Patrick Ross's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: AiPT! Reviews: 68
8.3Avg. Review Rating

10
Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven #1

Nov 17, 2015

It's hard to overemphasize how much I enjoyed reading Closer to Heaven. Andre the Giant is a fascinating character, mythologized by both wrestling fans and non-fans alike, but this book digs much deeper than the character to get at the soul of a man in a beautifully written, poignant way that will have you reflecting on your own mortality and pursuit of happiness. Backed up by stunning artwork, this is a can't miss.

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7.0
Avengers (2012) #18

Aug 21, 2013

The artwork this time around is by Leinil Francis Yu and it is certainly a cut above the parade of mediocre and painfully average artists we had on this title. He's got a good sense of detail that helps make everyone look different and unique, standing out from everyone else and he can certainly draw an epic looking space battle (one that eventually becomes a curb stomp). Though the colorist he is paired up with always seems to be a bit odd with how he uses his tones and shades, like with how some people seem to shine a bit. Also, Bruce Banner looks like he is in his sixties in this book.

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4.5
Avengers (2012) #26

Feb 12, 2014

Avengers #26 is just another issue of the series, with all the usual trappings of what you would come to expect. Average writing and artwork, boring to pretentious dialogue, decompressed run amok, and a general lack of excitement. It does show signs of what it could be if the story was to move quicker or if more energy and emotion was put in the character and dialogue work, but the series shies away from doing that. Ultimately, this comic is still hard to recommend in its current form.

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10
Boy-1 #1

Aug 11, 2015

I'm hooked. I'm a sucker for science fiction stories, especially ones that tackle complex ethical questions, and BOY-1 seems to be just that ambitious while at the same time crafting a mystery that should tie us closer to the characters and expound on the genetic manipulation theme. If you're a sci-fi thriller fan, you'd be remiss not to pick this up.

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7.0
Boy-1 #2

Sep 8, 2015

BOY-1 has an interesting premise, but issue #2 fails to live up to the excitement of the first. This is a common thread in comics, but in a miniseries slated to only be four issues long, I was hoping for a lot more story and action than what we ended up with here. Still though, the overarching story is oslid and we're thrown a new development to chew on, so I'm still eagerly awaiting issue #3.

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7.5
Coffin Hill #2

Nov 13, 2013

Coffin Hill #2 sadly took a step back with the writing, bringing in some vague and some not very clear story elements. The book, however, still remains an interesting read and if you don't mind that vagueness, you'll really dig the book. The character is still very enjoyable, the artwork looks great, and some of the problems I mentioned in the previous issue are not here. Definitely check it out.

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9.0
Drax (2015) #1

Nov 4, 2015

So yeah, it's good. Fans of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie and comics, the Marvel Universe or just fun stories in general should pick this up and get on board"we should be in for a solid ride with this new series.

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9.0
Evil Empire #1

Mar 5, 2014

All this and a killer cliffhanger—which I won't spoil—that makes me practically salivate waiting for the next issue, and you have about as strong a debut issue as you can get. Max Bemis continues to show that his unique, grandiose writing style translates perfectly from the lyric sheet to the comic page. Pick up this debut issue and strap in for the ride; it's gonna be a good one.

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8.0
Evil Empire #2

Apr 23, 2014

While not necessarily gaining much more traction than it already had, Evil Empire #2 provides adequate fallout from its debut, and sets everything in motion nicely. If you don't often think about the sad state of politics, revolution, or dystopia, I don't know that this series offers much to change your mind, but if you're into this kinda thing, it's punk rock ethos in comic book form. What's not to love?

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7.0
Evil Empire #3

Jul 30, 2014

Evil Empire #3 starts off interesting and sets some ideas into motion that seem like they could really go somewhere, but then smacks you in the face with an abrupt ending that almost invalidates most of the issue. A disappointing ending and a questionable future is worrisome to say the least.

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6.5
Galaxy Quest: The Journey Continues #1

Jan 20, 2015

Galaxy Quest: The Journey Continues #1 is sort of in a weird place, as it is likely not a comic non-fans will be reading, and it just retreads familiar territory for fans of the movie. This is a #1 though and the story can go basically anywhere from here, so if you're hoping this series will end up being an enjoyable adaptation, "never give up, never surrender" on this series!

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7.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #4

Sep 21, 2016

Harley Quinn #4 does what this series does best: it puts you in the passenger seat to observe a day in the insane life of Harley Quinn, from eating possibly alien-infected hot dogs to battling mechanical baddies in Mumbai. The pacing may not appeal to everyone, but if you've been enjoying Conner and Palmiotti's take on Quinn thus far, you'll continue to enjoy it here.

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7.5
Harley Quinn (2016) #5

Oct 5, 2016

This is another ‘junk food' kind of issue, as while it isn't the most stimulating experience in the world, it drips out just enough dopamine to make your brain crave more. It also helps lay the ground work for what should be a more emotionally satisfying storyline coming down the pipeline.

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9.5
Harley Quinn (2016) #6

Oct 19, 2016

Harley Quinn‘s always a blast to read. This issue felt like a step up from the last one, too–just as funny, but with a bit more to chew on and a situation we haven't seen her in before. I hope Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti write Harley Quinn forever. As long as they do, I'll keep reading it.

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9.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #7

Nov 2, 2016

Harley Quinn #7 is a fast-paced, fun as hell adventure that closes out the punk rock epic. If you're looking for a dose of biweekly fun in your pull list, you really can't go wrong with this series.

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8.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #8

Nov 23, 2016

And besides, like Harley and Ivy, who doesn't want to get away once in a while?

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8.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #9

Dec 7, 2016

Shit's about to go down in Harley's world, and this issue does well to set that up. She's hanging onto reality by a thread and it's only going to get worse for her, and better for us, the readers.

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8.5
Harley Quinn (2016) #11

Jan 4, 2017

This issue has a lot going for it–a one-in-done adventure with a unique baddie, sexual tension between Harley and Tool, and some setup for the incoming showdown with The Joker that'll surely be a lot of fun to witness.

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9.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #12

Jan 19, 2017

Harley Quinn #12 may largely be one big action scene, but it's a good one. Throw in an emotional flashback and some questions raised about The Joker's motivations, and this is a pivotal issue for the series. The Joker vs. Red Tool for the love and affection of Harley Quinn–who ya got?

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10
Harley Quinn (2016) #13

Feb 1, 2017

It's brutal, it's deranged, it's unsettling…it's perfect. Harley Quinn #13 is a violent reminder of who Harley really is with a punch to the gut and a twist of the knife, rendered even more impactful thanks to its stark contrast to Harley's happy-go-lucky adventures of late.

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6.5
Harley Quinn (2016) #14

Feb 15, 2017

There was basically nowhere to go but down after this issue's damn near perfect predecessor, but unfortunately this one lacks the action, style or laughs the series is known for. It is setting up a story here though, so let's give it some time. The arc could turn out interesting yet.

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7.5
Harley Quinn (2016) #15

Mar 1, 2017

Harley Quinn #15 is, like its predecessor, something of a step back in story progression and action, though Conner and Palmiotti are clearly building to something in this arc. And with the major pieces in play, don't be surprised if there's quite the firework display once we get there.

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7.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #16

Mar 15, 2017

An entertaining, if low stakes arc comes to a close while planting seeds for future stories. This arc may not have amounted to much in the bigger picture, but it wasn't without its charms.

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9.5
Harley Quinn (2016) #18

Apr 19, 2017

Harley Quinn gets back on track with an intriguing story, and multiple sub plots that should be coming to a head soon.

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9.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #19

May 3, 2017

The "Red Meat" story line appropriately ends with an all-out, action-filled bloodbath that is impossibly fun.

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8.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #20

May 17, 2017

A new arc kicks off explosively, and multiple simmering plot threads should finally start to pay off.

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7.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #21

Jun 7, 2017

It's light on action, but Harley Quinn #21 provides plenty of answers and fleshes out several characters, setting the table for stories to come.

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5.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #22

Jun 21, 2017

Missing vital story threads and presenting a plodding issue that feels mostly like filler, Harley Quinn #22 is easily skippable.

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9.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #23

Jul 6, 2017

A blast of an issue that acts as a microcosm of Harley's character at its core.

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8.5
Harley Quinn (2016) #24

Jul 19, 2017

Despite inconsistent pacing and another jarring, abrupt transition between two artists, Harley Quinn #24 delivers.

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9.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #25

Aug 9, 2017

A fitting celebration of Harley Quinn, and the mostly excellent series Conner and Palmiotti have been writing since last year.

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8.0
Jessica Jones #10

Jul 6, 2017

Mystery comics done right, as we're given some answers but far more questions.

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8.5
Jessica Jones #11

Aug 2, 2017

Jessica Jones #11 mostly sets the table for the conclusion of the arc next issue, but it does so with a refreshingly unique angle that makes it a joy to read.

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8.5
Mister X: Eviction #1

May 1, 2013

Fans of sci-fi, detective noir and futurism will have their hands full with this miniseries. The first issue is a classic primer; a lot of setup, with almost no action to speak of. However, the beauty of this issue (and the series) isn't in detailed fights or choreographed action scenes. It's about getting lost in the fascinating microcosm Motter has architected. Like the titular Mister X, Motter has finely crafted an amazing city of wonderment, and as a new reader it's hard not to get caught up in it all. I'm sure fans of the series will have just as many, if not more, praises to sing about this triumphant return.

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7.5
My Little Pony Micro Series #7

Aug 21, 2013

The artwork was also pretty good. The characters looked great with strong facial expressions, some nice panel layouts and some rather eye-catching images at times. I, however, think the coloring was not that particularly great. The colors are definitely right for every character and location, but it felt rather light. It wasn't bright or colorful enough like the previous issues, so it doesn't give you the exact same look or feel as the previous issues did. 7.5 The characters are definitely good.The new creature is pretty interesting.rThe moral is strong and different.It's not very funny.The coloring is rather weak and dull.

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8.5
ODY-C #1

Nov 26, 2014

ODY-C is extremely ambitious, and an entirely new spin on a classic everyone should know at least a little bit about. This must have been like what The Odyssey seemed like to the burnout kids in the back of my 9th grade English class. Might be a head-scratcher to some, but the pure grandeur in both the writing and the trippy artwork is to be admired.

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9.0
ODY-C #3

Feb 25, 2015

What more can I say? If you like amazing, distinct, surreal artwork, and an all-time classic story retold as a crazy space opera, you'd be doing yourself a disservice to skip ODY-C.

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9.0
Punisher (2016) #1

May 3, 2016

Frank Castle is back, baby, and he's in good hands. Becky Cloonan has a great handle on the character, and Steve Dillon's artwork truly brings him to life in exciting ways. Keep this one in your pull list"it's gonna be a wild ride.

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7.0
Punisher (2016) #2

Jun 1, 2016

The story is moving along at a nice pace, and die hard Punisher fans won't be disappointed. I had hopes that this book would possibly take the story in a new direction, though, and this is about as standard Punisher fare as you can get. Which isn't always a bad thing–sometimes you just want to see a vigilante kick some ass, and that's what you're promised in The Punisher.

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6.5
Punisher (2016) Annual #1

Oct 28, 2016

The Punisher plus Halloween is pretty much a match made in heaven, but this annual doesn't really push the character or mythos in any new direction. It's a pretty good read and hits most of the notes you'd expect a Punisher story to, but not much more.

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9.0
Sex Criminals #8

Oct 7, 2014

Sex Criminals continues to hit it out of the park, impressing with another issue that's all at once heart-wrenching yet hilarious, flippant yet suspenseful, and visually beautiful to boot. If you haven't hopped on the bandwagon yet, all aboard the next train to Cumworld!

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9.0
Sex Criminals #9

Dec 9, 2014

Don't ever leave us for two months like that again! Sex Criminals continues to be one of the funniest books on shelves, and well worth the price of admission.

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8.5
Sex Criminals #10

Jan 27, 2015

There's plenty more to love in this issue of Sex Criminals: it's chock-full of laughs, introspection, background gags and the eensiest bit of plot development to keep you wondering what's going to be happening next. If you're not reading this book, start.

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9.5
Sex Criminals #11

Jul 28, 2015

Don't ever leave us again! Sex Criminals is one of the funniest books on stands today, and this issue only adds to its legend.

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10
Sex Criminals #12

Sep 15, 2015

Sex Criminals has been so consistent that the real story would be if this issue were anything less than great. Thankfully that isn't the case, as issue #12 pairs the usual laughter and the feelings we've all felt in a relationship with a completely off-the-wall action sequence that isn't to be missed. It's the funniest book on shelves today, but also surprisingly layered.

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7.5
Sex Criminals #13

Oct 14, 2015

This issue is not bad—far from it. It's an interesting perspective on a new character with a less common sexual orientation, and it's commendable and important that Fraction is bringing attention to a typically underrepresented spot on the sexuality spectrum. For anyone who has ever heard of being asexual and thought it was something made up, this issue should be required reading. However, as a single-issue read of the series, it's a bit disorienting and seemingly disconnected from the stories that have been told thus far. I'm sure it will connect to the bigger picture in due time, but it's one of those issues that will most likely make a lot more sense read as part of a trade rather than just this one single issue. Still, if you're a fan of the series, there's no reason not to read this one.

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8.5
Sex Criminals #14

Feb 16, 2016

Funny moments? Check. Biting wit? Check. Expressive, emotive artwork, including requisite hypersexual closeups? Double check. Combine these Sex Criminals standards with an insane meta chapter featuring the creative team themselves and a little bit of plot, and you have a recipe for another issue of this series that shouldn't be missed.

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9.5
Sex Criminals #15

Apr 26, 2016

It feels like an exaggeration to say this is a return to form, as this series has never been bad. But this issue maintains the off-the-wall humor of the previous few issues while getting the plot moving in a direction that is engaging and exciting. I only hope we don't have to wait several months for the next installment.

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10
Sex Criminals #16

Feb 15, 2017

Never leave us again, Sex Criminals. There was a huge gap in my pull list for the type of emotional resonance and laugh-out-loud humor that only this book can provide, and its return issue for the first time in months lives up to the series' own lofty expectations and then some.

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8.0
Sex Criminals #17

Mar 14, 2017

Sex Criminals is never not good, and issue #17 is no exception. However, readers who were looking forward to really hunkering down with the series' main characters may be a bit disappointed.

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8.0
Sex Criminals #18

Apr 18, 2017

A very thought provoking, sometimes poignant issue that doesn't bring many laughs or progress the story, but is worth the read all the same.

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9.0
Sex Criminals #19

May 31, 2017

Of course it's good. It's Sex Criminals. It's got humor, topical concepts, grossness and some of the most relatable, heavy exploration of relationships comic books as a medium has to offer. What's not to love?

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8.0
Sonic Universe #67

Aug 27, 2014

Sonic Universe #67 is an excellent jumping-on point for new readers, and the beginning of what could be a fun arc. Hopefully next issue picks up the pace, and while I'm not sure where he is, I'm hoping for an appearance by The Fastest Thing Alive himself in the coming issues.

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9.5
Star Wars (2014) #31

May 17, 2017

With an extremely unique setting for the Star Wars universe and implications that could change how we view it forever, "The Screaming Citadel" is a must for any Star Wars fan's pull list.

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8.0
Star Wars: Obi-Wan & Anakin #2

Feb 3, 2016

In a lot of ways, this is Star Wars done perfectly—an interesting mix of the science fiction aspects of exploring new worlds and meeting new races next to the very human soap opera that is the Skywalker dynasty. However, the pacing of this miniseries still feels extremely slow. If you're a fan of Star Wars, though, you'll very likely enjoy this (and if you aren't, I don't want to know you).

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9.0
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #24

Jul 31, 2013

It's not bad by any stretch—quite the opposite; the art is straight-up jaw-dropping at times—but like I said, it's just a little jarring, to the point where when comparing the two styles I was almost convinced there would be some sort of a storyline reason for the change. Kevin Eastman actually handled the art on the earlier issues of the arc, which makes sense why it has more of a vintage feel to it. Santolouco's art is still definitely marvelous to look at, and Dark Leo, when he's finally revealed, is just a straight up badass. The action scenes are perfectly drawn and keep your eyes glued to the page. 9.0 Pacing is back on trackDark Leo is a straight up badassAwesome action scenesJarring character design direction

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7.0
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #25

Aug 28, 2013

Casey Jones' dad has seemingly had enough of being seen as an alcoholic lowlife, but exactly what he plans to do about it remains to be seen. Will he avenge Casey's injury? Further punish him for his insolence? His sudden breaking point was mentioned almost as an aside, although I can definitely see it coming into play in a major way soon.

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7.5
The Green Team #1

May 22, 2013

The art for the comic is very good and it has a cartoony feel in a way with the expression and movements of the characters. It's a good style, but if going for that, this comic could stand to be a bit funnier since it's really lacking in the humor department. Besides that though, everything is definitely appealing and great to look at. However, when the comic pulls back from people, it starts getting less detailed and people begin to look pretty odd.

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9.5
Thor (2014) #8

May 13, 2015

The mystery is finally solved. Well, this mystery anyway. Aaron has carefully crafted a captivating tale here that leaves us with even more questions, but done so in a way that is a joy for the reader to try to piece together themselves. Add in some kickass artwork and tons of guest appearances, and what we're left with is an issue that's not to be missed.

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9.5
WWE #1

Jan 17, 2017

There are some oddities (why is Triple H eating a chicken leg before his fight against Sting at WrestleMania 31?), and some minor quibbles (even in the fantasy land of comic books, the Curb Stomp is whitewashed from the record books–this time retconned into a Pedigree), but all in all, WWE #1 is a great comic book for wrestling fans, and a great wrestling introduction for comic fans. And as someone who's both, it's a must read.

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8.0
WWE #2

Feb 14, 2017

This series is a must-buy for WWE fans. I'm not sure how much people who aren't fans of the squared circle will get out of it, but there is enough intrigue in Seth Rollins' story to keep most going.

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9.0
WWE #3

Mar 21, 2017

While the arc's new story direction feels a little out of left field, it's a welcome change of pace that deviates from what we saw on television when this arc's storyline played out on Raw, adding some needed suspense.

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9.0
WWE #4

Apr 25, 2017

WWE #4 is a wacky story that we didn't get to see play out on television, making it another can't-miss issue of this series for wrestling fans.

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9.0
WWE #5

May 31, 2017

WWE shifts gears a bit to focus on the Lunatic Fringe and an unlikely ally in Sasha Banks. I can't wait to see what happens next.

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7.5
WWE #6

Jun 28, 2017

It's got a unique take on established characters and a pleasant pacing that's different from anything else in the series. The main conceit feels rather unearned and out of left field, but it's a fascinating pairing that makes for some situations that are a joy to read.

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9.0
WWE #7

Jul 25, 2017

Dennis Hopeless is boldly telling stories WWE can't or won't tell on television, and it's must-read stuff for wrestling fans.

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9.0
WWE: Wrestlemania 2017 #1

Mar 28, 2017

If you're a WWE fan and you don't buy this book, you're doing it wrong. This is a celebration of all things WWE and the perfect way to tide yourself over until WrestleMania Sunday.

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10
WWE: Then. Now. Forever #1

Nov 8, 2016

If you have any interest in WWE, don't miss this comic. It's funny, it's badass, and it's off-the-wall insane, which means it captures the essence of pro wrestling perfectly.

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