Kevin Lainez's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Comic Book Revolution Reviews: 58
7.5Avg. Review Rating

7.0
Action Comics (2016) #975

Mar 10, 2017

Action Comics #975 was a fun comic book even as we get some answers while adding more questions to what we already know. The heavy focus on Mr. Mxyzplk and why he would turn out to be the fake Clark Kent was a necessary story to be told. It at least puts a stamp on the whole fake Clark Kent mystery and gave us more insight into Mr. Oz's role in the story. There are still some execution problems with the general concept of 'Superman Reborn' that need to be solved. If not this arc may end up doing more bad than good for the long-term future of the Superman franchise.

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8.0
Action Comics (2016) #976

Mar 24, 2017

Action Comics #976 does a very good job capping off the 'Superman Reborn' arc. Rectifying Superman's history within the new DC Universe creates a lot of interesting directions for the franchise to take moving forward. Even though Mr. Oz did not play as big a role in this arc as one would've thought, his involvement at the end of the issue does create further interest in the bigger story that was started at the beginning of DC Rebirth.

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7.0
All-New Wolverine #14

Nov 17, 2016

All-New Wolverine #14 is a solid second chapter to Enemy of the State II. Tom Taylor pushes Laura Kinney's latest adventure forward as she now heads to Madripoor with Gabby to learn who has been sending her Trigger Scent. Taylor was also able to bring in additional players to the table as we see SHIELD and Bellona, one of Laura's clones, get involved in the larger story. Nik Virella does a good job enhancing Taylor's story with how she conveys the various emotions Wolverine and other characters have throughout the issue. This all combines to create further excitement for what is going to happen next in Enemy of the State II.

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8.0
All-New Wolverine #16

Jan 16, 2017

All-New Wolverine #16 continues to push "Enemy of the State II" forward with positive momentum. Tom Taylor and Nik Virella delivered a chapter that elevated how dangerous Kimura is and could potentially be if her plan to take over Madripoor is successful. Kimura's plot gave us an even greater reason to look forward to when Laura is able to take her down in a fight. Introducing Gambit into the story provides an interesting wild card into the situation that should make things even more exciting moving forward.

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6.0
All-New Wolverine #17

Feb 14, 2017

All-New Wolverine #17 slows things down to resolve Laura Kinney's acceptance with her past and overcome the hold Trigger Scent has on her. In doing so Tom Taylor is able to take the time to further develop the relationships Laura has with Gabby and the X-Men. Unfortunately that character development for Laura did not help move the overarching conflict with Kimura, whose presence was almost non-existent in this issue. The lack of Kimura severely impacted this chapter of Enemy of the State II. Hopefully with all of Laura's struggles with Trigger Scent out of the way Enemy of the State II can kick it into the next gear as we get closer to its conclusion.

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9.0
All-Star Batman #7

Feb 13, 2017

All-Star Batman #7 provided us with one of the best Poison Ivy stories we have ever gotten. Scott Snyder's clear understanding of Poison Ivy's character leaves you hoping that he writes an extended arc involving her and the rest of the Batman Family. Tula Lotay's artwork helped make the already strong story much greater as she got across the impact Batman and Poison Ivy had on each other during their conversation. Add in another strong chapter in Duke's back-up story and All-Star Batman #7 is yet another winner in one of DC Comics best ongoing series.

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7.5
All-Star Batman #8

Mar 19, 2017

All-Star Batman #8 continued Batman's journey through his Rogues Gallery in a fascinating way that elevated Mad Hatter's stature as a villain. Scott Snyder's choice of storytelling was unique for this one issue, as he provided us with greater insight into Batman's mind. At the same time, Duke's back-up story continues to add value to this series as a whole with Snyder and Francavilla giving us more of a reason to get behind whatever Duke decides to become in the future.

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8.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #22

Dec 23, 2016

Amazing Spider-Man could've easily been retitled as "The Clone Conspiracy #3.5." Dan Slott and Christos Gage delivered crucial information on Ben Reilly's history to make us understand his transformation to the Jackal persona. This new information gives us a new perspective into what is going on in the main The Clone Conspiracy event. How these details change the story for Spider-Man and other characters involved will be interesting to see play out. If you are reading The Clone Conspiracy I highly recommend picking up the Amazing Spider-Man #22.

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6.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #23

Jan 24, 2017

Amazing Spider-Man #23 is a solid extension of the events that took place in The Clone Conspiracy #4. Dan Slott and Christos Gage are able to deliver on the potential of what would happen if Peter Parker reunited with Gwen Stacy. At the same time, this issue highlights the weakness of The Clone Conspiracy not spotlighting other characters like Gwen enough during the course of the story. Gwen's backstory, specifically, should've been a bigger focus in these tie-in issues to make her reunion with Peter would be a more impactful to the overall event. Because of that unless you are a die-hard Spider-Man fan who must buy everything related to The Clone Conspiracy, Amazing Spider-Man #23 is a passable tie-in issue.

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6.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #24

Feb 23, 2017

Amazing Spider-Man #24 answers some questions left open from The Clone Conspiracy #5's ending. In doing so Dan Slott and Christos Gage create interest for future stories involving the likes of Doctor Octopus, whenever he reappears in Amazing Spider-Man. At the same time, this issue failed to create a compelling reason to want to read an ongoing Scarlet Spider comic book featuring the current version of Ben Reilly. That failure makes Amazing Spider-Man #24 only a comic book for the most diehard Spider-Man fans to buy.

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6.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #25

Mar 18, 2017

For the opening chapter of "The Osborn Identity" Amazing Spider-Man #25 is very successful. Dan Slott creates a lot of intrigue on multiple angles with Spider-Man's latest clash with his greatest enemy. The surprising return of Silver Sable added to the intrigue of where things will go. Unfortunately the hefty price point of $9.99 make Amazing Spider-Man #25 virtually impossible to recommend to anyone outside the hardest of hardcore Spider-Man fans.

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4.5
Avengers (2016) #1

Nov 3, 2016

Avengers #1 is not a home run. It is instead a close double that an umpire calls safe after looking at the replay. Mark Waid does a good job with executing the story involving Kang's latest attack on The Avengers. Incorporating Vision so closely to this latest attack gave both sides of the story a personal stake in what is going on. It's just unfortunate that Waid stumbles on how he decides to characterize a few members of the Avengers. These mistakes are only further hurt by Mike Del Mundo's artwork, which ends up detracting from the story, especially in the dialogue heavy scenes.

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7.5
Batman (2016) #14

Jan 7, 2017

Batman #14 is an excellent follow-up to the "I Am Suicide" story arc. Tom King's decision to focus on Batman and Catwoman's relationship highlights his strength in understanding these characters. The relationship between the two comes across as genuine and shows us how Catwoman is the one person that Batman drops his guard for, and vice versa. The issue ends with a moment that all shippers of the Batman and Catwoman pairing will love.

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8.5
Batman (2016) #15

Jan 21, 2017

Batman #15, like the issue preceding it, is an excellent love letter for fans of the romance between Batman and Catwoman. The addition of Holly Robinson to the story also helped clear up the mystery of if Catwoman really did kill 237 people. With how things didn't end on a happy note Mitch Gerads is able to capture the tone of Tom King's script well, while showing his ability chameleon-like ability to replicate classic Batman artwork. This all comes together for a heartbreaking conclusion that King and Gerads use to further strengthen the relationship between Batman and Catwoman.

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7.0
Batman (2016) #16

Feb 2, 2017

Batman #16 is a solid set-up issue that introduces us to the major players of the Dark Knight's latest clash with Bane. The interactions that Bruce Wayne has with Catwoman, Duke, Nightwing, Robin and Red Hood helped to establish how dangerous Bane is as Batman is going out of his way to warn those close to him to leave Gotham City. This allowed Bane to come off as a huge threat with having to have the villain appear at all in this issue. The ending further drove home what we should be expecting from the rest of Tom King's latest Batman story in all the right ways.

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7.0
Batman (2016) #18

Mar 3, 2017

Batman #18 maintains the high level of intensity that "I Am Bane" started with, adding further intrigue to the current conflict. Now with Batman out of commission and Catwoman pissing Bane off even more there is a greater sense of unpredictability into how things will turn out in the end. Unfortunately that is brought down by the rehash material of Batman and Bane's origins, which takes up half of Batman #18's page count. The fact that we don't really learn anything new from all the flashback scenes does take away from the impact of what is otherwise a great issue.

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8.5
Batwoman: Rebirth #1

Feb 18, 2017

Batwoman: Rebirth #1 does an excellent job acting as a primer to get fans invested in the upcoming Kate Kane ongoing series. While it would've been nice to see the support cast fleshed out a bit Marguerite Bennett and James Tynion IV more than make up for it with a strong look at what shaped Kate into becoming Batwoman. With a clear mission now set up out of the gate and Steve Epting's phenomenal artwork to help tell their stories, Bennett and Tynion's Batwoman ongoing could be one of DC Comics best comic books.

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8.5
Black Widow (2016) #8

Dec 1, 2016

Black Widow #8 is another strong entry in one of Marvel's best ongoing comic books. Mark Waid and Chris Samnee did a fantastic job giving us a scope of the fallout from Natasha Romanoff's clash with the Dark Room's Headmistress. The balance between strong character development and engaging action sequences was on point throughout the issue to tell a complete story. With the ending teasing the appearance of the Winter Soldier there is plenty to be excited about for Black Widows continuing adventures.

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8.5
Black Widow (2016) #9

Jan 2, 2017

Black Widow #9 delivered an action-packed issue with plenty of emotion to back it up. The reunion between Black Widow and Winter Soldier was elevated by the presence of Recluse, who is quickly becoming the biggest threat to Natasha's life. Now with Winter Soldier revealing that Nick Fury needs to speak with Black Widow while Recluse is still on the loose things should only get more exciting.

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9.0
Black Widow (2016) #11

Feb 10, 2017

Mark Waid and Chris Samnee did not waste any time in establishing what is on the line for the final issue. Black Widow #11 effectively set the stage for the final issue of this series to go out with a bang. The conflict between Black Widow and Recluse cannot be any higher as the latter has raised the stakes in a way that puts the world into danger. Samnee's phenomenal artwork throughout this issue only helps to amplify the tension created by the story as it progresses towards its inevitable end.

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6.0
Civil War II: The Oath #1

Jan 30, 2017

The concept of Civil War II: The Oath #1 is absolutely an intriguing one. Unfortunately the potential of exploring Steve Rogers and Tony Stark's relationship is not fully realized. Instead this new one-shot was simply Marvel and writer Nick Spencer's way of advertising the Secret Empire event. This in turn hurts the impact of the just finished Civil War II as Marvel is clear about the fact everything is going to change soon yet again. And if Civil War II didn't matter why should we believe Secret Empire's impact will be any different? That is one thing Nick Spencer and Marvel don't answer, causing Civil War II: The Oath #1 to fail rather than succeed.

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7.5
Elektra (2017) #1

Feb 23, 2017

Elektra #1 does exactly what every good first issue must do in building an intriguing world for the main character to exist in. Matt Owens does a good job not throwing a lot of exposition at the reader. Instead he plays to Elektra's strength as a silent assassin while building out where she is at this point in her life and why she decided to come to Las Vegas. And with the bright lights that shine in Las Vegas, Arcade is an appropriate villain for Elektra to go up against, especially with his new death game taking over the city's betting culture. All of this comes together for an excellent debut issue that any fan of Elektra will be happy to purchase.

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9.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #12

Jan 15, 2017

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #12 is an example of exactly how you end one story while building a strong foundation for future storylines to branch out of. Robert Venditti and Ethan Van Sciver combined their talents to continuously throw us one big moment after another. Every character involved in "Bottled Light" got some moment to shine, whether through a show of power or personal development. Now that the conflict with Larfleeze is over and there is an alliance between the Green Lantern and Sinestro Corps what happens next is incredibly exciting.

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3.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #13

Jan 27, 2017

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #13 halted all the positive momentum created by the first two arcs of the series for a one-shot story that added absolutely nothing to the series. It's something that is very hard to say because I've been such a big fan of what Robert Venditti has been doing with the Green Lantern franchise up until this issue. Unfortunately the recap and marketing nature of this issue only left me with a feeling that I had money taken from right under my nose. Hopefully this was only a minor slip up for this series and Venditti returns to moving forward with all the wonderful things he has done with his work on Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps.

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8.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #14

Feb 12, 2017

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #14 got things back on track for the series as Robert Venditti developed several intriguing plotlines to follow. The Hal Jordan and Kyle Rayner team-up in particular showed how Venditti is going to have a lot of fun with different kinds of pairings now that the Green Lantern and Sinestro Corps alliance is moving forward. That dynamic was made even stronger by Rafa Sandoval artwork, which continues to get better with every issue of this series that he gets to draw.

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8.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #15

Feb 25, 2017

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #15 did an excellent job progressing several stories at once. The quick conclusion to Hal and Kyle's search for Saint Walker was satisfying, allowing the stories involving the Green Lantern and Sinestro Corps alliance to take over the spotlight moving forward. This is particularly good for Guy Gardner's solo mission to confront Arkillo, as that story alone added a new wrinkle to the young alliance. How Robert Venditti concludes that story along with the hunt for the other rogue Sinestro Corps members will be fun to see play out in future issues.

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8.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #16

Mar 11, 2017

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #16 did an excellent elevating Guy Gardner stature in this series. The fight Guy has with Arkillo was as brutal as was expected to be. Robert Venditti was able to do a great job balancing the brutality of the fight by giving us a further look into who Guy is and why he searched for the fight in the first place. Now with yet another major plot point in 'Quest For Hope' checked off it'll be time to learn what happens next for the Blue Lantern Corps.

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8.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #17

Mar 28, 2017

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #17 did a lot in the way of bringing the franchise into the bigger picture of what has been going on in the DC Universe. Add in all the personal relationships that Robert Venditti developed over the course of the 'Quest For Hope' arc and you have the recipe for a successful issue. Now I'm even more excited to see where things go from here.

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8.5
Hawkeye (2016) #1

Dec 15, 2016

Hawkeye #1 sets up all the groundwork to make Kate Bishop's solo series a successful one. Kelly Thompson and Leonardo Romero deserve high praise for setting a grounded world to develop Kate in and out of her Hawkeye costume. Tackling the problem of online harassment gave Kate a case she can instantly invest in. For us as readers we got to see where her strengths and weakness are as a character through this first case. This all comes together to deliver a strong start for a series with a lot of potential to be Marvel's best comic book.

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8.5
Hawkeye (2016) #2

Jan 9, 2017

Hawkeye #2 is a strong follow-up to the impressive debut issue of Kate Bishop's solo series. Kelly Thompson has delivered an intriguing mystery to follow with the TBC's true motives other than just being trolls. The organizations influence also provides an excellent first challenge for Kate now that she is starting her solo superhero career as Hawkeye. Leonardo Romero's perfectly complimented the story with how he draws the characters and portrays Kate's unique Archer Point. This all combines for an issue that builds further excitement for what is to come next from this new Marvel series.

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8.0
Hawkeye (2016) #3

Feb 7, 2017

Kelly Thompson and Leonardo Romero are hitting their stride with Hawkeye #3. The writing continues to be sharp as Thompson establishes Kate Bishop's supporting cast alongside with the growing conflict with TBC. It all comes together with Romero's strong artwork that is a perfect fit for this series as he makes the street-level world come to life. This all creates greater interest for where the series goes in the future as it is quickly becoming one of Marvel's best ongoing comic books.

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8.0
Iron Fist (2017) #1

Mar 27, 2017

Iron Fist #1 bucks the trend of laying everything about the main protagonist from the beginning. Instead, Ed Brisson begins Danny Rand's hero journey in a place where we will be discovering why Danny is in the state he is in over the course of the series. That mystery adds to a martial arts tournament that has the potential to be a stellar arc that brings in story elements normally seen in shonen mangas. Add in Mike Perkins always strong artwork and Iron Fist #1 is a comic book that fans of action series should pick up right away.

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5.0
Justice League (2016) #14

Feb 5, 2017

Justice League #14 is a case of bad execution with questionable characterization for multiple characters. The timing of this one-shot issue just does not line up with everything that this current incarnation of the Justice League has been through. Hindering the issue even more is more is the throwaway treatment of the big threat that caused everything in this issue to happen. The dip in quality of artwork only further shows why Bryan Hitch will be better off if he focuses on one role rather than trying to do everything himself.

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8.0
Justice League of America (2017) #1

Feb 22, 2017

Justice League of America #1 does a great job continuing the momentum created by the Rebirth issue to hit the ground running for this new series. Steve Orlando showed his clear understanding of the characters and mission statement he has set up for this new Justice League team. Bringing in a set of villains like Lord Havok and the Extremists gave this issue a big event feel, which was incredibly well executed by Ivan Reis' phenomenal artwork. All of this comes together to make a strong argument for JLA to be the premiere Justice League title for DC Comics.

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8.5
Justice League of America: Rebirth #1

Feb 8, 2017

Justice League of America: Rebirth #1 firmly establishes who all the members of the team are and what their mission statement is. Steve Orlando does a very good job in making the reader understand why Batman would recruit characters like Killer Frost, Ryan Choi's Atom and The Ray alongside Black Canary and Vixen. It is all enhanced by Ivan Reis fantastic artwork that gets over how formidable this new incarnation of JLA is. This combination of creative talents makes a strong case for Justice League of America being the must have Justice League title moving forward.

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7.0
Nightwing (2016) #12

Jan 10, 2017

Nightwing #12 did its job in moving this "Bludhaven" arc forward on several fronts. It's in these instances where Tim Seeley focuses on the multiple plotlines he has involved Nightwing in that this series continues to shine. Unfortunately the Run-Offs' part of the story is starting to show itself to be the weakest part of this arc. Luckily Marcus To's energetic art style is able to lift up the weaker parts of Nightwing #12. Hopefully the next chapter of this arc is able to focus on the strengths of the story, something I'm confident Tim Seeley can do.

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7.0
Nightwing (2016) #14

Feb 4, 2017

Nightwing #14 successfully closes out the Bludhaven arc by fully establishing the life Dick Grayson will have in his new home. Tim Seeley was able to give a voice to the various characters he introduced into Dick Grayson's life that makes Bludhaven feel like it is more than just another one of Nightwing's stops. The ending with a mysterious red Nightwing showing up offers up a lot of potential for were Seeley can take the story next. If you are a Nightwing fan and haven't given the series a try this Bludhaven arc is a good place to start with one of DC Comics best ongoing comic books.

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8.5
Nightwing (2016) #15

Feb 20, 2017

Nightwing #15 is an excellent standalone story that effectively makes us care for Dick Grayson and Shawn Tsang's relationship. Tim Seeley is able to tell a complete story that makes the progression of the relationship come off as natural. Bringing in members of the Batman and Titans Families help further how strong Dick and Shawn's relationship is becoming. This all helps make the future of Nightwing's ongoing something you want to continue read, especially with how this issue ends.

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8.0
Nightwing (2016) #16

Mar 5, 2017

Nightwing #16 is a strong kick-off to the new "Nightwing Must Die" arc. Tim Seeley is able to tap into the potential that always exist whenever Dick Grayson and Damian Wayne team-up. This latest team-up played well with the re-introduction of Deathwing into the DCU as the latest addition to Nightwing's growing rogues gallery. How Deathwing's appearance relates to the current events with Nightwing's relationship with Shawn Tsang provides this new arc with a lot of interesting possibilities.

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4.5
Nova (2016) #1

Dec 9, 2016

Nova #1 is a comic book that I came in with high hopes for but was largely disappointed by. While Jeff Loveness and Ramon Perez story had a few good points all of the negatives outweighed them all. The lack of importance given to Richard Riders return was a big mistake, as was the lack of background on Sam Alexander. With a hefty $3.99 price point on this comic I do not recommend picking up Nova #1 at all. As a Nova fan I will keep my eye on the series to see if others say it's good to possibly purchase in trade paperback format. But as a monthly series it did not earn a spot on my pull list moving forward.

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7.5
Old Man Logan (2016) #14

Dec 2, 2016

After such a strong story arc Jeff Lemire follows it up with another story that is already set-up to be just as enjoyable. Old Man Logan #14 does not waste anytime introducing Logan to the Marvel's world of monsters and making it feel like a natural place for him to be a part of. The new Howling Commandos added a unique dynamic to the story that was refreshing. It all lead to an ending that has me highly anticipating Logan's clash with Dracula and how he will save Jubilee, a person that is like a daughter to him.

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8.5
Old Man Logan (2016) #16

Jan 6, 2017

Old Man Logan #16 was another excellent entry one of Marvel's best ongoing comic books. Jeff Lemire continues to push Logan to go beyond what he is normally involved with. That has created stories that are refreshing to read. The space centric story was nicely balanced out by Logan's mysterious return to his timeline. It's still unknown how these stories are linked but learning that link provides plenty of intrigue for the rest of this new story arc.

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9.0
Old Man Logan (2016) #17

Feb 4, 2017

Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino combined storytelling talents have very few equals and Old Man Logan #17 is yet another example of why that is. Lemire's ability to balance two different timelines and how they complement the story going on in each universe continues to be amazing. The horror and cosmic element of this story once again shows how flexible a character Wolverine can be when a writer treats the story with great care. That care in the story is further elevated by Sorrentino's incredible artwork that delivers some iconic images that leave your jaw on the floor. This all comes together for yet another winner in what is one of Marvel's best ongoing comic books.

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6.0
Old Man Logan (2016) #19

Mar 12, 2017

Old Man Logan #19 does a great job building off the previous arc in order to motivate Logan to return to the Wasteland future. The guest appearances helped to drive home how desperate Logan is to get back to Baby Banner and Danny Cage. It all helped set the stage for the choice Jeff Lemire has Logan make at the end of this issue and questioning what it means for Logan's standing with Marvel's heroic community.

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8.5
Spider-Gwen (2015) #15

Dec 26, 2016

Spider-Gwen #15 is further proof of Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez continuing to deliver Marvel's finest comic book month and month out. The story of this issue has a great balance between Gwen Stacy's life in and out of her Spider-Woman adventures. The way Latour blends the two together works well in complimenting one another. Rodriguez further adds depth to the story by making characters like the Matt Murdock have a much more dangerous look to him compared to his Marvel Universe counter-part. If you aren't reading Spider-Gwen right now I highly recommend changing that right now and catching up. It's one Marvel series that you shouldn't miss out on reading.

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5.5
Spider-Man (2016) #12

Jan 14, 2017

Spider-Man #12 is a victim of the choice in its story structure by its writer severely hurting any momentum created by the hype leading up to a crossover. Brian Bendis does very little to create further excitement of this crossover between Spider-Man and Spider-Gwen passed the promoted hook of Miles Morales and Gwen Stacy's kiss. The only saving grace is the fantastic artwork by Sara Pichelli, who continues to be one of Marvel's biggest stars. Hopefully the next chapter in this crossover taking place in the pages of Spider-Gwen, a series I'm a huge fan of, is able to create interest in the crossover.

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7.5
Star Wars: Darth Maul #1

Feb 6, 2017

As a Star Wars fan Darth Maul #1 did everything it needed to do to get me back to the series for more. Cullen Bunn and Luke Ross are able to weave a tale together that captures how dangerous Darth Maul is and sets the stage for what their story for the character will be. Unfortunately the $4.99 cover price and the fact that 10 pages are dedicated to a back-up story makes it tough to recommend to any one other than hardcore Star Wars fans. Those two factors keep this series from knocking it out of the park in its first issue. But if you are a Star Wars fan, particularly a fan of Darth Maul, than this is a comic book you should consider checking out.

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7.0
Super Sons #1

Feb 19, 2017

Super Sons #1 lays the groundwork for a comic dripping with a fun, youthful energy. Peter Tomasi's previous experience writing Robin and Superboy in various comic books shows as he has a clear understand who they are and where they come from. The relationship between the two is a true highlight as their difference help create a unique dynamic that is not seen in any other comic book in DC's stable. If you are a DC Comics fan then Super Sons is a comic book you should not pass up the chance on buying right away.

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8.5
Superman (2016) #14

Jan 5, 2017

Superman #14 opened at full speed and never let up. Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason continue to work their magic on this series by introducing the multiverse to the readers. This opening chapter of "Multiplicity" did a great job using The Multiversity mini-series as a foundation for the story without ever making things confusing. That foundation made for a strong launching pad for what feels like a big event, which is only made to feel bigger thanks to Ivan Reis and Joe Prado great artwork. If you have yet to pick up Tomasi and Gleason's Superman comic book this is a great place to start.

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8.0
Superman (2016) #15

Jan 23, 2017

Superman #15 is a strong second chapter to Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason's "Multiplicity" story arc. While the choice to have multiple artists work on this issue leaves something to be desired this chapter still delivered the impact it needed to. There is hardly a wasted moment in the story, which allows it to execute moments that we usually see in big blockbuster event comic books. With the threat of Prophecy clear and our Superman gathering so many fan favorite versions of himself "Multiplicity" has quickly turned into a must have comic for DC Comics fans.

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8.0
Superman (2016) #17

Feb 21, 2017

Superman #17 is the type of issue that shows why this series is so special. Rather than relying on the normal Superman adventures, Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason take chances to explore different genres and finding a way to make them fit with Superman's world. Jon and Kathy's adventure in the horrifying Deadman's Swamp is a great example of this as there was never a point that it did not feel like a Superman story. Tomasi and Gleason's story is helped by Sebastian Fiumara art style that brings the Slenderman-like tale to life.

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7.5
Teen Titans (2016) #4

Jan 26, 2017

Teen Titans #4 is exactly the issue that this story arc needed to move forward with. The main conflict between Robin and his grandfather, Ra's Al Ghul, added further depth to the fight between the Teen Titans and Demon' Fist. This depth made the fight between Robin and Mara have a greater impact to the overarching story Benjamin Percy has crafter. And while the other Teen Titans didn't get a lot of screen time Percy did maximize how much of them we saw and give some much needed character development for Beast Boy. Now with the Teen Titans united the conflict with the Ra's and the Demon's Fist should only intensify.

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7.0
Teen Titans (2016) #5

Feb 27, 2017

Teen Titans #5 did exactly what it needed to do to establish a strong foundation for the series moving forward. Robin's character arc in this issue helped to highlight how the Teen Titans will be more of a family than just another response team like the Justice League are for the DC Universe. Batman's guest appearance helped drive that home and Percy was able to create a strong connection for the entire team that he can now build on in order to introduce new characters like Aqualad.

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7.5
The Clone Conspiracy: Omega #1

Mar 2, 2017

The Clone Conspiracy: Omega does exactly what it needed to do by giving Spider-Man's latest event some closure while simultaneously building future stories. Though this issue failed to build interest for the Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider ongoing Dan Slott delivered on where it counted by selling us on more Peter Parker Spider-Man stories. The fact that Peter Parker has to now deal with whatever Norman Osborn is plotting on top of the damage Parker Industry's suffered from The Clone Conspiracy events makes the future for Amazing Spider-Man very exciting.

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8.0
Titans (2016) #7

Jan 13, 2017

Titans #7 captures the spirit of what made so many of us fall in love with this franchise back in the Marv Wolfman/George Perez days. Dan Abnett masterfully juggles multiple plotlines at the same time, seamlessly transitioning between them all without missing a beat. While the Flash and Superman race stole the show in this issue the rest of the Titans were able to get some needed screen time to further flesh out the various dynamics within the team. At the same time, Abnett is able to build anticipation for future storylines as Psimon is brought back in a major way. If you're a fan of the Titans franchise I highly recommend picking up Titans #7, whether you've read this series before or not.

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8.0
Titans (2016) #8

Feb 10, 2017

While low on action sequences Titans #8 more than makes up for it with strong character development for all of the Titans. Dan Abnett does a great job adding depth to the cast, with Donna Troy, Bumblebee and Harold getting the best character progression. The re-introduction of the Fearsome Five was also well handled as Abnett goes in an interesting direction with these established Titans villains. This all comes together to fully kickstart a new arc that will make fans of the Teen Titans franchise very happy.

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7.5
Trinity (2016) #5

Jan 19, 2017

After three issues of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman getting in touch with each other's origin stories we finally get some story progression with Trinity #5. Mongul's appearance in this opening story actually moves the story on several fronts as we also got to learn why Poison Ivy is involved with taking out DC's Trinity. While there are some confusing plot holes thrown in at the last minute they don't take away from the positive momentum this issue gives the overall story. Add that to the always fantastic artwork that Francis Manapul provides us than we have an issue in Trinity #5 that delivers on the potential of this series.

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7.0
X-Men Prime #1

Mar 30, 2017

X-Men: Prime #1 did exactly what it needed to do to sell the new direction Marvel is taking the franchise on. Marc Guggenheim, Greg Pak and Cullen Bunn all did a very good job in creating some excitement in seeing the X-Men as a team of heroes rather than whatever they were the last few years. Though I won't be picking Weapon X up I am going to be giving X-Men: Blue and Gold a shot to each win a spot in my pull list. And for that X-Men: Prime #1 did it's job.

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