Jeremy Radick's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Nerds Unchained, Capeless Crusader, Marvel Disassembled Reviews: 402
7.8Avg. Review Rating

9.0
4 Kids Walk Into A Bank #1

Apr 21, 2016

This is a terrific first issue, one that indicated that the rest of the miniseries could be a top-notch release from Black Mask Studios.

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9.0
4 Kids Walk Into A Bank #2

Jun 29, 2016

4 Kids Walk into a Bank #2 confirms the promise of the debut issue by delivering another issue filled with great comedy, heartfelt coming-of-age storytelling, and thrilling crime atmosphere. If you have ever wondered what it would look like if Elmore Leonard wrote Stand By Me, here's your answer. It's a treat, and I'm giving it a 9/10.

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8.5
A-Force #1

May 22, 2015

In the final analysis, A-Force is a refreshing and enjoyable debut for a concept that is long overdue and is executed in the perfect way to feel refreshing and bold and yet still undeniably a super-team in the classic Marvel style.

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8.0
A-Force #2

Jul 2, 2015

Other than the awkward fit of the style of the series and its aim of introducing a new ongoing within the framework of a tie-in, A-Force continues to be a fun, exciting and action-packed story with an intriguing central mystery to explore. It's more than good enough to shut up any detractors that an all female team wouldn't work. Here's hoping A-Force is here to stay.

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8.0
A-Force #3

Aug 13, 2015

A-Force continues to be one of the best tie-in books to Secret Wars, and a concept that clearly has life beyond this event.

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4.0
A-Force #4

Sep 10, 2015

Look, I've liked A-Force a lot so far, and I like the cliffhanger this issue closes on, but this issue overall was really a miss for me due to a mind-boggingly predictable reveal.

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6.0
Action Comics (2011) #51

Apr 21, 2016

For a while now I've felt that the Superman titles suffer from continually feeling swamped byoverlapping crossovers that drainthe narratives of his individual titles of momentum. It feels like we just got done with that Vandal Savage crossover, which felt like it started not too long after the Doomsday crossover. As a result, where's the opportunity for a single brilliant storyline to crystallize the New 52-era Superman like Snyder and Capello's Batman, or the Geoff Johns Aquaman stuff, or Azzarello and Chiang's Wonder Woman? If these mega-arcs had all taken place in one title with a single team, maybe we'd have a stronger more cohesive story to look back on. But, at this point, I'm worried this crossover willbe just as uneven and episodic as the ones that came before.

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7.0
Action Comics (2016) #958

Jun 22, 2016

Action Comics #958 demonstrates the strengths of having the pre-Flashpoint Superman as its star, showcasing an engaging tone and continuing to intrigue with sharp character relationships and captivating mysteries. However, its all-action narrative relying on Doomsday feel familiar and less effective, and aren't elevated by the issue's problematic art. There's enough positives here, however, that I'm giving it a qualified 7/10.

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8.0
Action Comics (2016) #959

Jul 13, 2016

Action Comics #959 may not be the most revolutionary or brilliant comic, but the creative team absolutely nails the classic Superman adventure vibe it's clearly going for. Even with its flaws, and even with a plot that feels more familiar than innovative, it's still a perfectly fun and exciting read that lives up to the series' title of "Action Comics." That is why I'm giving the issue a 8/10.

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5.5
Action Comics (2016) #961

Aug 11, 2016

I still think Action Comics is on the path to being a really solid book, and overall the tone of all the Superman titles have vastly improved since bringing back the pre-New 52 Superman, but at this point, the storyline needs to stop treading narrative water and begin resolving some of the plot points it has introduced, or at the very least inject some twists into these events. That looks like it's in the cards, and I'm hopeful that next issue will see things moving forward.

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7.0
All-New All-Different Avengers #5

Feb 11, 2016

That familiarity is comforting and enjoyable, but I do wish that the plots would start to become more audacious and innovative. Delving deeper into the Vision's seeming trip to the dark side may be exactly the big compelling threat the book is missing. As it is, when the issue focuses on the team, it's a treat to read and I can only hope having a threat to match will allow this book to reach its potential.

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9.0
All-New Hawkeye #1

Mar 5, 2015

It's a solid debut for this new Hawkeye book, one that proves tofans they have nothing to worry about and leaves you excited for more.

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8.5
All-New Hawkeye #2

Apr 9, 2015

I'm continuing to love the direction of the book. Even if the main plot seems to not move hugely forward here, it allows the flashback section its proper place, and it further shows that Lemire and Perez are taking the book deeper inside Clint, and that's looking to be a rewarding journey.

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9.0
All-New Hawkeye #3

May 28, 2015

All-New Hawkeye continues to be an exemplar of Marvel's style with solo books at this time; distinctive, character-driven and innovative without being pretentious or sacrificing thrills and adventure. If you want a fun and well-constructed super-hero book with unconventional leads, you can't ask for a better book.

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9.5
All-New Hawkeye #4

Jul 23, 2015

It's a great issue, one that celebrates and distills Clint's character, and one that uses the art and the scripting to equally impressive effect. Hawkeye continues to be one of the most consistently thrilling, innovative, and affecting books Marvel is putting out.

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9.5
All-New Hawkeye #5

Sep 18, 2015

Lemire and Perez end the issue with a surprise twist, going in a direction I never would have expected. It's a great ending to a great arc, one that feels complete and essential to the character while still setting up another story for the series. Hawkeye remains among the best Marvel books on the stands.

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7.5
All-New X-Men (2015) #10

Jun 9, 2016

It may be a bit too classical in its style, coming across as old-fashioned, but that can be a strength too, if you can let it be as a reader. And while it perhaps has bit too much incident, it's all still balanced enough that none of the scenes feel abbreviated or cut short. Overall, the creative team has created a solid issue that reinforces their attempt to cement a team that are examined well enough to have readers connect with.

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8.0
All-Star Batman #1

Aug 10, 2016

All-Star Batman #1 is a fun and exciting opening chapter that also pushes some structural envelopes, feeling like classic Batman even as it tries to take the Dark Knight out of his comfort zone and pits him against one of his greatest foes with unexpected enemies on all sides.

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6.5
All-Star Batman #4

Nov 9, 2016

All-Star Batman #4 finds the characters continuing to run a gauntlet. And they've been doing that for four issues now. Despite some brilliant over the top action, the little tidbits of story progression that we're being fed should start to feel meatier soon. Or else what started off as so refreshing an approach is going to feel stale and stalled.

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6.0
All-Star Batman #6

Jan 11, 2017

Like many great, bold, experiments, All-Star Batman #6 doesn't always succeed. But its ambition is a sight to see. However, I was strangely disconnected from the story by the end of the issue. I didn't really understand Batman's plan except in the broadest strokes and the sketchy dream-like and subjective quality of the storytelling meant that things came off as kind of undefined.

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6.5
All-Star Western #25

Nov 28, 2013

The good news is the art by Moritat continues to be spectacular. Hes one of the best detail artists today, and theres a terrific splash page in this issue that is pure moody, atmospheric and detailed perfection. He also succeeds in making Constantine look like the Constantine we all know and love, a feat that we havent seen since he came to the New 52.

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3.0
All-Star Western #26

Jan 3, 2014

Heres hoping this team finds its mojo and gets back to telling the types of stories that make this title unique.

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6.5
All-Star Western #31

May 29, 2014

I have a feeling this issue might be a bit of an aberration, and I'm looking forward to seeing Hex and Black get back on track.

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #1

May 1, 2014

But Peter Parker is back in fine form, and thats reason enough to celebrate. I think Slott and company have set a lot of plates spinning and itll be fun to see how long they can keep them in the air.

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7.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #2

May 22, 2014

In the end, all of this stuff winds up being kind of the problem with the issue. There's just too much happening here. I get that Slott is clearing the decks in order to put the focus of the series on moving forward rather than cleaning up after Otto, but maybe the second issue is a little too quick to just burn through all this stuff.

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5.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #3

Jun 26, 2014

I hope Slott and company can move past this Black Cat plot quickly or in a surprising way, because it's not working for me, even if the rest of the story lines are.

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6.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #4

Jul 24, 2014

I have hopes that Slott and the rest of the team can turn it around, because normally I like his work a lot, particularly with Spidey. I think he just needs to tighten the focus and let some plot strands dangle for an issue here and there, and the book will read much better.

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5.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #5

Aug 14, 2014

I really hope this Black Cat storyline is wrapped up quickly, and we can move forward, because it's hampering my enjoyment of what is usually a great book.

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7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #7

Oct 10, 2014

So, it's a slight issue overall, but it's one that is enjoyable, and I'm looking forward to more shenanigans with Spidey and Ms.Marvel next issue.

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7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #9

Nov 6, 2014

Even with my reservations, the cliffhanger we're left on is pretty thrilling, and I have no doubt that Slott and company are going to kick things into high gear pretty quickly. I'm very excited to see an army of Spider-people face off against this threat, and they've certainly done their job in communicating just how huge a threat Peter's up against. This issue might have felt familiar, but I can't wait to see where we go from here.

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7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #11

Dec 11, 2014

If a little more variety is what's next, then this event will continue to be the success it's been so far.

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9.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #12

Jan 8, 2015

All in all, it's an issue that kicks this event into high gear, letting the reader know things are about to hurtle toward a conclusion. If Slott can keep up the pace and keep things moving, we'll have the epic Spider-event Marvel is hoping for.

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8.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #13

Jan 22, 2015

This event has been fun from start to finish, if a little drawn out, but as we move into the climax, I'm excited to see the battle royal that will ensue, and enjoying most of all the love letter this has been to all Spider-Men (And Women. And pigs. And Monkeys. And Giant Robots) everywhere.

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6.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #15

Feb 25, 2015

All in all, the issue was enjoyable enough, and it did its job, but it never really rises above accomplishing its goals to becoming fully satisfying.

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6.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #16

Mar 12, 2015

As for the main story, it set up a new arc well enough. The idea of Peter Parker being the target of a super-villian, not Spidey, is always a refreshing change of pace. Overall, this feels like a classic Spider-Man opening chapter. It's a little familiar is some ways, but I'm interested to see how it progresses, and having hubris hobble Peter's ambitions always makes for a good read.

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8.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #16.1

Mar 19, 2015

All in all, it's very nice to see such a skilled and justly legendary creator back on a signature character, and firing on all cylinders.

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #17

Apr 2, 2015

All in all, this is a solid issue more for the foundations it lays than for the main plot, but you'll certainly find plenty to enjoy.

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8.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #17.1

Apr 23, 2015

Still, while this probably won't be on anyone's top ten Spider-Man stories ever, its confident well-executed story is a ton of fun to read, and I'll be excited to get my mitts on part three.

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7.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #18

May 7, 2015

It remains to be seen how we'll return to these plot-threads following Secret Wars, but I think we will in some way see a resolution. In any case, while this issue isn't going to knock your socks off, it's more than enjoyable enough for fans of the friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man.

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #1

Oct 9, 2015

The Amazing Spider-Man #1 is, like the other books in Marvel's latest initiative, focused on being as fun, fast-paced and engaging as possible. And in that, it completely succeeds.

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #2

Oct 22, 2015

I'm really enjoying the new tone and direction of the Spider-Man universe, and though I'd never call this issue bold or ground-breaking, it does succeed in being hugely entertaining and satisfying.

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7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #3

Nov 4, 2015

Slott and Camuncoli continue to craft a fun and engaging new direction for Spider-Man, and though I think it may be time to merge the adventure with a little emanation of the main character, it's hard to argue with the amount of fun on display.

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7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #9

Mar 10, 2016

This isn't a classic Spidey issue, but it does generate all the crazy thrills and chills you want from our friendly Neighborhood hero.

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7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #16

Aug 11, 2016

Amazing Spider-Man #16 is a solid issue that sets up the motivation and mysteries for the coming event effectively, and if it doesn't blow the doors off the place, it does provide a great cliffhanger and a foreboding tone.

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6.0
Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1

Jun 4, 2015

At the end of the day, the issue is an uneven start, but one that I enjoyed, mostly for the ideas within and the heart of the story.

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #3

Aug 6, 2015

This is has been one of the most enjoyable of the Secret Wars tie-ins so far, and it's because it stands completely on its own as both an emotional, singular story and as an interesting study of the qualities that make up the central character. This may or may not become a classic, but as a self-contained Spider-Man story, it works very well.

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6.5
Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #4

Aug 20, 2015

The best thing about this issue still remains its handling of the Parker family, and their devotion to each other. I still prefer an unmarried Spider-Man, but it's nice to see Peter and MJ acting as a team one last time. The way things are set up, I'm hopeful we'll get a solid and satisfying conclusion to what has been a fun series so far, even if this issue was a bit of a stumble.

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9.0
Animal Man #26

Dec 19, 2013

Im sad to see this series end, but with the set up put forward in this issue, its clear were going to have Lemire firing on all cylinders for the climax to this era in Animal Man.

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9.0
Animal Man #27

Jan 23, 2014

American Vampire's Albuquerque is a perfect fit with this series. His scratchy but expressive style meshes perfectly with the book, and his experience with horror styles is a great fit with this most, shall we say, squishy of DC books. Here's hoping the rest of this arc is as satisfying as the first issue.

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7.0
Animal Man #28

Feb 20, 2014

I was disappointed, however, by Albuquerques art, which is usually superb. The lack of backgrounds throughout the book really hurt the story. The final battle is happening in the Red, which would be a golden opportunity for some really bizarre and beautiful backgrounds and instead we get no backgrounds at all for a whole slew of pages. Its odd, and I dont know if it was a choice, but it makes the book feel rushed. Its a sizeable let down for what is otherwise a celebration of a strong run for the character.

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8.5
Animal Man #29

Mar 20, 2014

And with her tale, Maxine helps her father come to terms with the loss of his son. We get a final moment where Buddy shows the way he chooses to honor Cliff, and then its over. While Im a little sad we didnt get more issues of Lemires vision for Buddy, Im consoled by the fact that Buddy will be heading over to Lemires Justice League book, and itll be interesting to see him continue the story of the Bakers. Lemires left enough loose ends while still providing us with a sweet and touching end to the series.

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5.0
Aquaman (2011) #31

May 29, 2014

This issue is an aberration from a team that has been taking the title in a solid and interesting direction, and there's some of that on display here that is intriguing, here's hoping the next issue finds them integrating all this stuff into a more cohesive whole.

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6.5
Astonishing Ant-Man #1

Oct 22, 2015

If this issue feels a little clunky, there's still enough to recommend readers stick with the book and give it another issue, there's a lot of heart and fun in Astonishing Ant-Man #1.

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6.5
Avengers (2012) #29

May 15, 2014

There's still a ton of threads that seem to be just hanging out there (What's up with Nightmask and Starbrand? Will we ever spend more than three panels with Shang-Chi? Is Hyperion more or less problematic than the Sentry?) though, and it's just as likely that this conflict will simply be added to the pile.

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6.0
Backstagers #1

Aug 17, 2016

The Backstagers #1 is a pleasant enough experience, but it feels a bit too reminiscent of other, better sources to chart its own course, while never equaling the success of its inspirations.

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7.0
Batman '66 Meets Steed and Mrs. Peel #1

Jun 8, 2016

Perfectly capturing the campy and witty tone of the respective source materials' Batman '66 Meets Steed and Mrs. Peel #1 may be light on original plotting, but heavy on a sense of tongue-in-cheek fun.

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9.5
Batman (2011) #32

Jun 26, 2014

Seriously, if you aren't reading Batman right now.hell, you'll read it in trade. Now, two months from now, five years from now, this run will be one of the greats for the character, of this I've got no doubt.

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9.5
Batman (2011) #33

Jul 24, 2014

I'm excited to see what the team does next with this book. It's hard to think of where they could go from here that could equal this, but even if they don't manage to hit this height again, having one of the definitive Batman origin arcs in your body of work is certainly nothing to sneeze at.

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8.0
Batman (2011) #34

Aug 14, 2014

The art is by Matteo Scalera, who has been just killing it on Image's Black Science book. Batman is a good fit for him. The best description I cam give you is that it's as if Batman the Animated Series suddenly became a Vertigo book. IfI have a complaint it's that the art is perhaps a touch graphic for such a mainstream book. Kids read Batman, and showing the corpses of women being buried is maybe a touch too far. I'm not squeamish at all, but keeping the audience in mind is important. It's a beautiful issue, nonetheless.

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8.0
Batman (2011) #35

Oct 10, 2014

The end result is a beginning that doesn't flow nearly as well as it wants to, with too much information being introduced that doesn't pay off. As part of a larger whole I'm sure this will make sense, and it's a relatively small part of what is by and large a very enjoyable well-crafted issue, but it was a bit of a rough take-off for me. I have no doubt this team can right itself and stick the landing.

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9.5
Batman (2011) #36

Nov 16, 2014

This issue is an epic culmination for this team, and if it continues to be a good as this issue, it won't disappoint and Bat-fan, and may become another indispensable arc by the Snyder/Capullo team.

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9.5
Batman (2011) #37

Dec 17, 2014

“Endgame” continues to feel like it has all the makings of a classic, and even if the strangeness of this issue felt a little off, I'm not yet sure it wasn't supposed to have that effect. Can't wait for the next one.

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8.0
Batman (2011) #38

Jan 29, 2015

So, I'm eager to see this arc play out. I do think this is a storyline that will play out amazingly in trade as a cohesive whole, where this amount of exposition won't have as big an impact. But even from issue to issue, it's a great time to be a Batman fan.

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9.5
Batman (2011) #39

Feb 25, 2015

“Endgame” and Batman continue to be the best thing DC Comics is putting out, bar none.

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9.0
Batman (2011) #40

Apr 30, 2015

At the end of the day, even with the shortcomings in the first quarter of the book, the conclusion is so strong that I think this could work as the final Batman story a reader could read, and they would be immensely satisfied.

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6.5
Batman (2011) #41

Jun 12, 2015

If Snyder deals with these questions, then maybe we'll have something great. But if he doesn't, then we'll have your standard story that everybody (except Grant Morrison) has done whenever Bruce gives up the mantle. And I'm not sure I'll buy Gordon, the archetypal working stiff cop in comics, as the new Dark Knight.

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10
Batman (2011) #44

Sep 10, 2015

This is a stellar piece of work, inside a run that is already becoming definitive. Pick it up.

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8.0
Batman (2011) #45

Oct 15, 2015

Batman continues to be perhaps the best book DC is putting out, and Snyder and Capullo continue to be the best creative, most creative, most energized creative team at the company.

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9.0
Batman (2011) #49

Feb 11, 2016

It's another great issue, another building block in an era that will undoubtedly stand the test of time as an important part of the mythos of this character.

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9.5
Batman (2011) #50

Mar 24, 2016

Even with my very minor qualms, this is an excellent issue, well in keeping with the fantastic work this team has done on Batman since the very beginning.

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9.5
Batman (2011) #51

Apr 28, 2016

There's no denying we'll miss this team on this book, that Snyder and Capullo have defined Batman for the next few years, creating a high-water mark that will be hard to match. But as an ending, Batman #51 gives you everything you want from a farewell.

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4.0
Batman (2011) #52

May 12, 2016

In truth, I'd have to say the biggest sin of the issue is that it feels inconsequentialin every way. It's an issue that in the final analysis is simply serviceable and totally ordinary. And those happen from time to time and usually aren't a huge sin. But coming at the end of a seminal run before the book is rebooted, a finale like Batman #52makes one wonder why DC instead on publishing it at all.

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8.5
Batman (2016) Annual #1

Nov 30, 2016

Batman Annual #1 is a solid anthology book, which features one great story as an opener and a succession of stories that are all enjoyable though more variable. Considering its cover price, you could be excused for thinking this issue a bit too disposable, but with King and Finch's really great tale, plus Orlando's jarring but enticing lead in for things to come and Snyder and Shalvey's slight but warm tale, you'll find it impossible to not enjoy the book as a whole.

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9.0
Batman (2016) #1

Jun 16, 2016

Still, as far as debut issues go, Batman #1 certainly kicks things off with a bang. It's an easy book for readers with even the most basic Bat-knowledge to understand, and its narrative simplicity is a strength that allows the action and beautifully simple shape of the issue to come to the fore. King even ends the issue with an intriguing cliffhanger that definitely leaves you hungry for more.

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8.0
Batman (2016) #2

Jul 7, 2016

All in all, the creative team continues to impress with Batman #2. It's a solid Batman story that has mystery to it and doesn't fall all over itself trying to make Batman cool every second. King's got a real person at its centre, and Batman's doubts serve as a good backdrop to a story that is already intriguing.

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7.5
Batman (2016) #8

Oct 5, 2016

Batman #8 may not be the best chapter of the "Night of the Monster Men" arc, as the bulk of the issue features Batman and Co fighting monster, which they've been doing for a while already. But with great art, solid thrills and solid character work, it sets up the climax to come well, which promises more twists and turns. The story looks to be heading to an interesting and fun conclusion that will solidify further this new era's Bat-Family as a cohesive unit.

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8.5
Batman (2016) #9

Oct 19, 2016

Batman #9 uses skillful art and lean, mean and just-twisted-enough writing to deliver a really enjoyable opening chapter to its "I Am Suicide" arc. Though its narrative of Batman selecting a team of villains for a mission may be familiar, the stellar execution results in a creepy and tense issue that gets the reader excited for the story to come.

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5.5
Batman (2016) #10

Nov 2, 2016

Batman #10 finds the creative team delivering a seriously flawed issue that finds the creative team trying for something ambitious or unusual but not pulling it off at all. The issue feels artificial and unformed, with ideas that sound cool but don't come across as such, but rather make Batman seem insane and his plan seem pretty dodgy. The previous issue had the makings of a lean, mean, man on a mission vibe that really could have been compelling, but this issue squanders that momentum.

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6.5
Batman (2016) #13

Dec 21, 2016

With Batman #13, the "I Am Suicide" arc comes to its ambitious, inconsistent and ultimately unsatisfying conclusion. The creative team tries to bring a lot to the table, but having so much going on means the plot loses focus. Do I think that this issue, and the arc as a whole, would have been more effective if it had been more focused on simply delivering a compelling and twisty adventure? Sure. Do I love a lot of what they put into this arc, though? You betcha.

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8.5
Batman (2016) #16

Feb 1, 2017

In the final analysis, Batman #16 is a terrific book, one that effortlessly moves between action and thrills and a feeling of dread into a lighter tone without ever losing a sense of jeopardy and foreboding. The structure of the issue doesn't ever cause the narrative to lose momentum, and King and Finch never forget how many subplots and different strands they've got going. This is certainly is among my favorite issues of this creative team's run thus far.

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7.5
Batman: Rebirth #1

Jun 1, 2016

If there's a flaw in Batman – Rebirth #1, it's in that it doesn't explode out of the gate. It feels like a typical Batman story, and aside from introducing the Duke/Bruce partnership, it doesn't really give the reader an idea of what is going to set the King era apart. It's entirely likely that the creative team is saving that for the first issue of the new Batman ongoing. Though I'd say that the issue is enjoyable and well-done, its low-key nature makes it come across as subdued, and I was hoping that I'd end this book feeling psyched for the new creative team. As it is, I'm optimistic, but think that we have yet to see what King really wants to do with the title.

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7.5
Battlestar Galactica (2016) #1

Aug 3, 2016

Though Battlestar Galactica #1 doesn't reinvent the wheel, it does provide a strong opening issue for the series, eschewing the cheesiness of the 1970's show by giving it a contemporary feel without losing the charm of the source material.Writer Cullen Bunn opts to get the ball rolling right away and though it remains to be seen whether or not the various mysteries he sets up will tie together, for a first issue it does the job of hooking you in.

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5.5
Battlestar Galactica (2016) #2

Sep 9, 2016

When Battlestar Galactica #2 focuses on new elements we get a spooky issue filled with menace. But when it performs a deep dive into a series that I vaguely remember at best, there are elements introduced that left me thinking, "Nope, have no idea who that person is or what they're talking about." And that baffling continuity aspect really hurt the issue's readability for new or casual fans.

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10
Bitch Planet #8

Jun 22, 2016

While Bitch Planet # 8 continues to provide a spotlight for a powerful feminist message too little seen in comics, it's also a brilliantly well-crafted issue that highlights the power of simple, old-fashioned, well-crafted comic book storytelling. It's a great issue.

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8.5
Black Panther (2016) #1

Apr 7, 2016

All in all, Black Panther #1 is a premiere issue that is packed with a lot of ideas, concepts and scene-setting. It may have a little too much stuffed in there, but what does come across is a unique vision that will definitely take the character and the title in a more complex and hopefully entertaining direction as his profile increases.

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9.0
Black Panther (2016) #3

Jun 30, 2016

There are times when you feel as if the book is perhaps a little too smart for the reader, that the imagery and poetics almost touch on pretension. I don't think it ever tips over into pretense at all, but other readers amy disagree. At the end of the day, Black Panther #3 feels like a masterpiece in the making, a definitive take on a character that has had a few definitive takes already in his history. On the evidence of this issue and the ones before it, Coates and Stelfreeze will deserve to be in that company.

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6.0
Black Road #2

May 18, 2016

Black Road #2 features some great, atmospheric art and nice relationship building, but its narrative feels slight and thin, reemphasizing things better communicated in more subtle ways in the first issue.

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8.0
Black Science #20

Feb 11, 2016

Black Science continues to be a weird and surprising trip through different dimensions and one man's flawed personality, and even though it has some flaws here and there, if you can embrace its own special flavor, it's a rewarding ride.

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9.5
Black Science #21

Mar 31, 2016

Black Science continues to be a series that is worthy of patience, one that feels as if we'll only truly be able to judge its success when it wraps up. ButBlack Science #21has to stand out as one of the most enjoyable single issues of the book's run.

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9.0
Black Science #23

Aug 4, 2016

Black Science has always been weird, and this issue certainly is. But it's a series that has become totally flexible and fluid, anchored by a tale of possible redemption that we can all relate to. As such, Black Science #23 gives us the strongest proof yet that this is a series that only keeps getting stronger.

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9.0
Black Widow (2014) #17

Apr 23, 2015

This run of Black Widow has made the character, whom I always liked, into one of my favorite in the Marvel Universe right now. Here's hoping the current creative team stays for a long time, and that they keep putting Natasha through her paces.

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8.0
Black Widow (2014) #18

May 28, 2015

Now, maybe the next storyline in the series, The Last Days of Black Widow, will be so good that I'll be able to shake the feeling that this issue resolved her storyline too abruptly. This creative team certainly is capable of crafting a perfect final Black Widow story. But even though I consider this issue slightly too abrupt to resolve the ongoing story line, Edmondson and Noto have still created a thrilling and compelling issue that lives up to the stellar ones that preceded.

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8.5
Black Widow (2014) #19

Jun 26, 2015

When all's said and done, I have a feeling their run on Black Widow is going to be one of the most satisfying and complete runs in recent years.

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9.5
Black Widow (2014) #20

Aug 1, 2015

This has been a great series since issue one. Filled with beautiful, stylish, evocative art and held together by a razor sharp focus on revealing and exploring its central character. I'll miss it, and when people ask me to recommend a solid comic book series featuring a female protagonist, I will recommend these brilliant, self-contained 20 issues. Here's hoping we see this team on another book really soon.

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9.5
Black Widow (2016) #1

Mar 3, 2016

At this point,if you can't get behind this title, with creators at their absolute peak, an intriguing set-up, and a main character that has never been more interesting or cool, then you're just not getting enough excitement in show business. Some might complain that this issue is all action and no story, but I think it's deliberate. This is meant to rocket this series out of the gate, and intrigue you enough to buy issue two. If the series remains this action-heavy, that could become a flaw, but at this point I can't see that happening. If there is a flaw, it's only in that this is just the first issue, and it remains to be seen if the quality can continue to be this high. But with this team, chances are you're about to get another classic run.

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9.0
Bloodshot U.S.A. #1

Oct 25, 2016

Bloodshot U.S.A. #1 is a great example of all the things that have made the Valiant line so great over the last few years. Lemire and Braithwaite set up the event with such skill and lean action that I can't imagine anyone not wanting to pick up #2 to see what comes next. It proves that, once again, Valiant might be setting up the most exciting and refreshing new super-hero comic universe in comics right now.

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9.0
Bloodshot U.S.A. #2

Nov 23, 2016

Bloodshot U.S.A. has been a lean and exciting thriller that more events could learn from. The action throughout is top notch, with each set piece elevating the story and making sure things go from bad to worse, leading to an ending that will definitely bring you back for the third issue. Bloodshot U.S.A. #2 builds upon its impressive previous issue, continuing to prove that Valiant is constructing some of the best super-stories around these days.

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5.5
Blue Beetle (2016) #1

Sep 28, 2016

Blue Beetle #1 feels like it's all over the place. There's a lot of disparate elements going on in the issue that separately are interesting, but when combined into one book, result in a diffuse mishmash of plot points that never settle into one narrative, and a central relationship that winds up more irritating than engaging. There's potential to the concept behind the book, but it needs a tighter focus on defining the central relationship better if it's going to work.

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7.0
Blue Beetle: Rebirth #1

Aug 24, 2016

Though Blue Beetle - Rebirth #1 is well-executed by all involved, the narrative is much too familiar to offer anything new. It does succeed in grounding the upcoming series in a compelling central relationship with the fraught partnership of Jaime Reyes and Ted Kord.

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7.5
Britannia #1

Sep 20, 2016

Britannia #1 is an unconventional and ambitious debut issue, of that there's no doubt. Writer Peter Milligan tries to marry pseudo-historical political intrigue with police procedural and then mix in supernatural, primeval horror to the narrative. The result is an issue that occasionally feels a tad overstuffed and wild, but is always surprising and in the end a creepily enjoyable read. Now that all the set-up is over with, I can imagine that the remaining three issues could wind up being a scary, compelling and refreshingly unconventional read.

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8.0
Captain America (2012) #19

Apr 3, 2014

On the whole, Im eager to see the resolution of the arc. Though I can clearly see how that resolutions going to go, Im enjoying the ride.

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7.5
Captain America (2012) #20

May 15, 2014

The issue is a nice mash-up of the different styles of Remender himself, too. There's the solid action and skill with putting his protagonists through personal hells that he showed in X-Force. There's also some of his nutty sic-fi and sociopolitical commentary that you find in something like Black Science. The result is old school super-hero bonkers action with a modern twist. That's not for everybody, but this reader finds himself enjoying the ride. If there's a downfall to a more classical approach, it's predictability, but this issue mostly dodges that bullet. The final page shows where this story is going to go, and while I think it's maybe a little too silly, it also brings into the story a threat that is maybe one of the top four or five classic comic book threats. I laughed when I saw it, but the laughter for me was not without warmth. I look forward to see how this all going to turn out.

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8.5
Captain America (2012) #24

Sep 4, 2014

If this is a hint as to the style of the Sam Wilson Captain America, then we're in for a very nice run of stories.

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5.5
Captain America (2012) #25

Oct 2, 2014

But then the new Captain America is revealed, and it's great. There's a nice joke about the announcement lacking dramatic tension that is very meta, but it works. And with that, I'm excited for this new era. I know it won't last. I know Steve will eventually be forced to come back and pick up the shield. But if we get a year or two of good stories with this new cap, then surely that's no bad thing. I'll stick with the series into the new era, and hope this admitted gimmick allows for a deserving character to get a spotlight that is richly deserved.

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8.0
Captain America: Steve Rogers #1

May 26, 2016

Despite an action plot that feels familiar, Spencer and Saiz have crafted an exciting debut issue that, even if you aren't loving the twist at the end, definitely intrigues and engages the reader, and accomplishes the difficult task of making a character that we all know so well into someone to look at with fresh eyes. Hopefully, the follow-through manages to justifythe boldness of the twist.

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8.5
Captain America: Steve Rogers #2

Jun 30, 2016

As a single issue, Steve Rogers " Captain America #2 may feel a bit wordy, but it will certainly read well as part of the eventual trade, and as an important stage-setter for the upcoming drama of this initial arc, it's probably indispensable at this point. The fact that it's such an enjoyable read is a testament to the creative team's skill and investment in the concept.

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5.5
Captain America: White #1

Sep 18, 2015

All in all, I'd never call this a bad issue. It's a well-construcred, affecting issue that still left me cold, but I can absolutely see how other readers would love it. It's just that I think the choice to combine modern-day character based examination with the Golden Age style of heroics is an uneasy fit. I'll still be reading further issues, because Loeb and Sale are too good to not surprise me by turning it around, but I'd still call this a debut a bit of a disappointment.

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8.0
Civil War (2015) #2

Aug 6, 2015

Civil War‘s second issue builds upon the first, wisely moving the concept of the original series further along to deal more with the effects of long-term war, giving this series more thematic punch than simply exploring an alternate reality. It does suffer from feeling like, due to the temporary nature of the event, the outcome is inconsequential, but it's a fascinating exploration of extreme versions of two of Marvel's signature characters.

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7.5
Civil War (2015) #4

Sep 10, 2015

With a gigantic battle on the horizon, and a conspiracy to be revealed, the next issue looks to capitalize on the large stakes set up in this issue.

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8.5
Civil War II #0

May 19, 2016

All in all, Civil War II #0 does it job well, and even though the issue doesn't shake the idea of this series being Minority Report within the Marvel Universe, it also shows why that could wind up being a pretty fun and interesting read.

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7.5
Civil War II #1

Jun 1, 2016

In the end, while it works as a first issue, Civil War II #1 also makes me concerned that we're going to get heroes making choices that aren't worthy of them, and aren't well orchestrated enough, in order to fit a narrative that sells books. And that's fine, but it's that kind of storytelling that keeps an event book from rising above being simply spectacle into storytelling.

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4.0
Civil War II #2

Jun 16, 2016

Even the superb art of David Marquez can't save the issue from being just irritating. The worst thing is that I can easily see a few tweaks to make me care so much more about the central dilemma, and to make the actions of the characters more well-defined and better motivated, one that carries with it emotional heft of friendships betrayed and genuine idealogical differences. For all its flaws, the first Civil War series did have those qualities. But Civil War II #2 is ultimately sound and fury, and it signifies nothing but spectacle for its own sake.

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4.5
Civil War II #3

Jul 14, 2016

Civil War II #3 compounds the flaws of the series thus far, and I sadly don't see things improving anytime soon.

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7.5
Civil War II: Amazing Spider-Man #1

Jun 9, 2016

Still, the issue is a solid set up with sharp characterization, one that looks to examine some of the ideas important to the event from a different angle.

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7.5
Civil War II: The Accused #1

Aug 11, 2016

I know it seems like I didn't think Civil War II – The Accused #1 is good, but it's more that I think it's sadly stuck with foundational flaws introduced over in the main title. Guggenheim manages to deepen the central ideas quite a bit here, and when he isn't focusing on those flawed aspects and is telling his own story, then the issue is very good, and overall, it winds up being a far more affecting and effective experience than I've had reading any of the main series. It lifts the tie-in easily onto the positive side, and I think it actually helps deepen the argument of the core series somewhat.

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7.5
Conan: The Slayer #1

Jul 14, 2016

Though the structure and narrative of the opening issue is familiar to any Conan fan, the execution is solid enough that Conan the Slayer #1 is an enjoyable read, with a fresh enough take on Conan to give the character a bit more depth and humanize him a touch more than he often has been. As a debut, it sets up enough intriguing ideas and concepts to bring you back for more.

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8.5
Conan: The Slayer #3

Sep 23, 2016

Conan the Slayer #3 may be the best issue of the series yet, a gory, rollicking, spooky, adventure full of monsters and scheming. Cullen Bunn and Sergio Davila nail the best qualities of the title character, and evoke his literary legacy while crafting a really fun comic. If you like Sword and Sorcery, grim-visaged mercenaries and bloody sword action, you'll find lots to love here.

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9.0
Critical Hit #1

Oct 29, 2014

Even if you aren't as committed to animal rights as Miner is, the book has the stones to ask why aren't you? And if you agree that animals have rights, then how far should we go to protect them? If you believe that they do, can you ever go too far in saving them?

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7.0
Critical Hit #3

Nov 26, 2014

In any event, it does mean the issue is more mixed for me than the last two, which both were very satisfying. But I'm still on board for the series, and the things that were good, such as the main plot set in the present, continue to be suspenseful and intense and feel very much based in a real-world. It's an uneven issue, but the things that I liked outweighed its drawbacks.

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9.5
Curse Words #1

Nov 15, 2016

A book about a magical antihero isn't new under the sun, but the wit and black comedy of Curse Words #1 feels fresh and loaded with enough charm to give it a distinct feel. It's a book both funny and yet one that doesn't treat its character as a joke. With a protagonist this intriguing, a concept this well executed, and a sense of humor this enjoyable, Curse Words #1 is bound to be among the most fun and compelling first issues you'll find.

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6.0
Cyborg: Rebirth #1

Sep 7, 2016

In the final analysis, I have faith in what Semper and Pelletier will do with the Cyborg series, but I felt that Cyborg: Rebirth #1 tried to do a little too much and strayed away from its more interesting aspects into a cul de sac of backstory and slugfests.

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9.0
Cyclops (2014) #1

May 8, 2014

Russell Dauterman delivers some incredible art here, with Chris Sotomayor handling the colors. The art is gorgeous, top-notch sci-fi derring-do, with colours that pop and several panels and pages that just kill. I hope this team stays on the book for a good long time, it's a ice fit with the material.

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9.0
Cyclops (2014) #2

Jun 4, 2014

Hopefully, this series maintains this high level of quality, and fans enjoy this direction. It's already the best place to go to for anyone who loves the character.

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9.0
Cyclops (2014) #4

Aug 28, 2014

Cyclops. Seriously, it's probably the best solo X-Book on the stands.

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8.5
Cyclops (2014) #5

Sep 25, 2014

It's becoming clear to me that the direction of the book is implying that Corsair's influence may allow Scott to become less repressed, more able to experience joy and let things go. It'll be fascinating if the long-term plan for the series is to show that a life spent following Xavier's dream may not have been the best thing for Scott, that the one we've been reading for years has been so consumed with duty, so unwilling to allow himself to be happy, that his only salvation may be a do-over with his scoundrel father as his guide.

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9.0
Cyclops (2014) #7

Nov 26, 2014

Javier Garron's art is beautiful too, and initially I didn't like his gawky, awkward Scott Summers. But then I realized, teenagers ARE gawky and awkward, and now I love that he looks like he's got some growing up to do. And the colors are superb, as you would expect from Chris Sotomayor.

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7.0
Cyclops (2014) #9

Jan 15, 2015

I'd never say the issue was bad at all. It's still a very enjoyable issue, and I continue to be excited to pick up each issue of Cyclops with anticipation. It's just that this storyline has yet to break any new ground. It's just a classic story, well told. That's not anything bad at all, but I'm hoping in the next issue we get to see something beside the predictable crisis of conscience and betrayal that these undercover stories always end with.

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8.5
Cyclops (2014) #11

Mar 19, 2015

The art by Javier Garron is so, so pretty, and perfectly captures the tone. His layouts and the choreography of his figures, combined with just a touch of humour, keeps the swash in this series' buckle, and his design of the ships and aliens are varied and beautiful. Combined with Chris Sotomayor's vibrant colors, you've got one beautiful book.

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10
Daredevil (2014) #16

Jun 26, 2015

I don't give out perfect scores very often, but this is a book without a single drawback, one that rewards the reader with plot and story, art and character.

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9.0
Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1

Nov 25, 2015

I can't say it's sea-change kind of story the original Dark Knight was, but frankly that's an unfair and impossible challenge for this book to meet. What I can say is that the issue showcases all of the strengths of the creators, and none of the weaknesses, and the result is an issue that leaves the reader eager to dive back into the universe Frank Miller created all those years ago.

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6.5
DC Rebirth Holiday Special #1

Dec 14, 2016

The best moments in the DC Holiday Special #1 are the ones that either successfully tug at your heart or acknowledge in the meta-textual way the absurdity of a Holiday issue. The other stories in the issue come off less well. I will say that none of them struck me as bad, but a few felt slight or run of the mill, missing a spark. I'm not sure the book as a whole wouldn't have been better with less content rather than the slew of stuff we get here that feels like filler, especially when considering the $10 price.

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9.0
DC Universe: Rebirth #1

May 26, 2016

But on the whole, DC Universe – Rebirth #1, if it's followed up on with the same care and skill in which it was created, could signal a new era at DC, one that merges the contemporary feel of the New 52 with the spirit that had long given DC its unique and inspiring feel.

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8.5
Dead Inside #1

Dec 6, 2016

Dead Inside #1 is an excellent addition to the genre of hard-boiled crime comics, and there's tough competition in that category. Arcudi and Fezjula use the unconventional setting to their advantage, crafting a gripping set-up for a mystery and constructing a believable protagonist to lead us through it while the art accentuates the suspenseful and gruesome aspects of the story.

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8.5
Deathstroke (2016) #1

Aug 24, 2016

With its ruthless efficiency, complex non-linear structure and compellingly amoral protagonist, Deathstroke #1 provides thrills and action in spades, setting up a solid direction for the series moving forward.

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8.0
Deathstroke: Rebirth #1

Aug 10, 2016

In his anticipated return to a big two title, Priest crafts a lean, stripped down narrative that works perfectly for readers new to the bloody adventures of anti-hero Slade Wilson, the Deathstroke. This one-shot boasts a bloody great future for the new series.

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8.0
Delete #1

Mar 22, 2016

While Delete #1's conspiracy narrative may be familiar, the high-tech concepts that drive it are intriguing and well-integrated into the story, alongside engaging central characters that clearly have more to them than meets the eye. John Timms' art is both stylish and effective, and writers Justin Palmiotti and Jimmy Gray have constructed a solid debut issue that entices the reader to come back for a second one, with plenty of mysteries to solve and places to go.

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8.0
Detective Comics (2016) #935

Jun 22, 2016

Detective Comics #935 continues to craft a cast of characters whose struggles and personalities readers can get behind while using an admittedly conventional plot to showcase the interpersonal dynamics and ratchet up the threat level of the still mysterious baddies waiting in the wings. Like a lot of DC books post Rebirth, the focus is on making the book a fun read with more compelling characters, and its success at that is why I'm giving the issue an 8/10.

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8.5
Detective Comics (2016) #941

Sep 28, 2016

Detective Comics #941 is a thrilling and unsettling issue that works. It advances the plot and ups the stake with energy and efficiency, without forgetting to do a little character work, and manages to be surprisingly gory and creepy, though not inappropriately so. While the idea of Batman vs giant monsters is kind of silly, it's a kind of silly that is familiar and acceptable to anyone who reads comics on a regular basis, and winds up working as a result.

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4.5
Detective Comics (2016) #942

Oct 12, 2016

Detective Comics #942 was a disappointment to me, as I was looking forward to another Silver Age slugfest with monsters and a definitive battle against a sneering bad guy. Instead we got tedious psychobabble used to set up resolutions that weren't as clear as they needed to be or as dramatic as we wanted them to be.

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7.0
Detective Comics (2016) #943

Oct 26, 2016

Detective Comics #943 is an enjoyable read that kicks off a spooky arc and introduces creepy new antagonists for our team of heroes while deepening the characters of each of the protagonists. While its energy stumbles a bit during a long party scene, robbing the issue of some momentum while it introduces a character, that's not a fatal flaw. It also continues to refine the group of characters at the book's heart into more multi-dimensional people that are starting to feel like a compelling team we could enjoy following and rooting for.

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6.0
Detective Comics (2016) #946

Dec 14, 2016

The problem with Detective Comics #946 is that, for much of the issue, things are neither revealed nor escalated. For the fourth part of what feels like a five or six part storyline, there's remarkably little tension or suspense. At this point, the First Victim is little more than a cool idea and a great visual, with the main antagonist's motivation maddeningly obscured, resulting in a villain that isn't as compelling or formidable as the concept promised initially.

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9.5
Doctor Strange (2015) #1

Oct 9, 2015

This issue is a solid, if a little low-key, start to what has the potential to become a fun and definitive run on a character in need of some TLC.

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8.5
Doctor Strange (2015) #2

Nov 4, 2015

It's long been said that every writer, when pitching to Marvel, pitches a Doctor Strange idea. Aaron's pitch works so wellfor me because it's simultaneously the most grounded and human interpretation of the character I've seen in a while, and still one of the most bizarre in terms of how it depicts the world in which he operates. With issues like these, and his own movie soon to hit theatres, it's easy to see Doctor Strange becoming one of Marvel's A-List characters once more.

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9.0
Doctor Strange (2015) #6

Mar 10, 2016

The end of this issue presents us with a Marvel Universe that is changed, albeit in a way that few in that Universe will recognize. But it's a great ending, one that serves a springboard for this book to embark upon another captivatingly weird and fun and thrilling arc. Doctor Streange continues to be among the most enjoyable books Marvel's putting out.

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8.5
Doctor Strange (2015) #7

Apr 28, 2016

“The Last Days of Magic” continues to be a thrilling and epic arc that does its job in giving this series a defining storyline that promises to remind readers why Doctor Strange was once one of the jewels in Marvel's crown.

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8.5
Doctor Who: Four Doctors #1

Aug 13, 2015

While the is merely the beginning, it does feel like we're bout to embark on an epic story, one that will justify having the Doctors meet and work together. Now we'll have to see if the rest of the series delivers on that sense of promise.

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8.5
Doctor Who: Four Doctors #2

Aug 20, 2015

Four Doctors continues to be worthy of the Event status Titan has given it, and for fans of the series, it's sure to be everything you hope for from a series like this.

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8.5
Doctor Who: Four Doctors #3

Aug 26, 2015

Four Doctors remains fun, thrilling and surprising in equal measures, sure to be just what any fan wants from a Doctor Who event.

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9.5
Doctor Who: Four Doctors #4

Sep 3, 2015

If Cornell and Edwards can stick the landing (and why the hell shouldn't they, given how good the first four issues were), then this will wind up being the crown jewel of Titan's already stellar Doctor Who line.

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8.0
Doctor Who: Four Doctors #5

Sep 25, 2015

All in all, Four Doctors has been a huge success, managing to capture exactly the best aspects of a multi-Doctor story. I wouldn't call this issue the best of the series, but fans of the show and of action-packed science-fiction should find more than enough to enjoyand close off the story in a satisfying way.

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7.5
Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor #1

Oct 29, 2015

It's yet another top notch book from Titan, and if this mini continues to deliver, then any Eighth Doctor fans out there will find more than enough to enjoy, and hopefully he'll gain some new fans as well.

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6.0
Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor #3

Jan 14, 2016

In the end, it's not that I think Mann couldn't have come up with an intriguing story using what he establishes here, the widowed reflections and the character of Silversmith prove that he's got talent and ingenuity. However, sticking with the “done-in-one” quest format just didn't give him enough space to make this tale more than a typical runaround.

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9.5
Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #1

Jul 21, 2014

If you were like me and you're a Doctor Who fan who stayed away from the comics, then I urge you to reverse that and give this issue a try. I can't think of when I've enjoyed a debut issue more in a long while.

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7.5
Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #2

Sep 25, 2014

But its all over before you know it, and its fun enough. However, I would say its time for Ewing and Company to take advantage of the serialized format of comics and start telling larger and longer stories. This is a really great team, and I really want to see them cut loose with a story that has more scope and scale. One issue may be enough to tell story, for sure, and tell it well, but it does require less complicated stories in order to work. Theres clearly a mystery building in the background, maybe its time to spend a few issues advancing that, or at the very least, give us a longer story with a little more heft.

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8.5
Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #3

Oct 2, 2014

The issue makes for enjoyable reading, and Williams and company still have an ear for making their stories seem completely in sync with the televised adventures of this Doctor. I'm really enjoying Titan's series, and this creative team keeps on impressing.

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9.0
Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #4

Oct 29, 2014

I'm looking forward to the next issue, and to how it's going to fit in to the larger picture of the series overall.

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9.0
Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #5

Dec 4, 2014

Titan's line, and this series in particular, have managed to make me a firm believer in Doctor Who comics. If you haven't dived in, pick it up; you won't be sorry.

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8.0
Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #6

Dec 24, 2014

Fraser and Caldwell work together well, with Cladwell's colours brining a beautiful vibrancy to Fraser's exaggerated but still charming pencils. Lovely stuff, as always.

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6.5
Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #7

Jan 22, 2015

All in all, it's a perfectly suitable adventure to open a new arc, and the issue puts forward some good ideas. None of them are particularly novel or bold, but it does feel like an episode of Doctor Who, one that won't be your favourite, but is still fun.

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8.0
Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor: Year Three #1

Dec 28, 2016

The Eleventh Doctor - Year Three #1 finds Titan continuing its run of interesting and exciting "Doctor Who" titles that capture the feel of the series while still taking advantage of the unlimited boundaries comics can provide. With a strong handle on its tone, and a surplus of big ideas, even this packed to bursting and slightly unwieldily first issue comes off as a strange, scary and exciting success.

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6.5
Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor: Year Three #2

Feb 7, 2017

I did wind up liking Doctor Who - The Eleventh Doctor Year Three #2, despite featuring a resolution that relies far too heavily on a whopping great deus ex machina, even for "Doctor Who." While I wish the issue had been more imaginative in its resolution, there's certainly enough here to recommend it to any fan of the property. And the things that are well done are done well enough to demonstrate the imagination and strengths of the creative team.

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8.0
Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor: Year Two #14

Oct 26, 2016

Doctor Who - The Eleventh Doctor Year Two #14 is a fever dream-like spectacular, with some bold and unsettlingly strange visuals that push the boundaries of how disturbing this title can be. It ties up a lot of loose ends and offers revelations, but it doesn't do so in a orderly, laid out fashion. It all happens in a rush of action and conflict, and therefore it occasionally gets away from the creative team. However, strong visuals and bold ideas win out over this, and the result is a fun, albeit weird, issue.

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8.5
Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #1

Mar 17, 2015

Scott and Shedd have crafted a first issue that meets the standard set by Titan's other Doctor Who series. It's a shame that this is only a limited series, but if you're a fan who yearns for more adventures with the Ninth Doctor, then your wish couldn't be better answered than this.

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7.5
Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #2

Jun 18, 2015

So, it's a bit of a let down from the previous issue, but there's still plenty here to keep any Whovian interested.

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7.0
Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #3

Aug 1, 2015

While I wouldn't call the series groundbreaking or a classic so far, it does provide a fun and engaging read that should more than please fans of the series.

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8.0
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #1

Jul 21, 2014

It's very solid debut for Titan, one that they can be proud of. As a proud Whovian, I can wholeheartedly recommend the issue for those of us counting the moments until the series returns.

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7.0
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #2

Aug 28, 2014

I still very much enjoyed the issue, it's just a tad clunky in its handling of a lot of info. The ideas at the core are very good, and the series remains perfectly in sync with the era of the television show it's celebrating. If you're a fan of Tenth Doctor, this remains the best way to get your fix.

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7.0
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #3

Sep 25, 2014

While I'd like to see the exposition handled a little more tightly, Titan still has a cracker of a series on it hands, one that will more than satisfy any fan of the series or of a good science-fiction tale.

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9.0
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #4

Nov 6, 2014

If there's a downside to the issue it's that it's still a little talky. I know the Tenth Doctor is the one with a gob on him, for sure, but there's a couple pages where it dragged for me with a ton of both the Doctor's babbling and Gabby's narration. But that's a minor quibble in an otherwise stellar issue that has me eager to see the next installment.

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8.5
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #5

Dec 17, 2014

At the end of the issue, we see that the Doctor and his companion will be together for a while, and also learn that there is likely more to her than meets the eye. Frankly, I get why this mystery was introduced and its done well, but I'm a little tired of the “mysterious companion” thing, having just gone through a season of that on the TV show. As always, though, it's what you do with it, and with how good the series has been so far, I'm content to see what's in store.

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7.0
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #6

Jan 8, 2015

Still, the story is definitely atmospheric and intriguing, and there's more than enough to keep me excited to see where it goes next.

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7.0
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #7

Feb 5, 2015

All in all, I liked the issue, maybe a less than previous ones, but I think the story is entertaining enough and there are plenty of great elements that elevate it above its simplistic plotting.

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5.5
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #8

Mar 5, 2015

It's just that the issue feels a bit like we're wheel-spinning, trying to come up with stuff to fill the page count. I'm all for the scariness of being hunted by the Angels, but the fundamental problem is that, at this point in the show's continuity, they can't do more than pop out and grab you, so each issue is basically about the Angels chasingthe Doctor and friends while they run away. Morrison does what he can, giving the story enough character moments to be interesting, but at the end of the day, there's just not enough here to really make for a satisfying storyline.

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8.5
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor: Year Two #1

Oct 1, 2015

Chalk up yet another great issue from Titan's Doctor Who range, proving that they know how to pick the right creative teams to craft fun and cool stories for Doctor Who fans.

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6.0
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor: Year Two #4

Jan 6, 2016

The issue winds up being uneven and a bit rote in places, but it has just enough originality and heart in how Abadzids approaches its central character to make it an enjoyable read.

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7.5
Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #1

Oct 16, 2014

All in all, while it's a bit of a rockier start than the the other two books, it also has a way harder job to do, and the plot of the issue is exciting and engaging enough to make me look forward to the next issue, and 100% positive that the rough patches will get smoothed out over time. Like every Titan Doctor Who book so far, it's well worth it for fans of the series.

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6.0
Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #2

Nov 21, 2014

So, it's a solid resolution to the opening story, and though I think there's room for improvement moving forward, at lot of the shortcomings aren't the fault of the team itself, and there's enough talent and potential on display to warrant sticking around for the next arc or two.

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8.5
Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor: Year Two #1

Jan 6, 2016

The whole issue does feel like the opening episode of one of a enjoyably scary story, and if it does come off as a spooky scene-setter and nothing more, the arc's overall effectiveness will be determined by future issues that establish what the scene is being set for. But for an opener, it's a ton of fun.

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6.5
Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor: Year Two #14

Jan 31, 2017

There's a metatextual element to The Twelfth Doctor Year Two #14, and though I appreciated the boldness of attempting that kind of commentary, the result is a bit hit and miss for me. The story's characterization of the Twelfth Doctor also doesn't quite feel accurate or specific enough to evoke the character we've seen on screen. That being said, the supporting characters are well-defined and interesting and once the plot kicks in, things become much more engaging.

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4.5
Earth 2: Society #1

Jun 12, 2015

I really want to see these characters, who are interesting by and large, get a story in which they resonate enough to take purchase, but so far they're coming with too ugh clunky baggage to really grab my interest. If the series is going to succeed, the creative team needs to streamline, simplify and focus on introducing the characters and concepts much more effectively.

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9.5
Edge of Spider-Verse #2

Sep 18, 2014

Hey, Marvel? If you and this team put out a book called Gwen Stacy, Spider-Woman, you'd have my money forever. Get to it.

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4.0
Edge of Spider-Verse #3

Sep 25, 2014

Weaver's art is exceptional throughout though, and his Spider-suit design is downright spectacular. Hopefully we get some resolution to all that was set up here, and hopefully that resolution is better than this issue.

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4.5
Edge of Spider-Verse #5

Oct 16, 2014

But, we do get some great last few pages when a particular version of Spidey from an alternate reality shows up, and it's definitely awesome. The book comes alive and it's too bad it's just for a few pages, because it doesn't save the issue as a whole. At the end of the day, the concept of Peni feels half-formed, like someone pitched a mecha-Spidey and pretty much stopped there. The reason why the Spider-Gwen story worked so well is that it felt like a fully-developed idea, setting and character that we got a snapshot view of in media res. In this issue writer Gerard Way is trying for a similar effect but the core concepts are left too undefined, and with such a departure from the core Spider-Man ideas, readers need a little more to hang on to in order to care. At the end of these issues, if the alternate Spideys are going to play a larger role in the Spider-Verse event, I really have to care about what they do next.

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7.0
Extraordinary X-Men #9

Apr 21, 2016

Extraordinary X-Men # 9 isn't a bad book by any means, but it does feel kind of inconsequential, the type of issue that could really be just as, if not more, effective with half the page count, or would have been much better if they used the space to cover less geographical ground and more introspective, character-driven ground.

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6.5
Fantastic Four (2014) #2

Mar 13, 2014

New costumes aside, of course. I see no purpose to the redesign whatsoever, and the new colour scheme just looks wrong. The blue and black worked, as did the blue and white. And Hickmans white suits looked great. But these look off. Leonard Kirks art is variable throughout. Lets take Johnny for instance. In some panels he looks like a skinny teenager, but in the final few panels, he looks like his most recent mid-twenties self. Itll settle down as the series continues, I have no doubt. Heres hoping the story rises above its well-trodden path.

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8.0
Flash (2011) Annual #3

May 1, 2014

I liked the previous creative team on the series, but while the art was spectacular and the individual issues were solid enough, the direction of the over-arching storyline didnt grab me. This does. Theres a huge amount of mystery set up here, with enough conflict and intriguing plot points set up to make the reader excited to see where its all going. The idea of showing a future Barry so devastated, so changed, serves to make the present-day Barry more interesting as a counter-point. It retroactively applies depth to the character. The introduction of Wally is a nice touch, and the close of this issue does leave me eager to see this arc in full. In short, if the annual was intended to whet the readers appetite for the new direction of the book, its a resounding success.

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6.0
Flash (2011) #25

Nov 28, 2013

The art is great, but it is very jarringly split between two pencillers. Chris Sprouse and Francis Manapul are both amazing, yes, but they have totally different and incompatible styles, and the switch mid-issue happens is so clunky that it really detracts from the story. They might have been better off having a different artist finish the book (Im assuming it was Sprouse who couldnt get his pages done, though thats just a guess on my part) that was more in keeping with Sprouses style.

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8.0
Flash (2011) #27

Jan 30, 2014

It's a strong issue through and through, with Zircher's atmospheric art lending the issue a darker sense of mood that Manapul never could have communicated. I wasn't familiar with his work before this book, and personally I think he'd be a great choice to anchor one of the darker books in DC's line.

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8.5
Flash (2011) #31

May 29, 2014

It's exciting to see a big story arc heating up on the Flash book, and if it continues as it has begun, we'll be seeing a very good story unfold over the coming issues.

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9.0
Flash (2011) #32

Jun 26, 2014

I'm still genuinely loving the direction this title's taking, and it feels like classic super-hero stuff, which is no bad thing at all, and perhaps more rare these days than we'd like. If you're looking for a DC hero book to pick up, you could do much worse than the Flash.

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6.0
Flash (2011) #33

Jul 24, 2014

But the break in the weapons case is intriguing, and the future Flash part of the story is once again very good. I would say it's quickly becoming past time we kick the time travel story into gear and start advancing that plot, but I have a feeling we'll see that next issue. I'm still a fan of the overall direction of the series, this just feels like a bit of a misstep.

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6.5
Flash (2011) #34

Aug 28, 2014

Unfortunately, we get more scenes with the Future Flash. I liked the first few scenes, a few issues back, showing him moving backwards through time, correcting “mistakes.” But by now I get what he's doing, and every scene with him just makes me want him to get back to Barry and start this conflict between them, already. There's a difference between setting the stage and spinning your wheels, and the Future Flash stuff is feeling more and more like wheel-spinning to me. At this point, it's time to bring this plot point centre stage. By all accounts that's what going to happen very soon, and I say it's about time.

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7.5
Flash Gordon: Kings Cross #1

Oct 25, 2016

One area which modern comics has difficulty embracing is how much fun a kind of silly and openly pulpy adventure can be. Flash Gordon - Kings Cross #1 has no such difficulty.It's not going to smash convention or break any molds, but it is a lot of fun, even if it isn't the most original issue you'll read this year. It's self-aware and deliberate in its aims, and those aims are to give you an old fashioned adventure in the pulp tradition, and that's no bad thing.

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7.0
Flash: Rebirth (2016) #1

Jun 9, 2016

Overall, while I look forward to the series to come, The Flash – Rebirth #1suffers from the same feeling of superfluity that afflicts the other Rebirth one-shots, and the issue's his points probably would work better as part of a #1 issue that more decisively kicks off a new era.

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4.0
Fury: S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th Anniversary #1

Sep 25, 2015

All in all, I think this story tries to take on two pretty big narrative challenges, and in not landing one side subtly enough, the other side that does work suffers.

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8.0
Godkiller: Walk Among Us #4

May 4, 2015

As I said, I'm not sure Godkiller is in my personal wheelhouse, but I can certainly appreciate the skill, originality, and boldness of the creative team in crafting something that I can honestly say you can't see anywhere else.

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7.5
Golem #1

Mar 17, 2016

I don't want to imply that I hated Golem, I didn't at all. It's the product of an inspired and gorgeously detailed vision. And if you like Manga-inspired books, this will be right up your alley. Its flaw is that there's a lot more crammed into this book than the page count can hold, and I wish it had been given room to expand into something more balanced. As a work of visual art, it's amazing. As a work of storytelling, it's a flawed but fascinating piece.

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8.5
Gotham Academy Annual #1

Aug 31, 2016

Gotham Academy Annual #1 is a funny, exciting and delightful adventure story that takes the structure of Scooby Doo, places it in the world of Batman and then adds the best elements of characterization from modern-day YA novels. As such, it works brilliantly to introduce new readers to the concept and characters of the series while giving its fans something to tide them over until school's back in session next month.

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8.5
Grand Passion #1

Nov 8, 2016

James Robinson and Tom Feister's Grand Passion #1 is an effective opening that sets the stage for the outsized emotions and gripping crime thrills we're going to hopefully get from the series. If you're a fan of movies like "True Romance" or "The Getaway," you'll have no trouble embracing the heightened passions and hard-boiled action of this issue.

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8.0
Grand Passion #2

Dec 13, 2016

James Robinson and Tom Feister continue their romantic crime series with Grand Passion #2, and find surprising success mixing a grandiose vision of love with a hard-boiled crime thriller. Though it features a somewhat familiar plot, the approach has resulted in a series that so far feels different than a lot of crime comics in its touches of earnest romance. That mix of bullets and valentines makes the book enjoyable and fresh.

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8.5
Grand Passion #3

Jan 17, 2017

If you can get behind the tone and style of Grand Passion #3 and the series as whole, then there's refreshing adult feel to the book. It's an issue that avoids what could have been the mid-series doldrums by deepening the connection between the protagonists, which will create a foundation to hang the coming climax of the series upon. The result is an issue that is a sexy and stylish crime-romance for grown-ups.

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8.5
Hard Case Crime: Peepland #1

Oct 12, 2016

Peepland #1 is a grim and grimy setting for a grim and grimy story, and the issue acts like the opening chapter of a solid noir novel. Writers Christa Faust and Gary Philips, along with artist Andrea Camerini, have created a tough, no holds barred opening chapter that plunges the reader into a bleaker era populated by tough survivors doing what they can to get by.

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8.5
Hercules (2015) #5

Mar 31, 2016

This book so far has been a little diamond in the rough, and if you aren't reading it, I heartily encourage you to pick it up. It's not the most innovative or ground-breaking book, but so far it's been a story well told, with compelling central characters, a refreshing sense of humor, and more than enough to keep you coming back for more.

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8.5
Hook Jaw #1

Dec 20, 2016

For a gory horror book about an out-sized killer shark, ruthless Navy SEALS, and profane scientists, there's something endearing about Hook Jaw #1, written by Si Spurrier with art by Conor Boyle. It's a great debut; a scary and quirky fish tale you should sink your teeth into before it sinks its teeth into you.

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8.5
Horizon #1

Jul 14, 2016

Horizon #1 is a great debut issue, with a main character that immediately captivates, and a point of view that feels contemporary and original. There's more than enough here to ensure a reader will come back for more, and I am looking forward to following Zhia on her mission. Down with Earth!

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6.0
Hyperion #1

Mar 24, 2016

I'll admit it is kind of novel for a book featuring such an omnipotent main character to take a subdued, down to earth approach. But as a premiere issue, the tack they're trying seems to scuttle a great opportunityto get new readers excited about Hyperion. If they want to keep the book going, the creative team is going to have to find a more compelling hook to hang the series on, or put more effort into defining Marc as an engaging central protagonist.

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5.0
ICE Critical Mass #1

Dec 4, 2014

I haven't read the series this mini is the prequel to, so I can't say how this relates to that earlier story. I could see this becoming a reasonably entertaining action movie in the style of Cannon Films from the 1980s and 1990s. But Cannon Films weren't exactly A-list. And while this has some bright spots, and is enjoyable, it's got to start rising above familiar action movie tropes to become anything more than just a shoot-‘em-up story.

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9.0
Imperium #1

Feb 5, 2015

A first issue needs to hook you in and intrigue enough to get you invested, and this issue certainly did that, but more than that, it also managed to take an interesting approach to the somewhat tired utopian vs dystopian trope that we've seen all too often in super-hero comics.

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8.5
Imperium #2

Mar 5, 2015

Valiant continues to have a winner on its hands with Imperium, and if it can continue to take a familiar story in this more nuanced and original direction, then it'll be one to watch for sure.

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9.0
Imperium #3

Apr 9, 2015

This is Imperium's strongest, most heartfelt issue yet, and it's clear that Valiant and Dysart have an epic story they're telling that is willing to go interesting places and create compelling characters.

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8.5
Imperium #4

May 12, 2015

Imperium #4 is another great issue in a series that I'm absolutely loving and totally hooked on.

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8.5
Imperium #5

Jun 4, 2015

Imperium continues to be a smart, tough and exciting series that knows that being “mature” can also mean including complex and nuanced characters with interesting points of view alongside the action and real-world violence. I continue to really love this book.

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8.5
Imperium #6

Jul 2, 2015

Still, this book continues to be one of the most engrossing and consistently enjoyable titles Valiant is putting out, and the creative team deserves a ton of accolades for creating such an interesting storyline chock full of captivating and complex characters.

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8.5
Imperium #8

Sep 4, 2015

Imperium continues to be an engrossing series that moves from strength to strength.

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8.0
International Iron Man #1

Mar 17, 2016

Those looking for high-class hijinks of Tony and Victor in a James Bond kind of vibe won't find that here, but what they will get is an intriguing first issue that sets up a lot for the arc moving forward and reveals an aspect of the main character that has been surprisingly neglected in his history.

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8.5
Invincible Iron Man (2015) #1

Oct 9, 2015

This is a solidly entertaining first issue that doesn't rewrite the character, break any molds or go anywhere terribly innovating, but what it does do is create an accessible, entertaining, fun read that makes you recall with fondness the continuity-light, thrill-ride focused stories of the old days. And that's no bad thing.

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7.0
Invincible Iron Man (2015) #2

Oct 22, 2015

In the end, the problems with the issue are outweighed by the positive qualities. The parts that are enjoyable are really, really enjoyable. It's still a fun, exciting, enjoyable issue that is worth your coin, though I sincerely hope that the next few issues see some more incident occur in order to pick up the pace.

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7.5
Iron Man (2012) #19

Dec 5, 2013

I am not a fan of Joe Bennetts art in this issue. I thought it was fine in the previous one, but here theres a lot of blank backgrounds and a few repeated panels. Theres flatness to the art that Im not a fan of, it seems lacking in a dynamic quality. But as I said, I though his previous one was much better, so hopefully this is an aberration.

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8.0
Iron Man (2012) #20

Jan 9, 2014

I still dont think Im ever going to become a Joe Bennett fan, but his art is much better here than last issue. His work is solid, and his layouts and backgrounds are improved from the mess I thought last issue was, but his styles not to my taste. Still, good to see it back up to his usual standard.

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5.0
Iron Man (2012) #20.INH

Jan 23, 2014

All in all, this one uneven issue. Victor's story is interesting (even if a twist at the end feels pretty forced), and Gillencontinues to craft some interesting characters for the news Hosts of the Ten Rings. But there's a lot here that just falls flat. Agustin Padilla provides the pencils here, and though I like his style, the overall whole of the book is as uneven as the story. There's some nice work, but his panel layout and choreography of fight scenes is unclear and unfocused. There's a critical plot point involving some cocoonswhere Padilla's layout doesn't actually show clearly what is going on. So, it's an offissue for Iron Man,but one that has at least some nuggets of goodness.

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4.5
Iron Man (2012) #21

Feb 6, 2014

On the plus side, Bennetts art has really grown on me. I still think theres some trouble with choreography action in a clear way, but that aside, things look really nice and his layout have improved.

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5.5
Iron Man (2012) #25

May 15, 2014

In the final analysis, it's hard for me to get into this arc. I do think this is the best issue of the bunch so far, with some nice character moments for Tony that show how formidable he can be when he drops his smarmy and sarcastic facade. But I'm still anxious for the storyline to come back to Earth and move forward.

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4.5
James Bond #8

Aug 3, 2016

Warren Ellis and 007 seem like a match made in heaven, but James Bond #8's solid if unremarkable plot sinks under a bland, stripped-down approach that saps the character of the lethal opulence that made James Bond one of the defining symbols of a certain kind of suave, lethal elegance. Without that, we're left with a bog standard action thriller without much of the Bond flavour that can make even 007's less engrossing plots enjoyable.

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9.0
James Bond: Hammerhead #3

Dec 7, 2016

The creative team has really hit James Bond - Hammerhead #3 out of the park, and anyone who loves any iteration of 007 will be immensely satisfied with this series as whole so far. With a smart and lethal Bond in the driver's seat, up against a compelling threat, "Hammerhead" is a story blessed with great writing and top notch art that has earned its license to kill.

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8.5
James Bond: Hammerhead #4

Jan 10, 2017

James Bond - Hammerhead #4 continues to cement my opinion that this is the best 007 book on the stands right now, with the creative team succeeding in escalating the already high stakes of the story while simultaneously adding twists and turns that serve the world's greatest secret agent as well as he deserves.

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7.5
John Carter: The End #1

Jan 31, 2017

Dynamite's John Carter - The End #1 seeks to redeem the legendary character's reputation with a grim and stripped-down opening chapter that intrigues and engages by not trying to take on too much other than establishing a tone and the central characters. It may be a quiet and moody opening issue, but its grounded tone and focus on the personal serves to breathe more nuanced life into the adventures of the classic pulp hero.

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8.5
Josie and the Pussycats #1

Sep 6, 2016

Josie and the Pussycats #1 is another hands-down success for Archie Comics, who continues to be in the midst of a creative renaissance. Not content to cruise on a wave of nostalgia, the issue feels vital, witty and packed with enough charm to bring anyone on board. Its characters feel contemporary and nuanced without losing the simple whimsical charms of the original strip.

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9.0
Joyride #2

May 24, 2016

Joyride #2 is a fun issue, and it really doesn't try to be anything more than an exciting classic space opera set in an irreverent vision of outer space. With engaging central characters and a charming and witty take on space adventures, you could do a lot worse when trying to find a comic to read for the simple old-school, gee-whizz fun of it.

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9.0
Justice League #33

Sep 4, 2014

Johns clearly is energized by this arc and by the idea of putting Luthor on the League, and the result is a book that finally, at long last, seems to be the kind of Justice League book we all dreamed we'd be getting from him all along. If DC can just let the book go along for a while without wrapping it into other events, then we could get our first classic arc of this run. It's now a book that's on the top of my pile.

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9.0
Justice League #35

Oct 16, 2014

The story that kicks into gear here promises to be just as exciting and large scale as a Justice League story should be, and with the new team dynamic begin so fraught with intrigue, Johns finally has his Justice League run feel in hand, with so much potential that it's at last rocketed to the top tier of DC's output in terms of quality, not just sales.

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8.0
Justice League (2016) #2

Aug 4, 2016

In the end Justice League #2 continues to find the definitive super-team living up to its reputation, facing big threats and dealing with even bigger personalities to result in an issue that serves the accolade of epic.

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7.5
Justice League 3001 #1

Jun 26, 2015

As a continuation, this is another solid issue with a lot going for it. As a premiere issue, it's going to confuse any new reader who picks it up. But I urge those new readers to stay with it, as you'll get maybe the most surprising re-examination of DC's big icons around.

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7.0
Justice League of America (2015) #7

Jan 30, 2016

It's clear that this issue is leading into a gigantic final showdown, and if Hitch's remit on this series was to tell giant stories with massive stakes on a huge canvass, you definitely feel him reaching for that, even if it does feel a bit bogged down by all the info it needs to get across.

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9.0
Justice League of America (2015) #8

Mar 31, 2016

In the end, Justice League of America #8 is a satisfying and action-packed conclusion that effectively uses an epic tone to remind us that at its best, no one beats the League.

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8.5
Justice League of America (2017) #1

Feb 22, 2017

Whether it's the Atom's lack of confidence, the Ray's shaky sense of self, or Lobo's homicidal tendencies, Justice League of America #1 feels more interesting and unpredictable. And that's what you want in a team. This "Batman and the Outsiders" version of the Justice League succeeds because the creative team has obviously thought about the personalities and flaws that will pay off each other in interesting ways rather than mandating that the team just include a set of powers and costumes.

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8.5
Justice League of America: The Atom Rebirth #1

Jan 4, 2017

Atom - Rebirth #1 has enough quirky humor and solid character work to accomplish its goal of getting the reader eager to follow Ryan over to the new JLA series. But more than that, it also cleans up a tangled continuity and establishes a new status quo that manages to serve two sets of fandom while laying the foundation for new directions for the Atom. If the issue is perhaps a bit low-key and more solid than spectacular, that still doesn't affect how pleasantly enjoyable it is.

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8.5
Justice League of America: The Ray Rebirth #1

Jan 18, 2017

For a one-shot designed to introduce a member of a soon-to-be assembled team, Justice League of America Rebirth - The Ray #1 really succeeds at its job. I like Ray Terrill, his origin is interesting and mysterious and well-handled, and it even establishes a tough-city setting and possible supporting cast and threat effectively. Like the other one-shots that preceded it, this issue makes me increasingly optimistic for the coming JLA series, and in that way the issue succeeds perfectly.

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8.0
Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #2

Dec 28, 2016

"Justice League vs Suicide Squad" promised to be a high-octane slugfest between two of DC's hottest properties, and in that sense, the second issue doesn't disappoint at all. With quips and punches galore, it's old-fashioned team-up even goodness, even if there are some uneven moments. But if you're looking for action, and can appreciate an event series seemingly unwilling to allow its wheels to spin fro even a second, then Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #2 won't disappoint.

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6.0
Justice League: Rebirth #1

Jul 7, 2016

On the whole, there's enough here to kick this issue onto the positive side, mostly in how well it informs the reader as to what Hitch's book is going to feel like, and hopefully foreshadows his strengths.So I'm going to just call this issue, where he is lifting so nakedly from other sources, an experiment in form that absolutely doesn't work for me and leave it at that.Picasso is supposed to have said, “Good artists copy. Great ones steal.” But if Hitch is going to continue to follow Pablo's example, let's hope he does so with more subtlety in future.

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10
Kamandi Challenge #1

Jan 25, 2017

The thing that makes The Kamandi Challenge #1 interesting from an artistic standpoint is its method of creation. 14 different creative teams will work on the series in a round-robin format, with each team writing an issue and ending it on a cliff-hanger that the next team, with no creative indication beyond the script, will have to resolve over the course of an issue before leaving another cliff-hanger for the next team to tackle. As a tribute to Jack Kirby, the issue is weird, dynamic, hilarious, a little goofy, thrilling, and completely irresistible. Much like the King himself.

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8.5
Kamandi Challenge #2

Feb 22, 2017

The Kamandi Challenge #2 is a hard book to review in a way, as I've wound up evaluating the conceptual rewards of the book rather than the issue itself. But this is an issue with different aim than most books. The process IS the point in many ways here, and what matters is how inventive and bold the creators can be in kicking the ball down the field. In that regard, writer Peter J. Tomasi and artist Neal Adams do an admirable job.

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10
Karnak #3

Apr 21, 2016

It's hard to see how Karnak #3 could be any better. As a series, Karnak continues to be a singular treat, and Ellis continues to redefine a character that had always been vaguely examined at best, creating what will no doubt become the indispensable version moving forward, and resulting hopefully in a classic run that will be hard to top.

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10
Kill Or Be Killed #1

Jul 11, 2016

Kill or be Killed #1 is a perfect debut issue, presenting a compelling and timely protagonist whose mindset is unsettling and troubling even as the reader understands the source of his anger. Filled with ambiguity, great art and grittily tough thrills, it promises to deliver yet more essential reading from the Brubaker/Phillips team.

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8.5
Kingsway West #1

Aug 10, 2016

Kingsway West #1 expertly mixes the seemingly irreconcilable qualities that make for good Westerns and good fantasy, with six-guns and laconic dialogue complimenting winged soldiers, weird beasts and dragons. Does it feel weird and bizarre? Yes, but in the best way. That unconventional vision and freshness is what makes the book work so well.

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8.5
Kingsway West #2

Sep 21, 2016

Pak and Colak have pulled together a complex and well-realized world that feels iconic and resonates with archetypes of both the Western and Fantasy genres. It's a mashup that works, but would largely wind up being solely an intellectual exercise were it not for the fact that Pak anchors the story on Kingsway.

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7.5
KISS #1

Oct 11, 2016

I enjoyed Kiss #1 way more than I thought I would. It doesn't reinvent the wheel in any way, but actually did mange to set up an interesting world and mystery that has a lot of potential to be as fun and odd and theatrical as Kiss deserves. It may not be the most original or inspired issue, but for fans of the band, or fans of old school over the top sci-fi, Kiss #1 delivers.

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7.5
Korvac Saga #1

Jun 26, 2015

It's promising opening chapter, and I hope the creative team can deliver upon it. It may not be the most innovative issue in the world, but it is a satisfying read, and one of the better tie-ins.

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6.5
Lazarus #5

Dec 12, 2013

I could go into to how great the art is on this book, but stating that its Michael Lark can simply cover anything I have to say. Its a beautiful book.

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8.5
Lazarus #6

Feb 6, 2014

Michael Lark handles the art for this book, and his deceptively simple style is just beautiful. He can do so much with expression and his choice of layout. Rucka wisely doesnt overwrite his script, giving Lark plenty of opportunities to communicate volumes with a close-up or particular expression or angle. Really nice stuff.

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9.0
Lumberjanes #13

Apr 16, 2015

If you have kids, or know of kids who want to get into comics, but don't know where to start, this is a perfect place. And if you're a grown-up, pick it up, it's one of those rare books that are just as rewarding for all age groups.

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8.5
Masked #1

Nov 22, 2016

Masked: Anomalies #1 is an intriguing first issue, with a strong central concept supported by a ton of additional mysteries and threads that are yet to be revealed. The compelling characters and effective structure of the issue serve to entice readers back for more, and if the issue at times feels like it's a bit too dense, it never becomes so much that you're frustrated, rather the reader is eager to stick around for more to be revealed. A winning debut.

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8.5
Mockingbird #1

Mar 10, 2016

And, hey, any book that features a nearly all-female creative team deserves a look and this issue doesn't disappoint, bringing a fresh and interesting tone to a character that needs an approach like this to differentiate her from the copious other lady super-spies out there.

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5.0
Mockingbird #2

Apr 15, 2016

All in all, I was disappointed to see the second issue wander so far away from the narrative of the first into seemingly unrelated territory, and I'm hoping this is blip before returning to the narrative drive that energized that first issue so well.

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8.0
Moon Knight (2016) #1

Apr 15, 2016

Though the issue suffers just the tiniest bit from the at this point familiar tactic of exploiting Moon Knight's questionable mental health, Lemire has written a captivating enough story to bring you back for more, and if you aren't checking this issue out for the art alone, you're cheating yourself.

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8.5
Moon Knight (2016) #4

Jul 7, 2016

Moon Knight #4 takes an already enjoyable story about subjective reality and cranks the dial, resulting in an issue that, by its close, will leave youanxiously waiting for the next instalment.

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9.5
Moon Knight (2016) #5

Aug 4, 2016

Moon Knight #5 is a tiny gem of an issue, fitting in perfectly in a series that takes the reader on a surprising and captivating journey that is impossible to predict.

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9.0
Myopia Special #1

Nov 1, 2016

Myopia #1 is a true piece of science fiction, a well-constructed, complex and personal vision of the future that speaks to and illuminates aspects of our current society. Though the world-building gets a little too dense at points, overwhelming the pace and clarity of the narrative, whenever the issue houses on simply existing in this fascinating future and telling the narrative, it's compelling and enjoyable stuff.

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8.0
Namesake #1

Nov 9, 2016

Namesake #1 succeeds based on the unique and compelling world it creates, the complicated character at its heart, and effectiveness of its classical quest narrative. The combination of the innovative and the familiar means that there's more than enough here to bring you back for issue #2, and promises a lot to come.

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3.0
New Avengers (2015) #1

Oct 15, 2015

Unless Ewing unifies his approach and works on his group dynamics and puts some laser-focus onto characterization, I can't see me or anyone else sticking around to see if this group ever gels into a team worthy of the name Avengers.

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6.5
New Avengers (2015) #2

Oct 29, 2015

I still wouldn't call New Avengers a perfect book by any means, but this issue finds its feet and delivers a solid story that I enjoyed and provided a glimmer of moving in the right direction.

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8.0
New Talent Showcase #1

Nov 30, 2016

For all its minor flaws, New Talent Showcase #1 succeeds admirably in providing exposure for a new crop of talent. Each of these writers acquit themselves very well, and I'd be interested in seeing what each of them come up with, and a few I'm genuinely excited about seeing what's next. On the art side, it's really great to see such a varied set of styles and approaches on display as well. Not every book has to follow a certain look, and indeed if this kind of variety represents the new art direction for DC, then at the last we'll be getting some books with individuality.

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4.0
Nightwing: Rebirth #1

Jul 13, 2016

A book with the title "Rebirth" should have had a more forward-looking and scene-setting focus to it, and the lack of that really sank Nightwing - Rebirth #1 for me. By spending most of its time resolving plot points from the "Grayson" and "Batman and Robin Eternal" series, it completely fails to be the effective jumping-on point that the "Rebirth" title suggests, leaving a new reader with an incoherent experience. That's why I can only give it a 4/10.

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5.5
Ninjak #1

Mar 12, 2015

At the end of the day, this is a solid first issue. I would say that it all winds up feeling a little unremarkable. Ninjak's obvious component parts, combined with an entertaining if familiar plot, keeps this issue from packing enough of a punch to make me have to read issue two, though. I enjoyed it, and if you're a Ninjak fan, I suspect it's a pretty fun read, with the art being a highlight. But as a neophyte, it didn't convert me.

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6.5
Ninjak #2

Apr 23, 2015

This issue is most definitely an improvement on the debut, and I do like where the story is heading, especially a cliffhanger that is well-executed, but the central character still feels like little more than a concept. I hope Kindt's continuing exploration of his back story serves to remedy that, but I'd love to see more of a real person in the present day stuff as well.

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7.5
No Angel #1

Nov 29, 2016

Despite some aspects that feel overly familiar to anyone who has seen or read a story about a strong woman fighting off a supernatural threat, No Angel #1 is executed strongly enough by its creative team to engage readers with its interesting protagonist and well-structured thrills and chills.

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6.0
Norman: The First Slash #1

Dec 7, 2016

I totally get what creator Stan Silas is going for with Norman - The First Slash #1, and while I think in the original French he probably nails the Charles Addams meets Charles Schultz while in South Park vibe of the issue, I can't help but feel there's just something missing here. I found myself saying, "Well, that's clever," more than I actually laughed or chuckled.

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7.5
Old Man Logan (2016) #1

Jan 30, 2016

At the end of the day, I think that the good things about this issue are really, really great. It will be fun to see how a Logan shaped by a different life of tragedy will fit into a new world and to see if the chance at avoiding that tragedy will make him more a monster, or more a hero? Does Wolverine only become a hero if he's trying to atone? And if he's not trying to atone for his sins but prevent pain, what kind of person will he become? It's an interesting idea, and if the series can minimize the overused Wolverine tropes and maximize this approach, then we could get a classic story here.

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8.0
Old Man Logan (2016) #3

Mar 3, 2016

Still, Old Man Logan #3 remains a compelling instalment in an emotional journey for a character that was in need of freshening up.

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7.5
Original Sin #1

May 8, 2014

On the art side, I think Mike Deodato delivers the finest work I've ever seen by him. Seriously, this is a gorgeous book, with stellar lighting choices and great layouts and angles. It's really, really nice.

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8.0
Original Sin #2

May 22, 2014

I'm hoping that Aaron has a few twists and turns up his sleeve to keep the mystery alive. I feel that he does, but at this point I'm really hoping the thrust of the plot doesn't get stalled by these “sins” being revealed.

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8.5
Original Sin #4

Jun 19, 2014

So, this is a solid issue, with a nice suspenseful tone and a plot that is loaded with intriguing complications. The last panel of this issue certainly makes me want to come back next week. Let's hope Aaron and company can tie off all the loose ends within a satisfying back half.

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7.5
Original Sin #5

Jul 3, 2014

As I've said before, if the series can keep from being overwhelmed by the “secret histories” and stick to the actual plot of the murder of the Watcher, it'll keep on being Marvel's most satisfying event in years. This issue treads a fine line, but so far stays on the right side. Here's hoping it keeps moving in the right direction for the climax.

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6.0
Original Sin #6

Jul 17, 2014

Here's hoping that the resolution to the central mystery of the series offsets the familiar event shenanigans I expect we're about to see.

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7.0
Original Sin #7

Aug 14, 2014

I know that this issue is largely to provide some ‘splosions and the requisite battle. The battle in question is written and drawn well, too. Aaron's done a very good job satisfying all those demands while still crafting a compelling story that keeps the reader guessing. I think, when all's said and done it may have been better if it was an issue shorter and more intimate in its scope, but otherwise, this remains one of the best Marvel events in years.

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4.0
Original Sin #8

Sep 4, 2014

Mike Deodato's art is the saving grace of the issue. There's just some spectacular stuff here, and he has, with this one series, made me love his work more than I ever have in the past. It's too bad that it's in service of one of the most unsatisfying conclusions to a series I can recall.

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8.0
Power Lines #1

Mar 29, 2016

"Power Lines #1" is a super-hero origin story that benefits form the timeliness of its exploration of race in America, giving us a protagonist from a segment of society that tis underrepresented in super-hero comics, even while delivering compelling concepts and classic super-hero thrills.

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8.0
Quantum and Woody Must Die #1

Jan 29, 2015

I have no idea how this matches up with past adventures of the duo, but to this first-time reader, thiswas lot of fun.

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9.5
Quantum Teens Are Go #1

Feb 14, 2017

As a debut issue, Quantum Teens Are Go #1 is a terrific, rebellious, crackling read. Set within a world not entirely unlike our own, if mad super-science straight out of pulp stories and b-movies existed in our world and had been embraced by a generation of punks, weirdos and outcasts, the issue is grounded by smart, original characters and boasts a ton of potential.

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7.0
Robin: Son of Batman #1

Jun 18, 2015

Robin – Son of Batman has all the makings of a fun, resonant adventure story with a compelling central character, here's hoping it gets a little more accessible to the new readers who deserve to discover this pint-sized hero.

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8.0
Rocket Raccoon #1

Jul 3, 2014

There is a drawback to the book, but it's pretty spoilery. Let me just say that, when I was presented with the villains' motivations, I was let down. I won't spoil it here, but I'm really hoping their reason for going after Rocket is more than what's first said in the last page of this issue, because otherwise it's a trope that could be seen as a little sexist. I'm confident that Young's a strong enough writer to avoid this, though, and it certainly won't stop me from continuing to read what is an otherwise stellar book

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10
Rocket Raccoon #2

Aug 7, 2014

And the art. Sweet fancy Moses, the art. There are layouts here that could go up in a frame on a wall. Young has merged Looney Tunes, Heavy Metal and Mad Magazine with a Marvel Cosmic story to come up with a book that looks totally insane but never less than charming and with an irresistible sense of fun. There are a myriad of little jokes within captions and sound effects that add so much to the book. Anyone who reads comics or loved the movie should do themselves a favour and check this book out. It'll knock your socks off. This is what comics are for. It's so good, it's the first book I've ever given a perfect score to. It's earned it.

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7.0
Rocket Raccoon #4

Oct 10, 2014

Having said that, the book remains wildly inventive and one of the most joyous on the shelves. There's also a touching moment at the end of the issue that may make you think you've got a little something in your eye, followed by a reveal of big doings for future arcs. There may have been elements that troubled me, but I'm still on board for the future.

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10
Rocket Raccoon #5

Nov 6, 2014

Look, it's a perfect little issue. Just go buy it. I'm giving it a perfect score, what more can I say?

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9.5
Rocket Raccoon #6

Dec 12, 2014

This particular issue may be less bold in its execution than other issues, but it's just as assured and the book remains one of the best Marvel is putting out.

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5.5
Scarlett Couture #1

Apr 29, 2015

It may sound like I hated this more than I did. I do think there's lots of potential here for a fun, exciting series with a compelling concept and a solid and unusual lead character. As I say, the art is superb and almost worth the cover price on its own. But, the writing needs to be sharpened, and the tone needs to be fine tuned to decide whether this is going to be a sharp and sophisticated adventure with a positive lead character, or a fun and sexy mash-up of two contrasting worlds. Because right now, by trying to be both, it's not entirely succeeding at either

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7.0
Secret Avengers (2013) #12

Dec 5, 2013

The art team on the book, as led by Butch Guice, is a perfect match for the tone of the series, creating a taut, moody atmosphere complimented by rich detail. It really couldnt be a more perfect match. Lets hope the upward trend of the series continues.

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9.0
Secret Wars #1

May 7, 2015

Cramming more incident into this first issue than some events do in six, Hickman and Ribic have created a must-read book for those interested in where Marvel is heading. Even if its denseness may be a challenge to new readers, there's still so much promise that we could be in for something special. Now they have seven more issues (and endless tie-ins) to try and keep the ball in the air. At this point, I can't wait to see what happens next.

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8.5
Secret Wars #2

May 14, 2015

This second issue, with all of the world-building and introductions, feels like the true first issue of the series, and presents a ton of fascinating corners to explore while still keeping the overriding narrative interesting and moving forward. Secret Wars continues to be Marvel's best even in years, and I can't wait for things to heat up.

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9.0
Secret Wars #4

Jul 2, 2015

So many events have one good issue of set-up, followed by a few issues of wheel-spinning, then resolutions crammed and rushed into their final issue. It's refreshing to read an event that's had as good a shape as this one, and if Hickman and company can deliver an issue this good as the end of the first half, I can't wait to see what they'll do for the climax.

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9.0
Secret Wars #5

Aug 13, 2015

Usually, event books don't rank very high when discussing definitive visions of certain characters. But if Hickman and company keep handling Victor Von Doom as well as he was in this issue, Secret Wars might wind up among the definitive stories about everyone's favorite Latverian dictator.

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7.5
Secret Wars #6

Oct 9, 2015

In the end, Secret Wars benefits from its continued focus on the internal lives of its characters, and their manipulative struggles, even as it loses some of the plot when introducing new developments. I think the resolution of Secret Wars could actually result in that rarest of birds; the emotionally satisfying event book.

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9.5
Secret Wars #9

Jan 14, 2016

The impact of the story may be dulled somewhat by the fact that the era that Secret Wars is supposed to have set up is already well under way, but I'd argue that this series was never about twists or shocks. It was about creation, and about an examination of one of the central relationships in this Marvel Universe. And as a result, when someone picks up this series in a collected edition ten years from now, it will retain its considerable impact.

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9.5
Sex Criminals #14

Feb 18, 2016

In the end, this issue, and Sex Criminals as whole, probably, exploresthe idea that there isn't such a thing as normal or deviant. That we're all deviants because no one is the same, and therefore “normal” in terms of sexuality or gender or identification has no meaning. And yet, as I said, balls-deep funny. Hey, guys, don't stay away for four months again. Or do. It's your book.

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9.0
Shadows On The Grave #1

Dec 13, 2016

With Shadows on the Grave #1, legendary creator Richard Corben once again proves his unique skills and unmistakable talent as a visual storyteller. Even if the horror anthology approach is somewhat old-fashioned, that's precisely the point, and you won't find better campfire stories, or more gorgeous art, anywhere else.

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8.0
She Wolf #1

Jun 1, 2016

With a surreal and bizarre tone and a compelling character, She Wolf #1 uses its stripped-down debut issue to hook you with its weird and unsettling take on the Werewolf story

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6.0
Silver Surfer (2014) #1

Mar 27, 2014

Dont get me wrong, Slott does write a good story here. Its got some intrigue, and I like Dawn and the concept of the Imperion. I like that the way he writes the Surfer is in character to past appearances, but less stuffy and stilted than he tends to be. I just cant shake the feeling that I was about to start reading something that is so similar to something else I already like. Im hopeful that the series will differentiate itself as it goes on, but right now, I feel like Im watching Marvels attempt to cash in on traveling in the TARDIS.

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7.5
Silver Surfer (2014) #2

May 1, 2014

The story doesnt really advance too much here, and Id like to have seen a better confrontation between the Surfer and the Never Queen, but if you like old school Marvel space stores tinged with a modern sense of the bizarre, then theres much to enjoy. I just hope it continues to establish its own identity and flies off in a more original direction, because Im still having some trouble seeing past its influences.

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9.0
Silver Surfer (2014) #3

Jun 19, 2014

And the art by the Allreds is just insane. The radiant colors combined with the beautifully detailed art is just amazing. I could go on, but almost every page is frame worthy, and it's not just beautiful, either. There's an inventive use layout and the Surfer's reflective body. It all works, and this kind of art is what you read comics for. It's nice for me to see the writing hitting the same level as the art. This book is like nothing else Marvel puts out, and that alone means you should take a look.

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9.5
Silver Surfer (2014) #4

Jul 17, 2014

Frankly, the only reason this issue didn't get a perfect 10 was the ham-fisted and unnecessary Guardians cameo. I really hope they have some sort of role in the plot of this arc, because if it's what it seems (a meaningless appearance to help remind us that they've got a movie coming out) it's the only thing that mars this fantastic issue.

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7.5
Silver Surfer (2014) #5

Aug 28, 2014

The tag line of this book is “Anywhere and Everywhere – Hang On!” So far, it lives up to that.

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7.5
Silver Surfer (2014) #8

Jan 15, 2015

Still, the issue is an enjoyable first part to what was an inevitable story, and I'm looking forward to see where it goes, especially based on its final page.

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7.0
Silver Surfer (2016) #2

Feb 18, 2016

In closing, I in no way want to suggest that you wouldn't enjoy reading this book. It's a fun issue, that sets up a great story to come, and the small moments are lovely and funny. But, I just wish there was bit more distance between Slott's output and his inspiration for me, because when the book stands on its own, it works wonderfully.

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7.5
Slam! #1

Nov 16, 2016

Slam! #1 shows a lot of promise. Though it's not without a couple minor flaws, the joy it exhibits, its winning characters, and its focus on one of the few sports dominated and defined by women, makes its sense of fun infectious.

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10
Space Riders #2

May 14, 2015

At this point, Space Riders is one of my favourite new books of the year, and though I will say it is absolutely not for everyone, if you can get behind its energy, you will not have more fun reading a comic than this.

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9.0
Space Riders #3

Jun 18, 2015

At this point, they only thing I don't like about the book is that the next issue will be its last. I'll miss it.

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7.5
Spell On Wheels #1

Sep 27, 2016

Spell on Wheels #1 is a debut issue that features female protagonists that are relatable, multidimensional and warm, even while it credibly sets up an intriguing mystery and threat at its centre. With a great, fun, art style on display, there's more than enough to suggest Dark Horse has a charming and unconventional series to offer people looking for a spooky road trip this Halloween.

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4.0
Spider-Man (2016) #4

May 19, 2016

But when he is stretched too thin, as he is now the quality varies wildly from issue to issue in all the books he does. Spider-Man #4feels like it needed another editorial pass, one where someone might have said, “This is all happening too fast, and would benefit from a little more space to motivate character decisions.” To me, Bendis works best when focused on one character, not a team book, and can dive deep into that character's world. Miles is close to his heart, and obviously he has crafted solid issues prior to this, and undoubtedly will in future. But this issue felt like too sloppy to earn the story it wants to tell.

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7.0
Spider-Man 2099 (2015) #1

Oct 15, 2015

Spider-Man 2099 #1 may not reinvent the wheel, but for fans it'll be an enjoyable new era for the character, while new readers won't be confused and should be able to jump on board with no confusion.

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8.0
Spider-Man 2099 (2015) #2

Oct 29, 2015

All in all, Spider-Man 2099 continues to be a solid and emotionally resonant series, if a bit low-key. But by keeping the focus on the emotion of Miguel O'Hara, David and Sliney should more than please fans of the character.

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6.5
Spider-Verse #1

Nov 16, 2014

Having said all that, Katie Cook's story is so different and fun and off-beat that it works, and it compliments perfectly the interstitial little one-page stories Dan Slott provides in between each of the main features. These little stories are the best parts of the book, as the event crosses over into versions of Spidey that will be hilariously familiar to any long-time comic book reader. They are tiny slices of meta-fictional heaven, and along with Katie Cook's story they save the book from being totally familiar and irrelevant.

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8.0
Spider-Woman (2015) #1

Nov 20, 2015

You can't really finish this book with a grin on your face, and like a lot of Marvel books to debut recently, putting the focus on fun and heart is by no means a bad thing.

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9.0
Spider-Woman (2015) #3

Jan 30, 2016

Spider-Woman continues to be a real treat for fans of the character and for those readers looking for something a little smaller-scale and quirkier than your typical super-hero book; well worth a look and among the best of Marvel's laudable effort to craft more books with a female focus.

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9.0
Spider-Woman (2015) #5

Mar 17, 2016

Spider-Woman #5 is the best book I read this week, a book that is funny and warm and truthful, and above all executed very well by the creators.

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8.5
Star Wars: Darth Vader #20

May 12, 2016

For me, of all the books in Marvel's Star Wars line, this series has been the one that has been the most consistently enjoyable. Darth Vader #20 resolves some plot threads in a compelling way while giving the series a new direction to move in going ahead.

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7.0
Star Wars: Poe Dameron #1

Apr 7, 2016

While Poe Dameron #1 may suffer from the limitations of being a licensed property more heavily than the other Marvel Star Wars books, it has enough going for it to be an entertaining, if slight, first issue.

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6.5
Star-Lord #1

Nov 20, 2015

While I enjoyed this issue, I do think that if this origin tale is going to hit all the typical beats, it might struggle to elevate the character beyond standard fare. However, its energy and sense of derring-do is a big selling point, and should satisfy fans of the character.

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5.5
Suicide Squad (2016) #1

Aug 17, 2016

All in all, for a series about villains, Suicide Squad #1 is too safe an issue. It comes off as a movie tie-in without its own vision behind it. This isn't necessarily a bad thing on its face, but the split nature of the book means that there simply isn't enough room to hook you in or expand the concept. I have faith in the talent involved that there's something more on the way, but they need to move quickly past introducing the concept in order to make this book more than just a recreation of a movie we've already seen.

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6.5
Super Powers #1

Nov 23, 2016

Though Super Powers #1 contains a fun, anarchic energy and some great jokes that will appeal to youngsters, its focus on some pretty continuity-heavy details result in an issue too expository and divergent from the tried and true Superman origins. The result is an issue that, while still enjoyable, has some pretty clunky moments as it tries to get readers up to speed.

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8.0
Super Sons #1

Feb 15, 2017

Super Sons #1 winds up being exactly the kind of bickering fun you'd come to expect from the pairing of Bruce Wayne's arrogant son Damian and Clark Kent's earnest son Jon. While the issue doesn't exactly deliver on innovation or surprises, it does exactly what it sets out to do well enough to recommend it as a charmingly fun example of the benefits of DC's company-wide lighter touch these days.

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7.0
Supergirl: Rebirth #1

Aug 17, 2016

Supergirl - Rebirth #1 provides a steady, solid launch for Supergirl, one that isn't going to reinvent any wheels or blow any minds, but one that nicely sets up what I presume is a new status quo for the Girl of Steel. Great art and a classical vibe permeate an issue whose narrative may be conventional and familiar but promises old school super-heroics to come.

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9.5
Superior Foes of Spider-Man #5

Nov 14, 2013

Buy this book; itll make your day better.

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9.0
Superior Foes of Spider-Man #6

Dec 12, 2013

Its just such a fun book. As anyone who is reading DC right now can tell you, creating a book that is just simply fun is much harder than it looks. If youre not reading this book, do yourself a favour and pick it up. Itll brighten up your Wednesdays.

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9.0
Superior Foes of Spider-Man #7

Jan 3, 2014

Rich Ellis takes over for regular artist Steve Lieber, and while his style is definitely less refined, its scratchy vibe is solidly in the same wheelhouse, with a classic retro feel that works well with the flashback story.

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8.5
Superior Foes of Spider-Man #8

Feb 6, 2014

If theres anything that drops this book below the series average its that it somehow is little less amazing than the other issues, but thats not much of a complaint.

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9.5
Superior Foes of Spider-Man #9

Mar 13, 2014

Judging by the credits the art this issue is the work of many hands, but the style still feels consistent throughout. There are less of the amazing layouts and stylized touches than there have been in past issues, but the ones that are included are really funny. This remains a book that makes you love comics every time you read an issue.

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5.0
Superior Foes of Spider-Man #10

Mar 20, 2014

At the end of the day, the issue is missing the deft touch and loving characterization that Spencer excels at. Yes, he depicts these characters as petty, selfish and a little dim, but you feel that he also loves them and feels that in their own way, they are good at their jobs. Its a series about people who are mediocre trying for more, and we can all identify with that. This issue feels like a lot of the jokes are at the expense of the Sinister Six, with their idiotic plan to rob this bar. Once again, the issue is funny, and theres stuff to enjoy here, but it also throws into relief how its the skills and viewpoints of Spencer and Lieber that elevate this series beyond a joke book. And that makes me hungry to return to the main storyline and regular team.

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9.0
Superior Foes of Spider-Man #12

Jun 4, 2014

There's not many other ways I can say this book's incredible. Look at my past reviews. All I can say is you can either be the person who reads this in a trade and says, “How did I miss this?” and yearn for more, or you can jump on now and maybe help it have the long run it deserves. C'mon, do it for loser super villains everywhere.

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8.0
Superior Spider-Man #27.NOW

Feb 13, 2014

Will Slott and company manage to pull off the classic Spidey epic? Time will tell, but with this opener, Im settling in for a solid conclusion to the Superior era.

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8.5
Superior Spider-Man #28

Feb 27, 2014

All in all, the arc is shaping up well, and if it feels like a typical Spider-Man epic, thats not a bad thing by any means.

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7.0
Superior Spider-Man #29

Mar 13, 2014

The art continues to work well for me. Camuncoli does some very nice, detailed work, and he knows when to fill and empty his backgrounds for dramatic effect. Hes got a lot of big action to draw this arc, and thats often where we can see a lot less detail, but his stuff still looks alive and keeps a sense of drama.

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9.5
Superior Spider-Man #30

Mar 27, 2014

The next issue is the conclusion, and if its as incredible as this issue was, then Slott will have pulled off a feat that seemed impossible when the book began. He will have made a series about Dr. Octopus taking over Peter Parkers body and posing as Spider-Man one of the great Spider-Man stories.

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8.0
Superior Spider-Man #33

Sep 18, 2014

All in all, this issue and the one before it really only have to build anticipation for the event, which it does. But it does so skillfully by giving us not just plot but character development. This willmakeus care about, and identify with, both heroes and villains far more once Spider-Verse does kick off. So, while it doesn't re-invent the wheel, it does its job and then some.

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6.0
Superman (2011) #50

Mar 17, 2016

At the end of the day, though I didn't feel that this issue achieved the celebratory air it aspires to, the Porter art, combined with the fun moments in its fight scenes, manages to ensure the issue is still enjoyable.

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8.5
Superman (2016) #8

Oct 5, 2016

Superman #8 has the feel of a modern reimagining of classic Silver Age adventures that usually unfurled on just the right side of ridiculous to wind up being rousing adventures. Writers Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason capture the light-hearted and overtly fantastic tone of those kinds of stories while merging them with modern sensibilities enough so that the overall feeling of the book is one of fun without being silly. And Doug Mahnke delivers the goods on the art side.

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8.0
Superman (2016) #15

Jan 18, 2017

Superman #15 is yet another example of how well DC, and this creative team in particular, is handling the character right now. After the last lacklustre few years, it finally feels like Superman is connecting with readers and going on the kinds of adventures worthy of his iconic stature. This issue, despite its cosmically high stakes and serious tone, feels like an adventure that we can have fun reading, with a hero at the center that lives up to the name Superman.

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4.5
Superman: Rebirth #1

Jun 1, 2016

The more of these Rebirth one-shots I read, the more I realize they seem to be stop-gap books, designed to hint at new directions or act as prelude without stealing any thunder from the soon to be relaunched regular titles. And that's fine, though it means that they're largely going to be superfluous. In the case of Superman – Rebirth #1, we get a book that is too convoluted and diffuse to have the impact its reaching for.

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8.0
The Black Dahlia #1

Jun 8, 2016

Adapting James Ellroy's classic noir novel, Matz, David Fincher and Miles Hyman's The Black Dahlia is a dark and unsettling fever-dream descent into obsession and the dangers of inner demons that lives up to the pedigree of the source material.

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9.0
The Disciples #1

Jun 12, 2015

If the rest of the series is as engrossing and creepy as this first, then we're in for an unsettling, horrific treat.

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7.0
The Disciples #2

Jul 23, 2015

Next issue I'm sure things are going to head off into unexpected directions, as we end this issue on a beat that feels eerie and surprising. It may have been a conventional issue, but now that it's over we can allow the story to head into the darkness.

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7.5
The Disciples #3

Aug 20, 2015

Still, having said that, it's still creepy as hell, and Niles knows all the right buttons to push in that regard. Mitten crafts images that will stay with you during a long night, and if they manage to pay off all this set-up with what comes next, then these prolonged mood-pieces will have all been worth it.

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4.0
The Disciples #4

Oct 1, 2015

The Disciples was a disappointment to me, populated with non-characters and wasting the initial world-building that promised an unsettling space-horror story, going instead for a routine campfire ghost tale sketch.

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4.0
The Discipline #1

Mar 3, 2016

I want to be clear, that I don't think that's what Milligan and Fernandez are intentionally doing. They want Melissa to be a rounded protagonist who may be flawed but is still compelling and three-dimensional. But in this issue at least, she simply isn't. She comes across as no more nuanced than the heroine of a Lifetime movie, and unless the creators can breathe some real life into her, make her feel real and complex and make her journey more compelling and driven by the choices she is making, then all the manipulative sex and weird occult machinations are going to simply become unsavoury.

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9.5
The Fade Out #1

Aug 20, 2014

The rain hadn't tapered off by the time I got back to my car, but it didn't make me feel any cleaner, just heavier. I got into my car and put the copy of The Fade Out on the passenger seat. Tipping my hat back, I started the engine and headed out into the dark night. At least with Brubaker and Phillips, I'd have some company.

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9.5
The Fade Out #2

Oct 2, 2014

This book is somewhat review-proof at the end of the day. Either you like noir, you like the past work of Brubaker and Phillips and what they're doing here, or it's not for you. But if you like noir as I do, then you'll see the moral complexity and skilful handling of character here leading to something special.

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9.5
The Fade Out #3

Nov 16, 2014

This really does have the feeling of something special. It's a creative team that is firing on all cylinders, one with a long history of incredible work already behind them. This might be a masterpiece in the making.

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9.5
The Fade Out #4

Jan 8, 2015

The Fade Out continues to be a hugely enjoyable dive into darkness, and the creative team's efforts in this issue to broaden the plot proves this is going to be more than a simple murder story, but rather an evocation of the darkest part of a particular American era. If that sounds too pretentious, don't worry, it's still hard as a sap to the skull.

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9.0
The Fade Out #5

Apr 16, 2015

There's also a wonderful essay on the war-time service of Jimmy Stewart, and if you only think of him as an aw-shucks everyman, their article will re-educate you.

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9.0
The Fade Out #6

May 22, 2015

The Fade Out continues to be a brilliant graphic novel, in the truest sense of the word. And don't forget to read the incredible essays that accompany each issue, this one is all about the african-american members of the old “Our Gang” film shorts.

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9.0
The Fade Out #9

Sep 18, 2015

Chalk up another solid book from a team that puts out the best crime books on the stands.

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10
The Fade Out #11

Nov 25, 2015

The Fade Out is going to wind up being one of the perfect stories that comics gets every once in a while; a thing of self-contained beauty that manages to involve, surprise and still be affecting even as it is also a prime example of the form. This issue, though it's more single-minded and smaller in scale than others, is a perfect example of what's made the book such a success.

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9.0
The Fix #1

May 12, 2016

With Spencer and Lieber at the tops of their game and in their grimy wheelhouse, The Fix #2 is a hilarious and absurd crime story chock full of great characters and twists and turns.

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10
The Fix #1

Apr 7, 2016

With its incredibly funny subversive sense of humor and bold visual style, The Fix #1 gets the rare perfect ten from this reviewer.

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9.5
The Forevers #1

Sep 13, 2016

The Forevers #1 feels like a a calling card of what could wind up being the new cult series. It remains to be seen, of course, if the story to come lives up to the arty but trashy feel of this first issue, but I'm sufficiently intrigued to come back for more, and this is a welcome throwback to the kind of nakedly subversive supernatural pop-culture comic that went out of style when Karen Berger left Vertigo.

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8.5
The Manhattan Projects #18

Feb 27, 2014

And Nick Pitarras art continues to be exceptional. He manages to keep the tone light even while depicting scenes of truly incredible violence, and Jordie Bellaires superb use of colors are an integral part of the style of the book in a way that few other books take advantage of. Its a book not for everyones taste, but if you can let go and just enjoy the craziness, its a hell of a fun book.

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5.0
The Manhattan Projects #19

Mar 27, 2014

So, its a filler issue, and while its still beautiful to look at, and none of what is there is done badly, I just wish that we had more of an advancement of a plot that seems to be heading to an interesting place.

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9.5
The Mighty Thor (2015) #1

Nov 20, 2015

The premiere issues that I've read as part of Marvel's recent relaunch have really kicked up the fun and excitement factor, delivering engaging and thrilling first issues that make you eager to follow the title. The Mighty Thor, with a top-notch creative team, a clear direction, and refreshing central character, is one of the best so far.

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8.0
The Mighty Thor (2015) #4

Feb 18, 2016

This War of the Realms arc has a nicely epic feel, and with the two-pronged conflict of Malekith invasions and Odin's despotism, feels packed to the rafters with interesting elements that make things feel like they're spiralling out of control. With a great cliffhanger, too. Jason Aaron and Russel Dauterman continue to prove that the adventures of this Thor are just as exciting and funas any that came before.

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7.0
The Mummy #1

Nov 2, 2016

Despite a somewhat murky opening act, the rest of The Mummy #1 moves along nicely, delivering old school thrills and chills in the classic Hammer style. With strong central character and a well-defined narrative, its somewhat old-fashioned style winds up being engaging and entertaining.

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6.0
The Six Million Dollar Man: Fall of Man #1

Jul 6, 2016

Nostalgia for the TV series and a serviceably crafted story can't save The Six Million Dollar Man - Fall of Man #1 from a derivative plot that sees Steve Austin go rogue after uncovering revelations about his bionics.

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9.5
The Spirit: The Corpse-Makers #1

Jan 24, 2017

If you're interested in getting more of the Spirit in your diet, then you can't ask for a better introduction than The Spirit - The Corpse-Makers #1 by Francesco Francavilla. From an artistic point of view, you aren't going to find a more gorgeous book on the stands and the story excels in its job of enticing readers to stick around for the rest of the series.

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5.5
The Troop #2

Jan 14, 2016

It's not like I don't think The Troop has potential, or that there aren't thing to like about it. The characters could still coalesce into an interesting dynamic to become more rounded and engaging. For me, Torrence has the best shot at becoming the standout so far. But if you're hanging your hat on the realism of your approach, then it's even more important to ensure your characters are more than simple archetypes. Here's hoping that The Troop succeeds in bringing the Troop to life sooner rather than later.

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9.0
The Walking Dead #117

Nov 28, 2013

Charlie Adlard continues to hit it out of the park. When someone has been this good for this long we start to take it for granted, but man, hes incredible.

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8.5
The Walking Dead #118

Dec 12, 2013

But what continues to keep the series so grounded is its bleak and brutal tone, combined with Kirkmans deft handling of the characters. No one is ever less than multi-faceted in The Walking Dead. If this issue is a little less nuanced than the previous one, it does contain genuine emotion among all the zombies and bloodshed. Its what has kept it consistently brilliant for ten years.

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9.0
Thor (2014) #7

Apr 16, 2015

Thor remains one of Marvel's most intriguing and surprising book, thanks to its confident creative team, and refreshing lead.

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7.5
Thor: God of Thunder #15

Nov 14, 2013

I like Ron Garneys art, typically, but theres been something off with his run in this book. Im tempted to say its Svorcinas colours, which may diffuse Garneys usual cleanly defined lines, though it could just as easily be Garney experimenting with his own style. Still, its not doing much for me, and is a bit of a let down.

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8.5
Thor: God of Thunder #25

Sep 18, 2014

I loved this series, and though the finale is uneven, I also enjoyed this issue as a kind of act break before the news series begins and takes us in a different direction. I sincerely hope we don't entirely lose the structure of Young Thor/Modern Thor/King Thor, as I think there's more that could be explored with that set up. But I'm intrigued by the glimpses Aaron has shown me of the future, and I'm very optimistic that he can take Thor in a different direction and still tell some great stories. And even if he can't, I'll still have 25 issues of Thor – God of Thunder to read and enjoy.

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9.0
Toe Tag Riot #1

Nov 26, 2014

I don't want to give too much away, aside from the fact that the issue is a lot of fun. We still need to get to know the characters a bit more, but as first issues go, it's funny, gory and gives the reader plenty of hooks to bring them back for more. Based on the subject matter and the setting within the punk rock world, it's not for everyone, true, but for those who get it, they'll enjoy it.

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5.5
Trinity (2016) #1

Sep 21, 2016

Trinity #1 is too subdued a start to make you excited about where the book is going. It's long on character, but really short on narrative and incident, so that contemplative tone feels a little low energy for a debut. There's a tremendous amount of warmth, feeling and sincerity to the book that I appreciated. But I have to question the wisdom of opening this issue with what essentially boils down to a dinner party.

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9.0
Trinity (2016) #2

Oct 19, 2016

After a first issue I didn't love, Trinity #2 is superb, dialling up the mystery, intrigue and jeopardy while continuing to nail the disparate voices and personalities of the three main characters. Manapul clearly understands how these characters work, and how they work in relation to each other, the result being an issue that builds upon the considerable promise the first issue showed in this regard, even as the plot has become more compelling and mysterious. Throw in some beautiful art and you've got a stellar issue.

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8.0
Trinity (2016) #3

Nov 16, 2016

Trinity #3 sees writer Francis Manapul continue to demonstrate his skill at constructing a solidly iconic and emotionally honest relationship between DC's three signature characters. Though the issue has more heart than action overall, and though it continues to introduce more mysteries than it solves, the result is still satisfying and classic in tone. Clay Mann's bold and skillful art is a highlight and fits in with Manapul's work on the other issues. A solidly entertaining read.

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8.5
Trinity (2016) #4

Dec 21, 2016

Trinity #4 is a great issue, and even if the series remains a bit low-key and introspective, it offers solid examinations of its icons while still maintaining an intriguing and engaging mystery at its core.

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6.0
Uncanny X-Men (2013) #15.INH

Dec 12, 2013

The art is okay. I can see some solid talent in Kris Anka, and his manga-influenced style here is pretty interesting, but it is also pretty inconsistent, with some odd layouts and empty backgrounds. Might just be an off issue for him.

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6.0
Uncanny X-Men (2013) #17

Feb 20, 2014

So, while this issue was an enjoyable read, the fuzzy lack of direction and lack of a unique take on what could be a very interesting alteration to Cyclops continues to let down the series. Bachalos art is, while not a style that I have ever been partial to, done extremely well here. The colours pop and the layouts are very nice.

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4.5
Uncanny X-Men (2013) #24

Jul 31, 2014

So, if you're a fan of Scott Summers, I can without reservation tell you to pick up Cyclops. It's got beautiful art, solid sci-fi action and a complex and emotional central relationship at its core. I just wish we saw this care with character taken throughout the Marvel Universe.

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7.0
Uncanny X-Men Special #1

Jun 12, 2014

The art is more of a mixed bag. Ron Ackins seems to be a relative newcomer to comics, and there's an issue with consistency here, though I can't quite tell if it's down to Ackins, or the three different inkers on this book. There are some great pages here, and I like Ackins' work with facial expressions. The action scenes are choreographed cleanly and clearly. However, the backgrounds vary wildly. There's some pages where there's beautiful touches like having band aids hold down some cables on a spaceship or Benjamin subtly growing a goatee when he meets Iron Man. But there's also panels with either a lot of big blank empty rooms or no background at all. What I will say is that this is clearly an early work, but it shows a whole ton of promise, and Ackins has got some game that with a few more books under his belt, will prove him to be a solid talent.

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9.0
Velvet #14

Apr 28, 2016

Velvet #14 is major issue for the series, one that kicks the overarching storyline into a new level of danger even as it continues to deliver the cool espionage action for which the series has garnered acclaim.

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9.0
Vision #1

Nov 4, 2015

Far from being a comedic book, as its cover might evoke, The Visions struck me as a blackly comic but equally unsettling and dark story, and it's a great first issue that I loved reading.

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10
Vision #7

May 12, 2016

The strength of the series continues to be in its handling of its lead character, who at once is so easy to identify with and have sympathy for, even as the series continues to grow creepier and creepier in how Vision's human desire to protect his family is leading him to increasingly strange actions. This isn't a conventional super-hero series, but it is a brilliant one, and Vision #7 is more proof.

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9.0
Weird Detective #1

Jun 15, 2016

Weird Detective #1 is a sharp debut that successfully embodies both halves of its title, with the weirdness being fun, unsettling and intriguing while the Detective aspect draws enough noir mood to ground the story's stranger elements. If this issue is anything to go by, the rest of "Weird Detective" will take us on a dark and exciting ride, and that's why I give it a 9/10.

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9.5
Wild Storm #1

Feb 15, 2017

The Wild Storm #1 feels like a new way to re-establish an entire universe by finding a talented creative team with a distinct vision and giving them free reign over a line of books to implement that vision. What makes the issue work so well is the creative team pulling all the disparate elements of Wildstorm's focus into a cohesive whole and then re-shaping those elements from their late 1990s versions into 21st century models. If the rest of the line turns out as compelling as this issue, then we could all be in for a treat.

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8.0
Wonder Woman '77 Meets the Bionic Woman #1

Dec 6, 2016

With Wonder Woman '77 Meets the Bionic Woman #1, writer Andy Mangels and Judit Tondora have created a debut issue that nails the fun tone of these two properties at their best, even as the issue doesn't shy away from telling an action-packed and exciting story that feels thoroughly contemporary.

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7.5
Wonder Woman '77 Meets the Bionic Woman #2

Jan 24, 2017

While Wonder Woman '77 Meets the Bionic Woman #2 is a fun and well-constructed action-packed exercise in both nostalgia and in straight-ahead adventure, there are times in the issue when the plot revolves around elements which casual or new audiences to these properties are given no real introduction to, and that hurt my enjoyment of the book a bit. Despite this, I continue to enjoy the infectious sense of fun that permeates the issue.

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5.0
Wonder Woman (2011) #26

Dec 19, 2013

Id score the book way higher if I were just going on story alone. As I said, Azzarello is really kicking ass. Its just not a solid Wonder Woman issue, and its not the first.

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9.5
Wonder Woman (2011) #27

Jan 23, 2014

Cliff Chiang is on art this issue, and Holy Smokes, what can I say about his work that hasn't been said? Superb lines, great sense of movement and a real flair for layouts and panel progression. Just awesome work.

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9.0
Wonder Woman (2011) #28

Feb 20, 2014

Wonder Woman continues to improve with each issue, remaining one of the top-tier of all of the books in DCs line.

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9.5
Wonder Woman (2011) #29

Mar 20, 2014

With new stakes introduced, an action-packed plot, new character developments, and a huge decision by Diana at its centre, Azzarello and Chiang show us all how you kick off an epic climax to a big arc. Take note, this is how its done, folks.

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9.5
Wonder Woman (2011) #31

May 22, 2014

As we head into the final act of this run, I've no doubt that this era will later be looked on as one of the definitive runs in Wonder Woman's history. Here's hoping that this creative team can stick the landing.

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7.0
Wonder Woman (2011) #32

Jun 19, 2014

Part of these problems stem from the art, normally a huge bright spot in this series, but there's so much going on in this issue that things get muddied. There's a battle scene where the First Born shows up out of nowhere and it could have been executed much more clearly with greater impact. If DC wants my advice (and hey, why wouldn't they?) I'd give the closing issues of the arc a higher page count, let the art team give it a chance to breathe and not have to sacrifice clarity just to get all the story beats in. It's still a gorgeous book to look at, though, and special mention has to go to colorist Matthew Wilson, who just kills it this ish.

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3.5
Wonder Woman (2011) #36

Nov 20, 2014

I'll tune in for a few more issues, hopefully this is just a rocky start, but if this is the direction they're going in, I can't see myself sticking around for long.

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5.0
Wonder Woman (2011) #37

Dec 17, 2014

All in all, the series has improved, but the way they're handling the central dilemma of Wonder Woman still needs lots of work to feel true to the character that has been established elsewhere in New 52, and more importantly to reach the level that DC's most important female character deserves.

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7.0
Wonder Woman (2011) #38

Jan 22, 2015

Based on this team's first issue, I never thought I'd see it improve this fast. I think it has a ways to go before I'd say it was consistent enough to be a great book, but I'm more hopeful.

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9.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #14

Jan 11, 2017

Wonder Woman #14 is a fantastic issue, a great conclusion to the "Year One" arc, and an issue that continues to build upon the series' reputation as one of DC's strongest titles.

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9.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #16

Feb 8, 2017

Wonder Woman #16 builds upon a run that's been strong right out of the gate, as the series continues to move from strength to strength, telling fun and iconic super hero tales without sacrificing the shades of grey that provide nuance. New artist Bilquis Evely proves a strong and effective addition, and writer Greg Rucka continues to hit it out of the park.

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8.0
X'ed #1

Dec 3, 2015

At the end of the day, X'ed is a solid and exciting debut issue for fans of science-fiction techno-thrillers with a healthy dash of weird psychology. The art is just strange enough to believably depict a mindscape, but grounded enough to effectively handle the action and atmosphere of the real world side of things. It's a winner of a debut, and I'll be checking out the next one.

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8.5
X-Men Legacy (2012) #19

Nov 7, 2013

Issue #19 sets up the next arc extremely well, and Im excited to see where this inventive writer will take David next.

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9.0
X-Men Legacy (2012) #20

Nov 21, 2013

As for the art, I remain ambivalent. I like Huats line work, but feel like his style is inconsistent. At times the figures and their dimensions will be almost cartoonish, at others more realistic, but Im not sure the fluctuation is deliberate. Still, there are some solid splash pages here, and the art keeps improving issue by issue.

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9.0
X-Men Legacy (2012) #21

Dec 5, 2013

With Pham back on the book, the art is much better. Im still not his biggest fan, but at least he is consistent in his style and maintains a particular tone. Were heading in for the home stretch, and it looks like we could wind up with one of those great runs that actually tells a complete and satisfying story.

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9.5
X-Men Legacy (2012) #22

Jan 16, 2014

There are only a few issues left of Spurriers run. Davids story may end (and Im not sure itll end happily) but it looks as if were going to have one of those classic runs that pulls off the tough feat of ending as strong as it was throughout.

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9.5
X-Men Legacy (2012) #23

Jan 30, 2014

At this point, I really hope that Spurrier and company have a twist up their sleeve that allows David and Ruth to enjoy some sort of measure of happiness. Maybe thats too much to ask, and this issue certainly seems to imply that kind of ending is simply impossible for David. But this series has never done the expected, so Im holding out hope. Either way, its been a thoroughly enjoyable ride.

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10
X-Men Legacy (2012) #24

Feb 13, 2014

In a way, Spurrier has been allowed to do something hugely subversive with this book, a story that rejects the typical super-hero storyline, rejects the ideas behind a continuous ongoing continuity and even rejects the readers attachment to continuity itself. Ill miss this series, but Im grateful that Ill have this complete story to revisit, from its beginning, through its middle, and even its bittersweet and final end.

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6.0
Young Avengers (2013) #14

Dec 19, 2013

This seriously curtailed my enjoyment of the issue for me. Heres hoping that the regular team is back in place for the finale, because a book this good deserves to have one of the major components for its success front and centre.

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9.5
Young Avengers (2013) #15

Jan 9, 2014

This series has been a sleeper hit for Marvel, and Gillen and McKelvie and Wilson really captured the head-space you have when youre not a teen anymore but certainly not an adult. These last two issues, set during a party, perfectly encapsulate that very singular time in your life. Rarely does a book have as personal and cohesive a vision, from the writing to the art, and even more rare is the fact that for 15 issues it was successful in keeping that high standard. Its one of the most satisfying runs in years. Im excited to see what each of these creators does next, and I hope its not too long before they get the band back together again.

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