Gabe Hernandez's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Weird Science Reviews: 77
6.9Avg. Review Rating

8.5
Aquaman: The Becoming (2021) #1

Sep 21, 2021

Aquaman: The Becoming #1is the YA version of Aquaman you've always dreamed of having. Jackson Hyde is the perfect, All-American High School sweetheart that practically helps old ladies across the street, saves kittens trapped in trees, and has an emotionally healthy relationship with everyone in his life. For some, the wholesomeness may be too saccharine-sweet for your taste, but YA fans will eat it up and ask for more.

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8.5
Aquaman: The Becoming (2021) #2

Oct 26, 2021

Aquaman: The Becoming #2 is a jarring shift in focus and tone from issue #1 as a slice-of-life-with-a-little-drama comic to a police procedural drama. The characterization of Mera as a shrewd (and slightly combative) person of interest really sells the drama. The art is great considering the multiple artists, and the mild cliffhanger hints at a bigger conspiracy that piques interest for what's to come.

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8
Aquaman: The Becoming (2021) #3

Nov 16, 2021

Aquaman: the Becoming #3 is a tense chase story following Jackson Hyde's attempts to get away long enough from the forces chasing him to figure out who framed him and why. The mechanics of his escape drop a nugget of information about the inner workings of the JL that's as interesting as the conflict in this arc. The reveal of the big bad is surprising but may be a little too much soap opera for some tastes.

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7.5
Arkham City: The Order of the World #1

Oct 5, 2021

Arkham City: The Order Of The World #1 is David Fincher's Seven in a Gotham City without a Batman. How does a city cope when Arkham inmates are on the loose and only the GCPD and one criminal psychologist are on the job to stop/save them? It's too early to tell if this is an entertaining read, but it's certainly a dark one.

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8
Arkham City: The Order of the World #2

Nov 2, 2021

Arkham City: The Order Of The World #2 pulls the grim, darkness aside enough to lay the groundwork for a potentially compelling story. The point of the plot is firmly established and makes sense in a Fear State world without bending to accommodate Fear State in an inorganic way. The complicated characters make for unpredictable actions, and that may be the best way to position this type of story. Dani's hyper-stylized art may not be for everyone, but it certainly fits the gritty, urban aesthetic of the story.

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7.5
Batman '89 (2021) #1

Aug 10, 2021

Batman '89 #1 is a promising start to the continuation of Burton's version of the Batman legend. The characters look and sound great, and the plot works. However, the design of Gotham lacks the Burton flare, and the motivation behind Dent's actions feels forced.

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6.5
Batman '89 (2021) #2

Sep 14, 2021

Bits and Pieces:  Batman '89 #2 leans into the real-life sociopolitical issues to craft a Harvey Dent that feels like a character ripped from the pages of today's headlines. However, where the urban life drama succeeds, Hamm does little to build up a character you believe could become Two-Face. On top of the push for realism at the expense of a known character's origin, the light introduction to Robin is eye-rolling, and the overall aesthetic of Gotham lacks any of the gothic hallmarks of a Burton film.

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8.5
Batman '89 (2021) #3

Oct 12, 2021

Batman '89 #3 has the most Batman-like look and feel of all the entries in the series so far. Harvey Dent's transition into Two-Face is believable and probably the best version depicted to date. And the (re)introduction of Catwoman adds complexity to Gotham's corruption woes that escalate tensions further, leading to a huge challenge for Batman.

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6.8
Batman/Superman (2019) #15

Dec 22, 2020

Batman / Superman #15, available from DC Comics on December 22nd, 2020, run offense and defense on a mission of mercy for DC's favorite swamp zombie. The simple story is fine for what it is as long as you don't think about it too much, especially when the silliness gets turned up to 11 in a few spots. The art is bold and memorable, the colors bring a lot of contour and gravity to the characters with some really nice shading, and the lettering keeps the story moving through a LOT of exposition.

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7
Batman: The Detective (2021) #1

Apr 13, 2021

Bit and Pieces:Batman: The Detective #1 is an okay start to a new arc for the Caped Crusader. The art is great. The jury is still out on the story. It's not flawed. It's just that there's nothing to blow you away or really hook you.

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7
Batman: The Detective (2021) #2

May 11, 2021

Batman: The Detective #2 is a gorgeous book with unique characters and an original setup but it lacks emotional weight or a sense of stakes. When you add in a nonsensical plot contrivance, this second issue feels disconnected and gives you nothing to care about. The score will be higher than you might expect based purely on the strength of the art.

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7
Batman: The Detective (2021) #3

Jun 8, 2021

Batman: The Detective #3 looks great and reads great, but it's not much more than one giant flashback of character-developing filler. If Taylor and the team want to keep readers engaged, they need to stop wasting time and put some meat on the table.

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6.5
Batman: The Detective (2021) #4

Jul 13, 2021

In Batman: The Detective #4 you get a little forward progress in Bruce Wayne's investigation, putting him through the wringer to make this feel more like a James Bond story than a Batman story. With no information to understand or care about Equilbirium, the story is starting to feel small and frustrating.

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7
Batman: The Detective (2021) #5

Sep 21, 2021

Batman: The Detective #5 uncovers all the mysteries and plans of Equilibirum in the penultimate issue for the series. While the telling works well enough, the villain's lackluster identity and her rationale for becoming a mass murderer strains credibility. You'll enjoy this issue if you're simply in it for the novelty of Batman in Europe, but temper your expectations for a big surprise reveal.

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6.5
Batman: The Detective (2021) #6

Nov 30, 2021

Batman: The Detective #6 ends this near-feature European Vacation with a little backstory on Squire, the reveal of Equilibrium's big plan, and a final conflict that ends with a phone call. Equilibrium has the potential to be one of Batman's better, crazier entries in his rogue's gallery, but this story won't be remembered for much else.

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9
Batman: White Knight Presents: Harley Quinn #3

Dec 22, 2020

Batman: White Knight Presents Harley Quinn #3 takes the detective crime drama and sprinkles in just enough DC lore to make it familiar while still being strong enough to stand on its own. The art style is squarely in the Murphy-verse, which is a compliment, and big props to the artists for Harley's street clothes design. Her regular clothes are a smart blend of her alter ego and professional detective leisure suit that adds to her presence. If I had to pick one word that encapsulates this run so far, that would be it: Smart.

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7.8
Batman: White Knight Presents: Harley Quinn #4

Jan 26, 2021

Batman: White Knight Presents: Harley Quinn #4 continues its run with consistently great art and excellent character writing. The big reveal of Starlet's identity and motivation was satisfying enough, but it felt a little vanilla. Thankfully, there's enough wonkiness with Hector's messed up mind to keep readers invested for the next issue.

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6.8
Batman: White Knight Presents: Harley Quinn #5

Feb 23, 2021

Batman: White Knight Presents: Harley Quinn #5 tosses in a bunch of cameos and makes a lot of nice, but ultimately doesn't make much progress on the story. The art is good, and honestly, everything about the book is skillfully done, but cameos and Easter Eggs are a poor substitute for story.

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7
Batman: White Knight Presents: Harley Quinn #6

Mar 23, 2021

Bits and Pieces:Batman: White Knight Presents: Harley Quinn #6 finishes off a unique detective drama with alternate takes on familiar characters but doesn't quite stick the landing. The art is great, and the action works, but the number of dangling threads detracts from the conclusion.

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8.5
Catwoman (2018) #29

Mar 16, 2021

Bits and PiecesCatwoman #29 continues the trend of portraying Catwoman with a heart of 14-carat gold. She helps but always with selfish motives, which makes you believe she can be heroic without becoming a hero. The introduction of Wight Witch is both cool and intimidating, something I wish they would learn with all the new villains in the main Batman run. 

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8
Dark Nights: Death Metal: The Last 52: War of the Multiverses #1

Dec 30, 2020

Generally, good art and good writing make for a huge prelude to the end (or beginning) of the DC Multiverse. Some vignettes were better than others, but all of them had some part to play in establishing the outcome of the big battle. If you're invested in the Death Metal event up to this point, this book feels more essential than a tangential tie-in.

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8
Future State (2021): Catwoman #1

Jan 19, 2021

How are they going to get everyone off the train with only a few minutes left? Why they're not getting off. They're going to steal the train, of course. And that's the setup for the next issue.Bits and Pieces:Future State: Catwoman #1 is a simple clean heist story that's enough in the future to explain the high tech components but not so far that our lack of backstory is a problem. Ram V's story keeps things moving at a pleasantly brisk pace, and the art is a perfect match for this story. This is s strong recommend.

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8
Future State (2021): Batman/Superman #1

Jan 26, 2021

Future State: Batman/Superman #1 successfully combines Batman's detective skills and Superman's brawn to work out a growing conspiracy, using the Magistrate as a catalyst rather than the main plot point. The art is excellent, and I especially like the interaction between Batman and Superman as less friendly and more like colleagues with a tension between them because of the difference in their operating styles. They respect each other, but there's a clear sense of turf and different methods that work well here.

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4
Future State (2021): Superman/Wonder Woman #1

Jan 12, 2021

Future State: Superman / Wonder Woman #1 is a mess. Confusing story. Meta mythology may have some cultural accuracy but doesn't make a lick of sense in this specific context. And rough, inconsistent art makes for a tough book to get through. If you're keen on getting to know Yara Flor / Wonder Woman, Future State: Wonder Woman #1 is a much better book.

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6.5
Future State (2021): Kara Zor-El, Superwoman #1

Jan 12, 2021

Future State: Kara Zor-El Superwoman #1 plops the reader into the middle of a personal journey with a hazy beginning and no clear destination. The art is an interesting standout, and the story has potential, but the writing has too many holes to really hook you.

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9
Future State (2021): Aquaman #1

Jan 26, 2021

Future State: Aquaman #1 is filled with great art, great action, intensely emotional moments, and an exciting Sliders/Quantum Leap-esque story with an edge. Despite only a few plot holes, the story is well-constructed, and I'm hooked to see what happens next. Where the heck was Brandon Thomas when the regular Aquaman title was running?!?

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7.8
Future State (2021): Wonder Woman #1

Jan 5, 2021

Future State: Wonder Woman #1 ain't your grandmother's Wonder Woman. The main character is stunning and exudes a gruff charm, but her moral flaws work against the nature of what we've always known as the Wonder Woman character. At the very least, I'm very interested to see what they can do with this character in the very short time Future State is in effect.

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4
Future State (2021): Immortal Wonder Woman #1

Jan 19, 2021

A few points to consider. First, It's misleading to call the Nubia story a backup since it's just as long as the Wonder Woman story. Second, the art is better than the Wonder Woman story. Not a lot better but better. Third, there might be a printing issue (at least in the review copy) as all the word balloons and lettering were repeated and superimposed on top of the art from the opening dialog between Grail and the museum guard to the first fight scene between Nubia and Grail. Hopefully, that won't show up in print but that's a major publishing error if it does.Bits and PiecesImmortal Wonder Woman #1 does it's best impression of The Neverending Story and falls well short. The story is clunky and the art is just plain terrible. The Nubia backup story has mildly better story and art, but not for the cover price. Read at your own risk.

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10
Future State (2021): Wonder Woman #2

Feb 2, 2021

Future State: Wonder Woman #2 takes the promising start from issue #1 and sticks the landing with an extra backflip just to show off. The art is excellent, the emotional impact is turned up to 11, and this comic introducing a new character does exactly what it's supposed to do - leave me wanting more.

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6.8
Future State (2021): Batman/Superman #2

Feb 23, 2021

Future State: Batman/Superman #2 concludes this very near Future State title with glacial pacing, explanations that are paper-thin, and gross body horror art. Thankfully, the art is the highlight of the issue, but this title is one of the mediocre Future State experiments.

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5
Future State (2021): Kara Zor-El, Superwoman #2

Feb 9, 2021

Future State: Kara Zor-El Superwoman #2 wraps up the Future State version of Kara Zor-El in a way that makes Kara sadder and pitiable more than the hero she's always been. The art oscillates between gorgeous and blinding, and the story, for better or worse, is done.

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6
Future State (2021): Aquaman #2

Feb 23, 2021

Future State: Aquaman #2 takes all the mystery and anticipation of the first issue and completely discards it in favor of a problematic, survival, coming-of-age story. The art is great and the character designs are imaginative, but what could have been an epic bookend falls flat.

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6
Future State (2021): Superman/Wonder Woman #2

Feb 9, 2021

Future State: Superman / Wonder Woman #2 is a less confusing chapter to this particular title than the first issue. However, an overly convenient plot device, an eyerolling super punch, and inconsistent facial art keep the issue from rising above mediocre.

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4.5
Future State (2021): Immortal Wonder Woman #2

Feb 16, 2021

Future State: Immortal Wonder Woman #2, suffers from art ill-suited for action and storytelling that disregards sense. It would be best for everyone involved if this Future State entry was put back in the drawer it was pulled from. If there's any saving grace, the Nubia story has some potential going forward.

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6.8
Future State (2021): Harley Quinn #2

Feb 2, 2021

If the intent was to paint Harley Quinn as a calculating, heartless, sociopath, mission accomplished.Bits and Pieces:Future State: Harley Quinn #2 is an uneven ending to a better-than-average Future State title. The art is consistently bizarre, and the story wraps up on an ugly note. If you like a comic where everyone is terrible and they all do terrible things to each other, this one is for you.

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9.5
Future State (2021): Catwoman #2

Feb 16, 2021

Future State: Catwoman #2 is one of the best entries in the Future State collection by taking the best of comics storytelling and pushing it far enough into the future to feel fresh without sacrificing what makes the heroes (and villains) familiar. The art is action-packed and tight, and the story keeps you hooked from cover to cover.

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6.8
Future State (2021): Dark Detective #3

Feb 9, 2021

We end with Grifter in cuffs, on his knees, and smiling all the way.Bits and Pieces:Future State: Dark Detective #3 gives us a Bruce Wayne that thinks a lot, does little, and learns almost nothing. On the other hand, Grifter fights, wins, gets double-crossed, and gets captured. And he looks like he's loving every minute of it.

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4.5
Green Lantern (2018): Season Two #12

Mar 9, 2021

Without spoiling too much of the ending, Jordan gets his ring back, Hammond's intellect is consumed by his partners and defeated, and Jordan makes a deal with the Golden Ones to give them an alternate food supply if they promise to go away.Bits and Pieces:Green Lantern Season 2, #12 is a simple alien invasion story made ponderous by overly-complicated plotting, dialog that reads like an unpublished Shakespearean play, and good art that ultimately makes the issue more burdensome than it already is.

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8
Harley Quinn (2021) #1

Mar 23, 2021

Bits and Pieces:Harley Quinn #1 takes the silly, billy, oh-so-wacky version of Harley and puts her through her paces as a recovering addict resisting the urge to break stuff. If you can get past the uber-stylistic art and the over-the-top Harley persona, this has the makings of an interesting take on the character.

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5
Harley Quinn (2021) #2

Apr 27, 2021

Harley Quinn #2 is loud, childish, unbelievable, and unlikable. Whatever hope for a smart, fun, interesting take on the character hinted at from the first issue is wholly absent here. Perhaps issue #3 can get back on track.

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4
Harley Quinn (2021) #3

May 25, 2021

Harley Quinn #3 only works if you're comfortable accepting Harley Quinn is superpowered and dumb as a box of rocks. If that's the Harley you want, this is the book for you.

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4
Harley Quinn (2021) #4

Jun 22, 2021

Harley Quinn #4 takes a few baby steps in progressing the plot, but the story does little more than trying to validate Harley by coaxing her to accept she is her own person. The art is not going to be everyone's cup of tea, and the central plot has effectively stalled.

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3.5
Harley Quinn (2021) #5

Jul 27, 2021

Harley Quinn #5 is the comic book equivalent of a spoiled child begging for attention. All silliness. Constant noise. No substance.

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5
Harley Quinn (2021) #6

Aug 24, 2021

Harley Quinn #6 finds a new artist to improve the visual style of the book, but the reset is only half successful. The story is barely held together with scotch tape and dental floss, and the action makes no sense. I don't like being negative on a title to dunk or roast, but man, oh, man DC, what are you doing with this title?!?

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5
Harley Quinn (2021) #7

Sep 28, 2021

Much like most of this series, DC can't seem to figure out who or what Harley is trying to be. Consistent with that indecision, DC can't figure out what this story is supposed to be as a Fear State tie-in. The solution here seems to be simply telling the Fear State components as a second story that has nothing to do with Harley Quinn, and so the riddle you must answer is "Why bother?"

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8
Harley Quinn (2021) #8

Oct 26, 2021

Harley Quinn #8 surprisingly manages to tell a story worth telling by focusing on the one character that matters above everyone else in this series - Kevin. The Kevin bits are great, everything else barely qualifies as Fear State tie-in fluff.

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6.5
Harley Quinn (2021) #9

Nov 23, 2021

Harley Quinn #9 is half of a good comic. Everything surrounding the character progression and growth of an originally ridiculous side character, Kevin, is turning out to be the highlight of the series. Everything else related to the titular character is silly nonsense.

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8.5
Human Target (2021) #1

Nov 2, 2021

The Human Target #1 kicks off a detective noir mystery that feels authentic to the 1950s in both writing and art, partly because it's almost a direct lift of a film from that time period. The narration has a hard, gumshoe edge, the dialog is snappy, and the book is visually engaging.

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9
Human Target (2021) #2

Nov 30, 2021

Human Target #2 is a sharp, clean, clever homage to classic detective cinema with one of the better introductions of an unexpected femme fatale you'll likely see in recent memory. Smallwood's art is phenomenal, and the surprise twist at the end shows exactly why Christopher Chance may give Batman some competition for World's Greatest Detective.

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5.5
Jinny Hex Special (2020) #1

Dec 29, 2020

Couple bad judgment with a final battle that makes almost no sense, and you wind up with a one-shot that really didn't deserve 40 pages at $4.99. At best, this should have been tightened up, pared-down, and printed as a backup story in a better title.

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6.5
Nubia & The Amazons #1

Oct 19, 2021

Nubia & The Amazons #1 is a novel story about life on Themysciara with a mild mystery to build curiosity, but the central conflict lacks energy or excitement. The art is decent enough, but the bizarre artistic choices for the "new" Amazons seemingly ignore the rules of the world the creators have introduced to new readers in the same issue.

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7.5
Nubia & The Amazons #2

Nov 16, 2021

Nubia & The Amazons #2 introduces a cool concept about a Fight Club on Themyscira and a formidable villain. That said, the Fight Club concept doesn't make sense in the broader context of life on the island, and it has no relevance to the central conflict of the story. The art is just okay, but it's elevated by gorgeous coloring.

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9.5
Robin & Batman (2021) #1

Nov 9, 2021

Robin & Batman #1 is a near-perfect coming-of-age story about the moment when Dick Grayson transitions from Bruce Wayne's ward to Robin. The human elements and emotional complexities are spot-on and believable for the foster relationship between Dick and Bruce, and the comic interweaves the family drama aspects seamlessly into a proper Batman detective story. This is one of the best Batman-family comics I've read in years.

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6
Strange Adventures (2020) #9

Mar 29, 2021

Strange Adventures #9 is a tragedy. The art is great, as it has been the whole series, but the overall tone is just depressing. So, so depressing.

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6.5
Strange Adventures (2020) #10

May 25, 2021

Strange Adventures #10 reveals the plan. The plan doesn't make you feel good about Adam Strange. You understand him, you get why he did what he did, but ultimately you're left wondering if this was a story that needed to be told.  The score will be a reflection of the quality of the art and storytelling, not necessarily whether or not the reviewer liked the story.

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7.5
Strange Adventures (2020) #11

Jul 27, 2021

Strange Adventures #11 is a masterful exercise in inflicting misery on both the characters of the story and the readers brave enough to buy this book. If watching a couple argue as their marriage falls apart sounds like a good time, this one is right up your alley. The score reflects the technical quality of the art and writing. Enjoyment has no place here.

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7
Strange Adventures (2020) #12

Oct 12, 2021

Strange Adventures #12 ends the series with an extended prologue that realigns the status quo but ultimately resolves nothing. The war continues, the main characters continue to act awfully towards each other, and readers are left to wonder "what was the point?" I suspect this is one of those series that will receive accolades for technical execution but will ultimately be remembered as the series readers would rather forget existed.

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8
Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #2

Jul 20, 2021

Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #2 continues the True Grit "homage," adds in some stakes for Kara to accept Ruthye's mission, and it's all weird in an interesting sort of way.

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7.5
Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #3

Aug 17, 2021

Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #3 is a skillfully constructed, gorgeously rendered comic that adds a very different story to the Supergirl legend. However, King appears to be setting up Supergirl to pick up where Strange Adventures leaves off next month with a story that reads like Schindler's List edited down to just the concentration camp scenes. Some folks have a strange idea of entertainment. The score is reflective of the technical execution of this comic, not the entertainment value.

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7
Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #4

Sep 21, 2021

Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #4 is a story about endurance. How much shock and horror can Supergirl endure before it becomes too much, and by extension, this comic asks the same of its readers. Evely's art is mindbendingly good and the real tragedy is how much the art is violated by the misery of the story it's being forced to tell.

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7.5
Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #5

Nov 16, 2021

Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #5 traps Supergirl and Ruthye on a planet deadly for Kryptonians to ask the one question on everyone's mind - how much tougher is Supergirl compared to Superman? With deadly dinosaur designs and generally gorgeous art, the issue looks great and reads even better. However, it's a pointless filler that belongs in an anthology. Not in a limited-run arc that's halfway done.

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6
Superman: Red & Blue (2021) #1

Mar 16, 2021

Make friends with those who need it. It's a fine story that reads like a decent YA book. If there's any down to the story, it's that this has nothing to do with Superman in any way. Clark could have been "generic little boy A" and it wouldn't have changed the execution or the message one iota.Bits and Pieces:Superman: Red & Blue #1 is all about the message. The art is almost inconsequential when you consider the point of each story is to push a message. That may appeal to you or it may not.6/10

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Superman: Red & Blue (2021) #2

Apr 20, 2021

Bits and Pieces:Superman: Red and Blue #2 is poorly drawn, poorly written, and poorly executed. This book has no point, and that's the saddest point of all.

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5
Swamp Thing (2021) #1

Mar 2, 2021

SWAMP THING #1 is a book with great art and imaginative elements but tries so hard to be different and thought-provoking it gets lost in its own confusion. The Alan Moore chase continues.

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6.5
Swamp Thing (2021) #2

Apr 6, 2021

Swamp Thing #2 is a step up from issue #1 with more story and less self-important fluff. The art is severe in its use of dramatic shadow and mood coloring, which works well for the subject matter. The story, despite the gaping pothole, feels like it's growing (*ahem*) into something. There's enough here to warrant sticking around for another issue.

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7.5
Swamp Thing (2021) #3

May 4, 2021

Swamp Thing #3 gives you more information about The Green and how the DC plant characters interact with it, but sadly, you get almost no information about Levi or why you should care about him. The art is excellent and there are some interesting moments in this book, but I wish some of those moments had something to do with the main character.

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7.5
Swamp Thing (2021) #4

Jun 1, 2021

Swamp Thing #4 answers more questions than it asks, and it delivers an interesting explanation of the Green and the Contagion that infects it. The art is solid, and the overall writing (in isolation) is excellent, but it's hard to invest in a story when you don't know or care about the main character who's acting little more than a swap out for Alec Holland.

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5
Swamp Thing (2021) #5

Jul 6, 2021

After five issues, we know nothing about the main character, this issue takes a break from the trajectory and urgency of the main arc for a seemingly trivial errand, and the execution of "the how" and "the why" makes little sense.

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5.5
Swamp Thing (2021) #6

Aug 3, 2021

Swamp Thing #6 is taking the concept of a slow burn and a decompressed story to an unpleasant extreme. Half this issue is dedicated to the Suicide Squad acting like buffoons, and the little bit of Levi's backstory we've been waiting for since issue #1 barely fills in a single puzzle piece.

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5.5
Swamp Thing (2021) #7

Sep 7, 2021

Swamp Thing #7 is a little bit good and a little bit bad. After 7 issues (and $28) we finally get some insight into Levi's personality, only to discover he's a very smart idiot. After the weirdly misplaced myth his father uses to make a point, the apple must not fall far from the tree. The art is solid, the pacing is excellent, but to be this far into a 10-issue arc with such a lopsided story is a waste.

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5.5
Swamp Thing (2021) #8

Oct 5, 2021

Swamp Thing #8 fills in the badly absent backstory behind Levi's transformation into the latest Swamp Thing with a bonus transformation for his brother, Jacob. While the revelation answers most questions, Jacob's intentions are unclear, Levi's selection as the latest Swamp Thing are less clear, and the result is a mass explanation that competing parties want the Green's power for themselves. So far, this series is a prime example of decompressed storytelling done the wrong way.

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8.5
Swamp Thing (2021) #9

Nov 2, 2021

The Swamp Thing #9 is the issue this series needed from the get-go. Readers get to know more about Levi as a character through his actions in this issue than we have through the first 8 issues. The central conflict is clear, the character motivations are apparent, and the art excels in giving these Green-based characters a battle for the ages.

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9.5
Wonder Girl (2021) #1

May 18, 2021

Wonder Girl #1 is a fresh and engaging take on the Wonder Girl using the best character to come out of Future State. The art is gorgeous and it works seamlessly with the dialog to tell an epic story that begs you to continue into the next issue.

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9
Wonder Girl (2021) #2

Jul 6, 2021

Wonder Girl #2 builds sprawling, mysterious mythology to set the foundation for the world's next Wonder Girl. Despite a small slip in the art, this issue maintains the high quality started in the first issue.

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6.5
Wonder Girl (2021) #3

Aug 24, 2021

Wonder Girl #3 is on the downslide. Two artists with radically different styles make this issue visually offputting, and the story seems to be throwing random happenings out of nowhere to get the plot to travel a short distance from A to B. We get no information about why Yara's arrival is a global threat, and having no information about the main character or the central plot is not a good place to be on issue #3.

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6.5
Wonder Girl (2021) #4

Oct 26, 2021

Wonder Girl #4 picks up well after the last issue, and further still, largely ignores most of the story that led up to this point. Many of the unanswered questions surrounding strange events happening once Yara arrives in Brazil are ignored or briefly answered to get them out of the way. The art is excellent in this issue and the transition between Jones and Melo works a lot better than the transition in issue #3. It's a fine issue but unsatisfying if you've followed the series from the beginning.

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6
Wonder Girl (2021) #5

Nov 30, 2021

Wonder Girl #5 is quickly devolving into a nothing series with nothing to say and no direction. Random events are happening, whole scenes are inserted that serve no purpose, and the hand-off of art duties proves to be a downgrade in art quality.

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