David DeCorte's Comic Reviews

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7.7Avg. Review Rating

8.6
Astro Hustle #1

Feb 18, 2019

ASTRO HUSTLE #1 is a fun, energetic tribute to classic space operas and the aesthetics of the late '70s. Writer Jai Nitz embraces the over-the-top concept, with eye-catching artwork as well. Highly recommended.

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8.2
Astro Hustle #2

Apr 1, 2019

ASTRO HUSTLE #2 takes everything great about the debut issue and expands on it. We get a bit more backstory, without taking anything away from the action as we explore more of this fascinating and super-fun world. Definitely a book worth picking up.

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7.6
Bad Luck Chuck #1

Mar 26, 2019

BAD LUCK CHUCK #1 is an interesting start for this new series. The story is fast-paced...so much so that readers may have trouble keeping up. Despite some missteps, there's a lot more that works than that doesn't.

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8.0
Batman (2016) #59

Nov 23, 2018

Batman #59 is an excellent new chapter in King's ongoing run. If you're not already reading this, you really should be.

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7.2
Batman (2016) #61

Dec 19, 2018

BATMAN #61 can be a bit confusing if you're not already aware of the twist, but it's a good opener to the new story arc. It's an interesting take on what may be the most famous double-homicide in the history of the entertainment industry.

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8.2
Batman (2016) #62

Jan 9, 2019

Following up on the success of their fantastic run on MISTER MIRACLE, Tom King and Mitch Gerads reunite for a creeping and unsettling story in BATMAN #62. This ain't your standard Bat-story (then again, what is these days?), but I'd say it's definitely worth the cover price.

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8.0
Batman (2016) #63

Jan 23, 2019

We revisit the wedding that never happened, seeing how things would play out if that day had gone differently. Of course, something feels off despite the marital bliss, with Constantine providing a doom and gloom prophecy throughout.

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7.8
Batman (2016) #64

Feb 7, 2019

BATMAN #64 begins a two-issue Batman/Flash crossover, tying in to Tom King's ongoing HEROES IN CRISIS limited series. It's a well done chapter, though the visuals can be a little overly-energetic for the nature of the story.

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7.0
Batman (2016) #65

Feb 20, 2019

BATMAN #65 is enjoyable overall, with a compelling story for Gotham Girl and strong artwork from a technical standpoint. The narrative has its flaws, though, and the art can be a bit unfocused.

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7.6
Batman (2016) #66

Mar 6, 2019

BATMAN #66 has some interesting ideas, but doesn't raise any questions we haven't seen discussed before in connection to Batman. It's enjoyable, but isn't really an essential, unless you're picking up every single issue.

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6.2
Batman (2016) #67

Mar 20, 2019

BATMAN #67 offers an action-packed chase scene, with excellent artwork that may remind some readers of golden age aesthetics. Beyond that, it's basically just setup for a punchline on the last page. It's all filler in terms of storytelling.

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5.6
Batman (2016) #68

Apr 10, 2019

Bruce is still caught in a nightmare in BATMAN #68. This time, he and Selina celebrate their bachelor and bachelorette parties, each in a very different manner. Without giving away spoilers, the issue takes us to some weird and uncomfortable territory (in a bad way), with characters who just don't seem to be themselves. It's probably best to skip this one.

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7.4
Batman (2016) #69

Apr 17, 2019

BATMAN #69 seems to answer (at least for now) one of the core questions behind Tom King's run. While some of the story gets pushed into exposition towards the end, the issue is strong overall, getting readers back on track from a narrative perspective.

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8.2
Batman (2016) #70

May 1, 2019

BATMAN #70 is a great chapter in King's larger narrative. We see Batman fight his way through Arkham, setting up for a showdown with Bane in upcoming issues. The storytelling is strong, and it's backed by excellent artwork. Highly recommended.

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7.8
Batman (2016) #71

May 15, 2019

BATMAN #71 is moody and tense, suggesting that all Bruce has been put through might finally be causing him to crack. We're building suspense and picking up momentum as we move toward the big issue #75, so it's wise to follow these next few issues closely.

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7.6
Batman (2016): Secret Files #1

Oct 31, 2018

BATMAN: SECRET FILES #1 is a great collection of shorts for longtime Bat-fans, or anyone looking for a more deconstructive take on the character and superhero tropes. I recommend it.

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8.0
Batman: Damned #1

Sep 19, 2018

Batman: Damned #1 feels like the beginning of a much broader story. I'm at a loss as to how this can be satisfyingly wrapped-up in just two more issues, but as they say, I'm in for a penny (or $6.99, in this case).

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8.0
Batman: Damned #2

Dec 12, 2018

BATMAN: DAMNED #2 is good overall. I do have issues, and worry that style might be taking precedent over substance by going over-the-top with the grim, edgy storytelling. However, the striking artwork alone would be strong enough to sell it.

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8.0
Bitter Root #1

Nov 14, 2018

BITTER ROOT #1 is a solid contender for best new comic of the year. Incredible characters and supernatural storytelling fill-out this poignant allegory of race in America, with beautiful art to illustrate the story. An amazing debut issue.

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7.6
Black Panther (2018) #4

Sep 26, 2018

Black Panther #4 is a solid installment in the latest run for the character. The Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda works as a sci-fi space opera of epic scale and scope. Based on what I've seen so far, though, I'm worried it may not be as friendly to new readers as promised.

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7.2
Books of Magic (2018) #1

Oct 24, 2018

BOOKS OF MAGIC #1 sets up the story, but doesn't have much momentum until the last pages. It's a good start, and hopefully it keeps moving in that direction.

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8.0
Calamity Kate #1

Mar 11, 2019

CALAMITY KATE #1 is a fun and energetic new series set in a world much like our own, but with monsters that terrorize society on a daily basis. The narrative and characters are engaging, with excellent artwork to bring the story to life. Definitely worth checking out.

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7.2
Captain Marvel (2019) #1

Jan 8, 2019

The creative team behind CAPTAIN MARVEL #1 offers strong ink and color work throughout the issue. Storywise, the first half works well, but the second half starts to unravel into multiple story strands that feel unresolved and meandering by the book's end. I'll trust that there's a plan in mind, but breaking this up into two or three more fleshed-out issues might have benefited the work.

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8.2
Crypt of Shadows (2019) #1

Jan 24, 2019

CRYPT OF SHADOWS #1 pays homage to classic horror comics, giving us three stories in the classic vein, but with a modern veneer. It's a super-fun throwback comic for genre fans, but even if you're not a horror buff, there's plenty to enjoy.

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7.6
Detective Comics (2016) #991

Oct 26, 2018

DETECTIVE COMICS #991 is less of an action story and more an exploration of the character of Two-Face. It cuts deep to who the character really is, while giving us a much-needed reprieve before the showdown between Batman and Kobra.

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6.2
Detective Comics (2016) #993

Nov 28, 2018

DETECTIVE COMICS #993 is a bit of a letdown as the climax to a relatively strong story arc. It's not bad, but it chooses to drop key plot elements as if they never mattered.

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8.0
Detective Comics (2016) #994

Dec 13, 2018

DETECTIVE COMICS #994 is a great way to kick-off Tomasi's run on the series. The story offers intriguing mystery in the first half, followed by a great action sequence, all beautifully illustrated and colored. Definitely pick this up.

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8.2
Detective Comics (2016) #995

Jan 4, 2019

Batman loses one person very dear to him in DETECTIVE COMICS #995, while another is nearly killed. Someone knows how to hurt Bruce Wayne, and it threatens to push him over the edge. This is a tense, mournful issue, ratcheting up the tension in the story.

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8.0
Detective Comics (2016) #996

Jan 19, 2019

DETECTIVE COMICS #996 is great overall. There are a couple of hiccups here and there, but they're minor flaws. What works here really works well.

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8.0
Detective Comics (2016) #997

Jan 31, 2019

DETECTIVE COMICS #997 is a very straightforward action story. It's in the vein of classic stories, with Batman caught in a deathtrap from which he must escape. Of course, if you're gonna be stuck in a trap like this, the original Mister Miracle is a good person to have in your corner. A great installment in Tomasi's ongoing run.

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7.2
Detective Comics (2016) #998

Feb 13, 2019

DETECTIVE COMICS #998 features some revelations, but two-thirds of the book is taken up by a story that, ultimately, doesn't factor in to the broader narrative much. It's fun, well-drawn and well-written overall, but doesn't feel as vital as previous chapters.

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9.0
Detective Comics (2016) #999

Feb 28, 2019

Detective Comics #999 was a fantastic way to close-out this era in the character's legacy. The book encapsulates the best of Batman's 80-year history, while setting us up for what comes next. Highly recommended.

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7.6
Detective Comics (2016) #1001

Apr 10, 2019

DETECTIVE COMICS #1001 pick up from Tomasi's story in the milestone issue #1,000. The storytelling is suspenseful, aside from a little bit in the middle that doesn't seem to drive the narrative as much. Tomasi's last several issues on the series were strong, and it looks like we're in good hands for this new story, too.

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8.2
Detective Comics (2016) #1002

Apr 24, 2019

DETECTIVE COMICS #1002 deepens an intriguing story, suggesting questions that can shake Batman's legitimacy to his core. The storytelling is sharp, the artwork is crisp, and readers are sure to come away from this issue eager for the next installment.

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7.2
Detective Comics (2016) #1003

May 8, 2019

Though not as action-packed or consistent as our last issue, DETECTIVE COMICS #1003 is a respectable next chapter in Tomasi's ongoing story. We finally learn the Arkham Knight's identity, as well as the depths of her followers' loyalty, and get a taste for how wide her reach extends.

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7.6
Disney Afternoon Giant #1

Nov 11, 2018

DISNEY AFTERNOON GIANT #1 is a definite nostalgia trip for nineties kids. But, I could easily see younger readers who've never heard of the original TV block enjoying this book, too. The art and writing are both highly-reminiscent of the source material. I recommend it.

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8.6
Excellence #1

May 7, 2019

EXCELLENCE #1 introduces an interesting new world, along with engaging storytelling and universal themes. The artwork is stellar, helping bring this vibrant world to life. Highly recommended.

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6.0
Exorsisters #1

Oct 20, 2018

EXORSISTERS #1 is fine for a campy, supernatural detective sitcom. I'll check out the next issue, but the introduction didn't "wow" me.

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7.0
Fantastic Four (2018) #4

Nov 27, 2018

FANTASTIC FOUR #4 is a much smaller story compared to the first three issues in the run. However, that's not a complaint. The smaller scale of the story gives readers a chance to process events, while still delivering on the series' most potent elements.

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8.6
Female Furies #1

Feb 6, 2019

FEMALE FURIES #1 is engaging right from the first pages. The book confidently presents a feminist critique of sex and power dynamics, and delivers a great story in the process. Stellar artwork backs up the storytelling.

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8.4
Frankenstein: Junji Ito Story Collection #1

Oct 29, 2018

FRANKENSTEIN by Junji Ito is an excellent addition to any horror fan's collection. The work infuses the classic tale with a shot of the uncanny, while the other tales that fill the book are strong as well. Even after Halloween passes, it will still be a treat to dive into this book.

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8.2
Heroes In Crisis #6

Feb 27, 2019

We get plenty of emotion, introspection, and character exploration in HEROES IN CRISIS #6, plus beautiful artwork courtesy of Mitch Gerads. That said, most of the issue is supplementary material to the core narrative, save for the last few pages.

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8.2
Invaders (2019) #1

Jan 16, 2019

Despite being a team-up book, Namor's narrative occupies the bulk of INVADERS #1. I appreciated the subtler points of the story more on the second read-through, such as the theme of war and how it affects Namor. This is a promising first chapter in a new ongoing story.

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8.6
Journey Into Mystery: The Birth Of Krakoa #1

Sep 12, 2018

I highly recommend Journey Into Mystery: The Birth of Krakoa #1. It's great for fans of golden age action and horror titles, as well as anyone who wants to see The Sarge delve into the weird side in the run-up to Halloween.

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8.4
Journey Into Unknown Worlds #1

Jan 30, 2019

JOURNEY INTO UNKNOWN WORLDS #1 continues Marvel's 80th anniversary celebration with two more stories celebrating the company's horror and sci-fi comic legacy. The stories are genuinely creepy, and super-fun. Definitely pick it up.

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8.2
Killmonger (2018) #1

Dec 4, 2018

KILLMONGER #1 reads like the opening act of a classical tragedy. The book explores what is at the core of this character who is somewhere between villain and antihero, and what fatal flaws will ultimately lead to his downfall. Highly recommended.

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7.6
Lightstep #1

Nov 21, 2018

I'd hesistate to say that Lightstep #1 is great, but it could be the beginning of a great series. I'm looking forward to seeing how it unfolds, and I recommend you check it out, too.

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8.0
Little Bird #3

May 14, 2019

LITTLE BIRD #3 is an excellent, though bleak, chapter in Darcy Van Poelgeest's five-part story. If you're not already reading this, you're behind on one of the best new titles of 2019.

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8.2
Lucifer (2018) #1

Oct 17, 2018

LUCIFER #1 kicks off a dark story that is heavy on mood and tension, with excellent artwork to back it up. Highly recommended.

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7.0
Magnificent Ms. Marvel #1

Mar 13, 2019

THE MAGNIFICENT MS. MARVEL #1 is a solid beginning for the new series. It has some hiccups, but readers can probably chalk those up to settling into the new story. Based on the talent behind the book, I have confidence in this new run for the character.

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7.2
Magnificent Ms. Marvel #2

Apr 17, 2019

THE MAGNIFICENT MS. MARVEL #2 isn't terribly surprising. Most of what happens feels fairly telegraphed, as we already know where it's headed based on the first issue. However, it's a fun read, and it sets up the promise of an interesting adventure ahead.

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7.8
Man Without Fear (2019) #1

Jan 2, 2019

MAN WITHOUT FEAR #1 is a great start to this new five-issue run. We're probing deep into what's at the core of Daredevil as a character what makes him tick, and whether he's truly the Man Without Fear.

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8.2
Martian Manhunter (2018) #2

Jan 12, 2019

MARTIAN MANHUNTER #2 takes what worked in the first issue, then expands on it. The Earth-bound parts of the story are more compelling, while flashbacks to J'onn's life on Mars are brilliant. Don't sleep on this series, as it may prove to be one of the year's best.

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8.6
Meet The Skrulls #1

Mar 6, 2019

MEET THE SKRULLS #1 offers complex, understated storytelling and excellent artwork. The creative team of Thompson and Henrichon are incredibly in-sync here, delivering a surprisingly hard-hitting story.

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8.6
Meet The Skrulls #2

Mar 20, 2019

MEET THE SKRULLS #2 adds more depth to the story, establishing this as a must-read new series from Marvel. The artwork and storytelling are on-point, perfectly complementing one another.

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8.2
Oliver #1

Jan 21, 2019

OLIVER #1 varies wildly from its source material, delivering an inventing and beautiful take on the original novel. The writing keeps you invested throughout, ratcheting up the tension with new mysteries and puzzle pieces, while the artwork, despite being a bleak, post-apocalyptic vision, is a visual treat. Add this one to the pull list.

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7.8
Oliver #2

Feb 27, 2019

The worldbuilding shines in OLIVER #2. Whitta hits the beats of the original novel, but provides plenty of original content to truly make it his own. With this new issue, Whitta makes it clear that he has a vision for the book.

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7.8
Outer Darkness #1

Nov 10, 2018

OUTER DARKNESS #1 offers a loving tribute to genre tropes. However, the horror/sci-fi narrative is engaging on its own merits. There is plenty here for fans of STAR TREK or ALIEN, but even readers outside the genre fan base should still find a lot to love.

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8.0
Punk Mambo #1

Apr 23, 2019

PUNK MAMBO #1 has a "Constantine-meets-Tank-Girl" vibe, blending supernatural detective elements with black humor and a punk sneer. It's a great start to the new series, providing an entertaining story and alluring artwork.

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7.0
Red Sonja & Vampirella Meet Betty & Veronica #1

May 6, 2019

RED SONJA AND VAMPIRELLA MEET BETTY AND VERONICA #1 is a fun crossover event. It makes about as much sense as your average Scooby Doo episode, but there's definitely a level of charm to it. If the premise sounds enticing, you'll probably enjoy it.

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8.2
Red Sonja (2019) #2

Mar 8, 2019

RED SONJA #2 brings everything great about the character. The book continues an engaging, well-paced, and humorous story, backed by excellent artwork. Highly recommend you hop on this new series.

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8.2
Red Sonja (2019) #3

Apr 3, 2019

The newest run of RED SONJA is a powerhouse series. Issue #3 continues the strong trajectory, dialing back the action a bit, but diving more into Sonja as a character. With three excellent issues under the belt, this is definitely a series to follow.

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7.2
Red Sonja (2019) #4

Apr 30, 2019

RED SONJA #4 is less consistent than previous issues in its storytelling and artwork. However, there is some solid character development, with a great eye for color. It's a more-than-serviceable chapter in a great ongoing story.

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6.8
Section Zero (2019) #1

Apr 2, 2019

SECTION ZERO #1 is a solid start to the story. The book offers plenty of action and intrigue, but falls short in characterization, relying on character archetypes to do some of the story's heavy lifting. If the creators can resolve that in future issues, it could be a great sci-fi/espionage story.

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8.6
Sharkey The Bounty Hunter #1

Feb 19, 2019

SHARKEY THE BOUNTY HUNTER #1 introduces great characters, humor and world building, tied together with a fun story and fantastic artwork. Definitely check this one out.

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8.6
Sharkey The Bounty Hunter #2

Mar 26, 2019

In case you thought the first issue might be a fluke, SHARKY THE BOUNTY HUNTER #2 demonstrates that this is a series worth reading. Millar's storytelling is great, as is the color and pencil work from artist Simone Bianchi. Highly recommended.

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7.6
Shazam! (2018) #1

Dec 5, 2018

SHAZAM #1 is a welcome return for the world's mightiest mortal. It's a fun, all-ages book that dispenses with the origin stories and jumps right into the new adventures of the character and the extended Shazam family.

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7.6
Snotgirl #11

Sep 6, 2018

Snotgirl #11 welcomes readers back into the story with an issue that keeps the larger mysteries on the back burner. Instead, we're focused on the development of relationships between characters, especially between Lottie and Caroline. However, the larger story still comes up, leading to a cliff hanger at the issue's end. It's a strong start to the new story, and it will leave readers primed for the next issue.

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6.8
Spider-Geddon #4

Nov 21, 2018

You get the impression that writer Christos Gage is feeling the pressure in SPIDER-GEDDON #4. The issue seems a bit rushed, leaving certain plot points a bit underdeveloped. However, it's not a bad entry, and the art holds up throughout.

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7.6
Spider-Geddon #5

Dec 19, 2018

The Spider-Geddon event had a lot of story to tie up in one issue. As a result, SPIDER-GEDDON #5 is extremely fast-paced once the climactic battle gets rolling. Still, it's an ambitious conclusion to the story, setting up some interesting developments for our myriad Spider-people in 2019 and beyond.

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8.0
Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider (2018) #1

Oct 24, 2018

SPIDER-GWEN: GHOST SPIDER #1 is a high-energy continuation of the Spider-Gwen story. There's great storytelling, plus eye-catching artwork. I highly recommend it for fans of the character, as well as new readers.

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8.2
Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider (2018) #2

Nov 28, 2018

SPIDER-GWEN: GHOST-SPIDER #2 is a strong follow-up to an impressive first issue. The writing is tight and fast-paced, with excellent pencil and color work. This may be a new favorite of mine among Marvel's current crop of titles.

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6.0
Spider-Man: Enter The Spider-Verse #1

Nov 21, 2018

SPIDER-MAN: ENTER THE SPIDER-VERSE #1 is only tangentially-related to any of the Spider-events going on right now. It's nonessential, so pick it up if you're an avowed web-head. Otherwise, you can skip it.

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7.8
The Best Defense: The Immortal Hulk #1

Dec 6, 2018

IMMORTAL HULK: THE BEST DEFENSE #1 is a mystery story. What it lacks in action, it more than makes up for in tension and a mounting sense of dread.

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7.6
The Freeze #1

Dec 4, 2018

THE FREEZE #1 avoids many of the cliches of the apocalypse/survival genre, providing a welcome change in the crowded field. The book offers concise, engaging storytelling with a unique art style. I recommend it.

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8.8
The Life Of Captain Marvel #5

Dec 19, 2018

I'm not gonna lie...I cried.

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6.8
The Unstoppable Wasp (2018) #1

Oct 17, 2018

The Unstoppable Wasp #1 is a mixed bag, but it's more "hit" than "miss." I'd recommend it for fans of the character or for those of other Marvel titles targeted at younger readers.

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7.0
The Warning #1

Nov 28, 2018

The artwork in THE WARNING #1 from Image Comics is appealing right from page one. However, the narrative isn't super cohesive, and there's not much to hook readers. It's an intriguing opener, but too soon to judge where the story is headed.

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6.8
Typhoid Fever (2018): X-Men #1

Nov 7, 2018

TYPHOID FEVER: X-MEN is a good middle chapter for an overall interesting three-part story. It has some issues in both the storytelling and art departments, but the positives outweigh the negatives for me overall.

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7.8
Typhoid Fever (2018): Spider-Man #1

Oct 3, 2018

Despite some issues, TYPHOID FEVER: SPIDER-MANis a good start for this three-issue limited series. Typhoid Mary is letting madness loose on Manhattan, and it promises to take us to some interesting places despite a couple of hiccups in the story. The artwork is excellent, and I'm excited to see where we're headed next.

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7.2
Vault of Spiders #1

Nov 2, 2018

VAULT OF SPIDERS #1 is a fun little snapshot of some of the less-traveled corners of the Spider-Verse. Even if these characters do turn up later in the Spider-Geddon event, you'll be able to get the gist without reading this volume. It's a nonessential, but I'd recommend it either way.

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7.0
Vindication #1

Feb 5, 2019

VINDICATION #1 plays out like a police procedural. The narrative is focused on a loose-canon cop and his obsession with ensuring a black man exonerated by DNA evidence doesn't stay free for long. However, the focus on the internal police element pushes the social commentary to the back burner in favor of genre tropes.

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7.6
What If? (2018): Punisher #1

Oct 10, 2018

What If? Punisher #1 is not a masterpiece. However, it's a solid little story, backed by great and stylish artwork. I'd recommend checking it out.

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7.2
Wyrd #1

Jan 29, 2019

WYRD #1 tosses us into the action and establishes the basics for our titular character, though we don't get a whole lot beyond that. The artwork is strong, and hopefully, successive installments in the four-issue run will develop the story in more depth.

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