John Schaidler's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Multiversity Comics Reviews: 90
7.8Avg. 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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9.4
Abbott #4

Apr 27, 2018

Like its predecessors, Abbott #4 succeeds by balancing provocative contemporary thematic elements with brilliant artwork, a tightly written script and one of the most memorable, artfully constructed main characters in any medium. This series started strong, but each issue continues to raise the bar. Whether or not we deserve her, Abbott is the hero we need to help us make sense of life in America in 2018.

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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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6.8
Auntie Agatha's Home For Wayward Rabbits #1

Nov 9, 2018

Auntie Agathas Home for Wayward Rabbits #1 is full of interesting characters, with great artwork and sharp dialogue. The story, however, falls flat and fails to get off the ground.

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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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7.9
Barrier (2018) #1

May 10, 2018

Barriers #1 is an immersive comic book experience with lush illustrations and authentic dialogue that will force you to dig deeper to better understand the story.

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7.1
Batman: White Knight #2

Nov 2, 2017

Visually, this book excels. Unfortunately, both the word count and the character count are high. Its time to get back to basics and into some action.

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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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6.3
Cellies #4

Sep 7, 2018

A bland visual treatment and general lull in the action drag down the fourth issue of this otherwise promising series.

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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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7.3
Cosmo #1

Jan 4, 2018

A set of familiar ingredients and simple, effective storytelling combine to introduce the intergalactic, all-ages adventure "Cosmo."

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8.8
Coyotes #2

Dec 18, 2017

Driven by Caitlin Yarsky's incredible artwork and a cast of strong female characters, this multilayered, epic story is only getting started. Can't wait to see where it goes.

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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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6.0
Dark Ark #2

Oct 30, 2017

Everybody wants this book to better than it is. Unfortunately, it's not.

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7.3
Death or Glory #1

May 3, 2018

The book begins with a jolt and ends with a lot of promise, but tends to sag in the middle. Thankfully, where the script is lacking, Bengal's art carries the load.

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8.3
Doctor Radar #1

Nov 23, 2017

Spectacular expressionistic artwork makes this comic something special. This could be the start of a truly spectacular run.

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8.2
Dodge City #2

Apr 12, 2018

The quirky ensemble cast is the main attraction in this sports Manga inspired story, bolstered by energetic artwork and a well paced script that uses familiar tropes as a basis for further exploration.

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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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8.6
Eclipse #9

Aug 2, 2018

With contrasting warm and cool colors that tell much of the story, paneling thats damn near seamless and an understated but well structured script, Eclipse #9 is a great new chapter in an intriguing series.

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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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7.4
Elsewhere #7

May 25, 2018

Elsewhere #7 follows closely in the footsteps of the books preceding issues. Visually, it continues to shine. Narratively, it just chugs along. For the right audience, however, its sure to be a great deal of fun.

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8.2
Eternity #2

Dec 4, 2017

Momentary lapses aside, "Eternity" #2 is a joy to read. Don't sleep on this series or it will be over before you know it.

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8.6
Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #2

Feb 9, 2018

With a strong debut issue Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles got off to an impressive start. Issue number two raises the bar with a more intimate look at the core characters and wonderful art that underscores their humanity, whether theyre actually human or not.

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7.8
Exorsisters #2

Nov 23, 2018

There's a really good concept here and it's told with some moments of brilliance, but a lackluster backstory and over-reliance on familiar tropes tends to drag it down.

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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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8.0
Farmhand #2

Aug 9, 2018

illustrator Rob Guillory definitely slows down the pace to explore the core characters, but thats not a bad thing. The series is well positioned to dial things back up and get weird(er).

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7.0
Fence #1

Nov 16, 2017

Three or four months from now we very well may be looking back at the start of a brilliant run. For now, were still on the starting line. Allez!

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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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8.6
Harley & Ivy Meet Betty and Veronica #1

Oct 6, 2017

Things are only getting started, but so far this is a match made in crossover heaven.

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8.1
Hi-Fi Fight Club #3

Oct 26, 2017

As the mystery deepens and Chris strings together some tantalizing new clues, an already intriguing book starts to tell us what its really all about.

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8.6
Incognegro: Renaissance #2

Mar 8, 2018

Though its deeply rooted in the Harlem Renaissance almost 100 years ago, Incognegro: Renaissance #2 is a timely and topical exploration of race in America told through the lens of a murder mystery.

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7.9
Infidel #3

May 18, 2018

Narratively, Infidel #3 gives readers a chance to recollect themselves in preparation for the books final two chapters while artwork continues to excel.

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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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8.6
Isola #3

Jun 7, 2018

The tension steadily mounts even as Fletcher and Kerschl continue to plant seeds and hint at bigger things to come. Slowly, we are beginning to see the true shape of things.

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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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6.3
Jughead: The Hunger (2017) #3

Jan 25, 2018

The transition from one-shot to series hasn't been pretty for "Jughead: The Hunger." With too many minor characters and a lack of clear focus, the book needs to simplify and go back to basics.

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8.3
Kid Lobotomy #1

Oct 19, 2017

The needle is on the record and the first track is a banger. Lets get this party started.

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8.6
Killmonger (2018) #1

Dec 7, 2018

With a tightly written script that deftly balances action and backstory - not to mention gorgeous art - "Killmonger" #1 is a debut worthy of this breakout character.

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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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8.6
Low Road West #2

Oct 18, 2018

Final Verdict: 8.6 "Low Road West" #2 builds on the considerable strengths of what worked in the debut issue, while further fleshing out its likable ensemble cast and adding a major twist. With two solid issues in place, don't sleep on this miniseries.

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9.6
Man-Eaters #1

Sep 27, 2018

Chelsea Cain is back. She and her co-creators have set the stage brilliantly for what promises to be a wild, politically charged and highly entertaining story.

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8.1
Minky Woodcock, The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini #1

Nov 20, 2017

With a Golden Age aesthetic and well balanced, effective writing, Minky makes her presence known.

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7.3
Modern Fantasy #1

Jun 28, 2018

Keep an eye on this series. Writer Rafer Roberts and illustrator Kristen Gudsnuk have delivered an intriguing debut that puts a refreshing spin on the fantasy-real world mashup.

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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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6.8
Motherlands #2

Mar 1, 2018

Final Verdict: 6.8 – The script of "Motherlands" #2 fully embraces its foulmouthed, wisecracking, high concept sci-fi aesthetic, but the artwork feels uninspired and decidedly less imaginative. For now, the words can carry the load. Hopefully the artwork will soon follow suit.

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6.1
Motor Crush #8

Nov 30, 2017

Motor Crush #8 starts off strong and returns to form at the end, but nearly crashes and burns in the middle.

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9.3
Murder Falcon #2

Nov 16, 2018

Turn it up to 11. "Murder Falcon" #2 is a killer second track.

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6.9
Nancy Drew (2018) #1

Jun 14, 2018

No doubt this series will get better, there are great core characters here, but "Nancy Drew" #1 is an underwhelming start.

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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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6.5
Olivia Twist #2

Oct 26, 2018

At the halfway point of the series, "Olivia Twist" #2 feels rushed and too full of clichs.

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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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6.9
Plastic Man (2018) #2

Jul 13, 2018

"Plastic Man" #2 is very well drawn and generally well written, but the plot doesn't hang together. It's a fun, entertaining read, but not entirely satisfying.

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8.3
Proxima Centauri #2

Jul 20, 2018

Nonlinear yet highly immersive, Proxima Centauri #2 is a vivid, swirling, unpredictable experience from beginning to end.

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7.4
Punks Not Dead #1

Feb 22, 2018

Way too early to tell where things might actually go, but a great visual aesthetic and consistently smart writing make for a strong debut.

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8.2
Quincredible #1

Nov 30, 2018

Existing fan of the Catalyst Prime shared universe or not, Quincredible #1 is a great start to what promises to be an interesting, accessible series.

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8.7
Ragman #1

Oct 13, 2017

Read this book once to follow the action and again to savor the artwork. Either way, just buy it.

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8.2
Realm #4

Dec 22, 2017

The distinct yet disparate threads of this high fantasy/sci-fi mashup continue to weave together in very intriguing ways. That, and Haun and Peck's masterful command of highly relatable characters and settings, continue to make this unique series stand out.

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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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5.2
Saucer State #4

Sep 28, 2017

"Saucer State" has been described and a mash-up of The X-Files and House of Cards, but this issue feels more like C-SPAN.

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7.7
Scales And Scoundrels #4

Dec 7, 2017

The weakest and slowest issue thus far of an otherwise stellar series.

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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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8.2
Sex Death Revolution #1

Nov 1, 2018

"Sex Death Revolution" #1 is not the action-packed, unbridled hijinks of Visaggio's famous Kims. In fact, it definitely operates on an altogether different level, but if you spend some time with it, you will be rewarded with big ideas and the promise of even bigger things to come.

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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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6.5
Sleepless (2017) #1

Dec 11, 2017

There are some interesting possibilities out there. When and how they pay off is key. Hopefully the pace will pick up soon or interest will drain away.

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8.5
Slots #3

Dec 14, 2017

In only the third issue, Slots has hit its stride, opening up an array of intriguing possibilities that are refreshingly hard to predict.

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8.2
Snotgirl #7

Sep 25, 2017

Like Snotgirl herself, there's a glitzy sheen to this book than communicates one thing, but underneath that faade, there's a wonderfully complex and compelling truth that slowly reveals itself.

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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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6.4
Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters #1

Feb 5, 2018

The mechanics are competent, but pretty uninspired. There's something in here somewhere, but the creators need to push themselves to figure out what it is.

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7.7
Sword of Ages #2

Jan 11, 2018

As the story continues to build, take your time and enjoy creator Gabriel Rodriguez's lush, detailed illustrations and great character designs. This Arthurian-inspired epic can't nor shouldn't be rushed.

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7.0
The Archies #1

Oct 9, 2017

Skip ahead to track two. The good stuff is coming, let's get to 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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6.6
The Further Adventures of Nick Wilson #1

Jan 19, 2018

This book holds a lot of promise, but the debut underwhelms, despite excellent pencils and colors.

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8.2
The Hard Place #2

Oct 2, 2017

"Hard Place" #2 stylishly avoids tired clichs while breathing unexpected life into the story of an ex-con trying to get his life back on track.

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6.6
The Librarians #1

Sep 22, 2017

This exposition-heavy debut issue ends just as things seem to get started. If subsequent issues can trust the audience to fill in the blanks " and back off overt story telling " there's a lot of fun to be had.

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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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9.8
The Prince And The Dressmaker #1

Feb 15, 2018

Buy this book. Read this book. Share this book. This is an instant classic.

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7.1
The Weatherman #5

Oct 12, 2018

As the series heads toward the end of the first story arc, it's getting hard to separate key moments and plot points from potentially extraneous details.

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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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8.0
Vampironica #2

Jun 1, 2018

Final Verdict: 8.0 Veronica is clearly the star, but with Dilton as her unlikely sidekick, she suddenly feels like a hero, too. So if you're already a fan of the Archie multiverse, you're bound to like this fresh take on one of Riverdale's most iconic characters.

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8.3
Welcome to Wanderland #1

Sep 13, 2018

Ultimately, as the debut issue in a brief 4-part miniseries, "Welcome to Wanderland" #1 is a promising start. The world is well established, the characters are clearly defined and the plot is unfolding nicely. The foundation and framework are here. This series should be great fun.

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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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