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

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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7.7
Abe Sapien 1
7.7
Abe Sapien #2

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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7.0
Age of Ultron 5
8.3
Age of Ultron #7

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.

6.8
Age of Ultron #8

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.

6.7
Age of Ultron #9

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.

6.3
Age of Ultron #10

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.

6.7
Age of Ultron #10AI

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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7.8
Aliens: Fire and Stone 1
7.8
Aliens: Fire and Stone #1

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
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8.4
All-New X-Men #11

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.

8.2
All-New X-Men #12

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.

8.1
All-New X-Men #13

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.

8.4
All-New X-Men #14

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.

8.1
All-New X-Men #15

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.

8.6
All-New X-Men #16

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.

7.5
All-New X-Men #17

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.

8.8
All-New X-Men #18

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.

8.9
All-New X-Men #29

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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7.9
Amazing X-Men 1
7.9
Amazing X-Men #1

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
8.9
Amazing X-Men Annual #1

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 1
8.1
America's Got Powers #6

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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8.6
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8.7
Angel & Faith Season 10 #1

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.

8.7
Angel & Faith Season 10 #2

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.

8.4
Angel & Faith Season 10 #3

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.

8.8
Angel & Faith Season 10 #4

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.

8.4
Angel & Faith Season 10 #5

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.

8.6
Angel & Faith Season 10 #6

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.

8.5
Angel & Faith Season 10 #7

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.

8.4
Angel & Faith Season 10 #8

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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6.6
Animal Man 1
6.6
Animal Man #20

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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8.2
Archer & Armstrong 2
8.0
Archer & Armstrong #0.2014

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.

8.4
Archer & Armstrong #19

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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8.7
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9.0
Armor Hunters #1

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.

8.4
Armor Hunters #2

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.

8.9
Armor Hunters #3

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.

8.6
Armor Hunters #4

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
8.5
Armor Hunters: Aftermath #1

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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8.8
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8.5
Armor Hunters: Bloodshot #1

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.

8.5
Armor Hunters: Bloodshot #2

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..

9.3
Armor Hunters: Bloodshot #3

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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8.8
Armor Hunters: Harbinger 2
8.4
Armor Hunters: Harbinger #2

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.

9.2
Armor Hunters: Harbinger #3

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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8.1
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8.7
Astonishing X-Men #61

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.

7.5
Astonishing X-Men #62

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
5.0
Avengers & X-Men: Axis #1

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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8.3
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8.1
Avengers (2012) #10

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

8.0
Avengers (2012) #11

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.

8.7
Avengers (2012) #12

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.

9.1
Avengers (2012) #13

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.

8.1
Avengers (2012) #14

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.

8.2
Avengers (2012) #15

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.

7.3
Avengers (2012) #16

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.

8.8
Avengers (2012) #17

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.

8.2
Avengers (2012) #18

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.

9.0
Avengers (2012) #19

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.

8.5
Avengers (2012) #20

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.

8.8
Avengers (2012) #21

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.

7.7
Avengers (2012) #22

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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8.5
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8.1
Avengers Arena #8

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

8.4
Avengers Arena #9

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.

8.4
Avengers Arena #10

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.

8.7
Avengers Arena #11

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.

8.4
Avengers Arena #12

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.

8.1
Avengers Arena #13

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.

8.4
Avengers Arena #14

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.

9.0
Avengers Arena #15

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.

8.3
Avengers Arena #16

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.

8.8
Avengers Arena #17

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.

9.3
Avengers Arena #18

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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8.8
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8.7
Avengers Undercover #1

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.

8.4
Avengers Undercover #2

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.

8.9
Avengers Undercover #3

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.

8.3
Avengers Undercover #4

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.

8.3
Avengers Undercover #5

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.

8.7
Avengers Undercover #6

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.

8.8
Avengers Undercover #7

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.

8.5
Avengers Undercover #8

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.

8.9
Avengers Undercover #9

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.

10
Avengers Undercover #10

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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8.1
Avengers World 2
8.6
Avengers World #1

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.

7.6
Avengers World #15

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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9.2
Batgirl (2011) 4
9.0
Batgirl (2011) #21

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.

9.1
Batgirl (2011) #22

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.

9.5
Batgirl (2011) #23

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.

9.3
Batgirl (2011) #24

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) 1
8.7
Batman (2011) #21

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 Batgirl 1
8.7
Batman and Batgirl #21

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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6.5
Batman Incorporated 4
7.0
Batman Incorporated #10

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.

7.4
Batman Incorporated #11

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.

5.8
Batman Incorporated #12

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.

5.9
Batman Incorporated #13

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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7.9
Batman: The Dark Knight (2011) 2
8.4
Batman: The Dark Knight (2011) #21

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.

7.4
Batman: The Dark Knight (2011) #22

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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8.4
Batwing 15
7.0
Batwing #20

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.

8.0
Batwing #21

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.

8.0
Batwing #22

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.

8.2
Batwing #23

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.

8.3
Batwing #24

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.

8.9
Batwing #25

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.

8.4
Batwing #26

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.

8.0
Batwing #27

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.

8.4
Batwing #28

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.

8.5
Batwing #29

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.

8.5
Batwing #30

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.

8.8
Batwing #31

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.

8.4
Batwing #32

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.

8.4
Batwing #33

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.

9.7
Batwing #34

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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8.5
Birthright 2
8.2
Birthright #1

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.

8.7
Birthright #2

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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9.5
Black Science 1
9.5
Black Science #1

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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8.4
Blackout 4
8.8
Blackout #1

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.

7.8
Blackout #2

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.

8.1
Blackout #3

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.

8.8
Blackout #4

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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8.5
Bloodshot 2
8.1
Bloodshot #24

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.

8.9
Bloodshot #25

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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8.6
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8.4
Bloodshot & H.A.R.D. Corps #0.2014

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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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8.4
Bounce 12
7.3
Bounce #1

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.

7.4
Bounce #2

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.

8.2
Bounce #3

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.

8.2
Bounce #4

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.

8.1
Bounce #5

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.

8.5
Bounce #6

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.

8.7
Bounce #7

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.

8.4
Bounce #8

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.

9.0
Bounce #9

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.

8.4
Bounce #10

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.

8.8
Bounce #11

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.

9.5
Bounce #12

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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8.3
Brain Boy: The Men from G.E.S.T.A.L.T. 2
8.4
Brain Boy: The Men from G.E.S.T.A.L.T. #1

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.

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

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

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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8.9
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9.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #1

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.

8.1
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #2

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.

8.5
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #3

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.

8.5
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #4

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.

9.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #5

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.

9.6
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #6

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.

8.6
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #7

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.

8.5
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #8

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.

10
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #9

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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9.7
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9.7
Captain America (2012) #25

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
8.2
Captain America And The Mighty Avengers #1

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
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8.3
Captain Midnight #7

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.

7.7
Captain Midnight #8

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.

9.3
Captain Midnight #9

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.

9.0
Captain Midnight #10

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.

9.2
Captain Midnight #11

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.

8.1
Captain Midnight #12

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.

8.5
Captain Midnight #13

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.

8.6
Captain Midnight #14

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.

9.0
Captain Midnight #15

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.

8.0
Captain Midnight #16

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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8.8
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8.7
Cataclysm: The Ultimates Last Stand #0.1

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.

7.7
Cataclysm: The Ultimates Last Stand #1

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.

10
Cataclysm: The Ultimates Last Stand #5

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
8.3
Cataclysm: Ultimate Spider-Man #1

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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9.0
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8.0
Cataclysm: Ultimate X-Men #1

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.

10
Cataclysm: Ultimate X-Men #3

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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8.4
Cataclysm: Ultimates 2
8.3
Cataclysm: Ultimates #2

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.

8.5
Cataclysm: Ultimates #3

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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7.4
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7.4
Catwoman (2011) #19

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.

7.2
Catwoman (2011) #21

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.

7.3
Catwoman (2011) #22

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.

7.6
Catwoman (2011) #23

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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8.0
Catwoman Annual 1
8.0
Catwoman Annual #1

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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8.3
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8.6
Cloaks #1

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.

8.3
Cloaks #2

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.

7.9
Cloaks #3

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
8.4
Colder: The Bad Seed #1

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
Conan And The People of The Black Circle 1
8.3
Conan And The People of The Black Circle #1

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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7.5
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8.0
Constantine #5

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.

7.6
Constantine #6

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.

6.9
Constantine #8

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
8.6
Constantine: Futures End #1

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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8.3
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8.5
Cyclops (2014) #1

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.

8.5
Cyclops (2014) #2

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.

8.7
Cyclops (2014) #3

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.

8.4
Cyclops (2014) #4

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.

8.8
Cyclops (2014) #5

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.

7.0
Cyclops (2014) #6

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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8.7
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8.7
Dark Horse Presents (2014) #1

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.

8.8
Dark Horse Presents (2014) #2

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.

8.9
Dark Horse Presents (2014) #3

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.

8.3
Dark Horse Presents (2014) #4

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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7.2
Deadpool Kills Deadpool 1
7.2
Deadpool Kills Deadpool #1

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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8.3
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8.6
Death of Wolverine: The Weapon X Program #1

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.

8.0
Death of Wolverine: The Weapon X Program #2

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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8.5
Death Vigil 5
8.5
Death Vigil #1

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.

8.6
Death Vigil #2

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.

8.4
Death Vigil #3

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.

8.3
Death Vigil #4

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.

8.5
Death Vigil #5

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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8.2
Deathlok 1
8.2
Deathlok #1

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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8.8
Deathmatch 7
8.7
Deathmatch #5

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.

8.6
Deathmatch #6

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.

8.5
Deathmatch #7

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.

9.0
Deathmatch #8

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.

8.5
Deathmatch #9

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.

8.5
Deathmatch #10

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.

10
Deathmatch #12

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 1
5.9
Deathstroke #20

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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8.7
Django / Zorro 1
8.7
Django / Zorro #1

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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7.8
Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor 2
8.0
Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #1

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.

7.5
Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #3

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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8.7
Eternal Warrior 7
8.9
Eternal Warrior #2

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.

8.7
Eternal Warrior #3

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.

9.5
Eternal Warrior #4

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.

8.5
Eternal Warrior #5

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.

8.4
Eternal Warrior #6

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.

8.7
Eternal Warrior #7

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.

8.2
Eternal Warrior #8

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
8.2
Eternal Warrior: Days of Steel #1

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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8.6
Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion 6
8.8
Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion #1

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.

8.1
Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion #2

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.

8.4
Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion #3

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.

8.7
Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion #4

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.

8.5
Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion #5

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.

9.3
Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion #6

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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8.8
Ghost (2013) 7
8.4
Ghost (2013) #3

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.

9.0
Ghost (2013) #4

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.

8.1
Ghost (2013) #5

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.

8.5
Ghost (2013) #6

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.

8.7
Ghost (2013) #7

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.

10
Ghost (2013) #8

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.

8.7
Ghost (2013) #9

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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8.9
GoGetters 1
8.9
GoGetters #1

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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8.3
Guardians of the Galaxy (2013) 7
8.2
Guardians of the Galaxy (2013) #2

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.

8.7
Guardians of the Galaxy (2013) #3

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.

9.3
Guardians of the Galaxy (2013) #4

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.

8.6
Guardians of the Galaxy (2013) #5

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.

7.2
Guardians of the Galaxy (2013) #6

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.

8.0
Guardians of the Galaxy (2013) #7

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.

7.8
Guardians of the Galaxy (2013) #8

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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8.6
Halo: Escalation 11
9.0
Halo: Escalation #1

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.

8.4
Halo: Escalation #2

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.

9.5
Halo: Escalation #3

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.

8.3
Halo: Escalation #4

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.

8.6
Halo: Escalation #5

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.

9.0
Halo: Escalation #6

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.

8.2
Halo: Escalation #7

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.

8.8
Halo: Escalation #8

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.

8.8
Halo: Escalation #9

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.

7.6
Halo: Escalation #10

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.

7.9
Halo: Escalation #11

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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8.9
Harbinger 14
9.2
Harbinger #0.2014

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?

8.4
Harbinger #13

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.

8.3
Harbinger #14

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.

10
Harbinger #15

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.

8.2
Harbinger #16

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.

8.5
Harbinger #17

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.

8.3
Harbinger #18

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.

8.9
Harbinger #19

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.

8.8
Harbinger #20

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.

8.3
Harbinger #21

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.

8.7
Harbinger #22

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.

10
Harbinger #23

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.

9.8
Harbinger #24

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.

9.0
Harbinger #25

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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9.2
Harbinger Wars 2
8.9
Harbinger Wars #3

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.

9.4
Harbinger Wars #4

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 2
8.5
Harbinger: Omegas #1

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.

8.5
Harbinger: Omegas #3

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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9.2
Hawkeye Vol. 2 1
9.2
Hawkeye Vol. 2 #13

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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8.4
Hunger 4
8.5
Hunger #1

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.

8.0
Hunger #2

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.

8.0
Hunger #3

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.

9.0
Hunger #4

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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8.9
Infinity 5
8.4
Infinity #1

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.

8.2
Infinity #2

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.

9.3
Infinity #3

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.

9.5
Infinity #4

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.

9.0
Infinity #5

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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8.5
Infinity Heist 4
8.2
Infinity Heist #1

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.

8.3
Infinity Heist #2

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.

8.6
Infinity Heist #3

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.

9.0
Infinity Heist #4

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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8.3
Infinity: The Hunt 2
8.0
Infinity: The Hunt #1

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.

8.6
Infinity: The Hunt #2

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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8.5
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8.2
Injustice: Gods Among Us #14

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.

7.9
Injustice: Gods Among Us #15

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.

8.8
Injustice: Gods Among Us #16

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.

8.3
Injustice: Gods Among Us #17

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?

8.0
Injustice: Gods Among Us #18

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.

9.0
Injustice: Gods Among Us #19

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.

8.1
Injustice: Gods Among Us #20

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.

8.4
Injustice: Gods Among Us #21

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

8.3
Injustice: Gods Among Us #22

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.

9.3
Injustice: Gods Among Us #23

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.

9.5
Injustice: Gods Among Us #24

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.

8.2
Injustice: Gods Among Us #25

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.

7.6
Injustice: Gods Among Us #26

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.

8.0
Injustice: Gods Among Us #27

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.

8.5
Injustice: Gods Among Us #28

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.

8.3
Injustice: Gods Among Us #29

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.

7.4
Injustice: Gods Among Us #30

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.

8.2
Injustice: Gods Among Us #31

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.

8.5
Injustice: Gods Among Us #32

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.

9.5
Injustice: Gods Among Us #33

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.

9.5
Injustice: Gods Among Us #34

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.

8.9
Injustice: Gods Among Us #35

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.

9.7
Injustice: Gods Among Us #36

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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9.0
Injustice: Gods Among Us Annual 1
9.0
Injustice: Gods Among Us Annual #1

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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8.0
Injustice: Year Three 8
8.2
Injustice: Year Three #2

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.

8.1
Injustice: Year Three #3

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.

8.0
Injustice: Year Three #4

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.

7.8
Injustice: Year Three #5

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.

8.4
Injustice: Year Three #6

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.

7.8
Injustice: Year Three #7

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.

7.7
Injustice: Year Three #8

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.

7.8
Injustice: Year Three #9

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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8.7
Injustice: Year Two 21
9.0
Injustice: Year Two #1

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.

8.2
Injustice: Year Two #2

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.

8.0
Injustice: Year Two #3

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.

8.0
Injustice: Year Two #4

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.

9.5
Injustice: Year Two #5

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.

8.5
Injustice: Year Two #6

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 never a dull moment. For the number of characters you see in a chapter, in some way they all feel relevant to the bigger picture. That is something I continue to like as you know that everyone has a stake in this fight. Whatever is to come next with the Green Lanterns, all you need to know is that war is coming.

7.8
Injustice: Year Two #7

So while Injustice: Year Two #7 did spend time trying to show that similarity between Sinestro and Superman through a past we knew of, it was necessary for what is to come next. When you look at the situation Superman finds himself in, it doesn't matter if the person is good or bad. If you are able to show some validation towards what Superman wants, he will surely take your word. Any person in his shoes would be looking for someone who would agree with him and convince him that what he's doing is right.

8.8
Injustice: Year Two #8

So does this issue of Injustice confirm that things will indeed get crazy from here? Yes it does and I would love to see just how the Green Lanterns would fair against a highly motivated Superman who would not tolerate their interference. Surely after that little revelation from Ganthet their welcome on Earth is all but gone. Tom Taylor is building up to something big, and while some could complain about how much happens within each issue, I say that enough happens to make you want to pick up the next issue.

8.8
Injustice: Year Two #9

Just the way Injustice Year Two #9 ends, there is no reason why you wouldn't want to pick up the next issue. There is no other way to describe the Injustice series than saying this is batshit crazy. You would never pick up a book like this and never know who would bite the bullet next or how.

8.3
Injustice: Year Two #10

This issue of Injustice again was fairly short, but it was the right build up to an escalation in the fight which will do nothing but cement the views others have of Superman who are not on his side. As with the fight comes the addressing of a question which had begun this conflict between the Lanterns and Earth. One which would have been a disappointment to ignore.

8.5
Injustice: Year Two #11

With the conclusion of Injustice Year Two #11, you can see where Superman is starting to find himself crossing that line between good and bad. The tough decisions he has to make in order to create the peaceful world he's pursuing is what we want to see at times like this. He's hurt, vulnerable and enough so that someone like Sinestro can tell him everything he wants to hear or needs to hear in order to manipulate him. We all know what this is all leading to, but how the characters figure it all out is what makes it real. One of the better qualities of the storytelling seen in Injustice.

8.2
Injustice: Year Two #12

In the end, Superman having to decide the fate of the Green Lantern Corps was the highlight of Injustice: Year Two #12. Gordon creating his resistance to stand against the protectors is the reason you want to pick up the next issue. A war is brewing, it's inevitable, and it will be big. There pretty much is no reason for anyone to doubt that what's to come won't catch you off guard.

9.0
Injustice: Year Two #13

Injustice Year Two #13 is one of those issues of this series that you don't want to miss or overlook. It doesn't matter that it side tracked from what was going on in the previous issues. This was necessary and funny enough that you realize that a lot of Injustice carries entertainment value. We could want things to keep moving progressively, but where's the fun in that if you can't stop to smell the roses?

8.2
Injustice: Year Two #16

Injustice: Year Two #16 revs up the series for another big conclusion that might end in casualties on both sides. They all know the risk and do so knowing some may not see the sun rise the next day. It makes it that much easier for Tom Taylor to construct a confrontation in which he doesn't have to pull punches. And we don't want to see him pull punches in a world where almost anything goes. It's what separates Injustice from the rest out there that DC offers.

8.6
Injustice: Year Two #18

Injustice: Year Two #18 is the beginning of the end and pushing characters to make characters that much more difficult of decisions. It's take no prisoners and pretty much everyone has taken their side. For us we should definitely stick with this and bare in mind not to attach ourselves to any of these characters because anyone of them could be the next to bite the dust, that is if you are reading this and haven't played the game.

8.4
Injustice: Year Two #19

At the finish of this issue, there is a feeling that you may wish certain fights you could see in-depth. Sure time won't exactly permit that kind of focus, but with so many great fights you've already seen in the Injustice series it's something you can't help but want. With that said, Injustice: Year Two #19 gives us an end that makes you excited for what's to come next. Obviously things are about to get very intense between the Lanterns and it will not end well, that much is assured unless you need to flip back to Mogo annihilating a quarter of the Yellow Lanterns in a single blast of willpower.

10
Injustice: Year Two #20

It's very hard to say there was anything wrong with Injustice: Year Two #20. With so much that happens, you take it all in and can't believe this is all really happening. And it can only happen in a world such as Injustice. Whatever comes next might be hard to top this, but that doesn't mean it'll be any less exciting as we reach the climax of Year Two.

8.4
Injustice: Year Two #21

Injustice: Year Two #21 changes the tide of the battle in a way that still manages to catch you off guard. The rebellion is on the offensive and while we know their attack won't be a complete success for those of us who know how things proceed in the games, that doesn't mean what happens in-between is something we don't want to see. Anything can happen and anyone can be lost at any time. Nothing is certain, and surely nothing is promised either other than a story that pulls no punches.

9.3
Injustice: Year Two #22

Overall, Injustice: Year Two #22 was a great way to emphasize where we stand in terms of understanding who are the heroes and who are the villains in this story. It's very hard to argue against what you see and if you had any attachment to that very character, this was probably a shot to the gut(kinda literally too). The next issue should definitely capitalize on this moment to show just how the rest react to the actions of Superman.

9.0
Injustice: Year Two #23

Injustice: Year Two #23 is pretty much the point of no return for some of these characters. Superman is clearly the bad guy now with good intentions going down a dark path which he can't come back from now. At this point you are left wondering how many more will fall before Year Two's end because it's going to take a lot more than what the Resistance has to offer in order to bring the big man down.

10
Injustice: Year Two #24

Injustice: Year Two #24 ended on a note that both left you discouraged and hopeful for what the next year has in store. Superman is pretty much the villain now and the rebellion is going to have to re-evaluate their next approach to taking down Superman who is at a whole new level of power. What can challenge him now? Only Year Three has the answers to that.

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8.5
Iron Man (2012) 9
7.6
Iron Man (2012) #9

One thing to point out is that most readers would go into this book expecting the story of Tony's “secret origins”, yet this all instead lead up to it starting at the very end. Though it was an interesting twist to see that 451 actually knew Tony's father and has some connection to him through a plan that took a long time to execute.

8.9
Iron Man (2012) #10

The one thing that makes you wonder though is what the process actually was to make sure he was born. And did this process have some influence on his intelligence? Either way that doesn't affect the impact of this story as it was delivered cleverly enough to be memorable. When looking back at Tony's origins, this is a story that can be referenced to and even implemented in many stories to come. This may even influence some great stories in the near future.

8.6
Iron Man (2012) #12

Overall it is one of the most thought out plots I've seen in a while and everything just makes sense the way each occurrence plays out. We are now learning things about Tony that you'd normally just ignore for the fact that he's a genius, yet now there seems to be a reason for everything that has either happened in his life or that makes him who he is today. If you fell off of the Iron Man books during the God Killer storyline, I'd highly recommend you not give up on the books so early because you are missing a story worth reading.

8.4
Iron Man (2012) #14

Once again I have to point out how gorgeous the art looks. Next to a fun story, the art is so well done that I find myself spending a good amount of time . Greg Land really knows how to make the expressions apparent. Whether happy, angry, shocked, he captures it marvelously and if I may say so myself it looks “cheeky”. Very unique style accompanied by the smooth colors.

8.3
Iron Man (2012) #15

Solid issue which leads to what may be the end of this story arc. It has been a great run so far and something which you never would have expected to be produced from Tony's past. Again this is that one tale of Iron Man that you have to give a chance because it shows what happens when you take a risk and explore some unknown areas of a character. How Tony makes it out of this alive is why you will want to anticipate the next issue.

7.3
Iron Man (2012) #16

Overall, The Secret Origins of Tony Stark is a great story. Had potential, was a fun adventure, and showed us a side of Tony which hasn't been seen in a long while.

10
Iron Man (2012) #17

If anything, this story will more than likely take us back to a Tony Stark that we are more familiar with. You are left with just as many questions as answers, and that is the best way to end a story like this. Didn't need to go big, just needed to be something that would make us excited to pick up another Iron Man book. So much emotion poured into this and ended on a very heartfelt note, you couldn't ask for anything more than that besides feeling shocked by the sudden revelation.

8.7
Iron Man (2012) #18

This was an excellent start of a new chapter in the lives of Tony and Arno Stark. Seeing that there is a legitimate focus for the world and seeing a glimpse of what could possibly be the future of Earth if they succeed without the failure the simulation predicted. If you are not following this story then this is a good time to see something new from Tony.

8.6
Iron Man (2012) #25

Iron Man #25 was entertaining from start to finish. Tony may seem one-tracked in his thought process, but you cannot blame him when facing such inhumane acts for the sake of power. Tony is just not that person and the things he did with that Iron Man suit proves that he's less than tolerant of entertaining the idea that this can be seen as sport.

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8.6
Iron Patriot 5
8.6
Iron Patriot #1

I think this is an excellent start for the Iron Patriot. He is now a public figure whether no matter what anyone says and he's made a statement about what his job and country means to him. That balance between politics, family, and heroics is something you can't help but love when they are all important parts of Rhodes' life right now which influence his actions. This is a book I would continue to follow just because of the effort put into giving a whole new level of relevance to a hero who has deserved that recognition for a long time now.

8.6
Iron Patriot #2

Iron Patriot #2 shows that Ales Kot means business when he wants to put into question what is at stake for Rhodey in this new position of authority. The country is at stake, his family is at stake, his life is at stake, everything important to him is on the line right now. His family continues to play a pivotal role in this book and I hope that continues as this story progresses because you never want to lose focus on the people who shape the kind of person Rhodey is under the suit and as Iron Patriot.

8.7
Iron Patriot #3

Als Kot is taking some big risks with Iron Patriot #3 and it is really for the best. He's bringing out something new that you could only see from Rhodey as he takes on this new position of power. The story may not be everyone's cup of tea, yet at the end of the day there is no disagreement that this stays true to everything you like about Rhodey whether he's War Machine or Iron Patriot.

8.1
Iron Patriot #4

Iron Patriot #4 is a fairly fast read, and not too much happens, but nonetheless this is still a must read if you're a fan of Rhodey. No matter how long this title lasts, this is a defining moment for Rhodey and his family. They all have the best of intention with their actions, it's just the world they live in that makes it hard for them to be the good-hearted people we have known them to be, no matter how short.

9.2
Iron Patriot #5

Iron Patriot #5 is the end of something defining for the Rhodes family and the start of a new future for them, what's left of their family to put back together. It's sad to see that they didn't come out unscathed in this conflict, but the reality is that unless the writer is that reliant on a happy ending, you will get this kind of result without holding your hand. Who knows, maybe this is what could lead to us seeing a War Machine suit in one of the covers for Avengers “Time Runs Out“.

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8.0
Justice Inc. 1
8.0
Justice Inc. #1

Justice Inc. #1 does take a bit of time to pick up the pace, though in the end you are still left with that anticipation for what happens when the intensity picks up. Despite everything in-between, the main attraction to Justice Inc. is that this is a crossover between The Shadow, Doc Savage and The Avenger. Hopefully that does not disappoint, though for now we can say that this story has laid the necessary foundation for what's to come in the next five issues.

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9.5
Justice League 1
9.5
Justice League #23

Sometimes the best way to conclude and event like this is with a cliffhanger, and boy was this one heck of a cliffhanger. If you were questioning picking this up because you were let down by past events, this will not disappoint. Sure some might want to see more of an actual “war”, but as I said before it really isn't needed to be emphasized to make a great event. With their first event over and done, the New 52 can now move into a new phase which should open doors for more refreshing stories.

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8.5
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8.4
Justice League Dark #19

It was interesting to see how Colonel Trevor tried to get Deadman to spy on the JLA Dark for him, and even telling Deadman that he could give him something he desires, he is still hesitant knowing what Constantine is capable of.

10
Justice League Dark #21

This story arc, with its conclusion has shown just why they are the mystic Justice League. Flash's appearance in this story really sold how they work as a team because like he said they work together so well that you actually feel as though you are a part of a team. That's something that really stands out and you hope that with the next stories leading into the Trinity Wars will show this again. As usual the art style has been the most spectacular part of this book. Many vibrant colors, solid, detailed and just about everything really pops out. The effects look real and the fights look that much more appealing to the eyes.

8.7
Justice League Dark #22

As the Justice League's introduction to this conflict you really see how important magic is and what kind of mysteries it creates. Nothing is as it seems and that is what makes this exciting. You never know what to expect when they are involved and while we know the end result it's nice to know we can expect something to still surprise us in between.

7.5
Justice League Dark #23

Aside from this, a good issue as the event comes to what I believe to be the climax as the villains are to make their move. Proves that DC can handle an event without overreaching. It's a condensed storyline and it's progression is swift enough that you don't see anything that is too unnecessary.

7.7
Justice League Dark #24

It was a solid issue with a focus on Constantine, though I wish there were a bit more to it overall. Visually stunning, and gave that characterization if his character that he deserved for a while, but beyond that I want to see more of a connection to what he has to do in order to fight back against the Crime Syndicate for his team. Maybe that is what he and the Healer are working towards, but even then it seems pretty vague as to what their intent is.

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8.1
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7.9
Justice League of America (2013) #3

The end was a nice touch, though Martian Manhunter going through Selina's memories seemed like things we already knew about her. It was only interesting when we got to see what goes on in his mind, and by Selina's reaction to it, he's just as broken as her, and maybe even worse.

8.0
Justice League of America (2013) #5

As a conclusion to this storyline, I think that Geoff Johns has handled this team much better than I expected. Like Trevor said in the book and as I see myself this team has potential and the book overall has potential. I don't know what to expect from this, but surely it should be something exciting since their job is far from done in foiling the Secret Society's plans. What I liked most was the work put into it by Brett Booth. Everything from the crisp style, to the effects from everyone who wielded powers, it was all done very well. This and the structure of the environment around them because there was a lot of destruction.

8.3
Justice League of America (2013) #7

Aside from this things are now coming into perspective and now there is a clear direction when everything up to now was a wild goose chase or a mystery. It was one thing for Superman to touch Pandora's Box, or for Pandora herself to allow someone as evil as Lex to touch it, but when it ends up in the hands of Wonder Woman, things are going to go bad for those who try to stop her. She was basically right, and now being corrupted by the one thing she set out to destroy without knowledge of what it can do is where everyone is going to find blame.

7.8
Justice League of America (2013) #8

Should be interesting in general to see how this plays out because the Justice League isn't dead. The Crime Syndicate told all the villains they are dead, and if Manhunter and Stargirl succeed, it will create a lot more chaos than what has already unfolded. There's a lot more to the prison as well than what's on the surface, some hints thrown out considering that mysterious figure and the odd appearance of only one half of Firestorm.

8.5
Justice League of America (2013) #9

Justice League of America #9 is one interesting adventure which is a great distraction from everything else going on in the world. We now have a little more understanding of the prison they are all trapped in, but we have an even greater understanding of both Martian Manhunter and Stargirl. There may not be a lot of action, but the story is what stands out as it clearly possesses more depth than we could have anticipated. That is including the weird twist at the end which leaves you with a few questions you hope are explained next issue.

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7.4
Justice League Of America's Vibe 2
7.4
Justice League Of America's Vibe #5

Overall Gates shows just how inexperienced Vibe is as a hero and with his own powers. While it adds to his character development, it does as well make him seems a bit too immature for someone who is working with A.R.G.U.S.. Like in previous issue he has been told that he really doesn't belong there and hopefully with what's to come next this is the next step in his story which is to get himself out before he digs himself any deeper than he already has. While the story is sub-par, the art style manages to be the best thing about it which kinda says something. So you hope that Gates can turn things up before this feels like it's going nowhere.

7.4
Justice League Of America's Vibe #6

With that said, it seems this book might still have something to pick up from, though right now it's his connection to A.R.G.U.S. which I believe is weighing him down. I think that Sterling Gates needs to find a way to conclude this story in a way that Vibe can move on to a new chapter in his life and do so in a way that we the readers will still care to pick up the book afterwards.

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8.1
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8.0
Kick-Ass 3 #1

As per usual, Romita's art remains consistent as it did from Volume 1 to now. Solid coloring, good use of dark strokes, and as usual well done facial expressions.

8.2
Kick-Ass 3 #3

Solid issue that shows some actual progress in story because the first two issues really didn't do much rather than explore Dave's personal life which isn't as interesting as when he puts on the mask. In the case of Dave, his most redeeming moment in this issue was that Dave gets a slight boost in confidence in response to how cool his real self is compared to Kick-Ass, which is something you'd think would have been realized long ago. I mean the movies touched base on this and it is only on the second.

8.1
Kick-Ass 3 #4

Still nothing big, but a change in the status quo is what Millar needed to focus on in order to keep this story alive. I'd say if you have been on the fence about this book, maybe just pick it up from here, but even then you have to question if this book still can pull through at this level. Millar will definitely have to crank it up a notch because high-octane action is what we expect from Kick-Ass.

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8.2
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8.5
Klarion #1

Klarion #1 is definitely the ongoing you didn't see coming, but it's worth reading again if you're a fan of DC's supernatural titles. With that said the issue is fairly short for a first issue. A lot happens and more pages could be used to make sure nothing is rushed. Klarion may be of a young age, but this is also something you can read without feeling like you aren't the intended audience since this feels like a title anyone can read. There's a good idea of what to expect from this series down the road in terms of the plot and Klarion as well since we see that there's more to him than meets the eye. His place in this town can go good or bad depending on how he controls himself, or is able to lay low(not likely).

7.9
Klarion #2

Klarion #2 is a step in the direction, though still has ways to go in order to make sure that this is a story that we want to invest in. That means giving the time to connect with the characters, understand the state of the town, keep pressing the issue of power and responsibility, and as I said before push for those extra pages which can make all the difference.

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8.6
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8.4
Knuckleheads #1

Overall this is a fun book which has fun with the idea of superheroics. You'll laugh, and you'll get to the end wanting to see what happens next. The art style is clean and the facial expressions are handled very well. It doesn't try to be anything more than a book focused on humor and that is a reason to pick this up when other stories seem too intense.

8.1
Knuckleheads #2

While there's no sense of danger, the fun is in how they handle this situation. You see Trev who is probably crapping his pants still being a new to this, and his friend who kinda enjoys poking fun at his atempts. In other stories you don't see the friend so involved, and in this case it works for the story and overall tone displayed. The only issue I could find with this was that it was a bit short, though that still didn't stop it from being entertaining. Trev might have bitten off more than he can chew, though as a newly established hero, we should want to see how he digs himself out of this hole.

8.5
Knuckleheads #3

Even doing this, the story still falls nothing short of hilarious. Taking every opportunity to make you laugh when things manage to get serious. As his first act in this book, I'd say that Knuckleheads has potential if it continues this pace and tries to be nothing more than it is now. Having meaning is good and all, but you still want something that you can get a genuine laugh out of. All within reason wince we do still want to see some growth from the main character and maybe more of an explanation as to who these aliens are that gave Trev the crystal fist. This book has done that for me in all three issues so far. Highly recommended that you pick up this book and support it.

8.2
Knuckleheads #4

This pancakes and adventure-filled transition from the last issue was the best way for Winkeler to show us what is in store for us as this story progresses. Trev, his roommate Lance, Pizza Guy and Emma, the “hot drunk English chick,” are all likable characters and they are written so well together that you hope they don't separate any time soon. Together they are all a magnet for trouble, and that seems to be what you can expect at any moment.

9.0
Knuckleheads #5

Knuckleheads continues to be that book which you can't help to get through without a grin on your face. When the writer seems to be having a lot of fun writing their character, it translates into the book and that is what you get here. You may even spend some time trying to pick out all the references made which I find clever. It is a nice touch when the humor can also be subtle. You definitely want to pick up Knuckleheads because it deserves that attention being a book that entertains you without having to be completely over the top or violent, the humor just comes naturally with these characters.

8.6
Knuckleheads #6

Knuckleheads #6 continues to be everything you expect in a superhero book that's not necessary weighed down by the clichs of one. Solid humor, great references that don't go over your head, visually appealing, and has its own pacing by which you're not left feeling bored. The way each issue ends in a way that makes you want to pick up the next issue and see what's in store for the Knucklefriends.

9.0
Knuckleheads #7

Knuckleheads #7 ended on a very shocking note. This has been a fun series that struck a balance between humor and some seriousness, but you did not see what happened coming at all. It's risky and that is what you like to see from such titles like this. Brian Winkeler pulled no punches and that is how things should be when things have escalated to this level. Surely the next issue of Knuckleheads is a must read to find out the fate of the Knucklefriends.

8.9
Knuckleheads #8

Knuckleheads #8 is the end that this series deserved to find that legitimacy to being a superhero story. Trevor isn't the best superhero out there, and his methods are unconventional, but Brian Winkeler and Robert Wilson IV's approach to this is one that you can't help but take interest in. This is a grown man forced to grow up, yet is living the dream of any kid out there. What happens next is a journey you don't want to let him walk alone on.

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8.9
Magneto (2014) 1
8.9
Magneto (2014) #3

Magneto number one is certainly not a book for the light-hearted and I assure you that if you aren't, this is one of the best stories you will ever pick up to date centered around him. I mean if this is just Magneto cutting loose, I'd hate to see what happens when he faces a threat that truly calls for everything he has in his arsenal. Cullen Bunn knows what he's doing with Magneto and I have faith that he can find a way to keep the same tone while exploring this inner struggle he's dealing with at the same time.

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9.2
Masks 3
8.3
Masks #6

Between Alex Ross and Dennis Calero, the art remains consistent and their use of both inking and shading adds to that dark feeling that the story tries to portray. Adding to this is the specific coloring of each character that makes them pop out among everything else on the page and the detail put into them.

9.4
Masks #7

Again, between Alex Ross and Dennis Calero, the art remains consistent and their use of both inking and shading adds to that dark feeling that the story tries to portray.

10
Masks #8

This is a highly recommended book which is written brilliantly. This conclusion was so well executed and left you feeling like you are staring at real heroes. They don't need powers or gadgets, they just need the conviction to stand up for what they believe in. Visually this book is stunning as it's not too vivid, which is something that fits the style of the book. It gives that vibe that you could only get when your following the lives of someone who hides behind a mask which the artist Alex Ross portrayed very successfully. You actually feel like it takes place in 1938 and the faded backgrounds help add to that visualization. Not only this but the facial expressions and effects really add to making the characters believable in their reactions and when they're in combat. The combat itself are the highlight of the story because each have their own style and it does stick out very well because of Calero and Ross.

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8.6
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7.9
Mighty Avengers (2013) #1

Good start with a great introduction that fans can roll with. It's a story worth sticking with even though the artwork of Greg Land is somewhat unappealing. This is a book with a lot of potential. Not just for doing something new, but the dynamics created with this team-up. Brevort has seemingly put a lot of thought into how these heroes interact with each other and how their personalities click or clash. If you really took the time to think about the cast he has chosen, you really do feel as though they are a team that comes together out of necessity when the other heroes are off in space. When considered you can believe they are those heroes who would stand up to fill in the roles of heroes when there aren't any others to take the initiative.

8.7
Mighty Avengers (2013) #2

This was just excellent all around and it really set itself apart as one which displayed some traditional heroics. Fighting the bad guys, overcoming pain, having the people you're trying to save cheer rather than run in fear. Things we haven't seen in a long time and is very much appreciated under these circumstances.

8.7
Mighty Avengers (2013) #3

Overall this was a very fun, Mighty Avengers proves to be that kick ass book that knows traditional heroics. The banter between Spider-Man and Spider-Hero, the action, the team dynamic, Mighty Avengers really has it all and has a great balance between them. Everything down to that final speech that Luke gave at the end was brilliant, summing up what we can expect from the rest of this series.

8.2
Mighty Avengers (2013) #4.INH

In the aftermath of Infinity, this was the best transition you could get from this team moving forward. The birth of the new Ronin from Spider-Hero has come, and now is just waiting for the big reveal as to who's behind the mask(for those of us who didn't see the spoiler a few months ago). It should be very interesting to see where this little development leads to at the very end, but it's definitely something that may catch you off guard. Not because of who it is, but just because you'd question who'd really challenge Luke in that type of manner.

8.7
Mighty Avengers (2013) #5.INH

As a tie-in to Inhumanity it cannot be stressed enough how much our are missing out by not reading Mighty Avengers. One of the better books to release last year and doesn't lose that intensity that comes from a team led by Luke Cage. This is a new incarnation of the team and there is so much that each has to offer when given the opportunities Al has taken to this point. Non-stop fun that you can only get when the heroes look like they love what they do. The end of the issue speaks volumes and speaks for itself.

8.7
Mighty Avengers (2013) #6

Issues like this are the kind that you can get out of Mighty Avengers and want more of it. They didn't have to get into a fight and still you could find yourself drawn in just as much to the story because you can tell that Al Ewing enjoys writing these characters. As much as they are a team, they all still stand out as individual heroes and don't lose what makes them special amongst the others. Definitely the team book you should be buying from Marvel at this moment.

9.1
Mighty Avengers (2013) #7

Praying for Gideon Mace is an understatement right now. Mighty Avengers does what it does best and cranks that knob high when things are about to get intense. This fight started out personal, and now it has turned into something much more than that by the end of the issue. Al Ewing gives you this team, but he also gives you heroes that standout in this crowd as those you care for as they deal with their personal problems and deal with how these problems affect them as a member of the team. Whatever comes next will be a defining moment for the Mighty Avenger's future.

9.0
Mighty Avengers (2013) #8

Mighty Avengers continues to get better with each passing issue. Not because of the action, but because Al Ewing knows what to do with these characters. It's not as if they are thrown as a full team into the next situation. There is clearly a direction he has for them and with how out of control things can get, you still find character development which allows us to care for what will happen to these heroes next.After how this issue ended, you certainly would want to know what is to come with Mighty Avengers #9.

8.7
Mighty Avengers (2013) #9

Just another entertaining issue of Mighty Avengers that shows why this team is one that stands out as it's own thing compared to other team books out there. Blue Marvel's part was excellent, while Ronin's part didn't hold up as much as I would have thought it would. Overall making this very solid and I hope that from here there can be that expectation that when something big is about to happen in this book, it can be done without it being spoiled months in advance.

8.5
Mighty Avengers (2013) #10

As a tie-in to Original Sin, Mighty Avengers #10 does everything it needs to and more while adding to possibilities now open with Uatu's death. It doesn't feel like they did this for the shock value, Uatu's death is bigger than many want to admit. Doesn't matter if you know him or hate him, a Watcher is pretty much a Watcher, not much needs to be said beyond that.

8.2
Mighty Avengers (2013) #11

Mighty Avengers #11 certainly leaves you with a lot to think of in terms of understanding that the Mighty Avengers we are familiar with is not the original. The present day counterparts are struggling to unearth the secrets they've been keeping and it's one shock after another when it's a story you could only experience because of Uatu's death.

8.6
Mighty Avengers (2013) #12

Mighty Avengers #12 is that kind of tie-in you recommend to someone who wants to see a big effect Original Sin can have on those who were open to the secrets from the Watcher's eye. History repeating itself, and the only way to conquer this threat is to understand the past. That is what Al Ewing gives us in this issue and it sends you for a loop with the emotions felt throughout.

8.5
Mighty Avengers (2013) #13

Mighty Avengers #13 has reached that climax and it's one that keeps you at the edge of your seat. Their story is self-contained, but it doesn't stop them from being thrown into a situation that requires them to save all of humanity. This became a larger story than any of us readers could have imagine it could be initially and have not been given any reason to believe that we will not be delivered a big ending.

9.0
Mighty Avengers (2013) #14

When before I would have said Mighty Avengers felt like a legitimate team because they established themselves to the public, it is with the conclusion of Mighty Avengers #14 they are a legitimate team because they showed what it means to be one. Now that they have this bond, only time will tell how that holds up with Captain America and The Mighty Avengers when it looks like Sam Wilson takes the lead.

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8.4
Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man 1
8.4
Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man #1

Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man #1 is a solid start for the series. Aside from the very end which raises an eyebrow for what Bendis is plotting, there is no denying that this book has a lot of promise. As one of the three books in the Ultimate line right now with a single character focus, I hope that Bendis can pull through to make sure that characterization stands tall.

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8.5
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8.6
Miss Fury #4

Great issue overall. Has a good pace, great direction, better style, and is still picking up in intensity. So much to expect from this book, but I believe it can deliver. Next to The Shadow I think this is one book you are missing out on if you are not reading it right now.

8.2
Miss Fury #5

This is an adventure that you would be crazy not to get into. Miss Fury makes time travel fun and it really doesn't have to be something you initially take itnerest in off the bat picking up this book. It is one of the most unique pulp stories of Dynamite and you will see Marla's wrath

8.7
Miss Fury #6

Her personality is something which was perfectly displayed here. Seeing just how confident she is in who she is, never letting something so trivial stop her from getting the job done. That is why you read this book, she has so much drive that nothing can stop her unless she lets it. Manipulative, resourceful, tactical, everything she took advantage of by remembering who she was and why this puts her in a position of power. As a female lead, it's very admirable that Williams shows so much understanding of her character. Beyond this Miss Fury never feels as if she doesn't have an intimidating presence, which is something Abreu captures intensely.

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8.8
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9.0
Ms. Marvel (2014) #1

This was the best possible start you could have asked for from a new hero, one of minority, an Inhuman, and legacy to a big time Avenger.

8.5
Ms. Marvel (2014) #6

Ms. Marvel #6 displays the endless potential that comes with Ms. Marvel roaming the streets of New Jersey. She's more established in her role as a hero, there's a lot of mental exploration to guide her, the threat has been established, and from here anything goes now that she has had her first encounter with a legitimate superhero. As long as G. Willow Wilson has fun writing this series, it will surely continue to be fun for us as well.

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8.5
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8.8
New Avengers (2013) #5

The artwork was great as usual, between the solid colors and the shading which adding to that end of the world vibe that they try to consistently portray.

8.5
New Avengers (2013) #7

Overall it was very intense given the situation that they find themselves in. As the Illuminati what they do stays between them as do anything that manages to go under the radar. Dangerous yes when they now have the attention of Doctor Doom, but time will tell if he will act upon his suspicions. As per usual the art is vibrant and something to admire. Not just the detail put into the characters but the environments around them as well. All in all, big things are to come and anticipate.

7.8
New Avengers (2013) #8

With that said I still do like the story and the art even more. Mike Deodato is amazing and his style is amazing for this book. Not only his but just the coloring, vibrant colors, and the amount of detail put into it keeps you drawn in. While New Avengers prelude to Infinity does leave you with more questions to be answered, it's nothing new and it gives you another reason to follow this story.

8.3
New Avengers (2013) #9

A solid issue for the New Avengers tie-in into Infinity. While what they are fighting on Earth is important, you can only hope that it has some major impact on whatever else is going on around the world given there is more than just what they are fighting against which requires their attention. This story has potential, but only if the focus is kept self-contained and doesn't rely too heavily on mysteries or questions that would throw off the readers.

9.0
New Avengers (2013) #10

As usual, artist Mike Deodato delivers with his stunningly impressive capture of both the Illuminati and everything else as they search for Thanos' son. Everything from how intimidating Beast looks, how powerful Dr. Strange looks, to the layout of the search for Thanos' son. This including the very ends as he can make things look so gloom and doom as the scene switches from normal to all red, indicating an incursion.

8.8
New Avengers (2013) #11

Overall, while the Infinity War has actually shaped up to be one in space, Earth is now it's own war zone. Everyone is in on the fight, and no one is safe from what's to come. Thanos is is now in Necropolis, where the Earth destroying bombs are kept, and the Builders have finally made their way to Earth. What more could go wrong? Hickman has the answers and if anything like what we've gotten so far, it will be something monumental.

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9.5
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9.5
New Avengers Annual (2013) #1

New Avengers Annual #1 is worth the $4.99, it is one of those annuals that you want to go out of your way to pick up. It has its connections to the main series, while giving you something genuine centered around Doctor Strange. Frank J. Barbiere is more than enough reason to want to pick this up, and the interior art is surely a style you wish you saw more often in other titles.

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7.3
New Suicide Squad 1
7.3
New Suicide Squad #1

In the end things could be better with New Suicide Squad. There needs to be a change of focus and a reason given to us to care about these new characters. Maybe you could give this a couple more issues to show this, though already it is hard to say that you're comfortable with the direction of the story so far.

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8.1
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8.5
New Warriors (2014) #1

Overall a great start for New Warriors. There may not have been a forming of the team, but Christopher Yost definitely went into this knowing how to put them all into the right place at the right time. There's a lot of potential from this story as one that focuses on younger heroes, those new that have come into power(mutants and inhumans), and the threat that all of them face when up against someone like the High Evolutionary. This book certainly is worth picking up with the hope that having this many on the same team doesn't make it hard to manage.

7.7
New Warriors (2014) #2

Overall, issue #2 of New Warriors is an alright transition from the first issue. Not to say that the story is dull, or uninteresting, but there are definitely ways in which it can change to avoid losing readers in all the action. We need to be able to take a step back and be able to process everything that is occurring without being dragged from one fight to the other. Development of teams is a process and a little more time could be put into each of their parts in this story to bring focus and understanding. Otherwise, New Warriors is still a book worth following if you want to know what the future has in store for them.

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8.7
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8.2
Nightwing (2011) #19

Though most would expect that the Prankster as he is called would have some major role in this issue, but that is left to mystery as he appears at the very end. We see him forcing a man to have to fend for his life against a wolf, for reasons of making sizable income from child trafficking. He is is basically a corrupt man in leadership, which would question why someone like the Prankster is doing this to the man. Is he a vigilante? Villain? We can only guess the latter at the moment though hopefully the next issue should explain just who he is and what his connection will be to Nightwing. He just might be the reason that Chicago is against vigilantes such as himself.

9.1
Nightwing (2011) #21

He furthers shows this by putting Nightwing in a situation where he had to turn to the Prankster for help. Something that worked in his favor yet just created more bad press for him overall as the news has already made him out to be a nuisance. What you take from this is his desperation to find what he's looking for and has shown to be willing to cross the line to get what he came for. Overall this story is shaping up to be something great and there's so much more in store for Dick Grayson as Chicago is not what it seems to be.

8.8
Nightwing (2011) #22

A solid issue that managed to escalate the plot suddenly yet in a way that added that flare or intensity that it needed. It's safe to say that we might be hitting the climax of this story and it hasn't disappointed yet. Hopefully that remains the verdict till the end of this arc because it's is a nice change-up from what we are used to which is what this whole storyline seems to impose.

8.1
Nightwing (2011) #23

Overall it was a good issue with a consistent build up to the final showdown which we can expect in the upcoming issue. Kyle Higgins has been able to throw Nightwing in the unlikeliest situations and that itself has spawned an exciting adventure. The art is smooth, the coloring is vibrant with a subtle use of highlights to make the characters stand out, and it's just very detailed. This is just the best transition you could have asked for of Nightwing when he left Gotham.

9.5
Nightwing (2011) #24

This was a great conclusion because to an extent Grayson got what he wanted. The pacing was on point and the momentum was consistently rising keeping you interest in the story. This was a well done transition for Nightwing into Chicago knowing that this was an experience he did not expect. Had some fun elements as well, especially seeing him utilize the subway system to get around faster and easier. The ending Higgins gave us is something which opens doors to more stories for Nightwing, ones in which will put him in some interesting scenarios given that he has made yet another enemy by the end.

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9.0
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9.0
Phantom Stranger (2012) #11

The way this issue was handled is just brilliant. Someone had pointed out earlier that they were disappointed because there hasn't been that “war” yet, but I don't think it's all to necessary to press towards rather than the journey to that point. This issue shows what can come out of this story internally because it's not just a fight about who was right, it's about fighting to stop something which is toying with who they are as people. It started with Superman, and now all three Justice League teams are at each others throats. It's a losing battle and right now we're just seeing how far they'll fall before it ends.

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8.5
Prometheus: Fire and Stone 2
8.5
Prometheus: Fire and Stone #2

Prometheus: Fire and Stone #2 was a great transition from the previous issue as we both learn a lot new while getting all of the horrors we should expect when a crew unaware of what lurks on this planet are facing impossible odds at survival. Really you can read this and Alien while holding off on Alien Vs. Predator since that series doesn't follow the proper order in terms of release.

8.5
Prometheus: Fire and Stone #3

Prometheus: Fire and Stone #3 is simply a tale of what happens when you let curiosity get the best of you. To take you onto a plane where the previous crew vanished, to not be aware of the possible threat and be properly equipped, and then to tamper with things you could not possibly comprehend that has consequences. That is everything you could expect from a story like this and the execution was there from start to finish in showing just how screwed this recovery team was for stepping foot on that planet.

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8.8
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9.4
Quantum and Woody #3

There are many books that Valiant has which are of high quality, but if you want to get a legitimate laugh? Quantum And Woody is the book that you should be reading. They are established heroes in their own right and show that progression towards that transition even if they aren't good for the job. Quantum And Woody has a lot of potential and is one that you should anticipate every time it hits the shelves.

8.5
Quantum and Woody #4

The layout of the story I really liked because parts of the story are broken down in a way that transitions them smoothly. When it is either changing perspective or setting you have that black bar that separates them in a way that you also know what the focus is. This issue has that gritty feel to it, and it's aided by a lot of disturbing imagery that is easy to draw a reaction from.

8.6
Quantum and Woody #5

Quantum and Woody #5 plays on that relationship you see everyday from two people who live together under circumstances out of their control. Something that for the most part goes without fail, and having James Asmus' great execution helps. Overall this issue leaves you feeling like you had just watched the beginning of a new sitcom. That's more than reason enough to read this book aside from the fact that Ming Doyle is now on art. It looks better than before in terms of both quality and detail.

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9.0
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9.0
Rai #1

Rai #1 is an excellent book for anyone to pick up and enjoy. Exploring a man who's both a hero and a legend to all. Not only this but questioning his purpose as one. This is a series I want to love and hopefully I do with each passing issue because Rai is not a perfect character and you want to see how that plays into him handling this situation. If you don't pick this up because you aren't familiar with Rai, surely do so for the fact that Matt Kindt is a very capable writer.

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9.3
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9.1
Rat Queens #2

Rat Queens is the book you should be reading if you want to see action. Entertaining from start to finish this book is very recommended as yet another book Image has debuted of high quality. This is a serious story that still has fun with it at the same time. All characters are likable and that much is reason to invest your time into such a tale of fantasy.

9.5
Rat Queens #7

Rat Queens #7 is arguably one of the best, if not the best issue so far in the series. Characters have their time in the spotlight that gives us a better understanding of their pasts, some step up to the plate when action calls, and a lot of our questions about the plot are starting to unravel. Palisade is overrun with tentacle monsters, they now have an ally on their side with an innate knowledge of N'Rygoth, so from here it's all hands on deck to stop what could very well be their end.

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6.9
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6.9
Red She-Hulk #65

The only thing that wasn't right with this book is that the art style changed half way through the book. The first half looked good if not great, yet the second half was drawn poorly, mainly the facial features and body structures. But then it went back to how it originally was in the beginning which was distracting.

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8.6
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8.6
Saga #15

Saga #15 really plays with your emotions in a good way. Nothing is really as it seems, and your reaction won't be the same after the revelation of what actually goes on in the end. The very end of this issue being very shocking for Will considering that he can't have it both ways, and even then, he might have either choice. Great cliffhanger and one which may change things in a big way for Will's story, which in turn may have a big impact on everyone else.

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7.2
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7.2
Savage Wolverine #5

Despite the fact that this conclusion didn't have too much of an impact on me, the art is one thing to recognize. From beginning to end of this story arc, it has been very consistent, especially for the fact that Frank Cho is both the writer and the artist. I'd point out how it is cool to see Wolverine go to hell and back fighting through the savages and see him lose about half of his costume in the process.

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7.3
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7.3
Scarlet Spider #17

The fight with Wolverine was decent as they both have that monster mentality when they get into a fight. Kaine does seem to have won the fight in the end, but I just can't feel much for it knowing that Wolverine can't be killed that easily. So just about everything was solid in this issue besides the call on Wolverine being the target.

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8.8
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9.2
Serenity: Leaves On The Wind #1

This was an excellent start which sets these characters on a new path while establishing where they are now in terms of dealing with the fallout of Serenity. If you are a fan of the series you are doing yourself a huge disservice by not figuring out what happens next. This book is all about the journey which you should enjoy that it offers compared to other books out there. Everyone wants to know what the future has in store for them, and picking this book up is the only way to know how. Plus these covers by Dan Dos Santos are more than enough of a reason itself.

9.0
Serenity: Leaves On The Wind #2

In only the second issue, Serenity has really laid the foundation of where things can and will go from here. Fans should be very pleased that this story is going in a way that you would have expected if it were any continuation from the series. The potential is there and things have been set in place having the knowledge to handle these characters. The end of this issue will have you looking for more if not because you know exactly how things went the last time they found themselves in this situation. One which they had the one person at their disposal to save them unsuspectingly.

8.5
Serenity: Leaves On The Wind #3

Things are picking up as the Serenity crew prepares for a mission that could go south easily. The mandate that River gives Mal as wakes from her self-induced sleep is something I would love to see a possibility of after seeing what she alone is capable of. If there were any reason to stay tuned for what happens next, the end of this issue made sure of that. Once again a great move to use familiar faces that Serenity/Firefly fans can recognize and be excited to see.

8.3
Serenity: Leaves On The Wind #4

With only two issues left after this, Serenity: Leaves on The Wind has made a lot of progress in exploring the lives of the Serenity crew now that they exposed the Alliance. We've seen the political side of things, the scientific, social, and even emotional when it comes to how the crew interacts with each other. Whatever comes next I hope Zack Whedon continues to show what the Firefly Universe has to offer its fans past the TV series and movie.

8.6
Serenity: Leaves On The Wind #5

Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #5 is hitting all the right notes bringing this story to life as a representation of the Serenity crew's lives after the events of outing the Alliance. Next issue is the end of this mini series and I want to have faith that Zack Whedon and bring everything to a close or end things in a way in which leaves room for the story to expand in another book. The only fear at this point is that not everything can be covered by the end of issue 6.

9.3
Serenity: Leaves On The Wind #6

Serenity: Leaves on The Wind #6 was the end that this mini-series deserved. Ended on a heartwarming note while also leaving room for another story which can take place afterwards. We all know the story is far from done for the Serenity crew and that last panel was a good way of keeping us interested in what will happen next. This is definitely a part of their story you don't want to miss if you want to know the direction their lives are taking because they are in every sense of the phrase “Leaves on The Wind”.

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8.7
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10
Shadowman #10

This book seems to step out of the shadow of super-heroics and it takes advantage of a grounded story, as grounded as they can make it be Justin Jordan can make it be. The main goal was to figure out the source of the Shadowmen's power, and that much was found out, everything else was a plus. When I put this book down I just could not find anything bad to say about it, no problems at all. As Shadowman's first year in the Valiant Universe, it's a story like this which really makes you appreciate what they have to offer and this is one book you should definitely be following if you're a fan of Valiant Comics.

8.8
Shadowman #11

Overall great story which set Jack up with a new ally, supposedly, and served as an entertaining distraction from all that has occurred up to this point. If you are someone who finds they are on the fence about picking up this book, do so and read this as it's a standalone story that's perfect for new readers.

7.6
Shadowman #12

Overall I think that these stories would have been much better on their own. As three separate tales in the same book, you were left wanting more from the Blackout andDeadside Blues stories. They were entertaining and had a focus that didn't bore you. With that said, it's not too much to expect from these stories given that they are just small tales before the new story arch begins. Wouldn't entirely invest in this issue unless you're that big of a fan of Shadowman, but definitely look forward to Peter Milligan and Roberto De La Torre taking over soon.

8.4
Shadowman #15

Very good start to the second arc of this story for those unsure of Shadowman's future.

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8.2
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8.2
Sinestro #1

Sinestro #1 does what it needs to do in terms of showing us where Sinestro is and the direction he is headed on this new path. We understand where he's at now, what challenges he faces, and what threats lie ahead. Though nothing big or spectacular, Cullen Bunn still did what he succeeded to do with Magneto when it comes to putting characterization above all else. We want to see Sinestro as the same Yellow Lantern he was in his prime, and here is is making that rise back to power. Sinestro definitely has my attention for a first issue, where interest takes it's place to see where this story goes.

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8.9
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9.0
Skyman #1

Very solid introduction from Skyman bringing him back into a forefront of the superhero world. The Skyman Program needed a new face for their initiative and this is a character that you can attach yourself to. Not out of sympathy or pity, but out of the fact that he has never been exposed to anything like this and would have never imagined to. H e is a very likable character and I would recommend this to anyone who wants a hero who may be used as a symbol, but still is more than just that.

8.6
Skyman #2

In the end this is how you set a new hero on their path. There will be obvious consequences along the way, but for Reid that makes this that much more exciting. While there is progress in this story, there is more focus on Reid as a person and that balance is what makes this a solid story to jump into from Dark Horse's superhero line. I'd definitely want to see what happens in the next issue when he runs into Captain Midnight knowing that both are soldiers.

8.6
Skyman #3

Overall Skyman #3 ends giving us the hero we want to see in Eric. He now has a hero to match himself with that can show him what it really means to do what is right. Eric knows he's doing the right thing, but in a world like this you need someone else who can validate that. This was that case, and what we got from it is something you don't want to miss considering they both crossed the wrong people. The next issue you definitely want to pick up if not only to know what this threat they face is capable of.

9.4
Skyman #4

So Skyman comes to an end for now, a story worth telling in my opinion. They tried to make the perfect weapon, but they got a hero instead. That is the selling point and I love how this series has taken that concept and built upon it to such an extent. At the end of this issue you would want to see where Skyman ends up next in Dark Horse's world.

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8.7
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8.7
Skyman One Shot #1

You only feel a bit disappointed just for the fact that the way things end makes you feel like there should definitely be an ongoing after. Otherwise we are just left wondering as usual what comes next with the character.

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8.6
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8.4
Solar: Man of the Atom #5

Solar: Man Of The Atom #5 is fast paced and doesn't let up on the intensity from start to finish. Be it physical or verbal there is some conflict and it goes so much deeper than you would assume. Family issues aside there is a big picture to see and it's that they need to figure out how to save each other before the Universe tears them apart for their power.

9.0
Solar: Man of the Atom #6

There's no other way to say that Solar: Man of the Atom is a series that fans of superheroes should be reading. There is much wonder to what someone can do when they put their mind to. When given the power to change things and go that extra mile to make miracles happen with them. That is Solar: Man of the Atom, and that is Erica in a nutshell. We get to see her grow as a superhero. A journey you surely don't want to miss.

8.4
Solar: Man of the Atom #7

Solar: Man of The Atom #8 serves as the defining issue that really separates the kind of person Phil is and the type of hero Erica is by the ending analysis of Erica by the robot. Now all that is left to wonder from this issue is

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8.4
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8.4
Storm #1

Storm #1 delivers with a first issue that digs inside her head while giving us a reason to connect with a hero like her. If this issue taught us anything it's that you cannot stop her any more than you can defeat the wind. She has her own mind, she is not the naive person she used to be in the past, and still has a lot to learn about herself as an adult. This series has potential and this issue has created room for growth. Greg Pak shows interest in making Storm once again that standout hero and hopefully that is picked up by fans throughout.

8.4
Storm #2

Storm #2 is a step in the right direction and gives us the best of both worlds with Ororo. Hopefully we don't lose this type of storytelling for action because Greg Pak proves that fighting isn't always necessary. In this capacity we better connect with Storm and that's most necessary.

8.3
Storm #3

Storm #3 continues to throw Ororo back out into the world where she can do what she does best. Some want a linear story or some big plot to unfold, but honestly that is not necessary with a series like this. If there is one along the way, it will be because that is the direction she needs to take. Though to think Storm can't just be a person trying to save the world one situation at a time is just not the way to go about approaching this.

8.3
Storm #4

A solid issue definitely that is not only worth reading just because the series has been great, but for how well it connects Storm to the rest of the world through Wolverine's death.

8.4
Storm #5

Storm #5 is an end to just a taste of what Storm will learn from Wolverine's past. The question from here is if she will allow anything she learns about him influence her feelings? Will she go looking to find more? And just where in general she can go from here.

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8.2
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8.2
Suicide Squad (2011) #20

What is great is that we all already knew that Waller was cynical. This is nothing new and now we get to see the degree of which she would take things to get the results she wants. Bringing them back to life just so they can't escape their sentences(Deadshot), and caring less when they actually die. You see little humanity or decency from her as she treats them like tools. The type of person so drawn in to their job that reality escapes them. To make matters worse, she calls on the aid of two remorseless human beings. One an unknown soldier who beat a fellow teammate to death, then the other who is revealed to be the psychotic sister of Barbara Gordon who we all thought was supposedly dead when they last confronted each other.

8.4
Suicide Squad (2011) #21

Story progressively getting better, the characterization of the team is handled very well, and their motivations too which drives a boo like this. The art and mainly the coloring matched the tone of this issue which was very intense given that they finally made their move in retaliation for their treatment. Whatever comes next, Suicide Squad looks to be able to deliver on shocking you.

8.3
Suicide Squad (2011) #22

The chaotic dynamic of the team has to be what really sticks out so far. You see that they work so well together when they actually do, yet have no regard for each others well-being. Aside from this the dialogue stands out when you have those like Harley who always has something funny to say or Deadshot who always sounds like a sarcastic ass. The gritty style of the book makes the story look just as creepy as it feels. Good issue overall that is hopefully setting up for something climatic to come next.

7.8
Suicide Squad (2011) #23

The one problem with this issue is the change of artists. I felt that many panels looked off and it was very distracting when it wasn't all too appealing. Not everything looked bad, but too much which made it look inconsistent. That is a problem when it was something I could usually compliment about the book.

8.3
Suicide Squad (2011) #24

James seems to be the main focus here and it's something different yet welcome seeing how he sees the big picture. Through his eyes this situation is easier to be explored and understood being the insightful criminal mind he is. Best choice overall and has the most motivation for rescuing Waller, as he is still in love with her. Hopefully we get to see what he is really capable of when he has something to fight for.

8.5
Suicide Squad (2011) #25

Suicides Squad is one of the many books out there that really gains something from its ties to Forever Evil. Seeing the evils that resurface and what that means for this world when majority of the heroes are MIA. It's clever that Kindt takes this opportunity to remind us of how unpredictable Harley can be. In fact it is something he emphasizes heavily through Thinker. That is something to look forward to because anything can happen when it's involving her. Aside from this Patrick Zircher brings back that style which makes this book feel so grim, yet thrilling. The darkness in everyone's expressions and the action scenes that makes this high-octane.

8.0
Suicide Squad (2011) #26

In the end another great issue that brings to life that over the top nature of this book that we do like to see. Everyone has a stake in this fight, some more than others, but no one is safe when the biggest issue is the trust they have in one another. The art was great, very consistent with the dark tone of this plot, but then after page 18 things changed too noticeably. I really felt a bit turned off by how the style shifted and it wasn't any better either. It is the only problem that came with this issue though luckily that was not at the climax of it.

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7.6
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7.6
Superboy (2011) #20

The one question we have left to wonder is what exactly it is he did that affected what Jocelyn was doing in the Temporal Base.

7.5
Superboy (2011) #21

Overall it is a step up and is continuing to show that Justin Jordan was right to take on Superboy given the somewhat lackluster stories that preceded this.

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7.2
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7.6
Supergirl (2011) #20

Overall it was a nice end to their meeting. Nothing too special, but it was entertaining nonetheless just because having both Kara's in the same story was handled very well. Even set things in motion for a story to come either next or in the future since eventhough they escaped Sanctuary, it seems to have now made itself mobile to finish the job.

6.8
Supergirl (2011) #21

Overall I think that Supergirl had a good thing going for her on Earth despite anything that was used to get her away. The whole storyline so far feels like a cop out from what she could have been rather than what's happening to her now. The art work is decent, wouldn't say it has been all that great compared to past issues, but that's about it.

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5.5
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5.5
Superior Carnage #1

If you read this book and you find it worth sticking to then by all means it might just be for you. But as many who wanted to give Carnage another shot in hopes that something could be done with him like Venom, you will find yourself very disappointed. I am very disappointed and can't help but wonder why it deserves the tag “Superior” when it hardly stacks up to the rest.

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8.3
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7.5
Superior Spider-Man #8

For a while now the biggest complaint about the series has been Peter's side conversations as he tried to take back control of his body. But, as all things come with patience, Otto has now realized that Peter is still up there and has been pulling his strings when he didn't agree with his actions. It was a nice twist, though now that they both are able to recognize each other we can feel that there will be a fight for absolute control rather than Peter trying to expose him. It was a good issue, but just good at best. There wasn't much to say that could make this issue stand out among the others, but it did well enough in setting the stage for something bigger to come.

8.5
Superior Spider-Man #9

The dialogue between the two was nothing short of amazing with how Peter not only called Otto out on everything that he has done up to now, but for forgetting what he promised when he took the mantle Spider-Man. Most would have expected that with his time as Spider-Man he would have learned what it meant to be a hero, and given that one chance he squandered it just to be what he believes to be the more Superior. When Slott said that this book will change the course of either lives, he delivered on by doing the unthinkable and killing the very memory of his uncle and others he lost which were only memories. They all shaped who he is today and just losing an inch of this fight with Otto will have repercussions in the near future if he makes it out on top. It does end on a cliffhanger which more than likely ended in Otto's favor, but this is the excitement that Slott is able to generate with his writing.

8.2
Superior Spider-Man #10

Something big is definitely brewing and the Goblin King revealed at the end is the focal point of it all. He knows Otto's tech, and has even managed to bring many of Otto's enemies together to put an end to Otto's violent watch over New York. If he really wants to be Superior, the moment will sure come soon when he puts that to the test.

8.4
Superior Spider-Man #11

What the next issue has in store for Otto is questionable, but if he is able to give Spider Slayer such a hard time without much effort, then who knows if the others who are now restored can handle him.

8.8
Superior Spider-Man #12

Fans of Peter may not agree with what is transpiring in this story arc, but being Otto this has been nothing short of spectacular writing by Slott. This isn't even accounting for the layout and art for the book which matches the tone of it all. A hero that thinks outside the box and does not falter when faced with the normal situations other heroes stumble upon. Like I have said many times before, there are many directions this story can take and this is one which is most appealing for his character. Though these are 4 villains who never gave him much of a problem alone, together he's handling them as if it's nothing new to him. Whatever comes next, it's worth reading.

9.4
Superior Spider-Man #13

This issue delivered on what we have come to expect from Otto as he becomes the hero that he wants to be. There's nothing more or less that you could want from him and in the end the only thing you have to question is his intentions. Always thinking, expanding, love him or hate him he is doing a better job of being a hero than most who have been one since the start. What you may take from this overall is the flaws of both heroes and villains and how it only takes a genius to be able to exploit them in a manner that is most efficient.

8.6
Superior Spider-Man #14

This is a great transition from the conflict at the Rift because you really start to see that Slott put thought into this story. You'd almost forget about the Goblin King and then you realize with everything Otto is doing now, he's just making room for the Goblin King to take over. I think when he makes his move finally it should be something pretty awesome because he seems to equal him in both tactics and intelligence.

7.7
Superior Spider-Man #15

A solid issue and transition from the explosive issue previous. Again if you want something different and something that questions the status quo of super heroics? This is the book for you to read because Slott and Otto both bring something new and exciting to the table.

8.8
Superior Spider-Man #16

Aside from this a great way by Dan Slott to show how Otto really does prove himself to be the Superior Spider-Man. Not because he says he is, but because he proves it every time he steps into a fight prepared. Maybe the army and robots could be excessive, but who would not want that kind of power to back you up? If you are a Spidey fan, do not turn your back for the fact that he doesn't do things the same way as Pete, enjoy the fact that he is something new, and maybe someone the world deserves more at the time.

7.7
Superior Spider-Man #17

Overall I felt a bit let down by this introduction. It could have been handled a bit better and I hope that down the road as the story progresses it can do some justice to what was pretty weak. That's not to say the whole issue was weak as everything else made this redeemable with the plot progression. Slott has taken a step back to address some of the things that Otto has neglecting in Pete's life and this is one which took him by surprise and led to something which could have been avoidable.

7.7
Superior Spider-Man #18

Solid issue, but definitely could be better. It's great to see Spider-Man 2099 again, but it would be better to see that this story doesn't drag on with his presence too long. It was a good effort to have both cross paths though it could have been handled a lot better than it has been up to this point.

8.0
Superior Spider-Man #19

Overall this provided us with much developments for Spider-Man's cast. Spider-Man 2099 is now a part of this story as he keeps an eye on Stone, Modell has gone his way, MJ has finally moved on, and Carlie continues her search for answers as to if it really is Peter under the mask. Well she has a pretty good idea as of now, but we'll see if she can really capitalize on this new opportunity because many chances for Otto's secret to be revealed ended up failing under the most disappointing circumstances.

7.7
Superior Spider-Man #20

Good issue that could have been a bit better. It was a necessary transition into a new chapter of Peter's life, but one that you would find hard to get through because it falls flat of excitement. That of course doesn't stop it from setting the story up for the unavoidable Stunner Vs. Superior Spider-Man, and seeing how Otto deals with what will make or break his career.

8.6
Superior Spider-Man #21

This was a great issue that once again narrowly manages to keep Otto from losing what he had fought so hard to achieve. Fought for his reputation, his future, his love, and to stay ahead of those who want to discredit him. With this said you might feel a bit bored with the escapades of Carlie, it's been a constant step forward and two steps back with her and you know that she won't be getting any closer to revealing Otto as Peter any time soon. Aside from this the fight between Spider-Man and Stunner looked very lively, something we haven't seen in a while and Camuncoli does well in capturing their expressions.

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9.0
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9.0
Survive #1

Survive! is the transition that the Ultimate Universe deserves and a great set-up up to the new titles we can expect to see soon. Especially from the All-New Ultimates that will possibly define what it is that the Ultimate Universe stands for. You could easily pass off this issue as something that you could skip and go straight into the new books. But you always want to know what led them to making those choices, what was going through their heads mentally and emotionally as they decided what was best for the world.

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8.2
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7.8
Swamp Thing #20

In terms of characterization this was very appealing to see that he wants to do something that is important. He wants to feel like a hero just like Superman. Someone who is a superhero, has so much power, isn't human, yet is able to still able to feel human. When someone has that much power they tend to lose them self to it which is what Swamp Thing feared most. The interaction between the two was well executed because only someone like Superman can understand the situation that Swamp Thing finds himself in. Though he may have told Alec that it's probably best he stay away from the population, his words of advice on how to be who he wants to be is gold.

8.5
Swamp Thing #34

Swamp Thing #34 concludes "The Wolf and The Lady", and while the outcome was obvious, everything in between was just awesome. This isn't the kind of story where the end is expected to be happy, surely not everyone will live in this constant fight for the Green either. You put this down and wonder what comes next in the life of Doctor Holland as the Swamp Thing because things will probably only get worse before they get any better.

8.1
Swamp Thing #35

Swamp Thing #35 is the start of a story that can really go somewhere depending on what happens between the Green and the Machine. While this issue does answer questions about the things we saw in Swamp Thing Future's End #1, it is better that you didn't have to read it to get what's going on in the present. As one of the better tie-ns to Future's End, Charles Soule made the wise choice in taking advantage of the opportunities this eventual war of Kingdoms has created.

8.5
Swamp Thing #36

Swamp Thing #36 "THE MACHINE QUEEN," part 2 is an issue that throws us straight into the action while ending with a shocker we could not have seen coming. The Metal obviously take notice of what makes Swamp Thing and the other avatars better and made the appropriate response to level the playing field.

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10
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10
Swamp Thing Annual #3

Swamp Thing Annual #3 is the kind of story you tell when you want to express how saying goodbye can really be that hard. That one word can bring about so many emotions and reactions and it's only human to do so. Again Charles Soule was almost meant to write this story and you want to cherish the stories you get like this until that fateful day.

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9.0
Swamp Thing: Futures End 1
9.0
Swamp Thing: Futures End #1

Overall, Swamp Thing – Futures End #1 was beautifully told and shines a bright light on everything you like about Swamp Thing as a hero. Enjoy it for the story, or enjoy it for the art, there's a lot to like about a story which gives you the best of Swamp Thing's world.

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7.6
Thanos Rising 2
8.6
Thanos Rising #2

What was entertaining is that we still know what is to become of Thanos, but to see what he did is a whole new experience. To be the first eternal to murder, let alone 17 people, plus his own mother at the very end. He did this and enjoyed it. The artwork done by Bianchi captured every sick moment and you see how twisted his actions are.

6.6
Thanos Rising #3

While the story doesn't deliver as much as you'd expect, you can only hope that now with Thanos older, there is something to push to towards the end of your seat.

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8.5
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8.2
The Black Bat #2

This story proves to be full of mystery as you explore his character, the plot which is still unfolding, and the woman helping him. Better yet the question at the end is if he's willing to kill in order to get the job done?

8.4
The Black Bat #3

Solid issue, and the Black Bat is becoming a character that you can really enjoy when he comes into the role we expect him to. The hues of the book really do make it feel like its a pulp story and that much I do come to like when I read this book. Doesn't try too hard, yet is still convincing with those differences.

8.8
The Black Bat #4

Then there's the two watching him as he does his job. Carol Baldwin has an angle, something to gain from using Black Bat, and I enjoy that it's still being kept a secret because when you have a wild card like her it's easy to forget when something unexpected will occur.

8.4
The Black Bat #5

With a shocking ending, Black Bat remains a fast paced story which allows you to see the potential badass he can be when pushed to that point. While you could say that what happens is predictable, it was all in the execution which made this something believable when in other cases writers might have made this feel cliche. This stories progression is on point and something that both current fans of Black Bat and new fans can come to enjoy from Brian Buccellato's approach to the character.

8.2
The Black Bat #6

Very exciting issue in which Buccellato has written a great build up to a conclusion worth reading. It's dark, it's gritty, and Cliquet maintains that consistency which makes the scenes so intense. Black Bat is a fun book that you wouldn't regret reading if not because he kicks ass. Sure it took some time for things to pick up, but when they did it was for the better.

8.8
The Black Bat #7

Overall a great transition from what occurred at the end of the previous issue. Black Bat proves to be able to gives us just as much action as emotion seeing how everyone is affected by this. Tony and Carol are both at their lowest point and even then they aren't out. What we are given is a story which has shifted to one of redemption for both. To bring down the man responsible for everything gone wrong right now and you know that big things are coming from there. This is really one book you want to read if you want to see people who go all in for the sake of justice when the stakes are not in their favor. Dark, intense, and again it continues to get better with each passing issue.

8.5
The Black Bat #8

At the end of this issue the best thing you come to realize is how there are consequences to every action. No one is safe here when the people you should be able to put your trust in aren't to be trusted. Looking for scapegoats, jumping down each others throats about ethics, quick to pull a gun on one another, and so much more that leads to only loss. Something which Tony is very familiar with at this point when again no matter how much good he does its one step forward and two steps back. Where this will land him as the stakes are being raised is unknown but you can tell he's reach that breaking point as he is slowly slipping. You read this for the action, but you stay for the heavy focus on his characterization. You care to want to know what Black Bat will do next as his back is against the wall.

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9.0
The Fearless Defenders 1
9.0
The Fearless Defenders #4AU

It was a great twist to see that behind the curtain of the city in which they stand prisoners, Hippotlyta's father, Ares was the real enemy. Disgraced an hiding away to enact his vengeance against the Amazons for killing his daughter. Again, motivations are what really drives this event and story. The art for this book as well might have been the best out of the whole series.

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8.4
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8.9
The Green Hornet (2013) #2

Overall again it was a step up from the first issue. This was a great transition into what we can expect from the rest of this series as his latest act of vigilantism has ended with him surrounded by the cops.

7.9
The Green Hornet (2013) #4

Aside from anything I have said in terms of lack of interest, the story still has layers to it which are worth sticking with to explore. The gentlemen who have been pushing for Reid to run for mayor seem to have a hidden agenda which draws you back in. At this point you just want to know what everyone's motivations are and just what their end game is.

8.4
The Green Hornet (2013) #5

Overall I'm finding myself more interested in investing my time in this book knowing this is the Green Hornet I am more familiar with. It is the Green Hornet and Kato that most fans are familiar with and from here things can only get better.

8.2
The Green Hornet (2013) #6

With a target now on Green Hornet's back, finding the master minds behind these murders has never been more urgent. Waid has set this up as to see who can deal the better hand and if Hornet's pockets run deep enough he just may be able to get a step ahead of them before it's too late to pin the crimes on them. We'll just have to see how long Reid can go before he does something he'll actually regret.

8.5
The Green Hornet (2013) #7

This is is both fun and dark, something that is easily pulled off when dealing with the Green Hornet. Ronilson Freire helps create this atmosphere with his excellent use of inking and shadows to make those moments look serious. This new foe seems to be even more ruthless than him and I think that will create a great confrontation when both try to see who is the big dog. Green Hornet has ruled through fear and that just may not be enough anymore. Again asking the question which Casey herself posed, where do they draw the line?

8.2
The Green Hornet (2013) #8

This issue is a solid distraction from the events unfolding in the main progression. If you want to just keep your attention on that then maybe you might skip this issue, but if not you're in for something a bit more light-hearted than you're used to. This is good in a sense that Green Hornet comes off as more of a hero in this story rather than playing the role of something that he's really not. Again Mark Waid excels at these kind of grounded stories and it shows as you have a bit more of an understanding of how Green Hornet operates through his networks. It's worth a read in the end.

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8.6
The Legend of Luther Strode 1
8.6
The Legend of Luther Strode #6

Not a book for everyone, but for those that it was for? I find this to be a step up from the first volume and Justin really didn't seem like he was afraid to take the gloves off to turn this up. Not a single punch was pulled and what you wanted to see was a fist making contact with another' face. This was an amazing conclusion to the mini series and with the ending, I can only hope that this story can continue in the future.

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8.5
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8.8
The Movement #2

The art style is very simple, not to the point where you feel it can't be taken seriously, but it's styled in a way that makes you feel like they are young heroes.

8.4
The Movement #3

The Movement has shown great pacing for only being on its third issue and is a promising story to unfold. The art style is good, fits the mature tone of the book, and adds to that feeling that you should take the book seriously. In general it does take itself seriously, yet allows freedom for so much of this world to be explored because this is a part of the DC Universe that we haven't really gotten a chance to see. This is one action packed story which I have to recommend you to pick up.

8.5
The Movement #4

This story yet again is one that is underrated and has a lot of potential. 4 issues in and I can already see that this book can go the distance if given the chance. It's a street level story and it's different from most other books that readers expose themselves to in the DC Universe. Filled with tragedy, emotion, and driven by the prospect of a better tomorrow for people who can't defend themselves from the corruption that surrounds them.

8.5
The Movement #5

Gail Simone has a great handle on exposing the corruption that runs the streets. Everything from the Council, to the page where the cop turns over the girl in the wheelchair. You see how angry this made her, not only for the fact that she is in a wheelchair, but these are people she treated well That is more than enough to support the plot that this story is centered around. Giving the readers a reason to care for the cause they fight for and believe in the evils they face every day.

8.4
The Movement #6

The insertion of messages from people viewing the fight between Katharsis and Tremor was very central to this issue. Not to mention it's great that it looked like actual messages in text speech. Not only did it capture everything going wrong for The Movement at that moment, but it gave them bad publicity which was not what they needed at a time like this. Their image as heroes of the people is something which they really do need to make any progress.

8.5
The Movement #9

The movement has had their first encounter with a superhero, and of course we could all guess how this interaction could go south. Batgirl comes to Coral City in pursuit of a superhuman who is trying to join the Movement, something which created an interesting situation because both sides have different views on what it means to be a hero. This conflict of interest of course bringing out something different in each of them as they want to prove to the other who is right about how they go about their business. This was an entertaining issue for that and the action was on point as well

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8.9
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8.3
The Occultist #1

The story doesn't do anything big as an introduction which may be a reason to question if it's something to invest your time in, though if you want a story that takes advantage of the mixed elements of a superhero and horror story this is for you. Give it a try and you won't regret it.

8.4
The Occultist #2

This was a solid issue that really just shows the stress that being the Occultist has had on Rob and what he is willing to do to relieve himself of it. Even to go so far as do what these students are doing knowing good well that everything about it is wrong. Just another day in the life of Rob Bailey and a lot of this is supposed to be personal exploration along with the progression of harnessing this new power.

8.5
The Occultist #3

Another solid issue that throws Rob into a situation that he could not imagine the consequences to. They said bear witness as Robert Bailey breaks the ancient pact between the living and the dead, and that moment when it happens had great execution. This isn't just another day in the life of Rob Bailey, right now we see some sense of urgency to stop him before he does something he may soon regret and the cliffhanger at the end is a great way to keep us guessing about what is to come next.

10
The Occultist #4

Overall this issue displays the strongest part of this book, and that is the fact that there is a lot of personal growth. There is a clear progression that Tim shows as Rob is beginning to accept who he is to overcome being that classic accidental hero. No longer is he that victim of circumstance seeing how he understands the responsibility that has been placed on him by the Sword. The dialogue is so well done for Rob having notice that there is more authority in his voice as to an extent he's grown up from this experience. He may not have asked for it, but as someone chose he has something to prove. Where this takes us next issue is unsure, but it will be something hopefully just as defining to who he might become which says a lot when this is issue four of five. For a new series and pseudo-supernatural hero, The Occultist is one you must read that this year produced.

9.5
The Occultist #5

Overall this was a great conclusion to a book which brought about a hero who has a lot to offer in the world Dark Horse is building. The Grim Reaper so to speak and that enough reason to take interest in Rob who has a long way to go now that he knows what his role is in the world. For five issues Tim Seeley didn't waste time developing Rob as a character who was a hero of circumstance, putting that and his relationship with other character above over the top action. You want to read this because The Occultist is a thrilling supernatural take on super-heroics, as heroic as it can get.

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7.3
The Ravagers 1
7.3
The Ravagers #12

Now despite the disappointment in how it turned out in the end, they still did manage to keep you interested up to that point. Especially the fight with Fairchild and her many deformed clones. It was entertaining to see her let lose on them which is a side of her we really didn't see that often and it was shocking for us that don't read Team 7 to find out that she really isn't the real Fairchild either.

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8.4
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8.9
The Shadow #0

The Shadow #0 is everything you want to see from a story involving the Shadow. No vampires and no drawn out hunt for someone who doesn't really make you feel is worth it. It's sad that this is only a one-shot because Cullen Bunn proves that there are things to do with The Shadow that some don't take advantage of. He clearly likes the character and that's what makes this fun and worth picking up. Overall it's a good sign of things to come from Cullen Bunn as he does more with Dynamite in the near future.

8.0
The Shadow #13

It did feel as though the dialogue fell a bit flat, but overall it was solid for what's to come next.

8.5
The Shadow #14

Giovanni Timpano's artwork again is just stunning as it captured the nature of both The Shadow and Lady Phantom. This is from his used of bold and vibrant colors, to displaying those graphic moments.

8.4
The Shadow #15

Another solid issue as tensions are rising. Enjoyed every second reading this and the dark layout makes the tone convincing when the story itself does that well enough. Feels like a detective story, looks like one and is such a thrilling story so far while it's only getting better. This story keeps you anticipating what comes next and the next issue is something to look forward to.

8.6
The Shadow #16

As per usual, Chris Roberson has given us more to go on when understanding Esclarmonde. You see how her training makes her a match for Shadow. You get an idea of just how devout she is in her belief that she is serving a higher purpose that she's blinded by even false corruption. Though it's shaping up to be something predictable concerning her upbringing, you still find interest in waiting for she herself to see that her views of the world are wrong. Basically as the reader you're waiting for that inevitable train wreck to come and she's that train wreck.

8.6
The Shadow #17

Great issue that creates an intense atmosphere from conflict of beliefs. That is enough for any two people to have a disagreement over and it almost always leads to violence as we see displayed. Not to such extent, but it can always reach that point if justice, and the right brand is not served. The cliffhanger this ended on is something I like to see when the climax has been reached. Both done running and chasing, ready to put everything on the line and end it at that very moment.

10
The Shadow #18

Overall this was an epic conclusion to the Shadow vs the Light. Timpano's focus on light and dark emphasized the story being told. From Esclarmonde's past, to the glow that radiates from her and the Shadow when face to face. Again I have to mention the layout of the panels which really makes the book very appealing, not something you see in other books that often. Funny enough Margo said what I was thinking throughout the whole issue, while they were fighting over what they stand for, a lot of it was debating. In reality that is the type of thinking that separates heroes from villains. If you are a fan of a great pulp story, or just The Shadow in general, this is a must read and one of the best that Dynamite has to offer.

8.1
The Shadow #19

Overall a great transition from the last story arc of The Shadow. If you are a new reader and see The Shadow as something of interest, it is recommended that you pick it up now. If you like it then you go back and enjoy everything up to this point which has been nothing short of exciting to read. We get to see more of Miss Lane, and through her a reintroduction into The Shadow's world and how he operates. Good start that should lead to something that should hopefully wow us as much as the last story.

8.1
The Shadow #20

This was a solid issue that has put the Shadow on a new adventure to find The White Tiger. One of many from his past who is able to dig up skeletons from lives he has left behind. Not as exciting as the previous storyline, but it's something different no less. In this issue Cranston is meeting people who have no idea of what to expect from someone like him who they haven't seen for such a long time. Makes for interesting interactions when you compare how they remember him to how he is now.

8.2
The Shadow #21

In the end this is another solid issue that puts characterization before all and still manages to take us through this story progression. Sure anyone could want more action considering the story arc previous, but I think that Chris knows what he wants from The Shadow and what more this story has to offer than just fighting the next person who commits a murder. This is more than just the next crime, this is a mystery that in the end allows us to understand what kind of person Lamont is as a many who has lived a long life and more than one.

7.8
The Shadow #22

This issue was definitely better than the last two, though at the moment you may find yourself struggling to stay interested when you feel like you just want to see The Shadow and more of him than anything else given attention. That is not to say that this story is bad, though it's a double edge sword to go for a plot that doesn't entirely give you everything that you may usually want to see from The Shadow. Maybe picking up the pace may change this, but it is just good to see that there is still clear progress towards what The Shadow is looking for.

7.5
The Shadow #23

So The Shadow #23 ends with a good conclusion, though overall I found it hard to see anything from it memorable. I want to see more of what we expect from The Shadow rather than what we got from this story arc and hopefully what comes next will deliver on that. This issue and story arc wasn't bad, though it surely is something you could read and feel like you already forgot it.

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7.7
The Shadow Annual 2013 1
7.7
The Shadow Annual 2013 #1

This was supposed to be a heartbreaking tale of loss, betrayal, and vengeance, set against the neon of Sin City as per the description given for this book, but it didn't quite deliver on this. Not perfect, but still gives you what you want from The Shadow as a hero. The story is gritty, mature, and his presence is always known when he takes the stage. Like any other annual it still manages to stand on its own and has a story which is character-driven. In the end it's fun if you are a fan of The Shadow, can't ask for anything more.

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9.0
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9.5
The Shadow Now #1

The art style is just astounding. Fully painted and is smooth yet vibrant. Even set in modern time Worley still makes it feel like a pulp story. On page five where the Shadow enters with his laugh, that was the highlight of this issue to me. That is something you always want to get right when dealing with The Shadow and the combined efforts of Liss and Worley made this happen. Seeing how the tone becomes so sinister and there is a mesh between red and black. The layout looks unique, and you can see the upgrade in technology using those large maps and computers. Just to point out you can even spot a “Spider” comic that one of the thugs is reading before confronted by The Shadow. Overall a great start and has a lot of potential to grab new readers. Definitely one I'd recommend for the story and art.

8.9
The Shadow Now #2

The Shadow Now is the Shadow like you've never seen him before. David Liss has put him in a position where he is really out of his element. A new world, new allies, and facing foes who are more prepared for him than he is for them. Colton Worley continues to amaze with his work on art. The painting makes every character look so real that you feel the emotion from them with every close up. You even see those subtle changes like when Batu or Kahn is using hypnosis.

8.7
The Shadow Now #3

The Shadow Now is surely the beginning of a battle between the greatest pulp hero and villain of all time. Both know each other well enough and that alone makes this just as much a fight to see who can out think the other and keep the other on their toes. Colton Worley yet continues to amaze with his work on art. I'd point out that the way this book is laid out works to its advantage being able to have these scenes move with ease and doesn't drag anything on more than it should. Keeps the pacing for those moments of action swift and intense. The way these characters look again is amazing as Worely is able to bring them to life.

8.5
The Shadow Now #4

In general this issue was all about putting the pieces into place, and then waiting to put them into play. This is a carefully constructed storyline which creates so much suspense as you wait for one side to do something bold. Neither Shiwan, Batu, The Shadow or Margo have any room for error or mistake and that much David Liss puts emphasis on as everyone is asking the same question, what's next? A question which is why this is the book that you want to be reading if you are a long time or new fan of The Shadow.

8.9
The Shadow Now #5

Things are reaching a boiling point in The Shadow Now #5 and what comes next will be that final showdown that we have waited for since the start of this book. Makes you almost wish this were an ongoing series considering that this is the kind of confrontation that you want from a hero and villain. One that goes beyond punching, and looks to actual tactics to claim victory. David Liss has made this a modern telling of The Shadow's story, but keeps everything that makes this pulp for those who are longtime fans of the character.

9.7
The Shadow Now #6

The Shadow Now #6 marks the final chapter of the Shadow's return, and it was one you would not forget. For a mini there was excellent pacing from start to finish with a clear end. That is what I want to see from a story like this and for me to wish this were the main title for The Shadow at the moment is quite the achievement. It's not every day that you will love a book with a pulp hero like The Shadow in modern times, but David Liss made it work.

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7.3
The Shadow/Green Hornet: Dark Nights 1
7.3
The Shadow/Green Hornet: Dark Nights #1

The story has potential, that much I can say. Maybe this issue didn't show all of it, but the way it ended at least gives you some promise of how the story will play out and that is something worth reading. Good, could be better, but decent start all the same.

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8.2
The Shadow: Year One 1
8.2
The Shadow: Year One #3

I will say that the transition between parts of this issue felt a bit choppy, it felt like those 3 parts to the story were a bit rushed. Aside from that we have the villain of the story introduced, Dr. Zorn, and that should create an interesting conflict to come.

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8.3
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8.0
The Spider #12

The artwork by Roriguez is both solid and smooth. A combination between the smooth outlines and the very solid use of colors which even though took away the feeling of the tone portrayed, made every scene appealing.

8.0
The Spider #12

The artwork by Roriguez is both solid and smooth. A combination between the smooth outlines and the very solid use of colors which even though took away the feeling of the tone portrayed, made every scene appealing.

8.0
The Spider #13

David Liss has written a great villain. The Fly is someone who only thinks with his wallet. His motivations and stake in this conflict is all just to obtain wealth, and nobody seems to be worth his time if they aren't helping him get what he wants. For someone who really doesn't get his hands dirty, he was very quick to call for the deaths of both Wentworth and Hilt. Two who were on his side as well.

8.3
The Spider #14

Things are reaching that boiling point and both are making their move against the other in hopes of getting the job done soon. Wentworth is fighting an uphill battle and every time The Fly makes a move against him, things are just looking more grim for when things come to a close. We'll see if he can dig himself out of this hole, but seeing him showcase that resourcefulness that he is known for is why we anticipate what comes next.

8.7
The Spider #15

If you want modern-day pulp mayhem, this is that book for you. Red Hand Vs. The Spider, now we see who is more willing to do what has to be done to make a statement. The stakes have been set and there's an urgency now more than ever for the Red Hand to be stopped. Can the Spider pull through this time when innocents are now in danger of suffering as much as the guilty? That is a reason to pick up the next issue.

8.7
The Spider #15

If you want modern-day pulp mayhem, this is that book for you. Red Hand Vs. The Spider, now we see who is more willing to do what has to be done to make a statement. The stakes have been set and there's an urgency now more than ever for the Red Hand to be stopped. Can the Spider pull through this time when innocents are now in danger of suffering as much as the guilty? That is a reason to pick up the next issue.

8.5
The Spider #16

It's take no prisoners for The Spider as he makes sure the guilty suffer. What is so great about this book is that The Spider isn't the kind of hero to give you mercy or a slap on the wrist. He is one who comes up with a permanent solution and even if that makes this a more mature story for it, so be it when it's not like other stories out there that fall to the cliche of letting the wicked walk the streets to do the same thing twice. David Liss doesn't pull any punches here and it works in The Spider's favor in this situation. The Spider is a book you want to pick up right now if you want something that packs a punch.

8.2
The Spider #17

What is great about this transition from the last issue which had the Red Hand go to prison is that for The Spider there is always a threat out there to handle. Both as The Spider and Worthington there is a good balance of showing the worth of each half of his life to him and their influence on how right and wrong things can go.

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9.5
The Wake 1
9.5
The Wake #1

What we can expect from this book is something dark that will unravel. Something that will keep us at the edge of our seats and that's what makes this such a great team up between Snyder and Murphy. Whatever is to come next remains unknown, but as a first issue this was on the mark.

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8.4
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9.0
The Walking Dead #111

Sure everything before Negan appeared fell a bit flat, but it's how it all transitions which grabs you. Every character is thrown out of their comfort zone in some way, whether for the best or for the worst. Changes in emotion, sanity, reasoning, conviction, it's all there and the most important aspect of Walking Dead is character development. Overall an exciting issue that's building up to something worth anticipating.

8.5
The Walking Dead #112

So even though the direction of the story has been put in question till this issue, it's easy to say that there might still be hope when Kirkman is finally able to turn that dial again to crank up the intensity. Of course that means that means that things are going south for Rick and his crew, but it's nothing new and what we like to see is them overcome these kind of situations. Pacing I find to be very important to this story and hopefully it can keep up this momentum and see this story through to the end.

8.2
The Walking Dead #114

Aside from this, a solid issue and the story is now moving in a direction that readers can feel drawn to. Took a while, but we are reaching that climax of the story whether anything can go and things are somewhat moving towards an end. Negan is prepared to do what he has to in order to ensure his authority is met without question, and Rick is trying to make his final move and do so without the chance is error like moves he's made up to this point.

8.2
The Walking Dead #115

Of course this doesn't stop things from going wrong at the last-minute. That much is always expected and that is what we got here at the very end. The one person you could have guessed to turn on them did, and while predictable added to that sense of unpredictability that will come of the next issue. They feared casualties, well that will more than likely come now and Rick hope to god should have a back up plan if he thought everything through. There just can't be room for errors like this when it's a possible scenario.

8.3
The Walking Dead #116

Really if you were someone who had to drop The Walking Dead because of its pacing, or worry of its direction, I'd say The Walking Dead #116 is where you should pick it back up. There's a clear sign of getting some of that excitement back which made the book worthy of its praise. Rick is now back into a position of leadership that he's a lot more comfortable with, Negan is far from willing to back down considering both his superiority complex and ego, you just know that something will go wrong for either and it's a given.

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8.9
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8.1
Thor: God of Thunder #8

In the end it is a progressive issue that finally put all three Thor's together and sets them up for the final fight against Gorr.

8.9
Thor: God of Thunder #9

When it comes to this very issue the art sold every moment. From the expressions from each character, to the dramatic effects added to make it feel like 4 gods are actually clashing with one another.

9.0
Thor: God of Thunder #10

This was a truly powerful issue which has shown what we do love most about not only Thor, but his lore as well. What we love is that even when he seems defeated, he will come back. Sounds cliche, yet handled correctly like this very moment and it makes all the difference. This is a tale of gods which I find to be very memorable and the cliff hanger it ended on was a great one knowing that the next issue is the conclusion.

10
Thor: God of Thunder #11

The narration throughout this entire arc has been nothing but breathtaking. Some might say it was not necessary or it took away from the story, but it never really did. It gave every moment importance, as if . The layout and the art was just spectacular. Esad Ribic was meant to be the artist for this book because I felt as if I was actually reading a Norse tale.

10
Thor: God of Thunder #12

I can only hope to see more stories about Thor in this tone. Not sure if something like this could be consistent, but it's something you appreciate when he's not out there bashing skulls with his hammer. Gods are gods, but seeing what makes them like every other being in existence is enlightening. Normally after something as big as a 10 which the conclusion to GodBomb was, you'd expect something weaker, but this still gets to you. This is another reason why Thor God of Thunder should be on your pull list

8.7
Thor: God of Thunder #13

This was an excellent start to a new story and The Accursed shows potential to be just as memorable if not more than the previous story arc. Polished style, handle of gore, and the overall historic feel that makes this feel as though it's an epic tale.

8.6
Thor: God of Thunder #14

This will be another book to remember as it has started strong and continues to astound with how few punches Jason Aaron doesn't pull. Ride till Malekith is dead, or they are, that much is enough to describe what we can expect from the rest of this story. He has committed the most atrocious crimes and will answer for them. There's so much potential for this story and we are only on the second part. Thor God of Thunder remains the must read book for Marvel NOW! and is one you are recommended to read even if you aren't the biggest fan of Thor.

8.2
Thor: God of Thunder #15

A solid issue of Thor God of Thunder. Being the third part there has been a lot of progress since the League of Realms formed. You have to appreciate that Jason Aaron has not dragged on this chase for Malekith to the point where this becomes folly. The confrontation between them is inevitable and hopefully the next issue pushes a bit further to see one side actually start to take control of this fight. The League has suffered one loss, tragic, but very well may be the kick they need to really start to work together when not drunk.

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7.7
Trinity of Sin: Pandora 3
7.9
Trinity of Sin: Pandora #1

In the end it was a solid issue that to say the least shows potential for the rest of the books progression. If the main point of this was to show her importance then it was achieved because the ending alone let us know to an extent what we should expect to come and how it will affect the war as a whole. The duo of Daniel Sampere and Vicente Cifuentes made the art style of this book unique to the tone it has set. You felt that time was changing and the detail put into it stood out.

8.0
Trinity of Sin: Pandora #2

The one problem I still do find is what part the evils from the box really play in all of this. Yes we know that they corrupted humanity and still do, but as individuals what are they doing that is affecting this war right now. All we see from them is concern that Pandora wants to put them back in the box

7.1
Trinity of Sin: Pandora #3

Sure you could be happy that things finally start moving in the direction in which they should, though it took way too long. Especially for this book to be in its third issue. It's hard to say this was decent at best, but it still has it's importance in moving this event along knowing the core storyline is not going to be dragged along or dragged down by this.

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8.8
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9.1
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man Vol. 2 #22

The end was truly shocking and shows that Bendis does not hold back punches. It was an emotional scene when Miles fights Venom because even with just a small part of his mask ripped off his mom knew it was him instantly. And as any loving mother opened fire on Venom putting herself in danger. Bendis has managed to portray the one thing that shaped Peter's life which was never letting those closest to him die on his account. A failure by Miles that in turn caused him to rip apart his costume and declare that he's done. This issue here truly felt like Spider-Man in it's entirety.

9.3
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man Vol. 2 #23

This was another emotional issue, and leads into more issues that might leave you with the same feeling. Something that Spidey fans are very familiar with.

7.9
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man Vol. 2 #24

Overall it was a balanced issue between the fight between Cloak and Dagger vs. Bombshell and Gwen trying to get Miles to suit up. It does well to make you question what it will take to push him to be Spider-Man again because while the fight that broke loose wasn't much to give him reason, you know that something bigger is coming his way in which he will have to make a choice.

8.9
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man Vol. 2 #25

This was definitely an emotional roller-coaster. Things that Peter suffered over the course of years, Miles is going through in such a short period of time and that creates an intensity that Bendis managed to pull off. Now that this downward spiral is handled, Miles can now move on to something real which will have an impact on the Ultimate Universe as a whole. What he and Jess will do first is still in question though the team-up should be exciting.

8.3
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man Vol. 2 #26

Again I like this new direction because to an extent we are being taken back to old school heroics. Whether they are on the hunt matters little, but there is now that fight for the greater good. We have the heroes, we have those in-between, and now we have an established villain who looks to be able to give them a run for their money. Everything to get this back on track in terms of a Spider-Man story is there and again this is one book you must be reading from the Ultimate line if you are a Spidey fan.

9.0
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man Vol. 2 #27

The best thing about this issue was seeing Miles basically warming up to being Spider-Man again. A lot of these stunt he hasn't pulled in over a year and he is very rusty. It shows and this was all about that progression as he got back into the groove of things. Everything was fluent in terms of the transitions of the fight sequences, and how lively it felt seeing them all over the place. Marquez does an amazing job and makes everything look as real as he possibly can make them.

9.0
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man Vol. 2 #28

This issue looked great. Clean, great use of the color tones, and the layout of the fights was well enough to display the potential their dynamic had. It's as if they were meant to be a team and having that one goal in mind kept them on the same page. Whatever comes next, you want to be reading this book. There is fun to be had in being a superhero, and they felt that while getting their retribution. That's not including the emotion put into this, especially seeing Miles finally make up with Ganke, those two really made the book fun when they were friends.

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8.6
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9.3
Ultimate Comics: Ultimates #24

Again another standout moment when Cap finally realized that being a President and a soldier just wasn't working for him. He never asked for it, and what he does best is out on the battlefield, protecting the people so they may lead themselves.

7.7
Ultimate Comics: Ultimates #26

It has been a layered story in which all sides have their purpose in a fight that has proven to not be in their favor from the start. Whatever happened in this issue will lead to something shocking if Fialkov can keep up with the progression of the story and focus less on cliche dialogue or narration.

8.5
Ultimate Comics: Ultimates #27

It's a great issue that still has a steady momentum its carrying and you know it's only going to get worse before it gets better. While not completely loving the art, I do find that moments where it matters most it does sell them. The expressions, fight sequences, everything that is gory is well portrayed.

8.4
Ultimate Comics: Ultimates #28

Aside from this I still find myself very much engaged in this story because with everything that has happened so far we are still reaching the climax of this arc. Call it cliche, but the execution is there and so is the intensity when needed.

8.5
Ultimate Comics: Ultimates #29

A solid issue as everything occurring lives up to the arc being named Disassembled. This is one book from the Ultimate line that you should not underestimate. Pick it up if you care for the fate of the Ultimate Universe because it starts with The Ultimates and it ends with them as well.

9.1
Ultimate Comics: Ultimates #30

A very excellent peak at what we can expect from Cataclysm when it begins and a great end to this story despite some inconsistencies. This was a story worth telling if not for showing us the reason why the Avengers answer that call when the world is in danger. It's not about going up against the biggest villain and showing them whose boss, it's about rising to the occasion when they are that last line of defense. If there's anything to take from this story it's that in particular.

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8.6
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7.3
Ultimate Comics: X-Men #26

If there were two things that stood out most throughout this series, it's Kitty needing to solidify her place as leader of the mutants and preparing for the inevitable war to come. This is her moment and everything she worked towards is on the line as she not only is dealing with the army, but the rebel mutants and Jean Grey. It was Jean who we finally see make her move as she now wants Kitty to succeed. Up to that point she hated Kitty because she believed that Utopia was no better than Tian. What her end game is after she does her part is unknown, but just by striking the army, even with an EMP, she could start up a fight that will no doubt end in violence. Overall we still don't know what to expect when so many have their own agendas, but that is what Wood accomplished which makes you want to know how it plays out for each side.

7.8
Ultimate Comics: X-Men #27

Overall we are met with mysteries, twists, emphasis on loyalties and so on. This story has proven to show that nothing is as simple as it looks and too usually expect the worst to come. The only set back you can find is that even as the book hits it's climax, nothing too big has happened to really occurred to wow you. That will come in time, but for now the pace is decent at best.

10
Ultimate Comics: X-Men #28

The art here is great and dynamic. It has remain consistent throughout and it fits the story, not much can be said there. Overall there's nothing but good things to say about this book and this storyline all together. Its been an exciting perspective on the mutant issue and full of action that keeps you wanting more. It had great pacing, it was balanced and you never felt like there was a need to rush this. This was a natural as you could get from the conflict Wood brought to life. The dialogue between Jean and Kitty was brilliant and after everything is said and done, you can't help but wonder what comes next because Jean looked infuriated.

8.3
Ultimate Comics: X-Men #29

Continued intensity and still remains to go off track for even a second. Ultimate X-Men is one book that you hope to continue to strive when most believe their world to be coming to an end. In fact you appreciate this book more when you see how concentrated their world is that what goes on around them isn't really as important than their internal conflicts. This war has only become and you already feel the animosity brewing between everyone.

8.4
Ultimate Comics: X-Men #30

The best thing to come out of this so far is that no one is playing the victim. Not one of them is letting their ideology get in the way of what they have built, The pacing continues to be the most consistent element of this book and it has done it's part in putting every character that matters where they need to be just for this very moment. This is the mutant war to end all mutant wars as Jean said and this is one story you should be following if you are a fan of the Ultimate Universe.

8.5
Ultimate Comics: X-Men #31

Things are heating up and you should not count out the mutant's importance in the Ultimate Universe. They are making a statement and doing so in a way that you would not get from the 616 Universe. That is what makes these events unique and Woods has really set them apart from what we find familiar with them. Meaning we get something new and we can easily be surprised because of it.

8.8
Ultimate Comics: X-Men #32

The story maintains that gritty look to it which is to be expected when things are so intense. The end is nigh and if you aren't following this story, you'd best do so or miss out on what really should be the biggest moment for mutantkind in the Ultimate Universe. The transition from against the world to against each other has been the best story decision that Brian Wood could have made. They have their freedom, but now it's their choice as to what they should do with it. This is a conflict of interest and the two heads of this conflict will end it before it gets any worse.

10
Ultimate Comics: X-Men #33

The conclusion to World War X shows that the Ultimate X-Men have so much to offer the Ultimate Comics as a whole. What started as broken people, ended as the X-Men of tomorrow. This was the best ending you could hope for the X-Men going into Cataclysm because that will be the real test in terms of what they can really do united. If you are an X-Men fan and want something different that keeps you at the edge of your seat, this book is what you should be reading, Woods understands the X-Men.

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8.3
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8.4
Uncanny Avengers #9

As I said before, Remender consistently cranks that dial as this issue reaches it's boiling point. It's intense, leaves you in suspense, and certainly delivers on the action. Everyone in this book stands out on their own and it's their own personal drive that supports the plot which continues to grow. We all knew from the start that this team wasn't going to last together, and it was basically following that belief all the way to their breaking point which leads to anticipation for what comes next.

8.6
Uncanny Avengers #12

Overall what keeps this story going strong is the conflict of interest for the mutant population. This has always been from the perspective of the Avengers and how they see the issue at hand. It is their time to do something right and that is what we get here. A chance to make up for how much they ignored the mutant problems, a chance to seek redemption for acts against the mutants, and a chance to stop a future that may not have mutants all together.

8.0
Uncanny Avengers #13

Things are reaching their boiling point overall. Loyalties in question, questionable actions to expect, and there's still that one death they have been hyping up which could be anyone right now. Everything has led to this upcoming issue having Rogue Vs. the Scarlet Witch. Since the beginning they have represented to sides of the same coin and now we await to see what happens when one of them finally decides to take action against the other, that being Rogue who isn't all too appreciative of anyone who's not with them.

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7.8
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7.6
Uncanny X-Force (2013) #4

Not too much happened overall, there just seemed like there was too much going on at once to really enjoy what was happening.

8.1
Uncanny X-Force (2013) #5

Though at the end, yet again, I'm baffled as to the importance of the Cluster, Fantomex and the evil one.

7.6
Uncanny X-Force (2013) #6

As stated in the last issue, the inclusion of Fantomex and Cluster does feel like a distraction, though it's hard to argue with their problems given that it's key to Psylocke's troubled past between the conclusion of the previous Uncanny X-Force book and now.

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8.6
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8.6
Uncanny X-Men (2013) #5

Though a few panels and facial expressions were off, Irving did a great job with the style of his artwork for the book. Not too much color, and the dark atmosphere during Magiks confrontation with Dormamu in Limbo was solid. You felt the grim tone that not only she portrayed, but the tone Limbo brings forth.

8.4
Uncanny X-Men (2013) #6

The artwork was just spectacular. Some don't like Irving's art style, but in this very issue, and for this very storyline, it captures every moment perfectly. Detailed, great shading, lighting, and the heavy use of color makes every character and action stand out.

9.1
Uncanny X-Men (2013) #7

It was a great issue with a focus on both Magik and how unprepared everyone is at this moment. We are now going to see more development as the teachers hone their broken powers and the students find out what they are capable of doing and how to defend themselves. Frazier Irvings style has proven to be stunning and matches the tone of this part of the story perfectly. The negative effect and very bold use of colors that makes everything on the page stand out. Wish there was more to say other than it's one of the best parts of this book despite if his style isn't personally for you.

7.7
Uncanny X-Men (2013) #8

Aside from the story, the coloring was what I really liked. Between the gradients and blending, it had it's own unique look to it. I really have come to enjoy the back and forth between Bachalo and Irving thus far.

8.4
Uncanny X-Men (2013) #9

The only disappointment is Dazzler's part in the story. Everything was going great and I had expectations from her, and then the end came with Mystique up to her games again. I was already getting bored with her antics in All New X-Men and now it's brought into Uncanny where her intentions are still far from clear. She just seems to be that obstacle in both teams paths. If there was some indication of what she was up to I'd like to know, but until then she just feels like a bother because I wanted Dazzler to be that character who finds herself conflicted on who's right.

8.3
Uncanny X-Men (2013) #10

The art style of Frazer Irving is what I come to prefer most with this book because it somehow it just fits the story most. That is aside from the color work he does and he has one of the most amazing senses of design and storytelling I've ever come across.

8.9
Uncanny X-Men (2013) #11

This was a spectacular issue leading into Battle of The Atom. Now with that said, you could still fear the transition from this cliffanger, but hopefully this all still carries over into the crossover event and has some influence on his actions. Uncanny has done a great job of standing on it's own, but this is a point where things have to click.

8.4
Uncanny X-Men (2013) #12

If you aren't following this crossover event because of your stance against them, do yourself a favor and pick it up if you are an X-Men fan. Everything after AvX has been leading to this moment and Bendis has left no stone unturned. This was a good transition into the thick of it by bringing the fight to the Uncanny X-Men.

8.2
Uncanny X-Men (2013) #13

By the end of this we come out with an understanding of how the future story comes to be. Maybe this is just a consequence of time still being broken? Either way they are here to stay and now the fake X-Men have to answer for what they've done. Though we know how this will end in terms of what happens with the Original X-Men, we still have to hope that Bendis gives us the desired ending to make this crossover event memorable.

9.0
Uncanny X-Men (2013) #22

Uncanny X-Men #22 was a clever way to end the war between the X-Men and S.H.I.E.L.D. which could only escalate so far. Mysteries were solved, the damage had been done, though some questions do still remain which leaves room for future storylines. This is what you like about Uncanny X-Men, with all the stories surrounding the Phoenix and time/space, Uncanny remains down to Earth in a way that reminds you that things aren't perfect for the mutant population on a street-level.

8.7
Uncanny X-Men (2013) #23

Uncanny X-Men #23 sets the X-Men up for a big story that will unfold. The suspense is torture and hopefully Bendis delivers on what will shake the very foundation of the X-Men's world. We got some action, drama, emotions, and a little bit of mystery that keeps us drawn in. A lot happened and there is potential as well, let's hope that it can all be capitalized upon.

9.0
Uncanny X-Men (2013) #24

Uncanny X-Men #24 opened Pandora's Box for the X-Men and pretty much anything can happen from here. Their world has been turned upside down in a day, and we all just want to see how they each cope with it.

9.5
Uncanny X-Men (2013) #25

While there's obviously still more to The Last Will & Testament of Charles Xavier that we didn't get in Uncanny X-Men #25, that doesn't change the impact of what we do learn from this issue. The point was to really shake things up, and what they found out was more than enough of a bomb to drop in their laps. Now we just have to see the reaction from what they are being asked to do, and how that will affect the opposing factions between the X-Men.

8.9
Uncanny X-Men (2013) #26

Again, a lot happens in Uncanny X-Men #26 and not a single part of this you want to overlook. This is the period in the X-Men's story where things are being shaken up between everyone and their choices from here will determine where they stand in this schism after dealing with Matthew, SHIELD, the last bit of Xavier's will, and the relevancy of the revolution.

8.0
Uncanny X-Men (2013) #27

Uncanny X-Men #27 is a solid issue for the focus on Cyclops and Mathew even though you might feel that some important things were rushed over. It is also important to make sure that this doesn't drag on too much, though when we as readers want to see points struck about the schism, those would be the times to deliver on it. Aside from this Cyclops has done what would have been considered impossible, and the next issue will tell if that was the right move.

8.7
Uncanny X-Men (2013) #28

Uncanny X-Men #28 was fairly short, but does more than enough to get you anticipating what comes next now that Scott's intentions are more clear, and Magneto weigh's in on the situation. Anything can happen, and surely things will only get worse before they get any better.

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8.5
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7.7
Unity #0

Unity #0 is another zero issue worth picking up, though it does have some places where it could have been better to make us feel truly invested in the story. Like X-O Manowar #0, Unity #0 gave us an idea of what this team stood for back then, and what it continues to stand for now in a world which is rebuilding from a cosmic war they never saw coming.

9.5
Unity #1

Unity #1 is the perfect entry point for new readers. You would not regret picking up this book and seeing for yourself why the launching of Valiant's first-ever superteam is that big of a deal. Not many from these books you can say disappoint and Unity #1 surely won't. Great plot, characterization, it's nothing short of visually stunning through the style of Doug Braithwaite. The penciling brings everything to life, the detail in their faces, and the environments which look very real. He sells every moment and that is why you will enjoy this book.

9.0
Unity #2

Unity #2 is helping to shape this story into something memorable. Great plot, characterization, it's nothing short of visually stunning through the style of Doug Braithwaite. Kindt is turning up the dial on the insanity that comes with taking on a threat like Aric and this is certainly not going to be a walk in the park for Unity. It's good to see some struggle as even having so much power themselves they are still being pushed to the limit by a single person in armor. That fear of nuclear war drives them and you can see that they are in it to the end. In fact the end holds a turn of events that will leave you wanting to pick up the next issue that much more.

9.1
Unity #3

If you wanted to know more about Livewire, then this is the issue you wanted to pick up. You wouldn't know much about her unless you were up to date with the Harbinger books or an old fan of the books, but this gave you everything you needed to know about her so simply. It was an excellent example of what she is capable of as the Harbinger Foundation's most seasoned technopath. You want to read this book now if not already because there is so much than what's on the surface. Considering everything you know about the Harbinger storyline, even the most recent issue today, you'd know that this twist was inevitable. It was unexpected, clever, and a good reason to stay tuned in for more.

9.0
Unity #4

Being the fourth issue, Unity continues with the same momentum it began with and delivers on that action that makes this team justified for forming. Unity shows why it is the center of what affects the Valiant world most as everyone involved is growing as individuals and making those tough choices now which they wouldn't have before. Matt Kindt knows these characters and how they should react in a situation like this. Allowing for them to let their colors show what they stand for when it comes to the safety of the world. Just hopefully whatever comes next, we can have more of that sense of shock and awe instead of having an idea of how things end before they actually do.

8.3
Unity #5

This was a good start for Unity #5 as we head into this all new story arc. Webnet proves to have potential as this team will be put to the test to see if they have what it takes to save the world from a threat bigger than any single one of them could face alone. I wouldn't hold it against this issue that it took a while to pick up, though hopefully that pacing remains consistent after the way it ended. Unity does best when their actions speak more than their words.

8.0
Unity #6

Overall this was a solid issue. I personally expected a bit more from the confrontation between Unity and Dr. Silk, but obviously there are bigger things to come now that the threat has been established. It's good since you know that there won't just be a bunch of fighting rather than them taking a step back to really think their actions through. Something which will also come to building this team which is as they say anything but unified right now. On the surface they may look that way, but they really aren't.

9.3
Unity #7

Unity #7 shows exactly why Valiant knows how to spotlight their big heroes. Matt Kindt obviously knew what he wanted to get out of this story and has plans for more to come from it's conclusion. From here as we go into Armor Hunters, I am very curious as to how Bloodshot will join the team and what the future has in store for them as a whole because the sky is the limit for them at this point.

8.4
Unity #8

Unity #8 is a great starting point for their tie-in to Armor Hunters. You should definitely be reading the other titles connected to this event if you're reading Unity as well. Unity may be a team book, but above all it serves as an anchor to the rest of the Valiant Universe. Where they go from here is the big question and hopefully Matt Kindt continues to gives us that unique experience with a team of heroes who have to prove their worthiness as Earth's last hope.

8.5
Unity #9

Unity #9 serves as a bridge between a focus on the Unity team and what is going on around the world in Armor Hunters. It's a crazy adventure that throws everyone outside of their comfort zone when its do or die. Surely they will prevail, and surely there will be loss by the end, but we all want to see what happens in-between, which is what Unity delivers.

8.0
Unity #10

Unity #10 was a solid issue at best. Some things did feel off, but overall it does deliver one giving you a better understanding of whats going on in this event from different perspectives. In general what Unity has consistently done well is showing you more than what you see on the surface in the other books connected to the Armor Hunters event. As we approach the climax to this story hopefully it's one that leaves us as satisfied as we should be considering how it all started.

8.2
Unity #11

Unity #11 is great for the character development foremost, while setting Ninjak and Eternal Warrior up for the final fight against the Armor Hunters. Sure they didn't make that much of an impact on the situation, but you for the most part enjoy Ninjak and Eternal Warrior's part in terms of action. The action sequences are intense and always in your face. That much you can always expect if you are looking for a bit of style to your heroics.

8.0
Unity #12

Unity #12 is that first step to Valiant creating a cohesive Universe in which the impossible is something everyone is aware of. Many opportunities created by revealing those who have powers to the world and it all starts with this eventual conflict with The United.

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8.6
Velvet 1
8.6
Velvet #1

This book is highly recommended if you like noir stories with just as much story as action. Velvet has a strong start and shows a lot of potential down the road given what this issue leaves you with. Pick it up, enjoy it, and anticipate the next issue because Brubaker really has done it again with this complex heroine, giving her a voice and appealing direction.

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7.8
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8.4
Venom #35

It was a nice change to see them team up for a change. Of course they still hate each other, but they're still driven by the same goal to protect the innocent. The one thing about Eddie's story that really is interesting is that unlike everyone who has been infected by a symbiote, he controls it all on his own, his willpower saves him. He has shown that he will use Venom for good and do so to his last breathe, and is willing to throw his life away if he lost control. That's what a hero does, and that is the character Bunn has been trying to create.

7.9
Venom #36

Overall this story is progressively getting better and if there's one thing to take out of Cullen's approach to Venom, it's humanity. Flash's humanity of course and exploring that when the world around him isn't so sane.

6.9
Venom #37

Decent issue, definitely could have been better. I expected things to progress a bit faster, but too much time was wasted with the reporter just to simply ask her for help. It was made into something nigger than it really needed to be and it took away from the real conflict in finding Lord Ogre. Unless she's actually helping, I find Katy to be in the way. Hopefully that doesn't become a big issue down the road, but it also doesn't seem that

8.0
Venom #39

Solid issue that gave us something rare. You aren't going to see two Venoms on the same panel like that and this sets up for future team-ups between them.

7.8
Venom #40

Great build up, solid story, but brought down by lackluster artwork. Venom still has much to offer as it reaches the end of it's run and whatever happens next will be something worth anticipating because it looks as if something big will occur.

8.0
Venom #41

The one issue I find is that the characters look stiff. Symbiotes are supposed to feel free and unhinged when they are shapeshifting and what not, yet you see mainly with Mania that her movements look stiff and boring. Seeing more freedom in their actions would make things a lot more appealing if there was someone who knew how to handle them. Aside from this, the facial features again look simplistic to the point that it's distracting.

7.9
Venom #42

This may be the end, though sadly it's time has come. Hopefully if this story continues in a different capacity Mania is the main character, but after what Mephisto let them with, there's still reason for this story to be given another chance. With a better artist definitely, that much I'm sorry to say but George Coelho hasn't done much good for this book since coming in on art.

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8.3
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8.5
Wayward #1

Wayward #1 really is Buffy The Vampire Slayer for a new generation. For how many times Buffy is brought up in this review, that is not to say that they are copies of each other because they really are not. Jim Zub took a concept that connects us with supernatural tales on another level and made it his own. Wayward is fun, interesting, looks great and is easy to follow. Sure there are many questions we need answered before we are 100% understanding of the story, but there is good faith that the creative team for this series can pull it off.

8.0
Wayward #2

This was a solid issue. Not too much happened though it seems that for now we might be taking more time to learn about what other supernatural mysteries lurk within Japan. Hopefully this will lead to more clarity as to what Rori can do and who Ayane is because if we are taking elements from Buffy, character development is everything.

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8.1
What If? AVX 4
8.5
What If? AVX #1

For those who didn't like Avengers Vs X-Men, I say pick this book up. It may not have a direct effect on the main story, but it's the story that you deserve because for the most part the original was lackluster. When someone tells you that the end is more important than the content, in this case the content will be just as important because I believe it is in capable hands. Being What If, we are left guessing what actions will be taken and just seeing the different choices some of the characters made in this issue made me believe that this war could go any way possible given the library of heroes who took part and their views on this situation. Whatever happens next this book is worth following.

8.2
What If? AVX #2

A great transition into the second issue and it certainly has delivered on being a What If. Hopefully Palmoitti can keep this momentum strong or even turn it up next issue as we can only assume that there will be destruction and much more lost before anything good comes out of Hope being possessed by the Phoenix Force.

7.7
What If? AVX #3

Another solid issue, where even though you could possibly worry about how the story ends, you know that with the next issue being the conclusion it will be something big. No one is safe this time around and that creates a sense of urgency for everyone. It's a great way to shake things up and I can only hope that this story pulls through in the end to become something memorable.

8.0
What If? AVX #4

For a What If story, and one of which we haven't gotten in a long while, I can say this was satisfying. It took a different route, Jimmy Palmoitti didn't pull any punches involving losses of either X-Men or Avengers either. When presented with this kind of twist of a story you always want to toy with the impossible and that is what happened here. I did not see many things coming even though I was aware of the intentions. Sure much of it was for shock value, though I expect no less. Solid issue for a conclusion.

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8.1
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7.9
Wolverine and the X-Men #28

In the end not only did the students grow up to an extent, but Wolverine did as well as he confronted his brother. He chose not to fight while his brother only wanted to fight like the dog he is, so to speak. He felt that he deserved everything Wolverine had, but he did nothing to earn it and his approach came off childish which is a comparison Aaron did well. Aaron did right by ending this story in a way that leaves room for arching stories between the Hellfire Club and Wolverine's relationship with the student which is now very weak.

9.2
Wolverine and the X-Men #29

As usual we can tell that something big is coming. The Hellfire Club is proving to be calling in the big guns as now they have added Idie and Dog, who killed his father for striking him in the previous issue, to their arsenal.

8.2
Wolverine and the X-Men #30

The art was the real standout among many other aspects of this issue. The combined work of Ferry, Larraz, and Espin made this book look clean. When I first picked up this book I was a bit scared about how the interior would look based on the cover. The cover just didn't grab me and almost made me put it back down, but the interior made you want to read it. This was possibly the best artwork done in this series to date.

7.1
Wolverine and the X-Men #31

The art was a bit disappointing given how well it was for the prequel. Most of it felt consistent, but you notice those small inconsistencies like with Mystique's appearance and facial expressions.

8.2
Wolverine and the X-Men #36

While it was pretty obvious that there is more to the supposed future X-Men's story than what's on the surface, it's great that a second story was able to develop as to finding out what it is. I mean what's the harm in more time jumping when time is already broken right? Well now everything is not as it seems, and where we thought we may have been getting some answers, we are left with more questions that should eventually lead to what the main point of this plot. We just have to hope that this crossover can maintain the momentum it's building now because anything less could be harmful and of course interest might be lost given something this big is a gamble.

7.8
Wolverine and the X-Men #37

With the Brotherhood's Plan A squashed, and turning to their far more sinister Plan B on the grounds of the X-Men's first clash with Magneto, things have quickly taken a turn for the worst. If that is what they consider tough love, then their future must really be as bad as they make it seem. I mean we saw Dazzler die, but that was about it.

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9.0
Wolverine: Japan's Most Wanted 1
9.0
Wolverine: Japan's Most Wanted #1

For a Wolverine book, this is actually one I can say I want to follow. You can't say that for many books focused on him, but Jason Aaron managed to make this one more than just action. It's story driven and it pushes Wolverine into situations where he's out of his comfort zone. Who knows what the end to this issue will lead to, but just knowing that he will become Japan's most wanted can't be good for him. This is a great book to break into Marvel Infinite and makes you hopeful for whatever else they produce.

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8.7
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9.5
Wonder Woman (2011) #21

Overall this is Wonder Woman. You get the action, the banter which flows, and mythology that is appealing to follow. The art work by Cliff Chiang showed everything from the emotion, battle scars, just made the battles alone pop out more than they already did. You felt like there were a bunch of powerhouses throwing down. This issue shows why among the many DC titles out there, this is a must read.

8.6
Wonder Woman (2011) #22

It's issues like this that makes me agree with the consensus that Wonder Woman is one of the best that DC has to offer. Brian Azzarello really shows his understanding of Wonder Woman and her lore. Personally I found myself very drawn in when Highfather was explaining what New Genesis. I wouldn't say it's just because of this part here that made me appreciate the mythological aspects more, the accompaniment of the style made it look so exciting. Though it was a step down from all the action leading up to this issue, the context I find to be very important here. That and the ending makes you really want to know how they get out of this situation they find themselves in as they confront the First Born.

9.4
Wonder Woman (2011) #23

This was an epic tale of storytelling which I think many books out there should mimic. There's no need for something over-the-top, or just there for shock. Wonder Woman has found that balance which breeds consistent quality that you just can't ignore. This is one book from the New 52 that you have to be reading at this moment.

8.4
Wonder Woman (2011) #24

Solid issue that really takes advantage of the kind of person Wonder Woman is. Great balance between her real life and life as a God, something that gives this story depth beyond the myths. Though once again both will clash as Diana's choice to avoid her responsibilities as God of War have now forced the others to consider an Olympus without one. Not only this but having evoked the wrath of War's sister who wants her head. So much potential for this new story and we'll see if Diana can really turn away from her new path.

8.0
Wonder Woman (2011) #25

Another solid issue of Wonder Woman. Not too much going on, but this was an interesting set up for what is to come next. Wonder Woman's life has changed forever since killing War, she had no choice, though now she has another to make that will determine her future as a new God. This issue focuses more on her normal life than that as a God, given she doesn't want to replace War. She has evoked the wrath of War's sister who wants her head, and now her plan has been set into motion for her revenge. So much potential for this new story and we'll see if Diana can survive what is really a fight on two fronts, both unexpected.

8.5
Wonder Woman (2011) #26

If you read this for any reason it is because Azzarello means to tell a story. Action aside which can be exciting, he focuses on these characters to make them more than they seem on the surface. Self sacrifice, family, the mythic nature of it all is handled in a way that you forget that they are even gods in their own right to enjoy them as people trying to do the right thing. Especially Diana as you see her question her decisions as everything has a consequence given past occurrences and losses.

8.3
Wonder Woman (2011) #27

This issue is exciting because you see everyone making their moves. Cassandra and Wonder Woman doing what they have to for what they want the most. Wonder Woman in particular when she takes a challenge that turns out to be the highlight of this issue for how intense it became. Here we see how Wonder Woman is as smart as she looks and that is something you like to be emphasized when others might expect her to be the one to always be ready to jump into the fray. Visually as well which is not to say is any different from the rest of the book which is always done consistently. Everything mythological or supernatural sticks out and brings out the tone of those situations these characters find themselves in. Specifically such as the time spent between First Born and Apollo.

8.6
Wonder Woman (2011) #28

This is the issue where you feel the most drawn in. The First Born is more determined than ever to claim his birthright, Cassandra is making progress, then Wonder Woman and her friends are still trying their best to keep up as there is a stake for everyone in this fight. Making sure there is a clear motivation for these characters is what keeps it strong.

9.5
Wonder Woman (2011) #29

Amazing issue of Wonder Woman, delivery, impact, and ending. Never have I anticipated the next issue to come more than right now. Azzarello really knew what he was doing constructing the way things played out up to now. Wonder Woman has been turned into a character that you can look up to for the choices she makes, and the way you relate to the situations she finds herself in. The way Diana has been humanized has done nothing but wonderful things for the potential she now holds. There really is no questioning right now why Wonder Woman is one of the best books out there from DC.

8.3
Wonder Woman (2011) #30

Wonder Woman #30 delivered on what you like most about this series, it continues to remain down to Earth. In the midst of everything surreal and mythological, Brian Azzarello manages to make sure that you don't forget that these are all people, even if some prove themselves to be less than such. Seeing Wonder Woman as more than a God or Queen is very helpful to bringing out the best in her supporting cast. Whatever comes next, I would like to pick up issue #31 seeing that the intensity can pick up without losing the consistent characterization we've been given throughout.

9.5
Wonder Woman (2011) #31

With the conclusion to Wonder Woman #31, it's obvious that things are going to get worse before they get any better. The Amazons have new allies, they had their squabble about the future they want to step into, and they all see just how far of a reach the Firstborn has grabbed for power. It may be too far for any other person to jump in or catch up if far behind, but if you are following this book issue to issue, expect as I that this is shaping up to be something memorable.

8.7
Wonder Woman (2011) #32

Wonder Woman #32 is pretty much the beginning of the end for a fight that was inevitable since the start. What better way to show how serious this is than to bring Gods, Amazons, and the Sons of the Amazons together fighting for the same cause? It's hard to say that this will ever happen again, and if it did it wouldn't be for a long time after. What comes after this is uncertain, but it's clear by the looks on everyone's faces that the moment has come whether they are ready or not.

8.3
Wonder Woman (2011) #33

Wonder Woman #33 marks the beginning of the end as writer Brian Azzarello and artist Cliff Chiang kick off the astonishing finale of their epic run. This issue again was more of a build up, but it certainly leaves you wanting to see what happens next. This is a family that must band together to save each other from certain doom, figure out who can pick them up from the ashes, and that person will have to be trusted to rule with decency and justice. That is why we should see this series through to the very end.

8.6
Wonder Woman (2011) #34

Wonder Woman #34 marks the beginning of the end for this tale, and on the note we left off on in this issue you can tell things are going to get dire as we see our heroes endgame in action. The only fear at this moment is wondering if everything can be covered by the end of the next issue. We have been given no reason to feel disappointed up to this point, though how this tale en