AJ Zender's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Comicsverse Reviews: 157
9.0Avg. Review Rating

8.8
Action Comics (2016) #980

May 24, 2017

While some of the more emotional moments are dulled, ACTION COMICS #980 thrusts Superman into conflict with a cadre of his villains. With a focus on developing Cyborg Superman, issue #980 is a setup issue for an intense battle to come.

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9.4
Action Comics (2016) #1000

Apr 19, 2018

ACTION COMICS #1000 is an absolutely fantastic homage to Superman's legacy. As a collaborative work between so many different writers and artists, the overall experience can be a bit all over the place, but it leads to one of the most definitive explorations of the way Superman has affected his readers over the years. For any fan of Superman or of the comic book industry he's influenced, this is an absolute must-read.

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9.7
Adventures of the Super Sons #1

Aug 1, 2018

Despite some convoluted story elements and a lack of continuity with other Rebirth stories, ADVENTURES OF THE SUPERSONS #1 is a nearly perfect young readers story. With a ton of energy and a pair of fantastically written and drawn young superheroes, this is a team to keep an out for.

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9.7
Angelic #1

Jul 12, 2017

ANGELIC #1 is a stellar opening issue for a story of flying monkeys and armored dolphins. With themes surrounding gender roles and autonomy, don't let ANGELIC's cartoony art deter you. This is a must-read comic for speculative fiction fans.

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9.7
Batman (2016) Annual #2

Nov 29, 2017

BATMAN ANNUAL #2 gives readers a glimpse of Batman as he struggles into his future role as husband and human being. With a brilliant focus on characterization, the plot feels like a tender balance to the punching and kicking of other BATMAN stories.

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8.8
Batman and the Signal #1

Jan 3, 2018

Despite a confusing tie-in to DARK NIGHTS: METAL and some minor artistic hitches, BATMAN AND THE SIGNAL #1 delivers some stellar characterization of the newest Bat-Family member and a plot that manages to test Duke Thomas' new superpowers.

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8.7
Batman and the Signal #2

Feb 25, 2018

While not perfect, BATMAN AND THE SIGNAL #2 continues the trend of well-written stories coming from DARK NIGHTS: METAL. With an interesting lead hero and a fast-paced plot balancing tight and interesting artwork, this is definitely an issue to pick up.

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9.2
Batman: Damned #1

Sep 20, 2018

BATMAN: DAMNED #1 is an incredible opening salvo for DC's Black Label. While some of its nightmarish plot gets a bit confusing, the overall atmosphere, pacing, and art are absolutely incredible.

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8.8
Batman: Kings of Fear #1

Aug 22, 2018

BATMAN: KINGS OF FEAR #1 is not the perfect debut. With its single-minded plot and its lack of characterization for the main character, it definitely has its issues. However, this story also has a great feeling of nostalgia that stretches back to the glory days of Neal Adams and Denny O'Neil. Also, the characterization of the Joker and the overall thematics are some of the best in the medium.

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8.8
Batman: Kings of Fear #1

Aug 22, 2018

BATMAN: KINGS OF FEAR #1 is not the perfect debut. With its single-minded plot and its lack of characterization for the main character, it definitely has its issues. However, this story also has a great feeling of nostalgia that stretches back to the glory days of Neal Adams and Denny O'Neil. Also, the characterization of the Joker and the overall thematics are some of the best in the medium.

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9.0
Batman: The Merciless #1

Oct 25, 2017

BATMAN: THE MERCILESS #1 isn't the strongest of the Dark Batmen tie-ins to DARK NIGHTS: METAL. However, it is still a fantastic comic book, worthy of the god of war it depicts. With fantastic characterization and amazing work by Francis Manapul, this issue is a must-read.

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8.0
Black Magick #7

Aug 31, 2017

Greg Rucka's BLACK MAGICK #7 is a hard book for new readers to immerse themselves in. However, fans of the Urban Fantasy genre will easily enjoy the weighty plot and the beautiful art by Nicola Scott.

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9.4
Blackbird #1

Sep 10, 2018

While one of the main characters could have done with some more characterization and the plot does fast-forward through some important information, BLACKBIRD #1 is a nearly perfect debut. With an interesting take on the urban fantasy genre, this book is a must read for fans of magical storytelling!

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9.6
Cold Spots #1

Aug 23, 2018

COLD SPOTS #1 is a fantastic new horror series from the minds of two great storytellers. Aesthetically, Mark Torres consistently brings the tone and atmosphere straight to the reader, while Cullen Bunn's plot and world-building are incredible. There is an issue of some missing information. However, that is easily remedied in future issues.

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8.7
Cosmic Ghost Rider #1

Jul 4, 2018

Despite its somewhat gimmicky premise, COSMIC GHOST RIDER #1 is a surprising stand out hit with a lot of future potential. With a believable lead character and an interesting plot, the only true failing of this comic comes from a lack of accessibility for new fans.

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9.5
Coyotes #1

Nov 18, 2017

COYOTES #1 is a brilliant foray into paranormal action/horror. With an interesting lead and supporting cast, as well as a breakneck plot, fans of Urban Fantasy need to read this series.

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9.0
Curse Words #6

Jul 19, 2017

CURSE WORDS #6 is a perfect entry point into this rockin' Image series. With stellar art and interesting villains, the only thing holding this issue back is some faltering characterization and pacing. Follow our villains on a sunny picnic in the fires of Hole World, while Wizord attempts to ally with former villain, Ruby Stitch.

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9.3
Cyber Force (2018) #1

Mar 28, 2018

A brilliant reimagining of Marc Silvestri's original series, CYBER FORCE #1 digs deep into transhumanism. With great pacing and interesting characterization, this is a nearly perfect reboot for fans to jump on to.

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8.0
Cyber Force (2018) #3

Jun 1, 2018

With elements of techno-horror and some brilliant characterization, CYBER FORCE #3 stands out from the previous issues in the series. Some minor flaws throughout the issue keep this one from perfection, but it is still an incredibly enjoyable read.

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9.3
Damnation: Johnny Blaze - Ghost Rider #1

Apr 2, 2018

While the plot does suffer from a few confusing sequences throughout, DAMNATION: JOHNNY BLAZE GHOST RIDER #1 is the greatest addition to the DAMNATION storyline yet. Johnny Blaze's sojourn through Hell has all of the high action moments you'd expect, but the true power comes in the creative team's examination of his connection with the Spirit of Vengeance.

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10
Deathbed #2

Mar 21, 2018

DEATHBED #2 proves why it's one of the best new comics out there. With a completely over-the-top narrative that showcases the best of its wacky lead, as well as some incredibly energetic art, you need to own this story.

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9.4
Defenders (2017) #9

Feb 2, 2018

DEFENDERS #9 may be the best of the series so far. With incredible characterization of fan-favorite Jessica Jones and some of the best art in the series, this is a must have for any fan of these street-level heroes.

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9.7
Defenders (2017) #10

Mar 3, 2018

DEFENDERS #10 ends Brian Michael Bendis' run on an incredible high note. Despite a minor lack of cohesiveness, the plot, characterization, and art still make this series one of the best in modern comics.

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9.7
Doctor Strange (2015) #388

Apr 14, 2018

DOCTOR STRANGE #388 is a nearly perfect comic book narrative, with exciting twists and turns that reminded me of old school STRANGE comics. I epsecially loved the all-star art by Nico Henrichon, who truly highlighted the psychosis of the issue's main baddy!

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8.8
Doctor Strange (2015) #390

May 25, 2018

While the rather goofy Spider-Man section of this story drags on a bit long, DOCTOR STRANGE #390 is a wonderful and warm homage to the character that perfectly caps off Donny Cates' run. With a slow paced, highly focused plot and brilliant characterization, this story does away with superhero tropes to deliver a really powerful story.

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9.0
Doctor Strange: Damnation #2

Mar 10, 2018

DOCTOR STRANGE DAMNATION #2 provides readers with a grim and gritty look at Marvel's mystical universe, and it does so with a compelling plot and interesting characterization. While none of its elements are perfect, this is a perfectly enjoyable read for fans.

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7.0
Doctor Strange: Damnation #3

Mar 21, 2018

While DOCTOR STRANGE DAMNATION #3 does suffer from some stale characterization and some missteps in the art, the story works well for what it is. It is an enjoyable story about an intense crossover fight, and by all rights, it is way more entertaining than it has any right to be.

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9.7
Doctor Strange: Damnation #4

Apr 25, 2018

DOCTOR STRANGE: DAMNATION #4 fixes the event's prior mistakes and improves upon its strongest elements in this thrilling conclusion. This isn't just one of the series' best issues; it is one of the best issues in modern Marvel comics.

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9.1
Edge of Spider-Geddon #1

Aug 17, 2018

EDGE OF SPIDER-GEDDON #1 is a fun introduction to the upcoming SPIDER-GEDDON Event series. It does face some plot issues, but overall, this is a fast-paced, action heavy good time with fantastic art by Gerardo Sandoval

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9.3
Edge of Spider-Geddon #2

Aug 30, 2018

EDGE OF SPIDER-GEDDON #2 has some issues in its characterization. The newfound focus on Peni, while fantastic, does take away from the new character Addy Brock. However, this is only a minor issue in what is an all-around fantastic and intense Young Adult read. This is a story that gets me excited for the upcoming SPIDER-GEDDON!

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9.2
Edge of Spider-Geddon #3

Sep 20, 2018

EDGE OF SPIDER-GEDDON #3 excels at its characterization and its building of a realistic, noir version of New York City. While certain elements of the story needed to be touched on more concretely, overall this is a fantastic story with incredible art and character-building.

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9.0
Edge of Spider-Geddon #4

Sep 27, 2018

In the vast worlds of the Multiverse, Aaron Kuder's version of Spider-Man stands out for his villainous identity. With a spy thriller plot and a unique story premise, EDGE OF SPIDER-GEDDON #4 is one of the best issues in the now-concluded series.

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9.0
Generation X (2017) #3

Jun 15, 2017

GENERATION X #3 has a certain unerring charm with its focus on the new team's dynamics. With a deeper focus on the psychometric mutant, Nathaniel, each of the mutant misfits gets a time to shine. Narrative hiccups do distract a bit, but with hints of plotlines to come, bright days are ahead for GENERATION X.

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9.3
Generation X (2017) #5

Aug 22, 2017

Despite some minor hiccups in the characterization of our main baddie, GENERATION X #5 is a brilliant one-shot spotlight on one of the X-Men's greatest misfits: Eye-Boy. Overall, a very relatable human narrative.

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7.7
Ghost Station Zero #1

Jul 29, 2017

Carrying a female lead, GHOST STATION ZERO #1 is the second mission of the CODENAME: BABOUSHKA series. With a high-intensity opening, this issue's primary failing is a lack of character depth. However, with an interesting protagonist and plot, it is worthy of past spy thrillers.

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9.5
God Complex (2017) #1

Oct 16, 2017

GOD COMPLEX #1's sci-fi adaptation of ancient gods is both fresh and brilliantly executed. While character motivations at one point drag the story down a bit, the overall experience culminates in one of the best new comics of the year.

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9.3
God Complex (2017) #5

Apr 4, 2018

While some of its more obscure science fiction concepts don't quite feel grounded enough, GOD COMPLEX #5 delivers on nearly every other level. Seneca's new found aggression shows the development of his interesting character arc, and the art by Hendry Prasetya and Sunny Gho is some of the absolute best in comics.

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9.7
God Country #6

Jun 21, 2017

With a renewed focus on Emmett Quinlan's motivations, GOD COUNTRY #6 approaches the epic final confrontation with care. Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw are at the top of their game with this over-the-top godly brawl, while its ending leaves behind a few shed tears.

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8.0
Hack/Slash: Resurrection #1

Nov 10, 2017

While undercut by over-the-top costume decisions, HACK/SLASH RESURRECTION #1 is filled with brilliant comedy, satire, and characterization. Not for every reader, but those who take to it will obsess.

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9.3
Heavenly Blues #1

Jul 19, 2017

HEAVENLY BLUES #1 is a wholly unique take on a Hell-scape narrative. With surreal art, a fascinating setting, and some of the best flawed protagonists in comics, HEAVENLY BLUES #1 from Scout Comics is a must-read!

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9.0
Heavenly Blues #2

Jul 27, 2017

With stellar characterization of the Salemite girl, Erin Foley, HEAVENLY BLUES #2 explores the farthest reaches of Hell as our thieves build their team. With Purgatory looming, Isaiah and Erin must find a way through the Archangel's labyrinths before Hell comes calling. Can our ragtag heroes survive?

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9.5
House of Whispers (2018) #1

Sep 13, 2018

While HOUSE OF WHISPERS #1 has some initial issues with pacing, Nalo Hopkinson and Domonike Stanton have developed a story worthy of the iconic SANDMAN series. This is a magical and wonderous title that deftly builds on Gaiman's world of magic.

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6.7
Justice League (2016) #20

May 3, 2017

A new storyline takes off for the Justice League, but the day that never ends for the World's Greatest Heroes loses focus quickly.

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9.5
Justice League (2016) #27

Aug 18, 2017

Utilizing its slow paced narrative, Bryan Hitch earns JUSTICE LEAGUE #27's high action ending. At the center of this brilliant issue is the characterization. Hitch digs into the heart of the League's core members, as well as their future children.

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8.0
Justice League (2016) #30

Oct 8, 2017

Despite excellent worldbuilding and art, JUSTICE LEAGUE #30 fails in its pacing. By bouncing between a number of story elements too quickly, none receive the spotlight they're due.

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8.3
Justice League (2016) #31

Oct 18, 2017

JUSTICE LEAGUE #31 lovingly completes the "Legacy" arc with an incredibly illustrated battle sequence. The story was strong throughout, despite some rushed moments, but an unexplained shift in the main villains holds this story back from perfection.

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9.3
Justice League (2018) #1

Jun 7, 2018

JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 sees a lot of big changes to the classic formula. Scott Snyder takes the team on a fantastic, action-packed adventure while also focusing in-depth on the characters that make this story work. While some elements need more explanation, this is definitely a book to keep an eye on.

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8.5
Justice League of America (2017) #27

Mar 28, 2018

When you add time-travel to superhero stories, you're going to have a good time, and this proves true in JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #27. Despite some confusion and pacing issues, this is an action-packed story that relies on the best elements of the Silver Age of Comics.

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9.7
Justice League: Odyssey #1

Sep 27, 2018

JUSTICE LEAGUE ODYSSEY #1 is a brilliant introduction into this new series. With a wealth of high stakes action, character drama, and Silver Age inspired space adventures, this is a new series to keep an eye on.

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9.4
Kick-Ass (2018) #1

Feb 21, 2018

Kick-Ass returns to bookshelves with a new main character and a new brand of bloody superheroing. Despite some visual and plot hiccups, KICK-ASS #1 hits the mark with its lead protagonist, Patience, whose realism and sense of self-perseverance sets her apart from other characters in the medium.

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8.7
Kingsman: The Red Diamond #1

Sep 6, 2017

While KINGSMAN: THE RED DIAMOND #1 has some continuity issues, the overall plot and themes of elitism were incredibly interesting. Eggsy is back on the page with another lighthearted romp through the world!

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8.8
Man of Steel (2018) #1

May 30, 2018

MAN OF STEEL #1 is a really strong opening issue for Bendis' time at DC Comics. It has some issues with the plot, namely a lack of information, but this will be remedied in future issues. Bendis perfectly captured the beloved character and his intended villain, and the art by Reis and Fabok is some of the best in the industry.

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8.5
Medieval Spawn / Witchblade (2018) #4

Aug 8, 2018

MEDIEVAL SPAWN AND WITCHBLADE #4 succeeds most in the realistic and highly detailed artstyle, the careful attention to our heroes' personalities, and the fun yet dark team-up atmosphere. Where it falls, though, comes from its rushed perspective. This final entry in the miniseries simply tries to do too much in too short a space.

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9.2
New Challengers (2018) #1

May 16, 2018

NEW CHALLENGERS #1 is a fantastic new addition to DC's New Age of Heroes. With a brilliant look in the life and history of one of its title characters as well as an intriguing premise, the only true downside to this story is some slightly confusing plot points.

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9.1
New Challengers (2018) #2

Jun 21, 2018

Despite some weak characterization and confusing plot points, NEW CHALLENGERS #2 is an enticing and fun read. It is an adrenaline rush from start to finish, with fantastic art by comics legend Andy Kubert.

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9.2
New Challengers (2018) #3

Jul 19, 2018

With an in-depth look at POV character Krunch, as well as the rest of the Challengers of the Unknown crew, NEW CHALLENGERS #3 is a fantastic addition to the series that is as fun as it is visually appealing. This is the best issue in the series to date, and while it does have some clarity problems, I would recommend this to nearly every fan of sci-fi adventures!

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9.0
New Challengers (2018) #4

Aug 17, 2018

NEW CHALLENGERS #4 is an exciting, character-driven story with a lot of fun science-fiction action backing it. It especially succeeds with Bethany, the POV character, and her introspection about her current near-death situation. The story, though, does feel a bit rushed at times. It covers a lot of important story points, but never rests on any for an extended period of time.

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7.4
New Challengers (2018) #6

Oct 18, 2018

NEW CHALLENGERS #6 is a fun, action-packed conclusion to this New Age of Heroes series. While it delivers an interesting villain, the overall characterization and pacing started to fall apart.

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7.5
New Mutants: Dead Souls #1

Mar 14, 2018

While it suffers from a rushed plot and a lack of characterization, NEW MUTANTS: DEAD SOULS #1 is a striking new addition to the X-MEN Mythos. With fantastic action sequences and brilliant art, this is a fun read for fans new and old.

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8.7
New Mutants: Dead Souls #2

Apr 4, 2018

NEW MUTANTS: DEAD SOULS #2 is a high action, fun story that does a better job than the previous issue of capturing its lead protagonists. While the villain feels a bit vague and situational, the overall story and art feel very satisfying.

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8.0
New Mutants: Dead Souls #3

May 9, 2018

NEW MUTANTS: DEAD SOULS #3 takes exciting steps in the right direction with its newfound focus on the characters and the team dynamic. This is a crew that can barely function as a unit, and that is finally brought to the forefront in this issue. However, whether due to unclear information or simply a lack of knowledge on my part, the plot of this story felt much more clunky than previous issues in the series.

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9.4
New Mutants: Dead Souls #4

Jun 18, 2018

NEW MUTANTS: DEAD SOULS #4 does a fantastic job writing the wrongs of previous issues. Despite some unclear characterization and plot elements, this is one of the best issues in the series thus far.

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9.0
New Mutants: Dead Souls #5

Jul 15, 2018

Despite a lack of clarity at certain points, NEW MUTANTS: DEAD SOULS #5 continues the fantastic tradition of the previous issue in the series. The work on characterization in this issue feels satisfying, and the resolution of certain character arcs gave me great hope for the future of this series.

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8.7
Nightwing: The New Order #1

Aug 23, 2017

While the story suffered from some slow moments, Nightwing's futuristic journey to end all superhumans is filled with interesting moral discussion, brilliant characterization, and fast paced action.

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8.3
Ninjak vs. The Valiant Universe #4

Apr 15, 2018

NINJAK VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE #4 is a fast-paced thrill ride of the comic. While it isn't particularly deep in its characterization or events, the story is incredibly fun, the artistic team has crafted one of the most visually spectacular stories I have ever seen.

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8.7
Packs Of The Lowcountry #1

Oct 30, 2017

PACKS OF THE LOW COUNTRY details an apocalypse consumed by nightmarish monsters. With a high-paced plot and brilliant heroes, PACKS OF THE LOW COUNTRY deserves your support during its Kickstarter Campaign.

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8.5
Poe: Stories And Poems #1

Aug 9, 2017

While it brings little new to the original stories, POE: STORIES AND POEMS is a beautiful and dark adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's work. By adding concrete settings and characters to these narratives, a new depth is achieved that only enhances these iconic tales.

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9.7
Ragman #1

Oct 14, 2017

RAGMAN #1 is an excellent revisioning of an iconic DC superhero. With a deep focus on protagonist Rory Regan's battle with PTSD, this comic should be read by fans of all stripes.

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8.7
Ragman #3

Dec 23, 2017

With a fantastic second half and Inaki Miranda's consistently excellent art, RAGMAN #3 continues the tradition of potent storytelling and characterization. However, issues of pacing and a bland villain keeps this issue from perfection.

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9.3
Realm #1

Sep 20, 2017

THE REALM #1 is a fantastic opening issue, dealing with dark, gritty post-apocalyptic America using a serious tone and fantastic artistry. Seth Peck introduces characters to a large, interesting cast of characters to drum up interest in this teeming, living world.

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8.3
Retcon #1

Sep 17, 2017

RETCON #1 is an imaginative, trippy new military fantasy from Image Comics. While some of the promised plot lines aren't fully explored in this issue, the stellar art style and interesting characters make me want to stick with this story into this future.

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8.8
Robotech #1

Jul 25, 2017

Readapting THE MACROSS SAGA for new readers, ROBOTECH #1 takes on the source material in brilliant ways. With a potent plot and highly detailed art, this issue's only failing is in its development of its supporting cast. If you are a fan of giant robot fights, this comic is definitely for you.

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8.3
Runaways (2017) #2

Oct 18, 2017

RUNAWAYS #2 shines in its characterization. Gertrude Yorkes, Nico Minoru, and Chase Stein all leap off the page as they explore the events of the last several years. However, the plot suffers for the repetitive, summary feel of the entire issue.

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9.8
Runaways (2017) #5

Jan 11, 2018

While certain marketing decisions keep RUNAWAYS #5 from perfection, the overall plot and characterization of the issue come across as some of the best the series has to offer.

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8.4
Runaways (2017) #6

Feb 15, 2018

With some of the best art and characterization in the series thus far, you'd think that RUNAWAYS #6 would be a must buy. However, while I highly recommend this issue, the lackluster and high paced plot left me scratching my head on more than one occasion. While the events of the plot had me excited, the pacing broke down the strength of the events within.

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10
Runaways (2017) #7

Mar 22, 2018

Rainbow Rowell, Kris Anka, and Matthew Wilson have masterfully crafted RUNAWAYS #7. From plot, to characterization, to art, this issue may just be one of the best of the reboot so far. Pair that with a unique tale about superheroes on their days off, and you have a story set for greatness.

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9.7
Runaways (2017) #8

Apr 6, 2018

RUNAWAYS #8 is a near-perfect success. While some of the plot-lines fall a bit to the wayside, the overarching story excites and the characterization goes really far. The dichotomy between Power Pack and the Runaways is explored really well, and Kris Anka's work on the ending fight scene is explosive.

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9.3
Runaways (2017) #9

May 10, 2018

While the plot suffers from a somewhat slow pace and a bit of a confusing narrative arc, RUNAWAYS #9 stands apart from previous issues with its nearly perfect and fun characterization.

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9.5
Runaways (2017) #10

Jun 21, 2018

Despite skimming over some of the ethical issues in RUNAWAYS #10, Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka have crafted one of the best stories in the series yet. With a well-paced plot dealing with real human issues, as well as some fantastic characterization, this is a must read for comic fans.

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9.2
Scales And Scoundrels #1

Aug 11, 2017

SCALES AND SCOUNDRELS is at its best when it leans on its lighthearted nature. It steps outside of typical contemporary fantasy in those moments. While other characters don't receive the same amount of characterization, protagonist Luvander is steeped in enough mystery to keep me reading.

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9.3
Secret Warriors (2017) #2

May 21, 2017

Focusing on the early days of Captain America's regime, the new spotlight on the Inhuman, Inferno, gives this story a powerful character arc to follow. While the rest of the characterization does falter, the art and compelling plot make this a must-read for any SECRET EMPIRE or INHUMANS fans.

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9.4
Shadowman (2018) #1

Mar 30, 2018

Jack Boniface returns to his heroic title in fantastic fashion. With strong characterization all around and a plot that balances potent action sequences and character moments, SHADOWMAN #1 is a must read for fans of Valiant Entertainment.

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8.8
Shadowman (2018) #2

May 2, 2018

While the story does suffer from its high-paced plot and a few confusing story beats, the overall experience of SHADOWMAN #2 is incredibly satisfying. With two of the strongest and most interesting characters in comics, as well as the amazing artistry of Stephen Segovia, keep an eye out for this growing series.

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9.1
Shadowman (2018) #3

May 24, 2018

SHADOWMAN #3 has a really powerful and focused edge to its plot and characterization. While Alyssa Miles has largely been the star of this reintroduction, Jack happily steals the spotlight in this action-packed issue.

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9.7
Shanghai Red #1

Jun 20, 2018

Despite its dark and sometimes claustrophobic atmosphere, SHANGHAI RED #1 succeeds on nearly every account. The deep focus on lead character Red and the grim and gritty plot make for a fresh and realistic pirate adventure unlike any other.

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8.7
Son of Hitler #1

Apr 16, 2018

While the plot has its confusing moments and some of the characterization suffers a bit, the overall experience of SON OF HITLER is a surprisingly good one. With a fantastic homage to 1940's art and a high intensity story, this is definitely one to keep an eye on.

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9.3
Spirits of Vengeance (2017) #1

Oct 16, 2017

SPIRITS OF VENGEANCE #1 features some of the Marvel Universe's darkest supernatural antiheroes joining forces to take on the coming dark. Though Daimon Hellstrom doesn't receive the same level of characterization as his co-conspirators, this investigative fantasy is a lot of fun.

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8.2
Star Wars: Droids Unplugged #1

Jun 29, 2017

STAR WARS: DROIDS UNPLUGGED #1 is a deceptive story. Bearing the name STAR WARS elicits thoughts of deep, intricate characters and storylines. This story, however, is a light-hearted romp through the binary lives of our favorite droids. This fun factor makes for a strong comic strip, but it may not be right for every reader.

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9.0
Star Wars: Lando - Double Or Nothing #1

Jun 3, 2018

Despite some issues with the over-the-top nature of the lead and the story, STAR WARS: LANDO #1 is a fantastic opening issue in what could be a fine addition to the STAR WARS mythos.

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9.7
Star Wars: Mace Windu #1

Sep 10, 2017

MACE WINDU #1 is one of the best opening salvos in comics, giving the reader a welcome mix of high action plot and unique characterization. With a theme steeped in wartime doubts, this is a must read issue for Star Wars fans.

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7.7
Star Wars: Mace Windu #2

Oct 7, 2017

With an epic battle sequence and incredible art, MACE WINDU #2 seems like a perfect follow-up to the stellar first issue. However, with characterization problems and an anticlimactic feel, one can only hope that future issues find their voice.

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7.8
Superman (2016) #27

Jul 19, 2017

With a family centric story, SUPERMAN #27 isn't a superhero tale. As the opening to the "Declaration" arc, writers Tomasi and Gleason give us a taste of Super-Dad and some American history -- although the textbook feel might not appeal to every reader.

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7.5
Teen Titans (2016) #16

Jan 27, 2018

TEEN TITANS #16 is an enjoyable read, though it's far from perfect. The heroic spotlight on Starfire gives great insight into her character, but an impatient plot takes away from the experience.

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9.6
Teen Titans (2016) #17

Mar 3, 2018

TEEN TITANS #17 sees the return of Ben Percy to the series, and the team is all the better for it. With some of the most balanced plot and character moments in the series thus far, as well as some incredibly strong art, this is a must-read for fans of the team.

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9.0
Teen Titans (2016) #18

Mar 28, 2018

While the book suffers from some unbalanced characterization, TEEN TITANS #18 is a fun romp with the team. The spotlight on Beast Boy succeeds completely, and the plot has a nice, controlled pace. The artistic team has scored a win as well.

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9.2
Teen Titans (2016) #19

Apr 25, 2018

TEEN TITANS #19 is a very satisfying conclusion to the "It Ain't Easy Bein' Green" arc. With incredible characterization and art, this story only truly suffers from a too sudden end to the overarching conflict.

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9.8
Teen Titans (2016) #20

Jul 26, 2018

While some of the minor team members could do with a bit more characterization, TEEN TITANS #20 is a highly satisfying experience with some absolutely fantastic action sequences. The way Glass explores Damian's mentality especially works well in this issue.

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9.5
Teen Titans (2016) #21

Aug 24, 2018

Filled with fantastic art and brilliant characterization, TEEN TITANS #21 perfectly captures the struggles of growing up, especially once you add superpowers into the mix. With a group of unlikable and flawed characters, the potential for growth in this series is tremendous and something I am deeply excited for.

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9.0
Teen Titans (2016) #22

Sep 20, 2018

With a heavy focus on Kid Flash's personality, Adam Glass and Bernard Chang provide readers an incredibly entertaining -- if a bit unfocused -- reading experience with some of the best art in the series!

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9.3
Teen Titans (2016) #23

Oct 18, 2018

While it does face some issues in the characterization and plot structure, TEEN TITANS #23 is a very satisfying new issue for the series. Writer Adam Glass does a fantastic job giving readers a panoramic look at so many elements of this story in a well-paced and clear way, while artist Bernard Chang gives us a fantastic visual experience.

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9.3
Teen Titans (2016) #24

Nov 22, 2018

Though it needs some stronger characterization, TEEN TITANS #24 is a really strong addition to the series. Adam Glass and Bernard Chang managed to craft a story filled with so much tension and drama that you can't help but walk away entertained.

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9.4
Teen Titans (2016): Special #1

Jun 27, 2018

While vastly different from Ben Percy's powerful and lighthearted run on the series, TEEN TITANS SPECIAL #1 introduces a dark and interesting new dynamic to the fan-favorite team. Pushing the team back into the shadows, Adam Glass and Robson Rocha tell a deeply personal and interesting story from page 1.

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9.6
The Curse of Brimstone #1

Apr 4, 2018

THE CURSE OF BRIMSTONE #1 is a fantastic opening issue for what I hope to be a long-running series. Though it has some similarities to Marvel's GHOST RIDER, the story's plot and setting manage to highlight the plight of small towns across America. This is a strange, wonderfully dark premise with an amazing lead character and even better art.

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8.7
The Dead Hand #1

Apr 13, 2018

While some of the plot is a bit confusing, the overall experience of THE DEAD HAND #1 is very satisfying. With spectacular art by Mooney and Bellaire, and a really intense opening sequence, this is a series to watch in the coming months.

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9.8
The Dreaming (2018) #1

Sep 5, 2018

THE DREAMING #1 is a nearly perfect start to a new series in the SANDMAN universe. The way Simon Spurrier tells this tale is an absolute treat from the first page, and Bilquis Evely's pencils create a wondrous and beautiful world of fantasy.

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9.5
The Dreaming (2018) #2

Oct 4, 2018

THE DREAMING #2 is a fantastic read full of twists, turns, and laughs. It has its moments where the dark fantasy elements get a bit confusing, but an otherwise grounded narrative alongside fantastic characterization and art makes this a worthwhile read.

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9.7
The Dreaming (2018) #3

Nov 7, 2018

THE DREAMING #3 brilliantly portrays the rise of vindictive nightmare Judge Ezekiel Gallows within the Dreaming community. The story is well-paced, intriguing, and perfectly captures the original feelings of Neil Gaiman's world thanks to Simon Spurrier's brilliant writing and Bilquis Evely's beautiful and sometimes creepy art.

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9.0
The Evil Within (2017) #1

Sep 6, 2017

Based on the hit horror video game, THE EVIL WITHIN #1 is a trippy and dark opening issue that perfectly mirrors the air of the original game. However, the comic comes with its own problems as the transitions between reality and the dream state can confuse readers unfamiliar with the original game.

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8.5
The Hard Place #1

Aug 25, 2017

Wagner and Rummel explore a new side of the crime thriller genre in HARD PLACE #1. By focusing on a reformed criminal and themes of forgiveness, HARD PLACE #1 worms its way into the reader's mind. While plotting and characterization can feel a bit rushed, AJ Gurney is a relatable and interesting human character with deep potential.

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8.8
The Immortal Men #1

Apr 11, 2018

James Tynion IV has crafted a fantastic entry for DC's New Age of Heroes. While the prominent focus on world-building cuts down on the overt characterization, the overall plot feels well balanced and the character designs and art are some of the best in comics.

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9.7
The Jetsons (2017) #1

Nov 8, 2017

THE JETSONS #1 gives a brilliantly realized look at everyone's favorite space-age family. With nods to the original series and potent world-building, new fans should be excited about this series' continuation!

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8.5
The Jetsons (2017) #2

Dec 16, 2017

While interesting characterization and deft science fiction elements help save JETSONS #2, a rushed plot lessens the overall experience. Is it still worth your time? I say yes, though you may want to read JETSONS #1 before deciding.

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10
The Magic Order #1

Jun 18, 2018

Full of intrigue, interesting characters, and a beautiful visual aesthetic from superstar artist Olivier Coipel, THE MAGIC ORDER #1 by Mark Millar is one of the best new releases from Image Comics in a long time.

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9.3
The Magic Order #2

Jul 21, 2018

THE MAGIC ORDER #2, while suffering a minor lack in characterization, does succeed on almost every other level. This is a magically fueled thrill ride full of fun and intensity, as well as some stunning art by Olivier Coipel.

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9.8
The Magic Order #3

Aug 19, 2018

THE MAGIC ORDER #3 is an absolutely fantastic thrill ride, full of in-depth characterization, a complex and interesting plot, and some of the best art in the medium. Writer Mark Millar and artist Olivier Coipel have hit this issue out of the park, and I cannot wait to see what this series' finale will bring us.

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9.8
The Mighty Thor (2015) #703

Jan 25, 2018

THE MIGHTY THOR #703 is one of the best comics to have been released in a long time. With a fantastic cast of well-rounded characters and some of the best fight scenes in modern comics, this story needs to be on your shelf yesterday!

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9.6
The Mighty Thor (2015) #705

Mar 21, 2018

THE MIGHTY THOR #705 perfectly captures the strength of its creative team and its lead character. With Jane Foster close to death, she lifts her hammer one last time to take the battle to Mangog. With a plot and character arc befitting this goddess, this is an issue you need to pick up.

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9.7
The Mighty Thor (2015) #706

Apr 25, 2018

THE MIGHTY THOR #706 concludes the incredible "Death of the Mighty Thor" story arc in dazzling fireworks. While I did have a small bit of confusion about one of the magical elements, this is but one small misstep in a story that perfectly explores the impact of Jane Foster's time as the character. More importantly, it sets the groundwork for future stories in a way that is just as emotional as it is narratively potent.

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9.0
The Mighty Thor (2015): At The Gates Of Valhalla #1

May 20, 2018

THE MIGHTY THOR AT THE GATES OF VALHALLA #1 is a bit of a mixed experience. The first story, featuring the granddaughters of King Thor from a distant future, feels nearly perfect in its execution. The second, following the wartime exploits of Malekith the dark elf, feels a bit jumbled in its plot, but its characterization and art measure up well.

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9.7
The Sandman Universe #1

Aug 9, 2018

While some of the sections wowed me more than others, THE SANDMAN UNIVERSE #1 is a nearly perfect reading experience that calls back to the original series in beautiful ways. This is an obvious creation of passion and wonder, and I cannot wait to see where the spin-offs take this series!

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9.0
The Terrifics #5

Jun 27, 2018

Despite a slightly rushed final action sequence, THE TERRIFICS #5 suceeds on nearly all fronts. The deep focus on character and the incredibly energetic pencils of Doc Shaner push this series in the right direction!

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8.9
The Unexpected (2018) #1

Jun 7, 2018

With a strong story and a fantastic visual appeal, THE UNEXPECTED #1 is a strong addition to DC's New Age of Heroes despite several small, unexplained elements throughout.

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8.9
The Unexpected (2018) #1

Jun 6, 2018

With a strong story and a fantastic visual appeal, THE UNEXPECTED #1 is a strong addition to DC's New Age of Heroes despite several small, unexplained elements throughout.

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8.0
The Unexpected (2018) #2

Jul 5, 2018

THE UNEXPECTED #2 largely suffers from some issues of clarity. The way it handles its world-building and character development is rather brilliant, and the art by Cary Nord is some of the best in the industry. However, Orlando's focus on the strangeness of this story gives way to a sometimes confusing and erratic plot.

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9.0
The Unexpected (2018) #3

Aug 2, 2018

THE UNEXPECTED #3 has its problems and definitely has some more room to grow. However, it's still one of the best issues in the series to date. With a healthy amount of characterization and some beautiful visuals, this is a story that's finally finding its way.

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9.1
Thor (2018) #1

Jun 17, 2018

THOR #1 sees the brilliant return of the God of Thunder. While Thor himself suffers from a lack of characterization, the guest characters shine incredibly bright while the plot constantly manages to excite.

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9.3
Thor (2018) #2

Jun 28, 2018

Stepping lithely into his comfort zone, Jason Aaron provides a fun and entertaining Thor story in THOR #2 that is unlike any of his previous endeavors. This isn't the serious or moody Thor that we have grown used to in comics. Nonetheless, his personality leads to a high tension story with huge entertainment value.

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9.2
Thor (2018) #4

Aug 18, 2018

THOR #4 is a rollicking good time of a comic book, with plenty of fire and lightning to make any action fan happy. True, the characterization doesn't delve too deep, but for the most part this isn't important. This is a book full of personality, action, and incredible art.

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8.7
Thor (2018) #5

Sep 21, 2018

THOR #5 succeeds best in its incredible action sequence and stunning visuals by artist Christian Ward. Despite a powerful opening section and a beautiful look at the nature of age and death, this issue does suffer from a lack of characterization and context.

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8.9
Thor (2018) #6

Oct 17, 2018

While the fast pace of the story causes some plot and characterization to fall to the wayside, Jason Aaron's THOR #6 is a fantastic, thematic comic that perfectly examines the worthiness of Thor's place in the future universe.

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9.4
Thor (2018) #7

Nov 14, 2018

Jason Aaron has done it again, this time with the help of guest artist Tony Moore. Together, these two have crafted a more grounded story featuring the God of Thunder, pushing a young Thor into the throws of mortal love. With great pacing and an interesting cast, this is a must read for fans.

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8.3
Thor: Where Walk The Frost Giants #1

Nov 3, 2017

THOR: WHERE WALK THE FROST GIANTS #1 is not for every reader. It's campy aesthetic and beautiful cartoony art style makes this story a perfect gateway for young readers and a great story for those wanting some Silver Age nostalgia. However, there is little grit for other readers.

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9.7
Titans (2016) #14

Aug 9, 2017

While our villains rarely break through into relevance, the greater fighting within the team takes center stage in this issue as tensions boil over. With a potent spotlight on Tempest, TITANS #14 is the best issue so far.

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9.5
Titans (2016) #15

Sep 13, 2017

TITANS #15 is easily the best issue in the series. With a strong focus on Wally West and the high tension of the H.I.V.E. story arc, TITANS #15 is a must-read story for any comic book fan!

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9.0
Titans (2016) #17

Nov 7, 2017

While a bit underwhelming in terms of its big reveals, TITANS #17's focus on Donna Troy's character gives it a lot of worth. Also, the brilliant art from Minkyu Jung adds a moody new tone to proceedings!

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8.5
Titans (2016) #19

Jan 10, 2018

While a fractured plotline keeps TITANS #19 from perfection, the stellar art style and potent characterization make this issue one of the best in the series. While sometimes confusing and unfocused, this issue still deserves your attention.

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9.2
Titans (2016) #21

Mar 14, 2018

While some of the characterizations fall apart, TITANS #21 shines as a character spotlight on Roy Harper. A believable and realistic look at alcoholism and drug abuse, this is an issue you shouldn't overlook.

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8.5
Titans (2016) #22

Apr 11, 2018

TITANS #22 feels a bit drawn out. While the characterization of the Brain and Monsieur Mallah finally answered some questions from previous issues, I never felt like other characters got their time to shine. Also, I felt as if some of the moments were expanded on a bit too much, and the pace suffered for this. It's still, however, incredibly satisfying though to see Donna Troy defying Batman.

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9.0
Titans (2016) #23

Jul 13, 2018

While its plot has a few confusing elements and some of the characterization falters a bit, TITANS #23 is largely a fantastic reintroduction to the team. With a deeper focus on the more human elements of these superhumans, this is a really interesting new direction for the series.

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9.6
Titans (2016) #24

Aug 9, 2018

Dan Abnett and Brent Peeples have constructed a brilliant and fast-paced superhero adventure with TITANS #24. Above all else, this is a fun story, filled with plenty of personality and action, but the themes and the plot carry enough weight to make this read worthwhile.

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9.5
Titans (2016) #25

Sep 14, 2018

TITANS #25 is a great success for this creative team. With three of comics' best artists and one of the greatest standalone plots from writer Dan Abnett, this series only gets better with each issue. While the characterization doesn't receive the focus it's due, what we do get is incredibly deep and intriguing.

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9.3
Titans (2016) #26

Sep 26, 2018

TITANS #26 is a high intensity, action-packed story that does a fantastic job delving into the doubts and fears of its lead team. While writer Dan Abnett doesn't push his explorations quite far enough, the characterization within is still some of the best in comics!

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9.7
Titans (2016) #27

Oct 11, 2018

TITANS #27 gives a fantastic look at the many faces of grief and tragedy as the team faces the loss of their leader. While the main crisis of the story could be better fleshed out, the varied look at the different characters and the brilliant and atmospheric art by Brent Peeples makes this one of the best issues in the series to date.

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9.8
Titans (2016) #28

Oct 25, 2018

Though it features a somewhat simple plot, TITANS #28 makes up for this with fantastic characterization and simple fun. This is a must-read story for any DC fan, whether or not you have subscribed to the "Drowned Earth" event.

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9.7
Titans (2016) #29

Nov 15, 2018

What it lacks in superheroic action, TITANS #29 handily makes up in terms of characterization. The deep, intricate focus on character behaviors in a time of great struggle feels really powerful, and is only improved upon by the incredible art.

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8.7
Titans (2016) Annual #2

Apr 25, 2018

While the story does suffer from a bit of inconsistency on all fronts, TITANS ANNUAL #2 does a fantastic job closing the "Mind Over Matter" story arc. With strong characterization and an action-heavy plot, this story does a fantastic job capturing what we love about the Titans.

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9.5
Titans (2016): Special #1

Jun 15, 2018

With an in-depth look at each member of the new team and a stellar suite of guest artists, TITANS SPECIAL #1 is a fantastic entry point into the upcoming series. There are some continuity issues and a lack of explanation over some elements, but these are small failures in an otherwise fantastic book.

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8.8
Warframe #1

Oct 10, 2017

WARFRAME #1 is a striking adaptation of the hit video game. With a high-action plot and incredibly detailed art, fans of this free-to-play series should prepare their wallets for the arrival of this fantastic comic book.

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8.3
Weapon H #2

Apr 22, 2018

With some fantastic action sequences in both plot and art, WEAPON H #2 sets out what it accomplishes to do. It is an entertaining read, and while it doesn't quite deliver much in the way of depth, you should definitely take a look!

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9.8
West Coast Avengers (2018) #1

Aug 22, 2018

WEST COAST AVENGERS #1 is a fantastic debut, with a ton of fun and ridiculous adventures to keep you entertained from page one. Land sharks and giant former superheroes may not be for every reader, but Kelly Thompson manages to make this story an incredibly meaningful read as well.

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9.7
Witchblade (2017) #1

Dec 26, 2017

Despite some slightly confused plotlines, WITCHBLADE #1 is a fantastic comic book. With a stellar female cast and a potent and clean art style, this book is worthy of the Top Cow stamp.

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7.7
Witchblade (2017) #4

Mar 21, 2018

Despite suffering from a confusing plot, WITCHBLADE #4 continues to shine a brilliant spotlight on Alex Underwood's character, as well as the stunning art by Roberta Ingranata and Bryan Valenza.

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9.0
Witchblade (2017) #5

Apr 29, 2018

Despite a few confusing plot lines and character moments, WITCHBLADE #5 is the most cohesive and strongest entry in the current run. With a fantastically re-imagined costume and a straightforward, action-packed narrative, this is a must read for Image fans.

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8.8
Wonder Woman (2016): Witching Hour #1

Oct 4, 2018

WONDER WOMAN AND JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK: THE WITCHING HOUR #1 adds a relevant and interesting new piece to Wonder Woman's mythos in a very humanizing way. The characterization is largely strong and, despite a slow second act and the lack of characterization for John Constantine, this is a brilliant open for the new crossover series.

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9.3
X-Men: Gold (2017) #7

Jul 6, 2017

Tying into the SECRET EMPIRE event, X-MEN GOLD #7 drips tension as the team finds themselves trapped in the Darkforce Dimension. With a serial killer on the loose in the mansion, Kitty Pryde's Gold team must band together to save Manhattan and themselves before it is too late. This story is brilliantly plotted, despite suffering from some pacing problems.

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8.7
X-Men: Gold (2017) #8

Jul 25, 2017

Kitty Pryde takes up her sword again in X-MEN GOLD #8, rushing into battle against the new X-Cutioner. With an intense focus on her battle and the imposing stakes, this issue is a must-read for any X-Fan.

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8.3
X-Men: Gold (2017) #10

Aug 31, 2017

X-MEN GOLD #10 is a fast paced narrative detailing the return of one of the team's greatest villains. As a superhero story, it shines in its dark tone. However, the characterization that has defined the series thus far faltered.

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