Brett's Comic Reviews

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7.9Avg. Review Rating

8.5
007 (2022) #1

Aug 3, 2022

007 #1 is an excellent beginning. The issue feels like the start to a film with the opening action sequence that leads to what's coming and of course muddles up Bond's ability to do his job in some way. For fans of spy adventure or James Bond, it's a solid get and perfect entertainment.

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8.2
007 (2022) #2

Sep 7, 2022

007 #2 begins to bring things together after an action-packed opening just as you'd expect in a James Bond film. We got the exciting pre-credit action sequence and now the story's settling in. Overall, it's a solid arc for fans of the character or just looking for a solid action spy thriller.

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8
007: For King and Country #1

Apr 12, 2023

007: For King and Country #1 is an entertaining opening that puts Bond in an interesting position. It's one we've seen before to some extent but with how things are presented, it's never quite felt to this level. Add in how the issue wraps up, and this is a new series where it feels like everything is on the table and no one can be trusted. It's Bond on his own versus the world.

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8.5
1872 #2

Aug 22, 2015

I'm really close to saying this should be a buy. The main reason I don't is I want to see where it goes from here. It could be great, or it could go off the rails, and the issue doesn't quite stand on its own, but it's really damn close.

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7.2
2020 Ironheart #1

May 20, 2020

2020 Ironheart #1 is a good comic. But, unless you're invested in the character or the two storylines that are connected, it's hard to say this is a must get. Still, there's some solid moments and debate about the role of superheroes within.

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8
20th Century Men (2022) #1

Aug 17, 2022

20th Century Men #1 stands out due to those details. From the characters' actions to what is said, everything feels carefully thought through. It's one for poli-sci nerds that like a "what if world. There's a lot to mull over and chew on after reading the comic and maybe I'll get through it by the time the second issue drops.

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8.8
4 Kids Walk Into A Bank #1

Apr 27, 2016

The first issue has really impressed me and as the launch title of the next class of Black Mask Studios comic books, it's a hell of a start that shows off why this publisher is one to watch out for. Can't wait to read the second issue and see where this all goes, especially as to how that bank comes into play.

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9
4 Kids Walk Into A Bank #5

Sep 6, 2017

Just a fantastic ending that has me hoping for more but at the same time hoping we don't Rosenberg leaves a lot up to debate and does so in a way that the adventure will continue through our imagination. If you haven't read the series, this is one to go back to the beginning and see what you're missing. Being able to sit down and read it in one sitting without gaps ups the enjoyment immensely, but even after such a wait, it's completely worth it.

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7
78 MPH #1

Apr 6, 2022

78 MPH #1 is a comic that almost dares you to not think too much about the details. It feels like a film pitched to Michael Bay or Roland Emmerich and even they said the concept was too far out there. I'm intrigued to see where it goes in further issues but right now it feels like a horror film where the sun is the stalker and those living are trying not to be hacked up. I want a bit more than that and here's hoping the comic can deliver.

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7.8
A Town Called Terror #1

Apr 13, 2022

A Town Called Terror #1 is an interesting start. It's not what I expected at all. I thought I was getting into a psychological horror story about a missing husband. While that's there, there's also elements of a pulp horror story about family. It'll be interesting to see where it all goes but as far as starts, this is an intriguing one.

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7.2
A.X.E.: Death to the Mutants #1

Aug 17, 2022

A.X.E.: Death to the Mutants #1 is ok. It adds in details from the main event but that's the entire draw of the issue. It feels like it should have been a part of the main series but the flow wouldn't work combining everything. As is, you're left with a comic that acts more like an addendum than a story on its own. It doesn't work without all of the other issues released while those are fine without this. It's a comic that feels like it's the "director's cut that adds some context but overall it'll be mixed as to whether it really enhances the experience.

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8.1
A.X.E.: Death to the Mutants #2

Sep 7, 2022

A.X.E.: Death to Mutants #2 feels like the expanded version of A.X.E.: Judgement Day. It fleshes out characters and events giving us more depth as to what's going on. It enhances the story, not working on its own but instead building on what's elsewhere creating a greater tableau.

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7.4
A.X.E.: Eve of Judgment (2022) #1

Jul 13, 2022

A.X.E.: Eve of Judgement #1 is an interesting opening. It leaves no room to debate who is right and who is wrong. It treats the action Druig takes so nonchalantly as to make it feel like it's not a big deal. It just kind of is. Maybe with what's to come in the first issue it'll flow a bit better but as presented, the comic doesn't get me excited for what's to come, it sets up what feels like a rather predictable narrative to fill our summer months.

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7
A.X.E.: Judgment Day (2022): Omega

Nov 9, 2022

A.X.E.: Judgement Day Omega #1 doesn't excite. It's what I've run into with the Eternals over and over. There's something rather dour about them. What I've read has been good but there's only so long you can read a bunch of depressing people before having to move on. This issue captures that aspect and hopefully it gets jettisoned before we see more of the Eternals.

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9
A.X.E.: Judgment Day (2022) #1

Jul 20, 2022

A.X.E.: Judgement Day #1 is a solid debut delivering more than just groups clashing before fighting the greater threat. There's a lot to chew on as Gillen lays out varying motivations and resulting in actions that are questionable for many. There's also shocks, lots of shocks as the Eternals make a hell of a move that is sure to anger many. Many events in the past have started with a bang and fizzled. This is a nuke drop and here's hoping it can keep it up.

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8.4
A.X.E.: Judgment Day (2022) #2

Aug 10, 2022

A.X.E.: Judgement Day #2 is a solid second issue with an ending that really shakes up the event. It sends it in an unexpected direction but one that makes sense based on the title. Where it takes things overall, who knows, but so far, this might be Marvel's best major event in years.

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8.5
Abbott #2

Feb 28, 2018

Abbott continues to impress and for those that love a supernatural detective story, this is a must get. It's a perfect example of writing and art coming together and how you can use a time period to make the story even greater.

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9
Absolute Carnage (2019) #1

Aug 7, 2019

The issue is a hell of a start and how you do an event. There's more than enough there to be inviting to new and old readers and it delivers a hell of a punch.

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7.8
Absolute Carnage (2019) #2

Aug 28, 2019

Absolute Carnage #2 is a good entry in the stand out event. The issue has some flaws but those are minor compared to the entertainment.

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8.4
Absolute Carnage (2019): Separation Anxiety #1

Aug 13, 2019

The comic absolutely delivers horror tropes but there's something to it that makes it all enjoyable. There's an unknown aspect to it the comic that makes its story all the more scary and disturbing. Add in just enough macabre and it comes together to create the perfect tone for a comic tied into Carnage.

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7.2
Absolute Carnage (2019): Symbiote Of Vengeance #1

Sep 10, 2019

Absolute Carnage: Symbiote of Vengeance is a comic that you read quickly and generally forget. It's entertaining but doesn't stand out a whole bunch. The comic feels like it'll become important down the line once Ghost Rider #1 is released. Stealthy is the best way to describe it all.

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7.8
Absolute Carnage vs. Deadpool #1

Aug 20, 2019

While I'm not quite there to say you should go out and buy the comic, I do think the trade will be a lot of fun to read.

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7
Absolute Carnage: Scream #1

Aug 13, 2019

The comic is good but not great. There's a reliance on knowing two characters and without that, it lacks the punch to really sell the issue. Still, as it progresses the action will likely be the draw and hopefully more explained. Absolute Carnage: Scream #1 is an interesting piece of the bigger puzzle but doesn't quite stand on its own yet.

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7.5
Action Comics (2011) #43

Aug 12, 2015

This comic is both a throwback and very relevant to today. Pak and Kuder (and the rest of the Superman team) are trying to remind us that even though Superman is also Clark Kent, we the readers can be Superman too through our every day actions to improve our neighborhoods. You don't need to fight aliens and save the world to be a superhero, you can also just do some good in your own town too. This comic is a reminder of that, and hopefully will inspire some more folks to tie towels around their necks and attempt to be the hero they enjoy reading about.

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5.5
Action Comics (2011) #44

Sep 9, 2015

Overall, the issue feels like its slipped a but with a muddied conclusion to this first arc. While it'll probably sit well in the overall story, on it's own, it just doesn't hold up.

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8.4
Action Comics (2016) #957

Jun 8, 2016

In the first chapter of “Path to Doom” Jurgens and Zircher seems to be blending the old and the new together in a way that works and works really well. Action Comics #957 feels like a return to what Superman should be, and that's super.

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8.3
Action Comics (2016) #958

Jun 22, 2016

I hadn't read Superman in quite some time, but this return of the classic Superman has brought with it new life and a return to what I remember loving about the character. This comic has action in the title, but it also remembers there's a lot of heart at the center of the story too.

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8.2
Action Comics (2016) #959

Jul 13, 2016

“Action” might be in the title, but Jurgens brings the heart to realizing that you need it to connect with its hero. Superman is back and he's more exciting than he has been for a long time.

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8.1
Action Comics (2016) #960

Jul 27, 2016

The series is solid so far. The story. The art. It all comes together for a great comic that feels like it's worthy of the big screen in how much action and excitement there is. But Jurgens also realizes with all of that, it's the characters relationships that really matters.

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7.8
Action Comics (2016) #961

Aug 13, 2016

The Superman team continues to deliver action and excitement and has me interested in Superman for the first time in a very long time. Here's looking forward to the next issue and see if some of the mystery is finally revealed.

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7.8
Action Comics (2016) #962

Aug 24, 2016

Overall though, Action Comics continues to live up to its title and continues to also focus on heart which allows the series to sore.

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8.1
Action Comics (2016) #963

Sep 14, 2016

Overall, the comic is a good one. Jurgens continues to bring a classic feel about this Superman, but at the same time, it's updated in many ways. Superman continues to soar as new life is breathed into the character and franchise.

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8.4
Action Comics (2016) #976

Mar 22, 2017

I'm blown away by the story which I can only describe as super. A fantastic ending that shows DC Comics has got a great grasp of mixing the old with the new.

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8.2
Action Comics (2016) #988

Sep 27, 2017

Action Comics #987 set things up and Action Comics #988 lays a lot of it out and explains the “how.” It really shouldn't work and should feel like a silly retcon, but what's presented is an entertaining story that captures the fun and tone of Jurgens' current Superman run. Entertaining overall (though I expect there'll still be a swerve at some point) and it gets me to want to see what happens next.

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8.1
Action Comics (2016) #989

Oct 11, 2017

The issue is a good one and in a way is the dark middle chapter of the trilogy. Again, I'm sure things will work out but the team is weaving a story that at first seems silly but in reality has worked out in a way that defies expectations. An entertaining read that's another excellent chapter in this exciting drama and action adventure.

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7
Action Comics (2016) #991

Nov 8, 2017

The comic is an interesting one. The arc as a whole will be a key one building to the eventual confrontation between the DC Universe and the mysterious manipulator but on its own it's a little hard to recommend. While I recognize there's a great storyline some have been able to balance self-contained arcs with the greater narrative. This however leans a little too much one way.

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8.1
Action Comics (2016) #992

Nov 22, 2017

This is a solid follow up to an event that has shaken Superman and put into question the whole nature vs. nurture debate. But, it also sets up what feels like a hell of an adventure to come based on those final pages and it's an adventure I'm beyond excited to see.

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8
Action Comics (2016) #993

Dec 13, 2017

The art helps with Jurgens taking the helm and a look that looks like DC of the past. That's not a bad thing at all but Jurgens and others from his era have a different style than artists from the last decade. So, art wise, it looks more like the Superman comics I read growing up as a kid. The panel layouts and flow have more in common with those comics than those of today.

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7.9
Action Comics (2016) #994

Dec 28, 2017

Overall, the storyline is a fun one and a change of pace from the previous focus on Mr. Oz. At the same time, it also continues what's set up there. This is a prime example of the popcorn fun comics can be and continues a story I can't wait to see where it goes.

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8.5
Action Comics (2016) #1000

Apr 18, 2018

There's a lot packed in here and something for everyone. No matter the era of your enjoyment there's a story that fits it and this is really a comic that has an amazing amount of talent. It's truly a celebration of such an iconic character and for the celebration alone it's a purchase. At times, comics like this are a let down, but this is the exception with every story entertaining in some way and a few that shine. It's the rare oversized celebration comic that lives up to the occasion.

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8
Action Comics (2016) #1050

Dec 28, 2022

Action Comics #1050 is a pretty key issue setting up a new status quo for the character and setting up what's to come. It's not the spot to hop on for new readers but feels like a nice entry to shift from what was to what's coming. It's implications reverberate far beyond just the Superman comics and there's potential there's more to come than just what's presented. As a Superman comic goes, it's entertaining with a nice balance of what makes the character great and reminding us why he's so super.

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8.5
Action Comics (2016) #1051

Jan 25, 2023

Action Comics #1051 is a solid start to the series. With a new anthology focus, it has a little bit of everything making it easy to change things up and keep things fresh. The trio of stories each have their own strengths with a variety of styles and voices and a wide focus. Overall, a solid start to the “Dawn of DC.”

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8
Action Comics (2016) #1052

Mar 1, 2023

Action Comics #1052 continues the new direction for the series and Superman family and continues to do an excellent job of balancing things. There's the action and long story but it also focuses in on what makes the Man of Steel and the characters around him great. There's a warm, welcoming, aspect to the comic that extends to every story within making this a series that focuses on Superman as well as his extended family.

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8.3
Action Comics (2016) #1054

Apr 26, 2023

Overall, there's something rather nice in Action Comics #1054. The comic doesn't have the doom and gloom of so much of what has been put out there and instead delivers the uplifting tale you'd hope from Superman. It has the action without the dark cloud hanging over everything. It's been a while since I've really been into Superman and DC is delivering a monthly dose of positivity that'll keep me coming back for more.

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7.3
Adventures of Supergirl #1

Jan 25, 2016

At only $0.99 the comic is short but a nice addition for fans of the television series. It may be read better as print issues, and my reading as a PDF might not have been optimal, so your experience with it as a digital comic may be different than mine. Still, as a fan of the television series I was surprised to find it adds to the character and was enough that I might have found the first digital first series I'll make sure to read.

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7.8
Adventures of Supergirl #2

Feb 8, 2016

For $0.99 the comic is worth it for fans of the Supergirl television show. Though short, it adds a bunch to the character and continues the fun positive messaging of its small screen counterpart. The first chapter was a good start, bit it's here where it's starting to fly.

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8
Adventures of Supergirl #3

Feb 22, 2016

Each chapter is good, but the story as a whole is stronger when read together. That's where the big picture becomes apparent and a simple story of capturing an alien becomes so much more.

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7.5
Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent (2023) #1

Mar 8, 2023

Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent #1 is a good start. It takes a bit to get to the end's big reveal and also the mission ahead, but it does a good job as an opening chapter. There's a lot we know that's coming, and that's part of the issue. While the comic sets up Jon's adventure, it doesn't get us to where we want it to go, him heading to the world of “Injustice.” That's partially why it feels a bit slow getting to the point. Overall though, it's a first issue that'll fit in nicely as we get to read more of the series, sadly we need to wait for that to happen.

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8.1
Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent (2023) #2

Apr 5, 2023

Where the series goes after Adventures Of Superman: Jon Kent #2 will be intriguing. It hints at a lot, not just Jon's dealing with “Injustice” Superman but also powers he can't really control. There's also questions that remain about Ultraman, Val-Zod, and so much more. While the debut dragged a bit, the second issue is a solid ride.

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8.4
Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent (2023) #3

May 3, 2023

Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent #3 begins the upcoming conflict of idealism taking on the harsh absolutism of the world of Injustice. It should be interesting to see how Jon reacts in the next issue and you wonder if this event might be what breaks him a little in his journey onward. So far, it's nice to see Jon's general positive outlook in his journey and how that guides him here will be truly interesting.

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10
Adventures of the Super Sons #1

Aug 1, 2018

It's a complete package that knows what it is from story through the art. And because of that, it's beyond fun.

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9
Aero #1

Jul 3, 2019

The two stories feel so wildly different in quality not only am I scoring them separately but doing separate “recommendations.” One is a story that has me wanting more right away while the other feels a bit more forgettable. Together, they “introduce” a character, and a world, that's long overdue for the West and welcome addition. Aero #1 isn't flawless but it has a sense of freshness about it that deserves your attention.

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8
Age of X-Man: Alpha #1

Jan 30, 2019

The comic is one that's a good introduction to the world and it's our first look as to what's going on. It's a primer to get readers interested in what's to come and what's show is interesting. It's a great way for those intrigued by this event to see what's coming and for those who want to see what's going on, this is a good way to do exactly that.

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8
Algeria Is Beautiful Like America #1

Apr 11, 2018

I came to this on the title alone and walked away more than pleased in what is a surprising read that was off my radar. If you're into this sort of genre than this is a graphic novel that's a must get.

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8.1
Alien (2021) #1

Mar 24, 2021

Alien #1 is a solid start to Marvel's era with the franchise. It delivers a story that's familiar in ways but also charts a new course for the property. There's a willingness to add a little depth here and there without completely going in a different direction. The debut is perfect for long-time fans of the property as well as those new and want a good sci-fi action story with a bit of horror thrown in.

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8
Alien (2021) #2

Apr 21, 2021

Alien #2 is one that fans of the franchise will want to check out. It blends what works so well for the series taking the best of everything and mixing it together to expand the world and also celebrate it.

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8
Alien (2022) #1

Sep 7, 2022

Alien #1 is an intriguing start. It focuses on an aspect of the world that often feels like a story shoved to the side and dips its toes into a genre I haven't see the world play in before. There's a lot here that long time fans and new readers in what could be something really new for the franchise.

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8.4
Alien (2023) #1

Apr 26, 2023

Alien #1 doesn't brake any ground but does break the ice (bad joke, we know). What it does is a solid build up slowly adding to the tension for what we know is coming. It's classic in a lot of ways and it should be interesting to see if it keeps that up or if there's twists and turns to come.

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8.4
Alienated #1

Feb 12, 2020

Alienated #1 is a solid start to the series that has us immediately wanting to come back to see more. Each character is interesting in their own way and where things end up should be fascinating to see their reactions. A fantastic debut that's definitely worth checking out.

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7
Aliens: Aftermath (2021) #1

Jul 14, 2021

Aliens: Aftermath is a good addition to the mythos setting up what's to come. As a one-shot, the comic feels a bit rushed and packed in and might have benefitted from a second issue to expand upon the characters, their mission, and tension. The issue has some aspects that just aren't explained enough but are intriguing enough that I want to see what happens next. This is one to read if you're invested in Marvel's line of comics but doesn't quite stand on its own.

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7
All-America Comix #1

Jul 1, 2020

For those that might not know Casey's history with Miss America, they may find a hero they want more of. For those that know the character, it's hard to not examine every word and every decision made. It's a fascinating comic on multiple levels but a frustrating one. Where Casey could have shown us what he'd have done with his creation that was far superior than what we've seen, instead we get what feels like a creator venting about having their toys taken away.

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8.2
All-New All-Different Avengers #0

Oct 5, 2015

Overall, the comic is solid, and the reason I gave this a "buy" as opposed to the other Point One out this week is that this one looks like it really is the beginning of a greater story as opposed to just teasing a bunch. Not a bad start, not bad at all.

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8.6
All-New All-Different Avengers Annual #1

Aug 10, 2016

While I'd love to have seen more of a meta-discussion of online culture and fanfiction, there is some of that, but that's not really the point. The point is to provide something different and fun and this annual succeeds when it comes to that.

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8
All-New All-Different Marvel Point One #1

Oct 5, 2015

Overall, the comic got me much more enthused about the series within. There's a nice mix of look and tone within the comic, and it seems to do the job it's intended to do, get someone interested in what's coming. Overall, if you're interested in getting an idea of what to expect for the six series within, or the Marvel U as a whole, this is one you'll want to pick up when you're at the comic shop this week.

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8
All-New Hawkeye #1

Nov 14, 2015

The comic is a good start. It didn't blow me away, but there's more than enough here that I want to read the second issue and see where Lemire is going. Part of that “didn't blow me away” is because Lemire is so good, I have higher standards for him (sorry!). Still, the comic is more than entertaining and makes us care about the characters within.

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8.3
All-New Inhumans #1

Dec 3, 2015

The art by Stefano Caselli is beautiful with some great design of characters, especially when it comes to the diversity of their look. There's little I can say about the art other than it's just great to look at.

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9
All-Star Batman #2

Sep 14, 2016

Two issues in and the series is a home run. This is a bit of a grittier and darker take on Batman fitting in action, psychological examinations, character studies, and amazing art. Easily the best Batman book out there right now after two issues, and that's saying something.

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9.5
All-Star Batman #10

May 12, 2017

A solid start that shows why this is one of the best comics on the shelves. Snyder continues to surprise at the quality and depth delivered (as well as bringing something new) and the addition of Albuquerque on art is the icing on the cake. Absolutely awesome.

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8.7
All-Star Batman #13

Aug 30, 2017

All-Star Batman continues the series' impressive streak of adding rich character to Batman's world without rewriting his past in any major way. It shows you can add to a character who's been around for decades without rewriting the past. Snyder continues to impress and the entire series has benefited from a truly all-star creative team of artists. Easily one of DC's best releases with each issue and I look forward to what's to come.

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8
All-Star Batman #14

Oct 4, 2017

This is a solid finale that has some really solid moments and Snyder has pulled off an impressive thing in adding depth to characters in a way that feels natural. Overall, this series has done a great job of exploring Batman in a way that we get to think about the themes of the character but at the same time it's done in stories that are entertaining from beginning to end.

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8.3
All-Star Section 8 #1

Jun 11, 2015

All Star Section Eight #1 may be a continuation of obscure characters, but it's not a must to have read anything before the appreciate the issue. It features Ennis' signature humor and hyperbole along with solid art by McCrea. DC promised us something different, and this series might stand out as one of the most unique of the bunch, and that's not a bad thing.

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7
Almighty (2023) #1

Feb 1, 2023

Almighty #1 isn't a bad debut, it's just a teaser of what's to come and it's pretty standard. People are on the run and people are pursuing them. Beyond that, it's a thin for plot but there's potential here. Laroche has teased an intriguing world and hopefully that exploration delivers an interesting read. As is though, it's a story we've seen far too many times.

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8
Alpha Flight (2023) #1

Aug 16, 2023

Alpha Flight #1 is a good start. I'm not sure if it's a series to read with each issue or collected based off the first issue, hence my “read.” I think the first issue is a bit too predictable in that way so if there's more twists and turns to come, then that'd change things in the long run, but, it's a fun and entertaining read and solid addition to Fall of X.

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7.5
Alpha Flight (2023) #2

Sep 24, 2023

The art is good and the characters all look like the Alpha Flight we love with some nice fights and dynamic moments. Still, the comic feels like it's playing it a bit safe instead of pushing the underlying concepts and themes of Fall of X.

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9.2
Amazing Fantasy (2021) #1

Jul 28, 2021

Amazing Fantasy #1 is absolutely fantastic. The art is great. The story is entertaining and fun. It sets up a story that honors the pulp roots it comes from. This is a comic to pick up, relax, and just enjoy these summer months.

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8.2
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #17

Aug 31, 2016

The debut of a new Electro! The “death” of a character! This is a lead up to Dead No More that's getting me excited to see what comes next.

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8
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #18

Sep 21, 2016

The issue is a solid one. There's a bit of a classic mad-scientist/monster movie feel to it and Slott gives us more than “must fight Spider-Man” as motivation for action. Doc Ock even comes off a bit sympathetic at times. It's a fun issue, though not necessarily a vital one. It will catch up new readers as to some key goings on though. But even for long time readers, the issue still has more than enough to make it a fun read.

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7
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #792

Dec 13, 2017

There's nothing bad here, there's also just nothing that has me super excited to where things are going. We've seen this before in some ways and none of it feels new enough to really get me wanting to see where it all goes. This is entertaining yet forgettable and feels like it'll be going down as a rather mediocre Spider-Man story when it wraps up.

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6.8
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #1

Jul 11, 2018

The comic sets up a lot and features a return to the more humorous Spencer but something doesn't click like his previous work. I can only conclude it's the art which doesn't gell. There's some good ideas though, and potential fun. But, when a first issue has you longing for the previous creative team, that's not a good sign. Spencer had a goal with this issue, strip everything that Peter still has and in that sense, it succeeds in setting up what's to come with a new direction.

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #75

Oct 6, 2021

This is a hell of a debut that feels like it's a natural direction building off of the last two major runs and setting Peter and Spider-Man up for a new direction. It's good, really good. And it has this on-the-fence Spider-Man reader coming back for more… and excited about it.

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #76

Oct 13, 2021

I'm not the biggest Spider-Man fan. Amazing Spider-Man #76 ups the soapy drama of the series while delivering something that feels new and different. For this casual fan, it's an entertaining read. Most importantly, it has me wanting to see what's next and come back for more.

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7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #1

Apr 27, 2022

There's a lot to take in with Amazing Spider-Man #1. It shows a lot of potential with where the story's going and generally feels like a new and interesting direction for the first arc at least. Hopefully, things get a bit smoother going forward as it all plays out but as a start, it's just so-so.

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7.3
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #14

Nov 23, 2022

Amazing Spider-Man #14 is an interesting issue. It feels like something that might normally be a "zero issue or one-shot leading into an event. "Dark Web kicking off in a regular issue that doesn't feature Spider-Man or anyone else other than the villains is interesting in a lot of ways. Overall, it's a nice issue that delivers motivation but doesn't quite have that punch that really excites. Still, it's more than enough to keep me interested in the event to come.

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6
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #26

May 31, 2023

Overall, Amazing Spider-Man #26 might have had something had it not been spoiled but even then, the end comes off as cheap and short lived. We know Kamala will be back, it's just a question as to when and how.

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7.9
Amazing Spider-Man: Venom Inc.: Alpha #1

Dec 6, 2017

This is a nice start to this event though as a special issue I'm not quite so sure. There's a lot here that's intriguing and it looks great and impressively a hell of a lot happens within, I just wish this was part of the regular numbering for either series.

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7.5
America Chavez: Made in the USA #1

Mar 3, 2021

America Chavez: Made in the USA #1 is a decent start. While it could have been improved in some ways, it's a solid introduction to the character for new readers. It sets up an intriguing mystery and has a clear voice about it. With the character about to be in the spotlight, the comic does a solid job as a starting point for people to discover America and her world.

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7
American Monster #1

Jan 21, 2016

I finished reading the comic a bit disappointed, but I think that's due to such high expectations. It sets up an interesting story, and interesting characters, but the segmented style of the story without much explanation left me a little let down. Still, I plan on continuing to see where Azzarello and Doe go with it all before a final verdict.

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8.2
American Vampire: 1976 #1

Oct 6, 2020

American Vampire 1976 #1 is a bit of the typical gathering of the key players story but it does it all in such an entertaining way both story-wise and look. It's a fun reintroduction to the world of Skinner Sweet, the American Vampire, and has me wanting to go back and read what has come before. It impressively pulls off a debut that's accessible for new readers and should excite longtime fans. Despite being years since the last chapter, American Vampire doesn't miss a beat with its return.

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8.5
American Vampire: 1976 #2

Nov 10, 2020

American Vampire 1976 #2 is a fantastic second issue. It takes a step back to make sure all readers are caught up and on the same page while hurtling the story forward balancing its various aspects. While it's the second issue, it feels like the true start to things and is as good a starting point as the first issue. If you were a bit confused by the debut or feel like you were missing something give this second issue a shot and get caught right up.

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10
American Way: Those Above and Those Below #1

Jul 10, 2017

An amazing beginning that has me excited to see what Ridley will deliver in the subsequent issues and a set up that feels like we'll get the depth he's delivered elsewhere in comic form. Absolutely amazing on every level and it matches my anticipation in every way.

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9
Americatown #1

Aug 11, 2015

Just enough information is given for readers to understand what's going on, and enough information is held back to make you want to find out more as to what's going on too. The first issue blew me away. I can't wait to see where the series goes and how it tackles such a heated topic.A brilliant example of social commentary in an entertaining package.

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8
Angel City #1

Sep 8, 2016

The first issue does a great job of setting up the story with expectations you'd have due to the genre, then knocking that all down with some twists that make the comic really stand out.

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8.2
Angela: Queen Of Hel #1

Oct 27, 2015

I was intrigued by the concept when this series was launched, and the first issue has me beyond interested now. The combination of writing and art is entertaining and has a very “Marvel” feel about it all. It also gives us something new, which as a reader I appreciate and enjoy. So far, it's one of my favorite debuts of All-New, All-Different, and feels like it's actually worthy of that moniker.

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8
Ant-Man (2020) #1

Feb 4, 2020

The comic is a fun one as expected. Ant-Man #1 has enough unique jokes and takes that makes it stand out as well. There's been so many different volumes and a lot of ground covered but this debut also feels unique in a few ways. It's still able to deliver something new to readers.

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7
Antarctica (2023) #1

Jul 12, 2023

Antarctica #1 is an ok start. It takes a while to get going and there's some odd distractions along the way but the end of the comic delivers. It's enough to want to see what happens next, let's hope it gets more to the point going forward.

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7.5
Aphrodite V #1

Jul 18, 2018

The issue is a good debut and leaves things open in how it ties into the greater story, read the first page, that'll make sense. There's a good set-up in the first issue and that's exactly what this is, the set up. Good action, good pacing, and some interesting characters takes a familiar story (it's The Terminator without the time travel) but presents it in an entertaining way. The opening of the issue indicates we might get more than that familiar story, we'll have to wait and see. This is a first issue that has me coming back for more.

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8.2
ApocalyptiGirl: An Aria for the End Times #1

Apr 23, 2015

The graphic novel is beautiful, and priced for a steal at $9.99. I highly recommend checking it out when it hits shelves in late May.

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8.1
Aquaman & The Flash: Voidsong #1

Jun 22, 2022

Jackson and Lanzing have delivered another fun debut giving us high stakes, lots of action, and some great moments between Barry and Arthur. It's another example that if you see their names on a comic, it's one to pick up and give a chance, you'll rarely be disappointed.

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5
Aquaman (2011) #44

Sep 30, 2015

The overall story in Aquaman is very interesting, but there's some twists and turns that have not helped at all, with art issues added on top of it. Just not the quality it used to be, and that's a shame.

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7.3
Aquaman (2016) #1

Jun 22, 2016

Art issues aside, the first issue is a solid read that sets the ground for what looks like not just an interesting take on Aquaman, but one that really considers all of the facets to the character. I'm looking forward to seeing what Abnett does, I'm just hoping I won't have to overlook the art to do so.

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8.1
Aquaman (2016) #2

Jul 6, 2016

Abnett is laying some very interesting groundwork and the politically infused direction is a fresh way to go. I'm hoping there's a bit more intrigue in that direction, but we'll see. We've yet to get a real hardcore mix of the two that's as much about process and the dealing as it is fighting supervillains, and it looks like Abnett might be filling that niche. So far, so good though as he's shown he can balance the two worlds quite well.

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7.9
Aquaman (2016) #3

Jul 20, 2016

If you dig the idea of Aquaman as the head of state and political aspects of the character, this is a fresh and fun take on that. I'm digging it and want to see where Abnett takes it. We just need more consistent art.

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7.3
Aquaman (2016) #5

Aug 17, 2016

Maybe I'm being nitpicky about the specific details which takes me out of the comic, but overall the issue is entertaining and Abnett has ramped up the action well from the first issue. This is an interesting spin on Aquaman and I'm really interested in seeing where it goes from here. Hopefully the art issue gets stabilized before it drives people away.

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7.8
Aquaman (2016) #6

Sep 7, 2016

The issue is really good in that it not only gets a lot of there as for as where Aquaman stands but it also really ups the pressure that he resolves the issues that have gotten him in so much trouble. Abnett is really upping the action and has given us a hell of a take on the classic character.

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7.3
Aquaman (2016) #7

Sep 21, 2016

Things are interesting here. Abnett continues to really emphasize the crown that Aquaman wears which is a great thing to focus on. It makes the character stand out from the rest of the superheroes out there, it's one of his defining characteristics. A solid series when it comes to the writing.

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7.2
Aquaman (2016): Drowned Earth Special #1

Nov 28, 2018

There's not much depth here, this is big action popcorn theater. The scenes are over the top and the moments are checked off in predictable ways. The event has been a fun one overall and worth checking out in trade but overall, we've seen so much better from everyone involved.

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7.8
Aquaman: Rebirth #1

Jun 8, 2016

The issue is a solid one that builds off of what's been building for the last few issues, but at the same time really sets forth what feels like a new dynamic for Aquaman. It's a dynamic though that feels natural for the character. This is a comic to watch, and it's one that went from some interest for me to a hell of a lot.

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8
Archie Meets Batman '66 #1

Jul 18, 2018

While we don't get to see Batman with Archie in this issue, it's still a good start and one that gives us a Batman adventure you can read in one issue. It's a good start and brings the two properties together in a smooth way. Hopefully we'll get more of the two property's characters actually together in the second issue but kicking things off, this is a good way to go about it.

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8
Archie vs. Predator #1

Apr 16, 2015

The first issue is good. It does a lot of build up, following the general formula of Predator films. It's fun, not too serious, and well worth the read. I found myself chuckling at different points, but I'm really looking forward to future issues (especially when the Predator REALLY gets going). The first issue will probably be slow for some, but by doing so it keeps up a tradition.

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7.7
Archie vs. The World (2023) #1

Jan 25, 2023

The criticism of Archie vs. The World isn't necessarily the comic itself. It's riff on Mad Max and Fist of the North Star is a lot of fan. The issue is, the comic is a series of shorts strung together as a narrative. There's clearly a lot in between each chapter creating a choppy reading experience. Hopefully the comic is a success and we can get an "expanded tale from this creative team taking us deeper into the story and world.

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8.5
Archie: 1941 #2

Oct 17, 2018

The second issue continues the excellence of the debut and is a slow build up. There's some emotional highs and lows and sincere feel to it all. It's not an over the top patriotic spin. It's a fantastic series so far that mixes real history with characters we love.

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7.8
Archon: Battle of the Dragon #1

Aug 17, 2015

With added material in the back perfect for any dungeon master and dice slinger, Archon: Battle of the Dragon #1 is a fun new read for those who like a little sword and sorcery.

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9
Arkham City: The Order of the World #1

Oct 6, 2021

Arkham City: The Order of the World #1 is a solid start, perfect for the Halloween season. It answers some important questions raised after “A Day” that aren't being dealt with elsewhere. Most importantly, it ties into the greater narrative without being bogged down by it. This is a comic that has a style, voice, and vision all its own and for those that love horror or police procedurals, this a comic that's a must get.

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8.2
Arrowsmith: Behind Enemy Lines #1

Jan 19, 2022

Arrowsmith: Behind Enemy Lines #1 is a solid start to the series with a debut issue that's perfect for new readers. I've never read what has come before and knew very little but I dove right in without any issues. It's a fun start taking a familiar concept and setting and delivering a twist. It has me not only looking forward to what's to come but also wanting to go back and see what has already been released.

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9
Ascender #1

Apr 24, 2019

This is a flip to what has come before and the magic vs. technology set up is obvious. To see where it goes and how much it hearkens back to the first series will be interesting but if this first issue is any indication, it's a continuation that'll stand on its own bringing enjoyment to new readers and excitement for those who have been there since the beginning.

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7.8
Asgardians of the Galaxy #1

Sep 5, 2018

The comic is a fun one where the real entertaining conflict is the characters themselves. The big bad and plan that they need to stop feels a bit extraneous if anything. This team could put together IKEA furniture and it'd be entertaining.

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7.8
Ash & Thorn #1

Jun 29, 2020

Ash & Thorn #1 is a fun debut featuring some interesting protagonists you don't see every day. It has a light tone and is just going with the flow of fun. Sit back and enjoy something new and different and a new series featuring a type of main character we don't see too often.

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8.2
Assassin Nation #1

Mar 13, 2019

The first issue is good and feels like it ramps up to a finale that's so over the top, it's hard to not laugh and smile at the silliness of it all. I expected an action comic and got a massive laugh by the end. This is a solid debut that has me excited to see what comes next.

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8.4
Astonishing Iceman (2023) #1

Aug 2, 2023

Astonishing Iceman #1 is an interesting debut that delivers some resistance to Orchis actions but doesn't create a dark cloud for it to fall under. There's a decent amount of humor and heart to it all creating a comic that takes a familiar concept but makes it kind of fun.

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7.5
Astonishing X-Men (2017) #5

Nov 1, 2017

This is an interesting first arc that honors the past while setting up… something. I'm not 100% sure where Soule is going and have some guesses based on this issue. Out of the various “X” series out there, this one comes the closest to really capturing the X-Men of old and at the same time delivering something that feels new at the same time.

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7.9
Astonishing X-Men (2017) #6

Dec 6, 2017

This is a great final chapter to the first arc of what Soule's setting up. There's a goal here and the use of the Shadow King is a nice nod to the character's increased recognition due to Legion. There's also something a little different about this Professor X and Soule has me really intrigued to see where he takes the character. This is a key issue that will have folks talking.

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7
Astonishing X-Men (2017) #9

Mar 14, 2018

The issue is a middle grade one. It's not bad in any way and it has a goal of setting things up for the next couple of issues. It does that and does it really well. As part of the whole story, it's good but on its own it falls a little short.

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7
Atlantis Attacks #1

Jan 22, 2020

The issue is new-reader friendly and should begin a payoff for followers of Pak's work. The debut is an entertaining one and a nice intro for what's to come. While it's not the best Pak has delivered it's still fun in many ways. Atlantis Attacks #1 gives new heroes the mini-event spotlight they deserve.

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9
Atomic Robo and The Ring of Fire #1

Sep 13, 2015

Atomic Robo is seriously one of my favorite comic series. It's so much fun to read, and reminds you comics are supposed to be exactly that. With a new publisher hopefully it'll become more available and on more people's radar, because it's one of the series I have no hesitation at all recommending. This first issue of this new volume is no exception.

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7.8
Avengers (2016) #1

Nov 2, 2016

And fun is a key thing here. Waid is clearly going for a tone between this series and Champions and that tone is a return to fun comics that don't linger on the grim and dark. I had gotten a bit tired of the Avengers as a team, but this first issue has me interested again and wanting to see where things go from here.

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8.2
Avengers (2016) #675

Jan 10, 2018

Go big or go home feels like the underlying motto of the first issue and this one kicks off what seems like an intriguing mystery and delivers us surprises too. Underlying it all is fun. I was skeptical about this event series but after this first issue, I'd be lying if I didn't want to read more. Thankfully with a weekly event, I won't have to wait long for that.

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8.5
Avengers (2016) #676

Jan 17, 2018

It feels like a lot of the recent stories have promised “epic” and have failed but this one has delivered so far with two issues that up the action and danger and tease out the mystery of it all. This is an “event” that's paying off and the weekly pace is helping a ton so far. I know I wouldn't want to wait a month or even another week for this fast paced adventure.

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8.4
Avengers (2016) #677

Jan 24, 2018

I'll admit I've been skeptical about this event but three issues in, it's held up and been fantastic. What easily could have been an issue with a lot of punching turns into something a bit unexpected with the spotlight on Quicksilver. Hopefully the rest of the event keeps me on my toes as much as this one.

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9
Avengers (2016) #679

Feb 7, 2018

This continues to be an event that's a hell of a lot of fun and living up to the hype, exactly what I was hoping it would be.

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8.5
Avengers (2016) #682

Feb 28, 2018

Another fantastic entry in the series. One that again changes the narrative style a bit focusing in on one character despite all of the chaos. This event has been delivering and is keeping us excited to see what's next!

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8.8
Avengers (2016) #683

Mar 7, 2018

That reveal too throws into questions some of the statements from previous issues. Who's the mysterious game piece that's been off the board? Is it the Hulk who know is returning? Or, is it the twist at this issue's end? We'll find out soon (yay weekly!) but this series has been a fantastic ride that has kept readers on their toes and is constantly playing with expectations. This is a perfect example of what events should strive to be.

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7.4
Avengers (2016) #684

Mar 14, 2018

The issue is the first bump in the event, but it's still an entertaining one. The creative team give us a break to catch up readers as to the Hulk's history while also setting him upon his destructive path. It's an issue that sets things up and has me scratching my head as to how the Avengers are going to deal with this new x-factor.

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8.1
Avengers (2016) #685

Mar 21, 2018

As I said, if this were a movie, it'd be a sequence that was just a few minutes. But, visually we'd have our jaws dropped and shocked as to where things go. In comic form though, it feels a little drawn out but there's some great dramatic effect. As part of the greater “No Surrender” storyline, it all feels great and adds to the epic nature of it all. This Avengers story continues to impress.

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8.5
Avengers (2016) #686

Mar 28, 2018

Just when you think things might have fallen into brainless punching, the series event series has no problem showing it can shake things up. Here we get a depth to the destruction and fighting that's unexpected and through subtle moments we also get different perspectives. A wonderful issue that continues the excellent narrative that's been weaved. "No Surrender' is proof that big events can work and is one of the most unexpected positive surprises of the year so far.

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8.4
Avengers (2016) #687

Apr 4, 2018

Another solid chapter of an event that has delivered again and again. We're moving towards that end game and it should be any moment before all of the Avengers come together to fight the bad guy. Even with that common ending, I'm expecting this story has something up its sleeve. So far so good as this is an event that hasn't disappointed yet.

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9
Avengers (2016) #688

Apr 11, 2018

This might be my favorite issue so far and that's from an even that has delivered with almost every issue. Yes, we knew this was coming but the details and how it's all put together makes it shine. Events are dragging down comics? Here's your exception and an example of what every one should strive to be.

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7
Avengers (2016) #690

Apr 25, 2018

The issue isn't bad and as part of the event it's a fine finale. It takes stock of what has become before but when it comes to what's next, it lacks excitement.

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7.8
Avengers (2018) #11

Dec 12, 2018

The issue is all about characters removing the flashy action from last issue and delivering a focus on characters and relationships. Last issue was the beginning of the set-up and this one continues that with some intrigue.

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7.8
Avengers (2018) #14

Feb 6, 2019

The issue is a good one with a lot of action and some interesting concepts. Though not perfect, it's a solid start to a story which feels like it could have been an event all on its own. With some minor tweaks this could have been a hell of a story reflecting on today's socio-political climate. We'll see where it goes but Aaron and the team have laid interesting groundwork.

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8
Avengers (2018) #22

Jul 31, 2019

Avengers #22 kicks off a new story arc and it's a solid point to hop on to the series. The story seems like it'll reveal more about the history of Ghost Rider and bring back some classic characters too. It's a solid mix of new and old moving things ahead in a flaming car.

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8
Avengers (2018) #33

May 27, 2020

The issue is a solid starting point. While there's not a ton to the comic itself, it has numerous shocking moments as Moon Knight makes quick work of the Avengers for some goal. It's an unexpected direction for the character and series and one that also feels welcome in many ways. Moon Knight has always played second tier with times of "indie cred" and it looks like now's his time to be in the spotlight.

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6
Avengers (2018) #40

Dec 30, 2020

After a lot of build-up and hype, Avengers #40 and “Enter the Phoenix” is an uninspired start. Like the title suggests, it's a riff on the tournament battle story we've seen so many times before. It delivers nothing new or interesting to the genre. Maybe down the line it will but as a beginning it's a hell of a stumble.

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7.5
Avengers (2023) #2

Jun 25, 2023

There's almost an emphasis the Avengers have been reactive and not proactive. Still, the issue builds the threats to come in a series that so far is entertaining but not yet memorable.

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7
Avengers (2023) #3

Jul 30, 2023

The new characters are interesting but the setup that they're a real threat isn't there.

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5
Avengers Assemble (2022): Alpha #1

Nov 30, 2022

Avengers Assemble Alpha #1 has a lot going on. And that might be the issue. There's three different stories going on and none of them are given enough room to really breathe and become interesting. The cuts between them don't help making the comic feel unfocused disjointed at times. As far as the start of an event, it does its job of catching up readers as to what's happening. It just feels like that's about all it does. We've seen so much of the plot before, it's almost comical at this point how the hero vs. hero over a mistake is still being used. This could have been so much more but the end result lands with a thud.

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6
Avengers Forever (2021) #1

Dec 22, 2021

Avengers Forever #1 feels like a been there, done that, sort of story. It doesn't deliver a start that hooks the reader to bring them back for more. It's a start that has a good idea but never delivers any new aspects that really stand out. Like so many “multiverse” stories that are now on the market, it takes a formula these comics deliver and little more. It's clearly leading to a major event down the line but I'm not sure this is the series that'll really make it an exciting one.

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8.2
Avengers Inc. (2023) #1

Sep 24, 2023

Writer Al Ewing, artist Leonard Kirk, colorist Alex Sinclair, and letterer Cory Petit deliver an intriguing Avengers team that mixes your typical spandex superheroes with a bit of a detective/crime spin.

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6
Avengers Standoff: Assault on Pleasant Hill Alpha #1

Mar 1, 2016

As a set up for what's to come, this comic isn't bad, it's also not great either. It gets the job done, but doesn't exactly excite me for what's to come.

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8.8
Avengers World #21

May 23, 2015

Avengers World is a series that's flown under the radar, overshadowed by the higher profile Avengers series. Barbiere and Dekal have turned it into a top tier series that not only entertains, but adds depth in both the greater world building and characters themselves.

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7
Avengers: Mech Strike (2021) #1

Feb 3, 2021

It's not a bad comic at all but it also never quite pops the way it could. The story is good. The art is good. It never quite gets to that moment where there's something really exciting. The comic comes off as an attempt to sell some toys and that's it.

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8.1
Avengers: Tech-On #1

Aug 11, 2021

Avengers: Tech-On #1 is a fun comic. There's a popcorn entertainment aspect to it that it leans in to. While it's clearly a tie-in to a toy line, it still delivers a lot of heart and emotion and remembers the characters are what's important. Add in some solid artwork, this is a series that screams summer enjoyment.

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8.4
Avengers: Tech-On #2

Sep 8, 2021

Avengers: Tech-On #2 is a hell of a lot of fun. It doesn't take itself seriously at all. It's a comic that just throws crazy ideas out there and you run with it. The art is fantastic and just nails the tone and concept of the series. The designs are a hell of a lot of fun. It's a comic to just sit back and enjoy, going along for the ride.

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8
Avengers: War Across Time (2023) #1

Jan 11, 2023

Avengers: War Across Time #1 is a fun comic. I generally am not a fan of these types of stories by Levitz's writing style and the art by the team sucked me in. It balances old with new in a way that appealed to me as a reader. With Kang having such a focus this year, this could be a series to keep an eye on, as you never know what its impact across the Marvel timeline might be.

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8.8
Bad Reception #1

Aug 21, 2019

Bad Reception #1 is probably under the radar for many but this is a break out release featuring a hell of a story and art. It's one that'll get you to think of your own media consumption and social media use. It also entertains. Can't wait to see where this goes from here.

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6
Bane: Conquest #1

May 3, 2017

I really looked forward to this series, but this first issue just didn't sell me enough. I'll read the next to see if there's improvement, but the comic feels like a throwback and not in a good way.

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8
Bang! #1

Feb 19, 2020

Bang! #1 is a solid start. It might seem like a straightforward spy adventure with tips to the hat to James Bond. In reality, it's so much more as we learn the further along the story we go. Kindt nails it again with a debut that's as much a mystery to the reader as it is to the main character.

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8.1
Barbaric: Hell To Pay #1

Jan 18, 2023

Barbaric: Hell to Pay #1 continues the fantasy series with a whole new adventure and the same old attitude. If you like your fantasy tales juiced up to 11, this is a series that's consistently for you. In a glut of extreme fantasy stories, this series has continually delivered and stood out with a great mix of action, humor, and attitude.

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10
Barbaric #1

Jun 30, 2021

Barabric #1 is a hell of a start that sets things up nicely. By the end, we know the mission, we know the tone, and we know “the rules”. There's an underlying intelligence in all of that's unexpected and makes this stand out. This is a comic for people looking for something a little smarter than your average hack and slash.

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9
Barbaric: Axe To Grind #1

Aug 17, 2022

Barbaric: Axe to Grind #1 is another fantastic debut for the series and a must for fans of the first volume and fantasy fans. It both embraces and spoofs the barbarian questing genre and most importantly entertains with every detail.

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9
Barbaric #2

Jul 28, 2021

Barbaric #2 is another solid issue that continues a hell of a fun adventure. There's something fantastic about this series in that it adds to a genre that has been around for decades while also acting as an homage and a bit of a send-up as well. There's something for everyone here and in all of that, it's able to keep readers on their toes. The first issue was fantastic and this follow-up is able to keep up with another amazing entry.

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7.9
Barbaric: The Harvest Blades #1

Jul 13, 2022

Barbaric: The Harvest Blades is a fun comic. It's one you'll enjoy reading but it's also one I'm not going back to and reading over and over. It doesn't feel like there's some major impact beyond setting Owen on his next adventure. But, if this is what we get while we wait for each volume, I'll take it. It expands Owen's world a bit showing some of his past and adding in characters I hope to see more of. It takes what works from the first volume and ups the humor of it all for a nice result.

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10
Barrier (2018) #1

May 9, 2018

Barrier is unconventional in every way exploring violence, language, and immigration in a story that weaves together in an unexpected way. Writing this review I have the hindsight of have read the entire series digitally but rereading it all this time later, I can't help be amazed at how good this is. Now, more individuals can read what is a comic that's as timely today as when it was first released a year ago.

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7.7
Batgirl (2016) #1

Jul 27, 2016

I think fans who have been reading Barbara's adventures will enjoy the issue and new readers should have enough to stick around too. By sending Barbara abroad the idea is to help set her apart from the other Bat-books, but if this is really a worldwide trip, I need to see more to make me think she really is in Japan as opposed to the Japanese section of my town.

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7.2
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #1

Aug 17, 2016

The first issue isn't bad in any way, it just is a bit predictable and the tone and interaction between the characters is a bit uneven. There's potential with these three characters, so we'll see where it all goes, but the first issue doesn't knock it out of the park unfortunately.

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8.5
Batgirls (2021) #1

Dec 15, 2021

Batgirls #1 is a great balance of action, humor, and mystery. While it continues the back-up shorts, the first issue is a “fresh start” that new readers can easily pick up and enjoy and long time readers will want to see what's next. There's so much packed in a comic that knows what it is from the start and makes its vision and voice clear. One hell of a debut and great start to help wrap up DC's year.

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8.5
Batgirls (2021) #2

Jan 12, 2022

Batgirls #2 is another solid issue. It delivers the same excitement and fun as the debut issue. There's a style about it that lets you know this is a comic that knows what it is… and that's a hell of a lot of fun. Even if you don't know the characters, this is a series to check out and join in on. It's hard to get through it without finding yourself smiling and enjoying the energetic ride.

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8.2
Batgirls (2021) #3

Feb 9, 2022

Jorge Corona along with colors by Sarah Stern and Ivan Plascencia and lettering by Becca Carey deliver what feels like a pop art explosion. The series is a perfect match of attitude and visuals. The colors are bright and jump from the page creating a feel of kinetic energy that's beyond fitting for the series and characters. The art reflects the main villain who's a graffiti artist and the use of colors all comes together in a solid synergy of style and story.

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8
Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #1

Nov 2, 2022

Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #1 is exactly what one would expect going into it. Silvestri's art pops and the story itself is interesting enough. It's the tease before the main event and this team-up really gets going.

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8
Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #2

Dec 7, 2022

Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #2 is an entertaining read. It doesn't fall into "90s issues we see from others who "return to comics and instead plays off Marc Silvestri's strengths that made his creator owned work stand out from the crowd. There's a lot here to enjoy and fans of Silvestri, want to see Batman and Joker team up, or like a little horror, will want to check this one out.

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8.2
Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #3

Jan 11, 2023

Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #3 is beginning to deliver on the promise of its title. By the end, we finally get the duo together to figure out what's going on and track down whoever is behind the strange monsters and have taken Gordon and Harley. Here's hoping after such a wait it all delivers the back and forth we've been waiting for.

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8.2
Batman '66 Meets The Man From U.N.C.L.E. #1

Dec 23, 2015

The first issue doesn't give us the whole “meet” part of the series title, but sets up enough fun that I want to come back for the second issue to read more.

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7.8
Batman '66 Meets Wonder Woman '77 #1

Nov 23, 2016

Overall, it's a digital chapter, so a bit short for me, but it does pack in a lot and continues the fun tone of classic Batman and Wonder Woman. I can't wait to read the next chapter and see where things go from here.

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7.5
Batman '89 (2021) #1

Aug 11, 2021

Batman '89 #1 is an ok start for the series. At moments it feels like the comic might have actually been helped with a digital release so it could take advantage of the focus on single panels as well as the ability to deliver cinematic transitions. It does a solid job of capturing the feel of the original film and delivers something new beyond the latest costumed “freak”. We'll see where it all goes but for now, this is one to keep an eye on but no need to rush out and get.

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8.5
Batman (2011) #45

Oct 14, 2015

Snyder and Capullo continue to make Batman a must read and consistently the best comic DC is putting out right now. Awesome with every issue.

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8.4
Batman (2011) #47

Dec 9, 2015

This is an awesome issue with a huge payoff at the end. It feels like we're building a whole new legend in many ways, and this issue is a key one.

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7.6
Batman (2011) #48

Jan 20, 2016

On its own, the issue doesn't hold up, but as part of the bigger story Snyder is putting together it's a vital issue. And that ending, it's so nice to see.

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7.7
Batman (2011) #49

Feb 10, 2016

The comic is an interesting one where I go back and forth as to what I think. To me, that'll get settled in next issue, but I can see what was being attempted here. The emotional aspect is beyond top notch, it's just the backdrop of which that's present I'm a bit mixed about.

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8.2
Batman (2016) #1

Jun 15, 2016

This is a great start to a new run on Batman and doesn't feel like too much of a deviation from what Snyder and Capullo put together for years. Batman was DC's top comic, and it looks like it'll be fighting to retain that title.

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8.4
Batman (2016) #2

Jul 6, 2016

The second issue continues to add on the excellent first issue and lays the groundwork for what's to come months down the road. It's a fantastic comic that shows off both King and Finch's strengths and continues to show that Batman is one of the best comics DC is publishing right now.

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7
Batman (2016) #3

Jul 20, 2016

The issue isn't bad, it's just too similar to the last two issues. There's a disaster and Batman doesn't trust the two new heroes. Hopefully next issue we get a change up because this is a bit repetitive.

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7.6
Batman (2016) #4

Aug 3, 2016

I think some of the issues I'm beginning to see with the comic is due to it's twice monthly release which has slowed some things down, and sped others up. But, it doesn't feel like the right things are slowed down and the right things are being sped up. I want to get to know Gotham and Gotham Girl so I care about them before they're predictable broken down and/or turn. It'll be interesting to see how things continue. But right now we're seeing a few cracks in things.

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8.1
Batman (2016) #6

Sep 7, 2016

This is a good issue, but I go back and forth if it's a buy or a read. For folks reading up to this point it's probably a buy, but for new readers, maybe wait for the next issue to start.

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8
Batman (2016) #22

May 3, 2017

This third part of “The Button” answers a lot of questions about the fate of Flashpoint and sends us off into the next chapter where we may get some answers? I'm still not convinced they're what we'll expect but as far as an event, each new issue adds a layer that builds upon the last and strengthens the whole.

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8.1
Batman (2016) #25

Jun 21, 2017

I knew we were getting a clash of Batman's greats, but I didn't expect King to set it up in a way that the narrative feels like a perfect transition from how he has explored the world of Batman for the past 24 issues. While it doesn't quite feel like an “epic” 25th issue, it is a solid start that has me excited to see what comes next.

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10
Batman (2016) #30

Sep 6, 2017

Is perfection too much to call something? The first part of Kite Man's story and this create two issues that for me is the best of the year for me. Kite Man has turned from a joke to a tragic character and one I have a lot of sympathy for. Just utter brilliance that can show that even joke characters can be made into something special.

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8
Batman (2016) #32

Oct 4, 2017

After reading this issue, I find myself debating what King is saying and exploring which is a good thing. It's not the usual punching, there's a bit more to the comic and this is one that challenges to reader to think and come to their own conclusion. The cerebral aspect of it all is fitting for a comic featuring “the Detective” and King is absolutely creating his own mark for this classic character.

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7.8
Batman (2016) #33

Oct 18, 2017

The comic is an interesting one and in some ways continues the fantastic story King has set up but in other ways things feel like a trip. This is a prelude in every way and sets up… something that could be interesting. King has proven he can do thought provoking before and this looks like it'll be that sort of arc. A step back but still an entertaining read.

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9
Batman (2016) #36

Dec 6, 2017

Just when you think Tom King's stories can't get better, he outshines himself. Combo that with Mann's art and you've got an issue that's entertaining, gets you to think, and will put a smile on your face when it's all over. The first of a two-parter, I can't wait to see what comes next.

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10
Batman (2016) #37

Dec 20, 2017

This is one of my favorite issues of the year giving us a new dynamic between Batman and Superman and making me want to see a Lois Lane and Selina Kyle road trip comic. Simple in concept but deep in execution, Tom King has cemented himself as one of the top writers of the year with just this one issue.

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7
Batman (2016) #39

Jan 17, 2018

The last two issues have been some of the best of Tom King's run but this issue falls flat with weird dialogue and an odd take on Bruce Wayne and Wonder Woman. This is an attempt to continue the focus on Batman's relationship with other heroes as well as with Selina Kyle but what's presented is just bumpy. There's some solid stuff there, especially Selina's aspect of the story, but the rest is off. Maybe the next part will save this one, but what's presented just doesn't work.

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9
Batman (2016) #48

Jun 6, 2018

The team have created a comic that gives us a Joker and Batman relationship as one that can be debated for some time. The details, the actions, what's said, can be dissected for a long time. This is what the relationship of the two is all about and we realize that it's not Dick, Jason, Damian, or Alfred that will come between Bruce and Selina, it's the Joker.

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9
Batman (2016) #49

Jun 20, 2018

The issue is an interesting one that'll get you to think about the relationship between the Joker and Batman and with its ending, it'll be interesting to see the impact on both Batman and Catwoman. This is one I've been thinking about and the quality is solid. This isn't a comic you pick up for the action, this is a character study of two of Batman's greatest villains.

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7.5
Batman (2016) #50

Jul 4, 2018

This is a chapter in King's larger story. There's much more to come as things weave together and that final panel indicates we've got a hell of a lot of excitement to come. As a single issue, this one has its good and its bad but as a piece of the larger puzzle it fits like a perfectly crafted piece of the larger picture.

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8.5
Batman (2016) #52

Aug 1, 2018

Having been on a jury, the arc is hitting me a bit more than I'd expect without that experience. Like Wayne and those around him, the role is a tough one as you decide the fate of an individual and possibly condemn them to death. Luckily, the guilt in mine wasn't in doubt just if it was an pre-determined act. Still, this issue, and the last, have gotten me to think about the decisions we made and whether we debated everything properly. It's a fascinating piece of work that shows that even without the cowl, Batman works at an entertaining and amazing level.

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9
Batman (2016) #53

Aug 15, 2018

This entire arc feels like a play with actors taking on roles and delivering an emotional punch. It's a story that helps define Batman not as a god who is always right, but as a man who makes mistakes. It's a realization of reality by Bruce. This is one hell of an arc and a story that I can go back to over and over to pick out the tiny details. A fantastic ending that launches both Batman and Bruce Wayne in a new direction and a dose of reality.

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5
Batman (2016) #54

Sep 5, 2018

Awkwardness abounds in this issue which just stumbles at every opportunity. A story which relies on emotional connection doesn't give us any reason to care for a character's well-being and connect with them. They're cold and leaves the reader much the same.

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8
Batman (2016) #86

Jan 8, 2020

Batman #86 is a new beginning and the next steps for the character. Long-time readers should be interested at what's hinted and winked at to come. New readers can slide into the comic without a need to catch up with what they've missed. The issue is a fresh start in many ways and hints at the next evolution of the character.

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7.2
Batman (2016) #87

Jan 22, 2020

Batman #87 is a fine second chapter. There's solid action and moments for characters but it feels like a chapter. The comic doesn't have quite enough to stand on its own. It's part of the puzzle and features too much of a mystery to totally praise. As part of the arc, it'll be quite good but as a single issue, it lacks a little and doesn't stand on its own.

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8
Batman (2016) #88

Feb 5, 2020

Batman #88 is a solid piece of the puzzle. It teases out so much that spells drama's coming but in the end it'll be judged as to how this arc sticks the landing. As a single issue, it's entertaining and can be a starting point for new readers which is impressive a few issues in. It has us wanting to see where this all goes which is a solid accomplishment. To get us to want to read more, then a comic has done its job in entertaining.

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8.8
Batman (2016) #91

Mar 18, 2020

Batman #91 is the best issue so far of this opening storyline. It delivers so much packed into one issue from interesting discussions to great action. While it's not the best starting point, it is one hell of a comic.

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8.5
Batman (2016) #92

Jun 10, 2020

Batman #92 is a fantastic balance by providing a story that can be enjoyed on its own and tying into the bigger story-arc. It entertains with lots of action, some humor, and thrilling moments. Batman #92 leaves the fighting to others and focuses on the intelligence of Batman as he battles a nemesis. It's a nice change from previous issues. Tynion is nailing it on his run and this only makes the upcoming "The Joker War" even more anticipated.

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7.8
Batman (2016) #93

Jun 24, 2020

"Their Dark Designs" is an interesting arc. It's an entertaining read but the landing doesn't quite stick as it is revealed it directly ties into "Joker War" as opposed to being two stories running side by side. It takes what was an interesting new villain for Batman and turns him into a puppet, deflating the balloon. It's not bad and does the job of transition from the last run to the current but by issue's end, something felt a bit off. It no longer was the self-contained storyarc, it's just the beginning of something much longer.

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7
Batman (2016) #94

Jul 7, 2020

The issue is an ok one and a step back in what has been a good run so far. The issue feels like it's full of cliches and tropes that never quite standout. Add in plotlines it feels like we've seen before. There's also groan-worthy moments that just feel like shallow attempts to recreate previous magic. Add in a lack of exciting visuals, the comic is a forgettable bridge to “Joke War.” Batman #94 isn't a bad read at all but it also lacks the excitement or interesting ideas that Tynion has entertained us with so far.

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7.8
Batman (2016) #95

Jul 21, 2020

Batman #95 isn't an explosive start but it delivers an interesting start. There's a lot of fascinating choices, the police standing up for Batman as an example, that will hopefully pay off nicely down the road. This feels like the opening of an epic film, a slow opening but one that does a fine job of setting things up. If you're interested in "The Joker War." Batman #95 is worth checking out. But, if you're new to Batman and want to see what this story is about, you may walk away wondering what the buzz was about.

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7.8
Batman (2016) #96

Aug 4, 2020

Batman #96, and "Joker War" as a whole, has been an interesting event that has had some great concepts. But, much like a summer blockbuster film, those concepts never quite get the depth and focus they deserve. There's so many directions and levels this event could take place and we're getting the "action" version of it. It's not bad. It's actually quite entertaining. But, reading the two chapters so far, it's hard to not see the potential within and how many more interesting directions it could have gone.

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7.2
Batman (2016) #97

Aug 19, 2020

"Joker War" hasn't really hooked me yet. Batman #97, and the event as a whole, isn't bad it just doesn't feel original enough so far. We've seen Batman trip on toxin. We've seen the Joker gas a lot of people. We've seen heroes lose their fortune. We've seen Gotham in chaos. But, it's still been entertaining with pretty visuals and beautiful colors and lettering. The story arc is a bit of a letdown from the previous one but here's hoping it keeps building to something a bit more interesting than what we've seen so far.

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9
Batman (2016) #100

Oct 6, 2020

Batman #100 is what I've wanted from "Joker War" since the beginning. Yes, it does feel a bit like a transition to what's next, it's also a statement as to Batman's failures. This issue lays out the Joker's motivations and viewpoints and forces us to question Batman's effectiveness in multiple ways. We see how Batman's inaction has impacted a citizen of Gotham and perpetuated the violence. We also see that failure of definitive action being explored again perpetuating the cycle. This is the highlight of an uneven event and finally delivers meat on the bones.

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8.2
Batman (2016) #101

Oct 20, 2020

Batman #101 sets the stage for the next direction of Batman and Gotham. It also feels like the start of a commentary on the state of our world. Corruption is underpinning society. Those who have, or have supported, heinous acts are hiding their masks from their neighbors. It's something we'll likely see happen depending on who wins the November election and starting to see now. There's a new status-quo in Gotham and Batman #101 begins our journey into that world.

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7.6
Batman (2016) #102

Nov 3, 2020

Batman #102 is a rather thin issue that gets to the conflict between Ghost-Maker and Batman too quickly and doesn't build enough tension. In other words, it's just another person for Batman to fight not some difficult obstacle for him to overcome. Batman #102 rushes to its end fight without giving us much of a reason to care or much of a reason to think that this will be a tough battle. It needed to focus on setting up the issue itself not issues down the road.

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7
Batman (2016) #103

Nov 18, 2020

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7
Batman (2016) #104

Dec 1, 2020

Much like much of the Ghost-Maker arc so far, Batman #104 continues a story which has potential but never quite nails the interesting meat of it. The issues feel like a build-up to what will be a packed final issue that really lays things out. This seems to be Tynion's pattern with his multiple arcs so far. The initial issues lay out some interesting concepts, dances around them, and the final issue lays out the theme and "conclusion" of the arc. It creates for issues where things don't feel satisfying and as a reader we're left with potential with little payoff.

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7.3
Batman (2016) #105

Dec 16, 2020

Batman #105 sets up an interesting dynamic by the end of the issue but like the arcs before doesn't quite satisfy. It again feels like a piece of a bigger puzzle. And due to that, it's not all that satisfying. These aren't the classic days where Batman's adventures were confined to some issues that you could enjoy on their own. Instead, this is just part of a bigger story whose arcs don't feel like they quite stand on their own.

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8.5
Batman (2016) #107

Apr 6, 2021

Batman #107 is a solid comic that really feels like it moves the series forward. It balances the current story while setting up what's to come. It doesn't feel like it's just focused on the future. More impressively, it takes the concepts that we know are coming and teases them out. It dances around what's to come hinting at the future and doing so in a way that makes it all the more exciting.

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8.7
Batman (2016) #108

May 5, 2021

Batman #108 is a fantastic issue. It builds out the cast of Gotham with new characters and new aspects. It builds towards the city we saw in Future State. All of that is done with eye-popping art and in a way you come away with a different perspective on a possible enemy. This is the Batman I've been hoping for and excited to see where the series goes.

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8.5
Batman (2016) #110

Jul 7, 2021

Batman #110 ups the action and really gets the ball rolling even more. It's a hell of an issue where the cards are laid out on the table and we can see the “fall of Gotham”. We get a villain that feels like Batman's equal but left with questions as to how stupid people are, because it's clear as to who's behind everything. Still, it's a fantastic chapter as this latest arc of Batman is one of the best in a while.

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8.2
Batman (2016) #112

Sep 8, 2021

Batman #112 is a really solid start to “Fear State”. It amps up Scarecrow so he feels like a real threat to everyone. Tynion does is best to give us a new take on what we've seen before over and over. The visuals too give a slightly different take to what we've seen before. And, most importantly, it doesn't feel like a distraction from the direction the Batman titles are moving when it comes to “Future State” and a possible future Gotham. This is a great example of an event tying into the greater meta story. More of this please.

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8
Batman (2016) #113

Sep 22, 2021

Batman has been an excellent series and Batman #113 does a good job giving us a slight break for new readers and laying out the challenge and what might be ahead. It's a slight pause to the flow but it's still not bad and does answer at least one issue, how did Scarecrow mess with Batman's head. As a slice of the overall story, it's solid. On it's own, it's a bit wobbly though.

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8.5
Batman (2016) #114

Oct 6, 2021

Batman #114 is summer blockbuster worthy. There's a hell of a fight and a lot of surprises in the issue as the Peacekeepers battle it out in Gotham and Batman's caught in-between it all. This is some of the best additions to the Batman myth in a long time giving opponents who feel worthy to take on Batman and his entire time and also feel grounded in many ways. Where this is going to go remains unknown but it's a journey I'm all in for. It's one hell of a ride so far and hoping it to continue to be.

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8.8
Batman (2016) #116

Nov 3, 2021

Batman #116 is another solid chapter of “Fear State”. There's an epic scale to it all yet also feels like so much is packed into the issue. None of it feels shorted at all. It's an impressive balancing act and a highlight of one of the best Batman storylines in years.

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8
Batman (2016) #118

Dec 8, 2021

Batman #118 is a new beginning that pumps the breaks from world shattering events. There's a grounded sense of it all that feels like it brings Batman back to basics in many ways. Here's hoping it stays that course delivering something classic in many ways.

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8
Batman (2016) #119

Jan 5, 2022

Batman #119 is a solid issue that dials things back and gives us something that feels much more like a detective story. It also makes sure to remind us that this is a Batman who is generally stripped of his greatest tool, his wealth. With a nice mix of action, verbal sparring, and an intriguing villain, this continues an intriguing direction.

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8.3
Batman (2016) #120

Feb 2, 2022

Batman #120 is another issue that just nails down the fundamentals of this character so well. It also delivers some nice twists and turns building to that last page reveal. While a lot of the comics' reveals aren't surprising, they still nail the moment in their delivery. To do that when it's expected is impressive. For those who might have been turned off by Batman's recent escalation of events in recent years, now is a time to give this series a new look.

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7.6
Batman (2016) #121

Mar 2, 2022

Batman #121 is an entertaining issue and finale to an entertaining arc. It dialed things back after what feels like a decade of ever increasing threats. It feels quaint and grounded in a way but also makes things bit boring because of that. It's driving 30 after going 100 for a while. But, it's exactly what's needed before the next big storyline, “Shadow War.”

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7.8
Batman (2016) #122

Apr 6, 2022

There's nothing inherently bad or wrong about Batman #122 that makes it a “read”. The comic is part of a mini-event that spans different series, so unless you're really invested in the story, it's an issue whose value really comes from that. There's some interesting aspects to Batman's actions but overall, unless you're into “Shadow War”, this is an issue you can probably skip.

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8
Batman (2016) #125

Jul 6, 2022

Batman #125 is a decent start to the new creative team's take. It lays it out that things aren't "normal in Batman's world and something is "off. But, what? It embraces what has happened to Bruce/Batman and focuses on a person who has been beaten down. At the same time, there's been a major shakeup involving a villain that points to some major revelations and changes. It all comes together for a rather intriguing start and a solid beginning for new and longtime readers.

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7.5
Batman (2016) #131

Jan 4, 2023

Batman #131 is a decent opening to the second arc in Zdarsky's run. But, it feels like it's something we've seen before. It really needs to show how it's original and can stand out from what has come before. Overall, not bad but also nothing that really excites.

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7
Batman (2016) #132

Feb 8, 2023

Batman #132 isn't a bad issue and the arc so far is ok. It feels a bit like a filler arc until the next big story. There's a lot here that could be interesting but it doesn't totally commit to its underlying themes that would make it truly stand out. Hopefully, this is one whose whole is stronger than its individual parts.

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7
Batman (2016) #133

Mar 8, 2023

Batman #133 has solidified my thoughts on this arc, the main story and back-up are flipped. The comic should feature Tim and Jon Kent's attempt to find and rescue Bruce as the main draw. A story of a “rescue” of Bruce from an actual ideal world could have been a bit more interesting than Bruce again finding he needs to don the cowl in an alternate world to dispense justice. Overall, an entertaining, though overall ho-hum arc so far.

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7
Batman (2016) #134

Apr 5, 2023

As a whole, Batman #134 isn't bad. The story arc isn't bad. It just doesn't feel fresh and interesting and feels like something we've seen a few times before. There's little that's surprising at all from a villain reveal that is exactly who you think it is to obstacles that surmount to character we know + venom. There was a lot of potential here to do something different, instead, it's played out as expected so far.

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8
Batman (2016) #137

Sep 6, 2023

Batman #137 is a vast improvement on the opening chapter. You get a sense of the frustration within by everyone. There's also a solid case to be made no matter your viewpoint, so you get a sense of where everyone is coming from and where they are. And, add in some great visuals, this is a second issue “The Gotham War” needed.

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8.4
Batman (2016) Annual #5

Dec 29, 2020

Batman Annual #5 delivers both concepts and story. It feels more like an example of what Tynion's run has been missing up to this point. There have been concepts thrown around but not much of an exploration of them and definitely only a slight exploration through the events of each arc. Batman Annual #5 asks philosophical questions while delivering no answers. It makes me want to read more to see if I can ever come up with my own.

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7.5
Batman (2016): Fear State Omega #1

Dec 1, 2021

There's nothing inherently wrong or bad about Batman: Fear State Omega. It acts as a real finale to the event letting readers know what the fates of so many characters are. But, beyond that, it doesn't quite feel like it does anything shocking or interesting that the finale in Batman didn't already. Whether it needed to be a one-shot instead of just another issue of Batman is the real rub. While it delivers some closure and sets up a lot to come, it doesn't deliver as memorable an ending as the “end” of the event in Batman #117.

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8.1
Batman (2016): Fear State: Alpha #1

Sep 1, 2021

Batman: Fear State Alpha is a solid start to the next Batman event. There's an awareness about it all that acknowledges what has come before and works it into the story. It works as a great introduction to the event while really laying things out for long time readers. There's a lot packed into the story and as far things go, a solid start for what's to come.

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8.2
Batman (2016): The Joker War Zone #1

Sep 29, 2020

Overall, Batman: The Joker Warzone #1 is a solid one-shot. It adds some stories within "Joker War" without making them vital. There's a bit too much left to be experienced in 2021 which emphasizes my issues with "Joker War" overall. It doesn't feel self-contained enough. If you took those segments and left out the "too be continued," these would be really solid on their own. Even if you're not reading "Joker War," there's enough here to enjoy and worth checking out. It's the rare event one-shot where you can ignore the actual event.

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7
Batman / Catwoman (2020) #1

Dec 1, 2020

Batman/Catwoman #1 is a bad start, it's just not as engaging as it thinks it is. There's some great ideas and each era could be a hell of a story by itself. The issue is that there's too much attempted in the first issue with not enough time spent on each. It makes for a beginning that sets things up but doesn't feel satisfying by itself. It's the teaser before a film's credit. It can catch your attention but rarely is it good by itself.

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6
Batman / Catwoman (2020) #2

Jan 19, 2021

Batman/Catwoman #2 isn't a bad comic but on its own, it doesn't stand out. What should be major moments fall flat. The art is muddled in some ways though individual panels are beautiful. The comic could be so much more with some minor tweaks and changes. As is, the hype and high profile of the comic works against it. It should be so much better. This is one you might want to wait until its collected to dive into.

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7
Batman / Catwoman (2020) #4

Mar 30, 2021

Batman/Catwoman #4 isn't a bad comic. It's just a frustrating one. It feels like two of the three plotlines don't really go anywhere and at least one will have you asking what the point is. Any of the three stories would be solid on their own as a trilogy of comics. But, as presented, they're chopped up too much never delivering enough to really satisfy.

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6.8
Batman / Catwoman: The Gotham War (2023): Battle Lines #1

Sep 3, 2023

This is a story that needed a few more months to breathe and grow naturally post Knight Terrors, as is, it's a bit of a snooze to start.

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7
Batman / Fortnite: Zero Point #1

Apr 20, 2021

Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point #1 is for fans of Fortnite. With downloadable content included and how the story is presented, it's clear this is to get the video game players to check out comics and not comic readers to check out the game. There's a good chance that the story comes together but as presented, there's not enough for comic readers to really get sucked into the story. For Fortnite players, they might be more into it.

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7
Batman / Spawn (2022) #1

Dec 14, 2022

Batman/Spawn #1 is very much a remnant of the 90s. It has some great ideas that are never fleshed out and what's presented is a choppy narrative that never flows. The art is the driver and even that isn't quite as good as we'd expect from this team. Overall, this is one for those who are hooked on nostalgia and not much more than that.

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8.5
Batman / Superman (2019) #2

Sep 25, 2019

Batman/Superman #2 is a fantastic second issue. The cynicism for the concept has gone away. It's a ride I'm completely strapped in for. It hits the key beats perfectly delivering on expectations but doing so effortlessly and with a hell of a lot of fun.

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9
Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) #1

Mar 16, 2022

I'm still not totally sold on team-up comics but Batman/Superman: World's Finest #1 is a hell of a start. The comic just nails things in every way. There's something really fun about it, the perfect comic to just lay back and lose some time reading. Fun writing and beautiful visuals come together for a fantastic beginning.

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9
Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) #2

Apr 20, 2022

Batman/Superman: World's Finest #2 is fun. It's a hell of a lot of fun. The series is quickly becoming a favorite of mine with an energy that makes reading the comic enjoyable. It's a reminder that comics can be fun and entertaining and succeed without a dark cloud hanging over every aspect. It's a ray of light that's been missed and needed.

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8.5
Batman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: III #1

May 1, 2019

The issue is probably not on enough people's radars and that's there loss as this looks like it is taking some great elements from DC and just rolling with it and having fun. This may be the start of one of the most fun comic crossovers in a while.

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8
Batman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1

Dec 9, 2015

DC Comics and IDW are taking this miniseries seriously with top creative team that are showing that while the concept might seem silly, this isn't a cash grab. Can't wait to see where this goes next, as I was seriously amazed at how well it worked.

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8
Batman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: II #1

Dec 6, 2017

The issue is all setup, but does it in a way that's intriguing and really does well to play off the strengths of each set of characters. The first issue is a slow build but the emotional punch along with some of the twists and reveals make the issue one that's a solid entertaining read.

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8.4
Batman and Robin (2023) #1

Sep 13, 2023

Batman and Robin #1 is an entertaining start that has a voice of its own and stands out from other comics in the Bat-family. It delivers a start that does a solid job of reminding us about the rather odd family dynamic and teasing enough of Bruce and Damian's personal life to let us know where they stand emotionally. This is one that's well worth checking out and swinging in to.

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7.8
Batman And Robin Eternal #1

Oct 7, 2015

This is a buy for Batman fans, those who aren't may not enjoy it as much. It feels like the start of an epic action filled story. And do I see the groundwork of Bruce as Batman's return? An intriguing comic that has me wanting to come back for the next issue.

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8
Batman and the Outsiders (2019) #1

May 8, 2019

The story of the comic itself is ok, basically a Terminator riff, but that's not the draw. It's the team that'll suck you in. While we've been delayed getting here, the fact we are here, and what's presented has me excited to see what's next.

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8.5
Batman and the Outsiders (2019) #2

Jun 12, 2019

The comic feels like the entire team is just having fun and has cracked the code of adding metahumans to the Batman universe. The first issue was good. The second issue is fantastic. This is a series that should be on your radar and your pull list.

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6
Batman and the Signal #3

Apr 25, 2018

The three issues series feels like there's something missing. It wanted to do some reveals and explore some concepts but it never makes those concepts and reveals interesting. They tend to land as standard comic tropes and in just three issues it feels like it wraps up quickly leaving us with nowhere to go next. While none of it is bad, it's also not all that great, especially when compared to the excellent work being done in other Bat series. Duke Thomas is a character with great potential and by the end of three issues it feels like he was done a disservice.

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7.7
Batman Beyond (2015) #1

Jun 3, 2015

Batman Beyond #1 brings the character into the main DCU, and it looks like it'll be one fun ride. Everything is on the table here, opening up a hell of a lot of possibilities in a familiar but strange world. The first issue was one that got more on my radar as time went on, and it looks like it'll be a series I'll be following for a while, especially after that ending.

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7.3
Batman Beyond (2015) #4

Sep 2, 2015

The comic felt like one big fight, not something I generally enjoy, until the end, which features a twist that ties in what's currently going on in the various current Batman series directly into this. It's not something I thought about, and it shows there's a greater plan out there for what's going on. That ending had me more excited to see what's coming in the next issue.

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7
Batman Beyond: Neo-Year #1

Apr 6, 2022

Batman Beyond: Neo Year #1 is an interesting start and more than enough for me to come back to check out the next issue. It just doesn't feel quite as new reader friendly as I hoped leaving me feeling like I missed a lot. It's not so much a start as a continuation of… something. Still, it's an interesting continuation with a lot of potential.

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6.8
Batman Beyond: Rebirth #1

Sep 28, 2016

The issue is good, though not great. As I said, it's got a reveal at the end that has me wanting to see what comes next, and hopefully, things pick up a bit more in the overall comic, but as far as getting people excited, the end results is a bit bland.

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9
Batman: Black & White (2020) #1

Dec 8, 2020

Batman: Black & White #1 is a hell of a start to the series. It had me lingering on pages in awe of what was before me and wanting more. It shows off some amazing art and will have you longing for more of this and fewer boxes on the page. This is a fantastic issue for Batman fans and fans of beautiful art. It also creates a high bar for future issues to reach.

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8.2
Batman: Curse of the White Knight #1

Jul 24, 2019

The comic is an improvement on the previous volume. It delivers an intriguing mystery that goes its own way while building off of the myth we already know. Cures of the White Knight delivers a straightforward Batman story that plays to Murphy's strengths. It shows growth as a writer and how to create a new volume that's both new reader-friendly and has a little extra for those who have been along for the ride.

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7
Batman: Fortress (2022) #1

May 25, 2022

Batman: Fortress #1 is a fun and entertaining start but it's not necessarily a comic I left super excited about. It's good but overall fills like a filler arc in-between two major arcs in an ongoing series. Its direction should be interesting and I have my whole predictions about Superman but as far as a start, it's good. This is one for those that want the start of a summer blockbuster story featuring Batman or those that are a big fan of a character but overall, it might be one you want to wait for the collection.

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8.1
Batman: Killing Time (2022) #1

Mar 2, 2022

Batman: Killing Time #1 is a good start. It's very much a setup of what's to come taking us through the crime. But, it also delivers solid action and some good twists. There's a bit of detail the comic delivers, like making it clear this is early in Batman's career, that make the comic stand out. It doesn't beat you over the head instead laying almost all of the cards out on the table. It's a debut that has me coming back to see what's next.

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9
Batman: Last Knight on Earth #1

May 29, 2019

Batman: Last Knight on Earth #1 is a wild ride of a debut. I'll leave you wondering what is real and what's a hallucination. It'll also want you to immediately come back for more.

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7
Batman: Last Knight on Earth #2

Jul 31, 2019

Batman: Last Knight on Earth #2 isn't a bad issue at all. It's a chapter in the greater narrative and will fit fine in the end. However, the dreamlike flow of the issue creates a choppy narrative that at times is jarring and others makes no sense. It's just not as good as the far superior first issue.

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7.8
Batman: Legends of Gotham (2023) #1

Feb 1, 2023

Batman: Legends of Gotham is generally a fun comic that new readers can just pick up and enjoy. It explains what you need to know and if it left out the very end, it'd be so much better. But, it clearly leads into something in the future. I have no idea what as I haven't been keeping up with things, which is a bit frustrating. Because, without that little segment, this would have been a far better one-shot.

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7.7
Batman: One Bad Day (2022): Bane #1

Jan 22, 2023

It's not bad but Bane is a character that really has so much potential and this issue breaks things down in a way to simplifies his pathos instead of building upon it to return him as the juggernaut character he should be.

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8.8
Batman: One Bad Day (2022): The Riddler #1

Aug 17, 2022

Batman: One Bad Day Riddler is a hell of a start to this series of one-shots. It delivers a rather unnerving tale as the Riddler unravels and builds himself back up. It's a new status-quo that hopefully becomes the Riddler we know going forward creating an even more frightening foe for Batman to tangle with. On it's own, it's one hell of a read that'll stick with you.

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8.5
Batman: One Bad Day (2022): Clayface #1

Feb 22, 2023

Kelly and Lanzing deliver a story of clay turning to quicksand as Karlo's actions spiral out of control. They present a person who could have found a happy life, at least one that was acceptable, but due to an inability of getting out of one's own way, it's another tale of tragedy.!

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8.8
Batman: One Dark Knight (2021) #1

Dec 22, 2021

Batman: One Dark Knight #1 is a solid start. The story is familiar but it executes it in such a way that it still stands out. It's quality at every level.

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7.5
Batman: The Adventures Continue #1

Apr 7, 2020

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7
Batman: The Adventures Continue #2

Apr 15, 2020

It's not all bad, there's something enjoyable about the comic but it's a bit breezy as far as a read and just misses the magic of what made the original animated series work. This feels like a comic aimed at kids. The cartoon was aimed at kids with maturity and complexity that could be appreciated by adults. Without the nailing of the nostalgia and some questionable dialogue and flow, the excitement for this new series has quickly deflated.

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9
Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2023) #1

May 17, 2023

Batman: The Brave and the Bold #1 is a solid start to the series featuring a nice mix of stories that are fun and feature some great art. Why “Batman” is in the title is a bit of a headscratcher, especially if it features far more than just Batman and his family. Overall though, it's a great read and one that's a definite buy. It's a rate anthology where every story is top notch and something to get even if they were on their own.

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8.3
Batman: The Detective (2021) #1

Apr 13, 2021

Batman: The Detective #1 is a fun start to a self-contained Batman story. It takes him to unfamiliar territory and seems to mix his different aspects well. It's a nice break from the greater macro Batman story taking place currently in other series. There's some that's a bit classic about it, a comic you can just pick up and enjoy.

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6
Batman: The Devastator #1

Nov 1, 2017

The issue is the weakest of the one-shots that have been released so far. There's an odd lack of connection with the character and his backstory and while all the rest have something that makes them standout, this one feels like something we'd see in the normal DC Universe. With some slight changes the comic might have held up, but as is it just fills in the background of the least interesting Dark Knight of them all. The comic is generally forgettable and really should only be read to fill in the background and origin of Doomsday Batman.

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9.5
Batman: The Drowned #1

Oct 18, 2017

Dark Nights feels like it's getting better and better the more it goes on and these one-shots have helped make that the case by adding depth to each of these new villains. They're stories that can't fit in the main series but need to be told. Abnett and Tan deliver an issue that gives us everything we need packed into one comic. It's a prime example that you don't need to drag things out over multiple issues and spin-offs. This is how a comic should be and why Dark Nights: Metal is shaping up to be one of the best events in a long time.

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8.6
Batman: The Imposter #1

Oct 13, 2021

Batman: The Imposter #1 is a fantastic start to the series. It isn't some dark and gritty read one might expect from DC Black Label. Instead, the issue has a very practical approach to it all. What Batman even faces is down-to-earth in some ways. Combine that with some great art and this feels like there's potential here for a memorable Batman story people will come back to for a while.

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7.8
Batman: The Knight (2022) #1

Jan 19, 2022

Batman: The Knight #1 isn't a bad start but it also doesn't excite. It's an interesting comic that doesn't quite yet make the case as to why it exists and also doesn't quite make a whole lot of sense character wise leaving out what has lead up to the current state. Zdarsky has show he can play the long game and pays off after a while, we just might need to wait a little bit more until we get to that moment.s

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7.8
Batman: The Merciless #1

Oct 25, 2017

The issue is a good one and out of the four I'd place it third in quality. The twist at the end is what elevates it from mediocre. It wasn't until that moment that I really was interested in the issue and that's what makes it stand out. It's a detail that really changes how to perceive this character and makes him all that more scarier.

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7.7
Batman: The Murder Machine #1

Sep 27, 2017

Overall, a solid issue that despite not quite living up to the quite high expectations set up from what has come before, it still has added a depth to the story and my appreciation for it all.

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10
Batman: The Red Death #1

Sep 20, 2017

Coming out the other side of the issue, I want more of this nightmarish Dark Multiverse. No matter what happens at the end of Metal, this issue alone has me wanting to see DC explore these worlds more and give us the dark twisted versions of our heroes I never knew I wanted.

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6.5
Batman: Three Jokers (2020) #1

Aug 25, 2020

Batman: Three Jokers #1 isn't bad in any way. It's also not exciting. There's a joyless stiffness to it. The comic takes itself a bit too seriously and comes off stilted and honestly boring.

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7
Batman: Three Jokers (2020) #2

Sep 29, 2020

There's something to say about Jason's path in general. There's something to say about recovery from trauma and while we all have our own path, we still need support. All of that is there but it's never feels like any of it is really discussed or explored, it's all surface deep. Hopefully we get a bit more of these interesting ideas but as is, this is a series that feels like it knows what it wants to say but not how to say it.

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5
Batman: Three Jokers (2020) #3

Oct 27, 2020

Batman: Three Jokers #3 in the end was a boring let down. The idea and build up were intriguing but the conclusion felt like someone ranting for an hour with no point. It adds very little to Batman, Joker, Batgirl, and Red Hood. The characters are the exact same with little to no insight into them. If anything, it erases some of what makes the Joker interesting but attempting to give him backstory. Like a joke with no punchline, it misses its own point.

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6.8
Batman: White Knight #1

Oct 4, 2017

That isn't to say the whole of this might be something special. The first issue is the set up, which is some of its problems, and what comes next might actually get interesting. But, for a first issue that's supposed to hook us, it just feels like something that's been done before.

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6.8
Batman: White Knight #3

Dec 6, 2017

There's something that just feels off here. It hasn't quite promised on its promise and feels like a retread of our normal Joker/Batman dynamic but with a different Joker. The comic looks great though so as long as you're not going into this expecting anything more than you'll walk out happy.

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9.5
Batman: Who Laughs #1

Nov 15, 2017

I had a high bar for the issue and it met it and exceeded it. Some of the one-shots lately have slumped a little but this one is the best yet. Batman: Who Laughs is a thing of nightmares that embodies everything Dark Nights: Metal is about.

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7
Battle Chasers (2023) #10

Jun 14, 2023

Battle Chasers #10 is frustrating. It isn't the welcome return one would hope and instead feels like a series and project whose time has passed. Like many “classic” series revived, it doesn't stand up so well and the nostalgia isn't quite enough to really hook you. Overall, a bummer.

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7.8
Batwoman (2017) #1

Mar 15, 2017

The first issue as I said is a decent read. It has a goal of getting things moving and introducing us to what makes Batwoman stands out. It does that all and then some. I think the issue was missing a bit of meat, because as I got to the end it felt like a quick read. This is one that might have been helped with an expanded first issue or this specific issue will read better as a trade. It's a good start though. We get a good sense of the key characters and mixed with the art it has more of a spy/action film vibe standing out from current takes on Batman. A good start that has me looking forward to the second issue.

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8.2
Behold, Behemoth #1

Nov 2, 2022

Behold, Behemoth #1 is a hell of a start. It is and isn't a genre I enjoy, my experience was most likely an outlier. But, it's an issue that left me tweaked after both wanting and not wanting to pick up the issue and read it again. It sets up an interesting premise, one in the end that's been done but there seems to be a new take on it all. This is a series that'll definitely have folks talking before long.

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8.5
Ben Reilly: Spider-Man (2022) #1

Jan 19, 2022

Ben Reilly: Spider-Man #1 is a solid issue. It feels a bit like Ben Reilly has had some redemption since his debut so many decades ago and this is a prime example of how well the character can be used. There's a lot to mine and this series feels like it might be the final bit of vindication that his creation so long ago might have been a hell of a thing after all.

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7
Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #1

Apr 28, 2017

The first issue is decent with a vibe in some ways back to the 90s when this character was swinging around. I'm not completely sold on this series but intrigued enough to see where it all goes from here.

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7
Betrothed #1

Mar 14, 2018

The first issue is good setting up the situation and giving us a good idea as to the world we're introduced to. While there's some narrative and art issues it's nothing that breaks the comic in any way. The first issue feels like a good start and from here the question is how it'll differentiate itself from the rather famous play it references a bit too much.

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6.8
Betty: The Final Girl #1

Feb 15, 2023

Having Betty at the center of a classic slasher story has a lot of potential. And, I thought we might get that, but the shorts are her dreaming of others as opposed to a story where we wonder what's real and what's not. Betty: The Final Girl #1 misses the mark a bit never fully committing to its horror roots and delivering stories that are far too short for the genre. There's attempts to build up tension before the cathartic confrontation but things never get to the level where it really works. Horror often feels like a carnival ride with ups and downs but Betty: The Final Girl #1 feels more like the kids ride. There's something there but you realize there's far better things out there.

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7.5
Big Girls #1

Aug 12, 2020

Big Girls #1 is an interesting debut. It's either much smarter than initially sold or might undercut itself. It's hard to say with one issue but it's something that's worthy to explore further. It might be a bit blunt in its messaging but it features a lot more than its giant battling women might have you believe.

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6
Birds of Prey (2020) #1

Jun 3, 2020

Birds of Prey #1 doesn't take flight and instead plays off like an 80s B-movie mixed with really outdated views of Mexicans and just incorrect real world information. It's hard to overlook the bad here. Take out the Birds of Prey, and you have a bad crime story that's forgettable in every way. DC had an opportunity to deliver a comic that'd entice movie audiences to discover more but this comic's end result might be the opposite.

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8.5
Birds of Prey (2023) #1

Sep 6, 2023

Birds of Prey #1 is a fun start to the series. It delivers action and laughs in a familiar formula, but it's one that works and works well. We know what to expect and by the end of the comic, things are very clear with some nice surprises. Overall, it's a great start that promises a hell of a lot of entertainment to come.

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7
Bishop: War College (2023) #1

Feb 8, 2023

Though the ending of the issue takes it in a different direction, Bishop: War College #1 is an intriguing start that lays the groundwork for an exploration of Bishop's mission and drive. We'll see if it continues this direction and dives in, as expected, in a “Scrooge” sort of story, but here's hoping.

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9
Black #1

Aug 19, 2016

The comic delivers on its promise of a politically and socially infused comic that also features superpowers. The first issue is a whirlwind that brings you into the journey in the way a good story should. It's a ride full of emotion that evokes today's social ills and problems.

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8.9
Black #2

Nov 10, 2016

I enjoyed the first issue, but this second issue has me excited to see what comes next and ponder the layered nature of it all.

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7.8
Black #5

Apr 19, 2017

The series has had its ups and downs, but the story as a whole is amazing in its themes and what it says. Each issue feels like it adds depth when it comes to that getting the readers to think not just about the current issue, but the past ones as well. Black is an entertaining read and one that challenges the reader to think and explore beyond the page.

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9
Black Adam (2022) #1

Jun 22, 2022

Black Adam #1 is a fantastic debut. This is a "mature superhero comic in that it'll make readers think yet delivers the action and spandex and capes one would expect. I had high expectations for it and it met them in every way. One of the best comics of the week.

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7.8
Black AF: American Sweetheart OGN

Jan 31, 2018

While you might expect a black and white comic, there's a whole lot of gray in this new volume which expands this world in some shocking ways. This is the first of numerous releases and has me excited to see what's next and where it all goes. Fantastic concepts in a world I want to see more of.

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9
Black Canary (2015) #1

Jun 18, 2015

Black Canary seems to be another break from the DC mold, helping the publisher diversify their line and most importantly do that with fun, entertaining comics. When I was done reading the first issue I not only wanted to read the second, I also wanted to hear the album that'd been produced by the band within.

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8.5
Black Canary (2015) #3

Aug 19, 2015

The issue is a solid mix of action, some humor, and revelations. The end was something that was a bit obvious, but it's still something I want to see where it goes. Fletcher and Wu are giving us a rocking series that's full of fun action, and a great mix of humor too.

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8.4
Black Cat (2019) #1

Jun 5, 2019

Black Cat #1 is an excellent debut. It'll have you wondering why it's taken so long for this character to get her own series. It's a fun read that'll put a smile on your face and leave you wanting more.

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8.4
Black Cat (2020) #1

Dec 16, 2020

Black Cat #1 is another solid start for the series. It doesn't hold back even when dealing with an event. It takes that aspect and uses it as a launching board in some ways keeping the focus on the character and what she does best. Here's hoping this volume sticks around for a while because this debut is a hell of a lot of fun.

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6
Black Cotton #1

Feb 17, 2021

Black Cotton #1 has potential. It could be a hell of an exploration of race relations. But, the first issue delivers a familiar story with the only difference being the color of the skin. It doesn't provide anything new or interesting to chew on. In fact, it feels like it distills our real world ills to economic disparity and that's it. It's simplistic in its approach. Hopefully future issues deliver a bit more to chew on and contemplate as the story progresses.

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8
Black Eyed Kids #3

Jun 17, 2016

I'm not a big horror fan, yet this series has me hooked. Aftershock is delivering with each series and issue, and this is no exception. A must for those who enjoy horror.

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8.2
Black Friday #1

Feb 17, 2021

Black Friday #1 is a fantastic start to the series. It builds the tension and ups the scare factor as the store progresses right until the final panel. It makes sure to deliver doses of humor throughout and presents the characters enough to connect and care about what happens to them. This is a horror story that'll keep you bundled up safely in the cold months.

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7
Black Knight (2015) #1

Nov 20, 2015

There's a lot to like about the first issue, and for those who grew up reading Marvel comics from the 70s and 80s may appreciate the tone of the series. What Tieri does with Dane will be interesting, and how he's started the series has me wanting to see what happens next. A “hero” as an addict is an interesting concept, and one that Tieri looks to explore more.

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7.1
Black Panther (2016) #1

Apr 7, 2016

After a long review it really comes down to this, I expected more in many ways. The first issue I'm sure will be much better when read as part of 12, but on its own, it's a let down not just due to hype, but also due to execution. Coates is clearly still learning, Stelfreeze says as much in an enlightening interview in the back, so I'm sure things will improve. But, for a comic I'm sure Marvel is hoping will bring new readers in, I'm left to wonder if new readers will read this and ask what the point/hype was all about. I don't see why they'd return other than the high profile creative team. Hell, I want to trade wait after this one issue. Add in the $5 price tag and it's hard to recommend this.

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8.4
Black Panther (2016) #166

Oct 26, 2017

Though it's rather confusing to not include the main character in a pivotal issue for new readers, the comic presented is well written with great art. So, things rely on what you expected and are looking for as to the comics' success. On its own, it's a great read.

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7.5
Black Panther (2018) #1

May 23, 2018

The first issue is good and has me interested, much like Coates' first issue of Black Panther so long ago. While it doesn't have me pumped, it has me intrigued as this feels like a concept and attempt at something very different for the character. While much of the first issue is a frustrating mystery, that's part of the point. With what's presented this is one series I'll check out further to see how it plays out and where it all goes.

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8.9
Black Panther (2021) #1

Nov 24, 2021

Black Panther #1 is exactly what I was hoping for in a series written by Ridley. It delivers just enough to chew on and think about while setting up an action mystery that feels more thriller than spandex superhero action. After a galaxy spanning epic, the comic comes home in a more grounded, down-to-earth, focus of a man who may be split in too many directions and whose past decisions are coming back to haunt him.

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8.5
Black Panther (2021) #2

Dec 22, 2021

Black Panther #2 is another fantastic issue. And that shouldn't be surprising. Ridley and the rest of the creative team have put out fantastic comics in the past so, it's not surprising they continue to. The series gives us a much more human look at T'Challa and a King who isn't perfect. It's superhero action that shows mistakes can be made and decisions can hurt others. It truly takes Black Panther from his cosmic adventures and brings him back to Earth.

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8.4
Black Panther (2023) #1

Jun 14, 2023

Black Panther #1 is an intriguing start that sets the character off in a new direction. Add in amazing art and you have a debut that can't be missed and worthy of a (former) king.

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7
Black Panther: Long Live The King #1

Dec 13, 2017

The first issue is good though not great but it impressively serves to be easily accessible for new readers while expanding the world for long time fans. It's also solid enough I want to see what's next. The focus on the technology of Wakanda has me very interested in seeing where it's going and what we'll see, there's a lot of potential there and that aspect has me excited to see what's next.

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7
Black Panther: World of Wakanda #1

Nov 9, 2016

The first issue has its problems, but it's well worth checking out for what feels like an amitious project and release. While I'm a bit mixed on the first issue, I can't wait to see what comes next.

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8.8
Black Tape (2023) #1

Feb 1, 2023

Black Tape #1 might open with a focus on loss and a feeling of dirt with entertainment vultures but it ends with an intriguing mystery and direction that'll leave readers wanting answers to. A solid debut that isn't so much about the music dying, instead it hints at the exploitation that comes after.

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10
Black Widow (2016) #1

Mar 1, 2016

I wasn't sure what I was expecting in this first issue, but I can definitely say this wasn't it. Waid seems to have redefined a first issue giving us one that's worthy of being the opening sequence on the big screen. Comics are supposed to be fun, and Samnee and Waid have nailed it.

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9
Black Widow (2020) #2

Oct 7, 2020

Black Widow #2 delivers the goods and tops the first issue in every way. That was the basic setup but this is the issue where the cards are on the table and we get a thrilling story of espionage and sleeper agents. There's also enough teased out to get readers really interested as to where it all goes, especially due to the ending which really emphasizes the “why” of it all. This is just a fantastic superhero comic without the flashy spandex.

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9.5
Black Widow (2020) #3

Nov 4, 2020

Black Widow #3 is just a fantastic issue. The action is solid. The humor is great. There's just so much there to enjoy and it's all tied together with top-notch visuals. This is a comic that just improves on the previous two and it's a series that's getting better with every issue.

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9
Black Widow (2020) #4

Dec 2, 2020

Black Widow #4 continues what is a fantastic series. It really brings a lot of fun and action. Each issue delivers laughs and cool moments. This is one of the best debuts for the character in years. If you've missed out, it's not too late to catch up and see the quality you've been missing.

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9
Blade: Vampire Nation (2022) #1

Nov 16, 2022

Blade: Vampire Nation #1 is good. Really good. It screams that the concept, and this creative team, deserve to return for more. A series of miniseries, an ongoing, I don't care, this one-shot is fantastic and is so different than the rest of Marvel's line. It shows so much of what can be done with this corner of the Marvel Universe, it's like a nation just waiting for the right leadership council to see its potential and have it thrive.

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8.2
Bloodline: Daughter of Blade (2023) #1

Feb 1, 2023

Bloodline: Daughter of Blade #1 is a fun debut with some youthful energy and story decisions that makes it stand out. Instead of going the familiar route, it changes things up keeping readers on their toes. Blade and the Vampire Nation have been getting more of a focus lately and here's to hoping this series continues the solid storytelling they've been delivering so far.

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8
Blue & Gold (2021) #1

Jul 21, 2021

Blue & Gold #1 is a fun debut. It has a nice mix of classic DC and modern DC setting this duo on their new adventure. The comic brings something to DC's line we're not getting anywhere else and is a solid addition to the superhero lineup. Here's hoping there are some bigger plans for them beyond these issues because based on this debut, this is a team that we'll want to see more of when this adventure wraps up.

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8.4
Blue Beetle (2023) #1

Sep 6, 2023

Blue Beetle #1 is a solid start to the series. While some aspects might feel familiar, it does it all with quality and a bit of fun that'll leave readers wanting more. Add in a rather ominous ending, and we have a series that's not only ready to take shape and flight, but do so in a way that'll stand out from the pack.

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7.9
Blue Beetle: Rebirth #1

Aug 24, 2016

I didn't have many expectations going into the comic, but coming out of it, I'm pretty impressed. It's fun in so many ways and has a great positive and fun tone that'll be a major draw for me of the series. Can't wait for the first issue of the main series to come and see where this all goes.

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7.2
Blue Book (2023) #1

Feb 22, 2023

Blue Book #1 is an interesting start but doesn't quite abduct me and take me away in the mothership. The main story's rather abrupt ending is a bit jarring and the build up, while good, is a bit too slow to leave things where they're at. This might be one that's a bit more enjoyable when the you can read it all at once.

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8.9
Bone Parish #1

Jul 25, 2018

The comic is fantastic and cements Bunn as a master of horror. This is one that's an absolute must get and one you don't want ruined. Bone Parish brilliantly blends the familiar mob/drug story with that of a horror aspect, something that seems so obvious to do, but so far has had only mediocre results. Here though, the surprise ending and reveals raise the story to the next level and creates a comic series that will absolutely make “best of” lists come year end.

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8.4
Bone Parish #5

Dec 26, 2018

While the issue might not be the best place to start, there's also a trade released this week covering the first four issues, it is a place you can start. It's a great comic focusing more on the jockeying of the mob members more than anything and that unto itself is entertaining. This is a transition issue reflecting on the past and setting up the future. It's all about the mood and setting and delivers a solid read that entertains.

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8.2
Border Town #2

Oct 3, 2018

And that's the key to the series, it feels fresh. Again, this is a monster comic with kids trying to fight them. We've seen that before many times. But, it's the history and perspective of this all that feels new and stands out. This is a prime example of why giving new voices a chance is important they bring new perspectives we might have never seen. And that alone can deliver something new and fun.

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6
Boy-1 #1

Aug 12, 2015

The comic feels like the overall story might work really well, but the first issue approaches the main character in a way to make him unlikeable. There's also the flow of the narrative, especially the end, that at points just doesn't quite work for me. Maybe the second issue is a little bit better, but if Jadas alters the course of human evolution, I'm not sure I want it to happen.

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8.2
Break Out #1

Apr 13, 2022

Break Out #1 is a fantastic start to the series that can be enjoyed for its jailbreak story and appreciated for its underlying exploration of our current times. It does what so many good sci-fi stories do, entertain and examine our world.

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8.2
Breath Of Shadows #1

Feb 1, 2023

Rich Douek and Alex Cormack have found success previously with Road of Bones and Sea of Sorrows and Breath of Shadows looks like it'll continue that streak. The comic has all of the setup to really create an intriguing story that might be nightmare inducing for some and have a bit of depth to it as well. An entertaining start that teases what's to come.

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6.7
Bruce Lee: Walk of the Dragon #1

Mar 28, 2018

There's nothing truly bad about the comic and if you read the previous volume published by Darby Pop your opinion will vary greatly. But, as a one-shot it doesn't do what's expected and that's tell a complete story. It's a chapter of a longer story marketed as something different.

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8
BRZRKR #2

Apr 28, 2021

BRZKR #2 is an interesting issue. It dials back the violence and action delivering a focus on the origin of the main character. While it keeps up some action, the focus is more on the character than the visuals like the debut. What happens next will be intriguing as the series has shaken up expectations of what comes next.

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8.4
BRZRKR #3

Jun 16, 2021

BRZRKR #3 is an impressive issue. It gives us a lot of action and pure destruction. But, it also focuses in on the impact of that all on a person. We get to see the weariness build. We get to see him question his role. It's clear this is a series that's about a soldier who no longer wants to fight but all he knows how to do is that. What started as a generic action story has developed into something far deeper.

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8.4
BRZRKR #5

Sep 29, 2021

BRZRKR #5 is a solid entry in the series. Its focus is learning more about B but really focusing on the sadness he experiences. We as readers emphasize with him more and become attached in a way. It's surely so that whatever is to come will feel like more of an emotional punch but for an issue we get to forget about the action and instead focus on a person who just wants to find peace. It delivers something completely unexpected from an “action series” and helps makes this series continue to stand out.

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8
BRZRKR #6

Dec 15, 2021

BRZRKR #6 is another solid issue. It again takes us into the hurt that is B's life but also makes clearer what he wants out of it. It also deepens the mystery of those he's aligned with and is obvious they don't have his best of intentions. This is a series that continues to surprise as it delivers more than another action series. It delivers an action series with a lot of heart.

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8.1
Bylines in Blood #1

Jan 5, 2022

Bylines in Blood #1 is a pretty solid debut for those that enjoy detective stories. There's something that really works but it's the deeper themes and concepts that really stand out.

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8.4
Cable (2017) #150

Oct 18, 2017

I wasn't the biggest fan of this series since its reboot but this is the shot in the arm it needed. I want to see where it goes now and can't wait to see where the rest of the team comes from. A solid start that does what Marvel Legacy is supposed to do, get me to want to read more.

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8.1
Calexit #2

Feb 28, 2018

The series is back and still holds a lot of promise as to where it all goes. There's lots of extras exploring symbolism as well as interviews with interesting people. All of those extras really put the issue over the top from a read to a buy for me. This series still feels like a concept but the story is coalescing more into what was promised. We'll see where it goes and hopefully we won't be waiting as long for the third issue.

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5
Call of Duty: Black Ops III #1

Nov 5, 2015

I went in expecting a comic much closer to the style and tone of the video game series, and instead found a comic that felt connected in name only. It seems when it comes to getting my fix of a good Call of Duty story, I may have to go and pick up a controller.

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7.9
Call of Duty: Zombies 2 #1

Sep 5, 2018

Despite it not being what I expected, again on me as much as anything, the issue is an adventure that you just don't see in comics much. It's fun, it reminds me of a certain someone I've mentioned a few times now, and it has me wanting to come back and see where it goes. Don't expect zombies in this one but do expect a fun and entertaining pulp adventure.

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7.2
Captain America (2017) #695

Nov 1, 2017

The art is amazing and the story traditional and reserved in many ways the comic has some action but more of a focus on the ideals of the title character. This feels like a statement as to who Cap is to Mark Waid and Chris Samnee and the ideals he'll represent as their story moves forward. A nice start that just a little more action and excitement.

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9.5
Captain America (2018) #1

Jul 4, 2018

Captain America is an embodiment of politics and Coates recognizes that. This is an exploration of who the character is, what he stands for, and how that fits in his fictitious, as well as our, world. This first issue is one that entertains and makes you think, something Coates excels at. An amazing debut that's an absolute must buy.

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9
Captain America (2018) #2

Aug 1, 2018

This is a complete package of a comic that has lots of action on the surface and so much more below. While things are still being set up in Coates' signature style, the ending leaves us questioning what's next in a “I didn't see that coming sort of way.” When a soldier and a patriot doesn't have a country or government that believes in him, who might he turn to? What roads may he walk down? Are there others who better embody his ideals he can fight for? These are all questions we're about to find answers to in what is an amazing run so far.

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10
Captain America (2018) #3

Sep 5, 2018

The issue, the series so far, is utterly brilliant. It questions where we are as a nation. It questions what it is Captain America is standing up for. It makes us think and debate what America truly is. It also reminds us that we too easily trade our ideals for security and have on too many occasions abandoned those who live in the United States.

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9
Captain America (2018) #4

Oct 10, 2018

The issue is another excellent entry from the team and Cap has been one that's a mix of action and exploration of today's America and the situations we face. It's a superhero comic that makes you think and is a prime example that you can easily mix politics with superhero comics.

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7.5
Captain America (2018) #750

Jul 9, 2023

It's a pretty solid issue and would have been a bit nicer being the aftermath of the current event "Cold War, but overall, it's an interesting but not exciting, read.

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8.5
Captain America (2023) #1

Sep 20, 2023

Captain America #1 is a solid start overall. It looks to use a time period in Steve's life to not just fill in gaps but also show us more as to what makes this character so fantastic. At the same time, it also reflects on our real past and looks towards the future and concept of being a hero. An entertaining new volume that delivers some sunshine after a previous gloomy run.

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7
Captain America: Cold War (2023): Alpha #1

Apr 12, 2023

Captain America: Cold War Alpha has its moments and feels like a summer popcorn action film, but, it also feels like a story that you really need to know what has been going on before. The issue does what it can to catch readers up but it doesn't quite nail that down and might leave readers even more confused. If Dimension Z or Ian are completely foreign to you, this is a kick off that might fall a bit flat.

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8.2
Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty (2022) #1

Jun 15, 2022

Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty #1 is a solid debut with great art and a good start to a mystery. It just nails the beats and provides action, humor, and most importantly grounded moments we can relate to. It nails down what makes Steve Rogers an interesting character and with the other Captain America comic, the two together should deliver an interesting experience for a long time to come.

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5.2
Captain America: Steve Rogers #4

Aug 23, 2016

The issue continues a rather middling series. Captain America: Steve Rogers #4 isn't bad, but it's also not really worth your dollars either. As an issue it feels like it's job is to recap everything that has happened in just three issues and do some foreshadowing, it's just not enough, nor is anything vital that it's a comic you have to have to understand what's going on or what's to come.

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7
Captain America: Steve Rogers #5

Sep 27, 2016

Captain America: Steve Rogers #5 is an interesting issue that will give you a lot more information about Civil War II and may even change your perspective about the event as a whole. It's interesting issue and as a part of the bigger storyline going on throughout the Marvel Universe it's more intriguing, but on its own it still feels gimmicky and sowing the seeds at the next event to come after Civil War II.

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5
Captain America: Steve Rogers #17

May 25, 2017

With art that's just not up to par and a story that feels like a writer attempting to justify an entire event, Captain America: Steve Rogers #17 falls flat in so many ways. It's another example of a poorly thought out event that's being driven in odd ways with mixed messages. An issue that gives a little more depth feels more like a Twitter rant justifying its own existence.

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8.5
Captain America: Symbol of Truth (2022) #0

Apr 20, 2022

Captain America #0 is a fun one-shot that sets up whatever is to come. Yes, there's teases of each series spinning out of it but the comic itself doesn't feel like a pitch whose goal is to only set them up. It's a single issue you can pick up and just enjoy with an over the top story and fantastic art.

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7.5
Captain America: Symbol of Truth (2022) #1

May 11, 2022

Captain America: Symbol of Truth #1 is a good start. There's a lot of summer popcorn aspects to it and it sets things to come nicely. Overall, there's a lot of potential here. What remains to be seen is how this series differentiates itself from the other Captain America series that's coming. The two should be intriguing together and here's hoping they compliment each other for a greater experience.

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8.5
Captain Canuck #1

Jun 4, 2015

It's a first issue and you get two stories from three top-notch creators. I've waited for this first issue, and I wasn't disappointed at all. It was a fun first issue, with a mix of classic and modern sensibilities about it. It also presents a super hero that can stand with the Big 2, and that's not easy to do. Can't wait for the second issue to hit.

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8.2
Captain Canuck #2

Jun 26, 2015

Overall, the second issue like the first doesn't disappoint at all. The series has a modern look and a classic heart. This is a superhero series that's about being a hero, saving individuals, doing what's right. The art and action doesn't hurt too. A classic hero relaunched, and one that everyone should be checking out.

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8.3
Captain Canuck #5

Dec 10, 2015

Captain Canuck continues to be one of my favorite comics with each release going towards the top of my read pile. It has all the superhero action without the cynicism, which makes it a unique treat in today's comic world.

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7.8
Captain Canuck (2017) #1

Jul 26, 2017

Basically, this is a comic without it's lead character in many ways and feels a little like when Captain America walked away from his title, which isn't a bad thing. The issue builds to what I assume is an eventual return and more importantly builds the world that is the Chapterverse, an under the radar superhero universe that's one that should be checked out.

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8
Captain Ginger #1

Oct 17, 2018

If you're an individual who enjoys cat memes, this is a comic for you and though I'm not really a fan at all, I still found the comic entertaining. It's a prefect mix of cat jokes and space adventuring that sets up a world I want to find out more about. It's another win for AHOY Comics continuing their manta that we should expect more.

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7.4
Captain Marvel (2016) #1

Jan 19, 2015

The first issue is a nice start be left me wanting. It's missing the excitement I was expecting and other volumes gave us, and it's focus on the boring role Carol has found herself in bleeds off the page in a negative way. Previous volumes have thrown their feminism in our faces, along with action, and this in some ways feels like a dialed back take in both ways. Hopefully, like the latter half of the comic, we get a better mix of action and space station management.

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7.2
Captain Marvel (2017) #125

Oct 26, 2017

This issue is an odd one for me that attempts to have one foot in continuity and another in new reader friendly and doesn't quite pull it off. There's also giant holes in the plot that are noticeable and little irritating. The comic is fun though and I can't help but think if the comic focused on the great cast interaction with a Buck Rogers/Flash Gordon flair of adventure it'd be a series that'd soar.

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7.5
Carnage (2022) #1

Mar 16, 2022

Carnage #1 is an intriguing debut. There's a lot of potential here. It's clearly setting up Carnage for a future much like Venom has received for a few years now. There's an effort it would seem to move the character beyond his one note and become something a bit more interesting and possibly even scarier.

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7
Carnage: Black, White & Blood #1

Mar 24, 2021

Carnage: Black, White, and Blood #1 is an interesting comic. If you're a fan of the character, go for it. It's entertaining and has some interesting takes. For those new, there's not enough that really jumps out. It's good one-and-done stories that has some “fun” with a despicable character.

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8
Carver: A Paris Story #1

Sep 25, 2016

If you're a fan of noir/revenge tales this is a great comic to pick up and enjoy. The setting and character feel like an excellent homage to the past, something that could have been done then and being reprinted now. A solid entertaining read and one that probably flew under your radar.

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8
Castro OGN #1

Sep 30, 2015

Castro is a solid read for those who want to learn more about the Cuban Revolution and Fidel Castro, and provides a good starting point. Hopefully, it'll get folks interested to explore more, as reality is one hell of a story.

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8.3
Cat Fight (2023) #1

May 31, 2023

Cat Fight #1 is a nice start to the series. Folks who enjoy a good heist/revenge/action story, this is one to check out. It packs a lot into the first issue but does it in a way that keeps the readers engaged and adds to what's going on. It's a fun debut that's well worth checking out.

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9.5
Catalyst Prime: Accell #1

Jun 14, 2017

Do I love the debut? That's an understatement. I've enjoyed everything Lion Forge has released in their Catalyst Prime universe but this comic debuts in such a way that it challenges a lot of other superhero comics out there from the big two. It has a life that's missed by many and attention to detail that creates an experience that's heads above the rest. My favorite comic I've read this week.

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7.8
Catalyst Prime: Accell #2

Jul 12, 2017

The second issue is a little of a dip in story but the visuals more than make up for it. I want to find out more about what Daniel is seeing and experiencing and that wanting to come back is a success. Definitely an interesting series that's getting its footing down to launch and make itself really stand out from the pack.

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8.5
Catalyst Prime: Accell #4

Sep 13, 2017

Catalyst Prime: Accell feels like it continues to add to the superhero genre, something thats tough to do and most importantly, when Im done reading it I feel like I just had a lot of fun and cant wait for the next issue.

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8.2
Catalyst Prime: Kino #1

Nov 29, 2017

A new entry in the Catalyst Prime world is great to see and this one is another unique one for the universe. A first issue that has me interested in seeing where it all goes and hoping we get more of that retro art.

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8
Catalyst Prime: Superb #3

Sep 20, 2017

The third issue feels like the point where things really get going adding another piece of the puzzle and getting me even more excited for the Catalyst Prime universe.

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9
Catwoman (2011) #41

Jun 11, 2015

I'm recommending this as a buy, not particularly this issue, but since Valentine took over. This issue on its own isn't a great starting point for new readers, though I'd imagine those already reading will be pleased. New readers might want to go back a bit. It seems like a series that's both beautifully written and drawn. Sadly I haven't kept up with the series, but not time like the present to go back and catch up.

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7.2
Catwoman (2018) #57

Sep 24, 2023

The end adds a bit of a wrinkle to the story but beyond that, the entry is rather forgettable.

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7.7
Catwoman: Election Night #1

Nov 2, 2016

One-shots like this I usually roll my eyes about, but Catwoman: Election Night is an entertaining comic that actually has a lot to say about the current state of politics and the Presidential election. But, what it also does is provide an escape from it all as Finch and Russell put story before politics. Whether you're a politico who wants a little politics in your comics or a comic fan looking for an entertaining story, Catwoman: Election Night is worth checking out.

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6
Chainsaw Reindeer #1

Sep 11, 2019

Chainsaw Reindeer is a one-note joke that only differs slightly when played. It's a great concept that's never quite realized as it sticks to cheap and cringe-worthy laughs.

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8.5
Champions (2016) #1

Oct 4, 2016

I had no idea what to expect going into this series and coming out the other side… it's awesome. It has an energy and vibe that's missing from a lot of comics. It has action, humor, solid banter, and more importantly characters that feel very aware of what they're doing. Marvel has position the series to be the center of what comes next and if this is any indication of what's coming, bring it on.

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7
Champions (2016) #13

Oct 18, 2017

The issue is entertaining and while it didn't blow me away, it was fun enough to have me come back to read what comes next.

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9
Champions (2020) #1

Oct 5, 2020

Champions #1 is a hell of a debut delivering a start that wears its thoughts and heart on its sleeve. This is a flag planted as to what this series is about. And delivers conflict in that even the next generation isn't in lockstep as to how they should go about making the world a better place. It's a beginning, and probably the best so far of the three volumes. It not only has a vision for what it wants to say but how it's going to say it. Much like Millennials and Gen Z, it understands its politics is a part of its story. Champions #1 has no problem talking about them and trying to fight for what's right.

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8
Chariot #1

Mar 3, 2021

Chariot #1 has a sense of style about it that works. It feels like films like Drive in that the visuals and essence are a driver of its draw. It's a cool start with an intriguing premise and concept. The latter half is a bit surprising where it goes resulting in an unexpected direction. For those that want a little bit of nostalgia, Chariot #1 is something to check out.

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7.2
Chasing Hitler #1

Nov 29, 2017

Chasing Hitler #1 represents the start of a new voice in comics and it's one that I want to see more of. This is an impressive start with a good concept, entertaining characters, and some solid art. There's much further to go in the limited series so we'll need to see if it sticks the landing but this start has me looking forward to the next issue.

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8
Chasing the Dragon #2

Mar 30, 2021

Chasing the Dragon #2 comes to shelves on April 7 from Magma Comix.

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9
Chew #50

Jul 2, 2015

While the series is heading towards its sixtieth and final issue, there's not time like the present to start from the beginning and catch up. With games and a television show in the works, Chew is still poised to be a massive break-out in the comic world. It's kind of hard for it not to be when it's this so infectiously fun.

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8.2
Children of the Atom (2021) #1

Mar 10, 2021

Children of the Atom #1 is a solid debut that's not quite what's expected. While it might seem like “Junior X-Men”, there's something else going on that's not clear as of yet. It delivers a bit of mystery in what originally seemed like a pretty straightforward adventure.

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7.5
Children of the Vault (2023) #1

Aug 9, 2023

Children of the Vault #1 sets up a triangle of competing interests and hate and it'll be interesting to see how it shakes out. There's some clear possible allies here as well as possible enemies. Overall, it's a “Fall of X” piece of the puzzle that's frustrating in some ways but also creates an intriguing conflict ahead.

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8.1
Chum #1

May 6, 2016

The first issue is a must get for noir/crime comic fans and I can't wait for the next issue.

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7.9
Cirque American: Girl Over Paris #1

Jul 7, 2016

While the original material is squarely in the young adult market, this comic is enjoyable by far more than fanse of the genre. I enjoyed it while generally avoiding all YA prose material. For me, it feels a bit Scooby Doo, a bit Nancy Drew, and a bit The Devil Wears Prada. This is a girl in Paris overwhelmed by her surroundings with a mix of mystery and it has me wanting to come back for more.

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9
Citizen Jack #1

Nov 4, 2015

This year seems to be a solid one for political comics, and especially satire, with Prez being one of the other standout highlights. Both succeed in showing an understanding of a broken process and broken system, while lampooning them in a way that makes you laugh, though we all should probably be crying from the reality of it all. It's just a first issue, but Citizen Jack looks like it's just what I need to get through the 2016 election.

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8
City Boy (2023) #1

May 24, 2023

City Boy #1 isn't a bad debut but it also doesn't quite completely excite. It has a tone that feels like it straddles audiences and in that way it feels like it holds back a little. But, mostly this feels like the opening chapter of a longer story, exactly what it is. For me, it falls on the line between a “buy” and “read” but knowing Pak's record in quality, I lean towards the former hoping that this is just a piece of a much more entertaining puzzle.

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8.4
Civil War II #0

May 18, 2016

But, this review is about this one issue, and it succeeds in everything it sets out to do, and does so while asking a very intriguing philosophical question.

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7.7
Civil War II #1

Jun 1, 2016

Like most of Marvel's event comics, the first issue definitely hooks you and has me interested to see what comes next. Hopefully it'll focus more on the actual political debate within and not water it down with actions based on emotions.

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7
Civil War II #2

Jun 15, 2016

Two issues in and the series is focused too much on emotion when it'd have been much better off putting that off to focus on the debate of how to stop crime that's the core of the series. While it covers a lot, in the end, the second issue continues to leave the event series' debate shallow at its core.

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4
Civil War II #3

Jul 13, 2016

In the end, what's the point of spending money to read a comic that has little more to say than what's already been spoiled by the publisher? Things may pivot from here and be redeemed, but I need to judge this one issue at a time. This is a hard pass.

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4
Civil War II #4

Jul 27, 2016

Much like the previous issue, this issue thinks it's smart, but is paper thin when it comes to its deeper themes. This is a box office event blockbuster on the printed page, when it's over you wonder what the point was other than to watch folks beat each other up. With three issues to go, I don't see things improving based on the final few pages.

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6
Civil War II #5

Sep 21, 2016

It all feels like there were issues putting this issue together. Some things are rushed, othere things there's not enough detail or discussion. I'd guess it was around this issue that plans changed and the series was expanded. Overall, the issue continues an event that's more flash than substance.

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6.7
Civil War II #6

Oct 26, 2016

There's some interesting things in the issue and it gets closer to the premise we were promised, but like previous issues it just feels empty at this point too. We had battles that were just thrown together and this too feels like a quick deescalation. Much like the event as a whole, the issue is a step off. The final panel is an interesting one and I want to see what Bendis has up his sleeve, but at this point it's really hard to keep going.

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7.1
Civil War II #7

Nov 23, 2016

The issue sets a lot of things up to come and you know what's hinted at will be something bigger than presented. It also interestingly shifts the importance of Marvel's "X" lines a bit as the events to come are presented from the view of Old Man Logan increasing his importance. But, like the six issues before, the concept is muddled with too much flash.

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6.5
Civil War II #8

Dec 28, 2016

The event wraps up as I expected, a summer blockbuster film with little to challenge the reader relying on flash and shock instead of its cerebral promise.

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5
Civil War II: The Fallen #1

Aug 17, 2016

The comic as a whole is just flimsy in so many ways. Lacking much emotion. A series of scenes. Art that just doesn't work. All for $4.99. This one is an absolute pass unless you're a die-hard Hulk fan or obsessive completist.

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8.4
Civil War II: The Accused #1

Aug 10, 2016

Civil War II: The Accused fills in a lot of gaps and I'd say is a pretty vital comic for those interested in Civil War II. But, more importantly, it actually comes close to delivering on the premise that was set up in the beginning of the event. It also leaves the reader with no clear answers. All of that together equals a success and the best comic I've read so far dealing with Civil War II.

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5
Civil War II: The Oath #1

Jan 28, 2017

If you like political polemics there's much better at there, even in comic form. Civil War II: The Oath isn't so much an epilogue as it is an attempt to get your dollars and raise interest in what comes next. While I'm sure those involved think they're being clever in holding a mirror to today's current climate, it comes off more as a cash in and failure to understand and grasp reality.

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7
Clean Room #1

Oct 22, 2015

The first issue is an interesting start. It's enough to get me to want to come back for the second, but I definitely was a bit lost in the beginning. This could be one that'll play out better in trade form, but we'll see!

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8.2
Clear (2021) #1

Oct 13, 2021

Clear #1 is a solid start for those who enjoy detective stories. It's an exciting start that blends classic tropes and beats with a look that feels more Blade Runner than anything else. There's a familiarity of it all while also folding in new ideas and concepts which have potential for creating an intriguing series going forward.

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7.9
Cloak and Dagger: Negative Exposure #1

Dec 27, 2018

After the somewhat letdown of the first digital volume, this start is a breath of fresh air in both story and look. This feels like a much higher tiered series and one I want to see where it goes. It might be digital but this is a comic series to definitely check out now and especially when it eventually makes it to print as a trade.

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8
Cloaked (2021) #1

Dec 15, 2021

Cloaked #1 is a debut with a lot of potential. The comic ends in an interesting place and it's easy to make some guesses as to where it will go from here. Hopefully, the series delivers more than my current suspicions but its mix of spandex and detective stories is an interesting one that creates a read that's just slightly different than what else is on the shelf.

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6.5
Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues #1

Oct 9, 2019

The comic delivers potential. It's the build-up to the story we know from the film but doesn't quite deliver that yet. Instead, it focuses on Johnny the person adds some depth to him and shows us where he's coming from. Now, we can get to the interesting stuff we all came for to start.

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8
Cold Dead War #1

Mar 24, 2021

Cold Dead War #1 comes together nicely. It's a solid war debut with a setup that's familiar but whose twists are unexpected. It has just enough that feels new and different to really pay off and keep things interesting. Overall, it sets up what feels like a entertaining B-movie action story.

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8.1
Con Man's Spectrum #1

Jun 29, 2016

Can a comic get me to check out a television show? It looks like it because I want to now see what Con Man is all about. This comic was fun and entertaining and I'm definitely coming back for more.

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8
Conan The Barbarian (2019) #1

Dec 31, 2018

Conan the Barbarian #1 is a fantastic start to the new year and hopefully a hint as to the overflowing entertaining comics we'll be spoiled with in 2019.

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9
Conan The Barbarian (2019) #2

Jan 16, 2019

Another great issue in what is becoming one of the best series out there. Fantastic storytelling and fantastic art and bonus prose combine for something that stands out from the crowd.

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8.9
Conan The Barbarian (2023) #1

Aug 2, 2023

I had high expectations going into Conan the Barbarian #1. Somehow it met all of them and then some. This is a hell of a debut and new chapter for the classic character that will hopefully launch adventures of this quality for many years to come.

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7.5
Conan: Serpent War #1

Dec 3, 2019

The issue is a good one in that it checks the marks off as an introduction to the adventure and characters. As an opening chapter, it's a good one but as a standalone comic, it's just ok. This may be an adventure to read in one sitting as part of a trade or all of the issues but the issue has me wanting to read what else is to come. It feels like a menagerie of heroes come together for a roleplaying game adventure.

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8.8
Constantine: The Hellblazer #1

Jun 10, 2015

This first issue is such a departure from what I expected. DC Comics promised we'd see a fresh and diverse new line of comics, and this series is clearly a key in that. The look is fresh. The voice is fresh and fantastic. The character is finally unique than just a mystique who's a jackass. I'm signed up, and can't wait to see where it goes.

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8
Constantine: The Hellblazer #3

Aug 17, 2015

The comic is a solid one in that it gives us a lot of insight in John Constantine's history and some of the sins of the past. It also hints as to the beginning of his dabbling into the mystic arts, and at the same time expands that world a bit with the introduction of new characters.

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6.5
Convergence #2

Apr 18, 2015

For a hyped event, Convergence has me waiting for it to be over to get back to our regularly scheduled program.

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6.5
Convergence #7

May 20, 2015

The issue, like the previous ones, is just ok. This event is a rarity in that the tie-ins are much stronger than the main series, the opposite of the usual. The big thing though is how DC sticks the landing with the next issue, and what comes next. That in the end is how this event will be judged for the better or worse.

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6.2
Convergence #8

May 29, 2015

Really, in the end, the comic is a read mainly due to its importance in shaping what's to come, not due to actual quality. There's some things spinning out of it, like Earth 2: Society, that I'm now even more excited about. But, the real good is DC has opened the vault, and the future is wide open.

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7.5
Convergence: Green Lantern Corps #2

May 23, 2015

If you know the history, the issue might be better. It does take us back to a time when the Green Lantern Corps' human members were rather dysfunctional. We don't get enough of that though.

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8
Convergence: Justice League Of America #2

May 25, 2015

Convergence is a bit of a hit and miss. The main series is a bit blah, and the tie-ins are hit and miss. This is one tie-in that stands out" a lot. The tie-ins might have a pretty standard formula, but that doesn't mean you can't do somethign special to make it stand out, Nicieza shows just how to do that.

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8
Convergence: The Flash #2

May 22, 2015

Overall, the two issues are a solid one with a clear vision, voice, and purpose in each issue. This isn't just some boring battle like some of the tie-ins are. Abnett is a fantastic writer, and these two issues show off how solid he is.

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8
Copra #1

Oct 2, 2019

Copra #1 isn't the best starting point for new readers but does feel a bit like a fresh start at the same time with an energy befitting its new publisher Image Comics. If you're looking for spandex action beyond the big two, it really doesn't get much better than this and even with a higher profile Copra #1 continues the attitude that has made the series stand out.

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7.5
Cosmic Ghost Rider (2023) #1

Mar 1, 2023

Cosmic Ghost Rider #1 isn't a bad start but the issue feels a little short and could have used some more pages. Where the main story cuts off and where it leaves readers is a little frustrating and jarring. Hopefully, it smooths out with the second issue but as a whole, while there's potential here, the comic overall doesn't quite have the hook it could have.

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7.8
Count Dante (2023) #1

May 10, 2023

Count Dante: The Unauthorized (But Sort of True) Story of the Deadliest Man Who Ever Lived #1 is an intriguing comic. I knew nothing about JT Keehan before this and now, I want to find out more. It's a life that can only be described as a wild ride and how much is true and how much isn't is something debated today. Still, he's a character that stands out in the world of martial arts and the comic feels like it's going to do a solid job of taking us through the journey.

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7.8
Creed: The Next Round (2023) #1

Jun 28, 2023

Creed: Next Round #1 is an intriguing start to the series. The ride isn't as interesting as where it winds up in the end and where it goes next should really start some emotional fireworks.

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8.3
Creed: The Next Round (2023) #2

Jul 26, 2023

Creed: The Next Round #2 balances the concept of charting one's own path while also balancing one's family history. It shows who we are is complicated and it's a fight for one's individuality. Beyond the family drama, we also get some entertaining boxing moments, delivering action. Overall, it's a solid continuation of the franchise that shows there's a lot of ways for this world to expand.

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7.1
Creed: The Next Round (2023) #4

Sep 27, 2023

Creed: The Next Round #4 is a fine ending to the series. It leaves things open for some interesting next chapters and new directions for the franchise to go in. Hopefully, someone believes in that potential and keeps things going. A comic spin-off of the film series that delivers the next chapter is a great way to go and a lower barrier to dive further into and expand the world of the Creed family.

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7
Crime Syndicate (2021) #1

Mar 2, 2021

Crime Syndicate #1 is a bit too much of a fresh start with an unexpected tone that doesn't quite fit. These were brutally evil characters who were always plotting. Here we're presented with more goofy mirror images of heroes we know. There's potential for the series as it goes on with more interactions but as is, the comic is a bit choppy in its presentation getting them to that point.

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10
Criminal (2019) #1

Jan 9, 2019

Is the comic good? It's beyond good, it's great. Criminal #1 shows that Brubaker and Phillips is a team of creators that are some of the best in the comics business. Criminal #1 is one of the strongest debuts in quite a while and a very welcomed return.

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10
Criminal (2019) #2

Feb 13, 2019

The issue is pure brilliance with a level of meta that you're not sure what is what isn't true. For comic historians and fans, there's so much to enjoy about the issue and for those you have gone to a certain convention, the locations shown are recognizable. This is a comic that can be enjoyed for it's noir and crime focus and loved that it's so much more.

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10
Criminal (2019) #3

Mar 20, 2019

The issue is amazing blending fact and fiction to deliver a comic that entertains but will also leave you pondering the truth of it all. Criminal is three issues in and one of the best comics on the market (again). It's not too late to dive in as this is a comic that should be on everyone's pull list.

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8.5
Criminal (2019) #4

Apr 24, 2019

Criminal #4 is a depressing comic in so many ways but it also is gripping an done of the best comics of the week.

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9
Criminal (2019) #5

Jun 5, 2019

Criminal #5 is as amazing as I'd expect. It continues one of the best comics out today and that's not even counting all of the extra material included in the issue. This is a perfect issue to hop on and check out what you're missing and long time readers will be excited to see where this goes.

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7.6
Crimson Cage #1

Dec 8, 2021

The idea of a pre-determined destiny playing out in a pre-determined sport is an interesting concept. That's what the elements of Macbeth brings to The Crimson Cage #1 but that juxtaposition isn't focused on enough in the debut. Instead, it feels like a normal story of greed with some supernatural elements that don't quite fit. There's something really close to being a hell of a read here but it dances around either its more interesting aspects or dives into them without much need for them.

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8
Cross To Bear #1

Oct 27, 2021

Cross to Bear #1 is a really solid that takes a familiar concept and adds some interesting twists and turns to the story. It is a solid read and entertaining with some fun characters and a dynamic that's unexpected that adds to the experience.

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9.5
Crossover (2020) #1

Oct 12, 2020

Crossover #1 is an amazing start with a love letter to comics and its community. It also is a larger discussion about community as a whole with a lot of interpretation possible by readers. This is a comic that should be on everyone's pull list and I have no doubt it'll be seeing multiple printings and lots of buzz when it eventually comes to shelves. Do yourself a favor and don't miss out. Crossover is a comic that should be on everyone's pull-list.

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8.8
Crossover (2020) #2

Dec 9, 2020

Crossover #2 is a fantastic second issue that grounds the fantastical set up. Like so many solid sci-fi stories, this one is not just entertaining but acting as commentary and reflection on our reality. What seemed like an initial fun homage to comics is quickly shaping up to be an excellent story about our politics and reactions to fear and the unknown. It also reflects how quickly we can “other” individuals and groups to justify actions. With one issue, the series has become infinitely more interesting and deep.

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9
Crossover (2020) #3

Jan 6, 2021

Crossover #3 is a fantastic issue that blends different worlds even more and allows Cate and Shaw return to an earlier property of theirs. That inclusion is fun (seriously, go read The Paybacks) but the further reveal really ups the “oh shit” factor of it all. This is a top-notch series that in its third issue has shifted things a bit taking this comic to an even crazier level of entertainment.

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7
Crossover (2020) #5

Mar 31, 2021

With some fun pop-culture references and a big action sequence, Crossover #5 is a fun comic to read. It stumbles in that it could use a bit more of a setup. Steps feel like they've been missed and we go from 0 to 10 in no time at all. I thought I missed an issue when I first began to read the comic. Still, it delivers action, drama, and ups the stakes of it all.

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7
Crossover (2020) #6

May 2, 2021

Crossover #6 feels a bit thin for the end of the story-arc. Its emotional moments don't hit the way they should. The reveals are pretty obvious. It does its job but doesn't excite and takes some of the air out of the balloon. The issue relies too heavily on its visuals to bring the entertainment instead of delivering heart.

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8.5
Crowded #1

Aug 15, 2018

The first issue is a winner delivering humor and a flow visually and through the narrative that sucks in the reader and makes you want more. There's a pacing that takes you through it all and gets you to the other end waiting for more action and wanting more humor as we explore this world and characters. And, with the shiny action outside, there's an interior depth that begs to explored and debated.

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7.8
Cult of Ikarus #1

Feb 9, 2022

Cult of Ikarus #1 is another entry in the modern vampire genre that definitely has its roots in what has come before. But, there's a certain flair about the debut that has me wanting to come back and see what happens next. Like Blade, there's a popcorn entertainment aspect it that works and works well.

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8
Curse of the Man-Thing (2021): Avengers #1

Mar 31, 2021

Avengers: Curse of the Man-Thing #1 might seem like a lot of action and a disaster film on its surface. Orlando delivers more than that. There's a real exploration of the character and some of the motivations behind it. There's a tragedy that's played out and it'll be interesting to see how this all continues in the next two chapters.

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7.6
Cyber Force (2018) #1

Mar 28, 2018

I really enjoyed previous volumes so there's a bar for this debut issue and I'm happy to say, the first issue clears it. It nails what it needs and gives us a new origin story that takes us in some new fresh directions. If you've ever wanted to check out this “classic” series, this is a perfect issue to start with.

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9
Cyborg #1

Jul 22, 2015

This first issue gives me so much hope. Walker looks like he's going to actually say something with this series, and at the same time provide a lot of entertainment in doing so.

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9
Cyborg #2

Aug 26, 2015

Cyborg is one of the strongest debuts in the DCYou line-up. It blends superhero sensibility with a real world we can relate to. Walker achieves that with the addition of small details, small thoughts, and fantastic responses to simple questions or moments. Can't wait to see where the series goes, but with just two issues, I'm completely on board.

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6
Cyborg (2016) #1

Sep 21, 2016

It's just ok overall. Cyborg should be a top-tier DC comic, but it feels like it's being relegated to a second tier one. The story isn't anything new or interesting. The scenes that should really connect usually have jokes that fall flat or dialogue that feels like it's written by someone who thinks this is how young kids speak. There's something to having Cyborg figure out if he's man or machine, but this just isn't it.

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7
Cyborg: Rebirth #1

Sep 7, 2016

The issue ends with clearly the villain that Vic will be up against. I have no idea who that is personally, but the design is cool. The issue as a whole is an interesting one, moving away from a focus on a superhero with a disability to a superhero who may not be human. It's a switch, but the tone of the comic feels similar to the previous volume. Overall, interesting stuff.

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8
Dahlia in the Dark #1

Dec 7, 2022

Dahlia in the Dark #1 is a solid start. Those who might enjoy a crime delivery story will want to check it out as it delivers a bit more than we'd typically expect. It takes a story from a genre we've seen many times before and changes it up for a potentially fun ride.

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8.2
Damage (2018) #1

Jan 17, 2018

I wasn't quite sure what to expect but this was not it and that's a good thing. It feels like there's a vision here and the “New Age of Heroes” as a whole. While we've seen this before, the way it's presented feels fresh and exciting as it breaks DC's mold in some ways. Solid stuff that has me looking forward to seeing what's next.

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7.6
Danger Street (2022) #1

Dec 14, 2022

Danger Street #1 is an interesting start. It's characters are second tier making it hard to really connect with them and none really stand out as any I care about. It's all about the story of revenge it'd seem. But, it's a start that has me wanting to see more of what's coming. Is it exciting? No. But, it does deliver the opening chapter of what feels like a tale of revenge with a crime and fantasy spin about it all.

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7.9
Danger Street (2022) #2

Jan 11, 2023

Danger Street #2 is a vast improvement on the first issue. It delivers the “humanity” of the characters that makes me connect to them in some way. By showing their grief, the team has me now caring about the actions each character takes going forward. It delivers a reason I should care about all of that. It's no longer a story of rich brats and screw-up heroes but now one of revenge and redemption driven by mourning.

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8.3
Daredevil (2015) #1

Nov 30, 2015

Soule, Garney, and Milla set out to create a distinctive voice and look from the previous run, and they succeed. It's best not to judge on what has come before since this is so different and is clearly trying to be. So far so good, in that the character is being brought back to his roots in many way, and at the same time we're being given new things to keep us on our toes. I expect the first issue to be solid, and this team delivers an entertaining read.

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7.4
Daredevil (2015) #595

Nov 8, 2017

The issue is good and has a lot of interesting concepts and for me this feels like a superhero comic that'll be cerebral going forward with not as much action but getting into the roots of superheroes being outlaws in some ways and the public turning against them. This is a different type of superhero comic away from big battles, the action, is a little different and very welcome.

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9.5
Daredevil (2015) #612

Nov 28, 2018

Soule closes a chapter in the life of Matt Murdock and we'll have to wait a few months to see what's next but this is a beautiful comic that feels like a fitting tribute to Daredevil and personal in a way too. The team is given us a hell of a chapter that's hard to not choke up a little as the final pages are read. “Death” of heroes seems to happen every week in comics, and never permanent, but when the story is this good, who really cares.

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8.5
Daredevil (2022) #1

Jul 13, 2022

Daredevil #1 is solid as expected. The comic does a great job of setting up the next adventure while wrapping up what has come before. It acts as a decent spot for new readers to hop on and should make longtime readers happy. Overall, things are looking very intriguing for the Daredevils and this series continues to be one to not miss.

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8
Daredevil (2022) #2

Aug 21, 2022

Overall, an intriguing issue that celebrates a big number for the series but doesn't overdo that aspect. The only knock is an art shift in the main story that feels like a bit of a jolt before it's clear what's going on.

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7
Daredevil (2023) #1

Sep 13, 2023

Daredevil #1 feels reserved in many ways. It's a slow start overall that has interesting concepts but not an interesting pitch of those concepts. It feels rather safe in some ways and a little bit of a throwback in others. After the wild, emotional driven ride, that was the previous volume, this one is a definite change in pace.

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8.5
Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #1

Jan 12, 2022

Rafael De LaTorre‘s art is fantastic. Along with color from Federico Blee and lettering by Clayton Cowles, the comic looks fantastic. There's a general look to the comic of a dark cloud hanging over Elektra as she scrambles. This isn't a flashy comic with lots of splash pages but instead there's a tightness about the panels and focus of each of a woman whose world and past is closing in on her. The style and look perfectly captures the tone of the story and in many ways brings so much of the tension and reflection. LaTorre perfectly nails down close up shots of Elektra's face as she looks out and ponders what's happening.

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9
Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #2

Feb 2, 2022

Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #2 is a tie-in but it's a comic that can stand on its own. It feels like the event is almost secondary as Elektra reflects on her life. It's a hell of an issue for a fantastic miniseries that has me begging for more. Even if you're not reading Devil's Reign, which you should, this is well worth picking up on its own.

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8.4
Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #3

Mar 2, 2022

Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #3 is a solid finale. It continues an event tie-in that has stood out and is one of the best I've read in a long time. It also has me wanting to go back and see what I missed in Elektra's story but also excited about what's to come.

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8.5
Dark Ages (2021) #1

Sep 1, 2021

Dark Ages #1 is a solid start. Taylor is delivering yet another spin on classic characters in a new world and setting. The debut sets the bar as what we can expect and the answer is everything. No one is safe and we're being delivered a solid spin and direction it seems like. If you like Taylor past similar work, this is a start that's well worth checking out.

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9
Dark Ages (2021) #2

Oct 6, 2021

Dark Ages #2 is a fantastic second issue. The first setup the world to come and this issue gives us the conflict to come while also going over the history that was. Such a solid story that it's one to not be missed and feels like a classic Marvel alternate future in the making.

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8.2
Dark Ages (2021) #3

Nov 17, 2021

Dark Ages #3 is another fantastic issue that has us already wanting more from Taylor twisting the Marvel world. It's an issue full of moments, exciting, shocking, sad, and funny. It's a hell of a read that's enjoyment from cover to cover.

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8.4
Dark Ages (2021) #4

Jan 12, 2022

Iban Coello's art style is fantastic. Despite the low-tech setting, there really is a great “Mad Max” quality of it all. Old technology and vehicles are reused. With color by Brian Reber and lettering by Joe Sabino, it all comes together in a focus that continues from Taylor's story. There's a detail about the art that helps make the world feel lived in. Things look worn and used. They're familiar but also slapped together. It's both clean and dirty in a way. Like the story itself, the details of the world look amazing and will get you to linger trying to figure out where it's all coming from in the regular Marvel universe.

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8
Dark Ages (2021) #6

Mar 30, 2022

Hopefully, we get a sequel to the series. Dark Ages #6 leaves more than enough out there to build a really interesting follow up. Unfortunately, due to an exclusive deal with DC, any sequel won't have the talent of Tom Taylor. Taylor through six issues helped balance heart and action with the fantastic art of Iban Coello for a miniseries that delivers on popcorn entertainment.

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7.9
Dark Ark #1

Sep 20, 2017

Dark Ark #1 is a solid debut. As I said, it mines material and gives it a new spin I wasn't expecting and really enjoyed. I want to see where it all goes as Bunn sets up the conflict really well and it feels like a powder keg getting ready to explode. A great example of how the setting can make a story.

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7.8
Dark Ark: After the Flood #1

Oct 2, 2019

Dark Ark: After the Flood #1 is a welcome return to the world and its twist on the Bible. A solid beginning for long-time readers and for those that are new, it's not too late to go back and see what you've missed.

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8.5
Dark Ark #2

Oct 25, 2017

Dark Ark has not only impressed me but its exceeded my expectations creating a Biblical horror series that's also a whodunnit. A great combination that has me sucked in waiting to see what's next and who the killer is.

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8.2
Dark Ark #3

Nov 29, 2017

This issue was… unexpected. I fully expected the murder mystery to play out longer until the eventual confrontation but that wouldn't be for another issue or two. Instead, things shift in many ways and it has me excited to see what happens next.

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8.2
Dark Ark #7

Jun 6, 2018

This series continues to rewrite what we know and delivers a horror tinged take on the Bible that's engaging and interesting and keeps us on our toes.

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7.9
Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths (2022) #1

Jun 8, 2022

While Dark Crisis #1 didn't quite excite me, the debut has all the makings of a solid story. The overall package by the time things are done may be far better than this opening issue. Still, it has more than enough to entertain and reminds readers that what DC's classic heroes have done over and over was never as easy as it looked.

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7.5
Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths (2022) #2

Jul 6, 2022

Dark Crisis #2 is an interesting comic much like the debut. There's a lot I like and a lot I don't At times there's some really interesting moments and others where it feels like it's going through the motions. The comic feels like it's trying to be its own thing but also is waist deep in continuity. The event as a whole fits in this weird spot. It feels like one that'll have to be judged but the whole instead of each individual part.

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7.9
Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths (2022) #3

Aug 3, 2022

Dark Crisis #3 is an improvement I think. The series is getting going as we see the various narratives play out. Still, this is an event where it feels like the individual issues won't stand out as much as the story as a whole. We'll see if that's true as it continues but so far, improvement is good.

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6.8
Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths (2022) #7

Dec 21, 2022

At the end of Dark Nights: Death Metal, a multiverse was born of infinite possibilities. At the end of Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #7 a new multiverse is born of infinite possibilities. The difference? I couldn't really say. Beyond the small details, a lot of the two events feels exactly the same. While the event sends some characters and teams in new directions, overall, it was a lot of show to get us to a spot not much further than where we began.

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7.3
Dark Crisis: Young Justice #1

Jun 22, 2022

Dark Crisis: Young Justice #1 is a perfectly fine offshoot of the event that has some interesting moments. The reaction of the older heroes has a lot of potential and says so much about how this group is seen. There's definitely something here but overall this might be for folks who are fans of the characters.

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8
Dark Days: The Casting #1

Jul 12, 2017

Events have a bit ho-hum lately in comics but DC feels like it's setting up a potential classic here with two comics that lay the groundwork for whats to come and build a mystery that when all the pieces fall into place feels like it'll pay off. This is the prequel, not really meant to be read on its own. It has a goal to set up what's to come and get us excited and it achieves that in every way.

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8.4
Dark Days: The Forge #1

Jun 14, 2017

A comic I went into expecting the usual “event” blah out of it I came out of excited to see what comes next. This is an event that was promised to be epic and it delivers on the hype.

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6.2
Dark Fang #1

Nov 15, 2017

The first issue is interesting but I'm rather perplexed to be honest. It feels like two different comics mashed together and the connection to the pitch comes far too late. It's a comic that has a lot of promise but it doesn't quite deliver on it. Instead though, what's presented is still an entertaining story though it's a bit choppy with two sections that don't quite feel like they flow together.

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8.5
Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1

Nov 25, 2015

I'll straight up say, I was floored by this first issue which completely surpassed my expectations and reminded me much more of the classic Miller comics I grew up reading. There's been lots of hype building to this, and when I got through it all and to that last page, that hype felt warranted.

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7
Dark Knight III: The Master Race #3

Feb 24, 2016

It's hard to say if I had no idea of Miller's ideological leanings how my views of this issue might have changed, but even without that knowledge it's clear Miller's focused on the rise of Al-Qaeda's more insane offshoot ISIS now. I can't judge the whole tale since there's much to go, but this issue is a huge shift from the first two in its tone and what it's trying to say. It's one I expected considering how the last issue ended, but I clearly still wasn't prepared for.

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7.1
Dark Knight III: The Master Race #4

Apr 28, 2016

The series is about what I expected and continues its big on concepts, low on exploration of those concepts. But, that leaves a story that the readers can debate with each other and themselves. Honestly I expected a voice and perspective that hasn't quite played out as I expected. A comic you can debate is a success in many ways, and I continue to look forward to see what's to come.

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7.1
Dark Knight III: The Master Race #5

Jun 29, 2016

Not sure what else there really is to say. The comic isn't bad, it's just not as good as it should be. It lacks that something special that existed in the first volume and was clearly missing in the second. It's very readable and in some aspects entertaining, but modern classic, this one isn't.

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7
Dark Knight III: The Master Race #7

Dec 28, 2016

The issue isn't bad as it sets up the finale, but it just feels like the momentum has been lost a bit due to the delays in its release. When read as a trade I'd expect my opinions to differ, but as a single issue is how I'm judging it right now. Still, it sets up the next issue in a way that I'm hoping the wait is minimum as it looks to be one action packed ending.

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5.5
Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child #1

Dec 11, 2019

There's something interesting in the Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child but the end result is a mess of a result. The story comes off as if it thinks it's an intelligent take on the current state of affairs. But, then the dialogue betrays all of that with such memorable lines like “I'll rip yuh gonads off.” The dialogue at times is laughable, and not in a good way. It's a frustrating comic with flashes of Miller's brilliance but a final result that's a chaotic mess.

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9
Dark Knights of Steel (2021) #1

Nov 3, 2021

Dark Knights of Steel #1 is a hell of a start. Taylor has gone the extra distance with this debut and series. It doesn't just take characters and dump them in a new setting. It delivers some subtle changes to a few that delivers what feels like a whole new experience in many ways" in a new setting. If the debut delivers this much, I can't wait to see what's next.

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8.5
Dark Knights of Steel (2021) #2

Dec 8, 2021

Dark Knights of Steel #2 is a solid issue that leaves us with a holy shit moment. It leaves us questioning who are the real heroes and if there are any in this story. Taylor has taken the expected heroes versus impossible odds in new setting formula we were expecting and is delivering us another shakeup to the genre he's mastered so well. This is a hell of a series that looks to keep its readers on their toes.

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8.8
Dark Knights of Steel (2021) #3

Jan 5, 2022

Dark Knights of Steel #3 is another solid issue of the series. It's slowly building the intrigue and action to come instead of just rushing into things. It also has no problem piling up the bodies and destruction. In other words, it's using its disconnect from continuity to full advantage and delivering a reading experience that's familiar but also keeps readers on their toes.

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8
Dark Knights of Steel (2021) #4

Feb 2, 2022

Dark Knights of Steel #4 fills in some interesting gaps to the story. We get to learn a bit of the world's history through Alfred. While the issue is mainly devoted to the past it's very much about the present and by the end, has set the series up for its next arc and direction.

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8.1
Dark Knights of Steel (2021) #6

Apr 27, 2022

Dark Knights of Steel #6 kicks off the second half of the story and keeps things moving and up in the air. Can war be prevented? Will the prophecy be fulfilled? It delivers just enough unexpected to keep the readers guessing what will happen next and most importantly, it's a hell of a lot of fun. Another fantastic issue for a series and world I hope we get more of.

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9
Dark Night: A True Batman Story #1

Jun 15, 2016

I had high hopes going into reading this graphic novel and it didn't disappoint at all, meeting my lofty expectations. I found myself emotionally caught up and invested in this story, and the real experiences Dini had, especially as someone who grew up watching the two shows he's most known for. It gives us a glimpse behind the curtain, no matter how ugly that may be. Dini and Risso have put together a biography in graphic novel that bends and twists the genre into something more.

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8.1
Dark Nights: Death Metal #1

Jun 16, 2020

The team really nails the first issue. At first, you might feel lost but it all comes together. Dark Nights: Death Metal #1 really starts to connect the dots and finish the puzzle of a big picture story that was started years ago. We get some action but we also get the start of an event that feels like it'll begin to really pay off for those who have stuck around for so long and trusted there was a bigger picture at work. You might think this is the next chapter of Dark Nights: Metal, but Dark Nights: Death Metal #1 ties into so much more of what's been going on.

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Dark Nights: Death Metal #2

Jul 14, 2020

After the rocket launch of a first issue, Dark Nights: Death Metal #2 doesn't feel as much "death metal" as it does a corporate suburbanite throwing on their leather jacket with some spikes and going to a show in the back. It never quite commits to the chaos of the mosh-pit but just kind of safely stands in the back admiring the musicianship, never committing to the gut experience.

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7.5
Dark Nights: Death Metal #3

Aug 11, 2020

I'm still not sold on Dark Nights: Death Metal #3 and the series as a whole. I get a feeling I can see the meta at work but won't know until the series wraps up. It really does feel like a final chapter in the New 52 aspect of the DC Universe putting the final nails in that chapter. But, there's still issues to go and a lot of directions the series can take. While the individual issues have had a sense of entertainment, this may be a series to truly judge as a whole instead of its individual parts.

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7.2
Dark Nights: Death Metal #4

Oct 13, 2020

Dark Nights: Death Metal #4 just generally falls flat. The comic is predictable far too often. There's parts are non-sensical at times, a big moment being when our heroes are freed (not really a spoiler). It's a ride though that focuses on desperation and delivering that emotion to the readers to get them interested. It's a chapter in the bigger story and will be completely fine as such in a popcorn read sort of way. On it's own though, it just doesn't quite work for me.

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7
Dark Nights: Death Metal #5

Nov 17, 2020

Much like DC continuity, it's a bit mixed for everyone. At this point, it feels like an end of the journey and I more want to see where it goes and what's next than the details of the event itself.

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7.2
Dark Nights: Death Metal #6

Dec 15, 2020

While Dark Nights: Death Metal #6 hasn't won me over on the event, it does have its moments. There's some of those that bring the good schmaltz. There's far more that are popcorn worthy summer blockbuster visuals. It's a turn off your brain and enjoy the ride of a comic and at times that's a good thing.

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6.5
Dark Nights: Death Metal #7

Jan 5, 2021

While I can't quite recommend Dark Nights: Death Metal #7 I also can't quite say you can skip it either. It's a curiosity more than anything else. It's the end to an era and leading into what's next shaking up the status-quo for DC Comics. If you're interested in seeing how that comes about, it's worth checking out. If not, then this is one you can pass on.

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8.5
Dark Nights: Death Metal: Robin King #1

Oct 20, 2020

Dark Nights: Death Metal Robin King #1, like the other one-shots, stands out. If you want to learn more about Robin King, it's out there but there's just enough having to do with the main event, it also doesn't stand on its own. Still, it's an entertaining read that's beyond insane and fun.

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5
Dark Nights: Death Metal: Infinite Hour Exxxtreme! #1

Nov 10, 2020

Dark Nights: Death Metal Infinite Hour Exxxtreme! is just an ok tie-in. Yes, it probably tells something important that won't be covered in the main series but it also doesn't feature enough to stand out. It feels like something that probably could have been told in a few pages stretched out to over 30. Most of it is filler with the meat of the story featuring little explanation and a resolution that takes place in a few panels. It's about as filler as filler gets.

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8.1
Dark Nights: Death Metal: Death Metal Guidebook #1

Aug 19, 2020

Dark Nights: Death Metal Guidebook #1 is a one-shot tie-in that really works. While it feels like it should have come out earlier in the event, it does a great job of acting as a starting point for those who missed the first three issues. It answers a lot of questions and also drops some key hints for the main story as well. It's a spin-off that feels as vital as any main event issue.

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8.4
Dark Nights: Death Metal: Trinity Crisis #1

Sep 8, 2020

Dark Nights: Death Metal Trinity Crisis #1 feels like the issue where this event just admits it's the latest "Crisis" storyline for the DC Universe. It does a solid job of both diving into DC history while also leaving it open enough for new readers to enjoy. But, again, there's a fault of the issue for not being part of the main series. It's an odd choice. Still, this is the second recent release for Dark Nights: Death Metal that acts as a jumping on point or an explanation of what's happening. If you've been following the event, it's a must get. If you're intrigued by what's going on, this isn't a bad place to start to begin the latter half.

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Dark Nights: Death Metal: Rise of the New God #1

Oct 27, 2020

Dark Nights: Death Metal Rise of the New God is an interesting comic. It has a lot of concepts that could work really well. But, as a comic, it doesn't stand on its own. It feels like a chapter in the event that without the event, it'd make no sense. As is, it's inclusion is head-scratching until we read more of what's to come. It's a setup of things, clearly, but until that pays off, what's presented can be a bit confusing and mixed. It has concepts without payoff and new ideas that until this issue hasn't played into Dark Nights: Death Metal.

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7.5
Dark Nights: Death Metal: Death Metal Metaverse's End #1

Sep 29, 2020

Dark Nights: Death Metal Multiverse's End #1 is a chapter in the bigger picture event. It doesn't quite stand on its own but there's a certain insanity to it that almost makes it worth it. But, what's truly impressive with the comic is a self-awareness that doesn't seem present elsewhere. It makes fun of itself and the silliness we've seen throughout the event. It goes all out, then makes fun of itself for doing so. And that brings a certain enjoyment.

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Dark Nights: Death Metal: The Multiverse Who Laughs #1

Nov 24, 2020

There are some things to like about Dark Nights: Death Metal The Multiverse Who Laughs. The idea of an anthology telling stories in this twisted world has potential but few are given the space they're needed to really be interesting. Instead, they all fall short as teases for something far more entertaining. Both the Green Arrow and Steel stories are worthy of their own one-shots and an entire line could be done like the other Dark Multiverse one-shots releases. But, as is, there's not a lot here to get excited about.

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8.1
Dark Nights: Metal #3

Oct 11, 2017

The issue isn't quite as strong as the first two but it ends the first arc in a way and sets our heroes and villains off in interesting directions. What it especially does is sucks out the hope that has expanded through Rebirth and made the situation seem more desperate. The comic event lives up to its name, it exudes “metal” and rock and roll in many ways. Most importantly, it has me excited to see what comes next.

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8
Dark Nights: Metal #4

Dec 20, 2017

There's lots of great here and visuals and pacing are fantastic as usual. The issue is that it picks a bit from DC Universe history that if you're not completely familiar, you feel like you're missing out. The impact isn't as great. It's cool visuals, but the depth isn't there. The concepts shine though delivering an entertaining read.

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8.8
Dark Nights: Metal #5

Jan 31, 2018

There's not much more to go and I have no idea how this is ending. The issue is solid in playing with the reader's emotions and when you think things are turning for the better, you get knocked back down. It's an emotional roller coaster with intelligent plotting that uses the various storylines to enhance each other and toy with those ups and downs. Another solid addition to the event series.

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8
Dark Nights: Metal #6

Mar 28, 2018

On it's own, it's hard to judge this individual comic but as a conclusion for the event, it's very satisfying and then some. I found myself saying “hells yes” multiple times and smiling as the “epic” nature of it all crescendoed. There's a solid conclusion that makes sense and also feels like it sets up a lot to come which has me, and hopefully comic readers, excited. Dark Nights: Metal has been a crazy ride and delivered what was promised, a rocking “metal” comic event.

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8.5
Dark Ride (2022) #1

Oct 5, 2022

Dark Ride #1 is an interesting and intriguing debut. There's a lot of directions it can go and with the way the first issue plays out, who knows what's to come. There's a fun ride to it all, one that horror fans and beyond will want to check out.

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8.4
Dark Ride (2022) #2

Nov 9, 2022

Dark Ride #2 is a fantastic second issue. There's a great mystery here but it also delivers levity and grounded situations we, the readers, can relate to. It could easily have gone all in on the horror aspect but it's clear the creative team has something greater planned for us. This is a series to dive into before it's too late!

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8.2
Dark Ride (2022) #3

Dec 14, 2022

Dark Ride #3 is another fantastic issue ending at the perfect moment when the scares begin and maybe we get some answers as to what's going on. It's a fantastic read that balances the build up and the scares and leaving readers wanting to find out exactly what's going in.

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8.5
Dark Ride (2022) #4

Jan 11, 2023

Dark Ride #4 is another fantastic issue that continues to bring things together slowly. It teases out the weird making you want to find out what's really going on. It does an excellent job of balancing its scares never crossing the line where shock is its driver. Instead, its the characters within and their reaction as to what's going on that's the draw… ok, and the scares.

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8.6
Dark Ride (2022) #5

Apr 12, 2023

Dark Ride #5 is another stellar issue of the series. It keeps things moving while also adding more mystery and questions while also pulling back the curtain a bit hinting at the horrors going on. If you're a fan of the horror genre, this is a series you don't want to miss.

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8.8
Dark Spaces: Wildfire #1

Jul 20, 2022

Dark Spaces: Wildfire #1 is a hell of a start with amazing art and a very unique concept. It shows off Snyder's talents as he moves away from the fantastical and horror to a more grounded story. His framing of the story and issue are top notch and mixed with art that will blow you away, this is a hell of a start and an issue that's a must get.

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8.8
Dark Spaces: Wildfire #2

Aug 17, 2022

Dark Spaces: Wildfire #2 is a hell of a second issue for one of the freshest series of the year. A unique concept with amazing art creates a reading experience that's a must.

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8.2
Dark Web (2022) #1

Dec 7, 2022

Dark Web #1 is a solid start. While I was interested in the event, I'm now excited to see where it all goes with some unexpected directions and a nice focus on horror, the holidays, and the characters themselves. It packs a lot in and does an impressive job of balancing things. Even if you haven't been keeping up, this issue will get you what you need and get you pumped for what's to come.

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8.4
Dark Web: Ms. Marvel #1

Dec 21, 2022

For too often spin-offs for events feel like a slight cash grab. Dark Web: Ms. Marvel #1 is far from that. The story is excellent and art solid creating a combination that makes this a comic that can be enjoyed on its own even without reading the event. It balances everything really well creating an experience that welcomes new readers and those heavily invested in what's going on. It actually makes me want to go back and read some of Kamala's adventures. I've done that here and there but this makes the case I've really been missing out.

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8.5
Dark Web: Ms. Marvel #2

Jan 11, 2023

Dark Web: Ms. Marvel #2 is just a hell of a lot of fun. The comic could easily stand on its own, having little to do with the greater event. Even if you're not interested in it, this is a two issue series that's worth picking up to just sit back and enjoy.

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7
Dark Wing (2020) #1

Nov 4, 2020

That focus is needed. Dark Wing #1 doesn't explain a lot about its characters and world. You're really forced to figure out who people are and what's going on by a sentence or two. The set-up is built into the story which is itself focused on the action. This feels like a bit more dense of a comic debut and should be interesting to see where it goes but as it stands this is one that might be for those really into space focused science fiction.

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8.5
Dark X-Men (2023) #1

Aug 16, 2023

Dark X-Men #1 is a lot of fun. Action. Humor. It's exactly what you'd expect going into it and has me excited to read more.

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8
Dark X-Men (2023) #2

Sep 24, 2023

Writer Steve Foxe, artist Jonas Scharf, colorist Frank Martin, and letterer Clayton Cowles continue to deliver what is the standout of Fall of X.

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8.4
Darkhawk (2017) #51

Nov 30, 2017

I've enjoyed some of the one-shots released so far but this one makes the case it should continue and makes you question why it's taken so long for this series to pick up again.

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7.6
Darkhold (2021): Alpha #1

Sep 29, 2021

Darkhold Alpha is an interesting start. There's a lot thrown in and it does an excellent job of explaining things. As far as beginnings, it does what it needs to setting things up and keeping the overall story a bit of a guess. While this so far isn't a miniseries that's a must read, it does have enough interesting aspects to check out and see where it all goes.

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8.5
Darkwing Duck (2023) #1

Jan 25, 2023

Darkwing Duck #1 is such a fun and welcome return of the series. Here's hoping it has a run that goes longer than the animated series it's based on.

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8.5
Darkwing Duck (2023) #2

Feb 22, 2023

Darkwing Duck #2 is another fun issue that'll leave readers excited to pick up the next one to see where the team takes the series. It's not just a villain of the week story, there looks to be a bit of an ongoing narrative as well which can take the series and characters to the next level. Much like the debut, this is a solid story that captures the classic cartoon.

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8.2
Darkwing Duck (2023) #3

Mar 15, 2023

Darkwing Duck #3 is another fantastic issue that feels like it naturally fits into a show that aired 3 decades ago. It's like no time has passed but at the same time the stories connect with that original audience and are entertaining for a new one. Getting dangerous has settled a bit for making breakfast in this issue, but with flair, and it still is an entertaining and fun read.

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8.4
Darkwing Duck (2023) #4

Apr 19, 2023

Darkwing Duck #4 is another fun issue that hints at a bigger story to come while keeping everything focused. For long time fans it's a welcome return of the characters but for new readers the team has been introducing everyone slowly. Lots of fun that captures or childhood.

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8.1
Darkwing Duck (2023) #5

May 24, 2023

Darkwing Duck #5is another fun read that picks up on the hints of a bigger story from the previous issue. For long time fans its a welcome return of the characters but for new readers the team has been introducing everyone slowly. Lots of fun that captures or childhood. Overall, it's just entertaining and will put a smile on your face.

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7
Dastardly And Muttley #1

Sep 7, 2017

Where this is all going, I have absolutely no clue. But, the first issue is entertaining enough and has me looking forward to the next issue to see what'll happen and what else Ennis can deliver when it comes to winks and nods.

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8
David Byrne's Cancelled #1

Apr 20, 2022

David Byrne's Canceled #1 is a fun horror comic. The genre is sort of slasher and with stories intertwined flowing into each other it's both an anthology and overarching story that plays throughout. It's a fun comic for horror fans and one that should definitely be on the radar for fans of the genre.

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Days of Hate #1

Jan 17, 2018

Kot and the team are delivering a story that's exactly what's so powerful about entertainment. We read a story whose layers have a deeper meaning and in this case it's a warning of where we may be going. Some of the best entertainment not only entertains but also acts as a metaphor for the world and this delivers exactly that and then some.

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8.4
DC / Hanna-Barbera: Booster Gold/The Flinstones #1

Mar 29, 2017

This is a solid issue with the crazy humor of Russell mixed in with an interesting take on the Jetsons. Together, this is one to pick up and has a lot of depth mixed in with the humor.

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7.5
DC / Hanna-Barbera: Adam Strange/Future Quest #1

Mar 29, 2017

Overall, this is a mixed issue and sets up some interesting things for the future. It's really cool that the Adam Strange Future Quest aspect of the issue takes place post both of their stories. That's really smart and makes this one shot feel that much more important. But, the story itself doesn't bring a lot that's new or different, like their series before did. It also feels like it sets up something for the future, which Top Cat does as well. It's an interesting concept overall with these two mash-ups, but neither quite feels like it lets loose in the ways I expected.

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9.4
DC / Hanna-Barbera: Suicide Squad/The Banana Splits #1

Mar 29, 2017

This comic is my favorite of the week delivering two entertaining stories that are entertaining in totally different ways.

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6.7
DC / Hanna-Barbera: Green Lantern/Space Ghost #1

Mar 29, 2017

This entire comic has some issues, which makes me hesitant to recommend spending dollars on it. There's just not enough new in the main story to really make it stand out and the backup is a lot of build-up to get to the point.

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7
DC House of Horror (One Shot) #1

Oct 25, 2017

If you're looking for some horror comics for the holiday season, there's so much better that's out there for the price point. If you've read all of those, then maybe this is worth it.

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8.6
DC Super Hero Girls: Finals Crisis #1

Jun 29, 2016

This isn't a deep layered graphic novel, it's not supposed to be. This is geared towards younger kids who'll enjoy the characters and style and simplistic story. Still, I found it all enjoyable and can't wait to read and see more of it all. If there's a little super hero in your life, this is an absolute must buy for them. If you're an adult, it's one you'll want to check out to see what the kids are so excited about.

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8.6
DC Universe: Rebirth #1

May 23, 2016

It looks like Rebirth is going to be more than just the rebirth of DC's legacy, but also a rebirth of hope and fun in comics.

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8.2
DC vs. Vampires (2021) #1

Oct 27, 2021

DC vs. Vampires #1 is a solid debut with some twists and turns you'll need to experience for yourself. While it takes the familiar formula of alternative timeline heroes fighting (fill in the blank genre) the way the story is presented and the details makes it stand out as more than fill in the threat. There's a lot of potential here that'll keep readers on their toes, especially after that final segment of the comic. This is perfect for the Halloween season and perfect to sit back, relax, and just enjoy.

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8.2
DC vs. Vampires (2021) #2

Nov 24, 2021

DC vs. Vampires #2 is another solid issue for a series that has been a great read. Considering the creative team, it's not surprising as to it being good. But, there's a level of freshness about it that stands out. It has twists and reveals that aren't expected and keep readers on their toes. A solid series that delivers with each issue so far, this is one that mixes superhero action with some real paranoia.

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8.8
DC vs. Vampires (2021) #3

Dec 29, 2021

DC vs. Vampires #3 is a hell of an issue that keeps readers guessing as to what's going to happen next. There's enough twists and turns for a miniseries let alone one issue. What's great is, the issue, and series as a whole, has stuck to a psychological aspect that has made the comics entertaining. It easily could have been just one giant action fight but instead it keeps things in the horror space leaving you to constantly guess who might be a vampire and who might wind up dead.

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8.3
DC vs. Vampires (2021) #4

Jan 26, 2022

The worst thing about this series is there's so much more to go. I want to find out what happens now! If this was collected, I'd be glued to my couch reading it in one sitting to enjoy and find out what's next. But, each issue is played perfectly leaving readers hanging and guessing as to what's going to happen next.

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8.8
DC vs. Vampires (2021) #5

Feb 23, 2022

DC vs. Vampires #5 is another solid issue of a series that keeps surprising. The action is great. The paranoia keeps building and the end of this issue delivers a little sadness as well. But, overall, the comic is a hell of a lot of fun you can easily get lost in and want to see what's next.

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8.5
DC vs. Vampires (2021) #6

Mar 30, 2022

DC vs. Vampires #6 is another fantastic issue for the series. It keeps you guessing and when events play out or things are revealed, it'll leave your jaw hanging open. It has me excited to see where the latter half of the series goes as the issue is clearly the low point that our heroes will need to climb out of to save the day… if they can.

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8.5
DC vs. Vampires (2021) #7

Jul 6, 2022

DC vs. Vampires #7 does an amazing job of launching the latter half of the event but at the same time making it feel like a starting point. For those awaiting the series' return, you'll be happy with the mix of action, drama, and so much more. For those that want to dive in, you can and you'll be sucked into the world. A fantastic start to the epic battle to come.

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8.5
DC vs. Vampires (2021) #8

Aug 3, 2022

DC vs. Vampires #8 is another fantastic issue. If you haven't been reading the series, go out and start from the beginning. For those that have been reading, looks like it's game on and things are about to get wild.

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8.5
DC vs. Vampires (2021) #12

Dec 28, 2022

DC vs. Vampires #12 is a fantastic ending to the series. Hopefully, we get more. What's presented and hinted at leaves so much more to be done and so much more to explore. Easily one of the best "Elseworlds type event in some time, one that deserves an encore.

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DC vs. Vampires (2021): Killers #1

Jun 29, 2022

DC vs. Vampires: Killers is a solid addition to the event. It's another key comic and part of the story that just wouldn't fit well in the main series. It's a must for those already reading the series and might get those not interested in checking it out.

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8.5
DC vs. Vampires (2021): Hunters #1

May 25, 2022

What stands out about DC vs. Vampires: Hunters #1 is its surprises. Much like the main series, the comic never quite goes in the direction you expect. It has shocking moments for sure, and there's a body count, but it surprises the reader. More importantly, it points to a very intriguing second half of this series.

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8.1
DC vs. Vampires: All-Out War (2022) #1

Jul 20, 2022

DC vs. Vampires: All-Out War #1 is a solid addition to the overall story. It tackles what else is going on with events that wouldn't fit in the main series, not just in length but with the narrative itself. It shows a side mission that's pretty vital to the overall event and answers some questions as well as opening up some intriguing possibilities.

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7.8
DCeased #1

May 1, 2019

I'm generally not a horror fan but do enjoy the occasional zombie story. This combination of DC's iconic characters and an outbreak storyline works due to it understanding what it is and using familiar tropes and situations to maximum effect. While it might be familiar, if you're a fan of this genre, it's well worth checking out.

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DCeased #2

Jun 5, 2019

The comic is a hell of a second issue. DCeased #2 improves upon the first issue taking us away from traditional tropes and instead uses them to focus on something else. The first issue was good. This second issue is great. What started out as a riff on something we've seen so many times before is turning in to something truly spectacular.

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7.8
DCeased: Dead Planet (2020) #1

Jul 7, 2020

And that's the issue with the comic. It's really entertaining and an excellent follow up to everything that has come before. The problem is too much of what happens is choreographed. The latter parts of the comic are predictable and aren't surprising at all as they're all foreshadowed at some point. But, it's still a fun read and is a shift from the expected take on the zombie genre. If only it kept a bit more of its secrets and delivered real surprises.

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8.1
DCeased: Dead Planet (2020) #2

Aug 4, 2020

DCeased: Dead Planet #2 is another winner of an issue for the series. It expands the world that we know showing us the impact of the Anti-Life virus and what remains. We get a better idea of the society that has sprung up. The issue too takes us on an emotional rollercoaster of hope and despair giving us everything in between. While some might see this series and think "zombie," it's far more than a simple genre.

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DCeased: Dead Planet (2020) #3

Sep 1, 2020

DCeased: Dead Planet #3 adds a lot to the series and world. There's a concept thrown out that really drives the direction of what's at stake and what might be coming. There's so much more than a battle to find a cure and what the anti-life zombies have tipped as far as balance is interesting. The series continues to mix things up a bit delivering ideas and concepts far more than you'd expect in a typical "zombie" story.

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8.5
DCeased: Dead Planet (2020) #4

Oct 6, 2020

DCeased: Dead Planet #4 helps fill the the giant space missing when it comes to summer popcorn films. The comic is a solid mix of focusing on the characters and emotion and delivering those moments that pop. The issue is clearly a transition and set up for the end game to come and it looks like it's going to be a hell of a fight. While I've really enjoyed the series before, I'm beyond excited to see where it goes from here.

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DCeased: Dead Planet (2020) #5

Nov 3, 2020

DCeased: Dead Planet #5 is another winner of an issue. It reminds us that there are numerous threats on the horizon and battles to come beyond just finding a cure. There's not one but two massive threats that are ready to attack and just cause absolute destruction and chaos. It's interesting that the previous issue got us to think ahead while this issue dials it back to remind us there's even more to come.

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DCeased: Dead Planet (2020) #7

Jan 20, 2021

DCeased: Dead Planet #7 delivers a fitting conclusion to this chapter but also leaves so many questions out there and directions things could go from here. It does a great job of wrapping up its two major plotlines and does so without feeling like either is cut short. Those reading this series should be happy with the issue, it delivers just the right amount of heroism, which is something we need.

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DCeased: Hope At World's End #1

May 19, 2020

DCeased: Hope at World's End Chapter 1 isn't bad at all. It's actually quite good. But, the timing of the release and some of what's written echoes reality a bit too closely. It's hard to take Superman as a serious hero when we have them front and center today. The escapism is marked by a dose of truth.

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9
DCeased: Hope At World's End #2

Jun 3, 2020

DCeased: Hope at World's End Chapter Two is an amazing second chapter that takes you on an emotional roller coaster. It's beyond fantastic and a hit me out of left field. While some might be predictable, it doesn't lessen the impact. This is an issue you can pick up and read on its own. It'll suck you in and have you wanting more of this quality.

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DCeased: Hope At World's End #3

Jun 16, 2020

DCeased: Hope at World's End Chapter Three helps cement this series as one of the best digital comics out there but also one of the best comics going right now. Each chapter can be enjoyed on their own while revealing bits about the bigger story. They're also packed with emotion from joy to sadness from despair to hope. It's an emotional ride that's worth the money.

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7.8
DCeased: Hope At World's End #4

Jun 30, 2020

DCeased: Hope at World's End Chapter Four is a solid chapter in the overall story and feels like it signals a shift from what we've seen in the previous three chapters. We're getting a more serial storytelling than anthology of the first three. It's still really entertaining and a great entry into DC's impressive line of digital first releases.

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DCeased: Hope At World's End #5

Jul 14, 2020

DCeased: Hope at World's End Chapter Five is a good issue that delivers some emotional moments. The downside is that we know the trio at the center of it survive to grow up which lowers the stakes. But, that's not really the point of the issue. The point is focusing in on how this situation impacts kids. It also helps break one down a bit making the next Batman a little more human and grounded in the end.

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7.5
DCeased: Hope At World's End #6

Jul 31, 2020

DCeased: Hope at World's End #6 isn't bad in any way. It's a middle chapter so not a place to start and not an issue you can pick up and dive in to. It has its roller coaster of a ride moments and leaves us awaiting the next chapter to see what happens next. As part of the larger picture, it does its job well but this isn't a chapter that really stands on its own. As part of the series its a nice chapter and for those who have been reading, you should enjoy it. For those new to the series, there's other places to start.

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8.1
DCeased: The Unkillables #1

Feb 19, 2020

DCeased: Unkillables #1 is a solid start to this series. Those who have read the previous volume might appreciate a different perspective but it feels like a fresh start. The duality of that is impressive. The content itself, the story and visuals, are over the top in a big-budget summer popcorn sort of way creating a reading experience that you can sit back, turn your brain off, and just enjoy.

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DCeased: The Unkillables #3

May 19, 2020