Gabriel Hernandez's Comic Reviews

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8.1Avg. Review Rating

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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: 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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8.5
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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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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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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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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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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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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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 #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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Dejah Thoris vs. John Carter #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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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8.6
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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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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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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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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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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8.8
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #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 #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 #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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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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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 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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8.5
Grimm Spotlight: Mystere Voodoo Dawn #2

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: Hercules Payne vs The Scorpion Queen #3

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 #4

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 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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Grimm Tales of Terror Quarterly: GAME NIGHT - Review #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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8.5
Grimm Universe Presents Quarterly: Darkwatchers #1

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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8.5
Grimm Universe Presents Quarterly: Steampunk #2

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: Zodiac vs Deathforce #3

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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8.4
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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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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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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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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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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8.4
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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8.4
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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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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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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6
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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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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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: 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: 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: 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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Myths & Legends Quarterly: Dark Princess #3

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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8.5
Myths & Legends Quarterly: Dragon Clan #4

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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7.4
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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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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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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7.2
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
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
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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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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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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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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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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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Robyn Hood (2014) 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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9.5
Robyn Hood (2014): 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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8.5
Robyn Hood (2014): 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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7.5
Robyn Hood (2014): 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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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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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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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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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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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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9
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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8.2
Sonjaversal #1

Jan 30, 2021

SONJAVERSAL #1, available from Dynamite Comics on February 3rd, 2021, takes the “what if” scenario of alternate Sonjas and brings it to colorful and imaginative life. The narrative takes a few pages to get it's footing in the very beginning, and the art has a few rough spots, but this comic is creative and fun. I have no idea where this story is going next, and I'm interested to find out.

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Sonjaversal #2

Feb 26, 2021

SONJAVERSAL #2 brings the story's plot into focus with great art and better introductions to the army of characters. The setup makes sense in a multiverse kind of way, and the next issue promises to amp up the action 10x.

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Sonjaversal #3

Apr 3, 2021

SONJAVERSAL #3, available from Dynamite Comics on April 7th, 2021, is the steam train that keeps picking up speed. High-paced storytelling with kinetic action and “oh, cool!” creative moments make for an entertaining chapter in this arc.

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8.5
Sonjaversal #4

May 20, 2021

SONJAVERSAL #4, available from Dynamite Comics on May 19th, 2021, mixes great art with unique action (a green dinosaur attacking a Hell demon?), and a revelatory story that promises to expand Red Sonja's lore in promising ways.

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Sonjaversal #5

Jun 17, 2021

SONJAVERSAL #5 is a perfect example of doing a big event the right way. The main character's life is changed without changing the core of the character, leading to an infinite array of storytelling possibilities.

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Sonjaversal #6

Aug 4, 2021

SONJAVERSAL #6 is a smart, creative way to take an existing character and open up a whole new realm of stories that wouldnt be possible without the multiverse concept. The writing and art are both strong, and the tease of something bigger happening is exciting.

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Sonjaversal #7

Aug 25, 2021

SONJAVERSAL #7 continues to the series focus of unique, episodic stories about different Sonjas from across the multiverse with a tale about Yellow Sonja the vampire hunter. Qualano & teams art is top-notch and the mystery will keep you guessing until the end, but the hard shift to a prologue for the next issue cuts the main story too short at the end.

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9.6
Star Trek: Year Five #11

Jun 7, 2020

STAR TREK: YEAR FIVE #11 looks, reads and feels like it was lifted directly from the original series. The dialog is realistic to the voices of the characters, the story is on the level of one of the better episodes, and the art hits all the right nostalgia notes. Highly recommended for any Star Trek fan.

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7.8
Star Trek: Year Five #12

Jun 29, 2020

STAR TREK: YEAR FIVE #12 is a strong finish to the Gary Seven invasion story. The admittedly predictable ending wraps up the plot neatly and sets up the conflict to come. The passable art is buoyed by great coloring and an expert lettering job.

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9.8
Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #1

Mar 14, 2020

STAR WARS: Bounty Hunters #1 is a perfect tie-in to The Empire Strikes Back that pairs well with The Mandalorian. I highly recommended this book for any Star Wars fan.

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8.6
Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #2

Mar 29, 2020

STAR WARS BOUNTY HUNTERS #2 is a solid entry in this story arc. The pages are action-packed and each bounty hunter gets to show off their skillsets.

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9.2
Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #3

Jun 24, 2020

STAR WARS: BOUNTY HUNTERS #3 unveils the answer to a lingering mystery and turns the action up full blast. The art is exciting, and the story engages the reader equally well in both action and dialog.

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Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #5

Sep 22, 2020

STAR WARS: BOUNTY HUNTERS #5 gives you a ton of story and a ton of action. The story is satisfying, and the art is full on eye candy. Highly recommended.

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7.4
Starship Down #1

Mar 18, 2020

STARSHIP DOWN #1 uses a classic SciFi setup to begin its story. There's potential if Giampaoli can introduce something fresh in the next issue, but not much to get excited about so far.

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8.8
Stealth #3

Jul 8, 2020

STEALTH #3 is a strong mid-point in the story arc that looks and feels like a classic Batman/Joker story. The writing is grounded and hits all the right emotional notes, and the art matches the emotional punches beat-for-beat. This is a solid recommend.

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7.6
Stealth #4

Aug 19, 2020

STEALTH #4, available reads as one of the better action movies of the last few decades. The story is action-packed with a few surprising jolts of humor to make the issue thoroughly entertaining. The art is colorful and cinematic, and this issue would serve as a great pitch for a film or streaming adaptation.

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8.4
Stealth #5

Sep 9, 2020

STEALTH #5 is a lean mean comics machine. The flashbacks and reveals come just as fast as the bullets, and the art packs a punch. Really excited to see how it all ends.

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Stealth #6

Oct 14, 2020

STEALTH #6 takes a quantum leap into a scifi subgenre to open up a whole world of future stories with the main character. The plot is inventive, and the art adds depth and dimension to the finale's twist. This is a solid finale from the whole team.

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Stillwater (2020) #1

Sep 16, 2020

STILLWATER #1 is a familiar story with generally passable art. There's potential for the second issue based on the ending, but it's too soon to tell if this series is a winner.

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7.2
Stillwater (2020) #2

Oct 23, 2020

STILLWATER #2 efficiently answers the first issue's questions and establishes several points of conflict for the series to come. Despite a largely predictable plot, the art is strong from the entire team. This is only a mild recommend.

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7.4
Stillwater (2020) #3

Nov 17, 2020

STILLWATER #3 improves on the prior issues with some answers and some humor. If you're a fan of the series up to this point, this issue will give you more to like.

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9.5
Stray #1

Feb 27, 2021

STRAY #1, available now on ComiXology, is a thoughtful and soulful feast of visual storytelling. The art is gorgeous beyond anything we've ever seen for an indie project, and the writing reflects a rare combination of care and imagination.

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Stud and the Bloodblade #1

Aug 6, 2021

STUD AND THE BLOODBLADE #1 is a sometimes funny, sometimes corny, sometimes serious sendup of space barbarian properties ala He-Man. Its a mixed bag of things that work and others that dont, but big credit to the creators for trying something different.

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9.5
Tales Told in Technihorror #1

Jul 22, 2021

TALES TOLD IN TECHNIHORROR #1 ranks up with one of the best spiritual successors to Creepshow we've encountered in recent memory. The art is dark, the stories are darkly twisted, and the writing is tight enough to maximize every gut punch with brutal efficiency.

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Technofreak #1

Aug 26, 2021

TECHNOFREAK #1 is an amusing and satirical take on the cyberpunk/detective noir mashup. The writing is self-aware to the point of humorous absurdity, and Maurice the cat steals the show. However, the art is in significant need of improvement.

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9.6
That Texas Blood #1

May 27, 2020

THAT TEXAS BLOOD #1 is a slow burn that packs a punch at the end. The writing builds tension almost to the breaking point, and the artwork convinces you there are 10 years of history behind every glance. This is a must read book for neo-Western fans.

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8.2
That Texas Blood #4

Sep 30, 2020

THAT TEXAS BLOOD #4 turns the heat up a few ticks to a fast simmer before the entire town boils over. Short on action and plot movement but very long on tension and anticipation, I sincerely hope the climatic impact pays it off. I eagerly recommend this issue and can't wait to see what happens next.

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That Texas Blood #5

Nov 3, 2020

THAT TEXAS BLOOD #5 drives a man into a downward spiral of inner conflict and murder. The story is dramatic, and the art is brimming with mood. Another excellent entry in this series.

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That Texas Blood #6

Nov 30, 2020

THAT TEXAS BLOOD is a great comic that holds up as one of the best examples of crime noir in years. This series takes a hard look at the toll of carrying the past with you and the dangers of letting the past decide your future.

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7.5
The Black-Jack Demon #1

Jun 3, 2021

THE BLACK-JACK DEMON #1 is a simple tale of revenge in the Old West with a supernatural twist. The pacing is good, the art is better, and you can clearly see where the story is headed in the next issue.

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7.5
The Box (2021) #1

Aug 18, 2021

THE BOX #1 is a promising start to an urban fantasy about a magic box. Despite the uneven story and stylized art, this arc has the potential for imaginative fun and games.

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The Box (2021) #2

Sep 22, 2021

THE BOX #2 raises the stakes with a deadly mob and the boxs previous owner coming for Leo and Claire. You can feel the tension and the actual threat of danger in every scene, and the story makes a respectable amount of progress toward setting up the next chapter. That said, the art was a down point for being just sloppy enough to muddle the visuals and create confusion about whats going on in-panel.

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The Courier: Liberty & Death #2

Feb 17, 2021

THE COURIER: LIBERTY AND DEATH #2, successfully mixes apocalyptic and dystopian stories to give readers a unique twist on a familiar trope. The art is solid and not afraid to get gory. And the story keeps a steady, tense pace from start to finish.

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8.5
The Courier: Liberty & Death #3

Mar 31, 2021

THE COURIER: LIBERTY AND DEATH #3, available from Zenescope Entertainment on Mach 31st, 2021, is filled with great art and a story brimming with pain, loss, and tragedy. It's a gut-punch ending to the current arc.

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9.2
The Crow: Lethe #2

Jun 17, 2020

THE CROW: LETHE #2 pulls you into a world that's almost real for a thriller filled with truly evil villains and big, bloody battles. The characters are bizarrely fascinating, and art team hits all the right notes for a Crow story. Worth picking up.

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7.6
The Devil's Red Bride #1

Oct 14, 2020

THE DEVIL'S RED BRIDE #1 takes some of the best parts of classic samurai tales and splices them into a uniquely original story. The art is gritty and dramatic, and the writing has the potential to tell another classic tale. This is a great read for any samurai fan.

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8.2
The Devil's Red Bride #2

Nov 20, 2020

THE DEVIL'S RED BRIDE #2 slices a path of bloody carnage on the trek through the mountainside. The art grabs your attention and the story continues to build a fully fleshed out world ripe for the killing. This is a highly recommended issue.

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The Heroes Union #1

Aug 20, 2021

THE HEROES UNION #1 plays on feelings of nostalgia for every glorious era of comics over the last century and embeds those feelings into a good old-fashioned superhero space adventure. The pacing is brisk, the story is simple without being too cliche or corny, and the art is classical in the best sense of the word.

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The Invincible Red Sonja (2021) #1

May 5, 2021

THE INVINCIBLE RED SONJA #1, available from Dynamite Comics on May 5th, 2021, is a typical start to a typical Red Sonja story. The issue isn't bad, but neither the story nor the art stands out in any memorable way.

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The Invincible Red Sonja (2021) #2

Jun 2, 2021

THE INVINCIBLE RED SONJA #2 improves on issue #1 with more focused storytelling and some personality. The art is passable, and the ending sets up the main mystery that could lead to a genuinely intriguing whodunit.

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The Invincible Red Sonja (2021) #3

Jul 15, 2021

THE INVINCIBLE RED SONJA #3 turns the corner for the series into an interesting mystery with massive brawls, weird creatures, and malicious magic wielders-. However, the muddy pacing and muddier art hold the issue back from being an enjoyable issue to read.

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The Invincible Red Sonja (2021) #4

Sep 15, 2021

THE INVINCIBLE RED SONJA #4 resolves the mysteries of the thief and how Red Sonja got into her predicament from the issue #1 prologue. The art is improved over the prior issues, but the writing and overall story remain forgettably average.

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9.5
The Land That Time Forgot: Fearless #1

Jun 2, 2021

THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT: FEARLESS #1 takes everything magical about the original Edgar Rice Burroughs story and continues the journey in creative yet faithful ways. The art is bright and imaginative, and the writing feels authentic on every level.

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The Land That Time Forgot: Fearless #2

Jun 13, 2021

THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT: FEARLESS #2 has smart, strategic writing and excellent pulp-style art to keep this series on a high note. And the out-of-nowhere cliffhanger builds high curiosity for what comes next.

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8.5
The Land That Time Forgot: Fearless #3

Jun 30, 2021

THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT: FEARLESS #3 combines fast-paced action with creepy character designs and a satisfying conclusion to the arc. The story feels finished but leaves just enough threads open to build curiosity for future adventures.

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8.5
The Last Book Youll Ever Read #1

Aug 4, 2021

THE LAST BOOK YOULL EVER READ #1 is an excellent view of a society coming apart at the seams when giving just the right push. The art is strong. The writing is stronger. And Im keenly interested to learn more about the secret of the book.

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The Living Corpse: Relics #2

Aug 25, 2021

THE LIVING CORPSE: RELICS #2 puts the main character on a globe-hopping mission to stop another living corpse from collecting ancient artifacts for some evil purpose. While the story is a collection of small moments, the scope of the plot feels global. The art stands out for making each character unique and memorable.

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9.6
The Lost Carnival: A Dick Grayson Graphic Novel OGN

Apr 19, 2020

THE LOST CARNIVAL is an almost perfect example of the type of YA novels the comics publishers should be putting out.

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8.5
The Monster Men: Heart of Wrath #1

Jun 12, 2021

THE MONSTER MEN: HEART OF WRATH #1 goes deep into the Edgar Rice Burroughs lore and blends in the philosophical questions of the original Frankenstein to craft a frightful and thought-provoking start to the series.

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The Monster Men: Soul of the Beast #1

Jun 3, 2021

THE MONSTER MEN: SOUL OF THE BEAST perfectly captures the spirit and tone of Burroughs' original work, laying the groundwork for the next series with an excellent cliffhanger.

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The Monster Men: Heart of Wrath #2

Jun 19, 2021

THE MONSTER MEN: HEART OF WRATH #2 is a strong example of how you do a middle issue the right way in a 3-part mini. A lot of questions are answered, stakes are raised, and the players are positioned for the big showdown.

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The Moon Maid: The Three Keys #1

May 31, 2021

THE MOON MAID: THE THREE KEYS #1 expertly captures the look, feel, and voice of classic pulp stories from Edgar Rice Burroughs. That art is high-quality, and the storytelling admirably pays respect to and builds upon the source material in a remarkably compact comic.

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The Moon Maid: The Three Keys #2

Jun 3, 2021

THE MOON MAID: THREE KEYS #2 deeply explores the complexity of mistrust and bridge-building between two races with a complicated history. The art is excellent, and the volumes of conversations are well written, but the story lingered too long on racial understanding when an inevitable threat is coming.

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7.5
The Moon Maid: The Three Keys #3

Jun 11, 2021

THE MOON MAID: THE THREE KEYS #3 ties up all the loose ends for a complete, entertaining, and largely satisfying story. The art is great, and although there was a little too much to pack into one issue, this was a satisfying series overall.

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The Plot #7

Mar 8, 2021

THE PLOT #7, available from Vault Comics on November 25th, 2020, pits family against monster in a desperate fight for survival with Mother Nature knocking at the door. The art is atmospherically moody, and the pace will have you biting your nails with every page turn.

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The Plot #8

Mar 11, 2021

THE PLOT #8, available from Vault Comics on March 3rd, 2021, wraps up this country monster story with drama, thrills, and lots of heart. The art creates a suitably gothic atmosphere, and the conclusion is epically cinematic.

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6.5
The Shepard: The Path of Souls #1

Sep 8, 2021

THE SHEPHERD: THE PATH OF SOULS #1 crafts a unique vision of the afterlife and what it means to move on. The creators get high marks for attention to realism and details, but the excessive accuracy and details bury the story in minutiae, making for a tedious reading experience.

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The Visitor (2019) #5

Jun 2, 2021

THE VISITOR #5 is chock full of sci-fi action, revelations, conspiracies, and a solid cliffhanger. The above-average art is bolstered by clear, concise storytelling, so this is a recommended read.

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The Visitor (2019) #6

Jun 16, 2021

THE VISITOR #6 has great, action-packed art, and it wraps up the current arc in a neat little bow. However, the journey from A to B is filled with silly action and non-science science-fiction that borders on insulting its audience.

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8.8
The Wolf and the Crow #1

Jul 17, 2020

THE WOLF AND THE CROW #1 is an interesting, prehistoric drama that evolves into an interesting, dark fantasy. The writing builds a fully-realized world in record time, and the art is spectacular. I'm keenly interested to see what happens next.

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THESE. DAMN. KIDS! #1

Jun 25, 2021

THESE. DAMN. KIDS! is creepy, moody, and pays bloody amounts of fan service to gore fans. The story is horrific, the art is well done, and the pacing is excellent. This would have been a solid winner but for some much-needed spit ‘n polish on the dialog.

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They Fell From The Sky #1

Dec 23, 2020

THEY FELL FROM THE SKY #1, available from Mad Cave Studios on February 3, 2021, plucks at your nostalgia heartstrings with a family-friendly story. You'll find every trope you can imagine and more, but the strong writing keeps the story current, and the art strikes a perfect tone to make this first issue greater than the sum of its parts. I recommend you give this new series a try from a promising creative team.

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They Fell From The Sky #2

Mar 17, 2021

THEY FELL FROM THE SKY #2, available from Mad Cave Studios on March 17th, 2021, takes the “nerdy kids plus lovable, stranded alien” story to the next logical step. The story is headed in the right direction, and there's enough uniqueness about this story, coupled with the preview of the next issue's cover, that promises an exciting adventure to come.

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They Fell From The Sky #3

Apr 14, 2021

THEY FELL FROM THE SKY #3, available from Mad Cave Studios on April 14th, 2021, is an excellent breather issue that builds out the world and casts the Thomas/Orion relationship in a new light. The art is perfect for the source material, and despite some minor credibility strains, this issue makes the series feel bigger.

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They Fell From The Sky #4

May 26, 2021

THEY FELL FROM THE SKY #4, available from Mad Cave Studios on May 26th, 2021, resolves most of the threads to set up a big battle to come. The art is consistently good, and the writing hits all right notes for a Spielberg-esque kid adventure.

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7
They Fell From The Sky #5

Jun 30, 2021

THEY FELL FROM THE SKY #5 is an adequate capper to an entertaining and original series.

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8.5
Touching Evil #15

Aug 2, 2021

TOUCHING EVIL #15 is a curiously engaging entry in the series where readers get insight into the curse's origins, the deadly consequences of Ada's extreme attempts to be rid of it, and the fate of the evil souls who fall to the curse's touch.

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8
Transformers/Back to the Future #1

Oct 8, 2020

TRANSFORMERS/BACK TO THE FUTURE #1 is one of those rare mashups that lives up to expectations. The nostalgia and eater eggs in the story are amped up to 11, and the art will be satisfying for both longtime fans and new readers. This is a fun little book that's worth your time and money.

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7.8
U.S.Agent (2020) #1

Nov 3, 2020

U.S. Agent #1 is an irreverent take on the Captain America wannabe whose latest assignment suffers from his lack of finesse. The jumpy storyline has some strong moments and jokes, and the art elevates this issue beyond the sum of its parts. This is a recommended read.

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6
Vampirella (2019) #16

Dec 24, 2020

VAMPIRELLA (VOL. 5) #16, available from Dynamite comics on December 30th, 2020, gives you a whole lot of information in a very short space to prep you for the big meeting between Vampirella and Drakulina. The writing meanders but you still feel like the story makes forward progress, and the art adds a layer of grounded-ness that makes the exposition more authentic. I would recommend this book for Vampirella fans.

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6.5
Vampirella (2019) #17

Feb 7, 2021

VAMPIRELLA (VOL. 5) #17, available from Dynamite Comics on February 10th, 2021, has a smoother narrative style than previous issues but with little substance and uneven art. It's a mild origin story that's more curiosity than must-have, and if you skipped from issue #16 to issue #18, you won't miss much in the overall arc.

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6
Vampirella (2019) #18

Mar 5, 2021

VAMPIRELLA (VOL. 5) #18, available from Dynamite Comics on March 10, 2021, is filled with informative exposition about Drakulonian culture and politics but the net effect is plodding and occasionally dull. The art gets the job done but it lacks energy or appeal. Put together, the overall issue is flat.

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7.5
Vampirella (2019) #19

May 7, 2021

VAMPIRELLA (VOL. 5) #19, available from Dynamite Comics on May 5th, 2021, plays Vampirella for a fool by revealing she was part of her mother's evil plan all along. The art is consistent for this series, and the writing has settled into a fast-paced groove.

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6.5
Vampirella (2019) #20

Jun 2, 2021

VAMPIRELLA (VOL. 5) #20 goes time-hopping, dimension-hopping, and planet-hopping to make this a difficult comic to follow. If you like the niche art style and finishing a comic with ten times the questions than when you started, this one is for you.

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6
Vampirella (2019) #21

Jun 30, 2021

VAMPIRELLA (VOL. 5) #21 explains darn near everything that's going on. While it would have served the arc better to work answers into the story in a coherent way rather than wait for a last-minute info dump, at least there's some closure.

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6.5
Vampirella (2019) #22

Aug 6, 2021

VAMPIRELLA (VOL. 5) #22 is complicated. The prior arc was a mind-bending, headache-inducing strain to read. This first issue in a new arc is at least more linear, but it carries so much baggage from the prior arc, the new story is getting buried under the weight of the past.

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7.5
Vampirella (2019) #23

Aug 25, 2021

VAMPIRELLA (VOL. 5) #23 shifts focus away from conflicting timelines to a story about a special boy who just may be the second coming of Dracula. Compared to the previous issues, the art is better and the storytelling is a tad more linear, but it remains to be seen if Priest can pull it all together.

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7
Vampirella (2019) #24

Sep 22, 2021

VAMPIRELLA (VOL. 5) #24 flitters between the past and present to show how Vampirella first saves the boy and then the man to stop the resurrection of Dracula. The old would you kill Hitler as a child? problem gets an interesting twist, and the dramatic tension gets turned up several notches for a tense story. That said, the art has some consistency problems when it transitions from one artist to the other, and the narrative flow is almost is nowhere near straight or clear

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5
Vampirella (2019): 1992 #1

Jun 2, 2021

VAMPIRELLA 1992 is intended (I think) to be a satirical sendup of every extreme trope of the 90s, but despite the admirable art execution, becomes a gross parody of itself.

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Vampirella (2019): Valentine's Day Special #1

Jan 31, 2021

VAMPIRELLA: VALENTINE'S DAY SPECIAL 2021, available from Dynamite Comics on February 3rd, 2021, has only one thing in common with the romantic holiday " the color red. Lots and lots of red. The dark, dystopian art fills the entire issue with hopeless despair, and the story keeps up a brisk pace to give us a pitch-perfect Dracula story.

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8
Vampirella vs. Purgatori #1

Mar 22, 2021

VAMPIRELLA VERSUS PURGATORI #1, available from Dynamite Comics on March 24th, 2021, is a refreshing return to the glory days of comics when the bad guys loved being bad. The main conflict is original and gets the reader hooked in immediately, and the art is decent overall. Plus, this story has a nice little twist at the end that we didn't see coming.

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8
Vampirella vs. Purgatori #2

Apr 29, 2021

VAMPIRELLA VERSUS PURGATORI #2, available from Dynamite Comics on April 28th, 2021, combines decent art with a solid plot and an escalating sense of paranoid tension. It's hard not to wonder what happens next when you can feel a double-cross coming around every corner.

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8
Vampirella vs. Purgatori #3

May 13, 2021

VAMPIRELLA VERSUS PURGATORI #3, available from Dynamite Comics on May 12th, 2021, successfully merges a chase story with a double-cross mystery. The art is adequate and the writing is becoming surprisingly intricate with surprises yet to come.

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8.5
Vampirella vs. Purgatori #4

Jun 9, 2021

VAMPIRELLA VS. PURGATORI #4 is an exceptional example of building curiosity, tension, and anticipation. The writing is tight and dramatic, and the art serves the story well enough.

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7.5
Vampirella vs. Purgatori #5

Jul 15, 2021

VAMPIRELLA VERSUS PURGATORI #5 saves the world with a small status quo change to set up future stories. The time travel aspect added some confusing complexity but it all worked out in the end.

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8.2
Vampirella/Red Sonja (2019) #8

Jun 9, 2020

VAMPIRELLA/RED SONJA #8 is a surprising detective noir story with the unlikeliest of detectives. The story is simple yet perfectly matched with classic gangster films. Despite some uneven character artwork, the visuals strongly compliment the story and the genre.

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Vampirella: The Dark Powers #2

Jan 20, 2021

VAMPIRELLA: THE DARK POWERS #2, available from Dynamite Comics on January 27th, 2021, replaces the non-stop action from issue #1 with tons of character development and exposition. Despite the amount of talking, the issue never felt plodding or boring. The art was good overall, and it has me curious to find out what happens next.

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8.5
Vampirella: The Dark Powers #3

Feb 14, 2021

VAMPIRELLA: THE DARK POWERS #3, available from Dynamite comics on February 17th, 2021, shines a harsh spotlight on the “no killing” debate for heroes without settling the question. The best debates in comics are the ones that let the reader make up their own mind, and this story sets the debate perfectly. The art is a bit flat, but not enough to detract from the excellent story.

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8
Vampirella: The Dark Powers #4

Mar 15, 2021

VAMPIRELLA: THE DARK POWERS #4, available from Dynamite Comics on March 17th, 2021, shows a more responsible and civic Vampirella than we've seen before. The art is good on average but the switch from one artist to the next is very inconsistent from panel to panel. Despite the art flaws, this issue gets high marks for writing.

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8.5
Vampirella: The Dark Powers #5

Apr 12, 2021

VAMPIRELLA: THE DARK POWERS #5, available from Dynamite Comics on April 14th, 2021, is almost entirely a single scene that manages to pack in volumes of drama, emotion, exciting action, and top-notch dialog. Despite the lack of forward progress on the plot, the net effect is a mountain of setup and motivation into the conflicts to come.

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8
Vampiverse (2021) #1

Sep 15, 2021

VAMPIVERSE #1 introduces readers to a multiverse-spanning adventure where something threatens to undo the Fabric of reality by killing every Vampirella in every universe. The writing, while exposition-heavy, puts readers on solid footing with clear purpose and direction. And the art, while lacking the imaginative, eclectic character designs that made Sonjaversal so successful, is adequate for the story.

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7.5
Van Helsing: Invisible Woman #1

Aug 5, 2021

VAN HELSING: INVISIBLE WOMAN isone of the better examples of using a multiverse concept to introduce new villains and more stories. The art is excellent, and the general story is goo, but the villains motivations make little sense.

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8
Van Helsing: Black Annis #1

Apr 1, 2021

VAN HELSING: BLACK ANNIS, available from Zenescope Entertainment on March 31st, 2021, is straightforward monster movie fun. The plot makes sense all the way through and the art is on point with impressive coloring.

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8.5
Van Helsing: Steampunk #1

May 5, 2021

VAN HELSING: STEAMPUNK, available from Zenescope Entertainment on May 5th, 2021, turns a standard drug ring bust with a little superheroics into a multiverse-breaking adventure with potentially catastrophic consequences. This book has great art, great action, and teases just enough to make you ask that all-important question: What happens next?

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8
Vengeance of Vampirella #6

Mar 5, 2020

VENGEANCE OF VAMPIRELLA #6 has a fun story and a superb cover, but the clunky writing and inconsistent art put a damper on the fun. Recommend picking up only if you're a Vampirella completest.

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9.6
Vengeance of Vampirella #7

May 20, 2020

VENGEANCE OF VAMPIRELLA #7, available from Dynamite on May 27, is a strong continuation of the resurrection story. The writing is solid and the art is significantly better than the previous issue. Vampirella fans should pick this up.

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9
Vengeance of Vampirella #8

Jun 19, 2020

VENGEANCE OF VAMPIRELLA #8 packs in a whole lot of monster fights, explosions, and a little bit of wit to build excitement for the demon war. The writing is solid and that art team is getting better with every issue.

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8.5
Vengeance of Vampirella #14

Feb 1, 2021

VENGEANCE OF VAMPIRELLA #14, available from Dynamite Comics on February 3rd, 2021, takes the concept of “turning enemies into friends” to a whole new level. Although there's little action, the story is engaging, the art is excellent, and there's tons of setup for what's to come.

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8
Vengeance of Vampirella #15

Feb 19, 2021

VENGEANCE OF VAMPIRELLA #15, available from Dynamite Comics on February 24th, 2021, brings the fight to Vampirella's doorstep with bloody, gory action and a growing sense of tension for the coming finale. The art is great, the story moves at a breezy pace, and the story successfully establishes anticipation for what comes next.

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8.5
Vengeance of Vampirella #16

Mar 31, 2021

VENGEANCE OF VAMPIRELLA #16, available from Dynamite Comics on March 31st, 2021, does exactly what a comic needs to do in an on-going series, shake things up in a meaningful way. The art is excellent, and the changes mean big things are coming.

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7.5
Vengeance of Vampirella #17

Apr 22, 2021

VENGEANCE OF VAMPIRELLA #17, available from Dynamite Comics on April 21st, 2021, has excellent art and good writing. The issue could benefit from building more anticipation for the finale, but it gets all the players where they need to go.

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9
Vengeance of Vampirella #18

May 21, 2021

VENGEANCE OF VAMPIRELLA #18, available from Dynamite Comics on May 20th, 2021, the gloves are off as the last two are left standing for the big battle to come. They're suited up, powered up, and incredibly motivated to kick each other's ass. It's a keeper.

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9.5
Vengeance of Vampirella #19

Jun 23, 2021

VENGEANCE OF VAMPIRELLA #19 exemplifies the best kind of crescendo when building up a story over several issues. The writing builds excitement and anticipation before the first punch is thrown, and the art keeps getting better.

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8
Vengeance of Vampirella #20

Jul 21, 2021

VENGEANCE OF VAMPIRELLA #20 is a well-written, well-drawn prologue to the Vengeance war that's more focused on aftermath and cleanup than anything else. While it makes for a complete story, it's unclear where this story is headed next, if anywhere at all.

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9
Vengeance of Vampirella #21

Sep 2, 2021

VENGEANCE OF VAMPIRELLA #21 is a masterclass in subtle dialog and art hints that slowly build tension and paranoia in mundane scenes. Although, you can tell something is wrong with this All-American town from a mile away, the journey is no less terrifying, making the cliffhanger conclusion that much more effective.

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8
Villainous #4

Jan 23, 2021

VILLAINOUS #4, available from Mad Cave Studios on January 27th, 2021, takes the intrigue of a political thriller to the next level with players on the run, fallen comrades, and desperate moves. The story is well-paced and well-structured, and the art is largely appealing throughout. This is a recommended book (but make sure you start with issue #1 first).

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8.5
Villainous #5

Feb 24, 2021

VILLAINOUS #5, available from Mad Cave Studios on February 24th, 2021, goes for broke with the Coalition versus the Order, Pillar versus Lizarda, and nobody holds anything back. It's a satisfying conclusion to a well-fought story by all the players, and let's hope there's more room for Tales (Tails?) of Lizarda in the future.

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9
We Don't Kill Spiders #1

Aug 6, 2021

WE DONT KILL SPIDERS #1 is an excellent blend of detective noir with a Viking twist. The story avoids common tropes to address a skeptics disbelief in magic, and the art is a masterclass on mood through coloring.

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7
We Promised Utopia #1

Aug 5, 2021

WE PROMISED UTOPIA #1 attempts to tackle a sweeping story spanning several millennia about a group determined to save the Earth from ecological disaster by any means necessary. Using multiple writers and artists to cover different millennia is a bold creative choice, but it may not be everyones cup of tea.

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Wellington #5

Sep 9, 2020

WELLINGTON #5 is an intimate, Victorian play filled with genuine creepiness and interesting character designs. The story works as a solid end to the current arc, and does a great job setting up the monster hunt to come. Highly recommended for fans of Victorian horror.

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7
Werewolf By Night (2020) #1

Oct 19, 2020

WEREWOLF BY NIGHT #1, reads more like a Hulk story than a horror comic, it's a standard action plot with exceptional artwork. I would recommend this to anyone with an insatiable hunger for werewolf entertainment.

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7
Werewolf By Night (2020) #2

Nov 25, 2020

WEREWOLF BY NIGHT #2 takes a few steps forward on the story and treats the reader with strong visuals. If the writers can add some emotional punch, this has the potential to be a memorable book. This is a guarded recommendation.

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7.5
White Lily #3

May 17, 2021

WHITE LILY #3, available from Red 5 Comics on May 12th, 2021, is an interesting take on a little-explored corner of history. The issue has strong art, strong colors, perfect lettering, and a visually interesting look. If the creators can get the awkward dialog straightened out, this series will be a keeper.

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White Lily #5

Jun 30, 2021

WHITE LILY #5 is a somber yet fitting end to the real-life story of the White Lily. The art is excellent, particularly the coloring and the renderings of the fairytales. And the writing does a fine job conveying the spirit of fighters giving their lives for their country.

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9.5
Wika #1

Mar 16, 2021

WIKA, available from Titan Comics on March 16th, 2021, takes the concept of fairy-centric graphic novels to another level. The art is impressive in its detail, scale, and beauty, and the writing is equally massive in scale and wonder.

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8
Witchblood #1

Apr 30, 2021

WITCHBLOOD #1, available from Vault Comics on March 31st, 2021, is an odd, unique, somewhat contradictory story of magic and monsters in the American South West. This first issue will get a positive score solely on technical merit, but whether it's truly good or not is squarely up to you.

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6
Witchblood #2

May 7, 2021

WITCHBLOOD #2, available from Vault Comics on April 28th, 2021, has a creative and interesting premise, but the plot structure has some rough spots and the art is a regrettable step down from the first issue.

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5.5
Witchblood #3

May 26, 2021

WITCHBLOOD #3 improves on the prior issue by its lack of plot holes, but the slapdash art and weak story structure make it hard to find reasons to continue this series.

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8
Worms Crawl In OGN

Jun 6, 2021

WORMS CRAWL IN successfully merges the buddy cop drama and zombie genres for a wholly unique and entertaining story. The writing is excellent and the macabre art style suits the material well. This is a recommended purchase.

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9.2
Wynd (2020) #1

Jun 17, 2020

WYND #1 is a promising start to a completely new property. The art is whimsical and fun, and the story starts a lot of threads that begs more than a few questions. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens in the next issue.

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8
Wynd (2020) #2

Jul 22, 2020

WYND #2 is a solid, character-building issue. The art team is firing on all cylinders and Tynion IV's writing really uses every panel to build depth. If the team can address some of the lingering questions sooner rather than later, this will be a satisfying series.

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8.6
Wynd (2020) #3

Aug 26, 2020

WYND #4 is an emotional roller coaster, filled with suspense, excitement and a touch of grief. The writing fills in some of the missing gaps from prior issue in a satisfying way and the artwork is consistently great. I'm anxious to see where the fellowship goes from here.

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8.4
Wynd (2020) #4

Sep 23, 2020

WYND #4 takes Wynd and his allies into a whole new world of magic and color that infuses the standard chase story with elements of wonder. The story has a little something for everyone, and the artwork is whimsical and exciting. I recommend this issue as the strongest of the series so far.

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8.2
Wynd (2020) #5

Oct 28, 2020

WYND #5 is a sound and satisfying conclusion to this original series from Tynion IV. The story hits all the right "feel good" notes in conclusion, and the art is a perfect marriage with the subject matter. I strongly recommend this series for YA fantasy fans.

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8.2
X-O Manowar (2020) #1

Mar 2, 2020

A nearly perfect restart to the adventures of Aric and Sanhara

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8.2
X-O Manowar (2020) #2

Nov 25, 2020

X-O MANOWAR #2 improves on the first issue by magnitudes with better art, more thoughtful storytelling, an enigmatic villain (or ally?), and a strong moral dilemma for our hero. This is my highest recommended book of the week.

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8
X-O Manowar (2020) #3

Dec 23, 2020

X-O MANOWAR #3, available from Valiant Comics on December 23rd, 2020, takes the hero-for-hire concept and adds some interesting nuance. The writing moves the story forward at a nice pace, and the art is stellar all the way around. I would recommend this book for action fans and especially Iron Man fans looking for something better.

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8
X-O Manowar (2020) #4

Jan 21, 2021

X-O MANOWAR #4, available from Valiant Entertainment on January 27th, 2021, raises the threat level while concluding the Yakiov storyline neatly. With the strongest art in any monthly comic right now and an action-packed story, this series remains one of our favorite series of 2021 so far.

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6.5
X-O Manowar (2020) #5

Aug 18, 2021

X-O Manowar #5 jarringly transitions from one main villain to another that operates without a clear rhyme or reason. The art looks great, but the storys attempt at complexity tips too far into convoluted, and it winds up sounding like word soup nonsense. Theres still a lot of potential for the future of this series, but it needs more clarity in the storytelling going forward.

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6
X-O Manowar (2020) #6

Sep 22, 2021

X-O MANOWAR #6 is a story that has a lot of potential, but the writing doesnt put in the work to craft a story thats believable or makes sense. It presumes the reader is as willing to ignore key happenings just as much as the oblivious characters in the comic. Thats a shame when you consider the work the art team is putting in to produce a visually engaging comic.

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8
Yuki vs Panda #1

May 26, 2021

YUKI VS. PANDA #1, is a cute, charming, slightly slapstick introduction to what could be the most bizarre blood feud in history. The art is bright and appealing, and the story is most certainly original with a fun touch of weird.

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7.5
Yuki vs Panda #2

Jun 30, 2021

YUKI VS. PANDA #2 is filled with colorful, enjoyable art and some strong moments of character development. That said, the plot development is a little thin and needs to make more significant progress in the next issue.

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7
Yuki vs Panda #3

Aug 2, 2021

YUKI VS PANDA #3 takes readers on an amusing ride of High School drama and romance, muggings in the park, and a little mysticism. Unfortunately, the parallel story threads are so far apart, they dont feel like they belong in the same comic, making for a disjointed reading experience.

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9
Zorro (2018): New World #2

Aug 26, 2021

ZORRO: NEW WORLD #2 is a welcome visit to a bygone era of classic serial adventures. The story is simple yet effective, and the art is masterfully drawn. If youre a Zorro fan (or want to see a classic example of a Detective comic with a masked hero wearing a black cape), add this to your colleciton.

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