Jake Palermo's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Monkeys Fighting Robots Reviews: 42
8.4Avg. Review Rating

8.2
Ant-Man (2020) #5

Jun 17, 2020

Ant-Man #5 wraps a series about intergenerational bonding by taking the time to listen to others.

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8.6
Blackhand & Ironhead #1

Jul 7, 2020

Blackhand Ironhead tells a familiar capepunk story revolving around how entitlement goes to people's heads. Especially when despite all the good they do, trying to hide the bad all but makes them a supervillain.

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9.8
Bleed Them Dry #1

May 25, 2020

Bleed Them Dry #1 is the beginning of an intriguing story about a cyberpunk world that sucks the reader in with impressive visuals, coloring that tells the themes, and a setting that gets readers hooked on what might happen next.

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9.2
Bleed Them Dry #2

Jun 21, 2020

Bleed Them Dry #2 changes the series' direction in ways that are both character based and have the reader invest in the worldbuilding.

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8.2
Bloodshot (2019) #0

Feb 19, 2020

Bloodshot #0 delivers a genuinely melancholic series that defines what's missing in most of Tim Seeley's run.

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6.2
Bloodshot (2019) #6

Feb 17, 2020

If Bloodshot #6 is what people are expecting the Bloodshot movie's second act to be, I hope the filmmakers can prove expectations wrong.

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8
Bloodshot (2019) #7

Mar 11, 2020

The new arc beginning in Bloodshot #7 ditches wordy pin-ups for more streamlined artwork. The story meanwhile shows both of its highs with an antagonist and lows with Bloodshot's brooding.

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8.4
Bomb Queen: Trump Card #1

Aug 26, 2020

The Queen returns in a bold way as she satirizes not only Donald Trump but also representatives of cultural kayfabe.

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8
Doctor Tomorrow #1

Jan 28, 2020

So while the set-up to this story is very similar to what's come before in books like Marvel's Sentry, it has potential. At the very least, the artists working on this are good enough for the reader to pick up the series. Because with the energy and emotion going through some of the panels, it's hard not to look away. The readers who stick around might be in for a good surprise.

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8.6
Doctor Tomorrow #2

Mar 17, 2020

Doctor Tomorrow #2 is shaping up to be a good story. Along with a tale of heroics is a mystery that the reader can catch onto without backpedaling. Not only that, but how it can come to pass when the characters interact.

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8
Doctor Tomorrow #3

Jun 24, 2020

A rushed if justified plot development that reveals a subtle context on the plot. Just enough to reveal the context of every person who goes by Doctor Tomorrow.

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8
Doctor Tomorrow #4

Jul 30, 2020

After a number of issues rushing the series, Doctor Tomorrow #4 gives the main character some much needed down time to develop. The hero's journey comes full circle for a return ready for a grand finale.

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7.8
Doctor Tomorrow #5

Aug 22, 2020

A fitting if predictable end to a series that emphasizes self-reflection to become a better hero.

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9.8
Fire Power: Prelude OGN

Mar 28, 2020

Fire Power is more than just another martial arts series, it's reminding readers that martial arts aren't just para-mystical flashy moves.

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9.6
Hexagon #1

Feb 9, 2020

I don't know how many musicians can collaborate with such skilled creatives for work that can give people so many sensations. But Don Diablo and his crew have done just that. So get ready for a series that will make your 80s nostalgia sense explode, because there's a whole lot more coming. What do you all think? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

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10
Hexagon #2

Apr 25, 2020

Hexagon #2 is the end of act 1 by setting up the plot. As the creative crew readies for the next level, the reader will have everything they need to see this act through. Even if people don't understand the references, they can at the least see how entertaining playing them out is. Because as fun as the last issue was, it's time for the real show to begin.

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9
Immortal Hulk #34

Jun 24, 2020

Immortal Hulk #34 gives the classic Hulk villain, the Leader some much needed development for his climatic return to series.

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8.2
Marked (2019) #6

Jul 1, 2020

Marked #6 begins a new chapter delving into the character arcs of people who influence the present.

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7
Nicnevin and the Bloody Queen #1

Mar 21, 2020

In all circumstances, Nicnevin and the Bloody Queen is best for people familiar with folk horror. The characters can be pretty forgettable, especially when they make adolescence feel cheap. None of them feel like they need care unless the plot demands it. Which is a shame because the artwork evokes feelings of both beauty and terror.

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8.6
Olympia #5

Jun 29, 2020

Olympia #5 is the grand finale to a series in dedication to what and who Curt Pires loves.

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8.8
Power Rangers: Drakkon New Dawn #1

Aug 19, 2020

A spin-off shows that Boom Studios! Power Rangers isn't quite finished with the legacy of its iconic villain; and it's as menacing as ever.

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8.2
Rai (2019) #3

Jan 12, 2020

Rai #3 requires a little background knowledge to fully appreciate but it can serve as a jumping on point with that Fallen World background knowledge.

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8.6
Rai (2019) #4

Feb 12, 2020

The stakes of are boiling in this issue of Dan Abnett's futuristic epic.

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9
Rai (2019) #5

Mar 11, 2020

Every piece of Dan Abnett's epic future story counts. Readers just need to enjoy as much as they possibly can.

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8.6
Rai (2019) #6

Aug 19, 2020

Rai #6 begins a new arc involving a side quest that adds atmosphere to a potential new development for the title character.

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8.8
Rai (2019) #7

Sep 20, 2020

Rai #7 is a display of doing good despite an ever-looming threat. Helping others during bad times might not be too beneficial, but it does pay in the long run, especially when the next issue is about to go into threats on two fronts. One that's important to Rai's quest, and the other being Spylocke and Bloodshot doing their part.

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5.8
Roku (2019) #4

Jan 22, 2020

Roku #4 is the finale to a series that tries too hard to recreate past success and becomes a great big mess.

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8.2
Savage Dragon #251

Aug 19, 2020

Savage Dragon's new jumping on point introduces a new character who embodies both returning and new fans in a classic romp.

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8.6
Shadow Service #1

Jun 28, 2020

Shadow Service #1 is where a Noir setting gives way to a spy story. But it's unknown who to root for at this time as nothing seems to be in control.

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6.2
Sleeping Beauties #1

Jun 26, 2020

Sleeping Beauties #1 has the perfect outline for a best selling comic. But that doesn't mean it's of high creative quality.

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9.6
Something is Killing the Children #8

Jul 7, 2020

While the story of Something is Killing the Children #8 requires background knowledge, it is worth a growing story about moral boundaries.

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9.6
Something is Killing the Children #9

Aug 11, 2020

The intensity and dread is on full display in Something Is Killing The Children #9, so check it out for some character moments that accompany the terror.

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7.8
Spawn #308

Jul 28, 2020

A new arc with a new artist begins a potentially good story of Spawn, provided you wait for the big moments in the next issue.

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8.2
Spider-Ham (2019) #5

Jun 24, 2020

Spider-Ham is a decent jumping in point for a good laugh, all while making sure the parodies can give way to tributes.

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8.6
The After Realm Quarterly #2

Jun 17, 2020

After Realm #2 tells the origin of the main character in a colorfully expressive backstory. One that might make a reader consider reading more about Norse comics from Oeming and Walt Simonson.

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10
The Department of Truth #1

Sep 5, 2020

The Department of Truth #1 is the beginning of probably one of the most acclaimed series of the year. One that the reader will be compelled to look through again and again because one read through will never be enough.

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7
The Visitor (2019) #2

Jan 22, 2020

The Visitor #2 remakes a character from old in a new but ultimately slow paced way.

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6
The Visitor (2019) #3

Feb 21, 2020

Some great art by MJ Kim won't save The Visitor #3 commits from a sudden romantic subplot.

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7.8
The Visitor (2019) #4

Mar 16, 2020

The Visitor #4 is the issue where the plot finally starts to pick up after a lot of backpedaling. While it's nice to see the plot move forward, it's also a reminder that the series took a very long time to get to this point. So if you want to finish this series to see where it's going, all the better. But if you're a first-timer to this series, it might be best to pick and choose where you go.

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9
Usagi Yojimbo: Color Classics #6

Aug 11, 2020

A classic issue featuring two stories which introduce characters who change and become more complex as the moods shift.

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8.6
Usagi Yojimbo: Color Classics #7

Sep 9, 2020

Usagi Yojimbo Color Classics #7 closes out the first issues of the initial series in a colorful cinematic fashion.

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8.6
We Only Find Them When They're Dead #1

Aug 26, 2020

We Only Find Them When They're Dead #1 begins a story about finding meaning after the passing of something important. Because you never know what those connections can inspire.

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