David Brooke's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: AIPT Reviews: 4878
8.3Avg. Review Rating

8
2020 Force Works #1

Feb 25, 2020

This is a fun action and adventure comic with plenty of fast-moving action visuals to satiate even the biggest Schwarzenegger fan. Once again I'm pleasantly surprised to find tie-ins to a mini-event being this damn good.

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8.5
2020 Force Works #3

Jun 3, 2020

I had a blast reading this thanks to the escapism and jam-packed plot and action. If you like fast-paced action comics don't skip this fun miniseries.

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5
2020 Ironheart #1

May 20, 2020

This is a decent start to a two part story that has Riri forced out of her suit and into street clothes to do some good for the world. The handling of Riri is strong, as you have to admire her heroism and gumption, but the plot is slow and doesn't offer enough action. Issue #2 might rectify this though.

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8
2020 Machine Man #1

Feb 18, 2020

I wasn't sure what to expect from this tie-in, but based on its quality I'm excited to read more tie-in series in this event. Machine Man has always been an entertaining and highly emotional character and the mission at hand is going to take further evolution of his control over these emotions or else he may not win at all.

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6
2020 Rescue #1

Mar 3, 2020

This is a good look at Pepper Potts and a solid argument we need to see more of her. Unfortunately, this issue suffers from the sins of the past and serves as a reminder of them as Potts -- and by extension, these creators -- try to close the door on clunky Tony Stark history. Ironically, in trying to show Potts still believes in Tony Stark, I'd argue it makes me less of a believer in him and much more a believer in Potts. Give her the armor -- after the strong points made about her personality, I'd prefer her in it!

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9
4001 A.D. #1

May 3, 2016

This is good summer blockbuster comics. The action is fierce, the science fiction fun, and the art spectacular. This is Blade Runner meets Transformers meets Elysium. Check this out!

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8.5
4001 A.D. #2

May 30, 2016

The best cyberpunk comic in ages. It looks gritty, real, and downright futuristic, made complete with one of the most epic science fiction scenarios imaginable.

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8.5
4001 A.D. #3

Jul 26, 2016

A gorgeous comic that has such good captions you might just stop everything to read them. 4001 A.D. is turning out to be a poetic masterpiece.

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7
4001 A.D. #4

Aug 30, 2016

4001 A.D. #4 is the perfect epilogue issue. We get at the core of Rai's motivation, see some truly awe inspiring science fiction scenes, and get a good sense of where the story can go from here.

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9.5
80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular: Joker #1

Jun 9, 2020

This is a well-curated collection of stories reminding us Joker is not only scary, but also incredibly smart and versatile. A key element in all these stories is how Joker is very dangerous and never to be taken lightly. It's a serious take on the character and a nice way to remind us of where this character is after a long history in DC Comics.

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8.5
80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular: Wonder Woman #1

Oct 5, 2021

Wonder Woman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular is a well-curated anthology featuring all sorts of Wonder Woman stories set in different eras for the character. Props to Britany Holzherr for putting together a Super Spectacular that lives up to the name.

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9.5
A Vicious Circle (2022) #1

Dec 14, 2022

People use the word awesome too much these days, but make no mistake A Vicious Circle is an awesome first issue. From the visuals to its ability to entertain and keep up your interest while keeping you in the dark, A Vicious Circle is a comic you can't put down. A Vicious Circle plays off how we think about time travel while using an arch rivalry that connects in exciting ways.

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9.5
A Vicious Circle (2022) #2

Jul 18, 2023

A Vicious Circle #2 doesn't disappoint with a great action frenzy of a second issue. This issue also doesn't hold back with answers and a fulfilling sense of the heroism of our main character and the hard choices he must make. This series sets a high bar for time travel stories with its pulse-pounding action and incredible art.

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9
A.D.: After Death #1

Nov 22, 2016

Science fiction fans will love A.D.: After Death. Its mix of prose and comic book panels draw you in and make you ponder the power of both. It has a Twilight Zone vibe as if it will pull a sheet out from underneath you and reveal further truths you never saw coming.

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8.5
A.D.: After Death #2

Dec 26, 2016

A. D.: After Death #2 continues to be a rewarding experience as you attempt to find meaning in Jonah's prose. There's no doubt this is a work of art on many levels, though it does force the reader to do a bit of work in order to understand it. Whether or not you find this comic entertaining resides entirely on how much work you want to put in.

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9.5
A.D.: After Death #3

May 8, 2017

A strong conclusion with many answers, interesting ideas, and a conclusion that feels warranted and deserved.

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8.5
A.X.E. One-Shots: Avengers #1

Sep 28, 2022

A.X.E.: Avengers #1 is an excellent start in the first three A.X.E. tie-in one-shots. If the purpose of these Gillen-written one-shots is to explore specific key characters in the event, we're in luck as we'll get a thorough exploration of Jean Grey and Ajak.

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8
A.X.E. One-Shots: Starfox #1

Oct 5, 2022

If A.X.E.: Starfox #1 effectively familiarizes you with Starfox and makes you emphasize with his situation. A slightly obscure character, Gillen does the character justice by making you feel for him and understanding his beautiful complexity.

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7.5
A.X.E. One-Shots: Iron Fist #1

Oct 12, 2022

As far as this story ties into the event, it does its job. Both characters get judged and must undergo a trial as they are tested. At this stage, it's a bit early to tell if either will matter in the event's finale, but if you are even slightly interested in Loki or Iron First, give A.X.E.: Iron Fist #1 a shot.

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8
A.X.E. One-Shots: X-Men #1

Oct 5, 2022

A.X.E.: X-Men #1 will make you curious and want more from this event in a good way. While it's unclear what this issue accomplishes for the bigger picture, it's a fascinating deeper look at the complexities of Jean Grey and the burden she is always carrying. Whether or not you agree with the Celestial's judgment, it's safe to say Jean Grey is made stronger for the events of this issue.

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6
A.X.E.: Death to the Mutants #1

Aug 17, 2022

The events taking place in A.X.E.: Death to the Mutants are important to the larger story, but there isn't quite enough here to warrant a purchase unless you're a die-hard Eternals fan. As it stands, it's a so-so tie-in that could have used more mutants, more action, and more things for these characters to do. At best, this issue feels like a decent backup story rather than a full issue adventure.

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8.5
A.X.E.: Eve of Judgment (2022) #1

Jul 11, 2022

For the fan who hasn't been keeping up with Eternals, A.X.E.: Eve of Judgment is necessary reading. It fully captures the complicated nature of their waring sides, establishes why the main villain wants to kill mutants and sets up the summer event with necessary details. If you're at all interested in Marvel's summer event, A.X.E.: Eve of Judgment is required reading.

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8.5
A.X.E.: Judgment Day (2022) #1

Jul 20, 2022

If you're interested in the Shakespearean angle on Marvel heroes, meaning the complex interconnected relationships, you'll love A.X.E.: Judgment Day #1. It packs so many characters into one issue, reminding readers that event comics are about moments in time where every character may be changed forever.

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9.5
A.X.E.: Judgment Day (2022) #2

Aug 10, 2022

If you were on the fence,A.X.E.: Judgment Day#2 inspires with its layers of action and intrigue, delivering a comic all events should aspire to. You'll be swept up in the forward-moving narrative and thrilled by the impressive art and action.

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8.5
A.X.E.: Judgment Day (2022) #3

Aug 24, 2022

Big event comics give characters new problems to overcome while raising the stakes. A.X.E.: Judgment Day#3 raises the stakes tenfold while establishing that maybe there is no way out of being judged.

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8.5
A.X.E.: Judgment Day (2022) #4

Sep 14, 2022

When it comes to A.X.E.: Judgment Day #4, the name of the game is heavy emotional resonance. You will feel for these characters as they never give up hope, but seem to have no way of stopping what is coming. The series continues to take big swings while offering introspective moments as our favorite characters get judged. What more could you want?

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9
A.X.E.: Judgment Day (2022) #5

Sep 21, 2022

If you want action, A.X.E.: Judgment Day #5 has it in droves. The heroes take the fight to the Celestial in an issue that raises the stakes more than you can know. If a Marvel event is supposed to change how we think and see characters, A.X.E.: Judgment Day #5 does it ten fold.

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9
A.X.E.: Judgment Day (2022) #6

Oct 26, 2022

A.X.E.: Judgment Day #6 delivers big time for fans of earned resolution, and the incredible trick of characters talking is as impactful as punching in a superhero comic. This event has always been about the ideas of things or the impression of an entire culture and has shifted global understanding. For an event-caliber story, that's hugely impactful, and it'll be interesting to see the ramifications of this event going forward.

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9
Absolute Carnage (2019) #3

Sep 18, 2019

This is a good third issue since it sets the stage for a superhero battle you won't want to miss while mixing up character dynamics and our anticipations. Absolute Carnage is dripping with tension, serving a dish of horror delights.

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8.5
Absolute Carnage (2019) #4

Oct 16, 2019

For an event that seems to have progressed rather quickly, this has been a great ride. The horror and frightening visual splendor is on full display to soak in for anyone enticed by Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman's epic take on Venom.

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7
Absolute Carnage (2019) #5

Nov 20, 2019

Visually stunning, this finale is entertaining mostly because it sets up so many stories going forward. As a standalone finale, however, I was left wanting, especially since it seems Venom simply had to use willpower to finish this fight. It's a convenient end that wraps things up too easily.

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9
Absolute Carnage (2019): Immortal Hulk #1

Oct 1, 2019

If you like your monsters mixed with psychological horror and terrifying fantasy, this book will expertly creep you out.

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9
Absolute Carnage (2019): Symbiote Spider-Man #1

Sep 3, 2019

This is a good done in one tale that tells a heartfelt and very real story. It's about an average Joe's life and how a little bad luck can send everything crashing down.

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8.5
Absolute Carnage (2019): Symbiote Of Vengeance #1

Sep 10, 2019

Carnage's fluidity meets flame in this fun one-shot that'll have Ghost Rider fans itching for the upcoming reboot in October. Check this out for the great action and design, but stay for the hints at what is to come from the Spirit of Vengeance. 

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9.5
Absolute Carnage vs. Deadpool #1

Aug 20, 2019

A strong sense of style this is a comic book series that is clearly being made by those who love making comics. This book refuses to be just a tie-in, but so much more thanks to the comedy and horror.

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9
Absolute Carnage: Miles Morales #1

Aug 27, 2019

Great characterization, action, and visuals make this a great read. The cliffhanger makes this a must-read for anyone even partially interested in Absolute Carnage. 

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8
Absolute Carnage: Miles Morales #2

Sep 25, 2019

A good second issue that plays around with the identity crisis of being taken over by a Symbiote. This book has heart and speedy action keeping you on your toes. I'm not certain this is a must read to follow the event, but it's definitely entertaining. 

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8
Action Comics (2011) #33

Jul 2, 2014

While it feels way too much like a Hulk story, it still manages to work due to some interesting internal monologuing by Superman and a very real threat looming for Earth.

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4.5
Action Comics (2011) #47

Dec 2, 2015

An attempt is made to deliver an interesting story but it falls flat due to a lack of solid action and a poor wrap up. Wrath's backstory is interesting though and the art carries the emotional resonance well.

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4.5
Action Comics (2011) #50

Mar 9, 2016

I was left wanting more. Greg Pak certainly closes off his run with a long tendril of connective tissue, but the actual climax is disappointing. Save for an interesting connection between Superman and Savage's kid this is a decompressed sort of read with plenty of filler as the heroes rush around doing things to fill the page count.

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8
Action Comics (2011) #51

Apr 20, 2016

"The Final Days of Superman" continues to progress the growing threats to Superman well as he plans for his eventual death. The art is detailed and pretty and this third chapter, aside from a few hiccups, makes me excited to read it all over again once all eight chapters are released.

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8
Action Comics (2011) #52

May 11, 2016

The cliffhanger may not have me at the edge of my seat, but dang it, this is good storytelling. Superman continues to pull at our heart strings as he slowly dies and the story has gotten a hell of a lot more interesting with multiple Supermen converging.

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10
Action Comics (2016) #958

Jun 22, 2016

This is just solid superhero comics from the melodrama of the multiple Supermen to the bombastic actions. This brings me back to the 90s and I love it!

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7
Action Comics (2016) #974

Feb 22, 2017

Dan Jurgens effectively makes you want to know what the hell is going on with Clark as soon as possible due to well written dialogue and a date night that goes all wrong. I can't say this issue worked well all the way through, but dammit I'm curious who this imposter* is as the character is subtly revealed!

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9
Action Comics (2016) #975

Mar 8, 2017

This is about as good as an anniversary issue can get while still progressing the storyline. There are fun homages, meta-nods, and cool reveals that should satiate even the more rabid of Superman fans. The art throughout this volume is top notch well worth the price of admission.

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8
Action Comics (2016) #976

Mar 22, 2017

A good issue when it stands alone, but if you read Superman #19 you're going to be getting much of the same story.

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8
Action Comics (2016) #977

Apr 12, 2017

A fine issue that spends way too much time recapping Superman's origin.

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8
Action Comics (2016) #978

Apr 26, 2017

Another good issue, but the recapping can be a tad boring given we know it already. It's done well though!

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8
Action Comics (2016) #979

May 10, 2017

It's hard to deny how cool it is to see the villains banding together and plotting in this issue.

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8.5
Action Comics (2016) #980

May 24, 2017

A good issue as it develops the inner fears of the main players. Plus it all ties into Suicide Squad #18 well.

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8
Action Comics (2016) #981

Jun 14, 2017

A good fight comic that complicates Cyborg Superman's plan, changes Superman (maybe forever?) and ties well into the emotional side of Superman's friends.

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10
Action Comics (2016) #982

Jun 28, 2017

Action Comics #982 is a perfect issue that's filled with great character work, tons of action, and a fast pace that keeps up to the very end.

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8
Action Comics (2016) #983

Jul 12, 2017

A good fight issue with sharp art!

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8.5
Action Comics (2016) #984

Jul 26, 2017

Great fight comics with a surprise twist by the end that changes everything for Zod.

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8
Action Comics (2016) #985

Aug 9, 2017

A fun two parter story starts here teaming Lex and Superman up in a high emotions drama.

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8
Action Comics (2016) #986

Aug 23, 2017

Action packed and great looking art makes this a fun fight comic with a surprise guest appearance at the end.

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9
Action Comics (2016) #987

Sep 13, 2017

Superman's values are put to the test!

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7.5
Action Comics (2016) #993

Dec 13, 2017

A solid start though it has its hiccups.

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8
Action Comics (2016) #994

Dec 27, 2017

This latest story arc is very intriguing though it does oddly force Superman to come off as arrogant and selfish.

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7.5
Action Comics (2016) #995

Jan 10, 2018

A good issue, though the time travelling zaniness is wearing thin.

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6
Action Comics (2016) #996

Jan 24, 2018

Come for the action and cliffhanger, but the rest is moving so slowly you could easily skip this.

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3
Action Comics (2016) #997

Feb 14, 2018

Save for some fun action this is a lackluster issue.

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9.5
Action Comics (2016) #998

Feb 28, 2018

An excellent climactic issue to an arc that probably didn't need to be so long.

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8
Action Comics (2016) #999

Mar 14, 2018

A good issue before we reach the historic #1,000, which is harder to do than you think: it has to mean something, yet not do too much.

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9.5
Action Comics (2016) #1000

Apr 18, 2018

A great way to celebrate the man of steel with this 90+ page giant.

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9.5
Action Comics (2016) #1004

Oct 24, 2018

A strong issue that is not only romantic but genuine. Bendis and Sook deliver one of the most romantic, and genuinely mature relationship issues ofAction Comics, and superhero comics in general ever.

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4.5
Action Comics (2016) #1019

Jan 29, 2020

Overall, this issue feels heavy-handed. It has a mission and gets it done, but in a way that seems to reduce the Legion of Doom in order to prop up Leviathan in an unearned way. Instead of building up the character by showing, we're meant to believe he's more powerful than most of these villains. This further reduces Perpetua's plan since she chose Lex when this issue seems to suggest Leviathan was the superior villain.

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9.5
Action Comics (2016) #1030

Apr 27, 2021

Action Comics #1030 introduces readers to a new story arc that balances everything that makes Superman great under the ever-present danger of outside enemies. With its plotting always moving forward and Superman's optimism stoked to the max, Action Comics brings the ideal Superman story to life.

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9
Action Comics (2016) #1032

Jun 22, 2021

Action Comics continues to be high-quality comics, and it shows from the art to the intriguing story and character work. This is a triple-A title right now, which hasn't always been the case, so it's a great time to be a Superman fan.

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8
Action Comics (2016) #1034

Aug 24, 2021

Action Comics #1034 is all about building tension with some close calls thrown in to boot. It's limited on those climactic beats, but it's doing the work to make the next issue a must-read.

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9
Action Comics (2016) #1035

Sep 28, 2021

Action Comics #1035 is a fitting end to "Warworld Rising", wrapping up Superman's final hours on Earth. Superman interacts with a number of characters as if he's saying goodbye for good, each of which feels true to the characters and genuine. Add in a fun backup with a wacky villain and you have yourself a great comic filled with action and adventure.

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8
Action Comics (2016) #1036

Nov 9, 2021

All in all, Action Comics #1036 begins a story that feels huge in its scope as it introduces readers to a new world and a bevy of evil characters. It also has its heart in the right place as Superman can't stand the awfulness of Warworld while setting up an adventure we've never seen Superman face since he was created 83 years ago. It's a masterclass in worldbuilding.

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9
Action Comics (2016) #1037

Nov 30, 2021

Once again, Action Comics #1037 lives up to its name with tons of action, sci-fi supervillains, and Superman intrigue. There are also political elements at work here, showing how this isn't a simple fistfight, but a war that spans planets. Add in a good start to a Martian Manhunter backup and you have an issue that'll keep you entertained and thirsty for more.

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8
Action Comics (2016) #1038

Dec 28, 2021

Action Comics hasn't felt this different in some time. Issue #1038 delivers an adventure story with high stakes that are testing Superman beyond anything we've seen before. This may be a slower and sadder chapter, but it's incredibly important as it's always darkest before the dawn.

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8.5
Action Comics (2016) #1040

Feb 22, 2022

Action Comics #1040 continues to show Superman's greatest power may be the ability to inspire hope. His "goodness" is on full display here, while he also holds his own depowered and fighting giant alien monsters. It's a wild concept that is super fun to see executed so well visually with a lot of potential for where it goes from here.

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Action Comics (2016) #1063

Mar 12, 2024

Action Comics #1063 is as epic of a conclusion as it comes. Superman is pushed to the brink in a new way while saving everyone on the planet. What more could you want?

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8.5
Action Comics (2016) #1064

Apr 9, 2024

As far as classic superhero comics go, Action Comics delivers. There's big action, huge stakes, and a setup for an event that has not onebut a few compelling conflicts to resolve.

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8.5
Action Comics (2016) #1065

May 15, 2024

Action Comics #1065 further proves that "House of Brainiac" is a great superhero adventure worth checking out. Combining the space opera with action works wonders to keep readers entertained with a story they've never seen before.

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8.5
Action Comics (2016) Annual: Midnighter 2021

Aug 31, 2021

This is a solid finish to a trippy story for Midnighter. With extra pages to spare for the annual, Conrad, Cloonan, and Oeming have delivered a non-stop action sequence with heartfelt moments and satisfying conclusions. Midnighter 2021 Annual will make you want more from this creative team.

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7
Action Comics (2016): Special #1

May 2, 2018

A good extra-sized issue of shorter tales.

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9
Acts of Evil: Ghost-Spider Annual #1

Sep 4, 2019

Acts of Evil continues to wow me each and every week. The creative team have put together a comic that will satisfy any action-frenzy itch while mixing in great character development and a strong message. Don't miss it.

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9
Acts of Evil: Ms. Marvel Annual #1

Jul 2, 2019

A great start to "Acts of Evil," and an even better Ms. Marvel story. The creative team does a fantastic job with the character and imparts a strong message too. If you like Ms. Marvel even a little bit, don't skip this.

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9.5
Acts of Evil: Deadpool Annual #1

Aug 21, 2019

An all around great one-shot that's funny, action packed, and even comes with a strong message of protecting children. Schwartz, Brown, and Aaron Kuder's excellent cover solidify this as an excellent comic story from cover to cover.

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9.5
Acts of Evil: Punisher Annual #1

Jul 17, 2019

Judging by the first two "Acts of Evil" annual issues Marvel has clearly got a great idea on their hands. This issue is a great example of how mixing seemingly impossible characters and throwing them into the deep end of possibilities can be highly entertaining.

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7.5
Adventure Time Annual: 2014 #1

Apr 30, 2014

This is a nice annual that contains everything you'd expect from the series. There aren't a ton of laughs however and the read feels more like it's for kids than usual.

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9
Adventure Time: The Flip Side #1

Jan 8, 2014

Very good indeed with plenty of humor for you folk that love to guffaw.

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8
Adventures of Supergirl #1

May 11, 2016

Having not watched the show I found this book to be a fun read. Plenty of action, good introductions to Supergirl and the villain and a well rounded story from beginning to end.

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Adventures of Supergirl #2

May 25, 2016

Hacker-centric storytelling is hard to pull off, but Gates does a good job keeping things interesting in this issue. Supergirl herself is lacking though, as she must fight for page time between two supporting characters, which makes this read like a good non-Supergirl story more than anything else. It's safe to say this series is in good hands every month with tight character driven storytelling.

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7.5
Adventures of Supergirl #3

Jun 8, 2016

A good superhero comic that's got some surprises in store for you. It may not progress the character or subplots, but it's a good time!

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9.5
Adventures of Supergirl #4

Jun 22, 2016

This is the only Supergirl comic I'm reading and it's the only damn one I need. It's that good.

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7
Adventures of Supergirl #5

Jul 7, 2016

The first half of this issue comes up aces, setting the stage for a looming threat while delivering tense storytelling via flashback. The second half drags on, but has one heck of a cliffhanger that'll make me come back for more.

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5.5
Adventures of Supergirl #6

Jul 20, 2016

A satisfying conclusion for fans of this series. The pace is a bit wonky, and the art doesn't hold up quite enough though, which makes this a tough sell for anyone not invested in the story.

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Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent (2023) #3

May 2, 2023

You'll enjoy Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent #3 thanks to the interesting character work and the impossible odds Jon Kent is facing. Often in superhero comics, it's fairly easy to guess how things will play out, but with the stakes so high and Jon seemingly all alone, this Injustice crossover couldn't be more exciting.

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8
Adventures of the Super Sons #1

Aug 1, 2018

A fun comic to be sure with a major spark from the villain side in the last few pages.

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8
Adventures of the Super Sons #2

Sep 5, 2018

Another good issue that adds some interesting layers to the villains.

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8
Adventures of the Super Sons #3

Oct 3, 2018

A good issue -- possibly the strongest yet -- in a series that's tons of all-ages fun.

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8
Aero #1

Jul 3, 2019

A good start to the introduction of Aero in her own series. I suspect many will enjoy this book for its manga feel, but also how accessible it is to any audience.

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8.5
Afterlife With Archie #1

Oct 9, 2013

Francavilla kills it on the art as always. He uses a lot of oranges and purples, which is great considering the Halloween theme, and manages to make the smallest of panels pop. What can you say about Francavilla without repeating the many positive posits that have already been said? The guy is a genius when it comes to pacing and mood as if you're on a fluffy cloud or floating in a dream. The story flows nicely, due to pacing and layouts, and it's due to his uncanny ability to draw the readers eye as naturally as possible.

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8
Again!! #1

Apr 29, 2018

A good character drama that reminds us of the cunning and cruelty of high schoolers.

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7
Age of Ultron #7

May 1, 2013

What this issue boils down to is a very predictable turn of events mixed with some cool elseworlds stuff. Unfortunately most of this issue consists of heroes fighting heroes before they predictably will join forces. Maybe it's just me, but I've seen this story play out way too many times.

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7.5
Age of Ultron #8

May 15, 2013

What we have here is a new timeline with the same old problems only in this one Wolverine can take the blame for thoroughly creating new mental problems for the heroes. There's really no telling where this event is going at this point, because so much has changed since issue #1 I don't even know how Ultron is involved in the slightest. That said, it's a fun elseworlds type of tale and it's interesting to see the subtle changes and not so subtle changes throughout.

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5
Age of Ultron #9

Jun 5, 2013

I'm not sure I've ever felt this surprised issue by issue from an event series. That's a good thing in some sense as I have literally no idea how this will end. That said, I still don't know when or why this story is taking place which makes it incredibly hard to care. I know it's setting up another event, but it's doing a poor job keeping the reader in the loop. It doesn't particularly help when an issue like #9 comes when you're getting a bunch of exposition and not a lot else. It's also no the most surprising turn of events and once Wolverine decides to go back in time you'll be able to predict what happens by issues end. That said, I have no idea how this series plans on ending.

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7
Age of Ultron #10

Jun 19, 2013

Overall this series was a failure because it went on way too long and didn't say nearly enough. As far as conclusions go though, there's hope at the end of this laborious tunnel, which is saying a lot when the journey felt so hopeless.

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9
Age of Ultron #10AI

Jun 26, 2013

Andre Araujo art is good and there are some flashes of greatness too. There are moments where his pencils look a bit cartoony, but others where I could swear Gary Frank drew them. Judging by how strong this issue is we should all keep an eye on this artist as he's going to be one of the greats in years to come.

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9
Age of Ultron vs. Marvel Zombies #1

Jun 24, 2015

This is a great first issue as it introduces the two sides and its protagonist well. One might imagine where the story is going based on who the protagonist is, but there are so many balls in the air it's going to be refreshing to see how this book surprises you in the issues to come.

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9.5
Age of X-Man: Alpha #1

Jan 29, 2019

This book has something to say, and it'll make you think due to the mood, the characters, and the surreal quality of how the story is told. 

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8
Age Of X-Man: Apocalypse & The X-Tracts #1

Mar 13, 2019

A good tie-in that establishes the "opposition" side of the Age of X-Man. There's more to it than we might think and it'll be fun to see how the answers to the mysteries outlined here will be revealed.

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8
Age Of X-Man: NextGen #1

Feb 12, 2019

Speaking as a guy who doesn't usually read X-Men books, I can't get enough of Age of X-Man. This issue continues that unnerving mystery while delivering new details about the world that should draw even casual readers in. This comic is a reminder big shakeups in comics can be a very good thing.

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8
Age Of X-Man: NextGen #2

Mar 20, 2019

A good issue that splits off a few of the characters down different roads. The unnerving nature of Age of X-Man is on full display and it's well told here.

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9.5
Age Of X-Man: Prisoner X #1

Mar 6, 2019

If all the "Age of X-Man" comics can be like this I'll buy them all and scream from the rooftops this is some great event style comic book storytelling. This issue does everything right from establishing interesting clues to effectively putting you in the shoes of Bishop. Highly entertaining narrative stepping inside Bishop's head and trying to solve the mystery.

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5.5
Age Of X-Man: The Amazing Nightcrawler #1

Feb 20, 2019

Get a snapshot of the life of stardom that many would kill for, but Seanan McGuire seems to be asking the question, "Would you really?" When love is outlawed, what really matters anyway? This issue tackles that and how a utopia may not be so great when you're not truly free.

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8
Age Of X-Man: The Amazing Nightcrawler #2

Mar 20, 2019

I liked this issue better than the last thanks to Nightcrawler's predicament forcing him into a tight spot emotionally. How will Nightcrawler do the right thing in a world that has outlawed the natural feeling of love? That's exciting and it's fun to see how the creative team squeezes Nightcrawler.

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8
Age Of X-Man: The Marvelous X-Men #1

Feb 5, 2019

This is a good issue that opens and closes excellently. Most of the issue is focused on a somewhat minor threat, but underneath it, all is an unease that gives the story mystery that'll drive your interest and make you wonder what comes next.

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9
Age Of X-Man: The Marvelous X-Men #2

Mar 13, 2019

The world is becoming richer with each passing page, new revelations occur, and the characters all understandably act as you might expect. Age of X-Man is a mind trip I can't put down.

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8.5
Agents of Atlas (2019) #1

Aug 7, 2019

This first issue shows how this series is a perfect melding of superheroes and adventure storytelling. The first story is all about the supes while the backup delivers on the classic Agents of Atlas adventure-style story. Pick this one up to get a different flavor for your pull list.

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8.5
Agents of Atlas (2019): Pandemonium TPB #1

Feb 5, 2020

If you like character drama you're going to love this. By the time you reach the conclusion, you'll be all-in on the plot too, which features a corporate scheme that abuses some to fill others' pockets. Sound familiar? Pick this one up to get a different flavor in your pull list.

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10
Alex + Ada #1

Nov 6, 2013

What an exceptional comic this is, particularly because it's so well balanced. The art tells so much in the simplest expression, the concept behind this book is compelling and the characters are extremely strong. If you're interested in psychological drama there won't be a better book on the shelf for you than this.

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9.5
Alex + Ada #2

Dec 11, 2013

So far this is an incredibly strong series that's well thought out and interesting. If you love characters, particularly stories that get inside their heads, this comic book is for you.

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8
Alex + Ada #3

Jan 15, 2014

Collected this issue will seem perfect, but as single issues go it doesn't blow you away. Of course, that's a high expectation and it's still incredibly enjoyable to read.

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8.5
Alien (2021) #1

Mar 22, 2021

Fans should be prepared for a slower narrative with talking heads in Alien #1. It is doing the work to establish its main character and the stakes in play for them though and for that, it'll pay dividends in the long run. Hardcore Alien fans will need this, not just because it extends the mythos and builds on what we know, but because it firmly understands what made Alien so good.

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8
Alien (2021) #2

Apr 21, 2021

Where Alien #2 faulters, it makes up for with unceremonious dread, fear, and plot progression. It's incredibly clear Alien is in the right hands with Johnson at the helm, as the identity of this series lives and breathes in a place of unfaltering nightmares.

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9
Alien (2021) Annual #1

Jul 20, 2022

An exciting one-shot, Alien Annual 2022 #1 serves as a reminder of all the things that make this franchise so good while delivering it in a package that feels new. Gory and horrific on different levels, this comic revels in Alien's cold and isolating horror.

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6.5
Alien (2022) #1

Sep 7, 2022

Alien #1 has such a strong premise and well-rendered sci-fi elements it's going to be enjoyed by many, but don't expect Alien action just yet. Unfortunately, this issue is a bit slow, and is in no rush to get the mission going. It essentially establishes everything it needs to get the story going, but for a first issue, it could be so much stronger if the mission got underway earlier. If you have the patience for it, check out Alien with the expectation that things will get nuts once the next issue is released.

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8
Alien (2023) #1

Apr 26, 2023

Alien #1 sets up a tricky situation for the heroes as they're cornered and knocked off their guard with Xenomorphs looming around the corner. It's obvious the story is in good hands with strong character writing and great art, but expect a slow boil buildup in this first chapter.

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8.5
Alien: Black, White & Blood (2024) #1

Feb 21, 2024

Alien: Black, White & Blood #1 is off to a good start. This isn't just a collection of Aliens ripping humans apart. However, it does have that, but compelling sci-fi stories about humanity, the humanity inside machines, and the audacity of the rich. Like any good sci-fi, it sports a message while also drenching its pages in blood.

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9
Alien: The Original Screenplay #1

Aug 4, 2020

The approach is meditative and haunting because we know what is going to happen, and yet visually sharp and unique in its approach to the point where it should be held up and shown as something to be emulated with other films. Visually stunning and a worthy read for Alien fanatics and casual sci-fi fans alike.

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9.5
Alien: The Original Screenplay #2

Sep 1, 2020

I couldn't put Alien: The Original Screenplay #2 down, and I've seen Alien a hundred times. It's fascinating to see an alternate take on the source material (albeit the material isn't quite what the final film used), but it's also exciting to see how well-drawn it looks and how expertly it's paced. Screw adaptation, this book is impeccably strong on its own merits.

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9.5
Alienated #2

Mar 17, 2020

This is a great second issue that shockingly jumps ahead a bit and forces the reader to catch up. That makes it exciting as it never overly explains or feels slow. It's one of the best psychological explorations I've read in comics for quite a while.

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9
Alienated #3

May 27, 2020

The plot thickens in this issue in more ways than one. The characters are going down a dangerous road while tempting fate with the abilities of a god. There are many moving parts worth exploring and every single one is edge-of-your-seat storytelling.

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8
Alienated #4

Jul 7, 2020

This is an issue I wasn't quite prepared to take on, but I'm glad for it. The message is strong by its end, but it's a heavy subject that may affect others differently if they're not in the right mindset. Once again though, Alienated proves it has its thumb on the pulse of being a teenager who is lost, forgotten, and going through deep emotional journeys they think they're alone in. As the alien Chip proves, these three characters may be lucky they're not alone.

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9
Alienated #5

Aug 11, 2020

Spurrier and Wildgoose have crafted with despair, anger, and fully realized people a fantasy that works superbly on so many levels. Alienated floats in an air of supernatural disquiet and tension, at a point of reflection, mirrored in everything and everyone.

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7.5
Aliens/Vampirella #1

Aug 31, 2015

Save for lacking context as far as Vampirella's place among humans — this is a good read. Come for the compelling science fiction vampires on Mars backstory and the Aliens violence!

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9
Aliens: Aftermath (2021) #1

Jul 12, 2021

Aliens: Aftermath has all the fixings one could desire in an Alien story: the unfeeling corporate overlords, the dread and unease of what could be in the shadows, and plenty of Alien mayhem too. This is all elevated with some interesting character work and an angle on the story we haven't seen in an Alien story before. It's creepy, it's thrilling, and it's definitely not game over for the franchise at Marvel Comics.

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Aliens: What If...? (2024) #1

Mar 6, 2024

Overall, I liked Aliens: What If? #1, as it shows the potential to tell more stories with side characters you'd never conceive of getting the focus. This issue also establishes some interesting avenues for the story, which could easily fill out its five-issue run. With Paul Reiser at the helm, Aliens: What If...? will please fans of the franchise and sci-fi fanatics alike.

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8
Aliens: What If...? (2024) #2

Apr 10, 2024

Aliens: What If? continues to be a surprising twist Aliens fans will love. Burke is a complex character who is clearly misunderstood, with years of guilt and anger built up to stick it to his corporate overlords. For that reason, he's a hero we can get behind.

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9.5
All Against All #1

Dec 6, 2022

Caspar and Paknadel draw you into this curious sci-fi world and shake you with a flesh-frazzled visceral grip. Introducing an alien race that feels incredibly original and fresh, there's a lot here to enjoy besides the enjoyable action. There's a carnal violence in All Against All not to be missed.

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8
All Eight Eyes (2023) #1

Apr 18, 2023

All Eight Eyes #1 is a good start to a short miniseries that takes spiders and elevates them to the main villain of a horror adventure story. It feels unique and new while offering an adventure right underneath our noses.

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10
All-America Comix #1

Jun 30, 2020

'All-America Comix' is the kind of experiment you want to see more of, especially if you're tired of superhero comics. It's filled with wit, creativity, and a sense of excitement. Casey and Nguyen make a strong statement that superheroes can feel different, but still bring you the joy and impact of the best #1 issues in comic book history. Add 'All-America Comix' to that pile.

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9
All-New All-Different Avengers Annual #1

Aug 10, 2016

It's not a laugh out loud experience all the way through, but it's a highly enjoyable smirk worthy read none the less. It's plain fun all the way through and you can't say that for most comics these days!

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6.5
All-New Doop #1

Apr 9, 2014

This is a pretty good issue that's a teensy bit setup and a hell of a lot of recap. The concept of Doop roaming through moments we've read before is interesting in idea, but when executed it's a bit of a snore.

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8.5
All-New Ghost Rider #1

Mar 26, 2014

It is, albeit it could use more pages and more time on the bad guys. That said, this number one issue delivers a solid origin story, solid art and a solid start for a brand new, four-wheeled riding superhero.

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7.5
All-New Ghost Rider #3

May 14, 2014

By and large a strong issue. There's some heavy handed exposition portions, but the opening and closing are high octane action that shouldn't be missed.

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6.5
All-New Ghost Rider #4

Jun 25, 2014

The action sequence and surprising way to open this issue saves it from being a bridge issue and nothing more. That said, the exposition is heavy and slogs things down considerably.

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8.5
All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #1

May 3, 2017

A strong first issue mostly because it captures the fun and adventure the film series does so well. The art is top notch, the new direction interesting, and you'll be along for the ride.

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10
All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #2

May 24, 2017

A thrill ride--funny and fun. Read this one!

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9
All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #3

Jun 7, 2017

Captures a certain side of the cosmic universe in a very visually stimulating way.

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9
All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #4

Jun 21, 2017

A ton of fun, though a slow plot does make it feel lighter in some way.

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8.5
All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #5

Jul 5, 2017

The spirit of Star-Lord is very chill and infectious.

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8.5
All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #8

Aug 16, 2017

A fun, one-off sort of issue that Star-Lord fans shouldn't miss.

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5
All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #9

Sep 6, 2017

An okay excursion with a few reveals, but it mostly reads like filler.

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8
All-New Guardians of the Galaxy Annual #1

Jun 28, 2017

A fun, done in one issue that movie and comic readers will enjoy.

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6.5
All-New Invaders #1

Jan 22, 2014

This issue doesn't bring anything new to the Invaders we haven't seen before. I'd still give it an issue or two to flesh out the concept because we don't know enough, but this issue feels done before.

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9
All-New Wolverine #31

Feb 28, 2018

A hilarious done-in-one adventure.

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9
All-New X-Men #11

May 1, 2013

The fact that I knew who would defect doesn't make this issue any less interesting and enjoyable. I almost want to say it's all on Immonen for why this issue is so good, but obviously Bendis had a hand in it as well. I really envy those who hold off or discover this when it's all said and done. It's going to be one amazing read from cover to cover. Of course, at the rate this story is going it may be around for 900 issues!

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7
All-New X-Men #12

Jun 5, 2013

I've been giving this series eights across the board, but this one takes a knock down to a seven because the plot is forced. The Avengers show up to ask for explanations, get a simple one you could get from a phone call, then just leave with no resolution. It's glaringly obvious Bendis wanted an interaction/altercation and it's incredibly forced. That said, some good interactions, and impeccable art once again.

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8.5
All-New X-Men #14

Jul 17, 2013

Once again this comic gets a good but not smashingly good review. Why is that? Because at the end of the day you're paying for character tinges and funny moments on the side. The decompression on this series is so insane it always feels as if you're getting slighted in some way. And yet, the comic is a lot of fun to read and always has something to say about the characters.

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7.5
All-New X-Men #15

Aug 7, 2013

Personally I'm not that interested in the Jean/Cyclops love affair, especially considering all these characters might get their memories wiped anyways. It is a neat concept to play with though and I commend Bendis for going there. It'll also make it tragic if Jean does fall in love with Beast by series end, only to have her memory wiped.

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9
All-Star Batman #1

Aug 10, 2016

All-Star Batman knocks your socks off. There's plenty of action, but also quite a lot of thematic storytelling to chew through with the promise of big character work along the way. Throw your expectations out the window–you haven't seen Batman quite like this.

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8.5
Allen: Son of Hellcock #1

Dec 15, 2015

Tracy and Koplowitz stuff much of this issue with funny moments either via the spirit or background characters and that's fun for any fan of fantasy. The first issue of Allen: Son of Hellcock is a lot of fun and you should take the chance to go along for the ride.

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8.5
Amala's Blade #1

Apr 24, 2013

As far as setups go though it's a strong issue and it's in large part due to Michael Dialynas's art and color. Some might call it the acting of the characters, but I'd call it exceptional facial expressions from Dialynas. In some cases a writers dialogue is strong enough to apply it to stick figures, but here, while not bad, is made a hell of a lot stronger by Dialynas' art. In truth every comic should be like this, because, much like film you need a good balance between visuals and writing.

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9.5
Amala's Blade #2

May 29, 2013

And I haven't even talked about the art yet! Dialynas' style is unique and interesting, detailed but also cartoony and I love it. Here is a good example where an artist's ability to also do color shows. An artist's work can sometimes be overshadowed or improved due to the right inker or colorist being attached. Dialynas does it all though and it shows. Everything fits and looks exceptional.

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8.5
Amala's Blade #3

Jun 26, 2013

I don't know what Dark Horse is planning, but I really hope they pick this series up and make it ongoing. The adventure is exciting and as far as comics go there isn't anything else like it on the shelves. In a lot of ways I get a role playing game vibe from this series. As if Horton played it with his friends for years and then met up with Dialynas one day and realized together they could make one bangin' comic. Here's hoping they get to continue to bang on.

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8.5
Amala's Blade #4

Jul 31, 2013

This series has so many good things going on I would be hard pressed to find someone who didn't like it. Fantasy elements, role playing elements, the concept of war being pointless when we all turn into ghosts, great art, steampunk, I mean — I could go on and on. The series sadly needs more issues though! The concepts are so grand and the world so robust it deserves to be an ongoing series.

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9
Amazing Fantasy (2021) #1

Jul 26, 2021

Amazing Fantasy is the start of a fun series that is self-contained enough for brand new readers who love these characters to jump on board for. From an artistic standpoint, Andrews is doing interesting things visually while characterizing each hero well. Amazing Fantasy perfectly exudes old-fashioned charm.

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9.5
Amazing Fantasy (2022) #1000

Aug 31, 2022

At $8, Amazing Fantasy #1000 is a steal. Its unconventional nature of doing all sorts of Spider-Man stories is refreshing, with tales focusing on personal anecdotes, Spider-Man at 60 years old, and various facets of what makes Spider-Man great. Plus, the creative lineup on this extra-sized issue is downright historic. What else could you ask for?

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9.5
Amazing Forest #1

Jan 19, 2016

Three great stories and one that's gorgeous but lacks in story is a win for me. Chances are the odds are good you'll find something here you'll love.

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10
Amazing Forest #2

Feb 2, 2016

This is a fantastic issue that proves there aren't enough anthology comics. Take a chance on this one you won't be disappointed. If you're on a tight budget skip Spider-Man (or whatever you read) for just one week because this offers a lot more bang for your buck.

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7
Amazing Forest #3

Mar 15, 2016

Two great stories for different reasons but every one more inventive than the last. This is a series I don't want to ever end despite the fact that it's not perfect.

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7
Amazing Forest #4

Apr 5, 2016

One solid story mixed with three more that throw some fantastic art at you add up to a good read, but if you give this a chance you might just enjoy it more than me. That's the beauty of short stories: they can work for anyone.

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9.5
Amazing Forest #5

May 3, 2016

Yet another great collection of shorts that prove Farias and Freitas are at the top of their game. Most if not all of these stories read as if they need a short film to go with them; they're that clever and good.

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9.5
Amazing Mary Jane (2019) #1

Oct 22, 2019

I wasn't sure what to expect from this book but came away from it grateful that Leah Williams and Carlos Gomez infused it with so much life and purpose. The Amazing Mary Jane has a strong identity and a crackerjack wit. It's a strong first issue on its own merits.

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8
Amazing Mary Jane (2019) #6

Mar 17, 2020

I liked this sixth issue thanks to the unique nature of the story and how good it is at making Mary Jane feel heroic and powerful. A strong first issue as it lays bare the egomania of Hollywood before nowheresville sets in for the rest of the story arc.

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10
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #1

Apr 30, 2014

This is a very good issue indeed. The main 22 page feature is exceptional, the 6 shorts are fun and look amazing with the added bonus of giving you a taste of the new series that are being produced from them. The entire issue is a great introduction to a lot of elements and characters. Recommended.

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9
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #1.1

May 7, 2014

In most cases retread comics aren't worth your time, but this one is a bit different. It adds the new element of a Spidey fan that Peter doesn't even know exists. The dynamic is there for a great story and this is a great first issue.

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7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #2

May 21, 2014

Overall this is a decent issue that won't blow you away. There are some tantalizing character dynamics at play that are building and should be fun to read, but the Electro bits are been-there-done-that.

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9
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #3

Jun 25, 2014

This is a strong issue from Slott and Ramos as it keeps the tension up, progresses the plot nicely and even gives us some great humorous moments. A top notch Spidey book to say the least.

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8
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #4

Jul 23, 2014

I liked this comic, even if it was almost all about setting up what is to come. The dynamic between Spider-Man and Silk is fresh and new and something to keep your eyes on.

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7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #5

Aug 13, 2014

While a bit repetitive with the Silk and Spider-Man attraction, this issue progresses the story nicely. I can't say a new reader will have any idea what is going on, and the layouts are a bit cramped, but overall it's a strong delivery of character and plot.

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7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #6

Sep 10, 2014

For the first story arc since his return, the story ends in a very blah sort of way. The bad guys are stopped as always and while it's a great heroic moment for Spidey it's still rather tepid. There's still no rhyme or reason as to why Black Cat is so bad, but the new Silk character works great and it'll be fun to see how she's used in the future.

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #7

Oct 8, 2014

All in all this is a good comic, albeit a bit schizophrenic since it's split nearly down the middle with two unconnected stories. That said, it's good fun and the art is top notch.

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7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #8

Oct 22, 2014

A decent issue overall with a fun team up with Ms. Marvel and new details on Spider-Verse, but overall it's a ho-hum affair as things are spread too thin.

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9.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #9

Nov 5, 2014

This is a fantastic issue that clearly explains all the players and stakes at play but also delivers good character moments and plenty of spider-ific art to go with it. Some might say it's a bit overloaded, but it's never boring.

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9.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #10

Nov 19, 2014

This series only amps up the anticipation and excels more each issue. A fantastic part 2 that is filled with action, plot details and story progression!

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9.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #11

Dec 10, 2014

This issue starts off slow but delivers impeccably for a variety of audiences. It ends with an amazing action sequence and major ramifications on the event. Great stuff.

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6
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #12

Jan 7, 2015

This issue is good, but not great and probably terrible if you haven't read the previous issues. That said, if you're digging this series you should find enough in this issue to enjoy it.

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #13

Jan 21, 2015

A good issue that moves the plot along with a few compelling conversations thrown in to keep things interesting. Can't wait for the last issue!

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #14

Feb 11, 2015

A satisfying conclusion to what has been one of the best events from Marvel in ages. It has a few surprises too which should get us all jazzed up for next issue's epilogue.

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6
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #15

Feb 25, 2015

A good issue as far as wrapping up loose ends and setting up a few character stories, but ultimately feels wasted due to characters serving the plot for plot's sake.

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7
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #16

Mar 11, 2015

Overall this is a good recap book for anyone who needs it featuring a great opening fight sequence with a throwaway villain. All in all a decent affair but not required reading.

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #1

Oct 7, 2015

The main featured story is great if you've read Superior Spider-Man but will be a bit confusing for new readers. That said, the new direction is compelling and the Spider-Mobile works too! The price tag is high, but nearly all the short stories are exciting and interesting. I just wish there was some context, but with Secret Wars not yet over I guess they have to keep that vague.

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9.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #2

Oct 21, 2015

This issue is a lot of fun with yet another Spider-Man gadget that brings on the fun side of the character. I haven't laughed so hard at a Spider-Man comic in years.

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5
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #3

Nov 4, 2015

This issue lacks the humor that made the first two issues so much fun to read. The plot progresses sure, and the Fantastic Four bits are heartfelt, but it otherwise falls flat.

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9.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #6

Jan 5, 2016

This series is very exciting—its approach is so new, there's no way of anticipating what could happen next. Spider-Man purists take note: the new direction is fun and filled with surprises!

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #8

Feb 17, 2016

Things wrap up as Spider-Man must save the day in a rare way: having a plan actually work!

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8
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #15

Jul 6, 2016

This issue pulls off an appearance by Mary Jane as a hero quite well with good setup, solid heroics, and a concerned Spider-Man that puts his trust in her. All that combined makes for a rousing conclusion to the Regent story.

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9
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #17

Aug 31, 2016

Amazing Spider-Man #17 sets a lot of things up and cleverly brings a big chunk of Spider-Man's rogues gallery together. If you're a fan of Spidey villains this issue will get you properly excited for future issues. Bottom line, this is good storytelling.

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7
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #18

Sep 21, 2016

Superior Spider-Man fans must read this issue. It captures the voice of Doc Ock incredibly well and sets into motion events that feel like the continuation of where we left off with that series. Overall it feels like a false start though as it doesn't push a new story forward so much as introduce it.

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10
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #19

Oct 6, 2016

There are so many elements that make Spider-Man great in Amazing Spider-Man #19 that it's hard not to gush. This was the most Spider-Man filled issue we've seen in some time!

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #27

May 10, 2017

It's hard to not agree the "amazing" in the title is covered here.

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7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #792

Dec 13, 2017

A good second chapter that succeeds at giving Spidey and Flash some good bro-time.

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8
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #793

Dec 27, 2017

Good action and great art make this a fun read.

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9
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #794

Jan 24, 2018

A strong first issue due to it juggling so much and kicking off a big reveal.

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7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #795

Feb 7, 2018

A good issue in a subtle way.

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #796

Feb 21, 2018

Another good issue in the lead up to Red Goblin, but get this Goblin/Carnage show on the road!

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9.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #797

Mar 7, 2018

Slott is at the top of his game and Immonen draws you in so good!

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9.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #798

Apr 4, 2018

Sets the stage for one epic ride.

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9
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #799

Apr 18, 2018

A strong penultimate issue.

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #800

May 30, 2018

A great issue that's huge and does so much to wrap things up and start new beginnings.

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9.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #801

Jun 20, 2018

What a great finish for Dan Slott's run on this character. Over 180 issues!

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #1

Jul 11, 2018

A strong start, though it's heavy on the dialogue and can be quite slow.

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9
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #2

Jul 25, 2018

A strong second issue starts to reveal the tone of this solid Spidey book.

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #3

Aug 8, 2018

A lot of fun as it builds up a new conflict that should put Peter in a very tough spot.

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #4

Aug 22, 2018

Another strong issue if you love character focused narratives.

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8
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #5

Sep 12, 2018

A good conclusion because it hits home two very important philosophical elements that make this character so great. Spencer knows this character so well, it's no question we're in good hands and Ottley draws it so damn well it's a wonder he hasn't been drawing it for decades already.

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9.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #6

Sep 26, 2018

The first real Boomerang issue comes out swinging. Peter Parker's life may just rival his superhero life in this excellent take on the character.

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9
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #7

Oct 10, 2018

A strong statement as the most fun era of Spider-Man ever.

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8
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #8

Oct 24, 2018

This is a good issue that sets up some new conflicts and villains for Spider-Man to face off against. Unfortunately, it continues to not highlight Spidey in the suit and instead spends a lot of time setting up villains or focusing on non-Spider-Man characters. As a setup issue, it's intriguing, but its slower pace can be frustrating.

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9.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #9

Nov 14, 2018

This is yet another excellent issue in Nick Spencer's inspired take on Spider-Man. Fans new and old will love this series because it's so ingenious with its ideas. This is a series as clever as your favorite Spider-Man quip and then some.

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9.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #10

Nov 28, 2018

Yet another good issue in a run that shows Amazing Spider-Man has been a huge success since its renumbering. Spider-Man is fresh and new all over again for fans new and old.

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7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #11

Dec 12, 2018

A good issue that begins to revisit and possibly even change Jameson and Peter Parker's only recent friendship.

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7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #12

Dec 19, 2018

Another good issue that J. Jonah Jameson fans can't miss.

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8
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #16

Feb 27, 2019

This is a great setup issue preparing readers for a major move by Kraven and Arcade. What this story means for Spider-Man's rogues gallery is huge, and should not be missed by any Spider-Man fan.

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8
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #16.HU

Mar 6, 2019

An enjoyable issue that revels in the relationship between Spider-Man and Black Cat. Spencer does a good job establishing how important that relationship was to them. There's also a great bit of detective work done for Black Cat's character. By the end, you'll respect the character even more.

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6.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #17

Mar 13, 2019

Effectively sets up the event while laying the groundwork for a different kind of Kraven.

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5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #18

Mar 27, 2019

I'm having a hard time getting into "Hunted" due to the slow start and even slower second chapter in the story arc. The issue has a clever backbone with creepy captions about predators, but the biggest failing is how it lacks Spider-Man. Instead, it focuses on everybody else progressing plot elements but leaving you with an incredibly middling issue.

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7
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #26

Jul 24, 2019

A decent issue if you've been reading Spencer's run, but you might get frustrated with all the recap of what we already know. That said, the villains steal the show.

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #30

Sep 25, 2019

I dug this tie-in for its clean art and creepy boogeyman feel. This book serves as a reminder why Norman Osborn is Spider-Man's most fearsome enemy.

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9
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #31

Oct 9, 2019

A very well crafted and plotted second part of a story that weaves in three different timelines very well. By the end you get a little of everything when it comes to Spidey.

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #37

Jan 8, 2020

I've been trade waiting for most of this series, but I'm on the edge of diving back into this series thanks to this and the great issue before it. The idea of Spider-Man utilizing a new way of seeing dangers is an interesting one given the spider-sense abilities he already has.

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5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #43

May 27, 2020

This is a good looking book, but ultimately a long-winded way of adding a silly element into Spider-Man and Boomerang's life. This issue, and the series as a whole, reads like it's meandering and untethered from a greater purpose or direction. Here's to hoping the series gets back on track after its first great arc and gives us some answers about Kindred before it's far too late.

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9
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #45

Jul 29, 2020

Overall, I think this is a great start to the Sin-Eater storyline. I've been slowly wondering when this series would get back into a groove after its stellar first story arc and it's fairly obvious this arc may be a return to something well worth investing your time in. "Sins Rising" is shaping up to be a haunting and worthy story.

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6.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #46

Aug 12, 2020

I'm liking the "Sins Rising" story so far and this issue integrates a clever story mechanic that works well with the goals of the book. That makes Amazing Spider-Man #46 a recommended read on its own merit and as part of a larger story.That said, the last chunk of the book is dry, overly wordy, and decidedly lacking in Spider-Man.

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7
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #47

Aug 26, 2020

is a good third part, but it has its problems. I found the roundabout way of finding the resolution that some people can't be saved frustrating, even if it is a good point to make. The overarching idea of this arc -- that some people want to be bad and do terrible things for what they think is a good cause -- is a sound one, especially in a time where cultish behavior seems rampant. Unfortunately, it's not quite gelling perfectly, but I respect the effort and the art.

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9.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #48

Sep 9, 2020

The Amazing Spider-Man #48 is a breakdown of what makes Spider-Man tick, and perhaps one of the finest and most introspective looks at the Green Goblin and Spider-Man dynamic ever made.

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7
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #49

Oct 7, 2020

Amazing Spider-Man #49 is a good book overall, but it doesn't cross the threshold into greatness. The backups are like icing on the cake, but the cake is a bit dry. The main story is one long escape scene, with an unbalanced Green Goblin, and some interesting choices that read like teases rather than big beat moments worth holding onto. The art is stupendous though, and there certainly is a lot here to chew on. At the end of the day, most will put this book down and think it was fine, enjoyable enough, but likely unmemorable as time goes on.

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6
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #50

Oct 14, 2020

Optimistic readers will want to read this for its strange and dark underbelly, especially for such a hopeful and positive character, but many may not find enough here to care about trudging forward in a series that has become cold, slow, and underwhelming.

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6.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #50.LR

Oct 21, 2020

If you can keep the events in the timeline straight and be okay with some unearned elements in the narrative, it's a good time. It plays up the action well with slick visuals that are suited to the monsters as the subdued moody scenes with Norman to perfection. At the end of the day, there's a dark and disturbing Spider-Man story here -- you just need the patience to find it.

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8
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #51

Oct 28, 2020

While it can be frustrating to try to piece together what is going on, it's hard to deny the general mood and atmosphere of this story suit the spooky season and feels entirely different. For that, The Amazing Spider-Man #51 is an interesting foray into a dark place that is unusual and intriguing.

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5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #51.LR

Nov 4, 2020

Amazing Spider-Man #51.LR is a good issue for new readers who haven't been reading this series. Dedicated readers will find portions of this book unnecessary and redundant. It also sorely lacks Spider-Man and feels more like a pit-stop than a major chapter in the "Last Remains" story. Super Spidey fans may want to read this for the Sin-Eater scenes, but most everybody else can feel comfortable skipping it.

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8
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #58

Jan 26, 2021

Amazing Spider-Man #58 is a good start to the "Negative Space" story arc, tying closely to the family aspect of the characters. The relationships Peter has with these characters are the lifeblood of the issue, just as they were what made the original Stan Lee and Steve Ditko's runs so appealing. That aspect is captured well here.

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8
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #61

Mar 10, 2021

Amazing Spider-Man #61 kicks off the "Let's Try Something New" story arc and stands by that name in entertaining ways. Spider-Man's inability to pull in cash is not a new concept, but the job he gets in this issue and how it ties into the new costume is a clever idea. For that alone, this is a great place to start for Spider-Man fans looking for some innovation and new ideas.

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9
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #62

Mar 24, 2021

This is a solid issue thanks to its focus on the humanity and personal stakes each character has in the narrative. Gog is a ridiculous character who's hard to take seriously, but aside from that, this book is structured well and is entertaining through the end. It also offers satisfying action and character melodrama.

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8
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #66

May 19, 2021

Spider-Man's life is never simple, and that shows in Amazing Spider-Man #66. The series seems to be disassembling its pieces to set in motion a new direction, and for that, this issue is an exciting chapter. Amazing Spider-Man has become a puzzle to solve, which helps make the complicated web of its narrative more interesting to read.

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #67

May 31, 2021

Spencer continues to juggle so much in this series while playing to longtime fans' interests with callbacks and resets of characters. In superhero comics, nobody ever dies and nothing is certain, and this series has been a testament to that. Amazing Spider-Man is good ensemble storytelling -- it's just unfortunate Spider-Man never seems to be our main focus.

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5.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #68

Jun 9, 2021

As a setup issue, the story presented here isn't bad; it just reads as unfinished. It picks up plot points and carries them forward to varying degrees, but ends up never having an impactful moment to hang its hat on. That makes Amazing Spider-Man #68 unremarkable, even if it's necessary.

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6.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #69

Jun 23, 2021

Amazing Spider-Man has been given a new intriguing element thanks to the news of Nick Spencer's departure, as we're witnessing an active effort to resolve plots and reset characters in Spider-Man's life. That's an interesting thing to see actively transpiring on the page which adds a meta-level element to a series that may have too much plot.

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7
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #72

Aug 25, 2021

We're two issues away from Nick Spencer's final Amazing Spider-Man and yet this issue doesn't change the tempo of teasing without many answers. There's a hint at something that could change how we feel about "One More Day," but if you're as exhausted as most are with this mystery you're likely limping into this finish. Thankfully the book looks good, making each limp a little less painful.

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5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #73

Sep 8, 2021

Amazing Spider-Man#73 isn't a bad issue...as long asyou can stomach the retconning and the ongoing teases of Kindred. It continues to play the usual story beats we've seen since Kindred's story first kicked into gear, making portions of this feel rote, but the flashback reveals are meaty and connect with very important moments in the Osborn backstory. Sadly though, this continues to read like it's not Spider-Man's story at all, but a means to fix the kinks in Green Goblin's past.

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6.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #74

Sep 29, 2021

Amazing Spider-Man#74 is a microcosm of one of this series' biggest problems: how long and drawn out it has all felt. Spencer's final issue does use that length to make the story feel big, and while it may not satisfy many, you can't say it ever shied away from what it wants to be. If you view this as an overly dramatic stage play it can be fun on some level, but for many, the best part about this issue is that the groan-inducing Kindred story is finally put to rest.

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9
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #75

Oct 6, 2021

Amazing Spider-Man #75 is a hopeful, fun, and exciting new direction for the Spider-Man franchise. Considering the last two years Peter Parker has had, this issue does everything it needs to in order to move Ben into the role. Given the attention to details new and old along with the strong character work and dialogue, this is a genuine Spider-Man comic and a great way to turn the page on a new era.

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9
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #76

Oct 13, 2021

It's very hard to convince readers that a mainline superhero might die, and yet the creative team has done it here. You're going to be on the edge of your seat not knowing if Peter Parker may die while also wrapping your head around the idea of Ben Reilly earning the right to be Spider-Man at such a difficult transition. Amazing Spider-Man #76 is a tense issue that is shocking because of how much the comic makes you feel.

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #77

Oct 27, 2021

Amazing Spider-Man's new erahas a lot going for it. Thompson and Pichelli get a lot done in this issue, touching on multiple relationships while also delivering some tense action to close the book out. The exciting, messy, exhausting, and complicated life of Spider-Man is on full display.

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9
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #78

Nov 10, 2021

Amazing Spider-Man #78 is a great follow-up to the last issue as Spider-Man takes on Morbius. Kelly Thompson continues to show how efficient she is with character writing and the foreboding nature of Beyond reveals a bit more of itself to the reader. All told, there's a lot of moving parts that come together in a compelling Spidey story.

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9.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #78.BEY

Nov 15, 2021

The Amazing Spider-Man #78.BEY is a super fun, high-energy thrill ride of a comic. It's filled with ideas from horror movie icons popping up and smart tech innovations. It reads like a satisfying one-shot and yet comes with a "to be continued" at the end to make you want more. It perfectly captures the Spider-Man vibe, even though he's not present for much of the adventure. Now that's good comics.

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9.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #79

Nov 24, 2021

Amazing Spider-Man #79 goes hard with the amount of story it's delivering, varying ideas, and well-written character threads. This is as good as it gets in superhero comics with heart, action, and pure entertainment.

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #80

Dec 1, 2021

All in all, Cody Ziglar and Michael Dowling crush their two-part story by further developing the interesting character dynamics at work. Amazing Spider-Man #80 also offers up some trippy art and a battle that shows Ben is worthy particularly when he's not drugged. The Beyond era of Spider-Man is grand thanks to a good mix of character drama, dynamic action, and a hero who suffers from imposter syndrome.

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8
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #80.BEY

Dec 8, 2021

The Amazing Spider-Man #80.BEY works well as possibly the best Doc Ock and Aunt May adventure ever. Certainly, these two haven't had a lot of opportunities to affect Spider-Man's story, but Ziglar and the art team do well to capture the unique personalities of these two characters and how they jive with each other.

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8
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #81

Dec 15, 2021

This is a good issue, although it feels a bit like a rehash of the same pressures from Beyond Corp towards Ben Reilly we've seen before. That said, the interactions between Ben and Miles are entertaining and suit both characters while the action is well-drawn and entertaining.

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #82

Dec 20, 2021

The Amazing Spider-Man #82 is an example of how much control pace, color, and layout design have over the story. Forns and Brown have crafted something that's visually stunning in its dread and unease, well worth a read for seasoned comics fans. Ahmed has also given us a story that shows how Peter Parker, and those he loves, are true heroes to their very core.

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9
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #83

Dec 29, 2021

For the second issue in a row, Amazing Spider-Man #83 focuses on Peter Parker's health and current state in the hospital. This issue does a bit more with Parker's psychology, building towards a heroic moment that's particularly relatable if you've ever been stuck in the hospital. Amazing Spider-Man #83 offers a transfixing exploration of the mind and deep discovery for Peter Parker.

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9
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #84

Jan 5, 2022

The Beyond Corp era of Spider-Man continues to be a delightful juggling of Ben Reilly's personal life, supervillain intrigue, and the continued reveal of what Beyond Corp is really up to. If you've been itching for more Doc Ock, The Amazing Spider-Man #84 delivers him as the main course and he's written and drawn expertly well.

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #85

Jan 12, 2022

Judging by this and Superior Four, Marvel Comics is leaning towards Doc Ock leaning a touch more toward hero than villain, and this issue proves that. The Amazing Spider-Man #85 has good humor, good action, and the continued intrigue of Ben Reilly's very shady Beyond Corp overlords. After this issue though, the real threat of self-doubt and imposter syndrome might unravel it all first.

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #86

Jan 19, 2022

Amazing Spider-Man #86 adds new layers to what it means to be a clone. This further connects our experience to what Ben Reilly must be going through further, making his experience more lived in and valid. For that, this issue makes Ben Reilly more human and relatable than ever.

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7
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #87

Jan 26, 2022

As Peter flourishes, Ben Reilly worsens in a setup issue that moves both characters forward ever so slightly. After months of the Beyond Corp era, the creative team can lean on our caring of the characters, but The Amazing Spider-Man #87 lacks impactful moments.

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #88

Feb 2, 2022

If you're looking for character drama, Amazing Spider-Man #88 has it in droves as we see manipulation at work. Through its characters, you will feel dread and uncertainty that's hard to turn away from.

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8
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #88.BEY

Feb 7, 2022

Amazing Spider-Man #88.BEY does well to draw you into Hornet's perspective while making the Slingers a target for the Beyond Corporation. As we near the end of this era it's plain to see tie-in stories like this are building towards a big finish. More importantly, Thorne will make you want more Hornet comics and ties the narrative into real-world issues worthy of hero intervention.

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8
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #89

Feb 16, 2022

Amazing Spider-Man #89 is a good hero's return issue that heavily focuses on the new Queen Goblin and Black Cat. It's lighter on the psychological element, but is action-packed and never boring.

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9
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #90

Feb 23, 2022

Amazing Spider-Man #90 has the look, feel, and story ideas that make it feel like an all-timer issue. Not only does it feature splashy superhero action with Spidey, but it has a great use of the willpower moment we've all come to expect from Spider-Man in his darkest hour.

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #91

Mar 2, 2022

It's the team-up we've been waiting for as Ben and Peter face off against a treasure trove of colorful villains. Amazing Spider-Man #91 continues to build towards Beyond Corp getting what they deserve and Ben hopefully getting some peace.

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7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #92

Mar 9, 2022

Amazing Spider-Man #92 is a good, not great transitional issue. As we approach the end of the larger story it's obvious the narrative is biding its time by playing out some side stories here, but heck, it's filled with fun comic book moments. From sound effects to attacking sandwiches, it's a good time.

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #92.BEY

Mar 16, 2022

It's easy to see the creators of Amazing Spider-Man #92.BEY are having a ton of fun. It's also a satisfying comic because it wraps things up, offers new insight into what is really going on, and even sets up some villains for the future.

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9
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #93

Mar 30, 2022

Amazing Spider-Man #93 ends the five-month-long Beyond era with fewer conclusions and more new threads to develop. That's not a bad thing, but it does make this more of a transition issue than a satisfying conclusion. There are a lot of good pieces that came out of this story and Ben Reilly ends up being a far more tragic character than even Peter Parker. For that reason, this issue and its ending are about as close to what Spider-Man comics are about as you can get, right down to an accidental transformation.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2018): Sins Rising Prelude #1

Jul 22, 2020

This is a case where you can see there are good pieces put forth and a solid idea behind it all, but it doesn't come together in a believable or satisfying way. I want the Sin-Eater to be dark, complex, and unique, but from what is presented it's grasping at straws.

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018): Full Circle #1

Oct 22, 2019

Do you have to read it? Not at all. Do you want to see if they can pull off such a wacky extra-sized story? If you read as many comics as me the answer is definitely yes. 

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8
Amazing Spider-Man (2018): The Sins of Norman Osborn #1

Sep 15, 2020

As a build toward Amazing Spider-Man #850, this book works. It sets things up, allows new readers to pick the story up here, and establishes plenty of surprises to follow. However, if you've read Amazing Spider-Man #48, it also feels a bit unnecessary save for a couple reveals. That said, it also sets up the milestone issue to feel even bigger, requiring a lead-in comic to get the full experience. In that way then it works and is definitely worth reading.

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018): King's Ransom #1

May 10, 2021

The most important thing you'll discover with Giant-Size Amazing Spider-Man: King's Ransom is that it's not a cash grab extra-sized issue simply to charge more. There's plenty of story here, big reveals, and important moments. In fact, this issue closes the door on multiple ongoing plots, which makes it satisfying as hell and sets the stage for a clean slate going forward.

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7
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #1

Apr 25, 2022

Amazing Spider-Man #1 is an interesting start, but it's too early to say if we're getting an all-time classic or a new pit-stop story arc that will soon be forgotten. That's because it's way too early to understand the big mystery and hook, which frustratingly leaves readers in the dark. That said, if you love classic Spider-Man, there's more than enough here to enjoy. From the visuals to Peter's attitude, we haven't seen this Spider-Man in a long time.

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7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #2

May 25, 2022

Amazing Spider-Man is seemingly still trying to figure out what it wants to be, so your mileage may vary. A lack of answers surrounding the big mystery paired with a slow-moving plot makes this issue feel like catch-up to something that's still very unclear. That said, it nails the Spider-Man scenes which should entertain most.

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6
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #3

Jun 8, 2022

The Amazing Spider-Man #3 is another frustrating read for the series. Hindsight is 20/20, and when this is collected it may read well, but it's trying the reader's patience with so little detail on what the mystery could even be.

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #4

Jun 22, 2022

Amazing Spider-Man #4 is a satisfying issue thanks to the story paying off the slow build of the last two issues. We still may be in the dark when it comes to the big mystery, but it's satisfying to see Spider-Man overcome impossible odds and yet continue to be down on his luck. We wouldn't have it any other way.

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8
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #5

Jul 6, 2022

Amazing Spider-Man #5 wraps up the first story arc with a story about Peter Parker's smarts. It's also a reminder that Spider-Man gets in his own way, but when he's having a little fun things go better for him and the reader.

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9
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #6

Jul 27, 2022

It's a big year for Spider-Man, and Marvel has done him a solid with this fun and lengthy milestone issue. It's hard to believe the character has reached 900 issues, but once you put this book down, you'll be daydreaming about what Marvel could be planning with only 100 issues until the groundbreaking 1,000th issue.

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7
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #7

Aug 10, 2022

Amazing Spider-Man #7 is starting to pull back the curtain on what Peter did, but we're still mostly in the dark. Visually the best scenes continue to be when Spider-Man's in costume, but if you can stay patient, there's a compelling story here to continue to explore.

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7
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #8

Aug 24, 2022

If you dig Spidey fights, pick up Amazing Spider-Man #8. Seeing Spidey and Vulture go at it in the sky the old-school way is a delight. Aside from that, there are no new answers and not much else to cling to for enjoyment.

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7
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #9

Sep 14, 2022

The timing of Amazing Spider-Man #9 is, unfortunately, its downfall. There's a small clue as to what Spider-Man did, but it's not big enough to sustain the fact that this issue should have come closer to the release of the Hellfire Gala special. The action is excellently drawn, however, and it's suitable for some fun interactions between Wolverine and Spider-Man, so if you've got a few extra bucks, throw it on the pile for the visuals alone.

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5.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #10

Sep 28, 2022

The Amazing Spider-Man #10 utilizes the function of the big Marvel event to test Peter, even though we all know he's as pure as heart as they come. It makes for a nice series of reunions for Spider-Man, but ultimately this issue treads water as we await something of importance happening anytime soon.

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8
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #11

Oct 12, 2022

If you like goblins in Spider-Man comics, you'll enjoy the complex melodrama between them in The Amazing Spider-Man #11. Spider-Man is just beginning to trust Norman Osborn, but it's clear he's still warry he could turn at any moment. Throw in some romance with Black Cat, and you have an issue with Spider-Man that juggles superhero stuff and day-to-day nerves well.

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9.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #12

Oct 26, 2022

Hobgoblin fans rejoice, Amazing Spider-Man #12 has the entire package of action, intrigue, and compelling twists. The identity of Hobgoblin has always been a part of the character, and Wells has somehow found a new way of exploring it while exciting and surprising fans.

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9
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #13

Nov 9, 2022

Amazing Spider-Man #13 has some of the best action you'll find in comic shops this week. Spidey goes up against two villains and gets battered so bad it'll likely show up on lists, which is saying something since Spider-Man has his fair share of beatdowns!

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7
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #14

Nov 23, 2022

Amazing Spider-Man #14 has just enough detail to give readers a sense of what we're in store for with Dark Web, but it's mostly half-baked. The players are present, and how they get together is clear, but the motivations behind their actions and goals remain vague or secret. The creators have stated that it takes inspiration from the Inferno event and Mutant Massacre, which might be why this issue doesn't feel like a Spider-Man book. I'm optimistic about the upcoming event, but if you're looking for a deep look at the characters underneath the rage and revenge, you can skip it entirely.

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #15

Dec 14, 2022

Dark Web has two great tie-in issues out today, and Amazing Spider-Man #15 is one of them. Come for the zany demons and Venom, but stay for the incredible art and solid comedy.

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #16

Dec 28, 2022

Amazing Spider-Man #16 offers up the big showdown between Chasm and Spider-Man while showing Ben Reilly has had some upgrades. It's in your face, comical, and fun from cover to cover.

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7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #17

Jan 11, 2023

If you've enjoyed the outrageous and over-the-top silly demons in the Dark Web event, you're going to love Amazing Spider-Man #17. It's filled with wacky demons living preposterous lives, but any semblance of a dramatic story or high stakes is missing here. Instead, take in McGuinness' great art and wait for the other shoe to drop in the narrative's next issue.

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #18

Jan 25, 2023

If it wasn't evident yet, Amazing Spider-Man #18 solidifies that this is bonkers, fun adventure times for Spidey and his amazing friends. That goes for demon-turned-Spider-Man Rek-Rap, the ridiculous Insidious Six, and even Chasm going Super Saiyan. Sure, Spider-Man is typically a more serious series, and it has been under Wells at times, but if you see what Dark Web has been from the start, you'll have the most fun.

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8
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #19

Feb 8, 2023

Amazing Spider-Man #19 is a fun side-quest post-DarkWeb that has fun with Spidey while perfectly capturing the character's spirit. This is a lighthearted start to a two-parter that'll please longtime fans.

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5
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #20

Feb 22, 2023

Amazing Spider-Man #20 will get folks talking. It's not the most effective action comic while also only doing a so-so job relaying relationship chatter that doesn't quite say much. That said, Spider-Man confirms he and MJ are over, and it's a new era of love for Black Cat.

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4.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #21

Mar 8, 2023

If you're open-minded, you may be game for what's in store in Amazing Spider-Man #21 and what comes next. Unfortunately, after a year-long wait, this opening issue leaves you wanting more. More action and more answers.

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8
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #22

Mar 22, 2023

Amazing Spider-Man #22 picks up where we left off with more explanation and clarity on where this is all going. What exactly is happening in the closing scene is confusing, though, and it remains to be seen why we should care about any of this. That said, the art works in this issue and the big mystery is starting to make sense if you connect the dots.

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6
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #23

Apr 5, 2023

Peter Parker is freaking out, and this issue shows us to what lengths he'll go to save Mary Jane as fast as possible. Is it the smartest method to save her? Probably not, which feels off for a character who is also very smart. The art looks great throughout, however, and it's undeniable that the plot is at least moving forward.

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5
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #24

Apr 19, 2023

Amazing Spider-Man #24 continues the frustrating experience of this long-awaited story arc. Spider-Man is frantic and unhinged in an issue that leads to what we all expected to happen. How this story shocks and surprises going forward is still up in the air.

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5.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #25

May 10, 2023

Break out the tissues if you're a fan of Mary Jane and Peter Parker being together, as Amazing Spider-Man #25 makes it abundantly clear they're finished with each other, at least for now. This issue does the work to show how people can grow apart with distance and time between them, but it also handles certain elements in a clunky way. The villain is not very interesting and acts like a cliched villain who is evil simply because, making the story feel trite and boring. The adopted children are also half-baked. Still, if we're going to embark on a new era for Spider-Man, this is a good place to start if you're interested in something new and bold.

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5.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #26

May 31, 2023

Possibly one of the most divisive issues of Spider-Man in years, Amazing Spider-Man #26 isn't a bad issue if read in a vacuum. Still, given the lingering problems in the story arc and valid reasons to be upset with a hero's death, it's hard to love it unconditionally. I liked parts, but others fell flat. The biggest win of Amazing Spider-Man #26 is that this year-long story arc in the making is finally over, and maybe we can move on to a brighter and hopefully more prosperous Spider-Man future.

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8
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #27

Jun 14, 2023

Some grieving occurs in Amazing Spider-Man #27 while the series startsa new story arc. The art pops and brings these characters to life in a slightly zany tale paired with sorrow. It doesn't quite work, but there's enough here to enjoy and be hopeful for where it all goes.

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6.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #28

Jun 28, 2023

In Amazing Spider-Man #28, Spidey is metaphorically tied up with fixing robots before literally being tied up by Doc Ock. It's a chapter that looks fantastic thanks to McGuinness' incredible art, but lacks plot progression or interesting character work.

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7
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #29

Jul 12, 2023

Ultimately, Amazing Spider-Man #29 is a silly comic that leans on art to bring entertainment value. The story is rather simplistic. There isn't any deep psychological character work, but simply an evil villain doing evil things. It's very much a comic of another time, which should satisfy many and you can't go wrong with how dynamic and cool this art looks.

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7
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #30

Jul 26, 2023

Amazing Spider-Man #30 is a good issue wrapping up Doc Ock's appearance and overall runs its course as a visual stunner. The story never probes the characters too deeply and instead ops to show Norman the hero for what feels like the 10th time and lean into Doc Ock's doofus nature.

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9
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #31

Aug 9, 2023

There's a ton of value in Amazing Spider-Man #31, making it an easy pickup, even at a $9.99 price. The main story features Peter Parker's inability to be a normal guy while featuring his excellent Spider-Man persona saving the day. Throw in nine backup stories that set up future stories and some delightful done-in-one shorts, and you have a package well worth every Spidey dollar you have.

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7
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #32

Aug 23, 2023

Amazing Spider-Man #32 is a good-looking issue, but it's too impatient to get to the big cliffhanger moment. This issue falls prey to never earning some rather significant plot developments as it seems more interested in turning Spider-Man evil.

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6
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #33

Sep 6, 2023

The Amazing Spider-Man #35 reads like a good one-shot homage to Kraven's Last Hunt, but there isn't much meat on the bones. Visually, it's stunning, with cool callbacks and dark moments, but none of this is tethered to the character's internal struggle or motivations. It's a loud response as Spider-Man loses himself, but to what end?

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #34

Sep 20, 2023

The Amazing Spider-Man #34 is a great blend of visual storytelling and dark horror. Regardless of whether you disagree with an evil Spider-Man, the technical ability unfolding from lettering, plotting, and art is exceptional.

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #35

Oct 11, 2023

Amazing Spider-Man #35 continues to show Green Goblin is on a slow climb back into Norman's heart and mind. The story wraps up too conveniently, but you can't say the action doesn't look good while juggling so many conflicts.

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #36

Oct 25, 2023

I had a ton of fun with Amazing Spider-Man #36. There's a nice Halloween vibe to it all, from the villains to the night setting to the plentiful monsters. This is super fun, visually stunning, and a nice ode to weirdos.

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8
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #37

Nov 8, 2023

It's hard to deny the silliness working so well with Spidey and Rek-Rap, but this issue spins its wheels a bit as we wait for the other shoe to drop. Amazing Spider-Man #37 is filled with over-the-top silliness, but suffers as it spends more time leaning into Rek-Rap's lunacy.

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #38

Nov 22, 2023

Amazing Spider-Man #38 wraps up a Limbo tale, a major highlight in Wells' run. The super silly nature of it all works very well, with McGuinness' art supplying plenty of weirdness and humor.

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8
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #39

Dec 6, 2023

"Gang War" is in full swing this week, and the danger level is high. Amazing Spider-Man #39 does a good job establishing how dangerous and just how chaotic the war is as many footsoldiers of the various gangs are at war and civilians are in danger. It's still odd other heroes aren't mentioned, and it's also difficult to care much when most of these gangster villains are C-Listers at best.

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7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #40

Dec 20, 2023

Amazing Spider-Man #40 is an interesting issue, although it doesn't pack the wallop one would expect from a major crossover event issue. It's problematic that the most interesting characters aren't Spider-Man but ancillary characters who are B-Listers at best in the history of Marvel Comics. If you accept those terms of the story, it's fun enough.

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6
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #49

May 8, 2024

Amazing Spider-Man #49 gives readers a taste of what Spider-Man deals with when killing vampires or narrowly escaping are his only options. An interesting bit about the civilian victims getting turned is a highlight, but it's mostly a quick setup without much payoff.

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9
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #50

May 22, 2024

Enjoy the art and fun backup stories when you read Amazing Spider-Man #50, which puts Green Goblin into a central focus. The art is spectacular, and the legacy of Spider-Man continues to tantalize.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2022): Gang War: First Strike #1

Nov 29, 2023

I want to like "Gang War," but there's not enough here to get you excited unless you're a big fan of the various B-Tier gangsters that Spider-Man has grappled with over the years. The stakes never feel too high in a story that lacks Spider-Man.

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9.5
Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1

Jun 3, 2015

Fans of a Spider-Man with family responsibilities will be overjoyed with this great first issue. Those of you who like their Spider-Man single will still find entertainment in the high stakes at play in this issue.

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8.5
Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #2

Jul 8, 2015

This is a good issue that doesn't quite top the first issue due to a lack of action, but it's still very good reading.

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9.5
Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #3

Aug 5, 2015

If there ever was a event within an event this is it right here. Due to the nature of the story, such high stakes at play for our hero and the awesome art — you can't find a better tie-in right now.

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Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #4

Aug 19, 2015

This is a stereotypical penultimate issue that falls flat, drags on and holds back so the climax will be all the better. If you're dying to see Peter's daughter kick butt you might love it, but it's a skippable issue for most.

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10
Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #5

Sep 9, 2015

This is a fantastic end to one of the most exciting and easily accessible Secret Wars tie ins. The fact that the story begins and ends in this miniseries makes it all the more purchasable by fans of Spider-Man of all ages.

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10
Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows (2016) #7

May 10, 2017

Action-packed, fun character wrinkles, and a downright perfectly paced issue. This is fun to the max!

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3
Amazing Spider-Man: Venom Inc.: Omega #1

Jan 17, 2018

Some good art and the sweet relief of this story ending will get you through it. Barely.

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7
Amazing Spider-Man: Venom Inc.: Alpha #1

Dec 6, 2017

A good first start, but answers as far as the villains and the "Inc." in the title remain to be seen.

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8
Amazons Attack (2023) #1

Oct 24, 2023

Amazons Attack sets up a pulse-pounding race to get answers while dodging bullets. You haven't seen Amazons in a situation like this disadvantaged, but resolute in finding solutions.

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7
America Chavez: Made in the USA #2

Apr 5, 2021

America Chavez: Made in the USA is making an interesting point about the anger and resentment young people can feel growing up with a family that doesn't seem to understand them. It can be frustrating for a kid, but in hindsight, it's also understandable the family is doing their best with what they're given. Sadly though, the story isn't progressing fast enough and seems to be reiterating the same point over and over rather than exploring America's relationship to any one family member. For that, you're left wanting.

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8.5
American Ronin #1

Oct 8, 2020

American Ronin #1 is a good psychological thriller that is as absorbing as it is pretty. It's a little slow, but if you want a narrative that's very different than what you can get from most publishers, you'll want to give this a shot.

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7.5
American Vampire Anthology #2

Oct 13, 2016

This is a good anthology with plenty of freaky horror-themed elements to tide you over this Halloween season. American Vampire fans will most likely buy this without question, but really anyone can dig into this and get their horror on.

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10
American Vampire: 1976 #1

Oct 6, 2020

American Vampire 1976 #1 effortlessly re-introduces readers to its characters, their way of life, and their new directions this story sets out to explore. Paced to perfection with characters you're drawn to, this first issue is engaging for new readers and old alike with grand adventure, monster hunting, and a heist too. American Vampire 1976 is expertly polished, with a mosaic of interesting characters in a narrative that's rich with history and intrigue.

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9
American Vampire: 1976 #2

Nov 10, 2020

The stakes are effectively raised in American Vampire 1976 #2 and the monsters are revealed. This has the historical weight of each scene wrapped in moments of dark psychological impact you won't want to miss.

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9
American Vampire: 1976 #3

Dec 8, 2020

American Vampire 1976 has it all, from tense action to a fun adventure, visual horror, and a deep sense of human frailty. There's a rich history within its pages begging readers to do their due diligence and read the back issues, but at the same time, this narrative works on its own.

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8
American Vampire: 1976 #4

Jan 12, 2021

This issue is a bit wonky, with an opening that seemingly left out an entire scene, an ending that requires a lot of luck, and much of it focusing on characters talking in a cramped airplane. It's a table setting issue in many respects, but where it does set the table best is in some key reveals of the main villain. The stakes are only higher by the issue's end and this issue serves as a turning point in the narrative that'll only get better with the next issue.

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8
American Vampire: 1976 #5

Feb 9, 2021

American Vampire 1976continues to be an interesting exploration of history and how monsters fit within what we know. The adventure elements are limited in this issue -- this is mostly a long conversation, but the characters are intriguing as ever.

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9
American Vampire: 1976 #6

Mar 9, 2021

Like a good episode of Lost, this issue sets up quite a cliffhanger that'll have you wondering how our heroes escape death and turn the tide. This is the midway point of a planned twelve-issue series and it's a good reminder it's always darkest before the dawn. American Vampire 1976 continues to be the action-adventure series your inner 80s kid always wanted.

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8
American Vampire: 1976 #7

Apr 13, 2021

American Vampire is a series that has always argued that our history is important, especially by way of vampires who live forever. This issue plays into three different times important to the characters and the larger narrative. For that, it's required reading and it might just bring out the fans who read this series in the past and haven't yet picked this up. If you've liked previous collections in this series but have been waiting to try American Vampire 1976, give this issue a read to remind yourself why the historical underpinnings of the series make it so good.

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9
American Vampire: 1976 #10

Aug 3, 2021

American Vampire 1976 #10 ends the series on a high note. It has giant monster clashes, raises the stakes, and plenty of moments for characters to shine. Most of all, it cleverly wraps up with a letter you'll read more than once to soak in.

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5
Angel Catbird #1

Sep 7, 2016

This volume walks a fine line between cartoon fun and realistic drama, but never really commits to a direction. The characters speak and think like they're right out of the Golden Age of comics, which makes the experience feel clumsy and at least for a younger audience. Still, there are some fun ideas in this book and feels unique from anything else on the shelf.

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6.5
Angela: Asgard's Assassin #1

Dec 3, 2014

This is a disappointing entry into what could be a great series. The art is strong, but who is this Angela lady, really? I still don't know.

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8
Angela: Queen Of Hel #1

Oct 27, 2015

I'm starting to get these characters and I enjoyed the character dynamics that were built up here. The issue is gorgeous through and through and the peek into Hel is exciting stuff. It didn't gel perfectly, but it's a nice start.

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9
Animosity: The Rise #1

Jan 25, 2017

This is an excellent first issue due to its fast pace and downright hilarious moments. Bennett and Doe are crafting a series that gives new meaning to treating animals fairly, but doing so with big laughs and high entertainment value.

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10
Annihilation - Scourge: Beta Ray Bill #1

Dec 11, 2019

I'm a fan of cosmic Marvel stories, but only when they're done right. Speaking as someone who hasn't even read every Annihilation: Scourge book, I loved this one and I have to recommend this to everyone who likes a lot of fun and big action in their comics. This is an easy pick up even if you haven't been reading the series and quite possibly one of the best Beta Ray Bill stories ever. Put it on the list!

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9
Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) #1

Jun 6, 2018

I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this first issue. I never got into the Nadia/Wasp stories, but now I know I should double back and read them. Waid and Garron have crafted an excellent first issue due to the strong characters and their dynamic.

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6.5
Ant-Man & The Wasp: Living Legends #1

Jun 6, 2018

This is a good issue that's much more for all-ages audiences than hardcore fans. That said, it ties in Scott Lang into a Hank Pym story.

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8
Ant-Man (2020) #4

May 13, 2020

A fun book that I think many parents will love sharing with their kiddos. Pick this book up and delight in the amazing shrunken-down world only an Ant-Man and his son could share.

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9.5
Ant-Man (2020) #5

Jun 17, 2020

I had a blast with this finale as it reminds us Scott and Cassie only got closer as heroes. The villain is epic and it takes epic love and courage to take him down. This will give you the warm and fuzzies you want when reading a comic with your kiddo.

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9
Ant-Man (2022) #1

Jul 27, 2022

Ant-Man #1 is a fun romp through an earlier era in comics when moxie was everything, and the adventure of it all was the destination. It honors and celebrates the past while ever so slightly building towards something to look forward to in a trippy new miniseries.

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8
Ant-Man (2022) #2

Aug 31, 2022

If you liked the first issue, you'd continue to adore the solid tribute in this series. Ant-Man #2 leans into the scoundrel that is Eric O'Grady's Ant-Man, making for a different hero's journey.

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9
Ant-Man (2022) #3

Sep 28, 2022

Come toAnt-Man #3 for its great depictions of Black Ant and Scott Lang's Ant-Man, but stay for the plot to reveal the ultimate enemy of Ant-Man of the future.

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7
Ape-ril Special (2024) #1

Mar 19, 2024

If you're a fan of the simian side of DC Comics, this will be an instant buy, but for most, I'd say curb expectations. For an April Fool's issue, the anthology generally lacks humor. It's more of a highlight of just how robust the monkey/ape side of DC Comics is, which is silly enough for fans to enjoy.

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9
Aposimz #1

Feb 25, 2019

I highly enjoyed this sci-fi superhero story. Its mix of a dystopian world with Guyver-like powers works well. I'm highly interested to see how this story unfolds from here.

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9
Appleseed Alpha #1

Aug 21, 2017

A strong book that's long, but enjoyable all the way through.

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5
Aquaman (2011) #47

Dec 23, 2015

Though it's entertaining — two good double page spreads do not make the action any more exciting and the plot seems to progress simply because the writer wills it which makes this experience feel unearned.

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10
Aquaman (2011) #50

Mar 30, 2016

Good story from cover to cover and absolutely no filler as Aquaman #50 establishes a new direction, a new hero, and a very compelling new enemy.

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6
Aquaman (2011) #51

Apr 20, 2016

It's not bad, that's for sure. Aquaman's new role as the leader of a dry land embassy continues to cull up intriguing story elements and Black Water continues to be an interesting bad guy. I'm not sure this issue does enough to entertain though, as the “heroes questioning their methods” element is understandable, but not very captivating and the detective work in play is more blind luck.

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8.5
Aquaman (2016) #1

Jun 22, 2016

Abnett will make you care about Atlantean politics and that's saying quite a lot when you stop to think about politics in comics actually working. Aquaman feels fresh and more important than ever.

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6.5
Aquaman (2016) #2

Jul 6, 2016

If you're looking for an emotional action sequence you can't do better. The issue is heavy on the action though, leaving you wanting more.

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7
Aquaman (2016) #3

Jul 20, 2016

Black Manta steals the show in this issue as his new direction is compelling. The art overall is spot on and great at delivering the emotional tether needed for the scenes to work.

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9.5
Aquaman (2016) #4

Aug 3, 2016

Aquaman vs. the U.S. government is shaping up to be a compelling fight of ideas as well as actions. A lot of intriguing concepts are unfurled and a striking case is made for nonviolent actions in this issue.

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10
Aquaman (2016) #5

Aug 17, 2016

Aquaman #5 is a pager turner. The creative team understands very well how to tell a visual story; it's issues like this that make me want to see a movie written by Dan Abnett.

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10
Aquaman (2016) #6

Sep 7, 2016

Aquaman is a lot of fun. The action in this issue is fun to read and look at due to the sharp visuals and the story continues to impress. Aquaman doubters need only pick this title up and see he's the real deal.

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8.5
Aquaman (2016) #7

Sep 21, 2016

Political intrigue continues in Aquaman! Aquaman #6 does well to show Aquaman unravel the truth whilst the truth is preparing to blow up right in his face.

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9.5
Aquaman (2016) #8

Oct 5, 2016

Aquaman continues to be well paced, action packed, and interesting through and through. Abnett is making Aquaman complex and intriguing every step of the way.

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4.5
Aquaman (2016) #9

Oct 19, 2016

This is one long fight sequence with bits of scenes or dialogue that express things we've seen a hundred times over in this series so far. If you want a fight book you'll be happy, but you will not find any complexity or interesting story progression here.

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8
Aquaman (2016) #10

Nov 2, 2016

This Mera focused issue adds a bit of action as it reveals a lot of doubt in the character with strong character development. The character work is strong, though it does seems to be slowing things down too much.

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6
Aquaman (2016) #11

Nov 16, 2016

This issue sets the stage for a huge battle that should not be missed with issue #12. If you dig quieter character moments, or just want to start reading this series, this is a great issue. That said, it does more to set up and resolve conflicts so as to make the next issue enjoyable, rather than delivering a satisfying experience here.

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8.5
Aquaman (2016) #12

Dec 7, 2016

The story in Aquaman is ramping up ten fold and this issue balances all the table setting well with big reveals. Aquaman is shaping up to be the Michael Bay action blockbuster with all the drama of West Wing.

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8
Aquaman (2016) #13

Dec 21, 2016

A slower paced, table setting issue for sure, but it's hard not to enjoy the building tensions across the board. This is turning out to be a solid arc that will pay off due to the time spent on all sides of the battle.

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7
Aquaman (2016) #14

Jan 4, 2017

Aside from Aquaman having to handle some rather mundane time suck baddies, this issue progresses the overall plot well as tensions rise. Atlantis may never be at peace with America after this issue and Abnett has done well to give him just cause for that!

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7.5
Aquaman (2016) #15

Jan 18, 2017

Aquaman comes off as a hero in more than one way, which is a win in itself. An epic fight sequence to start the issue showcases the sheer awesome power with a war of words to close the book, showcasing his heroic heart. It's hard to deny this is a solid period on why Aquaman deserves the credit and credibility of other heroes in the DC universe. Unfortunately the conclusions don't feel as certain, which takes the teeth out of its endings.

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9
Aquaman (2016) #16

Jan 31, 2017

Aside from a minor quibble that reminds us a subplot was a waste of time, this is a good first issue to a new story arc. Aquaman has a new relationship with the public, his ability to speak to animals clearly is a major story element to be explored, and a villain with great power looms. New story arc, new direction, new reasons to love this series.

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5.5
Aquaman (2016) #17

Feb 15, 2017

Save for a smashing opening and some interesting ideas of how Aquaman is perceived in America, this issue is too sluggish. The plot barely pushes forward with more time spent showing Aquaman disorientated or facing a similar threat over and over.

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7
Aquaman (2016) #18

Mar 1, 2017

This is a good, but not great issue that imparts some interesting ideas about war, but does so in a fight comic style that doesn't suit the material. How aquatelepathy is used again in the future remains an intriguing idea though due to the event in this issue.

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9
Aquaman (2016) #20

Apr 5, 2017

A strong second issue in a story arc that brings a lot of horror vibes.

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9
Aquaman (2016) #21

Apr 19, 2017

Another interesting and horror-filled issue in what is amounting to a fantastic story arc.

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8.5
Aquaman (2016) #41

Oct 17, 2018

Mera shines through and may be the DC universe's only hope as doomsday comes to us all.

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8.5
Aquaman (2016) #42

Nov 21, 2018

A good issue that adds weight to the bigger event. Aquaman is going through a major trial and his life has been upturned. This issue captures that well.

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9.5
Aquaman (2016): Drowned Earth Special #1

Nov 28, 2018

This is a great comic if you like big action, heroic moments, and events that feel important and long lasting. I'm also impressed DC Comics hasn't stretched this event out too thin and wrapped it up in an efficient and quick way.

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9
Aquaman: Andromeda #1

Jun 7, 2022

Aquaman: Andromeda #1 is an absorbing first issue that's at once haunting and intriguing. It walks a line between the fear of an unnatural alien threat and our inability to control what is the unknown.

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9.5
Aquaman: Andromeda #2

Aug 1, 2022

Readers of a certain age will liken some of what you see here to The Abyss with an unnerving horror underbelly. If that sounds appealing to you, you'll love Aquaman: Andromeda for how it makes you feel dread and uncertainty. In the same way Michael Crichton made us fear corporate overreach in Jurassic Park and the unknown in Sphere, so too does Ram V and Christian Ward spark the imagination.

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7
Aquaman: Rebirth #1

Jun 8, 2016

Well written, looks tight, but doesn't offer much new for longtime readers. Anyone new to Aquaman can find a fantastic introduction to the character here. Everyone else might want to wait for the next issue to see how things develop, because as of now this doesn't feel all that new as much of this recap and old hat.

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8.5
Aquaman: The Becoming (2021) #1

Sep 21, 2021

Aquaman: The Becoming #1 is a strong start for the series establishing a good supporting cast, high stakes, and the unique position Jackson is in. The various character dynamics make for a lot of interesting relationships to explore while never shying away from Jackson's infectious positivity.

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8.5
Aquaman: The Becoming (2021) #2

Oct 25, 2021

Aquaman: The Becoming #2 is a good issue, albeit it's more table setting than one might want. The setup is moving key characters around to new positions while supplying readers with some interesting Atlantis cultural elements that make it feel real and relatable. Jackson may not be the central focus, but it's clear as day Brandon Thomas and his collaborators are creating thoughtful superhero comics.

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8.5
Aquamen (2022) #1

Feb 22, 2022

If you're looking for a complex story featuring superheroes in a new configuration, you can't go wrong with Aquamen #1. This book has the look, feel, and complexity of a triple-A title.

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8.5
Archer & Armstrong Forever #1

May 19, 2022

Archer & Armstrong Forever #1 is a good start for a series that offers tantalizing mysteries in a superhero package. Foxe and Fiorito clearly understand the characters and are building on a legacy that's exciting.

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8.5
Archer & Armstrong Forever #2

Jun 8, 2022

Archer & Armstrong Forever #2 is a good second issue, bringing forth plenty of ideas via an action-friendly montage. It'll be interesting to see how this story fleshes out though as much of the bigger picture takes a back seat to fun adventure hijinks.

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10
Archie (2015) #2

Aug 18, 2015

This is as exciting as comics can get. The art, pace and story are all so dynamic you'd be silly to miss this great series.

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9.5
Archie (2015) #3

Sep 28, 2015

I'd like to say this is excellent reading for everybody, but the truth is if you're more of an action orientated person you're going to find this boring. Then again, if you're even picking up a comic called Archie and you're looking for action you're probably too misguided to know what's good for you in the first place. Without a doubt the most fun you'll have with young adults this year.

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9
Archie (2015) #6

Feb 13, 2016

A good issue that progresses the plot well. The emotional resonance is strong for all the dynamic relationships due to solid dialogue and well drawn characters.

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9.5
Arclight #1

Jun 4, 2015

Arclight is a story of solemn grace that gently pulls you into its story titillating your imagination and makes you want more.

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5.5
Arclight #2

Aug 4, 2015

This series feels very important and very different from most, but it most definitely requires patience from the reader. I can't recommend it to anyone who wants to work for their entertainment, but I can't deny there is something lying in wait here that will most assuredly pay off in the end.

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9
Arkham City: The Order of the World #1

Oct 5, 2021

Arkham City: The Order of the World is the kind of story you read around a campfire to give you the chills. There's an edge to it that only comes around every few years at DC Comics, showcasing the oddities of Gotham in a way that feels ethereal and pure, but its focus is the muck and disturbed nature of the people that come from it. Arkham City is a story that is filled with mystery and unease that Batman: The Long Halloween fans will gobble up with delight.

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8.5
Arkham City: The Order of the World #2

Nov 2, 2021

Arkham City: The Order of the World#2 introduces new players and a strong sense that something quite dark is happening in Gotham. It's a story that rewards readers who are seeking a complex and otherworldly feel in their superhero stories.

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7.5
Arkham Manor #1

Oct 22, 2014

Most will cry foul when it comes to this issue due to it being mostly setup, but it nails the emotional tether Bruce has for his old home even if he keeps telling himself filling it with villains is the best thing to do.

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9.5
Armor Hunters #1

Jun 11, 2014

What a great first issue to kick things off on this event: I'm getting some Independence Day vibes from this comic, in a good way, as the impending threat is scary and powerful. It puts an amazing threat in the path of the heroes of Valiant and potentially makes X-O Manowar a hero not for just his people anymore, but for the entire planet. Exciting stuff here folks, check it out!

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9.5
Armor Hunters #2

Jul 9, 2014

This continues to be the best summer event series of the year. The story is grounded very well in a reality similar to our own, the threat is real to all of humanity and the characters are interesting. Do not miss this one.

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9
Armor Hunters #3

Aug 12, 2014

There are plenty of moments to cheer for, as well as moments to be surprised. It's basically a amusement park ride in comic book form.

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9
Armor Hunters #4

Sep 23, 2014

A satisfying conclusion with all the action we've been dying for, loose ends tied up and an epic heroic finale for X-O Manowar that redefines the character. I'd call that a win, wouldn't you?

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9.5
Armor Hunters: Bloodshot #1

Jul 23, 2014

Not a bad tie-in at all, and in fact, I'll say right now it's the best so far. Bloodshot has felt as if he's been shoehorned in at the last minute of this event, but now it's clear he has a role and it's to be one badass war machine. Bring it on!

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8.5
Armor Hunters: Bloodshot #2

Aug 19, 2014

Another good issue out of this writing and drawing team. It's also rather self contained, never needing to go outside to the main event much beyond why Bloodshot is fighting the alien he's fighting. The cliffhanger introduces a not so surprising twist, but if you're not excited to see what happens next you're probably not digging this great art either.

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7
Armor Hunters: Bloodshot #3

Sep 16, 2014

It concludes the story, offers up a fun action sequence and looks fabulous. As far as tie-in's go, I'll take it!

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8
Army of Darkness Vol. 4 #1

Dec 3, 2014

If you're looking for all out action with a silly yet insane premise give this a look!

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8
Army of Darkness Vol. 4 #2

Jan 5, 2015

An issue that was nearly a skippable affair becomes a fun ride due to well paced action sequences and an awesome cliffhanger.

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8.5
Army of Darkness Vol. 4 #3

Feb 10, 2015

This continues to be a fun and exciting action fest with great pacing and even better art.

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8.5
Army of Darkness Vol. 4 #4

Mar 3, 2015

As far as penultimate issues this story keeps things light and entertaining, and while there's a cheapened moment overall it's turning out to be a fantastic action series.

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9.5
Army of Darkness Vol. 4 #5

Mar 31, 2015

“Ash in Space" has been an action packed blast that has been fun, exciting and exhilarating on all counts.

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9.5
Army of Darkness: Ash for President (One Shot) #1

Aug 30, 2016

If you've been following the current political climate you need to read this comic book. It's chock full of running jokes, hilarious political commentary, and a premise that suits Ash. If you don't read this you clearly don't know how to party.

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10
Army of Darkness: Ash Gets Hitched #1

Jul 15, 2014

This comic took me completely by surprise and I loved every panel of it. If you don't snatch this up, Ash fan or not, you're missing out on one well paced and exciting comic. Recommended!

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8.5
Army of Darkness: Ash Gets Hitched #2

Aug 26, 2014

There's a lot of fun to be had in this issue, and while it wasn't as perfect is the first issue, it keeps the fun and action ramped up. It's definitely a plot progression sort of issue, but that's okay.

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8
Army of Darkness: Ash Gets Hitched #3

Oct 15, 2014

Another good installment of this very fun and entertaining series. It all comes down to character and pacing and it has that in droves.

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7.5
Army of Darkness: Ash Gets Hitched #4

Nov 17, 2014

The story is concluded but the laughs stop and the clever plot twists end along the way; for what it's worth it's a nice ending, but I was left hoping for a bit more.

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8.5
Art Ops #2

Nov 25, 2015

Another solid issue here that is making it difficult to avoid this series. This issue proves this might be the coolest superhero team in comics.

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6
Art Ops #3

Dec 27, 2015

A decent issue that progresses the plot, but the reluctant hero schtick is wearing thin.

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9
Art Ops #11

Aug 31, 2016

Art Ops continues to be that gem of a series always bringing in fresh, new ideas. Like art, it's inspired.

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9
Art Ops #12

Oct 5, 2016

This is a beautiful end to a wonderful series. There's a lot of joy in its pages, and if you didn't stick around but liked the series, you owe it to yourself to read this issue.

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8
Artemis: Wanted (2022) #1

Jul 19, 2022

Artemis: Wanted #1 is a must-read if you're looking for closure after reading Trial of the Amazons. More importantly, the creative team establishes the strength and beauty of all three Amazons featured here while revealing a new role for a key Wonder Woman character.

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8
Asgardians of the Galaxy #1

Sep 3, 2018

This has a fun fantasy vibe with sci-fi sensibilities that should get action adventure fans excited.

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6
Asgardians of the Galaxy #2

Oct 3, 2018

An okay issue, but I was left feeling like I was reading a buffer issue that was distracting from the eventual conclusion more than anything else.

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9
Aster: Accidental Magic #1

Mar 3, 2020

Once this book ends you'll be dying to read the follow up which they hint at on the final page. The story builds on itself, getting more imaginative, magical and filled with wonderment to the point where you'll be bursting for more.

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9
Aster: Mixed-Up Magic #2

Mar 2, 2021

Random House Graphic has a surefire YA hit on their hand here and it's one that will likely be found in another format since it's so deliciously cute and original. Video game, movie, or television program, this is enjoyable storytelling that builds in a rewarding way.

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9
Astonishing X-Men (2017) #1

Jul 19, 2017

A great start to a new series that should have X-Force fans pumped!

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8
Astro City (2013) #1

Jun 5, 2013

Brent Anderson does a great job on art. There isn't any hyper detailed work going on, but the composition is key. When there are characters talking at the audience it's incredibly important to ensure the story is coming out loud and clear and there isn't a moment of confusion throughout. Considering the real hero being introduced is a normal man there's quite a bit riding on Anderson conveying his heroic nature without powers and costumes. I think he succeeds.

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9.5
Astro City (2013) #36

Jun 15, 2016

It's a wonder how you can pick up a comic and just enjoy the thing even if you haven't read the issue's that came before it. This issue is no different. This is just good reading for new and old fans alike.

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9
Astro City (2013) #37

Jul 20, 2016

This is a fun start to a new story arc that anyone can jump in on. If you're a fan of music this is must buy reading. History buffs might just love this fictional past and the ideas running around too.

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6.5
Astro City (2013) #38

Sep 14, 2016

If you're a fan of the 1920s you owe it to yourself to read this and the last issue. The creative team have made something truly special and different, taking everything we love about the 1920s and infusing it with super powers.

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8.5
Astro City (2013) #39

Sep 28, 2016

A special connection between the Hanged Man and lawyer is made in this issue. By the end you'll feel like you know the characters and want to see where their newfound relationship will take them. It ends abruptly though and without issue #40 you'll feel a bit naked!

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9.5
Astro City (2013) #40

Oct 19, 2016

Astro City is always a well of ideas you'll never want to stop dipping back into for more. This issue delivers a surprising story that is rife with surprises and clever writing.

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9
Astro City (2013) #41

Feb 22, 2017

This is a fine 100th issue that stands to remind us why Astro City serves as a love letter to comics and America. The creators infuse its pages with culture and heroism you should not miss.

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9.5
Astro City (2013) #42

Mar 8, 2017

Astro City puts you inside the characters' heads so well you'll be right there with them throughout the story. This issue is no different. What makes it so unique is how it brings you to conclusions based on the events and thoughts of the character.

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9.5
Astro City (2013) #44

May 17, 2017

A strong done in one issue highlighting what a hero cat would be like.

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9
Astro City (2013) #45

Jun 28, 2017

Another great example of how good Busiek is at telling new kinds of superhero stories.

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9
Astro City (2013) #47

Sep 6, 2017

A fun origin story dog lovers will love.

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9
Astro City (2013) #48

Oct 18, 2017

Great origin story with some big time feels.

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8.5
Astro City (2013) #50

Jan 31, 2018

A strong story that's emotional and meaningful.

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9
Astro City (2013) #51

Apr 4, 2018

Two stories that do different things, but both capture a different angle on living in a superhero/supervillain world.

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8
Astro City (2022): That Was Then...

Mar 29, 2022

Astro City: That Was Then... Specialis a good reminder of how impactful and emotional this series can be. This is a strong one-shot although it does take some patience to find its meaningful layers. Casual fans should likely start with the new Astro City Omnibus also out this week, but make no mistake, the creative team has not lost a beat in their return to the series.

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8.5
Atlantis Attacks #4

Nov 4, 2020

As far as penultimate stories with a superhero team go,Atlantis Attacks #4 is effective as it spreads the love across the characters and delivers key information. It's entertaining to see so many characters involved with something to do or say. Atlantis Attacks is an exciting return that sets up a must-read final issue.

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8.5
Autumnal #1

Sep 22, 2020

The Autumnal sets the stage for an interesting mother/daughter narrative that highlights the horror at the edges of the abuse we face and the darkness at the edge of the brightest of suburban ideals.

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9
Autumnal #2

Oct 27, 2020

This is a smartly written and absorbing sort of story that will capture your imagination and your interest if you let it. It's also a story that requires your attention because it's in the subtleties and dynamics between the panels where it truly shines. The Autumnal is a story that you can't put down as the unease grows and your imagination tries to find its hidden meaning.

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8.5
Autumnal #3

Nov 24, 2020

The Autumnal continues to be an engrossing horror story that creeps you out with its fringe reveals and haunting underbelly. It has yet to reveal its true nature so we may get to know Kat a bit better and thoroughly understand her before the secret of the town is revealed.

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8
Avatar (2019): Adapt or Die #1

May 12, 2022

As we await the next Avatar film, Avatar: Adapt or Die is a good way to experience the characters and familiarize yourself with the world. Bechko captures the familiar tensions of the Na'vi and humans while Lobel brings these drawings to life.

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4
Avengers & X-Men: Axis #1

Oct 8, 2014

The Avengers are written well with interesting character dynamics and an honest to goodness threat on their hands, but damn is the entire Red Onslaught battle laughable and boring. At 25 minutes I was definitely given more bang for the buck, but dammit was the bang a weak one. Honestly 13 out of 30 pages are worth reading. Fail.

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7.5
Avengers (2012) #31

Jun 18, 2014

Decompression is a thing we must live with it seems, but there's just enough here to keep your interest. The art is the strongest aspect to this issue which should keep you turning the pages and there is a plot development, however small it is, that should perk up your ears for the next issue.

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8
Avengers (2012) #32

Jul 10, 2014

How this issue fits into the series is all going to ride on the next issue, but as far as this single issue there's enough here, ideas mostly, to satiate Avenger and science fiction fans alike.

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7
Avengers (2012) #34

Aug 27, 2014

This story ain't over yet, but it sure feels over because the time travel fun has ended. It all ended for a purpose, but you'd think the battle between three Kangs and Cap would end a lot more interestingly than with a simple shield toss.

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7.5
Avengers (2012) #40

Jan 14, 2015

This issue surprises you in a good way with a very balanced issue that effectively uses flashbacks to make a big moment even bigger. Still, it's rife with dialogue heavy moments that you'd just rather skip than read.

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9
Avengers (2016) #1.1

Nov 10, 2016

When this book ends you won't know where it can even begin next month and that's flipping exciting. Avengers #1.1 is a blast from the past that'll remind you no matter the era these characters are complex prisms from which to view the world. Even if you're not into the older era you can't deny the change of pace is a nice reprieve from the event laden series.

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8
Avengers (2016) #2

Dec 7, 2016

A gorgeous book, Avengers plays with time travel well, with big choices to make and high stakes to boot. Vision, Wasp, Hercules, and Spider-Man all get to shine too. What's not to love?

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9.5
Avengers (2016) #2.1

Dec 21, 2016

This is enjoyable comics with a classic feel. The heroes may have more problems than any villains as their personalities clash for high entertainment value.

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8.5
Avengers (2016) #3

Jan 4, 2017

Avengers #3 is a fine semi-conclusion to a series that's been incredibly vivid and gorgeous. Wasp takes the reigns in this one and proves she's just as heroic as the next guy.

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8.5
Avengers (2016) #4

Feb 1, 2017

Get hyped–the next issue of Avengers is going to bring it. This issue does a great job setting things up, reminding us of Kang's amazing history and it does all that with beautiful full and double page spreads. It's a testament to art and Avengers history.

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9.5
Avengers (2016) #5

Mar 1, 2017

Avengers fans need to read this issue. It's a love letter to the Avengers, but also to the wonderfully eclectic group of heroes too. Mark Waid's accomplished a rare feat: he's added a story to the pantheon of fantastic Avengers lore we'll be reading for years.

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9
Avengers (2016) #6

Apr 5, 2017

A fine conclusion that is filled with surprises, fun time travel action, and an excellent end.

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9
Avengers (2016) #9

Jul 5, 2017

Thor steals the show as the most worthy of them all.

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8.5
Avengers (2016) #672

Oct 4, 2017

A strong team book, but a tad repetitive with the character drama.

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8
Avengers (2016) #675

Jan 10, 2018

A good first issue that has an event-vibe and stuffs a lot of characters into it.

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8.5
Avengers (2016) #676

Jan 17, 2018

This is a good issue that reveals key details and gets the villain's into the story too. Underneath this story are a few mysteries that'll titillate and get folks wanting more too.

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8
Avengers (2016) #677

Jan 24, 2018

A good third issue in the arc, but I'm still waiting for some damn answers!

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7
Avengers (2016) #678

Jan 31, 2018

Good, but just barely largely due to the few details we do get adding up to something (hopefully) interesting and the art is quite nice.

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8.5
Avengers (2018) #1

May 1, 2018

Establishes what the Avengers are all about in two time frames with insurmountable odds against them.

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9
Avengers (2018) #2

May 16, 2018

The art is great, better than the first issue, and the captions are strong drawing you through the story to make the cliffhanger all the more powerful.

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5.5
Avengers (2018) #3

Jun 20, 2018

We get some explanations, but for the most part this comic is moving too slowly to care.

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9
Avengers (2018) #4

Jul 4, 2018

A strong fourth chapter builds on what came before.

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9.5
Avengers (2018) #5

Jul 18, 2018

An excellent chapter in the story arc that gets you pumped for more.

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8
Avengers (2018) #6

Aug 22, 2018

The "fresh start" Avengers have established themselves as a team that is epic in scale and surprising in their approach. The lineup is a mix up of sorts thanks to Ghost Rider and, shockingly, he comes out of this series even better than ever.

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8
Avengers (2018) #7

Sep 5, 2018

A good issue that starts to shed light on the Avengers of 1 million B.C.

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8
Avengers (2018) #8

Sep 19, 2018

A good issue even if it's almost all table setting. This team lineup is intriguing and is a lot of fun to read, especially with their new digs in a god damn Celestial.

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8
Avengers (2018) #9

Oct 10, 2018

If this issue doesn't make you want to buy the new Marvel Legends Namor action figure I don't know what will. Namor is made stronger due to great writing and visuals and may have hopped up a few pegs in the echelon of badass villains.

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9.5
Avengers (2018) #10

Nov 13, 2018

I had a blast reading this issue and running through my mind where the story may go from here. Jason Aaron and the incredible artists have managed to write a milestone issue that feels important while also laying down the groundwork for exciting future stories.

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8
Avengers (2018) #11

Dec 12, 2018

An enjoyable issue thanks to excellent pacing. Aaron balances a lot of plates here and, overall, it's an enjoyable, tension-filled read.

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8
Avengers (2018) #12

Jan 9, 2019

A good issue that digs deep into Marvel history to pluck out one of the wildest superhero teams in some time. Obscure is an understatement, but it's exciting to see a new kind of super team coming together.

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9
Avengers (2018) #13

Jan 23, 2019

This issue continues to prove Aaron's ancient Avengers are not only an intriguing new idea but a necessary one. The exploration of this team is exciting due to its ability to add a mythical nature to the mighty Avengers. Knowing Aaron he probably has this team's future plotted for many trades and I for one will be ready and willing to read them all.

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8
Avengers (2018) #14

Feb 6, 2019

A great kickoff to some Avengers vs. vampire action. Aaron and Marquez have a good handle of the characters and I can't wait to see how a vampire war changes the team and the world. Make no mistake, this is good horror comics meets action comics. This is a fang-tastic first issue in a story that does not suck.

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9.5
Avengers (2018) #33

May 27, 2020

I've always liked Moon Knight, but in his mystery there has always been a lack of detail that has rubbed me the wrong way. Here though, Aaron and Garron are steering directly into that mystery and seem to be suggesting maybe that mystery is where his power is drawn the greatest. I can't wait to see where Moon Knight goes from here and for fans respect for the character to grow every page of the way.

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4
Avengers (2018) #34

Jul 15, 2020

I'm game to keep reading this story, but a lot of the wind was knocked out of it with this issue. Garron and color artist Jason Keith continue to do solid work, though it's filled with dialogue explaining how we got here throughout. This is a story I want to like, but am shocked at how little it all matters due to the mechanic of showing us past and present.

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6.5
Avengers (2018) #35

Aug 19, 2020

Avengers #35 is stronger than the last, but still falters a bit. Still, it's quite clear the story is managing to tell an epic story in lightning speed in an industry where stories overstay their welcome. It's starting to feel like this story arc is managing an idea that's too big for each issue, but it manages to entertain and deliver on fun character moments just enough to make it worth a read.

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8.5
Avengers (2018) #40

Dec 29, 2020

Avengers #30 is a superhero story built on classic character personality and a good old fashioned fight contest. It's meat-and-potatoes fight comics with modern visuals and sensibilities.

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8.5
Avengers (2018) #46

Jul 5, 2021

Avengers #46 shows promise for a She-Hulk that has been itching for a change for some time. The stars of the issue, however, are the Winter Guard, who are an impressive supervillain team that shows off some impressive powers and personalities.

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8
Avengers (2018) #47

Aug 4, 2021

Avengers #47 has a lot going for its fight comics sensibilities. Garrn brings the heat from the Avengers, but also the deep pain She-Hulk is going through. This issue is light on character development, but there's a promise for more thanks to a sharp detail that'll stick with you.

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4.5
Avengers (2018) #48

Sep 1, 2021

Avengers #48 has its heart in the right place, but it mostly doesn't work. She-Hulk as the Winter Hulk could work in theory, but it reduces her to an unfeeling and uninteresting machine. Gorilla-Man remains difficult to care about as well, leaving the issue devoid of interesting characters or personalities to cling to. For an ensemble series, things will pick up with the Avengers are reintroduced, but this issue serves as a disappointing gap.

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8.5
Avengers (2018) #50

Nov 29, 2021

Avengers #50 is a good taste tester for where Marvel Comics stories are and where they are going. It's new-reader friendly while also building on stories and characters Aaron has been developing for years. As a celebration of the Avengers it's a reminder in the right hands they are truly awesome.

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8
Avengers (2018) #51

Dec 22, 2021

Avengers #51 comes out of the gate swinging with high emotions, disarray within the Avengers, and the first official confrontation from the Multiversal Masters of Evil. It pays off readers following both Avengers Forever and the milestone Avengers #750. Echo ends up feeling a bit underwritten here, but here's to the tease that there may be more to her connection to Thor than we know.

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8
Avengers (2018) #52

Jan 19, 2022

Avengers #52 is a good reminder comics are fun when they take big swings with heroes and villains. The Multiversal Masters of Evil is turning out to be a wildly inventive group of villains and the twist by the end will have you excited for more Starbrand.

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8.5
Avengers (2018) #53

Feb 9, 2022

Bring a big bucket of popcorn to Avengers #53, as it brings the action and laces it with interesting character developments. It also comes with its share of surprises and a cliffhanger to get you excited for more.

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8
Avengers (2018) #54

Mar 16, 2022

Avengers #54 is a fine ending to a story that has given us a taste of the Multiversal Masters of Evil, but doesn't commit to a final conclusion. The heroes lick their wounds and future fights will occur, leaving this issue too open-ended. That said, Aaron continues to be very good at writing characters across an issue, making even the quietest of moments matter.

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9
Avengers (2018) #56

May 25, 2022

Avengers #56 is an enlightening departure from the main story to prop up Jane Foster and explore her character. It's been a minute since Jane Foster has been explored and, judging by this issue, it's been far too long. Get hype Jane Foster rules in this solo story.

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Avengers (2018) #58

Jul 20, 2022

Your enjoyment of The Avengers #58 will hinge on how much you like the samurai Ghost Rider. Luckily it's rather easy to like the character since he's described so well, visually awesome, and is a unique twist on what we know of the Ghost Rider.

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9
Avengers (2018) #60

Sep 21, 2022

As a one-shot, The Avengers #60 is nearly perfectly written. It captures the heart of Hawkeye to perfection and offers a bit of humor and lightheartedness that high-stakes event comics tend to forget are necessary for making a story relatable and fun.

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8.5
Avengers (2018) #65

Feb 1, 2023

Avengers #65 continues to show that there isn't a comic as epic today. In one issue, we see the rise of the Avenger Prime. That's at first unbelievable, but once told, you realize it's a natural development of the Avenger's greatest villain. The famous phrase, "You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain," is at work here, only in reverse. How incredibly apt and cool.

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10
Avengers (2023) #1

May 17, 2023

All told, Avengers #1 gets the team together, has them fight a world-ending villain, and gives readers a resolution. Add in the cliffhanger that ties into the last Timeless issue, and we have a great introduction to a new era of Avengers. It's no small achievement.

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8.5
Avengers (2023) #2

Jun 21, 2023

The threat of the first story arc comes into focus in Avengers #2 as Kang reveals what's coming. Meanwhile, the team aspect is on point, with each character doing their part and Captain Marvel leading the team deftly.

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8
Avengers (2023) #3

Jul 26, 2023

Avengers #3 should get your pulse pounding with a bevy of intriguing and scary new villains. The Ashen Combine are serious contenders for the weirdest and scariest villains in Marvel Comics.

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9
Avengers (2023) #4

Aug 9, 2023

Brace yourselves, Avengers fans: this is the real deal, especially for anyone who likes new villains and big ideas. The Avengers have met a new match and it's heavy on the horror in an action-packed issue.

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9
Avengers (2023) #5

Sep 27, 2023

Avengers is a pulse-pounding joyride of new characters and excellent action. The series can't stop itself from raising the stakes of each issue while making each unique villain shine through more clearly. Avengers #5 is an exciting superhero comic in an age when we mostly settle for repetitive tales.

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8.5
Avengers (2023) #6

Oct 11, 2023

Avengers #6 is a fun wrap-up to a story arc that offers brand new villains and, in the end, an exciting new direction for the team. "New" isn't something you often see in serial superhero comics, but Marvel's got the most exciting superhero team book going right now.

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8.5
Avengers (2023) #7

Nov 1, 2023

The Avengers #7 comes out of the gate swinging, introducing a new threat while dropping readers in the middle of a battle. This series continues to surprise with elements that make it feel fresh while never losing sight of the dynamic heroes that make up the world's greatest superhero team.

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8.5
Avengers (2023) #11

Mar 6, 2024

Avengers #11 feels like a classic thanks to the humanizing of its heroes through Jarvis and efficient writing that gets the action and character beats mixed in well. If this issue is any indication, we're in for a real treat with Blood Hunt this May.

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8.5
Avengers Assemble (2022): Omega #1

Apr 19, 2023

Avengers Assemble: Omega #1 ends the only way Aaron's run could have, with epic clashes, big ideas, and a finale that reminds us these stories will continue. It's farewell but also hello, as he establishes enough endings for multiple characters so that writers can use what they like or leave it behind as they please. It's a finale only a great storyteller could leave behind, as the characters will come and go in new and exciting ways, and only Aaron has come to an end here.

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8.5
Avengers Assemble (2022): Alpha #1

Nov 30, 2022

The years-long setup building toward Avengers Assemble: Alpha #1 is exciting to see unfold toward its finish. Given how many players spanning different universes and timelines, it's impressive how well it all comes together here. There's also enough in the first issue to get your excitement up, even if most of the pages require heroes to fight heroes in a misunderstanding you know will resolve itself in time. But that's superhero comics, and superhero comics don't get bigger than this.

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8.5
Avengers Beyond (2023) #1

Mar 29, 2023

I'm excited for more Avengers Beyond after this first issue. It establishes a mega threat, captures the nuance of each character, and feels efficient as it gets us from an opening conflict to a new threat to fight by the end of the issue. Sure, there might be some pointless action that feels overly long, but this is an exciting Avengers book you won't be able to put down.

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9
Avengers Forever (2021) #1

Dec 20, 2021

If you're a fan of being dropped into the deep end of imaginative superhero stories, you'll love Avengers Forever #1. It's a good mix of relevant heroes doing the right thing, intense action, and clever twists on familiar characters. Avengers Forever is a Marvel mashup of ingenuity and ferocious Mad Max energy.

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8
Avengers Forever (2021) #2

Jan 26, 2022

This issue is very much about how all hope is lost, but also how Robbie's ability to endure pain and suffering is unmatched. For that, the narrative is a deeply heroic one that builds up the reader's anticipation for, well, avenging. Purchase Avengers Forever #2 to see how far a Ghost Rider can be pushed and also hints at more from Robbie Reyes. That and more scenes with Black Skull's evil awfulness.

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8.5
Avengers Forever (2021) #3

Mar 2, 2022

Expect a lot of crazy action, creative twists on heroes you're familiar with, and a heroic breakout in Avengers Forever #3. If you're a Marvel fan there isn't a better way to cut loose and escape our reality, and the 616 reality at that.

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5
Avengers Forever (2021) #4

Mar 23, 2022

If you love the idea of a larger multiversal story building, don't skip Avengers Forever #4. That said, the fight scenes feel less impactful and you won't believe the heroes have any chance of losing for a second. It makes for a middling finale to Red Skull's many multiverse versions joining forces.

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8
Avengers of the Wastelands #1

Jan 28, 2020

This is a good start to the next adventure in the Wastelands. I'm curious to see how well it does, partly because these characters are largely brand-new to most. As it stands, this series is setting up a good adventure for a set of young heroes who have something to prove in a world that has fallen to rubble. It's a hero's journey perfect for those who enjoy surprises.

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8.5
Avengers of the Wastelands #2

Feb 26, 2020

This is turning out to be a good post-apocalyptic road trip story filled with superhero surprises and crazy twists. Avengers of the Wastelands is like if Mad Max was using the Marvel Encyclopedia as its source material. It's from the mind of a maniac who loves superheroes.

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8
Avengers of the Wastelands #4

May 13, 2020

I had fun reading this penultimate issue. It leans a bit too heavily on one action sequence, but given the slower and less action-packed previous chapters, it should flow nicely when reading the trade paperback. I'm not sure this will convince folks to go back and read the previous issues, but I'm certainly on board to see how this team deals with Dr. Doom.

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8.5
Avengers of the Wastelands #5

Jun 3, 2020

This issue is incredibly poignant given the actions of the egomaniacal Dr. Doom and the desire for our heroes to be better to enact change in the face of tyranny. Read this to feel inspired that your voice can be heard with a strong message that we can be better -- we just need to fight.

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8
Avengers: Mech Strike (2021) #1

Feb 2, 2021

Avengers Mech Strikeis kicked off with a fun, over the top action fest that seems to have roots in the Marvel movies more than the comics. Go in expecting big, loud, and youthful fun in a package that is Marvel movie fan friendly.

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8.5
Avengers: No Road Home #1

Feb 12, 2019

A good first issue, especially for longtime readers of the Avengers. The writing team has done an excellent job capturing the unique voice of each character while the art captures the wholesome positivity of them as well. It's exciting to see Marvel tackle an often unused corner of the universe and I can't wait to see how they flesh it out further.

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8
Avengers: No Road Home #3

Feb 27, 2019

An enjoyable third issue continues to probe the characters well while offering new wonderments for the characters to interact with. The theme of gods fighting men is a good one and it'll be fun to see how it plays out and how it might change the Marvel universe going forward.

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9.5
Avengers: No Road Home #5

Mar 13, 2019

A great issue that everyone will be talking about. Seriously, even if you're not reading this check it out. You won't be disappointed.

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9
Avengers: No Road Home #6

Mar 19, 2019

Marvel Comics has cleverly snuck a Conan comic into an Avenger comic with great results. This has everything you'd want in a Conan book and I'd even wager it's a good place to start for Conan the Barbarian virgins. Make no mistake, Avengers: No Road Home is filled with surprises " this issue is proof of that.

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8.5
Avengers: Tech-On #1

Aug 9, 2021

Avengers: Tech-On is a lot of fun. It has Power Rangers vibes right down to the suits, but also the epic nature of the villain. Read this one for an alternate take on the events post Infinity Gauntlet, and the promise of exploring the complexities of these heroes and who they are apart from their powers.

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8.5
Avengers: The Enemy Within #1

May 15, 2013

Chock it up to a story that's intended to be read in 5 parts, but this issue was a bit unbalanced for my tastes. Of course when collected I wouldn't be surprised if it's perfect. Aside from that this is a very strong issue that focuses on character and lets the rest ride.

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9
Avengers: Twilight (2024) #1

Jan 17, 2024

A lot of the appeal of Avengers: Twilight rests on its creators showing us what kind of heroes and villains live in a future that has lost its heroes. It's a world where technology reigns supreme, and everything our elders do for us is taken for granted. What if those elders had a second chance to remind us of their greatness and right wrongs? Avengers Twilight mixes sci-fi and superheroes in a highlyrelevant take on a world that has forgotten its past and adores fake news.

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8.5
Avengers: War Across Time (2023) #1

Jan 11, 2023

The Avengers: War Across Time is a great fight comic and a great celebration of classic Avengers comics. You'll get the general feel of how the comics read back in the day with tons of Alan Davis art. If that's what you're expecting, it delivers big time.

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8.5
B.P.R.D.: Hell On Earth #140

Apr 18, 2016

Making detective work interesting, especially in the comic book format, is a hard thing to pull off, but this series does it and does it well. The issue opens with a great chase sequence and ends making you want more. A great start to a new story arc!

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9.5
B.P.R.D.: Hell On Earth #141

May 16, 2016

This might be the best book you aren't reading right now. Visually stimulating at every turn, this is a type of story you don't want to ever unglue your eyes from.

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7.5
B.P.R.D.: Hell On Earth #142

Jun 14, 2016

Like any good mystery the big reveal is satisfying and interesting. The main character gets to throw down with one hell of an evil beast too, but it does suffer from a lot of dialogue and no scene (or locale) changes.

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9.5
B.P.R.D.: Hell On Earth #143

Jul 19, 2016

This is a striking first issue as the end of days is nigh. In one fell swoop you'll understand the stakes, the characters' psychology, and you will be pulled in. If you don't highly anticipate the next issue I'm not sure you read this right!

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5
Back to the Future #1

Oct 20, 2015

This is an okay start with the potential to be a great read.

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8.5
Back to the Future #2

Nov 10, 2015

This issue certainly does a better job feeling more important to the films than the first issue did. It's fun to read if you love the movies as tidbits are revealed that influence how we view the films. Recommended for diehard fans and science fiction fans alike!

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4
Back to the Future #3

Dec 8, 2015

After a strong third issue this one falls flat due to boring, implausible and pointless "lost" stories.

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7
Back to the Future #4

Jan 12, 2016

The majority of the issue is filled with another semi-interesting story featuring Marty that feels too padded out.

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3
Back to the Future #5

Feb 23, 2016

If this series continues to stick a new detail or two into a very unmemorable story – in this case a summary of Back to the Future 2 – it's going to continue to be as boring and pointless as this.

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8
Back to the Future #14

Nov 9, 2016

Marty and Doc are in deep trouble (when are they not?) and explore compelling time travel conundrums. If you're after a Back to the Future tale that bends time and space jump on now.

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4.5
Back to the Future #15

Dec 20, 2016

I'm digging the story, but it's way too slowly paced to entertain you enough all the way through. The art is nice, the concept strong, and there's some laughs too, but the story is so decompressed you'll be bored to tears.

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5
Back to the Future: Biff to the Future #1

Jan 24, 2017

Back To The Future: Biff To The Future #1 has an intriguing premise that has plenty of opportunity to show us how Back to the Future 2 ended up where it does. That said, it misses an opportunity to make Biff a sympathetic character and instead continues to show him as the dumb jerk who doesn't deserve anything good coming his way.

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5
Back to the Future: Biff to the Future #2

Mar 7, 2017

Another okay, but not great installment of the spin off series nobody asked for. The biggest gripe is how it seems to prove page after page it's not a necessary story. Alan Robinson shouldn't go unnoticed, though–the art is great, and helps punch up a rather uninteresting story.

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6
Bakemonogatari #1

Oct 28, 2019

As a first volume goes this manga offers a variety of interesting ideas about monsters, gods, and how they manipulate humanity. The idea that monsters live among us but are invisible is an interesting concept to explore further, but the delivery is unreliable and confused making the already awkward Hitagi even harder to understand.

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8
Bankshot #1

Jun 27, 2017

Action packed first issue that sets up what could be a very unique spy/action thriller.

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4
Bankshot #2

Jul 25, 2017

It's a boring issue but at least it shows promise with its last page.

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8
Barbarella (2017) #1

Dec 4, 2017

A solid first entry, though a bit clunky.

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9
Barbaric: Axe To Grind #1

Aug 17, 2022

Barbaric: Axe to Grind is like if Conan the Barbarian and Heavy Metal Magazine had a baby. Throw in dynamic character moments straight out of Saga, and the series' return is a welcome one as it brings forth the violence and the charm of these bastard characters that deserve our attention.

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9
Basilisk #1

Jun 2, 2021

Basilisk is an intriguing first issue thanks to its control of mood, atmosphere, and mystery. The story could have used a bit more, but it gets your interest enough, and certainly plays to fans of horror and superheroes.

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6
Basilisk #2

Jul 6, 2021

Basilisk #2 is a good second issue, but it leaves you wanting more. The flashbacks continue to be a high point in the way they are drawn, and the darkness inside these super-powered characters is enjoyable, but where we go from here feels too unsure.

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8
Basilisk #4

Aug 31, 2021

Basiliskcontinues to be an intriguing miniseries blending gore, horror, and fantasy elements into an action-packed fourth issue. This issue finally shows us Hannah can very much stand on her own, even against gods. It's a nice reminder of how genre is just a construct of the mind and when blended well it works wonderfully.

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10
Batgirl (2016) #1

Jul 27, 2016

This is a joy to read. Batgirl is incredibly endearing and the art is vividly alive; it's official folks — Batgirl has never been better.

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8.5
Batgirl (2016) #2

Aug 24, 2016

Whether it's being kicked in the face or kissed, Batgirl has a ton of charm and you'll root her on all the way.

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7.5
Batgirl (2016) #3

Sep 28, 2016

Batgirl is quite possibly the most visually striking comic on the stands today. With a variety of artistic flourishes Albuquerque makes every panel and page a delight to the eyes. There's also great detective work at play too. This issue spins its wheels a bit though and feels uneven because of it, reducing its score.

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8
Batgirl (2016) #4

Oct 26, 2016

Batgirl kicks butt and delivers one of the most refreshing comics when it comes to visuals in ages.

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9.5
Batgirl (2016) #5

Nov 23, 2016

The character grows while the art dazzles combining to create a series you won't want to miss. If you're interested in reading comics that do things a little differently you'll want to read Batgirl.

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9
Batgirl (2016) #6

Dec 28, 2016

This is an enjoyable done in one story that requires bending reality a bit to work, but is a lot of fun. Batgirl is good for plenty of sharp art and great pacing.

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9
Batgirl (2016) #7

Jan 25, 2017

Barbara feels more real than ever as the series takes a deeper look into her day to day life and all the plates she has to spin now that she's back from China. If Batgirl continues with this look and feel it might go down as the strongest character work she's had in ages.

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9
Batgirl (2016) #8

Feb 22, 2017

Batgirl is a breath of fresh air as it adds a layer of realism that's hard to resist. The characters are fun, realistic, and the writing clever.

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9
Batgirl (2016) #9

Mar 22, 2017

Batgirl is one of the strongest on the shelf due to great character work and solid art.

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9
Batgirl (2016) #10

Apr 26, 2017

A fun addition to a story arc you gotta read!

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7.5
Batgirl (2016) #12

Jun 28, 2017

A fun done in one story with great detective work.

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8
Batgirl (2016) Annual #1

Mar 29, 2017

A fun issue that reminds us Batgirl's fun and friendly personality is a huge part of her appeal.

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8
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #1

Aug 17, 2016

Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #1 is a great character drama that's not only fun, but action packed. It may lack a proper villain and high stakes (so far), but the characters certainly carry it with their strong personalities.

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9
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #2

Sep 14, 2016

This is one of those issues that feels jam-packed with content with plenty of action, intrigue, and character work. If you dig relationships and team building you'll dig this book; it has a lot of character!

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7
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #3

Oct 12, 2016

This series continues to be a fun character-soaked ride. If you dig character building–or just Black Canary in general–you gotta read this. If not though, the main narrative is so slow moving you could skip it and miss little.

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8
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #5

Dec 14, 2016

A fun issue that's both meta and culturally aware as Oracle is revealed and Batgirl is reinvigorated. I wish there was more to this character, but it's still early yet.

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4.5
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #6

Jan 11, 2017

The story wraps things up, but not well enough to make it an enjoyable experience. Overall it's a bit dull as you never feel as though the characters are in danger and they don't jive with each other like they have in the past.

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8
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #9

Apr 12, 2017

This is a good issue with fun fighting and training montages as the writing team closes in on some new characters.

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9
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #12

Jul 12, 2017

A great issue that Catwoman fans should definitely read!

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7.5
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #13

Aug 9, 2017

A good first two thirds with a clunky conclusion.

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8
Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #1

Nov 1, 2022

An art showpiece, Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #1brings an authoritarian vibe to Batman, giving it a unique take on the character worth checking out. If you're interested in a macabre depiction of Gotham with a monster suited for the city, you'll likely enjoy this miniseries.

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7.5
Batman (2011) #20

May 8, 2013

As long as Capullo is drawing this comic I can't see a single issue being worse than a 7.0. That's no diss on Snyder, because he does a great job too, but there are times when an issue reads as if Capullo saved an otherwise ho hum read. this is one of those times. Clayface is once again just okay in the comic book format, and I'm still holding out hope somebody can make him memorable.

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4
Batman (2011) #23.4

Sep 25, 2013

Graham Nolan does a good job on art, but nothing to write home about. With so much exposition the script isn't doing him any favors, and while the story is clear and easy to follow, there really isn't much action to speak of. Namely it's dull because the script is dull.

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8
Batman (2011) #36

Nov 13, 2014

It's plain to see Joker wants Batman to learn more about him and the only way to do that is to raise the stakes and deliver Batman one of the hardest confrontations of his career. Readers will agree with me when I say: bring it on!

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9
Batman (2011) #37

Dec 17, 2014

Joker gets more complex and Batman nearly loses it in this tense issue that tantalizes.

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9
Batman (2011) #38

Jan 28, 2015

More is revealed about who the Joker really is and it all ends with a cliffhanger for the ages. Fans of Scott Snyder's work cannot miss this issue!

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8
Batman (2011) #40

Apr 29, 2015

The endgame is here and it certainly is an end to Joker's game. You may not be entirely satisfied with its final pages, but when it comes to Joker vs Batman this may be the most heavy-hitting, memorable finish yet.

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10
Batman (2011) #44

Sep 9, 2015

This is an exceptional story with its finger right on America's pulse when it comes to gun violence. The mystery weaves in and out delectably and you'll be hard pressed to find a better single issue read in 2015.

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7.5
Batman (2011) #45

Oct 14, 2015

Some interesting elements make this a fine issue as Bruce subtly reveals he might do something heroic yet and Jim Gordon is still compelling as he attempts to find his Batman footing.

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7.5
Batman (2011) #46

Nov 11, 2015

While this issue feels a bit slow and cumbersome Mr. Bloom steals the show. You haven't had nightmares under the bed quite like this.

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8
Batman (2011) #47

Dec 9, 2015

Action is tight and works well to build up Batman's problem solving skills while we get a major reveal to cap things off. An average sort of read with a reveal that you don't want to miss.

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9.5
Batman (2011) #48

Jan 20, 2016

A menagerie of nightmares float about Gotham in more ways than one, but more importantly the core of Batman discovers its true self.

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9
Batman (2011) #49

Feb 10, 2016

Batman #41 works in large part because of the writer's ability to crosscut and balance multiple elements very well. This story builds towards its climax in a very satisfying way.

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7
Batman (2011) #50

Mar 23, 2016

As far as climactic issues are concerned, this book delivers. We get Batman being the hero we love, storylines wrap up adequately and there's a huge battle to go along with it. Unfortunately the heavy use of dialogue bogs things down and there's a strong sense that things are changing because the next story arc demands it, not because it's earned.

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10
Batman (2011) #51

Apr 27, 2016

This is the very definition of who Batman is in every way. Bravo. Snyder and Capullo have managed to express both who Batman is, but more importantly why Batman is so damn great in every way.

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8
Batman (2011) #52

May 11, 2016

This is a good final issue that reminds us Batman is just as human as we are. He went through a traumatic moment and is still living with it today, but because of his relationship to Alfred and his never-ending efforts to move on, the trauma gives way to the Batman.

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8.5
Batman (2011) Annual #2

Jul 31, 2013

This issue has a lot to like, from a new interesting villain with a fresh backstory you've never seen, to a fun sequence showing Batman work his way out of the traps of Arkham. The Zero Year tie in is skippable though, as it isn't very important and only marginally ties into anything of value in the grand scheme of things. The story also doesn't delve too deeply into Batman's story, but rather is focused more on the new villain. The new Arkham employee doesn't get much characterization either, standing in as yet another cliched do gooder who wants to heal the nutsos of Gotham.

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8.5
Batman (2011): Futures End #1

Sep 10, 2014

A good ride in this Mission: Impossible style sequence that has a disturbing twist ending that'll make readers itching for the next issue.

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8.5
Batman (2016) #2

Jul 6, 2016

A well paced issue that moves the plot of the "Monster Men" forward while delivering meaningful character moments for Batman and Gordon. I call that a huge success if I ever saw one. Moody, cinematic, and good economical storytelling.

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9
Batman (2016) #3

Jul 20, 2016

We finally get the 411 on who Gotham and Gotham Girl are and it's a satisfying origin that is strangely similar to Batman's. It's clear King is setting things up for one hell of a blow to Batman as the Monster Men loom.

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9.5
Batman (2016) #4

Aug 3, 2016

King and Finch remind us there is no story if it doesn't connect to the human condition. All of the characters in this comic feel something and it's evident by their actions and emotions. If you enjoy meaningful character moments you can't do better than this.

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9.5
Batman (2016) #5

Aug 17, 2016

King's Batman is proving to be the most exciting slow burn story ever. What I mean is, you'll finish the issue feeling excited, think about what happened and realized not a lot actually occurred, but that's okay — because you can't help but crave the next piece of the story.

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8
Batman (2016) #6

Sep 7, 2016

Batman #6 is at its core all about pain and how you deal with it. Tom King connects Batman's pain to others which feels incredibly genuine and purposeful. The events in this issue all lead towards a major turn, which gives the new direction all the more meaning.

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8.5
Batman (2016) #21

Apr 19, 2017

Slow moving and not necessarily the kickoff we've come to expect from crossover event comics, but it's an excellent read for those who love comics filled with hints and clues.

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9
Batman (2016) #22

May 3, 2017

The Button is turning out to be a story that'll have us talking. That's a good thing. Batman is changed possibly forever here too.

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9
Batman (2016) #24

Jun 7, 2017

A tightly written story that's incredibly visual, ties well into "The Button," and may dictate the future of Batman in more ways than one.

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9
Batman (2016) #32

Oct 4, 2017

A strong finale that'll leave Batman richer and his relationship with Joker even more interesting.

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9
Batman (2016) #34

Nov 1, 2017

A strong issue though it doesn't move the plot forward all that much.

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8
Batman (2016) #62

Jan 9, 2019

I liked this issue for what it's doing creatively. The ending, and payoff, however, is so limited you're going to feel a bit cheapened. It's well crafted visually and the idea permeating the issue is great. You'll want more, so if it's about selling comics I suppose it did its job.

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8
Batman (2016) #63

Jan 23, 2019

A good issue that offers answers in a compelling and sometimes emotional issue.

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8.5
Batman (2016) #64

Feb 6, 2019

A strong first part in a story that should bring in fans from different corners of the DCU.

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5
Batman (2016) #65

Feb 20, 2019

Some good action and some hints at a resolution are good, but I was left wanting. There's also some erratic behavior by a few characters that throws the whole thing off. Read it to so you'll understand the conclusion next week, but don't expect much.

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9
Batman (2016) #91

Mar 18, 2020

Like any story involving a villain who somehow knows every step, there is certainly some convenient plotting going on. This is Batman though, and a fun action-adventure title at that, so it's hard to dismiss it for something so conventional in a series like this. Overall this is a fun sixth chapter in the story arc that should keep our minds off the real world as it's as entertaining as any Batman story you'll read this year.

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9.5
Batman (2016) #92

Jun 9, 2020

This is a knock-down, drag-out fun time. The dialogue is richly layered and entertaining, the plot moves quickly, and the action is intense when it needs to be. This is about as fun as comics can get.

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9
Batman (2016) #93

Jun 23, 2020

I had fun with this issue, and while it wasn't quite as sharply written or fun as the last, it's a good conclusion that serves as a great segue into "The Joker War" you can't miss. Honestly, I was lukewarm on "The Joker War" for some time, but how things shift around in this issue I'm incredibly excited to see how Harley, Catwoman, and Batman can thwart the dastardly Joker.

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8
Batman (2016) #94

Jul 7, 2020

This is a good issue that leads right into "Joker War" very well. The final page had me getting major '90s vibes that take me back to when I was a kid. Batman is best when he's facing insurmountable odds, and boy oh boy Tynion is setting this up to make "Joker War" a summer must-read.

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9
Batman (2016) #102

Nov 3, 2020

Batman #102 is the first part of the "Ghost Stories" story arc and it captures the ideology of Ghost-Maker well while establishing the methodical nature of Batman. It also juggles other plot elements well. This is a Batman series that's generous with story and action.

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6.5
Batman (2016) #103

Nov 17, 2020

Batman #103 is a good fight comic that ever so slightly moves along the Ghost-Maker story arc. You'll be more invested in Ghost-Maker, and if you've ever had a sibling rivalry you'll relate, but this issue could have used a little something extra to bring it to greatness.

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7
Batman (2016) #104

Dec 1, 2020

The flashback to Batman and Robin interacting with Ghost-Maker is the best thing about this issue, which is likely going to make this a must-read for most. The art doesn't quite live up to the work though as it's spread across three artists who have jarringly different styles.

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8
Batman (2016) #105

Dec 15, 2020

As far as Batman comics go, James Tynion IV has added so many new ideas in such a short span we should all be grateful for what he's accomplished. The number of new characters he's added only enriches the Batman property and Batman #105 continues that trend. As Steve Orlando pointed out on the AIPT Comics podcast, James Tynion IV's Batman run is clearly one of the best series of the year.

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6.5
Batman (2016) #115

Oct 19, 2021

Batman's Fear Statestory carries on here, but it progresses in a much too slow way. Bouncing from multiple plots with little action makes for a rather boring fourth chapter. Expect to find some table setting in an okay chapter that could have used the zing of Jimenez's art a lot more. Still, the backup is enjoyable which makes the overall package worth a look.

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9
Batman (2016) #116

Nov 2, 2021

Batman #116 is a feast for the eyes, and an exciting comic due to its backup and some exciting action-packed moments. The main story moves the story forward very little, but it does bring us closer to the end of Fear State in the slickest looking book of the week.

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9
Batman (2016) #117

Nov 16, 2021

If expectations were running high for Batman #117, you can breathe a sigh of relief: it's a satisfying conclusion. Tynion and Jimenez have crafted a finale that resolves story elements, supplies ample character work, and closes the door on Gotham in a satisfying and hopeful way. Considering how Gotham tends to be incredibly dark and hopeless, it's nice to see Tynion leaves Batman in a place where his love of these characters is obvious from cover to cover while drenched in artistic mastery by Jimenez and Morey.

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8.5
Batman (2016) #119

Jan 4, 2022

There's a lot going for Batman #119 between the primo art, the great backup, and the continued intrigue of Abyss. While the art can be jarringly different from scene to scene, the mystery and where Batman ends up is enticing, and you'll be thirsty for more.

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9
Batman (2016) #120

Feb 1, 2022

If you're looking for a Batman story that has a B-movie edge Batman #120 is for you. There's a grit to this story as it builds towards a superhero showdown while developing supporting characters well too. This is a Batman that's got a primal edge well worth investigating.

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8
Batman (2016) #121

Mar 1, 2022

Batman #121 wraps up the Abyss story arc with some growth for Batman and a cool concept that flips Abyss' strength on its head. It closes things off a little too conveniently, though, and spends crucial time setting up "Shadow War" when Abyss is let off the hook storytelling-wise. That said, the book looks incredibly unique under Molina and Morey's visual stylings putting a high sheen on an interesting new villain.

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9
Batman (2016) #122

Apr 5, 2022

Batman #122 doesn't suffer from the second issue story arc slump, delivering action, intrigue, and mysteries galore. We also get to see some cool bat-tech that has to be inspired by the video games and a big mystery in how the shooter showed up. This issue may as well feature Porter and Williamson screaming, "are you not entertained?!"

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9
Batman (2016) #123

May 3, 2022

Batman #123 is another great issue with fabulous art and color. Batman looks fantastic under Porter's lines and this issue furthers the mystery plot and the good vibes of Damian and Batman fighting together again.

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8.5
Batman (2016) #124

Jun 7, 2022

Batman #124 is a solid done-in-one tale wrapping up Abyss in some capacity while setting up Poison Ivy's new series. Porter's excellent rendition of Batman combined with Williamson's reminder of why Batman never kills makes this a winning issue.

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9
Batman (2016) #125

Jul 5, 2022

Batman #125 is a good start that's stable in its approach to Bruce Wayne while also feeling a bit different. Under Zdarsky and the incredible talents of Jimnez, Batman is in great hands and is moving in a direction that feels different while honoring the past. It should satisfy fans of the last decade in Batman comics while tantalizing them with new characterizations and a Batman that's darker in mind.

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9
Batman (2016) #126

Aug 2, 2022

For years Batman as a series has taken on different identities and even felt like an ensemble, but Batman #126 builds on the solo feel from last issue. It's funny to write that with most of Batman's Bat-family showing up, but the captions don't lie as Bruce Wayne is wrestling with dark thoughts and a growing need for isolation. Given the cliffhanger, Batman is on a darker path that's exciting to see unfold.

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9
Batman (2016) #127

Sep 6, 2022

Batman #127 offers satisfying explanations, a new look at Zur-En-Arrh, and a conclusion to the backup story that gives readers a bit of closure. Throw in some excellent references to modern classic Batman tales, and you've got a comic honoring the past while barreling full steam ahead.

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9
Batman (2016) #128

Oct 4, 2022

If you're looking for high stakes, action, and a sense that Batman's goose is cooked, there's nothing else like Batman #128. The creators have thoroughly put him in a corner, and it's exciting to know you can still feel surprised by yourself, after countless times, Batman has had no chance of escape, to honestly believe there's no way he can escape death. Zdarsky and Jimenez's Batman is a magic trick you'll be on the edge of your seat reading every page of the way.

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8.5
Batman (2016) #129

Nov 1, 2022

Batman #129 continues to be an exciting race of action and tense moments. Zdarsky and Jimnez are putting Batman through the paces, and it's fun to see the hero fighting against his own creation. If no one can plan better than Batman, isn't his the ultimate foe himself? We continue to find out the answer might be yes.

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9.5
Batman (2016) #130

Dec 6, 2022

Batman #130 is edge-of-your-seat action with a message about compassion and what sets Batman apart from the greatest detective and the most dangerous man alive. Zdarsky and Jimnez have done the impossible and made Batman an even more exciting and addictive read.

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9
Batman (2016) #131

Jan 3, 2023

Batman #131 changes gears dramatically, throwing Bruce Wayne into the deep end of an entirely different universe. We're privy to some excellent fight choreography as we try to unpack how Gotham is different, driving your interest in the larger mystery.

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8.5
Batman (2016) #133

Mar 7, 2023

Batman #133 continues to reveal what Gotham would be like without Batman, and a little Batman injected into it can start to fix things with a bit of elbow grease. This issue also begins to reveal there may be a larger purpose to Batman being zapped into another dimension, making the next issue even more tantalizing to read.

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9
Batman (2016) #134

Apr 4, 2023

As each issue comes out, it becomes more precise this is a great way to tell a Batman multiverse story. Sure, it's easy to feel burned out on multiverse adventures since it seems like every legacy character has been in one or is in one right now, but Zdarsky puts his spin on things in exciting ways. Add in a tremendous and heartfelt Tim Drake backup, and this is a nice buildup as the story closes in on the finale.

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9
Batman (2016) #135

May 2, 2023

Batman #135 is a lot of fun. It wraps up the current story arc, makes strong statements about Batman and Joker's roles across the multiverse, and gets to give in-continuity Batman a chance to meet Batman icons across media and comic miniseries. It's a huge and epic idea at work here, and the creative team pulls it off guaranteeing you have a big stupid smile on your face while you read it.

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8.5
Batman (2016) #136

Jun 6, 2023

Batman #136 is a tightly-written issue allowing readers to catch up on all the antics of the last two story arcs. Given the pace up until this point, this issue feels like a good change of pace, but it appears there's always the calm before the storm.

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9.5
Batman (2016) #138

Oct 3, 2023

In the grand scheme of Batman and in-canon developments, seeing how Zdarsky disassembles the character is getting exhilarating. It may be painful to see him fight his sidekicks, but it's happening due to Bruce going solo and refusing help, which could lead to new and exciting stories. For a character over eighty years old, that's a rare thing, and this is a series to keep an eye on.

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9
Batman (2016) #139

Nov 7, 2023

If you've been enjoying the ongoing story involving Batman of Zur-En-Arrh then you'll need to get this new issue. Zdarsky has proven he's doing some compelling work with legacy elements of Batman making them fresh while building new stories from them. This issue proves Zdarsky's run is on track to be added to the list of Batman's best stories.

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8.5
Batman (2016) #140

Dec 5, 2023

The craziness of the multiverse continues to send Batman into a spiral inBatman #140. This is an exciting chapter, as the creators are having much fun putting Batman through the paces while throwing him into a battle where his mind is his greatest asset. This is a great survival thriller by way of the multiverse that only Batman could resolve.

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8.5
Batman (2016) #141

Jan 2, 2024

It's Batman vs. Failsafe in a rematch that has a slight twist in Batman #141. You can't beat Jimenez's incredible action and highly detailed art while Zdarsky continues to excite as everything matters and is building toward a definitive Joker story.

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8
Batman (2016) #142

Feb 6, 2024

Your enjoyment of Batman #142 will vary based on how well you know your Batman history. This issue jumps around a bit too much, and seems to require you to know Joker's history quite well, with little help along the way. Still, it's very interesting to see Zdarsky show how mentors had a hand in creating the greatest rivalry in all comics. This story changes how you'll think about Joker in a must-read story.

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9
Batman (2016) #143

Feb 13, 2024

Batman #143 works well, thanks to probing captions and a good balance of subplots that take us into the character's unique perspectives. This story balances a surrealist nightmare future with the enlightening origins of Joker while cleverly cementing his role as Batman's greatest villain.

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9
Batman (2016) #144

Feb 20, 2024

Batman #144 wraps up "Joker: Year One" in a satisfying way, delivering an influential addition to the mythos surrounding these characters. This story enriches Joker in an edge-of-your-seat thrill ride that will haunt you.

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9
Batman (2016) #145

Mar 5, 2024

Batman #145 continues to make bold moves in a story that is clearly a long game for Zdarsky's Batman run. It's a Batman run that's bold, visually stunning, and playing the long game.

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8.5
Batman (2016) #146

Apr 2, 2024

Love or hate the recontextualizing of Joker's past acts, you have to admit this is as bold as any Batman comic of the last two decades. Zdarsky continues to build on lore and what we know in Batman #146, making it his own while exciting readers with a narrative that could go in any direction. Batman is cutting-edge and exciting every page of the way.

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8.5
Batman (2016) #147

May 7, 2024

Batman #147 further fleshes out now long-running story elements like Failsafe, Captio, and Bruce's desire to keep everyone safe while also being the best Batman he can be. It's fair to say Zdarsky is playing a long game here with intriguing elements, plucking at what we know and building a new future.

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8
Batman (2016) Annual: 2022

May 31, 2022

Batman 2022 Annual #1 makes a case for a Batman Inc. series as there are many colorful and interesting characters to man the team as well as Ghost-Maker who is largely a mystery. This issue is worth picking up if you want to get a few underused Batman characters into your comics reading diet, but don't expect a trim story as it's a bit bloated and slow. Much like a fat vitamin pill though, once it goes down its good stuff.

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9.5
Batman (2016) Annual #1

Nov 30, 2016

This is a fine annual that serves almost as more of a holiday special than a straight annual. The 5 stories all offer something different, every story looks great, and you couldn't do better pound for pound when it comes to entertainment.

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9.5
Batman (2016) Annual #3

Dec 12, 2018

A fantastic issue that may win an Eisner when all things are said and done. It's meanignful, heartfelt, and exciting. It's a near perfect one-shot Batman adventure.

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8
Batman (2016) Annual #5

Dec 29, 2020

Fans of James Tynion's impressive run on Batman and its various new characters will want to give this book a look. It finally details the moments that lead to a teenager taking it upon himself to kill clowns to deal with the loss of his parents. It's also a comic that's incredibly well-drawn and colored by Stokoe, making it a worthy candidate for the prettiest book of 2020.

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8.5
Batman (2016): The Joker War Zone #1

Sep 29, 2020

Three of these five stories tease things to come in 2021, which makes this a must-read for longtime DC Readers, but each tale is also worth a look for different reasons. Read Batman: The Joker War Zone to get a head start on exciting DC Comics stories coming next year, but also for its variety of enjoyable tales set in Gotham.

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8
Batman (2016): The Audio Adventures Special #1

Oct 12, 2021

In general, every story in this collection has a similar vibe as it explores Gotham with kooky energy that revels in the weird characters and their even weirder personalities. Inspired by radio plays, Batman: The Audio Adventures Special is a unique approach that's fun and fancy-free.

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8.5
Batman / Catwoman (2020): Special #1

Jan 25, 2022

Batman/Catwoman Special is a good special, with a main story that feels like it could be Tom King's final thoughts on Selina Kyle. It also serves as a great ode to John Paul Leon. In fact, Busiek's essay points out Leon asked to make Batman: Creature of the Night colder, harsher, and to isolate the young Bruce more, which coincidentally are similar words I'd use to describe this story. Catwoman's journey here is cold, isolated, and harsh, which helps define who she is and why she turned to crime and theft. It's also a story filled with positive relationships and a showing of her good heart. This is a touching special well worth a read.

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6
Batman / Catwoman: The Gotham War (2023): Scorched Earth #1

Oct 31, 2023

As far as endings, characters feel changed, at least for a while, which is exciting in legacy storytelling. Three nuggets of story will play out in future tales. Overall, though, this finale feels bloated with action and lacks the character exploration in previous chapters that has been so exciting.

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8
Batman / Fortnite: Zero Point #2

May 4, 2021

Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point continues to be an entertaining thrill ride as Batman attempts to escape a cage he can barely decipher. It may have a familiar feel to films with a similar premise, but it's decidedly a Batman story within a wacky concept of Fortnite come to comics.

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6
Batman / Fortnite: Zero Point #3

May 18, 2021

This series is starting to wear out its welcome out due to the inability to give us answers. The captions give us something, but only crumbs to go off of so as to lead us on. As it stands, this is a simple fight comic that knows its audience will be satiated with a Snake Eyes vs. Batman showdown. Will it be enough to satisfy all fans? Likely not, as this issue is very similar to the last with no new developments as far as our understanding of this world or Batman getting closer to an escape.

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8
Batman / Superman (2013) #1

Jun 26, 2013

This is a strong first issue that I'm sure most fans will eat right up. We get a great scene between Bruce and Clark when they first meet, a bunch of Superman vs. Batman pages and a villain with some interesting powers. The confusing bit at the end could be read as a nice bit of misdirection, but something about its delivery seemed lazy in this reviewer's humble opinion. Let's face it though, Superman has a hit movie in theaters and everyone loves Batman. How is this book not going to sell out?

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7
Batman / Superman (2013) #2

Jul 24, 2013

The problem is, this series hasn't explained who the villain is, or why he's up to no good. On top of that, the Earth 2 plot has taken the focus off our heroes and onto the plot itself further diluting a potentially powerful first contact story. That's not to say it won't become a powerful rewriting of their first interaction, but I can't help but be a little bored and strung out on this story. The art is great, but where is this going? Why do I care?

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9
Batman / Superman (2013) #31

Apr 13, 2016

Actions scenes are fun and exciting, a new mysterious character is revealed, and the plot thickens with tantalizing developments. Sounds like a nice second chapter in a miniseries if I do say so myself!

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5.5
Batman / Superman (2013) #32

May 4, 2016

Chinese superhero team The Big Ten steal the show and make for an exciting action-packed first half of the issue. Sadly the story barely progresses though and said fight scene is an eye-rolling misunderstanding “heroes fighting heroes” fight. Blah.

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9
Batman / Superman (2019) #2

Sep 25, 2019

Visually stunning art with a gripping high-stakes story involving two of the greatest heroes of all time...what more could you want? 

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9
Batman / Superman (2019) #3

Oct 23, 2019

This is an exciting third issue that continues to ramp up the stakes while giving both the title characters heroic moments as well as moments to reveal their humanity. It's good character drama mixed with great action in one of the prettiest superhero books on the stands today.

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8.5
Batman / Superman (2019) #4

Nov 20, 2019

Batman/Superman continues to be a force and possibly the best fight-comic on the stands today. Read this expecting some interesting character wrinkles, all new stakes, and great fight sequences.

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8
Batman / Superman (2019) #6

Jan 22, 2020

This is a solid sixth issue that acts as an epilogue to the Batman Who Laughs conflict. The biggest win here is how it depicts these heroes and how their actions actually affect how they feel and think. Time is being taken to show there are consequences for your choices and it's a heavy weight to bear for the two biggest DC heroes.

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8
Batman / Superman (2019) #7

Feb 26, 2020

This is a good first issue in a new story arc for the series. It has done well to set up a clever conflict that makes for a fantastic cliffhanger. The art is excellent too and you have to love the extreme close-ups especially since you don't see them done this well every day.

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8.5
Batman / Superman (2019) #9

Jun 3, 2020

I liked this issue thanks to it feeling natural in Batman and Superman's worlds while not forcing the team-up. The book is also gorgeous to look at and is of the triple-A title tier in quality.

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9
Batman / Superman (2019) #11

Aug 25, 2020

This is about as solid as good old-fashioned comic books can get. There's a showdown, a payoff to the fight, attention to detail that keeps the continuity making sense, and heroic moments for both title characters to accomplish. There's so much here that works I almost wonder if the issues that preceded are necessary. You can easily pick up this book completely cold and enjoy it. Batman/Superman has a warmth and classical approach to superhero storytelling that's nostalgic.

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8
Batman / Superman (2019) #18

May 25, 2021

Batman/Superman #18 continues a delightful story that blends meta-narratives, classic superhero antics, and a sci-fi concept that bends reality in a new way. It's ridiculously fun and exciting to see so many takes on Superman and Batman in one place.

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5.5
Batman / Superman (2019) Annual #1

Sep 29, 2020

Batman/Superman Annual #1 is fun, but doesn't quite deliver. It has a few clever bits and ideas but doesn't ever make you care for the situation these characters are in since much of it is alternate reality stuff. This is really more of a Bat-Mite/Mr. Mxyzptlk book than a Batman/Superman book, but that'll likely please select fans.

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8.5
Batman / Superman (2019): Authority Special #1

Nov 2, 2021

All told, Batman/Superman Authority Special is an exciting story that features some great character interactions and a heck of a high-stakes story. The many artists involved do make the work read a bit jarringly, but it's an exciting adventure that uses Batman and Midnighter in really cool ways.

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8.5
Batman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: II #1

Dec 6, 2017

A strong first issue that sets up another inter-dimensional adventure.

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8
Batman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: III #1

May 1, 2019

This continues to show Tynion and Williams are having a lot of fun with these characters and we reap the benefits of that. This third installment in the crossover universe also takes mashups to the next level. Don't miss it.

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9.5
Batman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1

Dec 9, 2015

The fact is you need to join this party knowing it's all about action and fun. Get over that hump and enjoy this beautiful ride.

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8
Batman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: II #2

Dec 20, 2017

The second chapter is light on action, but progresses Bane's take over nicely.

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5
Batman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: II #3

Jan 17, 2018

Good character beats save this issue, which is a bit slow with a middling plot.

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9.5
Batman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #3

Feb 10, 2016

A solid issue that reinvigorates the series with some shocking moments, a fantastic flashback and a jaw dropping cliffhanger.

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5
Batman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #4

Mar 9, 2016

TMNT and Batman fans need this for the amazing art and fan service moments, but casual readers can skip it and not miss much.

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8
Batman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #5

Apr 13, 2016

Another beautifully drawn issue with moments only a real fan could dream up and a cliffhanger that will make you lose your mind. Seriously. Still though, the entire plot is biding its time for the big finale.

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8
Batman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #6

May 11, 2016

Anyone expecting anything more than awesome art and tons of fanservice scenes may be disappointed, but seriously dude lighten up. This is fun!

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9
Batman / The Shadow #1

Apr 26, 2017

A strong first issue that sets up the detective angle well.

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9.5
Batman / The Shadow #2

May 24, 2017

A second issue that's even stronger than the first. Bring on more of this series!

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9.5
Batman / The Shadow #3

Jun 28, 2017

A very well written issue with stupendous art and a plot that'll have you all-in on this series by the end.

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8.5
Batman / The Shadow #4

Jul 26, 2017

A great looking comic with some excellent fight scenes.

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9.5
Batman / The Shadow #5

Aug 23, 2017

Another gorgeously drawn issue that sets up the finale well.

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7.5
Batman / The Shadow #6

Sep 27, 2017

A good ending that's a bit too focused on Batman and the weird.

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7
Batman and Robin (2011) #22

Jul 17, 2013

There's an interesting story brewing here as Batman is lying to Carrie and doing a very immoral thing. This is due to being blinded by grief most likely, but seeing Batman exuding a weakness is fascinating stuff. The Catwoman/Batman teamup in this issue is fun to read and looks great, but seems so disjointed from the Carrie stuff it reads like filler. This is a good issue, but it won't blow you away.

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8.5
Batman and Robin (2011) #38

Jan 21, 2015

While a very fast read it's a strong issue that gives Robin an emotional arc that's fun to watch and promises a new direction for the fan favorite character.

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9.5
Batman and Robin (2011) #39

Feb 18, 2015

This issue keeps things interesting by focusing on the most interesting thing about this series: the father/son relationship.

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8
Batman and Robin (2023) #2

Oct 10, 2023

Batman and Robin #2 is another fantastic-looking issue that blends the father/son dynamic into the action and intrigue. This issue feels a bit short on plot progression, leaving you wanting.

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Batman and Robin (2023) #3

Nov 14, 2023

I want to like Batman and Robin #3, but the issue doesn't quite work from cover to cover. The car chase is great, and the art soars at times, but the narrative feels muddled in its plotting and McGuffin-driven unfocused nature.

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7.5
Batman and Robin (2023) #4

Dec 12, 2023

Batman and Robin #4 continues to excel at showing Damian and Bruce as father and son while ongoing superhero exploits occur. Williamson has a great concept on his hands to delve deeper into Damian's growing up a bit while developing his relationship with Batman. The story just needs to get on with it.

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8.5
Batman and Robin (2023) #5

Jan 9, 2024

Props should go to the creative team for making Batman and Robin accessible to younger readers, with its focus on Damian in high school. I can't prove manga has had an influence on how this reads, but it certainly feels present. All ages can enjoy this, but young adults will adore it.

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8
Batman and Robin (2023) #6

Feb 13, 2024

Batman and Robin #6 is another chapter that reminds us of the bond Batman and Robin have more than anything else. I could see this appealing to younger readers, and in turn, it has a lighter feel. The world isn't ending, and the stakes aren't that high, but there are some wholesome, fun adventures to be had.

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7.5
Batman and Robin (2023) #7

Mar 12, 2024

A setup issue for sure, Batman and Robin #7 will please fans of Flatline and the return of Simone Di Meo. If that's not enough to sell you, know that the Man-Bat story is compelling, albeit incredibly slow. Once it finally reaches its climax I'm more than certain it'll be good. But now, we wait.

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8
Batman and the Outsiders (2019) #12

May 5, 2020

This is an interesting issue to drop after a month of no comics. It sets the stage for who these characters are and the next big conflict well. It's also a unique take on Batman. Given how few options are these days I'd wager this is a great issue, but upon reflection, you may be wishing there were more action and plot development by issue's end.

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8
Batman and the Signal #1

Jan 3, 2018

A good first issue that sets up a lot, but it may be trying to do too much in its first chapter!

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8
Batman and the Signal #2

Feb 21, 2018

A solid second issue fleshing out the powers Duke has yet to really understand.

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8
Batman and the Signal #3

Apr 25, 2018

A good ending that wraps things up and continues a strong monologue via captions.

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