Matt Morrison's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Kabooooom Reviews: 182
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8.0
Adventures of Supergirl #1

Jan 25, 2016

Despite this oddity and a little redundancy in the story, The Adventures of Supergirl will satisfy Kara's many fans. This comic perfectly captures the spirit of the show and there's nothing here that would be considered inappropriate for most audiences. Parents may need to help their own super-kids with reading some of the words.

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10
All-New Wolverine #1

Nov 15, 2015

All New Wolverine is a worthy continuation of the legacy started by Roy Thomas, Len Wein and Chris Claremont. I didn't know much about the woman who was X-23 going into this book and I still don't, really. Yet the final pages of this issue contain a hook that should offer Laura Kinney ample chance to discover who she is and prove that she is more than just a clone in future issues.

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10
All-New Wolverine #13

Oct 9, 2016

The art equals Taylor's script in every respect. Nik Virella's character designs are deceptively simple, well-suited to both action sequences and the humorous talking-heads scenes. Yet Virella sneaks surprising amounts of detail into the backgrounds. Veteran inker Scott Hanna delivers his usual stellar job and the colors by Michael Garland are well-chosen throughout.

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10
All-Star Batman #1

Aug 10, 2016

With that caveat, I can happily say that this is a book that every Bat-fan should be reading. On every professional level and possible aesthetic metric, this is a great comic.

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10
American Gods: Shadows #1

Mar 4, 2017

American Gods: Shadows #1 will be available for purchase on March 15, 2017 from your local comic book store (Don't know where that is? Here you go.) or digitally via Comixology.com.

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10
Another Castle #1

Mar 3, 2016

Another Castle #1 is not just a good send-up of a tired trope nor is it a brilliant bit of parody. It is a good comic, plain and simple. And you should be reading it and every issue to follow until the inevitable ever-loving ever after.

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10
Ant-Man #1

Jan 8, 2015

In short, Ant-Man #1 is well-worth reading. The script is accessible, the hero is relatable and the artwork is cheerful. This is a title that is both fun and funny at a time when far too many comic books take themselves too seriously and that is a welcome thing.

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8.0
Ant-Man: Last Days (One-Shot) #1

Aug 28, 2015

The only real weakness Last Days Of Ant Man possesses is that it is slightly inaccessible to those who haven't been reading the Ant-Man monthly series. Thankfully, new readers will get a chance to see what they've been missing out on in a few months when the series starts over with a new #1 and " if the final page is at all accurate " a new Scott Lang who is somewhat less firmly on the straight-and-narrow path.

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4.0
Apocalypse Al #1

Feb 6, 2014

In his notes at the end of the book, Straczynski says the reason he wrote this series was that he really wanted to write a noir comedy. While he captures the feel of the noir detective novel fairly well, the comedic elements of the story fall flat. The kindest thing that can be said about Apocalypse Al is that it isn't a bad supernatural detective story – it's just a wholly unoriginal one that isn't that funny.

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8.0
Aquaman (2016) #1

Jun 23, 2016

Aquaman is in good hands and this new series is an excellent continuation of the character's legacy. He may never know the love and respect of mainstream audiences that his counterparts in the Justice League enjoy, but that is not the fault of this creative team. This series shows why Aquaman has endured as a concept for over 70 years and why the character has earned his place among the elite of DC Comics' heroes.

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10
Aquaman (2016) #10

Nov 3, 2016

Those who would mock Aquamanwould do well to read this series. No longer focused on the “friend of the fishes” from the old Superfriends cartoon, this book is fast-becoming a political thriller on-par with the better episodes of The West Wing, albeit one in which President Bartlet occasionally slugs it out with a terrorist leader whose father he killed. That is not a perfect metaphor but Aquaman is a perfect comic.

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8.0
Aquaman (2016) #15

Jan 22, 2017

Despite some minor flaws, Aquaman #15 is still a solid issue. The story, while simplistic, has many memorable moments. The artwork, while a little stiff at times, looks largely fantastic. This remains one ofDC Comics' best books.

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10
Aquaman (2016) #23

May 18, 2017

If you have yet to give this book a try, Aquaman #23 is a perfect entry point to the world of Atlantis. The writing is as complex and action-packed as any political thriller. The artwork flat-out looks amazing. This is one of the best books on the stands and that's no fish story!

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10
Aquaman (2016) #24

Jun 8, 2017

Despite being the conclusion of the Crown of Atlantis arc Aquaman #24 would be an excellent first issue for new readers ready to dive into the world of Arthur Curry. The story is gripping, though light on physical action and the art team delivers quality, uniform work.

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8.0
Arrow: Season 2.5 #10

Jan 5, 2015

That said, Arrow Season 2.5‘s whole is far more than the sum of its parts. The excellent writing of the main story more than makes up for the artistic short-comings and the DCTV Universe Suicide Squad need their own spin-off comic immediately. As is, this book is a must-read for all Arrow-Heads.

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8.0
Arrow: Season 2.5 #17

Apr 13, 2015

If you're a fan of Arrow, you should definitely be reading this series. It manages to be suspenseful and exciting, despite existing between seasons. And even the slower issues have a lot to offer the discerning Arrow-head.

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4.0
Arrow: Season 2.5 #23

Jul 6, 2015

As in season 3, Laurel is a fifth wheel – an unnatural presence in Oliver's world whose inclusion in the story seems forced. The issue might have been better were Laurel to affirm her friendship with Oliver here and confirm that – in spite of everything that came between them – she believes he has changed and has become a good man. Alas, we instead get Felicity delivering another repetitive speech about how Oliver is far different than the killer he once was and how he should not doubt that.

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8.0
Arrow: Season 2.5 #24

Jul 20, 2015

Arrow Season 2.5 wasn't the greatest comic ever made. But it did what it set out to do. It gave us some good stories and it added some definition to the mythology of Arrow. If you're a fan of the show and haven't been reading this book, now is the perfect time to see what you've missed as we wait for Season 4 to begin.

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10
Arrow: The Dark Archer #1

Jan 18, 2016

Arrow: The Dark Archer proves to be a perfect companion piece to Season 4 of Arrow. The artwork is top-notch and the writing is true to the spirit of the show. You really feel as if you're looking at a lost Arrow storyboard!

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10
Batgirl (2011) #29

Mar 12, 2014

The only real flaw with this issue is that it doesn't quite stand on its own. It can be read apart from Batgirl #28, as Simone provides more than enough exposition to describe the story so far, but readers will get so much more from this issue if they've read part one first.

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10
Batgirl (2016) #6

Dec 28, 2016

If you've haven't read the post-Rebirth Batgirl, this is a fine time to start. The story doesn't require any previous experience with the series to date. The artwork appears amazing throughout. This is a great comic, plain and simple and a must-read for all fans of Batgirl and/or Poison Ivy.

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10
Batgirl (2016) #7

Jan 26, 2017

If you haven't been reading Batgirl, now is the time to start. If you haven't read it in a while, it's time – like Barbara Gordon herself – to come home. Things may be different but unlike Burnside, the changes on this title are definitely for the better and the future for Batgirl is promising indeed.

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8.0
Batgirl (2016) #11

May 26, 2017

Despite some spotty science this month, Batgirlremains one of the best books to come out of the DC Universe Rebirth. Hope Larson has brought Barbara Gordon back to her former glory and Chris Wildgoose has given the book a truly unique look. If you like good books with smart, strong heroines, you should be reading Batgirl.

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8.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #5

Dec 15, 2016

Batgirl and The Birds of Prey is precisely the kind of comic that Rebirth was meant to create. It's easily accessible to new readers while still offering a nod to what came before. The characters are likable, the action thrilling and the artwork fantastic. In short, it's a fun read.

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10
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #6

Jan 12, 2017

The best part about this book is I have no idea what to expect next month. The issue's ending leaves plenty of room open for several directions and my mind is racing considering the possibilities. To me, that is the sign of a great story, regardless of the medium – it provides pleasure as you read it and as you consider what comes next. In that regard, Batgirl And The Birds Of Prey is a great story.

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8.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #9

Apr 12, 2017

This isn't enough to sink the story but it does make one long for a more clearly defined origin arc ala what Roy Harper received recently in Green Arrow. As is, Batgirl and The Birds Of Prey #9is an enjoyable work taken on its own merits. Just don't try and make it mesh with Dinah's other appearances in the DC Universe and you'll be fine.

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6.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #11

Jun 15, 2017

Thankfully, the art isn't bad enough to distract from the story but this is one issue of Batgirl and The Birds of Prey that isn't up to its usual high standard. This is unfortunate because there's the start of a decent story here underneath the layers of exposition. Hopefully things will be back to normal next month.

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8.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey: Rebirth #1

Jul 21, 2016

Batgirl And The Birds Of Prey: Rebirth #1is the best of both worlds. Fans of the original series will be glad to find something close enough to what they remember to satisfy the nostalgia itch while still leaving enough mysteries to be surprised. New readers will find a solid story with amazing artwork starring some of DC Comics best heroines.

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8.0
Batman '66 Meets The Green Hornet #1

Jun 4, 2014

Although the first issue of this mini-series is now available in the comic shops, a digital version is also available on-line. Printed in a motion-comic style, with the artwork changing slightly with every click, the digital edition of Batman '66 Meets The Green Hornet is worth a separate purchase. The final effect is very much like watching an episode of either of these classic superhero shows.

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4.0
Black Canary (2015) #7

Jan 28, 2016

Sadly, this amazing artwork does little to hide the overly complicated and rushed story. This comic – and indeed this series – are a tale full of Sound and Fury, signifying nothing. The only reason I'm planning to pick up next month's issue is out of a half-hearted hope that the mysterious white-clad blonde ninja chasing after Dinah (the one mystery not yet explained) will turn out to be her long lost sister Sara.

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4.0
Blue Beetle: Rebirth #1

Aug 25, 2016

If I were to summarize Blue Beetle Rebirth in a single word, it would be disappointing. I'm honestly not sure who this series is aimed at. New readers will find the material largely inaccessible. Fans of the characters won't appreciate the liberties taken. And the best parts of the issue are those taken directly from DC Universe Rebirth #1. All in all this does not bode well for this series' future.

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2.0
C.O.W.L. #1

May 28, 2014

On the whole, there is little to recommend C.O.W.L. #1. The story fails to utilize its concept or its time period, the characters are shallow and the artwork is an overall mess. Those who are interested in a retro superhero story detailing a society adjusting to an organized superhero group would do well to look up the Eisner, Harvey and Shuster winning series The New Frontier.

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10
Clean Room #1

Oct 22, 2015

Clean Room #1will be satisfying to fans of Gail Simone and Jon Davis-Hunt's previous works. It will also be an enjoyable read for fans of Hitchcockian thrillers and horror books in general.

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Clean Room #13

Nov 12, 2016

If you have yet to give Clean Room a shot, this issue marks a wonderful opportunity for you to correct that mistake. While reading the whole series from the first issue would be preferable, one can enjoy this issue without having read any of what came before. This is easily the best horror comic in years!

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10
Conan / Red Sonja #1

Jan 14, 2015

If this is your first visit to the world of Hyboria, prepare yourself for a surprising treat. And if this isn't your first time to ride with Conan or Red Sonja, be ready to recall the days of high adventure as never before. This is a great comic that will please sword-and-sorcery genre enthusiasts and newcomers alike.

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2.0
Conan the Barbarian #25

Feb 20, 2014

In the end, Conan fans would do well to wait for the upcoming Conan The Avenger series.

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2.0
Conan: The Avenger #1

Apr 23, 2014

In the end, there is little to recommend this new series to all but the most devout of Conan fans. Van Lente's script might be tolerable despite its plot-holes were it backed by decent artwork. The one bright side is that Dark Horse has apparently elected to continue their policy of rotating the artist on this series so we may have a worthy artist in two months time.

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2.0
Conan: The Avenger #4

Jul 23, 2014

In the end, Conan the Avenger is counterfeit Conan, unworthy of the legacy of sword-and-sorcery's greatest hero. The artwork is greatly improved from when this series started, but the story – while involving – has turned Conan into a passive figure. And that is the last thing Conan should ever be!

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10
Conan: The Slayer #6

Jan 17, 2017

This issue proves a worthy conclusion to what has easily been the best saga in the monthly Conan comic in over five years. Cullen Bunn writes Conan with a wit and cunning few writers have equaled. The artwork by Sergio Davila, coupled with the colors of Michael Atiyeh, brings the visceral world of Hyboria to life wonderfully.

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Conan: The Slayer #7

Mar 13, 2017

This issue presents an excellent opportunity for new readers to start the series. Despite being dubbed the first part of an adaptation of Howard's The Devil In Iron, the story is all Bunn's original work. If you enjoy a good ripping yarn, full of action and high-adventure, you'll love Conan The Slayer #7.

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6.0
Conan: The Slayer #10

Jun 28, 2017

In the end, Conan The Slayer #10 is merely serviceable. Those who want to see Conan flight a giant monster while a buxom blonde screams and further imperils herself will not be disappointed. Those who have become accustomed to the deeper works Cullen Bunn and Sergio Davila created in the past will find themselves wishing for something different.

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8.0
Constantine: The Hellblazer #1

Jun 11, 2015

If Constantine The Hellblazer has a weakness, it is that it lacks broad appeal. It's a great horror book but those readers who aren't fans of the character or the genre will have little reason to give this one a try. That being said, this book will be a welcome treat for old-school Hellblazer fans as well as recent converts from the Constantine TV series.

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8.0
Constantine: The Hellblazer #7

Dec 11, 2015

As per usual, Ming Doyle and James Tynion IV spin a most enjoyable tale. It's always a hoot when John and Swamp Thing are forced together and this issue does a great job of acknowledging the characters' shared history without needing to recap Alan Moore's greatest hits. Despite the nods, this issue is easily accessible to new readers and a good jumping-on issue for those who haven't given this series a shot yet.

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10
Convergence: Nightwing / Oracle #1

Apr 9, 2015

I've moved from mere ambivalence to outright antipathy regarding Convergence as a whole. Yet I can endorse Convergence: Nightwing/Oracle #1 without reservation. If you miss Simone's Birds of Prey or Chuck Dixon's Nightwing, this is definitely one to pick up!

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10
Crosswind #1

Jun 21, 2017

Think the body-swapping story is played out? Think again. With strong characterization and amazing artwork, Crosswind #1 puts a cool new spin on a classic concept. Based on this first issue, Crosswind seems to be a sure-fire hit and easy Eisner contender. The characters are immediately interesting and the artwork is fantastic. This is one series you'll want to get in on at the ground floor.

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4.0
Cyborg: Rebirth #1

Sep 7, 2016

There is little to recommend continued reading of Cyborgbased purely on this first issue. The issue does a good job of explaining Victor Stone's background and powers but there's no sense of the personality of the man behind the machinery. Likewise the artwork is technically proficient but largely lifeless. Ironically, it is the mechanical nature of the art and story that makes Cyborg Rebirth #1 a dull, if well-crafted, reading experience.

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8.0
Dark Days: The Forge #1

Jun 14, 2017

This disunity between art and story is not enough to ruin the power of this comic. Dark Days: The Forge #1proves a strong introduction to what promises to be an interesting mini-series. It may leave readers with more questions than answers but whatever else may be said about it, it isn't dull.

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8.0
Death Vigil #1

Jul 9, 2014

Death Vigil #1 is a promising start to what may prove to be the best new supernatural series of 2014. It is a must read for all fans of the urban fantasy genre as well as those who enjoyedThe Sandman or BPRD. Even those comic readers who are not fans of this sort of story would do well to check this one out for the interesting characters and (pardon the pun) gallows humor.

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8.0
Deep Gravity #1

Jul 31, 2014

This first issue is somewhat of a slow start but the cliff-hanger conclusion promises action aplenty as the miniseries continues. Fans of the genre will find Deep Gravityto be an enjoyable piece of work. Even comic readers who aren't much for heavy sci-fi may enjoy it, provided they can get past the stock characters.

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6.0
Dejah Thoris #1

Feb 4, 2016

At least Barbierie portrays Dejah as a competent warrior in the few moments we see her in action. Nevertheless, I cannot recommend Dejah Thoris. It has excellent artwork but the story does a greater disservice to the Warrior Princess of Mars than even the most gratuitous of Frank Cho pin-ups.

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10
Descender #1

Mar 3, 2015

In fact, the whole of Descender #1 is damn good. Sci-fi enthusiasts will find it entertaining, as will fans of Lemire and Nguyen's previous work. But by all rights this comic should be picked up by anyone and everyone who enjoys good comics.

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8.0
Detective Comics (2016) #947

Dec 29, 2016

Thrilling and majestic in appearance, Detective Comics #947 is a fantastic book from start to finish. The book ends with a number of open cliffhangers and I can't wait to see what the next story-line holds in store.

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6.0
Detective Comics (2016) #957

May 25, 2017

Thankfully, these issues don't drag this comic down completely. If one can work past the erratic inks, there is a great story at the heart of Detective Comics #957.This issue is a must-read for all those who have missed Stephanie Brown, be it as The Spoiler, Robin or Batgirl.

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10
Disney: Darkwing Duck #4

Aug 24, 2016

After an amazing opening arc which played out like the original 2009 Arkham Asylum game with The Terror The Flaps In The Night in place of Batman, this issue of Darkwing Duck proves to be an easily accessible one-shot perfect for new readers. Writer Aaron Sparrow has perfectly captured the voices of the characters from the original cartoon series and created a villain worthy of Darkwing Duck's already fantastic rogues' gallery. Likewise, artist James Silvani perfectly emulates the house-style of the original show's artwork, making every panel look like a lost animation cel. This is one family comic that truly is fun for readers of all ages!

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Disney: Darkwing Duck #7

Jan 26, 2017

No previous experience with Darkwing Duck– the show or the comic – is needed to enjoy this issue. However, should you want to experience the saga as it began, the collection of the first four issues of the current volume just went on sale recently. Either way, this is one of the best all-ages books on the stands today and it's a must-read for anyone who enjoys a good, fun and funny read.

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10
Disney: Darkwing Duck #8

Mar 8, 2017

I shall be sorry to see it go. Yet part of me hopes that the talk of an upcoming Disney Darkwing Duck Vol. 2 is not just talk. So please – if my word as a critic has ever meant anything to you – buy this book. Check out the TP collection of the first four issues. And tell the management of Joe Books LTD that you want more.

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8.0
Doctor Who: Four Doctors #1

Aug 13, 2015

On the whole, this first chapter of The Four Doctorsproves a promising start. What flaws exist are minor things and do not distract from the enjoyment of the individual components thus far. Whovians are certain to enjoy this epic tale.

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6.0
Doctor Who: Ghost Stories #1

Dec 26, 2016

Thus far, Doctor Who: Ghost Stories seems unlikely to satisfy those fans who hoped to see more of The Ghost and Lucy Fletcher following The Return Of Doctor Mysterio. It isn't a bad book but the tone of the story thus far doesn't seem to match the episode it is based on. The artwork is competently executed but hardly exciting. At 99 cents a chapter, it's hardly a bank-breaking investment but there's little to recommend this series to any but the most devout of Whovians.

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6.0
Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #1

Jul 18, 2014

Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #1 will be out next Wednesday, July 23rd from Titan Comics. Grab a copy at your local comic book store (Don't know where that is? Here you go.) or digitally via Comixology.com.

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8.0
Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor: Year Three #1

Jan 5, 2017

All in all, this is a wonderful start for The Eleventh Doctor's third year. The story is appropriately action-packed, silly and serious in equal measure with the artwork matching the tale beat for beat. Fans of the Matt Smith era of Doctor Who will find this book enjoyable.

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10
Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor #1

Mar 23, 2016

If you're a classic Doctor Who fan, you will love this book. And if you aren't, this book may yet turn you into one. It's that good!

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8.0
Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor (2016) #1

Apr 8, 2016

All in all, fans of The Ninth Doctor, Rose Tyler and Captain Jack Harkness will find this comic to be a satisfying continuation of their adventures.

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8.0
Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor (2016) #4

Aug 12, 2016

While long-time Whovians will get the most out of this story and the inherent humor of throwing the modern-day Mickey Smith against an older (from his perspective) Doctor, this issue is amazingly accessible to new readers. If you're a comic fan who likes superhero stories who has wondered about the fuss over this Doctor character, this would be a fine first issue to start with.

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Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor (2016) #13

May 27, 2017

Scott conveys Captain Jack's character just as well as artist Cris Blson encapsulates John Barrowman's likeness. The action sequences in this issue flow smoothly from panel to panel and the designs for the various alien races depicted are truly unique and memorable. This comic perfectly captures the essence of the Russell T. Davies era of Doctor Who and is a must-read for all fans of Captain Jack and Torchwood.

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Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #1

Jul 18, 2014

Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #1 will be out next Wednesday, July 23rd from Titan Comics. Grab a copy at your local comic book store (Don't know where that is? Here you go.) or digitally via Comixology.com.

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8.0
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Year Three #5

May 8, 2017

Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor: Year Three #5 will be available for purchase on May 17, 2017 from your local comic book store (Don't know where that is? Here you go.) or digitally via Comixology.com.

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10
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Year Three #6

Jun 20, 2017

The miraculous thing about The Tenth Doctor comic is how it remains easily accessible to new readers while being steeped in its own mythology and the mythology of the original Doctor Who shows. Despite being largely concerned with set-up and tying-up loose ends from the previous stories, the script by Nick Abadzis explains everything new readers need to know smoothly and efficiently.

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Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor: Year Two #3

Dec 3, 2015

If you're a Whovian who has yet to get into the wonderful world of comics or a comic reader who wonders what all the fuss about Doctor Who is, this issue would be a wonderful introduction to both worlds. It won't be nice and it won't be safe. But it will be the thrill of a lifetime!

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Doctor Who: The Third Doctor #1

Sep 12, 2016

Doctor Who: The Third Doctor #1 will be available for purchase on September 14, 2016 from your local comic book store (Don't know where that is? Here you go.) or digitally via Comixology.com.

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10
Doctor Who: The Third Doctor #5

Feb 16, 2017

Doctor Who: The Third Doctor #5 will be available for purchase on February 22, 2017 from your local comic book store (Don't know where that is? Here you go.) or digitally via Comixology.com.

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8.0
Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #1

Oct 11, 2014

The only real weakness to this issue is the same problem that most TV tie-in comics possess. While fans of the current Doctor Who series will love this book, it does little to open itself up to comic readers who might discover the show through this book. The book isn't entirely inaccessible to new readers, but Whovians will get far more out of it than non-fans.

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8.0
Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #11

Sep 10, 2015

Despite that flaw, Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #11 proves to be an enjoyable read. The quality of the script more than makes up for the minor flaws within the artwork. If you haven't read a Doctor Who comic before or even watched the show, this would be a good place to start.

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10
Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #16

Dec 13, 2015

Writers George Mann (Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor) and Cavan Scott (Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor) have delivered the perfect treat into our stockings. Those Whovians who just can't wait for this year's Doctor WhoChristmas episode will find this holiday special to be just that. Watching Clara and The Doctor contend with all manner of festive madness is highly amusing And fans of the classic Doctor Whoseries will be gratified by the reveal of the culprit as well as the touching ending.

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Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor: Year Three #1

Apr 10, 2017

This first chapter of Beneath The Waves will prove a welcome appetizer for those Doctor Who fans anxiously awaiting the main course of Series Ten this weekend. It was a good bit of planning on Titan Comics' part to release this book this week. George Mann continues to impress as the author of The Twelfth Doctor series, perfectly capturing the voice of Peter Capaldi's Doctor and spinning tales worthy of the TV show. The artwork by Mariano Laclaustra and Carlos Cabrera proves equally astounding. If you're a fan of the show, you'll be a fan of this comic. And if you aren't a fan of the show, this comic may make you into one!

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8.0
Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor: Year Three #2

Apr 24, 2017

The Boy With The Displaced Smile proves an unexpected interlude from the story started in the last issue but it is not an unwelcome one. The story by James Peaty sports a novel concept (i.e. place The Doctor in a 1950's sci-fi thriller movie setting) and runs with it. The artwork by Life Sucks artist Warren Pleece suits the weird horror tone of the story and establishes the appropriate atmosphere. Fans of classic Americana horror would do well to check this out, as would fans of The Doctor!

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10
Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor: Year Three #4

Jun 19, 2017

The conclusion of Beneath The Waves proves a perfect conclusion to an exciting and thrilling Doctor Who story.

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Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor: Year Three #5

Jul 3, 2017

Comparisons to the show aside, this is a fantastic comic. Every element " the story, the art, the colors " work together in perfect harmony. If you're a Whovian who is going through withdrawls thinking of the long wait until this year's Christmas special, you would do well to start reading this series.

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Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor: Year Two #1

Jan 5, 2016

The Doctor is back and better than ever!If you've been going through Doctor Who withdrawals since the end of Series Nine, this book is the cure. It is a must-read for all Whovians, with a great story and amazing artwork.

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Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor: Year Two #5

May 9, 2016

If you've never watched Doctor Who before, this issue is a wonderful introduction to the universe. Conversely, if you're a Doctor Who fan who has never read a comic book, this is a good issue to start with, being about the love of the medium and a good story. And this is a good story. - See more at: http://kabooooom.com/2016/05/doctor-who-the-twelfth-doctor-year-two-5-advanced-review/#sthash.WiRIQZZN.dpuf

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Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor: Year Two #11

Nov 16, 2016

If you've never read a Doctor Who comic before, this would be a great one to start with. There's no pesky backstory or continuity to concern new readers beyond a blurb on the title page explaining the concept. The story is easily accessible, with a likable heroine in the middle. And the artwork looks just plain fantastic!

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6.0
Eye Of Newt #1

Jun 18, 2014

Despite this unevenness, Eye of Newt #1 is still a promising start to what should be an excellent series. Whatever flaws exist in the artwork are more than made up for by the moments where the visuals work perfectly. And the story – while satisfying all the tropes of a typical boy's story – has enough new spins and interesting ideas to make it seem like an original tale.

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4.0
Fantastic Four (2014) #1

Feb 28, 2014

In the end, Fantastic Four may have a new #1 issue and a new creative team but that's all that's new. Fans of the First Family of Marvel may enjoy it, but new readers will have little reason to continue on with the saga past this first issue.

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6.0
Flash (2016) #7

Sep 29, 2016

Overall, this is a solid issue of The Flash but not a great one. The script is strong and it's good to see the Wally West subplot finally developing some momentum. Yet the artwork is oddly forced and looks unnatural at times, but it's nothing longtime fans of the character will find themselves unable to work through.

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8.0
Flash (2016) #11

Nov 23, 2016

Despite a few wrinkles, The Flash #11is a solid, enjoyable comic. The artwork is largely excellent despite some small flaws. The story is a true ripping yarn. AndStarman fans will rejoice at the continuing adventures of The Shade, as he is written true to form.

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10
Flash (2016) #13

Dec 29, 2016

If you're a fan of The Flash TV series who has yet to give the comics a try or a regular reader who just hasn't gotten around to this wonderful book, The Flash #13 proves a wonderful opportunity for you to correct your mistake and start enjoying one of DC Comics' strongest titles in the Rebirth era. This issue provides a wonderful entry point into the world of Barry Allen. It's also a heck of a holiday comic, with an uplifting ending and some amazing artwork in the bargain!

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8.0
Flash (2016) #23

Jun 2, 2017

I dare not spoil the plot or the ending of this issue. Suffice it to say, if the rest of The Color of Fear matches The Flash #23 in quality, this may be one of the best Flash comics ever.

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8.0
Flash (2016) #25

Jun 29, 2017

Joshua Williamson's story is enjoyable and unloads a lot of exposition without getting flat. And the artwork is fine throughout, though one wishes for a little more consistency.

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8.0
Flash: Rebirth (2016) #1

Jun 8, 2016

Longtime fans of The Flash will be pleased by this issue. Readers following the continuing mystery first revealed in DC Rebirth #1 will want to pick up this issue in order to see the latest clues.And those fans of the TV Series looking for a good entry point into the world of the comics couldn't ask for a better first issue than this one.

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4.0
Genius #1

Aug 6, 2014

Genius isn't as smart as it wants to be. The artwork isn't bad, but it proves incapable of conveying the story that the writers have to explain on page one so the audience will have some vague idea of what is going on. There is little to recommend this book to anybut the most devout fans of the true crime genre.

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8.0
Green Arrow (2011) #35

Oct 1, 2014

Whether you're a long-time Arrow-Head, a fan of the Arrow TV series looking for a good place to start with the comics that started it all or just someone who loves good action-packed comics, Green Arrow #35 is a must-read. Its only real flaw is that as good as it is, it tries to do a little too much with its subplots and some elements of the issue feel tacked-on as a result. The bits focusing on Oliver Queen, however, are top-notch.

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8.0
Green Arrow (2011) #39

Feb 4, 2015

All in all, fans of Arrow and the Arrow-heads of old will find much to enjoy in the new Green Arrow. Just don't take things too seriously and ask questions like 'Why doesn't John King doesn't just reveal Oliver Queen's secret identity to the world?"

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4.0
Green Arrow (2011) #41

Jun 5, 2015

On the whole, this new direction for Green Arrow is two steps backward. This might be a good first issue for a new horror series for Vertigo Comics. But ultimately there's nothing here that really speaks to this being a Green Arrow comic apart from the hero being named Oliver Queen.

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4.0
Green Arrow (2016) #4

Aug 3, 2016

Despite all this, I still have hope that there is a swerve coming. I hope that this issue truly the last we've seen of stereotypical hacker and whiny coward Henry Fyff and that – with Diggle returned – we will also see the return of Felicity Smoak. I hope that Shado turns face before this arc ends and that Emiko will shortly follow Fyff into Comics Limbo. Most of all,I hope that Dinah will save herself and become the cavalry Ollie needs in the final part of this story.

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10
Green Arrow (2016) #7

Sep 22, 2016

This new Green Arrow series embodies the strength of DC Comics new Rebirthline. This book is both easily accessible to new readers while illustrating everything that made these characters beloved icons in the first place. If you're an old-school Arrow-head who has been left wanting over the past decade of lackluster Green Arrow and Black Canary stories, rejoice! Your homecoming is here.

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8.0
Green Arrow (2016) #12

Dec 8, 2016

Is Green Arrow a perfect comic? No. But it is a damned good one and an inspiring read for those looking for a slice of hope in an imperfect world.

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10
Green Arrow (2016) #15

Jan 21, 2017

If you haven't ever read Green Arrow, this is a great time to start.

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10
Green Arrow (2016) #18

Mar 2, 2017

If you have yet to give the newGreen Arrow a chance, this issue marks a wonderful opportunity to see what you've been missing out on. If you're a long-suffering Arrow-head wishing for a return to the good-old-days when men were men with goatees, women were women in fishnets and a comic could be socially aware while still presenting a kick-ass action sequence or two, now is the time to come home. Either way, this book is a great read and one of the strongest titles of the Rebirth line.

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6.0
Green Arrow (2016) #24

Jun 7, 2017

Green Arrow #24 is something of a disappointment. Despite Benjamin Percy rushing this issue to its conclusion, there's no payoff or resolution to speak of. Juan Ferreyra's artwork remains excellent but can only do so much to dress up this lifeless ending.

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10
Green Arrow (2016) #26

Jul 9, 2017

Whether you're a new reader or an old one, a fan of The CW series or not, Green Arrow #26is one team-up everyone can agree on. The writing is fun and accessible. The artwork is skillful on all fronts. This is one to pick-up!

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8.0
Green Arrow: Rebirth #1

Jun 1, 2016

Green Arrow: Rebirth is everything Green Arrow fans have been wishing for. Black Canary fans will be pleased to see that Dinah Drake has not been turned into a damsel in distress or a “plus one” for the sake of making Green Arrow look better. It isn't perfect but it is a good first step in the right direction after years of erratic treatment for both heroes. And as far as the DC Rebirth line in general goes, this is an encouraging first step.

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8.0
Green Lanterns: Rebirth #1

Jun 2, 2016

Newcomers will have no trouble jumping into the story. And old-timers looking for a good place to jump back into the series will find that it's like they never left.

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6.0
He-Man / Thunder Cats #1

Oct 5, 2016

The plot isn't ground-breaking but it's not like the original cartoons were all that complex either. The script by Rob David and Lloyd Goldfine does a good job of capturing the essence of the characters (despite it doing a poor job of introducing most of them) and there are a few novel touches that speak to their love of the characters. Chief among these is the unveiling of the issue's narrator, which won't be much of a surprise for most readers but will prove most gratifying on the final page.

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2.0
Hellblazer: Rebirth #1

Jul 20, 2016

The poor writers tend to portray John as a right selfish bastard. The great writers showed John to be a bloke with good intentions who honestly tried to make things better only to have things go wrong. By that definition, Simon Oliver is a poor writer, who has no real grasp of Constantine's character. John is a scoundrel but he'll ultimately try to do the right thing. The final panel of this issue tells you everything you need to know about Oliver's take on John Constantine and whether or not you should keep reading this series.

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8.0
Hercules (2015) #1

Nov 6, 2015

Despite that, there is much to like about Hercules. The story has a great opening hook and sufficient humor for those who like that in a Hercules story. And there's a heaping helping of high-adventure and mythic action for those who don't care much about a drunken Herc booty-calling Black Widow. Much like its titular hero, Hercules is not perfect but you can't help but like it despite the flaws.

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10
Hercules (2015) #6

Apr 15, 2016

I'd say this would be a good jumping-on issue for this series, but this is the last issue before it restarts as Gods of War. Still, this comic is good for what it is and a fine ending to a good story. Who would have thought you could use Hercules to tell a story about the pitfalls of social drinking as an alcoholic?!

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10
Injustice 2 #4

May 2, 2017

Even if you're not a video game fan, Injustice 2 is an enjoyable comic from start to finish. With great characterization, fantastic artwork and a fair amount of humor, this is one book that should be on every comic lover's pull-list.

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10
Injustice 2 #8

May 31, 2017

I can think of no higher complement for a writer than this. Taylor took a character I'd rather not existed and told a story that made them likeable. Such is the skill that he displays every week in this series and such is the reason why I sing this series' praises.

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6.0
Injustice 2 #11

Jun 21, 2017

While Injustice 2 #11 provides important historical context of how Kara Zor-El came to Earth in the Injustice universe, it does little more than that. Tom Taylor does his best to dress up a familiar story with some good character moments but there's only so much he can do. Similarly, Mike S, Miller's artwork is competently crafted but there's nothing here that stands out and grabs the imagination.

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10
Injustice 2 #13

Jul 4, 2017

If you haven't been reading the comics set in the Injustice universe, this is a fine place to start. Though born of a single bad day and one of the darkest events in recent comics history, Injustice 2 #13 shows that there is light and hope in this setting as well. There are other great things I could talk about, but I'd rather you discover them for yourself " this book is that good.

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10
Injustice: Ground Zero #1

Oct 11, 2016

If you have yet to visit the world of Injustice, these two comics are a perfect entry point. The first issue neatly summarizes the story thus far for new readers (but you really should read the original series!) and the second one is filled with Harley Quinn's special brand of madcap hilarity. The artwork looks astonishing and perfectly captures the spirit of the writing. This is a fun comic, plain and simple.

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10
Injustice: Ground Zero #24

Mar 14, 2017

Injustice: Ground Zero #24 is a worthy ending to a wonderful series. We haven't seen the end of the Injustice reality, thankfully. A sequel to the original game will be coming out in two months time and with it a new comic, written by Tom Taylor. The future of Injustice may be a dark place but the future for the fans of this series is bright indeed!

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8.0
Injustice: Year Five #1

Dec 21, 2015

Really, the issue's only weak-point – apart from the aforementioned accidental spoiler – is this world's take on Wonder Woman. I cannot fault Brian Buccellato for this as the problem was present in the reality of the game world this comic is based on and he's taken steps to work around this point in the past. Yet the idea of Wonder Woman being this wishy-washy whiner who pines for Superman and wishes that he'd notice her in the wake of Lois' death rather than being honest with Clark about her feelings or taking action on them just doesn't ring true. Despite this, I still find this to be a good read and I can't wait to see what the rest of Year Five holds in store.

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8.0
Injustice: Year Five Annual #1

Nov 30, 2016

Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Five Annual #1brings to mind a quote often attributed to Abraham Lincoln – “People who like this sort of thing will find this the sort of thing they like.” This comic is enjoyable for what it is and fans of Injustice will find this a fitting capstone for the series.Still, it's a shame that the finale couldn't be quite as revolutionary as what came before.

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8.0
Injustice: Year Four #8

Jun 23, 2015

this ultimately proves to be an excellent issue of one of the best series on the shelves today.

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10
Injustice: Year Four #15

Aug 12, 2015

This amazing script is well-matched by some equally amazing artwork. Bruno Redondo gives every moment of this issue the gravity it deserves, with his characters looking particularly powerful in this outing. His pencils are perfectly enhanced by the inks of Juan Albarran and the colors by J. Nanjan are appropriately bold. Even the letters by Wes Abbott convey an extra little oomph!

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10
Injustice: Year Three #14

Dec 30, 2014

If you haven't given Injustice a chance before now, you have been missing out on one of the best books of the last five years and should take steps to correct your mistakes immediately. And if you're looking for another good comic to read, check out Tom Taylor's independent series The Deep " Volume 1 & Volume 2. It's a kid friendly but not at all childish comic about a family of underwater explorers and Taylor is currently developing it into an animated series. It, as well as the whole of Injustice, are highly recommended.

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10
Injustice: Year Three #18

Jan 28, 2015

If you've given up on Injustice, for whatever reason, now is the perfect time to come back. Nothing has changed except for the writer. This remains one of DC Comics best books.

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10
Injustice: Year Two #24

Sep 16, 2014

If you haven't given Injustice: Gods Among Us a chance, you would do well to pick up that first issue and binge upon every issue between it and this one. There is darkness here, yes, and a number of truly disturbing scenes. Yet, there is also hope and humanity. And the darkness only serves to make the light seem all the brighter and better.

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10
John Carter: Warlord of Mars #10

Aug 27, 2015

If you have not yet ventured forth into the world of Barsoom, you will find no better starting place than this issue. Despite being heavily based upon the mythology ofEdgar Rice Burroughs' world, it is easily accessible to new readers. More than that, it is a true ripping yarn with excellent artwork.

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6.0
Justice League of America (2017) #1

Feb 23, 2017

Overall, this issue is something of a disappointment after the first special, with the characterization being paper thin and the story fairly standard stuff for a team series. Taken as a work of commentary however, the book becomes a brilliant piece of satire, albeit it possibly unintentionally. I can't say I liked it much but neither did I dislike it.

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10
Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #1

Dec 21, 2016

I hadn't planned on picking up Justice League Vs. Suicide Squad #1 this week. Now I can't wait for the next issue!

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10
King Conan: Wolves Beyond The Border #1

Dec 23, 2015

If you've yet to join Conan intreading the jeweled thrones of the Earth under sandalled feet, this comic would be a fine place for you to begin your adventures in the world of Hyboria. The story is great. The artwork equally so. And I cannot wait to see what Truman and Giorello have in store for us next. By Crom, this is Conan at his best!

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10
Leaving Megalopolis: Surviving Megalopolis #1

Jan 13, 2016

The only real flaw to Surviving Megalopolis so far is a minor lack of accessibility.While new readers can start with this book and have the story so far explained to them, those who have read the whole of Leaving Megalopolisfirst will get so much more out of this issue. It's not enough to negate my full recommendation of this book to all fans of dystopia horror and twisted superhero stories but I would strongly advise reading the original Leaving Megalopolis first.

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2.0
Lords of the Jungle #1

Mar 16, 2016

Lords Of The Jungle may be notable as the first official team-up between Tarzan and Sheena. Unfortunately, that's the only notable thing about this book. Save perhaps how notably disappointing it is on every single creative front.

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10
Lucifer (2015) #1

Dec 16, 2015

This comic is no mere TV tie-in. It is a wonderful continuation of the Vertigo legacy. God willing we'll have another 74 issues to complete what may become known to future audiences as the Unholy Trilogy. And if God isn't willing, perhaps The Devil will give us our due?

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8.0
Lucifer (2015) #14

Jan 18, 2017

Lucifer #14 may not be the ideal entry point that it was promoted as but it is still a fine book. The story is gripping and it reestablishes the status quo which the rest of the series can build on expertly. The artwork looks just plain amazing. Truly, the only flaw with this book is that you have to have read Neil Gaiman's The Sandman, Mike Carey's Lucifer and Garth Ennis' Hellblazer to truly appreciate the story. Old-school Vertigo fans will love it, though.

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8.0
Lucifer (2015) #19

Jun 28, 2017

And so the second volume of Lucifer ends " not with a bang or a whimper but with a satisfying, if somewhat rushed, conclusion that leaves the door propped open for a revival later. The rumors are that Vertigo is considering revamping the series, crafting something similar in tone to the Lucifer TV series. Personally, I hope these rumors are just rampant speculation as it would be a poor thing for the last vestige of Vertigo Comics' once-great shared universe to be shelved purely for the sake of a television tie-in.

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4.0
M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand #1

Dec 1, 2016

MASK: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand #1 is proof that some things are best left in the past. There's a wonderful idea at the heart of this book and the artwork is good from a technical viewpoint. Unfortunately, the constant tonal shifts in both the writing and the artwork coupled with the inaccessibility of the material to new readers make this book one trip down memory lane best forgotten.

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2.0
MPH #1

May 22, 2014

Millar's fans and the movie executives he seems to be writing for exclusively will probably enjoy MPH. The rest of us, who enjoy stories about likable characters who act in a heroic manner, would do better to stay away.

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8.0
Past Aways #1

Mar 25, 2015

While this series may not appeal to all audiences, genre enthusiasts will find much to admire in this first issue of Past Aways. The artwork is great and it has a brilliant concept. Hopefully future issues will bring about more interaction between the core cast to better establish their personalities past a series of stock traits.

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8.0
Pathfinder: Origins #1

Feb 19, 2015

While well-crafted, this comic is unlikely to win over anyone who is not already a fan of the genre. Still, it stands as a fine example of a high-quality fantasy comic series. So sword-and-sorcery enthusiasts as well as comic-reading role-players would do well to give Pathfinder: Origins a try.

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10
Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death #1

Jan 20, 2016

Longtime Poison Ivy fans will enjoy this book as will those comic readers looking for something good that lies off the beaten path. This first issue's story is somewhat light on action and heavy on exposition, but this is easily forgiven how well everything is assembled. The artwork proves equally excellent. I think this is one comic that will leave readers itching for more.

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6.0
POP #1

Aug 27, 2014

Despite all this, Pop #1 is an enjoyable read. It isn't quite the satirical sci-fi classic that it has been promoted as, but it isn't a bad book. There's enough good in this first issue to suggest that this series will improve with time and it may prove to be a more solid read in its final collected edition.

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4.0
Real Heroes #1

Mar 26, 2014

In the end, Real Heroes fails to live up to the potential of its premise. It isn't a bad book, but Bryan Hitch has little to say beyond the base concept of "the cast of Avengers does Galaxy Quest". Alas, there is little indication that this book will be as inspiring as the former film or as funny as the later.

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10
Red Sonja (2013) #17

Jul 29, 2015

As such, I speak to you today not as a critic. Nor as a fan. But as a proselytizer. Heed the lessons this book has to offer. And read on, lest you never read again!

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10
Red Sonja (2013) #18

Sep 23, 2015

This is a worthy ending to an excellent saga and what Simone and Geovani have accomplished with this series is truly revolutionary.This shall be the definitive Red Sonja run for generations of comic readers. It is an epic worthy of The Nemedian Chronicles. And I lament that we shall not see its like again.

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10
Red Sonja (2016) #1

Jan 14, 2016

So rest easy, Red Sonja fans. The She-Devil's garb may have changed, but the foul-mouthed, ginger-haired Curse of Hyrkania is alive and well. Long may her legends be told!

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2.0
Red Sonja (2017) #0

Dec 14, 2016

At the price of twenty-five cents, Red Sonja #0 is over-priced. The story is unoriginal and the dialogue is as flat as Sonja herself is well-rounded. The artwork is mired in fan-service, made worse by Gomez's own limitations as an artist. Do not be persuaded to give this book a chance based on the low price. It is not worth it.

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8.0
Robert E. Howard's Savage Sword #10

Mar 30, 2015

This series may not hold much crossover appeal for comics readers who aren't already fans of Robert E. Howard. And the quality level can vary wildly from issue to issue. But for those who are bold and appreciate good value for your comics-buying dollar, Robert E. Howard's Savage Sword is well worth the purchase.

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6.0
Royal Blood #1

Nov 18, 2014

Sadly, that is not enough to make Royal Blood worth reading. The story isn't bad but ultimately has very little plot or point. Still, the great artwork is worth looking at and the most enthusiastic of fantasy fans and history buffs may enjoy this book despite its standard story.

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6.0
S.H.I.E.L.D. (2014) #1

Jan 2, 2015

In the end, there's very little to recommend this issue or this series. The action of the script is good and Waid goes out of his way to show how awesome Agent Coulson is as a character. Unfortunately, the same effort wasn't applied to the rest of the cast and readers who aren't already familiar with the show won't have much to catch their interest. The artwork is merely decent, apart from the coloring, which is abysmal. All in all, this is typical of the kind of mediocre work one expects of a tie-in comic.

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8.0
Sally Of The Wasteland #1

Sep 3, 2014

Sally Of The Wasteland may not be everyone's cup of tea. Still, it will appeal to anyone who ever stayed up to catch the Late Late Show broadcast of movies like Deathstalker II: Clash Of The Titans or A Nymphoid Barbarian In Dinosaur Hell. It will also hold the attention of anyone who has a fondness for stories set after the end of the world as well as those who don't take their action comics too seriously.

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10
Secret Six (2014) #1

Dec 3, 2014

It is too early to tell if future issues will return to the black comedy that made Simone's first Secret Six so memorable once the cast is better established. Still, this first issue is one heck of a hook for new readers and it is an enjoyable opening taken on its own terms. This is definitely a series to keep an eye on and a must read for anyone looking for something new and unique.

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10
Secret Six (2014) #5

Aug 19, 2015

Actually, I do have a confession to make in this last paragraph, dear readers. I may have given a few secrets away with this review. A man of letters such as myself can be very cunning in hiding things between the lines. But while I may have my sport with you readers, you can be assured of one thing – you will all enjoy Secret Six as much as I do.

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8.0
Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #1

Aug 14, 2014

Despite all of this, the comic works if taken as light entertainment. Consider the serious implications of how Batman's super-powered colleagues could keep the peace more effectively than he could in his town or speculate on just where Wonder Woman is storing her newly-forged, W-shaped Wonder-rangs and you'll have a bad time with this book. Relax and enjoy the revelation that Wonder Woman is on short list of "Things Even The Joker Is Not Crazy Enough To Try And Fight" (along with the IRS) and you'll have a ball.

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8.0
Serenity: Leaves On The Wind #6

Jun 25, 2014

This series won't win any converts to the Browncoat cause. At least, not as easily as a marathon of the Firefly DVD set. But devout fans will be able to tough out the sloppy artwork for the sake of a ripping good yarn of a story.

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8.0
Serenity: No Power In The 'Verse #1

Oct 17, 2016

Serenity: No Power In The ‘Verse #1 will be available for purchase on October 26, 2016 from your local comic book store (Don't know where that is? Here you go.) or digitally via Comixology.com.

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10
Sons of the Devil #1

Mar 17, 2015

The early previews of Sons Of The Devil #1 offered a brief glimpse of what appeared to be a promising new horror series. It can now be said that promise has been fulfilled. This book will please enthusiasts of the horror genre as well as comic fans looking for something new and unique. - See more at: http://kabooooom.com/2015/03/comic-review-sons-devil-1/#sthash.75Fxt09I.dpuf

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6.0
Sovereign #1

Mar 19, 2014

Despite this, the basic story shines through the unclear artwork. Overall, this is a strong start to what promises to be an interesting series. Sovereign is a must-read for all fans of good fantasy.

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4.0
Star Wars: Rebel Heist #1

Apr 30, 2014

Overall, there's little reason for any but the most die-hard of Star Wars fans to pick up this book. Caper-story enthusiasts will be disappointed by the lack of an actual heist or any indication of a heist to come in later issues. And comic fans will be turned off by the mediocre artwork and dry plot.

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8.0
Suicide Squad: War Crimes Special #1

Sep 1, 2016

Suicide Squad; War Crimes Special #1 is not arevolutionarystory. Yet it is more than a welcome slice of nostalgia. More than anything else it is proof positive that John Ostrander can still craft a good, topical political thriller nearly three decades after he first revived Task Force X as a new kind of team at the height of The Cold War.

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8.0
Supergirl: Being Super #1

Dec 28, 2016

Based on this first issue, Supergirl: Being Super might not be everyone's cup of tea. The focus on character over action may turn away some readers. Those who have been looking for a good comic to give the super girls in their lives who love the Supergirl TV series, however, will find this series to be a welcome treat.

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6.0
Supergirl: Rebirth #1

Aug 18, 2016

In the final analysis, this new Supergirlseries is serviceable but not outstanding.The artwork is good, despite a few minor hiccups. The story isn't bad, though the structure is weird and the cast apart from Kara aren't memorable at all. Still, this is a good enough base that something better might be built upon its foundation.

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10
Superior Iron Man #1

Nov 13, 2014

Bottom line: If you enjoy neat twists on classic characters, are a fan of the Iron Man movies who has yet to give the comics a shot, or just a lover of twisted humor and good artwork – you should give Superior Iron Man a try.

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8.0
Superman (2011) #41

Jun 24, 2015

Superman #41 may not have been the revolutionary comic some readers had hoped for but it's a solid foundation for what could be something special. In any case, this is Superman the way it should be done! And if you've ever wanted to believe that a man can fly " or at least leap tall buildings in a single bound " it's worth a read.

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10
Swords of Sorrow: Red Sonja & Jungle Girl #1

Jul 22, 2015

Miraculously – for a tie-in book – no previous experience with Swords of Sorrow, Red Sonja or Jungle Girl is needed to understand or enjoy this issue. New readers can easily dig into this book without worrying of the backstory involved. And those who are already fortunate enough to be enjoying Swords of Sorrowshall enjoy this mini-series as well.

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10
The Autumnlands #1

Nov 5, 2014

The promotional materials for Tooth and Claw #1 described it as a combination of Conan, Game of Thrones and Kamandi – an eclectic mix, to be sure! But also an inaccurate one. If it must be compared to anything, best it be compared to another Image Comics series – Saga. It's nothing like Saga, of course, but like that beloved series by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, Tooth and Claw offers us something wholly new and unexpected. And if you are a fan of fantasy in any form, you would do well to give it a try.

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8.0
The Fade Out #1

Aug 18, 2014

While unlikely to hold much appeal for those who aren't already part of the creators' established fanbase and genre enthusiasts, there is much to admire about The Fade Out. Those who give this series a shot will find it an enjoyable piece of pulp fiction.

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10
The Flash: Season Zero #10

Jan 12, 2015

If you're a fan of The Flashand Arrow on The CW, you would do well to check out this comic series. With excellent artwork and scripts by the show creators, it truly feels like a lost episode of the TV series.

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8.0
The Flash: Season Zero #20

Jun 1, 2015

The Flash: Season Zero is an enjoyable book that will hold appeal even to those who don't watch the TV series. This issue is a particularly good jumping on point for new readers. And it is also a welcome treat for those Flash fans who can't wait for Season Two to begin this fall.

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2.0
The Fuse #1

Feb 12, 2014

Potential readers would be better served in seeking out any of these books, shows or movies rather than wasting their time with The Fuse.

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10
The Tithe #5

Sep 24, 2015

If you missed out on the open arc of The Tithe, you might look into picking up the recent collection of the first four issues. But if you can't do that, rest assured that you can jump into this book with no previous knowledge of the story so far being necessary. This issue is a good starting point for new readers and a great read.

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10
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (2015) #2

Nov 27, 2015

here are some people who will say that The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl is stupid. These people should be pelted with stale acorns. Well, perhaps that's a bit much. But there's a whole big Marvel Universe out there and there is room enough for books like The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl that poke fun at how gloriously silly superhero comics can be while telling a great story with fun artwork.

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10
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (2015) #9

Jun 29, 2016

If you haven't been reading The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, you should rectify that mistake immediately. This is one book that, like its eponymous heroine, can't be beat. Seriously, it's right there in the title!

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10
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (2015) #16

Jan 15, 2017

I've seen many dismiss Unbeatable Squirrel Girl due to it's silly story-lines and upbeat artwork. Their loss. This book is a welcome antidote to the grimness that has taken over the Marvel Universe and proof thatgreat comics don't have to take themselves seriously.

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10
This Damned Band #1

Jul 9, 2015

Fans of the twisted humor Cornell displayed in his previous writings will not be disappointed with this outing. Parker's artwork is equally inventive, with one particularly vivid sequence depicting the band mates' differing reactions to the world around them after taking mushrooms. If future issues can maintain this level of quality, This Damned Band promises to be an amazing spectacle.

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6.0
Thunderbolts (2016) #1

May 5, 2016

Thunderbolts #1 isn't a bad comic but it's unlikely to win over new fans. The artwork is competent but doesn't suit the serious story. The plot and character development may improve in future issues, but it's unlikely I'll return to confirm that.

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6.0
Titans (2016) #1

Jul 28, 2016

Titans #1is a good enough comic but something of a disappointment given how outstanding the lead-in issues were. Still, there is enough good here to encourage continued reading. With any luck this weak start will build to something bigger and better.

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10
Titans (2016) #5

Nov 23, 2016

Titans #5is more than a thrilling blockbuster of a comic. It's a perfect encapsulation of one of DC Comics most under-rated and – in recent years – under-served heroes. The classic Wally West is back and thank goodness for it. So if you're a reader who only knows about Wally West from The Flash TV series or The New 52 comics, pick up this book and prepare for the run of your life.

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10
Titans (2016) #7

Jan 12, 2017

If you haven't given the new Titans series a shot, now's the perfect time to begin reading it. If you're a fan of the classic Titans comics, now is the perfect time for a homecoming. This isn't just one of the best books DC Comics is publishing today – this is one of the best comics being published today.

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6.0
Titans (2016) #8

Feb 9, 2017

Titans #8 isn't a bad comic and it's a good starting point for new readers who are curious about the series. Unfortunately, this issue isn't Brett Booth's best outing and Dan Abnett's character scenes are starting to get a little repetitive for the long-time readers. A little more variety in the conversation and a little more consistency in the artwork would do this series some good.

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10
Titans (2016) #12

Jun 16, 2017

If you haven't been reading Titans, you've been missing out on one of Rebirth's hidden treasures. With a riveting script and amazing artwork, Titans #12 proves both a perfect entry point for new readers as well as a much-needed examination of one of DC Comics most neglected heroines. Here's hoping a Tempest solo story is next.

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8.0
Titans (2016) #13

Jul 12, 2017

If you haven't given Titans a try, now is the time to do so.

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8.0
Titans: Rebirth #1

Jun 16, 2016

Titans: Rebirth #1 is not merely a comic book. It is a affirmation of everything the Teen Titans stand for as a concept. Now, as always, they are Titans Together. And if this issue is any indicator of what the future has to hold, they – and a new generation of readers – will be together for a long time to come.

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8.0
Translucid #1

Apr 17, 2014

Simply summed-up, Translucid #1 is a solid first issue. Its inspirations are clear but its purpose is no less enjoyable with that knowledge. The artwork is wonderful and the story will leave you desperate for Part Two at its conclusion.

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8.0
Trinity (2016) #1

Sep 23, 2016

Unsurprisingly, Manapul's artwork is equally elegant. The whole of Trinity #1 makes a case for more American comics spurning the assembly-line method of creation in favor of a single writer/artist overseeing most aspects of a book's creation. The only real flaw is that despite the wonderful character moments there is little weight to the story. Still, there is more than enough here to justify optimism for the future of this series and a cliffhanger that promises more action to come.

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10
Vampirella (2017) #0

Feb 1, 2017

Fans of Cornell and Broxton's previous work on Knight and Squire will find Vampirella of comparable quality, though there is little humor in the same vein as that book. (No pun intended!) Those like myself who are new to the world of Vampirella will find this book to be a gripping introduction.

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8.0
Vigilante: Southland #1

Oct 27, 2016

Readers who enjoy a good mystery or tales of street-level justice will find Vigilante: Southland an enjoyable tale. My only criticism of the series as a whole is that Donny's newfound heroism must be born of a fridging. I cannot help but wonder how revolutionary a comic focused on Dorrie would have been. Still, I cannot fault this story for what it is. And Vigilante: Southland is damn good.

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6.0
Vote Loki #1

Jun 15, 2016

There is little about Vote Loki #1 that stands out, for good or ill. Ironically, much like its protagonist, it is not good or bad – it is just there. And, like Loki, the book has some small charms but it shows signs of being capable of being much more than it is.

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4.0
Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1

Jun 10, 2016

Apart from the wonderful art, there's little to recommend Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1. There's no real story to this issue – merely an affirmation that things are screwed up and that Diana will need to fix them. What we needed was a bold declaration of who Wonder Woman is and what she stands for. What we got was a promo-book, promising that we'll be getting to that in the months to come, with Diana's modern adventures in the odd-numbered issues and a new Wonder Woman: Year Oneunfolding in the even-numbered ones. So stay tuned, kids, and be sure to drink your Ovaltine!

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4.0
X-Men '92 (2016) #1

Mar 30, 2016

Unfortunately, the good artwork is not enough to make up for the dull script and inaccessible story. Those X-Fans seeking to satisfy their nostalgic twinges should rewatch the original cartoons. And those readers looking for an X-Men comic they can easily get into without worrying about a complicated backstory should look elsewhere.

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6.0
Xena: Warrior Princess #1

Apr 14, 2016

All in all, this comic is good but not great. Long-timeXena fans will thrill at the story, though new readers may be slightly confused. The artwork is largely serviceable but contains a few oddities uncharacteristic of a usually excellent art team.

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