Jamie Lovett's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: ComicBook.com Reviews: 999
6.7Avg. Review Rating

6
A Calculated Man #1

Jun 15, 2022

It'll be interesting to see how this develops over future issues, but I'm apprehensive after issue one.

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Age of X-Man: Omega #1

Jul 17, 2019

All of the "Age of X-Man" stories coalesce into Age of X-Man: Omega. Considering Nate Grey's outlook on the X-Men's never-ending cycle of violence, it's fitting that the climax of the event is a philosophical debate rather than a knockdown, drag-out battle.

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Age of X-Man: Alpha #1

Jan 30, 2019

Age of X-Man: Alpha looks to be required reading for anyone interested in the larger event. And if you're not interested already, you probably will be once you've finished reading the issue.

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Age Of X-Man: NextGen #1

Feb 13, 2019

Count this as another win for the "Age of X-Man" event.

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Age Of X-Man: NextGen #2

Mar 20, 2019

We only seem to have scratched the surface of where Brisson and To are taking this story, having just come upon a generational divide between violent and non-violent means of resistance, but two issues into NextGen, and we're already hoping that it proves to be the pilot for an ongoing young X-Men series featuring these characters in the near future.

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Age Of X-Man: NextGen #3

Apr 17, 2019

Ed Brisson and Marcus To are onto something here, something that deserves to outlast the "Age of X-Man" event.

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Age Of X-Man: NextGen #4

May 15, 2019

NextGen continues to be the highlight of the "Age of X-Man" line by concerning itself less with the high concept itself and more with how the characters in this world manage to live in it.

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Age Of X-Man: NextGen #5

Jun 19, 2019

The NextGen story in the "Age of X-Man" comes to a close with a whimper.

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Age Of X-Man: Prisoner X #3

May 1, 2019

Like most of the "Age of X-Man" events, it's a decent premise that lacks forward momentum.

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Age Of X-Man: Prisoner X #5

Jul 3, 2019

It's an exercise in unfulfilled potential.

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Age Of X-Man: The Marvelous X-Men #1

Feb 6, 2019

It's an interesting premise and while Marvelous X-Men #1 retreads some ground already covered by last week's Age of X-Men: Alpha, mostly introducing the concept and characters and seeding the conflict to come, the idea still hasn't lost any of its shine.

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Age Of X-Man: The Marvelous X-Men #2

Mar 13, 2019

"Age of X-Man" seems to be losing its way a bit. Marvelous X-Men #2 spends a lot of time pondering the goods and evils of love but struggles to define what the word really means.

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Age Of X-Man: The Marvelous X-Men #3

Apr 10, 2019

Marvelous X-Men, and perhaps the "Age of X-Man" concept, feels like it's running out of steam.

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Age Of X-Man: The Marvelous X-Men #4

May 15, 2019

At this point, Age of X-Man: Marvelous X-Men feels like a concept in search of a story. This issue meanders, lightly hinting at beats without striking any of them firmly.

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Age Of X-Man: The Marvelous X-Men #5

Jun 12, 2019

Marco Failla and Matt Milla make the issue look good, but in the end, it's just good enough to be disappointed that it wasn't better.

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6
All New Firefly (2022) #1

Feb 23, 2022

It's not an outstanding issue but it is a stellar reset setting the stage for the series' new era.

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All New Firefly (2022) #2

Mar 23, 2022

There's still hope that this series will find its footing and learn to walk a balance between fresh and familiar, but this issue isn't it.

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All New Firefly (2022) #3

Apr 27, 2022

Jayne's arc is a good hook, but the rest of the issue doesn't come together.

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All New Firefly (2022) #4

May 25, 2022

The issue frames the story again by focusing on Jayne, first with another flashback and then with a surprising ending that could go in a few different directions but will unavoidably change the character. Is Jayne Cobb ready to grow up? That seems to be the question All-New Firefly is looking to answer, which could lead to either a frustrating or delightful new status quo.

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All New Firefly (2022) #5

Jun 22, 2022

All-New Firefly #5 makes the case that this story will read better in the eventual trade-paperback collection. It takes this issue's reactions to the unexpected revelation at the previous issue's end for seemingly random asides from earlier issues to begin congealing into a cohesive narrative.

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Amazing Mary Jane (2019) #6

Mar 18, 2020

It's a fun opening chapter for this new story that's easy to jump into if you missed the first few issues of the series.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2015) Annual #42

Feb 14, 2018

The story isn't particularly memorable, but there's a certain boldness to be appreciated in how it escalates despite how contrived the payoff ultimately is.

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Angel (2022) #1

Jan 19, 2022

It feels a bit like the issue throws readers into the middle of an ongoing series, and the lack of familiarity with these particular versions of the characters makes it hard to feel invested when apparent tragedy strikes. But there are hints at multiverse madness afoot, and while the story may not fully get readers to invest emotionally, it'll likely have them curious enough to want to see what happens next.

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Angel (2022) #2

Feb 16, 2022

Even as is, it isn't a terrible diversion for Angel fans, but it doesn't transcend that as its purpose.

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Angel (2022) #3

Mar 16, 2022

It's not bad but suffers from the same lack of focus and direction that seems to have infected all of Boom's Buffy-based efforts.

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Angel (2022) #4

Apr 13, 2022

The first arc of Angel never really established a reason for its existence beyond simply putting out more Angel content. As far as that goes, it isn't bad. However, the decision to set it in a just-slightly-different timeline is ultimately more confusing and distracting than additive, and judging by the final pages of this issue, that problem may only worsen.

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5
Angel (2022) #5

May 18, 2022

It's a clumsy but passable issue, but not an exciting one.

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Angel (2022) #6

Jun 15, 2022

Boom Studios' current Angel series from Christopher Cantwell, Daniel Bayliss, and Patricio Delpeche fails to shake some of its frustrating flaws in its sixth issue. Again, it feels like we missed an installment as a significant amount of time appears to have passed since the previous issue's events.

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6
Artemis and the Assassin #1

Mar 18, 2020

There might be something to this new series, but that something doesn't show up in the first issue.

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Astonishing X-Men (2017) #8

Feb 21, 2018

Its a solid story held back by Paulo Siqueira's art.

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Astonishing X-Men (2017) #9

Mar 14, 2018

It's one of the best looking issues of Soule's Astonishing X-Men run yet.

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Astonishing X-Men (2017) #10

Apr 4, 2018

Soule's dialogue between team members gets better with each issue, though this issue is a bit light on substance.

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Astonishing X-Men (2017) #12

Jun 6, 2018

Soule's Astonishing X-Men has been a fun ride, and the finale isn't bad, but it doesn't quite live up to the title's name either.

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Astonishing X-Men (2017) #13

Jul 4, 2018

It's a book fans are going to want to like, but the artwork will serve as a barrier to entry.

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Astonishing X-Men (2017) #14

Aug 1, 2018

Astonishing X-Men should be a really enjoyable X-Men comic with a more comedic bend than any of the other books in the current line, but the art is working against it.

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Astonishing X-Men (2017) #15

Sep 5, 2018

The dialogue, the tone, the plot are all there for an exciting and unusual X-Men series, but without the visuals to match it continues to feel half-baked.

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Astonishing X-Men (2017) #16

Oct 17, 2018

The banter between the X-Men and the Reavers remains a strong point in Rosenberg's script, especially certain characters finally calling out Beast on his tendency to end up on the wrong side of nearly every conflict for the past several years.

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Astonishing X-Men (2017) #17

Nov 21, 2018

The latest volume of Astonishing X-Men comes to a close in much the fashion you would expect, with the underdog X-Men squad having their big damn hero moment. As much as it may be expected, it is also expertly crafted.

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Astonishing X-Men (2017) Annual #1

Aug 15, 2018

The actual plot of the issue"which involves the return of Xavier's old foe Lucifer"may not be the most memorable, but expectation-defying characterizations and their potential ramifications will linger.

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Avengers (2016) #680

Feb 14, 2018

"Avengers: No Surrender" continues to be a throwback to the epic, cosmic, do-or-die superhero fare that so many Avengers fans fell in love with in past eras.

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Avengers (2016) #681

Feb 21, 2018

The origin of the mysterious Voyager, the formation of the Lethal Legion, and the resurrection of the Black Order are all finally explained. Mark Waid, Jim Zub, and Al Ewing manage to make it compelling.

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Avengers (2016) #682

Feb 28, 2018

This issue is primarily told from the point of view of Red Wolf, who gets a rare moment in the spotlight in the midst of the Avengers mega event.

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Avengers (2016) #683

Mar 7, 2018

The visuals don't quite do the concept justice, but it's a fun, almost self-contained adventure that also manages to push forward some of the central mysteries of the larger "No Surrender" story.

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Avengers (2016) #684

Mar 14, 2018

Both parts of the story are well executed, and the former dovetails nicely into the latter as "No Surrender" continues to escalate in exciting ways.

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Avengers (2016) #685

Mar 21, 2018

Another stellar chapter in the "Avengers: No Surrender" saga as the Hulk continues to threaten every Avenger left standing.

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Avengers (2016) #686

Mar 28, 2018

This may not be a traditional Avengers lineup at work, but its classic Avengers storytelling in top form.

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Avengers (2016) #687

Apr 4, 2018

Its all executed well enough, and in the grand scheme of things, this breather of an issue is necessary to reset the board for the final act of "No Surrender", but it's also not the most memorable chapter of the saga.

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Avengers (2016) #688

Apr 11, 2018

All of that is drawn by multiple art teams delivering on the promise of these ideas with different levels of success.

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Avengers (2016) #689

Apr 18, 2018

It isn't bad, but it feels like it doesn't quite meet its full potential.

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Avengers (2016) #690

Apr 25, 2018

t's a bit sentimental, but after the journey, it feels earned.

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Avengers: Tech-On #1

Aug 11, 2021

But even setting aside cultural sensitivity issues, with the central premise not coming to the fore until the final page, Avengers: Tech-On #1 is running on nothing but wasted potential.

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Avengers: Tech-On #2

Sep 8, 2021

Avengers Tech-On #2 opens with a fight scene that is all but unintelligible due to Jeffrey Cruz's borderless artwork and milky coloring.

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Avengers: Tech-On #3

Oct 6, 2021

Avengers: Tech-On remains an idea in search of a story worth telling.

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Avengers: Tech-On #4

Nov 10, 2021

The series continues to fail to build on the base pitch in an exciting way.

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Avengers: Tech-On #5

Dec 22, 2021

There's not much here to recommend as Avengers: Tech-On continues to take an exciting premise and execute it poorly.

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Batman '89 (2021) #1

Aug 11, 2021

The essence of those Batman movies is present here, and this issue will allow those who always wanted more of them to revel in the continued saga.

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Batman '89 (2021) #2

Sep 15, 2021

It's a wonderfully crafted comic with a far more ambitious narrative scope than anyone was likely expecting.

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Batman '89 (2021) #3

Oct 13, 2021

Previous issues of Batman '89 were solid, but the team seems to now be firing on all cylinders.

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Batman '89 (2021) #4

Dec 8, 2021

Leonardo Ito may be the breakout here. He manages to find the right visual tone to make Gotham City feel like a world of perpetual twilight.

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Batman '89 (2021) #5

Apr 13, 2022

Despite some muddled storytelling, the overall vibe remains intact and this series' most significant asset. If you've come this far with Batman '89, this issue won't disappoint.

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Batman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: III #1

May 1, 2019

There's fun to be had here, and the big reveal at the end suggests there' another layer to this crossover madness, but we're not quite to the good stuff yet.

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Batman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: III #2

Jun 5, 2019

Two issues in and Batman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III so far has been an exercise in exposition.

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Batman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: III #3

Jul 3, 2019

The idea New Gotham City, this amalgamation of the DC Universe and the Turtles mythology, is fascinating. Yet we're spending almost no time exploring it. Instead, we're searching out those least changed by it so revert things back. That's the endgame in any situation, but going in that direction with little time to meander seems like such a missed opportunity.

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Batman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: III #4

Aug 7, 2019

It feels like Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III should be more fun. All of the elements are there, but it's not spending enough time reveling in the absurdity of these mashed up characters.

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Batman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: III #5

Sep 4, 2019

Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III hasn't done a great job of capitalizing on the fun potential of its premise. Its fifth issue offers a taste of that untapped potential, but the supposedly epic battle that makes up the bulk of the issue is shapeless, taking up space rather than telling a story.

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Batman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: III #6

Oct 2, 2019

If you've enjoyed the series thus far, the finale won't disappoint.

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Black Panther (2018) #10

Mar 27, 2019

The "Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda" storyline that's been running through Black Panther for almost a year slows down a bit here where it feels like it should be speeding up.

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Black Panther (2018) #11

Apr 24, 2019

It's a heavyweight for a single issue bear and a bit exhausting by the end, but it seems the story is poised to enter its final act.

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Blade Runner: 2019 #1

Jul 10, 2019

The comic nails the sci-fi noir tone of the films but doesn't feel like its retreading familiar ground. The art seems confused in places as if Guinaldo and colorist Marco Lesko had a communications breakdown resulting in misbalanced layouts, but Blade Runner 2019 is likely to hooks fans and have them coming back for more.

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Books of Magic (2018) #7

Apr 24, 2019

Tom Fowler continues to make Books of Magic a stunning comic to look at. In this is he has some fun playing with magic, boundaries, and the comic book form.

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Books of Magic (2018) #8

May 22, 2019

Books of Magic will grab a reader's attention, but may not draw them all the way in.

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Books of Magic (2018) #10

Jul 24, 2019

There's a beautiful moment in comics where an unassuming panel from one issue can be revisited with powerful new resonance in a later issue. Books of Magic #10 includes one such moment. With a single panel, a single line of dialogue, a relationship established in the series' first issue is turned on its head, going from sad to outright tragic.

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Books of Magic (2018) #12

Sep 25, 2019

It's an issue that doesn't commit any cardinal sins, but that also doesn't live up to its potential.

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Books of Magic (2018) #13

Oct 23, 2019

It all comes together for what feels like an emotional oasis in the fallout of the series' most recent turning point.

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Books of Magic (2018) #14

Nov 27, 2019

Some of the story details aren't fleshed out as well as they could be, but this is a comics craft masterclass.

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Books of Magic (2018) #15

Jan 1, 2020

Tim is a hard protagonist to connect with because his behavior is so offputting, and that's proving to be a real problem for Books of Magic.

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Books of Magic (2018) #16

Jan 22, 2020

It's fine, but at some point, the series needs to remind us why we care.

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Books of Magic (2018) #17

Feb 26, 2020

A new high mark for the series.

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Books of Magic (2018) #18

Mar 25, 2020

The Books of Magic wraps up a stellar arc that sees Tim Hunter wrestling with his inner demons.

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Books of Magic (2018) #19

May 29, 2020

Readers will have to wait until the next issue to learn whether Barnett has anything interesting to say about this era or its storytelling tics. Still, this issue in a vacuum is a delightful dose of wry nostalgia.

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Books of Magic (2018) #20

Jun 24, 2020

It's familiar territory, but it's well-executed and done with charm, and Tom Fowler, as usual, draws the hell out of every moment.

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Books of Magic (2018) #21

Jul 22, 2020

Altogether, the issue is well-crafted, despite being a bit frantic.

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Books of Magic (2018) #22

Aug 26, 2020

David Barnett had some fun as the new writer of Books of Magic by sending Tim Hunter on some adventures detached from the series's overarching plot. Now that he's returned to that main narrative throughline, the book has lost the life that he brought to it.

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Books of Magic (2018) #23

Sep 23, 2020

The issue shows the symptoms of being an unplanned finale, with some long-simmering conflicts coming to abrupt resolutions, but Barnett and Fowler manage to send the Books of Magic off with a sense of closure, warmth, and hope.

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Buffy the Last Vampire Slayer (2021) #1

Dec 8, 2021

It's hard not to feel like Buffy the Last Vampire Slayer is ripe with wasted potential and only suited for those who can't get enough of Boom's take on the Buffy mythology.

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Buffy the Last Vampire Slayer (2021) #2

Jan 12, 2022

It's got plenty of hooks to sink into Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans, which makes it a shame it flubs the execution this badly.

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Buffy the Last Vampire Slayer (2021) #3

Feb 9, 2022

Buffy the Last Vampire Slayer #3 remains clumsy in spots, but this series makes a case for its existence for the first time.

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Buffy the Last Vampire Slayer (2021) #4

Mar 9, 2022

The issue asks what happens to a Slayer after their slaying days are over, becoming a fitting coda to the Buffy the Vampire Slayer saga fans know and love.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #1

Jan 23, 2019

Buffy fans new and old will likely find themselves hooked on this modern reimagining of the Buffyverse.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #2

Feb 27, 2019

Bellaire is building to something -- Xander's detachment makes it clear that keeping the gang separated is intentional and not an oversight -- but without those core relationships intact, this issue of Buffy feels like its missing something.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #3

Mar 13, 2019

Whereas the previous issue of Buffy the Vampire Slayer felt like it was moving too slowly, this issue goes hard in the other direction. There's so much going on that it feels like two or three different stories crashed into other.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #4

Apr 17, 2019

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #4 has everything a Buffy fan could ask for, beginning with the Scoobies' perfect reaction to Giles offering them a night off. From there we get relationship drama, internal conflict, the big bads plotting, and a cliffhanger right as a key character reaches a major turning point.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #5

Jun 5, 2019

Jordie Bellaire provides a strong script that both feels like a perfect replica of a traditional Buffy TV episode structure while being wildly different from any particular episode in interesting ways, and that's enough to make up for Lopez's mixed artwork.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #6

Jul 3, 2019

It's one piece and another great issue of Buffy that captures the spirit of old Buffy while still feeling fresh, new, and different.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #7

Aug 7, 2019

. It ends with Lopez returning for a strong final scene between Willow and Xander, but it still feels like a story missing most of its middle.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #8

Sep 4, 2019

Fans will have to wait and see if that helps focus the series and improve its pacing issues, or imbalances the series even further.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #9

Nov 6, 2019

The story lacks a smooth flow, but the characters"while not at their most endearing here"are still those lovable Scoobies. Now that Jordie Bellaire, David Lopez, and company have broken them down, it should be fun to see them built back up again (presumably) over the course of the crossover event.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #10

Dec 4, 2019

What stands out most in this issue is how insufferable Giles is, a far cry from his composed, paternal television counterpart. It's another example of the series jumping into the deep end.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #11

Jan 8, 2020

The issue does highlight why the reimagined Robin Wood has been such a strong addition to the reboot's cast, especially now that he's been paired with the new slayer.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #12

Feb 5, 2020

This issue feels more focused than those that preceded but still doesn't stick the landing on its most dramatic moments.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #13

Mar 4, 2020

Artist Rosemary Valero-O'Connell brings a softer style to the standalone issue. It suits the setting and story, though the action scenes lack some weight and impact.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #14

May 20, 2020

The issue makes two minor missteps towards the end"an awkward inset mars a beautiful splash page, and the final tease is too vague to be tantalizing"but this issue everything Buffy fans crave.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #15

Jul 1, 2020

With this issue, she appears to be treading familiar ground at first until one of the characters questions the premise. Bachs' art isn't the strongest we've seen on the series, but the issue is still keeping the series headed in exciting directions.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #16

Aug 5, 2020

The ideas here are exciting, and Bachs' artwork is solid in other places, but it's frustrating to see such a crucial scene flubbed this way.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #17

Sep 2, 2020

This issue is an example of the series' creative team taking full advantage of the unique opportunity they have with this fresh comics continuity to improve upon the source material.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #18

Oct 7, 2020

Unfortunately, Ramon Bachs' artwork is a distraction here. Bachs tries to give these high school students a youthful look, as you'd expect, with character manga-inspired character models, but his faces and bodies are inconsistent from page to page, resulting is something that looks like Dan Mora's work minus discipline.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #19

Nov 4, 2020

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #19 is an uneven comic comprised almost entirely of three conversations.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #20

Dec 2, 2020

As is par for the course with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, there are excellent ideas hampered by messy, uneven execution.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #21

Jan 7, 2021

There's a strong concept here, but the execution isn't doing it any justice.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #22

Feb 3, 2021

This moment shines through as one of the series' best to date.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #23

Mar 3, 2021

The series needs to start paring down its narrative threads, or this reboot will soon need a relaunch of its own.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #24

Apr 7, 2021

The Buffy the Vampire Slayer ongoing series stumbles through another issue that should be revelatory but is jumbled and forgettable due to subpar storytelling and lack of proper setup.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #25

May 12, 2021

The story does channel some of the tone fans of Buffy love, with the Lurkers being appropriately creepy and the beats about shrimp tacos bringing the humor. But it also suffers from all of the usual problems this series struggles with"a lack of grounding and mediocre visual storytelling"making it hard not to feel like this forgettable issue could have been something more.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #26

Jun 2, 2021

Buffy's narrative may lose its power without a seasonal structure to mark a meaningful passage of time, force it into periodic climaxes, and organically mark the start of a new chapter in its characters' lives. Instead, it's devolving into the worst type of superhero story, an endless string of things happening simply to keep things happening, which is disappointing given how much potential there is in the building blocks of this relaunched timeline.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #27

Jul 7, 2021

Yet the script devotes too much of Buffy the Vampire's Slayer #27 to watching the characters talk in circles about a villain with barely any presence.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #28

Aug 4, 2021

It's pretty telling that even Buffy herself spends half the issue asking for someone to provide a plot summary because she's lost.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #29

Sep 1, 2021

There's also still too much going on here narratively, burying the emotional core that's vital to making Buffy work, but this is a solid issue with some notable high points amid continuing series woes.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #30

Oct 6, 2021

With a listless plot and clumsy visual storytelling, this issue of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is another that doesn't justify its existence.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #31

Nov 17, 2021

The series is overly-busy, and it hasn't given Joyce and Buffy's relationship enough weight for any of this to feel meaningful. This comic just can't land the big beats, making it feel like a hollow endeavor.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #32

Dec 1, 2021

It seems the series' creators can't grasp the correct pacing to give any of the story beats in this comic the appropriate weight.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #33

Jan 5, 2022

There's not much here narratively to latch onto as the issue moves characters from point A to point B, reading like a rough draft of half-baked thoughts.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #34

Feb 2, 2022

Buffy the Vampire Slayer has needed a refresh for a while now. The best thing about this issue is that the opportunity has finally come.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019): The Chosen Ones #1

Aug 28, 2019

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Chosen Ones offers fans a glimpse into the lives of three Slayers who preceded Buffy Summers in the "chosen one" line.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019): The 25th Anniversary #1

Mar 30, 2022

It's not a terrible package, but it hardly feels like the celebration it ought to be.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019): Tea Time #1

Jun 30, 2021

If they'd had different artists, or a perhaps a more versatile single artist, craft each, it would have enhanced each character's perspective in a way that fully embraces comics as a visual medium. Perhaps Xander's story would become a full-on superhero tale, and Willow's something more retro horror. Instead, the issue feels like a shadow of what it could have been.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019): Faith #1

Feb 24, 2021

Carlini's expressive, loose artwork fits in well with the tone set by the main Buffy title. She and Lambert get creative using Faith's affection for cinema to visualize her trauma, doing what Buffy does best by overlaying monsters over the mundane.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel: Hellmouth #1

Oct 9, 2019

Hellmouth #1 sets a hell of a tone, and we're excited to see where it takes Buffy and Angel next.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel: Hellmouth #2

Nov 13, 2019

So far, the first Buffy and Angel comics crossover is a worthwhile trip through the gates of Hell.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel: Hellmouth #3

Dec 11, 2019

It could stand to be a bit more grounded " as it is it feels a bit too dreamlike for something that is not a dream"but it's a solid next step on Buffy and Angel's journey.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel: Hellmouth #4

Jan 15, 2020

There's too much going on and not enough grounding to make any off it feels like it matters.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel: Hellmouth #5

Feb 12, 2020

There are good ideas here, but it all feels like it needed a little more time in the creative oven, and little more patience when it comes to execution.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow (2020) #1

Jul 8, 2020

As an exercise in setting the stage, advancing the important themes with subtle foreshadowing, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow #1 is an absolute masterclass.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow (2020) #2

Aug 12, 2020

Some readers may be frustrated with how coy the story is about revealing the truth about Aelera and Abhainn. Still, there is a thematic richness and artistic beauty here worth slowing down to appreciate.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow (2020) #3

Sep 9, 2020

This issue is a little light on plot development, but the overall story is still intriguing enough to keep readers hooked.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow (2020) #4

Oct 14, 2020

This issue feels like a chapter we could skip and head straight to the story's end. It isn't bad, but it may leave readers feeling a little unfulfilled by the end.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow (2020) #5

Nov 18, 2020

It's maybe an issue too long and marred by forced, unsatisfying conflict, but it's still a worthwhile diversion from Boom Studios' Buffy the Vampire Slayer series.

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Cable (2017) #154

Feb 14, 2018

With another creative team change coming next issue, Cable remains a book searching for an identity.

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Cable (2017) #155

Mar 21, 2018

Cable being Cable, those specters are especially literal and deadly, but its good to see "the man called Cable" fulfilling his potential again.

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Cable (2017) #156

Apr 18, 2018

There's still a ways to go, but so far this is the best Cable story since the era this issue is set in.

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Cable (2017) #157

May 16, 2018

Cable continues to weave a terrifying web through Cable's history, this time through a locked room scenario in which everyone happens to be an incredibly powerful mutant.

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Cable (2017) #158

Jun 20, 2018

This is simply the definitive Cable story.

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Captain America (2017) #698

Feb 14, 2018

"Out of Time" seems like exactly the kind of story that Captain America was created to tell, and the first issue is executed flawlessly.

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Captain America (2017) #699

Mar 7, 2018

Chris Samnee sure knows how to draw a Captain America action sequence. He gets to draw a few in this issue, the middle chapter of the three-issue "Out of Time" arc, and they are as dynamic and graceful as fans have come to expect.

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Captain America (2017) #700

Apr 11, 2018

Captain America #700 delivers an appropriate ending to what feels like a quintessential Captain America story.

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Captain America (2017) #702

May 16, 2018

There's a fun twist ending, and some of the individual artwork is stunning, but otherwise, it feels like there's not much to hold onto.

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Captain America (2017) #703

Jun 6, 2018

Any attempt at subtlety that Mark Waid may have been making in his latest Captain America story goes out the window in #703 as the conflict becomes defined as the technocratic, universalist, elite blue-skinned Kree against the retrograde fascism and hate of the Red Skull, with regular people caught in the middle, their only hope resting with America's youth -- literally, youngest descendant of Captain America.

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Captain America (2017) #704

Jun 20, 2018

Several moments feel entirely tone deaf, but the material is at least elevated by Leonardo Romero's wonderful artwork.

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Casual Fling #3

Apr 7, 2021

Casual Fling #3 is the weakest issue of the series, but it's unlikely to deter anyone who's invested in the story already.

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Casual Fling #4

May 26, 2021

Casual Fling started as the kind of sex thriller you don't see much of in comics and lost its focus a bit in the middle, but at least it wraps up tidily, even if the finale lacks flair.

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Chris Claremont Anniversary Special (2021) #1

Jan 13, 2021

Only die-hard fans will want to glance at this, and even those will likely forget it soon after.

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Clear (2021) #1

Oct 13, 2021

With the impeccable execution of two masters at the top of their game to back it up, this is easy to recommend for anyone who wants unnervingly relevant genre fiction.

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Clear (2021) #2

Nov 17, 2021

Manapul doesn't get quite the same opportunities to flourish here as he was in the first issue. However, he still turns the high-quality visuals expected of a master as Clear continues to dig into what is so subtly haunting about our current existence.

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Clear (2021) #3

Dec 22, 2021

The explanation for Dunes' helmet handprints comes dangerously close to being over-the-top melodramatic, but the grounded tone helps rein it all in for another engrossing issue.

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Clear (2021) #4

Jan 26, 2022

The issue begins with Dunes hanging on for dear life and ends with him willingly diving off a bridge, a poetic microcosm of Dunes' descent through the pages of this masterfully crafted slice of tech-noir storytelling.

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Clear (2021) #5

Mar 23, 2022

It's a largely conversational issue, meaning Manapul doesn't have as many opportunities to flex. However, he still delivers an exceptionally crafted issue of teeth-grinding noir accented by burnt-out colors as everything Dunes had taken for granted falls apart around him. Bring on the conclusion, and soon, please.

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Clear (2021) #6

Jun 1, 2022

Clear's dystopian future feels frighteningly familiar, making it a vital, essential work of cyberpunk neo-noir.

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Conan the Barbarian (2019) #1

Jan 2, 2019

Marvel Comics has assembled the perfect creative team for a new era of Conan.

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Conan the Barbarian (2019) #2

Jan 16, 2019

Mahmud Asrar continues to excel with his depiction of Conan's fantasy world, and he and Aaron seem to be settling into an episodic rhythm with the series that fans of Howard's short stories will likely appreciate.

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Conan the Barbarian (2019) #3

Feb 6, 2019

A skippable entry overall.

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Conan the Barbarian (2019) #4

Mar 6, 2019

This is by far the most unconventional Conan story that Aaron has told and the best issue of the new series to date.

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Conan the Barbarian (2019) #5

Apr 3, 2019

Conan the Barbarian #5 feels a bit like a greatest hits of Conan stories. Jason Aaron and Mahmud Asrar offer a tale with pirates, cursed idols, elder gods, monsters, and storms at sea; it's Conan at his most anguished and most joyous.

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Conan the Barbarian (2019) #6

May 8, 2019

It's a story that feels very true to Robert E. Howard's idea concept of the barbarian and a solid read all around.

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Conan the Barbarian (2019) #8

Jul 31, 2019

It's not bad, but it's not the most memorable Conan comic book either.

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Conan the Barbarian (2019) #9

Sep 4, 2019

The issue looks good but is ultimately forgettable.

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Conan the Barbarian (2019) #10

Oct 30, 2019

This issue of Conan is forgettable and easy to skip.

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Conan the Barbarian (2019) #11

Nov 20, 2019

It's a fun concept that ties together the threads Aaron has weaved and Asrar's artwork more than does it justice.

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Conan the Barbarian (2019) #12

Jan 29, 2020

It's mostly fine, but any memory of it is likely to evaporate from your brain 30 seconds after contact.

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Conan: Serpent War #1

Dec 4, 2019

Conan: Serpent War #1 is well-crafted but overstuffed as it struggles to get introductions out of the way so that it can move towards the conflict.

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Conan: Serpent War #2

Dec 18, 2019

It's a boring execution of an exciting premise.

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Conan: Serpent War #3

Jan 8, 2020

Conan: Serpent War feels like it's going through the motions and is perhaps telling a bigger story than its built for.

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Conan: Serpent War #4

Jan 22, 2020

Marvel's big Moon Knight meets Conan and some other Robert E. Howard characters has proven to be a structural mess.

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Crush & Lobo #1

Jun 2, 2021

Crush & Lobo #1 does an excellent job of entirely investing readers in Crush's story and the internal conflict that will almost certainly manifest as external butt-kicking in the issues to come.

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Crush & Lobo #2

Jul 7, 2021

Tamaki is still having fun having Crush address the reader with a vague air of disdain, and it works because we understand how much that attitude is a front to protect Crush from herself.

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Crush & Lobo #3

Aug 4, 2021

Crush & Lobo has been excellent thus far, and while this issue has to do some heavy lifting to keep the story moving at a decent pace, it seems set to only get more wild from here on out.

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Crush & Lobo #4

Sep 8, 2021

Crush & Lobo continues to be the surprising delight of the year.

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Crush & Lobo #5

Oct 6, 2021

Crush & Lobo takes a turn for the weird(er) in its fifth issue, somehow turning this chapter into a riff on fairy tales, Hansel & Gretel in particular. It's an odd choice, but it maintains the clever, reader-facing writing, brilliant penciling, and neon coloring that have defined the book's aesthetic from the start.

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Crush & Lobo #6

Nov 3, 2021

Crush and Lobo #6 is a little thin on plot but still packs plenty of fun.

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Crush & Lobo #7

Dec 8, 2021

This installment may not be the most emotionally rich issue of the series, but who can argue with a lovingly crafted game of capture the bounty between Crush and her deadbeat space dad?

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Crush & Lobo #8

Jan 5, 2022

The final chapter of the excellent Crush & Lobo series suffers from a case of narrative indecision, seemingly caught between providing a sense of closure and leaving the conclusion open-ended enough for a sequel.

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Daredevil (2015) #598

Feb 7, 2018

With Garney back, Daredevil is once again a must-read Marvel title.

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Daredevil (2015) #599

Feb 21, 2018

It all comes together beautifully in a brutally understated moment of surprise from Muse and a final page that promises a big finale.

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Daredevil (2015) #600

Mar 28, 2018

It's all a bit too much zigging and zagging for a single issue to handle, even an oversized milestone issue.

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Daredevil (2015) #601

Apr 18, 2018

It's a solid start, setting up a story with a lot of potential for superhero action and fun.

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Dazzler: X-Song #1

Jun 6, 2018

This is a fantastic one-shot that everyone should read.

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Death Orb #1

Oct 3, 2018

Death Orb #1 doesn't offer a lot of substance to sink your teeth into, so far it has a pretty basic lone-desert wander on a quest plot and not much else, but the execution is good enough that if you appreciate any of the influences mentioned above you may want to keep an eye on it.

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Death Orb #2

Nov 7, 2018

What action is included is competently done, but there's just not enough substance or flair in this comic to be truly memorable.

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Demon Days (2021): X-Men #1

Mar 3, 2021

It's Japanese mythology with a Marvel universe glamour. The company's characters are stretched and contorted to fit into the legend rather than the other way around.

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Demon Days (2021): Blood Feud #1

Mar 23, 2022

"The Yashida Saga" ends true to form, with gorgeous artwork and a fable-like tone, but an ambition to expand the Demon Days universe further keeps the ending from being entirely satisfying.

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Doctor Strange (2015) #385

Feb 14, 2018

The colors are a bit muddy in a way that mutes some of the visual energy, but Doctor Strange is still among Marvel's best-looking comics.

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Doctor Strange (2015) #386

Feb 28, 2018

Donny Cates continues to do a great job of redefining Stephen Strange's personality. Other writers have pegged arrogance as Strange's tragic flaw, but Cates goes deeper, showing Strange's pride, temper, and wariness.

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Doctor Strange (2015) #387

Mar 14, 2018

The ongoing petty rivalry between Strange and Loki is enough to make this issue worth checking out, but the way Nico Henrichon depicts Las Vegas as a stygian abyss makes it a must-read comic.

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Doctor Strange: Damnation #1

Feb 21, 2018

Doctor Strange: Damnation may turn into a worthwhile story, but the first issue feels more like homework than entertainment.

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Doctor Strange: Damnation #2

Mar 7, 2018

With all of the overblown setup and tying into Secret Empire out of the way, Doctor Strange: Damnation #2 is able to play to writer Nick Spencer's strength: his ability to write fun banter for a motley crew of B-list characters.

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Doctor Strange: Damnation #3

Mar 21, 2018

Compared to the far more consistent Doctor Strange ongoing series, Doctor Strange: Damnation feels all over the place.

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Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor #1

Nov 7, 2018

If you're a fan overflowing with love for the new Doctor, this is a great place to get an extra dose of Doctor Who.

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Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor #2

Dec 5, 2018

The Thirteenth Doctor's comic book adventures are off to a solid if not spectacular start.

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Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor #5

Mar 6, 2019

We don't get to the meat of the story until the end, but this issue is a fun read for Doctor Who fans.

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Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor #6

Apr 10, 2019

The series remains a solid read for fans of the show.

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Dune: House Atreides #1

Oct 21, 2020

Those eager to visit the universe of Arrakis would probably be better off waiting for the new movie.

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Dune: House Atreides #2

Nov 25, 2020

Two issues in, this adaptation remains forgettable.

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Dune: House Atreides #3

Dec 23, 2020

When it isn't confounding, it's merely dull, going through the motions to tell a story we already know the most important beats of and failing to add anything of interest to the larger narrative.

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Dune: House Atreides #4

Jan 27, 2021

This series has been a total dud that fans will be better off avoiding.

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Dune: House Atreides #5

Mar 24, 2021

Dune: House Atreides stars stronger than the previous four issues of the BOOM! Studios series.

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Dune: House Atreides #7

May 26, 2021

It's a low bar, but compared to previous series issues, Dune: House Atreides is practically readable.

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Dune: House Atreides #8

Jun 30, 2021

Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson's prequel story hasn't been all that compelling of a read before this, but now that it's just checking boxes, it's somehow even more rote than before.

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Dune: House Atreides #9

Aug 25, 2021

While the drama in this issue is more compelling than most of what's preceded it, there are still some unfortunate indulgences.

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Dune: House Atreides #10

Sep 22, 2021

Even for the most dedicated Dune fan, there's not much here to recommend.

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Dune: House Atreides #11

Oct 20, 2021

Dune: House Atreides continues to be an uncompelling prequel.

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Dune: House Atreides #12

Dec 1, 2021

But the issue ends on an odd note, driving home that the series title refers to Leto's coming of age, referring to himself as House Atreides.

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Dune: House Atreides: Blood of the Sardaukar #1

Jul 28, 2021

But the issue's greatest sin is trying to convince us of the nobility of these political death troopers with the trite notion that, if not for Bashar's flash of conscience during the raid, the Dune saga might have played out differently. Color me unconvinced.

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Dune: House Atreides: A Whisper of Caladan Seas #1

Dec 29, 2021

A Whisper of Caldan Seas doesn't have much in the way of plot. It reads like a moment, but that moment's emotive storytelling will stick with you.

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Dune: The Waters of Kanly #1

May 4, 2022

This issue isn't simply terrible. It's offensive in the most careless and puerile ways.

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Dune: The Waters of Kanly #2

Jun 8, 2022

At best, The Waters of Kanly #2 offers the briefest glimpse at how Arrakis suffers under Beast Rabban's rule. That's hardly enough to make the issue a worthwhile read.

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Elfquest: Stargazer's Hunt #1

Nov 13, 2019

ElfQuest: Stargazer's Hunt is going to sink its hooks deep into ElfQuest fans in the best possible ways.

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Elfquest: Stargazer's Hunt #2

Jan 8, 2020

Stargazer's Hunt #2 digs into the big reveal from the first issue, but doesn't come out with much clarity.

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Elfquest: Stargazer's Hunt #3

Mar 11, 2020

The real adventure of Stargazer's Hunt begins in the third issue of the ElfQuest miniseries.

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Elfquest: Stargazer's Hunt #4

Oct 14, 2020

Sonny Strait continues to be a suitable successor to Wendy Pini on the series, and Wendy and Richard Pini still know how to give their fans more of what they love.

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Extermination (2018) #1

Aug 15, 2018

Based on the first issue, Extermination is an epic X-Men event years in the making.

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Extermination (2018) #2

Aug 29, 2018

For the most part, Extermination comes very close to X-Men event perfection.

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Extermination (2018) #3

Sep 26, 2018

Extermination gets another strong chapter that isn't quite as jaw-dropping as its first, but avoids the pacing pitfalls of its second.

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Extermination (2018) #4

Oct 31, 2018

It may not be Extermination's strongest chapter, but it ends on a note that is sure to have X-Men fans talking until the final issue arrives.

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Extermination (2018): X-Men #1

Dec 5, 2018

X-Men: The Extermined features two separate stories. The first is a direct follow-up to the death of Cable in Extermination. Written by Lonnie Nadler and Zac Thompson, the story focuses on Hope Summers and Jean Grey and feels like both an epilogue to Extermination and a coda to the writers' recent run on the Cable ongoing series.

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Extreme Carnage (2021): Scream #1

Jul 14, 2021

The most noteworthy thing about Extreme Carnage: Scream is how bluntly it shows Marvel symbiote events' dull, repetitive nature.

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Faithless #1

Apr 10, 2019

Azarrelo is unfurling this mystery slowly, and much of the dialogue is oddly affected, but Llovett's artwork is stunning throughout.

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Fearless (2019) #1

Jul 24, 2019

Fearless #1 is an excellent package that shows off some of Marvel's best established and up-and-coming talents. Anyone looking for the future of comics should look here.

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Fearless (2019) #2

Aug 21, 2019

Fearless #2 isn't quite the perfect anthology that the first issue was, but it's a solid showcase of Marvel's female talent and characters.

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Fearless (2019) #3

Sep 25, 2019

Alyss Wong and Alti Firmansyah close it out with a short, light-hearted Wolverine and Jubillee story. Fearless remains an excellent showcase for Marvel's female talent and characters.

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Fearless (2019) #4

Oct 23, 2019

This entire series has been a worthy showcase for the women of Marvel.

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Firefly (2018) #1

Nov 14, 2018

Excellent craft and a compelling story come together to create a comic book that Browncoats are likely to be very, very pleased with.

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Firefly (2018) #2

Dec 19, 2018

Like most episodes of Firefly, all of this ends up putting a lot of pressure on the relationships between the members of that crew, which inevitably leads to more than one of them doing something noble but stupid that may only make the situation worse. In other words, it's exactly the kind of story Firefly fans crave.

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Firefly (2018) #3

Jan 16, 2019

It seems influenced by classic sci-fi and western comics which, considering Firefly's premise, makes a lot of sense. And it feels less like a comic book doing its best to imitate the television series or the film and more like Firefly re-imagined as story native to the comic book form.

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Firefly (2018) #4

Feb 27, 2019

Since this comic takes place before the events of Serenity, we know that the crew is going to make it out OK, but it is to the creative team's credit that finding out how -- which remains unclear at this point -- still feels like something to look forward to.

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Firefly (2018) #5

Apr 24, 2019

Five issues in and Firefly is still like comfort food for fans missing the show.

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Firefly (2018) #6

May 15, 2019

This issue of Firefly opens with a bar fight that doesn't quite land its punches as well as it should.

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Firefly (2018) #7

Jun 19, 2019

As usual, Dan McDaid draws pulpy action with as much skill as he does expressive characters. He also offers one of the most beautiful renditions of Serenity fans have ever seen, with the help of Marcelo Costa's colors.

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Firefly (2018) #8

Jul 17, 2019

Watching the relationship between Mal and Boss Moon blossom into a friendship has been delightful, and Pak again gives the less violent members of the crew"Inara, Book, Wash"ample time to shine. This series is a delight for Firefly fans.

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Firefly (2018) #9

Sep 18, 2019

This story is getting a bit long in the tooth and its time to find its resolution, but that's not to say it hasn't been fun a ride getting there.

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Firefly (2018) #10

Oct 16, 2019

It feels a bit like Greg Pak is playing a game of "yes, and" with himself that has gotten out of hand, as each new issue of Firefly adds more chaotic elements to the mix.

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Firefly (2018) #11

Nov 20, 2019

It may not be the most cohesive and concise tale, but it's still fun and man can Dan McDaid draw sci-fi goodness.

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Firefly (2018) #12

Dec 18, 2019

Now that it's all told, "The Unification War" is a wild ride that gives Firefly fans a dose of the familiar and double dose of the unexpected.

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Firefly (2018) #13

Jan 22, 2020

Mal's motivations here seem slightly out of character as his whole mission has always been to keep Serenity flying, not to set done for good, but conflict is interesting enough to roll with that indiscretion for now.

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Firefly (2018) #14

Feb 19, 2020

Though the storytelling is muddy in places, the style is strong, and Firefly fans will find plenty to enjoy here.

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Firefly (2018) #15

Mar 18, 2020

There's some awkward letting placement in the issue as well, but otherwise, it's another solid issue.

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Firefly (2018) #17

Jul 8, 2020

It's not reinventing the wheel, but it gets the job done.

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Firefly (2018) #18

Jul 29, 2020

With the arrival of someone calling themselves "The Bandit King," this arc may be falling into the same problem as the previous arc, with too much going on to keep the focus where it needs to be. Still, for now, it remains a decent way to spend time with the Serenity crew.

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Firefly (2018) #19

Aug 19, 2020

The issue builds up to twist that's telegraphed well in advance, and there's the creeping sense that this storyline"built on a quality premise"may be past its prime.

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Firefly (2018) #20

Sep 16, 2020

Francesco Segala shows some real versatility as a colorist, switching between the Boros desert's earthiness to jungle vistas and lush plains, even if his lighting effects occasionally wash out characters in an odd way.

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Firefly (2018) #21

Oct 21, 2020

It is a little strange having RoboCops running around the Firefly universe, especially those with Mal's face. Still, it's exciting to see that Pak is taking the crew into some complicated and relevant territory.

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Firefly (2018) #22

Nov 18, 2020

Both Lalit Kumar Sharma and Danil Bayliss turn in solid line work, though the former's sudden switch to the latter is jarring. A stellar issue all around.

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Firefly (2018) #23

Dec 9, 2020

As with the last issue, they both do decent work, but their different styles make for a jarring transition, especially when there's no apparent logic as to who draws which pages. Despite that, Firefly fans are likely to have a smile on their faces after putting this issue down.

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Firefly (2018) #24

Dec 16, 2020

For the most part, the issue hangs together on the strength of Pak's dialogue and enjoyable, if not coherent, artwork.

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Firefly (2018) #25

Jan 27, 2021

Firefly #25 from Greg Pak and Pius Bak is a sudden and drastic departure from what the series has been up until now.

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Firefly (2018) #26

Feb 24, 2021

While the resolution of the previous issue's cliffhanger doesn't live up to the hype, it'll still further invest fans in this new future for the Serenity crew.

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Firefly (2018) #27

Mar 31, 2021

The issue provides mostly smooth storytelling and proves a fascinating chapter for Firefly as this new age continues to take shape.

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Firefly (2018) #29

May 26, 2021

All in all, it's a solid enough entry in the continuing comic book misadventures of the Serenity and its crew members.

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Firefly (2018) #30

Jun 23, 2021

The artwork veers too far into the cartoonish, at times feeling empty and flat, to convey the weight of the situation. It's serviceable and gets some bonus points for trying to imbue the comic with more worthy thematic underpinnings than its source material.

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Firefly (2018) #31

Jul 28, 2021

The pieces don't come together for this issue of Firefly.

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Firefly (2018) #32

Aug 25, 2021

It's a solid little character piece made all the more poignant by Lindsay's inviting art.

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Firefly (2018) #33

Oct 27, 2021

There are the bones of a good story here, and Pak's characterizations are always spot on, but it's all a bit too muddled to appreciate fully.

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Firefly (2018) #34

Dec 1, 2021

The Firefly series is way out of the franchise's comfort zone at this point, but this installment makes for solid reading.

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Firefly (2018) #35

Dec 29, 2021

Firefly #35 is the picturesque quiet before the storm.

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Firefly (2018) #36

Jan 26, 2022

It's not the conclusion most would expect, but little about Pak's run has been, and this finale radiates that he's entirely at peace with that.

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Firefly (2018): Bad Company #1

Mar 20, 2019

There's a nice bit of connectivity hidden here that will reward those who have been reading Boom's ongoing Firefly series. Otherwise, it's frustrating to see a good idea fall to confounding and disappointing execution.

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Firefly (2018): River Run #1

Sep 29, 2021

River Run doesn't live up to its full potential. Still, for a story that probably never needed telling, it proves a much more enjoyable read than most such interstitial franchise tie-ins.

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Firefly (2018): Holiday Special #1

Dec 15, 2021

It's a decent read for Firefly fans, especially those with a soft spot for Jayne, but it has little else to offer.

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Firefly: Blue Sun Rising (2020) #0

Oct 2, 2020

This issue's story is somewhat muted, with the problem child robot partner introduced and dispensed of without any real rise in tension. But the narrative raises some interesting questions about where Firefly is going, sets the stage for exciting things to come, and looks good while doing it.

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Firefly: Blue Sun Rising (2020) #1

Dec 23, 2020

The issue wraps up this era of Firefly nicely and in a way that will have longtime fans eager to see what comes next.

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Firefly: Brand New 'Verse #1

Mar 24, 2021

There's potential here in setting a new stage for adventures in the Firefly universe, but the creatives will need to execute better than this for it to pay off.

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Firefly: Brand New 'Verse #2

Apr 21, 2021

This story is simply an infuriating and baffling read.

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Firefly: Brand New 'Verse #3

May 12, 2021

It isn't a perfect issue, as Simon explicitly stating that his family's safety is paramount and then ignoring Zoe's warning boggles the mind, and Lucia Di Giammarino's colors are still too washed out. However, it's a step in the right direction.

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Firefly: Brand New 'Verse #4

Jun 16, 2021

Coupled with Luci Di Giammarino's pale colors, the visuals sap the energy out of what should be a thrilling escape.

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Firefly: Brand New 'Verse #5

Jul 21, 2021

It's a mostly fine issue for those invested in the series.

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Firefly: Brand New 'Verse #6

Aug 18, 2021

Brand New 'Verse's peak into the future of the Firefly universe ends quietly. With most of the character conflicts resolved in the previous issue, the finale is a pretty by-the-book escape with the aid of a conveniently place Inara and River's telekinetic friend.

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Future State (2021): Superman/Wonder Woman #1

Jan 13, 2021

There are some fun ideas here and simmering tension between Superman and Wonder Woman. Still, it is disappointingly conservative for part of an event meant to be looking forward.

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Future State (2021): Superman/Wonder Woman #2

Feb 10, 2021

Dan Watters' narration has the tone of a storyteller recalling a myth to children gathered around a fire, giving the tale an epic quality. Leila del Duca's artwork is up the task, depicting the heroes taking on Herculean challenges with a statuesque style befitting the gods.

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Generation X (2017) #87

Feb 21, 2018

It's disappointing that this series was cut so short, but at least it's going out in style.

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Go Go Power Rangers #27

Jan 15, 2020

Go Go Power Rangers maintains that powerful alchemy of melodrama, giant robot fights, and action that makes Power Rangers what it is.

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God of Tremors #1

Aug 18, 2021

Peter Milligan and Piotr Kowalski do their best gothic horror impersonation in God of Tremors from AfterShock Comix. As an exercise in genre, it's largely successful.

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God of War (2018): Fallen God #1

Mar 10, 2021

Perhaps the series will pick up as we get closer to uncovering how Kratos go to where he was at the beginning of the 2018 series relaunch, but this opening salvo is an uninspired bore.

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God of War (2018): Fallen God #2

Apr 7, 2021

After two issues of hollow navel-gazing and half an issue of working up to it, perhaps the next issue will eventually see this God of War series living up to its namesake.

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God of War (2018): Fallen God #3

May 5, 2021

We've reached the penultimate chapter of this miniseries, and the story has yet to justify its existence or the time spent reading it in any way.

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Hardcore (2018) #1

Dec 19, 2018

Basically, if you're a fan of action movies that take clever sci-fi concepts and do basically nothing with them concoct increasingly ridiculous action pieces, then Hardcore might be your jam. Otherwise, not so much.

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Hardcore (2018) #2

Jan 23, 2019

If you enjoy big dumb action movies, you should probably go watch one of them instead.

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Head Lopper #10

Dec 12, 2018

Head Lopper continues the Knights of Venoria story and, as fans have probably come to expect, it's a fun fantasy ride.

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Head Lopper #11

Mar 13, 2019

If knights fighting wizards and goblin hordes that worship toad gods sounds like your jam, Head Lopper will not leave you disappointed.

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High Level #1

Feb 20, 2019

High Level #1 is an introductory issue at its core, but it's introducing readers to a world that is worth investigating. The themes here are rich, reflecting the tension inherent in consumerist society.

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High Level #2

Mar 20, 2019

High Level is an engrossing sci-fi thrill ride that somehow still feels likes its only getting started.

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High Level #3

Apr 17, 2019

Three issues in and so far High Level is a consistently strong road trip through a wild sci-fi wasteland.

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High Level #4

May 15, 2019

The search for Minnow resolves quicker than expected, but succeeds at building the bond between her and Thirteen.

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High Level #6

Sep 18, 2019

This once strong series feels like it's coming apart at the seams.

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Hit-Girl (2018) #10

Nov 14, 2018

Fans probably aren't going to the Kick-Ass universe for subtlety or depth, and they won't find any here.

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Hit-Girl (2018) #11

Dec 12, 2018

It is all feels a bit rote at this point. At least Rafael Albuquerque looks good, even if it isn't pushing any boundaries.

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Hit-Girl (2018) #12

Jan 9, 2019

What this particular issue has going for it is some nice Rafael Albuquerque artwork, so at least there's that.

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House of Whispers (2018) #7

Mar 13, 2019

Things are happening, but it isn't clear why we should care. Still, changing up the format a bit makes this the best issue of the series so far.

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House of Whispers (2018) #8

Apr 10, 2019

Nalo Hopkinson and Dan Watters are turning the disjointed narrative that House of Whispers began with and turning it into a cohesive narrative, though there's still some work left to do.

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House of Whispers (2018) #9

May 8, 2019

Another frustrating, middling installment of the series.

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House of Whispers (2018) #10

Jun 12, 2019

House of Whispers continues to improve from month to month, but still doesn't quite soar.

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House of Whispers (2018) #11

Jul 10, 2019

Of all the Sandman Universe series, House of Whispers has been the hardest to latch onto, but the series continues to improve as we get to know these characters more and the story gains greater focus.

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House of Whispers (2018) #12

Aug 14, 2019

There's an exciting development at the end of this issue, but the journey there is too often muddled and confused.

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House of Whispers (2018) #13

Sep 11, 2019

House of Whispers #13 is the best issue yet of the Sandman Universe series.

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House of Whispers (2018) #14

Oct 9, 2019

This is the best issue of House of Whispers yet.

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House of Whispers (2018) #15

Nov 13, 2019

Besides a distracting, out of place cameo from John Constantine, this is the strongest issue yet of a series that keeps getting better and better.

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House of Whispers (2018) #16

Dec 11, 2019

Not a standout issue, but not one that will turn longtime readers off either.

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House of Whispers (2018) #17

Jan 8, 2020

House of Whispers has been an uneven series, but this is one of its stronger issues.

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House of Whispers (2018) #18

Feb 12, 2020

Each part of the story enhances the other, creating a powerful whole.

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House of Whispers (2018) #19

Mar 11, 2020

It's not bad, but it also doesn't feel like it is fulfilling its full potential.

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House of Whispers (2018) #20

May 6, 2020

It's a story that needs more room to breathe, but there's something to be said for a single comic packing in this much thematic strength into a single issue.

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House of Whispers (2018) #22

Jul 8, 2020

The multiple story threads of House of Whispers finally come together in series' final issue, but they don't form a memorable harmony.

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House of X #1

Jul 24, 2019

The era of X-Men has arrived. It's fascinating, it's well-drawn and well-colored, it has great character moments, and it has direction. But it is not the X-Men as you've ever seen them before.

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House of X #2

Aug 7, 2019

Jonathan Hickman and company continue to stun with their reinvention of the X-Men. House of X #2 hits pauses on the story of Krakoa begun in the previous issue and builds tangentially from a major moment in Powers of X #2.

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House of X #3

Aug 28, 2019

House of X #3 is the series' most traditional superhero narrative yet.

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House of X #4

Sep 4, 2019

On a plot level, we're still asking the same questions we were after reading last week's issue, but this issue proves some moments are worth lingering on.

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House of X #5

Sep 18, 2019

This one is going to have people talking, and deservedly so.

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House of X #6

Oct 2, 2019

Anyone expecting Hickman to pull the rug out from under readers by the end will be disappointed (though there's still next week's Powers of X), and that makes the series as a whole that much more powerful.

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Hunt For Wolverine #1

Apr 25, 2018

If you're in it for the craft, then the work that was done on "Secrets and Lives" may be worth the inflated cost that comes from being bundled with "Hunter's Pryde." Maybe.

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Ice Man (2018) #1

Sep 12, 2018

Even with these minor possible flaws in mind, Iceman #1 is a stellar return.

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Ice Man (2018) #2

Oct 10, 2018

It will prove satisfying to some hardcore X-Men fans, but lacks much of the energy and excitement that infused the first issue.

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Ice Man (2018) #3

Nov 7, 2018

This five-issue Iceman revival is only three issues in and already it seems to be spreading itself pretty thin.

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Ice Man (2018) #4

Dec 19, 2018

Iceman was supposed to be one of Marvel's canceled-too-soon, returned from the dead fan-favorite series, but at this point it seems like maybe it really has run its course.

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Ice Man (2018) #5

Jan 9, 2019

Iceman comes to a close -- again -- ending a less-than entirely successful revival.

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Immortal Hulk #14

Mar 6, 2019

There's a moment that, taken in a vacuum, feels like a cheap attempt to shock the reader, but it is clear before the issue ends that there's more going on. Plus, Ewing has been doing this, and doing it well, long enough to earn the benefit of the doubt.

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Immortal Hulk #15

Mar 20, 2019

Immortal Hulk #15 is a wonderful blend of big, philosophical ponderings and superhero violence.

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Immortal Hulk #16

Apr 3, 2019

The world continues to grow darker around Bruce Banner, and this issue's final page hints that his mind may be more fractured than anyone thought.

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Immortal X-Men (2022) #1

Mar 30, 2022

Gillen, Werneck, and Curiel have successfully managed to find an inventive, exciting, and surprising new angle on what's already the freshest take on the X-Men in decades, and this finely crafted debut issue will quickly have readers hooked.

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Immortal X-Men (2022) #2

May 18, 2022

Kieron Gillen is playing all of the hits in these opening issues of Immortal X-Men, but he's playing them well.

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Immortal X-Men (2022) #3

Jun 22, 2022

While the layouts do an admirable job of giving the story the gravity appropriate to the writing of a new mutant testament, it's a shame that the visages alternate between lifelessness and overly-exaggerated, and the colors fall somewhat flat. These shortcomings may fail to elevate the issue to greatness, but neither do they too-greatly impede an otherwise enthralling read.

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Inferno (2021) #1

Sep 29, 2021

Inferno #1 looks to be a powerful ending to Hickman's time working on the X-Men line, bringing forth all the same attributes that set readers abuzz during his debut. It provides the sense he's leaving nothing on the table.

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Inferno (2021) #2

Oct 27, 2021

It's still a stellar comic, but one that will likely frustrate readers with what could have been.

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Inferno (2021) #3

Dec 8, 2021

Hickman and company manage to create a palpable sense of tension in every segment of this issue as they rewrite the past, present, and future of Marvel's mutants. It's an impressive feat to behold.

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Inferno (2021) #4

Jan 5, 2022

It's a fascinating and compelling way to end this era, even if it can't quite match the brilliance of how it all began.

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Infinity Wars (2018) #1

Aug 1, 2018

Gerry Duggan, Mike Deodato, and Frank Martin have delivered a brilliant opening salvo for a series that seems to be truly aiming for the stars. The issue is engrossing and leaves readers wanting more. With Infinity Wars #1, the next true Marvel epic has arrived.

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Invisible Kingdom #1

Mar 20, 2019

Anyone craving a thoughtful sci-fi that doesn't skimp on excitement or visual flair needs to check out Invisible Kingdom.

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Invisible Kingdom #2

Apr 24, 2019

It still feels a bit like we're waiting for liftoff when it comes to the plot, with G. Willow Wilson taking her time to thread these two narratives into one, and that's fine as long as the payoff is worth the wait.

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Invisible Kingdom #3

May 22, 2019

Invisible Kingdom draws its two leads together and picks up a sense of urgency along the way.

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Invisible Kingdom #4

Jun 19, 2019

Invisible Kingdom #4 is the best issue of the series so far.

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Invisible Kingdom #5

Jul 24, 2019

This is the first step on what feels destined to be a rewarding interstellar journey.

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Invisible Kingdom #6

Oct 30, 2019

If you're looking for character-focused sci-fi in a space, Invisible Kingdom remains a solid choice.

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Invisible Kingdom #7

Nov 27, 2019

Invisible Kingdom is a character-focused space opera that's stellar but that still has room to grow. -

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Invisible Kingdom #8

Dec 18, 2019

Christian Ward's art is still beautiful, but looking rushed in place in this issue. There's a whole conversation where one character's face is a featureless, yellow slate. But with a statement of intent made, it'll be interesting to see where the creative team takes it through the rest of the arc.

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Invisible Kingdom #9

Jan 29, 2020

This is one of Invisible Kingdom's strongest issues yet.

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Invisible Kingdom #10

Feb 26, 2020

Invisible Kingdom has always been a strong sci-fi offering, but it's now ascended to a new level as a beautiful, poignant saga.

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Invisible Woman (2019) #1

Jul 10, 2019

A solo adventure crafted with reasonable competency like this one could be enough of a draw. For those less invested, the appeal is hard to see.

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Invisible Woman (2019) #2

Aug 7, 2019

Somehow, after more than a year of consistent excellence, Immortal Hulk continues to remind readers why it's the strongest superhero series around.

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Invisible Woman (2019) #3

Sep 11, 2019

The storytelling is solid, characterization on point, and it looks good, there just isn't much going on beneath the surface, at least not in this issue. But if you're a fan of the Fantastic Four or Invisible Woman in particular, this issue will deliver.

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Invisible Woman (2019) #4

Oct 30, 2019

It's not bad, but it's not going to stick with you for long after reading.

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Invisible Woman (2019) #5

Nov 27, 2019

If nothing else, this miniseries serves as a strong argument for Invisible Woman being capable of carrying a solo ongoing.

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Kaijumax: Season 5 #1

Oct 23, 2019

As a newbie, Kaijumax: Season Five is unlike anything else in serialized comics, a potent blend of the reality filtered through the absurd. Even five seasons in, Kaijumax reads like a giant-monster kick to the gut.

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Kaijumax: Season 5 #2

Feb 5, 2020

As finely crafted a comic as is being published today.

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Kaijumax: Season 5 #3

Jun 17, 2020

Zander Cannon's remains the perfect alchemy of post-modern playing with genre tropes and societal critique.

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Kaijumax: Season 5 #4

Aug 26, 2020

Zander Cannon never ceases to amaze with his ability to blend the fantastic elements of kaiju with the harsh realities of prison culture and legal systems.

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Kaijumax: Season 5 #5

Nov 12, 2020

There's exquisite alchemy at work in Kajiumax, and it shows no signs of wearing off.

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Kaijumax: Season 6 #1

Apr 28, 2021

Kaijumax looks to continue its tenure as one of the best series published in comics today.

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Kaijumax: Season 6 #2

Jun 30, 2021

Kaijumax continues to be an incredible accomplishment in consistent, quality storytelling.

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Kaijumax: Season 6 #3

Sep 1, 2021

It's another dose of Kaijumax's heady blend of colorful genre tropes and understated emotion that fans gave up trying to quit long ago.

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Kaijumax: Season 6 #4

Oct 27, 2021

It's incredibly affecting, and Cannon's stellar character designs, clean linework, and vibrant colors ensure the emotional storytelling never feels maudlin or manipulative. It's another brilliant issue of a brilliant comic book.

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Kaijumax: Season 6 #6

Apr 20, 2022

Zander Cannon's Kaijumax finally comes to its end with Kaijumax: Season Six #6, andlike its charactersthe issue manages to find a balance between hope and despair.

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Kick-Ass (2018) #10

Dec 5, 2018

A solid-enough middle chapter of the ongoing storyline.

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Kick-Ass (2018) #11

Jan 9, 2019

It's all fairly forgettable material.

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Knock Em Dead #1

Dec 2, 2020

Knock Em Dead #1 is a stellar character piece. Here's hoping the additional supernatural element in future issues proves additive rather than a distraction.

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Knock Em Dead #2

Jan 7, 2021

Knock 'Em Dead is shaping up to a satisfying slice of horror-drama.

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Knock Em Dead #3

Feb 10, 2021

The way the series expresses the act of performing standup visually is still interesting, but this issue may have derailed the entire plot.

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Knock Em Dead #4

Mar 10, 2021

It's a tricky beat to land in the confines of a monthly comic, and while the execution is flawed, the ambition, at least, is admirable.

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Knock Em Dead #5

Apr 21, 2021

As with the rest of the series, the issue has stellar visuals, but it's all wrapped around a confused and muddled half-story.

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Legion of X (2022) #2

Jun 8, 2022

Legion of X proves an exciting and thoughtful comic book that indulges its philosophical side while still providing sharp dialog and characterizations and an almost slapstick sense of humor and action. In other words, it's the good stuff.

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Locke & Key/Sandman: Hell & Gone #1

Apr 14, 2021

While it's apparent that Hill and Rodriguez are having fun with Neil Gaiman, Sam Keith, and Mike Dringenberg's creations, it's unclear if it amounts to anything more than fan service.

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Locke & Key/Sandman: Hell & Gone #2

Sep 29, 2021

This issue makes Hell & Gone a poignant end to the tale of Chamberlin Locke's family. It doubles as a wonderfully enjoyable addition for Sandman completists to enjoy, or a first taste of what's ahead for those Locke & Key fans discovering that universe for the first time.

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Looney Tunes #243

May 23, 2018

If this is your thing, you probably already know that it is. If it's not, then there's little reason to change that unless you're a very curious Westworld fan.

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Looney Tunes #244

Jul 25, 2018

If you're not already interested, I can't say I recommend it -- I'd just as soon go watch the cartoons these are inspired by -- but I also can't really fault it for being what it is.

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Looney Tunes #245

Sep 26, 2018

Looney Tunes #245 is another example of a comic taking typical Looney Tunes characters and humor and depriving them of the inherent energy of animation to create a kind of carbon copy homunculus of a cartoon in comic book form.

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Looney Tunes #246

Nov 28, 2018

The rest of the issue is your pretty standard fare for Looney Tunes, which means pretty forgettable attempts at recreating the charm and energy of the cartoon.

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Looney Tunes #247

Jan 30, 2019

None of it transcends its source material, but if Looney Tunes is what you want, then Looney Tunes is what you'll get.

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Lucifer (2018) #1

Oct 17, 2018

Lucifer is ripe with depth and mystery that is poised to unfurl in captivating and compelling fashion.

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Magic (2021) #1

Apr 7, 2021

There's potential here, but the creative team will need to cut through the chaos to find it.

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Magic (2021) #2

May 11, 2021

Guara's artwork still somehow feels both incredibly busy and somewhat empty at the same time, pairing over-emphasized figures in the foreground with often blank backgrounds. Still, if you're going to do mystery in Magic, Ravnica is the place for it, and you can sense the fun McKay is having while weaving these threads.

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Magic (2021) #3

Jun 9, 2021

Magic: The Gathering #3 sees writer Jed McKay slowing the pace to spend some time fleshing out the Planeswalkers' backstories. Unfortunately, it's an exercise in telling instead of showing.

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Magic (2021) #4

Jul 7, 2021

The issue touches on worthwhile themes as the conspiracy could pit the Guilds against the guildless, an almost literal representation of the haves and the have-nots, but that's not enough to excuse such poor pacing and dull means of revelation.

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Magic (2021) #5

Aug 4, 2021

It's the kind of fan service you often expect from these licensed books, nothing more and nothing less.

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Magic (2021) #6

Sep 1, 2021

Magic: The Gathering #6 is almost entirely a backstory info dump solving the series' great mystery and setting up the story's next act, but it's least it has some depth to it.

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Magic (2021) #7

Oct 6, 2021

As a climax to this story's first act"with much more teased by the ending"Magic: The Gathering #7 fails to deliver.

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Magic (2021) #8

Nov 10, 2021

The issue has the tone of a middle chapter of a long-running superhero series, restrained in action but allowing for the relationships between the heroic Planeswalkers of Ravnica to shine through and further solidify.

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Magic (2021) #9

Dec 8, 2021

It's a fine enough issue if you're already deeply invested in the series' story and promises a big climax in the next.

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Magic (2021) #10

Jan 5, 2022

As the climactic chapter in this Marit Lage saga, Magic: The Gathering #10 suffers somewhat from too much going and yet not enough at the same time.

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Magic (2021) #11

Feb 9, 2022

While uneven, the issue assembles an exciting cast of characters for further adventures. Plus, it's full of action that's exciting enough moment to moment to overlook the thin plot.

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Magic (2021) #12

Mar 2, 2022

It's not the most exciting issue but does the job and points towards more exciting things to come.

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Magic (2021) #13

Apr 6, 2022

While the issue doesn't do much to advance the plot, it does offer insight into these new, emerging character dynamics.

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Magic (2021) #14

May 4, 2022

It's a self-contained issue that doesn't contain much action or events until the end, but it's hard to complain about a solid, standalone-ish, character-focused episode.

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Magic (2021) #15

Jun 1, 2022

It's a dull read that entirely focuses on the make-believe mechanics that make the plot function and little else.

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Magic (2021): Master of Metal #1

Dec 1, 2021

It's a stellar character piece that should serve those already invested in Boom's series and those looking for a jumping-on point equally well.

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Magic: The Hidden Planeswalker (2022) #1

Apr 20, 2022

While some of the lettering choices stand out poorlythe book would need a much more comedic tone for "CHOMP, BITE" to appropriately represent the sound a monstrous grub makes attempting to eat someoneThe Hidden Planeswalker #1 is a stellar start nonetheless.

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Magic: The Hidden Planeswalker (2022) #2

May 25, 2022

For an issue primarily comprised of people doing research in a school library, Magic: The Hidden Planeswalker #2 is an engaging read. That's largely thanks to the delicate line work and iridescent colors

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Magic: The Hidden Planeswalker (2022) #3

Jun 22, 2022

Magic: The Hidden Planeswalker has been stellar enough until now, but this issue feels like it tried to make a hairpin turn now that its secret character has been revealed and ended up skidding out. Hopefully, it can course correct in the next issue.

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Marvel 2099 (2019): Fantastic Four #1

Nov 20, 2019

It's a thin tale that leans too heavily on a twist that will leave readers annoyed more than enamored.

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Marvel Rising (2019) #1

Mar 27, 2019

Unfortunately, the simplified release program may be the most memorable thing about Marvel Rising #1 as the content of the issue uses an odd setup to present some of Marvel's most exciting new heroes at their most generic.

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Marvel Rising (2019) #2

Apr 24, 2019

The second issue of Marvel Rising finds more sturdy storytelling ground to stand on.

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Marvel Rising (2019) #3

May 29, 2019

It's a simple story, but the characters seem to be having fun.

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Marvel Rising (2019) #5

Jul 24, 2019

. The scaffolding of all of this is by-the-books superhero fare, but the emotional core is there and shines bright enough to make it a worthwhile read.

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Marvel Two-In-One (2017) #12

Nov 28, 2018

Marvel Two-in-One comes to a satisfying conclusion, wrapping up all loose ends before bowing out so that the relaunched Fantastic Four comic can pick up the torch.

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Merry X-Men Holiday Special #1

Dec 5, 2018

This is one that X-Men fans will enjoy and that can probably be revisited in future holiday seasons as well.

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Mr. and Mrs. X #1

Jul 25, 2018

With Thompson's delightful dialogue and characterizations, Bazaldua's balance of the intimate and the exciting, and D'Armata's tone-setting, Mr. and Mrs. X seems set to deliver equal parts overdue emotional payoff and endearing adventure.

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Mr. and Mrs. X #2

Aug 22, 2018

In Mr. and Mrs. X #2, Kelly Thompson and Oscar Bazaldua continue to infuse Rogue and Gambit's cosmic honeymoon with the energy and amusement of a wildy caper.

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Mr. and Mrs. X #3

Sep 19, 2018

Mr. and Mrs. X remains one of the top books of the X-Men line.

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Mr. and Mrs. X #4

Oct 17, 2018

The high adventure continues in this issue, with Oscar Bazaldua delivering some great action shots and sequences of Gambit showing off his escape skills while in a Shi'ar prison.

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Mr. and Mrs. X #5

Nov 21, 2018

Mr. and Mrs. X slows down in its fifth issue, taking a break from the rollicking space adventure to focus in on the relationship at the core of the series, that between newlyweds Rogue and Gambit.

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Mr. and Mrs. X #6

Dec 12, 2018

Mr. and Mrs. X is easily one of the best X-Men books of 2018.

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Mr. and Mrs. X #7

Jan 2, 2019

Mr. and Mrs. X continues to be a delightful read.

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Mr. and Mrs. X #8

Feb 13, 2019

It all adds up to an issue that's a bit flat compared to other installments of the series, but considering how good the series has been so far, that's still not bad at all.

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Mr. and Mrs. X #9

Mar 27, 2019

This issue feels a bit like doing the hard work necessary to set up the good times to come.

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Mr. and Mrs. X #10

Apr 24, 2019

It's not bad, but it's not as tight as some of the earlier issues.

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Mr. and Mrs. X #11

May 22, 2019

As Mr. and Mrs. X draws closer to its end, we get a fun, action-packed issue that begins by focusing on Gambit before putting the marriage between Remy and Rogue more in focus.

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Multiple Man (2018) #1

Jun 27, 2018

By the time readers are done with Multiple Man #1, they may not be entirely sure what just happened or where they're headed, but they'll almost certainly have enjoyed the ride and be looking forward to more.

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Multiple Man (2018) #2

Jul 25, 2018

A solid second act, but something of a jog after the first issue sprint.

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Multiple Man (2018) #3

Aug 15, 2018

This issue may be a touch overly indulgent, but it's still a fun read.

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Multiple Man (2018) #4

Sep 19, 2018

This penultimate issue of Mutliple Man will not leave fans disappointed, but rather have them primed for more.

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Multiple Man (2018) #5

Oct 31, 2018

While it isn't quite the return to form for Madrox that some may have been hoping for, this series is a worthwhile read for any fan of the character.

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Nebula (2020) #1

Feb 12, 2020

Vita Ayala and Claire Roe team up for a new Nebula series, but the first issue feels more like a prologue than a true first chapter.

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New Mutants (2019) #1

Nov 6, 2019

It's exciting to think that Hickman and Brisson want to dig into these characters. Moving them away from the rest of the X-Men forces the focus onto their unique roles and personalities. Let's just hope they have something more interesting to say about these characters going forward.

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New Mutants (2019) #2

Nov 27, 2019

An excellent second outing for New Mutants.

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New Mutants (2019) #3

Dec 11, 2019

New Mutants #3 is the first issue of the series without Jonathan Hickman as a cowriter. It's also the first issue to shift focus away from the original New Mutants. The results are a bit clumsy.

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New Mutants (2019) #4

Dec 18, 2019

There's some fun interaction between Sage and Boom Boom, but it isn't enough to carry this frustrating story.

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New Mutants (2019) #5

Jan 8, 2020

A stellar chapter in an excellent cosmic superhero tale.

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New Mutants (2019) #6

Jan 29, 2020

Compared to how engaging and interesting Sunspot's team is in the other New Mutants, Armor's group falls flat, failing to give readers a reason to care about what's going on. And Flaviano's artwork, while beautiful in its own right, still feels ill-suited to this grittier tale.

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New Mutants (2019) #7

Feb 19, 2020

This issue will serve anyone looking for a good-looking, fun, if a bit arch, cosmic adventures.

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New Mutants (2019) #8

Feb 26, 2020

It's a fine issue, but one that you may forget about soon after reading.

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New Mutants (2019) #9

Mar 11, 2020

Ed Brisson writers some fun interactions here as Magik stand her ground when Cyclops gets condescending and the New Mutants insist clinging to their "better to beg forgiveness..." attitude.

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New Mutants (2019) #11

Jul 22, 2020

The issue puts Flaviano's penchant for drawing cartoonish exaggerations and surrealness to good use as the New Mutants get pulled deeper into the Carnelian mutant's nightmare dreamscape.

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New Mutants (2019) #12

Sep 2, 2020

We do get some new insight into Glob Herman's past, which is nice, but on the whole, the issue would have served its subject better by delivering its message through story instead being a sermon in comic book form.

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New Mutants (2019) #13

Oct 14, 2020

"X of Swords" continues to be stellar throughout.

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New Mutants (2019) #14

Dec 16, 2020

This issue is a strong start for Ayala and Reis and a great jumping-on point for anyone enjoying this era of X-Men that isn't already aboard the series.

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New Mutants (2019) #15

Jan 27, 2021

New Mutants #15 is a work of expertly crafted, subtly emotional storytelling.

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New Mutants (2019) #16

Feb 24, 2021

Another all-around stellar issue from the New Mutants team.

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New Mutants (2019) #18

May 26, 2021

The issue has a few odd pages where the artwork and dialogue seem to disagree about what the characters are supposed to be doing, but this a beautiful and emotionally rich story that's some of the best character-centered storytelling to take place in the modern X-Men era.

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New Mutants (2019) #19

Jun 16, 2021

Storytelling like this is has turned New Mutants into one of the most compelling of the current X-books.

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New Mutants (2019) #20

Jul 21, 2021

The issue ends a bit clumsily with an awkward but heartfelt, ad hoc eulogy and an abrupt cliffhanger. Still, otherwise, it's another wonderful installment of what may be the X-line's most underappreciated series.

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New Mutants (2019) #21

Sep 1, 2021

Artist Rod Reis proves more than up to the task, his painterly linework and his colors proving equally suited to the barren moon as to Krakoa's lush wilderness.

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New Mutants (2019) #22

Oct 6, 2021

While character voices in this issue again verge on the unbelievably measured, New Mutants #22 brings the overarching themes of Vita Ayala's run writing the title into focus.

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New Mutants (2019) #23

Dec 1, 2021

Vita Ayala approaches the conflict with nuance as the newer mutants attempt to distinguish the Shadow King and its host, Amahl Farouk.

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New Mutants (2019) #24

Feb 9, 2022

Much of New Mutants #24 focuses on mending lingering wounds, with text pages introducing each character-focused vignette. It's a conversational issue suited to Beyruth's style, which is slightly cartoonish and more akin to a slice-of-life comic than the more pose-focused superhero fare.

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New Mutants (2019) #25

May 18, 2022

With Ayala adding their best Chris Claremont pastiche narration to the mix, it's a total commitment to the concept that few would dare but is pitch-perfect from this team.

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New Mutants (2019) #26

Jun 22, 2022

Rod Reis has been a revelation throughout this volume of New Mutants and doesn't miss a step here, while Jan Duursama's flashbacks, recreating the style of the original New Mutants run, remain delightful.

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New Mutants: Dead Souls #1

Mar 14, 2018

There's a lot of potential in the groundwork laid here for what could be a fun and engrossing mutant monster hunt.

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New Mutants: Dead Souls #2

Apr 4, 2018

The second issue of New Mutants: Dead Souls maintains a lot of the potential from the first issue without really building upon it.

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New Mutants: Dead Souls #3

May 9, 2018

All in all, it's the best issue of New Mutant: Dead Souls so far.

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New Mutants: Dead Souls #4

Jun 13, 2018

Rosenberg has really honed in on these characters' voices and Gorham shows a some versatility in his artwork. This series just keeps getting better.

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New Mutants: Dead Souls #5

Jul 11, 2018

New Mutants: Dead Souls is the sleeper hit of the X-Men line.

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New Mutants: Dead Souls #6

Aug 29, 2018

Lack of resolution aside, New Mutants: Dead Souls' end will leave readers hungry for more.

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New Mutants: War Children (2019) #1

Sep 25, 2019

Bill Sienkiewicz drew this comic book. That's all you should need to know, but if you're still wondering then, yes, he still knows how to do that job better than almost anyone else who has ever tried.

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Oblivion Song #9

Nov 14, 2018

As usual, the book looks great, with some unique monster designs. This feels like a point-of-no-return moment for the series, and one that's sure to excite fans.

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Oblivion Song #10

Dec 12, 2018

It's captivating stuff, though some of the action sequences in this issue are a bit hard to follow. Still, the series seems to be building up to quite the climax.

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Oblivion Song #11

Jan 9, 2019

It's a very solid climax to the Oblivion Song story so far.

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Oblivion Song #13

Mar 13, 2019

This issue is a breath of fresh air for a solid sci-fi series.

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Oblivion Song #14

Apr 10, 2019

With the sibling rivalry that was once the backbone of the series now resolved and a time jump allowing the world to grow, Oblivion Song is better than its ever been.

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Outer Darkness #1

Nov 7, 2018

Where the issue fails is in providing a compelling introduction to the characters, who so far feel a one note and flat. In particular, the main protagonist is very angry, but the issue provides only the vaguest hints as to why, making it hard to empathize with his anger. Still, it's a good-looking comic that involves emergency space exorcisms, so it earns some leeway to grow.

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Outer Darkness #2

Dec 12, 2018

There's something interesting about Afu Chan's approach to drawing Outer Darkness.

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Outer Darkness #3

Jan 9, 2019

This is a solid blending of genres, a concept that can be built on. It just needs stronger characters to carry it.

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Outer Darkness #4

Feb 13, 2019

It's still hard to really care about anything that happens to anyone on this ship, and even Elox's character is undermined by the trite conclusion of this issue, but the issue does hint at the potential of this series if it could just find a way to make readers care about anyone in it.

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Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt (2019) #2

Feb 27, 2019

So far, this is a more worthy successor to Watchmen than anything Watchmen's publisher has attempted.

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Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt (2019) #3

Mar 27, 2019

This series is operating on such a high level, taking on ideas like how a fictional universe exerts itself over the characters that crossover into it, that's it's hard to guess where it's headed next, and that is absolutely thrilling for the reader because it has already been an incredible ride.

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Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt (2019) #4

Apr 17, 2019

Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt is a comic book reckoning that's been 30 years coming.

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Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt (2019) #5

May 29, 2019

Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt is a wake-up call for comics readers and creators. Stop worshipping at the altar. Get up off your knees. The future is waiting for you.

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Planet-Size X-Men (2021) #1

Jun 16, 2021

Planet-Size X-Men may primarily be spectacle, but it is an impressive spectacle and one that will leave hungry X-Men readers even more eager to see what comes next.

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Proxima Centauri #1

Jun 13, 2018

Proxima Centauri's visuals are some of the best in comics and they depict a fascinating world, though the wandering narrative may be an acquired taste.

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Proxima Centauri #2

Jul 18, 2018

Proxima Centauri is a masterful work of comic book craft.

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Proxima Centauri #5

Oct 17, 2018

Proxima Centauri continues to be one of the most beautiful comic books being released on a monthly basis, and that more than makes up for its meandering plot.

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Proxima Centauri #6

Nov 14, 2018

Not for those hooked on straightforward stories and consistent fantasy logic, Proxima Centauri is quite a trip for those willing to embark.

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Quicksilver: No Surrender #1

May 16, 2018

It may not have come out of the gate at full-speed, but Quicksilver: No Surrender seems likely to pick up momentum as it goes.

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Rat Queens (2017) #8

Feb 28, 2018

The mystery Kurtis Wiebe has woven around this mysterious and "helpful" mage has its hooks in deep, especially after this issue's stunning final page.

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Rat Queens (2017) #9

May 16, 2018

Not a bad issue, but not the series' best either.

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Rat Queens (2017) #10

Jul 11, 2018

Rat Queens #10 wraps up the current story arc, which feels like it maybe bit off a little more than it could chew.

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Rat Queens (2017) #11

Sep 12, 2018

Rat Queens feels like its in a strange space. The previous story arc was the series' most ambitious so far, but so much happened that's it is almost hard to keep track.

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Rat Queens (2017) #12

Oct 24, 2018

Rat Queens #12 taps into the series' roots for one of its most fun installments since the series relaunched.

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Rat Queens (2017) #13

Dec 19, 2018

This may be "reads better as a trade" material, but it's still another fun Rat Queens adventure so far.

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Rat Queens (2017) #14

Feb 13, 2019

It's an action-heavy and emotionally-charged issue that won't disappoint fans.

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Rat Queens (2017) #15

Mar 13, 2019

The current arc of Rat Queens concludes with some of Owen Gieni's best artwork yet.

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Rat Queens (2017) #16

Jun 19, 2019

All these changes are causing friction, which leads to an angst-ridden episode. The artwork is solid but doesn't fit the usual tone. Its linework and colors are a touch too realistic for the book's over-the-top personalities. Then again, that may be reflective of the issue's atypical mood.

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Rat Queens (2017) #17

Jul 31, 2019

The path might be rocky, but the direction is exciting. A solid issue all around.

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Rat Queens (2017) #18

Sep 11, 2019

It's all a bit messy and lacks the joy that makes the best Rat Queens stories so appealing.

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Rat Queens (2017): Swamp Romp Special #1

Apr 10, 2019

This issue is sure to restore the faith of any Rat Queens fan uncertain about the series' future.

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Rat Queens (2017): Neon Static Special #1

Jul 18, 2018

The result is mostly a lot of fun. Kurtis Wiebe is able to maintain these characters' voices across genre and William Kirkby's use of jagged lines and fluorescent color gradients sells the setting, though there are a least a few panels where it gets a bit simple, to the point that it seems unintentionally comical.

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Refrigerator Full of Heads (2021) #1

Oct 20, 2021

On the upside, Tom Fowler's artwork is always delightful and fits the expected grindhouse stylings. Still, the script is a confusing jumble, and fans of the original series are bound to be disappointed.

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Refrigerator Full of Heads (2021) #2

Nov 17, 2021

Refrigerator is shaping up to be the sillier sequel to a taught horror story"not an unfamiliar scenario"and is less likely to be remembered when finished.

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Refrigerator Full of Heads (2021) #3

Dec 22, 2021

Here's hoping we'll see more of this issue's first half and less of its second half as Refrigerator Full of Heads moves into its back half.

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Refrigerator Full of Heads (2021) #4

Feb 16, 2022

Unfortunately, this sequel continues to fall short of the original's grindhouse greatness.

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Refrigerator Full of Heads (2021) #5

Mar 16, 2022

At this point, Refrigerator Full of Heads feels entirely too indebted to its predecessor and yet misses so much of what made that original Basketful of Heads such great fun.

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Refrigerator Full of Heads (2021) #6

Apr 20, 2022

Refrigerator Full of Heads finds some of that grindhouse goodness in this final issue, but the heart that made Basketful of Heads delightful was excised from this subpar sequel long ago.

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Return of Wolverine #3

Nov 28, 2018

While Declan Shalvey's artwork is good, it feels poorly matched to this series, too tight and controlled to convey Wolverine's savage side or the raw emotion driving most of the action.

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Return of Wolverine #4

Jan 16, 2019

This is a resurrection story that has clearly drug on too long.

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Return of Wolverine #5

Feb 20, 2019

The series offers nothing new to say about Wolverine and no evolution, with Wolverine triumphantly exclaiming that he is the exact same character that he was before this overlong story started. Which leaves readers to wonder why they bothered.

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Rick and Morty #35

Feb 28, 2018

The art is on-model, the story is solidly told, the character voices are accurate, and Oni Press provides another strong issue to hold fans over during the wait between seasons.

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Rick and Morty #36

Mar 28, 2018

This issue tries, but fails to recreate the humor of its source material, playing instead like a watered down gag strip.

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Rick and Morty #39

Jun 27, 2018

It isn't going to replace the Rick and Morty-sized hole inside of a fan, but it may help ease the longing just a bit.

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Rick and Morty #40

Jul 25, 2018

The first story, written by Kyle Starks, is a riff on a Hunger Games scenario. The second, written by Josh Trujillo, starts as a parody of courtroom dramas and becomes something else by the end. Each is fine, garnering at least a few laughs, but no substitute for the source material.

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Rick and Morty #41

Aug 29, 2018

A very solid issue all around which looks to pay dividends next month as well.

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Rick and Morty #42

Sep 26, 2018

In Rick and Morty #42, Kyle Starks and Marc Ellerby bring the "Rick Revenge Squad" story to a close (or do they?) in funny and satisfying fashion.

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Rick and Morty #43

Oct 31, 2018

Rick and Morty #43 is another solid installment of the series to tide fans until the television series returns.

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Rick and Morty #44

Nov 28, 2018

It plays out pretty much exactly as you'd expect, but leaves it all feeling a bit forgettable, though Marc Ellerby does sneak in some great shots of the villain, Worldkiller, and his army.

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Rick and Morty #46

Jan 30, 2019

Another solid if not an especially memorable issue of Rick and Morty.

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Rick and Morty Presents: Pickle Rick #1

Nov 21, 2018

The result feels confused in its purpose and like a shadow of the original rather than an extension.

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Rick and Morty Presents: The Vindicators #1

Mar 7, 2018

The issue looks decent enough, and there are one or two moments that earn the issue's premise, but this one is purely or the Rick and Morty completionist.

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Rick and Morty Presents: Sleepy Gary #1

Sep 19, 2018

Rick and Morty fans are going to love this one.

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Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons #1

Aug 29, 2018

This is shaping up to be a crossover that fans of either property won't want to sleep on.

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Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons #2

Sep 26, 2018

Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons is a perfect synthesis of the best parts of both worlds.

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Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons #3

Dec 5, 2018

It's a surprisingly substantial crossover and a delight for fans of either franchise.

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Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons #4

Jan 30, 2019

Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons and Dragons surpasses expectations, becoming not just a fun crossover but also an excellent adventure, a retrospective on D&D's history, and a treatise on why we game at all.

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Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #0

Jul 18, 2018

Young fans may find it an entertaining diversion, but it's unlikely to be considered memorable.

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Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1

Oct 17, 2018

At the outset, the slapstick humor and goofiness is a stark departure from past TMNT show and IDW's current line of original Turtles comics. That rambunctiousness doesn't go away, but if you can stick with you'll be rewarded with some genuinely funny moments, including an amusing concept for a mutant villain.

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Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2

Nov 14, 2018

Based on the first two issues alone, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles seems intent on becoming the gag-strip version of the Turtles. That's not a bad thing either.

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Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #3

Dec 5, 2018

The series remains a worthy diversion for those looking for a lighthearted take on the Turtles.

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ROM: Dire Wraiths #1

Jan 15, 2020

All-in-all, Rom: Dire Wraiths #1 is a rote and entirely skippable affair.

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ROM: Dire Wraiths #2

Mar 11, 2020

ROM: Dire Wraiths #2 is as much of a boring, poorly-crafted, mess of a comic as its predecessor.

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S.H.I.E.L.D. Vol. 2 #5

May 23, 2018

SHIELD #5 is an exciting penultimate chapter of this long-lost series.

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S.H.I.E.L.D. Vol. 2 #6

Jun 13, 2018

The bigger picture is that Hickman and Weaver have crafted a brilliant Marvel epic that begs to be re-read as much for its depth as to simply steal another glance at Weaver's artwork.

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S.W.O.R.D. (2020) #1

Dec 9, 2020

With Schti and Gracia providing stunning artwork and Ewing plotting the course, S.W.O.R.D. promises to be a cosmic victory for Marvel's X-Men line.

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S.W.O.R.D. (2020) #2

Jan 13, 2021

It lacks the series debut's ambition, but there are enough fun beats here to make it a worthwhile read, and Valerio Schiti and Marte Gracia make it a lush and gorgeous book.

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S.W.O.R.D. (2020) #3

Feb 10, 2021

The issue ends somewhat abruptly as these early S.W.O.R.D. issues seem dedicated to planting seeds more than giving us a full narrative arc of their own. Still, if the sowing is this entertaining and well-crafted, readers should be eager to what Ewing and company reap.

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S.W.O.R.D. (2020) #4

Mar 17, 2021

It's fun, it's gorgeous, and it'll have fans psyched for what comes next.

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S.W.O.R.D. (2020) #5

Apr 21, 2021

This issue does many things, and it does all of them exceptionally well.

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S.W.O.R.D. (2020) #6

Jun 23, 2021

Valerio Schti sweeping, dramatic art couple with Marte Gracia's lush colors make the diplomatic negotiations feel operatic where they could be dull. Add to that a more personal b-plot involving Magneto and S.W.O.R.D. #6 proves to be a weighty and beautifully crafted issue.

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S.W.O.R.D. (2020) #7

Jul 28, 2021

The overall "The Last Annihilation" story is, thus far, pretty simple "bad guy attacks" material at the moment. Still, Ewing, Caselli, and company take what's simple, at least on the surface, and make it worthwhile by executing exceedingly well.

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S.W.O.R.D. (2020) #8

Sep 29, 2021

Ewing, surprisingly, doesn't have much new to add to the template. Coupled with Villanova's clumsy fight scenes and Fernando Sifeuntes' flat colors, the issue doesn't offend, but it does underwhelm.

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S.W.O.R.D. (2020) #9

Oct 27, 2021

It's hardly the most memorable issue of the series, but it is a good time for fans of inventive super-violence.

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S.W.O.R.D. (2020) #10

Nov 17, 2021

S.W.O.R.D. is now neck-deep in cosmic conspiracies, and it should be exciting to see how those wheels within wheels continue to turn.

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S.W.O.R.D. (2020) #11

Dec 22, 2021

S.W.O.R.D. may have dug itself too deeply into the game of intrigue, making it difficult to connect with the plot for all the redirects. Perhaps "Destiny of X" will offer its successor series the opportunity to renew its focus.

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Saga #49

Feb 28, 2018

Saga returns and, as usual, doesn't miss a beat.

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Saga #50

Mar 28, 2018

It isn't particularly eventful, but it is flawless in its execution.

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Saga #51

Apr 25, 2018

As usual, Fiona Staples' art is gorgeous, and this issue quietly sets up what will likely be a much more dramatic next issue.

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Saga #52

May 30, 2018

It is impressive how much tension Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples are able to build even during an issue that is, for the most part, about a relaxing day at play.

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Saga #53

Jun 27, 2018

It's still Saga. It's still very, very good.

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Saga #54

Jul 25, 2018

Read this one and savor it. It may be the last Saga for a while, but it will likely stick with you throughout the series' entire year-long absence.

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Saga #55

Feb 2, 2022

It's wild, adventurous, unbridled, funny, touching, and beautifully crafted. It's Saga. It's back. Enjoy.

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Savage Avengers (2019) #1

May 1, 2019

The results are something like mixing together two different action figure toy lines, but the tone makes it feel like whoever is doing that mixing is a bit too old to be playing this seriously with toys.

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Search For Hu #1

Sep 8, 2021

The colors are a little flat, but otherwise, this is the start of what promises to be an exciting fight comic with unforeseen depth.

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Search For Hu #2

Oct 27, 2021

Search for Hu #2 is a disappointing follow-up to a stellar first issue.

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Search For Hu #3

Dec 1, 2021

Search for Hu is a story stuck in an odd narrative loop of its own making.

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Search For Hu #4

Dec 22, 2021

There's a story worth appreciating at the heart of Search for Hu, but the muddy and ill-paced telling makes it a challenge.

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Search For Hu #5

Jan 19, 2022

Search for Hu began energetic and ambitious, but its end feels tired and unpolished.

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Secret X-Men (2022) #1

Feb 9, 2022

There are some clever moments here, but for an issue that seemed primed for hijinks, it's surprisingly forgettable.

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Sentient (2019) #1

May 6, 2020

Any fan of sci-fi storytelling and well-crafted comics owes it themself to check out this incredible tale.

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Shadowman (2018) #8

Oct 24, 2018

Renato Guedes and Simon Bowland's visuals skew heavily towards realism, which helps with the conspiracy-thriller tone of the book. Whether Andy Diggle and his collaborators can help elevate the plot to something more than it's basic structure remains to be seen.

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Spawn #294

Feb 27, 2019

The current iteration of Spawn feels like a blend of old and new.

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Spawn #295

Mar 27, 2019

Jason Shawn Alexander is still a stellar fit for the series, but here's hoping he gets something more interesting to draw than mangled fingers in the near future.

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Spawn #296

Apr 24, 2019

Jason Shawn Alexander gets to draw a lot of pinup-style pages here and the way he incorporates a bit of McFarlane's style into his renditions of moments from those early Spawn issues is a nice touch.

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Spider-Gwen (2015) #29

Feb 28, 2018

The "Gwenom" arc has brought Spider-Gwen to new levels of emotional intensity, and everything comes to a head in this issue.

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Spider-Gwen (2015) #30

Mar 21, 2018

Jason Latour spends a lot of time on conversations between the two, which should be riveting, but it doesn't feel like much of anything new was learned about either character.

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Spider-Gwen (2015) #31

Apr 25, 2018

Spider-Gwen #31 takes the themes and subtext of the series so far and makes much of it text.

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Spider-Gwen (2015) #32

May 30, 2018

It's a wonderful summation of the entire Spider-Gwen saga so far.

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Spider-Gwen (2015) #33

Jun 20, 2018

There's solid stuff here, its just unfortunate that the execution can't match it.

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Spider-Gwen (2015) #34

Jul 18, 2018

The issue brings a well-earned sense of closure to the saga of the Spider-Woman that fans who have been following the series won't want to miss.

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Spider-Man (2016) #237

Feb 7, 2018

This feels like a skippable episode of an otherwise enjoyable story.

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Spider-Man (2016) #238

Mar 7, 2018

The return of the Sinister Six story continues in the pages of Spider-Man and its... fine.

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Spider-Man (2016) #239

Apr 4, 2018

The penultimate issue of Brian Michael Bendis' Spider-Man run is, unfortunately, little more than an average throwdown between superheroes and supervillains.

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Spider-Man (2019) #1

Sep 18, 2019

Spider-Man #1 is an inauspicious start to what might be the biggest Spider-Man comic of 2019. Fans of Spider-Man, Abrams, or Pichelli may hope to find something to love here. Unfortunately, the poor storytelling, bland characterizations, and less-than-memorable visuals combine to make Spider-Man #1 hard to recommend.

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Spider-Man (2019) #2

Oct 16, 2019

The second issue of the Abrams' Spider-Man isn't offensively bad in the way the first issue was, but it feels like a pale imitation of other, better stories.

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Spider-Man (2019) #3

Dec 18, 2019

This Spider-Man story continues to be a frustrating blend of cliches and poor storytelling.

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Spider-Man (2019) #4

Sep 23, 2020

The most impressive thing about this Spider-Man series is how seamlessly it blends its derivative story to its clumsy execution.

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Spider-Man (2019) #5

Dec 9, 2020

The final issue of the much-hyped Abrams Spider-Man series almost approaches competence.

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Star Trek One-Shots (2022): Klingons #1

Feb 23, 2022

Readers who aren't already familiar with the story of Kahless and his brother, Morath, may find these panels confusing. However, the way they allow the final page to weave a bit of ambiguity into Kahless's supposedly noble motivations is a nice touch.

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Star Trek One-Shots (2022): Ferengi #1

Apr 20, 2022

There's a touch of art nouveau in the issue's style that gives it a distinct look from its Star Trek comic book counterparts, and it proves to be a delightful romp.

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Star Trek vs. Transformers #1

Sep 26, 2018

The Star Trek vs. Transformers crossover hits the ground running with the gleeful energy of a child mixing two sets of action figures for the first time.

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Star Trek: Boldly Go #17

Mar 7, 2018

The penultimate issue of Star Trek: Boldly Go sets the series up to end on its highest note.

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Star Trek: Boldly Go #18

Apr 18, 2018

The finest comic in IDW's Star Trek fleet comes to close with an excellent, if not quite perfect, landing.

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Too Long a Sacrifice #1

Jul 16, 2020

One of the reasons the Tiptons have lasted so long on the Star Trek line is their uncanny ability to mimic character voices and plot structure from the television shows, sometimes to a comic's detriment. Here they nail each character except for Worf, who comes off as a regressive caricature of himself as he looks to arrest suspects based on their species' reputation. Otherwise, leaning into the noir helps keep this issue from becoming merely a pale imitation of its source material

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Too Long a Sacrifice #2

Aug 19, 2020

There's something interesting buried underneath all of this as it becomes increasingly clear that there is a conspiracy at play. Unfortunately, the presentation and execution are too messy to make it enjoyable.

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Too Long a Sacrifice #3

Oct 7, 2020

Greg Scott's pencils are tighter in this issue than they were and the last. Combined with Felipe Sobreiro's coloring, the visuals effectively set the desired noir mood, though Sobreiro's seemingly random colors to fill Scott's blank backgrounds are a distraction. Even so, this is the most successful and engrossing issue of Deep Space Nine's returns to comics yet.

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Too Long a Sacrifice #4

Nov 12, 2020

Still, fans of Odo, those interested in seeing noir detective work in the Star Trek universe, or longing for any excuse to revisit Deep Space Nine will likely find it worthwhile.

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Star Trek: Discovery #3

Mar 14, 2018

IDW'S first Star Trek: Discovery miniseries continues to trudge along, but at this point is hard not to wonder why.

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Star Trek: Discovery #4

May 30, 2018

It's definitely a plot over character kind of story, but if you're seeking additional context for the events that kickstarted Star Trek: Discovery's first season, then this will not disappoint.

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Star Trek: Discovery Annual #1

Apr 4, 2018

This is exactly what a Star Trek: Discovery tie-in comic should be, providing insight into the show's characters by telling a story that doesn't fit into the narrative of the television series itself.

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Star Trek: Discovery - Adventures In the 32nd Century #1

Mar 2, 2022

On the whole, Adventures in the 32nd Century #1 is a slight issue that's likely to be remembered long after reading. Still, Grudge-lovers will get a kick out of it.

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Star Trek: Discovery - Adventures In the 32nd Century #2

Apr 6, 2022

The issue ends up feeling more like a vignette than anything else, but it's a welcome insight into the life of one of the recent additions to Discovery's cast of characters.

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Star Trek: Discovery - Adventures In the 32nd Century #3

May 4, 2022

The dialogue is playful, the premise is inventive, and reading this issue is good fun.

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Star Trek: Discovery - Adventures In the 32nd Century #4

Jun 8, 2022

It's impressive how the issue takes a minor, comic relief character and gives him great depth, ensuring that Adventures in the 32nd Century goes out on a high note.

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Star Trek: Discovery - Aftermath #1

Sep 4, 2019

It's a strong story with a weak presentation, but fans eager for more of Capt. Pike, Spock, and Number one will find something to enjoy here.

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Star Trek: Discovery - Aftermath #2

Sep 25, 2019

A good story held back by iffy artwork, it's probably still worth a look for Discovery fans who are missing the show during its offseason.

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Star Trek: Discovery - Aftermath #3

Nov 20, 2019

If you're looking for something to tie up loose ends from Discovery's second season, Aftermath will serve. If you put more value on aesthetic, it may not be worth the trip.

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Star Trek: Discovery - Succession #1

Apr 18, 2018

Angel Hernandez strikes the perfect balance in the art to keeps the characters recognizable but also stylized in an interesting way and the final page twist is predictable but still exciting.

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Star Trek: Discovery - Succession #2

May 23, 2018

Succession is the perfect companion piece to Star Trek: Discovery and a must-read for anyone missing the show.

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Star Trek: Discovery - Succession #3

Jul 4, 2018

This is everything a Star Trek fan could want from a comic book series and a mirror universe story unlike any in Star Trek's history.

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Star Trek: Discovery - Succession #4

Aug 1, 2018

Angel Hernandez's artwork as as solid as ever, and writers Mike Johnson and Kirsten Beyer give fans an unexpected ending to this Discovery tie-in.

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Star Trek: Hell's Mirror (2020) #1

Aug 26, 2020

It's a fascinating mold to cast Khan in, and one that leaves me wishing Hell's Mirror was a miniseries instead of a one-shot, as good of a one-shot it is.

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Star Trek: Picard - Countdown #1

Nov 27, 2019

The road to Star Trek: Picard begins here, and every Star Trek fan is going to want to be on it.

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Star Trek: Picard - Countdown #2

Dec 18, 2019

Star Trek fans eager for Picard's return will do well to whet their appetite with Star Trek: Picard - Countdown.

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Star Trek: Picard - Countdown #3

Jan 29, 2020

The issue tells a strong story with clean visuals from Hernandez and any fan thrilled by Picard's return would do well to dive into Countdown.

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Star Trek: The Mirror War #0

Sep 8, 2021

The pieces are all here"the Tipton's dialogue is the correct pitch, and Carlos Nieto's artwork is solid, despite a couple of awkward faces"and the issue does some needed scene-setting. Still, it will mostly leave readers eager for the story to start in earnest next month.

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Star Trek: The Mirror War #1

Oct 13, 2021

Star Trek: The Mirror War #1 is an inoffensive start, if not particularly exciting, but if the series is to live up to the event hype around it, it will need to hit the gas hard and find something new to do with the 55-year-old plot device that is the Mirror Universe.

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Star Trek: The Mirror War #2

Nov 3, 2021

After a slow start, this issue picks up some speed, so here's hoping The Mirror War builds on that momentum going forward. There's still a lot of potential here waiting to be worked with here.

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Star Trek: The Mirror War #3

Jan 5, 2022

Thus far, Star Trek: The Mirror War isn't living up to the martial nature of its title.

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Star Trek: The Mirror War #4

Feb 2, 2022

As Star Trek: The Mirror War reaches its halfway point, it finally leans into the "war" aspect of the title.

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Star Trek: The Mirror War #5

Apr 6, 2022

The Tiptons pack a surprising amount of story into a single issue without ever feeling overly dense.

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Star Trek: The Mirror War #6

May 4, 2022

The Mirror War remains stellar Star Trek reading.

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Star Trek: The Mirror War: Data #1

Dec 8, 2021

If the intent is for these one-shots to feel self-contained, this first is a success as it seems like an irrelevant diversion best suited for completists.

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Star Trek: The Mirror War: Sisko #1

Jun 15, 2022

It paints a complex picture of the man who has collaborated to survive, the shame he buries, and the tactics he uses. Unfortunately, there are odd distractions throughout the telling.

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Star Trek: The Mirror War: Captain La Forge #1

Mar 2, 2022

The issue functions as an origin story that twists the sadly stereotypical TNG Geordi story, with a woman taking a strong interest in Geordi before his arrival on Utopia Planitia. This officer stands out among her Terran counterparts for being "too happy" and possibly naive. It's a playful twist that helps the story amount to more than the tiresome wanton backstabbing that often characterizes Mirror Universe stories to the exclusion of all else. However, the framing device turns out to be preposterous, though perhaps less so in the Mirror Universe than the Prime Timeline.

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Star Trek: The Next Generation: Terra Incognita #1

Jul 18, 2018

Writers Scott & David Tipton will also be familiar to Star Trek comics fans and they begin this story on a slow burn, but it seems like a tale destined to go in some interesting directions as we see mirror Barclay redefine the character's relationships with his colleagues.

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Star Trek: The Next Generation: Terra Incognita #2

Aug 15, 2018

The creative team here is capable of solid storytelling, but this issue just does not come together in a way that makes sense.

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Star Trek: The Next Generation: Terra Incognita #3

Sep 12, 2018

Star Trek: The Next Generation - Terra Incognita continues to be a curious series. Billed as the next installment in The Next Generation mirror universe series, the issue minimizes Barclay's role. Instead, the issue plays out like a lost episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Captain Picard plays the familiar role of mentor when one of his crew members comes to a emotional turning point.

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Star Trek: The Next Generation: Terra Incognita #4

Oct 24, 2018

With the mirror universe Barclay story still simmering in the background, this is another delicious serving of comfort food for Star Trek fans.

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Star Trek: The Next Generation: Terra Incognita #5

Dec 5, 2018

There are some characterization issues -- Worf seems strangely standoffish even by his standards when dealing with Dr. Crusher -- but the story, on the whole, is still solid Star Trek goodness, and the surprise ending promises that Barclay's storyline will finally be resolved in the next chapter.

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Star Trek: The Next Generation: Terra Incognita #6

Jan 23, 2019

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Terra Incognita #6 brings Mirror Barclay's trip to the Prime Timeline to an end, but feels less like a conclusion and more like it is setting up whatever the next chapter of the Mirror Enterprise-D crew's story turns out to be.

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Star Trek: The Next Generation: Through The Mirror #2

May 9, 2018

So far, "Through the Mirror" is an absolute blast for Star Trek fans.

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Star Trek: The Next Generation: Through The Mirror #3

May 16, 2018

Through the Mirror struggles a bit in its third issue. The action finally begins in the first story, but Josh Hood's artwork doesn't match the level of polish of the two artists who preceded him.

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Star Trek: The Next Generation: Through The Mirror #4

May 23, 2018

Through the Mirror spins its wheels a bit this week and feels mostly like a setup for what's to come in next week's finale.

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Star Trek: The Next Generation: Through The Mirror #5

May 30, 2018

It's an incredibly fun read that does a great job setting up the next chapter of The Next Generation's mirror universe saga.

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Star Trek: The Q Conflict #1

Jan 30, 2019

Scott and David Tipton, veterans of IDW Publishing's Star Trek comics line, know these characters well and draw out their voices effortlessly. Nonetheless, this issue is all set up, an overture before the story really kicks off. Readers will have to wait until next issue for the follow-through.

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Star Trek: The Q Conflict #2

Feb 27, 2019

The mixing of crewmembers hurts the series on a conceptual level -- crew vs. crew was more interesting than pitting semi-random assortments of Starfleet officers against each other -- but also on a practical level since most of the characters have no established chemistry with their teammates.

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Star Trek: The Q Conflict #3

Apr 17, 2019

While there are ways this event could better execute on its promise, it isn't a bad read.

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Star Trek: The Q Conflict #4

May 22, 2019

The Tiptons provide some of their best characterizations yet as they bring out some of each character's history, and Silvia Califano proves more than up to the task of taking over for David Messina, offering crip artwork with stellar likenesses.

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Star Trek: The Q Conflict #5

Jun 12, 2019

It's not bad, but it doesn't feel like it lives up to its potential.

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Star Trek: The Q Conflict #6

Jul 24, 2019

The issue is drawn well enough, but there is somehow both too little and too much going on here to find the signal through the noise.

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Star Trek: Voyager: Mirrors and Smoke #1

Dec 11, 2019

Star Trek: Voyager makes its first journey into the Mirror universe in this Mirrors and Smoke one-shot. J.K. Woodward is the artist that defines the look of mirror universe stories for IDW's Star Trek line, having drawn Star Trek: The Next Generation's mirror universe comics.

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Star Trek: Voyager - Seven's Reckoning #1

Nov 18, 2020

Seven's Reckoning #1 should delight and enthrall Star Trek: Voyager fans.

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Star Trek: Voyager - Seven's Reckoning #2

Dec 16, 2020

It's a passable issue, certainly not a reason for anyone invested after the first issue to jump ship, but hardly memorable in its own right.

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Star Trek: Voyager - Seven's Reckoning #3

Jan 7, 2021

There are worthwhile ideas mixed into Seven's Reckoning. However, the society built on narrative, the class struggle, and Seven's identity crisis may be too much to congeal into something cohesive.

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Star Trek: Voyager - Seven's Reckoning #4

Feb 10, 2021

In its final issue, Star Trek: Voyager - Seven's Reckoning poses some interesting questions without providing as many satisfying answers.

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Star Trek: Waypoint: Special 2019 #1

Apr 24, 2019

It's a solid package and any Star Trek fan should find something to love in it.

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Star Trek: Year Five #1

Apr 24, 2019

Fans of classic Star Trek will not want to miss this.

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Star Trek: Year Five #2

May 29, 2019

At two issues in, Star Trek: Year Five is an absolute must-read for Star Trek fans.

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Star Trek: Year Five #3

Jul 3, 2019

The pacing of the issue a little frontloaded, but it's still a solid, worthy successor to Star Trek.

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Star Trek: Year Five #4

Aug 14, 2019

This is a can't-miss Star Trek series.

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Star Trek: Year Five #5

Aug 28, 2019

Fans would be hard-pressed to find a Star Trek episode that makes use of Uhura's xenolinguistic skills as well as this issue does. Another excellent installment of a must-read Star Trek series.

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Star Trek: Year Five #6

Sep 18, 2019

Another stellar issue for the must-read Star Trek series.

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Star Trek: Year Five #7

Oct 30, 2019

The issue shines in depicting Capt. Kirk at his best through an intimate scene between Kirk and Sulu on the turbolift. Star Trek: Year Five continues to set the high bar for Trek comics.

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Star Trek: Year Five #8

Dec 4, 2019

Star Trek: Year Five delivers another stellar episode, though this one doesn't have the same thrill-factor as some of its predecessors.

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Star Trek: Year Five #9

Dec 18, 2019

Star Trek: Year Five #9 may be the most successful attempt to recreate the magic a Star Trek: The Original Series ever undertaken.

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Star Trek: Year Five #10

Feb 19, 2020

Star Trek: Year Five #10 struggles to bring the excellent story from last issue to a satisfying conclusion.

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Star Trek: Year Five #12

Jul 1, 2020

This issue isn't the series' best, but then it has been an excellent series.

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Star Trek: Year Five #13

Aug 5, 2020

There's a lot of heavy lifting in this issue as it sets the stage for what's to come, but Star Trek: Year Five continues to be easy to recommend to any Star Trek fan.

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Star Trek: Year Five #14

Sep 9, 2020

Angel Hernandez put in some solid work with the issue's layout as well, though his stiff linework combined with Fran Gamboa's colors creates the sense in some panels that the characters are wearing masks of their faces. It's a minor distraction in places, but otherwise, this is strong homecoming for Kirk and crew.

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Star Trek: Year Five #15

Oct 28, 2020

This issue is a well-timed and well-crafted foray into the political for the best Star Trek comic in recent memory.

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Star Trek: Year Five #16

Nov 12, 2020

Califano does well, bringing Houser's script to life in a solid installment of this ever-stellar series, all while building the intrigue around Gary-Seven's mission as it goes.

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Star Trek: Year Five #17

Dec 30, 2020

It's an infodump of an issue, but at least the front half has some stellar craftsmanship.

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Star Trek: Year Five #18

Jan 7, 2021

The issue isn't bad, but it doesn't live up to the series' typically high standards.

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Star Trek: Year Five #19

Feb 17, 2021

It's a passable issue, but not one of Year Five's best.

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Star Trek: Year Five #20

Apr 14, 2021

This issue is another exciting new adventure for Star Trek fans to enjoy.

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Star Trek: Year Five #21

Jun 30, 2021

As a time travel story in the Star Trek-mode, it's fine enough, but it's hard to shake the feeling that the issue squandered the opportunity to transcend its familiar premise.

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Star Trek: Year Five #22

Jul 7, 2021

Star Trek: Year Five has been an impressive bit of storytelling in the Star Trek universe, and its ending could be its best story yet.

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Star Trek: Year Five #23

Jul 28, 2021

Star Trek: Year Five seems poised to go out with more than a bang, but an ending that'll make fans fall in love with the idea of Star Trek all over again.

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Star Trek: Year Five #24

Sep 15, 2021

With the epilogue issue still to come, Lanzing, Kelly, and Califano provide an appropriately-scaled conclusion to what has been an incredible and essential Star Trek story.

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Star Trek: Year Five #25

Oct 6, 2021

Star Trek: Year Five #25 is a fond farewell to a series that went harder than it had to and, by doing so, carved a place for itself into Star Trek's mythology.

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Star Wars Adventures: Clone Wars #5

Oct 2, 2020

Thanks to strong scripting from Michael Moreci, and stellar artwork from Dere Charm, Philip Murphy, Louis Antonio Delgado, and Rebecca Nalty, Battle Tales is going out on a high note.

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Stellar #1

Jun 13, 2018

The first issue may not quite stick the landing, but Stellar is beautiful and promises a world of possibility to come.

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Stellar #2

Jul 18, 2018

Stellar is epic sci-fi superhero action with gorgeous artwork and haunting themes and if any small part of that peaked your interest, or even if it didn't, you should give it read.

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Stellar #3

Aug 15, 2018

Brett Blevins continues to deliver one of the most gorgeous sci-fi experiences in comics in Stellar.

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Stellar #6

Nov 21, 2018

If sweeping cosmic superhero sagas with a dark side are your kind of thing, Stellar will do you right.

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Sword Daughter #1

Jun 6, 2018

If you're a fan of Wood's past Viking-era dramas like Northlanders and Black Road, or even his Revolutionary War series Rebels, Sword Daughter is the spiritual successor you've been waiting for.

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Sword Daughter #2

Jul 4, 2018

Sword Daughter shaping up to be a journey worth going on, bumps in the road and all.

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Sword Daughter #3

Aug 8, 2018

The issue won't turn off anyone who enjoyed the first two, but it doesn't live up to its potential.

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Sword Daughter #4

Dec 5, 2018

Sword Daughter #4 flashes back and forth between the two narratives. It is a bit of an adjustment, with the future scenes feeling a bit divorced from context, but there is an added texture in being able to see the ramifications of this father-daughter journey immediately in Elsbeth's future.

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Sword Daughter #5

Jan 2, 2019

Perhaps it's the jumping back and forth between time periods or maybe they've lost the thread of the original impetus for this father-daughter journey, but Sword Daughter hasn't quite congealed into a cohesive narrative whole and so the heavy emotional beats just don't land like they should.

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Sword Daughter #6

Feb 6, 2019

The payoff could have been a bit stronger with a little more time spent emotionally investing readers in Elsbeth and Dag, but the thematic resonance is strong.

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Sword Daughter #7

Jun 5, 2019

A strong return.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #79

Feb 28, 2018

Up until now, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has always felt like it was at its best during its more intimate stories. The fourth chapter of "Invasion of the Triceratons" shows that Tom Waltz and company can be just as adept at telling a story about urban warfare.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #80

Mar 28, 2018

After a powerful and focused penultimate issue, the final issue of "Invasion of the Triceratons" struggles a bit to stick the ending.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #81

Apr 11, 2018

A solid, if not momentous, issue.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #82

May 16, 2018

It's a decent installment, but we're still waiting to get to the meat of this arc.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #83

Jun 6, 2018

There's action and humor and pretty much everything fans have come to expect from another solid issue of TMNT.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #84

Jul 25, 2018

The TMNT team is playing the long game here, and this is one more tension-building step down that road.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #85

Aug 22, 2018

This is another solid issue that will leave Turtles fans happy.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #86

Sep 19, 2018

David Wachter's style has become a bit darker and more jagged and that evolution fits well will this issue, which feels like the opening of a war story.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #87

Oct 17, 2018

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles creative team continues to up the stakes of the Battle for Burnow Island with another solid issue.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #88

Nov 28, 2018

The art is stellar, as usual, and while there are still some loose ends to wrap up, this definitely feels like turning the page into the next chapter for the Turtles and their extended cast of characters.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #89

Dec 19, 2018

All in all, this is a real Christmas treat for Turtles fans.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #90

Jan 23, 2019

Fans will appreciate this calm issue, which offers an opportunity to touch base with these great characters before all hell breaks loose again.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #91

Feb 13, 2019

The issue impresses by delivering solid character interactions that work in and of themselves, but also reminding fans of how far these characters have come over the years - especially how all their lives were changed by the "City Fall" story and the milestone issue #50, which helps build anticipation as the series marches towards the "City at War" arc issue #100, a story that seems increasingly likely to revisit certain choices and fallout from "City Fall."

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #92

Mar 20, 2019

Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow, and Tom Waltz have channeled Chris Claremont's X-Men in weaving the various story threads at play to lead to this point.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #93

Apr 24, 2019

TMNT fans have been waiting for this story for years, and it's off to a strong start.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #94

May 29, 2019

Another solid issue in one of comics' most consistently excellent series.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #95

Jul 3, 2019

A strong issue in a consistently solid series, with a final page that will have fans talking for sure.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #96

Jul 31, 2019

If Jennika's transformation turned you into a new reader, welcome to one of the best under-the-radar comics being published.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #97

Aug 28, 2019

It's another stellar step on the road to issue #100.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #98

Sep 25, 2019

As #100 approaches, "City at War" is shaping up to be a fantastic finale to this era of the Ninja Turtles.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #99

Oct 30, 2019

The final page of this issue brings it all full circle and fans of the series will be counting the days until Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #100 arrives.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #100

Dec 11, 2019

With the help of co-plotters Kevin Eastman and Bobby Curnow, the strong artwork of Mike Dialynas and Dave Wachter, and colors by Ronda Pattison, the issue is a fitting conclusion to an inspired reimagining of a fan-favorite franchise.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #101

Jan 8, 2020

This is a changing of the guards for TMNT, but the series remains in good hands.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #102

Jan 29, 2020

You'll be hard-pressed to find a better-crafted comic book being published today.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #104

Mar 18, 2020

This is simply an impeccable comic book.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #105

Jun 24, 2020

We're five issues into Sophie Campbell's post-centennial run on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and thus far, every installment has been brilliant.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #106

Jul 16, 2020

Campbell's first arc is a tough act to follow, and #106 does feel pedestrian by comparison.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #107

Jul 29, 2020

Nelson Daniel gets to show a little more style in this issue, and the dialogue is having a bit more fun. It all amounts to a good time for Turtles fans.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #108

Aug 26, 2020

All-in-all, this issue is an excellent blend of classic and new era IDW Turtles.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #109

Sep 9, 2020

Sophie Campbell remains brilliant at naturally finding surprising new directions in which to take these characters.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #110

Oct 21, 2020

It's a stellar issue that serves as a great example of what makes the series so appealing.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #111

Nov 12, 2020

Another excellent installment of a series that rarely falters.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #112

Dec 9, 2020

Sophie Campbell's run on Teenage Mutants Ninja Turtles continues to be among the best-kept secrets in comics.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #113

Jan 20, 2021

Turtles fans are in for a ride.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #114

Feb 10, 2021

The team embarks on a recon mission to search for the wayward mutants Tokka and Rahzar, which is standard fare. Still, it is elevated by Campbell's artwork and Bebop and Rocksteady's return, injecting a chaotic uncertainty into the proceedings.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #115

Mar 17, 2021

After reinventing the status quo for Clan Hamato following the series' hundredth issue, Campbell remains an exciting storyteller and the high-bar for modern TMNT comics art.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #116

Apr 21, 2021

Sophie Campbell's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles run continues to be a delight, especially with her also providing the artwork.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #117

Jun 9, 2021

Despite the battle of the bands being a bit of a letdown, the series continues to be stellar.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #118

Jun 23, 2021

It does feel like something of a prologue, but it's a good prologue nonetheless.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #119

Jul 14, 2021

While it's a middle chapter in the current story arc, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #119 feels, in a way, like the beginning of a climactic moment in Sophie Campbell's run.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #120

Aug 25, 2021

It's a pivotal issue that ends on a tense moment that'll have fans impatiently anticipating next month's installment.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #121

Sep 29, 2021

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #121 is another fascinating, exciting installment of a series that never disappoints.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #122

Oct 20, 2021

Another solid outing for the series.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #123

Dec 1, 2021

It's a stellar, relatively quiet, character-focused issue that will please all TMNT fans, especially Leo lovers.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #124

Dec 15, 2021

Even with some stumbles, Campbell and Garing have put together an intimate portrait of the Turtles family. It's an issue likely to warm readers from the inside out on a cold winter night.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #125

Jan 19, 2022

It's an excellent, exciting start to a new arc from a series that rarely disappoints.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #126

Feb 16, 2022

IDW's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has long established that it's about the long game and this is one of those slow burn issues that builds the stakes and the tension. Fans of this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series will eat it up.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #127

Mar 30, 2022

For a story about a fringe community trying to support itself, broadly, and its members, specifically, the idea of someone like Barlowe preying about such personal needs and vulnerabilities is fascinating and appropriately sinister.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #128

May 4, 2022

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #128 proves to be a somewhat claustrophobic issue as Donatello and Alopex remain "guest" at Jaspar Barlowe's body modification clinic. The rich artwork sells this mood well without making the visuals challenging to parse.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #129

May 25, 2022

The stakes continue to rise on the path to "Armageddon Game," and the quality of each issue getting there remains high.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #130

Jun 29, 2022

Sophie Campbell's plotting and characterizations are strong as ever, and Pablo Tunica brings a gnarliness that befits both the grisly violence at hand and the frequently horrified expressions such acts elicit from the characters involved.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Annual: 2021

Jul 28, 2021

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Annual 2021 is better than a prologue like this needs to be, becoming a true delight to read.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Annual: 2020

Jul 29, 2020

It's nice to know that Waltz has one foot still planted firmly in the Turtles universe he helped build, but this return visit feels like an exercise in wheel-spinning that's easily skipped by fans.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Macroseries #1

Oct 3, 2018

The first issue of the TMNT Macroseries is essential to any Turtles fan.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Macroseries #2

Oct 24, 2018

If you can get past the weak setup, this is a near-perfect Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles story.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder in Hell #1

Jan 16, 2019

Some of Santolouco's dialogue is overwrought, but otherwise, this is an exciting issue that any Turtles fan will want to check out.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder in Hell #3

May 15, 2019

The story set in hell allows Mateus Santolouco to go absolutely wild with his artwork and character designs, and that " plus the development of Shredder's character in an exciting direction " makes it all worthwhile.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #1

Oct 28, 2020

It's TMNT by way of The Dark Knight Returns, down to the gritty internal monologues and vaguely cyberpunk aesthetic.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #2

Feb 17, 2021

Reading The Last Ronin is like watching a prophecy fulfill itself, and there's a particular pleasure there for those that understand the history. However, it's still a shame that it only briefly transcends its preordained path.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #3

May 26, 2021

The Last Ronin is feeling more and more like a story that needs to be read in completion to be fully appreciated, as it's more about atmosphere and cool factor than plot beats. Still, it remains an enjoyable enough read regardless.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #4

Sep 22, 2021

This fourth issue is the first in the series to live up to that potential fully.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #5

Apr 27, 2022

The Last Ronin seems destined to be an evergreen fan favorite for years to come.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Universe #13

Jun 20, 2018

Mondo's descent into punk rock raging against the machine is a bit on the nose, but Ryan Ferrier provides a solid foil in how he writes Michelangelo and Pablo Tunica's loose linework and Patricia Delpeche's saturated colors are the perfect aesthetic for Mondo's worldview.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Universe #20

Mar 21, 2018

Altogether, TMNT Universe #20 is a great package for Turtles fans.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Universe #21

Apr 18, 2018

The story will be of interest to anyone following the Turtles saga, but watching these aliens try to hammer out the logistics of cohabitation isn't the most exciting Turtles adventure ever.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Universe #22

May 16, 2018

Paul Allor wraps up the Triceraton and Ultrom story on Burnow Island (for now) with a surprisingly dark episode of political intrigue.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Universe #24

Jul 18, 2018

It's a fun concept, but the tale ends so abruptly that it feels a bit more like a pitch than a complete story. All around, an okay issue, but not a standout.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Universe #25

Aug 1, 2018

Still, while it may be familiar territory, Flynn and Daniels do a solid job of bringing this spiritual realm to life and, much like the most recent arc of the core Turtles book, this helps build tension heading into the coming showdown between the Turtles and the Pantheon.

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The Closet #1

Jun 1, 2022

The Closet #1 is a page-turner. It's unfettered by overwrought narration, rendered obsolete by the impeccably crafted, atmospheric artwork.

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The Death of Doctor Strange: Bloodstone #1

Jan 12, 2022

There's simply too much going on here, and not all of it is as interesting as the rest.

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The Dreaming (2018) #4

Dec 5, 2018

Four issues in, The Dreaming is a worthy successor to The Sandman, and an engrossing fantasy in its own right.

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The Dreaming (2018) #5

Jan 9, 2019

The Dreaming continues to enthrall readers with the epic and mysterious tale of realm in flux. Or, as this issue would put it, caught between an ending and a beginning.

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The Dreaming (2018) #6

Feb 6, 2019

The Dreaming is a joy to read, but is likely to be even more rewarding now that this first arc is complete.

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The Dreaming (2018) #7

Mar 6, 2019

It's an invigorating opening to The Dreaming's next chapter.

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The Dreaming (2018) #8

Apr 3, 2019

Abigail Larson's flowy pencils with Quinton Winter's soft colors were the perfect companions to this surreal, secondhand retelling of Dream's time on the mortal plane.

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The Dreaming (2018) #9

May 1, 2019

It's a rich and beautiful book that never disappoints.

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The Dreaming (2018) #10

Jun 5, 2019

Another solid installment of an excellent series.

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The Dreaming (2018) #11

Jul 3, 2019

This is brilliant comics working well within the spirit of the original Sandman series.

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The Dreaming (2018) #12

Aug 7, 2019

This issue suggests that things may never be as they were in the Dreaming and pulls the veil back"if only slightly"on the puppetmaster causing the upheaval, drawing already engrossed readers further into the series' narrative web.

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The Dreaming (2018) #13

Sep 4, 2019

The issue is packed with ideas from the fight to retain one's identity in their twilight to the LGBTQ community's embrace of monsters as mascots.

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The Dreaming (2018) #14

Oct 2, 2019

This issue is a feast for all senses involved and everything a fan could want out of a Sandman Universe book.

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The Dreaming (2018) #15

Nov 6, 2019

This is another fantastic issue in a fantastic series. The Sandman could ask for no more worthy a successor.

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The Dreaming (2018) #16

Dec 4, 2019

It's a sign of success that a story remains as engaging after a mystery has been solved as it was before, and The Dreaming succeeds at that.

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The Dreaming (2018) #17

Jan 1, 2020

It's another powerful issue in what has been a gem of a series.

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The Dreaming (2018) #18

Feb 5, 2020

Writer Si Spurrier continues to weave his threads together, nimbly reuniting Cain and Abel and giving new life to Dora under a new battle cry, "Nobody gets to make our myth but else."

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