Jideobi Odunze's Comic Reviews

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8.5Avg. Review Rating

8.2
4001 A.D. #1

May 4, 2016

4001 A.D. #1 was a solid start. They addressed the things we don't know, the things we should know, and didn't fear getting into a big confrontation.

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8.1
A Voice in the Dark: Get Your Gun #1

Sep 24, 2014

A Voice In The Dark: Get Your Gun #1 really is a great jumping-on point for new readers. All you really need to know is that Zoey killed Mandy and that things will not go as planned when it comes to getting away with it. After that you just go along for the ride because it's all about getting into the mind of a killer who challenges the cliches of most others.

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8.2
A Voice in the Dark: Get Your Gun #2

Jan 14, 2015

A Voice In The Dark: Get Your Gun #2 covers a lot of ground in only the second issue. From Zoey's personal life to the case Detective Dunst is struggling to close, there is much to see which makes you question just what led to Zoey's eventual downfall. We know how it starts, though there remains much more when getting away with murder is never that simple.

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7.7
Abe Sapien #2

May 2, 2013

It was interesting that even though the first place Abe went to was a church in order to rest, the priest there was actually welcoming to him. What was happening around the world was nothing new to the man which was why he wasn't scared when he first encountered Abe. Though we then switch over to the B.P.R.D. officers who are hunting Abe thinking he is the cause for everything happening. Something to point out is odd for them to do because he's one of them and is very humane. Here Allie was able to show what people really thought of monsters like himself and how they are lumped together as trouble and nothing else. Even more so when the towns people turned on their own priest for asking them to be at peace with those who were transformed.

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8.2
Age of Apocalypse (2015) #1

Jul 8, 2015

The artwork for Age of Apocalypse #1 is surprisingly good. They chose a good art team to handle this series because as stated above, a lot goes on in this first issue and you need those who can handle this amount of work carrying through an acceptable level of quality throughout. That is pretty much what you got from this issue. Particularly when it comes to the action. There was no shortage of that and the fights were as intense as they looked. You did not expect that first one to start or end the way it did, though it sends a message that they aren't holding back which is what you should want to see from a series that isn't meant to hold your hand. The coloring was excellent with that said. Not a time that you didn't feel like these power players weren't giving all that they had in this conflict. Warm colors, cold colors and those that matched to the tone of the story all stood out most when necessary.

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8.3
Age of Ultron #7

May 2, 2013

The artwork has remained consistent which matches the tone of the story. Peterson best portrays this with both the inking and the crosshatch-like detail.

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6.8
Age of Ultron #8

May 20, 2013

Not to say that this issue was bad, but when standing next to every issue leading up to now, it has completely derailed from the main story progression. At this point now we are wondering where is the real threat, where is Ultron? Yes, killing Pym changed this, but the future just seems so very different from what should have been the fallout from the fight Cap and his team had in Ultron's future. Now we have a fight unraveled between Tony and Morgana, technology versus magic. In a way, it seems the story is leaning towards a similar story that took place in Justice League Dark when the team found themselves trapped in a magic world at war with those who use technology.

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6.7
Age of Ultron #9

Jun 7, 2013

The one redeemable part of this story was Wolverine's death by his past self. That was something that didn't really click with me till they actually said it had to be done in order to avoid a paradox. Aside from this, we can only hope that the last issue delivers.

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6.3
Age of Ultron #10

Jun 19, 2013

In the end the book started off great. But as it was called Age of Ultron, there just wasn't much Ultron. those first four issues really gave us something to look forward to as they took him on, but when all the complications of time came into play, the story fell apart. Sadly that was basically it for the event until the very end which most readers saw coming long ago. The one redeemable thing about this event is what is to come out of it as a fallout. We have "Hunger", a good number of refreshing bookings with unique teams to be released, and some new characters who were long forgotten taking spotlight. Aside from this, the story didn't feel like it was something worth jumping into at all.

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6.7
Age of Ultron #10AI

Jun 27, 2013

In the end it serves as a decent lead up to the upcoming Avengers AI, nothing more nothing less. We know he's the center point of this storyline and for once it seems they might actually be able to make Pym seem like a likable hero.

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8.0
Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1

Jan 13, 2016

Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 left a good impression showing us that they can bring the Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. team from the show to the comics properly while moving into new territory with these characters all the same. Overall they do the spy game right which is the kind of book Marvel needs occupying the shelves at the moment.

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8.5
Aliens: Defiance #1

Mar 30, 2016

Aliens: Defiance #1 is the start of a new adventure you want to see through to the end. A main character you want to learn more about, intentions you want to see further explored. We should want to see how far Zula and these synthetics are willing to go to protect something bigger than themselves.

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8.3
Aliens: Defiance #2

May 25, 2016

Aliens: Defiance #2 made progress, though above all gave us some excellent character development from Hendricks. From the start of this you wanted to know more about her, and luckily this creative team struck a balance between delivering that, action, horror, and suspense. Perfect recipe for a memorable story.

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8.6
Aliens: Defiance #3

Aug 17, 2016

Aliens: Defiance #3 is exciting because we have finally gotten down to brass tacks dealing with the big picture. This has always been about more than just saving humanity from the Aliens. This is about saving humanity from Weyland because no matter what goes wrong in the AvP Universe, they are at the center of it all. Curiosity killed the cat, but it seems this cat is putting up a fight for the sake of it.

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8.4
Aliens: Defiance #4

Aug 31, 2016

Aliens: Defiance #4 continues striking that balance between a book that can be personal, that is dark, and full of mysteries when it comes to intentions and motivations.

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8.5
Aliens: Defiance #5

Sep 28, 2016

Aliens: Defiance #5 raises the stakes higher than they have been before and grabs you more than their actions before having in mind that what they do next will make the statement of how far they are willing to go to eliminate all possibilities of the Xenomorphs being exploited as weapons.

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8.6
Aliens: Defiance #6

Oct 26, 2016

Aliens: Defiance #6 keeps catching you off guard and keeps you at the edge of your seat. The consequences are real and the motivations are personal. It is truly refreshing to have such organic characters standing as heroes which is funny to say about a title like this.

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8.4
Aliens: Defiance #7

Dec 7, 2016

Aliens: Defiance #7 really is a must read. If you are reading any of the AvP books out on shelves, this one should also be on your list if you want a story with a strong cast and plot. This reads as organically as it should when you deliver characters who should and do see the big picture behind the encounters with the Xenomorphs.

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7.8
Aliens: Fire and Stone #1

Sep 24, 2014

For a start, Aliens: Fire And Stone #1 has some potential. We just have to see what the big picture is in this series when they aren't just trying to survive. That is a big part itself just to see how everyone reacts to this situation, though you are still put in a position where you question where this could possibly lead them in issue to come.

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8.3
Aliens: Life and Death #1

Sep 21, 2016

Aliens: Life And Death #1 is the start of another chapter with potential. Everything matters and nothing is irrelevant when the name of the game is survival and no man left behind (so to speak).

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8.4
Aliens: Life and Death #2

Oct 19, 2016

Aliens: Life And Death #2 is a step up for the fact that they are willing to break boundaries with this team. Surviving means something different to them, and it's refreshing.

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8.5
Aliens: Life and Death #3

Nov 16, 2016

Aliens: Life And Death #3 sends us on that last stretch of this chapter showing us what the stakes are between saving Chris and making sure the Xenomorphs see to their impending doom. These situations are never easy, so it is continuously entertaining that they are able to shake things up in ways we haven't seen before.

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8.4
All-New X-Men #11

May 3, 2013

I will say that whatever it is that Mystique is plotting, though nothing that directly impacted the X-Men till now is a well placed sub plot to keep the All New X-Men and Uncanny from overlapping to often. It's great that they have some connection, but Bendis made a great move by making sure that Cyclops wasn't really seen as the villain when there is a real one still out there.

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8.2
All-New X-Men #12

Jun 7, 2013

The one thing that remains consistent is the use of heavy colors and inking. Also the shading too which makes many situations feel more serious, something that you should feel given the problems the X-Men face right now. Though some expressions were off, it was those from Jean especially that stood out because of the emotion it had to display and you surely felt it from her.

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8.1
All-New X-Men #13

Jun 27, 2013

It really feels like another X-Men book that stands on its own. Sure it connects to the rest, but they face their own obstacles and as usual with any X-Men team, nothing is ever certain to go their way as we see a now rampaging Jean Grey under the influence of the Phoenix. I do have to say that it is a questionable move by Bendis. You have to ask yourself how he will explain this because the Phoenix is dead, unless he will leave that answer up to the mysteries of time, which would be a bit disappointing. Aside from this the coloring and inking is solid and remains consistent.

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8.4
All-New X-Men #14

Jul 18, 2013

This was a great issue and as usual there is more to expect from this book as the longer the Original X-Men remain in this timeline the more dangerous the risk being that this is a sensitive period for mutants all over. The coloring is what I love most at this moment and the bold colors is something you love to see stand out when big fights such as this break out. It just works great when it comes to mutants.

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8.1
All-New X-Men #15

Aug 8, 2013

As a lead up to Battle of The Atom, I say that this makes the event clearer. We already know that the X-Men of the future come to the present and it's because of the original X-Men's presence in the present. While this was a heartwarming story, you can already see how it has direct consequences, mainly noticeable when Hank kissed Jean and you could see the line of Beasts in the background. This indicates that it could have some impact on his mutations, if he even has them at all.

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8.6
All-New X-Men #16

Sep 5, 2013

While Battle of The Atom #1 laid the foundation for this event crossover to begin, this issue really set things in motion. It had emotion, humor, suspense, and a treat for all the fans whether new or current. Where I said that this story had promise, now I can also say it will be filled with surprises because what we saw now is more than likely nothing compared to what's to come later on.

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7.5
All-New X-Men #17

Oct 3, 2013

Good issue that added some depth to this plot, though that's all that can really be said about it. It was short and I do feel that a bit more could have gone into this specific issue to make you care about this real team. Everything is too vague and feels as though we're being teased instead of entertained. You are basically left with more questions than answers. Hopefully it picks up the pace with this new revelation, and that would be best when we are at part 6.

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8.8
All-New X-Men #18

Nov 16, 2013

Simple and good jumping on point for All New X-Men which sets them on a new journey. They are on their own now with the aid of Kitty and together they have a lot more potential than they did at the Jean Grey school. With the focus back on them we can now address things that were forgotten when the issue of sending them back to their time was still a concern. Good things are coming for this team and we all know what that means for those who kept track of the next event to unfold for this team.

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8.9
All-New X-Men #29

Jul 9, 2014

Overall, All-New X-Men #29 was the end of a fight that brought about some good changes in characters who needed that push. This book should always be about the development of the Original X-Men and the other younger mutants they interact with. That is what we got here and who knows where Bendis takes things from here be it connecting to The Last Will And Testament of Charles Xavier, but hopefully the focus doesn't change from what is most important to the readers.

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9.0
All-New X-Men #37

Mar 12, 2015

All-New X-Men #37 is a full package which gives us the character development from two characters who have fallen to the background as of late. They have ways to go as individuals still, though after this issue you want to see more of them tackling this as a group seeing as they are both strong heroes who overcome their obstacles.

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7.9
Amazing X-Men #1

Nov 7, 2013

Good start though you do hope things start to pick up a bit from here. I do feel that a bit too much time was wasted showing us how the school is normally and we do kind of have an idea of how the school runs by now. Firestar should hopefully be a good new addition to the team though I think there was an easier way of bringing her into the story.

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8.9
Amazing X-Men Annual #1

Jun 4, 2014

Amazing X-Men Annual #1 is the Storm focused story that fans deserved. Not the greatest, but it captured everything you like about Storm and the progress she's made up to this very point. If there was any reason to say that she was one of the most powerful members of the X-Men, Nero certainly made that certain.

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8.1
America's Got Powers #6

Jul 11, 2013

Being the second to last issue of this book, everything has led to that final moment and you can only hope that it delivers on what will be the defining moment of the story. What comes next is something you want to look forward to and the best way for this story to end is for Ross to turn that dial up and make everything that has happened up to this point mean something.

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8.7
Angel & Faith Season 10 #1

Apr 2, 2014

Overall this was a good start to big things which are in store for Angel & Faith. Of course it is possible to have that fear that the balance between both halves of the story can fall into question, though for now things are looking good for the future. My only question that comes out of this is whether Angel & Faith will have more ties to Buffy, or if it will stand on its own as something that might not call upon the need to know what occurs between each.

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8.7
Angel & Faith Season 10 #2

May 7, 2014

Angel & Faith Season 10 #2 continues to stay true to who these characters are while sending them on different paths. When going between Buffy and Angel & Faith, the way the two contrast is handled very well. You know they are two different stories in the same world, yet at the same time offer you something emotionally that the other doesn't. Just in Angel & Faith you have a contrast in tones which allows you to get a lot more out of a single issue than you'd expect. Angel and Faith are loners yes, but both have the heart to carry their own stories. This issue is a good representation of that.

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8.4
Angel & Faith Season 10 #3

Jun 4, 2014

Angel & Faith Season 10 #3 really plays on the trust that Angel and Faith lack and fail for that lack of it. Nothing too big has happened so far, but a genuine build up like we've seen which stays true to their characters is what's best for the story. I do expect something big to come soon, though hopefully that happens within a pacing that we can agree on. Nothing is going to come easy for these two and the excitement comes from how they handle their situations.

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8.8
Angel & Faith Season 10 #4

Jul 2, 2014

Angel & Faith Season 10 #4 is the end of Angel and Faith questioning the new path they have taken, and start going along for the ride. Not only did they feel new to their environments, we did too and that is the best way to get us into this season. You definitely don't need to know everything that happens before this season and there's enough reason to get into it if you just know the type of people both Angel and Faith are.

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8.4
Angel & Faith Season 10 #5

Aug 6, 2014

This issue of Angel & Faith is the start of something new which has a lot of potential if it capitalizes on the twist we are given at the end of the previous issue. There is obviously something more to this seen on the surface and it only takes someone like Amy stepping into the picture to signal that others are taking advantage of this new world they live in. In general this is a good transition in Angel's side of the story that both gives him more meaning and explores where he is at mentally/emotionally at this moment.

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8.6
Angel & Faith Season 10 #6

Sep 3, 2014

In general things are looking good for Angel & Faith with this issues conclusion. Faith has a new-found motivation and role, while Angel is confronted by yet another old frenemy. We don't know what the future holds for either character and that's great. They're forging a new path for themselves, and it's all about surviving the experience.

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8.5
Angel & Faith Season 10 #7

Oct 1, 2014

This story arc so far is the best time to get into Angel & Faith if you are a fan of either character. A lot more has been established as to what you can expect from these two and Victor Gischler isn't afraid to go over-the-top into the supernatural while keeping one foot planted on reality to show growth with them. There has been a lot of character development from season 10, and it is for the better.

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8.4
Angel & Faith Season 10 #8

Nov 5, 2014

Angel & Faith: Season 10 #8 is still making progress on both sides of the story while upping the stakes at the same time. Both Angel and Faith find themselves in a bid and it's all about what they can do in a pinch that will determine how they walk out of their respective situations.

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8.4
Angel & Faith Season 10 #9

Dec 3, 2014

Angel & Faith: Season 10 #9 hits you with big surprises from Amy and the last person you expected to be behind what happened to Reilly and his squad. Leaving you anticipating what comes next when it seems power is what drives the plot on both ends which can only go so wrong as with most who seek it.

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8.3
Angel & Faith Season 10 #11

Feb 4, 2015

Angel & Faith Season 10 #11 concludes having a lot going on and much to look forward to now that everyone is in one place. Who knows what comes next, though one thing is certain which is expect the unexpected in Magic Town as always.

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8.1
Angel & Faith Season 10 #12

Mar 4, 2015

Angel & Faith Season 10 #12 is a solid issue that puts the focus on two unlikely character returns in the series. It is simply enjoyable that you can go into Angel & Faith knowing that it is not always going to be about those two specifically, and much of your favorite characters have just a good of a chance as anyone else to possibly make an appearance. One that matters which is most important.

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8.4
Angel & Faith Season 10 #13

Apr 1, 2015

Angel & Faith Season 10 #13 is the start of big things to come. What was pretty much inevitable Victor Gischler wasted no time getting into when the urgency is met. Anything can happen from here when what everyone has been trying to avoid blows up right in their faces at the same time.

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9.5
Angel & Faith Season 10 #14

May 6, 2015

Angel & Faith Season 10 #14 is one of the better issues from the series when you see what happens when these different people start acting like a team. It almost feels nostalgic even though you know nothing is really permanent when it comes to Angel, Faith, and all the rest involved.

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8.3
Angel & Faith Season 10 #15

Jun 3, 2015

Be it Buffy or Angel & Faith you never get bored with a good fight against abused magic. There is a lot to be creative with when it comes to magic, and that was properly taken advantage of by the art team. What's notable about these witches are that they aren't powerful or any less human than the average. It's easy to tell they are up to no good. They come off as the kind who dabble in it and it shows by the way they apply magic to their own needs. That manipulation is seen by the fear they instilled in those they sought to control. Will Conrad never fails in capturing those human features that bring a character to life. Especially when it comes to those such as Spike who he gets the smug look just right. Beyond this the quality of the artwork is consistent which is all you could really ask for with a story more grounded.

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8.2
Angel & Faith Season 10 #16

Jul 1, 2015

Visually what appeals the most so far about Angel & Faith is that no matter who has taken over for art aside from Will Conrad, it has always looked as if it is all the same person. You can see the differences in style, but nothing drastic that would take you out of the story. Which means the quality is there with cleans pencils, shading, and character structure. It is nice when multiple people can share the same level of understanding of what the characters should look like compared to their tv counterparts. It was the more normal things that stood out in this issue that grab your attention first. This is Faith's story and those little things you take notice of that Cliff Richards captures like the picture of her and Giles, the way she fit into that gym teacher uniform, or just the way she reacts to Brandt needing her help as the next best thing when Angel is gone. Those things means a lot when you add them up.

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8.2
Angel & Faith Season 10 #17

Aug 5, 2015

A crossover story that has managed to be something completely different from what you thought it would be.

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9.0
Angel & Faith Season 10 #18

Sep 2, 2015

Angel & Faith Season 10 #18 was a great conclusion to this Fred and Faith adventure. It's different, we got to see a favorite character from the past. And the way this story arc ended there will be more to this down the road. This was worth the read as a story you don't necessarily had to read Buffy to enjoy or understand.

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8.1
Angel & Faith Season 10 #19

Oct 7, 2015

Angel & Faith Season 10 #19 is a solid start to this new story arc despite being a fast read. Angel, Faith and the rest know what they're up against, the stakes have been set, and again anything can happen which will make for a thrilling story not knowing what comes next.

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8.3
Angel & Faith Season 10 #20

Nov 4, 2015

Angel & Faith Season 10 #20 is intense and it is because the decision to take advantage of an exciting character with so much more to her than what is seen on the surface.

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8.3
Angel & Faith Season 10 #21

Dec 2, 2015

Angel & Faith Season 10 #21 overall escalated this situation in terms of threat and personal stake in the fight. Things are only going to gt worse before they get any better, and it will be exciting to see how they come together to overcome everything Archaeus throws their way.

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9.0
Angel & Faith Season 10 #22

Jan 6, 2016

Angel & Faith Season 10 #22 was a plan put into motion with an uncertain outcome. That classic good versus bad moment that always makes for a classic climax and end to an arc. Like other confrontations this story arc ends on a note which teases what's to come next. There has been that statue which holds value for some mysterious reason and now Archaeus finds it in his possession after so long. Could it turn the tides for him? Who knows.

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8.3
Angel & Faith Season 10 #23

Feb 3, 2016

Angel & Faith Season 10 #23 was a fairly quick read, but it achieved the purpose of getting us hyped for some big stuff to come with the next issue. A fight you don't want to miss for sure.

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8.5
Angel & Faith Season 10 #24

Mar 2, 2016

Things can get worse or they can surprisingly get better from here in Angel & Faith. Though one thing can be assured which is that no matter how this ends, there will be something we don't see coming till the moment comes.

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10
Angel & Faith Season 10 #25

Apr 6, 2016

Angel & Faith Season 10 #25 brings to a close this chapter in their lives. Hopefully with the somewhat recent announcement that there will be a Buffy The Vampire Slayer season 11, will also come a Angel & Faith Season 11 in the near future. This isn't one of those series you want to let slip because the quality was always there from the very first issue.

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9.0
Angel & Faith Season 9 #10

Jan 7, 2015

Angel & Faith #10 is the end to another chapter in the lives of Angel and Faith which shows more growth for them as individuals, while also providing a little more purpose along the way. For Faith in particular as we await what the future has in store for her as she makes her way back to Magic Town.

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6.6
Animal Man #20

May 2, 2013

Compared to the previous books, the artwork was very weak. The difference between the cover art which was vibrant, and then the interior art which came off dull was significant. Much of the appeal was already lost with the story, and the artwork left little to keep you going.

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8.0
Archer & Armstrong #0.2014

Feb 5, 2014

In the end this was a well constructed tale that sets up Archer and Armstrong to go up against Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps when Mission Improbable begins. Again showing just how big this world is becoming when you could see both teams interact. That is the one thing you should take out of this most and when they send HA.R.D. Corps after you, that means you are a big threat. Just another reason why you may want to pick up this book, and stay tuned for that event.

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8.4
Archer & Armstrong #19

Apr 2, 2014

This was another solid issue of Archer & Armstrong being on part 3. From the way this issue ends, I have high hopes for the future of the Valiant Universe just for the fact that they are properly able to lead from one book to the next. We'll have to see what the conclusion of Mission: Improbable has in store for them, but things are still only going to get worse before they get any better.

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8.3
Archie (2015) #2

Aug 20, 2015

Overall a great transition into the second issue for Archie and proves this creative team knows their approach and direction to satisfy those who have given this series a shot.

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8.6
Archie (2015) #3

Sep 30, 2015

Archie #3 is yet again another exciting issue in this all-new series that reinvigorates the story for a new generation as well as the old. Veronica has made her entrance and things are taking more of a unique turn than before.

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7.7
Archie (2015) #4

Nov 25, 2015

Archie #4 gives us the answers we wanted though the execution could have used a bit more work. The moment itself was great, though most before that didn't carry the build up of anticipation needed.

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9.0
Armor Hunters #1

Jun 11, 2014

It is also worth mentioning that the sneak previews at the end for Armor Hunters: Harbinger #1 and Armor Hunters: Bloodshot #1 were great additions to this issue. After what we've seen from this first issue of Armor Hunters it is good to have an idea as to how this will affect the other books connected to it. They prove to have potential and the connections they make to the world around them have a lot to offer.

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8.4
Armor Hunters #2

Jul 9, 2014

Armor Hunters #2 gives us a vulnerable Earth set against impossible odds, and put into a situation in which they will need the best of the best to rise to the occasion once more. The pieces have been put into place and the armor hunters have made their big play in response, what comes next is something we shouldn't want to miss as the war escalates.

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8.9
Armor Hunters #3

Aug 13, 2014

As this issue of Armor Hunters concludes the world continues to descend into pandemonium. The fate of everyone is just about up in the air right now and anything goes when the fight is now at ground level.Valiant's summer crossover sensation rockets toward a climax so big it's going to register on the Richter scale. That is no exaggeration when it's doubtful anyone will walk out of this the same as when it began.

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8.6
Armor Hunters #4

Sep 24, 2014

The summer's biggest crossover event went out with a big bang and Armor Hunters has changed the way the Valiant Universe progresses as a whole. Heroes are now acknowledged, powers are real to the public, threats beyond this world are real. The possibilities are now endless now that these characters can be who they want to be, and who the world needs them to be when the call comes for heroes to save the day.

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8.5
Armor Hunters: Aftermath #1

Oct 1, 2014

Armor Hunters: Aftermath #1 is the epilogue that Armor Hunters deserved for such a monumental crossover event. Robert Venditti understands these character very well and where they need to go from here. X-O Manowar, Harbinger Renegades, Unity, Bloodshot, all of them are taking a different direction from here which you want to anticipate for the knowledge of what's next for them as the new frontline of defense for the people of Earth

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8.5
Armor Hunters: Bloodshot #1

Jul 23, 2014

Armor Hunters: Bloodshot #1 stands on its own as one focused on Bloodshot, while having a smooth transition from Armor Hunters. Joe Harris has a good grasp on what makes Bloodshot tick and wastes no time making sure there is progression without losing us to what can be covered in the other books tying into this event. As a mini series this is worth picking up if you are either a fan of Bloodshot or just want to know all that goes on in Armor Hunters without missing details.

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8.5
Armor Hunters: Bloodshot #2

Aug 20, 2014

Armor Hunters: Bloodshot #2 gave us a little bit of story, and a whole lot of action. Joe Harris brings out the best in these characters while showing what they are capable of when the pressure is on. We'll see what happens next as Bloodshot's far from done, these feels like only a taste of what Bloodshot has to offer the world and M.E.R.O..

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9.3
Armor Hunters: Bloodshot #3

Sep 17, 2014

Armor Hunters: Bloodshot #3 is a tie-in worth picking up because if you're invested in the Valiant Universe, then you want to know what is happening in every corner of the world. What happens in this issue has great relevance towards that upcoming final issue of Armor Hunters when Malgam is not only a big player in the conflict, but a liability that needed to be removed from the board. You read it to see what new tricks Bloodshot has up his sleeve, but you stay for the action.

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8.4
Armor Hunters: Harbinger #2

Aug 20, 2014

Armor Hunters: Harbinger #2 answers the question of what can possibly go wrong when kinds enter a war they can't comprehend anymore than the adults. Even “professionals” make mistakes. Things aren't looking good in Mexico and what beast has been unleashed, aside from the hunters just may prove to be more than the bargained for. At the end of the day, Armor Hunters: Harbinger is a title you can pick up without being too invested in the Armor Hunters event. It's fairly self-contained and you care a bit more for what's in store for these heroes.

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9.2
Armor Hunters: Harbinger #3

Sep 10, 2014

There isn't a single tie-in I could say you want to overlook. Armor Hunters: Harbinger is one of those you want to be reading if you find yourself invested in the Armor Hunters event. A self-contained story that manages to get a lot of characterization for this group in only 3 issues. For three issuesArmor Hunters: Harbinger is worth picking up.

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8.7
Astonishing X-Men #61

Apr 19, 2013

In this issue you felt the stakes raised higher than they ever could. They lost many friends, allies, and had to cope with it faster than they could in order to do what had to be done when it was all or nothing. Many of these heroes you would not have taken too seriously yet in this very situation they were able to step up and become someone admirable to an extent.

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7.5
Astonishing X-Men #62

May 10, 2013

It's a good change for the story to come and you can tell how intense this story could potentially become with Iceman being an omega class mutant to add. The fact that all his ex-girlfriends suddenly emerged seems a bit risky and questionable, but we can only hope there is a good reason for it. Maybe as the cover shows, there is another side of him that he isn't aware of. Mystique's involvement is questionable as well given her stance on the X-Men in All New X-Men. The only part that seemed unnecessary was the short bit with Thor, unless he's to to be important to the story later on. Overall it seems that this issue was built on potential scenarios that would or will take place as time progresses.

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5.0
Avengers & X-Men: Axis #1

Oct 8, 2014

It hurts to say it but Avengers & X-Men: Axis #1 just isn't worth $4.99. They have to change the direction of this story with the next issue if they want readers to care to continue with this story. That's if they haven't given up already because a book like this which will be shipping out that fast a month needs to deliver in the very first issue, Avengers & X-Men: Axis #1 did not. There may be those few tie-ins as usual that surprise you, though the main story just doesn't seem to scream buy me. In fact those who are already annoyed with how consistent events are thrown at us may now have that fuel to keep pushing their reasons against it with some justification.

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8.1
Avengers (2012) #10

Apr 25, 2013

Weaver did excellent with this issue between his shading, inking and the general expressions of pain and fear throughout that was consistent.

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8.0
Avengers (2012) #11

May 9, 2013

In the end what we take out of this is that Shang-Chi has now learned to adapt, and adapting for him is to know that he can rely on the use of weapons in combat. Tradition is always something he follows, yet even that can change. It was interesting in the end to find out that with his own fight he found out A.I.M.'s true intentions.

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8.7
Avengers (2012) #12

May 24, 2013

But back to the message of the story this issue tries to convey. Life is short, and the only way to preserve it is with hope. Those like Hyperion and Thor have seen the beginning and end of life, stripped away so fast with nothing to cling to. They want to show these kids that they have a purpose even though they are not like everyone else. They have the opportunity to cherish life and answer a higher calling. In the end it's all about virtue and understanding the gifts you were given with others lack. Hickman succeeded in making something meaningful out of a situation that seemed to be grim and that is something we all expect from him. This book has been built upon morals and Hickman portrays this in every possible way from beginning to end. The biggest shocker is the sudden appearance of the Evolutionary, someone who would gain a lot from this kind of situation. It's a great twist that will lead to something exciting to come.

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9.1
Avengers (2012) #13

Jun 6, 2013

As usual the art is the one thing that stands out most in this book. Between the realistic nature of every character spotlighted, and the back and forth between vibrant colors and those that are a bit faded for different effects.

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8.1
Avengers (2012) #14

Jun 20, 2013

It has been a complex story, layered with mystery and that is what makes it exciting. The art and style of the book again has been stunning, hasn't been anything less since the start of this book. I honestly cannot just stop and look at their facial features and not feel as though this is real.

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8.2
Avengers (2012) #15

Jul 4, 2013

Overall, like I said the book sure does create more questions than answers, yet that is what keeps you engaged in it. You want to know what the root of the problem is and see how they handle every obstacle which is thrown at them. Aside from this the art is again just as awesome as it has been since the start of the book and that is the one thing you have to give it credit for, having the combination of great writers and artists.

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7.3
Avengers (2012) #16

Jul 18, 2013

Despite these minor concerns, it's hard to say that what we do see and understand isn't good enough. It certainly is because what is going on right now is something which none of them can comprehend and they're working against the clock to fight a threat which proves to be out of their league. What will be the redeeming factor right now is how the Avengers manage to fend off this new foe. What we like to see from the Avengers is how they overcome obstacles such as this.

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8.8
Avengers (2012) #17

Aug 8, 2013

As the Prelude to Infinity, the team set up was the best way to end it. Sure it was predictable as to who they were going to recruit in the end, but just the fact that they did shows progression. The one fear for this book had always been the pacing, but Hickman surely has proven that he is capable of handling this storyline which also managed to unravel itself as it was filled with mystery in the beginning.

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8.2
Avengers (2012) #18

Aug 22, 2013

A solid issue heading into the war. You see the stakes, you see the cooperation and everything is finally being put into motion. We all knew that heading into this there was little chance of success and the best thing Hickman could do was deliver on this. Making this alliance which is very rare look as though they are taking the fight to the builders and strip that first victory away from them in an instant. One third of their fleet is a lot in just one issue, so we'll have to see where that slight cliffhanger leads us.

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9.0
Avengers (2012) #19

Sep 12, 2013

Great issue in which you aren't distracted by the fighting or finding it necessary to feel drawn into this war. There's just so much packed into this event and even if you find it overwhelming, its chaotic fun. In the sense that they are all facing a threat which has forced them all in a situation in which they fear it may be their last stand.

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8.5
Avengers (2012) #20

Sep 26, 2013

In general you have to appreciate how direct this storyline is. Not once does it every divert from the issue at hand, and it manages to throw surprises at you at every turn. The every end you would not have seen coming. Given everything that has occurred, and the pride of those involved, what Cap decides as their next move is one that will have a big impact on this event.

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8.8
Avengers (2012) #21

Oct 17, 2013

Avengers #21 is that change, that defining moment for this story that is so grand in scope. Funny that even as things are reaching an end, Hickman manages to still hit you with more questions. What is it that Captain Universe lost? Was that her speaking? Or her host? So many questions left and we will be left wondering till the conclusion of this story knowing that this issue ended with things going from bad to worse.

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7.7
Avengers (2012) #22

Oct 31, 2013

Solid issue, though this would have been the appropriate time to have said things were dragging on a bit. When coming from the events of the last issue of Infinity, you want to maintain some of that same momentum and it completely dropped here. There was a sense of urgency to stop Thanos now, yet that was it.

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8.1
Avengers Arena #8

Apr 27, 2013

As usual the art remains consistent and in a way that captures the detail of both the characters and the environments.

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8.4
Avengers Arena #9

May 9, 2013

What has been delivered so far is that it's not just murdering of young adult heroes. There is a story and a reason for everything occurring which as we can tell will be unravel as time progresses.

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8.4
Avengers Arena #10

Jun 7, 2013

What you come to enjoy from this series is the amount of detail put into the environment by Burchielli. And everything pops out be it injuries, like Nico's, and how well he makes it look like a game overall.

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8.7
Avengers Arena #11

Jun 27, 2013

Overall this is a book that I urge many readers out there to pick up. Never mind who will die or who you might never see again. Care for those that get that treatment and chance to prove who they really are when the opportunity presents itself. The layout of the story remains arcade-like, the art makes you feel that emotion poured into the story, and in the end it keeps you engaged which is what counts most.

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8.4
Avengers Arena #12

Jul 11, 2013

With that said, I do have to wonder what Arcade has been doing this whole time. In most adaptations of this concept, the person in charge was seen more often than Arcade has been and it feels a bit off. Nothing that has actually held the story back, but it's something that you still think about when he finally appears after 11 issues. Aside from this it was a solid issue and conclusion to a first act. The fighting definitely felt as if they were in a game, and it was nice to finally see one that wasn't one-sided. The art has remained consistent and I really can't wait to see what's in store next.

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8.1
Avengers Arena #13

Aug 15, 2013

While nothing big to transition Avengers Arena into Boss Level, it was a solid issue that addressed something about the story plot which made all the difference about its direction going into the next story arc. Loose ends were cut on Arcade's end and with that out-of-the-way, the game can continue. The art in this issue was much better, something I would have preferred to see during any of the previous issues.

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8.4
Avengers Arena #14

Aug 29, 2013

Great start to Boss Level and you can see that Dennis Hopeless is ready with his finger on that trigger. It's coming down to the wire and it is emphasized that we know there will be losses and the heroes know there will be losses as well. If the story continues at this pace, even picking it up just a bit to carry to the end, this would be an excellent way to show those who aren't reading it not to dismiss it for a copy of Battle Royale.

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9.0
Avengers Arena #15

Sep 12, 2013

Great issue and what you'd expect from this book as we approach the conclusion. There will be loss and a lot of drama, that much has been delivered and what we should have in store for us being Boss Level. Now we can only question if they can all stay together and find a way out or turn against each other.

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8.3
Avengers Arena #16

Oct 11, 2013

Aside from this there were some inconsistencies with the art, even though overall it was clean with bold colors and inking. This still doesn't stop Avengers Arena from having a set up to the finale we have been anticipating. Who will die? Who will be the hero of this story? Will any of them be the same who survive? All reasons to read this book and want to get to that ending.

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8.8
Avengers Arena #17

Nov 16, 2013

Here we have seen the most substance this book can offer. We've seen them all at their best, but now we see them at their worst. It has always been about survival, and when it comes down to the final days that doesn't change. The story progression has felt so natural up to this point and you just love how much of a role Apex plays into this. Though her fate is known, we still know that as that one character who actually played the game, she played it well. There's so much in store for this final issue and it seems that it won't be ending on a happy note.

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9.3
Avengers Arena #18

Nov 27, 2013

Avengers Arena is one of the most underrated of the Marvel NOW! titles. It doesn't get the credit it deserves and surely is entitled to it, you should give it a read and you surely won't regret it.

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8.7
Avengers Undercover #1

Mar 12, 2014

There is so much potential that you see from this first issue of Avengers Undercover. We've seen the damage, we see that conflict of interest between them considering how Avengers Arena mentally affected them, and we see just where this story is heading with a clear direction. We know now why they are infiltrating the Masters of Evil, and we now know the risk. So from here we will see how the longer the teens spend undercover, the more they descend into darkness, and as they start to build relationships with these multi-layered criminals, the line between good and evil blurs. The risk will always be that getting exposed will spell their end. Knowing Dennis Hopeless is writing we can expect that no punches will be pulled when action calls.

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8.4
Avengers Undercover #2

Apr 9, 2014

A solid issue for Avengers Undercover. Questions are being answered while leaving room for more to be asked along the way. There is a real stake in the situation they find themselves in and it's good to have those defining choices forced upon them at such an early stage of the book rather than drag it out. I want to now see just what happens when they reach that point of no return, and who will actually be able to go against the temptations that already seem to have gotten the better of a few.

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8.9
Avengers Undercover #3

Apr 23, 2014

Overall Avengers Undercover is going in the right direction so far. It's not as if I'd doubt that things can only get better from here, but there is always that risk when it comes to working with younger heroes. Dennis Hopeless knows what he's doing with them and what he wants from them, that much is what makes this one of the books from Marvel involving younger heroes a must read. Still remains easy to get into as well if you haven't read Avengers Undercover.

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8.3
Avengers Undercover #4

May 14, 2014

Avengers Undercover #4 ends on a note where you can certainly agree with what is being done for these characters and the story itself. Hopeless obviously cares for these characters and it shows when there's so much depth stacked over each of them as time goes by. They could have all fallen one-dimensional and yet their interactions with each other and the world help to shape who they might become with the right or wrong influence.

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8.3
Avengers Undercover #5

Jun 11, 2014

Avengers Undercover #5 is where anything goes from here on out. The issue ends with open-ended questions, many of which will lead them down a path of either redemption or evil. Sure that could possibly lead to some changes from these young superhumans that could be agreed or disagreed upon, but in the end they are thinking about their place in the world which counts most.

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8.7
Avengers Undercover #6

Jun 25, 2014

With how Avengers Undercover #6, anything can happen from there though nonetheless one course of action will be bad. We are left with Cammi's fate unknown, and know anothers' fate is up in the air as well. When their backs are up against the wall to pull this move off without getting caught, these are the kinds of situations they should find themselves in. Avengers Undercover continues to capture that inner struggle that young heroes go with because their futures are always up in the air.

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8.8
Avengers Undercover #7

Jul 9, 2014

Avengers Undercover #7 gives us a little bit of everything and more. We get answers, more questions, twists, and the emotional impact that is always expected from this series. There was a real focus on Nico which is necessary. She was the most damaged from Avengers Arena having died and there needed to be some exploration of where she stands mentally.

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8.5
Avengers Undercover #8

Aug 13, 2014

What you really take out of Avengers Undercover by the end of this issue is the fun that can be had while being a villain. In the Marvel Universe we are past the simplistic actions by villains who want to make a quick buck. Avengers Undercover shows what happens when they start thinking big, and also start working as a team. Of course you still have to see how that lasts when it counts the most, but it doesn't change that villain perspective that you don't get to see that often. Whatever comes next now that Zemo has initiated his plan will be something you don't want to miss because as Madame Masque said, it's a game changer.

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8.9
Avengers Undercover #9

Aug 27, 2014

That much closer to the end of Avengers Undercover with issue #9 and this is the heroes tale you expect from them even if not all of them you have seen as much as you may want. Baron Zemo has been a great villain, so have the rest as well giving them a distinct voice that sets them apart from the rest. The same with the heroes as well.

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10
Avengers Undercover #10

Sep 10, 2014

Hats go off to Dennis Hopeless, Kev Walker, Tigh Walker, and Jean-Francois Beaulieu for sticking with this to the bitter end. This is a story which should be told and had to be told. Where these characters go from here is unknown, but one thing for certain is that their place in the Marvel Universe is now cemented for anything to happen.

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8.6
Avengers World #1

Jan 10, 2014

Great start that shows that this story has a lot of potential. The Avengers is the book you pick up if you want something on a global scale to invest in. They do great with big sci-fi scenarios and have proven so up to this point. Read this for the scale of the books, quality of the writing, and the art is consistently phenomenal. You just hope that as this story progresses that neither Hickman or Nick Spencer lose what makes this stand out from the other Marvel NOW! titles.

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7.6
Avengers World #15

Nov 21, 2014

Avengers World #15 throws down the gauntlet when the inverted/evil comes knocking on any and all doors of those who stand and stood in their way. Much needs to be addressed, though surely you want to see what these last-minute additions to the roster have to offer.

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10
Avengers World #16

Dec 10, 2014

Avengers World #16 is everything you could have wanted and so much more when a great wrong has been made right. Nick Spencer and Frank J. Barbiere make a great team and made this story one of the most worthy of telling that is connected to the Axis event. I do have to admit I had my fears with the first part of this story, but that all took a full 180 with Avengers World #16 and that meant creating something memorable.

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10
Avengers World #17

Feb 19, 2015

Avengers World #17 is perfect in so many ways. From the story to the art you feel the emotion pouring from thee two people as we find out how that baby came to be. Valentine's Day may have been last week, though if this issue came out before that day, surely this moment here would have made the list for Geeked Out Nation's most memorable romantic scenes.

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8.6
Avengers World #18

Mar 4, 2015

Avengers World #18 continues to show how even being an Avengers title, you can pick up this series and enjoy it for the characters you like who are given the spotlight they haven't gotten before. This is a new Sunspot we are seeing molded and the next issue will show how far he is willing to go to make an impact on the fate of the world.

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8.5
Avengers World #20

Apr 23, 2015

Avengers World #20 is another issue in a story progressively getting better with every question answered about what these Avengers have been up to during that skip in time. We're reaching an end soon, but it has been one heck of an adventure with characters that deserve those self-contained issues.

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9.5
Avengers World #21

May 20, 2015

Avengers World #21 is a great end to the series with Namor Vs Thanos being unexpected, and thrilling. This series will seriously be missed because all you could ever ask for with a title like this is that balance between story and art, and yet the creative team for Avengers World gave us that and so much more no matter who was handling what.

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8.1
Barb Wire (2015) #2

Aug 5, 2015

Barb Wire #2 continues with some solid artwork as we explore the thrilling life of Barbara. She is always on the move trying to get the money to keep the bar open. One bounty after the other and those are the exciting parts considering how good she is at that part of her life. Intense yet humorous seeing Barb Wire take on guys twice her size and constantly have to yell for these two others to lend a hand despite the fact that they are also twice her size to be doing nothing. With that said, her expressions are something to note because you constantly see how stressed she is a majority of the time. Sometimes you do want to see her crack a smile, though Barbara doesn't quite have that luxury as captured properly throughout. In general the street-level style of Barb Wire keeps things fresh as we see different parts of Steel Harbor.

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8.3
Barb Wire (2015) #3

Sep 2, 2015

Another solid issue overall where you want to root for Barb Wire knowing that her job does suck, even if she is good at what she does.

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8.3
Barb Wire (2015) #4

Oct 7, 2015

Barb Wire #4 marks the end to the first story arc for the series. It really is this issue that ropes you into the series if the other issue did not already. We know who Barbara is, what kind of lifestyle she lives, what she has to do to make a living, and the crap she has to deal with on a regular basis.

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8.1
Barb Wire (2015) #5

Nov 4, 2015

For where this new story arc leads Barabara next, Barb Wire #5 is a great start to another plot with potential. Who knows why she still does what Barbara does with these constant dangers and surprises, but for what it is worth you want to see how she can get out of this in on piece.

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8.4
Barb Wire (2015) #6

Dec 2, 2015

Barb Wire #6 continues to show why Barb Wire is so good at what she does. She is thrilling for the risks she takes, and it will take a lot more than agents or supers to keep her down.

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8.5
Barb Wire (2015) #7

Jan 6, 2016

Barb Wire #7 answers a lot of questions you may have had about this series. And surely enough this issue gives Barb Wire that big push into acknowledging the world around her that is less than human.

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8.9
Barb Wire (2015) #8

Feb 3, 2016

This issue was a fast read, but Barb Wire #8 did not disappoint as a conclusion to this story arc. Another end to another storyline which I would recommend new readers jump in if they can.

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9.0
Batgirl (2011) #21

Jun 14, 2013

Overall you felt the emotion not only from the pain that Barbara feels, but from the grim nature that she finds herself in when she confronts the Ventriloquist who shows how twisted she really is.

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9.1
Batgirl (2011) #22

Jul 10, 2013

Where buttons have been pushed up to now, things are only going to get worse for Batgirl. While not good for her, story-wise this is great. This is the kind of situation you like to find her in. It's as they say, anyone in the Bat Family is at their most dangerous when backed against a wall. I believe that is what we will see very soon and even so it won't be a position Barbara finds comfortable to be in. The dark tone that the art gave off is what I really liked in this issue. Mainly that of the confrontation between Gordon and Batman, I feel that that specific part was drawn very well. Aside from that I enjoy the detail put into their emotions and expressions, that's what I expected to see from this issue.

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9.5
Batgirl (2011) #23

Aug 15, 2013

This issue is one that shows you why Batgirl is one book you should be reading. If not for the story which Gail handles exceptionally well, but the art as well which I have come to appreciate. The coloring and inking very clean in the beginning and changed to match the situation Barbara and Ricky found themselves towards the end. This isn't even mentioning the beautiful cover art seen above.

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9.3
Batgirl (2011) #24

Oct 10, 2013

Her narration is something that consistently sets the tone for this book. Even if it feels as though she's constantly talking to herself, you get an idea of how badly everything is effecting her, how her thoughts are so mixed with emotion and confusion. Made this a very believable situation that she finds herself in and that is why this was such an intense book to read. Momentum is still being cranked up and Gail Simone makes it certain that you can still expect so much more.

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8.7
Batman (2011) #21

Jun 13, 2013

So overall it feels like Batman and is another look into the world they created for him at the start of the New 52. As I said before, a bit predictable aside from those few inclusions that bring about an interesting twist. Of course there's much more to expect from the story to come and Snyder sure does show that he has something planned.

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8.7
Batman and Robin (2011) #21

Jun 20, 2013

This issue left you feeling emotional. Your sympathies have to go out to Barbara because of how she is written to handle every situation that Tomasi puts her in. The mix of dark tones and really just the style of this book made it as depressing as it really was. Situations which have made her strong enough to be the one to tell Bruce when enough is enough. It's been an emotional roller coaster and a good balance of action in between. In the end it all comes down to taking back their lives when they seemed to have been crumbling down in front of them. The one thing all members of the Bat Family have in common is their uncanny ability to rise up when their backs are against the wall and that was displayed here. Sure Batman remains a mess, but Batgirl walks out a little bit stronger than she was before.

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7.0
Batman Incorporated #10

Apr 25, 2013

The artwork in this issue was a bit underwhelming at points. Mainly during those moments such as he interaction between Nightwing and Red Robin, their facial expressions looked very rushed and weird. Besides that, the inking was well done to say the least to capture the emotion the story tried to create.

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7.4
Batman Incorporated #11

May 24, 2013

There was a lot of teamwork implemented within this issue which was nice to see and they definitely do have a dynamic. While Canary might not be much of a combatant given her size, her sonic voice can be used for various situations. The one thing that can be taken out of this is that while they may be new to Batman Inc., they will be involved in the fight against Leviathan, of course given by the fact that we are met by the same Batman who took the Man-Bat serum and is wearing a large suit of armor ready to go into battle.

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5.8
Batman Incorporated #12

Jul 3, 2013

It just really felt like a letdown. The lack of emotional attachment to anyone didn't do it any favors either. Talia didn't care for Leviathan, Batman didn't, and just about everyone else would rather see him dead. Just seemed like a fight with an empty shell of a villain and in some ways that just felt like a turn off from the very beginning. Hopefully the conclusion or what comes next may make up for this lackluster climax because I'd hope this isn't the best Morrison can do with this story.

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5.9
Batman Incorporated #13

Aug 1, 2013

Overall it was the conclusion we needed, but not the one we deserved. It could have been a whole lot better and I can only hope that they can turn things around after this story arc because there is just no appeal to it.

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8.4
Batman: The Dark Knight (2011) #21

Jun 27, 2013

It was a great issue for the action, though that was really about it when you step back and reflect on what you read. It would have been great to really know what was going through his mind at the time, but it seemed like they focus was more on putting a knife in his side and twisting it to see how far Batman would go for justice. Not bad but it leaves you wanting more from it than you got. The artwork on the other hand was solid and gave you a good image of how brutal Batman can be when crossed.

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7.4
Batman: The Dark Knight (2011) #22

Jul 26, 2013

Overall there's not much I can really say about this issue. I was expecting a lot more from this and it kept me wanting when I was through.The grim style of the book fit for a villain like Clayface, but right now things are too subtle for me to have enjoyed this as I thought I would. The next issue does show that the pace may pick up as he makes his move against Clayface, so we can only hope that it actually does.

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7.0
Batwing #20

May 3, 2013

Down the road what seems to set the tone for the story is his attitude towards being Batwing. He's unsure of his ability, he likes to be independent, and he doesn't quite take orders as well. That will get him into more trouble than he has already and I'm sure that Palmiotti can handle.

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8.0
Batwing #21

Jun 7, 2013

The art by Pansica has also made the actions portrayed look real. The fine lines used allow for more details between the design of he characters, making the blood actually look like blood, and even making the environment around them stand out.

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8.0
Batwing #22

Jul 4, 2013

The characterization again is great. Luke is a take charge guy, serious about being Batwing, sarcastic, witty, and has that drive to make any situation thrilling. Definitely the daredevil and that allows room for more freedom when throwing him into the next adventure or fight. The coloring was good, narration better, overall a solid issue. The dynamic between him and Batman is great and we can only hope to see what happens when the training wheels are taken off.

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8.2
Batwing #23

Aug 8, 2013

This issue shows how exciting Batwing can be on a street level, and street level is what need to see more of from a hero like Batwing. Along with his witty dialogue, sarcastic nature, and approach to heroics, it should be an interesting tale as he tests his metal. Just like Nightwing or Batgirl, this is one that is worth picking up because it's just thrilling to see how Batwing will pull himself out of each danger he faces. It looks serious, but at the same time it's one that has fun with the tone. That's what you get from the use of fine penciling that really shows the detail in the characters and the environment.

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8.3
Batwing #24

Oct 3, 2013

I do have to point out how Palmoitti and Gray show off how smart Luke is. You forget how smart he is till you see his reaction to all the tech at his disposal to repair the Batwing suit. Not to mention he can do the repairs all by himself. Between the fight sequences and the one page in which Batwing uses infrared vision to search for Lady Vic looked well done. Maintains that gritty look while also having great use of shadows.

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8.9
Batwing #25

Nov 7, 2013

This was a story that has been told a million times over, yet the collaborative work of Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti turned this into something unique to Luke. This was basically his first enemy and villain. Not that it was ever his intention to have one, but circumstance put him into this position and it was handled well enough that you want to see Russ come back for his vengeance.

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8.4
Batwing #26

Dec 4, 2013

Batwing consistently is getting better with the team of Jimmy Palmoitti and Justin Gray. They know what works best for his character and that is keeping him active. Luke is a character who seems to love what he does even when he finds himself in a tough situation. There is always that lingering thought as to what will happen next and anything is possible dealing with Luke and he is a character that you can jump into the action with. There just doesn't seem to be a dull moment with him. As Luke or Batwing they have a good handle of making sure you see enough of both no matter what his next fight is.

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8.0
Batwing #27

Jan 8, 2014

This tie-in to Gothtopia shows just how wrong things can go when there is no order. Luke's world has been turned upside down and he has no way of knowing what's wrong. Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti really started something that puts some fear into the reality that anyone in this story can be in danger. Finding out what happened and who is behind this makes it all the more urgent that they solve because Luke really has never been this vulnerable before. Though in the grand scheme things still seem a bit vague, I can say you should still follow this book and see how the plot unfolds.

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8.4
Batwing #28

Feb 5, 2014

The collaborative writing of both Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti turned this into something exciting. Here is where Batwing separates himself from Batman. Someone more willing to do what it takes to save those closest to him. I think many should appreciate something like this because the members of the Bat Family have their tendency of playing it safe, luckily Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti seem to get the idea that different is certainly better. If wanting a story from Gothtopia that really throws its hero into the fray, Batwing is definitely worth picking up as one that takes more risk.

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8.5
Batwing #29

Mar 5, 2014

A great issue for Batwing that shows the problems that comes with family getting caught in the cross-hairs of super-powered conflicts. What makes it clever alone is the fact that while it seems like Batwing vs. Menace on the surface, it's really Luke vs. Russ since neither side is really aware of who the other really is. More than enough reason to keep reading this book because you want to see what will happen when they finally confront each other, and you really want to see just how Luke will survive the forces within Gotham Underground that look to tear him apart.

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8.5
Batwing #30

Apr 2, 2014

Big things are in store for Batwing and he might just find himself in over his head. He's playing on Menace's turf and quite frankly he might not be in the proper mindset to make it out of this inevitable encounter. This storyline has proved to show so much of what Luke is capable of when facing the possibility of being pushed to that point of no return for a hero. What comes next is something I anticipate and hopefully it does not disappoint considering everything Luke has been put through.

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8.8
Batwing #31

May 8, 2014

Everything about this issue of Batwing is what you would expect when Luke loses that control between both parts of his world. There is a lot of sympathy to give and you surely want to stay tuned for the next issue knowing that things can only get worse for Batwing and Luke. Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray haven't pulled any punches so far and I wouldn't expect that to change any time soon.

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8.4
Batwing #32

Jun 4, 2014

With Batwing #32 comes the end to what was possibly the darkest situation Luke could have found himself in since becoming Batwing. It's sad that we only have two issues left of this series, but it really hasn't disappointed since and here's to those last two issues leaving Luke on a good note. Pretty much anything can go from here and all reasons why you want to see Batwing to the very end.

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8.4
Batwing #33

Jul 2, 2014

With Batwing #33 comes the realization that this is the second to last issue of the series. Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti have done some awesome things, even with this issue of Batwing that makes you wish there was a little more time to show what else Batwing has to offer like the rest in the Bat Family. Not to mention what more there is to explore with the lives of Luke's family now that their picking up the pieces of a nightmarish tragedy. Obviously things are fragile between them and you want to go along with the ride as they come to terms with how things are now with Tammy and their bonds with each other.

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9.7
Batwing #34

Aug 6, 2014

Batwing #34 ended on a good note and you reach this end you find contentment that Batwing has grown to be the hero that stands before you in that final panel. You are reminded why heroes do what they do, and why Luke continues to be Batwing despite all the heartache he has been through. Where ever he ends up from here, you can only hope someone treats him with the same respect that this creative team has.

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8.2
Birthright #1

Oct 8, 2014

At the end of the day, Birthright takes a simple concept seen through fantasy stories of our past, and toys with the unanswered questions left by a journey created by destiny. Not to mention the end being the opposite of what you might expect of this series gives you more than enough reason to see just where Joshua Williamson intends to take this story when things aren't as hopeful as appear.

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8.7
Birthright #2

Nov 5, 2014

In the end, Birthright #2 covers a decent amount of ground while cranking up the intensity only in the second issue. With a series like this it is smart to avoid teasing or dragging something on that would keep readers from feeling like this is a story to invest in.

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8.3
Birthright #3

Dec 3, 2014

Birthright #3 is the right time that we are able to get progress and a grasp as to what we can expect from this series. Mikey has his motivations in the real world, Mikey has his demons to conquer in Terrenos, and it's a race against time on both ends. Things will get worse before they get any better and that is what draws you in to this story.

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8.3
Birthright #4

Jan 7, 2015

With the conclusion of Birthright #4 it becomes that much harder for the impossible to seem as such when Mikey and gang come face to face with the first of the mages he seeks. Fantasy continues to meet reality head on in a way which pulls no punches.

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8.4
Birthright #5

Feb 4, 2015

As exciting as the end of Birthright #4 left us, issue #5 takes things a step further with a twist at the end which you don't see coming. While what's going on right now with Mikey hunting down the mages grabs your attention, that twist gives you more reason to anticipate the answers that the past hold for a better grasp of the good, bad and everything in-between.

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8.4
Birthright #6

Apr 8, 2015

Birthright #6 gives us more to wonder about this growing world(s), and sets us up for more exploration to come. All sides of this conflict are given proper time to develop and that is something which should be consistently pressed for as we are far from hitting that climax in this plot.

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8.8
Birthright #7

May 13, 2015

If much of what Birthright has delivered didn't get you emotionally, surely the end of this issue did. It has been said that Joshua Williamson pulls no punches, and that was the case here from the whole creative team.

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8.6
Birthright #8

Jun 10, 2015

In the end you take a chance on a title like Birthright because the creative team do take a risk to go places unexplored with readers.

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8.5
Birthright #9

Jul 22, 2015

Artistically it is the fantasy elements which stand out most visually in Birthright #9. It really catches you off guard storywise finding out how immoral a spell like the Diviner is, and yet be a spell that creates so much beauty where ever it touches. Not including the hunters, but the environment in particular. It goes without saying how beautiful it all looks in design. That is as literal as it gets when the Mages say “…We will send Terrenos to him.” And it goes without saying that the colors bring it all together between the visions Mikey gets, the environment changes and just the way in which the Diviner is captured as the bear. It's a challenging appearance because it looks spiritual, yet this bear is one that looks like it's falling apart.

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8.5
Birthright #10

Aug 19, 2015

In general the flashbacks played a big role in progressing the story in Birthright. For this very issue they were used creatively to not only further our understanding, but those like Brennan as well. That is even though he makes you cringe at how naive he can be. At the end of the day that is what they're there for and Joshua Williamson you appreciate for his ability to place them where they aren't taking up time or distracting us from what is going on currently.

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8.4
Birthright #11

Nov 11, 2015

Birthright #11 was the perfect transition from the previous story arc. Ging us a better grasp of the Nevermind, what it does to people like the Pale Rider, how Mikey has progressed with age, and where the relationship between Mikey and Brennan lies now that Mikey is seen for who he really is.

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8.5
Birthright #12

Dec 9, 2015

The story keeps evolving with the characters naturally. We know the direction some characters are heading in. Questions are asked, answers are given, and greater mysteries dug up now that intentions have been made clear to some extent.

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8.7
Birthright #13

Jan 13, 2016

Birthright #13 finds a great balance between action and emotion. Things got personal for Mikey and those are the moments you never overlook since that is when his defenses are at their lowest. He's vulnerable, and that's where we learn more than we would have when he was trying to save face.

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8.8
Birthright #14

Feb 17, 2016

Birthright #14 covered a lot of ground shaking up what made this a linear adventure for all. Nothing is as it seems, and all easier said than done when the Mages hold so much power. The next issue should hopefully show us what they can all accomplish when working together instead of questioning each other.

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9.0
Birthright #15

Mar 23, 2016

If fans didn't have enough to talk about, Birthright #15 delivered so much more with the wait till June for more answers.

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8.5
Birthright #16

Jun 8, 2016

Birthright #16 turned into more than you thought it to be, while also shaking up where you thought this story was headed. All it took was a major reveal to an unsuspecting family, and a little dabbling in magic to turn this world upside down for better or for worse. Only time can tell though it is good to have Birthright back on shelves.

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8.9
Birthright #17

Jul 13, 2016

Birthright #17 gets you with a little bit of oh no, and a whole lot of oh yeah! One of the best cliffhangers this has ended on, and even with so much going on you care for every bit of it knowing that with 17 issues we have grown so much with these characters.

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9.0
Birthright #18

Aug 10, 2016

It's the Rhodes family versus the world at this point and Birthright #18 pulled no punches showing that when the world wants them to move, they will stand together and prove they are stronger together. There is something so uplifting about the way Birthright shines a light on family values and bonds which should never be thrown away without a fight.

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8.8
Birthright #19

Sep 14, 2016

Birthright #19 still wows you for all the right reasons for the fact that they take risks. Pushing the boundaries of what it means to fight for the fate of two very different worlds.

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8.8
Birthright #20

Oct 26, 2016

Birthright #20 was a lot to take in between the emotional weight of this war and the consequences it bears for everyone involved. Hurts even worse that we have so many questions right now and we'll have to wait until January next year before any can be answered. Nonetheless, again no better time to be a fan of this world, story, and it's characters.

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7.8
Bizarro #1

Jun 4, 2015

With the start of DC YOU comes a little something for everyone to read from the DC Universe. For readers who choose to pick up Bizarro, they are in store for something simple and humorous. This is a series that you would give a chance for the same reason that you would read Harley Quinn. The series stays true to the character, but also has fun with him in a way that was not possible before. This isn't Bizarro being used as a weapon, or him being a villain, it's just a fun play on the simplicity of his intelligence in a way that opens for many possibilities.

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8.1
Black Knight (2015) #1

Nov 18, 2015

Black Knight #1 is a new series that takes a risk going to a place none of the other ongoing title of the All-New All-Different line are willing to explore. There may actually be a Weirdworld title out there, but it doesn't quite captivate you the way this series does with so many questions and mysteries to keep you guessing what comes next. And being Weirdworld you almost certainly will not know what comes next.

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8.4
Black Knight (2015) #2

Dec 9, 2015

Black Knight #2 shows why this is not a series you want to sleep on for what it has to offer. The Avengers are going to have to think twice if they thought taking Dane back to Earth would be so simple.

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8.4
Black Knight (2015) #3

Jan 13, 2016

Black Knight #3 was satisfying for everything w have come to learn about the events which have led to this Black Knight vs. the Avengers clash. And the best part is that even with a decided victor by the end of the issue, there is still more to it than just winning.

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8.5
Black Knight (2015) #4

Feb 10, 2016

The end to Black Knight #4 really does make you want to know what happens next. With one issue left you can only just wish for a satisfying end to what had a lot of potential if given more time to grow.

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9.6
Black Knight (2015) #5

Mar 9, 2016

Black Knight will be missed. Hopefully if enough people go out and buy this last issue or the trade there will be a reconsideration down the road, though for now the way this story left things off Dane is satisfying.

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8.3
Black Magick #1

Oct 28, 2015

Black Magick #1 is an exciting new start to a series that will test the dangers that come with those who practice magic. We haven't seen the price of it yet, though it has been established the lines those who mess with these forces will cross to get what they want.

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8.2
Black Magick #2

Nov 25, 2015

Black Magick #2 was a solid transition into opening up the developing plot of this series. More to question about the man who Rowan killed, the people who were forcing him to make an attempt on her life, and the possibilities that there is more to it all that they aren't seeing yet. This is grim, mysterious, and captivating with characters who are real.

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8.3
Black Magick #3

Dec 30, 2015

Black Magick #3 makes progress moving forward from part three of Awakening. Nothing is confirmed, but we are making good time moving all the pieces into the right place, and revealing what we as the readers need to know with time.

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8.6
Black Magick #4

Jan 27, 2016

Black Magick #4 upped the stakes of this plot as things are only going to get worse before they get any better. Excellent cliffhanger too that should hold our excitement for the next issue when it seems like we might be losing a character we were only just starting to connect with.

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9.0
Black Magick #5

Feb 24, 2016

Black Magick #5 brings about an end to our first story arc ‘Awakening'. This was truly a trial by divination that got the blood pumping. Starting off with such a heartfelt moment and leading into something which caught us at the edge of our seats.

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8.3
Black Panther (2016) #2

May 11, 2016

This series is continuing to pick up momentum with Black Panther #2. Great focus on character development, drawing that line in the sand with this conflict, and getting into those aspects of Wakanda that sets this nation apart from whatever else is going on around the world.

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8.4
Black Panther (2016) #3

Jun 29, 2016

Black Panther gets better and better with every passing issue. I don't think there is a corner of the Marvel Universe that feels this engaging and worthy of exploration as Wakanda does now.While Civil War II stuff goes on tying up other stories in its web, this is one that you will enjoy for its ability to be self-contained.

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8.8
Black Panther (2016) #4

Jul 28, 2016

How this story arc concluded was one heck of a way to leave readers at the end of Black Panther #4. Things were only going to get worse before they got any better, yet you couldn't have prepared for how wrong things could go. They did not pull punches and unfortunately this is the reality of a nation crumbling at it's own feet. This is as real as it gets and that means something for a nation like Wakanda in the Marvel Universe.

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8.2
Black Panther (2016) #5

Aug 11, 2016

Black Panther #5 overall is where we are finding ourselves exposed to the extremes. These for the most part are things that will happen in foreign affairs and you are glad Marvel has taken the chance on one that isn't getting caught up in the ridiculousness of what is going on with the rest of the world. It is all about Wakanda, what it means to rule this nation, to be a citizen of this nation, and what it means to genuinely fight for it.

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9.5
Black Science #1

Nov 27, 2013

Black Science is a must read if you want a sense of mystery and exploration. A truly stunning beginning that makes you want more. Remender makes you feel so much from this, especially sympathy, and you just want to know why. The one flaw of any scientist is to be overconfident and obsessive, it kills. You see so much self loathing through the thoughts in his head that consistently flow throughout the issue. An urge for that sense of wonder can come at the price of regret, something he is learning the hard way. Add this book to your pull list now if you want something that will keep you at the edge of your seat.

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8.8
Blackout #1

Mar 26, 2014

This was a solid start for Blackout. Even better considering that this isn't the first time some have seen him, having his initial introduction in Dark Horse Presents. It helps when with this first issue there isn't time wasted on trying to flesh out Scott's character, they jump straight into the action and all you need to know is that Scott is possibly biting off more than he can chew trying to look for answers. As an action and adventure, I think we should definitely hope he does to be able to see more of what he is capable of with the Blackout suit when put against whatever supernatural threats he may face along the way.

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7.8
Blackout #2

Apr 30, 2014

Blackout #2 did leave me wanting a bit more from it in terms of getting to know Scott, though it's hard to argue that this hasn't been a fun adventure so far. It feels like we are just as new to this world that Scott has stepped into as he is and that is a good thing. So definitely stick with this book because from other books that I've read like it, things will become clear with time. It may even just blow you away when you least expect it.

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8.1
Blackout #3

Jun 4, 2014

Blackout #3 is a good sign of things to come. We got a glimpse of Scott's past, an idea of what else the Blackout suit can do other than just teleport, and the threat is certainly one which can push him to levels necessary to become more than just who he was before. Now I wanted to overlook this, but the King Tiger story at the end I feel is something which might have to give because I want more from each issue of Blackout where pages are used for King Tiger.

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8.8
Blackout #4

Aug 13, 2014

This might be it for Blackout for the time being, but Frank Barbiere set Scott on the right path towards finding the answers he seeks. Even tossed in an extra question which could shake things up if there were another story arc to come in the near future. Where ever this leads the Blackout series in the Dark Horse shared world, luckily he is now established in a way that he isn't just that character of circumstance and may even move up towards being a hero along the way. Anything is possible and it's because these four issues were used to expand on Scotts world and the threats he faces now.

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8.1
Bloodshot #24

Oct 1, 2014

Again Bloodshot #24 is a solid issue with a well thought out story that fills in that time before Bloodshot gets back to finding his place in this new Valiant Universe. Read it if you like Bloodshot, though you could just as easily wait for issue #25 if this sounds like it may be filler to you. At the end of the day Bloodshot #24 is worth reading.

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8.9
Bloodshot #25

Nov 5, 2014

Whatever direction the Valiant Universe takes Bloodshot from here, Bloodshot #25 is the best time to reintroduce ourselves to who Bloodshot was, and who he is now. Also the best time for new readers to jump into the action before a new story arc takes off.

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8.4
Bloodshot & H.A.R.D. Corps #0.2014

Feb 26, 2014

Bloodshot and the H.A.R.D. Corps #0 is worth the read if you are a fan of either Bloodshot or H.A.R.D. Corps. After how the last issue ended, this was the perfect time to take a look back and realize just how good some of these new recruits have it compared to those of the past. This is the one book from Valiant where you take a look at the action, and are able to be brought down to a level where you re-evaluate what these characters are sacrificing the minute Project Rising Spirit has leverage over them.

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8.0
Bloodshot & H.A.R.D. Corps #14

Sep 18, 2013

The P.R.S. proves to be just as interesting as the rest of the world they are connected to. While being the villains they provide entertainment in their aggressive stance towards what they believe is justice for humanity. It's a perspective you come to enjoy and how it ties into the other books as you go through them all makes it something worth following.

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8.3
Bloodshot & H.A.R.D. Corps #15

Oct 16, 2013

This is building up to be an intense story and you know things won't be easy for the H.A.R.D. Corps. The team they have created is to an extent a walking time bomb. Bloodshot has reason to join them, but teams are built on trust and there's reason for everyone to question what they have gotten themselves into. Now that Bloodshot has been rescued, he now gets a second chance to do what he does best and do it right. He may not have his full freedom, but he'll do things his way. That much gives this book a lot of potential as everyone has room to grow as an individual and team.

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8.4
Bloodshot & H.A.R.D. Corps #16

Nov 20, 2013

Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps is the most thrilling stories you can experience from Valiant's line up. You love this book because it is that high-octane read that catches you visually. Not because of the action, but for being able to grab you with the suspense. You know how bad things are going to get for this team, and you know that they will. What they go up against is a force out of their league and for most of this it can turn into a suicide mission at any moment. That is what's so exciting about this book, anything can happen. No punches are pulled and again things are only going to get worse for them before it gets any better.

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8.9
Bloodshot & H.A.R.D. Corps #17

Dec 18, 2013

This book lives up to the name of the story, this is certainly the H.A.R.D. way in terms of what they have went through here and their duty as the H.A.R.D. Corps. While there is a lot of action to find entertaining throughout, Joshua Dysart and Christos Gage are able to make this story a lot more than just that. The sense of self sacrifice seen in this issue really means a lot. These aren't the same heroes that you'd see in X-Force or Suicide Squad who have the skill to do the impossible. They are only human as thus bring a lot more to the table when it comes to depending on each other and not letting the “job” dictate what is right and what is wrong. Just another reason why Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps is a must read from Valiant.

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8.3
Bloodshot & H.A.R.D. Corps #18

Jan 8, 2014

For the start of this two-part”Get Some” arc, Christos Gage and Joshua Dysarthave really taken that next stop with this over-the-top action that is thrown at these characters. You really don't know how to feel when these people are thrown into something they aren't prepared for. You can see this and it makes every situation that much more dire knowing that the next mission could be their last. Rising Spirit has no shortage of enemies and it's the last thing they need when they each carry something in them others would kill to abuse for their own use. Overall great jump on point for new readers and that cliffhanger at the very end definitely makes you question their fate next issue.

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8.5
Bloodshot & H.A.R.D. Corps #19

Feb 19, 2014

This was a good end to “Get Some” which gave us some closure to Palmer's past, left room to take Bloodshot in a different direction, and looked into Vagabond's past to let us understand the person he became to join this team. Whatever comes next in the #0 issue hopefully gives us more insight and understanding in those other areas of this book which isn't as clear as the rest. We have gotten a good balance of character and concept from Joshua Dysart and Christos Gage so far, something which should continue for this series to grow.

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8.6
Bloodshot & H.A.R.D. Corps #20

Mar 12, 2014

Mission: Improbable is the crossover that Valiant fans deserve from Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps, and Archer & Armstrong. Action from start to finish and both sides manage to catch you off guard trying to beat the other. This crossover brings out something exciting from Bloodshot and the H.A.R.D. Corps members as what they thought was a mission where they finally get to kill someone worth it turns into something which throws them all for a loop despite everything they have gone through up to this point.

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9.2
Bloodshot & H.A.R.D. Corps #21

Apr 10, 2014

Mission: Improbable I believe to be a success in my book. It does what it needs to do and didn't waste any time between. Everyone had their presence throughout and plenty of surprises were thrown in to keep you on your toes. It was a lot more than just the action and the end of this issue of Bloodshot And H.A.R.D. Corps leaves you with many questions as to what the future holds for that and Archer & Armstrong. This including the upcoming book that will be centered around the Generation Zero kids.

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8.7
Bloodshot & H.A.R.D. Corps #22

May 14, 2014

Overall this was a great start for what could possibly be the end of H.A.R.D. Corps. I mean we already know Bloodshot will make it out of this no doubt, and we also know this will be leading to the end of this title. So whatever comes next will surely and hopefully be leading down a road towards the closure this book has so rightly deserved as one which never pulled punches.

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9.5
Bloodshot & H.A.R.D. Corps #23

Jun 11, 2014

Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps #23 marks the end of a great story and the beginning of something new. H.A.R.D. Corps may be out of the picture by now, something which everyone should know by now if you follow the VALIANT FIRST line-up, but there's no overlooking the fact that the next time we see them we should all be in for a treat. If Christos Gage is still on this book surely there will be blood, that much we are assured.

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8.2
Bloodshot U.S.A. #1

Oct 26, 2016

Bloodshot U.S.A. #1 is a must read whether you have been following the story from Bloodshot Reborn to now, or just jumping in now because this is new reader friendly. There a lot of potential to take advantage here with numerous Bloodshots in action, unlikely enemies, and an organization to take down that may be over their heads. We all know Kozol, and you want to see if this can be that hit he has needed for so long.

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9.0
Bloodshot: Reborn #1

Apr 15, 2015

Bloodshot Reborn #1 was an excellent start and chock full of emotion that you could only feel when giving Bloodshot that human element and weakness we all carry. Again regret is a powerful emotion, and that is what sold every moment of this issue.

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8.5
Bloodshot: Reborn #2

May 20, 2015

Bloodshot Reborn #2 leaves you with a lot of questions that you want to see answers to as things progress. At this point it is impossible to tell what will come next, but we do know is that body counts will raise, and sanity levels might just drop further than what is already unhealthy.

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8.6
Bloodshot: Reborn #3

Jun 17, 2015

Bloodshot Reborn is also the book to be reading because of the interior artwork. Impressive all the way through when having these characters look so real engages you in a way that allows you to experience what they are going through. The self-destruction of Ray is seen through the way he carries himself. Nothing about his expressions or habits says he's someone who is happy about his life. Then you have the aggressive side to Kay which has come out quite suddenly when you see that her innocent smiles are not enough to influence Ray to do anything she suggests, being a voice in his head and all. Something you start to notice and like about Agent Festival is her calm demeanor. With everything that has gone on there are few times where you see her show any expression that would make her seem unprofessional. Aside from this some of these pages are drawn out so well that even without a narration to them they could tell their own story about some of these characters.

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8.5
Bloodshot: Reborn #4

Jul 8, 2015

Beyond this the constant changing of hues for each scene is something that should be pointed out because that usually indicates how you should feel about what's going on at that moment. That is to say that most of this is very grim in general.

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8.4
Bloodshot: Reborn #5

Aug 5, 2015

Bloodshot Reborn #5 is an indication that we have been spoiled by beautiful artwork. You open this issue and with the art team for this issue comes a more simplistic style from what we are used to. Of course not to say that it's bad, though that would be your initial reaction.

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8.3
Bloodshot: Reborn #6

Sep 16, 2015

Bloodshot Reborn #6 is a good start for what's to come as Ray's hunt is thrown into full gear. Again a good start to a new story arc, though not recommended to just jump in. Magic is written into a more vital role, more depth to other characters explored, and a twist none of us saw coming till it happened.

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8.4
Bloodshot: Reborn #7

Oct 7, 2015

Bloodshot Reborn #7 keeps us at the edge of our seats with good reason when this fight for the nanites continues to escalate as the number infected dwindles.

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10
Bloodshot: Reborn #9

Dec 23, 2015

Bloodshot Reborn #9 ended ‘THE HUNT' on an excellent note. Whether you came into this series already a fan of Bloodshot or a new fan, the simple takeaway from this epic finale is “Welcome to my world”.

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8.5
Bloodshot: Reborn #10

Jan 27, 2016

Bloodshot Reborn #10 holds a lot of potential exploring another pivotal point in Bloodshot's life. He's fighting against time and it will be fun to see how he could possibly come out on top.

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8.9
Bloodshot: Reborn #11

Feb 24, 2016

Bloodshot Reborn #11 cranks the dial to eleven and it is no longer Ray we are left with. One unfortunate event after the next we were subjected to in order to experience the despair of this future and they didn't pull a punch.

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10
Bloodshot: Reborn #13

May 25, 2016

‘The Analog Man' comes to an end with Bloodshot Reborn #13 and it was marvelous. Character driven, emotion driven, gave us more action than we deserved, and perfect execution throughout leading us straight into the next story being ‘Deathmate'.

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8.5
Bloodshot: Reborn #16

Aug 31, 2016

Bloodshot Reborn #16 is a step up as each issue is progressively better than the last. We are working up to something big and you want to root for Bloodshot all the way as he proves he is not as obsolete as those like Kozol make him out to be.

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8.7
Bloodshot: Reborn #18

Oct 5, 2016

Bloodshot Reborn #18 brings another chapter to an end while setting us up for what comes next. After what they have done with these characters here, I'm sure a lot of us want to see what the Valiant Universe has in store for them when they jump into their next war. That is hoping they all make the journey back to land.

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8.5
Book Of Death #1

Jul 15, 2015

Book of Death #1 drove us straight into the action and this is yet another event you want to follow in its entirety. Things will only get worse from here.

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8.5
Book Of Death #2

Aug 18, 2015

If you are not reading Book of Death from Valiant then you are missing out on a memorable event. Read it to see just what kind of force can single-handily mop the floor with the Valiant Universe's best, read it to see what it means to be a Geomancer, and how far Gilad will go to protect Tama.

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7.8
Book Of Death #3

Sep 23, 2015

Progress is made through Book of Death #3 as we approach the last stretch of this event. A lot of ground will need to be covered in the final issue, though we at least go into it with a full understanding of the plot and this possible future.

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10
Book Of Death #4

Oct 21, 2015

Book of Death #4 is a beautiful conclusion to this event which shows again that you don't need to drag out a story or make tie-ins necessary to read in order to enjoy. In four issues they created a memorable story with stunning visuals between the present and future. Valiant you appreciate that much more because event after event they give you a reason to want to pay for it.

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10
Book of Death: The Fall of Harbinger #1

Sep 30, 2015

If you are reading Book of Death, then Book of Death – Fall of Harbinger #1 is another must read tie-in as it hits you just as hard as the others. Fall of Bloodshot, Ninjak, Harbinger, you care for how they die and they all passed in a manner most acceptable to their character. Everyone dies at some point, and this is how they go.

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9.5
Book Of Death: The Fall Of X-O Manowar #1

Oct 21, 2015

After reading Book of Death – The Fall of X-O Manowar, a fellow editor and I both agree that Valiant Comics should make one book exploring more of what the Book of Death future has to offer. This is the end of the X-O Manowar, yet it feels like the start of something new. Something that doesn't have to end with Book of Death. Maybe this will be the future of the Valiant Universe. Though until that point it would be cool to see what exactly these heroes have been through up to that point. These stories make readers care about those things even if we know there isn't enough time to go in-depth.

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7.3
Bounce #1

Jun 22, 2013

David Messina's style shows to be very smooth, something I feel fits this type of story and hero. What stands out most is the effects that change between feeling like it's actually a comic and the inverted colors. Overall it's not as bad as some make it out to be. Sure it's not something that wows you for a first issue, but it is still interesting and shows some potential for issues to come. Nothing big came out of this issue, but this is something you want to follow because something will come out of this and of course more is to be unraveled about the story later on.

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7.4
Bounce #2

Jun 27, 2013

Aside from this the art remains solid, standing out is the comic book style the other world brings. Still unclear what that world is but both the design and layout of it looks very unique to this book. This includes those negative effects that show the transition from this world and the real world. In the end the issue leaves you feeling a bit unsatisfied, but it still has potential if the story can be more condensed.

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8.2
Bounce #3

Jul 25, 2013

This story proves to be just as mature as Joe Casey has said it is. For most of this issue things were pretty settle, as settle as they can get, and then the next thing you know people are being battered and torn in half by a new powered guy who looks like a monster. The best thing to come out of this situation is seeing Jasper jump into action and the way he did definitely reminds you of Spider-Man.

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8.2
Bounce #4

Aug 22, 2013

As I said before, the story has become more condensed. And now that things have slowed down as well, it allows more explorations and focus on not only Jasper, but the intent of the story as a whole. Especially the military as they are trying to find the source and world where those powers originate. If you felt that the book was fuzzy on meaning, you should go back to the second issue and make your way back up knowing it only gets better.

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8.1
Bounce #5

Sep 18, 2013

Overall good pacing as the story continues to unfold. The rules of this world are set, we are now to be properly introduced to the other world, and everything is slowly falling into place as the once confusing story is easier to make sense of. If you had dropped this book because you were lost, definitely stay with it because you might like what you find an understanding.

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8.5
Bounce #6

Oct 23, 2013

Overall this was a very solid issue. Ending with The Vamp makes her big move against The Bounce. Now things are coming full circle as all different sides to this story are now having some influence on each other and a crazy new world is now about to get a bit crazier. What does this story have in store for Jasper? Who knows, but lets hope it's not his end.

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8.7
Bounce #7

Nov 16, 2013

Overall this is what we should want to see more of from The Bounce. David Messina does a great job capturing the intense nature of this issue. The despair of it all considering we are supposed to be seeing how this world is being turned upside down and exposed after the emergence of those such as Jasper. Characterization was what this story had been needing, and it came at a great time where you needed to know what went on within their heads to continue with its progression. Nothing is as it seems and the suspense Casey creates makes you feel a lot more invested to question what comes next. You'd already figure things are going to get worse before they get better.

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8.4
Bounce #8

Dec 18, 2013

This issue has definitely made some progress transitioning from how the last issue ended. The only problem that comes out of this issue is that while you find some clarity, you are left again wondering what Jasper will do next. We know he seeks answers, though his lack of direction can be somewhat puzzling at this point. In the end you see that this story is slowly reaching it's climax. You can question the intentions though have faith that everything will make sense in the grand scheme with the note that this issue ends on. It is an interesting way that this issue ended.

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9.0
Bounce #9

Jan 29, 2014

Things are really looking up for this book as everyone is getting closer to the answers they have seeked since the start. The development of the plot is excellent because nothing is just given to you and instead you are aware of only what you need to know. This is definitely a turning point for the story because now there is a simple direction we are led in. Something linear that creates more interactions for Jasper when others have met untimely fates. Again if you are not reading this book now you are missing out on a great story and stunning interior art.

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8.4
Bounce #10

Feb 26, 2014

It is when you reach this issue that you truly feel that The Bounce has truly grasped you. You wouldn't want to miss this issue because for things to be coming full circle now means that you will be in for that climax to this story that dares to take you where other superhero books have not. Whatever comes next will really define where Jasper goes from here and that depends on how he deals with the confrontation he finds himself in at the end. Just one of the many reasons why if you're reading this now that you should want to pick up that next issue.

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8.8
Bounce #11

Mar 26, 2014

The Bounce continues to get better with each passing issue as the real threat reveals itself. We have our answers, we have our cause, and we have our master plan set in motion which will determine the future of this book. This was a well planned story which just needed that time to grow and give you something meaningful as you processed the mysteries it held. I really hope that the end to this chapter in Jasper's life delivers because what's to come looks big.

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9.5
Bounce #12

May 14, 2014

The Bounce #12 ends in a fashion that signals a conclusion, yet raises an eyebrow to the possibility of more to come. I'd hope that there is more to come because this story arc felt like an origins for Jasper. As if there's more in this world Joe Casey and David Messina created to explore.

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8.4
Brain Boy: The Men from G.E.S.T.A.L.T. #1

May 20, 2014

Brain Boy: The Men from G.E.S.T.A.L.T. #1 is a great start to something bigger for Brain Boy as he starts to meet his match. This could have easily been another simple smash and grab where you know Brain Boy has the enemy beat, yet this twist here offers a different approach. Whatever happens next is surely something we haven't seen before and with that said we can only hope that whatever note this story left off on with the last story arc manages to be addressed somewhere between the second and fourth issue.

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8.1
Brain Boy: The Men from G.E.S.T.A.L.T. #2

Jun 18, 2014

Brain Boy: The Men From G.E.S.T.A.L.T. #2 shows some progress, not too much, but enough as things start to escalate. For a mini series it certainly isn't something too demanding of our need for a grand scheme. There is a build up and we already know what this is all leading up to from the first issue. The pieces are falling into place and we just have to stay tuned to figure out why things happened the way they did.

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8.2
Britannia #1

Sep 21, 2016

Britannia #1 is another new story that was worth the wait. This creative team is engaging with the story of a Detectioner who has gotten much more than he bargained for. You want that next issue just to see what this one man can accomplish being groomed for just this very task and role in the world.

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8.4
Britannia #2

Oct 12, 2016

Britannia #2 dives deeper into this mental thriller giving us more investment in a world where you don't really expect to expect the unexpected. Solid and steady progression in the story and even better character development all the way through.

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9.3
Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Spike: Into the Light #1

Jul 17, 2014

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Spike " Into the Light is a story that you want to read not only for the fact that James Marsters writes it, but because you like Spike. James Marsters is the best person to handle the character since he played him, and he was on the spot from beginning to end. There was an emotional connection and a sense of realism to him that made you convinced that as a vampire he has a soul.

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9.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #1

Mar 19, 2014

With the conclusion to Buffy Season 10 #1 it's definitely time for another game change. From what I've seen I have faith in what this story can accomplish with this new direction. We don't know what to expect, and neither does Buffy and that is a side you want to see from her as she questions how to handle these supposed new rules and how to help her friends who to some extent are picking up the pieces of past personal issues. This isn't to say she's not the same badass because surely she is.

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8.1
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #2

Apr 23, 2014

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #2 is a solid issue from its transition with the first. We get to see how they all react to each others presence, the question of why things have been upside down is addressed, and certain characters have their moments which provided needed depth. I believe with what we know now, there is good reason to stick with this book to see what Buffy has to offer.

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8.5
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #3

May 21, 2014

This issue of Buffy The Vampire Slayer not only reminds us of the entertainment value that it carries, but it also reminds us that things can easily take a turn for the worst when you let your guard down. We had our comedic interactions between Dawn, Xander and Dracula, but then we also had something more genuine from Buffy and Willow as they tracked down one of those new vampires as a study specimen. Such that you can only get from Buffy and there's no questioning what more you can get out of it as a fan and reader.

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8.5
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #4

Jun 18, 2014

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10 #4 mixes a little old with a little new. While the situation is new, an old face reappears which escalates the problem from what it originally was. The rules are now the least of their problems when they can't fix what the rules have already created.

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9.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #5

Jul 23, 2014

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10 #5 gave you a fight to stop Maloker, save Dracula, wrest Xander from Dracula's control, and much more. You wonder how so much can be packed into a single issue and not feel lost, yet this is something you can always expect from the Buffy books and have it transition so well.

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9.6
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #6

Aug 20, 2014

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10 #6 is a good start for moving Buffy and the gang along in a struggle that requires them to both be more aware of who they are and what the world needs them to be as adults. There wasn't much action in this issue, but what we got was some necessary preparation of their characters as individuals for what comes next.

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8.6
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #7

Sep 17, 2014

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10 #7 is another down to Earth story that focuses on two characters who deserve that focus needed for individual growth. We got emotion, humor, and of course action. There could be no action in this issue and you just enjoy it because Spike and Xander are being real with each other. Just like any two guys that are down on their luck when it comes to love.

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8.5
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #8

Oct 22, 2014

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10 #8 is an emotional rollercoaster of an issue that covers a lot of bases between emotional struggles, dealing with the past, and dealing with the worst case scenario when it comes to the Vampyr book.

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10
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #9

Nov 19, 2014

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10 #9 brings about an end to “Return to Sunnydale” and hits all the right notes as this series should. We want to grow with these characters and one thing after the other this season they have learned from their mistakes, encounters, the new rules and become that much more of a better person than they were the day before. Gone are the days of teenage drama when that only takes them a step back.

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8.4
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #10

Dec 24, 2014

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10 #10 escalates the problem that is managing the Vampyr book and watching their backs for enemies that have power outside their grasp. The reveal of this new enemy makes you cringe, yet at the same time makes you scratch your head when wondering who this "old friend" is. Just more reason to see where this new story arc takes us.

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8.3
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #11

Jan 21, 2015

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10 #11 overall made some big moves and addressed many things you thought this series might not have the time to cover. With a cast of characters this size you'd worry that it would be a rush job to reach every corner of this world both supernatural and personal, but Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10 #11 proves that there is a plan.

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8.4
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #12

Feb 18, 2015

Buffy The Vampire Slayer #12 does a lot for us that keeps us invested in the characters even though the plot surrounding The Sculptor took a backseat. This is that point where we get to see if Buffy and Spike really have changed after all that they have been through. All of them have been tested in some way in this season, and now it's their turn.

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8.4
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #13

Mar 18, 2015

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10 #13 shows some changes with characters that you can only agree with. These are people first and slayers, Wicca, geniuses or whatever second. If we can continue on this consistent quality of character driven storylines, damn whenever these forces of evil decide to show their mugs.

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9.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #14

Apr 22, 2015

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10 #14 is a step in the right direction overall from a personal approach to Buffy and Spike. This is that example of what makes season 10 of Buffy The Vampire Slayer stand out from the others and the best time for any Buffy fan to jump back into this world.

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8.7
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #15

May 20, 2015

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10 #15 is a set up for something bigger that can only happen when Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel & Faith crossover yet again. There's a lot to look forward to when both worlds have a lot to address before confronting Archaeus.

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8.3
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #16

Jun 17, 2015

The great thing about having Rebekah Isaacs on art as usual is the down to Earth approach she takes to drawing these characters. It's the little things that matter which you take notice of whether it is Buffy's constantly changing hairstyles or everyone elses choice of clothing. Not to mention the dynamic between her and Dan Jackson is notable when taking note of how our cast can be thrown into a fight at any point and you aren't distracted by the supernatural. The colors don't overpower what's going on around those like Willow and Giles, and you certainly enjoy when you are exposed to something new magically. That takes creativity to pull of consistently. Aside from this it is always good to see that visually there are no punches pulled showing what can happen to any of them in the middle of a fight.

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8.4
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #17

Jul 22, 2015

Definitely one of the more favorable issues of Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10 so far because this is the main cast in their element. Suited up, armed with their weapon of choice, and doing what they do best. For example, it wasn't too shocking though equally as exciting when seeing what Andrew brings to the table with his tech. With as many characters that are involved in this story, it as always is impressive when there is a solid use of space to make sure everyone looks relevant. To see that is just as important as their conversations with one another and the art team nailed it to the very end. Beyond this you have to like the way Archaeus is captured as the villain because it's what he tends to have up his sleeve that is most dangerous compared to taking on the heroes upfront.

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8.6
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #18

Aug 19, 2015

Archaeus himself has been a well written villain as well. One that one would hope we haven't seen the last of. He came in a plan, and he executed with killer intent. A villain you appreciate when he makes the heroes think on their feet. Ultimately will lose, but doesn't go down without a fight.

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10
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #19

Sep 23, 2015

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10 #19 is an emotional rollercoaster. Yet again another example of how this creative team have knocked it out of the park with this season 10. It's not just about fighting evil anymore, it's about living their lives the best they can as well.

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9.6
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #20

Oct 21, 2015

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10 #20 aside from that one question about Anya is perfect for everything else. The twist about Anya's ghost, the subject of rape, and the emotional weight of it all which makes season 10 so beautifully written.

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8.5
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #22

Dec 23, 2015

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10 #22 does not beat around the bushes that adulthood is no joke when it comes to moving forward or getting left behind. Growth and personal growth means a lot in the grand scheme of life.

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8.3
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #23

Jan 20, 2016

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10 #23 was big for Andrew, though also for many others as well. As focused as things seemed they would be towards Andrew, it was the smart decision to make sure there was a balance in everyone else's story that is connected to the choices he makes.

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8.4
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #24

Feb 17, 2016

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10 #24 upped the stakes in this fight in a way that you don't expect, bringing back that challenge the Hell Lords create when real life is kicking their butts to such an extent already.

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9.5
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #25

Mar 23, 2016

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10 #25 was a great emphasis of what they all still risk every day they are out there fighting the supernatural which aim to destroy their world.

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8.6
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #26

Apr 20, 2016

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10 #26 shook The Scoobies in a way they may never be able to recover. Seeing that for as much good as they have tried to do, things have only gotten so much worse. And an interesting contrast compared to the lives Xander and Dawn are now living in a hell dimension.

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8.5
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #27

May 18, 2016

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10 #27 is where we hit that boiling point because you have no idea just how this will possibly end. Nothing could possibly be the same by the time we reach the finale. On their own, overpowered, barely able to work together anymore, and self-destructive. Not a good recipe for what comes next.

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8.6
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #28

Jun 22, 2016

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10 #28 is a big step up from everything our heroes have been through since the battle with the Hell Lords. Taking us back to a place where we have found hope and optimism in familiar bonds. The same kind of atmosphere that made you fall in love with season 10 in the first place.

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9.5
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #29

Jul 20, 2016

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10 #29 hits the escalation point and this creative team does not pull punches at all. If you were looking for the fight that would unquestionably define the future of the Scoobies, it starts here. We may be getting a season 11 of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, but no one said we will get there in one piece.

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10
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #30

Aug 24, 2016

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10 #30 is the kind of finale you dream of. Everyone always wants to go blockbuster big. Big from start to finish. Though that has never been necessary for Buffy. All any fan or reader could ever desire is simply great storytelling. That is what we got along with consistently pleasing artwork since issue one. I for one am ready for them to bring on season 11 because what could go wrong? This is life for the Scoobies, and it is a life we can relate to on some levels.

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8.3
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 11 #1

Nov 23, 2016

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 11 #1 sets us on a new direction where there is just as much to lose this time around if not more when peace has been broken. No one ever said maintaining peace between two worlds was going to be that simple, and they are going to learn this the hard way pretty soon.

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9.5
Buffy: The High School Years - Freaks and Geeks #1

Jun 1, 2016

Buffy: The High School Years " Freaks & Geeks is not one you want to miss if you are invested in the Buffyverse. Any should be on board with the idea of possibly continuing with books like this from the early days, and with this creative team. This made a perfect edition to the ever-growing book collection of seasons following after the show.

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8.7
Buffy: The High School Years - Glutton for Punishment #1

Oct 19, 2016

Buffy: The High School Years – Glutton for Punishment is another story worthy of adding the collection of Buffy stories that make up the Buffyverse. It would be a shame if they did not keep it going from here because these have been a treat so far. Especially during a time where we are still waiting for the new season to begin.

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9.7
Captain America (2012) #25

Oct 1, 2014

Captain America #25 brings one chapter closed for Steve and Sam, while opening the doors for many new opportunities in their new roles. The mantle has finally been passed, with as much hype as they built up to this reveal, we now have our new Captain America. Only time will tell what this means for the Marvel Universe as everyone has something different to offer in that position of authority and symbolism.

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8.2
Captain America And The Mighty Avengers #1

Nov 13, 2014

Captain America and the Mighty Avengers #1 is an intriguing start for the series when you know what big things are heading the Mighty Avenger's way when their message to the world might give them more than they bargained for. Captain America has a whole new mission statement in mind for Earth's Mightiest Heroes, and what he wants just might kill them. That is the selling point that will continue to differ Mighty Avengers from other team books out there right now.

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8.6
Captain America And The Mighty Avengers #2

Nov 26, 2014

Whatever comes next, Captain America and the Mighty Avengers #2 dropped the biggest bomb on fans when you know the eventuality of this war between Avengers will get messy. Especially when the Avengers both have everything to gain and lose from making sure they are the sole heroes of Earth.

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8.4
Captain America And The Mighty Avengers #5

Feb 19, 2015

Captain America & The Mighty Avengers #5 shows again how much potential comes with this team when together and apart. It is impressive that Al Ewing can handle so much going on at once and still make it all connect without distracting too much from the bigger picture.

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8.5
Captain America And The Mighty Avengers #6

Mar 18, 2015

Captain America and The Mighty Avengers #6 takes some high risk with a story that challenges the continuity and what we thought we knew of what's going on. The next issue will be very important in selling whatever is in store for us and The Mighty Avengers when their backs look to be against the wall.

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9.0
Captain America And The Mighty Avengers #7

Apr 16, 2015

This issue is a must read when everything comes together and makes sense. We get action, character moments that are memorable, and a conclusion to story points which had questionable ends. Obviously Secret Wars may have some influence on how these storylines wrapped up, but it is good writing by Al Ewing that brought everything together in relevance to each other.

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8.6
Captain America And The Mighty Avengers #8

May 13, 2015

It's issues like this which makes you hopeCaptain America and The Mighty Avengers is a title surviving Secret Wars. If it doesn't continue, a lot of really good characters won't have a book and that would be terrible. Very useful heroes left with untapped potential like Monica if that were the case.

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10
Captain America And The Mighty Avengers #9

Jun 10, 2015

With the flip of the last page you have to applaud the effort put into Captain America and The Mighty Avengers because the conclusion of this title marks this as one of the last titles standing at the end of the world. That is a fact pointed out by Al Ewing and it would be a challenge to argue against that.

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8.4
Captain Marvel (2016) #4

Apr 21, 2016

Captain Marvel #4 keeps up with that escalation of events which in turn keeps us at the edge of our seats. It is all or nothing at this point and hopefully they don't let up on this great balance between character writing and plot development.

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8.9
Captain Marvel (2016) #5

May 27, 2016

Captain Marvel #5 wraps up the first arc and I do have to say it leaves you wanting more. Captain Marvel is not the hero you want to sleep on. She gets around, she enjoys what she does even when it gets stressful, and she's a lot more down to Earth than your average hero. This was an excellent set up to what this will have in store for us as we also have the best cast for her to work off of. First time in a while you can say you really like Brandt which is an accomplishment.

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8.3
Captain Marvel (2016) #6

Jun 30, 2016

Captain Marvel #6 may be where the tie-in to Civil War II begins, but this team knows how to keep your attention when this is still Carol's show. With the Gages you knew that this would still put character writing above all, and that is more than enough reason to keep Captain Marvel on your pull list for the time being.

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8.4
Captain Marvel (2016) #7

Jul 29, 2016

Captain Marvel #7 pulls us deeper into Civil War II, but continues to keep one foot on what readers still want from Captain Marvel as a solo book. Great balance between character and story development. Better on character development when honestly you want to root for Carol just for her heart being in the right place. If you read some other solo books then you might see where the problems arise, but until then you enjoy the direction this is heading from her point of view.

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8.4
Captain Marvel (2016) #8

Aug 25, 2016

Lonely at The Top really begins to live up to the name when we are genuinely starting to understand the pressure Carol has been placed under in Captain Marvel #8. She didn't ask for those who cause her actions to be questioned, she didn't ask for the questions that challenge her decisions in general. It's just what happens when you are at the top and your every move is under a microscope.

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8.3
Captain Midnight #7

Jan 22, 2014

Eduardo Francisco really knows how to handle the action that this story delivers. What I liked most was seeing how battered Captain Midnight came to be during his fight with Hollow as the rest of that Memorial was being torn apart as well. Stefani Rennee also is great on colors with everything from the explosions to knowing how much to use throughout. If you are interested in following this new world that Dark Horse is creating, Captain Midnight should definitely be the first on your list. The most established superhero so far and one that shows that being a hero is more than just having powers. There are many layers to this story and the element of time makes it one you want to invest your time in to see how everything connects, changing your perspective of everything going on right now in this continuity.

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7.7
Captain Midnight #8

Feb 26, 2014

A solid issue that follows up after Captain Midnight starts questioning the whereabouts of Chuck. Not as exciting as everything else that has happened recently, but both a necessary and vital part of this story that needed to be addressed to push Captain Midnight towards what he has to do next now that he's in the present. He's frustrated and in a state where he's unpredictable, so I'd say that there is a good reason to want to know what he will do when he finally confronts Fury Shark.

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9.3
Captain Midnight #9

Mar 26, 2014

This was a solid issue that takes to showing how much Captain Midnight cares for his friends, Chuck in particular. While I did say that Rick's commentary was an interesting approach, getting through to the end I much rather would have preferred not to have to read it when I was more drawn towards the action. With that said this was the most intense issue I have read up to this point and I love how well it was handled to the very end, the dialogue from Captain Midnight especially as he came to terms with everything he had ignored.

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9.0
Captain Midnight #10

Apr 30, 2014

If this issue of Captain Midnight was set to show us what was at stake in this fight, the message is clear. We have our connections to Project Black Sky, we have our revelations, our reunion, and that tragic moment that was inevitable. Captain Midnight is hitting all the right notes and I can only hope that continues as this title is the bridge to the rest of the books ongoing at this time.

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9.2
Captain Midnight #11

May 28, 2014

With the conclusion to Captain Midnight #11, there's so much more to look forward to and no better time to get invested in this story before things start to blow up in proportion. Surely what this is leading up to is nothing you want to miss if you have been itching to see a legitimate team-up.

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8.1
Captain Midnight #12

Jun 25, 2014

With the conclusion of Captain Midnight #12, we are given a Jim who isn't new to being a hero, but now faces the burden of being one. That is how you handle writing a real hero and why this new chapter for Captain Midnight should be defining for the rest of the series.

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8.5
Captain Midnight #13

Jul 30, 2014

Captain Midnight #13 continues to challenge the idea of the type of hero the world needs. As the foundation for this world of heroes around him, this is the idealistic storytelling which doesn't lose focus on what is most relevant to progression. Surely things will only get worse before they get better, and this issue gives reason to go along for the ride.

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8.6
Captain Midnight #14

Aug 27, 2014

Captain Midnight #14 is the series you want to be reading if you are looking for a hero that captures everything pure about heroism, even if it also comes as a weakness. The way this issue ends leaves us with many questions of the character's fates all across the board, but that is more than enough reason to anticipate what Captain Midnight #15 has in store for us.

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9.0
Captain Midnight #15

Sep 24, 2014

Captain Midnight #15 is the end of something memorable, and the start of something new. An embrace that was built upon with care for not only what it meant for Jim as Captain Midnight, but for those who have stepped up in either his shadow or their own as heroes in this world that is growing.

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8.0
Captain Midnight #16

Oct 29, 2014

Captain Midnight #16 is an issue worth reading just for the heck of it as a Halloween special when Joshua Williamson is able to take advantage of the opportunity to not only gives us more of Jones, but to challenge both he and Captain Midnight's belief in magic.That is something we haven't gotten from this series so far.

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8.5
Captain Midnight #18

Dec 24, 2014

Captain Midnight #18 is the confrontation which was an eventuality since the day Chuck made his deal with Fury Shark. This issue shows the extent of how far he will go to make a change in the world. The only question left to ask is at what cost will this come at. The responsibility of power has never been stronger till now.

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10
Captain Midnight #19

Jan 28, 2015

Captain Midnight #19 is an intense moment and end to what is only part of a bigger conspiracy. One that will push Jim to take the direct action which had been neglected for a lack of clarity on the big picture.

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8.7
Captain Midnight #20

Feb 25, 2015

Captain Midnight #20 is the start of what will lead to that bigger picture and fight for the future. We know the who, and the why, though now we wait for all the pieces to come into play when that moment of conflict begins.

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8.5
Captain Midnight #21

Mar 25, 2015

Captain Midnight #21 is the start to big things to come for our heroes as they look for trouble, and trouble finds them. How they hold up as a team is anyone's guess, though we'll have to wait till the next issue to see how well they is pulled off and executed.

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8.5
Captain Midnight #22

Apr 29, 2015

Captain Midnight #22 is another exciting issue that brings us closer to that dreadful end of the series and crossover. There is a lot to take from this issue knowing that the Archon is holding nothing back now to get what he wants from Captain Midnight.

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8.5
Captain Midnight #23

May 27, 2015

Captain Midnight #23 sets us up for the end and who really knows what that has in store for us knowing that nothing after the last issue tells you the fate of any of these characters in the Dark Horse shared world. But if we know anything from this issue, there will be many pieces to pick up when all is said and done.

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9.5
Captain Midnight #24

Jun 24, 2015

Just like the issue before, this one had a lot going on and yet there was a good handle of capturing every angle of the fight. Whether it was Cap's fight against Archon or the rest taking on the Chosen, the art team were able to fit it all so that you knew all of this was going on at the same time.

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8.7
Cataclysm: The Ultimates Last Stand #0.1

Oct 31, 2013

As somewhat of a prologue into Cataclysm, this issue did what it set forth to do. Earth and the Ultimates are now aware of what's heading their way, they know the risk, what's a stake, and now the first pain of loss. That's only a small fraction of what's to come and considering the state of the Ultimate Universe up to this point, expect nothing short of heroes at their best and nothing held back.

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7.7
Cataclysm: The Ultimates Last Stand #1

Nov 7, 2013

Great way of showing just how screwed Earth may be that there is a cosmic level threat such as Galactus on Earth and no one is prepared. Considering everything they have been through up to this point, you just know that fighting Galactus will bring about the same excitement which makes this book one that keeps you at the edge of your seat. Anything can happen and we just have to hope that it isn't the end.

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10
Cataclysm: The Ultimates Last Stand #5

Feb 27, 2014

Cataclysm " The Ultimates' Last Stand #5 is the ending to the event that fans of the Ultimate Universe deserved. So much happened here that you can only get from the Ultimate Universe and only from someone like Bendis writing it. Call it dramatic or anti-climatic, but this is how you do a story about the end of the world, anything else you have gotten is a tease compared to this when no risk is taken. Now we are just left to see how these heroes who remain pick up the pieces in Survive. A new generation of heroes and Ultimates is upon us and the end of this story is only the start of a new to begin.

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8.3
Cataclysm: Ultimate Spider-Man #1

Nov 16, 2013

Overall, Cataclysm: Ultimate Spider-Man #1 should be what puts these heroes to the test when standing against what very well may be their end. Between Cloak, Dagger, and Bombshell, they really got all the characterization they could have needed in this issue. It's all about progression for those like themselves and all for this moment which we hope isn't their last. The style of Dave Marquez again is very welcomed. His attention to details between the characters and the environment is on point. Then aside from that the coloring is clean with a lot of variation for depth.

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8.0
Cataclysm: Ultimate X-Men #1

Nov 27, 2013

Overall this is a great introduction for the X-Men as Cataclysm begins. A fight that probably is not their own they find themselves stuck in the middle. The only part of this story that might throw you off is how they end up where they are by the end of the issue. It does now connect the events unfolding now to Hunger, yet also leaves you with a lot of questions. Hopefully the next issue brings more clarity to their new situation, but that's not to say that this wasn't exciting as they fight for their lives against the Gah Lak Tus swarm.

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10
Cataclysm: Ultimate X-Men #3

Jan 22, 2014

In the end, the future of the X-Men and all mutantkind rested on Rogue's shoulder's and it brought out the best in her. To return home, a sacrifice hadt be made, and while you had an idea of who that may be, it did not change the impact it could have on you and the story. Overall this felt like a story of self-sacrifice and delivered on that from start to finish. This could possibly be the end for the Ultimate X-Men as a whole since there hasn't been any sign of a relaunch, but it was a story worth telling and following just to be given an ending like this. You would be missing out to dismiss this title for being a tie-in because it stands on it's own while giving us everything from these characters that they have to offer.

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8.3
Cataclysm: Ultimates #2

Dec 11, 2013

Cataclysm: Ultimate Comics Ultimates #2 brings out the chaotic nature of this event. The perspective that we see it in is more on a ground level, but that just shows how grim things look for the Ultimates. As each of them fall that's just another new threat they have to face that is more dangerous than the rest. This doesn't stop Hercules who is really able to let loose and I think both Joshua Hale Fialkov and Mukesh Singh are able to have fun with that. With that said if the action is not enough, you may be left wanting more from this. Yes it does live up to the name, but this could easily end up like every other situation they find themselves in and it is just tries to one-up with each passing issue. Who knows, but that is a good reason to keep following this story.

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8.5
Cataclysm: Ultimates #3

Jan 15, 2014

At the very end this was an issue that made you see the reality of this event. When you aren't a big hero, you are someone like one the members on this team who has everything to lose and still jump into the fray damning the consequences. Cataclysm: Ultimates is a high-octane thrill that may fall a bit short in the end, does not fail to entertain.

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8.0
Catwoman (2011) Annual #1

May 30, 2013

This is the kind of story we want to read when it comes to Catwoman. Gang violence, someone taking advantage of the innocent, something real. That is the kind of situations in which Catwoman involves herself in and Noncenti was able to bring her back into her environment. Where she could've been trying to get revenge for Penguin taking a hefty part of her money from heists, she was out to send a message to him for his corruption in the city. Killing, threatening, poisoning kids with addictive ice cream, that's where someone like Catwoman draws the line. Even as a thief she has morals and that is what Noncenti shows in this story.

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7.4
Catwoman (2011) #19

Apr 20, 2013

The art is definitely better as the colors and inking really made her character pop. That's something you expect when you read a book of a character like Catwoman.

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7.2
Catwoman (2011) #21

Jun 27, 2013

Not a bad issue, but you feel that it could be better. Maybe next issue, but till then the back and forth between both sides just doesn't hold much interest till something actually happens to draw it closer to a finish or draw it to a finish because at this moment I can't help but want this storyline to speed up. The art remains to be the most appealing part of this book so far, great use of shades and the colors are smooth. Hopefully it does not remain that way and the story picks up.

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7.3
Catwoman (2011) #22

Jul 25, 2013

So like I said before, it could be better. Not to say it's bad, but this isn't a book I would continue to read in hopes of it getting better when better hasn't come in a long time. Something interesting may come next issue though I couldn't keep my hopes up for it even if I wanted to.

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7.6
Catwoman (2011) #23

Aug 28, 2013

Aside from this, what this all comes down to really is the lead up to the introduction of the Joker's daughter. She is that element of this story which remains unknown and given she shares the same appearance of Joker during Death of The Family, she could come with some twists of her own worth seeing. While there is nothing too exciting about what's happening in this issue, you are at least set up for something worth your attention in the end.

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9.5
Catwoman (2011) #50

Mar 11, 2016

Catwoman #50 brought about a conclusion to 'Run Like Hell' as another story from this volume which you would be crazy to miss out on. Selina is not the woman to mess with and from the first flip of the page to the last this statement is made to all who thought she is easy pickings to cross. The story at the end of this issue as well is worth the read. Not always that we will get to see some of Selina before she became Catwoman. Even for a short, probably better than what you're getting out of the TV series Gotham.

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8.4
Catwoman (2011) #51

Apr 13, 2016

Catwoman #51 is the start of something more personal to Selina and this will be a tough steal for her when getting that Faceless Mask means confronting someone she thought was long since dead. The answer to that question is something to anticipate along with a war of factions that will only get worse before it gets any better.

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8.6
Catwoman (2011) #52

May 11, 2016

This creative team understands what this series can be, and they pull no punches to cross that line to do so. There are no heroes hero. So if you're looking for simple smash and grabs, you came to the wrong place.

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8.6
Cloaks #1

Sep 3, 2014

Cloaks #1 has a lot of potential for a mini series focused on exposing the real magic of illusions. All this creative team has to do is make sure we know who Adam is behind the mask, give us a plot that we understand, and gives us mysteries that can be solved within the span of these four issues. Adam is a likable character and the concept is interesting enough for you to invest your time in. How will Adam handle working with this clandestine Black Ops organization? Only way to find out is to pick up the next issue of Cloaks.

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8.3
Cloaks #2

Oct 1, 2014

Cloaks #2 is a solid issue that shows a decent amount of progression as Adam reluctantly agrees to join the ranks of the CLOAKS black-ops organization and is immediately thrown into his first mission. The threat is established, we have our character moment between Adam and Blockstone, while we are given more questions to ponder as there's more to this than meets the eye.

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7.9
Cloaks #3

Nov 5, 2014

Now with one issue left you do worry how Cloaks will manage to wrap this story up. There has been a lot going on between these three issues and while it has been fun here and there, we do find ourselves thrown all over the place just to keep progress going without given too much time to process it all.

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8.4
Colder: The Bad Seed #1

Oct 22, 2014

Expect the unexpected with Colder, and Colder: The Bad Seed #1 has that written all over it. Being an ongoing, Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra have a lot more time to develop this story and it should be a treat to see what they can do with more manageable time. This is a ripe world that started with Nimble Jack, and can go anywhere from there with Swivel picking up the pieces to figuring out the mysteries of Declan's past.

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8.3
Colder: The Bad Seed #2

Nov 26, 2014

Colder: The Bad Seed #2 is crazy, mind bottling, and preps us up to find out the things about Declan's past which would make sense out of how he is able to do what he does.

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8.6
Colder: The Bad Seed #3

Dec 24, 2014

Colder: The Bad Seed #3 was just mind-blowing when this is one of those stories where some ends are just up to you to decide. You feel sorry that Reece was dragged into this and where this issue leaves both she and us definitely will have you needing that next one to see just what comes next.

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8.3
Colder: The Bad Seed #4

Jan 28, 2015

Colder: The Bad Seed #4 brings a lot of the story and plot into perspective for us, and for Reece. Declan's fate is still up in the air, though while you want to see him saved, you also really want to see just what can happen when Swivel has his way with growing a plant

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10
Colder: The Bad Seed #5

Feb 25, 2015

Colder: The Bad Seed #5 hits all the right notes as this confrontation between Swivel, Declan and Reece comes to a close. A good focus on character development, many things unknown now known, and a solid setup for much more to come after this issue. If you want a horror story that aims to be unpredictable, Colder: The Bad Seed is the book that you should pick up. A dark tale that you appreciate Dark Horse gave a second chance to continue.

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8.4
Colder: Toss The Bones #2

Oct 29, 2015

With Colder: Toss The Bones #2, that someone who is sitting in your home, unseen, grinning a gap-toothed smile, and waiting to feast stole the show once again. This new volume has been memorable because they brought back a character who is memorable with everything he does and says.

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8.6
Colder: Toss The Bones #3

Nov 25, 2015

Colder: Toss The Bones #3 shows exactly what happens when Nimble Jack becomes your roommate. His currency is not the kind of rent one would look for, and not for the trouble he brings with him. He may have spent most of this time toying with them, but it seems now that they really have something to fear from Jack now that they are aware of his plans till its time for his meal.

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8.7
Colder: Toss The Bones #4

Dec 30, 2015

Colder: Toss The Bones #4 was another thrilling issue that sets us up for the final showdown. Reece and Declan have come a long way to lose to someone like Nimble Jack. This issue emphasized how far they are willing to go to prove it.

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10
Colder: Toss The Bones #5

Jan 27, 2016

The conclusion to Colder: Toss the Bones was everything you could have wanted from what this series delivers, and for what note it leaves us on to make us hope that there is more to come after.

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8.3
Conan And The People of The Black Circle #1

Oct 16, 2013

Overall it is a fun start to a great adventure. It looks amazing as well, having a style that looks digitally painted. Everything stands out and the characters are very detailed. It has a lot of potential if it keeps up with this momentum and pacing. The twist at the very end is one you really don't see coming and just another reason why you want to keep following this story if you have picked it up. I recommend this book if you are either a fan of Conan, or just love something that you know will deliver on action, with a bit of mystic elements taking focus.

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8.0
Constantine #5

Jul 25, 2013

Definitely not what I expected and it's nice to see that Constantine does actually want what's best for the world when the need is there. May not be the best way to handle such situations, but he gets the job done in the end. Now we are just left with one question, which is if he will survive “bleeding out”. Chances are slim, but it's still Constantine we're talking about.

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7.6
Constantine #6

Aug 15, 2013

Aside from this is was a well enough build up to what will make things go from bad to worse for John. We all know he has a thing for mystic artifacts and likes to keep them in his possession. Now that they are in the hands of someone who has nothing good to do with them, he's now in a world of trouble. Just about anything can happen and there aren't many he can turn to in this situation. Especially when Trinity War is occurring at the same time. Decent issue, but that's all it really was because his death and obvious resurrection fell flat.

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6.9
Constantine #8

Nov 16, 2013

Good issue in terms of it being Constantine, but there was much interesting about it. You would probably find yourself saving more time and money just waiting till the next issue where the story actually continues from where we last saw him. Great art work as usual, that much remains consistent throughout this book bringing about that grim atmosphere that comes with exploring the mystic world.

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8.6
Constantine: Futures End #1

Sep 10, 2014

Constantine: Future's End #1 fully takes advantage of the con man Constantine is with the build up to a trick that no one could have seen coming. He's the type of guy to pull a rabbit out of his hat at the very last-minute after jerking your chain that he can't. This issue is dark, emotional, and brings Constantine down to Earth in a way which kind of humbles a man who always thinks himself the smartest man in the room.

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8.0
Croak #1

Sep 6, 2016

Overall Croak #1 is a book that has potential for where it can go knowing that they aren't going for any plot that you are familiar with when it comes to camping in the woods. There's an avoidance of the predictable and that is what they must stick to in order to grab us when the true horror begins.

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8.4
Croak #2

Nov 9, 2016

Croak is definitely an independent book that you don't want to sleep on. If the first issue didn't already hook you, surely this second issue will for all the ways it is refreshing for this genre.

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8.8
Croak #3

Dec 7, 2016

By the end of Croak #3 I can agree as to why Croak #1 was one of the best selling digital books for Alterna in 2016. In terms of digital releases in general, this is a book you want to give a shot if you're into something with a definitive start and end with no bull****.

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8.2
Cryptocracy #1

Jun 29, 2016

Cryptocracy #1 is the start of something fun and adventurous for people who are virtually gods now feeling as though their whole way of life is about to crumble beneath them. Just what can go wrong when your ultimate power is secrecy, And that is the one thing being used against you? That is what we aim to explore and much more.

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8.3
Cyborg #1

Jul 22, 2015

The artwork is astounding. When a risk is taken with a title like this you fear for how it will look visually, and they got a good art team behind Cyborg. Just another sign of the positive change DC is looking to make with their DCYou initiative. This is the best that Cyborg has been drawn and more so when this new form captures his more human features. It is the best form he could have taken at this time just because he is questioning how he is looked at being majority machine. Aside from this they did a lot right starting with the design of these aliens. We don't know who they are, but they do look terrifying in form. Then there is the more technical effects from Cyborgs abilities that the colors bring out, features as well on his body. And just the way flashbacks and holograms overlap is impressive too. The layout as well of the panels is easy to follow which you could sometimes fear when displayed the way they are.

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8.3
Cyborg #2

Aug 26, 2015

Cyborg #2 shows progress for this series while finding a balance between concept and character development. Through these two issues it should be safe to say that you get to know Victor Stone better than you thought you did before. That is what we should always be able to take from this series going forward.

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8.3
Cyborg #3

Oct 7, 2015

Cyborg #3 gets intense and cements Victor as his own man in this solo adventure. One where again this invasion is one that only he can combat. He has allies, finds his betrayer, and deals feel feelings of pain for what he has gone through.

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8.4
Cyborg #4

Oct 28, 2015

Cyborg #4 is action packed and it gets personal with the fate of the world at stake. The story keeps getting better and so does the artwork.

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8.3
Cyborg #5

Dec 2, 2015

Cyborg #5 answers many questions and sets us up for that big play Victor and friends will have to make in order to stop the Technosapiens while they still can.

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9.5
Cyborg #6

Dec 23, 2015

Cyborg #6 brings an end to “Techno-Takedown” in a big way that will change the life of Victor for both his personal life and his life as Cyborg. The line between the two is closer than ever, but it seems soon we should be exploring what manages to keep that divide.

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8.3
Cyborg #7

Jan 27, 2016

Cyborg #7 was a great start to a new storyline which will change Victor's life for better or for worse when it seems the world is ready to define who he is for him after the technosapien invasion.

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8.4
Cyborg #8

Feb 24, 2016

With the conclusion of Cyborg #8 is now public enemy #1. That much you saw coming, though what led to this moment was an excellent read. There is a lot at stake here and it starts with taking a stand when the government extends their reach a bit too far for the sake of control.

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8.4
Cyborg #9

Mar 23, 2016

Cyborg #9 captures Victor in the light we wish most other stories would. A hero who has friends in high places to help him when his back is against the wall. A Justice League member who is treated like an equal. A person who deserves the chance to decide how his own body is used knowing that line between man and machine is now more blurred than ever.

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8.9
Cyborg #11

May 25, 2016

Cyborg #11 was the right kind of conclusion you could want out of the ‘Cybernetic Registration' story arc. It didn't need to be in your face with something climatic. It just needed to stay true to how genuine this book has always been from the start. Hopefully that is how it will end as well.

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8.3
Cyborg #12

Jun 22, 2016

If this is the last issue as I'd assume, Cyborg #12 wraps up the series quite nicely. Would it have been nice to have the original creative team stick around to the end? Sure, but the good thing is that we at least made it to the end never losing what made Cyborg stand out from some of the other titles. It's human, engaging, makes you think about the way we look at others and how we want to be viewed ourselves. You couldn't have asked for a better story that represented the importance of the person behind the mask.

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8.1
Cyborg (2016) #1

Sep 21, 2016

It is safe to say that there is potential after finishing Cyborg #1. From here it just needs to keep moving forward because that is what we need most from this character who doesn't always get this kind of chance for exposure. Steps forward, not back. And hopefully not forget the things that did change drastically about him that shouldn't completely change with a new creative team.

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8.1
Cyborg: Rebirth #1

Sep 7, 2016

Cyborg: Rebirth #1 was a solid start. The actual first issue will be the dealbreaker, but this at the very least gives you something to look forward to with the foundation set from reintroducing us to Victor's world.

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8.5
Cyclops (2014) #1

May 8, 2014

Cyclops #1 is a book that should definitely change the way readers look at Cyclops. I have great expectations of where this adventure will take Cyclops and Corsair, both having a lot of ground to cover as father and son. This issue brought out feelings I didn't think I would have because of how bad these two want this relationship to work, and I have faith that Rucka can keep that consistent as things progress. If you are skeptical about this book, you should definitely give it a try.

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8.5
Cyclops (2014) #2

Jun 4, 2014

The resort world of Dixzit, where Scott flirts with aliens and Corsair shows off more of his skills,and notoriety. How the issue ended was fairly open-ended and the answers it might lead to are something we can all anticipate. Secrets to be revealed and they can lead to all kinds of reactions.

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8.7
Cyclops (2014) #3

Jul 31, 2014

Cyclops #3 is as down to Earth as things can get for a space adventure. While you initially picked up this series to see what happens when younger Cyclops crosses paths with the Starjammers, you enjoy more the focus on just the bond between him and Corsair. You almost are left hoping it could easily just be them both together for the entirety.

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8.4
Cyclops (2014) #4

Aug 27, 2014

Cyclops #4 continues to take both character and action to give you a space adventure you won't soon forget. This is the Cyclops story that we need and one that you wouldn't have any other way than what we get right here. The Summers aren't the perfect family, but the attempt to be one that's less dysfunctional is a step in the right direction for the sake of both their futures.

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8.8
Cyclops (2014) #5

Sep 24, 2014

At the end of the day Cyclops #5 puts Cyclops and Corsair on a path that we can feel comfortable with going forward. There's less tension between the two and they work very well together when they are willing to put their trust in one another. This was the best way to put Cyclops on a path where he acts more mature rather than angry. He's a teen yes, though living a life where being grown up is the best option to survive.

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7.0
Cyclops (2014) #6

Oct 22, 2014

This team has its work cut out for them with this new story arc and it starts with grabbing us with the same sense of adventure that we got with the first story arc. Our interest was piqued through exploration and seeing a lot of what the Universe has to offer while giving us a natural relationship between Corsair and Scott. Scott can be a teen without being clumsy and feeling unwelcome. Cyclops #7 will be the time to show us a clear direction for this series that keeps us coming back for issues after that.

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8.5
D4VE (IDW) #1

Feb 28, 2015

D4VE #1 is funny, it's sad, it's just a mixed bag of emotions that comes with showing how even robots can fail at the game called life.

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8.2
D4VE2 #1

Sep 16, 2015

D4VE2 # 1 is a good start to this new mini series. Easy to follow after the time gap of a year, and just as easy for a new reader to just pick up from here from the recap we get of past events. Great character development, humor, and twist that will really shake up the story.

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8.5
D4VE2 #2

Oct 7, 2015

D4VE2 #2 is another fun issue which continues to capture the normal lives that these robots live. That they try to live. And how two visitors can change everything for the direction of this series moving forward.

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9.0
D4VE2 #3

Nov 11, 2015

D4VE2 #3 really does hit you with a surprise by the end of the issue that changes everything. With everything that has gone right and wrong, now D4VE is faced with the opportunity to change it all hopefully for the better.

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10
D4VE2 #4

Dec 2, 2015

D4VE2 #4 overall really toyed with our emotions. Many times teasing endings that really could have crushed us, but at the very end giving us one that for the first time in a while isn't completely heartbreaking. Any who are fans of D4VE should surely hope that there is more to come. This was not the title to sleep because as a mini series it delivers what most ongoings take more issues to.

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8.7
Dark Horse Presents (2014) #1

Aug 20, 2014

There's a lot to read in this new #1 for Dark Horse Presents, and a great time to hop on board if looking for a reason to give this anthology a chance. Some better than others, and some with the potential to be something good with time to develop the plot. Dark Horse Presents certainly lives up to the reputation.

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8.8
Dark Horse Presents (2014) #2

Sep 17, 2014

It wouldn't be Dark Horse Presents without something familiar, and Aliens is that series included. While it seems like a side story, it is one that you would read just because you know how intense Alien stories can be. Aliens: Field Report jumps into the action quickly throwing soldiers into the fray who weren't exactly prepared for what they would encounter like most, and you take interest in how they handle themselves in this situation. Aside from this it's great to see that Ripley is not a forgotten character in this war with the aliens. Whatever comes with Aliens: Fire and Stone, this was a good way of building up to the release of that series.

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8.9
Dark Horse Presents (2014) #3

Oct 15, 2014

It's hard to say exactly how you might feel about Age of Reptiles: Baby Turtles considering this is one of those rare stories where the art tells the story. The baby turtles do have a strong presence in this story, but so does every other creature in that world as what we are looking at is basically showing their circle of life so to speak. All in all it is worth reading just for the artwork, it really is gorgeous.

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8.3
Dark Horse Presents (2014) #4

Nov 19, 2014

It's been a while since a superhero story popped up in Dark Horse Presents, and this one a bit different as well when it takes place during a different time, the past to be exact. But that isn't the part that really catches your attention. What does is that you have this guy who can do the impossible, and looks like he's trying to do good, but you still don't find yourself trusting him 100%. The detective doesn't either, so you definitely want to see where that leads. The interior art is probably one of the best seen so far in terms of quality pencils and colors. The Mighty comes off valiant on top of looking like a pulp story.

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8.8
Dark Horse Presents (2014) #5

Dec 17, 2014

Seeing Declan Shalvey's name you knew that as a new story Double Tap had to be something worth reading. A page turner that played on suspense as you had no clue what was in store for these two who obviously failed their task and have to explain themselves for it. Definitely a gritty crime comic Murder Book when you see just what happens after they plead their case. It catches you off guard and leaves you wondering if there is any more to this when there is much you don't know. Though with that said this is one of those stories where you enjoy it for how little you know. The pacing was great and the layout coming from Declan Shalvey really helped move things along moving from point to point in the story. What stands out most is his signature style of making great use of grey tones to show depth and detail.

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8.4
Dark Horse Presents (2014) #6

Jan 21, 2015

A murder story all the way, Hot Shot hit's all the right points from seeing the death, to the emotion felt from the death, to unraveling the mystery behind it. Hot Shot follows the same formula as any other crime story out there, but takes the initiative to add that unique twist at the end which separates it from the rest out there. Another story you find appealing because of both the drawing and the applications of shading. The shading in particular which brings out that dark tone which you expect when the centered around death and corruption. A solid story in the end that you take for what it is when met with a decisive end.

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8.6
Dark Horse Presents (2014) #7

Feb 18, 2015

Overall this 200th issue of Dark Horse Presents was jammed packed. 83 pages over the usual 48 and something there for everyone. Some stories felt a bit rushed, one or two just a little bit hard to follow, but overall still more that you were able to enjoy.

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8.1
Dark Horse Presents (2014) #8

Mar 18, 2015

Overall this was a solid issue of Dark Horse Presents that had some good stories to offer this week. It seemed like the darker tales hold more interest and there should be enough reason from most to anticipate the next issue.

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8.7
Dark Horse Presents (2014) #9

Apr 15, 2015

Overall this was a very good issue of Dark Horse Presents that was a big step up from the previous issue. Much of the stories are picking up, finding their footing and giving you a reason to say they are worth that spot on Dark Horse Presents.

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8.2
Dead Drop #1

May 6, 2015

Dead Drop #1 is a great start to this mini series. Who knows what other challenges these other characters will have to face in order to stop these terrorists, but if it is as exciting as this chase Aric was sent on, then that next issue should be worth picking up.

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8.1
Dead Drop #2

Jun 3, 2015

Much of this story you want to take seriously for Dead Drop #2, though it is easy you find yourself humored by Archer running the streets without his pants. Visually you can see how that affects his confidence in the way he moves and speaks. That naivety is mostly seen from his expressions, more notable when speaking to the “terrorist” who clearly sees the big picture Archer is missing. The pacing of the issue is still up there getting our characters from point to point. This is a chase and neither the girl or Archer make any unnecessary stops. In fact it is good to point out how well the effects were adding to show the speed at which they are moving be it train or car. Aside from this when you question Neville's intentions, that is also mainly from what is seen than said which adds to the conspiracy theory.

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9.0
Dead Drop #3

Jul 15, 2015

Dead Drop has been the mini series of interest from Valiant right now. One that takes a different direction to story telling than the rest and takes advantage of characters in a way they have not been seen before. Definitely some left field choices as stated before in the last two reviews for this series. That on top of things not being what they seem with these so-called terrorists and something being off about Neville himself makes you wonder just what this story will come to when we reach that end.

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7.9
Dead Drop #4

Aug 26, 2015

Dead Drop as a whole is a solid mini series despite having those somewhat predictable issues wrapping up the story at the end.

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8.3
Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love #1

Oct 5, 2016

Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love #1 was a very good start to a story you feel invested in from start to end. Great characters, a constantly evolving story, and mystery which keeps you on your toes for what comes next. Some might look at romance and roll their eyes, yet Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love takes a different approach into that world which leaves you wanting more.

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7.2
Deadpool Kills Deadpool #1

Jul 4, 2013

Aside from this the story has some promise, and I say that now because we know what to expect down the road. Of course with that said it's all up to Cullen Bunn to be able to deliver on this because when it comes to Deadpool its hit and miss with execution being very vital in its success. The one thing you are left questioning is if this book will take itself seriously. The previous story arc did and this one seems like it might have that conflict between being funny yet dark. Hopefully there will be a balance that doesn't make you feel as if it has no real purpose.

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8.6
Death of Wolverine: The Weapon X Program #1

Nov 7, 2014

Death of Wolverine: The Weapon X Program #1 surely stands out as its own thing despite spinning out of the events following immediately after Death of Wolverine. There are characters worth following, plenty to explore about them and what they can do. Not only this but anticipate what Weapon X might do to get them back or where they fit into this world now.

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8.0
Death of Wolverine: The Weapon X Program #2

Nov 20, 2014

Death of Wolverine: The Weapon X Program #2 shows that this series has a lot of potential spinning out of the death of a beloved character to many fans. From here one has to wonder what they will do next, what next Weapon X will throw at them, and who they could possibly turn to for help that would better tie these newly created characters to the rest of the Marvel Universe.

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8.1
Death of Wolverine: The Weapon X Program #3

Dec 3, 2014

Death of Wolverine: The Weapon X Program #3 puts us at the halfway point on this group of escapee's mission to free themselves of The Weapon X Program's grasp when now it has become a matter of life or death.

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9.0
Death of Wolverine: The Weapon X Program #5

Jan 8, 2015

With the conclusion of Death of Wolverine: The Weapon X Program #5 there is a lot to look forward to moving on with these characters. There's a clear-cut direction and much to still be explored with them. If you're not reading The Logan Legacy you should definitely do yourself a favor and pick it up now to know where they are presently and their fates.

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7.6
Death of X #1

Oct 5, 2016

Overall Death of X #1 gives you reason to see this to the end. The only question is if they are willing to satisfy us with the answers we have been seeking for longer than we should have been waiting. They without a doubt need to prioritize selling us on the direction things have taken and why we should or have been rolling with it up to this point.

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7.8
Death of X #2

Oct 19, 2016

While the belief is still that Marvel needs to save us the pain and reboot the X-Men, there remains just the slightest bit of respect for the explanation of events up to this point even if this again is a story that should have been told long ago. Death Of X #2 gets further in-depth into these unfortunate events that surprisingly ties well enough into how the X-Men were before the cringeworthy relaunch.

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7.4
Death of X #3

Nov 2, 2016

Death Of X #3 was a slow burn, but it at the very least gets you to look forward to how this concludes. That next issue is it, and from there it is anyone's choice whether they want to care what is being done to the X-Men anymore or not.

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9.5
Death of X #4

Nov 23, 2016

Death Of X #4 finally gives us the truth behind Cyclops' death which was satisfactory even if part of you hoped they would possibly screw this up too. The other death didn't impact you as much, but how these events were orchestrated at the end is some of the best writing we might ever get in terms of X-Men post-Secret Wars.

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8.5
Death Vigil #1

Jul 9, 2014

Death Vigil #1 has the right concept and style for those it manages to grab by the end of the issue. If you like magic or necromancy, then this series is for you. If you just like the idea of a grim reaper being a hero to the living, then this is most certainly the series for you. It was handled very well and leaves room for a lot to be explored from this world.

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8.6
Death Vigil #2

Aug 13, 2014

Death Vigil #2 keeps giving us that mix of magic, fantasy and drama. Now that there has been an establishment of the threat, characters, and stakes in this war now we can move on to something more progressive. In terms of seeing the Vigil in more of an offensive position or doing more of the things they say they do as death knights.

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8.4
Death Vigil #3

Sep 10, 2014

Death Vigil #3 continues to be very grounded for a supernatural tale, striking a balance between their job as reapers and their lives as people. Many could easily strip these reapers of their humanity to make them seem cooler, but for this story it is better that we see them as people before reapers. Same goes for the necromancers as well who could all be throwaway used as filler for villains, but they have personality to them.

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8.3
Death Vigil #4

Oct 8, 2014

Death Vigil #4 is the issue we needed which gave us clarity about what Clara is capable of, and what we really need to know about the enemy in order for the plot to progress. At this point Death Vigil is ready to start jumping into the real fight now that both sides seemed prepared for what the other has to throw at them. Mysteries are fine, though when most still aren't aware of how far the series will go after these 8 issues, the more they know the better.

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8.5
Death Vigil #5

Nov 12, 2014

Death Vigil #5 is the start of something big, and luckily this is one of those series that gives you those extra pages needed to jump straight into the action. The pacing is on point and the escalation of the conflict is exciting when Maria Benes' plan is set in motion.

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10
Death Vigil #8

Aug 22, 2015

Buy the single issues, especially Death Vigil #8 next month. Preoder that issue, buy the trades, show Image that they made a mistake not pushing a series like Death Vigil that had so much potential. Just another fan favorite series that fell through the cracks, but it will be remembered for what it accomplished these 8 issues. A creative plot, concept, an appealing cast of characters, and a quality of artwork that spoils you.

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8.2
Deathlok #1

Oct 30, 2014

Deathlok #1 is a decent start that pretty much almost anyone can pick up. The costume is familiar, the name is the same, though this is a completely different Deathlok. If you want high-octane action then this feels like the kind of series that will deliver on it if the writer takes full advantage of the type of character Deathlok is.

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7.8
Deathlok #2

Nov 26, 2014

Overall there is a lot to expect from this series considering this is a new character being brought to life. This Deathlok has potential when there is depth to him that should be enough to care for him as a person and living weapon.

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8.3
Deathlok #3

Dec 17, 2014

Overall for a somewhat short issue Deathlok #3 handles a lot between Deathlok's missions, his life at home, SHIELD agent Andrea Hope's progress in pursuit of him, and her meeting with an Avenger for some assistance. Everything is going well for this issue though with everything progressing at such a rate we either need longer issues or more focus placed on certain parts of the story so it doesn't feel rushed.

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8.1
Deathlok #4

Jan 14, 2015

Overall Deathlok #4 is a solid issue that covers a lot in a short amount of time. Some parts including Agent Hope and JJ could pick up a bit or use a bit more clarity, though the direction the story is taking with Henry Haynes has been great and should continue to be a priority.

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8.7
Deathmatch #5

Apr 28, 2013

Jenkins definitely has something big planned for both heroes and villains in the end and the progression to that point has been well paced for being on it's fifth issue. Whatever comes next will be a defining moment either in their favor if they can reassess their situation or not if they aren't able to pull together and find out who is the real threat.

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8.6
Deathmatch #6

May 31, 2013

Deathmatch #6Written by: Paul JenkinsArt by: Carlos MagnoAs time is running out, Deathmatch #6 shows us how the heroes start to crumble as their backs are against the wall. Again, not only are they losing numbers in battles they cannot avoid, losing numbers to the many villains the heroes are stuck with mutually, more to their attempts at escaping, but now to a force that is so powerful that even the arena is powered to keep it contained.

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8.5
Deathmatch #7

Jul 4, 2013

Aside from this the momentum of this book is admirable. The pacing in general. Between the fights and them trying to figure out the situation they're in you find yourself really pulled into this story. Sure some of the fights seem rushed, but you wouldn't want to waste too much time on fights that don't have a major impact on the conflict at hand. Everything no matter how small works as a piece of a puzzle, and as a layered story it manages to remain on track while diving into what makes these characters tick. Normally you'd expect spectacle over substance in a book like this though Jenkins manages to take advantage of both.

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9.0
Deathmatch #8

Aug 15, 2013

Again this is one book you should want to pick up if not for the freedoms and liberties Paul Jenkins takes to make this story unique. This plays with the concept of fighting for your life and takes a more seriously approach to it that you find more engaging when the rest have a tendency to rely on humor.

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8.5
Deathmatch #9

Sep 5, 2013

Overall we are approaching what looks like the end with the final four left to fight for their lives. It's still a fight to survive, but also a fight to find the answers to why this is happening. Though Sable seems to be the person to figure this out, Manchurian looks to be the man with the answers. While not much of a surprise, he has many secrets behind that big brain and that's something we should hopefully be able to explore in the next issue.

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8.5
Deathmatch #10

Oct 10, 2013

Whatever the next issue has in store for us, it is the game changer. I have said this before and I was wrong, but that just proves how clever the writing is. This has already proven to be so much more than all the other books out there which put heroes and villains against each other to fight to the death. The concept here was very elaborate and you can see the layers that constantly appeared and unfolded.

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10
Deathmatch #12

Dec 11, 2013

With the conclusion to this vaunted superhero maxiseries, you have to feel very impressed with what Paul Jenkins accomplished. Between the fights and them trying to figure out the situation they're in you find yourself really pulled into this story. Normally you'd expect spectacle over substance in a book like this though Jenkins manages to take advantage of both. Whatever comes next is worthy of keeping your investment in this story. If you are not invested yet, this is one book that you should pick up and see for yourself just how different it is from those like it.

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5.9
Deathstroke #20

May 8, 2013

The only character you really do come out liking is Terra. She maintains the same attitude and presence as she takes the fight to Jericho. Without her involvement in the fight or story overall, everything would've fell flat. If anything this story arc shows that Slade is better when he isn't working with a team. As a solo issue you would expect him to do his thing being an assassin, but Jordan didn't deliver on this, especially up to the end. The artwork remains solid, though that is the only thing that held up aside from Terra's presence.

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7.7
Deathstroke: Rebirth #1

Aug 10, 2016

Deathstroke: Rebirth #1 I feel could have been a bit better in terms of you really getting what is going on with the plot. You come here to see a different side to Deathstroke which we are getting to, though it feels like what we get next has a whole lot of explaining to do when it comes to drawing us in with payoff.

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8.2
Dejah Thoris #1

Feb 3, 2016

Dejah Thoris #1 is an excellent introduction to a new direction for the character. Falling so far, following how she fell, and then anticipating how she will rise. If those first few pages were any indication of what excitement she will deliver in this series, there is reason enough to look forward to that next issue.

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8.1
Dejah Thoris #2

Mar 2, 2016

Dejah Thoris #2 is where the story really gets started and from here things can get better or they can get worse for Dejah being so close to the enemy. The focus on substance over style is working for this series and should stay the priority when Dejah is a character with much potential to explore.

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8.4
Dejah Thoris #3

Apr 13, 2016

Dejah Thoris #3 is where things escalate within the army of Barsoom and within the walls of Helium. No one is safe and that keeps us all at the edge of our seats for what comes next.

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8.5
Dejah Thoris #4

May 11, 2016

Dejah Thoris #4 overall was good for the focus on developing Dejah, moving John Carter into a position where he can be of more use, and shaking up what you thought this all might lead to when there's more to this story than what was seen on the surface.

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8.3
Dejah Thoris #5

Jun 15, 2016

The search for answers in Dejah Thoris #5 leads to some dark place for our hero, yet that is where we again see her rise to the occasion. Even if that is met with loss along the way. This would be no easy quest, that much we have known, and it is thrilling to see what else will “try” to stand in her way.

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8.0
Devolution #1

Jan 20, 2016

Devolution #1 that had an interesting start to attract your attention. It just needs to make sure to capitalize on those things which appeal, and make sure to address those things that might go over a reader's head keeping in mind that this is only five issues.

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8.5
Divinity #1

Feb 11, 2015

Divinity starts of with a solid foundation, with much more that we are going to have to be patient to understand. Is Abram still the same man who left Earth to explore the far reaches of space all those years ago? Is he the hero or villain?What does the future hold for David? Who knows, but the second issue should be worth checking out to start getting answers.

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9.0
Divinity #2

Mar 18, 2015

Divinity #2 proves just how ambitious this title aims to be and the quality of writing Valiant wants to put on shelves with this new initiative. In the previous review of the first issue it was stated that this issue would determine if Divinity is really that must buy title, and that much is the case. This is one series that deserves to be put out there something many should be able to get into.

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8.4
Divinity #3

Apr 22, 2015

Divinity #3 delivers on a powerful roller-coaster of emotions for a guy who really has gotten a lot more than he bargained for. There is a price for power and discovery and no person is an exception to that as we see from this issue.

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8.5
Divinity II #1

Apr 20, 2016

As story and character driven as the first volume of Divinity. Divinity II #1 is the start of a new sci-fi saga that will rock the foundation of the Valiant Universe in a way they can't imagine when Valentina will possibly do all the things you know they fear Abram is capable of as pretty much a god.

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8.5
Divinity II #2

May 25, 2016

Divinity II #2 wasted no time showing us what can be done to this world, and what can still be done to it when the mission for Myshka to bring Russia to glory takes a dramatic turn. And for the worst of the Valiant Universe. How do you truly stop a god fueled by rage? That is the question we look forward to being answered by the end.

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10
Divinity II #3

Jun 22, 2016

Divinity II #3 is the most powerful issue of both volumes of Divinity. It feels like everything was leading to this moment where we not only can address what can go wrong when these powers are abused, but what happens when there is a full understanding of what these powers allow on a human level. For something so out of this world, Divinity is as down to Earth as they come and that pulls you in more than you could imagine.

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10
Divinity II #4

Jul 27, 2016

Divinity II #4 was a great end to another chapter of Divinity. There is no other book worthy of recommendation as Divinity is. You care about the story, the characters, the world built through the artwork. You couldn't imagine any other way to have given the first story a sequel than how things played out here. Not to mention the subtle things which will lead into Divinity III. Probably what will be the most anticipated of the new books announced for Valiant's next wave of books.

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8.7
Django / Zorro #1

Nov 14, 2014

Django Zorro #1 is exactly what happens when you put two vigilantes together who actively search out evil and corruption to kick its ass. Sure you could want a bit more from it as a first issue considering nothing big happened, but you still finish this issue satisfied that you get a taste of what to expect from these two. We can at least be thankful that there wasn't the cliche of them going the distance with only a tease as to who they were.

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8.1
Django / Zorro #3

Feb 4, 2015

Big things are coming in Django Zorro #3, and this issue served it's purpose of putting our heroes where they need to be for the their adventure to really get moving. Django now knows the company he keeps, and that changes everything when he was sure of himself that he knew how things should be handled rather than with “sophistication”.

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7.6
Django / Zorro #4

Feb 25, 2015

Django Zorro #4 is an okay issue compared to the last, though that is only due to this series not having that pacing which you'd expect to keep you at the edge of your seat. You want to see Django do what he does best, you want to see some tag team action between Django and Zorro. That looks like it will come near the end, which is fine, though you also don't want to lose readers holding out till the very end to reach that climax. For a series that picks up after Django Unchained, you don't want to jump into that next chapter of his life only to see him spending more time in a role where he has to keep his head down. Especially for the reputation he had picked up.

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8.6
Doctor Strange (2015) #1

Oct 7, 2015

Doctor Strange #1 is an excellent start to a series that shows us how Doctor Strange lives his days as the Sorcerer Supreme. When he has fun, we do too. There is potential here and hopefully this creative team continues to capitalize on it.

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8.3
Doctor Strange (2015) #2

Nov 4, 2015

Doctor Strange #2 is another exciting adventure we follow with Stephen Strange through the Sanctum Sanctorum and the things he knows that most mortals will probably be glad to be unaware of. Big things are coming for him and it is good that through all this chaos there is some sort of plot forming with pacing.

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8.7
Doctor Strange (2015) #3

Dec 2, 2015

Doctor Strange #3 delivers again with another fun adventure while revealing the true plot behind all the things Doctor Strange was finding wrong with what was crossing over into his dimension.

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8.3
Doctor Strange (2015) #4

Jan 6, 2016

Doctor Strange #4 is where things start to escalate. It's been a slow burn, though it is good to see that they know how to crack the dial when the time calls for it.

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8.6
Doctor Strange (2015) #5

Feb 4, 2016

Doctor Strange #5 hit with a serious reality check. The Empirikul are not to be underestimated, the cost of magic is not to be overlooked, and this does not seem like the kind of war where magic will win the day for these magical beings.

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8.7
Doctor Strange (2015) #6

Mar 10, 2016

Doctor Strange #6 is where the stakes feel real. It is one thing when all the other universes are falling, yet anther thing when its the universe you connect with.

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8.4
Doctor Strange (2015) #8

May 25, 2016

Doctor Strange #8 was a great set up for what will be all hell breaking loose now that we finally know what lies underneath the cellar. While the price of magic has been a consistent topic, never before have we seen what that price is. We know the cost to the caster, though seeing the price overall is a whole different monster to deal with. Quite literally.

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8.4
Doctor Strange (2015) #9

Jun 23, 2016

Doctor Strange #9 is a fast read, though a solid set-up for the final confrontation to come. You could call this a war, but at the end of the day it is a new experience for all when the importance of magic is being established on a global scale. There is something to admire about the exploration of lives that would be nothing without magic in there lives to some extent.

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8.9
Doctor Strange (2015) #10

Aug 4, 2016

While still being a conclusion to ‘LAST DAYS OF MAGIC', Doctor Strange #10 still leaves you with some answers moving forward. The status quo for the Sorcerer Supreme has definitely been shaken along with the state of the magic world as a whole. If this was their intention from the start, then surely it will be welcomed for whatever comes next.

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8.1
Doctor Strange (2015) #12

Oct 6, 2016

‘Blood in The Aether' leads us on another adventure to that will keep us at the edge of our seats. Doctor Strange is not the same man we left off with, neither is this world either. Some aim to rebuild, to adjust, to take advantage of the state things have been left in. It feels like a fight for the soul of magic now, and that is what will determine the future of it as well.

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8.4
Doctor Strange (2015) #14

Nov 16, 2016

There's no rest for the Sorcerer Supreme. That much is clear as day when by the end of Doctor Strange #14 you come to understand that things can only get worse as he has quite the persistent/driven rogue gallery.

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8.0
Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #1

Jul 24, 2014

Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #1 again is slow on the build up, but it proves to have the same potential as the show. We have the Doctor back on his feet after the second Big Bang, we have a newly introduced character and companion, and we now have a story set that can go pretty much in any direction Al Ewing so chooses for the Doctor.

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7.5
Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #3

Oct 1, 2014

Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #3 was going somewhere with this story, even laid down the foundation for a larger mystery to uncover at the end, though as I said before the execution needed work. Especially when we have ended two issues now that left us with more questions than answers. Maybe everything is leading up to a bigger picture, but that remains to be seen or clear.

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8.9
Eternal Warrior #2

Oct 16, 2013

This issue is all about trying to restore that balance which puts the world at risk. Father and daughter now reunited because they were born to fight, they belong in the war zone, killing is almost all they know and it makes them feel alive. Though it comes with a twist Greg Pak has thrown that makes this a must book to all. The Eternal Warrior is going to take the fight to Earth herself. It's one thing to break all the rules, and challenge death itself, but Earth? You sure as hell want to pick up this book and follow what comes next to see how this story plays out.

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8.7
Eternal Warrior #3

Nov 20, 2013

What makes this such a thrilling tale is that you see what it means to be loyal, and what it feels like to be truly betrayed. That feeling carries so much influence over a person's actions and for these two that is the difference between duty and quite literally raising hell to find the answer to their call. This issue is centered around the secrets to that call and the end is every indication as to why some truths are best to be hidden. It's one that will change the world of Gilad and Xaran, both finding out that they got more than they bargained for in the end.

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9.5
Eternal Warrior #4

Dec 18, 2013

Excellent issue that gives us a taste of what is in store for us, Gilad, and Xaran. They have taken the fight to Earth itself and now they must face down the legion of swords at her command. You read this to see just how two of history's most feared warriors can survive the divine wrath that they have wrought. The intensity continues to pick up here and that is something that goes hand in hand with this type of story. Bad things are to come and bloodshed is all but inevitable considering how events are unfolding. This is one book you don't want to miss out on if you like a book that keeps you at the edge of your seat. The end of this issue surely will and what comes next is worth waiting for.

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8.5
Eternal Warrior #5

Jan 22, 2014

As a new jump-on point this is a good start for Eternal Emperor. You may be left with some questions from the previous story arc if someone who followed the story from the start, but if a new reader there isn't much to know aside from the fact that Gilad killed the gods and brought about this future we see. Read this book if you want to see real action from someone who has been there and done it all. That will be what is to come after Gilad sees what he must do next.

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8.4
Eternal Warrior #6

Feb 12, 2014

Eternal Warrior has not ceased to slow down the momentum and it has been for the best. You get action, there are real consequences for actions, and you can see the bleak atmosphere that hangs over everyone's heads once you find out how things got so bad and how they will get worse. From Eternal Warrior to Eternal Emperor there is never a dull moment when you are waiting for Gilad to jump into the next fight or those subtle moments where you dig into those years of wisdom that influence his actions.

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8.7
Eternal Warrior #7

Mar 26, 2014

Great issue of Eternal Warrior that sets things in motion for a point of no return. There's no telling what's in store for them all as they make their next move, but all that is known is that they do it having their best interest in mind. That is what I like to see and again anything can happen when no one is untouchable. Even though some may still really want to know what caused this future, you still read this and care that it skips through time and gives you reason to brush off those questions as it clearly is able to stand on it's own.

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8.2
Eternal Warrior #8

Apr 23, 2014

Far removed from the modern-day was the Eternal Warrior, Gilad and this was a story worth telling to show us a future that could be. Eternal Warrior #8 wrapped up Eternal Emperor surprisingly focusing on the emotional values rather than action, which I didn't mind at all. Now I just hope that with this over we can probably get some idea as to the real fallout from where the last story arc ended. It's just something you can't ignore.

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8.2
Eternal Warrior: Days of Steel #1

Nov 5, 2014

Eternal Warrior has returned at long last to our pull lists with another series of his own. This story though not an ongoing has a lot of potential as long as we stick to a Gilad that is someone we admire as that warrior who has been there, done that, and looks for meaning in the things he has to do.

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7.6
Eternal Warrior: Days of Steel #2

Dec 3, 2014

Overall this issue is okay. Eternal Warrior: Days of Steel #3 will have to make up for this in a big way when the previous two stories ahead of this had more compelling stories to them. There needs to be something we can take away from this when it ends and that needs to be something which makes this stories memorable to some extent because right now you really could move on from it and not miss much.

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7.0
Eternal Warrior: Days of Steel #3

Jan 7, 2015

With the conclusion of Eternal Warrior: Days of Steel, this story was probably the least memorable of those which came before. An ending which was slightly underwhelming and had the makings to be a lot more if more than 3 issues was put into it. Eternal Warrior: Days of Steel had potential, it just came down to execution which didn't quite happen with the exception of few moments.

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8.0
Evil Ernie: Godeater #1

Aug 3, 2016

Evil Ernie: Godeater #1 was a fast read, though it gives you much to look forward to with Ernie being pulled into the thick of this end of the world situation. He's fun, he's foul mouthed, and there's always something entertaining about a guy like him who is reluctant to be the hero or soldier.

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8.6
Five Ghosts #16

Apr 8, 2015

Five Ghosts #16 plays with your emotions and really takes that leap to make this another life or death memorable adventure for Fabian and Sebastian. Their fates are up in the air with that cliffhanger, but with how this issue ended you'd bet there has to be interest in what Frank Barbiere has in store for us in a world where you expect the unexpected.

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8.8
Five Ghosts #17

Jul 22, 2015

Five Ghosts #17 is the finale to another story arc that kept us at the edge of or seats wondering if this was it for any of these characters we have attached ourselves to throughout.

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8.4
Five Ghosts: Special #1

May 13, 2015

Overall, Five Ghosts: Special #1 is an issue worth picking up for exploration, a laugh, and to help show support a book that deserves to have reached this far to deserve a special.

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8.2
Flash (2016) #1

Jun 22, 2016

Flash #1 proves that DC is really coming around with these Rebirth titles. Don't look at this as a form of reboot or relaunch, look at it as a restructuring of DC's stories and for the best. When you are asking the importance of being a superhero? These are the books you will probably be turning to right now as far as the big two are concerned.

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8.5
Flash (2016) #2

Jul 13, 2016

Flash #2 makes Barry's life more complicated than it already is with all the weight that comes with being the Flash. This issue has heart, it's action-packed, reminds you of how great it is to be a superhero, and the quality of the artwork continues to improve. This creative team hasn't let up with their momentum and hopefully that shouldn't change anytime too soon.

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8.3
Flash (2016) #3

Jul 27, 2016

Flash #3 continues to live up to what is making Rebirth so great. No reason why this one shouldn't be on your pull-list when it reminds you of everything you love about superheroes. The struggles of a normal life, the struggles of having superpowers, training those new to understand them, and facing a threat which will take you to places you haven't gone before.

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8.7
Flash (2016) #4

Aug 10, 2016

‘Lightning Strikes Twice' part four was an action-packed and entertaining issue of Flash. You love the characters, there is a great build up to this plot that doesn't rely on shock value, and you really do want to see what the world has in store for Barry when he is actively taking control of his life.

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8.7
Flash (2016) #5

Aug 24, 2016

Flash #5 was personal, it was fun, and yet it still knew when to pull the ripcord and remind you of the danger that has been lurking around the corner. No reason why this one shouldn't be on your pull-list right now.

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8.2
Flash (2016) #10

Nov 9, 2016

‘The Speed of Darkness' part one is a great start to a new story rich with giving us the best of both worlds between Wally and Barry. If there is any book from DC on shelves that will remind you of what it means to be a superhero at the core, that will be The Flash.

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8.6
Flash (2016) #11

Nov 23, 2016

‘The Speed of Darkness' part 2 adds clarity to what this story arc was meant to become. Flash #11 put character development and plot progression above all else and that is what made this better than it could have been if Shade turned out to be just like any other villain they turn into on the streets.

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8.3
Flash: Rebirth (2016) #1

Jun 8, 2016

Flash: Rebirth #1 is one you should definitely not read until you have read Rebirth #1. I mean you shouldn't read any of them till you read that issue, but you will love yourself for that and then seeing what Flash: Rebirth #1 has to deliver.

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8.8
Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion #1

Oct 17, 2013

This is a great start to a story that has a lot of promise if executed correctly. Good casting choice, Really by the end of this first issue, you see that these aren't the same villains that are usually getting beat around. They have a lot of potential, and when set free in this capacity, they can do so much more than you'd expect. It's intense, yet with a bit of humor tossed in the mix. The gritty style is also a good match to the tone of this story, something you can take serious given the situation they find themselves in. This is recommended if you like villains, or just want something different.

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8.1
Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion #2

Nov 21, 2013

Forever Evil " Rogues Rebellion in general is a fun read that you should pick up if you're following the events of Forever Evil. Not as great as the first issue, but that doesn't diminish it's entertainment value. The confrontations between them Deathstorm and Power Ring, Parasite, and ending up with Poison Ivy is something which again makes this fun. Some could argue that the pattern could show no direction, but I believe that exploration through this now broken world is just as important to focus on.

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8.4
Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion #3

Dec 18, 2013

The Rogues way seems to be the best way. If you were a fan of Superior Foes of Spider-Man, this book has definitely progressed in a similar fashion that brings about that same quality in writing. There is a bond with this team that you have to appreciate is taken some time to flesh out. Under these circumstances you'd expect them to fall apart. It would be predictable for them to and yet Buccellato completely avoids that cliche which could have easily made you lose interest with this story. This once again is a book you should definitely pick up if you want a book that takes of the opportunities Forever Evil has opened up in terms of storytelling.

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8.7
Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion #4

Jan 15, 2014

The Rogues really can't catch a break and that is where the excitement keeps building. You don't know what will happen next, but when everyone wants them, it's all about seeing how resourceful they can be to get themselves out of the next jam. Truly you never find a dull moment here as the action is ongoing and there is no where to hide for them. Things are reaching a climax and the next issue has a lot of promise when they find themselves hitting another snag in the road, quite literally.

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8.5
Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion #5

Feb 12, 2014

In the end this is just another exciting issue as the Crime Syndicate is just throwing every available resource they can at the Rogues to make sure that they answer for their refusal to obey. Though we know that there really isn't a chance that the Rogues will be killed so easily, it's great to be able and read this also knowing that they are being put through hell along the way. Them against the world at this point and you want to root for the underdogs being the villains with golden hearts.

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9.3
Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion #6

Mar 26, 2014

The Rogues of Central City proved themselves worth of their name at the end of the day. In a world where they were subject to do as they're told, they still did what they wanted knowing the consequence. I stand by saying that this is the best story to come out of Forever Evil and take advantage of the potential that comes from it. It's just sad that this was only six issues because you really want to see more of what can be done with this team. Hopefully someone sees what can be done with them and jumps at the opportunity.

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8.2
Frostbite #1

Sep 28, 2016

Frostbite #1 really is a science-fiction action miniseries unlike any other. not one that you should sleep on because for a miniseries no time was wasted throwing us into the thick of this world and their problems. Williamson, Alexander and Luis NCT all understand that this is a miniseries as well, making sure that every flip of the page fleshed this story out more than the last.

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8.3
Future Imperfect #1

Jun 5, 2015

Overall this was a solid first issue because it did not leave you wanting in terms of what this series has in store for us.

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8.0
Future Imperfect #2

Jul 1, 2015

The one problem that a series like Future Imperfect suffers from is the emphasis on the fact that this world is futuristic through future slang. It's really not appealing at all. We can see that this world is from a different time and don't need diction that comes off cheesy. A word I really hate to use yet have to because this is a constant that needs to be addressed no matter how small. Aside from this, while we did get to know who this Thing is in Future Imperfect, we don't know much about this rivalry between him and the Maestro. It assumes that everyone knows and that is not the case. Especially when they talk about the past a lot.

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8.2
Generation Zero #1

Aug 24, 2016

Generation Zero #1 is a good start to bringing back these young heroes who should not be forgotten. It is easy for young heroes to get lost in the shuffle, even the popular ones. But Valiant knows how to keep things connected, and they make sure you get what you want out of all the characters you love in some manner. This first issue set the tone, the direction of this story, and left us with potential for where this can go.

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8.4
Ghost (2013) #3

Apr 16, 2014

Whatever comes next I hope that it doesn't lose the momentum that Ghost has been building up on. The truth about who Elisa is becomes clearer with each passing issue and I would be sorely disappointed if the progress made towards that isn't something I can say was worth me investing my time into taking interest in. The next issue should definitely address what it is that Ghost will lose in the process of doing what is necessary for her to find out who she was.

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9.0
Ghost (2013) #4

Jun 4, 2014

Through this issue of Ghost we now see what set the wheels in motion for Elisa to become the hero she is today. It may not be the greatest start, but there is something genuine about it that you just can't ignore. Kelly Sue made this fun, sad, and as down to Earth as it could possibly be for someone like Ghost. You couldn't possibly mix all those elements together so well and yet she does. With any issue of Ghost that comes after this, seeing that kind of character development is something which this series could use more of.

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8.1
Ghost (2013) #5

Jun 25, 2014

Ghost #5 has a good start so far. There might be a little more dialogue than I'd like from Ghost thinking to herself as she acts, but it's nothing too distracting from a worthwhile story. Chris Sebela brings about some new potential for Ghost, we just have to see if he can make those executions to keep us coming back for more.

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8.5
Ghost (2013) #6

Jul 2, 2014

Ghost #6 treads on new territory that brings some much-needed depth to Elisa. It's very easy to write a character who can phase through anything she wants, but it takes a lot more effort to throw something at her which challenges what she's capable of. There was always a fear that Ghost could beat anyone who wasn't also a Ghost, but with this issue those fears have been laid to rest and replaced with interest to see how she makes a comeback with tact.

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8.7
Ghost (2013) #7

Aug 13, 2014

Ghost #7 is a step in the right direction challenging Elisa's humanity when those who want her head have all but thrown theirs away for power. Tough choices she will definitely have to make and you want to see what consequences those will have for her when we've already seen some less than sane actions just in this issue.

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10
Ghost (2013) #8

Sep 24, 2014

There's so much to say about this story arc considering all that Elisa has been through, but all you need to know is that she's not the woman to mess with. Elisa is still vulnerable sure, but now you can see how different she is and will be now that there is an acceptance of what she has become. Her future is still a mystery, though the present holds answers that makes us want to see what that future has in store for us.

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8.7
Ghost (2013) #9

Nov 5, 2014

Ghost #9 is the start of a fight that's more down to Earth for our supernatural wonder. Punching demons in the face is one thing, but there's so much more that can happen and influence this world when Elisa wants to take the fight to the streets and make a real difference in people's lives.

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8.8
Ghost (2013) #10

Dec 3, 2014

Ghost #10 ends with Elisa's war on crime in Chicago is attracting the interests of the city's powerful, and a question of if it is possible for Elisa to push forth with this war on crime without losing close ones along the way.

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8.7
Ghost (2013) #11

Jan 7, 2015

Ghost #11 is the start of something big or something dark for Elisa. There's revenge to be had and you'd pray for these guys who decided they wanted to send a message to her. Elisa got it loud and clear, but so did Ghost.

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9.7
Ghost (2013) #12

Feb 4, 2015

Ghost #12 wraps up another chapter in Elisa's life worth exploration. She's growing as a person, figuring out her place in a world where there is always a fight around the corner, and trying to live up to someone who saw something to admire in what Elisa is capable of.

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8.9
GoGetters #1

Feb 19, 2014

This is a great first issue for GoGetters. You know what to expect from this book and it doesn't fail to give you a taste of that from start to finish. Maya Diaz and George Harrison have a dynamic that you don't get much of in other books. Sure others may do what they do with more finesse, but the recklessness of it all is what sets it apart. You surely won't find a dull moment when they don't seem like the type to sit back and relax knowing there's money to be made.

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10
Gotham By Midnight #12

Dec 24, 2015

Truthfully it would be disappointing if Gotham by Midnight was not on the best of lists for any horror fans. This series may have come to an end sooner than we liked, but it was one hell of a ride from start to finish. This story was contained, action-packed, full of supernatural elements unique to the Midnight Shift's talents, and had some consistent character development.

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8.3
Green Arrow (2016) #1

Jun 15, 2016

Green Arrow #1 sets the tone for what we can expect from this first arc and it will be groundbreaking. Read it for Ollie growing into a better person, his developing relationship with Dinah, and where he goes from here after getting hit harder than he has in the past.

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8.3
Green Arrow (2016) #2

Jul 6, 2016

Green Arrow #2 is a roller coaster of emotions for this being the second issue. Not too much hope we are getting here with the position Oliver has been put in, but how else do you evolve someone like him into the hero he needs to be if you don't first strip him of everything that blinds him to what he's truly fighting for?

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8.4
Green Arrow (2016) #3

Jul 20, 2016

Green Arrow #3 is where Oliver starts to take back his life and they don't look like they are going to be letting up on the intensity of this story until he does. Great action, story development, and pacing spread out through multiple characters having their part to play.

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8.5
Green Arrow (2016) #4

Aug 3, 2016

Green Arrow #4 sets the bar for what everyone is fighting for. Great story progression, character development, character dynamics, and pacing for so much that happens in a short amount of time. This is a fast paced plot and they don't let you forget this. Being a street-level hero is no walk in the park, and neither will it ever be when toppling major crime organizations like The Ninth Circle.

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9.5
Green Arrow (2016) #5

Aug 17, 2016

Green Arrow #5 closes one chapter in Oliver Queen's life and sets up for another with a couple reversals/twists that without a doubt change your perception of everything that has happened so far. You think this was taking one direction, and by the end it takes another. Great for keeping everyone on their toes like this has from the very start. There is no denying that this has been a treat worth looking forward to twice a month, and being worth picking up twice a month.

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8.3
Green Arrow (2016) #6

Sep 7, 2016

Green Arrow #6 is the start of another story with the potential for memorable character development and storywriting. Emiko was the right choice to explore with this new arc and as I've pointed out before Benjamin Percy succeeded in making a standout cast that you care about enough that you can wait to get back to Oliver later.

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8.2
Green Arrow (2016) #8

Oct 5, 2016

Green Arrow #8 marks the start of another story arc which engages us personally, romantically, and through a plot that transitions well enough from the conflict with the Ninth Circle. You had a feeling there was something wrong with this island, even if the name says it all, but you look forward to what Green Arrow and friends can do when they are really on the same page.

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8.3
Green Arrow (2016) #9

Oct 19, 2016

We got a lot out of Island of Scars with Green Arrow #9. This was a fight for the future of this tribe and the continued crippling of the Ninth Circle along the way. The journey back to Seattle begins, though this remains a memorable detour along the way for the obstacles thrown in their way.

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8.3
Green Arrow (2016) #12

Dec 7, 2016

Green Arrow #12 hit harder than so many other issues before and at the start of a new arc. The “Emerald Outlaw” is going to be a gut-wrenching storyline for everything that can go wrong when your enemy knows you almost as well as you know yourself. Reclaiming your life has never been a harder line of words to write till now.

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8.2
Green Arrow: Rebirth #1

Jun 1, 2016

Green Arrow: Rebirth #1 has so much potential following this Green Arrow who feels more familiar. He's growing as a person, and we surely want to watch as this relationship between him and Black Canary develops as well. Definitely a must read alongside the other Rebirth debuts which so far have not disappointed.

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7.8
Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex Alpha #1

Feb 5, 2015

The Black Vortex #1 had an explosive start and set the tone for whatever there is to come after that ending which was delivered. A bit shaky in some areas, though gets better by the end of the issue. Clearly things will only get worse before they get better, and some characters seem like thy will be changed either for better or worse. Either way if you're looking for more action and Guardians/X-Men team-ups, then this is the story for you to pick up.

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8.2
Guardians of the Galaxy (2013) #2

Apr 26, 2013

It's a slow paced story so far, but as for what has happened in this issue, it proved to still be exciting which is why the pacing can be overlooked. Whatever comes next is going to be more intense as J-Son seems to have a hidden agenda that he's trying to play.

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8.7
Guardians of the Galaxy (2013) #3

Jun 13, 2013

Then where there was fear of the story moving slow, this issue starts to set things into motion as you know something big is going to happen. Although Bendis has made sure that remains a mystery, you see all the pieces slowly moving into place as things don't seem so linear. The only thing that takes away from this issue being any better is that the Guardians weren't present throughout a majority of it.

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9.3
Guardians of the Galaxy (2013) #4

Jun 27, 2013

Sarah Pichelli's art style is very fun. The way she handles the action really sells it alongside the dialogue. The lighting and light use of colors you take notice of and everything overall is smooth. Again this issue sets up for something to be excited for as Gamora will still have to watch her back like the others.

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8.6
Guardians of the Galaxy (2013) #5

Aug 1, 2013

As I said before I liked that the plot is now clear. Not just for Guardians but Avengers and New Avengers as well. All tying in to Trinity, Hunger, Inhumanity, and more. There have been subtle pokes at the tears in space-time, but none like this which I really appreciated since many have not the slightest clue as to what to expect.Seeing Thanos as someone who has a part in what's to come wasn't surprising, but his motivations were which made things make sense.

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7.2
Guardians of the Galaxy (2013) #6

Sep 26, 2013

It was an entertaining issue overall, despite nothing much happening that you really were already aware of. Again it would have been great but the timing of the issue's release is very late. I want to feel that Angela really has some importance to this event and for them to only get back to her now makes you question if that is really the case at this point. There could have even been a better approach to this.

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8.0
Guardians of the Galaxy (2013) #7

Oct 17, 2013

Guardians of The Galaxy does what other books have neglected since the events of Age of Ultron. They are addressing the fact tat there is rips in space and time, the catalyst for everything going on right now. And the cliffhanger at the end of this issue shows that because Earth is the cause, the consequences are to follow soon.

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7.8
Guardians of the Galaxy (2013) #8

Oct 31, 2013

Decent tie-in to say the least that finally connects them to the main fight, even if it is coming close to an end. Might be next issue, but the pacing of this book has been inconsistent, for the most part it needs to quicken up a bit because this issue did feel a bit dull. Hopefully with the re-emergence of a new character at the end gives us that sense of excitement back.

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8.2
Gutter Magic #1

Jan 13, 2016

Gutter Magic #1 is an action-packed urban fantasy tale which sets the bar for any of this kind to follow throughout the year. Great sense of world building and character appeal. Definitely a new title you don't want to miss getting into because it could easily be a mini series that could come back for more.

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8.5
Gutter Magic #2

Feb 10, 2016

Gutter Magic #2 grabs you with just how wrong things can go for Cinder when the things he does affect more than just him. He may be able to get out of most situations he gets himself into, though the same can't be said for those who end up getting caught in his mess.

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8.6
Gutter Magic #3

Mar 9, 2016

From sibling rivalry, to a vengeful Shiver, to a dragon assault, Gutter Magic #3 really picked up the intensity in a short amount of time. Even if this wasn't all worth it when Cinder gets to his destination, the adventure was worth it for every stunt he has pulled to reach that point.

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10
Gutter Magic #4

Apr 20, 2016

With the way Gutter Magic #4 ends, it makes you cross your fingers that this may not be the end. For four issues you loved Cinder and Blacktooth for everything they were willing to put on the line to find magic. You loved this world even more for the potential created from simply building upon the lives of people who take magic and a life of magic for granted.

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9.0
Halo: Escalation #1

Dec 11, 2013

Overall Halo: Escalation #1 is a great transition from the events of Halo 4. They are set on a clear path and Chris Schlerf shows the knowledge and capability to be able to connect this story to the Covenant civil war with the Arbiter and the Brute Ambassador. Again we see that this story is much more than Chief and that the Halo Universe has much to offer in a story that goes beyond the games. The Arbiter, Fire Team Majestic and much more have a part in this, what more could you ask for? 343 had set the stage and now as fans of Halo we can keep up with it's natural progression knowing that this is all very new. You don't even have to be a fan per say, as this is something new going on right now that you can read without needing to go back to anything previous to understand.

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8.4
Halo: Escalation #2

Jan 8, 2014

The story is very much starting to pick up and quickly from the first issue which is what shows how much potential this book has. There is a good balance between action and storytelling that doesn't leave you questionable about what takes place. Whatever comes next is definitely something worth paying attention to because things are not really as they seem. They are a lot worse and there is more than what is seen on the surface. The mysterious that come with the story of Halo shines through this story and that is reason enough to pick up this book if not already.

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9.5
Halo: Escalation #3

Feb 26, 2014

In the end, what I thought would have just been a good start for this series turned into something great. There is definitely potential to this progressing storyline and I can tell things can only get more interesting from here. There's a clear idea of what to expect, while still leaving much room to be surprised a long the way which is what I have always liked about Halo. Shooting Covies or Prometheans in the face can be fun, but this book looks to dive deeper than that which is what we look for in all Halo stories.

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8.3
Halo: Escalation #4

Mar 26, 2014

Halo Escalation #4 is a good transition from the failed peace negotiation. Questions are raised, the enemy is uncertain yet clear as being a substantial threat, and characters are put on the spot as they deal with this unexpected situation. Great balance from this issue in particular which is what I want to see more of when things start to heat up because any time spent unnecessarily can really hurt a story like this that needs to hit the right points.

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8.6
Halo: Escalation #5

Apr 23, 2014

Overall I think Halo Escalation is head in a good direction if Schlerf can keep doing what he's doing now. The story is progressing naturally, yet at the same time giving Halo fans something to look forward to with certain stories coming full circle. I would look forward to the next issue just to see how everyone handles this revelation they got while under duress.

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9.0
Halo: Escalation #6

May 28, 2014

Halo Escalation #6 ends on a note which gives you faith in what's in store for the Halo Universe in the comics.The very end of this issue had me taken back. Some might think that what you saw in that last page was small, but it means big things for the Halo Universe if something comes from it in time. That was a great little addition which always spells trouble in a good way. Aside from this the Halo universe still remains on the brink of a new galactic war.

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8.2
Halo: Escalation #7

Jun 25, 2014

Halo: Escalation #7 is a good starting point for what is to come from this series. Brian Reed is someone who knows what direction to take the story and knows how to write these characters in a way that appeals to Halo fans whether new or old. Where the next issue takes us will be something Halo fans should want to stick around for as it should hopefully make sense of where Chief ends up now in recent time.

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8.8
Halo: Escalation #8

Jul 23, 2014

Halo: Escalation #8 is a good start to a situation that no pun intended has really escalated in a short amount of time. While I could have said before was a good time to get into the comics if you want to know more about the direction the Halo Universe is taking, but right now with this very issue is where you must pick up the book. Anyone can just play the game, but if you want to play the game and actually understand why things happen the way they do? Start reading Halo: Escalation now.

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8.8
Halo: Escalation #9

Aug 27, 2014

In the end, Halo: Escalation #9 is on the right path that the Halo Universe should be taking. Brian Reed continues to appeal to Halo fans and understands how to tell this story without losing you in the chaos. If you're a new reader and feel lost, honestly this probably just isn't the right title for you. Someone can't expect you to know the lore, but they also can't be expected to hold your hand through this story. There's an attempt to give us the best of both world, and you just have to be invested enough to go along for the ride.

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7.6
Halo: Escalation #10

Sep 24, 2014

While Halo: Escalation #10 leaves much to be desired when it comes to the conclusion of "The Next 72 Hours" and what this means for the future of Master Chief, it's hard not to say that this wasn't exciting. It's the little things you discover and the fast paced action that keeps you coming back for more. If you've been wanting to see Master Chief make his way back into a relevant role in the Halo comics then this is worth picking up. Just hopefully the next story with him in it gives us more insight as to how he ends up where he is in that desert before Halo 5.

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7.9
Halo: Escalation #11

Oct 22, 2014

A lot can go right, and a lot can go wrong with this new story arc. It's uncertain what the pay off will be from this story as a whole since only the beginning, though hopefully what happens here is something we can take as memorable going forward. Duffy Boudreau has a handle of giving the characters their own voices, though it all comes down to giving us something which sets this story apart from the previous story arcs in terms of moving us forward.

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9.0
Halo: Escalation #12

Nov 26, 2014

This certainly was another conclusion of another action-packed chapter of the Halo saga. If you had any doubts as to what Duffy Boudreau has to offer the Halo Universe, surely this issue should have put them to rest.

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8.1
Halo: Escalation #13

Dec 24, 2014

Halo: Escalation #13 is a step in the right direction and this will be the fight that changes everything. It took a while to get to this part of the story, though it is better now than never when the stakes have never been higher. The only way to disappoint now is if we aren't taken on an exploration of this Universe that shows us things we haven't seen before, more things Forerunners left behind as their "gifts".

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8.2
Halo: Escalation #14

Jan 28, 2015

Halo: Escalation #14 is a solid example of how interesting Halo can get when we get o those more important story plots which connects everything together. Halo: Escalation is a canon story, however it is the hunt for the Janus Key like this which grabs your attention most.

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8.5
Halo: Escalation #15

Feb 25, 2015

Halo: Escalation #15 is a step up from the previous issue moving things along with high intensity. No battle is ever small when it comes to the UNSC Vs the Covenant. This one is no different and all the same just as important as if they were handling the Didact himself knowing whoever has both halves of the key has access to everything the Forerunners left behind for the Reclaimers, aka the humans.

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10
Halo: Escalation #16

Mar 25, 2015

Honestly we need more issues like Halo: Escalation #16, and more stories that get into the thick of it like this story arc. Wherever the end of Spartan Ops season 2 was heading, this opens up to a new world of possibilities from the ending.

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8.2
Halo: Escalation #17

Apr 22, 2015

Halo: Escalation #17 is the start of a story arc worth giving a shot if you want more of what the Halo Universe has to offer outside of the main storylines. It won't always be about Chief, Halsey, or the UNSC. That is what makes this story arc stand out like others which dare to do something different.

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8.3
Halo: Escalation #18

May 27, 2015

Halo: Escalation #18 brings about the end to yet another story arc that adds to the always growing Halo Universe with every passing issue with a worthwhile character joining the ranks of the Spartan IVs.

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8.2
Halo: Escalation #19

Jun 24, 2015

With Douglas Franchin off of Halo: Escalation again came the fear that we might just go back to okay art. For a licensed title like Halo: Escalation okay just is not enough. Especially when at issue #19. So when Ian Richardson's name came up it was a question then of what this guy can bring to the table, and he really did impress. He and Denis Freitas on inks did as the art for this issue was as clean and polished as it ever has been. There are places where perspective took away from the detail and proportions however. Though when things were in view Ian Richardson's efforts could be seen as like Franchin he pushed for that likeness that we should see from the Sangheili's physiology and the realism that we should get from the human elements of the story. It should also be mentioned how well they handle making the textures stand out be it armor, metals, clothing, skin, or structures.

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8.2
Halo: Escalation #20

Jul 29, 2015

Halo: Escalation #20 had a lot going on visually throughout the issue. That is what was impressive in this issue because it was all handled with quality work. Artists before struggled with these kinds of scenes and they didn't come out as appealing, but Ian Richardson shows that he understands uniformity and perspective. Especially when these ships are falling apart from the portals opening up incorrectly. Aside from this it catches your attention how Halsey and Jul are drawn together. It is important to recognize how these two continue to butt heads. Particularly when Halsey is constantly both the voice of reason and very bold when engaging Jul when he starts to get threatening. The colors for the most part are great, except when it comes to the capturing of the portals opening and what not because it is hard to tell what is actually going on.

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8.2
Halo: Escalation #21

Aug 26, 2015

With part three of The Absolute Record, Halo: Escalation #21 takes us to that critical moment where a powerful new combatant enters the fray and is all that stands between all sides of this conflict and the Absolute Record. This is again a vital chapter of the Halo series as everything the humans have been groomed to accomplish over the years has been for this point in time. Where they face what the Forerunner left for them as keepers of the mantle of the Universe.

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8.8
Halo: Escalation #22

Sep 23, 2015

Halo: Escalation #22 is a strong issue for this story arc as we approach the climax. We don't know what the future holds, or what the Absolute Record will unlock for the Halo Universe, but one thing is for sure that this creative team has given us a reason to see this through to the end.

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8.7
Halo: Escalation #23

Oct 28, 2015

Halo: Escalation #23 is the issue you don't want to miss if you're planning on picking up Halo 5: Guardians this week or if you already did. The Chief and Locke have their own fight, but this is just as important keeping in mind that all these other key players in the Halo Universe are doing their part to fight for the future of humanity.

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9.7
Halo: Escalation #24

Nov 25, 2015

Halo: Escalation #24 is a great end that doesn't answer all questions leading up to Halo 5, but as the conclusion of Halo: Escalation this was perfect. This review is based on of the connection between the comics and the game, though just speaking for the comic series itself this creative team made a memorable story that shouldn't be ignored because Halo is not all about the video game, and Halo is not just about Master Chief.

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9.8
Halo: Tales from Slipspace #1

Nov 16, 2016

Halo: Tales from Slipspace HC is a must have. For the new stories, for the stories bringing more depth to this universe, and for the stories which further address those things we were only able to theorize about before. As far as anthologies go this one is the most impressive that I've read thus far with all the stories having the kind of quality deserving of the money you put into it.

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8.4
Hank Johnson, Agent of Hydra #1

Aug 29, 2015

Hank Johnson – Agent of HYDRA #1 is worth the read if not only to see how much worse his life can get. Things won't get any better for Hank and the excitement is that this guy has survived the worst.

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9.2
Harbinger #0.2014

Mar 19, 2014

The original creative team of Joshua Dysart and Khari Evans is what this #0 issue needed and deserved knowing what comes next. The story is deep, it's told in an interesting manner, and it looks great. We know the psiots are going to war, and everything that has happened up to this point is all for the approaching conflict. The stage has been set now and still leaves much room to be surprised as now that we know the whereabouts of the Bleeding Monk, the next question is what comes next?

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8.4
Harbinger #13

Jun 21, 2013

All in all it's entertaining to see how this team handles the situation when they face someone well out of their league. You can see their inexperience throughout the whole issue as some of them still do not know the extent of their powers while caused either failures or slight loss of control. I like the bold use of colors, along with their use of lights and shadows even though it can be more consistent. This is a dire situation which should hopefully bring out the best in everyone.

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8.3
Harbinger #14

Jul 25, 2013

Overall it was a great issue, and even better highlighting what I might say is the best of Faith. You really wouldn't expect so much of her given her powers compared to the rest but she really stood out.

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10
Harbinger #15

Aug 15, 2013

No words can really explain how you'd feel after reading this issue. The happiness was there, the emotion, the heartbreak, the shock. You just could not have seen this coming when you initially picked up this issue. Whatever this leads to, you will find yourself engaged in the story because if Joshua has not gotten your attention with that last act, you have to question if you have a soul. If you aren't reading this book right now, you are seriously missing out.

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8.2
Harbinger #16

Sep 18, 2013

Great issue that is leading towards something interesting from this group. Nothing is as it really seems and what you want to see is how the can overcome something they never saw coming. Well one person has, but we'll see if things go their way because that is something you don't want to trick yourself into thinking at any point.

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8.5
Harbinger #17

Oct 23, 2013

This untold story was one worth telling. Not only to fill in missing gaps in this story, but give us a better understanding of what is going on at this moment. Everyone is being affected by the events occurring right now and that is the world which has been shaping around them since the start. Much to look forward to as the story continues to change hands. What are Harada's plans for Peter? That's something only time will tell.

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8.3
Harbinger #18

Nov 16, 2013

Overall there's some interesting progress made here. This is considering how the last issue ended with Monica who still holds importance to their escape from this illusion. The Perfect Day is coming to an end and when the dark truth behind it is revealed, the Foundation just might realize they got more than they bargained for. The only part of this issue that was really lacking was the style used to portray the world Harada created for Peter. Just didn't look all too appealing throughout, was more inconsistent compared to the other half which was well done.

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8.9
Harbinger #19

Dec 11, 2013

Overall I think that what Dysart has done is ever so slightly push the buttons of the Renegades up to this point. I like it because you see that no matter how far they run, Harada is always going to try to find them and all hell breaks loose for them when that happens. They have been pushed to the point where there is no turning back. From the looks of it they will be taking the fight to Harada obviously and when they do, not only will Peter undertake the mental battle of his life, the Renegades will also be throwing themselves into a conflict that could easily decide their fate. All that aside the ending to this issue is one that makes you feel a bit emotional, just a little bit to realize what Harada as put everyone through whether enemy, or ally because of his actions as of late.

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8.8
Harbinger #20

Jan 15, 2014

This issue shows us just how fun of a book Harbinger can be because it mirrors a real world. Now we will see what happens in a world where the idea of superpowers is revealed and Harada's back is against the wall to not only make good of the situation, but keep his secrets hidden for the sake of his foundation and those involved. If there was any reason to pick up this book, it would be to see how this group of misfits fair when the odds are finally in their favor.

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8.3
Harbinger #21

Feb 12, 2014

This issue brought things down to Earth in a way that makes you find the real importance in this story. A lot more characterization put into place between these characters that shows where their head is at as they prepare to make their move. This is the best time to get into Harbinger knowing that the lid is about to be blown clean off the existence of psiots.

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8.7
Harbinger #22

Apr 23, 2014

Harbinger #22 is where things get real and I finished this issue wanting to know what comes next. Truthfully I was put off from the fact that it was announced so early that a Renegade would die, but actually reading this issue I forgot any of that frustration and my mind is set on finding out who will bite the dust. With something this big you have to hope that the delivery of that death is one memorable and do that character justice. We have stuck with this same cast from the start and it would be depressing to lose one for the sake of having a major death.

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10
Harbinger #23

May 28, 2014

Harbinger #23 is a roller-coaster of emotions that leaves you hurt that you are losing a character who has been with you since the start, and yet satisfied by how that Renegade's death was handled. After this issue anything goes for all who are left in this fight. I really wish there was something I could say that could have gone better, though if I'm being honest with myself it's just not possible.

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9.8
Harbinger #24

Jun 16, 2014

Harbinger #24 is an end to the conflict which it deserved. You couldn't have asked for a better way to be left as we head into new territory for the world of Harbinger. Joshua Dysart makes you care about these characters, everything good and bad which happens to them throughout. If you felt nothing after reading this, it's hard to say it was a problem with the story or art. Whatever comes next after this is something to really look forward to.

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9.0
Harbinger #25

Jul 16, 2014

Joshua Dysart and Khari Evans truly delivered a devastating climax to the second year of Harbinger that any fan could have wanted. This is the most down to Earth series in Valiant and it's hard to argue why when these care characters you connect with and go through things that many of us do or have. Matt Kindt gives us a reason to care about these characters, the plot, and surely set the foundation for many things to happen involving the Harbingers in the future.

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8.9
Harbinger Wars #3

Jun 15, 2013

Overall Harbringer Wars has managed to deliver on being an intense story where no punches are pulled with Dysart. Clayton Henry and Pere Perez together on art just blows you away. Only adds to the atmosphere of the story which already has your full attention.

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9.4
Harbinger Wars #4

Jul 18, 2013

Overall it was very well handled and I couldn't have asked for a better outcome because I actually was losing hope that they'd make it out of this alive. Dysart really pushing you to the edge of your seat wondering what would go wrong because not much has really gone right for them. Even with the conflict over, you wonder what is in store for them next when this looks to be far from over.

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8.5
Harbinger: Omegas #1

Aug 6, 2014

Harbinger: Omegas #1 is the beginning of brand new mini-series detailing the lives of these two omega-powered rivals andsetting the stage for what happens next. The revelation that psiots walk among us is going to have a very big impact on the world and this issue shows us just how the world reacts in the face of a threat they cannot comprehend. The hunters are one thing, but a tyrant like Harada is another thing completely.

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8.5
Harbinger: Omegas #3

Oct 29, 2014

Harbinger: Omegas #3 is the end to what is really only the first step for the psiots finding their place in the world. Faith joining Unity, Harada having his own solo series called Imperium, and who knows what else from there now that the opportunities are open.

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8.2
Harbinger: Renegade #1

Nov 16, 2016

Harbinger Renegades #1 was a satisfying start to genuinely making the psiots relevant in the Valiant Universe again. Their place in it specifically because the core idea of what it means to be a psiot is not something you can get from someone so villainous as Harada.

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9.2
Hawkeye Vol. 2 #13

Oct 17, 2013

In the end, seeing Clint and Barney Barton come to the realization that they are brothers and need each other was that last touch to make this a brilliant issue. We get that story where action isn't needed, and we can just see the hero for who he is. Clint is just a man, and it's what makes you relate to him in every way.

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8.2
Herocorp Knights #2

Feb 24, 2016

Herocorp Knights #2 is a title which continues to hold potential with all these moving pieces and a plot which has escalated pretty quick. Characters you want to see explored in-depth, and powers you want to see explored because the creative team made that push to make their powersets unique.

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7.8
Horizon #1

Jul 15, 2016

Overall Horizon has a lot of potential for where it can go exploring the concept of fighting for your home. It was a fast read, and there wasn't too much plot development, but we at least know our main character and her intentions.

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8.2
Horizon #2

Aug 17, 2016

Horizon #2 I would say served it's purpose of pulling you into the story and making you care about these characters. Hopefully a little more as things progress when there seems to be much more to learn about them than what we are seeing on the surface.

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8.3
Hot Damn #1

Apr 13, 2016

Hot Damn #1 is the book you need to have on your pull-list right now. Normally I might say that a book like Hot Damn is down to Earth, but it is as down to hell as you can get while writing its own rules. There is a lot to take in, though that is the beauty of a book like this with no boundaries. And there is still more to this plot as it thickens with Teddy's fate.

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8.4
Hot Damn #2

May 4, 2016

Hot Damn #2 keeps taking things to the next level and for that this is a book you must be reading. Like you are seriously missing out on something truly creative and fun for what they bring to life within these pages.

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8.7
Hot Damn #3

Jun 29, 2016

So much goes on in Hot Damn #3 and it is beautiful for how this world continues to grow in the process. what you take most from books like this is that there is always exploration to look forward to and this creative team meets us every step of the way along with character development and stunning visuals.

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8.6
Hot Damn #4

Aug 3, 2016

Hot Damn #4 as usual gives us the full package in story development, character appeal, and stunning artwork. If you want a book that will really make you think about the way you live your life, this is the book for you to pick up because Hot Damn plays no games. Well it does, but things get real when they do.

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7.8
House Of M (2015) #1

Aug 19, 2015

Visually House of M #1 did not disappoint. Marco Failla is the right artist for this tie-in when he brings the necessary level of energy for one that is full of action.

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8.0
Howling Commandos Of S.H.I.E.L.D #1

Oct 28, 2015

Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 is an interesting new take on the Howling Commandos. The team does have potential, the story is entertaining, and has a lot to offer when exploring this side of the Marvel Universe we don't see enough of.

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8.5
Hunger #1

Jul 25, 2013

Again it delivers on the start of what could be the end. Not much hope when you have to face a combo of the greatest force to roam the galaxy. Fliakov didn't waste time and went straight into this story knowing it's part one of a four-part series, pacing and all was done well to introduce those involved. The art style as well really fit that cosmic setting. Most notable the use of light colors.

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8.0
Hunger #2

Aug 8, 2013

Rick Jones was the best character to use in this situation because this is all new to him. He has never seen the evils that the Universe holds, he has never seen the evils that people can act against each other, and he has never faced a threat such as Galactus. It's a story built up like a hero rising to the occasion. Being given a power so great, and a responsibility that comes with it that only he can carry. Sounds like Spider-Man that I'm describing, but that is just the way it is and so far Fialkov has created a story worth following from the Ultimate Universe.

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8.0
Hunger #3

Oct 3, 2013

What's the worst that can happen? Well we'll just see about that with the conclusion of Hunger to come. This has been a very unique story, seeing characters who have been almost forgotten for a long time now. Characters that quickly became major players in an event that will determine the fate of the Ultimate Universe. Solid story and great art. Really makes you feel like this is a problem of galactic proportions. The bold colors, stars, the detail put into everything including the swarm. Kirk proves to be able to handle a lot going on in the same panel which made this that much appealing visually.

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9.0
Hunger #4

Oct 17, 2013

This was an epic conclusion to Cataclysm, the catalyst to it as well given how he made his way to Earth. Great pacing for four issues and not once did it not forget to remind you of how dangerous both Galactus and the Gah Lak Tus swarm are. The art is great as well given how much Kirk had to handle with the swarm and just all the blasting and explosions going on all over the place, so much goes on in a single issue and you have to commend him for being able to pull off how great it looks. If you are a fan of the Ultimate Universe, and find yourself interested in the Cataclysm event, this mini series is a must buy.

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8.4
Imperium #1

Feb 2, 2015

Imperium #1 is the start to something big that has the potential to rock the Valiant Universe to its core. It's not enough for someone to tell you the world needs help. It's something on a different level when that help is forced upon you. What will keep us anticipating the issues to come will be the delivery on those dark things Harada and the other psiots will have to do for what they believe to be the greater good.

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8.5
Imperium #2

Mar 4, 2015

Imperium #2 was a step up from the first issue which is a good sign for the series. This series has proven to put characterization above action and that works when we are introduced to characters worth caring for. Gravedog has a lot to offer and surely you want to see more involvement from him in the bigger picture after this issue.

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8.2
Imperium #3

Apr 8, 2015

Imperium #3 continues putting character above plot and that is what works best for this series. We have not reached that climax yet, so getting to these big players introduced and introduced properly is a big thing. None have disappointed so far, so hopefully Broken Angel keeps our attention like Mech Major and those before him.

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8.5
Imperium #5

Jun 3, 2015

And it wasn't enough to just have Kozol speak as though he was cracking under the pressure. We had to see it too. That much is present up to that very breaking point with Kozol's frantic search for the truth. He was serious, yet it was through that mask where you see how he was as paranoid as can be. Suspicious of everything around him, second guessing, making questionable judgements, that is believable through the facial expressions and that sold each passing moment. As for Broken Angel, it was just as amusing to see how she reacts to the things around her. Without eyes it is a bit more difficult to show full emotions, and yet the art team makes it work through varying gestures, smiles, and light exposure to her face so that you are focusing only on what she is trying to emote.

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8.3
Imperium #6

Jul 1, 2015

As for Angela Peace Baingana itself, you have to love what is going on with this character when this body has no power to fear. No powers, gadgets, fighting skills. Just a really smart brain and somehow that is the most lethal weapon we have come across thus far. As stated before, Angela Peace Baingana's perspective on the conflict is what grabs you more than anything else. It sees more than just the greed or power. “Peace” sees opportunity which leads to some humorous quips during what you'd expect to be a serious situation.

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7.9
Imperium #7

Aug 5, 2015

The only downside to this issue is that it kinda goes all over the place with Harada trying to overcome the displacements Divinity is throwing him into. They want to show the strength of Divinity's displacement powers and at times because of the page count it felt like we are being rushed through. Visually and storywise that was the main difficulty with reading Imperium #7. Now with that said, you still do find yourself impressed because the big picture is that this is a fight and Harada is on the ropes. The most excitement you get is seeing Harada stretching his powers far and thin to not only break these worlds Divinity has created, but also hold on to reality when he is aware of the situation.

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7.8
Imperium #8

Sep 2, 2015

Imperium #8 is a solid end to shortly bringing back a character that many Valiant fans loved instantly from his recent mini series. Who knows if we'll see Divinity again till the next mini, but for now he has left his mark on Harada and Imperium as a series in a big way.

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8.6
Imperium #9

Oct 7, 2015

Imperium #9 is a great start to getting us back on track with Harada not only working towards his perfect future, but sending a message to those who are against it.

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8.6
Imperium #10

Nov 11, 2015

Imperium #10 is building up to be an excellent event in this series as the Plantings start to make their biggest move yet in years against Harada. They have suffered, lost, and feared since Harada first discovered them. So when this happens you can tell this fight will come to a head with an all or nothing goal in mind. This is as emotional as things can get when you can experience what it is to be the unfortunate that Harada has stepped over in his ascension to power.

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8.5
Imperium #11

Dec 16, 2015

Imperium #11 shakes things up showing why this is the darker corner of the Valiant Universe that you don't want to skip out on. There's much to offer when its a fight for the future, choice, pride, and self-preservation.

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10
Imperium #12

Jan 20, 2016

This will be a memorable story arc for Imperium because at the end of the day this was a good look at the type of person Harada really is now. He is still a monster in his own right, and the same can be said for LV-99, though now there is more of a grasp as to the type of world Harada aims to create after his confrontation with the Plantings.

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8.2
Imperium #13

Feb 17, 2016

Imperium #13 is a new start to a story following more people Harada effects with his mission to rule the world for the sake of peace. Things get personal, and if the previous arc taught us anything that is when things get nasty. The next issues should hopefully show us just how bad things can get for people who get in Harada's way, and aren't going to go down without a fight.

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8.1
Imperium #14

Mar 17, 2016

Imperium #14 felt more like set-up though leading to something we don't want to miss. Will Harada kill someone who is like a daughter to him? Can Gravedog survive the wrath of those he betrayed? These are the kinds of questions we should want answered moving into Imperium #15.

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8.5
Imperium #15

Apr 27, 2016

Imperium #15 was the step up it needed to be for this being the third chapter of ‘STORMBREAK'. Plenty more to look forward to and still no one is safe when right now it seems like all or nothing to stop Harada.

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9.0
Imperium #16

May 25, 2016

Imperium #16 brings ‘Stormbreak' to a close shaking things up again with how far Harada is willing to go for this future. This series really makes you wonder if all this is and will be worth it. It is one thing to see that future, it is another thing entirely to stomach the losses along the way.

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8.4
Infinity #1

Aug 15, 2013

Great start to Infinity and this is one book worth picking up regardless of you views of Marvel events. You're definitely missing out if your someone who enjoys the Avengers title. It has the same feel, and the artistic nature carries over into this book which is a plus to me. Do yourself a favor and add this to your list if you haven't already.

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8.2
Infinity #2

Sep 5, 2013

Shocking twist to the end of this issue and certainly a game changer. When you thought Thanos' motivations were clear, you are hit with something which puts the plot into perspective. This is what Hickman does and it is what he does best. Adding layers just when you think you know everything and what's to come next.

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9.3
Infinity #3

Sep 20, 2013

Hickman, Opena, and Weaver delivered again as a cohesive team. Even though there are more artists involved than Opena and Weaver, they all are able to bring something to the table which makes this event look so stunning in visuals. It's cohesive and it has remained consistent throughout which is all that you could ask from a creative team of artists. You have that tone, galactic atmosphere, dark feel from their urgency, and best of all the handling of the characters anatomies which is most detailed.

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9.5
Infinity #4

Oct 10, 2013

This was an astounding issue of Infinity that turns the tide of the war. Time after time Hickman delivers on those moments that really stand out and those last few pages of this issue are enough to make you want more, the next issue could not come any sooner.

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9.0
Infinity #5

Oct 31, 2013

The fight isn't over yet, and there's one more world that needs saving. Earth has been the reason for everything going on and it ends with Earth and keeping Thanos from having his way with both his son and the world. Now both stories between Avengers and New Avengers collide and it is what we've been waiting for all this time considering they are fighting for the same reasons. I mean there could be a little more focus on the New Avenger's side of the story, but that is what remains of this epic tale. Aside from this the collaboration between Jerome Opena and Dustin Weaver consistently is on point and captures what makes this event so great.

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8.2
Infinity Heist #1

Sep 26, 2013

Only problem is at the very end with a twist that doesn't really click. Hopefully we don't lose a main character this early, but I hope that the explanation is good enough to satisfy a reason to keep reading this mini series. Creating such stories like this is the one thing that Infinity has provided the Marvel Universe. We get to see characters that haven't been seen in a while and they are given some relevance, even if it is just for this short time.

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8.3
Infinity Heist #2

Oct 24, 2013

Even as a light as things have been till this point, you see the danger of what they've gotten themselves into. Blizzard, Whirlwind, and Firebrand are going to have to step up to the plate if they want to prove themselves because the end shows just why they are trying to be more than what those like Spymaster dismiss them as. They may be villains, but Tieri has given a reason for you to care about them and anything can happen from here.

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8.6
Infinity Heist #3

Nov 29, 2013

As the third part to this story, you do appreciate that even if Heist stands on it's own from whatever is going on with the rest of the world, the story still has a big influence from Infinity. It's obvious that otherworldy forces would take advantage of the Earth being unguarded to such extent, but you wouldn't have seen this coming which is what a book like this allows you to experience. It's another fun book from a villain's perspective and meets that same quality of writing. Overall it's something new and the mature tone of it all makes it something convincing as this is one score they don't feel like failing yet again when things are right for the taking. With the next issue being the last, we can only hope that Tieri can go out with a bang to make this one to remember.

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9.0
Infinity Heist #4

Jan 8, 2014

This was an out of this world story that took advantage of an event that brought about so many opportunities. Heist is a great distraction from everything world threatening and one that you don't have to take as serious as the rest tied to it. This story overall turned out to be a fun adventure to jump into without feeling like you're investing your time into something you might not be able to commit to. I'd recommend that if you were still on the fence about this book to give it a shot.

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8.0
Infinity: The Hunt #1

Sep 12, 2013

As a tie in to Infinity this one is still odd, yet holds some value. We see how Wakanda is affected, Atlantis, and even the place where everyone is meeting. No one is safe which is something this event has proven in every book so far. We just have to see how Matt Kindt handles this cast because aside from Avengers Arena we haven't had this many young heroes sharing the same book before.

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8.6
Infinity: The Hunt #2

Oct 4, 2013

Where you feared that this would have actually gone the safe path of them doing those games, this shows so much more promise. Potential that should be unlocked in a lot of these young heroes with their backs against their walls. Not to mention coming to enjoy some new young heroes who have some interesting skills. Looks great, feels mature, Sanders makes this look like something you can take seriously because you should despite having the nonchalant nature of Quintin Quire. Next to Infinity Heist, this is another book worth picking up as a mini series.

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9.0
Injustice: Gods Among Us Annual #1

Nov 16, 2013

Overall, this Annual is in every way as exciting as the main books. Tom Taylor has an excellent grasp on what makes Harley such a fun character that she can hold her own story. Smart, cynical, humorous, and now just as kick ass as those with powers thanks to that pill. This story is a testament to how amazing Taylor is as a writer and this story is a must read if you are a fan of the series. Both for the story and the art which Xermanico does astonishingly. Some things from a distance looked a bit lacking, but everything else in focus looks so real and alive.

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8.2
Injustice: Gods Among Us #14

Apr 19, 2013

If Damian is to be the one to die, it will more than likely be on Batman's head because while majority of the heroes are taking a more proactive role in the world, he remains to fight against the world they are trying to make. A world where they can avoid such disasters before they can happen. This book overall has made an exciting world where the heroes are basically playing as gods. While this issue itself is nothing too big, it certainly is a great build up on something to come.

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7.9
Injustice: Gods Among Us #15

Apr 25, 2013

The artwork remains to impress as the thorough coloring and inking make the scenes pop out. The bold coloring is also complimented by sharp dialogue and a cliffhanger that has us all excited as we wit in anticipation for the next issue.

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8.8
Injustice: Gods Among Us #16

May 2, 2013

The spotlight had to be placed on Batman's narration at the very end. It showed just how much Damian's actions and Nightwing's death impacted him. This is not what he expected to happen and certainly didn't expect it to come from Damian, his own son. And to end it saying that his son is now dead. That's how you know that this situation means to him, to feel betrayed at the very moment that he needed those closest to him by his side. Even Harley Quinn was seen crying and had the same look of terror on her face as well as every person in that cell room including the villains who ceased their fighting immediately.

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8.3
Injustice: Gods Among Us #17

May 8, 2013

If there was anyone to better portray the emotion to be felt from both sides, Selina was the best pick and did just that. Does make you question, for those who played the game, what she did to be arrested later on?

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8.0
Injustice: Gods Among Us #18

May 15, 2013

So now what we have here is the set up for the fight to come. The line has been drawn and Batman has picked up those who are likely to join him and his cause. Solid issue and good pacing like the previous.

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9.0
Injustice: Gods Among Us #19

May 22, 2013

Tom already shows how the heroes are taking things a bit into the extreme. Stripping Black Adam of his powers and nearly killing him because of how vulnerable he became. There is a line to be drawn and for those like Billy, he's losing himself and can't help it. Another solid issue that addresses the problem as it progressively becomes more intense.

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8.1
Injustice: Gods Among Us #20

May 29, 2013

The one thing that you can take from this issue is how differently the characters are portrayed, mainly Lex Luther. It was definitely a curve ball not only to the readers, but to the Justice League that he knew all of their identities. You'd think that it's just because of his apparent close relationship to Superman that he figured this out, but even Superman himself was shown to be shocked. Again, a weaker issue compared to the last few previous, yet all the same clever writing from Tom Taylor.

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8.4
Injustice: Gods Among Us #21

Jun 5, 2013

Again if we are seeing how Superman and the heroes around him are becoming too aggressive, it was seen through Wonder Woman in this issue. Being someone deeply involved with war, Wonder Woman found herself at that war camp where the females were being taken advantage of. That's a recipe for danger when this happens in her presence. You can see how far they will go to bring about justice when she killed that soldier in cold blood and gave the men's weapons to the women, who then slaughtered them as Wonder Woman flew away. If she wasn't in the wrong then it was apparent just for the fact that she turned off her communicator

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8.3
Injustice: Gods Among Us #22

Jun 15, 2013

Overall it was another great issue by Superman's perspective. Even with Batman not in the issue it was still fun to see how easily he can affect the team with his “doubt bomb”. The artwork is probably the best it has ever been thanks to Mike Miller. Between the smooth colors and the design of every character.

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9.3
Injustice: Gods Among Us #23

Jun 19, 2013

Like I said, this was most likely going to be the issue in which Superman snapped, and snap he did. This issue will set the tone for most to come, and right now you see a man driven with the goal of preventing what happened to both Metropolis and Lois from ever occurring again. The artwork which was great last issue felt consistent though taken over by Tom Derenick. He was able to capture this moment which is very defining for the seriousness of this fight that is not only between the Justice League and Kalibak, but also between them and Batman as peace between them is not an option anymore.

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9.5
Injustice: Gods Among Us #24

Jun 26, 2013

So all in all loving the direction. The kids gloves have come off and Tom Taylor has taken Superman to a place he cannot return from. What comes next will be his defining moments because as the next book shows the world will love him for the stance he has taken, no matter how aggressive he may seem to others. Now we see the fallout which is that divide as to what is justified of a hero and who is willing to do what has to be done to dispose of a life in order to save many. The art style continues to keep the book balancing both style and substance. Something you have to give credit where credit is due, this issue especially looking quite colorful if I might say.

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8.2
Injustice: Gods Among Us #25

Jul 3, 2013

Even as things have calmed down since Superman saved the world, you can tell this is just the calm before the storm. So many different emotions are set in motion and you never feel as though anyone who isn't Batman or Superman is a blind sheep. They all have an active voice in this situation and it gives depth to the multiple perspectives to take in the issue. The switch to Bruno Redondo on art fit this chapter because things are very grim and the dark use of colors and shadows brought that to the surface. Overall things will get worse before they get any better.

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7.6
Injustice: Gods Among Us #26

Jul 10, 2013

Overall it seemed like this issue was set up to serve as a psychological evaluation of the situation. While nothing is wrong with that when it's good to delve into what is driving the story and his motivations, but when it's placed in as randomly as it felt, it was a bit disappointing as a transition from what occurred the last issue. The one thing I liked about this story so far is that the transitions from perspectives has always been smooth and I can only hope it gets back on track with the next issue. The least you can say is that you'd rather get this part out-of-the-way now because in the end it was an inevitable moment that they had to address. Aside from this it's great to see Tom Derenick back on art as he is really capable of capturing the facial expressions which really convey the emotions many of them are feeling at the moment.

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8.0
Injustice: Gods Among Us #27

Jul 17, 2013

Solid issue despite those few quirks. It's still something that needs to be addressed even if it is something that you might not find as interesting. To put it simply you could just say that it's all in the execution which would have made you look past how those moments fell flat. Still what comes next involving the “super pills” is something to anticipate because it is a great way to shift the direction of the story.

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8.5
Injustice: Gods Among Us #28

Jul 24, 2013

For context alone this was a great issue that furthers along the progression of the story. This is what I like to see from this book for the fact that it's not always fighting. There's just as much challenging of each others intelligence which is appreciated when those moments such as this show how tactical they can be knowing what each other are capable of.

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8.3
Injustice: Gods Among Us #29

Jul 31, 2013

As the last issue had shown, and as this issue shows, things are progressively picking up in intensity and who knows what the other will do next knowing there just is no trust. This could have easily been where it ends to have them go their own ways, but having Batman at the center of this ensures that there can only be one victor in the end and only one person can be right.

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7.4
Injustice: Gods Among Us #30

Aug 7, 2013

The one issue I have to point out is that on page 9 of the book, the speech bubbles between the kid and Superman as they were flying was mixed up. It took me a while to figure out if it was just me, but it was definitely the book and it threw me off a bit.

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8.2
Injustice: Gods Among Us #31

Aug 14, 2013

Solid issue, great build up, good execution, and one cliffhanger that should leave you desperate to find out what happens next.Tom Derenick's style captures what makes you feel this way through the expressions of the characters involved. That is what sold every moment in this issue, from Green Arrows frustration, Batman's cold attitude, to Superman's shock at what takes place.

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8.5
Injustice: Gods Among Us #32

Aug 21, 2013

This here is what you want to see when you continue with the progression of this story. You don't want to see Batman as the sole hero or Superman. You want to see how you could challenge two who would dare not cross each other and this is just one of the ways in which one trying to capitalize can go wrong. It was a great cliffhanger to end on as well seeing as there looks to be collateral damage from the fight.

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9.5
Injustice: Gods Among Us #33

Aug 28, 2013

Once again, if you are not reading this book then you are not doing yourself any favors. This isn't another civil war among superheroes. This is them fighting for their ideology and what that stands for at this moment. That is what Tom Taylor has challenged and displayed time and time again. Doesn't pull any punches either given that someone human such as the Green Arrow could suffer such a fate.

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9.5
Injustice: Gods Among Us #34

Sep 4, 2013

Week after week Tom has been able to deliver such an entertaining story with great character moments. He has proven with this series that he can handle as many characters and still find a way to give them the spotlight. That's something you won't get from many team books out there these days.

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8.9
Injustice: Gods Among Us #35

Sep 11, 2013

A solid issue and a smart executed encounter between Batman and Superman. It's great to see everyone involved have some part in this story, but these two are the soul of the conflict and when they engage each other you know you will feel mixed emotions as you should.

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9.7
Injustice: Gods Among Us #36

Sep 18, 2013

This is one of the best issues among some others which were that well written. It's hard to tell where the story goes from here, but one thing is for sure, and that's the real fight has begun. Batman has a way to fight back and given his skills, they will be more than a match for whatever Superman can throw at him.

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8.2
Injustice: Year Three #2

Oct 7, 2014

Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Three #2 is a solid start of what will be a war of superheroes, space cops, and now magic users. This is a world where everyone is affected by this conflict and that is what brings it to life. They can all be fighting, but if you can't show the collateral damage it means nothing. You need to get that emotional weight and investment, one which we have more of through Constantine. A guy who just wants revenge for his daughter's mother.

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8.1
Injustice: Year Three #3

Oct 14, 2014

Injustice: Year Three #3 started steady and ended picking up the intensity as winning with magic against Superman is only one of their problems. If this was just them vs. Superman it would be a quick story, but getting these little sub-plots here and there are the best way to keep everyone involved and further engage us in what the world of Injustice has to offer.

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8.0
Injustice: Year Three #4

Oct 21, 2014

Again nothing too much happens in Injustice: Year Three #4, though it was a necessary set-up for getting Batman back into a proper role of leadership after Superman broke his back.

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7.8
Injustice: Year Three #5

Oct 28, 2014

Injustice: Year Three #5 is a solid issue that keeps the story on the right track while teasing on things that may or may not be explored down the road. We don't get too much out of this issue, though there is no denying the varying emotions that you receive from both sides of this conflict. It's getting no easier for anyone involved and a lot more is at stake than what is seen on the surface.

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8.4
Injustice: Year Three #6

Nov 4, 2014

This issue of Injustice serves it's purpose in showing us glimpses of future events. Cryptic and vague, yet enough to understand in terms of the big picture. The way that was handled was a clever way of taking advantage of what magic has to offer in this conflict.

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7.8
Injustice: Year Three #7

Nov 11, 2014

Injustice: Year Three #7 is a solid issue which throws us into that next fight. Constantine has played his hand, so now it is time to see what he is capable of against Superman. We all may like the guy, but the fact of the matter is that Constantine is one of many characters whose fate is up in the air since not seen in the game. Could easily fail right now, yet anything still possible with Tom Taylor writing this.

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7.7
Injustice: Year Three #8

Nov 18, 2014

Injustice: Year Three #8 is an alright issue just to see how hard it will be for Constantine to stop Superman, especially when he still feels the need to go off like a rogue. Also just another part of the story that enforces the idea that being with Constantine can be bad for your health. That is something which was learned the hard way in this issue. You might actually feel sorry for Ragman's involvement. Either way, hopefully the next part of the story gets things back on track with things that can catch us off guard.

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7.8
Injustice: Year Three #9

Nov 25, 2014

Injustice: Year Three #9 is an eye opener that it doesn't matter how much good Superman tries to do if the people around him can't be trusted.

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8.1
Injustice: Year Three #10

Dec 2, 2014

This issue ends in a way that sets us up for two big conflicts that will be inevitable. Even though the rebellion has fallen behind for some time, it is good to see that they are at the very least treating this like a game of chess to remove pieces from play that would hinder their advancement towards victory.

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8.2
Injustice: Year Three #11

Dec 9, 2014

Another fairly fast read for an issue, though Injustice: Year Three #11 is a solid one that takes its time to address everything Madame Xanadu foresaw to set up for what comes next. The order is not clear, but it is obvious that what she saw is an eventuality and unavoidable. So we know what to expect, but now it all comes down to the execution.

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8.5
Injustice: Year Three #12

Dec 16, 2014

Injustice: Year Three #12 is another issue that emphasizes that those predictions from Madame Xanadu were not to be taken lightly. She said the emperor sleeps, and the emperor has slept. Now in the world of Injustice anything is still possible and knowing what we do from the game, Superman obviously won't stay asleep. The next question is how long will he sleep and/or who possibly will be the one to wake him up. Even with that to look forward to, you are left scratching your head as to why a down Superman is left where he fell. It would seem that a serious person would not leave him out in the open given the impossible has been made possible on multiple occasions.

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9.7
Injustice: Year Three #14

Dec 30, 2014

If there were any way to leave a series that has been running this long, Tom Taylor leaves you full of admiration with the conclusion to Injustice: Year Three #14 and the end of "For The Man Who's Lost Everything". There' no doubting what the new writer will be able to bring to the table, but there is no forgetting this adventure Tom Taylor has taken us on through 3 volumes.

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7.9
Injustice: Year Three #15

Jan 6, 2015

Injustice: Year Three #15 is a solid start for this new team with Brian Buccellato. There was no doubt that he can handle this and big things are still to come as Madame Xanadu's premonitions continue to come true. Any Injustice fan who might stop reading because Tom Taylor isn't writing anymore will be missing out.

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8.3
Injustice: Year Three #16

Jan 13, 2015

Injustice: Year Three #16 shows a lot of progress in a short amount of time. Much of what needed to be changed for the story to be able to move along without distractions. Now it's Superman Vs. Batman again, and both sides will really show what they have in store when things have gotten very personal as of recently.

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9.0
Injustice: Year Two #1

Jan 8, 2014

The start of Year Two was nothing short of the same quality we got from before and that is a good sign of things to come. The focus on Oliver Queen and Dinah Lance brought out the more human side to this story seeing who they are beneath the mask and what stakes they had in a fight to show that they don't need someone protecting them. As long as there continues to be that focus on characters before concept, this story will go far. If you are a fan of the game or the first story, you would definitely want to see what comes next and see what direction things are going. It's out on Comixology now, the physical copy releases next week.

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8.2
Injustice: Year Two #2

Jan 22, 2014

In the end you enjoy this because for the time given to each character, it is more than enough to bring out the best this book has to offer which is the interactions and relations between the heroes. You can see here clearly that there is much more to expect now that everyone is choosing sides and it helps that Tom is taking the time to unravel the story to its full potential which we will get to. Digital or physical copy this book is worth reading as more than just another book based off of a comic, digging deeper for something enriching which you won't get anywhere else in the DCU.

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8.0
Injustice: Year Two #3

Feb 12, 2014

Solid issue overall that gives the Lanterns more relevance in this story. It's one thing to have Hal be given more of a role in this story, but now you have Guy and John Stewart who will be joining in soon enough. That is the type of involvement readers like to see from an event that has such an effect on the not just Earth but those that associate with them. This was a good set-up for what will come next which I'd consider to be another one of those points that will have a major impact of the direction the story takes next.

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8.0
Injustice: Year Two #4

Feb 26, 2014

Overall a solid issue ofInjustice Gods Among Us " Year Two that served it's purpose in putting everyone where they need to be for what comes next. What keeps you drawn in at this point is seeing all these heroes on edge at the very thought of what the other side is capable of or will do to get ahead of the other. They have already proven how far they are willing to take this and from that one confrontation that took place in this issue, you can tell that something bad is going to be coming their way.

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9.5
Injustice: Year Two #5

Mar 11, 2014

Just when you think Injustice Year Two would slow up, Tom Taylor hits you with the next big thing. This is surely the next arc in a story that shows how things will only get worse before they get better. As much as enemies, betrayal, and lies hurt in this world, chapter 5 proves that the truth can hurt just as much if not worse. There's no questioning the legitimacy of the answer Superman got in this issue, and that is one you'd never be able to scrub from your brain once you have sat there and processed it.

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8.5
Injustice: Year Two #6

Mar 25, 2014

Injustice Year Two #6 is doing exactly what you want from this series. Big things are coming for all who are involved and Tom Taylor knows how to work those angles so that there's n