Don Alsafi's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Doom Rocket Reviews: 18
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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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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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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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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
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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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
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
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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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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