James Ferguson's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Horror Talk Reviews: 765
8.5Avg. Review Rating

8.0
'68: Rule of War #1

Apr 2, 2014

'68: Rule of War provides a continued look at the alternate history of the Vietnam War filled with zombies.  As with previous volumes, the creators include some facts about the elements they pulled into the story, so you get the historical significance to the plot.  It's not like they just made this all up.  Now what do we have to do to get this taught in schools?  It would probably help kids pay a bit more attention to this event in class, no?

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8.0
30 Days of Night (2017) #4

Mar 28, 2018

We've heard the story of 30 Days of Night before, but not like this. This series is a reboot and writer Steve Niles is taking it in new directions that show how to do a proper retelling. Hollywood should be paying attention. The end result is an unpredictable series that is as surprising as it is terrifying.

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8.0
30 Days of Night (2017) #6

Jun 21, 2018

30 Days of Night was already a quintessential vampire comic. This remake reinforces that standing and provides a new look at the now classic tale. The ending is a bit abrupt, but there's more than enough to enjoy here with some incredible visuals that any horror fan will enjoy.

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8.0
7 Days of Death #1

Aug 11, 2015

7 Days of Death gets you comfortable in a setting before pulling the rug out from under you.  It does so in such a satisfying way that makes for a really interesting story and one I can't wait to explore further.  It presents a very real feeling as a man is given the chance to be with his wife, who he thought was gone forever.  Who wouldn't move heaven and earth for a chance at reuniting with a lost loved one?  In Robert's case, he'll have to fight monsters and demons, but he's proven more than capable of doing so in spectacular fashion.

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10
A Walk Through Hell #2

Jun 27, 2018

A Walk Through Hell scratches my favorite horror itch. The idea that you can't trust what you see or that reality itself is altered in some way is horrifying and more than a little maddening. This is a comic that will most definitely get under your skin in the best way. It's going to stay with you for some time and I can't wait to see what happens next.

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8.0
A Walk Through Hell #4

Sep 3, 2018

A Walk Through Hell is like the horrifying cousin of Law & Order. Agents Shaw and McGregor crossed a line, but do they deserve to be put through this maddening gauntlet? Will they make it out alive? If they do, will they still have their sanity? These are the questions that make this book a gripping read.

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10
Abbott #1

Feb 2, 2018

Abbott hooked me with a great premise. It's about a journalist investigating supernatural crimes that may be tied to the disappearance or death of her husband. It delivers on that and more with a gripping narrative and incredible artwork. If you want a new Foxy Brown where she deals with monsters and demons, this is the comic for you.

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9.0
Abbott #2

Feb 28, 2018

Writer Saladin Ahmed has created an intriguing and powerful character in Elena Abbott. You can't help but get wrapped up in her life and her pursuit for the truth. This puts her in danger and she's not going to back down any time soon. We get a ton of information in this issue about this case and it's done in an organic way that never feels like an exposition dump. Abbott is a solid detective story mixed with just the right amount of supernatural terror.

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7.0
Abbott #4

May 1, 2018

The monsters hit the page like they just ripped through a dimension into our world.  Jason Wordie's colors create this eerie mist around them, taking the form of misshapen demons, as if they were followed by death itself.  Abbott feels like it has a lot of ground to make up in a very short amount of time.  This is the penultimate issue, so hopefully things get tied up nicely by the end.  Since Elena has some personal experience dealing with the supernatural, I expected her to be more attuned to this kind of story, handling it more like classics of the genre like John Constantine, Cal McDonald, or Mr. Rhee.

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6.0
Abbott #5

Jun 12, 2018

Abbott left me with more questions than answers. While it is a visual masterpiece, the story falls short. Elena is certainly an interesting character and there's a lot that can be done with her. I'd welcome further issues to explore her world and properly flesh out her destiny and her newfound abilities. As it stands, this final issue leaves something to be desired.

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9.0
Abigail and the Snowman #1

Jan 6, 2015

Abigail and the Snowman is an all-ages comic that delivers. It's fun for kids and adults alike without dumbing down the content. Langridge's visuals offer a great approach to introduce your children to the wide world of monsters.

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10
Accelerators #1

Oct 26, 2013

I've actually been following the story of The Accelerators for a few months thanks to the I Sell Comics podcast. It was here that the creators took their idea and made it into an actual comic. Everything from printing costs to distribution was discussed, so I was excited to check out this book. Fortunately, the comic delivered. This is now a ten-issue series and I'm definitely in it for the remainder of the story because I have to see where it goes next.

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8.0
Accelerators #2

Jul 3, 2014

The Accelerators pumps up the action with the second issue but doesn't answer many of the burning questions that began with the previous chapter.  Fortunately, the story is exciting enough to pull you in and make you want to find out more about this bizarre world in which the characters have found themselves.  What happened to make America the "capital of the fourth world"?  And what's the fourth world?

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10
Afterlife With Archie #4

Mar 8, 2014

While this series marks the first Archie comics I've read, I'm very impressed by them.  Putting zombies into this world could have been a complete joke, but it's being taken very seriously.  Aguirre-Sacasa has drafted a true horror story with this comic.  Francavilla's artwork certainly doesn't hurt.  It's gory, bloody, and there are true life-and-death stakes amongst some classic characters. Plus, this comic almost made me cry...twice.  That might go on my tombstone.  "Almost cried during an Archie comic."  I'm kind of OK with that.

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9.0
Afterlife With Archie #5

May 20, 2014

Afterlife with Archie is a solid comic that manages to balance terrifying horror with pure emotion.  Although my experience with Archie comics is limited only to this series, I feel like I've known these characters forever.  I have a vested interest in seeing them survive.  They're not just cannon fodder for the zombie horde.  As such, I eagerly await what will happen next as the series heads into its second story arc.

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10
Afterlife With Archie #6

Jul 25, 2014

Afterlife with Archie was already a solid and emotional zombie comic.  This issue expands it into further areas of horror in an organic way, setting it apart from its rivals.  From the looks of things, the creators are just getting started.

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9.0
Afterlife With Archie #7

Dec 16, 2014

Afterlife with Archie keeps getting better. At first it may have seemed like a basic zombie story set in Riverdale, but it soon became so much more. This is a truly human book dealing with terrifying horror elements. As with many stories of this nature, the real monsters may not be the shuffling dead but the man or woman shivering in the cold next to you.

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10
Afterlife With Archie #9

Jun 19, 2016

Afterlife with Archie is not your traditional zombie comic.  It's far from it.  There are way scarier things at work here and the evil plan is starting to come together.  This issue's focus on Reggie is a glimpse into the mind of someone detached from reality.  He's broken and the dead walking certainly didn't help matters.  What's scarier is that there's a part of Reggie that thinks he's doing the right thing, which makes him an even more diabolical villain.  If you thought the undead and Cthulhu were to be feared, just wait until you see what Reggie Mantle has in store.

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7.0
Afterlife With Archie #10

Sep 19, 2016

While I'm curious as to how Josie and the Pussycats will play into the other horror elements of the book, I'm more interested " and anxious " to get back to Archie and the gang.  I'm fully invested in those characters, so this issue feels like new ones being crammed down my throat, like the debacle that was the second season of Lost.  If you're an existing Josie fan, I'm sure this will be right up your alley.

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9.0
Alabaster: The Good, The Bad, and The Bird #3

Feb 13, 2016

Alabaster: The Good, The Bad, & The Bird mixes an epic story of good and evil with some top notch artwork.  At the heart of it all is Dancy Flammairon, a strong woman that takes no shit from anyone, alive or dead.  Despite being in a defenseless position, she never asks for help or complains.  She just marches on, ready to do what's right.

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7.0
Aliens/Vampirella #1

Sep 23, 2015

The xenomorphs worst enemies haven't been predators or Danny Glover. They've been strong women, and you don't get much stronger than Vampirella. While the humans will most likely serve as cannon fodder, I'm looking forward to seeing Vampirella tear into some of these aliens. This might start out with some predictability, but I'm intrigued as to how it will all pan out.

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10
Aliens: Dead Orbit #1

Apr 27, 2017

Aliens: Dead Orbit is a testament to great storytelling. It shows how effective mood can be in a horror comic. You don't need jump scares or over-the-top gore. You can fill a reader with fear with the right pace and setting. Sure, xenomorphs help and I'm betting we'll get plenty of blood and guts in future issues, but for now, this is a fantastic introduction that stands on its own for new and old fans of the franchise.

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10
Aliens: Dead Orbit #2

Jun 1, 2017

The tension never lets up. Even the scenes where the crew gets to catch their breath are filled with uneasy foreboding. Stokoe is a master at building the terror, using the story, art, and lettering together in such a cohesive way. Aliens: Dead Orbit is the kind of comic you read with fists clenched, fearful of what's waiting on the next page. This is an unforgettable book and a must-read for any fan of Aliens.

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10
Aliens: Dead Orbit #4

Dec 19, 2017

Stokoe brings that tension to the lettering as well, with a jagged font that makes the dialogue (mostly grunts and breaths) appear pained. It's like it's a struggle for Wascylewski to even make a sound, let alone put a few words together. Screams are particularly expressive with letters changing in size to coincide with the volume. Aliens: Dead Orbit will leave you with white knuckles and clenched fists. This is the best Aliens comic I've ever read and gave me a newfound appreciation for the franchise. James Stokoe's work is absolutely gorgeous from beginning to end and I hope to see more of it very soon.

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9.0
Aliens: Dust to Dust #1

Apr 26, 2018

Although the colony is rather large, it feels suffocating as these two struggle to escape.  The whole place seems to be falling apart with smoke and debris going everywhere.  Colorist Rain Beredo adds to this feeling with some great shadow work.  This works especially well to hide the xenomorphs.  Aliens: Dust to Dust takes a familiar concept and adds a personal touch to it.  Maxon is an innocent kid caught up in complete pandemonium.  Dozens of xenomorphs are swarming the colony and his own mother is about to give birth to one herself.  This poor child is about to grow up very fast.

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8.0
Aliens: Dust to Dust #2

Jul 27, 2018

Aliens: Dust to Dust hits with a breakneck pace. You don't have a moment to catch your breath as these poor people are put through trial after trial just to stay alive. Their journey is far from complete, as the threat of the xenomorphs looms ready to tear them apart and feast on their insides.

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8.0
Aliens: Fire and Stone #1

Sep 29, 2014

Aliens: Fire and Stone wastes no time setting events in motion. Although the characters are now on a familiar planet, I'm not yet sure how this book is going to tie into the other comics. I'm very intrigued by the overall concept and I'm looking forward to where it's heading. This crossover has reignited my interest in the Alien series.

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10
And Then Emily Was Gone #0

May 8, 2015

Free Comic Book Day can be hit or miss with some titles.  Many end up as reprints of old stories or all-too-brief introductions to a story that is way far away.  ComixTribe released a great middle ground with this book, supplying a nice addendum to an already amazing mini-series and offering a fantastic introduction to an upcoming one.  There's also a teaser for a third title.  If this doesn't make you want to go through the publisher's back issues, nothing will.

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8.0
Angel & Faith Season 10 #1

Apr 2, 2014

I'm excited to see where Angel & Faith goes under new management. I think it will take a few issues for Gischler and Conrad to sort through the remaining plot points from Season 9 before they can really nail down the path they want to take. The pixies took me a bit by surprise, but there's the same real emotion in these pages that previously fueled the book. These characters are deeply flawed, and unlike Buffy they don't have a support system in place in the form of several supportive friends. They're on their own and that's what makes them interesting.

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7.0
Angel & Faith Season 10 #6

Sep 7, 2014

Angel & Faith continues to delve into the minds of the two anti-heroes. They spent last season coming together for a common cause, now they're working separately to build their own lives back up to some level of normalcy. They don't have the benefit of a Scooby Gang like Buffy, so they seem to be struggling to come to grips with the new status quo now that magic has been re-introduced to the world.

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6.0
Angel & Faith Season 10 #10

Jan 12, 2015

Angel & Faith has been missing that heart that it had in Season 9, but I'm hoping that after the title characters have spent some time apart, they'll eventually find their way back to one another. They can pull in the other stray dogs in the Buffyverse and have their own weird version of the Scooby Gang. In many ways, this season of Angel & Faith is reminding me of last season of Buffy, in which the main character was struggling to find her purpose in a new status quo. With luck, these two will find their stride heading into the next arc.

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9.0
Angel & Faith Season 9 #19

Mar 19, 2013

The current arc, Death and Consequences, wraps up this month.  Angel's quest to resurrect Giles takes some major leaps forward but they don't come cheap.  It's only a matter of time before he runs himself ragged.  I don't know where the book will go after Eyghon, but I'm looking forward to finding out.  Angel & Faith is easily the stand out Buffy book.

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9.0
Angel & Faith Season 9 #22

Jun 15, 2013

This issue also sets up the season finale with Angel's forces preparing to battle Whistler, Pearl, and Nash, and prevent a magical apocalypse. I've said it several times before, but Angel & Faith is so much more exciting and interesting to read than the main Buffy book this season. This is where the action is. This is what matters. Whether or not Buffy can hold down a job at a coffee shop pales in comparison to the life and death struggles that these characters are about to go through.

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3.0
Angel Season 11 #3

Mar 25, 2017

Since Dark Horse began running two series with every season of Buffy, there's usually been one good and one lackluster book every season. It flip flops between the two. This time around, Angel is on the low end with a story that, while full of action, doesn't accomplish much in the way of character development or interest.

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6.0
Angel Season 11 #7

Jul 19, 2017

Angel Season 11 is a run-of-the-mill swashbuckling story, but lacks the signature wit and gravitas that we've come to expect from the Buffy universe. It doesn't live up to the name. You could change the names of the characters and it would be a generic story with pirates and zombies. I have to wonder where this is going and what ramifications " if any " it will have for Angel. Right now, it doesn't look like much and we're past the halfway mark.

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10
Animosity #2

Oct 6, 2016

Animosity presents a frightening reality that hinges on just one element being changed in our world. Talking animals have never been more terrifying.  If anything, it will cause you to be nicer to any creature, big or small, that you see, because if they do gain the ability to speak, they're going to have some choice words for you if you've wronged them.

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6.0
Anno Dracula 1895: Seven Days in Mayhem #1

Mar 22, 2017

Anno Dracula presents an intriguing premise that is off to a very slow start. I hope with the introductions out of the way, the book can pick up some speed and flesh out the characters a bit more as it has some great potential. At the bare minimum, it's exposed me to this series which I'll have to explore further with the novels to learn more about.

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6.0
Archie Vs Sharknado #1

Jul 28, 2015

Archie vs. Sharknado is the kind of comic where you know exactly what you're getting into when you pick it up. If you've even heard of the Sharknado franchise, you'll have an idea of what to expect. It's weird and silly and not to be taken seriously at all, but ultimately it comes across as lackluster. Having this title come out so soon after the recently wrapped Archie vs. Predator series probably hurt it too, as we've just seen a similar but far more interesting gorefest over in that book.

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9.0
Archie vs. Predator #1

Apr 15, 2015

Archie vs. Predator is a very fun comic.  If you've ever wanted to see these beloved characters get torn limb from limb, then look no further.  This is only just beginning.  Place your bets as to which member of the Riverdale folks will get eviscerated by the Predator.  Oh!  I almost forgot!  This comic contains the line "I'm a gosh-darn sexual Tyrannosaur", so shut up and give Dark Horse your money.

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10
Archie vs. Predator #2

May 30, 2015

Archie vs. Predator is the most fun you'll have reading a comic.  If you have even a passing knowledge of these characters, you'll find a lot to enjoy here.  If you hate them and want to see them all die, you're going to absolutely love it.  Alex de Campi pulls no punches with the mayhem raining down on Riverdale and coupled with Fernando Ruiz's artwork, it's a glorious thing to witness.

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9.0
Archie vs. Predator #4

Aug 1, 2015

Archie vs. Predator is a great comic for any fan of either franchise. I'm not fully up to speed on my Archie history. Fortunately, it's somewhat unnecessary to enjoy the comic. The characters aren't really cannon fodder, but they're also not delving into their extended histories. If you have any basic understanding as to who these people are, you'll be fine. At the very least, you can enjoy watching them literally get ripped to shreds by this alien warrior in increasingly elaborate and hilarious ways, leading up to an ending that's perfect in its strange nature.

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9.0
Army of Darkness Vol. 4 #1

Dec 7, 2014

This is a comic relaunch I can get behind. It takes a great character and sends him to a place he does not belong, but skips over the tired "fish out of water" idea, instead focusing on the ridiculousness of the situation and playing it up to great effect. It pokes fun at the sci-fi genre, while also paying homage to it. Army of Darkness is an all-around fun comic that delivers laughs, scares, and a hint of nostalgia.

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4.0
Army of Darkness: Furious Road #5

Jul 17, 2016

Army of Darkness: Furious Road takes a moment to catch its breath before heading into the final chapter.  Instead of setting up for a large battle, it packs in a ton of needless background information about a number of the characters that bogs down the book.  At the end of the day, if you're a hardcore Army of Darkness fan, you'll probably find something to enjoy here.  If you're just a casual fan, you will have a tougher time.

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9.0
Artifacts #25

Mar 17, 2013

Artifacts continues to be an epic comic dealing with very real human emotions.  There are also giant monsters that would make the worms in Tremors cry.  Progeny is just getting started here, but it's looking to be a very painful journey for some of these characters.  Some things are unforgivable and others are just too despicable to even comprehend.  Jackie is walking a fine line between the two.

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4.0
Ash vs. The Army of Darkness #1

Jul 16, 2017

Ash vs. The Army of Darkness has an interesting premise, but feels like an old man trying way too hard to stay relevant.  It's like that meme of Steve Buscemi floating around from 30 Rock.  "Hello, fellow kids."  This is one step below a Looney Tunes cartoon.  It's a bummer because I really like this franchise and character.

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6.0
Ash vs. The Army of Darkness #2

Aug 9, 2017

There's a nice twist towards the end of the book that could have great effects for Ash's role as the Chosen One in the battle against the deadites. I'm very curious to see how this will play out. At the bare minimum, I hope that it provides a respite from the corny gags that have been peppered through the book so far. Ash vs. The Army of Darkness has the potential to do some cool and interesting stuff with the character.

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8.0
Athena Voltaire and the Volcano Goddess #1

Dec 16, 2016

Athena Voltaire and the Volcano Goddess is a great jumping on point for the character.  You get a quick breakdown of her life and what she's capable of without sitting through blocks of text explaining a backstory.  You don't need it here.  Just open the comic and enjoy.  If you like games like Uncharted or Tomb Raider, you'll dig this book.

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6.0
Avengers (2016) #1.MU

Feb 8, 2017

Avengers #1.MU is an unnecessary tie-in to Monsters Unleashed.  If you're reading the main book, there is no reason for you to pick this one up.  You will not miss anything and you'll probably be thankful that you didn't have to drop five bucks on a comic that includes nearly the same pages you had in the main event book.  This isn't a knock against the creative team, as they did a fine job with some great artwork and characterization.  It's just that there's no real reason for this comic to exist aside from a cash grab.

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10
Babyteeth #1

Jun 8, 2017

Babyteeth is off to a helluva start. Cates writes characters that feel like actual people you've known all your life, then puts them into horrifying situations that would make any normal person break down. Coupled with Brown's artwork and Englert's colors, this is set to be an incredible series. If this is how the world ends, it's just beginning.

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10
Babyteeth #3

Aug 16, 2017

Babyteeth is damn good. It has been a consistently solid read since the first page of the first issue and shows no sign of stopping. This poor young girl is about to get wrapped up in pure evil and all we can do is watch. This issue builds to a monumental final page that ups the ante considerably.

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9.0
Babyteeth #4

Sep 15, 2017

Every issue of Babyteeth has pulled me in deeper and deeper and this one is no exception. It is a riveting story with real, relatable characters. This is what makes for powerful, pulse-pounding horror. It looks like it's just getting started and I cannot wait to see where it goes next.

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10
Babyteeth #5

Oct 21, 2017

This is the end of the first arc of Babyteeth. It will be the final chapter in the first trade paperback. If this is where the comic is starting, I cannot wait to see where it goes next. The creators have set up a compelling, unique story that grabs you from the jump with such a brilliant premise. What if a teenage girl gave birth to the Antichrist? We know that all that follows is bad news, but we don't know how we get there. That journey is full of possibilities and it's what is making Babyteeth one of the best comics of the year.

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9.0
Babyteeth #6

Nov 22, 2017

Babyteeth always leaves me wanting more. Each issue ends and I cannot wait for the next. It's a gripping read that is a testament to great storytelling. Just buy this book, OK? You will thank me later.

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10
Babyteeth #7

Jan 10, 2018

Babyteeth feels like it's moving at a breakneck pace now. We got through the introduction of the characters and the situation they're in. Now we're quickly flying forward and not missing a beat. This is hands down one of the best comics on the stands today.

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10
Babyteeth #8

Feb 19, 2018

This is the issue of Babyteeth that is not to be missed. Granted, every issue has been pretty great and you should be reading it if you like awesome comics. I mean that it is integral to the story, as there are a ton of revelations and some major movements in the plot. It's amazing to watch as characters start out one way and then slowly evolve into the complete opposite, flipping from a helpful ally to a horrifying enemy. This right here is one of the best single issues in recent memory. Babyteeth is firing on all cylinders with compelling characters and brilliant artwork. Damn, this is good.

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10
Babyteeth #9

Apr 5, 2018

Family is what elevates Babyteeth, making it such a tense and exciting comic every month. This shouldn't come as a surprise, as it's a definite strength of writer Donny Cates (see also Redneck and God Country). This character-driven drama is amplified by the over-the-top and relentless action these people find themselves in. I am continually amazed at the level of quality this comic displays. This is a top-tier book that everyone should be reading, horror fan or not. It's just so friggin' good.

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10
Babyteeth #10

May 2, 2018

Babyteeth's high level of quality is rivaled by few in horror comics outside of maybe Harrow County. The characters are so well defined and relatable, so seeing them go through such terrifying situations is riveting. Everyone should be reading this comic, not just horror fans.

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10
Babyteeth #12

Aug 23, 2018

Seriously guys, just go buy this comic. Buy it every month because Babyteeth is consistently one of the best comics out there. Where else are you going to read about a young girl and her Anti-Christ baby trapped in a hell dimension? You're not going to find that in Oprah's book club.

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9.0
Baltimore: The Widow and The Tank #1

Feb 28, 2013

Baltimore isn't a character that jokes around.  He's very serious when it comes to vampire slaying.  His entire life is dedicated to finding Haigus and exterminating him.  Despite this one-track goal, his conscience constantly pulls him to help others and stop monsters that are lurking nearby.  In that respect, he's a reluctant hero but still somewhat noble.  This is what draws me to the character each time and leaves me wanting more.  I want to see Baltimore reach his goal and finally get some closure but all he knows is suffering so I don't think it will ever happen.

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9.0
Batman (2016) #7

Sep 23, 2016

Writers Steve Orlando and Tom King have brought a little slice of horror to Batman's world.  The Night of the Monster Men is just beginning and this is one exciting and creepy way to kick it off.  If this is how they start, I can't wait to see where they go next.  Plus, I mean, where else are you going to see the Dark Knight fight a giant baby?  Somehow I doubt that's going to be the story in the next movie.

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10
Batman (2016) #38

Jan 3, 2018

Batman already has one of, if not the best rogues galleries in comics. This issue adds another potential villain to the mix that is more chilling than most of the bad guys in that lineup. And yes, I understand that there's a guy in there literally called Mr. Freeze. You know I didn't mean chilling in that sense. Anyway, this is something that could give Batman pause, forcing him to rethink his actions both as a crime-fighting vigilante and as a billionaire playboy.

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8.0
Batman: Kings of Fear #1

Aug 28, 2018

It's been said that it's constantly night time in Gotham City. That's the tone you get from this place. The sun may never shine. That is certainly the vibe in Batman: Kings of Fear. There's a feeling of dread that comes through every page as Batman's evening gets worse and worse. We know that the Scarecrow is going to play a major part in this mini-series, so that will play up the horror angle considerably. Unfortunately, he's not in this issue all that much. It looks like that will definitely change in the near future, leading to some terror-filled adventures.

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10
Batman: Who Laughs #1

Nov 22, 2017

There's a part of every comic fan that thinks it would be cool to see Batman take out everyone in the DC Universe, proving he's the ultimate badass. His fight against Superman in The Dark Knight Returns is an absolute classic. The Batman Who Laughs is a horrifying take on that idea. It pushes the Caped Crusader past all limits and into true super villain territory. After seeing a comic like this, the DC Universe must hope and pray that Batman never goes through such a life-shattering experience. Someone should be assigned to hug him at least once a day.

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10
Beautiful Canvas #1

Jun 29, 2017

Beautiful Canvas is a book that will surprise you.  It's a testament to a creative team that works well together, bringing out the best in one another.  This is a great mix of crime, action, and drama with compelling characters and jaw-dropping artwork.  Buy this book.

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10
Bedtime Games #1

Jul 3, 2018

Avery, Owen, and Jamie don't check off boxes in a stereotypical horror story trope list. They're unique individuals with interesting qualities, making them more relatable, which in turn makes us more invested in their lives (and hopefully not deaths). This solid character development elevates the story and the scares contained within. Bedtime Games reminds me of a good Stephen King tale. Here are three kids who set out on an adventure and end up with something very different.

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9.0
Bedtime Games #3

Sep 3, 2018

In my review for the first issue, I pointed out how much Bedtime Games reminds me of Stephen King's work. That is definitely still the case here, if not more so. Writer Nick Keller is crafting a story that will get under your skin. It's a compelling and chilling tale that speaks to the curious child in all of us.

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8.0
Belle: Beast Hunter #1

Jan 18, 2018

Belle: Beast Hunter is like Batman crossed with the B.P.R.D. The title character has a plethora of gadgets and gizmos at her disposal, plus years of training. She'll have to put all of those to the test as a monster-filled conspiracy is beginning to play out around her. This first issue hits the ground running by quickly introducing Belle and her world.

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8.0
Belle: Beast Hunter #2

Feb 27, 2018

Belle's introduction is enough to get a good understanding of the character and pull you in. We get a glimpse of what she's truly capable of here, especially since all of her bells and whistles have been stripped away. Belle: Beast Hunter is a great addition to Zenescope's line of female adventurers, such as Robyn Hood and Van Helsing. You have to admire a woman who can wield an ax like this.

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8.0
Big Trouble In Little China #1

Jun 8, 2014

Big Trouble in Little China jumps right into the action.  I didn't think I wanted a sequel to the 1986 film, but after reading this issue, I realized that I was wrong.  I want to see what other hijinks Jack Burton is going to get into and it looks like Carpenter and Powell are ready to deliver. 

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10
Birthright #1

Oct 22, 2014

Birthright is a damn near perfect comic book. It packs an emotional punch and instantly creates a world that I want to explore with countless additional chapters. Williamson puts a great spin on an old classic, looking at it from a different angle that casts the fun adventure films of my youth in a whole new light. Plus, there is one helluva cliffhanger that will have you begging for the next issue.

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9.0
Birthright #2

Nov 10, 2014

Birthright continues with a uniquely human spin on a tried and true fantasy element. It's dark at times but also emotional, as this family is turned upside down by the sudden reappearance of their young son whom they had presumed dead. Now their boy is a muscular warrior that has returned to our world literally haunted by a force of evil.

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10
Birthright #10

Aug 27, 2015

Birthright manages to mix emotional family drama with incredible action and an epic fantasy world.  It's a damn good story with gorgeous artwork.  There's so much heart contained within these pages, which makes the characters' adventures that much harder to witness.  I've become attached to these people and I'm truly concerned for what the future holds for them, as the forecast is rather dark.

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9.0
Birthright #17

Jul 19, 2016

Birthright is a dynamite story about family wrapped in an epic fantasy adventure with creatures ripped right out of a horror movie.  Writer Joshua Williamson can make even a seemingly hospitable conversation between two old friends appear tense and full of excitement.  Old grudges and disagreements bubble up to the surface, as they know just how to piss the other off.  All the while, it might not even matter if pure evil escapes.

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8.0
Bitch Planet #1

Dec 11, 2014

Just when you think you've figured out Bitch Planet, writer Kelly Sue DeConnick turns the tables on you. This issue builds up to a top-notch ending that will have you re-examining how you view the story. It's far from your typical women-in-prison comic. There's weight to it. There's a message here but it's not preachy. You don't come out of it feeling bad for yourself, but you might think twice before making that cat call.

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8.0
Black Betty #1

Feb 23, 2018

Black Betty is off to a nice start with just the right amount of intrigue. At its center is a compelling character that we don't know a lot about yet. This is not her origin story. We're dropped into her world and we get up to speed pretty quickly. We don't need to know how she got to this point right now. We can enjoy how effective she is at fighting monsters.

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8.0
Black Betty #2

Mar 14, 2018

Black Betty is a badass monster fighter that just won't quit. She's not bogged down by personal drama or an annoying supporting cast. (I'm looking at you, Buffy.) This issue shows her take down a creature twice her size without missing a beat. This series is shaping up to be pretty friggin' cool.

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8.0
Black Betty #4

Jun 17, 2018

In the scheme of things, I didn't need an origin story for Black Betty, as writer Shawn Gabborin dropped us into her world with deft precision. That being said, this issue really rounds out the character and makes her more relatable and sympathetic. She can fight all these monsters for the rest of her life, but she can never undo that first time. It shows how she's distanced herself from other people, more for their safety than anything else. Black Betty is in a whole new class of monster hunters.

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10
Black Magick #6

Jul 5, 2017

Black Magick may have taken a break from the current story to provide some background on the main character, however it doesn't come across as a history lesson.  It doesn't even lose much in the way of momentum.  If anything, it has the opposite effect, making us care more about Rowan and her life so that when Rucka and Scott come back with the next issue, we'll be even more emotionally invested with her.  This is how you do great character work which in turn, translates to compelling horror.

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9.0
Blackwood #1

May 30, 2018

Blackwood is like Harry Potter mixed with Deadly Class. It keeps all the supernatural elements and ups the danger factor considerably. If this is just a taste of what this series has to offer, I'm very excited to see where the creators take it next. It's a well-rounded horror book.

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8.0
Blackwood #2

Jul 8, 2018

The creepiness of Blackwood goes up considerably in this issue. There's something terrifying lurking behind every turn and I have no idea what to expect next. Writer Evan Dorkin is crafting a non-stop ride of horror as these students literally descend into the bowels of the school to find even more frightening artifacts. A monster dean is one thing, but that is just the start. Now we've got so much more, including a two-headed mummy monkey. I'm going to write that out again because that was a lot of fun. Two-headed mummy monkey. Let's see the Boy Who Lived do something about that.

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8.0
Blackwood #4

Sep 11, 2018

Blackwood is a fun read with some great characters, deep mythos, and awesome artwork. Unfortunately, it feels like it ends right when it really starts to get going. This is maybe the first few days of this new class and they've already been through so much. Imagine what the rest of the school year could entail.

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7.0
Blood & Gourd #1

Sep 28, 2015

Blood & Gourd is the kind of comic where you kind of know what you're getting into from the jump.  It's a crazy story about pumpkins attacking human beings in increasingly violent and vicious ways.  The humans don't take this sitting down and are quick to go on the defensive, taking the fight right back to those pesky gourds.  If like me, you're tired of all this pumpkin flavored crap that comes out every fall, this book is for you.

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9.0
Blood and Dust #1

Aug 10, 2016

Judd Glenny is a character capable of standing toe-to-toe with the legends of the vampire genre. I'd love to see him make Dracula sit down with a glare. He's a great person to build a story around and there's a helluva tale coming here. This is an ideal first issue, as it introduces mystery and intrigue in such a way that will have you begging for more. The final page is easily one of the most badass images you'll see all year.

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9.0
Blood and Dust #2

Sep 16, 2016

Blood & Dust takes an epic leap forward with this issue and works to redefine how vampires are seen in comics since 30 Days of Night.  This is not a Dracula or Twilight-esque bloodsucker.  You might compare it to True Blood in the Southern setting, but that's where the similarities end.  Here is a man who wants to do right by his family.  It just so happens that he has to drink blood to do that.  He's got a code and he lives... or un-lives by it.

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8.0
Blood Bowl: More Guts, More Glory! #1

Jun 4, 2017

Blood Bowl is based on a popular board game that I have no experience with. You don't need that in order to enjoy this comic. It's like Space Jam, but instead of a team of cartoons going up against a team of awkward monsters, it's a rough group of humans (one of which has a hook for a hand) against snarling beasts capable of ripping out a man's throat. Oh, and it's football instead of basketball. OK, I'm not that good at comparisons like this. In any case, if you've ever watched a sports movie and wanted it to include orcs, giants, or other assorted monsters instead of some rich blonde kid from the '80s, Blood Bowl is for you.

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9.0
Blood Brothers #1

Mar 21, 2014

Blood Brothers is a downright fun comic.  The stakes (DO YOU SEE WHAT I DID THERE?!  HAR HAR!) are high, but it never feels like things are out of control because you're along for the ride with Nick and Tree.  I could easily see this turned into a feature film.  It would work so well, as it's a smart and funny take on the vampire genre.  Get on that, Hollywood.

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9.0
Blood Brothers #2

Aug 24, 2013

Blood Brothers is a fun comic about vampires.  Gagerman and Waller could have parodied countless bloodsucking stories out there.  Instead they've created an original, humorous tale about two buddies that have been partying non-stop for years.  They just happen to need blood to survive.  It should come as no surprise that this comic has already been optioned for a big screen release.  This is the kind of stuff I hope to see more of.

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9.0
Bone Parish #2

Sep 1, 2018

Bone Parish is like a paranormal version of The Wire. Instead of Stringer Bell and Avon Barksdale, we've got the Winters family, struggling to keep up with an ever-increasing demand while rival gangs start to hone in on their turf and the feds are circling like vultures. Writer Cullen Bunn is delivering a solid crime story that is amplified by the chilling horror angle.

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9.0
Book Of Death #1

Jul 22, 2015

Book of Death is rife with possibilities.  It's an event book that carries the gravitas that most tout but rarely deliver.  You get the sense that the status quo is about to change in a way that actually matters.  This isn't a situation where a character will get a new costume for a little while and then everything will go back to normal.  It's going to be tough to come back from some of this, and things are going to get a lot bloodier before it's through.

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10
Book Of Death #4

Nov 1, 2015

Although Book of Death has been filled with an ominous terror throughout its run, this issue is packed with heart.  It's an inspiration to see how far someone will go to do the right thing.  It has similarities in tone and theme to Hellboy: The Storm and The Fury, which certainly puts it in good company.  It's the kind of book that I wish more event comics strived to be.  This is a self-contained, easily accessible story that holds deep, meaningful ramifications for the entire Valiant Universe that will take it into an entirely new phase.  It hits like a punch to the gut and pulls at all the feels.  This is a solid read and easily one of the best books of the year.

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10
Border Town #1

Sep 11, 2018

Border Town is off to a tremendous start. It's established the main characters and thrown them into utter chaos thanks to an encounter with an insane and frightening monster. This issue closes out with a jaw-dropping image giving us an idea of the caliber of supernatural creatures we can expect from the rest of the series. Plus, eagle-eyed DC fans will find several references to other properties like Sandman, Wonder Woman, and more, so you get a fun Easter Egg hunt as a bonus to all the terror.

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10
Breathless #1

Apr 2, 2018

Although the full story is still taking shape, there's more than enough in Breathless #1 to pull you in. The characters are well developed and the artwork is incredible. Shand does a brilliant job of dropping you into this world and quickly establishing the rules around it. This is a horror comic to watch.

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8.0
Breathless #2

May 5, 2018

Breathless delivers a healthy mix of real world terror and crazy monsters. At its center is a smart, badass woman who is ready for a fight. She's been battling her own body her entire life, so she's used to a struggle. These big pharma executives don't know what they're up against.

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8.0
Breathless #4

Sep 12, 2018

Breathless brings up some great points and drops us into a world of possibilities. This final issue wraps things up a little too quickly. I would have liked a little more space to flesh this out, although as it stands, we do get a complete story. The status quo is shifted greatly by the end of this tale and it's something I'd love to see explored further. Just imagine what other monsters are out there and how they can be incorporated into this crazy world.

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8.0
Britannia #1

Sep 26, 2016

Britannia shows the brutality of Ancient Rome with a supernatural twist.  If I learned about this kind of stuff in history class, I would have paid a lot more attention.  Of course, if my teachers had taught this, they would all be fired.  This book is worth reading for Juan Jose Ryp's artwork alone.  It is finely detailed with an energy that is unparalleled in the industry today.

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8.0
Britannia #3

Nov 17, 2016

Britannia carries a constant feeling of dread as Antonius Axia heads down the path of madness.  He may find out who's killing these Roman soldiers, but he'll be driven insane as a result.  This book is worth reading for Juan Jose Ryp's artwork alone.  He's one of the best in the business and way too underrated right now.

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8.0
Broken Moon #1

Sep 17, 2015

Broken Moon presents a dark version of the future for those living in it and a pretty awesome one for anyone reading that loves monsters. I can't wait to see what other creatures the creative team has in store for the rest of the series. Will these beasts learn to live in peace with some sort of monster version of the United Nations? Or will they squander it all like we did?

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6.0
Broken Moon: Legends of the Deep #2

Dec 14, 2016

The one drawback to Legends of the Deep is that it doesn't stand entirely on its own.  You can make your way through it, but if you haven't read the first Broken Moon series, you will be missing a lot of context, especially towards the end of the issue.  This is an awesome and terrifying world that's clearly going to get worse before it gets better.  A small group of people have managed to survive and carve out some semblance of a life for themselves, despite overwhelming odds and the very real possibility that they'd be eaten by some form of monster.  Although there's a bevy of beasts, we see once again that humankind is capable of standing toe-to-toe with the likes of werewolves and mutant fish men when it comes to violence.  Go us?

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9.0
Broken World #1

Jun 20, 2015

Broken World tugs at the heartstrings as a woman faces the very real possibility that she'll be permanently separated from her family and there's not much she can do about it.  This isn't a matter of getting a divorce and moving across the country.  Her husband and son are heading into space and she may not be able to join them even as an asteroid descends on a collision course towards the planet.  This drama is played out with the backdrop of the end of the world in a tense ride.  It leads up to a final page that is entirely unexpected and will leave you screaming for more.

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8.0
Brothers Dracul #2

Jun 1, 2018

Brothers Dracul is a dark and violent journey through the life of one of the most evil men of yesteryear. It joins other AfterShock titles like Pestilence and Unholy Grail in a solid niche of historical horror, blending fact with fiction.

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7.0
Brothers Dracul #5

Sep 8, 2018

Brothers Dracul is another in a growing list of solid horror-themed historical fiction. It just feels like it left some stuff on the table. I hope that means that we'll get to see more from these characters soon, especially since the word "End" on the last page has a question mark after it. As it stands, their story is unfinished, but it leaves a bloody trail through the history books.

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6.0
Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Spike: Into the Light #1

Jul 19, 2014

Spike: Into the Light offers a brief look into the life of a fan favorite character from the Buffy franchise. This graphic novel exists between episodes of the TV show, providing you with some more development as Spike learns to be a good guy. He's still the anti-hero that we all know and love, but he's not going to bust into a local store to steal or ruthlessly kill someone to satisfy his hunger.

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10
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #15

May 31, 2015

The issue leads directly into another storyline that's bound to kick up some drama, especially on the "Spuffy" front. These characters are facing a dark evil unlike anything they've ever seen, and that's not the most interesting thing going on in the book. At this point I would read an entire issue where they were all just hanging out in their apartment building talking. Gage takes characters that we already cared about and reminds us why we liked them so much to begin with. This, coupled with Isaacs' terrific artwork, makes Buffy a must-read.

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5.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #29

Jul 26, 2016

Buffy Season 10 seems to be ending not with a bang, but a whimper. It's tough to sympathize with Buffy and the Scooby Gang because they brought all this on themselves. While it's been over a decade since the show went off the air, this comic is set only three years after the series finale. That would put these characters right in their mid-twenties and like most people in that age range, they're making poor life choices. Instead of backpacking across Europe to find themselves or getting a tattoo they'd regret later in life, the fate of the world hangs in the balance with these decisions.

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5.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #30

Aug 31, 2016

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 10 comes to a close with the characters in a happy place that hasn't been seen in ages. Maybe that's the issue with it. I'm used to Joss Whedon pulling the rug out from under us every time someone gets a little too comfortable with their life. From the looks of things, they're in no danger of that happening, even with Buffy and team taking on a new and exciting challenge.

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9.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 11 #2

Dec 23, 2016

One of my main criticisms of Buffy Season 10 is that it seemed like the title character is stuck in an advanced adolescence, refusing to accept the responsibilities that come with being an adult. I'm happy to see that this season is off to a great start with the exact opposite. Buffy is grabbing hold of this problem with both hands, refusing to accept the new status quo. What makes things doubly challenging is that this enemy is not something that she can punch or stab. She's fighting the United States government while also possibly evil, is unlike any other opponent she's faced.

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8.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 11 #4

Feb 18, 2017

As mentioned, Buffy Season 11 is delving into some very serious issues, showing how the government could react " or overreact " to a supernatural terrorist attack. Was a vampire responsible for the dragon that destroyed San Francisco? Probably not, but that's not going to stop them from being imprisoned along with any other non-human in the area. This book packs a political punch without banging the message over your head. It puts things into perspective.

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9.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 11 #6

Apr 23, 2017

Buffy is more sure of herself than she's been in some time. Sure, she's saved the world a few times and has always been dedicated to the cause, but this is taking that to another level. It's also putting her in a completely new scenario. She's up against the government and not like she was in Season 3. It's a public thing now and the full force of all three branches are working against her. She has to fight an organization, not a big monster. She can't just punch it in the face and be done with it. This requires planning and strategy, tact and brilliance. That's coming through in spades and it's so very exciting. This is a must read for any Buffy fan.

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10
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 11 #8

Jun 21, 2017

This season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer has been absolutely stellar. It's one of the best yet, with a compelling story, gorgeous artwork, and undeniable excitement. Every single chapter ups the ante and shows just what made this series so special.

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7.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 11 #10

Sep 2, 2017

Buffy Season 11 is approaching its final chapters and we're going deeper and deeper down the rabbit hole. The Scoobies are digging into a conspiracy that goes to the top of the government and puts the entire supernatural community at risk from casual Wiccans and slayers to vampires and demons. We don't yet know who was behind the attack on San Francisco that started this whole mess, but I'm sure it will be uncovered soon. From the look of determination from Buffy and crew, I almost feel sorry for whoever"or whatever it is.

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8.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 11 #11

Oct 11, 2017

Buffy Season 11 delivers a final battle that's right up there with the classic showdowns of the series. The reveal of the Big Bad's identity falls a little flat, but it's made up for with the action movie-level fight scenes that follow it. There's one chapter left in this season and I cannot wait to see how it's going to wrap up.

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10
Burning Fields #1

Jan 22, 2015

Burning Fields has a few more moving parts than the creative team's previous project, Curse, but the strong character development is the same. These are people that you can instantly identify with. You'll find yourself wondering what you would do in a similar situation. They're underdogs and they're about to come into contact with something dark and evil. The bulk of the issue is spent giving you an idea of who these characters are, with some strong indications of the horror that is lurking just below the surface. This is an impressive first issue that hits the ground running with blood-curdling imagery.

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9.0
Cannibal #1

Oct 7, 2016

Although I made comparisons to zombies throughout this review, understand that Cannibal is far more terrifying than that tired genre.  It's almost akin to the werewolf in that the infected has no control over his or her actions once they've contracted the virus.  They're forced to watch as they commit these monstrous actions, powerless to do anything but satisfy their hunger for human flesh, no matter what the cost.  This is southern brewed horror with a dose of heartbreak.

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8.0
Centipede #2

Aug 9, 2017

Centipede is an impressive expansion to the classic video game.  Most folks probably didn't think twice about what the story behind the game could have been while they were popping quarters into the arcade machine.  Here we've got a gripping tale of the last man on earth and his epic struggle against the giant flying centipede that tortures his mind, body, and soul.

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8.0
Centipede #5

Dec 28, 2017

On the surface, Centipede is about one man's quest to rid the world of the giant monster that's destroyed humanity. It could have been just that with some great visuals and occasional gags. Instead, it does something more, taking you on a crazy ride that's part psychedelic and part pure insanity. It's way more than just an Atari game now.

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4.0
Chastity #1

Jul 11, 2014

Chastity is getting off to a slow start.  I would have preferred more time spent on the vampire element and less on the boring details of her family life.  Hopefully with that out of the way, the comic can continue on with the girl's new status quo now that she knows vampires are real and are very much interested in the blood coursing through her veins.

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10
Chew/Revival #1

Jun 7, 2014

Chew / Revival is the kind of comic I wish happened more often.  Two books that don't seem to totally mesh together on the surface have found a way to weave their storylines through one another.  I'm not expecting them to make this a regular occurrence or even to do it again.  The fact that it happened at all is pretty awesome.  There's even a nod to another popular Image comic in the issue.  This does beg the question: What other crossovers can the publisher get through?  Can we get a Ghosted / Hoax Hunters mash up?  What about Walking Dead and '68?

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10
Chum #1

May 23, 2016

Chum presents you with intriguing characters, an interesting setting, and a riveting plot.  These folks have been living in what passes for harmony in what should be paradise.  Now it's all about to spiral out of control despite some best laid yet hastily made plans.  This is dark.  This is cool.  This is just so damn good.

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10
Chum #2

Jun 6, 2016

Chum is a book tailor-made for any fan of film noir or pulp novels.  It's the epitome of cool.  At its center is a woman with nothing to lose and everything to gain.  If that means that she has to take out a few of the locals that have been bringing her down all these years, so be it.  There's one issue left and this one ended in such a powerhouse move that I cannot wait to see how the creative team wraps this up.

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6.0
Cinderella: Serial Killer Princess #1

Dec 21, 2016

Cinderella: Serial Killer Princess is a wet dream of violence.  Every other character is cannon fodder for the star, as she literally cuts through them like a hot knife through butter.  If you're a newcomer to Cinderella and by extension, Robyn Hood, these deaths will lack any real meaning, as you won't know who anyone is or why they're important.  If you want to see a beautiful woman murder a number of people in increasingly elaborate ways, this is for you.

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6.0
Cinderella: Serial Killer Princess #4

Apr 15, 2017

Cinderella: Serial Killer Princess is a fun, gore-filled romp through the Zenescope Universe. It cements the title character as the publisher's version of Deadpool, quick with a blade and a lame joke. If you've ever wanted to see some of your favorite Zenescope characters horrifically murdered without any consequences or affecting any real story, now is your chance.

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9.0
Clean Room #9

Jul 1, 2016

Clean Room is a damn satisfying read.  This is a book that will grip you from the first page and never let go.  It helps that it's scary as hell.  This is a horror fan's dream comic.  Instead of yelling "Don't go into the basement!" you want to warn whatever is lurking down there to be wary of Astrid Mueller.

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10
Clean Room #11

Sep 10, 2016

I love everything about Clean Room.  It's a book that fires on all cylinders with a riveting story, incredible artwork, and more than a few "Holy crap!" moments.  It's the kind of comic where you get to the end and immediately look up the release date of the next issue.

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9.0
Clean Room #13

Nov 20, 2016

Clean Room kicks off a new arc in style, working with the new status quo, moving the characters into position to explore the mystery even further.  Intrigue is bursting from the seams of this comic.  You've got monsters, amazing characters, and a terrifying baby.  What more could you ask for?

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10
Clean Room #14

Dec 22, 2016

Clean Room never fails to deliver.  It's a near-perfect horror comic that provides scares of all shapes and sizes.  You can try to look away, but your eyes will always be drawn back.  You just have to see what happens next...and then what happens after that...and so on.  Every time you think you've seen it all, the book twists again and plunges you deeper into the abyss of terror.

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10
Clean Room #17

Mar 29, 2017

There's a reason I called Clean Room the #1 horror comic of 2016. It's moving into 2017 without missing a beat as it continues to deliver solid storytelling with jaw-dropping artwork. It's creating horror on another level. This isn't just people getting cut up by a slasher or some demonic creature stealing souls. This is terror in the truest sense of the word.

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10
Clean Room #18

Apr 29, 2017

If this is the end of Clean Room, it is an incredibly satisfying conclusion. Writer Gail Simone ties up a number of loose ends, pulling everything together in a nice finale. I obviously hope to see much more of this amazing series that has terrified and delighted me for eighteen solid issues. All too often a story can keep you excited in the beginning and middle, but fall short in the end. I'm happy to say that that is not the case here. Clean Room delivers on all fronts.

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8.0
Cluster #1

Feb 6, 2015

The end of this issue finds some of the prisoners in a no-win position that creates an immediate sense of excitement for the reader. How are they possibly going to get out of this mess alive? This rag tag group has to work together if they hope to survive against all of the odds that are stacked against them. I have no idea where it'll go next, but I can't wait to see what Brisson and Couceiro have in store with this series. Cluster is a perfect example of space prison sci-fi done right.

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9.0
Cold Spots #1

Aug 29, 2018

After reading Cold Spots, you'll be thinking twice the next time you feel a chill. There are still many questions about this world and what these translucent beings are, however there's more than enough here to pull you in and scare the crap out of you. This is grade A terror.

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10
Colder: The Bad Seed #1

Oct 27, 2014

Colder: The Bad Seed is a welcome return to insanity. It's a horror book unlike any others that are currently available on the shelves, filled with pure terror and real human characters. This is the kind of comic that you would read under your covers with a flashlight and then have nightmares about.

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9.0
Colder: The Bad Seed #3

Jan 5, 2015

Colder: The Bad Seed is a welcome expansion to the original series. It's not bogged down by exposition or needless explanations of the new villain or Declan's past. Instead, it's an immersive experience that surrounds the reader with terror that crawls right up your spine.

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10
Colder: The Bad Seed #4

Feb 2, 2015

Colder: The Bad Seed is easily the scariest comic on the stands right now. This is terror that will creep up your spine and make you cringe. You'll want to look away but you can't. Once it wraps its long, claw-like fingers around you, you're trapped. It excels at visually exploring insanity as one woman fights her way through all manner of crazy to get to the love of her life, but she might not be happy with what lurks in Declan's deep, dark past.

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10
Colder: Toss The Bones #1

Sep 29, 2015

Colder: Toss the Bones is filled with the kind of horror that seeps into your skin, spreading to every fiber of your being until you're too frightened to turn the page.  You can't help yourself though.  You have to see what happens, even if that means going down the rabbit hole of insanity that is Nimble Jack and the Hungry World.  While this is the final chapter in the Colder trilogy, creators Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra are just getting started. Read this on the toilet because it may scare the crap out of you.

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10
Colder: Toss The Bones #4

Jan 4, 2016

Colder: Toss the Bones is an unsettling, disturbing read, but it's one that you can't help but be pulled into.  You'll devour every page and beg for more.  It's the kind of horror that stays with you long after you've finished reading it and will have you looking over your shoulder for hours.

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8.0
Come Into Me #1

Mar 15, 2018

Come Into Me is a disturbing read, blending body horror with technology in a way we haven't seen since The Fly. Everyone seems to agree that we're spending too much time with social media. This might just be the push you need to stay off of Facebook for a little while, as it presents a dark and scary possible future.  Writers Zac Thompson & Lonnie Nadler have made some really creepy stuff here.

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10
Come Into Me #2

May 8, 2018

Come Into Me is the most unsettling comic I've read this year. Writers Zac Thompson and Lonnie Nadler have crafted something that gets under your skin by design. The very thought of becoming a prisoner in your own body is horrifying. This book plays with that concept in a very intriguing way. You're not going to get something like jump scares in Come Into Me. Instead you'll get a horror comic that will scare you to your core. This is taking body horror to a new level.

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9.0
Copperhead #1

Sep 10, 2014

Copperhead has all the makings of a great sci-fi western saga.  This may be a small town, but there's death and corruption and laser blasters.  Clara Bronson aims to clean this up.  The artwork is solid and the story is top notch with plenty of mystery involved to keep me coming back for more and more.

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8.0
Corktown #1

May 27, 2016

Corktown has a great hook that grabs you early on.  A ghost cop is trying to stop her vampire corpse from killing people.  It presents a slew of possibilities, each of which comes with its own set of questions that I can't wait to see explored further.

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5.0
Corktown #2

Sep 18, 2016

Corktown's premise of a ghost solving her own murder as her corpse walks the earth as a vampire is a good one. It's solid and intriguing, pulling you in with the elevator pitch. This issue was a bit of treading water, as it didn't really advance the story and filled in history that we didn't really need. In the end, you could skip this issue and dive into the next without missing anything.

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10
Cosmic Ghost Rider #1

Jul 13, 2018

I had no prior knowledge of Cosmic Ghost Rider before jumping into this issue. Now he's one of my favorite Marvel characters. The comic opens with a brief recap of his life up until this point, told in defining images and one word captions that instantly gets you up to speed. I most definitely have to go back and read Cates' run on Thanos where this character is introduced. That's what I can do in the time before the next issue arrives because I need some more Cosmic Ghost Rider right now.

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10
Cosmic Ghost Rider #2

Aug 20, 2018

It's impossible to read Cosmic Ghost Rider and not smile. This has quickly become one of my favorite comics. It's a quirky and absurd concept that works so incredibly well. It's an absolute shame this is only a mini-series because I would totally read about the ongoing adventures of Cosmic Ghost Rider and baby Thanos traveling through space on a sci-fi motorcycle. There is no part of that idea that I dislike.

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7.0
Critical Hit #1

Oct 6, 2014

Critical Hit begins with a bang..and a wonk, crash, and a whole mess of explosions. It's a comic with a message, although I'm not entirely sure how effective it is at this point. If the book does go down the territory of human hunting as the official description describes, it will get a whole lot scarier as Jeanette and Sarah are put in the shoes..err...hooves of the deer that they were trying to save in the first place.

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8.0
Croak #1

Sep 10, 2016

Croak is further proof that people should avoid the woods.  Leave them for bears and other animals.  You never know what's going to pop out at you when you venture through the trees.  Sure, you may be prepared with a sleeping bag and a first aid kit, but no amount of cotton swabs is going to help you clean up a dead body.

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8.0
Croak #2

Oct 28, 2016

Croak is a terror-filled tale of monsters lurking behind every tree trunk.  We don't need to have much information or development of the main characters.  What we need to understand is their fear of what they're going through and that comes across in spades.  It's easy to identify with someone that is literally running for the life with a creepy bird / lizard creature right on their heels.  I dare you to read this before a camping trip and tell me it doesn't give you second thoughts.

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8.0
Croak #3

Dec 11, 2016

Croak was originally meant to be a short film from writer Cody Andrew Sousa.  You can see how this could easily translate to the screen.  This is a stellar adaptation to the comic medium that keeps the same breakneck pace and tense action you'd expect from a movie, yet it's all on the page.  The monsters are terrifying and rival those found in modern cinema.  Although this is the end, I'd be curious to learn more about these creatures and what other terror they cause for those foolish enough to venture into these woods.

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10
Cry Havoc #1

Feb 8, 2016

Cry Havoc has a strong opener that grabs you from page one.  That might be because the first page is also the beginning of the end of the story.  It doesn't stop there though; it pulls you in with each new thread of the plot, weaving a well-rounded and personal werewolf tale with a relatable, interesting character at its center.  The artwork is clean and gorgeous with just the right amount of terror to keep you on your toes. 

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10
Cult Classic: Return To Whisper #1

Jan 25, 2018

This issue ends on an incredible cliffhanger that raises the stakes for the story considerably. There is already a solid premise going in, but the final page pushes it to the next level. In many ways, Cult Classic: Return to Whisper reminds me of Stephen King. It has that same emotional connection, baiting you in with compelling characters and a unique setting, then throwing in a twist that reels you in. This is a fantastic way to start a shared universe.

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8.0
Cult Classic: Return To Whisper #2

Apr 28, 2018

Cult Classic: Return to Whisper is a great, character-driven comic with a nice mix of humor, drama, and scares. Although I can't tell all the kids apart yet, I'm very much along for the ride based on how real they come across and how relatable their lives are. Granted, I never discovered buried treasure as a kid, but I totally dreamed of doing that. Who hasn't? This makes the troubles and bloodshed that fills their present day lives all the more gripping.

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8.0
Curb Stomp #1

Mar 11, 2015

Curb Stomp comes off like an exploitation film, but empowers the women featured within it. This is a gang that's tough as nails and backed up with a lot of heart. It's the kind of comic that you want to read while blasting punk rock music.

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9.0
Curse #1

Jan 25, 2014

Curse is off to a great start.  This is the kind of origin issue you want from a new story.  There's just enough information to make it worth your $4, with enough questions to make you want to come back for more.  The shots of the werewolf are sparse, but the scares come from the fact that that Griffin is taking the first steps down a dark path and he doesn't even realize it.

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10
Curse #4

Apr 17, 2014

Although the werewolf is not the main character in Curse, it never lets you forget how dangerous it is and can be.  It can symbolize what we're all capable of when our backs are against the wall. This finale is one of the best single issues I've read this year. Curse is solid tale that despite some predictability, surges forward with pure emotion and unbridled horror.

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5.0
Cutter #1

Oct 2, 2014

Cutter presents a pretty basic horror story that we've seen many times before. What has yet to be seen is how the creative team puts their own spin on it. The truth behind Emily's death and return has yet to be revealed, but it better be something epic to make the comic stand out amid the clichs of the genre.

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7.0
Danger Doll Squad #2

Nov 20, 2017

Danger Doll Squad is like a pop culture fueled Tron with boobs. It's an adventure through cyber space starring three of Action Lab: Danger Zone's signature characters. It's over-the-top and completely bonkers, but it's constantly fun.

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8.0
Danger Doll Squad: Galactic Gladiators #1

Apr 11, 2018

There's more than enough to dig into for your average sci-fi fan. The horror elements are a little lighter so far, but they're making their presence known by the end of the issue in a rather disturbing way.

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9.0
Dark Ark #1

Aug 19, 2017

I'm not sure how long into the forty days Dark Ark is set, however spending any amount of time cramped on a boat with a bunch of supernatural creatures is bound to be a tense experience. Somehow, with all these monsters, the human element shines through. The comic delivers a one-two punch with terrifying beasts and personal, relatable characters. It sets a very high bar right out of the gate.

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8.0
Dark Ark #2

Oct 28, 2017

Dark Ark grabbed me with the first issue. This is where it tightens its grip. The stakes are raised considerably as we see just how quick the monsters are to violence. We may have started with one corpse, but it is not the only one by the end of this chapter and I'm sure there will be plenty more before the series is through.

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9.0
Dark Ark #3

Dec 6, 2017

Every issue of Dark Ark has left me wanting more. Writer Cullen Bunn is telling a terrific story that is only getting better with each chapter. The mix of monsters in an enclosed space provides an environment of great tension and terror.

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9.0
Dark Ark #5

Feb 7, 2018

Dark Ark presents an exciting new spin on a biblical story we all know well. It does so with intrigue, mystery, and a fair-amount of monsters. The very idea of an ark filled with all manner of supernatural beast...and a couple of unicorns... is pretty great. In the hands of writer Cullen Bunn and artist Juan Doe, it's an awesome, tense comic well worth your time.

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10
Dark Ark #6

May 9, 2018

Dark Ark takes some awesome and terrifying turns as it begins its second arc. Shrae has survived a vampire mutiny aboard his ship but now has to keep the humans on Noah's ark safe or his entire family will perish. That's a pretty tough job when there are even scarier monsters swimming beneath the waves.

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9.0
Dark Ark #7

Jun 19, 2018

Dark Ark delivers a solid balance of terrifying monsters, tense drama, and incredible characters. This is the kind of comic that will make your jaw drop. Writer Cullen Bunn crafts a white-knuckled ride through the Great Flood with all kinds of untold horrors waiting both over and under the surface.

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10
Dark Ark #8

Jul 21, 2018

Dark Ark continues to up the ante with every issue. Each time I think writer Cullen Bunn has topped himself with an incredible twist or outstanding reveal, the next chapter reaches new heights. At this point, I have no idea how Shrae or Noah are going to survive the rest of the Great Flood.

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9.0
Dark Fang #3

Jan 22, 2018

Dark Fang jumps past its brilliant premise with this issue, creating a smart vampire story. It doesn't get too preachy about climate change (although it wouldn't hurt because it is without a doubt real and a very pressing issue facing not only our country, but the world). Like classic George Romero movies, it delivers on its message through the lens of horror.

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8.0
Darkness Visible #1

Mar 8, 2017

Darkness Visible is the supernatural police book I didn't know I wanted. It mixes elements of exciting cop shows with horror and a bit of family drama to make a compelling comic with real characters and real stakes.

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7.0
Darkness Visible #3

Apr 7, 2017

As mentioned above, this issue of Darkness Visible does present an interesting alternate history of the world where demons played a major role in ending World War II. I just wish it didn't come at the expense of the momentum of the main story. I'm not sure how long the series is set to run for, but if it's meant to be an ongoing or a maxi-series, this issue would have been better suited between story arcs to break things up a bit. As it stands, it removes all momentum from the series after it worked so hard building it up over the first two chapters.

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8.0
Darkness Visible #4

May 20, 2017

Darkness Visible delivers a robust and ever-expanding world of monsters and the humans who live with them. At its center is Daniel, a man torn between doing what's right for his city and what's right for his daughter. That means allying himself with a demon in more ways than one. It's a tortured life, but it's what he has to do to get things done.

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7.0
Darkness Visible #6

Aug 7, 2017

This issue of Darkness Visible represents the end of the first arc.  While this is a nice interlude, it's a major momentum killer.  This is doubly unfortunate because it's not the first time the creators have done this.  Issue #3 is told in a similar fashion.  This information serves to further flesh out this world, but it comes at a cost of taking the attention away from the main character and his ongoing story.  These would have been better served coming later as one-shots or broken up as backup stories in the main issues.

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8.0
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes #1

Dec 3, 2014

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a must for any hardcore POTA fans as it expands on the overall mythos and offers further insight into the film's two main characters. The movie started after these two had been through ten years of heartbreak and desperation as they struggled to survive in this new world. Now you get to see what that journey was like firsthand.

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10
Day Men #2

Dec 26, 2013

Day Men is off to a great start with its first two issues.  This chapter gets the action moving quickly as the battle between the two families heats up...literally.  This is a strong story with some dynamite art.  Let's just not wait so long before issue #3 comes out, huh?

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6.0
Day of the Dead #4

May 16, 2017

Day of the Dead builds to a dramatic and horror-filled climax and the book is only halfway through. The final pages reveal just how evil the members of the Order of the Tarot are and the lengths they'll go to get what they want. Or in this case, who they want. It's just that they're far more interesting and entertaining than Mary or Talisman are. I kind of want them to succeed.

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9.0
DC House of Horror (One Shot) #1

Oct 26, 2017

With the success of things like Afterlife with Archie, I would absolutely love to see any one of these stories expanded upon as an ongoing Elseworlds title. I'd be happy if this anthology became a yearly event too. DC House of Horror is evidence that the publisher can do horror and do it well. Pulling on our deep and long-standing connection to these characters and putting them in harrowing situations is only going to make for fun and amazing horror stories.

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8.0
Dead Letters #3

Jun 17, 2014

Dead Letters has pulled me in.  I'm dying (HAR HAR!) to find out what happened to Beryl, how Sam is going to figure it out, and more importantly, what he's going to do next.  There's a larger mystery at work here.  I've never been more interested in dead people.

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8.0
Dead of Winter #1

Aug 5, 2017

Dead of Winter takes a tired premise like zombies and breathes new life into it.  The inclusion of Sparky and his hate of the undead is fun, balancing the terror of the story with some comic relief.  There's more than enough here to hook you to come back for more.  At the bare minimum, you'll want to check out the Dead of Winter games as a result.  I know I do.

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9.0
Dead of Winter #2

Sep 25, 2017

Dead of Winter is like a comedy version of The Walking Dead and it's just as fun as that sounds. How great would it be if every so often Rick Grimes cracked a joke or commented wryly on the ridiculous series of events that led to his current predicament? Plus, have I mentioned the dog? His name is Sparky and he wears a cape. What more do you need here?

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10
Dead of Winter #3

Oct 25, 2017

Dead of Winter is making zombies fun. It's a great read propelled by a canine main character who friggin' hates zombies. If Sparky was in The Walking Dead, that book would have lasted like six issues because he would have ended everything right away and Rick would still have both hands.

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10
Dead of Winter #4

Nov 26, 2017

Every time I think the zombie genre may be petering out, something new and exciting comes in to breathe new life into it. Dead of Winter is that new life. It's action-packed, fun, and earnest. Plus, it stars a dog that kicks all kinds of ass.

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6.0
Deadly Class #12

May 2, 2015

Deadly Class is a fantastic comic.  It's the kind of book that grabs you from the first page and never lets go.  Remender and Craig are showing what comics are truly capable of as a storytelling medium.  You can feel the energy and excitement coursing through every single panel.  Everyone should be reading this book.

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10
Deadly Class #21

Jun 24, 2016

Deadly Class is a white-knuckled read from start to finish.  If you've been following this series from the beginning, there are tons of payoffs with this issue as it wraps up the fourth story line, "Die For Me."  It will fill you with questions as to where the book will go from here, enticing you to pick up every future chapter, while simultaneously ripping your heart out.

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4.0
Death Force #6

Nov 23, 2016

Death Force is a poor man's Ghost Rider.  It has the makings of something interesting, but it's poorly defined and fails in the execution.  Marc Rosete's artwork is the saving grace and since most of the scenes with the title character (again, I'm not sure if I should even call him that because no one actually does so) are without dialogue, so you can fill in your own ideas as to what's going on.  It's a slugfest in Hell with all sorts of monsters and Death himself watching over everything.  Aside from bringing Rick's friend down, he does nothing but talk the entire time, so he's not all that intimidating as a Big Bad.

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10
Deathbed #1

Feb 23, 2018

Deathbed is a fast-moving, gorgeously illustrated tale of supernatural adventure. It has the feel of a grown-up version of Goners, which is another series I love. The interaction between Antonio and Val is already delivering and I'm very interested to see where this unlikely duo could go. If this first issue is any indication, it's going to be completely insane.

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8.0
Delta 13 #3

Jul 10, 2018

This is the penultimate chapter of Delta 13 and I have no earthly idea what to expect next. Obviously there's going to be more death and carnage as this mysterious woman makes her way through the ship. I don't particularly care about any of the crew as there hasn't been much time to develop them as characters or get to know them in any way. For now, I'm content with watching this play out. It's like a slasher movie in space, but not something silly like Jason X. This is some creepy shit.

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10
Demonic (2016) #1

Sep 7, 2016

Demonic shows the lengths a man is willing to go for his family, even if that means submitting to a literal evil and committing heinous acts of murder.   It presents a very real feeling that any parent can relate to.  There is a constant unsettling feeling that permeates throughout every panel, leading up to one of the best cliffhanger endings you'll read all year.  From beginning to end, Demonic is a great read and well worth your time.

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10
Devolution #1

Jan 28, 2016

Devolution hits the ground running with an amazing first issue.  It hits on all marks with a great story, gorgeous artwork, and vibrant colors.  This series was first announced more than three years ago and I assure you, it was worth the wait.

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6.0
Diablo House #1

Mar 14, 2017

Diablo House is a by-the-numbers horror anthology with a promising premise that falters in this opening tale. If the story were tied to the house in even a tangential way, it would have resonated a lot more. It's worth checking out for Santiprez's artwork though. This is an artist to watch, as he is delivering some amazing work here. Plus, if you pick this up through the Humble Bundle, you're helping out charity in the form of Traveling Stories and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and you get over $400 worth of comics for a minimum of $25.

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9.0
Divinity #1

Feb 11, 2015

Divinity has all the makings of a great science fiction story. It's manages to deliver both on the huge scale of an epic and the personal touch of a single man's life. Now that we've seen the beginning of Abram's story, what lies ahead is how the world will react with this new superpower. Plus, what exactly happened to him up in space to give him these new abilities? If the answer is cosmic rays, I'm leaving.

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8.0
Divinity III: Stalinverse: Shadowman #1

Feb 20, 2017

Shadowman and the Battle of New Stalingrad shows a glimmer of hope in this dystopian society as one man stands up against the tyranny of the Soviet Union. Granted, he has some help from undead dinosaurs and demons, but he still kicks some ass. Most of all, it got me really excited about Shadowman again, so I hope Valiant does more with the character in the near future. I heard 2017 is his 25th anniversary...just sayin'.

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10
Doctor Crowe #1

Nov 6, 2016

If this is the type of quality adventuring we can expect from Doctor Crowe, I sincerely hope we see more in the near future.  This comic is tailor made for fans of Hellboy, with solid supernatural pulp action mixed with top-notch artwork.

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7.0
Doctor Crowe #2

Jun 3, 2017

That being said, the stories themselves are pretty solid and if you liked the last issue, you'll like this one, as it's more of the same crazy supernatural adventures. Doctor Crowe is a unique hero, standing up against monsters big and small. He joins the ranks of Hellboy, Lord Baltimore, and John Constantine, which is certainly good company to keep. It's safe to say that this is made for any fans of those characters.

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8.0
Doctor Spektor: Master Of The Occult #1

May 28, 2014

Doctor Spektor: Master of the Occult adds a unique supernatural element to Dynamite's Gold Key line.  It doesn't just toss in some werewolves and call itself a horror comic.  Instead, Waid has created a flawed character struggling with his own success while also dealing with ghosts and vampires, all while in front of a camera.

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8.0
Doppelganger #1

Nov 28, 2017

Doppelganger has the same vibe as Stephen King's Thinner, although with a nicer protagonist. Here's a man who is living a normal, uninteresting life who is suddenly thrown into absolute chaos. He's suddenly given a reason to stand up and fight for everything he has and everyone he holds dear.

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8.0
Dream Police #1

May 3, 2014

Dream Police is off to a great start.  This issue lays the ground work for how the Dreamscape works and what kind of things readers can expect.  There's a nice twist at the end that opens things up quite a bit as to what else can happen.  As with any dream, it's a quick change that immediately alters the entire status quo.  I just hope that doesn't mean that Joe will be going to work in his underpants.

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8.0
Dream Thief: Escape #1

Jun 25, 2014

Dream Thief: Escape delves further into the background of this character that has become an instant favorite.  John Lincoln's story is just getting started and we're learning about his abilities and where they come from just as he is.  This first issue gives a good primer to the story so far, so anyone can jump right in.  (This is not to say that you can skip the first trade paperback.  Go out and read that too because it's an awesome comic.)  Author Jai Nitz drops just enough hints at what is to come to get me hooked right away.

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8.0
Dream Thief: Escape #2

Jul 27, 2014

Dream Thief: Escape greatly expands upon the mythos that Jai Nitz created with the first volume.  I'm interested in seeing what the potential limits of a Dream Thief are, both mentally and physically.  John Lincoln has been busy providing closure for others, but he might finally get a chance to get it for himself by reuniting with his father, even if it is posthumously...sort of.

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8.0
Dredd: Underbelly #1

Feb 23, 2014

Underbelly is a satisfying continuation to Dredd 3D, but as it's only a one-shot comic, it's far too short.  That's not to say that the story is rushed.  It actually fits nicely within the page length.  I just wanted more because it's well done.  This is like a preview for what a new feature length film could be.  Hopefully this will be the comic gateway for fans of the movie who haven't explored the full history of the character (myself included).

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10
Drifter #1

Nov 18, 2014

Drifter has the makings of the next great sci-fi western. It has the best elements of both genres mixed together in a peanut butter cup of a comic. Plus, this debut issue builds up to a closing piece of dialogue that is an amazing cliffhanger that will have you demanding the next issue.

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8.0
Eclipse #1

Sep 11, 2016

Eclipse hits with a one-two punch of sci-fi and horror.  It's got a dynamite premise and some tight pencils presenting a dystopian world that will have you reaching for sunscreen.  Humanity hasn't risen to the skies in this future.  We've burrowed underground like rats, fearful of the day and the terrors it can bring.

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8.0
Eclipse #5

Mar 15, 2017

Eclipse takes its first steps as an ongoing series and sticks the landing. This is a solid sci-fi series where the sun is a monster. It's the villain out to destroy everything we hold dear. That would be enough on its own for a compelling story, but writer Zack Kaplan adds in another level of intrigue and mystery with a serial killer immune to the sun's effects and a far-reaching corporate conspiracy.

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9.0
Eclipse #6

Apr 25, 2017

Eclipse is a zombie comic where the zombie is the sun in the sky. Instead of eating brains or stomping slowly towards its prey, it literally melts you. If you hate sunburn, this is a book that will scare the crap out of you. This, coupled with not one, but two pulse-pounding thrillers is enough to make this a must read.

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8.0
Eclipse #8

Jun 26, 2017

Eclipse is the sci-fi thriller you've been waiting for. It has all the pulse-pounding excitement of a blockbuster movie with incredible visuals and a riveting story. The only thing that's missing is the soundtrack, so I started humming out a score while I was reading the book. That would explain the weird looks I got at the gym.

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9.0
Eclipse #9

Aug 8, 2018

I didn't need another reason to avoid the outdoors, but Eclipse certainly provides one. The idea that the sun is a killer is something I've long believed, so that would have been enough for me to enjoy this book. Writer Zack Kaplan uses that as a starting point, building a comprehensive world of corruption and intrigue around it and seeding it with exciting action sequences to make an awesome and riveting read.

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8.0
Edward Scissorhands #1

Oct 27, 2014

This first issue of Edward Scissorhands serves as a re-introduction to this strange world, albeit a more colorful version. The people witnessed something magical once, but that has mostly been forgotten or swept under the rug. From the looks of things, this small town is about to be shaken again by the would-be monster from the castle on the hill.

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8.0
Ei8ht #1

Feb 27, 2015

Ei8ht is like Mad Max set on Tatooine. Instead of riding tricked out death machines, people ride dinosaurs. Joshua has plopped down in the middle of this world with a mission, but he doesn't remember what that is. There's no telling what he might encounter next, but if it's anything like what he just went through, things will get worse before they get better.

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9.0
Elvira: Mistress of the Dark #1

Jul 9, 2018

You know what to expect when Elvira is involved and this comic delivers on that fun in spades. It's a great blend of horror and comedy that's spooky and very self-aware. From the looks of things, Dracula is not the only horror icon the Mistress of the Dark is going to meet in this series and I can't wait to see what else writer David Avallone has in store.

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9.0
Empowered & Sistah Spooky #5

Jul 18, 2018

Empowered & Sistah Spooky's High School Hell presents some real-world terror through supernatural means. While no one has had their back broken posing for an art class, they have been teased, taunted, and ridiculed. Seeing these two face this non-stop adversity is inspiring. It makes every one of their successes mean even more as they fight back these brats.

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8.0
Enormous (2014) #6

Feb 5, 2015

The people in Enormous are struggling to hold on to the last pieces of civilization they can. In the blink of an eye, the entire world changed around them. For the first time in thousands of years, mankind must fear the animals that lurk around it, and that's a really scary thought. This is like the five stages of acceptance and people are firmly in the denial stage...a very bloody, body-filled denial stage. Enormous is much more than your typical giant monster story. These beasts are not rampaging through cities to destroy or fight each other. They're hunting people and eating them up in brutal ways.

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8.0
Enormous (2014) #7

Jul 27, 2015

Enormous returns with a more human issue that shows us once again that many of us are horrible people at heart. Given the opportunity, we can descend into chaos, ready to murder our fellow man. There are a select few that can rise above this temptation and do the right thing. Survival does not mean the death and destruction of everyone around you, especially when there are giant monsters roaming the world. Unlike your typical Godzilla story, Enormous delivers on both the human side and the monster scares.

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7.0
Escape From Monster Island #1

Feb 22, 2016

Escape from Monster Island has a killer premise. That alone is what will get me coming back for the next issue. The human characters are pretty interchangeable and there's not much in the way of development. The focus here is going to be all about monsters, and it looks like we're going to get them in droves over the course of this series. It seems as if no creature if off limits, from folklore to fantasy and everything in between.

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9.0
Escape from New York #1

Dec 9, 2014

Escape from New York is a balls-to-the-wall action-packed fun ride of a comic. Longtime fans of the film will eat it up and newcomers will instantly fall in love with the bad boy Snake Plissken as he shoots, punches, and explodes his way into your heart.

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7.0
Eternal #1

Dec 20, 2014

Eternal mixes elements from some of my favorite sci-fi stories. There's a bit of Battlestar Galactica, Post Mortal, and a hint of Blade Runner. It's a heady concept with a lot of moving parts that I want to see fleshed out a bit more. The book is just starting to build up some steam and I'm interested in seeing where it goes once it's moving at full speed.

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10
Evolution #1

Nov 14, 2017

Evolution is Cronenberg-level horror. It's creepy and disturbing and I can't wait to see where it's going. When it was first announced, I said that it was my most anticipated comic of the year. I'm happy to say that it paid off in spades. Do yourself a favor and read this book.

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10
Evolution #2

Dec 27, 2017

Evolution is next-level body horror. It's creepy and unsettling, which are two fantastic qualities for a horror comic. Instead of dwelling only on the gross-out moments, it ascends to a higher level of storytelling with relatable characters placed in horrific situations. It excels on all fronts.

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10
Evolution #3

Jan 24, 2018

Evolution was already a solid body horror comic. This issue further ties you to the characters, making them more interesting and relatable. I've become emotionally invested in each of their stories, which has pulled me in completely. This is a gripping read.

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10
Evolution #5

Mar 30, 2018

Evolution has solidified its place as a top-tier horror comic that will get under your skin. There are aspects of it that send a shiver up my spine just thinking about. Infurnari's artwork strikes a great tone filled with dread that permeates through every single page. The writing dream team of James Asmus, Joseph Keatinge, Christopher Sebela, and Joshua Williamson has crafted something truly terrifying here.

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10
Evolution #9

Aug 23, 2018

Evolution is one of the most unsettling comics on the stands today. It keeps the tension high with every page turn. It looks like we're going to get some answers as to just what the heck is going on, which is a plus. As it stands, this is a riveting story and a white knuckled read.

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10
Farmhand #1

Jul 23, 2018

Farmhand is a quirky yet unsettling comic. It's filled with little gags and fun that will bring a smile to your face...before sending a shiver up your spine with horrific imagery. I'm going to pretend it's set in the same world as Chew, the series Guillory co-created and illustrated, as the two work well together. It's safe to say if you liked Chew, you'll love Farmhand.

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10
Farmhand #2

Aug 18, 2018

Farmhand is laying the groundwork for a big story. There are a lot of moving pieces here and it moves at a mile a minute. The mix of comedy and horror keeps you on your toes, as you won't know what to expect. Will you be met with a smile or a bloody knife? The odds are about even for each. It's clear there's a lot more at work at the Jenkins Farm and we're just scratching the surface.

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8.0
Fight Club 2 #1

Jun 1, 2015

I'm intrigued by this new addition to the Fight Club mythos.  The original novel spoke to someone in their mid-20s, looking to rebel against authority.  The comic book sequel is a stark exploration of a "normal" life and the pitfalls it can contain.  "Sebastian" might have turned his back on Project Mayhem, but the Space Monkeys carried on and it's clear that they may have some help from an inside source.

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8.0
Fissure #1

Feb 13, 2017

Fissure is a slow burn that pays off in spades with a breathtaking final-page filled with intrigue and terror.  It does the due diligence of establishing the characters and making you care about them before shaking the ground beneath their feet.  You'll be dying to check out the next issue, if for nothing else than to find out what's in these holes.

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9.0
Five Ghosts #14

Dec 4, 2014

Five Ghosts has always been packed with pulp and adventure but now there's a healthy dose of horror mixed in. This is some of the best serialized storytelling you're going to find on comic shelves, filled with excitement, heartbreak, and terror.

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10
Frankenstein Alive, Alive! #3

Apr 23, 2014

Frankenstein, Alive, Alive! is a brilliant character study providing a take on someone that has been labeled a monster for decades.  Instead of telling the same old story of this creature mindlessly rampaging at villagers with torches, Niles and Wrightson are providing an emotional look at a misunderstood beast that is searching for his true place in the world.  Despite his appearance, humanity is the real monster, considering they brought him back to life and have brought him face to face with this new situation.

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8.0
Frankenstein Underground #1

Mar 23, 2015

Frankensten Underground takes what started as a one-note character and builds him into a powerful yet tormented individual. This isn't Boris Karloff shuffling around with bolts sticking out of his neck. I mean, this is Mike Mignola on Frankenstein. Do you really need another reason to read this?

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8.0
Freeway Fighter #1

May 20, 2017

I've never read or played with the original Freeway Fighter books. Fortunately, you don't need to have that background in order to enjoy this series. It drops you right into the action, introducing a terrifying post-apocalyptic world with a strong woman doing what she has to in order to survive. Yes, it's easy to make comparisons to Mad Max, but that's certainly not a bad thing.

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6.0
Freeway Fighter #2

Jun 20, 2017

Freeway Fighter is a slow burn. The tone is spot on and definitely worth your time. It's just that it takes a bit to really get going. Things heat up towards the end if the issue, so I'm hoping this turns around in the next chapter.

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5.0
Freeway Fighter #4

Aug 14, 2017

Freeway Fighter is a gorgeously illustrated post-apocalyptic comic. Unfortunately, it's all style and no substance. The story leaves much to be desired and doesn't come close to tying up any of the loose ends it creates over its four chapters. This was my first exposure to Freeway Fighter as I'm unfamiliar with the game. The comic should have stood on its own without the need for me to further define it on my own by setting up a campaign. Players may see it differently and use this as a great way to begin their games.

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9.0
Frostbite #1

Sep 28, 2016

Frostbite offers a glimmer of hope in a world where most people's hearts have frozen over.  Is that enough to save the planet from its icy demise?  Are these people even worth saving at this point?  It presents a harsh, gritty reality where staying warm means staying alive.  Bundle up, kids and get ready for one helluva ride.

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8.0
Frostbite #3

Dec 17, 2016

Frostbite is the alternate, colder version of Mad Max we didn't know we wanted, but are eternally grateful it exists.  Two people are thrown together on a life-or-death road trip.  The body count has only grown since they began this trip and it shows no signs of stopping.  We'll see how that is affected once secrets start coming to the surface.

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6.0
Ghostbusters Annual #2017

Feb 5, 2017

The Ghostbusters annual is packed to the brim with the same humor, action, and horror that has come to define the franchise. There are a total of nine stories collected here, including a parody of the classic Hostess snack cakes comic ad, but with a paranormal twist. There is not a bad story in the bunch. This is a must read for any Ghostbusters fan.

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9.0
Ghosted #13

Sep 26, 2014

What has been amazing to watch with Ghosted is how writer Joshua Williamson has started with a basic idea in the first volume (a thief asked to steal a ghost) and expanded it into a large supernatural mythos. The ramifications of the first issue are still being felt. There are a few different balls in the air, but Williamson ties everything back together neatly. The different arcs to date have had a natural flow to them while keeping Jackson shrouded in mystery. You can't help but get pulled along for the ride, wherever he may be going. That may be to a seedy underground occult marketplace, but at least it's not Times Square with all the tourists.

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10
Ghosted #16

Jan 20, 2015

This issue of Ghosted provides a bit more backstory to the character of Markus Schrecken and really frames him as Jackson's nemesis. His new look is gruesome, making the argument that his outside appearance now matches his hideous insides. Williamson is building up to a big showdown between these two forces that was set in motion with the first story arc. It's clear that things are going to get very bloody very soon.

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9.0
Ghosted #20

May 23, 2015

This issue is a fitting end to Ghosted.  It's rare for ongoing series to have a finite ending in this world of reboots and renumbering, so this was a welcome sight even though it sucks to have a good comic come to a close.  Jackson Winters started as a gruff asshole and slowly turned into a fun-to-read asshole over the course of the book's run.  Ghosted began as a supernatural Ocean's Eleven and quickly evolved into an interesting look at life and death, with one of the most interesting characters at its center.

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5.0
Ghoul Scouts: Night of the Unliving Undead #2

Jul 13, 2016

Ghoul Scouts has a great setup, but lacks follow through.  It's rather tame, even for an all-ages comic.  We don't know how or why the dead have risen and that's not entirely necessary for the comic (see also, The Walking Dead).  However, we're not invested with these characters or their situation, so it's tough to care about them, especially when the zombies don't appear threatening at all.  Right now, the worst they've done is set a car on fire and I'm not certain they were the ones responsible in the first place.

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9.0
Giants #2

Jan 9, 2018

Giants is like The Warriors meets Godzilla. You'll come for the giant monsters and stay for the compelling character development. We don't know how or why these creatures have taken over the planet and it doesn't matter. What is important is how Gogi and Zedo are going to survive and what will happen when they meet again.

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9.0
Giants #4

Mar 27, 2018

From the looks of things, Gogi may be cursed. His presence ruins the tenuous balance that many hold in this post-apocalyptic landscape. He may have found happiness for a moment, but that is fleeting, particularly when his past comes back to haunt him. Giants presents a compelling story of two kids on a collision course. One is trying to be good and the other has fully embraced the bad. Which one will survive in a world run by huge monsters?

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9.0
Giants #5

Apr 25, 2018

Gogi's trials also mimic those of humanity in this post-apocalyptic world.  If he can rise up from the depths and find peace, perhaps there's hope for humanity as a whole.  This is represented beautifully in the closing pages as Gogi's family comes together in the face of total devastation.  Giants could have been another in a long line of comics about a big monster destroying a city with some helpless humans running for their lives.  Instead, it reaches a new level with some strong characters and incredible artwork that sets it apart from the average kaiju tale.  Although Gogi and Zedo have little to no hope of taking out creatures like Sheik and Wraith, their story becomes more compelling because they're just trying to survive.  They're scraping together what small bits of happiness they can find to create a life in this horrific world which leads to a pretty inspiring arc.

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8.0
Gideon Falls #1

Feb 24, 2018

Gideon Falls takes its time to get going. It doesn't rush into the scares. Instead, it slowly builds tension over time, building to a great cliffhanger that will definitely have you coming back for more. The comic has an unshakable feeling of dread, like untold terrors are awaiting Norton and Wilfred in the coming issues and they're the only ones that can possibly put a stop to whatever's coming. One thing is for sure, if this is writer Jeff Lemire's first foray into horror, he's off to a great start.

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8.0
Gideon Falls #2

Apr 18, 2018

Dave Stewart's colors complete the experience, particularly with his use of red.  That shade means danger and when it appears on the page, the scare factor goes up.  Since most of the issue looks grim and dark, red stands out in a vibrant, violent nature.  It's a shock to the system.  Gideon Falls has pulled me in completely.  I still have a lot of questions, but the tone of the story and the mystery surrounding the Black Barn is more than enough to keep me interested.  We're still learning about the main characters, however we know enough about them to get wrapped up in their lives and want to see this through.

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9.0
Gideon Falls #3

May 27, 2018

Gideon Falls has been a slow burn, albeit a very satisfying one. Every page turn is filled with dread as we gradually unravel the mystery that connects these two men. I'm eagerly anticipating their meeting and more importantly, what will finally pull them together. On the surface, they couldn't be farther apart, so what about this peculiar Black Barn will link them?

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10
Gideon Falls #5

Aug 2, 2018

Writer Jeff Lemire paces Gideon Falls #5 perfectly. I was on edge the entire time, as the tension continues to rise with every turn of the page. Although we don't know a lot about the Black Barn just yet, the very thought of it is enough to send a shiver down your spine. Gideon Falls is one of the scariest comics on the stands today. It's not going to scare you with blood and gore. Instead, it seeps under your skin, staying with you for some time.

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10
Gideon Falls #6

Aug 25, 2018

Gideon Falls #6 is easily one of the best comics of the year. This is an experience like no other, delivering on not only a unique and mind-bending read, but an unsettling story that elevates everything that's come before. You'll want to go back and re-read the previous issues again after the startling revelation on the final page. Writer Jeff Lemire has jumped into the horror genre and made one helluva splash.

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9.0
Glitterbomb #1

Aug 18, 2016

Glitterbomb seamlessly pulls you into the world of Farrah Durante to the point where you let out a little cheer when the monster inside her straight-up murders someone.  The beast is still shrouded in mystery and I'm intrigued by what its plans are for Hollywood.  I can only imagine the amount of dead bodies it will leave in its wake.  The big score on this book is Djibril Morissette-Phan and his amazing artwork.  It reminds me a bit of Sean Gordon Murphy, which is definitely a compliment.  If this is how he's starting out, I can't wait to see what else he has coming down the line, not only for this comic, but for his career.

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9.0
Glitterbomb #4

Dec 19, 2016

Glitterbomb is a scathing look at fame and our quest for it.  It's a comic that could not be hitting at a better time, where people are less concerned with showcasing their talent and more interested in becoming famous.  I wish Kim Kardashian would read this book.  I could sell it on the fact that it has pictures.  Speaking of, the artwork is pitch perfect, walking the fine line between emotion-filled scenes of drama and gore-filled segments of monstrous carnage.  Plus, it leaves off with a cliffhanger where you just have to find out what happens next.

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8.0
Glitterbomb: The Fame Game #1

Sep 13, 2017

Glitterbomb: The Fame Game shows real life terror that happens on a daily basis in Hollywood. Fame is a claustrophobic, soul-crushing experience and young Kaydon Klay is about to see it up close and personal. This is something she's longed for all her life and the glitz and glamour is about to chew her up and spit her out. That doesn't even include the literal monster lurking in the shadows nearby!

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9.0
Glitterbomb: The Fame Game #2

Nov 1, 2017

Glitterbomb: The Fame Game ups the ante considerably with this issue. It runs the gamut of emotions, bouncing from happiness to sadness to utter despair. Along the way it takes a stop in terror and lingers there for a bit. What is impressive is how this series balances real world, everyday horror with supernatural monsters. In the end, it's tough to tell which one is more frightening.

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8.0
Glitterbomb: The Fame Game #4

Jan 2, 2018

Glitterbomb: The Fame Game is a timely, unsettling look at how we perceive fame in today's society. The phrase "If it bleeds, it leads" is very valid. It's created media that we're all guilty of consuming without thinking of the emotional and mental toll it is taking on those affected. It will have you thinking twice before tuning into the local news or clicking on that juicy headline.

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10
God Country #1

Dec 17, 2016

God Country has the makings of an epic story at a deeply personal scale.  It teases just enough to hook you, leaving you begging for more.  Roy's life is very real and one that you can instantly connect with.  This makes the events of the book all the more dramatic and powerful.  This is a stunning debut issue.

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5.0
Godzilla in Hell #2

Sep 2, 2015

At the end of the day, this is a comic of big monsters punching other big monsters. There's not much here in terms of substance. The artwork makes up for this to an extent, but there's really not much else to latch on to. It's not like you get into the deep inner workings of Godzilla or even understand why he's fighting these other creatures. He literally walks into a new area and starts swinging. I'd like to know a little bit more or get the smallest hint of character development, but I'm not sure what I was expecting. This is a Godzilla comic. It's about destruction and kaiju. That's it really.

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8.0
Godzilla: Cataclysm #1

Aug 13, 2014

Godzilla: Cataclysm brings back monsters in a big way.  Humanity is still incredibly screwed when these beasts get moving, but you can't help but watch the destruction unfold.  Now a new generation gets to witness the terror of a huge lizard creature rampaging through its city.

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8.0
Godzilla: Oblivion #4

Jun 27, 2016

I can't wait to see how everyone handles even more monsters. Things are looking grim for Earth One, but with a new lead scientist, maybe they have what it takes to save their world once and for all.

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10
Goners #2

Nov 20, 2014

Goners is a perfect mix of horror and adventure. It's a fast paced comic that begins with breakneck speed and never lets up.

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10
Goners #4

Jan 21, 2015

Goners continues to excel. This is a monster-filled comic surrounded by characters with heart. It seamlessly mixes the horror with emotional drama and throws in some staggeringly good character development. Each issue has unraveled a bit more of the mystery, pulling you deeper and deeper into the Latimer family rabbit hole.

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9.0
Goners #5

Feb 23, 2015

Semahn and Corona build to a shocking ending that really changes everything. I know you hear that phrase a lot in comics, but I mean it here. Looking back at the beginning of the series, it's hard to believe that things have escalated to such an extent. I found myself looking at these pages and thinking, "No, they can't be doing this. Please don't be doing this." But I couldn't turn away. The creators have pulled me in. I'm deeply invested in these characters and I want them to avoid the supernatural train wreck that they're barreling towards at full speed...but I don't think that's in the cards just yet. I mean, the comic is called Goners for a reason, right?

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9.0
Goners #6

Mar 27, 2015

Goners is the kind of comic that I could see translate easily into a weekly TV show.  These first six issues are basically the pilot.  Granted, the things that Jacob Semahn and Jorge Corona packed this with would require an astronomical budget to produce.  Goners is a blend of action, adventure, horror, and good old-fashioned family drama.  It's about growing up.  It's about standing up for yourself.  It's about kicking ass.

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9.0
Goosebumps: Download & Die! #1

Apr 5, 2018

Download and Die! has the right mix of fun and scares that has made the Goosebumps name stand the test of time. There's an entire generation of horror fans that grew up on those young adult novels and this creative team definitely does them justice with this series. It's a great all-ages title that's perfect for new and old fans alike.

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10
Goosebumps: Download & Die! #2

Apr 17, 2018

Where Download and Die! excels is with the personal teenage drama among Mitra and her friends.  It's real.  Writer Jen Vaughn perfectly captures these genuine feelings that we've all been through.  The phone brings out the worst inner thoughts that Mitra could be thinking and beats up her self-esteem at a time when it is most vulnerable.  As a result, she doesn't realize how much it has affected her.  This relatability heightens the tension in the book.  The scares are greater, as we're so invested in Mitra and her life.   Goosebumps: Download and Die! shows just how great all-ages comics can be.  The series literally works for everyone, tugging on the emotional hardships of teenagers that we've all experienced to make a very personal, terrifying read.

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7.0
Goosebumps: Download & Die! #3

May 26, 2018

Goosebumps: Download and Die! features more of a cliffhanger ending which is certainly not unheard of in the franchise. It's not a cliffhanger where a character is about to plummet to their doom or something like that. It's more about realizing that their world is completely changed and there could be more to this story. It would warrant a sequel to see where these characters could go next. Maybe next time it's a possessed iPad or a haunted Amazon Echo.

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9.0
Goosebumps: Monsters At Midnight #2

Jan 8, 2018

Goosebumps: Monsters at Midnight is an awesome way to introduce horror to a younger audience. It's an all-ages title so there is something for kids and adults alike. Fans of the original young adult books by R.L. Stine will absolutely love this comic. It makes me want to dig up my old books to revisit them.

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8.0
Grave Danger #1

Aug 26, 2018

Grave Danger presents a pretty awesome storyline right off the bat. It wastes no time diving into the action while also delivering some of the backstory for the main character. We don't get her full origin here, nor is it necessary. There's just enough to hook you with a great premise and an awesome closer. In this debut issue alone there are all kinds of monsters and demons. If this is what a single day in the life of Grave Danger is like, I can't imagine what kind of terrifying adventures are in store.

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8.0
Graveland #1

Dec 9, 2017

If the Re-Animator created Captain America to fight the monsters from Pacific Rim, you'd have Graveland. This is blockbuster movie level action that's blended with crazy kaiju fun. If this is how the book starts, I can't wait to see where it goes next.

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7.0
Graveland #3

Dec 17, 2017

The imagery of Los Angeles in flames is unfortunately not a foreign concept at the moment, as most of the West Coast is on fire. It's still a chilling visual seeing these monsters rampage down major highways and destroy buildings. We don't know their true goal here just yet, but Titan Amon is not going to let them get to it without a fight.

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6.0
Graveland #4

Apr 6, 2018

Graveland has the look and feel of the Bourne Identity mixed with Godzilla. It just comes up short on the story side. There's a decent plot in here, but it takes some digging to understand just what is at work here.

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9.0
Gravetrancers #1

Dec 14, 2017

Gravetrancers will shock you to your core. There is no sugar coating this story. These are dangerous people and there is absolutely no guarantee Maribel and Anthony will make it out alive, let alone in one piece. That makes for one terrifying horror comic.

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10
Gravetrancers #2

Feb 6, 2018

Gravetrancers has quickly become one of the scariest comics of the year and we're only a few weeks into 2018. The terror never lets up for a single moment. It's always there and it's constantly on the rise. The artwork is absolutely incredible and only serves to pull you deeper and deeper into this bizarre world. Don't sleep on this one, folks.

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9.0
Gravetrancers #3

Apr 22, 2018

Gravetrancers is like Rocky Horror Picture Show through the lens of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. It's bold, bloody, and absolutely bonkers. This comic is so unpredictable and insane that you will be eagerly awaiting the next and final chapter because you have to wonder what else can possibly happen at this point.

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9.0
Gravetrancers #4

Aug 4, 2018

Gravetrancers is the most unpredictable comic I've read all year. Every time you think you've figured it out, it takes a sharp turn into all new insanity. It might have been built on the idea of a bunch of creeps making a drug out of corpses, but it quickly grew to something far more terrifying.

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8.0
Graveyard Shift #1

Jan 4, 2015

Faerber has a talent for introductions. The same could be said for his sci-fi series Copperhead. He hits you with just enough information to pull you in, yet still manages to quickly set up the "rules" of this new world. Graveyard Shift packs a punch with drama, romance, and a healthy dose of good old-fashioned vampire horror.

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8.0
Grimm Fairy Tales #97

May 7, 2014

Grimm Fairy Tales is heading towards a large event and getting many pieces in place for it.  The Tooth Fairy is the latest player to enter the game and I'm very interested to see how she factors into things, considered her tortured past.  This kind of re-imagining of a classic character is what makes this title stand out.  I will never look at the dentist the same way again after reading this issue.  Brush your teeth, people!

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9.0
Grimm Fairy Tales #100

Jul 27, 2014

Grimm Fairy Tales has grown and evolved over the course of these 100 issues. If you pick up the first chapter of this series and compare it to the latest, you might not believe they're the same book. An entire universe has been built around Grimm Fairy Tales, expanding and improving upon works of classic literature, while maintaining the elements of horror and fantasy that have made the comic great. Issue #100 is an event that puts the comic shoulder-to-shoulder with anything published by Marvel or DC.

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5.0
Grimm Fairy Tales #101

Sep 4, 2014

Although I have my issues with how Zenescope appears to be jumping forward with its premiere title, I'm interested to see where this new direction will lead.  We don't know how the Dark Queen is defeated or how the realms become unmerged.  That will probably come from Realm War.  For now we'll see how Sela fairs as a teacher in addition to her other jobs protecting the Nexus.

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7.0
Grimm Fairy Tales #105

Dec 24, 2014

There are still some mysteries behind Arcane Acre and its first batch of students. Sela and her cohorts have a challenge ahead of them if the first few issues are any indication. These kids have gotten into a lot of crazy antics and it's much worse than the usual stuff you'd expect from a bunch of hormone-fueled high schoolers. They all have some pretty shaky pasts and are filled with an unknown amount of power. That amplifies the everyday teenage drama a thousandfold.

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4.0
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Dark Shaman #1

Oct 26, 2014

Dark Shaman plays like your everyday horror movie with a bunch of co-eds heading out to a secluded cabin before becoming the target of a supernatural madman. There's little to no emotional attachment to the characters, so there's no real concern when the blood starts flying. This is the kind of story where you root for the bad guy because you don't care about the people.

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6.0
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Helsing #2

May 22, 2014

This version of Helsing is interesting, but I'm not entirely sold on the character.  Shand is carving out a niche within the Grimm Universe where vampires and slayers can roam as well as adapting classic characters to fit next to gods and people from fairy tales.

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9.0
Grimm Fairy Tales Vs. Wonderland #3

Sep 27, 2014

Grimm Fairy Tales vs. Wonderland has been building to a large battle worthy of both titles. This issue moves the last pieces into place, setting the stage for the final showdown, leaving you begging for more. Once again Wonderland is under attack. This time Calie has some help in the form of Sela, but will it be enough to stop the Ace of Spades?

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6.0
Grimm Fairy Tales: Dance of the Dead #1

Nov 13, 2017

This first issue of Dance of the Dead takes some time to find its footing. It re-introduces Mystere and tosses Jasmine into the fray. After Day of the Dead, I am curious as to what's next for Mystere, however I don't have that interest in Jasmine yet. She feels forced into this situation and her story isn't enough to care about just yet. Hopefully the two women can help each other figure out where they should go next and how to escape the Shadowlands. In the meantime, they've got hordes of goblins, skeletons, and other assorted monsters to fight.

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7.0
Grimm Fairy Tales: The White Queen #1

Feb 8, 2015

White Queen sheds some light on what was going on in Wonderland during the Age of Darkness. Granted, we know how things turn out due to the other ongoing Zenescope titles, so this doesn't come across as all that effective. The characters are in no real danger. That being said, I am interested to see how Calie deals with the Dark Queen and how she'll go about saving her daughter. Things got a little bloody this time around and I have a feeling that's just the beginning.

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6.0
Grimm Tales Of Terror #2

Sep 5, 2014

Grimm Tales of Terror pulls on a very real fear that most people have. It takes a little while to get to the scares, but it has a decent pay off, plus some bonus bloodshed with a book-ended scene. What's more exciting is that Zenescope is carving out another little home for short horror stories to live in the comic book industry. We can't have enough of those.

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3.0
Grimm Tales of Terror April Fools Edition #2017

Apr 8, 2017

I wasn't expecting a laugh riot from this April Fools' Day comic, but I also wasn't expecting a rehash of previous comics. It's described as a Mystery Science Theater 3000 take on them, but that's a poor comparison. It's more like your old uncle making sad, outdated references while watching re-runs on TV.

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8.0
Grimm Tales Of Terror Vol 3 #3

Mar 27, 2017

This issue ends with a great twist. It's something I did not see coming and puts a very cool spin on the Black Eyed Children urban legend. It works really well and takes the book to an entirely new level. It's this kind of work that solidifies Grimm Tales of Terror as a go-to horror anthology.

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6.0
Grimm Tales Of Terror Vol 3 #6

Jun 19, 2017

Grimm Tales of Terror continues to be a fun anthology title. This one takes a while to ramp up and when it does, it jumps to lightspeed to an ending you can see coming. You can't deny the compelling nature of the subject matter. I just wish we got a little more with the alligators and a little less with the TV show host.

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10
Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight #5

Feb 11, 2014

Branwyn is embarking on a quest for revenge in Bride of Blood.  It's going to get a lot messier but she's not going to stop until every last one of those bastards pays.  As with previous Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight stories, this one will be completed with the next chapter.  After this stellar first issue, I'm really looking forward to how this wraps up and what kind of violence this woman will unleash on these men.

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9.0
Grindhouse: Drive In, Bleed Out #1

Nov 16, 2014

Grindhouse is returning with a bang. Slay Ride is terrifying, sexy, and fueled by vengeance. It's everything I'd want from the genre and more.

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6.0
Grindhouse: Drive In, Bleed Out #3

Mar 31, 2015

This is a lot goofier than the other Grindhouse comics.  In a weird way it reminds me of Tremors in that you've got a small group of people out in the middle of nowhere facing off against a bunch of giant creatures.  The first chapter of Blood Lagoon got all the pieces in order for a big bug-squashing battle royale, which I know that writer Alex de Campi can deliver in spades.

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10
Grizzly Shark #1

Apr 11, 2016

Grizzly Shark is such a damn enjoyable comic.  I read this with a grin on my face and had several laugh-out-loud moments.  That's probably saying something about my sense of humor, but I'm willing to bet that if you're reading this, you're in the same bucket.  Ryan Ottley delivers massive amounts of ridiculous fun in these 32 pages.  They just happen to be covered in blood.

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9.0
GWAR: Orgasmageddon #1

Jun 7, 2017

GWAR: Orgasmageddon is an over-the-top, balls-out, insane comic dripping with dark humor. The violence is elaborate and gore-filled. If Animal from the Muppets became a bloodthirsty creature of anarchy and murder, you might get a rough idea of what you're in for. Most of all, this is a fun read that will leave any horror fan with a smile on their face.

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9.0
GWAR: Orgasmageddon #2

Jul 6, 2017

GWAR: Orgasmageddon continues to be the dark humor, blood-soaked comic you can't help but love.  It's like an alternate version of Bill & Ted where they murder people throughout time.  Wouldn't that be a fun take?  If you are into horror, outlandish kills, and non-stop gags, this is the comic for you.

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8.0
GWAR: Orgasmageddon #3

Aug 31, 2017

GWAR: Orgasmaddon is the best comic you will read featuring a penis-shaped time machine and I'm including that one weird issue of Uncanny X-Men. Now you're wondering which one I'm talking about, aren't you? I'm just kidding. There's no penis-shaped time machine in X-Men...or is there? Anyway, if you love dark humor and gore, you are going to love this comic. Plus, the Krakunt is worth the price of admission alone. I'm going to be having some very confusing dreams / nightmares about that tonight.

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10
GWAR: Orgasmageddon #4

Oct 22, 2017

GWAR: Orgasmageddon is an absolute blast. It's a pun-filled, blood-soaked journey through time that puts all other time travelers to shame. H.G. Wells is regretting that he didn't have his characters fly around in a penis-shaped ship in The Time Machine. It would have made that Guy Pearce movie was more interesting. At the end of the day, this is a damn fun comic that is enjoyable to anyone with a dark sense of humor, whether you're a GWAR fan or not.

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9.0
Hack/Slash vs Vampirella #4

Jan 13, 2018

Hack / Slash vs. Vampirella pulls in the best parts of both characters. It's a great crossover that I hope continues with further adventures because it's created a fun dynamic. It's sure to please fans of either franchise.

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8.0
Hack/Slash: Resurrection #2

Dec 4, 2017

Hack / Slash: Resurrection is a welcome return for Cassie Hack. It puts her in some familiar territory for horror fans and one that's fitting for the character. She would be right at home at Camp Crystal Lake, although Jason would have to think twice before attacking her. Cassie would definitely give him a run for his money. This could have been just a cool side story. Instead, it ties closely to Cassie's past, creating a more personal tale.

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9.0
Hack/Slash: Resurrection #7

Jun 5, 2018

This one-and-done story from writer Tini Howard hits all the right marks. It's got humor, gore, and sex appeal, which is just the right combination for a Hack/Slash comic. I hope we get to see Cat again soon, although I can understand how she might be best handled in small doses. I thought Hack/Slash: Resurrection was a mini-series at first, so I'm glad to see that the bloody adventures are continuing with more issues.

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9.0
Hack/Slash: Son of Samhain #1

Jul 6, 2014

Hack / Slash: Son of Samhain is a welcome return for Cassie Hack.  The subtitle of the series promises a tie-in to the big bad of the last volume, but little has been seen of this just yet.  Instead, this issue gets Cassie back to doing what she does best, and that's kicking ass and looking good doing it.  The character is in good hands with Moreci, Seeley, and Laiso.

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10
Harrow County #1

May 19, 2015

Harrow County is friggin' scary.  It's a story that seeps into your very being, bringing the type of fear and tension that movies need jump scares and pumping soundtracks to come close to pulling off.  Here's the kicker though: It's only the first issue.  Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook are just getting started and they've already made one of the best horror comics of the year.

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9.0
Harrow County #14

Jul 22, 2016

Harrow County is the kind of horror that gets right into your bones.  This was a rather tame issue compared to some of the others in the series to date, but it is no less scary.  That aforementioned panel is something that will stay with me for a while, haunting me whenever I close my eyes.  I get chills just thinking about it.

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10
Harrow County #22

Apr 12, 2017

Harrow County is a pitch perfect horror comic. Everything about it just clicks between the art, the colors, the writing, the dialogue, the characters. While on the surface, you have two young women walking through the creepy woods at night, that's the least scary thing about the book. It delivers terror on multiple levels and leaves you begging for more.

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9.0
Harrow County #23

May 14, 2017

Harrow County delivers a consistent level of quality horror. The foreboding tone is constant. Scenes with happy moments are punctuated by an unshakable feeling of dread, like you're waiting for the other shoe to drop.

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10
Harrow County #27

Nov 11, 2017

Few comics are as consistently well done as Harrow County. This is a riveting book that pulls you in hook, line, and sinker. It features an epic battle of good against evil that's fought not with capes and tights, but with powerful character-driven story and some of the best artwork in the industry. This should be required reading for all horror fans.

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10
Harrow County #28

Dec 22, 2017

Harrow County never disappoints. It's such a solid read and continues to be one of the best horror comics on the stands today. Emmy's journey is a wild ride with more than its fair share of shadows. I just hope this poor girl can make it out unscathed.

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10
Harrow County #29

Mar 31, 2018

Harrow County has become a gold standard for horror comics. With news that the series will be ending soon, I can only imagine what writer Cullen Bunn has in store for a finale. If the story up until now is any indication, we're in for a treat.

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10
Harrow County #30

May 4, 2018

As Harrow County nears its end, the forces of good and evil are preparing for a final battle. This is the lead up to that climactic showdown. Writer Cullen Bunn has packed it with an intense feeling of dread. A dark cloud hangs over this town and the sun may never shine on it again. I almost don't know what else to say about it at this point because this is a comic everyone should be reading. It excels on all fronts.

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10
Harrow County #31

Jun 4, 2018

We've got one issue left of Harrow County. While I'm sad to see it go, the finale looks like an amazing ride, so I can't wait to see how it wraps up. I'm eagerly awaiting the last issue with bated breath and clenched fists. Seriously, just read this book and thank me later.

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10
Harrow County #32

Jul 6, 2018

I'm sad to see it end, but I could not have asked for a better final issue. Writer Cullen Bunn has led us to a fantastic ending that is so very fitting. It shows incredible character development, as Emmy has gone through one helluva journey. While there are certainly possibilities to return to Harrow County to feature more of the strange monsters and odd things that have happened there over the years, it's unnecessary. We have a great story here that stands on its own with a beginning, middle, and an end that will delight any reader.

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8.0
Hass #1

Mar 23, 2016

Hass is pitched as Romeo & Juliet meets American History X, which is a pretty apt way of describing it.  Creator B. Alex Thompson pulls you in with relatable characters and just when you think they're going to have a nice happy ending, he pulls the rug out from under you and changes everything.  Aliens don't fly in and the dead don't rise.  Instead, the monsters in Hass are real and just as terrifying.  They're capable of true evil.

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8.0
Haunted #1

Apr 30, 2014

Haunted sets up a post-apocalyptic road trip.  This is a great origin story.  You get everything you need to jump right into the story.  This first issue gets the group together and provides them with a destination in New York City.  You can imagine the level of utter madness that a city of millions of people must be like after ghosts have invaded the world.  While their technology is not nearly as advanced as that of the Ghostbusters, I have a feeling that Sarah and the gang could hold their own against Egon and company.

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10
Headspace #6

Feb 15, 2015

Headspace is a damn fine comic that will keep you on your toes. Lindsay sets a breakneck pace with the story and never lets up, taking sharp twists and turns. Here you have a beacon of sanity in Shane surrounded by an ocean of chaos with Max's mind. This is high caliber work that you are just not going to see anywhere else.

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9.0
Headspace #7

Mar 18, 2015

You can practically feel the soundtrack picking up in the background as Shane takes some fateful steps in this issue of Headspace. The music swells. The drums pound. One man stands against insurmountable odds in an effort to do the right thing and stop a killer. There's been too much death so far. Headspace continues to be an amazing character study of a man with moral fiber that would make Batman blush. It's the kind of comic that I can't wait to re-read in its entirety, which is convenient as there's a collection coming soon from IDW Publishing.

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10
Headspace #8

Apr 9, 2015

Headspace has one of the most satisfying endings I've seen in years.  Lindsay crafted an emotionally draining adventure through the mind of a killer that's unlike anything you'll see on the stands today.  It's huge in scope and earnest as all Hell.  Watching the lengths that one man is willing to go is inspiring.  We should all hope to be half the man that Shane is.  This is what a hero looks like.  There are no capes or tights.  Just a man standing up for what's right with conviction.

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8.0
Heavenly Blues #1

Jun 13, 2017

Heavenly Blues has an undeniably great hook that's backed up with solid character development and striking artwork.  You might come in for the supernatural heist but you'll stay for Isaiah's story to see if he and Erin can stick it to the holy man that judged them and sent them down to Hell.  Like any good heist movie, you can't help but root for the bad guys.

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8.0
Heavenly Blues #2

Aug 30, 2017

Even with these fight scenes, the pace slows down a bit with this issue of Heavenly Blues. It's largely setup as the characters are moved into place to prepare for the heist. The additional players are very intriguing and it will be cool to see how they all interact with one another. I'm just anxious for them to get to the action and see how they'll bust down Heaven's door. They're beginning to resemble a powder keg.

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8.0
Heavenly Blues #3

Sep 28, 2017

Heavenly Blues presents supernatural thievery in Hell that's right up there with classic heist films, and who doesn't love a good heist film? If George Clooney robbed something from a demon instead of Andy Garcia, it would have been a much more entertaining movie, right?

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9.0
Heavenly Blues #4

Nov 19, 2017

I have no idea how this whole plan will go down, but I cannot wait to see it play out. Heavenly Blues has been building up with each issue and this one is no different. This chapter reveals what they're actually stealing and it is a real game changer. It raises the stakes considerably. Plus, the team meets who they're stealing from and he's far scarier than Andy Garcia. Man, this is a fun comic.

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10
Heavenly Blues #5

Feb 15, 2018

Heavenly Blues has been steadily building since issue one. Things really get going here and I'm super excited to see where they go next. Can this group of misfits pull off the heist of this or any lifetime? The rewards are huge, but so are the stakes. This is a biblical heist and we're routing for the bad guys.

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10
Heavenly Blues #6

May 25, 2018

Heavenly Blues sticks the landing on a terrific and otherworldly heist story. It took the time to establish these characters and what makes them tick so you become so invested in their lives. They absolutely have to succeed because if they don't, it will be completely devastating. Ben Kahn and Bruno Hidalgo make a great team. Between this and Shaman, they've got a couple solid titles under their belt. I'm excited to see what they do next.

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4.0
Hellblazer (2016) #1

Sep 1, 2016

I've read a number of the DC Rebirth titles.  Hellblazer is the only one that I'm not all that impressed with.  It has nothing exciting or overly interesting going on in it.  The most intriguing elements have nothing to do with the main character.  John Constantine's hey-day was when he was off in his own little world in the more mature Vertigo line.  Maybe the DC Universe with its capes and tights is just not the right place for him.

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6.0
Hellblazer: Rebirth #1

Jul 22, 2016

Hellblazer: Rebirth resets the status quo for John Constantine.  I am not up to speed as to where he was in the DC Universe prior to this issue, so some of the setup, such as the brief stint in New York, feels strange and out of place.  It's like they needed to quickly explain where he went when he left London, but that wasn't really necessary.  The stakes are high and he's on his own.  His enemies are not things that Superman can swoop in and punch.  These are monsters capable of real terror.

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9.0
Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1952 #1

Dec 5, 2014

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. is a welcome addition to the Mignolaverse, beginning the story of Big Red's first field mission. Most of it is spent setting the stage, moving all the characters into place, but it promises a big payoff that I'm definitely looking forward to.

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9.0
Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1953 - Beyond The Fences #1

Mar 3, 2016

You should know by now that if a book has the name "Mignola" on the cover, it's something you should be reading. Hellboy and the BPRD: 1953 - Beyond the Fences is no different. It's filling in some of the vast history that Hellboy had before meeting his untimely end a few years back. There are references to the previous stories in this series, but the book stands on its own with little prior knowledge needed. Any monster fan should be eating this up.

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9.0
Hellboy: Krampusnacht #1

Dec 26, 2017

Hellboy: Krampusnact is an awesome horror read for the holidays. It keeps the spirit alive while also delivering some great terror. Hughes is a welcome addition to the Mignolaverse with gorgeous artwork that maintains the dark aesthetic we've come to expect from this world. I'd love to see what he could do with some of the other characters.

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10
Hellboy: The Midnight Circus #1

Jan 6, 2014

The Midnight Circus is a great addition to the Hellboy mythos.  It fills in some of the gaps to provide a little more backstory to the character and how he became the man and the hero later on in life.  It also shows how deeply that Professor Bruttenholm cares for the boy in a world where the child is treated as an outcast and a bit of a freak. This is worth checking out for Duncan Fegredo's excellent artwork alone.

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10
Hellbreak #1

Mar 27, 2015

Hellbreak can at times resemble a blockbuster action movie akin to the Expendables.  Then it pulls back the curtain a bit and reveals that this elite team of soldiers is not fighting Columbian drug lords or Mel Gibson.  Instead, they're fighting the forces of Hell itself, in all its terror.  This is a damn satisfying first issue and you are not going to find a better deal on the comic stands right now.

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8.0
Hellchild #1

Mar 29, 2016

Much of this issue of Hellchild is setup.  We already know from the solicits for this issue alone that Hades' daughter is on her way back to the land of the living, so it's not much of a spoiler to know what happens by the end of the book.  The creative team introduces us to all the players quickly and efficiently while moving the story along at a solid pace.  We jumped right into the action and we're left craving more.  We're left with an upheaval in these characters' lives that is going to make waves.  Now what?

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8.0
Hellchild: The Unholy #2

Dec 12, 2016

Hellchild: The Unholy is a gore-filled ride through Splattertown.  You'll learn the sound a lizard man's skull makes when it explodes as an exxxtreme vampire goddess tears through everything around her.  While all this is happening, I'm trying to keep an eye on Jezebel because there's definitely still something up her sleeve.  Things are going to get more complicated for Angelica, and I'm not certain the obstacles coming up are ones she can punch, bite, and slash her way through.

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8.0
Hellchild: The Unholy #5

Apr 10, 2017

Hellchild: The Unholy is a gore-filled fight to the death packed to the brim with monsters. The artwork alone will delight any horror fan, especially eagle-eyed readers. The title character is still rather grating, lashing out at everyone around her. Sure, she's been through some shit, but maybe she just needs a hug.

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10
Hellicious #1

Aug 9, 2018

Hellicious is like I Hate Fairyland set in Hell. It has the same level of crazy and hilarious humor with super fun artwork and a breakneck pace. This is tailor made for any horror fan with a dark sense of humor. Writers A.C. Medina and Mina Elwell are on to something great here.

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10
Hellicious #2

Aug 24, 2018

Hellicious is filled with dark humor and it's the best kind. Writers Alan C. Medina and Mina Elwell deliver a non-stop assault of jokes and gags that will keep you smiling from beginning to end. This is the spiritual successor to Lenore from Roman Dirge, although filled with far more hellfire.

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8.0
Her Infernal Descent #1

Apr 28, 2018

Her Infernal Descent takes Dante's Inferno, a classic I have never really been interested in, and puts it in a context I can easily relate to and want to read. It helps that there are pictures, but it's more than that. The woman at the center of this story has suffered unimaginable pain and heartbreak. She's desperate and is willing to do anything if it means being with her family again, even going to Hell itself. That is some powerful stuff.

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10
Hexed (2014) #1

Aug 15, 2014

Lucifer is like the power and determination of Buffy mixed with the sheer badassery of Faith, and wrapped in all-around cool.  I like to think Hexed takes place in the same world as the vampire slayers, but she deals in the shady back alleys that the Chosen One would never venture within.  Although she has no real reason to be a hero, she does what's right no matter the cost, and she does it with a smile on her face.  

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10
Hexed (2014) #7

Feb 18, 2015

Hexed has easily become one of my favorite titles. Lucifer is a strong female lead that rivals the likes of Buffy and Wonder Woman. She's that good. The comic is packed with a rich and seemingly never-ending mythology that only serves to amplify the possibilities for future stories.

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10
Hexed (2014) #8

Mar 29, 2015

Hexed is easily one of the best comics on the stands today.  Michael Alan Nelson and Dan Mora have built an exciting, supernatural adventure with a strong character-driven story.  I read this entire issue with gritted teeth, shocked at the lengths that Lucifer was willing to go.  This is the kind of comic that reads like a blockbuster movie.  I certainly hope that the big screen is in its future.

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10
Hexed (2014) #12

Sep 2, 2015

I'm so sad that Hexed is ending, but it could not have gone out in a more spectacular fashion. It ends not with a bang or a whimper, but with a smirk and a knowing nod. In many ways, Hexed is the spiritual successor to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It takes a strong female character, surrounds her with an interesting supporting cast, and throws her into some hellish situations that she must overcome. It makes for a great read and one that I hope returns someday.

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6.0
Hoax Hunters (2015) #1

Mar 25, 2015

While the name and the team are back, Hoax Hunters hasn't quite recaptured the magic that it displayed in its Image Comics days. It's still very early and writers Michael Moreci and Steve Seeley had taken a hiatus from the comic to write other projects, so maybe they just have to find their groove with these characters again, much like the characters themselves. It's clear that Heavy Metal is backing them 100%, as Hoax Hunters is the premiere title in its new line of books. Hopefully things will tighten up a bit as we get some more answers to the mysteries surrounding the characters and what's going on with Jack.

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2.0
Hollywood Zombie Apocalypse #1

Nov 13, 2014

Hollywood Zombie Apocalypse is an unoriginal mess filled with cheap jokes and lame pot-shots at celebrities. It coasts by on the name recognition of the stars without any real substance.

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8.0
Hook Jaw #1

Dec 21, 2016

Hook Jaw has a slow start, but the reveal of the shark is worth the price of admission.  If you're a fan of Jaws, you'll like this comic.  Every time someone is close to or in the water, you get this feeling of dread, knowing the beast lurking beneath the surface.  Plus, this is the first time I've seen a grown man hit with a severed dolphin's head, so I can check that off the old bucket list.

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7.0
Hook Jaw #3

Feb 27, 2017

Hookjaw delivers the same level of tension you'd get from watching Jaws or The Shallows. You know this beast is lurking just beneath the surface, but the characters have to go into the water. Some of these folks are not all that developed, so it will be easy to watch them get eaten alive by a shark with a hook in its mouth.

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10
Hot Damn #1

Apr 23, 2016

Hot Damn is like a stoner comedy set in Hell.  These characters are screw-ups just trying to putz through the afterlife.  They were stupid when they were alive and they're still pretty dumb.  The thing is, if they mess up now, the results are far worse.  That won't stop them from getting into trouble.

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8.0
House Amok #1

Sep 3, 2018

House Amok is a disturbing look at a family gone off the rails. It's these five individuals against the world, but the monsters they're seeing may not be real. This adds a layer of mystery that will keep you on your toes. The entire Sandifer clan is a wild card...a violent, dangerous wild card. I can only imagine what family game night must be like for them.

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8.0
House of Penance #1

Apr 12, 2016

House of Penance is creepy from the jump.  You get this immediate sense of the skeevies, like something is just not right here.  That feeling only intensifies with each page turn.  This is not a horror story that will jump right out and scare you.  Instead, it will slowly seep in, getting under your skin and making you look over your shoulder as you read on.  The first issue introduces you to this world and all the strangeness that surrounds it.  The fact that this is a real place and an actual woman from history ups the creep factor to eleven.

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10
House of Penance #6

Sep 22, 2016

House of Penance has built up to this startling climax and it's earned every moment of it.  It's an unsettling read and this issue is no different.  Throughout the entire series, you've wondered if Sarah is crazy.  Are the things she's seeing just in her head?  Or are they really there?  We get some clarification here, but more importantly, we get closure.  It's this perfectly fitting ending that is as beautiful as it is tragic.  Writer Peter J. Tomasi's story of horror and heartbreak is matched by Bertram's artwork that is often disturbing yet poignant.

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8.0
Hungry Ghosts #1

Feb 9, 2018

Hungry Ghosts is off to a great start. If this is the caliber of story we get from the first issue, I'm excited to see what the rest of the series will bring. I imagine that each chef will try to one-up the previous one with scarier tales.

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9.0
Hungry Ghosts #4

May 17, 2018

Hungry Ghosts has been a unique horror anthology with a total of eight stories centered on food. There is a small thread connecting each one that comes back in a big and satisfying way in the very end. Writers Anthony Bourdain and Joel Rose have crafted some horrifying stuff here. Due to the way it's set up, it can easily be replicated to tell more tales in this nature. I'd love to see more. I guess I should say that I want seconds, huh?

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10
I Hate Fairyland #1

Oct 4, 2015

I Hate Fairyland is like Candyland seen through the prism of John Kricfalusi.  It's filled with the dark humor that we've come to love and expect from the likes of Lenore and Invader Zim.  It takes the tropes from classic children's tales and kicks them right in the balls before ripping their hearts right out.

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10
I Hate Fairyland #6

Jun 15, 2016

I Hate Fairyland is a cornucopia of candy-coated carnage.  (Alliteration is fun, kids!)  If you've ever suffered through a game of Candyland or wanted to tear the head off a Care Bear, this is the perfect comic for you.  Let me leave you with this:  Within the first three pages (previewed above), a tiny butterfly teddy bear creature rips the heart out of a monster and displays it to a cheering crowd like some demented version of Gladiator.  If that doesn't make you want to buy this comic, nothing will.  Also, we can't be friends.

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9.0
Ice Cream Man #1

Jan 19, 2018

Ice Cream Man is going to be a series of one-shot stories. This first issue features a complete tale, but there are elements that are only touched upon that I hope to see explored in further issues. It really got under my skin. This is a book that will stick with you for some time. At the bare minimum, it will have you thinking twice about buying ice cream from a stranger on the street.

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9.0
Imaginary Fiends #1

Nov 26, 2017

Imaginary Friends is like Drop Dead Fred with the little girl from The Ring. It's twisted and unsettling, presenting a world filled with monsters that only a few of us can see. This issue wastes no time introducing us to the landscape and establishing the parameters of the setting. I can't wait to see how it's expanded upon as there are tons of possibilities with this concept. The sky is the limit as the IMPs can be almost anything.

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9.0
Imaginary Fiends #3

Feb 4, 2018

The connections made bring Melba and Crockett closer to finding out the truth and it has some dire consequences. There's a conspiracy at work here and it's pretty cool. Imaginary Fiends is a top-tier mystery with horrifying interdimensional creatures. It doesn't rely on these otherworldly beings to move things forward. There are times you can remove them entirely and it would still be a captivating read.

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8.0
Imaginary Fiends #6

May 1, 2018

Writer Tim Seeley brings everything together by the end to tie it up nicely. There's a ton of potential for where this could go next, so I do hope the creators get a chance to keep it going.

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10
Immortal Hulk #1

Jun 14, 2018

The Immortal Hulk presents the character as a big green spirit of vengeance. His human form may perish, but every night the monster will rise up to see justice served. To compare it to DC Comics for a second, it's like if Solomon Grundy became the Spectre. This paints the Hulk in a more frightening light than ever before.

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10
Immortal Hulk #2

Jul 15, 2018

The Immortal Hulk reframes the green goliath from a rampaging monster to a methodical vigilante of vengeance. He stops short of murder here, but death would have been a better option for his victim than what was actually doled out.

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9.0
Immortal Hulk #3

Jul 31, 2018

The Immortal Hulk has been a gamma-infused monster-of-the-week comic so far and that's been fun. This reporter searching for Banner adds an overall arc to the series which could prove very interesting as she gets closer to her subject. There is a surprisingly large number of villains popping up with gamma ray abilities, so Banner's staying busy, even when he's trying to stay off the radar. This newer, darker version of the Hulk has been creepy and awesome to watch.

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8.0
Indoctrination #1

Jul 2, 2016

It's easy to make a comparison to True Detective with this opening issue.  It definitely has that same look and feel, albeit with a potential supernatural angle.  This is certainly not a bad thing.  Moreci writes smart comics and this is no different.  This is a solid first chapter in that it introduces you to all the players and sets in motion events that will bring them into a collision course you can't look away from.  The tagline for Indoctrination is "How do you kill an idea?" which is such an intriguing concept that I can't wait to see played out.

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8.0
Inferno: Rings Of Hell #1

Aug 22, 2014

This first issue of Inferno: Rings of Hell is largely setup for the rest of the mini-series.  It sets everything in motion for the events to come that will challenge Lucifer and Mercy with the fate of the Inferno itself at stake.  If you thought that the Age of Darkness couldn't get any more epic, just wait until you read this issue.  Every corner of the Grimm Universe is affected and from the looks of things, many of its residents won't make it out alive.

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8.0
InferNoct #1

Sep 5, 2017

InferNoct is a bit of a slow burn that only gets better the deeper you go. The climax of the issue sets up a pretty awesome premise that I can't wait to see explored further. Sam is about to get a whole new kind of job that's a considerable step up from taking care of an old man.

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6.0
InferNoct #2

Nov 30, 2017

InferNoct may have lost some momentum with the beginning of this issue, but it recaptures it by the end in spectacular fashion. It further explores this world of monsters that exists just beneath the surface of our own. Sam is now connected to it. Her eyes have been opened and she can't forget the things she's seen. She proves herself capable of fighting these monsters, but there's a cost associated with it that is only going to grow.

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8.0
InferNoct #3

Dec 23, 2017

InferNoct is a creepy book. It's one that will get under your skin the more you dwell on it. The idea that a supernatural world exists just beneath our own, filled with monsters ready to consume us whole, is a frightening one. Writer Mina Elwell has crafted a unique blend of foreboding and outright terror.

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6.0
InferNoct #4

Feb 10, 2018

InferNoct has an unforgettable dreadful mood. It strikes the perfect tone for an atmospheric horror story. It just didn't come together by the end, so I'm left with more questions and a large amount of confusion. It's a little frustrating as writer Mina Elwell has pulled me into this story with such an interesting concept and a compelling main character and I'm not sure where things go. Don't get me wrong. Questions and open-ended stories can work well, but there's just too much left unanswered here.

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10
Infidel #1

Mar 27, 2018

Infidel is a shocking comic. It's an early pick for one of the best horror comics of the year. It will chill you to the bone and not just because of the horrifying visions the main character endures.

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10
Infidel #2

Apr 23, 2018

This is a comic that will stay with you. It's an absolutely terrifying read that will get under your skin.

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10
Infidel #4

Jul 2, 2018

Infidel is not only one of the scariest comics on the stands today, but one of the most relevant. It forces us to look at our current status quo through the guise of xenophobic entities from another realm, which oddly puts some things in perspective. Read this one with the lights on.

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10
Infidel #5

Jul 30, 2018

Infidel is easily the scariest comic on the stands right now, let alone one of the best horror comics of the year. This book will chill you to the bone in more ways than one. Words of advice: Don't read this before bed. These ghosts will haunt you long after you put the comic down.

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10
Interceptor #1

Dec 23, 2015

Interceptor is a solid debut with an amazing story and killer artwork.  It seamlessly merges genres, blending the best elements of sci-fi, horror, action, and comedy in one melting pot of awesome. This first issue leaves things off with such a great hook that will have you clamoring for more.

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9.0
Interceptor #2

Feb 14, 2016

Interceptor is one of the most fun comics on the stands today.  Look no further than the expression of sheer joy on Weep's face as she slaughters vampires to get an idea of what to expect.  Poli came here to put an end to the vampire threat, but now she's getting roped into the rebellion, which is a very different task.  This is no longer a solo mission.  Can she play nice with others?  I can't wait to find out.

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8.0
Interceptor #3

Mar 8, 2016

This issue of Interceptor has the feeling of the calm before the storm.  The creative team is moving all of the players into just the right places for them to beat the ever loving shit out of each other.  The stakes have changed though, as Poli isn't here to simply eliminate the vampires.  I'm so plugged in to this book now and you should be too.

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10
Interceptor #4

Apr 23, 2016

Interceptor is the best comic featuring a giant robot suit destroying legions of vampires you'll read all year.  It's pure, unbridled fun.  It's a Michael Bay movie, but with a good story.  Forget popcorn movies.  This is popcorn comics.

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9.0
Interceptor #5

Jun 7, 2016

Interceptor seamlessly blends horror and science fiction and throws in a ton of action for good measure.  The story is rock solid with artwork to match.  While it has a satisfying conclusion, the door is left open for more both on Earth and in space.

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10
Invader Zim #1

Jul 22, 2015

Invader Zim is back and the world is a better place as a result. This is such a damn fun comic and it's great for positively everyone. The humor is so deliciously weird and it never stops being funny. Just go read it already!

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10
Itty Bitty Hellboy #1

Aug 30, 2013

Itty Bitty Hellboy is a great comic and one that I hope continues for many more issues.  It's the kind of book you can read with your kid, which you can both enjoy.  The humor works on several levels.  The structure of the comic is such that you can easily pick it up at any time and dive right in.  This can be the gateway comic for your child to the wide world of Hellboy that includes everything from killer frogs to the devil himself.  This issue doesn't start with that, but who knows where it could go next?

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9.0
IXth Generation #1

Jan 12, 2015

IXth Generation is the start of something big. It's world building and possibly world ending. This is a great mix between both sides of the Top Cow house and I can't wait to see how it all plays out.

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9.0
Joe Frankenstein #1

Mar 6, 2015

Joe Frankenstein is a great blend of genres, mixing adventure with horror without losing any of the fun and excitement. The main character has had a ho-hum life so far but in one night it's completely turned upside down. Things are only going to get more interesting from here. Plus, how cool is that name? It sounds like an action movie star.

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9.0
Joe Golem: Occult Detective #1

Nov 21, 2015

Joe Golem: Occult Detective is a solid read that can sit toe-to-toe with the classics of noir and old private eye classics.  The supernatural bend gives it a creepy twist, although it's still grounded in the reality of this world.  It's just that this world also has strange monsters and witches.  Joe wants to do the right thing and that means saving these kids, especially when no one else is stepping up to do so.  Just how much trouble is he getting himself into though?

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8.0
Judge Dredd: Cry of the Werewolf #1

Mar 27, 2017

Judge Dredd: Cry of the Werewolf is worth reading for Steve Dillon's artwork alone.  This is a classic tale that shows how badass Dredd is while also pitting him against classic monsters sure to delight any horror fan.  Although the story is a little basic, it's a solid one that seamlessly mixes werewolves into the futuristic setting of Judge Dredd.  I almost said that it was something to sink your teeth into but I held back.  Wait, does that count?  Damnit.

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10
Jughead: The Hunger (2017) #2

Dec 19, 2017

The mythos of Jughead: The Hunger grows considerably in this issue, branching out into further reaches of the Archie Universe. Writer Frank Tieri creates an old-school, moody horror feel to the book, filling every page with dread for what might come next. These rival forces are building on both sides, which will ultimately lead into some sort of werewolf showdown and I cannot wait to see it. This is a top tier werewolf story.

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8.0
Jughead: The Hunger (2017) #3

Jan 31, 2018

There was a time where the biggest problem Jughead Jones had was how he was going to pay for his next cheeseburger. Now he's got a target on his back and there are quite a few people aiming for it. If they all had a chance to talk, at least some of them might put down their guns, but what are the odds of that happening?

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9.0
Jughead: The Hunger (2017) #4

Mar 13, 2018

Jughead: The Hunger takes steps here to grow the mythos far beyond a simple gag. This could have been a cheesy book playing with the idea that one of the beloved characters from Riverdale is a werewolf. Instead, it's an incredibly strong horror series that is only getting better with some of the most terrifying werewolves captured on paper. So...when can we get that TV show? Are you listening, CW?

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9.0
Jughead: The Hunger (2017) #5

Apr 24, 2018

Every chapter of Jughead: The Hunger has built the tension more, pulling us deeper and deeper into this twisted world. This issue delivers on that in spades. Writer Frank Tieri is leaning into the terror and carnage, making this an amazing read.

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8.0
Jughead: The Hunger (2017) #6

Jun 19, 2018

Jughead: The Hunger has been building to this confrontation between the title character and Reggie for some time. We're about to see that pay off in a big way with some added bonuses, as the Coopers are never far behind. The series challenges the idea of destiny and uses werewolves to do it. Just because Jughead is a werewolf doesn't mean he's a monster. Reggie has always been a monster though. That kid is the worst.

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8.0
Jughead: The Hunger (2017) #8

Aug 28, 2018

Jughead: The Hunger gives us a moment to catch our breath, but doesn't let up on the shocking nature of this story. These beloved characters have been through Hell and while they're resting now, they are not out of the fire. This was a bit of a history lesson, but never boring or expository. Instead, it pulls you in deeper into the tragic and bloody history of Riverdale.

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10
Jughead: The Hunger (2017) #1

Mar 19, 2017

Jughead: The Hunger works werewolf lore so seamlessly into the Archie universe that you'd think it's been there since the beginning. Although this is a one-shot, I would love to see more from this world. This is an expertly crafted horror comic with a terrifying, well-paced story coupled with jaw-dropping artwork.

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7.0
Kaijumax #1

Apr 11, 2015

Kaijumax puts a unique and fun spin on the prison genre by adding giant monsters.  Electrogar's story is heartwrenching.  He's going to have to toughen up fast if he hopes to survive behind bars and get back to his kids.  If Cannon follows the next phase of your typical prison story, the monster will insult the cook or try to dig a tunnel out of here like Steve McQueen.

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10
Kill Or Be Killed #1

Aug 13, 2016

Kill or Be Killed is so friggin' good.  It presents a premise that grips you so hard you'll be gasping for breath.  Coupled with gorgeous artwork and stunning colors makes it a book you simply cannot miss.  Buy it. Read it.  Thank me later.

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8.0
Kill the Minotaur #1

Jun 17, 2017

This issue serves as a great introduction to Kill the Minotaur, slowly pulling you into this world and showing you the players involved.  It's filled with intrigue and danger.  The legendary monster is seen in shadow and referenced frequently, allowing your mind to start imagining just how horrible it looks.  I cannot wait to see it in action.

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10
Kill the Minotaur #6

Nov 24, 2017

Kill the Minotaur will have you rethinking Ancient Greek Myths. It puts a unique and terrifying spin on this legend. At its heart, it's a monster story and it nails everything that makes for a great one. It's currently being adapted into a movie and I cannot wait to see it on the big screen because it's definitely worth it.

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9.0
Killogy #1

Oct 5, 2012

Robert earned a lot of good faith from me after I read Crawl to Me, which had an ending that I'm still reeling from. I'm confident that he's going to put his own spin on the zombie genre and make this stand out. The idea of casting his comic characters is a new one and I don't think that just any artist can pull it off. It's tough to nail the likeness of people that anyone can just look up on Google and see a picture of. Robert's characters not only look like the actors portraying them, but they act and feel the way they should as well. It's a movie in a comic and it works very well.

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10
Killogy #2

Dec 18, 2012

Killogy continues to kick ass. This issue filled in some of the gaps previously created but brought up more questions. It really pulled me into the story and made me anxious to see more.

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10
Killogy #3

Feb 17, 2013

In a world where zombies are becoming old and tired, Alan Robert comes in with Killogy and breathes new life into the genre.  He doesn't depend on cheap scares or needless undead violence.  Instead he's created a great story and backed it up with some dynamite art.  And he's not done yet.  This is the penultimate issue of Killogy.  The next issue wraps everything up and I can't wait to check it out.

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8.0
Killogy #4

Apr 10, 2013

Killogy has been a great ride.  My only complaint about the series is that it had to end.  Of course, that's the fault that plagues all zombie movies and one of the reasons The Walking Dead is so successful.  Robert draws you in with the stories of each of these characters.  The fact that their lives are so intertwined is some LOST level intricacies but without all the stupid crap that no one cares about.  (I'm looking at you, Bai Ling.)  I guess the question now is after three successful comic series in which he created, wrote, illustrated, inked, colored, and lettered everything, what is Alan Robert going to do next?

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9.0
Killogy: Halloween Special #1

Sep 20, 2014

The Killogy Halloween Special is a welcome return to this world. I thought the ending of the series felt a little rushed, so I'm glad that Robert has come back to explore further elements to the story. Doyle is a great addition to Killogy. You don't need to have read the original series to enjoy this one-shot, but you'll appreciate it a lot more if you did. You should anyway because that was a damn fun comic.  The series is currently being adapted into an animated TV show, so this is a perfect jumping on point to give you an idea of what to expect: blood, gore, and badassery.

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8.0
Kim Reaper #1

Apr 5, 2017

Kim Reaper is more than just a great title. It's a refreshing take on the idea of the Grim Reaper that's not all doom and gloom. Instead of a skeleton in a dark robe, it's a cool goth chick with a scythe and an attitude. You can see why Becka is so interested in her.

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8.0
Kim Reaper #2

May 17, 2017

Kim Reaper is a supernatural Scott Pilgrim. It's the kind of comic you will read with a smile on your face from cover to cover. It also takes the doom and gloom out of death and the Grim Reaper. Instead, it's less about an unstoppable force of nature and more about how someone can pay their bills by reaping a few souls here and there. I wonder if they offer dental.

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8.0
Kim Reaper #3

Jun 19, 2017

Kim Reaper is like a more casual and humorous Dead Like Me.  Creator Sarah Graley has made Death fun.  Sure, we all have to die at some point, but maybe it won't be that bad if someone like Kim or these strange Grim Reapers are the ones that shuffle us off this mortal coil.

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8.0
Kiss Me, Satan #1

Sep 23, 2013

Kiss Me, Satan! has a lot going on in just the first issue.  This is a mini-series with five chapters and by the end of this one, the setup is complete.  It's clear as to what will happen next, but who or what will be thrown into the mix before these next steps are taken is anyone's guess.  With Ferreyra on art, though, I'm willing to follow wherever it goes.

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10
Lady Killer #1

Jan 9, 2015

Lady Killer takes the idea of a woman leading a double life and adds a lot of heart to it. It's an ideal mix of comedy, horror, and silly family drama with some damn near perfect artwork. Seriously, after reading this, I want to see Jolle Jones draw everything.

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10
Lady Killer 2 #1

Aug 14, 2016

Lady Killer is not just the best comic you'll read about a contract-killer housewife, it's also a gorgeously illustrated book with levels of gore that will rival any horror book on the stands today.  You just haven't lived until you've seen a beautiful woman cut up a body with an electric carving knife.

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8.0
Lazaretto #1

Sep 11, 2017

Lazaretto will make an agoraphobic out of you. This comic delivers the message of deadly, microscopic disease so well that you'll want to take a shower immediately after reading it. It's amazing how quickly this average American college is plunged into chaos. It's only going to get worse now that the quarantine is coming down.

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9.0
Lazaretto #2

Oct 18, 2017

Lazaretto will make you want to wash your hands. It shows the worst possible outbreak of a major virus, spreading rampantly among hormone-crazed college coeds. Pascal South is a ticking time bomb, only instead of an explosion, it's going to spit out bodies ravaged by disease.

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10
Lazaretto #5

Feb 9, 2018

Lazaretto would give any clean freak nightmares for months. It's a disturbing journey that will make you want to bathe yourself in hand sanitizer after reading it. It ends in a perfect shot, as we see the aftermath of this disease and what it's done to the dorm while welcome messages for the freshmen are played overhead. It's a haunting juxtaposition that serves as a nice bookend to how the series began. This is some awesome stuff.

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10
Lenore Vol. 2 #10

Aug 7, 2014

This storyline wraps up with the next issue in which a character will die.  I have no idea who will kick the bucket, but I'd be sad to see any of the characters die as they work so well together.  It's a great comedic team.  If anyone has to go, can it be the pickle hat?  Does he count?  Is it a he?  Do pickle hats have genders?

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10
Leviathan #1

Aug 11, 2018

Leviathan is a super fun, like a humorous take on Godzilla, but still driven by the human characters. Sure, we get tons of kaiju carnage as this thing rampaging through a city, but that's just part of it. The real fun comes in the human element as Ray comes to grips with how this giant monster just changed his life forever. Plus, how hard is he going to go after Goth Jimmy for ruining everything? He's seriously the worst.

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9.0
Lobster Johnson: Get The Lobster #4

Jun 5, 2014

Lobster Johnson continues to jump to the top of my pull list every month.  It's a solid pulp hero book with a touch of the supernatural (although that aspect is not as pronounced in Get the Lobster!).  I'd also legitimately kill a man to see a team up between Lobster Johnson and Francesco Francavilla's Black Beetle.  Seriously, Dark Horse, what do we have to do to make this happen?

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10
Locke & Key Alpha #1

Sep 13, 2013

Locke & Key: Alpha #1 is packed with so much story that I honestly have no idea what Hill and Rodriguez can do with another 48 pages.  There's just one issue left of this series, but in several ways I'd be content if this was the actual finale.  While I'm glad that it's getting a satisfactory ending, I'll be truly sad to see it go.

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10
Locke & Key Alpha #2

Dec 28, 2013

Locke & Key: Alpha is the perfect kind of closer to a comic.  It's something that's rarely seen in the industry today as we're faced with numerous reboots and relaunches, forcing characters to go on and on.  The series has a beginning, middle, and one helluva an end.  It makes you want to pick up the very first issue and read them all over again right after you put this one down.  It's emotional.  It tugs at the heartstrings.  It's damn near perfect.

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10
Locke & Key: Small World #1

Dec 27, 2016

Although it's been three years since any new content has been released, Hill and Rodriguez have not missed a beat. Locke & Key is still as wondrous, frightening, and filled with adventure as always. Small World captures the sense of awe that can only be felt by a child while dealing with a simple fear that tons of people suffer from.

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8.0
Lola XOXO #1

Apr 9, 2014

Lola XOXO is off to a good start.  I'm intrigued as to where the title character will end up next in her journey and what she'll find if she does make it to her destination.  Will she find her parents?  Are they even still alive?  At the very least I'm looking forward to what the rest of this world will look like in Siya Oum's capable hands.

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8.0
Lola XOXO #2

May 22, 2014

Lola XOXO is beginning to branch out into the big bad world.  She has been protected from some of the harsh realities out there, but now she's coming face-to-face with them.  She's facing them down with bravery, providing readers with a strong female character that can stand on her own without relying on anyone else to help her up.

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9.0
London Horror Comic #5

Mar 26, 2013

London Horror Comic #5 can be purchased directly from the publisher's website.

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9.0
London Horror Comic #6

Apr 9, 2014

London Horror Comic can be purchased directly from the creator via the official website.

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7.0
London Horror Comic #7

Nov 19, 2016

London Horror Comic is a solid anthology title that has stood the test of time.  These two tales didn't pack as much of a punch as earlier issues did.  They had more room to breathe being the only two included, but I'm not sure that's necessarily a good thing.  They could have probably been condensed a bit, however that would mean sacrificing some gorgeous artwork (and at least a few nude scenes).

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8.0
Long Lost #1

Nov 25, 2017

The two sisters are connected at the end of this issue along with a jaw-dropping final image. It's the kind of shot that serves as a perfect cliffhanger, as you'll be dying for more. Long Lost is a comic draped in a misleading normalcy that hides nothing but dread. It's a moody book that's filled with the closest thing the medium has to a jump scare. These moments will chill you to the core.

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8.0
Long Lost #2

Jan 7, 2018

You just know the girls in Long Lost are heading towards unimaginable horrors. They can't turn back now as it wouldn't make for much of a story, would it? I have no idea what to expect once they get to Hazel Patch, but it can't be good. This kind of uneasy feeling is tough to produce in any medium, let alone comics, but writer Matthew Erman and artist Lisa Sterle have captured the perfect combination and I'm hooked.

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8.0
Long Lost #3

Feb 5, 2018

Writer Matthew Erman plants some interesting seeds in Long Lost #3. This world is expanding more and more with each chapter and it's only getting stranger and scarier. The utter normalcy of Piper and Frances contrasts nicely with this world of bizarre terrors they've encountered so far. I can't imagine what else is in store for them with the rest of the series.

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7.0
Long Lost #4

Mar 2, 2018

While Long Lost #4 is a slow burn, it picks up exponentially by the end. There are a few crazy moments that create some more questions. Most of all, they provide further examples for why Piper and Frances were so reluctant to come back to Hazel Patch. This town is friggin' weird and more than a little creepy. I mean, how many red flags do you need? While I had some doubts about where this might be going, the end of the issue brought me back.

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7.0
Long Lost #5

Apr 9, 2018

Despite my issues with some of the story points, Long Lost still has my interest. I'm dying to know what's going on in Hazel Patch. This is a testament to Erman's foreboding writing and Sterle's artwork that balances the terrifying with the normal. I just hope some of these plot threads start to come together soon.

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8.0
Long Lost #6

May 13, 2018

Long Lost #6 ends on a great cliffhanger that is full of possibilities. I have no earthly idea where this story could go next and that's part of what has pulled me back into it. It's a creepy, unpredictable read that will keep you on your toes.

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9.0
Long Lost Vol.2 #1

Aug 17, 2018

This issue builds to an incredible cliffhanger that solidifies the new path the series is heading down. It makes you wonder what else writer Matthew Erman has in store for Piper and Frances, as their lives have gotten increasingly complicated and surreal since this story began. They're handling everything surprisingly well, but this latest revelation may just put them over the edge.

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9.0
Low #1

Aug 12, 2014

Low showcases a glimmer of hope in a desperate world.  With humanity sitting on a ticking clock, some have found the means to enjoy life while they can.  Johl and Stel are about to lose those means.  Now we'll see the lengths they'll go to get them back.

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8.0
Madame Frankenstein #1

May 7, 2014

Madame Frankenstein is off to an interesting start.  It's not your average crazed-scientist story and definitely not the same old tale as originally written by Mary Shelley.  Instead it's a new spin, tied with love, curiosity, and a bit of madness, with some definite inspirations taken from classic monster films.

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8.0
Madame Frankenstein #2

Jun 5, 2014

Madame Frankenstein continues its journey through Vincent Krall's fractured psyche.  What's scary about this comic is not that he brought a woman back to life, but how normal Rich makes it seem.  There's this glimmer of hope that maybe everything will be okay for these two crazy kids.  They'll have a great story to tell their grandkids one day.  I'm dying to find out what's going on with these fairies though.

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9.0
Madame Frankenstein #7

Nov 14, 2014

Madame Frankenstein is a fitting tribute to old-school Universal monster movies and Mary Shelley's classic novel. It's a comic that shows how human beings can be the real monsters, even in a world where the dead can return to life.

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10
Made Men #1

Sep 6, 2017

Made Men puts a refreshing take on the Frankenstein story, greatly expanding it and bringing it to the modern day. Most of the stories that return to Frankenstein focus on the monster and where it went next. This puts a nice new spin on it that is rife with possibilities. Jutte is reluctant to face her family history, but is forced to do so when she and her team are put in the crosshairs. Now she has a rag-tag group of monsters working to bring down the folks that put them in this position in the first place. All the torches and pitchforks in the world aren't going to stop them.

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9.0
Made Men #2

Oct 30, 2017

Made Men hits with a brilliant premise that I hope runs forever. We have to see Jutte get her revenge and it's going to be absolutely brutal, however the concept introduced in this chapter allows for a recurring idea. She's no longer on the police force, but she could be gainfully employed by resurrecting people that were killed before their time. This also opens the door to some interesting moral dilemmas. Does she take money from someone to bring back a person that clearly does not deserve a second chance?

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8.0
Magdalena (2017) #2

May 1, 2017

If the Spear of Destiny is being passed on to the next in line, it's being handled well and with respect to Patience's time as the Magdalena. To compare it one last time to Buffy, it puts her in the role of the Watcher, guiding Maya in a way that she did not receive. This is how you pass the torch.

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9.0
Magdalena (2017) #4

Jul 4, 2017

This Magdalena mini-series serves as a re-introduction to the currently dormant Top Cow Universe.  We don't have titles like Witchblade or The Darkness, however a book like this serves as a reminder that there's a wealth of otherworldly anti-heroes and villains in this shared space.  Some others are name-dropped in this final chapter and it has only drummed up more excitement for additional stories.  I certainly hope the creative team gets a chance to share more with Magdalena, as this has been an awesome ride.  It's a nice mix of solid drama, strong characters, horrifying monsters, and old-fashioned fisticuffs.

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8.0
Manifest Destiny #7

Jun 13, 2014

Manifest Destiny continues this alternate " and far more interesting " take on the adventures of Lewis & Clark.  I know that I would have paid more attention to this part of history if the pair fought monsters as they explored the uncharted continent. It takes the subject seriously, never playing the situation for gags.  This is presented as close to reality as possible and pulls you in and doesn't let go.  You become invested in their journey as you need to find out how they possibly get through this alive.

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8.0
Manifest Destiny #29

Jun 15, 2017

Manifest Destiny delivers bucket loads of monsters matched with equal parts character development and incredible artwork. This issue breaks the characters down to their most base fears, nearly destroying them in the process. They've been through Hell and fought all kinds of beasts, big and small, but what might ultimately destroy them is their own minds. This issue builds up to a startling climax that will have you clamoring for the next chapter.

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9.0
Manifest Destiny #34

Apr 7, 2018

Manifest Destiny makes even an issue devoid of monsters terrifying as we've become so invested in these characters and their lives. It's hard not to get caught up in this story from writer Chris Dingess when these people feel so real. We understand the stakes involved as we've had a peek into Lewis & Clark's true mission, but not everyone is aware of that. These actions could doom not just everyone in the nearby vicinity, but everyone that is looking to head out west.

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8.0
Mars Attacks: Occupation #1

Mar 11, 2016

Now that the Martians have conquered Earth, they have to hold on to it.  This is the part of the board game Risk where you hope no one attacks you before your next turn so you can get all those extra soldiers by having a full country.  (Did I just take this to a far nerdier place than normal?)  Mars Attacks: Occupation shows a dreadful version of our future where we're no longer at war with an alien race; we've lost.  Despite this, mankind is surviving and in examples like Ruby, it will persevere.  The book puts humanity in an underdog position on its own world to the point where you can't wait to see Ruby kick some Martian ass.

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9.0
Memetic #1

Oct 29, 2014

Memetic begins with a fairly silly idea (an Internet meme that brings about the apocalypse) and quickly establishes it as a terrifying way for the world to end. The characters come off as completely real and the use of social media within the comic feels very natural and not forced at all. It's a human take on the complete destruction of society, showing how fast we can go from smart phones to cave men all thanks to a seemingly innocent picture of a happy little sloth.

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8.0
Midnight Society: The Black Lake #1

Jun 25, 2015

Midnight Society: The Black Lake is off to an intriguing start.  Johnson's work grabs you right away, slowly pulling you deeper into this world of mysterious monsters and brave adventurers.  The first issue ends rather abruptly, as if this was written as a larger story and cut up to fit within the confines of a single issue.  There's no real cliffhanger or sudden reveal.  Instead it serves like the end of a chapter with a new scene ready to begin with the next issue.

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7.0
Monster & Madman #1

Mar 17, 2014

The first issue of Monster & Madman deals almost exclusively with the former.  The latter's story looks to pick up in part two.  With the creature in such a doom-and-gloom mood, I can only imagine what someone like Jack the Ripper can do with such a powerful individual.

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10
Monster Motors One Shot #1

Aug 2, 2014

Monster Motors is the kind of fun, creative story that comics were made for. It's silly and easy for kids to pick up while also being smart enough for adults. This needs to be an ongoing title. I would gladly read about the monthly adventures of mechanic Vic Frankenstein in Transylvania as he battles monster cars. Wouldn't you?

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10
Monster Motors: Curse Of Minivan Helsing #1

Mar 7, 2015

To say that Monster Motors is a fun comic is an understatement. It's the kind of comic you'll read with a smile on your face from page one. It's an intelligently written comic that will resonate with all ages. Lynch expands on the mythology first seen in the original one-shot and seamlessly continues the story right where he left off. The existence of even more monster motors opens the door for what I hope will be many more stories, if for nothing else than to see what other pun-filled car names Lynch can come up with.

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10
Monster Motors: Curse Of Minivan Helsing #2

Apr 20, 2015

In previous reviews for Monster Motors comics I've said that this comic should be a Saturday morning TV show and a line of Hot Wheels toys.  I still want those things, but for now, I'd settle for an ongoing series.  There is so much to love about this book.  It's the kind of comic that you can read with a smile on your face.  It's one that you'll want to share because of how fun it is.  Each of the characters is unique and provides a suitable homage to the classic monsters that inspired them.  Seriously, read this comic.

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9.0
Monster World #1

Dec 23, 2015

Monster World is a comic that's tailor made for me.  It's a mix of private eye noir and good old-fashioned monsters that delivers on every level.  If The Maltese Falcon had a werewolf instead of a bird statue, it might resemble this comic.  If you're a fan of Hard Case Crime and the classic movie monsters, this is right up your alley.

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10
Monster World #2

Jan 30, 2016

Monster World expertly blends elements of the private eye novels of yesteryear with those of supernatural horror. It's a solid read with some dynamite artwork. If you ever wanted to see Humphrey Bogart fight a zombie, this book is for you.

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7.0
Monsters Unleashed #1

Feb 1, 2017

Monsters Unleashed is a global event of massive destruction, but it's little more than a slugfest.  It's big monsters fighting it out with big heroes.  I have the same problem with Godzilla comics.  There's little story and a whole lot of devastation.  I'm curious as to how Kei and Elsa's paths will continue, however some of the wind has been taken from their sails with Marvel's recent announcement of a monster-filled ongoing series spinning out of this event.  Knowing that everything will be put back together in some fashion makes the events of this book mean less.

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7.0
Monsters Unleashed #2

Feb 14, 2017

Monsters Unleashed expands a bit, but it's more of the same we saw in the debut issue.  Here are your favorite heroes punching, stabbing, and shooting lightning at gigantic monsters that are absolutely annihilating the world's biggest cities.  Sooner or later, they'll stop the violence, but how can anyone rebuild from something like this?  Where can anyone possibly go from there?  We'll probably never find out as there will be some other threat for the super heroes to tackle.

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8.0
Morning Star #1

Jun 8, 2018

Morning Star carves out its own unique spot in the supernatural monster hunting genre. It brings a lot to the table and hits the ground running with an attention-grabbing initial case. I'm excited to see where this goes next.

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7.0
Morning Star #2

Aug 26, 2018

Morning Star has all the makings of an epic apocalyptic tale. This is most definitely the end of the world and all that stands against complete destruction is this ragtag group of monster hunters. It's going to be one helluva fight.

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10
Nailbiter #1

May 7, 2014

Nailbiter will pull you in and never let go.  It's so easy to get wrapped up in this story and want more right away.  I'm sure there are quite a few more secrets hidden within the town of Buckaroo and I can't wait to see what else Williamson plans to reveal with the coming issues. 

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9.0
Nailbiter #2

Jun 7, 2014

Nailbiter is building a great whodunit mystery that's like Law & Order: Small Town Serial Killers Unit.  I'm already hooked on this story and I'm dying to find out more. This can be a fast read but it's a comic you're going to want to go back and savor a bit to really take in all the crazy.

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10
Nailbiter #5

Sep 8, 2014

Nailbiter just keeps getting better. It's one of the best comics currently on the stands.  It's consistently at the top of my "To Read" pile each month.  This is the kind of comic where you'll finish an issue and demand more and more because it's just not enough.  You'll have to settle for re-reading the previous issues, looking for clues to solve the mystery.

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9.0
Nailbiter #8

Dec 8, 2014

Nailbiter is the kind of comic that you will ravenously read through, reaching the end far too quickly. After letting us catch our breath with the last two issues, Williamson picks up right where he left off at the end of the first trade paperback, with a murder mystery filled with tense thrills that cannot be missed.

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10
Nailbiter #11

Mar 18, 2015

Williamson teases the secrets of Buckaroo not once, but twice in this issue. They're so close to the surface. My head is spinning thinking of what kind of explanation there could possibly be for all this bloodshed over the course of decades. That kind of mystery, coupled with some dynamite artwork, and a mountain of suspense, is just part of what makes Nailbiter so damn good.

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9.0
Nailbiter #14

Jul 18, 2015

The mystery of Buckaroo remains unsolved, but no less interesting.  Nailbiter is a white-knuckle read, not just from the tension in the story, but the tease of finally finding out what's really going on in this small town.  There have been moments that I'm not entirely proud of where I shouted at the comic to just tell me already.  I have faith in the creative team though, so I'm sure the payoff will be well worth the wait.

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10
Nailbiter #15

Aug 16, 2015

Honestly, if you're a horror fan and you're not reading Nailbiter, you're doing it wrong.  Williamson and Henderson consistently deliver a dynamite comic month in and month out.  The mystery is starting to be revealed, but more and more is teased to pull you in and keep you begging for more.

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9.0
Nailbiter #22

Jun 15, 2016

Nailbiter never misses a beat and this issue is no different.  This is a riveting story with stellar artwork that will keep you enthralled with every single panel.  I want to come up with theories to answer the questions above, but I also just want to sit back and go on this journey that the creative team is taking us on.  There are certainly plenty of surprises and twists to keep you coming back for more.

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10
Nailbiter #23

Jul 6, 2016

You will struggle to find another comic that delivers this level of quality storytelling with such consistency month-in and month-out.  Nailbiter is a solid, bone-chilling read.  It pulls you in slowly before making you jump out of your skin with a single panel. 

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8.0
Nailbiter #29

Feb 11, 2017

The vast majority of your questions about Nailbiter are answered in this issue.  It's a payoff that's been building since the series debuted in 2014.  I would have preferred if it wasn't all at once, perhaps saving some of the pacing out some of the revelations to build up to the finale.  As it stands, it's still a pulse-pounding comic that I will be sad to see come to an end.

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10
Nailbiter #30

Mar 1, 2017

Nailbiter has been an amazing ride and a helluva horror comic. It ends just as strong as it begins, with a tense, terrifying story and gorgeous, well-detailed artwork. The characters will stick with you for some time. This is the kind of comic that you'll finish and want to immediately go back and re-read from the beginning to see with a new set of eyes. It's just so damn good.

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8.0
Nancy in Hell #1

Aug 1, 2018

Nancy in Hell builds on an overarching narrative while also starting something new and exciting that's accessible to new readers. It's a grindhouse story with the right balance of gore, attitude, and sex appeal. Hell is not ready for Nancy.

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9.0
Negative Space #1

Jun 12, 2015

Negative Space is a damn near perfect first issue.  It's a comic that grabs you with a helluva hook and never lets go.  You're instantly pulled into this world and intrigued by the conspiracy that's lurking just beneath the surface.  This coupled with the strong and emotional character development makes it a must read. It's definitely not your average horror story, and that's what makes it so special.

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10
Negative Space #2

Oct 4, 2015

Negative Space just opened up onto a whole new level.  The first issue was just the precursor to this expansive and horrifying world.  The real scary thing about it is how believable it all is.  It's not that far off to imagine that we're all miserable because an evil corporation has been pulling the strings to make us that way in order to profit from our sadness by feeding it to a race of powerful undersea creatures.  Well, when you say it like that, maybe it's a little out there.  Still, Negative Space can scare you and then make you want to go out and hug someone.  It's a weird feeling at first, but you just kind of go with it.

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10
Negative Space #4

Apr 13, 2016

Negative Space hits on all marks.  It's a powerful comic with a message, but it doesn't beat you over the head with it.  In lesser hands, this would have turned into a Monsters Inc ripoff where the Evorah found they can feed off of happiness better than depression.  Instead, it became so much more.  This cements Ryan K. Lindsay as an expert storyteller capable of truly incredible character work.  They feel like real people and that's the greatest compliment you can give to someone that made all these characters up.  Owen Gieni has crafted some of the most terrifying monsters seen on the stands today, made even scarier by the fact that they rarely speak.  They come out of the water in silence and just start killing.  The scenes with the humans are far more chilling though.  Seriously, go check out that panel with the keyboards.  I would not be surprised if that's stolen for a horror movie in the next couple years.

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8.0
Nightwing (2016) #5

Sep 28, 2016

The Bat-Team is united in their grief and using it to band together to help Gotham City combat hideous monsters.   They have not yet seen all of the creatures poised to terrorize the city and I'm sure that Batman still has a few more tricks up his sleeve.  This is not a monster movie where the humans will flee in terror.  These are super heroes that will stop at nothing to protect innocent civilians.  Although they may be broken due to their recent loss, they're laser focused on this task.

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9.0
No Angel #1

Oct 24, 2016

No Angel starts as a drama about family and grief, then rips the rug out from under you, throwing you into a horror of immeasurable proportions.  Seriously, there is one panel in particular that will haunt you for some time.  Once you read the book, you'll know exactly which one I mean.  The twists and turns at the end are earned through the top-notch character development throughout the majority of the issue.

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9.0
No Angel #2

Feb 8, 2017

No Angel flows like a riveting drama with a supernatural twist.  It plays with a trope that authors like Stephen King have used for years, where a normal person with a normal life is thrown into a mystical situation.  You don't need much in the way of explanation as to the origins of this occult angle because you're so wrapped up in the character's life and thinking of what you'd do in their shoes.

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8.0
No Angel #4

Jun 30, 2017

No Angel is a strong, character-driven comic. It presents horror and monsters in a real-life fashion. You could forget at times that Jessica has angel wings or Cord is a human-shaped sack full of spiders. (I can't believe I just typed that phrase. That's comics, everybody!) Instead, you're pulled into their lives for this brief period and become so enthralled in their world, hoping and praying they make it out unscathed. At the bare minimum, this book will terrify anyone afraid of spiders. Holy shit, are there a lot of spiders.

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9.0
No Mercy #1

Apr 6, 2015

No Mercy puts a group of spoiled and annoying pre-college kids on a collision course with doom and never looks back.  You know that they're heading towards something horrible, and the cliff is just the first step.  Let this serve as a lesson to us all that if you're stranded in an unknown place, look to survive first.  If your initial thought is to update Instagram, you deserve to be eaten by coyotes or whatever else lurks in the darkness.

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9.0
No. 1 With A Bullet #1

Oct 23, 2017

No. 1 with a Bullet presents real world terror that will chill you to the bone. It will certainly have you re-thinking the next tweet you post or online comment you make. It serves as an effective social commentary while also creeping you out, which makes for some quality horror.

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10
No. 1 With A Bullet #2

Dec 13, 2017

It's eerie how on point No. 1 with a Bullet is with the headlines in today's news. The comic hits a number of very relevant social issues in a way that makes way too much sense. This can happen. It would not be surprising at all to see a similar story pop up in the news tomorrow. It deals with how we handle fame, sex, technology, and fandom and where the lines are crossed with each.

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9.0
No. 1 With A Bullet #3

Jan 10, 2018

No. 1 with a Bullet should be required reading for anyone interested in the entertainment industry today. It also pairs nicely with Glitterbomb, another Hollywood horror comic, although the two scratch slightly different itches. This is an exquisitely crafted comic that will not only creep you out, but also deliver a message. It will challenge how you look at click bait headlines and gossipy news coverage. In other words, it could not be more relevant.

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10
No. 1 With A Bullet #4

Feb 14, 2018

No. 1 with a Bullet is a horror comic like no other. It hits like a punch to the gut with real world monsters. These are not mythical beings or supernatural creatures. These are normal everyday people capable of incredibly heinous actions. That is a million times scarier than anything that fits the typical monster stereotype.

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9.0
No. 1 With A Bullet #5

Mar 24, 2018

No. 1 with a Bullet has gone from technological horror to social media thriller and back again. This is a gripping read full of real world terror. It deals with events that could very much happen in the not too distant future and that is a chilling thought. At this point, it's only a matter of time before this story plays out in real life.

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8.0
No. 1 With A Bullet #6

Apr 14, 2018

While the story is wrapped up and there's a happy ending of sorts, there's the uneasy feeling that this could all happen again. It wouldn't even be that hard. There's no defense against something like that short of eliminating all technology from one's life.

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10
Oblivion Song #1

Mar 13, 2018

This is a perfect example of how you create a #1 issue. Oblivion Song is the total package, delivering terrifying monsters, personal character development, stunning artwork, and a great story. Do not sleep on this series.

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9.0
Oblivion Song #3

May 19, 2018

Oblivion Song is just getting started. It's only three issues in and I am completely hooked. Nathan is such an intriguing character and he has a personal stake in finding these survivors and bringing them back. His brother is over there. That's part of what drives him. He's so determined to bring these people home that he can't see the dangers right in front of him. That's making for one compelling story.

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9.0
Oblivion Song #5

Jul 31, 2018

Oblivion Song has all the makings of a sprawling dystopian epic. It presents a glimmer of hope in a sea of chaos, as these folks have found a way to survive in such hellish conditions. They've built a community and they work together to protect it. Nathan represents a threat to that. Will they stay or will they go?

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10
Oblivion Song #6

Aug 20, 2018

Oblivion Song rises to new heights with this issue. It already had a solid hook, great character development, and gorgeous artwork. Now that it's grabbed you, it reaches up to new levels with some awesome twists and turns. This chapter reframes the entire story to date.

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8.0
October Faction #1

Oct 16, 2014

The October Faction offers a brief glimpse into the lives of a very strange group of people. They're like a grown up, more serious version of the Addams Family. There's not a lot to go on just yet, but I'm interested to see where the story is going to take these folks, especially when they start interacting a bit more. Can you imagine what a family dinner must be like in that house?

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9.0
October Faction: Supernatural Dreams #1

Mar 14, 2018

The October Faction: Supernatural Dreams is a solid re-introduction to the Allan family. This is a new breed of monster hunters and they may be in over their heads with their very first mission. That doesn't mean they're going to stop. After all, how else are they going to pay their bills? Get real jobs?

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8.0
October Faction: Supernatural Dreams #3

May 9, 2018

October Faction: Supernatural Dreams is packed with demonic action with an important family thread running through it. These characters fight against evil and all kinds of things that go bump in the night, but they do it together as a unit. They rely on and love each other and that makes them stronger. I just hope they'll be strong enough to face this latest threat.

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6.0
Onyx #1

Jul 4, 2015

Onyx has an interesting premise that's packed with traditional sci-fi fun.  It's a bit clunky at parts and contains some stereotypical characters.  Fortunately, it jumps right into the thick of things, dealing with aliens, monsters, and more.  The character of Onyx has a Silver Surfer quality to her, venturing from world to world in an effort to stop the spread of this inhuman plague.

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8.0
Outcast By Kirkman & Azaceta #35

May 15, 2018

Outcast has built to an amazing confrontation between good and evil. As with most issues, this one ends on such an incredible cliffhanger that you'll be begging for more. It's an excellently paced comic that happens to be filled with dread. How are they possibly going to get out of this?

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10
Oxymoron: The Loveliest Nightmare #1

Aug 17, 2015

Oxymoron: The Loveliest Nightmare is filled with a sense of foreboding from page one. Granted, that page also includes a man with a gaping bullet wound in his forehead. It's hard to believe that things only get worse for this city from there. Oxymoron's reign of terror is brutal and absolutely insane. This is what chaotic evil looks like if left unchecked...and it's just getting started.

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10
Oxymoron: The Loveliest Nightmare #2

Oct 21, 2015

Oxymoron: The Loveliest Nightmare is an expertly written and beautifully drawn book that will scare you to your core. You can see a major influence from Se7en in the book, but taken to super villain proportions. Co-writer John Lees promises that the second half of the series is where "things get REALLY messed up!" I cannot imagine how he's going to top the events of this issue, but I am definitely looking forward to it.

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10
Oxymoron: The Loveliest Nightmare #3

Nov 16, 2015

Oxymoron: The Loveliest Nightmare is most definitely a book for mature audiences.  The lengths that this character goes are extreme.  The end of this issue will shock you to your very core.  You'll wonder what just happened.  You won't believe it at first.  They didn't really do that, did they?  There's only one issue left and I have no idea how the creators are going to top themselves, but I cannot wait to find out. 

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10
Oxymoron: The Loveliest Nightmare #4

Dec 5, 2015

Oxymoron: The Loveliest Nightmare is a brutal yet thought-provoking look at the relationship between a hero and a villain and what makes up each side of that coin.  It pulls no punches with its actions, nor does it apologize for them.  The creative team has pushed the story elements to the limits and then some, offering a pulse-pounding read that you cannot put down.  This will be a book that you will read in one sitting once it's collected in a trade paperback. 

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5.0
Packs Of The Lowcountry #1

Jul 4, 2016

Packs of Lowcountry has some great ideas packed within its first four issues.  They're just a little disjointed and clunky.  I'm curious as to how all these pieces fit together.  Werewolves fighting aliens is certainly a novel premise, but I'm not certain that's the end game here.  There's quite a bit to resolve in the final two chapters.

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7.0
Peek-A-Boo #2

Apr 23, 2018

Peek-A-Boo hits the right marks for a slasher story, albeit instead of a machete, these maniacs wields clubs.  The logline for this comic might be Jason meets the Flintstones.  Writer Victoria Rau packs this issue with tension, putting the characters in frightening situations with seemingly no way out.  It's only a matter of time before they're picked off one-by-one.  It's going to be fun to see how it all happens and if any of them make it out alive. 

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10
Penny Dreadful (2017) #1

Apr 4, 2017

I might say I'm biased, as anything to do with Penny Dreadful I will adore, but throwing in ancient Egypt as well? You have me hook, line and sinker. The story leaves us begging for the next installment. They have awoken an ancient beast that the Duke wishes to control to summon the dark father himself. Will they destroy the world or each other? I need to know. Like now.

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8.0
Pestilence #1

May 3, 2017

Pestilence reads like an awesome Dungeons & Dragons game that you want to be a part of. You have a formidable party that's seen its fair share of adventures riding headlong into a horde of zombies that will present untold dangers and possibly little to no reward (except maybe some sweet experience points). They're doing this because it's the right thing to do and the people need them. They're the heroes the world needs, armed with swords and daggers, they will ride into battle.

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9.0
Pestilence #2

Jun 9, 2017

It would be easy to call Pestilence "The Walking Dead in the Dark Ages" but that would be doing the book a disservice. It's taking the traditional zombie tropes and putting a unique spin on them, amplifying the energy and making the undead a real and terrifying force to be reckoned with. This comic is reframing a dark time in history into a zombie uprising and it's pretty friggin' cool.

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8.0
Pestilence #4

Sep 16, 2017

Every time I think I'm over zombie stories, I find another that proves this sub-genre still has a lot to offer. Pestilence is one such example. It offers a strong story that pulls you in and incredibly detailed artwork that will hold you there. Of course, it has spoiled any King Arthur stories I will see in the future because I will be expecting the Knights of the Round Table to battle the forces of the undead and be disappointed when they don't.

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9.0
Pestilence #6

Jan 12, 2018

Pestilence is a refreshing new take on the zombie genre. It really drives home the claustrophobic onslaught of the undead. They may not be strong or fast, but they're unending. They will wear you down with their hunger for flesh. That is, if you're a normal person. That's not the case with Fiat Lux. These are the toughest warriors this time period has seen. They were first driven by their orders from the Church, but now they're pushed on by a need for justice. What untold horrors lay in wait for them after encountering a horde of eaters?

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10
Pestilence: A Story of Satan #1

Jun 11, 2018

Pestilence: A Story of Satan ups the ante considerably from the first series. This was already an epic story with horrors big and small. Writer Frank Tieri is taking it to the next level here and he's pulling no punches.

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10
Pestilence: A Story of Satan #2

Jul 7, 2018

Pestilence: A Story of Satan ups the ante with this issue, getting even darker and more horrifying. Writer Frank Tieri takes this story to new heights with Exorcist-level scares. This is a horror comic that scratches nearly every itch with insane blood and gore, zombies, and the Dark Lord himself. It's like horror bingo and it's a clearly a winner.

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10
Pestilence: A Story of Satan #4

Sep 15, 2018

Pestilence: A Story of Satan is poised to end with the next issue. I can't imagine how this harrowing tale will wrap up. Writer Frank Tieri has taken an already terrifying tale to new heights with this chapter and the mini-series as a whole. Pestilence took a new, undead look at the bubonic plague. Its follow up has brought in the biggest bad there is and will shake you to the core. This is grade A horror.

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9.0
Pirouette #1

Oct 9, 2014

Pirouette is a stunning yet tragic look at circus life through the eyes of a young woman looking to break out. As an added bonus, there's a scene where a woman vomits off the trapeze. What more could you ask for?

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3.0
Planet of Daemons #1

Dec 27, 2016

Planet of the Daemons blends some interesting elements, but ultimately is less than the sum of its parts.  We're plopped into the story with little background and struggle to put together the pieces without enough information.  I'm not saying we need to know everything about the story and the characters within the first issue.  It's just that there's not enough here to make me want to come back for more.  There's no hook or cliffhanger.  Instead, the issue just kind of ends with Amos entering a building and seeing something and we have no real context for the importance of either.

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9.0
Plastic #1

Apr 28, 2017

Plastic is a twisted, violent ride of a comic. It harkens back to early Tarantino with quick wit and tons of blood. Instead of someone like Michael Madsen or Uma Thurman, you've got a serial killer and his sex doll. The artwork perfectly captures this mix of action, horror, and dark humor.  This is one of the most impressive first issues of the year.

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10
Plastic #2

May 29, 2017

You've seen revenge stories, some more brutal than others. Plastic is perhaps the most demented, twisted revenge story to date. It's bloody, creepy, and filled with dark humor making it a fun read that is well worth your time.

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10
Plastic #3

Jun 26, 2017

Plastic is easily one of the best books on the stands right now. It's fun, over-the-top, and excessively violent. It's Justified meets Misery. Edwyn is completely unique and so far out there, but he exhibits traits that are familiar to all of us. He's just a fool in love...a serial killing, maniacial, crazy fool in love.

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10
Plastic #4

Jul 31, 2017

Plastic is the most inventive and enjoyable serial killer story in years. Edwyn finds new and increasingly crazy ways to kill people all in an effort to track down his sweet Virginia.  He's clearly deranged and needs some professional help.  Is it wrong that I want him to get that help after he's brutally murdered these bad guys?  From the looks of things, Plastic is setting up for an incredible finale and I can't wait.

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10
Plastic #5

Aug 29, 2017

Plastic is an absolute blast. It has it all. You've got action, romance, drama, comedy, and a whole lot of death and carnage. If you have even the slightest interest in any of those genres, you will enjoy this comic. It's the humorous cousin to Nailbiter. I'd actually love to see Edwyn visit the town of Buckaroo, as he would fit right in.

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9.0
Plunder #1

Feb 22, 2015

Plunder is a damn scary comic book. It's the kind of story that will make you think twice about going in the water. Sure, Jaws did that decades ago, but this is something else entirely. This is disturbing and abnormal. I'm sure this is the kind of thing that the Navy doesn't want people to read.

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8.0
Poser #1

Apr 9, 2018

Poser has the makings of the next great slasher story. It's like a punk rock version of I Know What You Did Last Summer, but with some actual diversity instead of wall-to-wall white people. Although, now that I think about it, we don't know of a connection between Otto in the past and Ash and her friends in the present. At the very least, this is a fun, slasher comic packed with all the things that have made the horror sub-genre stand the test of time.

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9.0
Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens #1

Jul 27, 2016

Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens is exactly what it sounds like.  This opening issue is largely introduction, moving the players into place.  You can see where they're heading and it's set to be a sci-fi battle royale.  It's tough to predict who will come out on top considering the characters involved.

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9.0
Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens #3

Dec 18, 2016

Predators vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens is the sci-fi monster crossover you've always wanted.  It adds a human element to the battle of two creatures that don't speak a language people can understand.  This ups the stakes of the fight and makes it more relatable.  The humans aren't just cannon fodder here " although there have been several that have already fulfilled that role " they mean something and as a result, you're more invested in the story.

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9.0
Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens #4

Jun 16, 2017

Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens is an over-the-top, action-packed battle royale.  It adds a new spin to the Aliens mythos, making them even scarier, which is something I didn't think was possible.  The ending feels a little rushed, but it works with the overall story and ties up all of the loose ends.  This is a must read for a fan of any of the three franchises involved.

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8.0
Predator: Hunters #1

May 2, 2017

Predator: Hunters is just getting started.  The cast of characters has been introduced.  The enemy has been identified.  Now with all that out of the way, let's throw them all together and see who comes out alive.

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6.0
Predator: Hunters #2

Jun 9, 2017

Predator: Hunters is still getting going so I'm reserving judgment until the action actually starts. Right now we have little more than a whole lot of background information. It's akin to reading the back of the DVD case for a brief synopsis of the characters and their mission. We haven't really seen anything yet. Judging by the first two issues, Velasco is going to deliver some insane battles. I just can't wait to see them.

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7.0
Predator: Hunters #4

Aug 8, 2017

Predator: Hunters delivers on the over-the-top alien violence we've come to love from the franchise, but falls short on giving us something new. The human characters fill stereotypical tough guy roles and fall like cannon fodder in front of the enemy. There's a nice twist at the end of the issue, however it comes a little too late to pack a punch.

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6.0
Predator: Hunters #5

Sep 11, 2017

Predator: Hunters would have benefited from one more chapter to flesh out its story. As it stands, the ending is rushed. Everything is tied up in a nice little bow at the end with sudden appearances and changes that come out of nowhere and are a little too convenient. If this was a movie, it would be like cramming the last half hour of action into five minutes.

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8.0
Predator: Hunters II #1

Aug 20, 2018

Predator: Hunters II picks up right where the previous series left off. It's just as bloody and gruesome as ever. The human characters are still a little bland, but the Predator more than makes up for it. It's shaping up to be like an extraterrestrial war on terror.

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5.0
Predator: Life and Death #1

Mar 6, 2016

You probably know what you're getting into with Predator: Life and Death.  Some soldiers are going to run around the wilderness, slowly hunted by this alien creature.  Many will die.  A few will probably survive.  Someone might get in the choppa.  If you're a diehard Predator (and/or Aliens) fan, you'll dig this book.  That goes without saying.  Otherwise, there's not much separating this from your generic monster / slasher movie with a disposable set of characters.

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9.0
Project Nemesis #3

Jan 18, 2016

Project Nemesis is another in a growing line of titles from American Gothic Press that is firing on all cylinders.  It delivers an action-packed, mystery-filled monster story that grabs hold of you from the first page.  Plus, there's a panel where a guy literally gets his face punched in, and it is a sight to behold.

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8.0
Prometheus: Fire and Stone #1

Sep 15, 2014

Prometheus: Fire and Stone is a satisfying continuation to the movie, building up upon established continuity with a new spin. It's filled with just as much, if not more, terror than the movie. The issue is filled with a sense of dread as these characters unknowingly begin heading towards their deaths. The tension slowly builds as the crew makes its way through this strange jungle, leading to one helluva cliffhanger ending that will have you crying for more.

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6.0
Punk Mambo #0

Nov 26, 2014

This was my first exposure to Punk Mambo. I'm intrigued about the character, but I don't see her as a tortured soul or some sort of villain. She got dealt a bad hand by some creeps and now she's making the best of it in the bayou as an unusual voodoo priestess.

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9.0
Quilte #1

Nov 9, 2016

Quilte gives Freddy Krueger a run for his money when it comes to terrifying nightmares.  It is truly unlike anything you will see on the stands today, filled with disturbing imagery.  It opens the door to insane possibilities that could be explored further, however it works on its own as a standalone one-shot.

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8.0
Ragman #4

Jan 16, 2018

Ragman delivers real horror to the DC Universe. It serves as a nice companion to The Demon: Hell is Earth, and not just because Etrigan pops up here. Between titles like this and last October's DC House of Horror, the publisher has been expanding its spooky comics and I really hope this becomes a trend. If this book is any indication of what we can expect, I would love to see more.

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8.0
Rapture #2

Jun 24, 2017

The overall story in Rapture doesn't change much in this issue, but it's nonetheless exciting. We get a closer look at Babel and his forces, showing just what Ninjak and his team are up against. Despite their best efforts, they may not be prepared. As with other Valiant events, Rapture is a big, bold comic that is also self-contained and easy to jump into. You don't need to have a wide knowledge of everyone's history to pick this up and go.

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7.0
Raven: Daughter of Darkness #5

Jun 3, 2018

We're approaching the halfway point of Raven: Daughter of Darkness. If the midpoint involves tearing open the fabric of reality, I can only imagine where writer Marv Wolfman will take the series next. Every time Trigon is involved, things get big and terrifying. This comic is no different.

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8.0
Raven: Daughter of Darkness #6

Jul 3, 2018

That doesn't take away from the strength of Raven: Daughter of Darkness. Writer Marv Wolfman gives the character some range, making her more than just a moody goth princess. This first half of the maxi-series has her grappling with family, both normal and supernatural, and where she stands in her bizarre family tree. She's not required to follow in the footsteps of her ancestors from either side of the family. Instead, she's blazing her own path and becoming a better person because of it.

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10
Realm #1

Sep 6, 2017

The Realm has a stunning debut issue. It's a perfect introduction that pulls you in from page one. This is an awesome blend of fantasy and dystopia. It's The Walking Dead meets East of West with a dash of Lord of the Rings thrown in.

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10
Realm #5

Feb 7, 2018

The Realm has built an impressive mythos around this dystopian society. A rag-tag group of survivors are making their way across this landscape and they're fighting for every inch of their travel. This issue features one bigger and longer fight that's like a modern day cross between the battle at the Wall in Game of Thrones and any of the major ones from Lord of the Rings. It's epic yet still filled with personal moments to pull you in and keep you interested, like the opposite of a Michael Bay movie. This is the kind of dark fantasy I can get behind.

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8.0
Realm War: Age of Darkness #1

Aug 7, 2014

Realm War opens like a war movie, with a council convening to discuss any possible options. (Here's a hint: There aren't any.) There's a great deal of doom and gloom and for good reason. This is like the Empire Strikes Back of the Grimm Universe, but I don't see a bunch of little teddy bears coming to the rescue in a sequel. At this point, the best the characters can do is survive, but the odds are not in their favor.

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8.0
Red City #1

Jun 11, 2014

Red City would be an interesting noir story even if it was set in the here and now.  Throwing it in space adds a new level to the tale, but it gets bogged down a bit in the exposition with this first issue.  With that out of the way, future issues should hit the ground running.  Corey has developed a rich sci-fi mythology and placed a lovable smartass in the center.

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10
Redlands #1

Jul 3, 2017

Over the past few years we've seen various monsters get their day in the sun.  Zombies, werewolves, and vampires have all had time to shine.  Now it's the witches' turn.  Redlands puts them squarely on the top of the food chain.  This is an impressive, terrifying comic that will grab you from page one and never let go.  It is brilliantly paced with non-stop scares.  Do yourself a favor and buy this book.

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10
Redlands #2

Sep 22, 2017

Redlands is like a supernatural True Detective with a tinge of Silence of the Lambs thrown in. It works as a solid cop drama and is only intensified by the occult abilities of the three main characters. This is a horror comic to watch.

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8.0
Redneck #1

Apr 22, 2017

Redneck creates a tangible emotional response to a family that feeds on blood. The characters are real and relatable, making you almost forget the monsters they could be. We spent time with them, seeing them on an average day. It just so happens that this day could be their last, as events escalate considerably. It's a good thing they run a barbeque joint because something tells me they're going to need a lot of wet naps.

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9.0
Redneck #2

May 27, 2017

Redneck is an incredible comic that humanizes a family of vampires. It reads like a compelling family drama with real emotion, then escalates into pure, unbridled horror when the fangs come out. Things are going to get a lot worse before they get better and I am absolutely pulled in, hook, line, and sinker.

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8.0
Redneck #4

Aug 3, 2017

Everything about this stroll down memory lane serves to reinforce the family aspect of Redneck.  This book is first and foremost about this family, however dysfunctional and bizarre as it may be.  It just so happens that it's made up of vampires.  Despite all their flaws and issues, these folks are still connected by blood, albeit it's not the kind that's flowing through their veins.  Instead, it's the kind they drink from a victim's throat.  As we've grown closer to Bartlett, Perry, and the rest, we care more and more for them.  That's going to be hard as things look like they're about to get a whole lot worse.

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9.0
Redneck #6

Oct 2, 2017

Redneck is a powerful comic centered on family. That family just happens to drink blood to survive. Some of them are related by blood. Others are joined by different yet unmistakable connection. In the end, they're all family and they've chosen to side with one another against a world that won't have them.

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8.0
Redneck #7

Dec 2, 2017

Redneck continues to raise the bar when it comes to solid horror comics. I'm so plugged into these characters' lives. Writer Donny Cates has made vampires human and relatable in a way that has rarely been seen before.

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9.0
Redneck #9

Jan 28, 2018

Redneck is a gripping read. I have become so emotionally invested in these characters that I go through each issue with bated breath and clenched fists. How can they possibly get out of this situation alive? It's clear that their escape and survival will only come with more bloodshed...a lot more. I just hope Landry is on the receiving end of that because he's become a heinous creature that deserves every bit of violence coming his way.

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10
Redneck #10

Mar 1, 2018

Redneck is a fantastic read from beginning to end. It's a perfectly crafted comic that blends strong family drama with terrifying horror elements to produce one of the best books on the stands today. It's so friggin' good.

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8.0
Redneck #14

Aug 30, 2018

The poor Bowmans are going from one crisis to another. They get a brief moment to catch their breath here, but they are not out of danger yet. Redneck continues to deliver solid family drama mixed with riveting horror. I'm more invested in these characters than those from your average comic because of the time and care the creative team has spent building them up. This makes every issue a nail biter, as their safety is far from guaranteed.

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10
Regression #1

May 11, 2017

Regression builds to an unbelievable cliffhanger, specifically with two mind-blowing full-page spreads that hit like a one-two punch. If your skin wasn't crawling with all the bugs, it will with these final pages. This is the horror comic to watch this year. I mean, you should already be reading it as Cullen Bunn's name is on it and the man knows a thing or two about writing horror comics. This is some next level stuff.

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10
Regression #3

Jul 13, 2017

So much of Regression to date has been buildup as writer Cullen Bunn diligently placed all of the pieces on the board.  This issue is where he starts knocking them off one by one.  This is where the chaos starts and things get really crazy.  Boy, does it deliver.  Regression will get under your skin.  It will shake you to your core.  This is a damn scary comic.

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8.0
Regression #4

Aug 28, 2017

Regression has been building the terror with each successful chapter. Writer Cullen Bunn has crafted a horrifying comic where a man can't trust his own body. Artist Danny Luckert and colorist Marie Enger bring this madness to life in increasingly unsettling ways. Shivers have run up my spine just recounting this issue while writing this review. Damn, this is good stuff.

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8.0
Regression #9

May 2, 2018

It's frightening to see how these people are influenced by their previous lives, both positively and negatively. This is where Regression really excels. This kind of horror cuts right to the bone.

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9.0
Retrovirus #1

Nov 21, 2012

Retrovirus makes science scary again. It reminds us of how weak we've become as a species. People were once a lot tougher than we are now and if we ever came into contact with something from that age it would end badly for everyone involved. As I said before, some things are better left in the ground or in this case, the ice.

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10
Revival #47

Mar 8, 2017

Revival is a celebration of life and death. It's a story about loss and how it affects the people left behind. The characters are very real, which makes the book so damn effective. I would compare it to Locke & Key in this manner, especially with how well it wraps everything up. You're not left hanging or wondering what happened to this character or that arc. It's an awesome ending.

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7.0
Riftworld Legends #4

Nov 28, 2017

I was unfamiliar with Riftworld Chronicles, the series this comic is based on, and I still have not seen a single episode. That doesn't prevent me from enjoying the book, as there's more than enough information to dive in. I'm sure fans of the franchise will take away more than I did. On its own, Riftworld Legends has the makings of a sprawling fantasy epic. The idea that Jackie is going to take a major heel turn is a driving force of interest in the story, followed by Fiona's fear that she'll be punished for her connection to the man. It's definitely more in the fantasy side than the horror side, but has some dark elements that fans of either genre will dig.

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10
Robocop (2014) #1

Jul 7, 2014

The first issue of RoboCop has set the stage for a number of cool plot lines.  The title character is just as tough as I remember when seeing the original film as a kid.  New and old fans will enjoy this comic.  This is the sequel we all wanted but never got.

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9.0
Robocop: Citizens Arrest #2

May 16, 2018

RoboCop: Citizens Arrest is an absolutely chilling look at our future. What makes it even more disturbing is how close to reality it is. If someone told me this was something the Trump administration was working on, I wouldn't be that surprised. This is emphasized by the TV hosts shown throughout the comic that are very reminiscent of those on Fox News, albeit taken to an extreme. Although, again, if I saw a clip of it from real life, it wouldn't be that hard to believe.

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10
Robocop: Citizens Arrest #3

Jun 26, 2018

RoboCop: Citizens Arrest is a thrilling comic where the little guy stands up to a big corporation. More importantly, it's an unsettling and all-too-possible future. Reading this after the events of the past couple of years raises the terror levels considerably. I just hope the government isn't looking at this as a blueprint.

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9.0
Robocop: Citizens Arrest #4

Jul 26, 2018

Writer Brian Wood's dialogue once again feels like it's ripped right off of Fox News broadcasts. It's chilling when presented in this light, as these white people paint RoboCop and the other residents of the Ruins in such a harsh and menacing light when they're only trying to live their lives. This quality is what makes RoboCop: Citizens Arrest so frightening. While we don't have robot enforcers roaming the streets, the elements are there to do something similar in today's society. This hits in the same way the original RoboCop film did years ago.

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8.0
Robyn Hood: The Curse #1

Jan 23, 2018

Robyn Hood: The Curse strikes a nice balance between vigilantism and supernatural terror. Our hero will need more than a bow and arrow to combat this threat, especially if she wants to save Sam. I'm very interested to see what kind of monsters are in store for us as the comic continues. Robyn probably doesn't feel the same way.

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8.0
Robyn Hood: The Curse #5

Jun 20, 2018

The penultimate issue of Robyn Hood: The Curse ends with a huge game changer that's like something you'd see out of a blockbuster monster movie. It makes you wonder how one woman with a bow and arrow could possibly hope to stop such an immense and powerful force. See, if this were Hawkeye, there's no way. Robyn seems like she'll stare this thing down before putting an arrow right down its throat and you'd believe it 100%.

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7.0
Robyn Hood: The Curse #6

Jul 19, 2018

This final issue of Robyn Hood: The Curse ties up the dangling plot threads, like with Marian's partner, Sam. She shows up looking like a goth princess and ready to throw down. I would have liked a little more information here, as it feels rather rushed. While the final fight scene is epic, it leaves a lot of questions. We don't get much of a denouement, as the comic " and series " ends mere moments after the final blow is struck. I will say though that if this is the kind of supernatural antics Robyn can get herself into, I'm very much looking forward to her further adventures.

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10
Roche Limit #1

Sep 16, 2014

Roche Limit has been described as a cross between Blade Runner and 2001: A Space Odyssey. While I loved the former, I was bored out of my mind by the latter. Fortunately, the comic is a healthy mix of science fiction and good old-fashioned hard-boiled pulp. It perfectly captures this sense of despair that comes from the human race no longer trying to advance itself. There's a great line towards the beginning of the issue that reads "We were taking steps sideways, not forward." That sums up the feeling of this place pretty well.

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9.0
Roche Limit #2

Nov 8, 2014

The beauty of Roche Limit is that it's merging all of the best elements of science fiction with some great noir tropes. It's a heady, futuristic tale that is humanized by a mystery that pulls you in with each page.

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9.0
Roche Limit #4

Jan 11, 2015

Roche Limit has blended elements of science fiction and noir in a way that manages to emphasize the best parts of both genres, making them stronger for it. This issue is a bit more in the sci-fi side of things, but it is packed with a level of tension that runs through every page. Something is about to give on this space colony and there's a body count that's going to come with it.

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9.0
Roche Limit #5

Mar 11, 2015

There's a feeling of finality with this issue of Roche Limit, but also the dawn of a new chapter. Writer Michael Moreci ties up all of the loose ends of this first arc while opening the door for more questions leading into the second volume. He provides an actual end for these characters, some are noble, others covered in blood, but all of them were fighting for something. Roche Limit is a sci-fi epic with a real human connection. It's for fans of Blade Runner or Chinatown.

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10
Roche Limit: Clandestiny #1

May 12, 2015

Roche Limit: Clandestiny is a really interesting turn for the story, the kind that makes you want to know more right away.  It's a departure from the cold, cool tone of the first series, but not in a bad way at all.  Instead, it's a slight jump to a different sub-genre of science fiction, one filled with just as much dread and hopelessness.  This is not the bright, shiny future we were promised.  Humanity has failed.  The future sucks and we have to deal with it.

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10
Roche Limit: Clandestiny #3

Jul 21, 2015

Roche Limit: Clandestiny takes survival sci-fi horror to a new level.  It's like Dead Space mixed with Alien, with a bit of Blade Runner thrown in.  These soldiers are facing true terror and most likely their own deaths.  What little hope they have rests in an angry android sick of mankind and its many flaws.  There are still mysteries all over this space colony and I cannot wait to find out more.

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10
Rocket Salvage #1

Dec 27, 2014

This is a dynamite first issue that gives you a great quick primer on a brand new universe. There's no time wasted on exposition or character backgrounds. Mercado gets right into the meat of the story and doesn't look back. Rocket Salvage has the makings of a great sci-fi adventure.

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10
Romulus #1

Oct 18, 2016

Romulus has a perfect opening issue.  It seamlessly introduces you to this world and the main character in a way that makes it feel like you've seen them for years.  The puppet masters are still hidden, but I'm sure they won't be for long with Ashlar out there.  This definitely lives up to the description of "Buffy vs. the Illuminati."

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8.0
Rot & Ruin #1

Sep 15, 2014

The idea that a handful of teenagers would leave the relative safety of a gated community during the zombie apocalypse to look for a plane that they saw in the sky one day can be a bit of a stretch. I mean, they know the basic direction it was heading, but have no idea where it landed. That almost doesn't matter as Maberry pulls you in right away. The zombies have already won. These characters are just looking for some semblance of hope which is almost a foreign concept to them after everything they've been through.

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10
Rot & Ruin #4

Dec 31, 2014

Rot & Ruin is quickly becoming my favorite zombie comic. That's saying something considering how many of them seem to be popping up lately. It's got action, adventure, and sheer terror with characters that I have grown to love over a very short period of time.

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10
Rumble #1

Dec 17, 2014

There are still many unanswered questions in Rumble, but this was one helluva debut issue. The action is exciting. The characters are fun and a little weird. The monsters are terrifying. This is a darker and slightly humorous take on the fantasy action / adventure story. Arcudi and Harren make it their own and do a tremendous job with it.

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7.0