Matthew Sibley's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Newsarama Reviews: 87
8.0Avg. Review Rating

9.0
A.D.: After Death #1

Nov 28, 2016

It's an issue that I devoured and then went back through to comb over for additional details and clues and I can't wait to see what comes next, which is maybe the reason for the aforementioned flaw " that I don't have the rest of it in front of me to devour.

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5.0
Action Comics (2016) #975

Mar 9, 2017

Detailing the back-up would spoil the big reveal so I'll avoid doing so, but Dini has a far bigger sandbox to play in, making for the more entertaining portion of this issue.

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9.0
All-New Wolverine #12

Sep 22, 2016

It's a refreshing change of pace for how often events and their tie-ins have heroes fight each other in lieu of talking. That said, Ig Guara still gets the chance to show off his skills, delivering a dynamic two-page spread, and the series' humour is still present when appropriate, resulting in a wonderful conclusion to this arc.

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8.0
Astonishing Ant-Man #13

Oct 20, 2016

The verdict is in "Astonishing Ant-Man #13 sticks the landing and provides a fitting send-off for Spencer and Rosanas' run on the title.

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7.0
Avengers (2016) #1

Nov 3, 2016

Mike Del Mundo really is a great artist, huh? And now he's been given a flagship book which ushers in a new time for the Avengers post teen-hero walkout, but doesn't necessarily play to his strengths.

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8.0
Avengers (2016) #1.1

Nov 10, 2016

While the main Avengers title will hopefully be doing something new with Kang and time-travel, these .1 issues look like they'll be providing a classic feeling team updated for a modern reading experience.

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8.0
Batman (2016) Annual #1

Dec 1, 2016

Everyone involved is in top form for these short-form narratives which are economical in their storytelling " getting in just as the action rises and bowing out as the tension starts to slow. While you may be dying to find out what happens next in "I Am Suicide," this Batman Annual is a worthwhile interlude.

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8.0
Batman (2016) #7

Sep 22, 2016

Steve Orlando does a great job bringing all of the stories together, even if some of the finer points are glossed over, and he certainly delivers when it comes to bombastic action. If this is any indication, every member of the Bat Family will have a chance to shine.

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7.0
Batman (2016) #8

Oct 7, 2016

Part 4 of the "Night of the Monster Men" crossover pits Batman and Batwoman against the monster-fied Nightwing and Gotham Girl in an issue that feels like more of the same.

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9.0
Batman (2016) #10

Nov 3, 2016

Rather than repeat what came before in "Knightfall," Tom King manages to turn a reversal of events into a fist-pumping moment that is reminiscent of the hyper capable Batman of Grant Morrison, and continues the high octane streak this book has been on since issue 1.

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10
Batman (2016) #15

Jan 20, 2017

King's script allows the book to transcend the height reached by Gerard's art alone, moving through pillow talk, heart-pumping pages of adrenaline and true genius when the final pieces of the puzzle that is King's Catwoman click into place, it manages to land the necessary beats in an understated way - they register and stick with you without needing repeated reinforcement.

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9.0
Batman (2016) #19

Mar 15, 2017

Comic books have a habit of repeating themselves if you stick around long enough. Batman and Bane have engaged in battles of wit and strength before. Both have been broken by the other. We’re about to be at the point of physical conflict again, but not in the same way that it’s played out before, because this isn’t about saving a city. King’s Batman already did that at the beginning of his run, and now what’s at stake instead is the personification of the city in Gotham Girl. It’s an intently personal confrontation that’s on the horizon. It’s two longtime foes headed on a collision course, not to save the world, but to save just one life. It’s an unstoppable force headed to an immovable object. With this information in mind, the question that remains is… which one will break first?

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8.0
Black Panther (2016) #7

Oct 20, 2016

While Black Panther has always been a worthwhile read, it's been firing on all cylinders since Zeke Stane was added as a main cast member. He's helped to show that the prose like dialogue evident in the first four issues is a Wakandan trait over part of Coates' style and that's proven further here.

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8.0
Black Panther: World of Wakanda #2

Dec 22, 2016

Roxane Gay may have found her feet within the comics industry even faster than Coates, and with him in tow as consultant, World of Wakanda is wonderful as a companion piece to Coates' series, but works just as well as a standalone.

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5.0
Captain America: Sam Wilson #17

Jan 5, 2017

What prevents this issue being a complete mess is the art from Paul Renaud who also assisted John Rauch on colors. They do some great work with shadow resulting in strong iconography for Sam Wilson, but this isn't enough to help the sour taste of the book's middle subside.

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7.0
Captain America: Steve Rogers #13

Mar 9, 2017

On the way to "Secret Empire," Captain America: Steve Rogers marches on to the beat of a drum which sounded foreign when it debuted last year, but has incrementally become attuned to something that might not always be outstanding, but is always interesting.

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9.0
Captain Marvel (2016) #10

Nov 23, 2016

While this series dipped in quality as a result of Civil War II (like many series did), the main strength of the run was the dynamic Carol had with Alpha Flight, putting it at the forefront makes for a strong closing issue and the fact that it'll continue to be present moving forward makes me all the more eager for The Mighty Captain Marvel next month.

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9.0
Casanova: Acedia #7

Nov 10, 2016

For a volume of the series that's been a slow burn, even more so when contrasted with Avaritia's pacing, this appears to be the ignition for full speed ahead.

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9.0
Casanova: Acedia #8

Mar 21, 2017

So, yes, this didn't advance the serialised plotting of this album per se, but on a wider level Casanova's about change. Or at least, it is to me, that's the nature of avant-garde comic-booking, that you get out of it what you can find. It's because of this that the issue works so well, even if I'm not clear on all the details the first go-around. It demonstrates a commitment to never slowing down, to never staying on one thing for too long. Sure, it's dense, it's confusing, it's bombastic, it's immoral at times, it's suave, it's cool. That's Casanova. And the only way it'd disappoint me, is if it wasn't.

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4.0
Catwoman: Election Night #1

Nov 3, 2016

The main issue with Catwoman: Election Night is that it doesn't say anything new. Meredith Finch adopts a duo of outplayed analogues and while it's message warning against one candidate in particular bears repeating, it gets lost in the stilted dialogue and abrupt ending, even though the closing sentiment is touching.

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8.0
Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #1

Oct 20, 2016

In short, another strong debut for the imprint " bring on Mother Panic next month.

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8.0
Champions #1

Oct 10, 2016

The Marvel Universe has undertaken a lot of changes in recent years - that much is undeniable, regardless of how you felt about said changes. Champions very much reflects that, but remembers what Marvel did back at its start -classic superhero stories with bright and expressive artwork. Waid knows this, and combines with the sense of belonging that X-Men books have made people feel for decades to create an issue that takes a while to get into the thick of things, but when it does, creates a new team doing what you expect from heroes, only difference being there's someone here for everyone to look up to in some way.

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6.0
Civil War II #6

Oct 28, 2016

While it's a welcome change from the original that Civil War II hasn't become an all-out brawl without time for character, this feels too late for the event to be having the conversations where both sides are well and truly given equal weight.

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9.0
Daredevil (2015) #17

Feb 15, 2017

This arc had a lot resting on it going in. Not only did it need to feel like a continuation of sorts of Waid and Samnee’s run, but also bridge the timeline between their’s and Soule’s in addition to fitting in tonally with the rest of Soule’s tenure on the title until this point. That’s a lot of balls to juggle, but thanks to the creative team’s work up until this point, they’re able to make it look easy. Having done a couple of arcs prior, they’ve clearly worked out the best way to work with one another and they’ve been waiting to tell this story for a while. Much like Samnee and Waid’s work, it feels mature and serious without an overbearing darkness and due to the respectful way that Kirsten is handled in addition to a late reveal, this feels like an arc that will be mindful of what’s come before.

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7.0
Death of X #2

Oct 20, 2016

The conflict is taking its time to build, but it's appreciated that neither side wants to go to war before they've exhausted all the pacifist options available. Lemire and Soule do a good job with stressing this, but also continuing Cyclops' character arc. Sadly, the issue is hampered by some inconsistent art.

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9.0
Deathstroke (2016) #3

Sep 29, 2016

All in all, Deathstroke continues to be a sprawling narrative told through tight episodic installments

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7.0
Detective Comics (2016) #941

Sep 28, 2016

Orlando has been able to find a nice balance between the major players involved in the arc thus far, and that dynamic improves in this issue now the expository dialogue is out of the way and we’re into the thick of things. However, this issue could be a warning that the thick of things isn’t that thick. The creative team deliver a solid issue with strong action and some interesting character development, but the third issue of purely fighting the Monster Men may leave you wishing that Batman #8 shakes things up dramatically come October.

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8.0
Doctor Strange (2015) Annual #1

Sep 29, 2016

In both of these tales, the art and colors elevate this pair of safe but well-told stories, and should satisfy anyone looking for a piece of Strange to hold them over until the movie's imminent release.

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9.0
Doom Patrol (2016) #4

Jan 27, 2017

Every scene throws a new idea out there resulting in some expansive world building which will make you want to explore every direction suggested, but at the same time you'll find it hard pressed to look away from the engrossing direction the book is currently heading in.

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9.0
Ether #1

Nov 17, 2016

Much like Boone within the context of the story, the audience is pulled out of Agartha by the final page, but craving another visit as soon as possible.

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4.0
Ghost Rider (2016) #3

Jan 27, 2017

Amadeus Cho and Laura Kinney are great characters, but they're pulling too much focus away from the titular hero and the ending of the issue suggests this problem will not only persist, but get worse, keeping the book in some unfortunate traction.

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9.0
Giant Days #19

Oct 7, 2016

The trio's first year at university ended with many roads open for exploration and while it'll be pleasant to return to Sheffield next month, this is a delightful experience that most series would be hard pressed to provide.

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10
Giant Days #22

Jan 5, 2017

Giant Days has always been a ridiculously funny book, but it's also been capable of these heartfelt emotional beats. This is one of those issues that has a lasting emotional impact.

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10
Glitterbomb #2

Oct 11, 2016

Followed up with a poignant essay by Hughes, it becomes clear that the sense of dread the book is imbued with doesn’t spring forth from the paranormal elements, but the reminders of normality taken directly from the real world. Everyone involved is crafting a tale that serves to show Hollywood isn’t as glamorous as the pictures make it out to be.

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10
Glitterbomb #3

Nov 9, 2016

I don’t believe these essays shouldn’t be defined as back matter, because that implies they’re only for the most dedicated of readers, nor do I consider it correct to label them as supplementary material because for the same reason. Instead they should be treated as required reading because not only are they poignant, but they ground the horror. The body horror might be the hook, but the most resonant idea is that the industry itself is a living nightmare for many. Without these essays, Zub, Hughes, Morissette-Phan, Marshall and Dillon wouldn’t be able to reinforce that there’s a truth to this book, and that’s the scariest thing of all.

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10
Glitterbomb #4

Dec 7, 2016

The real-world stuff has always been the more important thematic factor, but they seem more real now, something which can also be said about Holly Raychelle Hughes’ essay. In a way this makes Glitterbomb the book of 2016, in an ideal world we wouldn’t be at this point, but as a result, we have art like this to stand up and speak out. The series and creative team are taking a break until the back half of next year, operating like a TV show, but it’s guaranteed that this series will be something to think about until it returns.

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8.0
Green Valley #6

Mar 9, 2017

Max Landis is a writer that has these out-of-the-box pitches, and that's certainly true of Green Valley, which debuted as a medieval tale and now encompasses dinosaurs. Another concept gets thrown in in this issue and similar to, Paper Girls, a lot of the fun stems from seeing how the pieces fit together.

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9.0
Hawkeye (2016) #1

Dec 14, 2016

Towards the end of the issue, Kate says that she can “actually make this whole P.I. thing work. Like work work.” This debut appears to be indicative that’s true. L.A. doesn’t feel like a single street where everything looks the same, Kate’s voice is as snarky as one would expect, the investigation isn’t as open and shut as initially perceived to be and this has all been achieved in twenty pages. From the evidence presented, this is certainly due to the synergy of the creative team who are already operating like a well-oiled machine. If anyone can make it work for longer than an arc, it’s these guys.

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9.0
Hawkeye (2016) #2

Jan 5, 2017

Combined with the necessary detail of Leonardo Romero's work, how Jordie Bellaire switches up her previous colour set to match the setting and an impressive action sequence and you've got the book which continues to be the strongest of the new Marvel Now launches.

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7.0
Hulk (2016) #3

Feb 24, 2017

It's also a more conventional book in terms of layouts from Nico Leon " there's a couple of pages which fit the aesthetic of the book prior, but there's a greater number of recognisable layouts utilised by many artists.

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7.0
Infamous Iron Man #1

Oct 24, 2016

Infamous Iron Man #1 isn't an explosive issue, and its subdued nature puts it in line with International Iron Man and the final few issues of Invincible Iron Man - which is actually a good thing as this doesn't feel like a dramatic departure from what came before. But one can only wonder if it would have been better with an explosive plot point to get people intrigued and talking.

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8.0
Invincible Iron Man (2016) #2

Dec 22, 2016

The majority of Bendis' work on the various Iron Man titles has been strong up until this point and here he appears to have found a story he can dig deeper with, even more so than International Iron Man.

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9.0
Jessica Jones #1

Oct 10, 2016

Alias #1 set the tone for this world. The seedy underbelly of New York where people dropped f-bombs instead of gamma bombs, characters were repulsed by the abhorrent tendencies of the villains instead of blasting the villains with repulsors and where a hero could take a moment away from the public eye, but find themselves in the gaze of a private eye. Jessica Jones #1 reestablishes this world and it's aesthetic before setting the scene for an intensely personal conflict for Jessica Jones. This issue by no means gives you all the information, but it certainly gives you enough to get hooked all over again.

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7.0
Jessica Jones #2

Nov 17, 2016

Following up on an astounding first issue, Jessica Jones digs into the past like a private eye should and it pays off in some ways, while causing the issue to stumble in others.

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8.0
Jessica Jones #6

Mar 9, 2017

As much as it carved a niche for itself, Jessica Jones continues to feel like another issue of Alias in part due to Michael Gaydos and Matt Hollingsworth's consistency. They shine in this element as much as they did back in the early 2000s and have brought some new flourishes with them here, like the explosion of color when characters get hit, marking the impact.

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5.0
Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #1

Dec 22, 2016

With any luck, the bookends to this issue will quickly come into play and shake up the event, but if the paneling remains as rigid and Williamson's dialogue remains at this level of nuance, it's going to be a long six issues.

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6.0
Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #3

Jan 5, 2017

Maybe the second half of this event will drastically change the game and there'll be surprises abound, but right now it feels a lot like Night of the Monster Men did when we kept hoping there was more to it, only to find out this is all it is.

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7.0
Kamandi Challenge #1

Jan 27, 2017

If the series is going to continue in this manner, then the only thing you can expect is that you won't truly know what to expect.

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9.0
Kill Or Be Killed #4

Nov 17, 2016

As a conclusion to the arc, it sets David down a path he'll find it hard-pressed to return from, while also setting up characters and narrative arcs for the future which are sure to haunt Dylan just as much as the demon on his back.

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8.0
Kingpin (2017) #1

Feb 9, 2017

The name of the book may be Kingpin, but writer Matthew Rosenberg looks beyond this, instead choosing to focus on who Wilson Fisk is besides a crime boss.

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9.0
Midnighter And Apollo #3

Dec 12, 2016

Complete with a tender moment from Midnighter, this series is everything it could possibly be and more, as Midnighter and Apollo packs both a physical and emotional punch.

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8.0
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers #9

Dec 1, 2016

Kyle Higgins and Hendry Prasetya pull off the mighty feat of setting the table for the upcoming third act of this year-long narrative, while also continuing to drive the story forward without letting its momentum slow.

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9.0
Mother Panic #1

Nov 10, 2016

The latest Young Animal book to debut might be set in Gotham and deal with common scenarios you'd expect from a book set there, like socialite parties and gang violence, but make no mistake - this is not a Bat-family title.

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7.0
New Talent Showcase #1

Nov 30, 2016

There should be something here that appeals to you, if not one story in particular, then the opportunity to sample the work of numerous creators to see if there’s someone you want to keep an eye on. Not all of the stories come together or conclude in the pages provided, and it would have been preferred that they did, but regardless New Talent Showcase #1 is a tantalizing glimpse at the up-and-comers that DC has been able to scout out thus far with the program that suggests there are some new and bold voices about to make a splash, but need a little more polishing before they’re perfect.

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6.0
Nightwing (2016) #6

Oct 7, 2016

While Nightwing makes for a more tense issue of the series as the walls seem to close in on the Bat-family, the attempt to up the stakes falls flat due to it just being a larger monster

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7.0
Nova (2016) #1

Dec 12, 2016

For a book that includes Richard Rider on what is essentially his big return to the Marvel universe, Nova #1 includes very little of him. Instead Jeff Loveness and Ramn Prez choose to spend the bulk of the issue with Sam Alexander tracking him through a space-faring adventure with Ego, through to school day mishaps. As a result, the balance that should come from having a primary cast of two space cops isn't there yet, but appears to be fast approaching.

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9.0
Old Guard #1

Feb 22, 2017

This raid is representative of The Old Guard. Meticulously researched, planned and executed with precision. This sharpness ensures that this book is just as impactful of a release this far into Greg Rucka’s career as it would be if it were his debut. While using ideas he’s written about before, it’s his familiarity with them that means he uses them exceptionally well, with a new angle of approach instead of looking at the same way he has prior.

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8.0
Romulus #2

Dec 1, 2016

This might have been one of the more low-key releases to come from Image Comics in recent months, but Hill and Blake have kept the quality consistent from the first issue to the second as it heads further down the rabbit hole, and that consistency is enough of a reason this should be on your radar.

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8.0
Scarlet Witch #12

Nov 7, 2016

Which is what this book was structured around in a nutshell. Not only does this issue continue the trend of spotlighting artists, some well-known, others which will hopefully become known, but it also provides closure on Wanda's quest that's driven her in these first 12 issues. This issue is lighter on the magic than others, but delivers on the thematic content about family to really drive home the point about this chapter of Wanda's life being resolved meaning those emotional beats hit as intended. These past experiences have caused Wanda to grow as a person, and keeping these fresh in her mind, she's ready to walk the Witches' Road and see where it leads. There's no doubt that you should be following it as well.

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8.0
Serenity: No Power In The 'Verse #1

Oct 28, 2016

The character dynamics are just as banter-filled as what's come before, but some newer ones develop, like River and Emma, the daughter of Wash and Zoe. It's a little slower in setting up the main narrative of the miniseries, but lays the thematic foundation for it to build upon.

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9.0
Seven to Eternity #2

Oct 28, 2016

If you're familiar with Remender's work, you'll notice some familiar elements, but it's still compelling in this new world.

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7.0
Star Wars (2014) #23

Oct 3, 2016

Hampered by a change from the high gear of last year to cruise control and some inconsistent art, Star Wars #23 is certainly enjoyable, but finds it impossible to shake the idea something doesn't sit right.

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9.0
Star Wars: Darth Vader #25

Oct 14, 2016

The issue caps off the run with an intriguing set-up for Gillen's next Star Wars project, as well as a coda with art by Max Fiumara that relates to Issue #1, bringing the series full circle both narratively and thematically.

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9.0
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #1

Dec 12, 2016

Complete with a back-up that reunites Gillen with Darth Vader artist Salvador Larroca, this issue is a strong debut that kicks off the initial digging into the nefarious archaeologist's past.

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8.0
Star-Lord (2016) #1

Dec 22, 2016

All of this means that Star-Lord has a strong foundation, is within the creative team's wheelhouse and doesn't suggest they'll be going back over already covered ground.

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5.0
Suicide Squad (2016) #2

Sep 19, 2016

Three issues in, Suicide Squad's biggest crime might simply be that it hasn't really done anything new yet. The additions to the team could result in that, but the series has been hindered by the unfortunate combo of being decompressed and not having a full issue to tell a story. There's a reason that John Ostrander's run is revered so long after it was first published, but almost everyone that's been on the book this decade has tried to be Ostrander, but with less of an edge. If Williams' reveal had been at the end of the first issue, I could see myself sticking around and wondering where it goes, but at this point, readers might be forgiven if they've already lost interest.

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8.0
Supergirl (2016) #2

Oct 14, 2016

This and Kara's interactions at home help to build a slice-of-life or young adult spine to the book, assisted by Brian Ching and Mike Atiyeh who get the chance to capture incredibly powerful beings in action, but also in their downtime.

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7.0
Supergirl (2016) #7

Mar 13, 2017

While the book's general structure may result in Orlando returning to this every so often, it's just disappointing to see that it doesn't get a chance to reach the natural, and expected stopping point within the covers of this issue.

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9.0
Supergirl: Being Super #2

Feb 24, 2017

Kara wasn't Supergirl right from the get-go and spending this amount of time with her means that we get to know her instead of her superhero persona and as a result this is fast becoming one of the strongest Supergirl stories ever told.

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9.0
Superman (2016) #8

Oct 7, 2016

Overall, the team deserves massive praise for crafting an issue which had me reaching for my New Frontier collection to compare similar scenes. "Rebirth" is about legacy and what is legacy, if not paying respect to Cooke's magnum opus about the everlasting heroes?

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9.0
Superman (2016) #11

Nov 16, 2016

All in all, Superman #11 is about symbols. Bruce and Clark don’t deem their sons worthy to wear them because of their actions last issue. In order to wear the Superboy and Robin emblems, Jon and Damian need to prove they can uphold the codes of their fathers, a lesson that can be learned practically and is best represented by the zipper on Jon’s jacket. Without that self-control, the symbol on Jon’s chest can’t connect and come together - a metaphor that might also apply to the mutual understanding between Jon and Damian. Yet even despite the bickering that characterizes the Super-Sons’ inaugural adventure, it’s clear that Peter Tomasi and Pat Gleason are on their way to establishing a strong sense of chemistry for DC’s newest Dynamic Duo.

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6.0
Superman (2016) #18

Mar 1, 2017

This isn’t to suggest that the blame lies with Tomasi and Gleason as storytellers either. As already stated, when the issue does start to build in that final third, the genuine emotion hits in the same way the best issues of this series have already. Which means that the problem is the connection to the wider "Rebirth" plot and as a result, it’s possible to make links between this and Justice League vs. Suicide Squad, which also started with residents of a prison escaping. The stuff with the Kents feels like it could be a normal arc of this series, easily fitting into the two or three issue structure that the book has followed since that opening arc, but instead it’s a part of the "Rebirth" narrative and you’d think that after all this time that it’s spent simmering, it might finally want to feel like a rush.

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8.0
Superwoman #2

Sep 19, 2016

What started out as a book that impressed me with its character dynamics and surprised me with its final page twist in Superwoman #1 has become my favorite book of "Rebirth" with how committed it is to the ideas of the new line. It's jumped right into to dealing with legacy and what it means to Lana Lang in not only a post-Superman world, but a post-Lois Lane world, and I can't wait to see how this is further explored.

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10
Superwoman #4

Nov 10, 2016

Despite Lois re-joining the cast of this book's already impressive list of players, Jimenez's writing in combination with Emanuela Lupacchino's ability to block scenes means that no one gets side-lined to make way for Lois and instead means the series has found a way to bring back the dynamic some thought lost without reversing the emotional beats that worked so well.

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9.0
Superwoman #7

Feb 9, 2017

This debut arc of Superwoman has taken a while to reach its conclusion, and it delivers on the expectations prior issues have set up. This means that not only does it see Lana and others attempt to stop Ultrawoman, but it also provides more surprises.

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7.0
Teen Titans (2016) #4

Jan 27, 2017

It's entertaining enough, but it would be even more so if the rest of the Teen Titans were given more than they currently have to do.

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7.0
The Few #1

Jan 20, 2017

In the vein of Mad Max: Fury Road, The Few is a fast-paced thrills ride that keeps dialogue brief and the action heavy, but unlike Fury Road doesn't have a story which instantly grabs hold and refuses to let you go, even in this oversized issue.

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8.0
The Fix #8

Feb 24, 2017

Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber's current comedy-crime vehicle may have slowed down from a storytelling perspective, but The Fix can still lay out a surprise when it wants to.

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8.0
The Mighty Captain Marvel #1

Jan 20, 2017

Overall, this is a minor issue with the book and it continues to be another "Marvel Now" book which takes the superhero stuff in its stride and then go one step further.

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8.0
The Unworthy Thor #4

Feb 9, 2017

Coming to the issue's conclusion, the emotional response felt is only possible because of Aaron's commitment to producing a saga as sweeping as this.

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10
The Wicked + The Divine: 1831 (One Shot) #1

Sep 21, 2016

If you’re looking for a The Wicked + The Divine fix before the main series returns later in the year, or haven’t yet jumped on the title and want a taste of what the series can do when it’s firing on all cylinders, or simply want a one-off story, then you should not hesitate to pick this issue up. It’s a stunning issue: Gillen gives us a look into a scenario that’s familiar, but has enough divergence from what we know to feel fresh, Hans’ expressive art breathes life into these characters so the issue can slowly drain them of said life and together they set a high bar for one-shots that follow in the future.

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7.0
Titans (2016) #8

Feb 9, 2017

The first arc of Titans had such a heavy focus on Wally West, that it didn't really feel like a team book all of the time, but if this issue is any indication, it appears that Dan Abnett will be able to provide a well-balanced dynamic moving forward.

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8.0
Trinity (2016) #1

Sep 26, 2016

While the book is light on plot progression, there's something to be said for how the wonderfully illustrated pages grab your attention and hold it until the end. In that way it's a lot like Manapul's The Flash run from a few years ago. It remains to be seen whether his plotting has become more intricate, but it's clear from this issue alone that his visual storytelling has only gotten better. With that in mind, this series looks like it will be a joy to read and should the narrative remain simple moving forward, this is sure to be a book that's enhanced by the art.

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8.0
U.S.Avengers #2

Jan 20, 2017

While not as explosive, the second issue of U.S. Avengers is still delightfully bombastic.

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10
Vision #12

Oct 26, 2016

A moment isn’t beautiful because it lasts and we treasure the good ones because of what they make us feel. This series has now come to a close and is the end of King’s time with Marvel for the foreseeable future (he’s DC exclusive), but it made us run the full gambit of emotions. Horror, sadness, dread, joy. And is there anything more human than feeling something?

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8.0
Weavers #6

Oct 14, 2016

This is by no means Spurrier's strongest work after his X-Men: Legacy run and his previous miniseries The Spire, but that doesn't mean Weavers is something to sleep on.

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9.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #8

Oct 14, 2016

Rucka continues to portray strong women well, while Evely's art is akin to Scott's and will clearly be a fine replacement in the near future.

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