Johnny "The Machine" Hughes's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Comic Crusaders, Geekery Magazine Reviews: 564
7.9Avg. Review Rating

10
2000AD #2000

Sep 28, 2016

Whilst the cynic in me balks at the inclusion of so many fan pleasing character and tropes, if you can't indulge yourself on your 40th birthday when can you? Just remember, it is said that life begins at 40!

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3 Story: The Secret History of The Giant Man #1

Aug 1, 2018

Books like this are rare at times, hidden by the multi event hype from the Big Two's continual Back to Basics / Rebirth plans. Books like this transcend the medium, showing what the best creators can give the comic book world. Dark Horse is a company that is renowned putting out books of high qualities that are on show in this tome, which collects 3 Story: The Secret History of the Giant Man, the 3 Story: Secret Files of the Giant Man one shot, concept art and a wealth of bonus material. If excellent, emotional storytelling is your thing, then check this book out immediately.

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A Man Among Ye #1

Jun 17, 2020

I admit that pirate books are not my cup of tea. The closest I get to pirates is the Captain Hook's party boat in Cancun, Mexico, (but that's a whole different story). Still, I do know the quality of writing that Stephanie Phillips brings into play. Here, she does not disappoint in any way, shape or form. I am interested to see the on gong travels of Anne Bonny.

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A Walk Through Hell #1

Apr 2, 2018

The topics covered and the pace of the story may seemunattractive to some, though with Garth Ennis at the helm, readers have got aquality comic book writer who deserves the benefit of the doubt as heentrances youwith ideas and thoughts to ponder.

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Action Comics (2016) #1000

Apr 18, 2018

DC are looking to make some traction with this book. For some it will be a great celebration of a classic character and his family, for others it will be seen as practice run for Detective Comics #1000, although the real party should be Detective #1027, and for others this will be seen as cheese on toast, that doesn't meet the requirement to spend so much on one issue. I am going to side with aspirational elements, the inspirational elements that Superman, no Clark Kent stands for.

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Action Comics (2016) #1001

Jul 25, 2018

Action Comics #1001 goes someway to show that Bendis is planning a long game that should please some of the doubters, following the MoS mini-series. Recent Tweets advising that Lois and Jon will be coming back, should also alleviate fears that Bendis is out to destroy some of the better additions to the Superman mythos. All in all, this is a great start to the next 1000 issues.

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Action Man #1

Jun 23, 2016

As with the other toy line books from IDW, I am not sure of their relevance in today's gadget focussed kids and the perpetual need to be plugged into something. The lack of consistent context may well be seen as good thing the all those involved as they try to reset the board and give this long loved and lived war-time hero a place in today's world.

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Adventures of the Super Sons #1

Aug 2, 2018

Despite the confusing publishing policy surrounding this book, I am glad to see it back on the shelf, mainly as it gives DC a genuine book that can be used across reader groups. I guess, the highest praise I can give this book is that I recommended it to a colleague at work who was looking for something for his nine-year old son.

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Agents of P.A.C.T #1

Mar 2, 2017

I am not sure what to make of this book. Team books may well be back in vogue thanks to the Big Two movies franchises that seem intent on throwing more heroes at the screen, than the hero count in a multi-issue crossover storyline. Looking at the ads in the book, it seems that Chapterhouse have some cool ideas. I just had hoped for better execution.

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All New Fathom (2017) #1

Feb 8, 2017

I was going to say it's a shame that books as good as this, aren't with a big publisher. Firstly, looking at the price point, $3.99 is lot to pay for a comic book and there are number of Big Two books at that price that don't have as much fun or quality in them. Secondly, independent books publish the types of books that the Big Two can't or won't publish. With this book, Aspen and the comic publisher she has inspired is definitelymaking a splash on the comic book racks.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #1

Jul 11, 2018

Ironically, the book is hitting stores not to long after the news of the death of Spider-Man's co-creator Steve Ditko had been announced. As I have said before, as kid, I didn't realize the genius of Ditko at the time, having it pointed out to me by my father. Spider-Man has had many a good run, with top notch creators taking up the webs. Have any been up to the magic of Ditko? That is a matter of opinion and it is unfair to lay that question on this newest of reiterations. Instead, enjoy the book for what it is, a chance to start again, to get back to basics and to rebuild on that which was once lost.

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Amber Blake #1

Apr 3, 2019

I like it when IDW take a break form their more obviously licensed products and show how they can deliver a range of different types of comics. Granted, this particular book, at least at the moment, doesn't add anything new to very populated story field. It will be interesting to see how this series distinguishes itself from others in the trope in later issues.

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American Gods: Shadows #1

Mar 9, 2017

All in all, this book is an enjoyable read, whether you view it as a re-imagining of the original or are totally new to American Gods. Oh, and by the way, that episode of Star Trek was called "Who Mourns For Adonais?"

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Angel (2019) #1

May 29, 2019

This book is evocative of the show that sired it; with Bryan Edward Hill it has writer that is more than capable in delivering the goods. Coupled with Gleb Melnikov's fantastic art, this series is off to a great start. Just please don't bring Lorne in anytime soon .

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Angel (2019) #12

Jul 22, 2020

This book has been surprisingly fun from the get go. Slower issues have been used well to move things long well and even the crossover, with it's less Angel focused plot encapsulated the "team" element of the book, even if the term "team" is massively over used.

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Angelic #1

Jul 19, 2017

This then is the main strength of the book; cartoon style art coupled with almost adult language that delivers some pretty mature messages, gender equality and roles to name a couple. In Angelic, Image may well be looking to foster a book that can promote some of the challenges that we face in the real world, to a younger, more impressionable audience in the hope that they can build a better future. We just need to make sure that the target audience actually enters a comic book shop.

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Animosity: World of Animosty #1

Sep 6, 2017

The quality of the work is what you would expect from AfterShock and is available from all good virtual an actual comics shops on 20th September.

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Animosity: The Rise #1

Feb 2, 2017

After the initial wave of books that impressed, AfterShock, for me at least, fell intoa kind of holding pattern. This was always going to be likely as a new publisher looks to make a splash then solidify their place in the market. Reading this book, I am glad to see that this particular publisher is once again putting out the sort of book that gained so many plaudits last year.

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Aquaman (2016) #1

Jun 27, 2016

With the amount of comics that DC are pumping out in a month, Aquaman needs to a premium book to escape the following tide. On this issue alone, I think that ship has, unfortunately sailed.

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Aquaman (2016) #25

Jun 27, 2017

With Aquaman's appearance in the up and coming Justice League movie gaining a lot attention, it's about time that DC got around to showing Arthur Curry and his fans, some love. With Abnett and Sejic on board, it is now safe to go back into the water.

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Aquaman (2016) #31

Dec 21, 2017

I am sorry to say, that the quality of this book, in comparison to previous issues,ebbs and flows. For a much maligned character to work, you need top-tier creators. Abnett is certainly worth a pirate's treasure, but he does feel the loss of his artistic partner. This may well have a bigger impact on this book than it does with Brett Booth leaving Titans, the latter containing as it does more popular characters. I am not sure that Aquaman is credible enough for a house style, and with that in mind, DC needs to ensure that the quality remain high. DC must recognise this, due to their belief that the book needs a house style. This issue, and the art in particularfor fans will be a drop in the ocean. However, with the drop in quality of the art, couple with an already lacklustre annual may have readers heading for the shallow end and the safety of numerous Bat books.

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Argus #1

Feb 26, 2020

Time travel gives a whole bunch of people a headache. Learning the ropes of another universe can be difficult, whether it be Trek, Back to the Future, Endgame of even Calvin and Hobbes. Still, when the premise is as interesting as the one here, putting the time in is more than worth the effort.

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Artemis and the Assassin #3

Jul 15, 2020

Written and created by; Stephanie PhillipsArt by; Francesca FantiniColors by; Lauren AffeLetters by; A Larger World's Troy PeteriPublished by; AfterShock Comics

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Artemis and the Assassin #4

Aug 19, 2020

The production values of AfterShock very rarely disappoint, even if their initial “shock' value has worn out, which has been the case on some books. With that said Phillips has shown herself to be a strong and versatile creator, having worked across the aisles, for a number of different publishers.

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Assassinistas #1

Dec 20, 2017

Even though I understand for the need to have all their licensed books on the rack; they are after all cash cows with ready-made fan eager to spend their cash on the further adventures of the Enterprise to name just one, this is the sort of book that I wish IDW would do more of, to maybe compete with companies such as Dark Horse. I guess we will have to be happy with this six issue run, for now.

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Atomic Blonde: The Coldest City #1

May 17, 2017

As I mentioned, with so many books gaining a film release, I decided to check out the trailers for the movie to give me some context. What I found was an action film, touted a the “next John Wick”, with explosive violence, Hollywood lesbians, thigh high boots and a blonde star. The film looks so dramatically different from this book, that if anyone buys this book after seeing the film they may well face the biggest disappointment since buying The Killing Joke graphic after seeing the movie and expecting to see a Batgirl story. I am all for artistic licence, but could this be seen as a case for the Trade Discrimination Act! Ploughing through this book, I am left weary and unmoved, not the greatest experiences to be had in thecomic book world.

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B.P.R.D.: The Devil You Know #5

Jan 2, 2018

B.P.R.D is one of the longest running books from Dark Horse, which seems to suit all those involved, especially as there seems to be a genuine effort to let the book evolve, with no easy answers or cop outs. Of course, there is a helluva of a surprise waiting at the end of theissue, which may well please this books fan base.

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Bad Mother (2020) #2

Sep 9, 2020

As much as I enjoyed this book, this genre always frustrates me. Whenever something bad happens to the family question, the remaining members become super great at stuff. Take this example; April is a downtrodden, sick of like, world weary type of character. This is established in book one and is carried over well here. But she turns into some sort of super sleuth to get on her missing daughters trail. This isn't the fault of anyone involved in the book; this is a great example of the crime / mystery genre; but this quirk is bothersome to me.

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Baltimore: Empty Graves #3

Jun 1, 2016

It's been a while since I hung out in Baltimore's world. Whilst I can't say I haven't really missed looking at the book, I am glad to see that his quest is heating up. Regardless of the victor in this mini series, I can't help that Baltimore will definitely be a step closer to the final battle against his arch nemesis.

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Bastard's Waltz #1

Jul 26, 2017

Darby Pop are getting into the habit of putting out some thought-provoking books of late. Bastard's Waltz fits their business model perfectly, given that you can't really help but shout for, essentially, the bad guy! At the core of the story is the idea that the characters are true to themselves. It will be fun to see how both John and Ezekiel world views impact and influence each other.

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Batgirl (2016) #1

Aug 2, 2016

This book still has a Barbara Gordon that reads a little too young for my taste. But,overall, the art and the context of the story makes me quietly hopeful for this series.

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Batgirl (2016) #17

Nov 22, 2017

Unfortunately, this book still sits below where loads of fans would like to see. After setting the standard for now, its about time for Larson and Wildgoose to raise the ante and deliver stories that can have an impact. This may be wishful thinking from me as DC may be happy with Batgirl's place as a marketing tool, rather than a character in her own right. Until then, despite the efforts of all involved, Batgirl's fans may feel a little disenfranchised.

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Batgirl (2016) #25

Aug 15, 2018

If you look at the book as a celebration of the various styles that Batgirl can possess, then you may feel its a resounding success. For me, whilst I totally applaud the efforts, that fact that there is an iteration that I could happily live without kind of wanes (no pun intended) my overall enthusiasm. Hopefully with a new creative team jumping on, this book can start to get out the unintentional funk that I think it has been in for a while.

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Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #12

Jul 17, 2017

I can't blame the fall of the this book on just the current crop of creators. Since Simone left the first time, this book has been in free fall. Not even Simone's return pre-New 52 could reignite the magic. For true fans of Batgirl, Black Canary and the Huntress, please get some top talent on this book, before the lack of anything of substance causes its cancellation and the cries of non diversification are placed squarely at your feet!

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Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #19

Feb 15, 2018

Regular listeners of The Definitive Crusade and The Dynamic Convergence, as well as readers of my previous reviews know how I feel about this current iteration of the Birds. But for the first time in a long while, I am cautiously optimistic that the book is moving in the right direction. Please, Julie, Shawna and Roge, do not prove me wrong!

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5.8
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #22

May 10, 2018

Looking over the final issue, all I can think of is missed opportunities. This book, with theses characters should work and work well! Thinking back to this book in its heyday, it was the relationships between the characters that made it work. Myopinion is that by making Batgirl younger, DC have destabilized the team; how can a younger Batgirl understand the Huntress's need for revenge? How can Canary, relate to her partners when she herself has not gone through any real loss since Rebirth? This may be the final book of this run and I would like to say I will miss the Birds. Problem is, I have been missing them for so long already!

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Batgirl and the Birds of Prey: Rebirth #1

Jul 22, 2016

This is one of the few books that isn't “Rebirthed” from an existing book. Therefore, this is a prime time for DC to claw back some of the female led stories market that Marvel are exploiting so well. Instead, we get a book, set after the first arc of Batgirl's own book thereby minimizing any impacts that may occur in there, that seems to relive its own history, without really learning from it.

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Batman (2016) #24

Jun 9, 2017

Despite a lack of had copies of Batman #24 in the UK and the fact the conclusion was given away by the media and anyone with an itchy Twitter-finger, to dismiss this book as a gimmick would be fool hardy. The quality of the journey is more than up to the destination, even if at this point the destination is actually just a pit stop. I, for one welcome King's attempt to give Bruce and alternative focus, to add a further layer of context to his actions, to possibly even contradict how Bruce reacts with the rest of his supporting cast. Of, course there will be questions; can you really tame a cat? Will this make Bruce more vulnerable? Should he lose Selina, how will this affect Batman and his war on crime? All great questions, to be sure and under King's guidance we will have to see how this plays out.

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Batman (2016) #33

Oct 18, 2017

I am really on the fence with this issue and if I am perfectly honest, that's exactly how I feel about the whole run since Rebirth #1. It seems that rather than tell a straight up story, Kingis always look to deliver a mini event of sorts. He isn't the one wholly to blame, DC has been playing that particular card since New 52. At times it's worked and other times, maybe not so. Finally, does anyone else miss the Batman that used to stop crime in Gotham? Where did he go? Maybe we should light a signal, or something.

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Batman (2016) #50

Jul 4, 2018

Batman #50 is a one of those books that is going to divide opinion; some will hate it, some will love it. There may well be ramifications for the industry, not helped by DC pulling the carpet from underneath retailers and fans with their actions last weekend. Hopefully, when the smoke settles, people will realise that this book is a classic take on two classic characters, both of whom make decisions based on their love for each other.

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Batman (2016) #75

Jul 17, 2019

For many, Tom King's Batman run has been hit and miss. You could say that this is more true than not, especially as a recent issue of Batman was basically a recap of the run to date. Perhaps fearing the backlash of Heroes in Crisis, the structure of the last few issues of this book has returned to a start, middle and end format that I credit editor Jame S.Rich for, giving each arc a feeling of resolution, regardless of the larger story.

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Batman (2016) #80

Oct 2, 2019

By this time, no matter how many fans, and in that group I include myself , complain about King's pacing or overindulgence at times, nothing is going to change. With King you know what you are going to get, which may explain the books slip down the top ten sales list. You may want more direct story telling over the meanderings of character's dialogue. The knock on King's method is that the payoff has to surpass the setup; this is a failing that affects a number of DC's writers. Still, as this hit and miss run of Kings nears its climax, I can't help but hope, just one more time that King manages to hit this one, this last one, our of the park.

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Batman (2016) #85

Dec 18, 2019

As much as the idea of one writer for an extended amount of time sounds attractive, the reality is, at least in this case, that it leads to overblown, oft repeated ideas that come full circle.

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Batman (2016) #94

Jul 13, 2020

When the news came down the line that Tynion was replacing King on this book, I was hopeful. Tynion had written the in bat universe before, on the Eternal titles; on the flip, he has worked a lot with Snyder, would Tynion have the same flaws that I find in Snyder? Thankfully, my faith has been rewarded, with a tight story that suits the twice a month frequency of this book. Perhaps the biggest compliment I can give; I am actually looking forward to a Joker story!

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Batman (2016) #95

Jul 27, 2020

Given my distaste of the over use of the Joker, this book and it's preceding set-up arc have been a massive improvement on King's run and is eminently more enjoyable.

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Batman (2016) Annual #2

Nov 29, 2017

As impressive as King's writing is in this annual, no one can state that Lee Week's does not deliver his "A" game.

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Batman (2016): Secret Files #2

Jul 31, 2019

Batman Secret Files #2 two feels like a tie-in book for reader who may not have been around for a while, serving perhaps those who have only just recently jumped on to Batman. For the log time reader, there is the stylishly taken route and the not quite comparable quirky which can show just how different Batman, and his infamous rogues can be.

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Batman and the Signal #1

Jan 3, 2018

Reading this book, it may well be a Bat too far. It is also worth to note, that DC may feel the same, as on this occasion The Signal is a mini series. This is a move that has paid dividends in the past, thinking of the how the Tim Drake Robin was promoted. So a mixed bag to be sure, which may well frustrate as much as it pleases.

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Batman vs. Ra's Al Ghul (2019) #1

Sep 4, 2019

Back in the day, when it came to Batman, Neal Adams wasn't my favourite artist. That honour belongs to Jim Aparo. Other artists would include Irv Novick, Don Newton and down the line, Alan Davis. Its ironic that all three could be seen as second even third generation Adams clones. This series is aimed at the nostalgia market. However in the wise words of Billy Joel “The good old days weren't always good”. If you want to see this book done well, you should buy the Batman #232 facsimile that hit the racks a couple of weeks ago.

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Batman/Superman (2019) #1

Aug 28, 2019

C'mon DC, try harder; I don't just buy a book because it has Batman in it.

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Batman/The Shadow #1

May 2, 2017

Readers of my reviews and listeners ofThe Definitive Crusade podcast,should know a few things about me by know. Fishnets rock, I am the DC Jeopardy king and I love both Batman and The Shadow. With a crossover like this,the temptation is to over critique as expectations are not normally met. Where this book is different, is that whilst my expectations were not met; they were surpassed. I would urge anyone who feels that current comic books rely on events too much to go and pick up this old school book, with two old school characters, created for the old school reader.

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Batman: Damned #2

Dec 12, 2018

I understand that Black Label books are going to aim at being more mature. Yet for some, this means nudity and swearing. Given the trouble a naked man caused last issue, I am not sure how I feel about the last few panels and the implied seduction of the not so innocent. With this label, DC have an opportunity to challenge the reader with ideas and images that may seem distasteful or disturbing. With that in mind, this book continues with its strong substance that actually meets its excellent style.

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Batman: Damned #3

Jun 26, 2019

So there you have it; the first Black Label series is done, with the usual DC tomfoolery of adult content that's “too adult” and a delay that gives the Doomsday Clock a run for it's money. Was it worth it? If I am honest, I could probably live without the series. I applaud the idea of it, but like so many DC projects of late, the setup far outweighs the payoff.

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Batman: Kings of Fear #1

Aug 22, 2018

Looking at this issue, it is clearly an out of current continuity book. The costume is neither the original or the one Batman wore “when she…”. It is almost a throwback to times gone by. I don't mind that so much, if only the story had more original facets. As it is, this book doesn't accurately represent the talents of a pair of creators who, in the past, have delivered much stronger work.

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Batman: Lost #1

Nov 8, 2017

The cynic in me wants to say that this book doesn't deliver anything to the overall story. In fact it keeps the story in a holding pattern of sorts. But the comic fan in me is happy to see a solid mystery of sorts being applied to Batman, with the biggest one being, what does he see? This type of book is what Snyder excels at and with Tynion IV and Williamson added to the mix, the book works extremely well, even if by avoiding any real closure dooms us to more Metal mayhem over the next couple of months. I just hope that this book is a big hit for DC as there is a lot of creators that will need a paycheque for this one.

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Batman: Rebirth #1

Jun 2, 2016

After the fantastic Rebirth #1 issue, I was hoping that the main books would continue to create the same level of excitement. It may be then, we have been a tad spoilt. For all the freshness that this book appears to hold, under further scrutiny its polish does indeed tarnish. Moving forward, this book may indeed be a solid starting point for both Duke and the Calendar Man, but in light of last weeks Rebirth revelations, this issue feels like a step backwards. In the past, Snyder has taken one issue characters and moved them front and centre at a later stage. This is may be the course that Kring is plotting, leading to this book having a greater impact then it seems at this first sight.

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Batman: The Dark Prince Charming #1

Nov 7, 2017

For me, a long time Bat-fan, this is the sort of book that I have been waiting for. This is absolute proof that Batman doesn't need to live in the superhero world. In fact, he is better suited to life away from the Justice League. I can only hope that his recent shenanigans in his main book and his actions in Metal will finally get him kicked out . DC should take note, there is room on the rack for a teen + bat book as well as their mainly crowd pleasing titular Batman book.

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Batman: The Dawnbreaker #1

Oct 4, 2017

To say I am not overly enthused about the Metal storyline would be a massive understatement. The formulaic approach to these tie-in books reminds me of the repetitiveness of the Convergence books that DC published as their moving offices stop gap. As I mentioned in my Batman Red Death review, in my head, Bruce doesn't need nor does he want to gainsuper powers. With that in mind, the crux of the story doesn't rest easy with me. Next up on the Metal tie-in is Batman: The Drowned #1. I wonder who that will feature…….

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Batman: The Devastator #1

Nov 1, 2017

As some of you may know I have not been the biggest fan of either the main book or some of the one shots and don't even get me started on the tie-ins. DC have thrown some of their top talent at the series and in the case of the Devastator it works within its own logic, even going as far as to hinting how this whole storyline may come to an end just in time for The Doomsday Clock.

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Batman: The Drowned #1

Oct 18, 2017

Formulaic at worst, this book is a great advert for seeing more of Philip Tan's work. Collectors of these one-shots may well discover that this book, at least artistically, is a treasure.

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Batman: The Merciless #1

Oct 25, 2017

This books works well in a number of ways, from seeing who strong a character Diana is, to possibly how weak Bruce is to let the power corrupt him, all the way to seeing how these books fit into the main story, which does give the impression thatwe are seeing at least some progress toward the end of these one shots.

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Batman: The Red Death #1

Sep 20, 2017

DC are definitely ramping up the stakes across their books, with various heroes dealing with Rebirth repercussions, a darkness encroaching that may not be just about the Dark Night falling and of course there is a certain Doomsday Clock on the horizon. With so many big ideas there comes the risk of a drop in quality, over saturation of the market (have you seen how many tie-ins books accompany the main book?). Still, this is the course we are on and we are have to put out trust and faith in those that have entertained us, fortnight in fortnight out since the start of Rebirth.

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Batman: Three Jokers (2020) #1

Aug 26, 2020

I do have a worry regarding this series that has nothing to do with the sheer amount of Joker we have seen this year. After Doomsday Clock, my worry is that Three Jokers may promise too much and deliver too little. I sincerely hope that I am wrong as DC could do with a win. Fingers crossed.

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Batman: Universe #1

Jul 10, 2019

You don't last 80 years without enjoying different version of self. Batman is one of the greatest characters who has successfully charted the ever changing trends of expectations. Unfortunately, with Bendis involved, I expected more from this book, than something that feels watered down with little or no tie into current continuity. Granted, as this is essentially a reprint book, I understand that continuity would have been a hard thing to manage, yet manage it does with Jinny Hex. Batman Universe is a book that hardly whelms for me, but for others, especially younger readers, there will be more than enough to bring them into a lighter version of the Dark Knight, maybe a Twilight Knight?

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Batman: White Knight #1

Oct 4, 2017

The timing of this book strikes me as unusual if I am honest. DC are currently putting out a wealth of “alternative” Batman books as part of the Metal event. As such, this may well get missed by some in the crush of product on the rack. That would be a shame, as this books, very much like Gotham City Garage and Nightwing New Order are presenting a different DC universe that actually feels like it could lead to an ongoing series, rather than the “make a buck, quick” nature of the aforementioned Metal books. I am sure that, with all the nods and echoes in the, book there might be a few people who will criticise; when are too many Easter eggs enough?(Please no French jokes).For me, I am very interested in seeing where this book is going.

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Batman: Who Laughs #1

Nov 15, 2017

This book is quite an unsettling read, as well it should be when the hero takes on the traits of his arch nemesis. Still I am not certain whether it's the idea of the story or the execution that has me rattled. It's true, that I have been less than impressed with the visual of this particular Dark Batman, being how closely he resembles Judge Death from the Judge Dredd comics. With so much is at stake in the multiverse, I had hoped that we would have got more than a rehash ofa video game story, even if in this media, things are taken a tad further.

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Battlestar Galactica Vs. Battlestar Galactica #1

Jan 11, 2018

The book isn't without a sense of fun, the “looks like i picked the wrong time…” joke will only appeal to fans of a certain age (thank you Mr David, I got it!) and the idea of two Battlestars going head to head, with the variants on the theme providing all sorts of conceptual contrasts. You never know, the latter-day Tigh may get his wish for Starbuck to go frak herself, kind of. It's a shame, that very much like the Armistice between humans and Cylons, the art promises much, but fails to deliver the desired result.

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Battlestar Galactica Vs. Battlestar Galactica #2

Feb 22, 2018

Even with the info dump, I am still interested in how this series goes, especially when you consider that both fleets did manage to find an Earth far from the Twelve Colonies of Man they separately called home.

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Batwoman (2017) #9

Nov 15, 2017

This issue is an improvement over the last couple of issues, but it is still some way from where I, and a lot of fans, would like it to be. Hopefully, after this arc we can get to talking about Batwoman's future rather than focussing on one element of her past.

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Batwoman (2017) #18

Aug 16, 2018

There is a problem with Batwoman that people, including those at DC never talk about. Its nothing to do with her being a girl or a lesbian or the fact that the hair is a wig. The best stories that feature Batwoman were arguably, the Greg Rucka and J. H. Willaims III run from Detective Comics and the series written by J.H. Williams III, who supplied the art along with Amy Reeder Hadely and co writer W. Haden Blackman. The loss of these creators helped to actually push back Batwoman's cause, essentially rendering her just another hero. I am sure that as the CW show gets closer, we will see yet another restart for a character that seems to get short change from her publishers.

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Beautiful Canvas #1

Jun 28, 2017

Co- creators Lindsay and Kivela have wrapped up a story about the duality of a persons nature, in a crime story featuring super powers. I am not sure what is going to happen next, but I will definitely wait and see the bigger picture that this Beautiful Canvas will be a part of.

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Belle: Beast Hunter #1

Jan 18, 2018

As mentioned above, Zenescope have worked hard to create their cohesive universe, almost plateauing out with their recent books. Now is the time for Zenescope to drive forward, to make hay from having top writers like ChuckDixon providing stories for them.

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Berserker Unbound #1

Jul 26, 2019

I can not stress how much fun this book is. True, there are enough elements to make you think of other characters, but in Lemire, you have a writer who seems to be able to fasten onto the core elements and vibes of what characters and stories tick, adding in a very well done classic touch.

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Bettie Page #1

Jul 20, 2017

Reading through this book, I can't help but be reminded of the Jane comic strip by Norman Pett. For those not in the know, Jane was a morale boosting character, popular during the Second World War, who had a tendency to lose her clothes. Both characters tend to get themselves inadvertently caught up in traps through misadventure, although the former manages to do it at the same time as losing her clothes. This then leads to the confusion that I feel about this book. With such a prominent character the focus of the book, coupled with everyone's opinion of the “Queen of Bondage” there will quite a few fans of Bettie that may well be disappointed.

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Bettie Page #2

Aug 25, 2017

I am not sure to whom this book is aimed. Is there enough of the cheesecake elements to entice true Bettie fans? Is the character in the book even recognisable as Bettie Page? Why even bother with this book when her facsimile in Betty from The Rocketeer covers pretty much the same ground with more style and flair?If you can answer any of these questions with a positive answer, then this book is for you. Enjoy, as Iam not sure that I did.

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Betty and Veronica: Vixens #1

Oct 24, 2017

I am a little confused by thecreators intent. Are they trying to show that Betty and Veronica can be strong female characters? If that's the case, then why do they have emulate men?Are theytrying to be sexier than it's core base? If so, why retain the Archie house style of art? Still, at the moment there is no doubt that thereis a strength of appeal to all things Archie at the moment. A resurgent comic book and the TV show Riverdale proves that the material is strong enough for multiple versions, with each one having their own fans. This seriesmay well act as a bridge between the more innocent books and the show, with it ambiguous moral code.

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Big Girls #2

Sep 16, 2020

For what I thought was "just" a monster book, I was both surprised and pleased. The story reads well, with some well paced elements that lead in to the main flow and direction of the story. Jason Howard has done an incredible job in creating a world that is more interesting and intriguing than I expected.

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Birds of Prey (2020) #1

Jun 5, 2020

Other than some swearing and beheading, I have no idea why this is a Black Label book. The writing is inconsistent with the need to add the Joker into the mix…..again. The art is equally inconsistent with poor finishing in the quality department adding to the half arsed feel to proceedings. Considering how expensive this book is I expected more, much more.

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Black Cat (2019) #1

Jun 7, 2019

In a lot ways, this is the book that I feel DC wishes their Catwoman book was; a character based on the thrill of the chase, out for fun instead of a character mourning the loss of a fiance that she herself left. Reading this book, I am reminded how well Marvel can create strong female led books, when they put their minds to it.

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Black Cat (2019) #11

Jun 10, 2020

I have said it before, but this book for me has been the surprise hit of the last year. For all their problems, when Marvel get it right, boy do they get it right!

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Black Cat (2019) #12

Aug 7, 2020

I can not say enough good things about this book. I love it! Every issue is like a throwback to when comics were enjoyable and not every story or character had to have some sort of societal impact! Entertainment can just be fun; and this book, thanks to Jed MacKay and his team, is pure entertainment.

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Black Cat (2019) Annual #1

Nov 15, 2019

The Black Cat series is showing how strong a character Felicia is, in both attitude, competence and lifestyle. Her regular book is a fun read from the get go. I am at a loss as to how Marvel can produce such an enjoyable book and yet fail so miserably with Black Widow. To be honest, that's Marvel's conundrum to solve. For me, Black Cat is one of the books that I look forward to most every month.

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Black Hammer/Justice League: Hammer of Justice! #1

Jun 27, 2019

Of course, this isn't the first time that DC and Dark Horse have gotten together; the Wonder Woman vs Conan book, prior to the latter returning back to Marvel, was a lot of fun. The first issue of this book, goes a long way to continuing that element of fun as an alternative to the more regular Justice League team, with the added spice of yesteryear.

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Black Panther: Long Live The King #1

Dec 13, 2017

Whilst this book has an element of charm, I have to admit, I miss the old regal T'Challa. I appreciate that Marvel are in a state of flux, with cinematicsuccess nottranslating into comic book success, but even so, this feels like a light weight T'Challa when compared to the original. In this incarnation, he is more a Grey Tabby, than a Black Panther.

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Black Stars Above #5

Mar 12, 2020

Black Stars Above #5 will shine in comic book shops on March 18th.

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Black Widow (2019) #1

Jan 18, 2019

This book was a fun read that had its dark vibe to counter the lighter moments. As a Marvel book, there is a rick of this book turning into another Domino books; high on the hi-jinks and humour. Now if that's your bag,, that's fine, but surely not every Marvel book has to fit that model? Hopefully, with the Twisted Sisters involvement, Natasha Romanoff will continue her danse macabre of Madripoor!

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Blackwood #1

May 8, 2018

For a genre that I am not generally fond of this book has impressed me. Where Potter and his gang dealt with wizards, Blackwood has a more earthy feel to it. This then gives the book a bigger horror vibe than a magic one. If the powers that be at Dark Horse know one thing, it is how to do horror well and this book is no exception!

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Bleed Them Dry #1

Jun 24, 2020

I love how versatile a vampire story can be; it is a trope that can be used in feudal Japan, modern day Los Angeles, the wild west and even the Blade Runner-esque future. Making it work here; Koizumi and Rahal have shown that for the flexibility to work, vampires need to be grounded at the core, every Dracula has a Mina Harker for example. Throw in deceit, flaws and the darkness of night shrouding darker acts and you have yourself an excellent first issue of an exciting series.

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Bloodshot (2019) #1

Sep 26, 2019

Bloodshot is in a unique position for Valiant Entertainment. With a movie due out next year, this is the perfect time for Valiant to tempt comic book fans. If the movie is a success, then I am sure further Valiant movies will grace our screens. Looking over the book, I think that the thing that disappoints me is that in order to give the character mass market appeal, Valiant have had to resort in delivering a story that, I feel, caters to the lowest common denominator of comic book story telling.

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Bloodshot: Rising Spirit #1

Nov 14, 2018

Bloodshot is one of Valiant's core characters that seems to equally have a core following, with some pretty strong issues to date. It is a shame that in order to move forward, we have to have a story that is figuratively and literally set in the past. If anything, it does show that Thompson and Nadler deserve an actual continuing X-book of their own.

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Bloodshot: Salvation #1

Aug 1, 2017

Valiant are known for books that push the envelope in some way. Their recent history has set us up for that trend to continue. Therefore, it comes as quite a shock that this book, a possible flagship for the company, resorts to a trope that is instantly recognisable. I am hoping that Lemire's skill will seep through and entice readers past the obvious comparison and into a new take on one of their most popular characters.

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Blue Beetle (2016) #7

Mar 28, 2017

For a while, fans have been clamouring for the return of Ted Kord. Now that he is back, I am not sure this is the Kord they wanted. Seems to me, fans want the Blue and Gold team back, rather than just one part of it. Cast your mind back to the new 52; the Justice League International book featuring Booster got cancelled, as did the Blue Beetle book starring Jaime Reyes. What does that go to show you? Blue and Gold are stronger together, than they are apart. Now we have Kord with two partners who couldn't hold down a regular monthly book after trying and failing recently. Could this be the first Rebirth book to be cancelled? Time will tell, but after reading this latest issue. I can safely say that, regarding this book,my ignoranceis still very blissful.

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Briggs Land: Lone Wolves #1

May 24, 2017

Briggs land is an interesting read, presenting as it does, a different way of life and potentially how a government would act towards such a viable case for secession. If America is truly the Land of the Free, why can't a group secede? I do have questions about life in the New Land, how do they buy food? How do they pay for stuff? How does their economy work?How do they know about cell phones (mobile phones to us Brits)? These question are mentioned not as means to decry or debunk this book; they are asked as a sign of respect to a creative team who produced a book that has sincerely piqued my interest. I look forward to discovering the answers along with the further developments of this ongoing story.

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Brik #2

Aug 17, 2016

This story isn't a new in any shape of form. Golem's or Tulpa's have been part of comics as frequently as any other type of horror trope. In the capable of hands of all involved, this is book that screams honesty in its characters and their motivations.

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Brik #5

Nov 27, 2016

Brik has been a surprising read. At each turn, Drew's life has the potential to fall apart, but despite the surrounding despair there are lights that spring hope eternal that entices the reader into wanting Drew to succeed in South Yonkers, where others have faltered and failed.

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Brilliant Trash #1

Oct 19, 2017

The idea of living for now rather than later could be seen as a statement about a human race who has forgone the sanctity of the planet in order to utilise its resources now, or any number of choices we make on a daily basis where we decide that today is more important than tomorrow. With differing viewpoints on show it is hard to say who is wrong or who is right. But reading a book like this should give a reader an opportunity to look at life from both sides and find out for themselves.

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Brooklyn Blood #1

Jun 26, 2018

Brooklyn Blood is a strong outing for Levitz and Hamilton, especially for Levitz as it goes to show what a great creator he is, showing the strengths that maybe his New 52 DC work had perceptually diminished.

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Bruce Lee: Walk of the Dragon #1

Mar 6, 2018

The book is an odd mix of genres to be sure, though I would have preferred to see the mysterious woman and the quest for Lee's memories take more of a centre stage. I am sure that as this Shannon Lee's second comic book featuring her father, that these answers will be forthcoming. With that said, this issue is a solid introduction to the new "Status Quo of the Dragon".

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Brutal Nature #1

Mar 22, 2017

For a book that, at first, didn't seem to offer much, the surprises come thick and fast. There is a simplicity to the storytelling, being as this is the first issue. Yet, there are enough questions left hanging to indicate that things are going to get a little more complicated. I am normally quite critical of the current trend of story compression to fulfil the demands of TPB format. But here, I am not sure that four issues will be enough for many readers who may well want more issues of Ich's adventures.

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BubbleGun (2017) #1

May 18, 2017

This book has it all; kick ass characters, doomed romance; a possible turncoat; a secret weapon and of course an over top big bad in the shape of Mr Penny. What's not to like in this tech-punk laden world where even the thieves can be the good guys?

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #1

Jan 23, 2019

As fun as this book feels, I am not sure of the reason for it. Dark Horse has previously published the Buffy book set after the TV show as cannon which was really popular. So why go back to the start and re-vamp (no pun intended) the whole thing? I am sure that there will be elements of fun as we get to meet the newer versions of Mr Pointy, Kendra, Spike, Angel, Faith et al but is that enough for you to buy into this book? Whilst I am on the fence at this stage, the quality of the work and clear love for the show is evident throughout the books pages .

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #5

Jun 5, 2019

This series has been an interesting read from the get go, with Bellaire and company adding new twists to an all ready popular series.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow (2020) #1

Jul 9, 2020

For Willow fans, this book finally puts their heroine firmly in the limelight. It's a credit to how BOOM! have gone about putting out a new range of Buffy stories that do not need to hang on the TV show.

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Burnouts #1

Sep 20, 2018

Regardless of the target audience, there is enough humour in Andy's quest to have fun-turned-world-saviour to engage with a wide range of readers, especially if you ever wanted to read a book where 90210 and They Live are meshed together.

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Calamity Kate #1

Mar 13, 2019

To paraphrase, behind every monster is a strong woman trying to kill it. As with a certain vampire slaying cheerleader, it is the aspects of different lifestyles, which seems the clear focal point of the story, will turn out to be the most interesting.

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Calexit #1

Jul 5, 2017

Comics are meant to be entertaining. The fact that top notch creators such as Matteo Pizzolo and Amancay Nahuelpan, along with Briggs Land creators Brian Wood and Mack Chater, can weave the political fallout of secession and present a different version of the United States into engaging books that can challenge a readers perception, is one of the great flexibilities of comic books. Not everything has to revolve around the cape and cowl crowd.

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Captain America (2017) #697

Jan 8, 2018

Waid and Samnee have a style about them that I don't think would suit every Marvel character, though I would like to see them take on Spider-Man. You never know, these two may yetmake Captain America great again!

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Captain Kid #1

Jul 28, 2016

Books that throw a curveball into recognisable formats have been a bit of a mainstay in comics since Kick-Ass. As such, they run the risk of becoming as part of the community as the books they are trying to either emulate of take apart, before putting the pieces back together to make a new whole.

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Captain Kid #4

Jan 19, 2017

After the initial hoopla of AfterShock Comics first round of books, the company seems to have settled in to a holding pattern on consolidation. If true, this is a great idea from Editor-in-Chief Mike Marts as the company won't want a deluge of books watering down the overall quality; yes, I am looking at you, Marvel and maybe glancing a little at DC.

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Captain Marvel (2019) #12

Nov 20, 2019

Given that Carol runs the risk of being seen as over powered, those involved have kind of tried to ground her with a family of friends, in much the same way that Superman is grounded by Lois, Jimmy and the rest of the Daily Planet. With Carol, apart from Jessica Drew, the lines of friendship seem less distinct. This issue then, sees a total 180 degree turnabout; instead of hiding her power for the sake of friendship, Carol is at her powerful best. Granted, this turn of events may be short lived in the grand scheme of things, but that doesn't that this isn't going to be a helluva ride!

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Captain Marvel (2019) #14

Jan 27, 2020

It has been said before that Captain Marvel lives in the good graces of Marvel needing a premier female superhero. After all, how else can you explain the myriad attempts of having her lead a series? In Thompson, Carol has a writer that obviously loves the character and whilst loving a character is different to having a successful book, in this instance I think that Thompson, along with Garbett, have finally hit the right balance.

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Captain Marvel (2019) #16

Mar 23, 2020

Having a soft spot for Carol Danvers since the 70's, I ma pleased to have enjoyed this story line. There is no massive motive, no change a characters origins and no suddenly worthy element that effectively reduces the need for any of the other heroes. It has been plainly put, a fun read! Marvel have been doing a great job, for the most part, with their female led books. Hopefully Thompson and company can keep this momentum going.

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Captain Marvel (2019) #21

Sep 9, 2020

Overall, I haven't minded this little arc. As I am not reading Empyre, I was a little concerned that these would be lame duck issues. With Thompson introducing Lauri-Ell, she has given us a sort of “Carol-by-proxy” to keep the readers entertained, whilst Carol is doing her war stuff off panel. A surprisingly well executed arc. Well done.

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Catalyst Prime: Noble #1

May 3, 2017

Reading the book, I was aware of a certain vacuous experience.Whilst comics are meant to be escapism, I do prefer my character to have something to hold onto. Here, with a man with no past, where is the connection? The connection is going to have to come from Astrid and her mission, which I am sure we will see beginning in the next couple of issues.

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Catalyst Prime: Seven Days #1

Oct 2, 2019

Lion Forge have been publishing some strong books. By bringing Simone into the fold, they are looking to capture a loud and vocal group of fans. For that to happen, the quality of the story needs to shine. This is the first issue and whilst it may not automatically feel like a Simone book, there are enough hints and teases to intimate that normal service will be resumed during this run. Throw in the art of Lis and company, delivering a solid quality of production and Lion Forge may eventually get their wish.

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Catwoman (2018) #1

Jul 4, 2018

The book's main idea is quite simple, there are copycats of all shapes and sizes and a new big bad that seems to have a hate on for everyone's favourite feline of felony. This book is a bit of a break from the norm. Hopefully, the talent of Joelle Jones will finally give Catwoman the book of quality that she deserves.

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Catwoman (2018) #24

Aug 22, 2020

Story by; Sean Murphy & Blake NorthcottScript by; Blake NorthcottArt by; Cian TorpheyColors by; FCO PlascenciaLetters by; Tom NapolitanoPublished by; DC Comics

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Cemetery Beach #1

Sep 12, 2018

When it comes to comic creators, there are only a few that can change their style of story and still deliver the goods. Warren Ellis is definitely one of those, having written superhero books across the aisle as well as a host of indie and alternative books. Coupled with Jason Howard, the pair have created a world that bears some investigating. Luckily for us, we have Michael Blackburn and his violent tour guide to going exploring with.

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Charlies Angels (2018) #2

Jul 26, 2018

This book is a throwback to an almost simpler times, possessing an innocence inherent in the characters that somehow have no concern for how they are portrayed or how they are perceived. Is this any different to how characters are currently portrayed in comics? That's up for debate. What I will say is that the simplicity of intent makes for a refreshing read.

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Chasing Hitler #1

Nov 20, 2017

Not being a war comic fan, I am somewhat of a loss about the reason for the book. Sure there is that particular question mentioned at the beginning of this review, but I am left pondering why did the question need asking? That said, those involved tackle the book with gusto, meaning that fans of the genre will no doubt be impressed.

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Chum #1

May 11, 2016

Whilst this book may not offer anything new to the whole crime noir genre, the setting help create an unusual juxtaposition between paradise and hell. Under the writing skills of Lindsay and the art of Kivela, I am going to enjoy my visit to Kingsford, it surely meets the definition of a great place to visits, but I would hate to live there."

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Chum #3

Jul 6, 2016

Writing – 3 StarsArt -3.5 starsColors – 4 stars

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Cinderella: Serial Killer Princess #1

Dec 7, 2016

As I alluded to, it depends with which part of the brain you use to read this book which will determine your enjoyment. If you take books too seriously (as I sometimes do), then reading this book will only serve to make your eyes roll so hard you will get dizzy. On the other hand, if you have a itchin' for a sassy lassie with a gleefully murderous spirit then you could do worse than check out this mini-series.

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Cinderella: Serial Killer Princess #3

Mar 16, 2017

This book, in fact this whole mini series is not going to win any prizes for it's high brow story. Depending on your mood you will either love the crazy or you may well feel that the amount of violence with very little story featuring a half dressed stocking wearing curvy womanis an indictment of everything that could be seen as wrong in comics. For me, the truth lies somewhere in between.

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Cinderella: Serial Killer Princess #4

Apr 14, 2017

If you have followed this series, even buying just one cover per issue, it would cost you $16.96 for an ending that as mentioned may well leave you feeling like you wasted your time and money. This story would have been better served as a one shot which would have cut down the repetition of certain elements and still allow the story, such as it is, to unfold.

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Clandestino #3

May 18, 2016

I have to admit, I wasn't really looking forward to reading this book, yet I was more than pleasantly surprised. Sure, some of the ideas in the book aren't the newest, but somewhere along the line I found myself intrigued in Clandestino's life. For fans of grimy, dirty violent stories that harbour more than a Tarantino edge, then go check it out and hopefully you will be as surprised as I was.

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Clandestino #5

Jan 23, 2017

For a series that initially surprised me, I am more than pleased to say that my surprise has turned in genuine enjoyment of a very well crafted book, that delivers strong characters through solid writing and consistently good art.

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Clandestino #6

Feb 15, 2017

It is a wise man that knows when to call time on a series. Too often, characterscan overstay their welcome. By doing so, their existence becomes a parody of all the good stuff that went before. Nahuelpan neatly avoids this by bringing the curtain down in a way that some may expect, but still leaves the door open for further stories of this war torn world. With such skill on show, both in the writing and art department, I am sure that we will see Amancay Nahuelpan's work again very soon.

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Clue #1

Jul 3, 2017

IDW's Clue hits the rack a week or so after Image's Shirtless Bear Fighter, both ramping the “laugh out loud” elements, proving that there can be some fun had in this oft Dark Forge, Crisis, Secret Empire comic industry. I can't wait for the Monopoly comic!

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Colossi #1

Mar 9, 2017

There are parts in this book that did grab my attention; initially I thought the demise of the nun was going to lead into a metaphor about religion, In the hand, it seems just happenstance sent her on her way. Despite the number of influences inherent in this book, I feel the Mo could have wrung some originality out of this mash-up of used and re-cycled ideas.

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Come Into Me #1

Mar 7, 2018

If you read The Dreggs, you could be forgiven for assuming you know the writings of Thompson and Nadler. True both books challenge perceptions and the order of things, and even though the battle between being rich or being poor does raise its head here, it is by no means the same level as their previous work. I am a big fan of Black Mask Comics, having read quite a selection of their books, as they quietly go about carving out a niche for themselves by delivering quality products.

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Damage #1

Jan 17, 2018

I am not sure how I feel about “The New Age of Heroes”. Whilst I sit on the fence, pondering if having a range of new characters is financially feasible for comic book fans (I know I can't afford to buy every book), retailers who may have to chop numbers in other areas such as indie books perhaps and DC; if I have a choice to buy a book with my favourite characters or a new book with a new character thatI have no real relationship with, how do you think my knee will jerk? These are questions for another time. In the meantime, the New Age is upon us with a pretty solid book straight out of the gate.

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Danger Devil #1

Jun 17, 2020

In many ways the book kind of reminds me of the Buffy TV show. I recently re-watched a couple of episodes and I have to say, it hasn't aged well at all. What is surprising is how well Jordie Bellaire's Buffy book reshapes that world. Unfortunately, it is this "not aged well" vibe that I get from this mixed audience book.

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Dante (One Shot) #1

Jan 30, 2017

Top Cow are one of the most consistent studios in the Image arsenal. Regardless of the lack of freshness you can always rely on the studio to produce a high quality looking book.This is no exception. Will the quality of production over the story content be enough for Dante to hit his peak? Only time will tell if the series is strong enough to compete with some much better books out there.

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Dark Ark #1

Aug 22, 2017

Back when they started, I was a big fan of AfterShock. Unfortunately, at least for me, after a great start, the books tended to fall in to something of a holding pattern. As if once that initial pop, editors were happy to not push the envelope as much. I am glad to say that with Dark Ark, AfterShock is getting back to what they are possibly best known for; great twists on what readers think of as original stories. In the hands of Bunn and Doe, AfterShock may once again be riding the tide of success.

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Dark Ark #2

Oct 26, 2017

Dark Ark is a relatively simple tale, which will require all of Bunn's skills to retain reader interest.The monsters and demons do offer an interestingconfluence of intentions. Some may seem honourable, saving the humans in the hold when their own kind left them to drown; others just want to eat them I am sure thatBunn is up to the task, even if the threat teased at the end of book, may offer another conflict which hopefully will allow those subplots to come to fruition, with Doe's art capturing the action in all its demonic glory.

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Dark Days: The Casting #1

Jul 17, 2017

The definition of “Casting” is to pour molten metal into a mould. Taking the obvious metal out of the equation, and applying The Forge, it seems to me that Bruce's actions havecertainly been shaped and forced into the role thatthe Dark requires him to be. Taken on its own, this book is a big improvement on the last issue, in part for the reasons mentioned above and also, because we now know what to expect from the format of the story. It would certainly be advisable to read the pair of books back to back. Finally, as with any prelude book, there are a myriad of question left unanswered, to whet your appetite for the upcoming one shots and main event.

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Dark Days: The Forge #1

Jun 19, 2017

I am sure that there are those out there who will think that this book is the greatest book of all time, possibly oblivious to the fact that for it work, all the other great books had to come first. There will be those that will deride it for being yet another “event book”, hot on the heels of Marvel's current love it or hate it, Secret Empire. The truth, as always, lies somewhere in between. Snyder, at least in my opinion, has always been good at the set up part of the story and this issues, with its easter eggs and nods to his New 52 run is by no means an exception. But now, as with Jim Lee books shipping on time, I have learnt from experience and choose not to get carried away with the hype. Instead, I lay a challenge to the crew of eleven with the cast of many story, the stage is set, now, impress me!

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Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child #1

Dec 11, 2019

I love the original Dark Knight Returns and I liked DKIII eventually. I even enjoyed The Dark Knight Returns: The Last Crusade (purchased in the discount bin), but I am a sucker for John Romita Jr. art With all that said, I am not sure why we have this book. Could it be that DC are going back to the well a little too often. After all, its not like there is a shortage of Black Label bat-centric books out there. For fans of Miller, rather than fans of Batman, this book may be of interest, as will perhaps the pull of Gramp on art. For me, I think this book is a bit of a storm in a tea cup, that once read actually offers nothing new to the world, and like that oft visited well, is seemingly running dry.

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Dark Knight Returns: The Last Crusade #1

Jun 17, 2016

Re-interpretation. Rehash. Re-done. Regurgitation. Copy. All of this words can be thrown at this book. Do we really need every last mystery laid bare for us? Does anyone really care how the Robin from an essentially and albeit excellent Elseworld story died? There is nothing really wrong with framing a story in the familiar, but something new has to be thrown into the mix, otherwise there is no point. With everyone knowing the outcome for Jason, it feels like, especially towards the end, that the writers have just thought, "if that's what they want to see, let's show it" and done so with a lack of sincerity or craft.

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Dark Nights: Metal #1

Aug 15, 2017

So there you have it, DC's summer starts here, with another part of Gotham destroyed and Batman keeping secrets from his friends. This may sound like a poor setup for such a huge event, but lest we forget, Snyder's storytelling is all about the journey and when the landscape is provided by Capullo et al, who can really complain. Please fasten your seat belts, we are in for wild ride.

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Dark Nights: Metal #3

Oct 11, 2017

This issue is something of a return to form, after the debacle that is Batmanium. It seems that all of us, not just Superman, needs to have faith. This issue may well be that start of having that faith repaid.

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Dark Nights: Metal #4

Dec 20, 2017

Cynically, this series is mainly about creating new books to spin out of it. I don't really have a problem with that; comic companies have been doing that for years and we are still hooked enough to buy them. I just hope that when the dust settles and when the DC universe is back to normal, (sorry guys it will be, the tie-in books have already reverted to their regular scheduled programming, with only Teen Titans showing any sort of nod to these events), that we have been given a great story in its own right.

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Dark Nights: Metal #6

Mar 28, 2018

Overall, I am left disappointed by the whole thing, a plot device fora series of books that don't appeal to me seems like a waste of my time, despite some of the great art and colors that have been on show. Maybe, after all this, I actually agree with Batman, “We never speak of this again”.

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Dark Red #1

Feb 27, 2019

When it comes to vampires, there isn't really a whole not of new stuff you can add. In this case, there are influences in play that you may have seen before, most notably True Blood and Twilight, with the setting and the idea of marking the land as theirs; though thankfully there are no sparkly vampires. Previously AftserShock like to go for the jugular when it comes to stories with a twist. This idea may have served it's usefulness as constant twists and turns can become the norm with over use. As such, this book, with its reasonably normal setup is actually a bit of fresh for the publisher, though I am sure that whole story may have a bite down the line.

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DC Universe Holiday Special: 2017 #1

Dec 6, 2017

One year, back when I was eightor so, I wrote a Star Wars Christmas story, in which Princess Leia decided to send Darth Vader a tin of polish for Christmas. It's the sort of nonsense Christmas story that only makes sense when you are a certain age, at the most wonderful time of the year. For a lot or reasons, this books reminds me of that story. The kid in me smiled at parts of this book, where the adult I am now would balk at the cover price. Still,the book has enough about it, with stellar creators providing stories that will appeal across the age ranges. Just a thought DC, next year, to make it truly special, why not make this a charity book, with the sales going to a national charity of choice. That way, people may not mind dropping the $9.99 on Christmas whimsy.

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DC Universe: Rebirth #1

May 26, 2016

The book may well be a preview of future events, but it is done with style, strong characters and a massive amount of heart. Well done DC and well done Geoff Johns.

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DC's Crimes of Passion #1

Feb 5, 2020

These specials are always a mixed bag, especially given the high price point, Still, it is a great way to sample some of the best indie creators as they take on the more familair characters. From a creator point of view, these specials are a win/win; not only do they get a bigger audience, but may also drive readers to try nooks outside of their comfort zone.

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DCeased #1

May 1, 2019

Zombie versus superheroes isn't a new thing; Marvel did this awhile ago, though they may have dallied with subject matter for too long, after all who cares is “D” list character get turned into zombies? With this type of book, Taylor and gang are going to have to make journey really interesting to counter the familiar zombie trope.

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Dead End Kids #1

May 15, 2019

This first issue does what it needs to do. We get brief introductions that will lead further into play as the story progresses. Gogol, who received some fantastic coverage for his previous book, is taking his story-telling up a notch with a longer story rather than snippets. It is challenge that I am sure that he is more than up to.

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Death of Hawkman #1

Oct 11, 2016

DC are in the midst of the final third act of Rebirth, withthe majority of their previously announced books hitting the shops and our wallets. Still, it is good to see that they have learnt their lesson from New 52. Instead of getting an ongoing series, which somehow manages to get cancelled, DC are taking the “dip your toes in the water approach”. This is a great way to whet the appetite of the readers, but to fully the succeed the book needs to be of a high standard. This book isn't there yet, but it is only the first issue. To determine success, the whole mini series will need to be taken as a whole, with this book hopefully enticing you to pick up the remainder of the run.

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Detective Comics (2016) #934

Jun 10, 2016

Whilst this book is heads and shoulders above the Batman book, I do have reservations. I am a big Batman fan. I love the comics and B:TAS and have a great deal of affection for "The Batman" cartoon show. When this story line was first proposed, I couldn't help but be reminded of the episode "Rumours", which features an armoured man taking down Batman villains and the episode "The End of The Batman", which features a duo looking to usurp the Dynamic Duo. Still, there is the possibly that the big bad, who's first appearance may well be Rebirth #1, will add a new level of intrigue to this "new" book, that features old style story telling of the protectors of the Gotham night.

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Detective Comics (2016) #947

Jan 3, 2017

I have said for sometime, that I am enjoying Detective way more than the main Batman book. To me, there is a lack of pretension and there is a sense of logic that flows. Very rarely do you get something that works just because “I'm Batman”. Others will say that Detective suffers because there is no seemingly importance or impact to Batman, the recent letters to Catwoman being an obvious example. I would argue that Detective's strength is the relationships between the characters, how Batman interacts with them. In many ways it isa more genuine interaction than the one shown between Batman and the Justice League. Amongst the DC Rebirth titles, this book remain one of the most consistently enjoyable.

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Detective Comics (2016) #963

Aug 24, 2017

The change of pace and change of focus may put some fans off, especially as they may feel its like a filler song before the big hit on a CD. Extending the metaphor a little, if you spend your time waiting for Anna Begins, you will miss out on the nuanced Perfect Blue Building. Despite the changes, events in this arc will have repercussions down the line, which in part, is why Detective remain one of the most consistent books from DC Comics.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1000

Mar 27, 2019

With all that said, this book is a great starting point for the celebration of Batman's 80th.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1027

Sep 17, 2020

Given the over 80 years of his existence, there are going to be parts of Batman you don't like. Invariably, theses may pop up in here, after all you can't please everyone all of the time. Instead of picking at the faults that I am sure exist in the book (I loved the Aparo mentions and Spoiler getting hugged by Batgirl is one the best bits however), I am instead going to tip my hat and say well done DC for producing a book worthy of this tremendous milestone that I doubt Bob Kane and Bill Finger themselves would ever have seen coming!

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Devil's Highway #1

Jul 8, 2020

AWA or Artists Writers & Artisans Inc. giving them them their full title ,may sound a little pretentious, but based on this first issue, Percy, Schoonover and company are certainly trying to live up to the company title.

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Divinity III: Stalinverse #1

Dec 21, 2016

I am one of the few Crusader who doesn't swoon at the thought of a new Valiant book. That said, I am very impressed with this first issue, enough to hold my "punchline never hits the highpoint of the setup" cynicism in check.. Kindt has trifled with my expectation level. I hope he and his artistic cohorts are up to the challenge.

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Divinity III: Stalinverse #3

Feb 23, 2017

This series has been quite a surprise for me. Maybe the Valiant fans out there will deride me for coming late to this party, and if that's the case, then so be it;I will take the hit. Hopefully, Kindt and his crew will continue to deliver on this book.

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Divinity III: Stalinverse #4

Mar 29, 2017

For a book that had so much potential, I can't help feel a little bit disappointed in the conclusion. With the level of effort that Valiant, as a company, has put into this event. It seems that the things I feared regarding this run, may have unfortunately reared its head, leaving me not quite sure what all the fuss is regarding this series and feeling a little jaded regarding Valiant books.

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Divinity III: Stalinverse: Komandar Bloodshot #1

Dec 28, 2016

For all the great things that are in this book, it is quite a simple story, albeit extremely well told, containing as it does the little snippet of hope. As a companion piece to the main story, it works as it gives us more of a view of the problems that Colin King is facing, which were alluded to in the first issue of the main series. As this series isshowing aValiant universe that is current, there is at some point going to be a snapback. How that is works with the series' that follows depends on the quality of the overall story, aided by the quality of the tie-in books.

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Doctor Star and the Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows #1

Mar 6, 2018

Jeff Lemire is certainly starting to show his versatility of late, working on a range of books from a range of publishers. Here, his “JSA wannabes” and Doctor Star himself, have an opportunity to shine some light on the long forgotten Golden Age and quite possibly by doing so, go someway to show that not every great story needs to be centred around an event.

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Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor: Season Two #1

Jan 8, 2020

I have never really bought into the comic adventures of the Doctor, not when he was a Marvel book for a while or when he had his own monthly magazine out in the 80's (the Peter Davison years). I don't know why that would be the case. Intellectually I know that the comic can show more aliens or special effects than the show, but there seems something special about watching Doctor Who. So, even though this book is not going to replace or even be a welcome addition to the show for me , I have to applaud those involved for keeping their faith and producing a comic that maintains the current incarnations feel and vibe.

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Domino (2018) #1

Apr 12, 2018

After months of Dark Nights and crazy continuity problems, it is a welcome relief to read such a fun book. In some ways, this book has been a palate cleanser. It is also a bit of a boost for Simone, whose early work on Birds could be seen as her best superhero work, and had failed to hit the high notes on subsequent Birds series and, despite her well known affection for, the Barbara Batgirl book.

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Doomsday Clock #1

Nov 20, 2017

As it stands, the clock may be ticking but my interest in this series is by no means running out.

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Doomsday Clock #2

Dec 27, 2017

I absolutely loved the first issue of this maxi series. Then I went to the cinema and watched Star Wars: The Last Jedi. I bring this up as both that movie and to some extent this series serves to tread the same ground; walking the fine line between the reminiscent and the new. Also, as with the movie, I am not certain how long this perception can continue to deliver the results that DC are counting on. Strangely enough, the traditional use of a quote on the last page seems to echo this sentiment.

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Doomsday Clock #4

Mar 28, 2018

Recently, it was announced that this book had shifted to a bi-monthly schedule meaning that what was going to be a 12 month story will likely take a whopping 21 months in total to tell. Keeping the readership entertained for that length of time will be the real trick for Johns and Frank, especially as at times this book currently feels as welcome addition to the Watchmen mythos as Superman Returns is to the Superman movies. Homage is great; but eventually, this story will need to produce something to rival the original series, or else what was the point?

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Doomsday Clock #8

Dec 5, 2018

With this issue, it finally feels that we are getting some traction. With four issues left, it will interesting to see how Johns will bring the various threads together. With more than half the run plotted as set up, we run the risk of having the solutions and conclusions coming thick and fast. If that's the case, then the climax will have to be pretty spectacular to warrant the cost, length and at times pedestrian earlier plotting. That's a problem we will have to deal with over the next eight months. As it is, this issue serves the overall pacing well, driving the pace forward as, even in this late stage, there are still questions being asked.

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Doomsday Clock #10

May 29, 2019

This issue has gone a long way in giving some credibility to the storytelling of this run. With Johns essentially giving reasons for all the reboots and crises there may be bigger implications yet to come. With #11 due in July, the final issue should be out September time. By which point, we will be in the midst of Leviathan and the Year of the Villain. With that in mind, I am curious to see what ramifications, if any, The Doomsday Clock will have on the DC universe.

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Doomsday Clock #11

Sep 4, 2019

I was so looking forward to this series. Unfortunately, DC has dropped the ball too many times. The already pedestrian pacing has suffered with the infamous delays that this series has suffered. Throw in the excellent, high quality House and Powers of X from Marvel and you get to see how this books should have been produced and received. As it is, Doomsday Clock feels over long, over tired and over played. Can the final issue both rescue and validate this whole series?

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Doomsday Clock #12

Dec 18, 2019

DC, and to some extent Geoff Johns, had grand hopes for this book, as they tried to encompass so many different aspects. Firstly, the series was about bringing the Watchmen to the DC Universe. Then it was about given Rebirth a reason; then there was bringing back the Legion and JSA! Looking back over the entire run, I can't help feel that creativity has given way to a level of pretension that has failed to meet the all the overall goals. Given that the delays were never going to help the book, maybe a less is more or at least a less planning and more doing would have helped this Clock wind down.

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Dream Daddy #1

Sep 6, 2018

Oni Press have an eclectic range of books to be sure. Give them their credit; whilst fans of the game will no doubt have their expectations, the dialogue, the setup and the covers go some way to more than hint at what is in the inside. If same-sex love between two men isn't your thing, then simply don't pick up the book. Don't buy it then complain about the content, as by doing so, you may miss that fact that really is a sweet love story between two people who are happy to be in each others life.

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Dying Is Easy #1

Dec 9, 2019

Dying is Easy #1 is out in shops on December 11th.Dyingiseasywill be available for purchasehereat IDW Publishing and wherever print and digital comics are sold. Or, support your local comic shops usingwww.comicshoplocator.com.

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Echoes (2016) #1

Oct 5, 2016

Echoes; a reverberation of the past. The title alludes to the journey that Martin is going through, but could also be used as a nod to the influences mentioned earlier. That allusion is probably going to be the hardest sell in regards to the book and it is one that is only overcome by reading the book and immersing yourself in Martin's journey.

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Eden's Fall #1

Sep 1, 2016

This book is a crime noir type of book that I didn't think I was going to like. The tropes in play are reminiscent of other stories from across all four corners of the media market. So it is to the credit to all involved, that I actually found myself rooting for Samantha and James; that I was wary of the plan and even worried by the cliff hanger ending. Good work in converting a non believer.

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Eden's Fall #2

Sep 29, 2016

Whilst it is a given that there is more than meets the eye to the town of Eden's Fall, the fact that the outside world shares a level of ambiguity can seem more disturbing. Overall, this book continues to deliver on the promises made in the first issue.

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Eden's Fall #3

Nov 2, 2016

I really enjoyed the first couple of issues. But as I read this book, I am struck by the idea thatafter the surpriseending of issue one, you pretty much know where the book is going. Maybe thenew characters were meant to be the curve balls, but in theend, this story pretty much concluded halfway throughthe second issue. A very disappointing ending to aseries that started so well.

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Eternal Warrior: Awakening #1

May 10, 2017

A few years back, Valient stormed back into racks of your LCBS too much fanfare. Since then, I can't help but feel that they have run out of steam a little bit, with familiarity breeding something not quite akin to contempt. Their freshness may have seemed greater at the time as the Big Two were mired in their own problems. Since then, with ships righted (and a huge number of books out every week), Valiant's output doesn't seem quite as good as it did. Certainly, the lost Warrior story, told more than once already, is certainly not going to help change that opinion.

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Eternity #1

Oct 3, 2017

Valiant may have taken a page out of the Dark Horse publishing manual, utilising mini series format rather than an ongoing book. This really works for a book that is looking to deliver a certain type of vibe, where a change in creators coulddisrupt the quality of the story that is being told. It also helps generate a level of excitement and anticipation in fans. After the realityaltering heaviness of Stalinverse, it's refreshing tosee Kindttackle something that is a tad more personal.

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Euthanauts #1

Jul 18, 2018

Don't be put off by the title of the book. Euthanasia is a serious topic that other than the wordplay that gives the book its title, doesn't really feature. In fact, it's the topic is exploring the realms beyond death, regardless how the person in question got there, that is the focus. As a first issue, the premise of the book is intriguing, with the quality of the reading experience exemplary.

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Event Leviathan #1

Jun 12, 2019

I am not sure where I stand on this book. Maybe I am getting event-fatigue with the, for me at least, anti-climax of Heroes in Crisis and the ongoing elongated Doomsday Clock, meaning that with this book, DC may be a victim of its own not quite success. On the other hand, having Bendis and Maleev back on a book will no doubt bring fans of their Marvel stuff over to the their perceived dark side if DC Comics.

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Evil Heroes #1

Aug 3, 2016

With this book, Zenescope are showing readers that they can do more than salacious covers and fairy tales both Grimm and not so Grimm. If this I means to get more recognition for their books, then I am a little disappointed that they have chosen to make the stand in such a facsimile manner.

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Excalibur (2019) #1

Oct 30, 2019

The range of books that are slatted to spin out of the House/Powers book seem to hark back to the X-Men heyday of sorts; not sure I really need a new Fallen Angels books regardless of their recent reprint in Marvel Tales. With that in mind, I am not sure how long the apparent ancillary books will last, especially as the main characters are getting ramped up in the next couple of months or so. Still, you have to applaud Marvel for trying to live up to it layered tapestry of history.

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Executive Assistant Iris: Enemies Among Us #1

Dec 21, 2016

For the most part, I am not sure if I am the target audience for an Aspen book. At times, I think that the maturity of the story is somewhat hindered by the needs of showing the characters in a certain light. Art style not withstanding, coming back to the book, I had hoped for a growth from the previous book. As it is, more of the same might have been good enough if the whole book had the quality of the first part.

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Failsafe #1

Feb 28, 2017

Despite the oft travelled road of technology running amok, this book from Vault Comics is off to an intriguing start.

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Fairlady #1

Apr 10, 2019

This is an ongoing series, structured in five issue arcs. Schirmer and Balboni also have set themselves the task of providing a complete story in an issue. Given today's usual preference to write for trades, I have to say, I like the nod back to yesteryear especially as it gives the impression that every issue will be a valid jumping on point. All in all, this is an intriguing read based in a new world, with Schirmer's influences clearly seen throughout the book.

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Faith #1

Jul 20, 2016

At times, Faith is shown inconsistently by the same artists, the aforementioned aging of the character, shown in the origin part of the book for example. Still this is a minor quibble which doesn't detract from the amusement of Faith's troubles or the energy that propels the story forward.

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Faithless #1

Apr 10, 2019

What more could you wants from a book that features, magic, sex and humor? Azzarello and Llovet feel well suited to chronicle Faith's relationships with magic, Poppy and the Devil.

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Faithless: II #1

Jun 10, 2020

Touted as a jump on point, this book manages to introduce and develop at the same time, setting up Faith's next challenges, which I am sure will be just a daunting as that dreaded canvas of white, just waiting to absorb her creativity without feeling or remorse.

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Faithless #2

May 22, 2019

This is an interesting book in so much as it seems to capture the ambiguity facing a number of people and their lifestyle choices. Throw in some magic and suddenly the book doesn't seem to have a moral compass. That said, to whose compass must a person chart their path? People are individual, with their own dreams, needs and desires, each as viable to themselves as the next person. Here, within the confines of a comic book, we get to see how one person comes to terms with the responsibility of trying to live her own life. Remember though, the Devil is always in the detail!

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Faithless #3

Jun 19, 2019

This series is bubbling along nicely. By know, readers should be used to the amount of sex and nudity that is on show. It will interesting to see how much further Faith can lose herself and when with the bounce back, if there is any, she will attempt to find herself anew.

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Fantastic Four (2018) #1

Aug 8, 2018

Despite the idea that I should be able to "wait one more month", I can't help but feel this is a wasted opportunity, a feeling that is not helped by the fact that on one page they spell one of the main characters name wrong; believe when I say I know how to spell Johnny and it isn't with two 'H"s. Hopefully this typo has been picked up prior to the book going to press. Regardless of typo's, my overall feeling regarding this book is that it is less than Fantastic and is in reality "just another comic magazine".

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FCBD 2017: Catalyst Prime: The Event #1

May 4, 2017

New universes can be tricky things to create. One false step and the best laid plans end up as big balls of gas! As such, it's a brave step for The Lion Forge to take. That said the quality of the book in both writing and art is serviceable enough that will garner some attention. As with the impact and ramifications of The Event on the characters inside, we will find out all in due time.

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FCBD 2019: Bloodshot #1

May 2, 2019

Fans of either Bloodshot or Rai should get enough out of this book to whet their appetite for the main series. For others, the need for yet another new Bloodshot book may confuse the impartial reader.

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Fearscape #1

Aug 13, 2018

The whole book feels and reads like a dark fairy tale. Will Henry step up to the plate and be the hero that the Fearscape needs or will he live down to everyone's expectations. Whatever the outcome, this story is intriguing, with its flawed character who, through his own lens view of his life, may not even be aware that this is his journey or redemption, a chance to finally achieve everything that he feels he was destined to.

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Fearscape #4

Feb 4, 2019

If I had one complaint about Vault Comics it would be that unless you get into the book at the ground floor, you may find yourself a bit lost as you pick up separate issues, a problem that also faces These Savage Shores, which may work for trade paperback sales. Still, that is a publishing problem and one that needn't worry O'Sullivan, Mutti and company as they continue their trek through the fears of Henry and quite possibly our fears also.

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Fire Power: Prelude OGN

May 11, 2020

This book feels like a nostalgia trip; there are challenges for Owen to overcome, challenges of body, mind and spirit. Even though his journey may not be the most original one, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, told by two master creators, and look forward to volume two.

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Flash (2016) #21

Apr 28, 2017

Despite his status in the Justice League and being a major DC character, I haven't been that impressed with Flash for a number of years. Like Jason Todd, Barry Allen for me, serves the cause better as a fallen hero. This book tries hard and a lot of readers will no doubt love this book. Yet, I can't help but think that the mainproblemthat this book has to overcome is that it follows the high standards of part one, yet ultimately falls a little short. Bring on Batman #22!

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Frankenstein Undone #2

May 28, 2020

This book s enjoyable for a number of reasons. Granted, Mignola has a lot of credit with me; if I was being honest, I didn't quite get the last Frankenstein series. Maybe Mignola and Allie realised that for the monster to have context that there had to be more than just him wondering the world. Ironically, for a prequel book, this series feels more open than what is yet to come.

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Freedom Fighters (2018) #1

Dec 19, 2018

There will be a groups of people who will say that this book is either too patriotic or it is stating a political agenda. Of course, everyone is entitled to an opinion, but before everyone gets their unfurled flag, well…..furled; comic books are entertainment and this book is definitely high-class entertainment.

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Freeway Fighter #1

Apr 26, 2017

If you are interested in Freeway Fighter, head over to the interview section where we catch up with writer Andi Ewington and artist Simon Coleby.

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Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man (2019) #1

Jan 14, 2019

This book doesn't provide the kind of madcap vibe I had hoped it. Sure, there are a couple of surprises to contend with, but everything seems so nice; it is almost like a Pleasantville version of Spider-Man. Still, Taylor has shown that he can write with the best of 'em, so a little faith is deserved in this not Amazing and not Spectacular Spider- Man book.

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Friendo #2

Oct 25, 2018

Watching Vault Comics grow and come into their own in delivering a consistently high quality has been one of the best stories in the comic industry, for me, over the last year or so. With books like this, being created by writers, artists et al at the top of their game, Vault are creating high expectation levels, of which I am sure they can not only match, but surpass in time.

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Geek Girl #4

Jan 30, 2019

Geek-Girl#4 is Out Now and available atwww.geekgirlcomics.comandwww.comixology.com

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Geek-Girl Vol 2 #1

May 23, 2018

The book automatically carries its' own level of diversity; teenage girls being bitches to one side, and in doing so Johnson has managed to incorporate inclusion as well as the aforementioned diversity. As a coming of age book for a hero that has already been around once, the book feels fresh, thanks to the effort and energy of all involved.

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Geek-Girl Vol 2 #2

Jul 11, 2018

Geek-Girl is an ongoing internet sensation; the book is well put together by creators that clearly absolutely love what they are doing. Is it perfect? No. But through the efforts of all involved, they have created a book that is fun and enjoyable.

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Geek-Girl Vol 2 #5

Oct 21, 2019

Geek-Girl is a bit of an online sensation, Sam Johnson has mastered the intricacies of Twitter to somehow successfully promote the book, without the usual diatribe that can usually follow the comic industry. Part of that is due to the high production values and quality of his titular character.

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Giant-Size X-Men (2020): Jean Grey And Emma Frost #1

Feb 26, 2020

I don't know what I was expecting with this book. I really wanted it to shed some light on the whole Scott/Jean/Wolverine/Emma relationships, if I am honest. I guess that's a riddle that will be solved another day. Instead, this book is an attempt to give the reader a different type of experience, one that works due to it's uncommon usage. This book may feed into the main X-Men book, so I am pleased that Marvel has kept the price point down. For a book that delivered a story that I wasn't expecting, I quite enjoyed the experiment.

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Giant-Size X-Men (2020): Nightcrawler #1

Mar 25, 2020

Despite the top tier talent on this book, despite the dialogue miscues or the artistic sameness, there is one other thing that is fundamentally wrong with this book. It's not actually about Nightcrawler! Sure, he is in there but he plays just as much a part, is just about as helpful as the Krakoan gateway! The book is about Magik and Doug. I don't have a problem if that's the story that Hickman and Davis want to tell; but have the strength of your convictions and call it Giant Size X-Men Magik and Cypher! Don't trade fans love of a classic character as a reason to buy a book in which said character is not the focus!

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Glow (2019): Summer Special #1

Jul 24, 2019

I will admit that I absolutely love the show Glow, so this book was always going to grab my attention. The surprise is that the book is so well developed, ensuring that the fun elements that make the show enjoyable are all present in this one-shot, which goes to prove who well observed this book is, from all involved.

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Going to the Chapel #1

Jul 8, 2019

With the strength of Spencer and Locke being the comparison to Calvin and Hobbes, its exciting to see Pepose take on a more original idea and make it work. This first issue is chock full of characters, love interests and circumstances that elevate's emotions, be they doubt, confidence, certainty and love, perhaps not strictly in that order. As mentioned, the level of observations shown throughout this first issue are excellent and they do lead me to ask, what sort of weddings does David Pepose get invited too?

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Going to the Chapel #4

Feb 5, 2020

This last issue may have had publishing problems, but like any “big day” it is definitely worth the wait. David Pepose has shown that, regardless of the success of Spencer & Locke, he can create more than a homage to Calvin & Hobbes, covering a range of human feelings and emotions without wholly giving up on the crazy.

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Goodnight Paradise #1

Apr 17, 2019

Whilst this book is an interesting read, I can't help but notice nuances and beats similar in places to The Dregs by Zac Thompson, Lonnie Nadler and Eric Zawadzki. Both feature a homeless hero, a death and even if the quests of Don Quixote seem more obvious in the latter, quests seemingly become important to Eddie. Goodnight Paradise is hard book to read in places, with it's complexities hidden in the disregard that Eddie and his friends seen to engender.

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Gotham City Garage #1

Aug 16, 2017

Comic fans, both old and new, sometimes complain that "the more things change, the more they stay they same."This can be a problem for comics and there is an argument to be made for and against books which are continuity laden. Books like Gotham City Garage, whilst not suited to any real longevity, serves the purpose of showing us what could be out there; what could be in the future. I for one applaud the worlds of else when, even if the page count is a tad on the slender side.

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Grand Passion #1

Nov 16, 2016

With violence, attraction, disenfranchisement and revenge are all the ingredients of a dish best served noir with chefs Robinson and Feister is setting the heat in their noir filled kitchen.

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Gravetrancers #1

Dec 7, 2017

Now, I am not a big horror fan, mainly because I am too analytical when watching movies, which reduces the shock levels to almost clich. Reading this book, I get the impression that Miller may be in the same boat as his book is rooted in Maribel and Anthony. Its their perceptions of the world and how they view their world through the prism of their pain, hurt and addiction that is the key. Sure, there maybe horror tropes in play, but it is to the credit of all involved, that they have produced an uncomfortable, yet enjoyable twist on the familiar.

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Green Arrow (2016) #50

Mar 8, 2019

Recently I have criticised Marvel for the number of times books like Captain Marvel have gone through a restart, failed then restarted again. This phenomenon isn't just a Marvel trend; Green Arrow is certainly on the same list. Additionally, for such a popular character, this is the second book within a year featuring Black Canary that has been cancelled, not counting her own pre-Rebirth book. Maybe these types of characters, Green Arrow included, work better as ancillary characters, characters that can bounce of others. Hopefully this isn't the last the we see of Ollie and Dinah, but for their books to work the pair need top tier creators.

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Green Hornet (2020) #1

Jul 22, 2020

The Green Hornet has a huge following, be it from the show, the movie or the comics, and very much like Batman, there are a number of ways to tell the Hornets stories. This then is the choice you have; you like the serious Hornet only, this book might not be for you. If on the other hand you like the humour that has been introduced into the mythos, then Lobdell, Marques and company may well be in your wheel house.

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Green Lantern (2018) #1

Nov 6, 2018

This book is meant to be the next big Lantern book. At this stage, I am not sue if there was a need. With the final story of Green Lanterns and inclusion of the Corps, it feels that DC kind of got bored with Simon and Jessica, which is a shame as at least these two had differences far from the hero stereotype. This book is difficult to score as Morrison writes for the long game, meaning that down the line, this book may turn into something fantastic. However, as it stands, this issue gives me so much that I have seen before at the expense of a Lantern book that was trying to be so different.

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Green Lanterns #44

Apr 4, 2018

With the recent announcements regarding the Justice League books, there may well be an impact on this book. Don't get me wrong, I am looking forward to seeing a Stjepan Sejic drawn Jess as much as the next person, but I am a tad concerned what her inclusion in Justice League Odyssey will have on this book. Still, that is a worry for another day, especially with Seeley and Cliquet delivering a book worthy of the Emerald light.

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Grimm Fairy Tales #125

Aug 31, 2016

I was recently in my local comic shop, shooting the breeze and I discovered that they don't stock Zenescope books, which goes to prove that there is possibly too much product out there for retailers to choose from. Retailers will always gravitate towards the big icon's as those book sell and bring people into the store. Whilst I have not given this book or run the highest of scores over the past year, it has been consistent. Shand's storytelling is a kind of throwback to earlier days, with long running storylines and threads carried over, rather than writing for the trade paperback. Despite the lack of love for Zenescope from the majority of the North East UK, I for one will miss looking through this book.Thanks for the ride, Pat.

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Grimm Fairy Tales (2016) #1

Dec 29, 2016

Detractors of Zenescope may complain that for all the hoopla of the closure of the previous volume there seems to be a lack of ramifications. There may also be some comments about Skye's outfit. In defence of Zenescope, I will say that this is only the first issue of the new volume, so I am grateful that Brusha is trying to keep his (Ouija?) cards close to his chest. As for the outfits, initially I was a little thrown by it to be honest. However, upon reflection, itis not to dissimilar to a certain Amazonian. All in all, I am quietly impressed by the overall standard of Zenescope books, my only wish is that they finally take that next step up in their game and receive more than just a passing glance on the comic book shelf.

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Grimm Fairy Tales (2016) #3

Mar 1, 2017

The flaws in the writing and the ink/colors seems to give the idea that book is somehow rushed and a collection uncompleted ideas. True, with a focus on threats that will bear fruitdown the line, the story is gong to feel unfinished. Still, with just a little bit more attention to details, this book could've been so much better.

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Grimm Fairy Tales (2016) #5

Apr 26, 2017

Grimm books are an acquired taste, like the best junk food their packaging tempts and teases, yet this time around, they have left a left a sour after taste.

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Grimm Fairy Tales (2016) #8

Sep 1, 2017

So the problems; I have already alluded to the inconsistent character design or look for Skye who is after all, the heroine of the series. The main problem is that this book is basically “monster of the month”. The book really could do with an arc to give Skye some actual weight in her responsibilities in taking up her mothers mantle. Until then, this book will always seem a tad light.

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Grimm Fairy Tales (2016) #12

Mar 1, 2018

Zenescope books have a fan base, to be sure, so I am not going to rain on their parade, especially as there are a few good things that this book is trying to achieve, So much so, that I am giving points for trying.

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Grimm Fairy Tales (2016) #40

Aug 26, 2020

Zenescope's business model is certainly working for them; I just wish that they would somehow deliver more consistent material or at least consistently better material.

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Grimm Fairy Tales (2016): Jasco One-Shot #1

Mar 11, 2020

Cross media isn't a new thorn in the sides of the comic industry; for every tepid PS4 Spider-Man game influenced comic book, there is the Injustice Gods Among Us comic. One builds on both existing mediums, as in the case for Injustice, the other is just playing down to the lowest common denominator. I for one, refuse to spend my hard earned on this insult to comic book readers.

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Grimm Fairy Tales Swimsuit Special #2016

Jul 28, 2016

The rest of the book is handed over to a variety of artists including, Tina Valentina, Jamie Tyndall, Dawn McTeigue and Nathan Seals, the latter pulling off a reasonable J. Scott Campbell style. Now, some will say that this book is exploitation and demeaning to women. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. For me, a lot of fans like looking at this type of book so who am I to judge. Here's an interesting fact, women can buy and wear a bikini at the beach or on holiday. That bit is part of real life. Yes a couple of images may be considered as over sexualization, but that is very much in the eye of the beholder. If you feel that you are going to get offended by looking at this book, then simply put, just don't buy it.

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Grimm Tales Of Terror Vol 2 #10

Jul 14, 2016

I will always have a bit of a soft spot for Tales of Terror, as they remind me of the EC comics horror books of the past, which was for me in the 70's, the only real diversion from Big Two books. Back then, the stories would give me a shiver. Nowadays, I have a wistful smile, as familiar tropes deliver familiar results.

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Grimm Tales Of Terror Vol 3 #7

Jul 13, 2017

I have said on previous reviews, how Zenescope books are a guilty pleasure. In regards to this particular volume, I fear that it is becoming less and less pleasurable.

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Gwen Stacy (2020) #1

Feb 15, 2020

I guess the writing was on the wall with this title. Mary-Jane gets the “Amazing” title, whilst poor Gwen, arguably the love of Peter's life, get no adjective. She is Gwen, just Gwen. Along with the various Spider-Man books, Marvel have seen fit to give us titles starring his loves. We have Black Cat, Mary-Jane and Gwen. I for one cannot wait for the new Debra Whitman book that must surely be waiting in the wings.

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Hack/Slash vs Vampirella #1

Oct 5, 2017

This book, to me, is a no brainier in that I am sure that there is a cross section of fansto which both characters appeal. It is good to see that Dynamite, via Aldridge and Lobosco, respect their audienceby producing high quality book.

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Hadrian's Wall #1

Sep 15, 2016

The key factor in this book are ensuring that the main character remains relatable and that the readers care about him. On top of that, the mystery has to be worthy of the eight issues. Too often the punchlineof a number of mystery stories fails to deliver on the setup. I am hopeful that under the guidance of Higgins and Siegel, we are in for quite a ride.

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Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #40

Mar 14, 2018

I love the fact that Zod is becoming something of a major villain in the DC Universe, after stints in Suicide Squad and the Superman books. Venditti has clearly understood how a super-powered zealot would feel if his home was destroyed, and the high and mighty Lantern Corps did nothing to save it. For a book that I don't read, featuring characters that I am not fond of, I was completely taken by surprise with how much I actually enjoyed this book.

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Happiness Will Follow OGN

Aug 12, 2020

This book may not seem to have relevance to a lot of readers; after all I am a white guy in the UK. However, the book stands well as a snapshot of a life that was a battle. Societal elements may have changed, though I would imagine that there is a lot of parallels from Happiness Will Follow to the situations that a lot of people are dealing with today. Therefore, this is an important book to read to help those who may be losing their faith, their belief that their own Happiness Will Follow.

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Harbinger Wars 2 #1

May 16, 2018

Valiant fans will love this book; all their favourites are on show and with the promise of other heroes and teams on the verge of introduction, sides have never been more cluttered or the reasons for choosing more complex. It does make you wonder how Kindt would handle that other threat to national security…..mutants. So until Kindt, makes his Marvel, enjoy the complexities of heroes living in a non-heroic world where actions carry their own level of political gain and public retribution.

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Hard Case Crime: Peepland #2

Dec 1, 2016

Titan Comics may be seen as a small publisher when it comes to single issue books, but their recent record shows that they embrace the four corners of comic producing world, not content to fall into just one genre. Regardless of personal preference of the stories within, Titan always put together high quality books.On this occasion, the quality story surpasses their already high production values.

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Hard Case Crime: Peepland #3

Jan 4, 2017

Overall, this book is still a good read with theburden of the murder beginning to have serious ramifications for a number of people, which gives the reader more than one point of view each with their own importance and baggage. I am very interested how much weight the story can hold before Faust and Phillips start toward what is beginning to look like a confliction of a conclusion.

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Harleen (2019) #1

Sep 25, 2019

Overall, this book is an engaging read, though ultimately, at least at this stage, doesn't add anything really substantial to Harley or the Joker. The biggest impact on this book could well be the timing, coming on the heels so quickly of other Harley featured books. Still for fans of the Jim Lee anointed "fourth column of the DC Universe", this will be a must buy book and series.

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Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey #1

Feb 12, 2020

Laying all my cards on the table, I am not a huge Harley fan, although her interaction with Batgirl was probably the best thing that came out of Heroes in Crisis. With all that said, I understand that Harley is a huge character and a major part of DC's universe, with a popularity that rivals even Batman himself. So, even though she isn't my favourite character, I can safely say that for fans, there is plenty too lick in this book.

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Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass OGN

Aug 28, 2019

This book is a mixed bag for me. The art is gorgeous, for the most part, but the writing feels hodge-podge.

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Harley Quinn: Harley Loves Joker #1

May 2, 2018

I don't know what I was expecting when I saw this book. More than a few people love Harley; I am unfortunately not one of them. Bar a could have great episodes of B:TAS, I still see her as just a gangsters moll. But hey, it's an “each to their own” kind of world, so if you have been reading the regular book, this little two-part mini could be right up your street.

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Hawkeye: Freefall #1

Jan 2, 2020

Whilst the interchangeable elements of the humour could be a sticking point, this book is a fun read despite itself, that shoots it's quips from the lips without missing their target.

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Hawkman: Found #1

Dec 27, 2017

I had high hopes for this issue. Hawkman, hell the entire JSA, has been MIA for sometime. This book, probably more than others seems to be setting the stage for the new range of books that are feeding off the Metals storyline. As such, I think that that the impact of this book depends on the following issues of the main story.

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Hellboy in Hell #10

Jun 3, 2016

I haven't read every issue of this last (for now?) run. Surprisingly, supernatural books aren't really my cup of tea. For me, it's the quality of the work that I look for. With this in mind, it's easy to realize that Mike Mignola is a creator on top of his game and whilst I am by no means a huge Hellboy fan, this issue carries with it a resonance that makes the conclusion that much more satisfying.

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Hellboy: Into The Silent Sea #1

Apr 5, 2017

A Hellboy story is always something to look forward to. Whilst this true, style over substances would be an easy trap to fall into, without the backbone of an ongoing seriesensconced these one shots, giving a sense of an overall arc.

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Hellboy: Krampusnacht #1

Dec 21, 2017

For those looking for an alternative to the sentimentality of Christmas, pop down to the local comic book shop where this book joins a private detective by the name of Santa Claus. Despite the simplicity of this book, Hellboy, looking to right the wrongs of his demon kin, delivers the kind of book you would have to have been very good all year to receive in your Christmas stocking.

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Hellions (2020) #3

Aug 31, 2020

For a book that, at its inception, felt like it could water down the product, I have to say that I quite enjoyed this issue. I do worry that once the Madeline focus is resolved, will the book falter in the same way as Fallen Angels. After all, both books use the set mission approach, that may not offer much wiggle room. That's a concern for down the line; for now, just revel in the gloriously visual chaos of a vengeful Goblin Queen!

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Her Infernal Descent #1

Mar 13, 2018

This mini series is a re=telling of Dante's Inferno and for those who read this esteemed tome, will no doubt see the very obvious similarities. This fact should byno means cast any doubtsof the calibre of all involved, who delivera first issue that packs a punch, asany fan of Nadler and Thompsonhas now come to expect.

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Heroes In Crisis #1

Sep 26, 2018

Crisis is a bit of a watch word for DC fans, with major events carrying some form of ramification. The flow of this book, from the setup to the execution in the middle act, reminds me of the classic Identity Crisis series. Identity was a huge fan favourite and King, Mann and company will have to go some to reach that dizzy height. Still, based on this first issue alone, I think readers had better strap themselves in for story that is going to pack an emotional wallop as much as a physical one.

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Heroes In Crisis #2

Oct 31, 2018

You have to give the DC marketing guys & gals a pat on the back, For a book in which, not a lot happens, there is an awful lot of chatter online that will increase interest in the book. King and Mann are in the midst of creating something really good or potentially a repetitive narrative right up to the last issue. As always, time will tell; for me, I am willing to keeping giving all involved the benefit of the doubt, for a couple more issues at least.

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Heroes In Crisis #3

Nov 28, 2018

This book is progressing nicely. My main concern is the pacing; too slow and we may find that we have a chaotic ending within everything thrown into the mix. Go too fast and we run out of issues and require fillers, which as we know, with the inclusion of the one-shots has actually happened. Still, putting those worries aside, you can not argue about the high quality of the writing, the art and the overall production values of this book.

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Heroes In Crisis #4

Jan 2, 2019

For me, I am thoroughly enjoying this run with each issue bringing surprises and tweaks that, hopefully, are not going to end up just being smokescreens. King's work over the last year has been of such a high standard, for the most part, that I am willing to continue to invest in this series.

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Heroes In Crisis #6

Feb 27, 2019

Even though I have been enjoying this series, this issue has diluted the fun somewhat. Never the quickest writer to tell the story or get from A to B, King is stretching this out to an almost Doomsday Clock pace. I suspect that this issue may have started out as a one-shot that maybe the powers that be thought “how many Gnarrk fans will buy this book?” and realised that it would need to be pigeonholed into the main narrative. Maybe this is an issue that was meant to be part of the narrative from the get go. Whichever is the correct cause for this book, the quality is a significant drop from previous issues.

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Heroes In Crisis #7

Mar 27, 2019

Despite my feelings on the overall pace of this series, this book ironically feels rushed. This feeling isn't helped by the art by committee that occurs, especially given as the artists are dramatically different. The dialogue, as mentioned, feels rushed to the point of caricature which helps neither the characters nor, perhaps more importantly, the readers perception of them. With the final two issues coming up soon, I truly hope that King and Co. can rescue this book from potentially putting Readers in Crisis.

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Heroes In Crisis #8

Apr 24, 2019

For a book that promised to deliver a meta-textual story, we are now eight issues down, we are down to the last 22 pages. Will it have a happy ending? Will it have any impact on anything at all? As a warning message about how PTSD affects a person, with the amount of time it has taken to get here, I am not sure how effective it is. At this stage, i think I can applaud the idea, even if at times the execution has been a tad wayward.

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Heroes In Crisis #9

May 29, 2019

Is this really the message that Tom King and DC want to put out there to their readers, any of whom could be having a mental health moment. When dealing with real life problems, I find this outcome wholly unsatisfactory and wholly irresponsible. Through comics, in fact all entertainment, you have an opportunity to reach people and change minds. Heroes in Crisis, in the very end, only manages to re-establish the stigma of mental health.

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Hex Wives #1

Oct 31, 2018

Historically, I am not much of a Vertigo fan; I always feel that with their main characters having so much history, I kind of missed the jumping on point. With Hex Wives however, there is no such issue. This is a totally new spin on the age-old men vs women and the subjugation of the genders, of which at times, allow for both to enjoy the upper hand, just not at the same time. With pacing being a a potential problem to overcome, the book is an interesting take, with engaging characters and enough of a selection of hooks and hints to keep the reader's attention.

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Hi-Fi Fight Club #1

Aug 29, 2017

Looking at this book, I dreaded reading it. Its chirpy, happy, in a kind of cheesy way that would normally send me running for the dark streets of Gotham. Yet, by gritting my teeth, I found that I really enjoyed the book for the slice of almost whimsy it is, bringing smiles of recognition of my early jobs and the friends I made, now long gone.

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High Heaven #1

Aug 30, 2018

With David's plight, it certainly seems true that misery loves company, or at least a company of readers love his misery, in this entertaining book.

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Highlander: American Dream #1

Feb 22, 2017

Back in the day, I loved the TV show. To me Duncan Macleod works better than Connor. With a TV show you get to immerse yourself in the characters rich history, being as you have 22 episodes to cover rather than just 90 minutes. With this comic book, it seems that there is still life in the old Immortal. But in this particular case “There can be only one”, may turn out to be just one step too many.

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Hit-Girl (2018) #1

Feb 23, 2018

I am sure that Mindy has a huge fan base;I am not one of them. For me, I would rather read about a fallible wanna be hero than an infallible almost villain. In the book , there is a small nod to Mindy's long gone innocence, which may well turn out to be a weakness, which shows that Millar still believes that in the chest of a brutal killer, there beats a heart of a girl that we almost didn't getto know and is almost certainly moving away from us.

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Honor and Curse #1

Jan 2, 2019

This period of Japan garners a lot of fans and the quality of this book will do little to dissuade those from joining Genshi in his battle, both within and without.

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House of X #1

Jul 26, 2019

So the X-Men are back, yet in all reality, they are not quite back, given that this book will lead to the start of a new wave of X-books. Fans will have to wait for yet another two mini-series to run their course before you get to see them in all their ZZAP, SNIKT and BAMF glory. At least with Hickman involved here and in future books, there feels likes there is some point in actually reading both House Power of X.

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House of X #2

Aug 8, 2019

The question at the top of review, has Hickman's plan peaked? Looking at the series to date, the answer has to be a resounding no; Hickman has shown that he is certainly in this for the long haul, and so will countless readers.

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How To Talk To Girls At Parties #1

Jun 22, 2016

The collaboration of the trio of creators provides a story that covers all the frailties of human interaction. There is a certain sadness prevalent in the book; the sadness of experiences long gone for the girls, the sadness that maybe Vic is pretyy much how Vic will be for the rest of his life. Then there is Enn, who hears poetry, who listens and despite his best intentions, remains alone. Still having been where Enn is, I think he will be fine.

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Hungry Ghosts #1

Jan 3, 2018

Karen Berger is widely and correctly soby the way, recognised asan industry great. Her work on Vertigo speaks for itself and herabsence is surely felt at DC, mainly as DC try to "superhero" some of their Vertigostalwarts.Berger Books has given her anopportunity tohelpher thumb her nose to her past employers. As a first issue, this bookfeels rather safe, which is a taddisappointing, yet it does allow for growth infuture issues.

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Hunt For Wolverine #1

Apr 26, 2018

If I am honest, I much prefer the idea of a story within a story. For me, Wolvie's return would have been better served by hinting and tipping through his own book. Here, given that we know where we end up,this book isless of a hunt and more of a steps retraced.

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I Am A Number #1

Dec 28, 2017

Rian Hughes is a British graphic designer whose worked has appeared in numerous avenues, including the UK small press and of course 2000AD. His design skills are clearly abundant throughout this book. The one page “in-jokes” are a fine example of the delineation of the premise. The art is simple but effective, again demonstrating the virtues of its comic strip origins. The only problem I have with the book, and this is a small quibble, is that at 128 pages, the joke may for some feel a little flat towards the end. Still, if you want to take a break from the superhero world, with a book that cancause an instant smile before delivering a stronger message upon reflection, then this book is more than worth a look.

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I, Holmes #1

Sep 1, 2016

This book seems to live on its expectations. That might seem like a bit of an odd statement, but I think I would have liked to read the book without knowing the parentage of “I”. This would hopefully show that Lent has tapped into a Holmes vibe that would have been instantly recognizable. Unfortunately, with the punchline already out in the open, I fear that it's revelation only serves to color our reading experience, painting our favourite versions of Holmes into the cracks to give the impression of who “I” purports to be.

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In Vitro #1

Apr 1, 2020

As good as this book is, it doesn't pack the same wallop as Waves, (written by Ingrid Chabbert with illustrations by Carole Maurel " the review can be found here), which features another equally emotive pregnancy issue. Some of this is down to the one person worldview mentioned above. The other is the pacing of the story.

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Incognegro: Renaissance #1

Jan 10, 2018

How you view this book will ultimately depend on your personal point of view; this book probably has its heart in the right place, but I am struggling to find it to be honest. Granted, there is no getting away from the history of the 20's and how the race movement suffered until"" will let's be honest, it is still suffering now.

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Incursion #1

Feb 20, 2019

I have said previously that I am not the biggest Valiant fan in the world. I don't know why to be honest; it must clearly be a “me thing, not a them thing”. Yet looking at this book, reading the quality of the writing, I am not surprised that have carved for themselves a piece of the comic book reader pie.

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Infidel #1

Feb 21, 2018

Horror books can be a tricky proposition to attempt, especially as the genre is going through a bit of a lull in the most accessible media at the moment. Coupled with thecontrasts of belief, religion in any already fractious world, gives all involved a bit a ofminefield to cover. Still, I am pleased to say that the creators involved in Infidel, have made a believer of me.

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Injustice Vs. Masters of the Universe #1

Jul 18, 2018

With such a huge following for both series elements, coupled with the success that DC has had with it's Looney Tunes books, there is enough of both franchises that fans of either should find something to enjoy in this mini-series.

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Injustice: Year Zero #1

Aug 8, 2020

Since the Injustice game first came out, along with the subsequent comic series, the comic industry, and DC specifically, has embraced the alternative universe style of storytelling. Apart from the various Taylor-verses I mentioned earlier you have a swathe of Black Label books and Snyder ‘s ‘epics' that all feature worlds not as we know them. So despite the talent that Taylor evidently has, this feels like a little old hat, maybe an alternative universe story too far. With that said, it always great to see the JSA in action, even if by basing them as an Earth Prime legacy team means that we don't have Power Girl!

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Intertwined #2

Nov 9, 2016

I like it when Dynamite Comics put out original stuff. For too long, they have been thought of as just a “tie-in” publisher. People tend to forget, that the “tie-in first model” worked well for Dark Horse Comics. Dynamite have a strong stable of books that sparkle with creativity, despite the fact that putting out different types of stories may not appeal to everyone. Still,no book manages to please everyone, all of the time. As such, Dynamite are in good company.

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Jackpot #3

Jul 6, 2016

AfterShock have been around for a little while now. The high quality of their books is without question. However, I am not sure if somewhere along the way, the books have become a little lost. It may be that the initial books had such a big shock value, that now after a few months, we have become accustomed to it. As such, creators are trying too hard to push the envelope, to create more way out stories, which retains a wow factor, may in fact just result in cluttered storytelling. This book, with Fawkes channelling The Matrix, along with a free-flowing art style could actually do with a level of structure, that in this issue at least, seems to be missing.

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James Bond #7

Jun 22, 2016

This series remains a bit of enigma for me. The writing is great, from the first page to the last. The art can be ok, but for largess parts doesn't work with the story. I am not a huge Bond fan, but there is enough in the book to keep me entertained. True fans may well feel that this book is fantastic. For me, despite the great writing, there is a lack of cinematography to the art which unfortunately does detract from the overall look and feel of the book.

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James Bond (2019) #2

Jan 15, 2020

Dynamite Entertainment have been producing high quality James Bond comics for a few years now. With a new movie out this year, I hope that Dynamite reap the benefits. There is however, a fly in the ointment in that the book, especially this one, is maybe a tad too far from the movie. It is a problem that every film and comic book relationship has to overcome. That sounds like a mission for Bond, James Bond.

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James Bond: Hammerhead #5

Feb 16, 2017

Dynamite Comics are quickly becoming my second go to publisher forexcellent books, regardless of the fact that they are not the most well thought of books in the UK (yes, I am looking at you The Travelling Man store in York!). With their solidification of their Bond line, the ongoing re-imaging of some of their more classic characters, Dynamite are certainly creating an aura of quality about their line. Coupled with the fact there are a number of Big Two books at $3.99 price point that don't have even half the quality on show here, should means that the will reap their rewards with a number of new readers.

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James Bond: Kill Chain #1

Jul 21, 2017

For their sheer amount of creativity, Dynamite should be getting more respect on the comic rack. They have cross publisher books that cater for various fans; they have older licences that they breathe new life into. They even have Bettie Page! Whilst all that is true, it is the quality of thework that can sometimes fail to grab attention. With their James Bond books, that is never a concern.

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James Bond: Moneypenny (One Shot) #1

Aug 30, 2017

This book in many ways is a contradiction; for fans of the James Bond books, this will be a welcome addition, fleshing out one of the key components to the Bond mythos. For new readers, there is really nothing in here that would make you want transition over to the main series. This is a shame as there is an element of quality on show throughout the book.

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James Bond: Origin #1

Sep 5, 2018

For a while, I have been saying how Dynamite have given Bond a mature world in which to exist. It is great to see that this ideal continues in a book that I may not have asked for, but now, thanks to its near perfect execution, I am now eagerly looking forward too.

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James Bond: Service Special #1

May 25, 2017

Over the last few months I have extolled the quality of the books that Dynamite have been putting out. Now, I am not saying I have changed my mind; one less than excellent book does not a poor range of comics make, unless of course it's Marvel and there is a stream of them. Still, with the previously strong Bond books, I expected more, especially at $7.99 a pop.

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James Bond: The Body #1

Jan 17, 2018

Dynamite have been putting out James Bond books for quite some time now, and each one has demonstrated a high level of quality. With this series, Kot and Casalanguida have put together a book that may deliver a more than you would expect from an action oriented series.

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James Bond: The Body #3

Mar 21, 2018

The various James Bond series from Dynamite have gone someway to helping the character obtain a new flock of fans, whilst we await Daniel Craig's next cinematic outing. One of the virtues of the comics, is that they can feature viewpoints that could be potentially unattractive to cinema goers. Thankfully, comic books have a history of pushing boundaries. In that regard, Dynamite are certainly up to the tasks of Bond's various missions against world villainy and subjective points of view.

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Jean Grey #1

May 8, 2017

I have only picked up a few X books over the last couple of years. To date, there is nothing that makes me miss the gold old Claremont days. Still, with Dennis Hopeless on this book, the latest of Jean Grey's life stories has more than a fair chance of success.

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Jenny Finn #1

Nov 20, 2017

This book is an interesting diversion from some of the more continuity fuelled books with a defined style that will no doubt split opinion. First impressions aside, the book does deliver the required horror that fans of Mike Mignola et al usually deliver.

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Jupiter's Circle: Vol. 2 #6

May 11, 2016

I would have thought that I would be bored by this type of story by now. Examination of heroes, either through their own eyes or a "Jane" character, has been done before. At the moment, Mark Millar himself is taking a slightly different tack on his other Image book Huck. Whilst the method of this dissection is different, the result is similar, the humanizing of this bigger than life characters, which becomes a fascinating and hugely enjoyable read.

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Justice Inc: The Avenger - Faces Of Justice #1

Jul 5, 2017

You have to hand it to Dynamite, they don't rest on their laurels; with the success of a large portion of their books it would be easy for them to just sit back and enjoy the accolades. But, oh no, they continue to publish books that cater to a wider range of the comic book reading populace.

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Justice League (2016) #1

Jul 22, 2016

So far, under Hitch's watch, the League have had to deal with invading Kryptonian Deity Rao (not sayingthat's a recurring theme, seen in DK III for example), aStarro like creature and now this issue. Surely its about time we can get past this particular trope?

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Justice League (2018) #1

Jun 6, 2018

You have to admire a writer like Snyder. Once famous for dark stories with a horror vibe, he seemed perfectly suited for Batman and it showed with a great run on Detective and some stellar work on the New 52 Batman book. Not content with his Bat-corner of the universe, some would argue that it showed in his version of All-Star Batman, Snyder went full on heroes mode with Metal. Now, taking on the League, he may have finally found the type of book that his sprawling narrative will find to hard to overwhelm, especially if there are sweeping arcs in play.

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Justice League (2018) #8

Sep 19, 2018

The Justice League is one of DC's top-tier books, especially with the level of talent and the key characters that feature every month. At times, I do feel that the books are written with trades in mind. This series also can feel like setup on top of setup, though with a cast of characters to work with there are minor elements of closure. Moving forward, the Totality and the Source Wall has to come to a head, given as this book seemingly exists without the continuity framework of the core characters own books.

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Justice League Dark (2018) #1

Jul 25, 2018

I am not sure of the logic of this book. Is there a huge Detective Chimp following that I am unaware off? The previous series suffered, as did many of the New 52 books, falling to crossover hell, with the Trinity War and Forever Evil causing all sorts of problems as well as other minor crossovers with books that had very little fan appeal. In the end, not event the writing might of J. M. DeMatteis could stave off the Cancellation Demon. Now Tynion and gang have a chance to show the DC universe in a different light. Ironic, given the title of this series.

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Justice League: No Justice #3

May 23, 2018

The penultimate issue in this mini event, is probably the most disappointing; for not the writing but the art.

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Justice League: Odyssey #1

Sep 26, 2018

In the final reckoning though, no matter how gorgeous this book is, it is clear that Williamson needs to work out the kinks quick, if he has any hope of overcoming the early issue jitters.

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Kick-Ass (2018) #1

Feb 12, 2018

Kick Ass was a great read the first time it came out. The polish of the story may have been tarnished with the sequels and as such, the two co-creators, Millar and Romita JR have taken the wise step of starting over. Does this mean that others from the shared universe will make an appearance? The answer is probably. Still, this book with its reimagined hero turned heroine may well continue to thrive.

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Kings Quest #5

Sep 29, 2016

It is such a shame that books like this do not get the attention they deserve, in this mainstream, event driven Big Two world that we live in. Sure, I am as big a Bat-Fan as the next guy, but there should always be some respect to those that went before. I am glad that Dynamite are there to give the reading public a gentle reminder.

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Kiss Kiss Blam Blam: A Killer Date #1

Apr 15, 2020

If you are sat at home, daydreaming of the way that life used to be, maybe this slice of “what could almost be” in the endless search of love, should help you distance yourself from that feeling as you sit comfortably on the couch reading comics that are N2YCB's.

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Knights of the Golden Sun #1

Oct 17, 2017

Not being a big fan of "Gods and Monsters" " they are my least favourite bit about Wonder Woman comics; I was a tad wary picking this book up. As such, I happy to say, that despite my original reservations this issue is, all in all, a decent little introduction for a book that has the potential to be a fun little romp.

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Lady Killer 2 #1

Jul 27, 2016

A large part of Lady Killers success was the fact that it was fun eclectic mix of humour, satire and dark violence. The challenge ahead for Joelle is to keep the book fresh. Too much of a good thing can be bad for you. Here, the format of publisher Dark Horse Comics predilection for mini series should help maintain story focus without meandering into repetitiveness.

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Lady Killer 2 #2

Sep 14, 2016

Despite this being the second issue of the second mini series, the credit page states that this is actually issue 7 in a series. I am a big fan of this type of publishing, of which Dark Horse are particularly adept, as it allows for the readers tongue to be wet without overwhelming thewallet or allowing a book to outlast its welcome. This alsoimplies that Jones is plotting for the long haul with each mini series feeding into the next and togethermaking a whole. With such a simple strategy in place, this book shows that to say that Joelle Jones is at the top of her creativegame is an understatement.

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Livewire (2018) #1

Nov 26, 2018

At times, Valiant can be accused of using certain character stereotypes; the man in armour, the super rich weaponized spy, the gun tooting killing machine. This isn't just a Valiant foible in the least, but it does strike me odd that for a company that can produce some really original characters, there may be a feeling that it needs to fall back on “that which has gone before”. Personal opinion of their business model aside, Livewire has the potential to become Valiant's X-Men. Given that mutant fans have to put up with constant reboots, restarts and the like, maybe the quality of this book will win some new readers. As it is, I am interested in seeing how this first arc, maybe the forming of the team, plays out. No doubt, with the quality of the work seen so far, it will be quite a ride!

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Lodger #1

Oct 24, 2018

There is an ongoing debate going on at Castle CC regarding the continued use of 22 page comics over the the graphic novel model. Now, a realist may well say that there should be room in the market place for both. But with comic shops closing or moving onto the next trend and certain publishers effectively publishing movie adverts instead of comics, the fact is that graphics may well be the next evolutionary stage. If so, books like this would suit the graphic novel model, which would allow the reader to get the whole arc in one stop. As it is, the confusing elements on show may well deter people from picking up the second issue, from a pair of fantastic, if not niche, creators.

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Lola XOXO Vol. 2 #1

Jul 12, 2017

Minor quibbles aside, such as theidentity of the second big bad, this series is one that offers a likeable character trying to do a simple thing, whilst dealing with the barriers of environment and circumstance coupled with overcoming people expectations of her. Sounds likes a tall order? With a book of this quality, I am sure that Siya Oum is more than up to those challenges as is Lola herself.

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Lone Ranger (2018) #1

Oct 4, 2018

I wasn't sure what to expect with this book. I have fond memories of the show and this book has certainly hit mark for me. With such a great start to the series, I wonder if Russell and Bob Q have any intention of keeping things Wild West and will possibly take on Champion, the Wonder Horse next?

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Lonely Receiver #1

Sep 3, 2020

For a book of many influences, Thompson manages to keep things fresh even going as far as to add hooks for future issues. A well written, observed slice of love from two distinct polar opposites.

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Loud! #1

Feb 12, 2020

With this particular cast, you will expect to see a ton of sex or sexual situations, though it is not glamorous. That is probably a great tagline for the book; Loud is the best and worst of life, in all it's non-glamorous glory.

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Love Addict: Confessions of a Serial Dater #1

Aug 10, 2016

This book is as different from Shadmi's previous work as you can get. This is not a bad thing at all. In fact, with the subject matter being something that we should have had some sort of dealing with, the story is perhaps more accessible. “K” is an average guy with normal everyday needs, desires and problems. It's a little refreshing to see that other people go through the same sort of emotional roller coaster as us. As such, Shadmi has tapped into the very scary situation of a person, or persons, putting themselves out there to be attracted, repulsed and judged by a complete stranger in the hopes that a connection is made in effort to have a partner in this thing called life.

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Love is Love #1

Dec 28, 2016

It is worth to mention, that ALL proceeds from this book will be going to the victims, survivors and their families via Equality Florida. I have read this book over. I don't think I have felt so much or wept so much at the bravery of the characters within.

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Lucy Claire: Redemption #1

Dec 11, 2019

This book is a fun read that is both poignant in retrospect, with writing that possibly hides Upchurch's feelings and thoughts in plain sight and covers the beats of familiar tropes. It will be interesting to see how this series develops.

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Man-Eaters #1

Aug 27, 2018

There will no doubt be naysayers regarding this book, the creators and their feminist agenda. For me, this is a fantastic book that has the potential to work as well as the Handmaidens Tale, with its believable characters and almost real world affectations. Overall a resounding return of one of the best creative team in the comics industry.

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Manhunter Special #1

Aug 23, 2017

In the case of my mistaking this book for another character, I have unwittingly becomeone of the target audiences that I think DC are trying to reach with these Kirby specials. With no preconception to worry about, I can sit back and enjoy the slice of pastiche for what it is, smile at the explain everything dialogue and gaze fondly at the artistic leaning of one of the truly great comic book artists of all time.

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Manor Black #1

Jul 22, 2019

I sometimes feel that horror can be hard to accomplish in comics. Sure, you can have over the top gore or over the top monsters, but there is nuance that is lost, be it the music track or the “there they are behind the door; now they're gone!” type of effect. To remain so popular and so consistent as Bunn and to some extent Hurtt, show the calibre of their work, This is no different.

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Marilyn's Monsters #1

Sep 11, 2018

For Marilyn fans, this book may be a bit of a reach, especially as for the large part, there will no doubt be expectations in play. However, if you are a horror fan, then you will be well served by this book with its creator using such a prolific person as the focal point, the impacts of her monsters can be seen to play out in her more than colourful real life exploits and ultimately her failures.

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Marvel Action: Captain Marvel #4

Mar 10, 2020

The Marvel Action series is a great way to share the experience of reading comics with younger family members, though I am a little bit of a loss as to why there is a need for these types of books; I read comics as a kid and didn't need a “child” friendly version of my favourite heroes. Of course, the rub could be that today's mainstream comics are a bit more serious than the mainstream of the 70's, which in some cases may be true and in others less so. Still, the “read with parent” nature of this series should be applauded, even if it is not aimed at me.

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Marvel's Spider-Man: The Black Cat Strikes #4

May 20, 2020

Tie-in books can be big business; just look at how well Dark Horse managed as well as companies like Dynamite and IDW both of which have a healthy licensed book range. Why is it then this book, given that it is based on an actual Marvel property, misses the mark for me? If the truth be told, for all the problems and critiques I have with this book, my feelings are boil down to two inescapable facts that none of the creative team can resolve. Firstly, I was actually not that fussed about the game. The Arkham joke is a little too true for me. Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, Black Cat's own book is massively superior to this. With this in mind, I know on which book I will be spending my hard earned on.

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Mera: Queen of Atlantis #1

Feb 28, 2018

With Mera riding the tide of huge popularity, the time to strike out on her own book is definitely now. It will be interesting to see how this mini series ebb and flows and hopefully doesn't leave one of DC's iconic female characters floundering.

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Midnight Sky #1

Jul 24, 2019

Scout Comics have kind of flown under the radar for a while with an esoteric range of books, here they deliver a slices of, possibly, your favourite invasion type influences, that congregate to deliver a story that if not wholly original, does serve the overall tropes in play well.

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Milk Wars: JLA/Doom Patrol Special #1

Jan 31, 2018

Reading this book, with its simplicity of intent, I am reminded ofquite of lot of the movies Pleasantville and The Truman Show. If you fancy a walk on the non-straightforward, pot shot taking side, this book could be just the one to compliment the more standard superhero books in your collection and a great way to start becoming familiar with the Young Animal imprint.

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Mirka Andolfo's Mercy #1

Mar 4, 2020

If I am honest, I love a good vampire story. I enjoy the dark romance, the seduction and the time period; this book has all that in spades. The quality of the writing shows that Andolfo clearly has a plan in play and the quality of the art entices the reader into its horrific thrall almost without you noticing.

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Miss Fury Vol. 2 #5

Aug 24, 2016

Still, societal concerns aside, this final issue brings to close a somewhat entertaining first arc.

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Mockingbird #8

Oct 21, 2016

“And I'm just calling one last time, just to say I'll miss you baby. Good luck. Good-bye, Bobbi Morse”*

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Money Shot #1

Oct 23, 2019

Sex in the pursuit of scientific progress AKA “to go where no one has gone and shagged before” is an interesting idea. With the plethora of books that feature sex, Sunstone and Swing for example all looking to cover the emotional aspects of sex, I am sure that here, when it comes to sex, that there will be ramifications both emotional and physical to consider. Maybe I am wrong; maybe its just sex. Whichever way this book goes, it will be a crazy ride!

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Mountainhead #1

Jul 6, 2019

An interesting taking on family dysfunction that is wrapped up in a an exciting psychological thriller and horror story.

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Mr Higgins Comes Home #1

Oct 5, 2017

Way back in 1983, my parent divorced. At the time, the UK only had three TV channels Friday night on BBC2 was horror night. My mother and I used to sit on the couch, watching the classic horror films from Nosferatu to Frankenstein's Monster all the way up to some of the Hammer classics. Thank you Mike Mignola and Warwick Johnson-Caldwell for feeding my own personal nostalgia.

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Nancy Drew & The Hardy Boys: The Death of Nancy Drew #2

Jul 8, 2020

Ironically, with this being the second issue, this book feels more like the set-up book than the first one. With the conceit of the title out of the way, Del Col has to essentially restart the series. Doing this certainly didn't hurt Star Trek in anyway. Now though, with two first issues out of the way, we can get on with the story.

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Nancy Drew & The Hardy Boys: The Death of Nancy Drew #3

Aug 5, 2020

Having seen a number of different Nancy Drew styles over the last couple of years, I am glad to see that Dynamite are continuing to treat her seriously. Yes, there is virtue in having her as a YA character, but for the most part, the people who have grown up with Nancy and the Hardy boys are now of an age where there has to be more to the her adventures. In Anthony Del Col's hands, we are getting that in spades with the adventures and challenges only feeling more adult with the additional emotional elements and resonance.

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Nancy Drew & The Hardy Boys: The Death of Nancy Drew #4

Sep 2, 2020

With the pace extending somewhat, I am hoping for a big grandstand finish given how I foresee next issue gives up the mysterious organiser of Nancy's troubles and the final issue is the Scooby-Doo trap that finally let these particular pesky kids catch up to their version of Old Man Withers.

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Nancy Drew (2018) #1

Jun 13, 2018

It's interesting that in this age of “diversity” that as books and publishers try to emphasise these elements, they in fact create a de-facto norm. That said, this book is a great advert for how existing characters can be shown in different lights; a feat that Dynamite, whether you like the re-iterations or hate them, excels at.

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Neon Future #6

Aug 19, 2019

This book has been garnering a lot of praise, and visually I can see why. Thing is, comics are not a visual medium alone. As it stands, for me at least, the writing fails to meet the required high standard of the art and the overall potential grandeur of the story-line.

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Newbury & Hobbes: The Undying #1

Sep 12, 2018

There is no doubting the talent on show in this comic book, as equally there is no doubting the various influences that are obviously on show. Fans of either the novels, the Doctor or Holmes should find enough going on in here to quench their thirst. For others, the similarities to the influences may just cause a little bit of disillusionment or disappointment. The latter feelings would be a shame as it is clear that Mann and Boultwood enjoy this genre so much.

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Night's Dominion #6

Feb 15, 2017

As I have said many times before, fantasy books are not my thing. Still for those to whom this book will appeal, I am glad that there are creators like Naifeh and Bidikar who still fly the flag for this genre.

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Nightwing (2016) #41

Mar 21, 2018

If this recent run is anything to go by, the powers that be should tryto keep Humphries, Chang and Campbell on this book for quite some tome. Then maybe, fans of Nightwing may finally get the consistent great book that they deserve.

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Nightwing (2016) #74

Sep 10, 2020

Nightwing is by far not the best example of Dan Jurgens writing. Editorial decisions made before his arrival and the then requisite editorial mandate to put everything back in its place has certainly curtailed some of the more imaginative or even standard elements that you would expect from this veteran writer. Just look at how well Batman Beyond reads at the moment; Jurgens has been killing it over there, where he gets a free-er reign. I fear that much like Ric, Jurgens run on this book is going to be best forgotten.

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Nightwing: The New Order #1

Aug 23, 2017

It seems that August is “Alternative DC Month” with futures that yet may be making something of a return. Is thisan editorial edict from DC as a means to consider bringing back Elseworlds? As a six-issue run, this series serves to challenge Dick Grayson's convictions in a number of ways. What would someone do when the two guiding ideals by which they live, exist in direct contradiction? What is the right choice? Who's hurt and disappointment can you live with? All great questions to be sure; which in the answering, should make this book a highly entertaining read.

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Ninjak (2015) #16

Jun 8, 2016

Having only read Ninjak to review, Iam left wondering why this book isn't on my regular pull list.It features a strong story line, an engaging character and a well thought out “long game plan”.However, I think the story of a man without access to his usual means and accoutrements has allowed this story to work better than previous issues I have read. That said, I would be interested in finding out how this little mini saga ends.

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Ninjak (2015) #20

Oct 19, 2016

Before I get a whole load of hate mail, let me say, that this is just one book. One bad review doesn't destroy a comic universe, in much the same way a goodreview doesn't create one. There have been a number of quality books from Valiant in the past. Unfortunately, this isn't one of them.

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Oblivion Song #1

Feb 20, 2018

Oblivion Song offers Kirkman fans a chance to start something new, just in case they are getting a little worn out by the constant "everyone versus us" element of The Dead, with a book that hides it complexity behind a veil of a cartoon style art.

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Old Guard #1

Feb 23, 2017

Image have done it again. They have shown that with the correct talent on a book, you do not have to devolve comics into just the superhero crowd. True, the immortality of this gang could be seen as a super power, but its the ramifications of their “skills” that is going to make this book a very interesting and very enjoyable read.

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Olivia Twist #1

Aug 29, 2018

I am not sure of the validity of reworking classic books. If I wanted to read Oliver Twist, I would do so. On the other hand, I guess a lot of the fun is seeing the old story in a new way. Whilst not a book I would rush out to buy, the standard of the writing, the art and the infusion of quality from all those involved, make this an interesting read.

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Once & Future #1

Aug 14, 2019

Boom! Studios have gotten their mix of books just about right, probably after seeing how Dark Horse manged their own licenced and original material back in the day. By tempting creators of the calibre of Keiron Gillen and Dan Mora, along with a very talented colorist shows just how diverse Boom! Studios line of books is.

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One Week In The Library #1

Dec 9, 2016

This comic goes to show how powerful books and stories can befull of good intent, Prince and Amor show the impacts of reading, whether it be the horror of not being able to unread something, to falling into a book and losing yourself. The impact of the stories is somewhat lessened by the conceit at the end. It is as if Prince just ran out of ideas. Maybe he felt that the ideas at the start of the book were too strong, the latter ones potentially not having the same pull. Or maybe he just ran out of pages. Whatever the reason, Prince himself alludes to the doubtsand insecurities about being creative, for that, I have to give him a nod of respect. No-one wants their hard work to be pointed at or vilified. No-one intends to create bad book; this is far from being that. It's book that deserves to be re-read, reflected upon, then read again.

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Penny Dreadful #2

Jun 29, 2016

Thestylings of the show can easily be traced back to Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neil's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen; each look to bring literary characters together, although Penny Dreadful does covet the horror element.The similarities notwithstanding, Penny Dreadful has been an engaging show, with a strong cast delivering some excellent performances. Tie-ins are all well and good, but as a prequel I am not sure it's required. After all, was there really a need for The Phantom Menace? It could be that this runmay lead to the further adventures of Sir Malcolm and the remains of his group, now that the show has been cancelled.

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Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt (2019) #1

Jan 30, 2019

Peter Cannon is an old school character which I enjoyed back in the 90's and is a title that I have patiently been waiting for since hearing about his return. With Superpower and Peter Cannon, it seems that Dynamite are having a go at cracking the superhero market and with books of this quality they stand a great chance.

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Phoenix Resurrection: The Return Of Jean Grey #1

Dec 28, 2017

The X-books have taken their fair share of criticism of late, with fans lamenting how their books are notasgreat as they once were. Whilst I can certainly see their points, there comes a time when fans have to realise that may never be a story like The Dark Phoenix Saga again. Readership has changed over the years with their expectations also changing. But to quote the great Billy Joel, "the good ole days weren't always good. And tomorrow ain't asbad as it seems". For me the re-introduction of such a classic character as Jean Grey can only be a good thing.

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Plastic #1

Apr 19, 2017

Plastic is a book about love, the things that someone would do for love mixed with a little bit of crazy and some over the top bad guys. What's not to like?

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Plastic Man (2018) #1

Jun 13, 2018

Plastic Man is an odd book, taking the comical hero and casting him in a seriously dark world. It is certainly a square peg book for a round hole character. Sounds perfect for the man of many shapes then.

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Portal Bound #1

Apr 5, 2018

Fans of BubbleGunand Broken Pieces, written by Mark Roslan, may feel differently, butis a book that, to be perfectly honest, I wouldn't look twice at. This isn't a statement against the creators, who have put together a book that, odd writing quirks aside, probably meets the brief as given. As one ofa number of books that share this style, this almost between reading groups, this is no better or worse than itsequally confused audience aware counterparts that can be found on the rack.

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Power Rangers: Ranger Slayer #1

Jul 23, 2020

For a first, at least for quite some time, look back into the world of the Rangers, this book has been a fun read, with a writer, that clearly knows what he wants to see coupled with how to tweak and already retold story.

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Powers of X #1

Jul 31, 2019

The format of this book may seem a bit more of a hard sell than the “present day” book, inclusions of the former notwithstanding. Between the two books, Hickman has crafted his own version of the X-universe that is waiting for us all to explore.

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Powers of X #2

Aug 15, 2019

Despite no drop in overall quality, I find that I didn't enjoy this book as much as it's counterpart, House #2. I have always loved the Sentinels, but have never been a huge Master Mold fan. Apart from one kick ass Cyclops scene, there isn't any of the real powerful or all together world changing surprises in the book. That said, the scope and ideas within the pages still make this book head and shoulders above the majority of the Marvel line and shows the Distinguished Competition what can be achieved with careful planning.

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Prodigy #1

Nov 13, 2018

By now, fans of Millar will kind of know what to expect. Yes, there will be a classic character trope in play. Yes, it will get broken down and re-arranged. This may seem like a one trick pony, akin to Grant Morrison's continuing attempts to reunite years worth of history into one continuity, used across a range of heroes. But when the results are this good, you can't really complain!

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Project: Superpowers (2018) #1

Aug 1, 2018

The production of the comics that Dynamite publishes has never been in doubt. This series is another bold step for a company that many see as a tie-in specialist. With the current JSA's whereabouts currently unknown and DC seemingly happy to drop odd hints here and there in favour of a trio of Justice League books, one of which is a reboot of a failed series, it is good to see that there are still companies that cater for old school superhero team fans.

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Project: Superpowers (2018) #5

Jan 3, 2019

I have been enjoying this series from the outset; it seems that everyone can do a Justice Society style book, apart from DC, although that might change when the Doomsday Clock finally ticks it's last tock! In the meantime, Dynamite are certainly making hay with this excellent series, which concludes next month.

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Psi-Lords #1

Apr 16, 2019

First issues can be a difficult prospect; the creators have to produce a book that captures the imagination, and the disposable income of readers who are already feeling the burden of following whatever major event is happening this week. Throw in that this is a team book, where the characters don't know each other ensuring that, at times, the writing jumps from trying to be funny to being serious at the drop of a hat and you can see the difficulty facing Valiant.

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Pulp (2020) OGN

Jul 29, 2020

At first glance, it's not for me. Upon second glance, it's a cowboy book. But then when I sat and read it, my expectations were blown away; I actually cared bout Max, his life and his dreams.

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Quantum Age: From the World of Black Hammer #1

Jun 25, 2018

This book, and in fact the whole Black Hammer range, are books for a simpler time, where heroes were heroes and bad guys were bad guys. Men were muscly and women curvaceous and nobody cared if be being that way carried a social impact. Comics were fun escapism. The fact that Lemire and company have successfully bridged that gap with old school style tales for a more jaded time, just shows how talented he and his compatriots are and maybe how much the world gone by is actually missed.

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Rasputin: The Voice of the Dragon #1

Nov 15, 2017

For fans of the book, and the Mignola-verse as a whole, please click the link for an interview with writer Chris Roberson: https://www.comiccrusaders.com/?p=92620

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Raven #1

Sep 27, 2016

Is Raven a top-tier character that deserves to be held inesteem from the higher echelons of DC or is she a has been, that only long-term fans like me have any appreciation for? Judging on this issue only, it seems that Raven the comic book has a certain resonance with Raven the character, in that they are both trying to find their feet.If anyone can steer her back in to the fold, it would be character co-creatorMarv “Teen Titans” Wolfman.

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Raven: Daughter of Darkness #1

Jan 25, 2018

DC's fascination with Raven is interesting, especially when you consider that she hasn't done a lot in the Teen Titans books other than become the “will they / won't they” in Raven / Kid Flash romantic algebra. Looking back, I was disappointed in the last mini series and I am more than a little surprised that DC have gone back to well. Still, if lessons are learnt, then hopefully this series will go someway to bringing Raven a level of respectfrom her DC stable mates.

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Red Mother #2

Jan 16, 2020

I am not a horror book fan. Still there is something about this book that catches my attention, that despite my usual lack of disinterest, I am genuinely curious and want to see what is going on.

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Red Sonja & Vampirella Meet Betty & Veronica #1

May 8, 2019

The book has fun quality to it that might upset "serious minded" Sonja and Vampi fans, perhaps that is the Betty and Veronica effect with the pair driving the tone of the book rather than engaging in any real action elements. Still, I have complete faith in Amy Chu, so It will be interesting to see how this series progresses.

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Red Sonja (2017) #0

Dec 14, 2016

I enjoyed this book immensely. There is a sense of fun throughout, that may have been missing on previous runs. The art may attract controversy but you have to applaud Dynamite for possibly recognizing that certain characters do not need to be the implement to impact societal change. Some characters are just plain fun. After reading this new/old Sonja, I am hope that Dynamite continues with their apparent turnaround and you never know, this may indeed be the world for a half-dressed blood sucking sexy space vampire after all.

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Red Sonja (2017) #1

Jan 11, 2017

This book is a fun read. Let's not forget, fun is the reason why we all fell into the world of capes and cowls. We shouldn't be reading books to hate on them. If this book isn't for you and I understand why there will be haters, then fine give it a miss. For me, regardless of the fact I get to see review copies, the actual book is on my pull list which I guess is one of the better compliments a reviewer can give a book.

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Red Sonja (2017): Holiday Special #1

Dec 12, 2018

I am a big fan of the current run that Sonja is enjoying. Moving from New York back to the her more natural elements hasn't dampened the fun and with the news breaking that we are due for a new writer on this book in the new year, all I can is that all I want for Christmas is Amy Chu, to stay on this book!

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Red Sonja (2019) #1

Feb 6, 2019

As mentioned above, I loved the last series of Red Sonja, and whilst this return to a more traditional setting my please many, I for one am disappointed. However, if traditional is what the powers that be at Dynamite are looking for, they would be hard pressed to find creators of this calibre to achieve that particular goal.

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Red Sonja (2019) #15

May 21, 2020

It is fair to say that his isn't my favourite iteration, though I know that Russell and gang have loads of fans, who will please to see this book back on the shelves.

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Red Sonja/Tarzan #1

May 2, 2018

When I first heard of this book, I thought there were two characters that sound like that they should be paired together. On reading the book, I am having second thoughts. The mix is odd; one takes animals for granted and the other doesn't. The fact that the Duul has impacted both of their lives, doesn't necessarily mean that the two will get on. Still, Simone's writing is nearly always enjoyable, and bynow, she has earned the benefit of the doubt as this series as begins.

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Red Sonja: Age of Chaos #1

Jan 22, 2020

This is an odd book in a way, as I am not certain who will enjoy it. There isn't enough Sonja in it for Sonja fans and the explanations are unnecessary for Chaos fans. Burnham, Lau and company may need to hope for a little charity from both fan bases in order to deliver on the promise of this very solid first issue.

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Red Sonja: Age of Chaos #6

Aug 13, 2020

I get that heroes and heroines have their arch nemesis. The Spidey has the Green Goblin, Batman has the Joker and Superman has Lex. The problem is that with Sonja, she has Kulan Gath and that's pretty much it. No matter which series you read, at some point, Gath is going to show his amulet. Is it time for Sonja to find a new big bad? Maybe, maybe not; especially if readers are still buying the current status quo. Still, with hints and teases of more Chaos, chances are that Sonja's world is ever expanding in other ways.

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Red Sonja: Birth of the She-Devil #1

Jun 12, 2019

The hook of this book is to show Sonja at an earlier stage in her life. The child elements are strong enough in setting into motion Sonja future path; her present, around 19 years old, doesn't seem too different from what we expect. This isn't meant to detract from what is, overall, an enjoyable romp that won't disappoint long-term Sonja fans.

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Red Sonja: The Long Walk To Oblivion #1

May 11, 2017

It is safe to say, that in today's event based books and multiple reboots/restarts/rehashes that the market is “enjoying” at the moment, this book is something akin to a throwback where one story was told in one issue, far the most part. If you want to take a break from all the chaos of the Big Two, you could do much worse than hang out in Hyrkania and its neighbouring lands for a while.

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Red Team: Double Tap, Center Mass #4

Oct 20, 2016

Coming into the book blind, has served the experience of enjoying this book well. If I had this reaction, as a one of read, then fans of these characters and creators should be in seventh heaven. As for me, I am off to the LCBS to seeing they have trade for the first run.

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Red Winter #1

May 22, 2019

A crime book that is kind of like John Wick in reverse, posing the question of what to do when you have something to live for; do you take the risk or hold steady to the crappy hand you have; Red Winter may well have an answer for the lead character, delivered in the dark web of a father and son relationship.

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Redlands #1

Jun 29, 2017

Books like this are not usually my cup of tea as I do feel that the whole horror genre suffers greatly from a lack of real surprises. Maybe I am just jaded. Still, that said, I think I will definitely be keeping an eye out for this book and subsequent issues to see if Bellaire and Del Rey can build on a such a solid first issue.

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Reggie and Me #2

Jan 12, 2017

I have to confess, I am not a big Archie fan, That said, I have to recognise the quality of intent in this new iteration of these classic characters.

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Remote #5

Sep 16, 2016

I didn't know quite what to expect from this book. Double Take is the comic imprint of video game publisher and distributor Take-Two Interactive and despite the knowledge that former Marvel publisher Bill Jemas brings to the table, using the video game model, where there are a number of writers and artists, tends to clog up the works in comic books. It is a big ask to base a comic book universe on such a small source as one movie, even if it is a classic. At this point, Double Take's ambition is far greater than their finished product.

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Revolution #1

Sep 21, 2016

This bi-weekly series has a number of tie-in books including M.A.S.K and Micronauts, each of which are hinted at in the main series. With the mixed opinions the recent books, mainly Rom and Micronauts, received, IDW are doing a smart thing; using this series to consolidate the books with their more popular characters. This can work well, but as last year Swords of Sorrow saga from Dynamite showed, cream will always rise to the top. Still, with Barber and in particular Cullen Bunn writing the main series, IDW have gone some way to show that the combination of the all American hero, the greatest hero of them all, a space knightand a bunch of robots may have more than meets the eye.

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Rise #5

Sep 16, 2016

Double Take have created a bit of a rod for their own back, mainly because the source material feels too limited to make a grander, more cohesive whole, if you are not a fan of the film. As such, it would be a hard ask for anyone to have to go watch a movie to get the comic book, especially with the number of other zombie books out there, not even counting The Walking Dead. The guys at Double Take are clearly passionate about their books and with something that wasn't hung on a movie framework, their creativity may be better served.

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Robyn Hood (2014) Annual #1

May 25, 2016

On the whole, I quite enjoyed this book. With Shand stepping away from Grimm Fairy tales, I would hope that he has more time to write books like this. The trick will be giving each character their own voices, ensuring that the writing doesn't become its own version of the art "house style". Fans of the Robyn and her merry band may be divided by the outcome of this issue but I would suggest that this issue is but one step on their journey.

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Robyn Hood: I Love NY #2

Jul 20, 2016

Overall, this book was a lot more fun to read than Robyn's other adventures. The easy jump on point helps, although I am sure that some fans may miss Robyn's supporting cast. Whilst the overall story seems lightweight, I have to say that I am quietly looking forward to the next issue of Robyn in the Hood.

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Robyn Hood: I Love NY #8

Jan 19, 2017

This book is pretty much standard fare; there is a threat, a warning, a team up and a fight. This could describe any number of books. For fans to pick this up, they need to invest in Robyn and for the most part, due to the energy on show via the dialogue, Robyn may well be gaining some new fans.

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Robyn Hood: I Love NY #11

Apr 19, 2017

So, another mixed bag from Zenescope, which is a shame. For Zenescope to move up in the minds and comic book readers and retailers, their product needs to be consistent and not in a consistently inconsistent way that this and other books (Cinderella: Serial Killer Princess for example), have suffered as underneath these constant changes in in art styles mid books, there is a hint of the quality that they can produce.

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Robyn Hood: The Curse #1

Jan 17, 2018

This book is off to a great start, with Dixon and company producing a book that carries a subtle level of maturity to go along with the usual magical signs and portents.

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Robyn Hood: The Curse #3

Mar 22, 2018

Robyn Hood, as a character, was probably one of my least favourite Zenescope characters, as I feel there was a lack of originality to her. In addition, there seemed like an awful lot of backstory to wade through. Recentmini runs have changed my mind; sure there can be some pacing problems, but with a quality writer like Dixon on board, I fully expect that those creases will be ironed out as Dixon begins to become more conversant with the Zenescope model of publishing.

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Robyn Hood: The Hunt #1

Aug 4, 2017

Zenescope are aware of their place in the industry and I have said on more than oneoccasion, that their books are somewhat of a guilty pleasure.The may well be those who bemoan the obvious element of the female led book, butI am verymuch a believer that if you don't like a book, writer, artist or even brand of comic, simply do not buy itand walk away.

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Rogue Planet #1

Mar 4, 2020

Despite some top notch talent on this book, this book fails to offer anything new. Still Bunn and McDonald do enough so that if you are a fan of either the creators or the spec horror sub-genre, then there might be something of interest for you.

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Roku (2019) #1

Oct 30, 2019

I remember Valiant from way back when. Now, a after pretty decent re-start a few years back, the company seems to have fallen into the habit of rehashing Divinity series, or Bloodshot or Rai in an effort to maintain it's position, This sort of focus on a few characters may work for DC with it's continued number of Batman books. Recognising that a change is may be required, I feel that Roku could be a missed opportunity to develop something new, for a book that somehow stands on the shoulders of successful characters from other publishers.

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Rom: Tales of the Solstar Order #1

Apr 4, 2018

Guy Dorian Sr. has dedicated this issue to Jack Kirby. I like the sentiment, even if Rom is one of the characters that The King had zero impact on. With that sentiment in mind, this book, with its dialogue and at times clunky art, is something of a throwback to a simpler ageof comics. The fact that this a re-presentation of a classic Rom tale adds the that bygone vibe.Current fans of Rom, may well enjoy having their hero gain another ratchet of loss. For older fans, there is an interview with Sal Buscema amongst the extras on show.

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Ruby Falls #1

Oct 2, 2019

This book is another offering from the Berger Books imprint of Dark Horse Comics. For those expecting yet another horror book may not appreciate the diversity of Vertigo books under Berger Books editor Karen Berger's stewardship. Maybe it's that influence that has helped Nocenti deliver a resurgent book. What ever the reason, this book is off to an interesting start.

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Ruby Falls #2

Nov 6, 2019

I have to say that I have enjoyed every twist and turn in this book so far; I have read a lot of crime books, so the armchair detective in me is curious as to who did what, to whom. An engaging book that serves to show how the impacts of the past can affect the frailties of the present as the characters try and decide what is important to them.

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Santa Claus: Private Eye #1

Nov 1, 2017

Santa Claus: Private Eye is a great read, with plenty of twist and turns and is a welcome addition to the ongoing quality over quantity stable of books that Darby Pop have published over the last year or so.

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Savage Avengers (2019) #1

May 1, 2019

In all the hoopla and success of Endgame, this feels like an odd time for a book that features not one member of the film to hit the stores. Maybe Marvel think that people may be tired of Rogers, Stark et al being the focus of the Avengers. Problem is, no matter how much fun this book is, eventually Avengers always fall back on the main three characters. Still, this team is an odd mix which will give fans a different type of team a different type of dynamic, so much so, I am tempted to say “All New, All Different”. In all honesty, I hope the book does well and I am looking to seeing how Conan reacts to Venom and Frank Castle reacts to Elektra down the line.

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Savage Bastards #1

Jan 15, 2020

You have to give Mad Cave their due, they are putting out a range of books. For western fans, I am sure that there is enough in here to sate your thirst as this book is a mix of things; like re-fried beans you will either like it or hate it.

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Savage Tales: Halloween Special #0

Oct 16, 2019

If anything, this book seems to show that the idea of loss can be all consuming. The truth of the matter is that without Sonja's trails and tribulations, she wouldn't have become the person who she is today. Given it's a Halloween book, it is appropriate that the book features the pull of the ghosts fo those lost. Hopefully, come Thanksgiving or Christmas, Sonja will see that whilst loss and suffering can shape us, so to can recognition of success and the happiness that we find along the way, in each of our own journeys.

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Savage Tales: Vampirella #1

May 10, 2018

This book, when compared to the most recent run of Vampi, feels like a return to greatness. Maybe for classic characters there doesn't need to be such a departure from who they are. The more mature themes in the last book, whilst created with good intentions, delivered a censored version that watered down the production, demeaning the meanings somewhat. With this issue, it's back to basics and its done very well.

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Sea of Sorrows #1

Mar 17, 2020

Given my aforementioned lack of interest in horror books, I was pleasantly surprised to get caught in the swirl of this first issue. The ability of the creative team working together is on show with enough script and dialogue to direct the art which shows enough to warrant the need of less lettering, thus nothing distracts the reader from the whole experience.

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Second Sight #4

May 19, 2016

By now you should have realized the plethora of quality books that AfterShock is putting on comic racks with a heady mix of dark tales, violent pasts and the promise of more to come.

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Secret Weapons #1

May 4, 2017

I have mentioned before that, at times, I don't see the attraction of Valiant Books. I feel that some of the characters have passed their shelf life, hence them vanishing from the comic racks in the past. Still, I do recognize that the Valiant powers that be are trying hard to give their line some momentum with Divinity and the X-O reboot. This book certainly fits the mold of mature superheroes, done in a mature manner.

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Seven Secrets #1

Aug 12, 2020

I wasn't too certain heading into this book and now that I have read it, I don't think that I am any further forward to be honest. There are parts I really like, there are parts that don't quite work for me. A first issues main job is to deliver the hook, by which a reader is grabbed. I am can see how this book will be attractive to a lot of readers and it is good to see Taylor move away from the “alternative DC Universe” arena for which is he is probably best known.

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SFSX (Safe Sex) #1

Sep 9, 2019

With the topic of the book being sex, and with the creators involved, it will no doubt garner a lot of attention. If you are a fan of books like Bitch Planet and Unnatural you may well enjoy this society versus sex romp.

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Shadow Service #1

Aug 20, 2020

I like Vault Comics. Over the lat 18 months or so, they have produced a high number of fantastic books, making ground on companies such as AfterShock, Valiant and maybe even Dark Horse. This then, is probably the first book that I am disappointed in. Hopefully Scott has more in the tank than a pastiche of an already very familiar and popular character. I look forward to being proven wrong.

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Shang (2020) #1

Mar 25, 2020

I took on this book as I was intrigued by Shang's origin; I didn't need the Mulan tie-in. For me, by trying to pigeon in a different story altogether, it kind of demeans one of the core characters in the Zenescope universe.

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Shazam! (2018) #1

Dec 6, 2018

With the need to bring more younger readers into comic shops, and given that the trailer for the movie seems super kid friendly, I can see why there is a need for a book like this. That's not to say that it's a bad book, as it caters to both new and old fans alike. The problem for me is that I generally can take or leave SHAZAM or Captain Marvel or whichever he is going by this time. Of course, that is not Johns' or Eaglesham's fault in any shape way or form and it shouldn't detract from a well produced comic book.

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She Could Fly #1

Jun 28, 2018

This type of book is not my bag, at all. I prefer direct narrative over something that meanders as much as this. It's a writing style, or trope that I think is being preferred on the Berger Books imprint. Still, Cantwell has written a story that has got me hooked, at least in part, with Earl and Verna being the more interesting aspect of this issue. I hope that the John and the rent hooker find true love. Maybe I am just a romantic at heart.

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She Could Fly: The Lost Pilot #1

Mar 20, 2019

Berger books have delivered a series of great books from its inception. With this book however, I am not sure that the Dark Horse model of mini series actually benefits this book, with the complexity of Luna's story maybe needing a more consistent schedule. Still, She Could Fly The Lost Pilot remains consistent in its quality of storytelling.

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She Said Destroy #1

Apr 16, 2019

For a book that wears it influences on its sleeve, this is an enjoyable read with an interesting twist added to the mix, that engages and challenges the readers expectations well.

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Sheena: Queen of the Jungle (2017) #8

Apr 25, 2018

I am glad that there is stilla place on the rack for cheesecake, especially as Dynamite are showing that it can be achieved without weakening strong female characters. It shouldn't matter that the character is female; put it this way, nobody complains when Batman or The Shadow find themselves in a similar predicament. If equality means that everyone is treated the same, then people can't really complain about cheesecake. I would have only hoped that there was a quality control office on the book.

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Sherlock: A Study In Pink #1

Jun 9, 2016

This issue features the writing of Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss so as such, the overall feel of the show is well replicated, from Watson's feeling of being lost in the world all the way to the "lightbulb" moments that occur that have become a bit of a trademark of the show. Reading the book, its hard to judge the writing. With this being an adaptation, if you ae a fan of the show, then you will like the writing here.

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Shirtless Bear Fighter #1

May 24, 2017

For quite a while, Image have been putting out books that eschews the original superhero ideals of the founders of the company. This is massive credit to Image, who have managed to carve out a niche for their books, most of which I recognise as high quality even if I don't always enjoy the stories. With Shirtless, Image have caught my attention with their pastiche of all that has gone before.

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Show's End #1

Jun 22, 2019

All in this book was an enjoyable first issue; the revelations hold true reverberations which will intrigue readers down the line. Show's End is yet another well crafted and produced book from a publisher that exudes quality.

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Skybourne #1

Sep 7, 2016

I am of an age where I remember a certain UK TV show called The Champions, which featured three agents who gain super abilities. With this in mind, I was very wary when I started reading this book. That concern quickly dispersed due to the sheer quality of book, with its clarity of purpose and clear strong storytelling.

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Skyward (2018) #1

Apr 18, 2018

The not so quite far-flung future has an interesting vibe in play to compliment the father daughter relationship. Both Willa and her father want her to be able to travel, but with his heart stuck in the past andher head firmly in the present, with low gravity to deal with, what will keep theses two from drifting apart?

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Sleeping Beauties #1

May 25, 2020

I am truly on the fence with this book. My knee jerk reaction is that the book is plodding with style greatly outweighing substance. With the pacing issues of this book, and purely based on this issue, I am not sure how the story can support ten issues. Still Stephen King is a big draw, with legions of fans who may get something more out this book, than I, the non-horror fan. I do think that this is going to be a series that you won't be able to pick up midway and understand what is going on; therefore you may want to get on board before this sleepy train leaves the station.

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Smosh #2

Jun 15, 2016

Funny books are tricky. Its all well and good, but if you don't get the punchline, then you wasted your time and money. This book is far from a waste of time, but whilst there are quiet funny moments, the loud laughs I was expecting fail to appear. However, the YouTube duo have such a following that there will be a number of fans that will love this book.

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Snap Flash Hustle #1

Oct 5, 2018

Snap, Flash, Hustle is a great little story, that I think will cater to an audience that enjoys their stories down and dirty with a slice of genuine characters thrown in for good measure.

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Solar Flare #1

Apr 7, 2017

With the number of disaster books out there, it is increasingly hard to come up with something unique. It is possibly due to the sheer dearth of these types of books, that makes the loss of technology seem a tad original. After all, at least it's not zombie's! Still, Haick and Co will need to be on top form to build on the solid foundations, laid by this first issue.

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Something is Killing the Children #5

Jan 29, 2020

BOOM! Studios are using their version of the Dark Horse model extremely well. It may be the tie-in or licensed titles that ensure the most units per month, but that allows for the company to put out books like the excellent Faithless and of course Something is Killing the Kids, both of which are hugely popular. Whether it be the monsters under the perceived bed or the blonde Buffy type monster killer, this book is proving to be a breed apart.

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Sovereigns #0

Apr 6, 2017

As I have said before, Dynamite are having something of a renaissance; the quality if their books is beyond compare, even if at time they can over play their hand. This book is a great way for readers, old and new, to get to know some of the classic characters of yesteryear, presented with style and vigour.

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Sovereigns #1

May 19, 2017

Overall, this book again shows how serious Dynamite can be about their comic book output. For the main feature, there is some great writing and strong art. The quality of the second feature is let down a tad by its virtue of being an extended advert, but still possesses bags of charm and character.

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Sovereigns #2

Jun 15, 2017

The Sovereigns is an interesting book, at least the main part is. Regardless of the quality of the back-up, I do like the idea; it feels a like an old school move, which fits with this classic characters. Of course, others may feel that they would prefer the extra pages to be given to the main story. This is the level of interest that Fawkes and co have managed to instill in their readership.

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Spencer & Locke #1

Apr 12, 2017

After seeing the tagline on the cover of an imaginary partner, I was intrigued enough to look over this book, and boy I am glad I did. For me, the book provides a gentle reminder to when “Something Was Drooling Under my Bed” or the “Revengeof the Baby-Sat”. It is good to see that the Bill Waterson's creation have had such an impact on the comic book world.

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Spencer & Locke #2

Jun 1, 2017

The key to this book is to enjoy the homages and try not to think too much about the “how does it work?” True, it may be that in fact, adult Locke is as much a figment of young Locke imagination as Spencer is. Adult Spencer could be a form of PTSD, his missing eye alluding to the fact that Locke himself has “turned a blind eye” to his past troubles. Or it could just be a fun way to pay respect to Bill Watterson's fantastic creations and universe of yesteryear. That said, I wholly expect Moe (or some allusion to him), to be the big bad!

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Spencer & Locke #3

Jun 21, 2017

I totally can see how the two main influences have been slammed together to make a whole and sure, at time mix and matching can work; a cheese and onion sandwich for example or coca cola in southern comfort. However,at least in these examples you can switch to plain cheese or lemonade in your drink. In Spence and Locke you don't have that choice; you are stuck with what you got. Of course, you could always go back to Calvin and Hobbes.

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Spencer & Locke #4

Jul 21, 2017

Admittedly I have flip-flopped on this book,initially loving the Calvin aspectsbefore moving past that an into a harsher stance. For a book that leans onthe strips of yesteryear,acceptance will no doubtdepend on your frame of mind when reading. In the end, Locke is an interesting enough character to carry the story;theCalvin bits have been fun although I doworry about repetition being a problemifAction Labs are looking for any sort of longevity.

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Spencer & Locke 2 #1

Mar 12, 2019

Spencer & Locke Volume 2 #1 is due for release on April 24th, and for more interview with series writer David Pepose and artist Jorge Santiago Jr. please click here

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Spider-Man: Life Story #1

Mar 25, 2019

I am not sure who this book is aimed at, if am being totally honest. With the differences between than and now Peter, is there any real resonance for the current Spider-Man reader; is the book too different from the past to service the older fan who has been there and seen that albeit done with more quality and back when it was original? Guess you will have to drop $4.99 to find out.

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Spider-Woman (2015) #15

Mar 25, 2017

With Marvel's recent decisions around some of their female heroes (yes, I am still bitter!), I am a tad surprised that they have kept the faith with Spider-Woman. The mix of life issues and superheroes is a staple of old school Spider-Man books and it is good to see that this element of storytelling has not fallen by the wayside. Talking of spider staples, anyone else get the “Gwen” vibe at the end of the book?

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7.5
Spider-Woman (2020) #1

Mar 18, 2020

I have been a Spider-Woman fan since her very first series. Sure not every reiteration has worked, but Marvel have been going great guns with their female led books. As I have been looking forward to this book, I really wanted to love it, This is the first issue, meaning that it is no means the finished article. It will be interesting to see if the book finds it feet as Jess's best friend Captain Marvel did.

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Spider-Woman (2020) #2

Jul 15, 2020

Two issues in and a book that had so much promise, has turned into just another superhero fight book. Jess has been through the ringer medically more than once. It is like Marvel hang onto what they think are core pieces of the character, Jess equals illness, Carol Danvers equals body possession and ID issues, and cannot get out of their own way. With all the effort it took to tell a story of a pregnant super-heroine who finds love with a porcupine, I would like to see more of that rather than issues like this.

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Spider-Woman (2020) #3

Aug 19, 2020

I really don't know what is going on with this character. With so many changes coming down the line for the comic industry, the way that the schedules have been screwed, I am not sure how many issues are in this run. I hope that Pacheco proves me wrong, but in the fluid nature of the comic book industry, if the better Spider-Woman book (the Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum run), can get cancelled, so can this cacophony of contrivance.

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Stained #1

Mar 29, 2017

Despite its obvious influences and trope-esque elements, Stained is an entertaining read with a lead that is just interesting enough to pique my curiosity.

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Star (2020) #1

Jan 10, 2020

As stated,this book is a fun read, which may not offer much in the way of ramifications, though, personally I hope that's not the case. Carol could do with a new counterpart. the ambiguity in Star would serve as an interesting contrast down the line.

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Star Trek New Visions: Cage #1

Jul 13, 2016

Straight up adaptations don't interest me. This book doesn't add anything to the Trek mythos. I understand it's a “50 years of Star Trek” celebration issue, and I can see that there is a higher page count than you'd expect. Still, I also think charging $7.99 for this re-tread is a bit steep. If you are a Trek fan who wants to celebrate 50 years of your show, surely there has to be a better way than buying a book that detracts from the original episode quicker than a warp core breach.

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Star Trek TNG: Mirror Broken #1

May 17, 2017

It's always fun checking out how your favourite characters may havechangedoutside of the their naturalworld. In some ways, this book reminds me of the episode Yesterday's Enterprise inasmuch that to the characters in this book, thisis their natural world. Despite my misgivings of this particular deus ex machina getting another run out, I am quietly impressed by the quality of this book.

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Star Trek: Boldly Go #1

Oct 19, 2016

Reading this issue, I have come to the realisation that I may have been assimilated. I have enjoyed a number of the Trek books, especially when they have attempted something different; the Academy book for example. I still don't see the point of the photo-story book, but there is always Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations, as someone once said. Back to this book, I was very impressed that Johnson has brought character elements into play rather than action on top of action trap that the recent movie seemed to have fallen. As I am not a huge fan of the movies, I totallymissed any pre-releasepress about this book soI was genuinely surprised at the end. All in, good job all round.

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Too Long a Sacrifice #1

Jul 16, 2020

Thanks to the lock-down, I have been on a bit of Trek-a-thon, covering Classic, Next Gen, Picard and the new-ish movie. I have yet to make it out past Bajor. Reading this though, has made me realise how intricate this series became with the war, Worf and the secession of Bajor from it' s Federation application; not to mention changes in crew. Scott Tipton and David Tipton have managed to mine the show effectively with an engaging story of what could have happened between episodes.

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Star Trek: Hell's Mirror (2020) #1

Aug 27, 2020

I have said many times in the past, that comics work best when the writing and art work in conjunction. If that doesn't happen, then I can handle great writing with poor art, but not the reverse. Thankfully, the fantastically clever writing of DeMatteis is strong enough to carry the, at times, less than stellar art. This book is an interesting read of a Trek universe that never was.

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Star Trek: The Next Generation: Terra Incognita #1

Jul 18, 2018

I love the idea of the MIrror, Mirror universe but at this stage, I feel that, like the Borg and the Daleks in Doctor Who, every appearance or interaction only serves to diminish their real threat with the ramification of also diminishing the overall story.

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Star Trek: Waypoint: Special 2019 #1

Apr 25, 2019

Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of".. well a group of Sci-Fi shows linked on the premise of a grand Federation. Each iteration has its charm and it's problems. For the most part, IDW have done a decent job in regaling the tales of Enterprises, a Voyager and a station situated near a wormhole. I am sure that fans of the respective shows will enjoy this book, but for me, a tad more quality is required for the most part. Saying that, the first story is head and shoulder above the rest, though I am not sure it's worth the $7.99 all by itself

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Star Wars Adventures: Forces of Destiny: Leia #1

Jan 3, 2018

I am totally on the fence with this book. Sure, there should be books out there for a wide age range of fans, and sure, some of those are young readers. I love the idea that the focus is on the women of the Star Wars universe, What I question is does what is actually delivered meet its purpose? Reading this book, I am not presented with a Leia who is a strong character; I am presented with a Leia that fits every stereotype for a "aimed at young reader" book. Surely, even young readers deserve a book that shows how strong a female character can be without having to resort to the befriending an animal trope? I may be being too hard, but I would like someone to explain why a universe that is already aimed at kids needs to be further de-toothed. With all that said, for a book that takes a very simplistic view on Star Wars, Charretier and Colinet certainly deliver a story that lacks any ambiguity.

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Star Wars: Darth Vader (2020) #3

Jul 30, 2020

So to recap, that 2 wins out of 9, with a win percentage lower than the Miami Dolphins winning percentage in 2019. Not really scourge of the galaxy stuff there! That is probably as good an analogy for this book as anything; the idea, much like Vader himself, is built on reputation rather than actuality.

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Submerged #3

Oct 17, 2018

Vault Comics have been doing extremely well with a range of books that revel in quality storytelling from a stable of quality creators. This series is by no means an exception to that rule.

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Suicide Squad (2016) #17

May 20, 2017

I have to say, it was the inclusionof Zod and the attraction of Tony S. Daniels that led to me reading this book. Ultimately, my attention in this book will only last as long as these two factors are in play.

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Sunstone #6

Mar 13, 2019

It is no secret that I am a Stjepan Sejic fan, after all I even read Aquaman and Sucide Squad when he was on those books and everyone knows how much I dislike Harley! This book goes to show that in Ally, Sejic has his focal point, a character so strong that no matter how hard you try, she will dominate any story, though in a very human way and I can not wait to see how this prequel expands to cover part of the original Sunstone to give us the ending that I and many fans are hoping for.

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Super Sons #6

Jul 25, 2017

This book is one of the more recent Rebirth books that, if I am honest, I wasn't particularly looking forward to. However, six issues in and my mind has been changed, dramatically. Unlike other books from DC that try to be funny, this one is actually a fun read. Just don't tell Robin!

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Supergirl (2016) #23

Oct 10, 2018

I view Supergirl in much the same way as Batgirl; both characters deserve to have great creative teams, delivering the best stories. For both books, that creative team change has come with this team having a few more issues of Supergirl under their belt than their Gotham based counterparts. So far, I am pleased with both books, with my interest piqued by the Supergirl team enough to keep checking in on this book.

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Supergirl (2016) #26

Jan 16, 2019

Concerns about the number of inkers and colorists notwithstanding, this book is a decent quality read and with cancellation of Green Lanterns, I think this has probably been one of the most consistently fun reads that DC have published over the last few months.

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Supergirl (2016) #28

Mar 14, 2019

One of the things that I like about this book is that is doesn't take itself seriously in any shape way or form. You could consider this whole story-line being event-driven. Yet Supergirl is dealing with ramifications of a personal event, rather than the more universal threat featured in a range of books from the many Justice League books to Titans. By making this distinction, Andreyko gets to focus on Kara's actual character which is refreshing in the current DC publishing model.

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Supergirl: Being Super #1

Jan 2, 2017

DC have really pulled out all the stops with this book by looking to get the best “indie” creators to write a story set within a specific time frame. This means that they have asked creators to work to their strengths, especially with Mariko Tamaki. The end result is a 48 page Book One, that whilst doesn't offer anything new, is a fun and engaging read and is head and shoulders above its ongoing series sister.I will definitely be picking up Book Two, despite the high $5.99 price tag.

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Superman (2016) #31

Sep 21, 2017

At any other time, this issue would seem average at best. Yet, in the context of the current marketplace, its simplicity, along with a strong female lead, feels like a super breath of fresh air.

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Superman: Year One #1

Jun 19, 2019

This Clark isn't as likeable as the Clark we are used too, and here is the rub of the book; keep things the same and people complain about buying a retread of story; write something new and people will complain that the book isn't about "their" Superman.

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Swamp Thing Winter Special #1

Feb 7, 2018

This book has a lot riding on it. Firstly its a chance to re-integrate the character into the Rebirth universe, regardless of how he fits better in Vertigo or even Young Animal. Secondly, it gives long-term fans a chance to say good-bye to the great Len Wein.

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Sweet Lullaby #4

Feb 16, 2017

The cynical comic book fan will no doubt raise a couple of points. The past and present style is currently getting an exaggerated airing on Arrow, which in turn will lead to comparisons between Young Lullaby and Hit Girl moving towards similarities to Jennifer Blood. Still, these facets do not take anything away from this issue and the run as a whole.

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9.8
Sweet Lullaby #5

Mar 8, 2017

If you are interested to learn more about Sweet Lullaby and the people behind the book, head over to the Interview section for an interview with writer AJ Scherkenbach and artist J. Briscoe Allison.

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Swing #1

May 30, 2018

Sex sells, it is a fact; this book isn't just about sex. Sure, it's in there and sure, there is a lot of it. But there is more to the story than that. At the basest level, it's a book about two people in love striving to get through live, realising that there is more to living than being Mom, Dad, business woman and lecturer. No doubt people will buy the book for the sex and I don't have a problem with that as it will give them a change to read an honest to goodness love story.

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Tarot (2020) #1

Jan 2, 2020

As fun as this book is, I can't help but feel likes it is actually a bit of a throwaway series. Hidden memories and all that may have some importance down the line, but at this stage I am kind of left a little nonplussed by it. There is the issues of continuity to consider; this book features the Defenders of old, who have their own book and of course the Avengers, whose line up here should help longtime fans works out roughly where this book should land. For everyone else, I wonder if this series will become as much as a faded memory as Captain Hulk America was to Namor.

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Tart #1

Nov 20, 2019

I am not going to lie; I saw the title of the book and it piqued my curiosity. I did not expect to find such a grandiose mix of Victorian horror and almost abstract figures. To say I was pleasantly surprised would be an understatement. Anyone else fancy a Tart for New Year?

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The Assignment #3

Mar 3, 2017

This story purports to be a dark tale, but when you take a step back all you are left with is a revenge tale about a gang of unlikable characters. True, the level of violence and nudity may be a buying point for some, but overall, I am left with a bitter after taste. Surely, we can create comics that feature the gender issue without having to resort to the lowest of expectations.

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The Belfry (One Shot) #1

Feb 22, 2017

In today's multi-part, built for the TPB stories that seem to require more and more of my hard-earned cash, its great to see that there are still quality one shots being produced that encapsulate the mixed media that are comic books.

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The Black Ghost #3

Nov 27, 2019

Black Ghost created by; Alex Segura, Monica Gallagher and George Kambadais

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The Black Hood: Season 2 #3

Feb 24, 2017

The Black Hoodhas been a consistently impressive comic from Dark Circle Comics. Regardless of the seemingly repetitive trope of the darkness threatening the hero, Swierczynski and co. do well to keep things interesting, even if the last page possibly has an element of “jumping the shark”.

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The Brave and the Bold: Batman and Wonder Woman #1

Feb 21, 2018

Sharp also provides the story for this mini series, and I have to say, despite my initial worries, I was more than pleasantly surprised.

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The Butcher of Paris #2

Dec 23, 2019

True stories are a bit of a mixed bag for me. I haven't seen the movie Titanic. Do I really need to? After all, I know what happens; it hits an iceberg and sinks. Surely I don't need to sit through three hours for that ending? Fans of the film will say that I should see it because its about the fledgling romance between the classes and how love is defined by sacrifice. Its all in the details and that is a great way to think of this book. The events may be true, but it's the details that are important and it is these details that Phillips and Kotz superbly fill in.

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The Citizen #1

Aug 5, 2020

The book is in part a really good idea, though the repetitiveness gave me the feeling of it running out of steam. There are other formats that could be used in order to break the book down which in turn would separate the familiar beats and may help keep the unit price down.

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The Crow: Hack/Slash #1

Jun 26, 2019

From this review, you may feel that I am not a fan of either of these set of characters. Nothing could be further from the truth. I have a lot of time for the original Crow series, with Hack/Slash in their various team-ups bringing an odd sense of fun. Here then is the problem; I am not sure that the two properties actually suit one another. Its not like Vampirella & Hack/Slash, where both have their tongue-in-cheek elements. This then makes this book an odd disjointed type of affair.

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The Damned: Three Days Dead #1

Feb 24, 2017

If you are a fan of gangster books, the occult or demonsthere may well be enough of the various tropes on show to keep you entertained. Between them, Bunn, Hurtt and Crabtree have given us a book that is the tip of the iceberg in this particular world, with further extensions hinted at as there are a number loose ends and dark fates that await in the shadows, which may yet still have an impact on Eddie and challengehis Lazarus-like powers, even if not all wounds leave scars.

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The Death-Defying Devil (2019) #1

Aug 7, 2019

I am a tad confused by this book; Simone's recent run on both DC, with Plastic Man and Marvel with Domino far exceeds the writing in this book. Unfortunately, in an odd slice of "life imitating art", as alluded by the mysterious cloaked character, could Simone actually be "slumming it"?

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The Dregs #1

Jan 25, 2017

The Dregs is a clever title for a book that offer so much from a seemingly simple story. Does the title reflect the characters, their part of the world or the viewpoint that society has of them? Either way, this book deserves to escape the dregs of the bargain bin, such is the quality of both the writing and the art.

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The Dregs #3

May 3, 2017

For me, a self admitted superhero fan, this book is an odd experience. At first glance, it is easy to dismiss as just another mature book with less than explosive artwork. Yet, it is actually the comic book version of a good cup of coffee. It just needs time to percolate.So read this book; put it down; reflect and read again.

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The Dregs #4

Jun 21, 2017

At times, this series has been a difficult read. In no part is this an indictment on any of the creative team. It's just that the superhero fan in me, expects good to always triumph over evil. Whilst this is obviously an unrealistic viewpoint, a large part of me wanted a happier ending for Arnold. Still, as in life, the best that you can expect is to have to make a decision tempered with the hope that you make the right one.

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The Dresden Files: Dog Men #1

Jun 14, 2017

I am a big fan of Dynamite, their commitment to a diverse range of comics is one of their strengths, competing as they do with Dark Horse and Image. True, their range may stand on licenced books with the quality, at least recently, far outweighing and perceived weakness in having a licensed base. This particular file of Dresden should suitably please the coven of his fans.

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The Electric Sublime #1

Oct 20, 2016

This isn't my normal type of book. Still, I am glad that I have read it. The story could be seen as a “where does an artist get his or her ideas from?” The mix between Breslin, who thinks she knows everything and Brut, who does actually know everything is well-defined. It will be interesting to see how the series plays out as we move further into Brut's world.

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The End: Captain Marvel #1

Jan 29, 2020

Recently we have had the "Life of Captain Marvel" mini which shaped the current book, the book that features the current adventures, and so it makes sense that the powers that be get round to Carol's demise. Experienced comic fans will no doubt see the All-Star Superman or The Justice League Fatal Five animated movie touches. Influences are one thing; ideas may be even imitated, but style remains and it is this style that goes to show how great a writer Kelly Thompson can be, especially with this character.

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The Few and Cursed #1

Oct 26, 2016

Familiarity doesn't always have to breed contempt, especially when the finished article looks and reads as well as this book. With a slew of female led books falling by the wayside, for whatever reasons, its good to see that not everyone has given up on the, seemingly cursed,idea of strong female characters.

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The Forgotten Queen #1

Feb 27, 2019

This is a four issue run, so it will interesting to see how Valiant go about this run. What do you think are the chances that the two immortals will eventually bump into each other, especially given as they appear to be polar opposites? That may be something that happens down the line. Currently, we need to see if this Forgotten Queen is able to hold onto her loyal subjects.

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The Girl In The Bay #1

Jan 25, 2019

Berger Books have been quietly going about their business, utilising the experience of editor Karen Berger for a little while now. With that idea in mind, it is safe to say that this is yet another hit for the imprint.

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The Greatest Adventure #1

Apr 19, 2017

I understand that Dynamite have to produce books on the licensed character they have. Doinga team-up bookis one way to get the characters back in print without having to run a slew of books, especially as the last Dejah Thoris book was pulled so quickly. Could it be that these characters can't carry a comic book? Time of course will tell, for this issue at least this book has started a pretty solid, if standard adventure.

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The Joyners #4

Sep 21, 2016

Looking at the book, I immediately thought of The Jetsons.Both have a George, both are set in the future and both feature a family. All that's missing is Astro. However, the vaguest comparisons aside,catching the last issue of a run can be eye-opening and with a book of this quality, it is well worth hitting the back issue rack of your LCS.

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The Life Of Captain Marvel #1

Jul 19, 2018

I am a long-standing Carol Danvers fan and would hope that Marvel's fascination in making her their Wonder Woman finally hits it mark. Unfortunately, I don't think that goal will be achieved, especially as Marvel are already setting their sights and the readers expectation low by advertising what amounts to a term limit.

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The Life Of Captain Marvel #3

Sep 21, 2018

So, what is this book? At its best its a re-engagement piece, trying to tie-in to the past to maybe drive Carol forward in some way. At its worst, this book is nothing but an indication that, if there is a similar beat or feel to the movie, that movie fans get more respect and recognition than the comic fans that have followed Carol Danvers through a number of ongoing series'. Guess time will tell; that or you can wait for next reboot.

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The Man of Steel (2018) #1

May 30, 2018

So with all the hoopla surrounding Bendis, does his writing work in the DC Universe? In my opinion, Bendis, like Stanton, may be starting off slow, waiting to get the bases to get loaded before hitting the grand slam. I guess we will have to wait a few more innings to find out.

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The Mighty Crusaders (2017) #1

Nov 21, 2017

This is the sort of book that you would want your kid to pick up. Clear good guys, clear bad guys and no ambiguity, told in an easy-going way. However, there are a couple of problems for Archie; firstly, despite being kid friendly the characters are not well-known and as such they may find it hard to compete with the Justice League or Avengers. The second is that whilst this style may well be kid friendly, there isn't quite enough cleverness to engage older readers. Hopefully, Archie Comics can find their audience for what is really a decent little team book.

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The Misplaced #1

Nov 13, 2019

The idea of the book seems quite simple, however, there may actually be more to it than you think. Sure, James' wife may not be where he is, but could it be that he himself has been misplaced? Could it be that doing the same things over and over could actually be hell? Only time will tell. As it stands, Callahan has set himself an ambitious task, both in writing and art, where the reader's perceptions are challenged almost as much at the lead characters.

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The Orville #1

Jul 8, 2019

Seth MacFarlane, the creator of the show has certainly crafted a well observed show. Does this translate into a well observed comic book? Truth be told, I think it does, especially with the nuanced writing of Goodman and the likeness of the characters crafted by Cabeza; Dark Horse could easily take the second star on the right and let the crew of The Orville fly 'till morning.

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The Pervert #1

Apr 20, 2018

The book tackles some mature stuff, and deserves to be enjoyed by a readership that can go with the ebb and flow of the lead characters journey, some of which is funny, sad, touching and, at times, a little heart-breaking.

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The Plot #5

Jul 1, 2020

Vault Comics has a tendency to aim for that spot just before horror, that follows some pretty dark deeds. Sure there are tropes in play, but it is clearly not just horror for scares sake. But in all honesty, this book is driven by the notion of the past being the past, but to speak of it gives it control. I wonder how Chase will deal with that lack of control and what must he give to receive that which he desires?

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The Prisoner (2018) #1

Apr 25, 2018

The Prisoner, as a phenomenon, is one of those shows that carries with it,its own weight of expectations.It's eccentricities may well be a step to far for a comic book, but if anyone has half a chance of escaping theballooning weight of expectation,it's Peter Milligan.

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The Revisionist #1

Jun 1, 2016

This book has a few influences to consider. As mentioned there is the Marty reference, but there are stronger ties to films like Looper potentially and the TV series Quantum Leap. Very much like Doctor Sam Beckett, who stepped into his Quantum Accelerator and vanished, Marty is on his own mission, putting the things that once went wrong, right. Only this time, Marty is using a gun rather than good intentions and a hologram version of Dean Stockwell. The issue is a fun read and unlike the majority of AfterShock's books which feel like mini-series or mini-runs, this actually feels like it could run into an ongoing series.

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The Ride: Burning Desire #1

Jun 13, 2019

Not having read the book that this series is celebrating, I am possibly a step or too behind. Still, as stated, the tropes are familiar enough to ensure recognition even if you weren't around 15 years years ago. Finally, who doesn't like looking at Adam Hughes' art?

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