Jed W. Keith's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: FreakSugar Reviews: 35
9.3Avg. Review Rating

10
A.D.: After Death #1

Nov 24, 2016

With A.D.: AFTER DEATH Volume 1, writer Scott Snyder and artist Jeff Lemire have crafted one of the most moving comic books to emerge from 2016.

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9.0
Allen: Son of Hellcock #1

Dec 16, 2015

Allen: Son of Hellcock #1 is one of the funniest launches to a comic book series I’ve set my eyes on this year. In a year packed with such books as Jem and the Holograms and Welcome to Showside debuting in comic shops, that a high bar that Tracy, Porto, and Koplowitz have hurdled. While clutching on to the funny, Allen: Son of Hellcock lovingly pokes at fantasy tropes while embracing and revering them for what they bring to the table.

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10
Angel Catbird #1

Sep 6, 2016

ANGEL CATBIRD Vol. 1 is a beautifully-crafted tale that infuses a modern sensibility and pulpy storytelling both to entertain and to educate, a full realization that earns a spot among Atwood's best works.

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10
Batman (2011) #48

Jan 20, 2016

The melancholic malaise that hangs BATMAN #48 is palpable, and it's a credit to how adept Snyder and Capullo are at characterization that they make readers do the nigh-impossible: feel sympathy for the Joker.

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10
Batman (2011) #50

Mar 24, 2016

BATMAN #50 is the culmination of nearly five years' worth of stories and a shining example of what a creative team can accomplish when they both love what they're doing and understand their subject matter on an atomic level.

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8.5
Batman (2016) #17

Feb 20, 2017

Batman #17 takes elements of a story we know well—the vicious circle trapping Batman and Bane—and examines it through a different lens that gives us a novel view.

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9.0
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1

Dec 10, 2015

Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 is the first issue of a crossover that marries two different, yet hardly diametrically opposed franchises that should prove to not only let each character shine, but give off that light in ways not yet explored.

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9.0
Black Panther (2016) #1

Apr 4, 2016

BLACK PANTHER #1 finally gives us a T'Challa who, despite his wide-reaching achievements and abilities, is clawing his way to repair both his nation and himself. In the process, we will also assuredly see a character who will come out the other end of this hero's journey a better and more nuanced man a nd monarch.

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9.0
Dark Days: The Forge #1

Jun 16, 2017

If Dark Days: The Forge #1 is any indication of what’s to come in Dark Nights: Metal, it’s clear that DC’s Rebirth era has firm grasp of what makes for a big, bold, high-stakes event comic yarn.

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9.0
Ether #1

Nov 15, 2016

ETHER #1 is an honors class in epistemology and how we know what know wrapped in the trappings of a truly engaging tale of self-discovery.

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9.0
Hawkeye (2016) #5

Apr 18, 2017

Hawkeye #5 gives readers a fun, hard-boiled buddy romp while slipping in a treatise about how we rise and fall relative to our insecurities.

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9.0
Hawkeye (2016) #6

May 25, 2017

Hawkeye #6 is the perfect alchemy of private sleuthing and freaking dragons—who doesn’t love Sam Spade-style groundwork injected with fire-breathing metaphors?

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10
Hawkeye (2016) #7

Jun 13, 2017

Hawkeye #7 demonstrates once again that the creative team has a keen grasp of who their characters are and where they want those characters to move narratively, while never forgetting to keep a balance of propelling action and character development.

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10
Indoctrination #1

Jul 1, 2016

INDOCTRINATION #1 is a book that doesn’t make me feel good about myself or the times that fear overtakes me. I don’t read it and feel good about the world about me. But it’s a book that makes me confront certain truths about myself and the world. I’ll be picking up the next issue, even if it takes me a few days to get through it.

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9.0
Jem and the Holograms #11

Jan 29, 2016

Jem and the Holograms #11 demonstrates once again why the series month-in and month-out is one of the most enjoyable and most pertinent books on the racks. Brimming with emotional impact, solid characterization, visually ebullient art, and just bald enjoyment, Jem is a shining example of creators who know their craft and aren’t afraid to make bold choices to serve both the story and the readers.

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9.5
Jem and the Holograms #24

Mar 30, 2017

JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS #24 is a phenomenal, if bittersweet, kickoff to the final arc of a consistently pitch-perfect series.

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9.5
Jem and the Holograms #25

Apr 13, 2017

Jem and the Holograms #25, even with so many plot threads that are coming to a head, manages to be connected with a theme of insecurity and gives readers positive and negative examples as to how to handle that insecurity.

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9.0
Jem: The Misfits #5

Jun 7, 2017

Jem: The Misfits #5 is a gorgeous concoction of the sweet and the salty, just like we like our Misfits, and the creative team could not have let the rockers belt out a more glorious and rebellious song to cap off the series.

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8.5
Justice League / Power Rangers #2

Feb 10, 2017

Justice League/Power Rangers #2 is an ebullient yarn for folks who want a comic that is a breezy tale filled with fun character moments and want to know what happens when the Flash watches from afar when it’s “morphin time.”

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9.0
Justice League of America (2017) #1

Feb 28, 2017

Justice League of America #1 is a proper introduction to the types of stories we’ve been promised in the Rebirth prologue, a book promising the bombast of we’ve come to expect from the Justice League franchise coupled with thoughtful allegories and messages layered underneath.

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8.5
Justice League of America (2017) #7

May 24, 2017

Justice League of America #7 once again shows that a successful superhero tale knows how to balance the action and the pathos, which the book’s creative team has down to a science.

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10
Justice League of America: Rebirth #1

Feb 20, 2017

In Justice League of America: Rebirth #1, Orlando and Reis have revealed their mission statement for the upcoming Justice League of America title, one that reflects the hope and diversity of the America part of the book’s name.

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9.0
Klaus #1

Dec 2, 2015

Klaus #1 imbues fresh magic into a legend that’s been told and told and told again. As Morrison has shown with similar larger-than-life characters such as the Man of Steel, however, he’s more than adept at making all that’s old and staid feel new once more.

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10
Legend #1

May 4, 2016

LEGEND #1 is a slow burn and, largely, is stage-setting, as many number one issues are. However, in a scant 21 pages, Sattin and Koehler have made me care more about a new cast of characters those than long-established series on the newsstands in quite some time. And I want to know “what’s next.”

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9.5
Legend #3

Jul 29, 2016

LEGEND #3 stands apart from other animal-centered stories in that the creators allow their creations be animals, resulting in a tale that’s equal parts familiar and disturbing.

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10
Legend #4

Sep 6, 2016

LEGEND #4 proves that apocalyptic tales can comment on a variety of social issues without lecturing or talking down to readers.

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10
Legend #5

Oct 14, 2016

If you’re looking for a creative team that take the best parts of Tennyson and WATERSHIP DOWN’s Richard Adams, look no further than to Sattin and Koehler.

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9.0
Lucifer (2015) #1

Jan 8, 2016

One issue into Lucifer and I’m already eager to see what winding road Black, Garbett, and the Morningstar are going to take us down, knowing Old Scratch and his world are in phenomenally-talented hands.

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8.0
Lucifer (2015) #15

Feb 16, 2017

Lucifer #15 continues to show that not only is the series a worthy successor to Mike Carey’s seminal 75-issue run in the book’s previous iteration, but that its current stewards understand Lucifer in a way that allows them to open new doors into the character’s world.

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8.5
Robin War #1

Dec 4, 2015

Robin War #1 is a fast-paced start to a storyline that promises to explore the high points and lows of the idea of civic duty and how it fits into law and justice as a whole. Also, the fact that it’s filled with a ton of ass-kicking Robins doesn’t hurt things, either.

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9.0
Star Wars (2014) Annual #2

Dec 1, 2016

STAR WARS Annual #2 doesn’t work just as a commentary on the price of war, but also a character study of how ideologies about war can be so conflicting, depending one’s point of view.

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8.0
Star Wars: Poe Dameron #1

Apr 10, 2016

POE DAMERON #1 does a lot in terms of backstory and set-up for what’s to come later down the line in the series. However, that heavy lifting seems incredibly light and accessible in Soule and Noto’s capable hands.

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9.0
The Flintstones #3

Sep 8, 2016

With THE FLINTSTONES #3, Mark Russell and Steve Pugh prove once again that the modern Stone Age family’s tales are in the more-than-competent hands of creators who both respect the source material and aren’t afraid to use satire to inject a story with heart and message.

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10
The Goddamned #5

Nov 23, 2016

THE GODDAMNED #5 is the natural, yet perfect, conclusion to a tale of a fallen world, a world that might have always been fallen and might always be destined to be fallen. However, Aaron, Guera, and Brusco give us a tale that’s not unrealistically hopeful or oppressively heavy. In a yarn filled with biblical myths and cannibalistic giants, we get a story that embraces humanity and takes it for what it is, light and dark, warts and all.

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10
The Sheriff Of Babylon #1

Dec 5, 2015

The Sheriff of Babylon #1 is one of the brightest spots among a host of bright spots in Vertigo’s new series rollouts. Regardless of whether King and Gerads’ tale makes you think, creates anger, or leaves you longing, it is sure to stay with you long after you’ve set the book aside.

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