Marcus Hammond's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Kabooooom Reviews: 37
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10
Action Comics (2016) #976

Mar 23, 2017

There are no real answers to what Superman's future holds in this issue. Superman, arguably, has been a roller-coaster for the past several years. Issues with characterization and plot lines have mixed with solid attempts to revitalize the character. Action Comics #976gives us an action-filled, feel-good beginning, whilethe anticipation Jurgens builds through the unanswered questions at the end of the issue paint an exciting future for Superman.

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10
Age of Apocalypse (2015) #3

Sep 3, 2015

TheAge of Apocalypseis a story focused on human and mutant suffering versus absolute tyranny. Nicieza and Sandoval perfectly tap into everything that was great about this series and extends the established canon by finding new ways to connect the reader to the characters.

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10
All-New Wolverine #6

Mar 10, 2016

Taylor may employ plot lines from Laura's past, but he clearly finds a new path issue #6 for the character that will be both entertaining and impactful to the future. With Taylor as the architect of her new role as Wolverine, Laura Kinney is clearly still one of the best female characters in the Marvel Universe.

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8.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #14

Feb 13, 2015

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8.0
Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1

Jun 4, 2015

Though Kubert's art is hit and miss throughout the issue, Slott's consistent connection to past continuity and excellent dialogue save this issue from becoming a Secret Wars tie-in that no one will remember.

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10
Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #5

Sep 10, 2015

Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows takes the idea of Peter as a parent and a father that we were given, briefly, in One More Day and develops it to a satisfying conclusion in issue #5. The impact of Slott's story paired with Kubert and Hanna's art prove that Peter Parker will always be one of the most complex and interesting characters in the Marvel Universe.

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2.0
Angel Catbird #1

Sep 7, 2016

Really the only thing to enjoy about this story is Atwood's introduction, where she describes her love and interest in comics and animal conservation. In a time where authors are crossing over from prose to sequential art, Atwood shows that some authors should stick to their original craft.

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4.0
Apocalypse Al #3

Apr 2, 2014

Overall, the previous issues have been better. The Adventures of Apocalypse Al #3 may have some funny moments and act as a bridge into the final issue of the series, but it feels more like a filler issue that could be easily skipped in a short mini-series.

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10
Batman (2011) #33

Jul 23, 2014

Snyder so carefully builds the conclusion to Zero Year into Batman's continuity that it feels like we are witnessing the birth of a superhero. Doing this with such a strong established history should be tricky, but Snyder makes it seem easy. The story and art together in Batman #33 make Batman more human, which is an amazing accomplishment for a superhero. Batman is all at once stronger and weaker, which makes him that much more entertaining to follow.

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8.0
Black Canary (2015) #1

Jun 18, 2015

This final aspect may, however, allow Black Canary to develop into a stronger solo character. If any creative team can do that, it will be Fletcher and Wu. They've already shown what a captivating character Dinah can be throughout this issue. They just need to keep developing the story forward and deal with the past less.

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10
Black Widow (2016) #2

Apr 7, 2016

It is very clear in this issue that the creative harmony that is shared between Mark Waid and Chris Samnee is not just reserved for their run on Daredevil. They have seamlessly transitioned to Black Widow to continue their creative excellence.

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10
Champions #5

Feb 3, 2017

Simply put, Champions #5 has a clear purpose " one that Waid set forth in the very first issue when Ms. Marvel stated, "Help us win the hard way " the right way " not with hate, not with retribution, but with wisdom and hope." By creating a story pitting the extraordinary against intolerance and corruption, Waid and his artistic team triumph at providing a story that meets its purpose.

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6.0
Convergence #8

May 27, 2015

King and Lobdell had plenty of opportunity to provide a satisfying conclusion to the Convergence event, yet the layers upon layers of dangling plot threads that get glossed over paired with some uneven artwork forces Convergence #8 to teeter towards the mediocre.

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10
Death Of Wolverine #1

Sep 4, 2014

Overall, Soule, McNiven, and the rest of the creative team of this issue do an excellent job of dispelling andiffidence people may have with this series by constructing a well written, beautifully constructed story.

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10
Elektra (2014) #2

May 22, 2014

Overall, the spectral artwork with its fluid organization and multi-faceted tone works so well with Blackman's writing that this issue is hard to forget. The series may only be two issues deep, but this issue proves that the most interesting stories can happen where a person least expects it.

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10
Elektra (2014) #3

Jun 19, 2014

I've said it before in my reviews of Elektra, yet I'm going to reiterate it once again. This is one of the best comics available. Blackman and Del Mundo are a cohesive team that has proven three times now that they have a vision for Elektra. Elektra #3 excels at building that vision and demonstrates that the series will only get better as time passes.

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8.0
Genesis One-Shot #1

Apr 16, 2014

With Edmondson's deeply philosophical plot and the dream-like artwork, Genesis easily becomes one of the most thought provoking comics this year. With the level of critical thought required to grasp Adam's struggles and the surreal artwork, Genesis should challenge the reader to think about his or her life and the changes they wish to make.

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10
Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex Omega #1

Apr 24, 2015

At first I was unsure if I was going to allow myself to get dragged into another Marvel crossover after being disappointed with so many of the other, recent events/crossovers. Yet, Humphries superb story construction and the epic artwork in The Black Vortex Omega make it a a stellar concluding issue, and the overall crossover well worth the time and money.

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4.0
IvX #6

Mar 9, 2017

With Lemire, Soule, and Yu at the helm, this should have been one of the best issues on the stand this week. Unfortunately, the numerous small problems with characterization and the lack of tension in the visuals force readers to question the directionResurrXionwill lead these two critically important teams.

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8.0
Justice League of America (2015) #1

Jun 20, 2015

All in all though, Hitch starts off a big story in a way that clearly adheres to DC's new standard of great stories that don't worry about continuity.

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8.0
Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #2

Dec 29, 2016

If you want some really cool moments (no pun intended, given Killer Frost's importance to the issue) with some legendary DC characters combined with a slowly developing underlying conflict, this is a book you really need to check out. I wasn't expecting much out of this event but after this issue I'm hooked for the duration of the event.

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10
Lady Killer #1

Jan 8, 2015

Lady Killer #1 is both thought provoking and visually stunning. Josie's dual life presents a stark contrast between the submissiveness established by social norms and the animalistic enjoyment she shows for her work. This juxtaposition illuminates a repressed American culture in the 1960's on the verge of a slow and hard fought change.

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10
Lady Killer 2 #1

Aug 1, 2016

Jones leaves readers on a cliffhanger that raises many questions about the interim period between the first series and the new. By presenting a solid continuation of the plot with keen artistic detail, Jolle Jones and Michelle Madsen create a visually stunning and thought-provoking start to Lady Killer 2.

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10
Long Walk To Valhalla #1

Aug 20, 2015

Long Walk to Valhalla uses human suffering and intense imagination to show how an ordinary man faces the reality of all the battles he's fought to survive everyday life, and in the end, comes out stronger than ever. This message inspires strength and leaves the reader wanting more from this creative duo.

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8.0
Mother Panic #3

Feb 16, 2017

It has to be incredibly hard to create a completely new, intriguing character and drop her into one of the most well-established superhero environments in comics. Houser and Edwards do just that. Three issues into this series and it's clear that this creative team is taking us on a marathon. We might get exhausted during the journey, but I have a feeling the ultimate reward is going to leave us feeling completely satisfied in our dedication to seeing it through to the intense end.

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8.0
Mother Panic #4

Mar 14, 2017

If you're not reading this series, you really should look deep within yourself and ask why? Houser exhibits some very complex, well-developed writing skills that make everything about this issue shine.Mother Panic is a slow-burn, full of angst and intrigue. With four issues on the stands, it's clear this is a series that demands attention.

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8.0
Rocket Girl #6

May 7, 2015

Overall, some may view this issue as a slow start to the second arc of Rocket Girl, but it's clear from the first arc that Monteclare and Reeder can weave an action-packed, meaningful story when given enough time. If this issue doesn't strike your fancy, hold on because there's a lot more to come. This creative duo has proven before they can create a cohesive story with complex characters, and I'm willing to travel a little farther with them to reach whatever destination they have planned.

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10
Shutter #1

Apr 11, 2014

Overall, Keatinge's excellent pacing and descriptive world building is enough to draw the reader into this new series. When coupled with Del Duca and Gieni's art and coloring, Shutter #1 becomes a science fiction/adventure drama that is both interesting and thought provoking.

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10
Solitary #1

Dec 13, 2014

Altogether, Cooke's dialogue and Souzamotta's art create an interesting, worthwhile issue that builds more than enough suspense to warrant checking out the next issue of Solitary.

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10
Starfire #1

Jun 11, 2015

All of my expectations for this issue were exceeded. Both the story and art provide a perfect starting point for a controversial character. I look forward to seeing how this creative team continues to build on everything they got right in this issue and how Starfire will grow as a character.

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8.0
Superman: Doomed #1

May 15, 2014

Aside from the fact that Doomsday is super cool and has a lot development potential that will again go untapped, Lobdell, Pak, and Soule make a pretty cool opening issue to the Doomed crossover. It'll be interesting to see how Superman's latest run in with this destructive threat impacts the character's development in the future.

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6.0
Superwoman #7

Feb 11, 2017

The visual structure completely derails the narrative drivingSuperwoman#7, but there is plenty of potential within these pages. Hopefully, Jimenez will grow as a writer and maybe take more steps away from the artistic duties. A clear separation between the two creative aspects could prove to bring this series into the upper echelon of Rebirth titles.

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10
The Beauty #1

Aug 13, 2015

I have completely forgotten whatever reservations I titanically had about picking up this series. The twisting, unsettling path of the plot combined with artwork that highlightsall the outstanding components of the story help place The Beauty #1 above many other series that try to instill edgy, originality into a genre-bending storytelling.

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2.0
The New 52: Futures End #13

Jul 31, 2014

Comic book readers should expect more from a weekly comic than just names on the cover. Lemire, Jurgens, Giffen, and Azzarello are hugely talented writers, yet Futures End #13 is a huge disappointment.

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10
The Sculptor #1

Feb 10, 2015

It's not often a story can grab your attention so fiercely that time slows down and your environment begins to blend with the reality of the book. Scott McCloud easily achieves that level of writing transcendence with The Sculptor. McCloud's story fills its readers with a vast emptiness in their fiction-loving soul; an emptiness that McCloud's story-telling excavates and leaves you wishing there was more. - See more at: http://kabooooom.com/2015/02/book-review-sculptor/#sthash.BVjBOkRr.dpuf

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10
The Walking Dead #156

Jul 10, 2016

There's no Rick, Maggie, Carl or Michonne in this issue. It's an issue of antagonists doing what they do best while surviving the zombie apocalypse. Kirkman knows exactly how to build tension and momentum in this issue of The Walking Dead and bring the story to a halt with exposition. Adlard, Gaudiano, and Rathburn know how to perfectly work in unison with Kirkman's aspects tocreate a perfect well paced, tension filled masterpiece.

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6.0
Vampirella (2017) #1

Mar 17, 2017

The main problem here is that as a jumping on point for the character, this issue creates more questions than answers. With the numerous unknowns surrounding this entirely new world that Vampirella finds herself in and the graphic nature surrounding the sexual expression of this new world, new readers may quickly lose interest. I think the amount of potential in the story is enough, however, to warrant giving Cornell more time to develop what direction this series is actually going to take.

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