Jason A. Fleece's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: You Don't Read Comics Reviews: 122
8.7Avg. Review Rating

9.0
Absolute Carnage (2019) #1

Aug 7, 2019

Absolute Carnage #1 is a rip-roaring adventure, a lot of fun to read. It might have been better served as an issue of Cates and Stegmans Venom. Particularly if that title hadnt been interrupted for the just-ended War of the Realms crossover. It will be interesting to see if the crossover can maintain its focus and momentum with its countless spinoffs and tie-ins over the next few months.

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9.0
Absolute Carnage (2019) #2

Aug 28, 2019

Absolute Carnage #2 is a rip-roaring ride, though its over too quickly. Its supported by a narrow focus and clear stakes, this issue was brutal sadistic fun.

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9.0
Absolute Carnage (2019) #3

Sep 18, 2019

Absolute Carnage #3 ends with a hell of a cliffhanger, as the Venom symbiote leaves Eddie for greener pastures, so to speak. It will be exciting to see what happens to those two crazy kids in future issues of this epic crossover.

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9.0
Absolute Carnage (2019) #4

Oct 16, 2019

Absolute Carnage #4 isnt deep. Its not this generations Maus or American Splendor. Instead, its a gloriously over-the-top action comic, with notes of horror. Its dumb action, and thank God for it.

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8.4
Angel (2019) #1

May 29, 2019

If this were the first issue of some brand new property, this would be great for first issue, compelling enough to give the first trade paperback collection a look. As the first issue of a new Angel series, though, it feels just a bit lacking. Heres hoping future issues connect the story somehow to the Buffyverse we know and love.

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8.4
Angel (2019) #2

Jul 2, 2019

Hill, Melnikov, and the rest are doing compelling work here, building a supernatural mystery of the type that the TV shows Angel Investigations might take as a case and slowly assembling the shows core cast. Despite all their exceptional work, however, something is still missing--possibly a connection to the larger universe, maybe the history that these characters had pre-reboot in the Buffy universe. Perhaps the upcoming crossover between the Angel and Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics will remedy that.

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8.0
Angel (2019) #3

Jul 31, 2019

Theres solid work in Angel #3. Its slowly laying the groundwork for new adventures of the Angel/Fred/Gunn/Wesley team we all know and love. Its a shame the book is constrained by a reboot, that mostly serves the needs of another book.

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8.0
Angel (2019) #4

Aug 28, 2019

Angel #4 is competently made and pleasant enough. It offers hope for the future that fans of the TV series will get to see the character interactions that led them to love the property in the first place. Still, it cant overcome a feeling of slightness, of being simply perfunctory, that does not bode well for future installments.

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8.0
Angel (2019) #5

Sep 25, 2019

All the components for a good comic are here--a good writer with a handle on the characters, a solid art team that particularly works well together. Why, then, does Angel #5 feel (pardon the pun) lifeless? 

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9.0
Angel (2019) #6

Oct 29, 2019

Angel #6 is not just the best issue of the title to date. Still, because of its focus on the supporting cast, it also feels the most like the original television show--an admirable feat, since the context and situations are so radically different from the TV series. More issues like this one could put Angel near the top of the pull list.

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10
Basketful of Heads #1

Nov 1, 2019

Its too soon to say if DCs new Hill House label will be a hit, let alone if it will bring horror comics back to their pre-code days. Basketful of Heads #1 is an auspicious start, however, and is highly recommended.

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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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8.4
Batman/Superman (2019) #1

Aug 28, 2019

Why, then, does the issue feel like it lacks something essential? It might be the dependence on story beats from the Batman Who Laughs mini (which itself was a continuation of the Dark Knights: Metal crossover), making this feel like yet another cynical extension of the never-ending-event cycle that can dominate Big Two comics. It might be that it covers ground weve seen before, analyzing once again the similarities and differences of the most dissected duo in superhero comics. Whatever the reason, while Batman/Superman may be essential reading for those following the metastory of the DC Universe, it has some work to do to justify its own existence.

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8.4
Batman/Superman (2019) #2

Sep 25, 2019

The second issue of Batman/Superman is a quick read, zooming from one set piece to another like Batman stealing his nemesis plane. Fans of widescreen, brainless superhero action could do worse than to pick up this book.

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8.4
Batman/Superman (2019) #3

Oct 29, 2019

Batman/Superman #3 is not a deep comic. It doesnt say anything new about the characters or reinvent the superhero genre. What it is, though, is a fun ride, with spectacle galore and a story thats essential to the big metastory of the DC Universe right now.

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10
Batman: Last Knight on Earth #1

May 29, 2019

After the controversy of Batman: Damned, 'DC's Black Label imprint needed a hit. Thankfully, DC Comics MVPs Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo were here to provide one. Highly recommended.

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10
Batman: Last Knight on Earth #2

Jul 31, 2019

Batman: Last Knight on Earth #2 is a great issue of comics, and is the crown jewel of DCs meager offerings on this fifth week at the end of July. Highly recommended.

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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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8.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #5

Jun 5, 2019

So who is this series for? If its an exploration of these characters made relevant by rebooting their situation entirely, then this issue takes a bit of a cowards way out, backing off on one of the series boldest moves. If its a clean slate meant to introduce the classic characters and concepts to new readers, then it assumes the audience knows more than they should. Either way, its lacking.

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9.6
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #6

Jul 3, 2019

As this issue plays with the themes of friendship and sacrifice, it also hints at upcoming drama as Robin Wood shows potentially nefarious ulterior motives. This is another solid issue of raising stakes and adding complications in a compelling new direction for the Buffy franchise; itll be interesting to see how it all pays off, if at all.

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9.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #7

Aug 7, 2019

On its own, this issue is a great character study and a nice change in structure. Unfortunately, it also exacerbates one of the biggest problems this series has shown so far. Which is that its so decompressed that it feels like nothing happens issue to issue. Heres hoping the title can pick up the pace overall while still finding time for moments like these.

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8.4
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #8

Sep 4, 2019

Boom! Studios reboot of the Buffyverse has been an ambitious project from the start. This issue is a promising (if slight) beginning for their first crossover.

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9.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #9

Nov 6, 2019

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #9 is a particularly strong episode in Boom! Studios hit-or-miss reboot of the Buffyverse. Its telling, though, and a little troubling, that both of the Buffyverse titles seem to hit their stride when their main characters are absent.

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8.4
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel: Hellmouth #1

Oct 9, 2019

Hellmouth #1 is a compelling enough continuation of the story thats been ongoing in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer series. Its great to see the first official meeting of Buffy and Angel in the rebooted world of these titles.

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8.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel: Hellmouth #2

Nov 13, 2019

The Hellmouth crossover has been a strange beast, producing series-best tie-in issues in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel titles while their supposed leads are away. Meanwhile, however, those leads are here, in the Hellmouth, not doing anything terribly exciting.

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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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9.6
Dial H For Hero (2019) #4

Jul 2, 2019

Dial H for HERO continues to be one of DCs most consistently engaging books, and it has just recently been extended to twelve issues. If this issue is a taste of things to come, the extension was a wise decision on DCs part.

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9.6
Dial H For Hero (2019) #5

Jul 24, 2019

Dial H for HERO #5 is a rip-roaring ride, while also ruminating on what makes a hero--the powers or the motivation? This title continues to be a hidden gem of DC Comics current lineup, and possibly the most heartfelt of the uniformly fun Wonder Comics line. Highly recommended.

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9.6
Dial H For Hero (2019) #6

Aug 28, 2019

This issue could very well have been a satisfying ending to "Dial H for HERO". It's a gift, then, that Humphries and Quinones have been given another six issues to tell the story of Miguel and Summer's adventures with the H-Dial.

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8.0
Dial H For Hero (2019) #7

Sep 25, 2019

This largely unnecessary issue is still fun, primarily because of the work of the four fill-in artists. The final page promises a return to the main storyline of the series, however, and hopefully with it a return to the inventiveness and fun that the series usually brings with it.

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9.6
Dial H For Hero (2019) #8

Oct 29, 2019

Dial H for HERO #8 is an excellent comic. It has heart, it digs deep into character, and it excitingly plays with the form. What more could you want?

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8.4
Event Leviathan #1

Jun 12, 2019

DC Comics fans and Brian Michael Bendis fans will find a lot to love in Event Leviathan #1. Critics of Bendis who decry his tendency toward extreme verbosity will see their fears confirmed. All in all, its a compelling, if flawed, first issue setting up what could be an exciting new era at DC.

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9.0
Event Leviathan #2

Jul 10, 2019

The central thesis of the issue--that Jason Todd may well be Leviathan--is almost certainly a red herring, picking up as it does on a thread introduced way back in Mays Year of the Villain special and reintroduced here in the second issue of a six-issue series. Still, it leads to some compelling drama between two characters with a deep history and is sure to include clues to Leviathans true identity. Event Leviathan #2 is an exciting part of Bendis and Maleevs wild ride.

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9.6
Event Leviathan #3

Aug 14, 2019

Event Leviathan is Brian Michael Bendis first big crossover event since moving to DC comics, and it doesnt disappoint. The six-issue thriller hits its midpoint with this issue and still has secrets to reveal. Highly recommended.

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9.6
Event Leviathan #4

Sep 11, 2019

Its to DCs credit that theyre allowing Bendis and Maleev to play with all the big DCU toys in Event Leviathan without drowning the book in spinoffs and tie-ins. This title continues to be a fun, brisk, compelling mystery.

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9.0
Event Leviathan #5

Oct 13, 2019

Bendis first big DC event has gained so much momentum that some of the parts seem to be falling off the sides, leading to an uneven but still entertaining penultimate issue. All Event Leviathan needs to do now is stick the landing. Oh, and redefine the status quo of the DC Universes espionage community. No pressure.

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8.0
Event Leviathan #6

Nov 15, 2019

The first five issues of Event Leviathan were a tight little thriller, with some interesting character work and gorgeous art. Unfortunately, with this dud of a reveal, the sixth and final issue proves that the whole story is less Leviathan and more a beached whale.

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9.0
Family Tree #1

Nov 13, 2019

Family Tree #1 is a solid first issue, establishing the small circle of main characters and putting them in a horrific situation. The narration on the first page promises the end of the world; it will be interesting to see how the book gets from here to there.

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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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8.4
Firefly (2018) #7

Jun 19, 2019

Firefly #7 is a solid, if unremarkable, entry in Boom! Studios management of the license, and dividing the characters up continues to be an excellent way to overcome the small weaknesses of the series as a whole.

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9.6
Frogcatchers #1

Sep 24, 2019

Frogcatchers is very different from Lemires mainstream work at DC and Marvel and Dark Horse. Its not slick and shiny, and it doesnt spell things out for the reader. Instead, it offers something far more vibrant and more profound. Highly recommended for a reader willing to engage.

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9.0
Ghost Rider (2019) #1

Oct 2, 2019

Ghost Rider #1 is a compelling first issue, showing a great deal of promise. If it manages to shake some of the road dust off its wheels, this could be a hell of a good title. 

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8.0
Ghost Rider (2019) #2

Nov 6, 2019

All that said, the design of the demons is very cool, and when the team is firing on all cylinders (another engine pun!), the book really works. Heres hoping that the creators involved work out the kinks for issue 3.

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8.4
Gotham City Monsters #1

Sep 11, 2019

With its team of antihero misfits working together in a world where the grotesque lives side-by-side with the so-called normal, this book is a better Angel series than the actual Angel comic over at Boom! Studios, and would scratch the itch of fans of that property. Its a shame that, so far anyway, it feels so separate from the magic side of the DCU.

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8.0
Gotham City Monsters #2

Oct 13, 2019

Overall, Gotham City Monsters #2 is an inoffensive book. It has a compelling character, a few funny moments, and it ends with a good cliffhanger. Its not a standout, however, and it has some confusing moments, which makes it a good issue, but hard to call it great.

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5.0
Gotham City Monsters #3

Nov 15, 2019

It's a shame. The first issue of Gotham City Monsters was substantial, but so far, it has just deteriorated as each new chapter comes out. The book is slated for six installments; the scariest thing about this horror-themed miniseries might just be how bad the final issue will be if it continues in this direction.

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9.0
Harleen (2019) #1

Sep 25, 2019

The one thing this telling of Harley's origin lacks, so far at least, is a sense of humor. Harleen is characteristically glib, but none of her jokes seem to land, and the Joker isn't that funny either. Everything else, like any good tragedy, is weighed down by the reader's knowledge of where these characters are headed. It'll be interesting to see if eji can (or even cares to) lighten things up in future issues.

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9.0
Harleen (2019) #2

Nov 1, 2019

Harleen #2 is a solid book, depicting the title character's descent into evil deeds, with a disturbing flash-forward reminding us of what's to come. It's also a deep dive into Batman lore, reexamining parts of the Batman mythos without radically changing them.

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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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9.6
Legion of Super-Heroes (2019) #1

Nov 7, 2019

Bendis is smart to tie the Legion into more present-day DC mythology than just the world of Superman, and this issue sets up several new dilemmas that will undoubtedly plague the Legion in the future. Surprisingly, this issue does not continue the thread of the immortal Rose and Thorn and what she (they?) wants from the Legion, but certainly that will come into play soon as well. The Legion is no more. Long Live the Legion.

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7.0
Legion of Super-Heroes (2019): Millennium #1

Sep 4, 2019

Bendis fails to give the four vignettes any type of through-line, and neither Rose nor Thorn seems to change much as the book lurches forward. It seems like the only reason for this books existence is to give Bendis a chance to briefly visit all of DCs various futures before landing in the world of the Legion when its title debuts in November, but theres really not much substance here. So far, at least, this series seems superfluous and unnecessary. 

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8.0
Legion of Super-Heroes (2019): Millennium #2

Oct 9, 2019

Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium #2 is like cotton-candy--theres some great art here, and its nice to see a bunch of DCs future characters. But theres really no substance to this seemingly disposable series.

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9.0
Locke & Key: Dog Days #1

Nov 6, 2019

For new readers, Locke and Key: Dog Days will make little sense. Its all steeped in the concepts and iconography of the original comic, with little to no information to provide context. For fans of the original work, though, Locke and Key: Dog Days is like coming home, even if the visit is all too brief.

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10
Lois Lane (2019) #1

Jul 3, 2019

This timely and political first issue of Lois Lane is an instant classic and a great start to the series. If the next eleven chapters match the quality of the first, then the eventual hardcover collection will look great on any collectors shelf, right next to the Gotham Central omnibus.

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10
Lois Lane (2019) #2

Aug 7, 2019

It seems difficult to believe that Rucka, Perkins, and Paul Mounts can continue this momentum for ten more issues, but the first two indicate that Lois Lane will be an instant classic. Jump onto this title now, dont wait for the trade.

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10
Lois Lane (2019) #3

Sep 4, 2019

Rucka and Perkins do great work making Lois and Clark, the first couple in superhero comics, feel somehow both iconic and real. Lois Lane #3 is a stellar book and is highly recommended.

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10
Lois Lane (2019) #4

Oct 9, 2019

Superman is so often used as sort of a linchpin of the DC Universe, and for a good reason. He is, after all, the character who originated both the genre and the world of these comics. People often forget that Lois Lane made her first appearance with Superman in 1938, and deserves to be considered just as much of a linchpin of this world. Lois Lane #4 is an excellent example of why and how she serves that role.

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10
Lois Lane (2019) #5

Nov 7, 2019

Its thrilling to see as powerful a team like this one tackling as iconic a character as Lois Lane. They really are creating the comics equivalent of a prestige cable drama, and it really is one of the best books on the stands. Highly recommended.

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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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9.6
Meet The Skrulls #5

Jun 6, 2019

Meet the Skrulls has been a truly terrific ride, from start to finish. This final issue is a satisfying conclusion to the Warners story, as the four remaining members of the family reclaim their own identities.

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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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9.6
Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2018) #7

Jun 19, 2019

Miles Morales: Spider-Man continues to be one of Marvels best titles right now, and issue #7 is a solid entry that ends with a great cliffhanger. Highly recommended.

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9.0
Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2018) #8

Jul 10, 2019

Ahmed and Garrn do great work building the tension and creating an atmosphere in this issue, and the excellent work theyve done on the first seven issues of this series buys them some goodwill here. Hopefully, in the next issue, they provide some answers and some forward movement in the plot.

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9.6
Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2018) #9

Aug 14, 2019

Miles Morales: Spider-Man remains one of Marvels most reliably well-executed titles, and this latest issue is no exception. This issue will surely have repercussions in the future of the series.

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9.6
Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2018) #10

Sep 11, 2019

As ever, Miles Morales: Spider-Man is one of Marvels best titles currently running. Its nice to see it reach a milestone, even if its a weirdly inflated one through Marvels Legacy numbering system. 

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8.4
Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2018) #11

Oct 9, 2019

The writing alone makes Miles Morales: Spider-Man #11 still a worthwhile read, but the use of fill-in artists really hurts this issue. Heres hoping Javier Garrn returns for #12.

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9.6
Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2018) #12

Nov 6, 2019

Miles Morales: Spider-Man remains one of Marvels more consistent titles, and the return of Garrn means a return to form for this issue. The final page of the issue promises an even more exciting adventure next month.

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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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9.6
Second Coming #1

Jul 10, 2019

The first issue of Second Coming introduces the themes and characters and raises some big questions. Itll be interesting to see how it goes about answering those questions in subsequent issues. In the meantime, its clear that DCs loss is AHOYs gain with this compelling first issue.

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9.0
Second Coming #2

Aug 14, 2019

The first issue of Second Coming debuted after months of controversy, making its arrival seem more portentous than perhaps it needed to be. This second issue, though, proves that the series has legs. It will be interesting to see how Sunstar and his heavenly roommate continue to affect each other as the series continues.

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9.0
Second Coming #3

Sep 18, 2019

Second Coming remains smart enough, and that goes a long way, but this third issue seems worryingly unfocused. Heres hoping that the introduction of Satan as a character and the significant plot development at the end of this issue signal a return to tight plotting and story focus in future issues.

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10
Second Coming #4

Oct 29, 2019

Second Coming remains one of the best comics on the stands right now. Fans of novelists Douglas Adams and Christopher Moore, in particular, should seek this title out, ASAP.

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10
Something is Killing the Children #1

Sep 4, 2019

Something is Killing the Children #1 is not Stranger Things. It is not cute, it is not tongue-in-cheek. Instead, its bleak and horrific, and immediately compelling.

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9.6
Something is Killing the Children #2

Oct 16, 2019

Something is Killing the Children is a great new horror title, and the second issue adds layers to the mystery. This is a great series to get in on while its still new, and really appropriate for the Halloween season.

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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
Spider-Man: Life Story #4

Jun 12, 2019

Spider-Man: Life Story seemed like such a great idea on paper. A real-time Spider-Man title by one of his best writers in recent memory and one of his most iconic pencilers should be a rousing success. Instead, its a depressing tragedy, like this version of Peter Parkers life.

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7.0
Spider-Man: Life Story #5

Jul 17, 2019

Like every issue of this series, this issue begins and ends with yet another senseless tragedy. The mission statement of this title seems to be everyone who Peter Parker loves must die horribly, for no reason. The title has one issue left, set in the present day. Heres hoping Zdarsky and Bagley dont take the opportunity to ruin Miles Morales as well.

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7.0
Spider-Man: Life Story #6

Aug 28, 2019

On paper, Spider-Man: Life Story was an exciting venture. The creative team is top-notch, and the idea lent itself to so many exciting possibilities. Its a shame that Zdarsky and Bagley and the rest decided to wallow in the misery instead.

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9.0
Superman (2018): Leviathan Rising Special #1

May 29, 2019

Superman: Leviathan Rising #1 is an expensive comic, coming in at $9.99 for approximately 70 pages, but three out of the four stories included are really top-notch, making it worth the high cover price. The issue serves as a very exciting appetizer for the upcoming Supermans Pal Jimmy Olsen and Lois Lane maxi-series, debuting next month. If a good comic feels like a meal, then this issue is an excellent buffet, one where you might find yourself leaving a little overstuffed.

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10
Superman Smashes The Klan #1

Oct 16, 2019

Much has been written about Superman as the ultimate American immigrant, and its great to see that side of his experience being explored as frankly as it is here. Its also nice to see a story take a firm, unwavering stance against hatred and xenophobia, in a time that lacks the moral clarity that is Supermans greatest strength.

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10
Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen (2019) #1

Jul 17, 2019

Its no secret that Supermans Pal Jimmy Olsen, along with the currently-running Lois Lane mini and the upcoming Legion of Superheroes relaunch, is part of the renaissance of the Superman titles that began last year with Action Comics #1000. The first issue is a comedic masterpiece and promises great things to come.

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9.0
Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen (2019) #2

Aug 21, 2019

If anything, this issue of Supermans Pal Jimmy Olsen packs a little too much in; the constant twists and turns and time-shifts can get a bit confusing. Still, its an ambitious comic, and its ambition pays off.

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10
Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen (2019) #3

Sep 18, 2019

DC Comics is often criticized for its reliance on grim and gritty doom and gloom. Fraction and Liebers Supermans Pal Jimmy Olsen is definite proof that DC has more going on than just the cliche.

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10
Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen (2019) #4

Oct 16, 2019

Supermans Pal Jimmy Olsen remains the funniest book that DC is currently publishing, by a mile. As it hits its first third (the book is a 12-issue limited series), its larger design becomes slightly more visible, which makes it all the more exciting.

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1.6
Superman: Year One #1

Jun 19, 2019

Not only does Miller appear not to understand Superman, and not only is the issue riddled with cliches, but the comic's biggest sin is that it's simply dull. This issue is 63 pages long, and it only gets us to Clark leaving homethe Daily Planet, Lois Lane, and the Superman costume are all left for future issues. In 2005, Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely took one pagefour panels and eight wordsto tell Superman's origin. In 2019, it appears that Frank Miller needs three 63-page issues to do it, and to do it extremely badly.

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1.6
Superman: Year One #2

Aug 21, 2019

Overall, Superman Year One #2 is slightly less offensive than the first issue (implied mermaid incest aside). Instead, it commits the even greater sin of being simply boring. For a comic that is approximately sixty pages long, surprisingly little happens, and much of Millers labored and hackneyed narration is repetitive. Thankfully, DC will only be inflicting one more issue of this series upon its readers. Then it can be consigned next to its spiritual sibling All-Star Batman and Robin in the annals of history.

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1.6
Superman: Year One #3

Oct 16, 2019

With Superman Year One #3 on the stands, Frank Miller has completed his statement on Superman. Unfortunately, its clear that that statement is Frank Miller doesnt understand Superman, either as a character or as a symbol. The book ends with Superman leaving Earth on another quest, possibly foreshadowing a Year Two; lets hope that that never comes to pass.

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7.0
The Dollhouse Family #1

Nov 15, 2019

The Dollhouse Family really is a love letter to a very specific period in comics. What it lacks, unfortunately, is the innovation and unpredictability that really characterized the heyday of Vertigo comics.

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9.6
The Sandman Universe: Hellblazer #1

Nov 1, 2019

The Sandman Universe Presents Hellblazer #1 is a strong reintroduction to John Constantine, and bodes well for a strong new John Constantine, Hellblazer series launching next month. It doesnt bode well for Constantine himself, though, as his new status quo is as uneven as ever, and hes got a terrifying new antagonist.

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9.0
Undiscovered Country #1

Nov 6, 2019

Undiscovered Country #1 is a solid debut, with some interesting themes and some fantastic worldbuilding. Its not a home run for Image, not the next Walking Dead or Saga, but it has potential. Recommended.

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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
Wonder Twins (2019) #5

Jun 12, 2019

Wonder Twins continues to be a charming blend of sweet and topical, a rollicking triumph for DCs Wonder Comics line. DC announced today that the 6-issue miniseries has been extended to 12 issues, which is a great decision.

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9.6
Wonder Twins (2019) #6

Jul 10, 2019

In original solicitations, this was supposed to be the final issue of the Wonder Twins miniseries. Given that the series has now been doubled, it will be interesting to see how Russell and Byrne explore the ramifications of this issues events.

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8.4
Wonder Twins (2019) #7

Sep 11, 2019

Wonder Twins #7 is pleasant enough. Its got heart and wit and charming humor. But it lacks the bite of earlier issues, and of some of Mark Russells other work like Snagglepuss or Second Coming. With five chapters left, heres hoping the title gets its groove back.

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9.6
Wonder Twins (2019) #8

Oct 13, 2019

Wonder Twins #8 is a great return to form. Even better, it manages to be a stand-out issue without including any of the Justice League or the Legion of Doom--it keeps the stakes high and the jokes flowing by sticking entirely to the setting of Zan and Jaynas high school. There is one major flaw, however: No Gleek.

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8.0
Wonder Twins (2019) #9

Nov 7, 2019

Wonder Twins had a promising start, and theres still some good material here. One wonders, though, if the title might have been better served with the shorter run, it was initially promised to maintain the titles focus rather than diffuse the books humor and themes over twice the length.

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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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9.0
Year of the Villain: Black Mask #1

Aug 21, 2019

The only problem with the issue, unfortunately, is its reason for existing in the first place. The inclusion of Lex Luthor and his offer feels shoehorned into what is otherwise a stunner of an installment. Still, its great to see a one-and-done comic done well, and Year of the Villain: Black Mask #1 is definitely that.

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