Benjamin Novoa's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: AiPT! Reviews: 24
7.9Avg. Review Rating

A rare achievement in humanizing gods, excelling the action, and touching audiences.

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Returning the X-Men to form.

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To what extent do the ends justify the means? Is one man's homeland security another man's extreme police state? Hardcore #1 doesn't pretend to have all the answers, but if relevant themes, intense action, and a well-paced narrative are your thing, you've come to the right place.

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There is no such thing as a perfect comic book, but Hardcore #5 is the conclusion the first arc needed. Hardcore wears its intentions on its metaphorical sleeve as a comic book meant to pay homage to best and brightest the action film genre has to offer. Mission accomplished.

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Rick Remender uses Black Science to present some rich philosophical queries that have been wrestled with for centuries, particularly the notion that life is an illusion. However, rather than beat readers over the head, he uses such a timeless hypothesis to tell a grounded story steeped in morality, humanity, and the love of a family. With the majority of Black Science's story in the rearview mirror, Black Science sets the stage for the climactic finish that waits down a winding road. If nothing else, Issue 39 should incentivize readers to catch up on one of Remender's best works to date.

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Plenty of comics are striving for readers attention, but Books of Magic #3 stands out among them. If you're looking for a comic outside of the standard superhero genre, Books of Magic has it all. Magic, mystery, and sincere character work makes Books of Magic a must-read. Give Tim's tale of death and consequences a chance and you will not be disappointed.

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If frenzied action, espionage, and intricate plots interest you, then Hardcore #2 ticks all the proverbial boxes.

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The stakes are raised and the next issue can't come soon enough.

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With only its fourth issue to hit comic stands, Hardcore continues to be a must-read book for fans willing (or looking) for an alternative to the tried and true world of superheroes. The only question that remains: How will Drake survive what Diggle concocts next?

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Sideways # 11 is easily the next phase of Sideways' story, reaching a new height and pushing Derek's world to a more dynamic and compelling frontier.

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A strong introduction to two new Suicide Squad stories readers will want to see through to the end.

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A necessary step forward for establishing Sideways' character and building his world.

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Suicide Squad: Black Files is a fine addition to the Suicide Squad series. The title has the potential to be an enticing ongoing series.

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A fun look into the relationship between Thor and Loki with the "What If" twist.

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A deep mystery set in space combining horror, science fiction, and mystery to deliver a fresh take on all the genres.

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Issue #9 continues to build on the lore of Sideways while piquing interest towards what comes next.

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Sideways Annual #1 does have a few minor hiccups but successfully continues to build on the ongoing journey of Derek James, DC's neophile hero.

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Overall, I enjoyed my time with Thor #9, the departure from focusing on the title character works, for the most part. Aaron continues to build (slowly I might add) elements of the looming War of Realms. It won't surprise me if fans who came seeking Thor in a monumental battle are disappointed. Another minor gripe is that the Thor book feels like a precursor to the War of Realms Event, rather than a title with its own identity. If nothing else, Aaron continues to place all the pieces on the board before unleashing hell.

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The effort was made, but the closer the story reaches its pinnacle the more evident it becomes that the Suicide Squad Black Files fails to add any depth to the Suicide Squad.

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The greatest singular description of this title is "Potential." No comic is flawless, and Age of Conan: Belit #1 doesn't re-invent the wheel, but a keen eye can see the (wait for it...) potential. While it may not be an easy read for everyone that aforementioned spark remains. A fire might be building, and it could be Belit.

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If nothing else, Assassin Nation is pure, simple escapism catered to fans seeking a straight forward story of revenge. There's nothing wrong with that, on a surface level. However, with a bevy of books on the shelves garnering readers' attention, Assassin Nation may get lost in the shuffle for not providing the depth most mature readers have grown accustomed to.

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For the time being Batman #61 is a strong, yet dubious, beginning to the Knightmares arc, with promises that have yet to be fulfilled. My interest is piqued, but the issue will assuredly become forgettable.

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Batman Secret Files #1 works well enough for what it is at its very nature: a collection of work. The quality varies greatly from poor to excellent. Two of the stories fail to hit their mark, two stories are solid outings, and one is highly successful. Despite the various quality of work, the issue is worth a read, serving as a litmus test of creative combinations that could be commissioned for future Batman outings.

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For all its merits, Wyrd #2's approach of style over substance is lacking. There are traces of a quality story here, which may yet prove itself in future issues, but issue 2 isn't it.

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