Evan Valentine's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: ComicBook.com Reviews: 123
6.7Avg. Review Rating

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Absolute Carnage (2019): Avengers #1

Oct 16, 2019

There's simply no reason for this comic to exist, offering no new information for readers that wasn't already gleamed in the main story arc and providing clunky, stilted dialogue in the process.

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Acts of Evil: Wolverine Annual #1

Sep 25, 2019

This issue's a miss and you shouldn't feel bad skipping it unless you're looking to complete the crossover.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #29

Sep 11, 2019

Writer Nick Spencer takes a breather post "Hunted", and before jumping head first into "Absolute Carnage," with a fantastic one and done story that focuses on the Peter/Mary Jane relationship.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #30

Sep 25, 2019

It's not an easy feat to accomplish but both Spencer and Ottley deliver one of the best chapters of the crossover to date.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #31

Oct 9, 2019

Nick Spencer continues the next chapter of Amazing Spidey's crossover with Absolute Carnage and manages to knock it out of the park once again.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #32

Oct 23, 2019

Spencer brings the goods when it comes to the writing and Gleason hammers home his initial outing with Spidey.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #33

Nov 6, 2019

As he has done in the past several issues, Spencer's strength comes from his ability to juggle numerous characters, and plotlines, from Spidey's past and integrate them into a well oiled machine.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #34

Nov 20, 2019

Another home run issue that raises the stakes for your favorite wall crawler and opens the door for another visit to the 2099 universe.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #35

Dec 4, 2019

While Spencer's script is still strong as ever, ingeniously making use of Spidey's continuity in creating an interesting moment between brother and sister, the presentation is so distracting that the art almost takes you out of the experience entirely.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #36

Dec 18, 2019

It's a real shame that the artwork here is such a hindrance as there's a great story to be found.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #37

Jan 8, 2020

The last page stunner is one heck of a shocker on its own and the whole package makes for a fantastic way for Spider-Man to ring in 2020.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #38

Jan 22, 2020

Another great installment of the recent arc of Amazing Spider-Man.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #39

Feb 12, 2020

Another solid issue for Team Spidey.

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Archie: 1955 #1

Sep 18, 2019

There's a lot to love in Archie Comics these past few years, but Archie: 1955 fails to capitalize on it.

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Archie: 1955 #2

Oct 30, 2019

There have been many alternate versions of the Riverdale gang, but this latest attempt from Waid and Augustyn feels like the most stale.

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Archie: 1955 #3

Dec 11, 2019

I keep hoping that this series will pick up steam but it simply hasn't and with each passing issue, I fear it just won't.

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Archie: 1955 #4

Jan 8, 2020

Afterlife With Archie took the bones of Riverdale and made something new, but here, we get a story that's simply repetitive and hasn't managed to justify its existence.

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Archie: 1955 #5

Feb 12, 2020

Ultimately, it was simply a story that didn't need to exist and didn't give us any new slants on the age old trope of a young rock star in the making who is in way over his head.

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Atlantis Attacks #1

Jan 22, 2020

The king of Atlantis is the most interesting part of the story, and though there are one too many folks to keep track of, the first issue does its job well enough.

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Atlantis Attacks #2

Feb 19, 2020

Even if you don't know much about the Agents of Atlas, this is worth a read.

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Atlantis Attacks #3

Mar 18, 2020

With great character work and a blinding amount of twists and turns, Atlantis Attack remains one of the surprise hits of 2020 so far!

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Batman's Grave #1

Oct 9, 2019

If you're looking for a stand alone Batman story that combines one of the greatest dynamic duo's in comics' history, give The Batman's Grave a read. We're certainly looking forward to reading the twelve issue series all in one go.

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Batman's Grave #2

Nov 13, 2019

While not managing to hold the momentum of the first issue, it's still worth a look (though maybe you should wait for the collection).

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Batman's Grave #3

Dec 11, 2019

While the layout to this issue may seem a tad formulaic, it does give both creators a chance to stretch their legs and create a solid Batman story that has nearly everything a Bat Fan could ask for.

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Batman's Grave #4

Jan 15, 2020

One of the strongest characteristics of this series is Warren Ellis' confidence in artist Bryan Hitch, creating silent fight scenes that play on the latter's strengths.

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Batman's Grave #5

Feb 12, 2020

Hitch's art work is still great and a joy to experience but this latest installment suffers from a tad too much decompression.

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Batman's Grave #6

Mar 11, 2020

The story lives up to the installments of the past issues, but this one definitely could have been kept in the oven a tad longer.

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Batman's Grave #7

Jun 10, 2020

Throughout the maxi-series, Ellis and Hitch have been able to capture the life of the Dark Knight well, along with his relationship with his faithful butler, and this issue doesn't change that, hitting the same heights as previous issues.

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Batman's Grave #8

Jul 8, 2020

Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch's journey through Gotham City continues as the mystery of the maxi-series begins to unfurl as the creative team works their magic that has been apparent throughout.

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Batman's Grave #9

Aug 12, 2020

The team of Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch are moving toward their conclusion and this latest issue is another solid installment of this maxi-series mystery.

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Batman's Grave #10

Sep 16, 2020

Ellis and Hitch continue this solid Batman maxi-series and though each issue tends to have a formula, man does that formula work.

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Batman: Curse of the White Knight #6

Jan 22, 2020

While mileage may vary on the reveals of this issue, the art work and character beats are well worth the price of admission here.

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Black Terror (2019) #1

Oct 2, 2019

Black Terror doesn't break the wheel, but it does bend it in favor of a new take on an old hero.

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Bloodshot (2019) #0

Feb 19, 2020

The combined creative effort of Seeley and Braithwaite works wonders for bringing you into the world of Bloodshot, and more importantly, seeing where he's moving toward in the future!

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Cable (2020) #1

Mar 11, 2020

Cable #1 doesn't break the wheel, but it shows us a side of the X-Men that has otherwise gone untold in this new era.

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Cable (2020) #2

Jul 29, 2020

Putting us in the shoes of the new son of Scott Summers, the series takes the approach of throwing in everything and the kitchen sink into the works, but definitely creates a worthwhile story in doing so.

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Cable (2020) #3

Aug 19, 2020

Whether you're a fan of the Nataniel Summers or not, Cable is definitely worth your hard-earned dollar.

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Captain America (2018) #17

Dec 11, 2019

Coates is putting together a worthwhile arc here, it just needs a bit more of a shot in the arm.

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Captain America (2018) #18

Jan 29, 2020

While the issue promises on some neat storylines in the future, you can't help but think it had even more potential.

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Captain America (2018) #19

Feb 19, 2020

It's a bit all over the place and diminishes the character driven story here that dives into the mystery behind the Dryad.

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Captain America (2018) #20

Mar 18, 2020

A perfect Captain America story for this day and age.

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Captain America (2018) #21

Aug 5, 2020

This issue proves that the sum of a comic's parts might be its undoing.

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Captain America (2018) #22

Aug 19, 2020

The latest issue of Captain America falls prey to the same cons of previous installments in that it has a strong story with art work that is both under par and not necessarily fit for the kind of story that Coates is trying to tell for Steve Rogers and company.

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Captain America (2018) #23

Sep 16, 2020

While my previous criticisms of the art not being able to hold up to Coates' story still somewhat apply with this issue, the changing of narratives to Sharon Carter works wonders for the finale of the battle with Selene.

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Dead Eyes #1

Oct 2, 2019

A worthy first outing for those looking to have their costumed hero and villain fare presented with a dark and realistic edge.

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Dead Eyes #2

Nov 6, 2019

This second issue doesn't quite live up to the first, but in the art department, it continues to be stellar.

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Dead Eyes #3

Dec 4, 2019

While I'm crossing my fingers for more surprises, Dead Eyes does what it sets out to do with some of the best creators in the business today.

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Dragonfly & Dragonflyman #1

Nov 6, 2019

The premise of this story is essentially "what if Adam West's Batman and Frank Miller's Batman switched places" and while this issue does an adequate job of taking us into those two worlds, it misses out on the humor of the original series.

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Dragonfly & Dragonflyman #2

Dec 11, 2019

Still, if you enjoyed The Wrong Earth and were looking for another way to revisit these characters, this is just that and worth your time.

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Empyre: Avengers #0

Jun 24, 2020

Empyre: Avengers #0 might not be the best start to a comic book crossover event, but it's certainly an interesting one, warts and all.

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Empyre #1

Jul 16, 2020

Empyre is looking to be a summer blockbuster that plays on the strengths of the Marvel Universe, weaving continuity seamlessly into this event series.

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Empyre #2

Jul 22, 2020

This series is neck deep in continuity and this acts as both a strength and a weight around its neck.

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Empyre #3

Jul 29, 2020

While surprises in comics can certainly be a good thing, there are so many moving pieces in this crossover, that its becoming hard to keep track of them all.

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Empyre #4

Aug 5, 2020

With two issues left, I'm crossing my fingers that the mini-series can still turn itself around before the end.

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Empyre #5

Aug 12, 2020

Empyre as a whole is a mixed bag and, while it has interesting elements, such as Reed Richards slapping on Iron Man's armor, it is a crossover that ultimately falls far short of its promise.

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Empyre: Aftermath: Avengers #1

Sep 9, 2020

Ewing and Schiti are able to capture character moments well enough, but Empyre weaves a story with weak cohesion and the final page will have you groaning that there may be a sequel in the works.

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Fantastic Four: Grimm Noir (2020) #1

Feb 26, 2020

Garney is doing the work of his life here in the art department while Duggan nails the feelings of the characters and the supernatural shenanigans.

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FCBD 2020: X-Men #1

Jul 16, 2020

Marvel's free comic for 2020 gives us a look into the world of the X-Men and the Marvel Universe in the coming months, and while these are two entirely different stories, they both do a solid job of hinting at things to come.

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Flash (2016) #78

Sep 11, 2019

If you're in search of a superhero comic that doesn't necessarily break the wheel, Williamson's run on The Flash may be worth your time.

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Flash (2016) #79

Sep 25, 2019

If you're into some standard superhero fare, The Flash has you covered.

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Flash (2016) #80

Oct 9, 2019

This issue is definitely elevated by the inclusion of Scott Kolins artwork, the penciller during arguably one of the most popular runs of the scarlet speedster with Geoff Johns' original adventures of Wally West.

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Flash (2016) #81

Oct 23, 2019

The Rogues are still written in character here, albeit with a vastly different appearance thanks to Lex's "gift", but it could have been weaved into the story a bit stronger when all was said and done.

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Flash (2016) #82

Nov 13, 2019

In the long history of superhero comics, it can sometimes be hard to find truly original story ideas, but the latest issue manages to do just that (for the Flash anyway).

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Flash (2016) #83

Nov 27, 2019

This issue feels like something of an exposition dump to catch Allen up to speed and while the interesting new side effect of what happens when a speedster access a now defunct Speed Force is intriguing, the issue tends to run out of gas throughout.

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Flash (2016) #84

Dec 11, 2019

It's a solid issue if hamstrung a little due to its crossover tie-in.

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Flash (2016) #85

Jan 1, 2020

While this story line has had its ups and downs, it continues to be your standard super hero fare that does a good job of throwing interesting new challenges the Flash's way.

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Flash (2016) #86

Jan 15, 2020

A serviceable ending to a crossover arc that probably would have been better left to the side.

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Flash (2016) #87

Jan 29, 2020

While there are definitely some holes in the story, it's a fun romp that does a good job at diving into these rivals.

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Flash (2016) #88

Feb 12, 2020

Definitely worth your time.

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Flash (2016) #750

Mar 4, 2020

A definite must buy for any fan of the Flash.

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Flash (2016) #751

Mar 11, 2020

Williamson and Duce provide another serviceable story here, but it certainly doesn't live up to the origin issue of Paradox, though it has quite the stinger.

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Flash (2016) #752

Mar 25, 2020

Each issue has given Flash fans a banger of a final page and #752 remains no different. Great superhero fare!

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Flash (2016) #753

May 6, 2020

A fun, fast paced super hero story!

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Flash (2016) #754

May 29, 2020

The latest issue that continues Barry's war against Paradox has the added benefit of giving us the most unlikely of team ups as the Flash partners up with Eobard Thawne, The Reverse Flash. Williamson and Sandoval weave a story that will hopefully be seen as one of the best Flash stories of the modern Rebirth-Era of DC Comics.

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Flash (2016) #755

Jun 10, 2020

It's clear that this story has a firm grasp on what makes Barry Allen, and his city, stand out from the other titans of DC Comics and I can't wait to see what the next story arc brings as it's clear Thawne has some big ideas for how he will menace Barry moving forward

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Flash (2016) #756

Jun 24, 2020

As Joshua Williamson's run on The Flash sprints toward the finish line, we get another delightfully solid installment, with Eobard Thawne putting together his aptly named "Legion of Zoom".

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Flash (2016) #757

Jul 8, 2020

As Williamson's run on The Flash sprints toward its finale, I'm certainly crossing my fingers that it will be seen as one of the best Barry Allen runs since Geoff Johns left the book.

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Flash (2016) #758

Jul 22, 2020

A definite must for Flash fans and old school super hero fans alike.

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Flash (2016) #759

Aug 12, 2020

Joined by Sandoval and Kollins on art duties, the latest issue is definitely a love letter to the Scarlet Speedster and fits nicely with the epic stories of the likes of Geoff Johns and Mark Waid.

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Flash (2016) #760

Aug 26, 2020

If you're a Flash fan, this final arc of Williamson's is definitely worth checking out.

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Flash (2016) #761

Sep 9, 2020

One of the best issues of Williamson's run so far and definitely worth your time.

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Flash (2016) Annual #3

Jun 17, 2020

This latest annual does a fantastic job of giving us a story that not only looks at Barry Allen through the eyes of one of his classic villains in Captain Boomerang, but also gives an outstanding excuse to have the hero team up with the Suicide Squad.

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G.I. Joe (2019) #2

Oct 23, 2019

While the last page twist certainly promises big developments down the road, it isn't enough to shoulder what's lacking for the second issue overall.

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G.I. Joe (2019) #3

Dec 18, 2019

The best issue of the series yet and if they can keep up this tempo, IDW may have a hit on their hands.

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G.I. Joe (2019) #4

Jan 1, 2020

While the new focus is fairly interesting, it isn't nearly as entertaining as what came before it.

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G.I. Joe (2019) #5

Feb 12, 2020

While the premise of the series has been hit or miss so far, this latest installment puts fantastic use to the idea of this new environment, creating the best issue of the series to date.

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G.I. Joe (2019) #6

May 29, 2020

While there is one heck of a finale that gives us the arrival of one of the biggest "Joes" in the franchise's history, it's not enough to make this latest installment reach new heights such as the previous issue focused on the Dreadnoks!

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G.I. Joe (2019) #7

Aug 19, 2020

This latest issue focuses squarely on Scarlet and her issues with PTSD, weaving the tale of how she rejoined the group, making for a thought provoking and fun issue.

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G.I. Joe (2019) #8

Sep 9, 2020

Definitely not the issue to start with if you're looking to dive into this new world for G.I. Joe.

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Goosebumps: Secrets of the Swamp #1

Sep 16, 2020

If younger readers are looking for a scare, better to crack open any of the old novels rather than this wanting tale.

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Gotham City Monsters #6

Feb 12, 2020

Steve Orlando puts a bow on his supernatural team book that brings together the "monsters" of Gotham City with a solid final entry.

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House of Whispers (2018) #21

Jun 3, 2020

A great venture into the world of magic and a comic that is definitely worth your time for the visuals alone, let alone solid story telling.

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Justice League (2018) #41

Feb 19, 2020

The issue itself doesn't push the boundaries in a way that say Grant Morrison or Scott Snyder's run had, but it's some worthwhile superhero fare, junk food if you will.

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Justice League (2018) #42

Mar 4, 2020

Justice League should be big, flashy, and loud, and this story leaves us with a whimper.

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Justice League (2018) #43

Mar 18, 2020

Even the return of Doug Mahnke on pencils couldn't save this storyline from ending with a whimper.

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Justice League (2018) #44

May 13, 2020

This new issue might not break the wheel, but it does a serviceable job of taking some of the biggest heroes of the DCU and giving them a threat worthy of their team.

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Justice League (2018) #45

May 29, 2020

The premise is an interesting one and this issue is a prime example of some good old fashioned super hero fare.

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Justice League (2018) #46

Jun 10, 2020

It's a fine story, but that's about it.

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Locke & Key: In Pale Battalions Go #1

Aug 26, 2020

Locke & Key: In Pale Battalions Go is an excellent "welcome back" for fans of the original series while also providing an independent story that easily introduces new readers to its concept without ever missing a beat. Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez are firing on all cylinders in this issue and it shows on every page.

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Marked (2019) #1

Oct 16, 2019

The first issue acts as a serviceable entry point into this new world of the "Inked" but it stumbles in offering anything new and noteworthy to bring readers back to the fold for the next chapter.

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Marvel 2099 (2019): Omega #1

Dec 18, 2019

This new 2099 was a hodgepodge of some neat ideas which unfortunately falls flat in the finale. A head scratcher more than anything.

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Marvel 2099 (2019): Alpha #1

Nov 20, 2019

If you're a die-hard fan of 2099, there's enough here to whet your whistle.

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Marvels Snapshot (2020): Fantastic Four #1

Mar 25, 2020

It's a feel good story that is simply begging for something more, but maybe the former is what we could use right now.

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Nightwing (2016) #64

Sep 18, 2019

If you're going to take a superhero out of his comfort zone and give him a brand new status quo, you'd better have the "story beat chops" to back it up. Unfortunately, Nightwing's latest issue is a mess from top to bottom in that regard.

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Nightwing (2016) #65

Oct 16, 2019

The story attempts to give us a better understanding of Bldhaven at the same time, but fails with an event that makes its citizens look completely ridiculous.

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Nightwing (2016) Annual #2

Oct 30, 2019

Simply put, if nothing else, this recent annual does give us some aspects of Dick's life never before seen that prove interesting, but the sum of its parts falls short.

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No Longer Human #1

Jan 10, 2020

No Longer Human is a masterpiece, assembled by a creator at the top of their game. Ito's stunning visuals work amazingly in tandem with the story created by Osamu Dazai. While works like Uzumaki and Tomie are getting adaptations of their own, we can only cross our fingers that this tale is one day adapted into a Hollywood picture, though it may be too unsettling for a general audience.

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Sara #1

May 6, 2020

Sara is a fantastic "one and done" war story that delivers a steady supply of thoughtful characters and unique war time scenarios, and if TKO Studios can continue to produce comics on the same level, the publisher will certainly find a solid footing in the comic book community.

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Scream: Curse of Carnage #1

Nov 27, 2019

While they attempt to do something new with the strange relationship between Andi and her symbiote, it feels like we're treading old ground.

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Scream: Curse of Carnage #2

Dec 18, 2019

The story is still finding its "sea legs" but needs a strong shot in the arm to set itself apart.

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Scream: Curse of Carnage #3

Jan 29, 2020

This series has a ways to go before it should hit anyone's weekly piles.

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Scream: Curse of Carnage #4

Feb 26, 2020

Scream's world just isn't compelling and it needs an emotional core to reel fans in.

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Scream: Curse of Carnage #5

Mar 25, 2020

And so the first story arc of Scream ends with a whimper.

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Shazam! (2018) #12

Jun 3, 2020

A great single issue story for superhero fans.

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Shazam! (2018) #13

Jul 22, 2020

An amazing penultimate issue that should be considered one of the high points for the property.

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Spider-Man Noir (2020) #1

Mar 4, 2020

If you're looking for a stylish jaunt into the world of Spider-Man Noir, this issue is worth your time despite its flaws.

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Spider-Man Noir (2020) #2

Jul 29, 2020

At the end of this issue, the "Noir-verse" expand just a little further and this mini-series continues to be a solid ride.

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Spider-Man Noir (2020) #3

Aug 26, 2020

This issue introduces "Noir Electro" who is gleefully designed for the era, though I wish that the dialogue and overall story was able to keep up with the other moving parts.

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Strange Skies Over East Berlin #1

Oct 2, 2019

One of the best first issues of the year and definitely worth your time and money.

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Strange Skies Over East Berlin #2

Nov 6, 2019

This latest installment doesn't quite knock it out of the park, but manages to hit a solid "triple" when all is said and done.

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Strange Skies Over East Berlin #3

Dec 4, 2019

A wonderful premise hamstrung by some weaker elements.

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Strange Skies Over East Berlin #4

Jan 8, 2020

There are definitely a few changes that could have been made to make it a horror legend, but unfortunately, it falls short. Still worth a read for sure but just a tad beneath what could have been.

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Weapon Plus: World War IV #1

Jan 29, 2020

If you've ever wanted to read a comic that blends Man-Thing with the movie Annihilation, this is the one for you.

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