Jhoan Suriel's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Comicsverse Reviews: 32
9.4Avg. Review Rating

7.5
Anthem (2019) #1

Feb 20, 2019

Although the story is fairly lackluster and slows down significantly after the fast-paced introductory pages, Kismet and Jani's relationship is the real star of ANTHEM #1. Walters and Freed craft a believable dynamic between the siblings and the diversity is wonderful. However, readers who played ANTHEM and want more of the world will get a kick out of it. Otherwise, as a standalone series, it's hard to recommend.

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9.8
Assassin Nation #1

Mar 13, 2019

ASSASSIN NATION #1 is easily one of the funniest series to come out of Image Comics' Skybound imprint this year. Kyle Starks and Erica Henderson play to each other's strengths and have fun along the way. Fans of SEXCASTLE and UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL will find plenty to love about a murderous lot of assassins paid to protect a big target. It's a must read.

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8.7
Astro Hustle #1

Mar 6, 2019

ASTRO HUSTLE #1 is well-paced '70s space opera that's dark at times but invokes a greatest hits of sci-fi epics. Chen Andalou is a refreshing sci-fi lead that thankfully avoids stereotypes associated with Asians. Although the story is nothing new, overall, it's a fun space-faring story with some interesting themes to chew on.

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10
Barrier (2018) #1

May 9, 2018

BARRIER #1 successfully blends a story about immigration, language, and violence into a sci-fi package. Brian K. Vaughan did his homework and carefully took care to show authentic Honduran Spanish. Martin's art is unsettling at times but excellently captures Liddy and Oscar's worlds. It's a must read.

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10
Bully Wars #5

Jan 9, 2019

BULLY WARS #5 is an excellent-paced finale that wraps up the current arc on a very satisfying note. Thanks to its charming school humor as well as great art and colors, Young and Conley stick the landing. We need more all-ages comics like this from Image Comics.

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10
Chew #59

Oct 27, 2016

By the end of this issue, Tony resolves his decision and pays a heavy price for it. CHEW #59 nails down a little bit of everything: action, moments of sadness, and humor with a conclusion that easily stands on its own as a few major loose ends are tied up. Layman and Guillory are going to go out with a massive bang, so definitely pick up CHEW#59 and hang on tight for the conclusion to the series next month!

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10
Chew #60

Nov 24, 2016

Like a Thanksgiving feast complete with dessert and drinks, CHEW #60 is a a deliciously satisfying conclusion to Tony Chu's story. By the time I reached the very last page, I was stunned and applauded once I processed it. All good things must come to an end at some point in life. Layman and Guillory deserve to take a bow for one hell of a great series. I'm sad to see the series end as I would love to see a spin-off comic book series featuringOlive and Ginny. Yet, at the same time, I'm looking forward to Layman and Guillory's future endeavors, so all the best to them moving forward.

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9.0
Errand Boys #1

Oct 3, 2018

ERRAND BOYS #1 provides a bombastic, sci-fi story wrapped in themes of family and loss. Koutsis' art is energetic and Kirkbride's writing manages to balance some nice humour with the stories dark undertones.

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10
Farmhand #1

Jul 11, 2018

FARMHAND #1 tells a multi-generation story about the horrors of science meeting agriculture. While there are nods to CHEW, Rob Guillory proves that he can tell a fresh and weird story that is intriguing, creepy, and funny. Taylor Wells is the cherry on top that brings the world of Freetown, Louisiana to life. Whether you're a fan of CHEW or someone who likes the premise, this is a must-read series.

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8.1
Hey Kids! Comics! #1

Aug 7, 2018

Although HEY KIDS! COMICS! #1 isn't going to set the world on fire, Howard Chaykin's WOLF OF WALL STREET meets MARVEL: THE UNTOLD STORY premise about the comic book industry is fascinating. There's betrayal, corporate greed, and resentment. While it's rough around the edges, anyone who wants a semi-realistic account of the heyday of comics will enjoy it. Otherwise, if you're looking for a general history of comic books or a parody of superhero comics, this isn't it.

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10
Kaijumax #1

Feb 3, 2017

Come for the unique kaijus, stay for the quirky prison drama.

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9.3
Magdalena (2017) #1

Mar 28, 2017

With the passing of the spear comes a new, inexperienced heroine who requires training. The focus on a Latina lead deserves to be commended because more heroines of color in comics is always a great thing in these times. MAGDALENA #1 explores the existential crisis that is retirement while ushering in a new era. It's one hell of a treat that's sure to please old fans and embrace new fans with open arms.

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9.2
Mayday (2016) #1

Oct 30, 2016

This inaugural thriller is sure to rock readers' socks off. While the premise is a familiar one, the art and use of period music sets it apart, giving it a film-like flair reminiscent of movies such as Drive and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. It's a strong start to a five part series that's bound to get more funky.

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9.4
Monstress #19

Jan 23, 2019

MONSTRESS #19 reveals a few twists and fleshes out Maika and Kippa. The pacing is good, panels flow well with an air of despair, and there's a few teases set up like chess pieces. The new revelations no doubt will come into play in future issues. Welcome back MONSTRESS!

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9.7
New Lieutenants of Metal #1

Jul 3, 2018

Joe Casey and Ulises Farias tell an entertaining and funny adventure. Fans of metal will get a kick out of all the references to bands such as Metallica and Iron Maiden. Melody Often's colors make the comic feel like eye candy. Rus Wooton also deserves a special mention for some excellent lettering work.

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9.7
Optimus Prime #1

Dec 15, 2016

OPTIMUS PRIME #1 is a great introduction to the beginning of a new crossover comic book series. It explores the identity of the titular Autobot leader, introduces a new batch of inexperienced Autobots who see him as a messianic figure, and explores how the past is connected to the present. While the plot is a bit predictable, there's no denying the layer of social commentary that's underneath it and the cliffhanger sets up for something bigger. I'm looking forward to seeing how the other Hasbro comics tie into the bigger at story large when issue #2 rolls out next month.

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8.7
Outpost Zero #1

Jun 7, 2018

OUTPOST ZERO #1's premise about teenagers coming of age in a planet they hardly know feels like a familiar story. However, once it gets going, the creators offer enough intrigue to grab and hold a reader's attention. Its greatest strengths are Sean Kelley McKeever's diverse teenage cast, the excellent art from Alexandre Tefengki, and the wonderful coloring of Jean-Francois Beaulieu.

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9.3
Red Dog #2

Jan 12, 2017

RED DOG #2 continues to flesh out the mysterious planet Kirawan by showing off some of its dangers and introducing readers toa full set of robot pooches that are sure to play a role in future issues. Cohen and Atkins also touch upon several points in this issue that bring up more questions that have yet to be answered. Aside from the lack of characters of color, it's a solid issue that pushes the plot forward.

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9.3
Scales And Scoundrels #6

Feb 15, 2018

SCALES AND SCOUNDRELS #6 focuses on some much needed character development for Dorma and Koro. The themes of loss and individualism tackles are handled maturely. With SCALES AND SCOUNDRELS #6, Girner shows he's not afraid to touch upon serious topics. Plus It's great to see Dorma kick ass and take names.

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10
Scales And Scoundrels #7

Mar 4, 2018

SCALES AND SCOUNDRELS #7 brings an incredibly satisfying end to the Dragon's Maw arc with some really good themes. The writing and art remain consistently good and reach new heights.

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9.7
Scales And Scoundrels #8

Mar 29, 2018

While they dialed back on epic battles and big revelations, Sebastian Girner and Galaad explore some of the most mature themes yet in this issue with identity at its core. The introduction of new characters and new locations breathes new life into the series as Luvander faces a moral dilemma. Galaad's art continues to remain consistently good.

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10
Scales And Scoundrels #9

May 2, 2018

SCALES AND SCOUNDRELS #9 is a successful experimentation into the realm of silent comics, thanks to a balance of great story pacing, great art and lettering. The themes of loneliness, longing, and storytelling can resonate with anyone. The shades of grey character motivations in this issue also call to mind THE WITCHER series. As SCALES AND SCOUNDRELS approaches its 10th issue, the world, the story, and the art continue be on a roll.

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9.3
Scales And Scoundrels #10

May 29, 2018

SCALES AND SCOUNDRELS #10 explores themes of ostracism, trauma, and rebellion. The addition of new antagonists in the form of the council adds yet another interesting wrinkle to the series' world. Long-time readers will find this issue incredibly satisfying with a really good payoff in the end.

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9.2
Self/Made #1

Nov 13, 2018

SELF/MADE #1 is a well paced story with a fascinating sci-fi premise about self-determination. Although this issue is marred by too much exposition, Eduardo Ferigato's art and Marcelo Costa's colors make up for it. Color me interested in following the series well into 2019.

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10
The New World #1

Jul 25, 2018

While the star-crossed lovers premise sounds familiar (SAGA anyone?), THE NEW WORLD #1 is surprisingly excellent. The story is instantly captivating from the moment readers are introduced to its protagonists. Once the prologue ends, the story kicks into high gear and doesn't let go until the very last page. This is easily one of Image Comics' best mini-series. If you're looking for a new twist on ROMEO AND JULIET, you won't want to miss this sci-fi romance thriller.

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9.8
TMNT/Usagi Yojimbo #1

Jul 26, 2017

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES/USAGI YOJIMBO #1 delivers on the entertainment factor in spades. 20 years after the last comic crossover series, Sakai has still got it and delivers a fun, action-packed, and hilarious new adventure featuring the Turtles and the rabbit ronin. Luth's colors are icing on an already delicious cake. I'm looking forward to seeing what comes next!

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9.0
TMNT: Dimension X #1

Aug 1, 2017

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES DIMENSION X #1 is a smartly written tale of deceit, emotions, and physics. While it's a bit hard to recommend to new readers, fans of the ongoing IDW Publishing TMNT series will enjoy it. Tunica's art alone is worth the price of admission because it invokes a bit of MONSTRESS.

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8.5
TMNT: Dimension X #2

Aug 10, 2017

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES DIMENSION X #2 is a solid continuation of what was built by the last issue. I was bummed out that issue's planet didn't have much a backstory to it and found the plot's humor lackluster. With the focus on Anemon and Eymo's relationship, the Turtles become mentors. Like in the last issue, the Neutrinos don't have much any characterization aside from being pilots/mechanics. That being said, the panel layout is fantastic in this issue.

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9.6
TMNT: Dimension X #3

Aug 15, 2017

This issue is a love letter to wrestling and it shows. Stump is quite a fun character until the very last page. As a middle issue, it is a powerslam with high flying action and humor, sprinkled with more serious themes.

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9.3
TMNT: Dimension X #4

Aug 25, 2017

Thanks to funny, witty dialogue and a novel change of setting, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES DIMENSION X #4 is a delight. The story and art style successfully move at a brisk pace akin to action films.

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8.5
TMNT: Dimension X #5

Sep 2, 2017

The final issue of the series tackles themes of individualism versus collectivism, marginalization, and the impact of war. While TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES DIMENSION X #5 doesn't quite go out with a bang, the stage is set for the Trial of Krang in TMNT #74. As a standalone series, DIMENSION X has been a great expansion of the TMNT universe.

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9.5
Transformers (2019) #1

Mar 13, 2019

TRANSFORMERS #1's hard reset for IDW's long-running series is a promising start. It's clear that Ruckley, Hernandez, Whitman, and Lafuente understand the mythos. It's safe to say that this new reboot is in good hands.

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