Chris Coplan's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: AIPT Reviews: 55
7.2Avg. Review Rating

6
Avengers (2018): Halloween Special #1

Oct 31, 2018

Maybe not "so good, it's scary," but a seasonally appropriate mix of cheesiness, body horror, and nostalgia.

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6.5
Bang! #1

Feb 18, 2020

Matt Kindt's newest super-spy series has its obstacles, but he's once again broke new ground in an overused genre.

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7
Bang! #2

Mar 18, 2020

While this meta series is still forming, issue #2 helps shape the story and motifs in a major way.

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7
Batman and the Outsiders (2019) #1

May 8, 2019

The duo of Hill and Soy have forged an Outsiders with equal parts potential and predictability.

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7
Criminy #1

Sep 18, 2018

If you like books involving cute animals, families, pirates, and dissections of sociopolitical structures, then jump aboard.

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7.5
Crone #1

Nov 6, 2019

A tale of second chances and revenge begins with raw emotion and empathy.

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7.5
Crone #2

Dec 3, 2019

Dark Horse's newest series combines 'Red Sonja' with a heaping helping of drama.

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8
Crone #3

Dec 31, 2019

In this latest issue, the creative time aren't pulling any punches in telling a bloody, highly emotional tale of vengeance and second chances.

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8.5
Crone #4

Feb 4, 2020

This is the issue that drives home the loss and anguish inherent in this fantasy series.

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10
Crone #5

Mar 3, 2020

This dynamic fantasy series ends in all best ways possible (except for actually being over).

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7.5
Deadpool (2019) #2

Jan 8, 2020

While this new series nails the Merc with a Mouth, it could set itself up for a future tumble.

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7
Family Tree #1

Nov 12, 2019

In a career of telling these stories, Jeff Lemire arrives at something truly terrifying.

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7.5
Family Tree #2

Dec 17, 2019

Family Tree has become a huge favorite in just two issues, which is amazing because it took me Greg Rucka's entire run on Wolverine to be quite as certain. It's the emotional weight, the unsettling imagery (that's also deeply touching), the exploration of family and fatherhood, and the way this tree-based mystery flourishes inch by painful and exciting inch. It doesn't so much grow on you as it bursts fully in bloom from your chest cavity.

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7
Family Tree #3

Jan 21, 2020

We get to see a lot but not nearly enough actually happens.

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8
Family Tree #4

Feb 18, 2020

After a misstep in #3, this issue grabs you by the roots and wrenches out every drop of beauty and heartache.

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8.5
Family Tree #5

Mar 17, 2020

As the first full arc effectively ends, this series readies to branch into exciting new directions.

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6.5
FCBD 2019: H1 Ignition #1

May 4, 2019

It's an exciting time for Humanoids. This could be the start of an exciting new universe of impactful and relatable heroes " or it could totally be another Wildstorm (fraught with delays, bad politics, underwhelmed fans, etc.). While this preview lacks definitive proof, I nonetheless remain hopeful. Even if these new heroes can't save the world, they just may save us from more of the same.

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6.5
Ignited #1

Jun 4, 2019

With its debut issue, the new H1 imprint from Humanoids lays the groundwork for more grounded, engaging heroes.

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7
Ignited #2

Jul 5, 2019

There's a reason Ignited is leading the H1 charge: even with more tantalizing premises in books like OMNI, this series feels like it'll hit the hardest. If anything, as they build the world around it, Ignited may only open up further with new insights and understandings of Phoenix and the world it occupies. And whatever kind of place that is, it'll be worth the deep dive.

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6
Killadelphia #1

Nov 26, 2019

An intriguing, deeply jarring meditation on fathers and sons -- with monsters.

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6.5
Killadelphia #2

Dec 31, 2019

This second issue is both an effective change in pacing and a doubling down on bad habits.

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7
Killadelphia #3

Jan 28, 2020

When this book emphasizes its primary father-son narrative, it'll leave you feel drained.

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8
Killadelphia #4

Feb 25, 2020

As the bloodshed is turned up to 11, this chapter of the father-son drama delivers both heart and gore.

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8
Killadelphia #5

Mar 24, 2020

In addition to poignant emotions and narrative threads, this bottle's packed with blood and gore.

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6.5
Lucifer (2018) #1

Oct 17, 2018

The Thin White Devil returns to break hearts and burn his enemies asunder.

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7
Lucifer (2018) #2

Nov 21, 2018

As Lucifer inches toward the truth, the past and future swirl together for an intriguing slice of theater.

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7
Meyer #1

Sep 24, 2019

This end-of-life gangster adventure slowly unveils layers of nuance and history.

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6.5
Nomen Omen #1

Oct 1, 2019

This new fantasy series glides the line between grit and depth and fanciful fiction.

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6
Nomen Omen #2

Nov 6, 2019

A wonky storyline and forced inconsistency in the narrative don't make for the best of times.

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7
Nomen Omen #3

Dec 3, 2019

After some near misses, this issue finally peels back the magical world-building for emotional connections and meaningful storytelling.

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6.5
Nomen Omen #4

Dec 31, 2019

After so much promise in issue #3, we're left again in the weirdest of places.

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4
Nomen Omen #5

Feb 4, 2020

After a number of disappointments, my remaining patience may have finally up and vanished.

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7.5
Now #1

Sep 12, 2017

Fantagraphics unveils an exciting debut issue of its new anthology series built on a diverse group of creators, intriguing stories and art, and a whole heap of creative potential.

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7.5
Now #2

Jan 15, 2018

Another promising collection of weird and wacky comics from across the indie scene.

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7.5
Now #3

May 3, 2018

A compelling and cohesive collection celebrating indie comic goodness.

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7
Now #4

Sep 17, 2018

A year or so in, and this Fantagraphics series continues to deliver a mighty blast of cerebral, highly evocative comics.

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6.5
Now #5

Jan 24, 2019

Fantagraphics' crack editors continue the series with an entry that pushes all sorts of boundaries while providing plenty of chuckles and head scratches.

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6.5
Now #6

May 2, 2019

The sixth installment of Fantagraphics' spotlight anthology keeps the hits (and slight misses) rolling.

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8.5
Omni #1

Aug 13, 2019

Dr. Cecelia Cobbina is the cure for bland superhero comics.

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7
Outlawed (2020) #1

Mar 17, 2020

Marvel's teen heroes prepare for a truly gripping tale of power and control.

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7
Pretty Deadly: The Rat #1

Sep 3, 2019

The Rat could prove to be the nougat-like core of raw power in a truly spellbinding series.

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9
Pretty Deadly: The Rat #4

Dec 10, 2019

The series hits yet another high mark with a tale of friendship and obsession.

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10
Pretty Deadly: The Rat #5

Jan 7, 2020

Because sometimes closure can be a truly beautiful adventure.

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5.5
Relics of Youth #1

Sep 24, 2019

Relics has earned my attention as much as my caution. There's a lot to hope for this book to eventually display or achieve, but that could just as easily not be the case as we're left with more mid-tier Y.A. I'll keep reading regardless, but like dealing with actual teenagers, I only have so much time and patience.

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7.5
SFSX (Safe Sex) #1

Sep 24, 2019

Like "The birds and the bees" but with actual insight. And fight scenes.

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7.5
SFSX (Safe Sex) #2

Oct 30, 2019

The sex-positive tale of revolution starts letting the characters shine bright.

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7.5
SFSX (Safe Sex) #3

Nov 19, 2019

A mid-series "flashback" provides new insights and emotions.

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8
SFSX (Safe Sex) #4

Dec 17, 2019

An issue as naughty as it is deeply compelling and emotionally nuanced.

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7.5
SFSX (Safe Sex) #5

Jan 14, 2020

An imperfect issue about opening up and expanding the world before all hell breaks loose.

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7
SFSX (Safe Sex) #6

Feb 11, 2020

While this issue had the makings of some huge emotional moments, things didn't deliver as intended.

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8.5
SFSX (Safe Sex) #7

Mar 10, 2020

With the finale of "Protection," the book once again demonstrates its power in telling a highly personal and deeply moving tale of sex and politics.

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7
Strangelands #1

Jul 9, 2019

There's plenty to like in issue #1. More than being well written and setting the proper pacing, it's something entirely new after Ignited.

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8
The Beatles: Yellow Submarine #1

Aug 28, 2018

To his benefit, Morrison has assembled a book that's fun, thoughtful, unabashedly whimsical, and clearly on the side of goodness and light. And that's more in line with The Beatles' general vibe and brand than 1,000 covers of "Hey Jude."

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5
The Man Who Effed Up Time #1

Feb 4, 2020

Thus far, this series has some promise, but it may need to go back to fix a few fundamental flaws.

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6.5
WWE: Attitude Era 2018 Special #1

Jul 31, 2018

A trip down memory lane into wrestling's golden age proves entertaining if not slightly superfluous.

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