Brett's Comic Reviews

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7.9Avg. Review Rating

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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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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9.0
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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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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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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7.0
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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8.0
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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7.5
Adam Strange / Future Quest Special #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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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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8.0
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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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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8.0
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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8.2
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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9.0
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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8.0
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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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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8.0
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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7.0
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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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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7.0
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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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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9.0
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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8.0
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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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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5.0
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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7.8
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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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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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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7.5
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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7.0
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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9.0
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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9.0
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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9.0
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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7.0
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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6.0
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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6.0
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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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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8.2
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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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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7.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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9.0
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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7.0
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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9.0
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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9.0
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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9.0
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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5.0
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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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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6.0
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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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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8.0
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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8.0
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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6.0
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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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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6.8
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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7.8
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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7.0
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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7.0
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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9.0
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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7.8
Black AF: American Sweetheart #1

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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9.0
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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8.0
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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7.0
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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7.0
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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7.0
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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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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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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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
Booster Gold / The Flinstones Special #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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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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6.0
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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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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8.4
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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5.0
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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9.0
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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9.0
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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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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7.0
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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5.0
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 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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8.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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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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8.0
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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9.0
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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7.7
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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8.5
Champions #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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7.0
Champions #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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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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9.0
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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8.1
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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9.0
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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8.4
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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7.0
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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4.0
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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4.0
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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6.0
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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5.0
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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5.0
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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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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7.0
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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8.1
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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8.8
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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8.5
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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7.6
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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9.0
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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9.0
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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6.0
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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7.0
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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8.2
Damage #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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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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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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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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8.0
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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7.0
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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7.0
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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9.0
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: 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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8.0
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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8.0
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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8.4
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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7.0
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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9.0
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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7.0
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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8.5
Dead Kings #1

Oct 24, 2018

This is one were I want to know as much about what happened in the past as the current story presented. This feels like so many concepts I love put together into what's basically a Western. There's gangs harassing individuals and the loner has to stand up to them. But, it's done with such style that it feels new and interesting and a world I want to explore and find out more about.

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7.8
Dead of Winter #1

Aug 2, 2017

The first issue does a good job of capturing the game and gives more than enough nods to it so that long time fans will be satisfied and it's done in a way that's not overwhelming for new readers. The comic has a grasp of what makes the game special in many ways and overall the success of the series will rest in how it translates all of that as the series goes on. So far though, it's really getting me to want to finally dive in and play this game that I've heard such amazing things about, watched play, but never had a chance to play myself (Gen Con here I come!).

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9.0
Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love #1

Oct 5, 2016

I honestly went into this with no expectations and maybe a bit of a negative one (I don't care too much for Deadman), but came out loving it. I can't wait to see the next issue not just for Vaughn's solid writing, but Medina's art too. If you're a fan of horror this is one you'll absolutely want to check out as it's a solid comic to be released as we head into the Halloween season.

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4.0
Deadpool & Cable: Split Second #1

Dec 30, 2015

The comic is a throwback in many ways, and that's not a good thing. Both characters have come far and have been done better in many ways. While some are all about nostalgia, I myself have moved along and look for something a little bit more in my comics.

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8.0
Death of Hawkman #1

Oct 5, 2016

The first issue really surprised me and feels a bit Flash Gordon with a potential buddy cop story coming. I want to see what's going on as Andreyko has set the comic up to build on the mystery and it works for me. I think what has really sold me though is Adam Strange. This is a character I've never cared about, but all I want now is a pulp space adventure featuring Strange and written by Andreyko.

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8.1
Death Of The Inhumans #5

Nov 7, 2018

The issue is a tragic one and Cates sets the classic characters off in to a new direction and new era. What's next, who knows? But, for what I was expecting to be an eye rolling event, this is an entertaining story and one that ends on a pretty high note. The title might be a bit over the top but the story within really brings things together and gets the characters back to their roots. Here's hoping Cates is given a chance to steer these characters into the future for some time.

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7.4
Death of X #1

Oct 5, 2016

The first issue is doing what it promised, to fill in the gap of the eight months and for us to finally find out what happened to Cyclops and the first fallout between the Inhumans and mutants. For those that care about that clash and the upcoming event that feels like it'll probably be round two of that clash, this is something that's a must.

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6.9
Death of X #3

Nov 2, 2016

I said it with the first issue, I'm waiting for the end to really see how it all ends. This has been a rather odd miniseries to read as we know where things are and this fills in the gap. Who lives? Who dies? That's the questions this answers and the main draw for me. And in the end, it's all prequel for the event series to come next.

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5.8
Death of X #4

Nov 23, 2016

The comic answers questions and foreshadows things to come, but it also leaves a lot of unanswered questions (how has Magneto not seen more of a backlash?). I have no idea if those holes will be filled, but the four issue series does what it set out to do, set up the conflict to come in the next big even, tell else who has died, and provide the fate of Cyclops. It does all of that, I just wish it did a bit more too.

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7.0
Deathstroke (2014) #7

Jun 26, 2015

The comic isn't “deep,” it knows what it is and goes with it. Some times mindless action is all we're looking for, and this comic delivers that in a good way. For folks who want a comic that's straight up action, this one is for you.

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7.5
Deathstroke (2016) #1

Aug 24, 2016

The issue is an interesting first issue as it doesn't stand on its own and really relies on the Rebirth issue, which is good in some ways and bad in others. What it does is set up some potentially interesting things in the future and Priest is giving us something more than a badass with big guns.

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8.2
Deathstroke: Rebirth #1

Aug 10, 2016

Priest being back in comics has me excited and here we get a good idea as to what we can expect to come. The issue lays things out for new and old readers alike and more importantly gives us an interesting and complex character to entertain us.

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7.8
Detective Comics (2016) #934

Jun 8, 2016

This is a good set up and has me wanting to see where it goes from here.

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7.8
Detective Comics (2016) #935

Jun 22, 2016

I think the comic is pretty solid like the last one continuing to build what should pay off down the road. Again, it feels like something old mixed with something new, and that's a lot of what Rebirth is. The fact that Batwoman's worldview is at the center of this issue makes me happy in that it emphasizes she's running the show here, and that alone sets it all apart.

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8.2
Detective Comics (2016) #936

Jul 13, 2016

The comic is a nice build that sets up Batman as fallible, sets Kate/Batwoman apart, and has a hell of a twist at the end that I didn't see coming. It's exciting! It's fun! And it's really cool to me. I'm digging the comic and the fact it's kept up quality shipping twice a month is impressive. I'm looking forward to seeing where this goes, and hopefully, it can continue to keep me on my toes.

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8.1
Detective Comics (2016) #937

Jul 27, 2016

This is a solid arc so far that really shakes things up in the Bat-world. From the writing to the art, it's all top notch and impressive and I can't wait to see where it all goes from here. The action is just getting started and it looks to be exciting.

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7.9
Detective Comics (2016) #938

Aug 10, 2016

There's a great entertaining story going on here. It's fast paced and I feel like we've thrown in the deep end of things when it comes to the story. That's not a bad thing at all and really fun so far. I'm excited to see where this goes next because so far there's been a hell of a lot of action already.

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8.1
Detective Comics (2016) #939

Aug 24, 2016

The issue didn't have the “holy shit” moment I expected from the teaser, but it does have an ending that's really cool and not exactly where I thought things were going. Luckily we don't have too long until the next issue and I can't wait.

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9.0
Detective Comics (2016) #940

Sep 14, 2016

And part of the reason it doesn't feel like a cheap trick? We get an epilogue! And what an epilogue, that ties into the events into the greater mystery as to what has happened with the DC Universe. This doesn't feel like a stunt, it feels like something that's a small piece of something greater. By mixing in real emotion, giving us clear answers immediately, and add in solid art, we've got a hyped issue that actually lives up to it.

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7.8
DIE!DIE!DIE! #1

Jul 11, 2018

There's a clear reader who will absolutely enjoy this debut issue, fans of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. There's an over the top aspect of it all that desensitizes the violence in a way that makes it comedic. The comic was a surprise for fans and retailers and what's inside too is surprising as it's a departure from Kirkman's other current series. If you like a little bit of ultraviolence to the point of borderline spoof, this is one to check out.

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8.5
Doctor Strange (2015) #1

Oct 6, 2015

Aaron and Bachalo have put together a really fun debut that exudes energy off of the page. This is a series I looked forward to debuting, and it delivered in every way. By Vishanti it pulled it off!

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8.1
Dodge City #1

Mar 7, 2018

Lots of action and a great cast of characters has me coming back for more of this series. BOOM! seems to have found magic with their sports focused comics which bring the popular manga genre to western audiences. This series, as well as Fence, stand out for their focus on characters and their ability to deliver action that doesn't involve people in spandex punching each other. BOOM! is ahead of the curve when it comes to western comic trends and here, they're leading the pack once again.

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8.5
Dodge City #2

Apr 11, 2018

I loved the first issue and love the second as well. Great art. Fun story. Great characters. And the fact it pays off in the second issue. There's a lot answered and there's a lot more set up. Can't wait to read the third in what is one of the freshest new comics of the year.

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8.1
Dodge City #3

May 16, 2018

This series continues to entertain and who'd have thought that a comic about dodge ball would be so good? The creative team has done a solid job of bringing the aesthetic of sports manga to a western audience mixing the two worlds together to create a product that's fun and entertaining. I can't wait to read more of this and who knows, maybe get in some games of dodge ball myself.

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8.1
Domino (2018) #1

Apr 11, 2018

I wasn't sure what I was expecting but this is a fantastic start to the series that shows that there's a lot more to Domino than her looks and powers. I'm all in for the series and can't wait to see what Simone and team have in store next.

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6.2
Doom Patrol (2016) #1

Sep 14, 2016

Way described the DC's Young Animal line as experimental in many ways and it begins here with the cover with a peel away sticker of a burrito. The inside material doesn't slow down at all when it comes to that. Hopefully, things are clearer as it goes on?

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9.0
Doomsday Clock #1

Nov 20, 2017

Going in I expected… not this and finishing it I was not only pleasantly surprised but excited to see what comes. An impressive start, Doomsday Clock #1 feels like a bridge from what was to what is. There's a clear reverence to the source material in its presentation, themes, and the characters. At a time when “event/gimmick comics” feel like they've burned themselves out, Doomsday Clock #1 is a pleasant surprise that has me looking forward to diving into the unknown.

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8.0
Doomsday Clock #2

Dec 27, 2017

The second issue isn't quite as good as the first but is a slow burn that transitions the story to more of what we expected while keeping the formula that works. The series is one you can dismiss easily, read for the story, or dive into the depths, and for Johns to pull that off, even slightly is impressive and makes this one to check out.

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6.9
Doomsday Clock #3

Jan 24, 2018

The issue has some important moments to move the story along but overall it feels like 90% of it could be skipped without one being confused going forward. We'll see if that's the case in the future but this is very much a bridge issue whose point is moving the overall story along. Stronger as part of the whole.

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6.0
Doomsday Clock #7

Sep 26, 2018

The issue is an interesting one as it throws so much out there but with that it feels muddled and a bit too unfocused. It also goes too far in trying to be an homage to the original material which restricts the storytelling. As a piece of a puzzle, it's good. On its own, it's a bit of a mess. We'll see where this all goes but on its own, this one is a a bit of a enigma.

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9.1
Dreaming Eagles #1

Dec 31, 2015

I will say, I was really surprised by the comic. Ennis does great war comics, but throwing in racial aspects really makes this one stand out. It also impressively makes me want to see how close it is to actual history as far as the war. It's a comic that makes me want to learn. This comic has been the surprise of the week for me. Absolutely check it out.

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7.3
Earth 2: Society #1

Jun 10, 2015

The first issue might be helped if you have read what's come before previously, but there's tons of potential here. The series sets up what will potentially be cool to see, a comic and world that's actually being built from the ground up. While I'm not totally jumping up and down yet, there's lots to go off of, and where it goes from here will be key. This could be a sleeper, that pays off after a bit, the first issue though is a fun read.

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9.5
Edge of Spider-Geddon #1

Aug 15, 2018

This is an issue where the details add up together into a package that's near perfect. I enjoyed Spider-Verse but there's an energy about this issue that has me beyond excited for its event sequel. Hopefully we get more of this and hopefully we get to revisit Earth-138 sooner than later.

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7.8
Edge of Spider-Geddon #2

Aug 29, 2018

More. That's the gist of it. We want more. This is a great concept with interesting characters and too few pages to explore any of it enough. If an issue gets you to that point and leaves you wanting more instead of frustrated, that's a good thing right?

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9.0
Edge of Spider-Geddon #3

Sep 19, 2018

The entire miniseries has been top notch so far and this issue again leaves me wanting more of these characters. It's a touching comic which may leave you an emotional wreck by issue's end.

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6.0
Edge of Spider-Geddon #4

Sep 26, 2018

The issue seems like it'll be a key one adding an x-factor into what comes next. But that's its biggest issue. The creative team had some goals and just got there. There isn't a lead up worthy of what should be a menacing Spider-Man. It's overall a bit uninspired which is a shame as the subject has so much potential.

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8.4
Eleanor and the Egret #1

Apr 5, 2017

This first issue is a fun start of a quirky new series that delivers cute entertainment and has me really looking forward to see what happens next and where it all goes.

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8.4
Eugenic #1

Oct 4, 2017

Eugenic #1 isn't what I was expected in many ways. The issue is one that you wind up rethinking once you get to the end which is a fantastic reading and story experience. Can't wait to see where this goes and what this creative team has to say with this series.

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8.1
Eugenic #2

Nov 8, 2017

This isn't a comic in the traditional sense where we follow a few characters along the way in a story. Instead we're being presented pieces of a puzzle each looking at the ramifications of a decision and the philosophy about them. This is a parable in comic form and it's all the more fascinating for it.

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9.0
Evolution #1

Nov 15, 2017

I have no idea where this is going but I'm on board and what's set up is an intriguing concept. While it's not unique it is done in a way that teases the mystery and ups the anticipation of what's to come.

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7.0
Exiles (2018) #1

Apr 11, 2018

There's nothing bad about this first issue but it also doesn't push the envelope enough… yet. This is a comic where anything can be done, so to stand out it needs to take advantage. What's presented is a standard get the team together story with half the team gathered. We'll see what this is like when the entire team shows up as the character interactions will potentially make it stand out but for a first issue, this is pretty standard stuff.

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7.2
Exiles (2018) #2

Apr 25, 2018

Two issues in and I'm ready to tap out but like previous volumes, I'm not sure this is for me. And that's ok to say. It's not bad, it's just not my cup of tea. Things are picking up a bit so I'll give it until the end of the first arc but so far, we've seen this creative team do better.

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7.0
Exit Generation #1

Sep 23, 2015

Exit Generation is an interesting debut overall. I like the concepts, I'm just not completely sold on the end result. It might have been due to high expectations set by Read's Find, but I found the first issue of Exit Generation to be good, just not great.

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10
Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #1

Jan 3, 2018

The downside of Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #1 is that it sets up such high expectations not only for itself, but everything else we might expect in 2018. That's the trouble with going first, if you're as good as this is, everything else has to measure up and very little will.

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9.0
Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #2

Feb 7, 2018

Snagglepuss continues to impress with a story that's touching and explores a time period that feels so long ago. Russell weaves together drama with history to deliver a comic that's entertaining and educational.

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9.0
Extermination (2018) #1

Aug 15, 2018

The first issue feels like the start of something great, an event that begins in a way that immediately makes you think it'll be an action packed epic story that'll go down as a classic and launch the X-Men into the future (or the past).

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8.1
Extermination (2018) #2

Aug 29, 2018

The issue gives the reader just what they need to know and leaves with a reveal that had our jaws dropping in both the opening and the end. There's so much to unpack in the final moments and thankfully we have to wait just a few weeks to read the next chapter. After some false starts as far as events, Extermination feels like a positive throwback to some of the action packed events of the past.

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8.5
Extermination (2018) #3

Sep 26, 2018

The event continues at a breakneck speed and delivers excitement that's not expected and very welcome. It's another example that events can work and work really well. It brings together so many different threads and delivers weaving in old and new. Add in fantastic art and you've got an X-event that's one of the best in recent years.

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9.0
Extermination (2018) #4

Oct 31, 2018

Awesome to read, beautiful to look at, Extermination has exceeded expectations for an event and brought back the awesome to the X-Men. This issue will have folks dissecting what's revealed for some time and I'm sure this is an issue that'll be referenced for years to come in various ways. One more issue to go in what is the best X event in years.

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7.0
Extraordinary X-Men #1

Nov 5, 2015

While new readers might find this interesting, All-New, and All-Different, may feel like a repeat and been there, done that, to long time “X” fans. The writing is good, the art is solid as expected. The first issue just feels like something I've seen before, and there's nothing new to get me excited to see what comes next.

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9.0
Fence #1

Nov 15, 2017

The series is a solid one reminding me of the sports focused manga I've been getting in to. It's a great debut and one that was unexpected in how much I enjoyed it all. A definite get and a comic that's going towards the top of my read pile going forward. It delivers action, emotional ups and downs, and surprising depth in its characters all in one issue.

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9.0
Fight Club 2 #1

Apr 29, 2015

Going in, I was nervous, but Fight Club 2 was one of my most anticipated books for 2015. Coming out, it's now one of my favorite books to debut this year. The fist issue is out May 27, definitely give this one a try.

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8.2
First Strike #1

Aug 9, 2017

Ultimately, First Strike #1 delivers popcorn entertainment with a political background showing these toys and their comics are more than meets the eye.

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8.0
First Strike #2

Aug 23, 2017

This is just a fun series that has my inner 8 year old excited and smiling at the action and to see all of these properties come together in one epic story that's not just action but also a surprising amount of depth.

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8.4
First Strike #6

Oct 25, 2017

This event as a whole has felt like the type of battle I did as a kid pitting my toys against each other. It's been fun and entertaining but the reveal at the end takes it all to the next level and has me excited to see what comes next.

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8.4
Fissure #1

Feb 8, 2017

I didn't know what to expect, but I'm impressed, really impressed. Fissure #1 was a comic that was on my radar but I'm sure it'll be on too few and they're missing out on a quality comic. This disaster horror story goes above and beyond in a way to not just entertain, but also reflects on what divides us.

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7.7
Flash (2016) #2

Jul 13, 2016

The comic is an interesting one. It begins one way so you expect a comic where Barry begins to train this new Speedster (with some foreshadowing thrown in) but, by the end of it all the comic is something very different. It's a hodgepodge of a whole bunch of different things but totally works because of the way Williamson presents it all. You can feel the energy on the page, it comes through well. The end of the comic sets something up that'll be really interesting, and luckily we only have two weeks to wait to see where it goes.

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8.1
Flash (2016) #3

Jul 27, 2016

The series is an interesting one in that it's really blown up Barry's world expanding things in a rapid way. And by doing that, totally feels appropriate for the Flash.

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8.5
Flash (2016) #21

Apr 26, 2017

It might seem like I'm not totally excited by these first two parts, I am, it's just the visual art definitely outshines the story and out of the two, it's the art I find myself dissecting panel by panel. There's been a lot of hype around “The Button” and these two first parts definitely have paid off, just not quite in the way I expected, but what it does have me is excited to see where this is going as we're clearly seeing the introduction of a lot of new into the DC Rebirth Universe and that new feels like it's going to be really exciting.

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7.5
Flash (2016) #22

May 17, 2017

The Flash #22 is an interesting one and after reading it, I'm still not 100% sure what I think. It's a bit flustering in that way because it's one that's hard to judge on its own, instead, it'll be one that's judged by what's to come.

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8.1
Flash (2016) #48

Jun 13, 2018

I'm excited to find out where “Flash War” goes and after this issue I honestly have no idea. This may be limited to the Flash title but it feels like a story that'll have a big ramification on the entire DC Universe and answer some questions about the meta story that's been going on since Rebirth began.

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7.5
Flash (2016) #50

Jul 11, 2018

The Flash #50 shakes things up a lot really changing things for the world of the Flash. There's a lot that has me excited but the issue feels like it's just a bridge to the next thing as opposed to being a story on its own. It hints at something big to come when itself was billed as that something big. Fun, but some air has been let out of it all.

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7.0
Flash: Rebirth (2016) #1

Jun 8, 2016

The issue was good, not great. It feels much more like an addendum to DC Universe: Rebirth, rather than a one-shot to send this character on his way. The Flash seems like he's at the center again of the DC Universe, but other than a few bits of dialogue, you wouldn't necessarily know that here.

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9.0
Flavor #1

May 16, 2018

I loved this first issue and it's an entertaining comic that at first seems like it'd be great for kids and adults alike and then you get to the end… and I'm rethinking that aspect. I have no idea where this is going, I just know I want to read it and find out.

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7.9
Foolkiller (2016) #1

Nov 2, 2016

The first issue has some good and it has some bad and as a first issue I want to come back and see what's next. The big thing for me going forward is how this series sets itself apart from the group of comics it orbits in. So far, they all feel a bit too similar and lack that special something.

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7.1
Four Eyes: Hearts of Fire #1

Jan 7, 2016

My overall thought on the series is up in the air. There's the one aspect I clearly didn't enjoy and caught me off guard, but the characters and the art are so good. It's kind of fascinating really. But animal fighting, even with dragons, still is troubling and impacted my enjoyment. The rest of the series will really impact what I think of this one issue, but right now it's intriguing and I want to read more.

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8.4
Freeway Fighter #1

Apr 13, 2017

Freeway Fighter #1 is out in about a month which gives you time to pre-order it from your shop and hop on board what feels like the start of a badass story that takes the original roleplaying game and infuses it with other elements that have been added to the genre since. Strap in for an entertaining ride.

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8.5
Fresh Romance #1

May 27, 2015

The industry has been shifting away from spandex and capes for some time, and indie, web, and digital comics have been leading that charge. Rosy Press' Fresh Romance #1 is the latest example that there truly is something (and someone) for everyone when it comes to comics (and life). A fantastic addition that revitalizes a genre in comics often overlooked, or dismissed. The quality brings the issue, and genre to life.

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9.0
Frostbite #1

Sep 28, 2016

Williamson and Alexander have presented us with a world I want to learn more about. The characters have personalities and based on their actions, they're willing to take action that feels natural and justified. There's real emotion here which is something I'd expect in a world worn down. Frostbite feels like a series I want to spend the upcoming winter months (and beyond) with.

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8.7
Future Quest #2

Jul 6, 2016

The series continues to come together, and so far it's a lot of fun. The first two issues feel like the start of an epic animated crossover movie that was never made, but should of. Fans of these classic characters should be excited for this one. I can't wait to see what comes next.

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7.9
Future Quest #3

Jul 27, 2016

And I think that's something that's impressed me with the first three issues of this series. The comics feel natural and like they're ripped right from the animated series they're based on. This is awesome nostalgia for fans of these characters and the comic fills in some of the gaps for those who are new.

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6.0
Generation X (2017) #1

May 17, 2017

I was hoping for more from this first issue and it delivered a rather bland experience that feels retro and not in a good way. While other “X” series has breathed life into the franchise, this one seems to suck that away.

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6.0
Generations: Banner Hulk & The Totally Awesome Hulk #1

Aug 2, 2017

This is a weird one that probably will make more sense in a month or two but as is it feels like a one-shot that you're left wondering why it was released other than for a few dollars.

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4.0
Ghost Rider (2016) #1

Dec 2, 2016

The choices for this issue are… interesting to say the least. With pages that feel like they're from an issue of Totally Awesome Hulk and then another character showing up at the end, the issue feels like something you'd find many issues down when sales have dwindled and a crossover is needed to boost sales. I can't see folks who came to this from the live action version would stick around after this issue. I'm seriously perplexed.

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8.2
Giants #1

Dec 13, 2017

Giants is a mash-up of familiar genres and tropes and in the first issue doesn't present anything new as far as that but what it does is present that familiar in a way that's beyond competent and entertaining. This is just solid writing and solid art together to create an entertaining experience.

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8.4
Go Home #1

Nov 23, 2016

Overall, the comic wasn't on my radar, but this is really solid and one I'd suggest checking out digitally. It stands out as a prime example of the type of entertainment that indie comics can deliver that you often don't see in the big publishers.

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8.4
Grass Kings #3

May 10, 2017

Grass Kings is a slow build that adds mystery and tension with each issue creating a world that feels realistic and at the same time magical in a weird way. By combining genres and themes it feels like something new and one I can wait to see where it all goes.

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7.8
Green Arrow (2011) #41

Jun 3, 2015

I've never been the biggest Green Arrow fan, only reading some runs here and there. This issue though has me interested to see how this plays out. It might not be the Green Arrow that everyone knows and likes, but for me it's something I want to see how it plays out.

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7.0
Green Arrow (2011) #43

Aug 12, 2015

Potential, that's what I walk away thinking after reading this, the final issue of the story arc. Green Arrow is starting to hit the social queues that I've enjoyed about the character in the past, but hasn't dived too deep… yet. We'll see where it goes, but we might be seeing the start of a good balance between the Arrow of today and Green Arrow of yesterday.

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7.0
Green Arrow (2011) #44

Sep 2, 2015

Overall, we're seeing the next step for the Emerald Archer, and while the first story of this new arc didn't have me pumped with excitement, it did have me very intrigued to see where it all goes from here.

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7.9
Green Arrow (2016) #1

Jun 15, 2016

Green Arrow was a comic I was interested in seeing what it'd be like and if the social justice aspect would return. This issue and the previous Rebirth one now have me really interested in seeing where it's going. If you've missed that aspect of Oliver Queen and Green Arrow, this is something you'll need to check out.

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7.9
Green Arrow (2016) #2

Jul 6, 2016

Rebirth is about taking the old and mixing it with the new for a new direction and Percy is nailing that so far. This really feels like more of the classic Green Arrow in many ways, but with updated storytelling. While we've seen this story before, I'm looking forward to seeing what Percy does, especially since he's shown he gets the character so well.

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7.9
Green Arrow (2016) #5

Aug 17, 2016

The first arc wraps up with this issue and it's really entertaining with a quick paced story that shakes things up. If you thought things hit a low for Oliver in the first issue, it looks like he's got further to go by the looks of the end of this one. A solid take on Green Arrow that keeps delivering.

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7.7
Green Arrow: Rebirth #1

Jun 1, 2016

The issue has me wanting to see what comes next and has me interested in checking it out. While it feels more like a fresh start than some of the other Rebirth titles, it achieves its goal in getting me interested. It looks like Green Arrow is going back to being the Social Justice Warrior, and that's something I can't wait to see in comics.

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8.0
Green Lantern (2011) #41

Jun 3, 2015

A fantastic starting point, this issue not only has me excited for what's to come, but also has me wanting to go back and see what I've missed.

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6.7
Green Lantern / Space Ghost Special #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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8.0
Green Lantern: The Lost Army #1

Jun 24, 2015

The issue is an intriguing one setting up a mystery I want to see where it all goes. Maybe there's more going on if you read the Green Lantern comics leading up to this (I'm going to go back and find out), but there's more than enough to make me want to see what happens next. The stakes feel high, and the lack of clear enemy creates some tension. Good debut issue that gets me to want to check out the second.

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7.0
Green Lanterns #1

Jun 15, 2016

The first issue is a good, not great, one that dives into setting up what's coming up for the series. It looks to dive pretty deep into the Lantern myth. That might not be great for new readers, but for long time readers, this should feel like a continuation of things that have come before.

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8.3
Green Lanterns #2

Jul 6, 2016

Green Lanterns is fun science fiction and building into a fun series that's basically a buddy cop comedy. It keeps things simple, but it also works due to that. By going back to basics in many ways, Humphries has leaped ahead to where this series has been for some time.

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7.0
Green Lanterns #7

Sep 22, 2016

The issue is the quiet before the storm as a new baddie for Simon and Jessica to deal with is right around the corner. I just worry that Humphries has given is a bit too much foreshadowing and what I expect to happen will. The comic feels like the part of the story where the partner cops share something and one of them then gets shot and killed. Hopefully, I'm wrong and it's not that predictable, but we'll see.

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8.1
Green Lanterns: Rebirth #1

Jun 1, 2016

As it should, Green Lanterns: Rebirth has me excited to see what's to come and brings the series back to its roots in some way with this team focused on protecting Earth. If that last page and prologue in the comic are any indication, it looks like they have their work cut out for them. The comic has some great energy about it, and has gotten me excited to see what's to come. It passes the torch ring to a new generation of Lanterns.

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8.0
Gregory Suicide #1

Nov 22, 2017

I didn't know what to expect reading this and came out the other side really impressed with a sci-fi story that entertains and challenges in some ways. There's a solid mix of it all here and the philosophical elements of it all makes the graphic novel stand out.

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7.5
Guardians of Infinity #1

Dec 3, 2015

This first issue is an interesting concept, but may be Guardians overload at this point. As a second series it would feel a bit more special, but right now I'm just not quite seeing what makes it stand out. Still, it's an interesting start at least, and a series I'll at least stick with through the first arc. You probably need to be a die-hard Guardians fan to really appreciate the series, and even then, this might be one comic too many.

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7.6
Guardians of Knowhere #1

Jul 15, 2015

Overall, if you love these characters check this out. The art is fantastic. The story is interesting, but just not enough of it, the issue is mostly fight.

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7.7
Guardians of the Galaxy (2015) #2

Nov 27, 2015

So far, the two issues are ok, and entertaining, but it's not quite as good as some of the classic runs we've seen. It's not bad, but there's just something missing.

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4.0
Gwenpool Special #1

Dec 7, 2015

As a whole, the comic feels a lot like a cash grab, especially with the fact that Gwenpool whose name is in the title is within so few of the pages. This is a comic that as a kid, I'd totally have bought only to walk away disappointed. I struggled to read it all. Don't fall for the title, this is a comic to absolutely skip this week.

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8.2
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #1

Jul 27, 2016

This first issue sets a lot up in what feels like will be an epic galactic battle over who'll protect the galaxy. There's something about it that really works that makes you feel the grand scale of it all but a story we've seen before, a despot being taken on by rebel insurgents. It's a solid start that has me excited to see what comes next.

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8.2
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #2

Aug 15, 2016

Venditti is masterfully giving us an entertaining, slow build, where things are being paced in a way so that there's an emotional impact for everything. You know the Green Lantern Corps are going to show up at some perfect time in grand fashion to be reunited with Hal, and the way things are going, I can't wait to see that moment pay off.

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7.7
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps: Rebirth #1

Jul 13, 2016

There are still gaps here as far as story and new readers won't totally be caught up, but for long time readers, this issue has that feel of something epic brewing and it has me excited for what's to come. Mission accomplished.

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8.0
Harley Quinn (2013) #20

Sep 16, 2015

I haven't been a fan of the issue I've previously read, but I really enjoy this one. Here's hoping this is more of what I should expect so I can keep on digging it. A solid issue that dials some over the top things down, but leaves just enough to keep us on our toes.

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7.3
Harley Quinn (2013) #25

Feb 17, 2016

Still, this is the first Harley Quinn comic I found myself enjoying in a real long time. I just wish the art matched the story a bit more, it'd be one hell of a comic if that were the case.

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4.5
Harley Quinn And Power Girl #1

Jun 18, 2015

There's potential to do something I might like here, taking jabs at tropes. And while that might be what Gray, Palmiotti, and Conner are attempting, it just doesn't quite come off that way to me. Might be for you, but not I.

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6.0
Harley Quinn: Road Trip Special #1

Sep 9, 2015

Other than the few pages with Bizzaro and Olsen, this comic is a clunker in both story and art. This one is for the hardcore Harley fans only.

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8.2
Haunted Mansion #1

Mar 8, 2016

I hadn't check out a Disney Kingdoms comic, and I'm really glad I did, so much so I want to see what else I missed and actually looking forward to the next issue.

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5.0
Hawkman: Found #1

Dec 27, 2017

The art by Bryan Hitch is decent and there's lots of styles of characters mixed together. There's so good angles and snapshots of the action but like the story, the art misses the mark a bit failing to deliver that “holy shit” moment of excitement.

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8.0
Heavenly Blues #1

Jul 26, 2017

Hidalgo's art is solid in many ways and reminds me of something, though I can't quite put my finger on it all. There's small details in the afterlife that tell a story on their own even if they don't do anything but be present in the background. It's the details here that adds so much.

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7.8
Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1955: Secret Nature #1

Aug 9, 2017

In any case even with that, those like me who are casual fans can enjoy the one-shot and appreciate what's on the page. A fun read that has me wanting more one-shots like it.

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9.0
Hellboy in Hell #10

Jun 2, 2016

For Whom The Bell Tolls wraps up Hellboy's adventures and leaves them open too. It is a damn near perfect ending to this series which has been a masterclass in storytelling and art.

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9.0
Hellboy: Into The Silent Sea #1

Apr 24, 2017

Beautiful and haunting is the best description of this story which is not only an entertaining read but whose art transcends everything. This is a comic that you'll spend hours looking at every small detail Gianni includes within and appreciate that this is just something that comes once a year if we're lucky.

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8.0
Hellicious #2

Aug 15, 2018

There's a lot that this series reminds me of and there's a retro vibe to it all that takes me back to some of the comics I collected as a kid in the 90s. I have no idea where this is all going but there's something about it all that makes me want to find out.

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9.0
Heroes In Crisis #1

Sep 26, 2018

While we all claim we dislike comic events, Heroes in Crisis shows that there's little reason to stop them. They deliver a break in story that can't be told in any one series. They can also be of a quality that entertains, shocks, and has a deeper emotional impact all at once. And, they can be personal. Heroes in Crisis shows that even event comics can be more. If King has taught us anything from his past works, it's that we're in for a hell of a ride.

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8.2
Heroes In Crisis #2

Oct 31, 2018

The first issue was solid and second continues the pattern. This is an event you'll likely either love or hate and I'm enjoying it as it explores layers we rarely see discussed when it comes to superheroes and all of that is wrapped up in a nice murder mystery.

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8.0
Heroines #1

Jun 2, 2017

Heroines #1 is a comic I expected to be good because of Naifeh and quickly has me excited to see what comes next in it. Hopefully the series is big enough that it can be expanded with some spin-offs because in one issue it has me interested in everything presented and wanting to see more.

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9.0
High Heaven #1

Sep 26, 2018

AHOY Comics continues to deliver with their second release in High Heaven. This is a comic company that burst on the scene with pretty big promises and has delivered with two issues. You feel like you're getting a lot for your money and all of it is quality. Not only do I look forward to this series' next issue but I'm also front and center to see what else AHOY has up their sleeve.

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10
High Heaven #2

Oct 24, 2018

It's another solid issue that feels like it's even better than the first and has me super excited to see what's next. AHOY Comics has something special here not just delivering solid main stories but packing so much into each issue that they really feel like you're getting your money's worth. Another must get from this upstart publisher.

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7.5
Hook Jaw #1

Jan 19, 2017

Hook Jaw #2 is where things really take off for me. I'm looking forward to more and sitting back and embracing the utter ridiculousness of it all and enjoying every page of it.

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9.0
Hostage #1

Apr 27, 2017

Hostage is one of the most fascinating releases this year in both its story, attention to detail, and how it's laid out. For a slice of real life through graphic journalism, this is a must get.

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7.0
Howling Commandos Of S.H.I.E.L.D #1

Oct 27, 2015

The first issue is a solid start. It definitely had the comedic and fun moments I was hoping for, and you can see Barbiere working through how the team will gel together. It's a menagerie of characters that I wondered how they'd work together, and we're seeing the answer is quite well. An entertaining start that has me interested in seeing what comes next.

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8.5
Huck #1

Nov 18, 2015

It's clear the two creators have something to say and I wish we got more in this first issue. My only complaint is that it was a rather quick read. I want to see more of what Millar has to say, and Albuquerque's fantastic art. I went in not knowing what to expect, and came out the other end of the first issue blown away and wanting more. In many ways Huck is an anachronism, and that's not a bad thing at all. Some times that's completely refreshing.

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8.0
Hunt For Wolverine #1

Apr 25, 2018

I'm not sure what I was expecting as far as a story but this definitely wasn't it. There are things in here that actually had me surprised and wanting to get the answers to come. This comic is supposed to do exactly that and in that way it succeeds and then some.

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8.0
Hunt For Wolverine: Dead Ends #1

Aug 29, 2018

And that's where the comic really succeeds. What on paper feels like a cash-in has moments that really stand out. There's some awe inspiring moments that remind you how amazing the X-Men can be. There's also plenty of humor between the trio of Tony, Kitty, and Matt Murdock that wants to see these worlds come together more often. The introduction of a new villain too feels ominous and something that's actually important. By comics' end, my jaded self going into it felt like a kid again reading the X-Men for the first time.

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7.0
I Am Groot #1

May 24, 2017

I Am Groot doesn't break ground instead delivering a (too) familiar story with a character I'm already worn out by. It's cute though and definitely a comic geared towards Groot fans or the younger set getting into comics. It's one that might work as a digest or graphic novel, but the first issue is enough that I want to see where it all goes and if we can be delivered more than just three words over and over.

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10
I Killed Adolf Hitler #1

Apr 10, 2017

Overall, a funny and perplexing story, that engages the reader, brings the along a very familiar path and then a throws a monkey wrench in the works. The art by Jason, is lively and realistic at some points. The story by Jason, is more than your typical time travel story, as it gives new dimensions to the morality tale. Altogether, a fun ride of a story, that will surprise you at every turn, as it turns what could have been a mundane often told story into a hidden love story.

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6.0
Ice Cream Man #1

Jan 19, 2018

Twists that are predictable, concepts that aren't explored, and characters not given enough development that we should care. Ice Cream Man #1 is a better idea than comic. With some slight tweaks, this would easily be a great horror series, but as is, the comic falls short in story and scares.

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8.1
Indoctrination #1

Jun 30, 2016

The first issue is a solid start. There's some slight issues, the essay in the end as an example. But, overall, the comic is a beginning that has me wanting to come back for more. This is a series that wants you to explore ideas and think about them. So far it's set things up, where it goes will be interesting.

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9.0
Infamous Iron Man #1

Oct 19, 2016

I think what's really interesting about this issue is that it doesn't have the boastful nature that I'd associate with Doctor Doom. The comic is muted in a way which gave me the impression he was really thinking things through. Most importantly, it has me wanting to come back for more and see what happens next. Doom is a favorite of mine and putting him in this situation looks like it'll give us something actually new involving him.

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8.6
Infamous Iron Man #2

Nov 16, 2016

I'll admit the concept cause me to roll my eyes when I first heard it but two issues in, the series is solid in so many ways and it actually shows a villain on his journey to be a hero. This has quickly become one of my favorites of Marvel NOW! so far and a favorite of mine for Marvel in quite some time.

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8.5
Infidel #1

Mar 14, 2018

Can't wait to see where this one goes and this is a must for horror fans or those that like stories with some layers, this is a must.

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8.4
Infinite 7 #1

Jan 8, 2017

If you're a fan of 80s action films like Commando, Escape From New York, or its recent incarnation in The Expendables, then this is a comic for you. The final order cut-off is January 9th, so make sure to pre-order to not miss out.

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8.2
Infinite Dark #1

Oct 10, 2018

The issue is a fantastic debut that blends genres and delivers an ending that's something that's unexpected. It seems the comic is going in directions that's unexpected and will explore some really interesting topics. With a unique setting, this is a start that's a hell of a debut.

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5.0
Infinity Countdown #1

Mar 7, 2018

Will I check out more? Of course, because I have such nostalgia for the previous storylines and Marvel's cosmic side of things. Will I expect a lot of it? Nope, this first issue takes the wind out of the sails of a series which had a lot of build up and hype surrounding it.

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6.7
Infinity Countdown #4

Jun 6, 2018

Something isn't clicking here for me. Maybe it's the story. Maybe it's the art. The combination, absolutely. There's glimpses of excellence but that's mired in choices that don't quite work. The fact we know more is to come this summer makes all of this feel even more like a prequel book, an early chapter that is dragging things out a bit too much.

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7.8
Infinity Countdown: Adam Warlock #1

Feb 7, 2018

While the story for the issue doesn't excite, it does an excellent job of setting things up and taking us through Warlock's history. The art though is what stands out and is utterly amazing. There's something so unique about it all and out of everything this is the draw, no pun intended. A visual treat that is a solid way to catch up and see where things are going.

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7.8
Infinity Wars (2018) #1

Aug 1, 2018

While the issue feels like the group catching up to the events of "Prime," the interaction of everyone is beyond entertaining. It drives the issue and turns around an event that hasn't quite hit the beat. It's a righting of the ship in many ways and takes me from ho-hum to excited to see what happens next.

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8.0
Infinity Wars (2018) #2

Aug 15, 2018

The issue continues the action packed pace of the latter half of the first issue and sets up a lot of what's been teased to come. It's a solid issue full of action and twists and is paying off as a solid “Infinity” event.

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6.9
Infinity Wars (2018) #4

Oct 10, 2018

The issue is fine as part of the greater story but on its own, it lacks a bit. The art is solid and a draw but the issue feels like it's filler before we get back to the good stuff. What happens is important, it just didn't need to take an entire issue.

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7.9
Inhumans Prime #1

Mar 29, 2017

Inhumans Prime absolutely sets up the future and does so in a way that it doesn't feel like a series of blunt short stories leading into their new series. Instead the comic is filled with hints and teases as to what's coming and does so in a way that it too tells a complete story that can be read as a one-shot.

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5.5
Injection #1

May 12, 2015

Overall, I can only judge on one issue, and it left me confused to a point I don't want to continue. What it comes off as is a series that might be read better as a trade, than individual issues. Time will tell, but this might be just for die-hard Ellis fans.

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7.8
Injustice 2 #1

May 3, 2017

A solid first issue that should be fun for fans of this series and video game and perfect for those who are looking to dive in. If nothing else, it presents some interesting questions that I'm looking forward to seeing if it has the answers.

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8.4
Injustice Vs. Masters of the Universe #1

Jul 18, 2018

The comic is surprisingly deep with an underlying focus on today's socio-political state of things. That's unexpected and really changed this from a fun crossover to something a lot more. I went from looking forward to this to really wanting to see what comes next.

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6.8
Injustice: Year Five #1

Jan 6, 2016

Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Five #1 is a fun, though not deep, first issue that's worthy picking up if you want to see Batman versus Superman where anything can happen. I wasn't expecting much depth going in, and it doesn't try to sell itself as. As far as a video game to comic adaptation, it's actually good, and the first issue has me wanting to see what comes next at least, if nothing else to just see this take on these characters.

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6.7
Injustice: Year Five #20

May 4, 2016

The chapter is entertaining in many ways but definitely not new reader friendly. Not too shocking since it's the last chapter for the latest arc. It's enough to make me want to go back though and see if the next chapter and arc might be a bit easier spot to start from.

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8.1
Interceptor #1

Jan 9, 2016

I had no expectations going in to this first issue, I hadn't even paid attention as to the creative team. I'm so glad I picked up this first issue. Such a fun solid start that has me wanting to check out the next issue, and maybe see what else I've been missing from Heavy Metal.

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7.0
Invincible Iron Man (2015) #1

Oct 6, 2015

Like a big budget film, the comic is good, not great. It has some very humorous moments, but also feels a bit empty at the same time too. You'll enjoy it while reading, but as soon as you're done you'll forget about it and move on. With past runs that had us examine Tony attempting to change the world for good through business, as well as confronting his self absorption, this debut is very dialed back. There's some decent groundwork laid out, but as a single issue it doesn't quite hold up. Hopefully future issues will give us a bit more.

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8.9
Invincible Iron Man (2016) #1

Nov 9, 2016

I had no idea what to expect going into this first issue, but I've come out of it a Riri fan. She's so much new and so much even I can relate to. This doesn't feel like a derivative of what was, there's so much there that's new. And what it especially has is heart and something we can relate to. An absolutely fantastic debut.

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8.1
IvX #0

Nov 30, 2016

The comic is a good one and there's more than enough for long time readers and new readers. There's new elements that really move things along and solid writing that catches others up. As a zero issue goes, it does its job and then some. Most importantly it sets the stage for what looks like an interesting event, here's hoping the following issues hold up.

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8.7
IvX #1

Dec 14, 2016

IVX promises to shatter the Marvel Universe as you know it and judging by this first issue it'll be one hell of a ride.

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8.4
IvX #3

Jan 25, 2017

I'm impressed so far and this is an event where the tie-ins are adding to the larger story but at the same time the main series delivers. The major details are here and covers a hell of a lot with each issue. When events by the main two have felt like they've lacked in recent years, this one is heads and above expectations.

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8.0
IvX #4

Feb 8, 2017

The weak part is mainly the art to be honest. There's some solid scenes, but it's not quite as engaging as we've seen and the inconsistent character design really took me out of the experience. The story is somewhat straightforward in the overall idea, but there's enough small details and unexpected things that makes it feel like it breaks the mold and is something new. So, the story is solid, just don't focus on the art while you read it.

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7.9
IvX #6

Mar 8, 2017

Inhumans vs. X-Men #6 flips the status-quo for the Inhumans and X-Men in many ways setting each on a new course but one that's familiar in some ways. Hurdles the X-Men have faced looks to be one for the Inhumans now, while the X-Men must again plot their course in the world. And for that, the event succeeds and succeeds immensely. It addresses some of the more bizarre theories out there about how the X-Men and Inhumans are viewed in the Marvel world and when it's all over shakes things up again.

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8.0
Jacked #1

Nov 25, 2015

Jacked #1 is an interesting start and another new Vertigo series revitalizing that publishing brand. It's a solid debut, and though many elements are familiar, the comic itself has a voice of its own. Looking forward to seeing where it goes from here.

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8.2
Jacked #2

Dec 23, 2015

This comic isn't for everyone, and it's very clear as to what it is. Having said that, the series and issue is entertaining in its over the top nature that you can't take seriously. It'll be interesting to see where it all goes and if Kripke has something to say as the series progresses, but for now this is a series that has no issue going over the top tip-toeing the line with silly. And due to that, it finds it's sweet spot of entertaining.

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8.4
James Bond: The Body #1

Jan 17, 2018

I love the concept and want to see what comes next. There's a simplicity about it that's utterly brilliant and Kot and Casalanguida combine for a story that has you wondering how this hasn't happened earlier. A solid story that can be picked up as a one-shot and I think something greater, it's completely entertaining and a definite buy.

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9.0
James Bond: The Body #2

Feb 21, 2018

Artist Antonio Fuso delivers a visual treat and is able to make a claustrophobic setting even more interesting. This is basically two individuals sitting down and talking but Fuso's art is fantastic picking up small details of each character and delivering some panel layouts that are unique and interesting.

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4.0
Jimmy's Bastards #1

May 22, 2017

Ennis has a solid concept here, a super spy who's an anachronistic tool. But, what's presented doesn't really acknowledge well enough that he is indeed that or that Ennis himself is aware of the joke within. Instead, we're presented with a comic that feels like it's trying to be hip and edgy but the end result is a joke without a punchline.

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7.8
John Wick #1

Nov 29, 2017

The issue is a good one that makes me want to come back for the second. I love the two films and to see more of Wick in a different way where different aspects can be explored is appreciated. Pak has the voice of it down, there just needs to be some work when it comes to more striking visuals.

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8.0
Judas #2

Jan 10, 2018

The issue is a solid one that ups the amount of stuff to think about. By the end, you may be rethinking the Bible and the various villains within. Judas has turned into a hell of a thinker and a fascinating comic to think about what it has to say not just about religion but our role in the world. Judas #2 leaves you with a lot to ruminate on by the end.

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8.5
Jughead: The Hunger (2017) #1

Oct 25, 2017

Archie has another solid horror comic addition to their line-up. The comic is a concept that seems like it wouldn't work but the comic not only does but exceeds expectations. Much like Afterlife with Archie, it's a different spin on classic characters and one that twists them in a way that not only shows a love of the original material but also delivers a fun and entertaining new read and experience.

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9.0
Justice League #44

Sep 30, 2015

A character transformed. And that ending! This is one comic that's not to be missed.

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7.9
Justice League #45

Oct 21, 2015

This is the start of the next chapter of the next event, and new readers should be able to hop in with very little issues. They might not be blown away, but as a sliver of the greater story, the issue gives us epic challenges ahead and a true feeling the Justice League may be out of their league dealing with it all.

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7.6
Justice League #47

Dec 31, 2015

Overall, the issue is good, and a solid chapter in the bigger storyline, but some of the excitement has definitely been lost. That wasn't helped with what was essentially a month off for a bunch of one-shots. Still, “Darkseid War” has been an exciting event, and I'm looking forward to seeing what comes next.

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8.4
Justice League #50

May 25, 2016

While this closes one chapter, it feels like it opens up more as it sets the stage for the next year and beyond! It's an exciting issue that's oversized in every way, both good and bad, but it's still a hell of a lot of fun.

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6.0
Justice League (2016) #1

Jul 20, 2016

Underwhelming is the best way to describe this first issue. It goes through the motions but lacks anything that makes it stand out so far. It just is and this first issue falls short of making the case that the Justice League should be DC Comics top-tier superhero team.

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6.0
Justice League (2016) #4

Sep 7, 2016

The series so far has been a bit odd to me. It's an epic, big picture destruction, a disaster film on the comics page. But like those disaster films, it lacks emotional connection and relies too much on the destruction, shock and awe. It's wide in its vision, but sadly everything else is only an inch deep. Justice League should be one of DC Comics' top tier titles that you can't forget in how epic it is, but so far, this has been forgettable.

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7.4
Justice League / Power Rangers #1

Jan 11, 2017

The first issue is a solid one. I honestly rolled my eyes when I first heard of this crossover, but after reading the first issue I'm looking forward to seeing where it goes. There's a lot that works and does that really well. There's some things that feel been there done that. But, something clicks in this rather bizarre combination.

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8.0
Justice League of America (2017) #1

Feb 22, 2017

This issue sets the JLA apart from the Justice League. This is more down to Earth team, and that's emphasized a lot. Orlando has taken inspiration from some of the quirky teams of the past and delivering his own take in a solid debut that has me wanting to see where it all goes.

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8.1
Justice League of America: The Atom Rebirth #1

Jan 4, 2017

Since this is a solid introduction to Ryan Choi, to me it's a buy, especially if you don't know the character and plan on checking out the Justice League of America series. You'll leave wondering not just how he'll be with all of the other superheroes, but what Ray Palmer's disappearance might have to do with Rebirth.

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7.8
Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #1

Dec 21, 2016

The issue is what I expected. It doesn't blow me away by a long shot, nor is it all that deep in what it delivers, but what it does do is deliver fun that I'd expect in a summer blockbuster. That's not a bad thing. It's a straight up action story without pretending it's anything else and in that way, it very much succeeds and excels.

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7.9
Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #6

Jan 25, 2017

I expected lots of fighting and not much else, a summer popcorn film, but this final issue shows there's a lot more at play here than a clash of titans and that has me beyond excited for what's to come.

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7.2
Justice League: Darkseid War: Shazam #1

Nov 11, 2015

It'll be interesting to see where this all goes, and how much will be explored down the road. Maybe we'll see an ongoing Shazam comic with Orlando at the helm. After reading this, it's something I could get behind.

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6.8
Justice League: Darkseid War: Batman #1

Oct 28, 2015

I give this a read mostly because I don't know how it fits into the otherwise excellent “Darkseid War” as well as Batman's story as a whole (though it's super unclear how this all ties in to Batman considering that series' current story). Not a bad comic, I was just hoping for something more.

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7.2
Justice League: Darkseid War: Superman #1

Nov 4, 2015

There's not much new here, but it's just done well, and it's entertaining. For fans of Superman, it could be worth a buy, but it's a comic that I enjoyed reading, and folks can do that even if they haven't followed Justice League up to this point. It doesn't add a ton right now to that story, but who knows down the road. If nothing else, Superman looks cool.

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9.0
Justice League: Darkseid War: Green Lantern #1

Nov 11, 2015

By the end of this issue, I want to see King and Shaner on a Green Lantern series. They've shown they can do heart, action, and make it all look good. This is not just the best “Darkseid War” tie-in so far, but this is just a great comic period. It's full of heart in many ways, and also gets you to think and debate the role of a god. One of the best I've read this week, and one of the best I've read in a while.

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7.0
Justice League: Darkseid War: The Flash #1

Nov 4, 2015

The issue isn't bad, and there's some nice things done with it all. I wish there was something more than just a new version of A Christmas Carol. I will say, Williams gives us actual reasons for the end of the issue that makes sense. For those really into “Darkseid War,” the issue gives us some more insight into the Black Racer and why the Flash must be death.

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7.3
Justice League: No Justice #1

May 9, 2018

The comic isn't bad in any way and very much reminds me of a summer popcorn blockbuster. There's great concepts that just need a little something more to make them stand out as unique instead of riffs of something we've seen before. It's the interaction of characters as well as the fantastic art that's the driver here. The fact we know we'll be getting new Justice League books and teams (and who is on what team) that also diminishes some of the storytelling. It feels like it has a job of getting us to the next chapter instead of getting us excited about the next chapter. Justice League: No Justice so far feels like the bridge from Dark Nights: Metal to a new era of the Justice League. Like the Source Wall itself, leaving what lies beyond to the imagination is some times the fun part.

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7.5
Justice League: Odyssey #1

Sep 26, 2018

The debut is a fun start but when you can do anything it feels like it doesn't go far enough to take advantage of the endless possibilities.

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7.0
Justice League: Odyssey #2

Oct 24, 2018

While the comic isn't the grand cosmic adventure I was expecting, the series so far is improving and has a vibe to it that reminds me of the recent Dark Knights: Metal event. I have a feeling the overall story is going to be more enjoyable than each part as the puzzle comes together. So far, it's intriguing though not quite enough to get me truly excited.

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5.0
Justice League: Rebirth #1

Jul 6, 2016

Hitch is either amazing with art, or just misses things. This issue feels like something is missing with a Wonder Woman that looks like a lot of Hitch's previous female characters. The detail is lacking at times and the action sequences lacking that epic feel. What should be two-page spreads are condensed into one panel. The entire comic feels rushed, from art to story. It's all compacted in a negative way.

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7.0
Karnak #1

Oct 25, 2015

The issue isn't bad at all, and I want to see what the second issue is like, despite a weird stopping point. There's absolutely some potential in the fist issue and where it all goes is key, but the comic overall doesn't feel like it's special or new. Hype has definitely hurt the comic, but expectations are what they are. In this case, the comic didn't meet them, and feels like something I've seen before.

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6.3
Last Gang in Town #1

Dec 23, 2015

As a first issue, I was really underwhelmed by the story, but at the same time, I'm intrigued to see where the series goes. I want to understand it, and I want to enjoy it, but my lack of understanding up from down made it all a little difficult. As a debut Last Gang in Town #1 doesn't work for me, but leaves me a comic I'd love to see as part of an anthology.

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7.5
Lazaretto #1

Sep 6, 2017

Lazaretto #1 is a solid beginning and I found myself getting past the mismatch of art to really enjoy the story that's being presented and be so happy I'm long removed from college. The series has a lot of potential and the first issue sets up a thriller which feels like it'll be an excellent mix of horror, suspense, and a bit of the college melting pot.

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6.0
Legion (2018) #1

Jan 24, 2018

The story, the art, it all feels rather conservative in a way and falls short of the challenging and groundbreaking work we've seen in live action. This is a case where the spin-off adaptation is better than the original. While this series may improve as it moves along this first issue doesn't quite have a hook to get me excited to see what comes next. For those checking this out due to the television show, I don't see what would get them to stick around. There was a lot of potential in a new series, unfortunately that's not tapped here at all.

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7.0
Limbo #1

Nov 11, 2015

Overall, Limbo #1 is a good comic. For fans of detective stories, this is one you'll want to check out. There's definitely a lot of questions left out there, and I may be right in my initial thoughts this is the afterlife, but the set up is good and characters more than interesting enough for me to want to check out the second issue.

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6.8
Lobo #7

Jun 4, 2015

While there's nothing necessarily bad about the issue, the concept and series feels like a throwback to a bygone era. DC's moving forward, but this issue feels like a foot in the past.

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8.4
Low Road West #1

Sep 12, 2018

I expected one thing and this debut is something else by books end which has me only more excited to see where it's all going from here.

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8.0
Low Road West #2

Oct 17, 2018

The comic continues to build the mystery with some reveals that only create more questions. We'll hopefully start to get actual answers with the next issue but this is a series that seems to blend a few genres together into a whole new experience and one we want to find more about.

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9.0
Lucy Dreaming #1

Mar 21, 2018

I don't know what I was expecting with this comic series but I want more. BOOM! has another fun one on their hands that hopefully becomes an ongoing based on the first issue. There's so much potential here and a voice about it all that's fun and entertaining, exactly what comics should be.

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7.8
Luke Cage (2018) #1

Aug 15, 2018

The digital chapter is a solid start in that it feels like it grounds the character, who is one of the more grounded in the Marvel universe, and has him facing health. Del Col starts intelligently by focusing in on his daughter helping to transition into what he's facing himself, traumatic brain injury.

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7.0
Mad Max: Fury Road - Nux & Immortan Joe #1

May 20, 2015

Overall, the first issue did exactly what I'd hope it'd do, give me more information about some of the characters from the film. None of it is shattering, and I'd actually recommend going to see the film before reading the comic, but as far as a "movie" comic, it's an entertaining first issue.

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7.0
Man of Steel (2018) #6

Jul 4, 2018

This is a prequel in every sense. It's setting up what's to come in Bendis' run and there's a lot of balls in the air. There's the fire storyline. There's Jonathan and Lois' adventure. There's Supergirl's quest. But hopefully, Bendis focuses on Superman/Clark home alone and a bit lost. His strength through this entire miniseries has been the heart of it all. While no individual issue really stands out, the package as a whole is an entertaining read.

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7.8
Man-Thing (2017) #1

Mar 8, 2017

Man-Thing #1 is a bit of a mixed bag. Half isn't what I expected and it's still entertaining. But, what is presented caught me so off guard I was taken out of it a bit. The second half though nails the horror comic perfectly. It's more of what I expected and wanted. Who knows what future issues will hold and maybe now I know what to expect I can enjoy it a bit more. If nothing else, even with a high profile writer things can still surprise.

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10
March #3

Jul 23, 2016

This third volume somehow leapfrogs the other two. Whether it's due to learning or the material within, something about it created an emotional reaction I haven't felt by any media in quite some time. And most importantly it got me to think about where we as a people and nation have been, where we are, and where we're going.

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7.0
Marvel Knights: 20th #1

Nov 7, 2018

The first issue is intriguing, it's definitely not what was expected. It's a literal puzzle that feels more like an event than "Marvel Knights." That's not bad and this is one to judge after a few more issues but this debut is a headscratcher.

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7.0
Marvel Legacy #1

Sep 27, 2017

Whil not bad, it also feels like it's a missed opportunity. The issue plays to those who know Marvel's history with the full enjoyment only really being experienced when you truly understand everything you're reading. This is the trailer for the film to come and like a trailer, it has me interested in what's to come but in itself, it's not a complete story.

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7.0
Marvel Super Hero Spectacular #1

Oct 8, 2015

Clearly geared towards kids, the comic is perfect for those who enjoy the Avengers Assemble or Guardians of the Galaxy cartoons. I'm definitely not the audience for the comic, so while my scores are not bad, it's an absolute buy for kids.

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8.5
Mech Cadet Yu #5

Jan 10, 2018

The series is one of my favorite out there and if you haven't checked it out, the trade is out this week as well. Mech Cadet Yu has an amazing amount of depth for an all-ages series and whether you want to take it on one level as giants robots versus aliens and on another it's about class. No matter how you take it, it's entertaining and a must get.

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8.5
Mech Cadet Yu #8

Apr 4, 2018

There's so much going on in this issue and it ups the action with battles on multiple fronts. It's difficult to discuss how fantastic it is without spoiling things but if you're a fan of the series, this is a great issue. If you like classic anime, this is a must get. Not the best issue to start with but for long time readers, so satisfying.

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8.2
Mech Cadet Yu #9

Jun 13, 2018

The issue continues the blend of the adult and the kid. You can enjoy this adventure as giant robots and kids versus aliens but then there's also this layer of militarization and sending children to war. We also get an emotional rollercoaster of an issue with ups and downs throughout. At one moment you want to celebrate victory and another it's tragedy. The creative team toy with our emotions with perfect pacing and punches. This is a series I look forward to each month and Pak and Miyazawa keep delivering excellence with every issue.

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8.4
Mera: Queen of Atlantis #1

Feb 28, 2018

If you haven't been reading Aquaman, you're missing out and you might not appreciate this mini-series. What's great though is to see Mera get the spotlight and it not being some blow off mini-series. Instead it's a comic series that's as important as the main one it spun out of and seems like it'll be a must for those reading Aquaman.

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8.4
Midnighter (2015) #1

Jun 3, 2015

I'll admit at first I was a bit lost in the comic, but as Midnighter explained things, I realized I wasn't missing anything and that Orlando has crafted a first issue that's solid for both new and old readers. This is a comic I was really looking forward to out of DC's "relaunch" and it definitely delivers.

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8.0
Midnighter (2015) #2

Jul 3, 2015

Overall, the story is solid, the art is a little blah (inconsistent is a good way to describe it). I'm much more story driven, so can overlook the art, but hopefully things balance out in that department. Orlando though absolutely has a hang of the series and characters and is taking him in an awesome balanced. direction.

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9.0
Midnighter (2015) #3

Aug 5, 2015

The issue is a stand alone comic that also adds to the ongoing narrative. It gives us violent action, and tender moments. We also get some solid commentary about today's issues. All this in one comic! Did I enjoy it? If the above isn't evidence enough… hells yes I enjoyed it. You will too. Go and buy this.

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9.0
Mister Miracle #5

Dec 13, 2017

I can't say I completely get what's going on with this series but there's no ignoring that this issue is full of emotional weight with the expected amazing art. The series continues to be a head scratcher but it's a head scratcher I look forward to reading every month and one of the best of the year.

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10
Mister Miracle #6

Jan 10, 2018

The most straightforward issue of the series so far is also quite surprising in both the humor, how relateable it is, and a shocking ending. King and Gerads are putting together comic of the year material here and with the first half being this good, I can't wait for the second.

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10
Mister Miracle #7

Mar 14, 2018

I've loved this series so far even when it has left me scratching my head. This issue though feels like a one-shot you could hand to anyone who has had a kid or expecting and they can relate to it in some way. A fantastic issue overall that had me laughing and is full of quirky heart. For a series that has been so solid, this issue stands out as the best so far.

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9.8
Mister Miracle #9

Jun 13, 2018

While the end is a bit predictable the overall read is amazing and is a comic that blends entertainment, socio-political themes, a reflection on real world events, and drama, with a dash of philosophy. It's an amazing issue for an already amazing series.

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10
Mister Miracle #11

Sep 19, 2018

This is a hell of an issue and maybe the best reveal in comics in the last decade. This series has been impressive up to this point but this issue cements the maxiseries as a modern classic. With one more issue to go to explain and wrap it all up, this is the true climax that will set up an emotional finale.

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7.0
Mockingbird #1

Mar 8, 2016

As a first issue, this didn't hook me in the way other comics have, but that doesn't make it bad at all, it's just a slower start. Cain admits this is just a small piece of the bigger picture, so I'm not expecting a full personal judgement until I've read the first arc, or at least a few more issues. If you're willing to do that, then you might want to check this out.

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7.0
Monsters Unleashed #5

Mar 15, 2017

This final issue twists things a bit which is good as it's an improvement over the last four issues. Kid Kaiju steps up to take on the enemy and his powers are interesting harkening back to some retro stories. It's clear what the intended audience is for the upcoming series based on this final issue, but I'm also a little baffled how an ongoing series is spinning out of this. I have some ideas and this final issue has me intrigued as to what's up. What's really impressive is this final issue boosts what has come before and makes the whole series an interesting read.

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8.6
Monsters Unleashed (2017) #1

Apr 19, 2017

I enjoyed the previous event that led to this more as it went along but this first issue has so much energy and fun about it, plus there's a mix of giant monsters to enjoy. Bunn brings action, heart, humor, and fun in a series that's quite unexpected from Marvel. While I was really interested in this first issue, I wasn't expecting to enjoy it as much as I did and out of everything I've read so far this week, it stands out from the pack.

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7.9
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1

Nov 24, 2015

That look, along with some of the plot aspects, makes me think this is a comic geared towards the younger set (nothing wrong with that and much needed in the comic market), but I found myself intrigued as to where this was all going and really entertained. The first issue is fun, and I say it a lot, but some times that's what you need. I'm looking forward to the second issue, especially to see what this team can do, but because this first issue shows a lot of promise.

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7.7
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #2

Dec 22, 2015

The second issue is fun, though has a bit of trouble standing on its own. The series still has lots of potential and a niche that's really needed in the comics world.

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7.0
Moon Knight (2016) #1

Apr 12, 2016

I had hoped for a bit more from this comic, but I did have high expectations considering the creative team. It's a decent start and different direction, but the first issue relies WAY too much on settings and characters we've seen before.

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10
Motor Girl #4

Mar 1, 2017

As much as I examine the comic, it's flawless. The worst part is, I want to read more. It's such a fun read it flys by and a month is too long to wait. Motor Girl is my new favorite series and one of the best on the market today.

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10
Motor Girl #6

Jun 1, 2017

What starts with putting a smile on my face ended with my jaw dropped and a gasp. But, even with the air sucked out I still kept smiling due to the first half of the comic. Moore brilliantly mixes humor and emotion in a comic that has delivered with every issue and continually surprises. Easily my favorite comic out today and one of the best being released.

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8.1
Motro #1

Oct 6, 2016

I still have no idea where this series is going or what to expect, but I'm interested in seeing where it's all going and what Farias has in store.

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7.0
Mythic #1

May 12, 2015

The comic might not be completely original, but it's fun, and some times that's exactly what you need and want.

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8.0
Namesake #1

Nov 9, 2016

Namesake #1 is a solid debut that will take us on a magical journey of discovery and it's one I can't wait to read the next issue.

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8.0
Nanjing: The Burning City HC #1

Aug 21, 2015

Overall, Nanjing: The Burning City feels like a good book to start teens on in hopes they want to do further research about this event that's often ignored in the West. The graphic novel itself is a fine and quick read that gives a little insight into what happened, and packages it into entertainment, like Saving Private Ryan. Here's hoping it spurs some more discussion and research into what really happened.

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7.0
New Challengers (2018) #1

May 16, 2018

The series has a lot of potential. With a team that can go anywhere and experience anything there's so much that can be done part of the fun will be to see where it all goes. There's also the mystery of the team mention in Metal that's a mystery. The concepts are there. The mystery is good. The canvass on which it can all be painted is impressive. The delivery though is a bit lacking. This very well could be a case where the overall package is better than the individual issue but with just one that's a bit difficult to tell. As is, this is one I'll read but the excitement has waned.

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8.0
New Suicide Squad #9

Jun 10, 2015

For the brazen and gutsy storyline alone, I'm recommending this one a buy. While it might not use the real world names, it's clear who Ryan is writing about, and what he's getting at. In doing so, he also might be giving us a potential serious threat in the DC Universe, one I'd like to see expanded beyond this storyline. You don't see creators getting this close to something relevant and in the news, so to see it here is beyond awesome.

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8.1
New Superman #1

Jul 13, 2016

If I'm right and Yang is in fact exploring Shanzhai with this series (or at least the opening arc), this is a comic that's an absolute must read and could be one the most fascinating comics to debut this year.

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7.8
New Superman #2

Aug 10, 2016

New Super-Man is one of the most intriguing of the Rebirth titles. Two issues in and I'm excited to see where it goes, and have no idea what to expect next.

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7.9
New Superman #3

Sep 14, 2016

The series continues to be an interesting comic and one I'm digging more and more. Yang seems to really be focusing on a fun tone for it all and the mix of that humor with Bogdanovic's art is a solid combination and rather unique. I said it with the first issue, this is a series to keep an eye on and that remains true.

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8.8
Nick Fury (2017) #1

Apr 19, 2017

All in all Nick Fury #1 is a fun first issue that puts this new Fury front and center in a series that harkens back to his father and past. It's all about style and flash, which much like a Bond film, is exactly what I'd expect. Add in trippy color choices and you have a first issue that goes by quickly, but every bit of it is enjoyable fun.

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7.9
Night's Dominion #1

Aug 12, 2016

If you like D&D adventures, or Assassin's Creed, or the idea of superheroes in a fantasy setting, Night's Dominion is one to check out. Ted Naifeh is great when it comes to entertaining comics that really build a world, and this looks like it'll be no exception to that.

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7.7
Nightwing (2016) #1

Jul 27, 2016

This first issue is a good one in it builds off what's come before and sets us upon a new adventure. It's a good start, though maybe not great. Still, it has me wanting to come back to check out the next issue and see where it goes.

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7.8
Nightwing: The New Order #1

Aug 23, 2017

A comic I was nervous about has gotten me intrigued to see more. While a lot of it is predictable it's still enjoyable presenting question both in this world's history but also in moral ways that had me reflecting and pondering as a reader.

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7.8
Northguard #1

Aug 24, 2016

I've been looking forward to Northguard #1 and had high hopes going in. The comic didn't disappoint me at all and continues the solid work began in Captain Canuck. Chapterhouse Comics looks to have another fun series on its hands.

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6.0
Nova (2015) #1

Nov 5, 2015

Overall, the comic just lacked excitement for me. That's it really. For a first issue, I'm hoping for something to grab me, and make me want to come back, and other than that last panel, the issue lacked it for me. The suburbs have a reputation of lacking excitement, and this superhero family in the suburbs embodies that.

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7.3
Nova (2015) #11

Sep 29, 2016

This one is definitely one for Nova fans, especially classic Nova…

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8.2
Nova (2016) #1

Dec 8, 2016

Nova #1 wasn't on my radar, but after reading this first issue, it's a series I'm absolutely coming back for more.

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8.1
NVRLND #1

Jun 13, 2016

The first issue of NVRLND does an excellent job of setting things up with all of the familiar characters we know, but at the same time giving each enough of a unique spin to make it all feel original. I'll admit I rolled my eyes when I heard that it was another take on Peter Pan, but having read the first issue, I'm looking forward to see what comes next.

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8.8
Oblivion Song #1

Mar 7, 2018

There's a lot of build up to this first issue and it lives up to the hype in every way. It's a fantastic new series that delivers in experience and characters and there's no doubt it'll be a hit and massive seller. The visuals and world building is fantastic, with every detail adding to the experience. But, it's the heart and experience at the center of it all that's the driver. We get the sense of loss and trauma from these characters. Their pathos is our draw. There's clearly a lot of thought put into not just the first issue but the series as a whole and we're in for an interesting an entertaining ride.

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6.0
Odyssey of the Amazons #1

Jan 25, 2017

Odyssey of the Amazons‘ first issue is a lot of small details that add up to make a stumbling first issue. Death by thousand details. A different “voice” in how the story is presented and going all in with a fantastical world would have benefited greatly. I looked forward to the first issue, now I'm a bit nervous about the second.

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8.4
Old Man Hawkeye #1

Jan 10, 2018

I expected the worst and walked out with a first issue that's beyond impressive and fun in many ways. By sticking to the original formula Sacks and Checchetto have found themselves a winner in many ways. Can't wait to see where this goes and what they have in store for us.

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8.8
Old Man Logan (2016) #2

Feb 10, 2016

Old Man Logan for me is one of the best, if not the best, comic that Marvel is putting out right now. It's exceeded my expectations in every way, and a comic I'm looking forward to with each release. More of this quality please!

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8.0
Omega Men #2

Jul 1, 2015

The Omega Men so far has continued the tradition of sci-fi to explore real world issues, and entertain at the same time. Here's to many more issues and see where King takes this story, especially with his interesting background and knowledge, a unique perspective in the industry.

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9.5
Optimus Prime #9

Jul 12, 2017

Once again, Transformers has explored a real world topic in a way that you rarely see in comics and provides a touching comic honoring a character that has been around for decades. Like so many issues before, Transformers: Optimus Prime #9 once again shows why these characters are more than meets the eye.

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8.5
Optimus Prime #10

Aug 30, 2017

Transformers: Optimus Prime #10 continues to show that IDW's Transformers comics are so much more than people give them credit for and deliver commentary and lessons regularly like the best sci-fi does. A layered story and issue that'll leave you pondering its meaning for some time to come.

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7.9
Optimus Prime #11

Oct 11, 2017

A great issue that'll get you to think about the Primes and the role of Optimus. All of that's done without Optimus present. The comic is engaging and shows that IDW's line of Transformers comics are more than meets the eye.

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8.0
Optimus Prime #15

Jan 17, 2018

I loved this comic and the only reason I'm rating it as a "read" is because for the average reader, it might not make a whole lot of sense. This one dives deep into continuity and the Transformers world and while it does a solid job of catching readers up, it isn't quite new reader friendly.

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8.8
Outpost Zero #1

Jul 11, 2018

This might be a story about an alien world where a dome may fail and everyone dies from freezing to death, but it also stars characters who are focused on what's next in their lives and what their role in society will be… and relationships with each other. As I said, put this in any-town America and the story could work, even the freezing weather aspect. There's a grounded aspect to it all that makes it stand out as a series I can't wait to read more of.

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7.2
Paradiso #1

Dec 6, 2017

What the team has put together here is a series that has a very "Heavy Metal" feel about it all. Add in a rock and roll soundtrack with some 80s animation and you'd have one hell of an entertaining movie that would feel right at home with some of the classics and anime of the time. This is one where the style and the look stand out and help along a story that's entertaining but doesn't quite deliver enough to really be sucked in.

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7.0
Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! #1

Dec 22, 2015

The comic is hit and miss for me. Overall, I think it'd work better in smaller chunks as a back-up comic, but I also accept that I'm not the audience intended for it. Still, it's cute in many ways and there's a lot of potential here to see the comic stand on its own. So far though, this is more slice of life than superhero antics.

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6.9
Pearl #1

Aug 15, 2018

Again, the first issue isn't bad, there's just a spark that's missing to make it stand out from the pack. It is fairly standard Bendis and something we've seen before. It's not a first issue I'm jumping up and down about but I have a feeling that by the time things wrap up, that may change. If you're a diehard Bendis and/or Gaydos fan, then this is one to get, but for me, this is one to wait and see where it goes.

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8.4
Phoenix Resurrection: The Return Of Jean Grey #1

Dec 27, 2017

The first issue is a good one. It sets up the mystery well, gives us some action, and has me wanting to see what's next. I was skeptical going into this but now I'm excited to see where it all goes. When it comes to first issues, you can't ask for much more.

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6.0
Phoenix Resurrection: The Return Of Jean Grey #2

Jan 3, 2018

This is a prime example of the decompression in comics storytelling and I'd imagine when it's all over we'll see that things could have been edited and the story pace picked up. For a second issue, it takes the momentum of the first and grinds it to a halt.

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7.0
Phoenix Resurrection: The Return Of Jean Grey #3

Jan 10, 2018

It's an issue of building and while that'll work when read in one sitting, it doesn't as individual issues. One wonders how this would have read if it was released all at once as a graphic novel. While I'm still reading the event to see where it goes, I generally feel like I haven't missed much up to this point. Some editing to speed up the pacing would have absolutely helped the first three issues and it should be interesting to see how the rest of the series goes but so far this is greater hype than entertainment.

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7.2
Phoenix Resurrection: The Return Of Jean Grey #4

Jan 24, 2018

The issue is better than what we've been seeing and it feels like we're finally getting some movement in things. Moments aren't wasted here but again some of the dialogue and interactions is a bit stilted and silly. There's a lot of characters but only a few are the focus. So, it's overall it's just ok. But, at least we're getting somewhere.

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9.5
Plutona #1

Sep 7, 2015

Just a magical beginning mixing familiar genres and tropes creating something better.

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8.0
Poser #1

Sep 12, 2018

The comic is a great one blending horror and music together. There's a download code forthe original soundtrack toPoserwith music by Joel Grind. Published by Waxwork Comics, this isn't too surprising but it's a nice combination and hopefully we to see more of this combo of music and comics down the road. If you like horror, comics, and/or a little punk, Poser #1 is a solid start that takes some traditional horror cliches and has some fun with them to keep the reader entertained.

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7.8
Poser #3

Nov 7, 2018

The series continues to be fun delivering an experience that knows its genre and plays with it keeping us guessing as to who's next and who's the killer. If you're a fan of the slasher horror genre, this is a must.

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8.3
Power Man and Iron Fist (2016) #1

Feb 16, 2016

As I said earlier, I had high expectations going in to this one and it delivered. The All-New, All-Different Marvel has been very hit and miss for me, and this one is an absolute hit. Can't wait for the second issue and to see what Walker and Greene have in store for us.

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7.6
Power Pack (2017) #63

Nov 1, 2017

This was an issue I was really intrigued to read and the results are fun and entertaining. The “voice” captured by Grayson is impressive and the series has me wanting to see more of the team in the future. YA is all the rage now and if played smart, the Power Pack could find a whole new audience and life within that genre.

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9.5
Prez #1

Jun 17, 2015

This is me, is there any shock that I wouldn't enjoy the series? So far, out of all of the new DC series I've read, this one is my favorite, and thankfully we have a year to enjoy it.

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10
Prez #2

Jul 22, 2015

With a real Presidential election going on that seems more and more like the world Russell is depicting, you have to wonder is he actually writing thoughtful satire, or is he just ahead of the times? A great read for those who care even a little about the political world around them.

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6.8
Punisher (2016) #1

May 3, 2016

I think what we're seeing in this first issue is a classic Punisher, and that's my issue. I expected something more. Instead, we got something we've seen before many times.

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8.0
Punisher (2018) #1

Aug 22, 2018

The Punisher is on a mission again and this time it's hunting for bigger game. It's a great take on the character mixing the old with the new and bringing back the character into what feels like a force of nature that's pure destruction and chaos and something criminals and villains need to fear.

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8.0
Rasputin: The Voice of the Dragon #1

Nov 15, 2017

While I expected more Rasputin, this first issue is a solid one setting things up and adding some layers to the world. It's friendly for new readers and they can go in with knowing nothing of this world and should still enjoy it while long time readers will appreciate more being added to the long history of it all. A great debut that has me excited to see where this goes and what comes next on this adventure.

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7.6
Red Dog #1

Sep 9, 2016

The first issue ends at a cliffhanger that is a bit overused, but what has come before kept me entertained enough to want to see what comes next and find out more about the world. I can make some guesses as to what we'll see, but so far, it's pretty entertaining and well worth checking out when it's released.

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8.1
Red Hood and the Outlaws: Rebirth #1

Jul 27, 2016

This was an issue I expected to really dislike, but the pacing, the presentation, it all works really well. So much so, I want to see what comes next. The full team isn't brought together, but I can't wait to see when it does.

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6.0
Red Wolf #1

Nov 30, 2015

This new series had an opportunity to be something interesting, unique, and really stand out, but the first issue is underwhelming on all fronts. I gave the comic a shot, but what I see is so-so art, and a story that matches by underwhelming. This is not a series I'm sticking around for the second issue.

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9.0
Redlands #1

Jul 11, 2017

Along with the art, Clayton Cowles‘ lettering plays a fantastic role in giving us a grit about what's spoken but the inclusion of interesting angles for gun blasts and noises creates a sense of motion for the action. One particular scene with a “slam” written out, that sound's lettering is presented in a way that's fresh and helps drive where the action is taking place adding to the flow of movement presented.

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5.5
Return of Wolverine #2

Oct 24, 2018

There's a lot to go so maybe this is a bump in a road but after a surprisingly good first issue, this is quite a few steps back.

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7.7
Ringside #1

Nov 25, 2015

This was a good first issue. While I expected a story more about wrestling, that's not quite what it is. The first issue shows a lot of promise, so we'll see where it goes, and if the idea of a Southern Bastards with wrestling sounds interesting, this is definitely one to pick up.

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8.3
Robin War #1

Dec 2, 2015

As a whole, this is a fantastic first issue that brings together a lot of characters in a way that's welcoming to new readers and should excite ones who have been around for a while, it got me excited. I can't wait to see where this event goes, hopefully it continues this first issue's excellence.

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7.2
Robin: Son of Batman #2

Jul 15, 2015

Two issues in, the series hasn't quite hooked me yet, but it's showing interesting promise in a redemption tale of a character we love to hate. Whether this series dives deeper into Damian's history and messed up past will be key. There is lots that hasn't been discussed and examined about the character (such as his birth), that if we see that, the series may be fantastic. Right now though, it's reading something featuring a character I just don't personally like, and that's something I haven't gotten past…. yet.

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7.8
Robin: Son of Batman #4

Sep 16, 2015

The comic is fun. That's the best way to put it. It's not deep, but it's a buddy adventure with kids learning who they are. And Gleason remember to infuse that with fun throughout. The comic is an entertaining read, which at times is all we really want or need. The reason this is a “read” instead of a “buy” is just the fact isn't some vital issue, or the best of the best type of issue. But, it'd be a comic I'd absolutely be happy with in my weekly pull list, and for folks who want to check out this series, this is a solid issue to hop on with.

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8.5
Ruinworld #1

Jul 11, 2018

I wasn't sure what to expect going in to this first issue but by the end, I want to read more and read it right away. BOOM! Studios is on a string of successes lately and this adds to it with a fantasy tale all can enjoy. Ruinworld is a world I want to read more of, to explore more of, hell I want to game in the world. A fun first issue that delivers action and smiles.

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8.5
Runaways (2015) #1

Jun 16, 2015

Runaways is a fantastic addition to Marvel's solid Secret Wars event. It's a series that I'm hoping will stick around after the event too. We get a series like this every so often, but they never seem to last as long as they should. Here's hoping this sparks something new, and this one stays for a while.

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7.2
RunLoveKill #1

Apr 19, 2015

The first issue is absolutely interesting, and has a lot of potential. Hopefully some of the visuals are a bit clearer in future issues, which will help put the series over the top for me.

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7.4
Santa Claus: Private Eye #1

Nov 2, 2017

Holiday tales often deal with naughty and nice but throw in a murder story, Santa as a P.I., and you have a whole new entertaining take.Santa Claus: Private Eye Book One " Santa Claus Is Coming to Town is out November 29.

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8.1
Saucer State #1

May 24, 2017

As a fan of the first volume, Saucer State has been a comic I've been looking forward to since it was announced and can't wait to see where Cornell and Kelly take us as far as this conspiracy goes. If the end of the first issue is any indication, it'll be a wild ride as already I'm caught off guard with the unexpected. A solid return and debut and I'm excited to see what happens next.

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8.5
Savage Dragon #226

Aug 30, 2017

Will Dragon eventually go to Canada? Will he and his friends become an enemy of the United States? How long will this last? I haven't been reading in quite some time but in this simple, focused issue, Larsen has me interested in coming to see where he takes this all and how this magical world full of superheroes deals with real world bigotry.

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9.0
Scarlet (2018) #3

Oct 24, 2018

There's something surreal about this issue's release today of all days and it feels as though it's as pertinent to today's political situation as it was when the series debuted 8 years ago. It's the rage many of us feeling and a reality many of us would like to see happen. All it'll take is a spark and some inspiration. But for now, we can imagine that revolution kicking off and experience that possible reality on the printed page.

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7.8
Scarlet Witch #1

Dec 7, 2015

The first issue is ok, and I enjoyed reading it, but for me, the key is to see where it goes and how it differentiates itself from other series, embracing the character's complicated past, while forging its individual path.

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9.0
Scarlett Couture #3

Jun 25, 2015

This issue, we're missing her dossiers that were in the first two issues, possibly because Des Taylor has revealed all there is for the reader to know before the epic conclusion. What surprised me most about Des Taylors writing is his attention to details. Taylor makes of habit of making things factually accurate, which is different for some comic book writers. It only makes sense as readers, because in this age of Google we have easier access to information than generations past. Overall, a great read.

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7.8
Scarlett's Strike Force #1

Dec 27, 2017

The first issue's a fun one that leans heavy on the goofier nature of G.I. Joe and delivers a take on the classic franchise that's absolutely different than what IDW has presented in earlier runs. While those had a more grounded style (which works) this one celebrates the wild characters and brings it all together with Hasbro's franchises (there's a Jem reference!). This feels like an over the top world, exactly the type of story so many of us told with our toy collection growing up. And with that, it brings a smile to my face.

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8.0
Sci-Fu #1

Mar 14, 2018

Reading this, you can tell Mercado is having fun with this creation. There's lots of twists and turns and I'm not going to ruin it all. There's a lot here I want explored more, I want to see another volume. There's some elements that could have been fleshed out more but overall, this is an entertaining debut. I'd say it's unexpected but Mercado is a talent where you expect something as good as this.

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7.1
Scooby Apocalypse #1

May 24, 2016

The first issue is definitely bold and interesting, I'm just very undecided as to what I think in the end. I'll definitely check out the second issue to see where it goes, but the first issue is more befuddling than exciting for me.

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9.5
Secret Coders #1

Sep 30, 2015

A wildly entertaining new series that combines logic puzzles and basic programming instruction with a page-turning mystery plot! Bring on the next volume!

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5.5
Secret Empire #0

Apr 18, 2017

Spencer, Acua, and Reis, pack in a lot into this issue attempting to catch up new readers while giving everything a go after the dominoes have been set up for so long. But, in packing a lot, there's a complete lack of emotional punch or justification for Rogers' actions. For that, you'll need to have read over a year's worth of comics. This debut isn't fatal, but for all the build up as far as controversy or defense of Rogers' philosophy, what's presented is another mile wide inch deep summer event.

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5.0
Secret Empire #1

May 3, 2017

The first issue of Secret Empire makes the case that we should accept our fascist overlords, they'll make the trains run on time with job programs and efficiency, just overlook the whole extermination and death camps aspect. Just the story comics needs today….

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7.0
Secret Empire #2

May 17, 2017

Spencer ends the issue with a “shocking surprise” and again foreshadows how it'll all likely end, which since the narrative is being told in past tense, will end with resistance victory. This is an improvement as it actually gives us characters to cheer for in a way and some folks we should care about as a whole. The issue and event still comes off as poorly thought out and perspectives are too simplified missing the complexity of real life politics. A step in the right direction, but one that's far too late.

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4.0
Secret Empire #10

Aug 30, 2017

Spencer's entire event can be summed up by one scene in this issue were an Inhuman who after having been held in a concentration camp and when presented with a form that lets the United States government off the hook decides to sign it instead of a lawyer look at it. It's as if to ask the readers to move on and forget this ever happened" I wish I could". I wish I could"

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5.0
Secret Empire: Omega #1

Sep 13, 2017

Hopefully this is the end of Spencer's guiding hand and we can see other writers pick up the themes and concept he's laid out and run with them in a way that does them justice. The damage has been done and Secret Empire: Omega shifts things towards the healing but in the end gives us a story that's "sound and fury signifying nothing."

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8.0
Secret Six (2014) #5

Aug 19, 2015

The issue felt like an Agatha Christie revelation mixed with The Usual Suspects. While it doesn't quite stand on its own, as part of the story arc, it's fantastic. A much needed issue that seamlessly fits into the overall story not breaking its stride. Its taken a few issues to get there, but Simone's latest Secret Six run is starting to remind me a lot of her modern classic run, and that's a very good thing.

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8.0
Secret Warriors (2017) #1

May 12, 2017

The first issue is pretty solid and has me looking forward to this team post Secret Empire. It has some of the vibe of the original series but also a bit more light hearted style to it all, which helps eleviate the seriousnous and dour feeling of the main series. This is a team that feels like it's going to be fun and gives us heroes we can actually cheer on.

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8.0
Secret Wars #2

May 15, 2015

The first issue was interesting and had me entertained, this second issue has me really interested to see what happens next. Unlike recent events from Marvel, this one is actually living up to the build up and hype so far. But, we have a long way to go before it's over. If you missed the first issue, you can skip it, the second is where things really begin.

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9.5
Secret Wars #9

Jan 13, 2016

The issue was delayed, but it's worth the wait. Hickman brings together years of ideas and stories, and launches into many decades more to come.

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9.0
Secret Wars: Secret Love #1

Aug 24, 2015

Secret Wars: Secret Love is so good, with so many varied creators, it has reminded how much Marvel has dropped the ball with the relaunch in a few months. Whitley not on a Misty Knight series? Cmon! Michel Fiffe not being given something! Marguerite Bennet, Katie Cook, Felipe Smith, Gurihiru, Kris Anka, this comic is filled with folks who are comic stars. This is the type of creative line-up I'd be building a line around. I want more of this!

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6.8
Seven to Eternity #1

Sep 20, 2016

I'm not ready to write the comic off, I'll check out the second, but high hopes and expectations have definitely been dashed.

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7.5
Shade, the Changing Girl #1

Oct 5, 2016

It took me quite a while to get into the first issue, but when I got to the end I really enjoyed it. I'm still not 100% sold, but the issue has an interesting thing going on and where it goes from here, I honestly have no idea. With so many options, I'm intrigued more than anything and want to see what comes next.

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9.0
Shanghai Red #1

Jun 20, 2018

Shanghai Red is a revenge tale, but it's one that feels unique due to its setting and characters. There's a grittiness about it all and a low-fi aspect that makes it stand out from the pack. This is an absolutely fantastic debut issue and one that has me sucked in to see where it all goes.

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8.4
Shanghai Red #2

Jul 25, 2018

The second issue continues the story of vengeance and ups the brutal nature of it all. This is a story that's both expected and unexpected at the same time as Red works her way up the chain to find the person(s) who wronged her while searching for her family. By giving us an anti-hero that's rare in a setting that feels even rarer in comics we have a series that takes a story we've seen before and deliver something fresh and new.

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8.0
Shatterstar #1

Oct 3, 2018

The first issue is a solid one that delivers a lot of humor. There were times I had a smile on my face and it gets me to want to check out the second issue. I worry that we're going to get more action than humor going forward but Seeley delivers a start that has me wanted an ongoing series from the cast of characters we get to know all too briefly.

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7.5
Shuri (2018) #1

Oct 17, 2018

The first issue isn't bad but it feels like it's in the shadow of Shuri's older brother T'Challa. Whether on purpose or not much like Shuri itself, it needs to come out of that shadow to stand on its own to succeed. The series as a whole's success will rely on Okorafor's ability to do that for the character.

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8.0
Silk (2015) #1

Nov 24, 2015

The comic's first issue is a lot of fun. I want to see what happens next and Thompson has carved out a solid space for Silk that keeps her in a world that feels familiar for fans of the Spider family but also is unique enough to make it stand out. A great debut.

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7.0
Silver Sable and The Wild Pack (2017) #36

Nov 22, 2017

There's nothing bad with this comic and there's nothing that makes it stand out either. It'd be great to see Silver Sable back in an ongoing way but if that happens, we need to see the bar raised a bit in how it's done. When there's so many solid options out there, why do anything less?

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7.8
Silver Surfer (2016) #1

Jan 19, 2016

For fans of the previous volume, little has changed. This first issue picks up where things left off with the same characters, similar status, and same look. This isn't All-New, All-Different, it's a continuation of what's come before. And that's quite ok as that worked really well. For those who missed the previous volume, this is a solid jumping on point.

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9.0
Skyward (2018) #2

May 23, 2018

The series is creative and there's an energy about it that makes it beyond entertaining. The issues so far are so full of detail that you'll linger on pages to see how society has changed and what has been impacted. The layers of storytelling here are a lot and so good. Image has been putting out solid comics and this is one that stands out from the pack.

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8.0
Slapstick #1

Oct 18, 2016

As I said, I wasn't a fan going in, but by the time I finished, I actually want to read the next issue and see where it all goes. I still might not be the biggest Slapstick fan, but the story's humor mixed with the advantage of digital makes it an interesting read and one to check out.

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8.6
Slash & Burn #1

Nov 14, 2015

This first issue really caught me off guard in a good way. The comic is really interesting due to the characters and the art. It's something that I got to the end of, and immediately wanted to read more. It's just a good comic that focuses on characters, not flash, and excels because of that.

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8.4
Snow Day #1

Jan 12, 2017

There is some interesting things in that this graphic novel that's supposed to be occuring in the “heartland” of America, but there's a slight disconnect that feels like it's being written by someone who has never been in the heartland. Still, the story by itself is fantastic and is a bit more artsy and philosophical take of a classic story of a sheriff rooting out corruption.

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8.4
Solar Flare #1

Apr 12, 2017

Solar Flare #1 is a fantastic start of a disaster comic whose focus on tension and the build pays off by the end of the issue. I can't wait to see if that continues throughout the series, but no matter, this is a great issue to start things with.

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8.6
Solarman #1

Jul 6, 2016

Solarman #1 is a solid debut and I can't wait to see what comes next. The issue is an exciting start and fills a much-needed niche that other publishers woefully ignore. This is a superhero comic for the masses and hopefully the masses find it, cause it's solid. If you're looking for a superhero alternative from the big 2, look no further.

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8.0
Sonic The Hedgehog (2018) #1

Apr 4, 2018

While the end product didn't have me super excited, I did enjoy it. Enough that I want to check out the next issue. I can't compare it to what has come before but as far as a fresh start, it's a good one. The comic feel like it's one that's good for kids and adults alike and I'm interested in seeing where it goes from here.

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10
Southern Bastards #14

May 11, 2016

Southern Bastards #14 is a prime example of why this series is one of the, if not the, best comic on the market right now. And so far, this is the best issue I've read of any comic this year.

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9.0
Southern Bastards #19

Jan 24, 2018

Just when you think the series is going to go in one direction, Aaron and Latour shifts things and the end of this issue is one of those. Where things are going and how it'll play out? We'll have to wait and see and I'm counting down the days. Consistently one of the best comic series on the market.

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8.4
Spencer & Locke #1

Apr 12, 2017

Spencer & Locke has its twist and brings something new to a genre that while entertaining, needs something new to really stand out. Whether or not the murder mystery is interesting isn't the draw for me going forward, it's all about Spencer and Locke. Much like Calvin and Hobbes, how Spener and Locke interact is the heart of the series and has me counting down the days until I can read more.

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8.6
Spider-Force #1

Oct 31, 2018