Christa Harader's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Multiversity Comics, Outright Geekery Reviews: 175
7.8Avg. Review Rating

6.5
Age of Conan: Belit #1

Mar 15, 2019

Age of Conan: Belit, Queen of the Black Coast #1 packs in too much narrative and not enough unique visual style to dazzle, but Blits origins deserve a bit of readerly patience to see whats to come.

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6
Aphrodite V #2

Aug 27, 2018

What's cool in concept falls flat in execution, and the book's too eager to draw from a sci-fi smorgasbord to find its footing.

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7
Archie vs. Predator II #1

Jul 25, 2019

Archie vs. Predator 2 #1 turns the volume down on the absurdity and has a few art issues, but achieves its goal of opening what should be an entertaining second arc.

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5.5
Archie vs. Predator II #2

Sep 23, 2019

"Archie vs. Predator II" #2 continues what's shaping up to be a bit of a rudderless, disappointing look at multiple Predators on the Riverdale stage.

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Army of Darkness/Bubba Ho-Tep #3

Apr 11, 2019

"Army of Darkness Bubba Ho-Tep" #3 is an enjoyable entry into this fun and cheesy mini, with expressive art, explosive colors and raucously fun lettering.

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Ash vs. The Army of Darkness #1

Jun 28, 2017

A key feature of the franchise for me is that Ash is only really cool in his own mind, and I'm pleased to see that the story team preserves the goofiness of the character without really knocking him down. It's clear Ash vs. The Army of Darkness is crafted by fans of the Evil Dead universe, for fans of the Evil Dead universe, while keeping the story accessible enough for the uninitiated to have a good time " and maybe take a trip to a tranquil cabin sometime soon to do a little, uh, light reading?

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Ash vs. The Army of Darkness #2

Jul 31, 2017

I'm particularly thrilled to see Ash get the crap beat out of him" it's always important that Ash not actually be a real cool dude, and what I was missing just a little in issue 1 is definitely present here. He gets his licks in, but he also spends enough time getting licked to preserve the satirical “hero” elements we all know and love from the film universe. The kids have vignette moments that're true to their established characters so far, and the cliffhanger leaves me excited for the next installment. A fun romp, to be sure, and I'm on board enough to keep with it. How Sims, Bowers and co. will pace the rest of the run remains to be seen, because I'd like a few slower moments that maintain good character development sometime soon now that we've gotten a dose of excitement. Pick up a copy, or the aggro dumpster cannibal'll getcha.

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7.5
Assassin Nation #2

Apr 18, 2019

"Assassin Nation" #2 delights with more of the cool character details and engaging art that grabbed our attention in the action-packed first issue.

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7
Astro Hustle #1

Mar 7, 2019

Astro Hustle #1 is off to a fine start, with enough grit and humor to help elevate what might turn out to be a very fun book.

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8
Babyteeth #1

Jun 5, 2017

Overall, you're left with the good effect that a light narrative and artistic touch can evoke, with just enough portents of chaotic and dark things to come for Sadie and Clark that make for a solid first issue of an original series. Cates' authentic teenage dialogue pairs well with Brown's expressionistic art style to introduce you to a grieving girl who is almost lost " but not quite. At once dreamy and disturbing, Babyteeth promises a new take on the anti-Christ narrative with fine craft that will need to be maintained as the narrative unfolds. If this first issue is any indication, a great story will be sure to follow.

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9
Babyteeth #12

Aug 20, 2018

This issue's a fine entry into the newest "Babyteeth" arc, and does some quick but effective character scaffolding to help us swing into the next high spot.

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8
Babyteeth #14

Jan 21, 2019

"Babyteeth" #14 delights by reminding us that the apocalypse is, above all, weird and that you can't trust anything when dealing with the Devil.

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7
Babyteeth #15

Aug 12, 2019

"Babyteeth" #15 pushes the plot forward with some good, weird and unholy action, with a few art stumbles along the way.

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9
Barbarella/Dejah Thoris #3

May 2, 2019

"Barbarella Dejah Thoris" #3 delights with more underseas intrigue, effortless banter, gorgeous art and top-notch pacing.

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8.5
Barbarella/Dejah Thoris #4

Jun 24, 2019

"Barbarella Dejah Thoris" #4 wraps our short and high-action adventure with just the right notes of humor, sadness, and fun.

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8
Battlepug #1

Sep 9, 2019

"Battlepug" #1 sets up a good antagonist and dives right back into the world of the last Kimmerian with enough gravity and humor to succeed as a first issue.

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Bedtime Games #4

Oct 22, 2018

"Bedtime Games" tries for depth but ends up with bland breadth, and by the time we hit the last issue, we're left with very little to wrap up a disappointing miniseries.

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7.5
Bettie Page (2018) #5

May 16, 2019

Bettie Page #5 settles more fully into the surreal after our alien epic in previous issues, with a wild enough plot and excellent creature feature to balance a few art inconsistencies.

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8
Bitter Root #3

Jan 10, 2019

Bitter Root #3 continues the books deep dive into racism in America, with compelling character development, beautiful art and a great concept on display in its best issue to date.

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8.6
Black Badge #3

Oct 17, 2018

Overall, Black Badge is an engaging read that's delivering good craft in measured doses. I'm definitely on board for the next issue.

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8.5
Bodies #1

Jul 24, 2019

Bodies is an audacious, unique and compelling story that holds together with four artists, good craft and a heck of a lot of imagination.

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7
Bone Parish #2

Sep 3, 2018

"Bone Parish" delves into family histories and crime complexities, and a second issue is the right time for it. This book is promising, but what unspools next will be critical to set it apart from the pack.

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6
Bone Parish #4

Nov 5, 2018

"Bone Parish" #4 continues a decent drawn-out story that I've seen before, but without adding anything revolutionary or unique to make the series stand out from the herd.

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8
Books of Magic (2018) #2

Dec 3, 2018

"Books of Magic" #2 doesn't drop the momentum of the first issue, with more on Tim's struggle with his powers and the curiously dark world that awaits him.

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7
Burnouts #2

Oct 26, 2018

For a second issue, Burnouts #2 slows down its action just a little too much to suit its wacky concept, and the series is in peril of losing steam. The next issue needs to pick up the pace a bit to keep me reading.

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9
By Chance or Providence #1

Jul 25, 2017

"Wolves" tells of betrayal, "The Mire" of progeny, and "Demeter" of both " no happy endings here, folks, but enough genuine emotion and melancholy earned through good mood and lovely art to keep you centered in a nice, atmospheric journey. A big bonus in this "director's cut" is a ton of concept art. With Cloonan mentioning she'd like to come back and spend more time in this universe, it's fun to see what the possibilities are. This volume will delight longtime comic fans and first-timers, as well. If you have a friend who's not sure about the medium, this would be a wonderful place to start.

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6.5
Canto #2

Aug 1, 2019

Canto #2 reaches for our heartstrings but stumbles over its own intricacy.

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6.5
Canto #3

Aug 26, 2019

"Canto" #3 dials back some of the detail, but not enough to make this series pop.

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9
Catalyst Prime: Kino #13

Jan 17, 2019

One of the reasons I love Paknadel's work to date is that each project feels completely open to possibility.

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9
Catalyst Prime: Kino #14

Feb 28, 2019

Kino #14 balances the need for a nice arc wrap with excellent high notes.

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9
Catalyst Prime: Kino #16

May 15, 2019

"Kino" #16 offers Meath little relief and continues a tense, imaginative and superlatively paced run.

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7
Catalyst Prime: Seven Days #3

Dec 13, 2019

Catalyst Prime: Seven Days #3 slows the avalanche of the first two issues with some interesting story bits and better entertainment value.

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8
Catwoman (2018) #9

Mar 18, 2019

"Catwoman" #9 is a fun heist one-shot with good writing, fun layouts, stylish art and interesting lettering.

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7.5
Cemetery Beach #3

Nov 16, 2018

blender ethos in a bleak landscape rendered by a very fine hand, with very cool style.

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9.8
Cemetery Beach #7

Mar 26, 2019

Cemetery Beach hits big notes in all the right ways, and now that the series is concluded it's high time to hop on for a non-stop ride, 'til the end of the line.

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8.2
Come Into Me #1

Mar 29, 2018

A study in cerebral horror and shareable viscera, Come Into Me #1 delivers on story, art, style and a good amount of substance.

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8
Come Into Me #3

Sep 10, 2018

Thompson and Nadler do some interesting work on memory and connection in the digital age, bolstered by beautiful craft from the rest of the creative team.

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9.8
Come Into Me #4

Dec 30, 2018

A melancholy and isolating horror take on the perils of connectivity culture reaches its fitting conclusion inCome Into Me #4 " or does it?

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8.5
Conan the Barbarian (2019) #3

Feb 7, 2019

Conan the Barbarian #3 showcases young Conan at his most stubborn, impetuous and brooding in a brush with death rife with divine implications most sinister.

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8
Conan the Barbarian (2019) #6

May 10, 2019

Conan the Barbarian #6 delights with a look at the barbarian as he stands opposed to civilization, and a mean cliffhanger to boot.

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8.5
Conan the Barbarian (2019) #9

Sep 6, 2019

Conan the Barbarian #9 delights with a trek through Conans rogues gallery and promises an explosive conclusion.

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8.5
Conan the Barbarian (2019) #11

Nov 25, 2019

"Conan the Barbarian" #11 goes where no Conan story has dared go before, with great results.

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8.5
Criminal (2019) #6

Jul 15, 2019

"Criminal" #6 is another solid entry into the current storyline, with a moment of reprieve for Teeg as his death draws ever closer.

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9
Crowded #3

Oct 15, 2018

Clever world-building? Check. Current trends in our cluttered digital culture? Check. "Crowded" #3 continues the book's stand-out, unique charm.

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9.8
Crowded #6

Jan 4, 2019

Sebela and team are back with an action-packed cap issue to Crowded's first story arc that doesn't just fail to disappoint: it truly delights!

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7
Crowded #7

Jul 4, 2019

Crowded #7 keeps the action coming with its usual high standard of storytelling, art and visual design.

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7.5
Dark Red #2

Apr 25, 2019

Dark Red #2 is a good second issue, with enough lore and action in balance to keep our interest and some solid visuals to boot.

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7.5
Dark Red #5

Jul 29, 2019

"Dark Red" #5 is an action-packed and satisfying conclusion to a solid first arc.

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7.5
Dark Red #8

Dec 2, 2019

"Dark Red" #8 entertains and deepens the mystery of some big city drama with good storytelling and visuals.

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8
Dead Eyes #3

Dec 9, 2019

"Dead Eyes" #3 continues our adventure with some inventive violence and a lead on Dead Eyes's biggest score yet.

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8.2
Deadlife #1

Jul 18, 2018

Whatever dream of a nice family life there was sours pretty quickly in this more sophisticated take on the gore and guts of zombie horror.

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9.8
Death Orb #1

Aug 12, 2018

Mystery and intrigue! Apocalyptic death cults! Cool motorcycles! Death Orb #1 sets high stakes - and meets them - in this fun first installment.

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8.5
Death Orb #2

Nov 9, 2018

Death Orb #2 dresses up the familiar wasteland concept with fine art and cohesive styling. A visual feast for almost any comic lover to enjoy.

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9.8
Death Orb #3

Dec 5, 2018

Death Orb #3 delivers fun, furious action and some calculated ragged edges that continue to highlight just how good this creative team really is.

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9.6
Death Orb #4

Jan 16, 2019

Death Orb#4 is out today, so go grab a copy at your LCS. Now.

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8.5
Death Orb #5

Feb 22, 2019

Final Verdict: 8.5 – "Death Orb" #5 delights in ways you won't expect while maintaining its gut-punching high action and high level of craft up to the very end.

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5.5
Descendent (2019) #2

Jun 10, 2019

"Descendent" #2 overshoots the mark on sinister and ends up deflating the work it's trying to do to drive its story.

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9.2
Die #5

Apr 3, 2019

"Die" #5 puts a bow on the book's first story arc, but as far as resolution goes we're in for the emotional long haul.

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7
Die #6

Aug 8, 2019

Die #6 is structured strangely but ultimately succeeds as a new arc intro, with the same level of artistic craft weve come to expect from Hans in particular.

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Die #8

Oct 7, 2019

"Die" #8 gives us a bit more of Sol's development and nudges the plot along in a satisfactory manner.

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8
Drawing Blood Spilled Ink #1

May 23, 2019

"Drawing Blood Spilled Ink" #1 draws back the curtain on the drama-filled world of comics in an enjoyable and innovative way.

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7.2
Eden #1

Jul 12, 2018

Some conceptual wins and a few narrative execution misses for Eden #1

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8.5
Exorsisters #4

Jan 24, 2019

Exorsisters #4 continues a fantastic run, with just the right balance of tight storytelling, accessible art and good craft to support all of Boothbys dark humor and sinister portents.

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8.6
Fearscape #1

Aug 15, 2018

Fearscape #1 asks what would happen if a hack plagiarist became the hero of our time, and begins forming an interesting answer.

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9.6
Fearscape #2

Oct 30, 2018

Henry Henry's not entirely in control of the tale anymore, and easing back on the writer's voice lets this second issue out to play.

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9.8
Fearscape #3

Dec 8, 2018

Henry Henry's future's never been brighter, and neither has the darkness within. Fearscape #3 raises the stakes for our irreverent narrator, and then some.

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9.8
Fearscape #4

Feb 11, 2019

Fearscape #4 continues the endlessly convoluted journey of our utterly distasteful narrator, to great effect.

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9
Fearscape #5

Apr 21, 2019

"Fearscape" #5 brings our story to a crashing conclusion in a way that only this creative team could pull off.

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3
Female Furies #2

Mar 11, 2019

"Female Furies" #2 completely misses the mark with deadly serious storytelling in a fantastical milieu, and lacks the craft to back up its conceit.

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5.5
Field Tripping #1

Sep 12, 2019

Field Tripping #1 offers a compelling concept thats executed with far too much dialogue and intricacy in its art, as well as a bewilderingly muted color palette.

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9
Friendo #1

Aug 19, 2018

Friendo #1 runs fast, fun and slick - everything a not-too-distant L.A. future promises.

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10
Friendo #2

Oct 30, 2018

Sunshine, chaos and a very personal apocalypse abound in Friendo #2.

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9.8
Friendo #3

Dec 6, 2018

Friendo is why comics are cool, and why we come back to them again and again.

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10
Friendo #4

Jan 30, 2019

Friendo #4 proves that having a dream isn't dumb. It's thinking that yours is good enough to come true, is the problem.

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10
Friendo #5

Mar 6, 2019

Friendo #5 completes a phenomenal mini that pushes narrative boundaries with unique storytelling, excellent art, beautiful colors and top-notch lettering.

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8.5
Giant Days #46

Jan 7, 2019

"Giant Days" #46 demonstrates that noir storytelling can have a sense of humor, and doesn't break from the comic's high standard of substance and craft.

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9
Giant Days #50

May 6, 2019

"Giant Days" #50 is another great entry into the series, with a fun ensemble story that showcases everything that makes this book a must-read.

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8.5
Glow (2019) #1

Mar 28, 2019

Final Verdict: 8.5 – "GLOW" #1 is a delightful tie-in with authentic character voices, expressive art, fun colors and competent lettering.

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5
God Complex (2017) #1

Oct 10, 2017

Futuristing cyberpunk noir reimaginings of classic deities need a little more oomph than what's delivered, alas.

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7.8
Gravetrancers #1

Dec 17, 2017

Overall, I'm not shocked, appalled or creeped out beyond belief " I'll need more from Miller and team to earn those high notes, but I'm seriously pleased by a juicy visual feast that promises some old-school nods and drug trip-goodness. Miller and team are fans, and they seem to know where they're stepping. Congratulations to Gravetrancers for busting down the door that society keeps trying to close on this side of our beloved pulp " now, you better deliver.

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Grendel: Devil's Odyssey #1

Oct 3, 2019

Grendel: Devils Odysssey #1 delights with skillful work from two Wagners and all of the chilling gravitas that made the franchise great.

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Grendel: Devil's Odyssey #2

Nov 11, 2019

"Grendel: Devil's Odyssey" #2 is a lesson in intergalactic colonialism, with plenty of weird, well-paced detail to entertain.

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Gryffen: Galaxy's Most Wanted #1

Apr 25, 2019

"Gryffen: Galaxy's Most Wanted" #1 is a fun new sci-fi series with good craft, an intriguing premise and a fine balance of humor and action to keep any comic enthusiast on board.

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5
Hard Case Crime: Breakneck #2

Jan 17, 2019

"Breakneck" #2 deflates some of the first issue's potential with muddy dialogue, craft issues, and a lackluster tone in what should be taut, nail-biting action.

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6.5
Heist #1

Nov 8, 2019

"Heist" #1 dazzles with its hard-boiled crime concept but lacks a few points of polish along the way.

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6.9
Hex Wives #3

Jan 3, 2019

Hex Wives #3 strikes an odd and unbalanced narrative note in an otherwise intriguing series.

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5
Hey Kids! Comics! #5

Dec 13, 2018

"Hey Kids! Comics!" #5 rounds out a series that's impressive in its scope and tone, but falls on its face in the very craft it's documenting.

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6.5
High Level #2

Mar 25, 2019

Despite good art and design, "High Level" #2 doesn't distinguish itself from its cyberpunk peers in plot or character development.

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10
Ice Cream Man #6

Aug 15, 2018

Ice Cream Man #6 knocks it out of the park again with a unique, story-appropriate spin on silent horror.

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9.5
Ice Cream Man #8

Nov 2, 2018

Final Verdict: 9.5 "Ice Cream Man" #8 taps into the current zeitgeist by unearthing the not-so-deeply buried specters of post-War America and making us deal with them. Again, or maybe at last.

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10
Ice Cream Man #10

Mar 2, 2019

Ice Cream Man #10 shows us that love knows no borders, even if human beings insist upon them.

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6.5
Ice Cream Man #11

Apr 1, 2019

"Ice Cream Man" #11 is the first stumble the series has taken, with a flatter plot than we're used to in this tight anthology series.

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7
Ice Cream Man #14

Aug 30, 2019

Ice Cream Man #14 delivers another decent, episodic issue that treads a bit of water in our journey back toward the center.

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8.2
Incursion #1

Feb 18, 2019

Incursion #1 sets up an intriguing and very dangerous conflict, with compelling art, storytelling and good craft.

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9.2
Incursion #2

Mar 14, 2019

Incursion #2 raises the stakes for Tama and Gilad with engaging storytelling, beautiful art and a lot of great action.

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9
Incursion #3

Apr 12, 2019

"Incursion" #3 proves that Gilad's story isn't all about smacking things with swords, even as he does, in fact, smack some stuff with swords.

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9
Incursion #4

May 20, 2019

"Incursion" #4 delivers a satisfying ending to an entertaining and heartfelt mini.

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7
Infinite Dark #3

Dec 17, 2018

"Infinite Dark" #3 digs deeper into the mystery the series is trying to set up, with a nice cliffhanger to see us through.

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6.5
Jook Joint #2

Nov 19, 2018

"Jook Joint" #2 has a strong premise, but some craft issues keep it from really shining past the social significance of its subject matter.

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5.5
Killer Groove #4

Aug 22, 2019

Killer Groove #4 adds backstory to our mysterious characters but stumbles in narrative and artistic execution.

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7
Lightstep #1

Nov 23, 2018

"Lightstep" #1 features beautiful art and some interesting layouts, with enough narrative push to merit further reading.

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7
Lightstep #3

Jan 28, 2019

"Lightstep" #3 is a bit lopsided in terms of plot, but stunning artwork can really save the day when you've got a bit too much narrative to handle.

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10
Little Bird #1

Mar 10, 2019

Little Bird #1 is a perfect first issue, with an intricate story supported by deeply impressive art, colors and lettering.

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10
Little Bird #2

Apr 14, 2019

Little Bird #2 doesn't let up on the detail, brutality or feverish charm of the series, and sets up an epic conflict that'll play out in the issues to come.

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10
Little Bird #3

May 14, 2019

"Little Bird" #3 dazzles us again with beautiful art, storytelling, colors and lettering that blend seamlessly into the perfect comics package.

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9.5
Little Bird #4

Jun 20, 2019

Little Bird #4 dazzles as it edges us closer to potential doom, with exceptional visual storytelling and craft from the entire creative team.

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8.5
Little Bird #5

Jul 18, 2019

Little Bird #5 brings an overwhelmingly sophisticated and nuanced tale to a close with a powerful final issue.

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4.5
Lodger #2

Dec 6, 2018

Lodger #2 slows the pace a little, but too much detail and some poor art choices mean what should be a tautly paced thriller instead confuses, overwhelms and, so far, disappoints.

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8
Lucifer (2018) #2

Nov 26, 2018

"Lucifer" #2 resolves the bizarre confusion of issue #1 nicely while maintaining the mad, unsettling and nightmarish vibe that befits a new story of everyone's favorite Light-bringer.

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7
Lucifer (2018) #5

Feb 25, 2019

"Lucifer" #5 starts putting the narrative pieces together that've been somewhat lacking, with engaging art, colors and good lettering.

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9.4
Magnus #3

Aug 18, 2017

A hallmark of comics success is when your story can't be told any other way " Magnus is a brilliant comic creation that utilizes the full creativity and flexibility of the medium to deliver a tense and personal reimagining of a very well-known character. I can't wait to see where we're going next.

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6
Manor Black #3

Sep 30, 2019

"Manor Black" #3 slows the book's pace but doesn't give us the depth we need in Ari's character development to truly dazzle

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6.5
Martian Manhunter (2018) #2

Jan 14, 2019

"Martian Manhunter" #2 aims for shock value and tenderness and only partially gets there thanks to dissonant art and overwrought storytelling.

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9
Mister Miracle #1

Aug 12, 2017

The team puts together a stellar first issue in what they promised would be a fresh take on the classic escape artist, and they sure did deliver a boatload of mystery and reverence for the comics scripture that's come before. I look forward to untangling the plot, wriggling deeper into the heart of the beast, and emerging almost unscathed, just in the nick of time, once this promising run comes to an all-too-quick end.

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9
Mister Miracle #1

Aug 11, 2017

The team puts together a stellar first issue in what they promised would be a fresh take on the classic escape artist. They sure did deliver a boatload of mystery and reverence for the comics scripture that's come before. I look forward to untangling the plot, wriggling deeper into the heart of the beast, and emerging almost unscathed just in the nick of time once this promising run comes to an all-too-quick end.

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7.5
Money Shot #2

Nov 18, 2019

"Money Shot" #2 aims to entertain and does it well, with just a bit of density along the way.

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8
Moth & Whisper #1

Sep 17, 2018

A solid first issue and a good dose of intrigue to set up what promises to be a cool all-ages spy thriller.

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6
Mycelium Seep #1

Jun 27, 2019

Mycelium Seep" dazzles with intricate and imaginative art but buries its narrative deep below the surface, to the detriment of the overall story.

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8
Naomi #3

Mar 22, 2019

Naomi #3 continues whats been an excellent introduction to a unique new character in the DCU, with heartfelt storytelling, beautiful art and colors and excellent lettering.

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6.5
Night Moves #2

Dec 21, 2018

Night Moves #2 delivers some nice shock value but, unfortunately, doesnt stop to let its hard work sink in.

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5
Obey Me #1

Apr 8, 2019

"Obey Me" #1 suffers from significant plot and craft issues that give the book an amateur vibe.

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8.5
Outer Darkness #4

Feb 14, 2019

Outer Darkness #4 boasts even more of Laymans humor and tight storytelling, with superb art from Chan and fine lettering from Brosseau to elevate another great entry in this outstanding series.

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9.2
Paradiso #1

Dec 6, 2017

Intriguing story, bold characters and some art that make you sit up and pay attention.

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9.6
Paradiso #2

Jan 10, 2018

Stick around for this one, folks, and I have a feeling you're going to learn to expand your definition of how to tell great stories in this medium.

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9.4
Paradiso #4

Mar 12, 2018

Guns, bridges, dreams and nightmares - Paradiso's got the goods, and wraps its first story arc in fine style with some high action and story payoffs you don't want to miss.

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9.6
Paradiso #5

Jul 23, 2018

Paradiso's new arc promises some weird #%$! - robots, trees, dreams, nightmares and a continuously high-quality comic experience.

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10
Paradiso #6

Aug 1, 2018

Paradiso #6 delivers the high quality and storytelling we've come to expect from this innovative, sci-fi gem.

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9.8
Paradiso #7

Sep 5, 2018

Paradiso #7 tackles dreams, urban uncertainties, metamorphosis, and some cool as hell motorcycles.

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8.6
Radically Rearranged Ronin Ragdolls #1

May 25, 2019

"Radically Rearranged Ronin Ragdolls" #1 isn't just a successful gimmick – it's a completely realized tie-in comic with a compelling story and joyous homages to its origins.

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8
Redneck #5

Aug 24, 2017

Cates & Estherren are working on what feels more and more like a slow burn, though we're coming to bear on a wrap point for this establishing story in the next issue. Where we go next is hard to say " with Slap dead, Granpa on the loose and nearly the whole town pushing up daisies, it's not easy to predict what'll happen to the good country folk. S'pose we'll just wait and see.

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9.5
Redneck #16

Oct 29, 2018

Another near-flawless installment in the "Redneck" storyline, issue 16 proves that coming out doesn't have to be a thing " and neither does prison murder, casual sex or getting back together with your long-estranged ex. It takes all kinds to make a world.

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8.5
Redneck #20

May 27, 2019

"Redneck" #20 ups the stakes in a major way for JV and the clan, with excellent visuals, colors, and lettering.

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6
Relics of Youth #1

Sep 27, 2019

Relics of Youth #1 tempers its intriguing concept with a generic main character, rushed plotting and a few art issues to keep it from dazzling as a first issue.

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8.8
Resonant #1

Jul 15, 2019

"Resonant" #1 combines an effective premise with good character development, excellent art, vibrant colors and good lettering.

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9
Road of Bones #1

May 21, 2019

"Road of Bones" #1 impresses with its bleak locale, sympathetic characters and bold dose of horror and gore.

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8.5
Road of Bones #4

Aug 15, 2019

Road of Bones #4 nails its final note with brutal efficiency, craft and grim humor.

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7
Ronin Island #4

Jun 6, 2019

Ronin Island #4 serves up some good plot progression and action with great art, but suffers a bit on character development.

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4
Sacred Creatures #1

Jul 2, 2017

Overall, Sacred Creatures suffers from too much structure and not enough content " be it character development, focused dialogue or an art style that can support an intricate plot, there needs to be a focal point to draw from as bedrock to your concept. And the divinity narrative has been done so often, and so well, you need to find an "in" that's unique enough to hang your story on. The punch of the last page doesn't fly when you've taken this long to set up " what, exactly?

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7.5
Savage Sword of Conan (2019) #2

Mar 4, 2019

The art is the real star here, and it shines rather brightly.

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7
Savage Sword of Conan (2019) #10

Oct 21, 2019

"Savage Sword of Conan" #10 demonstrates that Conan's often better off with a sword in his hand than a clever word on his tongue.

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7.5
Second Coming #3

Sep 20, 2019

Second Coming #3 continues an entertaining and educational look at Christianity and all its facets with good humor and surprising subtlety.

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6
Sera and the Royal Stars #4

Oct 28, 2019

"Sera and the Royal Stars" #4 slows down to try to go deep, with mixed results.

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5.5
SFSX (Safe Sex) #2

Nov 4, 2019

"SFSX" #2 would do well to slow down on its plot and go for internal growth for its characters if it wants to succeed beyond its message.

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5
She Said Destroy #1

May 30, 2019

She Said Destroy #1 features a nice visual style, but cant penetrate its characters or its plot enough to deliver a compelling story.

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9.8
Sheets OGN #1

Jan 17, 2019

Sheets will change the way you feel about your laundry. Forever.

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6
Shoplifters Will Be Liquidated #1

Oct 10, 2019

Shoplifters Will Be Liquidated #1 goes for edgy too soon and stumbles a bit because of its zeal.

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7.5
Snap Flash Hustle #1

Dec 10, 2018

"Snap Flash Hustle" #1 is a neat take on the broke Millennial situation, with enough heart and promise to lift it above its minor technical flaws.

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8.6
Spencer & Locke #2

May 22, 2019

"Spencer & Locke" #2 ups the stakes for Locke while preserving the mystery, and heart, of previous issues.

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8.8
Spencer & Locke 2 #1

Mar 2, 2019

Spencer & Locke volume 2 is off to an imaginative and heartfelt start with some new comic strip and genre stylings and top-notch storytelling.

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8
Spencer & Locke 2 #3

Jun 13, 2019

Spencer & Locke 2 #3 sets a frantic pace but tempers the action with the emotional resonance weve come to expect from the series thus far.

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7
Steel Cage #1

Jun 28, 2019

Steel Cage #1 pits three decent shorts against each other and leaves it up to the reader to decide which merits a full issue.

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8.5
Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen (2019) #1

Jun 12, 2019

Supermans Pal Jimmy Olsen #1 nails the fun, fearless and feckless sidekick of legend with great storytelling, fine art, sophisticated colors and pro lettering.

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8.2
Test #1

Jun 23, 2019

"Test" #1 delivers an info overload that's well-crafted, controlled and deployed with ruthless precision.

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6
Test #3

Sep 2, 2019

"Test" #3 piles more symbols, narrative and longing into Aleph's story without the fine control needed to elicit pure chaos.

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5.5
The Butcher of Paris #1

Dec 6, 2019

"The Butcher of Paris" #1 attempts to nestle the horror of a serial killer within the brutal landscape of Nazi-occupied France, but fails to build the mood and tension it needs to succeed.

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5
The Empty Man (2018) #1

Nov 12, 2018

"Empty Man" #1 talks too much and fails to build enough tension or sustain the dire mood a good horror concept needs to succeed.

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5
The Forgotten Queen #3

Apr 29, 2019

"Forgotten Queen" #3 struggles with art issues and fast-paced plotting that ultimately leaves readers behind.

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7
The Girl In The Bay #3

Apr 4, 2019

"The Girl in the Bay" #3 is a solid, compelling entry in this 4-issue story, with good storytelling by a competent creative team, and just enough mystery to keep us reading.

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8
The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage #1

Nov 21, 2019

The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage #1 pays tribute to an underrated classic and primes the pump for a trippy new adventure.

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8.5
The Sandman Universe: Hellblazer #1

Oct 31, 2019

Hellblazer #1 features Spurrier at his sharpest, dazzling visuals from Takara and Peter and excellent lettering from Bidikar.

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8.5
The Sandman Universe: Hellblazer #1

Oct 31, 2019

Hellblazer #1 features Spurrier at his sharpest, dazzling visuals from Takara and Peter and excellent lettering from Bidikar.

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10
The Seeds #1

Jul 31, 2018

The Seeds #1 is a prime example of intentional narrative overload rooted in superb art.

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7.6
The Whispering Dark #1

Oct 23, 2018

A workhorse issue that sets up a concept with well-conceived pieces that don't quite add up to a unique or very compelling whole.

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9.8
These Savage Shores #4

May 1, 2019

"These Savage Shores" #4 delights with confrontation, heartbreak and some vampire-clockin' vindication.

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7.5
This Love So Brief #1

Jun 17, 2019

"This Love So Brief" is entertaining and expansive, with good art and solid craft in its storytelling.

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8.2
Thumbs #1

Jun 4, 2019

"Thumbs" #1 packs a major punch for a first issue, with fine art and an intriguing concept.

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6.5
Triage #3

Nov 15, 2019

Triage #3 hops ahead in the action a little too fast to support its character revelations and dramatic tension.

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5.5
Unearth #1

Jul 11, 2019

Unearth #1 is a clumsy foray into familiar storytelling territory that lacks visual cohesion and some finer craft points that make a compelling first issue.

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6
Victor LaValle's Destroyer #1

May 24, 2017

You make a bit of a messy landing into the doctor's story, but from her appearance on, things change for the better. The last few pages demonstrate a leaner and dynamic touch that builds her relationship with her son deftly and organically, and makes the emotional final reveal pop. From here, the story most definitely leaves you wanting more. Overall, Destroyer is not just an update on a classic " this comic promises a unique lens into a fictional world that's both timely and engaging, and will most likely deliver.

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4.5
Vindication #1

Feb 11, 2019

"Vindication" #1 has conceptual promise but doesn't deliver enough skill in its story, artwork or colors to support its procedural realism.

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7.8
Wailing Blade #1

May 27, 2019

"Wailing Blade" #1 is a fun story with too much visual detail on the page to initially pull off the tension it seeks.

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9.2
Wasted Space #6

Feb 5, 2019

Wasted Space#6 continues the hilarious, dark and weird saga of Billy, Dust and Molly as they try to … kill a god? Seems doable.

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9.6
Wasted Space #8

Mar 26, 2019

We take an emotional gut-punch of a breather this week in Wasted Space #8, with mournful and unsettling results.

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9.6
Wasted Space #10

May 24, 2019

"Wasted Space" #10 wraps an explosive arc with good plot movement, excellent art, gorgeous colors and fine lettering.

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5.5
Wyrd #1

Jan 31, 2019

"Wyrd" #1 tries to be too cool too fast, and with inconsistent layouts, scratchy art and trope-laden storytelling, the tension and atmosphere the book aims for evaporate under self-imposed chaos.

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