Brandon J. Griffin's Comic Reviews

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7.7Avg. Review Rating

9.2
All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #7

Aug 4, 2017

Duggan continues to deliver the GOTG book we've been desperate for the past couple years. Every laugh is earned, every progression is significant, the team is strong as ever. There's a real chemistry here that Marvel can't afford to lose. Smallwood's art is a triumph.

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8.8
All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #10

Sep 22, 2017

'All-New GOTG' is a must-read Marvel book heading into the 'Legacy' era. This has easily been the best 'Guardians series since Abnett/Lanning's run. Duggan and Kuder are ushering in a new era in Marvel cosmic in spectacular fashion.

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8.0
All-New Wolverine #25

Oct 16, 2017

After all this time on her own, with her own supporting cast, Laura is one of the most complete characters in recent memory. It's been a blast to watch her grow up, her future is one of the most exciting things in X-Men comics right now. The twist at the end of this first chapter is some classic comic book drama.

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8.4
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #32

Sep 14, 2017

Whenever you see Greg Smallwood on any comic, do yourself a favor and get it. 'Amazing Spider-Man' #32 is a stunning bit of insanity featuring our favorite Goblin Glider operator. Smallwood and Bellaire are an unbeatable artistic duo. Comic book villainy doesn't get much more entertaining than diving into the madness of Norman Osborn.

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8.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #789

Oct 16, 2017

The fall from grace for our beloved wall-crawler promises to take him into familiar territory with a new outlook and shuffled supporting cast. For those who hated Parker Industries, there's nowhere to go but up. For those who enjoyed the prior thirty-two issues, a change of pace can be refreshing.

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9.0
Astonishing X-Men (2017) #1

Jul 20, 2017

Astonishing X-Men #1 is a visual triumph as well. Colorful and detailed layouts flesh out a fast paced and dire story. The varied personalities of this team are all up front and tastefully present. All of the Psylocke psychic projections, and monsters, are flawlessly illustrated and colored.

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8.8
Astonishing X-Men (2017) #2

Aug 16, 2017

'Astonishing X-Men' #2 is clever and stylish, a much needed creative graduation from the previous era in both art and script. The title manages to feel fresh while maintaining a sense of classic X-Men storytelling.

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4.0
Avengers (2016) #10

Aug 4, 2017

I don't place blame on the creative team for a forced tie-in issue, but there is very little to enjoy here. Readers of 'Secret Empire' and 'Avengers' alike can skip this forgettable entry.

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8.0
Avengers (2016) #672

Oct 6, 2017

This may not feel exactly like the Avengers of old, but the enjoyment does. This certainly feels more like a classic Avengers title than the most recent handful of various Avengers titles.

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9.7
Black Science #31

Sep 16, 2017

Black Science is one of the greatest sci-fi comic books of all-time. Remender's pulsating scripts and Scalera's intricate chaos make this a title you'll never forget. Issue #31 is a masterpiece, a beautiful culmination of every disaster the dimensionauts left behind.

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9.2
Daredevil (2015) #26

Sep 6, 2017

Charles Soule and Ron Garney have a remarkable chemistry, perfectly accented by Matt Milla. 'Daredevil' #26 is carefully crafted superhero triumph. This run is one of Marvel's brightest shining series, a future classic.

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9.0
Defenders (2017) #6

Oct 16, 2017

Top-to-bottom, Defenders is not only the best superhero team book at Marvel, but in all of comic books right now. Throw in Deadpool and another surprise player at the end and this tale gets taken to the next level.

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7.0
Despicable Deadpool #287

Oct 16, 2017

All the action and ass kicking leads to the grand finale. Deadpool removing his own arm to replace it with Cable's in order to chase him through time, with his own little arm avatar taking over for Belle is exactly the kind of bloody lunacy I want.

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9.0
East of West #34

Aug 2, 2017

There is no one true protagonist, readers find their own faction to root for as the world approaches the apocalypse. It's an element that isn't featured in comic books very often. The actions of each character mean more when the reader is invested into each of them for different reasons.

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9.0
Extremity #6

Aug 3, 2017

With six issues in the bank now, the direction this title is headed in looks as promising as a comic book could possibly be. Daniel Warren Johnson is doing something special here and it more than deserves the attention of all comic book readers.

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8.0
Falcon (2017) #1

Oct 16, 2017

Sam's tenure as Captain America and betrayal by Steve Rogers has him in uncharted territory. The fallout has him in a weird head space. Fortunate for readers that's going to make for great super hero stories as he tries to confront Chicago gang violence.

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4.0
Iceman (2017) #6

Oct 6, 2017

Bobby coming out and learning how to act on his true feelings should be the emotional core of this book. Instead, it's a chore to get through. Instead of Bobby discovering the real him, the series can be summed up so far as "Iceman is gay, and that's weird, right?"

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6.8
Infamous Iron Man #12

Sep 27, 2017

A weak script and confusing plot makes this the weakest issue in an otherwise stellar series. Maleev and Hollingsworth still deliver, making it impossible to call this issue a total loss.

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7.0
Iron Fist (2017) #73

Oct 6, 2017

Gritty and dark with explosive action and detailed sequences, Mike Perkins draws a very convincing Kung-Fu comic.

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6.8
Jean Grey #5

Aug 9, 2017

Jean Grey #5 may be the weakest installment so far, but not enough to warrant concern. Dennis Hopeless' voice for Jean is superb and an absolute joy. This issue suffers from the supporting characters falling flat in comparison to the previous guests.

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6.0
Jessica Jones #13

Oct 6, 2017

This is a comic in which the art is so drenched in photorealism that it relies heavily on the script to make it pop. Unfortunately, this script was dull and the art never really gets a chance to go anywhere.

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9.3
Kill Or Be Killed #12

Sep 15, 2017

Dylan and Kira makeup one of the most realistic relationships in comic books. Brubaker has an unrivaled ability to split open his main character's skull and show you how his brain works. Phillips and Breitweiser are a uniquely dynamic art duo that breathes life into each panel that you can feel in your chest.

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8.8
Marvel Legacy #1

Sep 28, 2017

Marvel Legacy is officially upon us. We now enter a new era for Marvel Comics, it's shaping up to be an exciting and quite healthy one if this issue is any indication.

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7.3
New Superman #14

Aug 9, 2017

New Super-Man has been one of the most underrated titles for DC Rebirth, standing very much on its own. Unfortunately, Suicide Squad's involvement hurt more than helped, averting our attention from the plot threads that were more interesting.

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5.5
Nightwing (2016) #27

Aug 17, 2017

This is by no means a worthless comic book, it just doesn't hit all the notes it needs to for this to sing. It's also not an easy read for anyone who started reading Nightwing comics with this series.

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3.0
Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #2

Jul 19, 2017

Disappointing so far, not looking for a Deadpool book dressed up in webs.

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9.2
Realm #1

Sep 15, 2017

'The Realm' wastes no time, grabbing readers by the throat and dragging through a dark and mysterious landscape. This is a world I want to spend a lot of time and I don't even like the fantasy genre. First issues don't get much better than this!

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8.3
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #13

Aug 10, 2017

Lobdell is delivering the best stories we've seen about this trio of characters on their own. 'Red Hood & The Outlaws' continues to be an emotional rollercoaster that packs a gut punch.

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8.0
Royals #9

Oct 6, 2017

It's almost Kirby-esque in how colorful and complex these cosmic layouts are. That alone makes it worthy of the Legacy banner.

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8.0
Secret Empire #6

Jul 19, 2017

Secret Empire#6 is another fine installment in the story that's legitimately shaken Marvel to its core. There are some very deep lines drawn in the sand and plenty of mystery left to unfold. This is what I wanted from a Civil War II and it's funny that Spencer mentions that dumpster fire a number of times in this. The only thing making CWII carry any relevance is Spencer tying up the loose ends.

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7.3
Secret Empire #10

Aug 30, 2017

In the end, Secret Empire had its flaws but was a fun ride. Nick Spencer did his best to navigate all the red tape and fanboy land mines, while delivering a solid event that ties up this era of Marvel in a nice bow.

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8.0
Slots #1

Oct 4, 2017

'Slots' is a sleazy, gritty tale of a charming scumbag and his colorful supporting cast. Smartly crafted, and beautifully illustrated, the series promises to bring the best and worst out of Vegas' innards.

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8.0
Spirits of Vengeance (2017) #1

Oct 6, 2017

Spirits Of Vengeance #1 provides a spectacular jumping-on point for a book sporting some underused fan favorite characters. It even provides quick profile pages for the four members in the back of the issue.

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7.8
Star Wars: Captain Phasma #1

Sep 8, 2017

Captain Phasma's first solo outing is a pleasant one. It successfully manages to flesh out a character we were hoping would've had more screen time in 'The Force Awakens' while bridging the gap to 'The Last Jedi'.

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8.6
Thanos (2016) #9

Jul 27, 2017

This issue was more of a family affair and less of a cosmic epic, but entertaining nonetheless. Space witches, the God Quarry, and the Phoenix Force all add up to a more than enjoyable comic book experience!

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8.8
TMNT: Dimension X #5

Aug 31, 2017

Overall, the book and series are nonstop fun from top to bottom. A perfect balance of lighthearted silliness and explosive ninja action with so much character it'll make your heart swell.

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8.0
Unbelievable Gwenpool #21

Oct 16, 2017

Christopher Hastings takes Gwenpool to the next level, wielding her third wall breaking as a powerful narrative tool. If you've been puzzled as to what this series is, or how it's made it to 21 issues, now's the time to jump on.

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8.0
Uncanny Avengers (2015) #28

Oct 16, 2017

The primer pages in the back are fantastic, a sincere reminder of the Avengers' beginning, and how different all the many incarnations of the team have been.

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5.0
Venom (2016) #155

Oct 6, 2017

This book does absolutely nothing for the character, it's a story comic fans have read hundreds of times. Even with the legion of dinosaur people at their disposal, every turn of the page was an expected and boring sense of deja vu.

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8.0
X-Men: Blue (2017) #13

Oct 16, 2017

A crossover like this, with no grave stake against all of mutant kind, is what has been missing from X-Men comics for so long. This is a light, action-packed adventure with a huge cast of our favorite mutant heroes. ResurreXion was a huge first step in the right direction for X-Books, Legacy should see the X-Men firmly planted as a prominent corner of Marvel Comics again.

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7.8
X-Men: Gold (2017) #13

Oct 4, 2017

"Mojo Worldwide" gets off to a strong start. The Gold/Blue crossover features a giant cast of mutants, politically relevant antagonist, and an X-Men comic history lesson. There's not much more you could want!

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