Andy Frisk's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Comic Book Bin Reviews: 562
8.3Avg. Review Rating

9.0
Abattoir #1

Oct 24, 2010

Overall, Abattoir is another worthy offering from a worthy publisher of some of the most visually striking, and creepy, comic books in the industry. Nearly all of Radical Comics books are worth reading for the art and story, Abattoir isnt an exception. Its simply another example of the type of high quality work being done at Radical Comics.

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9.5
Action Comics #875

Mar 13, 2009

I miss Superman not appearing in his flagship title, and the cover proclaiming World Without (insert Superman shield here) seems too familiar, especially to us readers who, back in the early to mid 1990s had the World Without a Superman storyline following his death. Is DC trying to recapture some of the magic of those high selling days of Superman comics past? Absolutely. Honestly, if the current storytelling holds up, they just might.

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9.0
Action Comics #876

Apr 15, 2009

Overall, ACTION COMICS is holding up pretty well with Superman away, mostly because his presence is definitely felt through the actions of Chris/Nightwing, particularly in this issue. Ill still look forward to Supermans eventual return to his long standing title but Nightwing and Flamebirds tales will definitely keep me hooked until he returns.

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8.0
Action Comics #877

May 16, 2009

Overall, the unfolding of Chris story and the further developments of General Lanes machinations along with Ursa and Zods sleeper Kryptonians scheme keep us eager for more, as it is obvious that these developments are going to come to a head at some point with massive confrontations and battles to ensue. Action Comics remains a strong read even without the big guy around.

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7.0
Action Comics #878

Jun 12, 2009

Overall, the continued development of Nightwing and Flamebird holds the readers interest. This interest will be piqued even more when we finally get to see them begin to come into conflict with General Lane. It looks like we wont have to wait much longer than another month for this conflict to begin to unfold.

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9.0
Action Comics #879

Jul 21, 2009

Overall, Action Comics is still a part of the pinnacle of books, comprised of the Superman Family and Green Lantern titles, which sit atop of the DC superhero line. If its this good now, wait until Superman comes back!

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10
Action Comics #880

Aug 13, 2009

I remember reading sometime ago that Johns and Co. at DC Comics wanted to do for Superman what they did for Hal Jordan a few years back with these storylines. They are succeeding grandly. Never has it been a better time to be a fan of Superman comics in the last 15 years or so.

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10
Action Comics #881

Sep 17, 2009

By this point if Johns, Rucka, Robinson, Gates and company have been reading these Superman Family title reviews recently, theyve probably all gotten some of the biggest ego boosts theyve ever gotten from the reading of a review. They deserve it though. As a reader of Superman comics for 20+ years, Ive never enjoyed, been inspired, and thrilled by a Superman storyline as powerfully as this one. Keep up the great work guys!

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10
Action Comics #882

Oct 18, 2009

As the greatest story ever told in Superman's history rolls along, it continues to keep its readers on the edge of their seats. Rucka and Gates part of the tale, chronicled monthly in Action Comics is simply a must read part of a must read saga. So read it.

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9.0
Action Comics #883

Nov 20, 2009

World of New Krypton continues to roll along, and Action Comics continues to showcase the newest of New Kryptons teenaged superheroes. It will be interesting to see how the whole religious aspect of the twos chosen monikers play out and what role it will have in their lives, especially as the overarching storyline nears its climax next year.

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9.0
Action Comics #884

Jan 4, 2010

Overall, Action Comics continues to deliver. Not only does it live up to the expectations of being one of DC Comics flagship titles, it continues to be one of the best written and drawn superhero books on the market.

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8.0
Action Comics #885

Jan 17, 2010

Captain Atom must be slated to play some role in the upcoming and inevitable war between Earth and New Krypton, so his inclusion in Action Comics hopefully will bear fruit worthy of the sacrifice of pages allotted to the main story. The New Krypton saga is too good to be abbreviated in the pages of Action Comics if The Captain simply joins The Justice League and gets lost amongst the teams cast. CAFUs great art helps to make up for the inclusion of a pretty pointless Second Feature that detracts from the main feature.

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8.0
Action Comics #887

Mar 11, 2010

Powerful glows and star filled skies at dusk really reflect and enhance the mood and theme in Action Comics #887. Were dealing with motivations and emotions that are as primary as the light of the stars yet subtly mutable like the colors of an evening sky. Nightwing and Flamebirds love might be doomed mythically, but we as readers hope that its not at the hands of Jax-Ur/Vohc and his False Rao, if at all.

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7.0
Action Comics #893

Oct 3, 2010

Overall, Action Comics #894 should be one of the most interesting issues of the series published since the end of New Krypton. For a series that is plugging along, but not really gaining much steam with Lex Luthor as the lead, it will be a welcome change, whatever the marketing or storytelling reason for bringing in Death may be.

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7.0
Action Comics #901

May 25, 2011

So after 901 issues, Action Comics is still going strong and is finally Supermans again. The Lex Luthor Black Ring storyline was interesting and well written, but I want to see the man who originated the book remain the protagonist of the book. As for Supermans return to the pages of his flagship title, unfortunately there really isnt much to get all hyped up about. We pretty much know how Reign of The Doomsdays is going to play out. It will be interesting to see what Cornell and Co. have in store for us in the long run, after Doomsday is defeated again.

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9.0
Action Comics Annual #12

Jun 28, 2009

At the heart of this tale, with all of its Superman myth sci-fi gadgetry and super heroics, is a tale of the recurring yin and yang of man and woman, light and dark, and completeness of unity that is a universal theme. The Nightwing and Flamebird mythical images even form a very yin/yang looking symbol when penciled by Perez. Depth and mystery are added to the the myth of the two heroes, while at the same time light is shed on areas that the majority of Superman titles, and stories have touched on, but not delved much into yet, namely Kryptonian myth and religion. These two characters, as an overall mythic archetype, and the two current individuals bearing their names, Chris and Thara, become more and more interesting every time they appear. Action Comics Annual #12 simply makes these already interesting characters more intriguing, and engaging.

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10
Action Comics (2011) #0

Sep 5, 2012

I know that I've had my issues with Grant Morrison's run on Action Comics, as well as with his take on Superman, but it has gotten better and better as it has gone along. I'm now actually sad to see him departing the book and character. The only bright spot in the dim parade of poorly written Superman books is about to go out...

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6.5
Action Comics (2011) #1

Sep 7, 2011

While there is nothing wrong with including progressive ideas in Superman's stories, in fact including them is a great idea, beating the reader over the head with the message really isn't smart storytelling. It's more akin to preaching.

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8.0
Action Comics (2011) #3

Nov 13, 2011

Oh, and I guess the line that was drawn at $2.99 was made of magic ink. It's disappeared. Note the cover price to Action Comics #3.

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9.5
Action Comics (2011) #5

Jan 12, 2012

The era of Superman's new origins that Morrison is tasked with bringing to life is shaping up to be quite good. As a super Superman fan, I have no objection to what Morrison is doing in the long run, albeit with a few exceptions I've discussed at length before. Now if DC Comics could just fix what's going on over in the pages Superman (and "five years" down the road), maybe the Superman Family of books would rise to the top of the reading stack again. It's a position that they held for several years recently, but have been supplanted this year by some of my other favorite mainstream heroes, Wolverine and The X-Men.

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7.0
Action Comics (2011) #8

Apr 7, 2012

Thedetails of the resolution of Grant Morrisons first story arc on Action Comics Vol. 2 isnt nearly asinteresting as the changes that DC Comics are infusing the Superman mythoswith. Honestly, this Clark Kent/Superman just might be unique enough to keepthe courts tied up in years over their custody battle with Supermans originalcreators families. Supermans suit is radically different from his previous incarnationssuit. Not just in its new underpants on the outside look abandonment, it nowseems to be made of unstable molecules that can cause its appearance tochange radically and, at times, confusingly. Supermans new Fortress of Solitudeis presented as a Satellite of Solitude. Also, kinda like Daredevil, at leastone common person from the slums where Clark lives knows Clarks secret and hasdecided to keep it secret, asking, So"are you Clark pretending to be Superman oris it the other way around? Of course, Clark gives no definitive answer.

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8.0
Action Comics (2016) #958

Jun 22, 2016

The Verdict: It's Post-Crisis Superman going though rebirth pains in the new legacy renumbered Action Comics...so 'nuff said...for now...still...

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8.0
Action Comics (2016) #981

Jun 26, 2017

Action Comics remains a strong and engaging DC Comics Rebirth book. Jurgens continues to reinvigorate the character. It's not often that the same writer gets to pop culturally orchestrate the rebirth of a character twice in their career.

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8.0
Action Comics (2016) #982

Jun 29, 2017

Challenges abound for the Man of Steel currently in the pages of Action Comics, but sometimes a little help from one's friends comes in handy.

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7.0
Adam Strange / Future Quest Special #1

Mar 29, 2017

A fun read, but one you'll most likely forget after reading it, Adam Strange/Future Quest does make you aware of these characters and franchises. It's the artwork makes you want to see them again though, but only if drawn by Lieber.

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7.5
Adventure Comics Vol. 2 #1

Aug 12, 2009

Overall, both features show promise and look to be worth following, if not for any other reason than the Superman-Family of DC Comics books has grown by one more, and Superman fans have another book where theyll catch a glimpse of Superman and, more often, his genetic sons adventures.

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9.0
Adventures Of Superman (2013) #1

Jun 2, 2013

Adventures of Superman (2013) #1 is three stories that focus on Superman's heroism, inspiring persona, and selflessness instead of his isolation, angst, make out sessions with Wonder Woman, and seemingly unrelated strings of events. What is the world of Superman comics coming to? Hopefully its senses.

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9.0
Afterlife With Archie #2

Dec 3, 2013

Archie Comics has shown that Archie and the Riverdale Gang's stories can actually be cool, much to my surprise, and now they've proven they can be scary too. Afterlife With Archie is one of those rare zombie fictions that is worth checking out (beyond the now uber famous The Walking Dead). Afterlife With Archie might not end up being as good as The Walking Dead is, but so far it's at least as interesting.

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7.0
Alien Pig Farm 3000 #1

Dec 3, 2009

Overall, while definitely not for the kids, Alien Pig Farm 3000 is good fun, if not terribly original. Its a promising early effort from a new studio that also shows plenty of promise.

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9.0
All Hallow's Eve #1

Oct 30, 2014

All Hallow's Eve #1 is definitely a story for the season, but can be honored in the hearts of those truly dedicated to the spirit of Halloween all year round. It's that creepy, and good.

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9.0
All-New X-Men #9

Mar 20, 2013

Still a great read nine issue in, All New X-Men is one of those rare X-titles that rises above the masses of mutant books from Marvel Comics in the quality department. It is truly worth the read.

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7.0
All-New X-Men #22.NOW

Jan 25, 2014

Overall, I hope that this crossover between The X-Men and The Guardians of The Galaxy really helps boost interest in the upcoming film, but more importantly gives Bendis a plot convention to help make this latest "Trial of Jean Grey" storyline interesting. Again, putting aside the laughable attempts at making All New X-Men 022.Now The Trial of Jean Grey #1 appealing to speculators, this whole thing feels a little too familiar. Hopefully, Bendis will find a way to surprise us with something new.

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9.5
Amazing Spider-Man #700.1

Dec 17, 2013

"Frost," despite whatever editorial errors are present in it, is the type of comic book storytelling that we should certainly have more of. "Frost" is touching, elemental, and powerful. Morrell himself may or may not be engaging in comic book writing again any time soon, but I for one desperately hope that he does.

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7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #1

Apr 30, 2014

So while The Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #1 DOES give it's long term readers props by continuing the story from Superior Spider-Man without missing a beat, something that DC Comics failed to do miserably with Superman after The New 52 launch which caused readers to leave in droves, it is weighted down WAY too heavily with marketing scheme inclusion stories. Still, I gotta say Make Mine Marvel for the props they do pay their long term readers.

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8.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #4

Aug 17, 2014

The Verdict Amazing Spider-Man sets the stage for the next mega Spidey Crossover, and will most likely keep the kids happy with the teen romance. Spider-Verse is coming, but honestly, I'm more excited about the return of Jessica Drew to her own ongoing book than the debut of a new Spider-Girl-Like character. Jessica Drew. Now there's a complicated, and hot, (Spider) Woman who really packs the pheromones.

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9.0
Amazing X-Men #1

Nov 6, 2013

Easily another hit in the making for Marvel Comics, Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness' Amazing X-Men looks to be a fun ride for X-Fans everywhere. Personally, I'm even more glad to see Aaron writing yet another Marvel Comics' book. In my opinion he's the Scott Snyder of the Marvel Bullpen. Smart, just edgy enough, (when he's allowed to be), and a consummate storyteller. He should be writing even more Marvel books.

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8.0
Amazing X-Men #8

Jun 8, 2014

So while Jason Aaron's time as an X-Scribe appears to be truly over, Amazing X-Men appears to be in solid, if somewhat nostalgia based, hands going forward with Kyle and Yost at the helm. At least we're sure to get some fun retreads of old stories and plots with an updated look and feel.

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8.0
American Vampire #1

Mar 19, 2010

Does Vertigo have another hit on its hands? It certainly appears so. American Vampire is as unique as its title suggests. This is a new breed of vampire tale that is not to be missed.

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9.0
American Way: Those Above and Those Below #2

Sep 13, 2017

The American Way Those Above and Those Below is a worthy entry into the "what if" real world superhero genre and one that, despite its 1970s setting, is highly relevant to the state of race relations and politics today.

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10
Ant-Man #1

Jan 11, 2015

Is it possible to be the biggest comic book/superhero/mega-corporate owned entertainment company and still be the best comic book publisher in the game? Even when everything is planned, marketed, and released to the most strictest of marketing directives? (Ant-Man #1 was published the morning after the Ant-Man trailer debuted, during another Marvel TV show, which runs the night before new comics are released weekly-damn, Marvel/Disney has this marketing thing down don't they?) The answer is, scarily, yes. As long as books like Ant-Man #1 keep getting published by said mega-corporate owned, multi-media platformed company. Make Mine Marvel now more than ever.

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8.0
Arcane Awakening #1

Jun 30, 2013

Overall, Arcane Awakening is a great first read from a first time publisher. I recommend that you get on the ground floor of this new project and pick yourself up a copy of Arcane Awakening Book One before it becomes a sold out and hard to find collectible.

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9.5
Archer & Armstrong #0

May 6, 2013

Another great read from the best new publisher to emerge in years...again...Archer & Armstrong is a must read for Valiant fanatics and fans of great comics alike.

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10
Archer & Armstrong #1

Aug 3, 2012

All of Valiant's new books have been heads and shoulders above their recent competition from the Big Two, and several other independent publishers, but Archer and Armstrong just might be the book that rises to a head and shoulder higher than Valiant's other books. With every new Valiant book published I continue to be amused, entertained, and best of all amazed.

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10
Archer & Armstrong #3

Oct 9, 2012

All of Valiant Entertainment's books have been an incredible joy to read for this long suffering Valiant fan, but Archer & Armstrong just might be strongest of the lot (no pun intended!).

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8.5
Archer & Armstrong #5

Dec 9, 2012

As quite possibly the biggest Eternal Warrior fan around, I'm overjoyed at the return of one of my favorite comic book characters of all time to the printed page, even though I'm a little disappointed at how one dimensionally he's portrayed during his re-introduction. There's plenty of time for character development later though when he gets his own series (HINT HINT Valiant!). Regardless of The Eternal Warrior's eventual future, Archer & Armstrong remains one of the most fun, action packed, and best reads being published right now.

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10
Archer & Armstrong #6

Jan 20, 2013

As was the case nearly 20 years ago, Valiant Comics are some of the best on the racks...and Archer & Armstrong is leading the pack once again.

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9.5
Archer & Armstrong #7

Feb 10, 2013

Archer and Armstrong isn't just the creme of the new Valiant crop of books...it's the creme of the crop of all mainstream superhero comics right now, and it just keeps getting better with each issue.

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10
Archer & Armstrong #22

Jul 22, 2014

Just as it has been from its beginning, Archer and Armstrong remains every month's top of the stack reads...and rightly so. If the newly announced Archer and Armstrong film is nearly half as good as Van Lente's stories here...it will be more than worth the wait.

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8.0
Astonishing X-Men #50

May 27, 2012

The current gay marriage storyline is drawing a hefty amount of press and commentary, both positive and negative, but Marvel Comics is doing a great job of having the impending wedding and this issues engagement function as just another part of the story instead of the focus of the story. X-Men comic book writers over the years have always written realistically, intelligently, and insightfully (most of the time) about their characters private lives and loves. These plots, while a major part of the story, dont comprise the entire story, much like our own personal lives comprise part of our own stories, but not the whole story of our lives. Kudos again to Marvel Comics for presenting this current personal plot thread just like they have all the others and not making a huge hoopla out of it. Yes, they might be grabbing for the cash with AvX, but Astonishing X-Men is simply doing what Marvel Comics continues to best instead.

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8.5
Athena #1

Sep 16, 2009

It is also worth mentioning, that issue #1 is a flip book with a short story tacked on where Athena meets President Obama. Obama is everywhere in comics these days, and his appearance is starting to get a bit trite, and overexposed. Placing him next to, and on equal standing with the goddess of wisdom and justice is a nice image though, and will undoubtedly, but unnecessarily, increase interest in this book.

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8.0
Avengers Vs. X-Men #7

Jul 6, 2012

After a pretty slow start, AvX is really starting to pick up the pace and tell a good story. The best thing about this story is that it will still have resonance after it ends since Marvel NOW!, the event following AvX isnt a reboot unlike The New 52 was.

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7.5
Avengers Vs. X-Men #9

Aug 1, 2012

Better than anticipated, but way longer than desired, Avengers vs. X-Men isn't a bad crossover. It's just a bit to long of a crossover. Honestly, the best stories involving the conflict aren't to be found in the pages of the main event's title, but rather in the other regular titles like Uncanny X-Men and The Avengers. Even so, I'm more than ready for the ReEvolution of Marvel NOW! to begin.

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5.0
Avengers Vs. X-Men #11

Sep 14, 2012

One more "round" to go. Can't wait till it's all over and we can get down to the real fun, i.e. watching Marvel Comics re-energize its comic book line and characters without making a mess of most of them (i.e. The New 52)...hopefully.

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7.0
Avengers World #1

Jan 19, 2014

Almost assuredly to become yet another big hit in the short lived lifespan of "ongoing series" these days from Marvel Comics (seems like every series gets a reboot within a few years of their "ongoing" status since issue #1s just sell way better than issue #25s), Avengers World will undoubtedly bring the action. Whether it will bring interesting characterization (or stories) remains to be seen.

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8.5
Azrael #1

Oct 25, 2009

Urban fantasy is a good way to describe what this series really can be as it develops over the next few months. If Azrael really is going to go beyond mans law and judge the guilty then lets see some seriously guilty villains, either supernatural or super horrific (like child molesting priests) really get it stuck to them by Azraels swords of justice. All the elements are in place; lets see if Nicieza builds on the promising start Azrael #1 has happily turned out to be.

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9.0
Azrael #8

May 20, 2010

Azrael has gone from being a sorry knockoff of the original character who debuted way back during the days of Knightfall to DC Comics premiere religious fiction/horror/adventure mystery that easily dominates the niche market on superhero stories thusly themed. Its thoughtful themes and dark art make Azrael a rare gem of a read that should be read by a wider audience, and hopefully will be.

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4.0
Azrael: Death's Dark Knight #1

Mar 18, 2009

Either way and anyway, Lane is tapped by the Order to don the suit and become the new Azrael, which he does almost before they finish their sales pitch and he goes straight into action, like any unbalanced superhero should. Irvings art is good with its painted backgrounds and water color-like haze but it doesnt seem to fit AZRAEL, mostly because the strongest images of Azrael, to me, were the Quesada inspired dark angel-like, cowl wearing, flaming arm sword bearing, dark and menacing, demonic looking character. This new Azrael though is more of a street wise looking character with all the required tattered t-shirt and combat boot hero of the streets overdone look. Well what can you expect from a hand-me-down, splinter groups Azrael. We just should expect more from DC than this shoddy work, re-birthing an old character to sell a few more comic books to a few of us who actually remember the real Azrael. AZRAEL: DEATHS DARK KNIGHT is just another throwaway side tale to the quick

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5.0
Azrael: Death's Dark Knight #2

Apr 22, 2009

Overall, what is DC going to do with this Azrael once Nightwing takes over as Batman at the end of this silly Battle for the Cowl business? Based on this mini-series, I dont think that this Azrael will have the depth to carry an ongoing series but, admittedly, an ongoing series might just be whats needed to expand and give Michael Lane/Azrael a chance to develop as a character. Time, and sales, will tell.

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5.0
Azrael: Death's Dark Knight #3

May 13, 2009

Overall, while not being what this Azrael fan was hoping for when DC announced that Azrael was coming back, IF, and only IF, Irving stays as the artist and they move Azraels adventures out of Gotham will this new Azrael have a chance at developing into a good character (its ok if hes based there, but Gotham has enough heroes available to beat up on the average thugwho surprisingly just cant seem to take the hint after all these years that Gotham isnt really a great place to be a, well, thug). Getting him out of Gotham, giving him some challenges worthy of his potential power and tweaking his outfit a bit might just make the monthly worth checking out.

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8.0
B.P.R.D.: 1948 #1

Oct 7, 2012

It will be interesting to see what direction and what new horrors the 1948 installment of the ongoing story of the B.P.R.D. will go in and bring. While the WWII linked horror is absolutely fascinating and engaging, especially from a history buff's point of view, it will be interesting to see the B.P.R.D. in operation against Cold War threats and terrors this time around.

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9.0
Ball Peen Hammer #1

Sep 27, 2009

Perhaps enjoy is too strong a word when considering this work. Make no mistake, its incredibly dark, provides little answers, and there are no happy endings. You will absorb it, let it under your skin, and only discharge it after thinking it though and putting in up on the shelf, thus exorcising it from your mind. Its a worthy trip though, as great art should get under your skin and make you think, at least a little.

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8.0
Batman/Superman (2013) #1

Jul 21, 2013

It sure has taken them long enough, but the powers that be at DC Comics are finally inching their weakest incarnation of their longest lived superhero towards being interesting. The New 52 Superman will most likely always struggle to garner a following, especially as long as he's in a relationship with Wonder Woman and not Lois Lane, but at least there will be a few current comic books starring him that will be worth checking out. Based upon the merits of issue #1, Greg Pak's Batman/Superman will be one of them.

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9.0
Batman: Battle for the Cowl #1

Mar 11, 2009

I really hate to feel that this well crafted and drawn story might loose its significance in a few years, but I cant help it. Sadly enough it makes me want to not read any more of it so I wont have to face the letdown of the storys eventual fall into meaninglessness. Hopefully, Dick Grayson/Nightwing will get a new mantle that makes his story still relevant after he dons and returns the cowl to its rightful owner. If so, maybe Ill go back and re-read Battle for The Cowl as it should be read, as a tale of a young hero who finally becomes and adult hero.

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6.0
Batman: Battle for the Cowl #2

Apr 8, 2009

This really isnt a bad issue. The art is great and Dicks journey to assuming the mantle of the Batman isnt without some drama and human interest. His slow build up to donning the cowl is necessary. Would we really take him seriously if he just jumped at the chance to be Batman? No. He would have then been little better than Jason Todd, who I really, really despise and feel is utterly useless as a character and should have stayed dead. Theres enough Punisher/Guy Gardner like heroes running around in the comic book universes. At least Guy Gardner has a fair share of redeeming qualities. Speaking of Green Lanterns, DC seems to be delivering on great stories in those and the Superman Family titles right now with SUPERMAN: WORLD OF NEW KRYPTON and BLACKEST NIGHT, so whats going on with the Bat-Titles? If DC isnt careful theyre going to drive their most profitable silver screen characters books into the ground. If Bruce really is going to stay dead at least for a little while, hurry

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7.0
Batman: Battle for the Cowl #3

May 20, 2009

Overall, now that this Battle silliness is over, what is the state of the Batman-Family books? Time will have to tell, but putting Batwoman, a character that really hasnt caught on much with widespread readers, and her partner The Question in Dectective Comics as the leads in a ploy to recapture some of the magic of 52, is a very risky move for one of DCs longstanding flagship titles. We have to assume Dick, as the new Batman, will be the lead in Batman. As mentioned, Red Robin, most likely starring Tim, perhaps the most interesting of all the Bat-characters besides the deceased Bruce Wayne, as the title character, holds promise and will be worth checking out. The Outsiders will most assuredly limp along with their new cast, and Alfred at the helm. Finally, Batman and Robin will start in June. Theres a good bit of interesting storytelling ahead of us but honestly, the Superman-Family titles have the Bat-Titles beat right now. They didnt have to resort to killing Supermanalright

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8.5
Battlestar Galactica (2013) #1

May 13, 2013

While I still prefer Katee Sackhoff's Starbuck to Dirk Benedict's any day of the week, Abnet and Lanning's Battlestar Galactica looks like it will be a worthy entry into the space epic's long and storied history.

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7.5
Batwoman One Shot #0

Dec 1, 2010

Overall, Batwoman #0 doesnt really tell a groundbreaking story, but does do a good job of reframing for new readers Kate Kane/Batwomans character within the whole Batman Inc. storyline. Its much more of an introductory tale, than a probing of Kates deep and troubled psyche, but when this series goes monthly it has the potential to become a must read book. Batwoman as a character hasnt been around too terribly long in this incarnation, but if Batwoman reads as well as it looks, she will be.

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3.0
Before Watchmen: Comedian #1

Jun 21, 2012

Sadly, I now fear for the next installment, which is the one that Ive been waiting for. My favorite character in Watchmen is Nite Owl II. I wrote an essay about him here at ComicBookBin during my early days as a comic book commentator that I still stand by. Hopefully, the character that Alan Moore built up in Nite Owl II will be reinforced by J. Michael Straczynski like Silk Spectre and the Minutemen were by their writers, not damaged almost irreproachably as The Comedian was here.

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8.5
Before Watchmen: Comedian #2

Aug 6, 2012

There is no hope, redeeming quality, or anything positive about the human race, its institutions and its immorally motivated men of power in Before Watchmen: Comedian. Once you figure out that that's the point here, it's much easier to sit back and enjoy the debauched ride.

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6.0
Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan #1

Aug 26, 2012

Aside from the interesting ending, which sets up the rest of the series nicely, the only other thing interesting about Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan is its odd cover. Silk Spectre doesn't figure much into the story here in issue #1 so what's she doing on the cover? More importantly, what's up with Manhattan's positioning behind her and his grasp on her? It's almost like an inside joke that's not as subtle as it at first might seem. I'm sure that I'm not the only one that thinks this cover is odd...and slightly offensive in its suggestiveness, especially knowing the usual state of Manhattan's dress. Maybe that's what Silk Spectre standing in front of him is mean to hide...

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8.5
Before Watchmen: Minutemen #1

Jun 6, 2012

The fact that Cooke so brilliantly pays homage to, while simultaneously jettisoning, the past with a scant 8 panels is just brilliant, and something that makes me want to read the rest of this series. Before Watchmen looks to be a worthy read simply because it balances something new with something legendary, and it works.

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10
Before Watchmen: Minutemen #3

Aug 29, 2012

Pleasantly surprised at the depth and breadth of the smart commentary and great storytelling in Before Watchmen: Minutemen #3, I'm now anxiously awaiting the next installment.

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10
Before Watchmen: Minutemen #6

Jan 23, 2013

When all the Before Watchmen series are completed, Minutemen will be the one that stands the artist test of time the strongest. Even though many of the Before Watchmen series ended up being way better than expected, Minutemen was a cut above.

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9.0
Before Watchmen: Nite Owl #1

Jun 28, 2012

My thoughts on Before Watchmen: Nite Owl #1 are probably a little slanted. As Ive mentioned, hes my favorite character from Watchmen and seeing him portrayed again in print in a new series is something that I never thought Id have the joy of experiencing. Im happy to report that Straczynski didnt disappoint though. He rarely does, and Before Watchmen: Nite Owl #1 is one of the best of the series thus far.

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9.0
Before Watchmen: Nite Owl #2

Aug 4, 2012

Before Watchmen: Nite Owl, along with Before Watchmen: Ozymandias are both high quality works that continue to faithfully add to the overall characterization of Watchmens highly dynamic and engaging characters. I cant wait for Before Watchmen: Nite Owl #3.

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9.0
Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #1

Jul 17, 2012

Overall, Before Watchmen: Ozymandias gets off to a great start and does nothing to debase the original character and story. Along with Before Watchmen: Nite Owl, this book looks to be one of the best of the series.

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5.0
Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #2

Aug 13, 2012

I'm not giving up on Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #2. I'm just hoping that it returns to form next issue.

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7.0
Before Watchmen: Rorschach #1

Aug 19, 2012

Off to a solid start, even if it isn't anything new or insightful (yet) into Watchmen's most popular character, Before Watchmen: Rorschach #1 is one of the better Watchmen prequel first issues.

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9.0
Black Widow (2010) #1

Apr 29, 2010

Black Widow starts strong, and looks to develop nicely into a worthy series worth following. Natasha Romanoff really hasnt been portrayed as a solo lead type of character in the past. Shes been oft regulated to the part of an established heros supporting cast, mostly as a love interest. So launching her into her own title must be seen as a bit of a gamble. If she maintains a supporting cast of the likes displayed in issue #1 though, shell quickly be able to take over the limelight role and eventually go it solo more often. Shes definitely a character with plenty of back story and ties to several of the leading men of the Marvel Universe, so there should be plenty of fodder for storylines and guest stars.

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7.0
Blackest Night #1

Jul 17, 2009

Speaking of art, Reis work is wonderful as usual. The heroes look good, the heroines are beautiful, and the zombies are nastily gross. Alberts inks and Sinclairs colors mesh well with Reis pencils. From an artistic standpoint, Blackest Night #1 is phenomenal. From these artists though, nothing less is expected.

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10
Blackest Night #3

Sep 17, 2009

Overall, Blackest Night is now becoming worthy of sharing he moniker of Event of The Year at DC Comics, along with World of New Krypton, according to this reviewer. Its had great art from the beginning, but the story took a while to kick in. Now its firing on all cylinders, or glowing in all spectrums, if you will, and I cant wait for the next installment.

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8.5
Blackest Night #4

Nov 6, 2009

Blackest Night is still a great read. After getting some answers last issue, the series was really poised to take off, and its still in liftoff stage. Now that a major player behind the scenes has been revealed, the series should continue to soar even higher.

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8.0
Blackest Night #6

Dec 30, 2009

Blackest Night grinds on, but things are starting to look up for our heroes and their universe(s). In the words of Blue Lantern Saint Walker, and now Barry Allen, we truly can start to have hope that all will be well.

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10
Blackest Night #7

Feb 25, 2010

Overall, Blackest Night, as an event, has been a bit of a hit and miss affair at times, but its core title Blackest Night has been solid. The good folks at DC Comics definitely overextended this event a bit much throughout their titles, but Blackest Night #8 is going to be the must read of the entire event.

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10
Blackest Night: Superman #1

Aug 19, 2009

Overall, Blackest Night: Superman looks to be a great all around read for Superman, Green Lantern, Black Lantern, and fans of all high quality superhero comic books. This is one of the titles coming out under the Blackest Night moniker that is really going to be one worth looking forward to over the next two months.

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10
Blackest Night: Superman #3

Oct 24, 2009

Blackest Night: Superman has been the most enjoyable of the Blackest Night mini-series thus far. Great storytelling, and great art bring to life the great characters who we only can hope to see play more of a role in saving the universe from the threat that is The Blackest Night.

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9.0
Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps #1

Jul 18, 2009

The Indigo Tribes tale is as mysterious as Monguls is vile. The tribe comes across two wounded members of the Green Lantern and Sinestro Corps who have been battling each other. The Tribes language is untranslatable by the Green Lanterns ring, and therefore is as mysterious to the reader as the Lantern. Their actions are easily discernable though. They end the battle, but the nature of their emotional spectrum power, compassion, is mysterious in its motivations. It will be interesting to see what their role in the War of Light will be, and which, if any, side the will ally themselves with. Rags Morales art is always solid. It has a unique look to it that has been great since way back when he penciled classic titles like Bloodshot and Geomancer for Valiant.

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8.0
Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps #2

Jul 24, 2009

Overall, this mini-series continues to be a worthwhile read that displays some great art and storytelling. It serves as the perfect vehicle for new readers who are just becoming aware of the Emotional Spectrum and their respective Corps, while managing to hold the interest of longtime Green Lantern title readers by introducing them to some of the most interesting members of the various Corps.

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9.0
Blackest Night: Wonder Woman #1

Dec 10, 2009

Blackest Night: Wonder Woman #1 does for Wonder Woman what Blackest Night: Superman did for Superman. Namely, it captures the essence and greatness of Wonder Womans character. Its a shame that such perfect portraits of Diana are as rare as they are.

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10
Bloodshot #0

Aug 19, 2013

Bloodshot #0 is another in a long line of some of the highest quality, in terms of art and storytelling, superhero books currently being published by any comic book publisher. I keep waiting for Valiant to falter and deliver a dud. I'm overjoyed (if not surprised) to report that we haven't seen one yet.

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9.0
Bloodshot #7

Jan 16, 2013

A great book amongst a host of great books currently being published by Valiant Comics, Bloodshot is a must read, especially with Harbinger Wars (which will be a must read itself for Valiant fans as well as fans of great comics) on the horizon!

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9.0
Brides of Helheim #1

Oct 6, 2014

Another horror/historical fiction book from Cullen Bunn published by Oni Press. At this point, do I really need to tell you anything else to convince you to check it out?

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8.0
Brightest Day #0

Apr 14, 2010

After The Blackest Night comes The Brightest Day as DC Comics ad department has been telling us, and its finally here. Issue #0 doesnt really shine a light on how bright or good Brightest Day will end up being (its way long on setup), but things dont too dim.

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9.0
Captain America (2004) #50

May 20, 2009

The issue contains, after the story proper, a short bio of Rogers life as well as his adventures from the time he was administered Dr. Erskines super soldier serum up through his death and Buckys eventual assumption of the mantle of Captain America. Its pretty unexciting and unnecessary, but serves as a brief history for any readers who might have picked up Captain America #50 because its a milestone issue and were wondering just who this Bucky character was, etc. With next issue going back to original numbering, it will be the 600th issue published as a monthly Captain America title since his inception, much like Thor did a few months ago, next months issue looks to be the real milestone issue. As long as the quality displayed in issue #50 holds up, Captain America will remain a strong read, no matter what the issue numbering system is.

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7.0
Captain America (2004) #601

Jul 19, 2009

The real value in this issue is its being penciled and inked by the legendary Gene Colan. Colan was a highly influential and popular artist on many Marvel titles like Daredevil, Iron Man, and Sub-Mariner, to name a few. His style might not be as appealing to the comic books readers of the last 20 years or so who have been thoroughly Jim Lee-ed, but Colan was as much a pioneer and trend setter for his day as Jim Lee is for the current age. Its a real treat to see some fresh art from him on a classic character.

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9.0
Captain America (2004) #602

Jan 21, 2010

Overall, its great to have the Captain America series proper back on the publishing schedule and therefore on the racks. Whats even greater though, is to see the start of a new, interesting, and surely to be controversially engaging storyline. Finally, and greatest of all, Bucky is still Captain America for a little while longer, and we can start to put the boring Captain America Reborn behind us.

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8.0
Captain America (2004) #603

Feb 17, 2010

Two Americas is the type of storyline that is perfectly suited for Captain America, especially in this day and ages contentious political climate. Its relevant and insightful, if not too terribly subtle. Its the type of story that we should expect thematically from this book.

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9.0
Captain America (2004) #604

Apr 8, 2010

Captain America has been one of Marvel Comics hottest books over the past few years, and with Brubaker, Ross, and Guice still at the helm, it doesnt show signs of cooling off anytime soon. Its a book with some serious themes and ideas acted out and commented upon in it, but it never loses its fun as a superhero action book. I for one still love it.

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7.5
Captain America (2004) #633

Jul 9, 2012

Worth the read alone for the snarky opening technological display at the con by Tony Stark of a device that could be a devastating weapon, but that he wont sell to anyone desiring to use it as so, Captain America and Iron Man is Marvel Comics superhero storytelling at its simplest best. A solid, self-contained arc of a read, Im really looking forward to the rest of One Night in Madripoor.

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4.0
Captain America (2011) #1

Jul 17, 2011

Proponents of leaving Steve Rogers dead and Bucky behind the shield (like myself), who knew that these two developments wouldnt last long (although they lasted way longer than I thought they would), also knew that Steve would eventually return from the dead and resume the identity of Captain America just in time to launch a new Captain America comic book series to coincide with the film. I just wish it wasnt as boring looking as this new lease on Caos life looks like it might be. Steve did fight some battles in the shadow as Steve Rogers: Super Soldier and as leader of the Secret Avengers for a while, but hes back in the limelight now. With a creative team as creative as Brubaker and McNiven though, perhaps Captain America will get better. Its not fair to damn a new series after only one issue, and I wont, but if issue #2 doesnt progress storytelling wise, and fast, Ill probably not read issue #3.

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6.5
Captain America (2012) #1

Nov 25, 2012

I'm going to have to see more of what Remender has cooked up long term for Captain America as a character and series. So far I'm going to have to reserve judgment. All I can say is that Captain America #1 pales in comparison to the other major Marvel Comics' hero whose new series just debuted: Mark Waid's Indestructible Hulk #1. More on that stunning first issue soon...

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9.0
Captain America 70th Anniversary Special #1

Apr 1, 2009

Captain America, as a metaphor for strength of conviction, be it moral, ethical or spiritual, is still a vital character today and excellent vehicle for conveying those ideals. Steve Rodgers may be dead but his spirit and example of heroism still lives on. While his tales have gone from black and white, good vs.evil tales to complex battles between ideals and ethical stances, the premise remains the same. Cap tries to do the right thing and inspire others to as well. Happy 70th Anniversary Steve. We miss ya.

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9.0
Captain America: Reborn #1

Jul 3, 2009

Ill start off the debate. I think Steve should stay dead. His character has run its course, and Bucky, with his troubled past and need for redemption, even though he is, and always was, a hero at heart, is a much better character to bear the mantle of Captain America in this day and age.

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6.5
Captain America: Reborn #2

Aug 5, 2009

Speaking of realism, Hitch and Guice continue to create some of the most realistic looking superhero outfits. Their version of World War II era Cap is fantastic. He hasnt looked this realistic since The Ultimates. Steve is wearing his costume but its a stylized World War II infantrymans uniform, complete with all the trappings. Their depiction of Franklin Delano Roosevelt is dead on, as are the rest of their 1940s era contraptions. They also manage to create a realistic look the modern worlds technology as well. The modern fighter jets in the HAMMER helicarrier, and the HAMMER storm trooper uniforms both are realistically rendered, and not over the top with sci-fi silliness. This is a serious book with a serious look.

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8.0
Captain Marvel (2012) #1

Jul 23, 2012

Artistic misfires aside, Captain Marvel looks to be a welcome breath of fresh air to Marvel Comics line up. It definitely has the potential to be a hit, and I hope it will be. You should check it out.

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8.0
Captain Marvel (2012) #2

Aug 21, 2012

Overall, it's awesome to see Marvel Comics finally and seriously try to produce an ongoing comic book about a female Marvel U superhero that doesn't rely on selling her appeal through a barely there outfit or a focus on her breast size. While Azzarello's Wonder Woman is currently reigning as the best developed, written, and drawn mainstream female superhero book (and character) right now, Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers, and DeConnick definitely have the potential to rise to those heights eventually.

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4.0
Catwoman (2011) #1

Sep 27, 2011

Catwoman #1 passes the story telling test with flying colors, but fails miserably in execution. I'm sorry but showing Catwoman beating the living daylights out of a woman abuser and murderer doesn't excuse the exploitation of the feminine form. I really want to read more of this series, but I can't support what this book looks like it is aspiring to be: a costumed soft core porn romp.

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9.0
Coffin Hill #1

Nov 3, 2013

A cross between The Killing, American Horror Story, and good ole' Stephen King-like New England horror, Coffin Hill just might be the new long term hit that Vertigo Comics has been looking for.

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7.0
Conan / Red Sonja #1

Jan 12, 2015

Definitely worth checking out issue 2, but the plot has to get better soon. Simone's obvious wit does shine through though, and that makes Conan and Red Sonja worth a look all on its own.

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8.5
Conan the Barbarian #1

Mar 20, 2012

Not a replacement for Northlanders, but a worthy read simply because of Wood and Cloonan's highly literate work, Conan the Barbarian looks like a monthly pull list keeper.

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9.0
Conan the Barbarian #6

Jul 20, 2012

Brian Wood is a brilliant writer, and here, in Dark Horse Comics' Conan the Barbarian, his full talent is on stunning display.

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9.5
Conan the Barbarian #13

Feb 26, 2013

Realism over fantasy dominates in Wood's Conan the Barbarian, and the barbarian has never been been better portrayed because of this. Here's to hundreds of issues of Conan the Barbarian under Wood's direction.

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3.0
Conan the Barbarian: The Mask of Acheron #1

Jul 24, 2011

Besides a the essay Acheron: The Nightmare inside the Age Undreamed Of by Dale E. Rippke included after the adaptation proper ends, along with the full color map of Hyboria, which both go a long way to explaining and developing the fictional historical setting, Conan the Barbarian: The Mask of Acheron is a waste of its hefty $6.99 cover price. Do yourself a favor, save your $6.99 and put it towards the price of an admission ticket when the film opens.

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7.5
Corey Taylor's House of Gold and Bones #1

Apr 7, 2013

Overall, Taylor proves once again that he is a man of talents, a jack of all trades if you will. House of Gold and Bones #1 is like most of Stonesour's music. Good, and fun to read/listen too, but not very groundbreaking. It is honest and direct though, and therein lies its merit.

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8.0
Damaged #1

Jul 13, 2011

It will be interesting to see where the story takes the brothers. Damaged is slated to run for a total of six issues, which is a little longer than most of the earlier Radical series, but has become more commonplace of late with series such as Earp and Abattoir. If you liked Earp, or any of the many Michael Mann crime dramas like Collateral, Heat, or Miami Vice, then Damaged is for you.

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7.5
Daredevil (1998) #500

Aug 23, 2009

Daredevil had been becoming a bit of a repetitive drag recently. How many times can we see, and endure, a storyline where Matts life hits rock bottom, his current love interest either goes insane, becomes a mortal enemy, dies, or all of the above, and still be as interesting as the last several times Matt was subjected to these tragedies? Honestly, it really isnt that interesting anymore at all. The new direction that Matts life is taking can prove to be very interesting from the standpoint of where it can lead, and has the potential for Matt/Daredevil to interact with many more of Marvels characters than usual. Time will tell, obviously, but Daredevil looks to remain worth checking out each month.

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10
Daredevil (2011) #17

Aug 16, 2012

With all the recent talk of 20th Century Fox losing the rights to Daredevil as a character, the rights reverting back to Marvel Studios, and the possibilities for future versions of an on-screen Daredevil based on Frank Miller stories now up in the air, it's easy to over look that Waid's run on Daredevil is shaping up to be even more thrilling and engaging than Miller's run was. Maybe Marvel Studios will have the foresight to look to Waid's Daredevil for inspiration instead. They could do way worse.

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8.0
Daredevil / Punisher #3

Jul 7, 2016

While I'm still waiting for Soule to really weave a masterful tale of courtroom drama bolstered with super heroics, Daredevil/The Punisher will have to suffice. Please Mr. Soule, I'm sure I'm speaking for many Daredevil fans when I ask: please bring us that smart legal drama that I know you are capable of and take Daredevil the series to the next level. I'm waiting patiently.

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9.0
Dark Ark #1

Sep 25, 2017

Interesting and compelling characters, a frightening premise, plenty of tension, and loads of creepy creatures comprise this comic book making it a fun read. It's Bunn's excellent grasp on storytelling that makes it a must read. Dark Ark from Aftershock Comics is shaping up to be not only the must read this fall but THE read of this fall.

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9.0
Dark Reign: Elektra #1

Mar 27, 2009

Overall, Elektra #1 is a promising start to what should prove to be a worthwhile read.

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8.0
Dark Reign: Elektra #2

Apr 30, 2009

Overall, it appears that this issue loses some of its creative energy by being a tad too predictable, but the developments in this issue serve as a necessary bridge to what, hopefully, looks like a promising showdown.

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5.0
Dark Reign: Elektra #3

May 31, 2009

It appears Elektra in her bra and panties wont be enough to bolster sales so the merry mutant will have to show up. Marvel cant have Elektra run around nude so theyll have to give us the next best thing, adamantium claws! Well, at least theyll look good as Manns pencils remain excellent and Bermejos covers continue to deliver, I want that shot as a poster for my wall! excellence as well. A little more story momentum would help though, along with a Daredevil cameo instead of a Wolverine one. But then again, even if Daredevil showed up, itd be the same thing weve seen before all over again anyway.

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6.5
Dark Reign: Elektra #4

Jul 21, 2009

Before we turn our attention to next months adamantium laced blood fest, lets not forget about Norman Osbornes role in this series, and in Dark Reign overall. Doesnt he just give you the creeps? Ill take a Skrull invasion any day over this guy. Osborne is too realistic a danger and potentiality in real life, to be a simple super villain. Thats why hes so scary. Hes an all too real caricature of an all too real possibility.

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8.0
Dawn: Not to Touch the Earth #1

Oct 1, 2010

For more Dawn and JML: linsner.com

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10
DC Universe Holiday Special 2009 #1

Dec 16, 2009

A mixture of serious tales in the vein of A Christmas Carol, and lighthearted fare like A Christmas Story, DC Universe Holiday Special 09 delivers the holiday spirit like no other holiday special from a major publisher this year. Its a great read that really showcases the holiday hero spirit we all carry a piece of in our hearts this time of year, and should carry all year long.

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5.0
Dejah Thoris and The White Apes of Mars #1

Apr 10, 2012

Oh well"a guy can hope for some smartly drawn, and written, Martians"and that's what keeps me picking these books up every once in a while in the hopes that the Warlord of Mars series of books from Dynamite Entertainment might finally move past being girlie and skin books and actually tell some decent stories.

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10
Demon Knights #0

Sep 27, 2012

Anything that Paul Cornell is currently writing is worth reading, but Demon Knights is that rare genre crossing work that only comes along once in a while, much like a writer of Cornell's ability only does.

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8.5
Demon Knights #1

Sep 14, 2011

Well also have to wait for further issues to get the characterization going storytelling wise as well. While all of the DCnU books are meant to be perfect jumping on points, Demon Knights will be much more enjoyable to those who are already familiar with the characters previous incarnations or anxious, like I was as far as Madame Xanadu was concerned, to see how they are going to be portrayed in the DCnU. Besides the fact that we didnt really need, in an all ages book, to know that Xanadu likes it roughwell, the kids didnt need to know that at leastDemon Knights looks like it has the potential to be a great read. Maybe Xanadu is fooling Etrigan instead? Who knows? I'd like the series to last long enough to find out.

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9.0
Detective Comics #854

Jun 24, 2009

Again, as much as I hate to admit it, being a Bruce Wayne/Batman fan, Detective Comics new protagonists debut pretty strongly at the hands of Rucka, Williams III, and Hamner. It will be interesting to see where these characters go, and how they develop over the course of their run as headliners. They both were pretty strong leads in 52, but taking the reigns of one of DCs longest running titles is a whole different ballgame. Well see how many innings they last.

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6.5
Detective Comics #855

Aug 10, 2009

Hamners art is the complete opposite in look and theme, and thats perfect for The Questions tale. Hamners pencils display none of the ornate, gothic inspired flourishes, and the panels are sharply cut with solid black gutters. Outfits and uniforms are simple and crisp, like The Questions hand to hand fighting techniques. Shes a woman on a mission, and has a clear objective, unlike Batwoman, who is searching through a nighttime fog of questions for slippery, dew chilled answers.

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4.0
Detective Comics #856

Sep 16, 2009

Unfortunately, art alone cannot carry a book, and as talented as Williams is, a strong story has to compliment great art, and vice versa. Right now Detective Comics is starting to show a lacking in quality storytelling. The Second Feature story, featuring The Question, itself plods along and is such a basic crime story that it barely needs mentioning. Greg Rucka is a talented writer and has produced some great quality stories in the past. I have no doubt that he will again in the future. Maybe he's still warming up to the task of portraying Batwoman in Detective Comics?

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7.0
Detective Comics #857

Oct 3, 2009

Detective Comics is still laboring under a lack of truly original and engaging storytelling, but its artwork is so good that it the book can be read for this reason alone. Rucka is a very accomplished storyteller so hopefully Batwomans stories will improve. A comic book cannot survive on artwork alone.

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6.5
Detective Comics (2011) #0

Sep 5, 2012

Detective Comics #0 is overall disappointing though, and this disappointment is two-fold. The story, while illuminating some of the the early days of The New 52's Bruce Wayne/Batman, really doesn't deliver anything groundbreaking, nor does it powerfully illuminate the new Batman in any unique way. We've seen these types of Batman stories again and again in the past. Detective Comics #0 also does nothing to help untangle or explain all the inconsistencies now inherent in Batman, and his many Robins' stories, by continuing to be set 10 and 7 years ago. The totally contradictory and unintelligible continuity of The New 52 looks like it will remain just that, even after Zero Month.

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8.0
Doctor Strange (2015) #1

Oct 9, 2015

The Verdict: While I'm pretty much as done with Marvel Comics as I am with DC Comics now that the 616 Universe is dead, I'm going to stick around and check out these new adventures of Doctor Strange, mostly because I'm a Jason Aaron junkie, but partly because there hasn't been an interesting (or any interest on behalf of Marvel Comics in) Doctor Strange and I'd like to see where this goes.

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8.0
Doctor Voodoo: Avenger of the Supernatural #1

Oct 9, 2009

Overall, Doctor Voodoo: Avenger of the Supernatural gets off to a solid start artistically and storytelling wise. Making Brother Voodoo into Doctor Voodoo, Sorcerer Supreme is a good move both artistically and from a storytelling point of view. Doctor Strange hasnt really been able to carry a title by himself in recent years, mainly because hes grown into a bit of a dull character. While Voodoo isnt nearly as well known, he has a lot of interesting attributes that will at least freshen up the magic and sorcery aspects of the Marvel Universe.

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9.0
Driver for the Dead #1

Jun 19, 2010

Radical Comics is becoming renowned for top notch art and storytelling in their titles, and Driver for the Dead looks to continue this trend. Youll be hard pressed to find a better drawn and scripted horror/action thriller on the stands of your local comic book store.

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8.5
East of West #1

Mar 25, 2013

If Manhattan Projects has kind of ground down to a halt for you with its plodding pacing (except for its slight revival last issue), then the more grounded and streamlined narrative of East of West is what you've been praying for. It's Hickman being his best Hickman while hitting on all cylinders and charging full speed ahead.

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4.0
Eerie Comics #1

Jul 13, 2012

The market is ripe for the revival of a classic horror anthology series and Dark Horse Comics is just the type of publisher that can make one work. If Eerie doesnt get better as it goes along though it simply wont be around long enough for anyone to care.

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9.0
Emily and the Strangers #1

Jan 20, 2013

After nearly 20 years, Emily the Strange, the strange multimedia icon, continues to roll strongly on. Emily and the Strangers just might (thankfully) be the first really new look into the character/meme we've had in a long time though.

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8.5
Eternal Descent #1

Apr 24, 2010

Eternal Descent mastermind Llexi Leon is really onto something here. His concept which melds metal/industrial/goth music with a comic book about angels, demons, and those in between really has the potential to succeed in multiple mediums at once. If youre a fan of metal and comics, then this is the project youve been waiting for.

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8.5
Eternal Descent #2

May 9, 2010

Rock music and comic book joint ventures over the years have hit with varying degrees of success. For the most part, comic books that focused on musicians or bands usually have been the biographical kind like the classic Grunge Comics Presents #2: The Pearl Jam Story. Leon is trying something different though, and so far it's working. Eternal Descent rocks on many levels.

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9.5
Eternal Warrior #2

Oct 6, 2013

Still one of the most interesting and dynamic characters ever to emerge from the Valiant U, Gilad Anni-Padda's adventures in Eternal Warrior are a must read.

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9.0
Eternal Warrior #5

Feb 3, 2014

I'm intrigued by "Eternal Emperor." Is this going to set the stage for how the Valiant 2.0 U's future is going to be portrayed as canon? Or is Gilad going to realize that his murder of the gods didn't accomplish his goals and instead provide him with a reason to change his actions and and become the Fist and Steel again (perhaps through some time travel?)? I have no idea, but I'm definitely going to stick around and find out.

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8.0
Eternal Warrior #8

Apr 20, 2014

Unfortunately, the stories that I am looking for from Eternal Warrior, and was thoroughly enjoying in Harbinger are either going away or currently non-existent. For the first time I am feeling a little bit letdown from the publisher that I've been enjoying so much over the past few years, and afraid for my future relationship with it.

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8.0
Eternal Warrior: Awakening #1

May 16, 2017

Okay, maybe that's a bridge too far in my argument for the need for regular and well written and drawn Eternal Warrior series like Wrath of The Eternal Warrior and Eternal Warrior Awakening, but somehow I don't think so. I anxiously await Gilad's next appearance.

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8.0
Everafter #1

Sep 11, 2016

Where Fables succeeded so spectacularly though was in its ability to tell a smart and literary story of the type that so many Vertigo series over the years managed to without resorting to gratuitous violence (at least in every issue). Everafter reads more like an action/horror comic than it does a profound exploration of the types of themes that Fables often delved into. This is only the first issue though, so there is plenty of time to develop deep characters and stories as the series progresses, so no need to worry after just one issue, if that's the kind of story you are looking for. Sometimes it's necessary to splash a little action across the page to get the average reader's attention, then trick them into reading something enlightening. With the guest appearances of both Bigby and Snow, as well as the addition of their son Connor as a main character, the tradition of interesting and substantial character develop is definitely possible.

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9.0
Ex Sanguine #1

Oct 24, 2012

A smarter than average horror read with some of the most interesting characters to show up in a horror comic in some time, Exsanguine is a solid read for fans of the vampire, serial killer, or FBI supernatural crime thriller types of stories. Definitely worth checking out.

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6.5
Fantastic Four #606

May 27, 2012

Honestly, after you read this issue, I suggest that you be a real life superhero and make a contribution to the American Cancer Society. Who knows, maybe your contribution will be the one to finally fund a real cure, instead of a fictional one.

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8.0
Fantastic Four (2012) #1

Nov 14, 2012

In the new era of Marvel NOW! the Jonathan Hickman penned Fantastic Four is no more. Fraction, if he can pull it off, has the chance to build something brilliant in its own right with the brilliant Mark Bagley along for the ride.

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10
FF #2

Apr 27, 2011

It really didnt seem possible that Hickman could top what he did on Fantastic Four. Two issues into his well deserved creative controlled spin off series FF, Hickman is already leaps and bounds beyond his Fantastic Four run. Hickman and Epting just might be crafting what will turn out being the best superhero series of 2011. It should be allowed to develop nicely since the Fantastic Four as a franchise dont have a movie project on the horizon necessitating their need to return to form (i.e. Steve Rogers becoming Cap again, Thor getting another series, etc. etc.). We should be enjoying Hickmans creative free reign on FF for a while.

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8.5
FF #13

Jan 18, 2012

As long as Hickman is the creative force behind Fantastic Four and FF, these books will remain top of the reading pile each month, as they rightly should be.

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8.0
FF (2012) #1

Nov 28, 2012

Not nearly as bad as I expected, especially for a introductory type of first issue, FF #1 definitely has potential. I hope it lives up to it.

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8.0
Flash (2010) #1

Apr 18, 2010

How lighthearted and fun a Flash title starring Barry Allen as The Flash will turn out to be remains to be seen. The Flash doesnt need to be chocked full of giggle and goofiness (Wallys run as The Flash definitely wasnt always), but Barrys a bit of a carrier of the world on his shoulders type, especially after all the brooding he did in Flash Rebirth and Blackest Night, so lightheartedness might be a bit of a stretch for him to achieve. Johns and Manapul manage to inject some fun into Barrys re-debut issue though, so there might be some fun Flash stories ahead. Lets at least hope so.

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8.5
Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #1

Sep 16, 2011

Overall, Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E. has thepotential to be one of the more interesting New 52 books, even though it really,in the end, is pretty much a DCnU incarnation of Hellboy and B.P.R.D. As statedthough, with Lemire and Ponticelli at the helm, this book should be uniqueenough, and written and drawn well enough, to hold its own in a growing crowdof supernaturally superhuman focusing comics.

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9.5
Frostbite #1

Sep 28, 2016

It's great to see Vertigo attracting some of the hot new talent that is working on with the smaller (if you consider Image Comics small) publishers. I'm overjoyed to see that Jason Shawn Alexander's work is gaining the recognition, and wider audience, it deserves. Frostbite is definitely worth the read, and while your at it, pick up Empty Zone as well.

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8.0
Frostbite #2

Oct 27, 2016

Yes, I'm comparing Jason Shawn Alexanders' art to George Millers visually stunning direction. Frostbite is that good visually. I for one can't wait until the next issue.

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7.5
Frostbite #3

Nov 27, 2016

Frostbite still remains one of the best new limited series from Vertigo Comics currently running. It's definitely a top of the pile read.

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8.5
Frostbite #5

Jan 30, 2017

Frostbite is a great Vertigo Comics series. Hopefully, Jason Shawn Alexander will land another gig with Vertigo. His artwork deserves the wider audience.

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9.0
Garrison #1

May 9, 2010

Overall, Garrison is the perfect example of DC Comics penchant for cutting edge, offbeat, and interestingly literary comics. We usually see this type of offering from DC Comics Vertigo line, but books like Garrison and the recently collected Winter Men, are definitely turning heads towards and building upon DC Comics Wildstorm imprints reputation for high quality and engaging work.

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6.0
Generation Hope #9

Jul 24, 2011

Overall, Generation Hope #9 is a good read, and the series itself remains one of the best X-titles being published right now. Gillen is a good storyteller, and is doing some really great things with his massive cast of characters, both here and over in Uncanny X-Men. While Generation Hope #9 might feel like a bit of a rushed, and allegorically trite, filler issue, it isn't a bad issue by any means.

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9.0
Generation Hope #10

Jan 1, 1970

Gillen continues to deftly handle the conflicting personalities and growing discontent amongst Hopes team. Laurie, whos becoming more and more enamored with Xaviers Dream, and Kenji, whos becoming more and more enamored with Magnetos (former) Dream, are both becoming disillusioned with Hopes agenda. The dynamic playing out amongst Hopes team is reminiscent of the type of dynamic that existed between the characters of Claremonts New Mutants Classic during its glory days, without blatantly retreading it. Its this type of storytelling that made the X-Men, as a franchise, great. Its something that Jason Aaron promised to get the franchise back to with Wolverine and The X-Men. Overall, its exactly what stirs this returning X-fans passion for the franchise. With Gillen and Aaron at the helm, it looks like theres great stuff in store for X-fans with mindsets similar to mine, and Gillen has already given us a delicious taste of it.

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10
Generation Zero #1

Sep 4, 2016

With Van Lente and Protela's Generation Zero, Valiant has yet another hit on their hands. It's wonderful to see the Valiant Universe 2.0 continue to expand and introduce new series based on new characters. Valiant is firing on all cylinders right now with both old characters like Eternal Warrior and new ones like Generation Zero and Divinity. The Future of Valiant is here, and based upon Generation Zero's first issue alone, it appears to be a bright one indeed.

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9.0
Ghost #2

Nov 28, 2012

One of the most interesting and best 1990s hero revivals (outside of the excellent new Valiant Comics books) Ghost is a must read.

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7.0
Ghost Rider (2006) #33

Mar 11, 2009

Overall, we get a pretty decent tale setting us up for some more angels vs. demons/wars in heaven and hell tales that could prove to be worth the read, at least for its escapist fun. Milton might frown on his readers and admirers for reading such trifles but, hey, hes the one who go us hooked on Satan, his rebel angels and their wars in the first place. Tony Moores pencils are definitely not Gustave Dores woodcarvings, but they are incredibly detailed as far as the Ghost Riders of different time periods go, but hes better at conjuring images of fancy than true to life human faces. For a series thats all about the fanciful, he pulls off the fancy, but leaves the rest lacking. A decent if not literary loaded read, but all comics cant be Watchmen can they? Or Paradise Lost for that matter.

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10
Ghost Rider (2006) #34

Apr 22, 2009

Overall, to me this is simply a great issue that was a joy to read and that I wish we had more of from this series. I also hope that Moore is the new regular pencil artist for the series for a long time. His work is great already and I am looking forward to his take on The Spirits of Vengeance doing nothing but getting better and better as time goes by. A funny, creepy, action packed adventure which is just simply a blast of hot fresh air. Oh and if weve got The Highwayman, can U.S. Archer be far behind???

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7.5
Ghost Rider (2006) #35

May 29, 2009

Overall, Ghost Rider, while not chocked full of many deep thoughts, is a great ride and wonderful escapism. Its a great book to look forward to each month simply for the pure fun of it. Hopefully, Ghost Rider: Heaven's on Fire, although I think it will be a little more dark and serious in tone, will be an event worth looking forward to as well.

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9.0
Ghost Riders: Heavens On Fire #1

Aug 16, 2009

Overall, after a few months without some great Aaron helmed Ghost Rider action, humor, and horror, it's great to see him back in the saddle again. This series has the promise of being the pinnacle of Aaron's Ghost Rider run.

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4.0
God is Dead #1

Sep 20, 2013

Hickman has given me (and many others) many, many hours of highly fulfilling stories to read over the years in the many, many titles and issues he's written. I just am not convinced that God Is Dead is going to be another one of these type of books from Hickman. Hopefully, issue #2 will prove me wrong.

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10
Greek Street #1

Jul 2, 2009

Overall, the feel of this book, even in its earliest stages, is reminiscent of Vertigos Sandman. The dreamy, yet shockingly realistic atmosphere, coupled with the interaction of myth, story, and the everyday, as well as the literary allusions, of Greek Street, make it the closest in feel that any Vertigo book has come to its greatest series. With The Unwritten, Unknown Soldier, and now Greek Street, Vertigo has put together its strongest lineup in years. Time will tell, but Greek Street just might go down as the greatest of the three. It certainly has the potential to, early on.

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10
Greek Street #2

Sep 1, 2009

Very simply stated, Greek Street is another great title launched recently by DC Comics Vertigo line. There are so many intelligent and worthwhile titles being published by Vertigo right now that none of them should be missed. Greek Street is no exception.

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9.0
Greek Street #3

Sep 14, 2009

Fans of comic books with a literary feel and a brilliant reworking and updating of their favorite classical tales and myths will love this book. Readers simply looking for an intelligent read will love this book as well. Yet another great title from DC Comics' Vertigo line, which is the highest quality and most innovative imprint that ever existed within a major publisher, Greek Street is another example of an intelligent, gripping, and creepy read, worthy of the venerable Vertigo distinction.

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9.0
Green Arrow (2016) #23

May 21, 2017

Another good read from the DC Comics Rebirth line, Green Arrow is heading in interesting directions without sacrificing the super hero esthetic.

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8.0
Green Lantern (2005) #44

Aug 5, 2009

Overall, as Blackest Night marches on, it will be interesting to see the answers to the questions raised thus far in the story slowly revealed over time. Green Lantern, by default, has to be one of the key titles for these answers to start to develop in, so its a title worth continuing to keep up with. It would be for the art alone though anyway.

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8.0
Green Lantern (2005) #45

Aug 28, 2009

Overall, Blackest Night continues to build, as were obviously still going through the showing off phase of the zombie-like Black Lanterns. Admittedly, great drawings of these Lanterns, which capitalize on the zombie craze that seems to be buoyantly bobbing along through the many comic book publishers from Marvel Comics, to Dynamite, to Image, and now to DC Comics, wont keep Blackest Night afloat much longer. Johns and company are going to have to get down to what they do best, sooner than later. They need to tell a great story.

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7.0
Green Lantern (2005) #46

Sep 30, 2009

Overall, the uneasy alliance of Hal, Carol, and Sinestro really hasnt collated, but it appears that there will have to be one. It really will be uneasy if Sinestro, Hal, and Carol have to work together long term to meet the threat of The Blackest Night, as just a few years ago, (probably just months in comic book time) Hal had to save the universe from Sinestro. The idea of Sinestro and Hal working as allies should be considered blasphemy, but the need to survive might end up making for strange bedfellows.

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5.0
Green Lantern (2005) #50

Feb 14, 2010

For a landmark 50th issue, Green Lantern #50 is a bit of a disappointment. Blackest Night has been great artistically with all its DC Zombies, I mean, Black Lanterns running around, but it has paled in comparison storytelling wise to the previous Green Lantern events. Itll be wrapping up soon and thats a good thing. Its been fun but its getting old.

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6.0
Green Lantern (2005) #51

Feb 17, 2010

Well, at this point weve pretty much seen it all in Blackest Night. All the characters in the DC Universe who have ever died have shown up as Black Lanterns (remember, Bruce Wayne isnt really dead), and we even got a rematch between The Spectre and Parallax. Blackest Night has been fun, but its getting old. It still cant hold a candle to Rebirth or Sinestro Corps War as far as the storytelling goes, but then I doubt any future Green Lantern event will.

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8.0
Green Lantern (2005) #52

Mar 24, 2010

White Lantern Sinestro states on the cover You were expecting someone else? We probably were. Speculation (at least on the behalf of this reviewer) was that in some way Hal Jordan would become some sort of White Lantern, especially since hes wielded and been coveted by nearly all the other spectrum corps rings. Blackest Night #8 is still to come, so we might yet see some version of a White Lantern Jordan yetor at least a resolution to the ultimate role Sinestro is destined to play

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7.0
Green Lantern (2011) #13

Oct 3, 2012

It's going to take a little more than interesting social commentary to keep this new Green Lantern relevant. There is a great deal of potential here though, and based on his track record, Johns is most likely up to the task of maxing out Simon Baz's tenure as a GL.

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9.5
Green Lantern (2011) #21

Jun 5, 2013

So, while one era has come to an end with Geoff Johns' departure from Green Lantern, a glorious new one has begun. Instead of being a jumping off point for readers of Green Lantern though, Green Lantern #21 is not only an excellent jumping on point, but a great example of why long term Lantern fans will remain long term Lantern fans for years to come.

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8.5
Green Lantern Corps #38

Jul 21, 2009

Green Lantern Corps, in the hands of Tomasi and Gleason has been great, and with the launch of Blackest Night, it remains a must read for Green Lantern fans, and for fans of comics in general.

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7.0
Green Lantern Corps #39

Sep 1, 2009

Overall, all of DC Comics readers eyes are on Blackest Night, and with the popularity of The Sinestro Corps War, Green Lantern Rebirth, and Green Lantern Secret Origin, we can be sure that DC Comics is going to do everything it can to capitalize on this current Green Lantern event. So far this event has been interesting, but so far weve really only gotten a great deal of really good art and creepy zombie Lanterns, where we need to start getting a story behind these resurrections that lives up to the level of the art. Its time for the story to RISE

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8.5
Green Lantern Corps #48

Jun 13, 2010

Green Lantern Corps has been one of DC Comics standout books since its first issue, and even with the creative team changes, it looks like it will continue to be a standout. Its going to be interesting to see the effect Ganthet will have on the future of the Corps now that hes down in the trenches. More importantly though, it will be interesting to see just what hes up to

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6.0
Green Lantern Corps #50

Aug 17, 2010

The lackluster (but not boring) storytelling is propped up with some great artwork by series artist Ardian Syaf. His tough and gritty looking renditions of Lanterns Stewart and Rayner, along with his strong anatomical and choreographic work remind me (as Ive stated before) of Jim Lees work. While Syaf isnt necessarily a Jim Lee clone, hes definitely a product of the Jim Lee school of art. Theres nothing wrong with that. Being compared to Jim Lee is a good thing, even if the comparison detracts from labeling Syafs artwork as original.

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7.0
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Sleepy Hollow #1

Oct 16, 2012

A frightfully good first issue, arriving just in time for the most fun holiday of the year, Halloween, Grimm Fairy Tales' Sleepy Hollow is another solid offering from Zenescope Entertainment.

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8.0
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Wonderland #1

Sep 1, 2012

Wonderland #1 was Zenescope Entertainment's highest selling comic book for one reason, and one reason only: it's darn good.

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7.0
Grimm Fairy Tales Unleashed #1

Apr 16, 2013

A perfect, and smart, way to introduce legions of legendary horror icons (vampires, zombies, werewolves, demons, etc) into the main fabric of the Grimm Fairy Tale's U, Unleashed looks to be the must read of the summer for horror/dark fantasy fans, as well as for fans of well written comic books that showcase strong female characters. This one has me hooked...

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6.5
Grimm Fairy Tales: Halloween Special #2012

Oct 21, 2012

More than just a cheap capitalization on one of the years most commercial holidays, but not really delivering the deep chills and thrills that more discerning readers might be looking for this time of year, Grimm Fairy Tales' 2012 Halloween Special is a fun, if not incredibly deep, read. Honestly though, that's just what its readers might be looking for anyway.

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8.0
Grimm Fairy Tales: Holiday Special #2012

Dec 5, 2012

If you're looking for something a little different this year from the usual Christmas fairy tale fare, Grimm Fairy Tales 2012 Holiday Edition is right up your alley.

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9.0
Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight #1

Sep 23, 2013

A must read for fans of 1970s grindhouse, Tarantino films, and well written and drawn comic books for mature readers, Grindhouse Doors Open at Midnight is not to be missed.

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9.0
GWAR: Orgasmageddon #1

Jun 7, 2017

Maguire and Miner promise "Punchin' Nazis, Sinkin' Boats, Creatin' Gods, and a New Monster So Foul It'll Shock the Senses!" in the next issue. Honestly Maguire and Miner had me at "Punchin' Nazis," but I can't wait to see what kinda Gods (and grossness) these two come up with next.

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8.5
Halloween Eve (One Shot) #1

Oct 29, 2012

A fun read for this time of year, Halloween Eve is more than just that. It is an ultimate expression of one artist's talent. A talent that many of us would sorely love to see more of.

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10
Harbinger #0

Jan 31, 2013

There are very few mainstream superhero comics on the market today that are as powerfully written and drawn as the Valiant books are, and Dysart's Harbinger is one of their best...and it just keeps getting better.

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10
Harbinger #0.2014

Mar 18, 2014

Valiant Comics continues to create some of the most interesting, well thought out, and intelligent comics being published today. What is so scary though is that it feels like their best is still yet to come.

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10
Harbinger #1

Jun 3, 2012

Harbinger (2012) #1 triumphantly fills the void that long suffering Valiant Comics and Harbinger fans have been laboring with for well over a decade, while re-introducing a brilliant concept in brilliant tones, both written and drawn. This is the book that you need to be reading in order to get on the ground floor of what is going to be one of the most important, well written, and drawn comic book series of the decade, and those yet to come.

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9.0
Harbinger #5

Oct 15, 2012

Not without a few surprises, Harbinger #5 neatly wraps up the title's first story arc and lays a strong foundation for where Dysart is looking to take this series next. A pivotal issue in the young series' life, Harbinger #5 is not to be missed.

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8.0
Harbinger #9

Feb 19, 2013

Overall, Harbinger remains one of the best monthly comics published. If you aren't reading this book then you are missing out on superhero tales done, not only right, but brilliantly.

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9.5
Harbinger Wars #1

Apr 1, 2013

Finally, a publisher delivers an action packed, character driven, commentary laden, and all around brilliant and multifaceted crossover event that will appeal to a wide range of readers. Thank you Valiant Entertainment for making crossovers not only fun to read again, but worth reading again.

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10
Harbinger: Omegas #1

Aug 16, 2014

While I'm still not happy with the fact that it appears that what should be the flagship ongoing titles of the Valiant Universe are now reduced to a string of mini-series (well, at least we are getting a new Eternal Warrior mini-series out of the deal), Harbinger Omegas #1 is one of the best first issues of ANYTHING that Valiant Comics has released...well...ever.

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10
Harrow County #1

Apr 19, 2015

Harrow County by Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook is available May 13th 2015 and is available for pre-order.

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7.0
Hawk and Dove #1

Sep 7, 2011

Overall, Im looking forward to some great storytelling in Hawk and Dove that should more than make up for the lack of great art. Sterling Gates made Supergirl into the most dynamic and interesting character in the DCU during his stint on her book, odds are hell do something similar with Hank Hall and Don Granger aka Hawk and Dove.

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7.0
Hector Plasm: Totentanz #1

Oct 18, 2009

Overall, this collection of Halloween tales starring the only known and active Benandanti in all of comics (at least to this reviewers humble knowledge) serves its purpose by bringing the reader some fun escapism perfectly themed for late October reading. Hector Plasm: Totentanz is the perfect grab bag of Halloween comic strip treats for the comic book reader.

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8.5
Hellblazer (2016) #1

Sep 2, 2016

While I personally don't think that the grandeur of storytelling and literary, social, and political heft of the original series will ever be achieved again in a Constantine starring book, The Hellblazer looks to be perhaps the closest we will get to the glory that was Vertigo's Hellblazer.

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9.0
Hellblazer (2016) #4

Nov 29, 2016

The closest John Constantine, as a character and franchise, has gotten to the original series, here's hoping Oliver and Moritat's run last a good long time.

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8.0
Hellblazer (2016) #8

Mar 22, 2017

Still a beautiful under Philip Tan's artistic vision, The Hellblazer remains a solid read, but the the lack of snarky punk attitude, and yes, the politics that go along with it, keeps this series from rising to the heights of it originator.

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8.0
Hellblazer (2016) #9

Apr 25, 2017

The Hellblazer continues to move along slowly, but surely, seriously re-capturing some of the original pace and spirit of the original series. I just hope in this age of short attention spans the readership appreciates the slow burn.

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8.0
Hellblazer (2016) #10

May 28, 2017

Overall, the story line here in The Hellblazer remains interesting and reminds me more of the glory days of the comic and character than any series starring Constantine since the launch of The New 52, but it still hasn't lived up to them yet. Perhaps, the total aversion of DC Comics to political themes in their books is the main reason. Constantine was always a punk, and reveled in punk politics. Unfortunately, those days seem long gone. Why can't DC Comics give fans of the character what they are used to and want? I understand that they want to make their characters as appealing, therefore as profitable, to as many people as possible. Did they ever think though that there's a whole reading population out there who actually liked the political Constantine stories...and that they'll pay for them?

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7.5
Hellblazer (2016) #11

Jul 5, 2017

"The Smokeless Fire" promises to "Be Concluded" next issues. I'm anxious for it to be wrapped up. I'm also anxious to see where The Hellblazer goes next. It's not terrible now, but it can be better than the last few issues have been.

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8.0
Hellblazer (2016) #13

Sep 5, 2017

Seeley can really amaze me with his stories and art at times, and bore me to tears at others. I have to say that he's done a great job with the first chapter of his run here on Hellblazer, so hopefully this is one of the times I'll really dig his work.

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8.0
Hinterkind #1

Oct 6, 2013

Where Vertigo has been concerned over the decades though, weird stuff usually translates into interesting stuff. Hinterkind is definitely weird and interesting, but will yet another apocalypse by nature story capture enough attention, and therefore readers, to warrant a long life? Only time will tell.ell.

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9.5
Hoax Hunters #0

Mar 21, 2012

The kind of irony perpetuated in Hoax Hunters, the sly commentary on media manipulation, and the simple uniqueness of the story's first tale, which introduces a new team member"who is a scarecrow spacesuit/man (you just have to read it to get it-and it makes sense), is an example of the type intelligent storytelling that the Big Two pretty much stay away from for the most part in their mainstream superhero comics (albeit with a few exceptions). Read this book.

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10
House of Mystery Annual #1

Oct 14, 2009

Overall, House of Mystery: Halloween Annual #1 serves as a great introduction to some of Vertigos great series, and is a great Halloween-time read. For a line of comic books that focus a great deal of its series on the supernatural and horror, Vertigo finally delivers a Halloween special worthy of the Vertigo line. It was worth the wait.

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5.0
I, Vampire #1

Oct 2, 2011

Vampires in popular culture are still clinging to the outskirts of the collective un-pop-conscious, but they're beginning to lose ground. I, Vampire is DC Comics' too little, too late attempt to jump on the bandwagon and squeeze a little revenue out of this dying fad.

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8.5
I, Zombie #1

May 7, 2010

The story is perfectly suited for Allreds pop art/hipster style of artwork. Ellies go-go girl outfit and hairdo, Spots grunge inspired look, and Gwens modern alt-rock girl ensemble all capture and reflect each characters personality and supernatural condition. Allreds work is always a refreshing experience when showcased in a book like this, and is a welcome break from the dominant superhero/sci-fi realism based work that is the standard in most comics today. While this realism is great, sometimes its fun to switch gears and enjoy a little pop art sensibility and lightheartedness.

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10
I, Zombie #7

Nov 7, 2010

Overall, izombie is a unique slice of pop-paranormal art. Its main characters are fantastic and have their roots in the world of horror and fantasy, but are just as human on the inside as you and I. Roberson and Allred have managed to create a unique cast of characters who look like they just might be alive (or at least undead) for a long time.

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9.5
Incredible Hulk (2011) #15

Oct 29, 2012

While I hate to see Aaron wrap up yet another great run on yet another great Marvel Comics character, I can look back and savor this series and run for as long as it lasted. At least we got a Jason Aaron Hulk. We might not have, and comics would have been worse for it.

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8.5
Indestructible Hulk #7

May 26, 2013

There's plenty of great comics, stories, and artwork being put out there by the good folks at Marvel Comics these days, and Indestructible Hulk is one of the best of the lot.

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6.0
Inhumanity #1

Dec 5, 2013

I'm intrigued by this new take on the Inhumans franchise, and especially what it means for the cinematic Marvel U, but hopefully it will take a different direction than Marvel's mutant books take. There is such a thing as too much of a good thing...

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9.5
Invincible Iron Man #11

Mar 12, 2009

Overall, The Invincible Iron Man is, again, a well drawn and written series, that continues to build to the inevitable climax Dark Reign will encapsulate.

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9.5
Invincible Iron Man #12

Apr 1, 2009

Overall, INVINCIBLE IRON MAN continues to deliver interesting stories, great art and commentary. Pepper Potts foray into the world of super-armored suit-powered heroics alone though are enough to have us clamoring for more, and getting it.

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9.0
Invincible Iron Man #15

Jul 25, 2009

Overall, The Invincible Iron Man is a book that is always near the top of the monthly reading pile, and rightfully so. Tony Stark/Iron Man remains a fascinating character who over the decades of his existence, from the Cold War to the War on Terror, and beyond has always been a character who has maintained his relevance. Happily, in the era of the Dark Reign, Tony and ole Shellhead are still at the top of the pile of Marvel heroes who still matter, and better yet, stay interesting.

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8.5
Invincible Iron Man #16

Aug 5, 2009

Overall, while getting to be a long story arc, Worlds Most Wanted has definitely been a great read. Lets hope its climax and finale live up to all the build up.

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7.0
Invincible Iron Man #25

May 19, 2010

Tonys back. How many times have we heard this? Its a short little phrase that ensures that plenty of mayhem and adventure await us though, so I dont mind hearing it again. Iron Man is poised to jet headlong into Marvel Comics Heroic Age, and with Fraction and Larroca at the helm; The Invincible Iron Man will surely continue to lead the way with quality storytelling and art.

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7.0
Invincible Iron Man #26

May 19, 2010

The story is moving a long, and little details behind Tonys new armor are starting to leak out, but again Fraction and company arent exactly breaking storytelling ground here. Its a good story though, and worth revisiting. Hopefully, well get to some real action soon. With War Machine slated to appear next issue, we most likely will.

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10
Invisible Republic #1

Mar 25, 2015

For those looking for an intelligent read on the level of many of Brian Wood's DMZ or Greg Rucka's superb Lazarus, Invisible Republic is for you. Joining the long list of other great Image books being published right now like Nameless, Chrononauts, Descender, and Southern Cross, Invisible Republic looks like another classic in the making.

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7.5
Iron Man & the Armor Wars #1

Aug 8, 2009

While not exactly breaking new ground, nor exactly retreading the past, Iron Man and The Armor Wars is a nice introduction to Tony Stark and his superhero identity Iron Man for younger readers who may not have picked up an Iron Man title before, and older readers who just dont want to have to worry about a lot of continuity. It also serves to help keep Iron Man a more visible presence on the comic shops shelves while stoking the flames of interest in the character in anticipation of Iron Man 2, due next year.

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7.0
Iron Man (2012) #1

Nov 7, 2012

Off to an solid (but not completely reflective of Gillen's potential) start Iron Man #1 is, hopefully, laying the foundation for years of great Iron Man tales to come in the Marvel NOW! era.

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8.5
It Girl and The Atomics #1

Aug 10, 2012

Of to a great start, It Girl and The Atomics looks like another hit for Image Comics. Honestly, anything linked to or spun out of Mike Allred's Madman universe is sure to be worth checking out. Rich and Norton make it worth It Girl and The Atomics not just worth checking, they make it worth picking up again next month.

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10
Ivar, Timewalker #1

Jan 21, 2015

Between The Valiant and the first issue of Ivar, Timewalker, Valiant Comics have finally, and truly, mined the worth out of the Anni-Padda family of characters. These are books that shouldn't be missed, and must be read. They are that good.

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9.0
Jake The Dreaming #1

Apr 6, 2011

Free Comic Book Day is always a great day to visit your local comic shop, but with the addition of Radical Publications sneak preview of Jake The Dreaming: An Illustrated Novel, FCBD just got even more worth braving the crowds this year.

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10
Journey Into Mystery #646

Nov 25, 2012

As smart, sharp, and enjoyable as Kathyrn Immonen's Journey Into Mystery, with Sif as the lead, looks like it is going to be for those of us who love a good literary mental exercise, Journey Into Mystery #646 isn't as strong a debut (or re-imagining) of a female character as Azzarello's New 52 Wonder Woman #1 was, but it's not far behind. Has Marvel Comics finally found a character and writer to elevate one of their female heroes to the plateau that Azzarello has elevated DC Comics' Wonder Woman? Time will tell, but Immonen definitely has the writing chops to do so based on what we see here...

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8.5
Justice League: Cry for Justice #1

Jul 4, 2009

Overall, whether or not we end up with a DCU Civil War, or just a Dark Justice League, whatever ramifications this series ends up having on the DCU could be interesting. Hopefully, they will actually be something worth reading this series for.

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6.0
Justice League: Cry for Justice #2

Aug 19, 2009

Overall, I guess this mini-event needs to be seen for what it is. A mini event for the Justice League or more like, a way to inject some life and provide a much needed shakeup of a title that has been very lackluster for some time now. Once we get through this little series, and the dust settles, itll be interesting to see what Robinson (who is a great writer, but just not quite working his usual magic with this title, yet) will do with the composition of the new Justice League of America.

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2.0
Justice League: Cry for Justice #3

Sep 4, 2009

Maybe the plot and direction of this series will turn around, but Im pretty much gone at this point. Ill still read, and rave about what Robinson doing in Superman, but Cry for Justice is just plain, very oddly, and surprisingly bad.

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9.0
Justice Society of America #25

Apr 1, 2009

Overall, with Johns leaving this title soon and Jerry Ordway taking over, the quality of storytelling should remain high, although few, if any, recent comic book writers can measure up to what Johns has done for the medium and DC in particular. Hopefully, if we a return of Captain Marvel to the fold, Ordway will have some more classic characters to play with. JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA has been one of DCs strongest titles over the past few years in storytelling and art and if it stays this way it will stay at the top of many reading lists.

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8.0
Justice Society of America #27

May 30, 2009

Overall, the now Johns-less Justice Society of America, looks to be in good hands for the time being with a writer and penciller in Ordway who can definitely draw, and knows how to handle a team book where each character gets the proper amount of time, and hopefully continued, development, both of which have been the standard for JSA thus far.

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5.0
Kill Shakespeare #1

Apr 21, 2010

Again, I really want to see this series work, but as a former scholar myself, I cant really seem to get into such a powerful corruption of the most powerful stories ever told. Undoubtedly, McCreery and Del Col know their Shakespeare, but they dont seem to feel it, at least not yet

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5.0
KISS #1

Jun 13, 2012

While not totally a waste, but definitely nothing groundbreaking, IDWs KISS #1 is a fun read, but really only worth forking over the cash for because of the art.

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10
Lazarus #1

Jun 24, 2013

Rucka promises that Lazarus is a finite story that will take several years to tell. Based upon the strength of this first issue though, however long Lazarus lasts, (and as long as Rucka and Lark remain its creators) it won't last nearly long enough.

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8.0
Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure #1

Jan 2, 2014

Legenderry #1 has the look and feel of the best DC Comics' Elseworlds stories of yesteryear (you know...the days when DC Comics' comics were compelling). I'm glad to see that the spirit still exists out there amongst the mainstream superhero publishers. Legenderry definitely looks like it just might fill the Elseworlds void, and take it to a new level.

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7.5
Lucifer (2015) #2

Jan 28, 2016

I'm on board with this new Lucifer series, for now. I just hope he doesn't turn into the grinning do-gooder of the series, or worse yet, rent out his services to the LAPD in the coming issues to solve crimes. There's enough supernatural crime-solver series out there. While the Lucifer of the TV series might be interested in getting physical above all else, here's hoping Black's Lucifer decides to get metaphysical instead.

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9.0
Lucifer (2015) #11

Oct 19, 2016

Under the creative direction of Holly Black and Lee Garbett, Lucifer continues to be one of the best Vertigo Comics being published right now, and definitely worth the monthly read.

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9.0
Lucifer (2015) #12

Nov 20, 2016

Lucifer moves into the post set up stage of Black's smart take on the character, and the devil's future never looked brighter.

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8.0
Lucifer (2015) #15

Feb 16, 2017

Lucifer still remains one of the best of the Vertigo Comic's line of books and is well worth the read.

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8.0
Lucifer (2015) #17

Apr 23, 2017

The last page of this issue promises some fireworks next issue between Lucifer and some of his estranged family. "Next: Forms of Fire" seems more than apropos for next issue's title. Lucifer remains a solid read each month.

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8.0
Lucifer (2015) #19

Jun 29, 2017

Kadrey ties up all the series' loose ends capably, albeit if too quickly. That's to be expected though since he had only 32 pages to tie up the events that had unfolded over the course of the last 18 issues. He manages to leave all of the characters intact, except for The Presence (that's also a pun as you'll figure out after you read this final issue).

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10
Madame Xanadu #8

Mar 5, 2009

A couple of noteworthy aspects of Xanadus adventures, particularly in this issue are, one: she firmly appears to be seated in the DC Universe proper with mention of our aforementioned demon, recently appearing in Reign in Hell, a DC Universe proper series, and two: since this is the case, it marks one of the first times in recent memory that DCs Vertigo line has crossed over with DCs Universe proper line. This crossover used to be the case in previous Vertigo series Saga of The Swamp Thing and Sandman. Maybe well get to see some more of DCs mystical characters in Vertigo incarnations? The Demon and Dr. Fate both would make great Vertigo series since Vertigo is a line for mature readers, and darker tales can be told about them and their adventures. Anybody out there at DC listening? Overall, whether or not Madame Xanadu reaches the literary heights of Swamp Thing or Sandman remains to be seen, but so far its proven be off to a good start at attempting this goal.

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10
Madame Xanadu #9

Mar 27, 2009

Overall, MADAME XANADU continues to deliver. Great storytelling, art and direction are the hallmark of this book and if it keeps up this pace it just might one day be worthy of ranking up there with the Vertigo greats. Its certainly on its way.

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10
Madame Xanadu #10

May 15, 2009

Overall, Madame Xanadu should remain a strong read every month as Wagner will no doubt continue to spin tales about Xanadu worth reading, but adjusting to Michael WM. Kalutas style will take some getting used to after Hadleys version of Xanadu has solidified and created an unparalleled look for the character and her surroundings. Again, shell be missed on this multiple Eisner Award nominated title.

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5.0
Madame Xanadu #11

May 31, 2009

That isnt a bad thing. On the contrary, Matt Wagner is a very talented and much admired writer and his stint on Madame Xanadu has been spectacular thus far, but do we really need to see him repeat himself by revisiting territory that he has already covered, quite well, in the past? While the promise of more Wesley Dodds and Dian Belmont does hold some appeal, wouldnt it be better to just resurrect them in a new Sandman Mystery Theatre series instead of bringing them back into a series that was unique and standing very well on its own? Madame Xanadu was its own fresh, lively and unique series through its first 10 issues. Sticking with the series for the next few issues might prove worthwhile for old Sandman Mystery Theatre fans, but for fans of Madame Xanadu, as she was conceived of until issue 11, it might be time to jump ship.

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10
Madame Xanadu #16

Nov 4, 2009

Wagner, Hadley, Friend, and Major have a major hit on their hands with Madame Xanadu. After a brief hiatus, Madame Xanadu is ready challenge the many high quality and literary books published by Vertigo for the title of the imprints best series. With the amount of really great books being printed by DC Comics Vertigo imprint right now, theres no shortage of great titles for readers to choose from. Madame Xanadu should be one of them, definitely.

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8.0
Madame Xanadu #19

Feb 2, 2010

It appears these interlude chapters to Broken House of Cards will stretch for at least two issues, so well have to wait a little while for a resolution to last months cliffhanger, but with Jones handling the artistic chores while Hadley is again away, it wont be such a terrible wait. Besides, some solid back story on Nimue and Morgana is necessary at this point in the series and the current story arc as it will enhance them both.

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6.0
Magdalena #1

Apr 22, 2010

Im not giving up on this series yet. Weve only been privy to one issue. It is still one of the most potential laden creations and concepts to get its own ongoing series. Solid art and concepts must be backed up by solid storytelling though. Hopefully, well see this in The Magdalena sooner than later.

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9.0
Magdalena #9

Nov 30, 2011

So while The New 52s Voodoo might need a change of direction, Marzs The Magdalena is still headed in the right one. Forget Voodoo, read The Magdalena instead for a truly intriguing and solid story.

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8.0
Magdalena #10

Dec 14, 2011

Again, as Ive said before, The Magdalena isnt a doozy of a literary read every month (although Marz could make it be if he really cut loose with it), nor is it the most original work on the shelves monthly, but it is one of the most solid and indisputably and unrepentantly consistent monthly books published. For those with an interest in (real world based) religious fiction/action/adventure, The Magdalena is for you.

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9.0
Magneto (2014) #1

Mar 5, 2014

We haven't really been treated to a comic book version of Magneto that bared any serious resemblance to the newer silver screen incarnation of the character, but thanks to Bunn and Walta, the semi-street level Magneto is here, and I say the Marvel U is better for it.

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9.0
Mara #1

Jan 6, 2013

Ever since breaking free of DC Comics, Brian Wood's name has been popping up on comic book covers everywhere. With Mara, Wood looks to add another thought provoking hit to his long list of brilliant stories.

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7.5
Marvel Mystery Comics 70th Anniversary Special #1

Jun 6, 2009

Overall, Marvel Mystery Comics 70th Anniversary Special #1 is another in a line of great reads from Marvel, celebrating 70 years of Marvel Comics. While it isnt quite the stand out issue that The Human Torchs issue was, its definitely a fun read.

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9.0
Mata Hari #1

Sep 9, 2010

Overall, Mata Hari #0, as it is technically labeled, is a strong work of sequential art that stands well on its own, but does a fantastic job of enticing its readers to look forward to this alternative take on one of historys most desired and reviled, yet potentially innocent, female criminals. Like most books published by Radical Publications, Mata Hari #0 and the forth coming (Spring 2011) Mata Hari 128 page, full color, hardcover graphic novel both look to be tailor made to be adapted to the big screen ( I picture Mila Kunis in the title role"okay, so Ive got a minor star crush on her). Based upon the quality of Mata Hari #0, and the peek it gives us into the potential quality of the graphic novel, its one book that should scream film adaptation, and rightly so.

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9.0
Mercy Sparx #0

May 31, 2009

Okay, all that might be a little bit more of a heavier message than Blaylock might be intending, and one Mercy would undoubtedly roll her eyes at, at this point in her development but hey, good art and storytelling should have a point and it looks like Mercy Sparx definitely has one. This is a perfect series to have fun reading. It's most definitely great escapism, but if youre not careful you might learn something too. Check it out.

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8.0
Mercy Sparx #3

Mar 25, 2009

Whateverbetween Mercy, her sarcasm, tattoos, and two fisted approach, Im hooked and when her new ongoing series MERCY SPARX: UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT kicks off on May 2nd, Free Comic Book Day, Im there. Oh, and Ill be checking out issue # 4 of this series as well.

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8.0
Mercy Sparx: Under New Management #1

May 3, 2009

After all this talk of tattoo art, brass knuckles with ASS engraved on them backward, and a wise cracking hottie devil chick, you might be thinking its a kiddie and/or adolescent throwaway mag, and in many ways it is (well, its not really for the kiddies), but its just too much fun, and the pop art angels and devils are just to well drawn to overlook. Josh Blaylock himself states in this issues column, have mercy that, if you like characters that curse too much, drink too much, have tattoos and fight lots of hot angel girls in skimpy outfits (and angel boys too), I ask you to plunk down a few bucks for more Mercy. Amid all these tattoos, beers and brawls there is a story that has the makings, early on at least, of shaping up to be pretty complex without loosing site of the humor that makes this book so fun. Blaylock also states, I do confess, though, that theres an actual over-arching epic story in there somewhere too, but I promise to keep the stuff you actually come back for-skin

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6.0
Miss America 70th Anniversary Special #1

Jun 11, 2009

Overall, Miss America Comics 70th Anniversary Special #1 is a fun read, and pays tribute to an important part of the back bone of U.S. Industry during World War II, the countless Rosies who kept America supplied during the war, but it isnt as strong as the first few 70th Anniversary Specials, although it could have been. Her special, and the last, Marvel Mystery Comics #1, both represent a drop in the overall quality of the specials. Hopefully, the next, focusing on the Young Allies will rebound this line.

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7.0
Miss Fury #1

Apr 28, 2013

Definitely worth reading more of, but also quickly worth dropping like a hot potato if the narrative doesn't streamline better over the next few issues, Miss Fury is another worthwhile updating of a forgotten Golden Age character from Dynamite.

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6.0
Miss Fury #2

Apr 28, 2013

I'll stick with this book just to see if it gets better since I like the character so much, but it has to improve...and fast.

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9.0
Miss Fury #3

Jun 16, 2013

Miss Fury has steadily improved over the past few issues and it seems like Dynamite Comics is finally realizing that while it's perfectly fine to draw an incredibly hot Marla Drake/Miss Fury character, she doesn't have to run around naked all the time for Miss Fury to be a comic book worth reading. Great job guys. Keep it up.

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8.0
MonoMyth #1

Aug 11, 2014

Overall, MonoMyth is a fantastic offering from a smaller publisher that will appeal to anyone interested in dark fantasy with strong characterization. Notwithstanding the lengthy competition segment in the middle of the book, MonoMyth #1 is a smart work that is visually and esthetically pleasing. OSSM Comics, Donnelly, and Ninaltowski definitely have a potentially large hit on their hands here.

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10
Moon Knight (2014) #3

May 19, 2014

Moon Knight has always been an interesting character, even if he's been derided as the "Batman rip-off of the Marvel U." In Ellis' hands though, Moon Knight isn't just an interesting character, he's an essential one.

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9.0
Morbius: The Living Vampire #1

Jan 13, 2013

Finally, a readable version of a vampire(-like) superhero comic book comes amongst us. This will be one to watch this year.

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10
Nameless #2

Mar 6, 2015

The Verdict: Nameless has all the potential to be not only Morrison's best work since The Invisibles, but perhaps his best work ever. This is a series that needs to be read.

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8.0
New Mutants (2009) #25

Jun 26, 2011

After recovering from the events of Illyana and the teams recent adventures, Wolverine leads a team of X-Men comprised of everyone who has a particular emotional tie to Illyana on a mission to battle some Nimrod tech that is overrunning an automotive assembly plant. Turns out Cyclops/Scott Summers had a reason for sending all of Illyanas emotionally attached friends out. While the team battles away, he and Illyana have a pretty serious discussion about her recent actions, which nearly destroyed all of reality. Dani Moonstar, current de facto team leader of the X-Men team comprised of veteran New Mutants, upon returning with her team from their Nimrod wrecking mission (whom Wolverine was supposed to be in command of, but whom got slightly overridden by Dani), fully expects her team to be disbanded after recent events. To her surprise, Scott has other plans. Dani is to keep her team together, and is placed in charge of clearing up all of the X-Mens unfinished business. Their first missio

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10
New Mutants (2009) #37

Feb 16, 2012

New Mutants was getting really good again just before the mandated "Fear Itself" crossover almost derailed the book for me permanently. I'm glad I stuck it out. All of the X-books are once again near the top of the quality heap at Marvel Comics, and New Mutants is moving its way up to the top of that pile.

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8.0
New Mutants (2009) #45

Jul 16, 2012

Warlock, Doug, Shan, Amara, Nate, Dani, and the rest of the crew will undoubtedly show up somewhere else, but the X-Books will be worse off due to the cancellation of its most unique X-Book. New Mutants will be missed.

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8.0
New Mutants (2009) #46

Jul 26, 2012

At least we New Mutants fans are going to be treated to one more great looking arc with "Fight the Future" which begins on 8-15-12. After that where these great, and often overlooked, 2nd generation X-Men end up will be anybody's guess.

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9.5
New Mutants (2009) #50

Nov 4, 2012

Oh well, this is the norm with most of the big properties (unlike Superman for some strange reason-a character that DC Comics has decided to completely ruin recently). Writers come along, get to play with the characters, then have to put them back unbroken and unchanged. At least we got a fun and thrilling adventure each month in the style of the old school X-Men for a while. Thanks Mr. Abnett and Mr. Lanning for giving us at.

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9.0
New Superman #1

Jul 13, 2016

After experiencing complete and utter disinterest in the whole DC Comics Rebirth concept behind New Super-Man #1 when it was announced, I am now totally hooked. Bring on the Chinese Justice League.

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9.0
New Superman #2

Aug 15, 2016

DC Comics' most interesting Rebirth title, New Super-Man is a must read. It's good to see that DC Comics isn't afraid to take chances on smart storytelling again.

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9.0
New Superman #3

Sep 18, 2016

With the addition of many new players on the scene, both the Great Ten and The Freedom Fighters of China, and all the allegorical goodness (as well as super powered super heroic action and adventure) that should follow, DC Comics' most interesting Rebirth title, New Super-Man, should stay a great and interesting reading.

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8.0
New Superman #4

Oct 24, 2016

New Super-Man still remains a surprisingly good read out a batch of good reads launched out of DC Comics' Rebirth initiative.

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9.0
New Superman #7

Feb 15, 2017

Still a top of the pile read as far as the DC Comics' Rebirth line of books are considered, New Super-Man remains one of DC Comic's best.

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10
New Superman #8

Feb 15, 2017

Just when it looks like New Super-Man can't get any better, an issue like this comes along and it does. Kudos to DC Comics for taking a chance on a book that I myself thought wouldn't last but a few issues and be no where near as interesting and engaging as it has turned out to be.

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9.0
New Superman #10

Apr 13, 2017

One DC Comics' Rebirth line's best kept secrets, New Super-Man should be at the top of your monthly reading pile.

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9.0
New Superman #11

May 15, 2017

New Super-Man continues to impress and is one of DC Comics' best regular mainstream superhero reads.

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9.5
New Superman #12

Jun 16, 2017

I'm really enjoying how Gene Luen Yang is deepening the metaphysical elements of the characters while tying them into Chinese mythology, much like most western superheroes are tied to a western mythology (think Wonder Woman/Princess Diana and the ancient Greek gods). New Super-Man remains a great read, and somehow gets even better each month.

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9.0
New Superman #13

Jul 18, 2017

Still a great read, even with the artistic change, New Super-Man is the Spider-Man of the DC Universe, and he's just as fun a character to read and follow.

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8.0
New Superman #14

Aug 16, 2017

Let's get this Suicide Squad cameo over and get back to the characters that matter. The characters that make New Super-Man unique amongst the regular superhero titles on the monthly racks.

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7.0
New Superman #15

Oct 3, 2017

Still worth reading, but weighted down by unnecessary tropes and guest appearances, New Super-Man remains a unique superhero read.

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8.0
Nightcrawler (2014) #2

Jun 1, 2014

Overall, Nightcrawler looks to be a worthy read focused solely on this beloved character. It's been a while since X-Fans have had the pleasure of reading new Nightcrawler exploits AND Claremont X-Men stories, so enjoy Nightcrawler while it lasts.

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8.0
Nightmare Unknown #1

Nov 11, 2012

Artist Rob Dumo brings Maddox's story to brilliant black and white life. His artwork jumps effortlessly between time frames and eras, and his sense of action, as well as more pensive moments, is top notch. In short, his work is much better than one sees in many independent works.

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8.5
Nightwing (1996) #153

Feb 19, 2009

We cant say for sure that all of this train riding, candle and street lighting foreshadow Graysons assumption of The Cowl but is sure sheds some light on where his story will take us in the months to come.

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7.5
Nocturnal Conspiracies #1

Jun 10, 2010

(suggested for mature readers only)

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10
Northlanders #20

Sep 2, 2009

DC Comics Vertigo imprint has been going through a bit of a renaissance here recently, as the quantity of quality titles being produced is at a high which Vertigo fans havent seen in quite a few years. With its near two year run thus far, Northlanders is one of the leaders of this pack of great new books.

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10
Northlanders #21

Nov 2, 2009

Overall, Northlanders continues to be just one of the many solid reads being published by DC Comics Vertigo line, helping prove that Vertigo is one of, if not the most important, and prominent publishers of not only mature readers titles, but intelligent and literary titles as well.

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10
Northlanders #22

Dec 10, 2009

Overall, Northlanders continues to be one of the jewels in the hilt of the sword that comprises DC Comics Vertigo line of hits. Vertigos sharp cutting edge of books is stronger than it has been in years, and Northlanders deserves, and demands, worthy attention.

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9.0
Northlanders #23

Dec 27, 2009

Northlanders continues to be one of those rare series that is truly worth the wait each month. Its also continues to get better with each story arc. Theres nothing surprising about these facts, as Northlanders is a DC Comics Vertigo title, but this series stands out amongst a crowd of great Vertigo titles being published right now.

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8.0
Northlanders #24

Feb 2, 2010

The story and art in The Plague Widow continue to deliver a solid and engaging story. The constant war of words between Boris and Gunborg is wearing thin though and the conflict (which has been looming since the first chapter) between the two needs to come to a head. It should prove to in the next few chapters, and the event should be worth the buildup.

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10
Northlanders #25

Feb 24, 2010

One wonders how Hilda, Karrin, and Boris will survive the onset of Gunborgs usurpation of control of the settlement, and just what he discovered during his journey to the nearest settlement last issue. One also has to wonder what Boris ultimate motives are as well, as he obviously is after more than just survival. These answers will come soon enough, but the wait will be tough. Woods plot has us hooked and awaiting next months installment feverishly.

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10
Northlanders #27

May 15, 2010

Theres one more chapter yet to come in The Plague Widow, and undoubtedly it will be a fitting and powerful one, but Northlanders #27 Splinter and Bleed just might be the most powerful issue of the entire series thus far.

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10
Northlanders #30

Jul 30, 2010

Northlanders is 30 issues along now at this point, it,s and is still going strong. Brian Woods masterful series continues to be a top of the monthly reading stack book that is astounding in its continued and consistent high quality.

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9.0
Northlanders #33

Oct 20, 2010

Overall, I still really look forward to Northlanders each month. The week it is published it sits on the top of my reading pile, and is one of the rare monthly books I read that often gets the privilege of being read twice. Several great Vertigo series have unfortunately folded, but thankfully (and justly) Northlanders soldiers on, to the benefit of all comic readers who appreciate a book that is a cut above the field.

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8.0
Penny for Your Soul #1

Jun 6, 2010

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8.5
Phantom Stranger (2012) #0

Sep 24, 2012

While I would rather not have had The Spectre's introduction to the New 52 be a subplot of The Phantom Stranger's origin story, I'm nevetheless glad to see that Corrigan/The Spectre is going to be a part of the New 52. A character that isn't quite as popular or well known, like The Spectre, is a character that is perfect for a new writer with new ideas to work with. Maybe DC Comics can revive some of that groundbreaking storytelling that they were so full of at one point with a new take on The Spectre. Only time will tell...

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10
Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl #1

Aug 23, 2015

The Verdict: Fans of smart music commentary and criticism (which IS actually a pretty serious thing to some) and great supernatural thrillers will love Phonogram, but that's rather un-ironically obvious...don't you think?

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9.0
Planetoid #1

Jun 13, 2012

Setting up a whole new sci-fi sandbox for readers to indulge their taste for dark industrial landscapes, heros journey type storytelling, and hi tech adventure and action in, Planetoid #1 looks to be the start of yet another hit for Image Comics and the beginning of a long and storied career in the medium for Ken Garing.

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7.0
Poe #1

Jul 16, 2009

Overall, Poe #1 is a decent read with some pretty good artwork. As the series progresses it should open up more, and perhaps take more of a fantastic path. Poes biggest appeal looks to be its protagonist though, as Poe is a highly recognizable name, and will catch your local comic shops browsers eyes.

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7.0
Poe #2

Aug 20, 2009

Overall, Poe will continue to appeal to, and be a bit of escapist fun for, previous English majors like myself who get a kick out of seeing some of the literary greats they studied, and still admire, brought to fanciful life.

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8.5
Power Girl #1

May 6, 2009

Overall, Power Girl #1 is a well written, well drawn, and fun take on, in my opinion, DCs hottest female character-maybe next to Wonder Woman-and interesting one as well. Its definitely worth checking out, and NOT just for the eye-candy.

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8.0
Power Girl #2

Jul 19, 2009

Overall, this series is looking to build on its witty, fun, yet strangely disturbing beginning. Thematically, its interesting, as theres more going on here than just a super hottie with a triple D bust line and a low cut, high ridding costume flying around and smashing things. This book would sell without the interesting theme anyway, but Power Girl's looks wouldnt keep the book selling over time (well, at least not a considerable amount of time). The costume works, so dont mess with it, and so does the storytelling so far, so hopefully there will be no messing with it either. Power Girl's looks will draw readers in, but theyll stay for the story.

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8.5
Power Girl #3

Jul 22, 2009

Power Girl is a great, silly, surprisingly deeper themed than youd expect, and action packed work with some of the best artwork this side of Hadleys run on Madame Xanadu. Do yourself a favor and check it out.

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8.0
Project Superpowers: Meet the Bad Guys #1

Aug 30, 2009

Overall, Project Superpowers: Meet The Bad Guys #1 leaves the reader with same feeling they always have, (at least in my case) when The Green Lama takes center stage: the desire to see more of this character in a starring role in his own series, and a desire for good, high quality tales to be told about him and his exploits. Hes got so much potential with all his complexities, motivations, long history, and uniqueness, that the longer Dynamite Entertainment takes to actualize this character, the more they are losing out on building a solid fan base, not only for The Green Lama, but for their entire Project Superpowers project. Every superhero universe needs a Superman, and The Green Lama can easily be this hero/character for the Superpowers Universe. Whether Dynamite Entertainment follows through on The Green Lamas potential will remain to be seen. His appearance and adventure in this particular comic book gives us but a hint of the heights he can achieve, but not nearly the type of vi

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6.0
Prometheus: Fire and Stone #1

Aug 30, 2014

Prometheus Fire and Stone #1 was one of the books I was most looking forward to this Fall, and now it's bordering on becoming my biggest letdown book of the Fall. Prometheus Fire and Stone #1 is heavy on the set up, light on the delivery, and has the potential to devolve into another xenomorph driven gore-fest. The Prometheus branch of the Alien franchise has such potential to be so great, especially because its heavier subject matter, but heavier subject matter just doesn't sell as well as gore...and that's a damn shame.

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8.0
Punisher (2011) #2

Aug 24, 2011

As a huge fan of The Punisher as an adolescent, who never thought that hed read a Punisher starring book again after abandoning Punisher War Journal in the late 1980s, Im pleasantly surprised and, more importantly, entertained by the character and his stories again, as Rucka and Checchetto imagine him. Hopefully this creative pair will keep him interesting and entertaining.

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6.5
Punisher (2011) #3

Sep 25, 2011

The best aspects of this issue are Rucka's subtle character reveals concerning the only survivor of the massacre that kicked off issue #1 of the series. Rucka has a penchant for writing strong female leads and it seems certain that Rucka's Bride and The Punisher will cross paths at some point. Rucka set up some really strong characters in the first two issues, when he gets back to these characters, the narrative will pick up again. I'm anticipating the arrival of issue #4 as much as I was apathetic about issue #3 after I read it, so issue #3 gave me something at least: a chance to use it as a metaphor...

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10
Punisher (2011) #16

Sep 30, 2012

I hate that Rucka is about to wrap up his stint on The Punisher by pitting Frank against the rest of the Marvel U in the upcoming, and re-launched, Punisher War Zone #1. I would rather (and could have) read 100 issues of The Punisher written in this vein by Greg Rucka instead. Rucka's The Punisher will be missed, but I'm happy that we got it for at least 16 issues.

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7.5
Punk Mambo #0

Dec 1, 2014

Punk Mambo #0 is a solid story and a beautiful work of art, as well as something fresh and new to current Valiant readers. It flushes out a whole new part of the world, pretty much left untouched until now, in the Valiant Universe 2.0. Unfortunately, for long termed Peter Milligan readers, it feels like a tale twice (or more) told, is nothing new, and fails to move Milligan's legacy along.

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8.5
Punk Rock Jesus #2

Aug 8, 2012

Punk Rock Jesus isnt perfect, but like I mentioned above, its a damn fun and intelligent read. Its a shame this is only a mini-series though. If conceived as an ongoing series, it really might have become one of Vertigos signature series.

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10
Punk Rock Jesus #6

Jan 13, 2013

I really feel the need to comment more on this series, it was so thought provoking and provocative, and I most likely will be here at ComicBookBin, but more than that, I feel the need to read more about Chris, McKael, and his crew, but alas it's all over now. Here's to looking forward to the trade and all the goodies that it might contain.

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9.5
Rachel Rising #12

Nov 7, 2012

Easily the work that should top most reviewers and smart readers' 2012 Best Of Lists, Rachel Rising is one of those rare titles that comes along only once in a while. You should be reading, and more importantly enjoying, it while it lasts.

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10
Rachel Rising #25

Apr 30, 2014

There aren't enough books like Rachel Rising on the market these days. Thankfully, Rachel Rising itself hasn't reached its end and Moore has more to tell and draw concerning Rachel and her group.

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10
Rachel Rising #42

Jun 13, 2016

Terry Moore's Rachel Rising is going to be sorely missed. The only solace we admirers of the series and Terry Moore's work have is that we will hopefully see something new from him soon.

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10
Red Team #1

Feb 1, 2013

Some of Garth Ennis' works are really out there, graphically violent, and sometimes petulantly vitrolic, (all of which can be immensely engaging and cool), but Red Team is Ennis at his most realistic and morally ambiguous best. If Red Team #1 is any indication of the types of works we can expect from Dynamite Entertainment's crime line, they can't publish them fast enough.

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8.5
Reign in Hell #8

Mar 1, 2009

Overall, being apparently one of the few readers who eagerly anticipated the now defunct Shadowpact series monthly, I was happy to see some of my favorite characters in action again. Especially Ragman, Zauriel (did I mention hes one of the most underused DC characters with the greatest potential?) and Nightshade, although the budding relationship between Ragman and Nightshade that developed at the end of Shadowpact is apparently almost entirely dropped. It was also great to see Etrigan and Dr. Fate, two of DCs strongest mystical characters, in action again, both of whom, alas, have no current series of their own. Hopefully, DC has some more plans for these characters as there are potentially, in the right hands, a great deal of stories that can be wrangled from these magical (again, no pun intended) characters.

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7.5
Resurrection Man (2011) #5

Jan 20, 2012

I'm glad that Resurrection Man didn't get axed. It's one of the most interestingly schizophrenic of The New 52 books. It needs to start taking a serious direction though, and thankfully begins to here in this issue. If it doesn't continue to do so though, it might not survive the next wave of cancellations.

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10
Revival #1

Aug 16, 2012

Image Comics just keeps delivering hit after hit, and Revival is just another in a long line of titles that are must reads. Soaring to heights of smart and compelling storytelling that we used to only see from DC Comics' Vertigo line, Image Comics is an unquestioned premier publisher of artistically solid sequential art stories.

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9.0
Robin #183

Mar 1, 2009

Overall, this long running series will be missed, but there are plenty of Robin adventures to look forward to with Battle for The Cowl looming, and Tims introduction of the NEW ROBIN. Stay tuned

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8.0
Robyn Hood vs. Red Riding Hood #1

Mar 29, 2013

A great way to introduce two of the Grimm's Fairy Tales Universe's most popular to each other, Robyn Hood vs. Red Riding Hood is not only a fun read, it's an engaging one that leaves the reading looking for more team ups between the two.

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8.0
Robyn Hood: Wanted #1

May 8, 2013

Overall, Robyn remains is one of Zenescope's most interesting female protagonists out of a host of interesting female leads in their comics. Her story looks to remain as interesting, and at times heart wrenching, in Wanted as it did in her first series, and Robyn's fans wouldn't have it any other way.

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8.0
Ryder on the Storm #1

Aug 11, 2010

Overall, the Radical Premiere issue of Ryder on the Storm does everything it is meant to do perfectly. It introduces an interesting protagonist who is mysterious and intriguing along with a world that at first glance looks tired and overused as a setting, but reveals itself to be potentially very interesting and frightening. Ryder on the Storm looks like another potential hit for Radical.

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9.5
S.H.I.E.L.D. #1

Apr 7, 2010

The organization known as SHIELD is about to get a major redefinition. In Hickmans hands, and with no Nick Fury in sight (at least not yet), SHIELDs readers are going to be taken where no Marvel Comics fan has been before. Not only is this series gonna to be a blast, its gonna be huge.

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8.5
Saucer Country #1

Mar 31, 2012

In short, if you like intelligent and well thought out intrigue tinged with the kind of atmospheric dread that pervaded the aforementioned X-Files, Saucer Country is for you, and soon it just might be for everybody.

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9.0
Saucer Country #5

Jul 17, 2012

Saucer Country isnt on par with The X-Files yet as far as legendary sci-fi about aliens (illegal or otherwise) goes, but if readers keep up with Saucer Country, I have a strong feeling that Cornell will get this series there. Read this book.

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9.0
Saucer Country #6

Aug 15, 2012

I can't say enough good things about Cornell's first Vertigo series. If at any time you've enjoyed any episode of The X-Files or taunt political thrillers like The Ides of March (2011), then Saucer Country is for you. Spread the word about, but more importantly read, this great series. Saucer Country is one of those potentially great Vertigo series that deserves as long a life as the UFO phenomena itself.

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9.0
Saucer State #2

Jul 18, 2017

If ever short lived series with this much potential deserved a new lease on life, its this one. Saucer State is going to be the book to watch over the next few months (and hopefully years).

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10
Savage Things #1

Mar 1, 2017

Striking, startling, and beautifully brilliant and tight from its first panel to it's last page, Savage Things #1 is a top of the monthly reading stack book.

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9.5
Savage Things #2

Apr 5, 2017

Horrifying, brilliant, and action packed, Savage Things is the best Vertigo Comics mini-series right now. I can't wait for the movie...it's inevitable because it's that good.

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10
Savage Things #3

May 2, 2017

Savage Things is a great read. Simple and direct, yet filled with nuance and horror of a totally different type. I haven't been this creeped out by a realistic psychological horror made viscerally violent through its imagery since the late Jonathan Demme's The Silence of The Lambs.

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8.0
Savage Things #4

Jun 13, 2017

Halfway through the series and Savage Things is keeping my interest, and still freaking me out. I can't ask for anything more.

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8.0
Savage Things #5

Jul 10, 2017

Still one of the best reads in the rapidly diminishing line of Vertigo Comics publications, Savage Things remains top of the reading pile material.

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9.0
Savage Things #6

Aug 15, 2017

Vertigo Comics' Savage Things is racing towards it end. I for one will be sad to see it go. Maybe there will be a sequel, but let's not get ahead of ourselves. Cain and Abel's final confrontation awaits.

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9.0
Savage Things #7

Sep 13, 2017

The only question now, even more so than "what happens now?" is "when does the Savage Things movie go into production?"

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3.0
Savage Wolverine #1

Jan 29, 2013

Well...Savage Wolverine will undoubtedly be a huge seller and make Marvel Comics, and its parent company Disney, lots and lots of money...just not off of me.

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8.0
Screwed #1

Jul 1, 2013

With enough action, mystery, pretty girls, and gory events to stoke the horror and action fan in you, Screwed is one hell of a ride worth taking.

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8.5
Secret Avengers #1

May 30, 2010

Overall, Secret Avengers looks like it might be the cooler alt-rock styled little brother to the loud, boisterous, and highly colorful Avengers. The Secret Avengers will be working in the shadowy back alleys, dimly lit penthouses, and computer screen lit airships and control rooms to battle the unseen threats that hide in said shadows. It will be a potentially darker and more edgy book than Avengers. Whether or not that makes it better than Avengers is a matter of taste, but Secret Avengers just might be the icing on the cake of the new Heroic Age.

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9.5
Shadowman #0

May 19, 2013

Another masterful entrance into the already amazing library of new Valiant books and titles, Shadowman #0 is another one that will stand the test of time as a work of sequential art, and be heralded as one of the most important issues of the new Valiant U.

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10
Shadowman #1

Nov 11, 2012

What was so interesting about the magical elements of the original Valiant U were that they were based and easily defined as a sort of "Earth magic." Geomancers (soon to be making a reappearance in Archer and Armstrong) and evil beings, like the villain reintroduced here, could cross paths with a wide range of Valiant's heroes and not feel out of place, like most magical characters in the Marvel U do. Off to a great start in returning this element of the mysterious and magical to the Valiant U, Shadowman #1 not only brings this element to excellent life, it demonstrates the range of unified diversity that defines the Valiant Universe.

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10
She-Hulk (2014) #1

Feb 23, 2014

Titles like Soule and Pulido's She-Hulk, along with Waid and Samnee's Daredevil remind me of the fun days of my youth when I could pick a Marvel Comics title off the shelves and escape from my daily troubles for a fun half hour of reading that still left me feeling grounded in the "the world outside my window." Fun, funny, action packed, intelligent, witty, and an all around great read: this is what She-Hulk is, and what Marvel Comics used to be known for doing best. Perhaps with more titles like this, they will be again.

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9.0
Shrapnel: Hubris #1

May 2, 2010

With Shrapnel: Aristeia Rising reportedly getting the big screen treatment, with Len Wiseman (Underworld, Live Free of Die Hard) at the helm, well have plenty to look forward to via a sequel with Shrapnel: Hubris. Even if the films never get made, Shrapnel will remain one of the best sci-fi comics ever created, and the story isnt even half over yet.

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6.0
Siege: Captain America #1

Apr 18, 2010

Overall, Siege: Captain America doesnt really add anything of importance to the current Captain America storyline or the Bucky/Steve quandary. Honestly, it doesnt add much to the overall Siege storyline either. Its not completely a throwaway issue, but if you missed this one, you might as well wait for the inevitable collected trade paperback edition.

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10
Siege: Embedded #1

Jan 8, 2010

Siege: Embedded looks to potentially be the Siege event that's not to be missed. In the end Siege will portray the downfall of Osborne through pleny of super powered fist fights and battles, but Siege: Embedded will chronicle the actions of some closer to real life heroes: the serious reporters (not "entertainers" like Beck and Keller) who serve as the cornerstone of the "Fourth Branch," and who at least try to keep the demagogues honest.

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9.0
Smallville Season 11 #1

May 13, 2012

Pre-New 52 Superman fans can rejoice. With Smallville, were finally getting a character that resembles, and feels almost like, an old friend whos returned after a long absence. Again, Ive never watched an episode of Smallville before, but I already love this version of the character more than the one over in Action Comics Vol. 2 and Superman.

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9.0
Smallville Season 11 #4

Aug 13, 2012

So, I'm going to make a proposition to DC Comics. Create a whole universe, and full slate of books, based on the Smallville heroes and villains and you'll win back this wayward Superman fan. It just might take something that drastic to win me back. I always said I'd read Superman comics no matter what because I just simply love the character...but you are making this very hard to do outside of Smallville and Action Comics (at least for now).

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8.5
Snapshot #1

Feb 12, 2013

Andy Diggle and JOCK work better together than any other team in mainstream sequential art, outside of Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan. Just about every work the two collaborate on turns out to be a great read. Snapshot looks to be yet another. Will Snapshot inspire a big screen adaptation much like their The Losers did? Time will tell, but it definitely has the potential to.

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9.0
Snowed In #1

Feb 7, 2012

I'll admit that when I first saw the cover to Snowed In, I was immediately put off as I expected a banal slasher wannabe book, much like Hack Slash. Instead I was treated to a rewarding trip into a well plotted and executed psychological thriller, reminding me that the old adage "never judge a book by its cover" is still true. I urge you to apply the same logic to Action Lab Entertainment. They might be a small publisher, but they appear to be capable of telling big stories.

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10
Southern Bastards #4

Sep 30, 2014

It would be a huge waste to spoil the direction Aaron is taking Southern Bastards as far as the story will be going (and just who will be the series' protagonist), so I highly recommend that you go out and get the first collected trade paperback on sale tomorrow (Oct 1st 2014). You won't be disappointed. Southern Bastards is shaping up to be THE must read of 2014...and beyond, and that's nothing less than we'd expect from the team of Aaron and Latour.

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9.0
Southern Dog #1

Aug 30, 2014

Southern Dog #1 is one of the most interesting reads to come along in the form of a mainstream comic book in quite some time. While it is a loaded book, it is smartly loaded. Will it join the ranks of the most important sequential art works of the past few decades? Maybe. Maybe not. What it will do though is get you talking while leaving you wanting more.

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8.0
Spider-Man: Season One #1

Aug 15, 2012

I've enjoyed all of the Season One books I've read, not because of their radical contemporary feel or their revisionism, but because they stick to what made the stories great in the first place and pay homage to, by recreating, the early comic books of the 1960s that introduced these characters. Spider-Man Season One ended up being a great spontaneous read, and I highly recommend it.

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8.0
Spider-Woman #1

Sep 29, 2009

Overall, it looks like Marvel has another potential hit on its hands with Spider-Woman. Recently launched, and re-launched hero titles such as Invincible Iron Man, War Machine, and Wolverine: Weapon X have been quite good, so hopefully Spider-Woman will follow suit. It certainly has the potential to do so with its creative team.

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6.0
Spider-Woman #7

Mar 19, 2010

Its a shame that they didnt stick it out longer on the title, and that it didnt sell better (sales did weaken each successive month). Spider-Woman got off to a pretty slow start, but then again so did a certain cousin of a certain Kryptonian, and now her series is one of the best currently in publication at Marvel Comics Distinguished Competition. Maybe Jessica will get another shot, after all you cant keep a good character down, and Jessica Drew/Spider-Woman is a good character no doubt, she just cant seem to get a break.

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10
Star Trek: Alien Spotlight: Q #1

Aug 12, 2009

Yes, its often easy to wax philosophical when discussing Star Trek, and especially when discussing Star Trek: The Next Generation. It was the insightful and philosophic episodes of the series, that Star Trek: Alien Spotlight: Q emulates, that made the series, and the majority of TNGs films so engaging. IDW does an excellent job of bringing together some talented writers and artists to recreate the magic of TNG. Lets see some more of them

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7.0
Star Trek: Alien Spotlight: Romulans #1

May 24, 2009

Overall, while Star Trek Alien Spotllight: Romulans doesnt measure up to some of IDWs other Star Trek books, its a pretty interesting one that will appeal to Trek fans as it provides a back-story for the inaugural flight of the first Romulan ship equipped with disruptors and a cloaking device. It also provides some information as to the temperament, politics and deviousness of the Romulan Imperial Structure, something fans are probably already aware of, but still interesting to watch play out, even if in a non-mysterious way from a plot development standpoint.

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9.5
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Hive #1

Sep 21, 2012

This fan, who still pines for more live action TNG 18 years since TNG went off the air and 10 years since the last TNG movie, is partially sated by Star Trek The Next Generation: Hive. Comic books like this are really about the best things we're going to see out the franchise at this point, beyond the prose novels of course.

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9.0
Star Wars: Darth Vader #1

Feb 11, 2015

The Verdict: Anything Kieron Gillen writes I'll read. I will especially read his take on Darth Vader, all the more so since it isn't a flattering glorification of evil...at least through issue #1.

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9.0
Sub-Mariner 70th Anniversary Special #1

Apr 15, 2009

I never really considered or was a fan, per se, of Namor. I always though of him as a little silly, a fish-man with bird wings on his feet, but I overlooked his metaphoric significance, and am glad that I picked up this volume. It helped explain the significance of this characters complexity, and storytelling potential. It would be interesting to see how other writers over the years have used Namor, and how writers in the future will. Theres a lot to write about considering his complexities.

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5.0
Superboy (2011) #1

Sep 14, 2011

Overall, there isnt much that is bad about Superboy #1, but there isnt much that is appealing or new either. His origin is pretty similar, his motivation and character flaws are pretty similar as well, if at least much more self-centered at this point. Besides seemingly removing the Doomsday storylines connections, whats really the point here?

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10
Supergirl (2005) #40

Apr 25, 2009

Overall, Supergirl continues to get better each month, and is a remarkably better book than it was when it started 40 issues ago. It is well written and drawn, and its storyline has been well woven into the overall story arc of World of New Krypton, but still remains strong as a stand alone book. Like all the Superman Family books Supegirl is highly recommended.

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9.0
Supergirl (2005) #42

Jun 17, 2009

Overall, Supergirl is still ranking very near the top of the monthly must read list. This book is delivering in all categories right now, and leaves the reader looking forward to next months events with great anticipation. Gates continues to write characters you really get close to, and feel for, in Supergirl, something all comic book writers should be striving to do.

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8.0
Supergirl (2005) #43

Aug 3, 2009

Overall, Supergirl remains a strong read in a string of strong reads that the Superman Family books currently are. Theyre definitely worth the monthly wait.

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10
Supergirl (2005) #44

Aug 20, 2009

As mentioned a few reviews back, its almost unimaginable that a comic book starring a teenaged female superhero, who is a bit whiny, like most in her age group, could have such a wide and powerful appeal. Wherever great art and great storytelling collide though, there will always be wide and powerful appeal. Supergirl and the Superman Family books are not to be missed.

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9.0
Supergirl (2005) #45

Sep 28, 2009

Another showdown with Reactron is inevitable, and Supergirl will eventually get the chance to bring her fathers murderer to justice. How this subplot of the overarching World of New Krypton saga will unfold is just one of the many tales that are worth following weekly in the Superman titles. Each tale shouldnt be missed. This is superhero storytelling at its best.

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10
Supergirl (2005) #46

Oct 25, 2009

The interlocking of all of the Superman Family titles under the World of New Krypton storyline, while allowing each title to continue to stand on their own and tell some great stories is still a storytelling event that continues to unfold and simply shouldnt be missed. Nearly every week Superman fans (and fans of great comics in general) are treated to one of the most sprawling yet intimately involving tales ever produced. Supergirl is very nearly the best of all these titles right now.

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10
Supergirl (2005) #47

Nov 24, 2009

Overall, Supergirl continues to be one of DC Comics best written superhero titles. The art and storytelling, even with Jamal Igles absence this issue, continue to deliver this books readers some of the most interesting and engaging characters and events in all of comics right now.

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7.0
Supergirl (2005) #48

Jan 5, 2010

Supergirl, like all the Superman Family titles, is still a very well done book that I look forward to reading every month. The shift in storyline just has me off track this month. Lets get back to the New Krypton plot threads

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10
Supergirl (2005) #50

Feb 21, 2010

Overall, Supergirl remains one of DC Comics strongest titles, and is a vital member of the Superman Family of books. Its well worth the read and monthly wait.

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8.5
Supergirl (2005) #51

Mar 18, 2010

New Krypton is in grave danger, but its also in great hands artistically. Gates and Igle continue to steer Supergirl in the right direction. There has rarely been a better time to have followed Supermans exploits, but there never has been a better time to follow his younger cousins than now.

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10
Supergirl (2005) Annual #1

Sep 2, 2009

Again, one of the monthly comic books that one would think would be one of the least engaging is, in fact, the most engaging of its family of books more often than not. Supergirl, and the titles first annual continue to deliver on all fronts. Great art and story are quickly becoming the norm and expected characteristics of this title, and it doesnt show signs of slowing down or letting up on the high quality anytime soon.

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9.0
Supergirl (2011) #0

Sep 21, 2012

Supergirl has been a pretty good book since its re-launch. If only DC Comics would allow the Superman Family titles to act like they should, i.e. a family of books. Superman is the type of character (and franchise) who needs strong supporting characters, and continually keeping Kara from becoming friends with her cousin, and settle down with a secret identity, a job, etc. is beginning to wear on the patience of this (and many other) Superman fans.

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3.0
Supergirl (2011) #1

Sep 21, 2011

Overall, Supergirl was one of the most dynamic and engaging characters in the DCU just before Sterling Gates and Jamal Igle left her book. Now, as far as the first issue is concerned, she's just a pale rehash of the Kara we met again for the first time a decade ago. This is a new and dynamic DCU? Not as far as Supergirl, or Superboy for that matter, are concerned"at least yet.

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4.0
Supergirl (2011) #2

Oct 20, 2011

Overall, Supergirl #2 does more to pique the readers interest in Superman and the rebooted DCnU version of Krypton than interest the reader in the series title character. Im unsure how this series, and rebooted Kara, will play out. If I wasnt such a die hard Superman fan, whos followed the superhero since before I was in grade school, Id probably consider dropping the series all together.

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7.0
Supergirl (2011) #4

Dec 28, 2011

Strangely enough, I'm interested in seeing what developments are in store for Kara, especially the "Return to Argo" promised "Next Issue." Maybe she's going to get to the bottom of what happened to her, i.e. how she ended up on Earth. This probably won't be the case, as dragging out and screwing with Kara's origin and parents is par for the course with the character since she was reintroduced a few years ago. Either way, it won't be nearly as interesting as her central story and role in New Krypton was"and that story doesn't even matter anymore since it "didn't happen."

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5.0
Supergirl (2011) #8

Apr 18, 2012

So despite the fact that this Kara is much more shallow than the Kara that recently ceased to exist after Flashpoint, i.e. the Sterling Gates and Jamal Igle Supergirl, she is getting more interesting as each issue goes by. By giving her a new BFF this issue in the young Siobhan/Silver Banshee, she might finally begin to become likable as well as interesting. DC Comics really needs to get her settled pretty quickly though and establish a relationship for her with Kal-El. If not theyre going to just continue to ruin and drive away legions of life long Superman fans with all this new angst direction they are determined to take with those who wear the S-Shield.

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8.0
Supergirl (2016) #9

May 9, 2017

Regardless of how Supergirl looks, this is still the best rendering of the character we've had in about a decade or so.

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9.0
Supergirl (2016) Annual #1

Sep 25, 2017

Supergirl and its first Annual of this volume are solid superhero comics with fun and smart storytelling and realistic characterizations. What else can you ask for?

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8.5
Superman #685

Feb 27, 2009

Overall, Superman looks to be a series worth continuing to pick up monthly as Mon Els adjustment to Earth, his new secret identity, and his exploits as Metropolis resident superhero guardian will prove interesting. To add to Lois comment at the end of the tale proper in regards to Clark/Supermanjust come back to me, lets hope soon as well.

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10
Superman #686

Mar 25, 2009

Overall, I must admit that the current Superman tales are stirring the nostalgia in me by bold facedly presenting themselves as a pretty similar take on a previous World Without a Superman storyline from over a decade ago but this time around its more of a celebratory and jubilant tale. Heroes are stepping up to fill in for Superman as friends at his request not sorrowfully attempting to replace or, worse yet, usurp him after his passing. Im still eagerly anticipating the next triangle numbered Superman book, something I havent done since the mid 90s (both literally and figuratively) and Im loving every minute of it.

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8.0
Superman #687

Apr 29, 2009

Overall, witnessing Mon Els development as a superhero has been and eventful one, but weve seen him do battle a few times now and were pretty sure, by this point, that he can handle himself so a little more personal development of his identity as Jonathan Kent and his attempts at fitting into Metropolis non-superhero scene is now needed to round him out as a character and set the stage for his, sure to be, further adventures after Supermans return to Metropolis. With the events of this issue though, the stage might be getting set for this development. Hopefully so, since Mon Els story hasnt lost my attention, yet, and Im not talking about missing Superman from his own namesakes book anymore, for now

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9.0
Superman #688

May 28, 2009

Overall, Superman, chronicling Mon Els story as he adjusts to Earth, his job, and his role as superhero protector of Metropolis, while now having to deal with the serious news of this issues revelations, is really making a strong case for one of the best ongoing series currently being produced, rebounding very nicely from last months lackluster issue.

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8.5
Superman #689

Jun 28, 2009

Overall, while this issue kind of falls back into a bit of a lull, albeit a necessary one, as far as the storytelling goes, with only one major development involving Irons, the series remains a good read for Superman fans, and looks to continue to develop Mon El as its protagonist well.

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6.5
Superman #690

Aug 4, 2009

The only other good thing about this issue, other than the focus on Steel (who many fans, including myself, would like to see much more of, Im sure), is Perezs art. He fills in well for Guedes, although Ive become accustomed to Guedes pencils with their sweeping panoramic outdoor views and epic drawings of heroes in flight. Perez does an excellent job though covering a wide range of characters from Atlas to Steel to Sodam Yat.

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10
Superman #691

Aug 27, 2009

The Superman Family of books are still the best on the market right now as far as mainstream superhero tales go. Theyve shown little sign of slowing down, and are building to a feverish climax. Theyre packed with intelligent commentary and thought provoking ideas, all of which are worth the read.

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8.0
Superman #692

Oct 8, 2009

Overall, the Superman Family of books continue to be the most enjoyable and thoughtful mainstream superhero books on the market right now. Its truly a testament to Robinson and companys writing ability when they can deliver an issue of a title named Superman where neither its title character, nor its current fil-in protagonist even appear (Mon-El does only very briefly), and its still a great read.

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7.0
Superman #693

Nov 3, 2009

Superman #693, while not quite living up to the greatness of other recent issues of the Superman Family of books, does at least get Mon-El back on his feet, and set the stage for his, hopefully, triumphant return to Metropolis next month. It should be a blast.

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8.0
Superman #694

Nov 30, 2009

Now that Mon-El is back and in Metropolis again, its going to be interesting to see how he and his former colleagues in The Metropolis Sci-Police readjust to one another. The Guardian revealed Mon-Els secret identity (which was a mistake on Robinsons part storytelling wise) to the group at his wake, so the interesting plot device of a secret identity is for naught now, but with Mon-El taking a role in The Justice League soon, he might end up having to be in costume all the time anyway. Either way, Mon-Els adventures warrant further reading, whichever book hes starring in.

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8.5
Superman #695

Jan 17, 2010

It looks like Mon-El is back and ready to pick up where he left off before being captured by Lane. Ditching his secret identity was still a storytelling misstep (and speaking of storytelling, what about Mon-Els real health issues-isnt he supposed to be dying?), but he continues to develop nicely overall as a character and hopefully he will continue to stick around as a regular, if not in the pages of Superman, in Justice League of America (when it finally and officially unveils its new line up).

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8.0
Superman #698

Mar 25, 2010

After a year of character building, deep theme exploration, and political intrigue, the Superman Family of books are rocking out the action. Things will only get more action packed from here on out as New Kryptons Last Stand evolves into the War of the Supermen. You should be reading these books.

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7.0
Superman #700

Jun 23, 2010

Overall, Superman #700 does a good job laying the ground work for the next year or so of Superman stories. Whether or not it holds a candle to New Krypton remains to be seen. With Straczynski helming the flagship of the Superman Family of Books though, it will most likely remain a strong read.

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10
Superman Annual #14

Aug 19, 2009

Again, the current storylines in the Superman Family of books, and their annuals, continue to bring readers top notch stories and fantastic art. With the appearances recently of Superman in his classic suit, and back in action on Earth, while still continuing the World of New Krypton saga, and crossing it over into Blackest Night with Blackest Night: Superman; DC Comics is showing us that they can pull off a multi-layered and massive crossover, sometimes two at a time, and still deliver great stories and art.

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4.0
Superman (2011) #2

Nov 3, 2011

Maybe Im just a little too old-fashioned, or too much of a Superman purist, but a casual sex Lois just seems like too much of a drastic change from how Lois has been portrayed over the decades. This is sad, because I really was starting to learn to live with, and slightly warm to, the DCnU changes to my favorite superhero.

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4.0
Superman (2011) #3

Dec 12, 2011

By the way, this is the infamous butt cover issue. For the final cover version of this issue, Perez and Buccellato highlighted Supermans ass for me with a thin read line. This little bit of butt lining wasn't visible in the original promo cover art. Thanks guysthat's just what Superman's costume and fans needed.

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4.0
Superman (2011) #10

Jun 30, 2012

I still will keep reading Superman, but Ill still keep hoping for a return to the glory days of what was the story of my GenX Superman.

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3.0
Superman (2011) #11

Jul 27, 2012

Loyal Superman fans have weathered tough times where our favorite superhero has been poorly presented (remember Superman IV?). All we can hope for is that Man of Steel is as good as it's teaser trailer hints it might be and that the comics follow suit...eventually.

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6.0
Superman (2011) #12

Aug 27, 2012

With Superman about to start getting intimate with Wonder Woman, I'm wondering how much longer I will be hanging around the Superman titles. My reasons for my ire over this latest Superman storytelling debacle can be mulled over in full here, but let's just say I'm not a fan of the idea. Hopefully it won't last long.

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4.0
Superman (2011) #13

Oct 24, 2012

A comic book cannot thrive on art alone though, and Superman #13 is just another in a long line of pretty terrible stories about one of the most popular superheroes of all time. One that no one now recognizes.

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7.0
Superman (2011) #15

Jan 6, 2013

While I still cannot get into this new characterization of Superman and his "family," I still hold out hope that this coming summer's Man of Steel feature film will finally convince DC Comics to put the effort into Superman's comic book titles that they are finally putting into Batman's as far as quality storytelling goes.

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5.0
Superman (2011) Annual #1

Aug 29, 2012

So, once again Superman is depressed and defeated, lost and alone, and will probably head over to Diana's pad to cry on her shoulder. Such is the life of the New 52's Superman. How this makes him more appealing, I'll never know. Maybe I'm just finally outgrowing Superman...well, at least this version of him.

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9.0
Superman (2016) #1

Jun 15, 2016

If the return of the Post-Crisis Superman turns out to be yet another marketing ploy, meant to only last one business quarter (or two) before fading back into the complicated mists that DC Comics continuity has rapidly become, they might lose this Superman fan forever, not to mention more than a few others. Superman #1 does breathe new life into a franchise that was gasping for a new lease on life though. Bring on the Rebirth, for now.

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9.0
Superman (2016) #2

Jul 6, 2016

I'm reading Superman comics again since just after the initial launch of the New 52 with its poor re-imagining of the character, so thus far score this new Superman series as a win for DC Comics. It really has stirred a rebirth in my interest in my overall favorite individual superhero.

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8.0
Superman (2016) #3

Jul 20, 2016

Still the best written and most worthy of the time investment three issues of a Superman comic book published since before the launch of The New 52, Superman will stay on my pull list.

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9.0
Superman (2016) #4

Aug 8, 2016

It's Superman...and Son...and Wife...and all is right with the world.

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9.0
Superman (2016) #5

Aug 17, 2016

Smart mainstream superhero comics are rarely this good...and intellectually artistic. Thank you DC Comics for bringing back my Superman with Rebirth, and telling morally relevant and inspiring stories with him in these turbulent political times.

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9.5
Superman (2016) #6

Sep 7, 2016

Maybe I'm too excited over the recent developments with Superman at DC Comics during Rebirth. Maybe I'm just a long term Post-Crisis Superman fanboy who longs for the fun and inspiring Post-Crisis Superman stories of his youth. Maybe I just don't care if I am. This is what Superman should be. I'm back on board as a reader, and a fan, for the long run.

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9.5
Superman (2016) #7

Sep 27, 2016

I am still loving the return of the Post-Crisis Superman to the DCU. The Superman family of titles are fun and exciting reads once again. Let's hope that DC Comics keeps this new take on the old Superman the hard and fast status quo.

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7.0
Superman (2016) #8

Oct 14, 2016

It will be interesting to see how DC Comics reintroduces the mystery characters alluded to at the end of this issue in Superman #9. Their presence in the new Rebirth DCU will be fun story to read.

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10
Superman (2016) #10

Nov 2, 2016

DC Comics' Rebirth keeps rolling along and Superman is quickly becoming a jewel in the crown of the new line of titles. It's no longer great just because the best incarnation of Superman is back. It's great because Tomasi and Gleason are telling some of the best Superman stories in decades.

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10
Superman (2016) #11

Nov 28, 2016

Gleason and Tomasi keep the fun and adventure at a high level in Superman. As a long term Superman reader, who admittedly took a break while The New 52 Superman was the lead in the books, I'm enjoying this title more than I have since the early 90s. Let's hope DC Comics finds a way to keep the character, and this series, where it and he should be: at the top.

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10
Superman (2016) #20

Apr 2, 2017

I hope that Gleason and Tomasi stay assigned to Superman for a long run. With Jurgens heading up the story over in Action Comics, and proving why he was the best Superman scribe of the past 25 years, both titles are primed to deliver the type of storytelling that long term, and new, Superman fans have been craving. Thanks to all of the creators mentioned, as well as DC Comics in total for giving me back my favorite superhero...again.

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10
Superman (2016) #22

May 2, 2017

I'm still overjoyed that my not Post Crisis Superman is still alive and kicking even if he isn't the Post Crisis Superman although he has all the memories of the post Crisis Superman as well as his maturity and spirit mixed with the New 52 Superman's stint in the New 52 armored costume...okay, I'll stop before I ruin it... Just read Superman, if you're a fan of his adventures when they were done right, you'll like the direction they are heading in now.

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9.0
Superman (2016) #24

Jun 10, 2017

I'm still completely enjoying the current Superman renaissance that DC Comics' Rebirth initiative has created. What else is there to say? Read Superman.

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9.0
Superman (2016) #25

Jun 22, 2017

It's been a year now since DC Comics' Rebirth launched. It has yet to disappoint in any major way and remains a vast improvement over The New 52. With the Kent Family's stint in Hamilton wrapped up tidily, their return to Metropolis will herald a new chapter in the Superman Rebirth saga. Judging by where we've been with this title, where we're going looks pretty bright.

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6.5
Superman (2016) #26

Jul 11, 2017

I'm still enjoying Superman overall, and look forward to reading the adventures of my all time favorite superhero each month again after a lengthy break from the book. I just wish that issues like these didn't have to be rushed and therefore lack the type of quality that the character deserves.

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8.0
Superman (2016) #30

Sep 25, 2017

Superman is still a fun read, even when a fill in story between major arcs pops up. I'll keep reading.

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9.0
Superman (2016) Annual #1

Dec 4, 2016

How many ways can I say it? I'm loving this new Superman series, and you will too. It's also great to see some of the mysteries around Superman's presence in the Post-Flashpoint Universe begin to be addressed. Superman Annual #1 strongly sets the stage for the next year of Superman stories from Tomasi and Gleason.

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10
Superman Secret Files 2009 #1

Aug 13, 2009

Supermans titles are some of the best being written and drawn in the industry at the moment. Superman: Secret Files 2009 is a great point to get on board with these books. You wont regret it.

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8.5
Superman Unchained #1

Jun 16, 2013

I don't know if Snyder's singular talents will be enough to make this new Superman interesting and well developed enough to right the Superman franchise of comic books at DC Comics, but with the new Man of Steel (2013) film doing well at the box office and re-igniting interest in the character, DC Comics better get on the ball. If anyone can right the Superman ship though, it is Scott Snyder, and I will definitely be back for each issue of Superman Unchained as long as he's writing it.

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9.5
Superman Unchained #2

Jul 14, 2013

While the artists and writers on Superman and Action Comics are highly talented individuals, they just can't seem to get me invested in this new Superman or keep me interested in buying his books. Granted this is most likely the case because of the horrible editorial decisions by DC Comics that ruined Superman's longstanding mythos (i.e. the one built up in the Post-Crisis years) and not because of their writing ability. Snyder and Lee though have not only got me interested and invested in their version of The New 52 Superman, they have almost completely sold me on it.

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7.0
Superman/Batman #65

Oct 27, 2009

Superman/Batman is a great series because it can step outside the characters current and ongoing continuity and deliver a simple, no plot threads attached, one off stories that can be read as stand alone tales. This series is also one of the best from DC Comics DC Universe line for showcasing special one shot holiday tales, and it takes full advantage of its October issue to spin a fun, darkly disturbing, and worthwhile Halloween tale.

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10
Superman: Last Stand of New Krypton #1

Mar 10, 2010

The story about the beginning of the end of Kal-Els involvement with New Krypton as a member of its military, and what is perhaps the beginning of the end of New Krypton itself is under way. Judging from its opening salvo, Superman: LSONK #1, this storyline is going to continue to live up to the epic status the Superman Family of books are becoming renown for.

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10
Superman: Last Stand of New Krypton #3

Apr 28, 2010

While the current run of Superman stories rushes towards it climax, all of the pieces of the Superman mythos seem to be falling back into their proper places. Luthor is pardoned (thus paving his way back to living an open life in Metropolis) Mon-El will be away from Earth for a while, and inevitably New Krypton will have to go away some how. Johns, Robinson, Gates, and a whole host of talented writers and artists have taken us on a unique and great ride for the past few years with their Superman stories though, and fortunately its not over quite yet.

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10
Superman: Secret Origin #1

Sep 23, 2009

So overall, how well does this Neo-Silver Age miniseries makeover of one of the most beloved superheroes of all time start off? Dont let this article about Superman Secret Origin #1 convince you of its greatness. Pick up the first installment of this fantastic retelling of the Superman origin tale for yourself. Its definitely not Byrnes Man of Steel, and again it will be up to the reader to decide which take on Supermans beginning is their favorite, but like Man of Steel, it pays homage to and embodies the best attributes of the now timeless and classic story of the ultimate superhero, created all those years ago, who has proven to be not only the first, but the best superhero of them all.

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10
Superman: Secret Origin #2

Oct 30, 2009

Gary Frank continues his great stint as penciller on this series, with Brad Anderson handling the colors. All of Franks panels are great renderings of small town life, future sci-fi adventure, and colorful costumed heroes. He continues to draw the young Clark Kent/Superboy with a visage that is highly reminiscent of Christopher Reeve, which is a great tribute to the greatest actor to ever play the character. At times though, some of the other male characters in the book also resemble Christopher Reeve. The prime example of this is the cover image of Superman, Brainiac 5, Saturn Girl, Lightening Lad, and Cosmic Boy. Cosmic Boys head is almost interchangeable with Superboys. They look strikingly similar. This is a minor complaint though. The art of the series thus far is fantastic.

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10
Superman: Secret Origin #3

Nov 30, 2009

Superman: Secret Origin is shaping up to be the best retelling of The Man of Steels beginnings ever produced in comic book form, thus far. Johns and Frank are not only updating Superman for the 21st Century, they are endearing him to old and new fans alike all over again.

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10
Superman: Secret Origin #4

Feb 1, 2010

Frank and company's work delivers artistically just as solidly as Johns' storytelling does, and as powerfully. Superman: Secret Origin is the penultimate amalgamation of the best aspects of Supermans many origin stories. Its repackaged and reinvigorated for the 21st Century. This series will define The Man of Steels origin for years to come.

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10
Superman: Secret Origin #5

Apr 7, 2010

With one more issue to go, Superman Secret Origin has plenty yet to accomplish and plenty threads to tie up. Like Superman World of New Krypton and the current overarching tale playing out in the Superman Family of books, Superman Secret Origin is destined to be a time honored classic. This is a must read for Superman fans, and fans of great comics alike.

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10
Superman: World of New Krypton #1

Mar 4, 2009

Overall, and I apologize for not going into detail about the art which is completely superb, World of New Krypton, if evidenced by the first issue, is going to be an instantly classic Superman tale.

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10
Superman: World of New Krypton #2

Apr 8, 2009

Overall, SUPERMAN: WORLD OF NEW KRYPTON is easily, as mentioned in my review of issue #1 of this series, going to be a classic Superman tale if it isnt living up to that moniker already. Its strong debut is followed up by this also strong issue that leaves us waiting, with great anticipation, for issue #3. It would be amiss to not mention the special guests that appear on the first page of this issue, setting the stage for a great confrontation later in this series, but it would be an even greater injustice to give it away here. Lets just say that New Krypton hasnt gone unnoticed by other inhabitants of the universe. Hopefully, youre one inhabitant of this universe who hasnt missed this series start. If so it is a situation that requires immediate attention!

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10
Superman: World of New Krypton #3

May 6, 2009

Overall, I cant heap any more praise than I already have on Woods art. Its fantastic, and the combination of Robinsons and Ruckas plot with Woods art just keeps on delivering the high quality Superman tale with a message we are continuing to get with World of New Krypton. This is a must read.

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9.0
Superman: World of New Krypton #5

Jul 8, 2009

Overall, as Ive said before, Superman: World of New Krypton, is destined to be the classic, and defining, tale of this era of Superman comics. If anyone out there ever wondered why Superman is such an enduring and loved character by his fans, pick up this series. Youll understand why.

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10
Superman: World of New Krypton #6

Aug 7, 2009

This mini-series has been, as mentioned, one of the best DC Comics storylines of the year, and one of the best Superman storylines ever. Storytelling, pacing, character development, and art (which has been praised repeatedly in these World of New Krypton reviews, and rightly so) are all strong and worthy of representing the first, and still the best, superhero. Kal-El might not be the only Kryptonian anymore, but hes still the most noble, interesting, and inspiring of them all.

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10
Superman: World of New Krypton #7

Sep 14, 2009

Overall, Superman: World of New Krypton, like all the Superman Family of titles right now, continues to deliver great story and art. With Superman: Secret Origin starting soon, Superman fans will have yet another title to look forward to starring their favorite hero. Again, rarely has there been a better time to be a Superman fan, ever.

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10
Superman: World of New Krypton #8

Oct 13, 2009

This series has grown beyond its must read event status. With its depth of storytelling, complexity of plot, and the incredible scope of its art, this series is one of the best superhero reads of the decade. It continues to reinforce and reestablish why Superman is still the greatest superhero of them all.

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7.0
Superman: World of New Krypton #9

Nov 4, 2009

Overall, Superman: WONK and all of the Superman Family of books still represent the pinnacle of superhero and sci-fi books on the markets, even if with this issue things slow down a bit. Weve been spoiled by a phenomenal string of amazing issues thus far, and well have more to look forward to starting next month.

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9.0
Superman: World of New Krypton #10

Dec 4, 2009

Events of Superman: WONK continue to build toward the impending war between Earth and New Krypton, hinted at in the pages of Superman: Secret Origin #2. Fans of this series, and if youre not you should be, have been treated to a spectacularly written and drawn event thus far, that once again, will go down as one of the greatest Superman stories of all time.

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10
Superman: World of New Krypton #11

Jan 8, 2010

Overall, WONK will definitely go down as one of the greatest Superman stories ever told as I predicted way back in my look at the first issue of this series. This was one title that hopefully you haven't missed.

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8.0
Sweet Tooth #6

Feb 21, 2010

Being only 6 issues in, we really cant complain too much about the pace of the plot. The first story arc established the state of the world and the character of Sweet Tooth quite effectively. This second story arc looks to do the same for Jepperd. Once hes established, hopefully Lemire will get down to some real thematic developments. Given Lemires strengths as a writer and artist, this should be a given.

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8.0
Sweet Tooth #14

Oct 6, 2010

Either way, Lemires Sweet Tooth is a good and intriguing read. Dont wait for the trades. Pick this series up monthly. Its worth the effort. This series needs to escape the type of quickly thrown together ending that leaves the series fans disappointedendings of the type were witnessing right now in several other Vertigo titles.

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9.0
Ted McKeever's Minature Jesus Review #1

Apr 22, 2013

As interesting as anything McKeever has done in the past, and a steal at $3.99 (especially given its oversized format), Ted McKeever's Miniature Jesus will go down as more than just a cult classic.

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9.0
The Black Beetle #0

Dec 19, 2012

Easily one of the year's best debut issues, The Black Beetle #0 is opening salvo of what looks to be one of the best ongoing series of its kind.

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9.5
The Black Beetle #1

Jan 8, 2013

The last time I read something set in this time period with the type of grainy, newsprint-like, and action/mystery packed feel to it was when I re-read a reprint of Detective Comics (1939) #27. Everything about this issue, from its stylish 399cent (as in $3.99) cover price to its uneven and blocky logo, The Black Beetle drips pulp fiction. This is going to be the must read of 2013.

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10
The Black Hood #1

Feb 27, 2015

Archie Comics have really been churning out the hits recently and if the rest of their new line of superhero comics is anything near the quality of The Black Hood #1, then not only will be some of the best reads, they will be some of the most successful as well.

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9.0
The Devilers #1

Jul 17, 2014

Overall, The Devilers has all the makings of an engaging long term read. For those of you looking for something a little different, and maybe a little smarter, The Devilers might be for you.

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8.0
The F1rst Hero #1

Jun 23, 2014

The First Hero looks like it can be a breakout hit for Action Lab with it's smart and tight storytelling mixed with a little of that historical revisionism/reinvention that is all the rage these days (see X-Men First Class and X-Men Days of Future Past). The First Hero might borrow heavily from the X-Men and Watchmen universe of ideas, but is looking to strike out on its own...and I for one want to see where this story will go because of that single fact.

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7.5
The First X-Men #1

Aug 4, 2012

Overall, The First X-Men should remain canon after the Marvel NOW! changes that are immanent, and I certainly hope so. I really like the idea that Logan was very much a good guy in the early goings before Weapon X and all. It reinforces his current position as prime protector and educator of mutant children.

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4.0
The First X-Men #2

Sep 5, 2012

While it's still fun to see Logan play at mutant leader as a younger man, thus perhaps validating his new role as headmaster of new Jean Grey School for mutants, The First X-Men #2, unlike #1, is an uninspired affair.

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9.0
The Grand Duke #1

Nov 20, 2012

While a mature readers title (The Grand Duke does contain some nudity), it is one that should be widely read and enjoyed by anyone who has an interest in World War II history and avionics as well as well written and drawn historical fiction. Highly recommended.

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9.0
The Human Torch Comics 70th Anniversary Special #1

May 22, 2009

Overall, The Human Torch Comics #1 is one of the better 70th Anniversary one-shots Marvel has produced thus far. All of them measure up to each other pretty well and are well composed and drawn, but something about The Human Torch Comics #1 stands out, perhaps since we modern readers really havent seen much of the guy. As already stated, if he can prove to be a vital character then would a resurrection be such a bad thing? Surely, The Original Torchs return would have to be better, and full of more potential that Jason Todds (aka fan-killed off Robin) untimely return was.

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7.0
The Lost Boys #1

Oct 12, 2016

The Lost Boys #1, the latest attempt by Vertigo Comics to capitalize on a popular film property, is interesting enough to want me to check it out next month, but it will have to pick up the pace quick if I'm going to recommend interest in the book to continue.

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5.0
The Lost Boys #5

Mar 1, 2017

Just when the series was beginning to win me over, it loses me again. Seeley gets an A for effort, but an F for execution. There's one more chapter to this story though, and I am anxious to see how Seeley winds it all up...stylistically, not narratively. When you aren't inspired to come back for the narrative, but out of curiosity as to how a mess can be wrapped up neatly, that's not a good reason for coming back.

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9.5
The Man with No Name #1

Apr 9, 2009

Overall, The Man With No Name gets off to a pretty good start, and warrants the picking up the next few issues or the inevitable trade at least. Like I said earlier, Dad would have liked it, and thats good enough reason for me to be enamored with this nostalgic work but definitely NOT the only reason to be.

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9.0
The Manhattan Projects #1

Mar 7, 2012

Overall, and as is the case with most Hickman projects (pardon the pun), The Manhattan Projects looks to be a series that will require some patience on the part of the reader as Hickman unfolds his grand master plan of a story, but as is the case with most Hickman projects, The Manhattan Projects will most likely end up being another of the great string of intelligent and worthwhile indie-like comics that Image Comics is renowned for these days.

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8.5
The Manhattan Projects #10

Mar 5, 2013

The strange trip that has been Manhattan Projects continues, and it's one of those rare trips that you should be taking monthly with Hickman.

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9.0
The Mission #1

Mar 25, 2011

Im anxiously looking forward to finding out how this story is going to play out. Theres a great deal for the Hoebers and Delledera to expound upon here. If the rest of the series is as good as issue one, it just might become one of Images new classics.

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9.0
The Mission #2

Mar 25, 2011

By the end of this issue, Paul might be inclined to think that his mission is completed, but somehow (beyond that fact that this is a four issue mini-series) you get the feeling that Gabe isnt done with Paul. There are some more challenges ahead. To what extent they will affect Pauls life will be the real question, and hook that will bring me back for more.

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10
The Mission #3

May 1, 2011

Overall, The Mission is another example of the quality comics that Image Comics are currently publishing. Spandex, sci-fi battles, and super-heroics are all fun and poignant enough at times, but every once in a while a simple mystery unfolded over the course of a few months in a less Earth-shattering and more mundane way is just as much worth reading.

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9.0
The Rising #1

Aug 15, 2010

Overall, The Rising does what many of Radical Publishings books do: it takes an old concept and injects new thematic and artistic life into it making it fresh and interesting again. The Rising looks to be yet another book worth devouring from Radical.

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8.0
The Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom #1

Aug 22, 2012

Fun pre-WWII adventure of the highest caliber since Indiana Jones last appeared in comics, The Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom looks to be a hit for IDW Publishing and a treat for fans of both The Rocketeer and this type of stylized action and adventure.

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9.0
The Savage Hawkman #1

Sep 29, 2011

Overall, if Daniel manages to stick to his established plot elements, he just might have another hit on his hands with The Savage Hawkman. All the parts are in place. Lets see what heights they take us to.

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8.5
The Savage Hawkman #9

May 23, 2012

So, while The Savage Hawkman doesnt look to be rocking the social commentary or addressing any glaring social injustices anytime soon, it does look to be rocking the awesome themes that make Hawkman/Carter Hall one of the potentially most interesting sci-fi, ancient alien, and historically interesting character next to the Eternal Warrior. Congratulations Mr. Liefeld, youve won back a very disappointed readerfor now.

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8.0
The Shield #1

Sep 22, 2009

Overall, The Shield is off to a good start and definitely warrants following. As Higgins/The Shield learns more about his father, whom he believes to be dead, but actually is alive and has something to do with his sons becoming The Shield, Higgins will face some interesting quandaries. For example, will he stay an operative of the US Military, or will he eventually strike out on his own like the Marvel Universe Captain America did, and become a symbol of the people as opposed to the military? Also, how will he react to the news that his father is alive, and what toll will it take on him when he learns of the secrets that his father has been holding from him? It will be interesting to see

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9.0
The Surrogates #1

Sep 9, 2009

Overall, The Surrogates is a very well written, illustrated, and intelligent graphic novel. While the story is not exactly unpredictable, as mentioned, it is quite thought provoking and engaging. Its the type of story, presented in graphic novel format, that is important enough, and strong enough, to be adapted to film, even if the film looks quite different from its source work.

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9.0
The Tomorrows #1

Sep 6, 2015

The Tomorrows shares some themes with another brilliant work currently being published, Greg Rucka's Lazarus, but The Tomorrows is filled with more sci-fi whimsy and way more snarky. When paired with Lazarus though, The Tomorrows makes for just as smart a read, albeit a slightly more lighthearted and hopeful one. Lazarus is the best written book being published now, and The Tomorrows has the same potential that Lazarus did when it was launched.

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10
The Valiant #1

Dec 22, 2014

The Valiant is the must read of the year from Valiant. Armor Wars was fun, but this is going to be awesome in the classical sense.

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9.5
The Vault #1

Jul 31, 2011

Overall, The Vault reads like an excellent mixture of Dan Brown, Clive Cussler, and intelligent supernatural horror brought to excellent life in sequential art form. Chock up another win for Image Comics and, more importantly, their readers.

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9.5
The Wake #1

Jun 2, 2013

While not outstandingly original, Snyder and Murphy's The Wake is outstandingly beautiful, mysterious, and (most importantly for Vertigo Comics) worth returning to. It is something that fans of Snyder, Murphy, and Vertigo Comics have been looking for. We are only on issue #1 of The Wake and I'm already looking forward to their next, post-The Wake collaboration for (hopefully) Vertigo Comics.

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5.0
The Walking Dead #124

Mar 30, 2014

So is is time for The Walking Dead the comic book to begin to wind down and get ready to roll off into the zombie splattered sunset? Probably. It's still a major cash cow for Image Comics though, so I don't think the series will wind down anytime soon, with or without Rick Grimes.

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6.5
The Walking Dead #126

May 5, 2014

Readers, like myself, will probably stick around (at least intermittently) to see if there ever will be a peaceful resolution to Rick and company's story. There probably won't be, but like Rick the majority of us just can't let go of the dream of human decency, even in a highly indecent work of art.

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9.5
This Damned Band #1

Aug 9, 2015

The Verdict: Paul Cornell and Tony Parker's This Damned Band is a must read for fans of great comic books as well as great music. Packed with self referencing easter eggs, humor and history that prove that they are not only great writers and artists, but great rock music fans, This Damned Band is looking to be one of the best rock n' roll comics ever.

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9.0
Thor (2007) #603

Oct 1, 2009

Overall, Thor remains one of Marvel Comics must reads each month. The breadth and depth of the plot, coupled with the high quality artwork, makes this book definitely worth picking up each month.

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8.0
Thor (2007) #604

Dec 7, 2009

Overall, Thor still remains a strong read. The impending reunion of Thor with his Asgardian brethren and their battle against Doom is worth looking forward to. Lets hope that the next storyline is nearly as epic as this one has been.

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9.0
Thor (2014) #1

Oct 6, 2014

More than a marketing gimmick (albeit a marketing ploy no doubt) this temporary (however long) replacement of Thor Odinson with Thor The Goddess of Thunder is going to be, like most of Jason Aaron's works are, the must read of Fall 2014 and beyond from Marvel Comics.

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10
Thor: God of Thunder #1

Nov 14, 2012

A wonderful and densely packed opening chapter in the new saga of Thor the God of Thunder, Thor God of Thunder #1 is one of the first must reads of the new slew of Marvel NOW! titles hitting the shelves.

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9.0
Thor: God of Thunder #8

May 17, 2013

So as Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic have shown us again, great characters in the hands of great writers and artists can really lead to some stunning art, and Thor God of Thunder is one hell of a great work of art.

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9.5
Thor: God of Thunder #11

Aug 20, 2013

So while Aaron has wrapped up his opening salvo in his run on Thor God of Thunder, it appears he isn't finished putting Thor through the ringer yet, as in the next issue "Thor returns to Midgard" and is "Earthbound and Down." I personally can't wait to see what Aaron and Ribic have in store for us next.

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9.0
Toe Tag Riot #1

Nov 30, 2014

Toe Tag Riot #1 is fun, inspiring, a little grimy, and riotously loud, just like the music and individuals (fictional and real) that inspired it.

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9.0
UFOlogy #1

Apr 12, 2015

An interesting take on the little green men story that doubles as a metaphor for a coming of age story. Overall, interesting enough to warrant further reading. I'll be looking forward to issue #2.

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8.5
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man Vol. 2 #13

Aug 5, 2012

While not really tying into the Ultimate Comics mega line crossover, Ultimate All-New Spider-Man #13 is nonetheless a solid read. Bendis continues to make history by making the most unique character to ever wear the Spidey outfit not just an engaging character, but a winning one as well.

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8.5
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man Vol. 2 #13

Aug 5, 2012

While not really tying into the Ultimate Comics mega line crossover, Ultimate All-New Spider-Man #13 is nonetheless a solid read. Bendis continues to make history by making the most unique character to ever wear the Spidey outfit not just an engaging character, but a winning one as well.

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9.5
Ultimate Comics: Ultimates #13

Jul 26, 2012

The Ultimate Universe has gone from being an edgy hyper-realistic version of the Marvel U to an edgy, hyper-realistic version of the Marvel U where it seems that everything and anything goes. I havent enjoyed the Ultimate Universe this much since its inception a decade ago. Kudos to Marvel Comics for not letting the horrible Ultimatum storyline destroy what is a smart and worthwhile re-imagining of their iconic characters. Im hooked...again.

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10
Ultimate Comics: Ultimates #15

Sep 21, 2012

A wildly careening and awesomely out of control storyline packed with satire and commentary just got its stakes raised. "Divided We Fall" and the upcoming "United We Stand" are Ultimate Comics storytelling at its best.

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9.0
Ultimate Comics: Ultimates #16

Sep 26, 2012

After not reading any of the Ultimate Comics line of titles for years, simply because they were so bad, I now cannot wait for next month's installments of not only The Ultimates, but Ultimate Spider-Man, and Ultimate X-Men as well. Welcome back Ultimate Universe.

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7.0
Ultimate Comics: X-Men #14

Jul 16, 2012

Ultimate X-Men is a good solid, and yes it is an importantly progressive read (despite all Ive said about it negatively here), but I wonder how long after the resolution to Divided We Fall interest in the series can be kept up where most of the most recognizable X-Men are unavailable simply because theyve been killed off

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8.0
Ultimate Comics: X-Men #16

Sep 14, 2012

While United We Stand doesn't look to be much of a writing challenge for Wood to overcome, he's been writing about revolutions against fascists for what seems like forever now, this is X-Men like you've never seen. I couldn't think of anyone else who could write a X-story without any of the major (and most recognizable) characters around and make it this interesting.

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9.0
Ultimatum #1

Jan 1, 1970

An image of Oberon from a previous issue.

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8.0
Uncanny X-Men #539

Jul 1, 2011

Hope Summers, dubbed the Mutant Messiah, is too often all work and no play. Being the purported savior of a race and being raised by Cable, her teammates shouldnt be surprised or concerned that she spends most of her free time disassembling and reassembling her guns. When Hope is convinced by teammates Laurie and Idie that some time out doing girl-stuff, i.e. shopping for clothes, will help her relax some, the fun is short lived. When Frank Bohannan aka the Crimson Commando kidnaps Hope with the hopes of her reviving his now deactivated mutant powers, only one X-Man is truly best suited to rescue her. The only problem is that this X-Man doesnt exactly have a soft spot in his heart for her Losing Hope can be chocked up as yet another Wolverine lone wolf-type story where everyones favorite adamantium laced hero saves the kid singlehandedly, but only at first glance. Weve seen this type of story over and over again, yet Gillen and Roberson manage to get plenty of milea

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7.5
Uncanny X-Men #540

Jul 9, 2011

Overall, while the whole Fear Itself crossover has its moments, once we get past these few required crossover issues and get into SCHISM, Uncanny X-Men is going to really be a must read, based on all weve seen about SCHISM thus far at least

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6.0
Uncanny X-Men #541

Jul 20, 2011

Overall, Fear Itself feels more like Filler Itself, which it actually is for X-readers who are anxiously anticipating the unfolding of the rest of SCHISM. Uncanny X-Men #541 fills the x-fans need for near weekly mutant action, but this chapter doesnt do much for the team thematically this time. Aside from some cool power displays, theres not much. Sometimes though, in the middle of the sweltering summer heat, a cool, throwaway, power showing off story fills the bill, and the time before the falls big Uncanny X-Men re-launch and things really get going again.

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6.0
Uncanny X-Men #542

Jan 1, 1970

Overall, Gillen continues to get the X-Men right thematically, and portrays the team dynamic that is so integral to good X-Men stories excellently. Hes doing the best he can with the stock summer crossover fare hes been ordered to integrate into Uncanny X-Men, which he actually does a pretty good job with, considering the rather obvious subject matter.

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6.0
Uncanny X-Men #543

Sep 25, 2011

Now that we've gotten past the required Fear Itself event tie in, Gillen and company can get back to focusing on the required X-Men event. The X-Men event looks to much more engaging, and is full of interesting things for Gillen to play with. Gillen steered the X-Men through Fear Itself quite handily, turning a rather boring summer event crossover into something uniquely X-Men in tone. For that alone Gillen deserves fit praise. Fear Itself was one of the weakest Marvel Comics crossover events in some time regardless of its thematic merit.

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8.5
Uncanny X-Men (2011) #15

Jul 9, 2012

These little side excursions from the main event title of this summers Mighty Marvel Crossover are proving to make the whole thing more palatable. Hopefully, those drawn in by the main event are deciding to pick up Gillen and Acunas Uncanny X-Men. Theyd be in for a pleasant surprise and discover what all the hype about Gillens run has been.

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8.0
Uncanny X-Men (2011) #16

Jul 23, 2012

While totally removed from the real world and comprised of complete fantasy and super-biological sci-fi, Uncanny X-Men continues to be high-brow superhero action and philosophizing in the best of the Mighty Marvel manner.

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10
Uncanny X-Men (2011) #17

Aug 26, 2012

Uncanny X-Men, as a series, is winding down once again. We're still going to be treated to some great Marvel Comics stories from Gillen, just not Marvel Comics' X-Men stories. Savor them while you still can.

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4.0
Uncanny X-Men (2013) #1

Feb 17, 2013

The times are a' changin' rapidly in the mainstream sequential art business world. Marvel Comics was perfectly fine with there only being one printed comic book titled Uncanny X-Men #1 (1963) for nearly 50 years, even if it wasn't technically called "Uncanny X-Men." Now, we've had had two Uncanny X-Men #1s alone in the past two years. Looks like the legacy of the long numbered book is gone. I can live with that, but only if the new #1s are worth the read. Uncanny X-Men #1 isn't. Hopefully it will improve. Given his track record, odds are it will with Bendis at the helm...hopefully.

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10
Unity #1

Nov 3, 2013

The war has begun, and there will be blood. Unity has arrived. This is one series launch that you shouldn't miss.

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9.0
Unity #2

Jan 5, 2014

Kindt, Braithwait and the rest of the artistic teams at Valiant Entertainment continue to deliver some of the most compelling sci-fi/superhero/supernatural comics on the market and Unity is quickly becoming the centerpiece of the whole bunch.

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9.0
Unity #3

Jan 12, 2014

A team book unlike any other, Unity is one of Valiant's most interesting and complex books yet. It really is a must read for fans of realistic and smart superhero comics.

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9.0
Unity #4

Feb 26, 2014

As is the case with most of Valiant Comics' titles, Unity continues to deliver great action and story on a grand scale. It's another must read in a string of must reads from Valiant.

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10
Unknown Soldier #7

Apr 30, 2009

Rarely does a series come along like this that nearly measures up in its journalistic and political importance, related through sequential art, to works like Ted Ralls To Afghanistan and Back and Joe Saccos Palestine. To our benefit, Unknown Soldier is an ongoing series that should enjoy a long and well deserved life. We definitely need more comic books like this, and its great to see one of this quality, and seriousness of subject, from a major publisher like DC.

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9.0
Unknown Soldier #8

May 28, 2009

Overall, Unknown Soldier is one of the most important works being produced in the medium right now. Dysarts and Ponticellis art combine to provide a worthy tale that not just entertains, it makes you think, and thats why this series is so important.

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10
Unknown Soldier #9

Jul 15, 2009

The storytelling and art of Unknown Soldier cannot be praised anymore than it already has. It, quite simply, is one of the best of the many comic books being produced right now, and one of the revitalized DC Vertigo lines best as well. What sets this book above the others in Vertigos line, and above many books outside of Vertigo, is that it is harshly realistic, moving, and honest. It takes a hard look at the current state of affairs in Uganda and Sudan, and creates an awareness of the horrific human rights abuses occurring in the region. This book should be required reading.

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10
Unknown Soldier #10

Aug 2, 2009

Unknown Soldier is the most important ongoing series being published right now, and its intelligence and artistic power grows stronger with each passing issue. Again, this book should be required reading.

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8.0
Unknown Soldier #11

Aug 29, 2009

Next issue, when Easy Kill reaches its conclusion, with the final showdown between the Soldier and Kiwanja, with Sera, Wells, and Howl playing roles in the resolution, the slack in the action should snap back sharply. Again, Unknown Soldier still remains one of the best and most important books being published now. You should be reading it.

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10
Unknown Soldier #21

Jul 24, 2010

If you havent been reading Unknown Soldier (you should be), A Gun in Africa is the perfect jumping on point. Joshua Dysarts powerful meditation on the human rights atrocities and daily battles in one of the most overlooked yet war torn areas of the world is easily one of the most important sequential art series ever.

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10
Unknown Soldier #24

Oct 7, 2010

Theres one more issue of Unknown Soldier left to be published, and then of course the final trades, so theres still some more new Unknown Soldier left for us to experience. After that, we can only look forward to Joshua Dysarts next opus, which he just might find himself hard pressed to make as powerful as his current one. Its a worthy challenge though, and Im sure hes more than up to it.

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8.0
Vampirella #1

Dec 8, 2010

So Vampis back and shes wearing some clothes this timeat least thus far. Shes also immersed in a more seriously grounded gothic superhero themed world. Shes on a mission, and that mission is one of death dealing. Her first issue is packed with action, blood, bodices, but surprisingly, and welcomingly, little skin. Looks like were going to be getting a serious treatment of the characterbut a costume as iconic as Vampis cant remain under the jeans, flared collared shirt and trench coat forever. Trautmann and Reis will undoubtedly make good, and hopefully intelligent, use of it eventually.

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8.0
Vampirella Strikes #2

Jan 30, 2013

A good ole' fashioned, yet frightfully fresh, read, Vampirella Strikes #2 simply leaves us thirsty for more...and thankfully there is more to come.

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7.0
Vampirella: Masters Series Vol. 1 #1

Nov 13, 2010

Overall, Vampirella: Masters Series Vol. 1 is a nice introduction to the contemporary take on the character that revived her popularity and lead to her being a property worth Dynamite Entertainment putting up the money for. Vampis new Dynamite Entertainment produced ongoing series debuts soon, and will be written by Eric Trautmann and penciled by Wagner Reis. Hopefully these guys will build on what Morrison and Millar started, and take Vampi to a whole new level of action, horror, and adventure.

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5.0
Vampirella: Southern Gothic #1

Aug 14, 2013

For what could be a cool concept, Vampirella Southern Gothic #1 shows plenty of potential, but little payoff.

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8.0
Vampirella: The Second Coming #1

Sep 13, 2009

Overall, Vampirella: The Second Coming looks to be more than just an eye candy book. Theres an interesting story brewing here. Of course, a beautiful, voluptuous, and basically naked vampire woman, who is arguably the worlds most recognizable female vampire character, will sell this book, but the story just might end up being what keeps readers coming back.

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8.0
Vampirella: The Second Coming #2

Oct 19, 2009

Overall, the worlds most famous, most published, most lusted after, and most modeled female vampire continues the rebirthing process in Vampirella: The Second Coming. Along with her, we just might be witnessing the rebirth of quality Vampirella tales as well.

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8.0
Vampirella: The Second Coming #3

Nov 14, 2009

Overall, as Vampirella: The Second Coming nears its final issue, we can only hope that she doesnt stay dormant for a long period of time after its conclusion. Its been fun witnessing her second coming, and now that shes back, maybe shell stick around.

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8.5
Vampirella: The Second Coming #4

Apr 8, 2010

Theres a new dawn on the horizon for Vampirella. Dynamite Entertainment should prove a fitting home for the worlds most sexy and recognizable comic book vampire. Vampirella: The Second Coming though tops off a great run for the character at Harris Comics with style. Check it out before Vampis new Dynamite incarnation bursts onto the scene. You wont regret it.

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8.0
Vengeance of the Moon Knight #1

Oct 7, 2009

This first issue also contains a reprint of Moon Knight #1 from 1980. The story, titled The Macabre Moon Knight, by Doug Moench and artist Bill Sienkiewicz, tells the origin of The Moon Knight, Marc Spectors many alter egos, and his battle with his arch-nemesis, The Bushman. Its an interesting reprint of an old tale that will help new readers understand some of the history behind the character.

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9.5
Victor Santos' 'POLAR: Came From The Cold' Review #1

Nov 19, 2013

The type of story that leaves the reader wanting more Polar: Came From The Cold is another worthy entry in the already highly critical and commercial success that is Dark Horse Comics' already massive catalog.

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6.5
Wolverine (2010) #305

Apr 30, 2012

Maybe Im just going through "Aaron on Wolverine no more" withdrawal, and am not in enough of a recovered state to objectively assess Bunns first issue as series writer, but if any writer has the potential to follow such a great run, Bunn does. Ill give the series time to breath, and Bunn time to find his voice on the book, but so farlets just say the jury is out.

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9.0
Wolverine and the X-Men #1

Oct 26, 2011

Overall, Wolverine and The X-Men is everything I anticipated, and I anticipated a great deal. Ive been really, really wanting to read a series that effectively portrays the dynamism inherent in Wolverines character and is set at a School for Gifted Youngsters and Wolverine and The X-Men delivered both of these things very excellentlyat least for one issue.

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6.5
Wolverine and the X-Men #2

Dec 4, 2011

Overall, Im still waiting for Aaron to cut loose, and for Rachel to take on more of a visible role. Hopefully, these things will be coming. I still feel that this age of X-stories can go down as the Aaron (maybe Aaron/Gillen) Age, but the jury is now back out on whether Wolverine and The X-Men is going to be the title that solidifies this assertion.

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9.0
Wolverine and the X-Men #3

Dec 28, 2011

Yes, it appears that Aaron has the perfect combination of quirky X-characters, and one big X-Man that he's been doing a great job with for a while now, to headline his first solo X-Team book. Here's to a long and fun run.

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9.5
Wolverine and the X-Men #4

Jan 11, 2012

Wolverine and The X-Men is now my new favorite monthly book. Since I'm not enjoying The New 52's Superman, something has to rise to the top. Aaron and his wonderful take on The X-Men takes the top spot, even if he isn't able to get as smart assed as he usually does in his storytelling. He's at the top of the list of writers who are making the X-Family of books the best superhero books out there right now"and once again.

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7.0
Wolverine and the X-Men #9

Apr 18, 2012

Leave it to master scribe Jason Aaron, whos sadly ended his run on Wolverine as a solo character, to actually conjure up a tie in issue to this years mega-Marvel crossover event that is worth reading. So far A vs. X has been slow at best and boring at worst. Why does Marvel Comics seem so determined to put their readers through another Civil War-like event? The answer is simple. They sell, even if they are rehashes of old stories that are meant to drive sales first and tell a good story second. At least we have Aarons considerable talents and wit to ease the process.

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9.5
Wolverine and the X-Men #13

Jul 16, 2012

Ive said it before and Ill say it again. The X-Books are some of the best written mainstream superhero books on the marked. A few years ago it was the Superman Family of books, and as great as they were with their World of New Krypton storylines, the current run of X-Books just might be better (AvX aside).

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9.0
Wolverine and the X-Men #14

Jul 26, 2012

This book continues to be top of the reading pile quality month in and month out, thanks to Aaron's great characterizations and subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) humor. Wolverine and The X-Men is a monthly must read.

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6.0
Wolverine and the X-Men: Alpha and Omega #1

Jan 5, 2012

Overall, its good to see Wood getting back into superhero books, but something a little more suited to his usual themes might have been a little more interesting. Theres enough to keep me interested here thus far, but its going to have to get much more interesting for me to finish reading the series issue by issue and not waiting for the trade.

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9.0
Wolverine Season One #1

Jun 30, 2013

Overall, Wolverine Season One is a standout edition of a really great string of books that tell contemporized origin stories of some of Marvel Comics' biggest characters. Each volume of Season One that Marvel Comics produces makes me look forward to the next one, especially when they are as high quality as Wolverine Season One is.

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6.5
Wolverine: Weapon X #1

Jun 7, 2009

Unfortunately, for a comic book to be truly great, and live up to its art, and vise versa, its story has to be great as well. With Logan tramping through familiar territory where he, yet again, finds out about a rogue-like Weapon X derived project, and has to kill em all, the story will have to rank as mediocre at best. Hopefully, as this series plays along well get some stronger stories. Aarons proven that he has them in him with this stint on Ghost Rider and Scalped, so maybe theyll migrate over to Wolverine: Weapon X.

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8.5
Wolverine: Weapon X #2

Jun 25, 2009

Yeah, overall, Wolverine Weapon X just might shape up to be a pretty good read. As the book progresses, and Aaron starts to fire on all cylinders (had to throw in a Ghost Rider/motorcycle reference), this book has a chance to take off. I still firmly believe that Wolverine is way too overexposed, and that hes used by Marvel to sell anything and everything from boxer shorts to bobble head dolls (including a host of comic books that arent so great, where he makes a one page appearance, yet gets to grace the cover. Yes, you know who you are, Dark Reign Elektra #4). In the hands of a talented writer though, Wolverine is one of the best Marvel characters ever created.

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9.0
Wolverine: Weapon X #3

Jun 29, 2009

Theres no further praise that can possibly be heaped upon Garneys artwork by myself. It remains superb, and theres nothing that can be said to be lacking in its execution. Wolverines new costume is particularly well designed. Whether its a product of Garneys, or Aarons, or both of theirs imaginations, its got to be the best costume Wolverine has worn yet to date. I never understood why he continued to be drawn with the flare mask anyway. Hes, most likely, the most well known figure in the Marvel Universe, with the possible exception of Steve Rogers. Daredevil wouldnt be Daredevil without his mask, even though EVERYBODY knows Matt Murdock is Daredevil in the Marvel Universe. But Wolverine is defined by so much more than a mask. I mean, come on. How can anyone forget a guy with that hair, and his claws? This series is becoming unforgettable as well, and definitely an enjoyable, intelligent and action packed one.

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10
Wolverine: Weapon X #11

Mar 4, 2010

Overall, Wolverine Weapon X continues to be the best place to enjoy quality, easily accessible, and fun stories about Wolverine/Logan the hero. Aarons great humor and insightful tales coupled with Garneys fantastic art rank this series right up there with Marvel Comics best current ongoing series like Thor and Captain America.

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9.0
Wolverine: Weapon X #12

Apr 10, 2010

Theres really no reason why a fan of the character Wolverine or any fan of comic book superheroes shouldnt check out Wolverine: Weapon X. Its fun, fast paced, well written, and drawn and colored spectacularly. Its not a heady work, or as particularly profound as some other superhero books and their current storylines, but for sheer rockin coolness and action with a heart, Wolverine: Weapon X cant be beat.

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6.0
Wonder Woman (2006) #602

Aug 26, 2010

Unfortunately, I cant take this new Dianas story to heart. For a character that was a pure representation of the power of love a few months ago during Blackest Night, shes more Ares than Aphrodite now. While this might be great and compelling storytelling wise overall, this isnt the Wonder Woman Ive known and loved.

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10
Wonder Woman (2011) #12

Aug 20, 2012

Much of The New 52 has disappointed me, especially the travesty they are making of my favorite superhero, but Wonder Woman is one of the few DC Comics superhero titles that remains at the top of my reading pile every month. I can't wait to see where this brilliant creative team takes Diana and company next.

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10
Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #10

Aug 22, 2016

Wrath of The Eternal Warrior is a complete work of art from its story telling to its imagery, and is worthy of being on the top of your reading stack every month, including your Valiant Entertainment reading stack of books. Finally, long suffering Gilad Anni-Padda fans are truly getting the book that not only they deserve, but Gilad himself deserves to star in.

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10
Wytches #1

Oct 27, 2014

One of the most hyped books of the Fall of 2014, Wytches #1 lives up to it's promise and more. This is a must read. Period.

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7.5
X #0

Apr 2, 2013

Overall, X #0 is a fitting return to solo issue status of one of Dark Horse Comics' legendary original heroes. Along with Ghost, X is going to help Dark Horse Comics up the ante on quality superhero comics. I for one can't wait for more...

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9.5
X-Men (2013) #1

Jun 2, 2013

X-Men (2013), based on the merits of its first issue, is looking to be the must read X-Book of the year.

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9.0
X-Men Legacy #260

Jan 14, 2012

X-Men Legacys new direction, with its new setting at The Jean Grey School for Higher Learning, is off to a great start under the direction of Gage and Baldeon. Heres to hoping that this new creative team keeps X-Men Legacy on the right track. Somehow I think that they will.

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4.0
X-Men Vol. 4 #4

Oct 19, 2010

Overall, like I suggested before, the X-Men as characters and a concept are in need of a massive injection of originality, and they really need to get out of the world of closed, mutant-only concerns. They need to battle some other types of threats to humanity to prove their heroism along with bashing in the heads of some evil mutants once in a while. While wiping out a cadre of particularly nasty vampires will help, if this is how the story is going to unfold, Im ready to fast forward to the next evil mutant threat

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10
X-Men Vol. 4 #20

Nov 3, 2011

It is a grand thing to be so excited about several X-Men titles, and an even grander thing to consistently be surprised, entertained, and delighted by X-title after X-title. With so many good X-books to read right now, its hard to not read them all. Hopefully, Gischler, Aaron, Gillen and company can keep this great run going for a long while.

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9.0
X-Men Vol. 4 #31

Jul 9, 2012

Overall, Woods early run on X-Men is shaping up to be a worthy one, just like all of his works are.

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9.5
X-Men Vol. 4 #33

Aug 11, 2012

There's plenty of good X-reads out there now (albeit they are pretty diluted right now with AvX crossover stuff), but X-Men just might be the new best of the bunch.

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10
X-Men Vol. 4 #34

Aug 22, 2012

"Subterraneans 1 of 2" is the type of X-Men story that only Brian Wood can write, and I for one hope it's just one of many in a long and already storied run by the writer on X-Men.

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9.5
X-Men: Battle of the Atom #1

Sep 4, 2013

Recent X-Men crossover events have been nothing to get too excited about. Schism was pretty good. Avengers vs. X-Men wasn't. Battle of the Atom, based on the merits of the open chapter, is loaded with potential, and just might top them both.

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8.0
X-Men: Gold (2017) #9

Aug 15, 2017

Politics, love, and Russian interference. Yeah, I'm loving X-Men Gold right now. Now, if Guggenheim can work in some X-Men punching out Nazis story lines over the next few issues, I'd be in X-Men, and comic book reading, heaven.

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9.0
X-Men: Regenesis #1

Oct 14, 2011

There is one character who is glaringly left out of the festivities, so to speak. One has to image that Charles Xavier will be returning to his roots, but Gillen doesnt give us a hint as to where he is or what his takes on these events are. Xavier is the founder of the original school, and of the original X-Men as a team and concept. It is hard to imagine that he will be left out of the limelight yet again as this new era of X-Men stories moves forward. Maybe Gillen, Aaron, and the rest of the X-Scribes are simply saving him up for something special? Who knows, but like Rachel, whos finally getting back into the picture, Xavier is massively underused and overlooked. He needs a major role, and he needs one fast. Overall though, in X-Men Regenesis more questions are answered than posed. The tables are now set for the next era of X-Men stories. From the looks of things, theyre shaping up to be pretty interesting.

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9.5
X-Men: Schism #1

Jul 13, 2011

We might be witnessing the dawn of the Jason Aaron age of X-stories. He definitely has some big shoes to fill, but with the foundation he is laying in SCHISM, Aaron definitely is showing that he has the potential to fill said shoes.

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9.0
X-Men: Schism #2

Jul 27, 2011

Overall, SCHISM hasnt disappointed yet, and X-readers everywhere should be greatly anticipating the next installment. This X-fan is. Even more than next issue though, this X-fan is highly anticipating Aarons upcoming Wolverine and The X-Men.

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6.0
X-Men: Schism #3

Jan 1, 1970

With SCHISM expanding into Generation Hope now as well, were going to start getting a (much needed) widening view of the conflict of ideas that is going to rend the X-Men, as a team, in two. This is a good thing since this event needs move along a little faster, but also be encompassing enough to tell the story from more than just the point of view of Scott and Logan. Honestly though, Ive been craving an Xaviers School type setting for a while now, and personally cant wait to see Aarons take on it this fall once SCHISM wraps up.

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8.0
X-Men: Schism #4

Sep 22, 2011

One team Ican be left off of though is Alan Davis. His art isnt poor by any means, itjust doesnt appeal to me. He draws an incredible looking super Sentinel. Hisaction choreography and panel flow are both fine as well. Its his facialexpressions. They are too out of proportion for my tastes. Also they seem a bitrepetitive. After allthe buildup to the onset of the Loganvs. Scott battle, when it finally gets here it feels a bit anti-climatic. Whilewhat sets the two at each others' throats has its basis in the direction thateach wants to take the X-Men in, and how seriously to involve the kids, itreally comes down to blows as the result of a smart-aleck comment over acharacter long gone. A character, for whose sake, the two shouldnt befighting with each other over, but focusing on the real goal, that of taking care of the youngest X-Men.

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9.0
X-O Manowar #1

Apr 30, 2012

The wait is finally over and the debut first issue of Valiant Entertainments X-O Manowar is just days away. This first issue will re-introduce long suffering fans to the brilliant and highly engaging comic book universe that is the Valiant U and will attract scores of new readers who will be rushing out to get on the ground floor of what is sure to be the rebirth of one of the greatest shared super hero comic book universes of all time. Let the Valiant Age beginagain!

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9.0
X-O Manowar #3

Jul 20, 2012

At this point we can move past saying that Valiant is back! and start making the case that Valiant is now here to stay. Every single issue of a new Valiant comic that Ive read has been great and left me wanting more. With titles like Archer and Armstrong, Eternal Warrior, and Rai on the horizon, the fun is far from over.

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9.0
X-O Manowar #16

Aug 21, 2013

The first of the new Valiant titles is still one of its best and shows no signs of slowing down.

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9.0
Xenoholics #1

Nov 13, 2011

Xenoholics is a funny, quirky, and scary hit for Image Comics, that follows in a long line of quirky and engaging works recently published by a group that has gone from near obscurity after the comic book bust of the mid 1990s to a Vertigo level respected published.

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8.0
Young Allies 70th Anniversary Special #1

Jun 21, 2009

Overall, Riveras pencils and style fit this special very well as he bounces back and forth effortlessly from World War II era style and dress to modern style and dress. He also captures a slightly cartoonish look, especially in the facial expressions of the Young Allies, which harkens back to the style of 1930s and 1940s comic books, without appearing to be parody. His wide angle layouts of Arlington National Cemetery are quite striking. They capture the moving number of departed men and women who served their country in its greatest time of need, much like Bucky and his Young Allies did. Young Allies Comics 70th Anniversary Special #1 is definitely a great artistic and narrative read worth adding to your collection of Marvels 70th Anniversary Specials.

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7.5
Zatanna #1

May 23, 2010

Hopefully, as the series progresses well get to see some of Zatannas dense back story explored, while watching her beat up on the magic worlds bad guys. A little real world magical foes like demons, cultists, and the like might prove interesting as well. Time will tell how Zatanna pans out, but its off to a decent start.

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7.5
Zatanna #11

Mar 31, 2011

With Dini, and now Igle, at the helm of Zatanna, we should be in for some great story telling and we are definitely in for some great art. Dini is a proven writer, so he should have some stronger storylines up his sleeve for the upcoming issues of the series. Sometimes it just takes a character a little while to get settled into his or her own solo book. It took Supergirl a while to get settled. With Zatanna were halfway there. The art is in place, and Dini should be getting the story in place shortly.

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