Collier "CJ" Jennings's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: But Why Tho? Reviews: 65
9.0Avg. Review Rating

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Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #59

Feb 10, 2021

Amazing Spider-Man #59 feels more like a set-up for future storylines, though it does have some surprisingly emotional beats. Issue #60, which debuts after Valentine's Day, looks to be exploring Spidey's love life, and I'm definitely interested in it.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #60

Feb 24, 2021

Amazing Spider-Man #60essentially acts as a one-act play, letting Peter Parker bare his soul while laying down the next step in Nick Spencer's master plan. The next issue offers a new costume for Spider-Man and a new job, and I hope that both continue to steer Peter back to where he was when writer J. Michael Straczynski was writing Amazing Spider-Man.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #61

Mar 10, 2021

Amazing Spider-Man #61acts as a "new start" for the web-slinger, giving him a new costume and new job-and setting up a new wave of threats. Given where the issue leaves off, Spidey and Boomerang are up a creek without a paddle-and that often leads to some of the best Peter Parker stories.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #64

Apr 21, 2021

Amazing Spider-Man #64sees the "King's Ransom" storyline progress at a steady pace, while hinting at the next big story for the web-slinger. As was the case with "Last Remains," Spencer is paying off plot threads he set up in earlier issues and his labor has borne some rather intriguing fruit.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #65

May 5, 2021

Amazing Spider-Man #65serves as the penultimate entry to the "King's Ransom" arc, also paying off multiple threads from Nick Spencer's run. Next week will see a "Giant-Size" one-shot that wraps up the story arc properly, and I'm interested to see how this continues to affect not just Peter Parker's life but Boomerang's as well.

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Avengers (2018) #45

Apr 21, 2021

Avengers #45doesn't live up to the promise of its cover or solicitation, as it takes place after the events of King in Black and fails to place Blade at the center of its story. With Blade set to become the focus of the upcoming Heroes Reborn miniseries, I hope that series gives the Daywalker his due.

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Batman: Urban Legends (2021) #1

Mar 9, 2021

Batman: Urban Legends #1 is a solid chronicle of the Dark Knight's friends and foes, featuring tales of triumph and heartbreak. If you're a fan of Batman or a specific character within the Batman mythos, chances are there's a story in here for you.

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Batman: Urban Legends (2021) #2

Apr 13, 2021

Batman: Urban Legends #2 continues to explore the lives of the Dark Knights allies, particularly where Red Hood and the Outsiders are concerned. Next issue will see the end of The Caretaker story and while Ill be sad to see it go, I hope the remaining issues of Urban Legends continue to flesh out Gothams Guardians.

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Black Hammer: Visions #1

Feb 8, 2021

Black Hammer: Visions #1 presents a moving and darkly hilarious tale that fans of the Black Hammer universe will enjoy, courtesy of Patton Oswalt, Dean Kotz, and Jason Wordie. Other creators are slated to present tales for Visions in the future, including Chip Zdarsky (Daredevil) and Kelly Thompson (Black Widow) among them. I'm looking forward to those tales, and to see what the other creators do with the world ofBlack Hammer.

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Blade Runner: Origins #1

Mar 15, 2021

Blade Runner: Origins #1features a solid start to its story, immersing readers in a time before the first Blade Runner film. Fans of Titan's previous Blade Runner series or the films will definitely want to check this out, as it provides a genesis for the films.

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BRZRKR #1

Mar 3, 2021

BRZRKR #1is a solid debut for Keanu Reeves's comic book career, featuring an engaging yet well-worn premise and plenty of bloody battles. Fans of the John Wick series orThe Old Guard will definitely want to check it out, and it's definitely one of the more interesting celebrity-helmed comics I've seen on the stands.

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BRZRKR #2

Apr 29, 2021

BRZRKR #2continues to present immense levels of gore and ultraviolence while unveiling the secret origin of its protagonist. Now that more details have been revealed about B, he's starting to feel less like a stock action hero and more like a well-rounded character. And a little character can go a long way, especially in the realm of comics.

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Carnage: Black, White & Blood #1

Mar 24, 2021

Carnage: Black, White & Blood #1 takes the symbiotic serial killer through a variety of genres, in celebration of his 30th anniversary. With three more issues planned, I can't wait to see what other stories await one of my favorite supervillains of all time.

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Carnage: Black, White & Blood #2

Jan 1, 1970

Carnage: Black, White & Blood #2continues to celebrate the Sinister Symbiote's 30th anniversary, featuring some outright disturbing stories from top-tier talent. Horror fans and Spider-Man fans alike will find something to love with this series, and I hope that the remaining two issues continue to bring this mix of horror and talent.

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Carnage: Black, White & Blood #3

May 5, 2021

Carnage: Black, White & Blood#3 continues to spread the menace of Carnage across different genres, courtesy of various creators. With only one issue left, I can't wait to see who else gets to put their own spin on Carnage and if other characters in Marvel's stable will get the Black, White & Blood treatment. Personally, my fingers are crossed for a Blade series in the same vein.

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Crossover (2020) #4

Feb 25, 2021

Crossover #4 features its heroes pulling off a daring heist, as well as several surprising connections to another of its creative team's endeavors, including the use of the Paybacks. Given the ending of this issue, as well as its "post-credits" scene, the series is about to kick into another gear. And I can't wait to see what happens on the journey to the Crossover site, as well as the potential appearance of other comic characters.

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Crossover (2020) #6

Apr 29, 2021

Crossover #6wraps up the series' first story arc, tying up several plot threads while ending with a massive cliffhanger. I'm not sure where the series intends to go from here, but I'm looking forward to what this creative team has in store. I highly recommend this series to avid comic book readers or comic readers of all shapes and sizes as there's literally something for everyone here.

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Demon Days (2021): X-Men #1

Mar 2, 2021

Demon Days: X-Men #1merges Japanese history and Marvel characters together in a splendid story, which also features some of the most stunning artwork in a comic series and a deep dive into Japanese folklore. If you love X-Men, manga, or both, this is the book for you-and the next installment in the Demon Days saga looks to give even more Marvel characters the same treatment.

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Eternals (2021) #2

Feb 10, 2021

Eternals #2 sets up a cosmic murder mystery for its titular gods and resurrects one of the greatest villains in the history of the Marvel Universe. I highly recommend this series to fans old and new, especially if they want to know more about the Eternals.

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Eternals (2021) #3

Mar 10, 2021

Eternals #3 fleshes out its cast while still delivering top-notch writing and artwork. The ending of the issue throws yet another wrinkle into the ongoing murder mystery, and with all the issues the Eternals are dealing with on top of that, there's plenty to keep this series going.

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Future State (2021): Superman: House of El #1

Feb 23, 2021

Future State: Superman-House of El #1 has a strong premise and solid artwork, but a story that fails to offer an entry point for new readers. Most of the previous Future State titles have managed to build off of or tie into other titles, and it's a shame that this one didn't because there were some genuinely great ideas in this story. I am still looking forward to Johnson's next issue.

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Future State (2021): Aquaman #2

Feb 23, 2021

Future State: Aquaman #2 beautifully explores how trauma and legacy can often go hand in hand, as well as the relationships in the Aquaman family. I would love to see more of Andy and Jackson's adventures, as the concepts and story could fuel an ongoing series for years. Thomas and Sampere have given theFuture State universe one of its most well-crafted stories; if you have been enjoyingFuture State so far or you're an Aquaman fan, I definitely recommend picking up this story.

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Future State (2021): Green Lantern #2

Feb 9, 2021

Future State: Green Lantern #2explores the Green Lanterns in DC's Future State universe, putting the spotlight on each Lantern and what they mean to certain fans. With Thorne and Soy set to boardGreen Lantern in March, I hope they continue to push the Green Lantern Corps into a bold new frontier.

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Future State (2021): Superman: Worlds of War #2

Feb 16, 2021

Future State: Superman: Worlds of War #2continues to explore why Superman matters and the influence his imprisonment on Warworld has on other heroes. With several stories being set up, includingFuture State: Superman-House of El andMister Miracle: The Source of Freedom, this book acts as the perfect launching pad for the upcoming Infinite Frontier initiative in March.

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Future State (2021): The Next Batman #4

Feb 16, 2021

Future State: The Next Batman #4 is both a solid ending for the main story and a perfect set up for future stories in this universe. Even if the backup stories were hit and miss, I plan to read Second Son and hope that Ridley has many more stories to tell with this Dark Knight.

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Green Lantern (2021) #1

Apr 6, 2021

Green Lantern #1 sets up a bold new direction for the Green Lantern mythos and looks to place John Stewart into the limelight at long last. Anyone whos a fan of Justice League Unlimited or Star Trek: Discovery will definitely want to pick this book up.

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Green Lantern (2021) #2

May 4, 2021

Green Lantern #2 continues to shape the future of the Green Lantern mythos, with a shocking last-page twist that hews close to the events ofFuture State. Multiple story threads are laid out within this issue that set up a wealth of stories, and I can't wait to see how they play out.

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Helm Greycastle #1

Apr 28, 2021

Helm Greycastle #1is a visually stunning book with an interesting premise, but it can't quite capture the promise of its pitch. I highly recommend fans play the "Sacred Armor" RPG that is attached to the book or watch Onyx Equinox if they are looking for a series that lives up to its promise of bringing Mesoamerican myth to life.

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Heroes Reborn (2021) #1

May 3, 2021

Heroes Reborn #1 puts a new twist on the Marvel Universe, featuring a world without the Avengers and the blockbuster action you'd expect from a huge superhero event. With more issues and one-shots set to explore this strange new world, there's no telling what could have happened to fan-favorite Marvel characters, but it'll be fun to find out.

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Home Sick Pilots #3

Feb 14, 2021

Home Sick Pilots #3 explores how people handle grief in different ways while continuing to flesh out its universe with new story developments. Given how the issue ends, Ami may be reunited with one of her friendsand said reunion could turn extremely deadly.

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Iron Fist: Heart of the Dragon #2

Feb 17, 2021

Iron Fist: Heart of the Dragon #2 is fairly light on plot to the point of being nigh-inconsequential, yet its art is a wonder to behold. Hopefully, the next issue is more substantial in terms of plot and action.

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King In Black #4

Feb 17, 2021

King in Black #4 features a jaw-dropping twist in Marvel history and begins to turn the tide for our heroes, setting the stage for a world-shaking finale. Cates and Stegman are aiming to end their Venom saga on a high note, and as someone who's been there from day one, I can't wait to see how it all pays off.

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King In Black #5

Apr 7, 2021

King in Black #5 serves as the perfect conclusion to one of the best Marvel events ever and sets up a new status quo for Venom. Though Cates and Stegmans time on Venom is coming to an end, the work they have done with the Lethal Protector is groundbreaking in every sense of the word.

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King In Black: Black Panther #1

Feb 10, 2021

King in Black: Black Panther#1 perfectly blends the Afrofuturism of its title hero with the cosmic horror of the title event series, creating an engaging and often emotional story. Fans of King in Black or theBlack Panther film, as well as Black Panther fans in general, will want to pick it up.

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Marvel's Voices: Legacy #1

Feb 24, 2021

Marvel Voices: Legacy #1is a love letter to Black heroes, as well as Black comic book readers. If you have a favorite Black hero, chances are they're represented in this one-shot. It is a must-read, not only for Black History Month but for all comic fans. Hopefully we continue to see more one-shots like this in Marvel's future for other characters and creators of marginalized identities.

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Mighty Morphin (2020) #4

Feb 15, 2021

Mighty Morphin #4 fundamentally changes the game for the Power Rangers and starts to peel back the curtain on some of the series' mysteries. With the Green Ranger revealed and Lord Zedd having them on the ropes, the Rangers are in for a fight like never before.

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Mighty Morphin (2020) #5

Jan 1, 1970

Mighty Morphin #5provides an excellent origin story for the new Green Ranger, showcasing how Matt Cook is similar and different from his fellow Rangers. Given the other Rangers' friendship with Mattand his complicated relationship with KimberlyI hope that the next issue touches on their reactions to his identity reveal.

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Mighty Morphin (2020) #6

Apr 20, 2021

Mighty Morphin #6 tests the Power Rangers emotionally and physically and ends on a whopper of a cliffhanger. This book continues to deliver the Ranger action fans know and love while pushing the mythos in surprising new directions.

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Nocterra #1

Mar 3, 2021

Nocterra #1 delivers a unique concept and a story with deeply emotional stakes while giving its readers a new reason to be afraid of the dark. The first issue ends with the perfect cliffhanger, and given its creators' zeal for the story-as well as the fact that it was the subject of a highly successful Kickstarter campaign-Image Comics may yet again have another hit series on its hands.

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Nocterra #2

Jan 1, 1970

Nocterra #2 continues to peel back the layers of the shadow world and introduces an utterly frightening new antagonist. With Val on the run and Blacktop Bill in hot pursuit, things have kicked into high gear, and this road trip has taken a turn for the worst.

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Nocterra #3

May 7, 2021

Nocterra #3 hits a number of emotional notes while continuing to up the stakes for its protagonist's journey. Given the cliffhanger ending, it appears that Val will be forced to make a tough decision down the road, and I'm dreading the day the series comes to that point. But it also speaks to how emotionally engaging this book is, in addition to the action-horror elements.

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Non-Stop Spider-Man (2021) #1

Mar 8, 2021

Non-Stop Spider-Man #1 is a jolt of adrenaline in comic book form, placing the friendly neighborhood web-slinger into the middle of an action film. Spidey fans and action fans should pick it up if they like their comics fast and furious (to quote another famous action film franchise.)

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Non-Stop Spider-Man (2021) #2

Apr 14, 2021

Non-Stop Spider-Man #2 continues to throw new challenges and obstacles at the web-slinger, while maintaining the adrenaline rush of the previous issue. Whether this is a limited or ongoing series, one things for sure: theres never a dull moment.

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Power Rangers Unlimited: Heir to Darkness #1

Apr 3, 2021

Power Rangers Unlimited: Heir To Darkness #1 takes a look at the tragic backstory of one of the Power Rangers universes greatest villains, packing emotion and action in equal measure into its 44 pages. Given that the series is meant to tie into the currently ongoing Power Rangers series, I cant wait to see how Astronema deals with a different team of Rangers.

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Radiant Black #2

Mar 25, 2021

Radiant Black #2 builds upon the first issue, featuring challenges both personal and superhuman for its fledgling hero. With hints of more conflict between Nathan's civilian and superhero lives in future issues, I hope the creative team continues on this path they've set upon.

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Radiant Black #3

Apr 25, 2021

Radiant Black #3is the perfect look into the writing process and continues to be a standout in the world of superhero comics. I cannot recommend this book enough to fans old and new, as there's something for everyone here. And with the next issue promising to yet again change Nathan's life, the book is clearly ready to shift into a higher gear.

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Scout's Honor #2

Feb 12, 2021

Scout's Honor #2 continues to explore the layers and secrets of its post-apocalyptic world, ending with an emotional knife in the heart. I'm loving the direction this book is taking and the next issue looks to explore the "trial by combat" that often pops up in post-apocalyptic fiction. I recommend this book to anybody who either loves post-apocalyptic fiction or has gotten burnt out on it as this is a genuinely fresh take.

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Scout's Honor #3

Mar 12, 2021

Scout's Honor #3puts its protagonist through challenges both mental and physical, leading to a nerve-wracking cliffhanger that promises to change the trajectory of the series. This comic has continued to impress me and is fast climbing up my personal "must-read" list every New Comic Book Day.

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Scout's Honor #4

Jan 1, 1970

Scouts Honor #4 places its protagonist at an emotional crossroads and explores the nature of faith, particularly what happens when you lose it. With the next issue promising a massive fight, I cant wait to see how the creators bring it all home. They have proven themselves more than capable of balancing post-apocalyptic action and character development, so I expect a great ending

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Silk #1

Apr 3, 2021

Silk #1 features the return of the web-slinging heroine, with all the wit and humanity readers have come to expect from Cindy Moon. With a new threat looming on the horizon, and the events of this debut issue placing her in an unexpected position, fans will no doubt enjoy Cindys return to solo superheroes.

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Silk (2021) #2

Apr 28, 2021

Silk #2continues to balance its superheroic and human elements while introducing a new foe for Cindy Moon. In true Spider-Verse fashion, Cindy's personal life and her adventures as Silk are set to collide, and when the dust settles, things may never be the same for her.

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Spider-Man: Spider's Shadow #1

Jan 1, 1970

Spider-Man: Spiders Shadow launches a new era of What If? Tales, sending the web-slinger down a dark path. Given Zdarskys previous work, and how gorgeous Ferry and Hollingsworths art looks, this feels like it could be an all-timer for alternate Spider-Man tales.

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Suicide Squad (2021) #1

Mar 2, 2021

Suicide Squad #1 more than lives up to its name, featuring an eclectic cast of characters on a dangerous new mission. With James Gunn's The Suicide Squad on the horizon, Task Force X has made the perfect time to have a comeback.

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Superman Red & Blue (2021) #1

Mar 16, 2021

Superman: Red & Blue #1features emotional and engaging tales centered around the Man of Steel, courtesy of some of the industry's best creators. I'm not sure how long this series is meant to last, but I can't wait to see what future issues bring, and I highly recommend it for all Superman fans.

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Superman Red & Blue (2021) #2

Apr 20, 2021

Superman: Red & Blue #2continues to let comic creators from all walks of life tackle the Man of Steel, telling tales that feature his friends and foes. I hope that the next issue continues to have this variety, as there are multiple characters in the Superman mythos that could benefit from their own tale.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #2

Feb 18, 2021

TMNT: The Last Ronin #2 begins to peel back the layers of the tragedy surrounding the story and paints a dark future for its titular heroes in the process. Rarely have I felt an emotional gut-punch with these "dark future" stories, but The Last Roninis the exception to the rule because it centers around the dissolution of a family. I can't wait to see more of this story, as it truly is shaping up to be a special entry in TMNT history.

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The Marvels (2021) #1

Apr 28, 2021

The Marvels #1begins a massive adventure in the Marvel Universe, perfectly capturing the sense of adventure and humanity that fuels the Marvel Universe. If you are a fan of Marvel's characters, this is the comic for you. Busiek, Cinar, and Isanove have created something special here that looks to follow in the same footsteps as Marvels.

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The Trials Of Ultraman (2021) #1

Jan 1, 1970

The Trials of Ultraman #1returns to the Ultraman universe its creative team has set up, featuring new challenges for the titular Tokusatsu hero. With the ending touching on another thread fromThe Rise of Ultraman, Ultra fans are in for more Kaiju-filled action and new takes on elements of the Ultraman mythos.

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The Trials Of Ultraman (2021) #2

Apr 21, 2021

The Trials of Ultraman #2continues to throw new challenges at its hero, including a new threat that can match him in raw power. With a deepening mystery surrounding the Kaiju and Moroboshi's reappearance, and three issues left, this series only continues to flesh out the new Ultraman Universe.

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Transformers: Beast Wars #2

Mar 6, 2021

Transformers: Beast Wars #2continues to shape the new era of Beast Wars, clearly drawing the lines between Maximals and Predacons. Considering where the issue ends, both factions may end up doing battle sooner than expected-in effect, kicking off the titular Beast Wars.

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Way of X (2021) #1

Apr 21, 2021

Way of X #1offers a profound meditation on the nature of faith and the price of paradise and places Nightcrawler in the spotlight. With the appearance of another classic X-Men character and the budding mutant religion, it could be one of the best books in the Reign of X era.

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Witchblood #2

May 2, 2021

Witchblood #2 fleshes out the world of its witches and vampires while providing its heroine with a new quest. It also manages to raise the stakes for Yonna, which any good story should do. I'm thoroughly hooked on this series after two issues and I hope to see where Yonna's journey takes her.

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Wolverine (2020) #10

Feb 24, 2021

Wolverine #10 serves as the conclusion to an action-packed spy storyline, reuniting the clawed mutant with one of his longtime allies. Next issue will see Wolverine battle vampires and the machinations of Omega Red and I can't wait to see how Percy shifts from the spy genre to the horror genre (and how artist Scot Eaton handles the clawed Canadian).

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X-Men: Legends (2021) #1

Feb 15, 2021

X-Men: Legends #1 is a flashback to a simpler time, and although the art is lacking the story is a solid attempt at untangling one of the few knots in the X-Men's canon. Longtime X-Men fans, particularly those who grew up in the '90s, will hopefully enjoy it, and the issue ends on a shocking cliffhanger that makes me want to pick up the next issue.

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Young Hellboy: The Hidden Land #1

Feb 15, 2021

Young Hellboy: The Hidden Land #1 feels like a delightful throwback to globe-trotting adventure films, mixed with the supernatural elements that have come to define the Hellboy mythos. It's also easily accessible to new readers and a deeper exploration of Hellboy's life for longtime fans.

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