Keith Reid-Cleveland's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Black Nerd Problems Reviews: 49
8.4Avg. Review Rating

7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #14

Jun 17, 2016

The buddy cop vibe between Peter and Tony Stark is something we're sure to get plenty of now that Mary Jane is caught in the middle. And Miles Morales being the thing to bring them together makes the most sense because Miles is awesome and everybody should want him to be their protege. This issue also doubles as a shared issue with the Avengers as we get brief cameos from pretty much every Avenger, all-new and old, as they each manage to get kidnapped.

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7.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #15

Jul 7, 2016

All-in-all, this story arc feels a bit like it was filler to build up to something else. The only thing that appeared to have any lasting effect was J. Jonah Jameson Sr.'s condition at the end of the comic. Unless, of course, Tony and MJ become a serious thing and they ride off into the sunset together while Riri Williams holds down the Iron throne for a while.

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9.0
Batman (2016) #1

Jun 17, 2016

As the issue comes to a close, we're introduced to a pair of new characters claiming they're heroes named Gotham and Gotham Girl. This immediately makes me call back to the Snyder era and the ongoing “Batman is Gotham” theme. That, and the suggestion that they're willing to kill, suggests they'll be breaking bad in a matter of time.

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8.0
Batman (2016) #2

Jul 7, 2016

Only note? More Duke Thomas. Please. He won't be the next Robin but he could very well become an amazing here in his own right and following his adventures inWe Are Robin makes him a certifiable fan favorite.

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8.8
Batman (2016) #3

Jul 21, 2016

For once, Batman's taking a backseat in his own title. This could lead to some really great moments from supporting characters, which is secretly the best thing about most great Batman stories. It's time we get another one and King may be able to use the Gothamites to provide a really memorable arc. It could have the flash and bang of Batman vs. Superman without all of the legwork it takes to make it happen. Low risk, high reward.

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9.0
Batman (2016) #4

Aug 3, 2016

Tom King's done a great job of giving us a memorable story arc early on in his run as the head writer for Batman. He's further developing Batman's character on multiple fronts " as a mentor, a symbol, a myth, and, now, a seasoned veteran with his eyes on a future where he hopefully isn't as needed.

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8.5
Batman (2016) #5

Aug 18, 2016

We finally learn the weakness and full origin of the mysterious new heroes through some feel-good Duke Thomas moments and it pays off because it looks like we're going to get another main character added to the Bat-ranks.

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9.5
Batman (2016) #6

Sep 8, 2016

Issue #6 was a powerful ending to a solid initial run from King and the ending suggests that we'll be completely switching gears soon as he takes on Bane. I can't wait.

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9.0
Batman (2016) #9

Oct 20, 2016

Note: Walking through the dark hallways of Arkham provides a great outlet for a handful of Easter eggs and cameo appearances from other beloved characters. See how many you can catch.

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9.0
Batman (2016) #11

Nov 22, 2016

There are only about five pages in this entire book that don't feature Catwoman, which makes it clear that this issue is all about her. Everything that she does is in line with what the character's been presented to be over the years. Fans love her because she's not a hero or a villain. She's just trying to walk the line and not fall off the tight rope. And her actions in this issue directly reflect that.

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9.5
Batman (2016) #15

Jan 19, 2017

The complicated love affair of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle is a staple of the Batman ethos. Batman #15 is another splendid exploration of that relationship that no one else " including readers " will ever fully understand.

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9.5
Batman (2016) #17

Feb 15, 2017

If you're the kind of person who's too impatient to wait for the action to start, I Am Bane is perfect for you. Bane doesn't take any breaks to strategize. If he's going to go to war, he's going to bring the fight to whoever's unfortunate enough to be in his crosshairs.

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9.5
Batman (2016) #18

Mar 1, 2017

Appearances from all of the people who affected Bruce along the way are always welcome, including a touching panel of him speaking with all of his costumed mentees over the years. However, the thing that sticks you the longest is how Bane's story is even more heartbreaking due to a few subtle differences.

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10
Batman (2016) #19

Mar 17, 2017

If "I Am Bane" accomplishes anything, it'll be cementing Bane's spot in Batman's top three villains in any list that's worth a damn. Not only is he capable of destroying 90% of his rogue's gallery on his own, but he has the single requirement of any good villain " justification.

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10
Batman (2016) #20

Apr 5, 2017

"You don't see the impossible " you see the impossibility no one else sees." King may delivered the best damn line of the arc in this latest issue as he perfectly summarizes what makes Batman so extraordinary as a character. This is the kind of observation that only comes after truly getting to know a character.

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8.7
Batman (2016) #21

Apr 27, 2017

In short, issue #21 gave readers an opportunity to step back into the Rebirth event that may have slipped their minds, but in a BIG way.

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9.0
Captain America: Sam Wilson #1

Oct 14, 2015

This issuewas full of small moments that spoke to much larger issues and themes that give it a long-lasting replay value. I've already said thatAll-New Captain America would be a series I plan for my future kids to read because of how it touched on issues that I know they'll need to be aware of. But with Captain America: Sam Wilson continuing that theme, and adding historical/political context to the mix, I'm even more sure that they'll be reading this one day.

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9.0
Captain America: Sam Wilson #2

Oct 29, 2015

It was also refreshing to see a callback to the story that took place in All-New Captain America with Armadillo. And, as always, Misty Knight is great. Even though we have every reason to believe that Cap and Thor get involved in a few issues, I'm still all for Misty and Cap riding off into the sunset with their fists raised in the air.

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7.0
Captain America: Sam Wilson #3

Nov 19, 2015

To be perfectly fair, a boatload of people took the “I don't want politics in my comics!” stance. I wasn't one of them. But I suppose this was an attempt to appease the masses.

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8.0
Captain America: Sam Wilson #4

Dec 28, 2015

The MCU has given Claire Temple a new sense of relevance and it's refreshing to see her make an appearance as a doctor.Misty Knight and a gun can gain control of pretty much any situation.Wall Street executives make me think of EVIL Corp. inMr. Robot. I'm afraid that's more of an accurate depiction than we'd like to admit.

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8.0
Captain America: Sam Wilson #5

Jan 18, 2016

Note: Since Redwing is part vampire now " which means so is Joaquin " I'm looking for a vampire/werewolf team-up at some point before Cap Wolf goes away [hopefully for a while].

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9.5
Captain America: Sam Wilson #7

Apr 4, 2016

All in all, it's an issue any Cap fan should have in their stack.

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10
Captain America: Sam Wilson #10

Jun 23, 2016

While Jim Rhodes' death seemed a bit weighted and unnecessary, this issue makes sure it wasn't a waste. It, at the very least, gave Sam Wilson the push he needed to get over the wall and become great.

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9.4
Captain America: Sam Wilson #11

Jul 6, 2016

While we don't have a Sam Wilson in the world to help end police brutality, it's nice to see a world where they do to help us imagine what it would be like.

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9.3
Captain America: Sam Wilson #12

Aug 19, 2016

This current run of Captain America: Sam Wilson is going to end up on the syllabus of a really liberal, young-minded sociology professor one day.

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8.5
Captain America: Sam Wilson #16

Dec 28, 2016

Issue #16 is a great diving in point for anyone interested in learning more about Misty Knight's history. Not only does it offer a concise summary of her past affiliations with a variety of superhero team-ups, but it touches on her relationship with Danny Rand, proves that her investigative skills are top notch, proves that she can do with either her bionic arm or her organic one, and gives her plenty of scumbags to beat up on in the process.

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9.2
Captain America: Sam Wilson #18

Jan 19, 2017

While it may have some moments worthy of a raised eyebrow or two, Captain America: Sam Wilson has become a great jumping-off point to learn more about the experiences of people of color. Which many comic book readers have shown they could benefit from having.

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8.2
Captain America: Sam Wilson #20

Mar 16, 2017

There have been a couple eyebrow-raising moments in Nick Spencer's run of this series but they mostly have to do with Sam upholding respectability politics and not being nearly as revolutionary as he thinks he is. But, again, this is a complaint about the series' politics, which couldn't possibly please everyone and not the storytelling. As far as the story goes, it's progressing just as it needs to, especially for a comic where the main villain is society and not some masked, narcissistic millionaire.

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10
Captain America: Sam Wilson #21

Apr 12, 2017

From a storytelling perspective, Nick Spencer, Daniel Acuna and everyone who ever had anything to do with Captain America: Sam Wilson deserve all of the awards on their mantle for their work thus far. Like everything else created by mortals, the title isn't perfect. But it's best moments put other titles to shame.

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7.7
Civil War II #2

Jun 17, 2016

However, seeing that Ulysses abilities are still changing and unpredictable means that this story could change a lot a couple issues from now. We're just one bad incident from allegiances being tested once again.

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6.5
Civil War II #4

Jul 28, 2016

Tony Stark's monologue delivered well, as they're prone to, and hearing about the world's politically charged views of the superheroes that protect them was appropriate, given the current election season. Also, David Marquez's art is stunning. But, still, it wouldn't feel right to give this issue an above average score at this point.

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7.0
Civil War II #6

Oct 28, 2016

We've only got a couple issues left of CiviL War II and, so far, it looks like it'll be pretty forgetful outside of opening the door to the Champions versus the Avengers split. But we've already had the major clash between both sides " again, "major" " and it's best to just push forward and hope for a solid conclusion. Art's still absolutely beautiful though. So it's cool to look at.

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6.0
Civil War II #8

Dec 28, 2016

At the end of the day, Civil War II far from lived up to its own hype and somewhat damaged the name of the Civil War franchise. That first joint was so powerful that it inspired an entire movie while Civil War II may only be worthy of a two-episode arc on a Disney XD show.

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8.7
Civil War II: Amazing Spider-Man #1

Jun 9, 2016

Christos N. Gage and Travel Foreman team up for this issue as a more than capable writer/artist combo. Gage made interesting decisions in this issue and excelled in displaying what makes Peter Parker just like all of us " with his suspicions and sarcasm " and what makes him so different " the crippling weight of his responsibilities. Foreman's art made it convenient for the mind's eye to picture the panels moving in live-action. This was my first time seeing his art and I'm looking forward to seeing more of it.

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8.0
Civil War II: Amazing Spider-Man #2

Jul 15, 2016

The ending, and next issue's cover, leave Cole's true motivation's a bit up in the air. Which is good. While he would be far from the first reformed villain to relapse, this is one of those occasions where it doesn't necessarily have to happen. Like Harold Lyman, f.k.a. Harry Osborn? Yeah, that's inevitable. But it would be nice to see a character like Clayton, who doesn't need to go bad for any real reasons, stay on the straight-and-narrow, even after this serious of a relapse.

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7.0
Civil War II: Amazing Spider-Man #3

Aug 19, 2016

The first two thirds of this issue were good, standard Spider-Man with an interesting supporting cast and plenty of light-hearted comedy. But the last part kind of comes out of nowhere.

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7.5
Flash (2011) #45

Oct 29, 2015

While nothing happened in this issue to make you jump out of your seat, it kept the plot going and you can see that plenty of interesting things are still left in this story arc before we move on to the next one. Barry's still inway over his head with Professor Zoom and has to figure out how to even the odds somehow.

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7.3
Flash (2016) #2

Jul 15, 2016

Now, the end of the issue brings up an interesting premise. What makes Barry Allen, or any Flash, for that matter, so special in a city where dozens of people also have super speed? It may be his intellect or his morals, but that's surely going to be put to the test in the next couple of issues.

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6.5
Flash (2016) #3

Jul 27, 2016

At the end of the day, you can't have a comic book where your title character is unintentionally your least interesting. Intentionally? That's different because it usually leads to some kind of transformation. But it's not hard to see Barry Allen being a funsucker for another 10 issues until something traumatic happens to push him close to the edge.

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7.0
Flash (2016) #4

Aug 10, 2016

Issue #4 of The Flash was a step, not a gargantuan leap, forward in the right direction from what came before it. While it's still not anything worth telling all of your friends about, if you're a fan of the Flash and are looking for some new stories about the character, here you go.

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8.3
Flash: Rebirth (2016) #1

Jun 9, 2016

With all of the early exposition and the long awaited reunion, the best part of this issue was still in the last three pages. It takes a certain perspective to see any commonalities between Flash and Batman, who almost anyone would view as polar opposites. But bringing these two great minds together to work on the same case made their similarities clearer than ever before.

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8.5
Harley Quinn (2013) #19

Aug 31, 2015

This series is sure to guarantee anyone a laugh from the age of 5 to 55 and issue #19 is a continuation of that.

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9.0
Harley Quinn And Power Girl #3

Aug 24, 2015

The first issues did a solid job of establishing this world of free love and expression. But issue #3 is where things start to come to a head with PG and HQ taking on Vartox himself. As always, the art is great and brings a new world to life and the characters are well-established. Its satire of real-life issues such as representation and gender equality are always a treat. The only sad thing is that the space adventures of Harley Quinn and Power Girl eventually have to come to an end.

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10
Invincible #129

Jun 17, 2016

After everything we find out that Anissa has started a family with a newborn baby butthat her assault on Mark resulted in the birth of a child that she named after him. Man, Kirkman really knows how to make us thirsty for the next issue.

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8.0
They're Not Like Us #7

Aug 31, 2015

The writing of the series has always been strong and that's on display in this issue. Time jumps are an often-used writing tool but this issue doesn't make you feel like it was done out of necessity, but by choice. The art has also improved from earlier issues when it made you wish for a little more. The scenery is more established and there aren't as many panels with just a person standing in front of a solid-colored backdrop.

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8.0
They're Not Like Us #8

Oct 5, 2015

I've been down for the (hopefully) long ride ofThey're Not Like Ussince the first issue, and I still am. This issue absolutely opened up a lot of possibilities.

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8.0
They're Not Like Us #9

Oct 29, 2015

It'll be a hard month waiting to see who this new group is and what their story is, but it'll most likely be worth it.

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9.0
They're Not Like Us #10

Dec 6, 2015

They're Not Like Us is a series that people need to be reading. With it's 10th issue being one of its absolute strongest to date, it's now safe to say that.

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8.0
They're Not Like Us #12

Apr 4, 2016

While our main storyline follows Syd/Tabitha, keeping track with the movements of both the Voice and and the two police officers looking into him provides some exciting subplots. Honestly, they may have both stolen the show from our main plot line with surprises in each.

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