Elias Rosner's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Multiversity Comics Reviews: 84
7.2Avg. Review Rating

7.1
Abbott #2

Mar 1, 2018

Unnecessary repetition and the wrong choice of opening and closing holds back an otherwise fantastic issue filled with exquisite paneling, fantastic character moments and an intriguing mystery. Hopefully the next one can recapture the magic of the first issue.

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4.9
Adventure Time/Regular Show #1

Aug 7, 2017

A slog of a first issue that doesn't quite grasp the show's characters, which, as a fan, is disappointing.

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8.7
Aliens: Dust to Dust #1

Apr 26, 2018

An Aliens comic for fans new and old filled with atmosphere, horror, action, and truly cinematic pages. Hardman has proven he knows how to construct a page, now lets see if he can construct a story.

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6.8
Animosity: Evolution #5

Apr 16, 2018

A decent issue with some stellar pages and the same writing you'd expect from Bennett. A tighter focus would really benefit the comic though.

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7.9
Armstrong and the Vault of Spirits #1

Feb 12, 2018

A solid one-shot that gives some insight into Armstrong & his corner of the Valiant Universe.

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7.8
Assassinistas #1

Dec 21, 2017

Final Verdict: 7.8 " A Fantagraphics book at IDW, essentially. Read that however you believe it should be read.

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8.3
Astro City (2013) #50

Feb 2, 2018

Astro City will be missed when it goes from monthly to OGN in two months but until then, we can continue to revel in all its wonderful humanity.

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6.7
Avengers (2016) #689

Apr 23, 2018

A good climax to a large series that had the misfortune of having too many Avengers and not enough panel space for them.

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6.8
Batman (2016) #47

May 21, 2018

The ending to an arc that is deeply sad and effective yet hard to classify. Not everyone will find this arc engaging, especially if you find King's dialogue trite, but for those invested, this won't disappoint, just merely confuse.

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8.8
Black Bolt #2

Jun 12, 2017

A worthy second issue filled with mystery, dynamic characters, and wonderfully, grand artwork.

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8.5
Black Bolt #3

Jul 7, 2017

Another great issue, filled with excellent characters, color, horror, and a boss from Dark Souls. The Silent King may have had a mouth but now, now he must scream.

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8.7
Black Bolt #4

Aug 4, 2017

A beautifully crafted issue soaked in questions, with no answers yet. At least, no easy ones.

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8.4
Black Bolt #5

Sep 8, 2017

"Black Bolt" speaks volumes and I am all too willing to listen.

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9.4
Black Bolt #6

Oct 6, 2017

Final Verdict: 9.4. Ward and Ahmed saved their A material for the end of their first arc and has cemented for me this run on my shelves. If they ever release an oversized, library edition of this, I will buy it no questions asked.

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7.0
Black Crown Quarterly #1

Oct 27, 2017

A weird, not very cohesive quarterly that is more magazine than comic showcase. Still, check it out if you miss the old Vertigo or an imprint with a strong editorial voice and a position.

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9.5
Black Hammer #10

Jun 26, 2017

The mystery deepens, the characters face tragedy, and we get a Liefeld tribute variant cover that sums up the 90s in a much better proportioned image.

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8.8
Black Hammer #12

Aug 28, 2017

Another fantastic backstory issue that shows builds the world, literally.

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8.5
Black Hammer #13

Sep 25, 2017

"Black Hammer's" most recent arc goes out, not with a bang, but with a KRA-KOOM!

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5.2
Bloodshot: Salvation #6

Feb 15, 2018

A decent, although repetitive, start to the second arc that has the misfortune of having art that has no emotions to it. This is an issue of necessary, just not very interesting, set-up.

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6.7
Brilliant Trash #1

Nov 20, 2017

I am intrigued enough to continue but this feels like the first half of a pilot episode instead of the first issue.

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5.6
By Night #1

Jun 14, 2018

Love the last two pages, the rest is a bit of a mixed bag. Story and character clash as "By Night" #1 tries to find its footing prior to the inciting incident.

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7.4
Clue #6

Nov 24, 2017

From Upton's snarky narration, to the constant playing with traditional whodunit narratives, this was a thoroughly enjoyable comic and this issue caps it off with an ending I certainly didn't see coming, even if it wasn't as satisfying as I'd have liked.

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7.9
Coda #2

Jun 18, 2018

"Coda" #2 expands the cast and complicates the narrative in ways that feel fresh and bringing our protagonist further from his goals in the best of ways.

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6.9
Dark Ark #1

Sep 21, 2017

A good first issue but one which could have been a whole lot stronger and a whole lot creepier.

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6.9
Darkhawk (2017) #51

Dec 4, 2017

Nothing too original but a great, fun throw-back issue to a '90s Marvel property and a narrative homage to a series that Hasbro and Marvel really need to reprint.

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8.2
Dept. H #20

Nov 27, 2017

Another strong example of why Kindt's characters are the highlight of his stories.

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8.4
Descender #23

Aug 17, 2017

The stakes continue to raise as we head towards the mid-point. I, for one, am excited to see how they'll get out the situations they're all stuck in.

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8.0
Detective Comics (2016) #981

May 24, 2018

Conclusions and goodbyes are difficult but the whole creative team made it look effortless, despite a few artistic stylizations that dont quite work.

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8.1
Ether: Copper Golems #1

May 17, 2018

Rubn and Kindt return to the world of Ether better than ever, penning a beautiful and somber opener to what promises to be a wild ride.

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8.9
Exiles (2018) #3

May 14, 2018

Another Marvel cosmic book hitting it out of the park with writing and art seamlessly intertwined to provide a host of worlds and an adventure with true stakes. Three issues in and Ahmed has me hooked in full once again.

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7.8
Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #3

Mar 12, 2018

Actors take the stage this month in this slow but important issue with some art qualms.

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8.9
Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #6

Jun 11, 2018

A poetic and bittersweet ending to a series that is more historical fiction than a "funny animal cartoon" adaptation. The back-up, despite its creativity, should have ended last issue.

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8.0
Giant Days #32

Nov 6, 2017

Exactly the kind of comic I need month to month. Sarin and Allison craft another highly funny issue while also continuing to let the characters grow.

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8.9
Giants #3

Feb 19, 2018

A fantastic, action packed third issue that leaves me wanting more in all the best ways.

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6.4
Giants #5

Apr 19, 2018

We need more Giants if only to allow the Valderramas to explore a world they werent given enough time or pages to explore. As a conclusion, this issue felt rushed and underdeveloped but as a piece of comic art, it was beautiful and tense.

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7.5
Grass Kings #15

Jun 4, 2018

An ending that has come too soon but one which was executed well and delivered on the promises of the series. Mysteries were solved, stories resolved, and characters were forever changed. Maybe one day we will be able to revisit the kingdom.

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5.8
Infinity Countdown: Darkhawk #1

May 28, 2018

A good reintroduction to the character and the start to something but ultimately nothing special. Lim's art and the return of Death's Head are the big draws.

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6.9
James Bond: The Body #3

Mar 26, 2018

The weakest of the issues so far with somewhat inconsistent art and a story that hovers too much near the start.

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6.9
Jimmy's Bastards #1

Jun 19, 2017

A decent first issue but will need to complicate its characters more in subsequent issues or it risks just being an NC-17-rated Bond parody. But I believe it can be done.

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5.9
Jughead: The Hunger (2017) #2

Dec 15, 2017

An unfortunately empty second outing to a promising new horror title. Hopefully the series finds its footing soon.

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7.3
Low #19

Aug 11, 2017

A good end of the arc that would have benefitted from coming out closer to the previous issue.

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8.5
Milk Wars: Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye/Swamp Thing Special #1

Feb 26, 2018

An action-packed, wild penultimate chapter to an already wild crossover. Bring on the finale!

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5.8
Moon Knight (2017) #188

Nov 10, 2017

A very well drawn but over-narrated and thinly characterized issue that fails as an introductory issue. This should have been the start of at least the second arc.

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7.9
Moonstruck #1

Jul 21, 2017

Final Verdict: 7.9. Romance wafts through the comic like coffee even if it is overshadowed a bit by a burnt smelling prophecy.

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5.5
New Mutants: Dead Souls #2

Apr 9, 2018

A comic that has the makings of something great but needs to find its footing. Older fans will probably get more millage out of this than new fans.

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5.9
Not Brand Echh #14

Nov 17, 2017

Your mileage will vary; for me, it didnt get me very far.

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7.9
Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #6

Nov 3, 2017

A very strong, emotionally heavy issue of this comedy series, if not a little out of character for Peter. Plus, it all took place over dinner, which is something I never thought Id see.

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8.5
Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #302

Apr 2, 2018

While issue #6 might still be my highlight of Zdarsky's run still, this issue makes me hopeful that 'Amazing Fantasy' will be a much better arc than the previous one.

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6.9
Resident Alien: An Alien in New York #1

Apr 13, 2018

A well-crafted issue that is held back by having to be an introduction point as well as the first issue of the fifth mini-series. It's hurt by its slowness but its slowness is also its greatest strength. If you've read all the previous series before this one, you'll probably get a lot more out of it than I did.

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6.5
Rom & The Micronauts #5

May 11, 2018

Concluding this mini on a bombastic and somber note, it couldnt hide some of the more persistent flaws of the mini. May more Rom and Micronauts come soon.

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7.1
Runaways (2017) #3

Nov 13, 2017

A great continuation to a series that hasn't quite found its center yet. Anka, keep drawing those beautiful people and Rowell, keep writing complexly.

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6.9
Secret Weapons: Owen's Story #0

Mar 16, 2018

A great entry point to Valiant and a wonderful character issue that is held back by a cramped layout and the constraints of it being a character focused prequel. So, what youd expect from a zero issue for a series that already exists.

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7.4
Slam!: The Next Jam #1

Sep 14, 2017

Julia may not be Fish but she brings a whole different feel to the world of SLAM! The track is set. Let the match begin!

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6.9
Slam!: The Next Jam #2

Oct 16, 2017

A decent second issue but one with a few structural issues that I hope are ironed out next time. Also, poor Knockout and Cancan, they just can't catch a break.

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7.0
Spider-Gwen (2015) #20

Jun 5, 2017

A solid issue, with a couple clarity issues, but just not what "Spider-Gwen" needed right now.

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7.3
Spider-Gwen (2015) #21

Jul 3, 2017

Better than the last but still too much Murdock, not enough Gwen.

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7.1
Spider-Gwen (2015) #22

Jul 31, 2017

A busy issue but filled with great moments and welcome amount of emotional scenes.

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7.9
Spider-Gwen (2015) #23

Sep 1, 2017

A return to form for "Spider-Gwen" and an issue that, even if you have no knowledge of the series prior, you should pick up, especially if, like me, you are a fan of Giant Days. Plus, a stellar cover.

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5.9
Spider-Gwen (2015) #24

Sep 29, 2017

After last months issue, this feels like one step forwards, four steps back. Still, Gwenom looks rad and Id be lying if I said I wasnt excited to see where this leads. Whether it disappoints me or not thats a whole 'nother story.

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7.3
Spider-Gwen (2015) #25

Oct 20, 2017

A return to form, even if it is a different form, for the ever changing Gwenom. Hopefully we dont ever have to see the Rhino again.

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8.9
Strangers In Paradise XXV #3

Apr 30, 2018

Moore's talent for crafting a compelling narrative, rich in visual emotions, continues here. If you haven't read anything by him, pick this series up or read any of his previous ones.

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8.9
Swamp Thing Winter Special #1

Feb 9, 2018

I cannot, in good conscience give this a 9.0 or higher due to the incomplete nature of the second story and the narrative flaws of the first. However, this is a special that made me WANT to reread it, not out of confusion but just to take in the storytelling. Do with that what you will.

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5.7
Swashbucklers: The Saga Continues #3

Jun 8, 2018

A disconnect of tone between the art and writing holds back this enjoyable issue.

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8.0
Sword of Ages #1

Nov 30, 2017

A visually stunning work that is held back by some impenetrable narration, although not enough to bar a firm recommendation.

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7.1
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #7

Jul 10, 2017

Archie Horror is back with a creepy beginning to a new arc (that will hopefully takes less than two years to complete).

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7.8
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #8

Aug 21, 2017

An issue that'll make you squirm in discomfort but you'll be unable to look away.

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2.5
The Jetsons (2017) #6

Apr 5, 2018

There is nothing truly horrible about this comic but as the conclusion to the mini, it serves to remind us how little actually happened and how utterly bland and overly-done its premise, and execution, was.

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6.1
The Mighty Crusaders (2017) #1

Dec 11, 2017

A boring opener to a standard superhero story that left very little impression on me. Nice, varied colors though.

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8.4
The Mighty Thor (2015) #21

Jul 24, 2017

The War Thor is loose and, as this issue proves, heaven help anyone who stands in his way.

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8.9
The Mighty Thor (2015) #23

Oct 2, 2017

A stellar issue of grand scale and grand set up. A title worthy of the hammer.

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9.0
The Mighty Thor (2015) #700

Oct 23, 2017

A celebratory issue overflowing with talent that doesn't lose sight of the past while forging ahead into new territory. Plus, Throg, Frog of Thunder battles the Rats of Queens. 'Nuff said.

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6.8
The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show #1

Sep 18, 2017

A great issue for fans of the series but for those who are not, this may not be the best introduction. Still, an enjoyable ride for all ages.

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7.4
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (2015) #22

Jul 17, 2017

"Unbeatable Squirrel Girl" continues to prove that it is funny, interesting and smart, all while being very accessible. It's a welcome comic to be on my pull list each month.

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7.9
The Wicked + The Divine #30

Aug 14, 2017

Wicked and Divine continues to be consistently great and is fast approaching what I believe will be an explosive and bloody conclusion to this arc.

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7.3
The Woods #35

Sep 11, 2017

Tynion and Dialynas have created a story where a lot has happened, especially since we started this final arc, and this issue is no exception. Balancing another series of character building flashbacks " filling in small details about Ben's character and the decisions he's made " with prepping for a war against a giant, green Isaac, as well as setting up the climax on Earth and deep beneath the mystery planet; this is no easy task and, for the most part, it is done well.

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8.0
The Woods #36

Oct 12, 2017

"The Woods" is a bittersweet tale of mystery, woe and growth. It opened on death and horror and now ends in death and tears"and hope.

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7.1
TMNT/Usagi Yojimbo #1

Jul 28, 2017

A fun battle comic featuring the heroes in a half-shell and the long lasting samurai bunny that is more accurately titled, "Usagi Yojimbo ft. TMNT."

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5.0
Under: Scourge of the Sewer #1

Dec 18, 2017

A gruesome B-movie comic that doesn't do enough to move beyond that which inspired it. While it's setting may be creative, its story is anything but.

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6.9
Underwinter: A Field of Feathers #1

Oct 30, 2017

A lot of great imagery and creepy visuals but light on plot and heavy on the empty space. Fawkes' fans will love it, others might have a harder time getting into it.

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4.0
War for the Planet of the Apes #1

Jul 14, 2017

For a comic called "War for the Planet of the Apes", it is surprisingly boring and doesn't have nearly enough apes or war.

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5.8
War Mother #1

Aug 24, 2017

A weak first issue that has a light at the end of the tunnel. Whether that's something good or just the sheen on Ignacio's face will be revealed, next month.

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3.2
Wild Storm: Michael Cray #6

Mar 19, 2018

A thoroughly skippable issue that amounts to exactly what you thought would happen at the end of issue #5. No twists, no interesting dialogue, and certainly no good art.

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5.7
Witchblade (2017) #1

Dec 7, 2017

A fantastic and intriguing first page attempts to hide the piecemeal, confusing first chapter of this new Witchblade series that really could have used a more coherent core and a second chapter directly afterwards.

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4.5
Zodiac Starforce: Cries of the Fire Prince #4

May 4, 2018

Final Verdict: 4.5. A weak end to a good mini-series. Read it for Paulina's art and the set up for a possible third series…if we ever get one. Until then, I'll stick to re-reading issue #2 and the first series.

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