Elias Rosner's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Multiversity Comics Reviews: 161
7.2Avg. Review Rating

7.3
A Walk Through Hell #7

Jan 21, 2019

"A Walk Through Hell" continues to low-key terrify as it builds its narrative towards greater reveals and questions. The dialogue and narration don't always land but the artwork makes sure you're kept on the seat of your chair.

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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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7.9
Action Comics (2016) #1003

Oct 1, 2018

After last issues' missteps, it's nice to see the story moving forward with an artist who really deserves more interior work.

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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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5.9
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #16

Mar 4, 2019

'Hunted' starts off on the wrong foot, offering an opening that would have been better off closing, in spite of the always stellar art team.

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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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6.5
Animosity: Evolution #8

Oct 22, 2018

Too much dialogue crowds the panels and harms the comic, despite it being necessary to characterize the animals.

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6.0
Archie Meets Batman '66 #5

Dec 10, 2018

A serviceable issue that is really all set-up for the final issue, making me wonder why the series couldn't have been 5-issues instead of 6.

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5.2
Archie: 1941 #3

Dec 3, 2018

A serviceable issue that does nothing really new but has enough good ideas to give it a cursory glance. At least it's not just a rose-colored nostalgia trip.

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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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8.0
Bad Luck Chuck #1

Mar 29, 2019

Held back by some of the art quirks that help establish the tone of the comic, Bad Luck Chuck #1 is a fantastic start to a funny, brisk new miniseries that, I believe, is only going to get better from here.

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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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7.0
Batman: Kings of Fear #3

Oct 29, 2018

"Batman: King of Fear" #3 is good fun, with dark, soulful art, providing a nice counterpoint to the main "Batman" title.

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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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7.1
Black Hammer: Cthu-Louis #1

Dec 14, 2018

Not the strongest Hammerverse title but only because the comic tried to do too much, in too few pages. The heart is there, the art is there, the story is almost, almost there.

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9.4
Black Hammer: Age of Doom #8

Mar 1, 2019

Black Hammer: Age of Doom #8 returns with a slow, quiet issue that showcases just why the series is so lauded. It may not have answered many questions but it made sure the ones it asks are worth our time.

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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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9.0
Bone Parish #1

Jul 27, 2018

A crime drama masquerading as a horror story, "Bone Parish" #1 is equal parts intriguing, creepy, and intense. If this is merely the setup, then we're in for a fantastic journey.

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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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7.0
By Night #11

May 13, 2019

A good penultimate issue that is hampered by some thin characterization and set-up but still retains the charm and magic of the rest of the series.

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7.8
By Night #12

Jun 17, 2019

By forgoing the set-up that issue #11 neatly delivered to it and instead providing us with a less neat but more satisfying conclusion, "By Night" #12 shows its roots in PG sci-fi films of the 70s and 80s and solidifies the quality of the series as a whole.

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6.8
Calamity Kate #2

Apr 18, 2019

A solid second issue that complicates Kate, showing that despite the frustration she engenders, she is the perfect protagonist and the right, complex character to follow. If only the issue had used its space a bit more economically.

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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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8.6
Clue: Candlestick #2

Jun 20, 2019

While certainly not everyones cup of tea, Clue: Candlestick is a mesmerizing take on the board game that captures its essence and crafts a mystery that you cant help but try to solve.

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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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9.0
Crypt of Shadows (2019) #1

Jan 25, 2019

Homage and update, Crypt of Shadows #1 shows how to do anthology horror right and how to properly honor the property for Marvel's 80th.

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5.0
Cyber Force (2018) #5

Sep 3, 2018

The spectacle of the artwork can't save an overdone plot and one-dimensional characters that skirt the line between semi-realized and flat as a board.

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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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3.0
Devil Within #1

Oct 15, 2018

Overdone, rushed cliches pack much of this comic that reads more like the start to a particularly bad horror anthology tale than that of a stand-alone series.

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8.9
Dial H For Hero (2019) #3

May 23, 2019

For the homages alone, this comic is worth the price of admission. Tack on the themes at play and the characters we follow, and the comic becomes better and better with each issue.

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7.0
Dog Days of Summer #1

Jun 3, 2019

From beach bods and terror in the water, "Dog Days of Summer" has something for everyone in this fun anthology. Plus, the line "I cannot serve fungus burgers to the Justice League!" is spoken. 'Nuff said.

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7.3
Edge of Spider-Geddon #1

Aug 20, 2018

A fun and energetic one-shot that gives us plenty of that alternate Spider action we've been craving. Punk gone global meets the Marvel Universe.

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6.9
Elvira: Mistress of the Dark #1

Jul 16, 2018

A good, albeit flawed, first issue that captures Elvira but cannot quite capture her humor or place her in anything but a mediocre plot.

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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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7.0
Euthanauts #1

Jul 19, 2018

Final Verdict: 7.0. A gorgeous comic that has the potential to be great but will lose readers due to an overwhelming amount of information that doesn't fit together as of yet.

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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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7.9
Faith: Dreamside #2

Nov 5, 2018

Doctor Mirage has never felt more real thanks to Kim & Bellaire's artwork. The story may be slow, but everything else more than makes up for it.

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5.1
Fallen World #2

Jun 6, 2019

Fallen World #2 continues the standard narrative without much flair and, while it feels entirely extraneous, has enough moments of interest to make me reach the end.

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7.0
Farmhand #6

Mar 21, 2019

Fun characters and the always wonderful and unique artwork cant quite make up for the rocky pacing of the issue. It has plenty of heart but not enough answers and, perhaps, too much technobabble.

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8.0
Fearscape #2

Nov 12, 2018

A fantastic follow-up to a stunning debut that is perhaps a bit too obtuse for its own good. It is also a comic wherein the word obtuse would be simultaneously praised, used and ridiculed and it is all the better for it.

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9.2
Five Years #1

May 6, 2019

A return to form and a strong debut for Moore's newest series. Even if you have never read a previous Terry Moore comic, pick this one up"and then check out the rest of them.

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7.7
Friendo #3

Dec 21, 2018

Despite the unintentional melting faces, "Friendo" #3 continues put a fun-house mirror to today in intriguing, new and messed up ways. It twists and turns without ever feeling cheap, I can't even begin to imagine what is going to come next. . .and that is exciting.

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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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9.0
Giant Days #42

Sep 10, 2018

"Giant Days" is consistently fantastic and issue #42 is no exception, showing the growth of not only the characters but of the artist and writer as well. A bittersweet issue, much like that Babylon 5 advent calendar and the embrace of Sexy Petrock.

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8.9
Giant Days #48

Mar 11, 2019

"Giant Days" hardly has a bad issue and this one is no different. Pick it up and enjoy your time with Ester, Daisy, and Susan to the fullest.

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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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6.7
Grave Danger #2

Aug 27, 2018

Norton's art is in top form but the world, while fully-formed in the minds of the creators, isn't conveyed well enough to make the story feel substantial enough. The ideas, however, are wonderfully out there.

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8.7
Head Lopper #11

Mar 14, 2019

Head Lopper #11 bring the story of the Knights of Venorah arc to final chapter, answering questions that then beget more, better, more tantalizing ones. A strong third chapter on all fronts.

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4.5
Heroes In Crisis #3

Nov 29, 2018

The best issue so far, with art that gets the tone of the piece. Yet it is hampered by a cynical story, near-non-existent characterization and aspects that should have been present two issues ago. Hopefully the shift in focus is indicative of something better to come but I'm not holding my breath.

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2.0
Heroes In Crisis #8

Apr 29, 2019

It's insulting and shows a contempt for the audience that does not feel intentional but is there nevertheless. It excavates King's larger misunderstanding of who Wally is and what motivates him as well as bringing into relief just how little we know about how Sanctuary was supposed to work.

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2.5
Heroes In Crisis #9

May 30, 2019

It ends, much as it began, with the seeds of a strong idea smothered by its own pretensions and a muddy method of delivery, leaving a trail of senseless death caused by one moment of weakness.

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8.8
Ice Cream Man #9

Feb 1, 2019

Ice Cream Man #9 succeeds thanks to the power of the creative team in this genre switching origin story that answers exactly the right number of questions and provides the right amount of creepy.

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6.9
Incursion #2

Mar 25, 2019

Suffering from a detour that is equal parts important and wasteful, as well as the dissonance between art and lettering, "Incursion" #2 remains strong thanks to its individual components and the simplicity of its narrative.

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7.9
Incursion #4

May 27, 2019

The "Incursion" may be over but this isn't the end for the Eternal Warrior and the Geomancer, and I cannot wait to see more.

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7.0
Infinite Dark #4

Feb 4, 2019

Despite some artistic hangups, "Infinite Dark" #4 wraps up everything it needed to in a satisfying manner while providing enough of a hook that the next installment can't come soon enough.

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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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8.5
Lone Ranger (2018) #1

Oct 4, 2018

Mark Russell is still in top form with a new #1 for a licences property and the creative team couldnt be stronger. While a bit light on the Lone Ranger part, it is a beautiful, smart book that interrogates its premise and the history behind it.

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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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6.4
Low #20

Jan 7, 2019

Tocchini's stylizations, and the long break between issues, hurts "Low's" return to shelves as it spends too much time on the tonal returns.

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7.8
Mars Attacks (2018) #5

Feb 25, 2019

"Mars Attacks" goes out with the war in the background and the human drama at the forefront, providing a fitting end to a wacky, heartfelt mini-series.

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8.5
Martian Manhunter (2018) #1

Dec 6, 2018

"Martian Manhunter" #1 is the start to the detective-noir-cop procedural comic we've all been waiting for from DC. Not a perfect debut but a small stumble at the start of a marathon doesn't mean much by mile 15 and if you aren't blown away by Rossmo's art, then you need to get your eyes checked.

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7.0
Marvel Zombie (2018) #1

Oct 19, 2018

"Marvel Zombie" #1 makes me continue to hope we'll get more fun, obscure one-shots in the future. If you're ok with the gross factor, pick this up and experience the laughter and the zombies.

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6.8
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: Shattered Grid #1

Aug 30, 2018

Shattered Grid #1 managed to conclude a Power Rangers crossover and fill it with heart and nuance all the while setting up what promises to be new, yet familiar direction. Despite its flawed pacing choices and artistic decisions, it is what I wish more DC/Marvel events were like. Im sure anyone whos followed the crossover will find this conclusion satisfying.

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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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2.5
Moon Knight (2017) #200

Oct 26, 2018

In a run with moments of brilliance, the conclusion drowns them all out with a nonsensical story without a satisfying resolution, art that is mostly, technically fine but clashes with the tone, and a main character that was less developed than one of his antagonists.

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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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5.9
Moth & Whisper #5

Jan 11, 2019

Moth and Whisper #5s strengths are the same as always but the weaknesses are more readily apparent now that were at the end, closing out with the thought that a little more decompression wouldve gone a long way.

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6.0
Nancy Drew (2018) #5

Nov 1, 2018

Too much action, not enough mystery and a lackluster conclusion to what started off as a very engaging book. Their next adventure will need some retooling but the characters are too good for this to be their only adventure.

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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
Nightwing (2016) #53

Nov 22, 2018

Nightwing #53 fails to impress, focusing on too much of the wrong thing. There are the seeds of a good story here but its being drowned and crushed by dialogue and pacing issues.

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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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8.0
Outer Darkness #5

Mar 18, 2019

"Outer Darkness" #5 solidifies that nagging worry in the pit of your stomach, making certain that something terrible is coming to this adventure, and that we can only watch from afar. It is equal parts terrifying and engrossing and something not to be missed.

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6.9
Over the Garden Wall: Hollow Town #1

Sep 24, 2018

A great start to the ever-expanding Over the Garden Wall franchise that captures the atmosphere of the show almost perfectly with some stylistic hiccups that will take some getting used to.

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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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7.6
Project: Superpowers (2018) #1

Aug 2, 2018

"Project Superpowers" #1 is a bombastic first issue held back by two pages, and a couple other art gaffs, that don't quite live up to the rest of the comic.

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7.7
Quantum Age: From the World of Black Hammer #5

Dec 17, 2018

The penultimate issue of "The Quantum Age" proves itself to be a powerful story of reconciliation and connectivity in spite of the slowing down of the rest of story this creates.

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8.0
Real Science Adventures: The Nicodemus Job #2

Aug 24, 2018

"The Nicodemus Job" #2 is a heist plan gone right, with art that is oozing charm and humanity while keeping a solid grasp on the world around it.

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8.8
Red Sonja (2019) #2

Mar 8, 2019

Red Sonja #2 is a strong book thanks to the interplay between members of its creative team, deserving its place among the great Red Sonja runs. Humorous and biting but serious enough for the world the characters inhabit, its clear this team understands Sonja.

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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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7.9
Sabrina the Teenage Witch (2019) #3

Jun 24, 2019

"Sabrina: the Teenage Witch" #3 is fun, funny, tense, and everything a modern interpretation of the property should be, with the right balance of snark and darkness, and gorgeous visuals to match, even if the story itself is taking its sweet time.

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5.9
Scales And Scoundrels #12

Sep 17, 2018

Closing out Dorma's emotional arc in an issue that should have been two, "Scales & Scoundrels" doesn't end on a high note but it does leave me craving more. This series will be missed.

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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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6.7
Shade, the Changing Woman #6

Aug 6, 2018

"Shade the Changing Woman" #6 concluded the only way it could have: beautifully poetic and surreal but lacking the clarity and supporting character depth that would have made this a fantastic work.

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9.0
She Could Fly: The Lost Pilot #1

Apr 15, 2019

Exactly what one could hope for from the follow-up to "She Could Fly." If you slept on the original, get in on this now.

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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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6.7
Snow White with the Red Hair #1

May 10, 2019

Held back by the opening chapter and continued rushed pace, this is still well worth your time, especially those craving that new fantasy romance series that just refuses to get published by american comics companies.

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5.8
Sonic The Hedgehog (2018) Annual #2019

May 2, 2019

Sonic the Hedgehog Annual 2019 is nothing special but a lot of fun. Its certainly leagues better and less terrifying than the Sonic 06 adaptation Paramount seems desperate to make.

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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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5.6
Star Wars Adventures: Tales From Vader's Castle #2

Oct 12, 2018

Atmosphere abounds in this creepy, spooky tale but not even the art can save a mediocre story that feels paint by the numbers. There was potential for a great all-ages horror story here but it fails to surprise or remain cohesive.

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6.1
Stone Star #1

Apr 1, 2019

Not the strongest first issue but with a new take on old tropes, this could shape up to be a fantastic sci-fi story. Fans of this genre will most likely enjoy it more than those approaching it for the first time.

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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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7.1
Strangers In Paradise XXV #5

Aug 13, 2018

Moore's artistry and storytelling are as strong as ever but the slowness of the issue holds it back.

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6.8
Strangers In Paradise XXV #6

Sep 14, 2018

Moore's draftsmanship is obscured by heavy amounts of narration that take away more than they add. A weaker issue but even the weakest of Moore's work holds greatness.

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8.0
Strangers In Paradise XXV #10

Feb 14, 2019

Moore's strong character work, animated lettering and always stellar artwork turns what could've been just an OK conclusion into one that provides the right balance of closure and open-endedness. Despite "SiP XXV" ending, the door is still open and I cannot wait to see what comes next.

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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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5.8
Teenage Wasteland #1

Jul 30, 2018

An off-putting art style and strange color decisions bring down the score but the comic has the potential to be a good addition to the genre.

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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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7.3
The Sandman Universe #1

Aug 9, 2018

The artwork presented is scrumptious, the introductions to the four new series tantalizing, and the characters feel alive in all the right ways. Sandman Universe #1 is only held back by a nebulous sense of disconnect between what should be and what is on the page.

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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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9.0
The Whispering Dark #2

Nov 26, 2018

Emgard, Aira and Mantella are crafting something special here, with a main character that who's narration can't quite be trusted, beautifully rendered artwork, and a story that plays on paranoia in a way that few modern comics do effectively.

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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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8.7
The Wicked + The Divine: The Funnies #1

Nov 8, 2018

A comic that is greater than the sum of its parts that managed to remain true to the spirit of the series while taking the piss out of it the whole time. If I were a less fun person, I think Id just call it OKAY.

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8.5
The Wicked + The Divine: 1373 #1

Sep 27, 2018

These specials have been nothing short of fantastic and this is no exception. Stunning artwork and a story that has way more layers than it out to.

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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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8.0
Usagi Yojimbo: The Hidden #6

Sep 21, 2018

With no new revelations or exciting developments, "Usagi Yojimbo: The Hidden" #6 is the weakest of the mini-series so far but is still a thoughtful, fun and beautiful book.

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7.0
Vault of Spiders #2

Nov 19, 2018

The anthology format of "Vault of Spiders" has been a real treat, despite some of the stories' lackluster elements and the somewhat unimportant framing device. The shortness of the stories was a boon to some and a hindrance to others but all were enjoyable in their own rights.

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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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9.0
War of the Realms #1

Apr 4, 2019

Visually stunning and suitably epic, this is an event comic that earns the moniker, even if this first issue does more set-up than it ought to.

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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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7.4
WWE #19

Jul 23, 2018

If all of "WWE" is as good as this issue, I may have to check out the rest of the back issues. Color me surprised.

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6.1
Young Justice (2019) #4

Apr 8, 2019

"Young Justice" #4 spends too much time circling in place and dramatizing events that could easily have been summarized. Character voices may be strong but the larger narrative needs to get a move on soon.

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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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