Joe Skonce's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Multiversity Comics Reviews: 55
7.5Avg. Review Rating

8.8
A Man Among Ye #2

Aug 24, 2020

"A Man Among Ye" #2 does an excellent job developing Anne Bonny's character and expanding the world of pirates through strong writing and character design.

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5.9
Adventureman #3

Aug 13, 2020

While "Adventureman" #3 might work better in a broader context, as a standalone it misses the mark.

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7.8
Amazing Mary Jane (2019) #5

Feb 20, 2020

The Amazing Mary Jane" #5 continues to be the kind of fun superhero romp you expect from Leah Williams.

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7.8
Aquaman (2016) #61

Jul 16, 2020

Final Verdict: 7.8 While "Aquaman" #61 can be a bit overwhelming at times, Kelly Sue DeConnick creates a compelling story about leadership and making difficult, but necessary, changes.

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8.2
Atlantis Attacks #3

Mar 23, 2020

"Atlantis Attacks" #3 is Pak at the top of his game, allowing him to build an exciting and messy conflict through top-notch visual storytelling.

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7.5
Avengers (2018) #37

Oct 19, 2020

"Avengers" #37 is a satisfying ending to a middling arc, but with some impressive superheroic visuals adding to some of the intense fun.

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8.7
Batman (2016) #101

Oct 22, 2020

"Batman" #101 creates an exciting new direction for Gotham's Dark Knight thanks to a strong script from James Tynion IV and Guillem March's expressive art.

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7.5
Battlepug #5

Jan 13, 2020

Mike Norton's art is the star of "Battlepug" #5 by creating a visual story that is chaotic and very memorable.

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7
Birthright #42

Mar 9, 2020

"Birthright" #42 combines effective dark and moody art and a tragic story of found family to create a modern-day fantasy epic worth checking out.

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8.5
Bitter Root #6

Feb 24, 2020

"Bitter Roots" #6 is a complex adventure that still manages to have a lot of fun, with art that pays homage to the period in which the adventure is set.

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6.2
Black Panther and the Agents of Wakanda #3

Nov 18, 2019

Zub's dialogue and Medina's art are quite good, it just feels like the adventure is too much of a retread from the last adventure.

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7.4
Chu (2020) #3

Oct 5, 2020

"Chu" #3 is a compelling game of cat and mouse between two siblings but truly excels thanks to fun art design.

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7.8
Dark Nights: Death Metal #1

Jun 18, 2020

"Dark Nights: Death Metal" #1 sets up the stakes for an epic struggle, balancing DC mythology with bombastic metal action!

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8.7
Doctor Doom (2019) #3

Dec 9, 2019

A strong entry into the continued evolution of one of Marvel's best characters, showing a haunted man behind all of the arrogance and bravado.

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8.3
Doctor Strange (2018) #19

Sep 16, 2019

While the ending felt rushed, "Doctor Strange" #19 is an excellent jumping-on point for new readers, featuring a compelling personal conflict and some excellent art of the world of magic.

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8.8
Dungeons & Dragons: Legends Of Baldur's Gate #1

Nov 11, 2019

Jim Zub captures the unique energy of playing a tabletop RPG and at the end of the day, that's what you want from a Dungeons and Dragons comic.

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6.5
Excalibur (2019) #12

Sep 21, 2020

While the story of "Excalibur" #12 is not entirely clear, the art creates an engaging story.

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9
Fantastic Four: Grimm Noir (2020) #1

Feb 27, 2020

Final Verdict: 9.0 "Fantastic Four: Grimm Noir" #1 creates a comic that takes full advantage of the storytelling conventions of film noir while telling a powerful story about fighting back against your inner demons.

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7.3
Folklords #3

Jan 24, 2020

"Folklords" #3 is a book that uses every aspect of the medium to tell a story about the true nature of a folk tale monster. While impressive, it does take some time to realize just what the creative team is up to.

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7
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #270

Feb 10, 2020

"G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero" #270 is a fun romp that feels like watching an episode of the classic cartoon.

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4.9
Ghostbusters: Year One #2

Mar 5, 2020

"Ghostbusters: Year One" #2 has its moments, but there isn't much to make this stand out as a Ghostbusters story.

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6.2
Glow vs. The Babyface #3

Jan 20, 2020

"Glow vs. the Baby Face" #3 features some good writing, but the art diminishes the overall effect.

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6.5
Gotham City Monsters #6

Feb 13, 2020

Final Verdict: 6.5 "Gotham City Monsters" #6 doesn't quite stick the landing, but strong character work and good art make for a solid issue.

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8.4
Gwenpool Strikes Back #3

Oct 14, 2019

"Gwenpool Strikes Back" #3 is a meta comic that felt fresh and original, and was a whole lot of fun to read. Highly recommended!

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3.9
Ice Cream Man #17

Feb 3, 2020

"Ice Cream Man" #17 is a familiar type of superhero satire, one that over the years has become boring.

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7.5
Immortal Hulk #34

Jun 29, 2020

"The Immortal Hulk" #34 features good writing and impressive art, but a muddled timeline prevents it from being truly outstanding.

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8.5
Immortal She-Hulk #1

Sep 24, 2020

"The Immortal She-Hulk" #1 continues Al Ewing's reshaping of Marvel's Gamma characters by creating a compelling study of contrasts as Jennifer deals with her ability to cheat death.

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6.9
Isola #10

Feb 6, 2020

"Isola" #10 tells a story that effectively builds tension and conflict that takes a character's dream and slowly turns it into a nightmare.

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7.8
Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance #1

Sep 30, 2019

"Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal Age of Resistance" #1 features impressive artwork that showcases the beauty and terror of Thra, while featuring a story compelling enough to continue reading.

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7.1
Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance #8

Jun 15, 2020

"Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal: The Age of Resistance" #8 is a fun romp that adds dimension to Hup. If only the colors matched the show.

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8.6
Jughead's Time Police #5

Nov 4, 2019

"Jughead's Time Police" #5 is a lighthearted take on the alternate timeline story that allows both the author and artist to have a lot of fun exploring all the different worlds of the Archie Universe.

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8
Justice League Dark (2018) #25

Aug 27, 2020

"Justice League Dark" #25 takes advantage of the mythology of D.C. with some truly impressive visual storytelling.

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9.4
Marauders #2

Nov 25, 2019

If you're looking for the right balance of high adventure and political intrigue, look no farther than "Marauders."

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4.8
On the Stump #2

Mar 30, 2020

"On the Stump" #2 has some promise, but the story is unfocused and the art leaves something to be desired.

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7.3
Quantum and Woody (2020) #2

Mar 2, 2020

"Quantum & Woody" #2 is a story about balance, which successfully balances humor, heart, and fun art.

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8.4
Reaver #8

Jun 4, 2020

"Reaver" #8 tells a familiar story in a powerful, yet intimate way. Jordan and Henrichon are an excellent collaboration of visual storytelling.

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8
Reaver #11

Sep 10, 2020

"Reaver" #11 is a solid conclusion to the series second arc with strong character work and even stronger stylistic choices in the color and lighting used.

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8.6
Shazam! (2018) #9

Dec 23, 2019

"Shazam!" #9 is a comic with a fun artistic design that puts a difficult choice at the forefront. Geoff Johns does a good job of making that choice have some serious weight.

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7.5
Spy Island #1

Sep 7, 2020

Featuring a psychedelic 60s inspired art style, "Spy Island" #1 creates a mystery worth revisiting.

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8.7
Star Trek: Picard - Countdown #1

Dec 2, 2019

"Picard: Countdown" #1 showcases a script and art that reflects the strengths of both Picard and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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7.6
Star Trek: Year Five #6

Sep 23, 2019

"Star Trek Year Five" #6 delivers an issue that feels like classic Trek, featuring a decent mystery and a solid Klingon standoff.

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8
Star Trek: Year Five #12

Jul 2, 2020

"Star Trek: Year Five" #12 features moodier art and an intense no-win situation that pushes Kirk and the crew to their limits, creating a satisfying Star Trek story.

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7.9
Star Trek: Year Five: Valentine's Day Special #1

Feb 17, 2020

"Star Trek: Year Five: Valentine's Day Special" #1 is a fun love story that shows the benefits (and struggles) of falling in love with someone as ambitious as you are.

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8
Star Wars (2020) #2

Jan 31, 2020

"Star Wars" #2 is an engaging adventure that understands and enhances the characters of the original trilogy.

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5.3
Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #1

Mar 12, 2020

Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #1 attempts to do too much in a single issue, it is too spread out to be really satisfying.

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8
Star Wars: Darth Vader (2020) #3

Jul 30, 2020

Final Verdict: 8.0 "Star Wars: Darth Vader" #3 is an exciting look into Vader's past by bringing in characters from his past to show how the universe not only views him but the man he used to be

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4.7
Starship Down #1

Mar 19, 2020

While the art of "Starship Down" #1 is good, the characters leave something to be desired.

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5
Strange Academy (2020) #2

Jul 13, 2020

"Strange Academy" #2 attempts to do too much, without enticing you to return with a good hook.

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8.4
Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen (2019) #4

Oct 21, 2019

Fraction and Company tell a convincing story of a man slowly losing grip on reality while capturing the art and tone of a silver age comic.

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8.7
Tommy Gun Wizards #3

Oct 28, 2019

An exciting story that is elevated by the artistic team's amazing depiction of dark magic.

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8.9
Undiscovered Country #2

Dec 16, 2019

Snyder and Soule do a great job of baiting the hook in "Undiscovered Country" #2. Combine that with a Mad Max America, and you have a special book on your hands.

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5.9
Undiscovered Country #7

Aug 10, 2020

"Undiscovered Country" #7 presents some big mysteries but has a difficult time balancing them in a satisfying way.

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8.5
We Only Find Them When They're Dead #2

Oct 8, 2020

Thanks to bold coloring and an intriguing script, "We Only Find Them When They're Dead" #2 creates a bold team of explorers in the face of a cold daunting universe.

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5.6
WWE: Smackdown #1

Oct 7, 2019

A decent, if ultimately forgettable, comic that invokes the nostalgia of a Saturday morning cartoon.

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8
X-Men/Fantastic Four (2020) #4

Jul 27, 2020

"X-Men/Fantastic Four" #4 provides a strong ending to good crossover, adding a nice subversion to the traditional ending of putting aside differences for the greater good.

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