Evan Valentine's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: ComicBook.com Reviews: 34
6.5Avg. Review Rating

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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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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A wonderful premise hamstrung by some weaker elements.

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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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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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