John Schaidler's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Multiversity Comics Reviews: 33
7.9Avg. Review Rating

9.2
4 Kids Walk Into A Bank #4

May 22, 2017

Lively dialogue and stellar, detailed visuals combine in fresh, unexpected ways to create an inspired take on the classic tale of four nerds coming of age.

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9.6
4 Kids Walk Into A Bank #5

Sep 7, 2017

In a stunning series conclusion, 4 Kids Walk into a Bank stays true to its vision and the authenticity of its characters delivering an unvarnished finale that is sure to stay with fans long after theyve read the last page.

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6.8
All-New Classic Archie: Your Pal Archie #1

Jul 31, 2017

There's nothing wrong with "Your Pal Archie" #1, per se. Mechanically, the book is solid and well constructed, clearly written and drawn in the vein of classic Archie strips and books. With most of the other Archie properties feeling more inclusive and reflective of contemporary demographics, however, this books stands out for what it's not and that's disappointing.

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9.5
Archie (2015) #21

Jun 23, 2017

Abandoned your preconceived notions and just dive in. With an unconventional structure and brilliant work by an exceptional creative team, "Archie" #21 delivers a spectacular issue that nobody could have seen coming.

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8.8
Babyteeth #2

Jul 10, 2017

Narrator Sadie Ritter's voice takes center stage as writer Donny Cates and the rest of the creative team continue to weave a brilliantly ominous tale of dark supernatural forces overwhelming the lives of an everyday family.

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7.4
Bankshot #1

Jun 30, 2017

Final Verdict: 7.4 The line work and colors are so well rendered you'll want to linger, savoring the details. The characters and plot have potential, but there's not a lot of dramatic tension, despite a multitude of panels of bomb blasts and bullets.

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8.2
Bitch Planet #10

May 1, 2017

Dramatic action explodes across the page in a retro-futuristic visual feast, bringing "Bitch Planet's" second arc to a satisfying conclusion.

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5.0
Centipede #1

Jul 17, 2017

"Centipede" was a massively popular arcade game that captured the imagination of countless fans with its simple but quirky concept. After a debut issue that tries to layer the story with too much meaning and not enough "first-person-shooter" fun, it feels like a squandered opportunity.

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7.7
Clue #2

Jul 24, 2017

"Clue" is off to a great start with a delightfully written, multilayered script, compelling characters and an unobtrusive visual style that echoes the board game. The mystery will no doubt deepen, but at this point, it's fun enough just watching the characters be themselves.

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8.0
Curse Words #4

Apr 24, 2017

Well-crafted verbal flourishes and incredible art elevate this tale of a modern day wizard.

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8.1
Eclipse #8

Jun 26, 2017

Flavio Despinza's incredible colors drive the story as the focus shifts to Cielo and her quest to find the truth, beautifully setting the stage for an exciting new arc.

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7.8
Elsewhere #1

Aug 4, 2017

Final Verdict: 7.8 – "Elsewhere" nicely taps into our fascination with high profile unsolved mysteries. With a well balanced characterization of Amelia Earhart and a gorgeously rendered fantasy world, this series should have legs, with many twists and turns to come. It's also a fitting tribute to a larger-than-life American hero.

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7.6
Extremity #3

May 8, 2017

A gorgeously rendered epic battle scene is subtly framed by quiet moments of introspection, giving the battle scene unexpected depth and heft.

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7.0
Hadrian's Wall #7

Jun 2, 2017

Final Verdict: 7.0 "Hadrian's Wall" #7 features gorgeous artwork, decent dialogue, and starts to tie up some loose ends, but the original noirish feel is long gone, shifting the narrative focus even further away from the book's central character.

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8.1
Injection #14

Aug 7, 2017

"Injection" #14 is a character-driven installment in a book full of big ideas. Centered on computer hacker Brigid Roth, it's a refreshing change of pace that showcases excellent artwork in several gripping, yet wordless sequences.

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8.3
Josie and the Pussycats #7

Jun 5, 2017

Like a catchy, well-made pop gem, "Josie and the Pussycats" #7 is a satisfying read that leaves you wanting more. A great chance to check out this book, if you haven't already, to see what the fuss is about.

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9.0
Kim & Kim: Love is a Battlefield #1

Jul 7, 2017

After the stellar debut of its limited series run, expectations for the new "Kim and Kim" were off the charts. With visually reimagined characters and a jaw-dropping color palette, Mags Visaggio and Eva Cabrera's iconic characters embark on an inward journey that unexpectedly raises the bar.

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9.3
Lady Killer 2 #5

Aug 31, 2017

After delivering a suspenseful, nearly flawless final issue for "Lady Killer 2," the inevitable Lady Killers 3 cant come fast enough. You need to be reading this book.

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7.7
Mother Panic #8

Jul 3, 2017

If you've either been holding out or possibly bailed out a few issues back, it could well be time to give "Mother Panic" a try. Ironically, in slowing down the action, things have picked up speed.

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9.2
New Superman #12

Jun 19, 2017

"New Super-Man" #12 is sophisticated storytelling that succeeds on multiple levels with outstanding contributions from the entire creative team. Even if you're new to the series, you will love this essentially self-contained issue. Just buy it and enjoy.

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9.3
Paper Girls #15

Jun 12, 2017

"Paper Girls" #15 is an almost breezy, yet highly satisfying read. Outstanding color work, great illustrations and snarky dialogue combine to make it a series high point.

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8.4
Redneck #2

May 29, 2017

Cates' powerfully understated writing and Estherren's quirky artwork are completely in sync, perfectly setting the stage for what can only be explosive drama to come.

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6.3
Riverdale #5

Aug 14, 2017

The plot and tone of "Riverdale" #5 seem misplaced, as though lifted from a different book in the Archie comics line. Fans of the TV show will likely be disappointed, whereas fans of other Archie books may find it hard to place. Hopefully this book finds its identity soon.

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8.0
Rocket #5

Sep 18, 2017

Pour yourself a Gargleblaster (neat, if you know what's good for you) and enjoy.

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7.8
Seven to Eternity #9

Sep 11, 2017

After a two issue narrative and visual tangent, "Seven to Eternity" is back on track and set up for wonderful things.

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8.3
Shipwreck #5

Aug 28, 2017

Both as a series and individually within each issue, the introspective pacing and reflective mood are well suited to the central story and "Shipwreck" #5 is no exception. The book's erratic publishing schedule, however, makes it difficult to connect with. If the release schedule normalizes, this series will be brilliant. Otherwise, wait and experience it in trade paperback form.

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8.6
Shirtless Bear Fighter #3

Aug 25, 2017

"Shirtless Bear-Fighter" #3 continues to deliver on the book's titular premise with shameless humor, epic battles, relentless bear puns and over-the-top characters. Underneath it all, however, lies a compelling and well constructed story with moments of surprising tenderness.

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9.3
Spy Seal #1

Aug 17, 2017

Things are just getting started for Rich Tommasos Spy Seal, but if these witty, well constructed first pages are any indication, it may rightfully deserve a place alongside some of the more iconic series to which it pays homage. It may appear wordy at first, but with a finely tuned balance of dialogue and richly detailed panels, its well worth spending some time with. There is plenty to grab your attention and hold it.

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5.0
The Divided States of Hysteria #1

Jun 9, 2017

One issue into the run, there's still a long way to go and plenty of time to recover, but this inauspicious debut certainly won't win over any fans. This is a book to keep an eye on, for sure, but this issue doesn't do much to get things off the ground.

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7.3
The Fix #9

May 15, 2017

If you're not already a fan of Spencer and Lieber's always-on-the-make anti-heroes and the hopelessly debauched L.A. that they inhabit, there's nothing new here to win you over.

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6.8
The Normals #4

Sep 4, 2017

"The Normals" #4 is competent but conventional work. There are no major flaws, but with the story having plateaued, there's not a whole lot to recommend it.

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7.2
There's Nothing There #2

Jun 16, 2017

With a solid premise, clever dialogue and gorgeous artwork, "There's Nothing There" hints at greatness. In the second issue, however, not a whole lot happens. At this point, the stage is set, it's time to unleash the beasts.

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7.5
Wonder Woman (2016) #26

Jul 14, 2017

Technically proficient on every level, Wonder Woman #26 continues to peel back layers of Diana Princes complex psyche while also dropping some interesting clues about new potential subplots. Its a solid first outing for the new creative team, for sure, but the bar is set very high and theres a long way to go.

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