Jonathan O'Neal's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Multiversity Comics Reviews: 36
7.5Avg. Review Rating

7.5
Batman (2016) #44

Apr 5, 2018

"Batman" #44 is a fun, if a bit too brief, romp through the history of Bruce and Selina that says as much about who they once were as it does about who they've become.

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9.0
Batman (2016) #50

Jul 5, 2018

Tom King and Company have delivered an event-style "Batman" issue that transcends the hype by counterintuitively focusing on tiny kernels of monumental truth.

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8.5
Batman: White Knight #8

May 11, 2018

Sean Murphy's unapologetically gonzo and gritty miniseries comes to a close with a lot of loose ends, but it's still a satisfying conclusion to a series that was unafraid to take some narrative and stylistic risks with venerable intellectual property.

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7.0
Batwoman (2017) #14

Apr 19, 2018

"Batwoman" #14 is a good-looking book with a super villain plot that is pure comic book ridiculousness, which is not to say that it's not enjoyable, especially if it helps jettison some of the ghosts that haunt our hero.

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8.0
Blackwood #1

May 31, 2018

The first issue of "Blackwood" contains a ton of narrative detail and visual delights, but each aspect is in service to an intriguing horror story setup that feels more promising with each page turn.

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6.5
Brothers Dracul #2

May 28, 2018

"Brothers Dracul" is a nice-looking book written by a prolific comic book pro at the top of his craft, but it hasn't set its teeth into readers just yet.

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5.0
Bubba Ho-Tep and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers #1

May 21, 2018

"Bubba Ho-Tep and The Cosmic Blood-Suckers" #1 trips over its trippy concept in this first issue. It should be more fun than it is.

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7.5
By Night #2

Jul 19, 2018

Final Verdict: 7.5 " “By Night” #2 is another meaty and rewarding read from Allison that makes up for the lack of an emotional punch with escalating creativity and endearing character interactions.

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6.0
Calexit #2

Mar 5, 2018

There are truly impressive things going on in "Calexit." Unfortunately, at this point, it's not the story.

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9.0
Coda #1

May 3, 2018

Fantasy enthusiasts looking for a fresh take on an old genre will find "Coda" #1 a dazzling read, but the inventive premise, flawless narrative execution, and eye-popping visuals may even win over the most ardent fantasy-phobes.

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9.0
Coda #4

Aug 16, 2018

"Coda" remains a raucous and irreverent delight even as it wears its love story heart on its sleeve, but with issue 4, Spurrier and Bergara remind us that love can be messy, even in fantasy worlds.

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8.0
Deadly Class #33

Apr 16, 2018

It might be easy to overlook the standard of comic book excellence that "Deadly Class" has maintained throughout its run, but issue 33 makes it difficult.

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9.0
Dept. H #24

Mar 23, 2018

Final Verdict: 9.0 " Matt and Sharlene Kindt are at the top of their storytelling game, and “Dept. H" #24 is a moving swan song that reveals the depths of the series' true mystery.

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6.5
Doomsday Clock #4

Apr 2, 2018

"Doomsday Clock" #4 is a good looking comic that attempts to humanize a central character, but it feels like we've been here before.

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9.5
Green Lantern (2018) #1

Nov 8, 2018

"The Green Lantern" #1 is not just a near perfect first issue, but it's also a near perfect superhero comic, and it should delight both fans of the character and the uninitiated alike.

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7.5
Infinite Dark #1

Oct 12, 2018

Final Verdict: 7.5 " “Infinite Dark” #1 may leave its readers in the dark as to what is actually going on by the end of this first issue, but that's certainly not a bad thing.

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7.5
Infinity 8 #1

Mar 26, 2018

"Infinity 8" #1 has the makings of a fun and sexy space opera, a welcome diversion from heavier science fiction fare.

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6.5
Lodger #1

Oct 26, 2018

May get under your skin just as easily as it may be dismissed as a book unconcerned with what readers think about it. There's an admirable quality to that, but for a first issue, it may be a foolhardy way to hook readers.

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8.0
MCMLXXV #1

Sep 13, 2018

"MCMLXXV" #1 reads great and looks even greater. Pamela Evans and this book are forces to be reckoned with.

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9.0
Mister Miracle #10

Aug 3, 2018

"Mister Miracle" continues to find new ways to recontextualize superhero comics, and issue 10's finale will leave fans of this series anticipating the final two issues with as much excitement as dread.

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7.0
Moon Knight (2017) #194

Apr 30, 2018

On the surface, 'Origins' is pretty effective storytelling. Underneath, it feels like a bit of balderdash"earnest balderdash, but still balderdash.

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7.5
New Challengers (2018) #1

May 17, 2018

"New Challengers" is a promising series start and another nice entry in DC's The New Age of Heroes line, but it might be best to check any nostalgia for the old team at the door.

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7.0
Redlands #6

Feb 26, 2018

Issue 6 is another hauntingly beautiful but difficult read. It is not for the faint of heart, but if you're looking for a happy ending, this might be the happiest "Redlands" can or wants to deliver.

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7.0
Rick and Morty Presents: Krombopulos Michael #1

Jun 21, 2018

"Rick and Morty Presents Krombopulous Michael" is a nicely-executed book, but reader's enjoyment will likely depend on their appreciation of the darker thematic aspects of the Rick and Morty television series.

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8.0
Robocop: Citizens Arrest #1

Apr 12, 2018

"RoboCop: Citizens Arrest" skillfully embraces the look and themes of the character's origin story while updating it for a new generation of readers. Older RoboCop fans should appreciate the take on the future that seems more prescient than ever.

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7.5
Robocop: Citizens Arrest #2

May 14, 2018

While readers might be clamoring for RoboCop to start kicking some OCP ass, Wood and Company are content to play a longer narrative game, perhaps showing how Murphy's brand of heroism must change to be effective.

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6.0
Rom: Tales of the Solstar Order #1

Apr 9, 2018

"Tales of the Solstar Order" succinctly tells a somewhat paint-by-number but reverential sci-fi tale. At its heart, it's ROM at his best, but the book itself feels extraneous. Who is it for?

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8.0
Rumble (2017) #3

Feb 19, 2018

These guys make good comics look easy, and this is assuredly very good comics, especially as it charts a course for a richer story and a new and more noble crusade for Rathraq and Company.

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5.0
Sherlock Holmes: The Vanishing Man #1

May 7, 2018

This issue sets up an intriguing mystery for the boys of Baker Street, but it's derailed by artwork that is a complete mismatch for the material.

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8.0
The Ballad of Sang #1

Mar 12, 2018

Economically and thrillingly does what every good first issue should do, make you want to come back for more.

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8.0
The New World #2

Aug 31, 2018

While it is a bit of a letdown after the dizzyingly inventive first issue, it is only by the smallest of degrees as the storytelling tension builds very quickly in this follow-up issue. This is a series to watch.

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7.5
The Prisoner (2018) #1

Apr 26, 2018

Milligan and Lorimer offer an intriguing opening salvo for this new series based (perhaps more loosely than first thought) on the short-lived cult classic television show. Only time and more issues will tell how much the comic has in common with the show, but for now, that information is top secret. Don't worry. We'll eventually get it out of them.

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7.5
The Terrifics #2

Mar 30, 2018

"Terrifics" #2 is a fine super hero comic, and its fun tone and likable characters allow readers to overlook some early narrative hiccups.

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4.0
The X-Files: Case Files: Florida Man #1

Apr 23, 2018

This disappointing comic may send X-Philes to Netflix to revisit better adventures in Florida (s2e20 and s5e4) and to a dictionary for a definition of antimacassar.

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9.0
Vampironica #1

Mar 16, 2018

"Vampironica" #1 is comic storytelling perfection: beautiful to look at, a joy to read, and more comforting than any vampire story has a right to be.

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7.5
VS #2

Mar 19, 2018

"VS" continues to be a beautiful and imaginative high concept book, throwing information at the reader at a breathless pace. Ultimately, we're not sure yet what it has to say.

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