Gabriel Hernandez's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Comical Opinions, Monkeys Fighting Robots Reviews: 876
8.1Avg. Review Rating

9
78 MPH #1

Apr 6, 2022

78 MPH #1 is an excellent start to a post-apocalyptic sci-fi adventure. The premise is wholly original. The stakes and tension are cranked up to 11 almost immediately, and you can intuitively understand the motivations of every character with almost no introduction. The art lacks detail, but what the lines dont show is more than made up for with effective use of colors and shading to cast the new society in perpetual twilight.

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9
78 MPH #2

May 5, 2022

78 MPH #2 is a humdinger of a second issue. The premise is already inventive, but the new developments here turn the world on its head. We cant wait to find out what happens next.

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7.5
78 MPH #3

Jun 1, 2022

78 MPH #3 is a good ending to a highly imaginative sci-fi series. The art in this issue is the strongest yet, and the final moments end the series on a hopeful note. However, the story takes a few but large shortcuts from the first page to the last page, leaving you feeling like the creator rushed to get to the end when the story needed several more pages or a whole additional issue to end properly.

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8.5
A King's Vengeance #1

Jan 15, 2022

A KINGS VENGEANCE #1 offers a unique fable set in an unknown future where a King sacrifices everything to avenge his Queen and his son. The story is epic in scale and scope, delivered with expert efficiency. The creative art choices are incredibly unique, but the art style might take a little getting used to.

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9.5
A King's Vengeance #2

Mar 25, 2022

A KINGS VENGEANCE #2 is pure karmic carnage from beginning to end. The fights are devastatingly brutal, and you feel pulled along to revel in every second of the kings quest for revenge. This is the kind of comic where you cant wait to see what happens next.

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7.6
Action Comics (2016) #1021

Mar 25, 2020

ACTION COMICS #1021 is a well-written and well-paced skirmish between the super teams. The coloring takes top marks, but you may be lost if you haven't read the prior issue(s). This is a take or leave it recommendation.

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7
All Blossom Electric in the City of Black Miracles #1

May 29, 2021

ALL BLOSSOM ELECTRIC IN THE CITY OF BLACK MIRACLES exemplifies the arthouse indie experience in graphic novel form. The concepts are complex, the art is original, and the writing is mostly creative.

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9
All Guts, No Glory #1

Jan 26, 2022

ALL GUTS, NO GLORY #1 takes the novel idea of government-sanctioned monster hunters to an intriguing place. Tedesco establishes the stakes and motivations with ease to give readers an underdog you can get behind almost immediately, and the art team shows off stellar art with plenty of gore.

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9
All Guts, No Glory #2

Mar 9, 2022

ALL GUTS, NO GLORY #2 is a fun second chapter in the horror/action/romance mashup mini-series from Zenescope. The dialog and plot flow is incredibly organic and natural, the action is intense, the romance is surprisingly sweet, and the few jokey parts all land. If part 3 has the same level of quality, the entire run is a winner.

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9.5
All Guts, No Glory #3

Apr 13, 2022

ALL GUTS, NO GLORY #3 is a memorable finale to a fun adventure that pays homage to the action/horror/comedy films of the 80s. The action is over-the-top fun, the characters are memorable, and the ending is satisfying while leaving the door open enough for a sequel or crossover with other Zenescope titles. This is a must-have for 80s horror fans that like a little black humor mixed in.

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7.5
American Mythology: Monsters (2021) #2

Oct 29, 2021

AMERICAN MYTHOLOGY MONSTERS (VOL. 2) #2 elevates run-of-the-mill horror anthologies by looking for strange, unusual takes on the classic monster motif. While one of the stories falls so far out of classic mosterdom that it doesnt qualify as a monster story at all, its entertaining nonetheless, and this anthology is a treat for anyone looking for high-concept horror.

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7
Archer & Armstrong Forever #1

May 4, 2022

ARCHER & ARMSTRONG FOREVER #1 is an odd comic to wrap your head around. The art is fantastic on every level, and the technical execution of the writing is practically flawless. That said, the characters have no reason to exist other than to be odd, and being odd is not much of a reason to hook the reader.

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9
Archer & Armstrong Forever #2

Jun 8, 2022

ARCHER & ARMSTRONG FOREVER #2 is a far superior issue compared to #1. The humor lands better through great comedic timing, pacing, and well-choreographed sight gags. If youre unsure about this series after issue #1, #2 may change your mind.

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8
Armorclads (2022) #1

Mar 24, 2022

ARMORCLADS #1 is a solid first issue for Valiants latest sci-fi entry. The piece parts from all your familiar favorite science-fiction properties are present for a bug-hunting good time. That said, the plethora of familiar elements makes this first issue feel a little too familiar, reducing the originality factor. However, the familiar elements are still enjoyable and made more so with impressive art.

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6.5
Armorclads (2022) #2

Apr 20, 2022

ARMORCLADS #2 is a great-looking comic, especially considering the chaotic jungle conditions, but the plot of the story is riddled with inconsistencies and contrived events to force the team to assemble. Pick up this comic for the visuals, but lower your expectations for a story that makes sense.

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7
Armorclads (2022) #3

May 18, 2022

ARMORCLADS #3 is an uneven issue with strong action and character acting but odd plot points that arent effective. The creators add some variety by adding a fantasy element to keep the story unique, but the plot is on shaky foundations.

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8.5
Armorclads (2022) #4

Jun 22, 2022

ARMORCLADS #4 is the strongest issue of the series so far, possibly because it doesnt try to build complex drama or make sense of political maneuverings. This issue takes all the toys out of the toybox and goes to town with one big battle. Turn your brain off, sit back, and enjoy.

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9
Army of Darkness: 1979 #1

Sep 8, 2021

ARMY OF DARKNESS 1979 #1 seamlessly blends two great film properties to give us the crossover we never knew we needed. The action is kinetic, the quips come fast, and to answer the main mans question YES, I DIG IT!!!

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9
Army of Darkness: 1979 #2

Oct 13, 2021

ARMY OF DARKNESS 1979 #2 captures the sights, sounds, and the spirit of 1970s NYC ala The Warriors (1979) as Ash and his new friends make their way through a gauntlet of gangs and Deadites. The writing succeeds in capturing the look and feel of 70s NYC and the Ash Williams character equally well. And the art practically pumps tough-guy swagger into every panel.

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9
Army of Darkness: 1979 #3

Nov 17, 2021

ARMY OF DARKNESS 1979 #3 continues to deftly merge the Army of Darkness and Walter Hills The Warriors into the most amusing mashup in comicdom. The character voices are outrageously perfect, placing Ash and the Deadites in The Warriors storyline works better than you can imagine, and the story continues to surprise you with humor, action, and surprises.

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8
Army of Darkness: 1979 #4

Dec 22, 2021

THE ARMY OF DARKNESS 1979 #4 gives readers plenty of backstory on the Necronomicon, a walk down memory lane of Ashs adventures, and a mildly amusing dance off gone wrong in the legendary Studio 54. The art team did a bang up job keeping the style consistent despite an artist change midway through, and the issue is okay overall, despite a lack of major story progress.

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7.5
Army of Darkness: 1979 #5

Jan 26, 2022

THE ARMY OF DARKNESS 1979 #5 concludes the run with supernatural battles in Central Park, turning tides, Yankees games, and Elvis appreciation talk(?). The story ends as weirdly wonderful as it began, although the story felt like it was in hurry up mode to get to the finish.

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7
Athena: The Undying #1

Oct 20, 2021

ATHENA: THE UNDYING (ONE-SHOT) takes the concept of royal vampires and drops straight into a fantasy world with robots and dinosaurs. The concepts are highly original, the acting and dialog are well done, and the character designs are fairly unique. That said, the pencils/inks hit a quality bump about midway through to throw the enjoyment factor off.

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10
Barbarella (2021) #1

Jul 14, 2021

BARBARELLA (VOL. 2) #1 is a sincere, engaging start to the next chapter in the Hero of Love's legend. The writing is rock solid, and the art is exquisite.

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9
Barbarella (2021) #2

Aug 18, 2021

BARBARELLA (VOL. 2) #2 continues the adventures of the futures greatest liaison of love with smart, sharp writing and captivating art. The smoothness and clarity of the storytelling hit a few, small bumps that bring the rating down a bit compared to the first issue, but the net result is still one of the best titles Dynamite has on the market.

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8
Barbarella (2021) #3

Sep 22, 2021

BARBARELLA (VOL. 2) #3 contains the best character- and artwork youll find anywhere. This months adventure brings the titular character one step closer to confronting the mysterious big bad, and the story is full of surprises. That said, some of the surprises are either poorly explained or not explained at all, making for an uneven reading experience.

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Barbarella (2021) #4

Oct 27, 2021

BARBARELLA (VOL. 2) #4 strikes the right balance between whimsy and camp to produce another solid entry about the space warrior who saves lives with the power of love. The plot tells a self-contained story while slightly hinting at an overall arc, but the arc could use a little more forward progress. Once again, the art in this series is simply stunning.

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7.5
Barbarella (2021) #5

Nov 24, 2021

BARBARELLA (VOL. 2) #5 wraps up the mystery about a potential traitor, opens the door for much bigger players to enter the fight, and perhaps adds a new ally to Barbarellas team. While all the components are there for a great issue, Barbarellas characterization feels off and lacks the spark which made the first issues so intriguing. However, this is still the most gorgeous comic youll find on the market today.

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8.5
Barbarella (2021) #6

Dec 23, 2021

BARBARELLA (VOL. 2) #6 hits the PAUSE button on the main plot of the volume to build out the character of Vix. Side stories can be hit or miss, but Hoyt pulls this one off with charm, humor, and subverts expectations to successfully give the entire relationship between Barbarella and Vix double meaning. The art duties have changed, and while the output is not as impressive, its fine work for an entertaining issue overall.

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Barbarella (2021) #7

Feb 23, 2022

BARBARELLA (VOL. 2) #7 is a simpler but still excellent entry in the series with astoundingly gorgeous art, progress on the plot that reveals more about the Ladys origins, and dinosaurs! This issue is one of the better issues in the series and worth the cover price.

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7
Barbarella (2021) #8

Mar 23, 2022

BARBARELLA (VOL. 2) #8 is a spectacularly beautiful issue with an admittedly wonky story. While the wonkiest parts have some amusement factor, the pieces dont make much sense when put together. If youre a fan of this series, theres nothing off enough about this issue to turn you away, but this issue is one of the weaker story entries.

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7.5
Barbarella (2021) #9

Apr 27, 2022

BARBARELLA (VOL. 2) #9 is a serviceable issue to set up the finale. Theres plenty of exposition to define how the Lady thinks, and readers get a small tease about why the Lady hates Barbarella, but theres not much momentum going into the finale. Its all setup. However, the art is gorgeous and this entire run contains some of the best-looking art around.

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7
Barbarella (2021) #10

Jun 17, 2022

BARBARELLA (VOL. 2) #10 is a solid-albeit-flawed end to the arc about the galaxys greatest lover and fighter for peace and justice. The art is immaculate, the action is exciting, all the blanks are filled in, and the ending concludes the arc cleanly. That said, the panel progression, in a few spots, was poorly executed, and the big reveal behind the Ladys motivation is paper-thin.

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9.6
Battle Cats: Tales of Valderia #3

Jun 5, 2020

BATTLECATS: TALES OF VALDERIA #3, available from Mad Cave Studios on June 10th, is a strong setup issue for future tales. The artwork is gorgeous and the depth of history is impressive. If Mad Cave keeps turning out books with this level of quality, I'll be sticking with this series for a long time.

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Battlecats: Vol. 3 #1

Jul 7, 2021

BATTLECATS (VOL. 3) #1 drops readers right into the heart of drama and action in a story filled with complex emotions and noble intentions. The art is some of the best Mad Cave has to offer, and the ending promises an epic journey to come.

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Battlecats: Vol. 3 #2

Aug 5, 2021

BATTLECATS (VOL. 3) #2 is a fine example of world- and character-building with rich backstories. The art is some of the best Mad Cave is putting out, and the setup promises big things for what comes next.

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Battlecats: Vol. 3 #3

Sep 15, 2021

BATTLECATS (VOL. 3) #3 is nuanced, complex, mature, emotional storytelling. The character designs and battles are excellent, the characters interactions are relatably human, and the plot progression builds on the story in meaningful ways for a truly epic story. This is one of the best Mad Cave titles out right now, and one of the best among many publishers as well.

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8.5
Battlecats: Vol. 3 #4

Oct 30, 2021

BATTLECATS (VOL. 3) #4 takes the defeat and grief from the last volume and turns it around to ignite a spark of optimism that evil will be defeated. London wisely pares down the plethora of threads to give the story more room to focus and breathe, and the art is simply the best of everything Mad Cave is offering right now.

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Battlecats: Vol. 3 #5

Dec 30, 2021

BATTLECATS (VOL. 3) #5 is a great example of an issue that plants seeds to build anticipation for big changes in the near future. The story beats, pacing, and emotional plot points are all excellent. The art builds on the emotion of the writing and pulls off gritty, bare-knuckled action. Theres a lot to like in this dramatic and mature chapter in the volume.

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9.5
Battlecats: Vol. 3 #6

Feb 26, 2022

BATTLECATS (VOL.3) #6 isnt a deep, psychological, thought-provoking issue, but its oh so satisfying because the bad guy has earned his beating, and this issue delivers. Londons writing makes sure the players are right where they need to be with just enough explanation to make the impossible gathering make sense. And, Camelo and Tekino leave all their artistic talents on the field of battle. This was a great issue.

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9.5
Battlecats: Vol. 3 #7

Mar 31, 2022

BATTLECATS (VOL. 3) #7 is an exemplary ending for an exemplary run. The battle is epic in scale but gives each Battlecat a moment to shine. The battles conclusion is filled with revelations and emotional, as well as physical, conflict. And, the bittersweet ending provides all the good feelings you could want in the last goodbye.

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7
Becstar #1

Feb 18, 2021

BECSTAR #1, available from Mad Cave Studios on May 5th, 2021 (pre-order on February 24th), expertly introduces a cavalcade of characters for a new space pirate adventure. The writing is well-paced and fleshes out new characters quickly to get readers right into the story. The art is good but lacks dramatic punch. I would recommend you give this book a try.

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6.5
Becstar #2

Jun 16, 2021

BECSTAR #2 has a plethora of action, emotion, and plot development. Unfortunately, the cartoonish art detracts from the drama and overall impact of the story.

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6.5
Becstar #3

Jul 21, 2021

BECSTAR #3 started off with space adventure promise but the central plot is showing unavoidable flaws. When you add on stylized art that doesn't suit the story, this title is starting to wear out its welcome.

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Becstar #4

Aug 25, 2021

BECSTAR #4 has some fun action and tense space battles that will satisfy fans of the series. While some of the sizable plot holes arent addressed (and perhaps never will be), the setup at the end promises a big showdown to cap the series.

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5
Becstar #5

Sep 29, 2021

BECSTAR #5 caps an original arc that showed a lot of initial promise, but persistent plot holes and a confusing ending put a damper on any potential. The rough ending combined with the mismatched art makes this a not recommended issue and series.

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8.5
Bedtime Stories for Impressionable Children #1

Oct 8, 2021

BEDTIME STORIES FOR IMPRESSIONABLE CHILDREN #1 is exactly that, a collection of odd and amusing stories for kids of all ages. The writing and art styles vary wildly from entry to entry, but they all possess a unique charm that makes this a wholesome read with a hint (a very small hint) of horror for the Halloween season.

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8.5
Belit & Valeria #1

May 11, 2022

BLIT & VALERIA #1 is an unexpected take on the titular characters, based on Robert E. Howards works. The story feels like a typical Sword & Sorcery adventure, but the personalities are unusual. The art is excellent, and the art team injects plenty of personality into the characters to keep the readers engaged, even if the characters seem slightly out of place for the setting and the source material.

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Belit & Valeria #2

Jun 8, 2022

BELIT & VALERIA #2 is another odd entry in the series with fantastic art and an interesting central premise. Unfortunately, the comic suffers from tedious narration, lettering problems, and a wildly inconsistent tone.

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Belle (2020): Headless Horseman #1

Oct 6, 2021

BELLE: HEADLESS HORSEMAN put Belle to the test by forcing her to use her mind over her muscle. The action is power-packed and the conclusion opens the door for more conflict with a coven of ditzy witches, but the exposition gets ponderously heavy in the third act. Otherwise, this is a great treat for the Halloween season.

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8.5
Belle (2020): War of the Giants #1

Apr 6, 2022

BELLE: WAR OF THE GIANTS furthers Belles adventures into uncharted areas while taking last weeks middling Jack & Jill introduction and improving on it. Franchini impresses by filling in a tremendous amount of backstory naturally and seamlessly blending two titles into an original adventure. The issue is elevated by fantastic visuals from the art team.

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8.5
Belle (2020): Dragon Clan #1

Aug 18, 2021

BELLE: DRAGON CLAN is the type of all-out brawling action so sorely missed from the modern crop of action comics. The art is solid, the pacing is brisk, and this issue successfully executes on telling part of the story through the fight. If these one-shots can pick up the pace on Belle finding herself and her inner confidence, this will become a top-notch collection.

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Belle (2020): Kill Zone #1

Dec 15, 2021

BELLE: KILL ZONE is a mixed bag of cool ideas and cool scenes, but too much of the story is left out to get it to fit in the number of pages allowed, and the art is wildly inconsistent. This is a great one-shot if youre only focused on the setup for future potential, but as a stand-alone offering, this is not one of Zenescopes better offerings.

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7.5
Belle (2020): Labyrinth #1

May 18, 2022

BELLE: LABYRINTH is a standard adventure with standard action and a standard outcome that moves the larger arc forward a step or two. The technical execution is solid, but the issue lacks drama or stakes.

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Belle (2020): Queen of Serpents #1

Feb 23, 2022

BELLE: QUEEN OF SERPENTS picks up after a previous adventure against the Serpent King, forcing Belle to fight for her life and to wrestle with a moral dilemma. When heroes are faced with challenges that have no easy answers, thats the heart of good storytelling and drama. The excellent writing is paired with very good art to make for an extremely solid one-shot.

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Belle (2020): Sirens #1

Jun 17, 2021

BELLE: SIRENS is filled with great art and pulse-poundings action but there are so many details left out of the story that it feels like action pieces stringed together without any connective tissue to tell a complete story.,

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Belle (2020): King of Serpents #1

Apr 28, 2021

BELLE: KING OF SERPENTS, available from Zenescope Entertainment on April 28th, 2021, is a straightforward and satisfying chapter in the Belle canon. Despite the monster-of-the-month motif and a fairly predictable ending, this was a fun popcorn issue.

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7.5
Belle (2020): Thunder of Gods #1

Mar 24, 2021

BELLE: THUNDER OF GODS, available from Zenescope Entertainment on March 24th, 2021, is a tried and true action story from one of Zenescope's beloved heroes. The art is great, the story makes sense within Belle's world of Beasts, and as long as you pay attention to the time jumps, this is an entertaining issue.

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7.5
Belle (2020): Anniversary Issue #25

Feb 2, 2022

BELLE ANNUAL #25 tells you (almost) everything you ever wanted to know about Belles lineage, her friends, and her family during a deadly hunt hosted by the god Artemis. Readers get plenty of information and plenty of action but the creators may have bitten off more than they can chew by trying to tackle too much story all at once. The annual looks, great despite a cadre of artists working on the book, and the issue finishes with a serviceable ending.

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Bettie Page (2020) #1

Jul 8, 2020

BETTIE PAGE #1 is a charming, silly, baudy start to an imaginary tale in the life of the seminal pinup queen. The writing is lighthearted fun, and the art flows with the tropical breezes. This is a great choice for Bettie Page fans of all ages.

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8.5
Bettie Page (2020) #5

Jan 17, 2021

BETTIE PAGE (Vol. 4) #5, available from Dynamite Comics on January 27th, 2021, caps the current run by solving all the mysteries (that were already solved) in Bettie's signature style. The story is ridiculous in a clever way and the art projects that classic Hollywood feel. If you're a fan of classic comedies, Bettie Page, or just some silly fun, this is a recommendation.

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9.5
Bettie Page: Alien Agenda #1

Mar 9, 2022

BETTIE PAGE: THE ALIEN AGENDA #1 is a light, fun, smart take on the worlds most (in)famous photo model and secret agent. Ani-Mias character work for this version of Bettie is spot on, the story is smart yet believable, and Celors art is astronomically better than what weve seen from him in the past. This is an excellent start.

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Bettie Page: Alien Agenda #2

Apr 13, 2022

BETTIE PAGE: THE ALIEN AGENDA #2 is a solid entry in the series that accomplishes a lot and incorporates fun challenges for Bettie Page to overcome. That said, theres more story than pages and some of the scenes felt rushed.

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7.5
Bettie Page: Alien Agenda #3

May 11, 2022

BETTIE PAGE: THE ALIEN AGENDA #3 is a fine issue in the series with cool challenges, interesting use of mythology in a modern context, and much better pacing than issue #2. That said, there were a few scene switches lacking setup or transition, and the art fell short in depicting the intricacies of the traps.

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Bettie Page: Alien Agenda #4

Jun 8, 2022

BETTIE PAGE: THE ALIEN AGENDA #4 is a fine entry in the series, with decent art, much-improved pacing, a little bit of fun in the sun, and a brain teaser to keep you occupied until the next issue. The light fun lacks tension in both the writing and art, but its still a pleasant read.

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9.5
Bettie Page: The Curse of the Banshee #1

Jun 2, 2021

BETTIE PAGE: THE CURSE OF THE BANSHEE #1 is the smart, fun, sassier version of The X-Files starring America's favorite pin-up. The writing, particularly the sharp, witty banter, is excellent, and the art is clean and slick. This is not your grandpa's Bettie Page story, but it 1,000% works.

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8.5
Bettie Page: The Curse of the Banshee #2

Jul 8, 2021

BETTIE PAGE: CURSE OF THE BANSHEE #2 takes readers on a wild ride with monsters, rumbles, and secret caves. Despite the lack of anything that feels like a Bettie Page comic, this was a fun read.

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7.5
Bettie Page: The Curse of the Banshee #3

Aug 11, 2021

BETTIE PAGE: CURSE OF THE BANSHEE #3 is filled with chills, spills, and thrills. The art is excellent, and the story holds your attention, but the only thing lacking in this Bettie Page comic is Bettie Page.

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Bettie Page: The Curse of the Banshee #4

Sep 15, 2021

BETTIE PAGE: CURSE OF THE BANSHEE #4 is a proper horror comic reminiscent of the drive-in spooky films of the 1950s. However, the plot in this issue is paper-thin, making almost no progress on the arc, and theres nothing particularly Bettie Page-like about the main character.

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7.5
Bettie Page: The Curse of the Banshee #5

Oct 20, 2021

BETTIE PAGE: CURSE OF THE BANSHEE #5 is a proper end to an authentic homage to 50s Drive-In monster movies. The art is phenomenal, and the arc ends with a mostly satisfying conclusion. That said, some of the action happens off-panel, so the ending is not as satisfying as it could have been.

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Beware the Witch's Shadow: Winter Special #1

Dec 9, 2021

BEWARE THE WITCHS SHADOW: WINTER SPECIAL is a sometimes humorous, sometimes soulful, and frequently enjoyable horror anthology. Each short has a strong emotional theme that offers something for a wide range of tastes, the variety of art styles pair well with their respective shorts, and the endings are largely satisfying.

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Beware the Witch's Shadow: Night Frights #1

Jan 11, 2022

BEWARE THE WITCHS SHADOW: NIGHT FRIGHTS #1 is a sometimes amusing, sometimes unsettling collection of shorts exploring horrific consequences for individuals who have bad habits or bad behavior. Not all the stories are equally memorable, but they all have something to say, give you something interesting to read, and entertain you for a spell.

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Beyond the Beyond #1

Mar 25, 2022

BEYOND THE BEYOND #1 is a gorgeous and astounding first issue in the latest space mystery from Scout. The setup achieves just the right amount of mystery to grab your attention, the main character is instantly likable, and the art is pristine.

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8.5
Beyond the Farthest Star: Warriors of Zandar #1

Aug 27, 2021

BEYOND THE FARTHEST STAR: WARRIORS OF ZANDAR #1 is a pristine example of taking classic science fiction stories and building on them to bring readers something both fresh and familiar. The action sequences are great. The alien designs are creative. And the writing drops readers right in the middle of the adventure with a minimal amount of confusion or exposition.

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Beyond the Farthest Star: Chronicles #1

Apr 14, 2022

BEYOND THE FARTHEST STAR CHRONICLES #1 is a wonderful adaptation of a classic writers work. If youre an ERB fan, this is a must-have. If youre a fan of classic space pulp adventure, this is a must-have. And, if youre a fan of legendary comics creators like Wolfman, Chaykin, and Green this is a must-have.

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Beyond the Farthest Star: Warriors of Zandar #2

Oct 7, 2021

BEYOND THE FARTHEST STAR: WARRIORS OF ZANDAR #2 is an entertaining mix of brains, brawn, and pulpy sci-fi action. The writing hits a perfect sweet spot for classic serial adventure lovers. The callbacks to classic Edgar Rice Burroughs stories organically fit the material and even builds on them. And the art is chock full of imaginative creature designs and fast, powerful action.

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8.5
Bilal: Legends of Today #1

Mar 4, 2021

BILAL: LEGENDS OF TODAY, available now from Titan Comics, uses mystical man as a common thread to explore what would happen with the social and political ills of life when the “common man” is given the power to negate elitist power in all its forms. It's a deep and thought-provoking example of using the comic medium to explore the philosophy of everyday life and what it means to control your own destiny.

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8.8
Birthright #45

Jul 21, 2020

BIRTHRIGHT #45 is an adrenaline-pumping, visually fascinating issue in the series. The story has great character interactions with a lot of heart as everyone races to the goal, and the artwork practically glows.

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Black Cotton #4

Aug 11, 2021

BLACK COTTON #4 takes a difficult topic and treats it with honesty. Its honest because it doesnt treat any character as a monolith, and it takes time to create characters that are as messy and complicated as we all are in real life.

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Black Cotton #5

Sep 9, 2021

BLACK COTTON #5 continues taut, complex, dramatic writing about a police shooting that parallels (sometimes uncomfortably) real-world events without picking sides, letting the characters actions speak for themselves. Adding in the previous plot thread about a grudge with the Keshinomi family works as a stand-alone story, but the two threads dont quite mesh, making for a strange clash of stories in the same issue.

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Black Cotton #6

Nov 18, 2021

BLACK COTTON #6 is a thoughtful case study about rage in all its forms and flavors when a series of events brings the city to a boiling point. The story is thought-provoking, the sequence of events is original yet familiar to our world, and creators wisely shine a light on every side of the conflict to let the reader make up their own mind about what they would do in the same situation.

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9.5
Blade Runner: 2029 #1

Mar 3, 2021

BLADE RUNNER 2029 #1, available from Titan Comics on March 3rd, 2021, brings a new corner of the Blade Runner universe to life in a way the feels familiar and completely fresh at the same time. The detailed art perfectly catches the melancholy tone, and the story makes for a great start to an enthralling detective drama.

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Blade Runner: 2029 #2

Mar 7, 2021

BLADE RUNNER 2029 #2, available from Titan Comics on January 13th, 2021, exemplifies the best in hard-boiled detective crime noir, fitting perfectly in the Blade Runner universe. The art is sharp and emotive, and the writing keeps the reader invested through every page.

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Blade Runner: 2029 #3

Mar 11, 2021

BLADE RUNNER 2029 #3, available from Titan Comics on March 10th, 2021, keeps the reader squarely immersed in the Blade Runner universe and adds a terrifying new development in the replicants development. The art is gorgeous and expressive, and the story hits all the right beats for a futuristic detective noir story.

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Blade Runner: 2029 #4

Apr 8, 2021

BLADE RUNNER 2029 #4, available from Titan Comics on April 8th, 2021, escalates the stakes of the story tenfold by initiating a plan with devastating consequences for Los Angeles. The art is thoughtful in its small moments awe-inspiring in the big ones. The replicant revolution has begun.

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Blade Runner: 2029 #5

Jul 1, 2021

BLADE RUNNER 2029 #5 combines thrilling action, wow revelations, and even greater potential for the future of Blade Runners. The art is kinetic yet grounded, and the story ends on an enticing cliffhanger.

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7.5
Blade Runner: 2029 #6

Aug 4, 2021

BLADE RUNNER 2029 #6 has plenty of great art, action, and forward movement in the story. However, the writers are keeping readers in the dark about Yotuns master plan a little too long, and the wait is hurting the dramatic tension of the story.

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Blade Runner: 2029 #7

Aug 29, 2021

BLADE RUNNER 2029 #7 flawlessly executes big ideas and big revelations in a surprisingly small amount of space for maximum impact. The character development in this issue is top-notch, and the art is gorgeous. This is a recommended pick for the week.

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8.5
Blade Runner: 2029 #8

Oct 1, 2021

BLADE RUNNER 2029 #8 answers key questions about Yotuns longevity and his plans for Los Angeles. The action is gritty and tense, and this issue contains some of the best art in the series so far. Despite only mild movement on the plot, this was a generally satisfying issue and worth the read.

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Blade Runner: 2029 #9

Nov 8, 2021

BLADE RUNNER 2029 #9 has outstanding art and a complex drama centered around the advent of a replicant Civil War. While the shift from the last issue to this one somewhat deflates the threat level and effectiveness of the main villain, the drama is still very much compelling.

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Blade Runner: 2029 #10

Dec 2, 2021

BLADE RUNNER 2029 #10 isnt the start of a new arc but it has the feel of a new chapter as a mystery is uncovered relating to Yotuns master plan. The pacing is brisk, the art is outstanding, and the cliffhanger ending infuses a little bit of welcome fan service for longtime Blade Runner fans.

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Blade Runner: 2029 #11

Jan 5, 2022

BLADE RUNNER 2029 #11 puts everyone in a bad spot for the penultimate issue in the series, promising a satisfying ending for all involved with one issue to go. The art is great, and the story has some intriguing developments, but the issue lacks any sense of building momentum. This is a good issue in a good series, but it lacks a sense of impending purpose to become a great one.

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7.5
Blade Runner: 2029 #12

Jan 1, 1970

BLADE RUNNER 2029 #12 concludes the mystery and the series with a thought-provoking ending. While the ending is clean and addresses the major open threads from the series, it feels small and mildly underwhelming. Regardless of the power (or lack thereof) in the story, the art has been consistently great from first issue to the last.

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7.5
Blade Runner: Origins #1

Mar 10, 2021

BLADE RUNNER ORIGINS #1, available from Titan Comics on March 10th, is a fairly standard detective noir story that benefits from the Easter eggs, bells, and whistles of the Blade Runner universe. The art is precisely atmospheric for the source material, and the snappy writing keeps the reader engaged.

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8.5
Blade Runner: Origins #2

Mar 24, 2021

BLADE RUNNER ORIGINS #2, available from Titan Comics on March 24th, 2021, keeps the artwork high and turns the excellent writing up a little higher. But for the slightly jarring gap between the end of the first issue to the start of this one, this would be a near-perfect issue.

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8.5
Blade Runner: Origins #3

Apr 21, 2021

BLADE RUNNER ORIGINS #3, available from Titan Comics on April 21st, 2021, does the minimum amount of movement to keep the story interesting and drops one heck of a mystery reveal. The pulpy art loads in tons of atmosphere, and the revelation has broad implications for the remainder of the arc.

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Blade Runner: Origins #4

May 19, 2021

BLADE RUNNER ORIGINS #4, available from Titan Comics on May 19th, 2021, pumps up the action with an extended chase scene that finds the main character finally taking on the Blade Runner role. Despite the sprinting pace, the story covers a lot of ground and ends with a surprising reveal.

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7.5
Blade Runner: Origins #5

Aug 18, 2021

BLADE RUNNER: ORIGINS #5 turns down the momentum on the hunt for the Nexus 5 to build up more character moments between the cast of characters. While the moments (and the art) are very well done, the plots pace and lack of information about the mystery surrounding the Nexus 5 are slowing down too much to hold the readers interest for much longer.

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8.5
Blade Runner: Origins #6

Sep 15, 2021

BLADE RUNNER: ORIGINS #6 drops heavy doses of hints to correlate the replicant uprising with (possibly) class struggles and trans rights. The potential for thought-provoking ideas are all present, but it remains to be seen if the mysterys execution can live up to the message(s). The art is flawlessly neo-noir and dramatic, so youll thoroughly enjoy the look of this book, even if youre not quite sold on the mystery yet.

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7.5
Blade Runner: Origins #7

Oct 14, 2021

BLADE RUNNER: ORIGINS #7 is filled with surprises and satisfying reveals, but the constantly shifting focus feels like the story doesnt know where its going. That said, theres plenty of cool art and cool reveals to keep the reader engaged as long as readers are invested simply for the cool factor.

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8.5
Blade Runner: Origins #8

Nov 19, 2021

BLADE RUNNER: ORIGINS #8 is a breather issue that takes full advantage of the break from the main arc to give readers a ton of thrilling action while filling in bits of story through the fight. The art is outstanding, and the writing is well-paced, but the central, nagging plot point that frustratingly remains unanswered is why would Dr. Kine do what she did?

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Blade Runner: Origins #9

Feb 16, 2022

BLADE RUNNER ORIGINS #9 gives readers an all-out battle as Stahl seeks to bury the truth of her project forever. The action is fast-paced and tight. The exposition builds out the lore more than it reveals the answers to the mystery. And, the cliffhanger finish is strong.

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7.5
Blade Runner: Origins #10

Mar 16, 2022

BLADE RUNNER ORIGINS #10 works for answering long-standing questions surrounding the mysteries in the series. The reveals are well-executed, albeit a mixed bag in terms of satisfaction for an assortment of reasons. You can feel the series is moving towards a formal conclusion, so well see if the remaining few questions get their due.

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Blade Runner: Origins #11

May 4, 2022

BLADE RUNNER ORIGINS #11 is an excellent penultimate issue in the series with a daring plan to end the Tyrrell Corporations destructive ways. The plan has a bait-and-switch ending you wont see coming for a pleasant surprise, and the art team keeps the energy high with non-stop action.

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Blade Runner: Origins #12

Jun 8, 2022

BLADE RUNNER: ORIGINS #12 is a finale that says a lot of goodbyes and packs in the emotion but fails to conclude some critical plot points left hanging since the start of the series. You cant say the creators didnt have enough time or issues to bring the series to a full resolution, so despite some amazing art from Dagnino, this finale falls short.

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Blood on Sunset #1

Jan 28, 2022

BLOOD ON SUNSET #1 mixes classic detective noir with supernatural monsters for an intriguing story about a gangsters murder that may get a private investigator in hot water. The mood and tone of a classic detective noir story are captured precisely, the art layers on heaps of smoky atmosphere, and the supernatural elements are blended in seamlessly for a unique brand of historical fiction.

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8
Blood on Sunset #2

Feb 11, 2022

BLOOD ON SUNSET #2 continues to pull off a high-quality detective noir story with monsters. The art is smokey, moody, and atmospheric. All the elements for a good detective story are present. And while the nature of the monsters is vague enough to be slightly confusing, theres a lot to like in this second issue.

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8.5
Blood on Sunset #3

Mar 9, 2022

BLOOD ON SUNSET #3 is a rock-solid entry in the series with a sultry atmosphere, monstrous action, and a serviceable amount of character development. The rough, scratchy art complements the tone of the story, and while the lack of information about the nature of the monsters is frustrating, enough tidbits are dropped in this issue to keep things moving forward.

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8.5
Blood on Sunset #4

Mar 31, 2022

BLOOD ON SUNSET #4 is the strongest issue in the series. DAnnas writing fills in critical blanks in the arc, puts the main character in an increasingly desperate situation, and ends with a twist youll kick yourself for not expecting. The excellent writing is complemented by equally excellent art for a mashup that works as both a period piece as well as a supernatural tale of horror.

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Blood on Sunset #5

May 11, 2022

BLOOD ON SUNSET #5 is a solid semi-ending to the arc with the killers big reveal that makes complete sense in hindsight. The vibe of a classic detective noir story comes through loud and clear, and the art team pulled out all the stops to present a dusty city as darkness falls.

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Blood, Skulls and Chrome #3

Apr 20, 2022

BLOOD, SKULLS, AND CHROME #3 is an excellent entry in the biker gang crime thriller sub-genre. That threat of danger keeps the tension on high at all times. The pacing and feeling of momentum towards a collision feel palpable. And, the art is generally good.

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8.5
Bloodshot (2019) #10

Jan 13, 2021

BLOODSHOT #10, available from Valiant Entertainment on January 13th, 2021, is a surprisingly good jumping on point for new readers to get to know the titular character. To catch readers up, the exposition and dialog gets a little heavy, but there's more than enough action to keep the pace moving. This issue a n excellent start to a promising story arc. I strongly recommend this book.

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Bloodshot (2019) #11

Feb 24, 2021

BLOODSHOT #11 takes the very present issues of political division and toxic patriotism, ramps it up to 11, and wraps it in a sci-fi action piece. The art is gorgeous, but the story was a little hard to follow in spots due to Rampage's over-the-top rantings. It's a solid issue, albeit not as good as #10.

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7.5
Bloodshot (2019) #12

Mar 10, 2021

BLOODSHOT #12, available from Valiant Entertainment on March 10th, 2021, concludes the arc with excellent art and a somewhat satisfying conclusion. Despite an out-of-place depiction of the president and a scientific explanation that's anything but, this was a mostly enjoyable finale.

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Blowtorch #4

Apr 20, 2022

BLOWTORCH #4 is a gritty, violent crime thriller, in the vein of Parker, that hits the right machismo nerve. The artwork is above-average for B&W, the character work is brutally efficient, and the action is savage. this is a recommended pick.

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Boston Metaphysical Society: The Book of Demons #1

Feb 2, 2022

BOSTON METAPHYSICAL SOCIETY: THE BOOK OF DEMONS is the best one-shot spinoff of the series so far. The story gives more room to the magical elements, creates a compelling conflict with clear stakes, and ends on a satisfying note that leaves the door open for more adventures to come.

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7.5
Boston Metaphysical Society: Ghosts And Demons #1

Nov 29, 2021

BOSTON METAPHYSICAL SOCIETY: GHOSTS AND DEMONS tells a complete story that fleshes out all the characters from the original series and sets the stage for future conflict. While the story is complete and the art is excellent, the story feels like it needed an extra 20 pages to not feel as rushed as it does here.

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7.5
Bountiful Garden #1

Sep 8, 2021

BOUNTIFUL GARDEN #1 is a strange twist on Alien (1979) with kids for the crew and horror thats possible based on plants. While the pacing is good and story beats are familiar in a positive way, the new story points are odd and not well-explained yet.

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Bountiful Garden #2

Oct 6, 2021

BOUNTIFUL GARDEN #2 has some creepy plot developments and equally creepy art, but the creative choices between the tone of the story, the characters, and the art style dont mesh well. The end result is a comic that doesnt seem to know what it wants to be. Theres promise in this title, but it needs to sort itself out.

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Bountiful Garden #3

Nov 18, 2021

BOUNTIFUL GARDEN #3 is an effectively chilling creature feature that amps up the paranoid tension on every page, making you feel like something is about to jump out of the dark at any second. While the fundamental premise is distractingly odd, this issue is the strongest and most emotionally effective of the series by a wide margin.

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Bountiful Garden #4

Dec 15, 2021

BOUNTIFUL GARDEN #4 is a mixed bag of effectively creepy horror elements and strangely out-of-place exposition dialog. The art services the story well by capturing the right tone of fear, but the exposition both helps the character development and breaks the suspension of disbelief.

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Bountiful Garden #5

Jan 21, 2022

BOUNTIFUL GARDEN #5 concludes the arc with death, madness, and the promise of growing trouble for the universe. The crews adventures on the planet are done, but the arc lacks a full conclusion that feels like its transitioning into a new phase of the story. As a whole, this title is a novel experiment that never managed to grow past its shortcomings.

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Broken Gargoyles: Sin and Virtue #1

Jun 30, 2021

BROKEN GARGOYLES: SIN AND VIRTUE #1 is dramatic and powerful writing coupled with bold, colorful art. That said, readers are dropped into several open threads that make it a challenge to jump in, so go back and read volume one first.

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8.5
Broken Souls Ballad #2

Aug 31, 2021

BROKEN SOULS BALLAD #2 is a creepy, gross, unsettling entry in the body horror arena taking a bolder step than the X-Men would ever dare to tread. The writing perfectly captures uncomfortable feelings of anxiety and panic, and the art does an excellent job of carrying the emotion of each scene.

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Broken Souls Ballad #3

Sep 22, 2021

BROKEN SOULS BALLAD #3 gives the phrase paint the town red a completely different meaning when Toms date plans dont go as planned. The story of teens undergoing a horrific metamorphosis is exceptionally relatable and human. And the art captures the body horror elements perfectly.

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7.5
Broken Souls Ballad #4

Oct 14, 2021

BROKEN SOULS BALLAD #4 sees Mrs. Adeles forces begin an all-out assault to bring the mutants under control. The art is ooey, gooey grotesque, and each scene plays out with plenty of human emotion. However, the reading pace slows considerably with too many threads fighting for attention with the limited page count.

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Buzzard #1

May 30, 2021

BUZZARD! #1 is weird, wild, dark-humored, and thoroughly entertaining. The art conveys creates a great contrast between the believability and the absurdity of each situation, and the story begs to be continued.

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8.5
Buzzard & Bone #1

May 18, 2022

BUZZARD & BONE #1 is an imaginative and interesting first issue. The world feels expansive and lived-in, the character and setting designs look authentic for the period, and the drama keeps the pot of tension boiling all the way through. That said, several characters and their relationships are introduced and changed very quickly, so it was sometimes difficult to keep track.

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By The Horns #1

Mar 6, 2021

BY THE HORNS #1, available from Scout Comics on February 24th, 2021, takes the classic beautiful-maiden-and-unicorn relationship and turns it into something completely different. The art is bright, clean, and beautiful. The writing, especially the talks between characters, feels organic, natural, and original.

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9
By The Horns #2

May 26, 2021

BY THE HORNS #2, available from Scout Comics on May 26th, 2021, gives readers fantastic art, a more complete picture of the main character, and tons of exciting adventure.

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9.5
By The Horns #3

Jun 23, 2021

BY THE HORNS #3 crafts a hero's journey that's completely predictable but thoroughly enjoyable. With some of the most gorgeous art on the market, this title continues to impress.

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9.5
By The Horns #4

Aug 11, 2021

BY THE HORNS #4 is the one positive example of a creator subverting expectations youll find anywhere. The creators take a standard quest arc and give it an extra push for a high-octane story.

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By The Horns #5

Sep 15, 2021

BY THE HORNS #5 is a gorgeous-looking book that up until now has captured a heartfelt, nuanced adventure story with unicorns, wizards, and monsters. Unfortunately, the central conflict of the series is nearly undone with a shortcut of a cliffhanger that almost invalidates the heros journey. This is still one of the easiest Scout books to recommend, so the score will reflect high marks for the outstanding technical execution, even if we strongly disagree with the story choice in the cliffhanger.

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8.5
By The Horns #6

Oct 9, 2021

BY THE HORNS #6 is a gorgeous, emotional, and wordless entry into the now-ongoing series that fills in the gaps of Elodies origin as a unicorn killer. With the final puzzle pieces in place, the real question becomes Which is the bigger challenge: Stopping the evil wizards from consuming all the magic in the world? Or, finding a way for Elodie to atone for her atrocities?

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8.5
By The Horns #7

Nov 7, 2021

BY THE HORNS #7 moves the plot along in this penultimate issue of the arc to show the aftermath of everything that happened in issue #5. The pacing is excellent, the big fight at the end is brutal, and we learn more about the villains motivation and the devastating implications of her plan. If that wasnt enough, this series still has the best art of most comics on the market today.

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7.5
By The Horns #8

Dec 30, 2021

BY THE HORNS #8 ends the inaugural arc of the series with tons of visual appeal, exciting action sequences, and a reasonable ending to the Feng Po conflict. That said, the major plot point of Elodies mis-deeds against the unicorns is not addressed at all, making for a half-frustrating conclusion.

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Canto: The Clockwork Fairies #1

Jul 21, 2020

CANTO AND THE CLOCKWORK FAIRIES is the simplest of fables but is thoroughly enjoyable for stellar art and overwhelming charm. This is a highly entertaining bottle issue that's completely worth the price.

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Carriers #1

Nov 10, 2021

CARRIERS #1 has interesting ideas and mixes two genres (sentient animals and crime dramas) together for something unique. The art execution is truly excellent and the pacing makes this a brisk read. That said, the execution of the animal designs while completing basic tasks doesnt make sense for their bodies, and the suspension of disbelief needed to make this concept work just isnt there.

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8.5
Carriers #2

Jan 1, 2022

CARRIERS #2 improves by leaps and bounds over the first issue with a more believable story, in both art and writing, about a criminal conspiracy with high stakes, explosive battles, and seedy underworld crime figures. This is a proper beginning to an engaging arc that shows a lot of potential.

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7.5
Carriers #3

Mar 17, 2022

CARRIERS #3 has a surprising amount of dramatic tension, tense dialog, and multiple conflicts to hold the readers attention. That said, the art is just average and consistently inconsistent for the series as a whole.

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Carriers #4

Apr 6, 2022

CARRIERS #4 is a mildly disappointing entry in the series with antagonists that come out of nowhere and have little connection to the previous issue, art thats wildly inconsistent from the previous issues, and a story that relies on developments that havent happened yet.

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Carriers #5

May 5, 2022

CARRIERS #5 is a strange way to end a strange series. The art is decent enough, and the general adventure is serviceable enough. Yet, the lack of consistency in art between issues, and the overall lack of completion on a myriad of plot threads, make the entire series chaotic and confusing.

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6.5
Caspian Porter #1

Aug 7, 2021

CASPIAN PORTER #1 takes bits and pieces from nearly every sci-fi classic you know and love to create a new pulp adventure. The art is excellent and the concept has tons of potential, but some of the influences are a little too on the nose and the main character is tough to root for.

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Chamber of Terror #1

Oct 6, 2021

CHAMBER OF TERROR #1 is a bloody feather in the cap of the 2021 Halloween season. Every entry in this anthology has something interesting to offer, centering on some variation of demonic evil. While the quality varies wildly from story to story, the collection as a whole is worth a look.

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7.5
Cherry Blackbird #2

Sep 16, 2021

CHERRY BLACKBIRD #2 is grindhouse exploitation in its purest form with plenty of gore, quippy black humor, and bad people losing their heads (and every other body part) on nearly every page. While the art is rough around the edges and the central plot is largely an excuse to commit mayhem, this comic succeeds in giving gore fans a good time.

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Cherry Blackbird #3

Oct 9, 2021

CHERRY BLACKBIRD #3 is dead set on telling you a fast-paced, action-filled, grindhouse-styled story with all the shock and awe you can handle. While the rated-R material is a bit outside the mainstream sensibilities of most publishers these days, its a heck of a lot of fun. Check your trigger warnings at the door because this comic is not for the weak of heart.

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Cherry Blackbird #4

Nov 8, 2021

CHERRY BLACKBIRD #4 continues the grittiest of grindhouse adventures for our titular rockstar/bounty hunter for Beelzebub. The art is suitably filthy, and the story injects surprising amounts of character depth into an otherwise entertaining schlockfest.

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Chess #4

Apr 28, 2022

CHESS #4 is an excellent action/adventure, super-team comic with clear writing, clear stakes, clear motivations, and high energy. The art is good to very good if youll excuse a little inconsistency in the character proportions.

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Cimmerian: Hour of the Dragon #1

Mar 9, 2022

THE CIMMERIAN: HOUR OF THE DRAGON #1 is peak Conan from the man who started it all. The adaptation works well in a comic format without losing any of the essences of the original story, and the art exudes a dark, brooding power that fits the titular character perfectly.

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9.5
Cimmerian: Hour of the Dragon #2

Apr 9, 2022

THE CIMMERIAN: HOUR OF THE DRAGON #2 is a fantastic continuation to the story and a practically perfect example of an adaptation done right. The pacing is energetic, the action is intense, and the overall art is (shockingly) even better than in the first issue. If youre a Conan fan, this is a must-have series.

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9.5
Cimmerian: Hour of the Dragon #3

May 11, 2022

THE CIMMERIAN: HOUR OF THE DRAGON #3 is a practically perfect issue in every way. The writing captures the essence of the source material without losing any of the power of drama, and the artist uses deep lines, heavy shadows, and rich textures to portray a dangerous world under the threat of doom.

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9.8
Cimmerian: Hour of the Dragon #4

Jun 15, 2022

THE CIMMERIAN: HOUR OF THE DRAGON #4 is a stellar conclusion to a stellar adaptation of Robert E. Howards most famous creation. The adaptation to comics captures the essence of the source material without losing an ounce of importance, and the art is stunning.

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7.5
Commander Rao #1

Nov 19, 2021

COMMANDER RAO (ONE-SHOT) is an emotional case study on the extremes one person will go to in the name of someone they care about. The art is quite good for a one-person creation team, and all the logistics of this one-shot (pacing, acting, dialog, etc.) are excellent. However, the conclusion doesnt resolve an open question and dampens the enjoyment of the story by ending on a frustrating note.

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9.5
Conan the Barbarian (2019) #25

Sep 9, 2021

CONAN THE BARBARIAN #25 is one of the strongest and most entertaining Anniversary Anthologies in recent memory. Theres not a weak short story in the bunch, and each entry has a unique perspective to offer on the creation of Robert E. Howard. Conan fans will be very happy with this issue.

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7.5
Corset #1

Sep 30, 2021

CORSET #1 is an imaginative take on Beauty and the Beast set in the high-society world of Victorian-era fashion. The art captures the charm of antiquity with surprisingly eye-catching coloring, and the story takes a classic story concept and makes it feel fresh with a unique spin. That said, the sometimes-modern dialog regularly pulls you out of the story to dampen the reading experience.

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Count Draco: Knuckleduster #1

Aug 11, 2021

COUNT DRACO: KNUCKLEDUSTER #1 is a prime example of classic sci-fi serial storytelling from the 1930s and 40s. Everything from the texture of the pages to the design of the costumes feels authentic to the era, and the writing plays for maximum drama. This is a strong recommendation for lovers of classic sci-fi serials.

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Cover of Darkness #1

Feb 20, 2022

COVER OF DARKNESS #1 is a near-perfect start for a monster mash of classic Hammer Horror proportions. The atmosphere is cinematic, the monster designs are eerily authentic and scary, and the writers smartly anchor the story around an imperfect family. At points, there are a few too many characters introduced to keep the story straight, but the positives greatly outweigh the negatives.

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9
Cover of Darkness #2

Mar 2, 2022

COVER OF DARKNESS #2 is an outstanding take on the classic monster genre, with true horror, fangs, claws, blood, and more. The character origins give each monster depth, the human-ish characters are flawed enough to make their actions and future unpredictable, and the artist presents some truly dangerous and intimidating creatures. If youre a fan of monster horror, this is a must get comic.

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Cover of Darkness #3

Mar 24, 2022

COVER OF DARKNESS #3 is a delight of monster goodness from start to finish. The character designs are terrifying. The clever, reimagined versions of classic monster origins open the door for a whole new range of original stories. And, sketchy art somehow makes the monsters that much scarier.

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5
Cover of Darkness #4

May 11, 2022

COVER OF DARKNESS #4 takes all the promising momentum from issues #2 and #3 and fumbles it with too many disconnected threads, a chaotic narrative structure, and a clone of an Oscar-winning story that lacks all the grace and charm of the source material. Hopefully, the creators can get back on track in the next issue, but this comic is a mess.

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7
Cover of Darkness #5

May 25, 2022

COVER OF DARKNESS #5 is a significant improvement over the previous issue with cool monster origins and a glimpse into how the previous issues will start to tie together. That said, the creators try to cram in too many scenes all at once without any connective tissue, making for a chaotic reading experience.

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6.5
Cover of Darkness #6

Jun 22, 2022

COVER OF DARKNESS #6 makes a reasonable amount of progress on all fronts with plenty of gore and monster madness on every page. However, there are too many disparate threads happening all at once, and its unclear if this series has a main plot.

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7.5
Cult of Dracula #1

Apr 30, 2021

CULT OF DRACULA #1, available from Source Point Press on March 31st, 2021, takes the Dracula concept, spins it into a modern, mid-West cult massacre, and gives you just enough info to whet your appetite. The concept is exciting for vampire fans, the writing is impactful, and the art is serviceable.

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8.5
Cult of Dracula #2

May 4, 2021

CULT OF DRACULA #2, available from Source Point Press on Aril 28th, 2021, is a careening freight train of damaged people with troubled lives heading for the proverbial cliff. The story is as heartbreaking as it is monstrous, and the art doesn't shy away from displaying every gory detail.

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8.5
Cult of Dracula #3

May 26, 2021

CULT OF DRACULA #3, available from Source Point Press on May 26th, 2021, answers more questions, reveals more legacy and turns up the gore for a satisfying issue. Despite a confusing prologue, this is one of the best horror comics on the market right now.

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8
Cult of Dracula #4

Jun 30, 2021

CULT OF DRACULA #4 ups the epic scale and history of the cult to biblical proportions. The art is gloomy and gory, and the writing fills in plenty of blanks to answer open questions in a satisfying way.

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8
Cult of Dracula #5

Jul 31, 2021

CULT OF DRACULA #5 continues building the emotional consequences of the cults massacre as Minas bond with her mother promises to lead to something monstrous. Although the story is starting to get in its own way with too many threads, theres still a lot to like about this series.

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8
Cult of Ikarus #1

Feb 9, 2022

CULT OF IKARUS #1 kicks off a new series with a very familiar story about vampires, vampire killers, and the chosen one at the center of it all. While the story is familiar, the tone, vibe, and art style are wholly unique. This is a recommended pick.

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8.5
Cult of Ikarus #2

Apr 6, 2022

CULT OF IKARUS #2 is a significant step up over the first issue in terms of story creativity and overall intrigue. While this issue is long on dialog and short on action, this is an excellent world- and character-building issue to establish the foundation for all the players and set up curiosity for what comes next.

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8.5
Damned, Cursed Children #4

May 17, 2021

DAMNED, CURSED CHILDREN #4, available from Source Point Press on April 28th, 2021, takes the tropes of survivors coming together in a zombie apocalypse but adding the refreshing twist of using their heads when the circumstances call for it.

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9
Damned, Cursed Children #5

May 26, 2021

DAMNED, CURSED CHILDREN #5, available from Source Point Press on May 26th, 2021, takes the best of zombie outbreak/plague stories and creates a taut thriller filled with scares, drama, and gore. This is an excellent series for any horror fan.

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8.5
Dancing With The Dragon #1

Sep 8, 2021

DANCING WITH THE DRAGON #1 takes readers on a fast-paced crime thriller story with a pair of not-so-good do-gooders. The writing builds out flawed protagonists you cant help root for, and the art infuses this first issue with a cinematic quality.

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8
Dancing With The Dragon #2

Dec 1, 2021

DANCING WITH THE DRAGON #2 is a tense, anxious crime drama about a crook with a good heart who takes one too many chances. The writing for each scene is excellent, however, the multitude of back-and-forth time skips interrupted the pacing and flow. The art plays up the drama in every panel for maximum tension. This is a great pick for crime fiction fans.

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9.5
Dancing With The Dragon #4

Feb 24, 2022

DANCING WITH THE DRAGON #4 wraps up the arc with nail-biting mob torture, lies, double-crosses, and mountains of tense drama. MacKinnon crafts a pair of thieves you cant help but root for, and Casalnguida creates little moments within the overall action that speak volumes.

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8
Dark Age #6

Jun 23, 2021

THE DARK AGE #6 is filled with strong, emotional art. The story contains a small mountain of surprises and plot developments, but the page count needed to be a little bit bigger to contain everything happening and do the story justice.

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9
Dark Age #7

Aug 4, 2021

THE DARK AGE #7 wraps up the series with a newfound appreciation of Earths past and hopeful signs for a bright future when were ready. The writing is breakneck quick, and the art, despite a transition in the art team from the previous issues, doesnt miss a beat.

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7.5
Darling (2021) #1

Jun 30, 2021

DARLING #1 combines thoughtful, personal writing about the life of a drug addict with sketchy, disorienting art to perfectly set up a flawed protagonist. Despite the lack of plot development, there's enough meat in this issue to get readers into the right headspace for the trials to come.

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8.5
Darling (2021) #2

Aug 1, 2021

DARLING #2 takes the readers from one trip on to a completely unexpected new one. Its a jarring yet surprising plot change that makes this series more interesting than we were originally led to believe.

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9.5
Darling (2021) #4

Oct 3, 2021

DARLING #4 is light on action or plot movement, but the story more than makes up for it by taking a whimsical shopping trip that gives Darling a little help and completely transforms Finch into something next level. The writing excels at taking mundane moments and transforming them into something magical, and the art, especially for Finch, communicates volumes with just a simple gesture.

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9
David Byrne's Cancelled #1

Apr 21, 2022

DAVID BYRNES CANCELED is a novel experiment in horror storytelling. Rather than taking a familiar horror trope and expanding on it, Byrne takes several tropes and blends them together for something completely new and entertaining. The art in the first decade of the story is excellent, but the remaining decades (attributed to other artists) vary in quality.

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8.6
Death to The Army of Darkness #3

Jun 17, 2020

DEATH TO THE ARMY OF DARKNESS #3 is exactly the kind of gonzo, crazy, horror-comedy antics you expect from Army of Darkness. The writing is silly fun, the art is strong overall, and the source material is treated with respect (Always a plus when it comes to adaptations).

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7.8
Decorum #3

Jul 21, 2020

DECORUM #3 is a commendable book for its daring approach to art and visual storytelling. You'll either love it or hate it, but you'll certainly never be bored by it. Pick it up for something truly different.

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7.2
Decorum #5

Oct 5, 2020

DECORUM #5, is a fast and amusing read for an issue of its size. The art is more relatable than previous issues, and the violence is cocooned in plenty of dark humor. If you're a fan of Tynion's writing, this book is worth your time.

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9.2
Dejah Thoris (2019) #5

Jun 9, 2020

DEJAH THORIS #5 has dynamic art, urgent and tense story pacing, and imaginative visuals. Strongly recommend you get this issue...unless you're deathly afraid of spiders.

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9
Dejah Thoris (2019) #6

Jul 8, 2020

DEJAH THORIS VOL. 3 #6 is a great mix of action, adventure and detective work. The writing is high quality pulp adventure, and the art team is firing on all cylinders. The cliffhanger ending will leaving you wanting more.

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9
Dejah Thoris (2019) #10

Feb 4, 2021

DEJAH THORIS (VOL. 3) #10, available from Dynamite Comics on February 10th, 2021, brings perhaps the final war to Mars. The world feels lived in and authentic. The characters act and speak with genuine desperation. And the art suits this dying, barren world perfectly.

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6.5
Dejah Thoris (2019) #11

Mar 19, 2021

DEJAH THORIS (VOL. 3) #11, available from Dynamite Comics on March 24th, 2021, is a fast-paced war story that suffers from art more suited for a children's book. There's enough in this issue to warrant coming back, but this isn't the best entry in the series.

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6.5
Dejah Thoris (2019) #12

Apr 10, 2021

DEJAH THORIS (VOL. 3) #12, available from Dynamite Comics on April 14th, is the action-filled finale to the current story arc. All the threads wrap up nicely, and new ones are started to lead into the next series. Despite the inconsistent art and off-putting dialog, this is a well-rounded conclusion.

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7.5
Dejah Thoris (2019): Winter's End #1

Apr 29, 2021

DEJAH THORIS: WINTER'S END, available from Dynamite Comics on April 28th, 2021, is the best example possible of the calm before the storm. Quick, simple, efficient shorts that emphasize the importance of each character and prepare you for what's going to happen next.

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9.5
Dejah Thoris vs. John Carter of Mars #1

Jul 21, 2021

DEJAH THORIS VS. JOHN CARTER OF MARS #1 is a fine example of strong character work with grit in the pulp adventure genre. The characters are admirable to the point of nobility, and the art is some of the finest work Dynamite has out right now. this is a great start to a new series.

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9
Dejah Thoris vs. John Carter of Mars #2

Aug 25, 2021

DEJAH THORIS VS. JOHN CARTER OF MARS #2 takes a big step forward in amping up the separation by giving us a villain you love to hate, a seemingly impossible trap to escape, and hero moments aplenty. The art represents a great example of acting-through-drawing and the cliffhanger is a spot-on example of building anticipation.

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9.5
Dejah Thoris vs. John Carter of Mars #3

Sep 29, 2021

DEJAH THORIS VS. JOHN CARTER OF MARS #3 is the best-case scenario for an evil mastermind monologue in comic form. Abnett cleverly interlaces the information dump with taut fight scenes and awe-inspiring reveals, elevated by Miracolos fantastic art. This is the moment when the series steps up several notches, and its a great example of building anticipation for what comes next.

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8.5
Dejah Thoris vs. John Carter of Mars #4

Oct 27, 2021

DEJAH THORIS VS. JOHN CARTER OF MARS #4 is a classic pulp serial adventure in the best sense of the phrase. The action is thrilling, the mad scientist villain is gleefully evil (and a little bit funny), and the cliffhanger promises a buildup to a world-shaking finale.

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8.5
Dejah Thoris vs. John Carter of Mars #5

Nov 24, 2021

DEJAH THORIS VS JOHN CARTER OF MARS #5 is an example of doing decompressed storytelling the right way. Even though the issue doesnt make significant progress on the plot, there are enough cool developments to keep things moving, and the entire issue is peppered with exciting action from beginning to end.

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9.5
Dejah Thoris vs. John Carter of Mars #6

Jan 5, 2022

DEJAH THORIS VS. JOHN CARTER OF MARS #6 concludes the successful arc with an action-packed finale containing art in constant motion, satisfying ends to all the threads, and a new status quo ending with tons of storytelling potential. More of this, please.

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8.5
Devil's Dominion #4

May 21, 2021

DEVIL'S DOMINION #4, available from Blackbox Comics on MAY 19TH, 2021, takes weighty, traumatic themes and puts a demonic spin on them to make this issue a tragedy as much as a horror comic. The art, writing, and execution are all top-notch, so it's worth checking out.

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7.5
Devil's Dominion #5

Sep 25, 2021

DEVILS DOMINION #5 takes a demonic and emotional conflict centered around the main character and increases the scale exponentially. The dialog, pacing, and plot movement all push a growing sense that something epic is coming. That said, the art is good but it struggles to live up to the demands of the action scenes.

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9
Die!namite: Never Dies #1

Mar 2, 2022

DIE!NAMITE NEVER DIES #1 is a sometimes wacky, sometimes gory, but always fun first issue in the next arc of the DIE!namite saga. The mildly black humor mixed with over-the-top action and violence seems intentionally geared to entertaining readers with every page turn. If you want mindless, crazy big fun, this is an excellent start.

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9
Die!namite: Lives! #1

Jun 9, 2021

DIE!NAMITE LIVES! #1 packs in tons of Ash Williams and Evil Dead fan service and merges it seamlessly into the DIE!namite storyline. The signature black humor lands well, and the art depicts the ridiculous premise seriously for a thoroughly enjoyable read.

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6.5
Die!namite: Lives! #2

Jul 14, 2021

DIE!NAMITE LIVES! #2 has a few visual punches and starts to tie the crossover threads together, but the disconnected narration keeps readers from feeling like they're part of the story.

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9
Die!namite: Never Dies #2

Apr 6, 2022

DIE!NAMITE NEVER DIES! #2 is another banger of an entry in the zombie series that throws in everything plus the kitchen sink while maintaining a sense of purpose and direction that flow evenly. The action is fast-paced and presents heaps of story development, and the art team executes well on every level.

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9
Die!namite: Lives! #3

Aug 19, 2021

DIE!NAMITE LIVES! #3 cranks up the pacing, over-the-top antics, and fun to 11. Van Lentes characterization of characters from other media is spot on, the energy from cover to cover never stops, and this comic is a Hell of a lot of fun.

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9.5
Die!namite: Never Dies #3

May 4, 2022

DIE!NAMITE NEVER DIES! #3 is a weird-but-wonderful interplanetary zombie adventure with creative visuals, dialog that snaps, crackles, and pops, and a villain reveal that sets up a monstrous threat. Van Lente crafts a wild adventure that would fall into the tallest of Tall Tales categories, but it works.

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9
Die!namite: Never Dies #4

Jun 1, 2022

DIE!NAMITE NEVER DIES! #4 does what every comic should do prioritize fun and excitement. The story is faster than an Olympic sprinter whos had too much coffee, but the plot never feels confusing or rushed. The art complements the writing in timing and tone, and the end result is a wild adventure.

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9
Die!namite: Lives! #4

Sep 22, 2021

DIE!NAMITE LIVES! #4 captures the spirit, tone, and fun of an Army of Darkness story while poking fun at the military and big box stores at the same time (Is there anything S-Mart doesnt carry?). The art is packed with equal parts action and gore, and the plot makes a respectable amount of progress toward a bigger conflict.

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7
Die!namite #4

Jan 22, 2021

DIE!namite #4, available from Dynamite comics on January 27th, 2021, runs readers here, there, and everywhere with nary a moment to catch a breath. While the issue is full of non-stop energy, the rapid pace breezes right by deaths and impactful moments that need a little time to be felt. Still, it's good art and plenty of forward progress, so it's a solid recommendation.

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9.5
Die!namite: Lives! #5

Nov 10, 2021

DIE!NAMITE LIVES! #5 is a wild, crazy, take-no-prisoners (literally) crossover event that captures the spirit and tone of Army fo Darkness mixed with all the pulp characters from Dynamites catalog for a truly unique horror adventure. The art is as interesting and as dynamic as the one-liners, and the cliffhanger setting up the next arc will absolutely send your brain into warp speed.

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8.5
Die!namite #5

Feb 11, 2021

DIE!NAMITE #5, available from Dynamite Comics on February 17th, 2021, wraps up the zombie apocalypse from Hel with an all-new status quo. The art is excellent, the action is fast-paced, the little bits of comedic relief jokes all land, and the potential going into the next series is wide open.

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8.5
Die!namite: Our Bloody Valentine #1

Jan 29, 2021

DIE!namite: OUR BLOODY VALENTINE, available from Dynamite Comics on February 3rd, 2021, is a funny, sweet, awkward, and sometimes gruesome love story. The art is solid and the humor landed in every scene.

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9
Djinn Hunter #1

Jul 28, 2021

DJINN HUNTER #1 wastes no time building an entire world of characters and conflicts through expert storytelling and eye-catching art. This is a recommended pick for anyone looking for a fresh take on a fantasy adventure.

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9.5
Djinn Hunter #2

Sep 24, 2021

DJINN HUNTER #2 is a near-perfect blend of action, character development, and world-building. The action is tense and exciting. The visuals are colorful and rich. And the issue ends as a proper chapter, setting up the next battle to come.

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9
Djinn Hunter #3

Oct 6, 2021

DJINN HUNTER #3 continues to set a high bar for action/adventure/fantasy comics with a zombie attack just in time for Halloween. The action is exciting and develops the characters through the battle, the plot tells a complete chapter and furthers the overarching quest, and the surprising twist ending heightens anticipation for the next issue.

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9
Djinn Hunter #4

Jan 1, 2022

DJINN HUNTER #4 is another standout entry in an already standout series from Blackbox. Sandlins writing is epic in scale and moving in emotional depth. Consentinos art is top-notch with clean, crisp lines, and exciting colors.

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9.5
Djinn Hunter #5

Jan 16, 2022

DJINN HUNTER #5 is a proper end to a proper series with plenty of twists, action, and emotion. The art is stellar, and the story ends with a heartfelt conclusion that teases the possibility of future stories. This series is a definite recommendation.

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7.5
Doctor Who: Empire Of The Wolf #1

Nov 19, 2021

DOCTOR WHO: EMPIRE OF THE WOLF #1 gives every Doctor Who fan all the Easter Eggs and fan service they could possibly want in a scant first issue. The art captures the look and feel of the actors while remaining organic to the comic medium. That said, the narrative flow, much like the broken timeline, is a confusing jumble. Whether thats intentional or not remains to be seen.

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8.5
Doctor Who: Empire Of The Wolf #2

Dec 15, 2021

DOCTOR WHO: EMPIRE OF THE WOLF #2 significantly improves on the first issue by spelling out the paradox and improving the narrative flow. While theres barely any action and the first half is very dialog-heavy, the pacing is brisk and the reading is more enjoyable.

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8.5
Doctor Who: Empire Of The Wolf #3

Jan 12, 2022

DOCTOR WHO: EMPIRE OF THE WOLF #3 improves on the narrative flow and infuses the main villain with relatable nuance for an entertaining entry in the series. Houser rightly avoids the overused villain is just misunderstood trope by allowing the consequences of Evil Roses actions to create conflict on multiple fronts. The art is great and does proper justice to the real-life actors.

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8.5
Doctor Who: Empire Of The Wolf #4

Feb 9, 2022

DOCTOR WHO: EMPIRE OF THE WOLF #4 ends the current arc with high-energy pacing, charming Doctor-ing as only the Doctor(s) can, and a sufficiently timey wimey plan that should make Whovians happy. The art is excellent, and the ending has all the feel-good elements you could wish for.

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8
Doctor Who: Missy #1

Apr 16, 2021

DOCTOR WHO: MISSY #1, available from Titan Comics on April 14th, 2021, is a brisk, consistent, and recognizable start to a classic Season 8-ish Doctor Who adventure. The art does justice to the recognizable actors, and the setup feels authentic to the Doctor Who experience.

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6.5
Doctor Who: Missy #2

May 13, 2021

DOCTOR WHO: MISSY #2, available from Titan Comics on May 12th, 2021, looks and feels like a modern Doctor Who adventure, but the lengths a reader will have to go to suspend disbelief to accept the prison break makes this a tough issue to swallow.

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6
Doctor Who: Missy #3

Jun 18, 2021

DOCTOR WHO: MISSY #3 is a fun trip down fan service memory lane with good art. Unfortunately, the main hook of Missy pretending to be the Doctor has veered into ‘nonsense' territory, and very little progress was made on the main story.

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6.5
Doctor Who: Missy #4

Jul 14, 2021

DOCTOR WHO: MISSY #4 ends the mini with a pointless whimper instead of a bang. The conclusion reveals the entire premise made no sense, and the last issue worsens with a significant downturn in the art.

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8
Doctor Who: Origins #1

Jun 8, 2022

DOCTOR WHO: ORIGINS #1 is an intriguing start to a series highlighting one of the least explored Doctors in the history of Time Lords. Houser gives the Fugitive Doctor a cunning wit and assertive attitude that positions her as an instant leader, and the mission is ripe canon fodder to explain how she eventually splits from the Division. The art is generally good, but the Fugitive Doctors anatomy has consistency problems, and the art team went overboard with copy/paste.

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8.5
Download (2021) #1

Jan 7, 2022

DOWNLOAD #1 takes the familiar trope of middle-schoolers gifted knowledge of something mysterious and crafts a fresh science fiction story. The mystery is played up well, the science fiction is plausible yet fantastical, and the hint of a shadow organization adds dramatic tension to whatever comes next.

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9
Download (2021) #2

Feb 18, 2022

DOWNLOAD #2 takes the setup from issue #1 and builds on it for an amusing, energetic, and thoroughly entertaining issue. Mixing adventure with light comedy, this issue reminds you what its like to have the curious spirit of a kid exploring the world.

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8.5
Download (2021) #3

Mar 17, 2022

DOWNLOAD #3 was a surprising issue in more ways than one. The good artwork is elevated by excellent coloring. The storys frantic pace works well for how the story unfolds. And the dark, violent turn gives the series an unpredictably tense edge.

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9
Download (2021) #4

Apr 13, 2022

DOWNLOAD #4 is a fun end to a fun series with the door wide open for more. The alien threat feels genuinely dangerous, the kids escalate the pacing by running for their lives almost the whole way through, and the ending is plenty satisfying.

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7
Dracula, Motherf**ker! OGN

Oct 14, 2020

DRACULA, MOTHERF**KER! hits all the right notes for fans of 70's horror, but incomplete story structure and uneven art keep it from being great. If you can overlook the rough spots, you'll enjoy it. This book is a guarded recommend.

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8.5
Draculina (2022) #1

Feb 9, 2022

DRACULINA #1 picks up where the Vampirella run and Secret Six left off by putting Draculina on a personal mission to free herself from her shared prison. The art is fantastic, and Priests running admirably recaps Draculinas bizarre status quo heading into a clean and clear story.

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8
Draculina (2022) #2

Mar 9, 2022

DRACULINA #2 is an interesting and informative issue that fills in the blanks about Draculinas history and her complicated status right now. Despite one or two speed bumps with time jumps, the general story flows and sets up why Draculina is such a dangerous character. On top of the wealth of information is a stellar display of art from Sta. Maria and Nunes.

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9
Draculina (2022) #3

Apr 27, 2022

DRACULINA #3 is a satisfying entry in the series. Priest uses the forward momentum of the plot and the flashbacks to fill in gaps and connect dots from previous arcs to clarify who (what?) Katie really is. While the narrative flow is occasionally jarring from hard scene transitions, the story is interesting, and the art is phenomenal, particularly due to coloring.

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7
Draculina (2022) #4

Jun 29, 2022

DRACULINA #4 increasingly defies explanation as Priest crosses time, space, and reality in every conceivable way. Just when you thought you figured it out, Priest warps everything again to keep you on your toes. You may not be able to follow the story, but you can at least respect its unparalleled creativity and gorgeous art.

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9
Dragon Whisperer: The Search For Obsidian #1

Jun 15, 2022

DRAGON WHISPERER (VOL. 2) #1 is a very strong start to a new volume about the worlds only dragon whisperer and her quest to help magical beasts in need. The tone, dialog, plot, and execution are perfect for readers of all ages.

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8.6
Dungeons & Dragons: At the Spine of the World #1

Nov 9, 2020

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: AT THE SPINE OF THE WORLD #1 delivers the goods on a rock-solid D&D story. The writing holds up against the best dungeon masters, and the art is captivating. I highly recommend this book.

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8.2
E-Ratic #1

Feb 5, 2021

E-RATIC #1, available from AWA Studios on December 2, 2021, introduces a new hero that feels like an authentic kid trying to make it through the average troubles of life. The writing is engaging and the art pulls you into this new, albeit slightly off-kilter, world.

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9.5
Elric: Dreaming City #1

Aug 18, 2021

ELRIC: THE DREAMING CITY #1 is the best example of a high fantasy adaptation into comic form. Without much beyond a passing knowledge of the source material, the creators bring you up to speed on the lore and plop you right into the action with tiresome exposition or volumes of dialog. The story has a swashbuckling fantasy feel that gives off strong Robert E. Howard vibes, and its a heck of a lot of fun to read.

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10
Elric: Dreaming City #2

Sep 8, 2021

ELRIC: THE DREAMING CITY #2 is the very epitome of sprawling, grand fantasy. The scale and scope of war are made all the more impressive by how much the creators were able to pack into a single (not oversized) issue. Everything about this two-issue arc screams EPIC!, so you cant go wrong if youre into fantasy/adventure.

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7.5
Elvira In Horrorland #1

May 25, 2022

ELVIRA IN HORRORLAND #1 is a fine Elvira comic with a story that should put a smile on your Horror-film-history-loving heart. The plot delivers on its promise, and you can never not like Elvira. That said, the volume of puns may be too much for some tastes, so your enjoyment value may vary.

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9
Elvira In Horrorland #2

Jun 22, 2022

ELVIRA IN HORRORLAND #2 is a heck of a lot of fun, especially if youre a cinephile. The jokes and film references can be overwhelming in spots, but the jokes are witty, the art is delightful, and everything around the story centers on 4th-Wall-Breaking fun.

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9.5
Elvira Meets Vincent Price #1

Aug 5, 2021

ELVIRA MEETS VINCENT PRICE #1 embodies everything you love about Silver-Age Hollywood, B-movie horror. The art is great, the jokes are better, and I had a devil of a good time reading this comic.

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9.5
Elvira Meets Vincent Price #2

Sep 8, 2021

ELVIRA MEETS VINCENT PRICE #2 is everything you love about Saturday Afternoon B-movie horror films. The issue is equal parts spooky scares and cheeky, corny jokes that make you smile. As much as were fans of serious, dramatic action & adventure, this title is a breath of fresh, light-hearted air.

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9.5
Elvira Meets Vincent Price #3

Nov 17, 2021

ELVIRA MEETS VINCENT PRICE #3 is a perfect homage to classic Hollywood films set in the desert sands of Egypt with creepy crypts, dastardly assassins, and Allan Quartermain-style adventure. The writing nails the voice of these beloved actors, and the art is as bright and as bold as the greatest of cinematic spectacles filmed in Living Technicolor.

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9.5
Elvira Meets Vincent Price #4

Jan 5, 2022

ELVIRA MEETS VINCENT PRICE #4 is a delightful end to a thoroughly delightful and entertaining series. The characterizations of real-life people are spot on, every corny joke lands in the best way, and the art gets every facial expression, gesture, and body posture just right for comedic effect. Dynamite would be crazy not to follow up on this series.

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9
Elvira Meets Vincent Price #5

Mar 10, 2022

ELVIRA MEETS VINCENT PRICE #5 has no connection to the preceding arc, but its so much fun, you dont mind at all. The writing is lovably, nostalgically corny. The art captures the essence of two legends in the horror movie biz. And the story works as a perfect epilogue and setup for a future adventure.

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9
Engineward #1

Jun 30, 2020

ENGINEWARD #1 is a strong blend of future dystopia with ancient myth. The story is both new and loaded with deep cuts that will keep you thinking long after you finish reading. A solid first issue. Check it out.

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8.2
Engineward #2

Aug 26, 2020

ENGINEWARD #2 satisfies your story curiosity with well-placed breadcrumbs, and the team's artwork is solid on all fronts. The revealed quest promises an exciting next issue.

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7.6
Engineward #3

Sep 23, 2020

ENGINEWARD #3 builds on the world building from the previous issues and finally launches into the main adventure. The story is a clear and breezy read, and the art accentuates the hot desert venue well.

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7.4
Engineward #5

Nov 20, 2020

ENGINEWARD #5 takes a big step forward in pace and plot to make for a more engaging story. The reveals are all satisfying and the art is generally solid. This is a recommended buy.

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Eternal Thirst of Dracula: Book 3 #1

Dec 10, 2021

ETERNAL THIRST OF DRACULA (BOOK 3) #1 cherry picks everything you love about 70s-era horror flicks, right down to the fashion and settings, for a mondo cool story. The character designs are amazing (Vampire Gorillas?!?), the fashion is a perfect fit for the period, and the deepening mystery about the source of the Tainted Ones will keep you guessing until the next issue.

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9
Evil Ernie (2021) #1

Dec 1, 2021

EVIL ERNIE (VOL. 3) #1 captures the exact spirit of the titular character with a completely new origin story. The art is great, the story is buttery smooth and easy to follow, and the ending is just enough of a tease to leave you wanting more.

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Evil Ernie (2021) #2

Jan 5, 2022

EVIL ERNIE (VOL. 4) #2 gives the new Evil Ernie a proper and compelling origin story with an underdog story combined with a fair bit of mystery surrounding Ernest Glickmans transformation. The dialog and art combined to sell the subtle transformation of Glickman from wimp to alpha with a surprising array of nuanced changes. That said, the inks and coloring are not clean on the close-up panels, making for a mild distraction in an otherwise stellar issue.

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Evil Ernie (2021) #3

Feb 9, 2022

EVIL ERNIE (VOL. 4) #3 concludes the origin setup for Ernest Glickman and moves into full quest mode. The stakes are rise through the roof clearly and concisely, and the change in Glickmans personality subtly affects his relationships in surprisingly nuanced ways. The art is gory, violent, and filled with gleeful mayhem.

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Evil Ernie (2021) #4

Mar 9, 2022

EVIL ERNIE (VOL. 4) #4 has a lot going on. Typically, thats a good thing but here its not. Characters come out of nowhere with no setup or explanation, and youre left feeling like one or more issues were left out of the series. That said, the art is great with strong pencils and stronger colors.

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7.5
Evil Ernie (2021) #5

Apr 13, 2022

EVIL ERNIE (VOL. 4) #5 is the best possible ending for a solid arc that took a chaotic turn at the midpoint. The dangling threads are wrapped up neatly with an open door for future stories, and the art team knocked this issue out of the park.

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8.5
Extraordinary (2021) #0

May 5, 2021

EXTRAORDINARY #0, available from Titan Comics on May 5, 2021, is an excellent start to a fantasy/horror story with respectable echoes of Stephen King and The Twilight Zone. It's worth the purchase, especially for the cover price.

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8.5
Extraordinary (2021) #1

Jun 23, 2021

EXTRAORDINARY #1 is an intelligent and action-filled introduction to an intriguing new story. The stylized art fits the Frankenstein motif, and the writing keeps a brisk pace while simultaneously touching on thought-provoking ideas.

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7.5
Extraordinary (2021) #4

Sep 15, 2021

EXTRAORDINARY #4 leans on expert character work and dialog to carry a largely predictable plot in the best tradition of grounded superhero teams. The action is well-paced, and the outcome is satisfying, although the character anatomies are strangely inconsistent to the point of distraction.

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7.5
Fictionauts #1

Feb 17, 2022

FICTIONAUTS #1 is a unique and esoteric concept about a team of heroes who protect our reality from an increasingly crowded fictional reality. The premise is certainly creative, but admittedly, it sometimes gets too complicated to comprehend. The art makes up for some of the complications with arresting visuals that mix genres like nothing youve seen before.

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Fictionauts #2

Mar 17, 2022

FICTIONAUTS #2 is an incredibly imaginative fantasy story, but the imagination goes a little too far, and the story goes so meta that it was almost impossible to follow what was happening. That said, the art is bold and full of interesting details to capture your attention.

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Fictionauts #3

Apr 13, 2022

FICTIONAUTS #3 ends as an interesting thought experiment with plenty of cool concepts and ideas. However, the creators overstuff each issue with so many pieces of fiction and disconnected ideas that the main throughline of the story tends to get lost in the noise. Regardless, the arc ends with a decent explanation of whats going on and leaves room for (hopefully, cleaner) exploration in the future.

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8.5
Freakshow Kingdom #1

Oct 20, 2021

FREAKSHOW KINGDOM (ONE-SHOT) is a sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes thought-provoking, and entirely surprising human drama in the midst of a zombie takeover. As with any anthology, the quality of art and writing will vary from story to story, but every short in this issue has a unique idea to offer.

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8.8
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (2010) #272

Jun 19, 2020

GI JOE #272 is a massive buildup that promises an epic showdown with COBRA. The art team pulled off a minor miracle with the sheer volume of character work, and Hama's story sets up a cinematic battle in the next issue.

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9
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (2010) #274

Sep 9, 2020

GI JOE, A REAL AMERICAN HERO #274 is everything you love about afternoon action cartoons brought to life in a comic. The writing is heart-pumping, and the art is eye candy overload. I can't wait for the final issue of this arc.

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8.8
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (2010) #275

Nov 20, 2020

GI JOE - A REAL AMERICAN HERO #275 takes the "tell the story through art" model to an extreme with great success. The artwork is spot on for the material, and it wraps up the arc in a neat little bow. I highly recommend this series for GI Joe enthusiasts.

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9.2
Game of Thrones: Clash of Kings: Vol. 2 #3

Mar 18, 2020

CLASH OF KINGS, VOL. 2, #3 stays true to the source material and is a must-read for any Game of Thrones fans. However, don't pick this up if you haven't read the previous issues first or don't know the source material.

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Game of Thrones: Clash of Kings: Vol. 2 #11

Feb 18, 2021

GEORGE R.R. MARTIN'S A CLASH OF KINGS (VOL. 2) #11, available from Dynamite Comics on February 24th, 2021, uses strong art and herculean pacing to give readers a true sense of desperation for Theon and some much-needed progress on Khaleesi's quest. This is a solid recommendation for Game of Thrones fans.

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Game of Thrones: Clash of Kings: Vol. 2 #12

Apr 10, 2021

GEORGE R.R. MARTIN'S A CLASH OF KINGS (VOL. 2) #12, available from Dynamite Comics on April 14th, 2021, does its level best to capture one of the most explosive moments in Game of Thrones canon. For its part, the art is very good, and despite the overly dense wording, the story captures the milestone moment well.

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7.5
Game of Thrones: Clash of Kings: Vol. 2 #13

May 29, 2021

GEORGE R.R. MARTIN'S A CLASH OF KINGS (VOL. 2) #13 takes the concept of faithful adaptation almost to an extreme. The art is grounded and strong, but the story could use more focus in telling.

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Genecy #1

Jan 1, 2022

GENECY #1 takes the classic heros journey to the next level with massive space battles, ancient gods of power, and a hero that fits the mold in every conceivable way. The art is well above average for an indie title, and the sheer scope of world-building is massive. That said, the first half of the book is too sparse with context and introductions for readers to get a proper handle on the story.

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7
Get in the Game #1

Apr 28, 2021

GET IN THE GAME, available from Source Point Press on April 28th, 2021, runs the gauntlet from shoot-em-up action to deep topics such as terminal illness and suicide. The art is a diverse as the stories, so there's a fair chance there's at least one story to appeal to everyone.

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7.8
Giant-Size X-Men (2020): Nightcrawler #1

Apr 3, 2020

GIANT-SIZE X-MEN NIGHTCRAWLER takes the reader on Hickman's version of a mutant ghost story. The art is strong, but the story is bland. This book is best for hardcore X-Men fans that don't mind the "Giant-Size" price tag.

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7.4
Giga #1

Oct 28, 2020

GIGA #1 does an excellent job setting up a unique world to explore. Despite the lack of a strong hook, the story fleshes out the main character very well and the art team accomplishes the daunting task of creating a future world that looks wholly lived in.

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Giga #3

Apr 2, 2021

GIGA #3, available from Vault Comics on March 31st, 2021, brings Evan into the proverbial “Dark Night of the Soul.” The art is pleasant enough, and readers will learn a little more about Evan's relationship with Aiko, but the net result is a lukewarm simmer rather than a slow burn.

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6.5
Glamorella's Daughter #1

Jul 7, 2021

GLAMORELLA'S DAUGHTER #1 is a valiant attempt at casting the complexities of a mother-daughter relationship in the world of superheroes. The art is visually engaging, and the premise is a unique combination of genres, but the integration of adult and young reader themes falls short.

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8.5
Good Boy #1

Nov 24, 2021

GOOD BOY #1 re-imagines John Wick (2014) where the dog survives and goes on an assassin killing spree. Its not sorta in the same vein as John Wick (2014). Its almost an exact reproduction of John Wick (2014). It sounds silly, but its not. Its badass. Go buy it!

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9.5
Good Boy: Vol. 2 #1

May 25, 2022

GOOD BOY (VOL. 2) #1 is the best possible way to follow up a successful first volume. New characters and new settings are introduced through pure action frenzy, and its a joy to behold. Not a single word or bullet is wasted, the choreography is glorious, and you couldnt hope for a better character introduction in a single issue.

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9.8
Good Boy: Vol. 2 #2

Jun 29, 2022

GOOD BOY (VOL. 2) #2 comes as close to cinema-quality storytelling as a comic can get. The pacing, dialog, plotting, action, drama, and emotion are all present and accounted for. This is one of the best small-press titles on the market today, better than most anything coming out of the Big 2. This is a highly recommended pick.

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9
Good Boy #2

Jan 20, 2022

GOOD BOY #2 is a surreal retelling of John Wick that works because the writing and character acting through the art is played 100% straight with the same seriousness and grim determination of the original film. Wisely, the creators stay away from obvious puns and cheap laughs to give readers an authentically hard-boiled revenge thriller.

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9.5
Good Boy #3

Feb 9, 2022

GOOD BOY #3 is everything you never knew you wanted in a film adaptation that isnt technically a film adaptation. The writing is tight as a drum, the action is more dynamic than a bazooka blast, and the material takes itself, the source material, and the readers time seriously while infusing just enough black humor to make to help this adaptation stand on its own.

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Grimm Fairy Tales (2016) #45

Feb 24, 2021

GRIMM FAIRY TALES #45, sets up a new Guardian with great art, efficient backstory execution, and a simple conflict that sets up nastier potential down the road. This is a great start to Skye's new role in the Grimm universe.

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7.5
Grimm Fairy Tales (2016) #46

Mar 10, 2021

GRIMM FAIRY TALES #46, available from Zenescope Entertainment on March 10th, 2021, is a solid story with an amusing twist on a classic Grimm fairytale. It's a quick read that gets the job done to build on Skye's legacy, but the art falls a little short in this issue.

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7.5
Grimm Fairy Tales (2016) #47

Mar 31, 2021

GRIMM FAIRY TALES #47, is a solid book with solid action, solid art, and forward progress towards Skye capturing all the escapees. However, the series is tipping a little too close to predictable and needs a narrative shakeup in the next issue.

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8.5
Grimm Fairy Tales (2016) #48

May 12, 2021

GRIMM FAIRY TALES (VOL. 2) #48, available from Zenescope Entertainment on May 12th, 2021, is the epitome of a simple superhero action issue with extra icing on top. The simple story and excellent art expertly furthers the larger arc and adds a shocking cliffhanger for good measure.

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8.5
Grimm Fairy Tales (2016) #49

Jun 23, 2021

GRIMM FAIRY TALES (VOL. 2) #49 is a strong example of a hero fighting her way out of an impossible situation to level up. The art is strong, the writing is stronger, and the 50th issue promises to be a big bang.

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Grimm Fairy Tales (2016) #50

Jul 14, 2021

GRIMM FAIRY TALES (VOL. 2) #50 cherry-picks the greatest battles of the Dark Book arc to save Shang and settle their fight with the Librarian for good. The art is better than good considering the number of artists involved, and the current arc ends on a satisfying note.

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9.5
Grimm Fairy Tales (2016) #51

Sep 8, 2021

GRIMM FAIRY TALES (VOL. 2) #51 is filled with tense, exciting action, dramatic art, and a story that takes the multiverse seeds planted in other Zenescope titles to make the story feel huge in scope and stakes. This is a highly recommended entry in the Grimm series.

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Grimm Fairy Tales (2016) #52

Sep 29, 2021

GRIMM FAIRY TALES (VOL. 2) #52 is simple, pure, action/adventure fun. The creators zero in on exactly what makes multiverse-hopping adventures so interesting and pepper in all the imagination and Easter Eggs you could hope for. The action is tight and energetic, and the cliffhanger ensures the battles just begun.

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Grimm Fairy Tales (2016) #53

Oct 27, 2021

GRIMM FAIRY TALES (VOL. 2) #53 is the closest and best example of an action-packed video game translated into comic book form. The fuel-injected pacing never lets up, the art boldly holds your attention, and the cliffhanger ends at just the right moment to leave you wanting more.

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7
Grimm Fairy Tales (2016) #54

Nov 24, 2021

GRIMM FAIRY TALES (VOL. 2) #54 ends the adventures in the cyberpunk universe with a desperate battle against the Spider Queen for control of the world. The story wraps with a satisfying conclusion that leads to the next multiverse hop, and there are plenty of big stakes happening, but the action felt too small for the gravity of events that occurred. Visually, the issue looks great, but big happenings need dramatic visuals, and on this point, the issue is lacking.

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Grimm Fairy Tales (2016) #55

Dec 30, 2021

GRIMM FAIRY TALES (VOL. 2) #55 drops Skye and Julia into the next, novel universe for an interesting amalgam of classic gangster hijinx and monsters. The art is decent enough and the story gets the job done, but the universe of the month model is starting to feel formulaic.

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8.5
Grimm Fairy Tales (2016) #56

Jan 26, 2022

GRIMM FAIRY TALES (VOL. 2) #56 continues the multiverse-hopping mission of Skye and her friends with an issue filled with action, interpersonal drama, and tons of emotion. Admittedly, theres more talking than doing in this issue, but all of it serves to motivate the characters, explain whats happening, and push the plot forward.

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8.5
Grimm Fairy Tales (2016) #57

Feb 23, 2022

GRIMM FAIRY TALES (VOL. 2) #57 is chock full of gunfights, gangsters, and monster mashing galore. The action is full of energy and mayhem, the art looks (generally) very good, and the story concludes the current leg of this arc with interesting moral questions about responsibility for a world that isnt your own.

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6.5
Grimm Fairy Tales (2016) #58

Mar 30, 2022

GRIMM FAIRY TALES (VOL. 2) #58 is a so-so issue in the ongoing Dark Princess saga. Skyes mini-adventure on a dead world is fine, but the universe hopping is quickly becoming repetitive. Also, the art quality in this issue is noticeably lower than typical Zenescope quality.

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8.5
Grimm Fairy Tales (2016) #59

Apr 27, 2022

GRIMM FAIRY TALES (VOL. 2) #59 is a thought-provoking issue as the main characters are confronted with a world thats lost everything and is on the verge of annihilation. The philosophical question of How long do you hold on to hope? is front and center, and Franchini gives you plenty of reason to consider both sides of the question. The writing is strong, and the art is generally good, but a few rough spots with the inks brings the visual appeal down a notch or two.

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Grimm Fairy Tales (2016) #60

May 27, 2022

GRIMM FAIRY TALES (VOL. 2) #60 has plenty of colorful action, solid dialog, and genuine stakes, but the main plot with Skye and Julia is a rehash of the same story retold multiple times in this arc. Shangs efforts carry the story, and thats too much weight to bear for a supporting character in a B Plot.

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Grimm Fairy Tales (2016) #61

Jun 29, 2022

GRIMM FAIRY TALES #61 is a refreshing change of pace as the plot takes leaps and bounds forward towards the final conflict against the Dark Princess. The pacing, action, and dialog are all full of pep. However, the inks look rushed and rough, even if they are saved by outstanding coloring.

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Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Wonderland Annual: Reign of Madness #1

Sep 22, 2021

WONDERLAND ANNUAL: REIGN OF MADNESS fleshes out a full epic about sisters brought to opposite sides of the war for Wonderland. The art is typically good Zenescope quality and the writing packs in a ton of story and character development for a deceptively quick read.

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Grimm Spotlight: Hellchild

Jan 12, 2022

GRIMM SPOTLIGHT: HELLCHILD is a bloody good time about a half-god/half-vampire who becomes enslaved to a mystical crime boss whose eager to take out the competition. Shand expertly refreshes newer readers on what makes Angelica Blackstone unique via organic dialog and a clever display of powers/limitations through the brutal action. If youre looking for a unique mix of crime thriller and horror, this is an excellent starting point for the character.

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Grimm Spotlight: Hercules Payne vs The Scorpion Queen

Jun 9, 2021

GRIMM SPOTLIGHT: HERCULES PAYNE VS. THE SCORPION QUEEN is filled with great art, great action, and an imaginative blending of multiple stories for something wholly unique, despite an impossibly hard to swallow conclusion, the ending has the potential for more interesting stories to come.

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8.5
Grimm Spotlight: Red Agent - Beast of Belgium

Aug 30, 2021

GRIMM SPOTLIGHT: RED AGENT: BEAST OF BELGIUM is a fun little creature-feature comic with plenty of action, great monster designs, and an above-average ending. This is a solid recommendation.

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Grimm Spotlight: Cinderella vs. Zombies

Oct 20, 2021

GRIMM SPOTLIGHT: CINDERELLA VS. ZOMBIES is full of zombies, flying organs, blood-splattering, and more than a few scathing pokes at Hollywood and the zombie genre as a whole. The art is a perfect match for this type of story, and the humor mostly hits, but the main character is a little too unlikable to get behind or root for.

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Grimm Spotlight: Zodiac

Jun 1, 2022

GRIMM SPOTLIGHT: ZODIAC is a fantastic primer to get readers reacquainted with Zodiac. Honestly, Zenescope sometimes goes too far with only telling female-centric stories, so its not to see a little diversity in their lineup. The action is unique and exciting, Zodiacs past and present conflicts are filled with emotional drama, and the resolution feels like a step forward in the main characters personal journey. However, the story is too big for the allotted pages, and the necessary shortcuts make the story as a whole feel rushed in a few key spots.

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8.5
Grimm Spotlight: Mystere Voodoo Dawn

Apr 21, 2021

GRIMM SPOTLIGHT: MYSTERE: VOODOO DAWN is an excellent jumping-on point with great action, a clear, concise story, and excellent art. Fans of Mystere will enjoy this one-shot. New readers will have a lot to like, as well.

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Grimm Spotlight: Mystere Divinity

Mar 30, 2022

GRIMM SPOTLIGHT: MYSTERE DIVINITY is one of the better one-shouts from Zenscope in recent memory. Readers get a new villain with plenty of future potential, the art is excellent, Brusha balances the line between faith and mysticism with aplomb, and the overall issue is a fun read.

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Grimm Tales of Terror (2019): H.H. HOLMES Review #1

Apr 8, 2021

GRIMM TALES OF TERROR: H.H. HOLMES, available from Zenescope Entertainment on April 7th, 2021, is a worthy successor to the EC Horror comics of yesteryear with a modern edge. The art is bloody good, and the story has plenty of twists and turns to keep readers on their toes.

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8.5
Grimm Tales of Terror (2019) Annual: Goddess of Death #1

Nov 21, 2021

GRIMM TALES OF TERROR ANNUAL: GODDESS OF DEATH is a legitimately epic tale about the kings of Hell banding together to resurrect the original, all-powerful goddess of Death. The story is grand in scale and scope, the dialog is pitch perfect, and the art doesnt pull any punches in terms of imagination or creativity. Theres a lot to take in due to the sheer volume of characters, but the narrative flows at a steady pace and the status-quo-altering conclusion more than makes up for any mild confusion.

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8.5
Grimm Tales of Terror Quarterly: Sea of Souls #1

Apr 20, 2022

GRIMM TALES OF TERROR QUARTERLY: SEA OF SOULS is one of the better quarterlies (and anthologies) from Zenescopes horror line. The protagonists give you strong reasons to hate them, so when their fates are revealed, the satisfaction levels go through the roof. Excellent writing paired with generally decent art makes for a recommended pick.

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Grimm Tales of Terror Quarterly: Game Night #1

Jul 21, 2021

GRIMM TALES OF TERROR QUARTERLY: GAME NIGHT sets up plays on the theme of a successful adult getting back at the bullies who tormented him in school. While the setup and the kills are largely inventive, there are too many tedious lulls in the action to hold a reader's attention.

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Grimm Tales of Terror Quarterly: Bachelorette Party #1

Nov 12, 2021

GRIMM TALES OF TERROR QUARTERLY: BACHELORETTE PARTY explores what happens when the excesses and vices of a Vegas-style bachelorette party take an accidental turn into the supernatural. The art is good, the kernel of the story is better, but theres just not enough substance to fill 72 pages.

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Grimm Tales of Terror Quarterly: 2021 Halloween Special #1

Oct 20, 2021

GRIMM TALES OF TERROR QUARTERLY: 2021 HALLOWEEN SPECIAL takes readers on a horror-filled ride of Halloween fun. The stories focus on awful people meeting awful endings, and the results are gruesomely satisfying. Each artist in the small army of creators brings a unique visual aesthetic to the anthology, and theyre all successful. This will be a welcome addition to your Halloween comic reading lineup.

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7.5
Grimm Universe Presents Quarterly: Holiday Special 2021

Dec 8, 2021

GRIMM UNIVERSE PRESENTS QUARTERLY: 2021 HOLIDAY SPECIAL assembles three horror shorts set in Las Vegas where Krampus has come to spread his own brand of Christmas cheer. The shorts are largely original, and the art is solid throughout. However, the lack of Krampuss presence in each story doesnt quite give off a Holiday feel for whats supposed to be a Holiday Special, resulting in a scary but generic horror anthology.

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Grimm Universe Presents Quarterly: Zodiac vs Deathforce

Aug 18, 2021

GRIMM UNIVERSE PRESENTS QUARTERLY: ZODIAC VS. DEATH FORCE remarkably fills 70+ pages with an epic adventure that fills in two origin stories and a battle for a young girl spanning two realms and multiple villains. The writing is brisk and entertaining, but the art lacks consistency in quality by passing through too many teams.

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8.5
Grimm Universe Presents Quarterly: Steampunk

Apr 28, 2021

GRIMM UNIVERSE PRESENTS QUARTERLY: STEAMPUNK, available from Zenescope Entertainment on April 28th, 2021, has great art that captures the uniqueness of steampunk quite well, and it has a great pace for a 70-page quarterly. It's simply tough to get behind the main character who aspires to be the dominating drug lord of the world, so your mileage may vary. Still, the score will be higher based on the quality of the book, not on whether or not we agree with the story choices.

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Grimm Universe Presents Quarterly: Dracula's Daughter

Apr 27, 2022

GRIMM UNIVERSE PRESENTS: DRACULAS DAUGHTER is an exceptionally thorough character piece to tell you everything youve ever wanted to know about Zenescopes most notorious vampire princess. The action is exciting, Charlottes history is well-developed, and the final moments set Charlotte on possibly a new course for her (undead) life. That said, this might be a rare case where too much story becomes slightly overwhelming.

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8.5
Grimm Universe Presents Quarterly: Darkwatchers

Feb 17, 2021

GRIMM UNIVERSE PRESENTS QUARTERLY: DARKWATCHERS FEATURING GRETEL, available from Zenescope Entertainment on February 17th, 2021, is an excellent on-ramp to get to know the Gretel character in the best way possible, development through her actions and purpose. Surprisingly, the art remains consistent despite the duties changing hands multiple times, and that's a real testament to the creative team's efforts.

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8.4
Grit #1

Jul 8, 2020

GRIT #1 is what would have happened if Clint Eastwood were cast in one of Peter Jackson's earlier gore films. The art is both rustic and dripping with fantasy gore. And the character introductions leave you wanting more. I can't wait for the next issue.

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8.6
Grit #2

Aug 5, 2020

GRIT #2 adds in character development and story to breathe new layers of life into this Southern High Fantasy world. Wickman's story shifts multiple gears from last issue without losing any of the spark, and Castaniero's art blends with the story perfectly.

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8.2
Grit #3

Sep 16, 2020

GRIT #3 takes the story of the old dog being shown up by the young upstart and gives it a fresh coat of paint. The writing has plenty of rise and fall to keep the reader engaged, and the stylized artwork marries to the story perfectly. Strong series so far from Scout.

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Gun Honey #1

Oct 1, 2021

GUN HONEY #1 is the powerhouse creation of a world-class criminal, a femme fatale, and James Bond all rolled into one. The writing is grounded yet clever. And the art uses the characters ample charms effectively as one of many weapons in the characters arsenal.

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8.5
Gun Honey #2

Oct 24, 2021

GUN HONEY #2 continues a hard-edged, slick, femme fatale crime story with plenty of action, danger, double-crosses, and heat. The story does a bang-up job showing Tans skills in action while injecting real consequences for her choices. The story does rely a little too much on plot contrivances for her big assignment, but the story execution and eye-popping art more than make up for the storys minor flaws.

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Gun Honey #3

Nov 20, 2021

GUN HONEY #3 takes the thrilling adventures of a the worlds most accomplished gun smuggler, adds in a little humor, higher stakes, and a twist cliffhanger reveal thats truly a surprise. The art homages the best of Bronze Age style mixed with detective noir drama for an issue thats as visually appealing as it is enjoyable to read.

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Gun Honey #4

Dec 15, 2021

GUN HONEY #4 wraps up the current arc with a mild amount of action but tons of emotional weight, surprising twists, and a 100% satisfying ending. The art looks great in a gritty, pulpy way that fits perfectly for the material. And, the epilogue leaves room for more adventures to come.

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Gyrfalcon Calamity Aftermath #1

May 14, 2021

GYRFALCON: CALAMITY AFTERMATH, available on ComiXology on January 6th, 2021, is a fun throwback to Silver Age comics. Despite the flat art and verbose pacing problems, this is an entertaining comic for the price.

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7.5
Harbinger (2021) #1

Oct 27, 2021

THE HARBINGER #1 is a rock-solid relaunch for the Valiant title with an interesting mystery about the main characters resurrection. The story is fairly accessible for new readers to the title while still giving existing fans plenty to like. The discoveries around whats happened to the city since Peter disappeared are relatively satisfying, and the art is serviceable.

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6.5
Harbinger (2021) #2

Nov 24, 2021

THE HARBINGER #2 is an uneven mix of intriguing developments and confusing character actions. While the creators clearly have a story to tell, it relies too much on expecting the reader to do the work to figure it out. The art is generally good, but the odd color choices tamp the energy way, way down.

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6.5
Harbinger (2021) #3

Dec 22, 2021

THE HARBINGER #3 gives readers some ooh, thats cool moments and easily ends the current conflict with The Warning without even breaking a sweat, significantly deflating the threat level or stakes. Its clear the creators are setting up The Renegade to be the bigger bad villain, but theres not much development after three issues to feel any sense of foreboding about what Renegade is after or why. If the creators want to get readers invested, the threat needs to be established, credible, and greater than our hero. So far, that hasnt happened, making it a struggle to find a compelling reason to come back for more.

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7.5
Harbinger (2021) #4

Jan 26, 2022

THE HARBINGER #4 wraps up the current arc by answering the two big mysteries teased since issue #1. The big reveals get the job done to transition readers into the next arc, the answers feel small and dont live up to the hype. The art is generally good sans Renzis obsessive overuse of purples.

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6.5
Harbinger (2021) #5

Feb 23, 2022

THE HARBINGER #5 starts a new mystery about Renegades intentions and his desire to become the dominant Peter Stanchek. While the story fleshes out the latest status quo, the tone and all characters actions are dour and depressing. Its not much fun when you have a main hero whos drained while everyone around him continually lectures and chastises him. The art is generally strong, but the over-sue of purples drains the energy out of this issue.

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Harbinger (2021) #6

Mar 30, 2022

THE HARBINGER #6 is a serviceable entry with decent action, notable plot progression, and generally good art. That said, the characters are almost entirely devoid of emotion to draw the reader in, and while the coloring is improved over the prior issues, the excessive pinks and purples contribute to the neutral mood.

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Harbinger (2021) #7

Apr 28, 2022

THE HARBINGER #7 is a significantly improved entry in the series. The stakes are high. The characters are (finally) expressing some emotion. And the ending has momentum going into the arc finale next issue. That said, the art has some stumbling points that are correctable if the series continues after the arc finale.

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7.5
Harbinger (2021) #8

May 25, 2022

THE HARBINGER #8 ends the arc with a technically solid finale. All the loose ends are tied up, and everyone can go off living happily ever after. That said, the end lacks any sense of danger, stakes, or emotion, leaving readers with a completely forgettable story.

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6.5
Hatchet: HALLOWEEN TALES III Review #1

Oct 30, 2021

HATCHET: HALLOWEEN TALES III is a consistent entry in the Hatchet/Victor Crowley comics canon with plenty of flying limbs and guts galore. However, the lack of true challenge for our main villain is starting to feel like the stories are stuck in a rut. If you want more of the same from Victor Crowley, this one is right up your alley

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8.5
Hell Sonja (2022) #1

Jan 12, 2022

HELL SONJA #1 is an excellent primer introducing readers to the Sonja Squad and the new status quo in Hell and across the multiverse. Theres no hint of where the series is going as this issue is all setup, but you get A-Team style introductions to all the Sonjas, plenty of action, and a firm grasp on the inner working of Hells newest special ops team. If youre interested in jumping on to a multiverse adventure, this is an excellent starting point.

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Hell Sonja (2022) #2

Feb 2, 2022

HELL SONJA #2 successfully pulls off another mission-of-the-month issue while also revealing why Red Sonja is still part of the team, laying the foundation for drama ahead. The art is excellent, the mission is inventive, and the hints do their part to build anticipation for the impending conflict.

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Hell Sonja (2022) #3

Mar 2, 2022

The concepts and ideas behind HELL SONJA #3 are creative, but the technobabble speak eventually started to sound like gibberish, making it hard to follow whats going on. Regardless, you eventually figure out where the story is going, and the epilogue ending promises interesting challenges are coming together in the background. Big kudos go to the art team for grounding the story when the dialog is off into left field.

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7.5
Hell Sonja (2022) #4

Apr 20, 2022

HELL SONJA #4 is a serviceable issue that does a lot of talking and hits readers with a shocking, game-changing moment on the last page. That said, the lack of action and the close-quartered setting made the issue feel small and lacking in energy.

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7.5
Hell Sonja (2022) #5

May 18, 2022

HELL SONJA #5 is a serviceable finale to an imaginative series with big emotion at the end. Unfortunately, the big battle doesnt live up to the big emotion, so you get a mixed issue. Likewise, the art is a downgrade from the previous issues with only serviceable visuals.

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8.2
Hellfighter Quin #2

Jun 5, 2020

HELLFIGHTER QUIN #2, available from Mad Cave Studios on June 10th, packs a ton of action and world-building into a brisk 21 pages. It's easy reading with lots of visual interest. If the art team tightens up the minor issues with faces, this will be a very enjoyable series.

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8.2
Hellfighter Quin #4

Aug 19, 2020

HELLFIGHTER QUIN #4 is a bright, energetic, action-packed issue with a twist reveal at the end. The art team is showing significant improvements over the prior issues, and the writing is top-notch. Lots of promise for what's to come.

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7.4
Hellfighter Quin #5

Sep 16, 2020

HELLFIGHTER QUIN #5 brings the series to an exciting, fun and at times, thought-provoking finale. The story ties up all the loose ends in a satisfying way while still leaving room for future adventure, and the art team continues to grow and deliver solid work. I would recommend the entire 5-issue run for comics lovers looking for some creative adventure.

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Hollywood Trash #4

Jan 20, 2021

HOLLYWOOD TRASH #4, takes the weirdest and wackiest of soap opera tropes, sprinkles on a dash of sci fi/magic (maybe?), but plays it completely straight. Admittedly, this type of comic may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I got a good chuckle out of reading it.

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Hollywood Trash #5

Feb 17, 2021

In HOLLYWOOD TRASH #5, available from Mad Cave Studios on February 17th, 2021, takes all the wild trashiness of your favorite telenovela and makes it twice as wild. The characters are outlandish, the art is great, the story is mind-blowingly weird, and it's worth reading for a crazy fun time.

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8.8
Honor and Curse #7

Jan 29, 2021

HONOR AND CURSE #7, available from Mad Cave Studios on January 6th, 2021, weaves in the intricacy and drama of Japanese feudal epics and combines the story with powerful mythology and magic. The art is excellent, and the issue ends on a promising cliffhanger.

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8.8
Honor and Curse #8

Feb 10, 2021

HONOR AND CURSE #8, available from Mad Cave Studios on February 10th, 2021, continues the Japanese epic with melodramatic reveals, spirit demon fights, and rich, political intrigue. It's not a fast or easy read, but the art and intelligent storytelling make the effort worth it.

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8
Honor and Curse #9

Mar 10, 2021

HONOR AND CURSE #9, available from Mad Cave Studios on March 10th, 2021, amps up the action and death to reveal copious amounts of motivation for all the players involved in the story. The art is excellent, and the personal stakes just went a few notches higher.

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8.5
Honor and Curse #10

Apr 14, 2021

HONOR AND CURSE #10, available from Mad Cave Studios on April 14th, 2021, impossibly packs more story, revelations, drama, and emotion than it seems possible in a single issue. For such a deep and dense story, the pacing is on point and the art is excellent.

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8.5
Honor and Curse #11

May 19, 2021

HONOR AND CURSE #11, available from Mad Cave Studios on May 19th, 2021, switches gears from complex, political intrigue to desperate battles against a massive threat. The art is consistently good, the dialog feels organic and natural, and the story kicks into a high pace.

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8.5
Honor and Curse #12

Jun 30, 2021

HONOR AND CURSE #12 ends the current arc with top-notch writing, high-quality art, and an open-ended finale that promises bigger battles to come in the next volume. The final battle ends with a big bang, but we'd like to see the bang get a little bigger next time.

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Horizon: Zero Dawn: Liberation #2

Aug 31, 2021

HORIZON ZERO DAWN: LIBERATION #2 is a well-written, well-drawn expansion of the hit video game that focuses on character motivations and world-building. Despite the excellent execution, the lions share of both the first and second issues spend much too much time on a flashback, to the detriment of the story at hand.

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6.5
Horizon: Zero Dawn: Liberation #3

Nov 10, 2021

HORIZON ZERO DAWN: LIBERATION #3 is a faithful adaptation of the last days of Ersas life, but the story lacks any dramatic weight or emotion. The art is video game accurate and looks great during the action scenes. If youre truly invested in the Horizon Zero Dawn franchise, get this comic to complete your collection. Otherwise, youre better off just playing the game.

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6.5
Horizon: Zero Dawn: Liberation #4

Jan 5, 2022

HORIZON ZERO DAWN: LIBERATION #4 ends the series by wrapping up some threads in a mildly satisfying way and wrapping up others on a flat note. The art is excellent, and the action in this issue gives fans of the video game plenty of fan service, but the build-up to catching the storys villain ended with a lot to be desired.

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9.5
Immortal Red Sonja (2022) #1

Apr 13, 2022

IMMORTAL RED SONJA #1 is a perfect start to a new adventure for the She-Devil with a Sword. Abnetts writing organically sets the stage for the curse, the quest, and everything you need to know to keep you interested. Miracolos art is sharp with a pinch of attitude to inject personality into every character. This is a great start for any Red Sonja fan.

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8.5
Immortal Red Sonja (2022) #2

May 11, 2022

IMMORTAL RED SONJA #2 is an entertaining issue that tones down the seriousness without getting too jokey or slapstick. The bickering between Red Sonja and her armor is entertaining, the Easter Eggs of myth and legend are fun surprises, and the art is generally serviceable.

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Immortal Red Sonja (2022) #3

Jun 15, 2022

IMMORTAL RED SONJA #3 is an action-packed issue with amusing banter, movement on the plot, and interesting life lessons about the benefits of curses. However, the artist handoff at the halfway point is jarringly obvious to the point of feeling like youre reading two different comics.

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9.5
Impossible Jones #1

Sep 23, 2021

IMPOSSIBLE JONES #1 is a fresh and entertaining origin story about a hero whose moral compass doesnt always point North. Both the writing, especially the humor, and the art are surprisingly well-balanced. Theres just enough humor to make the reading fun without getting corny or campy. And the art hits the silver-age sweet spot without looking dated or silly. As a first appearance issue, this book is a lot of fun.

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Impossible Jones #2

Dec 26, 2021

IMPOSSIBLE JONES #2 continues a well thought out, organic origin story for the worlds least heroic and unlikeliest superhero. Joness discovery of her newfound powers feels organic and is integrated into the action well, and the art pops in a classic, Silver Age way. That said, the narration goes overboard in the first half by explaining nearly every panel, creating a disconnect between the art and the narration that quickly becomes tedious.

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Impossible Jones #3

Feb 24, 2022

IMPOSSIBLE JONES #3 leverages plenty of classic Silver Age storytelling and art to recount how Impossible Jones became a hero to the public. The plotting, pacing, and creative use of superpowers are entertaining, but the dialog is over-the-top corny.

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Impossible Jones #4

Mar 16, 2022

IMPOSSIBLE JONES #4 completes the arc reasonably well, however, the numerous dangling threads hold the finale back from being truly satisfying. That said, the art is truly great and fulfills that nostalgic itch for classic superhero battles from the Silver Age of comics.

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8.5
In His Own Image #1

Mar 9, 2022

IN HIS OWN IMAGE #1 explores the dark and depraved cravings of wealthy people who look to technology to help them satisfy their urges and asks What happens when things go too far?. The violence and abuse are not for the faint of heart, but underneath the shock is the seed of an idea thats worth hearing.

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8.5
In His Own Image #2

Mar 31, 2022

IN HIS OWN IMAGE #2 is an effective horror comic about the dangers of greedy science paying the price for its unethical ways. The gory art hits you with a gut punch and the eerie panel compositions are designed to unsettle you at every turn. If youre down with NSFW horror, put this title on your pull list.

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In His Own Image #3

May 18, 2022

IN HIS OWN IMAGE #3 ends the story with a couple of satisfying pages but you have to wade through a lot of tedious dialog to get there. The concept is interesting, and the ending leaves room for more, but this is a generally uneven ending that doesnt quite deliver on the original premise.

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9.5
Iron Head #1

Oct 22, 2021

IRON HEAD (ONE-SHOT) is an epic poem brought to life in comic book form. Cardosellis writing captures the spirit of a classical Quest story and slyly ends on a twist ending that adds multiple layers of reinterpretation to every page. The art is bold and mesmerizing. I cant say enough good things about this one-shot.

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Iron Man (2020) #1

Sep 15, 2020

IRON MAN #1 is a powerful departure from the esoteric "imagination armor" of the recent run, and puts Tony Stark on a path to rediscovery. The artwork is gorgeous and the writing hits a symphony of emotional notes. This first issue is highly recommended.

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7.4
Iron Man (2020) #2

Oct 27, 2020

IRON MAN #2 has great action and fantastic art but fails to build on the story potential from the first issue.

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7.8
Iron Man (2020) #3

Nov 11, 2020

IRON MAN #3 takes Iron Man further down the rabbit hole of self-loathing before dealing with the biggest blow of all from the series' main villain. The art is gorgeous on all fronts, but the story's constant Iron Man bashing borders on sadistic. Read at your own risk.

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7.2
James Bond (2019) #4

Mar 11, 2020

JAMES BOND #4 is a solid story about our favorite super spy tracking down terrorists who use the art world as a cover operation.. The story is enjoyable enough but hindered but several minor and a couple of major structural stumbles.

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James Bond: Agent of Spectre #1

Feb 25, 2021

JAMES BOND: AGENT OF SPECTRE #1, 007, available from Dynamite Comics on March 3rd, 2021, takes a classic hero in a classic setup and puts a unique twist on the story. The art is gritty in all the right ways, and the characters all ring true as the best versions of themselves. Within just the first issue, any Bond fan should be thoroughly pleased.

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James Bond: Agent of Spectre #2

Apr 2, 2021

JAMES BOND: AGENT OF SPECTRE #2, available from Dynamite Comics on April 7th, 2021, continues great storytelling that feels authentic to James Bond canon, bolstered by gritty, hard-boiled art. This is one of the better James Bond offerings Dynamite has had in quite some time.

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8.5
James Bond: Agent of Spectre #3

May 6, 2021

JAMES BOND: AGENT OF SPECTRE #3 cools down the action but turns up the heat on intrigue, quick thinking, and double-dealing. The art is as hard-edged as the lead character, and the writing nails 007 flawlessly.

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9.5
James Bond: Agent of Spectre #4

Jun 9, 2021

JAMES BOND: AGENT OF SPECTRE #4 is a near-perfect action comic that fits in with the very best Bond films. The writing is clever and amusing without getting cheesy, and the art packs a punch.

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James Bond: Agent of Spectre #5

Jul 21, 2021

JAMES BOND: AGENT OF SPECTRE #5 is filled with intense action, edge-of-your-seat twists and turns, and a satisfying conclusion (with a twist) to bring this exemplary Bond adventure to a conclusion.

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8.5
James Bond: Himeros #1

Oct 13, 2021

JAMES BOND: HIMEROS #1 is a strong start for 007 with a setup ripped from todays headlines. The writing is excellent, the art is solid, and despite the real-world parallels, this is a high-stakes spy adventure that should appeal to any Bond fan.

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James Bond: Himeros #2

Nov 10, 2021

JAMES BOND: HIMEROS #2 is tense, action-packed storytelling. Bond is put to the test with assassins all over the world converging on his witness, and the seeds of doubt about his charges intentions escalate the paranoia factor even higher. That said, the art is definitely rough around the edges and mutes the reading enjoyment of the issue.

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James Bond: Himeros #3

Dec 8, 2021

JAMES BOND: HIMEROS #3 is a strong entry in the series with clarity about what Sarah Richmond knows, bigger examples of just how dangerous their pursuing assassin really is, and a new direction for the plot that could be the end of 007 or the end for many of the worlds rich and powerful. The action, the reveals, and the overall pacing are very good, but the shift to a new artist brings the art quality down a few notches.

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6.5
James Bond: Himeros #4

Jan 19, 2022

JAMES BOND: HIMEROS #4 is a somber and weighty entry in the series. Sarah Richmond is brought back to where her crimes and nightmares all began to show that shes as much of a victim as a villain. The story is impactful and keeps the dramatic tension high, but a changeover in the art team brings the quality of the book down significantly.

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James Bond: Himeros #5

Feb 17, 2022

JAMES BOND: HIMEROS #5 very quickly wraps up the story with plenty of action and gun fights to avenge Sarah Richmonds death and bring the villains to justice with extreme prejudice. The pacing is super brisk, almost too brisk, and the conclusion is satisfying enough, but the art is not the best.

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9.5
Jennifer Blood (2021) #1

Oct 6, 2021

JENNIFER BLOOD (VOL. 2) #1 is everything you could possibly want in a vengeful assassin comic. The deaths are brutal with a touch of black wit. The character is not only an effective killer but shes talked about with an air of myth and legend. And the art feels gritty and kinetic. This is a highly recommended first issue.

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9.5
Jennifer Blood (2021) #2

Nov 5, 2021

JENNIFER BLOOD (VOL. 2) #2 is a masterful display of expert assassins engaged in a high stakes game of cat-and-mouse. The twist and turn are unexpected, and the art makes every character feel larger-than-life in the best way. This was a thoroughly entertaining issue.

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9.5
Jennifer Blood (2021) #3

Dec 1, 2021

JENNIFER BLOOD (VOL. 2) #3 embraces its full grindhouse potential to revel in violence and destruction. Theres a primal satisfaction in seeing bad people get their comeuppance and Van Lente turns that satisfaction dial up to 11. The story is dripping with schaden freude and the art is unapologetically brutal. This is a perfect comic for grindhouse fans.

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Jennifer Blood (2021) #4

Jan 5, 2022

JENNIFER BLOOD (VOL. 2) #4 could rightly be called the medical issue as the murder, mayhem, and misdeeds span everything from psycho killer nurses to drug testing gone wrong. The art is exceptional when you consider how engaging the visuals are for a dialog-heavy issue, and the character work on the main villain not only builds out the character to a formidable level but indirectly builds anticipation for the showdown.

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9.5
Jennifer Blood (2021) #5

Feb 9, 2022

JENNIFER BLOOD (VOL. 2) #5 ends the current arc on a high note with plenty of action, twists, turns, and a jaw-dropping reveal about the title character. Van Lente went all in on going wild and crazy, but tit completely works. And Federicis art captures every blood moment in hip detail.

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9.5
Jennifer Blood (2021) #6

Mar 16, 2022

JENNIFER BLOOD (VOL. 2) #6 is a stellar issue that does practically everything right. the action is wild, the story elements transition from one arc to the next flawlessly, and the art is outstanding. If youre into crime thrillers with a touch of craziness and a pinch of black humor, you couldnt hope for a better issue.

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9.5
Jennifer Blood (2021) #7

Apr 20, 2022

JENNIFER BLOOD (VOL. 2) #7 is practically perfect in every way for the material. The writing is smart, edgy, hip, and funny, with enough hyper-violence to wow you. The art team complements the writing with equal perfection.

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9.5
Jennifer Blood (2021) #8

May 18, 2022

JENNIFER BLOOD (VOL. 2) #8 is a gripping, slick, violent, and witty crime thriller. Van Lente furthers the story along with plenty of action but maximizes the fun element to ensure the plot progression entertains you with every page turn.

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9.5
Jennifer Blood (2021) #9

Jun 15, 2022

JENNIFER BLOOD (VOL. 2) #9 is as good a penultimate issue going into the arc finale as you could hope for. The violence is brutal, the black humor rears its wicked head at just the right moments, and the big revelations raise the stakes for the next issue exponentially.

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8.4
Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Ghosts #3

Jun 29, 2020

JIM HENSON'S THE STORYTELLER: GHOSTS #3 is a tight mix of campfire ghost story and Irish folklore. The writing is gloomy in all the right ways, the art is creepy, and the monkey's paw twist lands a punch. Highly recommended.

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8.8
Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Ghosts #4

Aug 5, 2020

JIM HENSON'S STORYTELLER - GHOSTS #4 is a haunting, sometimes heart breaking, tale that reminds you a promise to a loved one can overcome the fear of the dark and even Death itself. Highly recommended.

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5
John Carter of Mars (2022) #1

Apr 20, 2022

JOHN CARTER OF MARS #1 is a disappointment. The writing is clunky, the dialog is stiff, and the scene transitions and overall plot flow read more like choppy rapids than a graceful stream. Combined with cartoonish art that doesnt suit the material at all, this first issue is a letdown.

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John Carter of Mars (2022) #2

May 18, 2022

Theres no clean way to look at JOHN CARTER OF MARS #2. The writing and the art contribute an equal share to the mess. If youre a die-hard John Carter fan, you may be happy to take what you can get. For everyone else, we cant recommend this comic.

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5
John Carter of Mars (2022) #3

Jun 22, 2022

JOHN CARTER OF MARS #3 brings the story into sharper focus and lays out a plan for the heroes to stave off an Earth invasion. However, the John Carter is little more than a side attraction in his own comic, and the art is flat-out awful.

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8
Judge Dredd: False Witness #1

Mar 21, 2020

JUDGE DREDD FALSE WITNESS #1 takes a current year issue and brings into the 22nd century without being too heavy-handed.

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7.8
Juggernaut (2020) #1

Sep 22, 2020

JUGGERNAUT #1 is a kinder, gentler, and frankly, more likable exploration of a character that's evolved beyond his origins. The writing is well done and the art greatly compliments the story. Strongly recommended.

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7.8
Juggernaut (2020) #2

Oct 21, 2020

JUGGERNAUT #2 pits two behemoths against each other in a titanic battle that ends badly, in more ways than one. The art team elevates this issue beyond the story for a decent read.

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Juggernaut (2020) #3

Nov 18, 2020

JUGGERNAUT #3 is an entertaining entry in a, so far, surprisingly good series. The art matches the characters and situations perfectly, and the story is far from predictable in the best possible way. I highly recommend this book.

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8.4
Killing Red Sonja #1

Mar 18, 2020

KILLING RED SONJA #1 tricks you into thinking you're going to read a Red Sonja adventure before convincing you to stay for a bizarre (and bloody) fairy tale. It's unique and interesting. We recommend picking it up.

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8.6
Killing Red Sonja #2

Jun 19, 2020

KILLING RED SONJA #2 is a well-constructed chapter in the series that shows the characters evolving along with the quality of the art. It may seem odd to have a Red Sonja series without Red Sonja, but it's keeping my attention...for now.

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King Conan (2021) #1

Dec 22, 2021

KING CONAN #1 is a stark, gritty and powerful take on the worlds greatest Cimmerian in the twilight of his years. The art is outstanding, the story setup is a pleasant mix of straight action and potential mystery, and the new threat revealed at the end of the issue makes for a powerful cliffhanger. That said, the repetitive narration in the early pages hurts the pacing, but the story smooths out in the latter half of the book.

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9.5
King Conan (2021) #2

Jan 13, 2022

KING CONAN #2 is an excellent character piece showing how an aging Conan, burdened with kingship and fatherhood, struggles to reconcile his old ways with his new life. Aaron organically weaves in a third mystery into the two introduced in the first issue while keeping the narrative clean, straight, and thoroughly engaging. The excellent writing is buoyed with excellent art, particularly through the use of dramatic shadow and accent coloring.

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8.5
King Conan (2021) #3

Feb 16, 2022

KING CONAN #3 is short on action but more than makes up for it with plenty of character development and world-building. The art is pitch-perfect for a Conan series, and the writing is one of the better works turned in by Aaron in recent memory.

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9.5
King Conan (2021) #4

May 11, 2022

KING CONAN #4 is an outstanding entry in the series for the way Aaron answers the mystery of Conans departure from home and what it means for the future of his kingdom. The dialog is poignant, the action is powerful, and the art team elevates the story even further in every panel with fantastic art.

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9.5
King Conan (2021) #5

Jun 1, 2022

KING CONAN #5 takes a slight break from the action to build out Thoth-Amons character with surprising depth and complexity. The pacing is excellent, the narration hits the right tone for this material, and the art is spectacular.

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5.5
KISS: Phantom Obsession #1

Aug 11, 2021

KISS: PHANTOM OBSESSION #1 has an interesting premise and plants some what was that?!? seeds to build curiosity, but the poor dialog and sub-par art really hurt this first issue. This is a recommended buy only for die-hard KISS fans.

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7.5
KISS: Phantom Obsession #2

Sep 8, 2021

KISS: PHANTOM OBSESSION #2 improves on storytelling and art to lay out a wacky sci-fi story that makes sense. Edginton executes one of the better examples of a villain monologue, and the artwork eliminates the rushed/unfinished problems from the previous issue.

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KISS: Phantom Obsession #3

Nov 10, 2021

KISS: PHANTOM OBSESSION #3 is an entertaining bit of action fluff thats little more than an excuse to show the worlds greatest rock band turned into superheroes who beat down giant mechanical monsters. While there is some character development and hints about what comes next, this is really best enjoyed as mindless fun with mediocre art.

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6.5
KISS: Phantom Obsession #4

Dec 15, 2021

KISS: PHANTOM OBSESSION #4 is a full-on chase as KISS and Miss Tzen look for a way to escape while being chased by mutant monsters and unstoppable androids. The pace and energy are high, and there are a few cool surprises at the end, but the art is simply terrible in this book.

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7
KISS: Phantom Obsession #5

Jan 19, 2022

KISS: PHANTOM OBSESSION #5 takes all the twists and turns from the series and wraps the story up in a reasonably neat little package. The conclusion makes sense for all the wild wackiness KISS encounters on Cho Island, and the art team finished strong with the best-looking issue in the series.

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9.4
Kiss: Zombies #5

Jun 9, 2020

KISS ZOMBIES #5 pulls off the impossible by being completely entertaining despite its premise. The story is played straight in perfect contrast to the concept, and the art is solid all the way round. A pleasant surprise.

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8.5
Knights of the Golden Sun #9

Jan 16, 2021

KNIGHTS OF THE GOLDEN SUN #9, available from Mad Cave Studios on January 13th, 2021, fills in tons of backstory and brings all the players together for a setup issue that doesn't disappoint. The character art is imaginative and breathtaking, and the story is expertly written. If you're into angel or fantasy fiction (or both), this is a highly recommended issue.

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9
Knights of the Golden Sun #10

Feb 10, 2021

KNIGHTS OF THE GOLDEN SUN #10, available from Mad Cave Studios on February 10th, 2021, is filled with rich art and richer storytelling. This reviewer is keenly interested to see where the story goes next.

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9
Knights of the Golden Sun #11

Mar 17, 2021

KNIGHTS OF THE GOLDEN SUN #11, available from Mad Cave Studios on March 17th, 2021, wraps the concept of personal growth, acceptance, and redemption in a visually epic adventure story. The art is some of the best in comics right now, and the plot continues to build toward something huge.

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9
Knights of the Golden Sun #12

May 12, 2021

KNIGHTS OF THE GOLDEN SUN #12, available from Mad Cave Studios on May 12th, 2021, borrows from the deepest depictions of Hell from the Bible and classical literature for the latest adventure. The art is stellar. The writing is authentic and rife with Easter eggs for anyone fond of myths and legends. This is another great entry in a fascinating series.

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9.5
Knights of the Golden Sun #13

Aug 25, 2021

KNIGHTS OF THE GOLDEN SUN #13 is an exciting, fast-paced, and action-packed comic. The character work is sophisticated yet accessible, and the art is some of the best Mad Cave has to offer. This issue is a strongly recommended pick.

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9
Knights of the Golden Sun #14

Dec 22, 2021

KNIGHTS OF THE GOLDEN SUN #14 ends the current volume in grand style with a battle for the ages. The story builds through the action to give readers a satisfying conclusion, while tossing in a jaw-dropping tease for whats to come. The art is something else, in the best way, with colors that are positively magnetic.

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9
Lead City #1

Mar 31, 2022

LEAD CITY #1 is a compelling fantasy tale set in the Old West. The main character is instantly likable/relatable, the premise generates heaps of intrigue and curiosity, and the art is eye-catching and distinctive.

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9
Lead City #2

Apr 27, 2022

LEAD CITY #2 is a tight, tense action thriller set in the Old West. The writing builds anxious momentum on every page leading up to the start of the tournament, and when things get going, the action is merciless. This is a recommended pick for this week.

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9
Lead City #3

May 25, 2022

LEAD CITY #3 is a thrilling issue that does exactly what the previous issue promised it would do engage the reader with a string of tense action scenes set in the Old West. The sparse dialog lands perfectly, and the battle whittles down the headcount appreciably. That said, the biggest praise belongs to the art team for carrying the issue by pumping in a steady stream of anxiety-riddled adrenaline on every page.

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8.5
Lead City #4

Jun 26, 2022

LEAD CITY #4 is a tense, action-packed, gripping finale to an exceptional Western story. The art is captivating, the writing and plotting are excellent, and the ending feels complete. However, the ending was predictable, so you may come away feeling less than satisfied.

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7.8
Legend of the Swamp Thing: Halloween Spectacular (2020) #1

Oct 8, 2020

LEGEND OF THE SWAMP THING HALLOWEEN SPECTACULAR #1 is a satisfying collection of short stories that tell tragic tales with an alternate version of Swamp Thing throughout history. There are more hits than misses with each story, and it's a melancholy collection that will put you in just the right mood for the holiday. Happy Halloween!

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8.5
Life Zero #1

Mar 2, 2022

LIFE ZERO #1 covers well-traveled territory in the zombie sub-genre but the creators make the story a little smarter by making the survivors a little smarter. The sharp writing is coupled with next-level art quality for a memorable horror experience.

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9
Life Zero #4

May 18, 2022

LIFE ZERO #4 is the zombie horror comic to beat with an unforgiving mix of grounded action, zombie terror, and emotional gut punches. The ending is predictable, but in a way that makes the weight of Dereks grief exponentially heavier.

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9.5
Life Zero #5

Jun 29, 2022

LIFE ZERO #5 is expert-level storytelling through both the art and the writing. Readers are treated to big revelations that actually subvert expectations the right way. The impact of each reveal hits hard, and the implications of the past and for the future are horrific.

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7.8
Loan Sloane: Chaos #1

Oct 14, 2020

LOAN SLOANE: CHAOS is the type of comic that pushes all the contemporary artistic boundaries. By itself, the story is imaginatively odd, but coupled with the hyper-textured art, creates a completely different category of comic. I highly recommend picking up this book for anyone that wants to stretch their imagination.

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9.5
Locust #3

Sep 9, 2021

LOCUST #3 takes readers on an uncomfortable ride filled with hideous monsters, murderous cults, and wall-to-wall desperation and insanity. The gut-punch ending will haunt you. Horror fans must get on board with this title.

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8.5
Locust #4

Sep 16, 2021

LOCUST #4 turns down the shock & awe moments to flesh out Maxs backstory and build out the relationships that will be severely impacted in both timelines. The art is oppressive and moody, and the final pages promise big things are about to happen for our lone protagonist.

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9
Man Goat & Bunny Man #1

Apr 8, 2021

MAN GOAT & THE BUNNYMAN #1, available from Zenescope Entertainment on April 7th, 2021, is weird, funny, violent and thoroughly entertaining. If you like backwoods humor with bizarre characters, give this one a try.

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9.5
Man Goat & Bunny Man #2

May 28, 2021

MAN GOAT & THE BUNNYMAN #2 picks up the tension, action, and stakes from issue #1. The writing is authentic with a bite of wit, and the art is on another level.

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9.5
Man Goat & Bunny Man #3

Jul 16, 2021

MAN GOAT & THE BUNNYMAN #3 ends the mini on a high note with brilliant art, high-paced action, and a Hell of a lot of fun.

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9
Mara #1

Feb 26, 2022

MARA #1 is one of the best-looking, efficiently-written, and thoroughly-engaging indie comics weve received in a while. The art looks great and does a stupendous job communicating the story effectively through the visuals. The dialog adds to the story only when it needs, and the ending hooks you with high curiosity to want to know what happens next.

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5.2
Marvels Snapshot (2020): Fantastic Four #1

Mar 29, 2020

MARVELS SNAPSHOTS FANTASTIC FOUR is a novel story with an interesting, surprise twist at the end. Unfortunately, the story is almost 10 pages too long, and the artwork is sub par. Definitely not worth the $5 price, and should be given out for free as a digital strip on Marvel's website or as a supplement on Free Comic Book Day.

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8
Marvels Snapshot (2020): Avengers #1

Nov 19, 2020

MARVELS SNAPSHOTS AVENGERS #1 works as a light-hearted romantic comedy in the unlikeliest of settings. The story is chock full of witty banter and the art is fairly solid. This is a recommended buy.

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8.2
Marvels Snapshot (2020): Civil War #1

Dec 2, 2020

MARVELS SNAPSHOTS: CIVIL WAR #1 is one of the strongest issues in the Snapshots series by taking a successful event and finding an interesting story within the story. The writing is excellent from front to back and the art team is the icing on the cake. This is a highly recommended issue.

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8.4
Marvels Snapshot (2020): X-Men #1

Sep 16, 2020

MARVEL'S SNAPSHOTS: X-MEN #1 is the best of the Snapshots so far by a country mile. The story is a thoughtful coming-of-age tale during the dawning age of heroes, and the artwork blends seamlessly with the writing. Strongly recommended.

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9
Mega #1

Jan 3, 2022

Mega #1 is a surprisingly weighty story about an ancient monster who awakes wreak havoc on civilization and the little girl tasked with stopping it. Both the grand spectacle of destruction and the quiet moments of a little girl wrestling with the simple fears of a disaster she doesnt understand are played out with equal perfection. The art, particularly the monster designs, is clean, impactful, and creative.

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9.5
Mega #2

Jan 19, 2022

MEGA #2 is an epic ending to an epic tale about ancient Kaiju unleashed and the power in the hands of a little girl to save the world. The battles are gloriously titanic in scope and scale, and the double-sized issue reads at a lightning-quick pace. This two-parter is everything you love about Godzilla films with heartfelt drama to spare.

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8.5
Merlin & Hector #1

Oct 27, 2021

MERLIN & HECTOR #1 introduces readers to the young man behind the legend with a charming, amusing story about doing the right thing, even when it costs you. The stylized, rustic art is spot on for the mood of the setting, and the plot teases a hint of the magical legacy to come, ending on a perfect cliffhanger.

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9
Merlin & Hector #2

Nov 24, 2021

MERLIN & HECTOR #2 continues to build out the backstory behind one of legends greatest wizards with a genuine, human story about a young man coming into his own through trials and friendship. The pacing is excellent, the character interactions feel incredibly natural (for an unnatural story), and the creative team has constructed a character you cant help rooting for.

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9
Merlin & Hector #3

Dec 30, 2021

MERLIN & HECTOR #3 is a surprisingly solid and well-constructed origin story for the worlds most famous wizard with a finale for the current arc that shows the character growing by leaps and bounds. The super-stylized art is not typical comic book fare, but it suits the material perfectly for a story that finishes as strong as it started.

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8.5
Midnight Western Theatre #2

Jul 1, 2021

MIDNIGHT WESTERN THEATRE #2 is a little weird, a little amusing, surprisingly heartfelt, and definitely worth the read.

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9
Midnight Western Theatre #3

Aug 11, 2021

MIDNIGHT WESTERN THEATRE #3 takes readers on a different path to explore a young mans quest for destiny with Ortensia and Alex only showing up at the end to teach a valuable lesson. Despite feeling like a filler issue, the writing and art are both strong and maintain the tone of the series.

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7
Midnight Western Theatre #4

Sep 1, 2021

MIDNIGHT WESTERN THEATRE #4 wraps a sweet friendship story inside an Old West monster hunt. The relationship beats are sweet and impactful, and the art fits the mood of the material perfectly, but the monster hunt at the heart of this plot turns out to be little more than a convenient afterthought.

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7.5
Midnight Western Theatre #5

Sep 23, 2021

MIDNIGHT WESTERN THEATRE #5 is filled with sweet and heartfelt moments to show how Ortensia and Andrew first met, but the one thread holding the series together is almost completely ignored. The arts great. The character interactions are emotionally solid. But this issue feels out of place and incomplete for the end of the arc.

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Minky Woodcock: The Girl Who Electrified Tesla #1

Apr 14, 2021

THE GIRL WHO ELECTRIFIED TESLA #1, available from Titan Comics on April 14th, 2021, takes the closest historical events to actual science fiction and wraps it around a unique detective story. With mediocre art and a convoluted plot, the comic is interesting but fails to rise above a novelty.

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6
Minky Woodcock: The Girl Who Electrified Tesla #2

May 19, 2021

MINKY WOODCOCK: THE GIRL WHO ELECTRIFIED TESLA #2, available from Titan Comics on May 19th, 2021, is a serviceable translation of the books to comics but it lacks the artistic flow or script translation that would make it a smooth reading experience.

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5.5
Minky Woodcock: The Girl Who Electrified Tesla #3

Jun 18, 2021

MINKY WOODCOCK: THE GIRL WHO ELECTRIFIED TESLA #3 shifts more fully into detective mode with a very niche, static art style, and a few silly plot devices. While the historical fiction aspects are interesting, this story probably works much better in novel form.

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6
Minky Woodcock: The Girl Who Electrified Tesla #4

Jul 15, 2021

MINKY WOODCOCK: THE GIRL WHO ELECTRIFIED TESLA #4 is a weird ending to a weird series. The story machinations are range from the odd to the absurd, and the art ranges from the odd to the bizarre. This is not a recommended read.

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7
Mississippi Zombie #3

Jan 20, 2022

MISSISSIPPI ZOMBIE #3 is an earnest labor of love from a collection of creators that enjoy both horror and the fine state of Mississippi. While the technical aspects put this comic in the diamond in the rough category, its filled with creative ideas, a genuine flavor of local Mississippi culture, and more zombies than you can shake a 12-gauge shotgun at.

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8.6
Monstress #29

Jul 22, 2020

Monstress #29 is a tough read for the sheer weight and brutality of the subject matter. However, It's beautifully artistic in its execution. The story is complex and "human", and the art if high quality for its fearless depiction of war.

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8.5
Monstrous (2018): Heartbreak and Blood Loss #1

May 27, 2021

MONSTROUS: HEARTBREAK AND BLOOD LOSS #1 is a pleasant romance wrapped in a ghost story that will make any romance lover happy. The art is soothing and sweet, and the writing is as appealing as a peaceful walk in the park.

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6
Monstrous (2018): Book of the Dead #1

Jun 22, 2022

MONSTROUS: BOOK OF THE DEAD #1 is a serviceable albeit rough story about a family of mummies trying to save the mother of the family from the Underworld. The writing lacks anything remotely resembling setup or scene transitions, but the monsters are fun, and the plot works (sort of). The art is okay, made passable by fairly solid coloring.

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6
Monstrous (2018): Heartbreak and Blood Loss #2

Jun 30, 2021

MONSTROUS: HEARTBREAK AND BLOOD LOSS #2 is a weird farce willed with mad scientists, monsters, and strange inventions. The story is certainly inventive but the humor doesn't quite work and the inconsistent art needs some work.

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6.5
Monstrous (2018): Heartbreak and Blood Loss #3

Aug 3, 2021

MONSTROUS: HEARTBREAK AND BLOODLOSS #3 is a cute little tale of a monster hunter blinded by love. The art is average and the jokes sometimes land, but other jokes overstay their welcome, almost to the point of becoming uncomfortable.

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9.5
Muhammad Ali, Kinshasa 1974 #1

Feb 23, 2021

MUHAMMAD ALI: KINSHASA 1974, takes one of the greatest events in sports history, adds in eclectic art to imagine the private moments, and tells it all from a unique perspective. This is a human story more than a sports story, and it reflects the champion's spirit, warts and all.

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7.5
Murder Hobo: Chaotic Neutral #3

Dec 1, 2021

MURDER HOBO: CHAOTIC NEUTRAL #3 is gross, puerile, underground comic adventure at its finest. The story, despite the mature themes and humor, is a proper D&D-style campaign with plenty of open questions and curiosity for the adventure to come. While the art is just as gross as the writing (by design), the coloring is a surprising standout.

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7.5
Myths & Legends Quarterly: Jasmine

May 25, 2022

MYTHS & LEGENDS QUARTERLY: JASMINE is a solid origin story and update for the magical character. Jasmines origin scenes form a solid foundation for her motivations and explain the source of her power. Her current enemy, however, lacks character development and motivation other than hes evil. Its a solid origin and update, but the comic as a whole is a mixed bag.

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7
Myths & Legends Quarterly: Dark Princess

Mar 3, 2021

GRIMM FAIRY TALES MYTHS & LEGENDS QUARTERLY: DARK PRINCESS, available from Zenescope Entertainment on March 3rd, 2021, sets up a multi-realm war with a god-like villain willing to kill anyone in her way. That art is high-quality and the story is largely good, but the main villain needed more development to truly buy into what makes her tick.

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7.5
Myths & Legends Quarterly: Blood Pharaoh

Dec 2, 2021

GRIMM FAIRY TALES MYTHS & LEGENDS QUARTERLY: BLOOD PHARAOH follows a fairly standard Mummy-style plot but excels at creating a villain with gobs of future potential for the Grimm Universe. The plot makes sense and hits all the right beats, but the clunky dialog in the first section of the book is ponderous. That said, the art is great and the ending leaves the door open for plenty of storytelling potential.

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8.5
Myths & Legends Quarterly: Dragon Clan

Jun 2, 2021

GRIMM FAIRY TALES: MYTHS & LEGENDS QUARTERLY: DRAGON CLAN mixes high-quality art with storytelling that's epic in size and future potential. Despite some minor quibbles with the art transition between the present day and flashbacks, this is a solid quarterly issue for the price.

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7
Myths & Legends Quarterly: Prophecy

Dec 8, 2021

Grimm Fairy Tales Myths & Legends Quarterly: Prophecy is an interesting story with monsters, magic, and all the revelations you could ask for about the mystery surrounding Mysteres origins. The art is fantastic, and the story is complete while planting seeds for a much bigger conflict. That said, the reading experience suffers from dialog and pacing problems.

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7.5
Myths & Legends Quarterly: Jack & Jill

Mar 30, 2022

MYTHS & LEGENDS QUARTERLY: JACK & JILL adds a new twist to a classic duo with a completely original backstory for the titular characters. Despite a small army of artists, the style transitions are smooth and make sense for the structure of the story. That said, twists and turns overwhelm the last third of the issue making for a ponderous and convoluted resolution.

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7.4
Nancy Drew & The Hardy Boys: The Death of Nancy Drew #1

Mar 25, 2020

DEATH OF NANCY DREW #1 gives the reader a taste of classic detective mystery in a modern setting. The story is well written, and both the coloring and lettering compliment the story well. With a few tweaks to the shadows in the artwork, this is set to be a top-notch detective story.

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8.5
Neverland Annual: Dark Alliance #1

Jun 9, 2021

NEVERLAND ANNUAL: DARK ALLIANCE is an extra-sized annual that puts your foot on the gas and doesn't let up until the very end. The writing will keep your heart rate up with action and pacing, and the art is great from cover to cover.

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9
New Mutants (2019) #12

Sep 2, 2020

NEW MUTANTS #12 takes a pretty vanilla X-team story, blends it with a real world issue, and creates a story that reminds you that mutants can be just as human, if not more so, than anyone else. Probably the best X-title I've read in a very long while.

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Night of the Cadillacs #1

Oct 1, 2021

NIGHT OF THE CADILLACS #1 is an intriguing mix of gang culture, vampires, magic, portal hopping, and action. The story leaves the reader with more questions than answers about whats happening, but the narrative is never muddled or confusing. The art is better in some panels than others, but the visuals are bold and thoroughly engaging. I dont know where this story is going, and Im curious to find find out.

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7.5
Night of the Cadillacs #2

Jan 10, 2022

NIGHT OF THE CADILLACS #2 is an intriguing display of West Coast art styles and gangs with a story thats a strange mix of scifi and vampire horror. The plot still feels like its in setup mode, but the pieces moving into position are striking enough to keep you dazzled, even if the story hasnt quite come together yet.

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7
Nightfall: Michael's Awakening #1

May 22, 2021

NIGHTFALL: MICHAEL'S AWAKENING #1 & #2, available from Animation Comics & Entertainment on June 27th, 2018, takes the concept of bloodlines and merges it with werewolf lore to create a family drama with an interesting mix of horror. Despite some serious problems with pacing, dialog, and lettering in the first issue, the arc finds some solid footing in issue #2.

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7.5
Ninja World #3

Oct 4, 2021

NINJA WORLD JAPAN #3 is a solid entry by a new publisher to the manga market with a title geared towards Western reading style. The art and general story are authentic to the manga reading experience, but the plot and art lack the emotional punch to hook the reader fully. This title may take a few more issues (chapters?) to win audiences over.

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5
Ninjak (2021) #1

Jul 14, 2021

NINJAK #1 is, in a word, disappointing. The story is decently well-written but wholly unremarkable, and the art is painfully mismatched for this type of comic.

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6
Ninjak (2021) #2

Aug 25, 2021

NINJAK #2 picks up the pace and action to pump up the energy, but the experimental art style is showing its flaws in a big way. For the story alone, this issue is worth picking up, but the art is putting a disappointing damper on this title.

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7.5
Ninjak (2021) #3

Sep 15, 2021

NINJAK #3 takes the trope of the spy list released to the public and adds in some unexpected-yet-welcome science fiction to raise the threat level on this uneven series. The art is still a bizarre mismatch for the source material as a traditional comic, but it makes for a more enjoyable read when viewed through the lens of an old video game.

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7.5
Ninjak (2021) #4

Oct 13, 2021

NINJAK #4 ends the first arc in this larger story with a to be continued rather than a definitive ending. The art jarringly shifts from one artist to another for an improved, albeit uneven, reading experience while the writing offers up the most compelling entry in the series so far. Valiants preview information and the solicit description cast the future of Ninjak in doubt, so well see what 2022 holds for the MI-6 cybernetic ninja assassin.

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7.2
Ninjas & Robots #1

Aug 18, 2020

NINJAS & ROBOTS #1 is imaginative, fun, and chock full of energy. There are gobs of potential with some fine-tuning. I'm looking forward to the next issue.

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8.5
Nook (2022) #1

Jun 22, 2022

NOOK #1 is a spooky, atmospheric ghost story set against the backdrop of WWII. The mood is oppressively in all the right ways, the pacing and dialog are excellent, and the cliffhanger grabs you with a memorable shock that will leave you wanting more.

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8.5
Nottingham #1

Mar 10, 2021

NOTTINGHAM #1, available from Mad Cave Studios on March 10th, 2021, takes the Robing Hood legend and gives it a grim, bloody, complex facelift. The art pulls no punches in showing you just how rough this world can be, and every character is smart, calculating, and brutal in their own way.

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9
Nottingham #2

Apr 7, 2021

NOTTINGHAM #2, available from Mad Cave Studios on April 7th, 2021, takes another step towards solidifying the Sheriff of Nottingham as one of the great detectives of his time. The art is grim and edgy, and the storytelling rivals some of the best detective dramas out right now.

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8.5
Nottingham #3

May 12, 2021

NOTTINGHAM #3, available from Mad Cave Studios on May 12th, 2021, is filled with grim, gritty, noir art. The story seamlessly interweaves multiple threads that build out the complex characters and ends in a heartbreaking and satisfying way. Plus, a cool reveal at the end builds excitement for the next issue.

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9.5
Nottingham #4

Jun 9, 2021

NOTTINGHAM #4 continues to impress with a taut, dramatic, gritty story of rebellion mixed with a hard-boiled crime drama. The writing is smart, and the art doesn't pull any punches.

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7.5
Nottingham #5

Jul 14, 2021

NOTTINGHAM #5 concludes the arc with a vicious battle where no one walks away unscathed. The conclusion is satisfying enough, but it needed a little more wow factor to live up to the previous issue.

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9.5
Nottingham #6

Apr 6, 2022

NOTTINGHAM #6 is a perfect example of a title coming back from hiatus with as good, if not better, quality than before the break. Hazans sense of realism mixed with mythology is exceptional, and the art team has upped its game on every page.

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9.5
Nottingham #7

May 11, 2022

NOTTINGHAM #7 is a top-notch issue that pulls off a minor miracle by making the B plot just as interesting as the A plot. The writing is tight and gripping with every page turn, and the art team is turning in some of their best work.

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9.5
Nottingham #8

Jun 22, 2022

NOTTINGHAM #8 is an excellent entry in the series with tension that builds and builds as French forces whittle away at Hood and Blackthornes men. The cat & mouse attempts to uncover the traitor are clever, and Volks art compounds the tension to keep you on the edge of your seat.

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9
Nyx (2021) #1

Nov 11, 2021

NYX #1 is a fantastic jumping-on point to get to know the half-human/half-demon with a cursed hunger for life energy. Gage paints a surprisingly nuanced and complex version of the character that tells you everything you want to know about her origins and motivations. While the central conflict of the arc is only teased, theres plenty of story to build curiosity and anticipation for whats to come.

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9.5
Nyx (2021) #2

Dec 8, 2021

NYX #2 is a strangely relatable, charming, humorous, and heart-warming chapter about the natural tensions between father and daughter surrounding the family business. The writing is top notch, and the art is excellent.

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7.5
Nyx (2021) #3

Jan 12, 2022

NYX #3 continues the story of Nyx trying to find her place in the world to live a normal life. The art is fine, and the shenanigans that happen when Nyx reaches out to Vampirella for help are amusing, but the story doesnt feel like it has a direction yet. If the goal is to have a series that grows and evolves the character, something important needs to happen to get things moving.

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7
Nyx (2021) #4

Feb 16, 2022

NYX #4 enters a strong character piece into the series by introducing a descendant-turned-monster-hunter of Mordecai Pendragons and teaching a life lesson to Nyx in the process. While the character growth is strong, the overall arc is starting to feel aimless.

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7
Nyx (2021) #5

Mar 16, 2022

NYX #5 is generally a fine issue that encompasses one scene promising big things down the road. That said, its effectively one conversation, so whether or not you feel like youll get your moneys worth is up to you. Regardless, the art is great, and if nothing else, youll love the visuals.

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9
Nyx (2021) #6

May 18, 2022

NYX #6 is a thoroughly amusing series with bloody, gory shenanigans, and a serious-but-not-serious game as daughter and father try to outwit each other. The humor lands, the character acting is excellent, and the setup is imaginative. But for a minor quibble with the lettering, this is a fun comic.

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8.5
Nyx (2021) #7

Jun 8, 2022

NYX #7 is a thoroughly amusing issue as Nyx is forced to play babysitter/parent to five very hungry demon children. The satirical jokes all land, the pacing is excellent, and the art is very good. That said, the pacing is so high that you dont get a chance to learn about the children and what makes each special in their own right.

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8
Orision #1

Oct 20, 2021

ORISION #1 is a gory, pulse-pounding, well-paced, and efficient story about a research team digging in the wrong place. Its a classical monster story setup, and everything about it works from the monster designs to the frantic energy of the chase scenes. The art is generally good, but special credit goes to the colorist for elevating the pencils/inks.

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9.5
Oscar Martin's Solo: The Survivors of Chaos #2

Jul 20, 2021

SOLO: THE SURVIVORS OF CHAOS (VOL. 2) mixes beautifully rendered art with incredibly emotional acting and writing to craft a story about living through trials, big and small.

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9
Over The Ropes: Broken Kayfabe #1

Jun 29, 2022

OVER THE ROPES: BROKEN KAYFABE #1 is a strong start in the latest chapter of Phoenixs career and life. The balance between the drama in and out of the ring is nearly perfect. The art is strong albeit stronger in the interactions outside the ring. And the ending sets up bigger things to come. This is a recommended pick for wrestling fans and melodrama fans alike.

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7.5
Oz: Patchwork Girl #1

Jul 2, 2021

OZ ANNUAL: PATCHWORK GIRL takes a simple story about capturing a dangerous escaped criminal and turns it into a character study about finding the courage to make hard choices. The art varies wildly, but the editors make it work for the story.

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6.5
Oz Annual: Dominion of Ozmo

Apr 27, 2022

OZ ANNUAL: DOMINION OF OZMO has a collection of cool designs, interesting world-building, and plenty of potential for future adventures in the realm of Oz. That said, everything about this annual screams rushed from the unfinished, loose art to the rough, unnatural dialog.

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9
Pacific Rim: Blackout OGN

Feb 26, 2022

PACIFIC RIM: BLACKOUT is an excellent entry in the Pacific Rim mythology with a fast-paced, action-packed adventure. The art is full of energy and cool mech/monster designs, the ticking-clock race makes sense for the world, and the human drama at the heart of the story is emotional.

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9
Pantha (2022) #1

Jan 5, 2022

PANTHA #1 is a grand retelling of the 1970s characters origin set in modern times. The story borrows interesting elements from The Mummy and American Gods for a world-ending conflict that threatens humanity and the gods alike. The artwork is detailed and highly polished, and the world-building is epic in scope but moves at a brisk pace.

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9.5
Pantha (2022) #2

Mar 30, 2022

PANTHA #2 is a fascinating, original adventure that weaves concepts of history, mythology, and modern horror in a smooth read. The amount of story and complexity is surprising given the number of pages, and the art is outstanding.

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9.5
Pantha (2022) #3

May 4, 2022

PANTHA #3 is as good a comic as any on the market today with rich, complex character development, excellent pacing, and a whimsical monster adventure. The art team pulls out all the stops to match the quality of writing for a top-tier reading experience.

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9.5
Pellucidar: Across Savage Seas #1

Aug 27, 2021

PELLUCIDAR: ACROSS SAVAGE SEAS #1 is a pitch-perfect continuation of the ERB universe with smart, likable heroes, terrifying monsters, and a disaster that sets up a brand new adventure. The writing is tight, and the art is gorgeous.

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9
Pellucidar: Across Savage Seas #2

Oct 8, 2021

PELLUCIDAR: ACROSS SAVAGE SEAS #2 is the spiritual successor to Indiana Jones with the main hero thats equal parts brains and courage. The crab monsters look intimidating, and Puglia manages to find a way to make them look outlandish and dangerous at the same time. This is another strong entry in the ERB Universe.

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9
Pentagram of Horror #1

Mar 25, 2022

PENTAGRAM OF HORROR! #1 is another impactful first issue for Scouts Black Caravan imprint. The story is so simple yet elegant in its creepiness. The building sense of dread practically chases you from page to page. And the gore hits at the peak of anxiety for maximum effect.

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9
Playthings (2022) #1

Mar 16, 2022

PLAYTHINGS #1 is perfect nightmare fuel for fans of clown horror. The protagonists are created as real people with real problems and real emotions to draw you in. When things go wrong, the subtle, creepy visuals keep you looking over your shoulder in the best (worst?) way.

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8.5
Possessive #1

Aug 3, 2021

POSSESSIVE #1 is the story of a sad, pathetic, lonely man whose life is about to get better or much, much worse. The art is good enough to serve the story and the pacing is very good, but the tone is hard to get a handle on. That said, there are enough curious things happening to justify checking out the next issue.

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9
Possessive #2

Sep 15, 2021

POSSESSIVE #2 finds its footing by giving you a redemption story and a main character you can root for. The art is solid throughout the issue with a subtly effective transformation sequence that makes you like the characters even more. While the first issue was a wait and see recommendation, this issue is a winner for its heart.

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8
Possessive #3

Oct 20, 2021

POSSESSIVE #3 is an amusing, albeit predictable, end to an entertaining mini-series about the dangers of taking a break in romantic relationships. The art, especially the emotional facial expressions, is consistently good throughout, and the story ends on a positive note with room for future horrors.

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8
Potions Inc. #1

Jun 8, 2022

POTIONS INC. #1 is an above-average start to a magical adventure about a trio of siblings searching for a stolen artifact. The main character is relatable, and the art is a good match for the story. However, a few shortcuts were taken when the comic already has a high scene count, so the issue feels rushed in spots.

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7.6
Power Pack (2020) #1

Nov 24, 2020

POWER PACK #1 is a light and cheery start for the return of the super siblings. Despite Katie's bizarre characterization, the action is fun and the family interactions are amusing. The bright art pulls it all together. POWER PACK #1 is a recommended read.

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9.5
Project Superpowers: Fractured States #1

Apr 6, 2022

PROJECT SUPERPOWERS: FRACTURED STATES #1 nails the classic superhero drama thats been so sorely missing from the Western Comics market over the last several years. The writing is effective and tight. The art is powerful and dramatic. And, the premise is perfectly situated to introduce new readers to existing characters while giving longtime fans a new experience.

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9
Project Superpowers: Fractured States #2

May 4, 2022

PROJECT SUPERPOWERS: FRACTURED STATES #2 is a great entry in the series with plenty of action and drama to set up one of the main villains of the story. Despite the silly, campy nature of the Clown, the creators make him work as a dangerous, imposing adversary.

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8.5
Project Superpowers: Fractured States #3

Jun 17, 2022

PROJECT SUPERPOWERS: FRACTURED STATES #3 is a fun and information-packed read that fills in most of the blanks concerning the fate of America after John Doe went missing. The catastrophes are creative and feel big, the rise and fall of characters establish an eclectic new status quo, and the challenge ahead seems overwhelming, as it should. That said, there are volumes of information about what happened, and keeping it straight can be overwhelming.

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8.2
Protector #4

Jul 1, 2020

PROTECTOR #4 is a simple story that's anything but in execution. Everything about this issue is rough, raw, primitive, and if you look deep enough, possibly very thought provoking. It won't be to everyone's taste, and maybe that's a good thing.

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9
Purgatori (2021) #1

Oct 20, 2021

PURGATORI (VOL. 2) #1 positions the demon vampire as a damaged demi-god trying to make peace with herself and the world. Fawkes expertly takes a not-necessarily-good main protagonist and sets up a heros journey readers can get behind with stellar efficiency. And the art team has taken significantly improved strides from the last Purgatori mini-series.

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9
Purgatori (2021) #2

Nov 17, 2021

PURGATORI (VOL. 2) #2 takes devilish glee to new levels with a central character who revels in the mayhem and destruction she causes. You cant help but feel the fun Purgatori is having, even when a coven of witches is executing an evil plan for her destruction. Excellent writing is combined with equally excellent art for an enjoyable issue.

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7.5
Purgatori (2021) #3

Dec 15, 2021

PURGATORI (VOL. 2) #3 reveals the intentions behind the covens ritual and the threat it poses to Purgatori and the world. The writing flow could intentionally be confusing to reflect Purgatoris mental state but the reading experience is a little too close to confusing for comfort. The art style is just okay but the lack of detail in the backgrounds make most of the panels feel small and flat.

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8
Purgatori (2021) #4

Jan 19, 2022

PURGATORI (VOL. 2) #4 continues to elevate the main character as an incredibly deadly force who cant stop being charming long enough for readers to dislike her. The creators pull back the curtain on Purgatoris history and make some appreciable progress on the overall plot, but the covens plan is start to get confusing. The art is great, buoyed by phenomenal textures and shading through the coloring.

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7.5
Purgatori (2021) #5

Feb 23, 2022

PURGATORI (VOL. 2) #5 is a decent issue capping a decent arc. The art is above average for digital work, and Purgatoris personality is positively magnetic, but the final victory came too quickly and easily, making it feel a little cheap.

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9
Rabid World #2

Jul 19, 2021

RABID WORLD #2 takes the common zombie ropes and improves on them for a smart and intriguing story with loads of future potential. The art is filled with expression and emotion, and there's plenty here to warrant sticking with the series.

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9.5
Rabid World #3

Sep 1, 2021

RABID WORLD #3 is a tense and exciting entry in the zombie genre with exceptional characters that act like real people. The art doesnt shy away from gore but does it in a practical way to elevate the storytelling. This is a must-have series for any zombie horror fan.

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8
Rabid World #4

Sep 16, 2021

RABID WORLD #4 brings the mini-series to a close with survivors aboard The Jibberish making a last dash for help, survivors in Ft. Levine making a last stand, and the creators taking their last run at wrapping up all the threads with a tidy, little bow. The story is well-written and ends the current conflicts neatly, but the conclusion lacks dramatic punch. The art is visually interesting with great linework and effective color usage. In all, this is one of the better zombie series around.

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8.5
Rad Wraith (2022) #1

Mar 16, 2022

RAD WRAITH #1 is a heck of a lot of fun as a horror/skateboard genre mashup. The story is a deadly serious bully revenge tale with a few moments of intentional silliness that made us laugh out loud. The art is very good and made better with excellent coloring.

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5.5
Radiant Black #3

Apr 25, 2021

RADIANT BLACK #3, available from Image Comics on April 21st, 2021, gives readers a deep look into the struggles of writer's block. Unfortunately, you can't help feeling the creative team had their own block in making this third issue. There's no story, the superhero alter-ego shows up for 3 pages to change a tire badly, and whatever plot was established in the first two issues is completely ignored.

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9.4
Reaver #8

Jun 5, 2020

REAVER #8 packs as much character development punch as action in a brisk 21 pages. The artwork pops precisely when it needs to for maximum effect and the story sets up a desperate showdown with Stagger. This series is improving with each issue.

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8.2
Reaver #9

Jul 1, 2020

REAVER #9 is a well-executed break in the story to build the main characters and set up their team dynamic for what promises to be a blowout conclusion. The art is rustic in ways that adds to the stories setting, and Mekala is a hell of a lot of fun.

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8.6
Reaver #10

Aug 5, 2020

REAVER #10 answers all the right questions while opening the door for many more; all through the lens of of brutal, non-stop action. I'm eagerly anticipating how this run will end in the next issue.

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8.2
Reaver #11

Sep 9, 2020

REAVER #11 wraps up the latest arc, answers all the questions, and leaves you wanting more. The main characters have taken a big step toward embracing their place in the world, and the art is gritty, bloody fun. Highly recommended.

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8.8
Red Sonja & Vampirella Meet Betty & Veronica #10

Mar 18, 2020

RED SONJA & VAMPIRELLA MEET BETTY & VERONICA #10 is a fun and "out there" issue. It lays the groundwork and motivation for a potential battle between Earth and Drakulon with high stakes (no pun intended).

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9
Red Sonja (2019) #14

Mar 6, 2020

RED SONJA #14 cleverly sets up Queen Sonja to face the problems of ruling a kingdom that can't be fixed with a sword.

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9.6
Red Sonja (2019) #15

May 20, 2020

RED SONJA #15, available from Dynamite on May 20, keeps the reader interested in the crimson-haired warrior as she struggles with problems that can't be solved with a sword. The story is engaging, the art team turned out top-notch work, and I'm on board to see what happens next in this volume.

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9.4
Red Sonja (2019) #16

Jun 30, 2020

RED SONJA VOL. 3 #16 takes a pulpy character and turns in a thoughtful story on the war's impact on innocent children. The writing is well-balanced for the subject, and the art is deceptively emotional. Great job all the way around by the creative team.

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9.5
Red Sonja (2019) #23

Jan 25, 2021

RED SONJA (VOL. 5) #23 Review gives you everything you want in a sword-and-sandal comic. High-energy, high-tension battles, a villain you love to hate, and a satisfying conclusion. This comic is a very high recommendation.

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7.5
Red Sonja (2019) #24

Feb 18, 2021

RED SONJA (VOL. 5) #24, available from Dynamite Comics on February 24th, 2021, is a sometimes sweet, sometimes funny capper to the current arc. While there's not enough story to warrant a full issue, the writing and art are all well done.

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7.5
Red Sonja (2019) #25

Mar 20, 2021

RED SONJA (VOL. 5) #25, available from Dynamite Comics on March 24th, 2021, plays on the myth of Red Sonja by showing two skeptics her legend is more real than not. The art is good, albeit too muted in the color department. And the backup story is colorful, energetic fun.

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7
Red Sonja (2019) #26

Apr 22, 2021

RED SONJA (VOL. 5) #26, available from Dynamite Comics on April 21st, 2021, casts Red Sonja in a new light as a teacher/mentor but doesn't quite hold the readers' attention. However, the art is solid and dynamic enough to warrant continuing with the series.

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8.5
Red Sonja (2019) #27

May 26, 2021

RED SONJA (VOL. 5) #27 presents Red Sonja who not only teaches but leads by example. The art is better than average, but the cleverness of the writing makes this one of the better issues in the series so far.

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7
Red Sonja (2019) #28

Jun 23, 2021

RED SONJA (VOL. 5) #28 has good art, good writing, and good dialog but this issue is closer to a light prologue than a dramatic finale. Despite the lack of big moments, it's still a pleasant way to say goodbye to the current run.

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5
Red Sonja (2019): 1982 #1

Jun 9, 2021

RED SONJA 1982 (ONE-SHOT) pays homage to cheesy, sci-fi action thrillers of the 1980s. It succeeds in achieving cheesiness and not much else. At least it's a colorful and well-drawn book.

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7.9
Red Sonja (2019): Valentine's Day Special 2021 #1

Feb 6, 2021

The RED SONJA VALENTINE'S DAY SPECIAL 2021, available from Dynamite Comics on February 10th, 2021, takes unrequited love to a whole new level of uncomfortable. The art is excellent and all the pieces are there for an enjoyable story, but it won't be everyone's cup of tea.

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9.5
Red Sonja (2021) #1

Sep 2, 2021

RED SONJA (VOL. 6) #1 takes the classic Badass and Child Duo trope in an entertaining direction. The writing is equal parts exciting and heartfelt, and the art puts energy and movement into every panel for a dynamic first issue.

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7.5
Red Sonja (2021) #2

Oct 6, 2021

RED SONJA (VOL. 6) #2 is a kinder, gentler entry in the crimson-haired She-Devils latest adventure. Theres still plenty of action and intrigue to hold the readers attention but we get a rare opportunity to see the steely warrior still has a heart. Unfortunately, the exceptional writing is paired with less than exceptional art, and the overall quality suffers from rushed, unfinished visuals.

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9
Red Sonja (2021) #3

Nov 5, 2021

RED SONJA (VOL. 6) #3 typifies a pristine example of swashbuckling sword & sorcery adventure. The brisk, exciting pace rarely pauses to catch a breath before bringing the reader along to the next challenge. The writing and art are both excellent.

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9.5
Red Sonja (2021) #4

Dec 8, 2021

RED SONJA (VOL. 6) #4 is an outstanding entry in the current volume. The story raises the stakes to such a degree that theres no way to predict the outcome, who lives, and who dies. The art, especially during the magically explosive scenes, is bold and eye-catching, and the issue ends on a perfect cliffhanger.

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Red Sonja (2021) #5

Jan 5, 2022

RED SONJA (VOL. 6) #5 switches directions (again) to set Red Sonja and Sitha out on a journey to the other side of the world. The arc may seem like its wandering, but all the elements in the issue organically fit together and make sense in context. Despite a shockingly large array of artists assigned to a single issue, the art is consistent and visually appealing, due mostly to outstanding coloring.

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8
Red Sonja (2021) #6

Feb 23, 2022

RED SONJA (VOL. 6) #6 is a solid entry in the series that focuses on building and maturing the character in emotional and motivating ways. The writing is spot-on for introducing new characters almost immediately with much fanfare or backstory. And once the action gets going, you cant help wanting the kids to succeed. That said, the art lacks polish and feels a little rushed.

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9.5
Red Sonja (2021) #7

Mar 23, 2022

RED SONJA (VOL. 6) #7 is a stronger-than-expected continuation of the current arc with excellent character development, unique action scenes, choices that have consequences, and real stakes. The excellent writing is topped off with phenomenal visuals that squarely focus on making every panel as dramatic as possible.

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6.5
Red Sonja (2021) #8

Apr 27, 2022

RED SONJA (VOL. 6) #8 is a serviceable issue but it feels imbalanced in both the writing and art. The writing ends the big battle for this leg of the arc with barely any effort and in an odd place. The art waffles between clean and polished to unfinished and sloppy. This issue is, at best, a mixed bag.

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6
Red Sonja (2021) #9

May 25, 2022

RED SONJA (VOL. 6) #9 has cool ideas and cool character designs, but the uneven plotting and barely finished art severely hurt the finished product. Good panel composition, perspective, and coloring save the issue, but not by much.

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9
Red Sonja (2021): Holiday Special 2021

Dec 1, 2021

RED SONJA 2021 HOLIDAY SPECIAL tells two sober tales about the importance of the meaning of and the spirit of the holidays. Rather than focusing on the celebrations, this issue forces Red Sonja and a wayward village to remember whats most important in life. The art for both stories has exceptionally creative and detailed line work, and the messages from both stories give the reader something meaningful to think about.

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9
Red Sonja (2021): Valentine's Day Special 2022 #1

Feb 2, 2022

RED SONJA VALENTINES SPECIAL 2022 is a fun and timely one-shot that flips the idea of Cupid and his cherubs on its head for a wild monster hunt to save true love. The art, despite the small army of artists, is consistent and looks great. The writing is typically good Sword & Sandal action fare with a holiday twist and a pinch of black humor. This is a great one-shot that perfectly fits the title character and the spirit of the season.

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9.4
Red Sonja: Age of Chaos #4

Jun 17, 2020

RED SONJA: AGE OF CHAOS #4 is a masterclass in ensemble storytelling combined with next-level art. The entire creative team brought their A-Game with this issue.

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9.4
Red Sonja: Age of Chaos #5

Jul 11, 2020

RED SONJA: AGE OF CHAOS #5 is my weekly top pick for the second issue in a row. The story practically drips with adrenaline, the art is exciting. Don't sleep on this book.

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7
Red Sonja: Black, White, Red #1

Jul 8, 2021

RED SONJA: BLACK, WHITE, RED #1 is a mix of great to not-so-great stories featuring the crimson-haired She-Devil. For the cover price, this anthology is worth it only for die-hard Red Sonja fans.

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8
Red Sonja: Black, White, Red #2

Aug 11, 2021

RED SONJA: BLACK, WHITE, RED #2 continues the trend of diverse stories and art styles to give readers an anthology that has a little something for everyone. While some stories are stronger than others in terms of both writing and story, the end result is an improvement over the first issue.

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8.5
Red Sonja: Black, White, Red #3

Sep 22, 2021

RED SONJA: BLACK, WHITE, RED #3 is one of the strongest entries in this anthology series with excellent examples of silent stories that let the art do all the talking. While the art quality varies from one short to the next, there isnt a bad short in the bunch. All of the stories feel complete, have something to say, and make for an entertaining read.

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7.5
Red Sonja: Black, White, Red #4

Oct 20, 2021

RED SONJA: BLACK, WHITE, RED #4 is a solid, middle-of-the-road entry in the anthology series with three, solid, middle-of-the-road stories. The standout short goes to Phillip Kennedy Johnsons depiction of a feeble, old Queen Sonja remembering her roots and returning to her former glory.

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8.5
Red Sonja: Black, White, Red #5

Dec 15, 2021

RED SONJA: BLACK, WHITE, RED #5 is one of the stronger entries in the anthology series with three tales that elevate Red Sonja as the ultimate warrior she was always meant to be. While the stories vary in art and writing quality, there isnt a stinker in the bunch, and you might just get a chuckle out of one or two.

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8
Red Sonja: Black, White, Red #6

Jan 19, 2022

RED SONJA: BLACK, WHITE, RED #6 is a better-than-solid entry in the series with stories filled with action, adventure, and an occasional chuckle. Some of the shorts are stronger than others, but they all accomplish what they set out to do without a lemon in the bunch. If youre a fan of this series so far, youll be happy with this latest issue.

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7.5
Red Sonja: Black, White, Red #7

Feb 16, 2022

RED SONJA: BLACK, WHITE, RED #7 is another fine entry in the series with three tales showcasing unique adventures for Red Sonja. Contrary to typical anthologies, there isnt a lemon in the bunch, but the overall art is stronger than the inconsistent writing.

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7.5
Red Sonja: Red Sitha (2022) #1

May 4, 2022

RED SONJA: RED SITHA #1 is a serviceable first issue following the (mis)adventures of Little Sitha all grown up. The writing is well-paced and the dialog is generally good, but the main character is nothing like the character on which shes based. As far as spinoff stores go, this is fine but its going to be an uphill climb to keep readers interested.

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7
Red Sonja: Red Sitha (2022) #2

Jun 1, 2022

RED SITHA #2 is a technically well-constructed comic with appreciable plot movement, good dialog, excellent pacing, and strong art. Whats missing is a reason to get behind the main character when shes lost all the interesting bits from her childhood and doesnt seem to care about anything in the present.

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10
Red Sonja: Superpowers #1

Jan 8, 2021

RED SONJA: THE SUPERPOWERS #1, available from Dynamite comics on January 13, 2021, is everything I want out of a Red Sonja comic with a twist. This series exemplifies 100% pulp adventure in all the best ways, and I want more of it. This is a highly recommended read.

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9
Red Sonja: Superpowers #2

Feb 5, 2021

RED SONJA: THE SUPERPOWERS #2, available from Dynamite Comics on February 10th, 2021, is a gorgeous, well-written, and well-paced action tale. Ancient, mystical worlds and futuristic techno powers don't mix, but it's certainly fun to watch the mayhem.

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7.5
Red Sonja: Superpowers #3

Mar 4, 2021

RED SONJA: THE SUPERPOWERS #3, available from Dynamite Comics on March 10th, 2021, is filled with great art, great action, but a thin story. Admittedly, the conclusion is satisfying, and the final page sets up much bigger and more exciting things to come.

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9
Red Sonja: Superpowers #4

Apr 11, 2021

RED SONJA: THE SUPERPOWERS #4, available from Dynamite Comics on April 14th, 2021, is a near-perfect blend of exceptional art, cool science fiction, exciting action, and perfectly timed jokes.

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9.5
Red Sonja: Superpowers #5

May 13, 2021

RED SONJA: THE SUPERPOWERS #5, available from Dynamite Comics on May 12th, 2021, is everything you want in a fun action comic. Excellent writing, outstanding art, and just enough tease at the end to set up what's coming next.

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6.5
Red Sonja: The Price of Blood #3

Feb 12, 2021

RED SONJA: THE PRICE OF BLOOD #3, available from Dynamite Comics on February 17th, 2021, blows Sonja's best-laid plans all to hell. The art is a bit flat, and the story is a bit cliché, but the story wraps up cleanly with Sonja [SPOILER] living to fight another day.

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7.5
Redshift #2

Sep 9, 2021

REDSHIFT #2 crafts a meaningful and emotional space drama set against the backdrop of Mars. Helleners journey of doubt and consequences leads him on an uncertain path thats worth the read. However, the facial art inconsistency and awkward scene transitions mar the reading experience.

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9
Redshift #3

Oct 10, 2021

REDSHIFT #3 kicks the series up several notches by switching out the social-political intrigue of life on Mars to a full-blown space mystery. The acting and space action feels authentic, cinematic, and extremely well done. And the intrigue around the Martian conspiracy and the mystery of the fate of prior missions heaps on tons of curiosity to wonder what happens next.

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9
Redshift #5

Feb 24, 2022

REDSHIFT #5 is filled with expressive art, emotional storytelling, and a moral dilemma for a cliffhanger that will have you on the edge of your seat. This is great storytelling.

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8
Riptide: DRAKEN (VOL. 2) Review #1

Apr 2, 2021

RIPTIDE: DRAKEN (VOL. 2), available from Red 5 Comics on March 31st, 2021, combines the fun of cryptid hunting with a 90s style creature feature for an entertaining trade. The art is solid, the characters are believable, and this collection is an all-around fun popcorn story.

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8
Rise of Dracula #1

Jan 15, 2022

RISE OF DRACULA #1 shifts away from the tragic sadness of the previous series into a new era that feels like a military invasion of apocalyptic proportions. The violence is shockingly gory, the scope is epic in scale, and the new threats are more formidable in every way. Kudos also go to the art team for stepping up the quality of the visuals over the previous series in subtle but noticeable ways.

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8.5
Rise of Dracula #2

Feb 9, 2022

RISE OF DRACULA #2 is an interesting exercise in laying out how a vampire takeover of America is not only horrifying but plausible. The big action moments are explosive. The small intimate moments are surprisingly heartfelt. And Davis shows mastery in portraying how propaganda and radicalized ideas can make the end of humanity sound like a good idea.

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9
Rise of Dracula #3

Mar 9, 2022

RISE OF DRACULA #3 doesnt have a clear destination but it feels like its moving and picking up speed, creating a feeling of impending doom. The writer makes big things happen in this issue, adding to the sense of momentum, and the artists use every trick in the book (and more) to add an ethereal quality to the scenes.

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8.5
Rise of Dracula #5

May 18, 2022

RISE OF DRACULA #5 is the latest issue in a series that hides evil in plain sight and forces you to watch it unfold when your instincts tell you to look away. In truth, this issue touches on hot button topics of the day, but the creators smartly place those topics in morally broken situations such that the characters appear to take a side but you may not be on the same side of those characters for any reason. This is clever writing and horrifying art (in a good way) that sticks with you.

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Rise of the Djinn #1

Oct 13, 2021

RISE OF THE DJINN #1 is a smart, mature, interesting urban fantasy with excellent art and a surprising level of authenticity for the mythological lore. More publishers should take note of how much better a comic can be when a writer puts in the care and research to get it right.

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Rise of the Djinn #2

Jan 6, 2022

RISE OF THE DJINN #2 is a successful sophomore entry in the series that delivers tons of character-building, world-building, drama, and emotion. Despite the tidal wave of information in this single issue, its presented in an organic way with perfect pacing, plenty of creative art, and an equal mix of dialog and action.

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Rise of the Djinn #3

Mar 24, 2022

RISE OF THE DJINN #3 is an excellent end to an excellent arc from newcomer (to Zenescope) Grevioux. The action, stakes, and drama on every page are matched only by Greviouxs sincere attention to detail on making sure the legends and religions are infused with authenticity. Likewise, the art team gave it their all in presenting a finale thats as visually satisfying as the writing.

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8.5
Robyn Hood (2021): Shadows of the Past #1

Mar 2, 2022

ROBYN HOOD: SHADOWS OF THE PAST is a solid follow-up to ROBYN HOOD: HOME SWEET HOME with more punching and less pathos. However, Robyn gets her due with interesting character growth and an interesting new status quo.

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7.5
Robyn Hood (2021): Voodoo Dawn #1

May 20, 2021

ROBYN HOOD: VOODOO DAWN, available from Zenescope Entertainment on May 19th, 2021, is a solid, standard adventure story that's most notable for carrying over the Voodoo theme from other comics in the Zenescope library. The art is typical Zenescope quality, and the ending is satisfying enough.

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Robyn Hood (2021): Hearts of Darkness #1

May 11, 2022

ROBYN HOOD: HEARTS OF DARKNESS is a solid issue to give Zenescopes more well-known characters a reason to team up against a common foe. The villains motivations are clear and fraught with emotional depth, the action is excellent, and the pacing keeps the energy up all the way through.

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7.5
Robyn Hood (2021): Hellfire #1

Dec 15, 2021

ROBYN HOOD: HELLFIRE is a setup one-shot that establishes characters and conflict for later stories which are more interesting than the setup itself. The art is serviceable and the plot is certainly unique, but the end result is little more than an extended prologue.

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9.5
Robyn Hood (2021): Home Sweet Home #1

Jan 12, 2022

ROBYN HOOD: HOME SWEET HOME is a surprising character piece that reveals the traumatic events of Robyns childhood to elevate the character with weighty amounts of emotional depth and growth. This feels like an important one-shot in the characters development. Coupled with the excellent writing is equally excellent art that echoes that greats like Frank Quitely.

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Robyn Hood (2021): Night of the Hunter #1

Sep 29, 2021

ROBYN HOOD: NIGHT OF THE HUNTER is a solid cat and mouse story about an old grudge coming to collect on Robyn when she least suspects it. The writing is strong and clear but it lacks dramatic tension. The art is excellent with standout coloring work.

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8.5
Robyn Hood (2021): Cult of the Spider #1

Mar 17, 2021

ROBYN HOOD: CULT OF THE SPIDER-QUEEN, available from Zenescope Entertainment on March 17th, 2021, will send any reader with the slightest fear of spiders running for cover. The story is simple and yet takes the time to grow the Robyn Hood character, and the art is excellent with a surprising amount of attention to detail.

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9.5
Robyn Hood (2021): Goldilocks #1

Jul 14, 2021

ROBYN HOOD: GOLDILOCKS is a surprisingly strong character-building issue that gives readers a better appreciation for the character and plants a few seeds for a much bigger fight to come. The writing is great and the art is greater.

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Robyn Hood (2021) Annual: 2021

Sep 1, 2021

ROBYN HOOD ANNUAL: THE SWARM is a pristine example of building toward an event done the right way. The art is high-quality, characters grow, and the ending promises an even bigger event to come.

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7.5
Robyn Hood (2021) Annual: 2022

Jun 22, 2022

ROBYN HOOD ANNUAL: CHILDREN OF DARKNESS is an average annual from Zenescope with plenty of big, magical action and status quo updates, but the titular character takes a backseat in her own book, and the focal character isnt very interesting. If youre into great art and great magical action, this is a tentative recommendation.

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7.5
Robyn Hood: Iron Maiden #2

Feb 24, 2021

ROBYN HOOD: IRON MAIDEN #2 concludes the story arc with enemies turned tentative allies and a world-class creep put out of commission for good. The art is consistently excellent, and except for the out-of-place character turn midway through, the writing holds attention in a high-pace chase story.

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Rogue Planet #2

Jun 30, 2020

ROGUE PLANET #2 is an effective horror chapter in the spirit of John Carpenter and David Cronenberg. The writing is atmospheric, and the art is mind-bendingly gross. Get your sci-fi horror fix with this issue.

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Runes (2021) #1

Aug 1, 2021

RUNES #1 is a pure example of the lone warrior on a quest for revenge against those whove betrayed him. The art, like the writing, is gritty and powerful. This is a must-have for fans of Conan and Vikings.

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Runes (2021) #3

Oct 25, 2021

RUNES #3 raises the stakes on the Northmans predicament with the introduction of vengeful elders and an all-powerful witch. The story is turning out to be a classic Voyage and Return plot with compelling characters, captivating visuals, and layers of complexity that keep you guessing.

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Runes (2021) #4

Nov 15, 2021

RUNES #4 is a somewhat serviceable ending to an otherwise stellar series. The setup is interesting, the characters are unique, and I want to know more about this world. Unfortunately, both the story and art look rushed through to wrap things up too quickly. This series needed another issue or two to realize its full potential.

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8.8
Sacred Six (2020) #1

Jul 8, 2020

SACRED SIX #1 kicks off a complex new story in the Vampirella universe. The characters are fully-realized, and the art, from two separate artists, is dramatic and perfectly suited for the horror genre. This is worth a look.

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7.3
Sacred Six (2020) #6

Jan 23, 2021

SACRED SIX #6, available from Dynamite Comics on January 27th, 2021, shuts the door (…err, gate?) on Vampirella's quest to finally go home to Drakulon. The issue is filled with gory, bloody, dramatic art. The story makes progress heading into the finale next issue, but the narrative flow is jumpy and inconsistent which may be a barrier to your reading enjoyment.

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7.5
Sacred Six (2020) #7

Feb 13, 2021

SACRED SIX #7, available from Dynamite Comics on February 17th, 2021, teaches you a lot about Nyx, brings Draculina up to speed, a brings a dangerous new player into town. This is a nice breather issue to bring new readers on board, but not a lot happens. Still, the art is great and the arc is moving in the right direction for a clear, engaging story.

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6.5
Sacred Six (2020) #8

Apr 21, 2021

SACRED SIX #8, available from Dynamite Comics on April 21st, 2021, succeeds in fleshing out Nyx as one of the lesser understood characters in Vampirella canon. The art is mildly inconsistent but not enough to be jarring, and the main story works up until the erratic and chaotic ending.

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6.5
Sacred Six (2020) #9

May 19, 2021

SACRED SIX #9, available from Dynamite Comics on May 19th, 2021, is filled with great art and a lot of things happen, but the story is a chaotic, disorganized chore to get through.

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Sacred Six (2020) #10

Jun 17, 2021

SACRED SIX #10 fills in a lot of backstory about some players explaining their motivations and history. Unfortunately, you have to wade through a fair amount of noise and jumbled storytelling to learn anything. The art transition to a new artist is very stark but Ramos' style doesn't detract from the story at all.

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7.5
Sacred Six (2020) #11

Aug 3, 2021

SACRED SIX #11 ties up some loose thread to bring all the heroes together for the final showdown with Leviticus. The switch in art style is a pleasant change, and the story has improved focus over the previous issue.

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Sacred Six (2020) #12

Aug 19, 2021

SACRED SIX #12 waps up the 12-issue arc in a neat little bow. The bow is a little crooked and the edges are fraying in spots, but at least its done. The art is generally captivating, even if a few panels look rushed. And the ending is mostly satisfying, as long as you ignore several minor unfinished threads that are inconsequential to the end result.

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Sacrifice #1

May 25, 2022

SACRIFICE #1 is a fun comic from start to finish. The subject matter is engaging, the characters and world are well-developed with military efficiency and ease, and the art is excellent. If you like horror with a charming, witty edge, this comic is a recommended pick.

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8.5
Salty Sedutions Of The Salacious Sea OGN

May 12, 2022

SALTY SEDUCTIONS OF THE SALATIOUS SEAS is a supernatural mystery that pushes all the right buttons for a charming, safe story suitable for all ages. The heroes are immediately likable, the mystery is well-constructed, and the supernatural elements are interesting.

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8.5
Sam & His Talking Gun #4

Aug 20, 2021

SAM AND HIS TALKING GUN #4 reads like a classical piece of music, skillfully weaving the emotions of the past and the violence of the present into an inevitable crescendo. Each timeline exceptionally builds emotion and tension until they perfectly intersect, but the outcome of the last battle comes off as slightly predictable.

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7.5
Samurai Sonja #1

Jun 22, 2022

SAMURAI SONJA #1 is a serviceable introduction to another Sonja from across the multiverse. The specific elements of feudal Japan feel well-researched and authentic, and the line work is excellent. However, the colors are very flat, and the origin story is too similar to Red Sonjas to feel like anything more than a reskin.

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Savage (2021) #1

Feb 17, 2021

SAVAGE #1, available from Valiant Entertainment on February 17th, 2021, takes the familiar story of a marooned child raised to become the ultimate warrior of a savage land and gives it a satirical twist. With tongue firmly in cheek, the story deftly uses old school pulp to poke fun at modern Internet culture. The art has impressive man-against-dinosaur battles and combined with the interesting writing, you have the makings of a great series.

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Savage (2021) #2

Mar 17, 2021

SAVAGE #2, available from Valiant Entertainment on March 17th, 2021, keeps the action high but turns up the quippy banter to 11. This series has quickly turned into all tongue-in-cheek, all the time, so that might be right up your alley.

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5.5
Savage (2021) #3

Apr 22, 2021

SAVAGE #3, available from Valiant Entertainment on April 14th, 2021, leans hard into the corny jokes and stops just short of cartoon slapstick. While the art compliments the spirit and tone of the writing, it may not be enough to overcome the dad-joke humor.

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5.5
Savage (2021) #4

May 12, 2021

SAVAGE #4, available from Valiant Entertainment on May 12th, 2021, is brimming with cartoonish art and over-the-top gore and violence. The rapid-fire jokes and pop culture references will either make you giggle or make you cringe so hard it's painful.

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Scary Christmas: Vol. 2 #1

Jan 2, 2022

SCARY CHRISTMAS (VOL. 2) #1 is a fun, original horror anthology. Each story has a Santa-centric premise, pitting the jolly old elf against evil children, vampires, and school bullies. The stories are light on gore or overt shock value, but they each contain an appreciable amount of bite (no pun intended) in their twists and turns.

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8.6
Sea of Sorrows #1

Nov 20, 2020

SEA OF SORROWS #1 forces you to hold your breath while reminding you to be afraid of the dark. The art drowns you with a moody atmosphere, and the storytelling is brutally efficient. This is a must-buy for horror fans.

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Seis Cuerdas: Defender of Mexico #1

May 26, 2021

SEIS CUERDAS: DEFENDER OF MEXICO #1 is the surprise, fun, superhero action comic of the week. The excellent art and great writing make for a near-perfect offering for anyone with a special love for Bronze Age comics.

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9.5
Seis Cuerdas: Defender of Mexico #2

Jun 30, 2021

SEIS CUERDAS: DEFENDER OF MEXICO #2 packs a dramatic and powerful punch with both art and storytelling. The beauty of the bronze age style art is matched only by the sincere grittiness of the story.

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9.5
Seis Cuerdas: Defender of Mexico #3

Aug 2, 2021

SEIS CUERDAS: DEFENDER OF MEXICO #3 ends a thoroughly entertaining throwback to Bronze Age comics with excitement, adventure, and pitch-perfect emotional beats that leave you smiling. This series is a keeper.

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8.5
Shadowman (2021) #1

Apr 28, 2021

SHADOWMAN #1, available from Valiant Entertainment on April 28th, 2021, is a simple, clear, and entertaining re-introduction to a longtime Valiant character. The art is creative and gory, and the story ends the first chapter of this series in a satisfying way while still leaving a few, curious threads to set up what's to come.

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Shadowman (2021) #2

May 26, 2021

SHADOWMAN #2 is a near-perfect example of episodic comic storytelling done right. The art is captivating and the story hooks you with a clean adventure that leaves just enough crumbs to build anticipation for something bigger.

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Shadowman (2021) #3

Jun 23, 2021

SHADOWMAN #3 continues to tell solid, entertaining, episodic stories while dropping enough breadcrumbs to keep the over-arching plot moving. The art is grounded and gory in all the best ways, and the writing is clear and satisfying.

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8.5
Shadowman (2021) #4

Jul 28, 2021

SHADOWMAN #4 continues the monster-of-the-month motif with enough artistic flair and writing creativity to keep readers invested for the next issue. The threat level feels mildly rushed but its made up for by dropping pieces to the larger puzzle of Deadsides master plan.

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Shadowman (2021) #5

Jan 19, 2022

SHADOWMAN #5 picks up right where the series left off with the same high levels of writing and art to start an event that promises world-ending dangers. While the issue is mostly introductions and setup for whats to come, theres still plenty of ghoulish action and tense drama.

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Shadowman (2021) #6

Feb 17, 2022

SHADOWMAN #6 excels at crafting an episodic story with plenty of satisfying spookiness and excitement while linking the stand-alone story to a greater arc with world-changing implications. The art team creates a perfect mix of moody atmosphere, wispy supernatural effects, and grotesque ghouls to fill out the narrative.

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9.5
Shadowman (2021) #7

Mar 16, 2022

SHADOWMAN #7 is a stellar entry in the series with epic battles, character development, big action, and big consequences. This series keeps getting better and better, and its the best thing Valiant is putting our right now. None of their other titles comes close.

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9.5
Shadowman (2021) #8

Apr 13, 2022

SHADOWMAN #8 is a stellar capper to the Shadow War event. The writing is top-notch from beginning to end, the conclusion is as satisfying as it is unexpected, and the art team is firing on all cylinders. Valiant couldnt hope for a better ending to one of the best events going.

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8.5
Sheena: Queen of the Jungle (2021) #1

Nov 5, 2021

SHEENA: QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE #1 (re)introduces readers to the Queen of the Jungle with a mystery centered around the culture clash of nature versus progress. The characters are established with clear, concise motivations. The setup is plausible given Sheenas disdain for the modern world. And the art is a seamless fit for the writing. That said, the first few pages are a little jarring as they assume the readers know all the players, setting, and history without much setup, and it takes a few pages to get oriented.

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Sheena: Queen of the Jungle (2021) #2

Dec 15, 2021

SHEENA: QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE (VOL. 2) #2 does a bang up job of building out the character of Sheena for new readers and furthering the plot through an action-heavy issue. the art is great, emphasized by bold coloring, and the clues dropped during the issue expertly build curiosity for what's happening, keeping readers hanging on for the next issue.

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Sheena: Queen of the Jungle (2021) #3

Jan 26, 2022

SHEENA: QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE (VOL. 2) #3 is an exciting, action-packed adventure in the spirit of classic pulp adventures with monstrous beasts, a conspiracy by a shady organization, and battles for survival in the jungle. The art is excellent, the writing is entertaining, and this is an all-around good time read.

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9.5
Sheena: Queen of the Jungle (2021) #4

Mar 2, 2022

SHEENA: QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE (VOL. 2) #4 is an exciting, action-packed, and dramatic entry in the series. Mooney pulls off the strong female character in the best way, and the art team is firing on all cylinders with pop and energy in every panel.

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8.5
Sheena: Queen of the Jungle (2021) #5

Apr 13, 2022

SHEENA: QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE (VOL. 2) #5 is a great ending to a very strong arc for the Jungle Queen. The main conflict with resolved in a satisfying fashion, and the art looks fantastic. That said, there were a few too many surprise reveals dropped through exposition that made the conclusion feel as if it had to rush to tie up loose ends.

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8.5
Sheena: Queen of the Jungle (2021) #6

May 25, 2022

SHEENA: QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE (VOL. 2) #6 is a great way to kick off the characters new status quo by setting her up as a public party girl who fights for justice in secret. The conflict is right in line with Sheenas brand of hero, the cover story is well-executed, and the sci-fi twist at the end builds plenty of curiosity.

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8.5
Sheena: Queen of the Jungle (2021) #7

Jun 22, 2022

SHEENA: QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE (VOL. 2) #7 is a mysterious and action-packed issue. The mystery of the island is intriguing enough to hold your attention, and when the more fantastic revelations come to light, the comic takes on a classic fantasy/pulp adventure vibe thats a lot of fun.

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Shelter Division #1

Feb 9, 2022

SHELTER DIVISION #1 starts off the series with a familiar-yet-entertaining premise about a covert team of inhuman crime fighters working to solve a high-tech conspiracy. Theres plenty of action, strong character designs, and plot movement. That said, the story tries to do too much too fast, and the art has some weaknesses, particularly in the coloring.

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Shi No Kage #5

Jan 7, 2022

SHI NO KAGE #5 pauses Hachidos journey while he recovers to reveal the truth behind Kioshis death and the Samurais involvement in Kazus invasion. The story feels big without introducing too many threads or characters, and the flashback battle depicting Kioshis end is filled with stirring honor, righteous anger, and heavy heartbreak. That kind of emotional complexity is exactly what you want out of a Samurai revenge story.

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Shi No Kage #6

Jan 27, 2022

SHI NO KAGE #6 continues the excellent series with plenty of bloody Samurai action, another step in a true heros journey, more than one surprise twist you wont see coming, and tons of buildup for the next issue. Fans of action samurai stories will be pleased with this issue.

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Silence (2022) #1

Oct 20, 2021

SILENCE #1 expertly finds a way to find the human drama in the life of a failing artist who cant catch a break from lifes problems. As circumstances force him to take a break, the unreliability of an artists imagination turns this relatable drama into a fascinating nightmare. However, be warned. Its a slow burn, but the phenomenal art and moody writing are worth the read.

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