Jessica Petrecz's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: All-Comic Reviews: 71
7.9Avg. Review Rating

6.0
All-New All-Different Avengers #7

Mar 27, 2016

Of course we should see the Standoff event to completion because if there is one thing to believe in with Marvel comics is, it's to trust great writers. So, lets chose to trust Mark Waid and believe there is a great payoff awaiting the readers of this mini-event. Sure, this comic does have some issues with the disjointed nature of the story, but that could be part of the event and thereby possibly intentional. Ether way, there is some good stuff happening between the members of Vision, Captain America, Thor, Ms. Marvel, Nova, and Spider-Man becoming a team and we deserve to give them the benefit of the doubt.

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8.0
All-New Hawkeye (2015) #6

Apr 21, 2016

All-New Hawkeye has been tremendous for both Hawkguys and Hawkgals as we have learned more about our Hawkeyes than ever before and seen them for whom they were growing up, and even glimpsed into the future to see who they will become. Lemire and Perez have been a great team to take on these stories, the relationship between the story and artwork has beenbreathtaking. They really captured the emotion and intensity of every panel with colors, layouts, dialogue, and character design. Honestly, there is not a book written by Lemire that isnt great or a book penciled by Perez that isnt fantastic so, All-New Hawkeye can be added to the list of great comics done by great creative teams.

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10
All-Star Batman #2

Sep 13, 2016

Comic fans can rejoice because All-Star Batman is truly delivering the great comic we all hoped it would be. When Snyder announced he was leaving Batman and not teaming up with Greg Capullo anymore, fans were worried there would be no more inventive and creative stories featuring Batman. All-Star Batman is proving to everyone that this is where we can look to find the great stories featuring Batman and other Gotham favorites. The nuanced and beautiful art is balanced with terrific restrained writing that delivers a great story. The best part about All-Star Batman is that you do not know what Snyder is going to do next and what surprises lay in store for Batman. That type of uncertainty and excitement around comics is why everyone should add this to your pull list.

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10
All-Star Batman #6

Jan 10, 2017

Snyder has built trust with his readers, and he continues to earn their trust and admiration with All Star Batman #6. Just when you think Batman stories have peaked, this book allows you to be surprised, moved, and impressed all over again. This is the first issue of the All Star Batman series with a new creative team and this issue shows the true diversity of stories we are going to see, from John Romita Jr. with Snyder showcasing Batman and Two- Face on a road trip to Jock and Snyder going to Alaska to show Bats taking on Mr. Freeze, we can only wait with bated breath for the next story.

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6.0
Avengers Standoff: Assault on Pleasant Hill Alpha #1

Mar 3, 2016

This issue sets up a great new creative story from Marvel that will have people buying each crossover issue to come. Pleasant Hill is a new concept that is involving a lot of characters across various titles. With that in mind, it does make sense for an earlier issue to fill in a lot of voids with heavy narration and dialogue. This word-heavy issue may dissuade some readers, but it is totally worth it for the great old man Steve Rogers dialogue and art throughout and the build-up that beautifully sets up the next issues to come.

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8.0
Batgirl (2016) #1

Jul 30, 2016

Batgirl #1 is a great start to a potential new approach to Batgirl with a more mature take on an often neglected character. To be honest, this week has not been great for Barbra Gordon, with her receiving a lot of heat with the depiction of her relationship with Batman in the animated movie ofThe Killing Joke, this book feels like a win for Babs. DC can greatly benefit from introducing more woman solo titles that are appealing to the young adult female demographic that are not of the Harley Quinn variety, and this book is a great depiction of a relatable female book. The art alone really gives this book a sleek, modern feel that can inspire confidence for future issues. It's the storytelling and character growth which could be the savior or demise of this series. We can only hope we can continue to see a relatable, competent, and mature take on Batgirl that will give this character longevity and respect amongst hardened Bat fans.

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6.0
Batman (2011) #52

May 12, 2016

DC did not have to put out this issue, there was nothing to gain from adding an extra issue to the back-end of a largely celebrated and awarded run that already had their culminating issues. However, the issue did deliver a new take on Batman that was interesting and offered a new perspective, but was completely unnecessary. If you are like me, you most likely forgot about this issue and were surprised to see it in your pull list or on the shelves. Maybe you had a sense of excitement and you thought Snyder and Capullo put out another swan song issue for us, but alas it was not. The story is nice, but completely not needed to be honest. It felt out of place and in a way, disrespectful to the legacy of Capullo and Snyder to sneak this issue at the tail end of a great run just to grab sales. This issue would have served better as an addition to an oversized Batman #50, but alone it feels and reads desperate.

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6.0
Batman Beyond: Rebirth #1

Sep 29, 2016

What this book lacked in originality it made up for in beautiful art that had complexity and depth. You may pick this comic up for the familiar title, but you will continue to read the book and turn the pages for the art. If a book is drawn well it can truly save a story, and in this case it is true. This series is not dead, in fact this first issue could be a case of a poorly executed first issue that takes up space of backstory so the rest of the arc can fly by, but that has yet to be determined.

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10
Black Hammer #2

Aug 19, 2016

The best way to describe Black Hammer is it is a comic book written by comic book lovers for comic book lovers. This book makes you feel nostalgic for comics, with its cheeky homage to classic comic tropes and prototypes we all know and love while promising a fresh new twist awaiting all the true believers who see this series through to the end. This is a must read for all those of us who claim to be comic lovers or anyone who is looking for a great series as a first exposure to comic book.

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8.0
Black Panther (2016) #1

Apr 10, 2016

Coates is certainly taking his time enjoying his first comic writing experience and he is lucky to have Stelfreezeand Martin along for the ride. The threecreative geniuses are working in lockstepto create a well thought out story with great design and artwork throughout. The many threads of plot and character that were introduced this issue are only allowing us to have a more complex story than we are accustomed to in comics these days, but it's already apparent it will be worth it. The steady pace Coats is taking this story is complemented by the page layout we get from Stelfeeze along with the design work on Wakanda and the Black Panther outfit. This series is a definite must on every pull list, and Coates is sure to deliver with coming issues after all the hard work and careful planning he put into this first issue. If the last page is any indication of what the future issues brings, we are all in for a treat.

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10
Black Panther: World of Wakanda #1

Nov 11, 2016

This issue is quite the gift for comic readers, we rarely get to see supporting character get so fleshed out and realized like this. This book is not only expertly written by highly acclaimed women, the book itself is about highly capable women being the hero. This is a treat for woman comic readers everywhere, because the book was not written to pander to woman, it is just a great book that adds to the current Black Panther story from Coates. So, if you need a must read comic to give you some much needed escapism, pick up Black Panther: World of Wakanda #1.

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8.0
Black Widow (2016) #1

Mar 4, 2016

This creative team really comes together to tell a fantastic spy story that leaves you on the edge of your seat. It is nice to see Natasha Romanoff front and center as the lead for this spy drama and really showing what a formidable super spy she is. Samnee and Waid come together and showcase their talents to tell a great story with all art and few words. With this first issue starting this new series with such a bang, it is exciting to see what more we can expect from this creative team and Black Widow.

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8.0
Black Widow (2016) #2

Apr 8, 2016

If you're looking for a strong female driven book, you've hit the mother lode with Black Widow.This second issue does a good deal to further convince its readers to add this to their pull lists as the story begins to really heat up. When a title has a creative team as in sync as Waid,Samnee, Wilson and Caramagnaare, you can really trust that the story and art that will deliver in every issue throughout the series.

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8.0
Civil War II: Kingpin #1

Jul 7, 2016

Civil War ll: Kingpin #1 is off to a great start with this fun, fresh first issue. It was a welcomed, unexpected title that added some excitement to a pretty exhausted event from Marvel. If you want to be in on this summers event without all the commitment from the endless titles of tie-ins, you can add Civil War ll: Kingpin. This hopeful book has all the promise to be a standout title from this summers Marvel event thanks to dynamic art combined with inventive storytelling.

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8.0
Daredevil (2015) #4

Feb 27, 2016

Daredevil works because he is a fighter for justice, in his day job and night job, and he devotes himself completely to his causes. He also has some more complex thought processes than other superheroes; he expresses self-doubt and is susceptible to being manipulated at times. He is not the typical superhero, he has flaws and it makes for great storytelling. Soule appears to be doing some of this by using inner monologue of Daredevil to express his inner turmoil. He shuns away friends and lovers so he can fully focus on improving the lives of those in Hells Kitchen by fighting crime. Soule and team are bringing those classic themes back to Daredevil and adding some new treats, like the addition of Blindspot.

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8.0
Daredevil (2015) #5

Apr 1, 2016

This book has heart, blood, and plenty of action. The writing is smart while not being pretentious and the art is masterful while looking effortless. Soule and Garney are a powerhouse creative team that have successfully delivered on this first five-issue arc and provide a powerhouse revelation in the last page of what we get to look forward to in their next Daredevil arc, and it is a blast from the past! While we wait a month for the next issue, we at least at Daredevil on Netflix to fill our gaping Man Without Fear void in our lives.

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8.0
Daredevil (2015) #6

Apr 29, 2016

This is a great start to what is surely to be another fantastic arc from Soule, Buffagni, Milla, and Cowles. The last arc was so fulfilling that it will beexciting to see what this teams does next with the great Elektra now in the mix. Daredevil #6 just gets it, it understands that Daredevil will never fully understand his feelings for Elektra and that Matt Murdock cannot resist her seductive charm. This pace and intensity of this first issue will have you soaring to the last page, where your jaw will drop when you see what the big reveal is at the end.

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6.0
Daredevil / Punisher #1

May 5, 2016

If you are new to Daredevil or Punisher or maybe even both, this book will serve as a great introduction to the characters and what they stand for. Each one is staying true to some core beliefs that have shaped each character for many years, but there could be more to the story. That is the beauty of comics; you never know really what is happening until the very end. There is always a way to surprise and delight readers with every issue. Daredevil/Punisher #1 is exciting despite its predictable first issue set up because it has the capacity and potential to be more than just this first issue. Over this arc we could expect something to happen to take the story off the predictable track and into new terrain.

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10
Dark Knight Returns: The Last Crusade #1

Jun 17, 2016

The Dark Knight Returns – The Last Crusade is sure to be the talk of everyones comic shop for some time to come. This book has been a long time coming (30 years?!?!) and it really did a good job to piece together some stories that were missing from our Batman puzzle. This is a for sure must-read for every Batman fan out there, and this is also a good starting point for any new Batman readers who are looking to venture into comics.

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10
DC Universe: Rebirth #1

May 26, 2016

DC Universe Rebirth #1 really did the unexpected and some may even say the impossible: it built excitement for the future of DC Comics. This comic was everything you want to see from a great comic and the hype surrounding this title release really built this book up. Impressively, the book certainly lived up to any and all expectations surrounding it and will certainly change the way DC is looked at in the comic world.

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8.0
Deadpool & The Mercs For Money #4

May 19, 2016

Deadpool & the Mercs for Money #4 is not trying to reinvent the comic genre, but it delivers a great comic story that has great visuals with good storytelling that will make you smile. This book is highly recommended for Deadpool fans that are looking for ways to get some more D-Pooly into your life, and maybe introduce some new heroes that may have been overlooked before. Readers will definitely come for the Deadpool when they pick up this issue, but they will find themselves staying for the great classic storytelling and fun action pages.

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8.0
Deadpool & The Mercs For Money (2016) #1

Jul 22, 2016

This book does give in to some of the familiarDeadpool pratfalls with the usual inappropriate language and comments sprinkled with plenty of action on every page, but it does separate itself from past Deadpool books because it is showing Deadpools growth as a leader and as a hero. Deadpool & the Merc$ For Money #1 has all the possibility to be another great success for the Deadpool brand and can also launch some new solo titles from the cast of the mercenaries. This book has enough complexity to keep the story fresh and the characters interesting, but the art will also keep you hooked to the story as each page passes. The collective creative team have really started off this run right leaving us with a new Deadpool title to look forward to each month.

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8.0
Deadpool (2015) #7

Feb 13, 2016

When you pick up a giant oversized anniversary issue for a character it has an expectation to be a super celebration of them and all that makes that character great. The first part of the book did deliver on those expectations because we saw Deadpool kill, get maimed, be inappropriate, say crazy funny things, and break the fourth wall. All of this was happening, but the plot and story still moved along and set up the next issue quit nicely. However, the second half the book may disappoint some because it was not Deadpooly enough. Sure, Deadpool did pop up hereor there, but the focus was on the Mercs for Money and served to further their own character development. The price is $9.99, that is over two times the price of an average sized comic, and it did feature a lot of lower level characters getting more screen time over our main attraction.

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8.0
Deadpool (2015) #10

Apr 25, 2016

It is so fun to have so many Deadpool titles to look forward to each month, but some of you may be bored or annoyed at how accessible Deadpool is now. Yeah, the success of the movie kind of robbed Deadpool of his unappreciated charm, but he is still the same Deadpool really. He may be growing up and learning new things about himself, but arent we all? If Deadpool #10 is any indication of what is to come, lets embrace the Deadpool bandwagon and get ready for some more fun, action-packed, hilarity from our favorite Merc with a Mouth.

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8.0
Deadpool (2015) #11

May 14, 2016

It is always good to get a little Deadpool into your comic reading and Deadpool #11 is a good example of what a great Deadpool comic should be. You get everything you can want: violence, puns, weird exchanges between Deadpool and serious Marvel heroes, and Deadpool coming to terms with some aspect of his seriously messed up past. This current run of Deadpool has been great because Duggan is maturing and developing Deadpool into a bona-fide Marvel sensation. Now that Deadpool is practically a household name, it will not be long until there is a Deadpool comic for every reader.

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6.0
Doctor Strange: Mystic Apprentice #1

Oct 27, 2016

Doctor Strange is a well-respected character that has a vast history in Marvel comics; he was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko after all. As we now await his cinema debut, we can expect the mountain of comic titles and crossovers to begin once his popularity takes off. This series promises to be the calm before the storm, the required reading for comic fans to say they liked Doctor Strange before it was cool.' Doctor Strange: Mystic Apprentice #1 is a nice romp through the early days of Doctor Strange before he learned how to master the mystic arts. There may have been some high expectations regarding this title, but this is a story that can appease readers of all ages and comic exposure, and may not have been intended for the more mature Doctor Strange readers. This is a great diving board for new comic readers for a starting point of Doctor Strange and it also is a must read for die-hard Doctor Strange fans who want to know all aspects of his origin.

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10
Fight Club 2 #9

Feb 25, 2016

This book has touched a nerve with fans of the old Fight Club story and new fans because it shows the current state of a generation. Even if you're not special it does give the feeling that you are not alone. The creative team does not underestimate the readers intelligence and the story is definitely not being spoon-fed here. You may find yourself reading and rereading the book to pick up on things, but isnt that what a good book does? It challenges your thinking with the fast action and plot developments around important themes that are rooted in the current state of society.

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8.0
Flash (2016) #1

Jun 25, 2016

With the overwhelming amount of new releases in DCs Rebirth, it is hard to have a title stand out amongst a sea of new title releases under this umbrella. The Flash #1 accomplishes setting itself apart from other Rebirth titles with its subtle hints at unlocking the secrets left over from DC Universe Rebirth while also telling a great story with fantastic stylized upbeat art. This book will certainly be an important read each month if you are invested in the DC relaunch and is a must-have on everyones pull list.

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8.0
Gamora #1

Dec 22, 2016

Gamora #1 gives you all the badass moments you hoped for, all the feels for Nebula you did not expect, and all the hope in the world that this series will be great. This first issue leaves the reader fully invested into Gamoras crazy family, and also rooting for her to kill people in a weird way. This is for sure the Gamora story we were hoping for and hopefully we can look forward to having a Nebula titles series too.

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4.0
Ghost Rider (2016) #1

Dec 5, 2016

Ghost Rider #1 barely gets this story off the ground and leaves the readers feeling a little confused and bored. Not enough was done to endear the readers to any of the characters and give us a purpose to continue reading. If you can make it through the first story and read the second mini-story Pyston Nitro Strikes you do get to see the makings of a character and a Ghost Rider story we can get behind. This does provide some hope that this series could flesh out better than anticipated. Introducing a new villain like Pyston Nitro opens up the door to tremendous possibilities that would excite readers and give us a reason to keep reading.

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8.0
Hawkeye (2016) #1

Dec 19, 2016

Hawkeye #1 does deliver a great romp around Venice beach, California with everyone's favorite female Hawkeye. The possibilities for this character and title are endless, and it is really encouraging to see Marvel rewarding some greatly developed characters their own solo book. Thompson and Romero really built something special with this issue; the book had a purpose and a voice that will come across to the readers. Kate Bishop is now Hawkeye and she is having none of your crap and can kick all of your butts. The creators laid down a lot of foundation in this issue that will undoubtedly pay off as the series gets fleshed out.

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8.0
Hulk (2016) #1

Dec 31, 2016

This series has all the promise in the world to deliver and this first issue is proof. You could not ask for a better writer or creative team to give Jennifer Walters the credibility to wear the Hulk title. This is a story that is crafted with beautiful pages and emotional dense story that is sure to keep us invested for many issues ot come.

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6.0
Hyperion #1

Mar 24, 2016

This first issue does a good job setting the story up to deliver an okay arc about a not so well-known character. Hyperion has been given so many varying story lines over the years, but he has never been a consistent presence in the Marvel Universe. It is nice to see Wendig going for a more human approach to the character that will hopefully endear him to fans, old and new. Honestly, the team needs to back away from the similarities to Superman, like the laser vision and the attempting to connect to the mid-west regions on the country. Hyperion needs to be established as his own character and develop trains and relationships that set him apart and endear him to readers. This series does deserve a few more issues to build the story arc and develop the characters into a hopefully great story.

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6.0
Hyperion #2

Apr 21, 2016

Hyperion #2 definitely starts to find its voice with the more lighthearted approach to the relationship between Hyperion and Doll. The additional plot of a new bad guy made of worms provides an interesting scenario to play out this new dynamic of hero and sidekick and build some connection and investment from readers, but the story still feels a little stiff at times and needs some work introducing Hyperion and what kind of person/hero he is. When the high point of a story is the introduction of a dog, a possible soft target for a future bad guy, it does not really speak well to the story so far. All we can do is hope each issue keeps getting better and maybe eventually we as readers can begin to care about Hyperion.

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6.0
Infamous Iron Man #1

Oct 22, 2016

Infamous Iron Man #1 really does deliver what is to be expected. You get Doom wearing an Iron Man suit, but there is so much more going on beneath that. Bendis and Maleev are creating a rich and wonderfully complex scenario for Doom that could either allow him to be the hero or villain, and that is just how you want a comic with Doom in it. You want there to be enough room for him to flex in the grey area of right and wrong, and this series promises to be full of grey moral areas and lots of great Doom moments alongside some classic characters. It is just a shame it was released when it was. It lost some of its impact having some major Civil War II events, that we have not read about, act as major motivator for our stories protagonist.

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8.0
Jessica Jones #1

Oct 7, 2016

This is not a comic book for everyone, in fact, it is a book some people would not enjoy simply because this is not your average Marvel comic where the bad guys lose and the good guys win. Jessica Jones #1 is a nuanced and mature book with themes that are relevant and applicable to an adults life. This first issue is setting up a complicated and delicate scenario between Jessica Jones and several other characters from the Marvel Universe that will surely get more complex as it unfolds. If you are looking for an escape from reality, then look elsewhere because what this creative team give us is a mirror witha more accurate reflection of modern-day life than most current comic books.

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10
Jessica Jones #4

Jan 15, 2017

This series is just continuing to get better and better with each issue. We finally get some answers to some questions from issue #1, but there is a long way to go. We are still wondering about the murdered woman who hired Jessica, and why Jessica was in jail. Her unique take on events and unique voice are welcomed amongst the family friendly titles that are turned out every week. As we wait for more answers, it is a delight to watch Jessica traverse the Marvel world once again with Bendis and team.

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8.0
Justice League / Power Rangers #1

Jan 15, 2017

This book is a bucket of fun to read with the intermingling of Batman and the Power Rangers and the non-stop action throughout. Fans of both hero franchise can find something to love in this mini-series. Batman and other DC hero fans will appreciate the levity a title like this can bring and Power Ranger fans are going to enjoy seeing their heroes in new settings like Gotham City. Overall, this book was a fun walk down memory lane and was a good read with beautiful artwork. Some may overlook this title for the novelty of it, but they would be mistaken because this first issue proves that a this is going to be a substantial comic filled with great art and childhood dreams coming true.

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6.0
Legends of Tomorrow #1

Mar 18, 2016

DC may have missed or squandered a fantastic marketing opportunity, but they made up for it by giving some freedom to the creative teams

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8.0
Mockingbird #1

Mar 10, 2016

This book is a fun read, it surprises you with the complexity and nuances presented to Bobbi Morse that shows she is going to be a multifaceted character. Cains first Marvel book is a well-written first issue that definitely leaves readers wanting to put this title on their monthly pull list. The story telling is so strong in this first issue of Mockingbird #1 that it can forgive the sexualized depiction of the main character.

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8.0
Monsters Unleashed #1

Jan 18, 2017

Monsters Unleashed #1 was a massive undertaking, from character design of hideous monsters to creating a cohesive story to span across different heroes in the Marvel Universe. Bunn and the art team of McNiven, Leisten, Curiel, and Lanham certainly seem up to the challenge to bring a little good old fashioned fun monster fighting back in style. This book is a fun read that really reminds Marvel fans why we love Marvel crossovers, they are not just a ploy from an evil company to sell more comics; they serve a purpose to bring teams together, heal old wounds between heroes, and push character development. This book has the promise to do all of those things and much more.

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8.0
Moon Knight (2016) #1

Apr 15, 2016

Yes, those who follow Moon Knight are probably going to be so stoked at how good this book is, and at how good the story arc can be. Maybe you have never heard of Moon Knight and that is okay, because this is actually a good jumping-on point for new readers because it explains a lot of back-story to who Marc Spector is and what Moon Knight is. This book is good, and it does set up for the next issues to be just as good if not better so, please read Moon Knight #1 because he is a great example of how Marvel can write a good off-the-wall super hero story and still engage a reader. This was a long-awaited book for many and it certainly lived up to expectations.

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8.0
Moon Knight (2016) #2

May 8, 2016

Moon Knight is a great example of how Marvel can still have great offbeat stories about non-conventional super heroes. So, if you are not on the Moon Knight train, there is still time to get on board because the train has not fully left the station yet. This run is looking to be epic and one of the best Moon Knight runs of recent times thanks to the awesome creative team behind this book.

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8.0
Moon Knight (2016) #3

Jun 1, 2016

Moon Knight #3 really cemented this book as a cant miss comic each month. If this book is not currently on your pull list, you should definitely do yourself a favor and add it while you can. The first issue already went into a second printing and with only three issues in, it should be easy to get caught up with the story. This book has created solid depth and interest around a little-known character by introducing a great story with a giant mystery. The giant mystery at the center of the story is slowly being unraveled, little by little, each month by some of the best in the comic business. The slow unravel will certainly change Moon Knight and his world, and you better be there when it all goes down.

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10
Moon Knight (2016) #5

Aug 6, 2016

Plain and simple, buy this book. Okay, if you want to see some talented people show off and put together a gorgeous book that offers a variety of art styles and a great story this book is it. Honestly, this is great comic story telling and it pours out of every page. Lemire knows what he is doing and this book he truly put his trust in the art team to tell the majority of the story from the lines, colors, and panel layouts and it pays off. Moon Knight #5 is setting us up for some big things for Marc Spector and pals, so it is highly advisable to get on board so you can tell your friends that you liked Moon Knight before it was cool.

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8.0
Moon Knight (2016) #10

Jan 7, 2017

Being a Moon Knight fan puts you into a small club of devoted Moon Knight fanatics who consume everything and anything Moon Knight and buy any series with the title. This book will surely win over any Moon Knight fan, but it also has the potential to win over new converts from the dedicated creative team and great story. As this series progresses Lemire and team are finding their footing and appear to really have a grasp on the character and are providing a new perspective we have not seen before. Sure, we have seen the mentally unstable hero before, but now that story is evolving into something more. That promise of more is what will keep us coming back as the devoted fans of Moon Knight look for a creative team to treat our favorite hero with as much care and admiration as he deserves.

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10
ODY-C #10

Mar 20, 2016

Reasons to buy this book for most people probably include a certain inclination toward Matt Fraction, or Greek mythology, but really people who buy this book should be those who appreciate an intellectually stimulating story and fabulously hallucinogenic art. If you even want to forget the story, the book is worth buying alone for the beautiful splash pages you get on page two and three.

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8.0
Power Man and Iron Fist (2016) #1

Feb 18, 2016

This book is has a lot more depth than expected. It shows two old friends getting together but it also suggests a friendship that is slipping away as they both move into the next phases of their respective lives. This book is at its best when it shows Power Man and Iron Fist together in action sticking up for the little guy against the bad guys. This series has a lot of promise to introduce some forgotten villains, create more depth for some underused characters, and hopefully rekindle a bromance between our two heroes.

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10
Saga #35

Apr 3, 2016

Saga is a comic book that will live long past each monthly issue.This is a title that will become a tried and true, well-worn trade you pass on to those you feel are worthy to learn the good news that is Saga. This issue is just an example, a tiny slice into a larger pie of goodness that is Saga. This book has delivered in story and art in the last thirty-fiveissues and it will continue to do so as long as Vaughan and Staples are at the helm. This duo is truly another great example of a creative genius team that feeds off of one another. If you are not reading Saga, do yourself a favor and pick up the first trade and start there, then work your way through the great story Vaughan and Staples have developed. Then, you can fully appreciate this issue and what it can offer.

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8.0
Sex Criminals #14

Feb 22, 2016

Sex Criminals can be ridiculous and crude and sometimes offensive, but it always delivers in humor with great storytelling. The book is continuing to adapt and find new ways to have fun telling a ridiculous story about two people who have magical powers associated with having sex who then rob banks. Sex Criminals is such a fun ride each month, and seeing how Fraction and Zdarsky started off this year it looks like they have a lot to live up to in the coming months.

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6.0
She Wolf #1

Jun 23, 2016

She Wolf is not your Grandfathers comic book and that is a great thing. Reading a comic outside of your comfort zone is always fun to do, and wherever your comfort zone may lie, reading She Wolf will only add to your appreciation of the medium. A single man wrote, drew, colored, and laid out the entire book and it is a success for that feat alone, but then the book is fun too. The art style may be a little off-putting for some readers, but give it a chance and you will get to read a fun story that just may need a little time to find its voice.

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8.0
Slam! #1

Nov 17, 2016

Just a friendly reminder, this is another awesome comic about kick-ass women created by some kick-ass women. It is so nice to see the uptick is great comics that just happen to be centered on women that also happen to be written and drawn by women. Aside from wanting to support female creative teams, comic lovers will enjoy this story because this book has a lot of charisma that cannot be ignored. Even looking at the cover, which is a close up of Jennifer in full derby gear, all bloody after an apparent derby match, this book is hard to pass over on a shelf full of comic books. The girl power message throughout this first issue is a subtle one, but the clear message from this first issue is there are plenty more good stories to come from this derby rink.

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8.0
Spider-Gwen (2015) Annual #1

Jul 2, 2016

This issue is a better than expected surprise that will surely bring some new perspective on Spider-Gwen. The varied art in this issue is a nice balance to provide a little something for everyone who picks up this issue, with a wide variety of styles on display in each story. Latour really took a lot on his plate by writing the entire issue, but it absolutely paid off. The stories are as varied as the art, but there is a reason for each story and the order they are presented in provides a great overarching understanding to this character. When Spider-Gwen was first introduced in Edge of Spider-Verse #2 in 2014, many thought it would be a flash in the pan that she would not really take off in a self-titled book. Thanks in large part to the love and dedication of writer Jason Latour; we have seen Spider-Gwen become a mainstay in the Marvel Universe. She has a wide-reaching audience and plenty of stories to share.

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8.0
Spider-Man/Deadpool #3

Mar 10, 2016

This series has proven to be more than just another superhero team up that Marvel threw together and that is because there is actual depth and character growth. Every issue we learn something new about Spider-Man or Deadpool and their relationship continues to evolve and grow. It is fun to have the lightheartedness that comes with a Deadpool comic challenged as Deadpool reveals more about his personal life to Spider-Man and the readers with this issue. This issue is really important to this arc because the last four pages really take a left turn and set the tone for the next issue. If you are into Deadpool, especially the Gerry Dugan and Brian Posehn recent run, you will really appreciate what the creative team did with the last pages and the direction this series is taking.

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8.0
Spider-Woman (2015) #4

Feb 20, 2016

This issue was really special for all the fans of Spider-Woman out there. Everyone says people are never the same after having a baby and that has yet to be seen with Jessica, but it is still early. Jessica Drew just keeps getting better with each issue. We still do not know exactly where Hopeless is taking her next with introducing a Spider Baby into the Marvel Universe, but it is going to be exciting.

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8.0
Spider-Woman (2015) #6

May 1, 2016

The whole issue you are thinking Thank God for Jessica Drew; she will be the one to save our heroines, get them back to their home world, and resurrect our faith in this series contributing something substantial to each characters continuity. Spider-Woman #6 really gets the ball rolling for this story and convinces you to see this series through until the end. Crossover events between characters are great, they help to building bridges between fandoms and introduce readers to new great heroes, but when done unnecessarily, it can be tedious to read as it distracts our favorite heroes from some fun and meaningful alone time. The verdict is still out for what the history books will write about the “Spider-Women” crossover, but this is a step in the right direction.

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4.0
Spider-Women Alpha #1

Apr 7, 2016

Keep looking for the heart of this story and maybe you will find it in the coming issues of the Spider-Women crossover issues, but it certainty was not to be found in the first issue. With a lot of the good work these creative teams are producing independently on the singular titles, it was surprising to see it all go to shambles with their combined efforts. Some will find the energetic and unique art style can compensate for the lackluster story and spoon-fed plot, but for others it was just appears to complement the sloppy and lackluster story. At the end of the issue, all readers will be in agreement that the big reveal was a big dude and the central plot of the crossover story loses its original appeal.

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8.0
Star Wars: Han Solo #3

Sep 2, 2016

There is no doubt that people are going to love this story. Audiences have shown that Star Wars is still a viable franchise from the excitement around the release of Episode VII last December. There are plenty of stories left to share and what better way to read them, but in comic form! Han Solo#3is a great example of how Marvel can utilize great talent to produce books that look sharp and have great stories that add to each characters personal mythos. The Han Solo series is a perfect way to keep fans invested and pacified between movies while also adding some additional stories to enrich their favorite characters.

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8.0
The Unstoppable Wasp #1

Jan 5, 2017

On any given Wednesday there are a good chunk of books that have strong women kicking butt and we can welcome The Unstoppable Wasp into the club. This title has a lot to offer with Nadia and her backstory of being Hank Pyms daughter and escaping the red room. Nadia surely has won over fans after this first issue, her spunky upbeat demeanor is sure to help her stand out and win a spot in everyones pull list.

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8.0
The Unworthy Thor #1

Nov 5, 2016

From just this first issue, it's plain to see that this is a must-read series for all fans of Thor, but it is also just a well-written story that is beautifully illustrated. Aaron is crafting a great story of a man who has nothing left to lose, so we want to see the heights he will climb to attain his godly status once more.

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10
The Unworthy Thor #2

Dec 12, 2016

The second issue of The Unworthy Thor is a showcase of what great writing and an invested creative team can do. This issue cemented this series as a top title on anyones pull list for sure. Everybody loves a good underdog story, and one featuring the former God of Thunder is an unlikely one, but the question that remains is how much more punishment is Odinson going to endure before his luck turns around?

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10
The Walking Dead #152

Mar 4, 2016

If you are not currently reading The Walking Dead, you need to fix that immediately. This is easily one of the best books out today that consistently delivers with unsuspecting twists and deaths while still finding ways to challenge and push our characters to their limits. This issue is a perfect example of what there is to love about this comic. It shows action, character and plot development, action, suspense, and hope. Yes, Kirkman will give you anxiety as you read it with the constant fear of death and destruction with the turn of every page. This is because the entire teamdoes a mesmerizingjob of getting you invested into this world theyhave created, and you become so fearful that theywill destroy it without hesitation…as they often do.

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8.0
The Walking Dead #155

Jun 2, 2016

This book shows that Kirkman and team still have it, and this comic is impactful as ever at making readers scared about what is coming and excited for it at the same time. The Walking Dead #155 continues the thrills and excitement this comic is known for. With the upcoming events that are sure to bring some loss of life it is wise to start getting caught up now before any spoilers come out. The story and art that are consistently featured issue after issue in The Walking Dead makes this a great read month after month. With the upcoming The Whisperer War arc to look forward to, there is a lot to look forward to from this creative team.

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6.0
Unbelievable Gwenpool #1

Apr 14, 2016

There are going to be plenty of people who love this comic for sure, but for others it is going to be another title added to just inflate an already oversaturated brand.

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8.0
Vision #9

Jul 15, 2016

The Vision #9 is a great, standout issue from this great, standout series from Walta, Bellaire, and King, that deserves a read from all comic fans. Yes, we know there is a Rebirth and a Civil War happening right now, but this is a fresh, fun, and new concept that deserves your attention. The heavy plot lines and stylized art are going to make this a classic storyline that will influence these characters and their development for years to come.

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10
Vision #10

Aug 12, 2016

You may be tempted to wait for the trade, but you should not wait to read this book. After this arc is done, it will be recommended to reread each issue just because King has crammed so much into every issue. The Vision just delivers in every aspect a comic should from great storylines that enrich characters, to beautifully crafted pages. The creative team behind this title are really building towards something with every issue, and if you are a fan of comics you will want to be there for that moment.

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8.0
Vision #11

Sep 22, 2016

This series will certainly go down as a classic, and with the next issue being the last there is still time to get caught up. After this series you may ask yourself why all comics cant be complex and still engage with readers through non-stop action. King,Walta, Bellaire, and Cowleshave really created a complex engaging story that is achieved through brilliantly drawn and laid out pages that have purpose amongst the narration and dialogue. The Vision is a true masterpiece and to miss it would be a true tragedy.

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10
Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1

Jun 11, 2016

If this is the rebirth of Wonder Woman, count me in. The story and art of this issue really set the tone for her future stories and they will be done with two alternating stories with one arc titled The Lies and the other Year One. DC seems to be doing everything right after Rebirth, and if this is an indication of the books come we should all start adding them to our pull lists.

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8.0
X-Men '92 (2016) #1

Apr 1, 2016

This book may need some time to breathe and get some better balance between the art and writing. There are going to be some challenges when you have a team this big, and attempting to create nostalgic memories for X-Men fans from the 1990s while also attempting to give each member their moment in the sun. With the shake-up from the classic team we know and love, it is going to have a fresh and new dynamic that will really give a new twist on some classic X-Men moments. This book deserves a few more issues to work out some creative kinks in terms of art pacing, layouts, and background details. The writing is so strong and wonderful it can only improve as the characters are continually shaped and fleshed out over the coming arc, we just have to hope the art keeps up with the pacing set by the great storytelling.

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8.0
X-Men '92 (2016) #2

Apr 18, 2016

If you putX-Men 92on yourpulllist, there will be a smile on your face once a month when you pick up your comics when you see that title in your hand. It is guaranteed because seeing this comic will make you remember how much you loved this show, assuming the reason you are buying the comic is that you loved the 1992 cartoon.X-Men 92 #2really takes this series to a fun, weird place and if you go along for the ride it will be worth it. The art alone really is fun to look at it with the bright colors and attention to detail. However, it is the writing that will keep you coming back with the nods to recent titles and hints at what is to come; you will not want to miss out on whats coming.

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6.0
X-Men: Worst X-Man Ever #1

Feb 27, 2016

This book did not try to reinvent the X-wheel, but it may not have laid enough groundwork for people to care enough about Bailey to pick up issue #2. He starts the issue with a naiveand innocent perspective, but there was not enough development to bring the reader along with Bailey as he goes through some heart breaking blows. The story needed to find a little more balance between the lightheartedness and the action to make it feel natural. Bailey may not have won over every reader's heart with this first issue, but it can still provide a fun read for X-men fans who are looking for a bit of nostalgia.

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