grip on things.

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7.5
Transformers Spotlight Prowl #1

Apr 27, 2010

Su gives an iconic and symbolic look to Prowl and the rest of the characters and sets in this story. Its different from the manga-inspired look from recent years or the more realist interpretation. Although it makes Prowl hard to recognize, it also makes the story more personal.

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10
Transformers: All Hail Megatron #6

Jan 4, 2009

Why is it that great Transformers artists can never quite render humans properly? Oh well... At least, Guidi makes for complex and detailed Transformers where each has his individuality. For example, Hot Rods knee articulation is totally different from Megatrons. Guidis work has a manga feel that is appropriate for the Transformers. Im not sold on the colouring though. Its too painterly and not stark enough.

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9.0
Transformers: All Hail Megatron #7

Feb 7, 2009

Reconstructing the Transfomers means revisiting oldercharacters and reengaging their core personalities. Thats what McCarthy isdoing here. For example, he recalls the ambivalence of Mirage to the Autobotscause. He also shows the devotion that Ironhide had for Optimus Prime, as hispersonal bodyguard. But at the same time he shows greater complexity tocharacters like Sideswipe who are no longer bubble heads with guns. Lets hopeMcCarthy does something interesting with these characters after hes doneredefining them.

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6.0
Transformers: All Hail Megatron #9

Mar 28, 2009

I did not like the work of the artist working on the human scenes. His characters seem too simplistic and his style jarred with the more complex Transformers look used elsewhere. The other artist fared much better with the Autobots and continued to give them updated but cartoon-inspired renderings.

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6.5
Transformers: All Hail Megatron #11

May 28, 2009

Im not sure whats happening with the artist. It credits one person, but it feels that many people worked on this issue. His dusty pencil feel doesnt work or me. The Transformers need a clean style with good inking to look good. The colouring did not help make them look like they were made of metal either.

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9.5
Transformers: All Hail Megatron #12

Jun 27, 2009

Keeping a single artist on this issue helps a lot. Previous ones had a mix of artists whose style was not always suitable for the Transformers, thereby weakening the better drawn pages. Here Guido, although not my favourite has the same vibe as classic Transformers artist, Andrew Wildman. His robots have human facial characteristics while being mechanized creatures.

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9.5
Transformers: All Hail Megatron #15

Sep 20, 2009

Roches work is more angular and less symmetrical than Coller, but it has its own vibrancy. As the writer and artist, this series its odd that he did not better plot the layout of his page as he had so much text that it made his artwork less important to read. Still he tried to make it as kinetic as his story would allow it and that is a good thing. Collers visuals are colder. He makes the Transformers into real machines, not humans that munch on cigars. But its quite good and closer to what Dreamwave artists did when that company had the license to the Transformers.

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7.5
Transformers: Ironhide #3

Jul 10, 2010

Ironhide reawakens back from the dead to find out that there are only two Autobots left on the planet overrun by Insecticons. But is Ironhides benefactor a friend or a foe? I havent read the previous issues in this series, but am vaguely familiar with the events that left Sunstreaker for dead. There is not much exploration of Ironhides character in this issue but one can witness his braveness. I found Alpha Trion cryptic and less inspiring than usual. But maybe thats me imagining things. The highlight of this issue is of course the beautiful art by Coller. I like how he draws Transformers. I wish more of the Transformers artists at IDW Publishing had such a good handle on Transfomers.

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9.5
Turok, Son Of Stone #1

Jan 1, 2011

Franciscos work is good and perfect for the plain landscapes and mountains needed to capture the world of Turok. The line work has qualities similar to Joe Kubert but with a very different style. My first criticism would be that there are too many lines in the characters faces that obstruct their features. Franciscos characters could easily get away with a bit less line work. My second criticism has to do with storytelling. In some panels where crucial action is happening, there is too much of a gap between the panels making the flow of the action uncertain. For example, in one scene, Turok and Andar are back against a mountain flank with the warriors of the other tribe circling them. Yet, they manage to escape the circle and have much distance between themselves and their opponents. Thats quite a stretch.

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8.0
Turok: Dinosaur Hunter #5

Jun 17, 2014

I enjoyed Mirko Colaks artwork this issue. It felt cleaner than in the past. Still, he adds just enough grits to the dinosaurs to make them stand out from the page. The grit reminds me of Gil Kane and Patrick Brodericks. It gives dynamism to the comic book.

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8.0
Uncanny X-Men #501

Nov 11, 2008

Land is a fun artist to work with, from the look of his work that makes half of the text and captions from the writer useless. Its a pity that Land wasnt given the opportunity to be the eyes of the readers for this story. Its compelling artwork and strong storytelling.

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6.5
Uncanny X-Men #506

Feb 22, 2009

Dodson creates beautiful people. Hes like amodern Adam Hughes, but with more angular designs. He does a great job in thisissue, but even his sugar-coated illustrations cant coat a weak story.

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6.0
Uncanny X-Men #510

May 26, 2009

Its easy to package boring stories with beautiful art. It makes the less palatable, palatable. But want to know something? Im growing tired of Greg lands work too. Marvel always assign him to series they dont feel would fly on their own. So he adds an extra boost that makes the reader feel like this is major stuff happening, when in fact, its as banal as the worst of the 1990s X-Men material. Is there any hope for the X-Men?

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7.5
Uncanny X-Men #511

Jun 20, 2009

Land was born to draw women and this issue proves it another time " not that anyone needed to be told that. The fact that most of the characters in this issue are women also gives him solid material to work with. Although all his women look the same, all being drop-dead gorgeous, he can still instil a good action scene here and there that carries the story forward.

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7.5
Uncanny X-Men #517

Nov 29, 2009

I long for great adventures for this team. At least, the fight looked good with Land getting better at drawing womens anatomy with realistic proportions.

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8.0
Uncanny X-Men #518

Dec 28, 2009

Dodson is a much more enjoyable artist than Greg Land. I like how he moulded the white space reality inside of Emmas mind and played with the panels in the page to further the effects. I doubt Land would have landed such a creative layout. His storytelling is also quite good in this issue. I like the diamond effect used to depict Emma Frost and the ice effect on Iceman. Dodson, by the way draws beautiful women.

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8.0
Uncanny X-Men #519

Jan 16, 2010

Im quite happy that Dodson is continuing to work on this series. He brings a plastic quality to the characters and has them interacting in well designed, but simple environments. His depiction of Scott Summers made the character look very old in the mind game adventure versus the Void. Im not sure how old Summers is supposed to be, but 40 is definitely not the number I have in mind.

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7.0
Uncanny X-Men #521

Mar 3, 2010

Magneto is meditating and Cyclops and Emma Frost are investigating why. Elsewhere, Wolverine, Colossus and Psylocke are fighting the mutants that released the predators upon Utopia Island a few issues ago. The fight starts out as something the heroes cannot win and quickly turns into an easy fight that shows that the heroes were never threatened in the first place. Theres a lot of that in the X-Men world these days and that doesnt make for a compelling narrative when you know the hero is in no danger. Land is Land. He draws women with mouth so wide the state of California can fit in. They all look the same and the fights are not very interesting. This series needs a serious reboot.

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7.5
Uncanny X-Men #524

May 26, 2010

Dodson is good here. Im not a fan of his Cyclops though, but all the other characters look fine, except it seems he wishes they all had metallic shine on their bodies so he can draw wavy lines on their faces.

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6.5
Uncanny X-Men #525

Jul 11, 2010

The X-Men send a smaller team to the future to stop the sentinels from traveling to the present and destroying all mutants, but the ground zero of the sentinels may prove too strong to destroy. The issue is interesting with all the guest stars, but for me the highlight was the art by Dodson. If it wasnt for him, this issue would not have been so interesting. The X-Men are tired and are not innovating anymore. I like the special operation team, although I found Angel, the old X-Men veteran and founding member weak in character and not a good example for the other newer guys. There is a sense that the X-Men have reached their limit but it feels more like the writer is telling us rather than showing us the threat.

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5.0
Uncanny X-Men #528

Oct 7, 2010

Whilce Portacio is back drawing an X-Men book after having propelled X-Factor and then, Uncanny X-Men to high sales in the 1990s. Whoever thought he could rekindle the magic here was wrong and I wish he gets off the book soon. At this point, having bad stories by Fraction and now bad art by Portacio makes this book one of the last one I want to read when I get my piles. Portacio attempts the realistic and smooth look that graced the series prior his arrival and fails utterly. His style just doesnt work. He lacks the perfect anatomy to pull it off and his characters faces look too rough to display any emotion or facial expression. Then the inking by Tadeo only exposes Portacios weaknesses further instead of highlighting his strengths.

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8.0
Uncanny X-Men #529

Oct 31, 2010

Portacio was not great last issue, but here, his work improves tremendously and is enjoyable. He tries to work hard on the characters faces and the storytelling was better. The story flowed well when read visually. However, the best pages were those by artist Harvey Tolibao. Why cant he be the regular artist? His drawings were rich and detailed with a great quality and texture to the lines.

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8.0
Uncanny X-Men #530

Nov 27, 2010

Fractions story is all right. The idea of giving humans mutant powers has been done several times already. The idea of a pathogen that only affects mutants has also been done. Gosh, isnt there anything new to report here? Its not the idea that matters so much as to how they are handled here. And of course, the treatment is better and more rigorous and more steeped in reality than past X-Men stories. This is what a lot of the work we see in comics feels like. Its a reinterpretation of older stories but done with better storytelling and visuals. It may seems fresh, but it isnt. The story is not bad, dont get me wrong, but like much of his run on this series, Fraction fails to advance new concepts and stories that can add to the X-Men mythology. Instead, he sticks with safe stories groomed in the lore of the characters.

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7.0
Unfollow #15

Jan 4, 2017

Mike Dowling is back and I appreciate his work a lot this issue. Its gritty and textured but with a good serving of inks giving his work a post-modern noir look. Its noir but uneven and crumbling at times.

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9.0
Unfollow #16

Feb 24, 2017

Mike Dowling is back this issue with his scratchy impressionist textured lines. I miss them. I like how he masters approximations using shape as opposed to light, like a cartoonists like Alex Toth. Using shapes and gross lines makes him closer to Gil Kane. Not complaining! Just analyzing art! Its all good if you ask me!

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8.0
Usagi Yojimbo #111

Jun 29, 2008

I really like Sakais work. Its got that Gil Kane vibe I love so much in comic books. Its filled with somewhat irregular lines and strokes that have not been refined endlessly. I imagine him just lashing out at a blank page without nothing more but the guides in his mind about what he wants to include in his panels. Well that gives his work a lot of energy and brashness.

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9.0
Voodoo #1

Sep 29, 2011

The artwork is incredible. Basri draws the most gorgeous women. The men are not bad either. Theres a cinematic feel to his compositions. I have to mention the work of colourist Jessica Kholinne. She makes Basris already beautiful pieces stand out even more. Together, they have given an incredible feel for this series. As the story is not bad at all, although sill not fully developed, its up to this team to make sure this series about characters weve never read before survives. I highly recommend this series as it's a completely new concept and new characters that can only make the DC Comics universe richer.

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6.0
Walt Disney Comics and Stories #702

Jan 19, 2010

Visually, the designs are classic Disney and the characters move in and out of pages, always in that style. It was a pleasurable thing to see as the great penmanship one expects from a Disney product could easily have been sacrificed. The little reaction shots with the various forests animals were quite fun too.

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8.5
Wild Storm #1

Feb 16, 2017

The artwork inked digitally represents the best of what American comics can do to match European comics. Artist John Davis "Hunt follows a tight nine panel/three panel- level composition per page. With the pastel colouring, this comic feels like a European book. Its a darn gorgeous book. One criticism is that the black and red cover does not convey the tone and mood of the interior art. It feels like the editor and colourist decide to paste a traditional American cover on an American comic that was for a European look inside. Its quite odd.

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7.0
Wolverine (2003) #64

Jun 7, 2008

I like Garneys work. It has the crispiness of Romita Jr. and the dynamism of Gil Kane. I would argue that hes finally coming of age here and in the previous Spider-man stories he worked on. His work elevates this story to a major event instead of the random story it should have become. Reading his comic books is truly joyful.

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6.0
Wolverine (2003) #74

Jun 14, 2009

Edwards work takes some adjustment before one can enjoy it completely, but once accepted, its quite entertaining. Kuberts story was acceptable, but not engaging. Im not sure I like either his rendition of Spider-man or Wolverine. I much prefer his Batman.

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6.0
Wolverine (2003) #900

May 28, 2010

This issue is an anthology of new and old Wolverine stories providing readers with a greater insight into the Canadian mutant. The question is was it necessary. I dont know where the number #900 came from. They could have called this Wolverine Annual Volume something and be done with it. The stories read like those from an annual. Nothing groundbreaking, some reprints and touchy goody stories that show the mellow part of the protagonist. The stories are not bad at all, but nothing worth remembering. And this is whats wrong with how Marvel Comics markets Wolverine. They put him in every book to boost sales and write the most ridiculous stories and fans like you and I support them by buying sub-quality material because Wolverines in it. The artwork is all over the place in terms of quality and most of it is not the type I like. The story with the Morlocks in particular, looks amateurish. But for Wolverine fans may appreciate the diversity of portrayals in this issue. You can definitely p

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6.5
Wolverine: Weapon X #7

Jan 19, 2010

If it wasnt for Paquette, this story would not be enjoyable. He makes Wolverine look like a real man, not a perfect Adonis. He looks rough and out of shape. I like that. When you see fear in his face, you can believe it. The inking is solid and adds the right dark mix to the story. Its too bad the plot is not good enough to benefit from this.

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7.5
Wolverine: Weapon X #8

Mar 3, 2010

Wolverine fights for his life as his brain is about to be busted by a crazy scientist in a mental institution. But the toughest task for the mutant is to find out who he is. Will he find out in time to save himself? This issue reminded me of old Vertigo Comics where gore and body parts were part of what made the line geared for a mature audience. But besides the gore and the crazy scientist and his funny outlook on the world, there is nothing interesting to see. As I wrote before, this is a bad Batman Arkham Asylum type of stories using Wolverine but not really exploring what makes the character special, besides mentioning every couple of pages that there is a beast within him. At least with Yanick Paquette, no one can complain on the artwork. Its rich and gory and perhaps why this book feels more like a bad Vertigo comic book.

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8.0
Wolverine: Weapon X #9

Mar 3, 2010

Wolverines X-Men friends have come to save him from the clutches of Doctor Rot at Dunwich Sanitorium but before X-Men Nightcrawler and Psylocke can rescue their friend, they have to reach his mind. Doctor Rot continues to be the only funny thing in this storyline. I like that his gut was spilling all over the place yet, he survived the ordeal and will probably be back for more. Hes the kind of villain that takes a good beating and loses limbs every time he meets the hero, yet one wonders how he survives. If Aaron was aiming for a crazy equivalent to the Joker, he hit every button here. The gut action was of course delectably sick thanks to the beautiful and gross artwork from Paquette. If it wasnt for him, this story would just be another B-type of story and not much enjo