David Harth's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: You Don't Read Comics Reviews: 119
8.0Avg. 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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7.0
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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7.0
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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3.0
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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6.0
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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3.0
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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3.0
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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6.0
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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3.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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6.0
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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8.0
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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9.0
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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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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6.0
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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6.0
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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6.0
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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8.0
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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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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7.0
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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8.0
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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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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9.0
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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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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4.0
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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7.0
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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7.0
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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8.0
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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6.0
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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9.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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7.0
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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8.0
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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5.0
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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8.0
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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6.0
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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8.0
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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6.0
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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3.0
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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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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6.0
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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8.0
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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7.0
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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8.0
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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7.0
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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9.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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6.0
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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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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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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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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8.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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4.0
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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6.0
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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