Gregory Ellner's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Multiversity Comics Reviews: 255
7.6Avg. Review Rating

8
30 Days of Night (2017) #2

Jan 29, 2018

With a slow buildup, Niles, Kowalski, and Simpson continue to add tension to their horror story before it is ready to go into full swing.

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8
Absolute Carnage vs. Deadpool #1

Aug 26, 2019

Horror blends into black comedy in this first installment to an awaited showdown between maniacs.

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7
Action Comics (2016) #977

Apr 17, 2017

An intriguing, succinct look into Superman's history that provides an emotional jumping-off point both for established fans and for new readers.

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7
Action Comics (2016) #999

Mar 19, 2018

Dan Jurgens's run on "Action Comics" closes with a feeling of hope for the future.

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8
Action Comics (2016): Special #1

May 7, 2018

A collection of different tones for three different stories help to encompass all of what Superman can really be and bring a big smile to readers' faces, whether from sheer heroism, comedy, or pure compassion in and of itself.

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7
Aero #2

Aug 12, 2019

A pretty fun set of tales about a manga-esque superheroine in the Marvel Universe.

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7
Age of Conan: Belit #4

Jun 13, 2019

Though well written, "Age of Conan: Blit" #4's artwork may be a bit too heavy for its own good.

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8
Age Of X-Man: Apocalypse & The X-Tracts #2

Apr 15, 2019

A fun story with phenomenal coloring is only held back a small amount by some less detailed distance shots on the illustration.

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8
Age Of X-Man: Apocalypse & The X-Tracts #5

Jul 15, 2019

An interesting story reaches its emotional conclusion in very good form.

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7
Agent 47: Birth of the Hitman #2

Dec 11, 2017

A decent video game tie-in comic, albeit not much to write home about except for the relatively original Diana Burnwood story.

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7.5
Aliens: Rescue #1

Jul 29, 2019

The follow-up to "Aliens: Resistance" is shaping up rather nicely, leaving enough to have readers wanting more.

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7
Aliens: Resistance #2

Mar 1, 2019

Final Verdict: 7.0" Though the slower pacing helps to acclimate new readers to the world of “Alien,” some awkward lettering choices leave much to be desired in terms of clarity.

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8
All-Star Batman #8

Mar 20, 2017

Very interesting take on Mad Hatter, but with a very confusingly organized backup story.

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7
All-Star Batman #13

Sep 4, 2017

An interesting pair of stories that contrast the perspective of Alfred with that of Batman.

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7.5
American Gods: Shadows #2

Apr 14, 2017

A well-drawn and well-written adaptation of a portion of the eponymous novel that captures the growing intrigue of the Old God/New God war well.

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7
Angel (2019) #0

Apr 19, 2019

Final Verdict: 7.0" Despite a valiant effort, “Angel” #0 isn't particularly good of an approach for newcomers, requiring some incoming knowledge, and perhaps works best as a companion piece to the core “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” series.

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8
Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) #3

Jul 9, 2018

With a very fun story, great artwork, and beautiful colors, "Ant-Man and the Wasp" #3 does a good job of telling a weird science quantum physics tale that is complex, yet easy to understand, and even teaches readers a bit about quantum mechanics along the way.

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7.5
Aphrodite V #1

Jul 19, 2018

An interesting look in on the start of a new take on "Aphrodite V," appealing to modern cyberpunk fans on some level.

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8
Aquaman (2016) #28

Sep 21, 2017

While the story of "Aquaman" #28 is well written on its own, the artwork makes it all the greater.

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8.5
Aquaman (2016) #32

Jan 22, 2018

A well established continuation of the rebellion against King Rath with phenomenal artwork.

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8
Assassin's Creed: Templars #9

Jan 30, 2017

Fantastic spy drama comes to its conclusion, leaving wonder of what will come next.

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8
Assassin's Creed: Uprising #1

Feb 6, 2017

Excellent primer for the "Assassin's Creed" franchise's various factions, while delving deeper into the modern-day mythos.

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8
Assassin's Creed: Uprising #3

Apr 24, 2017

A compelling story that gives a hefty dose of suspense on every turn, with a few bonuses thrown in for franchise fans.

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7
Assassinistas #2

Jan 19, 2018

Howard's writing, though well thought out, might not be enough to win some people over with Hernandez's art style, but the whole package does seem to come together rather nicely.

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7
Atomic Robo: Spectre of Tomorrow #5

Mar 12, 2018

A satisfactory conclusion, but with some weird linework.

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7
Basketful of Heads #1

Oct 31, 2019

Oddly written but well-illustrated and colored, "Basketful of Heads" #1 starts 'Hill House Comics' in a weird place.

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8
Batman (2016) #23

May 19, 2017

A well-written and well-illustrated short tale about a team up between Swamp Thing and Batman that sheds light on them both.

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8.5
Batman (2016) #38

Jan 8, 2018

Although the idea of a dark take on Bruce Wayne is not entirely unique, 'The Origin of Bruce Wayne' manages to put a warped, dark spin on the tale through a clever writer and well handled color palettes.

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7.8
Batman and the Outsiders (2019) #2

Jun 17, 2019

With quieter moments and combat both, "Batman and the Outsiders" #2 continues to show why Hill, Soy, and Gandini are perfect for this book.

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6.5
Batman and the Signal #3

Apr 30, 2018

While the artwork and colors are lively, "Batman and the Signal" #3 hinges on a particular clich that drags the whole issue down and was largely unnecessary.

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4
Batman: Damned #3

Jul 1, 2019

Bermejo does his best to redeem this final installment, but much like its title, this comic is damned by its own pointlessness.

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8
Batman: The Dawnbreaker #1

Oct 6, 2017

Sam Humphries, Ethan van Sciver, and Jason Wright craft an excellent, disturbing take on a variation of "Batman: In Darkest Knight" gone horribly wrong.

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7.5
Batman: The Devastator #1

Nov 2, 2017

Even with the slightly weaker premise in terms of an alternate Batman, the rise of the Devastator shines nonetheless thanks to fantastic artwork and a terrifying present day story.

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6
Batwoman (2017) #8

Oct 23, 2017

Well-drawn, but perhaps a bit by-the-numbers in narrative execution.

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8
Berserker Unbound #4

Nov 11, 2019

Beautifully illustrated and colored while depressingly written, "Berserker Unbound" is not for the faint of heart.

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8
Black Hammer/Justice League: Hammer of Justice! #1

Jul 11, 2019

The cross-company superhero crossover 'Hammer of Justice!' is off to a fun, interesting start.

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7.5
Black Magick #9

Dec 4, 2017

A relatively slow issue, but with good emotional scenes and fantastic artwork.

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7
Black Panther (2016) #16

Jul 28, 2017

repetition of dialogue.

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8.5
Black Stars Above #1

Nov 14, 2019

Fear of the unknown continues unabated in yet another winner at Vault Comics.

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9
Blade Runner: 2019 #1

Jul 18, 2019

Intriguing storytelling combines with an excellent look into a familiar world to tell a new tale in the Blade Runner franchise.

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8
Bloodborne #2

Mar 29, 2018

Creepy artwork and a fast-paced story help the tour of the world of Bloodborne feel fun, rather than daunting or excluding non-players.

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7.5
Bloodborne #6

Oct 26, 2018

"Bloodborne" continues to present itself very well through its new focus on non-hunters.

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5.5
Bloodborne #12

May 17, 2019

The story of Eileen the Crow ends not in revelations, but in further confusion, making it all appear to signify nearly nothing at all beyond its own madness, even with its continued well-done artwork and colors.

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7.5
Bloodshot (2019) #1

Sep 26, 2019

A very solid debut that has a lot of potential.

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8.5
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #3

Mar 15, 2019

Excellent writing, animated artwork, and mood-changing colors work together to create another winner in Boom Studios's "Buffy" re-Vamp.

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7
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #8

Sep 9, 2019

A well-lain script and excellent colors continue through this event prelude, but some of the artwork just doesn't quite fit.

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7.5
Call of Duty: Zombies 2 #1

Sep 6, 2018

esque story of crime, redemption, and mysticism begins in this video game prequel.

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7
Captain America: Sam Wilson #25

Aug 10, 2017

While a very good issue with well done artwork, "Captain America" #25 is held back by the fact that it is in fact a part of the Secret Empire event in all but name, and essential to its development.

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7
Catwoman (2018) #7

Jan 21, 2019

While there isn't much story to speak of, the artwork definitely carries "Catwoman" #7 to a good place.

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8.5
Coffin Bound #2

Sep 16, 2019

From writing to artwork to colors to lettering, "Coffin Bound" #2 continues to be an enticing tale worth checking out and following going forward.

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6
Contagion #1

Oct 7, 2019

It's the end of the world as we know it, and we feel slightly unimpressed.

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4
Crackdown (2019) #1

Feb 21, 2019

"Crackdown" #1's artwork is dynamic but missing key elements to coexist with the story, which itself is rather lackluster, both elements held above others primarily by the colors.

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7.5
Cyber Force (2018) #2

Apr 27, 2018

A well-handled continuation of the family drama, albeit with a bit of an odd villain motivation that might fall apart on too much analysis.

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7.5
Cyber Force (2018) #8

Feb 4, 2019

With a mature look into the amorality of life-saving surgery without consent, "Cyber Force" #8 shows the series' strengths well.

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7
Cyber Force (2018) #11

Jul 22, 2019

An entertaining, action-focused issue to near the conclusion of this volume.

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5.5
Cyborg (2016) #13

Jun 12, 2017

While a well-drawn and colored issue, "Cyborg" #13's stiff dialogue makes reading it fairly hard to see as natural conversations.

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7
Damage #7

Jul 23, 2018

Though nothing amazing to write home about, a difference in focus and decision to downplay the overall praise of the eponymous character helps "Damage" #7 to do better than its predecessors.

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8
Daredevil (2015) #603

Jun 11, 2018

Muted colors, soft pencils, and an engrossing script keep the ball rolling in this second installment of the "Weapon Lost" miniseries.

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7
Daredevil (2019) #6

Jun 3, 2019

Even without Daredevil himself appearing in costume, Zdarsky, Sharma, and Tartaglia tell a very good story revolving around his absence.

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7
Dark Ark #10

Sep 10, 2018

Though the story itself doesn't seem to move much, "Dark Ark" #10 is an entertaining enough issue, providing just enough information for newcomers to jump in.

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7.5
Dark Nights: Metal #5

Feb 5, 2018

Though there are some oddities in the artwork, "Dark Nights: Metal" #5 does a good job of following up the preceding issue while answering some lingering questions before the coming finale.

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8
Dark Red #1

Mar 25, 2019

Though its premise may seem to be tiresome after years of hearing about that area of the United States, "Dark Red" #1 manages to trickle out some new blood from an old genre through its own self-awareness.

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7
Dark Souls: Tales of Ember #2

May 15, 2017

An interesting collection of stories in the Dark Souls world, though the collaboration does leave readers wanting more.

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8
Dark Souls: The Age of Fire #2

Jun 21, 2018

Less heavy on lore, but well-written with humor and danger both, the artwork again steals the show when it comes to this "Dark Souls" comic series.

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7
DC Nation (2018) #0

May 3, 2018

Though dragged down by a poorly done Superman interlude, the three previews in "DC Nation" #0 are worth the price of admission and then some.

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8.5
DC/Hanna-Barbera: Flash/Speed Buggy Special #1

Jun 4, 2018

Dynamic artwork, surprise appearances, and beautiful colors only further emphasize the sheer fun of this DC Comics/Hanna-Barbera crossover.

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8.7
DC/Looney Tunes: Wonder Woman/Tasmanian Devil #1

Jun 23, 2017

An exceptionally fun take on both Wonder Woman and the Tasmanian Devil that brings a healthy dose of nostalgia for both while telling a great one-shot story.

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8
DC/Looney Tunes: Jonah Hex/Yosemite Sam #1

Jul 3, 2017

A fun, albeit violent story in "Weird West" style, with interesting panel angles and an interestingly moral look at an aged Yosemite Sam.

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8.5
DCeased #3

Jul 8, 2019

Emotional ups and downs, magnificent pacing, and a fantastic illustration-colors team lend themselves to one of the most horrifying stories DC Comics has put out in a long time.

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7.5
Deathstroke (2016) #23

Sep 11, 2017

While disorganized, "Deathstroke" #23 showcases the unraveling world of Project Defiance with its structure and use of color more than its explicit words.

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7.5
Detective Comics (2016) #952

Mar 13, 2017

Comprehensive reintroduction to Shiva to new Batman readers, albeit without much of an interesting motive.

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7.5
Detective Comics (2016) #980

May 14, 2018

Merging several different stories of this comic run together, "Detective Comics" #980 shapes up to be a fun, classic tale of colliding forces.

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8
Detective Comics (2016) #982

Jun 18, 2018

Combining creepy atmosphere with great pacing, "The Cursing of Gotham City" is a fantastic one-shot comic.

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8.5
Detective Comics (2016) #1001

Apr 11, 2019

Final Verdict: 8.5" Batman is the night, but Peter Tomasi's take on the Arkham Knight brings the focus out into the light of day with a fresh new take on a character's introduction to the wider DC universe, aided in a great script with equally engrossing artwork, colors, and lettering.

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8.5
Die #4

Mar 7, 2019

By way of highly emotional storytelling merged with intriguing world building of the eponymous role-playing world itself, "Die" #4 shows continued depth of despair and heights of the possibilities brought about by its world.

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8
Dishonored: Peeress and the Price #1

Sep 29, 2017

lain, with the artwork and coloring meshing perfectly with the worlds existing artwork.

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8.5
Dissonance #2

Mar 23, 2018

Mixing amoral relativism with the trappings of an "aliens among us" tale, "Dissonance" #2 continues to provide intrigue.

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7
Dissonance #4

Aug 13, 2018

"Dissonance" continues to build toward a climax, but the overt focus on action leaves something to be desired on the front of the philosophical and intrigue-based fronts seen earlier.

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7.5
Doctor Mirage (2019) #3

Oct 28, 2019

Newcomers are welcome to take the psychedelic journey through the latest adventures of Doctor Mirage.

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6.8
Edge of Venomverse #1

Jun 30, 2017

An interesting lead-in to a storyline, but relies far too heavily on previously written works, without making much new headway.

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7.5
Elektra (2017) #3

May 1, 2017

Interesting parallel structure and artwork create a variety of feelings in readers, but don't do much to create a story to go forward.

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7.5
Everafter #9

May 8, 2017

Fun, ridiculous story in the post-Fables world, but might be hard to get into for new adopters.

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7
Excalibur (2019) #2

Nov 21, 2019

"Excalibur" is fun, but this introductory arc has yet to unsheathe something to make it flesh out into the truly great as compared to other 'Dawn of X' titles.

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8.5
Exorsisters #1

Oct 18, 2018

Though a bit formulaic at times, "Exorsisters" #1 shows a lot of promise, and a very good balance of horror and comedy, and demonstrates why following a formula isn't necessarily a bad thing at all.

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8
Exorsisters #5

Feb 25, 2019

Boothby, Lagac, and Pantazis work together to forge a fitting conclusion to this arc of "Exorsisters."

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8.5
Fearscape #1

Sep 28, 2018

Final Verdict: 8.5 " Using copious, exhaustive narration, Ryan O'Sullivan, Andrea Mutti, and Vladimir Popov begin to craft a story about fiction to remember.

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8.5
Fearscape #5

Apr 29, 2019

"Fearscape" #5 brings the first arc to a close with intriguing, literally psychotic storytelling.

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7.5
Flash (2016) #19

Mar 27, 2017

Chaotic story that makes even a relatively minor threat seem significant.

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8
Flash (2016) #33

Oct 27, 2017

Even though it perhaps fails to live up to some of the promises of the solicitation, 'Bats Out of Hell' is starting off strong.

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7.5
Flash (2016) #41

Mar 2, 2018

A character-focused issue helps to distinguish the different Flashes while giving only minimal attention to the villains.

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7.5
Flash (2016) #49

Jul 2, 2018

Together, 'Flash War: Part 3' is a very good issue, fun and exciting, but maybe a little too much at once for some readers.

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7.5
Flash (2016) #53

Aug 27, 2018

An interesting story that leaves fans wanting more out of both Commander Cold and the Strength Force.

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9
Friendo #4

Feb 15, 2019

Delving into deep black comedy even in the most dire of circumstances coupled with very good artwork and magnificent colors, "Friendo" keeps the ball rolling without missing a beat, keeping a laugh track running in the back of reader's minds the whole way through.

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8
Gears of War: The Rise of RAAM #1

Jan 26, 2018

An accessible story that still invites new ideas to the franchise, "Gears of War: The Rise of RAAM" #1 is a promising new addition to the world of Sera.

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7.5
Gears of War: The Rise of RAAM #3

Mar 26, 2018

All of the plotting and planning comes to a head in this climactic issue of the miniseries, without bringing in too much that non-players would feel lost by, albeit perhaps at the expense of any incoming readers.

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6.8
gen:Lock #2

Dec 9, 2019

The artwork and writing are fairly well done, but too-perfect representation of people through the coloring techniques hold back "gen:LOCK" #2 a significant amount.

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8.5
God Complex (2017) #4

Feb 1, 2018

Final Verdict: 8.5" A wealth of new information on the cybernetic Rulers coupled with brilliant artistry makes “God Complex” #4 step above the relative mundane of the previous issue.

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8
God of War (2018) #1

Nov 16, 2018

Final Verdict: 8.0" Good for newcomers and perfect for returning fans, “God of War” is shaping up to be a treat.

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8
Gotham City Monsters #1

Sep 12, 2019

A very good introduction to the monstrous side of the DC universe and how it is a relatively different issue from the mundane and mystical elements that permeate much of the comics otherwise.

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8.5
Green Arrow (2016) #19

Mar 17, 2017

Excellent case study of the fall and rise of the Oliver Queen-Roy Harper relationship.

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7
Green Arrow (2016) #32

Oct 9, 2017

Though it has some problems with using certain villains, "Green Arrow" #32 provides a well-drawn, rather well written finale to the 'Gotham Resistance' sidestory to 'Dark Nights: Metal.'

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7.5
Green Lanterns #27

Jul 24, 2017

A beautifully drawn and colored issue, albeit perhaps a bit too fast paced for its own good.

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7.5
Green Lanterns #47

May 21, 2018

With all of its myriad pieces, "Green Lanterns" #47 acts as a great way to pull together the 'Ghosts of the Past' arc in a fun, interesting way.

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9
Hack/Slash vs. Chaos! #1

Dec 7, 2018

Tim Seeley's return to "Hack/Slash" meshes very well with the Chaos! universe, aided by dynamic, detailed artwork and colors as it delves into comedy, friendship, betrayal, manipulation, and supernatural horror yet again in relatively equal measure, simultaneously acting as a good jumping-on point for newcomers.

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8.5
Hack/Slash vs. Chaos! #4

Apr 4, 2019

Though perhaps not quite as friendly to newcomers for fairly obvious reasons, the penultimate issue of "Hack/Slash vs. Chaos!" has a lot to offer with a plethora of different emotional beats.

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7.5
Hack/Slash: Resurrection #9

Jul 30, 2018

Cassie Hack's team-up with Vampirella continues with a fun vampire slaying story that has Hack/Slash's trademark, yet welcome, crass attitude, with an extra helping of humor and horror both.

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8.5
Hack/Slash: Resurrection #11

Sep 21, 2018

Moving away from necessary information from previous trips to Haverhill and more toward a general, fun vampire hunting tale in a modern day Weird West setting, 'Return to Haverhill' closes with excellent work by Howard, Celor, and Russell.

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7
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #32

Nov 10, 2017

Though lacking in some story consistency, the artwork of "Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps" #32 helps to keep it up to par with many of the other issues in the 'Dark Nights: Metal' event.

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6.5
Halo: Collateral Damage #1

Jun 8, 2018

Although the artwork is well done and the colors are appropriate, "Halo: Collateral Damage" #1 is definitely written for established fans, leaving little room for people to join in on the franchise.

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8
Halo: Lone Wolf #1

Jan 4, 2019

A good look at the post-war Halo universe that is welcoming for newcomers and utilizes a more patient pacing, "Halo: Lone Wolf" #1 is a good jumping on point for the franchise's comics.

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7
Halo: Rise of Atriox #1

Sep 1, 2017

Final Verdict: 7.0 " A gritty monster story told through the lens of a war, "Halo: Rise of Atriox" is an interesting introduction to the eponymous character, though with an odd perspective for an origin that does not provide much in the way of new information.

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9
Imaginary Fiends #1

Jun 7, 2019

Files and tales of imaginary friends or urban legends into a very compelling supernatural police procedural.

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7
Immortal Hulk #14

Mar 11, 2019

"Immortal Hulk" #14 noticeably struggles with current events in the Marvel Universe, but the pacing keeps up on the whole, leading to an enjoyable, though perhaps slightly less overwhelmingly amazing, start to its latest arc.

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6.5
Infamous Iron Man #5

Feb 27, 2017

Some interesting plot developments and good artwork at the expense of character consistency.

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7
Infinite Dark #2

Nov 19, 2018

The mystery deepens as the thriller aspects of "Infinite Dark" rise up in its second issue.

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7
Infinite Dark #6

May 13, 2019

Though the real-life parallels may disturb some readers, "Infinite Dark" continues to be an interesting read with a new, more personal focus to its science fiction horror setting.

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7
Infinity Wars: Arachknight #2

Dec 3, 2018

Interesting storytelling and intricate artwork merge with well-lain colors to make an intriguing story of the Spider-Man/Moon Knight merger for "Infinity Wars."

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6
Infinity Wars: Ghost Panther #1

Nov 26, 2018

Even the decent story provided by Jed MacKay cannot make up for the disjointed, bizarre artwork and colors in this first tale of the Ghost Panther.

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7
Infinity Wars: Infinity Warps #2

Dec 10, 2018

"Infinity Wars: Infinity Warps" #2 has its ups and downs, but on the whole seems to be a pretty good look at a variety of the Infinity Wars mash-ups.

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8.5
Injustice 2 Annual #1

Dec 1, 2017

Very well done, new take on an origin story, with a fun side story afterwards as a palette cleanser for those who may find the former too dark.

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8.5
Injustice 2 Annual #2

Nov 22, 2018

Final Verdict: 8.5" Tom Taylor's writing, combined with the expert artwork, colors, and lettering, creates a truly tragic tale to close out the “Injustice 2” comics.

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7.5
Injustice Vs. Masters of the Universe #4

Nov 5, 2018

Together, this creative team seems to be doing very well. While the battles could probably be held up a bit less and/or be overlooked in some cases instead of just showing a small portion, the overall effect of a fun crossover still works wondrously.

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6.5
Jeepers Creepers #4

Aug 16, 2018

The penultimate issue of "Jeepers Creepers" may provide a lot of information for dedicated readers, but a lack of much context for why certain things are important understandably makes new readership very difficult as it leads into its conclusion.

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6
Jessica Jones #10

Jul 10, 2017

An immaturely-written story that nonetheless has interesting artwork.

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9
Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity #1

Oct 11, 2019

Far from the typical take on the mad love relationship, "Criminal Sanity" promises quite a lot of terror for crime show fans.

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7.5
Justice League (2016) #33

Nov 17, 2017

Well drawn, 'Bats out of Hell' comes to its conclusion with a bit of a bumpy, yet markedly improved final issue.

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8
Justice League (2018) #3

Jul 6, 2018

Final Verdict: 8.0" Wacky and intense, but capable of explaining itself admirably well, “Justice League” #3 continues to show the best of this creative team.

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8
Justice League Dark (2018) #1

Jul 26, 2018

Final Verdict: 8.0" With a well-done introduction to the latest incarnation of a mystical Justice League, “Justice League Dark” #1 definitely carries on from the well-done introduction to the new League since “Dark Nights: Metal” and “Justice League: No Justice.”

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8
Justice League Dark (2018) #11

May 27, 2019

A dual narrative merges with continually well-done artwork and colors to make for a very good showing in the latest part of 'The Lords of Order.'

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7
Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #4

Jan 16, 2017

Highly entertaining with brain over brawn, though some conflicts are problematic.

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7
Justice League: No Justice #3

May 24, 2018

A perhaps too-fast story with beautiful artwork and even better coloring.

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5.5
Justice League: Odyssey #7

Apr 1, 2019

Mostly decent artwork fails to save a by-the-numbers, out of character tale in "Justice League Odyssey" #7.

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8
Justice League: Odyssey #12

Aug 19, 2019

Darkseid is, and the story of the Justice League Odyssey has truly hit its stride for moving forward.

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6.8
Killers #1

Aug 1, 2019

While somewhat interesting on the surface, there isn't really much to explain why readers should care about the eponymous characters of the "Killers" miniseries.

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8.5
Killmonger (2018) #4

Feb 11, 2019

Bryan Hill's shift from peaceful times to brutal, horrific action plays perfectly off of Juan and Eduardo Ferreyra's artwork in this penultimate issue to the story of the rise of Erik Killmonger.

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7.8
King Thor #2

Oct 25, 2019

The final pieces of this tale of gods and men are coming to fruition, but newcomers are likely to be left behind with at least some confusion.

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8
Kingpin (2017) #1

Feb 13, 2017

Interesting jumping-on point for those wishing to see into the complexities of a criminal boss in the Marvel universe.

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6.5
Last Stop on the Red Line #2

Jun 20, 2019

Final Verdict: 6.5" While the story and artwork of “Last Stop on the Red Line” #2 are interesting in theory, a lack of any real context for what is going on hinders any attempts by new readers to jump in.

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8
Lazarus #27

Apr 20, 2018

Final Verdict: 8.0" Serving as both a recap of important events and a way to develop an important character and faction, “Lazarus” #27 is a good way to reenter this series.

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9
Lazarus: Risen #1

Mar 21, 2019

Final Verdict: 9.0" With a myriad representation of various forms of media and a good use of summary, “Lazarus: Risen” #1 flourishes in its new prestige format.

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7.5
Lazarus: Sourcebook #2

May 12, 2017

A very interesting take on the more overtly villainous faction of the two main families in conflict, the second "Lazarus" sourcebook seems that it would do well with a little more artwork, even in the form of portraits of important figures, to space out the writing, give a more comprehensive look at technologies, and make it easier on the eyes of comic readers.

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6.5
Lazarus: Sourcebook #3

Feb 23, 2018

Lopsided handling of information makes for a difficult book to read a rising faction.

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8.5
Lazarus: X+66 #1

Jul 21, 2017

Very interesting look into the rough and tumble world of the Carlyle special forces' training.

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7.5
Lazarus: X+66 #4

Nov 6, 2017

With a familiar, yet not unwelcome plot and interesting new additions to an existing art style, "Lazarus X+66" #4 shines through the focus characters' night mission.

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8.5
Lois Lane (2019) #1

Jul 4, 2019

Both very timely and written in a way to still be hypothetically understandable in later eras, the start of 'Enemy of the People' is doing great.

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9
Magdalena (2017) #1

Mar 24, 2017

Very well constructed reintroduction to the Magdalena for a new era.

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8
Mall (2019) #1

Aug 29, 2019

Vault Comics' latest series is definitely a mall-bound hellscape worth checking out.

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5.5
Man-Eaters #3

Nov 29, 2018

Kate Niemczyk and Rachelle Rosenberg's pencils and colors, while well done, cannot save "Man-Eaters" #3 from being utterly immersion-breaking on a wide variety of levels.

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7.5
Man-Thing (2017) #2

Apr 3, 2017

An old-fashioned ghost story mixed with action and mystery, "Man-Thing" provides a lot of fun but with a fairly predictable plot structure.

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7
Mass Effect: Discovery #1

May 29, 2017

Intriguing introduction to the story, but nothing earth-shattering from the perspective of those knowledgeable about the Mass Effect franchise nor those without that information.

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9
Mister Miracle #7

Mar 15, 2018

Final Verdict: 9.0" A fantastic continuation of the King/Gerads run that shows a story does not have to be cosmic in scope to be both mundane and divine.

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8
Monstress #18

Jul 16, 2018

"Monstress" finishes off its third arc with a bang as it falls to readers to wait until the coming winter for more.

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7.5
Moon Knight (2016) #14

Jun 5, 2017

A well-drawn, well-written conclusion to over this run of "Moon Knight."

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7.8
Morbius (2019) #1

Nov 18, 2019

With mystery and an interesting point of view, "Morbius" #1 brings this scientific vampire to life.

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7.5
Mother Panic #9

Jul 31, 2017

A dark, gritty, engrossing look at a relatively simple catch-a-killer plot that demonstrates some of the protagonist's capabilities for new readers.

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7
New Challengers (2018) #2

Jun 25, 2018

A weird and fun book, "New Challengers" #2 keeps up the series mystery going thus far.

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7
New Challengers (2018) #5

Sep 24, 2018

An interesting story with well-done artwork and colors, though perhaps held back a bit by the necessity to understand prior continuity.

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7
Nightwing (2016) #29

Sep 25, 2017

Fun yet simple, "Nightwing" #29 helps to increase the threat level for the 'Gotham Resistance' crossover, but has some difficulties with actually physically portraying those events.

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8.5
Nomen Omen #1

Oct 3, 2019

A fascinating story and gorgeous artwork await in this newest tale of a dark urban fantasy.

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8
Once & Future #3

Oct 21, 2019

As the night gathers, the knights also gather in yet another phenomenal installment to this Arthurian tale.

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7
Penny Dreadful (2017) #1

Apr 10, 2017

An intriguing continuation of the supernatural gothic drama famous in Penny Dreadful for fans, but lacks significant information for newcomers to the series.

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6.5
Penny Dreadful (2017) #8

Jan 5, 2018

While "Penny Dreadful" seems to have finally given time to bring in a new audience, it suffers from significant pacing problems.

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6.5
Penny Dreadful (2017) #11

Aug 31, 2018

handled story that is nonetheless held back significantly by the weight of its own continuity across two different forms of media.

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8
Pestilence #1

Apr 4, 2017

Excellent introduction to a tale of medieval undead hunting that does well at introducing its principal characters.

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8
Pestilence #5

Nov 13, 2017

Well-written and disturbingly illustrated, "Pestilence" #5 keeps up the pace to stay ahead of its shamblers.

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8
Pestilence: A Story of Satan #1

Jun 1, 2018

A very disturbing reintroduction to the world of "Pestilence" shows that 'A Story of Satan' is definitely on the right track.

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7
Punisher (2018) #3

Oct 29, 2018

While the focus on the Punisher himself does take a little bit away from the uniqueness of the series as a borderline horror, Matthew Rosenberg works together seamlessly with Szymon Kudranski and Antonio Fabela to continue the excellent storytelling on 'World War Frank.'

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7
Red Goblin: Red Death #1

Nov 4, 2019

This anthology may be going back a few months in history, but it is by no means "back to formula."

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8
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #26

Sep 17, 2018

Aside from some awkward word choice, the 'Outlaw' arc is off to a great start, an interesting jumping-on point for fans of the classic Red Hood.

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8.5
Red Sonja (2019) #4

May 4, 2019

A slower pace forward helps to expand "Red Sonja" into its fourth issue.

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8
Romulus #4

Jun 2, 2017

The near-trademark well-written fight scenes continue, and the story ramps up, but some elements leave questions as to how the Ancient Order of Romulus actually works hierarchically.

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7.8
Samaritan: Veritas #2

Jul 7, 2017

A rather controversial, yet interesting look into the developing story of the Samaritan hacker, but could use a bit more nuance on the side of the antagonists.

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7.8
Secret Warps: Iron Hammer Annual #1

Aug 5, 2019

Two very entertaining tales about the Warp World come together for this journey into suspense.

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8.5
Shatterstar #1

Oct 4, 2018

Tim Seeley joins forces with two illustrators and a colorist to create a fascinating look in on the mind of a Mojoworld refugee's experience with relative normalcy.

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7.5
Sonic The Hedgehog (2018) #17

May 23, 2019

Showing heart in a mindless plague, "Sonic the Hedgehog" #17 continues to show what a creative team intimately familiar with a property can accomplish.

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8.5
Spider-Man: City At War #2

Apr 22, 2019

A very well done adaptation of the hit Insomniac Games video game that makes use of an alternative viewpoint to great effect.

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8
Spider-Man: Velocity #1

Sep 2, 2019

The continuation of the adventures in Earth-1048 is off to an amazing start blessed with the spectacular.

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7
Star Wars (2014) #31

May 22, 2017

An interesting ensemble piece that brings together the clashing personalities of the casts from both "Star Wars" and "Doctor Aphra" very well without showing too much preference toward either side.

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8
Star Wars Adventures: Flight of the Falcon #

May 6, 2019

"Flight of the Falcon" delivers a lighthearted story that simultaneously acts as a fitting tribute to Peter Mayhew's famous Wookie.

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7.5
Star Wars: Darth Maul #3

Apr 28, 2017

An interesting study of Darth Maul, mixing him up with a cadre of villains and a single heroine.

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8
Star Wars: Darth Vader (2017) #1

Jun 9, 2017

Final Verdict: 8.0 " With a feeling of looming dread, Charles Soule and Giuseppe Camuncoli provide an interesting view into the life of a newly corrupted Sith apprentice, giving a look at Darth Vader that the audience seldom is afforded.

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8
Star Wars: Darth Vader (2017) #10

Jan 12, 2018

A good Star Wars story conclusion that, while predictable on some level, remains well-written and artistically assembled on the page.

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8
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #3

Jan 23, 2017

Engrossing father-daughter conflict amidst ruins.

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7.5
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #24

Oct 1, 2018

'The Catastrophe Con' nears its conclusion with a fun plot, but the artwork doesn't seem to quite match its tone.

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4.5
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #33

Jun 24, 2019

For an issue devoted to an 'Unspeakable Rebel Superweapon,' there seems to be quite a lot of speaking" and about things, including said superweapon, that logically aren't that new as concepts in the first place.

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7.5
Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order - Dark Temple #3

Oct 14, 2019

The prelude to Fallen Order shows promise, though perhaps with a bit of odd artwork.

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7.5
Star Wars: Tie Fighter #2

May 20, 2019

Through writing, artwork, and colors, "Star Wars: TIE Fighter" #2 gives a view into a very sympathetic portrayal of Imperial pilots without requiring us to feel worse about the rebellion.

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8
Stranger Things #2

Nov 1, 2018

"Stranger Things" #2 is a creepy ride, but doesn't leave those who don't watch the show of Stranger Things behind.

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7
Suicide Squad (2016) #26

Oct 2, 2017

A fast-paced, dynamic tale that nonetheless provides sobering insight and development for some of the characters involved.

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7.5
Super Sons #3

Apr 21, 2017

Interesting villain origin, albeit with some possible narrative confusion.

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8
Supergirl (2016) #10

Jun 16, 2017

A fun issue with talk of the mechanics of the Phantom Zone, along with ample use of the abilities of all involved.

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6.5
Supergirl (2016) #36

Nov 25, 2019

Despite the artwork and colors lifting up the story, "Supergirl" suffers from extreme logical inconsistencies toward the story it is attempting to tie into, breaking immersion in the process.

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8.5
Superman (2016) #18

Mar 6, 2017

Excellent characterization and artwork that shifts between happily warm and utterly cold, but may require reading other "DC Rebirth" issues to understand parts.

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7.5
Superman (2016) #36

Dec 8, 2017

Final Verdict: 7.5" A pretty good conclusion to the 'Imperius Lex' arc, albeit with some distracting faces and some taint from knowledge of previous attempts to change Apokolips.

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7
Superwoman #15

Oct 16, 2017

A good start to a new arc, albeit a little slow for incoming readers.

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8.5
Tales From The Dark Multiverse: Batman: Knightfall #1

Oct 17, 2019

Storytelling across writing, artwork, and colors all mesh together into a well-crafted whole.

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7.5
Teen Titans (2016) #12

Sep 18, 2017

A well-written tie-in, "Teen Titans" #12 begins showing the depravity of the Batman Who Laughs, but seems more like a Robin story than a Teen Titans story.

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4.5
Tekken #2

Jun 19, 2017

A well-drawn, but poorly written fight comic that leaves much to be desired in terms of characterizations.

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8.5
Thanos (2019) #1

Apr 25, 2019

By looking backward, "Thanos" #1 manages a disturbing new look at the eponymous Mad Titan through script and images both.

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8.5
The Batman Who Laughs (2018) #2

Jan 17, 2019

Continuing the phenomenal first issue, Scott Snyder, Jock, David Baron, and Sal Cipriano have a definite winner on their hands so far with "The Batman Who Laughs" and its psychological, horrific thriller atmosphere and storytelling.

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8
The Crow: Hack/Slash #1

Jun 27, 2019

Though perhaps not as comedic and callback-heavy as "Hack/Slash vs. Chaos!" #1, "The Crow: Hack/Slash" #1 shows that this creative team is an excellent fit for the horror crossover.

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8
The Crow: Hack/Slash #1

Jun 27, 2019

Though perhaps not as comedic and callback-heavy as "Hack/Slash vs. Chaos!" #1, "The Crow: Hack/Slash" #1 shows that this creative team is an excellent fit for the horror crossover.

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7.5
The Curse of Brimstone #1

Apr 6, 2018

Though derivative on the surface, "The Curse of Brimstone" brings together fantastic artwork and colors with a heart-wrenchingly real mundane story to create a memorable experience.

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8
The Curse of Brimstone #5

Aug 6, 2018

"The Curse of Brimstone" takes a step away from the more overt Ghost Rider comparisons with a truly disturbing story befitting its nature as the horror book of the "New Age of Heroes" initiative.

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8
The Curse of Brimstone Annual #1

Jan 28, 2019

A variety of moods and interesting stories flow through this interlude of sorts for "The Curse of Brimstone."

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7.5
The Evil Within (2017) #2

Oct 13, 2017

in both in writing and artwork, but perhaps not easily accessible to those who are not previously interested in and familiar with the game to which it is connected.

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8
The Forgotten Queen #2

Mar 29, 2019

Violent passion drives "The Forgotten Queen" #2 into a continuing interesting story about the earlier days of Vexana.

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8
The Freeze #2

Jan 10, 2019

Diving straight into its new world but still bringing along enough for new readers, "The Freeze" #2 continues to develop its relatively empty post-apocalypse very well.

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7.5
The Immortal Men #4

Jul 12, 2018

Final Verdict: 7.5" A great story with many different elements combines with dynamic artwork, but perhaps could do with a bit more focus at times.

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8.5
The Infected: King Shazam #1

Nov 8, 2019

The horror of "The Infected" ramps up considerably from the Batman Who Laughs's earlier plots, showing what this new Secret Six can become as the wost case scenario continues on.

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8
The Last God (2019) #2

Dec 2, 2019

Eldritch horrors and uncomfortable truths come together in a thoroughly engrossing second chapter to "The Last God."

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8.8
The Plot #1

Aug 14, 2019

When it comes to "The Plot," it's fair to say we're willing to give quite a lot for this first taste of the "Nightfall" line.

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8
The Raid (2018) #1

Aug 2, 2018

A brutal fight comic with interesting colors and a relatively simple story, "The Raid" #1 is interesting and newcomer-friendly.

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7.5
The Unexpected (2018) #6

Nov 8, 2018

Despite some narrative problems on pacing, "The Unexpected" #6 continues the series' interesting storytelling while allowing new readers in.

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7.5
The Walking Dead #164

Feb 20, 2017

Interesting insight into Negan's internal turmoil and Carl's growing maturity, but lacking in much plot movement.

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8
The Walking Dead #167

May 5, 2017

In spite of the sheer quantity of death that occurs in this series, Robert Kirkman manages to create a slow-burn demise that can easily bring tears to the eyes of fans.

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7
The Walking Dead #178

Apr 9, 2018

A good issue that deals heavily with character relationships, "The Walking Dead" #178 helps set the stage for storylines to come.

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7
The Walking Dead #184

Oct 8, 2018

Though lacking in any and all of the actual eponymous undead, "The Walking Dead" #184 seems to be heading in an interesting direction, albeit at a very slow pace.

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8.8
The Walking Dead #192

Jun 10, 2019

A truly tragic end to a beloved character pays off because of, not in spite of, its own anti-climax. Not every hero has their grand finale, especially not in "The Walking Dead."

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3
The Walking Dead #193

Jul 3, 2019

Is any of this curtain call good? To paraphrase another negatively-received finale in 2019, ask us again in ten years. Or rather, don't.

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6.5
Tom Clancy's The Division: Extremis Malis #2

Feb 18, 2019

Not a bad effort, but perhaps the wrong scope and emotional feel for a The Division tie-in, "Extremis Malis" is carried primarily by its colors where it does work well.

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8.5
Tomb Raider: Inferno #1

Jun 14, 2018

in to this story arc that gives plenty of room for newcomers.

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8.5
Tomb Raider: Inferno #3

Aug 9, 2018

onward continuity enough to make entry into this issue be difficult for any newcomers, "Tomb Raider: Inferno" #3 manages to shine through with a phenomenal emotional breakthrough alongside thoroughly intriguing artwork, colors, and lettering.

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8.5
Tomb Raider: Survivor's Crusade #1

Nov 24, 2017

A very good opening to continue the "Tomb Raider" comics.

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8.5
Tomb Raider: Survivor's Crusade #3

Feb 12, 2018

After a heartbreaking previous issue, "Tomb Raider: Survivor's Crusade" #3 is a very well-done character study of Lara Croft herself.

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8
Tomb Raider: Survivor's Crusade #4

Apr 16, 2018

An interesting finale to the "Survivor's Crusade" arc that takes the perspective of its villains.

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6.5
Tony Stark: Iron Man #3

Aug 20, 2018

While the story is fun and easily accessible and the artwork reminiscent of early works, overly colloquial tone and at times overly harsh colors take away from "Tony Stark: Iron Man" #3

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8.5
Triage #1

Sep 5, 2019

Philip Sevy's dream project is off to a fantastic, fantastical start.

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8
U.S.Avengers #9

Aug 18, 2017

needed hope into the overall rather dark and dour storyline of Secret Empire.

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8
Valkyrie: Jane Foster #2

Aug 22, 2019

Drawing new life from the realms of death, Jane Foster is well on her way to a new era of greatness.

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7.5
Vampirella vs. Reanimator #2

Feb 8, 2019

Final Verdict: 7.5" While Mictecacihuatl is a relatively clich villain, the story of two opposing franchises continues nonetheless with very interesting developments through the use of a villain's overall perspective.

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8
Venom (2018) #7

Oct 15, 2018

'The Abyss' begins on a subdued, but interesting note, looking into more of an overall ominous and cerebral feeling than the high-flying action of the previous work.

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6.5
Warframe #2

Nov 27, 2017

While the charcterizations of the characters from the original game Warframe leave a lot to be desired, the use of the new, original ones helps to somewhat make up for it, and the artwork remains very good.

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7.5
Warframe #4

Apr 23, 2018

A fun action story with more focus on the action and interpersonal characterization than anything that requires game lore knowledge.

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6
Warhammer 40,000: Deathwatch #1

May 10, 2018

Final Verdict: 6.0" A story that may lean too heavily into clich or established knowledge still manages to keep interest for those who do not have a running interest in the Warhammer 40,000 franchise by way of well-done art and an easy-to-follow structure.

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8.5
Wasted Space #6

Jan 22, 2019

“Wasted Space” #6 will be available on January 30th from Vault Comics

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8.5
Wasted Space #9

May 9, 2019

Presenting apathy and asociality as a possible means for a chosen hero to alter a system, "Wasted Space" #9 paves a bold and interesting way forward.

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7
Watch Dogs #2

Aug 15, 2019

Despite some difficulties in the translation of lettering across languages, the second issue of "Watch_Dogs" provides an intriguing story for newcomers and returning readers alike.

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6.5
Weapon H #9

Oct 22, 2018

Despite some interesting colors, pretty good artwork, and theoretically thought-provoking moral grays, "Weapon H" suffers from somewhat formulaic storytelling and some bizarre choices in the use of the powers given to the eponymous character.

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7.8
Web Of Venom: Funeral Pyre #1

Jul 25, 2019

Embracing horror while allowing newer readers to be reminded of who Andi Benton is, "Web of Venom: Funeral Pyre" acts as a fitting prelude to the "Absolute Carnage" horror crossover.

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8.5
Web Of Venom: Ve'Nam #1

Sep 3, 2018

A phenomenal tale of horror, conspiracy, and alien biology that serves as an origin story for a key character in Donny Cates's "Venom" run.

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7
Web Of Venom: Venom Unleashed #1

Jan 14, 2019

While there isn't much in the way of further development and the story is not especially newcomer friendly, the creative team on "Web of Venom: Venom Unleashed" provides readers with a good interlude to bridge the two ongoing story arcs of the primary "Venom" series.

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8.5
Witchblade (2017) #3

Feb 8, 2018

More compressed storytelling allows for "Witchblade" #3 to truly shine through its horrors.

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7.5
Witchblade (2017) #7

Aug 23, 2018

"Witchblade" returns with a dangerous, welcome, more humanoid focus.

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7
Witchblade (2017) #11

Jan 31, 2019

'Good Intentions' drives ahead, but perhaps could use some slightly more precise facial modeling on the artwork side of things.

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8
Witcher: Of Flesh and Flame #4

Apr 8, 2019

"The Witcher: Of Flesh and Flame" #4 concludes another tale in its ongoing saga with enough room for newcomers to jump in without feeling too lost.

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8
Wolfenstein #1

Sep 14, 2017

"Wolfenstein" #1 gives a good look into the world of Wolfenstein, providing some classic action along with a hefty dose of spy fiction and the series' wacky superscience.

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7
Wonder Woman (2016) #33

Oct 30, 2017

A well-done summary of the villainous side of the 'Children of the Gods' arc, with a hefty dose of situational black comedy.

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7
Wonder Woman (2016) #41

Mar 5, 2018

Though something of an interlude to lead into the meat of 'Amazons Attacked,' "Wonder Woman" #41 nonetheless helps bring out all of the major pieces to move things in a consistent direction.

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7.5
Wonder Woman (2016) #47

May 28, 2018

The 'Dark Gods' arc continues to pick up, with dynamic artwork and well-handled exposition that leaves some information for readers to infer.

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8
Wonder Woman (2016) #56

Oct 12, 2018

A very well told continuation of the 'The Witching Hour' crossover, but perhaps not much of a "Wonder Woman" story in and of itself.

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7
Wonder Woman (2016) #61

Jan 7, 2019

While G. Willow Wilson's script is as intriguing as ever, the artwork and colors of Xermanico and Fajardo truly shine in this installment to "Wonder Woman."

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7
X-23 (2018) #4

Sep 14, 2018

Concentrating on the Stepford Cuckoos' side of the story, "X-23" #4 keeps reader attention and interest through a different lens.

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8
Year of the Villain: Ocean Master #1

Dec 12, 2019

Diving deep into the depths, the tale of Ocean Master provides a beautiful story of his continued fall from internal peace.

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8.8
Year of the Villain: Lex Luthor #1

Sep 23, 2019

Monstrosity and tragedy insidiously slither through this holistic one-shot to intertwine at the heart of what it means to be "only Luthor."

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