Dustin Gebel's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Comic Watch Reviews: 102
9.1Avg. Review Rating

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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10
Adventureman #6

Nov 17, 2021

Adventureman #6, and the series as a whole, is a meditation on how history pops its head into the modern world. Every stone in the path, every brick in the hall carries a story and tale, and those who are open to listening are the ones that have a greater understanding and power to operate in the world. That, more than superformulas or magic amulets, is the power that Fraction is channeling in his pulp heroes, and is conveyed in every image and panel that the Dodsons put to page.

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9.4
Adventureman #7

Dec 18, 2021

Adventureman #7 is a book excited by its influences and canon. It takes the medium of pulp stories and builds something that fulfills the fun of the style but works on a deeper level than most other types of pulp. Paired with Dodson's stylized art and colors, which on the surface feel like classic pin-ups but burrows into a deep well of sequential storytelling. The writing and artwork on a level beyond mindless pulp, and examines how stories and genre work together, and the power of history influences the way a tale is told. The book also makes the case for more weird west stories, and hopefully, there might be a place in the comics market for a Crossdraw Kid series.

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6.6
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #7

Aug 10, 2022

The Amazing Spider-Man #7 is another lifeless entry into the multi-year, multi-run wheel spinning of Peter Parker. Between a script and storyline that feels like bait for more interesting stories and loosely defined status quos for characters, the issue is only saved thanks to Romita Jr.s excellent pencils and sequential storytelling. With Dark Web only a few issues away, the crossover will be a make or break for this run. It can still deliver by finding its footing and delivering a compelling story to match the art, but based on the previous entries into The Amazing Spider-Man, that seems more unlikely with every issue. Theres almost no instance where this issue can be recommended, other than to enjoy the Romita Jr. art and layouts, but the story, characters, and tensions all leave a lot to be desired.

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9.2
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #8

Aug 24, 2022

The Amazing Spider-Man #8 is a comic firing on all cylinders, taking a lackluster previous issue and performing a total 360 with the craft inside. From Wellss script to Romita Jr.s art and Caramanagas art, the issue doesnt miss a beat and anchors itself in a strong narrative core that could center the aimless title going forward. Along with strong innovations in the art and lettering effects that fill the book, this issue is a great place to jump on for Spider-Man fans unhappy with the book thus far. With the next arc of the title building to a crossover with the X-Men, including some mutants that Wells wrote in a much more consistent title, itll have to be seen if Wells and the creative team can carry the momentum of this issue forward.

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6.8
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #9

Sep 15, 2022

Amazing Spider-Man #9 is a narrative meh, but lush and kinetically drawn entry into a miz ongoing series. The issue manages to cross off another element set up previously but still feels directionless and uneven compared to the larger line at Marvel. While the story falls flat, in part due to the gap between this story and its set-up from the Hellfire Gala, Gleasons art redeems the book and makes it worth picking up. Heres hoping that Marvel will get him locked onto a book that allows him to shine as he does in this issue.

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8.8
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #10

Sep 28, 2022

Amazing Spider-Man #10 is an excellent use of the event tie-in structuring, working off a structure set to dig into the Peter Parker character while advancing certain plotlines from the main title, right before it moves into its next crossover. Dragottas art was the perfect fit for a melancholy, reflective story that deals with a sense of longing and regret, playing up the physical aspects of Peter to convey the emotion onto the page. Its hard to say this close-up, but with time, this issue may be spoken of in the same breath as Spider-Man: Blue when discussing the legacy of Gwen Stacy.

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7
Aquaman / Green Arrow: Deep Target #1

Oct 28, 2021

Aquaman/Green Arrow - Deep Target#1 feels like a book for nobody, with inconsistent and bland characters, but wonderfully rendering settings and vibrant colors. Hopefully in the next issue, with the premise and set-up out of the way, Thomas can dig into the characters of Oliver Queen and Arthur Curry, and reveal why this is a pairing the audience should care about.

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9.6
Batman: Beyond the White Knight #1

Mar 30, 2022

With a perfect encapsulation of the various adapted styles from Batman films and TV, Beyond the White Knight #1 is an excellent start to this series. It will be fascinating to watch how Murphy diverts and reinvents the lore and expectations from Batman Beyond for his universe as the series continues. This is a definite pick-up for both continued and new readers to the Murphyverse, as the book does an excellent job of contextualizing the larger series without giving away too much in Murphys art.

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9
Batman: Beyond the White Knight #2

Apr 27, 2022

Beyond the White Knight#2 is a great follow-up issue, continuing to ground and reveal the dynamics of Neo-Gotham, working in tandem to deepen the tensions of the batfamily and set up Bruces reckoning with the past. Murphy and Stewart also lay the groundwork for the future of Gotham, and its next Batman with this issue, and how he may align with previous sins of the last Batman. The book is still early in its run, and hopefully, as Murphy works toward more in costume action and conflict, the art will propel to new highs for the series. The book is still a great jumping-on point for fans of the originalBatman Beyond, and readers of the previousWhite Knightarcs.

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9.2
Batman: Beyond the White Knight #3

May 24, 2022

With strong design work and excellent threading of continuity, Beyond the White Knight #3 remains one of the most solid books in DCs roster. Murphys art and writing have refined the series into a tight story grappling with Dads trying to fix their families and the continuity thats been built across the multiple series. Paired with Stewarts perfectly accented colors, the designs and aesthetic of this issue feel original but still in line with whats come before. With the book reaching close to its halfway point, the pieces of Derek Powers, Duke and Terry are beginning to click into place, and it will be fun to watch if Murphy and Stewart can mend the Batfamily, and do justice to all the fractured elements of the universe.

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8.4
Batman: Beyond the White Knight #4

Jun 29, 2022

Batman: Beyond the White Knight, and the Murphyverse at large, feel like an excellent cover of the Batman Animated series, along with some elements of the post-Crisis and New 52 continuities. Murphy and Stewart take those established characters and elements like Duke Thomas, Terry McGinnis, and even Jason Todd, and tweak and twist their core elements to mold them into something unique. Its an excellent way for the team to play in a world that feels adjacent to these iconic or foundational interpretations of the characters, and Gotham as a whole, but still makes them seem original and surprising, issue to issue. Beyond the White Knight is a perfect place to jump into the Murphyverse and get the toes wet, especially for fans of Duke or Terry, to see if they enjoy these new interpretations of the characters.

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7.8
Batman: Beyond the White Knight #5

Sep 28, 2022

It takes about half the issue, but Beyond the White Knight #5 finds its footing in an uneven, overstuffed issue. Murphys script and art fall into a trap of the modern Batman era, which is trying to do too much with a large cast of the Batfamily and spreading the narrative thin. Once Murphy sheds the various sidekicks and returns to the central core of Bruce, Napier, and Harley, the narrative tightens and the art sharpens to one of the best sequences of the entire imprint. Murphy delivers a moment that feels like a natural result of the universe he and Stewart have built across the various titles, and itll be fascinating to see if they can continue that focus into the final three issues of the series.

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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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10
Clear (2021) #2

Nov 20, 2021

Clear is a perfect example of a book firing on all cylinders, and how craft, both in writing and art, can take something an audience has seen a hundred times before, and make it wholly original. Snyder presents some of his best writing in this issue, and Manapul is breaking new ground with every page and panel. The examination of the past through the lens of the future is the off-kilter framework that the series grounds its central thesis in, and hopefully continues going forward.

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8.4
Crossover (2020) #10

Dec 8, 2021

Crossover #10, and the series at large, is a comic about comics, but sometimes loses itself in the attempts to be meta. Its hard to get a bead on if the book is hacky or transcendent, and maybe that nebulous territory is enough to continue reading. The art and the fun Bendis/Oeming interlude are worth the cover price alone, and the world and premise are strong enough to drive the plot forward even as it sometimes gets bogged down by the seemingly clever smirk of meta-commentary.

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9.6
Crossover (2020) #13

May 11, 2022

With Crossover #13, Cates and Shaw release a cathartic wave of psychic imagery and emotion through their craft. The power of story is on display in every page, caption, and line, and resonates in a way that feels like a true revelation. Cates boils down a very personal desire to a gut-wrenching plot point and propels the series into its next arc. After the rich tapestry of Catess personal experience and beliefs, it will be fascinating to see Shaws response and influences in future issues. For a series that on the surface feels like a cheeky wink and nod to the conventions of the industry and craft of comics, the sentiments shared in these last few issues have embodied Kings notion of writers as telepaths.

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10
Dark Spaces: Wildfire #1

Jul 19, 2022

Dark Spaces: Wildfire #1 is a creative height for the entire team, breathing new life into Snyders scripts while giving Shermans art the chance to burn up the page. Joined by Pattisons captivating color palettes, this book is to use a term from the youths straight fire (Ill stand by that pun until the last embers). Theres a clear spark thats been lit in the creators of this series, and itll be enthralling to see where that flame burns and takes them, burning through genre and story while captivating with lush art. This is a book that should be seared into your pull-list, if for nothing else than the gorgeous art and stunning colors, but a nice, warm subversion of genre doesnt hurt. Its also a signal flare to put IDWs new slate of original titles on your radar.

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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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10
DC vs. Vampires (2021) #2

Nov 23, 2021

With DC vs. Vampires #2, its clear that Schmidt, if he wants to, deserves to be working on a Justice League book or a universe-spanning crossover. This is proven by his ability for scope and genre, and his deep understanding of how to portray a massive spectrum of character designs, powers, and action. The issue is a thrilling showcase of Schmidts talents as an artist and is bolstered by tight scripting from Tynion and Rosenberg. Even though the book has only reached its second issue, its a testament to the overall craft going into the series that makes it a contender for an instant classic.

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9.6
DC vs. Vampires (2021) #3

Dec 28, 2021

Across the writing, art, and lettering of DC vs. Vampires #3, theres a clear indication the book is a pitch-perfect case of a comic that knows how to have fun. The series takes the premise of Secret Invasion but with vampires, and lets Otto Schmidt go wild with kinetic action and stunning character designs. In a world of comics that feel the urge to try and prove themselves in the field of serious artistic endeavors, it's refreshing for a book to take a breather and be a fun, pulpy adventure across a massive landscape of iconic characters. That tone and commitment to the premise alone sells DC vs. Vampires and is only heightened by the talent behind it.

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9
DC vs. Vampires (2021) #4

Jan 26, 2022

DC vs. Vampires #4 is an issue that highlights the best and worst of the series, showcasing Schmidt's art and the odd pacing of the book. The book is worth reading for the art alone, and theres still a chance the books mid-stretch could shift and come together, but its still too early to tell. In any case, the book is a fun, pulpy book that works in its best moments as a showcase of Schmidts art and Tynion and Rosenbergs writing of specific character interactions.

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8.6
DC vs. Vampires (2021) #5

Feb 23, 2022

With the book moving closer to its halfway point, DC vs. Vampires remains one of the most consistent and pulpy books on the shelves. The issue makes an interesting artistic detour with Di Meo exploring the Suicide Squads reaction to the vampiric invasion. The alternating styles feel like two puzzle pieces that just barely lock in together, and itll be curious to see if they end up linking more in future issues.

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8.8
DC vs. Vampires (2021) #6

Mar 29, 2022

DC vs. Vampires #6 is a masterclass in subverting the tropes of extended superhero families. Certain expectations are ascribed to specific heroes, which can sometimes cause rote stories, and it takes a deft hand to invigorate those characters. Tynion and Rosenberg channel their experience as Batfamily writers to put a fresh spin on the roles each one exhibits and sets a striking reveal in the family. Joined by the separately impeccable art and colors from Schmidt and Di Meo that doesnt meld well, the book keeps the seemingly simple premise of the DC Universe battling vampires in a Secret Invasion-esque storyline fresh and unexpected.

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9.2
DC vs. Vampires (2021) #7

Jul 5, 2022

In a climate of Dark Crises, Flashpoint Beyonds, and Shadow Wars, which all claim to be the biggest events, and promise that the DC universe will never be the same, its refreshing to jump into a book like DC vs. Vampires. With issue 7, the book has proven that a simple story, amazing art, colors, and a fun, pulpy concept can mix and form a compelling read. For fans of DC characters or the fun sketches that grace Otto Schmidts social media, DC vs. Vampires is the book for you. Its nice to only have to worry about the continuity of six issues (or eight, depending on your tie-in opinions) instead of an entire decades worth.

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9.2
DC vs. Vampires (2021) #8

Aug 2, 2022

This book is a fun story, with pulpy art, vibrant colors, and stunning lettering choice, but above all else, is a great reminder of Schmidts talents and a portfolio for various books that he would crush if given the chance. Its an honest tragedy that Schmidt has never worked on a Birds of Prey series (either an ongoing or a mini), and every issue of DC vs. Vampires proves that a Justice League Dark with Schmidts visual of magic would be spellbinding. Hopefully just as DCeased gave Tom Taylors career a push, Schmidt will make a bigger footprint and get more opportunities to play in various parts of the DC sandbox.

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8.8
DC vs. Vampires (2021) #9

Sep 27, 2022

As the series flies into its third act, DC vs. Vampires #9 reminds why this is one of the most fun titles DC is putting on stands.

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5.4
DC vs. Vampires (2021): Killers #1

Jun 28, 2022

DC vs. Vampires: Killers #1 is not an essential entry into the budding Vamps-verse, but its fun if uneven character study for Harley Quinn. Fans of the character, or just want to see more of the world controlled by the vampires may enjoy this issue, but otherwise, this may not be the book for those looking for a similar aesthetic as the main title. The art and coloring are inconsistent, highlighting just how distracting two distinct styles can be on a title when set next to one another. In a vacuum, this issue is a solid, fun one-shot, but it cant help but shrink against the stunning art and coloring of the main title and Otto Schmidt. With more tie-ins confirmed for this universe, it will be interesting to see if this inconsistent style continues, or if those other works will feel more cohesive with the foundation that the main title set.

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8
DCeased: War of the Undead Gods #1

Aug 9, 2022

Fans looking for a DC universe that is coherent and willing to embrace its legacy without abandon should pick up this series, along with those interested in the intersection of the Superfamily and New Gods. On its own, War of the Dead Gods is a fun read but will benefit from going back and reading the other titles in the DCeased universe.

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8.2
DCeased: War of the Undead Gods #2

Sep 21, 2022

DCeased: War of the Dead Gods #2 is another strong step towards the inevitable conclusion to the zombie-themed universe. Taylors script builds off of and thrives thanks to the established lore of this universe while Hairsine and Lanning's art sells the action horror of the upcoming conflict. Supergirl steals the show in this issue, thanks to a brutal introduction, and stunning use of colors. Those colors give the book an additional dimension, especially when Lantern's rings fly, or energy krackles. It might be a little daunting to jump in now, but this issue makes the case to revisit and see what other seeds were planted in previous issues of DCeased.

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6
Justice League: Last Ride #1

Nov 9, 2021

The best way to describe Justice League: Last Ride #7, and the book as a whole, is a book that just functions. Its not unfair to say that making a comic is a small miracle, no matter at what level its being made. Last Ride gets the reader from point A to point B, but only the premise and end have any weight or legs to them, with everything in the middle falling to the wayside. The biggest hope to have for the book is it hopefully sets up a more interesting status quo going forward for the DC Universe, continuing the elements that worked in the book.

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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
Love Everlasting #1

Aug 11, 2022

This is a book that feels like its going to quickly escape the orbit of the romance genre and move into something more sinister and cosmic, whether that be in a philosophical, literal, or technical way is yet to be seen. Fans of works that transcend genre and twist their form will love this issue, and with an issue this strong, it's hard not to sign up for the Everlasting Productions newsletter for more of the story immediately.

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10
Love Everlasting #2

Sep 17, 2022

Love Everlasting #2 has the pressure of following up a near-perfect first issue, while also maintaining the momentum of romance turned mystery, and does so with flying colors. This issue takes the time to slow down, revealing more about what Joan experiences each time shes thrown into a new life and romance. It also acclimates the audience to how shes adapting to the cycle. The balance of taboo romance and action is excellent in both the script and layouts, with Charretier, Hollingsworth, and Cowles all exceeding expectations in their work on the page. Its not too late to pick this issue and the first up if you missed them, and issue #2 promises theres so much beyond tales of romance in store for the series. (Though the romance is an excellent element of this book.)

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10
Mindset #1

Jun 18, 2022

Mindset #1 is a form of brainwashing itself, drawing one in and leaving one with a desire for more. Between Kaplans excellent and well-plotted script, and Pearsons gorgeous and wildly interpretive style, Mindset is an intriguing start to a mystery steeped in a thematic question that leaves plenty to chew on. Like any good speculative fiction, it lodges a central question into the audiences minds and compels them to ponder the implications of the subject matter. The creative team works in perfect unison to play up that subjective view of reality and every element of the book influences the core question of how much our decisions are controlled by outside forces.

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8.8
Moon Knight (2021) #13

Jul 13, 2022

Moon Knight #13 is a firm place to start for new readers of the book and continuing fans, as it contextualizes the previous issues and advances plots from early arcs. With a gorgeous color palette and strong art overlaid on an excellent plot full of deep cuts, its not hard to see why Mark Spector has been able to survive the year and barrel forward in this volume. With an arc centered around vampire pyramid schemes and d-list villains, one can hope that the book will continue the spirit that makes it unique and that the art will take crazy swings as the plot continues to unfold.

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8.8
Moon Knight (2021) #14

Aug 4, 2022

Moon Knight #14 is a great example of what a writer can achieve by playing the long game with established tropes and continuity. MacKays decision to split the issues focus between a villain battle and tensions with the personalities gives the script an uneven feeling but is made up for by powerful art and popping colors. If the future issues in the arc find their footing in the balance between internal and external, then this run of Moon Knight is shaping up to be one of the strongest yet.

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9
Moon Knight (2021) #15

Sep 7, 2022

Moon Knight #15 is a strong entry into the Moon Knight canon, balancing old and new to deliver an entertaining installment in an arc that couldve otherwise felt scattered. Mackays script deftly handles Marcs Dissociative Identity Disorder and its place in the vigilantes characterization. Paired with Cappuccios strong linework and Rosenbergs inspired palettes, the team manages to streamline a story with multiple moving parts, while maintaining various aesthetics and vibes that the series has employed since its first issue.

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10
Newburn #1

Nov 3, 2021

Newburn#1 is one of those books that feel like it has the legs to be a sleeper hit. It has a stunning team from a prestigious independent publisher, a brilliant premise with room to run thanks to its episodic nature and an excellent tone and mood. It doesnt hurt that it feels like it belongs in the canon of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips' criminal underworld of comics, while still feeling wholly original and originating from the voice and style of Zdarsky and Phillips. Like the best episodes of Columbo, theres a sense of set-up, intrigue and then a twist or pivot that rings tried and true, and will keep you coming back week, or in the case of comics, month to month for that winning experience.

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10
Newburn #2

Dec 15, 2021

Newburn #2 is a triumph of exposition and information, with Zdarsky and Phillips trickling the knowledge of just who Newburn is as he unravels various crimes across his city. The creative duo uses this issue to dig further into the man who works with every criminal organization in the city, and just what type of person it takes to do that. Paired masterfully with Zdarsky's control of exposition are the inspired visuals of Phillips, which at first glance appear as simplistic and muted, but upon further investigation, become clear indications of the controlled evil and darkness that permeates the world of Newburn.

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9.2
Newburn #3

Feb 3, 2022

With only three cases solved, Zdarsky and Phillips have proven that Newburn is more than an interesting premise masquerading as a procedural. With a willingness to embrace the formal aspects of the genre, while still subverting expectations, Newburn feels right at place in Images renaissance of crime comics. While some elements of Zdarksy's scripting feel a little unpolished, it's clear that the book is already close to the top of its game and belongs on any crime fan's shelf.

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10
Newburn #4

Mar 5, 2022

Newburn #4 is another win for both Zdarsky and Phillips, continuing a stunning run of procedural stories that still feel connected and building to something larger. The book has a lean script from Zdarsky that throws more pieces onto the board, and visually atmospheric art from Phillips that plays to both his strengths and the strengths of the genre. Its a wonderful execution of those pulpy elements and establishes the creative teams vision. With the sheer amount of players and stories the two appear to have for this world, hopefully, the book can continue at this trajectory and continue to be a refreshing monthly title.

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10
Newburn #5

Mar 30, 2022

With five issues under its belt, Zdarsky and Phillips Newburn is one of the best indie books out at the moment. Its pure procedural storytelling and captivating art packed into 17 pages. Like any good network procedural show, it knows exactly what buttons to push, and never overstays its time. Like Newburn the character itself, the series is a lean, mean crime-solving machine and is a delight to have on a pull list every month. For anyone looking for that fix of smart, concise storytelling and masterful linework, and inspired coloring, Newburn is the perfect series to pick up.

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10
Newburn #6

Apr 27, 2022

That scene is a great micro-example of an artist getting to hone sequences and their storytelling while working as the singular creator in terms of the finished product. Its a testament to both Zdarskys skill as a writer to trust Phillips storytelling decisions as the artist, colorist, and letterer, to convey those little details that compound to the intended effect, and to Phillips' ability to execute the written word and tell the story and action through his visuals. Newburn is one of the strongest crime books currently on shelves with Image (which is saying something when looking at that shelf as a whole) and deserves to be on everyones pull list. Its a book that keeps on giving and feels just as rewarding as snapping interior pieces into a work-in-progress jigsaw puzzle.

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10
Newburn #7

May 25, 2022

Newburn #7 is an issue that excels in channeling conflict into an inspiring story. Every aspect of the book, from the writing to pencils to colors should be used to teach tension and conflict to storytellers. Zdarskys words paired with Phillipss art allow the story to unfold at the perfect pace, never lingering in the past, but giving it the time and space it deserves. As Newburn continues to heat up with the looming gang war, and Emilys past catching up with her, this is the book that deserves to be at the top of every pull list.

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10
Newburn #8

Jun 22, 2022

Newburn#8 is a triumph as it concludes the first volume of the series, bringing together the seemingly standalone cases of the first few issues and the interwoven crimes of the later issue to one tight, coherent resolution. Zdarsky and Phillips knock that resolution out of the park, with the writing, art, and coloring all working to perfectly show Newburns further descent into darkness and shift the pieces on the board of this rich city full of criminal players. Now that the first volume has wrapped up, the series proves Zdarsky and Phillips stuck the landing and will be the perfect trade to hand to people who love a good mystery and wonderfully written characters. With a confirmed volume two coming Fall of 2022, Zdarsky and Phillips leave plenty of time to reread the first eight issues, again and again, to glean new clues and little details that may have been missed the first time around.

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9.2
Nightwing (2016) #92

May 17, 2022

Nightwing #92 proves that the character is in good hands under the pencil of Taylor and Redondo. The entire creative teams ability to weave their way from the past and present of the Dick Grayson character, and by extension the supporting cast of the Batfamily, Titans, and Justice League, is a testament to their understanding of the characters.

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8.4
Nightwing (2016) #94

Jul 19, 2022

Nightwing #94 is a lesson in threading the needle between successful and unsuccessful slow burns in serialized fiction. The book tells a decompressed story that gives plenty of solid individual moments, but finally picks up the pace of the larger story to give the run a much needed jolt. Paired with mostly consistent art and strong colors, the issue reminds readers why this book remains a quiet favorite, popping up every month to provide some fun, well made comics. Hopefully, this issue gives that jolt needed to rocket the storyline forward, and Redondo can return in the next issue with feet running.

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9.2
Nightwing (2016) #95

Aug 16, 2022

Nightwing has been consistent thus far, if sometimes a little slow, so the series deserves the benefit of the doubt. Outside of its last page reveal, Nightwing #95 is a near-perfect issue and a return to form for the juggernaut team of Taylor, Redondo, and Lucas, doing a lot of work to highlight the past and future of Nightwing. Hopefully, the team will be able to stick with the landing of the Blockbuster arc, and at the very least, the run (and issue in particular) has given Nightwing a strong supporting cast and visual style that should continue long past this story.

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8.8
Nightwing (2016) #96

Sep 20, 2022

Nightwing #96 is a masterclass in the philosophy of less is more using simplistic shapes, plots, and color palettes to reinforce the emotional core of the story being told. The dynamic action sequences and cavalcade of characters are a strong selling point of this run, but the Dick/Barbara relationship and its momentum is the reason to pick this issue up. Its the hinge in which expectations can be subverted, and is used organically to let the couple, and the individual characters of Nightwing and Batgirl grow and develop. With a relaunch of the DC Universe incoming, and Nightwing front and center, one can only hope that these progressions of the character can pioneer the next chapter of the larger publishing line.

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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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10
Once & Future #21

Oct 27, 2021

Once & Future is a once and a lifetime book, in which the writer is breaking barriers in the way theyre telling the story, the artist is constantly bringing their art to new heights in both the action and quiet and the colorist is weaving an intricate and inspired sense of fantasy and wonder clashed with terror and violence. Issue #21 does not disappoint and is a reminder that stories can sustain and keep you going, to push you into doing whatever it is you want, or need to do.

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10
Once & Future #22

Dec 1, 2021

With 22 almost perfect issues under its belt, Once & Future continues to be one of the best independent books operating on the comic scene. The creative teamwork of Gillen, Mora, Bonvillain, and Dukeshire is one for the history books and will be immortalized in the minds of fans in the same way Shakespeare is for many. The books action is just another one of those aspects that proves the perfect sync that all of the creatives are in working on Once & Future and makes the book to be a continued delight to pick up month after month.

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10
Once & Future #23

Dec 29, 2021

Once & Future #23 is a visual feast that harmonizes with a gripping confrontation to present a wonderful tale about the generational pain of stories. The creative team feels like a band playing bangers after banger, working in tandem to get the blood pumping before the next big set. Even in a quieter issue with less action and more character work, the team gives it their all and reminds the reader why Once & Futureis one of the best books on the spinner rack.

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10
Once & Future #24

Jan 27, 2022

Once & Future #24 feels like a myth wrapped in a story in a bulletproof vest. Gillen is clearly interested in tackling the clashing identity of Britain through the lens of a literal Arthurian civil war. Working hand in hand with Gillens ambitious meta-discussion, Mora andBonvillain do next-level work making each interpretation of Arthur feel unique while still being based on a shared foundation. The symmetry that the three establish across the book is a stunning case of creators working in perfect sync and only proves this book is one of the best on the racks.

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10
Once & Future #25

May 4, 2022

With Once & Future hitting the 25-issue landmark, its clear the book has a fascination with how myths are twisted and interpreted. Gillens script provides Moras pencils, Bonvillains colors, and even Dukeshires letters the chance to subtly change and conform to the version of lore the story necessitates. This is one of the smartest books currently in the long boxes, and by far one of the most gorgeous, and deserves to be on everyones pull list. My biggest regret reading this book is that Im no longer in college, as this is a work that deserves to be read, reread, and picked apart, working on levels far beyond the action-adventure story of a man and his grandmother that it was originally sold as.

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10
Once & Future #26

Jun 1, 2022

As Once & Future barrels towards Gran's endgame for escaping the Otherworld and dealing with the Arthurs, the changes to the core trio of the book; Duncan, Rose, and Gran have only become more apparent. That growth is clear from Gillen's scripting, Mora's pencils, and Bonvillain's coloring.

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9.6
Once & Future #27

Jul 6, 2022

Once & Future #27 continues to be one of the best books on shelves across both the big two and independent publishers, with the entire creative team working together on a level that exceeds any of their other works. That isnt to disparage Gillens writing at Marvel, Mora and Bonvillains DC collaborations, or Dukeshires letters in Seven Secrets. Its just this team working with these characters, and this material, across a significant amount of issues, that feels like a special kind of alchemy thats incomparable. Even at almost 30 issues in, this series has something for everyone and should be jumped on by new readers immediately.

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10
Once & Future #28

Aug 5, 2022

Once & Future #28 vocalizes a core theme of the book, in which stories are consistent but people are not, and proves it by delivering yet another banger of an issue. Everything from Gillens script, to Moras pencils, Bonvillains colors, and Dukeshires letters, remain excellent by playing off whats been established in the series while still introducing new elements. Everything that happens in this issue feels inevitable, but still comes as a surprise thanks to the excellent meta-framework of the book. Combined with Moras stunning designs and Bonvillains almost transcendent coloring, in both the story and the breakaway flashback, the book proves just how consistent a story can be.

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10
Once & Future #29

Sep 8, 2022

Once & Future #29 is a strong opening salvo for the end of the series and promises plenty of action and humor for the last installment. Gran and Duncans plan is in motion, theyve been dealt one last betrayal and have to fight a dragon. Its the perfect set-up for a conclusion to this bombastic series. With a narratively satisfying script from Gillen, appropriate epic art from Mora, unequivocally elegant colors from Bonvillain, and finely tuned letters from Dukeshire, its clear that Once & Future is ready to go out on top, as the definitive Arthurian story of a generation. (Or at the very least, the one with the most badass rocket launcher-wielding Grandma.)

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10
Public Domain (2022) #1

Jun 29, 2022

For those who have slept on Zdarskys newsletter, and by extension this book, Public Domain deserves to be on your pull-list, as itll do what Jack Kirby promised comics to do, which is to break your heart, kid. But in the same breath, itll also reinforce everything that makes comics great, and remind you that they, and the people that make them, are worth fighting for.

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10
Public Domain (2022) #2

Jul 27, 2022

Public Domain #2 builds upon the first issue and continues to tackle and dig into the pain and exploitation of comic creators with his usual wit and bluntness. In an increasingly frantic and depressing reality for creators, and the lengths they have to go to just to make a living as media companies raid their works for profit, Zdarsky hammers the personal cost for the creator, and their families as well. If this book is not currently on your pull list, dont make the mistake of missing this book. It will make you laugh and cry all at once, and remind you to support creators as they make their pivots.

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10
Public Domain (2022) #3

Aug 25, 2022

Three issues in, and Zdarsky has already thrown a paradigm shift into Public Domain. Its an excellent bit of writing that leaves on an arresting cliffhanger that promises plenty of drama, and depending on a readers outlook, a possible happy or tragic ending. That stroke of genius writing, elevated by stunning art and innovative coloring, reminds anyone reading that Zdarsky is a tour-de-force. Public Domain should already be on every comic fans pull list, but if it isnt, theres still time to catch up before the next upsetting real-world event that further justifies the core ethos of this series.

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10
Public Domain (2022) #4

Sep 21, 2022

Public Domain only seems to get more relevant with each issue, inadvertently linking to real-world events that would make many call Zdarsky a psychic. In reality, its observing and drawing on patterns in an industry built on the unfair treatment and labor of creativity that Zdarsky is channeling. With this issue, Zdarsky gets to expand into some more action for a strong sequence that balances with absurd comedy before switching gears to a brutal and honest expression of an artist's hope for a legacy, and what it means to him and his family. Zdarskys range in this title is awe-inspiring and continues to remind readers about what goes on behind the scenes of their favorite works of art.

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8.6
Radiant Black #14

May 7, 2022

Radiant Black #14 is a strong continuation of what feels to be a breather arc and uses its downtime between massive cosmic threats to establish the emotional stakes for Marshall and Nathan. It also manages to give a sense of the human villains starting to appear on Earth, which is seemingly insignificant compared to those from beyond the stars. Higgins is too experienced and smart of a writer to be revealing this by accident, and itll be fascinating to see the way he infuses tension into later fights, and how the art and coloring teams will be able to bring that tension to the page.

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8
Radiant Black #15

Jun 15, 2022

If Marvel ever decides to resurrect the Ultimate Universe line, it's clear that the House of Ideas should look to Higgins and company's Massive-Versefor a template on how it can work across genre, mediums, and even publishing platforms. The DNA of Ultimate Marvel is apparent inRadiant Blackbut the indie universe has the benefit of a more cohesive and tighter core, and a genre savviness that elevates its simple stories. Fans clamoring for a spiritual successor toUltimate Spider-Man, or an ambitious interconnected multimedia experience set against a rich and fun tapestry, should check outRadiant Blackand the Massive-Verse.

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8.4
Radiant Black #16

Jul 28, 2022

Radiant Black #17 continues the books trend of combining classic superhero sensibilities and ingenious art to entertain and innovate with the form. The entire team and their works make this series feel more than a pastiche or homage to classic Spider-Man or similarly defined heroes, instead channeling the spirit of works like Ultimate Spider-Man, which blended those tropes with a modern edge to reflect a new era. Fans of those sensibilities and gorgeous art are going to continue to enjoy these series, and this issue is a reminder of what great art, coloring, and lettering can do to elevate an already strong, if slightly predictable script.

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8.6
Radiant Black #17

Aug 25, 2022

Radiant Black #17 resolves the first supervillain crossover of the Massive-Verse and sets up a potential looming threat in the form of Marshall. The issue is an excellent showcase for Costas art and Farrells colors to distinguish the various Radiants and the villains, juggling multiple powers and fighting styles. This issue bookends the current arc, and makes for a great place to catch up with Radiant Black as the book seems to be moving toward a character-driven and emotionally charged conflict between the Radiants.

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6.2
Radiant Black #18

Sep 24, 2022

Radiant Black #18 is an attempt by the creative team to play with the books format and structure. It succeeds in the small picture, but at least in a digital reading ecosystem, the concurrent timelines are hard to follow. The actual emotional arc and plot are strong and help deepen Wendells character, but the presentation tries to mimic his Radiant powers but instead undercuts the flow of the story. Paired with Simeones art that sells the world-weariness of this character thats seen the future, the issue had the chance to be a strong character study. Instead, it's a decent story that swings for the fences, but its experimental structure hinders more than it helps.

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10
Reckless: The Ghost In You OGN

Apr 13, 2022

The Ghost in You is an exceptionally thrilling crime graphic novel, and in an already gripping series of OGNs, feels like something even more special. It feels like an understatement at this point to recommend The Ghost in You, as everyone should already be reading the series, but it does well to reiterate that the alchemy of Brubaker and the Phillips are on full display in this volume, and it should not be missed. In breaking from the typical narrative format from the previous installments, the creative burrows into Anna and her past and gives a texture to the world and characters theyve felt. That texture and weight sink in, and much like the ghosts that Anna is dealing with, linger with you the further you get away from this book.

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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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6.8
Refrigerator Full of Heads (2021) #2

Nov 16, 2021

Refrigerator Full of Heads #2 is one of those books sold by its lettering. In an otherwise pretty lackluster sophomore issue, its the graphics of the issue that draw the eye and keep the story moving, while also reinforcing the premise of the books mythologically twinged weapons. Hopefully, with continued use of excellent lettering and the promise of more vicious action sequences, Refrigerator Full of Heads will roll into more interesting territory.

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5.2
Shadow War (2022): Omega #1

May 31, 2022

Ultimately Shadow War Omega is a scattershot ending to a scattershot of an event, not committing to a story about any of the titular characters, or dealing with the previous series in earnest. Whats clear is this books status as a set-up for Williamsons upcoming Dark Crisis. The crossover as a whole feels like a pit stop to pad time before the universe-altering event and is more interesting in theory, rather than execution. Shadow War Omega is an excellent book to look at, but the story is lacking, and if nothing else, hopefully Segovia will get to tackle a limited series or Black Label book next.

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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
Stillwater (2020) #11

Nov 10, 2021

Stillwater #11 is the perfect issue to fall between arcs of a larger story, spending its page count to give the story, and the audience, a chance to catch their breath before barreling into the next stage of the story. Zdarsky and Prez are preparing for the next stretch of the journey, and through brilliant art and tight storytelling, set up what feels like a major turning point in the tale of this ageless, and seemingly, apathetic town.

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10
Stillwater (2020) #12

Jan 12, 2022

With issue #12, Stillwater continues to be one of the most formalistic but innovative comics in Images line-up. Theres something about the simplicity on the surface of the book that draws a reader in and reveals a much deeper reflection of time, immortality, and the testing of human nature when forced to weather the stillness of longevity. The team employs that simplicity and turns it into economic storytelling, utilizing every panel, word, and color to highlight just how much has changed in Stillwater, and the weight of violence in an invulnerable society.

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10
Stillwater (2020) #13

May 26, 2022

Stillwater #13 balances the abstract and concrete in both its writing and art, bringing the concepts of immortality, theology, and borders on a map to play out in the lives of townsfolk whether they believe in them or not. Zdarsky, Prez, and Spicer come out swinging in this issue, and tackle those bigger questions with stunning writing and grotesque art. Whether it's the revelation that maps can be changed, or that immortality will only lead to pain and suffering, the thematic tapestry of Stillwater is an enthralling thought experiment brought to the page.

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10
Stillwater (2020) #14

Aug 6, 2022

As Stillwater gets to enjoy a finite time that its characters do not, its themes solidify and proves it can still deliver some unexpected twists. Zdarsky's deep character work and steady pace paired with Prezs eerie expressions and callous action reinforce the horror of immortality. With the series working through its final arc, the secrets of the Stillness are surely coming to a head just as Daniel returns to Stillwater for a second time, threatening plenty of carnage and chaos to come.

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10
Stillwater (2020) #15

Sep 29, 2022

Stillwater #15 delivers yet another excellent and thought-provoking issue, using the concept of immortality as a springboard for a relation to human nature and what it means to live. Zdarskys script imbues the issue with a spiritual throughline that reflects the growth the seriess protagonist has gone through and makes a case for where he is going in the upcoming last three issues. If that wasnt enough, Prezs art and Spicers colors work to give a visual representation of how the people and environment of Stillwater have changed, in both their physicality and palettes. As the series conclusion looms, this issue is an excellent example of what a great creative team brings to a concept or idea, and engages with a conversation about heady topics like the fallout of immortality.

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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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10
That Texas Blood #12

Nov 24, 2021

That Texas Blood #12 is in its essence a tale about how the story is never really over, and how real life does not have natural closure. Cordon and Phillips take the notion of tying up loose ends and turn it on its head, showing that nothing is ever really over, and trauma and evil linger past their believed conclusion. As the book moves from this arc, into its interlude issue and third arc, itll be fascinating to see just how much darkness was released into Ambrose county, and how Joe Bob will be forced to confront it. Hopefully, Eversaul is still kicking and prepared to reappear and help Joe Bob keep it at bay, just like they did in 81.

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10
That Texas Blood #13

Dec 22, 2021

That Texas Blood #13 is a perfect one shot to bridge the gap between the books last arc and whatever twisted story Cordon and Phillips are concocting next. Its a devilish pleasure to see the creative team tackle the darker side of Christmas, and recognize that for every bright north star in the sky, theres a dark void waiting to engulf it. For anyone that has not read the previous issues of the book, or those who have poured over the first twelve issues of the series, this issue is a stunning pit stop in which the writing and coloring get to stretch their legs and tell a dark tale of corruption and restitution.

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10
That Texas Blood #14

Jun 9, 2022

That Texas Blood #14 is a perfect comic, a chilling start to a tense arc in which a serial killer/slasher returns to Ambrose County. In 29 pages, Condon and Phillips prove that they havent missed a beat in between arcs, and the technical aspects of the series have only sharpened with the previous issues under their belt. This is a book thats perfect for the new reader looking for a dark crime story and rewards the continuing readers as it builds on the last arc and the Christmas special issue. No matter whos picking up this book, its clear that That Texas Blood is something special, and whatever is to come will only continue to confirm that.

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10
That Texas Blood #15

Jul 6, 2022

With That Texas Blood #15, Condon and Phillips (along with Martins touches to the coloring) bring a rich new layer of symbolism and textuality to the concept of blood in the snow. The use of the visual motif is a great encapsulation of what this book does best, which is to riff on established tropes and themes in neo-noir and neo-western stories, and through stunning art and writing, elevate them to something new and unique. Its a book that also doesnt forget the ongoing story even as it shifts across Joe Bobs life, and gives enough for both new readers and those who have been along for the ride since issue #1.

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10
That Texas Blood #16

Aug 4, 2022

That Texas Blood #16 is another perfect installment in an already perfect series, elevating the level of craftsmanship in both the script, art, and coloring as it burrows deeper into the conventions of slasher stories. Condon and Phillips have thrived thanks to the shift from gritty crime thriller to slasher/survival story, playing with the rhythm and flow of the book to ratchet the tension and atmosphere of Ambrose County. The white snow works as an oppressive force, blanketing the county and trapping the inhabitants as RQK quietly lurks and plans to strike his next victim. This issue delivers on plenty of explosive dialogue and rising tensions, channeling the best of paranoia and pressure to deliver a compelling chase and missed meetings between Joe Bob and the RQK. Its not too late to catch up with this arc, and not doing so is to do a disservice to one of the best comics on the stands, period.

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10
That Texas Blood #17

Sep 8, 2022

The books last page reveal will shake you to your core, letting the imaginary horrors waiting to befall people in pain take root while waiting for the next issue. Writers, artists, and colorists should pick this issue up to see just how powerful the various aspects of the craft can be to enrich an atmosphere. That isnt to say everyone else should skip this book. Anyone who just wants to be chilled to their core will love this issue and the series at large.

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9
The All-Nighter #6-7

Jul 4, 2022

Not to boil down yet another amazing creator to just their big two, work-for-hire projects, but everything about The All-Nighter makes the looming prospect of Zdarsky and Jorge Jimnezs Batman even more exciting. Its clear with this series, along with his proto-Batman training mini-series, Batman: The Knight, that Zdarsky has plenty to talk about regarding bat-theme vigilantes. Hopefully, hell bring back a bit of the Batman as a myth of the Gotham underworld concept that the character thrives in. With the track record of these seven issues of The All-Nighter, that hope gets brighter and brighter every issue. On its own, The All-Nighter is a fun and pulpy meditation on superheroes as modern mythology, blending superb writing with striking art and colors to scratch an itch that many mainstream superhero stories just cant reach.

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9
The Rush #1

Oct 30, 2021

The Rush is a book that feels like the first winds of a harsh winter, bringing in a sense of dread and despair to those who experience it. In this first issue, it becomes clear that Spurrier, Gooden, and the team are drafting a tale of bleak horror in a remote landscape with the souls of the characters at risk. Its an excellent set-up to a horror narrative, and feels like a bundle of letters found generations later, to be passed along and remembered in a new light.

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9.4
The Silver Coin #7

Dec 11, 2021

The Silver Coin #7 is a rewarding read both at the macro and micro levels. On one hand, it is the classically tragic story of a gambler who almost reached the top, but has the world taken from under them. On the other hand, it's a story about the sacrifice of a man built up to the best and is cut down by a dark designer engineering fate. In both cases, the story and myth of the Silver Coin is a compelling reason to pick up this issue and to go back and read the previous installments, to experience Walshs stunning art and a cavalcade of talented script building to this point.

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8.8
The Silver Coin #8

Jan 22, 2022

With issue #8, The Silver Coin has begun to enter a dialogue with itself, binding themes and plots together across the titular coins storied history. The issue is a triumph in form and drafting horror from the technical elements of the book, showcasing Walshs talent as both an artist and letterer. If there was any doubt that Walsh is one of the premier voices in modern horror comics, then The Silver Coin is murdering that doubt and reminding us all that good craft is the scariest monster of all.

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8
The Silver Coin #9

Feb 19, 2022

With a stronger desire or reason for the coin to gravitate toward, this issue could have been another hit. Instead, its just a by-the-numbers issue that coasts on the excellent art from Walsh. The Silver Coin is still a great buy, and the benefit to the books structure is that the next issue will bring something new and exciting, hopefully blending the strengths of both this issue with the previous.

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10
The Silver Coin #10

Mar 16, 2022

The Silver Coin #10 is a triumph in both art and storytelling and cements Walsh as one of the most inventive creators in the western horror comic space. Walsh takes the familiar premise of the Faustian bargain and makes it wholly original while building out mythology based in character work. Its a gripping way to expand the world of the series and provides even more fertile ground for future stories set in this world. From more eldritch terrors possibly trying to worm their way into the world, to other mystical beings at work (as seen in #7), and a possibly endless amount of flawed people with ironic desires, Walsh has built something special with The Silver Coin.

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8.8
The Silver Coin #11

Jun 22, 2022

The Silver Coin #11 is an solid comic with the bones to be a great one. The writing leaves much to be desired - sticking to the surface-level when it could be cutting to the core, especially knowing the background of Tynion and his ability to craft compelling horror. Walsh delivers consistent excellence in his linework and lettering, and he and Griffins colors do much of the heavy lifting for the story. In a series that feels like it has something to say with the stories it tells due to the influence of the coins evil influence, this issue just is lacking in that pointed subtext. The elements are all there to tell a story about capitalism destroying small businesses, the reckless consumption of meat that will tear apart the industry, or even the plight of the working class in the service industry during an era when conditions have only declined. Instead, the script plays at face value and is only saved by imaginative art and lettering that begins to tap into those deeper elements.

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9
The Silver Coin #12

Jul 20, 2022

The Silver Coin #12 is a harrowing story of war and its horrors, revealing how once the line between humanity and inhumanity is blurred, the darker and more existentially terrifying we as a species become.

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10
The Silver Coin #13

Aug 17, 2022

The Silver Coin #13 continues the trend of excellent horror stories, recovering from a slight unsteady arc to pack a punch with this current line-up of writers. This issue, in particular, feels thematically relevant for the times, and will only continue to do so as Americans grapple with a post-Roe society. Walsh meets that harsh thematic content with a style of body horror that exceeds anything seen in the series before and makes the stomach knot both on the page and in the reader. Its a twisted instance that sells what makes this book special and lives up to the content warning provided at the beginning of the issue.

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10
The Silver Coin #14

Sep 16, 2022

The Silver Coin #14 is a chilling but mesmerizing look into a trauma that many of us are still living through, utilizing horror to heighten those feelings of helplessness and despair. With Pichetshotes ability to weave emotional beats into moments of utter terror, Walsh and Griffin make this issue the most timely story in the interconnected anthology series by matching that craft. Everything about this book, from the story, to the plotting, and the art, is both twisting and timely, delivering what might be the best issue of an already strong series.

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7
X-Men (2021): Hellfire Gala #1

Jul 11, 2022

With X-Men: Hellfire Gala #1, Duggan and company have charted the next phase of the Krakoan tapestry, setting up storylines that will touch the wider Marvel Universe, rather than just staying focused on the internal X-line. From Spider-Man to the Avengers, the Eternals, and even the Fantastic Four, the tensions are at an all-time high for mutants and the world around them. Its a shame that the art of this one-shot doesnt quite match those narrative implications, and instead offers a subdued visual entry into the X storyline. Ultimately, this years Hellfire Gala is a fun, if restrained, selection of a new X-Men roster, and set-up for more interesting stories on the horizon.

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