Kat Calamia's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Newsarama Reviews: 42
7.7Avg. Review Rating

8.0
Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows (2016) #6

Apr 14, 2017

Combined with a fun twist on Annie's precognitive powers interacting with Cerebro, The Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #6 is a strong story for the Parkers, but is also a great team up between the Spider-family and classic X-Men.

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9.0
Archie (2015) #20

May 17, 2017

Archie #20 proves that "Over the Edge" can live up to the arc's own hype. Juggling long-standing dynamics but injecting their daily routines with some surprisingly high stakes, it's an introduction that leaves the reader wanting more, and provides long time Archie fans with great character and relationship work " which is all you can ask for from a slice of life comic.

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9.0
Batgirl (2016) Annual #1

Mar 30, 2017

Batgirl Annual #1 brings two fun-filled stories that make this comic worth its $4.99 price tag.

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10
Batman (2016) #21

Apr 19, 2017

Batman #21 is the perfect set-up for two of DC Comics’ best detectives (Batman and the Flash) unraveling DC Rebirth’s mystery. The best aspect of this issue is figuring out how the clues piece together and how they connect to the overall mystery of DC Rebirth and Watchmen. This gives reason for you not only to pick up the issue, but to analyze the story further through multiple readings.

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9.0
Batwoman: Rebirth #1

Feb 15, 2017

Batwoman: Rebirth #1 is exactly what a "Rebirth" issue should be. It’s new reader-friendly, but also entertaining for readers who are already fans of the character. Celebrating the past, present, and future of Kate Kane, this one-shot explores the character as an individual and shows how her relationships have affected the paths she’s taken in her life.

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6.0
Charmed (2017) #1

Mar 7, 2017

If Charmed television fans need their fill of the Halliwell sisters, then Dynamite's Charmed #1 is a good issue to whet your palate, but if you are looking for this comic to bring something new to the franchise, then you'll be sadly disappointed. Charmed #1 does a great job at showcasing the lovable chemistry between the sisters, but brings a generic villain along for the ride.

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5.0
Detective Comics (2016) #957

May 24, 2017

Detective Comics #957 puts an interesting twist on how vigilantes should approach heroism in Gotham City, but Stephanie’s characterization makes it hard to fully enjoy the issue. This spotlight story misses an opportunity to fully convey Stephanie’s motivations, which hurts the issue’s character moments.

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7.0
Elektra (2017) #4

May 25, 2017

Elektra #4 is a fun action issue that focuses on Elektra's strength as a fighter, but sadly the issue doesn't give much room to progress the story's plot.

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6.0
FCBD 2017: Fresh Off the Boat #1

May 4, 2017

Free Comic Book Day: Fresh Off the Boat is a great comic in concept, but a bit clunky in execution.

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8.0
FCBD 2017: The Loud House #1

May 4, 2017

Free Comic Book Day: The Loud House is a must-read for Loud House fans, but is also a great jumping-on point for potential new fans.

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7.0
Flash (2016) #21

Apr 28, 2017

While the second chapter of "The Button" is not as strong as the story arc's electrifying premiere, but still delivers an interesting narrative for Barry Allen fans.

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8.0
Hulk (2016) #4

Mar 23, 2017

The slow-paced story gives a realistic portrayal of living with a mental illness in everyday life, and shows a side of Jen Walters readers don't get to see nearly enough.

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8.0
Hulk (2016) #5

Apr 28, 2017

Mariko Tamaki has done a great job at exploring how Jen's psychological trauma is affecting her day-to-day life, even if the issue loses a little bit of momentum with Maze's return and the on the nose comparison of Jen and Maze's internal demons.

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9.0
Injustice 2 #1

May 4, 2017

Injustice 2 #1 revels in character moments, making for an exciting premiere issue.

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7.0
Invincible #136

May 18, 2017

Invincible #136's main plot is a slow burn, but the issue has some solid action and character moments to keep fans entertained.

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7.0
Jean Grey #2

May 25, 2017

Overall, Jean Grey continues to be a great character-driven story, but I'm fearful the series will start becoming formulaic as Jean continues to visit different members of the Marvel universe to help her understand the mysteries of the Phoenix force.

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7.0
Justice League / Power Rangers #2

Feb 9, 2017

Justice League/Power Rangers #2 is a bit light on plot, but provides a hightail adventure one would expect when bringing these two teams together.

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8.0
Lady Killer 2 #4

Mar 9, 2017

Lady Killer 2 #4 hits all the right notes needed for a penultimate issue " it builds up the stakes for a hopefully explosive finale.

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8.0
Motor Girl #4

Mar 2, 2017

Motor Girl is a unique story that focuses on psychological trauma, while also giving a view of the possibility that we aren't alone in the universe.

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7.0
Motor Girl #5

Apr 6, 2017

Overall, Motor Girl #5 is a good issue when focusing on Sam and the psychological aspects of the story, but the series needs to start building a stronger voice for the mysterious government like group if they are becoming more important for the alien plot.

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8.0
Ms. Marvel (2015) #15

Feb 13, 2017

Ms. Marvel has always been great at reinventing the superhero genre, and this arc is no exception. The secret identity trope may feel overused to some readers, but this issue presents this old trope in a fresh, new way. Wilson uses technology to build the suspense of the villain's motives as the troll's attacks hit close to home, making this enigma even more menacing.

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10
Ms. Marvel (2015) #16

Mar 16, 2017

Overall Ms. Marvel #16 is one of the series' strongest issues to date, fleshing out Kamala's supporting cast while in the process creates a menacing villain for the arc.

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8.0
Ms. Marvel (2015) #17

Apr 21, 2017

The story seamlessly weaves a great commentary on technology, identity, and community, while also providing an interesting twist on the superhero secret identity trope.

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6.0
Ms. Marvel (2015) #18

May 11, 2017

Overall, Ms. Marvel #18 does a good job at giving an opportunity to explore one of Kamala's supporting characters, but with Bruno's emotional arc only touching the surface, the issue can't help but feeling a little bit like filler.

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9.0
Night Owl Society #2

May 18, 2017

If you are a fan of stories with teenagers fighting crime, this comic should be considered a must-read.

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9.0
Paper Girls #11

Feb 6, 2017

With Paper Girls #11, the series returns from its hiatus with a great start to its new story arc. Introducing new players to the story, Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang make sure to continue building up Paper Girls' protagonists and mysterious world, delivering a coming-of-age story that relies on symbolism and character development to unravel their deep and imaginative world.

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8.0
Paper Girls #12

Mar 6, 2017

This new arc of Paper Girls has a necessary slow burn to help the readers learn more about the two new female characters, and to examine the deeper relationship forming between the girls. Our main characters are stuck in a weird, mysterious world, and Vaughan uses this physical setting to explore the next stages of their adolescent lives.

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9.0
Paper Girls #13

Apr 10, 2017

Overall, Paper Girls #13 is a great addition to the series. It expands the mysterious world of Paper Girls more than previous issues, but the strongest aspect of the story is still the relationships forming between the main girls.

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9.0
Paper Girls #14

May 15, 2017

Paper Girls #14 continues to do what the series does best - the perfect balance of character and world building. The issue uses new characters to help expand Vaughan's mysterious world, but the story's biggest strength is with K.J.'s subtle emotional arc as she puts together the puzzle pieces of her own identity.

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10
Revival #47

Feb 27, 2017

Revival #47 is a bittersweet ending that brings action, great closure to character arcs, but most importantly, it brings plenty of emotion. If you've been following Revival over the years, this issue will pull on your heartstrings. It's not an easy accomplishment, but Revival creates a satisfying conclusion for longtime readers.

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6.0
Spider-Gwen (2015) #18

Mar 28, 2017

Spider-Gwen #18 is a disappointing conclusion to the much-hyped romantic story arc between Gwen Stacy and Miles Morales. With little added to the scant fireworks from the first issue of the arc, this crossover sadly feels like a cash-grab because of the forced romantic plot between the two popular Spider-heroes, rather than playing up the organic and engaging friendship between these two popular characters.

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9.0
Spider-Woman (2015) #17

Apr 3, 2017

Spider-Woman #17 is a satisfying ending to Hopeless' character-driven run. The issue celebrates the life Jessica built for herself during Hopeless' run and shows how much Jessica has grown as a character.

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10
Supergirl: Being Super #2

Feb 22, 2017

Supergirl: Being Super tells an emotionally human and raw story about a teenage girl grappling with loss as she slowly discovers she’s an alien. She’s an alien to her body, her emotions, and to the only world she knows. This second issue delves into how Kara and the people around her react to loss. Some people bottle their feelings, others eat their emotions away, and in Kara’s case loss has unlocked memories hidden from her - connecting to an even larger mystery.

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9.0
Supergirl: Being Super #3

May 1, 2017

Tamaki uses Kara's story in Supergirl: Being Super #3 to show the struggles all teenagers have as they search for their self-identity and try to find a place in the world. Supergirl Being Super resonates as the perfect coming of age story because it reminds us that in many ways, all teenagers feel like aliens.

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4.0
Superman (2016) #16

Feb 6, 2017

In concept, bringing every Super-person into a Superman book should be a fun adventure, but sadly "Multiplicity" tells its story with such super-speed that readers might struggle to catch up. Three issues were far from enough to tell the heavy story Tomasi tried to build in this short story arc, making this conclusion fall short from its iconic inspirations.

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6.0
Superwoman #8

Mar 9, 2017

This issue brings improvements to the Superwoman series, but it still feels like the reader doesn't have enough information about "Superman Reborn" and the DC Rebirth mystery to fully enjoy the story.

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6.0
The Clone Conspiracy #5

Feb 17, 2017

The last part of The Clone Conspiracy suffers from a jammed packed narrative and a slightly ambiguous ending, but the character moments between Gwen and Peter shine throughout the issue.

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5.0
The Clone Conspiracy: Omega #1

Mar 2, 2017

Overall, The Clone Conspiracy Omega doesn't redeem the underwhelming ending of this Spider-Man event.

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9.0
The Mighty Thor (2015) #19

May 18, 2017

The Mighty Thor #19 brings in the Phoenix at just the right time as this issue feels like a "rebirth" for the series. After looking death in the eye, Jane has a new evaluation on her priorities, which brings in some new and interesting roles for a few of the series' characters.

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8.0
X-Men Prime #1

Mar 30, 2017

Overall, the artwork needs some attention to detail, but the old-school tone to the book makes this issue a must-read.

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6.0
X-Men: Blue (2017) #1

Apr 12, 2017

X-Men Blue #1 gives us a promising ending, but the relationship between the team is lacking. The series needs to work on the balance of fun nostalgia and team building.

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8.0
X-Men: Gold (2017) #1

Apr 6, 2017

Overall X-Men Gold #1 brings a nostalgic feel needed for the X-Men franchise, while also presenting a freshness through Kitty's leadership.

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