Alex Curtis's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Multiversity Comics, AiPT! Reviews: 89
6.3Avg. Review Rating

5.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #797

Mar 12, 2018

The first chapter of Slott's "Spider-Man" finale doesn't accomplish much and stumbles numerous times. If this is setting the tone for the rest of the arc, then I'm afraid this could be a disappointing swan song for Slott.

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6.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #13

Jan 16, 2019

The characters and art are messy, but it's hard to hate on the issue's lilting sense of pathos and humor.

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7.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #14

Jan 30, 2019

While this title continues to be all over the map, this arc signals more forward direction. Besides that, Spencer piles on stellar dialog and Bachalo makes the case he should be permanently on this title.

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5.0
Assassin Nation #1

Mar 13, 2019

In terms of writing"no, it's not good. But the art is terrific and justifies a purchase. Hopefully Erica Henderson can move onto better written projects after this.

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5.7
Avengers (2018) #2

May 18, 2018

Final Verdict: 5.7 " This issue works decently as an introduction for people curious about comics from Infinity War. Unfortunately, "Avengers" #2 is too meager a meal for already established fans.

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4.0
Batman (2016) #43

Mar 26, 2018

Tom King doesn't even attempt to address the complex thematic, social, and psychological issues he uses in a willy-nilly manner.

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3.3
Batman (2016) #45

Apr 20, 2018

The post-apocalyptic trope due to time travel has been done countless times before, and Tom King's post-modern, derivative take doesn't do the clich or Batman any favors.

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4.0
Batman (2016) #66

Mar 6, 2019

Tom King should always be commended as a thematic writer. If only he actually developed his ideas instead of half-baking them and declaring them meaningful.

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5.5
Batman (2016) #67

Mar 20, 2019

While not a bad effort, its lack of solid content (in story and art) doesn't deserve the price tag.

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4.5
Batman (2016): Secret Files #2

Jul 31, 2019

Like any anthology, Secret Files #2 is more bad than good. But if you can find this in a dollar bin in six months, it's worth the price for a couple stories and a sampling of smaller DC talent who'll no doubt go on to write huge, acclaimed books in the upcoming years.

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4.0
Batman and the Outsiders (2019) #2

Jun 12, 2019

The best I can say for Batman and the Outsiders is that it's not egregiously bad. But if a series makes you question its very existence"it's aggressively mediocre. Are you tired of all the generic Big Two comics these days? Then don't buy this and send a message. That's the only silver lining I can find around this.

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6.0
Batman/Superman (2019) #1

Aug 28, 2019

Tricky question. On one hand, it's refreshing to have a writer that doesn't bog the central relationship down with bad meta jokes and esoterica. Yet, the plot is generic at best and too confusing/cumbersome for new readers.

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4.0
Batman: Damned #2

Dec 12, 2018

Damned wants you to think it's important. Meaningful. It isn't. It's little more than edgy shock value with heinously conceived jabs at meaning. At its worst, this issue is so embarrassing it'd work as a comedy.

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3.5
Batman: Damned #3

Jun 26, 2019

While not an assault of outright awfulness like the previous issues, this finale is a headache and a half, a stew of pointless nihilism and jumbled execution. The solicit says this series is "groundbreaking." The only thing groundbreaking are the DC execs falling into a chasm of their own making.

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8.5
Batman: Universe #2

Aug 14, 2019

By harkening back to Batman as a stalwart, super-spy detective, Brian Michael Bendis and Nick Derington deliver the action, humor, and characterization we crave from DC.

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6.0
Batman: White Knight #7

Apr 9, 2018

Sean Murphy spoils a fascinating story with unwieldly dialogue and a sudden redemption for Batman.

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7.0
Bitter Root #1

Nov 13, 2018

Those who enjoyed the racist-busting shenanigans of BlacKkKlansman and Sorry to Bother You will get a kick out of this messy yet exciting inaugural issue that has no shortage of ambition and heart.

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5.5
Black Widow (2019) #2

Feb 20, 2019

As the real world struggles to protect the marginalized, comics like these are needed. I only wish Black Widow was better written to serve its important messages.

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8.3
Captain America (2017) #698

Feb 19, 2018

"Captain America" #698 isn't very subtle, but with creators this focused and masterful, it's irresistibly exhilarating.

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5.0
Captain America (2018) #6

Dec 19, 2018

In a surprising drop of quality, the pacing, dialog, and characterization devolves into a stagnant, blunt puddle.

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6.5
Captain America (2018) #13

Aug 28, 2019

If you can get past the art, the bold and transgressive characterization is worth supporting. 'Murica.

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6.0
Cemetery Beach #4

Dec 11, 2018

The concept is strong with this one, but the execution isn't inventive or thorough enough to excite and fulfill its potential.

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8.5
Criminal (2019) #1

Jan 8, 2019

Is it good? It's great! The iconic duo shows no signs of slowing down or reducing quality as they build on their Criminal universe, which worked wonders for a newbie like me. I can only imagine how thrilling this is for preexisting fans.

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10
Criminal (2019) #3

Mar 19, 2019

In two issues, Brubaker and the Philips have crafted a story about comics and the people behind them with more depth than most series achieve with years worth of arcs.

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6.5
Criminal (2019) #4

Apr 23, 2019

While a perfectly solid piece of pulpy noir, Criminal #4 is caught in a web of references instead of being able to stand alone as a satisfying issue.

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6.0
Criminal (2019) #6

Jul 11, 2019

Come for the artwork and overall mood, but skim through the story. Yes, the characters are fun, yet the story surrounding them lacks a punch.

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7.0
Criminal (2019) #7

Aug 20, 2019

In a disarming turn, the tension is further deflated from this arc. But it's in service of an endearing albeit rough-edged portrait of the Lawless gang.

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5.8
Damage #4

Apr 23, 2018

It's not high art or written exceptionally well, but if you want to see DC's version of the Hulk get a sentient vine shoved down his throat, then you could do a lot worse.

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8.5
Daredevil (2019) #1

Feb 5, 2019

If the creative team keeps up the pathos and complex storytelling established here, we could be looking at a character-defining run. Don't miss this"especially if you've been out of the Daredevil loop as of late.

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7.0
Daredevil (2019) #2

Feb 27, 2019

Daredevil continues falling into a hell of his own making, and Chip Zdarksy is doing a great job of attaching weights to Matt's ankles for our own enjoyment.

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6.0
Daredevil (2019) #4

Apr 17, 2019

It's admirable that Zdarksy continues to explore themes, but this issue resolves the conflict in a clich and quick way.

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7.5
Daredevil (2019) #5

May 15, 2019

This issue, like the rest of Zdarksky's run, can be over-obvious. Yet, it's so earnest and understands Daredevil so fundamentally, this issue is nothing short of powerful.

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7.0
Daredevil (2019) #6

May 29, 2019

While it's not a powerhouse issue, Zdarksy and Sharma situates us in the new status quo while introducing new threats on the horizon, which is exactly what this new arc had to do.

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4.9
Deadly Class #32

Mar 19, 2018

Even Rick Remender can fall into the misguided belief that "bigger equals better." "Deadly Class" is best when it focuses on its cast, but this issue is jumbled overkill.

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4.5
Deadly Class #36

Jan 15, 2019

Deadly Class continues to be in a slump, although this time it's due to an over-long, repetitive filler issue. Hopefully the next installments will move on and learn to just say no to bad melodrama.

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8.0
Deadly Class #37

Mar 5, 2019

This series has its ups and downs, but it's all worth it for tightly written excursions like this.

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9.0
Deadly Class #39

Jun 25, 2019

So much is happening in the story and art, you could both fly through or slowly analyze this issue and get a buzz from it. The show may be cancelled already, but there's hope that Syfy fans will jump to the source material and catch up to this high point.

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8.5
Doctor Strange: Damnation #1

Feb 26, 2018

"Doctor Strange: Damnation" #1 starts a bit suddenly, but is so well executed, it deserves its place in every pull list. Regardless of your stance on Spencer or Cates, this issue cements them as Marvel's hottest writers on the scene.

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6.4
Domino (2018) #1

Apr 16, 2018

While I'm now intrigued about Domino in a way I've never been before, the average story and bland art hinder the experience.

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9.0
Doom Patrol (2016) #11

Apr 27, 2018

Final Verdict: 9.0 " Gerard Way and company brilliantly tie up loose ends while setting the stage for more insanity to come. "Doom Patrol" is an unadulterated joy to read.

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7.0
Doom Patrol: Weight of the Worlds (2019) #2

Aug 7, 2019

While Way struggles to give attention to the ever-expanding cast, Doom Patrol continues to delight with its aggressive nonsense.

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7.5
Doom Patrol: Weight of the Worlds (2019) #3

Sep 5, 2019

Young Animal always swings for the fences, and Weight of the Worlds is no exception with its time-hopping confusion.

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5.5
Event Leviathan #2

Jul 10, 2019

Yes, this issue develops the plot more and isn't as tedious as #1. However, #2 retains the dry format of its predecessor and squanders the potential of a DC-wide conspiracy thriller.

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8.0
Farmhand #8

May 14, 2019

Rob Guillory has overcome some of Farmhand's initial problems and stuck to what makes it great: a wacky blend of body-horror macabre, absurdist comedy, and family drama.

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8.0
Fight Club 3 #1

Jan 30, 2019

Yes, a Fight Club comic is still a strange concept, but its confident execution in both story and art makes it an enigmatic read that tantalizes us with the story to come while laying down solid groundwork.

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7.0
Fight Club 3 #2

Feb 26, 2019

While this second issue is more a continuation of the previous issue's scenes, the razor-sharp insanity on display is worth following.

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7.5
Fight Club 3 #3

Mar 27, 2019

If you were waiting for the proverbial ball to drop, this issue is it. The mayhem and snark gloriously go up to 11.

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6.0
Fight Club 3 #4

Apr 23, 2019

Only Fight Club could be described as off-putting and quirky in a positive way, but Palahniuk achieves this despite herky-jerky storytelling. Still a bizarre story worth following.

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5.5
Fight Club 3 #5

May 28, 2019

The plot is moving forward in some respects, but the scope previously established is lacking. Throw in some badly handled assault and you've got a clumsy comic.

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7.0
Fight Club 3 #7

Aug 1, 2019

Overall, I fear the pacing of Fight Club 3 is a mess. But each issue is an enjoyably anarchic experience.

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4.5
Fight Club 3 #8

Aug 27, 2019

Want page after page of gross-out gags? Then this is your nirvana"your Shangri la (cue The Kinks). While Fight Club 2's biggest problem was meta gags, 3 is more difficult to parcel with its lack of coherent pacing, story logic, or characterization. Methinks Russ Burlingame said it best: ""clarity is sacrificed on the altar of a payoff or surprise to be redeemed later." He said that in reference to #7, but it especially applies now. I want to say FC3 is at least different, but I might prefer a nice dose of sensible mediocrity after this nonsense.

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7.6
Gideon Falls #3

May 21, 2018

While not the most exciting or tense issue, "Gideon Falls" remains one of Lemire's most haunting and ambitious projects to date.

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8.0
Heroes In Crisis #3

Nov 28, 2018

While it doesn't push the mystery forward like the previous installments, #3 gives us more sobering context to the fallen guests of Sanctuary.

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3.0
Heroes In Crisis #9

May 29, 2019

If the point of this series is to make a grand statement on trauma and those suffering from it"Heroes in Crisis miserably fails. Instead, it's insulting and offensive. If the point of this series is to be entertaining with a semblance of a good narrative"this series fails once again. Hopefully this mostly panned series will force King to reconsider his style.

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8.0
Jimmy Olsen #3

Sep 18, 2019

It's taken a bit to get there, but Fraction and Lieber have finally gotten the plot and humor to consistently speed along. I had doubts there'd be enough material for 12 issues, but there's enough for 20+ if Jimmy Olsen can keep this level of innovation up.

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6.3
Maestros #6

May 14, 2018

This is definitely worth a read for the bombastic carnage, but for all the razzmatazz, #6 feels rather hollow for being the climactic battle.

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6.0
Middlewest #2

Dec 18, 2018

While it's a definite step up from its rough predecessor, Middlewest #2 wears a lot of influences but doesn't show it can transcend them, although the possibility is still present.

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5.0
Murder Falcon #4

Jan 9, 2019

Johnson tries to pull at our heart-strings and trigger our adrenaline, but the story is too clumsy to really take flight.

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5.6
Old Man Hawkeye #3

Apr 2, 2018

This creative team has good intentions and some good ideas but they aren't the best fit for this story, which needs a lot more work to succeed.

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4.0
Oliver #1

Jan 22, 2019

Creating fresh and unique story-worlds is hard work. But that's no excuse for the cavalcade of unoriginality Oliver bombards us with.

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8.5
Outer Darkness #2

Dec 12, 2018

From the script to the art, Outer Darkness fuses its inspirations into a wonderfully nightmarish blend. Get on board before it's turned into a hit TV show!

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6.0
Outer Darkness #6

Apr 9, 2019

This issue continues piling on twists and sidetracking itself. We can only hope issues to come focus up.

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2.0
Pretty Violent #1

Aug 20, 2019

The author's note at the end brags about how many fellow pros love the book and how this book is for "weirdos that don't fit in." That's exactly what I'd expect from a book this heinous. This is a valueless comic. The art, story, characters, dialogue, and any other elements are either unimpressive or incompetent. I'm not morally offended. That would be letting this book win. I'm offended it wants to take any money for its no-bar worth.

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3.0
Prodigy #1

Dec 4, 2018

I usually enjoy Millar's unabashed stylings. But when he tries to write a super genius trope, it's painfully obvious how little effort he put into writing a convincing character. Without that, this issue falls apart.

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5.5
Punisher (2018) #11

May 1, 2019

If you want Punisher to be John Wick, this issue will work fine. However, if you're unsettled by Frank Castle portrayed as a badass hero, this won't win you over with its numbing chaos and lacking story.

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5.5
Sharkey The Bounty Hunter #2

Mar 27, 2019

Lacking an edge or emotional pull, Sharkey #2 is lost in a sea of cliches.

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8.0
Shuri (2018) #2

Nov 21, 2018

This series refuses to be a mere spin-off and drives forward with engaging plot and character development.

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5.0
Star Wars (2014) #69

Jul 24, 2019

We've got big expectations when it comes to Star Wars, so it's extremely difficult to make a new story that's truly satisfying. While the beloved heroes sound and look decent enough, the plot, characterization, and art are very standard fare for these corporatized comics.

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6.5
Superman (2018) #8

Feb 13, 2019

Pacing problems make this issue a difficult recommendation. On the other hand, the stellar characterization and art makes it worthwhile.

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7.5
Superman (2018) #11

May 15, 2019

Bendis shows the hard choices Clark has to make.

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6.0
Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen (2019) #2

Aug 21, 2019

Herein lies a book with an identity crisis. It's marketed as a showcase of Jimmy's shenanigans, but the book insists it's smarter than that and thus, undercuts its existence with a muddled mix of drama and cuteness. But hey"it's at least different. If you liked the first issue, go for this one too.

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8.0
Superman: Up In the Sky #1

Jul 3, 2019

King has already established that he can set up really great stories, only to sometimes flub them later. While that's a very high possibility, let's enjoy this first issue regardless, which dishes out introspective intrigue and gravitas.

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5.0
Superman: Up In the Sky #2

Aug 7, 2019

Unsurprisingly, Tom King has let me down with a badly paced, on-the-nose next issue of Up in the Sky. Well, the art is still impressive. But maybe y'all should wait for the trade paperback at your local library. No use being out $35+ for the uncertainty of individual issues. God only knows what #3 has in store for us"

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4.5
Superman: Up In the Sky #3

Sep 4, 2019

Tom King has the best intentions with this series. But it's a darn shame, because this series started out with a compelling plot and promise to delve into Superman's psychology. But these past two issues have failed to bring the same rigor. Instead they fall into an episodic slop of tangled themes and sluggish pacing.

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8.0
Symbiote Spider-Man #2

May 8, 2019

This comic is a blast, especially for a fan of older Spidey fare like myself.

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7.0
Symbiote Spider-Man #3

Jun 12, 2019

It's not the darkest or most streamlined installment, but David and Land are continuing to elevate '80s nostalgia in the Spidey realm. The fact that this incidental series is so fun is a mystery-o.

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4.7
Thanos (2016) #16

Mar 5, 2018

I want to like Donny Cate's apocalyptic take on the Mad Titan, but the current story is too bogged down in details to be wholly satisfying.

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6.8
The Mighty Thor (2015) #706

Apr 30, 2018

A quaint, predictable, yet satisfying farewell to Lady Jane Thor. An important issue worth the price of admission.

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5.5
The Weatherman: Vol. 2 #1

Jun 25, 2019

If you got a hoot and a holler from the first trade, this will fit right into your wheelhouse. But, if like me, you were disappointed by how unwieldy this series quickly became, this new #1 will leave you lost in space.

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7.5
Tony Stark: Iron Man #5

Nov 1, 2018

Despite my enjoyment of the previous free-wheeling issues with Tony, Slott effectively takes us down a darker path that doesn't sacrifice quality and adds another layer of complexity to an already great series.

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5.5
Tony Stark: Iron Man #11

May 22, 2019

Slott and Zub excel at the character beats. Yet, wrapping up the action-packed main narrative is where the problems arise. If a Big Two book can't justify the explosions that take away from the heart of the story, that's a foreboding sign.

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6.0
Tony Stark: Iron Man #14

Jul 24, 2019

Tony Stark: Iron Man has always been a complicated animal trying to carry a dozen subplots through a mixture of standalone issues and multi-issue arcs. Sometimes that format works; sometimes, like in #14, the mess is more evident. But with such a vibrant creative team, it's a charming mess.

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5.5
Typhoid Fever (2018): X-Men #1

Nov 7, 2018

Typhoid Mary deserves to take center stage with McLeod's character work, so it's a shame that this issue lacks the cohesion and tightness of the previous issue.

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8.7
Venom (2018) #1

May 11, 2018

Even if you're not a fan of "Venom" or villain books, Donny Cates and company are already delivering a rich, haunting story that works on a variety of levels.

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8.0
Winter Soldier #2

Jan 2, 2019

Kyle Higgins and Rod Reis aren't messing around and continue giving Bucky an efficient, suspenseful tale worthy of the noir-flavored character.

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7.5
Winter Soldier (2018) #1

Dec 4, 2018

This is an atmospheric and refreshing take on the reformed Russian agent with some serious ambition.

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8.0
Winter Soldier (2018) #2

Jan 2, 2019

Kyle Higgins and Rod Reis aren't messing around and continue giving Bucky an efficient, suspenseful tale worthy of the noir-flavored character.

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6.5
Wonder Woman (2016) #61

Jan 2, 2019

The title takes a step back due to sloppy narrative logic, which harms not just the characters but the narrative. However, the meaty themes are still present along with a stunning step-up in art.

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4.0
Wonder Woman: Come Back To Me #1

Jul 17, 2019

The creative team fails to bring depth or fun to the already difficult to write for Diana. Come Back to Me is a lot like the Wonder Woman movie. If you find enjoyment at the mere sight of a perfect female character strutting around with no real problems, this is your dream book. Those of us who demand better stories for female characters will keep looking.

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