Blair Marnell's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Crave Online, IGN, Nerdist Reviews: 523
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6.5
A Game of Thrones #1

Sep 22, 2011

The Game of Thrones comic also appears to be less adult oriented than the HBO series. It's more of a teen reader friendly comic with only the occasional beheading and blade through the eye... and no outright nudity. This book isn't trying to ape the HBO series and its version of the characters and the threat beyond the Wall seem to be intentionally different for the most part. This comic may be best suited for people unwilling to read Martin's novel all the way through. I've no doubt that the comic will eventually cover the entirety of the first novel, but at this rate its going to be a very long time before readers of the comic catch up to what people have already seen on HBO.

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6.5
Action Comics #902

Jun 26, 2011

I'd love to see Cornell recover from his missteps and pull off this story in the concluding chapters, but it doesn't seem likely at this point.

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4.5
Action Comics #903

Aug 2, 2011

But there's no getting past how inconsequential this issue is. DC may be holding the line at $2.99, but these 20 pages pass so quickly that even that price seems steep.

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5.0
Action Comics #904

Aug 31, 2011

The bulk of the pages are by Gimenez and he does a serviceable job. However, there are definitely pages that look rushed and sketchy. It's not that the main story could have been saved by the artwork alone, but it certainly would have helped if there was a single artist throughout the entire storyline who was at the top of his game. Great art can help you forgive a mediocre story. Average art will never have the same effect. When it comes to ending a story, Cornell seems to have a solid grasp on what's going to satisfy an audience. Unfortunately, the journey to get to that point wasn't as enjoyable as it should have been.

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8.5
Action Comics (2011) #3

Nov 7, 2011

On its own, Action Comics #3 makes for a surprisingly dense and enjoyable read. I still don't buy that this is the same Man of Steel being portrayed five years later in Superman, but if you're only reading this book than it doesn't matter what happens anywhere else.

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7.8
Action Comics (2016) #973

Feb 9, 2017

Stephen Segovia is also a very talented artist, but his style simply doesn't flow very well with Zircher's pages. By abruptly cutting from Segovia to Zircher on more than one occasion, this issue is less fun to read. But the story is fun and engaging, and that's the most important part of the equation.

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7.5
Action Comics (2016) #974

Feb 23, 2017

It really feels like the Lana/Superwoman plot belongs in another book, but this was still an entertaining read. It's also a crossover story, which means that we'll only have to wait a week to see how that cliffhanger plays out.

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8.9
Action Comics (2016) #975

Mar 9, 2017

It's not clear if the mystery villain can maintain that threat level for the entire story, but Dini and Churchill actually made him feel relevant for the first time in years

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8.1
Action Comics (2016) #976

Mar 23, 2017

This isn't a perfect issue, but it's hard not to be happy with it. This is what I wanted from my Superman.

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8.8
Action Comics (2016) #977

Apr 13, 2017

This is a really beautiful looking comic and Churchill has turned out to be the perfect artist for the back-to-basics Man of Steel that we have after Superman Reborn.

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7.2
Action Comics (2016) #978

Apr 27, 2017

It's not bad, but it's also not very satisfying.

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7.6
Action Comics (2016) #979

May 11, 2017

As part of a trade, it may be fine. It's just not as satisfying to read in this installment. But when the art is this good, I regret nothing.

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8.3
Action Comics (2016) #980

May 25, 2017

Patch Zircher is proving himself to be one of the very best Superman artists. His Man of Steel simultaneously looks classic and modern, and his pages have a lot of life to them...even when depicting the undead.

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8.9
Action Comics (2016) #981

Jun 15, 2017

The "Revenge Squad" arc has had its ups and downs, but the combination of Jurgens and Herbert has already demonstrated the ability to elevate this story to a much higher level. And I can't wait to see their next issue.

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8.6
Action Comics (2016) #982

Jun 29, 2017

I wish the story had been stronger, but the art is about as close to perfection as it gets.

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7.1
Action Comics (2016) #983

Jul 13, 2017

The cliffhanger has a lot of potential, but it feels like a lot of the momentum for this story hit a wall.

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7.6
Action Comics (2016) #984

Jul 27, 2017

"Revenge" started out as a potentially classic Superman story, but it ultimately fell short of greatness.

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6.3
Action Comics (2016) #985

Aug 10, 2017

There's a lot about the current Superman books that are very enjoyable, which is why it's so disappointing to see some of that goodwill get squandered.

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6.3
Action Comics (2016) #986

Aug 24, 2017

As a fill-in issue, this was simply "okay."

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6.9
Action Comics (2016) #989

Oct 12, 2017

There are far worse issues than this, but it is a little disappointing.

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6.5
Action Comics (2016) #990

Oct 26, 2017

There may be some Doomsday Clock foreshadowing here, but as its own story, "The Oz Effect" is simply okay. Considering who Mr. Oz is supposed to be in relation to Superman, it deserves to be much better than that.

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8.3
Action Comics (2016) #991

Nov 9, 2017

The jury is still out on whether it was a good idea to make Mr. Oz that particular character, but Viktor Bogdanovic stepped up with his best art in the story to date. That goes a long way towards making this a strong conclusion to a somewhat uneven arc.

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8.5
Action Comics (2016) #992

Nov 23, 2017

This week's issue of Action Comics is a great example of what happens when an artist elevates a script to the next level. Will Conrad's art is phenomenal, and he makes these pages sing.

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7.7
Adam Strange / Future Quest Special #1

Mar 30, 2017

Marc Andreyko and Jeff Parker have a pretty strong handle on these characters, and Steve Lieber's deceptively simple art style really compliments this tale. This issue is a quick and enjoyable read until it gets to the bizarre backup story with Top Cat and Batman.

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7.0
Aliens: Life and Death #1

Aug 25, 2016

That said, this was a very strong opening chapter to the next phase of the crossover. The Colonial Marines are far from out of the woods, and they've got more than just Xenomorphs to worry about.

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8.0
All-New All-Different Avengers Annual #1

Aug 14, 2016

This issue's biggest crime is that it doesn't let us read the story that pissed off Kamala in the first place: "Ms. Marvel and the Teenage Love Triangle from Space." We do get to see who wrote the offending tale, and now we really want to know what was in it! But that didn't detract too much from a very enjoyable issue.

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8.0
All-New All-Different Avengers Annual #1

Aug 14, 2016

This issue's biggest crime is that it doesn't let us read the story that pissed off Kamala in the first place: "Ms. Marvel and the Teenage Love Triangle from Space." We do get to see who wrote the offending tale, and now we really want to know what was in it! But that didn't detract too much from a very enjoyable issue.

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6.8
All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #2

May 25, 2017

You can tell that the Bendis era is over when we've gone from a Guardians of the Galaxy comic that barely resembled the movie Guardians to a comic that resembles them a little bit too closely.

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7.3
All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #4

Jun 22, 2017

It may not be peak Guardians yet, but the foundation is getting stronger.

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8.8
All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #5

Jul 6, 2017

If the Guardians of the Galaxy have to ape their counterparts on the big screen, then it would be a great consolation prize if their ongoing adventures were always this good.

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8.2
All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #6

Jul 20, 2017

Overall, this was a very good issue, and even the humor seemed less forced than usual.

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8.5
All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #8

Aug 17, 2017

If you needed a reminder of how well this team can work in a comic, then this is definitely for you.

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8.0
All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #9

Sep 7, 2017

As a one-off issue, it's a very good interlude between arcs on this book. It kind of makes me want to see what Duggan could do with the team if he didn't have to force them to fit within the boundaries that someone else came up with.

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6.4
All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #10

Sep 21, 2017

As the conclusion of the first major All-New Guardians of the Galaxy storyline, this is a pretty disappointing letdown. Gerry Duggan and Aaron Kuder's run has actually been pretty strong up to this point, but the resolution really leaves a lot to be desired.

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8.2
All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #11

Oct 5, 2017

One of the things I really like about Gerry Duggan's run on this book is that, even with the title characters seemingly squashed into something that resembled their MCU counterparts, Duggan still manages to get in some deep dive Marvel Universe references.

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7.1
All-New Guardians of the Galaxy Annual #1

Jun 29, 2017

This issue's biggest failing is that it builds towards a moment that would have been big for both the Guardians and for Secret Empire before pulling back and leaving only the team bonding intact. That's a frustrating way to end an issue that was close to being more than just a throwaway tale.

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7.3
All-New Wolverine #24

Sep 14, 2017

On the whole, it's a good issue, but not great.

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6.0
All-New X-Men #27

May 26, 2014

I still maintain that this is one of the better X-Men comics being published, but it makes a strong argument for reading All-New X-Men as a trade paperback instead picking up the monthly series.

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7.0
All-Star Batman #1

Aug 10, 2016

Even with a few minor hiccups, All-Star Batman #1 is one of the few comics that feels like it's worth the $4.99 cover price. It's not perfect, but it is entertaining.

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7.0
All-Star Batman #2

Sep 15, 2016

One of the more satisfying aspects ofAll-Star Batman #2 is that it's worth the $4.99 price tag. There's a lot to unpack in this issue, and it feels like a lot of bang for the buck. We do feel like the constant betrayals of Batman may be Synder's way of making this issue's primary story seem more important than it actually is. We're not fans of the old bait and switch, and frankly, we're starting to think that's where Synder is going with it. That does temper our impression of the book. But overall, it's beenvery enjoyable experience so far.

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7.8
All-Star Batman #10

May 11, 2017

Snyder is also walking a fine line between cool and cheesy with Batman's very public appearance. But it's fun, and there is some nice misdirection late in the story.

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7.8
All-Star Batman #12

Jul 27, 2017

Well, no one can say that Scott Snyder isn't having fun with one of his final issues on this book. But it's really a showcase for Rafael Albuquerque as an artist and a co-writer in the backup tale.

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7.5
All-Star Batman #13

Aug 31, 2017

Surprisingly, the backup story has eclipsed the featured tale as the most entertaining part of All-Star Batman.

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7.3
All-Star Batman #14

Oct 5, 2017

I have some mixed feelings about Scott Snyder's pending departure from this book. On one hand, it's really time to go when Alfred suddenly has a secret vigilante history and an enemy from his past who is out to kill both Alfred and Batman. But here's the thing that Snyder does so well: he keeps writing these emotional moments between Alfred and Bruce, and they all work.

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9.0
Alpha Flight Vol. 4 #6

Nov 25, 2011

Plus, now that Fear Itself is over, Alpha Flight is more of a standalone story than ever before. I wish we could get more comics like this. Alpha Flight may never set the sales charts on fire, but it is well worth your money.

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8.5
Alpha Flight Vol. 4 #7

Jan 2, 2012

Alpha Flight is one of those Marvel books that just doesn't work without the right creative team. In that regard, Pak, Van Lente and Eaglesham have done a terrific job of making these characters interesting again. It's a shame that the next issue may be the last time that they have their own title for the foreseeable future. But I'm eager to see how this story finally wraps up.

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7.5
Alpha Flight Vol. 4 #8

Jan 27, 2012

Just not with Alpha Flight.

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7.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #2

May 26, 2014

On the story front, Slott is still delivering a pretty entertaining new chapter in the life of Spider-Man. I just wish that Ramos would move on to another book so I can enjoy the art again.

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6.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #3

Jun 25, 2014

I really want to like Amazing Spider-Man # 3 more than I do, but I think that Slott hasn’t quite found his post-Superior Spider-Man rhythm yet. 

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7.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #17

Sep 1, 2016

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8.2
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #27

May 11, 2017

As comic artists go, Stuart Immonen is an international treasure. But that face is gonna take some getting used to. You'll know which one when you read the issue.

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8.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #30

Jul 13, 2017

It seems like the Parker Industries era is coming to an end soon, and I'm going to miss it. But it's going out on top.

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6.9
Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows (2016) #5

Mar 23, 2017

Given that Gerry Conway has been writing comic book stories since the '70s, it shouldn't be a surprise that this issue reads like a throwback to an earlier era. But it's fun, and it gets to the point fast.

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7.6
Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows (2016) #6

Apr 13, 2017

Sometimes, this timeline is simply more compelling than the one Marvel is offering in its prime universe. This is one of those occasions.

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7.3
Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows (2016) #7

May 11, 2017

Is it wrong to like the alternate world X-Men of Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows more than the stars of the current X-books? Not when this is the only book that has the real Wolverine, Jean Grey, and Cyclops... even if their dynamic has radically changed.

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7.4
Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows (2016) #8

Jun 15, 2017

Whenever the marriage or family dynamics are in play, this book is gold. However, it falters a bit with the villains, particularly Normie Osborn. Asking the readers to take him seriously is simply a bridge too far.

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7.3
Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows (2016) #10

Aug 17, 2017

Ryan Stegman is the regular artist and co-writer of this book, and this is his first issue that he's written alone. Unfortunately, it's a bit of a mixed bag.

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6.0
Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows (2016) #11

Sep 21, 2017

Up until now, this has been a very fun title. I want it to be fun again.

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6.5
Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows (2016) #12

Oct 12, 2017

This issue reads like it was intended to be the final Renew Your Vows story, since it goes out of its way to wrap up the lingering plotlines of the series.

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6.7
Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows (2016) #13

Nov 23, 2017

This is a slow start for the new era, but there is some promise here.

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7.0
Aquaman (2016) #16

Feb 2, 2017

In terms of story, there's not a lot happening here. But Dan Abnett takes the time to give Aquaman and his supporting cast some interesting beats, including a confession that Erika Watson shares with her high school crush.

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9.3
Aquaman (2016) #25

Jun 22, 2017

This issue fulfilled the promise of DC Universe Rebirth, and I can't wait to see where the series goes from here.

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9.2
Aquaman (2016) #26

Jul 20, 2017

So far, this has been a masterful way to turn this book into one of DC's finest superhero adventures.

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8.8
Aquaman (2016) #27

Aug 17, 2017

It must have taken restraint for DC to put Stjepan Sejic on Aquaman rather than one of the bigger books like Superman, Batman, or Wonder Woman. Sejic clearly has what it takes to be a superstar artist, but Aquaman is the comic that needed him the most, and his pages have revitalized this series in a major way.

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9.3
Aquaman (2016) #28

Sep 21, 2017

Aquaman is peaking at just the right time, and there's never been a better chance to see just how great this book can be.

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8.9
Aquaman (2016) #29

Oct 19, 2017

Aquaman has been one of DC's best books ever since Stjepan Sejic joined the creative team, and his art once again elevates this issue to a higher level.

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9.2
Aquaman (2016) #30

Nov 16, 2017

Aquaman has been DC's best-looking books ever since Stjepan Sejic joined the series, and that trend continues here. Dan Abnett's scripts have also been strong since Sejic arrived, and now the series is picking up momentum by reuniting Aquaman with his supporting cast and furthering the rebellion storyline.

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7.0
Aquaman (2016) Annual #1

Nov 30, 2017

Long time comic book readers are probably going to see the twist coming in this issue, but there's still something to be said about creating suspense for the fans.

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7.0
Astonishing X-Men #44

Nov 25, 2011

But for now, McKone's art is still the best reason to check out this book.

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7.0
Astonishing X-Men #45

Jan 3, 2012

Astonishing X-Men isn't required reading if you're an X-Men fan. But if you want a fun diversion from the angst of Uncanny X-Men and the bizarre art of Wolverine and the X-Men, then Astonishing X-Men may be the title for you.

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7.8
Astonishing X-Men (2017) #2

Aug 17, 2017

This book is off to a pretty solid start, but I really want it to be the "great" X-Men title. It's not there yet.

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7.5
Astonishing X-Men (2017) #3

Sep 7, 2017

This is definitely more decompressed, which makes parts of the book less than enjoyable. The rest of the issue is solid, but there could and should be more X-Men in this X-Men book.

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7.9
Astonishing X-Men (2017) #5

Nov 2, 2017

Astonishing X-Men's rotating roster of artists keeps undermining the look of this series. Ramon Rosanas is a competent artist by anyone's standards, but Carlos Pacheco is a hard act to follow and their styles don't fit well together.

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8.3
Astonishing X-Men (2017) #6

Dec 7, 2017

Credit where credit is due, Charles Soule pulled off a good twist in this issue. What's really impressive is that Soule clearly set this event in motion during the previous issues, but he didn't draw too much attention to it at the time. Just a few pages and panels, here and there. But it really works.

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9.0
Astro City (2013) #41

Feb 23, 2017

The tale of the Astro-naut is truly affecting, and it's another instant classic issue from a series that's almost always great.

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7.2
Astro City (2013) #49

Nov 23, 2017

This isn't going to go down among the best Astro City stories, but as a single issue diversion, it's fairly solid.

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8.0
Avengers (2016) #1

Nov 2, 2016

Another intriguing aspect of the new Kang war, is that it was started by one of the Avengers themselves. That twist was built on something that happened during Waid's last Avengers series; which may be off-putting for anyone who missed that the first time. But it's also a welcome sign that Waid has long term stories in mind for this series, and there's even a one-page "trailer" for the next few issues. Minor problems aside, this was a very exciting read, and we're eager to see what's next for these Avengers.

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9.0
Avengers (2016) #3.1

Jan 19, 2017

Avengers #3.1 is unapologetically a throwback to earlier eras in comics. There are a lot of panels per page, random hero cameos, thought bubbles, and some very old school superhero action from the team of Mark Waid and Barry Kitson. I love it.

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8.8
Avengers (2016) #4.1

Feb 23, 2017

Avengers #4.1 is a relentless throwback to the way that superhero comics used to be... and I love it. Mark Waid and Barry Kitson get just about everything right in this issue.

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8.8
Avengers (2016) #7

May 11, 2017

The dynamic between Doom and Nadia has a lot of potential. There's also something here for readers of Waid's other Marvel series. But if you've been skipping that book then the conclusion of this issue may not make much sense. Regardless, this was a very entertaining issue.

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8.3
Avengers (2016) #9

Jul 6, 2017

If Jason Aaron wasn't so entrenched on Thor, Waid and del Mundo could take over that book without missing a step.

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8.2
Avengers (2016) #10

Aug 3, 2017

Mark Waid throws in some genuine surprises that feel in character for everyone, including Octopus' scheming, Scarlet Witch and Vision's alone time, and a character's decision to lie at a key moment in the battle. That makes one of the few heroic members of the team complicit in a pretty brutal atrocity, which could have some very interesting fallout.

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7.2
Avengers (2016) #673

Nov 2, 2017

This Avengers and Champions crossover has a very '80s vibe to it, which isn't too surprising, given Mark Waid's involvement. Waid can handle a variety of tones, but he seems to be set on old-school super-heroics for the clash with the High Evolutionary.

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7.7
Avengers (2016) #674

Dec 7, 2017

Most of this Avengers and Champions crossover story has been pretty forgettable. But isn't it amazing what great art can do for an issue? Jesus Saiz, welcome to the Avengers.

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6.7
Bane: Conquest #3

Jul 6, 2017

It's just not a very compelling story and there aren't many reasons to keep following Bane through the next issue of this maxi-series.

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6.0
Bane: Conquest #4

Aug 3, 2017

This feels like an untold chapter of Bane's story from two or three reboots ago. Unfortunately, that has no place in DC Rebirth.

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4.0
Batgirl (2016) #7

Jan 26, 2017

Batgirl # 7 is a very strange beast. Barbara Gordon finally arrives back in Burnside, and even she's calling it a "parallel Burnside" where the tech industry has started to force out the local shops and drive up the rents at a ridiculous rate. While that is a very modern problem, it's introduced in a very jarring way as Larson appears to write out the majority of Babs' supporting cast.

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4.4
Batgirl (2016) #11

May 25, 2017

It's weird how a comic that came out this week can read like it escaped from the '70s. But that pretty much sums up the new issue of Batgirl.

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7.0
Batgirl (2016) #17

Nov 23, 2017

This arc wasn't groundbreaking by any means, but it was one of the better Batgirl stories since DC Rebirth began.

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4.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #1

Aug 17, 2016

There's really not enough here to make a judgment about the new Oracle as a villain, since we don't even have any suspects yet. In theory, a hacker who can outwit Barbara Gordon should be a formidable foe, but the Barbara Gordon Batgirl that we got in this issue was seriously off of her game. The Bensons had such a good take on Black Canary that it's curious that both Batgirl and Huntress came off poorly by comparison. For this revival book to work, all three leads have to be well-rounded characters and worthy heroines. Though they were not in this issue, we are hopeful that the series will develop each character individually.

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5.5
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #8

Mar 9, 2017

There are certainly worse comic books than Batgirl and the Birds of Prey, but it's barely better than average.

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6.8
Batman Beyond (2016) #6

Mar 23, 2017

This is better than average, but not quite as good as it should be.

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6.5
Batman Beyond (2016) #8

May 25, 2017

Bernard Chang's action sequences are well-staged, and his faces are impressive. However, Jurgens' script feels oddly paced and executed. It's the artwork that saves it this time.

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9.0
Batman/The Shadow #2

May 25, 2017

This book is thoroughly entertaining, and it makes me want to see Steve Orlando and Scott Snyder do a modern version of The Brave and the Bold, just as an excuse for more Batman and the Shadow team ups. This is a great, great comic.

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8.3
Batman/The Shadow #3

Jun 29, 2017

One of the more effective aspects of the Batman/The Shadow miniseries is that it retroactively makes the Shadow an important part of Batman's history. And he may even be the architect of Batman's destiny. That could have been very annoying, yet Steve Orlando and Scott Snyder pull it off so well that it could fit into the backstory of almost any version of Bruce Wayne.

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8.2
Batman/The Shadow #4

Jul 27, 2017

This tale could have ended with four issues, but I'm eager to see where Steve Orlando and Scott Snyder take us in the remaining two issues.

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8.2
Batman/The Shadow #5

Aug 24, 2017

This has been an especially good crossover, and I'm already looking forward to the sequel.

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7.0
Batman: The Drowned #1

Oct 19, 2017

I suspect that The Drowned is going to inspire some very talented cosplayers to bring her to life. But as a character within her own book, a strong visual isn't enough to make her compelling. Fortunately, the art keeps this one-shot from sinking into the sea.

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8.7
Batman: The Merciless #1

Oct 26, 2017

Batman: The Merciless follows the same path that the previous Dark Nights: Metal tie-ins used to introduce the various evil incarnations of Batman. But those books didn't have Francis Manapul as their artist, and that makes all of the difference here.

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6.6
Batman: The Murder Machine #1

Sep 28, 2017

In this issue's favor, it does actually further the Dark Multiverse invasion by striking a pretty big blow against the heroes. So it's not a throwaway tale, but I was hoping for more.

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8.0
Batman: The Red Death #1

Sep 21, 2017

This one-shot does a good job of establishing the Red Death as a pretty credible villain, and that's an accomplishment in of itself.

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6.4
Batwoman: Rebirth #1

Feb 16, 2017

This Batwoman relaunch should have been a lot better, but on the strength of the creative team alone, we're willing to give it a few issues.

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6.0
Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #2

May 25, 2017

Peter David and Mark Bagley are two of the very best at their respective jobs, but this book is simply average.

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6.0
Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #5

Jul 27, 2017

This simply isn't one of the better efforts by either David or Bagley.

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7.2
Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #8

Sep 28, 2017

This is what it looks like when an event storyline completely upends a loosely affiliated series that just happens to share the same universe with it.

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8.0
Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #9

Oct 26, 2017

. I'm still not sure that we really need a Scarlet Spider book, but it's been much more entertaining series within the last few issues. Maybe that's all the justification that it needs.

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7.4
Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #10

Nov 16, 2017

Dusk's reunion with Ricochet is one of the best parts of the issue, but the highlight may have been the subversion of the heroic beat-down.

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6.8
Bettie Page #1

Jul 20, 2017

Assuming you know who Bettie Page is, or if you're familiar with her previous comic book series, then you may realize that the latest iteration of her comic doesn't quite do her justice.

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7.5
Bill & Ted Save the Universe #2

Jul 20, 2017

When watching the Bill & Ted movies, it never occurred to me to ask whatever happened to their mothers. Bill & Ted Save the Universe not only deals with that idea, but the answer is wilder than anyone could have guessed.

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6.5
Birds Of Prey (2011) #1

Sep 27, 2011

But it's not ready for primetime just yet.

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6.7
Black Bolt #1

May 4, 2017

Saladin Ahmed has come up with a good idea for a comic book series, but it may not be a good fit for the king of the Inhumans.

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6.6
Black Bolt #2

Jun 8, 2017

For now, it's a very imperfect book.

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7.2
Black Bolt #3

Jul 6, 2017

The biggest issue is that this series gave Black Bolt his voice back, and he sounds just like anybody else.

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8.0
Black Bolt #4

Aug 3, 2017

All in all, the best issue of the series to date. Too bad it's not actually about Black Bolt.

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6.8
Black Bolt #5

Sep 7, 2017

Ahmed is still drawing the focus away from Black Bolt himself, and that feels like a questionable choice if we're meant to follow the title character beyond this opening story.

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7.1
Black Bolt #7

Nov 2, 2017

Black Bolt is never going to be my favorite character, but Ahmed has done an admirable job of turning him into someone who is worth reading about even when the Inhuman royal family isn't around.

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7.2
Black Panther & the Crew #2

May 11, 2017

When it comes to the story itself, this issue was somewhat frustrating with its pacing. But it's a good-looking book and the story has potential.

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8.0
Blue Beetle (2011) #1

Sep 29, 2011

That said, this was one of the more entertaining issues of the new 52 and one of the few that will remain on my reading list next month.

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7.1
Booster Gold / The Flinstones Special #1

Mar 30, 2017

Mark Russell's script isn't always as funny as it's trying to be, but some of the gags do land, especially when dealing with Booster's fellow time travelers.

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6.5
Cable (2017) #2

Jun 29, 2017

With a stronger script that wasn't taking its time to go somewhere, this could have been something special.

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6.5
Cable (2017) #3

Jul 27, 2017

As presented here, Cable is just another time-traveling superhero, even if his mission is only vaguely defined at best. I really wanted more out of this title.

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6.0
Cable (2017) #4

Aug 24, 2017

Cable's newest adversary introduces himself in this issue and he's every bad guy clich that you've ever seen. It's very disappointing, even if it is an intentional choice by the writer.

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6.0
Cable (2017) #5

Sep 28, 2017

The first storyline in this revival series simply sputters out at the end without a satisfying turn or even a tale that needed to be told. I really want to like this book, but it is very unnecessary at this point. Great art can only carry it so far.

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1.0
Cable (2017) #151

Nov 23, 2017

Welcome to the comic where the '90s never ended. But perhaps they should have, because this is an irredeemable mess.

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7.0
Captain America: Sam Wilson #24

Jul 27, 2017

As a stand alone issue, some fans may find it somewhat lacking. But if this is one of Sam's final appearances as Captain America then it needed to happen to complete Sam's journey.

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8.5
Captain America: Sam Wilson #25

Aug 10, 2017

The first thing that has to be said about Captain America #25 is that it has great art by Jesus Saiz and Joe Bennett. Their pages capture the best aspects of modern superheroes with nods to the past. Even if it didn't have a strong script, this issue would have been worth it for these pages alone.

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7.5
Captain America: Steve Rogers #14

Mar 23, 2017

The march to Secret Empire is getting more overt in Captain America: Steve Rogers. And regardless of anyone's feelings about Hydra Cap, this is a very good issue with incredible art by Jesus Saiz.

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7.1
Captain America: Steve Rogers #16

Apr 20, 2017

The latest issue of Captain America: Steve Rogers is a prime example of what can go wrong when using multiple artists whose styles don't compliment each other.

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6.8
Captain America: Steve Rogers #19

Jul 27, 2017

It's harder to justify this issue as a single purchase, but there is a chance that it will play better as part of the eventual trade paperback.

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5.8
Captain Marvel (2017) #125

Oct 26, 2017

This is a disappointment, and Captain Marvel deserves better.

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0.1
Catwoman (2011) #1

Sep 23, 2011

Catwoman #1 was the most thoroughly mediocre comic that I've read in a long time. It is so terrible, that I am instituting a new low water mark for the Crave Online Rating system.

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7.0
Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #1

Oct 19, 2016

But overall, it's a pretty strong beginning for one of the flagship titles of the Young Animal line. Cave Carson may finally be a star after this series takes off.

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7.0
Champions #1

Oct 5, 2016

It's a shame, because until the clown and his captives showed up, this issue was really firing on all cylinders. It's still one of the best books out this week, it just betrayed one of its own central themes. The team that's trying to be more than just superheroes were quickly sucked into a pretty standard superhero plot. Given Waid's experience, we still feel that Champions has the potential to be a great book, but that's going to require Waid and Ramos to show us stories that we haven't seen many times before. So far, they haven't. That said, we're still very curious to see what they can do with these next gen heroes.

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7.0
Champions #10

Jul 6, 2017

Waid really excels in creating the emotional stakes for the team, especially Miles Morales. He cares about his teammates, and he still has his compassion even when he's helping strangers. The downside of this issue is the rushed conclusion and Humberto Ramos' art.

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7.9
Champions #11

Aug 3, 2017

One prominent comic book creator on Twitter recently argued that Marvel's heroes are no longer allowed to fail. Champions #11 makes that statement a lie. Because the heroes not only fail in this Secret Empire tie-in, they are broken by that failure.

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6.3
Champions #12

Sep 7, 2017

I think this series would probably be better served if it had a different artist.

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6.8
Champions #14

Nov 16, 2017

Instead of a pivotal turning point, this crossover has been largely forgettable so far.

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3.0
Civil War II #1

Jun 1, 2016

Though we're disappointed by this first issue, we're willing to give Marvel the benefit of the doubt and seeing where the rest of the story goes, especially due to the terrific artwork. At this rate, though, we can pretty much guarantee that this is a story that won't be adapted for the big screen.

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6.0
Civil War II #2

Jun 15, 2016

Civil War II #2 was stronger than the first issue, although the story itself remains the central weakness of the book. Stark may be having a mental breakdown, but what's everyone else's excuse for acting out of character?

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4.0
Civil War II #3

Jul 13, 2016

Marquez does get a brief assist from artist Olivier Coipel for the flashback between Banner and Hawkeye, which gave the issue a foreboding undertone that the rest of the issue seemed to lack. Again, this is not the fault of Marquez. His artwork is easily the biggest draw for the book, aside from the shock value of seeing one of Marvel's biggest icons get murdered by another hero. Bendis wanted to get people talking about Civil War II, and he succeeded on that front.

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4.0
Civil War II #5

Sep 22, 2016

We really want to like this series more than we actually do, but the way that Bendis writes the book and treats the characters constantly throws us out of the issue. Marquez and Ponsor are continuing to turn in stellar artwork, but it's not enough to balance out a lackluster story that doesn't feel true to the heart of the Marvel Universe.

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7.0
Darkhawk (2017) #51

Nov 30, 2017

Chad Bowers and Chris Sims not only pay tribute to Darkhawk's past, they advance the story for his alter ego, Chris Powell, and it feels like a natural step forward.

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6.3
DC Universe Holiday Special: 2017 #1

Dec 7, 2017

This special is very skippable, unless you really want a reprint of that story where Batman sang Christmas carols with the GCPD. Not kidding, that's the bonus feature. And it's still not worth it.

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8.2
Deadpool & The Mercs For Money (2016) #9

Mar 30, 2017

As a chapter in a crossover, it doesn't really do much to advance the story. This series probably shouldn't have even been part of the crossover at all. It's more of a tie-in issue than an essential part of the saga. But it's very entertaining, and that's really all that matters.

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6.9
Deadpool & The Mercs For Money (2016) #10

Apr 13, 2017

It's a decent chapter in the crossover; it just fails to pass off the issue as a meaningful continuation of the Mercs' series. When they're guest stars in their own book then something has clearly gone wrong.

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6.5
Deadpool (2015) #26

Feb 2, 2017

It's enjoyable on its own terms, but this issue is only slightly above average.

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7.8
Deadpool (2015) #27

Feb 16, 2017

In the end, Deadpool #27 does what any crossover tie-in issue was supposed to do. It gets us excited to see what's coming up next.

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7.8
Deadpool (2015) #28

Mar 2, 2017

It's too soon to judge how the rest of this crossover will play out, but it's entertaining so far.

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8.9
Deadpool (2015) #30

May 11, 2017

Believe it or not, this issue does have a tie-in with Secret Empire. But for the most part, it's a done-in-one adventure that's perfect for anyone who misses the old school Deadpool. He's back.

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8.7
Deadpool (2015) #31

Jun 1, 2017

It's a great issue, and maybe Duggan and Lolli should have their own Marvel event book in the future. They've earned it.

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9.0
Deadpool (2015) #32

Jun 15, 2017

None of the other Secret Empire tie-ins have come close to the quality of the Deadpool issues.

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9.0
Deadpool (2015) #33

Jul 13, 2017

Deadpool is great. And I don't just mean the character. Gerry Duggan and Matteo Lolli have really hit their stride with these Secret Empire tie-ins.

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9.0
Deadpool (2015) #34

Jul 27, 2017

This issue offers a few hints about Deadpool's next move, and it looks like it could have bigger ramifications for the event. But the most satisfying aspect of this series is just how devastating the entire thing has been for Deadpool himself.

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9.0
Deadpool (2015) #35

Aug 31, 2017

Deadpool is peaking in quality at just the right time, and it deserves to be recognized as one of Marvel's top books.

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9.0
Deadpool (2015) #36

Sep 14, 2017

Duggan and Lolli have clicked so well together that it seems likely they'll eventually be paired on an even more high-profile book. But for now, they've made their mark on Deadpool, big time.

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8.0
Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe #4

Aug 24, 2017

Dalibor Talaji's chameleon-like ability to mimic manga and a more kid friendly style is very impressive, and it also fits in perfectly with Deadpool's delusions.

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8.6
Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe Again #2

Jul 20, 2017

Cullen Bunn has pulled off a delicate twist with the second issue of this series. He's made Deadpool's murderous rampage into a superhero tragedy, while giving the series comedic interludes that are genuinely funny.

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7.9
Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe Again #3

Aug 10, 2017

Dalibor Talajic's art is gruesome and even grotesque where it has to be, while also charmingly insane when the events take place from Deadpool's perspective. Talajic's range as an artist is very impressive, and he deserves a bigger showcase after his performance in this miniseries.

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6.5
Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe Again #5

Sep 28, 2017

Talajic captures the grindhouse feel and delivers on all of the action moments. It's just unfortunate that the final script didn't live up to his art.

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6.8
Deadpool vs. The Punisher #2

Apr 27, 2017

It's not the instant comedy of the Spider-Man/Deadool comic, but there is definite potential here.

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7.6
Deadpool vs. The Punisher #4

Jun 1, 2017

This issue strikes a very good balance between the comedic aspects and the action. I'm very curious to see if the final issue can neatly wrap it all up.

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6.7
Deadpool vs. The Punisher #5

Jun 29, 2017

Of course the final issue of Deadpool vs. Punisher couldn't pass up the chance to mock Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. But I'm afraid that gag was stale a year ago, and it just isn't worth the attention that it gets in this issue.

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6.5
Death Be Damned #1

Feb 9, 2017

There are some intriguing ideas at play here, but the artwork simply doesn't hold up its end of the bargain.

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4.0
Death of X #1

Oct 5, 2016

Death of X #1 was at its best during the brief fighting scenes, which allowed Lemire and Soule to let Kuder cut loose on the book. We can't fault Kuder on this one, but we expect more from talented writers like Lemire and Soule. Both of them need to remind us why we love the X-Men and why we should love the Inhumans. Because right now, it's a pretty one-sided conflict. If you've ever loved Marvel's mutants, chances are good that you're already rooting for them in this fight. Nothing the Inhumans did in this issue will change that.

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7.5
Deathstroke #1

Sep 16, 2011

However, this is the first relaunch title other than Action Comics or Batgirl that has me looking forward to the next issue.

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7.0
Deathstroke (2016) #12

Feb 9, 2017

The end of the issue sets up an intriguing fight between Deathstroke and one of the more recent additions to the DC Universe. Now that's something to look forward to, even though it's probably not the endgame for this arc.

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7.3
Deathstroke (2016) #13

Feb 23, 2017

More impressively, Priest manages to make Deathstroke #13 a satisfying read while still serving the larger "Twilight" storyline. It's a lost art, but that's why Priest is still one of the best writers in the industry.

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8.5
Deathstroke (2016) #17

Apr 20, 2017

Joe Bennett's performance in this issue is masterful. And I say performance because so much of what's happening between Tanya and Slade is conveyed in their faces and body language

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8.3
Deathstroke (2016) #18

May 4, 2017

It's still really good, but it falls just short of being great.

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7.9
Deathstroke (2016) #19

May 25, 2017

This crossover has been a little shaky in terms of story, but hopefully the final part will give it a powerful conclusion.

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8.0
Deathstroke (2016) #20

Jun 8, 2017

Slade is still a jerk even when he's trying to follow a more heroic path, but that's why he's so much fun to watch. So far, the Dark Titans are off to a very promising start.

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6.7
Deathstroke (2016) #21

Jul 6, 2017

There's a lot of potential here, even if this issue isn't quite as entertaining as the earlier issues in Priest's run.

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7.5
Deathstroke (2016) #22

Aug 3, 2017

I wonder how long Priest can keep the semi-heroic Deathstroke and his superhero team together. It's an intriguing turn for the title character, but not one that seems fully sustainable.

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8.2
Deathstroke (2016) #25

Nov 2, 2017

This is a very underrated book that is worthy of more attention than it's currently receiving.

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6.5
Deathstroke (2016) #26

Dec 7, 2017

This is a rare Christopher Priest script that doesn't quite come together, mostly because Deathstroke's Defiance team spend a little too much time navel-gazing in the early part of the issue.

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9.2
Despicable Deadpool #287

Oct 12, 2017

By the end of this issue, the straightforward Cable vs. Deadpool fight is no longer very straightforward at all. Things are only getting crazier, and I love it.

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8.5
Detective Comics (2016) #948

Jan 12, 2017

But the biggest star of the issue is Ben Oliver, whose gorgeous painted artwork popped off of the page. Oliver simply does everything that you could possibly ask from a comic book artist, including interesting page layouts as well as expressive and distinct-looking characters. More of this, please.

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8.8
Detective Comics (2016) #949

Jan 26, 2017

The name on the comic may be Detective Comics, but this is more like the zero issue of the upcoming Batwoman series.

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9.0
Detective Comics (2016) #950

Feb 9, 2017

Month in and month out, Detective Comics has been one of DC's best ongoing series. It deserves to be on the pull list of every Batman fan.

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8.2
Detective Comics (2016) #951

Feb 23, 2017

Christian Duce's artwork is passable, but definitely not up to the standards set by Eddy Barrows and Ben Oliver on this title. Still, Duce does enough to hold up his end of the bargain, even if the script is far superior to the art.

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8.4
Detective Comics (2016) #953

Mar 23, 2017

The cliffhanger is something that we've seen many times before, but hopefully Tynion will put a fresh spin on this familiar face.

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7.3
Detective Comics (2016) #954

Apr 13, 2017

The overall issue is better than average and it's building the tension by keeping Batman's team apart. Not perfect by any means, but it's still very good.

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7.7
Detective Comics (2016) #955

Apr 27, 2017

This issue really belongs to Cassandra, and Tynion has proven that she can still carry a story largely by herself. Marcio Takara's art is still rougher than it needs to be; which is frustrating because he's quite capable of delivering more finished looking pages than he has here.

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7.4
Detective Comics (2016) #956

May 11, 2017

The characters are still the best part of this series, and it hasn't lost its charm yet.

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7.2
Detective Comics (2016) #957

May 25, 2017

It's not perfect, but Detective Comics is still very enjoyable.

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8.8
Detective Comics (2016) #958

Jun 15, 2017

The "Revenge Squad" arc has had its ups and downs, but the combination of Jurgens and Herbert has already demonstrated the ability to elevate this story to a much higher level. And I can't wait to see their next issue.

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7.2
Detective Comics (2016) #959

Jun 29, 2017

James Tynion's story is starting to get a bit convoluted. There are two competing narratives in this issue and they're not meshing well.

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6.9
Detective Comics (2016) #960

Jul 13, 2017

Overall, the issue falls short of the standards that it set for itself in the last year. Hopefully the conclusion of this arc will bring it back around.

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8.0
Detective Comics (2016) #961

Jul 27, 2017

Martinez's action scenes are also exciting, and his rendition of the last page should have some fans very excited to see what the next issue has in store for Batman's extended family.

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7.5
Detective Comics (2016) #962

Aug 10, 2017

Alvaro Martinez comes on strong in the final part of the "Intelligence" story arc, and it's a performance that really elevates a finale that would have been lackluster under another artist.

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7.9
Detective Comics (2016) #963

Aug 24, 2017

This book has gotten away from some of the team dynamic that made Tynion's early issues so enjoyable. I'd like to see this run recapture some of that sensation. It's still pretty good, but it used to be great.

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6.8
Detective Comics (2016) #964

Sep 14, 2017

This is the most uneven issue of Tynion's Detective Comics run. It basically zips through the Anarky and Spoiler story for a rushed confrontation with Batman that falls flat on the page.

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9.0
Detective Comics (2016) #966

Oct 12, 2017

This is a rare tie-in issue that feels like it's far more important than the main book.

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8.5
Detective Comics (2016) #967

Oct 26, 2017

This issue finally brings Tim Drake back into the orbit of his extended Bat-family, and that's just a joy to watch. It still doesn't make much sense to tie that into the ridiculous Mr. Oz storyline, but Tim's return makes the team feel more complete.

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8.8
Detective Comics (2016) #968

Nov 9, 2017

The ending is abrupt, and it may have been a little too easy to let things play out that way. But as a complete package, this was one of the best issues to come out this week.

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8.3
Detective Comics (2016) #969

Nov 23, 2017

It has to be said that Joe Bennett does an excellent job on this issue, particularly with the way that he makes his characters emote. The previously mentioned reunion is an artistic highlight that simply focuses on one young woman's face for an entire page...and it's great.

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5.0
Dishonored #1

Aug 4, 2016

For the uninitiated, Dishonored #1 does a good job of establishing Corvo and the city of Dunwall. Despite some solid action sequences, the artwork does need some work. Comics are a visual medium, and the visuals of this issue occasionally disrupted an otherwise enjoyable narrative.

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7.3
Doctor Strange (2015) #21

Jun 1, 2017

Doctor Strange isn't the natural choice for a Secret Empire tie-in, especially considering that his current power level is very low. But this issue really places Strange in some tight situations because he doesn't have his usual mystic objects and because most of New York City is in a Darkforce bubble.

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7.8
Doctor Strange (2015) #23

Jul 20, 2017

I didn't realize it until this issue, but this series has basically become a team-up between Doctor Strange and the Netflix Defenders. It's something that we probably won't see in live-action anytime soon, but it does offer some fun pairings, including Doctor Strange and the Kingpin.

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7.0
Doctor Strange (2015) #24

Aug 24, 2017

If you're looking for an important chapter in Secret Empire, this definitely isn't it. But if you want a Doctor Strange vs. Baron Mordo with a side of the mystically empowered Kingpin and Ben Urich, as well as Spider-Woman with a ghost plane, then this might be for you.

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7.0
Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme #11

Aug 31, 2017

I'm not necessarily sorry to see this book end, since it really feels like it has run its course. But it's good to know that the series has become more fully realized as it heads into its final issue.

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8.3
Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme #12

Sep 14, 2017

This series didn't always find its way, but it went out on a high note.

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8.0
Doctor Who: The Third Doctor #1

Sep 14, 2016

Without giving away the issue's biggest surprise, it has to be said that Cornell and Jones have pulled a fast one us. The story that we're gonna get isn't what we expected, and that cliffhanger has us really excited to see who else might show up. It's one of those moments that would have been really difficult to pull off in live-action, but it's perfect for the comic book realm. Long time Doctor Who fans are gonna love this twist, and even fans who have only watched the modern series should pick this up. This is classic Who with a modern perspective.

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7.5
Dracula: The Company of Monsters #11

Jun 29, 2011

Issue 11 may not be the best starting point for Dracula: The Company of Monsters. But this has been a consistently entertaining series and I'm eager to see how Busiek and Gregory wrap it up.

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8.0
Dracula: The Company of Monsters #12

Aug 2, 2011

At the end, Evan is still alive and somewhat overwhelmed by that fact. I would have been a lot happier if this had been a definitive end to the story, but the larger issue of Dracula remains unsolved and now even Marta may be among Evan's enemies. The story didn't wrap up as much as it simply stops. It didn't hamper my enjoyment of the book too much, but I think that I would have liked to have seen what Evan would have done in the future.

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6.8
Edge of Venomverse #2

Jul 13, 2017

I remain unsure about the Venomverse event, but this is mildly entertaining.

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6.0
Edge of Venomverse #3

Jul 27, 2017

On his own, this version of Mr. Hyde could have become a fan favorite. But within the context of this tale, he's not enough to make people care about this Ghost Rider.

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7.1
Elektra (2017) #3

Apr 27, 2017

What's interesting here is that Elektra is really trying to be more heroic than she's been in the last few years. But she's failing on a spectacular level, and when she fails, Elektra is much more compelling.

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6.3
Elektra (2017) #4

May 25, 2017

It's admirable that this creative team is attempting to keep Elektra away from Daredevil and the Hand, and to give us something new. But it's not working very well.

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6.8
Extraordinary X-Men #18

Jan 26, 2017

Extraordinary X-Men # 18 is an Inhumans vs. X-Men tie-in that appears to take place shortly before the third issue. And while it doesn't advance that storyline, it does throw the spotlight on Forge, a character who has been underutilized for a long time.

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4.6
Extraordinary X-Men #19

Feb 23, 2017

This issue really doesn't have much of a point to make, and it can easily be avoided... assuming that you haven't already purchased it.

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6.6
Extraordinary X-Men #20

Mar 23, 2017

Jeff Lemire essentially puts most of the characters back into the shape they were in before his run, and it's probably the best thing for them.

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9.0
Fantastic Four (2014) #5

May 30, 2014

I don't know what it would take to make Fantastic Four a top selling title again, but I'm really enjoying Robinson and Kirk's run so far. This comic is everything that the Fantastic Four should be.

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7.4
Flash (2011) #1

Oct 1, 2011

But you can't miss this artwork. It really is something special.

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8.3
Flash (2016) #21

Apr 27, 2017

"The Button" definitely has our attention, and hopefully it can maintain this level of quality. Because when DC finally does get around to officially reintroducing Doctor Manhattan, it had better be a great story. But this is definitely a good start.

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6.4
Flash (2016) #25

Jun 29, 2017

Compared to the other recently released milestone issues for DC Universe Rebirth, The Flash finishes up far behind in this race. Not even The Flash can outrun a mediocre story.

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6.0
Flash (2016) #26

Jul 13, 2017

This just isn't a very enjoyable issue.

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6.3
Flash (2016) #27

Jul 27, 2017

Williamson's take on Barry Allen doesn't even live up to his own ideals, and it's impossible to forget what a moron Barry has been in this story. Aside from Pelletier's art, this was very unsatisfying.

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7.0
Forever Evil #7

May 21, 2014

I thought that the point of The New 52 was to revitalize these characters and tell new stories. So then, why is DC already lining up a remake of Crisis on Infinite Earths? That did slightly diminish my enjoyment of this issue. The rest of it was fairly solid. This isn't enough to get me back into the New 52, but it's a start.

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8.0
Future Quest Presents #1

Aug 17, 2017

This was a very pleasant surprise and this issue seems to prove that the modern take on Space Ghost deserves his own ongoing series from this creative team.

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4.7
Generation X (2017) #1

May 18, 2017

Just by using that name, this series is inviting comparisons to the original Generation X from the '90s... and it doesn't come off well.

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3.0
Generation X (2017) #4

Jul 13, 2017

Maybe Generation X's time has passed. It was a great book in the '90s, but the new series has failed to take hold in its first four issues.

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8.3
Generations: Phoenix & Jean Grey #1

Aug 10, 2017

Its connections to the overall Generations event are negligible, but it is a very big story for Jean Grey, and that includes her younger self as well as the Phoenix. The issue kind of dances around a few continuity details, but it does actually fit into a moment of X-Men history without significantly changing anything.

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6.5
Generations: Captain Marvel & Captain Mar-Vell #1

Sep 14, 2017

This was one of the Generations one-shots that I had been looking forward to the most, since I'm fans of both versions of Captain Marvel. But Margaret Stohl's story really only delivers one of the title characters.

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3.5
Green Arrow (2011) #1

Sep 9, 2011

How fitting. If you're looking for good comics, you shouldn't make any time for this book. It's just not worth it.

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8.4
Green Arrow (2016) #15

Jan 19, 2017

It's no secret that Green Arrow has been one the best books of the DC Rebirth era, and that's still true in this issue. While there are some elements here that seem to be inspired by the Arrow TV show, it feels less like this is aping that series and more like it's just on the cusp of a classic Green Arrow run.

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5.5
Green Arrow (2016) #18

Mar 2, 2017

Benjamin Percy has done some great work on Green Arrow, and he's even made it one of DC's best books since the relaunch. But this take on Oliver Queen's first meeting with Roy Harper lands with a thud.

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6.8
Green Arrow (2016) #19

Mar 16, 2017

This is a step up after the last issue, but this book will probably be better off without Roy Harper.

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6.5
Green Arrow (2016) #20

Apr 6, 2017

If nothing else, this is a good-looking issue, but hopefully Benjamin Percy will tell a better story in the next arc now that this one is out of his system.

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8.4
Green Arrow (2016) #21

Apr 20, 2017

It's a great combination of writing and artwork that makes this one of DC's best books in the Rebirth era. And we're happy to say that this book is once again living up to that level of quality.

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7.8
Green Arrow (2016) #22

May 4, 2017

Ferreyra's action sequences are terrific and even the argument between Green Arrow and Black Canary really pops off the page thanks to the emotions depicted in their faces and bodies.

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8.5
Green Arrow (2016) #23

May 18, 2017

The main adversary is still a little too over-the-top to take seriously, but the visuals make it very easy to overlook the issue's shortcomings.

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8.2
Green Arrow (2016) #24

Jun 8, 2017

When they're together, Percy and Ferreyra are pure magic. And this issue feels like a new beginning for the series.

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7.7
Green Arrow (2016) #25

Jun 22, 2017

Depending upon how you feel about Benjamin Percy's work, this issue is either a jumping-on point or a place to stop reading it entirely. Because it looks like the Ninth Circle plot is going to keep on going into the next year. At this rate, it won't be over until Green Arrow #50, assuming the double shipping holds up.

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6.5
Green Arrow (2016) #26

Jul 6, 2017

If this opening chapter of this story hadn't had such a bland threat then this could have been really good. Instead, it's just slightly better than average.

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7.8
Green Arrow (2016) #27

Jul 20, 2017

As for the story, the ideas behind the Ninth Circle's strategy are interesting, but in execution, they're just another group of supervillains.

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9.0
Green Arrow (2016) #28

Aug 3, 2017

For a one-and-done chapter within the current storyline, this was a remarkably strong issue. If Percy and Ferreyra ever get tired of this series, they seem well-suited to bringing their A-game to one of the Superman series.

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8.9
Green Arrow (2016) #29

Aug 17, 2017

This is a very satisfying read that even sets up a potential game-changer for Oliver's legal status. I can't wait to see what's next for this title.

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7.5
Green Arrow (2016) #30

Sep 7, 2017

Schmidt's style seems at home both in the sewers of Star City and in the more sci-fi aspects of the issue. That versatility is going to take him a long way. Percy also demonstrates his talent for making the script relevant, with an opening page that's all too current with the state of the country.

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8.2
Green Arrow (2016) #32

Oct 5, 2017

I feel like I must have missed an issue of the Gotham Resistance crossover, because Green Arrow #32's script is really disorienting, and I had no idea why the heroes' costumes had changed so radically. This could have easily gone off the rails completely, but Juan Ferreyra's art once again proves to be the decisive factor in this book.

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8.1
Green Arrow (2016) #33

Oct 19, 2017

Green Arrow has had an embarrassment of riches when it comes to artists since the beginning of DC Rebirth. Jamal Campbell turns out to be a very strong addition to that artistic line up, and there's very little drop-off in quality.

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7.8
Green Arrow (2016) #34

Nov 2, 2017

Juan Ferreyra is just in a class of his own. But even the best art can't hide one of the weaker issues of this book's DC Rebirth era. Hopefully this title will bounce back quickly.

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9.0
Green Arrow (2016) #35

Dec 7, 2017

This is a great setup, and a great issue.

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6.8
Green Arrow (2016) Annual #1

Nov 30, 2017

The annual itself is better than an average comic, but it's not anywhere near the creative heights that this series has reached during DC Rebirth.

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7.3
Green Lanterns #16

Feb 2, 2017

Green Lanterns # 16 is a comic with really terrific artwork by Neil Edwards. Every page in the issue looks great, and that's down to Edwards and inkers Jay Leisten and Keith Champagne, as well as Blond the colorist. However, this is also an issue that may cause you to ask unintended questions about tight continuity in shared comic book universes.

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6.8
Green Lanterns #20

Apr 6, 2017

In fact, Pansica's art is easily the best part of the entire issue, as he gives the Lanterns a suitably epic presentation while making Doctor Polaris into a visually imposing force of nature. As for the other half of the creative team, Sam Humphries gives Doctor Polaris more humanity in his backstory, but he goes a little too over-the-top with his internal villainy.

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1.0
Grifter #1

Sep 16, 2011

Turns out it's not that hard after all.

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8.7
Guardians of the Galaxy (2017) #146

Nov 2, 2017

This might be the run that finally makes the comic book Guardians live up to their cinematic counterparts.

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8.2
Guardians of the Galaxy (2017) #147

Nov 16, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy once again demonstrates Gerry Duggan's ability to use Marvel's continuity to his own advantage. Instead of ignoring the previous stories, Duggan is able to skillfully explain why Star-Lord didn't know Nova was alive.

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8.4
Guardians of the Galaxy (2017) #148

Dec 7, 2017

The funny thing about Guardians of the Galaxy's current run is that there are things that I absolutely hate about it, like the revamped loser Nova Corps and the way that so much of the MCU Guardians' characteristics have been forced onto their comic book counterparts. And yet it's still one of the better Marvel comics on a month-to-month basis.

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6.5
Guardians of the Galaxy: Telltale Games #2

Aug 31, 2017

This is far from the best Guardians of the Galaxy story, but it is acceptable.

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6.5
Hack/Slash: Resurrection #2

Nov 30, 2017

I'm conflicted by the new Hack/Slash revival. On one hand, I love the idea of Cassie Hack getting dragged out of her early retirement to be a camp counselor for kids training to be slasher hunters. That's a brilliant setup. And yet I can't fully embrace this for two very big reasons: I don't like the art and the writer's take on Cassie just doesn't seem like the same woman who headlined her own comic book series for years.

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6.2
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #13

Jan 26, 2017

The newest issue of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps is part standalone story and part trailer for things to come. It's an interesting idea, even if the execution isn't entirely there.

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7.6
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #17

Mar 23, 2017

It should surprise absolutely nobody that this issue has great artwork by Ethan Van Sciver. We've come to expect that from Van Sciver, and he almost always delivers. He was one of the architects of the Green Lantern revival over a decade ago, and he's extremely well-suited for this book. Whether the story lives up to the art is a little harder to pin down.

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6.7
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #18

Apr 13, 2017

It's not a bad comic by any standard, but the inter-Corps brawl on Mogo is pretty pointless.

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7.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #19

Apr 27, 2017

Overall, this is a solid issue, but it doesn't entirely click.

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6.6
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #20

May 11, 2017

There are some interesting ideas and intriguing notions behind the ultimate enemy in this issue, but the latest installment of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps feels oddly lifeless.

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8.3
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #22

Jun 15, 2017

It's always a pleasure to see Ethan Van Sciver back on the Green Lantern titles. His art elevates the entire series, and even an opening chapter of a new story feels like an epic thanks to the level of detail and craft in Van Sciver's work.

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7.2
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #23

Jun 29, 2017

It's an intriguing setup, even if I don't necessarily like the creative direction that the book appears to be moving in.

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6.9
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #24

Jul 13, 2017

This isn't a bad issue by any stretch of the imagination, but it is relatively disappointing.

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6.7
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #25

Jul 27, 2017

Van Sciver gives this issue all of the epic visuals that anyone could ask for, but there's only so much an artist can do to salvage a story.

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6.8
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #26

Aug 10, 2017

This isn't Venditti's strongest outing, as his leads have some very out-of-character moments while declaring their friendship for each other. It's very on-the-nose, and Venditti's take on one of the classic New Gods doesn't even seem like the character that we've seen before.

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7.7
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #27

Aug 24, 2017

Once again, Rafa Sandoval proved to be an apt choice for this title. Sandoval is no Ethan Van Sciver, but this issue let him go big with his action sequences and some of his pages are really impressive. His art enhances the script, and it almost made sense out of the Metal tie-in. Almost.

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6.5
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #28

Sep 14, 2017

I expect more from Venditti, and he usually delivers. But this time, Green Lantern's flight fell far short of what it should have been.

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6.7
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #29

Sep 28, 2017

While the dialogue occasionally falters, the visuals are strong throughout.

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7.5
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #30

Oct 12, 2017

This is a very strong issue, but it's still carried by the art. Because of that, Zircher is welcome to stay on this title for as long as we can have him.

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8.4
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #31

Oct 26, 2017

This series tends to get the most out of Ethan Van Sciver and Rafa Sandoval on art, but Patrick Zircher has made a very strong showing for himself in the last two issues. Zircher's classic style suits Green Lantern well, and he draws a really terrific Superman as well.

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8.2
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #32

Nov 9, 2017

This was a good chapter, but it narrowly missed greatness.

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7.5
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #33

Nov 30, 2017

The first thing you that may notice about this issue is the phenomenal artwork by rising star Jack Herbert, with industry veteran Tom Derenick lending an assist on the layouts. Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps has had the benefit of great artists since DC Rebirth began, and this simply continues the tradition.

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7.3
Harley & Ivy Meet Betty and Veronica #2

Nov 2, 2017

The ending does a lot to make up for the weaker parts of the issue, and the conclusion definitely seems to promise some fun times ahead.

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7.9
Harley Quinn (2016) #17

Apr 6, 2017

Without the absolutely terrific backup story, this would have been a very pedestrian and forgettable issue.

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7.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #19

May 4, 2017

I'm beginning to think that these classic Harley Quinn backup stories are just an excuse to keep running shorter installments with the bulk of the book. It's a trade-off that I'll take because Paul Dini, Jimmy Palmiotti and Brett Blevins have recaptured the spirit and tone of Batman: The Animated Series.

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6.4
Harley Quinn (2016) #20

May 18, 2017

The backup tale is by far the best part of the book.

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8.2
Harley Quinn (2016) #21

Jun 8, 2017

For the first time, the Paul Dini & Jimmy Palmiotti classic Harley Quinn story by Bret Blevins isn't the best part of the issue. It's still a very fun tale, but the primary tale is simply more compelling this week.

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6.5
Harley Quinn (2016) #22

Jun 22, 2017

If it wasn't for the classic Harley backup, this issue wouldn't be on our reading list.

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7.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #25

Aug 10, 2017

Chad Hardin's return to Harley Quinn means that the opening story of the comic finally looks as strong as the backup story. Hardin's excellent character work and visual humor make this issue, but it can't do too much with the lead feature.

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7.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #26

Aug 24, 2017

The storyline may not hold up under much scrutiny, but Harley lives and dies by her personality, and she has that in full effect here.

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6.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #27

Sep 7, 2017

A handful of fun moments just can't make up for an unexciting issue that may or may not have happened even within the world of the comic.

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7.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #28

Sep 21, 2017

As much as I loved the "Harley Loves Joker" backup stories, the main Harley Quinn title has been improved since it no longer has to fight for space in its own book. Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner have been able to write full-length stories again, and the extended page count has helped the story feel less inconsequential.

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7.1
Harley Quinn (2016) #29

Oct 5, 2017

The comedy bits are really good, but the ending means that we're probably in for something a little more traditional. That's not always this book's strength, but it was a better than average issue.

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6.7
Harley Quinn (2016) #30

Oct 19, 2017

I think I've realized why it's time for a change on this book. Harley Quinn has become almost too unbeatable in her own title. When even her setbacks can be turned into victories, there aren't many reasons to care about the outcome.

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7.7
Harley Quinn (2016) #31

Nov 9, 2017

Conner and Palmiotti have done an excellent job of making the readers care about Harley, and John Timms really delivers on that big moment. Timms' art has been easy to overlook, but his improvement has made the book even more enjoyable.

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6.9
Harley Quinn (2016) #32

Nov 23, 2017

Harley Quinn's tone has taken a pretty dramatic turn in the last two issues. It's a very big departure from the majority of Palmiotti & Conner's run. So much so that adding this new layer of tragedy to Harley feels inconsistent with the comedic identity that this book had established.

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6.3
Harley's Little Black Book #6

Mar 30, 2017

It's not great, but it's a better than average issue.

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7.7
He-Man / Thunder Cats #4

Jan 19, 2016

It's hard not to appreciate a crossover that actually takes the time to mash up the mythologies of both franchises.

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7.0
He-Man / Thunder Cats #6

Mar 16, 2017

David and Goldfine have treated the story like an excuse to mash up characters from both franchises, and admittedly, some of their dialogue choices have not been great. But it's really a lot of fun to see Lion-O and He-Man fight side-by-side against their greatest enemies with the fate of the multiverse on the line.

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8.8
Imaginary Fiends #1

Nov 23, 2017

I love a good surprise, and Imaginary Fiends is a great one.

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6.5
Incredible Hulk (2017) #709

Oct 19, 2017

It just wasn't very exciting to read and nearly impossible to care about. In a way, this runs the risk of diminishing the power that Planet Hulk had. But that will depend upon where Pak and Land go with it in the remaining issues.

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8.0
Inhumans: Once And Future Kings #1

Aug 10, 2017

This is a very strong opening chapter, and it made the Inhumans feel compelling again for the first time in a long time.

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8.7
Inhumans: Once And Future Kings #3

Oct 12, 2017

This isn't just a great Inhumans comic, it's simply a great comic.

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8.4
Inhumans: Once And Future Kings #5

Dec 7, 2017

The ending is a little abrupt, but on the whole, this was the best Inhumans story in years. And if there's another Inhumans relaunch down the line, Priest and Noto should be the go-to team for that book.

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7.2
Invincible Iron Man (2016) #593

Oct 19, 2017

Invincible Iron Man #593 has a lot of ground to cover to bring readers up to speed on Brian Michael Bendis' run, and for the most part, it succeeds. Although the double-page spread of Friday delivering an exposition bomb was perhaps not the most elegant solution in the early part of the issue.

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7.5
Invincible Iron Man (2016) #594

Nov 23, 2017

This is good, but I want something great from this book. And I've been waiting a long time for that.

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6.5
IvX #3

Jan 26, 2017

The strange thing is that it feels like co-writers Charles Soule and Jeff Lemire are holding back on us. This is a battle for the future of the Inhumans and mutants, and yet the intensity just isn't there. Hopefully the remaining issues will fix that. But for now, it's a problem.

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5.5
IvX #4

Feb 9, 2017

It's rare that a crossover has so little intensity just after its midway point, but Inhumans vs. X-Men #4 is so oddly subdued that it's almost enough to forget that there are only two issues left in this mini-series.

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7.7
Jean Grey #4

Jul 13, 2017

This is a good issue, but I want more out of this title than "good."

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7.3
Jean Grey #5

Aug 10, 2017

It's strange reading an issue of Jean Grey after this week's Generations: Phoenix & Jean Grey #1, because that's a much better Jean Grey story than this one.

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6.8
Jean Grey #6

Aug 31, 2017

The general idea behind this book is solid, but the execution has been lacking.

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8.3
Jean Grey #8

Oct 26, 2017

This is one of the strongest issues of Jean Grey's solo series, thanks in no small part to the art of Victor Ibanez.

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8.0
Jessica Jones #1

Oct 5, 2016

We're admittedly quite curious to discover how Jessica blew up her life, considering how angry nearly everyone is at her. Bendis and Gaydos have torn her back down to a nearly pre-Alias state. But the fun will be seeing Jessica slowly crawl her way out of this hole that she's created for herself.

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7.4
Jessica Jones #14

Nov 9, 2017

It's a good start for what may be Jessica's last adventure with her original creative team.

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8.0
Justice League #30

May 21, 2014

Setting that moment aside, the rest of the issue is genuinely exciting. Lex makes use of his new information about Batman to confront a familiar face from Batman's allies while two other supervillains appear to be coming to the League: Captain Cold and the new Power Ring. I haven't been this interested in the Justice League since the New 52 began. I want to see where this goes before I recommit to anything from DC. But it's got my attention.

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6.8
Justice League (2016) #16

Mar 2, 2017

While Hitch's ambition is appreciated, this story is starting to get old.

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7.7
Justice League (2016) #17

Mar 16, 2017

Bryan Hitch clearly learned a lot while working beside Warren Ellis on The Authority a long time ago, as his current Justice League story feels a lot like something that would happen to that team... minus the vicious cynicism.

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7.3
Justice League (2016) #18

Apr 6, 2017

The art really is gorgeous and it can make up for a lot of those issues, but the execution of this story is lacking.

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7.3
Justice League (2016) #19

Apr 20, 2017

This issue keeps dropping hints that a much bigger evil is on the horizon, but that constant foreshadowing doesn't make for a very exciting conclusion. We're curious about Hitch's endgame with this comic, and hopefully the next storyline will begin to clear things up again.

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7.0
Justice League (2016) #21

May 18, 2017

This is the second installment of a two-part story, and Hitch manages to bring it to a satisfying conclusion while taking the time to establish the emotional stakes for both the Flash and the man he assumes to be the villain.

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7.5
Justice League (2016) #22

Jun 8, 2017

This isn't what I want from Justice League on a regular basis, but as a one-off, it's fine.

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6.3
Justice League (2016) #23

Jun 22, 2017

DeFalco has a pretty good history as a writer, but this is not one of his better efforts. If Jessica Cruz wasn't the Green Lantern in this issue than it could have easily been published at any point in the last 25 years.

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7.0
Justice League (2016) #27

Aug 17, 2017

This is one of those occasions where the comic may work better in the trade paperback than as a standalone issue. It's good, but it felt like it should have had more.

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6.5
Justice League (2016) #28

Sep 7, 2017

The overall story is still unclear, and the book hasn't quite pulled its narrative together yet. However, it's early in the arc, and I'm still willing to give it some time to play out.

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7.3
Justice League (2016) #29

Sep 21, 2017

On the writing front, the story is still a little iffy. The Justice League's kids aren't the easiest characters to sympathize with when they're trying to murder one of their parents. But the bigger problem here is that Hitch hasn't quite hit the epic notes that he's going for.

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6.5
Justice League (2016) #30

Oct 5, 2017

If this is the penultimate installment of Bryan Hitch's Justice League run, then it's a bit of a letdown.

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7.3
Justice League (2016) #33

Nov 16, 2017

The ending is a little abrupt, and it leads directly back into Metal without really resolving the "Bats Out of Hell" mini crossover. Still, it was an enjoyable diversion, but not necessarily one that we needed.

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9.0
Justice League / Power Rangers #6

Sep 28, 2017

Boom! Studios' Power Rangers comics have done a lot to rehabilitate that franchise in the comic book realm. But Justice League/Power Rangers has done something equally impressive - it's made the Rangers feel like they can legitimately share the stage with the world's greatest superheroes.

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7.0
Justice League Dark #1

Oct 1, 2011

Mikel Janin's art is very strong and his figure work is impressive. His female faces need a little more variety, bit overall Janin's pages stand out as one of the primary draws of this book. There's a lot of potential in Justice League Dark and I'm willing to stick around for a while and see where it goes.

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7.0
Justice League Dark #4

Jan 4, 2012

Justice League Dark still isn't a perfect book and the pacing could really some work. But compared to some of the other New 52 titles, this was a much needed respite. Also, that cover by Ryan Sook is very impressive. Just had to add that.

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6.5
Justice League of America (2017) #2

Mar 9, 2017

As a whole, this was simply an unsatisfying read and a disappointing way to launch the new team.

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6.3
Justice League of America (2017) #4

Apr 13, 2017

So far, this is a book that is only coasting on the reputation of the creators. We want it to work, but it just hasn't come together yet.

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5.5
Justice League of America (2017) #5

Apr 27, 2017

We've said this before, but a superhero team needs a reason to exist. If the new Justice League of America is just random heroes currently appearing on The CW, plus Batman and Lobo, then there should be some compelling reason that they're all together. And yet after five issues, Steve Orlando still hasn't successfully made the argument for either this team or for the book itself.

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5.0
Justice League of America (2017) Annual #1

Nov 30, 2017

This issue isn't bad enough to be terrible, but average is about as high as it can reach.

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4.5
Justice League of America: Killer Frost Rebirth #1

Jan 26, 2017

This one-shot isn't terrible, but it is a below-average comic.

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7.3
Justice League of America: Vixen Rebirth #1

Jan 12, 2017

It's unfortunate that Orlando and Houser couldn't quite make Mari connect with the reader in this condensed story. Even within the issue, other characters complain about Vixen being too emotionally remote, and it's not a problem that was solved here. Regardless, the artwork is definitely worth checking out.

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7.5
Kingpin (2017) #2

Mar 9, 2017

It's an intriguing take on the Kingpin, but there's not enough here to render a judgment about its long-term story. So far, it's promising.

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7.3
Kingpin (2017) #3

Apr 13, 2017

Ben Torres' art actually makes Fisk seem creepy, as he's often the figure on the page who looks out of place among normal people. It's unsettling, but effective. Now if only the star of this book had a bigger role in it.

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6.0
Kirby: Genesis #1

Jun 22, 2011

CRAVE ONLINE RATING: 6/10.

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3.0
Legion Lost #1

Sep 16, 2011

The artist, Pete Woods also delivers a shaky performance. Some of his pages are reminiscent of his great run on Action Comics, but there are also several pages that seem rushed and hard to follow. If I didn't know any better, I would have guessed that this was a fill-in book for a regular team that had to be finished very quickly. That would account for Nicieza and Woods performing well below their standards.

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7.5
Legion of Super Heroes/Bugs Bunny Special #1

Jun 15, 2017

The biggest problem with Sam Humphries' script is that it's too self-aware and borderline parody even before Bugs shows up. It just isn't very funny, and that drags down the rest of the book. However, Grummett's artwork really does make up for almost all of the issue's shortcomings. It's that good.

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6.6
Lobo/Road Runner Special #1

Jun 22, 2017

This isn't a bad issue by any stretch, it's just not special enough to fully justify its existence.

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7.1
Luke Cage (2017) #3

Jul 20, 2017

I want to like this comic more than I actually do, but the art is carrying it right now.

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6.5
Luke Cage (2017) #4

Aug 17, 2017

I'm still not thrilled about the story that David F. Walker is bringing to the book, but his version of Cage reads like Cage. That's more than we can say for some comics.

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7.8
Martian Manhunter/Marvin the Martian Special #1

Jun 15, 2017

Aaron Lopresti's art is a homerun on this issue, and he was well-chosen for this assignment. Lopresti is simply terrific throughout, and his storytelling skills make the book even more enjoyable.

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6.0
Marvel Universe vs. Wolverine #1

Jun 30, 2011

As a comic, this falls squarely into the "okay" territory. It's not bad, but it's not as good as I'd like it to be. If this was the only Wolverine book coming out this month, it would be worth picking up to get your fix. However, you can get a better Wolverine story in his own book and better zombie-like survivor tales elsewhere.

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6.0
Master of Kung Fu (2017) #126

Nov 9, 2017

Dalibor Talajic's artwork is a treat to pore over, and even the Kung Fu monkey looked good. Unfortunately, that's not enough to overlook this issue's lackluster story and the half-hearted attempt to turn Shang-Chi into something that he isn't.

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7.0
Monsters Unleashed #1

Jan 19, 2017

This issue may not be a very deep read, but it is fun, and the artwork does a lot to elevate it.

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6.7
Monsters Unleashed #2

Feb 2, 2017

This isn't a terrible comic at all, but Land's artwork is definitely stronger than the script. Take that as you will.

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4.7
Monsters Unleashed #3

Feb 16, 2016

This series largely exists for the artists to draw lots of monsters, but even Leinil Francis Yu's art isn't enough to make this worthwhile.

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5.0
Monsters Unleashed #4

Mar 2, 2017

It seems like no matter what happens in Monsters Unleashed, it just can't rise above the initial idea of Marvel's superheroes fighting a bunch of giant monsters. If mindless action is all you want out of a comic, then you would still be out of luck. Most of the time, Monsters Unleashed #4 reads like a clip show that cuts away too quickly to truly get invested in what's happening here.

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2.8
Monsters Unleashed #5

Mar 16, 2017

Here's the tagline for this series: "What a colossal waste of time."

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7.0
Mosaic #1

Oct 13, 2016

One major plus in Mosaic's favor is that it has extra pages of story, which went a long way towards making it a more satisfying read. Thorne and Randolph also displayed a few touches of visual humor which played well on the page. Whether Mosaic has what it takes become Marvel's next big thing remains to be seen, but this is a solid start. This issue only scratched at the surface of what Morris can do, and we're excited to see if he can live up to his potential.

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6.0
Mystik U #1

Nov 30, 2017

The basic premise is fine, but the pacing of this extra length first issue is ridiculous.

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7.5
New Gods Special #1

Aug 3, 2017

This special is only worth it if you love Simonson's art or if you're a New Gods completist. But for anyone coming in without any background on these creations, it might not be enough to sell new readers on these characters.

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6.5
Nightwing (2011) #1

Sep 27, 2011

Barrows is definitely the main reason to pay attention to this book, but Higgins story is adequate enough for a teaser. However, unless Higgins delivers a solid story in the second issue, Nightwing won't be on my pull list for long.

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7.0
Nightwing (2016) #16

Mar 2, 2017

The short version is that things may be getting serious with his new girlfriend, Shawn Tsang. Maybe too serious for comfort, as Dick has a lot to think about even before someone finds a new way to strike at him. That is really well done and compelling. What's less successful is the way that the issue forces Damian Wayne to be involved with the plot.

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8.2
Nightwing (2016) #17

Mar 16, 2017

This is a very good issue, and it may even have some broader implications for the DC Rebirth storyline.

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7.5
Nightwing (2016) #18

Apr 6, 2017

This is a very solid read, but we're hoping that next issue's ending isn't simply another variation of this cliffhanger.

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7.0
Nightwing (2016) #19

Apr 20, 2017

It has to be said that the motivations are very murky for the villains in the current Nightwing storyline. We're on our third surprise villain, but no closer to really understanding his endgame.

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7.3
Nightwing (2016) #20

May 4, 2017

It's a little disappointing that the battle with Dr. Hurt wasn't the epic confrontation that it could have been, but this issue hits its emotional marks.

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5.8
Nightwing (2016) #21

May 18, 2017

The entire issue feels very disposable and it should probably be skipped.

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7.7
Nightwing (2016) #22

Jun 8, 2017

The early scenes with Roland aren't that enticing, but his story improves over the course of the issue until his confrontation with Nightwing. And I kind of want Nightwing to say "yes" to Blockbuster's offer, just to see what he has in mind.

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6.7
Nightwing (2016) #23

Jun 22, 2017

Minkyu Jung turns in some solid pages in this issue, but it's not enough to make Nightwing's solo adventures soar.

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7.7
Nightwing (2016) #24

Jul 6, 2017

Tim Seeley has given Blockbuster an interesting motivation in his campaign against Nightwing. As far as Blockbuster is concerned, Dick's not nearly as committed to saving Bldhaven as he is, therefore Nightwing is a fraud. That's not a bad way to go, although that cliffhanger ending isn't fooling anyone.

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6.5
Nightwing (2016) #25

Jul 20, 2017

This feels like several significant steps backwards.

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6.9
Nightwing (2016) #26

Aug 3, 2017

However, the thing that I absolutely despise in the issue is the regression of Shawn Tsang. Her relationship with Grayson was the most redeeming aspect of this title. Without it, both Grayson and Shawn are less interesting than they were earlier in Seeley's time on the book. It's not enough to make me quit reading, but I hope the final journey is worth it.

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7.3
Nightwing (2016) #27

Aug 17, 2017

After a few issues that felt like they went off the rails, Nightwing seems to be back on track with its current Spyral storyline. It still seems like Tim Seeley is paying homage to his own run on Grayson with Tom King, but it's a joyous throwback.

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6.5
Nightwing (2016) #28

Sep 7, 2017

This issue goes full soap opera with Dick Grayson's love life, including a very classic trope that everyone will immediately recognize. I don't know if that's going to be more satisfying than the mature romance that Dick Grayson had earlier in this series, but we'll see.

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7.7
Nightwing (2016) #29

Sep 21, 2017

This is what I want out of a Nightwing ongoing series. Hopefully it can maintain that when the tie-in is over.

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6.7
Nightwing (2016) #30

Oct 5, 2017

It's an improvement on what came before; I just wish this book would stop trying to make "the Bld" happen.

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6.4
Nightwing (2016) #31

Oct 19, 2017

Nightwing needs a change of scenery.

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6.8
Nightwing (2016) #33

Nov 16, 2017

This is the penultimate chapter of "Raptor's Revenge," but I'm pretty much ready for it to be over now. As much as I like Nightwing as a character, both Raptor and Blockbuster have been holding this series back for the last few months.

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7.0
Nightwing (2016) #34

Dec 7, 2017

This is the end of a Nightwing run that peaked early and never quite recaptured the magic of the early DC Rebirth issues.

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7.8
Nova (2016) #3

Feb 2, 2017

The real joy of the issue is the interplay between Sam and Richard, especially in their brief downtime and their telepathic conversation. It's such a great dynamic that it seems like it will inevitably be ripped away from them. But for now, it's a lot of fun!

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8.1
Nova (2016) #4

Mar 9, 2017

This series has been a nice surprise, and it's been very good so far.

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7.8
Nova (2016) #5

Apr 6, 2017

The Novas finally have the right tone, now we just need to see if Rich and Sam will stay in each others' lives.

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7.3
Nova (2016) #7

Jun 8, 2017

The ending is a bit rushed and almost too easy, but the series doesn't really leave many loose ends at the conclusion. It's refreshing that a book doomed for an early cancellation still managed to have a satisfying wrap-up issue.

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5.5
Old Man Logan (2016) #31

Nov 30, 2017

This isn't a bad issue, but it falls short of being "good."

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8.2
Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #2

Jul 20, 2017

This is a silly, silly comic, and yet it's just a lot of fun to read.

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7.3
Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #3

Aug 24, 2017

Three issues in, it's pretty clear that Chip Zdarsky's Spider-Man is a much more comedic take than we normally get with Spidey. But not all of the humor hits the mark.

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6.3
Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #4

Sep 21, 2017

I'm not sure what has happened to Adam Kubert's art style over the last few years, but I am not digging it. It just feels so unfinished compared to his work from earlier in his career. It doesn't help that Kubert is on the comedy Spider-Man book, and there's nothing inherently humorous about his art.

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6.0
Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #5

Oct 19, 2017

This book has an ongoing identity crisis between the comedic scripts by Chip Zdarsky and the more serious style artwork of Adam Kubert. The two halves of the book rarely mash up well together, and that means the jokes aren't landing and the tone has been wildly inconsistent.

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9.2
Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #6

Nov 2, 2017

Now, that is terrific. This issue is everything that a Chip Zdarsky Spider-Man story can be and more.

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7.5
Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #297

Nov 16, 2017

There are some occasionally terrific images, including Spider-Man's Batman-like moment and the final panel in the book. However, it still feels like this book hasn't found the right artist to capture the tone of the story.

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6.0
Ragman #1

Oct 12, 2017

As a new setup for Ragman, this could eventually work. But the opening chapter doesn't do enough to make me want to follow the rest of Rory's new life in the DC universe.

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6.0
Red Lanterns #1

Sep 15, 2011

Aside from the art, there's very little reason to come back for the next issue. Without compelling lead characters or a well defined story, Red Lanterns just isn't going to work.

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6.8
Resurrection Man (2011) #1

Sep 16, 2011

There's a lot of potential in this series and the bulk of the issue is entertaining. I'm not necessarily convinced that Resurrection Man can hold its own as an ongoing, but I'm willing to stick with it for now and see where it goes.

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8.5
Rocketeer Adventures #2

Jun 29, 2011

The first two issues of Rocketeer Adventures have been some of the most fun comics I've read all year. This may be the best comic book anthology on the market and a fitting way to keep the legacy of Dave Stevens alive. Now we just need IDW to bump it up to an ongoing series and give some of these creative teams more than eight pages to play with.

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9.0
Savage Things #1

Mar 2, 2017

Savage Things #1 has a great premise, fantastic art, and is almost flawless executed. If you love comics, this issue belongs on your pull list.

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7.2
Secret Empire: Underground #1

Jun 22, 2017

It's really funny watching the team deal with an ally who sees them all as little more than servants. The only downside to that lighthearted take on the story is that none of the dramatic elements come together.

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8.5
Secret Empire: Uprising #1

Jun 1, 2017

Secret Empire: Uprising is one of the nice surprises of the current round of tie-in issues for Marvel's latest event.

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6.0
Secret Empire: Brave New World #3

Jul 6, 2017

It's admirable that Marvel is giving these creators a shot for one of its big events, but it's simply not a very satisfying collection of stories.

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6.0
Secret Empire: Brave New World #4

Jul 20, 2017

It's admirable that Marvel is giving these newer creators a chance, but not all of these stories are worth the cover price.

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6.0
Sherlock: A Study In Pink #1

Jun 8, 2016

f you're looking for anything surprising or moments that weren't in the show, there really aren't any. For hardcore fans of the series, this could be a fun way to relive the experience of watching Sherlock. But a better justification for this manga is simply an appreciation of Jay.'s artwork.

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6.0
Sherlock: A Study In Pink #2

Jul 13, 2016

We can recommend this issue on the strength of Jay.'s artwork alone and for Moffat's script, but we'd still love to see more from an eventual Sherlock comic.

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4.0
Silver Sable and The Wild Pack (2017) #36

Nov 23, 2017

It has been over two decades since the last issue of Silver Sable, and she has changed in the interim. But that still doesn't account for how badly this issue mangles Sable's voice and persona.

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8.0
Silver Surfer #5

Jun 26, 2011

CRAVE ONLINE RATING: 8/10

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9.3
Skybourne #4

Jul 6, 2017

If there's a complaint here, it's that Cho holds back on some of the adult humor by hiding the visuals. But this issue is so great that I'm absolutely on board for any future Skybourne comics beyond this miniseries.

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7.1
Spider-Gwen (2015) #20

Jun 1, 2017

This book has an eclectic style that may not be for everyone. But Spider-Gwen is one of the more unique comic books that Marvel produces. And it hasn't lost its touch yet.

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6.5
Spider-Gwen (2015) #23

Aug 31, 2017

As a done-in-one story, it's not bad. It's just not good enough without art that easily works with the story.

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7.0
Spider-Gwen (2015) #24

Sep 28, 2017

As much fun as it is to visit the alternate world of Spider-Gwen, this series and its title character have always owed a debt to the sharply designed costume of the title character. The new "Gwenom" costume of Gwen Stacy with the Venom symbiote also turns out to be a home run in this issue, as Gwen finally goes dark.

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7.5
Spider-Man (2016) #18

Jul 6, 2017

It's neither bad nor good, it's simply functional for the issue. But it isn't a deal-breaker.

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7.6
Spider-Man (2016) #19

Aug 3, 2017

The friendship between Ganke and Miles is still one of the best parts of this book, but the sluggish pace really does work against it.

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6.7
Spider-Man (2016) #234

Nov 2, 2017

This issue might not have been the best entry point for new readers, as Brian Michael Bendis throws Miles Morales into a new story arc with minimal setup. Bendis seems to treat it as just another issue rather than a big Marvel Legacy reintroduction.

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7.5
Spider-Man 2099 (2015) #25

Jul 20, 2017

This is the final tale of Spider-Man 2099... maybe. It's really tough to say whether Miguel O'Hara will be back in the webs anytime soon after this. But if this is the end, then at least Spidey 2099 went out on a high note.

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8.2
Spider-Man/Deadpool #15

Mar 9, 2017

It's a very funny and enjoyable issue, although this crossover still has a long way to go.

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7.4
Spider-Man/Deadpool #16

Apr 6, 2017

This is a fun book, even with its imperfections.

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7.8
Spider-Man/Deadpool #18

Jun 8, 2017

If Itsy Bitsy had been a more compelling threat, this issue would have been even greater. But even a lackluster villain can't pull this one down too far.

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4.8
Spider-Man/Deadpool #19

Jul 6, 2017

Ultimately, this is very disappointing. If this is the future of Spider-Man/Deadpool, then this series probably isn't going to stick around for long.

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5.9
Spider-Man/Deadpool #20

Aug 3, 2017

If you were ever going to skip an issue of this series, this is the one.

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7.8
Spider-Man/Deadpool #21

Sep 7, 2017

It's refreshing when an issue with Deadpool is actually as funny as it's trying to be. Elliott Kalan's script has a lot of amusing moments, but it's the artwork of Todd Nauck that makes the visual gags sing.

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8.0
Spider-Man/Deadpool #22

Oct 5, 2017

. Even if this wasn't a comedy book, Nauck's pages would have made it a standout issue. Maybe Kalan and Nauck should stick together for their next project. I'd buy that book.

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7.7
Spider-Man/Deadpool #23

Nov 9, 2017

This series could have easily been derailed by everything else going on in the other Spidey or Deadpool books. Instead, it still works as a standalone title, and that's very good news.

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6.7
Spider-Man/Deadpool #24

Nov 23, 2017

Those are at least diverting moments, but it isn't enough to bring the issue together as a whole. Somewhere between the first part of this story and this chapter, it loses a bit of its charm.

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7.7
Spider-Woman (2015) #17

Mar 30, 2017

Dennis Hopeless and Veronica Fish wrap up their run by essentially justifying Jessica's life choices to her friends and colleagues in the superhero community. And it's telling that Jessica makes her final decision based on the people closest to her, and not her acquaintances.

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5.8
Spirits of Vengeance (2017) #2

Nov 9, 2017

There's definitely some potential with the premise for this miniseries; it's just not living up to it.

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7.8
Star Trek TNG: Mirror Broken #5

Dec 7, 2017

This issue was on a roll right up until it essentially comes to a sudden stop just as things are really getting interesting.

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9.0
Star Wars: Han Solo #1

Jun 15, 2016

It's an inherent problem of midquels. There can't actually be any change to the outcome, so we know that Han will eventually come through for the Rebellion. The most important note is that this issue is a very entertaining read. And again, this comic is worth the price for the artwork alone. Fortunately, the story is also worth recommending.

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6.8
Star Wars: Mace Windu #2

Sep 28, 2017

Ultimately, this felt like a thin installment that didn't do enough to move the story forward. But that's a problem that will probably disappear in the eventual trade.

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7.0
Star Wars: Rogue One - Cassian & K2SO Special #1

Aug 10, 2017

If this had been the first issue of a Cassian & K-2SO series, it would have been promising. But as a one-shot, I wanted more than it had to offer.

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5.0
Stormwatch (2011) #1

Sep 8, 2011

There's really not enough here to actually hate the book, but this incarnation of Stormwatch is the very definition of average. If this is the best that DC can do with the Wildstorm characters, then they will be heading back into limbo soon enough.

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6.5
Suicide Squad (2016) #9

Jan 12, 2017

Overall, this isn't bad for a tie-in issue, but it's far from essential.

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6.5
Suicide Squad / The Banana Splits Special #1

Mar 30, 2017

This joke was worth telling; it just shouldn't have been a full-length story. If anything, this one should have been the backup tale to Snagglepuss

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7.0
Super Sons #1

Feb 16, 2017

We're not quite sure why this book exists, but we're glad that it does. Super Sons has a lot of potential, and hopefully it will live up to that.

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2.5
Supergirl (2005) #65

Jun 25, 2011

CRAVE ONLINE RATING: 2.5/100

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6.5
Supergirl (2016) #8

Apr 13, 2017

For this issue, the writing was good, but the art needs to catch up to it.

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6.5
Supergirl (2016) #11

Jul 13, 2017

The cliffhanger is at least intriguing, but there had better be a good explanation for that heel turn.

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6.0
Supergirl (2016) #13

Sep 14, 2017

There was a lot to like about the first year of this title, but this change of direction already feels unfocused and unsatisfying.

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7.0
Supergirl (2016) Annual #1

Aug 31, 2017

This is a gorgeously rendered comic, with great action and excellent figure work. It's hard to ask for more than this from a superhero book, and the art itself is the biggest asset of the annual

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8.0
Superior Spider-Man #31

Apr 16, 2014

Regardless, the Superior Spider-Man was one of the greatest Spider-Man epics in Marvel history. And for the most part, Slott and his collaborators nailed the ending.

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6.2
Superman (2011) #1

Oct 1, 2011

It's still enjoyable to see Perez and Merino depict Superman in action and I'd read this book again just for the art. But this "modernized" take on Superman has left me pretty cold.

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3.0
Superman (2011) #4

Jan 3, 2012

I don't even know what this is anymore, but it's not Superman.

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8.5
Superman (2011) #32

Jun 25, 2014

This is not a perfect start for the new Superman creative team, but it’s really good and it’s more than enough to rekindle my interest. Johns and Romita really clicked together in this issue. I want to see if they can make Superman “Super” once again.

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8.5
Superman (2016) #18

Mar 2, 2017

This issue doesn't really have any traditional action, but it delivers an emotional gut punch that was very effective. Can't wait to see where this is going.

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7.8
Superman (2016) #19

Mar 16, 2017

The basic story by Tomasi and Gleason is pretty solid, but it glosses over what should have been the fun part.

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8.3
Superman (2016) #20

Apr 6, 2017

One of the great things to come out of DC Rebirth is that Superman gets to be inspiring again. This issue opens with a beautiful double page splash that simply captures the awe and hope that the Man of Steel brings out of ordinary people. This feels like the classic Superman, the small touches really bring that point home.

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7.2
Superman (2016) #21

Apr 20, 2017

This chapter is a little weaker in the story department, but Gleason makes up for it with his artwork.

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7.0
Superman (2016) #22

May 4, 2017

It feels like Tomasi and Gleason are really pushing it by asking the audience to buy into the otherworldly trouble in the Kents' adopted town. It defies believability, even in comics.

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6.3
Superman (2016) #23

May 18, 2017

Frankly, this story arc has been a misfire from the start, despite a few strong moments in the earlier chapters.

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7.9
Superman (2016) #24

Jun 8, 2017

I've never liked the villain of this Superman story, because he was always the pale imitation of a much better character that DC also happens to own. His presence in this issue is annoying, but the book looks so good that it's hard to concentrate on the story.

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4.0
Superman (2016) #26

Jul 6, 2017

I'm concerned that this book is losing its momentum after "Superman Reborn." The Manchester Black story was a misfire, and this issue is a big step backwards in quality.

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6.2
Superman (2016) #27

Jul 20, 2017

There's a quandary in this issue. Clark Kent, Lois Lane, and their son, Jonathan, spend the issue living up to the ideals of Superman while on vacation... but it's boring.

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6.0
Superman (2016) #31

Sep 21, 2017

It's not objectively bad, but you won't miss anything by skipping it.

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5.7
Superman (2016) #32

Oct 5, 2017

If you're looking to skip a book this week, this is the one.

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7.5
Superman (2016) #33

Oct 19, 2017

It's doubtful that Luthor will remain in the light for much longer, but at least this opening chapter is entertaining.

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8.6
Superman (2016) #34

Nov 2, 2017

Herbert deserves a permanent place on DC's A-list books, instead of the fill-in pages he got here.

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7.4
Superman (2016) #35

Nov 16, 2017

The story of Superman and his family stuck on Apokolips with Lex Luthor has been fun, but this rotating group of artists is starting to hurt the book.

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6.0
Superwoman #2

Sep 15, 2016

We definitely enjoyed Superwoman #2. It may not be the home run that the first issue was, but it's a very solid read and we want to know where Jimenez is going with this title. To be honest, we'd almost buy it for the art alone.

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7.3
Superwoman #8

Mar 9, 2017

Superwoman #8 may be this week's best looking comic where nothing happens. That may not be a nice assessment, but it is true. Almost the entire issue takes place within the mind of Lana Lang, whose real story is playing out in the Superman Reborn crossover.

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7.0
Supreme Power Vol. 2 #1

Jun 30, 2011

This is a good start for the series, but Supreme Power has a lot of work to do in order to become a worthy successor of the franchise.

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8.0
Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes #1

Sep 8, 2016

Of course, it just wouldn't be Tarzan or the Planet of the Apes without a little tragedy to get the story going. By the end of the issue, young Tarzan and Milo faced the loss of someone important to them as the Tarzan of the present edged closer to reuniting with someone from his past. As an opening chapter in the miniseries, it was very effective at baiting the hook for the rest of the story. That's what all comics, not just crossovers, should aspire to.

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5.7
Teen Titans (2016) #6

Mar 23, 2017

There are definitely some promising things happening in this book, but it hasn't quite come together yet.

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6.4
Teen Titans (2016) #7

Apr 27, 2017

I still feel like there's a lot of potential with the DC Rebirth era of the Titans, it just hasn't quite come together yet. But first, this series needs to figure out what it wants to be.

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6.5
Teen Titans (2016) #8

May 18, 2017

The initial conflict between the two Titans teams feels forced, even it doesn't fall all the way into clich.

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6.0
Teen Titans (2016) #9

Jun 29, 2017

This series still badly needs to find a consistent tone and quality.

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7.5
Teen Titans (2016) #12

Sep 14, 2017

Of the Metal tie-in books, this was easily the best one yet. However, it feels like the Teen Titans have been relegated to guest stars in their own series. That's never a good look.

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6.3
Teen Titans (2016) Annual #1

Jun 1, 2017

There was real potential for this storyline, but it doesn't deserve a place among the great Teen Titans stories of the past or present.

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7.5
Thanos (2016) #7

Jun 1, 2017

Thanos isn't the easiest character to turn into a protagonist, but Jeff Lemire has knocked the Mad Titan down several pegs and now we get to see him at rock bottom. More impressively, German Peralta's art carries most of the story by itself, as Thanos barely says a word through most of the issue.

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8.5
Thanos (2016) #10

Aug 31, 2017

It's very good, and it deserves to keep going.

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8.0
Thanos (2016) #11

Sep 28, 2017

Somehow, I've never come across Germn Peralta's art before this Thanos ongoing series, but I'll be keeping an eye out for his work from now on. Peralta's pages make Thanos feel like an event book, as it should when the title character is fighting his Phoenix-empowered son, Thane.

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8.9
Thanos (2016) #12

Oct 26, 2017

This feels like the final issue of Thanos, which is an odd sensation considering that it will continue with a new storyline. Jeff Lemire goes out of his way to wrap up most of this book's major storylines and subplots. But most importantly, Lemire gives us a Thanos who is unrepentant about who and what he is.

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5.0
The Bionic Man #1

Aug 31, 2011

However, for now this is just an average comic at best.

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8.3
The Clone Conspiracy #4

Jan 19, 2017

Jim Cheung's artwork is terrific, and he seemed to excel when there are dozens of characters on each page. Cheung delivers the best visual joke in the entire book when we see what the Jackal has been attempting with his resurrected bad guys.

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8.8
The Clone Conspiracy: Omega #1

Mar 2, 2017

This was a very strong epilogue for The Clone Conspiracy, and in some ways, it was even better than the event that preceded it.

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8.3
The Fall and Rise of Captain Atom #2

Feb 2, 2017

This issue was an unexpected pleasure, and now this miniseries is firmly on our radar.

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6.0
The Great Lakes Avengers #1

Oct 12, 2016

The final page reveal was kind of a head-scratcher, and perhaps not the best hook to end the issue on. But we still think that there's a lot of potential here. If Gorman's writing can match the quality of Robson's art, then Great Lakes Avengers has a good shot to be on our regular reading list.

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7.3
The Mighty Captain Marvel #7

Jul 27, 2017

In terms of the issue itself, it accomplishes what it set out to do - it made Captain Marvel's space battles feel important.

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6.0
The Shadow/Batman #1

Oct 5, 2017

I really enjoyed the last crossover between Batman and the Shadow because it went through the trouble of bonding the heroes and giving them a place in each others' world. The Shadow/Batman seems to take place in the same continuity, and Steve Orlando wrote the last crossover. And yet it seems more remote and disconnected than the last tale.

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8.2
The Unstoppable Wasp #7

Jul 6, 2017

This issue is delightful, and it gives both Wasps their due. It's hard to ask for anything more than that.

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8.4
Thor: Where Walk The Frost Giants #1

Oct 26, 2017

It's not a very deep story by modern standards, but as an old school Thor flashback, it's a welcome return to what this book used to be. If anything, it proves that classic Thor can still be entertaining.

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7.3
Titans (2016) #11

May 11, 2017

It's a very good start to the storyline... even if it does have to cheat to get Slade back into fighting condition.

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6.9
Titans (2016) #12

Jun 15, 2017

This issue also does a very good job of making Omen more interesting, but the current status quo/twist for Wally West still leaves me cold. Abnett seems to be favoring melodrama over actual drama, and it's holding this series back. There's a lot to like, but it doesn't have to literally be a soap opera.

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6.2
Titans (2016) #13

Jul 13, 2017

It's nothing that we haven't seen many times before, but at least it looks good. Unfortunately, it's not as easy to make these characters into a compelling team again.

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3.0
Tomb Raider: Survivor's Crusade #1

Nov 23, 2017

This is not a good way to begin this miniseries, and there's really nothing here to recommend.

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3.0
Torchwood #1

Aug 4, 2016

Ultimately, this was a frustrating read that didn't have the fun or the charm of Torchwood's best moments. More stories about Captain Jack are always welcome, but this was incredibly unfocused and unsatisfying. A few genuinely fun moments weren't enough to make this revival work, but we definitely hope to see it get better in future issues.

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6.8
Trinity (2016) Annual #1

Jun 1, 2017

Williams definitely tries to raise the stakes, but the danger is undone so quickly that it felt inconsequential. There may be long-term complications from the alliances that unfold in this issue, but as a stand alone issue, it's just not very good.

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7.3
U.S.Avengers #5

Apr 20, 2017

Out of the major Secret Empire books that hit this week, U.S.Avengers seems to be the only one really having fun with it.

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5.0
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #160

Jun 23, 2011

CRAVE ONLINE RATING: 5/10

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7.7
Unbelievable Gwenpool #18

Jul 27, 2017

Gwenpool the series is still good for a few laughs, but it's far more refreshing to see a serious approach to her antics.

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6.8
Unbelievable Gwenpool #19

Aug 17, 2017

This series is getting more enjoyable, even though Gwenpool herself is somewhat difficult to care about one way or another.

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9.0
Uncanny Avengers #20

May 30, 2014

Uncanny Avengers is one of those rare comics that I just can't wait for the next issue, much less the trade. This is one of Marvel's best books at the moment and it's at the top of my reading list when it comes out.

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8.0
Uncanny Avengers #21

Jun 25, 2014

I think that Uncanny Avengers would be better served with a different artist, but it’s still one of Marvel’s most consistently entertaining books. That’s more than enough to keep me coming back.

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8.8
Uncanny Avengers (2015) #19

Jan 12, 2017

We can't really call Uncanny Avengers a groundbreaking book, but the creative team deserves a lot of praise for managing to do everything extremely well. Even as single issue experience, this one doesn't disappoint.

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8.7
Uncanny Avengers (2015) #20

Feb 23, 2017

Duggan's script strikes the right balance of humor, horror, and superhero action. Now we just need to see if the conclusion of this story can live up to the buildup.

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9.2
Uncanny Avengers (2015) #23

May 11, 2017

There's nothing quite like a satisfying send-off to make the whole series seem worthwhile. Gerry Duggan and Pepe Larraz pull off the landing for this Uncanny Avengers run, and it leaves most of the characters in a pretty good place while bringing everything full circle with Duggan's first issue

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7.9
Uncanny Avengers (2015) #24

Jun 15, 2017

Whether the new era of Uncanny Avengers will be as good as the previous run remains to be seen. But this issue was well above average, and an encouraging sign for the future of this series.

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8.0
Uncanny Avengers (2015) #25

Jul 13, 2017

Starting off a new run in the middle of a crossover isn't ideal, so it's not entirely clear how Jim Zub's time on this book is going to play out. This is a fairly self-contained story within the Secret Empire event, but I'm not fully sold on Zub's take on Rogue.

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7.5
Uncanny Avengers (2015) #26

Aug 31, 2017

It's still too early to call Zub's run on this book one way or another, but I'm hoping the series can be great again.

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8.3
Uncanny Avengers (2015) #27

Sep 14, 2017

Jim Zub's latest issue of Uncanny Avengers finally seems to capture the team's dynamic without rehashing 2012's Rogue vs. Scarlet Witch subplot.

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8.5
Uncanny Avengers (2015) #28

Oct 12, 2017

This is a terrific-looking comic book that captures a lot of the old Avengers spirit. Izaakse's Yanick Paquette-meets-George Perez style compliments this book well, and the return of Beast and Wonder Man also goes a long way towards establishing a good mix of modern and classic superhero vibes.

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7.9
Uncanny Avengers (2015) #29

Nov 9, 2017

The Unity Squad isn't very united at the moment, but Zub's command of these characters has greatly increased since he started writing the book. Overall, the issue is pretty solid.

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7.7
Uncanny X-Men (2011) #1

Nov 2, 2011

If I was judging this book by the art alone, it would be a 9 or a 9.5. However, I have to admit that I didn't enjoy it as much as Wolverine and the X-Men #1. Uncanny X-Men #1 is the more straightforward superhero book of the two core X-Men titles. But there's nothing wrong with that.

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7.0
Uncanny X-Men (2011) #3

Jan 2, 2012

Uncanny X-Men #3 is a perfectly serviceable superhero book with some really good artwork. But it doesn't really feel like an X-Men comic. In trying to position the X-Men Extinction team as the potential rivals for the Avengers, it feels like Gillen has sacrificed some of the traits that made the X-Men unique.

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7.2
Uncanny X-Men (2016) #17

Jan 12, 2017

It's a better than average issue, but the artwork is the biggest reason that issue has a score higher than a 6.

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7.2
Uncanny X-Men (2016) #18

Feb 16, 2017

The main Inhumans vs. X-Men event has been somewhat lackluster, but at least the tie-in issues are doing some good character work for the supporting players.

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8.3
Uncanny X-Men (2016) #19

Mar 16, 2017

There's a lot left in the wind for another book to explore. However, this issue does deliver on the initial promise for the series: a serious battle between Psylocke and Magneto.

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6.2
Venom (2016) #6

Apr 20, 2017

This issue just isn't as enjoyable as it could have been, but the renewal of Brock and Venom's bond could be a fun story to follow.

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7.0
Weapon X (2017) #3

May 11, 2017

The biggest downside to this issue is that is already leading to crossover with Totally Awesome Hulk, and it feels like that reveal let the air out of the issue.

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7.0
Wild Storm #2

Mar 16, 2017

The downside of this series is that Ellis still expects the readers to recognize all of the former Wildstorm players without fully reintroducing them. But the story is a lot more intriguing now than it was a month ago.

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6.7
Wild Storm #4

May 18, 2017

If the characters were more compelling, this could become something special. But it's only half of what it should be.

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7.8
Wild Storm #5

Jun 22, 2017

This is a much more down-to-Earth take on the classic Wildstorm characters than anyone could have expected. It's too early to say how this will play out, but this is more interesting than the earlier issues of the series.

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9.0
Wild Storm #6

Jul 20, 2017

It still has a long way to go before it reaches the heights of Ellis' previous Wildstorm run, but this was a great issue and an encouraging step in the right direction.

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7.0
Wild Storm #9

Nov 16, 2017

I really thought that this series had turned a corner a few issues back, but it still hasn't quite settled into a tale with forward movement.

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6.0
Wild Storm: Michael Cray #1

Oct 12, 2017

I'm not quite as blown away by the overall story, and it does feel a little incomplete outside of The Wild Storm series. But I'm willing to see where this detour goes.

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7.0
Witch Doctor #1

Jun 29, 2011

There's a lot of potential in Witch Doctor that isn't fully realized yet. In the hands of a stronger artist, I probably would have enjoyed the issue a lot more. But Morrow and his companions are characters I'd like to see more of in the future. If Seifert can flesh out his cast and their world, then Witch Doctor may stick around well beyond this miniseries.

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8.0
Wolverine and the X-Men #1

Nov 2, 2011

This issue may not be perfect, but it is a solid start for Aaron's run with the X-Men.

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8.0
Wolverine and the X-Men #2

Nov 24, 2011

It's only the artwork that keeps me from giving Wolverine and the X-Men #2 a higher mark. This is one of the few X-Men books that's worthy of carrying on the tradtition of Chris Claremont and Grant Morrison. And with a more conventional artist, it could be unstoppable.

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7.0
Wolverine and the X-Men #3

Dec 26, 2011

However, until the artwork in this book is more consistently executed, I can't recommend it as highly as I would like to.

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8.2
Wonder Woman (2016) #35

Nov 23, 2017

This is a good chapter, but we've all seen this story before. Now we need Robinson to show us something new.

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6.0
Wonder Woman/Tasmanian Devil Special #1

Jun 22, 2017

Much like Lobo/Road Runner, Wonder Woman/Tasmanian Devil goes through all kinds of narrative hoops to explain how the Amazon superheroine can meet the famous Looney Tunes character.

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7.5
X-23 (2010) #19

Dec 27, 2011

But unfortunately, this book is just about out of time.

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7.8
X-Men: Blue (2017) #3

May 11, 2017

Somebody needs to get Height on a full time X-Men book immediately. That's exactly the kind of art that this book needs. The script narrowly misses the mark, but the artwork more than makes up for it.

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7.1
X-Men: Blue (2017) #4

May 25, 2017

It's refreshing when writers embrace continuity and build on it instead of pretending that the previous stories didn't happen. Cullen Bunn actually picks up a few threads from Brian Bendis' All-New X-Men run, and he even remembers that Young Cyclops wasn't around for that particular tale.

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7.7
X-Men: Blue (2017) #5

Nov 30, -0001

It felt like the early issues of X-Men Blue were more interested in rebooting classic threats rather than introducing something new. Issue #5 doesn't really break from that trend, but it's at least drawing from more recent characters who I didn't really expect to see again. Unfortunately, the personalities that made these characters interesting in another universe don't seem to have made the transition.

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6.0
X-Men: Blue (2017) #6

Jun 29, 2017

This issue feels very much like a fill-in, even though Bunn offers some small advancement for Cyclops and Magneto's shared antagonism towards each other. But when it comes to the X-Men, I want more than just filler.

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7.3
X-Men: Blue (2017) #7

Jul 13, 2017

It's always a thrill to see an artist jump on a X-Men book and immediately nail it. Cory Smith's artwork in the latest issue of X-Men Blue is very impressive, and his characters pop off of the page. Even Jimmy Hudson is improved upon, although he really should lose the "Kid Wolverine" hair.

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6.6
X-Men: Blue (2017) #10

Aug 31, 2017

There's some interesting territory in the story itself, but the series isn't quite living up to its potential

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5.5
X-Men: Blue (2017) #12

Sep 28, 2017

This was one of the more entertaining X-books to come out of the recent relaunch, but X-Men: Blue seems to be losing some of the qualities that made it fun. Hopefully the upcoming crossover will turn things around again.

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6.9
X-Men: Blue (2017) #13

Oct 12, 2017

The second part of "Mojo Worldwide" stumbles a little in this issue by keeping the focus primarily on the X-Men Gold cast and leaving most of the X-Men Blue team to cameo appearances in their own book.

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6.0
X-Men: Blue (2017) #14

Oct 26, 2017

The artwork by Jorge Molina is at least fun to look at, and I loved seeing the classic costumes in action again. But "Mojo Worldwide" feels like it needs some redemption after this lackluster installment, and good art isn't enough to save it.

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5.0
X-Men: Blue (2017) #15

Nov 16, 2017

"Mojo Worldwide" is officially a disappointment. But perhaps even more distressing than the lack of real stakes or drama is the fact that this six-part crossover simply fizzled out in the last two installments.

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6.0
X-Men: Blue (2017) #16

Nov 30, 2017

I still want more from this book, but it almost always seems to come up short.

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7.8
X-Men: Gold (2017) #4

May 18, 2017

Guggenheim is clearly exploring some of the classic X-Men tropes, but it would be more refreshing if the creative team didn't feel the need to rely on the nostalgia factor.

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6.3
X-Men: Gold (2017) #6

Jun 22, 2017

As nice as it is to see the X-Men get back to some old school superhero-ing, the resolution of the Nano-Sentinel storyline is very flat and disappointing.

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7.7
X-Men: Gold (2017) #7

Jul 6, 2017

It's a good issue, but it falls short of greatness.

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8.5
X-Men: Gold (2017) #10

Aug 24, 2017

This might be the best-looking issue of X-Men Gold to date. For that, credit has to go to Lan Medina, a criminally underrated artist whose work is always outstanding.

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7.5
X-Men: Gold (2017) #11

Sep 7, 2017

Even during the moments that the script couldn't quite bring home, Medina's art still looked amazing. Medina would make a great permanent addition to this title, and I'd love to see that happen.

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8.8
X-Men: Gold (2017) #13

Oct 5, 2017

The X-Men books don't always have the best records when it comes to crossovers, especially in recent history. But Marc Guggenheim and Mike Mayhew really do an excellent job in this opening chapter.

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7.7
X-Men: Gold (2017) #14

Oct 19, 2017

This crossover is turning into more of a diversion than a big event for the X-Men. And that's fine, as long as it continues to be entertaining. But the shock value has already worn off.

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7.0
X-Men: Gold (2017) #15

Nov 9, 2017

Visually, it's really enjoyable to look at and worth owning just for the art. I just wish the story could have been better.

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7.6
X-Men: Gold (2017) #16

Nov 23, 2017

This is an enjoyable issue to read, largely for the character dynamics and the art. Guggenheim wants to give us a Negative Zone arc for the next few issues. Hopefully it won't detract from the more earthbound stories.

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6.7
X-Men: Gold (2017) #17

Dec 6, 2017

As X-Men issues go, it's pretty okay.

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3.0
X-Men: Prelude to Schism #4

Jun 30, 2011

If you're a fan of Mann's art or an X-Men completest, then you'll probably buy this issue. But if you're neither of those things, you're better served waiting for the actual X-Men: Schism miniseries.

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9.0
X-Men: Schism #4

Sep 23, 2011

Davis is also a master at conveying emotions on the faces of his characters, even on Cyclops when a mask obscures most of his face. This is just a really good looking book that happens to be well written as well. I can't speak for everyone, but that's exactly what I want out of a superhero comic.

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4.0
Zombies Assemble #0

Jul 13, 2017

I don't know what I was expecting from Zombies Assemble, but it wasn't an Iron Man romantic melodrama between Tony Stark and Pepper Potts. Given the title, I foolishly assumed that there would be zombies at some point.

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