Cameron Kieffer's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Rogues Portal Reviews: 17
8.8Avg. Review Rating

9.4
Adventureman #1

Jun 10, 2020

Fraction has created a bevy of fun, pulp-inspired heroes and villains along with a more-than-capable lead in Claire.

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9.5
Black Stars Above #3

Jan 29, 2020

For more details, check out our review of the debut issue ofBlack Stars Abovehere!

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7.5
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #5

Jun 5, 2019

One thing the previous arc had going for it consistently was the excellent art. Sadly, thats another area that has taken a hit in quality. Art duties are handled by David Lopez, and while his layouts are great (particularly in an early two-page spread), his character work leaves a lot to be desired. Certain players, especially Willow, just come off looking odd, with expressions ranging from bored to manic. Fortunately, previous colorist Raul Angulo has returned to work his magic and, along with letterer Ed Dukeshire, provides some much needed artistic continuity.

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8.6
Deadpool (2019) #1

Nov 20, 2019

The launch of this new first issue (his ninth, I believe) does coincide with Marvels recent Dawn of X relaunch. Unlike many of the new X-books, however, this series appears to be largely self-contained and new-reader friendly, despite Deadpools frequent inclusion with the Merry Mutants. In fact, apart from the appearance of a couple characters from Thompsons recently-concluded West Coast Avengers, this issue is perfectly accessible to first-time readers and long-time fans. With its hyper-violence and edgy, yet mostly lighthearted humor, this new arc acts as a spiritual successor to the now-classic runs by Gail Simone and Joe Kelly, which is a very good thing for both the character and readers alike.

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8.1
Fearscape #5

Apr 24, 2019

Fans of David Lynch, Neil Gaimans Sandman, and Mike Careys The Unwritten will find plenty to like in this five-issue series, although the casual reader may be left confused. Theres a clever amount of world-building here, with plenty of potential to expand.

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8.8
Ghostbusters: Year One #1

Jan 22, 2020

The focus on Winston is an inspired choice, especially since he's generally considered the least fleshed-out member of the team (as far as the films go). Here, he gets the attention he rightly deserves, providing his own perspective of the film's events and his role in them.

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7.9
He-Man & the Masters of the Multiverse #1

Nov 20, 2019

Nostalgically speaking, there is a lot of fun to be had, particularly with the many references to the MOTUs less popular canon. The inclusion of one such character is likely to cause certain readers to rejoice, while others may turn away in disgust. The scope of this series and the respect to the characters varied history is evident in the last page reveal, which is likely to be equally polarizing to long-time fans. Despite a few missteps, there is a lot of potential to this series, and Im excited to see where it goes from here.

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8.6
Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity #1

Oct 11, 2019

Speaking of Joker, despite having top billing in the title, the Clown Prince of Crime doesnt appear anywhere in the issue. Not unlike the killer in Seven, he exists as a force of nature to move the narrative forward, his actions appearing only in flashback. Even Batman only appears in a single panel, during one such sequence that provides one of the books more emotional moments.

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9
My Video Game Ate My Homework OGN

May 6, 2020

The story is very much a fantasy with shades of science fiction, but the relatability of Dewey and his friends keep everything grounded. Between Deweys dyslexia and Beatrices anxiety, the cast is depicted in a very real, honest way that never feels heavy-handed. With every new level, the kids work together to solve problems, help each other, and push themselves harder to get to the next stage. However, the books visuals dont fare quite as well; there are some noticeable inconsistencies with perspective, and the characters expressions seem limited and very Muppet-like. These are minor quibbles though, and the art gets better and more stylish as the story progresses. Cory Breens lettering is excellent and very easy on the eyes, and Hansens coloring is beautiful. There are also plenty of fan service moments and several subtle nods to its placement in the DC Universe (or somewhere in the multiverse), but those moments never feel forced or distracting.

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9
New Mutants (2019) #1

Nov 6, 2019

Much like the other titles in the Dawn of X line, this is not the most new reader-friendly book on the stands. At least a rudimentary knowledge of the mutants new status quo is required to fully understand the issues opening scenes. The X-Men line in general is notorious for using caption boxes that provide character names and abilities, however, those are noticeably absent here. It may be beneficial to have a Marvel encyclopedia handy to know more about characters like Mondo, whose powers are only vaguely hinted at. Despite the lack of general accessibility, this is a highly entertaining first issue that should appeal to X-fans of any generation.

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8.6
Sabrina the Teenage Witch (2019) #2

May 15, 2019

Those still lamenting her previous all-but-cancelled series may be left wanting something darker and edgier, while those used to her appearances in the core Archie and Jughead titles may be put off by the creepy vibes. The book as a whole is very entertaining, with Thompson doing an admirable job of bridging those two series into a hybrid that is both fun and creepy. Its likely not a coincidence that the tone and style of this series is very close to that of the current Netflix series but still manages to keep things lighthearted.

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9.1
Savage Avengers (2019) #1

May 1, 2019

While its hard to judge a new team without all the components, this book is off to an interesting start. Duggans approach is a bit of a slow-burn, but its apparent that hes building toward something exciting. The book has a lot of potential, is filled with gorgeous art from start to finish, and should definitely be considered for your pull-list.

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9
Spy Island #1

Apr 1, 2020

This latest Dark Horse miniseries is groovy, sexy, and weird in all the ways comics should be. WARNING: May contain hairy men in Union Jack speedos.

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9
The Mask: I Pledge Allegiance to the Mask #1

Oct 18, 2019

The art by Patric Reynolds is both beautiful and ugly in all the right ways. The setting of Edge City looks like little more than a demilitarized zone. Likewise, the photo-referenced characters are depicted as realistic, flawed, and about as far from glamorous as you can get. With the addition of Lee Loughbridges excellent coloring, the art has a grounded approach that makes Big Heads bright green visage even more terrifying in contrast to the grittiness of the environment.

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9
The White Trees #2

Sep 25, 2019

Zdarskys trademark voice was all-but absent in the previous issue, but here its very distinct and his range as a writer is on full-display. The dialogue is full of humor and heartbreak, as is the story itself. The genius lettering by Aditya Bidikar adds just enough personality to Zdarskys words, while keeping within the style of this dark and broody tale. I only hope this whole team returns to the world of Blacksand one day soon.

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8.8
Unearth #1

Jul 10, 2019

Unearth is weird in all the best ways possible, layered with ideas to explore while never fully disclosing what the story is about or where its heading. While that aspect can often be frustrating, its actually one of this books greatest strengths. Is the threat simply a virus? Is it aliens? Monsters? Magic? It could be any or none of the above. The mystery is at the very heart of this bizarre and horrifying tale and I, for one, cant wait to know more.

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9
Vampironica: New Blood #1

Jan 1, 1970

The only downside (and this is a common issue with a lot of comics nowadays) is that the previous series are pretty much required reading. A recap page may have been helpful, but there is enough exposition to hit the important notes without detracting from the ongoing narrative. Speaking of which, its clear that Tieri and Moreci have long-term plans for this section of the Archie-verse, and I strongly suggest getting caught up now. You wont be disappointed!

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