Jamie Lovett's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: ComicBook.com Reviews: 331
6.8Avg. Review Rating

8.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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4.0
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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6.0
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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6.0
Astonishing X-Men (2017) #8

Feb 21, 2018

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

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8.0
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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8.0
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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6.0
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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6.0
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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6.0
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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6.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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6.0
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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6.0
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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6.0
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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6.0
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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6.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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6.0
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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8.0
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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6.0
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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8.0
Avengers (2016) #690

Apr 25, 2018

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

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8.0
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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6.0
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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6.0
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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4.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
Cable (2017) #158

Jun 20, 2018

This is simply the definitive Cable story.

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10
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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8.0
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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10
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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6.0
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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6.0
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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6.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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4.0
Conan the Barbarian (2019) #3

Feb 6, 2019

A skippable entry overall.

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10
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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10
Daredevil (2015) #598

Feb 7, 2018

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

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8.0
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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6.0
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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6.0
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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10
Dazzler: X-Song #1

Jun 6, 2018

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

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6.0
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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4.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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10
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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4.0
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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8.0
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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4.0
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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8.0
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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6.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
Extermination (2018) #2

Aug 29, 2018

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

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8.0
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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6.0
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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6.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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4.0
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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10
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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4.0
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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2.0
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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6.0
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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10
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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4.0
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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4.0
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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4.0
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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6.0
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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6.0
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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8.0
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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4.0
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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4.0
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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4.0
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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4.0
Ice Man (2018) #5

Jan 9, 2019

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

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8.0
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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8.0
Immortal Hulk #15

Mar 20, 2019

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

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8.0
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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8.0
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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6.0
Kick-Ass (2018) #10

Dec 5, 2018

A solid-enough middle chapter of the ongoing storyline.

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4.0
Kick-Ass (2018) #11

Jan 9, 2019

It's all fairly forgettable material.

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6.0
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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4.0
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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4.0
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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4.0
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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6.0
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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8.0
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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6.0
Marvel Two-In-One #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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8.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
Mr. and Mrs. X #7

Jan 2, 2019

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

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6.0
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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8.0
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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6.0
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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6.0
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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8.0
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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6.0
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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8.0
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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6.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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10
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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6.0
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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8.0
Oblivion Song #11

Jan 9, 2019

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

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8.0
Oblivion Song #13

Mar 13, 2019

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

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6.0
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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6.0
Outer Darkness #2

Dec 12, 2018

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

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6.0
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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6.0
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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10
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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8.0
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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10
Proxima Centauri #2

Jul 18, 2018

Proxima Centauri is a masterful work of comic book craft.

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8.0
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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8.0
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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6.0
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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6.0
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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6.0
Rat Queens (2017) #9

May 16, 2018

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

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6.0
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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6.0
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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8.0
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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6.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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6.0
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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4.0
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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2.0
Return of Wolverine #4

Jan 16, 2019

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

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4.0
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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6.0
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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4.0
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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6.0
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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6.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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6.0
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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6.0
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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6.0
Rick and Morty #46

Jan 30, 2019

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

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8.0
Rick and Morty Presents: Sleepy Gary #1

Sep 19, 2018

Rick and Morty fans are going to love this one.

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4.0
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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4.0
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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8.0
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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10
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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8.0
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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10
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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4.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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6.0
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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8.0
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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10
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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10
Saga #49

Feb 28, 2018

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

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8.0
Saga #50

Mar 28, 2018

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

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8.0
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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8.0
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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10
Saga #53

Jun 27, 2018

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

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10
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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6.0
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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6.0
Spawn #294

Feb 27, 2019

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

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8.0
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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6.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
Spider-Gwen (2015) #32

May 30, 2018

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

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6.0
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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8.0
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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4.0
Spider-Man (2016) #237

Feb 7, 2018

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

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6.0
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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6.0
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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10
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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2.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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6.0
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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6.0
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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2.0
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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6.0
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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8.0
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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6.0
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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6.0
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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8.0
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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4.0
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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6.0
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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8.0
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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6.0
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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6.0
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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8.0
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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10
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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6.0
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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8.0
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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6.0
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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6.0
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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6.0
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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6.0
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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8.0
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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6.0
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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6.0
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #81

Apr 11, 2018

A solid, if not momentous, issue.

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6.0
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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8.0
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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6.0
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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8.0
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #85

Aug 22, 2018

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

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8.0
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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8.0
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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6.0
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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8.0
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #89

Dec 19, 2018

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

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8.0
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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8.0
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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6.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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6.0
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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8.0
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Universe #20

Mar 21, 2018

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

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6.0
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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8.0
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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6.0
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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6.0
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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10
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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10
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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8.0
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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10
The Dreaming (2018) #7

Mar 6, 2019

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

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10
The Life And Death Of Toyo Harada #1

Mar 13, 2019

A brilliant start to a series worthy of your attention.

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8.0
The Six Million Dollar Man (2019) #1

Mar 6, 2019

Dynamite rebuilds the Six Million Dollar Man for a new series that will delight new and old readers alike.

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4.0
Thief of Thieves #42

Nov 14, 2018

It's a slow-going issue, but hopefully sets the stage for a more exciting finale.

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6.0
TMNT: Bebop & Rocksteady Hit the Road #1

Aug 1, 2018

It isn't bad, but if the creative team can sharpen their voice and let the visuals do more of the storytelling in future issues then this could be something more.

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6.0
TMNT: Bebop & Rocksteady Hit the Road #2

Aug 8, 2018

Ben Bates' is still the perfect artist for this story, but the script still doesn't quite keep pace. It's like two musicians playing the same song at different tempos.

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6.0
TMNT: Bebop & Rocksteady Hit the Road #3

Aug 15, 2018

Weaver's art and the chaotic material make this issue feel like the miniseries has finally achieved its potential for highly destructive hijinks, which has been there from the start.

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6.0
TMNT: Bebop & Rocksteady Hit the Road #4

Aug 22, 2018

This issue feels like connective tissue put between the over-the-top chase scene that made of up most of the previous issue and what looks to be an action-heavy climax, but it is still worth the ride.

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6.0
TMNT: Bebop & Rocksteady Hit the Road #5

Aug 29, 2018

Bebop and Rocksteady Hit the Road will be a fun ride for hardcore Turtles fans, but an easy pass for more casual fans.

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2.0
Typhoid Fever (2018): X-Men #1

Nov 7, 2018

Typhoid Fever X-Men feels like it was a failure from the word go.

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6.0
Uncanny X-Men (2018) #1

Nov 14, 2018

The issue is certainly an attention grabber, with plenty to love on the surface, but comes up short on substance.

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8.0
Uncanny X-Men (2018) #2

Nov 21, 2018

With all of the attention-seeking stunts of the first issue out of the way, the second issue of Uncanny X-Men -- drawn by RB Silva, an unsung hero fo the X-Men line -- moves at a much steadier pace, giving its large ensemble cast proper room to breath and readers something to latch onto.

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4.0
Uncanny X-Men (2018) #3

Nov 28, 2018

Uncanny X-Men's "Disassembled" arc is beginning to read a bit like an "and then"" improv exercise that got out of hand.

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2.0
Uncanny X-Men (2018) #4

Dec 5, 2018

The fourth issue of Uncanny X-Men takes the "Disassembled" arc from "not living up to expectations" territory to being actively frustrating.

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6.0
Uncanny X-Men (2018) #5

Dec 12, 2018

The story still feels a bit too much like a pastiche of '90s X-Men events like "X-Cutioner's Song," but it's a big step up from last weeks nadir.

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4.0
Uncanny X-Men (2018) #6

Dec 19, 2018

Uncanny X-Men continues to feel like an overplayed greatest hits album.

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6.0
Uncanny X-Men (2018) #7

Dec 26, 2018

The quiet is welcome in a series that has been so much cacophony so far, and hopefully, the sense of focus will carry through the final act of "Disassembled."

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6.0
Uncanny X-Men (2018) #8

Jan 2, 2019

It's another case of "Disassembled" remixing old X-Men ideas rather than offering much new, but it is solidly crafted at least.

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4.0
Uncanny X-Men (2018) #9

Jan 9, 2019

This story has been unfocused and detached and failing to invest readers early means the payoffs aren't paying off the way they should.

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6.0
Uncanny X-Men (2018) #10

Jan 16, 2019

Despite the many talented creators involved, "Disassembled" was not the rousing return of the flagship X-Men series that it was made out to be.

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8.0
Uncanny X-Men (2018) #11

Feb 6, 2019

Mutants being on the verge of extinction for different reasons has been Marvel's status quo for the X-Men for years. Uncanny X-Men #11 sells that idea better than any attempt before.

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6.0
Uncanny X-Men (2018) #12

Feb 20, 2019

Uncanny X-Men is again a strong story hampered by murky artwork.

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6.0
Uncanny X-Men (2018) #13

Mar 6, 2019

There's a bit more handwringing about Cyclops' time as a revolutionary than seems necessary, and there's also a couple of moments where another panel beat would have helped. Otherwise, Rosenberg has a solid take on the X-Men for the era they're in, and the execution issues that have hounded the series seem to be improving.

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8.0
Uncanny X-Men (2018) #14

Mar 20, 2019

Larroca provides stellar artwork and Matthew Rosenberg writes the team with a sense of camaraderie the infuses each scene with joy. The issue ends with the team toasting to small victories, and that's an apt reaction to this issue.

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4.0
Uncanny X-Men (2018) Annual #1

Jan 23, 2019

The issue has solid art and some strong character work, but otherwise, it feels like a continuity bridge between two different eras of X-Men and little else.

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6.0
Venom (2016) #161

Feb 7, 2018

The individual elements can be enjoyed, but they don't quite form a cohesive whole.

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6.0
Venom (2016) #162

Feb 21, 2018

The "Poison X" crossover between X-Men Blue and Venom continues in Venom #162, and the story may be suffering from symbiote overload.

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4.0
Venom (2016) #163

Mar 7, 2018

Perhaps when the larger Poisons storyline that Cullen Bunn is telling is complete this chapter will feel more worthwhile, but for now, it just feels like a derailment of what he had going on in X-Men Blue.

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4.0
Venom (2016) #164

Apr 4, 2018

Venom is beginning to feel like a skipping record. Each issue plays out pretty similarly to the last.

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4.0
Venomized #1

Apr 4, 2018

The first issue of Venomized makes it clear that Cullen Bunn has thought long and hard about how the mechanics and ecology of symbiotes and Poisons work. Unfortunately, those details aren't particularly interesting to have explained.

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6.0
Venomized #2

Apr 11, 2018

Venomized feels like a comic book with the volume turned up a bit too loud.

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4.0
Venomized #3

Apr 18, 2018

Venomized remains hard to recommend, but at least it's pretty and the plot seems to be going somewhere in this issue.

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2.0
Venomized #4

Apr 25, 2018

If Venomized ever had a narrative thread, it has certainly lost it by now.

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10
What If? (2018): Magik #1

Oct 31, 2018

What If? Magik packs a novel's worth of story into a single comic book.

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8.0
Wolverine: The Long Night #1

Jan 2, 2019

Wolverine: The Long Night emphasizes the mystery around the metal-clawed mutant and will suck you in.

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8.0
Wolverine: The Long Night #2

Feb 6, 2019

The comic book adaptation of Wolverine: The Long Night continues to be an engrossing bit of rural noir as the federal agents continue to dig up the mystery at the heart of this small, Alaskan town.

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8.0
Wolverine: The Long Night #3

Mar 13, 2019

Most of the story feels like it happened before the first issue and we're playing catch-up along with the investigating agents. Even with that small tic, Wolverine: The Long Night is one of the best Logan stories that Marvel has published in years.

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6.0
X-Men: Black (2018): Magneto #1

Oct 3, 2018

As the opening chapter in a story that will continue throughout X-Men Black, it's just enough to whet your appetite, but Nadler and Thompson's take on classic archvillain Apocalypse, Geraldo Borges' artwork, and the hook that reveals itself at the twist at the chapter's end will have readers intrigued.

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8.0
X-Men: Black (2018): Mojo #1

Oct 10, 2018

X-Men Black - Mojo delivers a surprisingly heartwarming villain tale.

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6.0
X-Men: Black (2018): Mystique #1

Oct 17, 2018

The Apocalypse backstory slows the pace down a bit in this installment, but the chapter ends on a note that suggests things are going to pick up in a big way next week.

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6.0
X-Men: Black (2018): Juggernaut #1

Oct 24, 2018

Robbie Thompson's story dives into Cain Marko's psyche, both literally and figuratively, but rather than revealing anything new, it doubles down on who we already understood the Juggernaut to be.

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8.0
X-Men: Black (2018): Emma Frost #1

Oct 31, 2018

It can not be emphasized enough how essential this issue is for anyone with a soft spot for Emma, and its plenty enjoyable for everyone else as well.

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6.0
X-Men: Blue (2017) #21

Feb 14, 2018

The idea of pairing up the X-Men and Venom is still fun since its so unusual, the story Bunn is telling is still resting on solid legs especially given the interesting final page turn, but this issue stumbles a bit in its execution.

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4.0
X-Men: Blue (2017) #22

Feb 28, 2018

X-Men Blue #22 continues the "Poison X" crossover with Venom, and the story feels like its dragging.

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8.0
X-Men: Blue (2017) #23

Mar 14, 2018

Cullen Bunn writes Magneto exceptionally well, so this issue plays to all of X-Men Blue's strengths.

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6.0
X-Men: Blue (2017) #24

Mar 28, 2018

Bunn seems to be going somewhere, but the road to get there is a bit bumpy.

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6.0
X-Men: Blue (2017) #25

Apr 11, 2018

It's not awful, but it feels like it should be much, much better.

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4.0
X-Men: Blue (2017) #26

Apr 25, 2018

X-Men Blue feels like it had a lot of its life sapped out of it due to its main character being elsewhere during what feels like the culmination of over 20 issues of stories.

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6.0
X-Men: Blue (2017) #27

May 9, 2018

Marcus To does a solid job with the art, but there's still the lingering feeling like X-Men Blue became a different book at some point.

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4.0
X-Men: Blue (2017) #28

May 30, 2018

X-Men Blue is a comic where important things happen, but the comic itself fails to make those things feel important.

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4.0
X-Men: Blue (2017) #29

Jun 13, 2018

The serviceable but not particularly memorable artwork does little to elevate the material.

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6.0
X-Men: Blue (2017) #30

Jun 27, 2018

X-Men Blue #30 is a textbook example of a serviceable superhero comic book. There's some melodrama, some fighting, some teases of things to come, but none of it is particularly memorable.

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8.0
X-Men: Blue (2017) #31

Jul 11, 2018

It finally feels like X-Men Blue is back on track and headed towards an exciting climax.

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4.0
X-Men: Blue (2017) #32

Jul 25, 2018

It is hard not to feel a little divorced from the rest of the issue's events as a result, those events comprised mostly of seven mutants yelling very passionately at each other.

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6.0
X-Men: Blue (2017) #33

Aug 8, 2018

Marcus To delivers stellar visuals in what is a solid issue that seems primarily interested in setting up bigger thing to come.

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8.0
X-Men: Blue (2017) #34

Aug 29, 2018

Marcus To shows some of his best work, building to a final visual note that will leave readers, longtime X-Men fans in particular, with chills.

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8.0
X-Men: Blue (2017) #35

Sep 12, 2018

The biggest flaw here may be that it will leave fans wishing we saw those vignettes explored in more depth. But all good things come to an end, and X-Men Blue #35 is a thoughtful, satisfying beginning of the end for the original five.

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10
X-Men: Blue (2017) #36

Sep 26, 2018

This is a graceful and satisfying end to X-Men Blue and closing chapter to the All-New X-Men saga.

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8.0
X-Men: Gold (2017) #21

Feb 7, 2018

The character work and plot set up is of a high enough caliber to carry the issue few, but the rough around the edges artwork keeps the issue from truly soaring.

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6.0
X-Men: Gold (2017) #22

Feb 21, 2018

X-Men Gold #22 doesn't stray far from typical X-Men superhero fare, but it executes that material very well.

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6.0
X-Men: Gold (2017) #23

Mar 7, 2018

It may be comfort food for X-Men fans, but it's good comfort food.

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2.0
X-Men: Gold (2017) #24

Mar 21, 2018

X-Men Gold #24 is a low point for the series.

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4.0
X-Men: Gold (2017) #25

Apr 4, 2018

X-Men Gold #25 loses all sense of narrative causality.

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6.0
X-Men: Gold (2017) #26

Apr 18, 2018

The road to the wedding of Kitty Pryde and Colossus begins here, with a flashback drawn by David Marquez. It's beautiful, but given the problematic elements of the early days of Kitty and Peter's relationships, one wonders if reminding fans of those early days is a wise choice.

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8.0
X-Men: Gold (2017) #28

May 23, 2018

Still, despite some small art hiccups, the strengths of this issue far outweigh the flaws, delivering one of the best installment of X-Men Gold in weeks.

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8.0
X-Men: Gold (2017) #29

Jun 6, 2018

While X-Men Gold has been inconsistent as of late, issue #29 gets back to what made the series' early issues so much fun: high action-adventure and enjoyable dynamics between the characters.

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10
X-Men: Gold (2017) #30

Jun 20, 2018

It's a beautiful, complicated issue that's sure to bring out some complicated feelings from fans, and it's all the better for it.

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6.0
X-Men: Gold (2017) #31

Jul 4, 2018

It's a solid start to what seems like it may be the story Marc Guggenheim has been building towards through his entire run.

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6.0
X-Men: Gold (2017) #32

Jul 18, 2018

X-Men Gold seems to be hitting its denouement as it wraps up every long-running plot that Marc Guggenheim planted in his run.

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6.0
X-Men: Gold (2017) #33

Aug 1, 2018

The result is a relatively quiet but solid chapter that moves X-Men Gold closer to its finale and whatever may be next for the X-Men.

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6.0
X-Men: Gold (2017) #34

Aug 22, 2018

It is a strange way for X-Men Gold to be heading towards its end. With most of the cast unrepresented, this feels like a postscript to the wedding. Perhaps Guggenheim will bring it all together for the finale, right now the book feels a bit listless.

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4.0
X-Men: Gold (2017) #35

Sep 5, 2018

There's nothing to hate in X-Men Gold #35, but there's not much to love here either.

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6.0
X-Men: Gold (2017) #36

Sep 19, 2018

On a technical level, it's solid, but it feels like a strange note to go out on.

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8.0
X-Men: Gold (2017) Annual #2

Aug 1, 2018

McGuire's story strips down the character to her basest parts to discover what it is at her core that really defines her and Failla's artwork does a great job of depicting the character and her campmates as being at that transitionary early teenage.

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10
X-Men: Red (2018) #1

Feb 7, 2018

X-Men Red teases the return of a villain who is perfectly suited to the story the series is looking to tell. In their first issue, Taylor, Asrar, and company present a story that has plenty of visceral energy and that seems interested in carving a new path for these characters rather than recapturing past glory. That combination of big ideas and big action makes X-Men Red one of the boldest new X-Men comic in years.

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8.0
X-Men: Red (2018) #2

Mar 7, 2018

X-Men Red is still going strong.

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8.0
X-Men: Red (2018) #3

Apr 11, 2018

X-Men Red is the X-Men book to watch.

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8.0
X-Men: Red (2018) #4

May 16, 2018

While some of the books in the X-Men line seem devoted to recapturing past glory, X-Men Red continues to be the one interested pushing the X-Men into the future just as much as Jean Grey is trying to build a future for mutantkind.

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10
X-Men: Red (2018) #5

Jun 6, 2018

X-Men Red #5 continues to do what this series has done so well already, only even more-so.

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10
X-Men: Red (2018) #6

Jul 18, 2018

Even without all of that long-term X-Men history in your head, X-Men Red is an exciting, relevant, high-concept, and epic superhero adventure.

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8.0
X-Men: Red (2018) #7

Aug 22, 2018

X-Men Red #7 is arguably the most pedestrian issue of the series so far, but it is a still very good superhero comics.

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8.0
X-Men: Red (2018) #8

Sep 26, 2018

It may not be the series' best installment, but it's still pretty darn good.

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10
X-Men: Red (2018) #9

Oct 24, 2018

This issue is lighter on the metaphor than most of the series has been, but has enough strong relationship moments and excellent characterizations that it will likely still leave X-Men fans with the urge to pump their fists in the air.

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8.0
X-Men: Red (2018) #10

Nov 7, 2018

Tom Taylor's script starts slow here, but before the end, he's managed to toss out another big, ridiculous idea that no one was likely to have seen coming and that will have will have fans ready for the big finish.

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8.0
X-Men: Red (2018) #11

Dec 12, 2018

As unfortunately short-lived as it is, X-Men Red is one of the best X-Men stories of the past decade.

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8.0
X-Men: Red (2018) Annual #1

May 30, 2018

By the end, the emotional punch of X-Men Red Annual #1 more than makes up for the moments when it doesn't quite come together.

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6.0
X-Men: The Wedding Special #1

May 16, 2018

The stories go from bad, to not bad, to good, making the issue easily recommendable if you're really invested in these characters, but easily skipped if you're not.

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