Brian Villar's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: GWW Reviews: 36
6.9Avg. Review Rating

8
American Vampire: 1976 #1

Oct 16, 2020

American Vampire 1976 is off to a great start. The partnership between Snyder and Albuquerque is on full display as they know how to move the focus to what is important for the readers and is an opportunity to showcase each other's talents. The story does get daunting and intimidating for new readers with all the characters. It doesn't distract from the story but it makes you want to reread or start reading it from the beginning.

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9
Basketful of Heads #1

Oct 30, 2019

Hill and Leomacs create a great partnership in this debut. It was important for Basketful of Heads to come out swinging as a lot is riding on the partnership DC has with Hill. As it was mentioned at the Diamond retailer event, DC Comics is going all in with Hill House and it looks like a great decision

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8
Basketful of Heads #6

Mar 24, 2020

When Basketful of heads was first announced it seemed like it would be another Hack/Slash and that's the furthest from the truth. Hill and Leomacs have crafted a story and as each issue comes out it is starting to become a constant to read and review because of how good it is.

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5
Batman (2016) #91

Mar 17, 2020

Batman #91 was a weak entry in the Their Dark Design story line. I don't see the need to rush it and it might be worth going monthly to allow the artists to relax and not rush to meet deadlines. Sadly this issue falls flat and hopefully with the hype of upcoming books they don't suffer the same fate.

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6
Batman (2016) #92

Jun 9, 2020

Batman #92 isn't the best in "Their Dark Designs" . It might be due to the hype involving Joker's newest partner. Punchline has been the reason copies of Batman #89, Year of the Villain Hell Arisen #3, Joker 80th anniversary and this issue has sold out and is hard to come by. So does the hyped encounter in this issue live up to the speculations?

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8.5
Batman (2016) #97

Aug 20, 2020

Over all this issue has improved and is back on the right track. Jimenz's art doesn't feel inconsistent and haphazardly thrown together with backgrounds and characters looking flat like in previous issues. Tynion IV story is solid and doesn't feel over encumbered with too many moving parts. This was a solid issue and shows a lot of promise with the payoff if they can keep it going this way. 

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8.5
Batman (2016) #98

Sep 1, 2020

Batman #98 is a great lead up to issue #100. With many different parts now moving together holistically, it doesn't feel like a jumbled mess. When Punchline's hype was at its peak the story was suffering, and was very evident with all aspects. The past few issues have started to rectify those missteps and is showing how great the story truly is and how it was buried under mediocrity.

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9
Batman: Three Jokers (2020) #2

Sep 29, 2020

The complexity of the story and topics are balanced wonderfully throughout the issue. The concept of right and wrong is used wonderfully with Jason Todd and him killing a Joker. Johns and Fabok have built and created a great story that is only going to end with a Bang!

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7
Black Badge #1

Aug 9, 2018

Black Badge is unique in the settings and idea of the story and if they can overcome the hackneyed character personalities then this could be a potential hit for Kindt and Jenkins.

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8
Crowded #1

Aug 15, 2018

Crowded is off to a great start. If the creative team can keep up with the commentary of current culture and not rely on it to be the driving force of the story, Crowded can be a great series for Image. This series is one of which I will be looking forward to reading each month.

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7
Curse Words #16

Sep 19, 2018

Overall the issue is solid. Not answering the burning questions right away does leave you desperate and annoyed. Yet, you are going to come back to finally get the answer that Margert and Ruby are looking for.

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3
Cyberpunk 2077: Trauma Team #1

Sep 8, 2020

If this was under a different name I would gladly give it a higher score. Yet it is supposed to be tied into a game that hasn't been released yet and not having that reference to understand the story makes this issue a disappointment. After the game is released this is something worth revisiting as it will make more sense and should be graded on a complete scale rather than the partial one I am forced to use. 

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9
Die #3

Feb 9, 2019

Issue 3 has kept up with high standards and has improved upon expanding the story. There is little fault in any of the execution with developing the main characters and the world of Die. Gillen and Hans have a great partnership and it shows with the series so far.

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8
Die #5

Apr 3, 2019

Overall Die #5 is a strong issue that helps push the story forward and gives us a new challenge for the party to overcome. Gillen and Hans have been able to create their own interesting world for 5 straight issues and the story doesn't look like its slowing down any time soon.

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8
Gideon Falls #5

Jul 19, 2018

Gideon Falls #5 is a good set up for Issue #6. The feeling of dread from the Black Barn that you get from reading the issue is awesome, and I hope it transfers to the next issue and frightens us some more.

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3
Gogor #1

May 2, 2019

Hopefully, Gogor can fix the issues and improve as a family friendly fantasy story that is needed. By taking the entire comic on, may ultimately cause its demise.

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8
Green Lantern (2018) #2

Dec 5, 2018

Having two highly regarded creators on a book can backfire on you, but so far Morrison and Sharp have a great relationship and its showcased in this issue and series so far. It's exciting to see how far each other can push Hal Jordan and the Lantern Corps in both art and writing. My one big concern is that Morrison doesn't go too experimental with the story. But with his recent work that doesn't seem like too much of a concern.

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7
Hawkman (2018) #3

Aug 8, 2018

Hawkman #3 has been able to keep its connection to the Metal event. The presence of the journal helps with keeping the story aligned. It's a strong issue showing the determination of Carter finding out who and where he comes from and the ending alluding to more progression in the plot.

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3
Heist #1

Nov 6, 2019

I didn't hate the issue but it just felt like it was one that we've seen many times before. I see a lot of potential in the series when they are able to expand on the characters. I will read issue two as they gave enough to keep me interested in what happens next. But if the next few issues become a paint by numbers heist story, then it won't be a memorable story.

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8
Lois Lane (2019) #1

Jul 2, 2019

Lois Lane has an excellent start and is in the hands of a very skilled creative team. Rucka and Perkins are able to utilize the character's strength, making Lois's story unique and about her. This allows us to enjoy how great of a journalist and character she is.

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2
Morbius (2019) #1

Nov 13, 2019

Marcelo's art feels repetitive once you go past a few panels. It gives you a sense of dj vu as the first few pages look the same. Everything starts feeling the same as the tricks and characters are overused. Shadows are overused trying to build suspense and the characters started looking the same from panel to panel. As the issue only has two settings, it's hard to not make the background look the same but with a bad perspective, it becomes redundant quick. Overall Morbius is not a good book. Trying to find redeeming qualities in it was daunting and unaccomplished. Every aspect of it felt rushed as if trying to maintain a deadline or to keep the rights to the character. I do not see this comic sticking around for long and sadly there is a reason the Legacy number for Morbius hasn't gone past 50.

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6
Mother Panic: Gotham A.D. #5

Jul 26, 2018

Overall the issue is decent for a setup to the climax of issue 6. The conclusion was predictable with how everything in the story moved. The art and story were mostly filler to get everything set up for the next issue.

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8.2
Once & Future #1

Aug 14, 2019

Once & Future has a lot of potential and is hitting the marks to be an impressive story. One of the more cautionary notes is to not overload with myths and legends; as they should only use them to progress the storyline. With such a huge wealth of them, it would be an easy cop-out as a story filler instead of creating natural conflicts and revelations.

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5
Pearl #2

Sep 19, 2018

Pearl #2 falls flat in execution and moving the story forward. We get glimpses of potential development but its overshadowed by needless cutaways and useless dialog. Hopefully, in the next issue, this gets corrected as the story does have potential as tattoos and Yakuzas do go together in Japanese culture.

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6
Pearl #3

Oct 18, 2018

At the end, this is an improvement over the last issue. We get to start seeing a forming of a story just the pace is taking us some time to arrive. If the pacing is improved in the next issue Pearl will be a great story. If it's more of the same as this issue, then it will be a middle of the road story.

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9
Pearl #4

Nov 21, 2018

I was one of the few who wasn't all onboard this comic each issue. I loved the concept, setting, characters, and themes. It felt that Bendis and Gaydos were lost in narrowing down what they wanted it all to be. But we finally get an issue that ties that's keeping the good, while slowly eliminating the bad at the same time. This hopefully isn't a one-off but the continuation of a great story that took a little development to get there.

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5
Plastic Man (2018) #3

Aug 8, 2018

Plastic Man #3 is cosmetically perfect, however, the story itself is a jumbled mess. With a shortened jammed packed plot it feels that it would do better with less and not try to jam as much content into an already solid start. I do hope they can continue working on Plastic Man as that might be the true equal to Deadpool that DC has been looking for.

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8
Scales And Scoundrels #11

Aug 2, 2018

Scales and Scoundrels #11 is strong and has followed the path of the second story arch to expand on the universe and showcase the different struggles found in it.

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6
Shade, the Changing Woman #6

Aug 2, 2018

Shade has kept up the story that we were introduced before the Milk Wars. A new chapter begins as we are drawn further into the many layers that Cecil Castelucci has built throughout the series so far. The biggest downside is that the issue gets bogged down by trying to be too existential. This is evident with how Loma Shade dealt with the issues around her most notably getting her heart together and dealing with the Megan dilemma.

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7
Star (2020) #1

Jan 8, 2020

Star is a strong entry in the Captain Marvel spinoff universe. Ms. Marvel has been a major staple for Marvel and from what Thompson and Pina have created, it sets a strong foundation for the series and the character. There are some flaws, as readers need to read or be familiar with the story line from Captain Marvel. The flash backs give little details and makes readers do their research if they just picked up this issue.

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8
Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren #3

Feb 12, 2020

Issue 3 matches the strong story that Soule and Sinly have set out to create. The words and art blend perfectly and the story does not feel out of place or rushed. The only criticism I have, is that I wish this comic came out before Rise of Skywalker. It helps build on why Ben became Kylo and gives the audience that connection that was missing from the movies.

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9
Strange Adventures (2020) #4

Aug 5, 2020

Ther series overall, is a slow unraveling of whodunit without knowing the who or what part. We know Aleea Strange is the main focal point to both stories' conclusion. This issue is that we got nowhere near to the answer but a lot more questions on what truly happened.

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7.5
The White Trees #1

Aug 14, 2019

The White Trees it is a good story. Since the story is only two parts, it is short and to the point. Zdarsky and Anka have done a wonderful job with the characters and the art. With the second part coming out next month we can see a quick end to a story that most authors would try to prolong, adding longevity without reason.

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8
Wonder Twins (2019) #3

Apr 12, 2019

The after effects of the Drunkla incident still weighs heavy on Jayna and helps push Russell and Byrne to explore that theme. We not only see it with Jayna but also with Gleek overcoming his past. With so many themes being handled its no shock that Wonder Twins is one of DC better books right now.

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3
Wyrd #1

Jan 29, 2019

Some of the saving graces' are that the story does have potential. The writing needs to be fleshed out better and have the characters use a full emotional spectrum. The art already nails giving characters individual traits, it just needs to extend to the main players not just the ones in the background. Overall the first issue didn't impress or inspire to anything other a flimsy halfhearted effort. The lack of emotion and character development hurts the story. In the end it feels more like an outline than an actual story and when they figure it out WYRD has a lot of potential to be good.

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9
Wytches: Bad Egg Halloween Special #1

Oct 31, 2018

The biggest drawback from this issue that it's not long enough. It gives us a taste and makes you want more. You realize how good the series is and forces you to read volume one to be hyped for it again. This gives us a good understanding that the next volume is going to be good. Hopefully.

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