David Harth's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: You Don't Read Comics Reviews: 216
8.2Avg. Review Rating

9.6
Action Comics (2016) #998

Feb 28, 2018

Action Comics #998 is everything you could want from a Superman comic--action, adventure, humor, and it hits all the right emotional notes for a story about people and their fathers. The art and writing are first tier and in a perfect world, this team would continuing telling Superman stories forever. As it is, they put a fitting cap on a storyline that could have went either way, but managed to soar, like a bird. Or a plane. Or a certain Kryptonian.

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10
Action Comics (2016) #999

Mar 14, 2018

Jurgens, Conrad, and Nunes deliver another great issue. Its really hard to imagine any other team taking this many plot threads and resolving them all in one issue and doing it so well. In this age of comic deconstructionism and taking six issues to tell stories, this team is able to touch on multiple themes and put a nice bow on them and do it all in a single issue.

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10
Action Comics (2016) #1000

Apr 18, 2018

Action Comics #1000 is a love letter to Superman, pure and simple. Its the kind of comic that a person could give to a some hypothetical person who has no idea who Superman is and by the end, theyd not only understand the character, but have fallen in love with him and gotten excited about the future of the character. Its worth every penny of the $7.99 cover price and not just for Superman fans.

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9.6
Action Comics (2016) #1001

Jul 27, 2018

Much like Superman #1, this is a near perfect first issue. It sets up a few plot lines, the art is great, and works to hook readers in.

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7
Action Comics (2016) #1002

Aug 22, 2018

    This is a weird issue. It does away with a few of the mysteries in this storyline before they could be developed more. Its entertaining, but Bendis makes some choices that are suspect for this arcs longevity. Revealing so much already raises the fear that Bendis will pad this story with his special brand of the filler: a lot of boring talking. The big reveal at the end is nice and opens up a lot of possibilities, but this is a strange time for it. The art is the books saving grace. Gleason and Sanchez kill it and elevate the material to a level that it couldnt reach on its own. This still an interesting story, but Bendis picked a strange time to lay down some of his cards.

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7
Action Comics (2016) #1003

Sep 26, 2018

Action Comics #1003 is a marked improvement over the last issue. Bendis uses some of more annoying tropes to good effect here, but he still finds a way to mess up the story a little bit because of them as well. Yanick Paquette and Nathan Fairbairns art make up for that, though. The pencils are detailed and expressive and the colors fit the mood of the various shots perfectly. Its not a perfect book, but it has a few moments in it to keep the reader on the hook for the next issue.

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3
Action Comics (2016) #1004

Oct 24, 2018

Action Comics #1004 is the worst issue of Bendis' run so far, and it doesn't bode well that it's come so soon. The issue kills all of the momentum of the Invisible Mafia storyline, chopping it up to foster cheap drama and make readers buy another issue to see what happened between Lois and Clark.

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1.6
Action Comics (2016) #1005

Dec 12, 2018

Action Comics #1005 is all of Bendis fault wrapped up in one book. Theres a lot of talking but none of it is important, the events therein dont have any impact, the action is muddled by unnecessary filler, and the reveal is both underwhelming and an easy one to guess. Ryan Sooks art is wonderful, but when a story is this bad, thats just gilding a piece of fecal matter. In the end, none of it really matters and it leaves no impact at all.

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6
Action Comics (2016) #1006

Jan 2, 2019

Action Comics #1006 is good, but its too little, too late at this point. The reveal at the end of the issue could lead to some interesting developments, but its something long time readers have seen before and its hard to see how it will really affect the plot. Sooks art is the highlight of the book, as its been on every issue hes drawn, but that doesnt make up for the legacy of bad decision Bendis has made on this book. Its a shame, too, because this is a well paced enjoyable read, but this story arc is already so tainted that it cant really save it on its own.

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3
Action Comics (2016) #1007

Jan 30, 2019

Action Comics #1007 is a complete and utter disappointment. This issue is supposed to be the kick off for Bendis big DC event, setting the table for what's to come, but there's nothing here. That said, there's always the chance that this story will get better as time goes on, but this is a very inauspicious beginning and it doesn't really bode well for what's to come. There are a few bright spots in this one, but not enough to elevate it to level that could be called good. As usual for Action Comics, the art is top notch and Bendis does have a grasp on Lois and Jimmy's characters in this issue, but other than that there's nothing to hook readers here.

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5
Action Comics (2016) #1008

Feb 28, 2019

Action Comics #1008 is competent, but that's the best that can be said for it. It ratchets up the threat of Leviathan but fails in making readers care about the group or actually fear them. The art feels a little rushed, but it's still pretty good in most places. Bendis uses a lot of double page spreads in this one, but it seems like he's mostly just using them so he can have more room for dialogue, not for action scenes and the like. There's nothing to hate about this book, but there's really nothing to love either.

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8
Action Comics (2016) #1009

Mar 27, 2019

Action Comics #1009 is the best the book has been in months. It actually serves to get readers interested in Bendis forthcoming Leviathan event, adding some intrigue to the whole thing. There's some good characterization in the book, the only exception being Jimmy Olsen. The ending is quite interesting, and it could be fun to see how it all works out. Epting's art is much better than it has been. All in all, this is a good book; it's not great, and it definitely doesn't make up for the mediocrity of Bendis Action Comics so far, but it entertainingly does its job.

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5
Action Comics (2016) #1010

Apr 24, 2019

Action Comics #1010 is a strange beast. Its tonally all over the place, but its still a crucial issue with a lot happening. The way it jarringly shifts from deadly serious to light-hearted hurts it a lot. It feels like Bendis couldnt decide what he wanted the book to be, so he kept changing it around, maybe hoping that the lighter moments would make up for the darker ones. While the lighter moments are entertaining, they feel almost like an affectation, and that takes away from the book. The art team turns in some dynamite work, though, and that helps a lot. All in all, this would be a better comic if Bendis could pick a tone and stick to it. As it is, this one never feels as important as it should.

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9.6
Action Comics (2016) #1011

May 22, 2019

Action Comic #1011 does what this storyline struggled to do in the beginning- it sets up Leviathan as a powerful and mysterious organization, but one whose plans are way more interesting than they seemed at the beginning. Bendis doesnt waste any page real estate in this one, just dropping more bombs, whetting interest in his upcoming Event Leviathan. That said, event set-up has always been Bendis strong suit, and there is no guarantee that hell be able to keep that up in the upcoming book, but here he turns in an exciting story that leaves readers begging for more.

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3
Action Comics (2016) #1012

Jun 26, 2019

Action Comics #1012 would have been a tremendous comic six months ago, but so much time has elapsed since readers saw the Invisible Mafia that they feel sort of insignificant. That is not a good look for what looks to be a big part of his plans for this book. The addition of Rose and Thorn is excellent, but Bendis looks like hes ready to ignore things about a character to do what he wants with them to make his story work, a hallmark of his. Szymon Kudaranskis art is excellent and buoys this lackluster issue is. The Invisible Mafia is an interesting concept, but Bendis abandoned it for so long that readers might not care as much as he does about them. As it is, this issue doesnt feel very important, and thats a bad look for the start of a new story arc.

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6
Action Comics (2016) #1013

Jul 24, 2019

It would be nice if Bendis could have stuck to one plotline instead of watering the whole thing down by including so many. None of them are bad, but it just doesn't feel right putting them all together.

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9
Action Comics (2016) #1014

Aug 28, 2019

Action Comics #1014 is a breathlessly paced, wonderfully written comic with great art. Bendis moves things around quickly while still giving everything the room it needs to breathe. It would be nice if Clark Kent/Superman were more proactive in the whole thing, but thats a very small gripe. Kudaranski and Anderson gel together perfectly, producing beautiful art. Its tough to say much bad about this issue. While Its not exactly perfect, but its a home run nonetheless.

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5
Action Comics (2016) #1015

Sep 25, 2019

Naomi is a wonderful character, but instead of doing something dynamic with her, Bendis just expositions her to death. All hope is not lost, of course, but this issue suffers because of the way Bendis presents things.

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8
Action Comics (2016) #1016

Oct 29, 2019

As an introduction to Naomi, this issue and the one preceding it present her a fun character and even give readers a hook to go and check out her book. There's a lot to like in this one, and it outweighs any problem the book has.

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8.4
Action Comics (2016) #1017

Dec 4, 2019

Action Comics #1017 is such a great way to open a new story arc. Bendis grabs readers right away, making them anticipate how things got the way they are and keep turning the pages. There are a few Bendis-isms in the book, but they dont hurt the story as much as they could. The art has a few problems, but for the most part, is pretty good. Small critiques aside, this is an outstanding issue, and it will definitely keep readers coming back.

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9.6
Ascender #1

Apr 24, 2019

Ascender #1 is a book full of possibilities. It drops readers into a familiar place thats completely different and guides them along expertly without ever seeming like its guiding them. Lemire perfectly combines exposition with storytelling and lays out a trail of tantalizing clues to whats going on. Nguyens art is terrific as always, fitting this new, more magic based universe perfectly. Theres a lot to like in this first issue, and it does exactly what its supposed to- reintroduce readers to a new, old world and get them interested in what came before and what comes next.

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10
Ascender #2

Jun 5, 2019

Ascender #2 delivers on all fronts. It hits all the right notes, combining world building, character work, and action in a perfectly paced comic. Jeff Lemire has long been one of the most consistently entertaining writers around, and this comic is yet another of his hits. He understands how to use a single issue to tell a full story, sowing seeds for the future and giving it all room to breathe. Dustin Nguyens art is likewise just as perfect for the book. His sci-fi stuff in Descender was great, but the more fantasy-oriented material that hes been tasked with in Ascender might actually be better. Ascender #2 is the epitome of a creative team working in perfect sync, and its a joy to read.

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10
Ascender #3

Jun 26, 2019

Ascender #3 delivers on so many levels. Lemire and Nguyen are a fantastic team. The script and the art gel imperviously, drawing readers in and making them feel whats happening on the page. Lemire invests the whole thing with so much feeling, and Nguyen gets that feeling across on the page. Beyond that, theres a feeling of suspense throughout the entire thing as readers wait to see if Mothers forces will be able to get Mila and Andy in the present and a feeling of foreboding in the flashbacks. So far, Ascender has been a great ride, and this issue is a perfect representation of that.

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8.4
Ascender #4

Jul 24, 2019

Ascender #4 doesnt pack the same punch as the previous issue. Theres no big emotional moments, just suspense and set up. That said, its done in such an engaging way that it doesnt really feel like set up and thats a testament to Lemires skill as a writer. Nguyen knocks it out of the park again, deploying his excellent character skills to sell the suspense and keep readers invested. This issue doesnt reach the heights of some of the previous issues, but its still an excellent comic.

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10
Ascender #5

Aug 28, 2019

Ascender #5 works so well because the creative team gels and make it all work. One could say that the big moment of the issue is simple shock tactics, especially with the way the book ends. But Lemire and Nguyen have worked so hard to put readers into this world that it never feels cheap or manipulative. This issue opens the story, even more, giving readers so much to look forward to. It will be a treat to see what comes next.

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9.6
Ascender #6

Oct 29, 2019

Ascender #6 kicks off the new story arc with everyone in hot water. Lemire expertly uses the rapport between reader and character to give the story moments that will keep them coming back for more. Dustin Nguyens art is a perfect complement to the whole thing, giving the story the fantasy feel it needs while also making the emotional beats hit that much harder. How will the heroes get out of the jams they are in? Lemire and company make it a joy to keep coming back to find out.

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9.6
Ascender #7

Nov 27, 2019

Ascender #7 gives a reader a break from the overarching plot to spotlight Telsa, and it succeeds admirably. Lemire shows readers how Telsa went from being utterly loyal to the UGC to a broken down sea captain just trying to survive using three scenes. It's a deft bit of plotting. Nguyen's pencils and colors perfectly compliment the script. A lot of times, issues like this can anger readers- they want to see all of the stuff from the last issues resolved, but Lemire and company have mastered this kind of storytelling and use it wonderfully.

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3
Astonishing X-Men (2017) #8

Feb 25, 2018

So far, this book feels like a collection of cool ideas done poorly and nothing about this issue changes that impression. Soule just isnt the right fit for an X-Men book. His ideas have potential, but his character work mostly falls flat and his threats never feel very threatening, even when all the characters are talking about how dangerous the villains are. The issues art saves the book a little, but in the end, this issue is all filler and it shows. Little to nothing of it sticks with the reader. It moves the plots forward in an efficient way, but its all empty calories.

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0.8
Astonishing X-Men (2017) #9

Mar 19, 2018

The only thing astonishing about Astonishing X-Men is how awful it is. It feels like Soule theoretically knows how an X-Men story is supposed to work, but he just cant execute one correctly. This books cast is some of the most interesting X-Men characters, ones who could make the stories pop that much more, but the only thing Soule gives them to do is comment on the tepid plot. The art in this issue would work better in a horror comic than a superhero one but, even in a horror comic, the coloring wouldnt do it any favors. It boggles the mind how anyone at Marvel could look at this comic and think that its a good idea to continue making it. Astonishing X-Men is a waste of everyones time.

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6
Astonishing X-Men (2017) #10

Apr 5, 2018

If this book was being judged solely on the art, it would be getting an A, but Soule's scripting is so bad, it drives it down a few notches.

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3
Astonishing X-Men (2017) #11

May 2, 2018

Astonishing X-Men #11 is a much stronger installment than any of the others before it, but it suffers from a lot of the same problems that have been plaguing the book. Weak characterization, hit or miss art, and a predictable twist damage a lot of things that should have worked. Its still a head above nearly every other issue of this series, though, so it has that going for it.

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1.6
Astonishing X-Men (2017) #12

Jun 7, 2018

Astonishing X-Men #12 takes all of the problems the book has been having and bundles them up. Misuse of characters, uninspired visuals, repetitive storytelling, and art that fluctuates wildly in quality are the hallmarks of this series and they're all on display in Astonishing X-Men #12.

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8.4
Astonishing X-Men (2017) #13

Jul 4, 2018

    After Charles Soules terrible run on the book, this issue is a welcome change. Greg Lands art hurts it a little, but Rosenbergs script is too good to be held down by it. Its not exactly a return to the form of Whedon and Ellis days, but its a strong start and a massive improvement over what Soule was doing. Rosenberg tells his story while also giving readers glimpses into Havok and Beast that they may not have had before. It all serves the plot, but it also feels organic and earned, something that Soule was never able to manage during his run. If Rosenberg can keep this up, theres no reason why Astonishing X-Men cant become the crown jewel of the X books.

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8
Astonishing X-Men (2017) #14

Aug 6, 2018

Rosenberg and company arent reinventing the wheel with this X-Men story, but it does all the little things right. The characters are entertaining and endearing, theres good action, and the plot, while at this point not seeming like anything special, has the potential to take some interesting turns, especially with the way this issue ended. The art isnt consistent, which is a shame, but this book is light years better than it was under Charles Soule and deserves a look.

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8
Astonishing X-Men (2017) #15

Sep 12, 2018

Astonishing X-Men #15 is another successful entry in Matt Rosenbergs continued rehabilitation of the the book, after Charles Soules disastrous run. The book would benefit from a better art team, but Rosenberg is able to make it all work by telling an intriguing story and using the great characters he has in interesting ways.

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8
Astonishing X-Men (2017) #16

Oct 17, 2018

Astonishing X-Men #16 combines great characterization with some fun action, and thoroughly entertains. It has a few problems, but not enough to sink the book. Rosenbergs handling of Havok is a highlight, and theres enough little twists and surprises in this one to keep readers invested. The art could be better and the villains could be more filled out, but that doesnt detract very much from how enjoyable this issue is.

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8
Cave Carson Has An Interstellar Eye #1

Mar 23, 2018

Cave Carson Has An Interstellar Eye #1 brings Cave and company back in grand fashion. Sure, the story is simple, but its a good hook for the next issue and its so visually intriguing that it keeps the reader turning the pages. Michael Avon Oeming and Nick Filardi are doing amazing work and it elevates the whole thing.

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Cave Carson Has An Interstellar Eye #2

Apr 18, 2018

All in all, Cave Carson Has An Interstellar Eye is a wonderful-looking book that suffers a bit in the character department. Cave and Chloe are obviously the stars, but none of the other characters are memorable enough to care about. The cliffhanger ending comes out of nowhere, nullifying any impact it should have. Its a shame that the writing isnt as great as the art, but its not a bad book. Theres some very cool stuff going on, but there are enough drawbacks to tarnish the luster of this book.

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8
Cave Carson Has An Interstellar Eye #3

May 16, 2018

Cave Carson Has An Interstellar Eye #3 takes what could have a bland, formulaic sci-fi story and tweaks it a bit, taking it into territory that make it a much more worthwhile experience. Its not perfect by any means, but its an improvement on the last issue. The creative team uses the books hallucinogenic flavor to enhance the whole affair, but its starting to feel a bit formulaic in its use, which could be a problem down the road. However, this is still a trip worth taking.

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8.4
Cave Carson Has An Interstellar Eye #4

Jun 20, 2018

    Cave Carson Has An Interstellar Eye #4 takes everything the book has done well so far and adds to it by giving it an emotional core. By putting a focus on the relationship between Cave and Chloe, it gives readers something that was missing and makes the whole thing more realistic. It also casts the series in a whole new light. Its not just a bunch of trippy sci-fi adventures, its a journey of discovery for a man and his daughter as they learn to be better to each other. Its nice when a book can transcend what it was while keeping the same entertaining flavor, and this one achieves that admirably.

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9.6
Cave Carson Has An Interstellar Eye #5

Jul 18, 2018

    Over the last two issues, this book has improved immensely. The second and third issue was a decent sci-fi story, but it didnt play into a greater plot and felt a little too reliant on being trippy. Last issue was a good one-and-done with a perfect emotional core, and this issue served as a link, not only back to the first issue, but also to the back-up story, while containing some cool sci-fi concepts and the same high-quality artwork that has graced the book since its debut. With the way its picked up in quality, its sad that readers will have only one more issue to enjoy it.

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10
Cave Carson Has An Interstellar Eye #6

Aug 15, 2018

Cave Carson Has An Interstellar Eye #6 is a pitch-perfect send off for them. It transcends the already lofty heights the book has risen to.

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9
Dark Knights Rising: The Wild Hunt #1

Feb 15, 2018

All in all, Dark Knights Rising: The Wild Hunt is a great book and a worthy part of the Metal saga. Knowledge of Metal and the DC Multiverse is necessary for it to work, but, for those who have it, its a choice buffet. The story works together so well even with so many disparate creators, which makes it an amazing book.

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9.6
Dead Man Logan #1

Dec 12, 2018

Dead Man Logan delivers in a lot of surprising ways. There were a few directions this one could go, but Brisson throws in a few twists and turns that will surprise readers and provide a great hook to keep them with this book til the bloody end. Hendersons art is the icing on the cake. This is a must read for any fans of Logan.

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9.6
Dead Man Logan #2

Jan 2, 2019

Dead Man Logan #2 keeps the quality of the first issue going. Its only two issues in and anything can happen after this, but Brisson, Henderson, Woodard, and Petit are crafting a perfect Wolverine story and a fitting swan song for a character that has been the star of one of the best books Marvel has been putting out for the last three years. The cliffhanger ending of this one will keep readers coming back, but if they arent already sold on this book, thats their loss.

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9.6
Dead Man Logan #3

Jan 30, 2019

Dead Man Logan #3 has it all- great art, perfect characterization, and an engaging story that keeps getting better. Ed Brisson is making Old Man Logan's swan song something for the ages and Mike Henderson's art is the perfect accompaniment. This could easily be a grim, joyless book that would still be entertaining, but instead Brisson and company deliver something that subverts those expectations expertly.

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9.6
Dead Man Logan #4

Feb 22, 2019

Dead Man Logan #4 keeps up the high quality that this book has had since the first issue. Brisson is crafting a wonderful story, one that keeps surprising readers. Henderson's art works perfectly with Brisson's script. This issue adds another wrinkle to the plot and the possibilities of what will happen next are nearly impossible to guess. So many things can happen with all of the ingredients that Brisson and company are mixing up in this book that anything is possible and that's rare in today's comic industry.

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10
Dead Man Logan #5

Mar 13, 2019

Dead Man Logan #5 is another triumph in a series that has been full of them. Brisson again flips the script on readers, seemingly closing out one plot while opening doors for others. Will Logan go back to the Badlands? Does Mysterio have a new plan? What is up with Miss Sinister going down so quickly? It's anyone's guess where this book will go, but if it's anywhere like it's been, it will be well worth it. To top it off, Mike Henderson's pencils are the perfect accompaniment to Brisson's script. Dead Man Logan has it all.

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10
Dead Man Logan #6

Apr 10, 2019

Dead Man Logan #6 is a masterpiece. It combines deft characterization, great art, and fantastic story beats to create something that perfectly does its job. In the hands of another creative team, this could have been a glorified filler issue, but Brisson and Henderson give it the perfect amount of gravitas and fan service, making it truly special.

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8.4
Dead Man Logan #8

Jun 6, 2019

Dead Man Logan #8 succeeds, as usual, on the strength of Brissons scripting. He expertly deploys exposition in this issue, and it all has a pay-off. By giving Sabretooth a boss, it adds another layer to the book. Mike Hendersons art has been better than it is here, but he still draws a great action scene. This issue continues this books stellar run.

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8
Dead Man Logan #9

Jul 3, 2019

Dead Man Logan #9 does a great job of setting things up for the next few issues. Brisson is able to keep the set-up interesting, though, using it to do a bit of subtle character work. A lot of times, issues like this can be very boring, but Brisson keeps it all very entertaining throughout. Mike Henderson continues to express with his expressive, detailed pencils. While not the best issue of the book so far, its a solid, entertaining comic.

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9
Dead Man Logan #10

Aug 7, 2019

Dead Man Logan #10 starts fast and never slows down. Brisson makes this work perfectly, giving readers a great mix of action and exposition, keeping the breakneck pace. It wouldnt work as well without Hendersons art, which gives the whole thing a more kinetic feel, although there are a few places where his detail suffers, mostly in long shots with a lot going on. The two of them gel, giving the issue the right amount of pathos to make the ending work. This issue sets up a collision course between Dani, Logan, and Sabretooth and seeing as how the series has been fantastic so far, and it will be great to see where it all goes.

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8.4
Dead Man Logan #11

Sep 18, 2019

This issue is an action-packed treat, and Hendersons art makes the fight scenes look fantastic, and his character acting makes the big moment in the end that much better.

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9.6
Dead Man Logan #12

Oct 30, 2019

Dead Man Logan #12 is an excellent send-off for Logan. Brisson and company are a bit rushed by the page count, but it hits the right emotional notes. The fight, in the beginning, lacks a bit of punch because of the pacing, but it's still exciting. The highlight of the book is Logan's farewell to his family, perfectly capturing the man and his struggle with his past. Brisson, and Jeff Lemire before him have been writing one of the best Wolverine books in years, and Dead Man Logan was a fantastic send-off for the character. It had action, adventure, and emotion. Ed Brisson's writing captured the personalities wonderfully, and Mike Henderson's art made the whole thing that much better. This issue was almost perfect, a fitting end.

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8.4
Deadly Class #32

Mar 14, 2018

Deadly Class #32 goes for the throat and doesnt let up. Theres really not much more that can be said about it. Its action packed, but still finds time to tell a story. The reader not only feels like theyre watching it, but also that it is happening to them. The creative team gels everything together so well. It serves as a good jumping on point and sets the tone for the forthcoming story arc.

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6
Deadly Class #33

Apr 11, 2018

All in all, this issue is half great, half okay. The scenes between Kenji and Saya and Marcus and Viktor are well done, with the latter being less than what it should be but still really good. The other parts of the book are merely okay. Petra and Helmuts pages sell Petras aversion to killing, but ends on a strange note and the presentation of Zenzeles origin feels weird and out of place. The book also feels really short, which is another detriment. The last issues fast pace carries over to this issue and it doesnt really work here. This isnt a bad comic, but its not up to the books usual par.

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6
Deadly Class #34

May 23, 2018

    Deadly Class #34 is very well written, but the weak art hurts it a lot. A lot of important events happen in this chapter and the art detracts from the proceedings instead of adding to it. Its a shame, because the art of the last two issues have been so good. Maybe Craig and Boyd overworked themselves to get these last three issues out so quickly, but this one would have benefitted from a little more time taken on the art. The script is so stellar and it deserves better art than this.

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6
Deadly Class #35

Jun 20, 2018

If the art was better, Deadly Class #35 would be one of the best issues of the series so far. It does a lot of important things with Marcus character and sets up the future of the comic in a perfect way. Unfortunately, the often ugly artwork mars the whole thing. Its definitely worth picking up, but its not the total package.

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8
Deadly Class #36

Jan 16, 2019

Deadly Class #36 gets a little tropey and the ending is predictable, but the great art and some interesting character development keep it from being a waste of time. Its a good comic that suffers a little bit on the execution of the reveal from a script standpoint, but more than makes up for it in other ways. It sets the stage for a lot of action to come, though, and that makes up for a lot.

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8.4
Deadly Class #37

Mar 6, 2019

Deadly Class #37 exemplifies what makes this book so enjoyable, even if the art isn't as high as it used to be on every page. Remender can stuff much deft characterization into the book very subtly. Craig's art is a little rough in places but shines throughout the last two-thirds of the book. It's a shame that this isn't the Craig of the book's earlier days, but this one is a still a banger.

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9
Deadly Class #38

May 8, 2019

So far, theres no inkling of what shape Marcus and Marias plans will take beyond revenge, but this issue does a great job of setting the table for whats to come.

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9.6
Deadly Class #39

Jun 26, 2019

Deadly Class #39 feels old school, and thats a great thing. In a time when so many stories are written for the trade, this issue feels like a one and done while still moving plots forward. Its a testament to Remenders skill that hes able to make this work. Theres so much good character work in this issue that the surfeit of plot and dialogue never bog this issue down. Wes Craigs art is better than its been for a long time, with a sharpness and detail that its lacked. The ending is a big moment for this book, bringing back a favorite fan character. This issue is the best Deadly Class has been in a long time.

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8.4
Deadly Class #40

Sep 25, 2019

Deadly Class #40 kicks off the new story arc in an action-packed issue that balances the carnage with a smart set-up. Remender and Craig work together to present a chapter that flows from one point to the next, sweeping the reader along and tantalizing them with what could be on the horizon. Its not anything groundbreaking or next level, but it does everything it needs to do in an inimitable fashion.

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Deadly Class #41

Nov 6, 2019

Deadly Class #41 is ponderous and a bit slow, with very little going on. Remender uses too much page real estate to get inside Marcus head than to set up an exciting story for the issue. While getting into a characters head isnt a bad thing, it is when it just feels like a rehash of what readers have gotten from the character before. The art by Wes Craig and Jordan Boyd doesnt do the book any favors, either. Its muddy and indistinct in most places, with only one scene really working. Hopefully, the next issue will have something happen, because this one is dead in the water.

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8.4
Deadly Class #42

Dec 11, 2019

Deadly Class #42 is a game-changing issue for all the characters. Everyone's plans are thrown into disarray by actions beyond their control, and it plays out wonderfully. Remender throws a lot of balls in the air and catches them all in this one. Wes Craig's art isn't as bad as it has been, but that doesn't mean it's good either. However, the writing is so compelling that it does all the heavy lifting of the issue, and the art doesn't detract from it very much. It'll be interesting to see where things go in the next issue.

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9.6
East of West #36

Mar 7, 2018

East of West #36 is a masterclass in comic storytelling. There are few books on the market that can match it sheer scope and the audacity of its storytelling. Hickman and Dragotta are slowly unfurling an apocalyptic masterpiece that delivers the powerful moments and action such a thing needs while also finding way to connect emotionally with readers. Its complex and rewarding book that would be served better by a more regular publishing schedule or at a least recap page, but when it comes out, its one of the best books, bar none. Its a rare treat.

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East of West #37

May 2, 2018

East of West #37 starts out very slowly and can be confusing for readers who havent been re-reading past issues to remember everything, but once it hits its stride, it presents a tight story of a man getting back on the road of revenge. In the hands of lesser creators, this installment would have started in a nosedive and never recovered, but Hickman and Dragotta pull it out of that dive with a combination of deft writing and detailed art.

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10
East of West #38

Jul 25, 2018

    East Of West #38 gives readers a good pay off. It keeps things straightforward, which is a change of pace for this book, following a single plot line for the entire installment, with only a small digression to set up the future of the book, catching readers up with one of the books most entertaining characters. This chapter has some important developments, made all the better by Dragottas expressive character acting. Its one of the better single issue installments of East Of West and packs enough surprises to keep readers turning the pages in a different way than the book usually does it. Its simple and quiet and all the better for it.

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9.6
East of West #39

Oct 17, 2018

East Of West #39 gets readers reacquainted with whats been happening, and pulls the rug out from under them in one fell swoop. Hickman expertly subverts what readers thought they knew, and presents an alternate take on what has seemed inevitable. The art team delivers their usual amazing imagery, with this issues colors being especially good. This is one of the better story-arc openers in the books history, because it works so hard to get readers caught up while also offering up tantalizing developments. Its not exactly a perfect jumping on point for new readers, but its the closest a book as densely plotted as this can get.

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East of West #40

Nov 23, 2018

Hickman and company have put out another quality issue in East Of West #40. The feeling of it being a bait-and-switch is a little disappointing, but, otherwise, everything in this book whets anticipation. The art, especially the coloring, is fantastic. Where it will all go is a mystery, but one things for sure--its a great ride.

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East of West #41

Feb 20, 2019

East Of West #41 is a strange bird. On the one hand, it's another brick in the wall of plot that Hickman is building and it succeeds admirably. On the other hand, the books steep learning curve harms things a bit. The thing about it is that even if the reader gets confused or can't remember what a character's name is, by the time they reach the end of the book, they'll feel extremely satisfied with what they've just read. Take the Vizier; even if one doesn't remember much about her character, her actions make perfect sense. The book's complicated nature and erratic shipping schedule don't hurt it enough to make this a bad book, just one with some flaws.

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10
East of West #42

Apr 24, 2019

East Of West #42 takes an event that readers thought they knew and puts an extra little shine on it. That shine not only changes the way the event itself is perceived but also takes what readers knew about the dynamic between Death and War and changes it into something else entirely adding an extra dimension to it.

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East of West #43

Oct 9, 2019

East Of West #43 begins the last story arc of the book explosively. Hickman gives readers an apocalyptic battle but makes sure to save the outcome for an upcoming issue to keep readers on the hook. Dragotta and Martins art is a fantastic compliment to the script, giving readers a breathtaking battle while also making smaller moments work. A recap page would be appreciated, but other than that, this is another excellent issue and a fitting way to begin the last story arc.

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9.6
East of West #44

Nov 27, 2019

East Of West #44 delivers with high octane action and perfect set-up. Hickman fits a lot of set-up into this issue without it feeling stuffed to the gills or screwing up the pacing. As the issue ends, every character is in their position to play their part in the books ending. None of it feels contrived or undercooked. Dragottas art does a wonderful job of making the whole thing come to life, from the violent battle to his top-notch character acting. With one issue remaining, Hickman and company turn in a chapter that whets the anticipation for what is coming next.

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9.6
Extermination (2018) #1

Aug 22, 2018

Extermination #1s title makes a promise, and the rest of the comic delivers on it. There are a lot of jaw-dropping moments in this one, and it sets the stakes high right off the rip. Brisson has created a compelling narrative, with enough twists and turns to keep readers coming back. In the long run, the time travel aspects of this story have the potential to do away with any of the big moments this book delivers, but that doesnt take away from how powerful this first issue is. The art seals the deal, supplying the gorgeous visuals a story like this deserves. This is a quality X-Men story, whether readers are pro or anti-O5, delivering all the thrills and chills a story of this magnitude deserves. Its a must buy for any X-Men fan.

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9.6
Extermination (2018) #2

Sep 1, 2018

    The first issue of Extermination was consistently shocking, and those shocks helped make it so effective. This one isnt nearly as shocking, but it succeeds just as much as the last installment because Brisson has a constructed a story that runs on the actions of the characters, using them to inform the plot. The art is the icing on the cake, taking Brissons script and giving it the visuals it deserves. Extermination is easily one of the best event books Marvel has put out since Secret War. Its a must buy series, not just for X-Men fans, but for comic lovers in general. Brisson and company are doing something special with this one.

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8.4
Extermination (2018) #3

Sep 28, 2018

Extermination #3 easily hurdles the high bar set by the previous two issues, adding some interesting ideas and keeping the plot moving.

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Extermination (2018) #4

Nov 5, 2018

Extermination #4 delivers nearly everything it needs to. Sometimes, a writer will slow things down for the second to last issue of a story, but Brisson doesnt do that here. He keeps the frenetic pace of the book up, and is able to fit in all the exposition without sacrificing any of the drama or action. The cliffhanger ending will throw readers for a curve and keep them on the hook for the next issue. The only weakness is the art, and even thats a minor weakness. Extermination remains one of the best X-Men stories in years.

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10
Extermination (2018) #5

Jan 2, 2019

Extermination #5 is the perfect ending to time lost original five X-Mens story, while also being one of the best X-Men stories in years. Action packed, clever, and immaculately drawn, this is the rare Marvel event mini series that delivers everything it needs to and more. Brisson, Larraz, Gracia, and Sabino deserve all the praise for this book. Even for people who hate the idea of the O5 in present, this is a perfect story and this last issue is the icing on the cake.

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Fallen Angels (2019) #1

Nov 20, 2019

Fallen Angels #1 is a great first issue. It focuses on a little-used X-Men character and puts some flesh on her bones. Hill sets up an interesting conflict, one that ties into Hickmans conceit about humanity using machines to equalize themselves with mutants, and has picked out characters who all have the same warrior spirit, ones who would bristle at the peace of Krakoa. Szymon Kudranskis art is impressive, and it will be great to see what he can do in more action-heavy issues. While not perfect, this is an excellent beginning for a new book.

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8.4
Fallen Angels (2019) #2

Nov 27, 2019

Fallen Angels #2 works so well because it gives readers more of a glimpse into who Kwannon is. Hes taken what a groan-inducing change from the Hunt For Wolverine fiasco was and made it work out so very well because hes willing to put the work in on her. He also gives readers quick little glimpses into who Cable and X-23 are and their roles on this team. Kudranskis art makes the whole thing sing. His action scenes are dynamic and well laid out, and he does a great job with character work. Theres so much to like about this book. Its not the greatest thing ever, but its well crafted and an intriguing read.

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Fallen Angels (2019) #3

Dec 11, 2019

Fallen Angels #3 is an action-packed little number that brings the team one step closer to their quarry. Bryan Hill does a great job with Kwannon, per usual. Her motivations make perfect sense. The pep talk in the middle of the fight is a little much, besides that, he does a great job here. Szymon Kudranski and Frank DArmata work together nicely. The action scenes are dynamic, and the dark coloring throughout the book sets the stage for the groups descent into Apoths darkness. This isnt the best Dawn Of X book, but its a good character study for Kwannon and an intriguing story nonetheless.

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8.4
Female Furies #1

Feb 6, 2019

Female Furies #1 gives readers a different look at Apokolips, but it's one that makes perfect sense. The only thing holding the book back is the steep learning curve, but Castellucci proved on Shade The Changing Girl and Shade The Changing Woman that she can take difficult, esoteric concepts and make them accessible. Adriana Melo's art is perfect for this book. The ending is a good hook to keep readers coming back, but beyond that the hope that Furies will get comeuppance against their oppressors should be enough for most readers.

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8.4
Female Furies #2

Mar 6, 2019

Female Furies #2 adds to Castellucci's abuse narrative while also adding new wrinkles to the story. Adriana Melo's art continues to impress, bringing a level of emotion the story needs. The only problem this book has is that many readers aren't ready for the very frank discussion of misogyny and sexual abuse this comic puts forth and especially don't want to see it in the Fourth World. However, the art and writing are top notch, and that's all that matters.

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9.6
Female Furies #3

Apr 3, 2019

Female Furies #3 is another triumph for this series. Castellucci goes a bit more subtle and it pays dividends. She uses this halfway point in the series perfectly. There's the feeling of a bookend to this one, the ending of somethings and the beginning of others. Melo's art keeps wowing, fitting Castellucci's scripts to a tee. Readers familiar with the Fourth World will see where the story is going from here but Castellucci's proven how good she can be, so it will great to see what she adds to what readers already know.

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9.6
Female Furies #4

May 8, 2019

Female Furies #4 opens the series up as it reaches its second half. Castellucci is able to fit in her narrative about how women are treated in society while giving the book a new place to go. This issue introduces several new elements to the plot, ones that will be very interesting to see play out as the book heads toward its conclusion. Adriana Melos art seems to get better with every issue. Theres a lot to love about this book.

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Female Furies #5

Jun 12, 2019

Female Furies #5 is a great issue, but it isnt perfect. The Furies reaction to Earth is humorous, the fight scene is exciting, and Bardas speech is heartfelt and powerful. However, Williks groveling and the added chauvinism of the Apokolips inner circle feels tacked on to make the bad guys look worse, but that really isnt needed at this point. Adriana Melos art is still top notch and continues to impress. It will be cool to see what the Furies scheme entails next issue, and this issue sets it up rather well.

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4
Female Furies #6

Jul 3, 2019

Female Furies #6 is a bit of a disappointment, especially after how good the preceding issues have been.

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10
House of X #1

Jul 24, 2019

House Of X #1 is pretty much everything X-Men fans could wish for.

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10
House of X #2

Aug 7, 2019

House Of X #2 is a gamechanger. Thats all that can be said about it. Hickman lays out a masterful retcon that in the hands of a lesser writer would never work; theyd never be able to make the scope of it work as he could. Pepe Larrazs art makes the whole thing that much grander, as hes able to execute Hickmans script in a way that makes that comes to life.

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8.4
House of X #3

Aug 28, 2019

House Of X #3 presents a lot of great ideas, showing how both sides in the brewing mutant/human conflict are driving themselves closer to tragedy. The mutants newfound power is making some of them hubristic and antagonistic. While humans are playing with technological power that could very well their doom if it goes the wrong way. Its a great dichotomy, and Hickman lays out in a way that is subtle enough to not seem preachy. The art by Larraz and Gracia is a bit too dark in some places, but they still present some great imagery. While this issue doesnt have the huge, redefining moments that previous installments of this book or Powers Of X had, its still a great comic.

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9.6
House of X #4

Sep 4, 2019

House Of X #4 is a book where the shocks keep mounting. Each one takes the wind out of the reader but works to sell the stakes of the mission. Hickman makes sure that none of it seems unearned or gratuitous. These moments also open up a whole lot more questions about the future of the book and where it goes next that are so very tantalizing. Pepe Larraz and Marte Gracia's art give the script the imagery it needs to be effective. Just like every issue so far, this one will leave readers breathless to find out what happens next.

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10
House of X #5

Sep 18, 2019

House Of X #5 is where things really start to come together for this book.

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10
House of X #6

Oct 2, 2019

House Of X #6 doesnt go out with a bang, but with a huge party.

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Hunt For Wolverine #1

May 1, 2018

Hunt For Wolverine is a commercial that fails to sell the product its for.

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9.6
Man of Steel (2018) #1

May 30, 2018

    Man Of Steel #1 has a lot riding on it and it delivers. Bendis has captured Superman perfectly and set up several interesting plots. The cliffhanger ending is extremely effective in whetting the readers appetite for more. Bendis seems to get Superman and gets what makes the character work. If Man Of Steel can keep this up, it will be able to stand with the biggest and best Superman stories.

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8.4
Man of Steel (2018) #2

Jun 6, 2018

    Man Of Steel #2 is the kind of comic where it very easily could have turned out very bad. Theres so many plotlines going on that, if any of them failed, it could easily sink the book, and if the art wasnt as top notch as it is, none of it would have worked. Fortunately, this isnt the case. Rogol Zaar not knowing about Superman is a stretch, but so far, Bendis has transcended a lot of the negative tropes in his work and is turning in a very engaging Superman story that is hitting all the right spots.

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9.6
Man of Steel (2018) #3

Jun 13, 2018

Man Of Steel #3 delivers a big moment and sets up the cataclysmic confrontation between Zaar, Superman, and Supergirl. Bendis paces the issue perfectly and Sooks art brings it all to life, granting it a fluidity and sense of movement that it needs. Its a straightforward issue, but Bendis is still able to include little teases of other plots in a way that doesnt slacken the pace of whats happening. Bendis seems to have learned a lot of lessons about the deficiencies in his personal writing style and worked to correct them. So far, Man Of Steel has been an entertaining ride and this installment keeps that up.

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Man of Steel (2018) #4

Jun 20, 2018

Overall, The Man Of Steel #4 is a very strong comic. Bendis and Maguire are able to lay out a great, kinetic action sequence that also shows Superman for the type of hero he is, one who is always thinking as hes punching, trying to make sure his battles dont affect the city and people hes sworn to protect. The reveal will probably make sense in the long run, but it feels a bit cliche and lacks the menace that it seemed to be building towards. Bendis is giving readers an entertaining Superman and moving past a lot of the deficiencies in his style. Hes not completely past them yet, but The Man Of Steel bodes well for his future with Superman.

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8.4
Man of Steel (2018) #5

Jul 2, 2018

The Man Of Steel #5 continues this mini-series run of quality. Adam Hughes art is the MVP of the issue, and Bendis continues to balance the action and the drama perfectly, setting up things for the future without neglecting the main plot. Its not perfect, but The Man Of Steel #5 still soars.

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Man of Steel (2018) #6

Jul 4, 2018

    Its a good comic that sets up several things for the future, but its not as good as it was building up to be and thats a disappointment. As a whole, The Man Of Steel did a lot of things right and proves that Bendis can be a good fit for Superman, that he can mostly transcend a lot of the negatives in his work, and that he can set up things that may provide great stories down the pipe. This issue shows that he can still falter sometimes, though. Its a good comic in an otherwise great miniseries. So, sure, its a disappointment, but its a disappointment in that it wasnt as well done as the other five issues, but is still a worthwhile read.

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10
Mister Miracle #7

Mar 14, 2018

King and Gerard manage to deliver another stellar issue. Theyve reached a level of sympatico that only the best creative teams have. They perfectly balance mundane with the fantastic in this series, while also making readers question everything theyve just read. The enigma of what is real in the book is a fabulous way to keep readers on the edge of their seats and theyve completely nailed the characterization of every character in the book. Mister Miracle is the kind of comic that only comes around rarely. Its such a perfect encapsulation of everything that can be done with comics and its a book that will be talked about for years to come. This issue further cements it as one of the best books out right now and King and Gerard as a premier storytelling unit.

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10
Mister Miracle #8

Apr 18, 2018

Mister Miracle #8 is yet another home run for King and Gerads. It seems simple, yet there are so many layers to it. Mister Miracle is one of the, if not the, best comics being published right now. These two creators have reached a level of storytelling sympatico that is rare to see. They use the comic medium perfectly to tell their story, with the words and the pictures working together in ways that are both overt and subtle. Mister Miracle is a storytelling tour de force and #8 keeps that going, while even perhaps surpassing the greatness that has come before.

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10
Mister Miracle #9

Jun 13, 2018

Mister Miracle #9 is another home run. It does so many little brilliant things. Its always been a rather subtle book and this issue is no exception. Theres so much happening under the surface and that makes it all the more rewarding. It constantly subverts reader expectation. No other book being published by the Big Two is anything like it. King and Gerads are telling a story for the ages with this one.

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10
Mister Miracle #10

Aug 1, 2018

So far, Mister Miracle has been a standout book, but this issue transcends what has come before, hitting a new level of brilliance.

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10
Mister Miracle #11

Sep 19, 2018

If what comes next is as good as what's in this one, Mister Miracle will join the pantheon of greatest comic stories ever. Somewhere, Jack Kirby is smiling to see his creations used in such a perfect manner.

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10
Mister Miracle #12

Nov 14, 2018

Fans are going to be split by Mister Miracle #12. It's definitely not what one would expect after the last issue, but it's better for all of that.

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9.6
New Mutants (2019) #1

Nov 6, 2019

New Mutants #1 is such a fun book. Hickman and Brisson set the right tone immediately. Theres something hopeful and cheerful about this book that really impresses upon the reader. The characters are fun and play off each other well. Having them go on an adventure to Shiar space is a wonderful plot, allowing the book to branch out for their first story arc. Shiar stuff is still very much in the X-Men wheelhouse, but its just outside the box enough to work for this team, who have a very unorthodox feel to them. Rod Reis art is the icing on the cake. His characters are expressive, and his linework is simple yet detailed. If this first issue is any indication, this is going to be a great book.

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9.6
New Mutants (2019) #2

Nov 27, 2019

Rod Reis' art really sells the tone. His characters look great. His sci-fi renderings are a little underwhelming, but so far, that's okay. A lot of the Dawn Of X books have been kind of dour and serious, so it's really nice to have a palette cleanser as great as this one in the line-up.

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9.6
New Mutants (2019) #3

Dec 11, 2019

This issue isn't as much fun as the first two, but its still just as entertaining.

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8
Old Man Logan (2016) #36

Mar 19, 2018

Old Man Logan #36 is a great start to a new story arc. The art could be a little better, but Brissons story is so good, if a little cliche, it still engages the reader. The whole set up for this story arc is pretty intriguing. If there is ever a weakness to Wolverine/Logan stories, its that they fall back on the same types of villains, usually ninjas, shadowy government agents, mutant threats, or old foes with scores to settle. Pitting Logan against the Kingpin, especially the new mayor of New York Kingpin, is an inspired choice. This isnt a perfect book, but its an entertaining read with a great hook for the issues to come.

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Old Man Logan (2016) #37

Mar 29, 2018

This story had a lot of potential. It was interesting to think of what kind of ways Mayor Fisk would try to get the flash drive back, but its all become rather cliche. There were so many places this story could have gone. There still could have been a fight with Bullseye, but it could have been structured differently to make the whole thing better. The point of Wilson Fisk being mayor is for him to be a new kind of threat than he was before, but this story shows him just doing what hes always done. The fight makes the whole thing better, but it doesnt change the fact the story veers into same old, same old territory.

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9
Old Man Logan (2016) #39

May 9, 2018

Old Man Logan #39 pulls double duty. Its a great place for new readers to jump into the book and it moves things forward for readers that have been with the title for a while. Globs subplot is the heart of the book and is a nice spotlight for an underused character. Theres something for everyone to love in this issue.

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8
Old Man Logan (2016) #40

May 23, 2018

Old Man Logan #40 isnt much of a Logan story. It showcases a character who has rarely gotten any starring roles and is better for it. The plot is tried and true, but Brissons script is brimming with emotion and is easy to connect with, and Robersons art is expressive and dynamic. Its all very cliche, but it works in the best possible way.

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8
Old Man Logan (2016) #41

Jun 13, 2018

    Old Man Logan #41 is a solid book. It presents a never before seen match-up, while also bringing back two classic Wolverine villains for a nice bit role. There are a few problems, but overall, its an entertaining issues and sets up what could be a very interesting story as two hunters fight to survive the Savage Land and each other.

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7
Old Man Logan (2016) #42

Jul 2, 2018

    Old Man Logan #42 looked like it was going to be a same old, same old, hero-and-villain-forced-to work-together-to-survive-the-Savage-Land story that readers have gotten multiple iterations of. Instead, Brisson and company give readers something with a little more meat on his bones. The art could be better, but Brisson is moving ahead with the story hes been telling in the book since he came on and making some smart choices with where hes going. If hes executes them as he has in this issue, then readers are in for a treat.

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9.6
Old Man Logan (2016) #43

Jul 14, 2018

Its one easily one of the best installments of Brissons yet, and is a must-buy for fans of the book and those who just want to check out something new.

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Old Man Logan (2016) #44

Jul 27, 2018

    Old Man Logan #44 is an entertaining book with a few minor drawbacks. Theres too much focus on Bullseye, which isnt entirely a bad thing, but it takes away from the effects his actions could have had if readers were more in the dark about what he was doing. However, even with that weakness, its a well-paced, exciting comic that will leave fans clamoring for the next issue.

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9.6
Old Man Logan (2016) #45

Aug 8, 2018

Old Man Logan #45 delivers a sense-shattering conclusion to what has been a stellar story. Brisson and Ferreyra have expertly managed to create an ending that elevates everything that came before it. This one packs powerfully realized action scenes with deft, sometimes subtle, character work into a wonderful denouement. Theres a lot to love in this one. Its an embarrassment of riches.

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5
Old Man Logan (2016) #46

Aug 23, 2018

Old Man Logan #46 does some nice character work, expanding on some of the themes that Brisson has been setting up in this books. Unfortunately, the plot and art arent anything special and Brissons solid characterization cant buoy them up very much. Theres a chance hell turn it around in later issues, but this an extremely average comic. It fits into Brissons overarching story, but its not going to wow anyone.

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8
Old Man Logan (2016) #47

Sep 12, 2018

Old Man Logan #47 could have been a cliche affair and, while it still definitely has elements to it that could considered as such, Ed Brisson throws in a twist on the formula that makes the whole thing shine a little bit more, and the cliffhanger ending sets up the next story arc wonderfully. These two elements, along with improved art, make this one into something special. Subverting a formula while still giving readers something satisfying isnt always easy (ask Rian Johnson), but Brisson and company pull it off here and make it look effortless. The art could be better, but this is definitely a story worth picking up.

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9.6
Old Man Logan (2016) #48

Oct 5, 2018

Old Man Logan #48 is probably one of the best issues of Ed Brissons run. He weaves strands of horror, superheroism, and fantasy together to create what amounts to a nearly-perfect first issue of a story arc. It sets the scene for whats to come, and builds tension and anticipation, giving readers everything they need to get invested. The art is detailed and powerful, complimenting the script and giving it the tools it needs to wow readers. This is a comic that does everything right.

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9.6
Old Man Logan (2016) #49

Oct 24, 2018

After the no-holds-barred slugfest of the last issue, Brisson and company slow it down here, cueing readers in on whats going on in subtle, and not so subtle, ways. Old Man Logan #49 delivers some nice atmospherics and wonderful art. This is the penultimate issue for the book, and it brings a new dimension to Logans decision to hunt down the Maestro, setting things up for a cataclysmic slugfest in the last issue. The creative team has built a near-perfect middle chapter for their story. This one doesnt disappoint.

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9.6
Old Man Logan (2016) #50

Nov 5, 2018

Old Man Logan #50 goes out on a high note, setting up Logan for what could be his last adventure.

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9.6
Once & Future #1

Aug 14, 2019

Once And Future #1 is a fantastic beginning for an intriguing new series. Kieron Gillen takes a myth that exemplifies Britain and mixes it with the ugliness of a movement that talks about keeping the country as British as possible. He also introduces two great protagonists, giving readers a throughline into the story that isnt just about the antagonists. Dan Moras art makes the whole thing pop. His detailed, expressive pencils are just what Gillens script needs, and they dont disappoint. Even before being released this book already sold out two printings and if this first issue is any indication, this series will be stellar.

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9.6
Once & Future #2

Sep 18, 2019

Arthurian myths have always been heroic, but Gillen is turning that idea on its head with this book. Its a beautiful little subversion.

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9.6
Once & Future #3

Oct 16, 2019

Once And Future #3 injects a little bit of meta-commentary on the nature of stories into the mix, and it makes the book all the stronger. Beyond, Gillen sets a breakneck pace for the whole thing without sacrificing any of the needed exposition to make the scenes work. Dan Mora and Tamra Bonvillains art draws it all together, giving the book the visuals it needs to make it all work. This comic is just marvelous and does what every good comic should- add new things to its story without bogging it down and provide an entertaining narrative. Once And Future #3 is a triumph of storytelling.

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9.6
Once & Future #4

Nov 20, 2019

Once And Future #4 is a perfectly paced book that keeps the action on a boil. While also giving some exposition that adds another layer to the whole thing. Gillen is using the book to say something about the way people interact with stories and how they can affect the real world. Moras art continues to impress. The issue ends on a great cliffhanger that will definitely keep readers clamoring for more.

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9.6
Powers of X #1

Aug 2, 2019

Powers Of X #1 throws readers into the deep end, but in the best possible way. Hickman does some excellent world-building without giving away too much and lays out tantalizing clues of whats to come. The only minor quibble with the comic is how it fits in with House Of X, but Hickman is a master storyteller so the connection is sure to be something great. R.B. Silvas art isnt perfect, but it works for the story. His design work and his execution of the action scenes make up for the deficiencies of his artwork. Theres a lot to love about this book and it lays out a lot of interesting stuff. Hickman continues to work his magic on the X-Men.

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9.6
Powers of X #2

Aug 14, 2019

Its storytelling like this that X-Men fans have been missing for most of the 21st century.

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9.6
Powers of X #3

Aug 22, 2019

Powers Of X #3 takes Moiras mutation to the next level, using it as an unexpected plot twist at the end of the issue. It allows for Hickman to play with readers expectations in this book and the other one. Really, it makes perfect sense with her powerset, and its a surprise she hasnt done something like this before. Beyond that, this is a fun issue, fast-paced, and action-packed. The art by Silva and Gracia really make the whole work. Itll be interesting to see where Hickman takes the story from here.

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8.4
Powers of X #4

Sep 17, 2019

Powers Of X #4 plants a lot of seeds. Hickman, instead of picking up where the last issue of House Of X left off, tells a story that shines a light on a lot of things, while also giving hints of things yet to come. The Phalanx storyline is the only clunky part of the issue, but thats only because its tough to see how it plays into present-day of mutantkind. The art by R.B. Silva and Marte Gracia is just gorgeous. The two of them work together so very well and present a lot of great imagery. This one definitely slows things down a bit, giving readers a chance to breathe after the last two issues of House Of X. Even though it sets up a lot of future stuff. It also raises some very interesting questions about the present of both books and what might be going on. Its a great ride.

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8.4
Powers of X #5

Sep 25, 2019

Powers Of X #5 establishes and sets up a multitude of ideas. From explaining how Cerebros new mind downloading ability works. To the Krakoan Quiet Council and its governing powers. To Namor and his doubt in Xaviers motives compared to his actions. Hickman is planting seeds that will grow into something great. The Year One Thousand stuff is interesting, but what that seed will grow into is anyones guess. Silva and Gracia provide the high-quality images the story needs to work. With one more issue left, its anyone guess where Hickman is going to go with this book and thats the biggest strength.

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9.6
Powers of X #6

Oct 9, 2019

Hickman is a master craftsman, and this issue shows it. The art team does a great job once again, taking Hickman's script and bringing it to life. Powers Of X has always felt like a supplementary book, and this issue certainly has that feel, but it adds just enough to the overarching narrative of both books to make it unique.

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6
Return of Wolverine #1

Sep 19, 2018

Since Wolverine died, readers have gotten great Wolverine stories from the likes of Jeff Lemire, Ed Brisson, and Tom Taylor. In an environment with stellar stories such as these, nothing in this book makes a case for why it needs to exist.

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8
Return of Wolverine #2

Oct 27, 2018

Return Of Wolverine #2 is a better comic than the first issue because it focuses on a well-drawn, well-written fight, instead of the cliche early-90s Wolverine story that Soule is laying out in the book so far. The end of the issue sets up a reunion that many fans have waited years to see, but thats really the only thing to look forward to with this story if youre a long time fan of Wolverine. This one still has a few of the same problems as the last issue, but it also does a few more things well.

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6
Return of Wolverine #3

Dec 12, 2018

The Return Of Wolverine #3 is a good single-issue comic, but does very little to progress the plot of the book, which, while not a great plot, definitely needs some polish. This is the third issue, and things arent even remotely clear. The villains are so generic, it hurts. If Soule wanted to do a greatest hits Wolverine book, he didnt need to include anything about Soteira in it at all and would have had a much better comic. Shalveys continued wrongness for the art doesnt help matters much either. If it was just to be judged on the strength of Wolverine/X-Men confrontation, this would be a better book, but this is the middle of a five issue mini series with a plot and stakes that are still unclear. It feels a little too indulgent and thats a problem.

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3
Return of Wolverine #4

Jan 16, 2019

Return of Wolverine #4 is yet another lackluster issue of a series that should have been a much bigger deal and better executed. The villain and her organization is still pretty one dimensional and the reasoning behind Persephones motivations is interesting, but doesnt really explain anything about why shes really doing anything. Declan Shalveys art is a bad fit for the book in most panels. This series has been a minor disaster with pretty much every issue. Logan deserves better than this muddled, lackluster effort.

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3
Return of Wolverine #5

Feb 20, 2019

Return Of Wolverine #5 brings this mini series to a close and it ends the way it began- disappointing.

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10
Saga #49

Mar 2, 2018

All in all, Saga #49 is a return to form for a series that has went from amazing to merely great. It delivers everything readers have come to expect from Saga and brought back the sense of danger that drove the book for so long. Saga remains one of the top books Image puts out every month and, if this story arc is half as good as this issue, it will go down as one of the best stories in a book full of stellar ones.

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9.6
Saga #50

Apr 4, 2018

All in all, Saga #50 does a great job of capturing a sense of foreboding without being too on the nose about it. It leaves a disquiet in the soul, a feeling that something bad is right over the horizon. Its just a feeling, though; at this point, theres a chance that everything will go according to plan and Sir Robot, Petrichor, and Squire will find peace in their new lives, that Doff and Upsher wont be the targets of vengeful governments, and that Marko, Alana, Hazel, and Ghus will get away and live happily ever after. Theres just enough doubt to keep the reader invested in the whole thing.

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6
Saga #51

May 1, 2018

All told, this is an average chapter of Saga, with a few interesting standouts. Saga is still one of the better books being published, but it feels like its in a rut and this issue is a great example of that. It moves the story forward, it builds characters, and there are some cool visuals, but it all feels so rote. For most books, this would be perfectly fine, but Saga isnt most books. It set the quality bar very early on and in recent arcs hasnt been reaching that same point. This story arc does have the potential to change all that, but time is running out for that to happen. Its no reason to drop the book, but its a rather average chapter of Saga. Its not bad, just a little disappointing.

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9.6
Saga #52

May 31, 2018

    Saga #52 breaks this story arc out of the doldrums its been in for the last two issues. Vaughan and Staples pull out all the tricks in their repertoire to give this one something the book hasnt had in a long time, a sense of danger and momentum. What happens next is anyones guess. This book has needed the shot in the arm this issue is for a long time.

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10
Saga #53

Jul 2, 2018

Saga has always been a book with a simpatico between its creators that is unparalleled in this industry, and this issue is all the better because of it. Vaughan and Staples work together so well, first lulling the reader into thinking things are going to go one way then violently turning the wheel, sending the story down another path. This installment brings the danger back to Saga and its wonderful. The book has needed this shot in the arm for a while and Vaughan and Staples administer it perfectly.

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10
Saga #54

Jul 27, 2018

Saga #54 is wonderful. Its perfectly paced and beautifully drawn. Its going to change this book forever. Its a must have for fans of the book. Its painful, but thats a testament to the amazing work that Vaughan and Staples have done. This one is going to mess readers up. Bring a box of tissues.

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8
Super Sons #13

Feb 21, 2018

Super Sons #13 keeps up the legacy of pitch perfect characterization and solid artwork that have been a hallmark of the book since its debut. It has humor, heart, and action, something this book has been continually bringing.. Bringing Talia in lets readers see Damian in a new way and this story has the potential to sow some discord into Jon and Damians relationship. Its not perfect, and this story arc could go either way, but if you havent given Super Sons a try yet, this is a perfect place to start.

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7
Superman (2016) #40

Feb 7, 2018

All in all, Superman #40 is an average chapter in what has mostly been a rather stellar Superman book. Its not bad, at all, its just nothing special, but the story does have the potential to get better. Robinson introduces some interesting wrinkles into the whole thing and Mahnkes art is great.

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8.4
Superman (2016) #41

Feb 21, 2018

Superman #41 doesnt reinvent the wheel, its not going to solve all the worlds problems with religion, but its a good time and it tries to tackle to difficult subject without being preachy or judgemental. It succeeds at that rather well, even if its basically preaching to the choir.

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8
Superman (2016) #42

Mar 7, 2018

The Bizarro section is full of little things like that and it makes the issue that much better. Bizarro stories should always be mixes of the ridiculous and the serious. Some creators err too far to either side and the story falls flat, but so far, Tomasi and Gleason have struck a great balance. The rest of the book contrasts with that opening section, while also setting up a nice thematic resonance with it. The first few pages are a little jarring, but sticking with it rewards the reader with a smart and fun Bizarro story.

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8.4
Superman (2016) #43

Mar 22, 2018

The Bizarroverse storyline is shaping up to be a great one. This first issue in the story gave the impression that this would be a meeting between Superboy and Boyzarro, with a good old fashioned Superman/Bizarro tussle in there somewhere. Thats a fun, albeit simple, premise, but Tomasi and Gleason have expanded on that, adding new layers to the story and upping the ante. This story will be the last one the team gets to do before Bendis comes in and its looking to be one for the ages.

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7
Superman (2016) #44

Apr 4, 2018

Superman #44 is a good ending to a what was shaping up to be a great story . The creative team nails it when dealing with Bizarro and Superman, but when it pulls out for the other things going on around them, it pales a little bit. It doesnt ruin the whole thing; this is still a really good story and the best Bizarro story in a long time. The first two issues of this arc were amazing, setting up everything so perfectly and while the ending of this is good and works, it doesnt fit the set-up. Its a bit disappointing, but still worth the read.

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9.6
Superman (2016) #45

Apr 18, 2018

Tomasi and Gleason end their Superman run in a perfect fashion. Sure, theres no huge fights. Theres no big sci-fi stuff. Manchester Black doesnt come back to menace the Kent family. Bizarro doesnt try to attack Hamilton and destroy the son he loves so much. Its just about the Kent family and their friends, and its a great issue. Its simple and elegant, a beautiful little story about a family moving on with their lives. Between this and Action Comics #1000, this week has been an embarrassment of riches for the Superman titles.

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9.6
Superman (2018) #1

Jul 14, 2018

All in all, this is a near-perfect first issue of Superman. Bendis shows readers the heart of Superman and gives them a lot of cool Superman-being-Superman moments.

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9
Superman (2018) #2

Aug 8, 2018

Superman #2 works regardless of its strange structure and a big part of that is the amazing art. Reis, Prado, Albert, and Sinclair put on an artistic tour de force, throwing powerful, detailed images at readers that keep them turning the pages. Even though Bendis makes some strange decisions, its still an entertaining issue that sets up multiple threats for Superman to deal with. Everything about this book screams epic, and the art brings the whole thing to the next level. It allows the book to transcend the disjointing story choices and makes this a worthy follow up to the first issue. It fails in small ways, but succeeds in huge one.

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8.4
Superman (2018) #3

Sep 12, 2018

It doesnt seem like its going to be one for the ages, but its very much a solid Superman story, one that wont disappoint long time fans.

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8.4
Superman (2018) #4

Oct 16, 2018

All in all, Superman #4 feels like the first comic where Bendis has really understood what it takes to write a Superman comic.

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8.4
Superman (2018) #5

Nov 17, 2018

Superman #5 does a lot of heavy lifting, continuing an already entertaining story and setting things up for the ending and beyond. A lot of the time in his career, these setup issues have been the most boring parts of the story, but Bendis and the art team work together to give this story the feel it needs to keep readers invested. A lot of readers arent completely on board with his Superman run yet, but showing them this book would go a long way to getting them into it.

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8
Superman (2018) #6

Dec 31, 2018

Superman #6 delivers an action packed finale to the Phantom Zone storyline and sets up a few glimpses of things to come. Its rare for a Bendis written book to be this action focused and the art team takes full advantage of it, laying out some beautiful double page spreads that capture the fight perfectly. The big reveal at the end is already controversial, but readers will have to wait to see where it goes. Superman is easily the better of Bendis two Superman books and this issue keeps that up.

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8
Superman (2018) #7

Jan 16, 2019

Superman #7 takes something that a lot of fans are up in arms about and handles it rather gracefully. Fans reading through the book, hoping to find Bendis destroying Jon for his own sake are going to be in for a disappointment. This isnt a groundbreaking book; most of the stuff in here feels like things most fans have already figured out, but its well told and the art is mostly great. This was a classic Bendis info dump book, but it doesnt suffer from his penchant for long winded, boring dialogue and it works to hopefully keep readers coming back to see what comes next. This is a good comic and hopefully fans can look past their own prejudices and give it a chance.

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4
Superman (2018) #8

Feb 22, 2019

Superman #8 is a bit of disappointment, story-wise. So far, Bendis has kept the worst of his writing style over in Action Comics, introducing bad OCs, cramming it with unneeded dialogue and sacrificing action for that, and basically doing whatever he wants with continuity. This issue introduces most of that to Superman and it's a shame. The ending is cool but probably will never be explained, the art is great, but Bendis indulges his worst tendencies in this one and it brings the book down. It's not terrible, but it's definitely disappointing.

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3
Superman (2018) #9

Mar 13, 2019

Superman #9 is a Bendis book through and through, and that's it's the biggest problem. Visual storytelling is about showing, not telling, and Bendis has always ignored that lesson completely. This issue wastes a lot of pages talking about Ultraman visiting Jon, a plot point that seemingly goes nowhere, that could have been better used showing Jon's journey through Earth-3. Ivan Reis art is hit or miss, but Peterson is shining right now. There's a glimmer of some good characterization for Jon in this one, but Bendis wastes it. That glimmer and Peterson's art are the high points of the book, but they aren't enough to save it. This issue had potential, but Bendis squandered it by indulging his base tendencies as a writer.

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8.4
Superman (2018) #10

Apr 10, 2019

Superman #10 is probably the best of this story arc so far. Bendis is able to craft a narrative that plays to his strengths in precisely the right way. It never gets bogged down by all the dialogue because none of it is superfluous or boring. Peterson's art is stellar, and while Reis has some sporty pages, the last big page is fantastic. This issue takes the story in a bit of a new direction, which hopefully Bendis can pull off. It isn't perfect, but this one is an enjoyable read.

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9.6
Superman (2018) #11

May 16, 2019

Superman #11 is the pinnacle of Bendis run so far. It combines his penchant for being too verbose with actual action. There are very little points in this issue when the action flags and when it does, it serves the story. Reis art is the best it has been in a while. Reis earned his stripes penciling things like The Rann Thanagar War and Geoff Johns Green Lantern and that shows in this book. Everyone is firing on all cylinders for this issue and it shows.

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8
Superman (2018) #12

Jun 12, 2019

Superman #12 is hard to quantify. It starts out really good, with wonderfully drawn and exciting action. Ivan Reis knocks it out of the park in these pages, showing readers how great he can be. The second half of the issue is well done, but how much a reader enjoys it will depend heavily on how much they are into Bendis Krypton retcon. This isnt at all a bad issue; far from it, really. It does a great job of setting up more things for the future, and they are all pretty intriguing. However, if the reader doesnt like what Bendis has been doing, they arent going to like what they see.

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9
Superman (2018) #13

Jul 10, 2019

Superman #13 is a treat. Bendis made his retconning very non-obtrusive so far with this story, and that works in its favor. There are a few flaws, the Tamaranean delegate of the Circle refers to his cousins bar mitzvah and makes a phone joke that doesnt work at all, but the rest of the issue is pitch perfect. Theres an understanding of these characters, throughout the chapter, that is quite different from Bendis usual style of writing. The art is the icing on the cake. Brandon Peterson has only gotten better over the years, and his work on this title is some of the strongest of his career. Ivan Reis pages arent as good, but they certainly arent bad. This is a near perfect comic.

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6
Superman (2018) #14

Aug 28, 2019

Superman #14 is a disjointed affair. Critical elements to the plot just seem to happen out of nowhere, and it makes the whole thing suffer. Maybe Bendis is going to reveal things down the line, but not doing it here leaves so many questions that it almost ruins the entire thing. However, the art is fantastic, and the ending is a great feel-good moment for fans of the LoSH, bringing them back in grand fashion. The ups and downs of the quality of the writing hurt this issue, though.

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8
Superman (2018) #15

Sep 18, 2019

Superman #15 puts Bendis' first big Superman story to bed in a beautiful fashion.

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10
Superman (2018) #16

Oct 29, 2019

Superman #16 is pure entertainment. This is easily the best issue of the series so far. Its funny and poignant, a reunion of two friends that readers have been missing together. Bendis hits all the right notes in this issue. Add to that Jons decision about joining the LoSH, and this issue has it all. David Lafuentes art perfectly compliments Bendis script, making the humor and emotion work so well. This is the kind of comic that can be read over and over again. Its so much fun. Bendis is writing a lot at DC right now, but this issue proves just how amazing a SuperSons book by him would be.

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4
Superman (2018) #17

Nov 15, 2019

Superman #17 is okay. Bendis highlights the relationship between Lois and Clark and how well they gel as a couple, and its the strongest part of the issue. The other parts in the book feel inconsequential and dont seem to fit in with the story hes trying to tell. The art by Kevin Maguire, though, makes even those useless seeming scenes look great and lends itself to the best part of the book perfectly. It feels like things are about to change in this book, and this issue is supposed to be the prologue to that, but instead of focusing on whats important for that it jumps around a little too much.

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9.6
Superman (2018) #18

Dec 11, 2019

Superman #18 is a way bigger deal than it seems. If this was a Marvel book, it would have been announced over a half year ago, have 20 variant covers, and be priced somewhere around $7.99. Bendis lays out his case for why Superman should reveal his identity and why he made that decision at this point in time, and it makes perfect sense. Its a move that is entirely in character for the Man Of Steel, and, strangely, it never happened before now. Ivan Reiss art really captures the emotion of the event. This is a beautiful start to a story. Theres always the chance that what comes next wont be as good- this is Bendis, after all- but much like his Action Comics #1017, this is a near-perfect beginning to a story.

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6
The Silencer #2

Feb 28, 2018

Silencer #2 isnt a perfect book by any means, but its fun and keeps things moving. The art is its biggest strength, but the plot has potential and Silencer is an intriguing character. Its not the best ride at the theme park, but its still worth your time.

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9.6
The Wicked + The Divine #34

Mar 7, 2018

In his letter to readers at the end of the book, Gillen said that this issue is the beginning of the last twelve issues of Wic+Div.That being case, this is the perfect beginning to the penultimate storyline. It gives cast and reader alike answers, while promising more revelations in the issues ahead. Sure, it only sets the stage, but it does that stage setting in such an engaging way that the end of the issue comes as a surprise. Its not only immersive but it whets the appetite for what is to come, which is exactly what the first issue of any story arc should do. The creative team takes what could be a boring slog in the hands of others and creates something that works better than it has any right to.

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10
The Wicked + The Divine #35

Apr 4, 2018

The Wicked + The Divine #35 keeps the story chugging along with some jaw dropping revelations. Gillen, McKelvie, and Wilson are turning in some best of their work in this book and it just keeps getting better. This issues drops the readers jaws and leaves them begging them for more. The art is pitch perfect. Everything works together to create another amazing installment in the saga of the Pantheon.

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10
The Wicked + The Divine #36

May 16, 2018

This one gets off to a slow start, but it makes up for that quickly. Gillen and company drop bombshells on the reader, while also using the way the  visuals are presented to play with their subconscious and how the reader perceives what is happening on the page. Wic+Div continues to be one of the best books on the market, and it does it with bravura storytelling and art. Gillen, McKelvie, Wilson, and Cowles are a creative team that has perfectly gelled and are putting out a book that should go down as one of the best the medium has produced.

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10
The Wicked + The Divine #37

Jul 2, 2018

    The comic starts out slowly, but makes up for that rather quickly. It has some tough boots to fill; every issue in this story arc has been nothing short of stellar. It not only fills those boots, but surpasses the previous chapters in this story. The revelations in this issue arent as big as the ones from the other ones, but the battle between Baphomet and Morrigan is perfectly done. The way it ends is completely unexpected, but also fits the strange relationship the two had with each other. The way its structured is something that can only be done in comics, juxtaposing the way their relationship began with how its ending. Its visual storytelling at its finest and its a high point for the series.

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10
The Wicked + The Divine #38

Aug 15, 2018

The creators of this book are making something very special and it deserves all the praise that can be given it.

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10
The Wicked + The Divine #39

Sep 12, 2018

The Wicked + The Divine #39 is a quiet issue. Sometimes, story arcs end in a bang, but this one ends in a whisper, and it's quite fitting. It sets the stage perfectly for what's to come.

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9.6
The Wicked + The Divine #40

Dec 31, 2018

As the kick off to the last arc of the book, The Wicked + The Divine #40 delivers perfectly. It begins the set-up, giving readers new mysteries to mull over. Its structured perfectly and the art pulls it all together, taking a lot of faces in the crowd and making them into people that readers will get invested in. This is a book that often has a lot to love going on in it and this issue is no exception.

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9.6
The Wicked + The Divine #41

Jan 16, 2019

The Wicked + The Divine #41 pumps the brakes just a tad but still delivers some impressive moments for readers and sets the perfect hook to keep them coming back for the next issue. The creative team is working at the highest possible level, delivering a story that once again rises above the rest with its pitch perfect characterization and plot. The only bad thing is that there are only three issues left.

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9.6
The Wicked + The Divine #42

Feb 28, 2019

The Wicked + The Divine #42 drops some big reveals and lays out the path for the rest of the book. Beyond the reveals, there are other important moments that perfectly set the stage for the final act. Honestly, this issue is a masterclass for anyone who wants to write a story that not only reveals what it needs to but still delivers even more big moments that work with those reveals, neither overshadowing the other. The art is amazing as usual. It will be a sad day when this book ends, but if the ending is anything like what's come so far, it will be one for the ages.

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9.6
The Wicked + The Divine #43

Apr 24, 2019

The Wicked + The Divine #43 gives readers the answers theyve been waiting for. Its a masterfully crafted issue. It lays out the reasoning behind the Recurrence and offers readers a glimpse of Anankes greatest trick. It takes what could have been a big fight issue and makes it something more and tops it all off with an ending that fits perfectly with what we know of the character who instigates it. With two issues left, this books shows that it can still surprise readers.

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10
The Wicked + The Divine #44

Jul 24, 2019

The Wicked + The Divine #44 closes out much of the book's plotlines, and it does so in an emotionally affecting, perfect way. Kieron Gillen's script hits all the points it needs to hit, but saying it that way takes away from the sheer artistry and majestic beauty of what is accomplished in this issue.

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10
The Wicked + The Divine #45

Sep 4, 2019

The Wicked + The Divine will be missed, but the book couldn't ask for a more exceptional ending.

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10
The Wicked + The Divine: 1923 #1

Feb 7, 2018

The Wicked and The Divine: 1923 #1 is another great example of Gillen and McKelvies amazing creation, an engrossing story full of interesting characters that keeps you turning the pages til the end, while also dealing with higher themes of art and how it affects society and individuals. Readers may not be totally on board for the prose sections at first, but they grow on you and show themselves to be indispensable to the story.

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9.6
The Wicked + The Divine: 1373 #1

Sep 26, 2018

The Wicked + The Divine: 1373 is a integral part of the Wic+Div mythos. It fits into what the main book has been doing, revealing more about Ananke and whats going with her as a way of revealing more about the Recurrence. It houses some big reveals, and one very subtle one about Minerva thats worth the price of admission. On top of that, the art fits the story perfectly. This special is a must-have for Wic+Div fans, and worth every penny.

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8.4
The Wicked + The Divine: The Funnies #1

Nov 14, 2018

The Wicked + The Divine: The Funnies is a light-hearted romp. It takes the big, ponderous style of the main book and throws it out the window, giving readers glimpses of a funnier universe in its corners. It doesnt progress the main story or add anything to the mythos like the other specials did. Instead, it sets out to be a fun experience, a collection of Wic+Div comic strips from the coolest Sunday morning paper ever, and succeeds admirably.

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8
Uncanny X-Men (2018) #1

Nov 20, 2018

Uncanny X-Men #1 is a good return for the most important mutant book of them all. The two stories it contains are very good X-Men stories, but the first one is weakened by concepts that readers have seen multiple times, and the second suffers a little from uneven art and the ending being spoiled by Marvels publicity machine. Readers expecting something akin to Grant Morrisons revolutionary and transformative New X-Men arent going to get their wish. This book is more like Joss Whedons return to form Astonishing X-Men run than anything else: indebted to what came before, but extremely entertaining. Its a must-buy for X-Men fans, and also gives new readers with only a cursory knowledge of the X-Men a good place to start.

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8
Uncanny X-Men (2018) #2

Nov 28, 2018

The writing team throw more fuel on the fire in Uncanny X-Men #2. The art is solid but uninspired and the story hits some nice notes, building up its central mysteries rather expertly. Theres also a lot of instances of good character writing and humor that doesnt seem lame or forced. The first issue was good, yet safe, and used concepts that have been a tad bit overused in the franchise. This one introduces some new things, and, while it still feels safe, theres also definitely room for things to get crazy later on, especially with the big return at the end of the book. The art could use a little more flair, but this is a satisfying comic thats building an intriguing mystery.

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Uncanny X-Men (2018) #3

Dec 5, 2018

Uncanny X-Men #3 ups the ante, ending the first third of this ten week story with two big reveals. The characterization is perfect, and the highlight of the whole thing. The art and coloring are mostly good, with a few noticeable deficiencies. The big reveal at the end should keep readers on the edge of their seats, though, and makes up for a lot.

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9.6
Uncanny X-Men (2018) #4

Dec 31, 2018

Uncanny X-Men #4 lays bare what has been going on the book, without giving away everything. This story can still go to so many places and thats what makes it interesting. Nate Grey and his quest to make the world a better place at any costs are sort of a perfect conflict for the X-Men to deal with since its almost a twisted inverse of their mission. The drama between the different generations of X-Men is great and the art is solid. It will be interesting to see where the book goes from her, but so far, this is the best issue to come out.

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Uncanny X-Men (2018) #5

Dec 31, 2018

Uncanny X-Men #5 keeps adding more to the plot. The art isnt great, but its not terrible and theres plenty of interesting little turns in this one to keep readers coming back. It leaves readers with a lot questions- will Apocalypse be able to influence X-Man? Can Legion and the young X-Men actually hurt X-Man? Exactly how powerful are the Horsemen of Salvation? Will Psylockes gamble blow up in her face? Its questions like these that intrigue readers and drive them back to the book and this book is definitely worth coming back to.

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Uncanny X-Men (2018) #6

Jan 2, 2019

Uncanny X-Men #6 is the disagreeable issue of the book so far. This one is just pure filler, stretching the story out. The ending has potential, but the rest of this book does nothing special. This comic shows the overall story is lacking, but unlike some of the issues, theres no great characterization or character interplay to save it. Its a mediocre comic.

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8.4
Uncanny X-Men (2018) #7

Jan 2, 2019

Uncanny X-Men #7 is a marked improvement over the last issue, which was just glorified filler. Its nice to focus on the younger X-Men and the AoA is always great to visit. Combine that with some great art, cool redesigns, and a smart script and this one is a winner.

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8.4
Uncanny X-Men (2018) #8

Jan 2, 2019

Uncanny X-Men #8 takes all the promise of the last issue and runs with it, giving readers a satisfying and intriguing chapter in this story. The last two issues have improved things immensely, making this story relevant again. The twist ending here is great, giving the heroes a seemingly insurmountable obstacle to overcome. Theres only two more parts left to this story, but if they can match whats been in this and the last issue, this story will have redeemed itself nicely.

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9.6
Uncanny X-Men (2018) #9

Jan 16, 2019

Uncanny X-Men #9 delivers big time. This story arc has had some ups and some downs, but the creative team has righted the ship. They deliver a fast paced, action packed comic with this one, while still hitting all the right emotional spots. The Beast and Anole thing seems a bit out of place, but in the end it works toward the overall plot. As far as penultimate issues of a story arc go, this one is nearly perfect.

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Uncanny X-Men (2018) #10

Jan 16, 2019

Uncanny X-Men #10 is a strange beast. Its a good book with a shocking conclusion and great art, but that conclusion feels so cliche for an X-book by this point that its not very special for long time fans. The book also doesnt really use its too large roster effectively. This issue is emblematic of all the good and bad things this story has done so far. Its not bad, its just extremely by the numbers. This story arc has had a lot of ups and downs quality wise and this one lands somewhere in the middle: not bad, not great, but kind of average.

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8.4
Uncanny X-Men (2018) #11

Feb 6, 2019

Uncanny X-Men #11 takes the last story arc's ending and it uses it to set up a new status quo. It is a familiar one to long time X-Men fans, but Rosenberg has proven his writing chops elsewhere and this issue is no exception. The Blindfold story feels superfluous, but other than that, this issue is a great reintroduction to the X-Men. The art is top notch and Rosenberg paints a bleak picture without giving away too much. It will be very interesting to see where everything goes from here.

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8.4
Uncanny X-Men (2018) #12

Feb 20, 2019

Uncanny X-Men #12 is a mile a minute thrill ride. Rosenberg sets things up quickly and gets right to the action, giving Larocca and Rosenberg a chance to shine with some great action sequences. It will be great to see where all of this is going and what role O.N.E. plays in all of it. This book has gotten way better since Rosenberg took over sole writer, giving it a focus that it didn't have before. Uncanny X-Men #12 tells a satisfying story and sets things up for the future.

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9.6
Uncanny X-Men (2018) #13

Mar 8, 2019

Uncanny X-Men #13 is chock full of good stuff for X-Men fans. So far, Rosenberg is focusing on rebuilding Cyclops, and he's succeeding wonderfully. Man on a mission Cyclops is the best Cyclops. The team line-up is intriguing and could lead to a lot of fun character interaction.

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Uncanny X-Men (2018) #14

Mar 20, 2019

Uncanny X-Men #14 is a plot-heavy chapter but is able to squeeze a lot in and not feel bloated or boring. Rosenberg knows when to cut around, giving all of these plot threads an excellent sense of momentum that keeps things moving while still setting things up for the future. Larocca's art looks great, but his action scenes could use more fluidity and a feeling of movement. All in all, this issue continues the streak of quality this book has been on since X-Men Disassembled ended and maintains it's pitch-perfect rehabilitation of Scott Summers.

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8.4
Uncanny X-Men (2018) #15

Apr 3, 2019

Uncanny X-Men #15 is chock full of good stuff. Rosenberg is churning out a lot of plots and they are all interesting enough to keep readers hooked. He's a master of fitting a lot into a book but making sure it never seems bloated or slows down. Larocca's line work is good, but GURU-eFX's colors don't do his pencils any favors. All in all, this issue is another brick in the wall Rosenberg is building and it will be wonderful to see how it all stacks up.

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Uncanny X-Men (2018) #16

Apr 24, 2019

Uncanny X-Men #16 closes out Rosenbergs first story arc with Marvels merry mutants and so far, his writing style is great for the book. Hes able to do a lot of exposition and dramatic work without the book getting boring or wordy. Sometimes, like with Havoks nagging, it takes a while for anything to develop from it, but when it does develop, it fits wonderfully with what hes trying to do with the X-Men in this new status quo.

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Uncanny X-Men (2018) #17

May 1, 2019

Uncanny X-Men #17 puts a real-world spin on Rahnes murder, and it fits very well. Its not the evil plan of some mutant mastermind or a government-sponsored hit (although something like that sort of happens in the book), its just a symptom of the hatred and bigotry of the world. After six very Cyclops centric issues, this one focuses on Logan and his own guilt over another death on his watch, one he feels in part responsible for. Unfortunately, this art doesnt fit the caliber of the script. Its blandness hurts what could have a stellar issue of Uncanny X-Men. It doesnt kill the chapter, but this issue could have been so much more potent if the art was better.

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Uncanny X-Men (2018) #18

May 16, 2019

Uncanny X-Men #18 is a miss on all fronts. Rosenberg has always tried to cram a lot into every issue as if he was mid-90s Scott Lobdell, but this one is a failure. Nothing feels like it has the room to breathe. Events happen, but its all so suffocating that none of it has any impact, not even the death of an X-Man. Villas art is merely there, doing nothing to elevate the script. The developments with Emma Frost promise something, but with the way the book has suddenly gone, theres guarantee it will be anything worthwhile.

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Uncanny X-Men (2018) #19

Jun 6, 2019

Uncanny X-Men #19 adds a lot of interesting wrinkles to whats been going on in the book. Emma, as a master manipulator who is also being manipulated, is a nice touch and seeing the lengths shes willing to go to for survival will give new and lapsed readers a feel for who she is. The art is the books biggest weakness. It doesnt do anything very bad, but it doesnt do anything very good either. With better art, this book would have been amazing, but its still very good.

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Uncanny X-Men (2018) #20

Jun 19, 2019

Uncanny X-Men #20 does an admirable job of tying together a lot of Rosenbergs plots from this run. The inclusion of the Upstarts takes away what makes them special and the fight with them is sort of static and lifeless, but theres a lot to like about this issue. Laroccas art is much better than what readers have gotten in the last few issues, while still not being the best it could be. Rosenberg gets in some great character moments with Dark Beast and Emma, though, and it buoys the issue and the fight between the Wolvie and Revanche and the Hellfire Club makes up for the Upstarts fight. This is a solid comic, even if it does drag a little.

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8.4
Uncanny X-Men (2018) #21

Jul 3, 2019

Uncanny X-Men #21 is a fun read for such a dark comic. Rosenberg has shown a proficiency for heavily plotted comics in his run so far and does it again in this issue.

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8.4
Uncanny X-Men (2018) #22

Jul 17, 2019

Uncanny X-Men #22 caps off Rosenbergs run and wipes the slate clean for Hickman to come in and work his magic. Rosenberg has used his 12 issues to let readers into Cyclops head and hes done a great job. Things have gotten a little dark but it all fit the story he was trying to tell. The only weakness of his run has been the tired mutants are in danger of extinction trope that has been Marvels go to mutant story since the end of House Of M, but hes made it work rather well. Laroccas art in this issue is some of the best hes turned in on the book and really strengthened the story Rosenberg was telling. Messinas art feels out of place taking over for him, but it is still good. All in all, this issue worked. There were a few little things that could have been better, but overall, this one is an action packed roller coaster.

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9.6
Wolverine: Infinity Watch #1

Feb 28, 2019

Wolverine Infinity Watch #1 is a wonderful set-up for an intriguing story. In reality, this should have been the book to bring Wolverine back into the Marvel Universe proper. Duggan succeeds here where Charles Soule failed because he's not trying to add anything new to the character, but put him in a new situation, with stakes and characters that Logan has rarely had to deal with. Adding Loki to the mix is an inspired choice as well, as the two characters will play well off each other. Andy MacDonald's art is detailed and expressive and it will be great to see what he can do now that Duggan has gotten all the exposition out of the way. This is a pitch-perfect first issue.

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9.6
Wolverine: Infinity Watch #2

Mar 20, 2019

Wolverine Infinity Watch #2 doesn't really add much new to the story, but it doesn't need to. The fun of this book is Logan and Loki getting thrown into bigger and bigger situations, and this issue delivers on that in spades. The pacing really puts the reader into the chase and Duggan keeps things action-packed throughout. MacDonald's art perfectly captures the breathless momentum of the book. He delivers excellent action while also doing wonderfully expressive character work with everyone in this book. Two issues in and this book remain stellar.

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Wolverine: Infinity Watch #3

Apr 24, 2019

Wolverine Infinity Watch #3 is an action-packed and overall fun book. It gets a little predictable later on with Logan and Loki pretty much taking exactly the roles youd imagine they would during the fight, but Duggan fills it with enough solid characterization and expert character interplay that the books few flaws dont sink it very much. MacDonalds art is off in a few places, but overall does an admirable job of bringing the script to life. This book is definitely a treat whenever it comes out.

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Wolverine: Infinity Watch #4

May 22, 2019

Wolverine Infinity Watch #4 is a disappointment compared to preceding issues. Its hard to put the finger on the why of it, though. Its fast-paced, there are some great plot points, and MacDonalds art mostly looks excellent. In the end, it feels like Duggan dropped the ball on this one a bit and thats a shame. The ending is overbooked and sets up a fight that readers already saw two issues ago. Its not a bad comic, not really, it just feels off, and thats a shame because the rest of the book has been excellent. Hopefully, Duggan will be able to course correct in the next issue.

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Wolverine: Infinity Watch #5

Jun 26, 2019

Wolverine Infinity Watch #5 goes in an entirely different direction than the ending of the last issue. It builds the character of Hector more than over the previous four chapters, but it sort of comes out of nowhere. Its an exciting way to end the series, but its so abrupt that it might leave readers a bit cold, because, for the majority of the series, Duggan has been playing with Loki and Wolverine. Andy MacDonalds art is good, but he could use more work in his character acting for the most part. All in all, this is a satisfying ending, even if it does come out of the left field.

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9.6
X-Men (2019) #1

Oct 16, 2019

X-Men #1 is an excellent introduction to Hickman's new era.

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9.6
X-Men (2019) #2

Nov 15, 2019

X-Men #2 is a lot of fun, plain and simple. Hickman takes three of the grimmest X-Men- Cyclops, who has been through so much in the past few years, Cable, and Prestige, both of whom come from dystopian futures, and shows how much the feeling of security and hope Krakoa gives mutants has affected them. One of the underlying themes of this issue is family, and the dynamic between the Summers family underscores that. He even offers Apocalypse an almost paternal streak, while also teasing for some big stuff in the future. Leinil Yus art is outstanding, with the only problem being some of his expression work. Everything about this issue lands wonderfully.

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9.6
X-Men (2019) #3

Dec 4, 2019

X-Men #3 is another home fun for Hickman and company. Hickman introduces a significant new threat in Hordeculture, one that has nothing to do with humanitys racism against mutants. They are an interesting bunch of characters, and their background in horticulture gives them a way to undermine Krakoa. Leinil Yus art makes the issue work so very well. His pencils are detailed and sell the action and dialogue on the page. X-Men #3 sets up some interesting stuff for the future and continues this books run of excellence.

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