James Dowling's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Multiversity Comics Reviews: 10
7.9Avg. Review Rating

9
Hellboy: The Bones of Giants #1

Nov 3, 2021

"Hellboy: The Bones of Giants" #1 is not only a great adaptation of the original prose novel, but an excellent showcase for the artistic signature, thematic consistency, and collaborative quality that the Hellboy Universe is so famous for. "Hellboy" fans both new and old will find a story here that rewards any knowledge base and only improves in retrospect.

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8
Hellboy: The Bones of Giants #2

Dec 2, 2021

"Hellboy: The Bones of Giants" #2 is a frantically paced issue, but it never loses track of what's most important in adapting the original novel.

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8.8
Hellboy: The Bones of Giants #3

Jan 5, 2022

Final Verdict: 8.75 " Everyone on the "Hellboy: The Bones of Giants" team is doing great work here, but it's the way they build on each other's work that makes this issue something special.

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9
Hellboy: The Bones of Giants #4

Feb 16, 2022

Like the novel before it, 'The Bones of Giants' is a "Hellboy" classic.

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6
Old Guard #1

Jul 13, 2020

Netflixs The Old Guard has some great chemistry and smart action, but is held back by some excessively average production elements and an inability to commit to any of the commentary its trying to present.

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9.2
The Sword of Hyperborea #1

Jan 13, 2022

"The Sword of Hyperborea" #1 is a stunning Hellboy Universe debut for Rob Williams, and an emotionally satisfying victory lap for Laurence Campbell. What could have been an interesting side story is instead an essential read. No "Hellboy" reader should miss this.

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7.5
The Sword of Hyperborea #2

Feb 17, 2022

Our biggest criticism is that we wanted to spend more time with the central character introduced in "The Sword of Hyperborea" #2. Graf Ling de Gotha has a complex relationship with the culture she's embedded in, but the issue only has time to gesture at this aspect. Ultimately though, this is about the sword.

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8
The Sword of Hyperborea #3

Mar 16, 2022

"The Sword of Hyperborea" #3 is a beautifully rendered journey into the deep propelled by a masterful use of color. The issue, while restrained by some of the needs of the larger narrative, is an endearing look at obsession and isolation through the eyes of a fascinating new protagonist.

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7
The Sword of Hyperborea #4

Apr 13, 2022

Final Verdict: 7 Your mileage may vary here. In many ways, "The Sword of Hyperborea struggles with being an interquel. It begins in the end of one story and ends in the middle of another; it's reliant on elements outside of the story for emotional beats to land; it gives a taste of characters, but withholds a satisfying bite. But there's also so much to dig into here, and it taps into the communal aspect of the Hellboy Universe. This is a story that's meant to be talked about with other readers and open up possibilities.

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6
Young Hellboy: The Hidden Land #1

Feb 17, 2021

"Young Hellboy" prioritizes action at the expense of character in its first issue, creating a book that's familiar to the point of being unmemorable. That said, it absolutely has the capacity to take a sharp left turn into something integral, as a lot of Mignola's best stories have in the past.

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