C.V.R. The Bard's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Comic Crusaders Reviews: 30
7.3Avg. Review Rating

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Action Comics (2016) #1036

Nov 11, 2021

If Kennedy Johnson thinks competition for having best chapter in this storyline is Superman revealing he's in desperate need for some rogain in front of some boastful villains who were just reiterating the same spiel Thao-La was saying issues ago, he's dead wrong. What Kennedy Johnson & Co. released here is not enough for DC to try and solicit this as a storyline that could stand shoulder to shoulder with "Death of"". I call blasphemy.

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Black Cotton #5

Sep 7, 2021

Certainly there must be more in the chamber for Hawkins & Perugini's run. With five in the can, these two are just too good to run out of ammo at this point.

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Black Panther (2021) #1

Nov 23, 2021

Years removed from the most recent "American Way" saga, the opening pages show that Ridley still hasn't lost his chops to tell compelling superteam stories, even after so many successful solo he's recently been known to pen.

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Bunny Mask #4

Sep 27, 2021

The humor is dark as ever and Mutti's colors makes the panels look almost like ripples in a body of water. I can only wonder what corner Tobin will put his main character in with the next arc of his tale and just how the woman with the Bunny Mask will tie-in. Bunny Mask is pulp mixed with the supernatural, a puzzle waiting for it's next pieces Tobin & Mutti left in the box, and Aftershock would only be silly to not invest in seeing Tobin's jigsaw to completion.

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Chilling Adventures In Sorcery (2021) #1

Nov 4, 2021

As a reader who thought that Archie & Sabrina were just for female audiences, "Chilling Adventures "" was catalyst enough for at least a 180 on my perspective. Just because an Archie comic was the only book with panels I found once upon a time ago at my grandmother's residence doesn't mean that every Archie book after will carry the same themes.

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Conan the Barbarian (2019) #25

Sep 10, 2021

With Owsley's tale as the end cap and a new King Conan series on the horizon to succeed this Conan run, Marvel does it again by providing further interest for new and old readers ready for the next chapter of this Cimmerian's adventures.

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Cypress Hill: Tres Equis OGN

Sep 15, 2021

"Tres Equis" is yet just another successful venture in where the group has found only another medium to conquer through their mastered skill of controlling a crowd through the art of storytelling.

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Extreme Carnage (2021): Omega #1

Sep 29, 2021

Yeah, that goofy Sony movie might have introduced the mainstream to the Klyntarian's , but for those interested in seeing the symbiote's in real action with heavy stakes while delving into their individual biographies, then "Extreme Carnage" is that book that covers all those bases, making "Omega" the rightful, well done, home run !

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Hardware (2021): Season One #2

Oct 15, 2021

But seriously, Cowan & Sienkiewicz are a match made in heaven, as Sienkiewicz is able to set the moody tone with inks and Cowan has drawn some of the most gorgeous female jowl and ocular work that I have ever seen in comic history, putting to page the cleanest depictions of Afro-centrism that I have seen in comics in contrast to the rawest depictions that I have seen from the likes of Risso or Corben.

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Hellions (2020) #16

Oct 12, 2021

"Hellions" is a team book, so roster changes are par for the course, but in the Hickman-era no team can truly compete with the Hellions, even if they are breaking down. "Hellions" No.16 let's readers in on the secret adhesive that holds this title together as other groups go about their fall in the vein of "X-Factor" & "Children of the Atom" . There's evolution regardless even if the reset button is pushed a few more times.

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Icon & Rocket (2021): Season One #3

Sep 30, 2021

"Icon & Rocket Season One" No.3 is a slow-burn for those on the fence about a reboot for some of their favorite characters straight out of the coveted Dakotaverse. But the slow burn is like a stick of incense : when the scent hits the nostrils and rests in the mental's temple.

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Icon & Rocket (2021): Season One #4

Nov 5, 2021

"Knuck If You Buck" is just another day in Dakotaverse, where extraterrestrials who look like they came straight of a J.Lo 2000-era anime is as common as female protagonists constantly stealing the limelight from arguably one of DC's most powerful male characters. Perhaps, stealing is the wrong word since Braithwhite and Co. have the heroes in Rocket & Xiomara look so good while doing just that. But fans of Icon wont be disappointed, you get to see him plenty, even if he gets knocked down a few times, he gets as up as this book is sure to put spirits in as soon as the first panel meets iris, guaranteed.

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Immortal Hulk #50

Oct 14, 2021

Pain, suffering, torture, indifference, isolation : these are constants in Banner's life, whether he has on a pair of eyeglasses or ripped shorts. If you dont know these constants then this book is not for you, I invite you to spend your time elsewhere. But if you've been through hell to the point that is all you know and all you have to look forward to, then Ewing and co. invite you for one last trip to The Below Place : with Bennet's absolutely devious art style that would make Elphias Levi blush, and Ewing's soul piercing words ; even if your tear ducts become dried up from this trip through the Hulk's personal hell " one page of the Immortal Hulk No.50, and you'll consider making reservations where the One Below All can only be called a great host.

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Jennifer Blood (2021) #1

Oct 11, 2021

First issues are supposed to entice readers with a bang, at least that is to be expected on a line called "Dynamite"; but starting things off here with the slow burn effect was arguably the wrong choice for "Jennifer Blood " No.1. For the coming issues I want to see gratuitous levels of gore, I want witty & biting comedy, and overall I want Blood's sexuality to be played up to the level that Parillo is able to deliver on every cover he touches. If he can do that, then there will be hope for the new kid on the block yet.

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Justice League (2018) #66

Aug 7, 2021

Still, the fact that this issue is not as inviting to new readers as it expects one to have knowledge of the current storyline (which I have been ducking) to pick it up, as well as being attached to an unflattering cover of the Hall of Justice does not entice me to continue with Bendis' run, though I am encouraged to peek in periodically every now and again for a periodical like this.

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Justice League Incarnate (2021) #1

Dec 1, 2021

Peterson, Bressan, and Dinnick all have seamless art, the styles distinct, but not jarring to draw attention away from Williamson and Culver's story. So refreshing to read a story that stands great on it's on two before it hits omnibus slot where it belongs in the pantheon of essential DC history.

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Marauders #23

Aug 22, 2021

I loved the team aspect here. The Reavers vs.The Marauders " this is the type of teamwork that playoff games are made off of. And seeing Shadowcat & Frost perform so cohesively, as if co-captains, was an excellent reference to the relationship that they have grown together since the days when Kitty was choosing between Hellfire & the Xavier Institute like Gryffndor & Slytherin.

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Non-Stop Spider-Man (2021) #4

Aug 31, 2021

The way that the panels are tilted look like a retro porno, which at first is disorienting, but after awhile, the diagonal design attached to the comedy and action here puts this issue of "Non-Stop" up like toothpaste on a prison wall. Especially in the class of passion projects, "Non-Stop" is setting the bar, a little late in the series, but I guess comic readers everywhere will be able to chalk it up that ol' "Parker Luck".

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Nubia & The Amazons #1

Oct 22, 2021

The next issues should feature heavier action sequences with dialogue mixed in, instead of these two core concepts being divided. If that can be successfully executed then "Nubia and The Amazons" can go down as a touchstone for the future of DC, instead of a tokenized mini-series only put out seemingly to appeal to marginalized readers.

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Nubia & The Amazons #2

Nov 18, 2021

With all of that and William's paragraph style script, there is a lot of book here in a mere twenty something pages (because of the Batgirls preview, which seemed completely unnecessary so I skipped) that will keep reader's of "Nubia And The Amazon's" satisfied for the next 30.

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Purgatori (2021) #1

Oct 20, 2021

This new Purgatori arc is loaded with mystery, sensuality, and violence using touchstones of previous pop culture successes but not going to far with those influences so as not to be classified as an original work that will leave readers questioning what will come next as they reach the last page. With Purgatori here in this brand new number one, "Witches Get Stitches" is the new benchmark on how to win over crowds both familiar and brand new to the Dynamite imprint .

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Sacred Six (2020) #12

Aug 24, 2021

Priest puts a cap on possibly one of the greatest tales to spin out of the Dynamite catalogue.

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Shazam! (2021) #2

Aug 23, 2021

Sheridan is a comic genius here, "comic" defined as comedy in this case. And the comedy works in such a dreary backdrop as somebodies' hell " complete with demons and people with dollar signs in their irises " basically any gambling town you could think of.

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Sinister War (2021) #4

Sep 2, 2021

Yes, I was turned off by Spidey's new suit during the beginning of Spencer's latest run, but with the right amount of nostalgia featured here in this mini-event, Bagley & Spencer and just got me back on board for the next chapter of "Amazing", and the motivation is all here in this conclusion known "Sinister War" No.4.

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Static (2021): Season One #3

Sep 2, 2021

Ayala's "Static" series is certainly picking up steam in the third issue of the Milestone reboot. If she keeps this up and decides to work with a different penciller, I can smell a "Hot Streak" coming !

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Vampirella (2019) #22

Aug 9, 2021

Yes, the book is busy and jam-packed with so many different characters and plot lines from different books you need to be sure to read the editor's notes when dealing with this series. But, if you're anything like me and would rather loosely follow along while still being entertained by the level of deep storytelling occurring here in a book that looks like an expertly drawn Tijuana Bible (seriously, some of Gunduz' pencils here belong in a museum at the most, a screensaver at the least) then Vampirella number twenty-two will be right up your alley.

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Vampirella (2019) #24

Sep 28, 2021

"Vampirella" No.24 doesn't feel like the penultimate issue that it is, this Priest work can standalone in any comic book collection as a collectible or as a book that needs to be re-stapled because the mind-bending story inside could only be read over and over for years to come. A recurring theme with Priest and his associates as they continue to make the Vampi-verse proud.

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W.E.B. of Spider-Man (2021) #3

Aug 10, 2021

So, to have to sit through this book and to be forced to think like a parent would, really did not sit well with me. A great book is able to suspend time and carry a message to anyone no matter their age, ethnicity, or prevailing culture. W.E.B. of Spider-Man makes such a direct attempt at marketing the Marvel brand when Marvel should be focused on marketing good stories that could sell themselves. I have no doubt that this one was not flying off the shelves.

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Wonder Girl (2021) #4

Nov 1, 2021

"Homecoming Part IV" features poster worthy art, a modern and entertaining story without appearing to forcefully garner attention from a specific demographic. This approach Jones takes sets "Wonder Girl" apart from the rest of the current titles DC has featuring the Amazons of Themyscira " possibly the best spot to vacate, but Jones might just have rewrote history and switched that destination to the Brazilian rainforest. Hats off.

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WWE The New Day: Power of Positivity #2

Aug 11, 2021

The Power of Positivity is a tale about the most positive stable in WWE today " and showing that every feel good story has shadows behind it to bring out the bright colors so well.

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