Daren Taveras's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: DC Comics News, Infinite Comix Reviews: 118
7.2Avg. Review Rating

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Action Comics (2011) #19

May 21, 2013

Andy Diggle and Tony S. Daniel started their arc off strong, and it is an understatement to say that Action Comics #19 is one of the best Superman stories to come since the arrival of the New 52. It is just a shame that it will end so soon.

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Action Comics (2011) #20

May 27, 2013

Although it stumbles at parts, Action Comics # 20 continues to amaze as the arc reaches its middle ground. With a promising third act, a soon to be grand face-off, and a new villainous origin, Diggle and his team continue to outdo themselves on their Hybrid storyline.

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Action Comics (2011) #21

Jun 6, 2013

Though it had its missteps, the Hybrid storyline as a whole was an impressive one. Andy Diggle and Tony S. Daniel portrayed a striking and dominant Superman, an impressive look into their cast, and an unbelievable direction towards the artwork. The series brought Action Comics back into proper form, and it will leave a mark on the book for years to come. Hopefully Scott Lobdell and Tyler Kirkham can continue where the last team left off, even if its just for a few issues, and give the new creative team after them a strong universe to welcome them.

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Action Comics (2011) #22

Jul 5, 2013

The artwork alone is worth the pickup of Action Comics #22. Despite the continuity problems and the Superman plugs, the story is heading in the right direction; it just wouldve been nice for these two Superman comics to be completely separate (as was originally intended).

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Action Comics (2011) #23

Aug 8, 2013

Despite its missteps and overall rushed attitude, Action Comics #23 is a solid issue. The artwork and the Knights alone are enough to make this comic a purchase at the end of the day. However, seeing the introduction of an old rogue revitalized in the back-end issue also adds to the comic in a very creative way.

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Action Comics (2011) #23.1

Sep 5, 2013

Despite the origin change, Action Comics #23.1 delivers incredibly. Not only is the story sinister and horrifying, but the contrast between light and dark carry this issue into a very high standard for the rest of the Action Comics villains titles this month.

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Action Comics (2011) #24

Oct 3, 2013

The Action Comics series has taken a break from action to deliver a heart wrenching and emotional look at Supermans past. The comic delivers on that front and paves the way for not only the continuation of Psi War, but also the future inner struggle that Superman has to face.

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Action Comics (2011) #25

Nov 7, 2013

The Zero Year tie-in is both a hit and miss. It stands out as a one-shot or a preview into the new arc of Action Comics but falters on the weight of importance in the actual tie-in aspect of the book. That being said, getting a taste of Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder together before beginning their run on the series is worth the pickup this week at your local comic shop.

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Action Comics (2011) #26

Dec 5, 2013

The issue is filled with little loose ends that will unravel as the arc moves forward. The story direction seems promising and with the amount of detail the team is applying to the series ultimately breathes a new life into Action Comics that hasnt been seen since Andy Diggle and Tony S. Daniels arc running from issue #19-#21. Action Comics #26 is a strong start to Greg Pak and Aaron Kuders arc and is a standout for not only Superman but the series as a whole.

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Action Comics (2011) #27

Jan 9, 2014

Action Comics continues its new rejuvenated storytelling by the multitalented creative team. Aaron Kuder and Greg Pak complement each other very well and we are left with a very gratifying Superman title that stands out on the comic book shelves. This issue is not only a pleasure for Superman fans, but DC fans as a whole.

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Action Comics (2011) #28

Feb 12, 2014

The story is shaping up nicely and this issue ends on a serious note that will leave readers excited for the next release. With enemies new and old clamoring at the chance to face off against the Man of Steel, Action Comics is delivering an exciting story that is filled with everything a Superman fan needs, and more. Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder are creating their own take on Clark Kent and it's clear that they wouldn't be able to do so without the attention and care that they express for the character.

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Action Comics (2011) #29

Mar 6, 2014

Action Comics #29 expands on a strong story that has refrained from stuttering. With the introduction of a larger entity at work, an emotional and unfamiliar Superman stands to face off against the foe. Hopefully Clark will be able to find himself and once again and become the symbol of hope that readers look forward to seeing every month.

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Action Comics (2011) #30

Apr 3, 2014

The plot of the issue is dampened by a messy schedule. Rather than feeling like a wrap-up issue for the first arc in Pak's run, Action Comics #30 reads as a filler book that attempts to make sense of all the chaos involving the upcoming crossover. It's a shame to see things go awry in what has been a phenomenal arc in the history of Action Comics in the New 52. Luckily, the artwork and first half of the issue keeps Action Comics #30 in a positive light.

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Action Comics (2011) #31

May 16, 2014

For all the bad in Action Comics #31, a strong front on writing saves what little there is left. In order to appreciate and enjoy "Superman: Doomed", readers will have to dive into all of the tie-ins. Although it's forced, the story is moving in an interesting direction. Seeing what kind of repercussions follow Clark as the story moves forward will keep readers engaged, despite the many bumps on the road.

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Action Comics (2011) #32

Jun 6, 2014

Action Comics #32 does not satisfy on all of the aspects that the series thrives upon. A thought-provoking story, powerful artwork, and overall satisfying conclusion are all unfortunately absent this month. As with crossovers, it's hard to fit all stories and tie-ins into the same niche, but Action Comics #32 seems entirely out of place in "Superman: Doomed".

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Action Comics (2011) #33

Jul 5, 2014

Action Comics #33 suffers from a misshapen narrative. Although certain sequences, namely the combat, are eye-catching, there is not much else to keep the reader engaged. "Superman: Doomed" has bogged down the series and, unless things move in a better direction, there will not be much of a reason to pick up Action Comics until the arc has finished.

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Action Comics (2011) #35

Oct 4, 2014

The narration behind Action Comics #35 is not anything Superman readers haven't seen before. The general, Superman is in all of us, angle has been done multiple times. That being said, Pak finds a way to bring everything full circle and give a somewhat refreshing take on Clark Kent after the endless months of "Superman: Doomed". Superman fans are definitely going to enjoy Action Comics #35, even if the artwork is slightly off.

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Action Comics (2011) #36

Nov 7, 2014

Action Comics #36 suffers from pacing issues, character development flaws, and inconsistencies. Although the first half wanes a bit, the second half of the book brings everything together in a powerful way. Readers will have mixed feelings on this month's issue. Despite this, Aaron Kuder shines by displaying his ability to depict incredible monsters and breathtaking sequences. It is a shame that the script doesn't match in quality.

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Action Comics (2011) #37

Dec 5, 2014

Pak and Kuder travel familiar terrain this month. The plot and artwork have their moments of weakness but all in all, Action Comics #37 is a solid issue. It is missing a bit of polish, however, it is intriguing to see this creative team take daring approaches in the tone of their book. Action Comics #37 may not be the strongest of the series, but there is a little something for all readers, especially those that can overlook its problems.

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Action Comics (2011) #38

Jan 8, 2015

Action Comics #38 is a step in a different direction. That direction may not be for everybody, but the artwork will keep readers engaged and looking forward for what is to come. Kuder has outdone himself and comic readers owe it to themselves to check out his amazing artwork this month.

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Action Comics (2011) #39

Feb 6, 2015

Action Comics #39 is boring. Nothing exciting nor prevalent happens in the book and it drags on far too long. With the mishandling of direction, a naming crisis, and unresolved points, there is not much to take away from the issue that isn't overtly negative. The artwork is stunning, but that doesn't save Action Comics this month.

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Action Comics (2011) Annual #2

Oct 31, 2013

Despite its flaws, Action Comics Annual #2 is a strong start to Krypton Returns. Although it may be over faster than we would like it to be; only four issues, it appears that the story will go in a very interesting and exciting direction. Kenneth Rocafort continues to do wonders with his artistry and its apparent in every page of the annual.

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Action Comics (2011): Futures End #1

Sep 5, 2014

Action Comics Futures End #1 is a boring, ugly, and uninspired. With a story that goes nowhere, artwork that fails to stay consistent, and an overall dull guardian angel, readers should give this is a big pass.

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Animal Man (2011) #23

Aug 25, 2013

Lemire continues his stellar arc on the Animal Man series. With the introduction of Brother Blood, the Red will feel his wrath for comics well past this arc. Rafael Albuquerque takes over artwork duties with Animal Man #24 and the creative team left him in very good standing to make something special.

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Animal Man (2011) #24

Oct 18, 2013

Animal Man #24 has a few issues, but none of them pull the book down in anyway. It was enjoyable and satisfying in every aspect, and delivers heavily due to the new artwork. Lemire and Albuquerque are melding very well, and the oncoming issues can only get better.

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Animal Man (2011) #25

Nov 22, 2013

Animal Man #25 is a rare misstep in the series. Despite finally seeing Albuquerque demonstrate his artistry in Buddys powers, the questionable choices in both the writing and drawing aspects of the book bring the issue down. The ending is shoddy and feels forced, but well have to wait until next month to fully understand what the hell is going on.

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Animal Man (2011) #26

Dec 19, 2013

Animal Man #26 is the precursor to the finale of the series. Although its storytelling structure is daring, the overall tone of the book falls a bit short. The artwork is superb and well detailed throughout the issue but is pulled back by the strange shift in the story. Over the next three months we will see Lemire end the Animal Man series, but hopefully on a memorable and more satisfying note than this issue.

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Animal Man (2011) #27

Jan 23, 2014

As Lemire heads into the finale of Animal Man, the story has become ruthless and thrilling from panel to panel. Lemire is bringing things to a full circle and there are no signs (so far) that the ending will not deliver. Rafael Albuquerque expands on his techniques in drawing Animal Man and it gets better with every release. Animal Man #27 is a wild ride that readers will enjoy from start to finish.

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Animal Man (2011) Annual #2

Aug 16, 2013

Animal Man Annual #2 is a must-read, even for non Animal Man fans. This could be one of the best one-shots Jeff Lemire has ever conceived and it is a testament of not only his writing but also the style and artwork of Travel Foreman. This issue is absolutely heartbreaking and it will flesh out even the hardiest of latent emotions from the reader.

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Coffin Hill #2

Nov 14, 2013

Coffin Hill #2 expands on the history and future of the series in a short amount of time. The story remains as interesting as ever and the character development excels. Mirandas artwork gets better and better with every release, and once the story reaches its bloody conclusion, he will take full advantage of his gift. Although there are a few negatives to it, Coffin Hill #2 is a solid release to the new series.

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Coffin Hill #3

Dec 12, 2013

Coffin Hill is shaping up to be a very thought-provoking tale. With inventive and original storytelling and an incredible artist, this series is growing into its own shell, and bloodily breaking out of it to terrify its readers. Coffin Hill #3 excels its previous installment and if the same amount of momentum and attention to detail is displayed in future releases, the series will become a must-buy.

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Coffin Hill #4

Jan 18, 2014

Coffin Hill #4 is a highlight of this series. With the shift in storytelling, the introduction of an antagonist, and a world that expands with every release, Coffin Hill is satisfying on multiple fronts. Caitlin Kittredge and Inaki Miranda work wonders with each other, and although there are a few bumps in the road, Coffin Hill is beginning to feel whole.

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Coffin Hill #5

Mar 3, 2014

Coffin Hill #5 falls flat. It feels like a wrap up issue that leaves more questions unanswered than before. The series has had its ups and downs, but this month's issue is plain boring. Being that this is the penultimate issue of the first arc will make the reader worried about how the loose ends will tie together in a single issue than the actual conclusion itself.

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Coffin Hill #6

Mar 17, 2014

Coffin Hill #6 excites for the most part. Seeing the new lead-in for the next arc will leave readers curious as to how things will unfold. Kittredge writes well and delivers the end of this arc in an interesting way. With the help of Miranda and De La Cruz, the artwork shines from start to finish. Despite this, readers are going to be annoyed if things continue to unravel at a slow pace.

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Coffin Hill #7

Apr 16, 2014

Coffin Hill #7 has an interesting plot by taking Eve Coffin out of the equation. This issue goes fifty years into the past to tell a story about the history of the women of the Coffin family. One of the glaring problems that Coffin Hill faces is a lack of information on the powers of Eve Coffin and where they come from. Coffin Hill #7 begins to tell that story that the readers have been waiting for. Seeing an explanation of the birth rite of the family and the power behind the women of their past strengthens the reader's belief in Eve and begins to turn the cogs of understanding behind her abilities. Although we aren't given answers in bulk, it's satisfying to finally see where the power behind the Coffin family comes from, albeit slightly. Coffin Hill #7 delivers on multiple fronts. Although it breathes a fog of unnerving, it does not take away from the story that is being told.

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Coffin Hill #8

Jun 13, 2014

Coffin Hill #8 is not without its issues. With most of its mistakes running through its poorly timed pacing, it pulls the reader out of the experience. That being said, it is a stronger contender in the series' history. With a powerful past scenario in place, more than likely it'll bleed over into the present day narrative, and it will strengthen the comic as a whole.

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Coffin Hill #9

Jul 10, 2014

The plot in "Dark Endeavors" pushes forward on a strong note. If additional subplots are not forced into the story, "Dark Endeavors" could take Coffin Hill into an intriguing direction. Despite having a core plot and two subplots going on, it is refreshing to see one shoved aside, albeit momentarily. Coffin Hill #9 is a daring and vital boost of energy into the series. If the series continues to focus on what's important and keep the filler away, it will only improve.

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Coffin Hill #10

Aug 14, 2014

Coffin Hill #10 unfortunately fails to impress in the way that its predecessor did. There was a great deal of promise in the last issue, and it is disappointing to see the series trip up on what could've been a fantastic momentum. Unless things get less complicated, Coffin Hill may dissuade readers by failing to focus on a direct, well-developed plot.

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Convergence: Swamp Thing #1

Apr 24, 2015

Convergence: Swamp Thing #1 had potential. It starts off strong and it hits a few road bumps, but there was always room to salvage the story. That moment never comes, and the book pitfalls into the forgettable pile of Convergence tie-ins. It's a shame that such a beloved time in the character's history is here, but absent of direction, creativity, and foresight.

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Convergence: Swamp Thing #2

May 29, 2015

Convergence: Swamp Thing #1was far from a hit. Luckily,Convergence: Swamp Thing #2 turns a poor story into a fulfilling one. Both Wein and Jones improve into delivering a decent book, but they slightlymiss the mark.

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Fairest #17

Jul 11, 2013

Despite its shortcomings, Fairest #17 succeeds where the last comic did not. The big picture hasnt been set yet, and maybe until then, the comic might be a pass. But there is enough intrigue in the story to pull in a memorable end. Hopefully we will remember it for better reasons.

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Fairest #18

Aug 8, 2013

Fairest #18 is a step up in nearly every level of its past issue and the story is getting stronger moving forward. The reader will be excited to see how these events unfold and fit into the arc as a whole. The cover art may be misleading but good things come to comic readers that wait.

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Fairest #19

Sep 5, 2013

Although Fairest #19 is far from perfect, the new sense of comedy brings out an interesting dynamic to the series. Sadowski continues to impress with his monster illustrations and the story is heading in an exciting, albeit questionable, ending.

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Fairest #20

Oct 3, 2013

Overall Fairest #20 did a good job of finishing the arc and leading into the Fables crossover nicely. There were many opportunities for the arc to completely fall off the mark and fortunately they avoided these missteps.

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Fairest #21

Dec 5, 2013

Fairest #21 serves as a great issue for Fables fans, but may feel like falling off a cliff for Fairest-only readers. The abrupt change in the design of Fairest makes the read somewhat difficult but still enjoyable. As a result, the Fairest-only reader will feel more inclined to look up these new characters and throw themselves into the world of Fables as well.

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Fairest #22

Jan 9, 2014

Fairest #22 is a leap forward from its predecessor on every front. Although there are a few hiccups here and there, the story is progressing in a mysterious and fascinating way. The artwork shines throughout the pages and the end of the issue will leave the reader excited for next months release from the very moment they put the book down.

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Fairest #23

Feb 12, 2014

Fairest #23 unfortunately lost a bit of steam. The story was high-octane and intriguing, but Marc Andrekyo appears to be running out of ideas. The issue ends with another cliffhanger that does not hit the excitement intended. Fairest needs to find another way to kick start the story without falling back on the same ideas again.

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Fairest #24

Mar 6, 2014

At the moment, Fairest is struggling to find its place in the Fables world. As the new dynamic between the titles shift between being separate to combined, it's clear that the type of content that Fairest is delivering is not up to par. Until the storytelling reverts to an easier to follow path, and the artwork improves, Fairest is not jumping off the pages the way that it used to.

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Fairest #25

Apr 3, 2014

If there is one thing to say about Fairest #25, it's that it's unpredictable. Despite having issues in story development, "Of Men and Mice" has been able to readers engaged by keeping them guessing every step of the way. This dynamic could be more appreciated if multiple questions weren't thrown at the reader at any given moment. Despite this, it has made for a unique story that is unlike anything Fairest has seen before. The threading of Fables and Fairest into one directly coinciding narrative has not been the easiest of transitions. It would greatly benefit the series to continue to treat their readers with the ideal that they have never heard of Fables before and must be given relevant information in order to understand the story. Why the creative team chose not to do that in "Of Men and Mice" is very questionable.

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Fairest #26

May 12, 2014

Unfortunately, there isn't much to say about Fairest #26 that readers of the series don't already know. The story is sloppy, the artwork is mismatched, and the heavily forced crossover leaves a very dissatisfying aftertaste.

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Fairest #27

Jul 5, 2014

Although Fairest #27 is more interesting and focused than any of its predecessors over the past six months, it still fails to pull readers in. Readers may see this arc as something they are forced to read in order to have a full story, but with a far from memorable start, "The Clamour for Glamour" starts off on the wrong foot.

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Fairest #28

Aug 9, 2014

Fairest #28 is a large step in the right direction. Despite having an unimpressive release last month, Fairest #28 shifts focus onto what matters and leaves a very fun and enjoyable stamp on "The Clamor for Glamour". Hopefully the story will not shift back into a boring prose and maintain its momentum for Fairest's final issues.

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Fight Club 2 #1

May 28, 2015

Fight Club 2 #1 may not be perfect, but it is close to it. Palahniuk and Stewart worked a way to satisfy both fans of the novel and film. Without excluding either kind of Fight Club fan, the follow-up series looks to tell as powerful of a message as its predecessors.

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Invincible #114

Sep 12, 2014

With a sudden case of deja vu, Invincible #114 fails to match up to the hype surrounding the issue. However, with impressively displayed artwork and new plot developments on the horizon, Kirkman and Ottley are able to churn out a solid issue. Those craving exciting combat will be dissatisfied this month, but with a Battle Beast focused issue coming in October, their lust will be quelled.

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Invincible #115

Nov 20, 2014

The ending of Invincible #115 leaves an exciting and grim future. Although Invincible #116 will not release until January, Kirkman is able to deliver a strong, violent issue to cap off the end of the year. Readers will be upset to know that it'll take a while for the cliffhanger to flesh out into a larger set of events, but there is a great deal to be excited about. With powerful storytelling, gut wrenching chaos, and a peek into a devastating future, Invincible #115 delivers on nearly every aspect.

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Invincible #116

Jan 22, 2015

Invincible #116 shows a great deal of promise. It lays a foundation for a new beginning for Mark and his family. Kirkman brings a harrowing display of dialogue control and intelligent storytelling, it just seems as though things are moving faster than they should. Ottley and Beaulieu are a strong combination and deliver an impressive issue.

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Invincible #117

Feb 19, 2015

Next month is being heavily advertised as a $0.25 issue. It is an issue that will be spent to bring in new readers. With the massive change that is about to happen, now is definitely a good time to start picking up Invincible.

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Invincible #118

Mar 26, 2015

The issue is a steal at $0.25 cents. Even if that is outside of your budget, Invincible #118 is available for free digitally as well. Kirkman will satisfy readers of old as well as charm new readers into continuing Mark and Eve's journey. The artwork is outstanding and continues to impress every month. It is a great time to start reading this wonderful book.

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Invincible #119

May 4, 2015

There are problems with Invincible #119, but there is still a lot to keep the reader engaged. The book may jump around quickly but each of the moments have a key narrative to tell and it is handled well. Although the journey is a bit rugged, all in all the book is worth the ride.

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Invincible #120

May 28, 2015

Invincible #120 is a strong inclusion to the series. With Kirkman and Ottley firing on all cylinders, it is hard to find anything wrong with this issue. If the team can maintain their level of cohesion, Invincible will continue to please fans every month.

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Supergirl (2011) #21

Jun 22, 2013

The "Be Careful What You Wish For"" arc starts off solid and leaves the reader wanting more from start to finish. Michael Alan Nelson is doing a great job of keeping the pace and energy that Johnson left us with, and although the artwork isn't up to par with the past issues, it is still a very well written comic.

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Supergirl (2011) #22

Jul 22, 2013

Supergirl #22 is a step up from its predecessor. The artwork does have its hiccups, but the action sequences more than make up for it. Cyborg Superman steals the spotlight and the combination of the writing and artwork make this comic a must-buy.

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Supergirl (2011) #23

Aug 25, 2013

Unfortunately Supergirl #23 doesnt live up to the hype it was able to generate through the past few issues. The scenes of Kara fighting off her demons were very well done, but the end was rushed and convoluted. However, the artwork has improved in nearly every aspect of its predecessor.

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Supergirl (2011) #24

Oct 18, 2013

Although the issue was lackluster as a whole, the scenes with Supergirl were absolutely fantastic. Seeing her reborn in a fury of flames and ashes like a phoenix will resonate with the reader and the series for months to come. If those scenes were fleshed out heavier, the comic would have been an instant buy. But with uneven storytelling and lack of attention, Supergirl #24 comes out average, or slightly above it.

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Supergirl (2011) #25

Nov 21, 2013

Krypton Returns is nearing its end, but unfortunately its not hitting the high concept that Scott Lobdell is trying to convey. Though seeing the House of El come together again is interesting and entertaining, the hurried application of the source material makes the arc feel more sloppy than memorable. There is one issue left in the arc to win readers over and, hopefully, it will deliver.

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Supergirl (2011) #26

Dec 19, 2013

Supergirl #26 delivers on nearly every aspect of the book. The artwork makes this issue stand out immensely and its clear that it will remain this way for months to come. Tony Bedards careful examination and development of Kara is engaging and thought-provoking. This is a great place for new readers to dive into Supergirl.

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Supergirl (2011) #27

Jan 23, 2014

The new creative team for Supergirl continues to establish a fresh take on Kara Zor-El. With a charismatic new outlook on the future, and an underlying weakness that holds her back, Supergirl is becoming a very developed part of the DC Universe. Tony Bedard, Yildiray Cinar, and Ray McCarthy are growing as they work together and the result is quite satisfying.

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Superman (2011) #20

May 23, 2013

Lobdell delivers a rare misstep in his otherwise iconic run on Superman. The issue fails to meet the standard that Lobdell has set in his previous work and it is largely because of the artwork and the addition of Dr. Hector Hammond. Whether the main picture is yet to be realized, or if the arc is as flat as it appears will rest on the hinges of Superman # 21.

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Superman (2011) #21

Jun 28, 2013

This arc begins with a lot of potential and it is a great jumping on point for new readers and a great fan service to current Superman readers. This is the most exciting comic that the Superman series has had since the Hel on Earth storyline began.

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Superman (2011) #22

Jul 26, 2013

Although Superman #22 has a great deal of action, the parts preceding those scenes deflated. With the possible exit of Kenneth Rocafort, it may be harder for readers to dive into Superman. That being said, the next issue in the Superman series promises a wide scale fight, the likes of which we have yet to see.

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Superman (2011) #23

Aug 30, 2013

Although there are a number of positives with the birth of the Psionic War storyline, the uneven pacing of the artwork leaves the reader questioning the overall creative management of the Superman series. There are enough surprises to keep the reader engaged and interested in the continuation of the arc, but the artwork has to live up to the hype the story is currently pushing forward.

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Superman (2011) #23.3

Sep 19, 2013

The artwork alone is not enough to save this issue. In a month filled with innovative and terrifying villains, this one is an obvious pass. Hopefully HEl will be given the arc he deserves in the future.

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Superman (2011) #23.4

Sep 27, 2013

Superman #23.4 is a successful entry into the Villains month catalogue. The story and artwork blend very well due to Aaron Kuders handling of both ends. Parasite will linger on the reader and leave him/her excited to see what happens next. This comic will leave you with either disgust, pity, hatred, or all of the above.

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Superman (2011) #24

Oct 25, 2013

Although the final issue of Psi War was able to satisfy on an action based level, it faltered as a satisfying conclusion. There are a few stand out issues in the arc, as well as gorgeously rendered pages, but the story refrains from keeping the same aptitude and structure consistently between the creative team swaps. Action Comics #24 is the highlight of the series, and should be read regardless of how the arc is received.

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Superman (2011) #25

Nov 29, 2013

Although Krypton Returns is very pretty, it lacks substance. Superman #25 tries to be epic and thought-provoking but isnt able to deliver on either level. On the action front, the comic is very solid, but if youre expecting more than a punch-off, you will be disappointed.

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Superman (2011) #26

Jan 2, 2014

Despite the few things that Superman #26 does right, Lodbell does much wrong. With inconsistency in both writing and artwork, Superman is hard to read this month. In the coming weeks, well see more of Parasite, but hopefully he will be given a greater attention; the kind of attention that Superman needs at this very moment.

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Superman (2011) #27

Jan 29, 2014

Superman #27 is an overall better issue than its predecessor, but not by much. With dialogue that harkens back to 90s animated puns, sloppy handling of multiple characters, and a topic thoroughly beaten to death, Superman is having a difficult start to the New Year. Although the artwork has improved, nothing else makes this issue shine on the comic stands.

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Superman (2011) Annual #2

Aug 2, 2013

The absence of action is completely shadowed by a well developed plot and artistic direction. Superman Annual #2 is a must read for not only Superman fans, but also Lois Lane fans looking to delve deeper into the mind of a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter!

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Superman / Wonder Woman (2013) #7

Apr 13, 2014

Superman/Wonder Woman #7 had a limited amount of time to introduce the aspects necessary to make the Doomsday tie-in understandable. However, Charles Soule is able to tell an emotional tale behind the veil of crossover shenanigans. The artwork is not able to keep the same level of cohesion that the writing does this month, but it is still a beautiful addition to the Superman/Wonder Woman family.

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Superman / Wonder Woman (2013) #8

May 16, 2014

"Superman: Doomed" has taken readers on an unsuspecting route. Despite focusing on heavy action, the arc is reading in an opposite manner. The story has a slower pacing that focuses more on Clark Kent than Superman. Reserved internal conflicts between Clark and Diana are lying below the surface, and may erupt following the events of the current arc. It's exciting to see what Soule and Daniel are capable of going forward. Despite being tossed into a somewhat forced tie-in, this creative team has found a way to provide a satisfying and entertaining addition to not only "Superman: Doomed", but also Superman/Wonder Woman.

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Superman / Wonder Woman (2013) #9

Jun 13, 2014

"Superman: Doomed" continues, and thankfully Soule and Daniel have had a great deal of success in their Superman/Wonder Woman crossover titles so far. With sharp writing and impressive artwork, it is hard for this team to miss the mark – even on a crossover that is as scattered as "Superman: Doomed".

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Superman / Wonder Woman (2013) #10

Jul 10, 2014

"Superman: Doomed" has been a shaky crossover. A lack of direction has made certain issues revisit topics that were already covered, leaving the reader confused and somewhat disinterested. Superman/Wonder Woman has done a great job of keeping the story in check and reigniting interest in a cluttered mess of a crossover. Although Soule is doing the best he can to strengthen the narrative, "Superman: Doomed" just is not succeeding in redefining Superman. The slow pace of the story is beginning to affect other books negatively, and it'll only be a matter of time until readers put these books down until the crossover is well and finished.

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Superman / Wonder Woman (2013) #11

Aug 14, 2014

Superman/Wonder Woman #11 is a big misstep for "Superman: Doomed". With an unnecessarily busy direction, and a lack of consistency between tie-in issues, this month's Superman/Wonder Woman suffers incredibly. "Superman: Doomed" has lasted long enough, and readers will look forward to the conclusion for the sole reason of getting back to the norm.

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Superman / Wonder Woman (2013) Annual #1

Aug 9, 2014

The "Superman: Doomed" crossover has had a long, bumpy ride. With narrative issues, multiple collaborations, and forced tie-ins, "Superman: Doomed" will be remembered, but not for the right reasons. Although Superman/Wonder Woman has done a good job of tying loose ends together and developing a good story out of a forced one, they were not able to capture lightning in a bottle this time.

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Superman: Earth One #3

Feb 9, 2015

Overall, Superman: Earth One Volume 3 is a thrill ride. Between the impressive visuals and exciting pace, Volume 3 stands as the highpoint of the series. With emotional undertones and a well-executed finale, Straczynski delivers a surprisingly deep Superman story. If the past volume was not so integral to the narrative, Volume 3 could've ascended to a higher standard. That being said, fans of Superman will enjoy this book and see that the strengths outweigh the negatives.

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Swamp Thing (2011) #23.1

Sep 19, 2013

Swamp Thing 23.1 is one of the finest additions to the Villains month catalogue. With an impeccable respect for the source material and the well-handled plot and expansion, this creative team takes the series to leaps and bounds above the rest. Swamp Thing 23.1 is fan service at its fullest.

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Swamp Thing (2011) #24

Oct 3, 2013

Swamp Thing continues to impress on every spectrum. With a well-researched development team, and a profound appreciation for the characters history, the Swamp Thing is heading into an incredible direction.

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Swamp Thing (2011) #25

Nov 8, 2013

Swamp Thing #25 is unbelievable from start to finish. With the combination of breathtaking combat sequences and incredibly mastered artistry, Charles Soule and Jesus Saiz deliver one of the best issues of Swamp Thing since the birth of the New 52. It is truly a spectacle to see how strong this creative team has become and how they continue to develop well-made content every month. If youve never read Swamp Thing before, now is the time to dive in.

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Swamp Thing (2011) #26

Dec 5, 2013

Despite the melancholy that courses through every corner of the book, Swamp Thing #26 continues to expand on both the artistic and storytelling front. Alec Holland needs to return as soon as possible or the very fabric of nature will tear for good. No one is safe as long as Jason Woodrue remains as the Swamp Thing.

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Swamp Thing (2011) #27

Jan 9, 2014

Swamp Thing #27 sees its first conclusion to a Charles Soule arc. With a great love for the character, its clear that Soule genuinely takes pride in writing every line of Swamp Thing. It would be extraordinarily difficult to see any of the pieces Soule has created without the artwork of Jesus Saiz. Together they are creating visual magic for the readers month after month.

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Swamp Thing (2011) #28

Feb 12, 2014

The storytelling remains a key strength of Swamp Thing. Despite taking a break from the combat and action, this issue reads very well. Seeing Alec Holland take steps into the world again as Swamp Thing" albeit with new companions"is rewarding. It's a breath of fresh air to see Swamp Thing out of the Green and back on Earth. By using different and interesting techniques, Soule keeps the story from becoming boring. Soule's image is expressed effortlessly through the artwork of both Jesus Saiz and Javi Pina. Although Saiz returns next month, it was nice to see Swamp Thing drawn in a brighter and uplifting way. The cliffhanger, however, promises darker times ahead.

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Swamp Thing (2011) #29

Mar 6, 2014

The slower narrative is not for everyone. After a whirlwind of chaos that surrounded Alec Holland for months on end, it is only natural to take it slow for a little while. Those who got accustomed to the pacing of Swamp Thing may find it difficult to switch over into this new dynamic. That being said, Swamp Thing #29 is planting seeds in the story that will grow to become huge plot points in the oncoming months.

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Swamp Thing (2011) #30

Apr 3, 2014

The main focus of this three-part arc is the removal and eventual rejoining of Alec Holland with his Avatar body. There are little subplots that are building into future conflicts for Swamp Thing. These subplots are arguably more interesting than the main plot and that may detract some readers. The subplots are diverse and unlike the twists that Swamp Thing has had in the past. Despite being innovative, it slows this arc's already latent pacing. For readers that have become accustomed to the fast pace environment of past issues of Swamp Thing, there may be some trouble adjusting to the new flow. But it's undeniable that the story remains fascinating through every turn.

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Swamp Thing (2011) #31

May 12, 2014

Swamp Thing #31 impresses on multiple fronts this month. A strong attention to detail for both the storytelling and the artwork pulls the series into an elite category. With an upcoming crossover in the works, it is exciting to be a reader of Swamp Thing.

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Swamp Thing (2011) #32

Jun 6, 2014

Despite its minor hiccups, Swamp Thing #32 is solid and stands amongst some of the most innovative work Charles Soule and Jesus Saiz have done on the title.

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Swamp Thing (2011) #33

Jul 5, 2014

"The Wolf and Lady Weeds" arc starts off strong. The comic ends in an exciting twist that will have readers counting the days to the next release. Although Swamp Thing #33 does not reach the same level of excitement that the series is known for, it does set things up for a promising continuation.

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Swamp Thing (2011) #34

Aug 9, 2014

Swamp Thing #34 is an exhilarating read. The pacing may come as a shock to readers expecting the slower narrative that the series has developed over recent months, but the issue is very entertaining. Despite the strength in Soule's dialogue and Pina's artwork, the ending pulls the book down from what could've been one of the best Swamp Thing titles to date.

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Swamp Thing (2011) #35

Oct 4, 2014

Swamp Thing #35 starts off in a weird place. By taking a sharp turn in tone, the book failed to hit its usual mark. That being said, Soule and Saiz find their footing midway through the book and expand on the world they have sculpted. Although the Calculus are introduced in a wonky way, they deliver an intriguing ending that will keep the reader's attention and excite them for next month's issue.

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Swamp Thing (2011) #36

Nov 7, 2014

Swamp Thing #36 is an excellent read. With emotions resonating throughout the book, cutthroat action, and fan service, this month's issue is a standout for the series. Despite it's few detractions, Swamp Thing lands another stellar issue.

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Swamp Thing (2011) #37

Dec 5, 2014

Soule and Saiz hit the nail on Swamp Thing #37 and hard. With an immense focus on plot building and villainous growth, Soule delivers one of the strongest Swamp Thing issues to date. Saiz beautifully illustrates Soule's vision and brings the monster that is the Queen of Machines to life. Next month cannot come soon enough.

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Swamp Thing (2011) #38

Jan 8, 2015

Swamp Thing #38 attempts to be confident behind a veil of shortcomings. There is a solid story buried beneath the intricacies, but it takes a bit of effort to unearth it.

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Swamp Thing (2011) #39

Feb 6, 2015

The many flaws that the penultimate issue of Swamp Thing expresses will leave a bitter taste on the palette of fans of the series. With a rushed premise, uneven pacing, and character development issues, Swamp Thing #39 is a hard read. There are a few things that readers will enjoy, but it doesn't save the overall experience of the dull book.

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Swamp Thing (2011) #40

Mar 9, 2015

Despite its shortcomings, Swamp Thing #40 sings praises for the titular character. With admiration, creativity, and a talented team, Swamp Thing has delivered a compelling tale. It is sad to see the character go, but the send off was handled with care, and maybe, too little space.

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Swamp Thing (2011) Annual #2

Oct 31, 2013

Swamp Thing Annual #2 carries its story forward by focusing on the very nature of Swamp Thing. As a result, we are left with a powerful issue that expands on the Green as well as the inner workings of Swamp Thing. The battle will commence in the next issue of Swamp Thing, and armed with new toys, this issues ends with potential for a promising horizon.

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Swamp Thing (2011) Annual #3

Oct 30, 2014

Despite its missteps, Swamp Thing Annual #3 is a visual spectacle. Although the setting, time, and long narrative detract from the story, the artwork and third act will satisfy readers of the series. Whether the dramatic exit is warranted or not is up to the reader, but a question will linger " a year from now, will anyone even remember Capucine? It's not likely.

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Swamp Thing (2011): Futures End #1

Sep 5, 2014

Despite a somewhat stale ending, Swamp Thing Futures End #1 excels on every other front. Readers may scoff at the final page, but will walk away from the book satisfied at everything leading up to it. Soule and Saiz demonstrate their incredible talent by building off of each other's strengths. In doing so, they have not only delivered a fantastic Futures End tie-in, but one of the best Swamp Thing titles to date.

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The Walking Dead #131

Sep 12, 2014

The Walking Dead #131 is a slow burn. Despite its slower pacing, Kirkman is able to take a number of characters and move them forward into a larger plot. The character development is natural and believable. With Adlard improving his iconic style, Kirkman has all the tools necessary to move into something larger in the oncoming months, but readers may lose patience if things continue to move this slowly.

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The Walking Dead #132

Oct 4, 2014

Although The Walking Dead #132 is a tour de force, it does everything that a good issue should do. Whether the outcome will satisfy is yet to be seen, but this month's issue serves well as a stepping point for an entirely new menace.

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The Walking Dead #133

Oct 23, 2014

The plot is moving at a faster pace. By the end of the issue, readers will see that the body count will increase in the future. After a slower pace for the past few issues, it will be exciting to be on the edge of your seat once again. With a higher risk of danger, The Walking Dead thrives, and from the looks of it, things are going to pick up in a satisfying way. Until Kirkman and Adlard can convince readers that the Whisperers are something to be feared, they won't be held to the same standards as past memorable antagonists.

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The Walking Dead #134

Nov 13, 2014

Despite the slight misstep in handling the stars of the issue, The Walking Dead #134 is an enthralling read. With action on nearly every page, character development, and a promise of consequences moving forward, there is a lot to be excited about. If Kirkman and Aldard can keep the fast pacing backed up with consistent emotional weight, The Walking Dead could be leading up to a compelling arc.

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The Walking Dead #135

Dec 11, 2014

The Walking Dead #135 is strong on multiple aspects, but is hurt by a few redundancies. Having a topic dragged out for long without resolution has made the new antagonists stale and forgettable. There is far too much tell, and not enough show. That being said, Kirkman and Adlard are moving towards something, albeit slowly. For all the time its taking, the payoff needs to be big in order to satisfy readers.

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The Walking Dead #136

Jan 15, 2015

The Walking Dead #136 is a bit slow. It is an issue that focuses solely on interactions between a large number of characters. The pacing is hurt by the multiple shifts to other settings but has an underlying sense of importance in direction. Once again, readers will find themselves waiting for more and hoping that something big happens, and soon.

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The Walking Dead #137

Feb 12, 2015

The Walking Dead #137 doesn't shy away from teasing readers. By the end of the issue, readers will be clamouring for more and agree that four weeks is not enough time. Kirkman has set the stage for quite a conclusion. As long as the direction stays focused as it did this month, The Walking Dead could be seeing an entirely new and ambitious future. Adlard remains a constant asset to the book, and really brings the tone home.

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The Walking Dead #138

Mar 14, 2015

The Walking Dead #138 moves things along but not in the way that readers would've hoped. It is understandable that patience is running thin after months of build up. It is questionable why Kirkman chose to culminate things in a loose manner, but it could make for a stronger follow up. That being said, readers may grow tired of spending six months anticipating a thrilling conclusion that never seems to arrive.

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The Walking Dead #139

Mar 26, 2015

Storytelling issues aside, The Walking Dead #139 is still a worthwhile read. Fans of Michonne will be thoroughly engrossed as she divulges in her past. The dialogue is consistent and delivers all the right notes through Adlard's artwork. The book just needs to find a way to stay on topic in order to become a must read.

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The Walking Dead #140

Apr 11, 2015

The Walking Dead #140 is the issue that readers have been waiting for. With a number of subplots heading in promising directions, Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard give their audience the perfect helping of plot development and artistry.

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The Walking Dead #141

May 14, 2015

There isn't much to disappoint readers this month. Hickman and Adlardare firing on all cylinders, giving the readers exactly what they want, and Negan fans will be fulfilled in spades. The Walking Dead #141 is the issue that readers have been waiting for.

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The Walking Dead #142

Jun 12, 2015

The Walking Dead #142 is a throwback to a simpler time. There is a single motivation that is shared by almost the entire cast and it gives the creative team a wonderful platform to tell a riveting story.

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