Adrian Care's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: PopCultHQ, Comic Watch, AiPT! Reviews: 52
7.9Avg. Review Rating

7.0
Age of X-Man: Alpha #1

Jan 30, 2019

While there are parallels to the classic Age of Apocalypse storyline, Age of X-Man: Alpha stands on its own. The creators have a reverence for much loved eras of X-Men lore but aren't scared to step out in different directions either. This is a world building issue, a primer for the things to come. While some may find the pace too drifty, or the urgency a little absent, it's all in service to the story being set up. I was apprehensive that the last thing the X-books needed was another reset, another new direction, or a further departure, but the creative team have changed my mind and left me eagerly anticipating what's to come.

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6.0
Age Of X-Man: NextGen #1

Feb 13, 2019

While consistent in message and theme with other 'Age of X-Man' releases, NextGen #01 isn't exactly of the same quality. The definition is somewhat lacking, there's not enough distinction. Besides familiar feeling events, separate this book from one that could be occurring in the Marvel Universe proper. What Brisson does well is make the interactions feel real. The story's underlying strength is the bond the principle X-men hopefuls share. After two very potent issues, NextGen felt like a bit of a breather and remains a worthwhile read with or without the other Age of X-Man titles.

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7.0
Age Of X-Man: Prisoner X #1

Mar 6, 2019

A smart parallel to Bishop's role in the original Age of Apocalypse storyline shouldn't be unmentioned. In the scope that Age of X-Man is reaching for, this title debuts with a decent first issue that takes a detour from the utopian society and earns points for showing you something different within an all-new, all-different world. An easy and entertaining read that can hopefully build further across the next four issues.

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7.0
Age Of X-Man: The Amazing Nightcrawler #1

Feb 20, 2019

If last week's NextGen title left you a little blank, this will thrust you back to where you were before. A great effort from, all things considered, a relatively new creative team that carries themselves like this comics thing is an old hat. Fun and human in equal measure, get them on the main title (or any main title) when this series concludes, because they have the makings of a reliable, solid, perfect fit for the X-universe.

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8.0
Age Of X-Man: The Marvelous X-Men #1

Feb 6, 2019

A consistent second entry into this multi-part event that doesn't sacrifice story for spectacle and still delivers both. With each read of Age of X-Man, I'm eager for the new entry and to explore other corners of this universe.

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8.0
Age Of X-Man: X-Tremists #1

Feb 27, 2019

This storyline (Age of X-Man titles) is giving a host of new writers the chance to shine and stake their claim in X-Men history. On the strength of this, I hope that Leah Williams gets a chance at the regular book. This could have very easily been weighed down by its themes and direction but it forges forward. A good first issue that I have the feeling might grow to become the highlight of the Age of X-Man crossover.

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8.4
Assassin Nation #2

Apr 18, 2019

If Assassination Nation were a movie (and it is, but the recent, similarly titled, film is not the same thing) it would be a gloriously violent romp through hitman tropes. If it were a video game, surely rockstar games would develop it further into criminal mayhem and hours upon hours of bloody fun. But Assassination Nation #2 is a comic book. One that delivers as much of the above as a film or video game could. A gleefully violent, sharp-witted, comedy-infused, good time with big bangs and sharp turns.

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7.0
Avengers: No Road Home #10

Apr 17, 2019

Avengers: No Road Home is refreshing in its simplicity and is written by people who have a real affection for superhero comics. Sometimes that's all you want from a comic book.

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7.5
Batman (2016) #68

Apr 10, 2019

Tom King's Batman run has a massive fan following and it's clear that he's a writer with a larger plan rife with interconnecting threads. Like his whole body of work, his best in this issue is brilliant and his worst is on par with Heroes in Crisis.

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9.0
Batman (2016) #69

Apr 17, 2019

Tom King pulled out a Houdini like escape that not only rescues the most meandering and questionable moments of the Knightmares story arc but completely justifies all of it. The art work is poetry in motion. While his entire run has been littered with peaks and valleys, this issue soars above and sits amongst his best issues on this run.

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8.0
Bronze Age Boogie #1

Apr 2, 2019

I didn't know what to expect before reading this, but whatever those expectations were, consider them shattered"in a FANTASTIC way! This may seem like wall-to-wall insanity, but it's an absolute party full of ideas that I'm all in for hanging around and seeing what more madness they develop into. A nostalgia trip that'sdone in a completely original fashion. Nothing is explained to you and it makes everything all the more exciting. Give this book a read if you want something completely different to everything else on your stack.

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6.5
Catwoman (2018) #10

Apr 10, 2019

It's good enough without hitting any truly great heights. The disjointed narrative didn't work for me as much as it did in the last issue and the beats lack the punch that they should pack. But it's all set up with (hopefully) payoff all coming next issue. Heist stories are fine, and you expect them in a Catwoman story, but this issue feels a little too run of the mill.

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10
Conan the Barbarian (2019) #4

Mar 6, 2019

The quality of this book transcends genre, publisher, and our current times to become a complete reading experience. Whether you've read issues prior or this is your first taste, this book is pure quality. Jason Aaron's guiding hand has been the perfect first touch to entrust the newly licensed character with. Marvel is really succeeding with the titles that it's taking different turns with and this sits comfortably, if not slightly above, Immortal Hulk and Daredevil as the company's must-read titles. With work this great, it's no wonder there's four other Conan titles on release.

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8.5
Conan the Barbarian (2019) #5

Apr 3, 2019

By Crom is it good! For quality writing that gives you battlefields and internal explorations rendered by artists who relish working on something different do not go past this title.

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10
Daredevil (2019) #1

Feb 6, 2019

Everything about this issue has the makings of another classic run to add to the annals of Daredevil's proud history. Even the parts of the book that re-tread more familiar parts of the Daredevil mythos feel fresh, either because of the pitch-perfect writing or the stunning art.

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10
Daredevil (2019) #2

Feb 27, 2019

Firing on all cylinders, the creative team delivers a granite, body blow of an issue that will one day sit as much aside true grit storytelling like Gotham Central, as much as it will co-exist with Garth Ennis' Punisher and Tom King's current Batman run. If you aren't already reading this title, you can either run to your local store and rectify that now or report to confessional and repent. You're missing out on a quality book.

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8.0
Dark Red #1

Mar 20, 2019

A near-stellar first issue that's sure to shoot to the top of your pull list. While the Vampire genre has some strong entries in recent comic book history, Dark Red sits comfortably among the best. It offers fresh takes and creative ideas delivered through an angle we've rarely (if ever) explored characters like this through. There are respectful nods to its influences, thought-provoking philosophy, social commentary, and action in large doses. Sink your teeth into this book, it's guaranteed to get your blood pumping.

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9.0
Deadly Class #37

Mar 5, 2019

This is a title that will never take its foot off your throat. Even after achieving mainstream success and recognition and winding down its last epic Love Like Blood storyline. Like a tried and true hip-hop clich, it's on to the next one. The desperation of this issue seeps from the ink on every page. The genuine interaction and attention to detail between Saya, Quan, and the nefarious Kenji are a delicious feast of crime storytelling. There is heart and humour spread throughout too, just to show you how capable it is of twisting your emotions into controlled submission. If you're looking for a strong issue of such a tightly-created comic book, issue 37 certainly is it.

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7.0
Dick Tracy: Dead or Alive #4

Feb 9, 2019

Don't expect anything other than signature Allred pop-art and a good time.

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8.0
Die #3

Feb 5, 2019

I couldn't believe this was only issue three; midway through the story, I felt so familiar with the characters and their journey, I thought I'd been reading this title for a long time. It's a very easy, entertaining read that will tug at the heartstrings and extract a range of emotions from the reader. Although the art was distracting for me, I'm sure I was in the minority and it never does a disservice to the story being told. I can't wait to check in next issue and see where the adventure has taken us next and I'm intrigued to know more about the salacious new crumbs this issue feeds along the way. Forget what I said in this review's opener. If you're not reading DIE yet, get up and add it to your pull list now!

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7.0
Faithless #1

Apr 8, 2019

Not a typical first issue with a bang, nor the type of work fans of Azzarello would be used to. There are touches of his previous work, but this is Azzarello doing something completely different. Does it all work? Not yet" but it's heading into some interesting directions.

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7.0
Fantastic Four (2018) #8

Mar 27, 2019

I wanted to love this issue, but I had to settle for finding a lot to like amidst some missteps instead. There are some big moments and bigger ideas, and the things working against them don't completely undo what's great. The suspenseful and "ha!" moments really land. Keen to read on and take this as a necessary piece of larger, enjoyable read.

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8.0
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man (2019) #4

Mar 20, 2019

A classic Spidey rendition. Art and writing that will make your heart smile and thump in equal measure. If you like the way All-Star Superman made you feel good, this title does the same for Spider-fans. So much to enjoy and not much to dislike. I don't envy the person who must drop a Spider-Man title from their pull list this month. Whatever you do don't drop this one, it really is the best of the best in the spider-family right now.

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8.0
Glow (2019) #1

Mar 26, 2019

Not just a faithful adaptation of the Netflix hit, GLOW is an outright extension that could easily be a leaked script for season 3. The all-female creative team is perfect for this book; they seize every moment and powerbomb it with laughs, story, character, and truth. If you don't watch the show, you will still enjoy everything about this debut issue. If this first issue is any indication, you'll enjoy the entire series that will follow.

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8.0
Gunning For Hits #2

Feb 9, 2019

If you're a music fan, you'll drink up all the inside baseball things working in and around the main plot. Definitely a new title worth checking out - just like Stunted Growth, it might even be the next big thing.

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7.9
Gunning For Hits #4

Apr 10, 2019

Rougvie continues to parley his industry experience into platinum level hits. The fully realized characters. The Mad Men-like interactions and A, B, and C plots, and the air of danger and excess that this book breathes make it a must for heavy rotation. This is definitely a book for everyone that absolutely everyone should read. If that isnt you, then what are you waiting for?

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9.0
Immortal Hulk #13

Feb 6, 2019

More than just a solid finale to the psychological thriller of the last few issues, Immortal Hulk #13 packs punches in bunches and a powerful sting in its tale. A fitting entry into a run that feeds on fear, but isn't afraid to explore different directions. Make this book one of the first things you read when you get started on this week's pull list.

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10
Immortal Hulk #16

Apr 3, 2019

There's not even a unit of measurement for how this series continues to improve on each previous issue's brilliance. If you're not reading the Immortal Hulk by now, not even Doc Samson could help you.

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8.0
James Bond 007 (2018) #6

Apr 15, 2019

If this were a film, Pak would be writing the ultimate Goldfinger reboot. As it sits it's an excellent issue that speaks to the longevity of one of fictions greatest icons well into the modern era.

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9.0
Lodger #4

Apr 2, 2019

An unflinching climax. Lodger has been a slow burn in parts, and connects like a sledgehammer to the guts in others. The Laphams grab you by the throat and force you to ride shotgun as events take turns, things get darker and people get hurt. Don't just wait for the trade. Whether you just like crime comics or appreciate brilliant storytelling, it's not too late to grab all the previous issues (and this one) and read them with feverish anticipation of next issue's finale.

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8.0
Marvel Comics Presents (2019) #2

Feb 27, 2019

A welcome package of homages. Marvel Comics Presents honours the nostalgic past while breathing new life into the concept. There's something for everyone here and the draw of the talented names who are contributing work for this title speaks to the regard and fondness with which it should be held. Read it as a primer, a circuit breaker for whatever else you may be reading, or just as a guaranteed quality read.

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9.0
Meet The Skrulls #1

Mar 6, 2019

A fantastic surprise from a mostly unexplored corner of the Marvel universe. This is what happens when the potential of a great idea is matched by the work of the creative team. Between this and the current Winter Soldier, Marvel has turned back the clock and made the mini-series a relevant factor again. The storytelling, both written and visual, work in great tandem. If you're in the mood for something a little bit different this week, you should seriously throw your support behind Meet the Skrulls.

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8.0
Mr. and Mrs. X #9

Mar 27, 2019

Great writing that really delves into, and captures, the essence of fan-favorite characters and serves as a constant reminder of why we're so taken by the infectious charm of Gambit and Rogue. Ditto for the art that keeps the reader invested in the story by playing a shell game with the action amidst the character growth. A straight up solid, fun-filled issue that works in excellent fashion as a jumping-on point too. This book deserves the same and love and support from comic fans that it showers on all things X-Men.

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6.2
Nightwing (2016) #59

Apr 17, 2019

This issue wont set the world on fire (couldnt resist) but the character interaction and story building are what the issue should really lean on. The Team Nightwing idea is interesting and sets this title apart from the other bat-books so its interesting to explore that a little more in what is a very easy, if not an essential, read.

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8.0
Pearl #8

Apr 17, 2019

Nothing out there reads quite like Pearl, not even the other Jinxworld books or anything else Bendis is writing. Nor should it. This issue is gorgeous to look at, has plenty of exposition to jump onto and the word count is huge but doesn't weigh the book down. It's high quality on a consistent basis from two creators who have a great synergy to pour into a unique, brilliant story.

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8.0
Planet of the Nerds #1

Apr 14, 2019

A throwback in almost every sense of the word, but man is it enjoyable. The deliciously detailed tropes. The spot-on dialogue and attitudes. This book is a portal to a simpler time beyond using that as its storytelling device. The look and feel of the book nail the era it plays in. A fun read, plain and simple, that washes the reader in unapologetic, enthusiastic nostalgia.

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8.0
Punk Mambo #1

Apr 19, 2019

A Mash-up of cultures that balances the punk aesthetics with voodoo mysticism surprisingly well. It's refreshing to read a first issue that hits the ground running so well. It's captivating action up front followed by good story on the comedown. This is supremely effective and feels more unique than expected. A great, cool looking, entertaining read.

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9.0
Punks Not Dead: London Calling #1

Feb 26, 2019

You don't need to read volume one to follow on with this issue. But I implore you to all the same. It was an excellent series and this volume takes that many steps further.

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6.0
Return of Wolverine #5

Feb 20, 2019

A fine finish to a series that had big ambitions but just didn't get there in the end. The moments where the creative team shine leaves the reader wondering why that wasn't the standard from jump. It has action. It has turns. It hits certain notes. But ultimately it leaves the reader feeling like Marvel must have better plans for what used to be one of its franchise players. Wolverine is the best there is at what he does. Unfortunately, in this issue, what he does just isn't that impressive.

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7.0
Spider-Man: Life Story #1

Mar 20, 2019

Marvel's SPIDER-MAN: LIFE STORY #1 is more than just a great nostalgia trip. This series looks to be an intelligent journey into the heart of its themes by way of some pure representations of fan-favorite characters. A loving display of what comics are capable of and where they've been that manages to feel like it's being read with a fresh set of eyes. There is action, thought-provoking writing, and everything you love about a conflicted Spider-Man. Bring on the 70s.

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7.0
Symbiote Spider-Man #1

Apr 10, 2019

A fine, first issue that takes care to place its reader back in time. The sharp writing and purposeful movement of the issue lead it towards something interesting. Great characterization and a really balanced narrative viewpoint elevate this above just being a cash-in on two characters about to hit the big screen again.

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6.0
Transformers (2019) #2

Mar 26, 2019

Forgive this issue and its pacing problems, it's a doubleheader that offers some explanations of the new world and re-introduces the characters to the readership. Enough happens here to keep the reader interested, even if it's almost bereft of action. This story feels like it's going to go somewhere, just don't expect it to transform and roll out in anything but its own time.

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8.0
Uncanny X-Men (2018) #12

Feb 20, 2019

For the first time in a long time, I'm enthusiastic about the direction of the main X-book. It seems funny in the face of so many X-titles on the stands right now, but un-diluting everything has been a breath of fresh air for the X-brand. I can't wait to see where this book goes next and I'm backing it to maintain this level of quality. It's already action-packed, well-written, marvellously illustrated, and electrified with creative ideas. It's sitting strong at excellent and it feels like the creative team hasn't even warmed up yet.

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8.0
Venom (2018) #12

Mar 20, 2019

If you're going to tweak things about a character that fans know and love, this is a good example of exercising control and not just covering the story in the spectacle. Too few storylines tie up this way anymore and Venom is all the better for it. It's a shame this is kind of sullied by the NEXT ISSUE: WAR OF THE REALMS text reminding us a solid, consistent book is about to be disrupted by a crossover event.

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8.0
War of the Realms #1

Apr 3, 2019

On the strength of the writing and art alone. this earns its score. The concept is nothing new, take away all the trimmings and it's basically Earth's heroes defending from another threat. But by opening with a great battle. at least it starts with the impact a major event should. I'm not invested enough to read all the tie-ins and specials, frankly, just seeing those checklists are starting to make me shudder, but I'll enjoy this as a self-contained event. Good quality is hard to maintain, but this creative team gives the impression that they can constantly level up.

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5.5
West Coast Avengers (2018) #10

Apr 17, 2019

A promising series cut short. Even a possible collected edition would just be a reminder of something great that went unfulfilled. This issue was good, but it's on par with getting fired in the middle of a new promotion. Kelly Thompson's talent deserves better than this.

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8.0
Winter Soldier (2018) #3

Feb 13, 2019

There's a school of thought that Marvel is getting their cinematic universe right at the expense of their comics. Winter Soldier is irrefutable proof of that the opposite is true. If Higgins and Reis maintain this level of quality (and were granted more than the 5-issues) this would give the Immortal Hulk a run as Marvels best book. The team brings great action and deep psychology without losing classic super heroics. This is just damn good story telling without cheap gimmicks. Fans should support books like this, put it in the hands of people who haven't yet read it, so we get to enjoy it for more than its limited run.

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9.0
Winter Soldier (2018) #5

Apr 10, 2019

The conclusion to this latest Winter Soldier solo outing is a hard read. Not because it isn't brilliant but BECAUSE of its brilliance. A powerful, emotional, conclusion to the best use of Bucky Barnes since Ed Brubaker resurrected the character. Please, Marvel, give Kyle Higgins and Rod Reis an ongoing Winter Soldier series. Some hope while I tear myself in two lamenting that this mini-series is at an end, while also waiting in anticipation to slam down some cash for the trade.

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8.0
WWE #25

Feb 3, 2019

The WWE series has been a gift to comic book and wrestling fans from the very start. Issue 25 is a prime example of what a creative team that runs like a well-oiled machine can do adapting a licensed property and elevating it on every level. Ensuring that it even exceeds the source material. This issue will make you want to fire up the WWE Network and relive the entire feud between A.J. Styles and Samoa Joe. There is a great crossover of fans between wrestling and comics; I think the creative team on WWE #25 caters to that. They understand both fanbases, respect and appreciate them, and invite new fans to take a seat and mark out along with them.

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9.0
X-23 (2018) #11

Apr 10, 2019

A terrific issue that kickstarts the latest arc while essaying exactly how it feels to regret our words and actions. This is a very accessible, easy to read, and entertaining series and issue #11 showcases everything that's great about it.

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8.0
X-Force (2018) #6

Apr 10, 2019

It's not yet up there with the better runs on an X-Force title, but if this issue's standard is maintained, this iteration of X-Force will grow a cult following on its own. For anyone groaning at the resurgent '90s trends, this is a great example of how there is something of value in every era of comics. A pleasant surprise of an issue you'll enjoy more than you'd expect to.

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6.5
Young Justice (2019) #4

Apr 3, 2019

As a part of a larger arc, the story is fine. The issue's OK, but every multi-part storyline these days could do with one less issue and when the Seven Crises arc is wrapped up, I feel like this could be the issue that was more enjoyable padding then essential read. But enjoyable padding is something Bendis has made his bread and butter. As much as it kills us, he's very good at it.

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