Aaron Berkowitz's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Comicsverse Reviews: 60
9.3Avg. Review Rating

8.9
All-New Guardians of the Galaxy Annual #1

Jun 28, 2017

While it isn't much of a tie-in to SECRET EMPIRE, ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY ANNUAL #1 still delivers an emotional yet exciting adventure for the Guardians. The artwork looks great, especially when it comes to alien races and constructs.

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8.7
Batman (2016) #27

Jul 19, 2017

BATMAN #27 tells the origin story of a lesser-known Batman villain named Kite Man. Writer Tom King's addition of intense, emotional drama into Kite Man's life makes this a compelling must-read rather than an obscure story about an obscure villain.

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9.8
Captain America: Steve Rogers #18

Jun 21, 2017

CAPTAIN AMERICA STEVE ROGERS #18 is a great look into the political side of the SECRET EMPIRE. The emotional artwork compliments the frightening story of an unhinged ruler striking fear into foreign ambassadors.

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9.6
Dark Nights: Metal #6

Mar 28, 2018

DARK NIGHTS: METAL #6 doesn't disappoint. It more than lives up the hype. Scott Snyder's amazing plotting and dialogue, combined with the sheer lunacy of what happens on every page, make this an issue for the ages. Greg Capullo's character designs and splash pages stand out in his already beautifully drawn work. Highly recommended!

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9.7
DC Nation (2018) #0

May 2, 2018

If the price point of twenty-five cents isn't enough to entice you, here's more! This book has some great standalone stories that also give a preview of the biggest events of the summer from DC. Overall, there's no weak link in this book; each story is phenomenal.

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9.9
DC/Looney Tunes: Lex Luthor/Porky Pig #1

Aug 30, 2018

The LEX LUTHOR/PORKY PIG SPECIAL is an absolute treat to read. It's hilarious from start to finish while also being a legitimately engaging story. Mark Russell loads the book with biting, contemporary satire. You won't want to miss this stupendous book. If you loved THE FLINTSTONES, you must pick up this book.

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9.2
Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe Again #1

Jul 4, 2017

DEADPOOL KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE AGAIN #1 is an exciting alternate reality tale featuring the Merc With A Mouth. Writer Cullen Bunn and artist Dalibor Talaji create an engaging tale about a hero slaughtering Marvel heroes against his will.

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8.9
Edge of Venomverse #2

Jul 14, 2017

EDGE OF VENOMVERSE #2 is filled with great meta jokes and references to comic book tropes from writer Chris Hastings. The sometimes ultra violent action scenes are made hilarious by artist Irene Strychalski rather cartoony art style. It's the perfect book for fans of darkly humorous comics.

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9.7
Extermination (2018) #1

Aug 15, 2018

EXTERMINATION #1 proves that Ed Brisson should write more X-Men books. It's just a fabulous book chock full of huge, harrowing moments. It looks like it'll change the X-Men status quo for the near future. Pepe Larraz makes the book look absolutely stunning. You owe it to yourself to get this book if you're an X-Men fan.

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9.6
Extermination (2018) #2

Aug 29, 2018

EXTERMINATION #2 is a solid comic. It's not quite as exciting and suspenseful as the first issue, but it more than makes up for it with substantial characterization. Ed Brisson makes his mark as a great X-writer with this series.

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8.9
Flash (2016) #27

Jul 26, 2017

THE FLASH #27 is a bold new chapter in the life of Barry Allen. Writer Joshua Williamson and artists Paul Pelletier & Howard Porter create a must-read story for all Flash fans.

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8.1
Flash (2016) #29

Aug 23, 2017

THE FLASH #29 isn't the most exciting issue, but it has its engaging moments when it focuses on how Barry Allen's new powers take a toll on his life, work and wellbeing. Some inconsistencies in the art take away a bit from the story, but, for the most part, the art is quite detailed.

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8.6
Flash (2016) #40

Feb 14, 2018

THE FLASH #40 features our hero fighting a preening, hyper-intelligent ape. It's the right kind of ridiculous which makes this issue a must read for Flash fans.

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9.2
Flash (2016) #44

Apr 11, 2018

THE FLASH #44 is a truly enjoyable book. Williamson ramps up the emotion this issue, which makes it very memorable. Barry's letter to Iris is especially touching. Di Giandomenico's art makes the action look just beautiful.

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9.4
Flash (2016) #45

Apr 25, 2018

THE FLASH #45 by Joshua Williamson and Christian Duce is one of the best issues of the series. While it doesn't feature any action-packed Speed Force thrills, it does get to the core of many of the characters. The best part by far, though, is Barry Allen's lovely talk with Iris West. Duce's art makes that scene just beautiful. It's worth the $2.99 just for that.

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9.4
Flash (2016) #46

May 9, 2018

THE FLASH #46 tells a fascinating story about two refugees from a former timeline. It's a love letter to Geoff Johns' Hunter Zolomon issues. Fans of those books will be greatly pleased, but if you haven't read them, please do so before reading this issue. It'll make it less confusing and more enjoyable. Scott Kolins' art is the greatest part of this issue, since he's a pro at drawing The Flash.

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9.5
Flash (2016) #48

Jun 13, 2018

THE FLASH #48 shows us the inciting incident for the FLASH WAR. Both Barry's and Wally's ideological differences make sense for each character. This issue is a tragic one, but it makes me excited for what comes next. Howard Porter's superb art adds to my excitement.

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7.8
Flash (2016) #49

Jun 27, 2018

THE FLASH #49's end-of-issue twist filled me with disappointment. Despite on-point dialogue by Joshua Williamson and beautiful art by Howard Porter, I can't say that I was a fan of this issue. I'm holding out hope that Williamson redeems this issue with next issue's finale, but that remains to be seen.

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9.6
Flash (2016) #50

Jul 11, 2018

THE FLASH #50 proves to be quite the memorable issue. Joshua Williamson delivers a fantastic finale to the FLASH WAR arc. It's sure to ignite excitement for what comes next in the series. Howard Porter's art is, as always, top notch.

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9.9
Flash (2016) #51

Jul 25, 2018

THE FLASH #51 is another fantastic issue of a soon-to-be long-cherished run. Joshua Williamson delivers the best Wally West-centric issue since his return in DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH. Scott Kolins' art looks as beautiful as ever. Wally West fans must not sleep on this issue.

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9.5
Flash (2016) #52

Aug 8, 2018

THE FLASH #52 sputters a bit with its plot. However, writer Joshua Williamson takes the characterization into overdrive. He points out some of the most annoying foibles Barry's had in prior issues, and finally takes steps to remedy them. Plus, whenever he writes Iris, it's just a treat to read. Christian Duce's more realistic, less stylized artwork looks downright stunning.

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7.7
Flash (2016) #53

Aug 22, 2018

THE FLASH #53 is just too bogged down by the Strength Force for me to recommend it. It has some flashes of good with some subplots, but overall, it just couldn't hold my interest. Perhaps the next issue will build upon those great subplots.

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9.4
Flash (2016) #54

Sep 12, 2018

THE FLASH #54 is a fun little book. It doesn't take itself too seriously most of the time, but when it does get serious, it's well earned. I totally recommend it to fans of the TV show and the character in general.

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9.8
Immortal Hulk #1

Jun 6, 2018

Al Ewing brings the Hulk back from the dead in THE IMMORTAL HULK #1. Literally. It's the most refreshing Hulk book I've read in years. It reinvigorated my interested in the character. The dark, gothic horror tone of the book is wonderful. Joe Bennett's art is suitably scary-yet-detailed.

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9.5
Immortal Hulk #2

Jul 4, 2018

THE IMMORTAL HULK #2 feels just like a classic Hulk story. Ewing totally understands the Hulk, and it shows. Bennett adds some fabulous artwork to the mix. It makes this one of the best Hulk books in recent memory.

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9.8
Immortal Hulk #3

Jul 18, 2018

THE IMMORTAL HULK #3 is downright memorable. It tells an engaging story in a truly unique way. I continue to be impressed by what Al Ewing's doing with this book. It just keeps getting better and better. The guest artists all shine in their respective story sections. Pick up this issue, even if you haven't read the first two issues. You won't regret it!

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9.8
Immortal Hulk #4

Aug 1, 2018

THE IMMORTAL HULK #4 is another superb addition to a phenomenal new series. Al Ewing shifts the focus to an oft-overlooked character to great effect. Joe Bennett draws this character just about perfectly. You won't want to miss this one!

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9.9
Immortal Hulk #5

Sep 5, 2018

THE IMMORTAL HULK #5 proves to be yet another seriously stupendous issue in an already stellar run. Al Ewing outdoes himself this issue with the amount of pathos he pushes into the story. Joe Bennett's art is simply haunting. If you're a Hulk fan and haven't read this series yet, fix that immediately!

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9.5
Immortal Hulk #6

Sep 19, 2018

THE IMMORTAL HULK #6 doesn't have as much action as prior issues, but it makes up for it with fantastically written sequences involving Bruce Banner and his inner monologue. Al Ewing truly understands the character, as evidenced by this issue. Lee Garbett's art looks downright frightening, which makes the issue all the more memorable.

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9.6
Justice League (2018) #2

Jun 20, 2018

JUSTICE LEAGUE #2 is loads of fun from start to finish. It captures the essence of Silver Age DC books while also adding something fresh to the mix. Scott Snyder embraces the ridiculousness of superhero comics, to the book's benefit. Jorge Jimenez backs this up with fantastically stylized art that fits the plot to a T.

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9.0
Marvel Two-In-One #3

Feb 14, 2018

Chip Zdarsky and Valerio Schiti create an engaging issue with MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #3. I highly recommend it for Fantastic Four fans, since Zdarsky does an exemplary job writing Ben and Johnny.

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9.3
Marvel Two-In-One #4

Mar 14, 2018

Fantastic Four fans owe it to themselves to pick up this book. Chip Zdarsky writes one of the most heartbreaking Reed Richards tales in a while in this book. Valerio Schiti brings this alternate reality Reed's emotions to life in a beautiful way.

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9.6
Marvel Two-In-One #6

May 30, 2018

MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #6 by Chip Zdarsky and Jim Cheung is a fantastic ending to the book's first arc. It's got exciting action and on-point characterization. It's clear Zdarsky truly loves these characters. Cheung's art makes this a legendary issue. Don't miss it.

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9.6
Marvel Two-In-One #7

Jun 27, 2018

MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #7 is a memorable issue filled with awesome character moments, especially for Dr. Doom. Plus, Chip Zdarsky creates a truly interesting new alternate reality this issue. On top of that, it's got some fantastic art by Ramn K. Prez and Federico Blee, who create a real sickly looking dystopian wasteland.

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9.7
Mister Miracle #7

Mar 14, 2018

MISTER MIRACLE #7 is an amazing issue. It's the perfect blend of humor and serious, relatable drama with some heartwarming moments peppered in. Tom King outdoes himself with this issue. Mitch Gerads' art elevates this book from great to outstanding.

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9.5
Punisher: The Platoon #6

Feb 22, 2018

THE PUNISHER: PLATOON #6 may be my favorite Punisher book of all time. It packs a powerful and emotional punch. Garth Ennis makes each character a fully developed human being. Goran Parlov's art acts as the perfect complement to Ennis' writing. You must pick up this series if you love The Punisher.

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9.0
Quicksilver: No Surrender #1

May 16, 2018

QUICKSILVER: NO SURRENDER #1 is filled with great Pietro Maximoff moments. Saladin Ahmed truly gets the character. It makes the issue a satisfying read for Quicksilver fans. I wasn't a big fan of the art, but you may be!

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9.4
Secret Empire: United #1

Jun 15, 2017

SECRET EMPIRE UNITED #1 is an integral part of the SECRET EMPIRE saga. It's a must-read for fans of the event or the X-Men. It brilliantly blends political satire, exciting action, and racial tensions. The art is detailed and immersive.

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8.9
Spider-Man (2016) #19

Aug 2, 2017

In SPIDER-MAN #19, writer Brian Michael Bendis includes no drawn out action scenes. Instead, he intensely focuses on the book's characters. In doing so, he adds some incredibly interesting ideas about Miles Morales' place in the Spider-Man legacy.

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9.0
Spider-Man (2016) #237

Feb 7, 2018

SPIDER-MAN #237 prepares Miles Morales for Bendis' final issue. Bendis tells an emotionally resonant tale of multiple families reuniting, for better or worse. The art makes the issue all the more resonant. A must read for Spider-fans.

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7.9
Spider-Man (2016) #238

Mar 7, 2018

SPIDER-MAN #238 takes an exciting premise but falls flat in a somewhat uneventful story. Brian Michael Bendis writes a pretty funny and interesting script, but it can't make up for the plot. Not even Brian Reber's superb coloring can save the book from the story's dull nature.

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8.8
Spider-Man (2016) #239

Apr 4, 2018

SPIDER-MAN #239 has a lot to like. It has a great callback cameo, it has a great character moment for Miles, and it has some great color work by Brian Reber. However, it doesn't feel like the second-to-last issue of a huge, years long epic. I really hope Bendis and Co. prove me wrong next issue.

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9.5
Spider-Man (2016) #240

May 2, 2018

SPIDER-MAN #240, the summation of Brian Michael Bendis' work on the ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN series, is a truly touching finale. It draws upon real events in Bendis' life and he uses them to tell an emotional issue. If you love Miles Morales, pick up this book.

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8.4
Spider-Men II #2

Aug 18, 2017

Writer Brian Michael Bendis adds some deep characterization to the two Spideys in SPIDER-MEN II #2. He isn't too heavy on the plot in this issue, though. Sara Pichelli's art and Justin Ponsor's coloring make the issue beautiful to look at. Hopefully Bendis adds more plot in later issues, because a five-issue miniseries can only handle one filler issue.

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8.9
Spider-Men II #3

Sep 23, 2017

SPIDER-MEN II #3 by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli is the best issue of the miniseries to date. It blends suspense and friendship to tell the story of the villain. It makes the reader care about the villain of the book, which is no small feat. This is a must-read.

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8.5
Thanos (2016) #9

Jul 27, 2017

THANOS #9 is a superbly written issue by the great Jeff Lemire. On top of having great characterization, the book also features a great addition: the return of narration boxes filled with cheeky humor.

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8.8
Thanos (2016) #16

Feb 28, 2018

THANOS #16 is a fun romp that tells the origin of the alternate reality Ghost Rider version of Frank Castle. It's filled with humorous dialogue and gags. Writer Donny Cates made this one of the most memorable issues I've read in a while. Artists Geoff Shaw and Antonio Fabela helped make it a hilarious book.

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9.4
Thanos (2016) #17

Mar 21, 2018

You won't regret picking up THANOS #17. It's an exciting issue filled with action, tremendous art thanks to Geoff Shaw and Antonio Fabela, and even some truly touching emotional moments courtesy of Donny Cates. Only one more issue left, jump on now!

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9.7
Thanos (2016) #18

Apr 11, 2018

If you love Thanos, you owe it to yourself to pick up this book. Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw bring their fabulous run on THANOS to a close with THANOS #18. It more than lives up to the hype. It's action-packed but also has a strong emotional center. This is easily of my favorite books of the year so far.

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9.6
Thanos (2016) Annual #1

Apr 25, 2018

THANOS ANNUAL #1 is a phenomenal issue. Packed to the gills with world-class writers and artists, it's an issue that can't be missed by Thanos fans. It comes out just in time for AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR too, for all you MCU fans out there.

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8.0
The Terrifics #1

Feb 28, 2018

Jeff Lemire and Ivan Reis' THE TERRIFICS #1 comes as somewhat of a disappointment. I had high hopes for this series, and some of them were dashed with this issue. It focuses a bit too heavily on exposition and set-up for future installments. I will admit, though, that the art is just beautiful and that some of the characterizations are very entertaining. For even those points alone, I have hope for future issues.

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8.8
U.S.Avengers #8

Jul 20, 2017

U.S.AVENGERS #8's powerful story about acceptance is a must read for Marvel fans. Writer Al Ewing and artist Paco Medina create a great tie-in to the SECRET EMPIRE event.

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9.6
Venom (2018) #1

May 9, 2018

VENOM #1 should please all Eddie Brock fans. Donny Cates tells a truly interesting story about Brock that doesn't seem to retread on old ground. It feels fresh and that's very welcome. The dark, gothic tone fits this book perfectly. Ryan Stegman's art is, as always, fantastic.

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9.5
Venom (2018) #2

Jun 13, 2018

VENOM #2 is downright scary. However, it's also an outstanding book. Fans of Venom should not miss this book. Donny Cates adds some great new Venom lore to the mix, and also tells a chilling story. Ryan Stegman's art looks like it's right out of a horror movie, and I love it.

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9.8
Venom (2018) #3

Jun 27, 2018

VENOM #3 lives up to this series' continued hype. It's sure to be a fan-favorite issue, and for good reason. It adds an intriguing character to the Venom lore and gives Miles Morales fans a bit of closure about a long dormant plot thread. Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman are modern masters of horror, and I can't wait to see what's next!

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9.5
Venom (2018) #4

Jul 25, 2018

VENOM #4 tells the previously unrevealed true backstory of the Klyntar race. It's a fantastic read from start to finish. Donny Cates writes a superb script and Ryan Stegman, once again, blows me away with his phenomenal artwork.

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9.9
Venom (2018) #5

Aug 22, 2018

VENOM #5 is just so exciting. Donny Cates cements his status as an A-list writer with VENOM. This issue is no exception. Ryan Stegman's artwork belongs in a museum; it's just that good. Pick up this book immediately. It's my favorite book of the month.

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9.7
Venom (2018) #6

Sep 19, 2018

VENOM #6, plain and simple, is my favorite book of the month. It's a perfect ending to an already sublime story arc. Donny Cates continues making this series into one of the most enjoyable books on the stands. Ryan Stegman makes this issue look as stunning as possible.

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9.8
Web Of Venom: Ve'Nam #1

Aug 29, 2018

WEB OF VENOM: VE'NAM #1 isn't for the faint of heart. It features some gruesome sequences. However, it's also a beautiful book. Cates, once again, outdoes himself with this issue. You won't want to miss this exciting new one-shot.

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9.6
X-23 (2018) #1

Jul 11, 2018

X-23 #1 is a fantastic issue from start to finish. Tamaki does Laura justice with some truly amazing writing. Juann Cabal adds some stunning visuals which are sure to please. Don't sleep on this book!

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