Hank Rea's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Lotusland Comics Reviews: 124
8.4Avg. Review Rating

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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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 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 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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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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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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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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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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