Johnny Hughes's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Comic Crusaders Reviews: 304
7.2Avg. Review Rating

7.0
'68 Jungle Jim Guts n' Glory (One-Shot) #1

Mar 2, 2015

This issue fits between issues 3 & 4 of Guts n' Glory: Rule of War, showing how future characters came into play, which will certainly interest followers of this series. Overall, I enjoyed the book as a one shot, fans will enjoy it as an addition to the main series.

View Issue       View Full Review
10
12 Reasons Why I Love Her #1

Feb 18, 2016

This is a great example of storytelling, full of twist and turns, married to some fantastic art, proving that this book is one of the possible 12 reasons why I love comic books.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
2000AD #1919

Feb 26, 2015

Right, it's part 9. I have read this a couple of times and I gotta say, I have no idea what is going on! This chapter is an action piece, moving the characters to what you would have to assume, is a nearby conclusion. Pat Mills script is tight, and the action is solid. The

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
3 Devils #1

Mar 17, 2016

Well worn may be an apt way to describe this book, with the various tropes in play. Despite that, the book is a well crafted tale, that fans of either horrors or westerns should appreciate.

View Issue       View Full Review
10
A Hero's Death #1

Dec 16, 2015

So back to the quote at the top of the page and its relevance – the first part is quite clear, The Hero died a hero to a lot of people, including Laura, despite the fact thatthere is always someone around to knock a hero's, any hero's, work. As for the latter part of the quote, I will leave it there for you to think about, than other to say “It's not who I am underneath, but what I do” is not always how heroes can be defined.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
A Train Called Love #1

Oct 7, 2015

Overall the book is a fun read. With the cast of characters, there should be at least one character that grabs your attention. With Ennis, you would think you would know what you are getting. But the book, with its ubiquitous Ennis flourishes, does feel like a fresh book. It will be interesting to see how long time Ennis fans will take to this book.

View Issue       View Full Review
3.8
A-Force #1

May 23, 2015

I have to say I was looking forward to reading this book. I read a couple of Marvel books at the moment, Captain Marvel and a thoroughly enjoyable Spider-Woman. Unfortunately this book has none of the wit or charm of either books. I am not sure it reads like a straight up Avengers book either. The fact that there is no real consequence, as the Marvel universe will no doubt reboot, only adds to the sham of a progressive book, hiding in the mainstream.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Abe Sapien #21

Mar 11, 2015

Some people will say that the zombie market is becoming over saturated with every publisher looking for the next Walking Dead, even to the inclusion of elements from that show (missing girl for example). With Abe Sapien, Mignola has created a world that appears familiar in both setting and character stereotype, but done so well that for the most part, you enjoy the book for what it is.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Abe Sapien #24

Jul 8, 2015

Abe is a book that doesn't have the same pull on me as other books of its ilk such as B.P.R.D or Frankenstein Underground. Sure, it's a well producedbook, as you'd expect from Dark Horse, I just have no real connection to Abe. If I had been around for all his previous stories, I might feel different. As it is, this book feels kind of run of the mill when compared to other Mignola-verse books.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Adventures of Supergirl #1

Jan 27, 2016

Regardless of your feelings toward the TV show, Supergirl fans should give this books a try. It harkens back to the fun days of comic books and doesn't carry the weight of countless failed reboots like the current DC Comic universe version of the characteris saddledwith.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Adventures of Supergirl #6

Apr 11, 2016

I absolutely love this book. The script works, the story works even if it does feel like a middle, a middle and a middle and the art is gorgeous.Thisis what the Supergirl character should be, fun!DC's darkening of their universe via nu52 may not have been the place for a hopeful character like Supergirl; this is pretty much clear from the outset of her series to the whole Red Lantern fiasco. Hopefully, the Rebirth team will take note of how a Supergirl book should be done.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Airboy #3

Aug 5, 2015

And that is one of the problems that people may have with the book. Now, it's a matter of public record how some creators use either drugs or alcohol to help give them their creative buzz. For me, I don't mind. I am way too liberal to care what other people do. Do you have to have that same buzz to enjoy the book? I can't answer that. What I can say is I read this book, sober as a judge and found it to be funny and a little unsettling at times, which I think is the overall aim as calling yourself out for your flaws is very brave.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Aliens vs. Zombies #4

Nov 11, 2015

I am not certain what a reader expects from this book. For me, it is stereotypical faceless characters against an equally stereotypical over used threat. Zenescope books are normally a lot better than this and fans of their work may well be disappointed in this lackluster affair.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
All-New Wolverine #1

Nov 16, 2015

All-New? Well, for me it is. For existing fans, maybe not. Marvel, who historically have had some success in creating female versions of their male heroes, Spider-Woman and Ms Marvel back in the 70's for example, seem to be trying their hand at the same trick in the present. Over the last year we have seen numerous female spiders and a female Thor. Will this book be as well received? It's hard to say; Wolverine was probably in as many Marvel books as Batman was in DC books. I would like to think that this book will do well, if the writers can keep a focus on Laura rather than trying to push her into the wider X-Universe.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
All-New X-Men (2015) #1

Dec 4, 2015

All new? I guess that Marvel have to say that because they probably wouldn't sell many books if it was called the “Same Old X-Men”.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Allen: Son of Hellcock #1

Nov 18, 2015

Reading the book, I had a couple of laugh out not so loud moments, which suggests that more is to come from this series. Bear in mind, this is the first issue, so it is very much a scene setter. The book has a huge potential for humour, bearing in mind that Will Tracy is a writer HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver; you would expect him to bring the funny which I hope will be the case in subsequent issues.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Altered States: Red Sonja (One-Shot) #1

Mar 10, 2015

Way back, in my teen years, I read a lot of Conan books and was looking forward to walking the Hyboran Hills again. I am left a tad disappointed but I realise, with the Altered State focus, this probably wasn't the best book fit meet that expectation.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #6

Jan 6, 2016

Now, the book just seems like an Iron Man type of deal, with just a different costume, an idea that seems to havealso recently confused Mary Jane Watson.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1

Jun 7, 2015

I liked the title of the book. With Peter and MJ on the cover, it's a flashback moment to their wedding. But as it turns out, that is not the vow that may end up getting renewed. I haven't read any Spider-Man since Superior Spider-Man #2 and it had been a while prior to that. This issue reminded me why I used to love Spider-Man books, but also why I stopped reading them. That said, this is a good slice of “what could be” in the midst of Secret Wars and of course the recently announced All New Marvel reboot, re-image or restart.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
American Monster #1

Jan 20, 2016

Aftershock Comics is showing itself to be a creative force. The quality of the books, not quantity (take heed Marvel and DC) are simply breath-taking. It seems that by allowing creators to write what they want to write about, gives not only better stories, but also goes some way to treating their readership as adults. Yes, comics may still be seen as a “superhero” thing, but at this rate, Aftershock are showing what can be done with mature books, which the industry sorely needs, since it looks like, for the main part, DC has dropped the ball with its Vertigo imprint.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
American Monster #2

Feb 17, 2016

Azzarello provides a backdrop for each character giving them reasons to either succeed or fail, which is impacted by their various interactions with each other and those around them. All in all, this is good book for those that like the their stories darker than dark.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Archie (2015) #1

Jul 8, 2015

Comic fans are a fickle bunch. When there are changes afoot, the internet practically breaks with knee jerk reactions. Look at Mecha-Bat for example. Still given a fair chance, new ideas on old books can help re-invigorate interest. This is definitely the case with the All New Archie, who if this quality is maintained, will no doubt turn out to be a number of people's all new guilty pleasure.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Assassin's Creed #1

Oct 26, 2015

Those expecting character development, adding new things to the Assassins Creed universe may well be disappointed in this book. I am not even sure if it works as a companion book. If Ubisoft's plan was to make an advert for the game, utilizing cross media methods, then sure, there will be an Assassins Creed book on the rack, but is that enough reason for part with your hard-earned cash? As always, it's each to their own but, this issue has not inspired me to break the Bat-monopoly of my gaming library.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
B.P.R.D.: Hell On Earth #129

Mar 21, 2015

I enjoyed this issue, even if it was a tad chaotic, which can happen you come late to a party and I am intrigued enough to pick a couple of future issues.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
B.P.R.D.: Hell On Earth #130

Apr 13, 2015

Last issue, I was kinda on the fence regarding this series. That can happen when you pick up just one book, especially if it's a final chapter. After reading this issue however, with a little more understanding of the characters, I can see why this book, and in part Mignola's horror niche, is so popular.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
B.P.R.D.: Hell On Earth #131

May 19, 2015

All in all, another strong issue is this strong series, which shows no signs of slowing down, regardless of the ever-growing Mignola led horror universe that Dark Horse is so good at producing.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
B.P.R.D.: Hell On Earth #132

Jun 16, 2015

This book, as with the majority of the Mignola-verse is the epitome of consistency. Fans of the book will no doubt recognize that a proper meal of a story is eventually more satisfying than a Big Mac fast food conclusion.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
B.P.R.D.: Hell On Earth #133

Jul 15, 2015

B.P.R.D is one of those books that a couple of months ago I was raving about. The first time I picked up a copy was to review it. Since then, for me, the book has had a couple of high points and as such, I am willing to wait to see how this current mini-arc finishes. If its like its predecessors, that maymean a meandering monster of the week book,ending without any character conclusion. With the news that Arcudi is leaving the book next year, I would hope that we are going to see a satisfying end to the various dangling plots prior to his departure. Either way, I am still on board for the ride.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Baltimore: Empty Graves #1

Apr 6, 2016

Asregular readers of my reviews will now, I am a big Mignola fan; his work with Christpher Golden is no different.The pair bring out the best of each others story telling. However, I am not a big fan of the format. It seems to me that despite theoverall plan to kill the Red King, eachmini serieshas its own “monsters of the week”, which can give the whole series a somewhat disjointed feel.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Baltimore: The Cult Of The Red King #1

May 1, 2015

There are a few familiar tropes, from the name carved in stone, the underground library, which reminded me of Arkham City (you'll get it when you see it….although it could just be me!) the Doc Savage feel to having two teams working in different locales towards an overall goal. The first issue does it job really well, reintroducing the Baltimore character and setting up the on going quest. I for one will gladly join the crew, to see where Lord Baltimore will lead us.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Baltimore: The Cult Of The Red King #2

Jun 2, 2015

The quality of the book remains high, which is a credit to all involved. With a book or series of books, that feature one particular style of universe, it's easy to lose the reader's attention and human nature means we are always looking to knock down that which remains at a high level. This book, for the most part, is an exception. Hopefully the story will continue to surprise in what is becoming a congested genre.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Baltimore: The Cult Of The Red King #5

Sep 2, 2015

Looking at the series as whole, I am disappointed in this series. I really like B.P.R.D and also enjoyed Frankenstein Underground. With the current format of using mini-series, I feel that stories are having to fit the model, may be allowing for trade paperbacks down the line. That's all well and good, but stories have a natural length, extending past the point just means more quantity and less quality of work for your buck, rather then more quality with the correct quantity.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Barb Wire (2015) #1

Jun 7, 2015

That said, I think that Warner tries his best to work with in the parameters of expectations. Yes, Barb is attractive. Yes, it is commented on, subtly and not so subtly. But she is also successful as a bounty hunter, as potential reality show star and of course has the bar. The first issue sets the tone and I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by it. It's easy to read, despite falling into clich and stereotype at times, coupled with great art.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Barb Wire (2015) #6

Dec 2, 2015

Initially, I was looking forward to reading Barb Wire again, but find myself feeling a little bitnonplussed by it. Maybe it's me, but I don't see anything in the book that stands out.The industry is looking for strong female characters, but Barb Wirecan come across as clichd as a female-ized version of a male superhero, meaning that whilst she may not fit into female superhero role, she may find herself cast in a different role all together, but still stereotyped.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Barb Wire (2015) #8

Feb 4, 2016

I have to admit,when I started reviewing this series I kind of expected a different type of book, something a tad grimier a little bit more real world. After all, it does feature a bar, gang members and various bounty hunters.To have this arc includemoretechnological clichhas somewhat disappointed me.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Bat-Mite #1

Jun 5, 2015

This book isn't for me. That's not say I don't like Bat-Mite. Back in the 70's I never gave him much thought and as one of the few adults that likes the feel of the Brave and the Bold cartoon, he appearances didn't bother me that much either. With Bizzaro having a more immediate hook, the saying the reverse of what he means, allowing for a more immediate type of humour, Bat-Mite suffers due to the necessityfor Batman to be his foil.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Batgirl (2011) #43

Aug 27, 2015

I know that this book has a lot of fans, and I am really pleased the Batgirl is again leading the charge for female superheroes, it's justa shame that some readers are getting left behind.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Batgirl (2011): Endgame #1

Mar 20, 2015

So let's recap, no words, stylised art, no Joker, so what is the point of the book? It's certainly not to advance the story and definitely not to introduce the Batgirl character, that ship has sailed. As for the Joker element, if you were expecting fireworks, given the history of the two characters, then you will be disappointed. Is it worth the extra strain on your wallet? I enjoyed it and the book is certainly a fun read, reminding me more of the Stephanie Brown Batgirl but I have to say, I probably wouldn't have gone out of my way to buy this book.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Batman (2011) #50

Mar 25, 2016

With Snyder and Capullo both leaving this book, I would have liked to have a swan song issue, an issue that just blows me away. Instead, I get an issue that makes me glad, this run is finally over.

View Issue       View Full Review
10
Batman (2011) #51

May 2, 2016

As a one-off dessert to the multitudes of main courses that Snyder and Capullo have served up over the last fives years, its perfect.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #1

Oct 12, 2015

I am of the mind that Mecha-Bat is getting a tad old and reading this book makes me realize how much I have missed Bruce as Batman. With the reduced issue count and the re-introduction of Cassandra, I am hoping for less story compression, which was a slight problem in the last Eternal run. With a Snyder /Tynion story and Daniel art, no will complain about "just another Bat-Book".

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Batman: Europa #1

Nov 20, 2015

Batman is always going to be popular. As such, DC Comics (don't you just hate that the "Comics " in DC Comics is redundant but we all say it?) have a few choices: They can produce excellent quality stories with fantastic art or produce books that maintain a well established style covering that which has gone before or they can put out any old tat and put Batman in it. If DC's (see what I did there?) aim was to hit the first point, then they missed by a quite a bit; the book certainly looks good though story wise, there isn't really anything new, which is a shame as I normally enjoy Azzarello's work. Still, the book will sell loads, with the draw of Batman by Lee again.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Battlestar Galactica: The Death Of Apollo #4

Mar 2, 2015

The title of the story could be giving away the conclusion, this is part 4, but there are several set before we get there.

View Issue       View Full Review
10
Bitch Planet #4

May 1, 2015

Go check out Bitch Planet. It is one of the best books out there, offering all sorts of commentary across a variety of societies issues and features strong characters.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Bitch Planet #6

Jan 7, 2016

Bitch Planet may at first glance seem like sex/blaxploitationbook. But take another look. From the cover alone you get the tagline “Are You Woman Enough to Survive” which goes someway to both setting the overall feel of the book as well as hints of the idea of the tortures women are put through, in this case whilst in prison, although this metaphor can be stretched into the real world. Bitch Planet is an engrossing read, filled with characters that the reader can sympathise with; good people who happen to have had bad situations or bad choices come back to test their ability to survive.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Black Magick #1

Oct 28, 2015

Fans of crime books should find something to like in this book. But be aware, that is only part of the story. As it stands, this book could be part Witches of East End or Charmed tied into a crime scenario, allowing for a greater freedom of movement for the lead character. Still, the book was an enjoyable read that looks the part and I am more than a little intrigued to see if the story and its conclusion matches my presumptions. Hopefully, I will continue to be surprised.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Black Magick #5

Feb 25, 2016

If you like gothic-noir or crime books or books about family or even just looking for a quality book away from the usual over-hyped superhero market, then you could do worse than pick this up. But be quick, with the popularity of this book, you may be hard pressed to find the previous issue from your Local Comic Book Store.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Black Widow (2016) #1

Mar 4, 2016

With this being a first issue, you'd be mistaken for thinking that the content ofthe book may be lackingin the story department. However, with this book and it's actionbased formatthe issue works. Hopefully, under the guidance of Waid, later issues will addto the action, otherwise, set action pieces on top of more set action pieces can get a bit repetitive, regardless of how well it is done.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Black Widow (2016) #2

Apr 8, 2016

So where does this book fit in the pantheon of Marvel's female led books? This issue is an improvement on the last, with reasons and explanations leading into more questions. As for my question, whilst this book is an enjoyable read, I find it hard to really empathise with a character who acts, seemingly in her own best interests. The book may lacksome of the charm of its stable-sisters, but there is no doubt that action fans will enjoy the continuing twist of turns of the Black Widow.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Bloodshot: Reborn #1

Apr 15, 2015

So it seems the Valiant have another hit on their hands. The book captures your interest, holds it and then once you are in, leaves you wanting the next issue.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Bloodshot: Reborn #2

May 19, 2015

The book has loads of potential of being a huge hit for Valiant impressive portfolio of books, building on this good start is imperative especially as their own major summer crossover looms in the not to distant summer.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.8
Bloodshot: Reborn #4

Jul 8, 2015

Valiant are somewhat in the ascendency at the moment. They have film options and their lead of hitter of a book X-O will hit 50 issues next year. Bloodshot is one of theirtop tier titles, alongside the aforementioned X-O and Ninjak.If you have been disappointed by “the more things change, the more they stay the same” mentality of the Big Two, you would be well served checking out Valiant.

View Issue       View Full Review
10
Bloodshot: Reborn #7

Oct 7, 2015

Valiant have been putting out quality books for some time. Comic book commentators will say that Ninjak is the jewel in their crown, beating out long stay book XO. But for me, the smart money is on Bloodshot with its realistic approach and a much flawed character, who despite his issues, looks to make his corner of the world of which he feels he is totally responsible for, better. Lemire and Guice with Baron's help, are creating one of the most viable, entertaining and consistent reads month after month.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Bloodshot: Reborn Annual #1

Mar 23, 2016

So a mixed bag for Valiant. This first three stories add value to the Bloodshot mythos, especially the Squirt and Jacob stories.Fans of Lemire, Fawkes, Bloodshot and even Squirtwill get something from this book, if they are willing to pay $5.99which is a lot to pay out for a book that has no real impact on the main story. With the disaster that is the last story, I am not sure that ittranslates to value for money.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Book Of Death: Legends Of The Geomancer #1

Jul 15, 2015

This mini series of books is geared to promote the ongoing Valiant crossover and in some cases, publishers only pay lip service to the demand of the readership. Valiant has gone the complete opposite direction, having some of their strongest talent work on this, which if you are cynically minded, could be seen as just an advert. Valiant are giving their readers the ultimate respect by having such strong book compliment themain story. This is the first issue and such, don't expect all your questions to be answered. Instead, enjoy the ride.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Boy-1 #1

Aug 12, 2015

The almost future is always a popular venue to place a story. The idea of genetic manipulation is also hardly new. There will always be the doubt of the reason for science breakthroughs. As such, the intentions of those making the strides forward will also cause friction to those who want to use such strides. Hopefully, this friction will help propel the Riezner into becoming the One (see what I did there?) for this particular tale.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders #1

Jul 17, 2015

So the overall feeling of the book, has to be re-hash and like any meal that is reheated, you run the rish of whilst its lovely and crispy on the outside, the insides can still be cold.

View Issue       View Full Review
4.0
Captain Marvel (2016) #1

Jan 22, 2016

Marvel continue to shoot themselves in the feet,with a raft of new books that seem to have lost their way, forgetting what made them enjoyable in the first place.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Captain Marvel And The Carol Corps #1

Jun 11, 2015

This is one of the few Secret Wars tie-in's that seem to be channelling Doom's rule. Sure, over in A Force, the ladies are unhappy with a certain situation, but here there is the start of rebellion. I can't say I particularly enjoyed the issue for a couple of reasons: The first being that I am not that connected to the whole Battle world environment so I don't really care what happens and secondly, I straight up miss the regular Captain Marvel book. That feeling is only heightened with the fact the last regular issue of her series was a Black Vortex tie-in which again, as I only read Captain Marvel and Spider-Woman, didn't mean that much to me. I for one, can wait to seeing regular programming resume.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Carver: A Paris Story #1

Sep 23, 2015

First issues can be a tricky, especially creator owned books, that do not have the history of mainstream characters or their fan base. Hunt gets around this with characters that seem familiar on first reading. It's only on the second read through, that you discover that the book is a lot cleverer than it appears on first glance and despite the obviousness of some of the elements in the book, Hunt's storytelling skills has me intrigued.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Carver: A Paris Story #2

Jan 13, 2016

This issue is all about moving the story and the characters forward, which it does well. There are enough hints dropped to ensure that readers will be assuming one thing, when Hunt may be able to deliver something else. Whomever wins the assumption game, I know it will definitely be fun reading this Paris tale.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Catwoman (2011) #47

Dec 11, 2015

Seeing Catwoman back in her element is a tad bittersweet, which if ithad been handled with a tad more originality could have been a much better book. As it is, Tieri will have to go some not to fall into the repetition of previous issues and stories.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Catwoman (2011) #48

Jan 15, 2016

This book continues to remains middle of the road, despite a stronger effort by Tieri who may be visiting old stomping grounds in order to move Selina forward. This approach may suit newer readers, leavinglong-term fans waiting for the endgame to give this run some validity.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Clean Room #1

Oct 26, 2015

I am a fan of Simone and I am glad to see her produce something of substance, following on from the over long Swords of Sorrow books from Dynamite. The book reads well, looks great and I am looking forward to the battle of wills between Chloe and Astrid that seems to be on the horizon.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Codename Baboushka: The Conclave of Death #1

Oct 8, 2015

The book is an entertaining read. If you are looking for a "good girl" art, which might be the impression gained if judging by the cover alone, you will be disappointed. In its place is a more mature version of the spy girl theme, both in script and art.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Cognetic #2

Nov 18, 2015

I am a fan of Tynion, blame the Batman fan in me I guess, even if most of his work has been in partnership with Scott Snyder. Reading something non Bat related allows for, hopefully, the quality of the writing to shine. In this instance, the writing is as expected, even if certain elements of the story aren't the most original. Still, the book is an interesting read and at only three issues long, taking a look at something new won't break the bank.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Colder: Toss The Bones #1

Sep 3, 2015

I am not a true horror fan. I tend to watch stuff and then its percolates over a period of time. As such, jumpy shock films tend not to have an impact, whereas more thoughtful stuff really does make me think. This book is kind of like the latter. At first, its easy to dismiss the book as noise but it bears re-reading. Take some time. What you may find is a story that is more human than demon that will keep you thinking.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Conan / Red Sonja #3

Mar 23, 2015

Despite this being a crossover book of sorts, I thought it was great. It's hard to combine elements of two different books, let alone two different companies without stepping on any toes. The fact that Sonja and Conan are similar does help this, but it is the talent on hand that makes the whole book work.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Conan / Red Sonja #4

Apr 27, 2015

So, overall I am unsure how to really score this book. In a week where I have seen some pretty standard books this, was like a breath of fresh air. But as part of a whole, I found the mini series a little too formulaic in both the approach and the execution.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Convergence #0

Apr 4, 2015

With the whole Convergence event, and the fact it's interrupting some ongoing storylines, my concern is that in two months we will have either change for change sake OR the more things change the more they will stay the same. That's a worry for another day, which much like Superman's memory in this book, will return when “it is time to remember”. For now, strap in and enjoy the ride.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Convergence: Batgirl #1

Apr 9, 2015

Apart from the zero issue, this the first Convergence book I have read. Despite the talents on show, I can't help but thing that the two issue stories will be thrown away in the grand scheme of things, once the DC office move is completed. I hope I am wrong as this would mean that, from a certain point of view DC is taking advantage of its fans. That said, I enjoyed the book and am looking forward to the last part of Steph's Love Song.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Convergence: Batgirl #2

May 7, 2015

I am not going to “spoil ” the ending for anyone. The title of the book, The Love Song of Stephanie Brown alludes to where the book is going. I am a little disappointed with the outcome, as I was hoping for a completely different outcome. Overall, as the first of the completed two issues I have read, I am a little lost. Despite Kwitney's great start, the story flounders a little and I have to say, with her introduction into the Nu 52, the timing is a little of as the conclusion does seems a tad of a backward step for Steph. Still, I stand by comments on my last review, I would be very interested in reading more of Kwitney's work.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Convergence: Green Lantern/Parallax #1

Apr 18, 2015

I liked Kyle as GL back in the day. However, it seems that DC are giving him a short shift. The book is clearly a Parallax book. Hopefully the second issue will allow Kyle to show how good a GL he was. But by that time, I am worried that my disappointment over the whole Convergence event may have turned me a little Parallax.

View Issue       View Full Review
4.0
Convergence: Harley Quinn #1

Apr 10, 2015

Harley has had some great moments, mainly from the Batman The Animated Series, it sad to see that all the hard work by Palmiotti and Conner is practically ignored in order to facilitate the DC move. I just hope that their, and Harley's fans can sit patiently for post Convergence and the up and coming Power Girl & Harley mini series.

View Issue       View Full Review
3.4
Convergence: Justice League Of America #1

Apr 24, 2015

For fans of the era of JLA, you may enjoy the book. For me, things like the cities used are mainly Gorham and Metropolis, it was Detroit JLA for a reason, are giving me temporal headaches or chronological apathy.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Convergence: New Teen Titans #1

Apr 24, 2015

Every week I feel a little more disappointed with this “event”. I have a pull list at my local comic book shop, so have been avoiding reviewing the books I have yet to pick up. Of those I have reviewed, the best of the bunch was Batgirl. This book, from the solicits, appeared to be one of the few bright sparks in the whole Convergence series. However, I am left feeling like a clean-up hitter whose home run attempt is caught on the warning track. So much promise, for so little reward.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Convergence: Wonder Woman #1

Apr 27, 2015

Overall, this is one the better Convergence books. Current WW fans may disagree but this book shows how strong Diana is, her true power coming from her heart showing that even powerless, Princess Diana is still a Wonder Woman.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Critter (2015) #4

Oct 14, 2015

The book reads like a Legion of Superheroes boo from the middle of the Bronze Age. The characters and their universe are as real to them as ours is to us. That is what makes the book sound cheesy in places and allows Hutchison to get away with it.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Damsels In Excess #5

May 4, 2015

As said, I am probably not the target audience for this book, so I kinda feel bad reviewing it. I want to be fair, but I don't like this sort of book, so please bear that in mind if judging whether to buy it. However, if you have a little princess of your own who is looking for a positive female lead story without half-naked women, with a bit of a Disney / Adventure Time vibe, then you would be hard pushed to find a better quality book.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Danger Girl: Renegade #1

Sep 2, 2015

For the first issue of a long running series, I quite enjoyed the book. Sure, its not the most serious book out there and that can be a good thing, especially as the book is showing you can have a "fun" book without moving away from your core characters or character. This being IDW, there are a ton of variant covers, my personal favourite being the BuyMeToys Edition, with it's pulpy approach. If you are looking for a fun light comic that will entertain, then you could do worse than picking up this book.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Deadly Class #17

Dec 23, 2015

This issue, despite the end of term setting, is actually part one of the next arc. With alliances being made and deals brokered, it's safe to say that we will eventually see the ramifications, that is , if any of the characters live long enough. The book kind of surprised me. After reading the “previously on….” and then reading the book I found myself intrigued enough to wonder about the back story. The fact that an allaction issue manages to get that type of response is a credit to all involved.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Dejah Thoris #1

Feb 3, 2016

There is a lot of talk in the industry about equality and diversity. Looking at the style of this book, you could be mistaken it's a bimbo book. But take the time to read it. Barbiere has created a tale in which Dejah doesn't rely on John Carter, showing her own strength of character, thus providing the industry the strong female lead that a lot of commentators campaign for.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Dejah Thoris #2

Mar 3, 2016

So far, the Dynamite revamp of their core heroine base is doing well withthis book and Red Sonja,giving the characters a sense ofrespectability whilst also proving that female characters do not need to be “Batgirl'd”to be popular.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Dejah Thoris #3

Apr 14, 2016

From the get go, I am really enjoying this series. Part of this is that I had low expectations, which all those concerned have totally blown out of the water. The writing is tight, the art is smooth and the colors give the book a heady mix of realism and off world-ness. Moving forward, I would like to see more of the political shenanigans going on in the capital andmore weight given to Valoris who at this point resembles apantomime villain? That's for later issues, as for right now, this book continues to impress as part of Dynamite's female centric range of books.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Devolution #1

Jan 20, 2016

For all the influences that seem to be the inspiration for the book, and there are plenty, Remender does a great job of making it interesting. If you are a fan of people fighting to survive the hardships of their desolate worlds, by all means give this book a try.

View Issue       View Full Review
10
Divinity II #1

Apr 20, 2016

Divinity II has started well. I like the whole idea of the series and at some point, you would assume that there is going to be showdown between Valetina and Abram. The second issue sees an appearance of a certain Valiant hero, which I think may affect the story in one of two ways. I find the inclusion of the book into the Valiant universe surprising as the book feels like it's set apart. Still if anyone can coral the different textures, it is Matt Kindt.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Do-Gooders #1

Aug 26, 2015

It's good to see publishers trying to interact with a younger audience again. I remember how great the books based on Batman: The Animated Series were. they were good clean stories, capturing the feel of the show and giving parents a safe option at the comic rack. Yes, this book isn't primarily aimed at me, but for those readers with kids, its a great wayfor them tohelp share their love of the medium.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Dragon Age: Magekiller #1

Nov 24, 2015

I think I have said this before, I am not much of a gamer, as such I don't have a great knowledge of this particular universe. That's a good thing as I can look at the book without comparing to the source material. As such, for me there isn't anything that special about the book. I have no affiliation to any of the characters meaning that at this stage, I am not really interested by their predicament, meaning that as creators, Rucka and Carnero have failed to grasp my attention. Although this may well be different for fans of the game.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Drive #1

Aug 26, 2015

As said, the quality of the book isn't in doubt, at its worst it's a cash in on a cult book and movie; at its best it may entice crime noir fans to try other publishers more original works. Either way, its certainly going to be an interesting ride.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Earth 2 #32

Mar 6, 2015

I used to really love this book back when James Robinson was world building helped by Nicola Scott. Back then, it even gave Justice League, with its high profile creators, a run for its money. Nowadays, this isn't even the best alternative world book, with Injustice Gods holding that title. After nearly three years, it's disappointing to see this book hasn't moved away from it's Apokolips attacks inception.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Earth 2: Society #1

Jun 12, 2015

As mentioned in previous reviews, I began to lose interest in this book when James Robinson left and only stuck around for the conclusion of the Superman Returns storyline. I checked out a couple of Worlds End (feel free to look for the reviews) and despite my reticence with the whole tie-in element of Convergence, I enjoyed the main issues. It's good to see something as strong as this book come out the much maligned Earth 2 characters. All this book needs now is a period of stability to bed in these characters in their new world.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Earth 2: Society #7

Dec 11, 2015

Reading the book was a disappoint. I loved the earliest series by James Robinson but this just seems like a collect of action with no rhyme of reason. For fans of the book, I have a quick question, after Convergence DC went with a whole "continuity be damned" approach to storytelling. As such, why can't there be a regular Justice Society book in the same vein as the New Teen Titans book?

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Empowered Special #7

Nov 27, 2015

So, there you have it. If you have read this character before and loved her, then this is for you. Otherwise, you reaction to the book may affected by your mood. Either way, you can not argue about the quality of the book.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
EVE: Valkyrie #1

Oct 29, 2015

I have said it before, but with Dark Horse Comics what you see is pretty much what you get. Here, you have a serious sci-fi book that will appeal to the young adult market, but also includes a mature level of art. I totally understand the need to diversify to attract more readers, and the strength is that Dark Horse haven't seemed to alienate any potential readers with this book.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Executive Assistant: Iris Annual #1

Apr 13, 2015

So, what you have is a book of four stories, two featuring the female lead, with art that seems to excel at painting a great, for the most part, similar universe. It's a hard task to create a book that looks to entice new fans whilst still paying service to existing fans. The format of this book tries to do both, with a modicum of success.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Faith (Mini-Series) #2

Feb 24, 2016

Part of the idea of this book is the plus-size heroine. Now, I don't particularly care about body type or size. In fact, I remember Faith the first time Valiant produced comics.To me, and there will be others that disagree with me, but if the book is well written has strong art, Idon't care if the lead is a man or woman; straight or gay; big or slim. I just want a good story. Faithdoes cover parts of that, but I am lefta tad annoyed with some ofpassive aggressive tones used in her confrontation with Torgue, though I am more annoyedwith the over-familiar reporter slant than anything.With that in mind, I think that Valiant have missed a trick, talking diversity yetonly allowing that diversity to be used in a cosmetic manner.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Fantastic Four (2014) #645

May 1, 2015

There are couple of back up stories, supposedly adding to the farewell feelings but again, despite some stellar art, I find myself longing for the days when this foursome were truly Fantastic, rather than the Average Four.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Fathom: Blue #4

Sep 24, 2015

This is the kind of book that I see in the "specials" bin at my Local Comic Book Shop, which is a shame as there is nothing inherently wrong it; it reads well, looks ok and this may be the problem. With the gluttony of books out there, there is not enough here to differentiate Fathom from any number of independent hero books, especially at $3.99 an issue.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Frankenstein Underground #1

Mar 18, 2015

If there is a disappointment, it's that Mignola doesn't provide the interiors. The cover shows what a talent Mignola remains to be. This book is interesting enough wwith just enough to whet the appetite of anyone who is a fan of this classic monster.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Frankenstein Underground #2

Apr 21, 2015

This book is continuing at a pace following Frankenstein's journey. As part two of a five issue mini series, it runs the risk of faltering, with more transition issues than actual development issues. At this stage however, I am more than content to see how the series pans out.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Future Primitive #3

Jun 27, 2015

My main concern regarding the book is that, it is pretty clear that the Neanderthal is a genre that all those involved in the book love. But at some point, it needs to be clear that this is a comic book and unfortunately will need to fall to the mediums expectation. Yes, comic can push boundaries and offer alternative insights, but they have to be entertaining. This book runs the risk of losing the entertainment part in order to serve as an education into the alternative history of Neanderthals.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Future Primitive #4

Jan 4, 2016

As stated, it is obvious Kevin Gunstone loves this topic and he has done well to inspire fellow contributors to produce this book. But where this book falls down, is that is comes across more like a history text-book rather than an entertaining comic book. I think Gunstone would be better served with a stronger editor who would help cut out some of the stuff that Gunstone loves in order to present a more structured and concise storytelling method.

View Issue       View Full Review
4.0
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #212

Mar 29, 2015

With the toy line to think of however, it's pretty clear the book isn't aimed at me, regardless of my GI noob status. The problem for me, is that this could be a kids first comic book. Can you remember your first comic book? Whatever it was, I bet it was a better book than this and that it was that book that got you into comics. I am sorry to say, I can't see this book being a child's epiphany.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Godzilla in Hell #1

Jul 15, 2015

I am not a big fan of the comic book version of Godzilla.Taking out of the natural element of trampling cities, Godzilla becomes just a monster book. A well done, high quality monster book, but still just a monster book which may only appeal to hard-core fans.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Gravedigger #1

Jul 15, 2015

The film noir is currently a popular genre. What I like about this book, is that some of the elements are familiar giving it a kind of gum-shoe quality, but there is enough variety influences to make thisread fun and engaging. Issue two promises to conclude this story with issue three a reprint of the original Scavenger book for a whole new audience.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Grimm Fairy Tales #113

Aug 11, 2015

This is one of those books that sits within the consistent envelope. Very rarely does it disappoint or wow me.It just is.That might be the aim, to have a consistent book whilst the quality in the various mini series can vary.If that's the case, then goal achieved.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Grimm Fairy Tales #114

Sep 30, 2015

Originally, I kind of dismissed this long running Grimm book, preferring its one shot/mini series brethren. I am glad to say that Shand is winning me over. This may not be a world changing book, but the writing is enjoyable and the art is nice to look at. Surely everyone has space in their reading for a book like that?

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Grimm Fairy Tales #119

Feb 11, 2016

Despite the familiar, almost retreading of certain key points and story beats, the book does remain a somewhat enjoyable read. The fact the series has run so long, shows that there is a fan-base for this book and the various characters that call the school a home. I am hoping that Shand is building to a big conclusion with which to bow out.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Grimm Fairy Tales 10th Anniversary: Van Helsing #1

Dec 9, 2015

This book, I think, fails in most of its aims. It's supposed to be a one shot book, but be warned, that is not the case. So if you are looking a complete story you may feel a tad disappointed. It's supposed to be a 10th Anniversary Special. Unfortunately its a lot less than special. This is a real shame, as I had been quite enjoying some of the other Zenescope books.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Grimm Tales Of Terror #13

Jul 28, 2015

This issue of Tales of Terror, featuring said temptress, is the last in this volume and tries to deliver the big shock. For the most part it does. Written by Joe Brusha, the plot is pretty standard, though there is a flair to the script that gives it a recognisable feel rather than a "seen this a million times" kind of vibe. That is no mean feat as, annoyingly, the inside cover blurb tells you what the story is which in my mind, dilutes the set-up a little. Where Brusha does excel, is the portents of doom that follows the lead character.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Grimm Tales Of Terror Vol 2 #1

Oct 21, 2015

Tales of Terror is an entertaining read. I have been quietly impressed with the consistency of quality around Grimm books, both in the one shot books and the ongoing series and mini series. With this being a one shot, it is a great opportunity to look at their work with the safety of having the classic tale with which to compare.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Grimm Tales Of Terror Vol 2 #5

Mar 3, 2016

This volume of Tales of Terror startedwell,but has kind of fallen at the scary hurdle recently. Whilst I am sure that there are outside impacts, the glut of horror titles that seem popular at the cinema for example,shouldn't detract from a Terror book. Sure, it can be hard to gauge what is acceptable for a varied readership, but when the most horrifying thing in the book is that the gang are watching a VHS tape and not a Blu-ray or even a DVD you know that you may have missed the mark. Zenescope will have to hope that if I say "Don't buy this book", that human nature prevails.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Grimm Tales Of Terror Vol 2 #7

May 4, 2016

In the past, I have harboured a soft spot for tales of Terror and of Pat Shand's work. I am not sure if my current sense of discontent is due to either of the writers or that fact that unfortunately, repetition has demeaned the shock value in books like this.

View Issue       View Full Review
3.0
Gwenpool Special #1

Dec 11, 2015

I may be in the minority, but when publishers put out books like this I am more than a little annoyed at the disregard publishers can hold the one thing they need..readers, of which in this case, I am glad that I am not.

View Issue       View Full Review
10
Hank Johnson, Agent of Hydra #1

Aug 28, 2015

It would be easy for me to say that there should be more books like this, but I think that would serve to diminish the impact. Take a look at the press this week about “batgirl-ing” to see what can happen when an idea is overplayed. Back to this book, and I have to say I totally enjoyed it. The fact it is one shot really helps, as I think it would be a case of “too much of a good thing”. Who knew HYRDA had a HR team?

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1953 #1

Oct 23, 2015

This book is a confusing one. It's on record how much of a Mike Mignola fan I am and I have been impressed with some of the recent B.P.R.D series, so this book should be a no brainer. However, when reading the book, I found myself wondering what the point of the series is. Fair is fair, this isn't just a problem with this book. I sometimes wonder why we have prequel books. Sure, there have been some good ones, Year One springs to mind. But we have also had The Phantom Menace. This book, for me the casual reader, is ok. That said, I am sure those that are heavily invested in either series will enjoy it.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1953 - Beyond The Fences #1

Feb 24, 2016

Hellboy has a legion of fans who will no doubt love this book. For me though, it just feels like just more of the same. I totally get that fans of any book like certain things, but there comes a point where this can cause have the impact of diminishing returns, especially when it comes to that ever increasingly rare beast, the new reader!

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1953 - Beyond The Fences #2

Mar 23, 2016

Normally, I am a big fan of Mignola, the artist and/or the writer. But there has been something a little off-putting about this series. Fans will no doubt like the fact that they get to see Hellboy ata younger time in his life and the formation of the B.P.R.D. I on the other hand would rather see new stories set in the present rather than the past.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Hellboy: Winter Special #2016

Jan 27, 2016

Over the course of five stories you get to see the world's of the Mignola-verse in all its variety. If you have ever wondered what the fuss is about regarding Hellboy and his gang, this is a great opportunity for you to dip your toe in.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Hellchild #1

Mar 23, 2016

Zenescope seem to be able to churn these types of books out on a whim and that's kind of what it this book feels like, just another book. This is a bit of a slap in the face for one of the hardest working guys, Pat Shand, in the comics business. Still, with quantity there must be quality. I would rather Shand remain on a team book rather than work a smaller cast, especially with a story that also feels a more than a little regurgitated.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Hench Girl #1

Jun 28, 2015

I enjoyed the book, but I am not sure if this is because the book is genuinely fun or that I caught it when I was in a cynical mood and as such appreciated some of the more acidic comments. Re-reading hasn't helped as the things I found funny are still funny but once you know the punch line, does it matter how good the set up is? Regardless, I am going to give the benefit of the doubt here. I will be looking up the next issue to see how things fair for Henchgirl.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Hench Girl #2

Apr 6, 2016

As with the aforementioned DC books, I am not the target audience for Henchgirl. As such, it's really difficult for me to get really excited about the book. This is by no means a problem that Gudsnuck has caused or needs to worry about. I have a number of friends who love this type of book.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Heroes: Vengeance #1

Oct 7, 2015

Over here in the UK we haven't had the Heroes Reborn series hit. This book then becomes more than a prelude and more of an advertisement and interest creator for the big show. Unfortunately, if this is the aim of the book then I am not overly impressed nor is my interest piqued. I will be giving the new show a watch and it may be that after viewing the show my views towards the book may change. However, with what is becoming a repetitive theme, only time will tell.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Hit: 1957 #1

Mar 26, 2015

I could go on to introduce a who's who, but am going to leave that to you to discover and let you enjoy your journey into cops, crime and corruption.

View Issue       View Full Review
10
Huck #1

Nov 18, 2015

Millar and Albuquerque, who both created Huck, may have taken elements of their "intention powered" hero from a bygone era, but they are not resting on their laurels. This is the first issue of the series and its good to see that the pair have clearly thought how to move the story along, recognizing, that no matter how good the pony is, if it can only do one trick, it can get pretty boring. As it is, this book is definitely worth a look and if you are taking a detour from your normal purchases, give this book a go!

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Huck #3

Jan 13, 2016

Reading this book is like going back in time withthe “gosh, golly, wow” type of innocence of the lead character. The trying to fit in element reminds me a lot of the Batman: The Animated Series episode “Birds of a Feather”. Huck's greatest weakness may be his undoing. How can someone fix the world, when in some ways it is so broken, especially when those entrusted with its care have such a hard time following Huck's example? The book remains an excellent read, under the watchful eyes of Millar and Alberquerque who have started adding to the cast in order to ensure that the book doesn't fall into the one trick pony trap, which at the start of the issue, was a possibility.

View Issue       View Full Review
10
InSEXts #1

Dec 22, 2015

I have recently bemoaned the fact that books like Grimm Tales of Terror seem to promise so much, with their use of curvaceous covers, then fail to deliver true horror. As such, InSEXTs, with its erotic/horror vibeis breath of fresh air, showing that female characters can be strong and vibrant, without the need to conform to a societal norm.

View Issue       View Full Review
10
InSEXts #2

Jan 13, 2016

Aftershock are putting together an impressive line-up for the start of their comic building empire. By allowing creative freedom,they have attracted writers such as Bennett and in turn this gives her space to excel and tell the stories that she wants to tell. Critics will no doubt mention that “sex sells” and to a point I can understand that viewpoint. But as mentioned in the previous issues review, the relationship in this story is as real as any relationship in any other book, the sex element being in part, is just a by-product. However, with the fantastic script,glorious artwork and sumptuous colors, there is hardly anything about this book I dislike.

View Issue       View Full Review
10
InSEXts #3

Feb 15, 2016

All in all, another fantastic issue from all concerned, proving that After [the] Shocks, the strength of the book is the story.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
InSEXts #5

Apr 27, 2016

I have really enjoyed this series from the get go with its eclectic mix of genres. Now, however, is time to maybe stop resting on its laurels and move the story along some. Constant threats to the child notwithstanding, there doesn't seems to be a major bad guy in force, unless you consider the calculating Maria might have something evil lurking under her bustle. That said, this slice of Victorian horror is still enjoyable, even if it's my fifth pizza.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Ivar, Timewalker #3

Mar 15, 2015

Ivar clearly has his own agenda, and much like the Doctor, tends to go about things in his own way. It is an easy assumption to make that he knows everything that has/will happen, but is that true? Only time, as walked by Ivar and Neela, will tell.

View Issue       View Full Review
10
Ivar, Timewalker #4

Apr 21, 2015

This books is highly entertaining. It is cleverly written, with clean art making it an easy read. As such, I did seem to get the end rather quickly. However, if you are looking for a fun read rather than potential lame ducks from Marvel who is either treading water until Secret Wars or promoting Ultron or the drastically disappointing filler issue quality of the Convergence tie-ins, then this book is for you.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Ivar, Timewalker #5

May 25, 2015

There are times, when reading the book, you are actually rooting for Ivar to fail and for Neela to prove him wrong. This investment is key for the book's success. If everyone just agreed with Ivar or he did the right thing (as we see it) all the time we would get bored. Here, his machinations, which we aren't sure are for the right reasons, keep us in as much flux as Neela. Unfortunately,we don't have a future self to tell us how it all turns out, for which I for one am glad.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Ivar, Timewalker #7

Jul 22, 2015

Ivar is a good read, the fact that it now features the Eternal Warrior and Armstrong helps to ground the book into the more over reaching Valiant universe, which may turn out to be a more effective way than a massive cross over event. The fact that Valiant is looking at how its universe works, using different methods is a credit to the publisher who is not resting on its laurels.

View Issue       View Full Review
10
J. Scott Campbell: Time Capsule #1

Nov 25, 2015

In the current climate, artists like J. Scott Campbell may not be as popular as they had once been. That's a shame. People and critics need to realize that a female character can be drawn curvy and still be a strong character. Campbell's work can border on cheesecake, and you know what, it's ok to order a dessert.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Jackpot #1

Apr 13, 2016

As I mentioned on the “snapshot review”, I wasreally looking forward to this book. The preview only served to further my interest. Now that I have read the book, I find that my faith in the quality of AfterShock books has paid off. This is yet another enjoyable romp, the kind that the new kids on the block having being producing from day one. Story wise, I am a little ambivalent about the big bad, butam willing to go with the flow under Fawkes expert writing.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
James Bond #1

Nov 5, 2015

Having read a number of Fleming's book, I can see how Ellis has gone with his version of Bond. I am not sure if the cinema viewing public will be easily swayed from the Bond that they know, which may be a concern for Dynamite. With the number of quality "spy" books that have been on the market recently, it may be true that, at least comic book wise, Bond has become his own pastiche.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
James Bond #3

Dec 30, 2015

Looking at this and previous issues of the series, I would be very interested in the dynamic between Ellis and Masters. In my head, the lack of dialogue doesn't mean a lack of writing. I always think of the writer of a comic in the same way I think of a director of a movie.A writerknows what they want to see on the page and relies on the artist to bring it to life. The same way that a director may have a vision, relies on the actors to breath life into the scene. Bond fans may well give this book a look for a slightly different version of their favourite spy.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Jirni Vol. 2 #5

Dec 16, 2015

Aspen are putting out some quality books with quality creators on board. This will stand them in good stead as they seek to carve out more of a niche for themselves on the ever crowded comic racks.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Joe Golem: Occult Detective #1

Oct 27, 2015

This issue is a great start to the mini-series, which is set outside the normal Mignola-verse continuity, with a clear defined goal, that I felt was lacking in the pair's previous Baltimore book.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Joe Golem: Occult Detective #2

Dec 2, 2015

I sometimes worry that regular readers may get bored with me extolling the virtues of Mike Mignola and the various collaborations that make up the body of his Dark Horse work. The truth is, recently, I have been getting a little tired of certain books, but the fact that there seems no or very little continuity to think about, means that the book is more accessible.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
John Carter: Warlord of Mars #4

Feb 24, 2015

Overall, as transition issues goes, it does what it sets out to do, moving everyone to the their allocated places ready for the conclusion. If you are a fan of Mr Carter and Co, you'll enjoy his continuing adventure.

View Issue       View Full Review
4.0
John Carter: Warlord of Mars #8

Jun 23, 2015

This pretty much sums up the book. Despite the best intentions of all involved, the best thing about the book is the Ed Benes cover, at least on thevariant I reviewed. It's a shame then, asI have grown quite fond of the Dynamite heroines, that this book left me more than a little disappointed. Hopefully this is blip rather than then norm, but on the current showing, I am not sure I am that interested in checking next month to find out.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
John Flood #1

Aug 5, 2015

Issue ones should always be fun, regardless of the quality. They are the chance to start something new, to make your own mind prior to people jumping on the bandwagon, colouring your perception. This is a quality book with a lead character that is both enigmatic and eccentric who seems to grab your attention to the point that you want to see the connections he does. And how did he end up in handcuffs anyway?

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Johnny Red #1

Oct 28, 2015

Honestly, I have never been a big fan of the Commando series, but it easy to see the quality of the art in this book. I am a little disappointed in the writing, having high expectations for anything that Ennis writes. Still, this is only the first issue, so things may speed up. Titan Comics are trying hard to make an impact in the comic book market, with quality books such as Scarlett Couture and the recent Assassin's Creed licensed book; Johnny Red can only add to their diverse product range.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Johnny Red #2

Dec 2, 2015

War books aren't really my think and I was expecting to be boredby this second issue. However the gusto by which the creators have attacked the book makes for an enjoyable read.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Justice Inc.: The Avenger #2

Jun 30, 2015

I have a soft spot for pulp books, I have read a number of different Shadow books from DC Comics, to Dark Horse and finally to Dynamite. As such I want to like this book. Somehow, I am kind of left frustrated. I have enjoyed Waid's work on any number of books and I can see the talent on show on the pages, I just have no strong feelings about the titular hero. This is definitely no fault of those involved, as I am sure that fans of the character will enjoy the book, I am unfortunately not one of them.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Killbox #1

Apr 27, 2016

Reading the book, it is obvious there are a slew of influences on show; from Hostel to The Hunger Games with elements of The Purge. These are duly noted by Riordan and it is refreshing to see writer at least nod towards what has gone before, especially when the idea of the book isn't the most original. That then is the main problem of the book for me. Despite the promise of "put a stamp on it", at this point there is little evidence of the stamp on show. Fans of the movies and books mentioned above will no doubt find a lot to like in this book. For me, I have been there, seen that and don't particularly want to revisit.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Klaus #1

Nov 4, 2015

Admittedly, I am one of those people who finds it more than a little annoying when Christmas stuff hits stores before Halloween has occurred. That said, fortunately, for all involved, I don't mind a bit of Christmas story shenanigans, especially when they are done with as much aplomb as is on show in this comic.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Lady Killer #3

Mar 4, 2015

On the downside, some would say that there are elements in play similar to other stories such as The Long Kiss Goodnight. But it is the excellence of the production that has won me over. If this is your first foray into this book, do as I have and search out the two previous issues.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Lantern City #1

May 12, 2015

This issue is a solid start to what could be a very interesting book. It wears its influences proudly on its sleeve. It will be interesting to see if the story does indeed challenge Sander's perception of his world and his place in it, or will he turn out to be the traditional hero fighting against the morally wrong? Time will tell.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Leaving Megalopolis: Surviving Megalopolis #1

Dec 21, 2015

This is my first visit to Megalopolis, and even though there is a reputation for the placebeing hard to leave, it is definitely not the fact, that the bridge is out that will keep me within this cities limits.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Leaving Megalopolis: Surviving Megalopolis #2

Feb 10, 2016

Regular readers of my reviews will know that Simone is a personal favourite of mine. This book is no exception. In the debate of who is more important, I will nearly always say writer, and for me, there is no better writer, on top of their game as Simone at the moment. Coupled with art that Perez fans should enjoy, this book is a treat to read.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Legend #1

Apr 15, 2016

With the exceptions ofAnimal Farm, The Lion King, Finding Nemoand the Twilight Barking featured in the 101 Dalmatians book, I can pretty much take or leave “animals as humans” stories. As a reader, I don't need the juxtaposition of seeing real life problems broken down by cute creatures toaid my understanding of them. Still, the fact that this genre has so many classics, across various media proves that I maybe in the minority. Z2 Comics generally look to challenge readers, and here, that goal is once again reached.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Legenderry Red Sonja #2

Mar 15, 2015

As it is, based on this issue, this Sonja is lacking in that department. The book is a ok read, but seems that the tag of “Red Sonja” has been added because she happens to be a red haired pirate in a chain mail bikini top.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Limbo #2

Dec 21, 2015

The book isn't actually my cup of tea; still that doesn't detract from the quality on show. With that I'm mind, if you like your voodoo mixed with a detective story or vice versa than this could be the book for you.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Lobster Johnson: A Chain Forged In Life (One-Shot) #1

Jul 28, 2015

I do have a soft spot for this type of book. In places it reminds me of Sandman Mystery Theatre, in style if not in substance. As a one shot, the book does well to re-introduce that character to those that may have forgotten him or to those that haven't read a Lobster Johnson book before. I hope that this serves as the start of more adventures.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Lola XOXO #6

Mar 10, 2015

So overall, the book looks great and reads well, with high production values. If the conclusion is a truffle confusing, I would recommend checking out the previous issues. You will be in for a visual treat.

View Issue       View Full Review
10
Lola XOXO: Wasteland Madam #2

Jun 2, 2015

If you are looking for a different type of post apocalyptic world and are tired of zombies running amok, give this book a try. Here, it Mau not be monsters that give you cause for concern, but humans instead.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Lola XOXO: Wasteland Madam #3

Sep 30, 2015

Lola is an engaging read. "End of the World" stories seem to still be in vogue, across different mediums, all with a similar the inhumanity of humanity feel. It would be easy to let a quality book like Lola slip through the net. That would be a loss, as despite this issue being mid-story, the quality of the book would entice me to go back and pick up the earlier issues.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Lola XOXO: Wasteland Madam #4

Feb 10, 2016

Reading this conclusion, I am left a feeling a little bit bewildered about this book. I understand that it's an ongoing series of mini series, so there has to be enough of an open end to allow that to happen. But the conclusion of this arc serves little purpose. With all the frustrations that Lola had to suffer with the airport group, I feel all that effort has been somewhat wasted.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Martian Manhunter (2015) #1

Jun 18, 2015

This book is off to a solid start. It is easy to forget how powerful J'onn is. He can stand toe to toe with Superman, even before Superman got de-powered. I would like to see more if him, but always feel that DC don't know what to do with him. At his best, J'onn acts very much like a conscience for the people around him Without that interaction, high and noble can get a tad boring.I would love to see J'onn get the recognition he deserves as a mainstay of the DC universe and this book is strong step in that direction.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Masks 2 #8

Nov 18, 2015

Looking back, I don't know what I really expected. I am maybe still a little woozy after my last Dynamite Comics "party" the Swords of Sorrow. Nor does this issue pique my interest enough to go back and read the whole run, proving that in the case some multi-hero series, hair of the dog may not be the best hangover cure.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Master of Kung Fu #1

May 23, 2015

The issue is a set up issue, as most first issues are. However, along with the signs and portents of the conclusion, this issue includes a big upside with the fun element. I am not sure that I like the book because of it's simplicity or the fact that the market, at least Big Two wise, seems to be stagnating waiting for the big issues that are scheduled to follow their respective summer “blockbusters”. Either way, it's a promising start for a character that has a huge fan base, but maybe not the commercial success he deserves. Now that he looks like Keanu, that might change.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Miami Vice Remix #2

Apr 21, 2015

The book won't be everyone's cup of tea. It's loud, chaotic and brash. But if we all liked the same things life would get pretty boring. For me, I am more than happy to head into the remix again, but next time will definitely bring the Ray-Bans.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Micronauts #1

Apr 27, 2016

This book is just too loud and chaotic for me, despite the calming influence of Bunn. Unless you are a major Micronauts fan, this book may not appeal, especially when you consider there are better books out there like Overrun by Andi Ewington, which cover the world within a world story with a lot more charm.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Midnight Society: The Black Lake #1

May 17, 2015

The book ends on a somewhat of a cliff hanger, it's maybe not the most dramatic one I have ever seen, but there is enough curiosity to whet the appetite. On the whole, the book is what it is. The first issue does the job, reaching first base and waiting for the clean up hitters of the subsequent issues to drive the story home to, hopefully, an engaging and fun conclusion.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Miss Fury Vol. 2 #1

Apr 7, 2016

I suppose there will be comparisons to Peggy Carter; both feature strong women at a time in history when women weren't given their due. As with its other licence properties, Dynamite seems to be trying to strengthen its cadre of female characters. Corinna Bechko and Jonathan Lau have both produced a great issue, whichstarts strong and remains strong throughout.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Mockingbird #1

Mar 15, 2016

Female led books are something that Marvel are doing extremely well at the moment, with a raft of variety from Ms. Marvel to A-Force, each one looking to carve a niche for themselves.

View Issue       View Full Review
10
Mockingbird #2

Apr 20, 2016

Chelsea Cain walks a perilous tightrope with this issue. The scenes in the club could easily have got out of hand and turned this book into something sordid. However, Cain treats the subject matter with a reasonable amount of respect, whilst still looking to use humour to distil some of the sexual context.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.8
Mockingbird: S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th Anniversary #1

Sep 4, 2015

I really shouldn't have, but I found myself really liking this book. The script made me smile and the art helped the story flow. Looking at the book, I feel this is what Batgirl should be like. Characters looking like adults, having adult conversations regardless of the prank pants!

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Nailbiter / Hack/Slash (One-Shot) #1

Mar 4, 2015

Reading this, I was impressed and would be interested in how Cassie and Vlad's mission concludes.

View Issue       View Full Review
3.0
Narcopolis Continuum #3

Mar 3, 2016

Looking at the book, I have to say that I applaud the intent and effort that went into this book, but unfortunately, when it comes to the end product, there is something sorely lacking.

View Issue       View Full Review
10
Negative Space #1

Jun 14, 2015

This book is a fantastic read. Yes there are a number of very clear influences in play: The Matrix, Monsters Inc and Cabin in the Woods all have a part within the issue. That said, Guy is the hero of the book. He is an everyman, a person we could all be at any point in our lives. This means his failures and failings are our failures and failings. It also means that his success, his realizations are also ours and allow Guy and ourselves, by connection, to overcome and endure.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Negative Space #3

Jan 28, 2016

Lindsay and Gieni continue to impress with this title, even if after the initial "wow" feelings of the first issue has waned. This shows how strong a book the two have created.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Negative Space #4

Apr 13, 2016

This series has been good from the start, however, metaphors asides, the conclusion doesn't work for mefrom Guy's point of view. This maybe a hangover from my superhero sensibilities. Along the way, I have grown to appreciateLindsay's writing style and applaud his efforts in bringing mental health out of its own Negative Space.

View Issue       View Full Review
4.0
New Crusaders: Dark Tomorrow Special #1

Jun 17, 2015

Whilst this book is a little bland for my taste, if I want “good old-fashioned superheroes” I would just go back and re-read All Star comics or JSA, I get that Archie will have their portion of the marketplace and this book seems to be tailor-made for them. This unfortunately tends to leave me a little bit disinterested in the book that seems to be aimed not at me or bring new readers to the brand.

View Issue       View Full Review
10
Ninjak #3

May 20, 2015

Ninjak is probably one of the most straight up superhero books produced by Valiant. The quality of the publishers work is outstanding, with books that features strong characters coupled with strong creators. Together, they create strong books, which at times can present a different type of comic book universe.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Ninjak #7

Sep 9, 2015

Valiant has been producing quality books for quite some time now. It is only now, that perhaps, cracks are beginning to show and they may be resting on their laurels. With long running books such as XO, Valiant certainly know what it takes to have long-term success. Here's to hoping that they can replicate that success for what I am sure they feel could be another flagship book.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Ninjak #10

Dec 9, 2015

I wanted to dislike this book for a couple of reasons. Certain Valiant books seem to be running out of steam and there is the fact this is about magic! After reading the book however, Ninjak is not on the verge of losing its way, with Kindt throwing curveballs and despite the magic elements and the required amount of explanations, I did enjoy the book.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Orphan Black: Helsinki #1

Nov 18, 2015

With the series creators on-board, I would hope that some of the things in the book have ramifications in the show. Normally that isn't the case in licences books and with this being somewhat of a prequel to events, I have to say, I am not sure why this book is out. IDW are good at putting out quality books, that appeal to fans of the shows and films from which they are licensed. Quality wise, that is true here and there should be enough elements of the show in the book to keep fans happy.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Overtaken #2

Mar 30, 2016

Missing partners and alien abductions aren't particularly new stories, but along with interest in the new X-Files series, there is definitely life still out there for this type of story, especially if it's done to the quality of this book.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Past Aways #3

May 27, 2015

This issues goes someway to moving the story on for the team. With an actual means to accomplish their goal, they manage to put aside any differences they might have had in the future and at least for now, work together. Time travel seems to be a big thing at the moment, this is at least one of three books out there, joining the likes of Chrononauts and Ivar, Time Walker. Of the three, this has been my least favourite, but that may have more to do with the quality of the completion rather than any of this books shortcomings.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Past Aways #4

Jun 23, 2015

I still have some problems with the book. The little red boxes and the red taglines at the bottom of the numerous pages, serve to distract rather than actually be of help. It may be an attempt to include humour in the book but, for me, falls a little flat. Overall however, I enjoyed this issue more than the last. This could be due to jumping in mid-fight last issue, this issue goes someway to add more context to Arthur's and Phil's actions and motivation respectively, which may not be up there with the Clark and Lex relationship, but there are definite echoes. I am in no doubt that fans of the book will appreciate the slight change of pace in this issue, before ramping up to the arc's conclusion.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare #1

Oct 7, 2015

As a comic book reader, I do get a little frustrated with the amount of tie-in books that seem to crop up. I get that for some publishers, its a great way to claw some rack space engaging with an existing fan base. But long gone are the days that Dark Horse need that sort of pull. Still, with the games having such a large following, a book that gets kids buying comic books can't be all bad, right?

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Plutona #1

Sep 2, 2015

Overall, I enjoyed the book. I have read enough of Lemire's work to have a little faith in the story. Still, I do hope that the main course and following desert are more fulfilling and substantial.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Poet Anderson: The Dream Walker #2

Jun 10, 2015

For me, the book was ok. I am one of the few how thinks that The Matrix isn't as clever as the film makers try to make it. This book reminds me of that. As a new series, I am curious to see how certain storylines play out, but find the current pre-Poet naive stage of our heroes more than a tad faceless. That said the various hooks do attempt to grab various interest points. If you have room in your life for another child-to-saviour of the world story, give it a try.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Power Cubed #1

Aug 28, 2015

The story moves at a quick pace, I would assume to stop the reader getting bored with some of the more common plot points. It also means that any exposition is done in bulk, which is fine for a first issue, but over time, I think I would prefer my information to be given a piece at a time. Still, that is only a minor quibble for a book that had me smiling from pretty much the get go and whilst I appreciate that we all like different types of humour, as least we now know where henchmen come from.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Princeless: Raven: The Pirate Princess #6

Mar 16, 2016

Lets be honest. This book isn't aimed at me in any shape way or form. Regardless of my own personal dislike for the pirate genre the book was more engaging, than some of the mainstream efforts, when attemptingto reach the sameaudience. The characters are a likable bunch, with various foibles and quirks, giving the crew a real feel to them. Who knows. maybe Pirate is the New Black!

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Project Nemesis #1

Oct 7, 2015

Overall, with so many things going on, its hard to get a real feel for the book. Is it a monster book? An X-Files book? An everything book? For me, I am not a fan of this type of book. That said, the quality of the product from American Gothic Press is hard it ignore for fans of the various genres on show.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Public Relations #6

Feb 24, 2016

Reading the book was kind of hard work. Yes its funny in places, but the set up is way too long and in placesI just lost interest. Also, I haven't quite forgiven Sturges for his Justice Society of America work. As it is, it may be that Public Relations requires it's own spin doctor.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Rai #8

Apr 5, 2015

This is the sort of Book you need to be around from the start as it can seem a little daunting and is not the most accessible of the Valiant books. But stick with it. I did enjoy the book and was glad to see the ideas from the earlier series carried on. With Kindt on board, you get good characters and a consistent universe in which to see them rise or fall.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Rai #11

Oct 21, 2015

The book is an intriguing look at the future. As Geomancers are involved, I suppose it was only a matter of time before one of the brother three got brought into the book. That said, the warrior sought by Rai is not the only surprise that he encounters. Kindt is flexing his creative muscles with this book, which is a very different from his other Valiant book, Ninjak. That said, a new world may not suit everyone and a level of perseverance may be required as there doesn't seem to ber a natural jumping on point. Still, the reward may be worth the effort.

View Issue       View Full Review
10
Rebels (2015) #7

Sep 25, 2015

The tag line for the issue is “in which Sarah Hill proves her worth”. I am not sure to whom it is proven. Her husband already knew her worth. The reader, via the letter method, sees her worth. Yet to those for which she fought, her worth is no more than allowed by the law. Some people will say that's how it should be, the law of the land is the law of the land. I would counter by saying what if the law is unjust and doesn't serve to recognize the individual. It's sad to realize, that if we remove the trappings and politics of 1777, have we as a society moved that far along?

View Issue       View Full Review
4.0
Red Hood And The Outlaws #40

Mar 21, 2015

Post Convergence, we are getting a Red Hood / Arsenal book and a seperate Starfire book. It will interesting to see if both books are successful or will the fact there are two books split the fan base. Just bear in mind, the new Red Hood has Lobdell and the new ‘Fire book will have Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti. Either way, I doubt I will be looking at either during or post Convergence.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Red Sonja (2013) #15

Mar 23, 2015

Gail Simone has a huge fan following which will help bring readers across from D.C. so she has a responsibility to create a strong book to keep them entertained and coming back. That goal, I think, has been achieved with this issue.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Red Sonja (2013) #17

Jul 29, 2015

I have been patient with Sonja. The Swords crossover doesn't show her in the best light, but as proven here and in the 1973 special a couple of weeks back, she is definitely a fun character to spend some time with.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Red Sonja (2016) #1

Jan 13, 2016

Overall, this isa nice, if a tad sedate, way tostart the newvolume off. In Bennett,Dynamite have a writer that is capable of writing amix of tones throughout the book, which should in turn,lead toa more well-rounded version of this iconic character.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Red Sonja (2016) #2

Feb 17, 2016

I had doubts about this book, when Gail Simone left. I am happy to see both Bennett and Aneke have allayed my doubts.

View Issue       View Full Review
4.0
Renato Jones: The One % #1

May 4, 2016

With the current popularity of The Punisher, mainly from the Daredevil show, it seems that violence, or at least "an eye for an eye" violence is back on trend. Reading this book, I am saddened that there is a market for books like this. I realize that this book may be satire or even thought of as subversive, but to me, it is just noise.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Replica #3

Feb 3, 2016

Replicas is a complex setup, ran through a straight up detective story, the smoke and mirrors in this instance being the clone factor. The ongoing story is such that this isn't a good jumping on point for new readers, maybe proving the need for a catch up paragraph. However, the series is three issues deep so you should be able to pick up the previous issues easily enough for your LCS or online provider, which would make this issue that much more enjoyable.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.8
Resurrectionists #5

Mar 10, 2015

Those who worried about Dark Horse Comics' future since the loss of the Star War franchise (me included), need not worry at all, if the quality of books like The Ladykiller and The Resurrectionists are anything to go by.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Rexodus #1

Jun 20, 2015

If I am honest, I didn't expect a lot from this book.initially, I thought this would be a dinosaur book hoping to cash in on the sudden re-emergence of dinosaur love thanks to Jurassic World. Whilst this may not be true of intent, the book was better that I expected. I smiled a few times in the book,especially with Kelvin's need to formally introduce himself at every opportunity. The book is clearly aimed at a younger audience and as this is a Dark Horse book, you can not dismiss the quality of proceedings. If you are looking for a safe book for a younger reader, then this may be right up your street.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Robyn Hood (2014) #14

Sep 9, 2015

Coming into the book fresh from o the Zenescope books hasn't helped in this instance. K.owing how good some of their line can be, I am left a little disappointed in this issue. For fans of Grimm there are definitely better examples of their range out there.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Santeria: The Goddess Kiss #1

Mar 16, 2016

The overall story is quite a simple one, though it is well crafted by all involved. If I had any quibble to make, it would be that the main protagonist seems to catch on to what is happening way too quickly, given the amount of time given to the setup of the Goddess and her original cast of followers. That said, the book is a very enjoyable read, with great visuals, if you manage to stick with it.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Satan's Hollow #1

Mar 30, 2016

I am somewhat on the fence with this book. I am not a horror fan and the writing does seem a tad stereotypical for this type of thing. But somewhere between the writing, the strong art and the fantastic colors my curiosity has been piqued; piqued enough to givethe second issue a try.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Satellite Sam #12

Mar 15, 2015

If you are fan of the book then you know what you're getting. For newbies like me, it's off to the Local Comic Book Shop to buy some back issues.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Scarlett Couture #1

Apr 27, 2015

The challenge for Taylor is to make this book work for the whole four issues. As a one-off visit the book is charming, fun and vibrant. But like too much sugary goodies, I imagine you could get sick or bored just looking at pretty pictures. As this is the first issue I would be doing Taylor a massive disservice to state that this is the case. For now, I am going re-read the book and hope that the following issues can sustain this quality of art, whilst improving on the script elements.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Scarlett Couture #2

May 24, 2015

Overall another enjoyable issue, even if the pace has slowed somewhat, I am sure it's the calm before the storm.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Scarlett Couture #3

Jun 23, 2015

I really like this book. I like the fun element, I like the pop culture feel to it and I like how it looks and how it reads. It frustrates me no end, that my local comic book store doesn't carry this book and as such s missing a potential larger readership. If Des Taylor's work continues to find anaudienceon Face Book, it follows that Scarlett Couture should also find a larger fan base

View Issue       View Full Review
10
Scarlett Couture #4

Jul 28, 2015

Looking back at the whole run, the series has been a lot of fun from start to finish. Taylor has managed to transfer his art style from pin-up pieces into a coherent story that fleshes out his characters within a fast moving environment. The art should be no surprise to anyone who has seen Taylor's work previously. The writing has been more of a surprise with James Bond style antics coupled with some great script elements which helps strengthen the whole structure and feel of the book.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Second Sight #1

Feb 15, 2016

This book, seems like a very British affair, with London its focus. It s good to see a realistic version of London appearing on a comic, albeit a potentially darker version. Reading this book, I can't help but be reminded of the original run of Hellblazer, especially with how this book feels. Granted, Ray and John are in totally different places, by choice and circumstance, but there is a resonance, that will appeal to fans of that long lamented book.

View Issue       View Full Review
10
Second Sight #2

Mar 16, 2016

I can not say enough good things about AfterShock Comics. Their roster of quality of books is impressive. With each book situated in what appears to be their own world, the avenues for prolonged storytelling may falter down the line. However, the publisher seems to be aware of this limitation with new series' scheduled for April to further their roster of books.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Second Sight #3

Apr 20, 2016

For all the good things that Hine and Ponticelli both bring to this book, I am starting to hope that we start get some answers to the myriad of questions that have been asked. Sooner or later, there has to be a punchline and hopefully, we are going to get a doozy. For those readers who lament the passing of John Constantine as a Vertigo character, Second Sight could be a book that you should be reading.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Secret Origins #11

Mar 28, 2015

I am probably the worst person to look at this book. For me, the Nu52 origins do not add anything to these characters. Still, following Convergence, I am sure that the brain trust will no doubt let us know the origins of the new nu52, despite the fact that DC fans will have already been along from the start.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Silk #7

Sep 4, 2015

For those that like this book, I am sure that the closure of the series will bring bittersweet feelings. As for me, I can appreciate this issue in particular, but Spider-Woman will still be the only Spider book on my pull list.

View Issue       View Full Review
4.0
Sleepy Hollow: Origins #1

Apr 7, 2015

Whilst I can see the attraction of the advertised collaboration with show writers, I would have preferred to have wholly original stories. Everything in the book has been alluded to previously on the show, so it may seem a little bit of a conceit to wrap up the same menu in a different wrapper.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Spider-Woman (2014) #5

Mar 6, 2015

It's obvious to see that the book has taken a leaf, at least artistically and in the shape of a new costume, from Batgirl. Is this a good thing; I don't know, but this issue was interesting enough to remain on my pull list till at least the not so Secret War event.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Spider-Woman (2015) #1

Nov 20, 2015

Dennis Hopeless is definitely taking this book in a new direction. Pregnancy in comics books is rarer than a happily married couple. One of the things I like about the writing in this issue is that Jessica makes no apologies for her situation. The somewhat odd baby shower/party clearly shows she has the support of some of her longest allies. Still, Hopeless is walking a tight rope regarding how this arc may well end, but I have enough faith that he knows what he is doing.

View Issue       View Full Review
10
Spider-Woman (2015) #5

Mar 21, 2016

One of my Crusading cohorts believes that Javier Rodriguez should be nominated for this years Harvey award. Whilst its easy to agree with him, I think the truth of the matter is that Spider-Woman could be the book of the year. Regardless of the constant reboots and the not so "All New" vibe that surrounds some of their main books, Marvel are clearly doing fantastic work with their female characters.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Star Trek #47

Jul 22, 2015

Overall, for fans of the films, this would be a good read. For an old timer like me, I would prefer see new ongoing missions rather than a re-image of the classic episodes.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Star Trek #50

Oct 21, 2015

This isn't the first time the Mirror Mirror universe has been mined for story material, since its first episode. The Next Generation crew have visited it in novel form, Deep Space 9 visited more than once and there has been an anthology novel covering every type of Trek's version of it. There was even an Enterprise two parter. It may seem that this new time line is boldly going where everyone has gone before, but at least its looking good whilst it does so.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Star Trek #52

Dec 9, 2015

I wanted to like this book, going as far as to entertain the thought that Trek “by the numbers” would be fine. However, anything “by the numbers” is not fine as it potentially allows publishers, writers and artists think that we the readers do not deserve their best efforts, their best works all the time.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Star Trek #55

Mar 9, 2016

I have been critical of the Trek comic books, mainly due to my dislike of the new time line. Slowly, over time, I have seen that the new timeline serves up a number of holes that can be exploited for new adventures, regardless whether it's the newer cast as seen in the Academy story, or a remembrance of what made Trek great in the first place.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Star Trek / Planet of the Apes #4

Mar 15, 2015

As this book is four issues old; I would have expected to be at this point sooner. It's only towards the end do we see Klingons and their plan and if it come to fruition, it should kick start the action. The trick for the next issue may well be to help the reader differentiate between the various Ape factions. Whilst there is enough for fans of both franchises to enjoy, the alluded to action should help liven up the pace, which to this point has been, at least in the issue a tad slow.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War #1

Jul 8, 2015

This crossover is simply a bit of fun. You pretty much know there will be no lasting ramification to either universe and you know what, that's ok. Where I do have a problem is the covers. Now, I have seen the digital version and it shows 28 pages of covers. Even in the interior cover, whichever you choose, shows 18 covers. Are the fans of each universe going to shell out for them all? That's your choice, but to me variant covers are kind of like watching a 3D movie. the story is the same, the actors are the same and the flaws ion the story are the same. But don't let the covers but you off. Pick the one you like , my personal favourite is the Vulcan salute manifested by Hal and enjoy this bit of sci-fi hokum.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Star Trek: Manifest Destiny #2

May 5, 2016

I avoided looking at the first issue of this story; my views on the “new” Star Trek have been mentioned on more than one occasion. Still, despite my personal feelings, I can't help but realise that this book may be able to bring new fans out of the woodwork. In addition, I have to tip my hat to IDW to constantly putting out a quality produced comic book series.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Star Trek: New Visions #5

Mar 2, 2015

Overall, I quite enjoyed the first story, but felt that when the novelty of using photos wore of, the story was a tad flat. The second story is the saving grace and the stars given reflect this. If you love Trek, then you will enjoy this clever version of Kirk and Co's continuing voyages.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Star Trek: Starfleet Academy #2

Jan 6, 2016

The idea of Academy years had been bandied around prior toThe Undiscovered Country, according to William Shattner's Movie Memoirs book. The fact that part of the idea was used for J.J. Abrams' first Star Trek movie shows that there is some life in the idea. The film sets up the idea that the Enterprise crew knew each other in the Academy and the writers of this book, have taken that idea, kept the interaction to a minimum and sprinkled in some fun new characters. In the battle between prequel books, I think that this month, Trek has surpassed Wars.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Star Wars (2014) #3

Mar 14, 2015

This is a tie-in book so you know that everyone has to survive, as it's set between A New Hope and Empire. This means that any cliff hangers are somewhat negated. With only select moments to hint at what is to come, “I have a bad feeling” that book could end up as an endless repetition of set pieces from the movies.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Star Wars (2014) #7

Jul 31, 2015

The Star Wars books have been a mixed bag for me. This sort of adventure is more appealing as it covers things that don't raise those nasty continuity questions. With the new movie out later this year, expect the normal Marvel glut of product. I just hope that they don't lose the quality in all the hype.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Star Wars: Chewbacca #1

Oct 15, 2015

Marvel is clearly pushing the envelope with their Star Wars books, with a number of books on the rack. Unfortunately, I am not sure that these tales of Chewbacca are as good as both the previous Marvel run and the Dark Horse special which ties into a previous novel series.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Star Wars: Darth Vader #3

Mar 28, 2015

Marvel are putting a lot of work into their new Wars books. My worry, evidenced here, is the rehashed set pieces which will eventually lead to boredom, if it hasn't already.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Star Wars: Darth Vader #8

Aug 10, 2015

All in all, I don't mind this book. I do sometime feel that stories set between the movies fail to show any real development tothe main characters. For example, instories set between A New Hope and Empire Luke can not become too strong in the Force, and it follows that Darth can't find or dispose of Luke. Of course, this isn't the first time Marvel have traversed this particularly rocky road, and their success, especially when their previous series hit it's high notes whenset between Empire and Jedi. Because of that, I am sure that long time fans may be giving the benefit of the doubt, in similar measures as new fans are enjoying these new Star Wars books.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Star Wars: Obi-Wan & Anakin #1

Jan 6, 2016

I liked Soule's Superman and Wonder Woman book, which helped give the power couple some context. Here, there is no real context to add. We know what is going to happen to both Obi-Wan and Anakin, so is this story really necessary or is it a flagrant attempt, by Marvel, to take your money just because it has Star Wars on it? I pretty much have an idea on which it is, for me, especially after Obi-Wan had a strong showing in the main Star Wars book, not so long ago, which is probably still available in a Local Comic Book Shop not so far away.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Swords of Sorrow #1

May 4, 2015

That all said, Dynamite have been producing some great pulpy comics and this series is certainly looking to add to their portfolio.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Swords of Sorrow #2

Jun 2, 2015

So, another solid issue, which serves a number of purposes. I would have liked to see the main story moved along a little faster, serving the main story rather than the tie-in adverts, but recognize this is the second issue of six, so there is still time to get on track. It's clear that Dynamite consider Sonja, Thoris and Vampirella as their trinity and it is to Simone's credit that neither character is short-changed, which should please the fans.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Swords of Sorrow #3

Jul 8, 2015

I enjoyed this issue as it seems to focus on the characters interaction. I have written that a couple of the tie-in books suffer due to the lack of interaction, Dejah and Irene for example. It is enjoyable to see an easy-going relationship and the elements of humour that come from the radio misrepresentation may be a somewhat tongue in cheek comments about larger issues. Plot wise, I am more than pleased that we seem to have hit some traction. Rather than meandering partnerships, we now have an actual cause rather than the nebulous stop the bad guy mantra that pervaded the earlier chapters. Despite the mixed reviews of some of the tie-ins, the main story has been consistent, with a new quest acting as the means to the end, this issue restarts the drive to the conclusion.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Swords of Sorrow #4

Aug 12, 2015

I have seen a lot of the Swords books, whether it bethe main story or thetie-ins and Iam sorry to say, I am getting a tad bored with it all. Some of this is down to the pacing of the series. I understand with six issues for the main story thereis plenty of time to spread the number of tie-in books outbut has this strategy worked? Look at this book for example,Red Sonja and Jungle Girl are best pals, yet have only recently met in their tie-in book. I wish I had the answer. It might be a simple case of too much product, a charge that a lot of the comic publishers can be guilty of, not just Dynamite. I will keep reading (and reviewing) this series if only because to fail to do so would mean I have wasted my time. I only hope the penultimate and final issues are worth the effort.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Swords of Sorrow #5

Sep 9, 2015

This whole cross-over event started out really strongly. Whether its story compression, the multitude of tie-ins or the quality of the books, somewhere along the way, I have lost interest. It's a shame, the cross-over should be enticing me to try out the characters books. If I was a paying customer, I don't think that goal would have worked. However, as a reviewer, I can see that the main Red Sonja book and Vampirella book is lot better than this hodgepodge casserole of story.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Swords of Sorrow #6

Oct 14, 2015

As an issue of itself, the book isn't that impressive in content or conclusion and in retrospect that pretty much covers the whole series. The idea of female characters written by female writers may be a great idea but for the industry to take their work, and their characters, seriously, there has to be a quality product, otherwise its all just sounds like a gimmick, which is an insult to all the hard work that writers like Nancy Collins, Gail Simone and Leah Moore have put in. The benefits of the series has been to get some of the lesser known characters some exposure (no pun intended) but Dynamite knows where their success lies, hence the the revamp of Red Sonja, Dejah Thoris and Vampirella announced at NYCC, including designs by Nicola Scott, slated for 2016.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Swords of Sorrow: Dejah Thoris & Irene Adler #1

Jun 16, 2015

Swords started out well but has recently fallen on sorrows of its own.The pairingsseem to be aimed at“fish out of water” tropes, rather than maybe findinga more suitable pairing. Dynamite are obviously hoping that the friction caused by the unsuited pairings will add to the story.Unfortunately,with a number of licences in place, no one wants their character tobecome second fiddle. This means that editors have taken the stance that friction is kept at a minimum, leaving the main thrust of the story to the main book,which is all well and good, but what aboutfans who buy the tie-in? Are readers who want quality stories being disregarded? I hope notbut the recent tie-insmay have to contend with the fact that they are turning fans away from the main book. As it is, if I was afan of either character in this book, I would be seriously disappointed in how this issue has played out and would keep to their own series.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Swords of Sorrow: Dejah Thoris & Irene Adler #2

Jun 30, 2015

Still, the improvements in this issue are a welcome relief and with my interest re-piqued, I am totally on board for the concluding issue.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Swords of Sorrow: Dejah Thoris & Irene Adler #3

Aug 5, 2015

Overall, the series has been a diversion to the main story of Swords. I think this has more to do with Dynamite's use of them rather than any slight to any of the creators involved. The purpose of the book, and the tie-ins generally, is to show how these disparate character come to work together. I would have liked to see more connection to the main arc, but I can understand that in today's comic book economic market, if the ties to the main story were stronger, readers wouldn't be able to afford every issue. As it is, readers get to choose their favourite pairing and enjoy a distracting story, whilst waiting for the main event to continue.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Swords of Sorrow: Masquerade & Kato #1

May 24, 2015

I am quietly enjoying Swords. This one shot does exactly what a tie in book should do. It introduces two of the many heroines and then redirects the story back to the main story. Fans of either character will pick up the book and for those who may have worried about the cost of buying a myriad of books, with diminishing quality can rest assured that Dynamite have managed to curb those fears both by producing a one shot rather than a mini series and of the work Wilson and Schultz have put in.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Swords of Sorrow: Red Sonja & Jungle Girl #1

Jul 22, 2015

Finally, as with all the major crossovers this summer, there is a series of repetition. As a fan, I feel am being sold a $3 dollar bill. Enough with the repeats, give us something new in our tie-in books!

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Swords of Sorrow: Red Sonja & Jungle Girl #3

Sep 30, 2015

What started out as a fun distraction from the Big Two's main events has diminished into a repetitive round robin, covering a total of 21 issues (not counting the variants) over six months. The fact that it feels way longer than six months and way more than 21 issues, is in fact is it's own review.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Swords of Sorrow: Vampirella & Jennifer Blood #1

May 19, 2015

As a tie-in the book does it's job, setting the scene for the two heroines to meet whilst also alluding to the big bad of the main title. I have to say, there appears to be a glitch in the book which annoyed me, but doesn't distract from the story. Let me know if you spot it. I think there is enough about the book to grab the attention of fans of both characters and at only four issues, isn't a major hit on the wallet. That said, this is only one of the multitudes of titles set to tie into the main story, so be prepared.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Swords of Sorrow: Vampirella & Jennifer Blood #2

Jun 9, 2015

This issue feels like a step backward for the mini series and builds on the fears that I had for the whole Swords of Sorrow crossover, that being there may not have been enough story to fill the various tie-ins. This is a shame as the main story is going about it's business in a strong fashion.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Swords of Sorrow: Vampirella & Jennifer Blood #3

Jul 15, 2015

With the story ending next issue, I am a tad confused what the point of the story was. Hopefully Collins has something up her sleeve, which will bring this tale into the main arc. With her work on the main Vampirella book, it's clear that Collins has her finger on the non-pulse of the character that is due to be a major player in the main series. I just wish the same could be said for Ms. Blood.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Swords of Sorrow: Vampirella & Jennifer Blood #4

Aug 19, 2015

Both Vampi and Jennifer have got some hard-core fans, mainly from the previous books. Normally I would say that would be a good thing, but this mini series hasn't done either character any justice. I have recently reviewed Vampirella's own book (go look) and its so much better than this, as is Jennifer Blood's book by Garth Ennis. If you are want to see both characters in a better light go check them out in the own habitat.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Symmetry #1

Dec 9, 2015

This book is as much about control and acceptance of your life as it is about rebellion and trying to make things better. It also covers the idea of what we human beings need to be successful in life and what happens when each key element is removed, asking the question, what is left when the key elements have been destroyed.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
The Abaddon #1

Nov 11, 2015

The book has a certain "Life on Mars" quality, mixed in with a little bit of David Lynch or William S. Burroughs, in part emulating some of the self loathing inherent in the Naked Lunch. The book was originally structured as a web comic, which does show through the pacing of the story, in places. The book may not be for everyone, but if you are looking for something that will make you think a little about shortcomings, desires and the exasperation of doing the same things and expecting different results, then give this a read.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
The Beauty #1

Aug 12, 2015

I really enjoyed the book, with social connotations abound, a mystery and good script that is entertaining, this is a beauty ofa book!

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
The Black Hood #3

Apr 21, 2015

Is the book perfect? Not quite. Criticsmay argue that having the speech therapistdevelop possible romantic intentions is clichd and having Hettinger come across like Batman shows little imagination. But I would argue that there has to be someone who Hettinger cares about for the fear of loss to carry any emotional weight and truth be told, it is little refreshing to see a vigilante move away from his own personal crusade to help when he can, without the Uncle Ben moment.If you like your tales of retribution and vengeance wrapped in the cloak of chasing personal demons, this book is for you.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
The Black Hood #5

Jun 24, 2015

I really like this book. It reads extremely well, minimizing the distraction of some of the art element, which just show how strong the writing actually is.

View Issue       View Full Review
10
The Black Hood #6

Oct 23, 2015

Reading the book its hard to see the Swierczynski that suffered onBirds of Prey. Instead stands a writer whose workwould, you would initially think, suit Detective Comics which is the thinking mans Bat book.Upon reflection though, I think that would do Swiercynski a massive disservice, as without the tie to a brand like mytho, allows him greater freedom to explore true depths, both good and bad in his characters.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
The Black Hood #7

Nov 25, 2015

The Black Hood is a great read. As Hettinger continues to try to acclimate to his own re-invention, so does Swierczynski, who may need to add another string to the book to make it more than a one trick pony.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
The Black Hood #9

Feb 17, 2016

Despite my onw personal issues with the art, The Black Hood remains a strong book under the skilful guardianship of Swierczynski who continues to make life difficult for Hettinger. At some point something will have to break. But will it be Hettinger or the Black Hood?

View Issue       View Full Review
3.8
The Covenant #1

Jun 2, 2015

Overall I am not fussed by this book. The various elements combine to create something that I am not entirely sure I am comfortable with. The tensions of the real world and with the role that religions play in such conflict, I am not sure that a book depicting a fictionalized version of biblical characters serves to soothe these but rather exploit people's views. I may by looking into the impact of the book too much, but either way, the book fails to grab my interest and as for Ark stories, I think I will stick to Raiders.

View Issue       View Full Review
10
The Discipline #1

Mar 2, 2016

The Discipline is going to be an odd book. With its graphic natures, it will garner a lot of fans, who may then end up disappointed as the book, very much like relationships move from the initial lust stage, travels along its way. The book is more than just sex which, rather than being its own conclusion, is actually the vehicle used for the journey. If you are looking for a dark story, with horror overtures with strong dialogue and compelling characters, then give this book a try.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
The Doorman #2

Mar 30, 2016

At first glance, I wasn't that impressed by the book. At all. However, looking at the book again I can see that behind all the chaos there is quite a fertile and fun world in there. I am pretty sure that fans of the more fun episodes of Doctor Who would get a kick out of this type of book. All you got to do to find out, is open the Door.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
The Dresden Files: Down Town #3

Apr 6, 2015

It's clear that both writers love the Dresden universe and its equally clear that Gomez loves drawing Molly, who ends up in all kinds of poses that may, in a bigger book with a mainstream character, have added to the on going “women in comics”debate. For the record, I don't have a problem with how Molly is portrayed either by the art or the plot, rescuing herself shows her self reliance; remember comic books are in part a visual medium. As whole, the book is ok, not really delivering enough bang for my buck. That said I am sure that fans of the hugely popular novel will see enough in the comic to enjoy.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
The Four Points #1

Apr 7, 2015

Regular readers of my reviews should know my opinion of Lobdell and some will say “why review his book if you don't like his work?” That is a fair question. As a reviewer I give every creative team the benefit of the doubt regardless of the past. That said, this book for me, is just a little to stereotypical, both in concept and its imagery.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
The Hangman #2

Jan 21, 2016

This book, whilst having a couple of clich moments, serves to show how flexible Tieri can be stylistically. Dialogue is definitely his strength, in my opinion and this shows in Catwoman and here. There are quite a few creators, writers especially, who are seemed to be working on Big Two books, keeping the chains moving, which allows them to get uber-creative on a smaller press books.This book is an example of where the impressive dialogue of Tieri is slightly let down by the plot, although this where the cultivation of work can benefit both the reader and the writer.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
The Jungle Book: Fall of the Wild #4

Mar 31, 2015

I did enjoy the book, but despite great colours and the nods to Rudyard Kipling (one obvious, one not so, did make me smile, I don't think I am interested enough to pick up the next issue. Fans of the series, should enjoy as Mowglii and her friends look set to defend their home.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
The Last Contract #3

Mar 10, 2016

With the violence inherent in this type of book, it's not a read for everyone. If you have issues with “real”violence, whether it's towards women, kids or old men then skip this. However, if you are a fan of this type of story, then this a quality book that exemplifies the best of the genre.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
The Little Mermaid #2

Mar 23, 2015

I am sorry to say, that despite the excellent production values, which may lead me to try another Grimm book, I won't be picking up issue #3. This has nothing to do with either Finch or Mendonca, it's just I have seen this story too many times for this version to hold any water.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
The Little Mermaid #3

Apr 21, 2015

So all good stuff? Not quite. Issue #3 and Erica is still captive, the sea witch's plot is moving equally slowly. Sure it looks good but the the shelves are filled with good looking books. With the pace of the arc, this book runs the risk of floundering against the tide of disinterest.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
The New 52: Futures End #47

Mar 27, 2015

This book leads into next weeks, finale and therefore, you would assume, into the Batman Beyond book slated for publication after Convergence, along with a new creative team and new direction. It seems that DC feel there is still life in the Beyond series, as it moves away from it's DCAU origins and ties.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
The New Deal OGN #1

Sep 3, 2015

With such wonderful work in the book, I was a tad disappointed that certain staging elements didn't seem to get resolved. This is a minor issue, but would have helped me to understand Frank's later actions.As it is the book reads very well and the hundredpages or sofly past in no time at all. Case has surprised me with a book that some would see as “just a heist book”, but delivering it with style and aplomb.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
The Paybacks #2

Sep 30, 2015

Normally, I like my comics straight up, so I didn't really know what to expect from this book. Dark Horse have a reputation of producing quality books and this is no exception. If I had a concern, it would be what comes next, after the punchline in the story, as can happen in certain comedy films.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
The Rocketeer At War #1

Dec 23, 2015

In addition to the main story, there is a small back up story as well as a text piece, that adds some context to proceedings, giving a whopping number of pages for just $3.99, which in my mind is great value. Take note DC with your up and coming higher priced #50's hitting stores in a couple of months. If like me you have a fondness for the old serials or the movie, I'm sure you would enjoy this book.

View Issue       View Full Review
4.0
The Rook #4

Jan 20, 2016

If I sound like I am being harsh, its due to disappointment. Go back and look up Batman Legends of the Dark Knight story Prey (issues #11-15 or TPB), or go even futher back and look up Master of Kung-Fu from the 70's. That's the Paul Gulacy I remember, that's the Paul Gulacy I want to see. Unfortunately, it seems that the only way I get that particular wish is if I find Dane's Time Castle.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
The Shadow (2015) #2

Sep 2, 2015

This is a solid issue from a team that certainly knows The Shadow, now lets see if they know the evil that lurks in the hearts of men.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
The Shadow (2015) #4

Nov 11, 2015

This second volume of The Shadow is ok. I am not enjoying it as much as the previous volume. Maybe it's the fact, that in my mind, The Shadow with his powers, should be more than capable to defeat this Society and as such, the big bad doesn't seem that bad. Whatever the reason, it is by far not the worst book out there, but I would like to see more quality across the board.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
The Tithe #1

Apr 18, 2015

With the heist premise in play, the book could turn into a procedural story. Hopefully the ambiguity of those stealing the money from the church or the church using the money collected disingenuously will come more to the front and create some tension. As it stands, with everyone, bar the ministers, on the same page the book feels a little flat.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
The Troop #1

Dec 3, 2015

The only other thing to say about the book is that, it is a tad gratuitous in places. Now, I amas laidback as he next guy, and yes, there is always going to be a level of violence in certain comic books, but the violence shown here, some of which is used more as aexcuse thananything, coupled with noreal reason for a female character to be seen naked whichpretty much backs up the claims of Clarke "you'll see it in all it's punch-to-the-face glory", although in reality,adds very little to the story. Overall, I am left more than a little disappointed.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
The X-Files: Season 11 #5

Dec 2, 2015

The fact that Harris and Bellaire have worked on the previous Season 10 run, shows that they know what they like and how to get their story told. If you are a fan of the show and don't mind having seen all this before, than I'm sure you will like this book. For me however,I prefer thethought-provoking elements from the earlier TVseries rather than the rehash that this book appears to be.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Thor (2014) #7

Apr 17, 2015

Next issue we have the big reveal.Who is the lady under the helmet. There may be clues in this issues. It will be interesting to see what the fans will say following the reveal. I am even more interested in the response should Odinson retrieve the hammer. If you, like me, have preconception of a Thor book, go check it out. You may be surprised.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Thor (2014) #8

May 13, 2015

Thor has certainly impressed me over the last couple of issues. It is easy to dismiss Lady Thor as just a ploy by Marvel to ingratiate a strong female lead book, using one of their more. at least currently thanks to the movies maybe, popular characters. But that opinion is somewhat flawed. Despite the uproar of a having a female Thor, fans tend to forget that the Big Two are pretty much used to creating female characters from the male original. Batgirl, Spider-Woman, Spider-Gwen and Supergirl to name a few. The quality of this book should go along way to dissuade these views and open-minded fans will enjoy a new take on this old familiar hero.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.8
Thors #1

Jun 19, 2015

It is fantastic when a writer fits a book or character well. Aaron has done a number of books for Marvel but has really hit his stride with Thor. This shows throughout this book, in the quality of the pacing, the dialogue and even the twists and turns that surprise you with their simplicity.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Thors #2

Jul 31, 2015

This is pretty much CSI Thor style. With that comes not just the police element but also the risk of any murder mystery, that being is the payoff at the end worth all of this excellent set up work. I have high hope that Jason Aaron can continue and conclude this story in the same excellent manner he has started.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Transference #1

Jun 30, 2015

Regardless the repetition of the time travel idea, as mentioned above, there is enough going on to keep this book interesting, This a huge credit to Moreci, keeping the idea fresh with the inclusion of a serious threat, generates reader interest which will need to be maintained. Will the second issue continue at this high level? Only time will tell.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Twilight Zone / The Shadow #1

Apr 21, 2016

I am a Shadow fan and as such, I enjoyed the "world is not as it was" element of this book. With so much of The Shadow's world being about mysticism I am a little unsure of the need to incorporate The Twilight Zone element to act as the deus ex machina. Still, with a piece of Shadow history about to make an appearance next issue, my curiosity has definitely been piqued.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Twisted Dark #4

Oct 21, 2015

For me, I am going to give Gibson the benefit of the doubt, enjoying the book for what it is, what is could be and not use it as a barometer on society, recognising that the answer to the question at the top is that it depends on the book and depends on the situation.

View Issue       View Full Review
4.0
Uncanny Avengers: Ultron Forever #1

May 30, 2015

Whilst the Marvel Universe is destroyed in Secret Wars, books like this hang in a limbo, where conclusions have no bearing on future storylines, where the potential of “knowing to much of your personal future” actually has no repercussions. Sure, as a reader we suspend our sense of disbelief but in order to do that the creators of the story need to make it worth our time. This is where this book fails. It reads like a tired idea, coupled with tired dialogue with art that, as glorious as Davis is, doesn't manage to provide enough quality to mitigate the rest of the tiredness.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Valiant 25th Anniversary Special (FCBD 2015) #1

May 4, 2015

So there you have it. A history lesson and some new material for you to enjoy and tempt you from the Big 2. The problem with the book is that is does it's job too well, in that once you have read it, you may well want to pick up the books, which will lead to some soul searching for which books to remove from your pull list. But hey, that's all part of being a fan.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Vampirella (2014) #12

May 19, 2015

I have enjoyed my venture into Vampirella's world. I am glad to say that this book is more engaging that the Swords issue, which may be due to the constraints of the crossover format or even the fact this story is in full flow, rather than just starting out. Whatever the case, Vampirella is definitely going strong in her own book.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Vampirella (2016) #1

Mar 2, 2016

Back to the book, on first glance, I wanted to really dislike this book. Thanks to the fun element of the writing and in parts some quality art, I was pleasantly surprised. Off the three restarts, Dejah Thoris, Red Sonja and Vampirella, this is weakest of the bunch, which may seem harsh as the others have had the opportunity to embed their stories and style with a second issue. Still, I am curious to see the second issue.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Vampirella 1969 #1

Nov 18, 2015

So there you have it, a quintet of stories, each showcasing everyone's half-dressed vampire/alien, out just in time for the announced re-vamp (no pun intended) scheduled for the new year, showing that there still life in the undead Vampire Queen.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Van Helsing vs. Dracula #1

Aug 17, 2015

Grimm books certainly have a place on the comic rack. For the most part they are nice to look at and the stories do not needa lot of effort to read.If a quick fix of semi-supernatural storytelling is your bag, then give them a chance.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Victorie City #3

Mar 9, 2016

I may have said before, that I'mnot a huge horror fan.Reading this book, there is nothing particularly appealing to me. However, IDW are doing some great work on their non licensed books and despite my distaste for this specific genre, I am still able to recognize quality work when I see it, even if it is hard to appreciate.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Voracious #1

Feb 4, 2016

Overall, the book was ok; it didn't wow me but nor did it bore me rigid. The topics covered aren't really my thing, I haven't even seen Jurassic World yet, so the idea of spending time with the beasties doesn't really appeal. If you, on the other hand, can't get enough of dinosaurs and pop culture, then Voracious may have the ingredients that appeal to your comic book appetite.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Witchblade #182

Apr 27, 2015

Reading the book, I am a little interested in where this story is going, even if it is just justify my curiosity, which has made a couple of assumptions regarding the ending. However, that is not enough for me to revisit the series, the characters doesn't engage me enough to warrant what may end up being a foregone conclusion.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Witchblade #184

Sep 24, 2015

To some extent, this issue has helped me see why this character is so popular. There is a level of competency around the proceedings, of which with a bit more flair, would increase my enjoyment.There is also thatcover by Silvestri,who is in my top three X-Men artists of all time, (controversy moment ahead, Jim Lee is fourth), which adds a level of quality to the book.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Witchblade #185

Nov 25, 2015

Back to the main part of the book fans of the character will no doubt enjoy the book for what it is, a chance to say good-bye to a character that seems to have had her day and served her purpose.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Worlds' Finest #32

Mar 14, 2015

I was drawn to the book at it's inception because of the characters involved. Now without their input my interest has waned and the book, has set the comic book definition of being whelmed.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #1

Oct 19, 2015

Eternal Warrior was always a bit of a favourite. Its good to see that he still carries over well into the next-but-same generation of the Valiant rebooted universe. The book is a great jumping on point for those who liked what they saw in Book of Death and guest star apparence in books such as Ivar, Time Walker.

View Issue       View Full Review
10
X #24

Apr 6, 2015

This book is a great read. I have re-read it a number of times and have found new things to enjoy on every occasion. Dark Horse are certainly showing their quality on a number of different books (check out Lady Killer) across differing styles of universes.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
X-O Manowar #41

Oct 14, 2015

This book is an easy enjoyable read. Even after missing a number of issues I was able to fit right back into the story. To some, this may feel like a bad thing, after all if its that easy to fit in, then nothing much must have happened in the last few issues. However, I would it has to be a good thing, allowing new readers to pick up the issue and fall right into the action. The Valiant (although not exclusively) style of mini arcs does allow for easy collection of issues for trades, but also means that if you pick up an mid arc story, you should be able to pick up the preceding issues from your Local Comic Book Emporium, which I heartily recommend.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
X-O Manowar: Commander Trill #0

Dec 3, 2015

I have to admit, I am a little surprised that Valiant had to resort to a zero issue. The series is strong enough for Aric to take a back seat and this tale be incorporated into the main book. I guess it's easier to promote an “All New Zero Issue”, than a “Jumping on Point”. Whatever the rationale, Venditti and Portela have put together a solid companion piece, that should appeal to long-term and newer fans.

View Issue       View Full Review
10
Young Terrorists #1

Aug 18, 2015

Looking through the book, I couldn't help consider, that if Pizzolo is attempting to challenge people, is the book just not catering to them, through the use of the violence, sex and lesbians? Re-reading the bookI have come to the conclusion that in order to challenge the reader, Pizzolo has used the ingredients he has to hand, making a helluva strong glass of lemonade.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Zombies vs Cheerleaders: St Pattty's Special #1

Mar 3, 2015

So, if this is supposed be a funny book to make me smile, I am afraid the various writers forgot to bring the “funny”. Does it work as a monster book? For me, it's a no as mentioned in previous reviews of other zombie books, it's a difficult task to keep this overly populated theme original. I guess, the inclusion of a reprinted story only serves to prove my point.

View Issue       View Full Review

Reviews for
the Week of...

November

October

More