Jeff Lake's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: IGN, Lyles Movie Files Reviews: 1073
7.8Avg. Review Rating

10
Batman (2016) #18

Mar 1, 2017

Batman has been amazing since the I Am Bane arc began. Each issue keeps surpassing the last. King has firmly settled into this gig and delivering outstanding work and Finch is meeting that challenge on each page for a great and all too quick read.

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9.5
Howard The Duck #1

Mar 12, 2015

Chip Zdarsky and Joe Quinones make a great team. Not only have they successfully revived a walking punch line but they've done so in hilarious style, their debut as entertaining as it is self assured. Time will tell how well the book's rampant absurdity will hold up, but as far as new debuts go, it's tough to find one more fun than this.

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9.0
Hawkeye Vol. 2 #20

Sep 10, 2014

Really, the script as a whole benefits from Wu's gift for subtle nuance. Her facial contortions and physical quirks are fantastic -- you can tell the mood and general demeanor of Kate just by looking at her, no small feat when that mood changes every three panels.

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9.0
Hawkeye Vol. 2 #21

Feb 4, 2015

As always, Fraction's timed beats and engaging quirks live and die with artist David Aja. He hasn't disappointed yet and he sure as heck doesn't now, his pages at once brilliant and immersive. The artist has such a keen understanding of what is happening and what needs to happen, his panels numerous but never wasted. He combines with colorist Matt Hollingsworth for some incredible imagery, mixing detailed lines with beautifully simplistic design. The initial arrival of the Tracksuit Draculas is punctuated by the vanishing of a bike and the growing dots of headlights, Aja using little to convey much. And that final page...good luck making it out of that one unscathed.

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10
Hawkeye Vol. 2 #22

Jul 16, 2015

It's a day we hoped would never come, but Hawkeye's exit proves worthy of everything that's come before. The team of Matt Fraction and David Aja deliver a masterful finale, they, along with Matt Hollingsworth and letterer Chris Eliopoulos, turning in yet another thrilling chapter of character and heart. They don't push too hard or go too big, instead delivering the same understated, excellently plotted storytelling that's helped elevate Hawkeye from afterthought to fan favorite. It's an end to soon, but what a great end indeed. Thanks for the memories, bro.

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8.8
The Wake #9

Jun 5, 2014

Issue #9 only raises an already high bar, both artists in top form with their storytelling. The ending is sure to stir up a number of different theories, but one thing is for certain--the finale can't get here soon enough.

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9.5
The Wake #10

Jul 31, 2014

Is it perfect? No, but it certainly strives to be, each reveal and character beat delivered with the utmost care. Though a refresher read of previous chapters may be necessary in order to truly appreciate the beauty of The Wake's finale, even someone new to the world would have to acknowledge that we're leaving it all too soon.

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8.8
The Wicked + The Divine: 455 AD #1

May 18, 2017

Gillen's look at a 455 A.D. Lucifer is a devastating one, the character stretching further and further in refusing to face his own inevitable end. It's a searing and often unsettling portrayal, particularly in how it informs the framework of the present day tale.

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9.5
The Wicked + The Divine: 1831 #1

Sep 22, 2016

It's rare that a one-shot reads as strong or stronger than its flagship title " this one proves the exception.

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8.7
Vision #2

Dec 3, 2015

To say that The Vision #1 was a surprise success is somewhat of an understatement. That's not to discredit the fine work Tom King and Gabriel Hernandez Walta have put out before, but it's unlikely that anyone expected the debut to be the wonder that it was. Well, that surprise is out of the bag now, as issue #2 is every bit as layered and engaging as what came before.

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8.9
Vision #3

Jan 7, 2016

You can't call this book a sleeper anymore. It's a must read.

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8.8
Vision #7

May 12, 2016

Taking an aside from the book's current plot, writer Tom King uses issue #7 as a retrospective of sorts, combing through the highs and lows of Vision's romantic past. It's a strong, unnerving bit of work, as King is able to use the past as a way of further informing the character's current state in the present.

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9.5
Vision #8

Jun 9, 2016

This book doesn't just belong on your pull list; it belongs at the top.

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9.8
Vision #11

Sep 22, 2016

The Vision is too good. We've seen arguably lesser characters made great through strong runs before (hello, Hawkeye), but the work Tom King, Gabriel Hernandez Walta and Jordie Bellaire are doing here is Just. Too. Good. And with only one issue to go before King wraps up his run, we're gifted a doozy of a finale lead-in.

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9.0
Glitterbomb #1

Sep 8, 2016

It only takes two pages for Glitterbomb #1 to sell itself as something wholly investing. Writer Jim Zub, working on a seedier side of the tracks than what we're accustomed to, pulls no punches in his initial debut, which paints the life of an aging actress in Hollywood in bleak, depressingly honest detail.

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9.0
Men of Wrath #1

Oct 2, 2014

Aiding in the book's cold, subdued tone is Ron Garney, the popular artist turning in his first creator owned pages. Much like Aaron, his work is remarkably understated throughout. There are no flashy panels or overly kinetic details, the artist focusing on realism above all else. Even his violence, terrible as it is, shows a level of restraint befitting the book's more subtle edge. Garney's meticulous pencils provide a grounded quality that meshes perfectly with Aaron's sharply written narrative, each page and panel sinking you deeper into the story's ever darkening beats. In the end, Men of Wrath is the kind of book that stares you square in the eye, almost daring you to look away.

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9.0
Royal City #1

Mar 2, 2017

Complex, personal, and double sized to boot, this is an excellent start to a promising series.

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9.0
Spread #1

Jun 17, 2014

Spread is a truly scary book, a less than original premise told in a very original way. Justin Jordan ably sets the stage, coupled by the excellent art and colors from Kyle Strahm and Felipe Sobreiro. For a comic, it's pretty good -- for a debut, it's amazing.

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9.5
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1

Jan 7, 2015

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl is definitely worth your time. It's witty and wise, funny and fast, each page and panel sure to crack even the most stone-faced smile. North and Henderson have a great handle on their boisterous lead, the duo proving as solid a pair as Doreen and Tippy Toe. Read it!

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8.5
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #3

Mar 19, 2015

It's tough to say how the book's sporadic structure will hold over time, but as of now the pairing of North and Henderson remains darn near unbeatable.

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9.0
Batman (2011) #32

Jun 25, 2014

Batman #32 is a great issue, setting up Zero Year's finale with flair. Snyder and Capullo continue their storytelling mastery, aided again by the surreally brilliant colors of FCO Plascencia. The stakes have never been higher, and anticipation has never been greater.

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8.7
Batman (2011) #41

Jun 10, 2015

Batman #41 is different in look and feel, a character driven opening that features just the right amount of action and heart. Snyder and Capullo both acknowledge and embrace the challenges their new direction presents, allowing for a Batman tale that feels decidedly fresh and unique. Though the issue does little in telling us where the arc is set to go, Jim Gordon's time at the helm looks to be a fun one to follow.

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8.7
Silver Surfer (2016) #8

Dec 22, 2016

The long delay between issues aside, don't let this one leave your pull list.

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8.5
Silver Surfer (2016) #9

Mar 9, 2017

Silver Surfer is the rare series you can just pick up and go. That's not to discredit the nuance of Dan Slott's long form development " the evolution of Norrin and Dawn's relationship remains the book's highest point " but rather to give credit to the accessibility of his stories.

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9.5
Silver Surfer (2016) #10

Apr 13, 2017

Silver Surfer continues to be unlike anything else currently on shelves, and it's that assured uniqueness that makes this particular aside so satisfying.

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8.5
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers Annual #2016

Aug 24, 2016

As far as annuals go this one offers up a little bit of everything for everyone. From canon building backstory to amusing what-ifs, the great collection of talent here results in some quality entertainment. Now if only it didn't cost so much.

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9.0
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers Annual #2017

May 31, 2017

As far as annuals go you cant get much better than this. The content is varied, the scripting and art strong, and the attention to character pays entertaining and even surprising dividends. Whether you're a fan of the original series or someone just looking to fill the gap between MMPR issues, there's something for everyone here.

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8.0
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1

Dec 9, 2015

A crossover long in the making gets off to a great start in the hands of James Tynion IV and Freddie Willams II. The dynamic duo show a clear knowledge and appreciation of their leads, delivering a debut that succeeds beyond its already brimming promise. There's still room for improvement, but as far as crossovers go you'd be hard pressed to find one quite so giddy giggle inducing as this one.

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9.5
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2

Jan 13, 2016

Everyone expected (or at least hoped) that this crossover would be good. So far, it's been great, Williams' fluid line work meshing perfectly with Tynion's fantastic characterization. This book is truly the best of both worlds, and with some legitimately interesting plot threads now in play, it only looks to get better from here.

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8.8
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #3

Feb 11, 2016

We've said it before, we'll say it again"man you should be reading this book.

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8.5
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #5

Apr 13, 2016

The penultimate chapter of the series, issue #5 offers the same high level fan service and great art that's been a staple since its debut. Writer Tynion delivers another great batch of pitch perfect crossover moments, his excellent handle of the characters offsetting any narrative quibbles. The lack of further exploration of the Ra's/Shredder dynamic is somewhat disappointing, but the book's ending hook ensures the topic isn't dead so much as pending. The art by Williams and Colwell is again a highlight from start to finish, their strong collaboration lending a welcome sense of anticipation as the series enters its final stretch.

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9.0
Bitch Planet #1

Dec 10, 2014

Bitch Planet is a lot of things, but first and foremost it's an excellent comic. The twists found throughout are almost impossible to see coming, a hopeful glimpse of even further madness yet to come. Not only is Bitch Planet one of DeConnick's best issues to date, it also stands out as one of the best new releases of the year.

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8.7
Bitch Planet #2

Jan 29, 2015

Though only two issues in, Bitch Planet is already proving an electric force of bare-knuckle beauty.

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8.1
Bitch Planet #3

Feb 19, 2015

Seeing as we'd only just begun to tap into the main narrative, it feels a bit early for Bitch Planet to be focusing on character specific offshoots, especially on one so often seen but rarely heard. That said, issue #3 serves to further flesh out DeConnick's increasingly dreary world, in turn adding depth to the previously one note Rolle.

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9.5
Bitch Planet #6

Jan 7, 2016

This is a hard tale, one made harder by the message it delivers and the blanks it fills. But it's also a chapter very much reminiscent of the character it follows - strong, unyielding, and defiant to the end.

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8.8
Bitch Planet #8

Jun 23, 2016

Bitch Planet #8 is one of those issues that's impossible to unpack over a single read through. Not only is it dense narratively " particularly so given the now expected delay between issues " but also topically, with an added focus put on the treatment of the prison's transgender inmates.

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8.0
Bitch Planet #9

Nov 3, 2016

There's no denying this book's impact is best felt in trade, but that doesn't make its return any less welcome.

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8.8
Bitch Planet #10

Apr 27, 2017

From the extended delay between issues to its increasingly complex narrative, Bitch Planet is not an easy book to pick up on the fly. Such a long lull would fell a lesser title, but yet again the book manages to overcome any rust by the sheer strength of its content and the vision of its creators.

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8.7
Black Cloud #1

Apr 6, 2017

As intricately crafted as it is downright wild, Black Cloud #1 is the kind of debut you'll want (and need) to read twice.

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8.7
Edge of Spider-Verse #5

Oct 16, 2014

In the end Gerard Way's turn in mainstream comics is a successful one, he and Jake Wyatt combining for some uniquely cool and original stuff. While there's the definite need for more fleshing out of the premise, we're hopeful that Peni and her SP//dr companion will show up again in the not-so-distant future.

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8.8
Justice League #31

Jun 25, 2014

The debut of the new Power Ring has been a long time coming, especially considering the glimpse we got waaaay back in Green Lantern #20 (look it up!). The ring's newest victim, Jessica Cruz, is interesting enough, the brief backstory we get appropriately depressing. Even the meeting at issues end has been seemingly on the books, effectively promising our first real look at what the new Power Ring can do. Johns' Lex holds all the cards at this point, and it'll be interesting to see how Justice League unfolds going forward.

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8.6
Justice League #38

Jan 21, 2015

Though mostly set-up to the book's creepy new turn, issue #38 is never anything less than engaging, Johns and Fabok delivering a number of exciting moments and surprising twists. Justice League has shown a real return to form of late, and with the bad getting worse, here's hoping the trend continues.

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8.7
Secret Weapons #1

Jun 28, 2017

An entertaining premise and strong character works drives this enjoyable debut. Eric Heisserer turns out a script that remains accessible despite its shared history, his focus on early development making quick stars of his leads. Raul Allen and Patricia Martin provide the book's visual investment, pairing detailed art and creative paneling with evocative color work.

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9.4
Sex Criminals #7

Aug 14, 2014

Matt Fraction continues to imbue even the most ridiculous situations with real, genuine weight, resulting in yet another memorable and affecting installment. He and Chip Zdarsky have taken their storytelling craft to an entirely different level so far in the book's second arc, and while the story as a whole remains on the slower side, it's never anything less than compelling.

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8.8
Sex Criminals #8

Oct 8, 2014

Fraction and Zdarsky remain the best there is at what they do (no, not that) and what they do remains infinitely compelling.

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8.7
Sex Criminals #9

Dec 11, 2014

Not one to play second fiddle (that's not a euphemism) , Zdarsky too ups his game here. The artist understandably gets a lot of attention for his hilarious prop play and general gift for absurdity, but it's his smaller, more emotionally revealing moments that stand out here. He uses expression and shadow to great effect, ably capturing the smallest flicker of mood change from scene to scene. Considering the book's increasingly mature content, such nuance remains as important as ever to the book's overall appeal.

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9.0
Sex Criminals #10

Jan 29, 2015

Sex Criminals may wear many of its extremities proudly, but none remain as ever present as its heart.

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8.2
Sex Criminals #11

Jul 30, 2015

Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky, the wizards that they are, again find the sweet spot between quirky sex comedy and nuanced character study, combining for a read that's as affecting as it is raunchy.

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9.0
Sex Criminals #14

Feb 18, 2016

At some point the main story will have to kick back into gear, but so long as the asides remain this brilliant, we're content to sit back and enjoy.

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8.4
Sex Criminals #18

Apr 20, 2017

While perhaps not as laugh-out-loud funny as issue's past, this chapter is no less entertaining.

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8.3
Sex Criminals #19

Jun 1, 2017

This is the rare book that lets its characters drive the narrative, and it's continually the better for it. No title featuring an ill-phrased ode to hot dogs should be this affecting, but no book is quite like this one.

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8.6
Dept. H #1

Apr 21, 2016

Aside from having a great name, Dept. H #1 is just a great debut, Matt Kindt rolling out the narrative in a coolly measured, ever escalating manner.

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8.0
Kill Or Be Killed #1

Aug 4, 2016

When Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips and Elizabeth Breitweiser get together, good things happen. Their latest collaboration looks to continue that winning streak, the debut propelled by its unique premise and solid early characterization.

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8.7
Kill Or Be Killed #5

Jan 19, 2017

This isn't a book you read quickly, but rather one you pore over and read again. If you doubted this premise had legs, issue #5 will set you right.

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8.3
Kill Or Be Killed #6

Feb 16, 2017

While wordy, Brubaker's narration does an excellent job of breaking down the stakes of each player involved, even as he moves others around the periphery of our leads. It's a focused approach that absolutely thrives due to Sean Phillips' rich character work.

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9.2
Kill Or Be Killed #9

Jun 1, 2017

Few books play out with as much cinematic grace, and few leave you wanting more like this creative team.

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8.7
Old Guard #3

Apr 27, 2017

Further bolstered by Daniela Miwa's oppressive color palette, this issue delivers the goods on both a visual and emotional level.

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8.5
Old Guard #4

May 25, 2017

It took a few issues for this series to really get going, but now it's one not to miss.

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8.5
Old Guard #5

Jun 22, 2017

While not a true conclusion (the book is set to return in 2018), Greg Rucka's latest does a great job of tying up the many plot points and threads set up in his first arc. He does so in gleefully bloody fashion, his script a mix of John Wick-style run-and-gun action and complex character interplay.

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8.0
Starlight #3

May 15, 2014

Millar is able to do some quality world building this issue, positing a society that's otherworldly yet familiar. Though his pacing at times feels rushed in his hurry to introduce new characters, he once again captures the pulpy sci-fi goodness that's made the series so enjoyable thus far.

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9.2
Starlight #6

Oct 23, 2014

Much as he's done all along, Millar imbues his final script with a classicism that gives it an almost timeless quality. While the story beats are undoubtedly familiar, the writer executes them so well that the eventual outcome is one both heartwarming and cheer-worthy.

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9.0
The Fade Out #1

Jan 7, 2015

Furthering this mistrust is artist Phillips. He continues to prove a master of subtlety; each character lives with a false smile at their lips and two fingers twisted behind their back, nothing and no one ever what it appears at the surface. He and colorist Elizabeth Breitweiser combine for a litany of memorable images, using numerous artistic styles to convey Charlie's ever changing mental state. From black and white flashbacks to the war to hazy, blurred attempts at remembrance, each panel tells its own, important story. All said, The Fade Out represents some of comics top talent at their highest form, and it this point it's only getting better.

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8.8
The Fade Out #2

Oct 2, 2014

In the afterward of The Fade Out issue #2, writer Ed Brubaker comments on the first issue's surprising success given the series' less than commercial premise. Reading the issue, it's made abundantly clear that the series doesn't need to be commercial to succeed, so fully committed are Brubaker and collaborator Sean Phillips in delivering the best story possible.

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8.6
The Fade Out #3

Nov 13, 2014

It's some heavy stuff, and when paired with Phillips' perfect sense of setting and excellent character work, it may be the most complete issue thus far.

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8.4
The Fade Out #5

Apr 16, 2015

The Fade Out is far from an easy read, especially on an issue to issue basis, but it's so dang good that it's worth the mental knots it puts you through.

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8.0
The Fade Out #7

Jun 25, 2015

When it comes to Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, there's no such thing as a quiet issue. The Fade Out #7 initially appears as such, but even when the tension is light it's never quite gone, always simmering just beneath the surface.

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8.5
Afterlife With Archie #9

May 26, 2016

With its compelling narrative and vibrant palette, Afterlife with Archie's return makes for a frighteningly good read.

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8.4
Afterlife With Archie #10

Sep 1, 2016

It may not offer much to the main tale, but it's still very much a worthy aside.

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8.5
Airboy #1

Jun 4, 2015

It's hard to say just yet if Airboy is truly great (just how meta is it?), but it's so willfully different that it merits a look.

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8.5
Batgirl (2011): Futures End #1

Sep 11, 2014

Overall, Barbara's swan song is fun, surprising and very, very Simone.

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8.3
Batman and Robin (2011) #32

Jun 18, 2014

With the Hunt for Robin now concluded and Robin Rises: Omega set to begin, it's clear that the fate of Damian Wayne is still very much up for grabs. The surprise reveal comes completely out of left field, but promises big things just around the corner.

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9.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #34

Aug 20, 2014

It's been said before, but it bears repeating again (and again) -- Patrick Gleason can draw. His mastery of mood and emotion is on full display, particularly in the aforementioned cave scene. The artist adds a certain gravity to his pages, his shadows and angles giving depth to even the most mundane moments. He can also draw some ridiculously cool splash pages -- if you didn't "oooooh" after seeing his final shot of Hellbats soaring towards the Apokopliptian fire pits, you're doing comics wrong.

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8.5
Batman and Robin (2011) #35

Oct 16, 2014

Art wise, Patrick Gleason continues to dominate the pages. The opening page is a striking precursor of what's to come, Hellbat's imposing shadow streaking towards the Apokoliptian fire pits. It's yet another example of Gleason turning a fairly mundane image into something terrifically exciting, and he does it repeatedly over the course of the issue. His ability to craft big, iconic imagery lends itself perfectly to this particular arc, as Batman is able to cut loose in ways we aren't used to seeing. Inker Mick Gray and colorist John Kalisz also deserve mention, the former's crisp lines and mammoth shadows working in perfect concert with the latter's vibrant, flame-licked palette.

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8.3
Batman and Robin (2011) #37

Dec 17, 2014

Batman and Robin #37 isn't a perfect comic, but it's still a darn good one, epic both in action and in heart. Peter J. Tomasi does a great job in finding a way to make the Bat family whole, even if that way arguably makes little sense. It's a fun read, one made even better by Gleason's expansive, grandiose stylings. Love him or leave him, Damian's return proves well worth the wait.

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8.5
Batman and Robin (2011) #39

Feb 18, 2015

A super powered Damian may not be what anyone wanted or expected, but Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason are certainly getting the most of that current plot point. The book's renewed focus on Bruce and Damian's relationship proves welcome, as does the sudden introduction of the Justice League. Now will someone please tell Shazam that he's cool? Feel bad for the guy.

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8.5
Bitch Planet: Triple Feature #1

Jun 15, 2017

Told in three separate chapters, each installment focuses on a different woman living within the previously established world, their stories narratively different but thematically similar in their impact. The stories don't play a direct role in anything going on in the primary story, but they do an exceptional job of further establishing the oppressive nature of the shared world.

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8.5
Burning Fields #1

Jan 21, 2015

Colin Lorimer also aids in providing this consistent tone, his heavy shadows and etched faces proving a good fit for the book's escalating subject matter. The former Curse vet is clearly comfortable in his new surroundings, his layouts and backdrops impressive in their vision. His character detail can read a bit sparser in comparison, but he makes up for it in pure gritty tone, as exemplified by his wince worthy opening and equally unnerving climax.

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8.8
C.O.W.L. #1

May 29, 2014

Great galloping gargoyles, Batman, Rod Reis can draw. Every page and panel is worth an extra second's pause, the artist deftly marrying superhero melees with every day police work.

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8.4
C.O.W.L. #2

Jun 26, 2014

With the book's setup out of the way, Kyle Higgins and Alec Siegel deliver some excellent character work here is issue #2, the world of C.O.W.L. affecting those powered and unpowered alike.

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8.4
C.O.W.L. #3

Jul 31, 2014

After all the world building done in subsequent issues, issue #3 of C.O.W.L. is more character piece than anything else, writers Kyle Higgins and Alec Siegel directing their attention to the team's lone female member, the telekinetic Radia.

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8.3
C.O.W.L. #5

Sep 25, 2014

With a new arc soon to come and a trade on the way, it's high time to enlist in C.O.W.L.

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8.5
DC Comics: Bombshells #1

Aug 12, 2015

Though crafted as a digital read, Bombshell's print transference proves an enjoyable one. Marguerite's Bennett and Sauvage show a keen understanding for the stories they're out to tell, their characters both familiar and decidedly fresh. In a marketplace crowded with male dominated reads, book's like Bombshells stand out.

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8.5
Deadly Class #5

May 29, 2014

Remender and Craig appear determined to command your pull list, and at this point you'd be silly to resist them.

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9.6
Deadly Class #6

Jun 25, 2014

Deadly Class #6 is comic booking at its finest, a true marriage between writer and artist that fully stakes its claim as one of the best books on the rack. The wait till September will be a brutal one.

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8.5
Deadly Class #7

Sep 18, 2014

Deadly Class at long last returns from it's agonizing vacation, creators Rick Remender and Wes Craig making it well worth the wait. Their narrative is chock full of the same shockingly pointed dialogue and in-your-face occurrences we've come to expect, somehow finding time to explore complex relationships amidst the copious violence, heavy drug use and deposit filled swirlies.

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8.3
Deadly Class #8

Oct 16, 2014

While not entirely conducive to the book's forward motion, Remender nevertheless crafts yet another riveting read filled with achingly damaged characters.

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8.5
Deadly Class #9

Nov 20, 2014

Rick Remender again finds just the right blend of back-story, character development and forward progression, his plotting somehow both sporadic and meticulous.

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8.8
Deadly Class #10

Jan 7, 2015

Now ten issues in, it's safe to say there's no book quite like Deadly Class. Rick Remender's latest is a hodge-podge of crazy situations and themes, each one messier and more destructive than the last. It's as if he's taken teenage angst, ratcheted it up to 11, and given it a machine gun.

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8.5
Deadly Class #13

May 28, 2015

Rick Remender and Wes Craig, no strangers to madcap action and thrilling double crosses thus far, deliver a whole new level of jaw dropping goodness here in issue #13. It's not necessarily what they do but rather how they it, the creators crafting a whole issue of build up that pays off in rather disconcerting ways.

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8.7
Deadly Class #14

Jul 2, 2015

Over the course of the issue Marcus' spiral continues ever downward, Remender giving each angst-filled musing and aggressive lash a dramatic but relatable weight. Its heady stuff, especially so given the writer's full on commitment to his lead's self destructive nature.

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8.4
Deadly Class #15

Aug 6, 2015

This is one class still worth attending.

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8.0
Deadly Class #16

Sep 10, 2015

Ever watch a horror movie where you end up constantly screaming at the main character's increasingly poor decisions? That's Deadly Class #16 in a nutshell. At this point Rick Remender has Marcus so deep in the dumpster fire of his own creation that it's any wonder he's managed to make it this far at all.

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8.0
Deadly Class #19

Mar 3, 2016

For all its frenetic mayhem and constant escalation, in many ways Deadly Class is a book balanced on restraint. Over the course of 19 issues Rick Remender and Wes Craig have done a remarkable job building up and breaking down their eclectic cast. In putting in the time, the duo all but ensures that the events of the book's latest arc land on a much deeper level, as made evident by the brutal clash between side characters Billy and Viktor.

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8.8
Deadly Class #21

Jun 2, 2016

When it comes to sheer page-by-page investment, Die For Me is arguably the strongest arc in Deadly Class' run so far. Coming to a close here in issue #21, Rick Remender and Wes Craig somehow raise their already amped up narrative, delivering a shocking installment that's widespread in its ramifications and devastating for its characters.

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8.0
Deadly Class #22

Sep 29, 2016

Issue #22 is definitely tame by recent standards, but the artist's ever expressive energy and fantastic layouts do more than enough to hype events to come.

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8.4
Deadly Class #24

Dec 1, 2016

With so many interlocking threads, Deadly Class is a book primed for the big payoff. At first glance issue #24 is limited in that area, but the sheer amount of new information gifted here goes a long way in plotting the series' new course.

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8.0
Deadly Class #26

Feb 2, 2017

Nits aside, if you've been reading this series, you can't miss this one.

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8.7
Deadly Class #27

Mar 30, 2017

If you've been reading since page one this is a can't miss"and if not, you'd best get caught up.

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8.0
Deadly Class #28

May 25, 2017

Recent issues of Deadly Class have been punctuated by one dramatic, narrative shattering beat after the next, so by comparison issue #28 reads much more measured in its approach. It's a nice change of pace, and Rick Remender uses the slower roll-out to touch base with the majority of the book's sprawling cast.

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8.5
House of Penance #1

Apr 14, 2016

House of Penance #1, from the creative team of Peter J. Tomasi, Ian Bertram and Dave Stewart, is a debut of immediate and riveting intrigue. Drawing influence from Sarah Winchester's famed Mystery House, Penance #1 offers a dark look at the physical and psychological effects of loss and guilt, as told through the unblinking eyes of the titular structure's warden.

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8.5
Loki: Agent of Asgard #4

May 8, 2014

Though Old Loki is conspicuously absent, the book brims with great content, featuring everything from the appearance of a Marvel heavy, an intriguing meeting and a tasty recipe for salmon. A godly union, indeed.

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8.5
Mega Princess #1

Nov 10, 2016

. As far as all-ages goes this one skews inevitably young, but even those old in body will feel young at heart with this title.

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8.0
Midnighter (2015) #5

Oct 8, 2015

Midnighter's Grayson team-up continues here in issue #5, the two furthering their investigation into a pay-for-play monster murder ring. It's a testament to the creative team of Steve Orlando and Stephen Mooney that such setup is the least interesting part of the issue, as the budding bromance between M and Dick continues to take center stage.

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9.5
Midnighter (2015) #6

Nov 5, 2015

Through some excellent pacing, the writer is able to dim the sense of narrative danger, despite the sprinkling of warning signs that appear throughout. At first appearing to be little more than an expansive look at M's protective relationship with Matt, the end game manages to change, well, everything.

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7.7
Midnighter (2015) #7

Dec 3, 2015

It feels strange to call an issue rife with physical and emotional beatdowns a letdown, but such is the case here in Midnighter #7. It's not that the issue is bad " Steve Orlando's script lands a number of punches to the feels and midsection " but given the amount of careful time and plotting spent on getting us to this faceoff, the end result feels almost rushed in its resolution.

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8.0
Midnighter (2015) #9

Feb 4, 2016

Steve Orlando and ACO spin their guest star wheel yet again, this time pitting Midnighter against the controlled crazies of the Suicide Squad. And again, Orlando makes this unique marriage work, combining fantastic action, great character play and narrative altering drama.

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9.0
Midnighter (2015) #11

Apr 7, 2016

Midnighter is a book that will be gone too soon, but at least it appears prepped to go out on top.

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8.5
Midnighter (2015) #12

May 5, 2016

To say that Midnighter goes out with a bang is quite the understatement. Steve Orlando stuffs his final issue with action aplenty, delivering an electric battle of computer brains versus buffed-up brawn.

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8.5
Rock Candy Mountain #1

Apr 6, 2017

A simple concept done right, Rock Candy Mountain #1 makes for an immediately immersive debut.

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8.5
Spencer & Locke #1

Jan 25, 2017

A Calvin and Hobbes story gone wrong, Spencer and Locke #1 is a great debut. It manages to be both familiar and fresh, playing off of reader expectations in ways that are dark but entertaining. David Pepose gets a lot of mileage out of his premise from the start, delivering a layered lead in Locke and a standout in Spencer. Jorge Santiago's art strikes a memorable and effective balance, his conflicting structure meshing perfectly with the book's delightfully twisted sense of nostalgia. Those reared on Watterson and Miller will find much to love in this demented take, but even those who weren't will enjoy a darn good comic.

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8.5
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters #1

Oct 22, 2014

Visually, the debut is handled by a trio of different artists. Dan Schoening gets the bulk of the work, his more animated visuals and kinetic line work proving to be a good fit for many of the more supernatural happenings. While the switch between pencillers is noticeable, it's not horrifically jarring, though one artist would likely benefit the book in creating a more consistent tone. In either case, there's something wonderful in seeing the characters share a page, and it's obvious that all involved share that same gleeful excitement in finally crossing these two franchise streams.

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8.5
The Deep #1

Jan 11, 2017

Pairing family fun with seafaring adventure, The Deep #1 is a hit. Tom Taylor's characters are immediately relatable, making it easy to root for their success. James Brouwer creates a similar sense of investment with his animated expression and strong sense of setting, his world one we can't wait to see more of.

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8.5
The Empty Man #1

Jun 11, 2014

Aiding in the book's constant, unnerving tone is the atmospheric line work provided by artist Vanesa R. Del Rey. Her style is quite aggressive, filled with scratchy lines and deep, disquieting shadows. While her character work is solid and expressive, it's actually her set pieces that prove the most transfixing--everything has such a strong undercurrent of realism that it's hard not to let that niggling feeling of uncertainty creep into the back of your head. Colorist Michael Garland completes the effect, his palette one of subdued hues and inky blacks. Say it with me--creepy.

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9.0
The Fix #3

Jun 9, 2016

It may seem premature to anoint The Fix as one of the best titles on the shelf after only three issues, but the work Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber are doing here makes it worthy of the praise.

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8.3
The Fix #5

Sep 15, 2016

The Fix continues to be the best show on HBO that doesn't exist. The reason for that in large part comes down to its ever delightful cast of characters.

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8.4
The Fix #6

Oct 13, 2016

The Fix can be dark, it can be juvenile, but it's never anything less than 100% entertaining.

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8.3
The Fix #7

Dec 22, 2016

Comedy and crime is a tough mix in any format, but The Fix has it down pat.

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8.3
The Fix #8

Feb 23, 2017

Mac is given a surprisingly meaty role this time around, and one with plenty of emotional layers. Those same layers again highlight the impressive balance of Spencer's scripts. His ability to move from heart wrenching to gut bursting is one of the book's strongest attributes, second only to Steve Lieber's equally nuanced pencils.

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8.5
The Squidder #2

Aug 7, 2014

Ben Templesmith is proving to be a man of many talents. The Squidder returns, Templesmith ably building off his impressive debut with another gorgeous and expansive installment. Fans have long admired the creator's creepily gnarled and beautifully imagined art, but it's his writing that's stood out this far, his world building engaging and well plotted.

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8.4
Dead Letters #2

May 8, 2014

As Sam goes through God Squad orientation, we're treated to a series of flashbacks that explain not only how things are, but how they came to be. It's a bit of an info dump, yet Christopher Sebela's plotting is so well articulated that you're never left scratching your head.

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8.4
Frankenstein Underground #4

Jun 25, 2015

Just when you think a book revolving around a reanimated corpse of patchwork parts can't get any weirder, Mike Mignola finds a way. His latest issue is steeped with creature feature mythology, the writer deftly entwining the Monster's dark past with his own broader universe.

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8.3
Frankenstein Underground #5

Jul 23, 2015

The series' finale brings many of the book's overarching themes " life, death, and that area in between " to a tumultuous head, Mike Mignola and Ben Stenbeck putting a fine capper on their sprawling mini.

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8.8
Hawkeye (2016) #1

Dec 14, 2016

Hawkeye #1 hits the ground running and never looks back, the creative team of Kelly Thompson, Leonardo Romero and Jordie Bellaire on target early and often. Their Kate is one immediately believable and root-worthy, her sharp wit and numerous talents put to great use from the start. With fantastic art and some strong early setup, it's easy to get excited by the potential shown here.

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8.5
Hawkeye (2016) #3

Feb 2, 2017

Kate Bishop deserves a strong creative team, and thus far Thompson, Romero and Bellaire are delivering.

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8.3
Hawkeye (2016) #4

Mar 2, 2017

Though only four issues in, this is a series that very much knows what it is and what makes it work, something we can't wait to see pay further dividends down the line.

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8.0
Hawkeye (2016) #5

Apr 6, 2017

With any guest spot, there's always the worry that the guest star may overshadow or unnecessarily undermine the lead character. And thankfully, it's a concern that's unfounded here, as Kelly Thompson is able to construct the perfect vehicle for both Kate Bishop and Jessica Jones to coexist.

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8.5
Hawkeye (2016) #6

May 4, 2017

With every passing issue it gets more and more apparent that Kelly Thompson is the perfect writer for this series

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8.5
Hawkeye (2016) #7

Jun 8, 2017

Super-powered guest spots and rampaging dragon people will always have their place in comics, but the more personal focus to Hawkeye's latest arc looks to be a welcome one.

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8.4
Jughead: The Hunger (2017) #1

Mar 30, 2017

As creepy as it is fun, this is one one-shot that will leave you hungry for more.

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8.4
Kill the Minotaur #1

Jun 15, 2017

Putting a fresh spin on an age-old myth is no easy feat, but that's exactly what Chris Pasetto and Christian Cantamessa have done with this first issue.

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8.4
Lazarus #9

Jul 3, 2014

If you're a fan of high concept drama and expansive world building, Lazarus remains a top pick.

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8.5
Lazarus #11

Sep 11, 2014

Rucka, already proven as a master of scheming, delivers yet again, his pacing deliberate and plotted to the smallest detail. All the world building he's done, both subtle and unsubtle, begins to pay dividends here, the rivalry between the factions reaching a level of intrigue we've yet to see.

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8.0
Lazarus #12

Oct 22, 2014

Trading bulletproof vests for ball gowns, Michael Lark yet again delivers the good stuff. One has to wonder just how he reacted upon seeing a script filled with pages of dancing and lavish backdrops, but he comes through in every regard, creating a truly immersive experience. His ability to generate mood has proved hugely important to the book's overall proceedings, and with the sudden surprise at issue's end, chances are he'll need those talents now more than ever.

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8.6
Lazarus #14

Jan 15, 2015

Rucka's writing is as magnetic and terse as ever, yet much of the book's tension comes courtesy of artist Michael Lark. His physical pacing is phenomenal this issue, panels flowing with a cinematic zest befitting the best spy thrillers film has to offer.

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8.8
Lazarus #15

Feb 19, 2015

While slower story wise save for one sudden swerve, Lark's excellent art drives another excellent issue.

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7.7
Lazarus #17

Jun 18, 2015

Greg Rucka and Michael Lark have spent a good deal of time building and cultivating their Families and the world they inhabit, and at long last they're ready to set them against each other. Building off the duplicitous events of his Conclave arc, Rucka's latest script brings war, and lots of it.

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8.5
Lazarus #18

Jul 30, 2015

Michael Lark gets some excellent action sequences to work with, his cinematic eye detailing everything from covert stealth strikes to impressive displays of lethal efficiency. His ability to generate tension sans words continues to be a huge part of Lazarus' visual appeal, as exemplified by the issue's left field ending that'll leave you blinking in disbelief.

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8.0
Lazarus #24

Sep 1, 2016

Greg Rucka's Lazarus workstation must be a maze of photos and yarn, so complex are the various connections and relationships that inhabit his world. And yet, despite each new layer, each uncovered past or secret motivation, the story never gets so loaded with extraneous detail that comprehension is lost.

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9.0
Lazarus #25

Oct 13, 2016

In 22 some-odd pages the duo explores a long running reveal, presents a major power shift and introduces a terrifying and brutally effective new foe. And not once does the story feel bloated or unnaturally forced, each new revelation and obstacle feeling organic and earned.

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8.8
Lazarus #26

Mar 30, 2017

Delays aside, Lazarus continues to be one Image's most consistently top notch titles.

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8.8
Southern Bastards #2

May 29, 2014

Issue #2 delivers more of the same heft and grit as it's predecessor, setting Earl on a path that seems almost preordained. Jason Aaron continues to weave one doozy of a narrative, Earl continually stuck between what he wants to do, and what he has to do.

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8.0
Southern Bastards #7

Feb 11, 2015

Art wise, Latour again matches Aaron blow for blow in terms of tone, his pencils gnarled and angry in their imagining. Much of the issue takes place on the gridiron, Latour using dynamic layouts to emphasize his bone breaking displays of force. More importantly, he balances the savagery of the game with Boss' earnest affection for it, his muddled browns and deep reds highlighting each violent high and emotional low. Issue #7 may not be quite up to the book's gut-punch awesome standards, but it's still a damn fine book from a damn fine team.

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8.0
Southern Bastards #10

Jul 30, 2015

It's doubtful that issue #10 will be anyone's favorite of the series, but from strictly a storytelling standpoint it's hard to argue against the sheer power such a hard read generates.

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8.8
Southern Bastards #11

Oct 8, 2015

Southern Bastards isn't just a comic, it's an experience, and no amount of wet naps will wash the emotional stains it leaves behind.

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9.5
Southern Bastards #13

Jan 28, 2016

Ever since it's first, brilliant issue, each new release of Southern Bastards has carried with it an almost undue level of expectation. And every issue, Jason Aaron and Jason Latour deliver. In a way, issue #13 reads as a culmination of their work.

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9.0
Southern Bastards #14

May 12, 2016

Aaron's script here is superb " particularly in how he explores the issues of race and gender in a less than accepting society " but its artist Jason Latour who proves to be the driving force of this installment.

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8.0
Southern Bastards #15

Nov 3, 2016

All that being said, issue #15 is very much geared to those reared on sports fandom, which runs the risk of limiting the impact from reader to reader. It's there that Jason Latour again proves integral, as whether you're a football fan or not, you'll be hard-pressed to tear your eyes away from his deliciously seedy world.

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7.2
Southern Bastards #16

Jan 12, 2017

With much of the last arc focusing on Coach Boss' crumbling football empire, the inevitable crossroads moment was sure to be a doozy. It comes to fruition here, and while the fallout possesses the same myriad layers we've come to expect, it also crosses a line into territory that feels more gratuitous than truly necessary.

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8.4
Spider-Man/Deadpool #3

Mar 10, 2016

Spider-Man/Deadpool has been a consistently strong performer so far in its early run, and while the pairing itself remains a no-brainer, it's nonetheless surprising just how well this book continues to work.

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8.5
The Valiant #1

Dec 10, 2014

Not only is The Valiant #1 a great jumping on point for new readers, it's also a great comic. Matt Kindt and Jeff Lemire work in perfect sync, their debut further bolstered by Paulo Rivera's immersive art. This is a story that's only just scratched the surface of it's potential, so if you've been looking to get into the universe, don't sleep on this one.

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8.8
The Valiant #2

Jan 21, 2015

Speaking of the world " what a world it is when drawn by Paolo Rivera. His line work remains absolutely fantastic, filled with big moments and nuanced quirks that give each page that little something more. Whether it's Ninjak ninja-ing quietly out of the snow or the growing nightmare that is Mr. Flay, Rivera's art is so on point that it's worth the cover price alone. Don't miss it.

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8.0
The Valiant #3

Feb 18, 2015

The duo have somehow become the best part of The Valiant, as Bloodshot works to keep the promise that Gilad never could. Much of their chemistry comes courtesy of artist Paolo Rivera. His monsters and splash pages draw the eye (and his Mr. Flay ensures they'll never close), but it's his expressive storytelling that continues to be the main pull. Bloodshot and Kay bonding over beef jerky is an excellent example, Rivera using slight shifts in body language and expression to convey wary disapproval and guilty satisfaction. If he can make two characters eating beef jerky interesting, who knows what he'll turn out for the finale.

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8.7
Winter Soldier: The Bitter March #4

May 29, 2014

In the Drain he has a villain truly terrifying, able to use man's worst weapon -- their own doubts and fears -- against them. The Drain is so creepy yet convincing and Remender just straight up unleashes him, his revealed truths more pointed than any weapon.

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8.0
Winter Soldier: The Bitter March #5

Jul 10, 2014

Though some of the moving parts feel a bit too perfectly orchestrated, the finale still offers an exciting and satisfying conclusion, driven by A-plus storytelling and the consistently great art by Roland Boschi.

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8.4
X-O Manowar (2017) #3

May 25, 2017

It's too early to say for sure, but it looks like Valiant may have struck gold with another reinvention of a fan-favorite character.

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8.9
Black Science #7

Jul 31, 2014

Given the shocking events of last issue and the subsequent hiatus that followed, no one would have faulted writer Rick Remender had he decided to ease into the book's next arc. Of course, being Remender, issue #7 does the exact opposite, immediately returning his characters to the same high danger, higher stakes adventures we've come to expect.

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8.0
Black Science #8

Aug 28, 2014

It's clear that Remender has a clear vision as to where the story is going next, but in order for Black Science to continue its streak of excellence he'll need his remaining cast to step up.

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7.9
Black Science #9

Oct 8, 2014

Rick Remender's latest trip through the Onion is a sporadic one, the narrative bouncing around a number of different characters in ways equal parts puzzling and enticing. His tale is so stuffed with big ideas and lofty musings that some of the urgency of recent issues has started to wane.

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8.2
Black Science #10

Oct 29, 2014

Despite the frequent squabbling, Matteo Scalera is still given plenty of room to flex his artistic muscles. His pages remain as breathlessly kinetic and expansive as ever, the artist again serving as the book's driving force. He does seem to favor certain poses and expressions, as they tend to repeat throughout, but in terms of sheer motion there are few that can rival his level of investment. Dean White serves as the final cherry to this loaded sundae of a book, his otherworldly colors and subtle shading meshing perfectly with Scalera's meticulously savage pencils.

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7.0
Black Science #12

Mar 4, 2015

Art wise, Scalera again gives the book its distinctive edge, his pencils brash and fluid. At times his embellishment goes a bit overboard for the scene at hand, but said flair aids in keeping the quieter scenes visually arresting. The real challenge to the issue is the switch in colorists. Moreno Dinisio does an able job filling Dean White's impressive shoes, but unfortunately the change doesn't entirely escape notice. Dinisio's colors prove a bit muddier than we're used to, his concert with Scalera strong but not quite on the same level as of yet. He does manage to strike the appropriately off kilter alien tone, so in a few issues we could be singing a different tune.

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9.5
Black Science #13

Apr 1, 2015

Not to be outdone, artist Scalera turns in a phenomenal issue, deftly managing the script's breakneck pace. His action sequences are always good, but here he delivers a master class in kinetic movement, Grant and Shawn's jetpack escape an exhilarating blend of dynamic angles and fluid design. He and colorist Moreno Dinisio do an equally fine job rendering the issue's quieter moments, showing a soft touch and cool palette when detailing Pia's troubled younger days. The issue's final pages show just how good this duo can be, and also make it clear that we can expect some even darker adventures to come. Bring it on.

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8.4
Black Science #15

Jun 11, 2015

It's riveting stuff, especially given the characters involved and the events that precede it, and when all is said and done the damage is all but irrevocable.

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7.8
Black Science #17

Nov 5, 2015

While still possessing the usual moments of wild action and creature features (as electrically illustrated by Matteo Scalera), overall there's a much more contemplative feel to this installment then what we've seen previously. That same introspection may hinder new readers " Remender's mythology is itself a labyrinthine maze " but as the kick off to a new story it does a fine job in creating questions we want answered.

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8.8
Black Science #18

Dec 3, 2015

By taking time away from the series' running interdimensional strife to focus on Grant's own specific personal hell, the duo have crafted a riveting (and wonderfully bananas) look at how the past informs the present " with puppets!

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9.5
Black Science #19

Jan 7, 2016

Black Science has had its ups and downs, but with a truly triumphant finale and one heck of a forward push, this is a book that again belongs at the top of your read pile.

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7.4
Black Science #20

Feb 11, 2016

Rick Remender and Matteo Scalera were going to have a hard time topping themselves following last issue's excellent introspective adventure, so it's not a huge surprise that their latest doesn't fully measure up. That said, issue #20 does a solid job of maintaining the momentum said issue generated, Remender taking Grant back to the beginning in a bid to save his family and fix the Onion.

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8.0
Black Science #21

Mar 31, 2016

Having spent most of this arc exploring Grant's attempt at redemption, issue #21 further explores the ramifications of Grant's Onion traversing, while also presenting the newly focused Dimensionaut with an opportunity too good to pass up. The sizable gap in issues robs the aforementioned moment of its full impact, but Remender's presenting of it is nonetheless engrossing and oh-so-satisfying.

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8.4
Black Science #24

Sep 15, 2016

Black Science is heading back to the beginning, and things are feeling fresher than ever.

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8.0
Black Science #25

Oct 13, 2016

There's not an undamaged character in the bunch, and while issue #25 does succeed in laying out further the machinations in play, the bulk of the issue is dedicated to their continued torment. Such a barrage could backfire if handled improperly, but Remender has done such a strong job at building such flawed characters that the constant emotional yo-yo always seemingly fits the subject matter at hand.

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8.0
Black Science #26

Dec 8, 2016

Black Science, at least by its usual standards, has been taking it easy of late, Rick Remender more focused on the holes left in the McKay family than those of the realities they plowed through. Issue #26 shakes that sentiment up in a big way, and uses an often seen but rarely utilized character to do so.

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8.4
Black Science #27

Jan 5, 2017

Issue #27 is exceptionally varied in its content, each new swerve and sudden entrance seemingly building in visceral pull. If you've been waiting for Black Science to blast back into orbit, you'd best strap in tight.

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8.0
Black Science #28

Feb 9, 2017

Ignoring the fact that Remender's roster could carry a book on its own"there is literally nothing cooler than a telepathic anteater"this is just a strong issue, with plenty of dynamic action and strong character development.

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8.2
Black Science #29

Apr 20, 2017

A long game that continues to pay off, Black Science's latest direction is shaping to be a doozy.

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8.5
Black Science #30

Jun 1, 2017

Constant calamity has been a benchmark for this series since its inception, but it's nonetheless still surprising how far Rick Remender continually manages to turn that dial. Not only is the issue jam-packed with all manner of wild sci-fi goodness, but it also delivers on 30 issues worth of content, with numerous callbacks to villains and characters arcs past.

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7.8
Black Widow (2016) #3

May 5, 2016

Few books can rely as heavily on visual storytelling alone as Black Widow, but then again, few collaborations are as strong as the one shared by Mark Waid and Chris Samnee.

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8.7
Black Widow (2016) #7

Oct 20, 2016

As a character, Black Widow is as complex as they come. It's that fact that makes the latest from Chris Samnee and Mark Waid all the more impressive, issue #7 both intricately layered and entirely accessible.

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8.0
Black Widow (2016) #10

Jan 19, 2017

When it comes to wordless storytelling, Chris Samnee may just be the best in the business. He's so good that even in an issue that would be considered "down" when compared to past works, engagement and immersion is never anything less than total.

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8.7
Black Widow (2016) #11

Feb 9, 2017

Having spent the better part of the last arc focusing on various betrayals and hidden secrets, issue #11 lets Natasha do what she does best. The resulting read offers an electric display of the skill set Black Widow is known for, the one-woman army facing off against a bevy of similarly trained foes.

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7.8
Bloodshot: Reborn #0

Mar 23, 2017

While the amount of wrap-up may confuse new readers looking for a numerical jumping on point, the content here is much needed for anyone following the series in recent months.

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8.5
Bloodshot: Reborn #1

Apr 15, 2015

Jeff Lemire continues his great work with the Bloodshot character, adding a new layer of depth to the reborn killer. Mico Suayan makes his presence felt with some fantastic art, though Lemire's Bloodsquirt takes some getting used to. If you've been looking for an in to Bloodshot, you've found it.

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8.5
Bloodshot: Reborn #2

May 21, 2015

Aiding Lemire in this slow burn approach is Mico Suayan. The artist again turns in some ridiculously realistic pages, each open pore and tightened tendon on full display. At times said realism leads to some static looking pages, but they're all rendered so gorgeously that it's almost worth the pause in pace. When paired with David Baron's excellent color work, Bloodshot is arguably the best looking book that Valiant is currently putting out.

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8.5
Bloodshot: Reborn #3

Jun 18, 2015

Bloodshot Reborn is not so quietly taking claim as Valiant's best new title, so best get on it, and quick.

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8.4
Bloodshot: Reborn #4

Jul 9, 2015

Jeff Lemire has done an excellent job exploring the anti-hero's fractured mind in recent issues, and issue #4 is no different.

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8.0
Bloodshot: Reborn #6

Sep 17, 2015

All told, as both a continuation and a jumping on point, issue #6 delivers.

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8.2
Bloodshot: Reborn #7

Oct 8, 2015

Whereas Bloodshot: Reborn's first arc read like a television procedural, its latest is more akin to a horror thriller, each issue further investing us in its characters even as the foreboding sense of tension mounts.

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8.3
Bloodshot: Reborn #8

Nov 19, 2015

Much like its nanite inhaling lead, Bloodshot: Reborn continues to get stronger with each passing issue. The book has been on quite a tear of late, much of which can be attributed to Jeff Lemire's improved pacing.

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7.8
Bloodshot: Reborn #10

Jan 28, 2016

Bloodshot's latest presents the perfect on ramp for new readers, as Jeff Lemire and Co. leave the narrative of the present behind in lieu of exploring an all too familiar future. It's tough to read this issue without calling to mind other dystopian fiction " from the obvious Max Max comparison to other heroes-in-a-world-gone-bad tales such as Old Man Logan " but Lemire nonetheless manages to introduce these familiar tropes in a way that's still investing and world specific.

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8.3
Bloodshot: Reborn #11

Feb 25, 2016

Issue #11 continues to move the story along a well worn path, Lemire again relying on familiar plot beats to advance his unfolding story. Such presentation makes for a somewhat predictable issue, but considering how well it's done that same expectation does nothing to dull the overall enjoyment of the arc.

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8.0
Bloodshot: Reborn #13

May 26, 2016

For as enjoyable as The Analog Man arc has been, there's always been the sense that things are too familiar, too easy to predict. That notion goes out the window here in issue #13 as Jeff Lemire and Lewis Larosa deliver a powerful and emotionally shattering finale.

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8.2
Bloodshot: Reborn #14

Jun 30, 2016

It's only the first issue, but this Hunger Games-style romp looks to be a potential return to form for this fan favorite series.

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8.5
Bloodshot: Reborn #15

Jul 14, 2016

While Bloodshot Island definitely fits the bill as another bombastic, action oriented arc, it's Lemire's ability to weave a connected web from story to story that continues to pay dividends.

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8.1
Bloodshot: Reborn #16

Sep 1, 2016

When compared to recent arcs, Bloodshot Island feels smaller in narrative scope - more summer blockbuster than conspiracy thriller. That being said, it's also one of the more purely entertaining acts Jeff Lemire has put out, driven by its action heavy plot and the consistently fantastic art of Mico Suayan.

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8.8
Bloodshot: Reborn #17

Sep 29, 2016

Bigger doesn't always equal better, but with this stellar creative team on a roll unlike anything we've seen yet, we're willing to bet that in this case it does.

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8.3
Judge Dredd: Blessed Earth Annual #2017

Mar 2, 2017

While the cover price is fairly steep, this issue packs in a pretty sizable helping of Judge Dredd goodness.

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8.8
Lumberjanes / Gotham Academy #1

Jun 9, 2016

Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy #1 works because it offers the best of both worlds. Chynna Clugston Flores shows a clear understanding of her characters and their relationships, something too reflected in Rosemary Valero-O'Connell's picture perfect art. This was a crossover that made too much sense not to happen, but now that it has, it couldn't have gotten off to a better start.

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8.0
Lumberjanes / Gotham Academy #2

Jul 14, 2016

The resulting read isn't as laugh-out-loud-funny as we'd expect from the pairing, but it is quite clever, Clugston-Flores playing the various cast against one another in inventive ways.

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8.0
Lumberjanes / Gotham Academy #3

Aug 11, 2016

Much like its principle cast, Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy has read very much like a book working to come together. With issue #3 is appears the series may have finally done so, Chynna Clugston-Flores and Rosemary Valero-O'Connell at last pulling back the veil on their eclectic tale.

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8.5
Saga #19

May 21, 2014

Saga #19 returns to heightened expectations and ably manages them, ushering in the next chapter of Hazel and her star-crossed parents. Also, they bought a walrus.

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8.8
Saga #20

Jun 25, 2014

Saga #20 ups the stakes yet again, effectively marrying familial discord, amazing character work and world shaping violence. In other words, typical Saga through and through!

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9.1
Saga #21

Jul 23, 2014

Saga #21 is an excellent blend of shocking violence, terse drama and all too many feels. The level of balance in this series is sometimes mind boggling, as even the most random, jaw-dropping moments somehow feel right in the overall narrative. Vaughan and Staples again prove a power team in every way, shape and form, and Saga remains a must read.

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9.5
Saga #22

Aug 27, 2014

Vaughn and Staples continue to deliver the gold standard, their latest chock full of great character work and a number of memorable moments. Issue #22 is yet another example of excellent collaboration, art and words in perfect sync. Bring a tissue.

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8.7
Saga #23

Sep 25, 2014

Brian K. Vaughn turns the wheel on his narrative yet again, offering an unexpected twist that's both refreshing and intriguing. He and Fiona Staples combine for some excellent and touching character moments, though the already sparse good times are sure to become even fewer.

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9.5
Saga #24

Oct 29, 2014

Somehow, some way, Vaughn and Staples have done it again, crafting a read that's as surprising as it is completely investing. Issue #24 is as strong a finale as we've seen, hitting a number of notes sure to resonate over the book's long hiatus. With their characters scattered every which way and a host of alliances new and old now in play, the future of the series has never looked brighter. Now where's that emergency pint of Ben and Jerry's...

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8.5
Saga #25

Feb 4, 2015

Saga's latest arc gets off to a solid start, Brian K. Vaughn catching us up to speed as he teases what's to come. Though on the quieter side (for Saga), the issue features the same tense drama, wild action and realized characters we've come to expect, all expertly rendered by artist Fiona Staples.

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7.7
Saga #26

Mar 4, 2015

Though light on plot, Saga #26 still has enough bang for your buck in the character department, Staples and Vaughn fleshing out their characters even as they tear them down. Each story line appears swelled to burst at this point, so here's hoping something pops soon.

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8.5
Saga #27

Apr 9, 2015

Marko has been close to breaking for some time now, and in issue #27 the floodgates open. Vaughn and Staples do an excellent job detailing this break, offering insights both powerful and informative. With some great character work and a few entertaining interactions between Ghus and Prince Robot, Saga's latest has something for everyone.

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9.2
Saga #29

Jun 10, 2015

Saga sweeps the leg in issue #29, Vaughan and Staples shaking up their various storylines in increasingly damaging ways. Vaughan's finely tuned characterization ensures no secondary character falls by the wayside, just as Staples' emotive visuals give them the attention they deserve. Saga is at its best when things are at their worst, and things are mighty bad indeed.

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7.7
Saga #30

Jul 9, 2015

Saga #30 is quieter as far as arc finales go, Vaughan and Staples foregoing any crazy reveals in lieu of wrapping up existing threads. While some of the issue's interactions feel rushed as a result, Staples' fantastic visuals couple well with Vaughan's re-fractured narrative. Rest easy, Saga. We'll be here when you get back.

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7.3
Saga #33

Jan 27, 2016

While not filled with quite the usual wow moments we've come to expect, Saga #33 helps revisit the current plot from a new perspective while returning some familiar characters to the fray. It's a retread to be sure, but there are enough twists and turns, in addition to the typically great art by Staples, to keep things interesting.

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7.7
Saga #34

Feb 24, 2016

Saga's latest arc continues at a simmer as Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples prep their narrative to boil, issue #34 offering the same great characterization and gorgeous visuals even as forward momentum crawls. The increased attention on Hazel makes for added developmental elements, in turn creating a more focused direction.

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7.5
Saga #35

Mar 30, 2016

Saga's many planted seeds begin to take root, Vaughan and Staples making ample use of their extended cast. The book's strong characterization and emotional focus again drives the read, it's balanced narrative allowing for a natural synergy as things come together. With Vaughan again investing us in the world and Staples bringing it further to life, issue #35 successfully ramps up the anticipation as we approach the arc's finale.

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7.5
Saga #36

Apr 28, 2016

Near misses are to Saga as butter is to bread, making the relatively drama free finale to the book's latest arc somewhat of a surprise.

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8.3
Saga #37

Aug 31, 2016

Saga is back, and once again we're better for it. Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples circle back to their first presented conflict, diving further into the divide between Landfall and Wreath. It's a setup issue, but one that effectively lays out both the conflict and those who stand in harms way. As perhaps the most real world arc yet, this issue is a promising first start.

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8.5
Saga #38

Sep 28, 2016

Saga hits the heartstrings yet again as a long time lead pays the ultimate price. Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples combine complex development with forward progression, resulting in a strong, visually arresting chapter with wide reaching repurcussions. As both a family tale and an otherworldly adventure, this book is still firing on all cylinders.

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7.5
Saga #39

Oct 26, 2016

With readers reeling, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples allow the dust to settle, putting character growth ahead of straight-line progression. While Vaughan's layered look at Hazel again pays dividends, the rest of his moves are more incremental. Still, with another spate of strong visuals and star turns by new players, there's plenty to look forward to going into the next chapter.

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7.8
Saga #40

Dec 1, 2016

Much like its marooned cast, Saga has more or less remained rooted in the same spot since the War for Phang began. Rather than jump-start the narrative in any significant way, issue #40 serves to further maneuver the series' many moving parts ever closer, the building tension culminating in a frightening final sequence.

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8.3
Saga #41

Jan 5, 2017

In regards to sweeping changes or shocking instances, this arc can't touch what's come before. But when it comes to seeing the characters we love fail and hurt and learn and grow, it's up there with the best.

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8.8
Saga #42

Jan 26, 2017

In starting slow and finishing strong, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples end The War For Phang in heart wrenching fashion. Vaughan's measured approach to character pays off in ways yet seen, with Staples again providing the necessary human element to make us care. This is rare Saga hiatus that's almost welcome, as it's not just the creators who will need to recharge after this one.

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8.0
Saga #43

May 31, 2017

Saga #43 makes for an excellent jumping on point for new readers. The opening recap structure allows for easy comprehension, where the back half of the read details the kind of well developed characterization the series is known for. Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples appear set to turn their narrative on its axis yet again, and at the sweet, sweet price of 25 cents, this issue is an easy sell for readers new and old.

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8.0
Saga #44

Jun 28, 2017

Saga's leads keep trudging along in this reflective follow-up. Brian K. Vaughan doesn't allow recent events to bog down his narrative, though he does ensure that the various ramifications linger. Fiona Staples' strong color work and equally expressive character expression seals the deal, her final twist sending the series into further uncharted territory.

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8.7
Silver Surfer (2014) #4

Jul 17, 2014

Snarling couches, Wizard of Oz references, seafood bisque -- if Silver Surfer goes any further off the beaten path we'll have to send in a rescue team for awesomeness extraction

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8.4
Silver Surfer (2014) #5

Aug 28, 2014

Dan Slott and Michael Allred have already proven to be masters of mixing the impossible with the mundane, but issue #5 of Silver Surfer may just take the (cosmic) cake as the oddest installment thus far.

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9.0
Silver Surfer (2014) #6

Oct 2, 2014

In a medium littered with brooding heroes and cataclysmic events that happen every other Tuesday, Silver Surfer remains a cosmic blast of fresh air. It's funny, heartwarming, and gloriously off-kilter, Dan Slott and Michael Allred doing their own thing and doing it well.

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8.2
Silver Surfer (2014) #8

Jan 14, 2015

Over on art duties, Michael and Laura Allred continue to strut their extraterrestrial stuff, the book's signature uniqueness again on fine display. This is a quieter issue in terms of action, but there are still a number of excellent character beats. Dawn learning to "drive" proves an instant highlight, as does Surfer's continually amusing relationship with Toomie, who at this point is a character all his/her own. Of course, it's the book's last few pages that are sure to excite the most, Slott and Allred teasing a confrontation of truly...galactic...proportions. While not quite on par with recent issues, Silver Surfer remains the best cosmic adventure you've never been on.

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7.0
Silver Surfer (2014) #9

Feb 19, 2015

It's not bad by any means, but it does lack the charm that usually pervades Slott's finely tuned scripts. Thankfully, any qualms are easily put to rest with every Michael Allred panel.

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8.4
Silver Surfer (2014) #10

Mar 12, 2015

Now that's more like it. Dan Slott and Michael Allred put the capper on their Galactus saga, ending their so-so arc on a definite high note.

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8.8
Star Wars (2014) #2

Feb 4, 2015

Star Wars #2 takes what worked in the first issue and keeps it going, Jason Aaron and John Cassaday turning in some quality storytelling. These guys know Star Wars, and while there may be some disagreement in how closely it adheres, it's a darn fine book no matter how you lightsaber slice it.

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7.5
Star Wars (2014) #7

Jul 29, 2015

Star Wars #7 is a solid one-off issue that adds some welcome depth to Obi-Wan's hermit lifestyle. It doesn't hit all the right notes, with an uneven use of Luke and a somewhat easy path to self discovery, but it does provide some valuable insight into the character and his motivations. Simone Bianchi likewise turns in some enjoyable pages, his Ben a nice mix of capable and conflicted. It's not the strongest issue thus far, but it's still an enjoyable one.

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8.5
Star Wars (2014) #8

Aug 20, 2015

Star Wars keeps getting better, and with Stuart Immonen now on board it's hard to see that changing anytime soon. Aaron's solid characterization and varied world building again proves engaging, as does the introduction of new faces and locales. Sana's role in things presents the biggest challenge to the ongoing narrative, but she brings a level of creative opportunity that the title hasn't yet seen.

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8.3
Storm #1

Jul 23, 2014

All in all, Storm's first issue proves a welcome return to a fan favorite. Pak and Ibaez appear to have a great handle on the character, seemingly willing to show all of her different sides. Though the book thus far appears lacking in direction, The strong character work and excellent art make it a debut worth checking out.

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9.5
The Life After #1

Jul 10, 2014

To put it simply, The Life After is pretty great. Fialkov and Gabo blow away expectation, their debut both unique and resonant. The best part -- if this debut is indicative of what's to come, we ain't seen nothing yet.

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8.4
The Life After #2

Aug 21, 2014

Following last month's stellar debut, The Life After returns to decidedly higher expectations. Whether or not those expectations are met is sure to be cause for debate, as issue #2 is noticeably different.

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7.8
The Life After #4

Oct 16, 2014

While it's still tough to say just where the series is going, the book's final pages, coupled with the clear vision of the creators, makes for one unique and compelling chapter.

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7.5
The Life After #7

Feb 26, 2015

Murdered animal deities, child ninjas, shadowy strangers in well-lit rooms " The Life After is back, and it's weirder than ever.

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8.8
The United States of Murder Inc. #1

May 15, 2014

The United States of Murder Inc. #1 offers an intriguing premise, great art and a bevy of well crafted characters. Though there are a few minor nitpicks, the quality pairing of Bendis and Oeming is sure to bring readers back for more.

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9.0
The United States of Murder Inc. #2

Jun 11, 2014

Aside from the final pages, issue #2 proves a bit slower than its explosive debut, focusing more on relationships than anything else. Michael Avon Oeming gamely embraces the change in pace, using his great character work and masterful use of shadow to convey the ever changing tone and mood. Considering his relatively simplistic style, it's amazing how much his mobsters look like mobsters. A furrow here, some sunken eyes there--every scene is exactly what you'd picture when reading the spoken words, a true testament to the artists' collaboration. Add in the simple yet effective colors from Taki Soma and you get another stellar issue that would be...unwise to miss.

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8.4
The United States of Murder Inc. #3

Jul 10, 2014

Art wise, the pages put forth by Michael Avon Oeming are again a treat, his layouts both inventive and visually appealing. His use of shadow is fantastic, using shapes and silhouettes to further bolster his unique stylings. That said, the color work comes off as a bit distracting this time around. Though the garish, monochromatic hues work in making the book decidedly different and most assuredly memorable, it also makes it tough to discern exactly what is going on in certain panels. Minor nits to be sure, but in a book this well constructed even the smallest stand out.

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8.0
The United States of Murder Inc. #4

Aug 14, 2014

The move to Vegas proves a welcome one, particularly when rendered by Michael Avon Oeming. The artist turns in some excellent pages, everything from the action sequences to the rich locales well constructed and appealing. Add in the best color work we've seen so far and you have one fine looking book.

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8.0
The United States of Murder Inc. #5

Sep 11, 2014

The problem is that with so many moving parts, it's difficult at times to remember where they all fit, especially when new characters with new histories and motivations are around every corner. It seems silly to fault a book for giving too much, but with such an ever fluid narrative, a little hand holding would be almost welcome.

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7.5
The United States of Murder Inc. #6

Feb 5, 2015

After a long, long, LONG gap between issues, Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming return to finally finish off their first arc. Bendis manages to squeeze in some history before dealing with the various aftermaths he left behind, and while the break between issues does the book no favors in continuity, it's easy enough to pick back up.

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7.8
The Wicked + The Divine #3

Aug 21, 2014

The continued push to introduce new characters could prove problematic long term as we've yet to really get to know many of the others, but in terms of sheer execution and ambitious storytelling, Wic + Dev can't be beat.

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7.7
The Wicked + The Divine #4

Sep 18, 2014

The Wicked + The Divine continues to be one beautifully constructed, infinitely complicated beast. It's complex to the point of being downright confusing at times, yet the premise is so darn intriguing that you can't help but want to understand, even if that understanding isn't easily gained.

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8.5
The Wicked + The Divine #5

Oct 23, 2014

Whether it's Lucifer coolly lighting a cigarette amidst the burning wreckage or the sudden, awesome appearance of the Morrigan, every panel brims with vivid life. And those final pages? Hoo boy. The wait for next issue is going to be an ungodly one.

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7.8
The Wicked + The Divine #6

Dec 17, 2014

Though on the slower side when compared to last issue's explosive finale, The Wicked + The Divine continues to hit a nice balance between external wonderment and internal strife.

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8.6
The Wicked + The Divine #7

Jan 21, 2015

The book's second arc is as smart as it is deep, and there's no telling the depths we've yet to go.

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8.5
The Wicked + The Divine #8

Feb 25, 2015

Though light on outright progression, issue #8 comes out a win courtesy of the art team. Jamie McKelvie continues to find new and inventive ways to stage the book's various proceedings, ably adapting Gillen's segmented narrative into pointedly visual beats. The recurring 1, 2, 3, 4 that appears throughout is quite unique, McKelvie adding an almost lyrical quality to his presentation. That said, its colorist Matt Wilson who deserves the gold star for this installment. His colors have always been great but here they're flat out fantastic, his electric hues perfecting encapsulating Dionysus magnetic influence. His color work is so strong that the book's final pages feel like a depressing crash from an exhilarating high, Dionysus' final admittance made even more painfully poignant.

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8.2
The Wicked + The Divine #9

Mar 26, 2015

All of Gillen and McKelvie's pieces finally appear in play, making The Wicked + The Divine's return one worth looking forward to.

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8.8
The Wicked + The Divine #11

Jun 4, 2015

Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie again manage to surprise, toeing the line of expectation once more before thumbing their noses and leaping off it entirely.

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8.2
The Wicked + The Divine #12

Jul 2, 2015

It's undeniably jarring to have someone other than Jamie McKelvie at the helm, but Brown's intimate, muted quality fits well with the issue's somber atmosphere.

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9.4
The Wicked + The Divine #14

Sep 10, 2015

One month after Kieron Gillen devastated with a pointed look at celebrity pressure and the cruel evil of social anonymity, he offers an equally sharp look at the reverse.

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7.5
The Wicked + The Divine #17

Dec 17, 2015

The real depth ends up coming from guest artist Brandon Graham. As far as styles go Graham's is easily one of the more simplistic issues we've seen, but his simplicity actually goes a long way in heightening the book's focus.

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8.5
The Wicked + The Divine #18

Apr 7, 2016

Where the series goes from here is anyone's guess, but one thing is certain " this is one show you don't want to miss.

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8.3
The Wicked + The Divine #19

May 5, 2016

Escalation has been the name of the game so far in Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie's latest arc, and if issue #19 is any indication the fun has only just begun.

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8.3
The Wicked + The Divine #20

Jun 9, 2016

While the forward progression stalls, issue #20 is ultimately an excellent installment for those who have been following the series from the beginning, Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie at last delivering on many of the series' most burning unanswered questions.

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8.8
The Wicked + The Divine #22

Aug 18, 2016

Kieron Gillen and Co. upped their game with this issue. One can only wonder what comes next.

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9.0
The Wicked + The Divine #23

Nov 3, 2016

The Wicked + The Divine is nothing if not unconventional, but even the most familiar fans will admit that issue #23 is a step out of the box. Rather than use the ongoing narrative to explore the aftermath of Ananke's death, Kieron Gillen instead opts for a different and altogether unique format -- the magazine profile.

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7.8
The Wicked + The Divine #24

Dec 8, 2016

This is early arc stuff, but with McKelvie back in the saddle and Gillen warming up, we might be back in must-read territory soon enough.

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8.0
The Wicked + The Divine #25

Jan 5, 2017

The game may have changed, but the quality of this title certainly hasn't.

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8.8
The Wicked + The Divine #26

Feb 9, 2017

Gillen, who has worked so painstakingly to build the rules of his world, at long last allows his characters to break them. The appearance of a threatening and mysterious enemy opens the story to a number of intriguing possibilities, especially with the fractured Pantheon divided in how best to face them.

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8.4
The Wicked + The Divine #27

Mar 9, 2017

Throughout this arc Gillen and McKelvie have set up adversaries without and within, and it's that complexity that makes issue #27 so compelling.

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8.4
The Wicked + The Divine #28

Apr 13, 2017

Like a rock to a hornet's nest, this recent arc has been all about reaction and escalation. Said themes have been no stranger to Kieron Gillen's tale, but with an oppressive foe on the horizon and the Pantheon's lifetime hourglass trickling ever down, the writer sees fit to give that nest another kick.

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8.0
The Woods #2

Jun 5, 2014

The Woods is a hard book to pin down. On the one hand, it's got a serious horror vibe to it, what with the many unexplained events, grisly murders and things that go bump in the night. On the other, it's darn funny, possessing a cheeky wit that doesn't always complement the title's more serious nature.

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8.5
The Woods #4

Aug 7, 2014

Now we're getting somewhere. The Woods ended on quite the curious note last issue, and while issue #4 provides little in the way of answers, it does manage to up the intrigue quite considerably.

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8.3
Thor: God of Thunder #25

Sep 17, 2014

In fact, the whole issue ends with one big tease, the Girls of Thunder uncovering a seemingly never seen book of tales. Inside we get our first glimpse of the new female Thor, She Who Ignites The Internet, framed by a who's who of Thor's most famous foes. Whether it's just a subtle nod to history or a sign of things to come is unknown, but one thing is for sure " no matter the gender, Thor remains in the best of hands.

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8.6
Thors #1

Jun 18, 2015

Law and Order gets an all Thor unit in this cool procedural take.

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7.9
Thors #2

Jul 30, 2015

With its narrative firmly in play and a great creative team on board, Thors #2 proves that lightning (lowers sunglasses) does strike twice.

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8.2
Armor Hunters: Aftermath #1

Oct 2, 2014

It's a slower issue, yet it doesn't feel that way, CAFU's expert layouts and impressive character work making for a surprisingly captivating affair. Simply put, the future of Valiant looks bright indeed.

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8.0
Armor Hunters #1

Jun 12, 2014

Whether intended or not, Aric and his X-O Manowar armor are proving to be the linchpin of the Valiant universe. Much like Unity's first arc, Aric's armor is again the focus of dastardly intent, this time in that it's very existence serves as a beacon to the alien Armor Hunters. There's a lot to digest in this first issue, particularly if you didn't read the book's Free Comic Book Day lead in, yet collaborators Robert Venditti and Doug Braithwaite do their best to make their solid debut accessible to all.

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8.3
Armor Hunters #2

Jul 10, 2014

With the premise set and new entrants like Bloodshot set to make some noise, Armor Hunters is off to a great start.

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8.0
Armor Hunters #3

Aug 13, 2014

There are still a number of Armor Hunter related tie-ins still to come, Venditti and Braithwaite teasing an assumedly epic confrontation. It's anyone's guess as to whether they can pull it off, but with the fate of the world at stake, we're willing to bet they'll do just fine.

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8.6
Armor Hunters #4

Sep 25, 2014

In the end, Armor Hunters is definitely an event that belongs firmly in the win column.

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8.2
Heartthrob #1

Apr 14, 2016

Getting a complicated premise off and running is no simple feat, but man do Christopher Sebela and Robert Wilson IV make it look easy. Heartthrob #1 is assured from its opening page, each subsequent flip only furthering the book's clear cut sense of identity.

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8.8
Rat Queens #6

May 8, 2014

Though issue #6 is mostly set up for the next arc, writer Kurtis Wiebe yet again manages to deftly marry over-the-top action and depraved hilarity with genuine character beats. On art, Roc Upchurch's kinetic style continues to dazzle, his characterization seemingly better with each panel. Basically, only a Gary would miss this issue.

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8.7
Rat Queens #7

Jul 17, 2014

Rat Queens remains one of the few sure things on the rack today, Wiebe and Upchurch absolutely humming in their collaboration. With the Queens now faced with a real and eerily present threat, there's no telling what manner of mischief they'll be up to next.

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8.4
Rat Queens #8

Oct 2, 2014

It seems like forever and a day since we last saw the Rat Queens, yet once again Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch have made it well worth the wait.

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8.3
Rat Queens #9

Mar 5, 2015

Kurtis J. Wiebe's tale of dame led debauchery makes its roaring return, bolstered by new artist Stjepan Sejic in his series debut. The huge gap between issues makes for a somewhat uphill start, but once the blood and curses begin to fly, it's like we never left

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7.0
Rat Queens #16

May 5, 2016

Kurtis Wiebe does a solid job of hitting the requisite beats to this return, the issue as always enlivened by his strong blend of sharply realized character and out-there antics.

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9.0
Velvet #5

May 22, 2014

With issue #5, Ed Brubaker has thrown down the gauntlet, thumping his chest and daring anyone to challenge the greatness that is Velvet. His conclusion to the book's first arc is terrific, a confident and exciting finale that offers great hope for the series' future.

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8.4
Velvet #7

Sep 11, 2014

In all honesty, Epting may be the best period artist currently working in comics, so fully does he capture the book's time and feel. Double O Awesome.

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8.8
Velvet #8

Nov 6, 2014

In terms of pure craftsmanship, few books prove as consistently well-constructed as Velvet. Issue #8 is no exception, Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting delivering yet another expertly plotted read that drags us further into the depths of conspiracy and intrigue.

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8.4
Velvet #11

Aug 13, 2015

It's been forever and a day since we last got an issue of Velvet, yet the series returns with such assured spy style that it's like it never left.

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7.5
Velvet #13

Feb 4, 2016

Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting waste no time delivering on the tense standoff of last issue, the book's opening sequence one immediately engrossing. That said, with such a huge gap between issues, the feeling of urgency to the read feels all but lost, a feeling that conflicts with the book's ever escalating events.

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7.0
Velvet #15

Jul 21, 2016

As a collected volume Velvet will likely find a new legion of captivated fans, but as a long awaited capper, issue #15 doesn't live up to its magnetic lead.

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8.8
Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #1

Nov 19, 2015

Wrath of the Eternal Warrior offers plenty of surprises, the key being the book's unique focus. It's a slower debut, but one that ably crafts investment through its strong character play and gorgeous art. There will come a time where Gilad needs to pick up his ax, but for now we're content to follow him as he wanders through the dark.

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8.5
Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #2

Dec 17, 2015

Valiant has never steered away from the warrior aspect of Gilad Anni-Padda, but with this series it's Robert Venditti's focus on the eternal part of the title that proves most investing.

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8.0
Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #3

Jan 21, 2016

When compared to the first few issues, the latest from Robert Venditti and Ral Alln reads as decidedly lighter. However, this is one example where sheer execution trumps an overall lack of substance, as this action heavy piece still manages to be every bit as engrossing as what's come before.

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7.7
Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #4

Feb 18, 2016

With the bulk of the development laid out in past issues, issue #4 is mostly left in Alln's capable hands. He delivers with an action packed, emotionally charged issue that really drives home the prevailing will and purpose Gilad represents.

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8.0
Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #6

Apr 14, 2016

At first glance this transition arc reads as little more than an excuse for Gilad to embrace the warrior part of his name, but in typical Venditti fashion the writer layers the issue's gruesome events with some careful development, teasing references to things past and presumably present.

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8.4
Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #8

Jun 16, 2016

Not only does Venditti put Gilad through the physical wringer, killing him in darn near every way imaginable, but he also showcases the toil Gilad's frequent trips through the afterlife puts on both him and his family. It's a lot to process, visually and emotionally, but Raul Allen and Patricia Martin makes it look easy.

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8.5
Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #10

Aug 18, 2016

When looked at closely enough, Robert Venditti's Labyrinth storyline more or less follows the same beats as the book's opening arc. What proves the difference, and what ultimately makes this story so compelling, is his increased focus in regards to the opposite end of the eternal spectrum.

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7.0
Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #11

Sep 15, 2016

It's still a strong visual chapter, with Robert Gill spearheading the complex character action with his emotive depictions. It's just not all that different from what we've already seen from this series, at least as of yet.

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8.5
Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #12

Oct 13, 2016

One month after critiquing this title for its sameness, Robert Venditti and Robert Gill flip the script, literally, offering a wonderfully unique new direction that immediately rights a seemingly veering ship.

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8.5
Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #14

Dec 15, 2016

This series has been as strong or stronger than anything Valiant has put out, and Venditti and Gill's finale proves a fitting capper for an excellent tale.

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8.5
A&A: The Adventures of Archer and Armstrong #1

Mar 17, 2016

It's a wonderfully absurd start that only gets better the more players that get involved, and Roberts shows a keen understanding of the unique camaraderie and depth the often at-odds companions share.

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7.2
A&A: The Adventures of Archer and Armstrong #2

Apr 14, 2016

The success of A&A: The Adventures of Archer and Armstrong's first issue was in large part due to the surprising lunacy of its premise. With the narrative cat out of the bag (or in the bag, as the case may be), issue #2 sees somewhat of a dip in terms of overall engagement.

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8.5
A&A: The Adventures of Archer and Armstrong #4

Jun 16, 2016

Giant drunken gods, jealous frat-bros, perpetually un-rushed baristas " A & A's first arc concludes in the same bananas fashion in which it began, Rafer Roberts and David Lafuente again delivering their own brand of methodical madness.

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8.4
A&A: The Adventures of Archer and Armstrong #6

Aug 11, 2016

Archer and Armstrong has been a crowd-pleaser from the start, but Rafer Roberts looks to be creating something special as we enter the book's second arc.

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8.4
A&A: The Adventures of Archer and Armstrong #7

Sep 8, 2016

Clown cars, Armstrong clones, a talking bear - it's no surprise that the circus proves a perfect fit for Archer and Armstrong's irreverent brand. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Rafer Roberts' script (beyond, you know, the talking bear) is how well he balances the series' obvious absurdity with well-plotted progression.

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8.0
A&A: The Adventures of Archer and Armstrong #9

Nov 10, 2016

As far as bumbling buddy comedies go, A&A continues to be one of the best.

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7.9
A&A: The Adventures of Archer and Armstrong #11

Jan 5, 2017

It's that assured tone that prevents the book from ever falling into try-hard territory, making for a reliable constant month in and month out.

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8.5
American Vampire: Second Cycle #3

May 22, 2014

Snyder doesn't do a lot to advance the story here, but he does enough, returning THE fan favorite and delivering the Trader ever closer to Pearl and her charges.

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8.0
American Vampire: Second Cycle #4

Jul 24, 2014

With a dazzling, sand-strewn opening that makes a sharknado look like a guppy sprinkle, the latest chapter of American Vampire's Second Cycle is light on plot but heavy on awesome.

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8.0
American Vampire: Second Cycle #4

Jul 10, 2014

With a dazzling, sand-strewn opening that makes a sharknado look like a guppy sprinkle, the latest chapter of American Vampire's Second Cycle is light on plot but heavy on awesome.

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8.4
American Vampire: Second Cycle #6

Feb 4, 2015

Balancing the many spinning plates yet again is artist Albuquerque, his signature style as sharp and kinetic as ever. He and colorist Dave McCaig do a great job in maintaining interest, their historical footnotes every bit as interesting as their vampire melees. The two make great use of space, as even the sparsest of panels enjoy solid color and design. Issue #6 is undoubtedly a setup issue, but when setup is done this well and rendered this beautifully, it's not in a bad way that we say we're left chomping for more.

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7.6
American Vampire: Second Cycle #7

Apr 15, 2015

Though slower compared to recent arcs, there's enough momentum building to expect some full-fanged fun to come.

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8.5
American Vampire: Second Cycle #8

Jul 2, 2015

Scott Snyder lets the fangs out here in issue #8, he and Rafael Albuquerque combining for a nasty affair with no shortage of blood or dismemberment. It's a nice change of pace given the series' recent focus on history and mythology, yet Snyder is careful not to let the rampant action derail the book's narrative drive.

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7.7
American Vampire: Second Cycle #9

Aug 6, 2015

At one point in issue #9, a monologuing ne'er do well catches himself and snarks "But enough history." That statement can be applied to American Vampire's current arc in full, as Scott Snyder's script continues to swell with excessive back-story and unseen links.

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8.4
American Vampire: Second Cycle #10

Oct 1, 2015

Scott Snyder's script, already a powder keg of double crosses and hidden agendas, lights an effective final match, setting up what's sure to be a similarly explosive finale.

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8.5
Batman '66 Meets The Green Hornet #1

Jun 5, 2014

Batman '66 Meets The Green Hornet #1 manages to entertain both old and new readers alike, bolstered by the reverence the creators hold for the properties involved. Creators Smith and Garman balance the book with just the right amount of camp, and Ty Templeton's enjoyable art ably returns these pop culture icons to prominence.

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7.9
Batman '66 Meets The Green Hornet #2

Jul 3, 2014

Holy perfectly practiced plot lines, Batman! The second installment of this terrific team-up proves just as entertaining as the first, though by issues end it's readily apparent that nostalgia and familiarity are key to the book's long term appeal.

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7.9
Batman '66 Meets The Green Hornet #3

Aug 7, 2014

Writers Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman continue to mine the vast wealth of material from the original show, their capers so spot on that you can practically hear the theme song playing. We've stated the importance of nostalgia before, and while it certainly helps, it's not needed in enjoying the sheer exuberance emanating from every page.

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7.9
Black Canary (2015) #3

Aug 20, 2015

Brenden Fletcher's new-look Black Canary has been equal parts style and substance so far, but in issue #3 the split tilts heavily towards the former.

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8.3
Black Canary (2015) #4

Sep 17, 2015

Even with a guest artist Black Canary doesn't miss a beat. Of course, when your guest artist is Pia Guerra it's pretty easy to keep things humming, her clean lines bringing an easy energy and human humor to the proceedings.

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8.2
Doctor Strange (2015) #2

Nov 5, 2015

If you've never read a Doctor Strange story before, this is a heck of a place to start.

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9.0
Doctor Strange (2015) #7

Apr 28, 2016

Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo continue their excellent "Last Days of Magic" arc, diving further into the intense emotional stakes introduced last issue. The most fascinating aspect of this story is just how helpless Strange and his magical cohorts are.

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8.0
Doctor Strange (2015) #8

May 26, 2016

If you weren't a Strange fan before, good luck resisting this spell.

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7.8
Doctor Strange (2015) #9

Jun 23, 2016

Issue #9 mostly works as setup for the looming showdown between the last purveyors of magic and the Empirikul hunting them, but its setup that comes with its own investment.

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8.2
Doctor Strange (2015) #13

Oct 20, 2016

There's never been a better time to be a Strange fan, and this book is a great indicator as to why.

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8.0
Doctor Strange (2015) #14

Nov 17, 2016

Featuring a motley assortment of demonic miscreants, a great use of astral projection/streaking and a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-esque ride through the intestines, the issue's lack of substance is more than made up for by its consistently entertaining vibe.

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8.0
Doctor Strange (2015) #15

Dec 22, 2016

If the writers of Doctor Strange's next cinematic venture are looking for inspiration, they need look no further than Jason Aaron's current run.

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8.0
Doctor Strange (2015) #16

Jan 26, 2017

With this issue, Jason Aaron's grinding gauntlet reaches its action packed conclusion, and it's just as bitingly witty and visually imaginative as we've come to expect.

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8.5
Doctor Strange (2015) #17

Feb 16, 2017

As uncomfortably creepy as it is downright gorgeous, Frazer's lines pair wonderfully with Aaron's ever shifting tone, making for an engrossing lead in to Strange's next misadventure.

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8.0
Doctor Strange (2015) #19

Apr 20, 2017

Aaron's Strange again strikes the perfect balance between cocksure braggart and fiercely protective friend, and the somewhat predictable ending does nothing to diminish the layered emotions the writer is able to draw out of his cast. Bachalo brings a similar depth to his pencils.

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8.3
Doctor Strange (2015) #20

Jun 8, 2017

Issue #20 may mark the end of Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo's run, but it sure doesn't feel like a finale. If anything, the issue highlights the many unique aspects that made this series so consistently entertaining. It's inventive, character driven, and more than a little weird.

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7.3
Doctor Strange (2015) #22

Jun 22, 2017

Taking over for an established creative team is tough enough, but doing so amidst an ongoing event certainly doesn't make things any easier.

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8.4
Extremity #1

Mar 1, 2017

Extremity #1 is a strong debut, driven by Daniel Warren Johnson's excellent characterization and electric art. Johnson takes a pretty straight forward concept and imbues it with new and exciting layers, making for a character first ensemble that packs plenty of visual punch. The attention to character does leave certain aspects of the narrative feeling a bit undefined as of yet, but overall this book is a bloody ball.

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7.9
Extremity #2

Apr 6, 2017

It's still an absurdly pretty book, with the aforementioned Shiloh making one heck of a memorable entrance; it just doesn't register on quite the same emotional level.

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8.1
Extremity #4

Jun 8, 2017

It's an interesting exploration of how guilt and anger can warp perception, and one Johnson seems to get a better handle on with each passing issue. Add in another kinetic round of thundering visuals and Extremity continues its hot streak.

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8.2
Iron Fist: The Living Weapon #2

May 8, 2014

There's some intense stuff here (particularly that last page) and though the script can be a mite confusing at times if you don't know the players, Andrews' strong writing and remarkably detailed art drives this one home.

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8.5
Iron Fist: The Living Weapon #3

Jun 5, 2014

There's a lot going on here, both in terms of plot and character, and though some of the symbolism is a bit too on the nose at times, it succeeds in garnering an emotional response.

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7.8
Iron Fist: The Living Weapon #5

Aug 7, 2014

Andrews is juggling a ridiculous amount of moving parts here, and while he's proved adept thus far at managing them, there's a definite "style over substance" vibe that negates some of the emotional beats he's striving to hit.

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7.7
Iron Fist: The Living Weapon #6

Sep 4, 2014

Iron Fist continues to be one of the most maddeningly inconsistent books in Marvel's stable. On the one hand, there's so much to like, Kaare Kyle Andrews again delivering a great blend of high stakes action and intricately constructed visuals. Conversely, he also tends to try to stuff every page and panel with additional gravity and meaning, leading to a revolving carousel of characters and plot points.

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7.4
Monstress #7

Oct 13, 2016

After a long, long, long break, Monstress is back. And the good news is, it's as beautiful and bewitching as ever.

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7.9
Monstress #8

Dec 1, 2016

With a more focused lens and a strong sense of momentum, Monstress' latest charts an intriguing course.

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8.4
Monstress #10

Feb 23, 2017

With the plot ratcheting up and the visuals again superb, Liu and Takeda continue to be a sure bet.

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8.8
Monstress #11

Apr 20, 2017

While the actual content - Monstrum betrayal! Blood foxes! Nekomancy! - is fun enough, it's how Liu integrates the various reveals that's most impressive. This is a big world getting ever bigger, yet Liu never allows the widening lens to take away from the more immediate story at hand.

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8.0
Monstress #12

Jun 1, 2017

We've all been there -- you're following a story when suddenly things take a sharp and confusing turn, but everything is so pretty and gosh dang exciting that you just kind of roll with it? That's Monstress #12 in a nutshell.

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9.0
Paper Girls #1

Oct 8, 2015

Paper Girls is a great read from top to bottom, driven by the assured characterization of its central leads. Vaughan's pacing allows for immediate investment, something Cliff Chiang and Matt Wilson further with their excellent art. While the book's sci-if leanings aren't yet as strong as the rest of the piece, there's more than enough here to get you excited for what's to come.

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8.4
Paper Girls #2

Nov 5, 2015

Following the double-stuft goodness of its debut issue, Paper Girls #2 isn't able to execute on quite the same levels. That said, what it does do it does well, as Brian K. Vaughan is able to both expand on the book's unfolding dangers while also delivering some solid character work.

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8.2
Paper Girls #3

Dec 3, 2015

Brian K. Vaughan has managed to stuff more what-the-what happenings in the first few issues of Paper Girls than most comics get out of a full arc, and issue #3 is no exception. However, with all the portal hopping dino-riders and technologically advanced mummy ninjas gallivanting about, our paper slinging leads have begun to fall out of focus.

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8.5
Paper Girls #4

Jan 7, 2016

Vaughan's characterization feels especially distinct in this installment, and when coupled with Chiang's expertly expressive physicality and Matt Wilson's subtle yet eye-catching colors, the end result is a quartet we can't wait to see again.

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8.3
Paper Girls #5

Feb 4, 2016

It looks to be a whole new world (literally) when Paper Girls returns and the stakes "not to mention our interest " has never been higher.

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7.0
Paper Girls #6

Jun 2, 2016

Visually the tag team of Cliff Chiang and Matt Wilson remains on point, Wilson's somber palette balanced well against Chiang's excellently realized setting. At times they get to cut loose with out there designs and brilliant colors, but as of now the real fun, and mystery, appears saved for next issue.

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8.2
Paper Girls #8

Aug 4, 2016

Paper Girls has really come together in recent issues. While it still doesn't seek to answer many questions"if anything it adds entirely new ones"issue #8 again lends a welcome sense of direction to what has been a topsy-turvy ride.

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8.2
Paper Girls #9

Sep 8, 2016

This is as complex and beautiful a book as any you'll find on the shelf today, and consistently great work by consistently great creators is the reason why.

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7.9
Paper Girls #11

Feb 2, 2017

It's still as tough as ever to say where this book is going, but it's also just as fun.

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8.0
Paper Girls #12

Mar 2, 2017

In many ways, issue #12 is one of his most complete yet. He advances the narrative through the use of new characters, sheds intriguing new light on some long running mysteries and sets up plenty of unique instances for Cliff Chiang and Matt Wilson to bring to life.

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8.3
Paper Girls #13

Apr 6, 2017

While quieter compared to recent issues, Chiang's excellent expression pairs so well with Vaughan's pinpoint dialogue that even the most basic conversations sparkle.

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8.4
Paper Girls #14

May 4, 2017

Where much of Paper Girls' run has read like a series of random dots, recent issues have begun to connect them all together. That proves especially true here in issue #14, Brian K. Vaughan at last reuniting his core quartet.

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7.4
Paper Girls #15

Jun 8, 2017

Just when things looked like they were starting to come together, Paper Girls pulls a, well, Paper Girls.

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8.5
Seven to Eternity #1

Sep 21, 2016

Seven to Eternity #1 is the kind of book Image Comics was made for. It's unapologetically deep, gorgeously illustrated, and as inviting as it is complex. The brisk pacing and lack of clear cut direction can mar initial comprehension, but the excellent early focus on family, coupled with the ridiculous amount of beautiful imagery, carries it on through. Regardless of your preferred genre flavor, this debut is well worth your money.

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7.7
Seven to Eternity #5

Apr 13, 2017

This is a tale of two halves. Rick Remender spends the early pages dealing with the aftermath of the book's first arc, and in typical Remender fashion they're heavy in both dialogue and tone.

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8.1
Seven to Eternity #6

May 25, 2017

Lush with vivid greens and frightening foliage, this issue is as unique and complex as anything we've seen thus far, and just as pretty.

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8.0
Star Wars: Lando #1

Jul 9, 2015

Lando wears many hats in this first issue, and Soule ensures each one is a fit. Though largely setup for bigger things, issue #1 has plenty of enjoyable character, as rendered by Alex Maleev. The art style and narrative voice match the titular lead well, though at times the use of darker shadow doesn't mesh as well with the lighter tone. Lando's role in the Star Wars saga is a secondary one, but in the hands of Soule and Maleev he sure is interesting.

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8.1
Star Wars: Lando #2

Aug 13, 2015

Do people still use the word moxie? Because that's something Lando #2 has in spades. Not only have Charles Soule and Alex Maleev managed to build an investing narrative, but they've managed to do so away from the larger Star Wars universe enjoyed by the brand's other titles.

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8.7
All-New Hawkeye #1

Mar 4, 2015

All New Hawkeye is off to a great start thanks to Lemire and Prez' refreshing take. The two show a clear understanding for who Hawkeye is, utilizing beats of humor and heart to showcase his personality. The plot itself is little more than a Team Hawkguy stomping ground, but as far as debuts go, these guys did it right.

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7.9
All-New Hawkeye #3

May 27, 2015

Speaking of great stuff--Prez again knocks his pages out of the park, each page loaded with nuance and personality. The artist shows a deft hand in switching from action to humor and back again--one moment Kate is making mince meat out of a full room of assailants, the next Lucky the dog is wagging his tail like it's going out of style. The only misstep comes courtesy of the book's flashback sequences. Though again visually stunning, they don't tie in quite as well as they have before, their wordless inclusion feeling slightly out of place running at the bottom of each page. The end setup makes up for it in terms of progression, but overall the flashback inclusion reads as distracting this time around.

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7.8
All-New Hawkeye #4

Jul 23, 2015

So far the most involving parts of All-New Hawkeye have been those centered on the Barton boys, Clint and Barney. Issue #4 devotes its focus almost entirely to their relationship, Jeff Lemire mostly skirting the present to further flesh out the past. It's a move that mostly works, as we not only see the early evolution of Clint's skill as an archer, but the root of the brothers' strain as well.

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7.5
All-New Hawkeye #5

Sep 17, 2015

As two separate stories each Hawkeye yarn is arrow sharp; it's the melding that hasn't quite found the mark.

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8.0
Aquaman (2016) #1

Jun 23, 2016

It's not a total win, but there's plenty of early promise to suggest more depth beyond these initial waves.

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8.0
Babyteeth #1

Jun 8, 2017

The lack of immediate answers may turn off some, but for us the strong art and compelling emotional core is pull enough.

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8.0
Batman and Robin (2011): Futures End #1

Sep 18, 2014

Batman and Robin: Futures End #1 is a powerful read, even if the majority of the issue proves a brutal slug-fest. Ray Fawkes shows that the ramifications of Damian's death remain wide reaching and raw, his Batman a walking wound waiting to be torn open. Dustin Nguyen's art effectively emphasizes this struggle, his detailed character work selling the tale just as well, if not better, than the words themselves.

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8.0
Bee and PuppyCat #1

May 14, 2014

Bee and Puppycat is one of those love it or hate it type of books, an incoherent jumble of ridiculousness that somehow manages to be totally enjoyable. Whether or not the comic can maintain the same manic energy of the series remains to be seen, but if you're looking to take a step off the beaten path you can't get much further.

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8.0
Black Market #1

Jul 17, 2014

The premise of stealing meta DNA for personal gain is a compelling one, and with high stakes, personal drama and, oh yeah, super heroes, Black Market is a book brimming with promise.

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8.2
Bloodshot U.S.A. #1

Oct 27, 2016

The book's final pages offer the most compelling hook as to what kind of dangers lie ahead, making for an easy in to what is shaping up to be one of Bloodshot's biggest tales.

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7.7
Bloodshot U.S.A. #3

Dec 22, 2016

Those who have been on board since The Valiant will come away impressed with the myriad layers Lemire peels back here, but it's safe to say that the uninitiated will walk away more confused than enthused.

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8.0
Conan / Red Sonja #1

Jan 14, 2015

Conan/Red Sonja #1 holds a lot of setup, driving through the final pages in order to prep the rest. That said, it's a down and dirty good time, bolstered by a stellar creative team that appears eager to show us more.

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8.0
Cyclops (2014) #2

Jun 5, 2014

Cyclops may get the title billing, but Corsair is the real draw here. Each scene featuring the rakish rogue is a delight, his effortless swagger bewitching both Scott and readers alike.

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8.0
Dead Body Road #6

May 29, 2014

Issue #6 brings the series to its adrenaline soaked conclusion, as the ever-brooding Gage inches closer to the vengeance he so desperately seeks. Artist Matteo Scalera saves his best work for last, delivering a finale so explosive that even Michael Bay can't help but nod in approval.

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8.0
Deadpool (2015) #1

Nov 5, 2015

Deadpool's latest offers a fresh look at our mouth merc. Duggan and Hawthorne show a clear direction for the character going forward, tempering his oddity in a way that's accessible to readers new and old. There are some inconsistencies, but overall this a great start for what will hopefully be an equally great series.

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8.2
Elektra (2014) #3

Jun 19, 2014

Much like last issue, issue #3 is more visual than cerebral, highlighting grand set pieces and action over plot progression.

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8.4
Elektra (2014) #4

Jul 17, 2014

Given the series' more action oriented elements, the opening pages of Elektra #4 offer a refreshing change of pace, delving not only into the mind of our scarlet assassin but her gluttonous assailant as well.

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7.5
Elektra (2014) #5

Aug 21, 2014

Elektra's struggle of self continues here, and while that struggle is again voiced and acknowledged, it's resolution lacks any real dramatic impact or resonance as Blackman continues to straddle the character with one foot safely behind the line.

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8.0
Gotham Academy #1

Oct 2, 2014

Overall, Gotham Academy stands apart from previous Bat books both in tone and execution. Becky Cloonan and Brenden Fletcher are off to a fine start, though not all of their characters yet feel fully formed. Karl Kerschl proves a great fit for the book's exuberant tone, his stylized visuals sure to garner many return readers.

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7.9
Gotham Academy #3

Dec 4, 2014

Though only three issues in, Gotham Academy has already solidified itself as one of the more uniquely investing books on the rack. Its mix of Scooby Doo hijinks and teen-soap drama continues to prove engaging, writers Becky Cloonan and Brenden Fletcher combining for a number of great character moments.

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7.9
Grass Kings #1

Mar 9, 2017

This is the kind of slow burn book that requires a bit of faith on the part of the reader, but with creators like these, we're betting they'll deliver.

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8.0
Grass Kings #4

Jun 15, 2017

As far as slow-burners go, few books simmer better than Grass Kings. Building his story from the characters out, Matt Kindt's latest at last begins to deliver on the complex relationships he's so meticulously crafted.

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8.0
Harbinger: Renegade #1

Nov 17, 2016

With a direction that looks to appease fans old and new, Harbinger's return is one worth watching.

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8.0
Hawkeye Vs. Deadpool #0

Sep 3, 2014

Speaking of character work -- Matteo Lolli proves an excellent fit for the mashup, utilizing layouts and themes from both books to great effect. The artist shows a great eye for storytelling, highlighting the various quirks and idiosyncrasies in ways that are continually amusing. While the two heroes don't come to blows this issue (at least not really) it's clear that their continued interactions will lead to some further shenanigans down the road. Can. Not. Wait.

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8.5
Hawkeye Vs. Deadpool #1

Oct 8, 2014

With a great creative team and an even greater cast, Hawkeye vs. Deadpool continues to exceed nearly every expectation faced thus far. Duggan advances his narrative just enough to remind us that it's there, but in the end it's the book's ever present wit and awesome art that will keep us coming back for more.

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8.3
Hawkeye Vs. Deadpool #2

Nov 13, 2014

Whether it's discussing the merits of owning a sky cycle, debating the membership process of the Avengers or agreeing on who may or may not have seen a naked wizard, Hawkeye vs. Deadpool remains an absurdly fun time. Writer Gerry Duggan already has the book's balance down, mixing high octane action with rampant situational humor.

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7.0
Hawkeye Vs. Deadpool #4

Jan 7, 2015

Also a bit confusing is the dual art duties shared by Matteo Lolli and Jacopo Camagni. Characters look almost completely different at times, particularly Black Cat, and the red herring at issues' end is made all the more confusing by an errant color swap. That said, the artists definitely nail the book's wild energy, combining for a number of pages both ridiculous and chuckle worthy. Hawkeye vs. Deadpool may not have been the versus book some may have expected, but as a pure team-up mini it hits pretty darn close to a bull's-eye.

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8.0
Immortal Brothers: The Tale of the Green Knight #1

Apr 13, 2017

The Princess Bride by way of a table-top game master, this standalone is a hoot.

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8.0
Imperial #1

Aug 7, 2014

Imperial is a fun time from start to finish, Seagle and Dos Santos combining for a number of entertaining moments. What's best, the creators appear to know exactly the kind of book they're trying to create, nicely balancing the irreverent with the heartfelt.

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8.0
Imperium #1

Feb 5, 2015

Imperium is off to a solid, if murky, start, but we want to know more.

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7.7
Jean Grey #2

May 25, 2017

A standout spread featuring floors of rampaging Reavers offers a glimpse of this series' vast potential, making the wait for next month an impatient one.

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8.3
Jean Grey #3

Jun 29, 2017

There's a clear formula to this series " Jean teams up with a guest star, learns from them, and in turn learns something about herself"but that sense of expectation in no way diminishes the series' overall entertainment value.

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7.5
Josie and the Pussycats #1

Sep 29, 2016

It's not quite a showstopper yet, but in time we can see it moving up the charts.

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8.1
Josie and the Pussycats #2

Nov 3, 2016

Josie and The Pussycats' debut was a somewhat sporadic affair, the pinball narrative making it tough to settle on the book's overall tone. It's only clear after reading issue #2 that the always-forward ebullience of the debut actually IS the tone, and it's that knowledge that makes this read so entertaining.

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8.3
Josie and the Pussycats #4

Feb 2, 2017

As wise as it is witty, Bennett, Deordio and Mok continue to hit the right notes.

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8.2
Josie and the Pussycats #5

Mar 9, 2017

Marguerite Bennett and Cameron Deordio have no problem balancing pop culture overload with fourth-wall-breaking winks, but it's the book's consistently strong focus on building real and relatable characters that makes it work.

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8.3
Kamandi Challenge #1

Jan 25, 2017

Good natured competition is always fun, and in the Kamandi Challenge DC has a concept that's both inventive and entertaining. The early creative teams do a great job of putting down pieces for the following teams to pick up, with the end page revelations offering equally interesting insight. With 14 creators set to take their turns at the shirtless wheel, this is one challenge you should certainly accept.

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8.0
Kamandi Challenge #2

Feb 23, 2017

Fast, fun, and brimming with creative competition, this series is a true treat.

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7.7
Kamandi Challenge #3

Mar 30, 2017

The book's "wait, there's more!" structure may eventually peter out in the long run, but for at least one more issue the Kamandi Challenge remains a fast and loose good time.

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8.0
Kamandi Challenge #4

Apr 27, 2017

The ever forward nature of this story doesn't allow for many breathers, but as far as pure entertainment goes, this book is an easy sell.

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8.0
Lake of Fire #1

Aug 25, 2016

Making full use of its oversized format, Lake of Fire #1 is at once sprawling, immersive debut.

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8.0
Loose Ends (2017) #1

Jan 26, 2017

With a cadre of lived-in characters and a host of neon visuals crackling with personality, this is the kind of book that grabs your attention.

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7.9
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers #0

Jan 14, 2016

The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers appear in good hands with Higgins and Prasetya on board. Their #0 issue finds a good balance between old school nostalgia and a more modernized take, with a solid new mystery developing alongside a familiar story. The issue's limited page count doesn't allow for a full exportation of what's to come, but it definitely does its job in eliciting excitement for the series' upcoming debut.

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7.8
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers #1

Mar 3, 2016

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1 does what it sets out to do, Higgins and Presatya striking a tone that's both appropriately nostalgic and distinctly modern. Higgin's script contains a lot of elements worth exploring, and Pretsaya's detailed visuals, particularly in the Ranger scenes, shine. There aren't quite enough pieces to form a Megazord-worthy read just yet, but it's not a matter of if, but when.

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7.8
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers #2

Apr 6, 2016

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #2 continues the series' hot start, combining layered character play with engaging Ranger action. The lulls of the book's main narrative are offset by its great fan service, Kyle Higgins and Hendry Prasetya again doing a fine job in creating a Ranger tale for generations new and old. With a budding character dynamic and some great art, Boom! Studios continues to do the Rangers justice.

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7.5
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers #3

May 11, 2016

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers continues its progression from nostalgia-laden throwback to standalone flagship, Higgins and Prasetya combining Ranger action with strong characterization to great effect. They haven't quite found the successful balance between themes as of yet, with some undercooked characters and a rapidly advanced plot point, but what works, works well, and stands to get even better.

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8.5
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers #4

Jun 22, 2016

Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers gets a welcome injection of full scale action, Hendry Presetya at last making good on the full potential he's often teased. Kyle Higgins' script still tends to create its own drama at times, but his handle on characters not named Tommy continues to impress. In many ways, issue #4 comes the closest to creating a true Power Rangers experience, and with some solid character dynamics in play and an intriguing hook set, the future of this young title remains bright.

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7.3
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers #5

Jul 20, 2016

Zach gets the much deserved spotlight in this one-off installment. The character work here doesn't change the character in any monumental way, but it does give him an added depth that's been lacking in past issues. The issue also adds an interesting wrinkle to the Green Ranger mythos, one that may come back to taunt Tommy in some fashion. Art wise, Thony Silas proves a worthy complement to the books artistic style, imbuing the standalone with an energy and character all its own.

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8.0
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers #6

Aug 31, 2016

While issue #6 is more action oriented than anything else, it does succeed in lending a sense of stakes to a property long devoid of them. In the Black Dragon, Kyle Higgins appears to have a worthy foil, one who knows how to attack both physically and emotionally. His first appearance is made all the imposing thanks to Hendry Presetya's kinetic art, the resulting chapter standing as a visual highlight for the series thus far.

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8.0
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers #7

Sep 22, 2016

The further Mighty Morphin Power Rangers gets from its source material, the better the book continues to get. It's not that Kyle Higgins is braving entirely new territory - one has only to look to the MMPR feature film to see the Rangers de-powered and Zordon de-tubed - but rather, it's the changing tone that proves the draw.

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7.6
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers #8

Oct 27, 2016

The dip in pace makes for a quieter issue " as quiet as an issue can be with a 30-foot shark man battling a robot dragon, in space " but ultimately the respite allows for some much needed character focus.

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7.9
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers #9

Nov 30, 2016

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #9 is a strong installment, though one can't help but think it could have been stronger. Kyle Higgins dials up the drama to a fever pitch before ultimately taking things in a different direction, resulting in a bit of setup that's as frustrating as it is intriguing. Hendry Presetya makes the most of his pages, but his contribution too falls just short of greatness. With a strong ending hook and even stronger art, this uneven issue is still a worthy read.

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8.3
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers #11

Jan 18, 2017

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers is quickly becoming the book many hoped it could be, buoyed by a strong creative vision from its team. Kyle Higgins' script combines relatable drama with series-specific action, resulting in a chapter that will land with fans new and old. Hendry Prasetya shows his might with equal force, turning in a tonally strong and visually impressive installment. The needle continues to point up on this title.

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8.4
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers #12

Feb 15, 2017

Kyle Higgins and Hendry Prasetya open up the toy chest, making great initial use of their alternate reality setup. Higgins uses the extended flashback sequence to shine a different light on the Tommy character, as well as to highlight the many different eras of Ranger lore. Prasetya's epic action and strong sense of tone make for an especially exciting chapter that calls to mind the best aspects of the original source material.

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7.9
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers #14

Apr 20, 2017

From a tense standoff with a squad of Imperial-esque Ranger-troopers to the proper way of growing a Goldar, this issue has far more hits than misses.

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8.0
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers #15

May 17, 2017

While more of a recap issue than anything else, this chapter succeeds thanks in large part to the vision of its creators. Kyle Higgins manages to catch readers up to speed in a way that also shapes the story going forward, giving further layers to a character long deserving of them. Daniel Bayliss does the rest, his strong imagery lending a welcome sense of weight to the various emotional proceedings. Filler this is not.

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8.4
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers #16

Jun 21, 2017

Following months of setup, Kyle Higgins and Hendry Prasetya at last bring their Lord Drakkon arc to its dramatic conclusion. The many swirling plot points of the issue threaten to overwhelm at times, but Higgins keeps things intact with a strong and well developed focus on character. Prasetya helps drive the many standout moments home with his great eye for detail and an improved attention to facial nuance. One of the book's stronger arcs to date, the future is bright for this title.

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9.3
Nailbiter #1

May 8, 2014

Nailbiter #1 is a riveting debut that gets better with each read. Williamson and Henderson are in strong form, setting a mood and tone that sticks with you long after the final page is turned. Though the titular Nailbiter is more of a secondary character here, his presence nevertheless impacts the book and it's proceedings. This is one not to be missed.

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9.0
Nailbiter #2

Jun 5, 2014

Cinematic would probably be the best way to describe Mike Henderson's striking visuals. His staging of the riveting murder scene locks you in, leaving you just as helpless to turn away as the victim himself. It's this kind of quality storytelling that makes the book so great--it's moody, atmospheric, and feels terrifyingly real. Luckily, the book is filled with such instances, Williamson and Henderson again crafting some bloody good fare. Read at your own peril.

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7.5
Nailbiter #3

Jul 3, 2014

The book's razor sharp narrative doesn't feel quite so tight this go round, killers seemingly popping out of the woodwork at rather opportune times. Nailbiter is still very, very good -- we've just gotten used to it being great.

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8.3
Nailbiter #4

Aug 7, 2014

There are still a great many questions to be answered (and likely more still to come), but there's a definite sense of direction to this issue, one that's sure to leave you biting your nails with anticipation.

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8.3
Nailbiter #5

Sep 4, 2014

Williamson does a fantastic job pacing this installment, Finch and Crane's continued investigation taking on an urgency that's been lacking as of late. While the issue's thrills rely on yet another unknown assailant, this time a Skyrim reject with a fondness for machetes, his interaction (and hinted history) with the Nailbiter is enough to maintain intrigue.

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7.8
Nailbiter #6

Oct 2, 2014

With a trade freshly dropped and a new arc now in motion, Nailbiter remains a bloody good time.

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7.3
Nailbiter #9

Jan 7, 2015

The book seems so focused on hitting the requisite horror beats"grisly murders, vanishing bodies, hidden assailants"that the narrative itself at times feels largely secondary.

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7.5
Nailbiter #13

Jun 4, 2015

Joshua Williamson has clearly been waiting for the chance to return to Warren's pre-killer roots, his flashbacks rich in foreshadowing and development. Interestingly, it's Shannon's role in these events that proves most intriguing, particularly in how they affect Warren's assumedly budding inclinations.

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7.2
Nailbiter #20

Feb 4, 2016

Nailbiter's latest arc comes to a close, Joshua Williamson and Mike Henderson delivering a finale laden with killer reveals and plenty of arterial spray. Considering the somewhat lengthy release gap between this issue and the next, in many ways issue #20 reads a bit rushed, the various payoffs and extended revelations not quite aligning with the work put in to get there.

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8.6
Quantum and Woody #10

May 15, 2014

At times the book borders on being too absurd (par for the course in this series), yet Asmus always knows just how far to push a joke before reigning it in. The cliffhanger at issues end promises more mad-cap antics to come, making this an arc worth getting behind.

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7.3
Quantum and Woody #12

Jul 3, 2014

Structurally, the latest hijinks filled chapter of Quantum and Woody is a bit of a mess. With three artists, a kids-menu style origin tale and a whole lot of storyline to tie up, issue #12 doesn't stumble out of the gate as much as plow through it.

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8.0
Quantum and Woody Must Die #1

Jan 28, 2015

Aiding Asmus in his shenanigans is artist Lieber. Having already worked on the equally ridiculous Superior Foes of Spider-Man, Lieber captures the book's irreverent spirit in spades. Much of the book and its humor depends on the artist's situational comedy, and he responds time and again with great physical movement and expression. His line work isn't always the cleanest, with some overly thick lines coming off as blocky, but as far as capturing tone goes, he's a perfect fit. If you like your funny book's funny, give this one a shot.

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8.0
Quantum and Woody Must Die #2

Feb 25, 2015

Similarly, artist Lieber does an excellent job managing the book's roller coaster script, adding a much grounded element to the book's less-than-grounded devices. His gift for physical comedy is again on fine display, particularly in any scene featuring Woody doing anything. Even the lettering leads to some laugh out loud moments, making each panel one to pore over. Quantum and Woody Must Die! is determined to shatter your funny bone, and with Asmus and Lieber on board they just may succeed.

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8.0
Quantum and Woody Must Die #3

Mar 26, 2015

Quantum and Woody Must Die! Has been a treat from start to finish, and one can only wonder what kind of shenanigans the team has saved for last.

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7.3
Rachel Rising #29

Oct 30, 2014

As part of the greater narrative it's truly unsettling, but in the context of the issue it feels slightly out of place, especially given the rather tender moment shared with a sympathetic shopkeeper just before. Moore's character work is still top notch, but here we're left wanting more.

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8.0
Rachel Rising #30

Dec 11, 2014

Rachel Rising is a book that likes to take it's time. Rather than dive right into the shocking occurrences of last issue, Terry Moore instead glosses over them, focusing instead on the malicious force currently body hopping around town. While that leaves the plot feeling a little on the weaker side overall, it does allow Moore to further flex his artistic muscles"boy does he ever.

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7.4
Rachel Rising #31

Feb 12, 2015

Issue #31 leaves you wanting more, but with Rachel Rising that's rarely a bad thing.

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8.3
Rachel Rising #32

Mar 12, 2015

Rachel Rising has been somewhat quiet the last few months, the various murderous machinations kept in check by the book's ongoing mysteries. Issue #32 shakes that notion in a big way, creator Terry Moore delivering an eerie and affecting installment that teases even bigger things yet to come.

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8.0
Rachel Rising #35

Jul 16, 2015

From Rachel's sad, dawning remembrance of her past to Lilith's ever present annoyance with Zoe, Moore's art is understated but excellently executed, much like Rachel Rising itself.

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8.3
Rachel Rising #37

Nov 19, 2015

It's going to be tough to wait another month for some real advancement, but what's here will certainly keep you chilled.

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8.0
Rachel Rising #38

Dec 10, 2015

Rachel Rising's narrative gets a kickstart following last issue's introspective aside, and for the first time in a while it really feels like things are coming to a head.

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8.5
Rachel Rising #39

Jan 21, 2016

Issue #39 won't go down as the most memorable of installments, but it does speak well to Moore's continued ability as a quality storyteller.

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8.0
Rachel Rising #40

Feb 25, 2016

With Terry Moore recently announcing that Rachel Rising would be ending with issue #42, one wouldn't be remiss in expecting the writer-artist to be on full-on wrap up duty here in issue #40. Not only is that not the case, but if anything Moore escalates the narrative.

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7.7
Rachel Rising #41

Apr 7, 2016

With only one issue left to go, Moore turns in a surprisingly stripped-down issue, finally pitting his heroines against the demonic Malus. The resulting read is both concise and abrupt, the writer/artist doing a fantastic job of crafting an ominous sense of finality, even as the end pages come to a resolution all too soon.

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8.3
Rachel Rising #42

May 26, 2016

The gripping finale is only trumped by the great after-credits scene it precedes, both sequences serving as a vivid reminder of the kind of nuanced storytelling we're going to miss.

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8.0
Rat Queens: Braga #1

Jan 14, 2015

Art wise, Tess Fowler proves well equipped to match the style and tone we've come to expect, her characters emotive and well constructed. Her colors are definitely on the darker side comparatively, but aside from a few weird scale issues she feels right at home in Wiebe's world. Rat Queen's Special: Braga may not sate all those looking for more on the fearsome foursome, but it nevertheless proves a welcome and engaging chapter.

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8.0
Rick and Morty #6

Oct 1, 2015

Not only does issue #6 manage to be both ridiculously entertaining and laugh out loud funny, but it also manages to do so mostly minus its titular leads.

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8.0
Silk #2

Mar 19, 2015

Silk still has some room to grow overall, but in a universe crawling with wall-crawlers, she stands out.

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8.0
Slapstick #1

Dec 8, 2016

Was anyone really asking for a Slapstick solo? Probably not. But we've got one, and the good news is that it's pretty darn entertaining.

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8.0
Star Wars: Rebel Heist #2

May 29, 2014

With main characters scattered across the galaxy and a new one like to enter the fray come next issue, Rebel Heist is sure to delight Star Wars fans both new and old.

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8.0
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time #1

Jun 18, 2014

Turtles in Time doesn't invent the wheel, but it doesn't have to, offering an enjoyable and familiar tale that's sure to connect with readers of all ages. Thus far it's too early to say if there will be any real, consistent plot, but one thing is for certain--wherever they end up, we'll be waiting.

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8.0
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time #2

Jul 24, 2014

With genuinely engaging drama and assumedly lasting repercussions, Turtles in Time proves a welcome entrant to the IDW stable.

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8.0
The Autumnlands #2

Dec 4, 2014

Building off the catastrophic events of his debut, Kurt Busiek returns to further shake up the world he so meticulously constructed. The result is another solid and intriguing chapter, buoyed by the somewhat expected reveal of the newly resurrected Champion.

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8.3
The Autumnlands #3

Jan 21, 2015

Autumnlands may be slow moving, but it's getting better with every page.

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7.7
The Autumnlands #4

Feb 19, 2015

The issue's ending stands out as a bit abrupt given the pages preceding it, but with some forward momentum teased and an artist like Dewey on point, The Atumnlands remains well worth your time.

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8.5
The Autumnlands #5

Mar 26, 2015

In terms of pacing, The Autumnlands has really found its furry and feathered footing. Kurt Busiek's excellent world building pays dividends here in issue #5, the book's various maneuverings reading strong and assured.

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8.7
The Autumnlands #6

Jun 4, 2015

Issue #6 is a prime example of a book firing on all collaborative cylinders, so don't sleep on this great series.

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8.2
The Autumnlands #8

Dec 17, 2015

This book continues to be one of Image Comics' unsung gems " don't be left on the outside looking in.

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7.7
The Autumnlands #9

Feb 11, 2016

It's a gorgeous read, and one that feels completely assured from the first page to the last.

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7.0
The Autumnlands #10

Apr 14, 2016

There are plenty of wrinkles dotting the read, but even the inclusion of a formidable new threat fails to match the easy engagement of the series' earlier issues.

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8.0
The Mighty Thor (2015) #2

Dec 16, 2015

Thor continues to be a white hot character in the hands of Aaron and Dauterman. Issue #2 doesn't carry quite the same weight found in the debut, but it does serve to shine a spotlight on the book's more secondary characters. Add in a deliciously duplicitous turn by Loki and a great set of spreads by Dauterman and you get another entertaining installment.

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8.0
The Mighty Thor (2015) #4

Feb 18, 2016

The Mighty Thor remains one of Marvel's top new reads, again bolstered by the stellar creative team of Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman. Aaron's top notch development is further heightened by Dauterman's equally effective visuals, the two combining for a character driven read that sets up even bigger things to come.

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8.3
The Mighty Thor (2015) #5

Mar 10, 2016

The path they're taking is a familiar one, but as always Aaron and Dauterman deliver where it counts. The events of issue #5 reposition the book's cast in unique and often challenging ways, paving the way for further drama and turmoil down the pike. Aaron's strong characterization is again given greater life via Dauterman's expressive visuals, the result being another strong installment with many long lasting repurcussions.

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7.5
The Mighty Thor (2015) #6

Apr 20, 2016

The Mighty Thor #6 isn't an essential chapter, particularly following the events of last issue, and as such its tough not to be left wanting more. That said, what's here is solid and well constructed, Aaron's tale of envy and deceit given staunch life by Garres' strong, weighty visuals. With another chapter left to go and a great bit of smashing teased ahead, this standalone story still proves worthy of a look.

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7.8
The Mighty Thor (2015) #11

Sep 22, 2016

Jason Aaron's latest hurdles to its action packed conclusion, he and Russell Dauterman delivering a tense standoff between friends and foes alike.

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7.8
The Mighty Thor (2015) #12

Oct 20, 2016

Aaron's history and forging is appropriately epic, with plenty of God battles, thunder strikes and space sharks. Beyond the initial entertainment, it also offers a unique look at the hammer's temperament and relationship with its wielder, something Aaron clearly sets up to be further explored with the upcoming Unworthy Thor #1.

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8.5
The Mighty Thor (2015) #16

Feb 16, 2017

In an issue that actually tries to avoid confrontation, Dauterman and Jason Aaron still manage to deliver a ton of it, with plenty of terse standoffs and equally electric action spreads driving the read.

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8.4
The Mighty Thor (2015) #19

May 18, 2017

Aaron's ending segue lays it on a bit thick, but one thing is certain " this excellent ride is nowhere near over.

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8.0
Thor (2014) #2

Nov 13, 2014

The Goddess of Thunder's first real action is a success as Jason Aaron captures the dichotomy between the wizened god and the newbie hammer-holder. Issue #2 is jam packed with the same clever dialogue and awesome action that's marked Aaron's run so far, and if this issue is any indication he shows no sign of slowing down.

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8.4
Thor (2014) #4

Jan 28, 2015

It's a fine line between action and drama, and it's one one Dauterman continues to nail, his expressive pencils loaded with detail and nuance. While undoubtedly skilled in hammer swinging, it's his emotional beats that soar, from the Odinson's palpable pain to Thor's humble yet exuberant pride. This characterization alone makes all the difference, and when paired with Matthew Wilson's excellent coloring, this is a Thor book as good as any we've yet seen.

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7.8
Thor (2014) #5

Feb 11, 2015

As mentioned, Russell Dauterman takes the issue off, presumably to catch some rays on the sands of Muspelheim. Guest artist Jorge Molina proves a more than capable stand-in, his lines sharp and eye-catching. His placement, both on the streets of Midgard to the halls of Asgard, is top notch, utilizing setting and space remarkably well. As far as fill in artists go you can't do much better, and while we eagerly await Dauterman's return, Molina is welcome to stop by anytime.

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7.8
Thor (2014) #6

Mar 12, 2015

Aaron and Dauterman remain on point as Thor takes a backseat and the Odinson makes his rounds.

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8.0
Thor (2014) #7

Apr 15, 2015

Artist Dauterman also aids in that regard, his crisp pencils and dynamic layouts again appealing. He and colorist Matthew Wilson combine for a number of gorgeous visuals, each unique and distinct in their imagining. From the bright, sickly greens and damaging nature of a toxic refinery to a horrifying yet oddly beautiful display of elvish murder, the duo ensures that every page is worth a linger. Couple that with Thor's epic knock down brawl with the Destroyer (complete with one heck of an impressive cavalry) and you have a book that's sure to enthrall even after the mystery fades.

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8.0
Titans: Rebirth #1

Jun 15, 2016

The band gets back together in Titans: Rebirth, Dan Abnett and Brett Booth providing an entertaining walk down memory lane. Their use of a split time narrative both establishes past connections and a new status quo, presenting a clear direction for the series going forward. It's not the most exciting of debuts, but it shows a clear understanding of the characters most know and love.

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8.5
Trees #1

May 28, 2014

Trees is a bold debut that offers many questions and fewer answers. The book's large scope is intriguing, made even more so when considering that much of humanity's demise is self-inflicted. Though we only get a glimpse of the assumed main players here in issue #1, Ellis and Howard appear prepped to deliver a uniquely exciting read.

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8.0
Trees #2

Jun 26, 2014

Visually, Jason Howard continues to excel, his scratchy, aggressive stylings adding a welcome edge to the proceedings. Though there are a few puzzling sequences, most notably between Eligia and the knife wielding ghost doodler guy, overall Trees proves to be some of Howard's best work to date.

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7.6
Trees #3

Jul 24, 2014

There's a sense of something building, but the narrative remains maddeningly murky, dangling a number of interesting carrots just inches from our collective noses. Hopefully we'll soon get to bite.

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8.7
Veil #4

Jul 31, 2014

Writer Greg Rucka builds off last issue's horrific transformation, at last (sorta) revealing what Veil really is. He then uses the issue to position his finale, setting up a devilish standoff that's sure to end poorly for someone. That said, as good as Rucka is this issue, artist Toni Fejzula is even better. This may be his best work yet, each page sinister and captivating in its imagining.

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7.2
Veil #5

Oct 16, 2014

Given the rather eerie and expansive hook of the initial premise, Veil's blood soaked finale comes off as somewhat pedestrian in comparison.

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9.5
Archie (2015) #1

Jul 9, 2015

Archie #1 is just a fun read. Waid and Staples show a clear appreciation for the character and his history, his new look still maintaining a distinctly classic feel. Waid's great characterization and effortless dialogue makes for easy enjoyment, and Staples' emotive art is both affecting and warm. Whether you're a fan new or old, there's something for everyone.

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8.8
Archie (2015) #2

Aug 20, 2015

Issue #2 proves that initial magic was no fluke, the creators turning in another delightfully offbeat, remarkably layered installment.

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8.8
Archie (2015) #3

Oct 1, 2015

Archie wouldn't be Archie without the Archie/Betty/Veronica triangle, making Veronica's role in the proceedings an expected one. What's unexpected, however, is the way Mark Waid and Fiona Staples portray the haughty heiress.

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8.0
Archie (2015) #5

Jan 7, 2016

Now five issues in, it's tough to really call Archie's continued excellence a surprise. And yet, considering the series' early artistic carousel, it's amazing how each new issue manages to find new ways of further enhancing and enriching Riverdale's eclectic cast with nary a blip in quality.

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7.9
Archie (2015) #6

Feb 18, 2016

So far one of the more enjoyable aspects to Archie's new look has been the depth given to the book's extensive cast. Mark Waid has done an excellent job in crafting unique, multidimensional characters thus far, and in issue #6 he uses the partial absence of the book's title lead to advance other players, such as Reggie and Veronica, even further.

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7.0
Archie (2015) #7

Apr 7, 2016

While not the strongest issue in the series, it's nonetheless an entertaining one.

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8.0
Archie (2015) #8

May 12, 2016

Archie continues to be the gold standard when it comes to updates, and in the ever confident hands of Waid and Fish that doesn't look to change any time soon.

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8.7
Archie (2015) #10

Jul 28, 2016

The amazing thing about Mark Waid's Archie run is that he's not reinventing the wheel. He's not even reinventing the characters. He's just taking the property's long-running themes and character quirks and giving them a modern air.

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7.4
Archie (2015) #11

Aug 25, 2016

It's still far and away a good comic, just not quite so good as what we've come to expect.

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7.8
Archie (2015) #12

Sep 22, 2016

Issue #12 is itself a great example of Waid's range. The various events range from slapstick funny to relatable to downright affecting, culminating in an end that very cleverly opens the door for new characters to join the fray.

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8.0
Archie (2015) #13

Oct 20, 2016

Another month, another hit for this Archie team.

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7.7
Archie (2015) #14

Nov 17, 2016

We've talked time and again of Mark Waid's ability to pair the humorous with the heartfelt, but what else is there to discuss when it's consistently done so well? Issue #14 is a perfect showcase of that balance.

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8.0
Archie (2015) #15

Dec 22, 2016

From the inimitable Archie/Jughead bromance to the deliciously diabolical Veronica/Cheryl pairing, Eisma clearly gets what best exemplifies each, making for yet another excellent chapter.

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7.0
Archie (2015) #16

Jan 19, 2017

For being one of Riverdale's better known supporting characters, Dilton Doiley has been criminally underutilized so far in this Archie run. While issue #16 seeks to correct that, it does so at the cost of a more compelling narrative " Cheryl Blossom's arrival at Riverdale High.

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7.3
Archie (2015) #17

Feb 16, 2017

While the extended bout of courtship has its amusing moments"Jug Handle is as perfect a Blossomization as could be"the initial lack of teeth leaves the read feeling light, right up until the book's final page.

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7.5
Archie (2015) #19

Apr 20, 2017

Pete Woods continues to prove a solid fit on art, his loose style playing particularly well with the comedic physicality of Waid's script.

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7.7
Archie (2015) #21

Jun 22, 2017

The drawn out nature of the read delays the true payoff to next issue, but it's nonetheless an emotionally resonant chapter.

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9.2
Birthright #1

Oct 8, 2014

Birthright #1 is what every debut hopes to be; expertly plotted, infinitely interesting and just plain cool. Billed as what happens when one story ends, the book's final page makes it abundantly clear that our journey has only just begun.

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8.5
Birthright #2

Nov 6, 2014

If you're a fan of high concept fantasy and, y'know, awesome, this is a book you need to be reading.

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8.5
Birthright #3

Dec 4, 2014

Birthright continues to stake its claim as one of the best new books on the block, marrying inventive fantasy with compelling drama. Add it to your pile.

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8.3
Birthright #4

Jan 7, 2015

With its setup firmly out of the way and its characters on the move, Birthright's latest eases off the flaming swords and fisticuffs in lieu of some welcome familial development.

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8.0
Birthright #5

Feb 5, 2015

Andrei Bressan is again a powerhouse force of fantasy goodness, his storytelling enjoyably large and finely detailed. Not to be outdone, Adriano Lucas turns in some of his best color work to date, nailing everything from blood soaked battles to serene swamps.

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7.0
Birthright #6

Apr 8, 2015

When not content to simply let his art team run free, Williamson does a solid job checking in with the more Earth based members of his expansive tale. There's a nice bit between the Rhodes' parental units that stands out, but by and large the fun of the book revolves around Mikey and Brennan making up for lost bro time. It's here that the book's character work, particularly Mikey's, proves a bit divisive. It's tough to gauge in what light we're meant to view him"troubled solider, possessed lackey, returning hero"and as such some of his bits don't fully register. Add in the fact that Brennan's wait-a-minute" light bulb continues to be slow illuminating and you get an issue that's fun, but incomplete.

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7.5
Birthright #9

Jul 23, 2015

I'm not quite sure where it happened, but somewhere along the line adult Mikey's tale became the least interesting thing in Birthright. Thankfully, Joshua Williamson and Andrei Bressan have stepped things up in other areas, especially in regards to the increasingly blurred lines between Mikey's two worlds.

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8.0
Birthright #10

Aug 20, 2015

After a few maddening issues wherein Mikey's characterization seemed to continually dip, dive and dodge, Joshua Williamson at last drops the hammer with some "ooooh" inspiring reveals. It's a welcome leap that pays off in uniquely investing ways, and it serves to knock the ongoing narrative into completely uncharted territory.

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7.7
Birthright #11

Nov 12, 2015

While the oversized issue leads to many visually arresting fantasy moments " which Andrei Bressan absolutely kills, per usual " even the lurch in time does little for Mikey's overall development.

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7.7
Birthright #12

Dec 10, 2015

It's taken a while, but the many freewheeling threads that make up Birthright have begun to feel cohesive. Joshua Williamson has done a great job crafting a solid sense of direction over the last few issues, focusing less on the then and more on the here and now.

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7.9
Birthright #13

Jan 14, 2016

The last issue of Birthright did well in moving the overarching story back in the right direction, but the overall sense of narrative momentum remains a work in progress.

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7.3
Birthright #15

Mar 24, 2016

It's been a while since Birthright quite matched the magical heights of its earlier installments, but the changes made here offer definite promise for the series going forward.

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7.5
Birthright #17

Jul 14, 2016

Artist Andrei Bressan, mostly limited to talking heads here, shines with that final page, proving that while the magic has dimmed a bit on this series, it's still capable of delivering when it counts.

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7.7
Birthright #18

Aug 11, 2016

Birthright has had its issues, but damn if it can't sell its big moments. The somewhat slogging adventure gets a much needed shot in the Nevermind-infested arm, as at last we get some honest to goodness advancement.

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7.4
Birthright #19

Sep 15, 2016

It's still as strong a fantasy epic as you could hope for "it's just one that'll keep you waiting.

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8.0
Birthright #23

Mar 23, 2017

Birthright still has its bumps, but payoff such as that found here makes them worthwhile.

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8.0
Book Of Death #2

Aug 20, 2015

Book of Death #2 is a prime example of a book managing to remain thoroughly entertaining even as the narrative mostly stands still.

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7.5
Book Of Death #3

Sep 24, 2015

With one issue left, the action continues to flow throughout The Book of Death, even as the story moves at more of a trickle.

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8.3
Book Of Death #4

Oct 29, 2015

The best thing about the Book of Death #4 is its focus. Most event books tend to throw everything but the kitchen sink at their finales, but Robert Venditti wisely chooses to keep the action limited to Gilad and Tama.

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7.9
Bug: The Adventures of Forager #2

Jun 15, 2017

Sweet Kirby goodness! Continuing their eclectic trek through DC's history, the team of Lee Allred, Michael Allred and Laura Allred again deliver an adventure as zany as it is downright gorgeous.

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7.6
Daredevil (2015) #5

Mar 31, 2016

Issue #5 isn't the most memorable of finales, with the arc's primary villain falling as little more than an eviscerated afterthought, but the issue does do well in further solidifying the promise of this new direction.

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7.2
Daredevil (2015) #6

Apr 28, 2016

Elektra makes for a fine guest star and looks to be a solid focal point to this new arc, but her usage here is more perplexing than engaging.

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7.8
Daredevil (2015) #9

Jul 14, 2016

Charles Soule does his best to get the most out of this particular team-up, adding Peter Parker to the mix as Matt Murdock continues to put his unseen plan into play. The resulting issue has its fair share of web-slinging and baton tossing, but it's the strong character elements that prove the most investing

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7.6
Daredevil (2015) #10

Aug 11, 2016

With some welcome personality and an eerie and engaging hook, this might be the most promising issue of this still young series.

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8.3
Daredevil (2015) #12

Oct 13, 2016

With an unnerving and mysterious villain in Muse and a political backdrop complicated in both morality and scope, this latest arc gives us our best look yet at what this creative team has to offer.

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8.5
Daredevil (2015) #13

Nov 10, 2016

Charles Soule has really rounded into form. That's not to say his earlier Daredevil work was poor, but rather that his new arc is just that much better.

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8.4
Daredevil (2015) #14

Dec 15, 2016

Capping off the series' strongest arc to date, Charles Soule delivers a gripping finale with issue #14.

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8.0
Daredevil (2015) #15

Jan 12, 2017

With an assured tone and a great ending hook, this arc is off to an excellent start.

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8.0
Daredevil (2015) #17

Feb 16, 2017

Soule clearly has more designs for this particular tale, having spent 17 odd issues planting its seeds. But he does provide a strong sense of direction buoyed by an even stronger emotional core.

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7.9
Daredevil (2015) #19

Apr 20, 2017

While the book's ending does seem to tip its hand as to where things are potentially going, this is nonetheless a fun romp that utilizes the character's long and complicated history to creative effect.

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7.8
Daredevil (2015) #21

Jun 8, 2017

Having finally explained the nature of Matt Murdock's sudden clean slate, Charles Soule continues to put that premise to immediate use. His latest does a great job of combining two of his strengths " dynamic superhero action and engrossing legal dialogue " into one efficient package.

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7.9
Daredevil (2015) #22

Jun 22, 2017

Capturing the many nuances of such a complex character is no easy feat, but this issue proves that Soule and Sudzuka have it down pat.

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8.8
Lumberjanes #2

May 15, 2014

While its too early to declare the book a runaway hit, it's hard to argue with any troupe that gives out badges for bad puns.

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8.5
Lumberjanes #16

Jul 16, 2015

If you still need convincing that Lumberjanes is the bees knees, an Eisner win oughta do it. Fresh off their recent Best New Series victory, writers Noelle Stevenson and Shannon Watters continue their exploration of the history of the Lumberjanes, complete with domineering counselors, shape shifting bear-women and a not-so-little thing called a Grootslang

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8.7
Lumberjanes #17

Aug 27, 2015

"All ages" will always have its detractors in comic circles, but Lumberjanes remains the rare read that really offers something to pretty much anyone.

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7.5
Lumberjanes #18

Sep 17, 2015

Lumberjanes showed some impressive scale throughout its last arc, and as a result issue #18 reads as noticeably more contained. The issue still possesses the same bubbly spirit and infectious charm of past installment, but its focus " a rift between mermaids, er, merwomyn " lacks the rampant sense of whimsy we've come to expect.

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8.5
Lumberjanes #19

Oct 22, 2015

Is there any comic quite so effortlessly enjoyable as Lumberjanes? Filled with raging sea serpents, ill-advised antics and a healthy splash of heart, the latest from Shannon Watters and Kat Leyh again proves that above ground or below water, Lumberjanes is the best all ages book on the shelf today.

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8.4
Lumberjanes #20

Nov 19, 2015

It may seem commonplace to heap praise on Lumberjanes at this point, so heartwarming are its stories, but it's the book's continued ability to surprise that proves the difference here in issue #20.

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7.9
Lumberjanes #21

Dec 17, 2015

Maritime merit badges, saucy seal people, one-eyed werewolves - it's just an average day for the Lumberjanes. Following the book's largely April-centric arc, Shannon Watters and Kat Leyh bring the band back together for another tale of zany weirdness and enduring friendship.

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7.5
Lumberjanes #22

Jan 21, 2016

As a series, Lumberjanes' ability to highlight real issues - friendship, compassion, teamwork - against a fantastical setting has consistently made it a favorite to fans and critics alike. And it's that lack of something more that ultimately holds issue #22 back.

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6.9
Lumberjanes #23

Feb 18, 2016

Its still a solid issue, just one short of the series' usual heights.

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8.3
Lumberjanes #24

Mar 17, 2016

From the touching exchange between Molly and Mal to the hilarious back-and-forth between Ripley and her selkie mirror image, issue #24 wears its heart-shaped badge on its sleeve, and the series is better for it.

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8.5
Lumberjanes #25

Apr 21, 2016

Lumberjanes #25 sees a welcome return to form for the eclectic series, the oversized anniversary issue stuffed to the gills with hijinks weird and whimsical.

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8.3
Lumberjanes #27

Jun 16, 2016

Lumberjanes latest arc feels more in tune with the book's earlier run, which is a good thing. Issue #27 is a great blend of magic cats, clever mischief, and good 'ol fashioned teamwork, Shannon Watters and Kat Leyh making good use of both the book's principal cast and its eccentric newcomers.

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7.8
Lumberjanes #28

Jul 21, 2016

Of the many, many things to enjoy about Lumberjanes, it's ability to mine genuine growth out of the most ridiculous of situations remains at the top of the list. Case in point - in an arc heavy on supernatural mischief, with rainbow-courting birds and super-powered cats, it's non-Jane Barney who stands out.

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8.0
Lumberjanes #29

Aug 18, 2016

Whereas last arc focused on newly minted 'Jane, Barney, issue #29 returns the spotlight to the campers of bunk Roanoke, pairing solid character insight with the usual mythical maladies. While the book's more fantastical elements give it its sense of whimsy and adventure, it's in the more human moments that Shannon Watters and Kat Leyh really shine.

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8.2
Lumberjanes #30

Sep 29, 2016

From its rich, layered characters to its warm and welcoming art, this series impresses yet again.

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6.9
Lumberjanes #35

Feb 16, 2017

While Carolyn Nowack's bright characters and strong physical comedy manages to inject a sense of energy to the proceedings, there is the sense that the numerous overly specific details are a tad unnecessary and could have been better served elsewhere.

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7.0
Lumberjanes #36

Mar 23, 2017

It's still a good time, just not quite to the Lumberjanes standard.

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7.5
Lumberjanes #37

Apr 27, 2017

It's a solid start to what looks to be a fun arc, and artist Ayme Sotuyo's style fits well with the new direction.

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7.5
Lumberjanes #38

May 25, 2017

Wacky and weird is Lumberjanes' bread and butter, and it's the lack thereof that gives Shannon Watters and Kat Leyh's latest arc its humor.

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7.9
Lumberjanes #39

Jun 29, 2017

Lumberjanes has hardly been poor of late, but this issue makes for a true return to form.

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8.0
MPH #1

May 22, 2014

MPH is definitely a book to keep an eye on, assuming it doesn't sprint off the shelves.

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7.8
MPH #2

Jun 19, 2014

Mark Millar and Duncan Fegredo lose some momentum following their electric debut, so focused on moving their players that the narrative threatens to run right past them. While Millar does a nice job conveying the sense of wonder and excitement that likely accompanies such newfound abilities, there appears to be little to no learning curve, the writer bypassing any growing pains in lieu of setting up the next chapter.

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9.0
Outcast By Kirkman & Azaceta #1

Jun 25, 2014

Whether you're a fan of things that go bump in the night or just someone who likes good comics, you can't do much better than Outcast. Kirkman and Azaceta prove a dynamic and disturbing pairing, crafting a riveting story that's sure to possess your very soul. Now where'd we put that holy water...

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8.5
Outcast By Kirkman & Azaceta #3

Aug 27, 2014

Visually, Paul Azaceta again brings the proceedings to somber life, his moody pencils and great panel work creating a deceptively innocent atmosphere. The colors by Elizabeth Breitweiser only enhance the mood, her subdued hues bringing the small town to eerie life. There are a lot of great character beats to this issue, most of them unspoken, and Azaceta and Breitweiser nail darn near every one of them.

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8.7
Outcast By Kirkman & Azaceta #4

Sep 25, 2014

Art-wise, not enough can be said about Azaceta and colorist Elizabeth Breitweiser. Azaceta's character work is simply phenomenal " there's never a single instance where you don't know who's who or what's going on, so fully realized is his seemingly idyllic world. Breitweiser again uses her warm, calming hues to make the proceedings disturbingly innocent, her colors changing to garish and disturbing greens to display the book's shifting tone. The book's final page is one teeming with dread, a simple but effective cliffhanger that almost dares the reader to guess what's coming next. Read with the lights on.

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8.6
Outcast By Kirkman & Azaceta #5

Nov 13, 2014

Visually, Paul Azaceta has already made a name for himself in limited work, his expressive line work and exceptional storytelling ability elevating every aspect of Kirkman's script. He uses that same ability to staggering effect here in issue #5, crafting a terse, frightening exchange that perfectly encapsulates everything that's made Outcast so great. His horror is constantly bubbling just beneath the surface, each leer and smile simple in execution but complex in its meaning. He also makes great use of shadow here, his characters often half obscured and menacing. Completing the effect is colorist Elizabeth Breitweiser, whose soft hues and gentle colors are perfectly contrasted against the book's violent streaks of red. Outcast is building towards something big, and our guess is that its something you won't want to miss.

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7.0
Outcast By Kirkman & Azaceta #7

Mar 19, 2015

As an overall issue Outcast #6 is a solid tale, but as either a precursor of things to come or a new jumping on point, the book lacks teeth.

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7.5
Outcast By Kirkman & Azaceta #9

May 28, 2015

Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta offering just enough answers to reel you back in even as they add more narrative potholes to the mix. Such slow form structure can be frustrating, but it also makes it more interesting, we readers growing right along with tormented lead Kyle.

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8.0
Outcast By Kirkman & Azaceta #10

Jul 2, 2015

Issue #10 puts character before scares, and it's better for it.

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8.0
Outcast By Kirkman & Azaceta #12

Sep 10, 2015

Outcast has done a great job of balancing external horror with internal strife thus far in its run, and issue #12 sees both aspects escalated to a high degree.

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7.0
Outcast By Kirkman & Azaceta #17

Mar 24, 2016

It's not the smoothest of issues, the many learned tidbits again dwarfed by weighty rumination, but it does lend some welcome direction. Paul Azaceta gives the issue its final push, his sleek, dramatic layouts allowing him to get the most out of his expressive cast. It appears that something wicked this way comes - and at this point, it's not a moment too soon.

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7.0
Outcast By Kirkman & Azaceta #19

Jul 28, 2016

Not every issue needs to be filled with physical exorcism or possession, but Outcast's continued insistence on playing the long game results in a growing sense of buildup that never seems to be sated.

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8.3
Reborn #2

Nov 17, 2016

It's still early yet, but the untapped potential is nonetheless enticing.

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7.5
Reborn #6

Jun 8, 2017

This issue teases more to come for the series, but the creators might need to work on fleshing out the universe first.

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8.7
Rocket Raccoon #1

Jul 3, 2014

In Rocket Raccoon #1, Skottie Young proves a quality storyteller behind the pages and on them. Though the plot is a little barebones for now, Young imbues the script with enough energy to keep it going, his amazing visuals doing the rest. Rocket's fan base will only grow in the coming months, and. Young appears well suited to do him justice.

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7.5
Rocket Raccoon #4

Oct 8, 2014

Thematically, it's up and down, the mid issue bait-and-switch and subsequent reversing cliffhanger leaving Rocket's emotional arc feeling slightly stunted. Young hits some poignant chords, but the narrative yo-yo proves more sneaky than satisfying.

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8.0
Rocket Raccoon #5

Nov 6, 2014

Though issue #5 doesn't break new ground, it's still darn fun, the final reveal sure to garner a few surprised chuckles.

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8.5
Rocket Raccoon #7

Jan 21, 2015

The issue still maintains its attitude and rampant humor, but it also manages to add something more, Rocket's latest adventure marked with a gravity not yet seen.

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7.0
Rocket Raccoon #9

Mar 5, 2015

It's not a bad issue, but it's not a particularly memorable one either, the book's amusing pop culture nods not quite enough to mask a so so installment.

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7.8
Rocket Raccoon #10

Apr 2, 2015

Skottie Young's latest arc gets off to a great start, the writer deftly using nods from issues past to position his story for the future. Said future is again rife with the same rowdy humor and explosive action we've come to expect, but it also carries a measure of emotion to it that proves surprisingly engrossing.

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7.8
Secret Six (2014) #4

Jul 16, 2015

Piece by twisted piece, Secret Six is clicking into place. Gail Simone builds off the marked improvement of last issue, again exploring the weird, often joyously uncomfortable relationships of her six (sorry, Ferdie) leads.

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8.0
Secret Six (2014) #5

Aug 20, 2015

The issue does suffer some hiccups in terms of pacing (The Riddler bits feel forced at times), but when it comes to finding the "fun" in dysfunctional, this series has it down.

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8.0
Tokyo Ghost #1

Sep 17, 2015

No matter how you slice it, Tokyo Ghost is a great read. Its fast and frenetic, driven by a strong narrative pulse and some amazing art. That said, as of now the book's human element isn't quite there yet, leaving some of the book's more emotional scenes to fall just short. With more depth and development this has the look of a series that could end up being incredible; as it stands now, it's just really dang good.

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8.5
Tokyo Ghost #2

Oct 22, 2015

It's not uncommon for a series to dip a bit following its debut, as the initial stage-setting bonanza gives way to a more measured, beat-driven approach. Tokyo Ghost takes such perceptions and puts them on mute; if anything, issue #2 is even more focused in its world building, forgoing the action insanity of its first issue in lieu of involving back-story and well articulated setup.

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7.0
Tokyo Ghost #4

Dec 17, 2015

The final pages aid in lending a welcome sense of direction, but overall the issue itself never fully grabs hold.

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7.5
Tokyo Ghost #5

Jan 21, 2016

Tokyo Ghost's first arc reaches its literally explosive conclusion, Rick Remender and Sean Murphy ratcheting their frenetic dial up to 11. The resulting read is loaded with (again literal) eye-popping spectacle, even if the overall impact of the finale remains to be seen.

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8.0
Tokyo Ghost #9

Aug 4, 2016

If you expected Rick Remender and Sean Murphy to ease up following last issue's emotional gut-puncher, think again. While not as personally devastating, issue #9 starts fast and doesn't let up, further detailing Davey Trauma's horrendous designs while still devoting time to those left mourning in his wake.

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8.5
Tokyo Ghost #10

Sep 1, 2016

With such a union of heavyweights, expectations for this series were sky high. And in the end, it delivers.

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7.8
We Are Robin #2

Jul 23, 2015

Writer Lee Bermejo builds off of his promising debut, using issue #2 to further explore the growing band of R-emblazoned scrappers looking to take back their streets. The end result has its fair share of intrigue, from the group's mysterious benefactor to their equally mysterious foil, but it also remains a bit loose in terms of pacing.

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8.0
We Are Robin #4

Sep 24, 2015

It's a strong issue, one made better by James Harvey's uniquely clustered and slightly retro art. His more free form and eccentric design is a far cry from the angular aggressiveness of past issues and, while not for everyone, it fits this particular chapter well.

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8.7
Archie vs. Predator #1

Apr 15, 2015

Archie vs. Predator may seem like the most random pairing ever to share a page, but in the hands of Alex de Campi and Fernando Ruiz, it's a pairing we're glad to have. Predator's inclusion to the Riverdale world comes off without a hitch, the story as funny as it is biting. Whether you like Archie, Predator, or both, this one is worth checking out simply to see two worlds collide.

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7.9
Archie vs. Predator #2

May 21, 2015

As mentioned, much of the read comes off as classic Archie, something wholly attributed to artist Ruiz. His characterization and world building is spot on, unnervingly so given the rather gruesome subject matter that ramps up throughout. At one point a supporting character takes a laser shot to the face, his exploding noggin' staining the childhoods of those reared on Double Digests. This is an Archie tale unlike any other, and while at times the characters don't quite seem as wholesome as you remember (do you really need to eat that cake now, Jughead?!), de Kampi and Ruiz ensure its an offshoot you won't forget.

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6.8
Archie vs. Predator #3

Jun 18, 2015

Much of the enjoyment of this series has come from Alex de Campi's balance of gruesome gore and biting humor, and unfortunately the latter falls off a bit here in issue #3.

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7.8
Batman: Eternal #6

May 15, 2014

Batman Eternal is starting to feel a bit like Game of Thrones. Each week offers a snapshot view of a few characters, only to switch to a different set the following week.

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7.5
Batman: Eternal #11

Jun 19, 2014

Ultimately, issue #11 feels like filler--good filler, sure, but filler nonetheless.

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8.5
Batman: Eternal #12

Jun 26, 2014

The last few issues of Batman Eternal have been high in content but low in forward momentum -- issue #12 fixes that, writer James Tynion IV giving traction to a number of stalled story lines.

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7.7
Batman: Eternal #17

Jul 31, 2014

Fawkes really drives home the fanatical fervor from which he speaks, introducing a true supernatural threat amidst the many loonies already on the streets. Artist Dustin Nguyen attacks the supernatural angle with obvious glee, his shadows deep and menacing and his baddies suitably grotesque.

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8.3
Batman: Eternal #20

Aug 20, 2014

Of course, the main talking point of the issue is easily the book's final pages. Stephanie Brown has been flitting in and out of the series for a while now, and while it was always assumed she'd be taking back the Spoiler mantle, we've still been waiting for it to actually happen. Well, happen it has, Seeley scripting the scene in a way that fits the story and serves the character well. Batman Eternal has been gaining momentum for a while now, and if the issues to come feature more arcs like this one, we're looking at some good stuff ahead.

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6.9
Batman: Eternal #28

Oct 16, 2014

Batman Eternal continues it's unfortunate pattern of setting up big events and then ignoring them, the latest arc yet another example of the series spinning its collective Bat-rimmed wheels.

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8.2
Batman: Eternal #31

Nov 6, 2014

While there's still the sense that there's almost too much going on at any given time, Fawkes does a great job of hitting his beats and moving on, the book's pacing surprisingly smooth given the numerous events unfolding.

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8.0
Batman: Eternal #33

Nov 20, 2014

Handling art duties once again is Jason Fabok, his detailed lines and excellent choreography again on fine display. Obviously the book's weekly pace makes it impossible to lock down one specific artist, but Fabok needs to be in the rotation as often as possible. His work lends an added gravity to the proceedings, each punch and scowl loaded with a real and visceral weight. If you passed on this weekly in the beginning, now is a heck of a time to start.

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7.6
Batman: Eternal #35

Dec 4, 2014

As the stakes have raised so too has the book's quality, Hush's sinister and expansive machinations making for one of the more involving arcs we've seen thus far.

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7.6
Batman: Eternal #41

Jan 15, 2015

Focusing mainly on the rampant nano-bot infection tearing through Gotham's young and restless, Higgins deftly explores the changing dynamic between Harper and the Bat family, intoning that with great costumes and great abs comes great responsibility. This focus on choice is given further gravity as the book's events spiral out of their control, leading to Harper finally committing to the cause in grand, Bat-garbed fashion. It's fun stuff, made even better by Joe Quinones' emotive art.

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7.8
Bizarro #2

Jul 2, 2015

Issue #2 may struggle a bit to consistently maintain it's all ages appeal, but nevertheless the read am not a lot of fun.

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7.7
Bizarro #3

Aug 20, 2015

If you weren't a fan before this issue isn't likely to change your mind, but in a landscape overcrowded with dark and dour, Bizarro provides a welcome splash of light.

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7.8
Black Magick #1

Oct 29, 2015

Black Magick has all the makings of a good book, starting with the stellar talent behind it. Greg Rucka appears to have another engaging lead on hand, and Nicola Scott's art is as immersive as it is gorgeous. There's just not a whole lot to go on in this first issue, and while the ending hook certainly makes things interesting, it's not yet enough to fully entice with its spell.

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7.8
Chrononauts #2

Apr 16, 2015

What is easy to enjoy is Murphy's gorgeous art. There's detail, and then there's Murphy detail"each page and panel offers a ridiculous amount of eye candy, from distinct large scale battles to hilariously inappropriate dude-bro jokes. So much of the read depends on Murphy's uniquely timed characterization and expansive world building, and it's by and large the main component that will keep readers coming back.

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6.9
Clean Room #1

Oct 22, 2015

Gail Simone is no stranger to the wild and weird, so its saying something that Clean Room #1 may be her strangest yet.

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8.4
Clean Room #2

Nov 19, 2015

What a difference an issue makes. Following a rushed debut, Gail Simone turns in an excellent, meticulously paced follow-up that's high on frights and even higher on intrigue.

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8.4
Clean Room #3

Dec 17, 2015

All told, issue #3 is Simone and Davis-Hunt at their unhinged best.

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6.9
Clean Room #4

Jan 21, 2016

The book's end pages do well in setting up a real, and potentially present, conflict, but until the narrative catches up to it's obvious spectacle, this book will fall just short.

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6.8
Clean Room #5

Feb 18, 2016

Clean Room is at once maddening and enticing. The series is plagued with inconsistent pacing, strange narrative interjections and a plot that appears to get muddier with each new installment. It's also insanely gripping, completely terrifying and awesomely illustrated, making for a truly divisive read.

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7.8
Clean Room #7

Apr 21, 2016

The frights here range from borderline creepy to downright terrifying, making each turn of the page a risk in and of itself.

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8.0
Clean Room #10

Jul 21, 2016

Jon Davis-Hunt is a star. Such has been the case from the beginning, but issue #10 is a prime example of the kind of versatility the artist brings to the read.

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7.9
Clean Room #13

Nov 10, 2016

An excellent blend of deviance, humor and horror, Clean Room continues to thrill.

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8.2
Clean Room #16

Feb 23, 2017

Clean Room is the kind of book you can't look away from for even a second. It's not just the horrifying imagery - something issue #16 churns out with extra relish - but also its pinpoint use of language, both subtle and otherwise.

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8.0
Clean Room #17

Mar 30, 2017

Clean Room is a scary book, that much we know. What makes this book so consistently unsettling is in how the book scares you, as Gail Simone's horrors never come from the same place twice. Issue #17 is an excellent example of that uncertainty.

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8.2
Clean Room #18

Apr 27, 2017

The book's finale delivers on most, if not quite all, of the book's presumed promises. The resolution, while quick, is nevertheless effective, Simone bringing her expansive cast together in ways that fit well within the preexisting confines set by the story.

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7.8
Deathstroke: Rebirth #1

Aug 11, 2016

For all his seeming popularity, Deathstroke is a tough character to get right. And to his credit, Christopher Priest seems to acknowledge that fact in his initial take. Rather than focus his story on Deathstroke the assassin, the bulk of this Rebirth issue looks at Slade the man, and how his actions affect those around him.

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8.0
Faith (Mini-Series) #1

Jan 27, 2016

Faith is the latest Valiant mini to get off to a good start, Houser and Co. making great initial use of the fan favorite character. The plot is a bit threadbare as of yet, but the strong characterization and referential air, paired with the enjoyable art of Portela and Sauvage, go a long way in earning return readership.

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7.5
Faith (Mini-Series) #2

Feb 25, 2016

As a character study Faith #2 is a welcome read, though its impact on the series as a whole is limited.

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7.7
Faith (Mini-Series) #3

Mar 31, 2016

It's tough to carry a book on likability alone, but three issues in it's a trick that Faith continues to pull off. It's not that the story isn't good " it just seems like it's still trying to get going, despite the various stop-starts and last second reveals. And considering the book's mini-series nature, that puts a sizable amount of pressure on the finale to pull things together.

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8.0
Faith (Mini-Series) #4

Apr 28, 2016

The speed and convenience in which the book's threat is introduced and summarily dispatched is again noticeable, but the character put forth by Jody Houser, Francis Portella and Marguerite Sauvage is so strong that it's easy to overlook.

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7.5
Giant-Size Little Marvel AVX #1

Jun 4, 2015

Of course, that's not to say he slouches in the art department. Not only is his expressively cartoony style as enjoyable as ever, but he also utilizes physical comedy quite well. These moments, such as Rogue always being on her cell phone (even in battle) or Daredevil's hilarious directional challenges, are great, Young's youthful spirit adding giant size fun to this giant size read.

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8.0
Giant-Size Little Marvel AVX #3

Aug 6, 2015

When the book's script and art come together like this, Giant Size Little Marvel is nothing short of a delight.

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8.0
Hadrian's Wall #1

Sep 14, 2016

Hadrian's Wall #1 is a strong debut from an equally strong creative team. Kyle Higgins and Alec Siegel get the premise laid out quickly and efficiently, with lead Simon sticking out as an immediate character worth following. The sense of suspense is only furthered by Rod Reis' atmospheric art, his excellent facial work and tonal use of color generating easy investment. A whodunnit set in space? We're in.

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7.5
Hadrian's Wall #3

Nov 17, 2016

More character development is never a bad thing, but in the case of issue #3, the laser focus on lead Simon does leave other parts of the narrative wanting.

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8.0
Howard The Duck (2015) #5

Mar 10, 2016

Howard the Duck #5 offers everything but the kitchen sink, and given the involvement of Chip Zdarsky and Joe Quinones, it likely won't be long before the sink comes into play.

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7.5
Howard The Duck (2015) #10

Sep 1, 2016

With only one issue left to go, Howard's swan (duck?) song shows no signs of slowing down. If anything, it's ramping up, as self-aware alien manipulators Chip and Joe - sorry, Chipp and Jho - continue to throw everything they can at their unflappable hero.

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7.7
Low #4

Oct 30, 2014

Some may grumble over the issue's defining twist being introduced so early overall, yet Rick Remender deserves credit for circumventing the expectation that comes with such a move. He again leads us to some murky places, some more obvious than others, with each bit of world building serving to sink we readers further into its depths.

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8.4
Low #5

Dec 4, 2014

Each issue of Low has seemingly featured some sort of time shift or grand reveal, and while issue #5 follows said pattern to an extent, it also manages to be the most consistently grounded issue yet.

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7.5
Low #6

Feb 26, 2015

Low's first arc reaches its explosive conclusion, Rick Remender taking the world he's so carefully cultivated and turning it upside down like a snow globe. The resulting finale leads to a slew of new and enticing questions, but it also fails to fully tie up (or even address) those that came before.

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8.0
Low #7

Jun 18, 2015

Greg Tocchini turns in one of his best issues to date, his unique eye carrying the beginning of this new arc. Each page is awash with gorgeous visuals, Tocchini melding fluid design work with color both brilliant and subtle.

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8.0
Low #9

Aug 27, 2015

Low is the kind of book little baby sci-fi tales hope to grow up to be. It's grand in scope and focused in character, its layered family drama and lavish backdrops peppered with copious bouts of evisceration.

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8.0
Low #12

Mar 17, 2016

He opens the chapter in contemplative, albeit hopeful fashion, painting a seemingly idyllic picture wherein all one has to worry about is the occasional fire spider. By issue's end that good feeling is all but gone, the book's new menace leaving an instant and lingering mark.

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7.0
Low #13

Apr 28, 2016

At this point Rick Remender has us pretty much conditioned to expect the worst in Low, but that doesn't make the events of the issue any less disheartening.

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7.7
Low #16

Mar 9, 2017

In the afterward of Low #16, Rick Remender promises that events in this issue will have an impact on further events down the line. While that certainly bodes well for the future, the present finds itself a bit more muddled.

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7.4
Nightwing (2016) #4

Sep 8, 2016

Tim Seeley brings his first arc to a close, delivering on the character-first focus that's carried the book from the start. The end result is a bit rushed in its resolution, but it does succeed in both cleverly reestablishing Dick as Nightwing proper, as well as seeding events for issues to come.

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8.0
Nightwing (2016) #6

Oct 5, 2016

If you've been invested in the arc so far, the payoff on the home stretch has been a lot of fun. This issue's cliffhanger is a great teaser dating back to the classic Strange/Batman rivalry.

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7.7
Nightwing (2016) #9

Nov 17, 2016

Nightwing's rebirth has been anything but smooth thus far, and Seeley uses the subconscious setup to really flesh out the character's long running fears and anxieties. What really makes the issue shine, however, is how Seeley gets him past these hang-ups, using the ever optimistic Superman as a way of reminding Dick of the impact his good and hopeful nature has on the DC Universe at large.

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7.6
Nightwing (2016) #10

Dec 8, 2016

If you've been waiting for a time to jump back into Bldhaven, this arc looks to be it.

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8.0
Nightwing (2016) #11

Dec 22, 2016

Of COURSE there's a support group for villains formerly thumped by Nightwing. It's as Nightwing a plot point as we could hope to get, and serves as another example as to how great Tim Seeley is for the character.

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6.9
Nightwing (2016) #12

Jan 5, 2017

All told, issue #11 works best as a stepping stone towards grander designs, and while the issue certainly has its entertainment, it's clear the best things are yet to come.

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7.0
Nightwing (2016) #14

Feb 2, 2017

It's still a solid and unreasonably pretty book " Marcus To again delivers an excellent mix of costumed splash pages and well-realized character work " it's just lacking in the same excitement and punch we expect.

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9.5
Nightwing (2016) #19

Apr 19, 2017

Seeley is weaving a creepy and really engaging story here. Nightwing Must Die is quickly starting to rival Better Than Batman for this run's best arc.

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7.3
Red Sonja (2013) #0

Jul 31, 2014

The book's one-shot format allows writer Gail Simone to tell a fun, contained story featuring Sonja's self-proclaimed "husband", Red Malak, a tower of a man whose infatuation has led to a fair amount of tall tales and incurred debts. Simone mines the situation for plenty of comedic value, her Sonja absolutely oozing disdain for Malak and his depiction of events.

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9.0
Red Sonja (2013) #9

May 8, 2014

This shift provides a poignant look at a character usually devoid of regret, and the moments shared between Sonja and Aneva are some of the best in the series thus far. With three artisans still to collect, expect three equally great issues on the horizon.

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8.3
Red Sonja (2013) #10

Jun 19, 2014

You have to give Gail Simone credit -- though her newest Sonja arc is definitely formulaic, each issue focused on Sonja's attempt to acquire a different renowned artisan, the writer does a wonderful job keeping everything fresh and entertaining.

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7.8
Red Sonja (2013) #11

Aug 14, 2014

This arc easily could have been all hacking and no heart, but in the hands of Simone and Geovani it's become something better.

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7.0
Red Sonja (2013) #14

Jan 21, 2015

Gail Simone again gets the most out of these adventures, introducing a new adversary sorely in need of a good punch or three. Unfortunately, the arc's initial premise doesn't fare quite so well this time around.

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6.8
Red Sonja (2013) #15

Mar 26, 2015

Red Sonja's tales have been unquestionably strong since Gail Simone took the reins, the writer's take fiery and assured both in content and tone. That being said, issue #15 reads as a quiet step back for the series, the climax of the book's latest arc failing to fully draw blood.

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8.0
Red Sonja (2013) #17

Jul 30, 2015

Issue #17 doesn't offer anything we haven't been seen before, Sonja again tasked to grudgingly protect the innocent from a threat they can't repel themselves. What makes it fun is the sheer Sonja-ness of it all.

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7.8
Red Sonja (2013) #18

Sep 24, 2015

As a finale issue #18 isn't quite the bow-on-top finish it aims to be, but as a celebratory ode to all things Sonja it hits damn close to the mark.

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8.0
Red Sonja (2013) #100

Feb 19, 2015

Not every story is a knockout, but they all do enough in showing why Sonja's ardent fan base continues to follow her Hyrkanian exploits.

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9.0
Shutter #2

May 15, 2014

Shutter is the kind of book that makes you wish you didn't have to blink, a rousing adventure yarn that's fantastical in all the best ways. Issue #2 improves on the already great debut, offering a wild world filled with wow moments.

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8.0
Shutter #3

Jun 12, 2014

Joe Keatinge is creating quite the diverse world here, his characters and set pieces endlessly inventive"any book featuring a triceratops riding, katana wielding assassin is a book worth picking up.

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7.0
Shutter #7

Dec 11, 2014

Shutter continues to be a mixed bag. On the one hand, it's endlessly inventive, almost to a fault, filled with big characters, big moments, and an even bigger world. Conversely, the series' need to constantly up the ante leaves many of the various personal relationships feeling woefully undeveloped, so focused is writer Joe Keatinge on setting up the next big set piece.

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7.2
Shutter #8

Jan 15, 2015

Issue #8 is full of big ideas, fantastic art and eclectic characters, but the continued insistence on going bigger and badder with each new installment again wears thin.

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7.7
Shutter #9

Feb 12, 2015

Joe Keatinge has been on quite the world building tear of late, his latest issues stuffed with new faces, places and problems. He takes a different tack here in issue #9, bringing his numerous pieces together for one not-so-common goal. The resulting issue serves as one of Shutter's more focused to date, while still maintaining its love for all things wonderful and weird.

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7.8
Sinestro Annual #1

Apr 2, 2015

Annuals are often fun in that they're great vehicles for character exploration, something Cullen Bunn takes to here with gusto. The writer uses the book's over-sized format to delve deep into the Sinestro Corps expansive roster, detailing the histories of many of the Corps more well-known members.

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8.0
Snow Blind #1

Dec 10, 2015

Writer Ollie Masters does a fantastic job crafting investment from the onset, utilizing a heavy hum of introspective musing to establish a strong noir feel. Though this first issue is decidedly setup heavy, with its characterization limited exclusively to lead Teddy, the setup is so immediate and immersive that you can't help but want more.

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8.3
Snow Blind #2

Jan 14, 2016

If you're looking for noir mystery done right, Snow Blind is a good place to start.

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8.0
Snow Blind #3

Feb 11, 2016

It's not overly flashy, but the issue is rife with excellent imagery and captivating color, each stark hue and careful bit of choreography serving to heighten the escalating stakes.

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6.9
Snow Blind #4

Mar 10, 2016

There's an air of inevitability to Snow Blind's final chapter. While its ending effectively capitalizes on the terse world quickly created by Ollie Masters and Tyler Jenkins, the book's miniseries nature ultimately stunts the intended impact of the finale's events.

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8.3
Spider-Woman (2015) #3

Jan 28, 2016

The script itself is humorous as ever, with lighting fast banter and plenty of amusing inner gripes, but it's the human, not superhuman, element that again stands out. That, and the ever creative paneling of artist Rodriguez, who again delivers some wonderfully unique and eye spinning spreads.

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8.0
Spider-Woman (2015) #8

Jun 2, 2016

With Spider-Women in the rear view and Civil War around the bend, it'd be easy to write off Jessica Drew's one issue interlude as nothing more than a one-off fill-in. Thankfully, one issue is all Dennis Hopeless and Javier Rodriguez need to tell an entertaining story, and issue #8 is yet another great example of just how far this series has come since its Spider-Verse inception.

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7.3
Spider-Woman (2015) #10

Aug 18, 2016

While the issue still possesses many of the same comedic qualities we've come to enjoy from this title, there's also an undercurrent of tension, as Jessica tries to prove/disprove the validity of Ulysses' visions. Given her longstanding personal relationship with pro-premonition fan Captain Marvel, the resulting fallout adds a welcome level of personal investment that has as of yet been missing.

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6.8
Spider-Woman (2015) #11

Sep 29, 2016

Whereas last issue maintained a natural feel despite its tie-in structure, this installment reads very much as a cut and paste Civil War II title.

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8.5
Spider-Woman (2015) #13

Nov 3, 2016

Issue #13 is the perfect example of a character-first approach paying dividends, and serves to cement Spider-Woman as one of the more emotionally involving Marvel books on the rack.

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8.0
Star Wars: Darth Vader #2

Feb 25, 2015

Darth Vader is in good hands with Gillen and Larroca. The story is a bit self-contained for now, but seeing Vader in a different light is more than enough to merit return readership. Larroca's assured pencils bring the character to vivid and dangerous life, his linework in solid concert with Gillen's voice. These guys are no Padawans.

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8.0
Star Wars: Darth Vader #3

Mar 26, 2015

On the visual end, Larroca's Vader once again commands attention, his silent presence undeniably strong. Gillen's thin script allows for a lot of artistic freedom, something Larroca takes to with cinematic panels and enjoyable designs. Aphra's ship almost takes the highlight as one of the coolest vessels this side of Slave I, but it's Larroca's portrayal of the assassin droids, Triple Zero and BT-1, that takes the cake. If you ever wondered what it'd be like to be legitimately unsettled by a C3PO lookalike, read this issue.

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7.8
Star Wars: Darth Vader #4

Apr 9, 2015

Issue #4 continues to set itself apart, Gillen mixing droid-on-droid action with just the right amount of emotional depth. Much of the issue serves as setup for bigger things yet to come, yet Gillen still manages to find time to further explore the increasingly engaging complexity of the Vader/Aphra relationship.

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7.9
Star Wars: Darth Vader #6

Jun 4, 2015

It doesn't all work (Vader's first ever dialogue sucks on page or screen), but the dramatic finale is Star Wars goodness through and through.

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7.9
Star Wars: Darth Vader #7

Jul 2, 2015

Piece by mechanical piece, Kieron Gillen continues to mine new layers from Star Wars' most iconic villain. His latest offers yet another compelling blend of whirling lightsaber action and broody introspection, the writer deftly melding his new tweaks with existing canon.

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7.0
Star Wars: Darth Vader #9

Sep 10, 2015

As a launching pad for bigger things to come, Darth Vader issue #9 delivers. We get some great adversarial content between Vader and Thanoth, and the sly memtion at issue's end points the book in an intriguing new direction. That said, uneven pacing and flat character work prevent this issue from fully getting into hyperspace, even as the tension mounts.

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8.3
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #34

Jun 5, 2014

The (literally) massive tease at the end hints at more drama to come, so revel in the respite while you can.

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8.5
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #35

Jun 19, 2014

Mateus Santolouco again astounds, each page and panel sure to elicit many a Cowabunga. We've said it before and we'll say it again -- man it's good to be a Turtle fan.

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8.3
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #36

Jul 17, 2014

For those wary of the Turtles' upcoming return to cinema, take heart -- the best Turtles story of the summer is already here. Writer Tom Waltz has done a fantastic job mining the characters' existing mythology and making it his own, his takes on old favorites familiar yet boldly different.

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8.0
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #39

Oct 16, 2014

Tom Waltz and Mateus Santolouco continue to further develop their ever growing cast, using issue #39 as a means to explore rifts both new and existing.

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8.4
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #41

Dec 11, 2014

The arc's slow buildup proves more than worth the wait, Waltz's script buoyed by the various layers he's spent so much time developing. Whether it's the budding relationship between the various mutants to Donatello's logical yet no less disheartening betrayal, Waltz has raised the stakes to a level not seen since the series' excellent City Fall arc.

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7.5
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #42

Jan 21, 2015

With the brawl for it all looming, writer Tom Waltz slows the pace here in issue #42, avoiding any real conflict in lieu of placing his final pieces and players. Waltz does a fine job balancing these many different threads, but given the amount of page time dedicated to explaining them, much of the issue feels like a synopsis of what we already know, with only a few choice scenes given further embellishment.

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7.2
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #43

Feb 26, 2015

Waltz and Co. have proved more than capable of hitting one over the fence, but this story would do well in coming a bit closer to home.

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7.9
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #44

Mar 19, 2015

The events here are sure to prove divisive, especially among longtime fans, but Waltz and Smith deserve credit for delivering this shift in as straightforward a manner as possible. Smith's final page may be the most powerful in the series thus far, so if you've fallen behind, it's high time you caught up.

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7.5
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #46

May 27, 2015

Visually, artist Mateus Santolouco slays it per usual, his great characterization making up for the book's lack of action or momentum. Unfortunately, all setup and no play makes for an issue that's just okay.

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7.9
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #49

Aug 20, 2015

This is shaping up to be a definitive arc in a definitive run, so don't be left caught waiting for the pizza guy.

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7.5
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #51

Oct 29, 2015

Issue #51 picks up after the game changing events of last issue, Waltz introducing us quickly and efficiently to the new status quo. In doing so, he also opens up a number of avenues for which the story can go, as nearly every character has his or her own thread to be further unraveled.

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7.5
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #54

Jan 28, 2016

The shell hits the fan for Mikey and the Mutanimals here, as the secret dealings between Hun and Hob are given light. The dynamic Tom Waltz explores here isn't all too dissimilar from the trust issues reared across the series in past arcs, but again the writer is able to effectively mine the gray area between the black and white arguments presented.

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7.5
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #58

May 12, 2016

This is a fantastic series in every measurable way, and while the segue into the book's next arc isn't its smoothest, it's still a shell of a good time.

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7.2
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #59

Jun 16, 2016

TMNT has adopted a blink-and-you'll-miss-it approach to storytelling as of late, Tom Waltz and Kevin Eastman hardly allowing a second to process the last arc before diving shell first into the next. While said push allows for a consistent sense of momentum, it also hinders some of the series' more heightened moments.

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6.6
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #60

Jul 28, 2016

Considering the tense lead-up to issue #60, the actual resolution of the arc proves rather lackluster by comparison. Not only is the cliffhanger from last issue rendered moot by a single line of throwaway dialogue, but Kitsune's long awaited uprising is over before it really even begins.

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8.2
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #65

Dec 15, 2016

With little bearing to the main narrative this isn't quite a must read, but it's a thoroughly enjoyable one that provides a welcome and entertaining aside.

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7.6
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #67

Feb 16, 2017

Tom Waltz's latest is a juggling act of sorts, the writer moving into the series' next arc with a flurry of different moves. Aside from a harrowing opener, the initial roll-out is on the slow side, Waltz content to focus on the Turtle's mental state now that they're out on their own.

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8.4
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #68

Mar 23, 2017

Ninja wars and alien invasions are all well and good, but it's the consistently layered and ever evolving focus on what drives these characters that continues to make this series so investing.

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8.8
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #69

May 4, 2017

If you skipped the past few arcs, this is the place to get back on

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8.0
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #70

Jun 15, 2017

Tom Waltz and Mateus Sanolouco have delivered their fair share of excellent finales throughout their Turtles run, and while issue #70 won't go down as one of their best, it's a serviceable capper to an overall fantastic arc.

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7.5
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #71

Jun 29, 2017

Tom Waltz has taken his fair share of risks over the course of this series, but issue #71 might be his biggest departure yet.

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8.0
The Bunker #1

Aug 7, 2014

Fialkov appears prepped to deliver on his grand design, and while some characters do seem to fade into the background from issue to issue, the overall storytelling at play remains just as riveting as ever.

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8.2
The Bunker #4

May 22, 2014

Issue #4 sees the group further fracture, setting up what's sure to be an explosive reunion (introduction?). Joe Infurnari's art continues to be a trip, and nothing less than a visit from your future self should prevent you from picking this up.

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7.9
The Bunker #6

Sep 11, 2014

Taking place before the finding of the bunker, but after the cataclysmic events of the future (time travel!), issue #6 is filled with a number of startling revelations, chief among them being Grady's ever downward spiral away from morality.

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7.2
The Bunker #10

Mar 26, 2015

Considering the many shoulda, woulda, coulda's populating The Bunker's swirling narrative, we've yet to see any of the book's plausible after effects on a strictly personal level. With issue #10, Joshua Hale Fialkov and guest artist Brahm Revel offer such a glance, taking a step into the future for a self-contained one-shot.

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7.8
The Infinite Adventures of Jonas Quantum #1

Sep 17, 2015

The Infinite Adventures of Jonas Quantum #1 reads like an homage to all things sci-fi, buoyed by the strong collaboration between Guggenheim and Williams. The issue's standalone structure leaves some answers as feeling all too convenient, but there's enough carry over to warrant further investment. The real treat is Quantum himself, and with a strong sense of character and an enjoyable visual style, this series is worth a look.

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