Ricky Church's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Flickering Myth Reviews: 57
8.1Avg. Review Rating

9.0
Action Comics (2016) #975

Mar 9, 2017

With one of the larger mysteries revealed, 'Superman Reborn' has kicked into high gear with Action Comics #975. Jurgens and Dini both bring even more emotion to the story with their sympathetic and angry Mxyzptlk and Mahnke and Churchill displayed him that way very well. It will be interesting to see how Mr. Oz will play into the story and what exactly he's got planned for Superman as the story continues next week. For now, though, Action Comics #975 was not only a great chapter in an intriguing story, but an excellent anniversary issue for the world's oldest superhero.

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8.0
Action Comics (2016) #976

Mar 24, 2017

With Jurgen's writing and Manhke's art, Action Comics #976 was a satisfying closure to 'Superman Reborn', even if it did leave a fair amount of questions in its wake. Jon's development, Manhke's facial work and the simple fact that the Superman we knew and loved is completely back make 'Superman Reborn' one of Rebirth's best stories thus far.

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8.0
All-Star Batman #1

Aug 10, 2016

While the start of All-Star Batman may confuse some with the way the flashbacks are handled, its overall a great book with a lot of excitement and good characterization of Two-Face. The philosophical battle between Batman and Two-Face is one of the issue's best aspects and should be a standout piece of the story once its concluded. Snyder injects some new energy into Batman and the fact that this is something different is exciting, but his writing combined with the art from Romita Jr., Miki and White makes All-Star Batman a series to watch out for in the next few months.

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8.0
All-Star Batman #2

Sep 22, 2016

Two issues in and All-Star Batman is still a title to watch out for. Though the non-linear structure gets in the way at the start, issue #2 is a fast paced story that doesn't sacrifice its characters for fun. Snyder's writing combined with the art from JRJR and the rest of the team make this one of DC's best titles in the Rebirth line.

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10
All-Star Batman #5

Dec 30, 2016

All-Star Batman #5 concludes a great story by placing Batman out of his comfort zone and examining the philosophy of one of his most known enemies. Snyder's handle on the characters is one of the biggest selling points of this series and JRJR's art is great to look at it. If you're a Batman fan, All-Star Batman is a title you have to read.

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7.0
Batgirl (2016) #1

Jul 31, 2016

If there's one thing this book somewhat lacks, its story since it spends so much time introducing Barbara to Japan and her time with Kai. It's not necessarily a bad thing, but there's not really much of a hint of what will the central conflict in this book will be. Batgirl #1's strength lies in the characterization, but there's really not much set-up.

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6.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey: Rebirth #1

Jul 24, 2016

Likewise, the art is a little iffy in some spots. Claire Roe draws a dynamic Batgirl and the action scenes have some good choreography to it, but there are panels where Barbara's face looks wildly different from panel to panel. Allen Passalaqua's colours are good though, giving a mix of vibrancy and dark shadows throughout the book. Batgirl's costume in particular stands out as the brightest thing in the story.

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8.5
Batman (2011) #42

Jul 9, 2015

The Batman team continues their stellar run on the title as they explore this new atmosphere in Gotham City, providing some great character moments for Jim Gordon and discussions on what Batman means for individuals and the city as a whole. While the story is still setting in place this new status quo, its one that, at this point in time, will be well worth the eventual pay off.

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8.0
Batman (2011) #43

Aug 14, 2015

Greg Capullo's artwork is, as always, wonderful to look at. His facial expressions stand out this issue, especially with Alfred as he carries much of the emotional weight. Capullo also does an excellent job depicting the action scene at the end, complimented by FCO Plascencia's gorgeous colouring. This art team is one that never disappoints.

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8.0
Batman (2011) #45

Oct 15, 2015

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo continue to knock it out of the park in 'Superheavy'. Gordon's time as Batman remains a highlight of the current story and, though it can be seen as a gimmick, it really is finding new layers of the character to discover and explore. This pair hasn't let fans down yet with the their stories, making it more of a shame that Capullo will be departing in a few months, even if it is for a short while. Let's hope he'll be back on the Batman title sooner rather than later.

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9.0
Batman (2011) #48

Jan 20, 2016

Once again Greg Capullo's artwork and Danny Miki's colours pop with every panel, especially during Bruce and Joker's interaction; the facial work in both characters is excellent. With this being one of Capullo's last issues before his brief hiatus to work with Mark Millar, he's doing everything he can to give fans some outstanding imagery. With 'Superheavy' coming to a close and Bruce Wayne poised to don the cape and cowl once again, this team is putting out all the stops to deliver a memorable Batman story.

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9.0
Batman (2016) #1

Jun 21, 2016

Though they have big shoes to fill following the last creative team, King, Finch and the rest of the team show Batman is in good hands. This story did well to examine Batman's immense intellect and his humanity, but the ending shows potential to examine just how much good he can do without superpowers now that other heroes have shown up to the scene. Batman fans will surely get a kick out of King's portrayal of the hero and what he has in store.

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8.0
Batman (2016) #2

Jul 8, 2016

While the art what somewhat inconsistent and the newest characters didn't get much development in this issue, King still displayed a competency writing Batman and his famous supporting characters. His reintroduction of one of Batman's oldest and infamous rogues is also an intriguing development for where he plans to take this story. With such a strong focus on Batman's personality and world, fans shouldn't have to worry too much about this run living up to Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo.

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8.0
Batman (2016) #5

Aug 25, 2016

As King closes out his first arc, he presented some interesting ideas, examinations of the characters and intriguing hints for the future, but a bit more time could have been devoted to fleshing out Gotham and his state of mind. Still, King and Finch depicted a great fight between Batman and Gotham and how much danger a young, reckless man could do with such power.

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7.0
Batman (2016) #6

Sep 23, 2016

It's good to see Claire finally getting some growth and how this is further developed in future issues should prove intriguing. King is able to connect the characters very well and explore different facets of emotions and the grief process while David Finch was able to adequately convey those emotions through his artwork. Batman #6 is both a good concluding chapter and set-up for the future as King leaves us with a very compelling cliffhanger and potential team-up that should get fans excited for what's to come.

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7.0
Batman (2016) #7

Sep 24, 2016

Rebirth's first crossover has gotten off to a good start and seems ready to test Batman physically and mentally as he puts new stress on himself. The characterisations are spot on and the story is an intriguing one to place this group of heroes in. With the titles shipping bi-weekly as well, this should prove to be a fast-paced and exciting story should the first part of 'Night of the Monster Men' be any indication.

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7.0
Batwoman: Rebirth #1

Feb 17, 2017

Batwoman Rebirthmay acta little too much as a recap issue, but its still an intriguing look at what Tynion, Bennett and Epting have in store for the character and her future.

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7.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #1

Aug 5, 2016

Chad Hardin's art combined with Alex Sinclair's colours make this a visually eye-popping book. Hardin's illustrations are light, almost like a cartoon, and Sinclair plays around with a lot of different colours as he alternates between light and dark settings. Harley Quinn #1 is definitely a pretty book to look at and is fun, but there also doesn't seem to be much of a change from The New 52 and the fact that its not entirely accessible to new readers somewhat hinders the enjoyment, but should still make for an entertaining read.

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8.0
Justice League #43

Aug 20, 2015

'The Darkseid War' is shaping up to be quite the Justice League tale that fans have been waiting for. With this creative team on board, this is a book you simply don't want to miss.

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9.0
Justice League #44

Oct 7, 2015

'The Darkseid War' has been enjoyable, but with the game changing cliax, there's no telling where it will go next. This is one of the joys of reading Geoff Johns as he takes the path less expected by readers and offers genuine surprises. Whether you're a fan of Geoff Johns or of the Justice League, this is one book you definitely need to be reading right now.

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7.0
Justice League #45

Nov 7, 2015

Justice League #45 is a nice breather from the previous action heavy issues and a nice set-up for the next phase of 'The Darkseid War'. Its too bad though some of the story felt rushed or sacrificed for other parts and the art was such a drastic shift from the previous issues. Still, Geoff Johns continues to sell 'The Darkseid War' as a worthy and interesting conflict for the Justice League to face.

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7.5
Justice League #50

May 26, 2016

The Darkseid War concluded with a bang. Johns once again displayed his competency as a writer and his understanding of all the characters within the Justice League and was helped by Fabok and Anderson's great art. While this ends the Justice League's time in The New 52, Johns does leave open some intriguing new doors for several of the characters, namely Batman, Wonder Woman and Jessica Cruz, to be explored by other writers. His time on Justice League has been epic and The Darkseid War may be some of the best work he's given fans yet.

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8.0
Nightwing (2016) #5

Sep 25, 2016

Where the art in Batman #7 was spotty at times, Nightwing #5 is the opposite throughout. Roge Antonio's artwork has more of an animated look to it with fluid character movements that are complimented by Chris Sotomayor's colours. The atmosphere isn't as moody as Batman #7 with Antonio using bright colours in places, but it serves the look of Nightwing and as well as making some of the latest Bat-gadgets really pop off the page, especially the Bat-beacon. With this issue, 'Night of the Monster Men' has really upped the ante for Gotham City.

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8.0
Nightwing: Rebirth #1

Jul 14, 2016

Yanick Paquette's art is crisp with brief, dynamic action sequences. Nathan Fairbairn's colours pop right off the page, being one of the more vibrant issues DC Rebirth has offered yet. Their combined art makes it a joy to see Dick back as Nightwing in the issue's final page, and back in his black-and-blue colour scheme no less. Though it might be a little while longer before Nightwing operates back in Gotham City once again, Nightwing: Rebirth is, at least, a welcome return for Nightwing that offers closure on his previous adventure while opening up a new one. With Seeley at the helm, Nightwing's next chapter is already off to a good start.

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8.0
Optimus Prime #1

Dec 15, 2016

For anyone looking for a place to jump onto the IDW comics, Transformers: Optimus Prime #1 is definitely a good place for fans of the franchise. Barber writes his characters well, putting them much more in line with their common interpretations and actually giving them an arc than more recent Transformers media. If you wanted some depth in Prime or a piece of Transformers, this is it.

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6.0
Optimus Prime #2

Jan 5, 2017

The art may not be up to par with the last issue, but John Barber still crafts a good story that further examines Cybertron's post-war place in the galaxy. Optimus Prime's portrayal of its title character, both in the past and present, does shed some light on his thought process in this new setting and remains the highlight of the book, but hopefully the art can bounce back in the next issue.

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8.0
Optimus Prime #3

Jan 26, 2017

It may be another quiet issue, but another sign Barber is taking his time to properly build this world and examine the interactions between Optimus and the other characters. Zama improved on the art and, taken with Burchman's colours, delivered a good looking issue. Optimus Prime is on the right track to becoming one of IDW's best titles.

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8.0
Optimus Prime #4

Feb 23, 2017

Barber's deconstruction of Optimus' character and the path he's taking could be problematic for some, but I think it's a refreshing change of pace and one that doesn't really go against Optimus' core values as he seeks freedom and safety for all. How he's going about that goal in this new setting, however, is a different story entirely and one he could be learning a hard lesson in. Either way, Barber's got a great handle on the Transformers in Optimus Prime.

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7.0
Optimus Prime #5

Mar 24, 2017

Optimus Prime #5 is a good read that has wall-to-wall action, yet Barber manages to instil some interesting story and character developments within the space of the action. Zama's art is good, particularly his ability to give some face-plated robots expressions, but a couple of his action panels seem to have too much going on. It's still a good issue though that raises the stakes not just for how the battle will turn out, but for how far down Optimus Prime may go.

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10
Star Wars: Darth Vader #25

Oct 14, 2016

Though it is bittersweet to see Darth Vader come to an end, it at least does so with an outstanding final issue. Gillen encapsulates many of the aspects that make Vader a great villain while shining a bit more light on his relationship with Palpatine and the long game he's playing. Larroca's artwork and focus on body language make this issue standout amongst the series, arguably making #25 its very best.

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9.0
Star Wars: Shattered Empire #1

Sep 10, 2015

Shattered Empire's first issue offers plenty to see and good characterization of new and old players. Its ties to The Force Awakens are intriguing and are sure to only get bigger in the coming issues. If Rucka can continue with his great writing, we're going to have a great Star Wars story on our hands. Consider this miniseries a snack to tide you over before the big, juicy dinner awaiting you.

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8.0
Star Wars: Shattered Empire #2

Oct 7, 2015

The only downside is for those who have read Star Wars: Aftermath or Lost Stars; those readers know the cliffhanger ending is a bit of a fake-out, but it still doesn't take away from the intensity of the story. The Empire's retribution knows no bounds and it will be interesting to see how this affects the Empire's downfall and the relationship between Shera and Leia. Shattered Empire #2 is a great book any Star Wars fan will enjoy.

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8.0
Star Wars: Shattered Empire #3

Oct 15, 2015

The third issue of Shattered Empire keeps up the momentum from its previous two issues and is a welcome look at everyone's favourite galaxy far, far away. Between this and Marvel's main Star Wars titles, the company has been knocking it out of the park with these new tales. With Shattered Empire concluding next week, it will be exciting to see the fallout from the Empire's plan and what it has to do with The Force Awakens, especially as, if the cover for issue 4 is to be believed, Luke Skywalker will at last make a physical appearance in the story.

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8.0
Star Wars: Shattered Empire #4

Oct 22, 2015

Greg Rucka once again nails the characters of this story, especially Luke. He seems just as wise and mature, if not more so, than he did in Return of the Jedi. The only fault is, as mentioned above, the little time spent developing Shara's character and Operation: CINDER. Marco Checchetto's art is again outstanding, especially during the fight sequences. However, his depiction of Luke looks a little awkward at times. In some panels he perfectly resembles Mark Hamill, but in others he has the look of a young teenager. One spread in particular gives the air of an anime character. Overall, though, the art is great to look at and, combined with Rucka's writing, is a worthy send off to their work on Shattered Empire. If Marvel is smart, they'll do whatever they can to get this pair on another Star Wars title in the near future.

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8.0
Star Wars: Vader Down #1

Nov 19, 2015

If you're a Star Wars fan, pick this book up and if you're a Darth Vader fan there's no reason you shouldn't already be reading this. Vader Down #1 is an intense story with great action, artwork and character moments. Don't miss out on this exciting adventure.

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9.0
Super Sons #1

Feb 18, 2017

One might have wondered just how much Tomasi could do with Robin after his work in The New 52, but he shows there's so much more potential ground to cover as the Boy Wonder is paired with Superman's son. Just based on this first issue, there's a lot of mileage this series can go and right now there's little doubt Tomasi and Jimenez won't deliver.

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7.0
Supergirl: Rebirth #1

Sep 2, 2016

Supergirl: Rebirth is a fast paced issue that, much like many other Rebirth issues, fixes mistakes of the past while planting seeds for the future. The inclusion of several elements from the Supergirl series aren't as in your face as one might expect and do some clever twists to keep itself separate from that series. Orlando and McCarthy's take on Supergirl show the character's appeal and Lupacchino's artwork is very energetic and dymanic. Though she will be leaving after this, Orlando is staying on and he's already got a lot up his sleeves.

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8.0
Superman (2016) #18

Mar 3, 2017

'Superman: Reborn' is off to the right start as it kicks up the emotion with a tense plot. The mystery around Mr. Oz and the other Clark is heightened, as is their threat level, but could other Clark be responsible or is their something else amiss? Tomasi and Gleason's Superman #18 asks the right questions and it will be interesting to see this unfold in the next few weeks. 'Superman: Reborn' continues with the anniversary issue Action Comic #975 next week.

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8.0
Superman (2016) #19

Mar 16, 2017

Though 'Superman Reborn's penultimate issue was light on story, it still delivered some satisfying answers while teasing the full scope of the mystery. All the artists involved made everything rich and detailed and Tomasi ended on an interesting cliffhanger for 'Reborn's conclusion.

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7.0
Superwoman #1

Aug 12, 2016

Superwoman is off to a good start with its first issue and its good to see Lois Lane in such a prominent spotlight once again. Her interactions with Lana are the shining points of the book along with Jimenez's art, though the artwork tends to get lost with the massive amount of dialogue throughout the book. Hopefully this won't be much of an issue as the series continues, but the interesting premise and character work are enough to make readers want to come back for more.

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8.0
Transformers: Lost Light #1

Dec 15, 2016

Transformers: Lost Light #1 is a fun read that introduces some interesting new characters and leaves off with an intriguing plot for Roberts and his team to explore. Megatron's post-war characterization continues to be a highlight and, if this issue is any indication, the next arc will examine just what type of legacy he's left behind for himself and if Cybertron really would be better off without him.

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8.0
Transformers: Lost Light #3

Feb 24, 2017

Transformers: Lost Light #3imbues some fun into the proceedings while exploring some deep themes. Roberts shows there is a lot than can be mined from an alternate Cybertron that never had Optimus Prime or Megatron around, one which subtly shows just how much those two crafted the history and destiny of an entire planet for eons. Lawrence and Lafuente's combined artwork make the issue further standout. It will be interesting to see where they go from here with this alternate history.

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7.0
Transformers: Robots In Disguise Annual #2017

Mar 10, 2017

Aside from the jarring beginning and a couple inconsistencies, Transformers Annual 2017 was a good issue that provided an interesting look at Pyra Magna's early days that helped expand the future conflict. While nothing new was really said about Bumblebee, it was a nice reminder of what he brought to the table. The reveal that he may still be out there should also please longtime Transformers and Bumblebee fans.

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8.0
Transformers: Till All Are One #6

Dec 28, 2016

Not much happens on the story front as Mairghread Scott devotes so much of her script to the defense of Cybertron, but she does take some time to show the characters together as they plan their next strategy. Certain characters get a moment to shine, such as Windblade's ability to think outside the box and Starscream's continued development from schemer to leader. Scott also takes some time to delve a little further into Elita-One's personality and why she refuses to join the action directly. Perhaps issue #7 will finally reveal what it is she's hiding.

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8.0
Transformers: Till All Are One #7

Feb 10, 2017

Transformers: Till All Are Oneis a title worthy of theTransformerslore and issue #7 shows that again. From Scott's plotting and writing of the characters to Pitre-Durdcher's art and Laguente's colours, this is one of the best books IDW is currently publishing. With the twist at the end involving Windblade and the Titan Carcer, or what we thought was Carcer, the next issue sounds intriguing.

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9.0
Trinity (2016) #1

Sep 23, 2016

Trinity #1 is already one of DC Rebirth's best titles due to how focused it is on the big three. Its refreshing to see since titles like Action Comics or Justice League that feature them have been huge spectacles lately. Manapul takes the time to delve into each character and build their relationship while introducing a slow burn to whatever the conflict in this first arc may be. While some consider it risky for a person to take on both major duties of a comic, his writing and art work together to a great degree and he knows exactly what to emphasize in both areas.

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9.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #2

Jul 15, 2016

Wonder Woman #2 is an outstanding book from both a storytelling and visual standpoint. The juxtaposition between the past and present in this run is very intriguing, but 'Year One' is already looking to be the better of the two stories. With this story and her upcoming movie, this is certainly a great time to be a Wonder Woman fan.

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9.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #3

Jul 31, 2016

With Wonder Woman's mainstream popularity on the rise, now is the best time to read Rucka's Wonder Woman. His characterizations are spot on, the art is fantastic and the story is proving to be an intriguing insight into Wonder Woman and the people in her life, whether ally or foe. Between this and the 'Year One' story in Wonder Woman's even numbered issues, it certainly is a good time to be a Wonder Woman fan.

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9.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #4

Aug 11, 2016

With these two alternating stories, Rucka has been knocking it out of the park with his storytelling approach. Rather than re-treading old ground, 'Year One' finds new ways to spin familiar beats into something fresh. The emotional beats are high and serve the characters and while being enhanced by Scott's gorgeous artwork. If you're not reading Wonder Woman by now, you should be.

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8.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #5

Sep 2, 2016

As Diana and Trevor's storylines meet, it only cements the fact that Rucka has been knocking it out of the park by making Wonder Woman one of DC's most enjoyable titles of the Rebirth line. He's got a good handle on the characterizations and is taking the story into interesting and exciting territory. Combined with Sharp's artwork and Martin's colours, Wonder Woman #5 is simply a very pretty book to look at. If you aren't reading Wonder Woman by now, you're really missing out.

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8.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #6

Sep 23, 2016

Wonder Woman #6 may have had little plot progression, but Rucka's character work is enough for the story to flourish. Seeing how the characters came together is intriguing, especially when compared with the present timeline in the odd-numbered issues. Even if you don't come for the story, Scott's art is more than enough to get you into the book as her work continues to be gorgeous.

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8.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #9

Oct 29, 2016

Wonder Woman #9 is one of the best issues of Diana's Rebirth era thus far for its examination of her closest relationships. Rucka also brings back a character from his pre-New 52 run that makes for an intriguing development while ending on an interesting cliffhanger. Sharp's art and Martin's colours make the visuals stand out despite a couple small inconsistencies, continuing Wonder Woman's standing as one of the best looking comic books DC is publishing right now.

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10
Wonder Woman (2016) #10

Nov 10, 2016

Simply put, Wonder Woman #10 is a gorgeous looking issue with stellar character development and action, but most importantly a lot of heart.

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9.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #11

Nov 28, 2016

Wonder Woman #11 is a nice conclusion to the opening salvo of Rucka's story, one that ticks off all the boxes. Emotion, character development and artwork are all really stellar here.

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10
Wonder Woman (2016) #14

Jan 12, 2017

It's bittersweet to see Nicola Scott leave the title, but she at least is leaving on a very high note. Wonder Woman #14 captured much of Diana's character, from the way Rucka made her speak to her interactions with the various character to Scott and Fajardo's depictions of her heroism. Hopefully Scott will team with Rucka again on Wonder Woman, but for now this is an excellent send-off.

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9.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #15

Jan 28, 2017

This team continues to knock it out of the park with Wonder Woman #15 with Sharp's artwork being the best aspect of it. Combined with Martin's colours, its just too beautiful of a book to pass up. Rucka's character work and careful story structure really add to this being more than just a simple superhero adventure tale, making this one of the best titles currently on the shelves.

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9.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #17

Feb 24, 2017

With Rucka's writing and Sharp and Martin's artwork,Wonder Womancontinues to be one of DC's best titles in the Rebirth era and this issue is proof of that. By focusing on Veronica Cale and her associates, Ruckashowcases the danger mere mortals can pose to Wonder Woman, but hopefully the ending means she'll be back on her feet soon and ready to show Cale what happens when her friends are messed with.

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