Alex McDonald's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: AiPT!, DC Comics News Reviews: 55
8.0Avg. Review Rating

8.0
Captain Ginger #1

Oct 16, 2018

AHOY continues to deliver some of the best value for money comics in the industry.

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10
Cover (2018) #1

Sep 6, 2018

By the end readers will be hooked. The story has a decent premise although the art carries it a little. Itll be exciting to see if the writing will keep up but with a creative team such as this, its more than likely it will.

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6.0
Cover (2018) #2

Oct 18, 2018

Cover #2 is a strange one. At times stunningly beautiful. At others painfully slow. But underneath the faults is a strong thriller that hopefully will come out to shine eventually.

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5.0
Cover (2018) #3

Nov 24, 2018

Cover #3 is odd. On the one hand its just one of the most beautiful books DC is putting out right now. On the other its one of the most poorly written. It feels as though Bendis has a key idea of what he wants the story to be and is relying on Mack far too heavily to get it across. Bendis defends writing comics while also venting about irritating things in the industry told through a spy story with stupidly good art isnt a great title, but so far thats exactly what Cover is.

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8.0
Edgar Allan Poe's Snifter of Terror #1

Oct 30, 2018

This is absolutely THE comic worth getting for Halloween this year.

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9.0
Edgar Allan Poe's Snifter of Terror #2

Nov 27, 2018

It's a smart book that isn't shy about making some statements and it honestly cannot be recommended enough.

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8.5
Farmhand #1

Jul 10, 2018

For readers of comics this is something that can't be recommended enough. It delivers on all fronts and is guaranteed to grab attention. A brilliant first issue, Farmhand #1 is something for those who want more than the usual comic book caper. An original idea presented for mature readers.

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8.5
Farmhand #2

Aug 7, 2018

For comic readers this is a series that can't be recommended enough.

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8.0
Farmhand #3

Sep 11, 2018

Despite a couple setbacks this issue, Farmhand is still an original and engaging series.

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9.0
Farmhand #4

Oct 9, 2018

This is a downright great issue and readers should fit Farmhand into their pull list.

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6.0
Green Lanterns #44

Apr 4, 2018

Green Lanterns #44 is a fun yet fleeting issue that offers everything a comic should. Action, comedy, tragedy. Complimented by great art, this is an entertaining issue no Lantern fan should miss, but new readers should be wary of its brevity.

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9.0
High Heaven #1

Aug 28, 2018

An excellent introduction to both the series High Heaven, and the publisher AHOY.

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9.0
High Heaven #2

Oct 23, 2018

Absolutely. This issue develops on a tremendous opening and proves High Heaven is one of the best new comics out.

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9.0
High Heaven #3

Nov 19, 2018

If High Heaven isn't on your radar yet, it really should be.

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9.0
High Heaven #4

Dec 10, 2018

High Heaven is one of the best new books of 2018 let alone one of the best books period.

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9.0
Imaginary Fiends #1

Nov 25, 2017

Imaginary Fiends is a new series with a lot of promise. A stellar premise with interesting characters makes this a series worthy of picking up.

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9.0
Imaginary Fiends #2

Dec 28, 2017

Tim Seeley and Stephen Molnar continue to deliver a fantastically scary horror comic that taps into the childhood innocence of the medium. This isnt a series to miss for readers that like original ideas, frights, artwork or well written prose.

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9.0
Imaginary Fiends #3

Jan 25, 2018

Imaginary Fiends is still one of the best books DC/ Vertigo puts out each month. Seeley and Molnar are a combination to look out for and one I hope work together more often. With twists occurring regularly theres no way to tell what will happen next other than to pick up the next issue as soon as its released.

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8.0
Imaginary Fiends #4

Feb 28, 2018

Another truly fantastic issue by Seeley and Molnar. With more action than usual theres something for just about everyone (of a certain age) in this issue. Horror, action, violence and a little comedy. This looks to be the issue that signals a change in the Imaginary Fiends story, and readers should definitely keep up.

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8.0
Imaginary Fiends #5

Mar 28, 2018

As always the positives outweigh the negatives making Imaginary Fiends #5 well worth the read. As the series progresses it continues to get darker month by month. How much darker can the series get while maintaining its imaginary friend theme? We can only wait and see.

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8.0
Imaginary Fiends #6

Apr 27, 2018

Imaginary Fiends #6 is a fantastic comic book. Keeping readers within their grasp, Tim Seeley and Stephen Molnar frighten and shock those who want a little more from their comics. This is an engaging and entertaining issue well worth the read.

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7.5
Night Moves #1

Nov 19, 2018

Showing a lot of potential, Night Moves is one for fans of the occult and noir.

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7.5
Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #1

Jun 20, 2018

A solid Spider-Man comic, perfect for new readers and old.

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8.0
Savage Things #7

Sep 7, 2017

Overall this was a good issue that manages to slow the pace of the series a little. The reader can get their breath back as they learn some important parts of the backstory before the big finale.

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8.0
Savage Things #8

Oct 4, 2017

Despite some plotting disappointments, the issue still delivers in its action and tension. There's a lot of entertainment value here. Some readers might be unsatisfied with the conclusion but everyone will be satisfied with the heart pounding action. It's a case where the positives outweigh the negatives.

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6.5
Stellar #1

Jun 11, 2018

Stellar is a good premise that opens well and builds intrigue for the series. 

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8.0
The Weatherman #1

Jun 11, 2018

The Weatherman is off to a great start with an engaging and funny first issue. This is a series well worth picking up.

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8.0
The Weatherman #2

Jul 17, 2018

A fantastic followup promising a great series. Jody LeHeup and Nathan Fox have an engaging original story here for sci fi fans, but beyond that most comic book fans will enjoy this series.

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8.5
The Weatherman #3

Aug 14, 2018

This issue develops the story into a more mature series that no comics fan should miss.

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8.0
The Weatherman #4

Sep 10, 2018

LeHeup and Fox continue to show that The Weatherman is a book mature readers should be keeping up with. From humor to gore, it has it all -- a treat for those who like adult science fiction.

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8.5
The Weatherman #5

Oct 9, 2018

A fantastic issue that adds to the tension as the series inches closer to its first volume conclusion.

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9.0
Wild Storm #7

Sep 20, 2017

Ellis and Davis-Hunt deliver yet another fantastic issue. Readers are told only a couple secrets as the story unravels a little more but the frantic and violent action, coupled with the witty dialogue gives readers more than enough to keep them satisfied for longer than a regular comic book.

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8.0
Wild Storm #8

Oct 18, 2017

A slower issue than usual that gives readers the amount of understanding that Ellis wants them to have. If dialogue heavy issues are not your thing then luckily some of the best art of the series is here courtesy of Jon Davis-Hunt to keep you invested.

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8.0
Wild Storm #9

Nov 17, 2017

As always, the dream team of Ellis, Davis-Hunt and Buccellato deliver a fantastic comic book. Readers know by now to expect the unexpected and for that to be beautiful. If you haven't been following the series this definitely isn't a 'jumping on' issue, but if you have then you don't want to miss out.

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6.0
Wild Storm #10

Dec 20, 2017

In all, this is a fairly generic issue filled to the brim with conversations about doing things but with very little doing. Readers need to read the issue just to stay connected with the series at this stage but most of the entertainment found here is from the masterful artwork delivered by Jon Davis-Hunt and Steve Buccellato.

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6.0
Wild Storm #11

Jan 25, 2018

In all this is another ok issue that lacks anything major. If you follow the series then you need this issue to continue the story. If youre jumping on here then good luck. Ellis and Davis-Hunt are constructing an incredibly complex story that while it is pretty to look at, is becoming increasingly harder to follow.

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8.0
Wild Storm #12

Mar 8, 2018

Ellis and Davis-Hunt return to top form with a fantastic issue that delivers on all the build-up. The writing is witty, for the most part, the story is well paced, the action is fierce and the artwork beautiful. Theres very little to dislike this month.

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6.0
Wild Storm #13

May 19, 2018

The long running Wild Storm series returns with a decent if slow issue by Ellis and Davis-Hunt. The series needs these creators and would falter with anyone else. Elliss pacing and Davis-Hunts mesmerizing artwork save this lackluster issue.

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6.0
Wild Storm #14

Jun 21, 2018

Despite the hit and miss nature of the series lately The Wild Storm #14 offers more hits than misses. There's plenty to enjoy here but new readers will be lost entirely, and to some extent so will existing readers who are notfamiliarwith the original WildStorm books.

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8.0
Wild Storm #15

Jul 20, 2018

Overall this is a surprisingly fantastic issue that echoes back to the early days of the Wild Storm. Ellis demonstrates fast paced action and Davis-Hunt shows yet again why hes one of the best artists working today. A great issue worth reading, even if the series might not stay this good.

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6.0
Wild Storm #16

Aug 16, 2018

An entertaining issue in which not very much happens. Theres more than enough to keep readers invested but if they look beyond the dialogue they might see that the issue does nothing other than drag them along until next month.

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10
Wild Storm #17

Sep 19, 2018

Another good issue of the Wild Storm that shows why Warren Ellis and Jon Davis-Hunt are such a good team. Worthy of reading if youve been following the series so far.

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10
Wild Storm #18

Nov 2, 2018

A reasonably good issue in a mixed series. Ellis and Davis-Hunt are getting incredibly close to the finish line, and that can be felt within the story. Worth checking out if youre already deep into this series.

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6.0
Wild Storm: Michael Cray #1

Oct 11, 2017

This is a decent introduction to the series but hopefully it will improve. It doesn't quite reach the heights of it's parent title, The Wild Storm, but it does try. The issue's strengths lie in Hill's approach to linearity and use of subtlety, but inconsistent artwork and a strange Oliver Queen cause some problems.

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8.0
Wild Storm: Michael Cray #2

Nov 9, 2017

A fairly fantastic issue that shows promise for the series. Bryan Hill delivers the action readers expect. The artwork can be a little hit or miss depending on the reader, but overall the story of Michael Cray hunting down evil versions of the DC heroes that readers love more than entertains, while also offering a fitting metaphor for the series.

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8.0
Wild Storm: Michael Cray #3

Dec 15, 2017

Overall Bryan Hill and N. Steven Harris deliver an entertaining issue. This take on Barry Allen, while questionable, is interesting and I'm certainly excited to see where it goes. Michael Cray continues to develop under Hill's watchful eyes.

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8.0
Wild Storm: Michael Cray #4

Jan 10, 2018

Bryan Hill is coming into his element as Michael Cray continues on his Justice League killing spree. Goofy Elseworld-style stories aside, this is proving to be a fantastic series with great value to readers. Hills writing style can appeal to all readers, and while the artwork is a little spotty depending on your tastes, this series is starting to show up its parent title, The Wild Storm. Warren Ellis should watch out.

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8.0
Wild Storm: Michael Cray #5

Feb 15, 2018

Bryan Hill delivers another compelling story about Michael Cray taking on an evil elseworld version of a popular Justice League character. Despite the recurring premise, Hill manages to make each tale different enough to keep readers wanting more.

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8.0
Wild Storm: Michael Cray #6

Mar 15, 2018

All in all, Hill and his team deliver another fun issue that reminds readers why they like comics. Theres a bit of everything here with action, comedy, suspense and intrigue. Its not going for a super serious, dark and gritty tone and yet it works some serious moments into an action fueled issue about Michael Cray fighting an evil fish version of Aquaman.

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8.0
Wild Storm: Michael Cray #7

May 9, 2018

Bryan Hill and N. Steven Harris deliver another fantastic issue in a series that is consistently good. This month Dexter Vines and Ross Campbell help the artwork dramatically making this issue the best looking in the series so far. Every month seems to improve on the last and issue seven is no exception. Readers should look out for where this series goes next.

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10
Wild Storm: Michael Cray #8

Jun 15, 2018

Probably the slowest issue of the series but still enjoyable. The issue offers plenty of character development and is a must read for fans of the series. Bryan Hill demonstrates that he is capable of fun action and tense dialogue in the same series, and as this issue shows, the same issue.

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8.0
Wild Storm: Michael Cray #9

Jul 12, 2018

Yet again Bryan Hill over delivers with a fantastic issue. Patchy artwork by N. Steven Harris is cleaned up by Ross Campbells colours making for an entertaining story that further develops the series.

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10
Wild Storm: Michael Cray #10

Aug 9, 2018

This is a series readers shouldnt miss. What was at first enjoyable is now fully engaging and taking over from the parent title. Michael Cray is the series to follow for both DC fans as well as Wild Storm fans.

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8.0
Wild Storm: Michael Cray #11

Sep 13, 2018

A great issue as always that keeps readers firmly on the edge of their seats. With fantastic guest artwork from Nelson Blake II, this creative team are coming to the end of one of the best mini-series in recent years.

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10
Wild Storm: Michael Cray #12

Oct 11, 2018

Michael Cray had no right being as good as it was. This was a fantastic series that, at the very least, highlighted the character of Michael Cray as much as it did the writing talents of Bryan Hill. This is a great issue and well worth the read, the entire series is highly recommended. Bryan Hill is a writer to keep an eye out for.

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