Hank Rea's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Nine Panel Press Reviews: 31
8.3Avg. Review Rating

10
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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10
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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10
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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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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8
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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8
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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9
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 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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8
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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8
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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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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8
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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8
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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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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10
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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8
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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8
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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7
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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8
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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8
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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9
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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8
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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8
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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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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