Christian Hoffer's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: ComicBook.com Reviews: 973
6.6Avg. Review Rating

8
Action Comics (2016) #1008

Feb 27, 2019

I love the slow burn of Action Comics, and the Bendis run has felt like one continuous storyline so far, with this comic marking the beginning of Act II. It makes the coming threats feel much more important, and I love idea of Superman getting involved in spywork in a way that we haven't seen in years.

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Action Comics (2016) #1009

Mar 27, 2019

I'm strangely excited by this comic, although there remains a lot of questions about this particular mystery.

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4
Agent 47: Birth of the Hitman #4

Feb 28, 2018

While Sebela crafts a compelling story for the Hitman franchise's historically boring protagonist, he's largely let down by Ariel Medel's artwork, which is bland even in action scenes.

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Agent 47: Birth of the Hitman #5

Apr 4, 2018

I appreciate that this comic is trying to bring some nuance into a video game franchise that's always been more about emotionless murder fantasies, but it's still hard for me to care about either 47 or Diana.

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Aliens: Resistance #4

May 8, 2019

The art is stiff, the plot and dialogue are bad, and this is probably one of the worst chapters we've seen in the Aliens franchise.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #10

Nov 28, 2018

All in all, this is another Amazing Spider-Man issue that should make fans happy.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #11

Dec 12, 2018

This is probably the most no-frills issue of Amazing Spider-Man written by Spencer. There's no new revelations or status quo changes, just a focus on one of Spider-Man's oldest relationships that's totally different, but somehow still the same.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #12

Dec 19, 2018

Amazing Spider-Man #12 serves as a nice rundown of the history between Spider-Man and J Jonah Jameson....and also as a good reminder as to why their current understanding is a bit hard to fathom.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #13

Jan 16, 2019

Hopefully, this arc gets some addition payoff soon.

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Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows (2016) #16

Feb 14, 2018

Honestly, Renew Your Vows is the best Spider-Book on the stands today; it captures everything that makes Spider-Man great while continuing to push the character forward.

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Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows (2016) #17

Mar 21, 2018

Houser and Stockman's work together cements Renew Your Vows as the strongest of the Spider-Man books published by Marvel right now.

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Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows (2016) #18

Apr 18, 2018

Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows wraps up its latest arc by showing that not every superhuman arc needs to be solved with violence.

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Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows (2016) #19

May 30, 2018

This is a fun Spider-Man comic, one where the worst misery Spider-Man will experience is an awkward social encounter. Sometimes, it's nice to see Spider-Man not suffer relentlessly.

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Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows (2016) #20

Jun 20, 2018

Although I'm generally not a fan of Spider-Man clone stories (especially since we have a Spider-Man book dedicated to all of his clones), I do like that Jody Houser is trying something different with this story and its main antagonist.

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Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows (2016) #21

Jul 11, 2018

A disappointing issue, but this comic's generated enough goodwill to see what happens next.

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Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows (2016) #22

Aug 8, 2018

Scott Koblish's art remains uneven, but Jody Houser's family moments make this comic a must-read for any Spider-Man fan.

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American Carnage #1

Nov 21, 2018

American Carnage is a strong start to a story that feels very important, especially in today's world. It feels authentic and comes at a time where we need a hard look at how these movements start.

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American Carnage #2

Dec 19, 2018

It's a stirring and chilling comic, one that continues where it's first strong issue left off.

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American Carnage #3

Jan 23, 2019

After two strong issues, American Carnage #3 is just OK; it loses track of its message and becomes another predictable crime story. Here's to hoping it can quickly right the ship next issue.

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American Carnage #4

Feb 20, 2019

This is really great stuff, a nuanced look at a terrible topic that doubles as a captivating and compelling crime story.

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American Carnage #5

Mar 20, 2019

American Carnage brings in another layer to what's already a complicated series about race and crime.

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American Carnage #6

Apr 17, 2019

American Carnage continues a compelling and uncomfortable story, one of the best crime series on stands today.

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American Carnage #7

May 15, 2019

This is a fantastic and nuanced series, one that combines gritty criminal drama with a hard look at the worst parts of society.

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American Carnage #8

Jun 19, 2019

The Bryan Hill and Leandro Hernandez series has done a fantastic job of tackling modern racism in the United States, reminding readers of the uncomfortable reality that white supremacists aren't just one-dimensional monsters.

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American Carnage #9

Jul 31, 2019

American Carnage was a fantastic and poignant read, even if the ending will leave readers feeling down.

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Archie: 1941 #3

Nov 28, 2018

This isn't a bad comic per se, just one that lacks relevance and only exists to exist.

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Assassin's Creed: Origins #1

Feb 28, 2018

This is a perfectly acceptable adaptation - the pacing and artwork are both a step above usual video game tie-ins -- but fans of the series might want to wait a bit to see if it continues to tread the same ground as the game or if it actually expands on Aya's story further.

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Assassin's Creed: Origins #2

Apr 11, 2018

I guess if you enjoyed Aya's character and felt that she didn't get enough time to shine in the game, you'll enjoy the comic.

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Astonishing X-Men (2017) #11

May 2, 2018

I loved Ron Garney and Matt Milla's liberal use of Kirby dots, which gave the fights an extra-normal quality you don't usually see in an X-Men book.

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Astro City (2022): That Was Then...

Mar 30, 2022

Astro City: That Was Then... Special is a clear indicator that Busiek and Anderson haven't lost a step since the last trip into their brightly colored world of superheroes.

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Avatar (2019): Adapt or Die #1

May 11, 2022

The story is bland, the art is mediocre, and there's a lack of originality and wonder in the aesthetics of Pandora that was present in the movie. I am not sure why this comic exists.

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Avatar (2019): Tsu'tey's Path #1

Jan 16, 2019

The Avatar comic is as mediocre as the Avatar movie, only without Cameron's impressive CGI budget and effects to back it up.

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Avatar (2019): Adapt or Die #2

Jun 1, 2022

Honestly, this is a pretty standard and forgettable plot with mediocre artwork, but at least the team is trying to grow out the flimsy mythology and lore of Avatar ahead of the new movie.

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Avatar (2019): Tsu'tey's Path #2

Feb 13, 2019

This comic is basically an advertisement for why an expanded Avatar franchise is still a big risk as it gives no indication that the stories are anything more than an excuse to show off new CGI effects.

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Avatar (2019): Adapt or Die #3

Jul 6, 2022

This is not a good comic.

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Avatar (2019): Tsu'tey's Path #3

Mar 20, 2019

Tsu Tey's Path is a reminder of all the problematic elements of Avatar: its stereotypical depiction of aboriginal people, its rather bland characters, and its unimaginative storyline.

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Avatar (2019): Tsu'tey's Path #4

May 1, 2019

If you haven't watched the movie in a while and want a refresher on parts of the second act, this is a good comic to go to. Otherwise, don't bother reading, as this issue is as stiff and lifeless as previous issues.

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Avatar (2019): Tsu'tey's Path #5

Jun 26, 2019

This is a cringeworthy comic, and it serves as a reminder of how mediocre the original Avatar movie was.

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Avatar (2019): Tsu'tey's Path #6

Aug 21, 2019

This is a bad comic on every conceivable level and provides a prime exhibit why the Avatar franchise should stay dormant for good.

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Avengers (2016) #679

Feb 7, 2018

The creative team of Mark Waid, Jim Zub, Al Ewing, and Pepe Larraz should be commended for creating a storyline that has all the trappings of an old-school Avengers storyline but with a modern day lineup and tone.

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Avengers Forever (2021) #1

Dec 22, 2021

To be honest, I think enjoyment of this comic comes down to whether you like "What If" style tales that mash together two different kinds of heroes. Every feature in Avengers Forever #1 save for Reyes and the Deathlok accompanying him takes two or more familiar Marvel concepts and jams them together.

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Avengers Forever (2021) #2

Jan 26, 2022

This is a grim, joyless comic " not really my style, but I'm sure some folks will enjoy this.

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Avengers Forever (2021) #3

Mar 2, 2022

I'm not sure that I'm really into the strange vibe this comic gives off, but it will certainly appeal to some.

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Avengers Forever (2021) #4

Mar 23, 2022

This is old-school superheroics, although the narration style and shift in focus from Ghost Rider to the Goddesses make things feel a bit detached. It's all in good fun and this seems to be a series that's more focused on throwing wild ideas out than taking itself too seriously.

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Avengers Forever (2021) #5

May 4, 2022

I feel like this is a little underwhelming of a "multiversal big bad" concept, but I feel like Avengers Forever in general works better if you don't think about things beyond face value.

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Avengers Forever (2021) #6

Jun 1, 2022

This is a perfectly fine issue that continues the themes of previous chapters.

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Avengers Forever (2021) #7

Jul 6, 2022

Avengers Forever #7 is really not my jam.

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Avengers Forever (2021) #8

Aug 24, 2022

While Avengers Forever has been more miss than hit, this issue was surprisingly strong. I think it speaks to how well Aaron knows Thor that he finds a way of forging a new story and path for the character.

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Avengers Forever (2021) #9

Sep 21, 2022

This comic would be enjoyable as a one-shot if not for the fact that we read a variation of this story multiple times over the past few months. This feels a bit excessive and gratuitous.

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Avengers: Loki Unleashed! (2019) #1

Sep 25, 2019

This issue will appeal to older fans of the Avengers, but the comic spends a bit too much time losing itself in its past instead of trying to tell a compelling story.

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Barbarella (2017) #6

May 9, 2018

If you enjoy European-style comics or high concept sci-fi, you'll probably like this new Barbarella series.

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Barbaric: Axe To Grind #1

Aug 17, 2022

Barbaric: Axe to Grind continues the grim and gritty fantasy-themed adventure by Michael Moreci and Nathan Gooden.

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Barbaric: Axe To Grind #2

Sep 21, 2022

This comic could probably use a little bit more breathing room to really tell a story, but it's at least been pretty an entertaining and interesting ride so far.

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Batgirls (2021) #1

Dec 15, 2021

Written by Becky Cloonan and Michael W. Conrad, with art by Jorge Corona, the new comic quickly establishes a new status quo spun from of the "Fear State" crossover event, but struggles to provide a central story hook separate from the event.

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Batgirls (2021) #2

Jan 12, 2022

Batgirls #2 is about as a frantic as its debut issue.

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Batgirls (2021) #3

Feb 9, 2022

I really want to like this comic, but I feel like it's still missing a crucial step somewhere.

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Batgirls (2021) #4

Mar 9, 2022

While the many other threats and potential plot threads continue to circle around the heroes, I appreciated that the comic actually picked a plot and "resolved" it, which provided some much needed focus to what's been a very disorganized comic so far.

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Batgirls (2021) #5

Apr 13, 2022

Coupled with the frantic narration and pace of the comic, the result is a comic that's has good vibes but a frustrating reading experience.

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Batgirls (2021) #6

May 11, 2022

I do feel that Jorge Corona's unique art suffers a bit at times here. Batgirls has always benefitted from his art's frantic energy, but the comic's pacing picks up a notch this issue and the paneling and art struggles to keep up with the story its trying to convey.

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Batgirls (2021) #7

Jun 15, 2022

What I appreciate about this issue is that the comic actually took time to breathe a bit, which gave the comic's creative team some room to provide some setup, context, and characterization that was missing in previous issues.

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Batgirls (2021) #8

Jul 13, 2022

A very fun and solid issue of the series that wraps up a few more plot threads from the initial frantic debut of the series.

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Batgirls (2021) #9

Aug 10, 2022

The best issue yet and I'm excited to see the comic tackle a new arc.

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Batgirls (2021) #10

Sep 14, 2022

The series may have taken a little longer than people had hoped, but it's still become one of the most consistently excellent books in DC's catalog.

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Batman (2016): Fear State: Alpha #1

Sep 1, 2021

The most intriguing part of the comic is the presence of Harley Quinn (who is trying to restore Poison Ivy's psyche) and Jace Fox, the soon-to-be Batman replacing Bruce Wayne. Generally speaking, this comic mostly feels like it's playing the same tune as last year's "Joker Wars," but with a different instrument.

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Batman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: II #4

Feb 21, 2018

Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #4 injects a mixture of melodrama and poor decision-making into an already Venom-boosted storyline.

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Batman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: II #5

Mar 21, 2018

Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #5 is basically a comic book version of those epic crossovers you had with your action figures when you were a kid. The plots don't always make sense, but it's really cool to see all of your favorite characters interact and fight each other.

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Batman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: II #6

Apr 18, 2018

While I thought Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II's plot was convoluted at times and had inconsistent art, it did deliver a fluffy and fun adventure on par with their first crossover.

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Batman Beyond (2016) #25

Oct 24, 2018

This is a great jumping in point for the series and sets up a big return that should make every Batman fan happy.

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Batman Beyond (2016) #26

Nov 28, 2018

Sadly, this issue is a letdown and serves mostly as a harbinger that Batman Beyond is about to go where plenty of previous Batman/Joker stories have gone before.

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Batman Beyond: Neo-Year #1

Apr 6, 2022

The story is very grim and serious and not very new reader friendly, but it should keep Batman Beyond fans entertained.

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Batman Beyond: Neo-Year #2

May 4, 2022

Honestly, this is probably the most interesting way DC has used the Batman Beyond franchise in quite some time.

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Batman Beyond: Neo-Year #3

Jun 8, 2022

Terry continues to rebuild as Gotham quickly shifts and changes around him.

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Batman Beyond: Neo-Year #4

Jul 6, 2022

This was a great issue and opens up a new Batman story a low-tech Batman operating in a high-tech world.

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Batman Beyond: Neo-Year #5

Aug 3, 2022

This was a great issue of Batman Beyond, with Terry finally starting to pull himself out of the pit that Gotham has both figuratively and literally thrown him in over the past few issues.

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Batman Beyond: Neo-Year #6

Sep 7, 2022

Batman Beyond ends with a resounding victory and the establishment of a new status quo.

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Batman: Last Knight on Earth #1

May 29, 2019

Snyder and Capullo really do bring out the best in one another when they work together, and the lengthier page count helps as well.

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Batman: Last Knight on Earth #2

Jul 31, 2019

Last Knight, in it's own twisted way, is a really fun read and it's great to see Snyder and Capullo with the shackles off and weaving a strange new tale in the DC Universe.

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Batman: Last Knight on Earth #3

Dec 18, 2019

Last Knight on Earth, in my opinion, was the best Batman comic of the year, with amazing artwork, a weird and psychedelic story, and a firm understanding of Batman's role in the DC Universe.

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Battlestar Galactica: Classic #1

Nov 7, 2018

I expect that Battlestar Galactica fans will enjoy this series, along with readers looking for some light sci-fi action.

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Bedtime Games #1

Jun 27, 2018

This comic will definitely disturb you, which is precisely what it's trying to do.

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Bedtime Games #3

Aug 22, 2018

Bedtime Games gets creepier and creepier, as the demonic Mr. Bedtime inches closer and closer to the three protagonists of the story.

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Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #14

Feb 14, 2018

If you're looking to read the adventures of Scarlet Spider in a locale that's not New York, you'll like this issue. Otherwise, take a pass.

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Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #15

Mar 14, 2018

This issue is a totally superfluous tie-in, necessary only for current readers of the series.

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Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #16

Mar 28, 2018

Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider might have just had the worst event tie-in in recent history.

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Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #17

Apr 11, 2018

This still isn't a very good superhero comic, but I enjoyed Will Sliney's artwork, especially in the first couple of pages as Reilly contemplates the consequences of his (many) poor decisions.

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Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #18

May 16, 2018

This is probably the first time that Scarlet Spider has really felt like a Spider-Man book, albeit one with two knock-off Spider-Men and a villain who's the midriff-baring progeny of one of Spider-Man's classic villains.

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Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #19

Jun 6, 2018

Ben Reilly's latest excursion with the supernatural takes an unfortunate turn in the latest issue of Scarlet Spider #19.

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Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #20

Jun 20, 2018

Scarlet Spider isn't as good as X-Factor, but the book seems to be trending in the right direction.

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Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #21

Jul 4, 2018

This is the comic equivalent of having sand in your eyes while a ten year old kicks you in the crotch repeatedly. It's a miserable experience.

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Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #22

Aug 1, 2018

This wasn't a terrible issue, but I feel like this plot would have worked better with X-Factor than two reject Spider-Men.

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Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #23

Sep 5, 2018

The Scarlet Spider gets really dark. Really, really dark.

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Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #24

Sep 26, 2018

One of the best written issues of Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider is marred by new series artist Bruno Oliveira's uneven art.

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Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #25

Oct 10, 2018

I'm not sure if the ambiguous ending is what Reilly fans wanted, but it's probably what the character deserved after such an uneven and frustrating series.

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Big Trouble In Little China: Old Man Jack #8

Apr 25, 2018

It's just a little odd to see Jack Burton portrayed as a Kurt Russell bobblehead, complete with an oversized head.

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Bitter Root #1

Nov 14, 2018

Bitter Root isn't afraid to tackle weighty issues while still having some fun, giving us some new heroes that are much needed in today's world.

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Bitter Root #2

Dec 12, 2018

Bitter Root is a fun book, Bitter Root is a smart book, and most importantly Bitter Root is a necessary book for today's world.

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Bitter Root #3

Jan 9, 2019

This is a deliberately grim comic, but a powerful one.

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Bitter Root #4

Feb 20, 2019

The deep metaphors in this book, wrapped around an exciting storyline about facing insurmountable odds, are extremely good.

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Bitter Root #5

Mar 20, 2019

It's still a fun issue, if a bit crowded at times, but it does a pretty good job of continuing the story and setting up an interesting arc that could shed even more light on the Jinoo and its source.

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Bitter Root #6

Feb 19, 2020

This issue is mostly a reintroduction to the world of Bitter Root, but it's a great jumping on point and also sets up even bigger stakes for this next arc.

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Bitter Root #7

Mar 18, 2020

Overall, this is still one of Image's best series.

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Bitter Root #8

Jun 10, 2020

The creative team of David F. Walker, Sanford Greene, and Chuck Brown are doing fantastic work in Bitter Root, blending together action and magic with hard looks at the racism that Black people have always faced in our nation.

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Bitter Root #9

Jul 8, 2020

Everything else about this comic"the story, the art, the dialogue"was great, but I personally was a bit frustrated with how the comic was paced.

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Bitter Root #10

Sep 2, 2020

After all, what progress is truly being made in dealing with racism and bigotry, even after a summer of protests and endless talking points and superficial changes?

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Bitter Root #11

Mar 24, 2021

Bitter Root #11 serves as a great jumping on point for one of Image's best series.

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Bitter Root #12

Apr 28, 2021

Bitter Root continues to impress as it weaves multiple subplots around the Sangerye family.

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Bitter Root #13

May 26, 2021

While it does a good job of ramping up the anxiety (as we don't quite know whether there will be more casualties or not), it has the potential to obfuscate some the overarching plot.

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Bitter Root #14

Jun 23, 2021

It's another fantastic issue of one of the best series in recent years. Every issue is a must read.

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Bitter Root #15

Aug 11, 2021

While the conclusion felt a bit rushed, I still loved this comic as a whole and I hope that it won't be too long until we see the next generation of Sangerye continue the fight.

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Bitter Root: Red Summer Special #1

Jul 10, 2019

This is the rare anthology comic that enhances its character instead of padding it, providing some added depth before Bitter Root's second arc.

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Black Hammer: Cthu-Louis #1

Dec 12, 2018

All in all, this is a sad and melancholy comic, which are the kind of comics that Jeff Lemire is best at writing.

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Black Hammer: Age of Doom #6

Oct 17, 2018

Tomasso and Lemire are like peanut butter and chocolate, a great pairing that should have always been together in the first place.

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Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands #4

Feb 7, 2018

There's a lot of noise in this issue, but little of substance.

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Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands #5

Mar 7, 2018

I may have issues with Tony Isabella's plot in this miniseries, but it's clear that he still understands the core of what makes Black Lightning so great.

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Black Science #35

May 2, 2018

Moreno Dinisio's coloring work this issue is really a delight, with bright colors that feed into that sense of security that makes the carpet pull at the end of the issue so delightful.

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Black Science #39

Mar 27, 2019

It's a touching issue, a calm before the storm of what's sure to be a hectic and deadly final arc.

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Black Widow (2019) #4

Apr 24, 2019

At times, the comic seemed a bit gratuitous in its depiction of Natasha's suffering, especially during an extended waterboarding/torture scene, although it certainly seems in line with the Soska Sisters' general aesthetic.

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Blackwood #1

May 30, 2018

Blackwood could be a contender for series of the year, and I can't wait to read what happens next.

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Blackwood: The Mourning After #1

Feb 12, 2020

Blackwood was a great comic that didn't receive nearly enough acclaim, and I'm glad to see its mix of occult weirdness, humor, and horror return.

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Blackwood #2

Jun 27, 2018

There are a few action scenes that feel a little clunky, but otherwise Blackwood continues to be a must read for Lovecraft and horror fans.

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Blackwood: The Mourning After #3

May 29, 2020

The artwork in Blackwood remains fantastic, as Veronica Fish continues to bring the world of the comic to life with her vivid art painted with a mix of gloomy technicolors.

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Blackwood #3

Jul 25, 2018

This is the best horror comic of 2018, a must-read for fans of the occult, Lovecraft, or the strange.

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Blackwood: The Mourning After #4

Sep 9, 2020

Humorous, heartbreaking, and intense, Blackwood: The Mourning After is a great series that should be getting a lot more acclaim.

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Blackwood #4

Aug 29, 2018

Evan Dorkin and Veronica Fish's horror miniseries was one of the best comics of 2018, filled with Lovecraftian horror and plenty of creepy despair.

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Bloodborne #1

Feb 21, 2018

Choppy paneling aside, this is a solid comic and a must-read for those who enjoyed the game.

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Bloodborne #2

Mar 28, 2018

Bloodborne is the rare video game comic adaptation that actively explores and expands on its source material.

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Bloodborne #3

Apr 25, 2018

Bloodborne is a great horror comic, and a book that transcends the material which it's based on and finds a way to truly disturb every issue.

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Bloodborne #4

May 30, 2018

Originally, this issue was supposed to be the end of Ales Kot and Piotr Kowalski's story on Bloodborne. But while this issue's end is appropriately vague, I'm glad that we'll get to see more of this world for a while longer.

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Blue & Gold (2021) #1

Jul 21, 2021

This is a fun opening chapter to what should be a solid superhero series.

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Blue & Gold (2021) #2

Sep 8, 2021

This comic contains classic Blue & Gold shenanigans and is still a very fun read.

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Blue & Gold (2021) #3

Oct 13, 2021

The constant crowd chatter and social media comments scattered throughout the panels tend to be distracting. I get that it's tied to the gimmick of the comic and the distracting peanut gallery is supposed to be the point, but it doesn't really add much to anything and is starting to wear out its welcome.

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Blue & Gold (2021) #4

Nov 17, 2021

This comic definitely feels like a throwback to a previous era of DC comics, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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Blue & Gold (2021) #5

Jan 19, 2022

Honestly, Blue and Gold #5 felt very underwhelming, but it at least seems to be moving past its initial concept.

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Blue & Gold (2021) #6

Feb 23, 2022

Great issue and a great end to the maxiseries' first arc.

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Blue & Gold (2021) #7

Mar 16, 2022

Another fun issue.

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Blue & Gold (2021) #8

Apr 20, 2022

Overall, I enjoyed Blue & Gold. It had a throwback vibe to it. While the art was somewhat inconsistent at times, Ryan Sook wraps up the series on a strong note and gives us a happy memory to end Booster Gold and Blue Beetle's latest misadventure on.

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Books of Magic (2018) #1

Oct 24, 2018

It's not that The Books of Magic #1 is a bad comic; it's well-paced, the art is solid -- especially the opening pages that recap the original Gaiman-written series in a medieval tapestry inspired style -- and the dialogue sounds realistic. However, it's painfully unoriginal and takes no risks or chances either in plot or layout.

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Books of Magic (2018) #2

Nov 28, 2018

Books of Magic #2 is a definite improvement over the first issue. Instead of portraying Tim Hunter as a generic teen seeking to learn magic, now he's a sullen troubled teen that wants to use magic as a cure-all to fix his family.

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Books of Magic (2018) #3

Jan 2, 2019

There's a disjointed feel to this comic, as events important to the plot are brought up after the fact.

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Books of Magic (2018) #4

Jan 30, 2019

For the first time, Books of Magic doesn't feel like a generic "kid learns magic" story, and next month's trip into the Dreaming could really help open the series up further.

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Books of Magic (2018) #5

Feb 27, 2019

Honestly, I felt Hunter spent too much time in the Dreaming, as the scant pages spent in the real world felt much more interesting and had a lot more consequences to the main plot.

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Books of Magic (2018) #6

Mar 27, 2019

This isn't the best book, but it's slowly getting better.

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Border Town #4

Dec 5, 2018

Border Town remains a poignant and timely comic, one that serves as both vicious mockery and a hard look at the issues surrounding the U.S. immigration issue.

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By The Horns #1

Feb 24, 2021

By the Horns presents an intriguing fantasy world, a solid story hook, great character designs, and a few big questions that should keep readers invested for a short time.

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By The Horns #2

Jun 2, 2021

This is a fun fantasy comic, but nothing too complex or groundbreaking. Hopefully, it continues to grow beyond standard fantasy tropes and into a unique storyline.

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By The Horns #3

Jun 30, 2021

If you're a fan of fantasy tales and don't mind some mild gore, you'll enjoy this comic a lot.

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By The Horns #4

Aug 11, 2021

This is a fun issue with some uneven pacing, but I'm continuing to enjoy each issue.

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By The Horns #5

Sep 22, 2021

Still, the worldbuilding in this comic and its take on fantasy tropes are both great, and By The Horns continues to be a fun read every month.

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By The Horns #6

Oct 6, 2021

While the actual inciting incident that leads directly into By The Horns' main storyline is a bit of a letdown, I think it's more than made up for by some great art and an interesting one-off gimmick.

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By The Horns #7

Nov 3, 2021

There's not much to add about this issue that hasn't already been written in previous reviews - By The Horns is a fun and furious fantasy story that usually moves at a frantic pace at the cost of proper worldbuilding.

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Call of Duty: Zombies 2 #1

Sep 5, 2018

The comic seems to explain why Bruno is fighting zombies on the Titanic (in a video game that hasn't come out yet), but honestly both the art and rather boring plot really makes it hard to care about the character or his past.

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Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty (2022) #1

Jun 15, 2022

Between this and Captain America: Symbol of Truth, this new era of Captain America is off to a great start.

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Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty (2022) #2

Jul 6, 2022

Lots of intrigue in this issue but your mileage might very.

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Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty (2022) #3

Aug 10, 2022

My biggest complaint about Sentinel of Liberty has been the dud of a central mystery, one that relied more on buzzwords and teases than actual substance. This issue goes a long way to correct that, with the beginning of an explanation as to the new enemy that Rogers faces and its ties to Captain America's shield.

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Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty (2022) #4

Sep 7, 2022

I'm still not convinced about Outer Circle as a viable threat, but I am enjoying this comic's take on Steve Rogers.

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Claire and the Dragons #1

Jun 23, 2021

Claire and the Dragons #1 is a foreboding opening chapter for a strange (but good) fantasy series.

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Copperhead #19

Jun 13, 2018

Copperhead is a pretty good sci-fi comic that's let down by its art style.

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Cover (2018) #3

Nov 21, 2018

While Mack's art is gorgeous to look at, the comic suffers from a major narrative problem.

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Cover (2018) #4

Dec 19, 2018

Cover feels like Brian Bendis's love story to the comic industry....while also being an okay spy story.

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Cover (2018) #5

Jan 23, 2019

Cover appeals to a very specific audience, and at this point readers have decided whether they love the comic or have moved on.

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Cover (2018) #6

Mar 13, 2019

David Mack's art is absolutely stunning as always, and even while I felt the ending played into the cutesy-ness that I complained about earlier, it still wrapped up the whole meta-narrative of the comic nicely.

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Crazy (2019) #1

Oct 16, 2019

Humor is hard to do, and it's a shame that Marvel didn't reach out to some of the recently laid off Mad writers to get some folks with more experience for this (thankfully) one-off experiment.

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Critical Role: Tales of Exandria: The Bright Queen #1

Oct 20, 2021

For better or worse, this comic is geared primarily to the hardcore Critter, to the fan who cares about the deep lore of the series and its intriguing mysteries. While I'm personally interested in what the Luxon and the Spider Queen (a title of Lolth, one of D&D's oldest villains and the traditional goddess worshipped by the dark elves who rule the Kryn Dynasty), I feel that this comic might be a bit too somber and caught up in its own lore to be of real interest to the more casual fan.

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Critical Role: Tales of Exandria: The Bright Queen #2

Nov 24, 2021

The comic's narration is also a bit dry, which is why this comic is hard to recommend for non-Critical Role fans. Still, this is a pretty ahem critical comic for Critters everywhere.

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Critical Role: Tales of Exandria: The Bright Queen #3

Jan 12, 2022

This is an interesting comic, but one that doesn't have much appeal outside of Critical Role fans.

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Critical Role: Tales of Exandria: The Bright Queen #4

Mar 9, 2022

This has been the weakest Critical Role comic released by Dark Horse so far.

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Critical Role: Vox Machina: Origins III #1

Feb 10, 2021

Another solid comic that only requires the scantest of information about Critical Role to enjoy. This remains one of the best fantasy comics on stands today.

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Critical Role: Vox Machina: Origins II #1

Jul 10, 2019

Vox Machina Origins II is one of the best comics adaptations I've read in a while. It oozes fun and personality, and serves as an excellent starting point for fans interested in what Critical Role has to offer. It's also a great fantasy series that can be enjoyed by anyone who loves traditional adventures in high fantasy.

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Critical Role: Vox Machina: Origins II #2

Aug 14, 2019

This is another wonderful issue"a must read for Critters everywhere.

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Critical Role: Vox Machina: Origins III #2

Apr 28, 2021

This is still a fun issue, but it's one of the weaker chapters we've had in the Vox Machina saga.

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Critical Role: Vox Machina: Origins II #3

Sep 18, 2019

This issue reminded me a lot of the early episodes of Critical Role, in the best possible way, and I think fans will continue to love this series.

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Critical Role: Vox Machina: Origins III #3

Aug 18, 2021

Although there's a bit of dissonance between this issue and the previous two (which focused on an underground fight club), most Critical Role fans should be pleased to see Vox Machina return to more traditional heroics.

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Critical Role: Vox Machina: Origins II #4

Dec 18, 2019

Olivia Samson's artwork remains phenomenal"she's had a fantastic 2019 and I hope we get to see her shine even more next year.

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Critical Role: Vox Machina: Origins III #4

Nov 3, 2021

My only issue with Vox Machina: Origins is that I feel the miniseries meandered a bit while setting up this chapter's particular mystery. Part of that is the nature of the actual Vox Machina campaign, but I still feel that parts of the Vox Machina campaign can be condensed a bit to get to the meatier parts of the story.

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Critical Role: Vox Machina: Origins III #5

Feb 9, 2022

This was a fun issue that highlights how not every problem needs to be solved with ample violence and also nicely sets up a change in locale.

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Critical Role: Vox Machina: Origins II #5

Feb 19, 2020

I'll admit that the actual introduction of Percy and his reasons for joining are a bit weak, but I don't think that's as much of a comic issue as it is just the typical problem with introducing new D&D characters in a campaign.

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Critical Role: Vox Machina: Origins III #6

May 18, 2022

Honestly, this is a very deflating ending for the latest Critical Role comics series.

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Critical Role: Vox Machina: Origins II #6

Jun 3, 2020

There's still tons of great character moments and most importantly the feeling that Vox Machina's adventures are just getting started.

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Damnation: Johnny Blaze - Ghost Rider #1

Mar 28, 2018

This is a fun issue and sets up an interesting new status quo for Ghost Rider, which hopefully lasts past "Damnation".

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Daredevil (2015) #602

May 16, 2018

Charles Soule finds a way to balance city politics with superheroics as Murdock struggles with finding the best course of action to protect his city.

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Daredevil (2015) #603

May 30, 2018

The issue ends on a bit of a weird reveal, but I'm mostly enjoying how Charles Soule and Mike Henderson are finding new ways to test the Man Without Fear.

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Daredevil (2015) #604

Jun 20, 2018

Writer Charles Soule is walking a very thin line right now between crazy awesome and absurdly stupid.

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Daredevil (2015) #605

Jul 11, 2018

Charles Soule and Mike Henderson has taken readers on a crazy ride, one filled with demons, warrior priests with jetpacks and plenty of strange twists and turns. On one level, I don't know if all of the zaniness is the best fit for a grounded hero like Daredevil, but honestly it was fun to see what insane stuff would happen this issue.

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Daredevil (2015) #606

Aug 8, 2018

It really feels like a soft reset for the series, a reminder that Daredevil functions best when fighting mobsters and dealing with street level problems.

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Daredevil (2015) #607

Aug 22, 2018

Sure, the issue's only truly tense moment is when a dog gets held hostage at gunpoint, but Soule keeps the humor level somewhere between bemusing and pure slapstick, and it really works.

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Daredevil (2015) #608

Sep 12, 2018

Whether this turns out to be a successful direction remains to be seen, but this remains an enjoyable and intriguing comic to read on a monthly basis.

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Daredevil (2015) #609

Oct 17, 2018

There's a frantic feel to this issue, as if Matt knows that his time is running out. And while there's sure to be a twist to the whole "Death of Daredevil" arc, Soule and Noto manage to make this comic feel like the end might actually be coming soon.

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Daredevil (2015) #610

Oct 31, 2018

This is some of Soule's strongest work yet, and I'm looking forward to the next chapter.

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Daredevil (2015) #611

Nov 14, 2018

I was disappointed by how the issue glossed over so much of the history between Daredevil and some of his opponents -- if this truly is Daredevil's end, then a few of these characters deserve more than a passing mention and a line of dialogue. Still, the creative team of Soule and Noto are continuing the build a sense of finality, as Daredevil seems to be running out of options and places to hide.

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Daredevil (2015) #612

Nov 28, 2018

In the end, Daredevil feels most at home in a courtroom and, more broadly, in New York, and Soule found a way to put Daredevil back in both.

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Daredevil (2015) Annual: 2018 #1

Aug 29, 2018

All in all, this is a fun but probably not necessary superhero one-shot.

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Daredevil (2019) #1

Feb 6, 2019

This is a strong debut for Zdarsky and Checchetto, and I'm curious about how Daredevil's story will continue in future months. I'd love to see a story that focuses on tormenting Daredevil in different ways, and it looks like the new creative team will deliver just that.

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Daredevil (2019) #2

Feb 27, 2019

This is a great start to a series, and it really brings Daredevil into some surprisingly unexplored territory.

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Daredevil (2019) #3

Mar 27, 2019

This is another fun issue that explores a side of Daredevil that we don't often see, and the series is quickly becoming one of Marvel's finest books.

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Daredevil (2019) #4

Apr 17, 2019

Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checchetto's fantastic run on Daredevil continues as the Man Without Fear finds himself with a strange new ally: the Punisher.

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Dark Crisis: Worlds Without A Justice League (2022): Superman #1

Jul 13, 2022

Ultimately, your enjoyment of Dark Crisis: World Without a Justice League Superman #1 will be dependent on your feelings of past Tom King comics. If you like King's commentary on wartime framed through superheroes, then this comic will definitely be your speed. But if you're tired of the glorification of "just wars," instead of acknowledging that war is nothing but a repressive tool that churns through innocent lives and sullies the morals of anyone it touches, you're probably not going to like watching Jon Kent grow up to join the war effort.

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Dark Knights of Steel (2021) #1

Nov 3, 2021

Dark Knights of Steel is an exciting comic book and will hopefully mark the start of a wider world that Taylor, Putri, and other creators can romp in for years to come.

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Dark Knights of Steel (2021) #2

Dec 8, 2021

This is already becoming one of DC's strongest comics.

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Dark Knights of Steel (2021) #3

Jan 5, 2022

Dark Knights of Steel #3 is a fantastic comic, one that tells a great story unshackled by the constraints of continuity.

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Dark Knights of Steel (2021) #4

Feb 2, 2022

While there aren't as many shocks like the previous episodes, I did like the creepy take on the Green Man and felt that it provides a fresh take on a pair of classic DC villains.

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Dark Knights of Steel (2021) #5

Mar 2, 2022

This was a great fifth issue and sets up what should be a very intriguing second half of the series.

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Dark Knights of Steel (2021) #6

Apr 27, 2022

This is another very strong issue of one of DC's best comics.

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Dark Knights of Steel (2021) #7

Jun 8, 2022

This lacks some of the shocking twists of previous issues and I feel like the comic isn't doing as good of a job of establishing various DC characters as unique from their mainstream counterparts. Still, a fun issue nonetheless.

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Dark Souls: The Age of Fire #1

May 23, 2018

Almost every panel looks out of focus and blurry, like a piece of runny watercolor art. It's noticeably terrible, and a worrisome sign about how seriously Titan Comics is taking the franchise.

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Darkhold (2021): Blade #1

Oct 27, 2021

Darkhold: Blade #1 is an easily missable comic. It is neither a satisfying Blade story nor does it provide any deeper insight into the events of the Darkhold mini-event. It's simply a vampiric Mad Libs, a frantic mess that uses cheap twists in place of an actual plot.

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DC/Hanna-Barbera: Deathstroke/Yogi Bear #1

Oct 31, 2018

This is a weird comic, but in the best possible way.

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DC/Hanna-Barbera: Black Lightning/Hong Kong PHOOEY Special #1

May 30, 2018

The story's a bit of a mess too, but the comic might have been salvageable with a less mottled color job.

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Death of Love #3

Apr 18, 2018

This is a comically ultra-violent comic, but one that also uses extra-normal circumstances to examine the toxic effects we can have on our lives.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1012

Sep 25, 2019

If you want a "classic" Batman story, I suggest you give Detective Comics a read.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1013

Oct 9, 2019

A lot of this issue focuses on Batman's redundancies in place to protect him from Freeze. While it was cool to see Batman's forethought in action, it did take a way a lot of the suspense this issue.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1014

Oct 23, 2019

When she awoke last issue, I was curious how she would look at her husband's attempt to preserve her until he could find a cure. The results were... well, they were a bit underwhelming.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1015

Nov 13, 2019

The comic isn't necessarily bad, but it certainly implies the wrong message.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1016

Nov 27, 2019

Hopefully, a future writer can find something interesting to do with Mrs. Freeze, because this arc didn't really do her any favors. -

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Detective Comics (2016) #1017

Dec 11, 2019

It's not a perfect issue"the ending wraps up a bit too quickly"but I really love stories that examine Batman's relationship to both Gotham City and his own Bruce Wayne persona.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1018

Jan 1, 2020

While not filled with earth-shattering revelations or teases at the next big plotline, I enjoyed Detective Comics as an isolated look at Batman's current state of mind and his new status quo without Alfred.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1019

Jan 22, 2020

This is a weird Batman story, and not a particularly good one.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1020

Feb 26, 2020

Tomasi's Detective Comics has been very hit or miss (his "hits" are great, but his misses are very mediocre) and it's too early to tell which this will be.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1021

Mar 25, 2020

It also seems like this comic seems to be in a holding pattern of sorts, focusing on standalone stories with no wider theme until DC figures out its next steps.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1022

Jun 3, 2020

This is just a messy story arc and it looks like it'll get messier given the comic's intention to tie into Batman's "Joker War."

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Detective Comics (2016) #1025

Aug 12, 2020

This issue does not inspire any confidence in the wider Joker arc.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1026

Aug 26, 2020

This is not a good superhero comic at all.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1027

Sep 16, 2020

If you enjoy the creative teams and don't mind paying a premium for comics meant to provide only a snapshot, this comic is at least worth a flip-through.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1028

Oct 14, 2020

While this isn't a really innovative story, it does seem to indicate a big change of pace for DC's oldest Batman book, and that's likely a good thing.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1029

Oct 28, 2020

It's an interesting story direction, one which could really explore Batman in a new fashion. Unfortunately neither the Mirror (a new anti-vigilante villain) nor these hints of the Black Casebook are really compelling, so we'll have to see if the action and interest picks up in future installments.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1030

Nov 12, 2020

It's a shame that we couldn't get this bold new art direction at the beginning of the current arc, but I'm suddenly much more excited about the mystery surrounding the Black Casebook.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1031

Nov 25, 2020

I'll give this arc more time before making a final decision, but the whole issue definitely caused some skeptical eyebrow raises.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1032

Dec 9, 2020

Obviously, this is a "filler" arc designed to set up the next creative team, but I can't stress how disappointing this arc has turned out.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1033

Dec 23, 2020

I wish Tomasi could have gotten to go out on a stronger storytime, but I feel like a lot of his stories will be more fondly remembered over time.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1034

Mar 24, 2021

Both are good comics and show that the Batman line is recovering nicely from the bloated "Joker War" event.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1035

Apr 28, 2021

Honestly, the Huntress story is the reason to read this comic"Henry's art is amazing and Tamaki delivers one of her best superhero outings to date.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1037

Jun 9, 2021

Props to Mariko Tamaki for trying something different with Batman, as this storyline has been a hoot.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1038

Jun 23, 2021

Detective Comics #1038 shows that the corruption of Gotham City can't be solved by one new mayor or a new status quo.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1039

Jul 14, 2021

Overall, I feel like Detective Comics is really trying to do something different with the Dark Detective. Not every story beat and idea necessarily works, but they certain deserve props for not falling into familiar patterns.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1040

Jul 28, 2021

This is quietly one of DC's best comics and is continuing to reinvent Batman in a way we haven't seen in quite some time.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1041

Aug 11, 2021

Detective Comics #1041 is worth the cover price solely for Dan Mora's fantastic artwork.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1042

Aug 25, 2021

Honestly, this is probably the weakest Detective Comics in recent months.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1043

Sep 29, 2021

A bit of a let down from previous issues.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1044

Oct 27, 2021

I'm enjoying the lead story (written by Mariko Tamaki and Dan Mora) but I do feel that it often suffers from not having enough room to properly show the continue decline and crumbling of Gotham. The backup story (featuring an in-construction Arkham Tower) feels pretty generic and doesn't add much to the overall story.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1045

Nov 24, 2021

All in all, a perfectly acceptable Batman comic.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1046

Dec 29, 2021

This comic is mostly setting up the next major arc of the Batbooks, with more mood setting and piece laying than actual story.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1047

Jan 5, 2022

Like so many other things related to the Batman line these days, it seems that a proper build to disaster has been skipped in the name of "the next big event." Luckily, it at least seems like the skyscraper disaster horror setup hinted at in this issue seems intriguing.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1048

Jan 12, 2022

After a shaky opening chapter, I'm enjoying this storyline more this issue.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1049

Jan 19, 2022

I feel like the "shocking" reveal robbed the rest of the arc of some of its unsettling dread, as it spelled out something that most fans assumed would already come to pass. It just robs the issue of some of the wind in its sails, which is a shame because this shaping up to be a pretty good arc.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1050

Jan 26, 2022

All three are perfectly fine stories that showcase the odd family Batman has built up around him without necessarily focusing too much on Batman himself.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1051

Feb 2, 2022

Although not as exciting, I think this sort of issue was necessary to explain how the story got to the point and tease where it's going from here.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1052

Feb 9, 2022

After a couple of really strong issues, Detective Comics feels like it's spinning its wheels this issue.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1053

Feb 16, 2022

Everything starts to fall apart in Detective Comics #1053.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1054

Feb 23, 2022

"House of Gotham" remains the highlight of the series, with another great tie-in with past Batman history (although I'm not 100% sure how the condensed timeline works).

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Detective Comics (2016) #1055

Mar 2, 2022

Detective Comics' two stories picked up steam this week.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1056

Mar 9, 2022

For the most part, this comic is exactly what you'd expect if you've been reading the weekly issues for the last two months.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1057

Mar 16, 2022

The pacing is a mess, and it's hard for me to stay invested at this point.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1058

Mar 23, 2022

I'm not sure what happened with "The Tower," but this was one of the least coherent superhero comics I've read in quite a while.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1059

Apr 27, 2022

Both stories are very solid and seem more promising than the bloated Tower arc that ran on for way too long.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1060

May 25, 2022

Detective Comics is laying out a real mystery for Batman to solve, one that seems to be roping in both allies and enemies.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1061

Jun 29, 2022

A solid Batman comic, although I'm most interested in what happens next in Detective Comics.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1062

Jul 27, 2022

By embracing the darkness, Detective Comics #1062 sets the mood for what could be an instant classic by two of the comic industry's top talents.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1063

Aug 24, 2022

This is a fantastic Batman comic, in part because it seems so unlike any other Batman comic that's come before.

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Detective Comics (2016) Annual: 2021

Dec 1, 2021

I appreciate that Tamaki is willing to tackle sticky issues in her superhero comics, although I think the fundamental nature of superhero comics (or at least DC's current status quo) prevents any real lasting change, which feels pretty depressing.

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Detective Comics (2016) Annual #3

Jan 29, 2020

Both stories are a great catharsis for fans mourning Alfred's loss, which has only been tangentially dealt with in Batman's main series.

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Die #1

Dec 5, 2018

Die lures you in and sinks its hooks into you, leaving you wanting more and, in essence, turning you into the very thing it warns against.

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Die #2

Jan 9, 2019

The Wicked + The Divine, Phonogram, and Journey Into Mystery always had a bit of a playful side that balanced out all the darkness, but DIE is all horror, darkness, and misery. And it's absolutely brilliant.

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Die #3

Feb 6, 2019

Gillen knows how to twist the knife in a way that both depresses and educates his readers.

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Die #4

Mar 6, 2019

This book is such a masterclass on storytelling and a commentary on TTRPGs, and I can't wait to see what happens next issue.

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Die #5

Apr 3, 2019

DIE #5 is a pretty fantastic issue, the perfect finale to an action-packed opening arc.

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Die #6

Aug 7, 2019

As Kieron Gillen notes in the afterward, DIE is not only about RPGs, but also about how people get the fantasy they crave and the consequences of it. In that regard, DIE is another brilliant issue, with beautiful Stephanie Hans, a story that deserves multiple re-reads, and an ending that reveals just why the party was so hesitant about going back to their old stomping grounds.

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Die #7

Sep 4, 2019

As always, everything about this series is perfect, and DIE remains one of the top characters on the stand.

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Die #8

Oct 2, 2019

This remains such a complicated and wonderful book that reminds readers that not all choices have easy answers or clean endings.

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Die #9

Nov 6, 2019

This remains a fantastic fantasy series that takes a hard look at how the games we play affect our lives.

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Die #10

Dec 4, 2019

This is easily Image's best comic of the year.

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Die #11

Jun 24, 2020

Die remains a masterclass in blending fantasy action with heartwrenching introspection, and I can't wait to see how this arc ends.

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Die #12

Jul 22, 2020

A ton happens in this issue, including more digging into the literature that forms the foundation of DIE, and this continues to be the best comic available today.

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Die #13

Sep 2, 2020

I could write a long essay about why DIE is a must-read comic, but it's definitely a "critical hit" for anyone who has ever had a complicated relationship with a game.

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Die #14

Oct 7, 2020

It's hard to explain much more without spoiling this issue, but just know that DIE remains the best comic on the stands today.

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Die #15

Nov 18, 2020

The next arc sends DIE into one of the most classic fantasy tropes of all, and I can't wait to see what happens next.

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Die #16

May 5, 2021

As DIE enters its final act, it heads to a new area marked by a new theme familiar to all gamers - cosmic horror.

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Die #17

Jun 9, 2021

If you have a relationship with tabletop games or the Cthulhu mythos, this is a must-read comic.

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Die #18

Jul 14, 2021

Everything about this comic is heartbreaking and somber, and I'm wondering how the creative team will deliver even more sadness in its final two issues.

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Die #19

Aug 25, 2021

DIE ends next month, and I will miss this masterful comic, the best book Image has published in years.

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Die #20

Sep 29, 2021

DIE asks the question if letting that fandom feed on your soul, if inviting it to become a part of your true self, is a good or bad thing. It provides no easy answers"enjoying something to the point that you "lose yourself" to it can provide relief, joy, and comfort, and it can also be toxic and harmful"but the examination itself was poignant, thoughtful, and masterful throughout.

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Doctor Tomorrow #1

Feb 19, 2020

Outside of an intriguing premise, the comic doesn't cover a whole lot of ground, although it's got enough of a hook to keep fans coming back for next issue.

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Doctor Tomorrow #2

Mar 18, 2020

All in all, this is standard superhero fare, one that doesn't try to push the envelope or appeal to new readers in any way.

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Doctor Tomorrow #3

Jun 24, 2020

Doctor Tomorrow would be a lot stronger comic if it didn't feel the need to bring in the entire Valiant Universe.

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Doctor Tomorrow #4

Jul 29, 2020

This comic seems to get better the further it gets away from the wider Valiant Universe"when it's a tale about a boy, his best friend, and his murderous multiversal counterparts, it's quite sweet. When it gets bogged down with all of the other Valiant characters, it struggles.

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Doctor Tomorrow #5

Aug 26, 2020

While we get brief little glimpses as to how both of them are coping with this frankly humongous change, I feel like the comic missed the opportunity to do something really innovative in favor of a rather standard origin.

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Doomsday Clock #7

Sep 26, 2018

If you can ignore all the noise involving the Superman theory, and the JSA, and the Legion, this is one of the stronger issues to date.

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Dungeons & Dragons Annual: 2022

Aug 10, 2022

Not every story needs to be a timely tie-in, and these comics nicely show off the feel of potential Witchlight campaigns.

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Dungeons & Dragons: A Darkened Wish #1

Mar 20, 2019

A Darkened Wish is a must read for any fans of "classic" fantasy, even if you've never picked up a die to play D&D.

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Dungeons & Dragons: A Darkened Wish #2

Jul 24, 2019

At times, the pacing of the book is uneven - there's a dragon attack that's a bit muddled and comes a bit out of nowhere. However, those flaws shouldn't deter anyone from reading the comic, which remains a very fun read.

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Dungeons & Dragons: A Darkened Wish #3

Oct 2, 2019

The characterization in this series is top-notch, although the big "twist" of the issue requires some knowledge of D&D lore...or at least the current adventure.

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Dungeons & Dragons: A Darkened Wish #4

Jan 15, 2020

All in all, I like how this comic feels like a very authentic D&D experience, with a heavy focus on camaraderie.

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Dungeons & Dragons: A Darkened Wish #5

Feb 19, 2020

I think this was a lovely but flawed comic, one that was very ambitious but struggled as the miniseries progressed. I like that it presented how D&D, though, and I hope that IDW tries more of these types of miniseries in the future.

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Dungeons & Dragons: At the Spine of the World #1

Nov 4, 2020

A very solid introduction, and I'm excited where the story goes next.

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Dungeons & Dragons: At the Spine of the World #2

Dec 30, 2020

This is a solid fantasy comic, one that isn't without its struggles but is very effective at bringing the world of D&D to life.

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Dungeons & Dragons: At the Spine of the World #4

Mar 3, 2021

At the Spine of the World concludes with a fun and action-packed finale. It's the sort of fluffy ending that you like out of popcorn action comic like this, with lots of near-death moments, some thematic plot points coming full circle and just enough dangling plot threads to set up a potential sequel.

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Dungeons & Dragons: Evil at Baldur's Gate #1

Apr 25, 2018

If you need a comic to scratch your fantasy itch, you'll enjoy Evil at Baldur's Fate. It's a safe and fun comic, a fantasy story created by a Dungeon Master for players just looking for some simple escapism that doesn't really challenge any well-worn tropes.

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Dungeons & Dragons: Evil at Baldur's Gate #3

Jul 25, 2018

The only downside to this issue is Harvey Tolibao's incredibly stiff art. While it works for the Modrons and other denizens of Mechanus, Delina looks incredibly flat and stiff in every panel that she appears.

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Dungeons & Dragons: Evil at Baldur's Gate #4

Aug 8, 2018

These single issues pull the party away from generic fantasy tropes, and this issue in particular looks to set up even bigger adventures in the future.

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Dungeons & Dragons: Evil at Baldur's Gate #5

Aug 29, 2018

Jim Zub deserves high praise for his "Evil at Baldur's Gate" miniseries, which showcases the fun and drama found in D&D in a comic book form.

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Dungeons & Dragons: Infernal Tides #1

Dec 11, 2019

This is the definitely the strongest D&D comic of the year.

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Dungeons & Dragons: Infernal Tides #2

Feb 12, 2020

The real highlight of this issue is Max Dunbar's art, who does an amazing job bringing one of the Forgotten Realms' critical historical moments to life. Dunbar is a fantastic artist, and his work really shines this issue.

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Dungeons & Dragons: Infernal Tides #3

May 20, 2020

The only disappointing part of Infernal Tides is that it's due to end with next issue.

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Dungeons & Dragons: Infernal Tides #4

Jul 8, 2020

While Jim Zub's writing is top notch, Max Dunbar's art is really what shines here.

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Dungeons & Dragons: Infernal Tides #5

Aug 12, 2020

While Zariel's appearance was a bit too brief for my liking, this finale issue does a great job of setting up the future while also bring this series to a fun, explosive end.

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Dungeons & Dragons: Mindbreaker #1

Oct 20, 2021

This is a fun opening issue and can be enjoyed by readers of Zub's past D&D series or newcomers to the longrunning story. I'm curious to see where this particular adventure goes as it doesn't have any obvious parallel to a previous D&D campaign adventure.

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Dungeons & Dragons: Mindbreaker #2

Nov 24, 2021

This continues to be a fun adventure, even when large parts of the comic seem to be moving characters from one threat to the next.

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Dungeons & Dragons: Mindbreaker #3

Dec 15, 2021

Overall, this is another great chapter of a fun D&D romp.

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Dungeons & Dragons: Mindbreaker #4

Jan 19, 2022

I appreciate that this series is willing to show the danger of D&D " between the events of last miniseries and this one, things keep getting more and more harrowing for our heroes.

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Dungeons & Dragons: Mindbreaker #5

Feb 16, 2022

A fun conclusion to a fun D&D adventure.

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Dungeons and Dragons: Ravenloft: The Orphan of Agony Isle #1

Jun 29, 2022

Writer Zoe Quinn and writer Bayleigh Underwood do a fantastic job of brining Mordenheim to life in a tale that reminds me a bit of the classic Ravenloft novels that contributed to the popularity of the horror-themed campaign setting.

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Dungeons and Dragons: Ravenloft: The Orphan of Agony Isle #2

Jul 27, 2022

All in all, this is a great little horror comic, one that fleshes out Viktra Mordenheim in the same way the Ravenloft novels did in the 1990s.

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Dungeons and Dragons: Ravenloft: The Orphan of Agony Isle #3

Aug 31, 2022

This remains a captivating story, one that uses the Ravenloft lore as a foundation but seems willing to explore new ground at the same time.

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Echolands #1

Aug 25, 2021

It's still too early to see how Echolands' story will play out, but this is definitely a comic you should try based on artwork alone.

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Echolands #2

Sep 29, 2021

This is a truly innovative comic and I'm impressed that the landscape format has not been a detriment to the series at all.

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Echolands #3

Oct 27, 2021

I'm content with just letting the creative team of JH Williams and Haden Blackman do their thing and enjoy this very trippy, very experimental series purely on the value on its art.

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Echolands #4

Nov 24, 2021

I feel there needs to be a little payoff soon in regards to the mythology of the series in relation to the meta-aspects of it all, but this is still a very fun read.

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Echolands #5

Jan 5, 2022

I appreciate the willingness to experiment, even if each attempt isn't a total success.

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Echolands #6

Feb 2, 2022

Echolands is still a joy to look at, but something felt a bit less satisfying here.

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Exiles (2018) #9

Oct 10, 2018

All in all, this is a fun and ambitious comic and succeeds far more often than it fails.

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Exiles (2018) #10

Nov 14, 2018

Exiles could use a soft reset or a bit more conflict, which we might get next month judging from the last page.

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Exiles (2018) #11

Dec 19, 2018

While Saladin Ahmed and Javier Rodriguez craft a fun and action-packed issue, it felt a bit rushed...which would make sense since the series is ending next month.

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Exiles (2018) #12

Jan 30, 2019

Although this series never had much of a chance to find an audience, it did show that the Exiles could be more than "just" an X-Men franchise. Saladin Ahmed gave his run a unique voice, and I've loved Javier Rodriguez's fantastic artwork.

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Extreme Carnage (2021): Phage #1

Jul 21, 2021

Fans of Venom and Carnage will still enjoy this comic, but I feel like others might wait for a collection so they can get the whole story at once.

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Fables #151

May 18, 2022

For the time being, we'll call Fables #151 a happy return to a story with a rather definitive ending. Fables are immortal after all, so we shouldn't be too surprised that the story goes on after "ever after." Whether that story is any good remains to be seen, but this new Fables arc at least shows some promise.

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Fables #152

Jun 22, 2022

It's still a good read, but the slow build suggests a longer arc is coming.

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Fables #153

Jul 20, 2022

For the most part, Fables hasn't lost any of its quality, although it's still unclear how all these dangling plots are meant to collide even a quarter of the way through the new revival.

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Fables #154

Aug 24, 2022

Fables #154 continues to be consistent with its slow and steady pace, focusing on each itinerant character as they continue their quest through the Black Forest.

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Fables #155

Sep 21, 2022

This has been a fun return to Fabletown (or at least, the remnants of Fabletown) but it seems like every issue I can't help but wonder... what's the point? For a comic book about stories, this comic seems to be lacking a coherent one.

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Falcon (2017) #8

May 23, 2018

The action in this issue was great, and Joshua Cassara's art is solid -- his work reminds me a bit of a less-stylized Daniel Acuna.

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Folklords #4

Feb 26, 2020

Folklords, a tale about a fictional character dreaming of the "real world," starts to get even more meta in its penultimate issue.

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Folklords #5

Mar 25, 2020

For a finale that promised answers, we really weren't given much, and I'm disappointed that the miniseries ended with an ending clearly meant to lead to a next chapter instead of giving readers any real resolution.

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Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man (2019) #1

Jan 9, 2019

If you're a Spider-Man fan, you'll love this comic.

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Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man (2019) #2

Jan 23, 2019

Friendly Neighborhood is building a niche separate from the main Spider-Man series, but it might need more than solid characterization and a moderately interesting story to keep readers interested.

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Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man (2019) #3

Feb 20, 2019

Thank you Tom Taylor for writing such a great Spider-Man comic.

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Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man (2019) #4

Mar 20, 2019

It's a great comic book, although we'll see how the upcoming arc involving Aunt May's cancer goes.

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Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man (2019) #5

Apr 10, 2019

The comic continues to feel pleasantly different than Amazing Spider-Man, and Taylor has earned enough goodwill that readers should at least be willing to see where Aunt May's latest health scare will take us.

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Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man (2019) #6

May 8, 2019

Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #6 is a touching standalone issue that cleverly shows what Spider-Man does on one of his days off.

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Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man (2019) #7

Jun 12, 2019

This comic reminds me a lot of the old Web of Spider-Man, which weaved Peter Parker's personal drama and superheroics into one continuous narrative. That comic and this one skewed a little too close to melodrama at times, but it works because that's what Spider-Man is about.

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Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man (2019) #8

Jun 26, 2019

As the story stands presently, it seems like Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man is just riffing on a common topic on Twitter, and maybe we shouldn't tie every current societal problem to a bad guy that we can punch into submission.

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Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man (2019) #9

Jul 31, 2019

To be honest, I'm not really enjoying this arc"I feel it's trying a bit too hard"but the comic still "feels" like a classic Spider-Man series and offers an alternative to those not enjoying the flagship Amazing Spider-Man series.

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Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man (2019) #10

Aug 14, 2019

The tone of this comic still feels like a "classic" Spider-Man series, but this last arc should probably be quickly forgotten.

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Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man (2019) #11

Aug 28, 2019

While I was a bit leery of the whole "I'm the one who takes care of Spider-Man while he takes care of the city" angle, the story stayed away from stereotypes about supportive spouses and gave fans a reminder how great Mary Jane is.

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Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man (2019) #12

Sep 18, 2019

It all comes together for a very entertaining story that feels a lot like a classic Spider-Man tale from an earlier era.

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Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man (2019) #13

Oct 30, 2019

This was a really disappointing and underwhelming issue from a plot sense, but it did have a handful of fun little moments between Spider-Man and his oldest friends to keep things bearable.

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Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man (2019) #14

Dec 11, 2019

While not a groundbreaking issue by any stretch, this is still a solid issue for any Spider-Man fan.

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Future State (2021): Teen Titans #1

Jan 13, 2021

All in all, a very mixed bag for this "Future State" title, but it will be interesting to see the new directions the Teen Titans head in.

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Future State (2021): Teen Titans #2

Feb 10, 2021

We're supposed to care about everything that led up to the events seen in this issue, but there's too much deliberate misinformation and twists to make anyone really get invested.

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Game of Thrones: Clash of Kings #10

May 9, 2018

This comic works best for those looking for a deeper dive into the full Song of Ice and Fire series, but don't want to commit to reading the books.

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Game of Thrones: Clash of Kings #11

Jun 27, 2018

This issue covers two chapters"Chapter 21 and Chapter 23"of A Clash of Kings. Landry Q. Walker once again does an impressive job of condensing Martin's plot into a 20 page comic. However, Mel Rubi's art is.... disappointing.

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Game of Thrones: Clash of Kings #12

Aug 15, 2018

Diplomatic intrigue can be done right in comics, but it requires something more than a straightforward script adaptation of a novel.

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Gears of War: The Rise of RAAM #2

Feb 21, 2018

Even Gears of War fanatics will have trouble finding something fun to say about this issue.

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Gears of War: The Rise of RAAM #3

Mar 21, 2018

Honestly, this comic does the franchise no favors, and I'd rather watch paint dry than pick up a Gears of War game if they're anything like these comics.

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Gears of War: The Rise of RAAM #4

Apr 11, 2018

While this still isn't a "great" comic, it's a lot more in line with what you'd expect out of a Gears of War comic than previous issues.

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God of War (2018) #1

Nov 14, 2018

This ultimately is a fun and fluffy God of War comic, one where the stakes are low but the potential for entertainment is high.

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God of War (2018) #2

Dec 12, 2018

This is a much stronger issue than the first, one that makes Kratos seem like more than a brooding brute who has lost his taste for bloodshed.

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God of War (2018) #3

Jan 9, 2019

God of War is a comic with a good premise that struggles with execution.

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God of War (2018) #4

Feb 13, 2019

This is a decent static character portrait with some good art; it doesn't try to be anything more than a God of War comic, and it's enjoyable because of that.

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Goddess Mode #5

Apr 24, 2019

Goddess Mode #5 is a surreally illustrated comic with a dense plot that is at times hard to follow.

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Good Luck (2021) #1

Jun 23, 2021

Reading Good Luck #1 will lend you smile as you consider our weird world and the endless possibilities it presents.

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Good Luck (2021) #2

Jul 28, 2021

I feel that Good Luck is only going to get weirder in its remaining issues, and that's a great thing.

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Good Luck (2021) #3

Aug 25, 2021

This remains a very experimental comic, but I'm enjoying what the creative team is trying to do here.

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Good Luck (2021) #4

Sep 22, 2021

All in all, Good Luck is a great and weird comic, and seems to be flying under the radar of a lot of comics fans.

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Good Luck (2021) #5

Oct 27, 2021

At times, the series threatened to lose itself in all the esotericism, but ultimately this was a fun and poignant story about four kids who for once were in the right place at the right time after a lifetime of bad luck.

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Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #38

Feb 14, 2018

Vendetti does provide an interesting Kryptonian perspective on the Green Lantern Corps during this issue, but this comic largely suffers from a case of "too much talking, not enough showing."

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Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #39

Feb 28, 2018

Although Sandoval's figure drawing is a bit disproportionate at times, his artwork at least makes the issue feel a bit more exciting. Otherwise, this issue is mainly setup for a big climax, as the Green Lanterns and Zod look to FINALLY come to blows.

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Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #40

Mar 14, 2018

The fight doesn't reach the epic levels of past Green Lantern arcs, but most fans of the series should enjoy it.

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Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #41

Mar 28, 2018

On one hand, it was great to watch Jordan use his natural environment (the sky) to his advantage. However, everything that happened after the big fight just... didn't make sense.

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Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #42

Apr 11, 2018

Unfortunately, the issue is bogged down by Ethan Van Sciver's lifeless, emotionless, and static art. At some point, Van Sciver needs to learn that rotating a panel a few degrees doesn't make it more exciting.

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Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #43

Apr 25, 2018

While Rafa Sandoval's art at least shows some energy (something that was lacking in the previous issue), his art felt a bit stiff on some pages and felt rushed on others, especially in the early pages.

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Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #44

May 9, 2018

It feels like there's a disconnect between the conversation this book wants to have and the actual events of the comic.

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Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #45

May 23, 2018

This issue continues a "hurry up and wait" trend in the comic, in which an arc quickly establishes a threat and a pending showdown, but then plods along for several issues to get to the big fight.

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Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #46

Jun 13, 2018

The book has suffered from some really inconsistent art choices over the last few months, but Henry is one of the stronger artists to work on the series. His art meshes well with Pantazis' color work, giving the book a bright and unmuddied look that works well with the colorful characters (pun intended) in the series.

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Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #47

Jun 27, 2018

While the look into Gardner's head was interesting, most fans should be excited as the fight between the GLC and the Darkstars will finally start in earnest next issue.

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Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #48

Jul 11, 2018

It feels like this series is trying to end on an epic bang, but this fight has started off with a whimper.

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Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #49

Jul 25, 2018

At this point, I'm just glad that this arc (and the series) is coming to an end soon.

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Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #50

Aug 8, 2018

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps' final arc ends with a mostly enjoyable finale that wraps up all of the series' loose ends.

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Halo: Collateral Damage #1

Jun 6, 2018

Sadly, David Crosland's art is a mess. The Spartans look like Spartans, but the Covenant are almost unrecognizable at times, and the humans are equally rough looking.

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Halo: Collateral Damage #2

Jul 4, 2018

If you're looking for an action-packed war comic, Halo: Collateral Damage is not the comic for you.

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Halo: Lone Wolf #1

Jan 2, 2019

Lone Wolf is an interesting chapter in the Halo franchise. While not necessary by any means, the creative team infuse Linda-058 with enough personality to make the comic compelling, and it's always fun to look into the expanded Halo universe.

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Halo: Lone Wolf #2

Feb 6, 2019

The action in this issue is mediocre, with lots of running and shooting, but little variation in how readers see it. It's just boring to watch people running and shooting at each other, especially when we only care about one of them.

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Hand Me Down #1

Apr 7, 2021

This is a great mix of horror and happiness, the perfect chaser to jump-start the spring comics season.

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Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy (2019) #1

Sep 4, 2019

Unfortunately, I think Harley and Ivy fans will be disappointed by this issue.

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Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy (2019) #2

Oct 9, 2019

I feel like this comic is trying very hard to bring some new relevance to Poison Ivy post-Heroes in Crisis, but it's all rather confusing and ties into the increasingly muddled world of the Green, as established in Swamp Thing.

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Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy (2019) #3

Nov 13, 2019

The creative team seems to be growing more comfortable with the duo, and I'm curious to see if Ivy's mental state will be the primary plot driver or if they'll introduce more complications soon.

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Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy (2019) #4

Dec 11, 2019

All in all, it's a perfectly fine issue but doesn't really innovate or explore the characters in any sort of interesting way.

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Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy (2019) #5

Jan 8, 2020

Sadly, this comic seems to exist only to exist, which is a shame given the strong creative team.

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Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy (2019) #6

Feb 12, 2020

While Adriana Melo's art is fantastic in this issue, that's really only the compliment I can give for a miniseries that wholly misses the mark on the Harley/Ivy dynamic and feels like an attempt to "reset" the characters for whatever is coming next.

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Heroes In Crisis #4

Jan 2, 2019

This might be the strongest issue of Heroes in Crisis yet, although previous issues of the comic have set a very low bar to surpass.

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Heroes In Crisis #5

Jan 30, 2019

Overall, Heroes in Crisis suffers from trying to wrap its hands around some weighty subjects without really knowing what to say.

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House of Whispers (2018) #1

Sep 12, 2018

Sandman fans should enjoy the last scene and the introduction of some fan-favorite characters, while everyone else should enjoy the rich lore and spirits brought to comic pages for the first time.

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House of Whispers (2018) #2

Oct 10, 2018

This comic is definitely for the literary crowd, or for those who wants to see more non-Western mythological and spiritual concepts in their comics.

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House of Whispers (2018) #3

Nov 14, 2018

House of Whispers has become a real struggle to read.

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House of Whispers (2018) #4

Dec 12, 2018

This is probably the first issue that actually spends major times developing both plots, and it improves considerably as a result.

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House of Whispers (2018) #5

Jan 16, 2019

House of Whispers remains an ambitious but jumbled mess of a comic.

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House of Whispers (2018) #6

Feb 13, 2019

House of Whispers is starting to find itself. This is the strongest issue of the series since its opening issue, mostly because we finally get some strong crossover between the series' two disparate storylines.

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Human Target (2021) #1

Nov 3, 2021

All in all, this comic feels more like Rorschach-esque King instead of Mister Miracle-esque King and that's not a good thing.

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Human Target (2021) #2

Dec 1, 2021

While the comic moves at a slow pace, it feels more significant and deliberate than King's previous mystery comic Rorschach. Smallwood's art is also fantastic " the bright coloring (which invokes the bright superheroes of the 1980s and early 1990s) really contrasts with the murder mystery plot of the comic.

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Human Target (2021) #3

Dec 29, 2021

The Human Target is a perfectly fine comic with very solid artwork and a slightly obnoxious plotline.

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Human Target (2021) #4

Jan 26, 2022

Greg Smallwood's art remains the highlight of the series, but the writing is back to being fun... at least for now.

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Human Target (2021) #5

Feb 23, 2022

How Chance can withstand a psychic assault is slowly revealed throughout the issue, with a convenient flashback. I enjoyed the jarring shifts in focus throughout the issue and how well the comic slowly reveals what's going on. The artwork remains gorgeous.

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Human Target (2021) #6

Mar 23, 2022

While the comic dabbles with one of my underlying issues with The Human Target to date (namely that Christopher Chance is shown to always have the upper hand on every superhero he encounters), there's enough....weirdness going on with the narrative that temporarily dissuades those issues for now.

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Hunt For Wolverine: Mystery In Madripoor #1

May 23, 2018

This isn't quite the noir story that Marvel advertised it would be, but it's still a fun start to what should be a grittier X-Men adventure.

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Hunt For Wolverine: Mystery In Madripoor #2

Jun 27, 2018

For a comic filled with women wearing shirt skirts and low cut dresses, you'd think there'd be a little more emphasis on actually giving these characters sex appeal instead of blowing up their chests to ridiculous sizes.

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Hunt For Wolverine: Mystery In Madripoor #3

Jul 25, 2018

If you enjoy abstractly drawn women in V-neck shirts that plunge to their navels and a mid-coital Wolverine, you'll love this comic.

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Hunt For Wolverine: Mystery In Madripoor #4

Aug 22, 2018

Without spoiling much more of the issue, I do think that Jim Zub and the X-Men editorial team found a very elegant way of unraveling the Gordian knot that was Psylocke's problematic identity, and we shouldn't see too many fans unhappy with the new status quo.

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I Am Batman (2021) #0

Aug 11, 2021

A lot of the events in the comics feel very relevant to the modern day and provide a more "for the people" style origin story for Fox. In some ways, this direction for Batman reminds me of Superman's reboot during the New 52, bringing him in line with his activist roots.

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I Am Batman (2021) #1

Sep 15, 2021

This new Batman is a fantastic reframing of a protector of Gotham City, one that comes not from the ivory tower but rather the corners of the city that people would rather forget.

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I Am Batman (2021) #2

Oct 13, 2021

I trust Ridley more than just about any other superhero writer to "do the story right" but it's hard to tell if this issue is supposed to make me feel uncomfortable or if it's just my unease over seeing superhero comics botch these types of stories too many times in the past.

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I Am Batman (2021) #3

Nov 10, 2021

As long as you're up on the Batman line, I Am Batman is a strong issue, but don't expect to understand the full context of the comic if you haven't been knee-deep in the line for months.

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I Am Batman (2021) #4

Dec 15, 2021

There's some good characterization and some meaty themes being explored, but the comic is really struggling spinning threads from "Fear State" into something that fits this book.

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I Am Batman (2021) #5

Jan 12, 2022

One thing I liked about this new Batman is that he seems to inspire instead of "strike fear" in the hearts of other, bringing a working class take on the superhero.

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I Am Batman (2021) #6

Feb 9, 2022

A new era begins for Batman in I Am Batman #6, as Jace Fox moves to NYC and finds himself becoming a partner of the NYPD. Coupled with a new artist (Ken Lashley), this comic feels a whole lot different than it did just a few issues ago.

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I Am Batman (2021) #7

Mar 9, 2022

I Am Batman #7 is starting to re-find its footing, thanks in part to a more polished art style.

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I Am Batman (2021) #8

Apr 13, 2022

While Jace may indeed be a suck-ass Batman, that moment has humanized him more than the previous seven issues have.

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I Am Batman (2021) #9

May 11, 2022

As Jace settles into New York, I feel like this comic continues to get better.

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I Am Batman (2021) #10

Jun 15, 2022

While I was hesitant about another pro-cop Batman book, I think that the creative team has shown a willingness to take risks and they paid off this week.

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I Am Batman (2021) #11

Jul 13, 2022

I am enjoying this comic, but I feel that its use of New York is by far the weakest part of the series.

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I Am Batman (2021) #12

Aug 10, 2022

I wish I liked this comic more, but it feels like it's still missing a direction and spending too much time trying to reference the discourse without truly engaging in it.

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I Am Batman (2021) #13

Sep 14, 2022

The series is definitely something different, but it's often a mixed bag whether that's a good or bad thing.

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Imaginary Fiends #4

Feb 28, 2018

If you enjoy weird horror, this is definitely the comic for you.

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Imaginary Fiends #5

Mar 28, 2018

If you like weird and creepy, Imaginary Fiends is the comic for you.

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Imaginary Fiends #6

Apr 25, 2018

The big reveal this issue was great, one of the better twists I've seen in a comic in months. It was a great way to end a fun opening arc, and I hope that we see more Imaginary Fiends in the coming months.

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Infinity Wars: Arachknight #1

Oct 24, 2018

This is a solid comic that plays no part in the larger "Infinity Wars" event, but is still a fun read for fans of the Spider-Man or Moon Knight characters.

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Injustice 2 #19

Feb 7, 2018

Injustice 2 continues to be a surprisingly fun comic despite its rather dark plotline and setting.

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Injustice 2 #20

Feb 21, 2018

Injustice 2 continues to be the DC Universe comic that fans have wanted for years -- albeit in a very bloody format.

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Injustice 2 #21

Mar 7, 2018

While the book doesn't need it to keep you coming back, the perfect pacing of this story will definitely have you eager to find out what happens next.

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Injustice 2 #22

Mar 21, 2018

While Injustice 2 #22 contains the great character moments we've come to expect from the series, which ties the gap between the first and second DC fighting games, this issue showcases the book's biggest weakness: its occasional sacrifice of the story making sense in order to keep the book chugging along to its inevitable conclusion.

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Injustice 2 #23

Apr 4, 2018

This is shaping up to be an epic storyline, and I'm guessing a few heroes aren't going to make it out of next issue.

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Injustice 2 #24

Apr 18, 2018

It strains credibility that a super-android devoted to destroying mankind couldn't kill a single superhero during its brutal assault. Otherwise, this is a solid issue and continues Injustice 2's solid overall run.

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Injustice 2 #26

May 16, 2018

This is a nice standalone issue that illustrates the differences between the Injustice 2 and main DC universes, but readers might want to stay away if they're not a fan of violence to animals.

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Injustice 2 #27

Jun 6, 2018

We know that Hal eventually becomes a Green Lantern again, but it's clear he has a long way to go both in his own eyes and in the eyes of the Green Lantern Corps to earn that redemption

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Injustice 2 #28

Jun 20, 2018

The last page reveal is also a doozy and should set up some craziness in upcoming issues.

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Injustice 2 #29

Jul 4, 2018

While most issues of Injustice 2 are action-packed slugfests with shock deaths and gore, this issue is a lighthearted romp featuring Booster Gold, Blue Beetle, and the Titans.

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Injustice 2 #30

Jul 18, 2018

If you were unhappy with how Booster Gold was treated during his recent appearance in the Batman comics, you'll probably love his depiction in Injustice 2.

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Injustice 2 #31

Aug 1, 2018

Injustice 2 is one of the few comics that leaves fans wanting more every issue... even though it comes out (in print) on a bi-weekly basis.

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Injustice 2 #32

Aug 15, 2018

Injustice 2 remains one of the best DC comics on the stands today.

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Injustice 2 #33

Sep 5, 2018

It's a somber ending, but one that pays homage to the character and their most defining traits.

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Injustice 2 #34

Sep 19, 2018

Harley hasn't had much of a spotlight in the comic so far, so it's nice to see her shine and remind readers why she's such an important part of the Injustice series.

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Injustice 2 #35

Oct 3, 2018

In a comic series filled with endings, this might be my favorite one yet.

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Injustice 2 #36

Oct 17, 2018

There's only one more issue left in Injustice, but we're sure it's going to be a great one.

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Injustice 2 Annual #2

Nov 21, 2018

While this might not be flashiest ending for the mostly fantastic Injustice 2 series, it's the right one; one that captures both the true relationship between Batman and Superman and its perversion here.

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Injustice Vs. Masters of the Universe #1

Jul 18, 2018

Overall, Injustice vs. Masters of the Universe is a rather standard setup to what should be a fun crossover series.

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Injustice Vs. Masters of the Universe #2

Aug 15, 2018

Injustice vs. Masters of the Universe continues to be a bit of an imperfect union as Prince Adam and the residents of Eternia see the savageness and brutality of the Injustice universe's world firsthand.

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Injustice Vs. Masters of the Universe #3

Sep 19, 2018

Injustice vs. Masters of the Universe is starting to get bogged down by the weight of juggling two worlds.

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Injustice Vs. Masters of the Universe #4

Oct 31, 2018

I have no idea what's going on in this comic, but I don't think readers will much care as long as they get to see Superman and He-Man duke it out for a few pages.

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Injustice Vs. Masters of the Universe #5

Nov 28, 2018

I've described this story as an action figure battle royale transformed into a comic, but now it seems that the action figure fight is starting to lack any sort of imagination and is just rushing through a bunch of teased fights to get to its finale.

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Injustice Vs. Masters of the Universe #6

Jan 2, 2019

The comic would have been a lot stronger if it were a bit more focused, but there's probably little chance of a sequel so it seems likely the creative team wanted to get as much fan service in as they possibly could.

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Jimmy's Little Bastards #1

Aug 17, 2022

If you're into Garth Ellis's take on super-spies and British politics, this comic will be your jam.

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Joe Golem: Occult Detective: The Drowning City #4

Dec 12, 2018

Joe Golem is mostly what you'd expect from a Mike Mignola comic: occult and noir themes, seedy detectives, zombies, villains in gas masks, and of course a touch of Lovecraftian horror.

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Joe Golem: Occult Detective #5

Jan 9, 2019

This is a very compelling issue, one of the strongest of the miniseries.

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Justice League (2018) #19

Mar 6, 2019

This is an interesting Justice League issue, one that teases the future and provides more questions than answers. As this event leads into a Justice vs. Doom storyline in the fall, I'm expecting some big action and shocks in the months to come.

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Justice League (2018) #20

Mar 20, 2019

This is a fun issue, one that plays on the whole "look into the future to get glimpses of upcoming arcs" trope that we see in comics, but gives it a creepy and more sinister undertone.

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Justice League (2018) #21

Apr 3, 2019

Justice League #21 is very much an explanatory issue, as most of the mysteries behind the peaceful faux-future the Justice League finds itself in are explained in detail.

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Justice League (2018) #22

Apr 17, 2019

This issue is great for those struggling to keep up with Snyder's growing cosmic story and helps lay the table for what's sure to be a couple of big Justice League arcs.

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Justice League (2018) #23

May 1, 2019

This is leading into a big event (that's explained further in this week's DC's Year of the Villain comic) so DC fans will want to jump in now.

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Justice League (2018) #24

May 15, 2019

Justice League #24 pushes both Batman and the Justice League in interesting directions.

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Justice League (2018) #25

Jun 5, 2019

Justice League #25 is a dense and at times rushed read, but it does a great job of setting up the immediate future of the DC Universe.

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Justice League (2018) #26

Jun 19, 2019

While the focus remains on the core Justice League team, this suddenly feels like a much bigger comic.

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Justice League (2018) #27

Jul 3, 2019

While James Tynion IV does his best to keep this arc feeling important during Scott Snyder's brief break from the series, he's let down by a really bad showing by his artists that unfortunately make this issue look very much like a filler arc.

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Justice League (2018) #28

Jul 17, 2019

In the end, Justice League #28 does what it needs to do, and it sets up a big epic event for the fall.

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Justice League (2018) #29

Aug 7, 2019

It's a fun issue that nicely tees up the upcoming "Justice/Doom War" event and provides fans with one last smile before things likely explode.

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Justice League (2018) #30

Aug 28, 2019

This arc feels huge and I'm very excited to see how it progresses in the coming months.

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Justice League (2018) #31

Sep 4, 2019

Justice League #31 contains a lot of fantastic moments, along with a possible explanation as to some of the...weirdness involving the various iterations of DC's future.

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Justice League (2018) #32

Sep 18, 2019

The pacing still leaves me wanting more, as I feel that none of the arc's many moments are being given time to breathe, but this is still a very fun issue.

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Justice League (2018) #33

Oct 2, 2019

This is still a fun series"a summer blockbuster with some pacing issues that's still great for popcorn viewing.

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Justice League (2018) #34

Oct 16, 2019

Justice League #34 could be a pretty powerful statement of what's coming next for the DC Universe, as the past and future converge in an attempt to stop Luthor and his Legion of Doom from tipping the cosmic balance towards Doom.

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Justice League (2018) #35

Nov 6, 2019

While this issue still has the same recurring problems as past issues (too many characters that seem to just be around as window dressing and don't really contribute much or have a real distinct voice), I think that this was a necessary respite from the action that sets up the next step of this mega-arc.

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Justice League (2018) #36

Nov 20, 2019

Justice League #36 has a very epic ending, one of the most epic endings I've seen in recent superhero comics. Everything leading up to that point is... well, it's a bit messy.

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Justice League (2018) #37

Dec 4, 2019

The fun is still there, but the gravity is unfortunately a bit wasted due to how quickly everything is moving.

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Justice League (2018) #38

Dec 18, 2019

I've had my criticisms of the Justice/Doom War, but this issue of Justice League was quite good"probably the best issue we've had in a long time.

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Justice League (2018) #39

Jan 29, 2020

After sticking the ending, Justice League #39 almost immediately squanders it by being too vague about the future and not providing any real pathway forward for the DC Universe.

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Justice League (2018) #47

Jun 24, 2020

Eddy Barrows delivers some solid art at times in this issue, but it's not enough to save a pretty bad fill-in arc.

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Justice League (2018) #48

Jul 8, 2020

This isn't the best Justice League story by any stretch (it suffers from every superhero trying to get in ideological points, and the art feels rushed and sloppy), but it does have a certain charm to it. In a way it reminds me of a storyline you'd see in the Justice League cartoon, or maybe one of Gardner Fox's Justice League issues.

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Justice League (2018) #49

Jul 16, 2020

This isn't necessarily a bad Justice League story, but it is a startling contrast to how the characters are portrayed in just about every other comic and medium ever.

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Justice League (2018) #50

Aug 5, 2020

This entire storyline felt like a throwback to the Silver Age"the story itself was perfectly pleasant, but it ultimately felt out of touch with the wider DC Universe.

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Justice League (2018) #51

Aug 19, 2020

Justice League just feels very out of place right now, and that makes it a hard sell.

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Justice League (2018) #52

Sep 2, 2020

This isn't a terrible issue by any stretch, but it's hard to think that it'll have any real impact besides posing a rhetorical question asked many times before.

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Justice League (2018) #54

Oct 7, 2020

If you aren't following the events of the DC Universe closely, take a pass.

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Justice League (2018) #55

Oct 21, 2020

If you're enjoying the Dark Nights story, I'm sure this comic has value to you. Otherwise, take a pass.

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Justice League (2018) #56

Nov 4, 2020

It's hard to tell how closely this will tie in to Death Metal, but this issue will mainly appeal to those who are following this series and those looking for a bit of resolution to the James Tynion/Scott Snyder Justice League arc that led up to the event.

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Justice League (2018) #57

Nov 18, 2020

If you're a Death Metal reader, this arc likely has value to you. If you are avoiding that event, then this issue and this arc likely was a confusing mess.

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Justice League (2018) #59

Mar 17, 2021

The comic is surprisingly free of any of the usual Bendis ticks"the main story is neither overly decompressed nor does it feature an abundance of Bendis's usual dialogue hallmarks. As a longtime follower of Bendis's work, it was a bit disconcerting, and it seems like a deliberate choice to lean away from some of his more divisive script choices.

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Justice League (2018) #60

Apr 21, 2021

With the larger cast, the main feature slides into bits of infamous "Bendis dialogue" and I still feel that Marquez's artwork feels either rushed or misinked in some way.

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Justice League (2018) #61

May 19, 2021

Overall, this is not a great showing by one of DC's tentpole books.

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Justice League (2018) #62

Jun 2, 2021

It's a smoother issue, one that feels short due to the number of spreads and action sequences but is still an enjoyable read.

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Justice League (2018) Annual #2

Oct 2, 2020

While the Justice League series feels mostly irrelevant at the moment (a consequence of the ongoing Dark Metal event), if you want straightforward superhero fun, you'll enjoy this comic.

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Justice League: Odyssey #10

Jun 12, 2019

This comic seems to be flying under most people's radars, but people should give it a read before the current arc comes to its conclusion.

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Justice League: Odyssey #11

Jul 10, 2019

I think the lesson here is to just let Dan Abnett do his sci-fi thing and not worry about having every book tie into your company's crossover event.

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Justice League: Odyssey #12

Aug 14, 2019

Dan Abnett and Will Conrad give this issue an appropriately epic feel, but I really hope that the last page is somehow a misdirect. Otherwise, this issue is going to leave a bunch of fans really upset.

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Justice League: Odyssey #13

Sep 11, 2019

This issue works (mostly for reasons which spoil the big twist of the issue) and I'm excited to see how long the new status quo lasts. More Dex-Starr is always a good thing in my book.

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Justice League: Odyssey #14

Oct 9, 2019

Not a lot happens this issue due to the story moving pieces in place, but it still remains a ton of fun and I'm always appreciative of more Dex-Starr goodness.

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Justice League: Odyssey #15

Nov 13, 2019

Those who loved the DnA run of Guardians of the Galaxy needs to pick up this comic"it has quickly turned into one of DC's best books.

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Justice League: Odyssey #16

Dec 11, 2019

This series really is the spiritual successor to Abnett's work on Guardians of the Galaxy, and I hope that people give this new misfit team a shot.

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Justice League: Odyssey #17

Jan 15, 2020

Dan Abnett continues to dust off D-list cosmic characters in his action-packed revamp of Justice League Odyssey.

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Justice League: Odyssey #19

Mar 4, 2020

Justice League Odyssey remains one of the best superhero books available today.

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Justice League: Odyssey #21

Jun 10, 2020

This is still a great comic series and it'll be interesting to see where it goes next.

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Justice League: Odyssey #22

Jul 8, 2020

It's a solid issue, although I'm curious to see if Cruz will continue to hop through the timestream or if she finally catches a break.

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Justice League: Odyssey #23

Aug 12, 2020

This has quietly turned into one of DC's finest jewels and I hope that it lives on past its current arc.

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Justice League: Odyssey #24

Sep 9, 2020

This remains the strongest of DC's team titles, a misfit team of Justice Leaguers pit against Darkseid at his strongest.

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Justice League: Odyssey #25

Oct 14, 2020

This was certainly the best Justice League book of the last year and I will miss it.

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King of Nowhere #1

Mar 4, 2020

King of Nowhere #1 is an intriguing opening chapter that blends the surreal and the depressing.

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King of Nowhere #2

May 29, 2020

King of Nowhere is a weird comic. Sure, that's to be expected of a comic about a town inhabited by animal/man hybrids and other strange creatures, but the comic also suffers from a bit of an identity crisis.

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King of Nowhere #3

Jul 1, 2020

I'm still struggling as to what this book is supposed to be - a slice of life, a murder thriller, or just a weird comic about a weird loser winding up in the strangest place on earth - but I'll keep reading next month.

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King of Nowhere #4

Aug 5, 2020

This is a weird comic, but not a very engaging one.

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King of Nowhere #5

Sep 2, 2020

We've seen similar comics do a lot more in a lot more interesting ways, so don't bother to read The King of Nowhere.

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King Thor #1

Sep 11, 2019

And while Thor and Loki's battle is earth-shattering and epic, it's also melancholic and barren, a reminder that we're approaching the end, not only of Thor, but of the entire universe.

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King Thor #2

Oct 23, 2019

King Thor continues its grand finale of Jason Aaron's Thor run with a miniature encapsulation of the complex relationship of Thor and Loki, who were fighting at each other's throat last issue.

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King Thor #3

Nov 20, 2019

King Thor #3's only flaw is trying to use a fill-in artist (Das Pastoras) for four pages in the middle of the issue.

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King Thor #4

Dec 18, 2019

King Thor ends Jason Aaron's Thor run on a melancholy high note, which seems fitting given the epic story he's woven over the past few years.

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Knights Temporal #1

Jul 31, 2019

This is a strong opening issue, and should hook readers in for at least a few more issues.

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Kull Eternal #3

May 2, 2018

My biggest criticism of the issue is that Pizzari's artwork is inconsistent. There are times where it's great and times that it looks positively amateurish.

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Legends of the Dark Knight (2021) #6

Oct 20, 2021

If you enjoy some simple Batman stories, Legends of the Dark Knight #6 is for you.

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Legends of the Dark Knight (2021) #7

Nov 17, 2021

Ultimately, the story is a weird one, the art is mediocre, and the use of actual Catholic tradition with the serial numbers filed off is just weird.

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Legends of the Dark Knight (2021) #8

Dec 22, 2021

Neither are particularly deep looks into Batman's psyche, but I think Batman fans will enjoy them for the most part.

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Leviathan #1

Aug 1, 2018

A giant monster attacking a big city is hardly an original idea, but Leviathan approaches it with an almost gleeful level of derangement, which makes sense given the comic's creative team of John Layman and Nick Pitarra.

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Leviathan #2

Sep 5, 2018

There's a manic energy in Leviathan, perhaps a bit too manic for my liking, but it's still an enjoyable lighthearted read.

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Leviathan Dawn #1

Feb 26, 2020

This is still a great read, and I'm genuinely looking forward to the next installment of this spy tale.

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6
Life Is Strange #1

Nov 14, 2018

Claudia Leonardi's art is solid, giving the comic a slightly stylized work while keeping the main two characters recognizable. For those hoping to see more of Chloe and Max, this is a worthy sequel.

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Lightstep #1

Nov 21, 2018

There's no way to relate to these characters or this story, and that's why it ultimately fails.

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Lightstep #2

Dec 19, 2018

While the comic contains some interesting concepts, they don't translate well into a comic, and it doesn't help that Lee is a terribly boring protagonist.

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2
Lightstep #3

Jan 23, 2019

The comic wants to be a Flash Gordon-esque space opera, but it comes off like a bad movie that gets mocked on Mystery Science Theatre 3000.

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Lightstep #4

Feb 20, 2019

This is a wretched mess of a comic too caught up in its billing as a "high concept space opera" to actually try to produce a coherent storyline.

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Lightstep #5

Apr 3, 2019

This is a bad science fiction series, an example of why an ambitious story isn't enough in the world of comics.

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Lords Of Empyre: Celestial Messiah #1

Aug 5, 2020

While not necessary to enjoy "Empyre," I think this is one of those comics that helps bridge the gap for longtime readers, or helps new readers understand where "Empyre" fits in the grander scheme of the Marvel Universe.

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8
Magic: The Gathering: Chandra #2

Apr 3, 2019

It's stuff like this comic that makes me interested in Magic lore, despite my hesitance to fall into another hobby.

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10
Mamo #1

Jul 7, 2021

Mamo #1 by Sas Milledge is a stunningly gorgeous comic that uses a focus on its two lead characters to tease the magic lurking on the outskirts of its world, hiding just beneath the surface.

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10
Mamo #2

Aug 11, 2021

Honestly, as a fan of folklore, I'm a wholehearted fan of Mamo and can't wait to read more.

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10
Mamo #3

Sep 8, 2021

Mamo is a refreshing, witchy comic perfect for the upcoming spooky season.

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10
Mamo #4

Oct 13, 2021

It's horrific and sad without being grotesque, and honestly this is just the sort of grey and sad magic story that we need more of.

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10
Mamo #5

Nov 10, 2021

It's a must-read series for 2021.

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Man Without Fear (2019) #1

Jan 2, 2019

This comic is mostly a bridge between Soule's Daredevil and the upcoming Chip Zdarsky run, but it's also a decent Daredevil comic on its own right.

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Man Without Fear (2019) #2

Jan 9, 2019

This book has me optimistic about the future of Daredevil, and hopefully we see more pieces fall into place for the future soon.

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Man Without Fear (2019) #3

Jan 16, 2019

Man Without Fear continues its slow stripping down of Matt Murdock, with different parts of his supporting cast coming to terms with his decision to quit being Daredevil.

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Man Without Fear (2019) #5

Jan 30, 2019

This was a decent transitional series, perhaps a little rough with the art at times, but it conveyed Matt's mindset as Daredevil enters the Chip Zdarsky era.

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Marvel Knights: 20th #2

Nov 21, 2018

While I can't say that the new Marvel Knights comic quite reaches the heights of Bendis' Daredevil or Alias, this is still a fun read, especially for fans of Marvel's street-level heroes.

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Marvel Knights: 20th #3

Dec 5, 2018

While some of the "cameos" in this issue were a little much (Thor is an overzealous cop! Loki is a street punk!), this is still an intriguing comic, especially when focused on its core characters.

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Marvel Knights: 20th #4

Dec 19, 2018

This is probably the best issue of Marvel Knights so far, capturing both the spirit of the original Marvel Knights line while creating something new in the process.

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Marvel Knights: 20th #5

Jan 2, 2019

This series gets more fun with each issue, and hopefully it leads to the revitalization of a wider Marvel Knights line.

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4
Marvel Knights: 20th #6

Jan 30, 2019

All in all, this was a decent homage to the Marvel Knights line that ultimately lacked the creative spark of what made those original comics so groundbreaking.

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Marvel's Ant-Man and the Wasp Prelude #1

Mar 7, 2018

If you haven't seen the film, this comic will make you not want to see the sequel.

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Marvel's Ant-Man and the Wasp Prelude #2

Apr 4, 2018

It would be a much better value to simply rent the original film than waste your money or time reading this comic.

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6
Medieval Spawn / Witchblade (2018) #2

Jun 6, 2018

This comic isn't groundbreaking by any stretch, but it's fun, and fans of the Witchblade franchise in particular will enjoy it.

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2
Medieval Spawn / Witchblade (2018) #3

Jul 4, 2018

I enjoyed the last issue of this series, and it's disappointing to see the quality of this comic diminish so much after just one issue.

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Medieval Spawn / Witchblade (2018) #4

Aug 8, 2018

The whole story comes to a rushed conclusion, and leaves us with more questions than answers.

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Middlewest #2

Dec 19, 2018

In a way, Middlewest reminds me of the early chapters of the first book of the Dark Tower - there's a relatively straightforward plot, but it's almost secondary to the strange world it's set in.

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Middlewest #3

Jan 16, 2019

The core story of Middlewest is coming into more focus, and it provides a lot more focus to what has felt like a drifting series so far.

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Middlewest #4

Feb 20, 2019

This is my favorite issue of Middlewest yet, and it's the first that doesn't try to sell the reader on how strange everything is.

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Middlewest #5

Mar 20, 2019

As long as you focus on the heart of Middlewest, you'll enjoy it a lot, but once you get wrapped up into thinking about its world, you'll just wind up frustrated and confused.

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Middlewest #6

Apr 17, 2019

I'm still waiting to hear some explanations about this world, but the confusing bits seem a little less important in this issue.

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7
Midnight Western Theatre #1

Mar 17, 2021

. The opening issue provides enough of a hook to get readers invested, but I feel like the second issue will have to give readers a reason to keep buying the comic beyond its admittedly cool concept.

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10
Midnight Western Theatre #2

Jun 30, 2021

This is quickly turning into a must-read comics series.

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Midnight Western Theatre #4

Aug 11, 2021

While I enjoyed the mostly standalone nature of the comic, I felt like this issue mostly spun its tires in terms of the overall series - we get a few brief glimpses of some new mysteries, but there's still plenty to learn about the comic's actual leads instead of spending a full issue following a character who (at least at first glance) doesn't have a larger role to play.

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Milestones in History (2022) #1

Jun 22, 2022

This was an interesting anthology with an interesting premise, but would have likely benefitted from a bigger page count.

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Miskatonic (2020) #1

Nov 12, 2020

This isn't a great Lovecraft story, a great detective story, or really any type of story at all.

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Miskatonic (2020) #2

Dec 16, 2020

The main weakness of the comic is that it's too caught up in living in Lovecraft's world to try to tell a coherent story, and what we are left with is a dull, unimaginative mess.

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Miskatonic (2020) #3

Jan 20, 2021

This entire comic feels like it's just going through the motions, which is a shame because the core premise had the promise to be interesting.

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Miskatonic (2020) #4

Feb 17, 2021

Honestly, Miskatonic is a mediocre comic dragged down even further by bad art.

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Miskatonic (2020): Even Death May Die

Nov 24, 2021

Sadly, this is not a good comic.

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8
Mister Miracle (2017) #7

Mar 14, 2018

I'm not as high on the King/Gerads Mister Miracle series as other reviewers, but this still was a very enjoyable read.

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Mister Miracle (2017) #8

Apr 18, 2018

While still a solid issue, Mister Miracle #8 is a step back from last month's more complete chapter.

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Mister Miracle (2017) #9

Jun 13, 2018

Tom King and Mitch Gerads draw on their creative strengths to pull off what's probably the best issue of the Mister Miracle maxi-series.

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Mister Miracle (2017) #10

Aug 1, 2018

Mister Miracle #10 grapples with the impossible question posed to Scott and Barda at the end of last issue: would they sacrifice their baby to stop the war with Apokolips? Mister Miracle has dealt with these sorts of terrible and impossible choices with a deft sense of gallows humor, but honestly a lot of the "humor" just falls flat this issue.

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Mister Miracle (2017) #11

Sep 19, 2018

But while Mister Miracle #11 was another strong issue of a consistently strong miniseries, I feel that everyone will be waiting with bated breath for next month's finale to see whether King and Gerads stick the landing, or if this issue's big twist falls flat.

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Mister Miracle (2017) #12

Nov 14, 2018

The finale of Mister Miracle provides plenty of resolution to readers but few answers.

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10
Modern Fantasy #1

Jun 27, 2018

This is a strong first issue and is highly recommend for anyone who loves fantasy or is just looking for something different out of their comics.

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Modern Fantasy #2

Jul 25, 2018

Rafer Roberts and Kristen Gudsnuk are building a great fantasy world, a true Modern Fantasy tale.

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Modern Fantasy #3

Aug 29, 2018

Any comic that fits in a bard gag is worthy of high praise, and Modern Fantasy is one of the funniest comics I've read this year.

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Modern Fantasy #4

Sep 26, 2018

The change in tone isn't a bad thing, but fans of the series might be a little disappointed at the mostly earnest ending. Still, this is one of the stronger fantasy comics of 2018 and a must-read for fans of that genre.

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8
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #42

Apr 24, 2019

It was a fun team-up that followed most of the standard beats, but managed to not feel tired at the same time.

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4
Morning in America #1

Mar 6, 2019

There's kids disappearing, there's a monster, there's a big industrial mill, and there are some very heavy hints that the three are connected. Because of that, it felt like a very serious adaptation of a Scooby-Doo mystery, in that you don't need to think too hard to start connecting dots. Maybe that will improve in upcoming issues, but the first issue of Morning in America left me feeling flat.

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4
Morning in America #2

Apr 17, 2019

This comic is a good concept that isn't translating well on the page, and hopefully it picks up in the coming months.

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6
Mountainhead #1

Aug 28, 2019

The first issue is intriguing, but it's too early to say whether this will be a great horror series or one that relies on gore and unsettling visuals.

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Mysteries of Love in Space #1

Jan 30, 2019

While the comic doesn't feature much for "Loseid" fans ("Darkis"?), most of the stories are decent -- or at least not actively bad.

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Mystik U #3

Mar 28, 2018

Mystik U #3 is a great finale to a fun and unique DC series, or at least its first chapter.

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Naomi: Season Two #1

Mar 9, 2022

While Naomi has made a handful of high profile appearances in other DC comics, her solo title requires little pre-reading to jump into. You can enjoy her first arc or start with this issue. You'll be getting the same quality of comic either way, with a solid blend of superheroics and family angst that make for a very compelling DC Comics story.

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Naomi #1

Jan 23, 2019

Naomi feels very much like a Brian Michael Bendis comic, for all of its strengths and weaknesses. That's probably unfair to co-writer David Walker, who is a fantastic writer, but the comic has all of Bendis' typical scripting hallmarks.

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Naomi #2

Feb 20, 2019

Naomi is a well-written comic that seems to be centered around a very frustrating concept.

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Naomi: Season Two #2

Apr 13, 2022

In some ways, I am enjoying Naomi: Season Two a bit more than Season One. There's a much more tangible mystery for Naomi to solve, with Dee disappearing and having a much darker past than she anticipated.

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Naomi #3

Mar 20, 2019

Naomi feels like a special comic, although it's sadly still too soon to say for certain. The book is excellently written and illustrated, and even the pacing is very consistent, albeit frustratingly slow at times.

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Naomi: Season Two #3

May 11, 2022

This was a great issue of Naomi, one which shows character growth and provides some answers instead of stringing the reader along.

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Naomi #4

Apr 17, 2019

The story continues to move at a snail's pace, but at least we are given some answers this issue, even though they don't have much context. I'm enjoying this series, although I feel it needs to move a little quicker soon.

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9
Naomi: Season Two #4

Jun 15, 2022

This is a fantastic must-read series.

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Naomi: Season Two #5

Jul 13, 2022

A rare miss in an otherwise strong series.

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Naomi #5

May 15, 2019

Naomi's origin is finally revealed, and it's an interesting one with unclear implications on the greater DC Universe.

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Naomi #6

Jul 10, 2019

Naomi #6 is a bright and colorful finale to its opening arc that gives the title character a firm purpose in her world.

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Naomi: Season Two #6

Aug 10, 2022

Naomi: Season Two ends with another epic fight that struggles to maintain a cohesive narrative.

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4
Napoleon Dynamite (2019) #1

Sep 18, 2019

This is a bland adaptation of a fun movie.

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Napoleon Dynamite (2019) #2

Dec 4, 2019

While this comic is weird... it's at least the sort of weird we expect from Napoleon Dynamite and hinges on the characters being weird and wacky. I'm still not sure who this comic was made for, but it's at least not a bad comic.

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Napoleon Dynamite (2019) #4

Feb 5, 2020

While this still isn't a particularly good comic, it at least manages to capture more of the quirkiness of Napoleon Dynamite in a natural way instead of struggling to replicate the movie's initial success.

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7
Not All Robots #1

Aug 4, 2021

Not All Robots #1 has all of the wit and bite readers should expect from a Mark Russell comic, even if its opening chapter struggles due to a flawed analogy.

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Not All Robots #2

Sep 15, 2021

Not All Robots #2 continues its farcical look at the robot revolution, this time pushing the metaphor between the robots and impotent white male rage a little further.

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Not All Robots #3

Oct 20, 2021

The strength of this issue continues to be the comic's throwaway gags, which help merit a re-read to catch them all.

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Not All Robots #4

Nov 17, 2021

Not All Robots loses the metaphor a bit in issue #4, but it still manages to deliver a poignant message.

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Not All Robots #5

Dec 29, 2021

While the messaging of this satire has gotten a bit lost, there's a compelling story starting to form that should be the focus of the next volume.

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Oblivion Song #12

Feb 13, 2019

While there's plenty of resolution, the last two pages provide a very intriguing tease as to where the series will go next, reminding readers that there's more than just alien beasts lurking in Oblivion.

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Old Man Hawkeye #2

Feb 14, 2018

Old Man Hawkeye somehow feels even more tragic than Old Man Logan, which is impressive given the events of the latter.

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Old Man Hawkeye #3

Mar 28, 2018

Old Man Hawkeye is turning into a very tragic story, one filled with a bit more heartbreak and nuance than its Old Man Logan predecessor.

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Old Man Hawkeye #4

Apr 25, 2018

Hawkeye's largely given up his heroic past (he is going on a murder spree after all) so I'm not sure why he gave Beetle the option of dying with his armor on.

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Old Man Hawkeye #5

May 23, 2018

This is another solid issue of Old Man Hawkeye -- the stakes continue to get higher as old enemies converge on him.

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Old Man Hawkeye #6

Jun 27, 2018

This is a rare disappointing issue in one of Marvel's strongest alt-timeline stories in years.

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Old Man Hawkeye #7

Jul 18, 2018

For years, we've seen the aftermath of when the villains finally beat the heroes of the Marvel Universe in the Old Man Logan universe. In this issue, we finally see how it happened, and why Hawkeye was left alive for all those years.

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Old Man Hawkeye #8

Aug 22, 2018

This is still a fun comic, but I feel like this comic still has a few more threads that need to get wrapped up even though it's starting to move towards its conclusion.

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Old Man Hawkeye #9

Sep 26, 2018

Ethan Sacks and Marco Checchetto continue to weave a powerful and haunting prequel to Old Man Logan, one that's handled with a bit more nuance and tragedy than we ever saw in the original storyline.

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Old Man Hawkeye #10

Oct 31, 2018

A rare misstep for writer Kyle Starks, but we're nearing the end of this maxi-series and it should be interesting to see how the remaining pieces in this prequel series fit in to the wider story of the Old Man Logan plot.

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Old Man Hawkeye #11

Nov 28, 2018

A rare misstep from Ethan Sacks, and I'm a bit worried that Old Man Hawkeye won't "stick" the landing next month.

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Old Man Hawkeye #12

Dec 19, 2018

Sacks found a way to bridge the gap between the real Marvel Universe and the world of Old Man Logan while also distilling what makes Hawkeye so great and frustrating.

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Orphan Black: Crazy Science #1

Jul 4, 2018

The comic shares the same heart as the Orphan Black TV series, although those not familiar with the show might find themselves very lost as there's no learning curve for new fans.

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Out (2021) #1

Oct 6, 2021

The series description hints that Nocona's story will only get more inventive from here, so I recommend jumping into the series and giving it a few issues.

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Out (2021) #2

Nov 10, 2021

After setting up an intriguing premise with the first issue, Out falls into a series of standard war tropes with its second issue.

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Out (2021) #3

Dec 15, 2021

Out #3 is the series strongest issue yet, as Nocona is sent in to converse with a vampire under Nazi's control.

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Pathfinder: Spiral of Bones #1

Mar 21, 2018

If you're looking for lighthearted fantasy fluff or want to see what all the characters in the Pathfinder illustrations are like, give this comic a read.

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Pathfinder: Spiral of Bones #2

Apr 25, 2018

Pathfinder's strength is its unique and memorable lore and it's great to see one of its comics truly capture one of the reasons why thousands of players love the tabletop game.

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Pathfinder: Spiral of Bones #3

May 30, 2018

These Pathfinder comics are a lot of fun, solid fantasy comics with plenty of nods to the world of the popular tabletop RPG.

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Pathfinder: Spiral of Bones #4

Jun 27, 2018

This issue represents a solid example of interparty conflict in an RPG, albeit one that could easily devolve into violence.

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Pathfinder: Spiral of Bones #5

Jul 25, 2018

Although this comic didn't have any great seismic changes to the Pathfinder Universe, it's still a fun fantasy miniseries.

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Playthings (2022) #1

Mar 16, 2022

This comic seems to be very much "not my thing," especially as the comic doesn't really seem to be very innovative in either story or style.

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4
Port of Earth #5

May 9, 2018

Port of Earth isn't strong enough to stand out on story alone, so hampering the art with drab coloring really holds it back.

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Power Pack: Grow Up #1

Aug 28, 2019

This was a fun one-shot and a nice window into Marvel's not terribly distant past.

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Resonant #1

Jul 17, 2019

I like the idea of a post-apocalyptic comic that doesn't involve zombies, but does it matter if it looks and feels exactly like every other zombie comic out there?

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Rick Veitch's The One #4

May 2, 2018

The One is a product of it's time, but I'm not sure of its relevance today, especially as Veitch has written and drawn more thought-provoking comics since.

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Robocop: Citizens Arrest #1

Apr 11, 2018

While the first RoboCop movie was surprisingly nuanced in its discussion of the dangers of law enforcement privatization, its sequels and successors have failed to capture the spark of the original. Citizens Arrest, the new RoboCop comic by Brian Wood and Jorge Coelho, continues that trend of falling short by largely missing the point of the franchise.

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Robocop: Citizens Arrest #2

May 9, 2018

I don't know what sort of comic Citizen's Arrest wants to be -- and I don't think Citizen's Arrest does either.

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Roku (2019) #1

Oct 30, 2019

While the plot is rather standard, there are a few fun touches that should make this comic enjoyable to Valiant fans and those looking for a enjoyably violent superhero comic.

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Rolled & Told #1

Sep 26, 2018

Rolled & Told is definitely intended for readers knowledgeable about D&D, but there's enough there to intrigue newcomers to RPGs as well, especially if you're into classic fantasy.

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Rorschach (2020) #1

Oct 14, 2020

It's just another entry in a string of mediocre Watchmen knockoff comics that only serves to remind readers of the relative importance (and brilliance) of the original series in comparison.

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Rorschach (2020) #2

Nov 18, 2020

I didn't realize that DC Comics was in the business of writing bad fan-fiction of the recently deceased, but here we are.

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Rorschach (2020) #3

Dec 16, 2020

King is slowly revealing a mystery here, but I'm not sure if anyone is going to care by the time he gets to the real meat of it.

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Rorschach (2020) #4

Jan 20, 2021

After four issues, Rorschach finally gets a bit more interesting, although that's faint praise given the previous issues.

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Rorschach (2020) #5

Feb 10, 2021

Rorschach #5 is perfectly... fine.

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Rorschach (2020) #6

Mar 10, 2021

This remains a nice to look at, but overall very dull comic.

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Rorschach (2020) #7

Apr 14, 2021

Rorschach #7, for better or for worse, will be a much discussed comic for a number of years. It's not a particularly captivating or compelling comic"like the previous issues, we get a lot of talking and vague philosophizing and some very weird alternate universe theorizing of what the comics industry would be like in the world of Watchmen. But the real weirdness of the comic is that it is mostly a Frank Miller monologue.

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Rorschach (2020) #8

May 12, 2021

I just am not a fan of this weird trend of using actual comics creators as fictional characters, especially when they are being dragged out of their house or murdered by police.

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Rorschach (2020) #9

Jun 9, 2021

At this point, Rorschach #9 provides readers with more of the same, as the unnamed protagonist continues his plodding investigation of two would-be assassins.

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Rorschach (2020) #10

Jul 14, 2021

The meta-narrative surrounding the comic and its liberal use of creators as fictional characters is as interesting as the story itself, and that's not necessarily a good thing.

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Rorschach (2020) #11

Aug 11, 2021

Although I'm still not particularly impressed with this comic, this issue feels the most "Tom King" it's been from the start and sets up what should hopefully be an interesting conclusion.

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Rorschach (2020) #12

Sep 15, 2021

As a finale, it's devoid of any sort of real surprise, ingenuity, or innovation - it simply feels inevitable and predictable, and that's not really what I want to spend time or money on.

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Samurai Jack: Quantum Jack #5

Mar 14, 2018

Samurai Jack: Quantum Jack spends its final issue explaining exactly how Jack got ripped out of time and ended up bouncing around from alternate reality to alternate reality. It's an odd storytelling choice, especially as it ends on an ambiguous note.

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Sasquatch Detective Special #1

Dec 12, 2018

The origin story lacks most of that (it mostly shows her growing up in the woods with her golf pro/tennis pro parents and younger brother) but still has some funny moments. This is a cute character with a unique voice and wonderfully drawn by Ron Randall.

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Scooby Doo Where Are You? #95

Oct 17, 2018

The comic feels a lot like the recent slate of Scooby Doo movies released on Cartoon Network; they look like the originals, but they lack the spirit and goofiness of the classic cartoons.

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Scooby Doo Where Are You? #96

Dec 19, 2018

While both mysteries are pretty standard fare (a vampire is scaring away customers, a ghost is stealing technology from a technology fair!), I appreciated that the explanations for the hauntings weren't phoned in.

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Scooby Doo Where Are You? #97

Feb 20, 2019

I'm more intrigued by whether this comic will acknowledge Shaggy's omnipotence in a few months, or if they're just going to pretend like Shaggy's Internet godhood isn't a thing.

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Scooby Doo Where Are You? #98

Apr 17, 2019

If you're looking for mysteries, take a pass, but this is still a good comic to hand off to your kids.

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Scooby Doo Where Are You? #99

Jun 19, 2019

If you want your kids to learn a bit about the gradual erasure of a classic amusement park, pick up this comic today!

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Scooby Doo Where Are You? #100

Aug 21, 2019

If your kids are a fan of one of the classic Scooby-Doo shows (the ones that pre-date Scrappy Doo), they might enjoy this comic. Otherwise....give this comic a pass, as it doesn't do much besides poorly ape a franchise that has mostly grown past its 1960s origins.

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Sea of Thieves #1

Mar 14, 2018

Luckily, the comic is pretty fun to read, even if you don't know anything about the game.

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Sea of Thieves #2

Apr 11, 2018

Sea of Thieves #2 offers just about everything you'd expect out of a pirate comic. Naval battles, backstabbing, and even a tease of the supernatural - Sea of Thieves has it all.

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Sea of Thieves #3

May 9, 2018

The events of this issue add a new wrinkle to the series, especially if the deadly cliffhanger sticks.

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Section Zero (2019) #1

Apr 3, 2019

What might have felt exciting or new 20 years ago just feels like more of the same now, and it's hard to point out one thing that this comic really excels at that other comics lack.

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Shatterstar #1

Oct 3, 2018

Fans of Shatterstar will likely be disappointed by the book. Instead of leaning into all the weird things that separated Shatterstar from the dozens of other muscular, blade-slinging, teeth-gritting heroes of the 1990s, Shatterstar strips it all away, leaving him a husk of the character he once was.

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Shatterstar #2

Nov 7, 2018

Shatterstar #2 is a mild improvement over the first issue, in that we at least get some solid action from the two characters that Shatterstar fans presumably want to see.

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Shatterstar #3

Dec 5, 2018

The Shatterstar miniseries is a tale of two comics; the first is a compelling tale from Shatterstar's past, showing how he came to be a fearsome gladiator and also why he's unable to keep a healthy relationship in the present day, and the second comic is a simultaneously boring and spastic story about a dour Shatterstar scouring the universe for his missing tenants.

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Shatterstar #4

Jan 2, 2019

Shatterstar's return to the arena is as violent as you'd expect, even if the comic remains a bit too stoic for its own good.

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Shatterstar #5

Feb 13, 2019

Shatterstar ends with a somewhat sweet ending that wraps up this mediocre miniseries nicely.

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Sherlock Holmes: The Vanishing Man #1

May 2, 2018

This has the potential to be Moore and Reppion's best Holmes story yet.

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Sideways Annual #1

Nov 7, 2018

This is a weird comic, as it mixes the wonderful weirdness of Grant Morrison with dull and generic creative choices, and it goes together like oil and water.

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Skyward (2018) #12

Apr 24, 2019

I liked this issue a lot, as it showed how a "normal" person could survive during the events of G-Day and show Lilly as a person caught between two worlds.

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Sonic The Hedgehog (2018): Team Sonic Racing #1

Dec 5, 2018

This is a comic meant to entice kids to want Team Sonic Racing, and it does a decent job of selling the new Sega game.

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Spawn #292

Dec 19, 2018

One of the perks about having a long-running creator-owned comic series is that you don't really have to rely on things like "action" or "excitement" to sell comics. If you want to open an issue with your hero broodily talking to a co-conspirator while a zombie gorilla eats corpses in the background, you can do that.

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Spawn #293

Jan 30, 2019

I'm still not a fan of McFarlane's verbose narration as it tries too hard to set a mood that the art already does so well. Still, if you're into horror and monsters, you'll like this issue of the series.

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Spawn Kills Everyone Too #1

Dec 12, 2018

If you like dumb fart jokes, you'll like this comic, otherwise avoid at all costs.

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Spawn Kills Everyone Too #2

Jan 16, 2019

This is a humor book that only a small segment of readers will actually laugh at.

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Spawn Kills Everyone Too #3

Feb 13, 2019

I'm not sure who this is made for, as the children who would like this humor probably don't know who Spawn is.

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Spawn Kills Everyone Too #4

Mar 13, 2019

If you enjoy seeing sentient "turd baby" versions of Spawn spray diarrhea on a Thanos parody, this comic is for you.

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Spider-Force #2

Nov 21, 2018

Spider-Force is a mess of a comic, a collection of bickering Spider-People trapped on a dead Earth while a vampire lurks in space above them.

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Spider-Force #3

Dec 12, 2018

Spider-Force is probably Christopher Priest's weakest comic since he returned to superhero work.

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Spider-Geddon #0

Sep 26, 2018

Spider-Geddon #0 is a perfectly fine introduction to the upcoming event. It didn't exactly leave me excited for the event, but it also didn't actively turn me away from the event either.

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Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider (2018) #3

Dec 12, 2018

It's a fun, mostly consequence-less issue, but one that explains where Gwen was during the events of "Spider-Geddon" and how she found her way back to the main Marvel universe.

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Spider-Man (2016) Annual #1

Aug 8, 2018

It's a nice, simple story, one that highlights some of the differences between Morales and Peter Parker.

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Spider-Man / Deadpool #27

Feb 7, 2018

Multiple exposition-filled flashbacks and three different pencillers makes Spider-Man Deadpool #27 a confusing read.

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Spider-Man / Deadpool #28

Feb 28, 2018

All-in-all, this book is a big improvement over last issue and I'm intrigued to see how the brewing conflict between the Chameleon, Spider-Man, and Deadpool plays out.

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Spider-Man / Deadpool #29

Mar 14, 2018

Spider-Man/Deadpool is a hard series to pick up a random issue and enjoy, but the series delivers some fun payoffs if you stick with it.

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Spider-Man / Deadpool #30

Mar 28, 2018

This is a pretty standard superhero fare -- lots of fighting, lots of pieces moving, but not a ton of character development or memorable moments.

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Spider-Man / Deadpool #31

Apr 11, 2018

This issue is almost too packed with surprises, but I feel like there's some great payoffs for longtime readers of this book. Kudos to Robbie Thompson for pulling off a surprise that few readers will see coming.

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Spider-Man / Deadpool #32

May 9, 2018

While this issue gives readers another payoff from a past plotline, it falls short as to explaining why Deadpool is harboring such immense guilt over his actions in the past.

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Spider-Man / Deadpool #33

May 23, 2018

Spider-Man/Deadpool #33 feels like a classic Spider-Man comic, but with a steady stream of Deadpool sputtering meta-nonsense on every page.

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Spider-Man / Deadpool #34

Jun 13, 2018

While this issue contain the typical non-stop action as "young" Deadpool and "old" Spider-Man tried to stop a never-ending army of LMDs, I felt this issue was very heavy on the dialogue, as Deadpool tried to work out his feelings of self-loathing.

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Spider-Man / Deadpool #36

Jul 18, 2018

Since this is a Deadpool comic, the ending to this arc is a little bit slapstick-y and everything gets wrapped up a bit too conveniently. Still, the recent arc really examined the tense and imperfect relationship between Spider-Man and Deadpool and justified exactly why these two characters have a team-up comic.

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Spider-Man / Deadpool #37

Aug 8, 2018

Portraying the two superheroes as feuding parents is a fun twist, one that further subverts their relationship and sets up more shenanigans in future issues.

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Spider-Man / Deadpool #38

Sep 5, 2018

It's an interesting way to frame the relationship and personalities of these two characters, but it does at least continue to keep the team-up book fresh after almost 40 issues.

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Spider-Man / Deadpool #39

Sep 26, 2018

This is one of the weaker issues that Robbie Thompson has written, and I can't help but wonder if the book needs get away from its current storyline to re-find its groove.

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Spider-Man / Deadpool #41

Nov 14, 2018

There's a fine line between the borderline self-deprecating humor Peter Parker's known for and being flat out obnoxious a la Deadpool, and Sean Ryan manages to find the sweet spot.

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Spider-Man / Deadpool #42

Nov 28, 2018

This is one of Spider-Man/Deadpool's most meta issues yet, and one of those experimental issues that sets this comic apart from other Marvel books.

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Spider-Man / Deadpool #43

Dec 5, 2018

Most of the jokes in this issue don't really land, but the one that does is genuinely hilarious.

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Spider-Man / Deadpool #44

Jan 16, 2019

This comic makes the mistake that readers will actually know who the Eternals are and will care about them; the four Eternals fans out there will surely be thrilled!

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Spider-Man / Deadpool #45

Jan 30, 2019

This is another mediocre issue of Spider-Man/Deadpool that focuses mostly on obscure Marvel characters fighting other obscure Marvel characters.

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Spider-Man / Deadpool #46

Feb 13, 2019

As with most issues of this series, there's a balance between earnest superhero tropes and gentle satire, as we learn about a major event that happened while Spider-Man and Deadpool were stuck off-planet last arc.

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Spider-Man / Deadpool #47

Mar 13, 2019

I did like a series of gags where Deadpool comments about how he can't see captions or censored middle fingers when the reader still can, but this comic was probably a bit too far on the fourth wall commentary for my liking.

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Spider-Man / Deadpool #48

Mar 27, 2019

Spider-Man and Deadpool are trapped in a crossover event, and it seems the only way out is to get really, really meta.

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Spider-Man / Deadpool #49

Apr 10, 2019

I think we finally found the upper limit to Deadpool's meta-humor, and it comes one month before Spider-Man/Deadpool ends.

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Spider-Man / Deadpool #50

May 8, 2019

As with every issue of the series, the jokes are a bit hit and miss, but I found myself smiling fondly more often than not, and I think that I'll miss this series and its weird blend of heart, madness, and desire to stretch any length for an all right gag.

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Stanley The Snowman #1

Aug 25, 2021

It's a cute comic that's all about the magic of childhood and it has one of the cute twists at the end that sets up for a big dramatic arc akin to a Christmas movie.

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Starcraft: Soldiers #1

Jan 23, 2019

This is a solid issue, but we'll have to see if it goes down the bleak route of Dark Horse's last Starcraft series.

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Starcraft: Scavengers #1

Jul 25, 2018

This is the perfect tie-in comic for a video game - something that doesn't try to recreate the experience of the video game, but instead uses an existing world as a backdrop for an interesting story.

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Starcraft: Scavengers #2

Aug 29, 2018

Houser does do a great job of building up the comic's three main characters, though, and I'm sure it will be sad when one or more of them get eaten soon.

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Starcraft: Soldiers #3

Mar 20, 2019

This is a decent sci-fi comic that just happens to have the Starcraft name attached to it.

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Starcraft: Scavengers #3

Sep 26, 2018

There's still a strong horror element to Starcraft: Scavengers, and the mystery monster finally gets revealed in this issue, but Scavengers really is a story about carving one's own path and discovering that your friends might not be who you thought they were.

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Starcraft: Scavengers #4

Oct 31, 2018

This issue doesn't exactly stick the landing, but I am intrigued to see if Houser gets a chance for a sequel.

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Starship Down #1

Mar 18, 2020

Although the premise of the series could be interesting, the first issue lands with a resounding thud.

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Static (2021): Season One #1

Jun 16, 2021

This is a great return to the Milestone Universe and I hope that every Milestone comic receives the same care and fantastic storytelling as Static: Season One.

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Static (2021): Season One #2

Jul 28, 2021

This is still a great comic, but not necessarily one that's breaking new ground.

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Static (2021): Season One #3

Sep 1, 2021

While the comic meanders a bit with subplots at times, I think this comic feels both authentic and new, and it's been a fun superhero series so far.

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Static (2021): Season One #4

Nov 10, 2021

This issue is probably the most uneven of the series so far.

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Static (2021): Season One #5

Jan 26, 2022

Static: Season One #5 continues its mix of cool visuals, very out-of-place speeches, and cliffhangers that don't seem to land right.

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Stranger Things: Tomb of Ybwen #2

Oct 27, 2021

I like how Will's irrationality is driven by his grief over Bob's death and that the comic aims to add mystery and intrigue without relying on the Upside Down or other paranormal weirdness.

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Stranger Things: Tomb of Ybwen #3

Nov 24, 2021

I enjoy what this comic is trying to do, but I don't think that it needed to be a four issue miniseries.

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Stranger Things: Tomb of Ybwen #4

Jan 5, 2022

This wasn't a consequential comic, but it does fill in the gaps between Stranger Things seasons and really keeps in the spirit of the hit Netflix show.

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Stranger Things: Halloween Special #1

Oct 21, 2020

I thought this was a fun comic that captures the spirit of friendship found in the show and should be a good read for anyone who misses the Stranger Things characters during their extended hiatus.

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Stranger Things and Dungeons & Dragons #1

Nov 4, 2020

A great comic, one that syncs up perfectly with both Stranger Things and the D&D experience.

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Stranger Things and Dungeons & Dragons #2

Dec 2, 2020

It's a surprisingly deep comic, one that clearly comes from a place of love for D&D.

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Stranger Things and Dungeons & Dragons #3

Jan 13, 2021

I appreciated how the comic showed the Stranger Things gang in a relatively drama-free moment, being kids and using D&D to grow and understand one another.

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Stranger Things and Dungeons & Dragons #4

Feb 17, 2021

This was a surprisingly good mini-series, one that used Stranger Things (the franchise that helped spark D&D's resurgence) to demonstrate the beneficial values that playing any sort of tabletop RPG can have for a group of friends (or strangers).

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Strayed #1

Aug 21, 2019

Strange sci-fi comics that aren't solely about being strange are a rarity in today's monthly comics industry, and comics that have a wholesome heart are even rarer. Strayed is both, and that's what makes it a must-read.

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Strayed #2

Sep 18, 2019

For a comic about astral projecting cats, this is a very, very melancholic issue and I'm worried that it'll become much more tragedy before much longer.

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Strayed #3

Oct 16, 2019

I'm glad that the issue is showing the bigger picture after two issues focused mainly on exploration and a desire to protect Lou from the strain of astral travel, but this comic seems to just be missing a little something to really make this series special instead of good.

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Strayed #4

Nov 20, 2019

Strayed suffers from very poor pacing.

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Strayed #5

Dec 18, 2019

It's a weird ending, and honestly a bit disappointing, considering it's such a strange turn from the rest of the series.

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Superior Octopus #1

Oct 3, 2018

This is a solid first issue, but it's unclear what direction the comic is heading.

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Superman (2018) #9

Mar 13, 2019

Like other Bendis stories, this issue feels a bit decompressed, but it's still the best Superman we've read in years.

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Superman (2018) #10

Apr 10, 2019

This is definitely the weaker of Bendis's two Superman series, and I don't like that the book is quickly returning to its generic opening villain.

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Superman (2018) #11

May 15, 2019

There's a two-page spread in Superman #11 which shows one of the coolest Superman scenes I've seen in years.

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Superman (2018) #12

Jun 12, 2019

While this book remains the weaker of the two Bendis' Superman books due to some weird pacing issues, but it's still fun to read and is building an intriguing mystery about the destruction of Krypton, a mystery no one thought they'd want to read about.

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