Jeremiah Johnston's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Comicsverse Reviews: 7
7.9Avg. Review Rating

Actionverse (2017) #1

Sep 6, 2017

This was a fun issue that makes me look forward to the rest of the series. The writing was consistent with the tone of the story, and so was the art.

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Dead of Winter #2

Sep 13, 2017

A slower paced plot lets the audience get more attached to the characters. Too bad the zombie apocalypse has something to say about that.

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Fence #1

Nov 15, 2017

FENCE #1 has a simple, no-frills plot that introduces the fencing rivalry between an intrepid underdog and a world-class finalist. We meet Nicholas Cox, a poor but passionate fencer, entering a regionals tournament for a chance to prove his mettle. His determination " and that of his opponents, too " is brought to life through the manga-inspired art of Johanna the Mad. In the end, C.S. Pact's story of competitive fencing (and an implied touch of romance) sets up what is sure to be a fun and emotionally compelling series.

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Grimm Fairy Tales: Halloween Special #2017

Oct 25, 2017

The GRIMM FAIRY TALES 2017 HALLOWEEN SPECIAL provides a brief introduction to Mary "Mystere" Medina, and the plot puts her in her natural environment: interacting with ghosts in New Orleans, allowing readers to see her as a regular person and a superhero. The art comes from four creative teams who get what it takes to set the tone of horror. Although this may not be the best issue for demonstrating what the GRIMM FAIRY TALES offer, it is not a terrible way to enter the mood of Halloween.

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Made Men #1

Sep 6, 2017

A passable introduction to an awesome premise that could have pushed its protagonist just a little more.

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The Beautiful Death #1

Sep 28, 2017

The art of THE BEAUTIFUL DEATH #1 carries each subsequent element of the story to masterful effect. Though we don't learn much about the characters or why the world ended, the story shows us how the characters react emotionally to their fate. Plenty of shots of the city almost swallow the characters, enough to drive home the emotions that unite the heroes: overwhelming isolation and insignificance. Yet despite this, the characters persist, and THE BEAUTIFUL DEATH #1 leaves its narrative on an optimistic note.

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Tomb Raider: Survivor's Crusade #1

Nov 22, 2017

I feel good about TOMB RAIDER: SURVIVOR'S CRUSADE #1. Although the art may be off-putting, it does grow on you, and there are some excellent panels. Where the story shines, however, is it's characterization. By intertwining two tonally antagonistic plots, we get a full characterization of Lara's tenderness and brutality. If you like what Dark Horse has done with the rebooted Lara Croft, I hope you'll give this series a try.

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