Jamie Lovett's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: ComicBook.com Reviews: 1441
6.7Avg. Review Rating

7
007: For King and Country #4

Jul 26, 2023

Even for a relative neophyte to Bond's canon, King and Country has enough attractive flair to make it an enjoyable read and energetic reading experience.

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007: For King and Country #5

Sep 27, 2023

Even as a casual James Bond fan at best, and even with 007 survival assured for future adventures, I find myself determined to learn how this clash of ideologies resolves itself and whether there's anything left of the relationship caught in the crossfires.

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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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A Calculated Man #2

Jul 20, 2022

It's a series built around the charms of a particularly uncharming character, making reading it a dense chore.

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A Vicious Circle (2022) #1

Dec 14, 2022

A Vicious Circle #1 indulges in the too-familiar trope of killing a barely developed, innocent supporting character to motivate its protagonist in what feels like a transparent attempt to add unearned, instant emotion to the plot.

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A Vicious Circle (2022) #2

Jul 19, 2023

The plot reads like a spec script for an action movie, specifically the part where the protagonist fills us in on the minimum backstory required to justify the fight scenes. The artwork remains strong but offers fewer opportunities for Bermejo to play with different styles, making it less exciting than the previous issue, if not any less skillfully done.

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A.X.E. One-Shots: X-Men #1

Oct 5, 2022

The Progenitor refuses to let Jean off the hook for the death of the D'Bari people, but Jean doesn't seem to learn or change based on his judgment. Instead, she deflects, focusing on the Celestial's hypocrisy rather than her anything interior. It's a shame because tackling questions about whether fictional characters need to be held accountable for crimes committed decades ago under another writer's pen seems like the kind of thing writer Kieron Gillen would knock out of the park. Instead, he sidesteps, and all that remains is a sparse, basic infiltration story drawn in something approaching the early 2000 shadowy realism popularized by Bryan Hitch and others, minus the obsession with cinematic framing and lacking depth.

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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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Aliens: What If...? (2024) #2

Apr 10, 2024

This whole exercise could have been a by-the-numbers extrapolation of what happens when a writer chooses option A over option B or when a character outlives their relevance. Instead, the tale is adding more depth to the character without fundamentally undercutting the thematic underpinnings that defined him in the first place.

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All New Firefly (2022): Big Damn Finale

Dec 21, 2022

While the story of All-New Firefly as a whole is weighed by the tonal shifts in the series that preceded it, this finale issue, built on sentimentality though it may be, hits the spot.

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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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All New Firefly (2022) #6

Jul 27, 2022

It's a low-key issue, but not uninteresting.

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All New Firefly (2022) #8

Sep 21, 2022

There may be a bit too much going on in this story arcspeaking for myself, between the Tax Collector and the monks, I'd almost forgotten the whole Jayne has a son subplotand I may be grading on a curve because the series has been on shaky ground lately, but this totally unremarkable but competently crafted issue of All-New Firefly somehow feels like a win.

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All New Firefly (2022) #9

Oct 19, 2022

A simple plot paired with repeated ideas makes it feel like this All-New series may be running out of steam quickly.

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All New Firefly (2022) #10

Nov 16, 2022

While All-New Firefly has had its ups and down thus far, and the arc has gone on perhaps too long, the idea of introducing Jayne Cobb's son, Owen, into the mix is starting to pay off nicely.

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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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Anansi Boys (2024) #1

Jun 26, 2024

As long as readers can accept Anansi Boys for what it isa serialized graphic novelthey'll be in for a fine time in the Gaiman mold.

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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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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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Angel (2022) #7

Jul 20, 2022

Angel #7, while crafted well enough, is built on shaky ground.

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Angel (2022) #8

Aug 17, 2022

It's just a shame that what came before wasn't more cohesive.

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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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Avatar (2019): Frontiers of Pandora #1

Feb 28, 2024

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora Solek's Journey #1 is a solidly assembled start to the character's pilgrimage.

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Avatar (2019): Frontiers of Pandora #2

Mar 27, 2024

It's a fine enough comic for fans of the game or the larger Avatar franchise, but it's unlikely to impress outsiders.

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Avatar (2019): Frontiers of Pandora #3

Apr 24, 2024

It's not going to surprise anyone or transcend expectations as a licensed tie-in to a video game based on a movie, but for the target demographic, it likely does enough to satisfy.

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Avatar (2019): Frontiers of Pandora #4

May 29, 2024

It's another issue that's crafted well but relies heavily on established tropes and a narrative pattern that is, by now, well-worn.

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Avatar (2019): Frontiers of Pandora #5

Jul 17, 2024

There are ambitious ideas here but a flawed execution results in a muddy reading experience.

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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): Echoes #1

Nov 29, 2023

When thinking back on Tim Burton's Batman films, it's the gothic aesthetic that endures. Quinones' tight linework and framing, and Ito's blue-purple color palette imbue it onto every page of this issue. With its unexpected ending, Batman '89: Echoes #1 is a thrilling return to a fan-favorite era.

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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): Echoes #2

Mar 20, 2024

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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): Echoes #3

Jul 10, 2024

Much of Batman '89: Echoes #3 is spent on a flashback explaining how Bruce Wayne found himself in Arkham Asylum impersonating Firefly. However, this story is moving at such a crawl, with such little forward momentum, that it's hard to appreciate it now moving backward.

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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 '89 (2021) #6

Jul 6, 2022

The issue proves to be a satisfying conclusion, elevated by brilliant artwork, making Batman '89 a worthwhile successor to the films that inspired it.

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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 Cloak (2022) #1

Jan 11, 2023

Black Cloak #1 ticks the right boxes for sci-fi storytelling, hooking readers in to see its mystery unfold.

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Black Cloak (2022) #2

Feb 22, 2023

Perhaps it's got to do with the series' double-sized debut, but Black Cloak #2 feels both overstuffed and truncated.

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Black Cloak (2022) #3

Mar 15, 2023

Black Cloak's first arc is still unfolding, but one hopes Kelly Thompson isn't drawing comparisons they're unwilling to address head-on down the line. Further, this issue introduces some familiar police story tropes into its narrative, such as the cop with a newborn at home, and some of the ribbing between the partners, while providing some levity, clashes with the gravitas of a murder investigation, especially one that could have such devastating effects on the city.

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Black Cloak (2022) #4

Apr 12, 2023

The issue's ending promises answers, but the current lack of them remains a pain point distracting from the mystery at the series' heart.

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Black Cloak (2022) #5

May 10, 2023

As with past issues, there are too many moments that seem meant to be significant but don't quite land because the reader lacks all the requisite contextual information to understand its impact.

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Black Cloak (2022) #6

Aug 2, 2023

Those who demand those answers might be disappointed, but the issue is a game-changing conclusion that promises a very different type of story when the series returns.

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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 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): 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 (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/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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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 Last Vampire Slayer (2021): Lost Summer #1

May 3, 2023

Despite its flaws and inconsistencies, it does fulfill the brief of giving readers time with the ur-versions of these characters, and they feel authentic here. That'll be enough for some fans.

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Buffy: The Last Vampire Slayer (2023) #1

Aug 2, 2023

Altogether, it's a stellar start to this version of Buffy's future.

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Buffy: The Last Vampire Slayer (2023) #2

Sep 6, 2023

Despite the wrinkles, it all rings a little too familiar to be genuinely exciting, and the busy artwork makes it hard to connect with the characters. However, it at least feels like a story built on firmer ground than some of the Buffy comics that preceded it.

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Buffy: The Last Vampire Slayer (2023) #3

Oct 4, 2023

Thessaly remains a compelling character and a believable evolution of the Slayer role for a new generation. However, Buffy the Last Vampire Slayer needs greater focus in its plotting and visual storytelling if its creators hope to do the character justice.

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Buffy: The Last Vampire Slayer (2023) #4

Nov 1, 2023

Buffy the Last Vampire Slayer #4 is a disjointed mess of a comic book.

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Buffy: The Last Vampire Slayer (2023) #5

Dec 6, 2023

There's a nice two-page spread as well, but on the whole, this is a puzzling, unpolished conclusion to an uneven 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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Carnage (2023) #1

Nov 22, 2023

Carnage #1 is on the cusp of something worthwhile but hasn't fully invested.

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Carnage (2023) #2

Dec 27, 2023

If it can shed its ponderous pacing, Carnage might become something worthwhile.

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Carnage (2023) #3

Jan 31, 2024

Even as Carnage #3 offers up the series' centerpiece a showdown between the original Cletus Kasidy and the Carnage symbiote, with its coughed-up clone it lacks the focus and seems at odds with itself.

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Carnage (2023) #4

Feb 28, 2024

The book slow crawl and lack of clear purpose make it ill-positioned for a crossover with another title, but all Carnage stories seem to inevitable lead back to Venom, and here we are.

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Carnage (2023) #6

Apr 10, 2024

It feels like there are ideas buried here, but the lack of mood and motion makes it hard to invest in whatever the narrative is trying to say.

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Carnage (2023) #7

May 15, 2024

It's a solid enough issue that picks up the pace but can't shake off all the problems plaguing the series.

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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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Dark Spaces: Good Deeds #1

May 17, 2023

What comes next as Dark Space: Good Deeds continues will ultimately determine whether this introduction is worthwhile, but the chances seem good that'll only get more interesting from here.

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Dark Spaces: Good Deeds #2

Jun 28, 2023

Dark Spaces: Good Deeds #2 keeps the Vertigo vibes established in the first issue but still hasn't firmly differentiated itself from other stories in the genre, ultimately repeating the same narrative bits.

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Dark Spaces: Good Deeds #3

Aug 2, 2023

Visually, the issue still feels like it walks the line between realistic and supernatural, but the pacing is tripping up the story.

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Dark Spaces: Good Deeds #4

Sep 6, 2023

It's a version of the old "built on a native burial ground" trope, but Good Deeds treats the idea with more respect, nuance, and detail than usually afforded by shlocky horror stories.

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Dark Spaces: Good Deeds #5

Oct 18, 2023

Dark Places: Good Deeds may be falling into a common trap, which is including one twist too many.

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Dark Spaces: Good Deeds #6

Nov 22, 2023

The conclusion to Dark Spaces: Good Deeds reads like watching the end of a Twilight Zone episode on fast-forward.

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Dark Spaces: Hollywood Special #1

Aug 16, 2023

The Hollywood Special #1 does some fantastic character work with grounded stakes for well-realized characters. That should be enough to get readers to come back for more.

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Dark Spaces: Hollywood Special #2

Sep 27, 2023

A strong enough follow-through in subsequent episodes will make it worthwhile, but it's hard to know what you're investing your time into.

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Dark Spaces: Hollywood Special #3

Nov 8, 2023

The issue puts the horse before the cart at times when pacing out its plot, but there are some wonderfully creepy moments in the construction.

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Dark Spaces: Hollywood Special #4

Dec 6, 2023

Dark Spaces: The Hollywood Special continues to pair luminous artwork with an unmoored narrative.

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Dark Spaces: Hollywood Special #5

Jan 10, 2024

It's still an attractive comic to look at, but it feels like this issue needed to accomplish more narratively than what it ultimately managed.

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Dark Spaces: Hollywood Special #6

Feb 14, 2024

There's some impressive craft herethe art in the series has been a consistent highlightbut at the end of it all, the reader might struggle to explain what the story was about.

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Dark Spaces: Wildfire #1

Jul 20, 2022

Dark Spaces: Wildfire #1 is an eye-catching and evocative debut.

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Dark Spaces: Wildfire #2

Aug 17, 2022

It's gorgeous storytelling all around, as Snyder, Sherman, and Pattinson depict the moments of joy before everything begins to go up in flames.

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Dark Spaces: Wildfire #3

Sep 14, 2022

Three issues in and the structure of Dark Spaces: Wildfire, paralleling the heist to the stages of a fire, remains strong.

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Dark Spaces: Wildfire #4

Oct 12, 2022

Dark Spaces: Wildfire #4 reads faster than the previous three. That may be because, as the metaphorical fire running parallel to this story reaches the "high heat" phase, there's not much left to do but step on the gas with action and twists.

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Dark Spaces: Wildfire #5

Nov 23, 2022

Wildfire proved to be a brilliant debut both for IDW Originals and Snyder's Dark Spaces concept.

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Dark X-Men (2023) #1

Aug 16, 2023

Even if the reader doesn't recognize or appreciate the issue's subtext, this is an enjoyable superhero book for anyone attracted to the darker side of the genre.

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Dark X-Men (2023) #2

Sep 20, 2023

The focus on mood results in a sluggish pace of the plotmuch of Dark X-Men #2 is spent on bickering between teammates and the filling in of backstoriesbut it's a worthwhile tradeoff when the mood is apple this well.

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Dark X-Men (2023) #3

Oct 25, 2023

The pacing is a bit on the slow side, but Foxe is still nailing that horror-tinged narration, and there's enough weird going on here to want to keep reading.

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Dark X-Men (2023) #4

Nov 15, 2023

Dark X-Men #4 starts on a strange foot. Gambit touches base with his wife Rogue, who hasn't appeared previously in the series, seemingly as a reason for him to recap the series thus far. Given this is the penultimate installment of a five-issue series, that hardly seems necessary. Once that's out of the way, Steve Foxe, Jonas Scharf, and Frank Martin kick things into a higher gear with a mercilessness typically reserved for horror stories rather than superheroes.

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Dark X-Men (2023) #5

Dec 13, 2023

The artwork remains as appropriately dark as it has been, setting a grim mood, but much of the action feels uninspired, perhaps because the real conflict is in the staredown between the Goblin Queens while other threats previously built up as formidable fall fairly quickly.

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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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DC's 'Twas the 'Mite Before Christmas (2023) #1

Dec 13, 2023

As a package deal, DC's 'Twas the Mite Before Christmas is hardly essential reading but should satisfy anyone with a craving for holiday heroics.

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Deadweights (2024) #1

Apr 10, 2024

A clashing of tones that fails to commit to one sensibility or another, or even to the tension between, creates a disorienting reading experience that fails to pose some obvious and important questions about its central characters.

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Deadweights (2024) #2

May 8, 2024

There are some genuine laughs in Deadweights #2 as well. Here's hoping it all comes together as the series progresses.

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Deadweights (2024) #4

Jul 10, 2024

There's still the lingering question about making restitution for their past deeds, but by giving us a glimpse at the normal, mundane lives they may choose to live, Deadweights #4 goes a long way in creating empathy for these burned-out henchmen.

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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): 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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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 Wars (2022): Down In Flames #1

Feb 1, 2023

If you love Momoko's work or are interested in Japanese folklore, that's likely enough to make the issue worthwhile, but the storytelling leaves something to be desired.

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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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4
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: House Harkonnen (2023) #2

Feb 22, 2023

The plot is spread too thin, is so lacking in focus that it's a struggle even to enjoy it as a fictional history of a fascinating universe. It's almost literally a shadow of what spawned it.

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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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Dune: The Waters of Kanly #3

Jul 13, 2022

Ultimately, the issue doesn't do much that one couldn't gather from a Wikipedia summary, failing to truly engage the reader at any point with its thin plot, near-nonexistent characterizations, and competent but unmemorable artwork.

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Dune: The Waters of Kanly #4

Aug 17, 2022

It's an entirely baffling end to an utterly pointless story.

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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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Fall of the House of X (2024) #1

Jan 3, 2024

They say you can't go home again. After reading Fall of the House of X #1, it feels like Marvel and the series' creative team may be poised to test that maxim, clumsily stumbling all the way back to Xavier's front door. -

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Fall of the House of X (2024) #2

Feb 14, 2024

Fall of the House of X #2 is full of moments where the artwork fails to live up the pitch.

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Fall of the House of X (2024) #3

Mar 13, 2024

At three issues in, Fall of the House of X has become the antithesis of the House of X miniseries from which it takes its name. Where Jonathan Hickman insisted that all other X-Men titles end before he began his run to ensure that House of X (and Powers of X) were the sole, singular X-Men narrative for readers to focus on, Fall of the House of X feels less like a story in itself and more like a highlight reel of events happening in the handful of other Fall of X stories that are running simultaneously.

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Fall of the House of X (2024) #4

Apr 17, 2024

Fall of the House of X #4 has a lot going on. None of it quite hits the mark.

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Fall of the House of X (2024) #5

May 22, 2024

The finale to Fall of the House of X bears the same signs of being rushed out the door as the rest of the series (and several others of the "Fall of X" era).

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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): 20th Anniversary Special

Aug 31, 2022

In a way, it's a microcosmic example of the odd direction the Firefly comics have gone in since coming to Boom, with the characters behaving like cartoonish versions of themselves ("It's Jayne time"?) and a heavy reliance on sci-fi plot devices, neither of which helps to elevates a mediocre celebration.

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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 (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): 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: 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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Firefly: The Fall Guys (2023) #1

Sep 6, 2023

It's a newcomer-friendly issue as it goes out of its way to present a full crew roll call over multiple pages. While the sci-fi elements may be toned down, the story still operates on a larger-than-usual scale, involving a political assassination that could affect the whole galaxy.

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Firefly: The Fall Guys (2023) #2

Oct 11, 2023

It's a fine enough continuation of Firefly's comic book adventures, but unlikely to draw or keep the attention of curious newcomers.

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Firefly: The Fall Guys (2023) #3

Nov 8, 2023

There's a rocket-powered stagecoach in this issue of Firefly: The Fall Guys, and I feel like that's somehow symbolic of how far the Boom Studios take on the series in comics has fallen.

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Firefly: The Fall Guys (2023) #4

Jan 10, 2024

Firefly: The Fall Guys #4 feels like it is retreading old ground as the Serenity crew and the Archambeau Gang continue this endless process of trying to frame and/or kill each other.

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Firefly: The Fall Guys (2023) #5

Feb 14, 2024

By the end, the issue feels like its run a lap on a narrative tread that's wearing increasingly thin, without anything memorable to show for the effort.

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Firefly: The Fall Guys (2023) #6

Mar 13, 2024

Ultimately, Firefly: The Fall Guys is another failed attempt to get the Serenity crew's comic book adventures back on track.

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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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G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (2023) #301

Nov 15, 2023

With introductions out of the way, it's easy to get swept up in the atmosphere and dramatics of the story even if the specifics may be unclear to newcomers.

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G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (2023) #302

Dec 20, 2023

Larry Hama proved that gets how to use "silence" effectively in comics long ago, with the release of "Silent Interlude," his memorable silent story published in GI Joe: A Real American Hero #21. GI Joe: A Real American Hero #302 isn't entirely silent, but there are pages where Hama steps back and lets Chris Mooneyham and Francesco Segala's beautifully dramatic visuals breathe, and the issue is better for it.

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G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (2023) #303

Jan 17, 2024

There are spots in the issue where the exposition is cumbersome, but it's hard to argue with this level of smart visual storytelling.

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G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (2023) #304

Feb 21, 2024

Long-time Joe readers don't need me to tell them this, but I encourage newcomers to let themselves get lost in that sense of well-established wonder.

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G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (2023) #305

Mar 20, 2024

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero bears many of the hallmarks of Larry Hama's long and beloved run on the comic: unlikely odds, ninja action, and military tech jargon.

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G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (2023) #306

May 15, 2024

Luckily, the tight pacing, rich artwork, and intrigue all hold together, investing the readers in all the intricate machinations that unfold.

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G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (2023) #307

Jun 19, 2024

This issue sees the cold war between the various factions turning hot, affecting the vibe of an action movie, with standout moments like a Joe pulling the trigger on a cyborg's eye socket from point-blank range. If that sounds like your thing, this book will speak to you.

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G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (2023) #308

Jul 17, 2024

This issue of RAH may lean a bit more into G.I. Joe's cartoonish aspects than readers are accustomed to, but it will still leave them eager to see what happens when it all goes down in Springfield.

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G.O.D.S. (2023) #1

Oct 4, 2023

G.O.D.S. #1 meets and subverts expectations, leaning into some familiar Hickman tropes while shining the narrative spotlight in unexpected places.

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G.O.D.S. (2023) #2

Nov 8, 2023

Jonathan Hickman's commitment to treating the new additions he's introduced into the Marvel Universe in G.O.D.S. as if they've always been there is commendable and effective.

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G.O.D.S. (2023) #3

Dec 20, 2023

G.O.D.S. is still laying out the full enormity of its mysteries, but it's doing so in a way that will ensure readers are too hooked to do anything but see all the way through.

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G.O.D.S. (2023) #4

Jan 24, 2024

G.O.D.S. remains a beautifully crafted and compelling read.

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G.O.D.S. (2023) #5

Feb 21, 2024

G.O.D.S. #5 is the most streamlined, quickest read issue of Jonathan Hickman, Valerio Schti, and Marvel Gracia's high-concept Marvel Comics series thus far.

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G.O.D.S. (2023) #6

Mar 27, 2024

Reading G.O.D.S. feels a bit like watching the creators pull a sleight-of-hand trick. Many of the flourishes associated with Jonathan Hickman's writing style are a presenta sense of gravitas and mystery, systems within systemsyet, underneath that veneer, the series hasn't revealed much conflict or plot to latch onto and remains content to slowly build out its new take on Marvel's cosmic power balance as an exercise in pure worldbuilding.

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G.O.D.S. (2023) #7

Apr 24, 2024

It's a personal issue that doesn't shy away from having Dimitri may a defiant, definitive statement on what matters to him. It's also tragic, though not quite as a heart-rending it seems intent on being, perhaps because it isn't all that hard to figure out what the downer twist before it lands. That said, the art remains gorgeous, and G.O.D.S., as it nears it (apparent) end, continues to feel like it is just now beginning to ramp up to something.

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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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Godzilla: Here There Be Dragons (2023): Sons of Giants #1

Jun 26, 2024

While Godzilla: Here There Be Dragons II Sons of Giants #1 may not hook readers on its central mystery by the time the issue ends, the gorgeous historical vignettes are enough for even casual kaiju lovers to consider returning for a second look.

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Gone (2023) #1

Oct 25, 2023

While Gone #1's visuals are as strong as anyone familiar with Jock's work would expect, its vagaries fail to build a setting readers can believe in, leaving much of the issue's narrative scaffolding feeling like half-formed thoughts in Jock's mind.

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Gone (2023) #2

Feb 7, 2024

Jock's artwork is as stellar as ever, walking that line between gritty realism and impressionistic flair, but while focusing on Abi and her father may be beneficial, it still feels like much of Gone's narrative picture is unpainted.

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Gone (2023) #3

May 8, 2024

In wrapping up Gone, Jock provides a sensible conclusion to Abi's story that doesn't fully cover some of the weaknesses in the series overall.

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Green Arrow (2023) #7

Dec 27, 2023

The issue wobbles a bit but doesn't fall down, keeping this stellar series on the right track.

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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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Howard the Duck (2023) #1

Nov 29, 2023

Altogether, it's a fine tribute to Marvel's most misanthropic fowl.

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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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Immoral X-Men (2023) #1

Feb 22, 2023

This might as well be the next issue of Immortal X-Men. Which is still good, mind you. It simply feels less like an event.

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Immoral X-Men (2023) #2

Mar 15, 2023

As a Star Trek and X-Men fan, this issue has me squarely in its crosshairs, but regardless, it's compelling and well-crafted stuff.

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Immoral X-Men (2023) #3

Apr 5, 2023

Immoral X-Men leaves its Star Trek homage behind to go grimdark with X-Men by way of Warhammer 40,000.

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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 Thor (2023) #1

Aug 23, 2023

Despite the return of Thor's classic Jack Kirby-designed costume, fans of Ewing's Marvel work know better than to expect a retrograde "back to basics" approach. Instead, this opening chapter offers something more foundational, elemental, and compelling.

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Immortal Thor (2023) #2

Sep 27, 2023

No detail has gone unexamined, and it all works together beautifully.

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Immortal Thor (2023) #3

Oct 25, 2023

While it fits nicely into the overarching Immortal Thor story, Immortal Thor #3 also serves as a self-contained story done in the style of a Norse fable and it all works perfectly.

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Immortal Thor (2023) #4

Nov 15, 2023

If there's an award to be given out for the best first page of a comic book in the year 2023 then I'd like to nominate the opening splash of Immortal Thor #4.

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Immortal Thor (2023) #5

Dec 13, 2023

With its first arc in the books, Immortal Thor is absolute must-read material.

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Immortal Thor (2023) #6

Jan 24, 2024

The issue's abrupt end is its weak point and feels haphazardly attached, but the rest of the issue moves at a deliberate pace as Loki recounts the tale of Thor's first meeting with the Utgard gods.

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Immortal Thor (2023) #7

Feb 28, 2024

It's an entertaining read but feels primarily invested in laying groundwork and seeding themes that will pay off later in the series' run.

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Immortal Thor (2023) #9

Apr 3, 2024

The Immortal Thor is now verging on becoming fully metatextual, a rumination on the compromises made to turn a god of myth into a marketable superhero and the responsibilities that such an icon has accrued since comics have gone from being the disposable entertainment of certain relatively small subcultures to a dominant global entertainment force.

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Immortal Thor (2023) #10

May 1, 2024

Ultimately, the issue takes a surprising turn toward the end that'll have readers guessing, but putting the issue down fulfilled.

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Immortal Thor (2023) #11

May 22, 2024

Immortal Thor becomes one of the early adopters of the new cosmic Marvel paradigm laid out in Jonathan Hickman and Valerio Schti's GODS, and it's a fine fit.

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Immortal Thor (2023) #12

Jun 19, 2024

It remains a solid tale, but not the best that readers have seen from the series.

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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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Immortal X-Men (2022) #4

Jul 13, 2022

Kieron Gillen has proven time and again that he's able to find great nuance and depth in almost any character. He's put that talent on display with each issue of Immortal X-Men thus far and Immortal X-Men #4, focusing on Emma Frost, is no exception.

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Immortal X-Men (2022) #5

Aug 3, 2022

The issue is probably the most interesting character work Exodus has received in his 30-year history, but this issue needed a stronger emotional underpinning for the ecclesiological thought experiment to land with a stronger impact.

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Immortal X-Men (2022) #6

Sep 7, 2022

The visuals are as they have been, perhaps too realistically rendered and a bit flat but otherwise serviceable, which is also how I'd describe the issue holistically.

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Immortal X-Men (2022) #7

Oct 12, 2022

Immortal X-Men #7 succinctly shows Kurt's roguishness and devoutness come from the same place, which may make this issue the definitive Nightcrawler story.

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Immortal X-Men (2022) #8

Nov 16, 2022

Leave it to Kieron Gillen to take the question of why Chris Claremont decided to give Destiny the same name as Irene Adler from the Sherlock Holmes stories and turn it into a stellar story that reads like it was always meant this way.

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Immortal X-Men (2022) #9

Dec 7, 2022

Immortal X-Men #9 is a delightfully deranged deconstruction of the lives of Moira X as presented in House of X/Powers of X.

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Immortal X-Men (2022) #10

Jan 18, 2023

This issue of Immortal X-Men is a bold one, tackling multiple complex ideas wrapped up in the X-Men mythology, from the flawed character of Professor X to the self-policing politics of the X-Men as a superhero team, to the limits of the mutant metaphor.

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Immortal X-Men (2022) #11

May 3, 2023

Gillen's depiction of Storm at her righteous best and self-righteous worst is beautiful character work that, combined with Werneck's excellent artwork and wrapped in layers upon layers of intrigue, makes this one of Immortal X-Men's best issues yet.

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Immortal X-Men (2022) #12

Jun 7, 2023

Gillen leverages Colossus' Russian heritage to play into parallels with Russian literary tragedies to clever effect, and the idea that fear of terrible things happening is what causes those things rings true throughout multiple subplots.

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Immortal X-Men (2022) #13

Jul 12, 2023

Marvel has been teasing the "Fall of X" for a while now, playing with the idea that it may be the end of the Krakoan era or a play on words as the X-Men line heads into autumn. Kieron Gillen writes that ambiguity into Immortal X-Men #13, the final issue of the series before the 2023 Hellfire Gala special, Krakoa's leaves falling from its branches.

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Immortal X-Men (2022) #14

Aug 9, 2023

Gillen and company have interpreted the Fall of X to be in the same vein as the Fall of Man, and that's a gripping direction to take the series.

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Immortal X-Men (2022) #15

Sep 6, 2023

It's two fronts of the war for Eden, fought amongst the fallen, and if this is going to be Krakoa's last act, that's a hell of a note to go out on.

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Immortal X-Men (2022) #16

Oct 4, 2023

Immortal X-Men's Biblical take on the Fall of X remains a highlight of the sunsetting line of Krakoan comics.

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Immortal X-Men (2022) #17

Nov 22, 2023

With Lucas Werneck moving on to other things, Marvel Comics calls on Juan Jose Ryp to draw Immortal X-Men #17 and it proves to be an issue that plays to the artist's considerable strengths.

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Immortal X-Men (2022) #18

Dec 27, 2023

Immortal X-Men #18 is good in its own right and will also readers eager for Krakoa's grand finale.

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Indigo Children (2023) #1

Mar 29, 2023

Indigo Children #1 doesn't deliver enough. It's derivative, ineffective at the basic tenets of the genre it's trying to play in, and the execution of its simple plot is rough around the edges.

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Indigo Children (2023) #2

Apr 26, 2023

The whole thing feels hollow, a style in search of a purpose, and a mystery imploring readers to place unearned trust in the book as it unravels.

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Indigo Children (2023) #3

May 24, 2023

It still reads like a lesser version of other comics, particularly the 2012 Harbinger relaunch, but this installment reads smoothly, at least.

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Indigo Children (2023) #4

Jun 28, 2023

The artwork is a little looser in spots here, but it is unlikely to change anyone's mind about the series, which continues to be a dry and unmemorable read.

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Indigo Children (2023) #5

Jul 26, 2023

Indigo Children continues to be a case of style over substance, essentially a prolonged action movie sequence in search of even a shred of emotional resonance and reconfigured into comic book form.

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Indigo Children (2023) #6

Aug 23, 2023

Indigo Children's ending lands with an empty thud befitting the entire run.

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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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Jack Kirby's Starr Warriors (2023) #1

Sep 20, 2023

However, while it's hard to tell how much Scioli has changed without the original work to compare it to, the finished product hardly feels like a fully formed vision of what might have been.

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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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Kroma (2022) #1

Nov 16, 2022

While readers will have to wait for another issue to see the main thrust of the plot revealed (one would assume), Kroma #1 stands tall as a solidly constructed feat of worldbuilding, and a considered musing on the colors of life, primarily those we fear and those of which we deprive ourselves and others.

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Kroma (2022) #2

Dec 21, 2022

Kroma continues to be a story that is both gorgeous and compelling, deftly balancing thoughtfulness with thrills.

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Kroma (2022) #3

Jan 18, 2023

The story's shift in its pacing as Kroma makes her journey to her new destination feels unnatural given the flow of the story thus far, but it doesn't take much away from what remains a compelling and affecting tale.

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Kroma (2022) #4

Apr 12, 2023

Kroma stuck the landing as a moving, evergreen fable.

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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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Life of Wolverine (2024) #1

Jul 3, 2024

Life of Wolverine #1 adapts the vertically scrolling "Infinity Comic" by writer Jim Zub and artist Roman Bachs into print with passable results. Knowing that Life of Wolverine existed first as a webtoon-style comic, it's hard not to look for the seams where the phone-sized pieces were sewn together.

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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) #16

Jul 6, 2022

Magic: The Gathering #16 isn't a total wash, and fans of the series will likely find it passable, but it is significantly worse for its poor pacing, ill-suited art, and lack of attention to detail.

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Magic (2021) #17

Aug 3, 2022

Jed MacKay gives Niko a strong characterization in the issue, as they are shown to be fiery, empathetic, full of wonder, and also perhaps a bit reckless and impulsive.

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Magic (2021) #18

Sep 7, 2022

The fast-paced script plays to Ig Guara's strengths as an artist, and the colorswhile still a bit soft in softare vibrant and varied. It's an action-heavy payoff to the plot thus far and ends on a note of excitement as things seem poised only to escalate from here.

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Magic (2021) #19

Oct 5, 2022

It all comes together into something that feels slapdash and serviceable at best.

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Magic (2021) #20

Nov 2, 2022

He adorns the plot with simplistic posturing dialogue and overbearing narration. It's a muddled end to this long Magic: The Gathering saga.

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Magic (2021) #21

Dec 7, 2022

The three different artists aboard make the reading of it feel disjointed as the styles are not similar nor are they sectioned off in a way that makes any particular sense. It's a minor annoyance in a functional if not particularly eventual issue.

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Magic (2021) #22

Jan 4, 2023

While reading Magic: The Gathering #22, I'm struck by how small Magic's supposedly infinite multiverse feels.

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Magic (2021) #23

Feb 1, 2023

This Cliffs Notes version of the epic metaplot isn't likely to compel the uninitiated. At some point, you have to trust that those who don't know and care enough to be curious know how to look things up on the internet and tell the story with the confidence that this issue is lacking.

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Magic (2021) #24

Mar 1, 2023

There's simply not much memorable to speak of in this muddled, middling issue.

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Magic (2021) #25

Apr 5, 2023

It's all anticlimactic and underwhelming and like the ghost of a better story.

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Magic (2021): Nahiri The Lithomancer #1

Nov 30, 2022

At its root, Nahiri's story is one of change, how scary it can be, and how grateful we all should be for it, and it makes for a surprisingly and welcomely intimate tale.

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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: Planeswalker (2023): Notorious #1

Aug 23, 2023

Frankly, if Boom and its creative talents aren't taking this kind of book seriously enough to commit to the bit, I don't see why anyone else should.

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Magic: Planeswalker (2023): Noble #1

Jun 14, 2023

Both stories feature a few too many scenes of characters standing around talking about things that have happened already or elsewhere, but they're otherwise enjoyable affairs.

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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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Magic: The Hidden Planeswalker (2022) #4

Jul 27, 2022

Magic: The Hidden Planeswalker proves to be a nice showcase for the complexities of Liliana Vess's character.

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Man's Best (2024) #2

Apr 24, 2024

In its second issue, Man's Best remains a charming, well-crafted endeavor, though the pace isn't quite what one might expect.

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Man's Best (2024) #3

May 22, 2024

Fans looking for a unique artistic experience won't be disappointed, but those looking for an animal adventure may be less fulfilled.

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Man's Best (2024) #4

Jun 19, 2024

As Man's Best nears its end and the journey becomes increasingly weird, more chances are taken with layouts and compositions, which adds some flair and excitement to this issue, including one especially arresting two-page spread.

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Man's Best (2024) #5

Jul 17, 2024

There are some questionable plot points (A brilliant scientist builds a walking death machine with only one flimsy control device?), and narrative cohesion is sacrificed for thematic grandeur, but Man's Best ends on the right note.

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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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Milestone 30th Anniversary (2023) #1

Mar 22, 2023

Milestone 30th Anniversary Special #1 is a lovingly crafted celebration of the Milestone legacy with something to offer fans of any version or era of these beloved characters.

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Miracleman by Gaiman & Buckingham: The Silver Age #3

Dec 28, 2022

Neil Gaiman and Mark Buckingham finally continue their 30-years-delayed run on Miracleman with Miracleman: The Silver Age #3, and the decades that have passed since the previous issue have only made this deconstructionist fable more potent.

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Miracleman by Gaiman & Buckingham: The Silver Age #4

Feb 8, 2023

The cracks are forming in Miracleman's utopia, tracing along the same fractures that run through the superhero genre.

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Miracleman by Gaiman & Buckingham: The Silver Age #5

May 10, 2023

This installment is more about nudging the plot forward than the previous couple and thus feels less revelatory. But that is, admittedly, a high bar, and one can still appreciate Mark Buckingham's delicate linework and Jordie Bellaire's humanizing colors.

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Miracleman by Gaiman & Buckingham: The Silver Age #6

Sep 27, 2023

The true origin of Dickie Dauntless is revealed in Miracleman by Gaiman & Buckingham: The Silver Age #6, and it is sad and uncomfortable in a way that fits perfectly with the Miracleman tone.

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Miracleman by Gaiman & Buckingham: The Silver Age #7

Jan 17, 2024

That the ending seems obvious only in retrospect, with Dickie's tale remaining enthralling throughout, speaks to Gaiman and Buckingham's storytelling abilities.

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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 (2019) #27

Jul 13, 2022

The penultimate chapter of "The Labors of Magik" is a wonderful and creative chapter ahead of the finale.

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New Mutants (2019) #28

Aug 17, 2022

This story has been solid for the most part, but the ending is a bit clumsy.

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New Mutants (2019) #29

Sep 7, 2022

It's a solid issue that fits right in with what came before. Fans of the series should be pleased.

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New Mutants (2019) #30

Sep 21, 2022

New Mutants #30 pulls triple duty as Vita Ayala's sendoff issue, a 40th-anniversary anthology, and, for some reason, a teaser setting the stage for Marvel's upcoming Deadpool series. It succeeds on all fronts.

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New Mutants (2019) #31

Oct 26, 2022

For readers with a high tolerance for cheesy geek speak who want to see a trans hero in the spotlight, New Mutants #31 provides, but there's no escaping the sense that it is a broader and less sophisticated take than the one that preceded it.

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New Mutants (2019) #32

Dec 7, 2022

There's a commendable attempt here to make a new character stick in the Marvel Universea challenge, for surebut there's a sense that this is being rushed which makes it hard to invest.

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New Mutants (2019) #33

Dec 28, 2022

The story's intent is admirable, and there's at least one good gag, plus the comic-strip style interludes which, while awkwardly placed, are sincerely sweet. However, the execution lacks the polish and depth needed for the story to leave a lasting impression.

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New Mutants Lethal Legion (2023) #1

Mar 8, 2023

The issue's dialog is often pedantic, oscillating between speaking in inspirational memes and baldly verbalizing the themes.

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New Mutants Lethal Legion (2023) #2

Apr 19, 2023

It's mostly inoffensive, but the issue ultimately feels like it swings and misses.

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New Mutants Lethal Legion (2023) #3

May 24, 2023

New Mutants: Lethal Legion #3 has a clear message that it wants to impart, and that's commendable. However, the message is almost too clear, as one character verbalizes it point-blank to another in the middle of this issue.

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New Mutants Lethal Legion (2023) #5

Jul 19, 2023

New Mutants: Lethal Legion concludes with the same blend of therapy speech and cheesy humor that's defined the series throughout.

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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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Original X-Men (2023) #1

Dec 20, 2023

What more can readers get from another take on Marvel's first five mutants after 60 years and all those previous returns? Based on The Original X-Men #1, not much.

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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): 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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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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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 (2015) #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 (2015) #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 (2015) #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 (2015) #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 (2015) #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 (2015) #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 (2015) #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 (2015) #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 (2015) #46

Jan 30, 2019

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

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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 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: 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 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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Rogue & Gambit (2023) #1

Mar 1, 2023

Unfortunately, this first issue feels somewhat retrograde.

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Rogue & Gambit (2023) #2

Apr 5, 2023

None of it feels very cohesive and ultimately the issue feels thin as a result and run of the mill as a result.

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Rogue & Gambit (2023) #3

May 10, 2023

Rogue & Gambit continues to deliver straightforward superheroics in its third issue while adding some texture to the tension between the lead characters.

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Rogue & Gambit (2023) #4

Jun 14, 2023

Rogue & Gambit might bring satisfaction to the die-hard fans of these characters, but it does little to stand out from its peers within the genre.

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Rogue & Gambit (2023) #5

Jul 12, 2023

Rogue & Gambit's final issue contains several high points for the series. The rest of the issue wraps up a run-of-the-mill superhero story in predictable and familiar ways, except for Rogue's dealings with Destiny.

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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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Roxxon Presents: Thor (2024) #1

Apr 17, 2024

Roxxon Presents: Thor #1 is a comic book artifact made real. It's the issue that the Minotaur gives Thor to read, an issue thatwith the help of Enchantress and Skurge the Executionerwill rewrite Thor's existence to better synergize with the Roxxon Corporation's corporate goals. As part of Al Ewing's ongoing Immortal Thor story, Roxxon Presents: Thor #1 is a crucial look at a core theme, what corporately-owned comics and other mass media could door is it, have doneto how we tell stories. And within these pages, Ewing makes the case for why that is a vitally important thing to consider.

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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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Sabretooth & the Exiles (2022) #1

Nov 9, 2022

Sabretooth & The Exiles #1 is a debut that holds nothing back, setting the stage for a story as fierce and compellingly complicated as its namesake protagonist.

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Sabretooth & the Exiles (2022) #2

Dec 21, 2022

Something interesting about Victor LaValle's take on Sabretooth is that Victor Creed is not unintelligent. It makes sense.

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Sabretooth & the Exiles (2022) #3

Jan 25, 2023

Sabretooth & the Exiles continues to be a masterclass in grafting big, relevant ideas to traditional superhero narratives.

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Sabretooth & the Exiles (2022) #4

Feb 22, 2023

Sabretooth & the Exiles continue to ground the mutant metaphor in real-world atrocities.

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Sabretooth & the Exiles (2022) #5

Mar 29, 2023

From start to finish, Sabretooth and the Exiles proved as thoughtful, compelling, and unpredictable as the creative team's first Sabretooth series. Bring on the "Sabretooth War" and whatever else comes next.

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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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Samurai Doggy #1

Aug 10, 2022

Overlooking the opening pages of the issue, brutal as they are, readers' enjoyment of Samurai Doggy will likely come down to how much they appreciate the visuals, and there is a lot to like in that regard.

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Samurai Doggy #2

Sep 14, 2022

If the idea here is the have Samurai Doggy wander in and out of other people's stories or even the opposite, that's fine, but the creators will have to execute much better than this if they want to keep readers interested.

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Samurai Doggy #3

Jan 25, 2023

As far as spectacle goes, it's gorgeous if not perfect, and while there's little else to it, that might be enough.

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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