Michael Hale's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Comicosity Reviews: 27
8.4Avg. Review Rating

9.0
A-Force (2016) #7

Jul 21, 2016

Great stuff from everyone aboard the A-Force train who continue to knock everything out of the park.

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9.0
All-Star Batman #6

Jan 11, 2017

Snyder's work with Freeze at the start of "ENDS OF THE EARTH, Part I" does a fantastic job at two things. First, Snyder is clearly open to shaking up the narrative stylings of the All-Star issues since from the start the narrative prose is far, far more dense than traditional comics that get released. Elements read as excerpts from a novel or a formal script, with much emphasis being paid to internal thoughts and motivations. This seems as far removed from the nature of the previous five issues of All-Star as you can get, but it is heightened further by the lack of formal speech bubbles.

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9.0
Batman (2011) #35

Oct 9, 2014

The final few pages of the comic, as has been done with some of Scott Snyders Bat-comics before, focuses on a side-story, this time one written by James Tynion IV with a (intentionally?) strong Halloween-vibe. The idea of a group of escaped Arkham inmates all telling their stories about a famous Bat-villain is a creepy concept, one made even more macabre by the art of Kelly Jones. While the comic itself seems to be a build-up for the stories these inmates will be spending the next five issues telling, one series of panels horrifically depicts a Bat-villain in a way never before imagined. With some retrospective, readers might also draw some ghoulish parallels behind the images in this side-story and the final image of the main book itself.

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8.0
Batman (2016) #2

Jul 6, 2016

Ultimately, Batman #2 serves as a good window into the themes and styles that King and Finch can build on for future drama. Considering the elements present in this issue, the series seems to be in good hands.

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10
Bitch Planet #3

Feb 18, 2015

Bitch Planet #3 could serve as a powerful comic just on its own, with Pennys imprisonment and evaluation serving as a perfectly powerful piece to highlight female social issues, but the fact this only adds to the Bitch Planet mythos? That is truly Bitchn!

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9.0
Black Science #1

Nov 27, 2013

For now, Black Science #1 succeeds on all promises set forth by Remender and his gifted artistic crew. Readers should all anxiously (and fearfully!) await what new, frightening worlds lay before us as Black Science takes us on a first-hand tour of the Eververse.

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7.0
Doctor Strange (2015) #13

Oct 20, 2016

While Wong and Zelma take a bit more of a backseat than some might prefer, and one half of the comic will please some more than others, what is present is a solid story that allows for some fantastic art and some great panel-work. Sadly, I wish there were more of what makes this comic great packed into this issue, but at least the character who appears at this comics end promises, if anything, loads more weirdness and strangeness to come in this runs future.

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6.0
Gotham Academy: Second Semester #4

Jan 11, 2017

Still, these nitpicks are balanced by the character designs which I adore. Yes, some line work and coloring seems sloppy, but I believe this is because the background work of Msassyk steals the show. The smooth painted feel of the background world often clashes with the line work of Archer when examined up close, but the art as a whole remains the best part of Gotham Academy.

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10
Green Lantern/New Gods: Godhead #1

Oct 1, 2014

CONS: The story for some readers might be too much in one issue, even if it seems great care is taken to lay out how many parts exist within the whole.

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9.0
Hellboy: The Midnight Circus #1

Oct 22, 2013

Hellboy: The Midnight Circus is an amazingly drawn and colored piece of art that serves as a wonderful homage to older tales, but it also adds to the rich Hellboy universe. While the story is short, it serves as a window into what is a genuinely large comic universe, and the journey into the circus is one not to be missed.

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7.0
International Iron Man #5

Jul 28, 2016

International Iron Man #5 does not deliver the kind of bombshell some were expecting, but that does not mean that there is not tremendous room for Bendis to showcase his talents as a storyteller in future issues. While I doubt that Red Skull is going to be Tonys biological father, the tension and excitement over who is will be something to keep coming back to this series for.

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5.0
Justice League (2016) #13

Jan 18, 2017

In the end, Justice League #13 wasnt a good comic for me, but I hope I am clear about what baggage I bring into this comic from the start. Eclipso is never going to be something I enjoy seeing used, but I think where Seeley and his artistic team succeed is crafting what the narrative needs: they needed to show hell on earth.

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9.0
Letter 44 #1

Oct 18, 2013

Go and read Letter 44. Read it, feel captivated by big-idea storytelling, and join me in longingly starting at the calendar every day until the next issue is released.

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9.0
Rocket Raccoon #1

Jul 1, 2014

A special comment must be made for Youngs lettering. Some of the best laughs actually come from how he manages to so playfully use text and how he subverts the normal ideas of a SFX use. Multiple jokes come from normal CLICKSFX-text balloons becoming things like Pinky Out Click and the like. Cute, weird, and hilarious.

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9.0
Spider-Gwen #5

Jun 11, 2015

Spider-Gwen continues to be an amazing comic with a dynamic cast of re-introduced characters, each one better than the last.

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7.0
Spider-Man 2099 (2014) #1

Jul 9, 2014

Outside of pacing criticism, Spider-Man 2099 does what a first issue should do in that it introduces the main character, gets backstory out of the way, establishes threads for future plots, and showcases dynamite art while doing so. The execution of the plot takes a hit from the odd banter moments and the limited Miguel OHara time, however the future is bright for this series as one of its premier writers and a great art/colorist team take on the challenge of giving us another Spider-Man to cheer for.

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10
Star Wars (2014) #7

Jul 30, 2015

If you have not yet picked up any of the Star Wars comics, pick up this one. It is a wonderful story, it presents characters we think we know in ways we do not expect, and it is simply fantastic.

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8.0
Star Wars: Darth Vader #2

Feb 26, 2015

All said, Darth Vader #2 is a great continuation of the series which should hopefully explore (in Palaptine-voice) a great many things in the future.

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8.0
Superior Spider-Man #23

Dec 5, 2013

As the build-up continues towards unveiling Green Goblins end-game and the success or failure of Otto to become a hero, the face-off between Flash and Otto continues to ramp up to a great finish.

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9.0
Superior Spider-Man #29

Mar 12, 2014

Issue #29 serves as the preview for issue #30 that many readers have been awaiting. It establishes that despite Otto being the new Spider-Man, Green Goblin will go to any and every length to destroy Otto, his memory, and those close to him. While the plot of Spirit-Peter is relegated to two pages, it serves its purpose will enough in that is reveals some new perspective of what Otto has gone through by being (in Ottos eyes) Spider-Mans personal punching bag. This plot point, as well as all others, work together to make Superior Spider-Man #29 a must have issue in Slotts deconstruction and revival of all things Spider-Man.

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9.5
Superior Spider-Man #30

Mar 27, 2014

While there is still one issue left in the “Goblin Nation” storyline, the final players in the finale have been cast and now there is only a few more weeks to see the fallout. Still, other side-plots come to different points that should be mentioned. Spider-Man 2099 is left in a percarious state by the end of the issue (much as he was left in issue #29) and Liz Allen hints at yet more potential tragedy waiting in the wings of Superior Spider-Man #30. While the plot of Spider-Man 2099s fate could have been handled a little better, his jab at Otto, as well as Green Goblins impression of the Wicked Witch, the pace rolls along at a rip-roaring momentum.

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10
Superman (2016) #7

Sep 21, 2016

I am hard pressed to recall a book, any book, within the last year that so wonderfully pulled at the heartstrings like this one. From the facial expressions of Jon having to talk school while at the fair, to Lois' face at hearing how Clark snuck in crimefighting, to " everything. Everything about this comic is as true to the essence of Superman as possible.

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8.0
The Dark and Bloody #6

Jul 13, 2016

In the end, The Dark and Bloody has as much to say about responsibility, compassion, and family bonds as it does about grief, violence, and fear. Aldridge and Godlewski have poured their talents into a good collaborative effort which yields up a bounty of monstrously good art, a moving story, and a satisfying ending, despite some characters being left behind here and there.

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7.0
The Occultist #1

Oct 2, 2013

While this #1 comic seems not to be the best entry point into The Occultist series, it may best serve as a window into the larger franchise of the character. Still, despite some confusion as to backstory, the nature of The Occultist is clear " banishing demons, bizarre magical villains, and some good ol' fashioned teenage drama. On those merits alone it is worth a look, although you might want to look up the older mini-series runs beforehand.

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8.0
Thor: God of Thunder #20

Mar 23, 2014

The art by Esad Ribic and Ive Svorcina, plus the lettering of Joe Sabino, bring the whole story together. The rich colors and the amazing detail bring everything from Thor showing Roz the inside of a thunderstorm to the towering, shadowed visage of Old Galactus to haunting life. While this issue is a lead into the throwdown of the universe that is to come, it moves the story along in magnificent fashion.

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9.0
Thors #2

Jul 29, 2015

The second and third page splash is a great one. Check out the detail Sprouse put into the different Thors present, both there and then on pages four and five. Great art for a great comic.

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9.0
Wonder Woman (2011) #29

Mar 23, 2014

What else can be said by now about the art of Cliff Chiang? Amazing work. Amazing character designs. Amazing effort feels poured into all aspects, from Dianas weapons, the First Borns gruesome body, and to the colors and styling Chiang and Wilson collaborate to A+ impact.

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