Johnny "The Machine" Hughes's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Comic Crusaders, Geekery Magazine Reviews: 352
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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10
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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8.0
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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10
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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10
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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7.0
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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8.0
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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5.0
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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10
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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6.0
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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9.0
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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8.0
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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10
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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8.0
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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5.0
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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10
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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7.0
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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7.0
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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5.0
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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9.0
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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7.0
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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7.0
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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7.0
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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7.0
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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8.0
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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4.0
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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7.0
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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5.0
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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9.0
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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7.0
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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10
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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9.0
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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7.0
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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10
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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7.0
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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9.0
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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7.0
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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10
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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7.0
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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9.0
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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8.0
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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9.0
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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7.0
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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9.0
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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7.0
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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6.0
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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6.0
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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6.0
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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6.0
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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9.0
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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7.0
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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7.0
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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6.0
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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7.0
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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7.0
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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9.0
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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6.0
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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7.0
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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5.0
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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9.0
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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8.2
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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9.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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7.0
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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9.0
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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7.0
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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8.0
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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10
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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8.0
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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7.0
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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7.0
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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7.0
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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9.0
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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10
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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7.0
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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6.0
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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9.8
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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7.0
Chum #3

Jul 6, 2016

Writing – 3 StarsArt -3.5 starsColors – 4 stars

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7.0
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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6.0
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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6.0
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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7.0
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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9.0
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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10
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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9.0
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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5.0
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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9.0
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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8.0
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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6.0
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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10
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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9.0
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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8.6
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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7.0
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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5.0
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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10
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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9.0
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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8.0
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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7.0
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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7.0
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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10
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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6.0
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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9.0
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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10
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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8.0
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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9.0
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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10
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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7.0
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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9.0
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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10
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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10
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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10
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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9.0
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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9.0
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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10
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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9.0
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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8.0
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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7.8
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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6.0
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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6.0
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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8.0
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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10
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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6.0
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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6.0
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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6.0
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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8.0
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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6.0
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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6.0
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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10
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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7.0
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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9.0
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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10
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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8.0
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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7.0
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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8.0
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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9.0
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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8.0
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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6.0
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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10
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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9.0
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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8.0
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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6.0
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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5.0
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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7.0
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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6.0
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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6.0
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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6.0
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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5.2
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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8.0
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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9.0
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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9.0
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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9.0
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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10
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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8.0
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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5.0
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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8.0
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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9.8
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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7.0
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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10
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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10
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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10
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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8.0
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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9.0
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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10
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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9.0
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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6.0
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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6.0
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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10
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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7.0
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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7.0
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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10
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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6.0
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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6.0
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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10
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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8.0
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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7.0
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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6.0
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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7.0
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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10
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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8.0
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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7.0
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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9.0
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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6.0
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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8.0
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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7.0
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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7.0
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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9.0
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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10
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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7.0
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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7.0
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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8.0
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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7.0
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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8.0
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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6.0
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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6.0
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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10
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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7.0
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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7.0
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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10
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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10
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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7.0
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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9.0
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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10
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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10
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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10
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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9.0
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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10
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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8.0
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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9.0
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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7.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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10
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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9.0
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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8.0
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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7.0
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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5.0
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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10
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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9.0
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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9.0
Ninjak #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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5.0
Ninjak #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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9.8
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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9.0
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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9.0
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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8.0
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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6.0
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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8.0
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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9.0
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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9.0
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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6.0
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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10
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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9.0
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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10
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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8.0
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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7.0
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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7.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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10
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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8.0
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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6.2
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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5.0
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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7.0
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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5.0
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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7.0
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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7.0
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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7.0
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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7.0
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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8.0
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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7.0
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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6.0
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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7.0
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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10
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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9.0
Savage Tales: Vampirella (One Shot) #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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9.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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7.0
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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8.0
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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10
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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10
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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9.0
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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7.0
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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6.0
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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8.0
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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9.0
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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9.0
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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10
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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8.0
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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6.0
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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8.0
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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10
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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7.0
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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4.0
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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8.0
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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9.0
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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6.0
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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6.0
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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10
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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7.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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9.0
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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7.0
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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9.0
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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10
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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10
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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5.0
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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9.0
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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10
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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10
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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7.0
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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10
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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8.0
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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10
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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7.0
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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9.0
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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9.0
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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6.0
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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10
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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8.0
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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6.0
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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7.0
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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10
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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7.0
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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8.0
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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7.0
The Shadow (2017) #1

Aug 9, 2017

The Shadow has had an illustrious career from a number of publishers. Don't forget, he actually pre-dates Batman. Dynamite has started this new volume with a less than knowing Shadow, which should help give this long-standing vigilante some knew life.

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6.0
The Shadow (2017) #4

Nov 24, 2017

Dynamite's retooling of some oftheirlicenced characters has had some high points, Red Sonja for example, and some low points, Vampirella. This fits firmly in the middle of the batch. That, for me is kinda disappointing when I am such a Shadow fan.

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10
The Shadow: The Death of Margo Lane #1

Jun 1, 2016

This is a book for fans of The Shadow. Whilst The Twilight Zone book may serve as a curiosity and is fun when showing the character living through his own media history, this book serves to show us what The Shadow's world is all about, from different locations across the world to the weed of crime that grows in the garden of New York.

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10
The Shadow: The Death of Margo Lane #2

Jul 14, 2016

The book's title pretty much gives the game away to some extent. Story wise, there are enough hints that all is not what is seems to give even the newest comic book reader a sense that there may be a switcheroo in the very near future. Still, when the book reads this well and looks this good, you just sit back and enjoy taxi ride.

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6.0
The Spider King #1

Mar 7, 2018

The book, whilst not for me,certainly has some quirks that I would like to see further developed. If a mix-match of genres featuring swearing Disney like characters are your cup of tea, then this book is right up your alley.

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10
The Spirit: The Corpse-Makers #2

Mar 23, 2017

If I am honest, I am not a huge The Spirit fan, preferring darkness of The Shadow and his knowing of evil minds. That said, this book has a charm that impresses. It's odd that Dynamite can put out such a high quality book, both in dialogue and art, based on the previous standards set, yet seem to have made a complete mess of some recent reboots.

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8.0
The Terrifics #1

Feb 28, 2018

For a book that was spawned from a mini-series that I haven't enjoyed all that much, this book was surprisingly entertaining. True, of the New Age of Heroes, The Terrifics was the one I was looking forward to the most, mainly as I have the expectation if anyone can being back the JSA, Mr Terrific can. Of the obvioussimilarities to the FF, Lemire has a slightly harder job as the four characters in this book have no real internal bond to speak of. They are not related, they have been thrown to together by happenstance. Sure the archetypes may be similar but I think there is just enough of a difference for The Terrifics to outgrow their initial comparisons.

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9.0
The Weatherman #1

Jun 13, 2018

Future societies, dystopian planets are these days, almost as over done as zombies and vampires. That said, Jody LeHeung has a knack for taking ideas and insinuations from other sources and creating something bigger than the whole.

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7.0
The Whispering Dark #1

Oct 10, 2018

If I was honest, I would say that war comics don't really float my boat, especially as the aforementioned tropes in play seem too familiar. That said, Emgard has created a character in Hannah that you want to see survive and rise above the impacts and horrors that she will undoubtedly see and take part in. Coupled with Aira's storytelling ability, you have book that may well be greater than the sum of its oft used parts.

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9.0
These Savage Shores #1

Oct 3, 2018

Regardless of my ongoing dislike of the disregard that newer vampire stories seem to apply, Vault Comics have delivered a first issue that is full of character, full of vibrancy and imbues the reader with a level of intrigue that will make them want to read future issues.

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7.0
Things You Shouldn't Remember #1

Jun 8, 2017

Darby Pop seem to have found their niche in the heavily populated worldof indie comics, producing high quality books that walk a fine line between dark humour and flat-out darkness. It will be interesting the see how this mini series plays out, hopefully delivering on the promise of this excellent first issue, giving us a series to truly remember. Now where did I put my wallet?

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6.0
Trinity (2016) #11

Jul 24, 2017

Francis Manapul does well as Trinity is a difficult book to get a read on. At times, this book is about friendship, it's about a greater plan with three different Trinity's being tied together and other times it's a defacto Justice League book. Whilst Manapul may not breaking and new ground here, it is a great opportunity for him to earn his chops which will serve him well as his comic book star continues to rise.

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6.0
Twilight Zone / The Shadow #2

May 18, 2016

I am a little concerned and a tad confused over the length of this min run. Taking the initial selling point, I honestly don't see this idea lasting any more than an extended book, such as a one shot. The repetitive nature of elements of this story don't help as I feel that I have already read part of this issue. Call me old-fashioned, but I like my characters to be in stories that impact them or propel them someplace. As such, I am having a hard time understanding the impact this series will have on The Shadow.

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6.0
Vampirella (2016) #4

Jun 9, 2016

This book is a cynical example of story compression, with set up following recap, affectively not giving the reader a lot of new story for their money. On top of that, whilst I appreciate that clothes don't make the woman, I don't mind admitting that I miss the old outfit.

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7.0
Vampirella (2016) #6

Aug 10, 2016

I really wanted to dislike this run, but over time I have found myself enjoying more elements than not. Yes, there is the costume and yes the covers are still a little odd when you consider the interior content. But overall, I am pleased to say that this book has crept on to my actual pull list.

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8.0
Vampirella (2017) #0

Feb 1, 2017

Vampirella is one of the most controversial comic book characters around. Whether its her sensuality or her costume or her vivaciousness it seems that no-one really knows what to do with her or how to successfully make a go of an ongoing series. Even this time around, there is another costume change coming. Still, at least with Cornell and Broxton on the books, there is a chance that this book will have a distinctive look. Now if you excuse me, I need to find a recipe for grilled chapeau and cheese.

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5.0
Vampirella (2017) #1

Mar 16, 2017

As it is, the constant tags drive me to distraction and do the job of watering down the book, limiting the effectiveness of both the writing and the art.

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6.0
Vampirella (2017): Halloween Special #1

Oct 24, 2018

Earlier, I asked if Vampi could work with the different styles of story. The answer is probably, yes she can. Personally, I don't like campi Vampi, preferring the sultry Queen of the Vampires type of story, if done correctly. Here, with the mix of stylings, I am pretty sure that at best 50% of readers are going to dislike one part or the others, where as others, like me, wish that Dynamite would get their act together enough with this classic character and gives her fans a books that is as fun as the current run of Red Sonja.

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6.0
Vampirella (2017): Halloween Special #1

Oct 24, 2018

Earlier, I asked if Vampi could work with the different styles of story. The answer is probably, yes she can. Personally, I don't like campi Vampi, preferring the sultry Queen of the Vampires type of story, if done correctly. Here, with the mix of stylings, I am pretty sure that at best 50% of readers are going to dislike one part or the others, where as others, like me, wish that Dynamite would get their act together enough with this classic character and gives her fans a books that is as fun as the current run of Red Sonja.

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8.0
Vampirella: Roses for the Dead #1

Jun 27, 2018

I understand that characters sometimes need to go through changes to try and capture a new audience and re-capture that certain charm that makes readers like them in the first place. The recent Vampi series, set in the future, for me at least, was a step too far. This series then, again for me, is somewhat of a return to form for a much loved character.

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8.0
Vampironica #1

Feb 19, 2018

The Smallwoods'haveto be applauded for trying to bring new blood into a range of comics that have pretty much remained the same since its inception. Yet with the TV series and the other alternative storylines that have been seen recently, there is still life in the un-living and Rviverdale.

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8.0
Van Helsing vs. The Werewolf #2

Aug 25, 2017

This book was a surprisingly good slice of diversion from some of the “bigger” books out there. Removed from the relative safety of Gotham, Chuck Dixon goes back to his roots somewhat to show how good a writer he is, proving he doesn't need the Bat to tellgood stories.The partnering ofAllan Otero gives Dixon the chance to once again deliver a fun entertaining read, featuring a strong female lead.

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8.0
Violent Love #1

Nov 9, 2016

I was unsure about this book at first, even with the draw ofBarbiere. I have looked at it a number of times and can say with certainty, it's a book that gets better with every reading, which allows the first glance recognition of obviousness to be dispelled with nuance and violence. Fans of heist books who pick this book up may feel a little cheated, as there is no real heist in play. But readers will need to stick with it to garner the fullest of enjoyment.

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8.0
Void Trip #1

Oct 23, 2017

Image Comics have never shied away from books that depict sex, violence or drugs. The pair in this book may very well be metaphoric stoners, and I am sure that will engender them to a raft of readers. Whilst I am an "each to their own" kind of guy, this isn't a subculture I havea lot of experience in, so at times, throughout the issue, I got the feeling that I wasn'tthe target audience. Still, I am not going to let that little fact detract from a well thought out, well put together book.

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8.0
We are The Danger #1

May 14, 2018

Even though this book is not my usual style, I appreciate that Black Mask are trying to diversify their range. With that sentiment aside, this book is a solid slice of a lighter tone book that, like a lot of Black Mask's work, goes to prove that there ae more to comic books than superheroes.

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8.0
Witchblade (2017) #1

Dec 7, 2017

Fans of this character will probably be divided; they will either love or hate the new version on show, Is it old or new? Sara or Alex? Looking back at the previous reviews regarding Witchblade, I certainly came to the party late as the book I saw leave the stand two years ago, was certainly nowhere near the quality of the book whenit started. Maybe it is time to leave the previous 185 issues and take this book for what it is trying to be; which really depends on your point of view. Is it a new book living of the coat tails of its past, or like Alex, is it a book that is trying to forge ahead regardless of its past?Whichever is your perception, the truth of the book is that it is an enjoyable little re-introduction to a type of world that has been missing from the comic racks.

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9.0
Witchblade (2017) #2

Jan 11, 2018

At this stage in proceedings, this series is slowly gathering speed as a great darkness starts to show is its dismembered hand or stump, if you will. Even so, long-term fans may feel that the slower pace requires a lot more patience. In Kittredge and Ingranata, you have a couple of creators who are looking to restore the horror elements to a character thatclosed out its previous run asmore of an action book.

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9.0
Witchblade (2017) #4

Mar 21, 2018

This series has been a complete revelation for me. My perception of Witchblade was a sexy pin-up character whose interior art, at least towards the end of the run, didn't match the gorgeous covers. Now, as new readers areon-board from the start, the character feels more complete. It will be interesting to see how Alex and her gang continues to develop.

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7.0
Wonder Woman '77 Meets the Bionic Woman #1

Dec 27, 2016

This is one of the books that, despite the fact that it features a Wonder Woman that is still popular in my house, doesn't normally grab my attention to be honest. The book works well as a nostalgia piece and the book has been clearly created by those who love both characters, for the fans who share their appreciation.

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6.0
Wonder Woman '77 Meets the Bionic Woman #2

Jan 25, 2017

As charming as an idea this collaboration sounds on paper, in actuality there is something that just doesn't work. Andy Mangels certainly tries hard and his love for Wonder Woman is pretty obvious for all to see.

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7.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #29

Aug 30, 2017

I have said it a couple of times; I was never a big fan of the alternate stories timeline stories that accompanied the start of this series. Still the loss of the talent from this book is huge. Wonder Woman as a character, requires top-level talent.For me, the best artist drawing women at the moment is Stjepan Sejic and I for one would love to see him take on this book, coupled with the at times thought-provoking writing of Shea Fontana.

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9.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #31

Sep 27, 2017

This issue reminds me of the Earth2book before Robinson left and it was turned into anther Batman and Superman book. Its well thought out, providing stability for a character that has gone through some creative changes of late, both in her own book, and in different interpretations in the books in which she is featured.

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7.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #32

Oct 11, 2017

When Rebirth and the fortnightly schedule was announced for so many DC books, I worried about the impact that this would have on the art. With Wonder Woman, DC seemed to get around this by running a past and present format, featuring Nicola Scott and the return of Liam Sharpe. Now that the book has gone single time frame, those worries are back. Now with another quality writer on board in Robinson, DC owes Wonder Woman aregular art team that can deliver every issue. As it is, this book is teetering on the consistently inconsistent knife edge.

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8.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #39

Jan 24, 2018

If there is a moral to this arc, it's that your perceptions can become your reality, and if your viewpoint is focussed through a prism of pain and hurt, potentially that is all that you will see. In Silver Swan's case, she is looking to take out that hurt on the one person who would have ideally been there to help. With the separate viewpoints in play, both of which are valid to the respective characters, Robinson has cleverly given us an issue where there is no clear villain.

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9.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #44

Apr 11, 2018

Wonder Woman is one of the Trinity that is DC. As such, her book and the talent on there, should rival both Batman and the upcoming Bendis explosion that is Action #1000. However, taking a step back, readers can see how much better Detectivehas beenthan Batman, with thelatter still having a couple of misfires, and Dan Jurgenscontinued work in the world Superman has impressed many. Robinson may not be the attention grabber that Greg Rucka was, but his Wonder Woman book can hold its own with the likes of James Tynion IV and Dan Jurgens and that is pretty good company to hang with.

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7.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #47

May 24, 2018

In Wonder Woman, DC has a character that may be better suited to grander stories like Brave and the Bold, rather than straight up superhero stories. The problem being, that she may not have the following to make that type of book successful. Of course DC are about to test the theory with their new line of books.. So while we wait, again, Robinson strives to breach the ranks of DC's top-tier books such as Detective or Green Lanterns, striving to make Consistent Woman, a Wonder once more.

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7.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #50

Jul 11, 2018

I am a little bit tired of all these “end of the world” stories that seems to be in most of the DC books recently. Diana is a character that could do with some down time, to recharge her batteries and engage in “man's world” again before stepping into the world of magic in Justice League Dark.

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9.0
Wonder Woman/Conan #1

Sep 20, 2017

I am sure that there will be many who may well turn their nose up at this book. That would be a shame for all those involved who have produced a book that screams quality from cover to cover. This may not be the Wonder Woman you expect to see and that, I think, is the books strength. Depending on how the rest of the series goes, this has the potential to become an excellent Elseworld type of affair.

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9.0
Wonder Woman/Conan #2

Oct 18, 2017

This book is a great read for long time comic fans. There is no “darkness approaching”, there is no “clock ticking” and there is definitely no Dark Batmen to worry about. It goes to show that DC, can put out a quality book without the need for Batman to appear, albeit with help from Dark Horse on this occasion. Fans of team-up, Conan or Wonder Woman should be buying this book as an example of what creators on top of their game can produce.

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6.0
World of Tanks #1

Aug 12, 2016

So, what you have is a good looking war story, based on a game, where a cynic would say that planes from recent comic books have been substituted for tanks. I am not sure of the purpose of the book; is it to appeal to the players or entice comic book fans to play the fremmium game? If you are a fan of war stories or the game, then the book should appeal, althoughmore for the former rather than the later. I am not convinced that the book will drive an increase of game downloads.

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7.0
X-Men: Red (2018) #1

Feb 8, 2018

As a line in the sand, X-Men Red clearly sets out its stall. It's a serious take on the serious metaphorical racism of mutant kind versus human, which I am glad to say adds some weight to the oft changing, oft staying the same world in which all involved cohabitate.

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10
Young Terrorists #2

Dec 19, 2016

This second volume continues the excellent work from its predecessor, excelling at the things it that the creative team do well. If you are an open-minded sort of person, that likes having conformity challenged and are comfortable with perception challenges, then this book is definitely right up your street. If on the other hand, comics with a clear-cut good and bad guy are more your thing, then maybe it's time to have your perceptions challenged.

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