Ian Stephen's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: All-Comic Reviews: 177
8.0Avg. Review Rating

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A Voice in the Dark: Get Your Gun #1

Sep 24, 2014

This issue's claim to be a great jumping on point was the absolute truth! This story is engaging and flows very smoothly from start to finish. The simple plot combined with deep characters won me over by the end of this issue. Readers both returning and brand new should be more than happy with A Voice in the Dark: Get Your Gun.

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Afterlife With Archie #2

Nov 20, 2013

You really couldn't ask for a better crafted series, both the writer and artist complement each other's strengths while keeping a tight paced narrative. This is a zombie book that readers who may not like the horror genre will find enjoyment in; this is an Archie comic that could change the minds of people who easily dismissed Archie comics in the past. This comic is like a glimpse of the crossroads between new and old, heavy and light, good and bad, all meeting. As a reader you just want to stop and take it Afterlife with Archie and enjoy this rare type of genre morphing comic that surprisingly doesn't come around that often.

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Afterlife With Archie #3

Jan 7, 2014

Afterlife With Archie is absolutely an exceptional series that only comes around every so often. This series gets better with every issue and that keeps readers interested and keeps them coming back. This series has gone beyond expectations and is just delivering both an attractive and shocking story. Thank you both Roberto and Francesco for delivering such a tremendous story.

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Alex + Ada #1

Nov 5, 2013

As a first issue Alex + Ada does a great job of slowly revealing enough to get things started and get the ball rolling. After this issue it does leave you feeling like just the beginning and things could really go anywhere from here and those are the stories that intrigue readers to keep coming back to see where this goes.

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Alex + Ada #2

Dec 10, 2013

Alex + Adais a pretty basic concept pulled off really well so far. Even if there isn't a solid plot it has well rounded characters in a distant but familiar world, with an interesting but basic concept that makes this an engaging series. It's hard to judge a series so early on but Alex + Ada has set things up while still leaving plenty of room for the story to go anywhere it pleases from here.

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Alex + Ada #3

Jan 15, 2014

Luna's art still has his unique style but he has also put a lot of effort into portraying a world not too far from our own and introduces futuristic concepts that still feel extremely realistic. The whole notion of a love story has been overplayed since it's probably the oldest story told through the ages but it's things like this that put a fresh look at a recognizable idea. Alex + Ada is such a deep story that not only entertains you but also makes you think about how dependent we, as a society, depend on technology and where do we draw the line?

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Arcadia #1

May 5, 2015

There was a lot going on in Arcadia‘s first issue, but it never bogs down the reading experience. With comics being so popular and accessible now, the one hard thing to find is a fresh idea. Arcadia feels like a concept that isn't used too often and these creators found a really interesting way to spin it. When you read comics for a while you realize one should never judge a series by its first issue. Sometimes when you are reading issues monthly you lose track of the big picture, which is the story. Arcadia feels like one of those series that will grow with each issue and will work even better when read in large chunks.

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Arkham Manor #2

Nov 27, 2014

Arkham Manor is starting to take shape into a great series. You can see the creators working and setting up for a great mystery story. Batman is a character who has suffered from overexposure so it makes it difficult to tell a Batman story with a fresh take. That's another reason Arkham Manor is so enjoyable to read. It feels unique, like being able to scratch an itch that readers may not have knew they had.

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Astro City (2013) #4

Sep 11, 2013

This issue was probably the best one of the latest run and that says something because the last 2 issues were a very strong arc as well. The great thing about this series is you never know where the story will go next issue, it's always a pleasant surprise. Astro City is also one of those series that you don't really need to read previous issues to gain your bearings. You can usually pick up any issue and get an understanding of this world Busiek, Anderson & Ross have built. It has been a real pleasure to have Astro City back and anyone who hasn't checked this series out should really give it a shot.

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Astro City (2013) #5

Oct 10, 2013

Since its return, every issue of Astro City has been strong. Sometimes build up issues like this can feel lackluster but Astro City still finds a way to make set-up issues still be enjoyable to read. It will be interesting to see how these stories eventually come around and work themselves into the story again. Long time fans know after this many years Astro City always delivers when it comes to great stories, so stick around and enjoy the ride because it's always delightful to read an issue of Astro City.

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Astro City (2013) #6

Nov 13, 2013

Astro City makes you care about characters, not use them as a plot point or a main characters crux; they all have their own stories and they each have a characteristic that most readers can relate to. You don't even notice a lack of action or an over-arching plot that may have taken a backseat one issue and then come front and center the next. This team of creators makes a story about a city that is told through all of the people who inhabit it, no matter how big or small their contributions may seem.

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Astro City (2013) #8

Jan 17, 2014

This story is a prime example of everything that is great about Astro City and why's it's so great to have it back on the shelves. You can get so many layers of enjoyment out of this series no matter how familiar you are with Astro City‘s history or even comics in general. Busiek and Anderson have spent years building this series which reflects off the page onto the reader but they never stray away too far from being impossible to a new reader to pick up and enjoy. Hopefully new readers will enjoy this latest series and be convinced to go back and read the previous collections if they feel they want to know more about all the inhabitants of Astro City. Many people write comics where they build their own super powered characters while throwing in subtle homages to familiar heroes but Astro City was always one of the first who did it right and made a series that can stand alone as its own entity.

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Beasts of Burden: Hunters & Gatherers #1

Mar 12, 2014

Even though this felt more like a small piece to a bigger puzzle and not a self-contained story that has become the standard for most one-shots, it's always a welcome surprise to have any form of new Beasts of Burden material. Hopefully people will decide to pick up this issue and be inspired to read all of the previous Beasts of Burden stories, and then they'll know what hooked us already loyal fans into supporting such a wonderful series.

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Bedlam #9

Oct 3, 2013

On the surface it is easy to just write off Bedlam as a gruesome horror murder mystery or even the over used genre of “torture porn” but it really is much deeper than that once you really get to the meat of this series and the characters who inhabit it. Nothing sums up the basis of Bedlam quite like the tagline that has always accompanied the series, “is evil just something you are or something you do?”

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Birthright #1

Oct 9, 2014

There were plenty of surprises and twists in this first issue alone that by the last page, it had won me over and totally consumed me. It'll be exciting to see where the story will go because there is plenty of room to develop in the world of Birthright.

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Birthright #2

Nov 5, 2014

Birthright is proving to be an incredibly strong series that could easily turn into the next runaway hit. It has elements of all sorts of genres that all readers should be able to enjoy and delve into. I had to keep reminding myself that this was only issue two because of how quickly Birthright captivated me. Say hello to your new favorite series.

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Bitch Planet #1

Dec 9, 2014

Bitch Planet‘s debut issue is a welcome surprise. It's an almost silly concept that is executed so well that you accept it and feel entrenched within the pages of Bitch Planet‘s story. With all of the things displayed in Bitch Planet‘s debut, there is still plenty of room for the story to evolve. By the end of the issue, readers are left curiously wondering where this creative team will take Bitch Planet from here.

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Black Market #4

Oct 8, 2014

Anyone who likes seeing a twisted take on the superhero genre will derive a lot of pleasure out Black Market. For only being four issues it felt longer but not drug out. Just a fantastic story that was perfectly paced. Sometimes there are just too many ongoing series out there. It seems like many have forgotten the art of the limited series. It's nice to be able to just pick up some fun to read for a couple months and not have to commit years to it. Black Market is a series that might have went under a few radars that you should consider checking out.

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Black Science #2

Dec 17, 2013

After such an intense first issue this issue was necessary to expand more on the characters and their predicament they seem to be stuck in. It's a common stereotype that character or world building issues can seem sluggish or boring but Black Science handles it very well. Everything flows at a smooth and reasonable pace that makes this issue pretty easy to digest in one read. Black Science is on a roll and there is no doubt there are still plenty of great things to come from this team of creators. It's nice to sit and enjoy early issues of a series like this because even though this is a good start, you get the feeling that we're only just scratching the surface.

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Black Science #4

Feb 24, 2014

Black Science is the action-packed sci-fi thriller that you have been asking for; striking art, compelling characters and a gripping story all in one book. This team of creators are showing off their experienced skills and hitting us with everything they have. Every single issue has been magnificent to read and no one issue has felt less superior to another. Black Science just keeps getting better as it goes on, sucking you as a reader, deeper into its inter-dimensional abyss.

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Black Science #5

Mar 31, 2014

Black Science has really perfected the cliffhanger ending; this latest one is no exception and is probably the best one yet. The next issue cannot come soon enough; Black Science is such an addicting read. Remender and Scalera make for a great creative team and it seems that this series is a perfect match for both of their particular artistic strengths. Sci-fi fans take note; this is a fantastic series really worth checking out.

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Black Science #7

Jul 30, 2014

This issue was definitely worth the wait, it even feels like they were never gone. Black Science is a series that really scratches that high-concept science fiction itch that a lot of comic readers are always dying for. Welcome back, Black Science. Now please give us the next issue!

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Bounce #5

Sep 17, 2013

The Bounce is much like lead character, Jasper Jenkins; hopping all over the place and you have no idea where it will go next. Things are in motion; you can feel the pressure building in the story. When will it blow? We have to wait and see. As long as the characters stay interesting, there is no reason the story won't be worth the wait.

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Bounce #6

Oct 23, 2013

Trying to describe each issue of The Bounce with words always seems frivolous, this is a series to experience and decide on your own whether you enjoy it or not. The art looks good, the characters are well rounded and interesting and Casey gives you just enough plot to string you along without revealing his full hand. If you are already reading The Bounce then this issue is everything you've come to expect from this series but this may be too confusing for any new reader to blindly jump into.

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Bounce #7

Nov 12, 2013

The Bounce much like it's name does have the tendency to bounce all over the place, but any reader who can follow it will find a very rich story. The key is that all of these characters are interesting and mysterious to compliment a similar style of story. As long as things stay interesting with these well fleshed out characters while luring the reader in with an overall mystery why wouldn't anyone keep reading?

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Catalyst Comix #3

Sep 4, 2013

The issue ends with the lines, “Change Is Happening! Keep Reading!” Pretty safe bet anyone who made it this far certainly will. This series is fun and there is plenty in the story and characters to keep one interested. There is a strong feeling that there will be a payoff down the road.

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Cloaks #1

Sep 2, 2014

Cloaks shows signs of promise and has a decent lead character. This series will be more of an acquired taste for some people. If you're a reader who doesn't really like stories about magicians might not enjoy this. However when it does come to the magician genre, Cloaks is starting off as one of the best. This was a good start but we will have to wait and see what the next issue has in store.

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Cluster #1

Feb 3, 2015

This was a fantastic first issue that read smoothly. It can be hard to ride that line of putting way too much information into a debut issue. However, Cluster was able to do it in a practical way that didn't feel like a chore, but just a well crafted issue. Cluster does have some familiar elements, but the way they are presented feels fresh. Cluster is a series that has an amazing creative team of artists that have been around andare finally flourishing and you see it reflected on the pages of Cluster‘s debut. Cluster is a series that sci-fi fans need to be following.

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Copperhead #1

Sep 10, 2014

Copperhead totally lives up to the hype. This first issue was a great introduction to the world of Copperhead and all of its inhabitants. Copperhead is poised to be one of Image's next big ongoing titles that you are going to wish you had read.

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Curb Stomp #1

Feb 23, 2015

This was a pretty good start for Curb Stomp and its creative team. Being a series from relatively unknown creators, this first issue was a fun surprise. Curb Stomp is not for everyone, but it's a pretty straightforward story. With Curb Stomp being only four issue long, it's just sheer entertainment to sit back and enjoy a good old-fashioned gang war.

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Dark Ages #1

Aug 11, 2014

Together, Abnett and Colbard's talents combined make Dark Ages a fun read for being such a harsh story. There are plenty of intense and surprising moments, and by the end of the issue you're in the zone and pining for the next one. Dark Ages has started off on the right foot but the truly fun part of any good first issue is wondering where the story will go from here.

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Dead Body Road #2

Jan 22, 2014

So far Dead Body Road‘s tale of revenge isn't anything new that certain fans haven't read before. It's more of a product of a group of skilled creators coming together and meshing so well that they complement each other. An exciting book like this keeps you as a reader entertained to read and keeps you wanting to come back each month to see what happens next.

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Dead Body Road #3

Feb 24, 2014

I feel sorry for anyone who looked passed or dismissed Dead Body Road because this series is shaping up to be something really special. There has been a real lack of well done modern age crime fiction in comics lately, so it's great to see a series out there hitting all the marks and hooking us readers into the story. Mind you, this is only the third issue, but it seems the tables turn in every issue of Dead Body Road. No matter how satisfied you are with the presently released issue, readers are excited to see what happens in the next one.

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Dead Body Road #4

Mar 25, 2014

Another month has come and gone, and with that we get another splendid issue of Dead Body Road. This series has gone above and beyond what expectations people may have placed on it before and successfully has become a crime comic classic. Anyone who loves a good modern day crime story should really be giving this comic some attention. Dead Body Road is easily one of those series that you get excited about reading every month.

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Deadly Class #11

Feb 19, 2015

Each issue of Deadly Class has been an incredible stand-alone read while still continuing the series' overarching plot. This creative team has really come up with something special when it comes to Deadly Class. This series has been an intense and violent ride while still being a touching coming of age story. This issue was a great reminder as to why readers enjoy this series so much.

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Death Of Wolverine #4

Oct 16, 2014

Overall, the Death of Wolverine mini-series did its job. It told a complete story, paid homage to the character and then delivered Wolverine's death as promised. This will probably be one of those things that fans will debate forever. These kinds of events are usually the most polarizing but as long as people talk about them and remember them, then job well done.

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Deep State #1

Nov 11, 2014

This issue was a great start but it leaves the reader wanting more. Deep State‘s debut was easy to follow and enjoyable to read, but it didn't feel like there was enough there for it to sink its hooks in. However, it is unfair to always expect first issues to blow your mind right off the bat. Some stories, like Deep State, are more restrained and need time and space to evolve into a greater beast then what it once was.

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Dream Thief #5

Sep 14, 2013

So far, so good. Honestly if this series was only five issues long it would have still been a pretty good story. By the end of the book you do get a satisfied feeling but they really leave you wanting the next arc by the end. Where will things go from here? It will be fun to see how this story will play out now. Until Dream Thief returns let's hope John gets some well deserved sleep without killing anyone.

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East of West #14

Jul 29, 2014

How can you not be reading this series right now? East of West is everything great about the comic medium done right by a group of skilled and like-minded creators. Every single issue has been a delight to read and always leaves you wanting more and looking forward to next month. East of West is just one of those series that makes you excited to be reading comics.

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East of West: The World One Shot #1

Dec 8, 2014

East of West: The World isn't exactly essential, even though there is some new information presented within its pages. It is however, very helpful at gearing readers for the next year of East of West. Current fans will enjoy getting a more in-depth look at this America. Those who may have been holding out on reading East of West might consider checking this one-shot out to get a grasp on what they are in for.

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Escape from New York #1

Dec 2, 2014

It is no easy task to take older cult classic movies and try to continue that story in a comic. Some are more successful than others. Especially when it's a movie that's over 20 years old, you have to worry if there is still a fan base out there. Escape From New York has started off on the right foot so far. This first issue got right into the story with no hand holding, but was still easy to follow. Readers who aren't familiar with Snake Plissken might not get as much joy out of reading this issue. This is for fans who want more of Snake's adventures while getting a bigger glimpse into the state of the world that Escape From New York takes place in.

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Five Weapons #6

Jan 27, 2014

Even though it's nice to return to all of the characters we loved in Five Weapons, we will have to see as time goes on if there was a need to return to the school after such a solid opening arc. This issue isn't a bad start, there are a few parts that seemed like a mildly awkward transition from the previous arc to this new one such as the friendship between Enrique and Tyler. At the same time since this went from a mini-series to an ongoing can usually be a clunky transition but Five Weapons pulls it off better than most. As a reader we will have to see how this story progresses and hope Jimmie Robinson can capture the magic that made the first five issues so exciting to read every month.

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Five Weapons #7

Feb 24, 2014

Five Weapons is an incredibly entertaining series. Even I had apprehensions about this series continuing past its original planned five issues but this issue reminded me what made me fall in love with this series to begin with. It's nice to have Five Weapons back with all of our favorite quirky school children and teachers. The only real problem with Five Weapons is waiting till next month to see what happens next.

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Giant Days #1

Mar 17, 2015

BOOM! has made quite an effort to give webcomic creators a larger platform to show their work to. Giant Days is another example of that and it was executed very well. This was a great read for new or existing Giant Days fans. Being exposed to new creators and different stories is what makes reading comics fun. If you have enjoyed other series from the BOOM! Box imprint then this is a must read.

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God Hates Astronauts #1

Sep 1, 2014

Glad to have you make God Hates Astronauts! This was a great first issue that brought me right back into Browne's world. It's hard to read God Hates Astronauts without even cracking a smile. Smiles are good for you. More comics need to make us smile. Looking forward to reading more GHA, but now I'm going to read volume 1 again while I wait.

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Godkiller: Walk Among Us #1

Oct 28, 2014

Now even though this series may have some history to its story, when you read this debut issue of Godkiller with fresh eyes, it's still a great debut for a comic. It's both familiar and different, which is a big part of Godkiller's allure. This book doesn't try to cater to everyone, so it is definitely an acquired taste. If you want a series that feels like anarchy and looks bleak and rusty, Godkiller is worth picking up.

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Goners #1

Oct 20, 2014

Goners' first issue was an intense but fun read. It was nice to get a first issue that didn't feel like a typical set up but also wasn't a confusing mess. Because of that, it is hard to judge The Goners by just this first issue. Yes, it's hard and unfair to judge an series off of the first issue, but Goners is harder than most. It certainly made a big enough impact to make me want to check on the next issue.

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Goners #2

Nov 20, 2014

Goners feels both fresh and familiar. It's one of those stories that embodies all of the great things we love to read in comics. Right now is an incredible time for independent and creator-owned series. It's hard to follow all of the amazing new series that have been coming out. Most readers only have a certain amount of expendable time and money, butGoners is a series more people should dive into.

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Goners #3

Dec 16, 2014

There are a lot of familiar elements used in Goners, but this creative team finds a way to combine them into a totally fresh idea. That might be the one thing about Goners that could dissuade some readers, it might look formulaic on the surface. Once you take the plunge and dive into Goners, you realize there is something special going on in the pages of this series. This was a great issue of Goners that really tied things together and solidified me as a reader.

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Goners #6

Mar 22, 2015

Image Comics can't do wrong. By giving creators a space to tell their own stories gives readers an assorted variety of titles and genres to pick from. Sometimes it seems like a daunting task to try to keep up with every Image series. Goners may be one of those series that readers overlooked or judged it by its appearance. Yet, Goners isn't a one note series, it has elements of every genre rolled into its narrative. Whether this is the end of the Latimer's tale or just the start of a new series, this run of Goners was a whole lot of fun to read.

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Half Past Danger #5

Sep 17, 2013

Half Past Danger is one of the most underrated comics out there and people who just want a great adventure title should really check this out. I highly recommend reading the previous issue first, though. This is not an issue to jump in on. If you have been following this series than this issue is essential reading. Mooney has done an incredible job with this series and really put his name out there on a lot of radars and with good reason. Can't wait till the next issue!

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Half Past Danger #6

Nov 26, 2013

Not sure what else you could want from a six issue series; Half Past Danger brought plenty to the table and was a perfect adventure story. These days the entire genre of adventure is actually pretty rare because so many people either do it wrong or don't know how to do it all. One hopes Mooney does return to do more Half Past Danger in the future because it's a great series and there is room for more stories but if he doesn't these 6 issues would be fine too. Now that I'm familiar with Mooney and like his work it will be exciting to see what he works on next as either a writer or artist. If you happen to have missed this series, now that it's complete would be a good time to read it and see for yourself.

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HaloGen #1

Mar 2, 2015

HaloGen came with a loaded debut that wastes no time jumping into the story. There is no shortage of space thrillers out there right now, so for HaloGen to stand-out onits own was no easy feat. This team of creators have had experience working together before and it shows on HaloGen‘s pages. It'll be interesting to see where HaloGen goes from here. Even though this is slated to be only a four issue mini-series, there already feels like HaloGen has a plethora of stories yet to tell.

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Help Us! Great Warrior #1

Feb 9, 2015

Help Us! Great Warrior is one of those comics for people who just like entertaining comics. It shows that you don't need to always be dark and gritty to make good comics. Boom! Box has really cornered this market when it comes to creator-owned series. Help Us! Great Warrior is another title that helps take the negative connotation off the label of “all ages”.

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Hexed (2014) #1

Aug 13, 2014

This was a perfectly good first issue for Hexed to return with. There are plenty of fun characters, great art and an interesting story that made it a smooth and entertaining read. New or returning readers shouldn't have any problem enjoying this first issue. In fact, it makes new readers want to go back and check out the previous mini-series.

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Hit #1

Sep 6, 2013

Sometimes you just need a meat-and-potatoes detective pulp story to just immerse yourself into, and Hit! is perfect for that. Everything including the faux newspaper articles in the front and classic looking ads in back of the book are fun to read and give you more of that 50"s vibe. When it comes down to it I honestly don't know what else anyone could ask of a noir detective mystery. After this issue the table is set for a wild ride that you better believe the next three issues will deliver.

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Hit #2

Oct 2, 2013

Hit is a four issue mini-series, which makes this issue the halfway point of the story, and if the last two issues are as good as these first two then this is shaping up to be one of the best series of its genre. It will be fun to see where this series goes because if you've made it this far and are intrigued then you have to see how this will all end for Slater.

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Hit #3

Nov 5, 2013

Hit has been a perfect real world 50′s detective story that fans of L.A. Confidential or Chinatown could find plenty to enjoy about this series. It was nice to see some low key creators bring such an appealing and straight forward crime mystery and hit every beat while still pulling out surprises of their won. Only one issue left, how will things end up for Spencer? It'll be exciting to see how this series ends.

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Imperial #1

Aug 6, 2014

Imperial started off a bit clunky but it really picks up halfway through and by the last page you can't help but want to know what happens next. When there are so many creator owned comics out there doing their own versions of superheroes it's going to be hard for Imperial to stand out. Hopefully it will keep its playful tone while still keeping its serious moments authentic. Never try to judge a series by its first issue because it usually takes two to really set the stage.

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Intersect #1

Nov 17, 2014

Intersect is clouded in both its tone and storytelling which can make for both a good or bad read. This series is going to be one that can only be judged by the eye of each reader. Where I may have found it somewhat difficult to follow, I could also see where others might enjoy this type of story. Intersect reflects a rare type of storytelling you don't normally see in the comics medium. Curious readers may want to read it and judge for themselves.

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Invisible Republic #1

Mar 15, 2015

This was a wonderful debut for Invisible Republic. Being able to deliver a sci-fi story that doesn't heavily rely on abstract space concepts is rare these days. Invisible Republic gave readers the one thing they pick up a new series to find: a great story that you can easily be absorbed into. Invisible Republic proved to be a refreshing debut that looks to only get more interesting from here.

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Invisible Republic #2

Apr 22, 2015

Invisible Republic is wonderful example of both writing and art working in harmony to build an incredible story that begs to be read. Reading a story from both ends of the book would seem like a bad idea, but this creative team pulls it off with style. Invisible Republic is a fantastic series that everyone should check out because it's hard to imagine anyone not getting hooked with just these two issues.

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Kaijumax #1

Apr 7, 2015

Kaijumax‘s debut was a ton of fun that didn't take itself too seriously. Yet, Zander Cannon can take such a goofy concept and make it both serious and silly. As a reader you find yourself relating more to the monsters rather than the human characters. Kaijumax is a prime example of how imaginative and entertaining the comics medium can be in the hands of the right creators, or in this case, creator.

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Kings Watch #1

Sep 22, 2013

Overall I think this is shaping up to be one of Dynamite's strongest team-up books yet. Parker was a smart choice for writer because he can really tell a high-quality adventure without being too serious. This will only be a 5 issues mini-series so it is honestly worth the time and money to at least check out Kings Watch.

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Kings Watch #2

Oct 16, 2013

Cobra is making his move, our heroes are putting things together and we now know what the Kings Watch is, sort of. With only three issues left it will be fascinating to see when all three of our heroes will team up to fight off the determined and vile Cobra and his plans for the Kings Watch. Being a miniseries, Kings Watch does an excellent job of making each issue fun and engaging to read and keep the pages flowing smoothly for a great story.

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Kings Watch #3

Dec 10, 2013

Only two issues left and it will be interesting to see how our heroes handle the grim predicament they seem to be caught in. Kings Watch is shaping up to be a fun ride while showing it's not about who the characters are but how you use them. Dynamite have a plethora of classic pulp heroes at their helm right now but no one is doing anything quite as fun as Kings Watch. Writers take note you can do dark pulps while still throwing a in a bit of lighthearted fun without compromising anything.

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Kings Watch #4

Feb 21, 2014

So far this has been a fun little mini-series that came out swinging from issue one and has yet to let up. Only one issue remains, it'll be interesting to see how this story wraps up. As long as this creative team goes out with as much vigor as it started, Kings Watch will be an incredibly successful series that people should check out either now or when it's collected.

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Kings Watch #5

Apr 7, 2014

Dynamite has been doing an incredible job with reinventing golden age pulp heroes for today's readers to enjoy. Some may be more successful than others but there is a consistency when it comes to the care they take with updating these characters while still preserving their core elements. Kings Watch has been one of their best character reinventions yet and hopefully this isn't the last we see of these characters.

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Lady Killer #1

Jan 6, 2015

This was a good start for Lady Killer. This first issue felt simple and that made it read smoothly. The dark comedy tone was slightly muddled this first issue, but after another issue things will start take shape. Being only a five issue mini-series, Lady Killer is worth grabbing if only just for the amazing art. Lady Killer‘s debut felt like just a playful taste of what has yet to unfold that's certainly bringing me back for more.

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Lazarus #3

Aug 31, 2013

This issue leaves you waiting with bated breath for the next. with a pretty decent cliffhanger. Lazarus has really hit every mark since it started and doesn't look to slow down anytime soon. With Lazarus, Rucka and Lark are a combined artistic force working on a series that perfectly complements both of their styles. If you like sci-fi action or even strong female leads or if you just like a fantastic story with well-rounded characters then pick this up.

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Lazarus #4

Oct 2, 2013

Lazarus has been a thrilling ride with deep characters set in a rich world, which is rare for a series with only four issues under its belt. Even though every issue has so much to enjoy it still finds a way of leaving you wanting more by the last panel, which is what most people want from this kind of series.

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Lazarus #5

Dec 10, 2013

Transitioning from one arc to the next can sometimes be a bit of a bumpy ride but Lazarus still pulls it off. Rucka still leaves some things open from the previous story to carry over and address through time while still setting the stage for what's to come next with the introduction of the “Lift” process. Seems like there will be plenty of new characters to explore and even some more new families to introduce, so this still just feels like we've only chipped into the tip of the iceberg.

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Lazarus #6

Feb 3, 2014

The Lift arc is proving to be an unexpected but enjoyable read that not only helps shapes Forever's characteristics and exposes the reader to more of this vast world that Rucka and Lark have built. When thinking about it, it might have been a waste to solely focus on the fighting between the main families without exploring all of the other aspects of this world they have built. This arc proves there is much more to Lazarus than just fighting and as a reader it is intriguing to see how this will relate to the main story and how these new characters will affect Forever's life journey.

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Lazarus #7

Mar 18, 2014

Lazarus continues to be one of the strongest ongoing series that is currently coming out on a monthly basis. Rucka and Lark work incredibly well together and it shows on every single page of Lazarus. Even though this arc seems different compared to the previous, its issues like this that make you realize that they are just two sides to the same coin. The Lift is still continuing Forevers story but its also showing us different aspects of what life is like in this world Rucka and Lark have built which is turning out to be a very fascinating read.

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Lazarus #13

Nov 24, 2014

Lazarus is without a doubt one of the best series currently ongoing. Both Lark and Rucka are on top of their game and it shows on every page of Lazarus. The depth presented in both Lazarus‘s setting and the character's who inhabit it make for a series that keeps readers coming back for more.

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Lazarus #14

Jan 13, 2015

Another great issue of Lazarus, which is a trend I personally love to see. This is one of those issues of Lazarus that may not have had a lot of action scenes, but sometime it's those moments between characters that are the most intense. By the end of this issue it would seem that the small thread of peace keeping the families civil under this one roof has finally broken. With everything that happened in this issue of Lazarus, the next issue looks to be even better.

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Letter 44 #1

Oct 17, 2013

Without spoilers, it's the last page reveal the really put Letter 44 in the top. The whole issue was not only an introduction but a slow build to that final page that just reels you in. Letter 44 is the perfect example of how do make a great first issue. Look good, set up the plot, introduce the characters and leave the reader wanting more; also did I mention that it was ONE DOLLAR!? Give it a shot and it may grab you too, the next issue can't come soon enough.

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Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland #1

Aug 19, 2014

This was an excellent first issue that was just plain fun to read and then immediately re-read right after that. Do you need to know anything about previous Little Nemo stories before reading this? No, of course it never hurts. My start into Little Nemo was through the animated movie and NES game from 1989 and I was able to jump in without any problems. This was a pleasure to read, it feels so good to be back in Slumberland.

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Loki: Ragnarok and Roll #1

Feb 18, 2014

This first issue was a good start to a series that most people might glance over and not think twice about. However, if you give it a chance, you may find yourself surprised by how much Loki: Ragnarok and Roll will make you smile while reading it. Loki: Ragnarok and Roll is a well written series that doesn't take itself too seriously and is just here to entertain you, so you should just sit back and enjoy it for what it is and join me into looking forward to the next issue.

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Loki: Ragnarok and Roll #2

Mar 19, 2014

Every now and then you need to read a comic series thats just fun for what it is and Loki: Ragnarok and Roll is that type of comic. Sure, they arent breaking any boundaries and are using a character that happens to be incredibly popular thanks to the Marvel version, but they are still telling an amusing story that flows well and leaves a smile on your face when you finish. For only being four issues long, this mini-series is meant to just be enjoyed for what it is, a silly but hilarious read.

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Magnus: Robot Fighter #1

Mar 10, 2014

For being its first issue, Magnus: Robot Fighter is starting off well. Everything looked and flowed wonderfully while reading it, while the story was easy to follow but still left questions and mystery in the background. Magnus even beat the bolts out of a couple robots before the end of this first issue, as to avoid any cries of false advertisement. Magnus: Robot Fighter is worth picking up and checking out, it already has me curious to read the next issue.

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Magnus: Robot Fighter #2

Apr 9, 2014

So far, Dynamite has been doing a bang-up job of handling these Gold Key characters, and Magnus: Robot Fighter itself has so far been the real standout series. This creative team has really done a magnificent job with updating Magnus for modern readers and still keeping all the robot-punching that classic fans have grown to love. This story and world are more than enough to keep a reader interested and coming back for more every month.

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Manifest Destiny #4

Feb 10, 2014

For only having four issues of Manifest Destiny released so far, each one feels so full and rich that it seems like you got a lot in every issue without the story feeling rushed. There really hasn't been a boring issue of Manifest Destiny yet. This series truly is a reader's delight between the stunning art team, original concept and Digness' perfectly plotted flow. For me, it's easy to say this is one of the best series out there that I'm excited to read every month.

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Mantle #1

May 12, 2015

If you love stories that like to twist the idea of a superhero story, then The Mantle is the perfect series for you. Even if you don't normally dive into the superpowered genre, The Mantle is still very accessible for a novice reader. This was an excellent first issue that didn't feel like a first issue. The story unravels naturally and doesn't feel like forced exposition. Everything reads very fluidly and every page looks striking. If the goal was to immediately intriguing story that gets readers wanting more, than The Mantle won.

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Memetic #1

Oct 22, 2014

Memetic was a surprisingly fun first issue. Let's also not forget that this issue is a whopping 48 pages. After reading this over-sized first issue I then realized that this was only a three issue mini-series. With only two issues left, there isn't much room to slow down. The last two issues will also be over-sized. Let's just hope they make as big an impact as this first issue did.

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Miami Vice Remix #1

Mar 23, 2015

Miami Vice: Remixplays off of 80's nostalgia while still just being an entertaining comic anyone can enjoy. Putting Joe Casey and Jim Mahfood together on any project would be a great idea; it just so happens Miami Vice: Remix is that project. Both creators have a knack for being extreme in their own form of storytelling. You might worry that when two people like that come together it might be an undecipherable mess. However, Casey and Mahfood complement each other quite well and because of this Miami Vice: Remix is a hell of a lot of fun to read.

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Mind the Gap #14

Sep 19, 2013

Overall this issue did its job adding more fuel to the fire because this slow burn does feel like it is really heating up. Next month's issue fifteen will be the final issue of “Act I” for Mind The Gap so that would be a good time to catch up on the series before “Act II” begins this December. If you haven't read this series or dropped out a couple issues in, then now would be the time to check out the entire arc of “Act I” and if you still aren't interested then this just may not be your cup of tea.

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Mind the Gap #15

Oct 2, 2013

When It was announced that Act II would start in December, the feeling was there would be some sort of big payoff at the end of Act I but this really wasn't much of an ending. The mystery still continues and it seems there are even more people involved with many layers yet to still be exposed. We shall see how Act II opens and where things will progress but as of now us readers are left much like Elle, trapped in the dark.

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Minimum Wage #1

Jan 8, 2014

There is plenty in this first issue of Minimum Wage for readers both new and old to enjoy and also relate to. The great part of Minimum Wage is that even though this series has always felt so personal almost anyone can relate to it. Fingerman is great at making stories that are grounded yet very entertaining. The concept of the “slacker” was a very popular idea that many people used and also abused but not many of those people could follow with what happens next, but Fingerman pulls it off quite well here. Any fans that were concerned about returning to Minimum Wage should have their worries extinguished with this first issue and hopefully new readers will enjoy this enough to continue to read on and even read the older material.

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Outcast By Kirkman & Azaceta #8

Apr 30, 2015

Outcast is a series that shows another side to Robert Kirkman as a writer. You still feel like you're reading a Kirkman book, it's just him showing another side of his writing ability. These are the perfect group of creators to tackle this type of story and that's what makes Outcast so appealing. Every issue of Outcast isn't going to knock your socks off every installmentwith big shocks, but it has its own way of making readers want to read more. Reading Outcast is similar to being possessed by a demon, once you're in the darkness it's hard to get out.

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POP #1

Aug 27, 2014

This was a very entertaining first issue. Being a four issue mini-series and having such a strong starting issue, it seems dumb to not continue reading POP. It's just nice to have an amusing mini-series to just read monthly and enjoy the ride. It's both goofy and witty, which is something comics needs more of.

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Pretty Deadly #1

Oct 22, 2013

This was a poetic first issue that perfectly balanced both light and dark vibes that is Pretty Deadly. Too often people assume that you can't find beauty in harsh times and situations but this book throws those thoughts out the window. As a reader you want to immediately read it twice, once for the story and a second time just to take in all of the art. This is a great start to a series that looks to be a true tour de force with three creators working at their best and as a reader you can't help but love it for what it is but also pine for more. This is just the tip of the iceberg so it will be exciting to see where it goes from here because the possibilities are endless.

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Pretty Deadly #2

Nov 27, 2013

Both DeConnick and Rios have been around the comic industry for awhile and have distinguished themselves but Pretty Deadly feels like both of them at the top of their game giving us fans everything they have. Love it or hate it, I don't know how you cannot respect a series that goes all out like this. With both issue one and two together feel like a great introduction so let's see where issue three takes us.

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Pretty Deadly #3

Dec 17, 2013

This is the issue that really brings all of the elements introduced in the previous ones together and shapes this story out while revealing most of the characters roles. At this point there does seem like a pattern that Pretty Deadly gets better with each issue. As the story continues on, the creators divulge more and slowly lure us readers deeper into this dark and stunning series.

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Punk Mambo #0

Nov 18, 2014

This was an excellent example of how to use the idea of a zero issue to introduce a character to readers. Specifically when you are dealing with a shared universe like Valiant has, it's imperative to bring fresh ideas. Punk Mambo feels like an terrific addition into the Valiant Universe and will be a great character for readers to enjoy.

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Rat Queens #8

Sep 30, 2014

What can you tell someone who isn't on the Rat Queens train yet? It's a great fantasy series that people who don't even like fantasy stories can enjoy. Even though we know who the ladies are from reading, it's nice to have a glimpse of where they came from. Rat Queens continues to deliver an enjoyably rowdy read. It's great to have them back.

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Rat Queens: Braga #1

Jan 11, 2015

Rat Queens: Braga was a fun way to establish both the character Braga and the artist Tess Fowler to a larger reading audience of Rat Queen fans. With the main series of Rat Queens suffering from large gaps between issues, doing a one-shot like Rat Queens: Braga is a smart way to sedate reader's urges until the story picks back up. Rat Queens: Braga felt so successful handling both the concept of a one-shot and bringing in a guest artist, one can only hope for more. As a reader and fan, I would love to see all sorts of artists tackling other minor characters in similar Rat Queens one-shots. Rat Queens: Braga was a fantastic read to bring readers back into the Rat Queens world, but it also stands on its own perfectly.

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Regular Show #3

Aug 31, 2013

Each story has a different art style that stands out from each other, yet each somehow still does a great job of really capturing the feel of the show. Fans of Regular Show on television should be picking this up and checking it for themselves. There is plenty of great art and quirky stories in here to get your Regular Show fix.

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Regular Show #4

Oct 16, 2013

This was a decent issue of Regular Show but not the best. The problem could be that the first three issues were pretty diverse and eccentric which made this one seem tame, or even that, as a reader, you might expect more from a comic that just returned after a small hiatus. Most series always have ups and downs, especially when you do smaller arcs with established characters, so if this is the low point of this series then it's actually doing pretty well. It will be worth checking the next issue just to see how crazy this barbershop is going to get.

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Revival #14

Sep 26, 2013

Revival has really had a lot of ups and downs when reading in a monthly format but it's issues like this one that remind you why you enjoy this series and why you like these characters. There is always the looming mystery of what caused Revival Day and how the eventual outcome will be for all involved in the story. Also hope to see more Doomtree cameos in the future, those are my favorites.

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Rocket Girl #1

Oct 9, 2013

This was a great first issue because it read smoothly, flowed well, and gave us enough plot and set-up to get into the story without overloading the reader with information. The story is fun and engaging and the art is gorgeous and just plain fun to look at. After one issue there are so many places this story can go and it will be fun to see how Rocket Girl evolves over time. I would suggest most people check out Rocket Girl; it's too early to judge this series but it's off to a great start so far.

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Rocket Girl #2

Nov 12, 2013

Rocket Girl is one of those series that has creators who work well together crafting their own personal story that we get to enjoy and reap the benefits of some remarkable artistic teamwork. Each issue has been perfectly paced, enchanting and enthralling, which is the perfect way to keep a reader both satisfied but also excited for more.

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Rumble #1

Dec 15, 2014

Rumble‘s first issue was an exceedingly gratifying read. Plenty of action and intrigue to attract even casual readers. Rumble still has plenty yet to reveal with its story, but this was a wonderful way to start off on the right foot. This first issue of Rumble had me sold and I'm looking forward to reading more and seeing where these creators take us.

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S.H.O.O.T. First #1

Oct 17, 2013

S.H.O.O.T. First was an outstanding first issue that sets up the series and is a fun read to boot. There are plenty of characters to like and they did a great job of introducing quite a few in just one issue without making it feel cluttered or losing the reader in all the information. For being a series by relatively unknown creators, it came as quite a shock at how fun this issue is. This will be a series to keep your eye on cause it looks good right now and can really go anywhere from here.

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S.H.O.O.T. First #4

Jan 6, 2014

S.H.O.O.T. First is a fun story that balances both quirky fun and an understated story about religion all rolled up in a monster fighting comic series. There is something in this series for everyone and for only being four issues long, most of the characters were all fleshed out decently without feeling like pointless clich back stories that slow down the pacing. Everything flows well and makes for a pleasingly smooth read while still balancing all of the main elements you want in a story. Trying to juggle all of those things into four issues is no easy task but this series pulls it off well. It will be interesting to see what these creators work on next but I wouldn't be mad if they decided to return to this series in the future.

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Saga #18

Jan 28, 2014

When you read Saga it seems like it reads so fast that each issue is over before you know it. It's issues like this that prove why, because it's such an engaging and entertaining story that you want to consume it all right away and when it's done you are still left craving more, that's how good this series is. Now not to spoil anything but the way this issue ends is both very satisfying but it also leaves the readers in a state of bewilderment wondering what direction Vaughn and Staples will take Saga to next.

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Saga #24

Oct 30, 2014

So much has happened in Saga since it began over two years ago. The real crazy part is when you think about it, it seems like we've only scratched the surface of Saga's rich potential. Every issue has been a pure joy to read that always leaves you wanting more. It feels good to be reading comics in a time where beautiful stories like Saga exist.

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Saga #25

Feb 4, 2015

There is a reason people talk about Saga so much and why it's one of, if not THE, best comic on the stands right now. Both Staples and Vaughn are masters of their craft and Saga feels like a height of both of their creativity. It's great to have Saga back. Even though it may sting to wait a couple of months between story arcs, it always feels like it was worth it when we are greeted with a return like this issue.

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Sex #7

Sep 26, 2013

It really feels like Sex has hit its stride and is only going to get better. There is this looming question of whether Simon will give in and done the costume of his retired alter ego, The Armored Saint, and only time will tell where this story will take Simon Cooke.

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Sex #8

Oct 30, 2013

This first arc of Sex was much like its name with plenty of tension and build-up, and once you read this issue you are excited for a big release. Whether Casey decides to give it to you right away or keep building up tension with literate foreplay is up to him but he does a great job of leaving you feeling satisfied but also wanting more with this arc. Anyone who dismissed this series based on the title should really think of revisiting this because there is a beautiful and deep story in there that most people could find some joy in.

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Sex Criminals #1

Sep 25, 2013

Sex Criminals is a unique read, there isn't a lot of similar books out on the shelves getting this kind of attention so while it may be jarring it was also stimulating. This story isn't going to be for everyone and most people will probably judge this book on the goofy but honest title or the adult subject matter. Sex Criminals is a book that most people should check out and make up their own minds about but it is also an example of never judging a book by its cover, or title.

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Sheltered #3

Sep 5, 2013

Sheltered has really had a remarkable start and the cliffhanger this issue ends which assures us next issue things will get interesting. Christmas and Chankahamma make a great artistic duo and when you throw in an engaging story with well developed characters from Brisson and you really have an engaging series. As the old saying goes, “the plot thickens,” and who doesn't like a thick plot?

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Sheltered #15

Mar 9, 2015

That's the end of Sheltered. Readers come in all forms and some may not love how any series ends, but you can't deny that the journey of getting there is what really matters. The story is what matters and Sheltered was a superb read. Sheltered was such an ideal series. It seemingly came out of nowhere, made a strong impact, consistently delivered great issues, and ended precisely when it needed to. If you are someone who may have missed out on Sheltered, now is a great time to read the entireseries and enjoy it as a whole piece of work.

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Silk #1

Feb 19, 2015

New characters sometimes have a hard time fitting into either the DC or Marvel universe, let alone being able to carry their own solo title. However, Silk is able to pull it off by delivering a really fun first issue that is suitable for a diverse audience. Anyone can pick up Silk and enjoy it without feeling bogged down with continuity. This was a wonderful way to introduce both Silk and Cindy Moon to readers and we are glad to have her here.

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Sinergy #1

Nov 17, 2014

Aside from a few bumps, Sinergy‘s first issue had a lot of fun ideas. This might not be a series for just anyone, especially if you're new to Oeming's work. Sometimes his mature stories paired with his simple and innocent looking art can be off-putting to certain readers. However, I suggest people check out Sinergy just to see Taki Soma's backup art.

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Southern Bastards #8

Mar 31, 2015

Southern Bastards continues to raise the bar with each issue. By the end of this issue you will be more than ready to get the next issue. Now that readers are educated on Coach Boss's past, we are foaming at the mouth for the story to jump back to the present. Southern Bastards has been a series by creators on top of their game telling a story close to their heart. Because every Southern Bastards issue is better than the last, it makes readers that more excited to read the next issue.

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Southern Cross #2

Apr 6, 2015

If you are someone who is always looking for that next sci-fi mystery than Southern Cross is a must read. These creators work seamlessly to deliver an alluring story that looks incredible with every turn of the page. By the end of the issue you'll definitely want to read more because nothing is what it seems on board the Southern Cross.

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Sovereign #1

Mar 18, 2014

Judging Sovereign on this first issue is a hard task. There is still plenty of details to be revealed about this luscious world and the main plot has yet to be revealed. After reading this issue of Sovereign, it leaves the reader wanting to know more because you feel the potential in each of the storylines. This truly does feel like it's only the beginning to a much larger and expansive story. Only time will tell what stories will unfold on the pages of Sovereign, but I can say from my perspective they hooked at least one reader with this debut

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Spider-Gwen #1

Feb 25, 2015

There was a lot of hype going into this character and series and this creative team delivers on those expectations. Even readers who may not enjoy reimaginedcharacters will be pleasantly surprised by what Latour, Rodriguez and Renzi have done with Spider-Gwen. Fans usually complain about what either Marvel or DC do wrong, but Spider-Gwen is an example of what they do right. Marvel listened to fans, took them seriously, got great creators and gave readers a great story.

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Spider-Woman (2014) #1

Mar 4, 2015

There have been a great resurgence of this more all-ages books that seem like they are being also aimed at the female audience. For the most part they've been a lot of fun but this new Spider-Woman actually did feel kind of forced at the start of this issue. However, by the end things were starting to shape up and get interesting. It's still nice to finally see a more diverse range of comics on the shelves now. It's slow progress on a long road, but it's good to know someone out there is finally listening.

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Spread #5

Jan 19, 2015

Spread is not for everyone. You can probably say that about the horror genre itself. However, fans of zombies, monsters and dystopian landscapes should really invest in catching up with Spread now. This issue is the glue that binds the previous ones together. Of course, the world of Spread is so dangerous and surprising, you quickly learn that you never know what to expect next.

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Star Mage #1

Apr 16, 2014

Star Mage has put forth a decent debut and laid down some main story and plot points for the series to explore in future issues. Sure, they might not be breaking any barriers or reinventing the comic but it is a fun story that is easy to follow. Its hard to judge a story like Star Mage based solely on the first issue but there was enough in this first issue to make me interested to read more before delivering a verdict on this series. If you enjoy magic or sci-fi stories like Harry Potter or The Last Star Fighter or just want a fun adventurous story to read, then give Star Mage a shot because it might be the kind of story you are looking for.

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Suiciders #1

Feb 26, 2015

What a wonderful first issue. Having no idea what to expect when getting into this first issue of Suiciders was an incredibly rewarding surprise. If anyone was apprehensive about whether Lee Bermejo could both write and ink his own series need not worry. Suiciders came out strong with this first issue and made one hell of an impact. Suiciders‘ debut is an excellent start to a series that is definitely worth checking out for anyone who just likes reading awesome comics.

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The Auteur #1

Mar 5, 2014

There really aren't a lot of madcap series out right now that are doing what The Auteur is pulling off. Even though comparing one series to another is considered taboo, while reading this first issue you can't help but see a lot of similarities to Chew. Both are off-the-wall concepts that balance both drama and humor while delivering an intense art style with a vivid color palette. This was a good start for The Auteur and based on this first issue it seems like this will be a fun series to follow that just might become the cult classic that Hollywood producer T. Rex has been looking for.

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The Auteur #2

Apr 14, 2014

The Auteur has been one bloody and hilarious romp so far and it doesnt look like things are going to calm down anytime soon. In fact, it looks like all of the insanity is just starting to begin for Nathan T. Rex now. Itll be interesting to see how this whole debacle will unfold but right now its looking like a prelude to a bloodbath. So far, The Auteur has been a gratifying read that you actually look forward to reading, which is basically all you really want out of a comic.

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The Autumnlands #1

Nov 4, 2014

This first issue of Tooth & Claw was nothing short of absolutely gorgeous. This was a great intro into the Tooth & Claw universe and after all 48 pages there still feels like there is plenty more room for the story. This is aimed to be one of the next big ongoing series from Image that people should start jumping on now. When you look at what Busiek has done with Astro City, you can only wonder what he has in store for Tooth & Claw.

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The Autumnlands #2

Dec 2, 2014

Anyone who may have had mixed feelings after reading the first issue of Tooth & Claw should really try this one. Everything feels tighter and reads more smoothly from front to back. Busiek shows his experience at being able to submerge readers into his stories, making Tooth & Claw easy for average readers to enjoy. By the conclusion of this issue, readers are left to wonder what happens next. Things have been set up pretty well in Tooth & Claw and it'll be interesting to see where the story will go from here.

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The Autumnlands #3

Jan 19, 2015

The Autumnlands has been a stunning fantasy story that readers of any type can take joy in reading. Fantasy, much like horror, is a very niche genre that is hard to attract casual readers. The Autumnlands however, is turning into the type of series that is just so well put together you don't even notice the boundary of genre.

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The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #1

Oct 7, 2014

What an excellent book to start October off with. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a wonderful first issue that any new reader could easily jump into and still be incredibly pleasing to older fans. It's fun to stumble across a comic like this that you can just enjoy for what it is.

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The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #2

Apr 13, 2015

It's great to have Sabrina back and this issue was a great refresher of what readers loved so much about the first issue. Hopefully whatever kinks they had to work out over at Archie Comics are now fixed and readers can expect a more frequent release for subsequent issues. Because honestly, getting the issues out is the only thing keeping The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina from being one of the most talked about series right now.

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The Dying and the Dead #1

Jan 27, 2015

One cannot stress enough how great it is to get these extra long debut issues. Readers get more story and the story gets more readers. The Dying & The Dead did an excellent job of taking advantage of those extra pages to deliver more narrative without revealing too much. There are both good and bad instances of vague plots in comics which can either be pleasurable or frustrating for readers. However, that urge to find out what will happen in the story paired with incredible looking art makes The Dying & The Dead a faultless debut.

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The Fade Out #1

Aug 20, 2014

The Fade Out hit a homerun right out of the gate. A talented group of creators, working together on a project they love always reflects off of the pages onto the readers. You can definitely feel the love in this comic; the love of the period, the love of the genre, and the love of the medium. Now that is a lot of love considering it's coming from a dark murder mystery.

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The Fade Out #2

Oct 1, 2014

The Fade Out is a fun new take on the period crime mystery by a couple of experts doing what they do best: making great stories. Its great watching The Fade Out story slowly take shape, just two issues in. Time to kick back and enjoy the ride, there is still plenty more to come.

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The Field #1

Apr 1, 2014

The first issue of The Field has proved to be an interesting start that still has plenty of questions and answers yet to be revealed. Since its hard to judge a vague series like The Field based on just one issue, lets just address the impression it left on readers. This was easy to read in one sitting but it wasnt because of a lack of content but because these two creators working together were able to reflect this intriguing concept onto the page of the comic. Because of this, by the time you finish reading this first issue, you immediately want to read what happens next and thats honestly the best outcome you can get from any comic series debut.

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The Infinite Loop #1

Apr 21, 2015

The Infinite Loop is one of those series that will crack any preconceived notion of what you might expect from its story. A new series from relatively unknown creators are like a mystery box that you should open with an open mind. This was a decent start for TheInfinite Loop with some bumpy moments, but was overall a sincere debut to what may end up being the unique series that it will blossom into.

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The Midas Flesh #2

Jan 20, 2014

With only two out of eight issues released for The Midas Flesh there is still plenty of adventure to come. So far this series has been a fun adventure which can be a sometime rare occurrence with most comics being so gritty and over-violent for a more mature audience. When you hear the term “all ages” for some reason most people immediately think it's a kids book that's beneath them. However, The Midas Flesh is an all ages book that truly can be appreciated by reader of all ages.

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The Midas Flesh #3

Feb 19, 2014

One can only assume the creators are having as much fun crafting this series as we readers are reading it. You can feel their hearts go into every page trying to deliver a series that they hope means as much to us as it does to them. Fun is the best word to use to try to describe The Midas Flesh. Although it may seem like a copout word to use, it's hard to describe The Midas Flesh without expressing how much fun it is.

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The Midas Flesh #4

Mar 26, 2014

The Midas Flesh has been honestly an outstanding series so far. Each issue reads so smoothly and even though its a months wait between issues; the story still flows remarkably well from issue to issue. This series is now half finished but so much happened in the first four issues, who knows whatll happen in the last four. We will have to keep reading and wait to see but so far its pretty obvious that The Midas Flesh has been successful at delivering an original and entertaining story.

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The Returning #1

Mar 11, 2014

When it comes to any comic series, it can always be difficult to hook readers right away with a first issue. With so many quality series on the shelves, most readers will only give the first issue of a new series a shot and if youre lucky maybe the second. So when it comes to a mini-series likeThe Returning, you certainly need to try to catch the attention of as many readers as possible. FortunatelyThe Returningdoes just that, and with this series only being four issues long theres no reason to not dive in and start enjoying this series.

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The Saviors #1

Jan 1, 2014

The first issue of The Saviors started off decently. The story may have a common theme but there is still enough there to keep you intrigued to read on. Even the though the art wasn't spectacular it still flowed well and kept the story moving and interesting. The problem with The Saviors is that these two creators are both great but their styles just don't mesh well on the page for this particular comic. Again, this could very well be a personal taste problem; nothing in this issue was terrible but nothing really jumped out at me either.

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The Saviors #2

Jan 28, 2014

This second issue of The Saviors when paired with the first actually work much better than being read separately. Both issue one and two should be read together because together they really give you a real solid feeling of what this series is about. It's nice to have two creators who made their names working on mostly established characters team up to finally make an ongoing creator owned series that is all their own story. These first two issues were a good start but it will be interesting to see what these guys have in store for us as The Saviors progresses from here.

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The Shadow Now #3

Dec 4, 2013

Liss and Worley work well together, whether it's this series or their previous work on The Spider's earlier issues. Keeping this a mini-series was the best idea with The Shadow already having a few titles with him in it another ongoing would be too much. Just coming in and giving us a fun and straight forward story makes for a pleasant read. If you aren't familiar with The Shadow then this might not be the best series to jump in at, this series is more for established fans of the character and is just a fun twist on the original The Shadow mythos.

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The Spider #1

Oct 16, 2013

This issue gives you want out of an annual, gives you a great self-contained story by a fresh group of creators while showcasing the character while still being true to that character's roots. Not having been familiar with any of this creative team before reading this, they are now on my radar at least. If you like The Spider series so far then certainly check this out. If you haven't read any of The Spider but may be interested to see what it's all about, then this is a good issue to pick-up.

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The Spider #14

Sep 11, 2013

This issue was a little slow but there were a few reveals that were very intriguing, especially when Richard discovers his father's secret buried deep underneath Wentworth Industries. There is also a passing mention of a time machine that makes me wonder how that will play later in the series. The Spider has plenty of great moments but it also has some pacing issues, though they aren't anything intolerable. Leaving you wanting more is one thing this series has done very well, especially this issue. Dynamite has a lot of these types of books out there so sometimes it can be hard to separate from the pack, and it's best to pick the character that intrigues you the most and follow that one. If you've been enjoying Green Hornet or The Shadow then you might want to consider giving The Spider a chance.

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The Spider #15

Oct 22, 2013

Overall this issue of The Spider had a few ups and downs, but the introduction of The Red Hand and Richard/The Spider suffering from losing everything including his composer and most of his allies, really leaves an interesting but bleak outlook for The Spider. Hopefully Richard will get himself together before he ends up behind bars or worse, dead.

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The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1

Jan 7, 2015

Not expecting much going into this, it was surprising how quickly Unbeatable Squirrel Girl had turned me into a fan. This is still a hero comic it just has the right amount of humor and whimsy to make it more appealing to a wider audience. It's the type of comic that fans both old and young can read and enjoy. Unbeatable Squirrel Girl doesn't talk down to readers or try to get too heady, it's just good old-fashioned entertainment.

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They're Not Like Us #1

Dec 24, 2014

They're Not Like Us is the series you always wanted, but never knew it. A lot of creators have taken different approaches to bringing fresh ideas to super-powers and super-teams. However, with just one issue you can tell They're Not Like Us is something special. Thisis a series that really does have something for everyone. I highly recommend everyone check this series out now at the beginning before you start hearing everyone else talking about it.

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They're Not Like Us #2

Jan 28, 2015

They're Not Like Us is not like anything on shelves right now. At such an early stage of this series it feels unfair to judge the plot or the characters. Yet, in only two issues readers know a lot about these people and are onboard to see where They're Not Like Us will go. This team of creators work incredibly well together, it reflects off of the pages of They're Not Like Us. It's what makes it such an appealing read.

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Thor (2014) #2

Nov 12, 2014

Whereas the first issue of this new Thor series was an appetizing treat, this second issue is a delicious meal. This issue was a great introduction into how this new Thor thinks and behaves. There is something for everyone; action, mystery, comedy and suspense. This team shows the proper way to handle a licensed character by telling a fresh story that still stays true to the character's roots. This new female Thor feels like much more than just a gimmick to bring in readers, you can tell there is substance and heart on these pages.

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Thor (2014) #4

Jan 29, 2015

Everyone will have different opinions when there is a change with aseries or character they hold dear, especially Marvel or DC superheroes. However, if you are one who just loves great stories and entertaining comics, than this new Thor is a terrific character for you to read. These four issues felt like enough to really get anyone on board with this series. The new God of Thunder has more than proven why she was chosen to carry the name of Thor.

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Thor (2014) #6

Mar 11, 2015

This creative team has been knocking it out of the park with this newest Thor series. Yet, this issue was the best one yet. There were hilarious moments, touching moments, some action and intrigue all in one issue that doesn't feel bogged down or cluttered. This latest Thor series has risen beyond the label of “gimmick” with a female taking over the role as the God of Thunder. Remarkable art and high-quality story telling is what makes Thor such a hit, not matter who wields Mjolnir.

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Thor (2014) #7

Apr 15, 2015

Watching this new Thor have to go through so much dissent every issue, seems to mirror how some felt about having a new (and female) Thor wielding Mjolnir. However, this Thor has proven on the page to both her fictional and real oppressors that she is more than a gimmick. This team of creators shows you that it's the art and the story that keeps readers truly coming back for more Thor.

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Thor (2014) #8

May 13, 2015

This has been the perfect creative team for this arc of Thor‘s history. Hard to believe it's only been eight issues, but these creators know how to deliver a rich story. It's one thing to promise to shake things up in a large shared universe at either of the Big Two, but rarely do these stories deliver to readers expectations. This run of Thor did, every issue was perfect and collected this will be a wonderful Thor story to read in a large chunk. It's great to sit here and reflect on this amazing run of Thor while looking over all eight issues. But, then you get intrigued because you wonder what will come next. Thanks to Aaron, Dauterman and Wilson for delivering a wonderful story. What more could you ask for?

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Translucid #1

Apr 16, 2014

Translucid has started off extremely well both with its eye-catching art and attractive story. In that aspect it's actually kind of reminiscent of the recent BOOM! Studios successful series Six Gun Gorilla. It's been really fun having these series like Translucid come from seemingly out of nowhere and surprise you with how different and interesting it is. If Translucid isn't on your pull-list or even on your radar you may want to do yourself a favor and pick up this debut issue, because it's going to be one of those series that everyone is will be talking about.

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Translucid #6

Sep 17, 2014

Translucid has been an excellent pairing of great writing and fantastic art. The nice thing about this series is that it's great for fans of the superhero genre but it also appeals to the casual reader. Overall Translucid was an intriguing and psychedelic mindfuck of a read, which gets my seal of approval. It will be exciting to read this as one whole piece now.

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Trees #6

Oct 15, 2014

Trees is slowly coming together and is becoming rewarding to those who have stuck around to enjoy it. Character and world building are always essential parts to great and lasting stories. The concept of Trees starts simple enough that it gives the series room to expand. Clearly there are plenty of places this story can go, and those possibilities are part of what makes Trees such an intriguing read.

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Trillium #6

Feb 5, 2014

Trillium has been Lemire's most ambitious work to date and the reader really does get that just by reading it. Both the story and the storytelling are very refreshing for the comic book medium which usually isn't a very easy task. There are only two issues left in this series, so as things are coming to a close it will be interesting to see how all of this story will wrap up because the one thing you can say about Trillium is that nothing about this series is predictable.

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Trillium #7

Mar 10, 2014

Trillium is approaching the end and it has been a very innovative experience for us readers. With one issue left, it'll be interesting to see how this creative twist on a love story will end. We will have to hold tight and wait till next month to see what's in store for us readers. These past issues of Trillium have made for a compelling read every month, but it does make one wonder how will this series be collected once it's over? Another outcome we will have to wait and see.

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Trillium #8

Apr 4, 2014

Lemire has always been an incredible storyteller and Trillium is a prime example of just how much his craft has evolved over the years. Being his first authentically science fiction space series, hes shown that he can tackle any genre. Trillium shows that no matter the genre, Lemire can build rich characters and an engaging story that keeps the reader interested from start to finish. After finishing this last issue, my first reaction was to take out all of the issues and read it again, which is the sign of a great series. Itll be interesting to see how Trillium will be collected since every issue had different page layouts, but this is a series thats definitely worth your time if you havent read it yet.

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Triple Helix #1

Oct 8, 2013

Triple Helix but like it's sibling series Trio are a kind of throwback style reminiscent of Byrne's older works from the 80′s. For fans of Byrne's work or just that period of comics, this can really satisfy that hunger but many new readers might not “get it” or find some of the themes to fell simple or dated. It's not really a bad thing, there are plenty of younger kids that could read this and get enjoyment out of it. Characters might seem somewhat stereotypical but there are also some adult themes and small twists to still keep the reader interested. I would urge people who are either fans of comic nostalgia or if you are new to comics and find the mess of continuity at the Big 2 to be overwhelming then give this a try and if you like it then go find the Trio trade because Byrne really is one of the creators you should know.

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Triple Helix #3

Dec 4, 2013

Of all Byrne's recent work at IDW, Triple Helix has been the weakest but that doesn't make it a bad series at all. Trio was a strong series and Triple Helix makes for a great sequel but it doesn't hold up quite as well as its own stand alone series. The idea of having different titled books still centered on the same universe is a great idea for Byrne but Triple Helix and Trio might just be too closely involved with each other for new readers. In fact it seems the main character for both books would be Three, a member of Trio. Three actually gets more face time then all the members of Triple Helix aside from young speedster, Dart. Maybe that's the point, maybe he's not making these for new readers so much as to satisfy his long time fans and using Triple Helix as an analog of the X-Men and Trio as the Fantastic Four, so he can still please his fans but also tell his stories without heavy involvement from editors.

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UFOlogy #1

Mar 31, 2015

This was a fun first issue for UFOlogy. Even though there wasn't a lot of story laid out in this issue and most of the action happened towards the end, the character development gets you invested. By the end readers will want to know what happens from here. It'll be interesting to see how UFOlogy plays out over the next five issues. This was a good start for UFOlogy but we need more story to truly get hooked.

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Undertow #1

Feb 17, 2014

Undertow feels like it has a lot of potential but just had a bumpy start in this first issue. Again, it's that opening battle scene that personally felt confusing and unnecessary. They could have easily just opened with Ukinnu Alal already on board the Deliverer and addressed his past in a later issue after presenting the plot in a more solid way. In fact they could have left Alal out all together and focused more on Redum who is the most interesting character presented so far. Even if this debut issue was cluttered, it's worth checking out just for the art. There is a feeling that as this series goes on the creators will settle into their own story. You feel plenty of heart in Undertow that can still be turned into a strong series, it just might take a couple more issues to get there.

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Usagi Yojimbo: Senso #1

Aug 5, 2014

This was a fun comic to just spontaneously pick up and delve into. When going into a long running series the common thought is that you will feel lost and be immediately disinterested. However this is not the case with Usagi Yojimbo Senso. In fact after reading this issue it makes you immediately interested to go back and check out older volumes of the series. The smart part is that this is only the first issue and we haven't even seen how crazy this will get now that you add aliens to the mix.

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Veil #1

Mar 3, 2014

Veil was a real pleasant surprise to read. A familiar writer stepping outside his box and an unfamiliar artist making a huge impression, together they bring a fascinating horror/suspense story. Veil is off to a really good start, this first issue read smoothly and even though it was a satisfying read it still makes you, as a reader, very invested to want to read more.

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Velvet #1

Oct 22, 2013

It's nice that we can sit back and enjoy a series that was forged from a long working friendship. Velvet truly does feel like both of these guys at the top of their game doing a series perfectly crafted to each of their artistic strengths. If you are a fan of either Brubaker or Epting then you probably already plan on getting this but I do suggest anyone who is looking for something new to get into and enjoy classic spy thrillers or just great crime mysteries to at least give this a shot.

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Velvet #2

Dec 4, 2013

Most series that have a strong first issue sometimes don't live up to the hype with the second and vice versa but Velvet's second issue is a great follow up to a strong first. This is looking to be a real solid and engaging series that most people will be able to find some enjoyment in. This is a series that you can introduce to people who "don't like comics" and completely change their minds and views on the medium in general. Velvet is an example of simplicity done well by two professionals in their fields and making this story universally accessible to anyone who enjoys an action thriller no matter the medium.

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Velvet #3

Jan 14, 2014

It's hard to believe that Velvet is only on its third issue because this series has felt so rich from a reader's viewpoint. There is so much in every issue that keeps the flow of story moving which just hooks your attention and even though you are left wanting to read more Velvet still gives you enough to tide you over till the next issue.

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Velvet #4

Mar 3, 2014

Velvet is one of those series that just nails it every issue. Every month you look forward to reading Ms. Velvet Templeton's adventures and this team of creators never disappoints. This is becoming a series like Saga, where you will go into every issue expecting quality storytelling and you can bet you'll get it. Velvet is one of the series you really need to be reading, it's a prime example of why people love comics.

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Velvet #10

Apr 20, 2015

Velvet is one of those great series that has a wonderful creative team that you can only expect excellence from. The best part is that they also deliver on those expectations every issue. Experiencing thedeeper layers of deception involved in Velvet‘s plot is addicting for a reader. Velvet is a must read series for anyone who enjoys first-rate comics done right.

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Wayward #1

Aug 25, 2014

Wayward has pulled off a striking first issue that made for an incredibly fun read. A bright supernatural east-meets-west story has a little bit of something for everyone. This is one of those comics you can give to a manga fan who says they don't read “comics,” that may change their mind. This first issue only felt like a small taste of what this series has to offer, I'm definitely looking forward to reading more Wayward.

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We Can Never Go Home #1

Mar 25, 2015

We Can Never Go Home was a wonderful first issue that made for a effortless read. It's fun to discover a new book by creators you may not know and be pleasantly surprised. That's one of the best joys of reading comics. This creative team really put a lot of effort into this book and it shows in this issue. The only complaint to find is that we have to wait for issue two.

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We Can Never Go Home #2

May 6, 2015

We Can Never Go Home has been an astounding series to read that seemingly came out of nowhere. This is the kind of series comic readers are always dying to discover. This whole creative team has stumbled onto something special here and it shows on every page of We Can Never Go Home. If for any reason you were skeptical after the first issue, this issue should be more than enough to bring you on board the We Can Never Go Home bandwagon. Make sure to jump on now because this looks like it's going to be one hell of a ride.

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Wild Blue Yonder #3

Oct 29, 2013

Wild Blue Yonder is an excellent example of balance. The balance between the easy to grasp world they setup in this story but with the rich and deep characters that inhabit it. The art is able to balance the dark and rough feel of a dystopian future with the quick glimpses of lively colors and stylish designs. There are only two issues left and hopefully they're as solid and consistent as the first three because this is shaping up to be an unbelievable series that's flying under most people's radar.

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Wild's End #1

Sep 9, 2014

Wild's End was an excellent debut comic. A well written story, eye-catching art, and intriguing characters are all part of Wild's End‘s perfect formula for a fascinating read. If you enjoy sci-fi stories, period pieces or just talking animals wearing clothes, Wild's End is definitely worth your time. It'll be exciting to see how this story branches out from here.

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Wild's End #6

Feb 10, 2015

It's always sad to see a great series end. However, all good things must come to an end. Sometimes it's better to just have a solid self-contained story rather than find a way to force a simple concept into an ongoing series. Wild's End was the perfect amount of story and was a enjoyable one to read too. Once collected, Wild's End will be one of those books you recommend to a friend to help transition them into reading comics.

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Zero #3

Nov 19, 2013

This issue had a few other twists and reveals that I wouldn't want to spoil for anyone but this was by far the most exciting and perplexing issue of ZERO yet. This series so far has been really fun to follow, having read Kot's previous creator-owned work, you know things are never as simple as they may appear. While it's been fun to watch all these small shots of Edward Zero's life, it'll be interesting to see how this series may end or at least how it will circle around and address the kid with a gun pointed to the back of an elderly Zero's head from the first page of the very first issue that sparked these flashbacks to begin with.

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