Jessica Boyd's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Comicosity Reviews: 161
8.4Avg. Review Rating

9.0
4001 A.D.: Warmother #1

Aug 9, 2016

There is such a strong feeling of hope, power and joy at the end of this issue. It makes me crave more War Mother. If you need more she is yout may want to check outValiant's event from last summer, Book of Death. It's only a cameo, but I'm looking for all the War Mother available, right now!Hopefully, Valiant capitalizes on this strong figure and pushes ahead with future issues or the full series that Ana deserves.

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8.5
A-Force #1

May 19, 2015

A-Force is a striking, fist-pumping, tear-jerking gale thatbreaths a new perspective into the Marvel universe.

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9.0
A-Force #2

Jul 3, 2015

A-Force continues to be a prime example of not selling the women of Marvel short; highlighting the strengths of this new team.

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7.5
A-Force (2016) #1

Jan 6, 2016

Fun, humor and action are packed into the pages of the relaunch of A-Force. However, it currently suffers from the traditional hindrances of a first issue while having it's hands tied to the main continuity, limiting ability to surprise or break new ground.The story is required torehash old territory for the sake of new readers. It's a solid stepping stone into what will hopefully turn into a compelling story once the whole gang is back together.

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9.5
Age of Ultron #4

Apr 5, 2013

The art was spot on. Bryan Hitch not only continues with the little details that make the environments engrossing, but creates almost painful images of hate, concern and, in the case of She-Hulk: pain. This makes any heartache reading the book worth it. These last couple issues of Age of Ultron were make or break points on continuing to read the series. The final panel of issue three had me hooked. The whole of issue four has me sold.

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8.5
Amala's Blade #1

Apr 24, 2013

If you are looking for a powerful female character who's opinions are no compromised for the sake of "broader appeal" then Amala's Blade is exactly the title to cut through the excess that abounds.

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9.5
Amazing X-Men #3

Jan 19, 2014

McGuinness breathes plenty of beautiful and emotional life into these characters. They're each given unique and expressive faces, feeling fluid. As with any Nightcrawler heavy book, there is a lot of dark shading involved, however Marte Gracia's bright and vivid color choices help to balance this out. The colors feel like they glow on the glossy pages. There are also key frames where traditional backgrounds are replaced by gradient color shades into white. This keeps the pages from feeling overworked and make McGuinness' detailed characters fun to admire. The only thing that has bothers me as a female reader is once again Ororo Munroe's stick-thin frame that feels like her spine might break. However, McGuinness is known for this cartoon style and Ororo's expressions and rocking mohawk are irreplaceable and wonderful to explore.

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8.0
Amelia Cole #16

Jun 25, 2014

This issue serves as a good transition-action filled piece making you feel like a climax is just around the corner for Amelia, Lemmy, Hector and their band of friends.

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8.5
Amelia Cole #18

Sep 10, 2014

The final turn of events in this issue also speak to a lack of pandering. Instead, it leaves readers with a new set of questions for the future of our two lead figures. Add to that the $0.99 price point and you've got one heck of a thrill ride that leaves you wanting to know what is across the dimensions.

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7.5
Aquaman (2016) #24

Jun 7, 2017

Fans of massive, wave crashing Arthur fighting or Mera raging will be disappointed. This action-lite issue is more about the political drama and the quick fallout at the end. It's the type of storyGame of Thronesfans can appreciate. It is also agood issue for new readers. While the names of one or two characters might elude you, it does a good job of establishing who all the principle players are and what is at stake. If you are like me then it might also sending you deep-diving into back issues. It could also leave you confounded as to how Arthur moves on from this story… and aren't those the best types of cliffhangers?

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7.0
Archie (2015) #13

Oct 20, 2016

Sparing use of splashy layouts helps to drive home emotion for readers who thrive off the great visual cues of comics. For fans who have been continuing to enjoy this series, this issue will move them along. However, for those who need more or fuller characterization, trade waiting might bring hope down the line.

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8.5
Artful Daggers #11

May 2, 2014

Those not reading this series are missing out on an explosion of creativity from both writers and artist.

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8.0
Artful Daggers #14

Sep 13, 2014

This series is one of the few where the reality of morality is true to life, with everyone committing sins and saves through each story. For those who enjoy this aspect mixed with medieval setting forced into a weapons heavy reality will continue to enjoy the drama presented here.

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9.0
Avengers World #17

Feb 18, 2015

There will be plenty of readers without the patience to hop aboard a new superhero series, especially one so deep into a crossover. However, cursory fans of the Marvel Universe or people looking for a different portrayal of super-couples in love should immediately pick up this issue. It provides and emotional buy-in and character development that can be hard to find in a single background story. No additional information is needed about this group of Avengers missions before this issue. You know they have been busy and are getting a moment to deal with life. Add onto that plenty of action and explosions, as well as some saucy space pirates, and you've got a recipe for fun and love.

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9.0
Avengers: The Enemy Within #1

May 15, 2013

It's clear this issue is laying a lot of groundwork for those who have not been following the Captain Marvel series. DeConnick's signature humor keeps Carol's irksome circumstances from overwhelming the situation. DeConnick also does a great job of showing how much Carol cares for her friends, whom are targets or threatened by just simply knowing her.

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7.0
Batgirl (2011) #17

Feb 16, 2013

Right or wrong feelings about this issue really hinge on how issue #18 turns out. That issue willeitherhelp to hold it up as a solid storyline bridge, or the book that has nowhere tofall but down after the epic and panic inducing incidents from Batgirl's role in “Death of the Family.”

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8.5
Batgirl (2011) #29

Mar 14, 2014

This is all capped off with a surprise cameo from a long missed character. It's such an unexpected twist ending that you might feel silly (I did) for not realizing was a possibility. It reminds readers that the supernatural can show up anywhere, even Gotham.

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8.5
Batgirl (2011) #36

Nov 12, 2014

Fans of this new direction will get more confirmation about the bold style of where things are headed. Those who were initially thinking this book was not for them might find things to enjoy and have them sticking around, continuing to try future issues. Both groups will get campy, whimsical interactions, fast paced fight scenes and pop-culture references. They'll also get a reason to stick around with more clues dropped about the strange stalker that seems to know Batgirl's secret identity. Don't you want to know where that's headed? I do.

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8.5
Batgirl (2011) #40

Mar 18, 2015

Finally, we have the Barbara promised, who has friends and support field around her to drive ahead and take on anything. The promise in the epilogue-like ending is thrilling and revealing, as long as DC Comics has the guts to follow through with what the story of Barbara's support crew could naturally unfold.

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8.5
Batgirl (2011) #50

Apr 7, 2016

This series has moved from focusing on Batgirl's lone struggles to a team book. Working together to determine how to best overcome the odds gives way to one fight scene after another. These elements combine to help createrollicking and venturesome conclusion that leave you with a smile perhaps a tear, while sorry to see such a fun grouping of characters end.

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8.0
Batgirl (2016) #12

Jun 28, 2017

Troubled Waters is a classic feeling one-shot issue in that has a street level quality story. Yes, there are various dimensional hopping elements, made realized by communal interaction. However, having Batgirl focus on her community and the life of a single person needed rescuing provides readers with adventure and heart. Its just enough to tide you over, until Batgirls new Catwoman-centered arc kicks off, next month.

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9.5
Batman (2011) #28

Feb 12, 2014

Batman fans will be satisfied and new fans, who haven't been jumping into Zero Year, will get a great introduction to Batman Eternalto simmer in before April gets here.

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6.0
Batwoman #25

Nov 23, 2013

Those who love Kathy and Maggie will enjoy the moments that could have been. Those who enjoy the spirit of Batwoman will love the sense of righteous justice that she embodies before becoming a masked vigilante. However, those looking to see what Andreyko and the book's new artist, Jeremy Haun (who will premiere in issue #26) have in store, need to wait a month. This is a book that you need to take at face value. Come back next month for the main event.

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7.5
Bill & Ted's Most Triumphant Return #1

Mar 11, 2015

The all-age appeal, fun artwork and crazy story line might be enough to get those who are not familiar with the franchise to go back and experience it on video on demand or buying actual discs at a store.

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10
Bitch Planet #1

Dec 10, 2014

Despite very precise articles providing a timeline of the events and how they unfolded, there is still attacks of female gaming journalists or even female celebrities who speak out against the GamerGate. Thenyou can talk aboutthe ever constant debate of the number of writers, artists, colorists, editors, letters… the sheer large discrepancy of diverse voices at large publishers. These are seen as either the ills of society that need to be corrected, or viewed as whiny complaints by those who feel they could potentially be “ousted” from their traditional roles of power. With this book, DeConnick, De Landro, Peter and Cowles owns the arena by taking a sledgehammer to your social constructs to deliver a simple message: “We're all people.”

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7.0
Black Magick #4

Jan 29, 2016

Hopefully not, and the rest of the arc plays out in spectacular fashion. The final moments, along with the back matter prequel story, leave plenty to salivateover. However, it is very clear this is almost a calm before a storm. The slow twist of the top before it is released. The winding tension to crawl under your skin. However, instead of building that tension there is a lingering phrasethat just keeps repeating, “So what?” It's not a desired feeling after reading a book that has built itself up so strongly in such a short amount of time. No matter what, if you are new to the series, make sure you start at issue one, otherwise this feeling will be amplified.

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9.0
Black Magick #6

Jun 28, 2017

Visuals and limited dialogue drive readers forward with understanding heartache. Its a standalone issue in a series that typically hinges with each plot twist. The creative teams does a beautiful job of explaining the anger and concern that drives Rowan. It's a great way to dive back in; slowly bathing readers in the emotional waters of Black Magick.

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6.0
Black Widow (2014) #9

Aug 7, 2014

Despite the interesting ongoing story, this issue feels like an unnecessary way-point with almost zero effect on what will happen next. Which is fine for a fun read for those looking for a little spy-thrill. The final reveal pages does exactly what it should in making you want to read what is next. With that being the case, if your budget is tight I'd go ahead and say wait for next month and see what is around the corner for Black Widow.

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10
Captain Marvel (2012) #14

Aug 6, 2013

The theme of the entire crossover has been Carol Danvers fighting herself: first in the brain growth that limits her superpowers, her personality, which is combative to all the recommendations given to her (she's stubborn folks!), and then in the realization that her own body is being used as a weapon against the city. This theme of being your own worst enemy encompasses every aspects of the story and is reflective in its conclusion. The story is very reflective of the female psyche, the self-doubt and desire to be independent and self-sufficient. This storyline exudes every reason why Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel has created a whole new fanbase where one has never existed before, or has been lacking in stories that speaks to new female readers.

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10
Captain Marvel (2012) #16

Sep 19, 2013

Smart aleck remarks, space fights, and exploding ships equal a book that is all fun and adventure, without any previous reading really required. Whether you are following Infinity, Captain Marvel or just looking for a book to jump on-board the Captain Marvel fan train with, this issue delivers for any level of reader.

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9.5
Captain Marvel (2012) #17

Nov 8, 2013

Filipe Andrade's stylistic pencils continue to provide emotion throughout the book. It is a signature style and imagery found when Carol is interacting at home with family, friends and fellow superheros. As always, this is not a style that will appeal to everybody" especially those who feel that only traditional American comic art is what should be found in big two publisher's books. If you like something unique, it does a

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9.0
Captain Marvel (2014) #1

Mar 11, 2014

The story continues to be littered with DeConnick's trademark quips and wit. She reveals more about Danvers personal tastes and not-so-secret geek-thusiasms for readers who may have been unaware. Fighting, flying and cunning dialogue transport you on an adventure that makes you want to see just how Carol end up on the wrong end of a secret space police and where it will take her next. This action and determine filled beginning lays the groundwork for another strong emotionally based series that launches the adventure up into space.

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8.0
Captain Marvel (2014) #6

Aug 18, 2014

The long awaited conclusion to the interstellar mission Carol set out on in issue one wraps up here with a massive battle, some light humor and emotional heartstring pulls.

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9.0
Captain Marvel (2014) #7

Sep 13, 2014

This fluid art along with the humor, anger and action create a solid issue.Thisstoryseems to get back to the joy and fun of comics after a heavily messaged filled arc and last issue.Captain Marvel and Rocket Raccoon have almost been reduced to a squabbling old couple… and it is hilarious. This is the jumping on point this series has needed. Fans of space adventure, strange creatures, humorous reveals will get their fill here and find a new friend in Carol Danvers.

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8.0
Captain Marvel (2016) #1

Jan 20, 2016

As always there is a great mystery hook at the end to guarantee that you'll be back for the second issue. Fans of the previous Captain Marvel series will not find themselves longing for a previous time.Anyone who is concerned that Captain Marvel has lost her punching the sky, feminist edge, can breath easy. Carol Danvers is still an all action-hero that makes no apologies for her act-first-ask-questions-second mentality.

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9.0
Chew/Revival #1

May 31, 2014

Anyway you slice it, Chew/Revival is a well balanced introduction for new readers and delightful distraction for current fans.

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9.5
Clue #1

Jun 28, 2017

Make sure you've read the wholecomic! Yes, just like the movie, there are three possible additions at the end of each issue. It wouldn't be Clue without it.

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8.0
Cobble Hill #1

May 13, 2013

The unfolding of this book maybe too slow of a pace for some, however Samantha's resolution at the end of this issue holds promise for more adventure ahead. Cobble Hill, while only available in digital format, is just $0.99 for 29 pages. Issue #2 is expected to be released this summer, in July.

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8.0
Critical Hit #1

Oct 1, 2014

Sawyer is an artist who is able to bring the finesse tofacial reactions. It's needed to sell the subtle nuances in the back-story and relationships that Miner has been building with these characters. Sawyeralso has a firm grasp on body placement in several of the action sequences. This drives home the timing and speed. Combined with Miner's character monologues and flashbacks it makes you squirm in your seat just like a horror should. Instead of the creepy and unnatural you have a terror built on the plausible much like the movies Last House of the Left or Wolf Creek.

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9.0
Curb Stomp #1

Feb 25, 2015

Beyond the action, the electrifying characterizations and the sense of protecting community there is a subplot of gentrification and corrupt politics. The threads are laid out in the middle of the story and provide the true reasoning behind the ensuing gang war. These are all elements that the protagonists are completely unaware of and it is unclear at this point how deeply this story will go. However, it is clear that Ferrier and Neogi have bigger designs in mind than turf war and coming to grips with the consequences of ones choices. Ferrier is known for over the top stories with series such as Tiger Lawyer and D4VE, which sees physical print for the first time this week as well. If anything, this feels like a subtle introduction to massive twists and turnsahead.

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7.0
Curse #1

Jan 19, 2014

With monsters of all sorts, vampires, zombies, witches and werewolves, filling up the comic shelves for the past few years, it will be interesting to see where this book finally settles. It's a strong start filled with lots of potential.

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10
D4VE #2

Jan 1, 2014

Like any sane person, by the end of the issue, D4VE is thrown a new plot twist that gives him the smallest glimmer of hope in regaining his former glory. As many looking to reclaim what once was, you can be the judge on the last panel if he goes overboard. I vote that he has, in all the right ways.

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10
Dead Letters #1

Apr 2, 2014

If Sebela and Visions can continue to masterfully collaborate with such surprising, inspiring and hair-raising plots, there is no doubt this series will become a hit.

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9.0
Deadpool Kills Deadpool #4

Nov 5, 2013

This final issue, along with any issues of the series, benefits from the reader having a comics background, which might knock it down as being completely new reader friendly. However, there are a few cultural references that those without a deep knowledge of comics might enjoy. The issue also leaves you wanting more by revealing a little bit more of the intentions of an almost forgotten foe introduced in this series… whose actions are waiting to be explained in January's Night of the Living Deadpools series. Bunn and Espin definitely have embraced the idea of leaving the people wanting more.

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7.5
Dejah Thoris #1

Feb 3, 2016

This is clearly a number one issue, with a full set-up that has plenty to be explored. The beautiful artwork sells you on the drama. The potential for deep and thoughtful exploration of societal roles leaves you hoping for more in future issues. It could be unfair to judge a comic on potential, however, there is so much here. Plus, there were plenty of grin-worthy, fist-pumping moments that made the action and adventure enjoyable. This combination of intriguingand sexy is the perfect kick-off for a new Dejah solo adventure.

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8.5
Dejah Thoris #2

Mar 2, 2016

This is a solid issue for those familiar with this world. For new fans, there is still plenty of story and action to help familiarize yourself with Barsoom. Political intrigue, civil oppression, and a healthy dose of butt kicking make this comic worth reading.

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6.0
Doctor Who: Supremacy of the Cybermen #3

Sep 20, 2016

It is disappointing when a big event comic like this, crossing the Doctor's stories, doesn't create amust read issue. However, that seems to be the case, so far. Perhaps part of the problem is that this chapter is all about pushing to pieces together, not leaving room for development. The barrier with the art not necessarily moving smoothly from scene to scene does not help either. However, forDoctor Who fans it is a pleasant enough read that will amuse and delight. It is especially enjoyable if you love the Cybermen or Rassilon. If you have been checking this event out, go ahead and pick this issue up. If you have not started yet, you might want to wait for the full story in graphic novel format… or for news of any potential amazing twists in the next two installments.

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8.0
Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor #4

Feb 18, 2016

Considering the detached nature of each issue, hopefully the payoff of the ending of the miniseries is amplified next month.The stories themselves are very easy to follow, and great for new readers who would like to jump on board and have some almost classic feeling Doctor Who adventures.

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8.5
Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor: Year Three #5

May 10, 2017

With moral discussion starters, lots of running, and giant blackhole this standalone issue is “Ood”-les of fun. (No, I'm not ashamed and I will not apologize for saying that.)

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9.0
Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #13

Jun 2, 2017

The whole story is very Doctor-lite. The ending will cause your brows to knit together in some shock and puzzlement. You will begin to question justwho will Jackbe going forward in this arc, and by default, Captain Jack in stories we've already seen. It's a daring move, if Scott and team follow through with the cliffhanger they've set up. However, even a more modest conclusion will require lots of problem solving adventures ahead.Most of the creative choices make this issue a good jumping on point for Ninth, or even Tenth, Doctor fans. Of course, though, this is tailored made for anyone looking to fill the Captain Jack hole in their fandom.

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8.0
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Year Three #5

May 17, 2017

There is also lots of running down corridors. Since, it is running and busting through dimensions in comics it's much more colorful, with action poses and plenty of excitement. Despite a lack of dimensions in a basic human being used by an alien baddies, there is a satisfying ending that leaves you with a smile. The Doctor always open the way for final acts of redemption. This Doctor Who comic provides a hope for humanity many comics readers crave.

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9.5
Doctor Who: The Third Doctor #1

Sep 14, 2016

This first issue is a complete set-up of the players, the threats, and the risks. Then the final page reveal drops, changing all the stakes. Personally, it sent me into fits of squeals of delight, over the moon, and ready to pre-order issue 2 on ComiXology. Obviously Cornell, Jones and Hi-Fi are ready to do more for the audience than just your standard alien invasion story. It will be enough for any classic fan to cry out, “Oh, my giddy aunt!”

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8.0
East of West #17

Feb 4, 2015

Hickman and Dragotta's epic saga of the end of days continues with emotional appeal, but not world changing dynamics. This is an issue that might make people wonder if they should trade wait. However, if you've been reading you know changes are on the wind. Diehard fans will love the emotional connections and having their fix after the month long break through January.

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7.5
Edge of Spider-Verse #1

Sep 10, 2014

There is nothing shocking for longtime fans of the previous Spider-man Noir series, or those looking for further insight into the upcoming multi Spider-Man fight. However, what this issue does well is provide an easy to understand launching point to go back and pick up the prior series. It also is a fun escape for those who do not want to get involved in the bigger crossover. No prior knowledge necessary to enjoy.

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10
Edge of Spider-Verse #2

Sep 16, 2014

There are reveals, large and small in this issue. Latour reveals unpredictable cameos and creates major revelations that have plenty of story to explore in a full series. Fans of Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, Stormand She-Hulk may find a kindred, spirit of justice and perseverance in this Gwen Stacy. Of course, at the very end we are reminded of the larger story that will bring this Spider-Woman into the larger battle to protect the heroes across the Spider-verse. Of course, more Spider-Gwen is always going to be a great thing. Everyone, be they a Spider-Man fan or not, should try and enjoy the empowerment of this book.

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9.0
Elektra (2014) #1

Apr 22, 2014

Not only does Blackman take dramatic steps to change this perception of Elektra through an unusual story, but del Mundo and D'Alfonso create breath-taking artwork that looks like it would be more at home in a gallery than traditionally seen on a comic page.

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8.5
Emily and the Strangers #1

Feb 1, 2013

Needless to say, a familiarity with Emily probably makes this book more enjoyable than if you're reading it for the first time. However, if you're willing to go with it, I'm sure you'll enjoy the show.

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9.0
Empress #1

Apr 6, 2016

The simplicity of story and the excitement of the action are delightfully boundless. The ending leaves the door open for a world of possibilities. We are left with only the faintest hints of what lies ahead. Empressbeginsas an ancient fairy taleand ascendsinto a massive space opera.

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8.0
Faith and the Future Force #1

Jul 28, 2017

One more wishlist item is that this story is able to help move Faith past her “wanted” criminal status. Either way it's time to jump into the vortex and see where the next issue takes us.

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8.0
FCBD 2017: Doctor Who #1

May 6, 2017

For anyone needing a sampling of the various personalities and adventures of the Doctors, this Free Comic Book Day story is for you.

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7.0
Furious #1

Jan 29, 2014

Overall, I think this series is setting up to be fierce! A book that will need to be reckoned with through cosplay, fan art and deeper debate over its commentary on media-immersed existence before the last issue ever hits the stands.

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9.0
Giant Days #12

Mar 2, 2016

Esther questioning her role and goals at university, throughout the issue, is what leaves us with the biggest cliffhanger of the series. For fans of that might have fallen off the habit of picking this book up, I highly recommend jumping on with this issue. It will not only give you delightful joy, but the ending will make you instantly ready and longing for next month. This series is consistent in high quality story telling. Esther, Susan and Daisy are so vastly different, but fiercely loyal to each other. It's the offbeat friendship that sells this book time and again, continuing with this issue.

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9.0
God Hates Astronauts #1

Sep 3, 2014

If bad books are car accidents you cannot look away from, this is the traumatizing story that will send you to the madhouse, giggling with glee the whole way.

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9.0
Goners #4

Jan 17, 2015

Horror enthusiasts, readers looking for stories of family centered action and lovers of beautiful cartoon styled art will loveGoners. The story is going to speak strongest to those affected by stories of familial loss and secrets being revealed. For those who are simply looking for surface level horror or those looking for all the secrets of the world being built to be spelled out before the plot unfolds need a new book. There is some dramatic world building happening. Thecreators are writing this story for an audience who is able to handle the anticipation, reveals and follow along with this alternate world of the supernatural dangers being public facts.

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8.5
Gotham Academy #6

Mar 25, 2015

Our core group of protagonists are finally one and allows for future mysteries as well as some excellent pizza parties.

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8.0
Gotham Academy Annual #1

Aug 31, 2016

This is the last issue beforeSecond Semester takes over.There are just enough stories that have been planted to create intrigue for what comes next. Colton is due for a major story arc, with the threads,the last half a year or so, that have been planted. Pomeline needs her own dose of reality for just how cruel her behavior can be to others. Maps remains fun-loving. Kyle is still a background character who exists only to obsess about Olive. It's the desire to see these character continue to grow and expand, more than this story alone, that will bring fans back for the new number one issue.

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9.0
Gotham By Midnight #1

Nov 26, 2014

This is the book where superhero comics not only step into the pool of the horror genre, but slowly work their way down into the deep end. However, they do not have to drag you along from behind or drown you in it. Instead you're entranced and walking along with Fawkes and Templesmith… all the way down into the dark water, surrounded by the black flowers, ready for the hell about to be unleashed.

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8.5
Green Arrow (2016) #26

Jul 5, 2017

Is it the start of a Rebirth bromance, Oliver Queen's way into the Justice League or just another case of reluctant allies in the latest issue ofGreen Arrow? Since this is only the first part of the story, and Wonder Woman showing up next time, there is more to read and learn. Those who like seeing Ollie go ahead to head with super-powered heroes, and prove his worth will enjoy finding out.

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8.0
Green Lanterns #26

Jul 5, 2017

Those looking for Jessica and Simon dynamics, or even an answer to what has happened to them in issue 25, will have to wait. This is an issue built for those who are fascinated by the mind of a villain. What drives someone to become so ruthless? As with many cases, Volthoom's motives are heartbreaking but become twisted over time. Rami's role shows how just because you reject emotion, doesn't mean that pride and curiosity can still not be your demise.

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7.0
Grumpy Cat #1

Oct 7, 2015

Grump Cat is a meme that appeals to adults more than anyone. The message of being cynical, and unmoved by life certainly reverberates more through the adult experience. However, the all ages story telling blurs this message and instead delivers by the book adventures that kids will enjoy the most. It might be a good book for parents and kids to read together. It's certainly not created for an adult who is not a fan of the meme and didn't take the time to read it with her children.

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8.0
Harley Quinn (2013) #1

Dec 21, 2013

The moments of over-the-top violence and one-liners continue in this issue, but make more of a case of how far the pendulum swings in Harley's life. Earth shattering revelations or world changing events do not feel like they're on their way. If you are needing something connected to the bigger events, the Batverse or the DCNU as a whole, this might not be the book for you. If anything, this anti-hero is designed more to speak to those who are looking for something completely different than what has been offered lately. Think of it as a palette cleanser for all the angst and brooding that is occurring in the lives of other superhero characters. It's a clean set-up for establishing a new cast of characters, in what feels like DC's first fun sitcom style book since the launch of the New 52.

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5.0
Harley Quinn and Her Gang Of Harleys #1

Apr 13, 2016

It was rather painful and upsetting by the end, because you kept asking yourself, “Wait, what?” Not in a “what happens next” style. It was more of a questioning of why the story was taken to these points to at all. Depending on issue 2 and the reveal of who villain Harley Sinn actually is, this might be insulting enough to turn me off from the entire line.

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9.0
Heartthrob #1

Feb 9, 2016

While most people do not need a major organ transplant, they can find kinship in her struggle against the machinery of society. Callie shows us the monotony of daily existence, the regrets coming from playing it safe, use and abuse by those we thought we were closest to, and the desire to tell the world where they can stick their demands. These are the struggles of every human throughout time. Heartthrob explores these things with fascinating direction that does not linger or drag the reader down. Of course there is a cliffhanger that will leave you wanting to know what happens next. The clear cut story and gorgeous, clean art make this an easy read that transplants itself into your head, telling you to read it just once more.

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8.5
High Crimes #9

Feb 1, 2015

Do not let the need to catch up on back issues stop you from catching up. The price point is right and the story engrossing and emotionally haunting about accomplishing the smallest of changing dreams.

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8.0
Hulk (2016) #1

Dec 28, 2016

It's a subdued start, to what is typically one of the more bombastic characters in the Marvel universe. With any status quo change, it will take multiple issues to reveal the depth and heart of this story. It will be a story only for those willing to hang on and deal with the emotional turmoil along the way.

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8.0
Inhuman #1

Apr 2, 2014

While the bigger picture of what is ahead might not be clear for this series, what is clear is how straight-forward it is for new readers. Through multiple outlets summaries, exposition, artwork, even a map at the end readers are given a clear background of why events are unfolding the way they have in this book. There is a mystery for future issues provided through the tribal Earth-born Inhuman Lash. There is the everyman connection through Dante and his struggling family. Finally, for long time Inhuman fans, you have Medusa continuing her reign as queen and owning every panel she appears in. Despite a fourth quarter change in the line-up, Inhuman is set up to be a solidly plotted and delivered story for their spring All-New Marvel Now! line-up.

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7.5
Jim Henson's Labyrinth 30th Anniversary Special #1

Aug 10, 2016

If you're a die hard Labyrinth fan who won't mind giving up two or three other comics to have this in your collection, it's an absolute buy. If you are a comics reader who appreciates art, it's a definite buy. If you are a casual fan or reader who is on the fence, the price point might have youdolefulby the end.

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8.5
Josie and the Pussycats #1

Sep 28, 2016

This book is a sold introduction to the rebooted universe of Josie and the Pussycats. There is plenty to remind longtime readers of characters gone by and enough modern points of view to keep new readers around. While there is no strong humor like Jugheador the different point of view nostalgia of Betty and Veronica, there is a sincere look at women, friendship and newly formed interests and goals that makes this book unique from the others Archie Comics offers. It will be interesting to see the bands newest way of rising to the top of the charts, and how they handle newfound fame.

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8.5
Justice League (2016) #22

Jun 7, 2017

This issue is a solid story, with beautiful art, lots of humor and a good moral at the end about believing in yourself and your teammates. It's the type of story that used to be a staple in superhero comic books. Now, when it's this recognizable, it's something to be treasured.

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9.5
Justice League (2016) #24

Jul 5, 2017

Gorgeous and consistent artistic detail, and attention to each league's strengths, merged with Mera's emotional journey and search for support create a dynamic issue. It will make you want to find other comics fans to debate, in the most fun way possible.

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8.5
Justice League: Darkseid War Special #1

Apr 6, 2016

If you're going to read Sam Humphries's Green Lanterns this summer, get this book. If you're going to be reading Justice League with Rebirth, get this book. If you're wanting to understand the events that have been leading to Rebirth, get this book. Darkseid War has not been an overly fluffy event, but a carefully laid out story leading to something much bigger. This special acts as a great way to shine a spotlight on the women heroes and villains who are pulling the strings.

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7.0
Klarion #1

Oct 14, 2014

There is great set-up for what the bigger issue will be downthe road. It creates a curiosity for future issues.

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7.5
Lady Killer #2

Feb 4, 2015

This second issue ofLady Killerfinally sets the stage for a potentially deeper storytelling, but makes it unclear where she will take the audience. It is a story that could have a very unnerving turn of events, or create a very stylish anti-hero.

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9.0
Larfleeze #1

Jun 27, 2013

I went into reading this book, fully prepared to not like this self-serving lantern. Now, with each issue, I'm prepared to go to the LCS and say, "MINE!"*

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8.0
Lazarus #6

Feb 5, 2014

That doesn't mean avoid this series. That means get yourself a copy of the first trade and catch up, then enjoy.

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9.0
Locke & Key: Small World #1

Dec 21, 2016

Those who have never experienced this series before will get a taste of the fun house of horrors that await, if they choose to dive into the main line. All readers will experience the well paced horrors that are mellowed by the heartwarming touches found within the Locke family.

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7.5
Manifest Destiny #1

Nov 13, 2013

During the actual westward expansion of America, there were plenty of people and species that America misplaced, hunted and threatened. From Native Americans forced off their lands to walk the “Trail of Tears” to the hunting of buffalo to near extension, those heading west were hunting “monsters” in their minds. What this series does is that it takes that very idea and turn it on its head by creating literal monsters that this group is after. How far of a stretch is the reality from the truth? Perhaps not as far as we'd like to think. If you are looking for a book that is different from your everyday fare, than the ideal of America's destiny to expand westward and slay the beasts that stand in their way will hold both a literal and metaphorical brain exercise for you while reading this book.

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9.0
Mara #2

Jan 31, 2013

Be it a corrupt system or a girl going through unknown and uncontrollable change, I'm looking forward to seeing how issue two's surprises play out next month. Mara #2 costs $2.99.

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10
Mara #6

Oct 8, 2013

This emotional conclusion does an excellent job of drawing to a close Mara's extra-normal life, while still leaving the possibilities open to see her face again should another lesson needs to be given to the world.

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9.0
Mockingbird #7

Sep 15, 2016

Mockingbird is a go to, feel good, belly laugh inducing, adventure ride every month. This issue is no exception. Murder mystery abounds, convoluted solutions exist and lots of humorous art abounds. Some might be annoyed that the tie-in to Civil War II connects Bobbie too much to the stories of the men in her life, the cliffhanger looks to have the potential refocus everything back in her direction.

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7.5
Monster & Madman #1

Mar 14, 2014

The difference here lies in the under pinning story dwelling more of a loss of identity than the fear of stalking creatures from the unknown. We are given the monster's point of view in an establishing issue that provides needed exposition, before our pair of devils set out to either fight or play.

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8.5
Monstress #1

Nov 4, 2015

Monstress is a haunting look at war, that leaves the reader convicted aboutwhat they would be willing to do,in the name ofsurvival.

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8.5
Monstress #3

Jan 29, 2016

What Monstress elicits a primal emotional reaction that most comics strive for and fail to accomplish.This tale is dominated by women who are brave and resourceful. However, they are not afraid to show fear, doubt or love. They are allowed to be humans an not stoic strong female archetypes.

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9.0
Ms. Marvel #1

Feb 5, 2014

There have been plenty of preview articles that have hinted at Kamala's power-sets, but not at the trials she might have to endure to gain them or control them. The final flare at the end is fun and interesting to see how Wilson & Co. circle back around to bring us the hero we're all longing to get to know.

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9.5
Ms. Marvel (2014) #8

Sep 13, 2014

The biggest sell of this book continues to be the youthful voice that is infused into each issue. Wilson has tapped into the best and most genuine voice of a younger generation who wants to make a difference and not just be rewarded for the sake of showing up.

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9.0
Ms. Marvel (2014) #11

Feb 6, 2015

There is a definitive “end of the beginning” feeling provided by this issue. While much of the goofball humor Kamala had with her friends in earlier issues is missing, there is still plenty of joy. It's the kind of conclusion that will give you hope for the future. There is a familiar invocation that each generation thinks the one coming after is degrading, and how those coming up are going to prove the world wrong. This book is designed to show all of us that there is hope not just for the future, but for ourselves. Plus, leave it to a Ms. Marvel book to make you physically hungry. It left me chanting #gyrosforheroes.

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9.0
Ms. Marvel (2014) #13

Mar 12, 2015

This being the first issue of a brand new arc, Wilson has made a point of lacing in some key plot threads that could potentially turn character's heads in any direction, at any point. For now we are given the idea that Kamala has finally found someone she can relate to, confide in and crush on. However, if you look close, and think too long, you might immediately become paranoid about his intentions. When you're not sure where things are going, aren't those the most fun comics to read?

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7.5
My Little Pony 2013 Annual #1

Oct 30, 2013

If you have someone, especially a younger someone, to share and teach the overall themes of this book with I recommend you grab it off the shelf. However, if you're just an exuberant pony fan you may want to wait until the annual is collected with the rest of the story that has yet to be played out.

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9.5
Nailbiter #2

Jun 4, 2014

While the first issue laid out basic plot and characters, this second issue has busted the doors of terrifying possibilities and shown us that no one is safe, nor can they be trusted.

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8.0
Numbercruncher #1

Jul 16, 2013

While the story does leave off with the hint of a twist to come, and enough foreshadowing to guess what lies ahead in the next issue, there is no drastic cliffhanger to force the reader or twist someone's arm into buying the next issue. The only thing to push you into reading next month is the strong story, with philosophical overtones, dramatic art and detailed color choice that shines as the crowning jewel of Titan Comics' new line of books.

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8.0
Nutmeg #1

Apr 15, 2015

Fans of Lumberjanes, Penny Dora and Amelia Colewill enjoy this series. Parents with elementary, pre-teens and tweens will enjoy having another book they can share and discuss with their kids. It's an all-ages tale that is willing to have over the top fun while taking just a light and intriguing walk on the mysterious side.

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8.0
Operation S.I.N. #1

Jan 5, 2015

Ellis's art has a fun, vibrant, clean feel to it. It's atraditional comic stylethat works well for miniseries. Immonen's dialogue is amusing and will probably coincide with the feeling of theAgent Carter television show well. For those only familiar with the cinematic Peggy, she is a blond in the Marvel 616. Don't let it throw you off. For those not interested in the television show, the time period or the “man on the wall” Woodrow McCord,this isn't the book for you.

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9.5
Peter Panzerfaust #8

Jan 9, 2013

Peter Panzerfaust is one of the greatest comics on the market right now that you're not reading.

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6.0
Powerpuff Girls #1

Sep 25, 2013

I will be getting issue two, because the potential for something greater and bigger sense of fun is down the road. For those just learning about The Powerpuff Girls, this issue might not be as straight forward and seem somewhat mundane for those not as familiar with the show's formula.

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8.5
Powerpuff Girls #2

Oct 30, 2013

Due to this, there seems to be an extra layer to this issue, where the first issue seemed more straightforward in reintroducing everyone to Townsville. That being said issue two still has an appeal for both an audience of children and new fans and those looking for the more subversive.

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9.5
Rasputin #1

Sep 15, 2014

The combination of suspenseful, emotionally charged writing combined with detailed, elegant art, and vivid and distinct coloring create a masterful story that could be a prime-time television series.

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8.0
Rat Queens #6

May 7, 2014

Just as life is not divided into “very special episodes” focusing on each character, Wiebe does an excellent job of slowly releasing the tidbits and drama of each character slowly over the series. It's enough to make you feel for each one and yet vague enough to keep you guessing and wanting to roll the dice to see what happens next. Some of those dramatic reveals for the Queen of quiet, Dee lays ahead in this issue, as well as the fate of a “terrible old hag” who set the girls up in the first arc. And of course, the bigger threat introduced at the end of the first volume grows.The sex, drugs and foul humor continue for those who are willing to cut loose and rock out.

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8.0
Rat Queens: Braga #1

Jan 5, 2015

Obviously, at some point in Braga's life decisions were made. However, they are not the core of what shapes her it's the scars of familial tradition, derision and force that have turned her into a glorious warrior and pushed her to leave home. It's a story that, no matter your gender or background, many can relate to. That is what more trans stories should have in them so that those, walking the same path as Leelah Alcorn, have representation to see that life can go on a be what they make of it, when surrounded by people who care about them.

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8.5
Red Lanterns #22

Aug 6, 2013

Overall, each of the characters are well-crafted throughout most of the book. However, there are a few panels where the formation of Bleez's face felt rushed, despite being centerstage. Also, Dex-Starr is showing powers he has previously never shown before which lays out a mystery that hopefully Soule addresses in future issues.

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8.0
Red Lanterns #29

Mar 31, 2014

This isn't a nail biting, edge of your seat installment. Instead, it's a nice change of pace that continues to lay a strong foundation into the changing character of the Red Lanterns. It also shows how well Soule and Vitti can sell humor and compassion.

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7.0
Red Lanterns #32

Jun 27, 2014

There is plenty to love here, despite the Kara debate, and I know several people who, after reading this issue, are going back and picking up back issues to read the full Red Daughter of Krypton storyline. It's a good transitional set up for the coming civil war, even if left with a feeling of what a proper goodbye with Kara could have been.

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9.0
Red She-Hulk #63

Mar 11, 2013

The only drawback was the rather surprising turn the book took in the last few pages. It's nice to see that the Red She-Hulk isn't always going to win. However, there is a villain brought in on the last page that just leaves you saying, “Really?” If it pays out in the next issue, than it's not that big of a deal. However, it's the kind of plot twist that could go corny quickly. Just have to wait and find out next month.

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8.0
Revival #6

Jan 24, 2013

Mike Norton continues to do an excellent job with the artwork. His partnership with Seeley shines throughout this series. The simple clean lines are included in rough lined panels that often overlap with full-page artwork, creating congruence. This allows the story, with all of its supernatural happenings and characters, keep you feeling out of kilter so that you do not solve the mystery too soon.

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8.5
Roche Limit #1

Sep 24, 2014

The detective, the victim and big bad boss are all revealed and explored within the first issue. However, the larger mystery had only had the surface scratched. It's clear that this creative team is setting fans of crime and mystery on a path that is unclear in the best way possible.

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9.0
Rocket Girl #1

Oct 15, 2013

Brandon Montclare pulls references and dialogue in to help weave a world that is familiar, yet completely new to us. With one issue, the storyline appears to recognize the cost/benefit of the corporate “take-over” of tourist spots, such as Times Square. However, with DaYoung's conspiracy hunting expedition to the past, a larger story seems to looming ahead in future issues, making you curious for what lies ahead. With this creative duo taking this story into an ongoing book, the potential for a different type of comic taking center stage in the “space crazy” that has been popping up this year holds promise for readers who invest.

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8.0
Rocket Girl #4

Mar 19, 2014

Those who haven't been following the series can find enough exposition to fill them in on the comings and goings of characters. There doesn't seem to be as much character development or change in personalities or opinions with such a small amount of time being covered in each issue. However, the action and logistical twists are more than enough to keep your attention. Montclare and Reeder continue to build a unique world that features action-driven female characters, that challenge your time travel logic and keep you guessing.

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9.5
Satellite Sam #1

Jul 3, 2013

I say all this, because, the cliff hanger at the end is what makes this whole book worth it. This love letter to classic 1950s television leads to a build up of the real plot, which will be nice to see take center stage in issue #2.

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8.0
She-Hulk (2014) #1

Feb 11, 2014

Soule has captured the classic, sassy and confident personality of Shulkie with a storyline that has a feel of an issue that would typically provide breathing room between large story arcs. The classic elements are all there: knowledgeable, logical, tough lawyer who likes to cut through the B.S. There are also great touches that call back to her previous stories and relationships that will give long time fans big grins. This isn't a big-impact or quick read story, though. In an effort to reinforce the legal world Jennifer Walters works-in, there are text heavy talking heads on several pages that could bog some readers down. However, if you take your time to take it in, you find Soule is crafting chuckle-worthy moments. Also, if you're looking for big action, you might have to wait for another issue, since the biggest fight scene is left to the imagination and happens off panel.

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9.0
She-Hulk (2014) #2

Mar 10, 2014

Soule and Pulido have a magical formula here that combines everything that is fun and intoxicating about She-Hulk throughout the years and gives it a contemporary appeal.

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8.5
She-Hulk (2014) #7

Aug 6, 2014

While the one and done story telling style does not make this issue a must read for the series, it's a good amount of fun. Plus the friendship development between Patsy and Jennifer cannot be underrated. Pulido and Soule also do a great job with the bookend story telling by opening up with a regal panel of Captain America, and juxtaposing that with a final panel that will have you wanting next month's issue today.

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8.5
Silver Surfer (2014) #11

Apr 29, 2015

For those who love beautiful art, puzzle stories and fun in comics, this is the story for you. Even if you find yourself initially vexed, you will lose yourself in the cyclical nature of the story. The clever use of art to create the cycles and the ideology of the power of choice is driven home on multiple levels. It's a concept that will leave you both smiling and concerned for what lays ahead.

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9.0
Silver Surfer (2016) #1

Jan 20, 2016

You'd have to be a very jaded reader to not succumb to the joy and fun that flows constantly through this issue. From the very first pages action, adventure and joy fill the Surfer's world.

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9.5
Sip Kids #1

Aug 6, 2014

SIP Kids allows Moore to tell more adventures of Francine, Katchoo, David and the crew without being beholden to their past, yet still respectful of it. Katchoo herself exclaims, "REBOOT" in one panel. If all reboots were done in this fashion of fun, humor and heart I think there would be fewer groans across the comic community.

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8.5
Skinned #1

Apr 20, 2014

Skinned opens doors to philosophical questions about just is reality, when you cannot trust your eyes, and what that is worth to shaping human nature. There are plenty of questions raised about which characters will end up playing the roles of helpers or hinders to our pair of lead characters and if they goals are merely localized in freeing their own lives or will create a larger societal impact. The best part is, if you don't want to bog yourself down with heavy questions like this, there is a basic relationship vs. the world story with mind-bending art for you to enjoy.

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7.5
Spider-Gwen #1

Feb 25, 2015

It reads more as an issue #2, continuing the story left off fromEdge of Spider-Verse #2. Fans of Spider-Gwen clamored for more after that book. More is what as been provided. The background details coming into play make it wise that readers hold on through the first three to six issues to see if the payoff will be worth it. There isgreat foundation for what could be a unique story. For now, Latour is easing people in with familiar ideas and hidden references for returning readers.

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10
Spider-Woman (2015) #4

Feb 17, 2016

Parenthood as a beginning, and not an end, is now at the heart ofSpider-Woman.

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8.5
Spider-Woman (2015) #13

Nov 2, 2016

Spider-Woman is a cleverly written, beautifully illustrated and dynamically colored story, highlighting the struggles of a single mother superhero. This is not your everyday superhero book, but something to be celebrated for it's unique views on balancing parenthood and life. Yet, after this gut punch I'm going to need to go hide under and blanket and sob for awhile. Sure, it's superhero comics, and things like this aren't always forever. It still reads like a Hopeless twist that isn't being glossed over anytime soon.

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7.5
Star Trek / Planet of the Apes #1

Dec 31, 2014

It is my own hope that this series does take the time, in future issues, to comment on some larger humanitarian theme, since that was the very nature of both franchises. So far, it's a fun revisit with a classic Star Trek feel. For those looking for more General Marius and less Captain Kirk, you might be better off skipping ahead tothe next installment.

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7.5
Star Trek/Green Lantern: Stranger Worlds #1

Dec 21, 2016

It is exciting to see just how Sinestro is wielding his new power, applied to Klingon culture. A new plot twist comes in how the rings function, or fail to function. The Lanterns are so far away from their power sources. It creates big questions. The Federation's integrations of Lantern technology could raise ethical dilemmas later. There is massive world building occurring that read like many more volumes are possible in the future. If the rest of this second volume delivers on the fun of this issue, more will be welcome.

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9.0
Star Trek: Waypoint #1

Sep 29, 2016

What this first issue leaves you with is a hunger for more issues. Those interested in getting a sampling among the different series will enjoy the variation. Both of the stories in this issue provided you just the right amount of information that you could jump right in and enjoy. Knowing that any story can come from any series and the line-up of talented creators makes this series an engaging, delightful, must read for Star Trek fans.

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8.5
Star Wars (2014) Annual #2

Dec 1, 2016

The standalone nature of this story is not an exaggeration. There is no need to have read any previous Star Wars comics before to enjoy this story. Those with just the smallest cursory knowledge of the universe will be able to understand what is happening. There is a mixture of indictment and persistence from the characters that made me take stock in my own personal causes. Readers looking for a story of hope will enjoy this roller coaster.

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9.5
Supergirl (2011) #19

Apr 20, 2013

Mahmud Asrar's art is distinct as always. His style has been giving this book more of an independent feel compared to other supe

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8.0
Supergirl (2011) #29

Mar 21, 2014

While there are no huge surprises, this issue provides a nice bridge to show how Kara went from Earth to blindly flying with vast rage throughout space. It also provides a great reminder of the relationships Kara has at stake back on Earth along with how enjoyable they are to watch play out.

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7.5
Superior Foes of Spider-Man #14

Aug 7, 2014

It's the type of creativity and cleverness that make comics fun to read. The stakes are not necessarily high, since you know where all the final players ended up, which deflates some of the story. It does give you an emotional footing on where each of the characters stand with one another, which will invariability shape future encounters and conversations. Also, a good rereading of previous issues is rather necessary for those who have trouble keeping up. Despite the recap pages, the series does will not necessarily sell itself without the impressions and backstory of previous issues. The personalities and growing with these characters is what sells the stories each time. Without that background, I'm afraid it may all just come across to new readers as mediocre and drifting. However, the final page theoretically promises big changes next issue with the reveal of Shocker's, “… mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore,” moment.

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9.0
Superior Spider-Man #32

Aug 6, 2014

Despite the #32, this issue isn't too difficult of apick-up spot for anyone not familiar with Otto Octavius as Spider-man. The quick exposition, the dramatic and detailed action sequences plus the brash superior nature of our herokeep you turning the page and ready for the event that is about to unfold.

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9.0
Swords of Sorrow: Masquerade & Kato #1

May 29, 2015

Overall, there is a lot of fast paced action, clever resolutions and just a taste of a cliffhanger to get you to want to read moreof the Swords of Sorrow crossover.

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7.0
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #2

Apr 15, 2015

Another aspect that could turn some readers off is the high level of focus on Madam Satan in the story. Sabrina feels like an after-thought in her own title. There is heavy lifting to sift through this villain's background story, that causes a stagnation for Sabrina's own life. It is a single-minded choice so that you understand the evil Sabrina will be facing in future issues. If you do not enjoy looking back, you could find yourself decided a six month wait was not worth it. This is not the daring and exciting points of view presented in the first issue. However, moderate to serious horror fans will delight in the presentation, despite the lack of weightierundertones. What is clear is that with the way Madam Satan positions herself in Sabrina's life, someone is about to get schooled.

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7.5
The Darkness #113

Jun 10, 2013

The gem at the end of this book was a short story at the end by author David Hine, which is about Hope's dream after her misadventures. After reading the book, you can picture the characters drawn in Haun's style and with the same shading as a book. It's also easy to see what Alice characters new people in the story represent. It was fun and whimsical, while dark and disturbing. Despite its lack of importance, to the plot going forward in this series, I do wish this epilogue had been drawn out.

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9.5
The Fearless Defenders #1

Feb 7, 2013

The only way female team books are going to stick around is if people buy and read them. If that is something you like, then you need to read this book. This book should be looked at for its own merit, but it goes without saying that this is almost like a dry run for the all female X-Men in April. If Fearless Defenders continues to have a great mix of character exchange, development and action, I think interest will continue to grow.

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9.0
The Fearless Defenders #2

Mar 16, 2013

Sliney's art continued in a similar fashion from book one. Where he really outdoes himself is with the villain who appears: Caroline Le Fey. Her thin and purposefully emaciated body is painful to look at and makes her scowl and smiles all the more creepy. The shadows on those same panels, in the middle of the book are a little much making it a little hard to read her face. However, I think that too was done very purposefully. Also, it's only in a small square of a single panel, but Sliney's profile of Storm is just lovely to look at. I'm looking forward to watching the team members grow in size and the additions made with his pencil.

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9.5
The Fearless Defenders #4AU

May 25, 2013

Finally, the best part of this tie-in can be summed up in one word that should be just enough to tempt, without spoiling anything: Mjlnir.

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8.0
The Fearless Defenders #7

Jul 31, 2013

Many of these twists are not completely surprising. However, having Bunn's narrative combined with Stephanie Hans beautiful backdrops and glowing characters creates an epic feeling of grandeur. Her chosen color palette is dark and muted for the halls of Valhalla and washed-out airy feeling for the surrounding landscapes. The juxtaposition of these two locations also helps to convey the loneliness Annabelle is feeling and the hope that Valkyrie brings with her.

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9.5
The Fearless Defenders #9

Sep 16, 2013

This might seem like some hefty apologetic talk for a comic, but hey, laugh with it. Heck, at this point, laugh at it. It's fun.

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7.5
The Fuse #1

Feb 16, 2014

There are no over the top surprises in store, but some clear world building is being done with this issue. It will be interesting to see where it goes, or how far out the story goes, from here. From the first initial page you can tell there is more mystery to this murder-mystery than this first issue probably reveals. So just how far outside of standard crime conventions this series will go is still an unknown.

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8.5
The Mighty Captain Marvel #0

Dec 21, 2016

CWII focused on infighting Carol had with Jessica Drew, Kamala Khan, and others. This issue shows how losing those relationships, over ideals, takes emotional tolls in life and work. “Winning” becomes an empty notion. It's an exploration of women, friendships, and communication that has desperately been missing. Add to that quality, dependable art and you have something worth checking out.

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8.0
The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys #1

Jun 12, 2013

Like many dystopian books, the main story is followed up by mini-articles which help to clarify plot points seen in the comic. Here they are represented with pages from B.L.I. employee manuals. Often a reader can pick and choose if they read these, but, in this case, they're probably worth your time to read. There is nothing dramatically revealed, but they're concisely written which keeps them from dragging the rest of the book down.

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9.0
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #2

Feb 5, 2015

It is clear that the design of the story is not for the continuity and dramatic minded comic reader. Instead, fans of Ultimate Spider-man cartoon, Teen Titans GO! andMy Little Ponyare clearly who this book is trying to grab. If you're not a fan of the unconventional and you want your heroes brooding, treating the latest threat to the universe like the greatest one ever… well, there are plenty of other stories for you to check out. (The rest of us will be over here laughing and having a good time. Probably starting the Squirrel People are funnier than Spider People Club) (Oh, and don't forget to join Mew Club. I'm required to ask… asking you to join are rules 3-7.)

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9.5
The Wake #5

Nov 20, 2013

Perhaps it's due to current events across the world, but it is all too easy to think about how people here and now are being affected by natural disasters. Snyder also, plays on the heartstrings of people who are in charge of caring for the well being of others. If you are a parent, guardian, or anyone who has the well-being of another person depend on you, then the writer probably has you in the palm of his hand (yes, I cried.) It doesn't matter if you do or not see it coming or fall somewhere in-between. This mid-way conclusion is an emotionally charged ending that forces all of us to think about what would happen once our choices are taken away. Despite this weighty plot-point that could potentially leave an audience in despair, leave it to this writer/artist team to give you a charge of hope, energy. The back matter also provides a great idea of where things will be headed in the second half of this mini-series and a desire to have the very next issue in your hands now!

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10
The Wake #7

Mar 26, 2014

Some background knowledge from issue six is helpful in understanding the full impact of what is occurring; however it is not a necessity to enjoying the story. It's more helpful to be familiar with the end of Part 1 of the series and Dr. Archer's final moments than anything. Snyder and Murphy work together to create a masterful reveal at the end of this issue that will completely challenge what you believe is happening and scratching your head as to what is next. The Wake is an emotionally charged thriller with gasp-worthy moments, making you feel like you're watching an epic on an IMAX screen.

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8.0
The Wicked + The Divine #2

Jun 23, 2014

All these elements are there for a good story, however the lack of value Laura has for her own humanity creates a personal disconnect. She has this desire to be more, which many experience, but to the point of sacrificing anything else that could matter to her. We are not meeting a young adult in selfish transition, but one who has already decided that "the band" is more important than those who have shared their lives with her or her future. Laura's family is not portrayed as abusive, neglectful or harsh, but just family. Laura speaks to solipsistic generations ready to sacrifice everything going right for a chance to touch and be burned by glory.

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6.0
They're Not Like Us #1

Dec 28, 2014

There is zero doubt thisantagonistic, selfish approachis on purpose. It is supposed to run as a commentary on a generation. However,it feels like two dimensional character structure. It runs parallel to many popular teen television shows, much in the vein of aformulaic pilot episode for the CW Network. Given more issues and a chance for more plot twists and things could change in this story about young people with gifts. However, with series like Jupiter'sLegacy and TheWicked + The Divineproviding multiple layers of story telling, the need for a more unique point of view will need to show itself very quickly. If you enjoy single stories, without anything below the surface or complicated, this issue is for you. For others, it's still a wait and see what happens.

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9.5
Thor (2014) #1

Sep 29, 2014

Aaron's original vision finds its natural continuation, despite the #1 label. Those who have been reading the series will feel as if the series had never stopped. Those who are just hoping on should not feel left out.

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8.0
Thor (2014) #2

Nov 14, 2014

While readers might feel like they're being kept in a holding pattern, being teased about Thor's identity, the action is building her personality. This teaser is then married with the overwhelming beauty of such a well matched art team and lettering seamlessly, intrinsically worked into the story. A fun, although not necessary, read if time and money allow.

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9.0
Thor (2014) #4

Feb 1, 2015

The final identity of the new Thor continues to not be revealed, as expected. Aaron is playing a long game to keep people around every month before the final reveal. However, one potential candidate is eliminated through the story, by showing where this candidate had been throughout the frost giants fight. Between actions of Thor toward Odinson, calls of familiarity and other hints, it would seem the most likely candidate is clear as day. However, leave it to Aaron to give us a twist in future issues. This issue holds gorgeous action, quick but emotionally powerful steps in grieving and acceptance as well as thoughtful points on the power behind names.

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9.0
Thor (2014) #7

Apr 16, 2015

Thor is a monthly dose of fist-pumping inspiration. The impatience level for the confirmation of her identity next month has hit its limit. While nothing is officially confirmed in this issue, pick it up for the action, emotion, continueddemolishment of the old guard; and you'll never forget the gorgeous pages that sing with fluid movement and beauty.

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8.0
Thor (2014) #8

May 13, 2015

It is well-written, but it risks steering into dangerous stereotypical problems for "female heroes" territory. While Jason Aaron may swerve again, it's worrisome that this story could end with not a bang, but a whimper. That's what happens to female heroes: they whimper, then they disappear. This is the opposite of what Jane Foster deserves. I hope, with recent sales, Marvel feels the same way.

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8.5
Umbral #1

Nov 13, 2013

Those who enjoy fantasy adventures will feel right at home in Johnston's use of vernacular. For those who do not venture into books of knights, princes or wizards, you might feel a little lost. Let me be clear, though, Johnston makes a point of this being a horror book that plays on your imagination and the things you think you see in the dark. So, it's not a book everyone can enjoy, but many will find engaging and unique. Monsters abound in place of dragons. Rascal is not portrayed as a goodie-girl stuck in the world of bad men, but instead owns her devilish personality. Set in a realm where her reality and nightmares collide Rascal is quick to own her flaws and use the desires of the shadows against them.

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7.0
Undertow #1

Feb 18, 2014

Orlando has worked hard to sell you on this society. This a book that hinges so much on how you take in the gorgeous art that takes your time and careful eye to appreciate all of the details. It is a beautiful book that you should see just where it is headed.

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9.0
Vertigo Quarterly: Magenta #1

Aug 4, 2014

This volume has stories that speak to everyone at different levels. If you have trouble with non-traditional superhero art or some [debatable] unresolved endings, then this anthology might not be for you. However, multiple art styles, from clean and classic to photo realism to more of a European flare constantly change the mood and can help new comic readers see what a variety of voices are available for sampling in the comics world.

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10
Vision #1

Nov 5, 2015

At it's most basic,Vision is a book about an AI that creates his own family in an attempt to be more human; and the repercussions that fall upon his new family, because of his decisions.At it's core,Visionis an examination of family, humanity, self-fulfillment, playing god and emotional distance.Vision is a brutal read, in the best way possible. It allows the reader to examine the question of what it means to be human, and if we are really doing those things in our own lives.

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9.0
We Are Robin #10

Mar 23, 2016

It would be so easy for a comic with a cast of this size to fall down when it came to making you care. There are so many characters, and yet the creative team is able to strike an amazing balance of development and tension. Despite the fact that this issue is all contemplation, discussion and setup, the characters are never static. They are constantly working, moving, living. This helps to create an artistically interesting read, adding to the subtext, while driving it deeper and forward all at once. The loss of the Robin team with Rebirth would be a horrible fate. Yet, if the build up in this issue is any indication, they will be going out making a strong and convicting statement about modern culture.

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