Joshua Davison's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Bleeding Cool Reviews: 341
7.7Avg. Review Rating

7.5
2000AD #2050

Oct 4, 2017

Overall, this extra-sized issue of 2000 AD is a mixed bag. Slaine, Sinister Dexter, Indigo Prime, and The Fall of Deadworld really hit the sweet spot. Rogue Trooper was pretty good. Judge Dredd was underwhelming, though, and Grey Area was near-intolerable. I can recommend it if any of those first four are really your jam. If you were interested in the rest, its not really worth it, especially at the $5.45 price. If you like Judge Dredd, though, youll still probably want to read Deadworld. In the end, I tentatively recommend the book.

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8.0
2000AD #2051

Oct 4, 2017

2000 AD #2051 was a far more solid read than the mega-sized #2050. While Judge Dredd still disappointed, the rest of the tales were good reads. I can recommend this issue more confidently. Pick it up.

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2.0
All New Fathom (2017) #7

Aug 23, 2017

Steer clear of this one. Its not smart, witty, or insightful. Its not entertaining. Its just there. It comes. It goes. Read Aquaman instead.

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8.5
All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #11

Oct 5, 2017

All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #11 surprises with its grittiness and unflinching narrative. It fills in some story gaps from years back while focusing on one of the more underappreciated Marvel heroes. I highly recommend this one; give it a read.

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7.5
All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #12

Oct 21, 2017

Overall, All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #12 was a decent read. The Guardians are a fun team, the new member has me excited, and the plot looks like it will be interesting. This issue doesnt really have much of its own to stand on, but its still a fun enough experience. I can recommend this if you have an interest in the Guardians and the upcoming cosmic saga (whenever that will happen).

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7.5
All-New Wolverine #22

Jul 7, 2017

Despite its flaws,All-New Wolverine #22 is a good read. Laura is a great protagonist, Gabby is a good support character, and this is a fun adventure comic that is more interested in getting you to have fun than spending too long explaining itself. It definitely a recommended comic.

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6.5
All-New Wolverine #23

Aug 10, 2017

All-New Wolverine #23 isnt a particularly bad comic, but it is fairly mediocre. The tonal issues of horrific events clashing against the endless one-liners dont make for the most compelling or together story. The tale itself isnt made all that compelling given how far removed from Earth and Wolverine it is. Amping up the tension by having Gabby taken and transformed does little to remedy this. Give this a read if you love Wolverine and/or the Guardians of the Galaxy, but its not likely to appeal to anyone else.

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9.0
All-New Wolverine #24

Sep 16, 2017

This is easily one of the best issues of All-New Wolverine Ive read. Its fun, fast-paced, and pretty brutal at times. This one fights hard to win its recommendation, and yet it accomplishes with aplomb. Give this one a read.

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9.5
All-New Wolverine #26

Oct 29, 2017

All-New Wolverine #26 provides a compelling continuation to the Orphans of X saga, and this story has proven to be very promising. I greatly look forward to where this story is going and highly recommend it.

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5.5
All-New Wolverine #27

Nov 24, 2017

Though I suspect next issue will be a better read, All-New Wolverine #27 was a bit of a letdown. Little in the way of plot progression or excitement result in a rather dull read which the decent artwork cant save. Ive liked the series for the most part, but this issue leaves a lot to be desired. I cant quite recommend this one. Give it a pass and come back next issue.

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6.0
Amazing Spider-Man: Venom Inc.: Alpha #1

Nov 12, 2017

It's not an atrocious read; it is fun at times. However, it doesn't excite with the exception of one moment that had me aghast as a Flash Thompson fan. I can recommend it to the most devoted Venom fans, but even that is a tentative recommendation.

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7.5
America #7

Sep 24, 2017

While the exposition is pretty overwhelming, I cant say that this isnt an engaging issue. The presented mythos is cool, and America is an engaging character through which to experience all this. Plus, there are some really emotionally weighty moments that support the narrative. I have to recommend this title. Its good, and Marvel certainly isnt marketing it well enough.

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9.0
America #8

Oct 3, 2017

America #8 shows a social conscience, which has been in much of the series but is more emphasized here. The titular character remains an engaging protagonist with a likable supporting cast, and this issue definitely worth a read. I highly recommend it.

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8.5
Animosity #9

Aug 28, 2017

Pick this one when it hits the stores this Wednesday. Its a really charming read, and I enjoyed every page of it. Animosity easily earns its recommendation.

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8.5
Animosity: Evolution #2

Nov 21, 2017

Animosity: Evolution #2 turns in another great story in the Animosity world for Marguerite Bennett and company. The characters are engaging, the premise is explored in a new way, and the story feels fresh. This one is recommended. Pick it up.

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9.0
Aquaman (2016) #24

Jun 10, 2017

But really, why is an ancient Atlantean weapon named after a Biblical reference?

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9.5
Aquaman (2016) #25

Jun 28, 2017

This comic was well worth your time. Aquaman has been one of the narrative powerhouses of Rebirth, and it remains that here. Pick up Aquaman #25. It kicks off a new era for Aquaman, and it looks like its going to be another good one.

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9.5
Aquaman (2016) #26

Jul 20, 2017

Regardless, this is a fantastic comic book. The art is gorgeous, the story is enthralling, and the characters are engaging. You should be reading this. Pick it up.

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8.5
Aquaman (2016) #27

Aug 19, 2017

Despite some minor quibbles, this is still another fantastic issue of Aquaman. Its easily among DCs best books right now, and you should be reading it.

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8.5
Aquaman (2016) #28

Sep 21, 2017

This is another amazing issue of the Aquaman comic. With great characters, a compelling plot, and a powerhouse artist, its easily among DCs best comics at the moment. If youre not reading it, you are missing out.

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9.0
Aquaman (2016) #29

Oct 23, 2017

Aquaman #29 continues the story of Underworld in an interesting and effective manner. This story remains great, and I look forward to where it will go by the end. It gets a recommendation, and you should definitely hop on board the Aquaman train.

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8.5
Aquaman (2016) #30

Nov 17, 2017

While this is an unexciting issue of Aquaman to discuss, it is still another solid entry in Dan Abnett and Sejics tenure on Aquaman. It lays the groundwork for the finale pretty well, and next issue should be quite something. I do still recommend this issue, and you should definitely read it.

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8.5
Aquaman (2016) Annual #1

Nov 30, 2017

Aquaman Annual #1 tells a beautifully sad tale of Arthur and Mera being given the exact world they want before it is stripped away. Its paced well, its tone is consistent, and the finale is a gut punch. While the art leaves a lot to be desired, the overall book still gets a strong recommendation. Give it a read.

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6.0
Ash vs. The Army of Darkness #4

Oct 27, 2017

Overall, Ash vs. Army of Darkness #4 isnt a particularly bad comic, but it doesnt really engage much either. Its fun in parts, and it does have some good moments. Beyond that, its just middle-of-the-road high school supernatural tale. I cant recommend it. Give it a pass.

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8.5
Astonishing X-Men (2017) #1

Jul 20, 2017

That being said, Astonishing X-Menis a great read and has potential to be the best X-Men comic on the stands right now. Its fun, engaging, and the art (for how long it will look like this) is mostly great. Give it a read.

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8.0
Astonishing X-Men (2017) #2

Aug 17, 2017

This is a solid issue of Astonishing X-Men. While the machinations of the Shadow King don't really go to particularly unexpected places, they're still brought to life well by the team of Deodato and Martin. The dialogue between the characters is enjoyable, and the plot does move itself at a decent pace. This book is quickly becoming my favorite X-Men book on the market, and it is easily recommendable to the seasoned mutant fan.

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7.5
Astonishing X-Men (2017) #3

Sep 9, 2017

I can still recommend this comic. It is a good read, and, on the surface, Ed McGuinness artwork does look good. This is still the best X-Men book on the stands at the moment, and I suggest you pick it up.

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8.0
Astonishing X-Men (2017) #4

Oct 11, 2017

Astonishing X-Men is still the best X-Men book currently on the stands. That is not to say that Blue or Gold are bad, but for all its flaws, Astonishing has me consistently more engaged and interested in the characters. I do recommend this issue, but I do hope its problems get ironed out soon.

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6.0
Astonishing X-Men (2017) #5

Nov 7, 2017

Astonishing X-Men #5 is the weakest issue of the series thus far, but its not awful or unreadable. Its still recommendable to the devoted X-Men fan, but Im not sure it will do much for anyone disinterested with Marvels premiere mutants.

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4.0
Avengers (2016) #11

Sep 22, 2017

Unfortunately, I cant recommend this comic. The slow pacing is problem enough, but the art is a killer. Give this one a pass, and try again next month.

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5.5
Avengers (2016) #672

Oct 10, 2017

#672 isnt a bad book, but I cant quite recommend it either, especially since you would need to follow Champions as well to get the full story (something which seems like a baffling move in what is supposed to be a new era of both books). Give this one a pass.

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7.0
Avengers (2016) #675

Nov 12, 2017

It has its flaws, and it has many storytelling tropes of modern Marvel that desperately need to be given a rest, but Avengers #675 is a fairly entertaining and compelling read. I can go on and on about everything hateful and anti-consumer about a weekly book being kicked off with a $4.99 price tag, but I'm here to evaluate the story itself. It works for the most part, and I can recommend it to you if you are a die-hard Avengers fan who can't bring themselves to miss an issue.

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8.5
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #16

Nov 27, 2017

With a deceivingly simple plot with a lot of implications, solid artwork, and a great cast, Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #16 is a compelling read. It has a point to make, and thats always appreciated. This one earns a recommendation, and you should definitely check it out.

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5.0
Batman (2016) #25

Jul 2, 2017

In all seriousness, Batman #25 wasn't atrocious. But it was by no means great, and I wouldn't recommend it as a must-buy. Odds are that most of the people reading it have bought it anyway, so what would be the point? It didn't change my mind on Batman and really only reinforced how I already felt. I was up for being proven wrong, but this comic didn't do it.

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4.5
Batman (2016) #28

Aug 4, 2017

Joe and I have very similar feelings on Batman #28 for a change. It had a lot of potential, and it used two of DCs greatest villains. However, the story feels mishandled, and Deathstroke and Deadshot dont get nearly enough time on the page. The abbreviation of events make the story feel rushed, and it seems like there was a lot of paranoia about this arc taking too long. I cant recommend this one.

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9.0
Batman: Lost #1

Nov 8, 2017

My favorite Batman story isHush,by the way. I just dig it so much. Hush is a great villain.

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9.5
Batman: The Dawnbreaker #1

Oct 5, 2017

Ive been very impressed with these one-shot Metal tie-ins so far. Each one plays with similar themes, but the outcomes are always very different and shocking. It takes a lot for me to become interested in Batman stories, and these books accomplish it against the odds. Give Dawnbreaker a read.

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8.0
Batman: The Devastator #1

Nov 2, 2017

While its conceit leaves a lot to be desired, Batman: TheDevastator pulls through with a genuinely compelling spin on Batman and a great story in the present. Its up there with Murder Machine, Red Death, and Dawnbreaker in quality and earns a strong recommendation. Check this one out.

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8.0
Batman: The Drowned #1

Oct 21, 2017

The Metal tie-ins continue to be quality one-off reads, doing a good job of getting the readers psyched for the continuation of the main story in a way which few tie-ins accomplish. Batman: The Drowned gets a recommendation too.

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7.0
Batman: The Merciless #1

Oct 25, 2017

Batman: The Merciless is the least good of the Nightmare Batmen tie-ins to Metal so far. The slight repetition in the narratives doesnt help, but it also comes down to the fact that Merciless and Drowned just arent as compelling has the first three. Its by no means a bad book, and I still do recommend it. However, it doesnt quite stand up to its predecessors.

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8.5
Batman: The Murder Machine #1

Sep 27, 2017

Like Red Death, Murder Machine adds another cool story behind one of the members of Barbatoss Bat-League. It fleshes out their world in a delightfully macabre manner, and I recommend it.

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8.0
Batman: The Red Death #1

Sep 20, 2017

Those looking for new insights into Metal will only really get anything from the lead-in explanation I recited above. Beyond that, this is just a fun little diversion about Bat-Flash from Metal #2. I can still recommend it though. Its a cruel yet fun read, and you should give it a look if that sounds appealing to you.

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9.0
Batman: Who Laughs #1

Nov 15, 2017

The Batman Who Laughs lives up to the excitement which has been surrounding it. Its a disturbed look into a wrong Batman, a warped Batman a Batman who laughs. This one is highly recommended. James Tynion IV does some of his best work here, and with him, thats saying a lot.

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7.0
Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #4

Jul 7, 2017

This was an overall enjoyable comic. The drastic change in perspective was interesting, and it did manage to feel like an issue of Yost'sScarlet Spider with it. It wasnt brilliant, and it wasnt especially exciting, but it is recommendable. Bagleys art is great, and you can bet Ill be back for the next issue. Hopefully, Kaine will kick Reillys ass.

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6.5
Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #10

Oct 25, 2017

As I already said, this book is alright. Even though its over, I definitely recommend the last Spider-Man 2099 run in terms of David and Sliney Spider-projects. I dont strongly recommend it, but its a bit of fun if you need some more Spider-Man periphery.

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8.5
Black Bolt #4

Aug 4, 2017

Definitely give this one a read. Its premise makes it an interesting addition to Marvel canon due to its relevance in one of its most oft-used villains. It gets a high recommendation from me.

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6.0
Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands #1

Nov 2, 2017

Im definitely a fan of Black Lightning, but this comic doesnt make great use of the character. I respect the attempt to be culturally relevant, especially making use of the term DWB. However, the pacing is overenergized, and the social commentary feels shallow. If you like Black Lightning, feel free to pick this one up. However, I cant recommend this one to everyone.

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9.5
Black Panther & the Crew #3

Jun 18, 2017

Anyway, everyone should be reading Black Panther & The Crew. If you havent been on board since the beginning, I cant blame you for wanting to wait for the trade, since the hangman has already called for this series. That being said, with a brilliant script, a smart story, and great art, I cant help but recommend this book. It tells an important story and centers on a great cast of characters.

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9.0
Black Panther & the Crew #4

Jul 14, 2017

Pick up Black Panther and the Crew before it dies. If not, at least buy the trade paperback collection. I have a feeling that in 10 years, this will be considered one of Marvels unsung gems. It will be something which pairs perfectly alongside writer Ta-Nehisi Coates Black Panther.

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9.0
Black Panther & the Crew #5

Aug 19, 2017

I guess my point is, as always Ta-Nehisi CoatessBlack Panther and the Crew remains a thought-provoking comic giving a measured discussion to real-world problems, and I continue to recommend it. If you havent hopped on by this point, buying the trade is a more prudent option. There is only one issue left before this story ends. I look forward to seeing how it wills stick the landing.

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7.0
Black Panther & the Crew #6

Aug 30, 2017

At least Coates is still doing a fantastic job on Black Panther. Hopefully the Crew will cross over into that comic in the future.

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8.0
Black Panther (2016) #14

May 29, 2017

Panther manages to firmly hold my interest through this new installment, and I can't wait to see it continued next month. If you're not on board the Ta-Nehisi Coates"Black Panther train, then now is a good time as any. Give it a read.

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8.5
Black Panther (2016) #15

Jul 9, 2017

This is still one of the comics I most look forward to every month from Marvel. Ta-Nehisi Coates and the artists he collaborates with consistently bring an interesting and compelling read starring one of Marvels greatest characters. If you havent started reading this one yet, do so. It is one of the best comics on the stands.

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9.0
Black Panther (2016) #16

Jul 29, 2017

Ta-Nehisi Coates once again proves that he was just about the perfect choice to take on Black Panther. With good character moments, an enthralling plot, and a protagonist who is easily among the coolest and most interesting heroes of both of the Big Twos gallery of heroes, Black Panther #16 easily earns its recommendation.

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8.5
Black Panther (2016) #17

Sep 1, 2017

Black Panther is one of the books I most look forward to every month. With a great writer and a solid stable of artists, this is one that should be on everyones pull list. Pick it up.

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8.5
Black Panther (2016) #18

Oct 1, 2017

Black Panther continues to be among the best of Marvels offerings with another knockout issue by Coates, Sprouse, Torres, and company. Its a pensive and intriguing title that knows how to let loose with some kick-ass action sequences. I highly recommend it.

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9.0
Black Panther (2016) #166

Oct 3, 2017

Black Panther #166 is an astonishing rebirth for a classic Marvel rogue, and it fleshes him out more than many writers have cared to do in the past. The Klaw as his own master is a compelling change of pace, and I look forward to him opposing the Black Panther in upcoming issues.

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8.0
Black Panther (2016) #167

Nov 28, 2017

All of that English major pontificating aside, Black Panther #167 is a good and thoughtful read. The Thunderball subplot is good, and TChalla and Shuri are great leads under Coates. The art of Kirk, Martin, and Milla is solid. Its message seems confused and muddled, and it doesnt advance the plot all that much. However, its still an engaging read, and it is thought-provoking at the very least. I still recommend it, and you should hop on the Black Panther train.

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7.0
Blue Beetle (2016) #9

May 31, 2017

Its a wild comic, and it might be a little confusing at first if you, like myself, hadnt read any of the recent issues. However, you will likely get a kick out of it if youre looking for a weird and action-packed ride. Give it a try.

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6.5
Blue Beetle (2016) #10

Jul 1, 2017

Anyway, get Blue Beetle #10. Im going to have a nap and dream of the Justice Society coming back and Martian Manhunter being on the Justice League.

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5.0
Blue Beetle (2016) #11

Jul 28, 2017

Its disappointing to say it, but this was a very disposable issue. It does little to forward the plot or the characters, and it wraps up a story that was pretty much over already. I like Jaime and Ted and this book overall, but I cant recommend this issue even to Blue Beetle fans. I cant say this comic is a complete waste of your money if you follow this series, but it wont do much for you.

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8.0
Blue Beetle (2016) #13

Oct 1, 2017

Blue Beetle has been a notably flawed title under this creative team, but its more often than not made up for these flaws with energy and dedication. Ill miss this book as it is, but I hope the future is bright. This issue is worth picking up to see this creative team off, as it keeps they keep the trademark tenacity of Jaime Reyes alive to the end.

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4.0
BubbleGun (2017) #4

Aug 23, 2017

This comic isnt good. It has its charms, and it has intent. However, its all so middle of the road that theres nothing this can give you that other, better entries in the sci-fi action genre cant give you. I recommend Running Man. Its my favorite Schwarzenegger movie and Richard Dawson is an absolute delight in it.

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3.0
Cable (2017) #1

Jun 6, 2017

Cable #1 showed some promise and fun in its first few pages, but it falls apart in the second half with confusing fight sequences and an ending that is just tiresome. Give this one a hard pass.

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2.5
Captain America (2012) #25

Aug 10, 2017

At least the Winter Soldier comes back at the end. That does help a little bit. He is Marvels greatest hero, and you can fight me on that one all you want. Youll still be wrong.

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8.5
Captain America (2017) #695

Nov 2, 2017

This is a weird one for me because how important it feels for me. I can definitely recommend it, and Im certainly going to give it a good score. Maybe Marvel did it; maybe they killed Captain America for me. Time will tell. That being said, pick this one up if youve missed classic Captain America comics. It definitely harkens back to those days. However, if youre looking for anything daring or fresh, this one isnt it. Maybe Ta-Nehisi Coates can bring something new to the Captain in a few months.

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6.0
Captain America: Sam Wilson #22

Jun 3, 2017

This is a decent comic. It's not among the best of the series, but it is functional and provides a character-driven, if depressing, read. Pick it up if you've been following the series, are a fan of Sam Wilson, or just want a peek into the everyday world of the Secret Empire.

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6.5
Captain America: Sam Wilson #24

Jul 29, 2017

Also, don't believe the cover. None of the rest of the Underground are in this comic at all.

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8.5
Captain Kronos #1

Oct 12, 2017

Thats Kronos: Vampire Hunter #1. Its a fun, gory, and engaging action/horror title. I enjoyed it thoroughly, and I imagine many would. Give it a read.

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8.5
Captain Marvel (2017) #125

Oct 25, 2017

Captain Marvel #125 may not shake things up too much for Carol and Alpha Flight, but it is a good new beginning for the book. It relies a lot on whats been established, but its still moving in a new and compelling direction to keep both old and new readers engaged. This one gets a recommendation. Definitely give it a read.

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7.0
Captain Marvel (2017) #126

Nov 24, 2017

Captain Marvel #126 is a decent read. The premise is interesting. Nothing especially exciting or dramatic happens. We get to see Carol shoot down some ships, but we get that one fairly often anyway. If youre a Captain Marvel fan like me, you will probably get something out of it. Otherwise, itll probably just give you some mild entertainment. I do recommend it, but not strongly.

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7.0
Champions #9

Jun 11, 2017

Champions remains a delightfully consistent Marvel title. Champions #9is easily recommendable and makes for a good one-off story.

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8.5
Champions #10

Jul 8, 2017

This was a great issue; easily one of the better comics with the Secret Empire label on it. Like the most recent issue of Occupy Avengers, it gives the reader what they really want in a situation like this: heroes fighting the powers that be and the injustices they are committing. They are standing up for whats right in the face of tyranny. That seems like it should be more common during an event like this, but for some reason, it hasn't been.

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7.0
Conan: The Slayer #9

Jun 4, 2017

That being said, Conan the Slayer provides largely compelling reading. The main character is fun, the art is gorgeous, and the mystery of the city is interesting for the most part. If barbarians, swords, and sorcery are your thing, check this one out.

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9.5
Crosswind #5

Nov 7, 2017

Crosswind #5 is a great, funny, and high-octane read. The characters are lovable, the artwork is rock-solid, and the plot is intriguing. Gail Simone and Cat Staggs put forward some of their best work here, and I cannot recommend it enough. Pick it up.

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8.0
Cyborg (2016) #14

Jul 9, 2017

This one gets a recommendation. Its a fun read, the characters are likable, and the story has a good amount 80s techno-futurism to keep the reader interested. Give this one a try.

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8.5
Daredevil (2015) #21

Jun 11, 2017

Daredevil is still a Marvel staple that has helped maintain hold together its stable of titles. Charles Soule and Goran Sudzuka are a good team, and hopefully the hits will keep on coming. Pick this one up.

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6.5
Daredevil (2015) #23

Jul 8, 2017

This comic was decent. It didnt add much to the overall plot, but it did bring in a neat little team-up with a rocking, if short, fight between Tombstone and She-Hulk. Give this a read if youre a fan of the Man Without Fear or the Savage She-Hulk.

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8.5
Daredevil (2015) #24

Jul 24, 2017

Give this comic a chance next time youre at a shop. Daredevil is one of Marvels greatest characters, and Soule is doing him some justice with a unique story. With a good artistic team of Morgan and Milla, this is a rock-solid comic deserving of a read.

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7.5
Daredevil (2015) #25

Aug 26, 2017

This was definitely an interesting comic, and it does promise a new era for the Man Without Fear. I think this was a good waypoint, a touchstone, for Daredevil, and I look forward to what Soule has in mind next for Matt Murdock. Daredevil #25 does earn a recommendation, and its ambition didnt fail it even if it took some shaky chances.

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9.0
Daredevil (2015) #26

Sep 6, 2017

This is a really good starting position for the next story arc of Daredevil. The setup is great, the story is fun while still very macabre, and Ron Garneys artwork is fantastic. Give this one a read.

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8.0
Daredevil (2015) #27

Oct 15, 2017

While I cant say this was the most exciting or interesting issue of Charles Soules Daredevil, I can say that this comic never left me bored or dissatisfied. Fleshing out Blindspot is a good idea, and this is an engaging story arc. Garneys artwork helps elevate the book, as it is visually stunning. This comic does earn a recommendation in the end, and I do advise that you read it.

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7.0
Daredevil (2015) #28

Oct 27, 2017

In the end, the comic was still enjoyable, and it had a lot of positives. However, its central fixture, the character arc of Blindspot, results in a lackluster climax and plot flow. I do recommend it, but quite tentatively. If youre a fan of Daredevil and the work of Soule and Garney, its still fairly enjoyable. If that describes you, pick it up.

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8.5
Daredevil (2015) #595

Nov 10, 2017

Despite the hang-ups Marvels recent stories bring to the context of this issue, Daredevil #595 is a great read and the start of an enticing new arc for the Man Without Fear. The beginning of Mayor Fisk establishes the premise well and lays on the tension in large servings. I highly recommend this one; give it a read.

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6.5
Dark Ark #3

Nov 21, 2017

Despite its myriad of flaws, I cant say to outright avoid Dark Ark. It does have a number of positives from the premise itself to the stalwart sorcerer Shrae. It just needs to play more towards its own strengths. The murder mystery element isnt bad, but the story wanted a scenario which doesnt feel organic in the setting. In any case, feel free to try this one if it sounds up your alley. I can recommend it, but, if the premise itself doesnt spark some interest, you should likely steer clear.

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6.0
Dark Days: The Casting #1

Jul 13, 2017

All-in-all,Dark Days: The Castingwasnt genuinely bad like The Forge. Its story was more focused, the art didnt hop around as badly, and it introduced some interesting character moments and plot details. If youre into this story or are a die-hard Batman fan, this is for you. If you have any distaste for the character, it will probably only make that worse.

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3.5
Dark Days: The Forge #1

Jun 17, 2017

As previously stated, I am very aware that this book has already received a lot of praise from a lot of people. I take no umbrage with that. However, reading it, for me personally, was an arduous and frustrating task. It didn't work on any level, and it left me beyond unsatisfied and with no initiative to dive deeper into its perfunctory mystery. I cannot do anything but recommend passing on it.

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7.0
Dark Nights: Metal #1

Aug 16, 2017

So yeah, Dark Nights: Metal #1 was actually pretty solid. I enjoyed it far more than its preamble issues, and it finally clicked for me. Im fairly interested in whats to come. Feel free to grab this one when you see it.

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8.5
Dark Nights: Metal #2

Sep 14, 2017

This is a ridiculous story built on some crazy conceits, and it's finally coming together after the questionable Forge and Casting comics. I recommend this comic. Give it a read.

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8.0
Dark Nights: Metal #3

Oct 13, 2017

This was still a solid issue. It didnt have me as perpetually excited as Metal #2, but it is still really good. I recommend it and look forward to the next issuewhich is two months for some reason. Hopefully the admittedly excellent one-shots will hold me off until then.

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7.5
Darkhawk (2017) #51

Nov 29, 2017

Believe it or not, I do still recommend this comic. My criticisms werent enough to sink the comic for me; they only made this a little underwhelming as a one-shot. It clashes against the framework of its presentation, but the story is still functional and engaging. Plus, Walker and Tartaglia turn in some great work here. Give it a read. This would make for a great series if it can take off.

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8.5
Darkseid Special #1

Aug 30, 2017

Darkseid #1 brings another great add-on to the mythos of Kirby characters with a balance of charm and grit. Its a damn fine read, and it gets a recommendation from me. Go pick it up.

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3.0
Dead of Winter #4

Nov 13, 2017

I dont feel great eviscerating a comic like this, but, frankly, it doesnt work on almost any level. The finale to it, without spoiling anything, is a rather manipulative play on readers emotions, and it feels very hollow. The tone is so all over the place that Im not sure what the intent of the comic was. Steer clear of this one. Even if you are a fan of the tabletop game, its still not worth a read.

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4.5
Deadman (2017) #1

Nov 2, 2017

Unfortunately, the strong artwork of Neil Adams doesnt make up for how impossible it is to piece the story together. Even if one can interpret something from this reading, it is a shallow tale at best. Despite an appreciation for both Adams and Deadman, I cant recommend this one. Give it a pass.

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8.0
Deathstroke (2016) #22

Aug 5, 2017

Deathstroke is quickly becoming one of my favorite DC titles. It is interesting, the story is often layered very well, and Deathstroke is one of the more fascinating anti-heroes of either of the Big Two. The Defiance team genuinely has me guessing as to where Deathstroke and legendary writer Christopher Priest are going with this. Give this one a read.

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9.0
Deathstroke (2016) #23

Sep 11, 2017

Deathstroke #23 is a great continuation to an already fantastic series. It builds character, maintains tension, and is paced better than most comic books. I dig the hell out of it, and I think many others will too. Pick this one up.

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8.5
Deathstroke (2016) #24

Oct 10, 2017

Deathstroke continues to be an intriguing and thought-provoking book. With an intentionally perplexing lead in Slade and a relatable pseudo-guest star in Kid Flash, #24 is another issue worthy of your time and money. Pick it up.

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8.5
Deathstroke (2016) #25

Nov 6, 2017

It even gives you extra story at no up-charge, and that alone deserves a reward.

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9.5
Defenders (2017) #1

Jun 6, 2017

The action is non-stop but paced well. The characters are lovable, and the art is fantastic. Pick this one up when it comes out.

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9.0
Defenders (2017) #2

Jul 2, 2017

This is quickly becoming one of Marvels best comics on the stand. The dialogue is witty, the characters are well represented, and the action is fast and frequent. The pacing does make the comic feel like it comes and goes fairly quickly, but that aside, it is well worth your time and money. Its a fantastic read.

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9.5
Defenders (2017) #6

Oct 17, 2017

So, maybe my opinion doesnt really differ all that much from Joe Glass, but its worth reiterating how good this comic is. Its really good and one of Marvels best comics. This one is doubly recommended, give it a read.

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9.5
Defenders (2017) #7

Nov 18, 2017

Defenders #7 hits with a bullseye. Between the fights, the conflict, and the villains, it is a fantastic read and one of the best single issues Ive read in some time. I cannot recommend this one enough. Pick it up.

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8.0
Detective Comics (2016) #968

Nov 9, 2017

Detective Comics #968 is a strong finish for the comics latest story arc. Tim Drake is a great protagonist, and Im glad he gets the spotlight this issue. The story is tense and emotional, and the art is damn good. I recommend this one; give it a read.

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8.0
Doctor Strange (2015) #21

Jun 3, 2017

It was a weird, funny, and action-packed tale. It shows a lot of promise for the future of Stephen Strange, and it is definitely recommended.

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4.0
Doctor Strange (2015) #23

Jul 24, 2017

Its not fun tearing into a book like this with a talented team and a track record for being really good. Hopeless last issue of Doctor Strange had some of the same problems as this one, but they were downplayed and not as damaging. Here, those problems are amped up and fatal. Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this comic.

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7.0
Doctor Strange (2015) #24

Aug 26, 2017

Is this the most brilliant or impressive issue of Doctor Strange? No. As much as a I love much of Dennis Hopelessswork, like Spider Woman, Im not sure hes presented an issue that is as good as Aarons Doctor Strange yet. However, this was still a fun read, and it is probably the best of Hopelesss work on the title. This one manages to nail a recommendation. Give it a try.

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9.0
Doctor Strange (2015) #25

Sep 21, 2017

Despite my annoyance with the price tag, this is one of the best issues of Doctor Strange Ive read in a while. With an intriguing plot, character depth, and great artwork, this comic won me over very quickly. Give it a read.

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9.0
Doctor Strange (2015) #26

Oct 23, 2017

Doctor Strange looks to be back on track under Barber and Henrichon. The two put together a great comic book, and its one I can easily recommend. Give it a read.

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8.5
Doctor Strange (2015) #381

Nov 15, 2017

With Loki taking on the title of Sorcerer Supreme, the future of Strange is in the air, and I look forward to seeing how this proceeds and resolves. While it may not be what I wanted from the Marvel Legacy relaunch (or whatever) of Doctor Strange, it is an engaging read. I can easily give it a recommendation, so check it out.

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8.0
Doomsday Clock #1

Nov 25, 2017

So, Doomsday Clock was a good read. It didnt blow my mind, but my expectations werent hyped up for it anyway. Its good, and I enjoyed it. I recommend it, and you should definitely check it out.

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6.5
Dread Gods #1

Jul 15, 2017

This comic has interesting ideas, and seems to be hinting at a pretty cool satire. It just needs to flesh itself out more, and hopefully the follow-up issues will address the problems the first had. That being said, I can tentatively recommend this one.

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7.5
Eleanor and the Egret #5

Nov 21, 2017

While not exactly my thing, Eleanor and the Egret #5 is a fun ride with some interesting ideas. The artwork is quite effective, and the story is unique if nothing else with some likable characters mixed in. If youre not receptive to surrealism and odd structuring, then you may want to skip this one. However, if what I explained to you sounds like a fun ride, then you should definitely pick it up.

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4.0
Elsewhere #4

Nov 7, 2017

Elsewhere isnt an offensively bad comic. It never upset me with its mediocrity, but mediocre it still is. It rides a lot of tropes and does nothing exciting with its cool premise. The characters are bland, the dialogue is spotty, and the art is solid but unexciting. I cant recommend this one. Give it a pass.

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7.5
Eternity #2

Dec 3, 2017

Matt Kindt certainly has an ambitious project on his hands with Eternity. This issue is pretty intimidating, even for those who may have read the first issue. However, once you can get through to the heart of it, it has a lot to offer from colorful characters to interesting themes about destiny and free will. I can recommend it to anyone who is willing to dig into some heavy science fiction.

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9.0
Extremity #7

Oct 4, 2017

With good art, compelling characters, and an allegory about how groups can become radicalized against one another, Extremity provides an engaging story of two peoples at war. Its a great comic, and it comes highly recommended.

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7.5
Faith: Winter Wonderland Special #1

Dec 6, 2017

While its moral is a bit flawed, over-simplified, and its conveyance takes up a good portion of the comics runtime, Faiths Winter Wonderland Special #1 is still a fun and upbeat read. The art is solid, Faith is a great lead, and the concept is creative. I can recommend it to anyone looking for some fun holiday-themed comic reading, and it will satisfy you in that regard.

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10
Falcon (2017) #1

Oct 12, 2017

Needless to say, I highly recommend this comic. It was incredible, moving, and daring. Pick this one up. It's a must-read.

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9.0
Falcon (2017) #2

Nov 12, 2017

Falcon #2 continues off of the first issues promising start with aplomb. Its another intense and powerful read with great characters, incredible art, and a lot to say about the world. I highly recommend this one. Give it a read.

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3.5
Fighting American (2017) #1

Oct 12, 2017

Unfortunately, Fighting American is dead on arrival by not gauging an audience. Its for no one, and it feels like a waste of a Simon and Kirby property. Some of the jokes sort of click, but not nearly enough do so for the run time of the comic. I cant recommend this one. Give it a pass.

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9.0
Flash (2016) #27

Jul 28, 2017

This was a really cool issue. The fighting is great, there is emotional weight to the battle, and its a lot of fun. Give it a read.

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8.5
Flash (2016) #28

Aug 10, 2017

That being said, a good portion of the art, especially the action scenes, still look good. The story itself is very well-constructed, and it is an engaging comic book to read. This one gets a strong recommendation. Check it out.

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8.0
Flash (2016) #31

Oct 1, 2017

While Flash #31 does have its flaws, they are minute compared to what the comic does right. It features an epic battle, and plenty of grounded character moments. Its a good continuation to the Flashs saga, and writer Joshua Williamson should be proud of his work here. Pick it up.

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8.5
Flash (2016) #32

Oct 16, 2017

Despite that one major flaw, Flash #32 begins a promising new arc for the Scarlet Speedster. Barry is mostly as lovable as ever, and the changes with his Negative Speed Force powers are interesting. This one gets a recommendation. Give it a read.

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6.0
Flash (2016) #33

Oct 27, 2017

Flash #33 unfortunately comes out being one of the less cohesive Metal books since the days of the awful prologues of The Forge and The Casting. Its barely held together as a plot, and the writing falls a part in a lot of places. Its not awful, as there are some cool scenes. However, I cant quite recommend it, as it adds nothing to Metal or Flash itself. Give this one a pass unless you must own every piece of Flash material (which I could understand, Barry is awesome).

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5.0
Flash (2016) #34

Nov 11, 2017

At its best, this comic was a fairly dull reestablishment of a character with great art. At its worstwell, its another anti-Flash. I cant really recommend it unfortunately; hopefully this series can return to the levels of quality it attained during the Bloodwork arc and most recent Reverse-Flash arc.

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7.5
Flash (2016) #35

Nov 28, 2017

Flash #35 doesnt go far to justify the existence of yet another anti-Flash speedster villain, even if Meena does add some ethnic and gender diversity to this particular pool. This comic does improve on the previous issues slow pace and reserved tone with some energy and fun. I can recommend this comic, and you should check it out if you have a love of the Fastest Man Alive or are interested in getting to know the character more after the Justice League film.

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4.5
Fu Jitsu #3

Nov 22, 2017

However, the art doesnt quite salvage the story. Despite actually being a decent send-up of classic comics, the unfocused narrative, cold and detached narrator and lead, and generally hyper-dense plot leaves Fu Jitsu lacking. Its not a particularly enjoyable read, and I cannot recommend it. Give this one a pass.

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7.0
Generations: Captain Marvel & Captain Mar-Vell #1

Sep 14, 2017

This is a flawed comic, but its still a fun read for the most part. The pacing is wonky, and the art isnt great, but the two Captain Marvels are really enjoyable to read about. This one squeaks by a recommendation on its charisma and gumption. Give it a read.

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8.5
Generations: Wolverine & All-New Wolverine #1

Aug 16, 2017

This is a very solid read. It has action, blood, and heart. People are butchered, reunions are had, and they show themselves to be the best there is at what they do, even if its not pretty at all. Grab this one. You wont regret it.

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8.0
Generations: Banner Hulk & The Totally Awesome Hulk #1

Aug 2, 2017

I do recommend this comic, because it has good action and character moments. However, it's not the epic meeting that I and others were probably hoping for, but it is nice to see Bruce Banner on the page as the Hulk once again and remind everyone why he is the strongest there is.

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9.0
Giant Days #32

Oct 31, 2017

John Allisons Giant Days is a great read for those who like slice-of-life comics. Its funny, endearing, and downright adorable. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes quirky, low-energy comics without zombies, monsters, or superheroes (unless you count Susan, which I do).

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3.5
Giantkillers #0

Dec 3, 2017

Despite the solid artwork, I cant recommend Giantkillers #0. The plot is incredibly dense and disorganized. The characters arent interesting. Despite having a unique world, the plot isnt especially fresh either. Give this one a pass.

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8.0
God Complex (2017) #2

Nov 27, 2017

Paul Jenkins creates continues an intriguing narrative with God Complex #2. While the story can lag in places and gets a little off the rails towards the end, it is still an overall good read, and I can easily recommend it. God Complex is a creative send-off to the likes of Blade Runner and The Matrix, and you should certainly give it a try.

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7.0
Green Arrow (2016) #24

Jun 10, 2017

This is not a comic that is particularly kind to its political opposition. If you can look past that, it is a quality book. This one comes recommended in spite of its caveats.

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7.0
Green Arrow (2016) #26

Jul 12, 2017

Also, if you want to hear some of the behind-the-scenes stuff on this issue, check out the DC All Access interview with Green Arrowwriter Benjamin Percy.

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8.0
Green Arrow (2016) #27

Jul 25, 2017

I highly recommend this comic. This is easily one of the best Green Arrow issues of Rebirth. It's got action, it's got heart, and it's got Green Arrow being a loudmouth liberal. What more do you need from a Green Arrow comic?

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8.0
Green Arrow (2016) #30

Sep 9, 2017

Green Arrow #30 provides a short prelude for what seems to the finale to the Ninth Circle arc, which has been running through the title since its Rebirth relaunch. Its a bit light on plot, but it does make up for this with character. It can still be easily recommended, and Benjamin Percy has succeeded in keeping this a highly-engaging title. Plus, you get to see Green Arrow and Green Lantern team up once again. Pick this one up.

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7.5
Green Arrow (2016) #31

Sep 24, 2017

‘Hard-Travelling Hero' receives a good ending here. Is it as epic as I had hoped, given the overall quality of the story arc? Not really. Is it disappointing? No. Its fun and high-energy, and the bad guy gets got. I still recommend it, and you should pick it up.

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8.0
Green Arrow (2016) #32

Oct 10, 2017

As such, if you have no interest in Metal, I cant recommend this issue to you. Wait for the next issue of Green Arrow (I hope). If you like both Ollie and Metal or have been following Gotham Resistance anyway, give this one a read. It is a visually stunning comic, and the story is pretty solid.

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9.0
Green Arrow (2016) #33

Oct 24, 2017

Green Arrow #33 moves the saga of the Emerald Archer into its next stage, and it looks to be just as challenging as ever. This issue has sweet moments, heartache, and great action sequences. This is a great comic, and its a good time to jump on with the new arc starting here. Give it a read.

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7.5
Green Arrow (2016) #34

Nov 7, 2017

This comic is an entertaining read, even if its pacing is a bit slow. Its high on plot and character but low on action. I still recommend it though because Percy is a master of keeping the dialogue energetic and entertaining. Its an interesting read, even if there arent that many arrows flying this time around. Give it a read.

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8.0
Green Lanterns #24

Jun 11, 2017

As stated above, Green Lanterns is one of DCs best comics on the shelves at the moment, and Green Lanterns #24 continues the series hot streak. Give it a read. You wont regret it.

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8.5
Green Lanterns #26

Jul 12, 2017

This was another great comic by the Green Lanterns creative team, despite its questionable time placement in the Green Lanternssaga making it hold back the mystery of where Simon and Jessica went.Humphries has made a masterpiece of a series here, and it is my personal favorite DC: Rebirth offering. Pick this one up.

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8.5
Green Lanterns #27

Jul 26, 2017

Anyway, this is another solid chapter in the saga of Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz, the Green Lanterns. I continue to hold that this is the best comic of Rebirth, and everyone should give it a try.

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9.0
Green Lanterns #28

Aug 5, 2017

Green Lanterns continues to be a joyous and exciting ride through the lives of Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz as Green Lanterns. This expansion on the cosmic lore of the Green Lantern Corps is interesting and very engaging. This is still my favorite DC comic running right now, and I highly recommend hopping on board with the series.

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8.5
Green Lanterns #29

Sep 12, 2017

While this is one of the slower issues of Green Lanterns, it still makes for a compelling read. Sam Humphries has kept this series compulsively readable, and it goes far beyond the hopes I envisioned back when this comic was announced. This is Rebirths best comic, and it deserves a read. Check it out.

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8.0
Green Lanterns #30

Sep 12, 2017

Despite art issues and some narrative letdowns, Green Lanterns #30 is still an exciting ride with great lead characters. This comic still dominates Rebirth and deserves to be on everyones pull list. Grab this one the next time you see it.

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8.5
Green Lanterns #31

Sep 25, 2017

With ‘Out of Time' ending, we will be getting back to business as usual for Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz, whatever that means for these two. Dont miss out on this ending, as it comes highly recommended. Give it a read.

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9.0
Green Lanterns #32

Oct 10, 2017

I really dug this issue. I imagine a subset of readers wont, but I do highly recommend this comic if you are a fan of Simon and Jessica. Their charisma and charm carry this issue, and you should give it a read.

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9.0
Green Lanterns #33

Oct 24, 2017

Green Lanterns continues its hot streak under the new writer, and Im glad for it. This is still the DC title I personally look forward to the most every month. Now is a good time to hop on if you havent started reading it already. I highly recommend it. Pick it up.

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9.0
Green Lanterns #34

Nov 7, 2017

Green Lanterns continues to be a sincere and exciting superhero adventure which represents the best qualities which Rebirth brought to DC Comics. It continues to be one of my top recommendations, and you should definitely read this issue.

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9.0
Green Lanterns #35

Nov 18, 2017

Green Lanterns #35 is a really smart issue with its regular endearing leads and high-flying adventure. Its easily recommendable, and you should certainly give it a read. There should be more comics like this coming out of the Big Two (thankfully Black Panther, Luke Cage, and Falcon are very much like this).

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8.5
Groo: Play of the Gods #1

Jul 5, 2017

This is an easily recommendable comic. Its fun, its full of heart, and its an all-around great read.

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9.0
Groo: Play of the Gods #2

Jul 31, 2017

Groo: Play of the Gods continues to be another classic adventure of Groo the Wanderer brushing up against grand plans that he will most certainly mess up. This one definitely gets a recommendation; enjoy with a great bowl of cheese dip.

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8.0
Guardians of the Galaxy (2017) #146

Nov 5, 2017

The Guardians of the Galaxy lands well in its Marvel Legacy sort-of, kind-of relaunch. The story is a good jumping-on point, and it seems to be a prelude to something big with the Infinity Quest storyline. This one gets a recommendation. Check it out.

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8.0
Guardians of the Galaxy (2017) #147

Nov 18, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy #147 continues to show promise in the future of Gerry Duggans run on the team. It is a solid read, even if it isnt the most exciting of chapters. It earns a recommendation, and you should read it.

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9.5
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #23

Jul 2, 2017

Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #23 is another strong continuation in the saga of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps. This is one of DCs best titles by far, and it is well worth your time.

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9.5
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #24

Jul 14, 2017

This one gets high marks and a massive recommendation. Pick. This. One. Up.

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9.5
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #25

Jul 28, 2017

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps continues its hot streak, with Venditti, Sciver, and Wright making another incredibly issue that promises many great future issues. Pick this one up, and add it to your pull list.

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9.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #26

Aug 10, 2017

As always, Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps gets a high marks and a strong recommendation from me. If I havent convinced you before, hopefully I will this time. Get. This Book.

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8.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #27

Aug 26, 2017

This comic is, as always, a top recommendation from me. It is the most narratively thin, but a straightforward issue every now and again is good for a series. Pick this one up.

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9.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #28

Sep 16, 2017

This issue continues the Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corpstradition of finding new ways to surprise me with how well it works. This is among DCs best offerings right now, and you should be reading it. Pick it up.

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8.5
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #29

Oct 1, 2017

Theres not really a whole lot to say here. Its an awesome battle of galactic proportions. The Golems, even if they strongly resemble the Celestials of Marvel Comics, have a great design brought to life by an incredible art team. Their battle with the Green Lantern Corps is really cool. Its a battle issue, and it works.

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9.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #30

Oct 15, 2017

While I do feel for those who may be reading this book more for John Stewart, Guy Gardner, or Kyle Rayner, Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #30 brings another issue of exactly what I hoped for from this book. It has action, humor, and excitement in the classic Green Lantern fashion. I highly recommend this issue, and once again plead with you, if you havent already, pick this book up.

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7.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #31

Oct 26, 2017

This is easily one of the weaker issues of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, but that is a high standard by which to be compared. Robert Venditti and company have made a classic Green Lantern series with this book, and every series does have its weak links. This is still an enjoyable read, and I do recommend it, even if isnt particularly incredible.

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7.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #32

Nov 10, 2017

This is still a fun issue of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps,even if it doesnt do much for the overall plot of Metal. Hal is still a badass, and the fight is cool. While the ending to the last entry of 'Bats Out of Hell' implied that Hal Jordan would do something of significance here, this issue is still a good action comic. I can recommend it to followers of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps. However, followers of Metal hoping for something of interest to the story to happen would be severely disappointed.

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9.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #33

Nov 30, 2017

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #33 provides another great entry to the series. Between Jack Herberts incredible artwork and Vendittis endearing presentation of the characters, #33 really knocks it out the park this time. I highly recommend it; pick this one up.

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9.5
Harrow County #27

Nov 7, 2017

Harrow County #27 continues the tale of this little gothic corner of the world with aplomb and tenacity. Its an intense read, and it is creatively constructed. Bunn and Crook put together a great comic here, and I highly recommend it to fans of all things bloody and morbid. Give it a read.

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9.0
Hawkeye (2016) #13

Nov 12, 2017

Hawkeye #13 is a chatty, snarky, and hyperactive continuation to the story of the two Hawkeyes. The leads are amazing, the story is solid, and the art is great. This one gets a strong recommendation from yours truly. Pick this one up.

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7.5
Hellboy: Krampusnacht #1

Dec 9, 2017

All in all, if youre in need of more Hellboy with a slight holiday-themed twist, then this comic can satisfy. Its eerie, and the art is fantastic. The understated nature is probably truer to the world of the B.P.R.D as well as the writing style of Mike Mignola, even if it does leave the comic feeling pretty in-and-out. That being said, I can recommend it to the Hellboy devotee, as it will almost certainly give you a good time.

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9.5
Iceman (2017) #5

Sep 8, 2017

This is one of the most socially relevant comics Ive read in some time. As yet another straight, white, cis, male maybe Im not qualified to say this, but Joe Glasssglowing reviewallows me to feel confident in saying that this is a skillful encapsulation of the struggles of a LGBTQ+ youth having to struggle with their traditionalist parents. This comic deserves to be supported. Pick it up.

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5.0
Infamous Iron Man #11

Aug 30, 2017

That being said, I cant recommend Infamous Iron Man #11. It feels like a time sink of a comic wherein Bendis has surrendered to a stereotype of himself. Hes better than this, and there are far better comics to read out there. Give this a pass.

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9.0
Invader Zim #25

Nov 27, 2017

The Invader Zim comic series has shown how to get a comic adaptation right, though there are actually numerous talented creators doing that same thing alongside this series. In any case, #25 is a funny and engaging read of pure doom. I recommend it strongly, and you should definitely read it.

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7.5
Invincible Iron Man (2016) #594

Nov 25, 2017

While it does feel like a filler issue in the Search for Tony Stark story arc, Invincible Iron Man #594 is a fun read for the present. The two stories are entertaining enough, and it has two solid, if conflicting, artists for its two main plotlines. I can recommend it, even if it isnt the most compelling read. Feel free to pick it up if youre a fan of Ironheart, Doctor Doom, or the Iron Man corner of the Marvel Universe in general.

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9.0
Iron Fist (2017) #4

Jun 11, 2017

Get this book. It is a great series that knows exactly what it wants to do and accomplishes it, concern for the future of the series aside. It is a martial arts epic, and you should definitely give it a read.

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9.0
Iron Fist (2017) #5

Jul 8, 2017

I cannot recommend this comic enough. It is a Kung Fu, kitchen sink masterpiece of a comic. The fighting is incredible, the art is damn near perfect, and the story is interesting but remains simple enough to accommodate the martial arts action. Pick this one up immediately.

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8.0
Iron Fist (2017) #6

Aug 3, 2017

This is a really fun comic. While this issue falls a little short of the saga on Liu-Shi, its still a good read, and the addition of Shang-Chi, the Master of Kung Fu, helps make up for what is lost in the less-detailed fight sequences. Iron Fist keeps its strong recommendation with another action-packed and well-paced issue.

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9.5
Iron Fist (2017) #7

Sep 11, 2017

Pick this one up. Its easily one of the best Marvel books on the stands.

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9.5
Iron Fist (2017) #73

Sep 19, 2017

Iron Fist shows no signs of slowing down in Marvel Legacy. In fact, it looks to still be getting better. This title is quickly rising to the top of Marvels offerings in terms of quality, and I recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good Kung Fu comic.

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9.0
Iron Fist (2017) #74

Nov 4, 2017

Iron Fist is easily among the best comics being put out by the comic at the moment. Its a great action-heavy martial arts title with a lovable protagonist and enjoyable plots. This one continues to be highly recommended. You should be reading it.

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8.0
Jean Grey #3

Jul 2, 2017

Jean Grey #3 was a fun comic. It improves upon the last issue and promises a good series ahead. Check this one out its a very enjoyable read.

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8.5
Jean Grey #4

Jul 14, 2017

This comic has succeeded in focusing on Jeans personality and journey, despite the constant guest stars. This issue was a lot of fun and brings an oddly underused character back to the page (his status as an antagonist in Secret Empire notwithstanding). This is a great read and easily earns its recommendation.

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5.5
Jean Grey #5

Aug 12, 2017

This isnt a particularly bad issue, but it is wildly mediocre in the grand scheme of things. Its fun in some moments, but it feels inconsequential in the story of Jean Grey. The next issue promises Doctor Strange, so, once again, Jean Grey will be a walking tour of the Marvel Universe while not setting time aside for Jean Grey herself.

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4.5
Jean Grey #7

Sep 25, 2017

This isnt a train wreck of a comic, but its far from functional. The narrative is confused, the art isnt particularly good, and old Jean Grey is borderline unbearable. Give this one a pass.

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8.5
Jenny Finn #1

Nov 14, 2017

Jenny Finn #1 is a mysterious yet appealing dive into this pseudo-Victorian London setting. The world, the characters, the details they all coincide to create this air of uncertainty and danger. It is a greatly enjoyable read, and I recommend it.

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8.5
Jessica Jones #13

Sep 18, 2017

The preamble to this may have been picking apart the idea of bringing Killgrave back into Jessica Jones, but the story is promising, if flawed, so far. I can still recommend it, and its still very engaging. Pick this one up.

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7.5
Jimmy's Bastards #3

Aug 29, 2017

Jimmy's Bastards is not a pleasant read, and, yet, it is a fun one. I enjoyed myself in spite of myself. This one gets an acidic recommendation that is just as toxic and grinning as Jimmy himself.

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8.5
Jimmy's Bastards #5

Nov 22, 2017

Consequently, Jimmys Bastards #5 gets a strong recommendation. It has its flaws, most of which come from the South Park method of trying anything to get a rise out of the audience. However, the overall experience was positive, and I had a lot of fun reading it. Give this one a read if you have the tolerance for a lot of gore and some pretty messed up concepts.

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9.0
John Carpenter's Tales of Science Fiction: Vortex #1

Nov 22, 2017

The first issue of Vortex is a tense and gripping read with solid protagonists, a familiar yet exciting premise, and fantastic artwork. You can definitely see the Carpenter influence, and Mike Sizemore and Dave Kennedy do a great job of putting this story together. I highly recommend this one. Give it a read.

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8.0
John Carpenter's Tales of Science Fiction: Vortex #2

Nov 28, 2017

John Carpenters Tales of Science Fiction: Vortex #2 continues with its Alien/Dead Space tale with an issue that shows the slow boil to come. Mike Sizemore shows knowledge of how to create suspense, and Dave and Pete Kennedy give us a great-looking book. This one is recommended, too; give it a read.

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8.5
Justice League (2016) #27

Aug 16, 2017

Though the action is really light, this is still a very engaging issue. The children of the Justice League are interesting characters, and their complicated relationships with their parents are very readable. Give this one a read. Its a very smart and expertly constructed comic.

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9.0
Justice League (2016) #28

Sep 9, 2017

This comic isnt about plot advancement, for better and for worse. This tale will likely have at least another two issues ahead of it. However, I struggle to be disappointed by that. Its a great read, and I could read even more of these characters getting to know one another. Dont skip this one; pick it up next time youre at your shop.

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9.5
Justice League (2016) #29

Sep 22, 2017

With Legacy coming to a climax, I excitedly recommend Justice League this week. The story continues to get better, and you should most certainly pick it up.

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8.0
Justice League (2016) #30

Oct 10, 2017

I continue to recommend the book this month, and you should certainly give it a read.

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9.0
Justice League (2016) #31

Oct 23, 2017

The finale to Legacy did not disappoint. Justice League #31 was a fantastic read and wrapped up everything quite well. Give this one a read. I highly recommend it.

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7.5
Justice League (2016) #32

Nov 5, 2017

Despite being a waypoint in this tie-in story, Justice League #32 does succeed in being a fun read that keeps me invested in this part of Metal. The set-up is cool, the characters are allowed space to do their thing, and the art is fantastic. This one manages to earn a recommendation. Give it a try.

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7.5
Justice League (2016) #33

Nov 16, 2017

This comic isnt perfect, but it is still the most cohesive and enjoyable of the Bats Out of Hell issues. Cyborg is awesome. Watching him rise to the occasion is engaging, and it has some potential implications for the future of the Justice League. This one earns a recommendation. Give it a read.

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6.5
Justice League of America (2017) #12

Aug 10, 2017

I can recommend JLA #12 for the charms it does have, but its pacing issues are abysmal. It shows that this story probably wont need to span as many comic issues as it is inevitably going to. If these characters really tickle your fancy, you will enjoy this. However, if your devotion to them is not great, the slowness of the plot will likely drive you away.

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7.5
Justice League of America (2017) #18

Nov 9, 2017

Justice League of America #18 is a solid if burdened read. The last two-thirds of the comic are engaging, even if the pages bear far too much detail. The first third with the aforementioned documentary filmmaker is a trite and tiresome, though, and it hurts the comic a fair bit. However, I can recommend it, as the comic is an exciting read in spite of its flaws. Do give this one a read if youre a fan of this team or the villainous Prometheus.

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9.0
Kaijumax: Season 3 #5

Dec 3, 2017

With a great premise and surprisingly heavy themes, Kaijumax Season 3 #5 delivers a gut-punch of a story wrapped in colorful kaiju craziness. It delights and depresses. It gets you energized then dower. Its a highly entertaining read with great drama and delightful art. I definitely recommend it.

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8.0
Kong: Gods of Skull Island (One Shot) #1

Oct 20, 2017

However, for its few faults, Kong: Gods of Skull Island is an excellent take on the story of King Kong. Writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson put together an excellent story here. It has interesting characters and a fresh take on the source material. The art is great, and the action is exciting once it gets started. I highly recommend it, though the $7.99 price tag is still pretty rough.

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9.5
Lazaretto #3

Oct 31, 2017

Lazaretto is an unnerving and heart-breaking experience that plays upon the tropes of the quarantine stories and its endearing characters to craft a truly absorbing tale. Its existentially terrifying, and I highly recommend it to anyone who can stomach it. Its a masterfully crafted social horror story.

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9.5
Luke Cage (2017) #1

May 28, 2017

Weird lettering complaints and continuity questions aside, Ilovedthis book. It was a fun read, and I cant wait to see what adventures lie ahead of Luke Cage in this series. Pick this up.

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6.0
Luke Cage (2017) #2

Jun 24, 2017

It truly pains me to be this hard on a Cage comic, especially on one that I cant say is unequivocally bad. However, with a slow pace and less focus on character, this issue is not the follow-up that #1 deserved. I still recommend Luke Cage #2, because this series is showing the potential to be truly great, but this particular issue will probably be considered the weak point.

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8.0
Luke Cage (2017) #3

Jul 25, 2017

I will gleefully recommend Luke Cage #3, though. Luke Cage is one of Marvels greatest heroes. The comic does tell an interesting story, and the art is good, even if its not fitting. I want to see more tight and character-focused comics like this, even if this one feels like it still needs refinement. Give it a read.

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9.0
Luke Cage (2017) #4

Aug 18, 2017

This is my favorite issue of the series thus far. I put my faith in Power Man and Iron Fist scribe David F. Walker to continue his success trend with Luke Cage, and that faith has been rewarded. The man understands the character, and I look forward to his continuing work with Marvels greatest hero. You need to check this one out.

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8.5
Luke Cage (2017) #5

Sep 23, 2017

For all its flaws, Luke Cage #5 provides a damn fine finale to the first arc. Its fun, dramatic, and moves Lukes character forward in an interesting manner. I recommend this one and look forward to what writer David F. Walker will do with the Power Man next.

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9.5
Luke Cage (2017) #166

Sep 26, 2017

Luke Cage has a promising future ahead of it in the hands of Mr. Walker and Mr. Sanna. The story and dialogue works, and the art puts those elements into visuals worthy of the Power Man himself. I highly recommend this one when it comes out. Give it a read.

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8.0
Luke Cage (2017) #167

Nov 29, 2017

While its not as deep or emotional as one would hope, Luke Cage #167 is an enjoyable read thanks to a great protagonist, a good villain, and solid action scenes. Writer David F. Walker definitely gets the character of Luke Cage. There is still hope that this arc will dive deeper into our hero, but it doesnt quite accomplish it here. That being said, I still recommend this issue, and you should still check it out.

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8.0
Manhunter #1

Aug 26, 2017

On the whole, this was another fun read from DCs Kirby homage series. While overshadowed by the likes of the Sandman and New Gods one-shots, Manhunter still provides a compelling read that honors one of comics greatest legends. Give it a read.

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8.5
Manifest Destiny #31

Oct 4, 2017

This comic is an intriguing read, opting for slow-boil storytelling as opposed to back-to-back terror. It works greatly in its favor and makes for a great read. Give Manifest Destiny a try.

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4.0
Marvel Legacy #1

Sep 27, 2017

So, Marvel Legacy #1 is, unfortunately, mediocre overall. Its a teaser book. It wants you to buy the new titles. It adds very little story of its own. The characters are cool, and the art is great, if disparate taken as a whole. I cant really recommend it, though. The price point is too high, and it really is just an advert for all the new titles and directions Marvel is putting out there now. Give this one a pass.

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3.0
Master of Kung Fu (2017) #126

Nov 8, 2017

I want to tell you to support the first Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu comic to come out since Secret Wars. I want to say this was better than I expected. However, it really wasnt. It was pretty distinctly awful. The humor wasnt funny. The villains were insufferable. The art is the only saving grace, and it cant salvage the fairly moronic plot.

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9.5
Mech Cadet Yu #3

Oct 21, 2017

Mech Cadet Yu #3 is an easily recommendable comic. This series is still young and easy to jump onto. You should. Its a fun read for all ages, and its the kind of comic Im all about. Give it a read.

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8.5
Mech Cadet Yu #4

Nov 14, 2017

Mech Cadet Yu #4 is still a fun and exciting read with an endearing cast of characters and fun premise. It does need to start relying on its own ideas more, but, without spoiling anything, it looks like it will be doing just that within the next few issues. It earns its recommendation, and you should definitely give it a read.

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7.0
Mister Miracle #1

Aug 10, 2017

And thats kind of the tragedy of this. It would be nice to see Mister Miracle, Big Barda, and Oberon taking on Granny Goodness or Mantis again after appearing and disappearing on and off again over the last few years and not having a comic with his name for far longer than that. Yeah, Id like to get a deep-cut reading of him, but Id also like to see him do his Mister Miracle thing before that.

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4.5
Monsters Unleashed (2017) #7

Oct 23, 2017

Monsters Unleashed #7 is mediocre at best and boring at worse. It has moments, and the premise remains unique. However, a unique premise doesnt go very far if something isnt done to keep it fresh. I cant recommend this one. Give it a pass.

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9.5
Moon Knight (2017) #188

Oct 29, 2017

This book rocks and promises a great new direction for Moon Knight. Despite an at-times dragging pace, #188 kept me hooked throughout the runtime and effortlessly earns its recommendation. Check this one out when its released. Its easily worth your time.

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9.5
Moon Knight (2017) #189

Nov 30, 2017

Moon Knight #189 follows up on the engaging and slow burn (haha! pun) of the previous issue with an action-heavy and brutal issue with a new villain and a surreal depiction of Marc Spectors current life. It was a great read, and I highly recommend it. Pick it up.

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3.0
Mother Russia #1

Jul 8, 2017

The problem is that the comic just has nothing new of substance to bring to the table. Unfortunately, this one has to get a pass.

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7.5
Ms. Marvel (2015) #23

Oct 16, 2017

Itll be okay. You can read that word every once in a while and not perish from the shock.

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9.0
New Gods Special #1

Aug 2, 2017

Pick this one up. Its a great homage to a great man, and it will warm your heart.

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9.0
Nightwing (2016) #24

Jul 9, 2017

That aside, sometimes what works really is a straightforward premise. Its a giant submarine with Nightwing and a bunch of supervillains inside. What more could you want? If youre in need of a fantastically enjoyable read this month, pick this one up. Its worth it.

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9.0
Nightwing (2016) #26

Aug 5, 2017

This is a great entry into the saga of Nightwing. It has action, character, and a fantastic guest-star in Huntress to balance out Nightwing himself. This one definitely earns its recommendation.

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8.5
No. 1 With A Bullet #2

Dec 9, 2017

No. 1 With a Bullet #2 is a dramatic and heavy issue showing how much one video Nash didnt know about viciously tears apart her life. Nash herself is a compelling protagonist capable of holding up the story, and the art is solid, too. This one earns a recommendation, and you should check it out.

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8.5
Occupy Avengers #7

Jun 3, 2017

This is a great addition to a great series. It's almost advisable to simply wait for the trade paperback collection at this point, but if you can't wait, it's out on shelves now. It also has a fighting robot van in it, which is van-tastic. Occupy Avengers is definitely worth your time.

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7.5
Occupy Avengers #8

Jul 1, 2017

Despite the less-than-impressive art, I still have to recommend this book. Its the most satisfying tie-in to Secret Empire Ive read yet. Where the Underground one-shot worked regardless of its connection to Secret Empire, this issue of Occupy Avengers works with the crossover to give a good resistance narrative. Its not brilliant, but its really gratifying. Give this one a read.

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7.0
Old Man Logan (2016) #31

Nov 30, 2017

Old Man Logan #31 wasnt the most gripping or exciting read. It had a solid fight scene, and the story it sets up seems like it may be fairly interesting. However, this comic would not succeed in wanting me to stick around to read it. If youre a fan of Wolverine, especially his old Japanese adventures, then this may give you what you want. To that audience, I can recommend it. However, other readers can give this one a pass.

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8.0
Pathfinder: Worldscape: Red Sonja One-Shot #1

Dec 3, 2017

Despite the wordiness, Pathfinder Worldscape: Red Sonja is a fun read. The characters are likable and have some good moments, the action is satisfying, and it's easy to become invested in the proceedings, even if you're not familiar with the larger story of which this comic is a part. I can easily recommend it, and you should check it out. I can only recommend it on digital though. I cannot, for the life of me, figure out why it's $19.99 in a physical copy.

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3.5
Penny Dreadful: The Awakening #6

Oct 21, 2017

Unfortunately, the clichs, the weak recreations of the characters, and the abysmal dialogue make Penny Dreadful #6 a pretty dire book. This one does not earn a recommendation. Give it a pass.

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7.5
Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #1

Jun 23, 2017

Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #1 is easily a recommendable book. Its a lot of fun. It feels like a back-to-basics Spider-Man story, and it manages to fit a lot of story into its pages. Give it a try if youre interested in a good Spider-Man book.

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9.0
Punisher (2016) #218

Oct 29, 2017

Punisher #218 is an intriguing and exciting new step for the Frank Castles life of shooting bad guys. Hes as grim and angry as ever, the War Machine shake-up is an interesting new direction, and the book is appropriately ultraviolent. If you can groove on the Punishers motif, then this comic is easily for you, and I can highly recommend it to you.

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9.0
Rat Queens (2017) #6

Nov 27, 2017

Rat Queens (Vol. 2) # 6 is a delightful and energetic read about five of the greatest original protagonists Ive seen in a comic in some time. This comic earns its recommendation with ease, and I definitely recommend it. Read this comic.

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8.0
Rebels: These Free and Independent States #8

Oct 27, 2017

Rebels: These Free and Independent States #8 is a good read. If youre into comic book depictions of lesser-known parts of American history, Rebels #8 is definitely worth your time. If you need an injection of patriotism into your eyeballs, this will give it to you, and I do recommend it.

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7.0
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #15

Oct 13, 2017

I do recommend this comic in spite of its flaws. Its not brilliant, but it is an enjoyable read. Pick this one up if youre a Red Hood or Bat Family fan.

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7.0
Riftworld Legends #4

Nov 28, 2017

Riftworld Legends #4 is a solid fantasy read and dives at least a little deeper into the world we are being presented. The characters are mostly entertaining, and there is enough comedy to keep everything light. Its not the most brilliant read, but it will give you a solid time. I can recommend it, and you should check it out if youre especially interested in comics in the fantasy genre.

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3.5
Robotech #1

Jul 15, 2017

Anyone who was hoping for a fresh and innovative reboot of this property is going to be sorely disappointed with Robotech #1. This was not an exciting or engaging read. Give it a pass.

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5.5
Royals #4

Jun 23, 2017

This issue was fairly good. It wasnt great, but it had enjoyable moments. The pacing was askew, and the art gets a bit distracting. But if you have a great love of the Inhuman Royal Family, Ronan the Accuser, or the Marvel cosmic story, you'll have a great time. However, for anyone else, you might want to give it a pass.

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7.0
Royals #5

Jul 22, 2017

This is a pretty decent comic. I can recommend it. However, that is not really the same as saying you definitely should read it. If the Inhumans are your jam, go for it. Youll likely really enjoy it. If you have no interest in the Inhumans, well, youre probably not paying attention to the title anyway, not that I can blame you for that.

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7.5
Royals #7

Sep 11, 2017

I can recommend this one, but it still seems like an unrealized title. Hopefully, Ewing and company can make it a must-have soon. Otherwise, well, Marvel has grown fond of its cancellation axe, and the seemingly inevitable flop of the upcoming Inhumanstelevision series may make them quick to bury this corner of their universe.

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7.5
Royals #8

Sep 25, 2017

Royals receives another solid issue here, and, like the last book, is one of the best issues of the Inhuman-starring series. This isnt really one of Marvels best series, but it is a solid and fun time nonetheless. I can recommend it to anyone interested in the plight of the Inhuman Royals.

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9.5
Royals #9

Oct 10, 2017

Ewing and company have really nailed it with this issue of Royals. It was genuinely enjoyable and compelling. Hopefully, they can keep it up from here. Nine issues in, and Im fully on-board. Give it a read.

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8.0
Royals #10

Nov 10, 2017

This isnt a bad read, but it doesnt answer any questions one might have of the Inhumans, the Kree, or the Progenitors. It seems to stall such questions in favor of a big bombastic finale which pours on the details. If you are a fan of the Inhumans or their Royals, I can recommend it to you. However, if you have little interest in the Inhuman part of the Marvel Universe, Royals #10 doesnt have very much to offer you.

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8.5
Royals #11

Nov 24, 2017

Royals is really coming into its own with these past few issues. #11 is a solid read with high stakes and an intriguing plotline. This one definitely earns a recommendation. Give it a read.

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4.0
Scrimshaw #1

Jul 8, 2017

Scrimshaw #1 does have some neat ideas. The flooded world and carved-up nations are a decent setting for an apocalypse. Throwing in pirates and samurai is pretty neat. The fact that it wears its inspirations on its sleeve isnt even a bad thing; it just really needed to ease the reader in to its crazy world instead of throwing them into the deep end with nary a hint at how to navigate the waters. I cant recommend this one; give it a pass.

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6.0
Secret Empire #2

May 28, 2017

That being said, the Cube and this Steve may still play a role in overthrowing the Empire and not fixing the evil Steve Rogers problem itself.

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6.0
Secret Empire #5

Jul 1, 2017

I cant say that this is a bad story. Im sorry, I just cant. Its not satisfying super hero fiction, but its not bad. I can recommend it. Its a decent continuation to the story. It just wont make you feel good in any way shape or form.

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6.0
Secret Empire #8

Aug 10, 2017

This comic isfunctional. It has more high points than low points, but its badly hindered by the mounds of padding. Its one of the best issues of the series, even if thats not necessarily saying a whole lot. I can tentatively recommend it.

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2.5
Secret Empire #9

Aug 26, 2017

Avoid this like the plague. Leinil Francis Yu, Rod Reis, and Joe Bennett provide good artwork, and the color work of Sunny Gho and Dono Sanchez-Almara complements them well. However, it doesn't make the proceedings entertaining in any way.

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6.5
Secret Empire #10

Aug 30, 2017

The biggest crime of Secret Empire was the timing well, that and the means through which it was delivered. This is a terrible, dark time for the United States. We need to be able to power through it. We need stories about the best part of ourselves, not the worst. Thats what heroes are for: they show us what we could be. I dont want to be this. I dont want to be Secret Empire, Hydra Nazi Ultimate Iron Super Street Fighter Tekken Cap, or Clint Barton squatting in a cave hoping for a better tomorrow while the world burns around me. I want to be more than these things. Marvel should want that, too.

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8.0
Secret Empire: Underground #1

Jun 22, 2017

Secret Empire: Underground #1 was a very charming adventure comic. The protagonists are likable, the action is cool, and the story manages to conclude itself in this single issue, meaning you dont even really need to read Secret Empire to understand everything that is going on. I can recommend this to anyone who is looking for a fun time with a team of underused Avengers.

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3.0
Secret Empire: Uprising #1

Jun 2, 2017

There was a lot of potential with this book. It could have been something heartfelt and great, but it only flounders and relies on winking, sarcastic humor to badly characterize a story where it is not appropriate. Give this a hard pass.

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5.0
Secret Empire: Brave New World #2

Jul 1, 2017

Even the Patriot tale may not be worthwhile if Marvel decides to do nothing with the character, and they havent announced anything for him yet, so its very possible they wont. Even if they do, there is a real chance his short story may be in a trade paperback later down the line. If they do that, buy that trade instead. Give Secret Empire: Brave New World #2 a pass.

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8.5
Shadows On The Grave #6

Jul 4, 2017

I highly recommendShadows on the Gravefor horror fans. Its creepy, the art is incredible, and its an all-around great time. Pick this one up.

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8.0
Shadows On The Grave #7

Jul 31, 2017

If youre a fan of Tales of the Crypt or fairy tale-style horror stories that punish its evil characters in bizarre and ironic ways, Richard Corbens Shadows on the Grave will give you a lot of enjoyment. Its a fun horror anthology series, and it retains the recommendation I gave it last issue.

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8.0
She-Hulk (2017) #159

Nov 25, 2017

She-Hulk #159 was a pleasantly surprising read. The story was gripping, if a bit slow. We dont get to see Jen fully She-Hulk out, but she is a likable enough character that I was fine just reading about her. Hellcat has a great presence in the comic too, and the read was overall compelling. I recommend it. Check it out.

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8.0
Sherlock Frankenstein & The Legion of Evil #1

Oct 20, 2017

Sherlock Frankenstein and the Legion of Evil is an interesting take on the superhero genre, particularly a new take on what happens when the age of heroes ends. Depressingly enough, not much changes, but thats a fresh take on the premise, too. This one earns a recommendation; give it a try.

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8.5
Shipwreck #5

Aug 23, 2017

Ellis, Hester, Gapstur, and Englehert earn their recommendation with this issue of Shipwreck. Its a great read with solid characters and fantastic art. The story is simple at its heart, and its easily engaging. Pick this one up when it comes out.

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8.5
Silver Sable and The Wild Pack (2017) #36

Nov 23, 2017

Silver Sable and the Wild Pack #36 is a solid read. With a tight and energetic story, great pacing, and high-quality artwork, it delivers a great time for the audience. This one gets a recommendation. Pick it up.

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9.0
Skin & Earth #4

Oct 20, 2017

Skin and Earthis a great read. It has likable characters, beautiful art, and an intriguing story. I highly recommend this one. Give it a read.

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4.0
Sleepless (2017) #1

Dec 9, 2017

Sleepless is unfortunately quite dull. While there may be something there to be offered in later issues, this first one does not sell me well on the prospect. When I compare it to something like Giant Days, which is a dialogue-focused comic that explodes with personality and character, Sleepless just doesnt measure up. I cant recommend it. Though the lead has potential and the art is gorgeous, it just didnt give me enough to evoke excitement or intrigue. Give this one a pass with the caveat that it also may just not be made for me.

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6.5
Spider-Gwen (2015) #25

Sep 25, 2017

So, if youre newer to comic books, Spider-Gwen is actually a pretty solid entry point. If you are a comic-reading veteran and arent especially interested in the character of Gwen Stacys Spider Woman, then its definitely not for you. Overall, it is a competently put together comic, but its unfortunately been put in the position of treading the old territory of a predecessor.

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7.0
Spider-Man (2016) #18

Jul 7, 2017

Miles Morales is an endlessly likable character, and it makes this a fairly enjoyable comic. Its another stepping stone on the journey of the new Spider-Man, and it helps remind you why this character became so popular so quickly. This one comes with a recommendation. Check it out.

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8.5
Spider-Man (2016) #21

Oct 5, 2017

Spider-Man #21 is a solid output from Bendis and company with humor, action, and an ever-compelling lead character. This is a really fun comic, and it earns its recommendation with ease.

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7.0
Spider-Man (2016) #234

Nov 2, 2017

Spider-Man #234 isnt its best offering, especially considering this is the Marvel Legacy relaunch. A lot of its storytelling is undercooked, and the art isnt as good as it has been. However, it does have some fun moments and an ever-compelling lead. If you like Miles, I can certainly recommend it to you.

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7.5
Spider-Man 2099 (2015) #25

Jul 20, 2017

Its hard to recommend this issue if you havent read the series thus far, given that this is the final one. That being said, definitely pick up the Spider-Man 2099 trades. David and Sliney did a great job on this series, and it never seemed to get the credit that it was due.

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8.0
Spirits of Vengeance (2017) #1

Sep 18, 2017

Spirits of Vengeance isnt brilliant, but it is pretty damn fun. With good one-liners and great action, the heavy metal momentum overcomes the overly-vague plot. The artwork is solid and shines in the action sequences. This one delivers what it promises, and, if it looked appealing on the announcement, then youll enjoy it.

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3.0
Spirits of Vengeance (2017) #2

Nov 10, 2017

While I do still have hopes for how Spirits of Vengeance will continue from here based upon the promising first issue, I cant recommend #2. Its unfocused and cliched. It misuses its great cast by not featuring them enough, and its an all-around disappointment. Give this issue a pass, and you probably wont be too confused by issue three.

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8.0
Star Wars (2014) #31

May 31, 2017

Star Wars #31and its series are easily recommendable. Its been consistently great since the beginning, and shows no sign of stopping here. Despite the pacing problems in this particular issue, this book remains one of Marvels best.

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10
Star Wars: Captain Phasma #1

Sep 9, 2017

Buy this comic. I try to stay scarce with my 10s, but this one earned itself one. This is easily one of the best mainstream comics on the stands, and it impressed me at every turn. Pick this one up the second you see it.

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9.0
Star Wars: Captain Phasma #2

Sep 23, 2017

Captain Phasma #2 continues the hot streak of the first issue, with writer Kelly Thompson laying down an epic tale for a classic Star Wars character in the making. I highly recommend this issue.

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9.0
Star Wars: Captain Phasma #3

Oct 11, 2017

Captain Phasma continues to be a great series and interlude between The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. Its been a great read, and I highly recommend it. The finale will hopefully be quite something, too.

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9.5
Star Wars: Captain Phasma #4

Oct 22, 2017

he finale to Captain Phasma does not disappoint. With a fantastic lead, a great story, and incredible artists, #4 is everything I hoped it would be. It's nice when an ending doesn't disappoint you. I highly recommend it; pick this one up.

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9.0
Star Wars: Darth Vader (2017) #4

Aug 4, 2017

I am very impressed with Soule and Camuncolis Darth Vader. It displays his fury, and his power. He is shown to be the ruthless yet layered character that he should always be. This one definitely gets a recommendation, and it is a good continuation after the excellent Gillen series (even if it chronologically takes place before Gillens series).

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9.0
Star Wars: Darth Vader (2017) #5

Sep 8, 2017

This is a powerful story in the saga of the Dark Lord of the Sith. Seeing this moment of weakness and will to make things right contextualizes all the evil commits afterwards. You get to see how things could have been had Anakin simply gave in to the Light Side. It is incredibly engaging, and this was a great comic for it. Pick this one up.

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9.0
Star Wars: Darth Vader (2017) #6

Oct 11, 2017

Charles Soule and Giuseppe Camuncolis Darth Vader continues to live up to the legacy of Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larrocas left behind. Its character-focused, intense, and fantastically bleak. Its a great book and well worth your time. Give it a try.

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8.0
Star Wars: Darth Vader (2017) #7

Nov 5, 2017

Darth Vader remains a compelling read under Charles Soule and Giuseppe Camuncoli. While the art isnt quite fitting, its still solid work backing up great storytelling. This one remains on my recommended list. Give it a try.

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7.5
Star Wars: Darth Vader (2017) #8

Nov 18, 2017

Despite being a slower issue, Darth Vader #8 is an engaging issue with good moments. It still earns a recommendation, and you should read it. Lord Vader is a compelling protagonist, and he is enjoyable to read about.

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9.0
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #7

Jun 5, 2017

This is a great continuation to the Screaming Citadel story arc, and it is recommendable to any Star Wars fan and comic book reader.

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3.0
Stray Bullets #30

Dec 9, 2017

In the end, Stray Bullets #30 just doesnt impress. It has a bizarre story with hateful characters and a meandering plot that starts from and goes nowhere. The art isnt bad, but it doesnt help the experience either. I cant recommend this one, and you should give it a pass.

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8.0
Superman (2016) #28

Aug 4, 2017

Its also pretty great that Clark is wearing a Hamilton t-shirt.

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8.5
Superman (2016) #30

Sep 6, 2017

Superman #30 is a good read, and it does justice to DC's greatest rogue. It made me miss the Cullen Bunn Sinestro title. That comic had its flaws, but the core idea was sound. It still had many good stories, and I would love to see it return.

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8.0
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #75

Oct 27, 2017

Despite a terminally slow second half, TMNT #75 does bring the action and drama such a finale deserves. There is some good dialogue, a lot of great art, and, of course, the Turtles themselves at their best. Writers Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow, and Tom Waltz do some great work here. I can recommend it, even if the $7.99 price tag makes it a daunting purchase. If youre really into the Turtles, then it is worth the high price though.

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8.0
Thanos (2016) #13

Nov 24, 2017

Thanos #13 is an intriguing read. The promise of the storys name is enticing. Our beloved Mad Titan is the walking massacre that he should be. The art is great. While it doesnt bring us any especially deliciously vile moments of savagery, it certainly caught my attention. What do you have for us next, Mr. Cates?

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6.0
The Chair #1

Jul 8, 2017

While The Chair is dripping with atmosphere, it does have a lot of narrative flaws that keep it from being as good as Shadows on the Grave, a superior horror series on the shelf right now. I can tentatively recommend it to a horror fan, but it is severely flawed.

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8.5
The Demon: Hell is Earth #1

Nov 23, 2017

Demon: Hell is Earth doesnt really do anything new or too unique, but its fun and engaging. The characters are enjoyable, the art is great, and it leaves me looking forward to the next issue. It earns a recommendation. Give it a read.

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7.5
The Evil Within (2017) #1

Sep 17, 2017

Overall, this is a pretty good read. As I said before, its not the greatest horror comic, but it does provide an engaging tale with solid characterization and great artwork. If psychological horror or Evil Within itself are your thing, definitely pick it up.

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6.5
The Mighty Captain Marvel #5

May 30, 2017

It's still a pleasant read, even if it won't necessarily blow your mind.

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7.0
The Mighty Captain Marvel #7

Jul 28, 2017

The Mighty Captain Marvel #7 is still a solid Captain Marvel comic. Its always disappointing watching an otherwise good comic being stalled out by a big event, but those here for Carol Danvers will not be disappointed. However, if youre interested in Secret Empire, it wont give you much. I can still give it a decent recommendation, though.

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5.5
The Mighty Captain Marvel #8

Aug 31, 2017

Unfortunately, the positives dont overpower the banality of Captain Marvel #8. Its a pretty perfunctory comic whose only addition is killing of a character that we never really got to know but had plenty of potential now wasted. I cant recommend this one, which sucks because I love the character of Carol Danvers. Shes one of the most badass heroes in the Marvel Universe.

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7.5
The Mighty Captain Marvel #9

Sep 28, 2017

That being said Margaret Stohls script and dialogue is enough to save the comic from the subpar artwork. The characters are likable, the setup is good, and its just a fun yet emotionally weighty time. I recommend this one. Pick it up.

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8.5
The Mighty Thor (2015) #700

Oct 22, 2017

Jason Aaron puts on quite the show for this celebration of Mighty Thor, and it has me interested in the future exploits of Thor, whosever it may be. The promised returns look cool, and the potential changes in the future for Thor should be awesome. The price is steep, but Id say its worth it. Give it a read.

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8.5
The Sandman Special (2017) #1

Aug 20, 2017

Overall, this comic was another good entry in DC's Jack Kirby celebration and is well worth your time. It's weird, fun, and very heartfelt. It's good seeing comic creators pay tribute to the legendary King of Comics. Give this one a read.

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8.5
The Wicked + The Divine #32

Oct 20, 2017

The Wicked and the Divine remains a brilliant tale, though I cant recommend just hopping in this late in the game (like I sort of have). Read the series, but you owe it to yourself to read the full story.

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3.0
The X-Files: JFK Disclosure #2

Dec 2, 2017

With a plot framing that barely seems interested in the story its telling, X-Files: JFK Disclosure is not the explosive epic that it should be. Scully is absent, Mulder is only in the framing, and the story itself is an exposition dump summary of events. The excellent artwork cant save this otherwise boring tale. Give it a pass.

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9.5
Thor (2014) #701

Nov 16, 2017

Obviously, I am in love with this issue. I hate sounding like a shill, but it really is that good. It is a colossal battle of the kind we rarely get in many modern comics. Its a fantastic read, even if youre not particularly invested in the current going-ons of Thor.

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6.0
Titans (2016) #12

Jun 17, 2017

This isnt a bad issue to pick up if youre just hopping on Titans, and its not a bad overall issue. However, it is the weakest of this series by far. Give it a read if you love these characters or want to try out this book, but hopefully the next issue will be back to its high standard of quality.

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8.5
Titans (2016) #13

Jul 14, 2017

This comic earns its recommendation very easily. Its a lot of fun, and despite the bubbling melodrama, it never became unenjoyable. Give this one a read.

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8.5
Titans (2016) #15

Sep 16, 2017

Dan Abnetts Titans continues to be one of the all-stars of DCs Rebirth. This issue is one of the high points of the series in spite of its minute shortcomings. This was a highly enjoyable read, and it easily earns its recommendation. Check this one out.

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7.5
Titans (2016) #16

Oct 24, 2017

Despite pacing issues that end with villains sounding like tapes stuck on repeat, Titans #16 is still a solid comic. The stakes are high, the tension is mostly there, and the art is still good. I can recommend this one still, even if its not as strong as previous issues of the series. Give it a read.

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8.0
Titans (2016) #17

Nov 10, 2017

Titans #17 is a solid read with an interesting premise in the arrival of the future incarnation of Donna Troy. A lot of implications arise about the future of the Titans, and our Donna Troy has to grapple with some painful realities about herself. It is an emotionally hefty read, and you should definitely pick it up.

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8.0
Trespasser #1

Jul 8, 2017

All in all, this is a very compelling first step in the story of Trespasser. The characters seem interesting, writer Justin M. Ryan has shown that he has a lot of interesting places to take the scenario in this first issue, and artist Kristian Rossi is very clearly cut out for the story. Pick this one up. Its well worth your time and money.

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7.5
U.S.Avengers #11

Oct 3, 2017

I could easily see this comic being a little too winking and nudging for many people. It was almost that way for me, honestly. However, Ewing keeps things just funny and engaging enough to prevent it from falling to its own joke. Diazs artwork is almost worth the price of admission on its own. As such, I do tentatively recommend this comic. Give it a read, if its main joke didnt turn you off to it.

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9.0
Ultimates 2 (2016) #8

Jun 23, 2017

Regardless, this is a another great chapter to a really cool story. I have been engrossed in this series from the get-go, and its never been in danger of losing my interest. I recommend this to anyone. Its a fantastic comic, and one of Marvels absolute best books on the market right now.

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9.5
Ultimates 2 (2016) #9

Jul 26, 2017

Ultimates Squared is a fantastic comic, and this issue is one of the best of the series. It has big ideas, a lot of action, and the art brings it all to life marvelously. Give this one a read. Itll blow your mind.

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7.0
Uncanny Avengers (2015) #24

Jun 18, 2017

Is Uncanny Avengersgreat? No, not really. Is it a serviceably fun time if you like these characters? Yes. Id say give it a try if you have an interest in this book, but it will likely be more worth your money when Secret Empire ends and we get to see what Jim Zub will be doing with the future of this book.

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7.0
Uncanny Avengers (2015) #25

Jul 14, 2017

That art, along with the Shocker and Scorpia, are what keep this book from falling too far. While the price is inexcusable and the story itself doesnt bring much to the table, I can still recommend this book and offer the hope that writer Jim Zub will really be able to strut his stuff in this book once it moves past the Secret Empire tie-in.

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8.5
Uncanny Avengers (2015) #26

Sep 1, 2017

Uncanny Avengers comes out on the other side of this transition with flying colors. #26 is a solid read with great character conflict and skilled artwork. This one gets a recommendation. Pick it up.

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9.0
Uncanny Avengers (2015) #27

Sep 16, 2017

Uncanny Avengers is in good hands with Zub, Izaakse, and Bonvillain. Its a classic Avengers book with the sensibilities that made old Avengers stories so memorable. I highly recommend this one and cant wait for Beast and Wonder Man to come back next issue.

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8.5
Uncanny Avengers (2015) #28

Oct 16, 2017

Uncanny Avengers #28 promises a lot of fun and adventure in the near-future. Wonder Man and Beast are back, and writer Jim Zub is firing on all cylinders. This is my favorite Avenger book right now, and it gets a strong recommendation. Give this one a try.

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8.0
Uncanny Avengers (2015) #29

Nov 11, 2017

Despite the odd and noticeable absence of Beast and Wonder Man, Uncanny Avengers #29 puts in an exciting action-focused issue as this disparate team of heroes continues to find its footing. It's a solidly fun read, and it earns its recommendation. Pick it up.

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9.0
Unholy Grail #1

Jun 5, 2017

Unholy Grail is a fantastic tale, and is quite worthy of your time and money. Look out for this one when it comes out; it is quite a ride.

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8.5
Usagi Yojimbo #163

Oct 31, 2017

That aside, Usagi Yojimbo continues its legacy of fun and exciting action with the samurai genre, creating a great read, Usagi is a great character, and this plot is already promising to have some good twists and turns. Its a good story, and it earns a recommendation.

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8.0
Venom (2016) #152

Jul 12, 2017

If youre in need of a fun diversion from all of this Secret Empire stuff, Venom is a great choice out of Marvels offering. Its not brilliant, but its fun and fast-paced. Oddly enough, the comic about a vicious, murderous man with an alien attached to him is one of the less depressing comics on the stands right now. Give it a try.

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7.0
Venom (2016) #153

Aug 11, 2017

Venom #153 isnt a brilliant comic, but its a lot of fun. After some of the underwhelming reads this week has brought me, Venom perfectly satisfied me. It didnt do more, but at least it didnt do less. Its a good ride, and I can give it a recommendation.

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9.5
Venom (2016) #154

Sep 24, 2017

Venom #154 is easily one of the best issues of the comic Ive read. With action, characterization, and a killer artist, it looks and reads fantastically. Pick this one up off the stands. Its awesome.

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8.5
Venom (2016) #155

Sep 19, 2017

While recent issues of Venom were fun, #155 shows some thought and intelligence that Land Before Crime didnt really provide. Costa and Bagley look to be on the right track with Venom for Marvel Legacy, and I highly recommend this book. Check it out.

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10
Venom (2016) #156

Oct 24, 2017

Venom is on track with Mike Costa, Bagley, and Almara. #156 was a fun and absorbing issue through and through, and it earns its recommendation with aplomb. Read this one. Its a great ride.

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8.5
Venom (2016) #157

Nov 12, 2017

Venom is rising quickly to become one of my favorite of Marvels offerings, and I hope Mike Costa, Mark Bagley, Scott Hanna, John Dell, and Dono Sanchez-Almara continue their fantastic work with this comic. Keep up the good work, guys. I highly recommend this series. Give it a read.

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8.0
Venom (2016) #158

Nov 30, 2017

While it is an underwhelming finale to the Lethal Protector arc, Venom #158 is still a fun comic to read. There is plenty of chaos and violence to keep the story exciting, and Bagley and Almaras art make for gorgeous visuals. This one still gets a recommendation. Give it a read.

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3.0
Weapon X (2017) #4

Jun 19, 2017

I dont like tearing into this thing. I love the writer. I love the cast. Even the premise is kind of cool. However, none of these things coalesce into a good read. X-Men: Gold, X-Men: Blue, and All-New Wolverine all provide far better X-centric reads (thats a pun, by the way. Youre welcome). Iceman is actually pretty damn good; go read that instead. And hopefully Astonishing X-Men will turn out good. Give Weapon X #4 a wide berth.

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9.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #27

Jul 28, 2017

This is a great comic. Those worried that the book would be greatly diminished by Ruckas departure can breathe easy Shea Fontana makes sure the comic doesnt miss a beat. It is a great read and comes highly recommended.

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8.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #28

Aug 17, 2017

That being said, the comic is still a very enjoyable read with a lot of emotional moments and excitement. Diana Prince is Wonder Woman for a reason, and this character has her legendary reputation thanks to writers like the newly arrived Shea Fontana. She continues off of Greg Ruckas fantastic Wonder Woman series effortlessly, and I hope this writer sticks around. Pick this comic up.

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7.5
Wonder Woman (2016) #29

Sep 2, 2017

This is still a pretty solid issue. The art isnt awful, even if it isnt particularly good. Wonder Woman is a great protagonist, and this story arc is an overall interesting read. This one maintains its recommendation. Pick it

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8.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #30

Sep 14, 2017

Wonder Woman #30 is a solid ending for Fontanas stint on the book, as well as an overall solid note in the annals of Wonder Woman history as a hole. It's fun and light-hearted, but still has some smart and interesting subtext. This one gets a recommendation. Check it out.

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7.5
Wonder Woman (2016) #31

Sep 28, 2017

This is a good comic, but it lacks what Ive come to expect from a Wonder Woman comic, and I worry about where its going. I am still interested in the implications of Grail and Darkseids roles in this story. I do recommend it. Pick it up.

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7.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #32

Oct 16, 2017

This still isnt a bad comic, though. It is fun in parts, Wonder Woman is a great hero, and the art is damn good. However, it just doesnt quite feel like a good Wonder Woman comic. I can tentatively recommend it, but it just doesnt quite measure up to the rest of the Rebirth fare.

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9.5
Wonder Woman (2016) Annual #1

Jun 2, 2017

It's fun, warm, and manages to stray from the expected tropes of stories like this. Wonder Woman Annual #1 comes highly recommended.

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8.0
Wonder Woman/Conan #1

Sep 20, 2017

Despite its pacing issues, the first book of the Wonder Woman/Conan crossover is enticing and engaging. Conan is a good lead, and Dianas presence helps keep the back half interesting. That, along with the amazing art, make the comic one I can easily recommend. Check it out.

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7.0
X-Men: Blue (2017) #6

Jul 2, 2017

X-Men Blue #6 was a pretty good comic. It didnt do anything to astonish me, and it does have its flaws. However, the flaws are drowned out by the books charms, and the overall experience was a good one.

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6.0
X-Men: Blue (2017) #7

Jul 12, 2017

Overall, this book was mediocre. It had some fun moments, but they were harshly undercut to the adherence to the wrong-headed story its tying into. If youre enjoying Secret Empire, youll enjoy this. If youve been following X-Men: Blue, it at least makes its own protagonists look heroic. Otherwise, you should probably give this one a pass.

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8.0
X-Men: Blue (2017) #10

Aug 31, 2017

X-Men: Blue solidly earns itself a recommendation with its tenth issue. The team feels a bit different from issue one, even if some interpersonal problems havent been solved since the beginning. However, the characters and their struggles manage to carry the book, and Valletta, Hanna, and eFX put together a visually appealing book. Grab this one next time youre at the comic shop.

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8.5
X-Men: Blue (2017) #11

Sep 16, 2017

This was another really good issue of X-Men Blue. With creative stories and compelling characters, Bunn, Franchin, Hanna, and Guru put together an engaging X-Men story here. Give this one a read.

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8.0
X-Men: Blue (2017) #12

Oct 1, 2017

Bunn, Franchin, and company hammer out another solid issue of X-Men: Blue with #12. This is a fun and fast-paced issue, and it's a worthwhile read for X-fans. Pick it up. I do hope we get more of Magneto and Polaris in the future, though.

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5.0
X-Men: Blue (2017) #13

Oct 14, 2017

This is a mixed bag of a comic. If youre looking just for some X-Men fun, then, yeah, it can provide it. However, looking even barely beyond the surface shows a pretty shallow adventure fueled by corporate anxiety. As such, I have to say give this one a pass.

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6.0
X-Men: Blue (2017) #14

Oct 26, 2017

While I didnt hate this issue, I cant quite recommend it. Mojo Worldwide is still riddled with problems, and a good number of them are baked-in to the premise itself. While Bunn, Molina, and company do their best to provide a good read here, its still just mediocre. I cant say you should give it a pass, but I cant recommend it either. Make of that what you will.

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7.5
X-Men: Blue (2017) #15

Nov 17, 2017

This is likely the best issue of Mojo Worldwide. It didnt bore, it wasnt disconnected, and it did feel like there were some actual stakes. That may sound like damning with fine praise, but it really is a solid read. I enjoyed it and recommend it.

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7.5
X-Men: Blue (2017) #16

Nov 30, 2017

While its not amazing, X-Men: Blue #16 does provide a functional story. The interior team drama can be a tad exasperating, and the art is inconsistent. However, the premise is interesting enough, and the art does have moments where it holds together well. I can recommend it to the dedicated X-Men fan, and people who fall under that category can feel free to check it out.

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5.5
X-Men: Gold (2017) #5

Jun 11, 2017

I cant not recommend this book to X-Men fans, but X-Men Gold #5 is easily the weakest issue so far. The art has plenty of missteps, the message is almost superficial in its simplicity, and the plot is advanced very minutely.

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6.0
X-Men: Gold (2017) #13

Oct 16, 2017

In the end though, this comic provided many of the same problems which Blue had. The story is trying a little too hard to be cute. The art is good, but Gold brought no spin to the proceedings to justify the problems. I unfortunately cannot recommend this one either.

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9.5
X-O Manowar (2017) #9

Nov 27, 2017

X-O Manowar #9 provides a compelling read of war and politics. Aric is makes a great impact as a character, Crains artwork is incredible, and every page left me more and more curious what would happen next. Matt Kindt has a real winner in this series.

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