Don Alsafi's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Doom Rocket Reviews: 32
7.5Avg. Review Rating

8.0
America #7

Sep 22, 2017

This one issue won't answer all your questions " but it does show clearly, proudly, defiantly, that its heart is in the right place. And sometimes that's all you need to come back for more.

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8.0
Astonishing X-Men (2017) #1

Jul 21, 2017

With its emphasis on fan-favorite characters, this may be a comic more for existing fans, rather than making new X-heads out of those who've never been. But that's okay! It's an exciting, well-told story, competently done, and with no assumptions that you've long been reading their entire line. Quite frankly, it's the kind of comic we could use more of.

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6.5
Avengers (2016) #675

Jan 12, 2018

That's perhaps the saddest thing of all. This may, in the end, turn out to be a great Avengers story! But the way it's been positioned is deeply at odds with the stability the industry, right now, needs.

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7.0
Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #14

Feb 16, 2018

In today's world of comics that often get cancelled too arbitrarily or too fast, there's cause to hope that books like Ben Reilly might just find the fanbase it deserves" and maybe even a stay of execution as well.

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7.0
Black Bolt #1

May 12, 2017

Upon waking up chained in an unknown cell, Black Bolt quickly navigates the bizarre prison in which he finds himself. His solo explorations make for an oddly quiet first chapter, until he witnesses the torture and seeming death of a fellow inmate" at which point he encounters a standard supervillain, and gets into a standard superhero fight scene. By issue's end, we still have far more questions than answers (even with a highly effective twist ending).

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4.5
Black Panther (2016) #166

Oct 27, 2017

Not the place to start. Black Panther may be a great comic, if the acclaimed reviews from its first year are anything to go by. Although this was a perfect opportunity to grab new readers, this issue is a terrible introduction to either the character (who isn't really in it) or the book. If you're wanting to check out this title, in fact, you're probably better off picking up the first volume of the collected edition and starting there " because if you get your first taste with this issue, it's unlikely you'll be back for more.

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6.5
Cable (2017) #1

Jun 2, 2017

Early in the issue Cable stands at the entrance of an Old West saloon, proclaiming to the patrons that there's "no need for introductions." Regrettably, it's hard not to feel the creators took that sentiment to heart.

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9.5
Captain America (2017) #695

Nov 3, 2017

Captain America #695 is a comic that's not afraid to be about something " and that's a good thing. It's been rumored that the creators might only be around for a half-dozen issues before a new creative team takes over with issue #700, but hopefully that's just unfounded hearsay. This first issue of Cap's brand-new era is nothing short of masterful, and the idea of this creative team being on for the long haul is a joyous thought indeed. Mark Waid and Chris Samnee are the dream team for Captain America, and what they provide us in Cap's first post-Legacy issue is a vision to behold.

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8.0
Champions #16

Jan 19, 2018

Exciting superhero action, relatable teenage drama, and a sense of delight in this mad, mad world. This is exactly what we need more of from Marvel " and if there's any justice to be had, it's a book that will hopefully be around for a long time.

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8.5
Daredevil (2015) #600

Mar 30, 2018

With what Charles Soule and Ron Garney have put to the page, Daredevil remains in capable hands. Good thing, too. Because where the events of this issue leave off? He's gonna need all the help he can get.

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8.0
Defenders (2017) #1

Jun 16, 2017

This is a comic staking out its (literal) territory very deliberately, and one that offers a subgenre of superheroics that hasn't been fully explored in some time.

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9.0
Exiles (2018) #1

Apr 13, 2018

Exiles isa comic book that could only take place in the Marvel Universe, yet it's so far out on the edges that readers needn't worry about its regular story getting interrupted or sidetracked by whatever the next crossover event turns out to be. The Avengers and the X-Men can take care of that " while the Exiles will likely be three universes away, fighting for even higher stakes.

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9.0
Falcon (2017) #1

Oct 13, 2017

The question is no longer whether or not the Falcon will take flight once again " but rather to what untold heights he may soar.

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5.5
Generation X (2017) #1

May 19, 2017

In the final analysis, while this debut does a number of things right, it also comes across as an X-Men comic firmly aimed at people who are already reading X-Men comics.

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7.0
Generations: Banner Hulk & The Totally Awesome Hulk #1

Aug 4, 2017

If this really is a precursor to Marvel Legacy, it's not the most inspiring indicator of what's to come.

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8.5
Iceman (2017) #1

Jun 9, 2017

The couple of X-launches we've looked at in past weeks haven't been the most successful, which is disappointing. Iceman #1, on the other hand? This feels exactly like the kind of X-Men comic we've been missing out on.

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5.0
Infinity Countdown #1

Mar 9, 2018

Regrettably, that's a lesson which Infinity Countdown didn't heed. Which is too bad! Avengers: Infinity War is certain to draw in massive ticket sales when it hits in less than two months. Sadly, Infinity Countdown just isn't interested in courting that same kind of mass-audience appeal.

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8.5
Inhumans: Once And Future Kings #1

Aug 11, 2017

Inhumans: Once and Future Kings is just a five-issue miniseries, but the skill deployed by the creative team makes this first issue feel far more like the setup to an intricate, full-length novel. I strongly suspect that by story's end we'll still be itching for more.

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7.0
Legion (2018) #1

Jan 26, 2018

The irony is that "safe and unassuming" is probably the one thing the troubled David Haller would most want out of life. But in the world of drama (whether on television, or in the comic pages), stories thrive at the crossroads of passion and terror. And if they don't have that " then what are we here for?

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7.0
Marvel Legacy #1

Sep 29, 2017

This is by no means a bad comic, and the interstitial single-page glimpses do the needed job of getting us excited for some of the titles coming up. But to get back the many readers Marvel have lost over the past decade, they really needed to hit this one out of the park. And while it's a decently acceptable comic " especially for those who are already invested " it's perhaps a little too all-over-the-map to be the massive shot in the arm which Marvel needed.

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9.0
New Mutants: Dead Souls #1

Mar 16, 2018

With New Mutants: Dead Souls, Matthew Rosenberg and Adam Gorham are taking these characters into a realm just as creepy and dark as next year's film looks to be. And if we're very, very lucky, this first miniseries might be just the start of something lasting and new.

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9.0
Nick Fury (2017) #1

May 12, 2017

As it is, the only real misstep is the cover. The single color on all-white background is an interesting visual, but perhaps it's too subtle and minimalist for its own good; I fear that this cover might not catch the eye of any readers skeptical of Marvel's current deluge of new books, and that it fails to convey the utterly brilliant wonders found within.

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9.0
Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #1

Jun 23, 2017

More to the point, this is a Spidey comic set to come out once a month, and " with any luck " one that will stay clear of any Spider-crossovers or other events. In other words, it's the debut of not just a second Spider-Man comic, but specifically a low-commitment one. It's the kind of comic that any Spider-fan, old or new, would do well to pick up.

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8.0
Punisher (2016) #13

Jun 30, 2017

If you're ultimately just not into the idea of a one-man killing machine, this won't necessarily change your mind. But given the awesome talent on display here, you might be surprised to find yourself checking out the next issue anyway...

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9.5
Runaways (2017) #1

Sep 15, 2017

Maybe it's too early to say, but this might just end up being one of the very best comics Marvel's put out in some time.

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3.5
Secret Empire #1

May 5, 2017

With any luck, Marvel can figure these things out, and course correct. It may be hard to see that potential now (and especially with this particular event), but we want them to succeed. We still have hope for the future.

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7.5
She-Hulk (2017) #159

Nov 10, 2017

If you've heard about the trials that Jen Walters has gone through over the past year, you might be forgiven for expecting She-Hulk to be a grim, humorless comic about a character grappling with bitterness and depression. And the character is that " but under Tamaki's pen, she's also so much more, and so are the situations and supporting cast she interacts with. Jen's got a hard road ahead of her, to be sure " but even here, in the depths of her struggles, you can see glimmers of hope for the future.

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8.0
Spirits of Vengeance (2017) #1

Oct 6, 2017

Spirits of Vengeance is a moody comic, set in the dark and supernatural corners of Marvel that haven't been seen for some time. That kind of tale isn't going to be to everyone's tastes, but if you find yourself itching for something different " especially in this spookiest of months " you might be surprised at just how enjoyable it really is.

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6.5
Venom (2016) #150

May 26, 2017

All in all, an impressively compelling and sadly off-putting final product. That's a shame, but the lead story effectively does the job of giving readers the original Venom again, and in a far more interesting way than you'd expect.

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7.5
Weapon H #1

Mar 23, 2018

One way or the other, sales will surely tell. After all, every issue of "Weapons of Mutant Destruction" sold out blazingly fast " so, really, it was a given that they'd go ahead and try to capitalize on that success. Will the concept, in the end, prove to have legs? On the face of it, you wouldn't think so. But in the hands of talented creators, maybe even a Hulkverine can find a home"

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7.5
Weapon H #1

Mar 23, 2018

One way or the other, sales will surely tell. After all, every issue of "Weapons of Mutant Destruction" sold out blazingly fast " so, really, it was a given that they'd go ahead and try to capitalize on that success. Will the concept, in the end, prove to have legs? On the face of it, you wouldn't think so. But in the hands of talented creators, maybe even a Hulkverine can find a home"

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7.5
X-Men: Red (2018) #1

Feb 9, 2018

New titles always find a warmer reception when they stake a bold claim to their own unique identity, with a clear and stated purpose " and Jean Grey's is nothing less than changing the world. You can't really argue with that.

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