Gregory Ellner's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Multiversity Comics Reviews: 115
7.5Avg. Review Rating

8.0
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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7.0
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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7.0
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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8.0
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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7.0
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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8.0
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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7.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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7.0
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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7.0
Atomic Robo: Spectre of Tomorrow #5

Mar 12, 2018

A satisfactory conclusion, but with some weird linework.

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8.0
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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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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8.0
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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6.0
Batwoman (2017) #8

Oct 23, 2017

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

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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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7.0
Black Panther (2016) #16

Jul 28, 2017

repetition of dialogue.

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8.0
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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7.0
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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7.5
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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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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8.0
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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7.5
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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7.0
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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8.0
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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7.0
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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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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8.0
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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8.0
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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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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7.5
Flash (2016) #19

Mar 27, 2017

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

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8.0
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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8.0
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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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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8.5
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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7.0
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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7.0
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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7.0
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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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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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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6.0
Jessica Jones #10

Jul 10, 2017

An immaturely-written story that nonetheless has interesting artwork.

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8.0
Jonah Hex/Yosemite Sam Special #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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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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7.0
Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #4

Jan 16, 2017

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

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7.0
Justice League: No Justice #3

May 24, 2018

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

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8.0
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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8.0
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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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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9.0
Magdalena (2017) #1

Mar 24, 2017

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

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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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7.0
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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9.0
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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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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7.5
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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7.0
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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7.0
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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7.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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7.0
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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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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8.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #3

Jan 23, 2017

Engrossing father-daughter conflict amidst ruins.

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7.0
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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8.0
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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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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7.0
Superwoman #15

Oct 16, 2017

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

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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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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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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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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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8.0
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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7.0
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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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: 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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8.0
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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8.0
U.S.Avengers #9

Aug 18, 2017

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

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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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6.0
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
Witchblade (2017) #3

Feb 8, 2018

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

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8.0
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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7.0
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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7.0
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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8.7
Wonder Woman/Tasmanian Devil Special #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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