James Ferguson's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Horror Talk Reviews: 403
8.4Avg. Review Rating

8.0
'68: Rule of War #1

Apr 2, 2014

'68: Rule of War provides a continued look at the alternate history of the Vietnam War filled with zombies.  As with previous volumes, the creators include some facts about the elements they pulled into the story, so you get the historical significance to the plot.  It's not like they just made this all up.  Now what do we have to do to get this taught in schools?  It would probably help kids pay a bit more attention to this event in class, no?

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8.0
7 Days of Death #1

Aug 11, 2015

7 Days of Death gets you comfortable in a setting before pulling the rug out from under you.  It does so in such a satisfying way that makes for a really interesting story and one I can't wait to explore further.  It presents a very real feeling as a man is given the chance to be with his wife, who he thought was gone forever.  Who wouldn't move heaven and earth for a chance at reuniting with a lost loved one?  In Robert's case, he'll have to fight monsters and demons, but he's proven more than capable of doing so in spectacular fashion.

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9.0
Abigail and the Snowman #1

Jan 6, 2015

Abigail and the Snowman is an all-ages comic that delivers. It's fun for kids and adults alike without dumbing down the content. Langridge's visuals offer a great approach to introduce your children to the wide world of monsters.

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10
Accelerators #1

Oct 26, 2013

I've actually been following the story of The Accelerators for a few months thanks to the I Sell Comics podcast. It was here that the creators took their idea and made it into an actual comic. Everything from printing costs to distribution was discussed, so I was excited to check out this book. Fortunately, the comic delivered. This is now a ten-issue series and I'm definitely in it for the remainder of the story because I have to see where it goes next.

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8.0
Accelerators #2

Jul 3, 2014

The Accelerators pumps up the action with the second issue but doesn't answer many of the burning questions that began with the previous chapter.  Fortunately, the story is exciting enough to pull you in and make you want to find out more about this bizarre world in which the characters have found themselves.  What happened to make America the "capital of the fourth world"?  And what's the fourth world?

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10
Afterlife With Archie #4

Mar 8, 2014

While this series marks the first Archie comics I've read, I'm very impressed by them.  Putting zombies into this world could have been a complete joke, but it's being taken very seriously.  Aguirre-Sacasa has drafted a true horror story with this comic.  Francavilla's artwork certainly doesn't hurt.  It's gory, bloody, and there are true life-and-death stakes amongst some classic characters. Plus, this comic almost made me cry...twice.  That might go on my tombstone.  "Almost cried during an Archie comic."  I'm kind of OK with that.

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9.0
Afterlife With Archie #5

May 20, 2014

Afterlife with Archie is a solid comic that manages to balance terrifying horror with pure emotion.  Although my experience with Archie comics is limited only to this series, I feel like I've known these characters forever.  I have a vested interest in seeing them survive.  They're not just cannon fodder for the zombie horde.  As such, I eagerly await what will happen next as the series heads into its second story arc.

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10
Afterlife With Archie #6

Jul 25, 2014

Afterlife with Archie was already a solid and emotional zombie comic.  This issue expands it into further areas of horror in an organic way, setting it apart from its rivals.  From the looks of things, the creators are just getting started.

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9.0
Afterlife With Archie #7

Dec 16, 2014

Afterlife with Archie keeps getting better. At first it may have seemed like a basic zombie story set in Riverdale, but it soon became so much more. This is a truly human book dealing with terrifying horror elements. As with many stories of this nature, the real monsters may not be the shuffling dead but the man or woman shivering in the cold next to you.

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10
Afterlife With Archie #9

Jun 19, 2016

Afterlife with Archie is not your traditional zombie comic.  It's far from it.  There are way scarier things at work here and the evil plan is starting to come together.  This issue's focus on Reggie is a glimpse into the mind of someone detached from reality.  He's broken and the dead walking certainly didn't help matters.  What's scarier is that there's a part of Reggie that thinks he's doing the right thing, which makes him an even more diabolical villain.  If you thought the undead and Cthulhu were to be feared, just wait until you see what Reggie Mantle has in store.

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7.0
Afterlife With Archie #10

Sep 19, 2016

While I'm curious as to how Josie and the Pussycats will play into the other horror elements of the book, I'm more interested " and anxious " to get back to Archie and the gang.  I'm fully invested in those characters, so this issue feels like new ones being crammed down my throat, like the debacle that was the second season of Lost.  If you're an existing Josie fan, I'm sure this will be right up your alley.

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9.0
Alabaster: The Good, The Bad, and The Bird #3

Feb 13, 2016

Alabaster: The Good, The Bad, & The Bird mixes an epic story of good and evil with some top notch artwork.  At the heart of it all is Dancy Flammairon, a strong woman that takes no shit from anyone, alive or dead.  Despite being in a defenseless position, she never asks for help or complains.  She just marches on, ready to do what's right.

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7.0
Aliens/Vampirella #1

Sep 23, 2015

The xenomorphs worst enemies haven't been predators or Danny Glover. They've been strong women, and you don't get much stronger than Vampirella. While the humans will most likely serve as cannon fodder, I'm looking forward to seeing Vampirella tear into some of these aliens. This might start out with some predictability, but I'm intrigued as to how it will all pan out.

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8.0
Aliens: Fire and Stone #1

Sep 29, 2014

Aliens: Fire and Stone wastes no time setting events in motion. Although the characters are now on a familiar planet, I'm not yet sure how this book is going to tie into the other comics. I'm very intrigued by the overall concept and I'm looking forward to where it's heading. This crossover has reignited my interest in the Alien series.

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10
And Then Emily Was Gone #0

May 8, 2015

Free Comic Book Day can be hit or miss with some titles.  Many end up as reprints of old stories or all-too-brief introductions to a story that is way far away.  ComixTribe released a great middle ground with this book, supplying a nice addendum to an already amazing mini-series and offering a fantastic introduction to an upcoming one.  There's also a teaser for a third title.  If this doesn't make you want to go through the publisher's back issues, nothing will.

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8.0
Angel & Faith Season 10 #1

Apr 2, 2014

I'm excited to see where Angel & Faith goes under new management. I think it will take a few issues for Gischler and Conrad to sort through the remaining plot points from Season 9 before they can really nail down the path they want to take. The pixies took me a bit by surprise, but there's the same real emotion in these pages that previously fueled the book. These characters are deeply flawed, and unlike Buffy they don't have a support system in place in the form of several supportive friends. They're on their own and that's what makes them interesting.

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7.0
Angel & Faith Season 10 #6

Sep 7, 2014

Angel & Faith continues to delve into the minds of the two anti-heroes. They spent last season coming together for a common cause, now they're working separately to build their own lives back up to some level of normalcy. They don't have the benefit of a Scooby Gang like Buffy, so they seem to be struggling to come to grips with the new status quo now that magic has been re-introduced to the world.

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6.0
Angel & Faith Season 10 #10

Jan 12, 2015

Angel & Faith has been missing that heart that it had in Season 9, but I'm hoping that after the title characters have spent some time apart, they'll eventually find their way back to one another. They can pull in the other stray dogs in the Buffyverse and have their own weird version of the Scooby Gang. In many ways, this season of Angel & Faith is reminding me of last season of Buffy, in which the main character was struggling to find her purpose in a new status quo. With luck, these two will find their stride heading into the next arc.

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9.0
Angel & Faith Season 9 #19

Mar 19, 2013

The current arc, Death and Consequences, wraps up this month.  Angel's quest to resurrect Giles takes some major leaps forward but they don't come cheap.  It's only a matter of time before he runs himself ragged.  I don't know where the book will go after Eyghon, but I'm looking forward to finding out.  Angel & Faith is easily the stand out Buffy book.

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9.0
Angel & Faith Season 9 #22

Jun 15, 2013

This issue also sets up the season finale with Angel's forces preparing to battle Whistler, Pearl, and Nash, and prevent a magical apocalypse. I've said it several times before, but Angel & Faith is so much more exciting and interesting to read than the main Buffy book this season. This is where the action is. This is what matters. Whether or not Buffy can hold down a job at a coffee shop pales in comparison to the life and death struggles that these characters are about to go through.

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10
Animosity #2

Oct 6, 2016

Animosity presents a frightening reality that hinges on just one element being changed in our world. Talking animals have never been more terrifying.  If anything, it will cause you to be nicer to any creature, big or small, that you see, because if they do gain the ability to speak, they're going to have some choice words for you if you've wronged them.

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6.0
Anno Dracula #1

Mar 22, 2017

Anno Dracula presents an intriguing premise that is off to a very slow start. I hope with the introductions out of the way, the book can pick up some speed and flesh out the characters a bit more as it has some great potential. At the bare minimum, it's exposed me to this series which I'll have to explore further with the novels to learn more about.

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6.0
Archie Vs Sharknado #1

Jul 28, 2015

Archie vs. Sharknado is the kind of comic where you know exactly what you're getting into when you pick it up. If you've even heard of the Sharknado franchise, you'll have an idea of what to expect. It's weird and silly and not to be taken seriously at all, but ultimately it comes across as lackluster. Having this title come out so soon after the recently wrapped Archie vs. Predator series probably hurt it too, as we've just seen a similar but far more interesting gorefest over in that book.

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9.0
Archie vs. Predator #1

Apr 15, 2015

Archie vs. Predator is a very fun comic.  If you've ever wanted to see these beloved characters get torn limb from limb, then look no further.  This is only just beginning.  Place your bets as to which member of the Riverdale folks will get eviscerated by the Predator.  Oh!  I almost forgot!  This comic contains the line "I'm a gosh-darn sexual Tyrannosaur", so shut up and give Dark Horse your money.

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10
Archie vs. Predator #2

May 30, 2015

Archie vs. Predator is the most fun you'll have reading a comic.  If you have even a passing knowledge of these characters, you'll find a lot to enjoy here.  If you hate them and want to see them all die, you're going to absolutely love it.  Alex de Campi pulls no punches with the mayhem raining down on Riverdale and coupled with Fernando Ruiz's artwork, it's a glorious thing to witness.

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9.0
Archie vs. Predator #4

Aug 1, 2015

Archie vs. Predator is a great comic for any fan of either franchise. I'm not fully up to speed on my Archie history. Fortunately, it's somewhat unnecessary to enjoy the comic. The characters aren't really cannon fodder, but they're also not delving into their extended histories. If you have any basic understanding as to who these people are, you'll be fine. At the very least, you can enjoy watching them literally get ripped to shreds by this alien warrior in increasingly elaborate and hilarious ways, leading up to an ending that's perfect in its strange nature.

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9.0
Army of Darkness Vol. 4 #1

Dec 7, 2014

This is a comic relaunch I can get behind. It takes a great character and sends him to a place he does not belong, but skips over the tired "fish out of water" idea, instead focusing on the ridiculousness of the situation and playing it up to great effect. It pokes fun at the sci-fi genre, while also paying homage to it. Army of Darkness is an all-around fun comic that delivers laughs, scares, and a hint of nostalgia.

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4.0
Army of Darkness: Furious Road #5

Jul 17, 2016

Army of Darkness: Furious Road takes a moment to catch its breath before heading into the final chapter.  Instead of setting up for a large battle, it packs in a ton of needless background information about a number of the characters that bogs down the book.  At the end of the day, if you're a hardcore Army of Darkness fan, you'll probably find something to enjoy here.  If you're just a casual fan, you will have a tougher time.

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9.0
Artifacts #25

Mar 17, 2013

Artifacts continues to be an epic comic dealing with very real human emotions.  There are also giant monsters that would make the worms in Tremors cry.  Progeny is just getting started here, but it's looking to be a very painful journey for some of these characters.  Some things are unforgivable and others are just too despicable to even comprehend.  Jackie is walking a fine line between the two.

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8.0
Athena Voltaire and the Volcano Goddess #1

Dec 16, 2016

Athena Voltaire and the Volcano Goddess is a great jumping on point for the character.  You get a quick breakdown of her life and what she's capable of without sitting through blocks of text explaining a backstory.  You don't need it here.  Just open the comic and enjoy.  If you like games like Uncharted or Tomb Raider, you'll dig this book.

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6.0
Avengers (2016) #1.MU

Feb 8, 2017

Avengers #1.MU is an unnecessary tie-in to Monsters Unleashed.  If you're reading the main book, there is no reason for you to pick this one up.  You will not miss anything and you'll probably be thankful that you didn't have to drop five bucks on a comic that includes nearly the same pages you had in the main event book.  This isn't a knock against the creative team, as they did a fine job with some great artwork and characterization.  It's just that there's no real reason for this comic to exist aside from a cash grab.

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9.0
Baltimore: The Widow and The Tank #1

Feb 28, 2013

Baltimore isn't a character that jokes around.  He's very serious when it comes to vampire slaying.  His entire life is dedicated to finding Haigus and exterminating him.  Despite this one-track goal, his conscience constantly pulls him to help others and stop monsters that are lurking nearby.  In that respect, he's a reluctant hero but still somewhat noble.  This is what draws me to the character each time and leaves me wanting more.  I want to see Baltimore reach his goal and finally get some closure but all he knows is suffering so I don't think it will ever happen.

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9.0
Batman (2016) #7

Sep 23, 2016

Writers Steve Orlando and Tom King have brought a little slice of horror to Batman's world.  The Night of the Monster Men is just beginning and this is one exciting and creepy way to kick it off.  If this is how they start, I can't wait to see where they go next.  Plus, I mean, where else are you going to see the Dark Knight fight a giant baby?  Somehow I doubt that's going to be the story in the next movie.

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8.0
Big Trouble In Little China #1

Jun 8, 2014

Big Trouble in Little China jumps right into the action.  I didn't think I wanted a sequel to the 1986 film, but after reading this issue, I realized that I was wrong.  I want to see what other hijinks Jack Burton is going to get into and it looks like Carpenter and Powell are ready to deliver. 

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10
Birthright #1

Oct 22, 2014

Birthright is a damn near perfect comic book. It packs an emotional punch and instantly creates a world that I want to explore with countless additional chapters. Williamson puts a great spin on an old classic, looking at it from a different angle that casts the fun adventure films of my youth in a whole new light. Plus, there is one helluva cliffhanger that will have you begging for the next issue.

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9.0
Birthright #2

Nov 10, 2014

Birthright continues with a uniquely human spin on a tried and true fantasy element. It's dark at times but also emotional, as this family is turned upside down by the sudden reappearance of their young son whom they had presumed dead. Now their boy is a muscular warrior that has returned to our world literally haunted by a force of evil.

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10
Birthright #10

Aug 27, 2015

Birthright manages to mix emotional family drama with incredible action and an epic fantasy world.  It's a damn good story with gorgeous artwork.  There's so much heart contained within these pages, which makes the characters' adventures that much harder to witness.  I've become attached to these people and I'm truly concerned for what the future holds for them, as the forecast is rather dark.

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9.0
Birthright #17

Jul 19, 2016

Birthright is a dynamite story about family wrapped in an epic fantasy adventure with creatures ripped right out of a horror movie.  Writer Joshua Williamson can make even a seemingly hospitable conversation between two old friends appear tense and full of excitement.  Old grudges and disagreements bubble up to the surface, as they know just how to piss the other off.  All the while, it might not even matter if pure evil escapes.

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8.0
Bitch Planet #1

Dec 11, 2014

Just when you think you've figured out Bitch Planet, writer Kelly Sue DeConnick turns the tables on you. This issue builds up to a top-notch ending that will have you re-examining how you view the story. It's far from your typical women-in-prison comic. There's weight to it. There's a message here but it's not preachy. You don't come out of it feeling bad for yourself, but you might think twice before making that cat call.

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7.0
Blood & Gourd #1

Sep 28, 2015

Blood & Gourd is the kind of comic where you kind of know what you're getting into from the jump.  It's a crazy story about pumpkins attacking human beings in increasingly violent and vicious ways.  The humans don't take this sitting down and are quick to go on the defensive, taking the fight right back to those pesky gourds.  If like me, you're tired of all this pumpkin flavored crap that comes out every fall, this book is for you.

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9.0
Blood and Dust #1

Aug 10, 2016

Judd Glenny is a character capable of standing toe-to-toe with the legends of the vampire genre. I'd love to see him make Dracula sit down with a glare. He's a great person to build a story around and there's a helluva tale coming here. This is an ideal first issue, as it introduces mystery and intrigue in such a way that will have you begging for more. The final page is easily one of the most badass images you'll see all year.

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9.0
Blood and Dust #2

Sep 16, 2016

Blood & Dust takes an epic leap forward with this issue and works to redefine how vampires are seen in comics since 30 Days of Night.  This is not a Dracula or Twilight-esque bloodsucker.  You might compare it to True Blood in the Southern setting, but that's where the similarities end.  Here is a man who wants to do right by his family.  It just so happens that he has to drink blood to do that.  He's got a code and he lives... or un-lives by it.

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9.0
Blood Brothers #1

Mar 21, 2014

Blood Brothers is a downright fun comic.  The stakes (DO YOU SEE WHAT I DID THERE?!  HAR HAR!) are high, but it never feels like things are out of control because you're along for the ride with Nick and Tree.  I could easily see this turned into a feature film.  It would work so well, as it's a smart and funny take on the vampire genre.  Get on that, Hollywood.

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9.0
Blood Brothers #2

Aug 24, 2013

Blood Brothers is a fun comic about vampires.  Gagerman and Waller could have parodied countless bloodsucking stories out there.  Instead they've created an original, humorous tale about two buddies that have been partying non-stop for years.  They just happen to need blood to survive.  It should come as no surprise that this comic has already been optioned for a big screen release.  This is the kind of stuff I hope to see more of.

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9.0
Book Of Death #1

Jul 22, 2015

Book of Death is rife with possibilities.  It's an event book that carries the gravitas that most tout but rarely deliver.  You get the sense that the status quo is about to change in a way that actually matters.  This isn't a situation where a character will get a new costume for a little while and then everything will go back to normal.  It's going to be tough to come back from some of this, and things are going to get a lot bloodier before it's through.

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10
Book Of Death #4

Nov 1, 2015

Although Book of Death has been filled with an ominous terror throughout its run, this issue is packed with heart.  It's an inspiration to see how far someone will go to do the right thing.  It has similarities in tone and theme to Hellboy: The Storm and The Fury, which certainly puts it in good company.  It's the kind of book that I wish more event comics strived to be.  This is a self-contained, easily accessible story that holds deep, meaningful ramifications for the entire Valiant Universe that will take it into an entirely new phase.  It hits like a punch to the gut and pulls at all the feels.  This is a solid read and easily one of the best books of the year.

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8.0
Britannia #1

Sep 26, 2016

Britannia shows the brutality of Ancient Rome with a supernatural twist.  If I learned about this kind of stuff in history class, I would have paid a lot more attention.  Of course, if my teachers had taught this, they would all be fired.  This book is worth reading for Juan Jose Ryp's artwork alone.  It is finely detailed with an energy that is unparalleled in the industry today.

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8.0
Britannia #3

Nov 17, 2016

Britannia carries a constant feeling of dread as Antonius Axia heads down the path of madness.  He may find out who's killing these Roman soldiers, but he'll be driven insane as a result.  This book is worth reading for Juan Jose Ryp's artwork alone.  He's one of the best in the business and way too underrated right now.

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8.0
Broken Moon #1

Sep 17, 2015

Broken Moon presents a dark version of the future for those living in it and a pretty awesome one for anyone reading that loves monsters. I can't wait to see what other creatures the creative team has in store for the rest of the series. Will these beasts learn to live in peace with some sort of monster version of the United Nations? Or will they squander it all like we did?

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6.0
Broken Moon: Legends of the Deep #2

Dec 14, 2016

The one drawback to Legends of the Deep is that it doesn't stand entirely on its own.  You can make your way through it, but if you haven't read the first Broken Moon series, you will be missing a lot of context, especially towards the end of the issue.  This is an awesome and terrifying world that's clearly going to get worse before it gets better.  A small group of people have managed to survive and carve out some semblance of a life for themselves, despite overwhelming odds and the very real possibility that they'd be eaten by some form of monster.  Although there's a bevy of beasts, we see once again that humankind is capable of standing toe-to-toe with the likes of werewolves and mutant fish men when it comes to violence.  Go us?

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9.0
Broken World #1

Jun 20, 2015

Broken World tugs at the heartstrings as a woman faces the very real possibility that she'll be permanently separated from her family and there's not much she can do about it.  This isn't a matter of getting a divorce and moving across the country.  Her husband and son are heading into space and she may not be able to join them even as an asteroid descends on a collision course towards the planet.  This drama is played out with the backdrop of the end of the world in a tense ride.  It leads up to a final page that is entirely unexpected and will leave you screaming for more.

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6.0
Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Spike: Into the Light #1

Jul 19, 2014

Spike: Into the Light offers a brief look into the life of a fan favorite character from the Buffy franchise. This graphic novel exists between episodes of the TV show, providing you with some more development as Spike learns to be a good guy. He's still the anti-hero that we all know and love, but he's not going to bust into a local store to steal or ruthlessly kill someone to satisfy his hunger.

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10
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #15

May 31, 2015

The issue leads directly into another storyline that's bound to kick up some drama, especially on the "Spuffy" front. These characters are facing a dark evil unlike anything they've ever seen, and that's not the most interesting thing going on in the book. At this point I would read an entire issue where they were all just hanging out in their apartment building talking. Gage takes characters that we already cared about and reminds us why we liked them so much to begin with. This, coupled with Isaacs' terrific artwork, makes Buffy a must-read.

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5.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #29

Jul 26, 2016

Buffy Season 10 seems to be ending not with a bang, but a whimper. It's tough to sympathize with Buffy and the Scooby Gang because they brought all this on themselves. While it's been over a decade since the show went off the air, this comic is set only three years after the series finale. That would put these characters right in their mid-twenties and like most people in that age range, they're making poor life choices. Instead of backpacking across Europe to find themselves or getting a tattoo they'd regret later in life, the fate of the world hangs in the balance with these decisions.

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5.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #30

Aug 31, 2016

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 10 comes to a close with the characters in a happy place that hasn't been seen in ages. Maybe that's the issue with it. I'm used to Joss Whedon pulling the rug out from under us every time someone gets a little too comfortable with their life. From the looks of things, they're in no danger of that happening, even with Buffy and team taking on a new and exciting challenge.

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9.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 11 #2

Dec 23, 2016

One of my main criticisms of Buffy Season 10 is that it seemed like the title character is stuck in an advanced adolescence, refusing to accept the responsibilities that come with being an adult. I'm happy to see that this season is off to a great start with the exact opposite. Buffy is grabbing hold of this problem with both hands, refusing to accept the new status quo. What makes things doubly challenging is that this enemy is not something that she can punch or stab. She's fighting the United States government while also possibly evil, is unlike any other opponent she's faced.

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8.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 11 #4

Feb 18, 2017

As mentioned, Buffy Season 11 is delving into some very serious issues, showing how the government could react " or overreact " to a supernatural terrorist attack. Was a vampire responsible for the dragon that destroyed San Francisco? Probably not, but that's not going to stop them from being imprisoned along with any other non-human in the area. This book packs a political punch without banging the message over your head. It puts things into perspective.

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10
Burning Fields #1

Jan 22, 2015

Burning Fields has a few more moving parts than the creative team's previous project, Curse, but the strong character development is the same. These are people that you can instantly identify with. You'll find yourself wondering what you would do in a similar situation. They're underdogs and they're about to come into contact with something dark and evil. The bulk of the issue is spent giving you an idea of who these characters are, with some strong indications of the horror that is lurking just below the surface. This is an impressive first issue that hits the ground running with blood-curdling imagery.

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9.0
Cannibal #1

Oct 7, 2016

Although I made comparisons to zombies throughout this review, understand that Cannibal is far more terrifying than that tired genre.  It's almost akin to the werewolf in that the infected has no control over his or her actions once they've contracted the virus.  They're forced to watch as they commit these monstrous actions, powerless to do anything but satisfy their hunger for human flesh, no matter what the cost.  This is southern brewed horror with a dose of heartbreak.

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4.0
Chastity #1

Jul 11, 2014

Chastity is getting off to a slow start.  I would have preferred more time spent on the vampire element and less on the boring details of her family life.  Hopefully with that out of the way, the comic can continue on with the girl's new status quo now that she knows vampires are real and are very much interested in the blood coursing through her veins.

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10
Chew/Revival #1

Jun 7, 2014

Chew / Revival is the kind of comic I wish happened more often.  Two books that don't seem to totally mesh together on the surface have found a way to weave their storylines through one another.  I'm not expecting them to make this a regular occurrence or even to do it again.  The fact that it happened at all is pretty awesome.  There's even a nod to another popular Image comic in the issue.  This does beg the question: What other crossovers can the publisher get through?  Can we get a Ghosted / Hoax Hunters mash up?  What about Walking Dead and '68?

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10
Chum #1

May 23, 2016

Chum presents you with intriguing characters, an interesting setting, and a riveting plot.  These folks have been living in what passes for harmony in what should be paradise.  Now it's all about to spiral out of control despite some best laid yet hastily made plans.  This is dark.  This is cool.  This is just so damn good.

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10
Chum #2

Jun 6, 2016

Chum is a book tailor-made for any fan of film noir or pulp novels.  It's the epitome of cool.  At its center is a woman with nothing to lose and everything to gain.  If that means that she has to take out a few of the locals that have been bringing her down all these years, so be it.  There's one issue left and this one ended in such a powerhouse move that I cannot wait to see how the creative team wraps this up.

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6.0
Cinderella: Serial Killer Princess #1

Dec 21, 2016

Cinderella: Serial Killer Princess is a wet dream of violence.  Every other character is cannon fodder for the star, as she literally cuts through them like a hot knife through butter.  If you're a newcomer to Cinderella and by extension, Robyn Hood, these deaths will lack any real meaning, as you won't know who anyone is or why they're important.  If you want to see a beautiful woman murder a number of people in increasingly elaborate ways, this is for you.

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9.0
Clean Room #9

Jul 1, 2016

Clean Room is a damn satisfying read.  This is a book that will grip you from the first page and never let go.  It helps that it's scary as hell.  This is a horror fan's dream comic.  Instead of yelling "Don't go into the basement!" you want to warn whatever is lurking down there to be wary of Astrid Mueller.

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10
Clean Room #11

Sep 10, 2016

I love everything about Clean Room.  It's a book that fires on all cylinders with a riveting story, incredible artwork, and more than a few "Holy crap!" moments.  It's the kind of comic where you get to the end and immediately look up the release date of the next issue.

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9.0
Clean Room #13

Nov 20, 2016

Clean Room kicks off a new arc in style, working with the new status quo, moving the characters into position to explore the mystery even further.  Intrigue is bursting from the seams of this comic.  You've got monsters, amazing characters, and a terrifying baby.  What more could you ask for?

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10
Clean Room #14

Dec 22, 2016

Clean Room never fails to deliver.  It's a near-perfect horror comic that provides scares of all shapes and sizes.  You can try to look away, but your eyes will always be drawn back.  You just have to see what happens next...and then what happens after that...and so on.  Every time you think you've seen it all, the book twists again and plunges you deeper into the abyss of terror.

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8.0
Cluster #1

Feb 6, 2015

The end of this issue finds some of the prisoners in a no-win position that creates an immediate sense of excitement for the reader. How are they possibly going to get out of this mess alive? This rag tag group has to work together if they hope to survive against all of the odds that are stacked against them. I have no idea where it'll go next, but I can't wait to see what Brisson and Couceiro have in store with this series. Cluster is a perfect example of space prison sci-fi done right.

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10
Colder: The Bad Seed #1

Oct 27, 2014

Colder: The Bad Seed is a welcome return to insanity. It's a horror book unlike any others that are currently available on the shelves, filled with pure terror and real human characters. This is the kind of comic that you would read under your covers with a flashlight and then have nightmares about.

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9.0
Colder: The Bad Seed #3

Jan 5, 2015

Colder: The Bad Seed is a welcome expansion to the original series. It's not bogged down by exposition or needless explanations of the new villain or Declan's past. Instead, it's an immersive experience that surrounds the reader with terror that crawls right up your spine.

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10
Colder: The Bad Seed #4

Feb 2, 2015

Colder: The Bad Seed is easily the scariest comic on the stands right now. This is terror that will creep up your spine and make you cringe. You'll want to look away but you can't. Once it wraps its long, claw-like fingers around you, you're trapped. It excels at visually exploring insanity as one woman fights her way through all manner of crazy to get to the love of her life, but she might not be happy with what lurks in Declan's deep, dark past.

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10
Colder: Toss The Bones #1

Sep 29, 2015

Colder: Toss the Bones is filled with the kind of horror that seeps into your skin, spreading to every fiber of your being until you're too frightened to turn the page.  You can't help yourself though.  You have to see what happens, even if that means going down the rabbit hole of insanity that is Nimble Jack and the Hungry World.  While this is the final chapter in the Colder trilogy, creators Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra are just getting started. Read this on the toilet because it may scare the crap out of you.

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10
Colder: Toss The Bones #4

Jan 4, 2016

Colder: Toss the Bones is an unsettling, disturbing read, but it's one that you can't help but be pulled into.  You'll devour every page and beg for more.  It's the kind of horror that stays with you long after you've finished reading it and will have you looking over your shoulder for hours.

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9.0
Copperhead #1

Sep 10, 2014

Copperhead has all the makings of a great sci-fi western saga.  This may be a small town, but there's death and corruption and laser blasters.  Clara Bronson aims to clean this up.  The artwork is solid and the story is top notch with plenty of mystery involved to keep me coming back for more and more.

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8.0
Corktown #1

May 27, 2016

Corktown has a great hook that grabs you early on.  A ghost cop is trying to stop her vampire corpse from killing people.  It presents a slew of possibilities, each of which comes with its own set of questions that I can't wait to see explored further.

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5.0
Corktown #2

Sep 18, 2016

Corktown's premise of a ghost solving her own murder as her corpse walks the earth as a vampire is a good one. It's solid and intriguing, pulling you in with the elevator pitch. This issue was a bit of treading water, as it didn't really advance the story and filled in history that we didn't really need. In the end, you could skip this issue and dive into the next without missing anything.

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7.0
Critical Hit #1

Oct 6, 2014

Critical Hit begins with a bang..and a wonk, crash, and a whole mess of explosions. It's a comic with a message, although I'm not entirely sure how effective it is at this point. If the book does go down the territory of human hunting as the official description describes, it will get a whole lot scarier as Jeanette and Sarah are put in the shoes..err...hooves of the deer that they were trying to save in the first place.

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8.0
Croak #1

Sep 10, 2016

Croak is further proof that people should avoid the woods.  Leave them for bears and other animals.  You never know what's going to pop out at you when you venture through the trees.  Sure, you may be prepared with a sleeping bag and a first aid kit, but no amount of cotton swabs is going to help you clean up a dead body.

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8.0
Croak #2

Oct 28, 2016

Croak is a terror-filled tale of monsters lurking behind every tree trunk.  We don't need to have much information or development of the main characters.  What we need to understand is their fear of what they're going through and that comes across in spades.  It's easy to identify with someone that is literally running for the life with a creepy bird / lizard creature right on their heels.  I dare you to read this before a camping trip and tell me it doesn't give you second thoughts.

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8.0
Croak #3

Dec 11, 2016

Croak was originally meant to be a short film from writer Cody Andrew Sousa.  You can see how this could easily translate to the screen.  This is a stellar adaptation to the comic medium that keeps the same breakneck pace and tense action you'd expect from a movie, yet it's all on the page.  The monsters are terrifying and rival those found in modern cinema.  Although this is the end, I'd be curious to learn more about these creatures and what other terror they cause for those foolish enough to venture into these woods.

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10
Cry Havoc #1

Feb 8, 2016

Cry Havoc has a strong opener that grabs you from page one.  That might be because the first page is also the beginning of the end of the story.  It doesn't stop there though; it pulls you in with each new thread of the plot, weaving a well-rounded and personal werewolf tale with a relatable, interesting character at its center.  The artwork is clean and gorgeous with just the right amount of terror to keep you on your toes. 

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8.0
Curb Stomp #1

Mar 11, 2015

Curb Stomp comes off like an exploitation film, but empowers the women featured within it. This is a gang that's tough as nails and backed up with a lot of heart. It's the kind of comic that you want to read while blasting punk rock music.

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9.0
Curse #1

Jan 25, 2014

Curse is off to a great start.  This is the kind of origin issue you want from a new story.  There's just enough information to make it worth your $4, with enough questions to make you want to come back for more.  The shots of the werewolf are sparse, but the scares come from the fact that that Griffin is taking the first steps down a dark path and he doesn't even realize it.

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10
Curse #4

Apr 17, 2014

Although the werewolf is not the main character in Curse, it never lets you forget how dangerous it is and can be.  It can symbolize what we're all capable of when our backs are against the wall. This finale is one of the best single issues I've read this year. Curse is solid tale that despite some predictability, surges forward with pure emotion and unbridled horror.

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5.0
Cutter #1

Oct 2, 2014

Cutter presents a pretty basic horror story that we've seen many times before. What has yet to be seen is how the creative team puts their own spin on it. The truth behind Emily's death and return has yet to be revealed, but it better be something epic to make the comic stand out amid the clichs of the genre.

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8.0
Darkness Visible #1

Mar 8, 2017

Darkness Visible is the supernatural police book I didn't know I wanted. It mixes elements of exciting cop shows with horror and a bit of family drama to make a compelling comic with real characters and real stakes.

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8.0
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes #1

Dec 3, 2014

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a must for any hardcore POTA fans as it expands on the overall mythos and offers further insight into the film's two main characters. The movie started after these two had been through ten years of heartbreak and desperation as they struggled to survive in this new world. Now you get to see what that journey was like firsthand.

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10
Day Men #2

Dec 26, 2013

Day Men is off to a great start with its first two issues.  This chapter gets the action moving quickly as the battle between the two families heats up...literally.  This is a strong story with some dynamite art.  Let's just not wait so long before issue #3 comes out, huh?

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8.0
Dead Letters #3

Jun 17, 2014

Dead Letters has pulled me in.  I'm dying (HAR HAR!) to find out what happened to Beryl, how Sam is going to figure it out, and more importantly, what he's going to do next.  There's a larger mystery at work here.  I've never been more interested in dead people.

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6.0
Deadly Class #12

May 2, 2015

Deadly Class is a fantastic comic.  It's the kind of book that grabs you from the first page and never lets go.  Remender and Craig are showing what comics are truly capable of as a storytelling medium.  You can feel the energy and excitement coursing through every single panel.  Everyone should be reading this book.

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10
Deadly Class #21

Jun 24, 2016

Deadly Class is a white-knuckled read from start to finish.  If you've been following this series from the beginning, there are tons of payoffs with this issue as it wraps up the fourth story line, "Die For Me."  It will fill you with questions as to where the book will go from here, enticing you to pick up every future chapter, while simultaneously ripping your heart out.

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4.0
Death Force #6

Nov 23, 2016

Death Force is a poor man's Ghost Rider.  It has the makings of something interesting, but it's poorly defined and fails in the execution.  Marc Rosete's artwork is the saving grace and since most of the scenes with the title character (again, I'm not sure if I should even call him that because no one actually does so) are without dialogue, so you can fill in your own ideas as to what's going on.  It's a slugfest in Hell with all sorts of monsters and Death himself watching over everything.  Aside from bringing Rick's friend down, he does nothing but talk the entire time, so he's not all that intimidating as a Big Bad.

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10
Demonic (2016) #1

Sep 7, 2016

Demonic shows the lengths a man is willing to go for his family, even if that means submitting to a literal evil and committing heinous acts of murder.   It presents a very real feeling that any parent can relate to.  There is a constant unsettling feeling that permeates throughout every panel, leading up to one of the best cliffhanger endings you'll read all year.  From beginning to end, Demonic is a great read and well worth your time.

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10
Devolution #1

Jan 28, 2016

Devolution hits the ground running with an amazing first issue.  It hits on all marks with a great story, gorgeous artwork, and vibrant colors.  This series was first announced more than three years ago and I assure you, it was worth the wait.

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6.0
Diablo House #1

Mar 14, 2017

Diablo House is a by-the-numbers horror anthology with a promising premise that falters in this opening tale. If the story were tied to the house in even a tangential way, it would have resonated a lot more. It's worth checking out for Santiprez's artwork though. This is an artist to watch, as he is delivering some amazing work here. Plus, if you pick this up through the Humble Bundle, you're helping out charity in the form of Traveling Stories and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and you get over $400 worth of comics for a minimum of $25.

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9.0
Divinity #1

Feb 11, 2015

Divinity has all the makings of a great science fiction story. It's manages to deliver both on the huge scale of an epic and the personal touch of a single man's life. Now that we've seen the beginning of Abram's story, what lies ahead is how the world will react with this new superpower. Plus, what exactly happened to him up in space to give him these new abilities? If the answer is cosmic rays, I'm leaving.

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8.0
Divinity III: Shadowman #1

Feb 20, 2017

Shadowman and the Battle of New Stalingrad shows a glimmer of hope in this dystopian society as one man stands up against the tyranny of the Soviet Union. Granted, he has some help from undead dinosaurs and demons, but he still kicks some ass. Most of all, it got me really excited about Shadowman again, so I hope Valiant does more with the character in the near future. I heard 2017 is his 25th anniversary...just sayin'.

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10
Doctor Crowe #1

Nov 6, 2016

If this is the type of quality adventuring we can expect from Doctor Crowe, I sincerely hope we see more in the near future.  This comic is tailor made for fans of Hellboy, with solid supernatural pulp action mixed with top-notch artwork.

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8.0
Doctor Crowe #1

Jan 11, 2017

While we don't know Doctor Crowe's full origin or why he's traveling around the continent battling things that go bump in the night, we don't need to.  We're able to jump right into his adventures and learn through his actions.  Perhaps we'll learn more of his background at a later date.  For now, you can sit back and enjoy.

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8.0
Doctor Spektor: Master Of The Occult #1

May 28, 2014

Doctor Spektor: Master of the Occult adds a unique supernatural element to Dynamite's Gold Key line.  It doesn't just toss in some werewolves and call itself a horror comic.  Instead, Waid has created a flawed character struggling with his own success while also dealing with ghosts and vampires, all while in front of a camera.

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8.0
Dream Police #1

May 3, 2014

Dream Police is off to a great start.  This issue lays the ground work for how the Dreamscape works and what kind of things readers can expect.  There's a nice twist at the end that opens things up quite a bit as to what else can happen.  As with any dream, it's a quick change that immediately alters the entire status quo.  I just hope that doesn't mean that Joe will be going to work in his underpants.

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8.0
Dream Thief: Escape #1

Jun 25, 2014

Dream Thief: Escape delves further into the background of this character that has become an instant favorite.  John Lincoln's story is just getting started and we're learning about his abilities and where they come from just as he is.  This first issue gives a good primer to the story so far, so anyone can jump right in.  (This is not to say that you can skip the first trade paperback.  Go out and read that too because it's an awesome comic.)  Author Jai Nitz drops just enough hints at what is to come to get me hooked right away.

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8.0
Dream Thief: Escape #2

Jul 27, 2014

Dream Thief: Escape greatly expands upon the mythos that Jai Nitz created with the first volume.  I'm interested in seeing what the potential limits of a Dream Thief are, both mentally and physically.  John Lincoln has been busy providing closure for others, but he might finally get a chance to get it for himself by reuniting with his father, even if it is posthumously...sort of.

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8.0
Dredd: Underbelly #1

Feb 23, 2014

Underbelly is a satisfying continuation to Dredd 3D, but as it's only a one-shot comic, it's far too short.  That's not to say that the story is rushed.  It actually fits nicely within the page length.  I just wanted more because it's well done.  This is like a preview for what a new feature length film could be.  Hopefully this will be the comic gateway for fans of the movie who haven't explored the full history of the character (myself included).

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10
Drifter #1

Nov 18, 2014

Drifter has the makings of the next great sci-fi western. It has the best elements of both genres mixed together in a peanut butter cup of a comic. Plus, this debut issue builds up to a closing piece of dialogue that is an amazing cliffhanger that will have you demanding the next issue.

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8.0
Eclipse #1

Sep 11, 2016

Eclipse hits with a one-two punch of sci-fi and horror.  It's got a dynamite premise and some tight pencils presenting a dystopian world that will have you reaching for sunscreen.  Humanity hasn't risen to the skies in this future.  We've burrowed underground like rats, fearful of the day and the terrors it can bring.

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8.0
Eclipse #5

Mar 15, 2017

Eclipse takes its first steps as an ongoing series and sticks the landing. This is a solid sci-fi series where the sun is a monster. It's the villain out to destroy everything we hold dear. That would be enough on its own for a compelling story, but writer Zack Kaplan adds in another level of intrigue and mystery with a serial killer immune to the sun's effects and a far-reaching corporate conspiracy.

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8.0
Edward Scissorhands #1

Oct 27, 2014

This first issue of Edward Scissorhands serves as a re-introduction to this strange world, albeit a more colorful version. The people witnessed something magical once, but that has mostly been forgotten or swept under the rug. From the looks of things, this small town is about to be shaken again by the would-be monster from the castle on the hill.

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8.0
Ei8ht #1

Feb 27, 2015

Ei8ht is like Mad Max set on Tatooine. Instead of riding tricked out death machines, people ride dinosaurs. Joshua has plopped down in the middle of this world with a mission, but he doesn't remember what that is. There's no telling what he might encounter next, but if it's anything like what he just went through, things will get worse before they get better.

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8.0
Enormous (2014) #6

Feb 5, 2015

The people in Enormous are struggling to hold on to the last pieces of civilization they can. In the blink of an eye, the entire world changed around them. For the first time in thousands of years, mankind must fear the animals that lurk around it, and that's a really scary thought. This is like the five stages of acceptance and people are firmly in the denial stage...a very bloody, body-filled denial stage. Enormous is much more than your typical giant monster story. These beasts are not rampaging through cities to destroy or fight each other. They're hunting people and eating them up in brutal ways.

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8.0
Enormous (2014) #7

Jul 27, 2015

Enormous returns with a more human issue that shows us once again that many of us are horrible people at heart. Given the opportunity, we can descend into chaos, ready to murder our fellow man. There are a select few that can rise above this temptation and do the right thing. Survival does not mean the death and destruction of everyone around you, especially when there are giant monsters roaming the world. Unlike your typical Godzilla story, Enormous delivers on both the human side and the monster scares.

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7.0
Escape From Monster Island #1

Feb 22, 2016

Escape from Monster Island has a killer premise. That alone is what will get me coming back for the next issue. The human characters are pretty interchangeable and there's not much in the way of development. The focus here is going to be all about monsters, and it looks like we're going to get them in droves over the course of this series. It seems as if no creature if off limits, from folklore to fantasy and everything in between.

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9.0
Escape from New York #1

Dec 9, 2014

Escape from New York is a balls-to-the-wall action-packed fun ride of a comic. Longtime fans of the film will eat it up and newcomers will instantly fall in love with the bad boy Snake Plissken as he shoots, punches, and explodes his way into your heart.

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7.0
Eternal #1

Dec 20, 2014

Eternal mixes elements from some of my favorite sci-fi stories. There's a bit of Battlestar Galactica, Post Mortal, and a hint of Blade Runner. It's a heady concept with a lot of moving parts that I want to see fleshed out a bit more. The book is just starting to build up some steam and I'm interested in seeing where it goes once it's moving at full speed.

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8.0
Fight Club 2 #1

Jun 1, 2015

I'm intrigued by this new addition to the Fight Club mythos.  The original novel spoke to someone in their mid-20s, looking to rebel against authority.  The comic book sequel is a stark exploration of a "normal" life and the pitfalls it can contain.  "Sebastian" might have turned his back on Project Mayhem, but the Space Monkeys carried on and it's clear that they may have some help from an inside source.

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8.0
Fissure #1

Feb 13, 2017

Fissure is a slow burn that pays off in spades with a breathtaking final-page filled with intrigue and terror.  It does the due diligence of establishing the characters and making you care about them before shaking the ground beneath their feet.  You'll be dying to check out the next issue, if for nothing else than to find out what's in these holes.

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9.0
Five Ghosts #14

Dec 4, 2014

Five Ghosts has always been packed with pulp and adventure but now there's a healthy dose of horror mixed in. This is some of the best serialized storytelling you're going to find on comic shelves, filled with excitement, heartbreak, and terror.

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10
Frankenstein Alive, Alive! #3

Apr 23, 2014

Frankenstein, Alive, Alive! is a brilliant character study providing a take on someone that has been labeled a monster for decades.  Instead of telling the same old story of this creature mindlessly rampaging at villagers with torches, Niles and Wrightson are providing an emotional look at a misunderstood beast that is searching for his true place in the world.  Despite his appearance, humanity is the real monster, considering they brought him back to life and have brought him face to face with this new situation.

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8.0
Frankenstein Underground #1

Mar 23, 2015

Frankensten Underground takes what started as a one-note character and builds him into a powerful yet tormented individual. This isn't Boris Karloff shuffling around with bolts sticking out of his neck. I mean, this is Mike Mignola on Frankenstein. Do you really need another reason to read this?

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9.0
Frostbite #1

Sep 28, 2016

Frostbite offers a glimmer of hope in a world where most people's hearts have frozen over.  Is that enough to save the planet from its icy demise?  Are these people even worth saving at this point?  It presents a harsh, gritty reality where staying warm means staying alive.  Bundle up, kids and get ready for one helluva ride.

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8.0
Frostbite #3

Dec 17, 2016

Frostbite is the alternate, colder version of Mad Max we didn't know we wanted, but are eternally grateful it exists.  Two people are thrown together on a life-or-death road trip.  The body count has only grown since they began this trip and it shows no signs of stopping.  We'll see how that is affected once secrets start coming to the surface.

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6.0
Ghostbusters Annual #2017

Feb 5, 2017

The Ghostbusters annual is packed to the brim with the same humor, action, and horror that has come to define the franchise. There are a total of nine stories collected here, including a parody of the classic Hostess snack cakes comic ad, but with a paranormal twist. There is not a bad story in the bunch. This is a must read for any Ghostbusters fan.

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9.0
Ghosted #13

Sep 26, 2014

What has been amazing to watch with Ghosted is how writer Joshua Williamson has started with a basic idea in the first volume (a thief asked to steal a ghost) and expanded it into a large supernatural mythos. The ramifications of the first issue are still being felt. There are a few different balls in the air, but Williamson ties everything back together neatly. The different arcs to date have had a natural flow to them while keeping Jackson shrouded in mystery. You can't help but get pulled along for the ride, wherever he may be going. That may be to a seedy underground occult marketplace, but at least it's not Times Square with all the tourists.

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10
Ghosted #16

Jan 20, 2015

This issue of Ghosted provides a bit more backstory to the character of Markus Schrecken and really frames him as Jackson's nemesis. His new look is gruesome, making the argument that his outside appearance now matches his hideous insides. Williamson is building up to a big showdown between these two forces that was set in motion with the first story arc. It's clear that things are going to get very bloody very soon.

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9.0
Ghosted #20

May 23, 2015

This issue is a fitting end to Ghosted.  It's rare for ongoing series to have a finite ending in this world of reboots and renumbering, so this was a welcome sight even though it sucks to have a good comic come to a close.  Jackson Winters started as a gruff asshole and slowly turned into a fun-to-read asshole over the course of the book's run.  Ghosted began as a supernatural Ocean's Eleven and quickly evolved into an interesting look at life and death, with one of the most interesting characters at its center.

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5.0
Ghoul Scouts: Night of the Unliving Undead #2

Jul 13, 2016

Ghoul Scouts has a great setup, but lacks follow through.  It's rather tame, even for an all-ages comic.  We don't know how or why the dead have risen and that's not entirely necessary for the comic (see also, The Walking Dead).  However, we're not invested with these characters or their situation, so it's tough to care about them, especially when the zombies don't appear threatening at all.  Right now, the worst they've done is set a car on fire and I'm not certain they were the ones responsible in the first place.

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9.0
Glitterbomb #1

Aug 18, 2016

Glitterbomb seamlessly pulls you into the world of Farrah Durante to the point where you let out a little cheer when the monster inside her straight-up murders someone.  The beast is still shrouded in mystery and I'm intrigued by what its plans are for Hollywood.  I can only imagine the amount of dead bodies it will leave in its wake.  The big score on this book is Djibril Morissette-Phan and his amazing artwork.  It reminds me a bit of Sean Gordon Murphy, which is definitely a compliment.  If this is how he's starting out, I can't wait to see what else he has coming down the line, not only for this comic, but for his career.

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9.0
Glitterbomb #4

Dec 19, 2016

Glitterbomb is a scathing look at fame and our quest for it.  It's a comic that could not be hitting at a better time, where people are less concerned with showcasing their talent and more interested in becoming famous.  I wish Kim Kardashian would read this book.  I could sell it on the fact that it has pictures.  Speaking of, the artwork is pitch perfect, walking the fine line between emotion-filled scenes of drama and gore-filled segments of monstrous carnage.  Plus, it leaves off with a cliffhanger where you just have to find out what happens next.

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10
God Country #1

Dec 17, 2016

God Country has the makings of an epic story at a deeply personal scale.  It teases just enough to hook you, leaving you begging for more.  Roy's life is very real and one that you can instantly connect with.  This makes the events of the book all the more dramatic and powerful.  This is a stunning debut issue.

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5.0
Godzilla in Hell #2

Sep 2, 2015

At the end of the day, this is a comic of big monsters punching other big monsters. There's not much here in terms of substance. The artwork makes up for this to an extent, but there's really not much else to latch on to. It's not like you get into the deep inner workings of Godzilla or even understand why he's fighting these other creatures. He literally walks into a new area and starts swinging. I'd like to know a little bit more or get the smallest hint of character development, but I'm not sure what I was expecting. This is a Godzilla comic. It's about destruction and kaiju. That's it really.

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8.0
Godzilla: Cataclysm #1

Aug 13, 2014

Godzilla: Cataclysm brings back monsters in a big way.  Humanity is still incredibly screwed when these beasts get moving, but you can't help but watch the destruction unfold.  Now a new generation gets to witness the terror of a huge lizard creature rampaging through its city.

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8.0
Godzilla: Oblivion #4

Jun 27, 2016

I can't wait to see how everyone handles even more monsters. Things are looking grim for Earth One, but with a new lead scientist, maybe they have what it takes to save their world once and for all.

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10
Goners #2

Nov 20, 2014

Goners is a perfect mix of horror and adventure. It's a fast paced comic that begins with breakneck speed and never lets up.

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10
Goners #4

Jan 21, 2015

Goners continues to excel. This is a monster-filled comic surrounded by characters with heart. It seamlessly mixes the horror with emotional drama and throws in some staggeringly good character development. Each issue has unraveled a bit more of the mystery, pulling you deeper and deeper into the Latimer family rabbit hole.

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9.0
Goners #5

Feb 23, 2015

Semahn and Corona build to a shocking ending that really changes everything. I know you hear that phrase a lot in comics, but I mean it here. Looking back at the beginning of the series, it's hard to believe that things have escalated to such an extent. I found myself looking at these pages and thinking, "No, they can't be doing this. Please don't be doing this." But I couldn't turn away. The creators have pulled me in. I'm deeply invested in these characters and I want them to avoid the supernatural train wreck that they're barreling towards at full speed...but I don't think that's in the cards just yet. I mean, the comic is called Goners for a reason, right?

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9.0
Goners #6

Mar 27, 2015

Goners is the kind of comic that I could see translate easily into a weekly TV show.  These first six issues are basically the pilot.  Granted, the things that Jacob Semahn and Jorge Corona packed this with would require an astronomical budget to produce.  Goners is a blend of action, adventure, horror, and good old-fashioned family drama.  It's about growing up.  It's about standing up for yourself.  It's about kicking ass.

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8.0
Graveyard Shift #1

Jan 4, 2015

Faerber has a talent for introductions. The same could be said for his sci-fi series Copperhead. He hits you with just enough information to pull you in, yet still manages to quickly set up the "rules" of this new world. Graveyard Shift packs a punch with drama, romance, and a healthy dose of good old-fashioned vampire horror.

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8.0
Grimm Fairy Tales #97

May 7, 2014

Grimm Fairy Tales is heading towards a large event and getting many pieces in place for it.  The Tooth Fairy is the latest player to enter the game and I'm very interested to see how she factors into things, considered her tortured past.  This kind of re-imagining of a classic character is what makes this title stand out.  I will never look at the dentist the same way again after reading this issue.  Brush your teeth, people!

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9.0
Grimm Fairy Tales #100

Jul 27, 2014

Grimm Fairy Tales has grown and evolved over the course of these 100 issues. If you pick up the first chapter of this series and compare it to the latest, you might not believe they're the same book. An entire universe has been built around Grimm Fairy Tales, expanding and improving upon works of classic literature, while maintaining the elements of horror and fantasy that have made the comic great. Issue #100 is an event that puts the comic shoulder-to-shoulder with anything published by Marvel or DC.

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5.0
Grimm Fairy Tales #101

Sep 4, 2014

Although I have my issues with how Zenescope appears to be jumping forward with its premiere title, I'm interested to see where this new direction will lead.  We don't know how the Dark Queen is defeated or how the realms become unmerged.  That will probably come from Realm War.  For now we'll see how Sela fairs as a teacher in addition to her other jobs protecting the Nexus.

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7.0
Grimm Fairy Tales #105

Dec 24, 2014

There are still some mysteries behind Arcane Acre and its first batch of students. Sela and her cohorts have a challenge ahead of them if the first few issues are any indication. These kids have gotten into a lot of crazy antics and it's much worse than the usual stuff you'd expect from a bunch of hormone-fueled high schoolers. They all have some pretty shaky pasts and are filled with an unknown amount of power. That amplifies the everyday teenage drama a thousandfold.

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4.0
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Dark Shaman #1

Oct 26, 2014

Dark Shaman plays like your everyday horror movie with a bunch of co-eds heading out to a secluded cabin before becoming the target of a supernatural madman. There's little to no emotional attachment to the characters, so there's no real concern when the blood starts flying. This is the kind of story where you root for the bad guy because you don't care about the people.

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6.0
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Helsing #2

May 22, 2014

This version of Helsing is interesting, but I'm not entirely sold on the character.  Shand is carving out a niche within the Grimm Universe where vampires and slayers can roam as well as adapting classic characters to fit next to gods and people from fairy tales.

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9.0
Grimm Fairy Tales Vs. Wonderland #3

Sep 27, 2014

Grimm Fairy Tales vs. Wonderland has been building to a large battle worthy of both titles. This issue moves the last pieces into place, setting the stage for the final showdown, leaving you begging for more. Once again Wonderland is under attack. This time Calie has some help in the form of Sela, but will it be enough to stop the Ace of Spades?

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7.0
Grimm Fairy Tales: The White Queen #1

Feb 8, 2015

White Queen sheds some light on what was going on in Wonderland during the Age of Darkness. Granted, we know how things turn out due to the other ongoing Zenescope titles, so this doesn't come across as all that effective. The characters are in no real danger. That being said, I am interested to see how Calie deals with the Dark Queen and how she'll go about saving her daughter. Things got a little bloody this time around and I have a feeling that's just the beginning.

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6.0
Grimm Tales Of Terror #2

Sep 5, 2014

Grimm Tales of Terror pulls on a very real fear that most people have. It takes a little while to get to the scares, but it has a decent pay off, plus some bonus bloodshed with a book-ended scene. What's more exciting is that Zenescope is carving out another little home for short horror stories to live in the comic book industry. We can't have enough of those.

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10
Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight #5

Feb 11, 2014

Branwyn is embarking on a quest for revenge in Bride of Blood.  It's going to get a lot messier but she's not going to stop until every last one of those bastards pays.  As with previous Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight stories, this one will be completed with the next chapter.  After this stellar first issue, I'm really looking forward to how this wraps up and what kind of violence this woman will unleash on these men.

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9.0
Grindhouse: Drive In, Bleed Out #1

Nov 16, 2014

Grindhouse is returning with a bang. Slay Ride is terrifying, sexy, and fueled by vengeance. It's everything I'd want from the genre and more.

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6.0
Grindhouse: Drive In, Bleed Out #3

Mar 31, 2015

This is a lot goofier than the other Grindhouse comics.  In a weird way it reminds me of Tremors in that you've got a small group of people out in the middle of nowhere facing off against a bunch of giant creatures.  The first chapter of Blood Lagoon got all the pieces in order for a big bug-squashing battle royale, which I know that writer Alex de Campi can deliver in spades.

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10
Grizzly Shark #1

Apr 11, 2016

Grizzly Shark is such a damn enjoyable comic.  I read this with a grin on my face and had several laugh-out-loud moments.  That's probably saying something about my sense of humor, but I'm willing to bet that if you're reading this, you're in the same bucket.  Ryan Ottley delivers massive amounts of ridiculous fun in these 32 pages.  They just happen to be covered in blood.

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9.0
Hack/Slash: Son of Samhain #1

Jul 6, 2014

Hack / Slash: Son of Samhain is a welcome return for Cassie Hack.  The subtitle of the series promises a tie-in to the big bad of the last volume, but little has been seen of this just yet.  Instead, this issue gets Cassie back to doing what she does best, and that's kicking ass and looking good doing it.  The character is in good hands with Moreci, Seeley, and Laiso.

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10
Harrow County #1

May 19, 2015

Harrow County is friggin' scary.  It's a story that seeps into your very being, bringing the type of fear and tension that movies need jump scares and pumping soundtracks to come close to pulling off.  Here's the kicker though: It's only the first issue.  Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook are just getting started and they've already made one of the best horror comics of the year.

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9.0
Harrow County #14

Jul 22, 2016

Harrow County is the kind of horror that gets right into your bones.  This was a rather tame issue compared to some of the others in the series to date, but it is no less scary.  That aforementioned panel is something that will stay with me for a while, haunting me whenever I close my eyes.  I get chills just thinking about it.

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8.0
Hass #1

Mar 23, 2016

Hass is pitched as Romeo & Juliet meets American History X, which is a pretty apt way of describing it.  Creator B. Alex Thompson pulls you in with relatable characters and just when you think they're going to have a nice happy ending, he pulls the rug out from under you and changes everything.  Aliens don't fly in and the dead don't rise.  Instead, the monsters in Hass are real and just as terrifying.  They're capable of true evil.

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8.0
Haunted #1

Apr 30, 2014

Haunted sets up a post-apocalyptic road trip.  This is a great origin story.  You get everything you need to jump right into the story.  This first issue gets the group together and provides them with a destination in New York City.  You can imagine the level of utter madness that a city of millions of people must be like after ghosts have invaded the world.  While their technology is not nearly as advanced as that of the Ghostbusters, I have a feeling that Sarah and the gang could hold their own against Egon and company.

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10
Headspace #6

Feb 15, 2015

Headspace is a damn fine comic that will keep you on your toes. Lindsay sets a breakneck pace with the story and never lets up, taking sharp twists and turns. Here you have a beacon of sanity in Shane surrounded by an ocean of chaos with Max's mind. This is high caliber work that you are just not going to see anywhere else.

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9.0
Headspace #7

Mar 18, 2015

You can practically feel the soundtrack picking up in the background as Shane takes some fateful steps in this issue of Headspace. The music swells. The drums pound. One man stands against insurmountable odds in an effort to do the right thing and stop a killer. There's been too much death so far. Headspace continues to be an amazing character study of a man with moral fiber that would make Batman blush. It's the kind of comic that I can't wait to re-read in its entirety, which is convenient as there's a collection coming soon from IDW Publishing.

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10
Headspace #8

Apr 9, 2015

Headspace has one of the most satisfying endings I've seen in years.  Lindsay crafted an emotionally draining adventure through the mind of a killer that's unlike anything you'll see on the stands today.  It's huge in scope and earnest as all Hell.  Watching the lengths that one man is willing to go is inspiring.  We should all hope to be half the man that Shane is.  This is what a hero looks like.  There are no capes or tights.  Just a man standing up for what's right with conviction.

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4.0
Hellblazer (2016) #1

Sep 1, 2016

I've read a number of the DC Rebirth titles.  Hellblazer is the only one that I'm not all that impressed with.  It has nothing exciting or overly interesting going on in it.  The most intriguing elements have nothing to do with the main character.  John Constantine's hey-day was when he was off in his own little world in the more mature Vertigo line.  Maybe the DC Universe with its capes and tights is just not the right place for him.

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6.0
Hellblazer: Rebirth #1

Jul 22, 2016

Hellblazer: Rebirth resets the status quo for John Constantine.  I am not up to speed as to where he was in the DC Universe prior to this issue, so some of the setup, such as the brief stint in New York, feels strange and out of place.  It's like they needed to quickly explain where he went when he left London, but that wasn't really necessary.  The stakes are high and he's on his own.  His enemies are not things that Superman can swoop in and punch.  These are monsters capable of real terror.

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9.0
Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1952 #1

Dec 5, 2014

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. is a welcome addition to the Mignolaverse, beginning the story of Big Red's first field mission. Most of it is spent setting the stage, moving all the characters into place, but it promises a big payoff that I'm definitely looking forward to.

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9.0
Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1953 - Beyond The Fences #1

Mar 3, 2016

You should know by now that if a book has the name "Mignola" on the cover, it's something you should be reading. Hellboy and the BPRD: 1953 - Beyond the Fences is no different. It's filling in some of the vast history that Hellboy had before meeting his untimely end a few years back. There are references to the previous stories in this series, but the book stands on its own with little prior knowledge needed. Any monster fan should be eating this up.

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10
Hellboy: The Midnight Circus #1

Jan 6, 2014

The Midnight Circus is a great addition to the Hellboy mythos.  It fills in some of the gaps to provide a little more backstory to the character and how he became the man and the hero later on in life.  It also shows how deeply that Professor Bruttenholm cares for the boy in a world where the child is treated as an outcast and a bit of a freak. This is worth checking out for Duncan Fegredo's excellent artwork alone.

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10
Hellbreak #1

Mar 27, 2015

Hellbreak can at times resemble a blockbuster action movie akin to the Expendables.  Then it pulls back the curtain a bit and reveals that this elite team of soldiers is not fighting Columbian drug lords or Mel Gibson.  Instead, they're fighting the forces of Hell itself, in all its terror.  This is a damn satisfying first issue and you are not going to find a better deal on the comic stands right now.

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8.0
Hellchild #1

Mar 29, 2016

Much of this issue of Hellchild is setup.  We already know from the solicits for this issue alone that Hades' daughter is on her way back to the land of the living, so it's not much of a spoiler to know what happens by the end of the book.  The creative team introduces us to all the players quickly and efficiently while moving the story along at a solid pace.  We jumped right into the action and we're left craving more.  We're left with an upheaval in these characters' lives that is going to make waves.  Now what?

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8.0
Hellchild: The Unholy #2

Dec 12, 2016

Hellchild: The Unholy is a gore-filled ride through Splattertown.  You'll learn the sound a lizard man's skull makes when it explodes as an exxxtreme vampire goddess tears through everything around her.  While all this is happening, I'm trying to keep an eye on Jezebel because there's definitely still something up her sleeve.  Things are going to get more complicated for Angelica, and I'm not certain the obstacles coming up are ones she can punch, bite, and slash her way through.

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10
Hexed (2014) #1

Aug 15, 2014

Lucifer is like the power and determination of Buffy mixed with the sheer badassery of Faith, and wrapped in all-around cool.  I like to think Hexed takes place in the same world as the vampire slayers, but she deals in the shady back alleys that the Chosen One would never venture within.  Although she has no real reason to be a hero, she does what's right no matter the cost, and she does it with a smile on her face.  

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10
Hexed (2014) #7

Feb 18, 2015

Hexed has easily become one of my favorite titles. Lucifer is a strong female lead that rivals the likes of Buffy and Wonder Woman. She's that good. The comic is packed with a rich and seemingly never-ending mythology that only serves to amplify the possibilities for future stories.

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10
Hexed (2014) #8

Mar 29, 2015

Hexed is easily one of the best comics on the stands today.  Michael Alan Nelson and Dan Mora have built an exciting, supernatural adventure with a strong character-driven story.  I read this entire issue with gritted teeth, shocked at the lengths that Lucifer was willing to go.  This is the kind of comic that reads like a blockbuster movie.  I certainly hope that the big screen is in its future.

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10
Hexed (2014) #12

Sep 2, 2015

I'm so sad that Hexed is ending, but it could not have gone out in a more spectacular fashion. It ends not with a bang or a whimper, but with a smirk and a knowing nod. In many ways, Hexed is the spiritual successor to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It takes a strong female character, surrounds her with an interesting supporting cast, and throws her into some hellish situations that she must overcome. It makes for a great read and one that I hope returns someday.

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6.0
Hoax Hunters (2015) #1

Mar 25, 2015

While the name and the team are back, Hoax Hunters hasn't quite recaptured the magic that it displayed in its Image Comics days. It's still very early and writers Michael Moreci and Steve Seeley had taken a hiatus from the comic to write other projects, so maybe they just have to find their groove with these characters again, much like the characters themselves. It's clear that Heavy Metal is backing them 100%, as Hoax Hunters is the premiere title in its new line of books. Hopefully things will tighten up a bit as we get some more answers to the mysteries surrounding the characters and what's going on with Jack.

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2.0
Hollywood Zombie Apocalypse #1

Nov 13, 2014

Hollywood Zombie Apocalypse is an unoriginal mess filled with cheap jokes and lame pot-shots at celebrities. It coasts by on the name recognition of the stars without any real substance.

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8.0
Hook Jaw #1

Dec 21, 2016

Hook Jaw has a slow start, but the reveal of the shark is worth the price of admission.  If you're a fan of Jaws, you'll like this comic.  Every time someone is close to or in the water, you get this feeling of dread, knowing the beast lurking beneath the surface.  Plus, this is the first time I've seen a grown man hit with a severed dolphin's head, so I can check that off the old bucket list.

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7.0
Hook Jaw #3

Feb 27, 2017

Hookjaw delivers the same level of tension you'd get from watching Jaws or The Shallows. You know this beast is lurking just beneath the surface, but the characters have to go into the water. Some of these folks are not all that developed, so it will be easy to watch them get eaten alive by a shark with a hook in its mouth.

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10
Hot Damn #1

Apr 23, 2016

Hot Damn is like a stoner comedy set in Hell.  These characters are screw-ups just trying to putz through the afterlife.  They were stupid when they were alive and they're still pretty dumb.  The thing is, if they mess up now, the results are far worse.  That won't stop them from getting into trouble.

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8.0
House of Penance #1

Apr 12, 2016

House of Penance is creepy from the jump.  You get this immediate sense of the skeevies, like something is just not right here.  That feeling only intensifies with each page turn.  This is not a horror story that will jump right out and scare you.  Instead, it will slowly seep in, getting under your skin and making you look over your shoulder as you read on.  The first issue introduces you to this world and all the strangeness that surrounds it.  The fact that this is a real place and an actual woman from history ups the creep factor to eleven.

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10
House of Penance #6

Sep 22, 2016

House of Penance has built up to this startling climax and it's earned every moment of it.  It's an unsettling read and this issue is no different.  Throughout the entire series, you've wondered if Sarah is crazy.  Are the things she's seeing just in her head?  Or are they really there?  We get some clarification here, but more importantly, we get closure.  It's this perfectly fitting ending that is as beautiful as it is tragic.  Writer Peter J. Tomasi's story of horror and heartbreak is matched by Bertram's artwork that is often disturbing yet poignant.

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10
I Hate Fairyland #1

Oct 4, 2015

I Hate Fairyland is like Candyland seen through the prism of John Kricfalusi.  It's filled with the dark humor that we've come to love and expect from the likes of Lenore and Invader Zim.  It takes the tropes from classic children's tales and kicks them right in the balls before ripping their hearts right out.

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10
I Hate Fairyland #6

Jun 15, 2016

I Hate Fairyland is a cornucopia of candy-coated carnage.  (Alliteration is fun, kids!)  If you've ever suffered through a game of Candyland or wanted to tear the head off a Care Bear, this is the perfect comic for you.  Let me leave you with this:  Within the first three pages (previewed above), a tiny butterfly teddy bear creature rips the heart out of a monster and displays it to a cheering crowd like some demented version of Gladiator.  If that doesn't make you want to buy this comic, nothing will.  Also, we can't be friends.

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8.0
Indoctrination #1

Jul 2, 2016

It's easy to make a comparison to True Detective with this opening issue.  It definitely has that same look and feel, albeit with a potential supernatural angle.  This is certainly not a bad thing.  Moreci writes smart comics and this is no different.  This is a solid first chapter in that it introduces you to all the players and sets in motion events that will bring them into a collision course you can't look away from.  The tagline for Indoctrination is "How do you kill an idea?" which is such an intriguing concept that I can't wait to see played out.

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8.0
Inferno: Rings Of Hell #1

Aug 22, 2014

This first issue of Inferno: Rings of Hell is largely setup for the rest of the mini-series.  It sets everything in motion for the events to come that will challenge Lucifer and Mercy with the fate of the Inferno itself at stake.  If you thought that the Age of Darkness couldn't get any more epic, just wait until you read this issue.  Every corner of the Grimm Universe is affected and from the looks of things, many of its residents won't make it out alive.

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10
Interceptor #1

Dec 23, 2015

Interceptor is a solid debut with an amazing story and killer artwork.  It seamlessly merges genres, blending the best elements of sci-fi, horror, action, and comedy in one melting pot of awesome. This first issue leaves things off with such a great hook that will have you clamoring for more.

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9.0
Interceptor #2

Feb 14, 2016

Interceptor is one of the most fun comics on the stands today.  Look no further than the expression of sheer joy on Weep's face as she slaughters vampires to get an idea of what to expect.  Poli came here to put an end to the vampire threat, but now she's getting roped into the rebellion, which is a very different task.  This is no longer a solo mission.  Can she play nice with others?  I can't wait to find out.

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8.0
Interceptor #3

Mar 8, 2016

This issue of Interceptor has the feeling of the calm before the storm.  The creative team is moving all of the players into just the right places for them to beat the ever loving shit out of each other.  The stakes have changed though, as Poli isn't here to simply eliminate the vampires.  I'm so plugged in to this book now and you should be too.

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10
Interceptor #4

Apr 23, 2016

Interceptor is the best comic featuring a giant robot suit destroying legions of vampires you'll read all year.  It's pure, unbridled fun.  It's a Michael Bay movie, but with a good story.  Forget popcorn movies.  This is popcorn comics.

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9.0
Interceptor #5

Jun 7, 2016

Interceptor seamlessly blends horror and science fiction and throws in a ton of action for good measure.  The story is rock solid with artwork to match.  While it has a satisfying conclusion, the door is left open for more both on Earth and in space.

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10
Invader Zim #1

Jul 22, 2015

Invader Zim is back and the world is a better place as a result. This is such a damn fun comic and it's great for positively everyone. The humor is so deliciously weird and it never stops being funny. Just go read it already!

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10
Itty Bitty Hellboy #1

Aug 30, 2013

Itty Bitty Hellboy is a great comic and one that I hope continues for many more issues.  It's the kind of book you can read with your kid, which you can both enjoy.  The humor works on several levels.  The structure of the comic is such that you can easily pick it up at any time and dive right in.  This can be the gateway comic for your child to the wide world of Hellboy that includes everything from killer frogs to the devil himself.  This issue doesn't start with that, but who knows where it could go next?

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9.0
IXth Generation #1

Jan 12, 2015

IXth Generation is the start of something big. It's world building and possibly world ending. This is a great mix between both sides of the Top Cow house and I can't wait to see how it all plays out.

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9.0
Joe Frankenstein #1

Mar 6, 2015

Joe Frankenstein is a great blend of genres, mixing adventure with horror without losing any of the fun and excitement. The main character has had a ho-hum life so far but in one night it's completely turned upside down. Things are only going to get more interesting from here. Plus, how cool is that name? It sounds like an action movie star.

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9.0
Joe Golem: Occult Detective #1

Nov 21, 2015

Joe Golem: Occult Detective is a solid read that can sit toe-to-toe with the classics of noir and old private eye classics.  The supernatural bend gives it a creepy twist, although it's still grounded in the reality of this world.  It's just that this world also has strange monsters and witches.  Joe wants to do the right thing and that means saving these kids, especially when no one else is stepping up to do so.  Just how much trouble is he getting himself into though?

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10
Jughead: The Hunger (One Shot) #1

Mar 19, 2017

Jughead: The Hunger works werewolf lore so seamlessly into the Archie universe that you'd think it's been there since the beginning. Although this is a one-shot, I would love to see more from this world. This is an expertly crafted horror comic with a terrifying, well-paced story coupled with jaw-dropping artwork.

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7.0
Kaijumax #1

Apr 11, 2015

Kaijumax puts a unique and fun spin on the prison genre by adding giant monsters.  Electrogar's story is heartwrenching.  He's going to have to toughen up fast if he hopes to survive behind bars and get back to his kids.  If Cannon follows the next phase of your typical prison story, the monster will insult the cook or try to dig a tunnel out of here like Steve McQueen.

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10
Kill Or Be Killed #1

Aug 13, 2016

Kill or Be Killed is so friggin' good.  It presents a premise that grips you so hard you'll be gasping for breath.  Coupled with gorgeous artwork and stunning colors makes it a book you simply cannot miss.  Buy it. Read it.  Thank me later.

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9.0
Killogy #1

Oct 5, 2012

Robert earned a lot of good faith from me after I read Crawl to Me, which had an ending that I'm still reeling from. I'm confident that he's going to put his own spin on the zombie genre and make this stand out. The idea of casting his comic characters is a new one and I don't think that just any artist can pull it off. It's tough to nail the likeness of people that anyone can just look up on Google and see a picture of. Robert's characters not only look like the actors portraying them, but they act and feel the way they should as well. It's a movie in a comic and it works very well.

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10
Killogy #2

Dec 18, 2012

Killogy continues to kick ass. This issue filled in some of the gaps previously created but brought up more questions. It really pulled me into the story and made me anxious to see more.

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10
Killogy #3

Feb 17, 2013

In a world where zombies are becoming old and tired, Alan Robert comes in with Killogy and breathes new life into the genre.  He doesn't depend on cheap scares or needless undead violence.  Instead he's created a great story and backed it up with some dynamite art.  And he's not done yet.  This is the penultimate issue of Killogy.  The next issue wraps everything up and I can't wait to check it out.

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8.0
Killogy #4

Apr 10, 2013

Killogy has been a great ride.  My only complaint about the series is that it had to end.  Of course, that's the fault that plagues all zombie movies and one of the reasons The Walking Dead is so successful.  Robert draws you in with the stories of each of these characters.  The fact that their lives are so intertwined is some LOST level intricacies but without all the stupid crap that no one cares about.  (I'm looking at you, Bai Ling.)  I guess the question now is after three successful comic series in which he created, wrote, illustrated, inked, colored, and lettered everything, what is Alan Robert going to do next?

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9.0
Killogy: Halloween Special #1

Sep 20, 2014

The Killogy Halloween Special is a welcome return to this world. I thought the ending of the series felt a little rushed, so I'm glad that Robert has come back to explore further elements to the story. Doyle is a great addition to Killogy. You don't need to have read the original series to enjoy this one-shot, but you'll appreciate it a lot more if you did. You should anyway because that was a damn fun comic.  The series is currently being adapted into an animated TV show, so this is a perfect jumping on point to give you an idea of what to expect: blood, gore, and badassery.

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8.0
Kiss Me, Satan #1

Sep 23, 2013

Kiss Me, Satan! has a lot going on in just the first issue.  This is a mini-series with five chapters and by the end of this one, the setup is complete.  It's clear as to what will happen next, but who or what will be thrown into the mix before these next steps are taken is anyone's guess.  With Ferreyra on art, though, I'm willing to follow wherever it goes.

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10
Lady Killer #1

Jan 9, 2015

Lady Killer takes the idea of a woman leading a double life and adds a lot of heart to it. It's an ideal mix of comedy, horror, and silly family drama with some damn near perfect artwork. Seriously, after reading this, I want to see Jolle Jones draw everything.

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10
Lady Killer 2 #1

Aug 14, 2016

Lady Killer is not just the best comic you'll read about a contract-killer housewife, it's also a gorgeously illustrated book with levels of gore that will rival any horror book on the stands today.  You just haven't lived until you've seen a beautiful woman cut up a body with an electric carving knife.

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10
Lenore Vol. 2 #10

Aug 7, 2014

This storyline wraps up with the next issue in which a character will die.  I have no idea who will kick the bucket, but I'd be sad to see any of the characters die as they work so well together.  It's a great comedic team.  If anyone has to go, can it be the pickle hat?  Does he count?  Is it a he?  Do pickle hats have genders?

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9.0
Lobster Johnson: Get The Lobster #4

Jun 5, 2014

Lobster Johnson continues to jump to the top of my pull list every month.  It's a solid pulp hero book with a touch of the supernatural (although that aspect is not as pronounced in Get the Lobster!).  I'd also legitimately kill a man to see a team up between Lobster Johnson and Francesco Francavilla's Black Beetle.  Seriously, Dark Horse, what do we have to do to make this happen?

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10
Locke & Key Alpha #1

Sep 13, 2013

Locke & Key: Alpha #1 is packed with so much story that I honestly have no idea what Hill and Rodriguez can do with another 48 pages.  There's just one issue left of this series, but in several ways I'd be content if this was the actual finale.  While I'm glad that it's getting a satisfactory ending, I'll be truly sad to see it go.

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10
Locke & Key Alpha #2

Dec 28, 2013

Locke & Key: Alpha is the perfect kind of closer to a comic.  It's something that's rarely seen in the industry today as we're faced with numerous reboots and relaunches, forcing characters to go on and on.  The series has a beginning, middle, and one helluva an end.  It makes you want to pick up the very first issue and read them all over again right after you put this one down.  It's emotional.  It tugs at the heartstrings.  It's damn near perfect.

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10
Locke & Key: Small World #1

Dec 27, 2016

Although it's been three years since any new content has been released, Hill and Rodriguez have not missed a beat. Locke & Key is still as wondrous, frightening, and filled with adventure as always. Small World captures the sense of awe that can only be felt by a child while dealing with a simple fear that tons of people suffer from.

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8.0
Lola XOXO #1

Apr 9, 2014

Lola XOXO is off to a good start.  I'm intrigued as to where the title character will end up next in her journey and what she'll find if she does make it to her destination.  Will she find her parents?  Are they even still alive?  At the very least I'm looking forward to what the rest of this world will look like in Siya Oum's capable hands.

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8.0
Lola XOXO #2

May 22, 2014

Lola XOXO is beginning to branch out into the big bad world.  She has been protected from some of the harsh realities out there, but now she's coming face-to-face with them.  She's facing them down with bravery, providing readers with a strong female character that can stand on her own without relying on anyone else to help her up.

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9.0
London Horror Comic #5

Mar 26, 2013

London Horror Comic #5 can be purchased directly from the publisher's website.

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9.0
London Horror Comic #6

Apr 9, 2014

London Horror Comic can be purchased directly from the creator via the official website.

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7.0
London Horror Comic #7

Nov 19, 2016

London Horror Comic is a solid anthology title that has stood the test of time.  These two tales didn't pack as much of a punch as earlier issues did.  They had more room to breathe being the only two included, but I'm not sure that's necessarily a good thing.  They could have probably been condensed a bit, however that would mean sacrificing some gorgeous artwork (and at least a few nude scenes).

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9.0
Low #1

Aug 12, 2014

Low showcases a glimmer of hope in a desperate world.  With humanity sitting on a ticking clock, some have found the means to enjoy life while they can.  Johl and Stel are about to lose those means.  Now we'll see the lengths they'll go to get them back.

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8.0
Madame Frankenstein #1

May 7, 2014

Madame Frankenstein is off to an interesting start.  It's not your average crazed-scientist story and definitely not the same old tale as originally written by Mary Shelley.  Instead it's a new spin, tied with love, curiosity, and a bit of madness, with some definite inspirations taken from classic monster films.

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8.0
Madame Frankenstein #2

Jun 5, 2014

Madame Frankenstein continues its journey through Vincent Krall's fractured psyche.  What's scary about this comic is not that he brought a woman back to life, but how normal Rich makes it seem.  There's this glimmer of hope that maybe everything will be okay for these two crazy kids.  They'll have a great story to tell their grandkids one day.  I'm dying to find out what's going on with these fairies though.

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9.0
Madame Frankenstein #7

Nov 14, 2014

Madame Frankenstein is a fitting tribute to old-school Universal monster movies and Mary Shelley's classic novel. It's a comic that shows how human beings can be the real monsters, even in a world where the dead can return to life.

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8.0
Manifest Destiny #7

Jun 13, 2014

Manifest Destiny continues this alternate " and far more interesting " take on the adventures of Lewis & Clark.  I know that I would have paid more attention to this part of history if the pair fought monsters as they explored the uncharted continent. It takes the subject seriously, never playing the situation for gags.  This is presented as close to reality as possible and pulls you in and doesn't let go.  You become invested in their journey as you need to find out how they possibly get through this alive.

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8.0
Mars Attacks: Occupation #1

Mar 11, 2016

Now that the Martians have conquered Earth, they have to hold on to it.  This is the part of the board game Risk where you hope no one attacks you before your next turn so you can get all those extra soldiers by having a full country.  (Did I just take this to a far nerdier place than normal?)  Mars Attacks: Occupation shows a dreadful version of our future where we're no longer at war with an alien race; we've lost.  Despite this, mankind is surviving and in examples like Ruby, it will persevere.  The book puts humanity in an underdog position on its own world to the point where you can't wait to see Ruby kick some Martian ass.

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9.0
Memetic #1

Oct 29, 2014

Memetic begins with a fairly silly idea (an Internet meme that brings about the apocalypse) and quickly establishes it as a terrifying way for the world to end. The characters come off as completely real and the use of social media within the comic feels very natural and not forced at all. It's a human take on the complete destruction of society, showing how fast we can go from smart phones to cave men all thanks to a seemingly innocent picture of a happy little sloth.

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8.0
Midnight Society: The Black Lake #1

Jun 25, 2015

Midnight Society: The Black Lake is off to an intriguing start.  Johnson's work grabs you right away, slowly pulling you deeper into this world of mysterious monsters and brave adventurers.  The first issue ends rather abruptly, as if this was written as a larger story and cut up to fit within the confines of a single issue.  There's no real cliffhanger or sudden reveal.  Instead it serves like the end of a chapter with a new scene ready to begin with the next issue.

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7.0
Monster & Madman #1

Mar 17, 2014

The first issue of Monster & Madman deals almost exclusively with the former.  The latter's story looks to pick up in part two.  With the creature in such a doom-and-gloom mood, I can only imagine what someone like Jack the Ripper can do with such a powerful individual.

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10
Monster Motors One Shot #1

Aug 2, 2014

Monster Motors is the kind of fun, creative story that comics were made for. It's silly and easy for kids to pick up while also being smart enough for adults. This needs to be an ongoing title. I would gladly read about the monthly adventures of mechanic Vic Frankenstein in Transylvania as he battles monster cars. Wouldn't you?

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10
Monster Motors: Curse Of Minivan Helsing #1

Mar 7, 2015

To say that Monster Motors is a fun comic is an understatement. It's the kind of comic you'll read with a smile on your face from page one. It's an intelligently written comic that will resonate with all ages. Lynch expands on the mythology first seen in the original one-shot and seamlessly continues the story right where he left off. The existence of even more monster motors opens the door for what I hope will be many more stories, if for nothing else than to see what other pun-filled car names Lynch can come up with.

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10
Monster Motors: Curse Of Minivan Helsing #2

Apr 20, 2015

In previous reviews for Monster Motors comics I've said that this comic should be a Saturday morning TV show and a line of Hot Wheels toys.  I still want those things, but for now, I'd settle for an ongoing series.  There is so much to love about this book.  It's the kind of comic that you can read with a smile on your face.  It's one that you'll want to share because of how fun it is.  Each of the characters is unique and provides a suitable homage to the classic monsters that inspired them.  Seriously, read this comic.

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9.0
Monster World #1

Dec 23, 2015

Monster World is a comic that's tailor made for me.  It's a mix of private eye noir and good old-fashioned monsters that delivers on every level.  If The Maltese Falcon had a werewolf instead of a bird statue, it might resemble this comic.  If you're a fan of Hard Case Crime and the classic movie monsters, this is right up your alley.

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10
Monster World #2

Jan 30, 2016

Monster World expertly blends elements of the private eye novels of yesteryear with those of supernatural horror. It's a solid read with some dynamite artwork. If you ever wanted to see Humphrey Bogart fight a zombie, this book is for you.

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7.0
Monsters Unleashed #1

Feb 1, 2017

Monsters Unleashed is a global event of massive destruction, but it's little more than a slugfest.  It's big monsters fighting it out with big heroes.  I have the same problem with Godzilla comics.  There's little story and a whole lot of devastation.  I'm curious as to how Kei and Elsa's paths will continue, however some of the wind has been taken from their sails with Marvel's recent announcement of a monster-filled ongoing series spinning out of this event.  Knowing that everything will be put back together in some fashion makes the events of this book mean less.

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7.0
Monsters Unleashed #2

Feb 14, 2017

Monsters Unleashed expands a bit, but it's more of the same we saw in the debut issue.  Here are your favorite heroes punching, stabbing, and shooting lightning at gigantic monsters that are absolutely annihilating the world's biggest cities.  Sooner or later, they'll stop the violence, but how can anyone rebuild from something like this?  Where can anyone possibly go from there?  We'll probably never find out as there will be some other threat for the super heroes to tackle.

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10
Nailbiter #1

May 7, 2014

Nailbiter will pull you in and never let go.  It's so easy to get wrapped up in this story and want more right away.  I'm sure there are quite a few more secrets hidden within the town of Buckaroo and I can't wait to see what else Williamson plans to reveal with the coming issues. 

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9.0
Nailbiter #2

Jun 7, 2014

Nailbiter is building a great whodunit mystery that's like Law & Order: Small Town Serial Killers Unit.  I'm already hooked on this story and I'm dying to find out more. This can be a fast read but it's a comic you're going to want to go back and savor a bit to really take in all the crazy.

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10
Nailbiter #5

Sep 8, 2014

Nailbiter just keeps getting better. It's one of the best comics currently on the stands.  It's consistently at the top of my "To Read" pile each month.  This is the kind of comic where you'll finish an issue and demand more and more because it's just not enough.  You'll have to settle for re-reading the previous issues, looking for clues to solve the mystery.

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9.0
Nailbiter #8

Dec 8, 2014

Nailbiter is the kind of comic that you will ravenously read through, reaching the end far too quickly. After letting us catch our breath with the last two issues, Williamson picks up right where he left off at the end of the first trade paperback, with a murder mystery filled with tense thrills that cannot be missed.

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10
Nailbiter #11

Mar 18, 2015

Williamson teases the secrets of Buckaroo not once, but twice in this issue. They're so close to the surface. My head is spinning thinking of what kind of explanation there could possibly be for all this bloodshed over the course of decades. That kind of mystery, coupled with some dynamite artwork, and a mountain of suspense, is just part of what makes Nailbiter so damn good.

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9.0
Nailbiter #14

Jul 18, 2015

The mystery of Buckaroo remains unsolved, but no less interesting.  Nailbiter is a white-knuckle read, not just from the tension in the story, but the tease of finally finding out what's really going on in this small town.  There have been moments that I'm not entirely proud of where I shouted at the comic to just tell me already.  I have faith in the creative team though, so I'm sure the payoff will be well worth the wait.

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10
Nailbiter #15

Aug 16, 2015

Honestly, if you're a horror fan and you're not reading Nailbiter, you're doing it wrong.  Williamson and Henderson consistently deliver a dynamite comic month in and month out.  The mystery is starting to be revealed, but more and more is teased to pull you in and keep you begging for more.

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9.0
Nailbiter #22

Jun 15, 2016

Nailbiter never misses a beat and this issue is no different.  This is a riveting story with stellar artwork that will keep you enthralled with every single panel.  I want to come up with theories to answer the questions above, but I also just want to sit back and go on this journey that the creative team is taking us on.  There are certainly plenty of surprises and twists to keep you coming back for more.

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10
Nailbiter #23

Jul 6, 2016

You will struggle to find another comic that delivers this level of quality storytelling with such consistency month-in and month-out.  Nailbiter is a solid, bone-chilling read.  It pulls you in slowly before making you jump out of your skin with a single panel. 

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8.0
Nailbiter #29

Feb 11, 2017

The vast majority of your questions about Nailbiter are answered in this issue.  It's a payoff that's been building since the series debuted in 2014.  I would have preferred if it wasn't all at once, perhaps saving some of the pacing out some of the revelations to build up to the finale.  As it stands, it's still a pulse-pounding comic that I will be sad to see come to an end.

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10
Nailbiter #30

Mar 1, 2017

Nailbiter has been an amazing ride and a helluva horror comic. It ends just as strong as it begins, with a tense, terrifying story and gorgeous, well-detailed artwork. The characters will stick with you for some time. This is the kind of comic that you'll finish and want to immediately go back and re-read from the beginning to see with a new set of eyes. It's just so damn good.

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9.0
Negative Space #1

Jun 12, 2015

Negative Space is a damn near perfect first issue.  It's a comic that grabs you with a helluva hook and never lets go.  You're instantly pulled into this world and intrigued by the conspiracy that's lurking just beneath the surface.  This coupled with the strong and emotional character development makes it a must read. It's definitely not your average horror story, and that's what makes it so special.

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10
Negative Space #2

Oct 4, 2015

Negative Space just opened up onto a whole new level.  The first issue was just the precursor to this expansive and horrifying world.  The real scary thing about it is how believable it all is.  It's not that far off to imagine that we're all miserable because an evil corporation has been pulling the strings to make us that way in order to profit from our sadness by feeding it to a race of powerful undersea creatures.  Well, when you say it like that, maybe it's a little out there.  Still, Negative Space can scare you and then make you want to go out and hug someone.  It's a weird feeling at first, but you just kind of go with it.

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10
Negative Space #4

Apr 13, 2016

Negative Space hits on all marks.  It's a powerful comic with a message, but it doesn't beat you over the head with it.  In lesser hands, this would have turned into a Monsters Inc ripoff where the Evorah found they can feed off of happiness better than depression.  Instead, it became so much more.  This cements Ryan K. Lindsay as an expert storyteller capable of truly incredible character work.  They feel like real people and that's the greatest compliment you can give to someone that made all these characters up.  Owen Gieni has crafted some of the most terrifying monsters seen on the stands today, made even scarier by the fact that they rarely speak.  They come out of the water in silence and just start killing.  The scenes with the humans are far more chilling though.  Seriously, go check out that panel with the keyboards.  I would not be surprised if that's stolen for a horror movie in the next couple years.

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8.0
Nightwing (2016) #5

Sep 28, 2016

The Bat-Team is united in their grief and using it to band together to help Gotham City combat hideous monsters.   They have not yet seen all of the creatures poised to terrorize the city and I'm sure that Batman still has a few more tricks up his sleeve.  This is not a monster movie where the humans will flee in terror.  These are super heroes that will stop at nothing to protect innocent civilians.  Although they may be broken due to their recent loss, they're laser focused on this task.

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9.0
No Angel #1

Oct 24, 2016

No Angel starts as a drama about family and grief, then rips the rug out from under you, throwing you into a horror of immeasurable proportions.  Seriously, there is one panel in particular that will haunt you for some time.  Once you read the book, you'll know exactly which one I mean.  The twists and turns at the end are earned through the top-notch character development throughout the majority of the issue.

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9.0
No Angel #2

Feb 8, 2017

No Angel flows like a riveting drama with a supernatural twist.  It plays with a trope that authors like Stephen King have used for years, where a normal person with a normal life is thrown into a mystical situation.  You don't need much in the way of explanation as to the origins of this occult angle because you're so wrapped up in the character's life and thinking of what you'd do in their shoes.

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9.0
No Mercy #1

Apr 6, 2015

No Mercy puts a group of spoiled and annoying pre-college kids on a collision course with doom and never looks back.  You know that they're heading towards something horrible, and the cliff is just the first step.  Let this serve as a lesson to us all that if you're stranded in an unknown place, look to survive first.  If your initial thought is to update Instagram, you deserve to be eaten by coyotes or whatever else lurks in the darkness.

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8.0
October Faction #1

Oct 16, 2014

The October Faction offers a brief glimpse into the lives of a very strange group of people. They're like a grown up, more serious version of the Addams Family. There's not a lot to go on just yet, but I'm interested to see where the story is going to take these folks, especially when they start interacting a bit more. Can you imagine what a family dinner must be like in that house?

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6.0
Onyx #1

Jul 4, 2015

Onyx has an interesting premise that's packed with traditional sci-fi fun.  It's a bit clunky at parts and contains some stereotypical characters.  Fortunately, it jumps right into the thick of things, dealing with aliens, monsters, and more.  The character of Onyx has a Silver Surfer quality to her, venturing from world to world in an effort to stop the spread of this inhuman plague.

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10
Oxymoron: The Loveliest Nightmare #1

Aug 17, 2015

Oxymoron: The Loveliest Nightmare is filled with a sense of foreboding from page one. Granted, that page also includes a man with a gaping bullet wound in his forehead. It's hard to believe that things only get worse for this city from there. Oxymoron's reign of terror is brutal and absolutely insane. This is what chaotic evil looks like if left unchecked...and it's just getting started.

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10
Oxymoron: The Loveliest Nightmare #2

Oct 21, 2015

Oxymoron: The Loveliest Nightmare is an expertly written and beautifully drawn book that will scare you to your core. You can see a major influence from Se7en in the book, but taken to super villain proportions. Co-writer John Lees promises that the second half of the series is where "things get REALLY messed up!" I cannot imagine how he's going to top the events of this issue, but I am definitely looking forward to it.

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10
Oxymoron: The Loveliest Nightmare #3

Nov 16, 2015

Oxymoron: The Loveliest Nightmare is most definitely a book for mature audiences.  The lengths that this character goes are extreme.  The end of this issue will shock you to your very core.  You'll wonder what just happened.  You won't believe it at first.  They didn't really do that, did they?  There's only one issue left and I have no idea how the creators are going to top themselves, but I cannot wait to find out. 

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10
Oxymoron: The Loveliest Nightmare #4

Dec 5, 2015

Oxymoron: The Loveliest Nightmare is a brutal yet thought-provoking look at the relationship between a hero and a villain and what makes up each side of that coin.  It pulls no punches with its actions, nor does it apologize for them.  The creative team has pushed the story elements to the limits and then some, offering a pulse-pounding read that you cannot put down.  This will be a book that you will read in one sitting once it's collected in a trade paperback. 

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5.0
Packs Of The Lowcountry #1

Jul 4, 2016

Packs of Lowcountry has some great ideas packed within its first four issues.  They're just a little disjointed and clunky.  I'm curious as to how all these pieces fit together.  Werewolves fighting aliens is certainly a novel premise, but I'm not certain that's the end game here.  There's quite a bit to resolve in the final two chapters.

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9.0
Pirouette #1

Oct 9, 2014

Pirouette is a stunning yet tragic look at circus life through the eyes of a young woman looking to break out. As an added bonus, there's a scene where a woman vomits off the trapeze. What more could you ask for?

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3.0
Planet of Daemons #1

Dec 27, 2016

Planet of the Daemons blends some interesting elements, but ultimately is less than the sum of its parts.  We're plopped into the story with little background and struggle to put together the pieces without enough information.  I'm not saying we need to know everything about the story and the characters within the first issue.  It's just that there's not enough here to make me want to come back for more.  There's no hook or cliffhanger.  Instead, the issue just kind of ends with Amos entering a building and seeing something and we have no real context for the importance of either.

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9.0
Plunder #1

Feb 22, 2015

Plunder is a damn scary comic book. It's the kind of story that will make you think twice about going in the water. Sure, Jaws did that decades ago, but this is something else entirely. This is disturbing and abnormal. I'm sure this is the kind of thing that the Navy doesn't want people to read.

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9.0
Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens #1

Jul 27, 2016

Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens is exactly what it sounds like.  This opening issue is largely introduction, moving the players into place.  You can see where they're heading and it's set to be a sci-fi battle royale.  It's tough to predict who will come out on top considering the characters involved.

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9.0
Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens #3

Dec 18, 2016

Predators vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens is the sci-fi monster crossover you've always wanted.  It adds a human element to the battle of two creatures that don't speak a language people can understand.  This ups the stakes of the fight and makes it more relatable.  The humans aren't just cannon fodder here " although there have been several that have already fulfilled that role " they mean something and as a result, you're more invested in the story.

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5.0
Predator: Life and Death #1

Mar 6, 2016

You probably know what you're getting into with Predator: Life and Death.  Some soldiers are going to run around the wilderness, slowly hunted by this alien creature.  Many will die.  A few will probably survive.  Someone might get in the choppa.  If you're a diehard Predator (and/or Aliens) fan, you'll dig this book.  That goes without saying.  Otherwise, there's not much separating this from your generic monster / slasher movie with a disposable set of characters.

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9.0
Project Nemesis #3

Jan 18, 2016

Project Nemesis is another in a growing line of titles from American Gothic Press that is firing on all cylinders.  It delivers an action-packed, mystery-filled monster story that grabs hold of you from the first page.  Plus, there's a panel where a guy literally gets his face punched in, and it is a sight to behold.

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8.0
Prometheus: Fire and Stone #1

Sep 15, 2014

Prometheus: Fire and Stone is a satisfying continuation to the movie, building up upon established continuity with a new spin. It's filled with just as much, if not more, terror than the movie. The issue is filled with a sense of dread as these characters unknowingly begin heading towards their deaths. The tension slowly builds as the crew makes its way through this strange jungle, leading to one helluva cliffhanger ending that will have you crying for more.

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6.0
Punk Mambo #0

Nov 26, 2014

This was my first exposure to Punk Mambo. I'm intrigued about the character, but I don't see her as a tortured soul or some sort of villain. She got dealt a bad hand by some creeps and now she's making the best of it in the bayou as an unusual voodoo priestess.

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9.0
Quilte #1

Nov 9, 2016

Quilte gives Freddy Krueger a run for his money when it comes to terrifying nightmares.  It is truly unlike anything you will see on the stands today, filled with disturbing imagery.  It opens the door to insane possibilities that could be explored further, however it works on its own as a standalone one-shot.

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8.0
Realm War: Age of Darkness #1

Aug 7, 2014

Realm War opens like a war movie, with a council convening to discuss any possible options. (Here's a hint: There aren't any.) There's a great deal of doom and gloom and for good reason. This is like the Empire Strikes Back of the Grimm Universe, but I don't see a bunch of little teddy bears coming to the rescue in a sequel. At this point, the best the characters can do is survive, but the odds are not in their favor.

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8.0
Red City #1

Jun 11, 2014

Red City would be an interesting noir story even if it was set in the here and now.  Throwing it in space adds a new level to the tale, but it gets bogged down a bit in the exposition with this first issue.  With that out of the way, future issues should hit the ground running.  Corey has developed a rich sci-fi mythology and placed a lovable smartass in the center.

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9.0
Retrovirus #1

Nov 21, 2012

Retrovirus makes science scary again. It reminds us of how weak we've become as a species. People were once a lot tougher than we are now and if we ever came into contact with something from that age it would end badly for everyone involved. As I said before, some things are better left in the ground or in this case, the ice.

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10
Revival #47

Mar 8, 2017

Revival is a celebration of life and death. It's a story about loss and how it affects the people left behind. The characters are very real, which makes the book so damn effective. I would compare it to Locke & Key in this manner, especially with how well it wraps everything up. You're not left hanging or wondering what happened to this character or that arc. It's an awesome ending.

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10
Robocop (2014) #1

Jul 7, 2014

The first issue of RoboCop has set the stage for a number of cool plot lines.  The title character is just as tough as I remember when seeing the original film as a kid.  New and old fans will enjoy this comic.  This is the sequel we all wanted but never got.

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10
Roche Limit #1

Sep 16, 2014

Roche Limit has been described as a cross between Blade Runner and 2001: A Space Odyssey. While I loved the former, I was bored out of my mind by the latter. Fortunately, the comic is a healthy mix of science fiction and good old-fashioned hard-boiled pulp. It perfectly captures this sense of despair that comes from the human race no longer trying to advance itself. There's a great line towards the beginning of the issue that reads "We were taking steps sideways, not forward." That sums up the feeling of this place pretty well.

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9.0
Roche Limit #2

Nov 8, 2014

The beauty of Roche Limit is that it's merging all of the best elements of science fiction with some great noir tropes. It's a heady, futuristic tale that is humanized by a mystery that pulls you in with each page.

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9.0
Roche Limit #4

Jan 11, 2015

Roche Limit has blended elements of science fiction and noir in a way that manages to emphasize the best parts of both genres, making them stronger for it. This issue is a bit more in the sci-fi side of things, but it is packed with a level of tension that runs through every page. Something is about to give on this space colony and there's a body count that's going to come with it.

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9.0
Roche Limit #5

Mar 11, 2015

There's a feeling of finality with this issue of Roche Limit, but also the dawn of a new chapter. Writer Michael Moreci ties up all of the loose ends of this first arc while opening the door for more questions leading into the second volume. He provides an actual end for these characters, some are noble, others covered in blood, but all of them were fighting for something. Roche Limit is a sci-fi epic with a real human connection. It's for fans of Blade Runner or Chinatown.

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10
Roche Limit: Clandestiny #1

May 12, 2015

Roche Limit: Clandestiny is a really interesting turn for the story, the kind that makes you want to know more right away.  It's a departure from the cold, cool tone of the first series, but not in a bad way at all.  Instead, it's a slight jump to a different sub-genre of science fiction, one filled with just as much dread and hopelessness.  This is not the bright, shiny future we were promised.  Humanity has failed.  The future sucks and we have to deal with it.

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10
Roche Limit: Clandestiny #3

Jul 21, 2015

Roche Limit: Clandestiny takes survival sci-fi horror to a new level.  It's like Dead Space mixed with Alien, with a bit of Blade Runner thrown in.  These soldiers are facing true terror and most likely their own deaths.  What little hope they have rests in an angry android sick of mankind and its many flaws.  There are still mysteries all over this space colony and I cannot wait to find out more.

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10
Rocket Salvage #1

Dec 27, 2014

This is a dynamite first issue that gives you a great quick primer on a brand new universe. There's no time wasted on exposition or character backgrounds. Mercado gets right into the meat of the story and doesn't look back. Rocket Salvage has the makings of a great sci-fi adventure.

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10
Romulus #1

Oct 18, 2016

Romulus has a perfect opening issue.  It seamlessly introduces you to this world and the main character in a way that makes it feel like you've seen them for years.  The puppet masters are still hidden, but I'm sure they won't be for long with Ashlar out there.  This definitely lives up to the description of "Buffy vs. the Illuminati."

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8.0
Rot & Ruin #1

Sep 15, 2014

The idea that a handful of teenagers would leave the relative safety of a gated community during the zombie apocalypse to look for a plane that they saw in the sky one day can be a bit of a stretch. I mean, they know the basic direction it was heading, but have no idea where it landed. That almost doesn't matter as Maberry pulls you in right away. The zombies have already won. These characters are just looking for some semblance of hope which is almost a foreign concept to them after everything they've been through.

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10
Rot & Ruin #4

Dec 31, 2014

Rot & Ruin is quickly becoming my favorite zombie comic. That's saying something considering how many of them seem to be popping up lately. It's got action, adventure, and sheer terror with characters that I have grown to love over a very short period of time.

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10
Rumble #1

Dec 17, 2014

There are still many unanswered questions in Rumble, but this was one helluva debut issue. The action is exciting. The characters are fun and a little weird. The monsters are terrifying. This is a darker and slightly humorous take on the fantasy action / adventure story. Arcudi and Harren make it their own and do a tremendous job with it.

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7.0
Sally Of The Wasteland #1

Aug 11, 2014

Sally of the Wasteland has an interesting setting but a thin premise.  The maguffin leaves much to be desired, however I'm looking forward to exploring the further aspects of this post-apocalyptic world and learning more about what caused society to fall apart.

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8.0
Savage Things #1

Mar 9, 2017

Savage Things takes spy thrillers like The Bourne Identity or Mission Impossible and adds brutal murder. It's like if James Bond went rogue and started using his considerable training to murder innocent civilians. Think about how terrifying that would be. That's what this book is about and it's riveting.

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5.0
Scooby Apocalypse #1

Jun 5, 2016

Scooby Apocalypse is a reboot that arguably no one wanted. There are some decent ideas in here, and they could stand on their own without being latched on to the Scooby-Doo name. This is an attempt to make this group of mystery solving co-eds and their talking dog cool. By doing so, it's subverting what made them a piece of pop culture to begin with. At no point during this series will Shaggy pull off a monster's mask to reveal an old-man janitor who was behind this all along. Instead, he might lose a limb or be forced to eat one of his friends to survive. Actually, I'd totally read that. At the bare minimum, you can pick up this book to see Velma get compared to Hitler. No joke.

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8.0
Scooby Apocalypse #2

Jul 1, 2016

The thing about Scooby Apocalypse is that it's a pretty cool monster comic on its own. The fact that it stars the characters from Scooby Doo doesn't add anything to it in the way that Afterlife with Archie does. While we have decades of association with Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy, and Scooby, they're not the same people we saw on Saturday mornings all those years ago. They're gritty, realistic versions forced into a world filled with monsters. It's like The Dark Knight Returns version, but without the nuance that made that book so special.

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5.0
Scooby Apocalypse #3

Jul 27, 2016

I'm still not sure what to think of Scooby Apocalypse.  We're three issues in and the story hasn't progressed all that far, all things considered.  It seems to just reinforce what we already know over and over again.  It's a noble effort but ultimately falls flat, with the exception of Howard Porter's excellent artwork.  Aside from one gratuitous upskirt shot on Velma, he's the engine that's keeping this comic going.

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4.0
Self Storage #6

Aug 3, 2016

Self Storage is a zombie gorefest without a solid story to back it up. The characters are superficial and unsympathetic, which makes it difficult to become invested in their lives. The one saving grace is Matt Timson's artwork, which delivers horror on every level. There is a chilling sequence of panels where a character silently reaches up, grabs a lightbulb hanging from the ceiling and crushes it in his hands, plunging the area into darkness. This definitely works with the aforementioned gore, but didn't help on the story front.

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8.0
Shadows On The Grave #1

Dec 20, 2016

Shadows on the Grave is a shining example of a horror anthology comic done right.  The fact that it's written and illustrated by Richard Corben should make it a no-brainer for any fan of the genre.  There's a reason the man is a legend, and this book is just further proof.

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8.0
She Wolf #1

Jun 22, 2016

She Wolf is a fever dream of a werewolf story where the real monster may be the main character's mind.  Gabrielle is in a living nightmare, unable to distinguish between horror and reality.  When you can't trust your own brain, that's scarier than any creature that could jump out and eat you up.

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5.0
Sinergy #1

Nov 26, 2014

Sinergy seems to coax by on the interesting concept of a genetic ability to see monsters unlocked when one losing one's virginity. This could develop into a fun father / daughter monster hunter book, but right now it feels disjointed with an unlikable patriarch and a stereotypical teenage girl. Oeming's artwork is the real standout, as does Soma's backup strip.

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4.0
Snarl #1

May 26, 2015

Snarl has a good story somewhere within it.  It gets bogged down with a mismatch of genres and a forced twist / reveal that doesn't pack much of a punch.  Bevil and Sagun basically stumble through the case with everything conveniently falling into place for them and explained by some exposition-friendly side characters.  At one point they meet a guy who is literally carrying a copy of a surveillance tape showing the killer at work.  If some of the fat was trimmed from this 40+ page comic, it would be a pretty lean cop story with a nice horror angle.

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8.0
Sons of the Devil #9

Aug 2, 2016

Sons of the Devil has pulled me into its tangled web of cults, family, and destiny. I've gone from hating Travis to wishing he gets a break in this crazy world. Infante's artwork has an intensity that makes the book exciting to read from cover to cover. It's got a great beach noir tone that's deadly as it is beautiful.

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9.0
Sons of the Devil #10

Sep 2, 2016

Sons of the Devil is a pulse-pounding thrill ride that will take you into the depths of pure evil.  Davis has emerged as a heinous villain capable of some horrifying actions.  I can only hope that Travis is up to the task of putting him down.

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9.0
Southern Cross #2

Apr 15, 2015

Southern Cross is the kind of horror that sneaks up on you.  It bides its time, waiting for the right moment to strike.  This isn't some cheesy jump scare.  The soundtrack isn't going to spike as a killer leaps from the bushes.  Instead it's going to reach right into your chest and pull out your heart and it's going to do it all in space.  Even if you could get away, where are you going to go?

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10
Space Riders #1

Apr 6, 2015

I've never done acid, but if I could get a guarantee that the trip would be half as interesting as Space Riders, I would be tripping balls right now.  The comic feels like a long lost tome that has been locked away for decades, only resurfacing now that the world is ready for it.  It's trippy.  It's fun.  It's absolutely insane.  Damn, is it good.

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9.0
Spider-Man/Deadpool #1.MU

Feb 10, 2017

Spider-Man / Deadpool is the kind of tie-in issue I can get behind.  It presents an entirely unique story that I doubt we'll see in the main Monsters Unleashed book.  The comic moves at a quick pace and is packed with action and a heaping helping of jokes.  There's no slow moment or boring segment.  It's just a fun comic.

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8.0
Spirit of the Law #1

Dec 16, 2012

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9.0
Spread #1

Jul 11, 2014

There's more to Spread that has yet to be revealed.  The true origin of this epidemic is still somewhat of a mystery.  The press release announcing the comic talks about something ancient being unleashed when humanity dug too deep.  I'm interested to learn how the quarantine zone is set up as well.  Is North America cut off from the rest of the world?  How far did the Spread spread?  Judging from this issue, it's evolving, but so is mankind.

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8.0
Spread #14

Jul 7, 2016

On the one hand, I'm glad that the characters have been given a moment to rest, but on the other, I know that terror is lurking just around the bend.  Spread has set such a breakneck pace to date.  There's clearly more going on and I can't shake this feeling of dread.  It's like watching a train wreck.  You can't look away from the carnage.

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7.0
Springheeled Jack #1

Jan 15, 2015

Spring Heeled Jack is an atmospheric horror tale that creeps up on you. There's a mystery at the heart of the story, shrouded in bloodshed and the supernatural. It also presents Victorian London in an easily approachable light, not some stuffy high society like in a Charles Dickens novel.

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9.0
Survivors Club #8

May 13, 2016

That's the thing with Survivors' Club.  It's like a horror movie that's constantly at its climax.  The killer is not taking his time, picking off a co-ed here and there.  He's rampaging full speed through the place, hacking and slashing his way through everyone he encounters.  It just so happens that there are multiple killers, each more terrifying than the last. and the victims are more than capable of holding their own.  After all, they've been dealing with these creatures for almost 30 years.  By the end of this issue, I'm unclear as to who is more dangerous.

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6.0
Swamp Thing (2016) #1

Jan 15, 2016

As a big fan of the previously mentioned incarnations of Swamp Thing, I'm curious as to where this one is going.  It's not nearly as dense as those, instead going in the complete opposite direction, going light on overall content.  Swamp Thing runs around, fights an alligator, talks to some people, and fights a zombie.  He's not doing these things because the ancient force of The Green is asking him to.  He's doing them because it's either fun or it's the right thing to do...or a little of both.

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8.0
Tales of Mr. Rhee: Karmageddon #1

Sep 26, 2014

Tales of Mr. Rhee: Karmageddon takes an unexpected turn after Procreation (of the Wicked). This book has begun filling in some of the gaps in the title character's past while leaving his future a mystery. I really want to know how Mr. Rhee got out of the mess he was in at the end of the previous volume, so the fact that this comic didn't lead with that has me a little frustrated. I have faith in Dirk Manning though. The guy knows how to tell a story (and a damn good one at that), so I'm sure he has a plan up his dark sleeves.

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8.0
Tales of Mr. Rhee: Karmageddon #2

Nov 3, 2014

Manning ups the ante with this issue of Tales of Mr. Rhee: Karmageddon. Nearly everything is thrown into the mix and the story never feels crowded or bloated. This is the end of the world book to top all end of the world books.

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9.0
Tales of Mr. Rhee: Karmageddon #3

Jan 18, 2015

This chapter is light on the monsters, instead giving you a brief moment to catch your breath after the events of the previous issue. That changes abruptly as you get towards the end of the book and everyone takes a one-way express train to Crazy Town. Mr. Rhee set out on what should have been a simple quest to get these kids to safety and instead has been challenged and put through the ringer. He's encountering things that he's just not familiar with. If these were supernatural creatures, he could whip up some magic and take care of them, but these are little kids, lost and alone in a world they don't fully understand.

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9.0
Tales of Mr. Rhee: Karmageddon #4

Mar 12, 2015

Tales of Mr. Rhee: Karmageddon is a true post-apocalyptic comic. Unlike other such tales where the survivors look to rebuild society and get on with their lives, there is no hope here. This world is a cold, dark place filled with terrors of all shapes and sizes. Mr. Rhee set out to do something good and possibly make a difference, however small it would be, in the lives of a few kids. He watched it all crumble, turning to ash right in his hands. Just look at the cover for this issue and that gives you an idea of the kind of hopelessness that he's surrounded by. Ouch.

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8.0
Tall Tales From The Badlands #3

Apr 19, 2015

Tall Tales from the Badlands is a solid anthology.  There's something for everyone, as it explores the darker side of the western, often with a supernatural angle.  The twist endings are a nice touch and will make you want to re-read the comic to see the stories in a different light.

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10
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles / Ghostbusters #1

Oct 26, 2014

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles / Ghostbusters is the answer to so many of my childhood dreams. Granted, I would have loved this comic even if it was just 20 pages of the two teams talking over pizza, but fortunately it's a pretty good story with some dynamite artwork. We'll see how quickly they get through the typical team up stages. Judging from my calculations, the next step is a fight between the two groups before they realize they're on the same team and then join forces to stop the bad guy. As long as Raphael trades quips with Venkman, I'm fine with that.

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8.0
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles / Ghostbusters #4

Jan 29, 2015

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles / Ghostbusters is a damn fun comic. Burnham and Waltz pack the book with pop culture references (Michelangelo shouting "They're here!", which I read like the kid from Poltergeist) and fun sight gags. The nostalgia factor definitely helps keep the book exciting through the four issues. Part of me still can't believe it actually happened, and the world of nerdom is better off for it.

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9.0
Terminal Hero #1

Aug 7, 2014

Terminal Hero works fast and quickly takes Rory's few remaining days into a horrific spiral.  Getting super powers sounds awesome, but in this case the consequences are dire.  There's no telling what can happen to this man now that he's started down this path.  Milligan has created a dynamic origin story that is far more interesting than any of the clich super heroes out there today.

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8.0
Terror! #1

Nov 7, 2016

Terror! is a welcome addition to the annals of horror anthologies.  It's a fresh take on a classic format with two solid horror tales.  I'm curious about Balthazar Remy's involvement, as he shows up very briefly and not much is revealed about him.  In any case, if this is how the book starts, I can't wait to see what other stories it includes in the future.

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6.0
Thaniel #1

Mar 27, 2014

Thaniel has a lot of potential.  The second issue will quickly follow this one, so I'm hoping some of the bits with Death come up soon.  According to the press release, he's supposed to be able to control an energy that is cosmically linked with death.  So far he's just slicing up drug dealers and looking badass.  I'm hoping that's cleared up in the coming issues.

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4.0
Thaniel #2

Apr 29, 2014

Thaniel has some good elements to it but is rather disjointed so far.  It's like the pieces of the story got mixed up along the way and we're stuck with a puzzle that doesn't quite look like the picture on the box.  We're halfway through the four issue mini-series and there are a lot of basic questions that are still unanswered.

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9.0
The Atoll #1

Nov 29, 2016

The Atoll presents real terror on the high seas.  These are not pirates or sea monsters.  These are regular people forcing captives to battle nature's greatest predator on its home turf.  It's something that even Quint would have thought twice about.  If this is how the book starts, I can't wait to see where it goes next.

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9.0
The Atoll #2

Jan 30, 2017

The Atoll shows us that there's more to fear in open water than sharks.  Sure, they're terrifying creatures that should be feared and respected, but at the end of the day, it's an animal trying to survive.  Humanity is capable of far more heinous acts of cruelty.  Somehow, the shark isn't the scariest thing in this book.  It's the guy standing at the edge of the water, calling the shots.

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10
The Belfry (One Shot) #1

Feb 1, 2017

The Belfry is the terror and intrigue I had hoped to get from Lost.  It delivers tension-filled scares that will stay with you long after you put the book down.  It's horror that will get under your skin in the most chilling ways possible.  Do not miss this comic.

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9.0
The Black Hood #1

Mar 6, 2015

The Black Hood is off to a promising start. If there were ever a true-blue vigilante in our world (and I'm not counting those guys like Phoenix Jones), this would be the blueprint for it. It wouldn't be some billionaire with gadgets and gizmos or a suit of armor. It would be a guy in a mask with two bloody fists, beating up thugs in an alley. He'd have nothing else to lose which makes him pretty friggin' scary.

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8.0
The Black Hood #2

Mar 30, 2015

The Black Hood takes place in the dark alleys that gritty heroes like Batman or the Punisher forgot.  It's filled with some evil human beings capable of ruining a man's life and yet, Hettinger's scarred face has become the least scary thing about this comic.  Fans can quickly get over the novelty of seeing the F-word in an Archie comic and enjoy this riveting story of a man pushed to the brink with nothing else to lose.  I can only imagine how bloody things are going to get.

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8.0
The Black Hood #3

May 2, 2015

The Black Hood continues to be the most realistic take on masked crime-fighting.  It's gritty, but not in the overused way we've seen describe certain modern day comic book movies.  It's rough around the edges, focused on a flawed character that's grasping on to this mask as a lifeline, albeit a bloody and incredibly violent one.

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9.0
The Black Hood #4

Jun 8, 2015

The Black Hood is a damn fine origin story.  Swierczynski establishes this character from the heart instead of sitting through a bunch of exposition or flashbacks.  You get to witness the actual birth of an urban vigilante.  You see him lose everything and slowly begin building himself back up.  Now we wait to see just how much bloodshed is in store for the story arc's finale.

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9.0
The Black Hood #5

Jul 1, 2015

This first arc of The Black Hood has been nothing short of awesome.  Greg Hettinger goes on a roller coaster of emotion as you watch him lose everything and slowly rebuild his life from the ground up; the foundation of which is built on a vigilante's mask.  There are no capes or tights.  No secret lairs or sidekicks.  There is just one man who's ready to kick some ass.

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9.0
The Black Hood #6

Nov 14, 2015

The Black Hood continues to deliver.  Even moving the main character from the dark alleys of Philadelphia to the sunny beaches of California does not lose a fraction of the cool noir action that has filled every issue to date.  Greg is starting to regain control of his life, but that doesn't mean the body count is going to slow down any time soon.  Moving forward, it will be interesting to see how he handles the criminals in Philly without the aid of pain killers.

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6.0
The Black Hood #9

Feb 27, 2016

The Black Hood has not missed a beat.  It's the most realistic portrayal of super heroics, which makes it all the more brutal.  You get the feeling that there are no happy endings here.  Sure, Greg has managed to wean himself off the pills, but that doesn't mean his life is back to normal.  He's still a broken man and he's far from the only one in this book.

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10
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #1

Oct 28, 2014

Sabrina is a perfect addition to the Archie Comics horror line and a welcome companion to Afterlife with Archie. It paints a very different picture of the teenage witch that we've known for all these years and makes witches scary again. There are also ties to some other characters in this universe and the setup of a downright terrifying monster that will be explored in some future issues.

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6.0
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #2

Apr 29, 2015

If the first issue of Sabrina told her origin and this one delved into the past of Madam Satan, hopefully the next will have their paths crossing a bit more.  As it stands, we're given exposition I'd expect from a Bond villain as Madam Satan plots her revenge against the daughter of the guy that broke up with her years ago.  She suffered in Hell for all that time, not because of something Edward did, but because of what she did to herself.  Also, I don't understand how she's dubbed "Queen of Hell" on the back cover when she literally had to claw herself out of the underworld for her elaborate vengeance.  She's like the Joker of this comic...if the Joker had dated Batman's dad and held a grudge.

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6.0
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #3

Jun 5, 2015

I certainly don't envy some of the decisions that Sabrina must make at such a young age.  She's still figuring out her place in the world and she has to choose whether to follow in her father and aunts' footsteps with Lord Satan or become a mortal at the age of sixteen.  Think about what you were like at that age and the most difficult decision you had to make at that time. Sabrina is a bit of a wet rag with no real personality just yet.  This is tough, as she has such an impressive lineage.  Hopefully, as Madam Satan starts mucking things up in the girl's life, she'll become a little more interesting.

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8.0
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #4

Aug 4, 2015

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has some starts and stops throughout this issue, but the scares pack a helluva punch.  It's tough to imagine going through even a fraction of the stuff that Sabrina and Harvey are dealing with here as teenagers.  They're forced to grow up very quickly, learning the truth about the world around them and how it's far from a bright and shiny experience.  It's dark and frightening and no amount of praying or daydreaming can change that.

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8.0
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #5

May 26, 2016

This is a welcome return for Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and one that packs a serious punch.  It ratchets up the fear and starts to tie everything together in a way that has me clamoring for more.  I just hope I don't have to wait another ten months until the next issue.

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8.0
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #6

Jul 22, 2016

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has reached new levels of horror with this tangential issue.  Just as Afterlife with Archie #6 sets the book apart as more than just a zombie comic, this one differentiates Sabrina as more than just a witch comic.  It deals with Satan in an intimate way that shows just how powerful and evil a creature he can be.  It sheds some light on three minor characters that you wouldn't have thought twice about previously, but now provide additional insight into the future of the comic.

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5.0
The Dark #2

Dec 2, 2016

The Dark left me with more questions than answers. Why is this creature terrorizing people in the woods? Where does she go once she's done? Where did she come from? At the end of the day, this story has its moments, but boils down to one really good scare and a few pages of filler that could have been better used establishing some relatability to the characters.

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5.0
The Darkness: Vicious Traditions #1

Mar 6, 2014

The Darkness: Vicious Traditions delivers on the blood and gore that can be expected from the other bearers of the artifact, but it's pretty light on the story.  Even if this was expanded to a longer series, there's not enough presented here to make me interested about this particular version of the Darkness.  I guess that's also a testament to the latest writers to take on the character, which was so friggin' good.

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8.0
The Dead #4

Feb 14, 2015

I'm not sure where The Dead is going just yet, but that's part of the fun. It's unpredictable. Maddox has thrown a bunch of characters into a powder keg and something's going to give. Bringing Arthur back into the mix and learning of his history adds a further monkey wrench because this could drastically change how things are done in The House.

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7.0
The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage #1

Sep 4, 2014

This first issue of The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage gets all the pieces in order.  The title character is provided with an opportunity to enter the underworld and seek out her lost husband, whom she hasn't been able to communicate with.  For the first time since his death, Mirage has a feeling of hope.  Maybe she can finally get some closure for herself instead of everyone else that she comes into contact with.

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7.0
The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage #5

Jan 22, 2015

The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage explores a spiritual and supernatural side of the Valiant Universe. More importantly, it is an introduction to a new version of this character that was established twenty years ago. Writer Jen Van Meter brought in Shan in a very organic way while still paying homage to Hwen, the original Doctor Mirage. It isn't a sudden change, like some of the stuff that came through with DC's New 52. It is a logical progression of the character and really makes you identify with Shan instead of just her being thrown into an adventure where she has to talk to ghosts. This book takes her on a journey that nearly breaks her, but she comes out the other end more in tune with her abilities and what she's capable of than ever before.

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8.0
The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage: Second Lives #1

Dec 27, 2015

The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage: Second Lives mixes horror with romance in a way that works tremendously well.  You immediately care about Shan and Hwen and want to see them together.  They deserve it after all the pain and suffering they've been through.  They're thrown into some dangerous circumstances by the end of this first issue, but it's all worth it if it means they can at least touch each other again.

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6.0
The Devilers #1

Jul 16, 2014

The Devilers gets going fast and furious.  It wastes no time with pleasantries, instead devoting almost the entire premiere issue to action and terror.  The world could very well be ending with a horde of demons marching up from the depths of Hell.  Humanity's only hope lies in an unlikely collection of religions thrown together to push everything back into the darkness.  Now would be a good time to pray to whatever you think is holy.

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10
The Doorman #2

Jun 11, 2016

The Doorman is sci-fi done right.  It's universe-spanning action and adventure with crazy and terrifying aliens.  At its heart is a very human story about wanting to make a difference before shuffling off this mortal coil.  Along the way is a ton of laughs for good measure.  This is a great, well-rounded comic that delivers across the board.

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9.0
The Doorman #3

Sep 3, 2016

The Doorman balances science-fiction with action, comedy, and a touch of drama, and it delivers on all of those points.  The jokes are funny.  The action is tense and exciting.  The aliens are so friggin' creepy.  If you've ever liked any sci-fi movie, you'll find something to enjoy with this book.

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9.0
The Doorman #4

Oct 16, 2016

The Doorman is pure sci-fi fun.  It mixes the joy of watching Star Wars as a kid with jokes that will satisfy your sense of humor as an adult.  The stakes are high, but there's a personal story with great character development at its core.  Writers Eliot Rahal and Daniel Kibblesmith and artist Kendall Goode have created a vast mythology with one simple-to-understand concept: There's a door on your planet that can take you to any other planet out there.

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8.0
The Dregs #1

Feb 4, 2017

The Dregs works as a modern day noir tale with a light horror twist.  I'm dying to see that piece expanded upon.  For now, we've got a solid detective story with an untraditional main character.  Arnold is grouchy, unclean, and drug-addled, yet his mind is racing a mile a minute.  He might be crazy, but he just might be on to something.

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8.0
The Dregs #2

Mar 12, 2017

The Dregs is a solid pulp detective story, however it has been somewhat declawed by the spoiler-filled opening pages of the series. It led with such an amazing hook that I'm anxious to get back to it. Since we already know what's really going on, we have to become greatly invested in Arnold's life and his investigation. Writers Lonnie Nadler and Zac Thompson accomplish this well, creating an interesting, sympathetic, albeit flawed human being looking for answers in a screwed up world that has all but forgotten him.

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9.0
The Eighth Seal #3

Feb 6, 2016

The Eighth Seal has quickly become one of the scariest comics on the stands today. It is packed with the kind of horror that hits hard, leaving you breathless yet begging for more. There are scenes that land with Lovecraftian levels of madness, but you cannot look away despite how creepy they may be.

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10
The Fade Out #1

Aug 28, 2014

The Fade Out cements Brubaker and Phillips in the noir genre with the likes of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler.  This first issue gives you everything you need to fall head first into this world of murder, mystery, and intrigue and will leave you wanting more.

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9.0
The Few #1

Jan 23, 2017

The Few is a gripping post-apocalyptic tale with dynamite artwork to match.  It instantly drops you into this story, keeping you guessing at every page turn.  We don't know what caused the world to reach such dire straits, but in a way, it doesn't matter.  Right now it's all about survival and how this handful of characters is going to get by.

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7.0
The Fly: Outbreak #1

Mar 23, 2015

The Fly: Outbreak has a creep factor of eleven. It makes me want to go back and re-watch the Cronenberg movie right away. It also makes me want to wash my hands a lot. Martin's fears emanate through these pages and become physical in the form of the mutant fly / man. This is taking the concept of "facing your fear" to a whole new level.

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7.0
The Fox #1

Apr 19, 2015

The Fox is thrown back into action with a horde of evil-doers waiting in the wings to take him apart.  He's a small-town  man facing incredible odds, as a nefarious crime kingpin paints a target on his chest.  The book doesn't pack quite the punch as The Black Hood just yet, but it's definitely a very different type of comic, landing more on the fun side of super heroics and less on the grim and gritty.

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9.0
The Ghost Fleet #1

Nov 12, 2014

This all leads up to a fantastic cliffhanger ending. If you're not hooked with the last page reveal, you're an idiot. It instantly vaults The Ghost Fleet from an all-out action comic to an epic mystery / conspiracy book filled with a thirst for vengeance. You'll be left with more questions than answers, and you'll be begging for the next issue.

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10
The Ghost Fleet #7

May 18, 2015

The Ghost Fleet really upped the ante with this issue.  It was already an exciting, no-holds-barred comic, but now it's on a whole other level.  Donny Cates and Daniel Warren Johnson left it all on the page here.  It's a popcorn movie of a comic with substance and heart.

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10
The Ghost Fleet #8

Jun 10, 2015

The Ghost Fleet ends in such a way as to herald in a new beginning.  It's a balls-to-the-wall action book with a massive supernatural angle that changes everything in such an awesome way.  It goes from being exciting to dreadful to friggin' metal.  If you've ever liked any action movie that's ever been made, you should read The Ghost Fleet.

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10
The Goon: Once Upon A Hard Time #1

Feb 8, 2015

The Goon: Once Upon a Hard Time is a tale of revenge that puts the Taken movies to shame. It's a cold and callous take on vengeance. You have a man that has been pushed to the breaking point. You almost feel sorry for the witches because there is little they can do to stop the Goon at this point. He's coming for them and it's going to get bloody.

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8.0
The Great Divide #1

Sep 14, 2016

The Great Divide presents a brand new spin on the end of the world.  It doesn't come with a nuclear holocaust or the zombie apocalypse.  Instead, it comes with the lack of physical connection.  You can't join hands and sing "Kumbaya" to fix this, as that would kill everyone.  You strap on a gas mask and a pair of gloves and you hope you accidentally bump into someone as you're scavenging for supplies.

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8.0
The Hangman #1

Nov 18, 2015

If this is where The Hangman starts, I cannot wait to see what's in store for the rest of the series.  Writer Frank Tieri set a pretty high bar here with a death scene that's up there with one of the most memorable and brutal of the year.  This issue finishes just as things really start to pick up, but it will leave you wanting so much more.  Michael Minetta's story is just beginning and it's bound to get darker as it progresses.

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9.0
The Hangman #2

Jan 20, 2016

The Hangman continues to explore the dark, supernatural corner of this world, serving as a worthy addition to the Dark Circle Comics lineup.  It pulls no punches with its gore, while pulling you into an intriguing story about a character you either love to hate or hate to love.  It has some similarities to other titles like The Spectre and Spawn, but stands entirely on its own.

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9.0
The Hangman #3

Mar 15, 2016

The Hangman plays in a nightmarish corner of Dark Circle Comics.  If you thought The Black Hood was grim and gritty, you're in for a treat with this book.  It's taking its time outlining the players and the rules of this world which pulls you in deeper on every page.  With each new layer, the story hooks me more and more.  The Hangman mixes elements of revenge, supernatural, and good old-fashioned horror in a demonic showcase of terror.

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10
The Humans #1

Nov 8, 2014

The Humans is a balls-out (literally...there are quite a few ape penises in these pages), drug-fueled, psychedelic ride through exploitation-era cinema. The book has an old school look to it, like it was just discovered in the most awesome time capsule ever. Plus, where else are you going to find the sound effects Butt, Schwing, and my personal favorite "KA-FUCKIN-BOOM"?

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5.0
The Order of the Forge #1

May 8, 2015

The Order of the Forge throws together a handful of fun facts surrounding the Founding Fathers and tosses in a magic ax.  Unfortunately, the ax is the most interesting thing about the book so far.  That might be because it doesn't speak.  At this rate, I expect Paul Revere to shout "The British are coming!" while exiting the brothel.

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9.0
The Sixth Gun #48

May 1, 2016

The tension is palpable as we near the end of this seminal series.  You can't help but be filled with anticipation with each step these characters take towards Boot Hill.  This is more than an old-fashioned showdown at high noon.  There's a good chance that no one will come out of this alive.  We're 48 issues in " more if you count the mini-series tie-ins " and the creative team can still surprise and excite with each page.  This is going to be one wild ride.

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10
The Squidder #1

Jul 27, 2014

The Squidder is Ben Templesmith at his best.  This is what he can do when he's given free rein to create whatever he wants.  He's created a world that has lost all hope and doesn't even realize it anymore.  It's one that is ruled over by a group of squids, worshipped by some, hated by others, and ignored by everyone else.

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7.0
The Twilight Zone: 1959 (One-Shot) #1

Feb 20, 2016

The Twilight Zone: 1959 perfectly captures the tone of the original show.  You half expect Rod Serling to step out from the gutters of the page to handle the outro of each story.  "The Comics Code" is a clear standout and definitely something that any fan of comic history should check out, if for nothing else than to see an imitation of Fredric Wertham get what he deserved in life.

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9.0
The Valiant #1

Dec 24, 2014

The Valiant is an event comic done right. It quickly introduces all of the key players and clearly explains what's at stake. There is a dark force coming for these characters and things will get worse before they get better, but you can be damn sure that there's going to be one helluva fight when all is said and done.

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6.0
The Westwood Witches #1

May 29, 2013

The Westwood Witches has a few moving parts, but I'm not sure how they all work together just yet.  Granted, this is the first chapter of a four-issue mini-series, so I can't judge it entirely yet.  There's an interesting setup here, though.  It's clear that Jack is either going to get the story of his life or die in the quest as he goes further down the rabbit hole that is his new neighborhood.

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9.0
The Woods #4

Aug 12, 2014

The Woods captures the terror of the unknown and wraps it in a flurry of teenage hormones.  These kids aren't going out into the forest to make out.  They're trying to find a way to survive before they're all taken out by mutant bats or other strange creatures wandering through the darkness.

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6.0
The X-Files: Season 10 #1

Jul 21, 2013

The plot of "Believers" was put together by series creator Chris Carter and Joe Harris, with the latter actually writing the script. With Carter's involvement, I'm hoping this comes together in a bit more coherent manner than the series finale did. The artwork could be better, but this comic could skate by on nostalgia alone. I'm ready to believe again.

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8.0
Thomas Alsop #6

Nov 18, 2014

Thomas Alsop has been building up to something big. We're not quite there yet, but the title character has gone through a major transformation in the eyes of the reader. He began as your average spoiled idiot, filled with power that he didn't seem to deserve. Every action he's taken since discovering the trapped souls at Ground Zero has been in an effort to redeem himself for his forefathers and the island itself. Everything is riding on this. If he can fix this, everything will be ok...until the next disaster comes along.

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9.0
Thomas Alsop #8

Jan 20, 2015

Thomas Alsop has been an emotional journey that has shown a man going through a true transformation and finding purpose in his life for perhaps the first time. Writer Chris Miskiewicz has a real talent for character development, as he took someone that I practically hated in the first couple issues and changed him into someone that I can really empathize with and even root for. He also uncovered a secret supernatural history of New York City that I hope to see explored further in future stories.

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8.0
Toe Tag Riot #1

Nov 25, 2014

Toe Tag Riot could have been a preachy book about tolerance, but it plays everything pretty light. When Dickie starts to lecture the skinheads at the show, the other members of the band start to roll their eyes, knowing that he's about to go on a tirade. Evie and Annie jump in to poke fun at the skinheads on their own, just by being who they are. This is a fun book with punk rock, zombies, and a great sense of humor. What more do you want?

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6.0
Toe Tag Riot #2

Jan 4, 2015

Toe Tag Riot is one gigantic undead middle finger to the likes of One Million Moms and the Westboro Baptist Church. It's a near non-stop, gore-filled romp that is unfortunately bogged down by some awkward dialogue. If you ever wanted to see a Bible thumper stabbed with a crucifix, you've come to the right place.

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10
Toe Tag Riot #3

Feb 14, 2015

Matt Miner and Sean Von Gorman have really found their stride with this issue. Toe Tag Riot is a damn fun comic book. It flows like a gore-filled, undead road trip with a cast of characters that really grow on you. It's kind of like the Punisher if he killed stupid people instead of mobsters...and he was four zombies in a punk rock band...OK. It's nothing like the Punisher.

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9.0
Toe Tag Riot #4

Apr 18, 2015

Toe Tag Riot is a gore-filled romp of a comic, destroying everything normal people hate about the world.  It's taken on ridiculous stereotypes by literally eviscerating them without ever losing sight of the overall message of acceptance and " perhaps most importantly " never getting preachy.  It's not like the band pops up at the end and reminds everyone to be cool.  Instead it's a bunch of friends having fun and flipping a big middle finger at the bigots and the other assorted douchebags out there.

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8.0
Transference #1

Jul 7, 2015

Transference mixes time travel and action in the same manner as Looper.  Unlike that film, you don't have to look at Bruce Willis' bald head for 2 hours.  Plus, the conflict feels so much more personal here.  Is this what could happen if you piss of the wrong people in the future?  Could aspects of your life be completely removed?  How far would you go to get them back?

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9.0
Trees #2

Jul 2, 2014

The mystery in Trees is no closer to being solved with the second issue, but I'm not sure that it ever needs to be.  I want to learn more about the world now that humanity has been knocked down a peg.  Sure, I'd like to find out where the trees came from and what they actually do, but for the time being I'm content just roaming through Ellis' creations.

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8.0
Twilight Zone #2

Feb 9, 2014

JMS' Twilight Zone is off to an interesting start.  I had originally thought this would be a one-shot story but it's part of a larger arc.  Now that Trevor Richmond has found that his life has been taken over (and that someone else is living it better), he's having second thoughts about his change.  But is it too late?  I guess I have to tune in next month to find out.

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7.0
Unit 44 #1

Sep 25, 2014

Unit 44 is a downright fun comic, which is something that is unfortunately a rarity in the funny book industry today. It takes a subject that has been conspiracy-laden for years and filled with all types of serious tales like the X-Files, and pokes fun at it in a way that makes total sense.

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9.0
V-Wars #1

May 4, 2014

In any case, V-Wars gets started with a bang...quite a few of them actually...and some decapitations too.  Maberry gets things moving and jumps right into the battle.  The conspiracy running through the events of the story is exciting and is on the level of the X-Files in terms of size and scope.  Even if Swann can figure out who's behind everything, will it be enough to stop the war?

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10
V-Wars #2

May 25, 2014

V-Wars has grabbed hold of me and has not let go since the first shot was fired.  There's a deeper story here and Maberry appears to just be scraping the service.  I can't wait to see what else is coming down the line, as these first couple issues have provided a full background to both sides of the war.

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7.0
Vampblade #1

Feb 11, 2016

Vampblade is just getting started. There's more than enough here to pique my interest and continue to check it out to see where it goes next. At the very least, I definitely want to check out the character's other appearance in the recent Zombie Tramp vs Vampblade trade paperback. This comic takes place before that story.

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10
Vampire Hunter D: Message From Mars #1

Dec 7, 2016

Vampire Hunter D: Message from Mars is off to a tremendous start.  Any fan of the anime film will love this book.  While it gets extra points for nostalgia, it stands on its own with a solid story and gorgeous artwork.  This is based on a previously untranslated and unpublished short story from creator Hideyuki Kikuchi, and I hope to see may more adaptations of D's adventures make their way to the comic book medium.

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7.0
Vampirella (2014) #1

Jun 5, 2014

While the crux of the issue has already been spoiled by the advance solicitation promoting the book, Vampirella is off to a big new start with this relaunch.  She's out on her own, working against a group of evil cultists and possibly the church itself to get out with her life.  Vampirella belongs at the forefront of horror comics, and Nancy A. Collins could be the one to take her there.

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8.0
Vampirella (2014) #100

Jan 18, 2015

Although this comic is celebrating 100 issues of Vampirella, it's pretty new-reader friendly. Anyone can jump in and get a good introduction to the character and what she's about. She's a smart, sassy vampire hunting vampire that may be from another planet. What more do you really need?

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8.0
Vampirella (2016) #1

Mar 5, 2016

This relaunch of Vampirella is off to a great start.  It requires no prior knowledge of the character to jump right in and enjoy.  Writer Kate Leth introduces an intriguing monster mystery while simultaneously bringing Vampirella into the 21st century.  This is a reboot I can get behind.

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8.0
Vampirella (2016) #5

Jul 11, 2016

This first arc works to set the new status quo for Vampirella.  Writer Kate Leth takes the character on a journey that modernizes her and sets her up in a new locale that's rife with possibilities.  By the end of this issue, the last thing anyone should care about is her new costume (which I still say looks great and makes perfect sense).  Instead, they should be focused on where Vampirella is going next.  I'm more excited to be reading this book than I have ever been and not just because I can now read it in public without feeling a little bit embarrassed.  Move over, Buffy.  There's a new monster hunter in town.

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10
Vampirella (2017) #0

Feb 6, 2017

This is a great introduction to the new status quo for Vampirella.  It requires no previous knowledge, allowing you to jump right in and enjoy a cool story with some terrific artwork.  This is pleasing to new and old fans alike.  Plus, this costs $0.25!  It's an absolute steal at this price.  Alternatively, it's free on Kindle and ComiXology.  Even if you've never heard of Vampirella, it's worth trying out.  Worst case scenario, you're out a quarter instead of the usual four bucks, but I assure you, you won't be disappointed.

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4.0
Vampirella (2017) #1

Mar 15, 2017

Vampirella jumps a thousand years into the future and loses everything that made it an edgy, interesting read. The title character is now little more than a vampire version of Cher from Clueless, focused more on the latest fashions than investigating this new world. This city of phalluses is presented as shock value that falls flat, as they look more silly than anything. I'm bummed about all of this because the debut issue #0 showed a lot of promise, but it seems to have stumbled right out of the gate.

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4.0
Vampirella / Army of Darkness #1

Jul 24, 2015

If Vampirella / Army of Darkness follows traditional comic book crossovers, the next chapter will be a fight between the two main characters before they realize they're on the same side and join forces to battle a common enemy.  That's what looks to be the case so far, although there's not much revealed just yet.  If you're a hardcore fan of either franchise, then you'll probably find something to enjoy here, but casual fans or curious newcomers can find more entertaining fare elsewhere.

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9.0
Veil #1

Mar 5, 2014

Veil is off to an excellent and intriguing start.  Rucka knows how to write a great first issue (and several others that follow...the guy's a great writer), so it's no surprise that this is such a compelling read.  The girl is shrouded in mystery and there are more questions than answers, but I'm excited to find out where she goes next and if the body toll gets any bigger as a result.

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10
Wayward #1

Sep 4, 2014

This is a damn near perfect first issue.  You've got the basics of Rori's new status quo with just enough sprinkled in to give you an idea of what to expect while not boring you with exposition about where she comes from or where she got her abilities.  Instead, writer Jim Zub gets right into the story and pulls you into this world head first to the point where you never want to leave.

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10
Wayward #5

Dec 27, 2014

Wayward is a healthy mix of action, emotion, and damn good storytelling. The comic continues to explore a supernatural area of Japan that is increasingly terrifying. What really shines through is the strength of the character development and how easy it is to connect to them. Each one represents a different aspect of a typical high school student, and we've all been there.

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8.0
Wayward #6

Apr 5, 2015

Wayward continues to present a very real interpretation of high school life, albeit one where giant dog monsters attack the students.  Jim Zub puts forward characters that are instantly relatable and manages to introduce a brand new one, who, by the end of the issue, is like one of the gang.  It's not cheap, like that time The Brady Bunch introduced cousin Oliver.  Instead, it's very organic and comes through naturally.  Now to watch as horrible things potentially happen to this poor girl.

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9.0
Wayward #10

Jul 31, 2015

Wayward's shift puts it on par with Neil Gaiman's American Gods in terms of size and scale.  Jim Zub and Steve Cummings are gearing up for an epic battle of the gods with Rori and her friends right in the middle of it.  This issue ends with a rather awesome shot that fills you with anticipation of what's to come.  Unfortunately, we'll have to wait a few months before we get to see the next chapter.  At the very least, we get an idea of where the book's title comes from.

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10
Wayward #12

Dec 22, 2015

If you're not completely plugged into Wayward by now, I don't know what's wrong with you.  Although the characters are still finding themselves, they're all so relatable and, more importantly, real.  They come across so naturally that when they suddenly find themselves in this situation where they are fighting for not only their lives but perhaps the future of Japan, you can't help but be glued to the page.  Each issue adds to the ever growing mythos and pulls me in deeper, leaving me greatly anticipating the next chapter.  It might have started as "Buffy in Japan", but it's so much more than that now.

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8.0
Wayward #19

Dec 31, 2016

Writer Jim Zub is moving the characters around as if they were on a chessboard.  All of the pieces were just knocked astray and now they're slowly moving into their new positions, gathering themselves together for the next attack.  Based on what we've seen, the old gods are not going down without a fight, but given that the new group is so fractured, it will take a lot to take down such forces.  Can Rori and the others ever find the synergy they need to regroup once more?

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10
We Can Never Go Home #2

May 18, 2015

We Can Never Go Home is like a teenage version of Bonnie and Clyde.  Duncan has jumped into this new life of crime with full force, reveling in this chaos his life has become.  He was born for something like this and nothing can stand in his way.  It's almost like he's been planning this and everything is falling into place for him.

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9.0
We Stand On Guard #1

Jul 9, 2015

We Stand on Guard presents an intriguing premise that is filled with possibilities.  Americans are always concerned about attacks coming from overseas that something coming from "the apartment above the party" would be completely unexpected and incredibly deadly.  The inclusion of big robot drones greatly amplifies matters, making the struggle of the resistance much harder.  Vaughan has a talent for final pages that leave you begging for more.  This issue is certainly no exception.  It's a smart book filled with beautiful artwork that you should be reading.

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9.0
Weird Detective #1

Jun 17, 2016

Weird Detective mixes noir level detective drama and terrifying horror with a bit of humor thrown in to sweeten the pot.  This issue gives you everything you need to know to immerse yourself in the series and at a bargain price for all the content you get in this oversized edition.  Greene is a strange character that definitely lives up to the name of the book.  He's one that I'm interested in following and finding out more about in future chapters.

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8.0
Weird Detective #2

Jul 20, 2016

Weird Detective is shaping up to be a solid police procedural show surrounded by horrifying monsters.  This isn't a supernatural detective-type book.  It's more of a crime comic that happens to deal with lizard monsters and other assorted things that go bump in the night.  I am curious as to how the second half of this type of Law & Order would work out.

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10
Welcome Back #1

Aug 23, 2015

Welcome Back is off to a great start with an impressive first issue.  You're fully immersed in this world from the get-go.  Writer Christopher Sebela outlines what could be a complicated concept in a very quick and easy to understand way that is not bogged down by boring exposition.  Instead of telling, he shows thanks to Sawyer's artwork, and it really pays off.  This issue leaves us with a great cliffhanger that only serves to reinforce the stellar ideas put forth in this story.

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9.0
Witch Doctor: Mal Practice #4

Feb 28, 2013

Witch Doctor: Mal Practice continues to be a stellar read.  The dialogue is fast moving and smart.  The visuals are crisp and clean.  The characters are always interesting and never dull.  My only problem is that this is only a six-issue mini-series and not an ongoing title.

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9.0
Witchfinder: City of the Dead #1

Sep 1, 2016

Witchfinder: City of the Dead opens strong, pulling you into Sir Edward Grey's tangled world of the occult.  You don't need prior knowledge of the character or his previous endeavors.  At this point in his career, Grey is shaping up to be a hardened, skilled warrior of the supernatural, right up there with others from creator Mike Mignola, like Hellboy and Baltimore.

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8.0
Witchfinder: City of the Dead #2

Oct 10, 2016

Even in the face of so much adversity, Sir Edward Grey continues on. He's determined to root out the occult evils that are troubling his native land. Witchfinder: City of the Dead is a no-brainer for any fans of the Mignolaverse. It holds that same feeling of darkness and dread that permeates through the likes of Hellboy, B.P.R.D., and Abe Sapien. There are all kinds of things lurking in the shadows and Grey is there to drag them into the light.

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9.0
Witchfinder: The Mysteries of Unland #2

Jul 19, 2014

Sir Edward Grey is his own Sherlock Holmes and Watson, using his powers of deduction to track down the squirming evil at work in Hallam.  Although he's facing this darkness alone, he does so with bravery and determination.  It's no wonder that he exists in the same world as Hellboy, as he could easily stand next to Red in the battle against things that go bump in the night.

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10
Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #13

Nov 15, 2016

Gilad Anni-Padda is driven by sheer determination.  He's faced down foes great and small across countless lifetimes.  Now it's personal as a demon has taken his son away from him and he will stop at nothing to get him back.  My only disappointment with this book is that this is the penultimate issue.  I presume this means that Gilad will be returning to earth to continue his service as the Eternal Warrior, but I'm going to miss this amazing tale.  It shows the lengths a man will go through for family and honor.  This character is a true hero that can stand toe-to-toe with the legends of the industry.  He can have complete happiness for all eternity if he just stays down, but he can't bring himself to do that and let others suffer.

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10
Wytches #1

Oct 8, 2014

Wytches has a never-ending sense of tension. It grabs you from page one and never lets go. I'm hooked. I also can't read this in the dark. It delivers true scares in a way that will stick with you long after you've finished the comic.

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10
Wytches #6

May 23, 2015

Wytches delivers very real terror.  This is not a book with cheap jump scares or cannon fodder kills.  It's scary in the truest sense of the word, shaking you right to your very core.  It works on multiple levels, touching on the horrors of parenthood, family, and good old fashioned monsters.  Plus, this is just the end of the first story arc.  There's another one on the way.  Pledged is pledged.

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8.0
Zombies vs. Robots #1

Jan 28, 2015

Zombies vs Robots delivers on its title in spades. Usually you need a major human character to make a horror story like this work, but this just transcends that need and delivers a fun comic. Opening it up for other creators to add to the overall mythos is a nice touch and I'm interested to see who else will be joining the book down the line.

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