Dan Spinelli's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: AIPT Reviews: 63
8.6Avg. Review Rating

7.5
Batman (2016) #111

Aug 3, 2021

James Tynion IV and Jorge Jimenez wrap up the first arc of Batman to follow "Future State" with a series of action set pieces and a third-act betrayal that sets up the next big Gotham crossover: "Fear State."

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8
Batman/Catwoman (2020) #4

Mar 30, 2021

This twelve-issue wrap-up to Tom King's long 'Batman' run is as engrossing and flawed as his monthly issues. But the three-timeline structure lends itself to some pacing problems.

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9
Batman/Superman (2019) #16

Mar 23, 2021

Gene Luen Yang's debut issue is a marvelous tour of the Golden Age with spectacular art from Ivan Reis, Danny Miki, and Sabine Rich.

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8
Batman/Superman (2019) #17

Apr 27, 2021

We have all read a few too many comics about comics at this point for the approach to seem novel, but Yang seems more interested instoriesand how two of the most iconic fictional characters in history can be molded to tell a good one. It's still too early in his run to know where he plans to take that idea, but I'll be excited to find out.

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7.5
Batman: The Imposter #1

Oct 12, 2021

The premise of "what if Batman existed in the real world?" is fascinating, but too often this comic fails to take advantage of it. Even as Andrea Sorrentino's art gives the comic a searing beauty, the story resembles more standard Batman tales.

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9
Beta Ray Bill (2021) #1

Mar 29, 2021

Daniel Warren Johnson spins another tale of gods and monsters. What more could you want?

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8.5
Catwoman (2018) #29

Mar 16, 2021

Superstar writer Ram V and stellar art from Fernando Blanco and Jordie Bellaire make this book a stirring addition to the new Gotham status quo.

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8
Catwoman (2018) #30

Apr 20, 2021

Ram V drops Selina Kyle into a shadowy, neo-noir world as Fernando Blanco and Jordie Bellaire help create one of the best looks at Gotham you'll find on the stands.

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9
Catwoman (2018) #31

May 18, 2021

The Gotham line of comics could not be better right now, and 'Catwoman' is a major reason why. Ram V and Fernando Blanco give each issue the right mix of character-driven story while staying close to the wider Gotham narrative.

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8.5
Catwoman (2018) #32

Jun 15, 2021

Who is Selina Kyle? Writer Ram V and guest artist Evan Cagle answer across varying vignettes as Selina's pursuers are treated to stories of her past.

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8.5
Catwoman (2018) #33

Jul 20, 2021

Ram V annd Fernando Blanco's brilliant run on 'Catwoman' heats up as Father Valley and the Magistrate close in on Selina Kyle.

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9
Catwoman (2018) #34

Aug 17, 2021

Fernando Blanco's final issue as the regular "Catwoman" artist is a satisfying conclusion to this Father Valley-focused arc.

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8.5
Catwoman (2018) Annual: 2021

Jun 29, 2021

Father Valley's history with Azrael and the Order of St. Dumas comes into focus.

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9.5
Children of the Atom (2021) #1

Mar 9, 2021

Writer Vita Ayala and artist Bernard Chang bring this latest batch of young mutants to life with humor and the soap operatics the X-Men are known for. I couldn't put this issue down.

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9
Chris Claremont Anniversary Special (2021) #1

Jan 13, 2021

It's no Dark Phoenix Saga, but Chris Claremont's anniversary special is a lovely retrospective on his Marvel career, as seen through the eyes of Danielle Moonstar.

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9
DC: Love Is A Battlefield (2021) #1

Feb 9, 2021

Not every story works, but when the stakes are this low, it's hard not to smile at DC's heroes finding love"whatever that means to them.

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9
Detective Comics (2016) #1034

Mar 23, 2021

Mariko Tamaki and Dan Mora's first issue of 'Detective Comics' is a delightful romp through Gotham's corridors of power.

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7.5
Fantastic Four: Life Story #1

May 17, 2021

A charming, if occasionally stilted, look at Marvel's First Family, "Fantastic Four: Life Story" #1 is more interesting as an introduction to a story that will span decades in the life of Reed, Sue, Johnny, and Ben.

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8
Fantastic Four: Life Story #2

Jun 23, 2021

Marvel's First Family enters the 1970s as Sue Storm deals with parenthood and the shifting political winds of a turbulent decade. Also: Doom enters the picture.

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8.5
Future State (2021): The Next Batman #1

Jan 5, 2021

Nick Derington on art. John Ridley on the script. Sixty-four pages of comics. What else could you ask for?

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9
Future State (2021): Dark Detective #2

Jan 26, 2021

Bruce Wayne is in full detective mode as he uncovers the mysteries of the Magistrate. A sterling creative team, anchored by Mariko Tamaki, Dan Mora, and Jordie Bellaire, makes this one of Future State's best-looking books.

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9.5
Future State (2021): The Next Batman #2

Jan 19, 2021

John Ridley's much-anticipated Batman tale comes into focus as Tim Fox considers what it takes to be a hero in dystopian Gotham.

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9.5
Future State (2021): Dark Detective #3

Feb 9, 2021

Writer Mariko Tamaki, artist Dan Mora, and colorist Jordie Bellaire are perfectly in sync on what kind of story they want to tell and what visual language they need to express it.

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8
Future State (2021): The Next Batman #3

Feb 2, 2021

With only one issue left of this series, so much about Jace Fox remains unclear. The one thing that's very clear: the art in this book is dynamite.

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9.5
Future State (2021): Dark Detective #4

Feb 23, 2021

As a self-contained story about Bruce Wayne and the roots of Gotham's corruption, "Dark Detective" is brilliant. As a prologue to Mariko Tamaki and Dan Mora's "Detective Comics" run, it's even better.

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9
Future State (2021): The Next Batman #4

Feb 16, 2021

It's "Closing Time" in Gotham as The Next Batman, Batgirls, and Gotham City Sirens all reach their conclusion.

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8.5
Guardians of the Galaxy (2020) #10

Jan 6, 2021

Not even an awkwardly-timed tie-in with the King in Black crossover can halt this book's momentum. Al Ewing and Juann Cabal are firing on all cylinders.

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9
Guardians of the Galaxy (2020) #13

Apr 12, 2021

Al Ewing and new series artist Juan Frigeri set the Guardians of the Galaxy up for an exciting new status quo. And, that's all before [redacted] shows up!

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8
Guardians of the Galaxy (2020) #15

Jun 23, 2021

This transition issue introduces the villain of "The Last Annihilation" and introduces the Guardians to the S.W.O.R.D. station.

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8.5
Guardians of the Galaxy (2020) #16

Jul 19, 2021

Dormammu steals the show in first serving in The Last Annihilation, a crossover uniting the main Marvel Cosmic books.

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9
Heroes Reborn (2021) #1

May 3, 2021

Writer Jason Aaron and artist Ed McGuinness team up for a delightful action fest that finds new heroes defending the United States while a certain skeptical vampire lurks in the shadows, looking to uncover the mysteries of this new universe.

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7.5
Heroes Reborn (2021) #7

Jun 16, 2021

Jason Aaron's tale of a world without the Avengers is headed for a finale as the Squadron Supreme learn more about the nature of their manufactured reality.

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7.5
Heroes Reborn (2021): Peter Parker, The Amazing Shutterbug #1

May 10, 2021

The world of Jason Aaron's "Heroes Reborn" gets a bit bigger as readers learn what happened to Peter Parker in a world without the Avengers.

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Heroes Reborn (2021): Night-Gwen #1

Jun 7, 2021

Writer Vita Ayala and artist Farid Karami ask important questions about rehabilitation and the limits of vigilante justice in this ambitious tie-in issue.

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8.5
Heroes Reborn (2021): Magneto & The Mutant Force #1

May 24, 2021

If you are someone who enjoys nods to X-Men history, you will have your hands full (and probably, quite a few tabs open on your browser) while reading this issue.

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8.5
Inferno (2021) #1

Sep 29, 2021

The thrill of a first issue like this is in what it sets up and portends for the rest of the series. By that score, writer Jonathan Hickman and artist Valerio Schiti do an admirable job, but as a standalone issue, it suffers from pacing problems and an unshakeable feeling that the execution was rushed.

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9
Kang the Conqueror (2021) #1

Aug 16, 2021

Kang the Conqueror's first ongoing series pairs young Nathaniel Richards with Kang, one of his grizzled alternate selves, on a journey through the character's epic history.It reads like some crazy, cosmic version of "A Christmas Carol."

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8.5
Kang the Conqueror (2021) #2

Sep 15, 2021

Nathaniel Richards is on a journey to become Kang the Conqueror, but he's not liking what he sees. This issue, set in Egypt, introduces him to one of Kang's more famous incarnations and invites Nathaniel to reconsider his destiny.

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9
Marauders #21

Jun 2, 2021

The Hellfire Gala kicks off in style as Emma Frost welcomes the Avengers and more than a few villains to Krakoa.

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8
Seven Secrets #6

Jan 12, 2021

Tom Taylor and Daniele Di Nicuolo's characters have been churning through plot at at a lightning-quick pace. Things go sideways in this issue"and the rest of the series could depend on how the characters respond.

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8.5
The Blue Flame #3

Jul 28, 2021

The mystery of Sam Brausam's cosmic odyssey still animates this comic, but in this third issue, the creative team goes deep on Sam's relationship to his sister. The result is equally poignant and tragic.

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The Blue Flame #4

Aug 25, 2021

'The Blue Flame' continues its heartrending story about vigilantism, recovery, and cosmic justice with a kinetic issue that shows Sam Brausam reflecting on his crimefighting experience while his alter ego defends the Earth from annihilation.

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8.5
The Joker (2021) #2

Apr 13, 2021

The best part about "The Joker" is that it's not about the Joker. It's a horror book starring Jim Gordon"and things are only getting scarier.

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The Joker (2021) #3

May 11, 2021

James Tynion IV's skillful story of Jim Gordon on the hunt for the Joker continues with a trip to Belize"and a harrowing flashback to one of the worst moments in Gordon's life.

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The Joker (2021) #4

Jun 8, 2021

Strong art and a consistently compelling narrative keep 'The Joker' humming, but this issue hits a bit of a rut when the Clown Prince of Crime takes on a more central role.

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The Joker (2021) #5

Jul 13, 2021

James Tynion IV and guest artist Francesco Francavilla serve up a full-issue flashback to Gordon's early years in Gotham " when the city was only beginning to wake up to the horror of the Joker.

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The Joker (2021) #6

Aug 10, 2021

Jim Gordon takes Paris as the mysterious conspiracy surrounding the Joker begins to take shape. But first, a wild trip to Texas to learn about the Sampson family...!

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9
The Many Deaths of Laila Starr #1

Apr 21, 2021

Writer Ram V and artist Filipe Andrade's magisterial debut issue is as fun to read as it is to think about.

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9.5
The Nice House on the Lake #1

Jun 1, 2021

'The Nice House on the Lake' #1 is a fantastic first issue, paced by sharp writing and clear, evocative art. And yes, the twist is excellent.

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The Nice House on the Lake #2

Jul 6, 2021

The first issue was a showstopper. This one doubles down on suspense while preserving the indelible character beats that have made James Tynion IV and lvaro Martnez Bueno a can't-miss creative team.

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9
The Nice House on the Lake #4

Sep 7, 2021

James Tynion IV delivers one of the biggest twists yet as "The Nice House on the Lake" amps up the tension.

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9
The Nice House on the Lake #5

Oct 5, 2021

One of the best-looking comics on the stands heads toward a midseason finale as the houseguests begin to understand why an old friend destroyed the world " but saved them.

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Thor (2020) #13

Mar 17, 2021

Like most Donny Cates comics, Thor is an absolute blast to read with a visual feast on every page. But is this a comic that's exactly trying to say something about Thor as a character"and should that even matter?

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9.5
We Only Find Them When They're Dead #4

Dec 16, 2020

This space adventure is turning into a chamber piece"with floating celestial gods.

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We Only Find Them When They're Dead #5

Jan 26, 2021

A book about floating space gods knows when to go big. The genius of Al Ewing and Simone Di Meo is to know when to go small and make the character moments shine.

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9
X-Corp (2021) #1

May 10, 2021

Tini Howard changed the course of mutant history in 'Excalibur'. Now she and artist Alberto Foche bring mutant mayhem to the boardroom as Angel, Monet, and X-Corp take Krakoa to the corridors of corporate power.

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8
X-Corp (2021) #2

Jun 16, 2021

Normally the need to immediately tie in to a separate event would stunt a book's momentum, 'X'Corp" keeps humming along in this issue from writer Tini Howard and artist Alberto Foche.

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8.5
X-Force (2019) #16

Jan 20, 2021

Krakoa's black ops team fights a bunch of Lovecraftian ocean monsters, but the real threat is the guy calling the shots.

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9.5
X-Men (2019) #20

May 26, 2021

The penultimate issue of Jonathan Hickman's "X-Men" series is a tour-de-force about family, grief, and killer robots.

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8.5
X-Men (2019) #21

Jun 9, 2021

Jonathan Hickman says farewell to the 'X-Men' flagship title with help from four superb artists.

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8.5
X-Men (2021) #1

Jul 5, 2021

Comics critics, myself included, have a habit of focusing too much on the script in our reviews, but the thrill of this issue comes through in the vibrance of the art. The X-Men are back. ("Hated & feared no more," as Duggan tweeted recently.) It's a good time to be a fan.

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8.5
X-Men (2021) #2

Aug 4, 2021

Writer Gerry Duggan and artist Pepe Larraz position the mutant heroes as defenders of humanity and, as timeless and classic as that approach seems, it feels almost radical in the Krakoa era. How will the X-Men maintain this goodwill as Krakoa expands to Mars and beyond? That question is the shadow looming over this issue, which has the X-Men's approval rating among humanity as high as it has ever been.

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8.5
X-Men (2021) #3

Sep 22, 2021

The High Evolutionary enters the fray as Marvel's flagship X-book continues its action-heavy first arc.

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