Hank Rea's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Lotusland Comics Reviews: 214
8.4Avg. Review Rating

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A Thing Called Truth #1

Nov 5, 2021

Issue one is really about setting up the plot and the circumstances that will take Dr. Traumer out of her comfort zone with what looks like a zany globe-trotting adventure with a beautiful stranger. It's a roller coaster of emotion as we see the good doctor's life turned upside-down. Zanfardino and Romboli have created another charming and exciting series that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. This talented duo has another irresistible hit on their hands. 

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A Thing Called Truth #2

Dec 9, 2021

'A Thing Called Truth' is another homerun for the dynamic duo of Zanfardino and Romboli. Issue two introduces us to Dr. Mag's "kidnapper" in Dorian and she's the perfect foil for the high-strung scientist. Funny and melancholy, 'A Thing Called Truth' taps into some emotional depth with a burgeoning sense of hope and joy. We could always use more of that. 

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A Thing Called Truth #3

Jan 9, 2022

'A Thing Called Truth' #3 continues a life-affirming road trip full of awkward moments, beautiful sights, and an unlikely friendship. Dr. Mag begins to open up to Dorian and get out of her comfort zone as the two grow closer in Rome. One of the few romantic comedies in comics, 'Truth' balances comedy with genuine emotion in a delightful buddy road trip that sparkles. 

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A Thing Called Truth #4

Feb 2, 2022

'A Thing Called Truth' chugs along with a zest for life as our two heroines let loose in Madrid and Paris. They draw closer as their journey takes them to new locales and experiences. It's a feel-good buddy road trip with a lot of depth that balances joyous escapades with pathos. 

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A Thing Called Truth #5

Mar 10, 2022

'A Thing Called Truth' has been a breath of fresh air in comics with this heartfelt, funny, and charming romantic misadventure.

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Alice in Leatherland #1

Apr 23, 2021

'Alice in Leatherland' #1 is a bittersweet comedy that is completely irresistible. The charming story with delightful art is the perfect combination. This an intoxicating romantic comedy that's inclusive and relatable full of charm and emotion. I can't recommend 'Alice in Leatherland' enough. 

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Alice in Leatherland #3

Jun 10, 2021

'Alice in Leatherland' continues to be a delight. Dare I say it's the 'Ted Lasso' of sexy, funny, gay, rom-coms. The sweet-natured Alice is finding her way amid heartbreak, new friends, and a potential new romance. This is 'Sex and the City' if Carrie Bradshaw was likable, young, queer, and black. It's such a charming and wholesome read. 

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Alice in Leatherland #5

Sep 1, 2021

'Alice in Leatherland' #5 forces us to say goodbye to Alice as she finds her happy ending. This is the kind of feel-good romantic comedy you want to cherish, buy the trades, and share with friends. In a time of fear and uncertainty in the real world, comics like this offer us hope, allow us to swoon or cringe, but most of all remind us of the power of love for others and ourselves.  

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Archer & Armstrong Forever #1

May 23, 2022

It's a great starting point and continued journey for these beloved characters that Steve Foxe handles with great care allowing each to shine with their distinctive personalities. The controlled chaos and gags pay off making this an enjoyable silly ride. Archer & Armstrong is back on their BS again and not a moment too soon. Comics need some superhero shenanigans and A&A is here to save the day.

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Astonishing Times #1

Jul 29, 2021

'Astonishing Times' #1 is a great first issue that establishes a familiar but fresh world of heroes with plenty of secrets to be discovered. It's an engrossing read with a likable lead character who gets caught up in something dangerous and mysterious. It's a love letter to the medium of comics and 'Astonishing Times' is showing what makes this form of storytelling so addictive and fun. 

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Astonishing Times #2

Sep 3, 2021

'Astonishing Times' #2 delves deeper into the investigation revolving around the questionable death of a superhero. Kokin emerges as a badass vigilante with hi-tech toys still capable of kicking butt while Noah reconciles living in his dad's shadow. The mystery series is building into a can't-miss comic and one of Comixology's best Originals. 

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Astonishing Times #3

Sep 29, 2021

'Astonishing Times' #3 gives us more superhero drama as Infinite is introduced to Kokin's chagrin. The world-building of this ambitious and absorbing story of heroes is deliberate and increasingly thrilling. It's coming together and the players are being established. It makes for a rewarding read of a series coming into its own.

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Barbaric #1

Jun 29, 2021

Our early look at 'Barbaric' made it clear it was one of 2021's best new series. The hype as they say is real. This stunning debut blends adventurous fun fantasy elements with artistry that elevates it to the top of the medium. 'Barbaric' is irresistibly fun. This will be your new comic book obsession. 

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Barbaric #2

Jul 28, 2021

'Barbaric' #2 shifts gear a little to flesh out Soren's story with some flashbacks. The action and humor remain as this motley crew faces a terrifying supernatural threat. It's all wrapped in first-rate art with a giant cliffhanger for good measure. This year's biggest debut keeps up the momentum with a stellar follow-up. 

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Barbaric #3

Aug 25, 2021

'Barbaric' #3 ends the first arc far too soon but it's a satisfying, mind-blowing good time that leaves readers clamoring for more adventures with Owen and the gang. It reads like the third act of an epic blockbuster film where nothing is held back and it's just one chaotic smorgasbord of blood and guts. One of this year's biggest new titles will go on hiatus but what a way to go out.

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Beorn: The Littlest Viking Saga #1

May 10, 2022

'Beorn: The Littlest Viking Saga' is a joy to read with fun cartoony visuals and action to match the spunky little Viking's ambitions. This is an all-ages comic genuinely made for all ages to enjoy with a worthy adventure and an endearing quality. It's hard to find fault in such a sweet and entertaining issue, one that's guaranteed to delight readers.  

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Black Beacon #1

Jul 30, 2021

'Black Beacon' #1 is a charming and engaging sci-fi story about two characters at different points in their lives, one is disillusioned with the world around him and the other seeks to explore the unknowns of the same world. Both are on this journey of discovery, of each other and themselves, in a land of broken promises. It looks like nothing you've seen before and you will fall under its spell. 

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Black Mass Rising OGN

Jun 29, 2022

'Black Mass Rising' is an exciting and absorbing tale of horror. A layered and fresh vampire tale that's beautifully rendered and an unnerving read. Dracula has returned in excellent fashion.

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Black's Myth #1

Jul 9, 2021

Wendell Cavalcanti creates some cool character designs from Strummer's punk rock style to Ben's chill laid-back attire. The action is sparse but well choreographed. Cavalcanti's thick lines put the emphasis on the foreground characters and shading helps fill out backgrounds. Overall, 'Black's Myth' is a cool confident L.A. mystery filled with intrigue and supernatural action. It's one of this week's recommendations and that cliffhanger will have you back next month. 

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Black's Myth #2

Aug 12, 2021

Strummer makes a deal with Black in a surprising investigation that takes on mythical proportions. 'Black's Myth' #2 gets to the heart of the case with an even better issue than the first. It sets the tone and pace for what is becoming an entertaining and delightful new detective series. I can't recommend this series more. 

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Black's Myth #3

Sep 20, 2021

'Black's Myth' #3 is an interesting step back for our heroes, a giant L in the face of an investigation that has led to a brick wall. Palicki is testing Strummer's resolve as things get murkier. This is part of the case that's begging for a breakthrough so we anticipate the next issue to be a gamechanger. It's still an entertaining mystery series with some creative and unique supernatural touches.

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Black's Myth #4

Oct 21, 2021

Strummer reaches her lowest point as her case has unraveled. She's in grave danger and it's up to her friends to help save her. Some big turns occur leading up to the final issue where everything will be revealed.

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Black's Myth #5

Dec 1, 2021

'Black's Myth' has been a fun and snappy supernatural crime mystery that charms with great characters. Even though the conclusion isn't entirely shocking, the series sparkles because of its writing and holds a lot of potential for more stories. 

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Blood Stained Teeth #1

Apr 27, 2022

'Blood Stained Teeth' revitalizes vampire lore with a slick, gritty, neon-soaked descent into a modern-day underworld. Led by the defiant entrepreneurial Atticus Sloane, this power struggle between generations of vampires reveals an organized crime-family style of drama that crackles from dialogue to visuals. Be sure to pick this one up. 

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Break Out #1

Apr 15, 2022

'Break Out' is poised to be an exciting throwback to the time of 'War Games,' 'Hackers,' and 'Red Dawn,' when teens were tasked to save the world in a thrilling adventure. Kaplan treats his characters with intelligence while Santos and Wordie bring it all to vivid life. This is off to a great start, a modern-day sci-fi story and an impossible rescue mission that promises to be a thrill. 

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Break Out #2

May 23, 2022

'Break Out' continues to build one of the wildest and hardest heists in science fiction. Kaplan raises the bar with a near-impossible mission but keeps things moving with inner team hope and then crisis. Issue two is chockful of development and wastes no time getting to the task at hand. Precisely and thoughtfully illustrated by Santos and Wordie, 'Break Out' is the perfect sci-fi heist comic for discerning readers. I need to see how this ends. 

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Clear (2021) #1

Oct 13, 2021

'Clear' #1 is a fantastic new neo-noir mystery thriller. Snyder takes the tried and true story of a hardboiled detective caught up in a murder mystery and sets it in a moody neon-soaked future. It's a comfortable beginning with familiar plotting but you should come for Snyder's writing but stay for Manapul's brilliant art.  It's a master class. 

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Clear (2021) #2

Nov 17, 2021

'Clear' #2 adds some backstory, some world-building, and some sleuthing but comes across as too safe and mundane. The art is still extraordinary in this very much ordinary chapter. However, even a "bad" issue by Scott Snyder is still better than most comics on the shelf. We anticipate things to turn around in the next issue with the same excitement and energy that the first issue produced.   

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Cold Iron #1

May 16, 2022

'Cold Iron' is off to a good start. A likable lead, a unique environment, and an ancient unspeakable terror promise a fun horror series. 

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Compass #1

Jun 22, 2021

'Compass' #1 is an entertaining adventure series that might get overlooked but deserves a serious look and addition to any comic fan's pull list. 

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Compass #3

Aug 20, 2021

'Compass' continues to be an absorbing and exciting adventure series anchored by two fiercely smart women. It's creativity and surprises paired with fantastic visuals and designs makes this series an adventure of epic proportions that needs to be read. 

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Compass #4

Sep 15, 2021

'Compass' is a marvelous adventure series entering its penultimate issue with all the action you expect and the emotional weight you don't. Shahidah and Ling reunite and work together to take one of the greatest archeological treasures in human history. But it's their friendship that proves to be more valuable. Buy it for the adventure, enjoy it for the action, cherish it for the characters, and learn from its reference materials. One of the year's best and smartest new titles. 

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Corollary #1

Mar 30, 2022

'Corollary' #1 sets up a fun exciting adventure full of mysteries left to reveal with a charismatic leading character. The art is as playful and as sweet as cotton candy subverting any space story you've ever seen. Lighthearted and whimsical, 'Corollary' is a fun respite from the heaviness of the real world. It's a palette cleanser for our times. 

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Corollary #2

May 26, 2022

'Corollary' continues to build on a great sci-fi tale with more twists and background. Issue two is better than the first because the reader is more heavily invested in the characters as more is revealed. It's fun but with a lot on the line for Andromeda and Cass. Inventive and colorful, 'Corollary' is a solid monthly pull. Don't miss it. 

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Corollary #3

Jun 23, 2022

Rose cleverly and efficiently juggles the deception, the fallout, and the resolution. Just when you think the twins have driven themselves into a corner, they use their smarts to escape a worse fate. Rose and Ahmad have created a unique sci-fi experience with fantastical character designs and larger-than-life moments that really drive the plot. It's a satisfying adventure with likable leads and engaging action. 

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Count (Humanoids) #1

Mar 22, 2021

'Count' is beautifully put together with heart, passion, and expertise. Moustafa honors Alexandre Dumas' classic while creating a stunning sci-fi adventure that impresses at every turn. Swashbuckling action and heartfelt beats make this a satisfying graphic novel to get lost in. The previously Eisner-nominated Moustafa should expect another nomination to come his way.

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Dame from the Dark #1

Apr 5, 2021

'Dame from the Dark' is such a delightful funny noir-inspired story that I want a full graphic novel anthology of the adventures of Tommy and Eva. Not only that, I want a 10-episode season of a live-action adaptation on Netflix. The homage to wacky comedies and film noir from the films of the 1940s is perfectly used without being overdone. It's just a highly entertaining comic that adds to the quality of the TKO Studios library. 

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Destiny, NY #1

Apr 2, 2021

'Destiny, NY' #1 is a supersized launch for Black Mask Studios' first on-going series and it couldn't have gone better than this dazzling debut. It's romantic, emotional, funny, relatable, and entertaining with a supernatural undertone to boot. We need more of this type of character-driven storytelling in comics that broadens our emotional intelligence. It also happens to be a joy to read. 

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Destiny, NY #2

May 3, 2021

'Destiny, NY' continues to be a unique slice-of-life drama that feels raw yet ethereal. It's really about relationships that bind us and those that set us free. It often results in resentments and choices that aren't always the healthiest. The supernatural elements are beginning to come to the surface and promise to be a bigger part of the story but it's the interpersonal stories that make 'Destiny, NY' compelling.

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Dirtbag Rapture #1

Oct 7, 2021

'Dirtbag Rapture' #1 introduces one of the best characters in comics today with the brash and ballsy Kat. Burdened with the task of escorting the dead to the resting place of their choice, this stoner is about to find herself in the midst of a battle between angels and demons. It's not every day you read a more delightful supernatural comedy adventure with a more abrasive yet charming central character. Representation matters and this razor-sharp comic subverts expectations with wit, style, and magic.

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Dirtbag Rapture #2

Nov 5, 2021

'Dirtbag Rapture' is evolving, Kat's predicament caught between angels and demons gets serious all while dealing with ghosts who just want to get home. Hannah continues to be relentless in getting to Paris, demon cops and aggressive angels want to force Kat to decide which side she's on. It's all a little convoluted but Kat is still the star of this series and worth reading it for her alone. 

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Dirtbag Rapture #4

Jan 5, 2022

'Dirtbag Rapture' #4 has Kat fighting back as she's caught between two opposing agendas. Angels and demons are applying pressure and the only solution might be in her head this whole time. Quirky, funny, exciting, 'Dirtbag Rapture' continues to be a unique adventure that surprises every month. 

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Dirtbag Rapture #5

Feb 21, 2022

'Dirtbag Rapture' has been a joyride of biblical proportions led by one of the few Latina characters in comics who is endearing and relatable. This is one of those comics once collected that is worth buying for yourself and for friends. It's an unexpected gem that will entertain and make you feel good once it's all over. 

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Download (2021) #1

Dec 27, 2021

'Download' #1 is a charming and exciting new title from Red 5 that deserves a read. It's an aspirational new adventure mini-series that sets the stage for some fun sci-fi action. Issue one is a winner and should be on your radar.  

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Duplicant #1

Apr 15, 2021

'Duplicant' #1 offers a lot in a short time leaving room for more depth and character building. It's a great start to a fully-formed world that needs to be shaken up. It shows a lot of promise as a futuristic techno-thriller using relevant themes and potentially a great leading character. 

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Duplicant #2

Jun 30, 2021

'Duplicant' #2 is a dramatic and emotional continuation of this new medical thriller. Matt Travers steps into the spotlight to examine his devastation over a recipient's death and the factors that led to possible sabotage. It's a more thoughtful slow-burn approach that Nappi takes here that's refreshing because the story demands it. There's no escalation into action for the sake of it. Instead, we get to empathize with Travers and root for him. And as such, the reader is drawn further into the story. 

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Duplicant #3

Sep 25, 2021

'Duplicant' #3 escalates the battle between Regenerist and the cult with Travers caught in the middle. It's a tense thriller with a lot at stake and hardly anyone will walk away unscathed. Nappi finds greater focus on this third chapter creating a cliffhanger that propels the story forward. Each issue ups the drama and suspense leading to one riveting series. 

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Everfrost #1

Jun 7, 2021

'Everfrost' #1 is a smart, ambitious, sci-fi fantasy that hits the ground running. Lindsay plunges readers in the middle of a war as Val tries to escape the planet altogether. One talking monkey and the return of her dead son complicate things. All the elements are here for one immersive adventure told with confidence and style as the creative team knows where its going and want readers to come along. It's a trip worth taking.  

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Everfrost #2

Jul 16, 2021

'Everfrost' #2 gives us a deeper look at Van's relationships as she tries to get her son's DNA amid the war. The series is an engrossing sci-fi drama with a tough but vulnerable leading character. Things continue to escalate in resistance to the Warlords and Van may have just exasperated the situation. 'Everfrost' is just getting started and deserves a read. If you're a fan of Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, or The Expanse you'll appreciate this series. 

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Everfrost #3

Aug 24, 2021

'Everfrost' continues to surprise with action and pathos that hit new highs in issue three. Van's journey to confiscate her son's code from being cloned takes new twists that change things in unexpected ways. Lindsay and Kivela deliver an emotional but exciting new chapter in this unique sci-fi action thriller. 

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Everfrost #4

Oct 6, 2021

'Everfrost' #4 brings Van's journey full circle in shocking ways but also satisfying in terms of her finally finding peace. This is one of those sci-fi adventures that finds an emotional chord allowing for the character-work to do all the fireworks instead of bombastic action. Combined with Kivela and Affe, Lindsay has made 'Everfrost' a unique sci-fi experience that depends on brains and heart over excessive violent action. It's a meditation on loss and grief and to what lengths one will go to find eternal peace. 

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Frontiersman #1

Sep 23, 2021

'Frontiersman' #1 presents an ambitious and thoughtful launch of a new superhero story centered on a socially conscious Old Man Hero recruited to stand up for the environment once more. It's a beautifully realized and illustrated series by Ferrari and an audacious promise of greatness from Kindlon. The road to the "Best Superhero Comic on the Shelves" begins with issue one and so far shows a ton of promise and conviction.  

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Giga #3

Mar 31, 2021

'Giga' is a complex ecosystem unto itself. Despite the giant robots, the world Paknadel and L have created isn't that much different than our own messed up reality. It's Rome. It's Shakespeare. An Empire on the brink. It's tragic. Above all, 'Giga' is ambitious storytelling. 

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Gilt #1

Apr 8, 2022

'G.I.L.T' is a surprising and unassuming winner that shines the light on women of a certain age leading this genre-blending time travel story. 'And Just Like That' meets 'Quantum Leap' in a charming entertaining new series that defies expectations and draws readers in with great art and witty writing. 

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Godkiller: Tomorrow's Ashes #1

Jul 13, 2021

'Godkiller: Tomorrow's Ashes' #1 is a continuation of a unique apocalyptic sci-fi world where anything goes. Pizzolo and Muckcracker aren't bound by conventional rules we're used to so we get a bizarre trip through their imaginations that's both shocking and riveting. This is definitely for adults but it ain't for everybody. If 'Saga' toiled in the underbelly of a dystopian society full of grime and subjective morality you'd find 'Godkiller.' 

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Good Luck (2021) #1

Jun 25, 2021

'Good Luck' #1 comes at you with a torrent of world-building that feels fast-paced and dense. A uniquely imagined world where good and bad luck are real tangible things and threaten reality unless a band of luckless teens can save the day. Issue one comes at you fast but has enough of a foundation to cling to and expect the storytelling to level out without so much telling and more showing. It's definitely a title to watch with great potential.  

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Grimm Tales of Terror Quarterly: H. H. Holmes #1

Apr 13, 2021

'Grimm Tales of Terro Quarterly: H. H. Holmes' is the super-sized edition of a horror fans' dream. Filled with mystery and real-life facts about Holmes, the basis for this tale takes on a life of its own. Cleverly conceived just well enough to keep the reader guessing through most of it, 'Grimm' is a twisted and bone-chilling walk through a house of horrors.

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Hailstone #1

May 18, 2021

'Hailstone' #1 is off to a great start. Scavone is holding close to the mysterious elements in the series so far. And yet the world-building pays off in an enthralling Western horror story with questions we're dying to have the answers to. 'Hailstone' is highly recommended and issue one should have you hooked. 

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Harbinger (2021) #1

Nov 2, 2021

'Harbinger' #1 is another top-notch new series from Valiant that reinvents Peter Stancheck for both new readers and longtime fans. This all-star creative team elevates the powerful psiot into a new stratosphere with an involving script and stunning visuals. Jumping onboard this new era of Harbinger is highly recommended.

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Hecate's Will #1

Dec 16, 2021

'Hecate's Will' #1 offers a thoughtful, reflective, exercise in what art means to the world and questions whether it can move the world in a profound way. Hecate is ready to give up the fight with one last hurrah. In the meantime, she may rekindle that passion once again. It makes for an interesting and unconventional comic book storyline that wears its heart on its sleeve.

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Hecate's Will #2

Feb 14, 2022

'Hecate's Will' continues to shine as a character-driven story full of friendship and love in a found family setting. Zanfardino redefines what "normal" is by exposing what it really is -- taking care of one another. Few comics tell these stories and are rarely as uplifting but 'Hecate's Will' offers a more human experience that is aspirational and inclusive. 

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Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: The Secret of Chesbro House #1

Jul 12, 2021

'Hellboy and the BPRD: The Secret of Chesbro House' (Part one of two) is a delightfully spooky adventure Hellboy fans will devour. Non-fans will also enjoy it although the story will seem rather familiar. Thoroughly engrossing storytelling and intricately designed and colored art elevates this ghost story to must-read levels. 

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Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1957: Forgotten Lives

Feb 9, 2022

'Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.:1957: Forgotten Lives' is a wonderful one-shot with a lot of heart and warmth. Once again,Mike Mignola and Chris Roberson put together a satisfying tale serving as comfort food for the soul. It's all the more effective by the art ofStephen Green and Dave Stewart. There's no such thing as a bad Hellboy comic and this one proves that once again.

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Hellboy: The Silver Lantern Club #3

Dec 30, 2021

'Hellboy: The Silver Lantern Club' #3 is a wonderfully straightforward supernatural mystery that relies on smart characters and teamwork. Hellboy is on this sideline for this issue but the stars are the Silver Lantern Club and they don't disappoint. A fun and enrapturing tale told with intelligence and great art. What more could you want from a Hellboy title?

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Helm Greycastle #1

Apr 28, 2021

'Helm Greycastle' #1 is an ambitious fantasy series incorporating traditional swords and sorcery with Mesoamerican folklore. It stumbles out out of the gate with plotlines that just need some refinement and context. There's enough here to glean for what's sure to become one big sprawling adventure pitting one kingdom versus another. It's a fresh fantasy series set in a world we haven't been seen enough of. 

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Helm Greycastle #2

May 27, 2021

'Helm Greycastle' #2 takes historical fiction and overwhelms the normally fun and action-packed DND aspect of its titular character. The conflicting genres cancel each other out resulting in a history lesson and a watered down mercenary mission. At times narratively confusing, 'Helm' does offer some great art and an opportunity to turn things around in issue three with more clarity, focus, and action. 

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Home (2021) #1

Apr 14, 2021

'Home' #1 is an unflinching depiction of what happens to asylum seekers who are separated from their children. It's a superhero story in essence but the reality of these acts of cruelty by our own government still enrage and hurt. Anta and Wieszczyk put a name and a face to this travesty in the hopes that empathy and understanding replace blind xenophobia. 'Home' is one of the most important and timely comics there is. It's a must-buy without a doubt.  

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Home (2021) #2

May 19, 2021

'Home' #2 champion's the spirit of immigrants, Latinos specifically, to persevere in the face of dehumanizing cruelty. Issue two adds important context to the origins of Juan and Mercedes' journey from Guatemala and his sudden powers. It's infuriating, sad, inspiring, hopeful, and compelling. 'Home' will make you feel something as it mixes cold reality with the fantastical.   

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Home (2021) #3

Jun 15, 2021

'Home' #3 continues to charm while dealing with heavy themes. Juan's emerging powers offers hope and fun in a world out to get him. His aunt's mentorship will be vital in learning his powers because he still has a target on his back. Julio Anta is finding a balance between social commentary and traditional superhero antics that make this series unique but relevant. 

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Home (2021) #5

Aug 17, 2021

'Home' concludes in a dramatic fashion, with one final showdown while giving its characters hope. What started as one nation's shameful cruel policies gave birth to heroes in a land that doesn't appreciate them. Anta presented a hard look at a very real issue, shone a light on it, and organically extracted a wonderful superhero story with a ton of potential. It ends far too soon. There is certainly a lot of untapped storylines waiting to be explored from the pages of 'Home.'

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Home Sick Pilots #4

Mar 9, 2021

Reading 'Home Sick Pilots' has been a complicated journey so far but with issue four, the story is beginning to make more sense and take some leaps forward while also remaining mysterious. The band reunites, albeit momentarily, and not in the way you'd expect or hoped for. This issue is a blockbuster for the series and the creative team. Watters and Wijngaard just flexed their generous muscles on this one and it's awesome.

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Home Sick Pilots #5

Apr 16, 2021

'Home Sick Pilots' #5 ends the first arc in one dazzling display of supernatural fireworks that is at once eye-popping and head-scratching. Watters and Wijngaard's ambitious, audacious, and confounding series evolves into a potent horror-action-superhero-monster hybrid epic. Despite all the questions I still have about what the hell just happened it's oddly entertaining. So bottom line: something, something, buy this book!

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I Hate This Place #1

May 19, 2022

'I Hate This Place' also known as 'F*ck This Place,' is an engrossing and unsettling new horror series that has everything. A rural secluded farmhouse, a hot couple, ghosts, aliens, a menacing onlooker, a killer in hiding, you name it. With the potential to become the next big horror title, Starks and Topilin have left nothing to chance. Expect the unexpected and enjoy the ride as this horrific journey is just starting. 

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Immortal Red Sonja (2022) #1

Apr 13, 2022

'Immortal Red Sonja' is off to the races with another extraordinary adventure from Dynamite Comics. Abnett, Miracolo, and Wright bring their own style and magic to the She-Devil that will delight new and old readers. Curses, wizards, and monsters in a Red Sonja comic, what more could you want?

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James Bond: Agent of Spectre #1

Mar 5, 2021

'James Bond: Agent of Spectre' #1 is the perfect appetizer for Bond fans as they wait for the next film. They can feast on this beautifully written and illustrated new series that's lean and mean. It sets the table for some intriguing spy action to come. 

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James Bond: Agent of Spectre #2

Apr 8, 2021

'James Bond: Agent of SPECTRE' #2 builds off the great first issue into a jaw-dropping follow-up that changes everything. Gage is taking Bond fans for one hell of a ride and upending everything we know about Bond. If you've been waiting to jump into James Bond comics this is the time. 

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James Bond: Agent of Spectre #3

May 8, 2021

Could 'James Bond: Agent of Spectre' be the best Bond comic ever? Maybe. So far it's wildly entertaining, exciting, and sharply written. The art is confident and bold. Bond is at his best - tough, sexy, and quick-witted. If you're a fan of James Bond, this series is a must!

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James Bond: Agent of Spectre #4

Jun 14, 2021

Ian Fleming's James Bond is the quintessential spy adventure series and the movies have brought the dapper agent's exploits to a worldwide audience. There's an aura of style and action associated with the character that's made it popular for almost 70 years. Christos Gage gets Bond. It's evident in this flawless series. It's been one explosive issue after another. The penultimate issue is no different. In fact, it's the best one so far leading into what no doubt will be an amazing finale.  

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James Bond: Himeros #1

Oct 13, 2021

'James Bond: Himeros' #1 offers up a new exciting mission for Bond by first-timer Barnes. It's a thrilling race against new foes in a story torn from the headlines. It's off to a great start making it worth adding it to your pull-list especially if you're a James Bond fan.

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James Bond: Himeros #2

Nov 11, 2021

'James Bond: Himeros' #2 is at full-throttle all the time, a breathless action series that keeps Bond in constant danger. 

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Jennifer Blood (2021) #1

Oct 11, 2021

This is an old-fashioned bloody action series, full of crooks and assassins up to no good. There isn't an innocent good guy to be found only the violent retribution of Jennifer Blood. Vincenzo Federici and Dearbhla Kelly provide just the right amount of grit and noir amid the suburban confines of Bountiful and a Jennifer Blood comic wouldn't be complete with some shockingly grotesque violence. It's the unrepentant shoot'em up crime action thriller you've been waiting for. 

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Jonna and the Unpossible Monsters #2

Apr 19, 2021

'Jonna and the Unstoppable Monsters' #2 continues to be a beautifully illustrated story with a lot of emotion and action to hang on to. Questions remain but the story continues to unfold in a bittersweet way for Rainbow as the monsters roam and Jonna jumps around. Young readers should adore this adventure. 

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Justice Warriors #1

Jun 14, 2022

There aren't many creators who could pull 'Justice Warriors' off. Bors and Clarkson seemed like natural arbiters of dytopian satire to be just bizarre and funny enough to outdo our current reality. 

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Kick-Ass vs Hit-Girl (2020) #5

Mar 17, 2021

'Kick-Ass vs Hit-Girl' was a long-anticipated showdown that lived up to the hype. It feels fleeting but it ends in a satisfying way and also ends the Kick-Ass era of Patience Lee. She was a more than worthy successor while Mindy is as psychotic as ever. What more could fans want? It's also highly recommended to consume this as a trade. 

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King Of Spies #1

Dec 9, 2021

'King of Spies' is an exciting new action-thriller from Millar that once again subverts the spy genre. Described as James Bond meets 'John Wick,' it lives up to that and more. Throw in some 'Unforgiven' and 'Old Man Logan' and you have a potent mix of violence, intrigue, and retribution. 

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Lego Ninjago: Garmadon #1

Apr 11, 2022

LEGO NINJAGO: GARMADON #1 is a delightful new adventure series created for new and old fans of all ages. 

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Little Monsters #1

Mar 11, 2022

'Little Monsters' is off to an intriguing start with an endearing cast of immortal vampires alone in a world in ruins. Lemire spins a compelling tale that blends genres. 'The Lost Boys' meets 'Y: The Last Man' in this beautifully illustrated new series by Nguyen. It's an inviting and exciting new comic as only these two masters could create. 

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Love Everlasting #1

Feb 1, 2022

'Love Everlasting' #1 is a masterclass in taking an old beloved genre and not just paying homage through imitation but lovingly bringing it to life with a few new twists. Just when you think this delightful romantic adventure is predictable, it takes an unexpected turn that only draws you in further. 'Love Everlasting' might be free but its value as a wonderful new comic series is immeasurable.

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Made in Korea #1

May 29, 2021

'Made in Korea' #1 is an involving story not dependent on spectacle but ideas and human nature. It's a science-fiction story built on emotions and wants. What this all means after issue one, only the creators know, but readers will get sucked into the story of a family made whole by the questionable methods of a man with his own agenda. This is the stuff of Philip K. Dick, a quiet triumph, and should not be missed. 

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Made in Korea #2

Jul 1, 2021

'Made in Korea' #2 takes Jesse to school and all the emotional highs and lows that entails. It's the perfect example of a small story told to perfection. It may be a relatable slice-of-life book with a science-fiction foundation but it will capture your heart and stir your emotions. I get the sense that this series is an underrated gem but it deserves a lot of love. 

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Made in Korea #3

Aug 2, 2021

'Made in Korea' #3 has taken a turn that changes everything for the series. It's an emotional roller coaster that doesn't let up and the ending is frighteningly familiar and disturbing. Holt captures the very real angst of an isolated and marginalized student finding kinship with all the wrong people and the consequences of that decision could prove disastrous. The line between human and A.I. proxy is blurred when it comes to trying to belong. 'Made in Korea' has become a timely, resonant, gripping, emotionally charged series that is about to explode. 

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Made in Korea #4

Aug 25, 2021

'Made in Korea' has been a smart and enthralling series thus far. This chilling chapter takes on some all-too-real violence that could divide readers but it is handled as delicately as possible. It certainly changes everything for Jesse, her parents, and the programmer. Holt doesn't shy away from telling a powerful, poignant, ugly aspect of American life through this story. It's sobering and painful to witness but ultimately hard to look away from.   

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Made in Korea #5

Oct 21, 2021

Meanwhile, the walls may be closing in on Chul who will have to answer for his shenanigans at his old job. Jeremy Holt and George Schall have created a riveting sci-fi drama that is unexpectedly tender and sometimes shocking. Between Holt's words and Schall's sparse affecting visuals, you won't see a more thoughtful and heartbreaking story this side of Jeff Lemire than 'Made in Korea.' 

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Metal Society #1

May 6, 2022

'Metal Society' is a great new sci-fi series that's easy to dive into. Kaplan weaves a fascinating tale about an alternative earth where robots rule and humans fight for equality. The first issue perfectly sets up the plot and the stakes while creating a powerful leading character in Rosa. Balbi and Lesko invoke 'Blade Runner' and 'Star Wars' with their own version of a far-flung futuristic reality.  'Metal Society' #1 a worthy new series to add to your pull-list.

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Monkey Meat #1

Jan 6, 2022

'Monkey Meat' #1 is Juni Ba's imaginative manifesto about the horrors of capitalism and colonization told in the most vibrant and cutting way. It's a fever dream of passionate storytelling that can't be ignored. 'Monkey Meat' comes at you fast and is unrelenting so don't miss this first issue.

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Monkey Meat #2

Feb 8, 2022

'Monkey Meat' #2 is another thought-provoking adventure in Juni Ba's unrelenting satirical anthology. It asks some philosophical questions with cutting commentary and over-the-top visuals. It's unlike anything in comics solely because there isn't anyone like Ba so this young creator is full of the type of vigor and vision the industry needs. 

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MPLS Sound OGN

Apr 26, 2021

'MPLS Sound' is a fantastic fictional biographical story of a band deep in the roots of the Minneapolis music scene that pays homage to its brightest star - Prince. It works equally as a familiar band origin story led by a driven lead singer and a period-piece celebrating the birth of a new sound spearheaded by the Purple One himself. It's a thoughtful and entertaining musical journey without one false note made with love and honesty.

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My Bad #1

Nov 5, 2021

All in all, 'My Bad' is a fun break from "serious" comics and puts the funny in funny books. It skewers comic book tropes with a wink and a nod. It's full of cool features fans of comics will recognize and enjoy. "Important new comic book universe," indeed. 

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Night of the Ghoul #1

Oct 19, 2021

'Night of the Ghoul' is the perfect horror story that bridges the classic monster movies of the 30s and 40s with a modern sensibility of fandom gone too far. Some things are best left alone. Snyder and Francavilla have a blast scaring the pants off readers in this engrossing pulpy thriller that you won't be able to put down.

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Night of the Ghoul #3

Dec 23, 2021

'Night of the Ghoul' continues to be the jewel of the Comixology Snyderverse with a riveting and intense horror story. There's a constant sense of unease that induces goosebumps without even revealing the monster at the heart of the story. It's a story of madness, obsession, and deception. The worst horrors are yet to come and we can't wait for it.

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Night of the Ghoul #4

Jan 26, 2022

'Night of the Ghoul' #4 reaches another level of excellence in both story and art. Snyder and Francavilla are at their best in a gripping and stylish thriller that delivers genuine chills.

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Night of the Ghoul #5

Mar 2, 2022

'Night of the Ghoul' #5 lets loose and ratchets up the action and chills. It's a great escalation of terror and scares in a fast-paced penultimate issue. It's a fantastic series that once collected will make a cherished volume for horror fans for years to come. 

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Night of the Ghoul #6

Apr 20, 2022

'Night of the Ghoul' demonstrates how old-fashioned monster tales can still invoke terror in the modern day with some clever myth-making and genuine reckless abandon. It's the type of scary story-telling that slowly builds upon the myth and the legend without showing everything until all hell breaks loose and the monster reveals itself but by that time it's too late to look away in fright. Snyder and Francavilla conclude their masterpiece of horror with unrelenting passion and gleeful menace. 

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Ninjak (2021) #1

Jul 12, 2021

Despite the controversial opening of 'Ninjak' #1, this latest launch of the former MI6 ninja spy gets an exciting and relentless new adventure from Jeff Parker and the singular talent of Javier Pulido. With a brief bio of Colin King aka Ninjak, new readers can get caught up with this new series. For longtime fans, 'Ninjak' is every bit the acton-packed martial arts fight-fest it's always been. Ninjak is back and the stakes couldn't be higher. 

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Ninjak (2021) #2

Aug 27, 2021

'Ninjak' #2 is another action-packed roller coaster ride. Parker and Pulido pull off a dazzling spy versus mutants battle for the ages. The Kingmaker is revealed and he's a total jerk. There's no stopping 'Ninjak' from being one of the most exciting and entertaining comics of 2021.

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Ninjak (2021) #3

Sep 19, 2021

'Ninjak' continues to be a wild spy action series made all the more mind-blowing by Pulido's unique design work. The series looks like nothing else in comics. New revelations reveal the methods that Daylight has employed to take down MI6. Parker has upped the intrigue and stakes with a game-changer issue for the series. 

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Ninjak (2021) #4

Oct 18, 2021

'Ninjak' ends its first arc in typically explosive fashion as Daylight gets the upper hand on Colin and Myna. Pulido exits making room for Mike Norton to take over in 2022. Parker and Pulido put together an exciting first chapter that lays the foundation for more spy action and intrigue that's more Mission: Impossible than James Bond. 'Ninjak' has been one of Valiant's triumphs this year and we can't wait for more. 

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Nocterra #1

Mar 3, 2021

I'm going to dispense with any pretense here, 'Nocterra' #1 is a great comic. The world-building, the characters, the action, the art, it's all first-rate and executed to precision.

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Nocterra #2

Apr 6, 2021

'Nocterra' #2 takes a bit of a break both literally and figuratively as the issue takes place at a rest stop. It still looks fantastic as drawn and colored by Daniel and Morey but the story becomes momentarily idle with little new information. This high-octane dystopian adventure is on a lunch break and we can't wait to hit the road again. 

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Nocterra #3

May 5, 2021

Issue three ramps up all the emotions this time. It seems that taking issue two off really prepared the team to bring it in this issue. 'Nocterra' #3 is electrifying and manages to handle the bombastic with the emotional in a return to form for the series.  

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Nocterra #4

Jun 4, 2021

'Nocterra' #4 is the best issue so far and Snyder and company really flex their muscles on this one while tugging at readers' heartstrings. The story takes a major step forward while providing more backstory about Val and Emory's bond. Much like 'The Walking Dead,' 'Nocterra' is carving out its own unique and gripping dystopian tale with some top tier art and interesting characters. It's a rewarding read for any comic book fan.  

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Nocterra #5

Jul 9, 2021

'Nocterra' #5 lays the groundwork for what's sure to be an explosive first arc conclusion. Val and Blacktop Bill are destined for one more battle and the stakes couldn't be any higher. This high-octane sci-fi thriller is just getting revved up. 

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Octobriana with Love #1

Jan 17, 2022

'Octobriana with Love' introduces us to a powerhouse character that's been underground for far too long. Octobriana is a revolutionary whose story is pliable to all kinds of genres - action, adventure, science fiction, superhero, fantasy - and deserves a place in the U.S. comic market. This anthology is a coming-out party that shows all of her facets in an action-packed super-sized issue. Let's hope this is just the beginning. 

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Ordinary Gods #1

Jul 10, 2021

'Ordinary Gods' has some familiar themes told with extraordinary expertise and pacing. This pulse-pounding action thriller spans millenniums but its heart lies with a young man in the present day who could change the fate of the immortals. This is first-class storytelling as Higgins writes another winner with another phenomenal creative team.  

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Ordinary Gods #2

Aug 11, 2021

'Ordinary Gods' is an ambitious opus that's taking its time to set the ground rules and identify its players. Issue two slows down to take a breath and inform Christopher's responsibility as a reincarnated immortal and how his sister fits in all this. Higgins' world-building is taking shape with the help of a versatile and dynamic art team in Watanabe and William. 'Ordinary Gods' is gearing up for some epic confrontations. 

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Paranoia Killer #1

Sep 13, 2021

'Paranoia Killer' #1 establishes a great spy action premise with a dangerous plot to take down an evil organization. Santos' passion is literally on every panel, in every word, from cover to cover. With a "name your price" option, there's no excuse not to read this fantastic new crime thriller. 

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Primordial #1

Sep 17, 2021

'Primordial' #1 is an enticing read that will suck you in. There's no escaping Lemire's spider web and the hypnotic art by Sorrentino and Stewart. Resistance is futile for this conspiracy thriller that's built on style and substance. Prepare to go down the rabbit hole willingly. 

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Quests Aside #1

May 9, 2022

'Quests Aside' is an unexpected but delightful fantasy sitcom with so much humor and heart that it's hard to dislike the new series. Schirmer's love of the genre and his characters shows making them endearing right off the bat. Playfully illustrated by Gogou and Nalty, 'Quests Aside' is a good time where the stakes are low, the ale is flowing, and everyone knows your name. 

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Radiant Black #2

Mar 17, 2021

'Radiant Black' #2 continues Nathan's growth as a superhero with some familiar and enjoyable to read growing pains. The existence of someone else with similar powers provides some fantastic visuals as Nathan looks for answers. This may be all-too-familiar for longtime comic book fans who've seen these kinds of origin stories before but frankly, it's still very entertaining. 'Radian Black' is comfort food for the nerd soul. 

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Radiant Black #3

Apr 22, 2021

'Radiant Black' #3 proves this isn't "just another hero origin story" and something that Higgins has put a lot of thought into. It's about being who you want to be and following your dreams. Sure, super powers are cool but have you ever written an entire chapter before lunch? Higgins took a risk here and maybe I'm biased as a writer but it pays off in further developing Nathan as a person. It's no surprise that 'Radiant Black' is a runaway hit and it's not just the familiar super heroics that makes it so exciting. Higgins has added a personal touch to this story reminding us that characters can be multifaceted and mirror its audience. 

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Radiant Black #4

May 20, 2021

'Radiant Black' refuses to be "just another superhero comic." Higgins is sitting in his underground bunker petting the kitten on his lap and laughing maniacally at how he's about to blow readers' minds with one of the most unexpected twists in comics. Issue four upends the series confirming that readers cannot sit still for a minute as Higgins and Costa are determined to subvert expectations and the way superhero stories are told. 

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Radiant Black #5

Jun 17, 2021

'Radiant Black' closes out its first arc in outstanding fashion. From heart-breaking lows to supercharged action highs, 'Radiant Black' has subverted superhero comics in subtle and not-so-subtle ways that prove that Higgins is either a genius or a madman. Maybe both. Yet, the series continues to be fun and exciting with some of the best action sequences you'll find in comics. The stage is set for even more great stories with an epic conclusion and a gigantic cliffhanger. 

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Radiant Black #7

Aug 18, 2021

'Radiant Black' #7 kicks off its next arc in thrilling breakneck speed with one of the most exciting battles the series has offered thus far. The world of blackhole-powered rangers opens up with new Radiants and a relentless common enemy. 'Radiant Black' just keeps reaching new heights worthy of the sentai subgenre it revels in. 

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Red Sonja: Black, White, Red #1

Jul 12, 2021

'Red Sonja: Black, White, & Red' anthology is a dream for Red Sonja fans. With some of the best talent in comics, each story highlights a different aspect of Sonja's character. These are fun and exciting little nuggets of Hyrkanian goodness that are executed with the highest level of talent. It's a treat for old and new fans alike. 

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Red Sonja: Black, White, Red #2

Aug 13, 2021

'Red Sonja: Black, White, Red' proves you can never have too much Red Sonja. Having some of the best talents the medium has to offer to create this anthology of entertaining short stories is a great way to honor the She-Devil with a Sword.

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Red Sonja: Black, White, Red #3

Sep 21, 2021

'Red Sonja: Black, White, & Red' #3 is another trio of beautifully rendered short stories from comics' best. This collection isn't as compelling as the first two but still a worthwhile read (or watch to be more accurate) for Red Sonja fans. It's neat to see the She-Devil interpreted by various comic industry talents. 

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Red Sonja: Black, White, Red #6

Jan 20, 2022

'Red Sonja: Black, White, Red' #6 offers another mix of fun and mayhem with this anthology entry.

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Redshift #1

May 19, 2021

'Redshift' is an exhilarating sci-fi adventure that's dramatic, emotional, complicated, and exciting. It is a great debut in what could be the start of a thrilling new series. Issue one sets it off in epic style and leaves the reader wanting more. It's all you can ask for a new comic. 

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Saga #55

Jan 31, 2022

Vaughan and Staples are back on top of their game in another thrilling, shocking, heartfelt, and all-consuming issue of 'Saga.' This extended issue reminds everyone why fans were clamoring for its return. There is a level of storytelling that is unmatched and irresistible, a space opera unlike any other, that blends a myriad of emotions in every issue and keeps you asking for more. 'Saga' is back. 

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Savage Avengers (2022) #1

May 19, 2022

Pepose's Marvel debut is a successful trial by fire with a jam-packed issue that is balls-to-wall fun and non-stop action. This unexpected eclectic group of characters is primed for even more conflict as they're bound together for the foreseeable future. There is room to grow and the storytelling is wide open for more enjoyable chaos. 'Savage Avengers' is a blast and one of this week's best comics. 

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Scout's Honor #2

Feb 11, 2021

'Scout's Honor' #2 shows that the series is the real deal. After two issues, it really is an exciting action thriller you can't put down. I liken it to 'The Walking Dead' and I stand by that because it has that kind of energy and engrossing storytelling. The art is great so it has everything a comic fan could want. The series is just getting better and better. 

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Scout's Honor #3

Mar 11, 2021

'Scout's Honor' has not let up. Kit is one of the best heroines in comics right now and has proven her mettle over and over again. Pepose has written a fast-paced action thriller in tandem with fantastic art and lettering from Casalanguida, Milla, and Mangual. If you like 'Mulan' or 'Hunger Games' then you'll love 'Scout's Honor.' 

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Scout's Honor #4

Apr 14, 2021

'Scout's Honor' #4 is a turning point for Kit that changes everything. Pepose and company continue giving readers their money's worth in this fast-paced adventure chockful of drama, action, and danger. You won't find a better time in comics than 'Scout's Honor.'

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Scout's Honor #5

May 11, 2021

Overall, 'Scout's Honor' delivers in every way. As a trade paperback it should also be a best-seller. You could confidently recommend this to comic book readers and non-readers alike. It's not every day you read a rock-solid comic book story that's as flawless and rewarding as 'Scout's Honor' but here we are. 

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Season of the Bruja #1

Apr 1, 2022

'Season of the Bruja' is off to a great start with engaging characters that you root for and relate to. Duran and Soler have created a wonderful supernatural comic that fans of 'Buffy' will take to while also introducing representation that's sorely missing in comics. This is a must-buy.

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Season of the Bruja #2

May 2, 2022

'Season of the Bruja' #2 takes a moment to reflect on the shocking ending of issue one with a heartfelt follow-up that opens up the emotional range of the characters. Lia's determination to bring back her Abuela is sure to meet some complications going into the next issue as well as what the mysterious creepy priest has in store for her. 'Bruja' remains a charming enjoyable ride despite the lack of action in this installment but it does set up an inevitable showdown with some malevolent forces. 

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Shadecraft #1

Mar 29, 2021

'Shadecraft' #1 is a deftly created supernatural adventure with an engaging heroine thrust into a mysterious battle against the shadows. The cliffhanger changes the stakes altogether taking readers on a whole new path filled with questions and new possibilities. No wonder it's being adapted for television.  'Shadecraft' should be on your pull-list, ASAP!

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Shadecraft #2

May 3, 2021

'Shadecraft' #2 shows us the bond between Zadie and Ricky and how they navigate this new partnership. Henderson gives this series a lot of heart as well as humor and suspense. Garbett and Fabela give it a look and design all their own while adding depth and emotion to the characters. 'Shadecraft' is immensely entertaining and charming. 

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Shadecraft #3

May 25, 2021

'Shadecraft' #3 brings some answers for Zadie and how she can control shadows instead of being a victim to them. It's a fun chapter that opens up the story in new ways that broadens the scope and stakes. Henderson's ability to make smart, thoughtful characters and Garbett/Fabela's moody and colorful art make 'Shadecraft' a treat for readers of all ages.  

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Shadecraft #4

Jun 28, 2021

'Shadowcraft' #4 provides some game-changing revelations that escalate what's at stake for Zadie and her family. Zadie gets some much-needed answers but now has more to lose. Henderson ramps up the supernatural action going into issue five. It's a title that gets better with every new issue. 

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Shadowman (2021) #1

Apr 4, 2021

'Shadowman' #1 is yet another great reintroduction of an underrated indie comic book character. Shadowman deserves more love from horror-action fans. Bunn, Davis-Hunt, and Bellaire deliver the goods in this action-packed gory horror mystery that will knock your socks off.

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Shadowman (2021) #2

May 26, 2021

'Shadowman' is as focused and accessible as this Valiant title has ever been. Just Shadowman walking the earth and fighting evil wherever it may be. It's pretty straight forward and fun as hell. This is an exceptional horror adventure series that's terrifying in an exhilarating way with a cool leading man.   

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Shadowman (2021) #3

Jun 25, 2021

'Shadowman' continues to be a fantastic action-horror comic because of its A-list creative talent. Shadowman is on the case when the Deadside tries to merge into our world. Mystery and questions still remain in this entertaining supernatural thriller. If you like John Constantine you'll love Shadowman. 

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Shadowman (2021) #4

Jul 28, 2021

'Shadowman' #4 brings Shadowman to a stark realization as he continues to be the stopgap against the Deadside from entering our world. It is an intoxicatingly eerie chapter with some of the best art you'll see this week or any week in comics. 

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Shadowman (2021) #5

Jan 20, 2022

With a fast-paced story and horrifying visuals, Shadowman is primed to be the action-horror comic of the year.

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Snow Angels: Season Two #1

Jun 23, 2021

'Snow Angels: Season Two' is another slow burner with some exciting revelations. Jeff Lemire and Jock continue to impress with this enthralling sci-fi adventure with new twists and turns.

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Snow Angels #2

Mar 16, 2021

'Snow Angels' is a tense thriller that takes a familiar premise and grounds in familial angst and anxiety. Jeff Lemire creates a pulse-pounding monster story as Jock does a masterful job of creating a unique landscape that is fraught with suspense. This is just getting started. 

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Snow Angels #3

Apr 22, 2021

'Snow Angels' #3 keeps giving readers what they crave - high stakes action. Lemire mixes thrills with endearing family dynamics that grounds the story amid a dangerous frozen landscape. Lemire and Jock are at the top of their game in an exciting and enthralling adventure. 

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Snow Angels #4

May 18, 2021

'Snow Angels' may have concluded the Book 1 arc but the future is wide open after the explosive conclusion. The ending isn't entirely unexpected but the journey has been an exciting adventure galvanized by a father's love for his family and the will to survive against all costs. Lemire and Jock have created a unique dystopian world full of danger and promise and it's ripe for more stories hopefully. 

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Snow Angels: Season Two #5

Nov 2, 2021

'Snow Angels' has been a slow but tense rollout but Lemire and Jock are finally showing their cards and letting readers in on the series' secrets. It's an exciting revelation after another that propels the story into a whole new gear. It's what loyal readers have been waiting for.

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Snow Angels: Season Two #6

Dec 6, 2021

All along the way, through ten issues over two "seasons", there was one pulse-pounding confrontation after another, between the evil 'Snowman' and the girls and others until many truths are revealed. 'Snow Angels' really comes together in the end and it makes this series really attractive as a collection. As enthralling as the story is, it's the craftsmanship of the comic, the way it's constructed that any reader with an appreciation for the art form will cherish.

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Space Bastards (2021) #3

Mar 12, 2021

'Space Bastards' is a roller coaster ride through a funhouse that's engulfed in fire. It's an ultraviolent intergalactic space romp that gets your adrenaline going and your heart racing. You won't believe what you're reading and that's why this is the sci-fi escapist fantasy that it is. I just don't know how the creative crew is going to top itself month after month. 

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Speed Republic #1

Feb 3, 2022

'Speed Republic' #1 sets the foundation for the story. The first issue consumes a lot of setup and some random violence that bodes well for the rest of the series as it goes forward. With the world-building out of the way, I expect the following issues will focus more on the race itself and some of the nameless baddies we've only glimpsed so far. It's a commendable balancing act for Lindsay to find the layers of the story instead of just a straight action comic. 'Speed Republic' #1 offers a ton of potential for more behind the wheel action and adventure. 

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Step By Bloody Step #1

Feb 25, 2022

'Step by Bloody Step' #1 arrives with an impressive display of comic book craftsmanship in a riveting adventure with nary a line of text. Engaging, exciting, endearing, and emotive, 'Step' reaches a level of storytelling unlike many new comics even those with thousands of words of dialogue and narration. The creative team's expertise in immersive world-building and character development with striking visuals and meaningful action elevates this comic to one of the best debuts of the year. 

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Step By Bloody Step #2

Apr 1, 2022

'Step by Bloody Step' #2 continues to enrapture readers with a riveting story told in images only. Spurrier and Bergara create an absorbing tale that sparkles with nary a word but a plethora of panels that consume the eyes and propel the story forward. More is revealed in this chapter making it even more addicting as the series continues.

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Stray Dogs (2021) #2

Mar 26, 2021

'Stray Dogs' #2 combines elements of 'Memento' and 'Rear Window' to great effect. Fleecs provides some anxiety-inducing situations that ramp up the tension and terror for our furry heroes. It's become a treat to open up another chapter of this suspenseful series and get a monthly dose of goosebumps.   

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Stray Dogs (2021) #3

Apr 21, 2021

'Stray Dogs' continues to bring the chills in this seriously suspenseful mystery story. It's tense without being gratuitous and it's impossible not to root for the safety of these dogs. Their owner is a possible serial killer and every issue brings one shocking turn after another. It's one of this years' best thrillers and should not be slept on.  

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Stray Dogs (2021) #4

May 22, 2021

'Stray Dogs' with the penultimate issue sets the stage to complete the five-issue series and could possibly be one of the year's best stories in comics. Up to now, it's been an exceptionally well-crafted suspense story that terrifies and shocks. If Fleecs and the team nail the landing with the finale, 'Stray Dogs' will cement itself as the trade to buy when it becomes available. But don't wait, catch up now if you haven't because I suspect issue five will be a barnburner. 

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Stray Dogs (2021) #5

Jun 23, 2021

'Stray Dogs' ends as only it could. It's a satisfying conclusion to one of the most riveting comics of 2021. It actually lived up to the hype going into the series and surpassed my expectations redefining what comic book thrillers can look like. They took a clever twist and wrung out every last chilling element to create a hard-to-put-down, pageturner, full of menace, and thrills. This is one of those series that should be cherished in a trade, shared, and gifted to everyone you know. 

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Stray Dogs: Dog Days #1

Dec 28, 2021

'Stray Dogs: Dog Days' #1 brings back the creative team of one of this year's best comics, 'Stray Dogs.' Fleecs, Forstner, and Simpson have more goosebumps to give with this chilling spinoff that gives more background on the dogs whose owners were murdered. Never violently gratuitous but thoroughly suspenseful, 'Dog Days' continues to shock readers whether new or old. 

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Suicide Jockeys #1

Aug 31, 2021

'Suicide Jockeys' #1 opens up a world where fighting kaijus and robots exist and only pilots crazy enough to do the job can become legends. For Denver Wallace, a catastrophic battle changes everything for his team. It's a sci-fi Tokusatsu-inspired thriller told through the lens of 80's action movies. Grant and company have created a summer blockbuster you can hold in your hands. Recommended. 

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Suicide Jockeys #2

Oct 3, 2021

'Suicide Jockeys' #2 puts the hold on over-the-top action to give the characters a sincere 'come to Jesus' moment, an opportunity to find accountability and confront old grudges. The team is fleshed out and readers are given a chance to get to know them and care about them as they come together once again. This gives the story a solid foundation as things are about to get crazy. It's the calm before the storm and another solid issue. 

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Swamp Dogs #2

Mar 15, 2022

'Swamp Dogs' brings readers closer to the horror awaiting the cast of characters that the creators have developed over the first two issues. The slow pace is beginning to pay off with an ever-increasing creepiness that hangs in the air. Confidently illustrated that's both sexy, funny, and gross for various reasons. 'Swamp Dogs' is poised to reach another level in coming issues.

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The All-Nighter #7

Jun 21, 2022

'The All-Nighter' is an addictively enjoyable read that is easily accessible to new readers. With an exciting but thoughtful approach to characters and action, Zdarsky impresses with another winning series. 

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The Good Asian #1

May 5, 2021

'The Good Asian' #1 establishes 'Infidel' writer Pornsak Pichetshote once again as a master of genre with another dark tale with underlining social commentary. This time it's noir crime fiction that's as engrossing and stylish as any we've ever read. Tefenkgi and Loughridge create a moody and menacing atmosphere that drips with style and creativity. 'The Good Asian' delivers a captivating noir story while shattering preconceived notions about who gets to tell these stories. It's the best debut of the week if not the year. 

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The Good Asian #2

Jun 9, 2021

'The Good Asian' #2 delves deeper into the mysterious disappearance of Ivy Chen. Hark pounds the pavement looking for clues and comes across the legend of exiled hatchet man Hui Long. Noir crime fiction is alive and well in the hands of Pichetshote, Tefenkgi, and Loughridge. 'The Good Asian' is a flawless piece of intrigue, suspense, and historical drama. 

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The Good Asian #3

Jul 7, 2021

'The Good Asian' continues to surprise and suck in readers in one hell of a mystery. The historical lessons are hard to fathom but provide the foundation for where this story takes place. The introduction of Lucy takes the story to a whole different level while also revealing more of Hark, good and bad. As the mystery deepens and new leads reveal new revelations, 'The Good Asian' solidifies itself as one of the best comics of the year in any genre. 

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The Good Asian #4

Aug 6, 2021

'The Good Asian' #4 advances the investigation with new reveals and a shocking ending. It's another immersive chapter in this engrossing mystery. As good as any prose bestseller, 'The Good Asian' raises the bar for comic book crime fiction with an enthralling noir period-piece that's thought-provoking and action-packed. The creative team has yet to disappoint. 

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The Good Asian #5

Sep 29, 2021

'The Good Asian' continues to be a must-read into its second arc. Even when the main story takes a break to expand on Edison's upbringing, there's no lack of intrigue or drama. It's all wonderfully told in tandem with captivating visuals. One of the year's best comics doesn't miss a beat as Edison's troubles escalate. 

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The Good Asian #6

Nov 7, 2021

'The Good Asian' doesn't let up as issue six delves deeper into the mystery surrounding Ivy Chen and Hui Long. There are no easy answers as this noir thriller raises new questions while Edison and Victoria reconcile their past. This is as intricate and complicated as any prose crime novel you've read and equally as absorbing. 

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The Good Asian #10

Apr 26, 2022

'The Good Asian' ultimately tells an absorbing, sobering story about deception, desire, and madness. The fact that it takes place during one of the ugliest periods in this country only highlights the stakes for most of the characters involved. It's a landmark publication in historical fiction, crime thriller, murder mystery, and noir drama. It should be studied and read by all who value graphic storytelling. 'The Good Asian' caps off a series that is simply one of the best comics of the year if not ever. 

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The House of Lost Horizons: A Sarah Jewell Mystery #3

Jul 16, 2021

It's a perfectly fine, charming, mystery, that doesn't try to reinvent the genre. And because of the autopilot sense of this installment readers would be better served to wait for the trade paperback to consume the entire story all at once.

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The Invincible Red Sonja (2021) #1

May 6, 2021

'The Invincible Red Sonja' #1 is off to a roaring start. Sonja keeps getting herself into one predicament after another chopping heads along the way. It's a raucous good time led by Palmiotti and Conner who are obviously having a ball. If you're a fan of Red Sonja or want to be, 'The Invincible Red Sonja' is a can't miss opportunity for mindless fun and adventure.

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The Invincible Red Sonja (2021) #2

Jun 2, 2021

'Invincible Red Sonja' #2 stays true to its title as Sonja stays winning against assassins and monsters. This sweeping adventure is a complete blast and worthy of the She-Devil. Full of action and intrigue, 'Invincible' sets a standard for Dynamite's franchise heroine. The creative team's obvious passion is infectious as Sonja battles all comers while finding new ways to enrich herself. This is Red Sonja at her best. 

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The Invincible Red Sonja (2021) #3

Jul 14, 2021

'Invincible Red Sonja' #3 is another rip-roaring episode that finds our favorite Hyrkanian fighting, drinking and finding more trouble. You know, the usual. It's quintessential Red Sonja and this series is wall-to-wall entertainment. It keeps getting better with each issue. 

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The Invincible Red Sonja (2021) #4

Sep 17, 2021

If you thought 'Invincible Red Sonja' was going to be just another walk in the park for the She-Devil with a Sword you are sadly mistaken. Team IRS raises the stakes in big ways with this game-changing fourth issue. With a jaw-dropping cliffhanger, it's everything you could hope for and more in a Red Sonja comic. 

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The Joneses (2022) #1

Apr 7, 2022

'The Joneses' #1 is Moreci's twist on the superhero genre grounded in familial conflict and with the world at large. It's an impressive beginning that's offers something familiar yet fresh with easily relatable characters. The art by Vitti and Svorcina elevates the series into Big Two-level territory with potent action sequences. This is a great entry in superhero comics coming from AWA and Moreci who expands his creator-owned powers into another sure-fire hit. 

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The Me You Love in the Dark #1

Aug 9, 2021

'The Me You Love in the Dark' #1 is a beautifully constructed yet familiar story elevated by the richness of the art. It is a quick read with little more than a tease of what to expect in coming issues. The series is off to a soft start leaving readers "in the dark" about how dark this ghost story is going to get. Issue two should reveal more and set up the stakes. Regardless, you can't go wrong with Young and Corona so it's worth hanging on and coming back for more. 

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The Me You Love in the Dark #2

Sep 10, 2021

'The Me You Love in the Dark' #2 improves on the first issue with a symphony of shadow and light, pacing and tension, the sparking of an unusual relationship that is hard to resist. Readers will fall under its spell as 'The Me You Love in the Dark' sets the stage for what could be a new modern gothic but time will tell if it's romantic or something more dubious.  

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The Me You Love in the Dark #3

Oct 12, 2021

While Skottie Young has carefully and delicately paced this supernatural romance in quiet and romantic ways it's the stunning art by Jorge Corona and Jean-Francois Beaulieu that makes it swoon.

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The Mighty Crusaders (2021): The Shield #1

Jun 29, 2021

'The Mighty Crusaders: The Shield' attempts to set off another launch of Archie's Golden Age super team with mixed results. This one-shot reads like a preview highlighting various characters who are considered The Shield seemingly pitting them against one another for reasons unbeknownst to the reader. It opens up a larger mystery as Gallaher does his best to salvage the issue. Liefeld's art is classic Liefeld providing plenty of bone-crushing action. It's too early to say if this relaunch is worth the commitment until more issues arrive on time and without the behind-the-scenes drama. So far, The Mighty Crusaders are off to a shaky start lacking clarity and context.

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The Shaolin Cowboy: Cruel to be Kin #1

May 18, 2022

You don't have to know anything about Shaolin Cowboy going into 'Cruel to be Kin.' It's meant to be experienced in the moment and just enjoy the ride. Asking questions will be futile, just give in to the craziness on the page and don't worry about motivation or backstory or none of that baggage. Follow along as the Cowboy and a baby lizard escape death in a desert chased by, well, you should just buy it and see for yourself. This is one of the most entertaining stories you'll see in comics because it's just fun from beginning to end. It has to be read to be believed. 

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The Silver Coin #1

Apr 7, 2021

'The Silver Coin' #1 rocks out of the gate in this horror anthology made by some of the comic industry's most illustrious all-star creators. Chip Zdarsky and Michael Walsh set the bar high in the first chapter with a story of ambition, greed, passion, arrogance, and obsession. Prepare to get some thrills and chills from the best talent in comics as Image has created its own 'Creepshow.'

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The Silver Coin #2

May 14, 2021

'The Silver Coin' #2 offers another creepy installment in the horror anthology series. This time Kelly Thompson takes us back to a time of summer camp serial killers and teenage girls. It's a fun and deadly trip down memory lane made all the more exciting by Michael Walsh's creative and terrifying visuals. This is a treat, a chilling confection for horror fans.  

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The Silver Coin #3

Jun 21, 2021

'The Silver Coin' #3 delivers the chills and thrills as expected with Brisson and Walsh while also opening the mythos behind the Coin. The anthology continues to be a horrific little treat by some of the best in comics. You should read it for Walsh's spine-tingling art alone. 

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The Wrong Earth: Night & Day #3

Mar 10, 2021

'The Wrong Earth: Night & Day' #3 is totally fun and satirically relevant. Peyer and Igle put together a smart and subversive tale about superheroes that cuts sharply with wit and style. It really is one of the year's best comics and thoroughly entertaining. 

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The Wrong Earth: Night & Day #4

May 7, 2021

'The Wrong Earth: Night and Day' keeps bringing the drama and the action. When this arc is done it's going to make a great trade. The polar opposite of vigilantes get real in this one and it's the perfect escalation given the story. This series is for fans who love comics and just want to indulge in classic comic book tropes unapologetically. 'The Wrong Earth' is smart, fun, and entertaining.

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The Wrong Earth: Night & Day #5

Jul 12, 2021

'The Wrong Earth: Night & Day' continues to make multi-verse stories fun, exciting, and surprising. The creators just build upon the great chemistry of the same heroes from different dimensions and throw in more inter-dimensional drama. There's some nostalgia in play as these heroes represent archetypes we've seen before but interact in totally new ways. It's a battle of ideas and philosophies as much as it's about fighting bad guys. This latest issue just delves deeper into a much larger plot. TWEND is a must-reading. 

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The Wrong Earth: Night & Day #6

Aug 5, 2021

'The Wrong Earth: Night & Day' has been a blast and even though this finale doesn't feel quite done the series has been one of the most entertaining reads this year. 

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The Wrong Earth: Trapped on Teen Planet #1

Mar 7, 2022

'The Wrong Earth: Trapped on Teen Planet' builds on Ahoy's winning dimension-swapping superhero universe with a sweet new twist as only Gail Simone can write. Accompanied by a team of great artists, Dragonfly and the gang leave Earth-Alpha and end up in a Riverdale-like dimension where wholesome teens rule. This one-shot adds great character development but is really just an entertaining time that should leave readers smiling. 

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The Wrong Earth: Confidence Men #1

Jun 27, 2022

'The Wrong Earth: Confidence Men' is another great one-shot that puts Stinger to the test. Waid and Kirk take the series to another level that's all business and brutal. These one-shots open up the world of 'The Wrong Earth' with some compelling storylines that broaden the brand in new fresh ways. You'll have a deeper appreciation for this amazing series after reading this issue. It's a seminal issue for the franchise. 

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The Wrong Earth: Fame & Fortune #1

Apr 13, 2022

 'The Wrong Earth: Fame & Fortune' is a textbook example of how comics can inform and infuriate while holding a mirror up to the real world. The scam of publicly-funded stadiums is real and possible virtually anywhere. It's just as likely to happen in a fictional setting where even well-intentioned billionaires lose control. This is one of Mark Russell's greatest hits. 

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Time Before Time #1

May 17, 2021

'Time Before Time' #1 is off to a strong start. The neo-noir time travel crime thriller ends with a bang taking a familiar plot line and upending all expectations. This story could go anywhere moving forward and that's exciting. It also looks properly grimy and sordid thanks to the art team. Issue one does enough to recommend getting on board now. 

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Two Moons #2

Mar 29, 2021

'Two Moons' #2 continues to evolve around Virgil's struggle between armies, between cultures, and his own identity. He's guided by his Pawnee roots which he reluctantly encounters but may well save his life. 'Two Moons' is a fascinating story from a viewpoint not often seen made all the more compelling by the fantastic detailed art. 

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Verge #1

Sep 28, 2021

'Verge' is a clever and entertaining new series that brings historical people from throughout the world to present-day New York. It causes a myriad of issues that range from endearing to dangerous. At its center, 'Verge' is a crime thriller that shines with a dynamic character in Liu and world-building that is exciting and surprising. 'Verge' is a winner and deserves a spot in your pull-list. 

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Vinyl #1

Jun 27, 2021

'Vinyl' #1 makes a big splash on New Comic Book Day with one of the darkest black comedy thrillers seen in a long time. It's 'Dexter' meets 'What About Bob?' making it a delightfully twisted gem. Wagner, Hillyard, and Stewart have a winner on their hands that has to be read to be believed. 

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Vinyl #2

Aug 5, 2021

'Vinyl' #2 stages the first battle between Walter and Madeleine in the attempt to save Dennis. If you don't think a team of serial killers on a rescue mission could be fun and disgusting at the same time, think again.

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Vinyl #3

Aug 26, 2021

'Vinyl' #3 takes a step closer to completing the rescue mission while introducing another serial killer to the team. It's another wild and violent issue that surprisingly adds a lot of heart and empathy to the mix. There's nothing quite like 'Vinyl' and that makes it a gem of a comic full of dark comedy, thrills, and blood. So much blood. 

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Vinyl #4

Sep 23, 2021

'Vinyl' #4 puts our heroes(?) in a precarious position as things go from bad to worse. The cult is bearing down on them and Walter's memory is fading. This slasher gore-fest has a heart as well so we can't help but root for Team Serial Killer over Team Flower Cult. Wagner and Hillyard create a dazzling horror comic that makes you jump while making you care for complete psychopaths.  

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Vinyl #6

Nov 24, 2021

'Vinyl' ends as only it could, in bloodshed. It's been a crazy series where you root for the bad guys against even worse guys. Brilliantly illustrated with one wild turn after the next, 'Vinyl' has been an unexpected gem of a comic. The ending is pretty straight forward but it puts a cap on a violent but stellar horror story. 

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We Don't Kill Spiders #1

Aug 10, 2021

'We Don't Kill Spiders' #1 is one of this month's best debuts as it takes Viking-era storytelling to new surprising heights as a supernatural crime thriller. An engrossing murder mystery with two unlikely detectives who are complete opposites creates a dynamic and appealing team. Schmalke has a winner on his hands and should not be missed. 

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We Don't Kill Spiders #2

Oct 28, 2021

'We Don't Kill Spiders' #2 is a must-buy for fans of horror, supernatural crime dramas, suspense, monsters, and just great exciting storytelling. Issue one was a five-star experience and issue two improves on it. There is never a dull moment and it's a complete treat for comic book readers.

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We Have Demons #1

Oct 5, 2021

'We Have Demons' #1 just introduced the Snyder/Comixology collaboration with a bang, a Big Bang. Snyder and Capullo arrive like bats out of hell. The talented creative team is at their best as Snyder weaves a huge tale, Capullo wields a pencil like a magician, and as always readers get their money's worth. The fight between good and evil never ends and this new series puts a whole new spin on its origins. Supernatural horror at its finest.

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We Have Demons #2

Nov 10, 2021

'We Have Demons' #2 continues to reveal the depth and breadth of this new epic world conceived by Snyder and Capullo. This time the creators explain in more detail the birth of darkness and how it manifests in even Lam's closest allies. It's another dense read with eye-popping visuals, a near orgy of color & shapes all put together for some of the fearest monsters you'll see in a comic. 

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We Only Kill Each Other #1

Nov 19, 2021

'We Only Kill Each Other' #1 is the latest riveting title from Comixology Originals. Phillips, Krause, and Wright have created a captivating historical drama as compelling as 'Once Upon a Time in America,' 'Miller's Crossing,' and 'Goodfellas.' I don't want to oversell it but the level of quality and attention to detail is exquisite with a gritty complex crime drama where you root for the bad guys against even worse guys. It's a chapter of history that makes essential reading.

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We Only Kill Each Other #2

Dec 17, 2021

'We Only Kill Each Other' #2 escalates the Nazi threat at home while forming the uneasy alliance of rival mafia figures. This year has seen some really great comics in the historical fiction realm and this one is right up there so far. An ugly time in America given daylight with a riveting story lighting the way. Do not miss it.

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We Only Kill Each Other #4

Feb 17, 2022

'We Only Kill Each Other' #4 is a marvelous historical comic that sparkles with intrigue, bullets, and real-world stakes. Using the larger canvas of a nation on the cusp of war, this smaller story verberates with modern-day relevance and caution. This is a gangster story with layers and is totally entertaining.

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We Only Kill Each Other #5

Mar 18, 2022

'We Only Kill Each Other' concludes in spectacular fashion while leaving the door open for more adventures. This is historical fiction at its best and something the comics landscape needs more of when done right like this. In a time when history appears to be repeating itself, it's imperative that creatives use their skills to not only entertain but inform through storytelling. The phrase the 'past is prologue' has never been more apropos than now and 'The Good Asian' along with 'We Only Kill Each Other' have demonstrated this at the highest level. 

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What's The Furthest Place From Here? #1

Nov 8, 2021

'What's The Furthest Place From Here' #1 is a fun but powerful work of storytelling from a team of creatives at the height of their powers. Rosenberg, Boss, and Otsmane-Elhaou put together an irresistible mix of High Fidelity meetsMad Max that stylistically stands alone. So put on The Stooges (or Hall & Oates, we won't tell) and enjoy this marvelous new title.

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What's The Furthest Place From Here? #2

Dec 10, 2021

'What's the Furthest Place From Here?' is another creative tour de force from two comic book auteurs in Rosenberg and Boss. Anything can happen in this story of rival gangs, a missing girl, and the mysterious figures who make the rules. It's not often when you open a comic and don't know where it's headed. Readers are at the mercy of its creators and it's freakin' awesome. 

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Witchblood #1

Mar 30, 2021

'Witchblood' #1 is quite simply bloody fun. Yonna emerges as the next great supernatural hero like Buffy and Wynona Earp before her. This Western remix involving witches and vampires is just what we need to add some magic and sass to our lives. 

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Witchblood #2

Apr 30, 2021

'Witchblood' is a blood-soaked bag of Skittles laced with LSD. With the strangely monikered Hounds of Love killing their way across the West and our reluctant anti-heroine riding away from the danger, things are getting weirder. Paxton just might be the best villain in comics right now. Sorry, Joker. 'Witchblood' continues to be a blast, one pretty and bloody joyride through Hell aka Texas.

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Witchblood #6

Sep 10, 2021

'Witchblood' #6 is a climatic touchstone for the series where everything changes and every nightmare scenario is realized. Despite the efforts of all the heroes, the good guys don't win this time and that makes the story even more magnetic. Erman and company have taken their time in building a devastating tale about witches versus vampires that's fresh, exciting, and ultimately invigorating the genre. The payoff in issue six shows that anything can happen and will. 

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X-O Manowar (2020) #5

Aug 23, 2021

It's hard to judge 'X-O Manowar fairly when two other Valiant titles have been so stellar by comparison. Both 'Shadowman' and 'Ninjak' have brought new and exciting storylines to the Valiant label. 'X-O Manowar' suffers from a convoluted plot that keeps Aric from shining. Despite this, I wouldn't count this series out just yet.  

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