Duna Haller's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Comic Watch Reviews: 44
8.6Avg. Review Rating

9.5
Amethyst #1

Feb 29, 2020

Amy Reeder takes on writing, art and colour duties (with Gabriela Downie in lettering) in a brilliant new reinvention of this character, which subverts most of the magical girl narratives. The idealized fantasy transformation of a child into an adult in a fantasy world turns into an adolescent who doesn't magically grow and also doesn't live an stereotypical adventure of the right versus the wrong. The moving and compelling art easily makes this first chapter shine like a precious gem.

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9.5
Amethyst #2

Mar 26, 2020

A solid follow up to #1 with big emotional weight and some adorable character moments. The story and the emotion in the art has moved me to the point I can't wait to keep following Amy, Phoss and Elba to their next adventures!

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6.4
Amethyst #3

Jun 19, 2020

Overall, this was a passing issue in the middle of a captivating story, but by itself not telling much and with some lacks in characterization and plot holes that make us want to place it with later issues to see where the story goes.

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7.8
Amethyst #4

Aug 9, 2020

Amy Reeder's art and how it relates to the emotional narrative highlights this story every time, and it's what ultimately makes it appealing and engaging, even when I find it with lack of variance or other plots different than the main one: Amy's journey of disillusion and facing the real world.

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9.5
Astonishing X-Men #48

Apr 10, 2020

Get ready for the beginning of a story about fresh starts, love and mutant condition in Astonishing X-Men's #48, the starter of a new intriguing status quo and an exploration of some characters' deep grounds.

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9.3
Astonishing X-Men #49

Apr 12, 2020

(Liu, Perkins) A thrilling second issue of this arc that is excellent when it comes to personal conflict and aftermath, with art that matches the dark tone this story is setting.

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9.6
Astonishing X-Men #50

Apr 13, 2020

A beautifully done and hard to digest issue, where emotional weight, tragedy and tension are achieved in practically all of it, both in the script and in the art.

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9.9
Astonishing X-Men #51

Apr 17, 2020

A gamechanging issue for LGBT+ representations in comics, its impact and its content has left a mark that is profound and worth revisiting. It's also an incredibly crafted and engaging one.

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9.7
Astonishing X-Men #52

Apr 19, 2020

A deep exploration of the trauma and survivorhood of Karma, that deeplyrespects anddevelopsthe character, and uses the main story arcto dig into different experiences of oppression and pain.

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9.1
Astonishing X-Men #66

May 19, 2020

Quintessential X-Men masterpiece, even on a rush schedule, on a run so close to cancellation, Liu and Pinna play with community, thriving in the face of marginalization, and the enjoyment of sharing life with those around you brilliantly. What most makes X-Men comics shine as a light to marginalized community gets combined here with a passion for showing and making these characters grow.

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8.7
Astonishing X-Men #67

May 25, 2020

If you ever wished you were part of the X-Men, or write X-Men fanfic, or were driven to X-Men as a child by a sense of being lonely and marginalised, this issue will captivate you and possibly make you cry.

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10
b.b. free #3

Mar 22, 2020

b.b. free handles every issue more like a love & care letter to oppressed kids, like a story of finding your own strength and owning it. It gives us some of the most important moments in representation, and the art moves emotionally with the story. It's a captivating, fun and fantastical read that I feel is important we look up to, both readers and creators.

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7.7
Doctor Who Comics (2020) #1

Nov 18, 2020

With an incredible atmosphere and an stellar cast, Doctor Who Comic #1 starts slowly but planting the seeds of the kind of story that could easily thrill us and move our hearts.

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8.5
For Molly #1

Apr 22, 2020

A cinematographic and dark story about companionship, guilt and pain that promises to carry us to mysterious places, while being close to our hearts.

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8.4
For Molly #2

May 13, 2020

For Molly is proving itself an interesting story with a mythos that captivates and captures the reader. The dogs' designs, expressiveness and relationships within this fantasy world give strength to a story still to be unwrapped.

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9.4
Getting It Together #1

Aug 31, 2020

Getting it Together is the precious work of creating from experiences, collaboration, detailed design and coloring, with inspiration and alikeness to sitcoms and other forms of media, but ultimately bringing something unique to comics. This wrap up makes the story interesting and defying, and the story itself, while still unfolding, isn't afraid of getting into some gritty territories as it explores the riskiness of things like friendship, sex or romance.

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9.5
Getting It Together #2

Nov 12, 2020

Getting it Together #2 comes with high stakes and a constant conflict that, thanks to its detailed, effective and expressive art, drags you to the center of it. Be aware!

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9.7
Ghosted in L.A. #9

Mar 12, 2020

Sina Grace and Siobhan Keenan, with help from Cathy Le, Jeremy Lawson, DC Hopkins and Lea Caballero, round up a dark and plot-centered issue of Ghosted in L.A, while keeping their work full of emotional development and treating their characters with compassion and understanding of their emotions. Honestly, get to date and pick up Ghosted cause you're not gonna see this much character work and thoughtful arc-worth plots in a lot of comics!

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9.5
Ghosted in L.A. #10

May 21, 2020

This issue of Ghosted in L.A. is the best of this series exaggerated to a ten: funny, melodramatic, exploring dark and traumatic issues with innuendos, gay, hot, and a roller coaster. Get ready cause there's no way this won't let you with your mouth wide open!

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9.1
Ghosted in L.A. #11

Aug 4, 2020

The narrative climax of Ghosted in L.A. explored here, and there's a weight to it that shines a light on our characters as faulty humans in an emotionally difficult situation. The Slice-Of-Life art gets darker, the party gets stopped and we're left with a lot of feelings to deal with. And, to be honest, lot of them are "I wish this series wouldn't end with #12".

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9.1
Heavy Vinyl: Y2K-O! #1

Apr 9, 2020

This book is an uplifting and engaging story, filled with LGBT+ teen positivity and romance and a vibrant style you won't want to miss. Even with it being a follow up to an equally great volume, said volume is not necessary to enjoy this engaging story set in the birth of digital music sharing.

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8.2
Hellions (2020) #4

Sep 16, 2020

Hellions ends its first arc in a traumatic but bonding conclusion, combining bloody and raw art with dark coloring with an issue in which everyone has their heart a little tore apart. The story clearly calls back to Louise Simonson and Chris Claremont's Summers drama in "Inferno," and the tribute and themes it takes focusing in Havok, the ignored brother, and Madelyne, the unreal girl, is bittersweet and perfect.In the middle of a Krakoan reboot era that makes it impossible to tidy all loose ends or explore all characters, Zeb Wells makes sure we understand this team's growing bond deeply, and that Madelyne's loose end is tied closely, even showcasing the Quiet Council's hypocrisy and imperfection.The dysfunctional-but-clear-bond between these characters finally explodes when they all laugh together as they are "a bunch of crazy sons of %$!&!". There's a certain joy here for me as someone with a mental illness and survivor of systemic mental health abu

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8.6
Hellions (2020) #5

Oct 14, 2020

Zeb Wells is putting out the most fun and engaging outcasts X-book possible, and with Carmen Carnero and David Curiels realistic and precious art approach, it fits as perfectly and strangely as its cast. Plus, its subverting the narrative of the event on the nose. And I like how obvious it is at that.

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8.4
Hellions (2020) #6

Nov 18, 2020

Hellions #6 is, simply put, one of the bloodiest and most violent issues of mutants history. What comes after this?

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8.1
Immortal She-Hulk #1

Sep 23, 2020

Immortal She-Hulk is a great drama of majestic proportions, and the death on it holds immense weight, the only weakness being a wish of a less Hulk-like-defined Jenn. And even with that, this issue has walked an important mile in Jenn's characterization that I hope really sticks around.

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8.3
Last Song #1

May 8, 2020

Get ready for a vibrant deep read, as this 60-pages issue will pull your attention to it by its original and punk-ish art and sincere and relevant writing and characters. This isn't about conclusions, it's about life and how we get by with it.

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8.4
Last Song #2

May 10, 2020

The deconstruction of the rock n roll myth, a story about a boy ate by his traumas and a tribute to our teenage bands. Black Mask Studios got out Last Song #2 to prove this mixed formula is actually amazing.

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9.1
Last Song #3

Aug 19, 2020

Never has setup and character work benefited a comic so much as this issue. With all the pieces in place, Interlandi shakes them up in every turn, showcasing beautifully a complex queer love story and a lot of friendship difficult stories that come to life in some of the most beautiful grey art I have seen, with raw emotions when it's due, and wonderful detail and texture the times it's needed.

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9.6
Lost on Planet Earth #1

Apr 18, 2020

Visaggio and Aguirre create a sci-fi futuristic story that prays tribute to our everyday tribulations and preciousness. With a great depiction of a breakdown that will change our main character's life, it takes us away from the stars to look into our emotions.

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8.9
Lost on Planet Earth #2

May 24, 2020

A fast-paced story, but one that promises to take us on a revolutionary trip of growth and breaking with preconceptions of the world (both in personal and social ways). We're eager to see what Visaggio and Aguirre have for us next.

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9
Lost on Planet Earth #3

Jun 23, 2020

For a story so heavily centered in future utopias, with space soap opera design, it's a bold move to put such a harsh criticism on the colonialist and homophobic roots of a society based solely on science and progress. While at the same time showing that same struggle in a personal way and how we internalize these ideas. Most I got from this is just brilliant ideas, with a very fitting context.

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8.8
Lost on Planet Earth #4

Aug 1, 2020

This comic puts in front of us difficult realities about persistent problems in our society, placing them in the context of a futurist sci-fi vision too usually associated with utopias. And, yetwith all the knots left to tie in before the last issue, they make a relevant point that needs to be heard.

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8.6
Lost on Planet Earth #5

Aug 29, 2020

Epistolar ending crafted beautifully to round up a story that makes criticism of itself and gets into some common places with a lesson to it, or at least a feeling of connection and love to take from it.

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4
Marauders #14

Nov 4, 2020

Theres a lot of fun wits and dramatically tense ideas on this issue. Sadly, the characters forced chemistry, the rigid pacing and structure, and a shifting but not emotionally cohesive art make it fall as a filler in the XoS greater narrative.

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9.4
Red Sonja & Vampirella Meet Betty & Veronica #9

Mar 1, 2020

Overall, the whole issue feels like an innovative candy or a song that you're gonna love to repeat, and that's probably gonna be even more satisfactory if you love Archie nostalgia combined with the playful impudence this run exudes. It's surely a wild ride to the past, and it gives us a completely different take on the interaction between these characters that seems plausible, fun, and defining of them.

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6.7
Red Sonja & Vampirella Meet Betty & Veronica #10

Mar 30, 2020

An effective hot-summer-desert mood issue, but also a slow and storybuilding lacking one. The art really helps get in the mood of Drakulon, and it leaves us hoping for more upfolding and storytelling as we move forward.

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8.9
Snotgirl #15

Mar 20, 2020

If you loved #1-14 of Snotgirl, this one delivers. You're gonna scream and laugh and cry with it I swear! If you're not caught up or starting to get into Lottieworld, all I wanna say is you're gonna eventually have get everything you want of this series. It's gonna get messy! Complicated! Gay! And certainly there's a mystery there! Plus the art is constantly astounding and even gets better!

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8.5
Spider-Man Noir (2020) #1

Mar 7, 2020

Stohl stays true to its characters and sets up an effectively mysterious tone and story, with Ferreyra's art providing it with a rainy and jazzy visual soundtrack. With some of the greatest themes in Spider-Man present (like his need to do everything in his hands to help others), and some really sweet character interactions, the book promises a story that we're eager to see unfold.

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8.8
Star Trek: DS9 - Too Long A Sacrifice #2

Sep 1, 2020

ReviewThis comic keeps presenting a master exercise in storytelling. From page one, it will get you right into it with the dialogue of beloved characters like Quark or Worf, that combines gracefully with the realist noir art to give you the exact impression of a discarded episode flowing through the pages. It uses this mechanism of pacing, dialogue, Odo's narration and familiarity of the characters to arrive to explosive moments of tension and beautiful phrases that condense the story, the conflict and its characters, like the moment between Garak and Odo where Garak highlights, in a detective way, how the station has countless secrets.The on-point characterization, intrigue and how the stakes are up are two of the strong points of this comic, but this same constant rising of stakes and the use of dead of secondary characters for shocking the narrative can desensitize the reader a little. Of course, the writers are aware of the meaning of this rising of stakes, so they give each of the

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4.9
Star Trek: DS9 - Too Long A Sacrifice #4

Nov 12, 2020

While the story follows an engaging noir formula with a deep knowledge of the lore and how to tell it, what it finally has to tell is less than convincing, engaging or relevant.

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8.1
Star Trek Captain's Log: Jellico #1

May 15, 2020

A reflection of the damage of protocol, codes, meritocracy and a vertical scheme that looks at the flaws in Starfleet's ideals. An interesting read, whether or not you like or know much about the character, but more enjoyable if you have seen Star Trek: The Next Generation 6x11 & 6x12.

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9.2
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Too Long a Sacrifice #1

Jul 20, 2020

"Too Long a Sacrifice" promises, like the series is based on, a lot for past and future. It is a mystery noir story with wonderful character work that vibes with the dialogues. It has conflict that promises to be way more than what meets the eye. And it definitely is a posthumous tribute to Ren Murat Auberjonois' brilliant role that is done with care and love.

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9
Terminal Punks #1

Nov 7, 2020

Theres a latent attitude that plagues every inch of Terminal Punks, and its as punk and raw as its expressive art and its monsters acute tale with an anxious protagonist.

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8.8
Villainous #1

Oct 24, 2020

The question what if superheroes were creepy murderous rich jerks?" has been asked numerous times. But Villainous offers a different, proactive, fresh answer.

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