James Hepplewhite's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Bleeding Cool Reviews: 23
6.5Avg. Review Rating

6.5
Alice in Leatherland #1

Jun 19, 2022

One hears every so often romance comics are dead. Perhaps at the absolute top of the Marvel and DC, they are, but romance is doing just fine at the scale that publishers like Black Mask and Iron Circus exist at.

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7
Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #1

May 8, 2022

Maybe writing one of these major properties is best compared to a cover song. Everyone already knows it, but the point is what a different artist adds or subtracts from the song. Romita Jr. is as safe a pair of hands as you can imagine, and Wells is well known to the Spider-Office already. Through that lens, 2022's Amazing Spider-Man #1 is a largely faithful cover executed well by a team of old hands. The tune's stuck in my head, and I never thought I'd say that about the Web-Head.

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Boys Run the Riot #1

Apr 17, 2022

I closed volume one wanting to know what would happen to Ryo and Jin. I think you will too.

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6.5
Boys Run the Riot #2

Jun 9, 2022

While everyone would like more pages and space to tell their story, four volumes are approachable for readers new to manga and also for more seasoned readers not looking for a 40 volume commitment. Gaku & Co. make the best use of their limited space, and Boys Run The Riot rewards readers swiftly. A review of the previous volume is available here.

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British Paranormal Society: Time Out of Mind #1

Jun 2, 2022

The reading experience of British Paranormal Society: Time Out Of Mind #1 is like putting on an old pair of slippers: It's comfortable and familiar. It's more difficult than it appears, but this team (which includes letterer and Mignola-verse veteran Clem Robins) makes it look easy.

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6.5
Captain America: Symbol of Truth (2022) #1

Jun 2, 2022

A panel from Captain America: Symbol Of Truth #1It's too soon to say anything meaningful about the series yet, but Captain America: Symbol Of Truth #1 is a strong start, and Onyebuchi's voice (aided by Caramagna) is distinctive. Here, we host a preview here that Rich Johnston dressed up as a potted plant to procure. (Spoilers: He didn't, but Jude needed to make word count.)

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Criminal (2019) #1

Jan 9, 2019

If, like me, youre an old hand, its more of what weve come to love Criminal for. If youre new, the team made this for you. Give it a try.

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6.5
Cyberpunk 2077: Big City Dreams OGN

Jun 9, 2022

Lord knows what's happening with the video game these comics tie in to, but Cyberpunk 2077: Big City Dreams stands on its own.

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Cyberpunk 2077: Blackout #1

Jun 17, 2022

Cyberpunk 2077: Blackout #1 can be compared to the Death card in tarot. In tarot, the Death card doesn't mean death exactly; it represents a significant change in your life. And that's the first issue of Cyberpunk 2077: Blackout. In Cyberpunk 2077: Blackout #2, presumably, Arturo will really have to live.

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Cyberpunk 2077: Where's Johnny OGN

Jun 9, 2022

Cyberpunk 2077: Where's Johnny ends abruptly with knowing laughter. If you like detective stories, you'll relish the comic.

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7
Demon Days (2021): Mariko #1

Jun 26, 2022

Demon Days: Mariko #1 might be best described as a fairly traditional Japanese supernatural story with Marvel characters added for flavor.

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Faithless: III #1

May 8, 2022

I believe Faithless III #1 maintains the strong standard of quality that the series is known for. Llovet's (who apparently colors and letters herself) has only gotten better at drawing since the first issue, and Brian Azzarello's dialogue remains as sharp as ever. However, little the Faithless series resembles the rest of the Boom! publishing catalog, I remain grateful Boom! publishes it.

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4.5
Fortnite X Marvel: Zero War #1

Jun 19, 2022

In Fortnite X Marvel: Zero War (2022) #1, the toys play nicely with each other, but the end result is an oversized issue that's somehow less than the sum of its parts. Maybe the best everyone can hope for is that the Fortnite player who bought the comic for the in-game cosmetic will read this issue between games?

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6.5
Grim (2022) #1

May 15, 2022

If you can find a copy, give Grim a look. If not, give it a month or two for Boom to reprint the comic. There are many worse things than familiarity.

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Heaven's Door: Extra Works OGN

May 1, 2022

The answer, apparently, is Ultra Heaven, which doesn't have an English language publisher. Hopefully, Last Gasp will take the plunge soon. Until then, open the door. You won't forget it.

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Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: Night of the Cyclops #1

Jun 15, 2022

Hellboy behaves as Hellboy should. He's stoic, willing to help out the little guy, with just a hint of being a smartass. In this case, it helps that the little guy is the literal most gorgeous woman in the world, but Hellboy's gone out of his way to help people far less attractive, and in the case of Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: Night of the Cyclops, he behaves no differently here. In an almost throwaway moment, Hellboy rejects a crown, even if it was a crown of leaves. Doomed, against gods, and new to the party, Hellboy puts himself in harm's way and tries to do the right thing. Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: Night of the Cyclops is a pleasure to read.

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Hulk vs. Thor: Banner of War (2022): Alpha #1

May 22, 2022

Hulk Vs. Thor: Banner Of War is a fun comic. If Jude still calls Cates the bad boy of comics, then Hulk Vs. Thor: Banner Of War is that bad boy faithfully writing one of the oldest Marvel standards in the book. Rich put together an eleven-page preview here.

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Legion of X (2022) #1

Jun 15, 2022

There's no other way to put it: Legion Of X #1 arrives at the wrong time because of issues out of its control. Marvel, allegedly, is the world outside your window, and the disconnect between it and reality is too much to bear this week.

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6.5
Moon Knight: Black, White & Blood (2022) #1

May 16, 2022

Moon Knight: Black, White & Blood #1 is a strong start to the series. We host a preview of the issue here.

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5.5
Pearl (Dark Horse): III #1

Jun 16, 2022

Pearl III #1 has an explosive finish, but it's too little, too late.

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7
Poison Ivy (2022) #1

Jun 19, 2022

Admittedly, there are a lot of backstories that went over my head, but Wilson makes it easy to follow along. The team makes a compelling first issue and breathes life into a tough character to imagine. Where it goes from here, only the team knows, but the premise makes the return of the rest of Gotham feel like a threat or a famous sword looming over Poison Ivy's head. Time will eventually run out, but until then, let's see how far she can get.

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Promethee 13:13 #2

Jun 26, 2022

Andy Diggle (Green Arrow: Year One, James Bond, The Losers, Hellblazer), Shawn Martinbrough (Thief of Thieves, Batman: Detective Comics, The Black Panther, Hellboy), Dave Stewart (Hellboy, DC: The New Frontier, The Umbrella Academy), and Jock (Batman, The Losers) bring you a psychological sci-fi horror comic full of alien conspiracy… Promethee 13:13 tells the thrilling fast-paced space drama leading up to the moments of September 21, 2019 at 13:13.

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Star Wars: Obi-Wan (2022) #1

May 22, 2022

The story of Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi #1, courtesy of Chris Cantwell, is essentially Obi-Wan writing his memoirs. The real story of Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi #1 is artist Ario Anindito's versatility.

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