Dustin Gebel's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Comic Watch Reviews: 10
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8.8
Adventureman #5

Sep 29, 2021

If Adventureman slipped your radar in its initial run or the time spanning between collections, do yourself a favor and rectify that immediately. Coming back swinging, the book is the type of comic the industry sees every once in a couple of years. With dizzying continuity, a metatextual premise that could only work in sequential storytelling, and a perfect synergy between art and lettering, Adventureman might just be the best Fraction book to date. This is saying something when looking at Fractions massive body of work.

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9.2
Clear (2021) #1

Oct 12, 2021

Clear is a promising start to what could be a compelling sci-fi neo-noir. It replaces the long lingering pace of most science fiction and replaces it with a kinetic, surreal visual style. The mystery and characterizations are the textbook noir archetypes, but knowing Synders body of work, its not hard to guess that there are some tricks up his sleeve. Bolstered with Manapul's next level panel work and colors, this could could, and shouldstep out of the neon drenched shadow of Blade Runner.

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9.2
DC vs. Vampires (2021) #1

Oct 26, 2021

DC vs. Vampires #1 feels like it could be the next DCeased, in both fun, horror leanings along with being a perfectly contained, off-the-walls Elseworlds story. Issue #1 is a strong start, but its ultimately the paired mystery and horror with Otto Schmidts detailed linework and gorgeous colors that are going to sear this book into your brain. If nothing else, this book belongs on a pull list for the art and color, and if Schmidts track record is to be an indicator, that work is only going to improve as the book moves forward.

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6.8
Justice League: Last Ride #5

Sep 16, 2021

Its a shame that the issue, and the "Last Ride" as a whole, has this discombobulated feeling. On paper, the book has everything going for it: a killer writer, a chance to explore the DC universe outside the bounds of continuity, and emotional status quo that earns the title of a page-turner. Unfortunately, the book doesnt slot these elements together, and will burn out as another forgettable miniseries in DCs experimental phase.

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7.2
Justice League: Last Ride #6

Oct 12, 2021

Its hard to settle on where Last Ride falls, as its a walking contradiction of quality. The story and art never feel sloppy or unprofessional, but they constantly oscillate between rout tropes of modern superhero comics and trying to meditate on the way death alters chosen family dynamics. Maybe its because the story never crystalizes into something meaningful but finds itself rehashing the same tired beats of the Justice League over and over again.

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10
Once & Future #20

Sep 22, 2021

The understanding of the story starts to bleed through, and it feels like the reading experience is shaped in the same way reality is with this book. Just as Duncan, Rose, and Gran chart a new course through the Otherworld, Gillen, Mora and Bonvillain chart a new course through the story of Once & Future. With that last page reveal, that new path forward is a fascinating wrinkle in the mythology of the world and our worlds mythology.

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9.6
Refrigerator Full of Heads (2021) #1

Oct 19, 2021

Number of Heads in the Refrigerator: Without spoiling anything, theres a head, but its not in the fridge.

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9.6
Stillwater (2020) #10

Sep 23, 2021

Stillwater is a book about crossing thresholds. Whether that be people coming in or out of the titular town where no ages, characters trying to move on to the next stage of their lives, or even returning to a better time, the concept of a barrier is ever-present. What Zdarsky and Prez have managed in the span of ten issues is an achievement to the comic form, and this book, specifically issue #10 is going to be talked about for years. With chilling insights into the nature of immortality, to the violent need to grow up and rebel against systems, it was only a matter of time until the series had a reckoning and crossed this most recent threshold.

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9.4
That Texas Blood #10

Sep 23, 2021

Condon and Phillips continue the streak of a perfect series with That Texas Blood #10, which sees the creators working in harmony to create the sense of evil seeping into the fabric of a small town. Its a trope that has been used a thousand times before, but the team mines drama and atmosphere from the simplicity of the story. The darkness thats creeping in feels volatile, and after the almost rhythmic pace of this issue, itll be fascinating to see where the book goes next.

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10
That Texas Blood #11

Oct 21, 2021

That Texas Blood is a book that every comic fan, no matter of genre test or sensibilities should be reading. Its a compelling piece of fiction, a testament to both the craft of writing, drawing, and coloring and a deeply unsettling look at the nature of evil in the world. Plus, a little good ol fashion crime drama and atmospheric West Texas never hurts the books cause.

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