Gabriel Hernandez's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Monkeys Fighting Robots Reviews: 75
8.5Avg. 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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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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8
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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8.8
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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8
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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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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9.2
Dejah Thoris (2019) #5

Jun 9, 2020

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

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9
Dejah Thoris (2019) #6

Jul 8, 2020

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

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9
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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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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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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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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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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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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9
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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7.2
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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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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8
Judge Dredd: False Witness #1

Mar 21, 2020

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

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7.8
Juggernaut (2020) #1

Sep 22, 2020

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

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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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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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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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8.6
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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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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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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7.2
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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8.2
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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9.4
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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9.4
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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9
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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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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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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9
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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7
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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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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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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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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8.8
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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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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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
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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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
X-O Manowar (2020) #1

Mar 2, 2020

A nearly perfect restart to the adventures of Aric and Sanhara

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