Colin Moon's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: AIPT Reviews: 94
7.7Avg. Review Rating

8.5
7174: Annual #1

Mar 1, 2022

Functioning more as a visual showcase than an effort at storytelling, the 7174 Annual nonetheless captures something exciting, unique, and powerful.

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8
All My Friends OGN

Jan 24, 2022

Inspirational and kind, All My Friends is a sort of go-getter handbook for kids, even if it's light on the action.

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10
Always Never (2022) OGN

Aug 31, 2022

Overwhelming in its sweetness, Always Never tells an utterly unique love story that manages to feel eternal all the same.

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8
As a Cartoonist OGN

Jul 26, 2022

As a Cartoonist manages to capture the artist's internal struggle toward something meaningful.

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8
Avengers (2018) #55

Apr 20, 2022

Avengers #55 brings a character in from the cold even as it balances high-concept weirdness, but it does so to the neglect of its principal cast.

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8.5
Avengers (2018) #57

Jun 29, 2022

The Avengers #57 isn't an issue that provides a quick, clean representation of what an Avengers comic is. It does, however, perfectly present an issue emblematic of the current Avengers mega-story, which is weird and brilliant and every degree of "big deserving of Earth's Mightiest.

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8.5
Barnstormers #1

Jul 19, 2022

Bold, beautiful, and nesting an over-abundance of secrets, Barnstormers is packed with potential.

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8.5
Barnstormers #2

Aug 30, 2022

Subtly playing with the era's societal concerns, Barnstormers is enriching the larger mystery even without moving it forward too quickly.

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8
Basilisk #3

Aug 3, 2021

Carefully measured and full of vibrant concepts, Basilisk #3 refuses to fall into the general dark, solemn trappings of the genre.

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7.5
Basilisk #5

Dec 8, 2021

Despite its slow reveal of information, Basilisk never feels anything but jam-packed and full of momentum.

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8
Basilisk #12

Oct 5, 2022

Ever-compelling and beautifully dark, the final issue of Basilisk finds fitting ends for its surviving character arcs and leaves us with an ambiguous new beginning.

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7.5
Beyond the Breach #2

Aug 17, 2021

Aftershock continues to crank out surprise after surprise by stellar talents, known and unknown, but Beyond the Breach is definitely one of the ones that has made its way to my monthly pull-list.

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10
Bubble OGN

Jul 8, 2021

Painfully witty and almost frustratingly well-illustrated, Bubble is a masterclass in comic timing for the medium.

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6.5
Bunny Mask #2

Jul 13, 2021

Looking to dig a trifle deeper than your average horror book, Bunny Mask #2 promises an emotionally rewarding future for the story.

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7
Cable (2020) #8

Feb 17, 2021

While it's incredibly fun to spend time with our two heroes, a lack of tension makes the book feel lackluster.

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7
Cable (2020) #12

Jul 28, 2021

Despite being one of the best-looking books -- and having an incredible, fan-service cast -- Cable #12 fails to deliver anything world-shaking or emotionally resonant.

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8
Cats Cradle (2022): The Golden Twine #1

Jun 22, 2022

With an instantly loveable protagonist and a richly compelling world, Cat's Cradle is an incredible new entry to YA fantasy.

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8.5
Celestia (2021) OGN

Jul 23, 2021

A striking, early 20th-century art aesthetic lends Celestia a quiet authority, rich in tone for the discerning reader.

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10
Clementine (2022) #1

Jun 22, 2022

With an indelible soul and careful understanding of the human heart, Clementine brings something altogether new not only to the Walking Dead franchise but to the zombie genre as a whole.

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3
Curse of the Man-Thing (2021): Spider-Man #1

Apr 26, 2021

Curse of the Man-Thing: Spider-Man manages to begrudgingly move the story along while managing to capture none of the fun inherent to either character.

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8.5
Cyclopedia Exotica OGN

May 11, 2021

Cyclopedia Exotica is a delightful mirror world poking fun at some very real frustrations.

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7.5
Daisy (2021) #1

Dec 7, 2021

With an instant hook and an emotional mystery, Daisy #1 balances the fantastic and the human without toppling, and begs for further reading.

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7
Darkhawk (2021) #2

Sep 29, 2021

Dawkhark #2 deals with a real-world drama excellently, but it does so while tending to neglect the superheroics.

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6.5
Darkhold (2021): Alpha #1

Sep 27, 2021

Doing the heavy lifting to establish the narrative, The Darkhold Alpha #1 doesn't have a lot of action or intrigue; it only supplies the coming books their grounding.

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7.5
Dead Dog's Bite #3

May 4, 2021

Seemingly more tone-poem than exposition, Dead Dog's Bite maintains its looming, disconcerting mystery.

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7.5
Die #18

Jul 13, 2021

With the epic approaching its conclusion, Die #18 pulls us into a tighter focus on character, and the personal stakes in the coming conflict.

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4.5
Dungeons & Dragons: Fells Five #1

Jun 30, 2021

While competently made, Fell's Five never manages to fully embrace either its medium or its source material.

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5
Eat The Rich #1

Aug 17, 2021

Nearly a carbon copy of a much better piece of art, Eat the Rich #1 only strips away any relevance it might have so that it might apply to anyone.

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9
Echolands #1

Aug 24, 2021

With a format and style all its own, Echolands is nearly a brochure for its own potential to be the Next Big Important Comic.

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8
Eternals (2021): Celestia #1

Oct 6, 2021

Introducing a huge spiritual struggle, Eternals: Celestial eschews the primary narrative to provide deep, rich context.

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8.5
Excalibur (2019) #18

Feb 10, 2021

Tini Howard is building the Magical Mythology of the Mutants very adeptly, giving us small snippets of history too big for us to see, as well as slowly sniffing around the basics of how Krakoa even works as it does. Excalibur is a vital book of this new era of X-Men, and issue #18 moves us, very mysteriously, forward.

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6
Far Cry: Rite of Passage #1

May 18, 2021

Droning and inconsequential, Far Cry: Rite of Passage #1 does little to hook readers outside hardcore of franchise fans.

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5.8
Fear Case #2

Mar 2, 2021

With all action happening off-panel and a lot of implied drama, Fear Case 2 is the perfect example of 'concept over content'.

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6.5
Fictional Father OGN

May 17, 2021

Deep but clunky, Fiction Father successfully establishes but never fully resolves its exploration of familial tension.

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7.5
Frontiersman #1

Sep 21, 2021

Grounded, energetic, and ambitious, Frontiersman is an easy recommendation to make. The character seems unique in his concept and is, with only an issue under his belt, an endearing old curmudgeon I'd like to get to know; the implied politics of the book seem pointed in the right direction. And while there's a sort of unsavory swagger to the aforementioned letter from Kindlon at the back, it's a swagger that hasn't proven itself unfounded. I'd like to see how this universe works, I want to know if Frontiersman's new crusade comes to fruition.

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7
Ghost Rider (2019): Robbie Reyes The Complete Collection review #1

May 19, 2021

Sloppy but heartfelt, the Robbie Reyes Ghost Rider Complete Collection overcomes its foibles and contains everything you need to know about the character.

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9
Ghost Rider (2022) #3

Jun 1, 2022

Though obviously Johnny and the Rider's story, Ghost Rider's most incredible star is the corrupted America through which they move.

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7.5
Good Night, Hem OGN

Sep 21, 2021

While the book expects a particularly niche academic understanding of the Lost Generation -- a high price for entry -- it's also a mini masterclass in design and cartooning; an inspiration for artistic hopefuls.

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8.5
Grrl Scouts: Stone Ghost #1

Nov 24, 2021

'Stone Ghost' moves on from the last miniseries into new, tonally different and aesthetic-twisting spaces, and continues to showcase Mahfood's ever-evolving style.

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8
Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: Old Man Whittier #1

Jun 28, 2022

Snappy and self-contained, Old Man Whittier doesn't do any heavy lifting world-building, but it provides a perfect example of the joys of Hellboy.

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4
I Breathed a Body #4

Apr 27, 2021

When all the dramatic action remains level " with not a lot of rising action to climax tension " the narrative holds no real stakes, no matter how many times it explains to me that it does.

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8
It's Only Teenage Wasteland #1

Dec 6, 2022

Refusing to dive into the apocalypse until the characters are in place, Teenage Wasteland promises an end of the world with a heart on its sleeve.

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5
Jimmy Eat World: 555 OGN

Jun 15, 2021

Presenting nothing novel or visionary, '555' also provides nothing for comic fans or fans of the band beyond a sense of novelty.

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9
Joe Hill's Rain (2021) #1

Jan 11, 2022

With clever sweetness, Rain #1 pulls us into a loving relationship that should, by all rights, be safe, before tearing that safety away.

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8.5
Karmen #3

May 11, 2021

Karmen #3 continues its delectable tale, but finally comes to a violent head.

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9
Knights of X (2022) #3

Jun 22, 2022

Even with dozens of things happening all at once, Knights of X #3 still manages to give its characters depth and care.

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7.5
Lure (2021) OGN

Nov 2, 2021

Lure is an emotionally honest book set in a sci-fi world, but lacks the conviction to be outspoken in its concerns.

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7
Marauders #23

Aug 18, 2021

After being more focused on acquisitions and political maneuvering, Marauders #23 takes the book back to some face-punching crime-fighting.

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9
Marvels Snapshot (2020): Captain Marvel #1

Feb 22, 2021

A single issue of pure inspiration, Marvels Snapshots: Captain Marvel is the perfect one-shot.

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8
Maw (2021) #1

Sep 14, 2021

Dealing with some very real horror, Maw #1 imparts the unflinching truth about sexual assault before it even gets close to addressing supernatural horror.

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7
Moon Knight (2021) #2

Aug 18, 2021

Shifting tone to focus more closely on a specific aspect of Marc Spector, Moon Knight #2 loses a lot of the action from the first issue -- but builds some serious atmosphere.

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7.5
New Fantastic Four (2022) #1

Jun 22, 2022

New Fantastic Four #1 makes no promises beyond its elevator pitch: Ghost Rider, Hulk, Spider-Man, and Wolverine walk into Las Vegas. Luckily, it exceeds its own simplicity and delivers something playful and self-aware.

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7
New Masters #1

Feb 1, 2022

Aiming for something sprawling and epic, New Masters #1 gives us just a small taste.

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9
New Mutants (2019) #26

Jun 22, 2022

Exploring new possibilities with a somewhat forgotten corner of classic X-Men mythology, New Mutants carves out one of the most unique spaces in the franchise.

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9.5
No One Else OGN

Nov 9, 2021

Precise, insightful, and painfully honest, No One Else best illustrates its emotions by not discussing them.

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8.5
Olympia (2022) OGN

Mar 1, 2022

Using monumental action as a backdrop, Olympia pays deep reverence for art and friendship.

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7
Out of Body #1

Jun 2, 2021

With a bit of a low-energy beginning, Out of Body nonetheless presents enough seeds to promise an intriguing bloom.

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5
Parasomnia #1

Jun 29, 2021

With nothing but pure aesthetic propping it up, Parasomnia expects more of the reader's patience than it supplies actual mystery.

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9
Parenthesis OGN

Feb 9, 2021

Parenthesis is a book that will stay with you, however imperfect your memory of it will become. And, like Durand's lost time, perhaps it will inspire you to be a little more aware of the tenuous nature of living, of self, and of memory. Perhaps it will inspire you, as the experience inspired her, to be hungry for life.

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5.5
Post York OGN

Feb 23, 2021

Initially a compelling, apocalyptic portrait, Post York collapses under disconnected action and violence.

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6.5
Primordial #1

Sep 14, 2021

Striking if quiet, Primordial #1 is a book that presents a huge scale and a self-assured atmosphere of importance.

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7
Primordial #2

Nov 5, 2021

All but dropping its human narrative, Primordial uses its second issue to let us hang out with a space dog and be awed by the implications of the infinite.

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8.5
Primordial #6

Feb 15, 2022

Relying heavily on Sorrentino's incredible flexibility, Primordial #6 uses the smallest change in detail to tell the biggest truth.

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8
Radio Apocalypse #2

Feb 22, 2022

Even in an industry over-burdened by end-of-the-world tales, Radio Apocalypse #2 demands its own unique place.

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8
Radio Spaceman #1

Mar 1, 2022

Chock full of Mignola staples, Radio Spaceman #1 still manages to feel like a separate, lighter, brighter thing.

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6.5
Refrigerator Full of Heads (2021) #3

Dec 21, 2021

While looking to expand on concepts and themes, Refrigerator Full of Heads as a whole strays dangerously close to over-explaining them.

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7.5
Regarding the Matter of Oswald's Body #2

Dec 14, 2021

Avoiding the tropes of JFK stories, while never losing the gravity of the moment, 'Regarding the Matter of Oswald's Body' tells us a story not about how the event happened, but about people it swept up as it did.

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8
Rockstar and Softboy (2022) #1

Feb 23, 2022

With all its good-times energy, Rockstar and Softboy is a very accurate analog for BFFs living in a party culture.

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7.5
Rogues (2022) #1

Mar 22, 2022

Illustrating the struggle of life-after-super-crime, Rogues #1 sets up a compelling 'one last score' narrative.

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7.5
Sabretooth (2022) #4

Jun 29, 2022

Though it doesn't provide a lot of momentum or action, Sabretooth #4 nonetheless provides some introspection.

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6
Second Chances #1

Aug 18, 2021

While it delivers a lot of style, the substance of Second Chances is more promised than delivered.

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6.5
Silver Surfer: Rebirth (2022) #1

Jan 18, 2022

Though exciting to see this particular team return to the character, Rebirth #1 does little to whet the appetite, meaning that future issues will define how strong of a book it is.

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9.5
Slash Them All OGN

Sep 22, 2022

Wrapped in a violent veneer, Slash Them All tells a story as much coming-of-age as it is full-on horror.

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7
Stillwater (2020) #6

Feb 16, 2021

A shift in perspective begins to shed some light on the larger mystery, and the introduction of some new characters promises to double down upcoming action.

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7
Stillwater (2020) #7

May 18, 2021

In a book where violence and action have little lasting impact, Stillwater #7 doesn't provide much meaningful momentum.

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7.5
Strange Academy (2020) #10

May 5, 2021

After a prolonged period of world-building, Strange Academy is poised to dive deep into the teen drama.

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10
The Bone Orchard Mythos: Ten Thousand Black Feathers #3

Nov 15, 2022

Steeping in its emotional grounding and flirting with a deeper terror, Ten Thousand Black Feathers continues to set an impeccably curated tone for the Bone Orchard Mythos.

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9
The Closet #2

Jul 5, 2022

Packaged as a horror story, The Closet is really about something a lot more mundane and human: a failing marriage.

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8
The Complete Works of Fante Bukowski #1

Mar 15, 2022

In total, The Complete Works of Fante Bukowski is less the condemnation of the type of writer for whom Fante is a caricature and more a manifesto of artistic anxieties filtered through long-form gag strips. It's a book that successfully uses an Idiot Hero to poke fun at"and low-key sing the praises of"the truly foolish artistic pursuits.

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8.5
The Nice House on the Lake #3

Aug 3, 2021

Rich and deep characters, alongside incredibly atmospheric artwork and compelling abstract concepts, keeps the reader fully invested in The Nice House on the Lake #3.

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8
The Nice House on the Lake #7

Mar 1, 2022

Smoke screening the reader with a peaceful, communal life with our survivors, Nice House #7 inserts a horror at the heart of identity and exploits a common fear within it.

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9
The Sandman Universe: Nightmare Country #4

Jul 26, 2022

Nightmare Country continues to be both a loving homage and a compelling and clever story all its own.

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8.5
The Sandman Universe: Nightmare Country #5

Aug 30, 2022

With major character introductions and huge conceptual bomb drops, Nightmare Country continues to be a constantly shifting ride.

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8
The Silver Coin #3

Jun 15, 2021

The Silver Coin is the real deal, a horror comic that is cozy in its influences and unique in its vision.

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8
The Silver Coin #7

Dec 7, 2021

The Silver Coin #7 continues to use the book's unique model to deepen and give context to its multitudinous world.

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8.5
The Variants (2022) #1

Jun 27, 2022

Arriving at a charged political moment, The Variants sees a meaningful character being handled by importantly insightful people.

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9
The Ward (2022) #1

Jun 7, 2022

Contrasting medicine and magic, The Ward effortlessly marries two powerful traditions.

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8
Two Moons #1

Feb 23, 2021

Filled with hooks and compelling characters, Two Moons #1 is an incredibly promising beginning.

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7.5
Two Moons #3

Apr 27, 2021

Lovingly built and illustrated, Two Moons #3 nonetheless takes its time as the whole series moves at its own pace.

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9
What's The Furthest Place From Here? #1

Nov 9, 2021

A creepy, seedy world full of cool kids doing violent stuff, 'Furthest Place' is a book that doesn't just want to present a good story but also the contagious joy of music.

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7.5
What's The Furthest Place From Here? #5

Mar 15, 2022

Even as the innumerable characters are becoming harder and harder to keep track of, Furthest Place #5 is a book filled with care and catchy, catchy mystery.

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7
X Deaths Of Wolverine (2022) #1

Jan 26, 2022

Non-stop but conspicuously without much Wolverine, X Deaths of Wolverine seems intent on telling a parallel story to its sister series.

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10
X-Cellent (2022) #1

Jan 31, 2022

Bombastic, playful, and filled with care, X-Cellent #1 also houses a not-so-coded commentary about the state of media at large.

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7
X-Men: Onslaught Revelation (2021) #1

Sep 22, 2021

Hardly a one-shot, The Onslaught Revelation really caps off Way of X in a very satisfying, quick-hit event package.

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