Jason A. Fleece's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: You Don't Read Comics Reviews: 35
8.8Avg. Review Rating

9.0
Batman (2016) #51

Jul 25, 2018

After 26 issues of Superman, Lois Lane, Wonder Woman, Booster Gold, time travel, alternate universes, magical battles, the whole Batman rogues gallery, Poison Ivys world conquest, two proposals, and Catwoman shopping for a wedding dress, the wedding in issue #50 couldnt help but seem anticlimactic. Its a relief, then, to see this team taking Batman back to his roots busting heads in the streets, in a simple but novel story.

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9.6
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #1

Jan 23, 2019

This debut issue is a promising beginning, reuniting the reader with beloved characters and dropping seeds for new and exciting storylines. After years at Dark Horse, its clear that moving the Buffy franchise to Boom! Studios was a great opportunity to revitalize the beloved property.

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9.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #2

Feb 27, 2019

This installment of the new Buffy saga is a solid second issue. It continues the fresh tone of the first and expands the world appropriately. There are no fireworks just yet, but the issue lays the groundwork for some down the line.

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8.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #3

Mar 11, 2019

The first two issues of Buffy the Vampire Slayer were fun rides. While this issue feels like a lot of wheel-spinning and table-setting, it does end with a promising cliffhanger. Hopefully, the next chapter will be a return to form.

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9.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #4

Apr 18, 2019

Boom! Studios reboot of Buffy has been solid from its start, but its this issue that really shows why relaunching the franchise opens up new possibilities in a way that continuing it couldnt. This issue is a promising surprise; heres hoping that whats done here isnt undone, as it so easily could be.

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5.0
Cosmic Ghost Rider Destroys Marvel History #2

Apr 3, 2019

That professionalism, unfortunately, doesnt save what is ultimately a meaningless exercise. At the end of the day, this book doesnt so much destroy Marvel history as it does dilute the Marvel brand. If youre jonesing for the adventures of Cosmic Ghost Rider, skip this one and check out the current run of Guardians of the Galaxy instead.

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9.6
Dial H For Hero (2019) #1

Mar 27, 2019

Dial H For Hero #1 is a promising start to what looks like another win for the Wonder Comics imprint. This first issue makes a lot of great connections; heres hoping the call doesnt get dropped as the series continues.

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9.0
Dial H For Hero (2019) #2

Apr 24, 2019

The second issue of Dial H for Hero is just as much fun as the first and is still a promising start to what could be an exciting new series. Heres hoping future issues can manage some substance along with the razzle-dazzle.

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10
Dial H For Hero (2019) #3

May 22, 2019

DCs Wonder Comics line has been a string of successes for the publisher, and Dial H For HERO remains one of the lines crown jewels. Highly recommended.

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9.0
FCBD 2019: Dragonfly & Dragonflyman #1

May 4, 2019

Like most AHOY titles, their FCBD issue features one strong comic story, two other comic stories, and a prose piece. Theres something for everyone, and the best thing about an anthology title is that when something does hit, the reader can shrug and move on to the next feature.

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8.4
FCBD 2019: H1 Ignition #1

May 4, 2019

The main story is a compelling introduction to Humanoids new superhero universe. The book also includes short previews for other Humanoids offerings, including Meyer, The Big Country, and Nicnevin and the Bloody Queen.

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9.6
FCBD 2019: Welcome to the Whedonverse #1

May 4, 2019

This issue is a great jumping on point for and a very accurate representation of Boom! Studios licensed comics based on properties created by Joss Whedon. If you like what you see here, then youll likely enjoy both Firefly and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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7.0
Firefly (2018) #4

Mar 15, 2019

This issue is the best issue yet of this series, which is, unfortunately, a low bar to surpass. Would that this title could reach the heights of Boom!s other Joss Whedon adaptation. Still, the ending of this issue at least promises something new for next months installment.

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7.0
Firefly (2018) #5

Apr 24, 2019

Boom! Studios is known for its compelling, risky takes with licensed properties like Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Unfortunately, the Boom! magic doesnt extend to Firefly, and thats a gorram shame.

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8.4
Firefly (2018) #6

May 15, 2019

Boom! Studios take on Firefly has been hit-or-miss, and many of the issues that plague the title as a whole are still on display here, but issue #6 is a substantial step forward for the series. Heres hoping that Pak and McDaid can maintain the momentum moving forward.

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7.0
Injustice Vs. Masters of the Universe #1

Jul 20, 2018

If DC Comics and Mattel set out to create the comic book equivalent of mindlessly throwing toys together in the backyard (or of mindlessly mashing buttons to make Wonder Woman and Cyborg fight for no reason), they have succeeded. Injustice vs the Masters of the Universe is a fun, if substance-free, romp--provided you can see past the confusing continuity issues--and it ends with a cheeky nod to the original MotUs shameless swipes from Jack Kirby that promises more ridiculousness in issues to come.

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10
Lone Ranger (2018) #4

Feb 5, 2019

Fans of Mark Russells work on 2017s Flintstones and 2018s Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles will find the same sharp satire and deep wit in Dynamites The Lone Ranger. The latest issue is fantastic, and the series is early enough in its run that catching up should be easy. This is one of the best books being published right now and deserves to be read by as wide an audience as possibleand this issue ends with a hell of a cliffhanger, promising an explosive resolution next issue.

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9.0
Meet The Skrulls #1

Mar 7, 2019

Serendipitously releasing as the upcoming Captain Marvel film brings the Marvel Universes oldest alien race (the Skrulls first appeared in Fantastic Four #2 in 1961) back to prominence, this first issue is a promising start to what could be a modern classic, provided it continues to find its own voice.

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9.6
Meet The Skrulls #2

Mar 20, 2019

Unlike the first issue, which seemed to be trying too hard to be The Vision, with this issue the series has clearly found its own voice. Meet the Skrulls is an excellent mashup of sci-fi, espionage, and family drama, and is shaping up to be a must-read part of the Marvel Universe. Highly recommended.

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9.6
Meet The Skrulls #3

Apr 17, 2019

Meet the Skrulls #3 is one of the most visceral, pulse-pounding issues to come out of Marvel in quite a while, and makes a good break from big crossovers and their incessant tie-ins. Do not sleep on this sleeper hit.

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10
Meet The Skrulls #4

May 1, 2019

Meet the Skrulls has been a beautifully structured series from the beginning, introducing four immediately likable new characters and putting them--and the reader--through the wringer. This issue lays a bunch of cards on the table, but theres one more issue to come; hopefully, the landing is executed as skillfully as the ride.

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10
Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2018) #4

Mar 20, 2019

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #4 might be the platonic ideal of the perfect Spider-Man comic. It features a charismatic villain who has set his sights on our hero, a crew of compelling supporting characters for Spidey to bounce off of in his secret identity, a love interest, New York City as a backdrop, comedy galore, and lots of web-slinging action.  Best of all, its a done in one story, rather than the continuation of an arc.

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9.6
Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2018) #5

Apr 17, 2019

Miles Morales: Spider-Man continues to be one of the most charming, most classically superhero books on the stands. This new Tombstone arc--complete with a final-page twist introducing a new character--looks to be the continuation of a winning streak for the title with no end in sight. Would that Miles himself could catch the same kind of break.

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9.0
Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2018) #6

May 22, 2019

Miles Morales Spider-Man continues to be one of Marvels best books on the stands. This issue introduces a compelling new character to the Spider-Man mythos. Like Miles, we can only trust that the disparate, unconnected subplots tie together in future issues.

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8.4
Morning in America #1

Mar 11, 2019

This is a substantial first issue, setting the table for an exciting mystery and a detailed character study. This book is excellent for fans of Stranger Things and Paper Girls, though whether it continues to follow in those other stories footsteps or steps out on its own to do something new and unique remains to be seen.

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8.0
Savage Avengers (2019) #1

May 1, 2019

Savage Avengers #1 is a gorgeous book, with a story that is entertaining despite (or maybe because of) its predictability. Unfortunately, the issue doesnt feel like anything substantial--it reads perhaps too quickly, and it feels as though nothing much happens. Indeed, only four of the books six-character roster has been introduced yet, and the story feels like its over before its begun.

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9.0
Spider-Man: Life Story #1

Mar 20, 2019

The concept of the series--Spider-Man and a Marvel Universe aging in real-time, with issues a decade apart--is fantastic, and Zdarsky, Bagley, Dell, DArmata, and Lanham are clearly the team to pull it off. This issue is a solid start, using familiar characters and beats (with one extremely tantalizing swerve on the last page) to set up what will hopefully be an exciting study of what makes Peter Parker tick.

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8.0
Spider-Man: Life Story #2

Apr 17, 2019

Overall, the art in this issue is well-done. Its a shame, then, that its in service of a story so persistent in its misery. Heres hoping that future issues of this series include the type of brightness and humor that audiences have come to love about the Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man.

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8.4
Spider-Man: Life Story #3

May 15, 2019

Spider-Man: Life Story continues to be uneven, which is a shame given the Spider-Man bona fides of its stellar creative team. Still, this issue is a significant improvement over the last chapter.

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7.0
Wild Storm: Michael Cray #9

Jul 11, 2018

As an individual issue, Michael Cray #9 is a perfectly serviceable story, using good meat-and-potatoes storytelling to put its characters in place for the final three issues of the series. As a part of the larger whole, its a refreshing change of pace from the established formula of the series, with a strong cliffhanger ending. Its still unclear why this story needed to be told outside of the main (and markedly superior) The Wild Storm series, or how the two series fit together, but this issues shifts promise a satisfying ending to Michael Crays adventures in this new continuity.

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9.6
Wonder Twins (2019) #1

Feb 13, 2019

Wonder Twins #1 is another success for DCs Wonder Comics line, and a terrific start of what promises to be a rollicking superhero adventure. The only thing missing is Gleek, but hes promised in Marchs solicitations for issue #2...

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9.6
Wonder Twins (2019) #2

Mar 13, 2019

Wonder Twins continues to be the ridiculous shining star of DCs teen-oriented Wonder Comics line. This issue is a gem, and shouldnt be missed. Plus, this issue featured a brief cameo of Gleek--hopefully, hell feature even more prominently next issue...

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9.6
Wonder Twins (2019) #3

Apr 10, 2019

Wonder Twins continues to be a weird, misshapen highlight in DCs current publishing line. Three issues in and the series still have not hit a false note. Best of all, Gleek is finally center stage.

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8.4
Wonder Twins (2019) #4

May 8, 2019

Wonder Twins #4 feels like a rare misstep in what has otherwise been an exceptional miniseries. Heres hoping Russell, Byrne, and Sharpe stick the landing in next months conclusion.

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9.0
X-23 (2018) #1

Jul 12, 2018

X-23 #1 is a promising start to a new adventure for the former Wolverine, establishing her place within the world of the X-Men while still setting her apart and defining her. Heres hoping that this great new series finds an audience, and that the continuing story isnt sidelined by any continuing larger drama of the X-Men line.

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