Eric Nierstedt's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Comicsverse Reviews: 65
8.5Avg. Review Rating

GREEN LANTERNS #53 continues "Evil's Might" with a strong and revealing entry. Dan Jurgens finally starts answering questions, and the art team offers another strong entry.

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HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #50 ends "Last Charge" and the Darkstars with a powerful finish. Robert Venditti creates an emotional finale that looks amazing.

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GREEN LANTERNS #52 continues "Evil's Might with a much stronger entry than previous issues. The new art team improves tremendously, and Dan Jurgens tells a much stronger story.

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GREEN LANTERNS #51 continues "Evil's Might" with a plodding installment. The art and story improve a little from the previous issue, but Dan Jurgens and the art team still have room to improve.

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HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #48 begins "Last Charge" as the Lanterns and Darkstars go at it. The odds are against them, but Hal Jordan has a surprise plan...

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GREEN LANTERNS #50 brings on writer Dan Jurgens to start "Evil's Might." Unfortunately, it feels more like a rehash than a fresh start.

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GREEN LANTERNS #49 continues "Rebel Run" as Cruz works to prove her innocence. Writer Aaron Gillespie settles into his new role as he solidifies the cracks of the previous issue.

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HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #46 moves "Darkstar Rising" into the personal arena, as new Darkstar Guy Gardner goes after his abusive father. Robert Venditti gives Gardner a strong story to work with, but doesn't do quite as well with the rest of the cast.

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GREEN LANTERNS #48 begins "Rebel Run" and Aaron Gillespie's turn as head writer. He starts his tenure with an interesting, but somewhat muddled, story as Jessica has to run from the Green Lantern Corps.

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GREEN LANTERNS ANNUAL #1 brings Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz to an outer space Lantern memorial that results in a unique discovery. Andy Diggle writes a solid story, though it somewhat takes the Lanterns at face value.

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HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #45 continues "Darkstars Rising" with the Lanterns finding new, criminal allies. The setup is good, but it's hampered by odd story choices and some false advertising.

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GREEN LANTERNS #47 ends "Ghost of Our Past" with Baz and Cruz battling each other. Tim Seeley has Cruz finally face her demons, while the art team gets a great fight scene to draw.

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HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #44 starts this chapter of "Darkstars Rising" with introspection and a surprising recruitment drive. Robert Venditti keeps building the stakes for the eventual battle of two different kinds of justice.

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GREEN LANTERNS #46 brings 'Ghosts Of The Past" into dark territory. Tim Seeley weaves a tale of green ghosts, fear, and vengeance, while the art team builds a creepy world for him to do it in.

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HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #43 continues "Darkstar Rising" with a closer look at this new faction. Robert Venditti deepens the Darkstars and adds some nuance to the Lanterns' new foes.

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GREEN LANTERNS #45 continues "Ghosts Of The Past" with a slightly filler, but still gripping, chapter. Tim Seeley pushes Jessica closer to her lost memories, as Baz starts to find other answers.

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HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #42 brings the Corp up against a new threat -- the returning Darkstars. Writer Robert Venditti falters slightly, but still improves from the previous issue as he gives the Lanterns a new threat with a personal edge.

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GREEN LANTERNS #44 begins "Ghosts of the Past" as Jessica gets an offer from Singularity Jane. Tim Seeley and Co. mix psychological drama and black holes as this new storyline kicks off.

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HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORP #41 ends "Zod's Will" with a thud. Writer Robert Venditti once again loses the story in a huge fight, before undoing all the character work of previous issues.

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GREEN LANTERNS #43 brings "Superhuman Trafficking" to a close as the Lanterns engage the Order of the Steed. The issue is chock full of action, with strong character development thrown in.

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HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #40 brings the fight to Zod, as the Lanterns arrive to save Hal. Unfortunately, this issue isn't much more than a fight, which only serves as a warm-up for the next issue.

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GREEN LANTERNS #42 brings "Superhuman Trafficking" to its source, as the Lanterns confront the Order of the Steed. Tim Seely and the artistic team weave a bright, action-filled story while managing to get in some points about religion.

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HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #39 finally begins the Zod & Green Lantern feud proper, as the Corp arrives to rescue Jordan. There are intriguing side plots with Zod and the Guardians, as we move to an epic battle between Lanterns and Kryptonians.

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GREEN LANTERNS #41 works to get the "Superhuman Trafficking" arc moving properly, as the Lanterns go to the most criminal planet in the galaxy. Tim Seely moves away from the humor and clich storylines of the previous issue to weave a story of Lanterns out of their element.

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HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #39 continues the "Zod's Will" storyline by pulling back on the brutality of the last issue. Robert Venditti highlights the strategy of both Hal and Zod, all the while hinting towards a bigger plot.

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TWISTED ROMANCE #1 wants to be an anthology of dark love stories. However, it only succeeds once, as creativity overwhelms coherence in two of the three stories.

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GREEN LANTERNS #40 finds Baz and Cruz returning to Earth and quickly discovering a new crisis. Tim Seeley weaves a tale of superhero trafficking, but it gets slightly overshadowed by a new romantic storyline.

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ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #30 has the final confrontation between Laura, her family, and the Orphans of X. Tom Taylor weaves a story of Laura's regret and her chance for redemption. It's a surprising tale of shame and new beginnings, with strong art from Juann Cabal and Nolan Woodard.

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GREEN LANTERNS #37 finds the Guardians reforming with John Stewart as their conscience. It's a good thing too, as Hal and Kyle have discovered a new threat. Robert Venditti brings General Zod into the fray with a brutal introduction.

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GREEN LANTERNS #39 ends "A World of Our Own" with the climactic battle for Ungara's future. Tim Seeley weaves an action-packed story with a message that painfully echoes the real world.

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RAGMAN #4 has Ragman still under the dark training of Etrigan. As demons keep attacking, they also find a piece of Ragman's old life to tear at. Ray Fawkes delivers a tense story of dark magic, schemes, and regrets.

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GREEN LANTERNS #38 continues "A World Of Our Own" as Simon and Jessica battle civil war on Ungarra. Tim Seeley weaves a tale of war and culture shock, with the Lanterns finding disturbing similarities to Earth's conflicts on this alien world.

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HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #34 continues "Twilight of the Guardians." The Controllers have a plan in mind for the kidnapped Guardians, as the Lanterns search across the cosmos. Robert Venditti weaves a tale of a dark rebirth, which Jack Herbert and Jason Wright expertly support.

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GREEN LANTERNS #36 has Simon and Jessica trying to protect Bolphunga from a space lawyer with the power of a black hole. It's a weird as hell concept, but writer Tim Seeley manages to keep things grounded. Artists Ronan Cliquet and Hi-Fi also add some strong art.

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MIGHTY THOR #701 pits War Thor against the Mangog. It's an epic fight that takes up the whole issue. Unfortunately, there's not much else going in this story. James Harren and Dave Stewart add solid art, but this feels like buildup instead of an individual story.

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JESSICA JONES #14 brings Jessica one step closer to a new battle with Kilgrave. Brian Michael Bendis adds new levels to this conflict, while Micheal Gaydos brings us from the streets to space and back again.

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OLD MAN LOGAN #30 ends the "Days of Anger" story with a unique entry in the Hulk/Wolverine rivalry. Old Man Logan battles the Maestro as Ed Brisson makes this old rivalry seem new again. There are a few artistic missteps, but it's a pretty solid closer all the same.

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HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #31 ends "Mind Games" with a battle of wills and a question of desire. Robert Vendritti writes a story with equal amounts action and self-questioning. Artists Patrick Zircher and Jason Wright follow along with Ivan Reis-esque art.

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CHAMPIONS #13 continues the Avengers & Champions team up with a strong story and art.

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SHIRTLESS BEAR-FIGHTER #5 ends the epic saga of insanity with a surprisingly dramatic battle. That doesn't mean any of the insanity is lost, though. The creative team of Jody Leheup, Sebastian Girner, Nil Vendrell, and Mike Spicer craft a worthy end to their tale.

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THE UNBELIEVABLE GWENPOOL #21 is chock full of the fun and weird violence we've come to expect from GWENPOOL. Gurihiru bring bright colors and anime influence to the book, while Christopher Hasting writes Gwenpool a new mission and a very new power.

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ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #25 puts Laura on the trail of her brother Daken, and introduces a new foe called The Orphans of X. Tom Taylor writes a story that embraces Laura's past, but builds on it to create new questions for the future. Juann Cabal adds solid art throughout.

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JESSICA JONES #13 brings back the terror of Jessica's greatest enemy. The issue sets the scene with a powerful discussion between Jessica and Carol Danvers. Despite one misstep, Bendis, Gaydos, and Hollingsworth craft a strong tale that gives us a lot of questions for what's coming next.

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MIGHTY THOR #23 turns an epic battle between Thors into a timely message about war. Jason Aaron crafts his usual brand of mythic storytelling, while Valerio Schiti and Rain Beredo follow along with beautiful artwork.

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GENERATIONS: IRON MAN & IRONHEART #1 bucks the GENERATIONS trend as Riri Williams meets a future Tony Stark. The story doesn't work as well, with Brian Michael Bendis spinning an empty yarn about staying the course. Inconsistent art from Marco Rudy doesn't help.

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CHAMPIONS #12 moves away from SECRET EMPIRE and back to the antics that made the book click with readers. Mark Waid weaves a tale of emotional instability that shifts between laughter and heart-wrenching. Humberto Ramos and Edgar Delgado continue the bright, colorful style that is so important to the series.

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SPIDER-GWEN #23 puts its focus on Gwen's band, as the group debates Spider-Woman's identity. There's an amusing early story with Utau, with excellent illustration. Beyond that, the story is for long time readers only.

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INFAMOUS IRON MAN #11 builds on past issues, as Victor Von Doom and Dr. Strange hold astral therapy. Brian Michael Bendis builds on character while bringing revelations to the dark Reed Richards. Alex Maleev's art switches from gritty gunfights to astral planes with ease. A strong issue that sets up even better ones.

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GENERATIONS: PHOENIX & JEAN GREY #1 tells a strong story of young Jean Grey meeting her feared future self. Cullen Bunn creates a tense dynamic between two different versions of the same woman. R.B. Silvia's artwork helps create a space opera in the second half.

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GENERATIONS: BANNER HULK & TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #1 has Bruce Banner and Amadeus Cho meeting during the early days of The Incredible Hulk's run. Greg Pak weaves a story of two very different Hulks learning just what they hold inside. Matteo Buffagni and Dono Sanchez-Almara's art adds some powerful fight scenes to a solid issue.

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THE MIGHTY THOR #21 sees the rise of a new, violent Thor as the Ultimate Mjolnir is finally claimed. Destruction reigns across the realms as Odinson tries to save Jane Foster. Jason Aaron tells a story of violence begetting violence, aided by Valerio Schiti's bright and clear artwork.

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SACRED CREATURES is an overlong supernatural tale that feels ten years too late in arriving. Pablo Raimondi has solid artwork, but it isn't enough to make up for vague ideas and boring characters.

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BLACK MAGICK #6 shows Rowan coming into her powers at 13 and the pain it causes her. Greg Rucka weaves a tale of mystery and angst, while Nicola Scott's stark artwork is a major highlight.

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A naked wild man, evil bears, government agents, and a plot to take over the world. Oh, and flapjacks. Welcome to the insanity that is SHIRTLESS BEAR FIGHTER #1. It's glorious.

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ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #20 starts off with a quarantine but ends with an unlikely piece of hope. Writer Tom Taylor writes a story that pushes Laura through horrror into a new role, and Leonard Kirk's art enhances the action and daredevil fight scenes. A strong, solid issue that hints at bigger things to come.

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INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #6 brings the human side of Ironheart to life. Brian Michael Bendis crafts a personal story. While the action is light, artist Stefano Caselli is able to show off when the post-Doctor Doom Latveria is portrayed later in the book.

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VENOM #6 is a strangely heart tugging issue, as the symbiote struggles to escape an abusive host. Writer Mike Costa manages to make Venom a sympathetic monster, while Gerardo Sandoval keeps everything gritty. All of it then builds to an ending promising more trouble on the way.

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TITANS #10 is based around an epic fight... and not much else, but that doesn't mean it isn't a good read. Smart choices from writer Dan Abnett keep things moving and artists Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund keep the visuals crisp and colorful. A fun issue that harkens back to the classic 90's TEEN TITANS.

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CHAMPIONS #6 is a fun teambuilding story that shows off the group's individual strengths. But it's also a darker reflection of a new superteam to rival the Champions. Fun art and great storytelling make this an excellent issue.

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CHAMPIONS joins the MONSTERS UNLEASHED story with a fun issue with plenty of monsters. Jeremy Whitley manages to slip in team building and great dialogue.

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INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #4 delivers a fun mid-story chapter with plenty of action. Stefano Caselli's art shines, and Brian Michael Bendis allows Riri Williams to have a great showing without her armor.

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KINGPIN #1 is a strong start, with the usual well-done power moves from a classic Marvel villain. While it may be starting in the shadow of Netflix, there's plenty of room for it to expand. Dewey is an intriguing view into this supposedly new Kingpin, and it's clear their mutual needs will keep them together for a while. How long that will be and the cost to them both is a question that should keep readers hooked for many issues to come.

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MS. MARVEL #15 continues the series' social commentary, with Kamala fighting a super internet troll. Real world trolling and a twist make a great story.

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HULK #2 ably builds on the previous installment as Jenn struggles to control her new Hulk persona. Smart writing from Mariko Tamaki adds new depth to old Hulk issues, while Nico Leon and Dalibor Talajic's art smartly uses contrast to enhance the story.

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After a charged start, CHAMPIONS #2 slows things down with the new team having a camp-out/bonding session. A light story shows the team growing on each other, while also putting their ideals to a test. A solid second issue with sharp storytelling from Mark Waid and the colorful pop of Humberto Ramos.

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