Justin Partridge's Comic Reviews

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8.0
4001 A.D. #1

May 3, 2016

Though I applaud Valiant's continued insistence on accessibility, that same accessibility proves to be 4001 A.D.'s biggest strength and weakness. Make no mistake however, this debut is bold, stocked with crazy slick visuals, and presents an epic entry point into an universe that is quickly and confidently holding its own against established imprints and household name characters. Minor missteps aside, 4001 A.D. #1 offers an ambitious new title that is tailor made for readers either looking to take a chance on a new imprint or those looking for a respite from the standard tights and fights of a traditional summer crossover event.

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9.0
4001 A.D. #2

Jun 2, 2016

Further strengthened by strides in character building, 4001 A.D. #2 establishes the series as arguably the summer's biggest and best event.

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8.0
4001 A.D.: Warmother #1

Aug 4, 2016

While the War Mother doesn't quite earn the obvious comparisons to Imperator Furisosa quite yet, 4001 A.D.: War Mother #1 is a solid debut for Valiant Entertainment's newest heroine.

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7.0
4001 A.D.: X-O Manowar #1

May 12, 2016

Though not as explosive or as essential as we were led to believe, 4001 A.D.: X-O Manowar #1 is still a nice bit of gap filling to add context to Valiant's latest event.

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9.0
A&A: The Adventures of Archer and Armstrong #1

Mar 15, 2016

As a recent convert from Valiant newbie to full-tilt fan, A&A: The Adventures of Archer and Armstrong #1 is exactly the kind of book I want as a reader. Though the duo have been a staple of Valiant's line for a long while, this new #1 presents them almost as brand new characters, unmoored from their own continuity. Rafer Roberts, David Lafuente, Ryan Winn, and Brian Reber show those unfamiliar with the characters exactly what their world is like and why their dynamic has stood the test of time. Valiant Entertainment may have a slew of heroes under their umbrella, but A&A #1 shows why these two knuckleheads are two of their most popular and entertaining characters.

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9.0
A&A: The Adventures of Archer and Armstrong #3

May 12, 2016

Though Archer and Armstrong have long been a staple of the Valiant Universe, this new title makes them read, feel, and look better than ever.

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8.0
A&A: The Adventures of Archer and Armstrong #5

Jul 24, 2016

Though it is only their first proper date A&A: The Adventures of Archer and Armstrong #5 makes me curious to see what the next one will look like and just how painfully cute this pair can get.

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8.0
A&A: The Adventures of Archer and Armstrong #10

Dec 12, 2016

If you like your comic books just slightly, or perhaps way off-center, with plenty of humor to boot, then The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong continues to be the comic for you.

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9.0
A-Force (2016) #2

Feb 3, 2016

A-Force #2 reads like a Sleater-Kinney song sounds: all confident bravado and a relentless pace. While the original series was inescapably tied to a company wide, Kelly Thompson, G. Willow Wilson, Jorge Molina and Laura Martin quickly cast off those ropes of continuity to let these ladies stand on their own and get down to the important work of punching weird stuff and giving each other sass. Teams are a dime a dozen in comics, but very rarely do you get a team like A-Force; one stocked with fan favorite powerhouses with a creative team with the talent to give them stories worthy of their station. There's the All-New All-Different, the New, and even the Uncanny, but make mine A-Force.

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8.0
A-Force (2016) #3

Mar 3, 2016

Every team in Marvel's history has had to endure some sort of trial by fire and A-Force #3 is this team's first beautiful crucible.

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5.0
Action Comics (2011) #51

Apr 21, 2016

Action Comics #51 throws a lot of stuff at the wall and unfortunately, not much of it sticks.

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3.0
Action Comics (2011) #52

May 12, 2016

We are now six issues into the mammoth "Last Days of Superman" crossover and we still don't have much to show for it. While Peter J. Tomasi mines some nice and in character interaction from Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman, he is still hobbled by having to once again spin the wheels of this plot in order keep the story spread thin across the Superman line.

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6.0
Action Comics (2016) #957

Jun 9, 2016

Despite being a case of too much, too soon with too little real development, Action Comics #957 still offers an interesting first installment for the new era and if it undergoes some streamlining in the later issues could stand as a big win for the Superman line.

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3.0
Action Comics (2016) #959

Jul 14, 2016

That said Action Comics is still in need of either some forward movement on the Clark Kent Mystery or some major housecleaning in order to shake off the doldrums.

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7.0
Action Comics (2016) #960

Aug 1, 2016

With the battle headed toward Clark's home and hearth and a welcome co-starring role for the breakout star of San Deigo Comic Con, Action Comics #960 keeps the spark alive for the floundering Superman title. Dan Jurgens doesn't hit a bullseye with this newest issue, but he comes close, which is much better than his previous, very dry and overcrowded efforts. This new focus and heart coupled with the dynamism of Tyler Kirkham and Ulises Arreola get Action Comics #960 closer to the solid superhero adventure we all know it can and should be.

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10
Afterlife With Archie #9

May 26, 2016

This ninth issue reveals the true horror that lie in the minds and actions of normal people and that could very well prove to be the most terrifying idea of all.

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6.0
Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1

Jan 18, 2016

As a fan of Marvel's TV efforts from the first season until now, I am fully aware of just how frustrating Coulson's small screen adventures can be. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 is bigger, slicker, and finally occupying the large universe that the TV show hints at, but still frustrating all the same. Mark Guggenheim, German Peralta, and Rachelle Rosenberg work with what they are given in the best possible way, but it still feels too similar to what Marvel fans have been trying to connect to for three seasons. While the first S.H.I.E.L.D. title gave us fresh team ups and an episodic feel, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 feels and reads like a cover of an already struggling band.

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10
All-New All-Different Avengers Annual #1

Aug 12, 2016

With plenty of shout outs to ships and a heap of good-natured ribbing, All-New All-Different Avengers Annual #1 is a delightful love letter to the new generation of Marvel fans.

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8.0
All-New All-Different Avengers #5

Feb 11, 2016

While it may have not taken long for the team itself to start splinter, the All-New All-Different creative team is still rock-solid and delivering superb Avengers stories.

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8.0
All-New All-Different Avengers #9

May 12, 2016

Though it took a bit to get there, All-New All-Different Avengers #9 shows not just a team, but a family, thanks to a script that genuinely cares about their connection and an art team that keeps them looking consistently great.

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8.0
All-New All-Different Avengers #10

Jun 1, 2016

By keeping All-New All-Different away from the looming Civil War II, at least for the time being, Mark Waid, Mahmud Asrar, and Dave McCaig are allowed to focus purely on character, striking a nice balance between team heroics and intimate emotional arcs. Armed with colors that pop off the page, funny in-character banter that allows the team to come across as genuinely caring for one another, and finally a nice bit of trippy transitioning to send us into this month's cliffhanger, All-New All-Different Avengers #10 is an example of what can come of putting strong themes and resonating personal arcs first.

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6.0
All-New All-Different Avengers #13

Aug 12, 2016

Though this issue stands as a neat look into the Vision's own personal war amid the larger conflict, All-New All-Different Avengers #13 is all set-up and little follow through.

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8.0
All-New Inhumans #1

Dec 3, 2015

The superhero world and the political landscape of the Marvel universe collide to great effect in All-New Inhumans #1.

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7.0
All-New Inhumans #5

Mar 21, 2016

All-New Inhumans #5 might not gel together completely, but there is still a lot of fun to be had with Attilan's team of ambassadors. By making this fifth issue a solid jumping-on point and anchoring it with solid character work and an accessible plot, James Asmus, Andre Lima Araujo and Andres Mossa have turned what could have been a dry look at superhero politics into a rollicking lesson in aggressive negotiations, starring some of Marvel's newest bit players. We still might not be any closer to understanding the skyspears or why they have shown up now, at this turbulent time in Inhuman history but if this fifth issue is any indication, solving this mystery will be a fun ride regardless.

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6.0
All-New X-Men (2015) #1

Dec 2, 2015

While the struggle for mutantkind and the ghosts of the past still hang over All-New X-Men #1, the debut issues is a surprisingly character-centric story that allows the teen heroes to be more teen than hero. The lack of a central villain and direction certainly hinder this debut from being a great one, that said, the germ of a great book is still found in Dennis Hopeless' youthful take on the leads. Coupled with some energetic artwork All-New X-Men #1 has the potential to be the fun and breezy teen mutant book that the X-Men line has so sorely needed.

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5.0
All-New X-Men (2015) #11

Jul 14, 2016

All-New X-Men #11 is still much more vibrant than some of the other dour X-titles at the moment, but this month's installment can't avoid ringing hollow.

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9.0
All-New X-Men (2015) Annual #1

Nov 23, 2016

Though annuals are sometimes known for flashy theatrical storytelling, All-New X-Men Annual #1 succeeds by aiming for the heart rather than the big action fireworks. Sina Grace and Rex Ogle both delve deep into characters deserving of center stage, but instead of trying to make them superstars, they make them real people with relatable fears and emotions, showing readers new compelling aspects to their lives as X-Men during the M-Pox crisis. This annual also soars thanks to cinematic artwork and full-bodied colors from two art teams that lean into the grounded stories presented. While mutants thrive as a group, All-New X-Men Annual #1 scores by going small.

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6.0
All-New X-Men (2015) #1

Dec 2, 2015

While the struggle for mutantkind and the ghosts of the past still hang over All-New X-Men #1, the debut issues is a surprisingly character-centric story that allows the teen heroes to be more teen than hero. The lack of a central villain and direction certainly hinder this debut from being a great one, that said, the germ of a great book is still found in Dennis Hopeless' youthful take on the leads. Coupled with some energetic artwork All-New X-Men #1 has the potential to be the fun and breezy teen mutant book that the X-Men line has so sorely needed.

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5.0
All-New X-Men (2015) #11

Jul 14, 2016

All-New X-Men #11 is still much more vibrant than some of the other dour X-titles at the moment, but this month's installment can't avoid ringing hollow.

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9.0
Angel City #1

Oct 10, 2016

With its subversion of a well-known genre and its powerful female lead, Angel City #1 is a boldly entertaining debut for the new Oni Press title. Janet Harvey, Megan Levens, and Nick Filardi take what readers love most about noir and filter it through an unapologetically feminist lens with fantastic results. Armed with both hard knuckles and soft emotions, Angel City #1 is a noir tailor-made for today's progressive reading audience.

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9.0
Angel City #2

Nov 17, 2016

Though a bit slow going in the start Angel City #2 keeps the title deeply rooted in cinema history and the mystery genre.

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9.0
Archie (2015) #7

Apr 7, 2016

Mark Waid once again endears us to Archie as he struggles against his own innate sense of right and wrong and displays that famous Archie clumsiness during a particularly hilarious scene of his short-lived job at the local paper.

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9.0
Archie (2015) #9

Jun 27, 2016

Archie #9 is a big turning point for Veronica. Before she was a sassy foil for Betty and very much defined by her relationship with Archie. However, now Mark Waid, Veronica Fish, Andre Szymanowicz, and Jen Vaughn show her in a new and surprisingly flattering light that allows her to stand apart from Archie as her own character, though the ginger did provide a strong push toward the development. Relationships are all about compromise and now with Archie #9, Veronica is finally at a place where she can comfortably do that for the man she loves.

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9.0
Archie (2015) #12

Sep 22, 2016

Though relationships are strained in Riverdale, Archie #12 continues the title's commitment to examining these characters with clear and heartfelt eyes.

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9.0
Archie (2015) #15

Dec 27, 2016

Riverdale gets its own low-key Freaky Friday in Archie #15. Mark Waid and Lori Matsumoto take a novel approach to the old plot, providing a heartfelt foundation to the humorous circumstances while also taking the time to provide the coolest kids in school with more layers beyond their core identities. Along with finely detailed pencils from Joe Eisma and colors that cultivate the grounded tone of the script from Andre Szymanowicz, Archie #15 is another winning installment from a consistently entertaining book.

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6.0
Avengers Standoff: Assault on Pleasant Hill Omega #1

Apr 27, 2016

Avengers Standoff: Assault on Pleasant Hill Omega #1 has its eyes locked on the future of the Marvel Universe but in doing so, it loses its own plot. Though Nick Spencer took what could have been another run of the mill lead---up to a major event and did some interesting things with it and the characters featured therein, you can't help but feel disappointed at this finale, despite some real surprises. While rendered by two very talented artists that provide a stark contrast in styles for this last issue, Assault on Pleasant Hill Omega doesn't quite stick the landing.

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8.0
Avengers Standoff: Welcome to Pleasant Hill #1

Feb 17, 2016

They say big things have small beginnings, and Avengers Standoff: Welcome to Pleasant Hill #1 is proof of that. As Marvel primes for the summer event season, Nick Spencer, Mark Bagley, Scott Hanna and Paul Mounts quietly light the fuse with a weird, Orwellian tale set in a world populated with gods and madmen. This debut issue revels in the unexpected and in a market dominated by sprawling action sequences and a hesitation to color outside the lines in terms of plot, it is a long overdue shift. Welcome to Pleasant Hill, gentle readers, and may you never, ever leave.

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9.0
Backstagers #1

Aug 18, 2016

With heart and chutzpah to spare, The Backstagers #1 soars as a sincere love letter to the unsung heroes of the theater world.

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8.0
Batman '66 Meets Wonder Woman '77 #1

Nov 23, 2016

While the marquee heroes don't make the scene together in this debut Batman '66 Meets Wonder Woman '77 Ch. 1 still shows a lot of promise for fans of both classics. Writers Jeff Parker and Marc Andreyko are having a blast with the retro setting and classic characters while trying to make the most of their limited page count. Helping the pair along is an art team that revels in the optimistic tone and rich colors, delivering another snazzy entry into DC's digital comic canon. Though absent on shelves for the time being, Batman '66 Meets Wonder Woman '77 Chapter 1 is still a debut worth seeking out digitally.

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9.0
Batman (2011) #48

Jan 25, 2016

While this may be just an ordinary Tuesday in Gotham City, both Jim Gordon and Bruce Wayne stand at crossroads that are anything but ordinary. The people's Batman may be at death's door thanks to his first proper rogue, while the genuine article stands at the edge of the abyss, willing to dive in once again to save his city and reclaim his crusade no matter what the personal cost. Scott Snyder and his art team, while consistently entertaining, don't rest on their laurels with this eighth part of "Superheavy." They started this arc big and they intend to end it even bigger.

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8.0
Batman (2011) #50

Mar 23, 2016

Though the understudy has had his time and the real star of the show has once again graced the stage, Batman #50 is one hell of curtain call for Jim Gordon. While the exploits of Bruce Wayne are mainly wish fulfillment, Scott Snyder, in putting Gordon in the suit even for a little while, gave us a Batman that could be us and in doing so, reminded us why Batman matters. Gordon himself even comes to realization as he faces down the horror of Bloom; "He's the superhero who sees in us the heroes that we can be." Superheavy may be remembered for its fantastic artwork or its terrifying new villain, but for me, it will always be the story that showed that anyone could be Batman, and that is worth its weight in Batmantium.

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10
Batman (2011) #51

Apr 28, 2016

Though DC as a whole is headed for a Rebirth, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo can hold their head high after delivering a thematically rich finale to cap off a stellar run with the Dark Knight and his wonderful and terrible city of his birth.

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8.0
Batman (2016) #2

Jul 6, 2016

With focused artwork and scripting throughout, Batman #2 finally puts the flagship Bat-title on solid ground. Tom King and his art team have caught their second window, and finally have a compelling Batman as well as a looming threat, giving the title a palpable dread along with their solid characterizations.

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5.0
Batman (2016) #4

Aug 3, 2016

As a fan of Tom King's prior work and the "Rebirth" era Batman so far, issue #4 is a real letdown. With its laborious scripting and an ill-conceived turn for Gotham Girl, Batman #4 is the very picture of a misstep for a title that had just started to really shine. Couple that with David Finch's haphazard layouts and you have an experience that is likely to be one of the more disappointing reads this week.

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9.0
Batman (2016) #5

Aug 18, 2016

Though the first arc displayed some growing pains, Batman #5 is every inch the blockbuster that this title deserves to be.

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8.0
Batman (2016) #7

Sep 21, 2016

Big and new reader friendly, Batman #7 kicks off the “Night of the Monster Men” with a confident start. Tom King and Steve Orlando, two men who have made their homes in Gotham as of late, play their opening gambit smartly by focusing on character and emotion first and building out the action from there. Orlando and King also effectively use artist Riley Rossmo in order to get the most of his style and deliver a satisfyingly different visual style for this crossover. Strange days are ahead for the Bat-family, and Batman #7 gives us a front-row seat to the unfolding madness.

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8.0
Batman/Superman (2013) #31

Apr 14, 2016

Though audiences have had their fill of the versus aspect of Batman and Superman's relationship, Batman/Superman #31 shows that they are at the strongest when they work together.

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3.0
Batman/Superman (2013) #32

May 5, 2016

Though its always a treat to see DC's lesser known worldly superheroes to pop up, there isn't much else to enjoy about Batman/Superman #32, yet another go-nowhere installment in the supposed swan song for the "New 52" Superman.

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8.0
Batman: Europa #2

Dec 17, 2015

Batman: Europa might still be in early days, but even this early, its making a splash that is sure to draw the attention of Bat-fans all over.

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8.0
Batman: Rebirth #1

Jun 1, 2016

Duke's multiple origins, advanced aging, and detached take on the Caped Crusader aside, these creators still deliver a solid opening gambit thanks to compelling vignettes, an engaging antagonist, and a feeling of newness without completely throwing out what worked in the run before. Though it may not tell us much about the story or Bruce's newfound mental state Batman: Rebirth #1 shows and tells us just enough to whet our appetite for just what comes next for Bruce, Duke, and the rest of Gotham, all wrapped in a fun, good looking one-shot.

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6.0
Betty & Veronica (2016) #1

Jul 24, 2016

There is potential in Betty & Veronica #1 thanks to Hughes' beautiful artwork and occasionally solid punchlines, but until he learns to reign in his own ham-fisted "cleverness," Betty & Veronica could be the first misstep of the Archie Comics line.

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8.0
Big Trouble In Little China / Escape From New York #1

Oct 7, 2016

With a firm understanding of the characters, stylish art, and outlandish plot Big Trouble in Little China/Escape from New York #1 has all the makings of the kind of cult crossover you could only get from comics.

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9.0
Bitch Planet #9

Nov 7, 2016

With an eye toward bigger narrative spaces and blood on its knuckles Bitch Planet #9 is a worthy return for the hit series. Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Lando, and Kelly Fitzpatrick prove that the time between issues hasn't dulled their focus on the cast nor their sharp storytelling. #9 positions the title to go from big to grand as it expands its scope, armed with a diverse compelling cast and Margaret Atwood level satire. The fight for the ACO may be ongoing but Bitch Planet #9 is a decisive victory in the name of non compliance.

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9.0
Black Hammer #1

Jul 19, 2016

Though not as flashy as some debuts, Black Hammer #1 is still a great debut from a creative team that seems to be in lock step about the kind of story they want to tell. Unhindered by the need to delve into what it means to be a hero or the tendency to poke fun at Silver Age silliness, Jeff Lemire, Dean Ormston and Dave Stewart deliver a debut that is structurally sound and packed with the kind of dark allure that one would expect from Dark Horse Comics. Simply put, Black Hammer #1 isn't blockbuster filmmaking, but the indie drama that stays on your mind long after the credits have rolled.

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9.0
Black Hammer #4

Oct 20, 2016

Though the central mystery of the series is still shrouded, Black Hammer #4 shows that its real strength lies in its characters.

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8.0
Black Panther (2016) #2

May 11, 2016

Marvel has long been know for its more human and relatable heroes and now Black Panther #2 brings one of its most powerful down to the level of a mere man. Ta-Nehisi Coates, Brian Stelfreeze, and Laura Martin deliver a human story of people doing what they think is right in the only way that they know how; through might, grassroots support, and intellect. Black Panther #2 frames this new superhero solo title as a slowly building political thriller as well as a story about a man and king who is losing his grip on who he is and in turn, his throne. Black Panther #2 may not wow readers like the debut issue did, but it continues the series' thematic richness and sets the title up to go to places that superhero comic books are often afraid to go.

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7.0
Black Panther (2016) #3

Jun 30, 2016

With its high-profile writer and talented art team, Black Panther has the potential to be one of the best books that Marvel is putting out right now, but the third issue fails to connect.

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9.0
Black Panther (2016) #5

Aug 12, 2016

While the first act of this sprawling narrative had its ups and downs, Black Panther #5 starts the title's latest arc off strong.

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7.0
Black Panther (2016) #6

Sep 15, 2016

While the opening issues of Black Panther were explosive and kinetic, Black Panther #6 shows that the throne's grip on this story may be slipping a bit.

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7.0
Black Panther (2016) #8

Nov 17, 2016

Though still armed with a sharp script and heavy narrative themes, Black Panther #8 stumbles a bit on its own feet.

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8.0
Bloodshot U.S.A. #1

Oct 28, 2016

Instantly accessible but still standing as the latest in a long line of Valiant Entertainment events, Bloodshot U.S.A. #1 is a fiery and grand start to the latest Bloodshot epic.

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8.0
Bloodshot U.S.A. #3

Dec 22, 2016

Though it took a bit to find its feet in the beginning Bloodshot U.S.A. #3 puts the event back in the conversation of how good an event comic can be.

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10
Bloodshot: Reborn Annual #1

Mar 24, 2016

Bloodshot Reborn Annual 2016 #1 is like reading a beautifully curated intro to Bloodshot's regular title, and stands as yet another example of Valiant Entertainment's dedication to delivering accessible and fun comics.

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8.0
Bloodshot: Reborn #11

Feb 23, 2016

In a landscape dominated by difficult to penetrate ongoing titles, Bloodshot Reborn #11 stands as an entertaining and visually engrossing jumping on point. Jeff Lemire, Brian Reber, and Lewis Larosa take what could have been another grim and gritty tale of revenge and bloodshed and transformed it into a rich yarn that makes the most of Valiant's diverse cast of characters and sheds a new, fresh light on one of its most recognizable leads. Though not without a tired comic trope that desperately should be put to pasture, Bloodshot Reborn #11 seems to be making a real effort to live up to the reborn in its title.

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6.0
Bloodshot: Reborn #13

May 26, 2016

Bloodshot Reborn #13 is not perfect, but what works work and we have a small idea of where its going. Here is hoping that "Bloodshot Island" can allow the title to recover after a lackluster arc finale.

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8.0
Bloodshot: Reborn #14

Jun 30, 2016

Thanks to the expressive and gory art from Mico Suayan and David Baron, Bloodshot Reborn #14 transcends the deserted island story doldrums with style.

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7.0
Bloodshot: Reborn #18

Oct 7, 2016

Though this issue might leave readers a bit cold, Lemire and company still make pulling back the curtain on the Bloodshots an intriguing experience.

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9.0
Britannia #1

Sep 22, 2016

By keeping one foot in classically inspired Roman epics and the other in more pulpy genre affairs, Britannia #1 stands as an wildly entertaining mix of high and low culture. Peter Milligan heaps mood, monsters, history, and blood onto the readers plates and after this sizable first helping, you will be begging for more. Juan Jose Ryp, Jordie Bellaire, Raul Allen and Patricia Martin also go for the gusto with culturally inspired art and a more tactile and focused take on the main pages, keeping very much in line with the high and lowbrow scripting. They say you can’t be all things to all people at once, but Britannia #1 makes a valiant attempt at being precisely that.

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7.0
Captain America: Sam Wilson #8

Apr 21, 2016

Captain America: Sam Wilson #8 isn't the most steady of penultimate issues, but with the end of Standoff in sight, Captain America: Sam Wilson is poised to become a very different title.

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8.0
Captain America: Sam Wilson #10

Jun 22, 2016

While unessential for the ongoing narrative, aside from the tonally incorrect plot exposition, Captain America: Sam Wilson #10's importance as emotional catharsis and an example of the power of POC-led stories cannot be denied. Strides toward more widespread representation have been made in the last few years, but there are still many miles to go for the medium. That said Captain America: Sam Wilson shows that Nick Spencer, Angel Unzueta and Cris Peter are committed to promoting change by delivering heartfelt, respectful stories that add to the ongoing conversation.

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9.0
Captain America: Sam Wilson #14

Oct 19, 2016

While Sam Wilson’s days ahead look tough, Captain America: Sam Wilson #14 provides a springboard for this creative team to achieve greater heights. Nick Spencer continues to take Sam’s story to unexpected places while still keeping the same timeliness that has set this series apart from Steve Rogers’ sister title. On the art front, Paul Renaud and John Rauch deliver the same kind of detail and character moments that have made the Daniel Acuna issues so good-looking, while still providing distinct action and color choices. As #TakeBackTheShield has grown from grassroots outrage to a larger-scale conspiracy, Captain America: Sam Wilson #14 shows that there are still plenty of great stories to be told with Sam behind the shield.

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8.0
Captain America: Steve Rogers #1

May 26, 2016

After landing like an atom bomb and sending shockwaves through the comics-reading community, I had to experience Captain America: Steve Rogers #1 for myself and what I found was a lot more interesting than what people were making this debut out to be.

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8.0
Captain America: Steve Rogers #2

Jun 29, 2016

Evil has the upper hand in Captain America: Steve Rogers, and I don't know how the white hats can recover. As Spencer lays out his long-term narrative threads, this second issue's biggest selling point is setting up a huge hurdle for Steve Rogers " we know he will overcome eventually, but breaking free of his newly implanted backstory feels like a challenge worthy of his time, more akin to being trapped in time itself and rather than going back to the old well of having to just punch out a racist. Nick Spencer and Jesus Saiz, though largely occupied by narrative bricklaying, present an epic problem for Cap, and a very interesting discussion about his character as a whole.

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8.0
Captain America: Steve Rogers #3

Jul 28, 2016

Though the eventual face turn was something we were all expecting from the title, Captain America: Steve Rogers #3 adds a few new interesting kinks in Steve's new villainous life.

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7.0
Captain America: Steve Rogers #6

Oct 31, 2016

Though there is some great stuff to be seen in Captain America: Steve Rogers #6, readers will have to sift through the chaff of Marvel's Summer blockbuster in order to get to it. Nick Spencer, Javier Pina, and Rachelle Rosenberg delivered a great looking comic filled with fantastic characterizations that suffers from the scarlet letter that is event tie-in storytelling. It's an stumbling block for sure, but not one that completely hobbles the book for the foreseeable future. While the war drags on, Captain America: Steve Rogers holds the line as best as it can.

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7.0
Captain America: White #5

Dec 30, 2015

And so ends another installment of the Loeb and Sale Color trilogy, but instead of ending with a bang, it ends with a whimper; a beautifully rendered and well written whimper. Jeph Loeb, Tim Sale, and Dave Stewart deliver a gorgeous finale, but ultimately, it feels like a more pedestrian ending than this mini-series deserves. The underwhelming ending coupled with the fact that the series manages to be about yet not about Bucky's death makes it an un-deserving finale for such a deserving creative team. Captain America: White #5 may age better, or even find new energy as a collected volume, but as of now, we just have another beautiful but inconsequential Cap story.

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8.0
Captain Marvel (2016) #2

Feb 4, 2016

Carol may have a new job, but that doesn't mean that alien weirdness just stopped following her around, but this month, the weirdness is hitting a little closer to home than she might have expected.

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8.0
Casanova: Acedia #5

Jun 2, 2016

As the series celebrates its tenth anniversary this month, Casanova hits shelves again for the first time in 10 months with a meta installment that starts to draw the characters together in a cohesive push toward the endgame with Micheal Chabon following suit with his "Metanauts" back-ups.

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9.0
Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #3

Dec 22, 2016

While the rest of the imprint's output is more flashy, Cave Carson has a Cybernetic Eye #3 grounds, quite literally, its weirdness with great results.

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6.0
Civil War II #0

May 19, 2016

While this table setting issue is truly gorgeous to look at and contains a few juicy scenes for the major players of the upcoming event, you are better off waiting for the trade to experience Civil War II #0, as I can confidently theorize that you can skip over this installment completely and still experience the latest friend versus friend scrap for the moral high ground without missing a beat.

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5.0
Civil War II #2

Jun 16, 2016

The leads of Civil War II are barely holding on as sympathetic leads, and aside from a great scene of Medusa and Carol connecting as leaders and women and Bendis' doing his level best to keep Karnak in step with Warren Ellis' take on the character, Civil War II #2 is Earth's Mightiest Heroes at their worst, hiding behind half-baked masks of grief and responsibility.

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4.0
Civil War II #4

Jul 28, 2016

Though Marquez and Ponsor still prop up this event with soaring and vibrant art, Civil War II #4 is two steps back after last month's bold step forward.

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3.0
Civil War II #8

Dec 28, 2016

And so, to summarize, Civil War II #8 was basically an episode of Whose Line is it Anyway?: Everything was made up and the stakes didn’t matter, which is something I’m growing weary of in my Marvel event books. Brian Michael Bendis, who has delivered some fantastic events in his long career, limps across the finish line in this eighth issue, employing a hefty bit of deus ex 'Cosmic Power of the Universe' for what can only be described as the opposite of a game changer.

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8.0
Civil War II: Amazing Spider-Man #1

Jun 8, 2016

Unconcerned with furthering the larger event story, Civil War II: Amazing Spider-Man #1 is the right kind of use of the tie-in format. While not exactly essential, it still functions as a breezy well developed story that fleshes out characters instead of keeping them in status until the next installment of the main story. Christos Gage, Travel Foreman and Rain Beredo deliver a funny and firmly in character look at some of the event's major players giving them their own arc beyond the battlefield. He may not be the same kid he was the first time around, but this tie-in shows that Peter Parker has the capacity for growth in the face of an ever-changing Marvel Universe.

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6.0
Civil War II: Choosing Sides #1

Jun 23, 2016

Though the artwork throughout satisfies, especially the Chris Samnee-esque team of Leonardo Romeo and Miroslav Mrva on Damage Control, Civil War II: Choosing Sides #1 doesn't have enough clout behind it to truly win over anyone but the diehards.

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8.0
Conan: The Slayer #1

Jul 14, 2016

Conan the Slayer #1 delivers vintage Conan thrills with a script that is respectful to the tone of Robert E. Howard without being slavish along with some thrilling displays of blood letting from a game art team.

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9.0
Cry Havoc #1

Jan 28, 2016

A lot of hype has surrounded Cry Havoc #1 as it approached its release, but after finally being able to read it, I can happily report that it backs up every bit of it.

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9.0
Cry Havoc #2

Feb 25, 2016

While the debut issue was all about laying groundwork, Cry Havoc #2 is all about expanding on the groundwork with a funny, blood soaked, and entertaining second issue.

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5.0
Daredevil (2015) Annual #1

Aug 4, 2016

Annuals are usually the place for creators to stretch their legs and try new things, but Daredevil Annual #1 offers nothing new and stands as a fun, but flawed one-shot.

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8.0
Daredevil (2015) #3

Jan 28, 2016

Everything that's old feels new again in Daredevil #3 as it takes inspiration from the Miller era and delivers yet another engaging take on the Devil of Hell's Kitchen.

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8.0
Daredevil (2015) #9

Jul 13, 2016

While not exactly the most explosive of team-ups, Daredevil #9 still manages to shine a new flattering light on one of Marvel's greatest heroic pairings while still staying true to why the two work so well together in the first place. Thanks to Charles Soule's emotional intelligence and sense of pacing, aided by Goran Sudzuka and Matt Milla's knack for simple and stylized artwork, Daredevil #9 mines a bit more out of this team-up than just base level entertainment. There is always fun to be had seeing two heroes taking on rooms full of thugs, but its even better when the creative team presents them as human beings and that is exactly what Daredevil #9 does.

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8.0
Dark Knight III: The Master Race #2

Dec 23, 2015

The Batman may have some more nasty surprises in his utility belt, and by the looks of things, so does Frank Miller. The debut issue may have left readers cold but Dark Knight III: The Master Race #2 brings the heat back to Miller's Gotham City along with a stocked bench of talent. Miller, Brian Azzarello, Andy Kubert, Klaus Janson, and Brad Anderson have all locked in a quick step with this second issue and deliver an experience that feels rollicking instead of self-important.

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7.0
Dark Knight III: The Master Race #6

Oct 20, 2016

Though a bit too focused on the larger picture instead of specific characters, DKIII #6 still sets the series up for a suitably epic and bittersweet finale.

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8.0
Dark Knight Returns: The Last Crusade #1

Jun 15, 2016

Though this one-shot doesn't single-handedly salvage the sluggish main series, Dark Knight Returns: The Last Crusade #1 is an entertaining throwback to the era when comics weren't just for kids anymore. By filling in narrative gaps and focusing not on a sprawling superhero epic but on a singular Batman story instead, Miller, Azzarello, Romita and Steigerwald show that this returned series still has some teeth given the right story direction and focus. Filled with callbacks, both intentional and incidental, and fan pleasing momentum thanks to its direct connection to the 1986 classic, Dark Knight Returns: The Last Crusade #1 makes the vintage, hard-edged Frank Miller style feel vital again.

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8.0
Dark Souls #2

May 31, 2016

Though I never could have guessed that From Software's dark and broody trilogy would be rife for adaptation, Dark Souls #2 defies expectations and shows that you can take what makes a game great and present it in a new accessible light without losing what made it great in the process.

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8.0
Dark Souls #3

Jul 28, 2016

Once again capturing the mood and tone of the fan favorite game trilogy, Dark Souls #3 is a dark trek into an entertaining world of swords and sorcery.

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9.0
Dark Souls: Legends of the Flame #1

Sep 15, 2016

With three gorgeous standalone stories and a strong ongoing thread connecting them, Dark Souls: Legends of the Flame #1 is a strong example of having your cake and eating it, too.

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9.0
Dark Souls: Winter's Spite #1

Nov 10, 2016

Filled with dread and plenty of recognizable foes from the franchise Dark Souls: Winter's Spite #1 is another gloomy winner from Titan Comics.

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8.0
DC Universe: Rebirth #1

May 26, 2016

DC Universe: Rebirth #1 portends that a clock is ticking across the DCU and for the first time in a long time, I am excited to find out what its counting down to.

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4.0
Death of X #1

Oct 6, 2016

Though backed by a truly outstanding creative team Death of X #1 is dead on arrival. With their tonally divergent script and problematic narrative choices, both Jeff Lemire and Charles Soule are functioning way below their usual output and starting this new event on a distasteful note. This first issue also manages to make one the most exciting artists to come out of DC in a long time hard to look at which is the final nail in the coffin. The X-Men and the Inhumans may be headed for blows but Death of X #1 just feels like punching down.

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8.0
Dejah Thoris #1

Feb 3, 2016

Dynamite Comics made us a promise last year in regards to its top three female characters. With Dejah Thoris #1 hitting the shelves this week, we have yet another example of Dynamite delivering on that promise with a fun, engaging issue from a solid creative team. Frank J. Barbiere, Francesco Manna, and Morgan Hickman are playing with house money with Dejah Thoris but know enough not to over play their hands. Dejah Thoris #1 is another great reintroduction to a character that has always been on the verge of being A-list, even if she has to lose it all to finally become the hero that she has always meant to be.

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10
Demonic (2016) #1

Aug 22, 2016

With blood to spare and a strong human element at its center, Demonic #1 is a winner from start to finish. Christopher Sebela has taken the pilot one-shot and completely ran away with. Running along side him are Niko Walter and Dan Brown who nail the both the horror and mundane elements with equal aplomb, making this debut strong not only narratively, but visually. There are many horror books on shelves right now, but Demonic #1 is one that more than deserves your attention.

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8.0
Detective Comics (2011) #51

Apr 7, 2016

Though DC is headed toward a "Rebirth," it is nice to see that the classic titles still have milage left in them.

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9.0
Divinity II #1

Apr 20, 2016

Divinity II #1 puts the drama back into superhero drama in grand fashion. Though packaged as a science fiction yarn with engrossing visuals, Matt Kindt, Trevor Hairsine, Ryan Winn, and David Baron take the genre and warp it to include themes of responsibility to the state, self-actualization, and cold logic in the face of death. Divinity II #1 shows what superhero comic books can be when they are given a chance to be something more than what they are expected to be, much like Valentina Volkov herself. Underestimate this debut at your own peril.

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9.0
Divinity II #4

Jul 26, 2016

Divnity II #4 shows that in the right hands, comics can do it all. They can, in equal parts, provide thrilling action and heady narrative ideas while also engage in emotional storytelling. Valiant Entertainment has had a great many wins under their belt as of late but Divinity II stands above them all with grace, energy and heart.

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9.0
Doctor Strange (2015) #6

Mar 9, 2016

The world has grown colder in the wake of Doctor Strange #6, and the embers of magic are quickly dying. While Jason Aaron started this new solo title with a comedic edge, it seems that he is turning a corner with its first major story arc. Aaron has brought Strange as low as he can go in the opening issue and even though we know there has to be a triumph at the end, things look very dire right out of the gate. Armed with an art team that refuses to give anything but their best Doctor Strange #6 is exactly the kind of start you want for your first big major story; one that digs its hooks into readers deep and refuses to let them go.

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9.0
Doctor Strange (2015) #10

Aug 4, 2016

Doctor Strange #10 puts a bombastic cap on the title's first arc and sets up for very interesting things down the line.

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8.0
Doctor Strange (2015) #11

Sep 7, 2016

Even if you didn’t catch the epic “Last Days of Magic”, Doctor Strange #11 still offers a fun and engaging entry point into the world of the fallen Sorcerer Supreme. Armed with wit and a magic ball bat, Jason Aaron provides an engaging dual look at the magician and sets the title up to head in more interesting directions after going big and bold with the first arc. Artists Kevin Nowlan and Leonardo Romero, along with Jordie Bellaire, bring Aaron’s double-tracked plot to life with their own stylish duality and sharp color palette. The road ahead will be hard for Stephen Strange, but he still invites us to walk it with him, one spell at a time.

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8.0
Doctor Strange (2015) #13

Oct 20, 2016

rmed with one of the weirdest cadre of foes in comics and a clever hook Doctor Strange #13 is another strong showing from a consistently strong solo title.

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8.0
Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme #1

Oct 26, 2016

With its briskly-paced script and beautifully-weird visuals Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme #1 stands as a magically entertaining debut for Marvel’s newest line of magical defense. Robbie Thompson, Javier Rodriguez, Alvaro Lopez, and Jordie Bellaire all lean into the weirdness of this facet of the Marvel universe to deliver a trippy introduction to a new team while keeping Doctor Strange’s recent change in power set intact. He may not enjoy the same arsenal that he once did nor does he command the same respect in the world of magic as his title demands, but Strange is still in good hands and good company in Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme #1.

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8.0
Doctor Who: Supremacy of the Cybermen #1

Jul 5, 2016

With a lightning-fast pace, an epic scope, and a script that takes full advantage of what makes each modern Doctor fun and compelling, Doctor Who: Supremacy of the Cybermen #1 is the series in its purest and most entertaining form. While I would have loved even the tiniest hint of the Ninth Doctor taking shots at his more foppish regenerations or possibly even finding a kindred spirit in the rough and tumble Twelfth Doctor, the creative team have only just begun, starting this event off with a metric ton of promise. As Titan Comics prepares for its latest Doctor Who Comics Day, they have another crowd-pleaser on their hands with this latest multi-Doctor event series.

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9.0
Doctor Who: Supremacy of the Cybermen #4

Oct 20, 2016

Though things look bleak for the Doctors and their companions now, Doctor Who: Supremacy of the Cybermen #4 promises plenty more action and out there science fiction before this series has had its final say.

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9.0
Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor: Year Three #1

Jan 5, 2017

Armed with plenty of style and fast-paced action, Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #3.1 starts the Doctor and Alice's 2017 off on a high note.

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10
Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor: Year Two #11

Jul 28, 2016

Simply put, Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #2.11 is a treat both narratively and visually, and should be enjoyed by as many people as possible.

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9.0
Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor: Year Two #14

Oct 28, 2016

The walls are closing in for the Doctor in The Eleventh Doctor #2.14, but rarely has his desperation been this fun to read about.

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9.0
Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor #4

Jul 14, 2016

Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor may have taken a while to well and truly kick off, but the fourth issue sets up the mini-series for a thrilling conclusion worthy of the classic serials.

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9.0
Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor #5

Sep 29, 2016

By capturing the wit, charm, and high concept storytelling of the Tom Baker era, Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor #5 ends another worthy chapter in Titan Comics' ever-expanding Who canon.

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9.0
Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor (2016) #3

Jun 30, 2016

Titan Comics' Ninth Doctor series started off on a slightly stiff note, but the third issue of the ongoing shows that this series can get loose and fun, just like its TV counterpart.

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8.0
Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor (2016) #5

Sep 8, 2016

Though we are headed back to the past next issue, Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #5 made the most of its time in the present.

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8.0
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor: Year Two #12

Jul 18, 2016

To quote another incarnation of the Doctor, sometimes winning is no fun at all, and this month the Doctor, Gabby, and Cindy all learn that the hard way through great personal loss in the wake of victory. Though darker than previous issues, Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #2.12 isn't just grim for the sake of being grim. Writer Nick Abadzis earns this story's darkness and seems to show no plans to just hit the reset button and not allow these characters to work through their grief. Issue #2.12 may have brought our leads low this month, but presents fertile narrative ground for this creative team to till next month and in the months ahead.

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9.0
Doctor Who: The Third Doctor #1

Sep 13, 2016

While light on plot Doctor Who: The Third Doctor #1 is a tonally perfect and kinetic start to Titan Comics' newest Classic Who series. Paul Cornell adds another incarnation of the famous Time Lord to his growing collection with a fast-paced first issue with huge implications for the rest of the series. Artists Christopher Jones and Hi-Fi keep pace with Cornell, keeping the visuals just as in tone with the classic series as Cornell's script. Though the stars await the Doctor, The Third Doctor #1 shows that there is plenty of adventure to be found on planet Earth.

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9.0
Doctor Who: The Third Doctor #3

Nov 30, 2016

Though the Third Doctor is best known for things like his hand-to-hand combat and his beloved Bessie, Doctor Who: The Third Doctor #3 shows that the Doctor is still the same compassionate Time Lord we all know and love even when he is chopping necks and giving the Brigadier grief. Paul Cornell, drawing from a vast font of canonical knowledge and emotional intelligence, turns in his most pathos filled issue to date while keeping the fun and action of the series intact. Helping keep that action on point is the art team of Christopher Jones and Hi-Fi who continue to improve with each issue, giving the series a slick vintage look filtered through a vibrant lens. Strengthened by heart and engaging artwork Doctor Who: The Third Doctor #3 is a treat for both the eyes and mind.

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8.0
Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor: Year Two #8

Aug 12, 2016

Writer George Mann succinctly wraps up the central murder mystery at the heart of the story with a patented Doctor speech, showing once again that he's at least five steps ahead of the side-characters at all times.

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8.0
Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor: Year Two #9

Sep 29, 2016

With smooth pencils, dynamic character work, and flatted yet evocative colors from colorist Alexandre Siquera, Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #2.9 is a warmly fun return for one of Titan Comics' most consistent Doctor Who artists.

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10
Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor: Year Two #11

Nov 17, 2016

With an intensely fun new companion and smooth new look Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #2.11 starts this new story off on a very strong note.

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8.0
Dragon Age: Magekiller #1

Nov 24, 2015

Dragon Age: Magekiller #1 might be the latest installment in a long-running franchise, but thanks to Greg Rucka's grounded and familiar approach to the material, this debut issue feels like it was meant for everybody, not just diehard Dragon Age fans. Along with some no-nonsense artwork from Carmen Carnero, Terry Pallot and Michael Atiyeh, Dragon Age: Magekiller #1 shows that fantasy doesn't have to be all flowing robes and flowery speeches. Thedas is a hard world, and Marius and Tessa are just trying to make a living the only way they know how - with their wits and their swords. Here's hoping that's enough to keep them safe and alive in the heart of a land built by magic.

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8.0
Dragon Age: Magekiller #2

Jan 21, 2016

All and all, Dragon Age: Magekiller #2 continues to be a treat for Bioware fans and for those looking for a grounded fantasy tale.

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8.0
Dreaming Eagles #2

Jan 27, 2016

AfterShock Comics have only been on the scene a short while but with Dreaming Eagles #2 they already seem to be committed to delivering more than just the standard comic book fare month after month. Garth Ennis, Simon Coleby, and John Kalisz don't shy away from the hardships these men had to face in order to protecttheir country, but instead use it as the flaming forge that turned these men from mere citizens into heroes. Dreaming Eagles #2 isn't a political work, but instead a heroic one; a work that the men depicted therein would be proud of.

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9.0
Dungeons & Dragons: Frost Giant's Fury #1

Jan 12, 2017

Capturing the energy of a well plotted campaign is no easy feat but Frost Giant's Fury #1 is so fun you can practically hear the dice roll.

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5.0
Everafter #1

Sep 8, 2016

Though set in the Fables world and even featuring the son of Bigby Wolf and Snow White, the spy action tone clashes wildly with the original series and never quite lands.

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8.0
Extraordinary X-Men #5

Jan 14, 2016

Extraordinary X-Men may have started a big heavy-handed, but this arc ends on a high note that shows that the creative team is more than willing to temper its big ideas with even bigger action.

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8.0
Faith #3

Sep 15, 2016

Though Faith and Archer are still recovering after their first fight, Faith #3 puts them back in each other's good graces with a breezy jaunt through the world of comic conventions.

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9.0
Faith #6

Dec 12, 2016

Packed with charm and plenty of tasteful pop culture references, Faith #6 is still one of the most human superhero books on shelves.

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8.0
Faith #7

Jan 5, 2017

Faith Herbert may be one of Valiant's most likable characters, but Faith #7 shows that even the happiest people have demons and sometimes, they aren't just in their head.

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8.0
Faith (Mini-Series) #1

Jan 26, 2016

2015 was year filled with books aiming to make an impact in terms of representing people of all races and creeds. Now 2016 has Faith #1, and while it may not act and read like an important moment, it most certainly is. Jody Houser could have turned this debut issue into a sort of "lesson of the week" series, making the story insist upon the reader how important it was. Thankfully, she didn't and instead turned in a propulsive, character centric story that gives us enough to leave us wanting to hang out with Faith and her diverse co-stars more. Though the art team stumbles, Faith #1 still soars, both as a story and as an example of the shifting comic book landscape.

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8.0
Faith (Mini-Series) #2

Feb 25, 2016

Though not as propulsive as the debut issue Faith #2 continues Valiant's most charming title with a fun sophomore effort.

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8.0
Faith (Mini-Series) #3

Mar 30, 2016

While Faith grabbed all sorts of headlines at the start of her career for Valiant Entertainment, Faith #3 reads like Faith's place in her universe is secured. By connecting her solo outing to larger narrative threads at play in the company, Jody Houser takes this story of a new, fledgling superhero and makes it feel so much larger as it goes into its finale. Along with evocative pencils from a stocked art team, Faith #3 feels like much more than just a simple solo outing. It feels like the start of something much bigger - and deadlier - for Faith and for the Valiant Universe as a whole.

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9.0
Faith (Mini-Series) #4

May 2, 2016

The end is just the beginning for Faith as she is poised to close this chapter and to open a new one as a full fledged leading lady. Though the character made waves as a avatar for under represented fans all over the world, Jody Houser, Francis Portela, Marguerite Sauvage, Andrew Dalhouse and Pete Pantazis transform this final issue into not only a tight wrap-up of her first case, but a love letter to all of those who found strength and a sense of belonging in the pages of comics just like this one. Stories matter to people and even though she may have superpowers and a burgeoning career as a hero, Faith Herbert is still a fan just like we are. Faith #4 is a book for the nerds and a shining example of Valiant Entertainment's continued commitment to character.

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8.0
Flash Gordon: Kings Cross #1

Nov 3, 2016

Despite a bit of exposition heavy at the start Flash Gordon: Kings Cross #1 is a fast-paced throwback to the pulps of yesteryear.

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8.0
Flash: Rebirth (2016) #1

Jun 8, 2016

Like the rest of these one-shots, The Flash: Rebirth #1 reads more like a zero issue, but that doesn't make it any less fun. Using both the events of the DC Universe: Rebirth #1 and the CW-inspired character dynamics to tip the scales in their favor and provide a strong entry point into the new series, Joshua Williamson, Carmine Di Giandomenico, and Ivan Plascencia assure readers that even after a bumpy finale The Flash is back on track with plenty of action, emotion, and twists in store for readers. Though it will never be accused of being an essential read or a can't miss issue, The Flash: Rebirth #1 is a dynamic look at the coming attractions that will be hitting shelves with Barry's proper #1 issue.

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10
Future Quest #1

May 23, 2016

Never in a million years did I think that I would see Dr. Zin and his army of walking eyes grace the pages of a major comic publisher, but Future Quest #1 granted that wish and did so in the middle of a truly great and infectiously fun debut issue.

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9.0
Future Quest #2

Jul 6, 2016

Against all odds Future Quest #2 avoids the sophomore slump and is quickly establishing itself as one of DC Comics' most unlikely of hits. Though the team hasn't taken a solid form just yet, Jeff Parker continues to make full use of the Hanna-Barbera canon while injecting an unexpected pathos amid all the craziness. Along with Parker's epically fun script, Future Quest #2 continues its artistic hot streak with a team that keeps the pages consistent, both in tone and energy, tied together by one of the best colorists working in comics right now. Even if you don't know every little detail about the Herculoids or if Space Ghost Coast to Coast is your own exposure to the phantom of the space-ways, Future Quest #2 still offers a lot to love for both fans and newbies.

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8.0
Future Quest #8

Jan 3, 2017

Though certainly not as flashy as the previous issues, Future Quest #8 still delivers thrills akin to dumping a whole trunk of action figures at your feet and coming up with the biggest, craziest story you can for them.

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8.0
G.I. Joe (2016) #1

Jan 3, 2017

Armed with a powerful new status quo and backed by a sarcastic robot that can turn into a jet, G.I. Joe #1 is a fun humanitarian return to the spotlight for the Real American Heroes. Aubrey Sitterson leaves it all on the table with this debut, both in terms of plot and character, and it pays off big time once readers find themselves catching their breath after the break neck pace of this number one. Keeping pace with detailed pencils and rich colors are Giannis Milonogiannis and Lovern Kindzierski who give this title a vibrant life beyond the drab camo and gun metal greys that usually make up the visual language of this series. Standing as a solidly strange and entertaining new debut G.I. Joe #1 will have readers yelling "YO, JOE" as they march into their local shops.

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10
Generation Zero #3

Oct 25, 2016

Packed with action, humor, and more than a little pathos, Generation Zero #3 stands as the best issue of the series since its debut and a gleefully weird use of another title’s visuals and tone. Though not quite as punk rock looking as the previous installments, #3 still impresses and shows a whole other side to artist Derek Charm, one that isn’t afraid to render burger joints and psiotic blasts with equal attention and brightness. But while Charm delivers an unexpected new set of visuals to the title, Fred Van Lente continues his streak of insane science fiction tempered with genuine emotion and compelling lead characters with understandable motivations all their own. Thanks to vintage visuals and a big heart to go along with them, Generation Zero #3 continues to get better and better.

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8.0
Generation Zero #4

Dec 1, 2016

With plenty of gallows humor and a few more of Rook's mystery's coming to light, Generation Zero #4 continues to be a dark treat.

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10
Glitterbomb #1

Aug 9, 2016

With its creature-feature hook and its blunt focus on the dark things women are subjected to in Hollywood, Glitterbomb #1 is a triumph. While titles like Satellite Sam and The Fade Out take a more genre centric look at the seedy side of entertainment, Jim Zub, Holly Raychelle Hughes, Djibril Morrissette-Phan and K. Michael Russell present their story as straight-faced as possible, warts, misogyny, and all. Real horror comes from a human place, and even with the monsters and the murder, Glitterbomb #1 feels almost too human, and that is what makes it so scary and so scary good.

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9.0
Godzilla: Rage Across Time #2

Oct 7, 2016

Though armed with plenty of kaiju action Godzilla: Rage Across Time #2 reveals that this series might have more on its mind than just awesome Godzilla action.

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9.0
Grayson Annual #3

Jun 30, 2016

With stories ranging from his selflessness in the face of innocents in danger to a story about sexy vampires that is sure to launch the ship to end all ships thanks to John Constantine's shamelessly hitting on Agent 37, Grayson Annual #3 is everything that made the title fun month-after-month, distilled into one fantastically entertaining annual.

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8.0
Grayson #15

Dec 10, 2015

Leave it to Team Grayson to kick "Robin War" into high gear.

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10
Grayson #16

Jan 28, 2016

Grayson was already a pretty entertaining book beforehand, but this sixteenth is on a whole other level of charming. If you have friends that are on the fence about Dick's new status quo, give them this issue and stand by for major feels, laughs and thrills.

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8.0
Grayson #20

May 25, 2016

As a longtime Nightwing fan, I balked at the announcement of Grayson. Seeing Dick trade in his wings for a drab uniform and a gun rubbed me the wrong way. But the story that Tim Seeley, Tom King, and Mikal Janin told ended up being much more entertaining and much more narratively rich than I gave it credit for, adding up to more than just a new costume, co-stars, and setting. Now with Grayson #20, Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly, Roge Antonio and Jeromy Cox deliver a finale that not only stayed true to the spirit of the title that Seeley, King, and Janin started, but also stayed true to Dick Grayson himself.

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8.0
Green Arrow (2016) #11

Nov 16, 2016

While a bit less substantial narrative-wise than I would have liked, the finale of “Murder on the Empire Express” stands a breezy and explosive outing for the Emerald Archer and his pretty bird. Benjamin Percy and Juan Ferreyra have hit a nice groove by this point in their working relationship and it comes through in the work. Though not exactly a game-changer when it comes to the overall story, Green Arrow #11 still provides plenty of the heart and action that fans have come to expect from their tenure on “Rebirth.”

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8.0
Green Hornet: Reign of the Demon #1

Dec 20, 2016

With dynamic action and a set of characters ready made for serialized storytelling Green Hornet: Reign of the Demon #1 is a solidly entertaining throwback to the gilded and gritty age of heroes.

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8.0
Green Hornet: Reign of the Demon #2

Jan 12, 2017

With one foot firmly on the side of noir and the other in classic serial storytelling Green Hornet: Reign of the Demon #2 continues to be a story worthy of the crime comic icons.

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8.0
Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion #1

Jan 13, 2016

The DCU is a big place, and the Green Lantern Corps is there to protect it, but in their time of most dire need, who is there to protect them? Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion #1 is big in every sense of the word. Its got big stakes, a big cast, and a big set of visuals that can only get bigger as the miniseries goes on. Tom Taylor, Ethan Van Sciver, and Jason Wright understand what makes the Corp interesting as characters as well as a sense of scale when it comes to the odds that they can face. The universe is a big place, requiring big heroes to step up and take the spotlight. Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion is proof that these characters are more than ready for the main stage, no matter what universe they are in.

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8.0
Green Lanterns #10

Nov 2, 2016

Though Green Lanterns made great use of the Red Lanterns in its opening arc, the inclusion of the Phantom Ring puts the title and its cast into uncharted, narratively rich waters. Sam Humphries and a game art team start this new arc with big stakes and honed artwork without sacrificing what made the title interesting in the first place. With its solid character work and fast-paced introduction to the new baddies, Green Lanterns #10 is a solidly entertaining start to the title's latest story arc.

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7.0
Guardians of the Galaxy (2015) #2

Nov 30, 2015

Guardians of the Galaxy #2 isn't a bad issue, but it is a frustrating one all the same. At this point, even casual readers can pick up on Brian Michael Bendis' narrative tics and structure down to the scene and Guardians of the Galaxy #2 is another example of his tendency to tell rather than show when it comes to new series. However while Bendis opts to draw things out, artists Valerio Schiti and Richard Isanove opt instead to just draw the hell out of things and deliver some much needed visual flair to the issue. While the Guardians' past may be haunting them, their future looks bright, even despite this second issue stumbling block.

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8.0
Hadrian's Wall #1

Aug 16, 2016

We now have our suspects, our body, and our self-medicating detective, all that is left now is to put the pieces together. While not the most explosive of debuts, Hadrian's Wall #1 lays out its cards on the table teasingly and with genre-hopping style. Kyle Higgins, Alec Siegel, and Rod Reis do an fantastic job making use of certain aspects of certain cherry picked influences and meld it all into a moody and fresh feeling debut issue that is sure to delight mystery fans of all stripe. They say that in space no one can hear you scream, but as this #1 shows, the crew of the Hadrian's Wall needs to be much more concerned with the audience seeing them sweat.

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8.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps: Rebirth #1

Jul 13, 2016

Though unable to break out of the "Rebirth" mold, Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps: Rebirth #1 starts off huge and promises to only get bigger once the title kicks off properly. Robert Venditti, employing momentum and blockbuster-scale storytelling, promises space-faring fun and big threats for the wayward Hal Jordan, along with hints toward who else is going to be standing alongside Jordan or in his way. Bolstered by the fan-favorite artist Ethan Van Sciver and colorist Jason Wright, Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps may not bust up the format, but it certainly presents it as something bigger than it has been before now.

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8.0
Hard Case Crime: Peepland #2

Dec 1, 2016

Though certainly not for everyone,Peepland #2 continues its hard-boiled trek into the deep recesses of old-school, crime-ridden New York.

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2.0
Harley Quinn and Her Gang Of Harleys #1

Apr 13, 2016

Lacking a better way to describe it, the most I can say is that first issue is a mess. It's messy in its execution, messy in tone, and worst of all, extremely messy in its characterization. Though delivered by recognizably talented creatives, Harley Quinn and the Gang of Harleys #1 is a profound misstep after a string of witty, low-key satires and adventures starring the Clown Princess of Crime. I wanted to like this book. I wanted to meet this book on its own terms. But, there is only so much a reader can do with a book as ill-conceived as this one. Harley's fans deserve more than this, and more than that, readers in general do, too.

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8.0
Harley's Little Black Book #2

Feb 11, 2016

Harley's Little Black Book wasn't on my radar before but after reading this month's shippable adventure, I look forward to spending much more time with Harley and whoever is unfortunate enough to roped into an adventure with her.

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7.0
Hellblazer (2016) #3

Oct 28, 2016

Though Simon Oliver finally gives readers an understanding of the forces John is facing and makes good use of Map, a mainstay of the Vertigo era, the main plot suffers a bit due to his long check ins with the rest of the cast.

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10
Hellboy in Hell #10

Jun 2, 2016

Hellboy in Hell #10 is big, powerful, and a fittingly poignant end for one of comic books' most enduring characters and his prolific creator.

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9.0
House of Penance #1

Mar 29, 2016

If films like Crimson Peak or true weird tales of history strike your fancy, then House of Penance #1 is certainly the book for you. Even the staunchest of genre fan will find something to love about this Dark Horse debut because it is so singularly weird that it demands that you take notice of it. Peter J. Tomasi, Ian Bertram, and Dave Stewart fully commit to this dark tale of an American heiress, gripped by grief and use it as a firm base for this creepy tale of woe, bullets, and stairs that go to nowhere. Horror fans, get your pre-orders in now. The House awaits.

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9.0
House of Penance #3

Jul 24, 2016

Deliberate and grim, House of Penance #3 once again establishes the title's dominance as one of Dark Horse Comics' premier horror stories.

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9.0
Injection #6

Jan 14, 2016

If you haven't read Injection before now, this sixth issue will welcome you with its weird and darkly funny arms wide open.

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10
Injection #10

Jun 9, 2016

After checking in with England's new head "Breaker," sewing that thread up for next time, and ending with a bold proclamation that "Injection Will Return At The End of The Year," adding a nice serial-like coda onto the issue, Injection #10 ends its second season with a confident and contained finale that will leave fans counting the days until these weirdos return to shelves.

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5.0
International Iron Man #1

Mar 17, 2016

International Iron Man #1 may look great, but I need just a little more to go on before I can fully endorse its narrative going forward.

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8.0
International Iron Man #2

Apr 28, 2016

Though it may have started on a shaky foundation, International Iron Man #2 looks to put this spin-off title on much more solid ground.

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7.0
Invincible Iron Man (2015) #7

Mar 7, 2016

While Invincible Iron Man #7 is a clear example of one of Brian Michael Bendis' most frustrating quirks as a writer, there is still a lot of fun to be had with Tony this month. Along with a newly focused Mike Deodato and the rich colors of Frank Martin, Bendis makes this job interview centered issue as fun and quippy as possible as they work toward bigger things. Though Invincible Iron Man may be all about robot fights and replusors most months, it is nice to see that this creative team can deliver a fun and flirty workplace comedy just as well as they can blow up robots and fight ninjas.

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4.0
Invincible Iron Man (2015) #10

Jun 2, 2016

Though buoyed by Mike Deodato Jr.'s fantastic panel layouts (and a distracting but weirdly hilarious Luke Perry cameo in the form of Tony's disguise) and Frank Martin's evocative copper and gun metal gray color scheme throughout, Invincible Iron Man #10 is too jumbled of a read to really have fun with.

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6.0
Invincible Iron Man (2015) #11

Jul 7, 2016

Invincible Iron Man #11, as an eventual part of a collection, will stand as a well-produced finale of a complete arc, but as a single issue, it still leaves much to be desired.

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7.0
IvX #2

Jan 11, 2017

Again the mutants have their backs against the wall, but Inhumans vs. X-Men #2 tips the odds in mutantkind’s favor, at least for the time being. Armed with a large cast and two writers that know what to do with them, this second issue doesn’t quite transcend being another event focused on conflict but it at least shows that it has more on its mind than just fights. Couple that with slick and engaging artwork and you have a sophomore issue that lets this event stand on its own two feet.

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9.0
Jade Street Protection Services #2

Nov 3, 2016

Though slightly delayed Jade Street Protective Services #2 proves that the delay hasn't lessened the title's fun or charm.

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8.0
James Bond #2

Dec 7, 2015

James Bond #2 proves empirically that Dynamite Comics' grand experiment with Ian Fleming's master spy isn't a fluke. Instead its a bona fide hit with a creative team behind it that fully understands the character and world that he inhabits. Warren Ellis, Jason Masters, and Guy Major may have slowed this second issue way down, but their talent still shines brightly through making this another engaging issue. If you loved Spectre and needed another pure fix of Bond or even if you hated Spectre and want to see Bond done right, Dynamite's spy series is tailor-made for all kinds of fans, both of Bond and of good comic books.

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10
James Bond #4

Feb 10, 2016

Though it took four issues to get there, James Bond has finally achieved must-read status. The issues that proceeded this month's were good, but even the best of the first three pales in comparison to this latest one. Warren Ellis, Jason Masters and Guy Major have all hit there stride in a big way with #4 as each element of their work just flat out works. If you are looking for a tension-filled spy drama, James Bond is the book for you. If you want bone crunching action, James Bond has that for you as well. But above all, if you are looking for a stellar single issue of comic books that hits notes other comics just dream of, then James Bond #4 is the book you both want and need.

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9.0
James Bond #5

Mar 17, 2016

As this first arc barrels toward its conclusion it once again proves itself to be one of Dynamite's consistently entertaining and well put together series, armed with strong characters and consistently beautiful artwork.

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10
James Bond #7

Jun 21, 2016

While the format and unexplained connections to the first arc may prove too much for some readers to fully engage with, there is no denying that James Bond #7 delivers, proving that the perfect Bond experience doesn't always have to be on the silver screen or in the yellowing pages of a vintage novel.

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8.0
James Bond #9

Sep 1, 2016

Though the Ellis, Masters, and Major era of James Bond is nearing its end, issue #9 promises that it will end with a bang.

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9.0
James Bond #10

Oct 7, 2016

While the issues we have left with this arc are growing perilously few, issue ten proves that this creative team has no intention of ending this series with a whimper.

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8.0
James Bond: Felix Leiter #1

Jan 10, 2017

Stepping out of the shadow of the infamous 00 agent, Felix Leiter receives a solidly constructed debut issue. Dynamite Entertainment has gotten a lot of mileage out of the Bond property since its inception, but I was unsure how exactly they were going to stretch six issues out of a character whose main claim to fame is being attacked by a shark. Thankfully, James Robinson, Salvatore Aiala, and Aaron Campbell take a novel and respectful approach to this story, delivering a worthy outing for Bond's favorite American.

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9.0
Josie and the Pussycats #1

Oct 3, 2016

By keeping a firm handle on its tone and by employing the same kind of wit and inclusiveness that has made "New Riverdale" such a delight thus far, Josie and the Pussycats #1 succeeds on more than a few levels. Marguerite Bennett, Cameron Deordio, Audrey Mok, and Andre Szymanowicz all meld together to deliver a fun and focused female-led title that not only respects its characters and audience, but also takes elements of what came before and uses them to the title's advantage. Though it just started, I predict that Josie and the Pussycats will rock Riverdale for a long time to come.

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10
Josie and the Pussycats #2

Nov 3, 2016

While New Riverdale has enjoyed the name recognition of Archie and Jughead, Josie and the Pussycats #2 proves that Josie, Valerie, and Melody are poised to be your new favorite Riverdale teens.

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10
Josie and the Pussycats #3

Dec 12, 2016

Jam packed with heart and laughs Josie and the Pussycats #3 continue to keep the Pussycats dominating the charts.

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8.0
Jughead (2015) #4

Feb 16, 2016

Making something old feel new again is one of the hardest things you could do in any medium. That said, Chip Zdarsky and Erica Henderson make it look easy with Jughead #4, a comic that takes story beats and characters that have been around since the '40s and makes them feel brand new and vital to the new landscape of comics. Jughead #4 is clever and a fun read, but its major strength will always be its respect for the stories that came before and the care it takes to make those stories feel new again. Jughead may have been around for decades, but this creative team is taking great strides to make sure that it feels like he and the gang never left.

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8.0
Jughead (2015) #5

Mar 31, 2016

Things may be getting darker in Riverdale, but Jughead is still at the top of its game in terms of quality.

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9.0
Jughead (2015) #6

May 19, 2016

As a single issue Jughead #6 works, but as the culmination of Zdarsky, Henderson, and colorist Andre Szymanowicz's first (and only) arc in New Riverdale, its a satisfyingly funny and heartfelt conclusion to Jug's first big adventure.

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7.0
Jughead (2015) #8

Aug 4, 2016

While it doesn't quite illicit the same belly laughs as the earlier issues, Jughead #8 is still a fine enough ending note for Chip Zdarsky's time with Jughead and company.

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9.0
Jughead (2015) #9

Sep 12, 2016

While the departure of the original creative team usually portends a dip in quality, Jughead #9 shows no sign of slumping as it heads into its new arc. Ryan North and Derek Charm adhere to the title's original tone and sense of humor while not playing it safe with their storytelling and developing Jughead past his love of food and aloof nature. Magic is in the air and if Jughead #9 is any indication, North and Charm will have many more spells to cast on readers before their time is up.

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10
Jughead (2015) #10

Oct 28, 2016

Though Jughead's brush with dating was fun while it lasted, Jughead #10 puts him in a teenage witch's crosshairs to deliver laughs and all sorts of fun.

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9.0
Jughead (2015) #11

Dec 1, 2016

While not exactly the all-out magic fest that readers may have been expecting, Jughead #11 is still an emotionally affecting and chuckle inducting finale to Sabrina's long-awaited debut in New Riverdale.

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9.0
Jughead (2015) #12

Jan 12, 2017

Finding strength in silliness Jughead #12 is another winner for everyone's favorite burger lover.

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8.0
Justice League #49

Apr 28, 2016

If you want your superhero comic books big, loud, and with inter-dimensional stakes then Justice League #49 is exactly what you've been searching for.

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9.0
Justice League #51

Jun 16, 2016

While not as bombastic as the previous 50 issues, Justice League #51 succeeds with solid artwork, an easy-to-follow plot that firmly connects it to the New 52's early days, and compelling characterizations.

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9.0
Justice League of America (2015) #8

Mar 31, 2016

Justice League of America #8 is superhero comic books in its purest form and that is fun as all hell to read month after month. If you are looking for impossible feats, larger than life heroes, and end of the world stakes, all wrapped in a gorgeously cinematic package, then Justice Leaue of America is the book for you.

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7.0
Justice League of America (2015) #9

Sep 1, 2016

Though it may not be DC's most engaging read this week, Justice League of America #9 still looks great and sets the title up for an explosive denouement next time it hits shelves.

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8.0
Justice League: Darkseid War Special #1

Apr 7, 2016

Though probably a bit too inside for the casual comic reader, this special one-shot still brings it when it can and sets Justice League up for some huge developments in the future.

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10
Karnak #3

Apr 21, 2016

Karnak #3 is grim, stars one of the most nihilistic heroes I've ever seen, and yet, is an absolute blast to read.

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9.0
Karnak #5

Sep 22, 2016

Though probably the darkest current Marvel title by a long shot, Karnak #5 presents the other side of Karnak's philosophy with engaging results.

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9.0
Kill Or Be Killed #1

Aug 4, 2016

Backed by confident and moody artwork, Kill or Be Killed #1 zigs when you expect it to zag in the best way and stands as another strong debut issue from a consistently great creative team.

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9.0
Kill Or Be Killed #2

Sep 8, 2016

With razor sharp scripting and moody and beautiful artwork, Kill or Be Killed continues to be a title to watch.

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9.0
Kim & Kim #1

Jul 7, 2016

Armed with two leads that are sure to become fan favorites and a firm understanding of the kind of story it wants to tell, Kim & Kim #1 is a fantastic debut from Black Mask Studios.

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9.0
Kingsway West #1

Aug 23, 2016

With its diverse cast, firm understanding of western story tropes and a rich world just waiting to unfold, Kingsway West #1 is an action-packed and engaging opening gambit for Dark Horse's new series. Greg Pak, Mirko Colak, and Wil Quintana not only deliver a great story, but also a world that hasn't even broken the surface of what it has to offer in terms of story potential. It may not take much to deliver a great western, but it takes a whole lot more to deliver an alternate history that feels as rich as this one does. Thankfully, Kingsway West #1 certainly delivers that and more.

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8.0
Kingsway West #2

Sep 26, 2016

With real emotions and more bloody fun action, Kingsway West #2 builds well on the fantastic groundwork left by its first issue. Greg Pak, while clearly having a blast with the fantasy western setting, still manages to make these characters feel real with genuine pathos wired through all the gunplay and adventuring. Right along with him are the art team of Mirko Colak and Wil Quintana, both of whom shift well between quiet moments and loud set pieces, giving equal attention to both. Though there are still many miles to go for Kingsway Law and Ah Toy, Kingway West #2 stays committed to its action-packed and emotional journey.

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7.0
Legends of Tomorrow #1

Mar 16, 2016

Legends of Tomorrow may not look anything like its TV counterpart, but that might actually be for the best. Though the Legends of CW TV were threaded into The CW-verse through their respective shows, the Legends here are lesser-known DC staples that are ripe for the kind of resurgence this anthology can offer. Though the weekly format quickly feels boorish and unending, Legends of Tomorrow #1 makes great use of a format that DC could and should be using to its advantage more often. DC has a wealth of characters that are just itching to be made use of and Legends of Tomorrow #1 is a fun step in the right direction for all those lost or forgotten DC heroes of yesteryear.

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9.0
Lobster Johnson: The Glass Mantis #1

Dec 29, 2015

Modern pulp stories are a tricky thing. Often times they come across, at best, as empty parody, or at worst, unabashed aping of previous stories. Thankfully the team behind Lobster Johnson: The Glass Mantis are talented enough to sidestep all those pitfalls, while making the story feel and look fresh thanks to an inspired choice of artist. Mike Mignola, John Arcudi, and Toni Fejzula waste no time getting to the meat of the story and then it is done before the audience is allowed time to catch its breath. The Glass Mantis is pulp done right; no frills, no grand set-up, just a cool character, some diamonds and two .45's.

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9.0
Lone Ranger / Green Hornet #1

Jul 11, 2016

With its eye set on social commentary and armed with a strong connection between its leads, The Lone Ranger/Green Hornet #1 is a debut with both brains and heart. Michael Uslan, Giovanni Timpano and Pete Pantazis deliver an unexpected treat with the debut, one that rises above its marquee team-up to present a comic that is more than just spectacle and vintage adventure storytelling, though it does have its fair share of those as well. The Lone Ranger/Green Hornet #1 gets you in the door with the promise of a team-up for the ages but leaves you mulling over emotional and political themes you couldn't possibly have predicted.

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9.0
Lone Ranger / Green Hornet #2

Aug 12, 2016

With a tone that straddles the line between classic and modern, Lone Ranger/Green Hornet #2 stands as another well-constructed installment for the heroes of yesteryear.

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8.0
Lone Wolf 2100 #1

Jan 5, 2016

Reboots have become the currency of the current comic book landscape, but if they were all like Lone Wolf 2100 #1, we wouldn't think of the word "reboot" as a bad thing. Writer Eric Heisserer along with Miguel Sepulveda and Javier Mena don't reinvent the wheel or over-think this new series. They simply take the concept of the original series and deliver an action and narrative heavy first issue to whet the appetite of fans and hook in new readers for this new adventure. Lone Wolf 2100 #1 isn't a perfect return for the android samurai and his charge, but it is a fun one and sometimes that's exactly what is needed to get a series started on the right foot.

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9.0
Lucifer (2015) #1

Dec 16, 2015

It's been years since readers have seen Vertigo's Lucifer, but this debut makes it feel like he never left at all. Holly Black not only picks up the baton from the original series, but runs with it, tempering the charm and style of the character with a metaphysical detective story sure to hook readers of all stripe. Black's script coupled with Lee Garbett and Antonio Fabela's stylish pages and colors makes for one hell of a good time that can only get better from here. The Devil may go by many names, but after this week, he will go by another one: the leading man of yet another hit series.

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9.0
Midnighter (2015) #9

Feb 4, 2016

Keeping the action intimate and hard-hitting are artists Aco and Hugo Petrus both of whom keep the style and punches coming as they break up pages with tiny inset panels of certain important visuals amid the chaos of Midnighter's newest mission.

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8.0
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers #4

Jun 23, 2016

Pitting giant robots against giant shark men is all well and good, but doesn't mean a thing unless you care about the characters in the fight. Thankfully Issue #4 does exactly that, adding up to another substantial installment for BOOM! Studios' breakout adaptation.

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7.0
Monsters Unleashed #1

Jan 17, 2017

Though it isn’t exactly as earth-shattering as the monsters that stomp through its pages Monsters Unleashed #1 is still a fun start to what could be the antidote to the recent outbreak of grim and gritty storytelling. Cullen Bunn throws some huge and unexpected foes at the Marvel universe and despite some clunky dialogue, Earth’s protectors come out looking like exactly that. Couple that richly detailed and colored artwork from Steve McNiven, Jay Leisten, and David Curiel and you have a debut that starts this event out on the right gigantic foot.

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9.0
Moon Knight (2016) #1

Apr 14, 2016

Moon Knight has had his fair share of #1's here lately, but this one looks to stand out above the rest thanks to yet another fresh, yet studied, take on the character.

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8.0
Moon Knight (2016) #3

Jun 2, 2016

Part three of Jeff Lemire, Greg Smallwood, and Jordie Bellaire's opening "Welcome to New Egypt" arc still hasn't gotten closer to showing its hand as to the mental state of Marc Spector, but its that uncertainty that fuels the title's manic energy.

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10
Motor Crush #1

Dec 7, 2016

Melding cyberpunk, haute couture, and bloody cricket bats, Motor Crush #1 is a high octane debut from a group of top tier creators. Image Comics has a well earned reputation for allowing a mainstream creative team room to explore whatever ideas and visuals they wish and Motor Crush #1 is another example of how good of a book that kind of mentality can produce. Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, Babs Tarr, and the whole production team of this series have made their world and now they get to play in it. And we, as the readers, are the real winners for it.

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8.0
Motro #3

Jan 12, 2017

Though the dream-like tone might cause some readers to lose the overall plot, the sumptuous visuals and unexpected bits of flair make Motro #3 another dream state worth following.

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9.0
Ms. Marvel (2015) #10

Sep 1, 2016

Opening with an emotional flashback from original series artist Adrian Alphona, G. Willow Wilson puts Kamala's guilt about Bruno front and center this week along with her increasing doubts about her squad's predictive justice crusade. This all adds up to an emotional growing experience for the young hero and an interesting, personal feeling rumination on the human cost of big event comics.

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10
Ms. Marvel (2015) #11

Sep 29, 2016

Though the plot of Kamala staging a fake crime with Canadian ninjas in order to open Basic Becky and Carol Danvers' eyes to the dangers of predictive justice would be enough to make this issue a good one, G. Willow Wilson pushes it into great territory with plenty of emotional fallout from the earlier issues.

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9.0
Mycroft Holmes #1

Aug 4, 2016

Though Kareem Abdul-Jabbar writing a story about a Victorian rouge might sound like a gag, Mycroft Holmes #1 shows that his scripting and sense of humor is anything but a joke.

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9.0
New Avengers (2015) #8

Mar 24, 2016

New Avengers has always been fun, but never has it been this much fun.

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8.0
Nightwing (2016) #5

Sep 22, 2016

With fast paced development and plenty of action, Nightwing #5 keeps this crossover rolling merrily along.

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7.0
Ninjak #13

Mar 8, 2016

And so reality is safe once again and Colin King has earned some long overdue vacation time, but how long can it really last for Ninjak? While this finale moves fast and furious, I still found myself quite entertained by the issue's mix of paramilitary action and Dr. Strange-like mysticism. Matt Kindt, Doug Braithwaite and Brian Reber, along with the backup story drawn by Juan Jose Ryp and colored by Ulises Arreola have cornered their odd little slice of the Valiant universe and seem to be having an absolute blast bringing us into this crazy world. Reality may be safe for now, but I'm sure it won't be long before we see Colin King taking up his sword once more and delivering more crazy spy ninja action with aplomb.

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8.0
Ninjak #16

Jun 9, 2016

Though Kindt is working on an epic scope on other titles, Ninjak #16 shows that his big stories aren't distracting him from his action-heavy tales of Valiant's resident super-spy.

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8.0
Ninjak #19

Sep 8, 2016

Coupled with a Valiant Universe-centered backup story, Ninjak #19 continues the title's streak of strange and entertaining action stories.

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6.0
Ninjak #22

Dec 12, 2016

The way Cafu and Arreola set the table is fun to watch, but Ninjak #22 is still a table setting issue and readers looking for a real sense of where the next arc is going should wait for the trade or until next month, when the Seven Blades come out proper.

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8.0
Occupy Avengers #1

Nov 2, 2016

By focusing on Clint’s underdog for the people persona and presenting a real world-inspired plot, Occupy Avengers #1 gives Hawkeye and Red Wolf a topical showcase worthy of their idealism. David F. Walker’s socially-minded take on superheroism coupled with the grounded artwork from Carlos Pacheco, Rafael Fonteriz, and Sonia Oback give new meaning to the old Marvel tendency to show “the world just outside your window." While contaminated water may not be as deadly as Ultron or as bombastic as Thanos, Occupy Avengers #1 shows that the little fights are just as important.

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9.0
Old Man Logan (2016) #3

Mar 3, 2016

Writer Jeff Lemire lightens up Logan's quest to save the future with some great Kate banter, but also casts the best Hawkeye as the one person in the series so far that is asking the right questions about old Logan's temporal hit list.

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4.0
Optimus Prime #2

Jan 5, 2017

Though Josh Burncham's colors offer a nice transition between the the past and present, Optimus Prime #2 suffers from trying to do too much in too little time.

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8.0
Pathfinder: Worldscape #3

Dec 22, 2016

The world of Pathfinder is a vast one and Worldscape #3 shows just how much fun it can be when it goes just a bit bigger.

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8.0
Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! #1

Dec 28, 2015

Kate Leth, Brittney L. Williams and Megan Wilson go for the gusto with this debut issue. They seem just as dedicated as Hellcat to fighting the good fight, and doing it in the most fabulous way possible. Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat may not be for everyone, but for many, it is the breath of butt-kicking fresh air that they have been waiting for.

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9.0
Penny Dreadful #1

May 10, 2016

Though clearly marketed toward diehard fans of the television show with its teasing glimpses of the story within the story of season one, there is a lot to love about Penny Dreadful #1 for fans and non-fans alike. Krysty Wilson-Cairns and Louie De Martinis use the solid base of the show's established characters and narrative to deliver an adaptation and side story that isn't afraid to stand on its own as a single story, instead of using the show as a crutch to be relied on throughout. And it does so confidentially thanks to the attention from the writers, blood soaked visuals, and an imprint that goes out of its way to deliver unto fans exactly what they love about the show, just in a different medium. While Penny Dreadful became an unlikely hit for Showtime, there is nothing unexpected about the quality of this debut issue from Titan Comics.

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10
Penny Dreadful #2

Jun 30, 2016

Adaptations of television shows and movies as comics are a dime a dozen on shelves these days, but none of them capture the source material as lovingly as Penny Dreadful #2.

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9.0
Penny Dreadful #3

Aug 4, 2016

Though Penny Dreadful #3 doesn't advance its own plot forward by much, this installment is still a must-read for fans clamoring for a bit more time in its grim world.

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3.0
Prometheus: Life and Death #2

Jul 14, 2016

Dark Horse's Prometheus line has offered up everything from abject horror to tight action, but Life and Death #2 feels too pedestrian to offer up anything nearly as fun as the previous series.

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9.0
Punisher (2016) #1

May 5, 2016

I was excited about this new debut issue, but now, I'm just straight-up terrified of Cloonan, Dillon and Martin's Punisher.

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10
Rai #14

Jun 23, 2016

While the other tie-ins were fun, but disposable, Rai #14 is a can't-miss affair for those following Valiant Entertainment's sprawling superhero epic.

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9.0
Red Sonja (2016) #1

Jan 12, 2016

Red Sonja has always been a fan favorite but with this new volume, I predict a massive, and well-deserved, surge in the She-Devil's fanbase. Marguerite Bennett, Aneke and Jorge Sutil may be taking a less action-oriented course, but their character-first approach to this first story as well as the knowledge that Sonja's sword doesn't stay sheathed very long makes me think that this new series is going to get very big very quickly. Plus with Bennett's new layered take on Sonja herself, all signs point to Red Sonja continuing Dynamite's sword-and-sandal hot streak in grand fashion.

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8.0
Reggie and Me #1

Dec 12, 2016

Tom DeFalco, employing the same dog-as-narrator gimmick as Betty & Veronica but to much better effect, delivers an oddly charming and emotional exploration of who Reggie is beyond the pranks and general surliness.

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6.0
Reggie and Me #2

Jan 12, 2017

Though it doesn't quite pack the punch of the first issue, Reggie and Me #2 still keeps the spark alive for Riverdale's resident misunderstood supervillain.

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10
Renato Jones: The One % #1

May 5, 2016

Renato Jones: The One% #1 is beautiful, engaging, and very, very pissed off. Comic books can be powerful weapons of satire and that is exactly what this debut is and why its just so damn good.

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9.0
Rick and Morty #11

Feb 29, 2016

Rick and Morty is a property that is quickly becoming a sure thing, but as this eleventh issue shows, all the jokes in the world don't amount to much if you don't care about the characters telling them. Pamela Ribon clearly cares about Rick and his dysfunctional family and she wants us to care to, so she delivers a story where they are more than just joke machines, they are people; weird, semi-broken, and wanting people. Aided by the show accurate colors and pencils of Ryan Hill and Marc Ellerby, Rick and Morty #11 is the kind of story that would be right at home on your TV screens and one that you give to any reader on the fence about this property and have them be converted.

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10
Rick and Morty #12

Mar 31, 2016

If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times, Rick and Morty is the real deal, and #12 is yet another example of its raw and hilarious commitment to telling great stories.

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10
Rick and Morty #16

Jul 28, 2016

Packed with laughs and sharp one-liners, Rick and Morty #16 makes a strong case for being the best comedy title on shelves this week.

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10
Rick and Morty #18

Sep 29, 2016

Ending with an appropriately inappropriate "Pocket Mortys" tie-in back up from Mac Ellerby, Rick and Morty #18 continues to be the best possible extension of the Adult Swim hit.

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9.0
Rick and Morty #20

Dec 1, 2016

Made complete with a violent Christmas themed back up from Marc Ellerby, Rick and Morty #20 is a prime example of how to make the most out of a standalone issue.

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8.0
Rick and Morty: Lil' Poopy Superstar #1

Jul 12, 2016

Though the gallows humor and frank emotion of the main series are absent here Rick and Morty: Lil' Poopy Superstar #1 is still a treat for fans and a confident start for the title's first spin-off. Sarah Graley and Mildred Louis, along with a backup story drawn by series regular Marc Ellerby, take two well liked side-characters and poise them as stars with their own adventure armed with plenty of heart and visual gags. We still don't know what Mr. Poopybutthole's whole deal is, but Lil' Poopy Superstar #1 makes me very curious to find out.

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9.0
Rick and Morty: Lil' Poopy Superstar #2

Sep 1, 2016

By keeping with the show's heart first then jokes approach to storytelling, Rick and Morty: Lil' Poopy Superstar #2 continues to stand as a worthwhile spin-off series.

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9.0
Rick and Morty: Lil' Poopy Superstar #5

Nov 17, 2016

Though not a particularly earth-shattering finale, Sarah Graley delivers a final and hefty dose of heart and comedy.

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9.0
Rise of the Black Flame #1

Sep 8, 2016

With its numerous touchstones to previous series and a moody eldrich mystery at its center, Rise of the Black Flame #1 is a rare example of a worthy prequel.

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6.0
Robin War #1

Dec 3, 2015

Fingers crossed that this event reveals itself to be much more once the crossover issues start rolling out.

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5.0
Robin: Son of Batman #11

Apr 21, 2016

If Robin: Son of Batman was a book just of Damian being a little snot and kicking people in the face, it would be the comic of the year, but the dizzying continuity Fawkes is trying to build here really hampers the fun book that it truly could be.

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9.0
Savage #1

Nov 29, 2016

Valiant Entertainment and its “Future of Valiant” initiative has been on a roll as of late and with Savage #1 it shows little sign of slowing down. B. Clay Moore, Clayton Henry, Lewis LaRosa, and Brian Reber deliver bloody action and riveting drama in equal measure rendered with an eye for visual flair. Throwing members of the elite into the wild isn’t a new narrative, but Savage #1 looks to reinvigorate the genre with rich thematics and bloody precision.

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8.0
Scarlet Witch #1

Dec 14, 2015

A lot of comics chase the feeling of '90s supernatural titles, but few have captured it like Scarlet Witch #1 has. Employing a defined sense of emotional intelligence, as well as a more horror leaning plot and fantastically wicked visuals, this new solo debut is sure to strike a chord with Wanda's legion of fans as well as readers who want something more than tights and fights from their superhero comics. Wanda may have been a danger to herself and others in the past, but now she is back on the scene and looking for redemption in the dark places of New York. Let's hope she finds it before someone or something finds her first.

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6.0
Secret Six (2014) #10

Jan 21, 2016

The Secret Six are known for being wild cards, but unfortunately this tenth installment goes off the rails.

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8.0
Secret Wars #8

Dec 9, 2015

Readers have been understandably frustrated with Secret Wars all throughout its run. From the inaccessible early issues to its seemingly neverending solicitation delays, Secret Wars has drawn more than its fair share of complaints. However, this penultimate issue shows that even though Marvel has moved onto other things, Secret Wars still has an important story to tell. Jonathan Hickman, Esad Ribic and Ive Svorcina go big and loud for #8, proving that Secret Wars still has some fireworks left before its long-awaited finale.

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9.0
Shade, the Changing Girl #1

Oct 10, 2016

Though its approach to its story is much more direct than expected Shade the Changing Girl #1 keeps Young Animal's 1990s Vertigo approach to comic book going with another strong debut. More than that Cecil Castellucci delivers a very real and respectful female focused debut that cuts to the heart of issues that readers could be dealing with. Couple that humanist approach with Marley Zarcone and Kelly Fitzpatrick dynamic visuals and vibrant colors and you have another high point for the fledgling imprint. Being a teenager is rough no matter what world you live on and as Shade the Changing Girl #1 shows, sometimes you have to embrace the madness in order to find who you really are.

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9.0
Shade, the Changing Girl #2

Nov 3, 2016

Continuing the title's commitment to stylish visuals and emotional teen centered storytelling Shade, the Changing Girl #2 continues to be a standout entry for DC's newest imprint.

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9.0
Sherlock: A Study In Pink #1

Jun 9, 2016

I am happy to report that I was dead wrong in my assumptions and Sherlock: A Study in Pink #1 injects new, wholly unexpected life into one of pop culture's most widely known properties.

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9.0
Silver Surfer (2016) #1

Jan 21, 2016

This new debut is the best kind of entry point into the series for new readers, yet familiar enough to keep readers who have been around since the first #1 satisfied.

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9.0
Snotgirl #1

Jul 24, 2016

Snotgirl #1 delivers everything you want from a Bryan Lee O'Malley book, but also gives you something unexpected to hook you in deep, making it so much more than another story about millennial angst.

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8.0
Spell On Wheels #1

Oct 24, 2016

If you have been wishing for more diverse female-led supernatural stories with some of the industry's top talents behind it then consider your wish granted with Spell on Wheels #1. Kate Leth, Megan Levens, and Marissa Louise conjure pure comic book magic with this first issue, hooking readers with a tight down to earth script and fantastic body positive artwork. Though readers will have to wait for #2 for the actual road trip to start in earnest Spell on Wheels #1 is a fantastic first outing for the Sister Witches and the trio of talented ladies behind them.

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9.0
Spell On Wheels #2

Nov 17, 2016

By expanding the cast's capabilites and pitting them against Buffy the Vampire Slayer-like problems of the week, Spell on Wheels #2 continues to be an arcane and female-focused delight.

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8.0
Spider-Gwen (2015) #3

Dec 10, 2015

Even the best punk outfits couldn't go hard all the time, and Spider-Gwen #3 shows that this series can still deliver even when working within a slower tempo.

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8.0
Spider-Man (2016) #1

Feb 4, 2016

While Miles hasn't been in the 616 universe long, his title is already setting itself apart from the globe-trotting adventures of Peter Parker with a more street-level, classic Spider-Man yarn.

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9.0
Spider-Man (2016) #2

Mar 3, 2016

Spider-Man #2 is a true testament to how quickly Bendis can keep a story moving along as well yet another example of Sara Pichelli's control of fight scenes, made even more detailed by inks from Gaetano Carlucci and colors by Justin Ponsor.

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6.0
Spider-Man (2016) #10

Dec 15, 2016

Though not exactly a cornerstone of the Civil War II narrative, Spider-Man #10 still provides an interesting, if a bit airy, look into the mind of its leading man. Brian Michael Bendis, the architect behind this latest event craziness, delivers a nice, but inconsequential character study as the war reaches its long coming final stages. Nico Leon, Marte Gracia and Rachelle Rosenberg inject some much needed flair into the proceedings, but keep their work relatively reigned in to match Bendis’ low-key scripting. The human cost of war is always the steepest and Spider-Man #10 shows that Miles Morales may be the one paying it once the bill comes due for the Marvel Universe.

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8.0
Spidey #6

May 23, 2016

Spider-Man titles lately have found success by going big, but Spidey #6 shows that there is still fun to be had in going small. Robbie Thompson, Andre Lima Araujo and Jim Campbell, unfettered by a crossover or big overall arc, throw readers into the thick of it with an engaging one and done team up, supplemented by tight characterization and a version of Peter Parker that even the most novice of readers are familiar with and can connect to. Though Amazing Spider-Man is the flagship title, Spidey #6 shows that there is still plenty of fun to be had as well as stories to tell with a teenage Peter Parker.

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2.0
Squadron Supreme (2015) #1

Dec 17, 2015

The Squadron Supreme may have been heroes on their own respective worlds but here in this debut, they look and act more like the villains.

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7.0
Star Trek/Green Lantern: Stranger Worlds #1

Dec 22, 2016

Though a tripped up by a wordy opening Star Trek/Green Lantern: Stranger Worlds #1 is still worth your attention just for the team-up alone.

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10
Star Trek: Boldly Go #1

Oct 20, 2016

Hot on the heels of another tremendous debut issue, Star Trek: Boldly Go #1 proves that IDW's new Trek titles are forces to be reckoned with.

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8.0
Star Trek: Boldly Go #2

Nov 10, 2016

Armed with big action and even bigger political implications for Starfleet Star Trek: Boldly Go #2 keeps the new series in the fight.

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8.0
Star Trek: Boldly Go #4

Jan 5, 2017

Though Kirk's friends may be scattered across Starfleet, Star Trek: Boldly Go #4 shows that the characters and stories are still in good hands with IDW.

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10
Star Trek: Waypoint #1

Sep 29, 2016

Though IDW Publishing has delivered rousing Trek stories in the past few have touched on the narrative themes and characterizations as well as Star Trek: Waypoint #1. By deftly bouncing between eras with respect this anthology presents the franchise in a light that is more entertaining than dry, while still staying true to what made it last for fifty years in the first place. If you like your Star Trek with a more moral quandaries and character centered storytelling and less red alerts and photon torpedoes then Star Trek: Waypoint #1 is the series for you.

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9.0
Star Trek: Waypoint #2

Nov 17, 2016

By balancing both fun and pathos Star Trek: Waypoint #2 is a great example of the lasting power and emotional scope of this property.

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9.0
Star Trek: Waypoint #3

Jan 17, 2017

While it doesn't contain the propulsive energy of a ongoing plot, Star Trek: Waypoint #3 still delivers its own brand of compelling Trek storytelling. Backed by a full bench of talent and using the backdrop of two well established pillars of the Trek franchise, this third issue Waypoint continues to stand confidently apart from the rest of the line thanks to the creative freedom it gives its writers and artists.Star Trek: Waypoint #3 again shows what creatives are capable of when they have so much unexplored space around them.

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7.0
Star Wars (2014) Annual #1

Dec 10, 2015

Artistic hiccups aside, Star Wars Annual #1 is a nasty little yarn that fits right alongside the wholesale violence of the title's first crossover event.

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9.0
Star Wars (2014) #13

Dec 3, 2015

Star Wars #13 might contain more than a few laughs, but something tells me that this levity is going to be short-lived come next month.

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8.0
Star Wars (2014) #15

Jan 21, 2016

These Obi-Wan-centric issues may seem slow at first glance but once again they provide a well constructed palate cleanser before Aaron kicks up a ruckus again with a new story arc.

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8.0
Star Wars (2014) #17

Mar 24, 2016

While Han and Luke bumble around space, Leia, Sana, and Aphra are looking to blast fools and drink blue milk, and they are all out of blue milk. That is the Star Wars book that I want to read, and that's the one we largely got this month.

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7.0
Star Wars (2014) #18

Apr 28, 2016

Aside from the sluggish plot development, Star Wars #18's character work is still more than worth a passing glance.

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8.0
Star Wars (2014) #20

Jun 16, 2016

While a full title Obi-Wan story arc would be a fantastic road for Jason Aaron to go down, Star Wars #20 still functions as an entertaining stand alone tale that connects just enough to the main story to not feel completely disposable while still offering a decent enough jumping on point for new readers before the kickoff of the next arc.

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9.0
Star Wars Special: C-3PO #1

Apr 14, 2016

Though I expected a breezy tale starring one of Star Wars' comedic lead, what I read was so much more, and so much better, than I ever could have hoped.

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8.0
Star Wars: Darth Vader #13

Nov 25, 2015

Darth Vader #13 is a darkly fun and emotionally heavy issue that shows that the Vader Down has no intention of screwing around at all. Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca all deliver fantastic work that shows that even though they are in crossover mode, they can still deliver a great single issue that stands on its own even without the added strength of the opening one-shot. This issue not only shows just how terrifying Darth Vader can be, but just how a man like him affects those around him, whether they are on his side or standing in his way. No one is safe in Darth Vader, and that's what makes it so much fun.

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8.0
Star Wars: Darth Vader #16

Feb 11, 2016

Though it may have a harder edge than other Marvel Star Wars titles, Darth Vader is still delivering stories that are more than worth your attention.

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7.0
Star Wars: Darth Vader #18

Mar 31, 2016

Next month's installment looks to finally deliver on a long promised showdown, but first you'll have to get through a bit of a lull in the form of Darth Vader #18.

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8.0
Star Wars: Darth Vader #23

Jul 24, 2016

With a darkly funny script and high personal stakes for Vader himself, Kieron Gillen and company look to send the Sith Lord off on a high note.

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8.0
Star Wars: Darth Vader #24

Aug 10, 2016

With its unexpected journey into the psyche of its lead, Darth Vader #24 puts readers into an interesting place both in terms of plot and theme as this series heads toward its finale. Keiron Gillen has all the pieces in place, with Salvador Larroca and Edgar Delgado firmly by his side, to make "End of Games" a fitting swan song for the Sith Lord's solo venture. While we know that Vader's face turn is still coming, Darth Vader #24 shows that there is still fun to be had reveling in the Dark Side.

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9.0
Star Wars: Poe Dameron #1

Apr 7, 2016

Charles Soule is quickly becoming the unsung hero of Marvel's Star Wars line. After handling another dashing leading man in Lando, he returns with a story starring Star Wars' newest space boyfriend, Poe Dameron... and I am happy to report it is fun as all hell.

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7.0
Star Wars: Poe Dameron #5

Aug 18, 2016

Though the idea and concept is strong, Poe Dameron #5 still feels a bit limp.

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8.0
Star-Lord (2016) #1

Dec 21, 2016

Peter Quill has been known as the leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy and the prince of Spartax, but Star-Lord #1 gives him a new role: a regular joe. The droll, but heartfelt voice that served Chip Zdarsky so well during Howard the Duck finds a new home with the earthly exploits of Peter Quill, another castaway from the stars. Along with the vibrant colors of Matthew Wilson and the sharply handsome pencils of Kris Anka Star-Lord #1 stands as a quirky slice of life in the day to day Marvel Universe starring a guy from the actual universe.

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4.0
Starbrand and Nightmask #1

Dec 15, 2015

Starbrand and Nightmask has all the trappings of a classic Marvel story. It has two ultra powerful leads trying to lead a normal life along with their superhero careers, attempting to live and love as they do battle with evil doers. While Greg Weisman taps into some tried-and-true Marvel storytelling beats, the unanchored nature of the plot along with the less-than-stellar artwork makes Starbrand and Nightmask #1 more of a bust and less of a boom. Hopefully further down the line that scale will start to tip more toward the latter.

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8.0
Steven Universe and the Crystal Gems #1

Mar 17, 2016

The Steven Universe license has delivered many fantastic issues for Boom! Studios and its imprints and Steven Universe and the Crystal Gems #1 continues that streak with fun, family oriented style.

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9.0
Strange Attractors #1

Jun 6, 2016

New York has been the setting for a myriad of stories across all kinds of mediums but Strange Attractors #1 not only uses the city as its setting, but gives readers a fascinating well-researched look beyond the concrete, injecting into an energy beyond surface level "characterization", given visual life by the work of Greg Scott, Soo Lee, Art Lyon, Matthew Patz, Felipe Sobreiro, and Robert Saywitz. BOOM! Studios have made a bold move with this reprint. In breaking Strange Attractors from its OGN format, it has given it a whole new energy and feeling of suspense as well as introducing a new crop of readers to a largely overlooked work from one of comic's rising stars.

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8.0
Strange Attractors #2

Jul 7, 2016

Though the debut issue soared by using paranoia and deep thinking to its advantage, Strange Attractors #2 puts a human face onto the science and the series is all the better for it.

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6.0
Suicide Squad (2016) #1

Aug 17, 2016

Though Task Force X is bringing the heat to the box office, Suicide Squad #1 doesn't quite get past its initial smolder. That said, if we know one thing about these characters, it's that they are great at setting fires, and the spark is there for future issues. With a keen characterization and hints of a thrilling first mission, Rob Williams misses the larger mark as he gets tangled in set-up with little execution. Couple that with the uneven pages from a usually stellar artist, and you have an experience that fails to strike while the iron is hot for a team that is at the peak of their popularity.

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8.0
Superman (2016) Annual #1

Nov 30, 2016

By melding the unearthly and the heartfelt, Superman Annual #1 regales readers with a team-up that pits the heroes against an existential crisis instead of a more literal one. Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason, Jorge Jimenez, and Alejandro Sanchez strike a nice balance between big ideas and smallish stakes while at the same time stitching a hanging thread for the more detail-oriented reader. Making the most out of an unexpected team-up, Superman Annual #1 shows that you can find heart even amid the strange and metaphysical.

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8.0
Superman (2016) #5

Aug 18, 2016

With strong themes of family at its core and slick superhero action gracing the surface, Superman #5 is another winner for the House of El's new solo title.

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10
Superman (2016) #6

Sep 12, 2016

The House of El is finally back on a strong foundation thanks to this creative team and Superman #6 just makes that foundation on the stronger thanks to its tight script and sumptuous visuals.

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8.0
Superman (2016) #7

Sep 22, 2016

Sometimes going small can make all the difference in the world, and Superman #7 stands as a prime example of that.

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4.0
Superman: American Alien #4

Feb 22, 2016

Max Landis is a divisive character on his best day, but Superman: American Alien #4 isn't going to do much to help his case with his critics. Bloated with side characters and severely lacking in its understanding of Clark Kent as a character, this fourth issue pulls this series into the realm of officially sanctioned fan-fiction. Landis once said that he wanted American Alien to be the opposite of All-Star Superman, and in a dubious manner, he's succeeded. In All-Star Superman, Superman is the lead of the story, but American Alien #4 makes Clark a co-star in his own title, and I can't think of a more opposite approach to take than that.

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2.0
Superman: American Alien #7

May 18, 2016

Between this and the thudding "Final Days of Superman" crossover, DC Comics clearly has a Superman problem, and it may take Rebirth to truly solve it. Heavily promoted by the man himself, Max Landis' Superman: American Alien doesn't amount to much other than another disposable creative exercise from a famous fan accompanied by another hard to swallow "grounded" take on Superman that either makes him look petulant at best and a super-jerk at the worst. American Alien's Superman isn't a character, he's a collection of super powers posing as a character. Though Superman: American Alien features some of the best artwork and covers that DC has produced this year, its finale reveals the series true form: a story about a Superman that cares little about actually being or becoming Superman.

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7.0
Superman: The Coming of the Supermen #1

Feb 24, 2016

Neal Adams on anything is worth your attention, but Neal Adams on a super crazymulti-Superman story is doubly worth it, despite its stilted execution. Even with its scripting missteps, Superman: The Coming of the Supermen #1 is a prime example of a passion project that doesn't feel self-indulgent. Neal Adams, Tony Bedard and Alex Sinclair all come together to deliver a gorgeous slice of classic DC strangeness, and feels just as vital now as it would if it was published at the height of Adams' powers. While DC's main legacy title is reveling in the darkness and grit of Batman's darkest era right now, The Coming of the Supermen shows just what you can accomplish just by turning toward the light.

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9.0
Swamp Thing (2016) #2

Feb 8, 2016

I've used the term "old-school" a few times in this review and the more I think about it, the better I feel it describes Swamp Thing #2. Len Wein, Kelley Jones and Michelle Madsen stripped away all the superhero trappings that made the previous title so engaging and have returned the series to a dark and disturbing place. Modern horror comic books often resort to disturbing ultra-violence or nihilistic gags that keep the audience gasping, but not Swamp Thing #2. No, Team Swamp Thing is determined to make your skin crawl without the modern tools of horror. For Wein, Jones, and Madsen, the old school is the best school, and Swamp Thing #2 is their stylishly weird proof.

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7.0
Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes #1

Sep 29, 2016

Though probably best suited for diehard Edgar Rice Burroughs and Apes franchise fans, Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes #1 still stands as an interesting narrative mash up between two unlikely titles.

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8.0
Teen Titans (2016) #1

Oct 26, 2016

Wildn hearts run free but the Titans find that they are stronger together in a debut issue that finally puts the teen super team back in the spotlight they deserve. Benjamin Percy, Jonboy Meyers, and Jim Charalampidis don’t try to over-complicate this return, nor do they try to reinvent the wheel when it comes to the team’s DNA. They simply get back down to basics and let the story stand on its own. Though it is early days for this new, but familiar lineup Teen Titans #1 proves that they are more than capable of standing together and building their own legacy.

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6.0
Teen Titans: Rebirth #1

Sep 29, 2016

While the idea of Damian assembling his own version of the Titans is a great hook, Teen Titans: Rebirth #1 unfortunately doesn't give us much sense of what that will look like aside from the unexpected call to arms.

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8.0
Thanos: The Infinity Finale #1

Apr 13, 2016

While it may serve as the latest installment of a long-running story cycle, the Thanos: The Infinity Finale OGN feels wholly singular, yet representative of one of Marvel's most innovative eras of storytelling. Jim Starlin, Ron Lim, Andy Smith, and Guru-eFX have all converged to deliver a story that feels displaced in time in the best possible way. Though the characters that we all know and love are present, The Infinity Finale reads like a book that could have been right at home right beside the original Adam Warlock and Thanos epics. The Marvel universe is a big place, but The Infinity Finale reminds readers than that there are bigger things, and beings, out there in the expanse.

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10
The Black Monday Murders #1

Aug 12, 2016

With engaging characters and a surely well researched plot, Image Comics has another hit on their hands with The Black Monday Murders #1.

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9.0
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #5

May 19, 2016

While the wait for this issue may have gone on a bit too long, this creative team makes sure that this issue feels and reads well worth enduring its absence.

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5.0
The Clone Conspiracy #2

Nov 9, 2016

Spider-Man: The Clone Conspiracy #2 is a beautiful comic, but readers looking for a new explosive installment of this event series will be let down by its cameo packed script. Though he's been preparing for this event for a while now, Dan Slott still has too much narrative ground to cover in the early going to make this the blockbuster it should be. Thankfully the art team makes the most of what they have and provide readers the dynamism that the script lacks. The dead are rising but Spider-Man: The Clone Conspiracy #2 still has a ways to go before it can rise above its own shortcomings.

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8.0
The Doorman #2

Apr 26, 2016

Heavy Metal is known for being out there, but The Doorman #2 takes a tried and true genre and then blasts it into the far reaches of space with great effect. Eliot Rahal, Daniel Kibblesmith, Kendall Goode and David B. Cooper carefully build their story, along with engaging world-building centered around this society and keep the action and humor building to a crazy cliffhanger that is sure to hook readers that weren't fully sold before. Heavy Metal may have not been in the monthly comics game for long, but The Doorman #2 shows that their publishing division has more than a little potential behind it.

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7.0
The Fall and Rise of Captain Atom #1

Jan 9, 2017

Packed with interesting Easter eggs but hampered by a worn structure and flat dialogue, The Fall and Rise of Captain Atom #1 is a interesting, if a bit limited, debut issue. Cary Bates and Greg Weisman clearly have plans for their former charge and that plan may put him into the forefront of whatever the future or past of the DC universe looks like now. Along with a grounded and novel approach to the visuals from Will Conrad and Ivan Nunes, The Fall and Rise of Captain Atom #1 might be flawed, but offers a potential too weird and precise to outright ignore.

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10
The Fix #1

Apr 5, 2016

The Superior Foes of Spider-Man was a surprise hit, but The Fix #1 isn't just going to take you by surprise - it's just going to make you laugh your ass off. Nick Spencer, Steve Lieber and Ryan Hill have struck raunchy gold here with this new Image Comics debut and they confidently show that that weird little book about Spider-Man villains wasn't just a one-hit wonder. The Fix has it all; compelling yet morally corrupt characters, a hilarious script, and more than a few visual gags that are sure to reward repeat readers. Bottom line, you need The Fix, whether you know it or not.

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10
The Fix #3

Jun 9, 2016

Building to a true gut punch of an ending that completely took me by surprise, The Fix #3 shows that Nick Spencer's most incendiary and affecting work isn't with the man with a shield, it's in the seedy world of Hollywood.

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9.0
The Flintstones #2

Aug 12, 2016

While I never would have guessed that out of all the books on shelves The Flintstones would be the most satirical and affecting, I am very glad that it is, proving that even classic cartoon reboots can have something to say.

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9.0
The Flintstones #5

Nov 3, 2016

With its heady ideas and heartfelt approach to storytelling, The Flintstones #5 keeps the title fresh and funny.

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10
The Killer Inside Me #1

Sep 6, 2016

While film has fumbled with the story of Lou Ford, comic books provide a reverent stage for The Killer Inside Me. Devin Faraci, Vic Malhotra and Jason Millet provide an almost direct translation of Jim Thompson’s work, never once shying away from the more unpleasant aspects of the original work, and using Thompson’s own prose as a weapon instead of a crutch to be relied on. You never know what is lurking in the mind of those around you, but The Killer Inside Me #1 shows you exactly what Lou Ford is thinking, and while it isn’t easy to take it, it is impossible to look away.

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9.0
The Killer Inside Me #2

Oct 7, 2016

The heat may be off Lou Ford for now but The Killer Inside Me #2 shows readers the real monster hiding under his easy smile.

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5.0
The Mighty Captain Marvel #1

Jan 18, 2017

Not quite a disaster but also not exactly a blockbuster, Mighty Captain Marvel #1 stands somewhere in the middle as a clumsy debut, but one that is still fun in its own way. Margaret Stohl, Ramon Rosanas, and Michael Garland throw a lot of stuff at the wall in this first issue and unfortunately not all of it sticks. That said, their love and respect for the Captain and her cast is there and that, at least, gives me hope that they can rise above their less than auspicious start. The world needs Carol Danvers and hopefully in later issues, this series can truly be called a mighty achievement.

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8.0
The Mighty Thor (2015) #2

Dec 17, 2015

While this new series' first issue was all about reintroducing us to the new Goddess of Thunder, Jane Foster, Jason Aaron quickly starts to stack the deck against her in this second issue with the inclusion of the Enchantress and Loki into the book's violent proceedings.

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8.0
The Mummy #1

Nov 14, 2016

Titan Comics gains a big feather in their horror-loving caps with Hammer's The Mummy: Palimpsest #1. Delivering scares both in the supernatural realm and the all too real London streets, Peter Milligan does the brand proud with an unexpected start to this modern creature feature. The art team of Ronilson Freire and Ming Sen also do their part to make this debut stand out for audiences with a set of pages that stands this comic up against classics like Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed and Dracula A.D. 1972. Rich in tone and vintage horror thrills, The Mummy: Palimpsest #1 is a dark victory for Titan and Hammer Comics.

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6.0
The Shadow: The Death of Margo Lane #1

Jun 2, 2016

While shining a much appreciated spotlight on an often overlooked female lead, The Shadow: The Death of Margo Lane #1 is starting its run with a dull deficit.

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7.0
The Shadow: The Death of Margo Lane #4

Sep 8, 2016

Though Matt Wagner's blocky, vintage style artwork still impresses, there is something off about his scripting. Chock full of exposition, Wagner can't seem to get out of his own way when it comes to delivering smooth A-to-B plotting.

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9.0
The Unworthy Thor #2

Dec 8, 2016

Though the Odinson hasn’t been on the scene that much as of late, Unworthy Thor #2 puts him back in the spotlight in large scale and unexpected way. Re-adapting to his voice with ease, Jason Aaron swings for the fences in a big way, both in terms of plot and character and through he’s only two issues into this latest story, he’s already displaying a high batting average even after all the time detailing Jane Foster’s adventures. Along with the pencils ready made for a heavy metal album cover from Olivier Coipel and rich colors by Matthew Wilson Unworthy Thor #2 proves that age old adage that the first time is luck, but the second time is skill.

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8.0
The X-Files X-Mas Special #2016

Dec 22, 2016

Christmas comes but once a year and this year IDW Publishing delivers unto us a compellingly strange gift in the form of X-Files X-Mas Special 2016.

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8.0
The X-Files: Origins #1

Sep 1, 2016

Though the wildly different art styles takes a bit to adjust to, The X-Files: Origins #1 is a solid start for the new youth-centered series.

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9.0
The X-Files: Origins #3

Oct 28, 2016

With its dual storylines and focus on the feelings of its characters The X-Files: Origins #3 continues to rise above expectations.

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6.0
Titans (2016) #1

Jul 27, 2016

The embers of a good run are glowing in Titans #1, they only need the fuel to grow into a roaring fire. Dan Abnett, though shot in the foot by his opening recap of events that are widely known at this point, displays a clear understanding of the team's voice along with displaying the intention to provide them all emotional arc and the promise of a worthy first-time foe. Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund and Andrew Dalhouse also render Abnett's script with the kind of energy that is needed for a teen centered book like this, teasing large scale action when things truly kick off. Titans #1 may not be the best opening issue, but it portends great things to come, albeit a bit stuffily.

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8.0
Torchwood #1

Aug 8, 2016

With great characters and a deep well of continuity that never feels oppressive, Torchwood #1 is a solid start for the latest installment of the Doctor Who spin-off. John and Carole Barrowman clearly care about this cast, but also seem to grasp what kind of stories would be well suited for them. While they may play their cards close to the chest plot-wise this month, their voices are too well refined to be disappointing. It is fan service done right. Couple that with an art team that delivers both style and substance and you have another solid installment in a thriving licensed line.

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7.0
Torchwood #3

Dec 1, 2016

Though it doesn't pack the punch of the previous issues, Torchwood #3 still keeps the returned team on the clock as best that it can.

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7.0
Transformers: Revolution #1

Oct 28, 2016

Transformers: Revolution #1 may not be ground-breaking, but it is an entertaining enough jaunt with fun characters and constant action.

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8.0
Triggerman #1

Oct 7, 2016

Keeping firmly in the tradition of the publishing imprint Triggerman #1 is a worthy debut for Hard Case Crime and another impressive feather in the cap of Titan Comics.

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8.0
Triggerman #2

Nov 10, 2016

The world of Triggerman is an ugly one, but Matz and Jef work to make it look beautiful.

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8.0
U.S.Avengers #1

Jan 5, 2017

It is always cool to see a creative team find their niche and with the debut of U.S.Avengers #1, I think its safe to say that Ewing and company have found theirs in daffy, fun, and character focused team books. Standing a solidly entertaining, but unexpectedly presented debut, this first issue keeps Ewing’s overall direction for Roberto and his team on track and better still, keeps evolving the team beyond their debut selves. Adding dynamism and heart to the proceedings are Paco Medina, Juan Vlasco, and Jesus Aburtov, all of whom match the script beat for beat while making it their own. Sunspot and his team may now be working for the government but U.S.Avengers #1 shows that they are all still the same beautifully heroic misfits that readers responded to in the first place.

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6.0
Uncanny Avengers (2015) #8

Apr 6, 2016

Though Uncanny Avengers was riding a pretty consistent wave of momentum going into this crossover, you can't help but feel let-down reading this month's installment. While not completely evaporated thanks to Gerry Duggan's firm handle on this team's voice and an art team that can make lemonade out of lemons, that same momentum has been more than a little siphoned thanks to this sojourn into Pleasant Hill. Crossover issues are the nature of the beast this day and age and while it may not be the most exciting team book this month, Uncanny Avengers still stands as an example of what a book can get away with by having a detail-oriented team behind it and having characters you enjoy reading about.

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3.0
Uncanny X-Men (2016) #6

Apr 11, 2016

Uncanny X-Men #6 might not be the best entry into this series, but it is still refreshing to see the team's ambition. While not quite the teen adventure of All-New nor the soap opera-esque tale of Extraordinary, Uncanny X-Men occupies its own story space, even though it loses the plot this month. Despite this issue's missteps, there is still plenty of time for Bunn and company to get things back on track for next month. Let us hope that Archangel hasn't totally ruined everything (again) before then.

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9.0
Violent Love #1

Nov 8, 2016

Usually when readers see the word "crime" on a cover of a comic book, the image of dingy alleys, rain soaked trenchcoats and flying bullets instantly pops into their heads. However Violent Love #1 offers a much sunnier and much more humanist take on the genre, focusing on the person before the taint of crime and allowing readers to fully understand one of the leads before the dam breaks. Frank J. Barbiere, Victor Santos and Dylan Todd take things slow, but not slow enough to make this debut a durge. While we know where the story ends, they work to make the journey to get there as vibrant and as affecting as possible. Not all stories have happy endings, but Violent Love #1 starts this one off on the right foot.

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9.0
Violent Love #2

Dec 12, 2016

Armed with clever cinematic tricks and a breakneck pace, Violent Love #2 avoids the sophomore slump with style.

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9.0
Vision #9

Jul 14, 2016

We don't have many issues of The Vision left, but this creative team is making sure that every issue until the title's end hits as hard as possible.

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10
Vision #11

Sep 22, 2016

This series has been a critical darling since its debut, but Vision #11 elevates it from critical success to full blown masterwork.

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8.0
Vote Loki #1

Jun 21, 2016

Vote Loki #1 is a story well-suited for today's political climate and current Marvel Comics continuity, as it draws power from one and shows respect for the other in its characterization of the titular god.

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10
Weavers #2

Jun 7, 2016

Spurrier's script coupled with the visuals of Dylan Burnett and Triona Farrell, who manage to throw in some truly funny business names that would make Chip Zdarsky proud among the neon, grime, and blood, take Weavers from good to great with confidence.

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10
Weird Detective #1

Jun 14, 2016

Weird Detective #1 does what many comics and Lovecraft adaptations have failed to do, make the seminal weird fiction balls out fun. By fleshing out their original short story into a double-sized debut issue, Van Lente, Vilanova, Gonzalez and Wallace are allowed the page count to let their plot breathe, add much needed dynamics and depth to the characters, and fully revel in the monster and supernaturally power filled weirdness of the world they have created. All the while delivering a by the numbers buddy cop story complete with banter and straight up comedic beats. Lovecraftian genre tales are a dime a dozen in popular culture, but Weird Detective #1 stands above the lot by displaying a vast knowledge of the source material along with a keen eye for funny, engaging ways to present that material.

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8.0
Weird Detective #2

Jul 24, 2016

Though it isn't nearly as Cthulhu-flavored as the debut issue Weird Detective #2 still revels in its own weird brand of humor and Lovecraftian pulp tone.

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9.0
Weird Detective #5

Oct 20, 2016

Reveling in craziness from the very start, Weird Detective #5 is an ending befitting of Dark Horse Comics' strangest hit series.

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9.0
Witchfinder: City of the Dead #1

Aug 31, 2016

Steeped in Hammer horror style and offering an intriguing plot, Witchfinder: City of the Dead #1 is a strong opening for one of Mike Mignola’s enduringly interesting leading men. Along with his consistently wry co-writer Chris Roberson, Mignola presents a fresh take on zombies while also providing readers yet another easy entry point into Grey’s exploits. The pair’s script, bolstered by the classically inspired pencils of Ben Stenbeck and the strongly in tone colors of Michelle Madsen, culminates in an experience tailor made for comic fans of all stripe. If it’s your first Mignola-verse comic or even your hundredth, Witchfinder: City of the Dead #1 is a ghoulishly fun read.

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9.0
Witchfinder: City of the Dead #4

Dec 5, 2016

With an almost realistic take on vampire hunting and a staunchly compelling narrative Witchfinder: City of the Dead #4 makes the most of its penultimate offering. Mike Mignola and Chris Roberson keep making the old feel new again with grounded stories about a grounded, almost bored man standing against the monsters for Queen and Country. Adding to the vintage flavor of the series is Ben Stenbeck and Michelle Madsen who render the script with a steady, old school influenced hand and tone appropriate colors that make the most of the universe's established look. Armed with a stiff upper lip and a sharp steak in its hand, Witchfinder: City of the Dead #4 is a robust lead up to the series' end.

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8.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #1

Jun 23, 2016

Wonder Woman #1 may offer two different narrative paths right now, but the journey is still worth fan's time and attention thanks to Rucka's stripping the title to bare essentials and the art team's eye-catching pages.

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9.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #4

Aug 10, 2016

Diana may be headed for the man's world, but Wonder Woman #4 makes the most of her final days on Themyscira. With a a focus on character, an organic take on a familiar origin, and backed by smart and striking artwork, Greg Rucka, Nicola Scott, and Romulo Fajardo, Jr. revitalize Diana and her family, side-stepping what could have been a rote recollection. Wonder Woman #4 shows that sometimes, narratively, you can have your cake and eat it, too.

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8.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #6

Sep 15, 2016

While light on action, Wonder Woman #6 furthers "Year One's" standing as a heartfelt and mature look at the past of one of DC's icons.

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8.0
Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #6

Apr 18, 2016

Though it stacks the bodies high this month Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #6 has a lot more going for it than just explosive carnage. Robert Venditti, Juan Jose Ryp, and Jordie Bellaire deliver a story about the most capable man in the world still coming up short as well as the ever evolving hidden machinations that are working against him, wrapped in a fast paced and spectacularly blood soaked package. Though the Labyrinth still awaits our hero, Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #6 shows that the journey can be just as fun as the destination if you really want it to be.

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9.0
Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #8

Jun 16, 2016

"Labyrinth" may have just started but has quickly proven itself, boasting a focused narrative and confident visuals, as an enthralling new arc for one of Valiant's A-list players.

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9.0
WWE: Then. Now. Forever #1

Nov 10, 2016

While the pace of the issue is faster than a surprise Money in the Bank cash-in and the art styles clash a bit, especially the lovably wacky New Day jaunt through time, WWE: Then. Now. Forever. #1 is a well-produced treat for wrestling fans and non-wrestling fans alike.

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6.0
X-O Manowar #47

Jun 30, 2016

X-O Manowar #47 shows potential, but fails to live up to its own promises.

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9.0
Young Terrorists #2

Dec 13, 2016

With a dual middle fingers proudly held above its head, Young Terrorists #2 is exactly the kind of pissed-off spectacle we deserve right now.

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