Joshua Davison's Comic Reviews

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7.6Avg. 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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6.0
Abbott #2

Mar 3, 2018

Abbott #2 is frustrating. It has a story baking underneath the supernatural elements, and the lead is a fantastic character with an interesting history that keeps coming back to haunt her. However, the supernatural themes feel like theyre hijacking the story, and the dialogue is daunting in its sheer volume. I can still tentatively recommend this one and want to promote its good ideas. Just beware of its drawbacks should you choose to read it.

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4.5
Abbott #3

Mar 31, 2018

Abbott #3 is another frustrating issue of a book that could be truly great but falls short at pivotal moments. I cant outright say to stay away from this comic, but I cant recommend it either. If youve been enjoying it so far or the flaws I list dont seem like big killers, feel free to check it out. If neither of those are you give it a pass.

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9.0
Action Comics (2016) #993

Dec 13, 2017

Action Comics #993 gets a strong recommendation. Booster Gold is back and as great as ever. The Superman story is quite interesting, and the art team does some damn fine work. Give this one a read.

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5.0
Action Comics (2016) #994

Dec 29, 2017

While this comic has its fun moments, the pointless nature of this plot cul-de-sac make it pretty frustrating to read. Given how hard it is to track down Booster Gold in a comic book these days, I can understand wanting to grab it anyway. However, I cant recommend this one. Give it a pass. Hopefully next issue will be better.

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7.5
Action Comics (2016) #995

Jan 12, 2018

Action Comics #995 brought this story back into my good graces. While it is a little disappointing that it hasnt concluded, and the story feels a little meandering at times, its focus on character histories and development makes it a book worth reading. Plus, Booth, Rapmund, and Dalhouse make it a great-looking comic. I recommend this one. Pick it up.

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7.0
Action Comics (2016) #996

Jan 28, 2018

All-in-all, Action Comics #996 is an entertaining read. The slowing of the Superman/Booster Gold plot is made up for somewhat by Lois Lanes story. Conrad and Nuness art does look good, even if it is a jarring change. The overall plot is starting to outstay its welcome though, and it will hopefully come to a conclusion soon. That being said, I do still recommend this comic, even if it isnt a must-read. Feel free to give it a read if youre so inclined though.

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4.0
Action Comics (2016) #997

Feb 18, 2018

Action Comics #997 makes it clear how much of a stopgap the Booster Shot is intended to be on the road to #1000. While the book has its bright spots, Booster Gold himself being chief among them, none of them make up for how empty this story was intended to be all along. I can recommend it to the Booster and Superman completionists, as the story is not entirely a disaster. However, anyone with cursory interest may as well wait for #1000.

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8.0
Action Comics (2016) #998

Mar 2, 2018

Action Comics #998 brings a long-overdue yet still enjoyable finale to the Booster Shot story. Theres action, heart, decent artwork, and an answer to the Oz mystery. Its a good read, and I can give it a recommendation. Check it out.

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8.0
Action Comics (2016) #999

Mar 15, 2018

Action Comics #999 is an all-around feel-good comic. Bridges are mended. Kindness is shown. People bond. Plus, the art is solid to boot. This one earns a recommendation. Give it a read.

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9.5
Action Comics (2016) #1000

Apr 19, 2018

In any case, Action Comics #1000 is everything I hoped it would and more. The writers, artists, inkers, color artists, and letterers all do pristine work, and even the weaker parts were still very enjoyable and only weak by comparison to the incredible work done in this comic. This is the birthday both Superman and Action Comics deserved, and you should definitely give it a read. Dont miss out.

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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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6.5
All-New Wolverine #28

Dec 15, 2017

All-New Wolverine #28 is a heavily flawed book, but it is decent enough in spite of that. Its characters manage to save it where the plot and pacing fails, and the art is mostly effective. I can recommend it to the devoted Wolverine fan. However, you may not get much out of it unless you have a specific interest in Laura, Gabby, and/or Daken.

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6.5
All-New Wolverine #29

Jan 22, 2018

All-New Wolverine #29 is one of the high points of the Orphans of X story, but its still a little disappointing to see how this tale has turned out. Its still too wrapped up in its own plot contrivances, but its still a fun read. On the whole, I can recommend it, but I wouldnt call it a must-buy by any stretch of the imagination.

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8.0
All-New Wolverine #30

Feb 2, 2018

All-New Wolverine #30 sticks the landing for the Orphans of X arc. It returns to the things that made this arc initially interesting, and it takes a fairly nuanced look at the Orphans as characters. The art of Cabal and Woodard continues to be solid, and the comic gets a recommendation. Check it out.

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8.5
All-New Wolverine #31

Mar 2, 2018

All-New Wolverine #31 is a ridiculous, fun, and hilarious one-off story full of Wolverines of all shapes and sizes, Deadpool, and zombie woodland creatures. Its a great read supported by solid artwork, and it earns a recommendation. Check it out.

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8.5
All-New Wolverine #32

Mar 16, 2018

All-New Wolverine #32 is another great one-off story of forgiveness, justice, and stomping Nazis. What more could you ask for in a comic? The humor is (weirdly) good, the pacing is done well, it manages its tone, and the art is great. This one gets a strong recommendation. Check it out.

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8.0
All-New Wolverine #33

Apr 4, 2018

All-New Wolverine #33 starts ‘Old Woman Laura' on an intriguing note, giving us the image of a future where everything turns out alright, but Laura still has unfinished business. On the surface, it seems incurious about the premise its established, but the door is open to address these things. Rosanas and Woodards artwork is solidly good. I can recommend this one. Give it a read.

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8.5
Alters #9

Jan 6, 2018

Alters #9 got me to fall in love with it very quickly. It has a diverse cast of endearing characters, it keeps things emotionally grounded, and its fairly different from the common superhero fair. You bet your ass this one gets a recommendation. Check it out. Do it. Im watching you.

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8.5
Alters #10

Feb 26, 2018

Alters #10 is a gripping and highly engaging finale to this first season of the title. Paul Jenkins has set up a lovable group of characters here, and the artistic team of Leiz and Paciarotti works like a charm. This issue comes recommended. Check it out.

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3.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #792

Dec 14, 2017

However, Venom Inc. has already turned out to be pretty awful, and this is only issue two of the story. I almost dread the next issue of Venom, but heres hoping Mike Costa can pull something together here. While I may still ride this one out for review purposes (and for a bit of masochism), avoid this Amazing Spider-Man #792. Its a grating experience with very little redeeming value. I do not recommend it in the slightest.

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5.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #793

Dec 31, 2017

I could tentatively recommend this one, even with the increasingly convoluted plotline. However, the dialogue sinks this ship. I wouldnt even still be reading this if it werent for the fact that Ive already read half of Venom Inc. The humor is insufferable, and the solid artwork cant save it. Give this one a pass.

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3.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #795

Feb 8, 2018

Amazing Spider-Man continues to trudge onwards toward its 800th issue, doing whatever it can to fill the space between now and then. This isn't a recommended read, no matter how good the art is or how much Loki is in the comic. Give this one a pass.

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3.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #796

Feb 22, 2018

All told, this issue is significantly better than the last two. Its still not good, but its not hilariously awful or outright bewildering. Its plot flows smoothly, and the main problems go back to character and dialogue. I dont recommend it, but if youre dying to see true hero Agent Anti-Venom, aka Flash Thompson, then this seems to be the only option right now.

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5.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #797

Mar 8, 2018

So, yes, Amazing Spider-Man #797 is a decent read. Its not good, but its not bad either. It's decent. It's structure is flawed and has other relatively minor problems. Pulling back a little on the cringe-worthy one-liners, having a lot of Norman Osborn, and some fun with purse-snatchers made for a solid issue in this series. Plus, Immonen, von Grawbadger, and Gracia put in some excellent work. Its not a must-buy, but I can still recommend this one. Feel free to pick it up.

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7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #798

Apr 4, 2018

This was another decent issue of Amazing Spider-Man. Go Down Swinging looks like it could be a good finale to this troubled run of ASM. The comic is fun, the dialogue is funny at times, and its nice to have ole Norman Osborn back on the scene. This one gets a recommendation. Check it out.

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2.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) Annual #42

Feb 17, 2018

Dont buy this book. It is hilariously bad, but it still doesnt deserve your five bucks. This is probably the worst comic Ive read since Suicide Squad #33, even if this one is better for at least giving me some joy, if by accident. Give it a hard pass.

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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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7.0
Amazing Spider-Man: Venom Inc.: Omega #1

Jan 20, 2018

Looking back on it, Venom Inc. probably could have been condensed to one mega-sized issue and I would have enjoyed it more for the expediency. That being said, Omega is a fun read. Its got action, its heroes have moments where they dont say dumb things, and the art holds together. In the end, I can recommend this one. Feel free to check it out.

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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
America #12

Mar 2, 2018

It is quite sad to see another book like this reach its ending, but the finale was beautiful nonetheless. With a deceptively simple plot, an optimistic finale, and good, if conflicting, art styles throughout, this ending earns a recommendation. Give it a read.

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9.0
Analog #1

Apr 3, 2018

Analog #1 gives a highly promising start to the series, with Gerry Duggan showing once more his chops when it comes to sci-fi and comedy. OSullivan and Bellaire are no slouches either, making the comic look as good as it reads. This one gets a recommendation. Check it out.

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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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9.5
Animosity #11

Dec 13, 2017

Animosity #11 is another excellent chapter in the series from Bennett and company. The story is still going strong, the characters are still lovable, and de Latorre and Schwager are killing it on the visual side. This one gets a strong recommendation. Give it a read.

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8.0
Animosity #12

Feb 3, 2018

While it feels like one of the weaker issues of the series, Animosity #12 is still a gripping read full of fantastic characters. The story feels a little lacking in this issue, but the character interactions largely make up for that. Plus, the art of Rafael de la Torre and Rob Schwager continues to be great. This one still gets a recommendation. Check it out.

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9.0
Animosity #13

Mar 31, 2018

Animosity #13 is another landmark issue in the series with Marguerite Bennett showing a skill at balancing the complex issues which Jesse and her friends face and the mixed emotions they illicit. This issue provides a fantastic read, and I recommend it. Check it out.

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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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8.5
Animosity: Evolution #3

Jan 6, 2018

Animosity: Evolution #3 is another enjoyable venture into this world of talking animals. While the previous issue had more heart, this book is definitely more focused in its narrative. In any case, I definitely recommend it. Give it a read.

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9.5
Animosity: Evolution #4

Feb 20, 2018

Animosity: Evolution #4 gives absorbing insight into how this world works in practice now that everything has been overturned by the talking animals. Its always a bit of a treat when this kind of sociopolitical discourse can be accomplished with talking animals. Between a thoughtful narrative and solid artwork, Animosity: Evolution #4 earns a strong recommendation. Give it a read.

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8.0
Animosity: Evolution #5

Apr 14, 2018

Animosity: Evolution #5 is another impressive and thought-provoking installment of the series. The story deepens and becomes more complex as it progresses, and it continues to introduce interesting and complex characters supported by the excellent artwork by Gapstur and Schwager. This one gets a recommendation. Check it out.

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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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9.5
Aquaman (2016) #31

Dec 23, 2017

Aquaman #31 moves the plot forward in an exciting manner with many interesting developments and compelling characters. Federici and Gho make it a gorgeous read, and this is easily one of the best issues of the series Ive read in a few months. This one gets a strong recommendation, and you should certainly check it out.

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9.0
Aquaman (2016) #32

Jan 22, 2018

Aquaman #32 is a slower issue than #31, but it is a brilliant read regardless. With Abnett building up to a spectacular climax in The Crown Comes Down and Federici and Gho making this a visually astonishing comic, I have no doubt that this will be an Aquaman arc remembered for years to come. Give this one a read. I highly recommend it. You wont regret it.

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9.0
Aquaman (2016) #33

Feb 25, 2018

Aquaman #33 is a fun and beautiful climax for ‘The Crown Comes Down'. This is what weve been waiting for, and Aquaman and his allies get to show the tenacity and commitment to saving Atlantis theyve been paying forward these past few issues. This one is strongly recommended. Check it out.

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8.5
Aquaman (2016) #34

Mar 24, 2018

Aquaman #34 is the deepest look into Corum Raths identity weve had so far. Its a good start in making him a villain worth remembering. Hes not yet on the level of Black Manta or Ocean Master, but its a start. Hopefully Dan Abnett will be able to seal the deal on this character. In any case, this issue is recommended, and you should certainly check it out.

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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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8.5
Armstrong and the Vault of Spirits #1

Feb 6, 2018

Armstrong and the Vault of Spirits #1 is an enjoyable read wherein the characters really do carry the story. Armstrong and his friends bring a lot of joy to the story. Cafu, Derrick Robertson, Diego Rodriguez, and Andrew Dalhouse collectively make the comic quite gorgeous, and there are a lot of laughs and emotionally weighty moments to be had. This one gets a 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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3.0
Assassinistas #3

Mar 13, 2018

Assassinistas #3 has some interesting ideas at its core, but the clunky storytelling weighed down by superfluous flashbacks and the unforgivable state of the artwork kills any appeal it could have. I cant recommend this one. 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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5.5
Astonishing X-Men (2017) #6

Dec 11, 2017

Overall, Astonishing X-Men #6 comes out being one of the weakest issues of the series so far. Its not bad, but its not great either. If youre devoted to the X-Men and this book, then you may as well purchase it to continue the story. However, if you were just wanting to try this series, I would give this issue a pass.

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5.0
Astonishing X-Men (2017) #7

Jan 8, 2018

If youve really enjoyed the past few issues of Astonishing, then this one will likely appeal to you as well. I cant quite recommend it though. The story is far too bloated and uninteresting while still being far too complicated for its own good. It underuses almost all of its characters, and Noto will be gone next issue.

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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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5.0
Avengers (2016) #684

Mar 14, 2018

Avengers #684 confirms what a lot of my assumptions about No Surrender were. Its bloated, confusing, and unwieldy. While its not miserable, the dense plotting thats gone into it is ludicrously unforgiving. The art team brings their A-game to at least leave it visually appealing, and the Hulk is back at least. I cant recommend it on the business model alone, but, as its own issue, its mediocre at the best of times. If youre already on for this ride, youre probably going to stick it out anyway. If youre not, its not worth it, even for the Hulk.

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7.0
Avengers: Shards of Infinity #1

Apr 4, 2018

Avengers: Shards of Infinity #1 is a fun and light read best enjoyed by those just getting into Marvel or interested in a simple read about four classic Avengers. While it didnt grab me, it had its fun parts. I can recommend it. Feel free to pick it up.

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9.5
Babyteeth #7

Jan 6, 2018

Babyteeth #7 was a treat to read and only got better the more I thought about it. With phenomenal writing and great artwork, this one definitely gets a recommendation. Give it a read.

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8.0
Babyteeth #8

Feb 20, 2018

Donny Cates, Garry Brown, and Mark Englert bring another enthralling issue of Babyteeth with its eighth installment. Despite the slow pacing and text-heaviness, the comic manages to still be quite interesting and earns a recommendation. Give it a try.

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9.0
Babyteeth #9

Mar 27, 2018

Babyteeth #9 brings the action and tension as Carl lays waste to the cults headquarters and Christine decides what to do with the people whove been giving her trouble. Its a compelling read and comes highly recommended. Check it out.

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8.0
Backways #1

Dec 18, 2017

Backways #1 provides a compelling opening gambit for this mystical series. With promising characters, an interesting premise, and great artwork from a solid team, this comic is definitely worth checking out. I recommend it.

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9.0
Backways #2

Jan 29, 2018

The mystery of Sylvia, Anna, and Coyote Bones deepens as we explore the Backways themselves this issue. This is a deep world, and Justin Jordan is pacing its revelations in an economic yet tantalizing fashion. This is a fun and intriguing read, and it earns a recommendation. Check it out.

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8.0
Backways #3

Mar 3, 2018

Backways #3 is another fun and dark issue of this magic series. The comic doesnt have as much entertaining and winding dialogue as the previous two issues, but it's made tense and fast-moving by the wolf threat. In any case, this one earns another recommendation. Check it out.

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8.5
Backways #4

Apr 7, 2018

Backways #4 is another intriguing issue of the magic-mystery title. Justin Jordan continues to flesh out the world while basing it around grabbing leads. Carlini and Tidei continue to make every page visually stunning. This is a great book, and I definitely recommend it. Give it a read.

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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 (2016) #36

Dec 24, 2017

So, this is it, the Batman-Hater falls at last. In his place is just normal (as possible) Josh. There is still one more part to this saga, and its a review of Batman #37. Check that out when it comes up later today.

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9.5
Batman (2016) #37

Dec 24, 2017

So, the epilogue to the saga of the Batman-Hater is yet another recommendation of a Batman comic from the phenomenal Tom King, Clay Mann, and Jordie Bellaire. This comic is one of the most joyous experiences one could get from a comic, and it brightened my day. I highly recommend it, and you should definitely give it a read.

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10
Batman (2016) #38

Jan 6, 2018

Like I said, this one gets a strong recommendation. It is bizarre, chilling, and brilliant.

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9.0
Batman (2016) #39

Jan 20, 2018

Batman #39 is another fun and endearing installment in this delayed continuation to the Superfriends story arc. Tom King continues to make this an incredible read, and Jones and Bellaire make the comic quite beautiful on the whole. I strongly recommend this one. Give it a read.

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8.0
Batman (2016) #40

Feb 8, 2018

Batman #40 has its story problems, but it saves itself with charming character interactions between the leads and excellent art form Jones and Bellaire. In the end, it still lands a recommendation. Check it out.

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8.0
Batman (2016) #41

Feb 23, 2018

Batman #41 is a promising if thin start to a new chapter in the saga of the Dark Knight. Ivy is back and more dangerous than ever. Bruce and Selina are left alone to stand up to the threat. Janin and Chung provide some fantastic artwork. This one comes recommended for sure. Give it a read.

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8.5
Batman (2016) #42

Mar 8, 2018

Batman #42 is yet another compelling entry in Kings run with the character. It takes the premise of last issue and drives it to interesting places while keeping a tantalizing distance from what is really going on with Poison Ivy. Janin and Chung ply their talents to wonderful effect, and this book earns a recommendation. Check it out.

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8.5
Batman (2016) #43

Mar 24, 2018

Batman #43 is a great dive into the character of Poison Ivy. This reexamination of the character may turn a lot of people off, but I liked it quite a bit. The story is touching and flows well, and the artistic team does a great job in this issue too. This one gets a recommendation. Check it out.

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8.5
Batman (2016) #44

Apr 5, 2018

Batman #44 is a charming tale of wedding dress shopping. A good writer can make just about anything compelling, and King proves that here. The artistic team show they are now slouches either, earning this comic a recommendation. Give it a read.

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10
Batman (2016) Annual #2

Dec 24, 2017

I also highly recommend Batman Annual #2, even though its likely been bought by most of the people who would be interested. Its a heartfelt tale with fantastic art, and you should definitely read it if you havent already.

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7.5
Batman Beyond (2016) #18

Apr 7, 2018

Batman Beyond #18 is a solidly entertaining superhero read. The story is interesting, theres plenty of action, and the Neo-Gotham setting always offers familiar-yet-new possibility. The artistic team provides some solid work too, and the comic earns a recommendation. Check it out.

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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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8.0
Batwoman (2017) #13

Mar 23, 2018

Batwoman #13 is a compelling noir/horror hybrid that can grab you and keep you engaged through to the back cover. Admittedly, the slow burn leaves the plot moving a little slowly, but the trip through the Kane house and the ending reveals make it worthwhile. Plus, the art looks great. Marguerite Bennet and company put together a solid book here. Pick it up.

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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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6.5
Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #16

Mar 30, 2018

Also, Kaine was on that damn cover. Where is Kaine? I want Kaine! #kaineisscarletspider.

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4.5
Betrothed #1

Feb 26, 2018

Betrothed #1 is a manic and fast-flowing book with some ideas it really wants to tell you, but it doesn't seem to know what to do with them or what they mean.

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4.0
Betrothed #2

Apr 7, 2018

Betrothed #2 continues the struggle of establishing its characters. They arent especially compelling, and the circumstances which have forced them together takes more of a focus than the relationship itself. Worse yet, the plot just isnt interesting. Uys artwork helps some, but it cant save the comic. This one doesnt get a recommendation. Give it a pass.

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9.0
Black AF: American Sweetheart #1

Feb 4, 2018

Kwanza Osajyefo brings us an endearing and compelling tale of a black superhero just trying to do the right thing with Black AF. With a lovable protagonist, an interesting premise with some intriguing observations, and an overall high-energy and optimistic plot, Osajyefos comic comes together beautifully. Johnson and Smith IIIs art is beautiful to boot, and this comic definitely gets a recommendation. Give it a read.

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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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9.5
Black Bolt #9

Jan 5, 2018

Black Bolt #9 is a phenomenal read with great art. It bears a lot of emotional weight, and I cannot recommend it enough. Give it a read.

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8.5
Black Bolt #12

Apr 5, 2018

Black Bolt #12 gives the series the ending it deserves, uniting the characters in an emotionally weighty and touching finale. Ahmed shows his versatility with the characters, and Wards art continues to amaze. This one definitely gets a recommendation. Give it a read.

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8.0
Black Eyed Kids #15

Dec 26, 2017

Black-Eyed Kids #15 is a compelling and creepy read. The characters are all quite cool, and the black-eyed kids themselves are really unnerving. This is a great read for the horror reader, even if it is the final issue before a hiatus, which makes it completely understandable if you wait for the collected edition. That being said, I do recommend this comic. Give it a try.

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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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8.5
Black Panther (2016) #169

Jan 29, 2018

Black Panther #169 delivers an exciting and high-action chapter focusing on the Dora Milaje. The arc is making some gestures towards a conclusion, and this issue is a lot of fun in itself. As is often the case, Black Panther gets another recommendation. Check this one out.

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7.0
Black Panther (2016) #170

Feb 28, 2018

Black Panther #170 isnt a bad issue, but the continued reluctance to move forward is increasingly tiresome. While I can still recommend this issue, it really needs to advance soon. Its very likely this will conclude whenever the new title starts. Thats not too far ahead, at least. In any case, feel free to pick this issue up. Its still solid.

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8.5
Black Panther (2016) #171

Mar 29, 2018

Black Panther #171 is a much-needed and highly enjoyable crescendo to Avengers of the New World. It holds together well throughout, even if its later than it should have been. Kirk and Martin give it some solid, if at times flawed, visuals. This one earns a recommendation. Give it a read.

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8.5
Black Panther (2016) Annual #1

Feb 22, 2018

The overall product is easily recommendable. Its a fun celebration of Black Panther by some of its greatest scribes accompanied by talented artists. Given Coatessdifferent take on Panther, it would likely confuse new readers. However, an experienced follower of TChalla will find a lot to enjoy. Give it a read.

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6.0
Black Panther: The Sound And The Fury #1

Feb 7, 2018

Black Panther: The Sound and the Fury #1 is a decent read for a young and new Black Panther fan, but it offers little to anyone with some experience with TChalla. Its not bad, but its not good either. The art does a lot of it, and it does get some extra credit for including TChallas first appearance in the back. All told, I can recommend this to someone with kids, but its far from a must-buy.

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9.5
Bloodborne #1

Feb 27, 2018

Needless to say, I highly recommend Bloodborne #1. Ales Kot has shown a great love for the game here with a lot of references and understanding that only a fan could bring. Kowalski and Simpson's art is impeccable. The comic is creepy, gory, and could open new avenues in the story. Fan or not, this one still comes highly recommended. Check it out.

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8.0
Bloodborne #2

Mar 31, 2018

Bloodborne #2 continues to entice the fan in me, even if I must count off for the inorganic integration of things like the Hunters Dream in the narrative for those unfamiliar with the game. That aside, the tight pacing, cold personality given to the Hunter, and the stunning artwork from Kowalski and Simpson more than make up for that shortcoming. This one earns another recommendation. Give it a read.

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9.0
Bloodshot: Salvation #5

Jan 13, 2018

Bloodshot Salvation #5 is a very engaging read. Jeff Lemires story continues to be enthralling, LaRosa, Suayan, and Rodriguez turn in some beautiful artwork. The overall comic is a great read. I highly recommend this one. Pick it up.

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7.5
Bloodshot: Salvation #6

Feb 21, 2018

Bloodshot Salvation #6 is another solid issue in the series. Its fairly slow-moving and clearly trying to set up for the hyped-up next issue (oh, well get there). However, the emotional weight of it all as well as the phenomenal art make this an enjoyable read. I can recommend this one. Feel free to check it out.

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8.0
Bloodshot: Salvation #8

Apr 15, 2018

Bloodshot Salvation #8 is a fun read that pits our hero against demons and into the paths of Shadowman and Baron Samedi. The narrative doesnt dazzle, but the art is so incredible that the comic is something that you need to take a look. This comic gets a recommendation. Check this one out.

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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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7.5
Brilliant Trash #2

Dec 13, 2017

Despite the issues with characters and motivation, the world of Brilliant Trash is certainly interesting enough to warrant checking out. Plus, Seeley, Petraites, and Lesko put together quite the world here, and its easy to get sucked into it. I can recommend this one, and you should give it a chance.

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8.5
Brilliant Trash #3

Jan 15, 2018

Brilliant Trash #3 is an engaging further exploration into the world of Kennedy Avis, Jim Heller, and the warring corporations. Tim Seeley has a really enthralling Blade Runner-esque cyberpunk dystopia here, and I look forward to seeing it evolve. Petraites and Lesko give it some really good visuals, and the overall comic earns itself a recommendation. Give it a try.

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8.0
Brilliant Trash #4

Feb 26, 2018

Brilliant Trash #4 advances the story in a compelling manner, even if it does throw in more action than necessary. The world gets deeper and more complex, and Petraites and Lesko provide some good artwork. This one is recommended. Give it a read.

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6.0
Brilliant Trash #5

Apr 7, 2018

Brilliant Trash #5 is an interesting comic. Your mileage on the ending will likely vary, but I dont feel that it sticks the landing with its people are naturally good given how brutal and nihilistic the story has been thus far. It feels like its stretching for a meaning it cant quite justify. I can recommend it to those who like the series, as it will doubtless stick with you for a time afterwards regardless of whether the ending satisfies you. Feel free to check it out.

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8.0
Brothers Dracul #1

Apr 13, 2018

Brothers Dracul #1 is a tense and engaging read. With its compelling main cast and great artistic team, the book succeeds in keeping its reader absorbed regardless of the flaws the first issue bears. This one gets a recommendation. Check it out.

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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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9.5
Captain America (2017) #697

Jan 6, 2018

Waid, Samnee, and Wilson continue their star-spangled hot streak with this issue of Cap. Its a straightforward and fun story between two compelling opponents. I had a joy reading it and definitely recommend it. Pick it up.

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9.5
Captain America (2017) #698

Feb 15, 2018

Captain America #698 is another excellent entry in the saga of Steve Rogers. The high-concept setting of this issue is balanced by a focus on characters, and the politics of it all are refreshing and timely. Add to this Samnee and Wilsons artwork, and you have a fantastic book. This one comes recommended. Check it out.

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9.0
Captain America (2017) #699

Mar 8, 2018

Captain America #699 is another great entry in this stint from creative team Waid, Samnee, Wilson. It still mixes modern sensibilities and political philosophy with classic comic storytelling structure, aesthetic, and pacing. This is one is strongly recommended, and you should give it a read.

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9.0
Captain America (2017) #700

Apr 12, 2018

Captain America #700 lives up to the expectations one would have of such a landmark comic. The narrative is powerful and emotional while posing a unique struggle for Captain America. Waid and Samnee continue to show how much they understadn the character of Steve Rogers. As such, I can recommend it. Give it a read.

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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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8.0
Captain Kronos #3

Dec 11, 2017

Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter hits some bumps in the road, but it still comes out a good read in the end. The comic still has the dirty, gory, and high-energy vibe appropriate of its Hammer origins, the art is still solid throughout most of the comic, and Im left intrigued as to where this comic is headed. I can still easily recommend it, and you should definitely check out this issue.

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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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8.0
Captain Marvel (2017) #127

Dec 30, 2017

Dark Origins takes a more entertaining turn with Captain Marvel #127. It plays with its premise better, the plot makes itself clearer, and the art continues to rock. This one gets a recommendation. Check it out.

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4.5
Captain Marvel (2017) #128

Feb 2, 2018

Captain Marvel #128 has unfortunately brought Dark Origins to a grinding halt. Its the kind of misfire issue that makes the previous issues feel of lower quality because this is a part of what they were leading to. That being said, the conclusion of #129 still has a chance to redeem this arc, and the ending does promise some interesting developments. However, #128 is left feeling mediocre and aimless, unable to be saved by its solid art or charming characters and dialogue. I cant quite recommend this one. Check back next issue.

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5.0
Captain Marvel (2017) #129

Mar 1, 2018

It doesn't feel great to knock Carol Danvers at the beginning of her 50th Anniversary month. However, Captain Marvel #129 just isn't that good. It's not entirely bad, but it doesn't really connect either. I can recommend this to someone who is a diehard Carol Danvers fan like myself, but I can't see a reason for anyone outside of that group to read it.

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9.0
Catalyst Prime: Incidentals #5

Jan 6, 2018

Joe Casey has put something quite special together with Catalyst Prime: Incidentals. This is a likable cast of characters with a solid plot and fantastic artwork. This one definitely gets a recommendation. Give it a try.

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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
Charismagic (2018) #2

Mar 16, 2018

Charismagic Vol. 3 #2 is a fun and high-energy read. Its not genre-defining or rising to the top of the comic industry, but not every book needs to do that. Some can just be enjoyable, and this book falls into that category. I can recommend it. Feel free to give it a try.

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7.5
Cold War (2018) #1

Jan 9, 2018

Problems with the characters and the art aside, Cold War #1 is still an intriguing book with a lot of cool ideas at its core. There is a cyperpunk corporate dystopia feel to it which works quite well with its premise. As such, I do recommend checking this one out. Its interesting, and youll likely have a good time reading it.

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6.0
Cold War (2018) #2

Feb 18, 2018

Cold War #2 takes a step forward in character but a step back in plot. Essentially, its in a similar place that Cold War #1 was in terms of overall quality. As such, Im still intrigued enough by to recommend it with some confidence, but it does need to decide where its going soon. In any case, feel free to give it a try.

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3.0
Cold War (2018) #3

Apr 14, 2018

Cold War #3 is a disappointing read, as it has plenty of potentially compelling leads that it wont give room to grow or develop organically. The art looks good on the surface, but the environments are a cluttered mess which are difficult to interpret. Unfortunately, this one misses the mark on getting a recommendation. Give it a pass.

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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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8.0
Cosmo #2

Feb 7, 2018

Cosmo is a fun and high-energy read well suited for its young target audience. It has a lot of charm, its funny, and it doesnt feel particularly dumbed down. The art is solid to boot, and I can recommend this to anyone looking for a good comic for their child. Feel free to buy it for them.

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7.5
Coyotes #3

Jan 14, 2018

Coyotes is a charming and fast-moving read. Its characters and world are very unique, and it stays engaging in spite of its flaws. The art brings a lot of personality and energy of its own, and I recommend the comic. Give it a try.

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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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3.5
Crude #1

Apr 13, 2018

Crude #1 is a story with a lot of promise but hobbled execution. The story, characters, and order of events are all muddled beyond reason, and you will likely leave the comic frustrated and with more questions than when you began reading it. I cant recommend this one. Give it a pass.

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4.0
Cyber Force (2018) #1

Mar 30, 2018

Cyber Force #1 isnt a horrible comic, but its not good either. All its ideas are bog-standard for the subgenre it inhabits, and it bores as a result. Solid artwork cant save a bland story. Give this one a pass.

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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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6.0
Cyborg (2016) #21

Apr 5, 2018

Cyborg #21 isnt a bad book. Its cohesive, paced well, and has good artwork. However, it never grabs me and feels like a retread of other Vic Stone stories that never grabbed me either. Unfortunately, DC still doesnt seem to know what it wants to do with this great character, even if Christopher Priest is doing some interesting things with the character in Justice League, and Vics bit in Metal was pretty cool. In any case, I can recommend this one if your dying for some solo Vic Stone content, but its not required reading.

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7.0
Damage #1

Dec 31, 2017

Damage looks like it could be interesting. The first issue doesnt have me especially optimistic, but Im not ready to write it off either. I can recommend trying it for sure, though, and you should feel free to check it out.

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5.0
Damage #2

Feb 6, 2018

Damage #2 is an underwhelming read. Elvis Avery receives little characterization compared to the likes of Silencer or Sideways in their respective opening issues. Daniels artwork is solid, and the Suicide Squad fight is enjoyable. I cant recommend this comic, but I cant tell you to avoid it either. If what I explained sounded cool to you, then feel free to try it. However, it is far from required reading.

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6.0
Damnation: Johnny Blaze - Ghost Rider #1

Mar 29, 2018

Johnny Blaze: Ghost Rider #1 is a decent read. The action is fun, but its spread out and unfocused. Its nice seeing a comic focus on Johnny Blaze once again, and this is probably the most were going to get of him for a while yet. Plus, Notos art is gorgeous. I can recommend this one, even if I wouldnt call it necessary reading. However, if you like the Ghost Rider, youll almost certainly get some enjoyment out of it.

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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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8.0
Daredevil (2015) #596

Dec 16, 2017

Despite having a fairly succinct plot, Daredevil #596 is a compelling chapter in the saga of the Man Without Fear. He is being chased and brought low by his worst enemy, and now that enemy has the law on his side. Mayor Fisk is showing itself to be a promising arc for Matt Murdock, and I look forward to what follows. This one gets a recommendation. Give it a read.

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9.0
Daredevil (2015) #597

Jan 12, 2018

Daredevil #597 takes a true-crime approach to the Mayor Fisk art not unlike the first season of the Netflix series. Its a slow boil, but things are tense. The story is engaging, and it has me eager to read the upcoming issues. This one is definitely recommended. Give it a read.

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9.5
Daredevil (2015) #598

Feb 8, 2018

Daredevil #598 is a gloriously horrific installment to Hornhead's series. With its noir-by-way-of-a-horror-movie pacing, an enthralling plot, and wonderful artwork by Garney and Milla, this comic becomes an easy recommendation for those with the stomach for it. Give it a read.

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9.0
Daredevil (2015) #599

Feb 25, 2018

Daredevil #599 sets up for the next landmark issue while being a compelling read in its own right. Soule and Garney continue to make Daredevil one of the stronger Marvel books on the stands, and this issue comes strongly recommended. Give it a read.

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8.5
Daredevil (2015) #600

Mar 29, 2018

Daredevil #600 is another excellent issue in Charles Soules run of the series. The lack of a complete ending does detract from the book, but the overall story is often fun, at times intense, and always compelling. The B-story is a nice little love letter to Matts best friend, and the overall comic earns itself a strong recommendation, even if the $5.99 price tag is frustrating. 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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6.5
Dark Ark #4

Dec 18, 2017

Dark Ark #4 is a fun read with some interesting characters. Shrae and Kruul do a lot for the book with their respective gravitas. The art is rough and visually confusing, even if it does have some decent panels scattered throughout. Unfortunately, the art is dire enough that my recommendation of this book is tentative. If you can look past the aesthetic mess for the fun occult themes, then I can recommend it to you. Bear this in mind should you run across it at your local comic shop.

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8.0
Dark Ark #5

Feb 3, 2018

Dark Ark #5 closes out the first volume of the story with a divine warning of the tightrope Shrae walks. He took a sinister lifeline that could be cut should the forces of Heaven ever discover his actions, and he is no saint for taking that line in the beginning. Its an absorbing tale and one that earns a recommendation. Give it a read.

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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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8.0
Dark Frontier #1

Mar 31, 2018

Its hard to find information about this book, so Im entirely sure if its available yet. If it is, Im not sure where you can purchase it. I will update this article later with that information once I have it.

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6.0
Dark Knights Rising: The Wild Hunt #1

Feb 17, 2018

It's definitely not the best thing called Wild Hunt I've ever read/played.

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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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6.5
Dark Nights: Metal #4

Dec 22, 2017

Dark Nights: Metal #4 isnt a bad issue, and it give some intriguing new angles to the plot. Plus, the artistic team is still quite good. However, it doesnt advance much, and it is, overall, a little underwhelming. I can recommend it to those who have been following this story (which I would imagine is the vast majority of people who would buy it anyway), but it isnt as exciting or gripping as the previous three issues.

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9.0
Dark Nights: Metal #5

Feb 1, 2018

Dark Nights: Metal #5 may very well be the most exciting issue of the series. Its story is gripping, its characters are engaging, and the art is darkly beautiful. This one gets a strong recommendation, and you should give it a read.

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8.0
Dark Nights: Metal #6

Mar 29, 2018

Dark Nights: Metal #6 is a messy, extravagant, and highly entertaining finale to this miniseries from Snyder, Capullo, and company. It is flawed, but its strengths far outweigh its weaknesses. I had a lot of fun reading it, and most with even a passing appreciation of DC Comics will too. This one gets a recommendation. Give it a read.

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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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9.5
Days of Hate #1

Jan 18, 2018

Days of Hate #1 is one of the most relevant comics Ive read as of late, and Im someone who quite enjoys a topical comic. Its an only slightly twisted vision of the current state of the U.S, and its all the more unnerving for it. This is a powerful opening salvo, and I definitely recommend it. Give it a read.

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9.0
Days of Hate #2

Mar 3, 2018

Days of Hate #2 is another unnerving installment to the series. Kot is just beginning to dissect the cultural zeitgeist of America at this point in time, and I find myself both excited and nervous about what he will next bring to life through the talented Zezelj and Bellaire. In any case, this comic comes highly recommended. Check it out.

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9.5
Days of Hate #3

Mar 30, 2018

The third installment of Days of Hate continues to give you the picture of its ugly, complex, pseudo-apocalyptic world. The characters are often cruel, their actions are questionable, and their motives are muddy. This is a viscerally compelling book, and Ales Kot and company have created something darkly beautiful with it. This one gets a strong recommendation. Give it a read.

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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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8.5
Deathstroke (2016) #26

Dec 11, 2017

Deathstroke #26 is another stellar issue in Priest and Nevess series. Despite some slow parts, in manages to hold my attention and keep me firmly engaged in the goings-on of the plot. The conflict between Isherwood and Slade should be an interesting drama, and Im left excited for the next issue. I definitely recommend this one. Check it out.

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8.5
Deathstroke (2016) #27

Jan 8, 2018

Deathstroke has managed to keep Defiance going for a while, and its remained compelling by keeping the reader guessing, the characters engaging, and the story interesting. Priest, Neves, Paz, and Cox have a real gem here, and I certainly recommend this book. Give it a read.

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8.5
Deathstroke (2016) #28

Feb 8, 2018

Deathstroke #28 finds Slade returning to his morally questionable activities, and it's almost refreshing to watch this ruthless man continue his work. Priest continues to show his firm control on this title, and the art team of Neves, Scott, and Cox bring quality art to coincide. This is a great series, and I highly recommend reading it. Check it out.

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8.0
Deathstroke (2016) #29

Mar 8, 2018

Deathstroke #29 is another solid issue in the series. It seems to aim for a concluding installment, but this primarily shows that Slade has gotten himself into a mess that even he may not be able to conquer. Mix this with solid artwork, and you have a comic that I can easily recommend. Give it a read.

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9.0
Deathstroke (2016) #30

Apr 3, 2018

Deathstroke #30 begins Deathstroke vs Batman with a high-impact and gorgeous issue by Priest, Pagulayan, Cox, and Paz. This arc looks like it will be just as great as we all hoped. This issue gets a strong recommendation. Check it out.

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9.0
Deathstroke (2016) Annual #1

Feb 2, 2018

Deathstroke Annual #1 brings a satisfying and aptly dark conclusion to the Defiance arc. The comic provides more insight into Slades psyche, and the other members of the team make their own dramatic choices. The art team puts in some solid work to boot, and this comic gets a recommendation. Give it a read.

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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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9.0
Defenders (2017) #8

Dec 28, 2017

Defenders #8 is another fantastic installment to an already great series. The tension is heavy, the stakes are high, the characters are great, and the art is incredible. This one is highly recommended. Give it a read.

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10
Defenders (2017) #9

Feb 2, 2018

Sometimes, a comic just fires on all cylinders, and its hard to go too in-depth on how it works without taking the fun out of it. In short, the characters are charming and engaging, the action is thrilling, and the art is fantastic. Defenders #9 definitely gets a review. Give this one a read.

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8.5
Defenders (2017) #10

Feb 22, 2018

Defenders #10 isn't the tightest wrap-up to a comic series, but it is an upbeat and still satisfying conclusion. It's not as good as last issue, but it still closes out the book in a distinctly Bendis fashion. Marquez and Ponsor keep the book looking great throughout the finale, and I can easily recommend it.

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6.0
Dejah Thoris (2018) #2

Mar 7, 2018

Dejah Thoris #2 is a decently fun sci-fi/fantasy action comic. While the lead character is drowned out by the supporting cast, there is still some enjoyment to be had in watching Martians fight a giant white ape. I can recommend it to fans of the franchise and anyone who is out for a bit of fun. Feel free to try it.

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9.0
Dept. H #24

Mar 26, 2018

The ending of Matt Kindts Dept. H is an atmospheric, emotional, and thoughtful conclusion to the long-lived series. The lead character is compelling, her ponderances and motivations are interesting, and the art of Matt and Sharlene Kindt is near-perfect for the story being told. This one is highly recommended. Check it out.

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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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8.5
Detective Comics (2016) #972

Jan 12, 2018

Detective Comics #972 begins shattering the Belfry team, and it looks like it may never be able to recover. Its a compelling and heartbreaking tale, and its worth a read. I definitely recommend it.

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9.0
Detective Comics (2016) #973

Jan 27, 2018

Detective Comics #973 is a strong finish for an intriguing arc. It makes for a tragic tale of fear, anger, and distrust. Tynion, Merino, and Wright do some fine work here, and you should definitely check it out. I highly recommend it.

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9.5
Detective Comics (2016) #974

Feb 17, 2018

Batman: Detective Comics #974 is a rough and emotional ride in the aftermath of Clayfaces death. You are able to see all sides of the ensuing conflict, and its sad to see a character like this go. This one is definitely recommended. Give it a read.

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9.5
Detective Comics (2016) #975

Mar 2, 2018

Detective Comics #975 is another impactful issue of the series meant to make you question what you know about Batmans thought process and motivations. It sets him opposed to one of the only remaining blood relatives he has, and it drags his family into the fray. This book comes highly recommended. Give it a read.

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9.0
Detective Comics (2016) #976

Mar 15, 2018

Detective Comics #976 is another dark yet absorbing entry into this series. Tynion is raising the stakes as his run nears its conclusion, and the past few installments have been especially good. This one comes highly recommended. Check it out.

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8.5
Detective Comics (2016) #977

Mar 29, 2018

Batman: Detective Comics #977 continues to up the ante on this story, introducing more dangers and threats lurking in the shadows of the Colony and Gotham itself. The artistic team, despite being oddly large for a comic such as this, puts in great work. Detective Comics gets another recommendation. Check it out.

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7.5
Detective Comics (2016) #978

Apr 12, 2018

Batman: Detective Comics #978 isnt among the stronger issues of the series, but it is enjoyable nonetheless. Omacs return and the uneasy alliance being forced between Batman and the Colony set up for a promising finale from Tynions Detective Comic series. This one still earns a recommendation. Check it out.

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8.5
Detective Comics (2016) Annual #1

Feb 1, 2018

Detective Comics Annual #1 presents a compelling origin story for one of Batmans best rogues. It looks at Clayface with a sympathetic eye while not absolving him of his mistakes. Its an emotional tell that flows with very few hitches. This one gets a recommendation. Give it a read.

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9.0
Doctor Star and the Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows #1

Mar 6, 2018

Doctor Star and the Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows #1 promises to be an emotional and conflicted tale of classic heroism and how it all looks after hanging up the suit. This is a very strong opener, and Jeff Lemire seems to be only getting started. This one is strongly recommended. Check it out.

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9.0
Doctor Star and the Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows #2

Apr 6, 2018

Doctor Star and the Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows #2 is a solemn and heartbreaking tale of a father who left his son to be a superhero, and Jeff Lemires writing nails the right beats and emotional notes to make it all work like a charm. Fiamura and Stewart bring visual heft to the artistic side of things to boot. This one comes highly recommended. Check it out.

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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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8.5
Doctor Strange (2015) #382

Dec 11, 2017

Doctor Strange #382 continues to show that Donny Cates has a great handling on the saga of Stephen Strange. Its intriguing, compelling, and has a lot of solid character drama. He thoroughly understands the mind of Stephen Strange, and Walta and Bellaire bring it to brilliant visual life. This one gets a strong recommendation. Check it out.

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9.0
Doctor Strange (2015) #383

Dec 23, 2017

Doctor Strange #383 is a compelling and interesting continuation to the Loki: Sorcerer Supreme story. It takes some interesting turns, and we get to see Stephen Strange take some ever-more irresponsible risks. It is a great read with solid artwork, and I definitely recommend it. Give it a read.

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9.0
Doctor Strange (2015) #384

Jan 22, 2018

Doctor Strange #384 is a fun start to the battle of Strange vs. Loki. It takes some wild twists and turns, and the next issue looks to only be better based on the finale to this one. I highly recommend this one. Cates, Walta, and Bellaire are a powerful team. Pick it up.

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9.5
Doctor Strange (2015) #385

Feb 18, 2018

Doctor Strange under Cates, Walta, and Bellaire is becoming one of Marvels strongest books once again. With a great narrative full of arrogant yet well-meaning protagonists, it has been providing a consistently absorbing, fun, and visually creative experience for these past few issues. Hopefully that will continue through Damnation. In any case, this issue comes highly recommended. Give it a read.

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5.0
Doctor Strange (2015) #386

Mar 1, 2018

Doctor Strange #386 was not the right way to follow up Damnation #1. Strange still looks oblivious and/or apathetic to what Las Vegas is suffering because of his hubris. There are laughs to be had, but they feel unearned. Henrichon makes the book visually stunning, but the narrative doesn't earn that either. I can't recommend this one, and that's sad.

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8.0
Doctor Strange (2015) #387

Mar 15, 2018

Doctor Strange #387 (along with Damnation #2) give me some hope for the rest of this story. It shows some acknowledgement that Strange wasnt inherently correct in his actions, and it adequately punishes the Sorcerer Supreme for his titanic ego. Plus, Henrichons artwork is great. This one earns a recommendation. Check it out.

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8.0
Doctor Strange (2015) #388

Apr 12, 2018

Doctor Strange #388 rights the ship with a fun and engaging tale of Stephen Strange and Bats the ghost Bassett Hound. We see the two navigate a prison of terror and confusion, and Niko Henrichon continues to impress with phenomenal artwork. This one gets a recommendation. Check it out.

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2.5
Doctor Strange: Damnation #1

Feb 22, 2018

Yes, Alejandra unknowingly helped kick it off, but at least she didnt do something what was obviously a bad idea to a city that superheroes already ravaged. She just thought she was bringing down Blackheart; she didnt intentionally tear open a massive rift between the realms of the living and the dead.

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5.5
Doctor Strange: Damnation #2

Mar 8, 2018

Doctor Strange: Damnation #2 is better than the first issue, even if it has the same problems. The weird Ocean's Eleven but with magic wielders and fighters allows me to forget some of the unappealing parts of the premise. It's still not great, but it's a little better. The different art helps too.

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5.0
Doctor Strange: Damnation #3

Mar 23, 2018

Doctor Strange: Damnation #3 is a middling entry in the end. It has its moments, but the story is painfully padded and slow to allow for the spinoff entries. I can recommend it if youre following the story, but, if youre just checking in to see what the story is about, Id steer clear from this one.

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6.0
Dodge City #1

Mar 13, 2018

While the characters of Dodge City are great, Im left struggling to be invested in the plot and conflict. Thats a pretty big problem, but if off-beat sports stories are your thing, Dodge City could still scratch that particular itch for you. Plus, McGee and Peers art is great, so there are some things going for this book. Personally, I can tentatively recommend it.

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9.0
Domino (2018) #1

Mar 22, 2018

Domino #1 is a wonderful comic with a lot of heart and fun at its core. Simone once more shows how she is one of the greatest writers in the business, and David Baldeon brings his distinct style to make the comic look great. This one is highly recommended. Pick it up when it drops on April 11th.

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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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7.5
Doomsday Clock #2

Dec 28, 2017

Doomsday Clock #2 is an enjoyable read, even if it is pretty spotty. It is too caught up in being Watchmen to realize the nuance the original story had to begin with. Recreating it is antithetical to the concept of nuance. However, I can still recommend this comicalbeit tentatively.

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5.5
Doomsday Clock #4

Mar 29, 2018

Doomsday Clock #4 is a wildly mediocre entry in the end. It has some interesting ideas, and its ambition almost outshines the paradoxical adherence to the source material. Frank and Anderson make the comic visually stunning. I can recommend it if youre absorbed by the series, as this will likely still have you hooked. However, I wouldnt call it a must-buy.

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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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3.0
Dry County #2

Apr 14, 2018

Dry County, for its narrative creativity and occasionally entertaining dialogue, failed to engage me on nearly every level. The pacing is slow, the text is overwhelming, and the artwork isnt visually grabbing. I dont like thoroughly taking a comic to task like this, but it really didnt work for me at all. Give it a

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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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3.0
Eternal Empire #8

Apr 14, 2018

Eternal Empire #8 has its fun portions, but the overall book seems unsure what to do with its subtextual conflicts. As a result, they just have their characters fight about it or work through paternal issues with their dad-dragons. The art could have saved it, but the stiffness and overall plainness of the visuals kill what positives the comic has. As such, I cant recommend it.

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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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6.5
Eternity #4

Feb 3, 2018

Eternity is an ambitious undertaking, and, while it has flaws, the final issue does bring it to a somewhat satisfying conclusion. The character and emotional elements gel very well, even when some of its ideas are upbeat but lacking. That being said, I can still recommend this comic. Feel free to check it out.

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7.5
Eternity Girl #1

Feb 28, 2018

Eternity Girl is an interesting first full outing for this character. While the comic book metanarrative about comic books is becoming pass, this Visaggio seems to have something new to say with this one. Plus, the character study is absorbing, and the art supports the themes well. This one is recommended. Check it out when its released on March 14th.

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8.5
Exiles (2018) #1

Apr 11, 2018

Exiles #1 is a fun and high-concept science fiction read. Its weighed down somewhat by the heavy exposition, but, when it gets moving, its very engaging. This is a promising book with a solid team behind it, and I recommend giving it a read.

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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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8.0
Falcon (2017) #3

Dec 19, 2017

This is definitely the shakiest issue of the Falcon to come out so far, but it gels more often than it doesnt. I still found myself quite enthralled with this comic, and I can confidently recommend it. Check it out.

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8.0
Falcon (2017) #4

Feb 2, 2018

Falcon hasnt gone the direction I was originally hoping it would go, but this strange take on the Winged Avengers adventures has definitely gotten into a groove I can enjoy. Plus, Cassara and Rosenberg really bring it in the art section. This one gets a recommendation. Check it out.

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8.0
Falcon (2017) #5

Feb 18, 2018

Falcon #5 doesnt bring the cleanest or most unexpected ending to Take Flight, but it does give a satisfying and fairly heart-warming conclusion. You know what this title will be about, and you know the cast to expect. The art is excellent to boot, and this one does get a recommendation. Check it out.

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9.0
Falcon (2017) #6

Mar 15, 2018

Falcon #6 kicks off a promising new arc for the series. Misty is back and as badass as ever, Falcon is still a great lead, and the art is gorgeous.Rodney Barnescontinues to kill it with this series.This one comes highly recommended. Give it a read.

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5.0
Falcon (2017) #7

Apr 12, 2018

I hate turning on Falcon #7 like this. Sam Wilson is in my Marvel Top 5, and I tried to champion this series because the first six issues were generally quite good. However, I now find myself unable to wholeheartedly recommend this comic. I can tentatively, at best, say you would enjoy it if youre as devoted to Sam as I, or you just want a gorgeous and ultraviolent vampire comic with Misty Knight and/or Blade. Beyond that, I cant really recommend this one. This was a large disappointment.

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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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5.0
Flash (2016) #36

Dec 15, 2017

I feel like its worth mentioning that Barry Allen is my favorite DC hero. I say that, because I keep finding myself beating up current Flash comic. It hasnt hit my sweet spot since the most recent arc with the Reverse-Flash, though the Bloodwork arc was pretty good too. Thats not to say that this issue was awful; it was merely mediocre. As such, I cant quite recommend it. Give it a pass.

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3.5
Flash (2016) #40

Feb 14, 2018

Flash #40 is far from the worst of the series, but its still an overstuffed comic that still pushes the plot forward very slowly and feels the need to pad itself. No one acts like a human being. The premise is cool, but it does very little of interest with it. The art is solid, but it doesnt save the comic from the numerous flaws. Again, I love Barry Allen more than any other DC hero, but I still have to say give this book a pass.

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4.0
Flash (2016) Annual #1

Feb 2, 2018

Flash Annual #1 is a very underwhelming entry. While it is nice to see the book turn its attention to the elder Wally West, the flaws of the series, namely excessive padding, corny dialogue, and overly dramatic characters, weigh down the positives. Duce, Porter, and Hi-Fis art is very good, but it doesnt salvage the book. Give it a pass.

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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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2.5
Fu Jitsu #4

Dec 26, 2017

Fu Jitsu #4 is a comic crumbling under its own weight. It has an impressively contrived plot full of historical figures and zany circumstances which wants its reader to believe that this is all supposed to be high drama worthy of being taken deadly seriously. It shouldnt. I cannot recommend this one. Give it a pass.

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6.0
Fu Jitsu #5

Mar 3, 2018

Fu Jitsu #5 is a very flawed but fun book. This comic is riddled with structural problems that would hopefully be resolved in a second volume, but I can tentatively recommend this issue to the curious reader. Feel free to check it out.

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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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8.0
Giant Days #37

Apr 6, 2018

Giant Days #37 is another endearing and funny issue of the Boom! Studios series, and John Allison once more shows a mastery over this world and its characters. Sarin and Cogar keep things beautiful on the visual end, and this comic earns itself a recommendation. Check it out.

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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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9.5
Giants #1

Dec 19, 2017

Giants #1 is a great start to a new series. The characters are interesting, the world is engrossing, and the art is fantastic. This one definitely earns a recommendation, and you should check this one out.

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9.5
Gideon Falls #1

Jan 16, 2018

Gideon Falls #1 is a perplexing read, but it draws you in with interesting characters and jaw-dropping artwork from Sorrentino and Stewart. It poses mysteries that you want to see solved as soon as possible. Jeff Lemire really knocks it out of the park with this comic. I highly recommend this one. Give it a read.

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8.5
Gideon Falls #2

Apr 16, 2018

Gideon Falls #2 is another perplexing yet grabbing issue of the Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino series. This super team of creators are putting together something special here, even if it is playing coy with the plot. This one gets another recommendation. Check it out.

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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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8.5
God Complex (2017) #5

Apr 9, 2018

God Complex #5 impresses with hits cyberpunk visuals, its high-concept plot of self-styled gods clashing for control, and the marriage of technology and religion therein. Prasetya and Gho impress with their art style, and Paul Jenkins script consistently intrigues. This one comes recommended. Give it a read.

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8.5
Grass Kings #13

Mar 17, 2018

Grass Kings #13 is an emotional and action-packed read that draws on recent events to leave you thinking about the rightness of its characters and the world they live in. Matt Kindt has written another interesting and provocative piece with this one, and I recommend giving it a read.

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8.0
Graveland #1

Jan 5, 2018

Graveland #1 is a cool and fun read. Giants battling super soldiers is a cool setup, and I look forward to where this story can go. I recommend this one. Give it a read.

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4.0
Graveland #2

Jan 5, 2018

Graveland #2 feels like a huge stepdown from the first issue. We have a different protagonist and a story that feels completely removed from that of the first issue. Unfortunately, I cant recommend this one. Hopefully, Graveland #3 will make the series enjoyable again.

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6.0
Graveland #3

Jan 5, 2018

Graveland has put me through some ups and downs in its first three issues. Graveland #1 was still the most enjoyable, but #3 does bring back some of the fun of the first issue and vastly improves on the second. Titan Amon isnt a likable or compelling protagonist, but the overall premise and art are quite good. I can tentatively recommend this issue for anyone who need more kaiju action in their lives.

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4.5
Graveland #4

Feb 20, 2018

Graveland is a comic that still bears a lot of potential, and its overall plot and aesthetic is compelling. It falls apart in its characters and forward progression. I can tentatively recommend it to those interested in a Pacific Rim-esque kaiju smackdown. Just bear in mind that it is far from flawless.

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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 Arrow (2016) #35

Dec 11, 2017

Despite a lack of action and minimal plot advancement, Green Arrow #35 does entertain and introduces some intriguing plot developments. The coming trial of Oliver Queen should be a good story, and Juan Ferreyras beautiful artwork helps bolster the comic, giving some solid visual storytelling to make up for where the written narrative may waver. I recommend this one. Give it a read.

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8.5
Green Arrow (2016) #36

Jan 8, 2018

Green Arrow #36 moves the plot forward to a good degree and has many good moments between its cast of characters. It has some good twists and turns too, and Juan Ferreyras artworks is stunning as always. I recommend this one quite strongly, and you should check it out.

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8.0
Green Arrow (2016) #37

Feb 8, 2018

Green Arrow #37 has some story hiccups, but the overall plot is interesting and moves itself forward at a decent pace. With a still-compelling narrative and beautiful artwork, this comic earns itself a recommendation once more. Check it out.

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7.0
Green Arrow (2016) #38

Mar 8, 2018

Green Arrow #38 closes out both the trial of Oliver Queen and, seemingly, the Ninth Circle arc that has been carried since the beginning of this series. As such it's an interesting installment and one worthy of recommendation. It's not brilliant, but it's worth a read. Check it out.

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8.5
Green Arrow (2016) #39

Apr 3, 2018

Green Arrow #39 is a promising first step for the new creative team, capturing the adventure mixed with political commentary that makes a truly great Green Arrow story. Takara and Maiolo bring some impressive talent to the table too. This one gets a recommendation. Pick it up.

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5.0
Green Hornet (2018) #1

Mar 7, 2018

Green Hornet #1 isnt an awful read. There are some good ideas, and the premise for the character could be interesting if the book strayed from its attempts at classical heroism. Even the art isnt bad; its just ill-fitting. In the end, though, its mostly mediocre, and I cant quite recommend it.

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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
Green Lanterns #36

Dec 11, 2017

Despite some flaws, Green Lanterns #36 is another strong entry in the series, and I have become confident in Tim Seeleys ability to continue what Sam Humphries started. The characters are as endearing as ever, Jain and Bolphunga are good antagonists, and the art of Cliquet and Hi-Fi is great. This one earns yet another recommendation, and you should definitely check this series out if you havent already.

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8.0
Green Lanterns #37

Dec 28, 2017

Despite the issues with the artwork, Green Lanterns #37 is still an engaging and tense issue. The story is visceral, and the ending promises that it will test the limits of our heroes. This one is easily recommended. Give it a read.

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9.0
Green Lanterns #38

Jan 8, 2018

Green Lanterns #38 is another very strong entry in what is still one of DCs greatest titles of the moment. The story is visceral, the emotions are strong, and the art has improved. I definitely recommend this issue. Give it a read.

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9.0
Green Lanterns #39

Jan 22, 2018

Green Lanterns #38 brings a solid finale to this arc, and it puts out a lot of interesting ideas and a lot of heart. The titular Green Lanterns continue to be easily lovable protagonists, and Tim Seeley has definitely proven to be a good fit for the title. This book earns itself another recommendation, and you should check it out.

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8.0
Green Lanterns #40

Feb 6, 2018

Green Lanterns #40 is another good entry for Seeley and company. While its slow-going into this new story and doesnt explore any of its ideas yet, its still an entertaining and appealing opening to a promising storyline. Give it a read. I recommend it.

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6.5
Green Lanterns #41

Feb 25, 2018

Green Lanterns #41 isnt an especially bad issue. Its mostly a weak issue by the high standards of this series. The pacing is drawn out, the issue feels superfluous to the overall story, and the art is under par in the grand scheme of the series. I can still recommend this one; its just not as good as previous issues of Green Lanterns. Feel free to pick it up, though.

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7.0
Green Lanterns #42

Mar 8, 2018

Green Lanterns #42 is an improvement over the dragging previous issue. The plot goes to some interesting places, the art is great, and the overall experience was interesting and fun. This is one earns a recommendation. Check it out.

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5.5
Green Lanterns #43

Mar 24, 2018

Green Lanterns #43 is a bit of a letdown, but its not an awful read. It has its moments of fun and humor. The artwork is flawed but solid. The drawbacks keep me from being able to wholeheartedly recommend this comic, but, if youre into this series and its leads, then I can recommend it. Its not a must-buy, but you dont have to stay away.

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8.0
Green Lanterns #44

Apr 3, 2018

Green Lanterns #44 has its flaws, but it does deliver an interesting and personal tale for Jess and Simon. Its also significantly better than most of ‘Superhuman Trafficking', so my fears that this book might be on a downwards spiral are put to rest. Plus, Cliquet and Hi-Fi put in some great work on the art section. This one gets a recommendation. Check it out.

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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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8.5
Guardians of the Galaxy (2017) #148

Dec 11, 2017

Despite the frustration with the big Infinity Stone just hanging out there without elaboration or explanation, Guardians of the Galaxy #148 is still a fun read. A Drax-centric issue feels just like what this comic needed right now. The dialogue is good and often quite funny. Marcus To and Ian Herring bring us some great visuals. It was an all-around solid book, and I can recommend it quite easily. Pick this one up.

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8.0
Guardians of the Galaxy (2017) #149

Dec 26, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy #149 is a solid read. It starts wrapping up this series in an entertaining fashion, and the art continues to be great. While Gerry Duggans stint on the book hasnt exactly been the space-hopping epic one would expect given this titles history, it has been fun, and the interactions between the Guardians are often engaging (even if much of the book has been the team hating Star-Lord). I recommend this issue, and I look forward to what #150 will bring.

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8.5
Guardians of the Galaxy (2017) #150

Jan 4, 2018

Guardians of the Galaxy #150 is one of those rare things we get in comic books: a satisfying finale. Its not technically a finale, and Im sure Ill be reading Infinity Pants or whatever comes next (credit to Jude Terror for that name). However, this was a fun comic that provided some closure for a few of its characters and the overall current plot. I can recommend this one fairly easily. Give it a read.

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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
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #34

Dec 16, 2017

Venditti, Van Sciver, Sandoval, Herbert, and company have really pulled together an incredible series with Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps. Venditti, Herbert, and Wright continue to make it compelling and exciting with #34. This comic is easily worthy of a read, and I highly recommend it.

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10
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #35

Dec 30, 2017

I know Im beginning to sound like a broken record on this one. Ive been giving this comic high marks for quite some time. However, its only to tell you that you should certainly be reading this comic. Its easily one of DCs best books coming out. The writing is fantastic. It has a solid rotating stable of artists. Pick this one up. Give it a read. I highly recommend it.

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9.5
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #36

Jan 15, 2018

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #36 is an exciting and fun issue. Venditti and company continue to knock this series out the park, and it may very well be the best book out of DCs offerings. I highly recommend this issue, and you should definitely give it a read.

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9.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #37

Jan 28, 2018

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #37 art by Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, and Tomeu MoreyVenditti once again delivers a phenomenal start to another arc with Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #37. The action is intense. The story flows quickly and organically. Theres no waiting for the big encounter; it happens within the first half of the comic. Its just a fun ride aided by a brilliant artistic team, and I highly recommend it. Give it a read.

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9.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #38

Feb 19, 2018

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps continues to be a strong and consistently engaging book. With its ever-endearing leads, a great villain, and a strong stable of artists, this book scores another recommendation. Give it a read.

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6.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #39

Mar 2, 2018

This installment isnt a complete self-destruction. There is some entertaining dialogue, we get a little action from the Green Lantern Corps, and the cast is all-around solid. Sandoval, Tarragona, and Morey bring another gorgeous issue to life. However, this is not what I would call a good jumping-on point unless youre dedicated to this series and its characters. I can recommend it to a Green Lantern fan, but, if you fall outside this category, theres no reason to grab it.

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8.5
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #40

Mar 16, 2018

Hal Jordan and the GL Corps #40 is another adrenaline-fueled sci-fi action extravaganza from writer Robert Venditti. The story is endless fun, and the artistic team kills it as always. This one comes recommended, check it out.

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8.5
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #41

Mar 29, 2018

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #41 is a high-octane and interesting finale to Zods Will. The fight is cathartic, and the ending is ponderous. Robert Venditti does it again with this one. Give this one a read, its highly recommended.

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8.5
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #42

Apr 9, 2018

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #42 is a promising beginning for a new story arc that may shake this book and its leads to their very core. Van Sciver and Wright provide some stellar artwork as always. This one gets a recommendation. Check it out.

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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
Harrow County #29

Mar 26, 2018

Harrow County #29 is another enthralling horror-flavored tour through the characters of the county. Hester is cruel and compelling as hell, and Emmy brings some emotional resonance to the proceedings. Crooks artwork continues to be a perfect fit for Cullen Bunns storytelling, and the overall book triumphs for their efforts. This one gets a strong recommendation. 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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9.0
Hawkeye (2016) #16

Mar 9, 2018

Hawkeye #16 brings an endearing and action-packed conclusion to this chapter of Kate Bishop's life. It's a shame that the series had to come to an end, but at least it ended well. This one definitely earns a strong recommendation.

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9.0
Hawkeye Vol. 2 #15

Feb 8, 2018

Hawkeye #15 once more shows how to balance character, action, and humor with another great issue from Thompson, Romero, and Bellaire. Bringing a lot of fun, conflict, and Hawkeye-drama, this comic easily comes recommended. Give it a read.

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8.0
Hawkman: Found #1

Dec 28, 2017

While this may not be the most significant of Metal tie-ins, it is a good introduction to the character of Hawkman. In many ways, it lets you know exactly the kind of hero he is. Along with Hitch and companys artwork, this is a comic I can recommend. Pick it up.

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9.0
Heavenly Blues #1

Feb 6, 2018

Heavenly Blues is a charming excursion into a different kind of eternal punishment. With a lot of humor, great characters, and great artwork, this comic brings a lot to the table. Ben KahnandBruno Hidalgo do some great work here.You should definitely check it out.

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9.5
Heavenly Blues #2

Mar 5, 2018

Ben Kahn and Bruno Hidalgo bring another comic that is equal parts thoughtful, dramatic, and funny. Heavenly Blues is a darkly beautiful comic about agency and finding purpose. This one earns another recommendation. Check it out.

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8.5
Heavenly Blues #3

Mar 19, 2018

Heavenly Blues #3 continues to provide compelling leads and an interesting plot. The story is highly engaging, and the artwork is fitting and generally eye-catching. This series gets another recommendation. Check it out.

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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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4.0
Hungry Ghosts #1

Feb 6, 2018

Hungry Ghosts #1 art by Alberto Ponticelli and Jose VillarrubiaHungry Ghosts gives a very underwhelming first showing. While its framing does have a lot of potential, the first two tales of horror it gives miss the mark by far. I cant recommend this one, even with the art being as good as it is. It may take some good turns down the line, so maybe check back in next issue. This first one, however, is not recommended. Give it a pass.

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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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9.0
Iceman (2017) #9

Jan 5, 2018

Iceman #9 is a great read, and Sina Grace has a fantastic grasp of the character while taking Bobby in new directions previous writers have not. The comic is emotionally engaging, and the artistic team is quite talented. I definitely see why Joe Glassloves this one so much.I highly recommend this one. Give it a read.

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8.5
Iceman (2017) #10

Feb 8, 2018

Iceman #10 is a well-meaning, fun, if slightly cheesy comic. Its lead is an ever-charming mainstay of the X-Men dealing with real-world problems manifest in super-powered smackdowns, and that is generally the bread-and-butter of a good Marvel comic. This one comes recommended. Check it out.

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9.0
Iceman (2017) #11

Mar 9, 2018

Iceman #11 brings some heartfelt and touching closure to the story of Bobby Drake and this complicated time in his life. He is able to grapple with some of his own turmoil by helping another, and a lot of the themes come full circle in what is a surprisingly simple plot structure. Plus, Gill, Rosenberg, and Grace himself bring some stellar artwork to the book. This one is strongly recommended. Give it a read.

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8.0
Incognegro: Renaissance #1

Feb 7, 2018

Incognegro: Renaissance #1 sets up the story and a lot of historical context for the Harlem Renaissance in a compelling fashion. While some of its concepts are only translatable to someone whom took a Harlem Renaissance course or with an English degree (both me), its core plot is still approachable enough to make it engaging enough for the average audience. Plus, Pleeces artwork is really good. This one is recommended. Check it out.

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8.5
Incognegro: Renaissance #2

Mar 13, 2018

Incognegro: Renaissance #2 is an engaging continuation to the brilliant premise revealed in the previous installment. Mat Johnson writes a great detective story, and Pleeces artwork holds together well. This one gets a recommendation. Check it out.

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8.0
Incognegro: Renaissance #3

Apr 6, 2018

Incognegro: Renaissance #3 adds another compelling character to the mix alongside Zane, and it gives her an absorbing backstory relevant to both the lead and the overall story. Pleeces artwork continues to get job done, and Mat Johnsons story continues to grab the reader. This one gets another recommendation. Check it out.

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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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9.5
Infidel #1

Mar 14, 2018

Infidel #1 is a tense and gripping horror tale. Aisha is a compelling lead, the characters are believable, and the horror is all-too-real. Pornsak Pichetshote makes a brilliant writing debut with this book. Infidel #1 comes highly recommended. Give it a read.

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8.0
Infinity Countdown #1

Mar 7, 2018

Infinity Countdown #1 was a genuinely fun read. The opening page foreshadows some potentially interesting developments. The main conflict is entertaining, even if it would be confusing to those who haven't been keeping up with Guardians. Even then, it's far from the first crossover to start en medias res. The Kuder and Bellaire art is good. On the whole, I can recommend it. Check it out.

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3.0
Infinity Countdown: Prime #1

Feb 22, 2018

Infinity Countdown: Prime was a dire escapade. Marvel is banking on a timely story to accompany Infinity War, and this story is threatening to turn into a dud. With some awful dialogue, gratuitous violence, and mind-numbing exposition, this comic misfires on almost every level. Give this one a pass.

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7.5
Infinity Countdown: Adam Warlock #1

Feb 7, 2018

Infinity Countdown: Adam Warlock #1 is a solid if not especially informative opening chapter to the latest Marvel cosmic crossover. It is promising in some ways, and it is a bit of fun seeing Adam and Kang square off. In any case, this one does get a recommendation for its character work and solid art. Check it out.

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9.5
Inhumans: Judgement Day #1

Jan 27, 2018

Inhumans: Judgment Day #1 is a stellar start to this story. The stage is set, the players are presented, and the conflict is epic. The characters get their moments to show what all this means to them, and the resulting tale is compelling. I highly recommend this one. Give it a read.

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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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8.5
Invader Zim #27

Jan 23, 2018

Invader Zim #29 is yet another delightful issue of the series. Writer Eric Trueheart had me laughing constantly, and the art looks great. Its hard to describe why a comedy works beyond just saying that its funny, and this one is just really funny. This one comes recommended. Pick it up.

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5.0
Invader Zim #29

Mar 18, 2018

Invader Zim #29 still has some solid jokes to throw out, but it has more duds than usual. Its not bad, and, if you follow this series, its still worth picking up. Otherwise, its not worth grabbing.

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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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8.0
Invincible Iron Man (2016) #596

Feb 2, 2018

Invincible Iron Man #596 is a fun read. The characters are entertaining, and sometimes thats enough to make a comic work. The dialogue is solid, the art is great, and the overall experience was enjoyable. I recommend it.

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8.0
Invincible Iron Man (2016) #598

Mar 29, 2018

Invincible Iron Man #598 is a solidly fun and engaging issue as Bendiss tenure on the title nears its finale. Ironheart is a likable lead despite, and The Search for Tony Stark takes some interesting turns here. Caselli, Maleev, and Gracia all put in some good work, and the book earns a recommendation. Check it out.

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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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8.5
Iron Fist (2017) #75

Dec 11, 2017

Iron Fist #75 continues the saga of Danny and Victor in yet another exciting installment that shows some heart from the usually vicious Sabretooth. Mike Perkins and Andy Troy continue to make the comic gorgeous, and I recommend this issue. Give it a read.

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8.5
Iron Fist (2017) #76

Jan 6, 2018

Iron Fist #76 is yet another excellent entry in the Brisson, Perkins, and Troys series. The story is still tense and compelling. The characters are mostly quite enjoyable; Iron Fist and Sabretooth have many good exchanges in this issue. The art is still incredible, and this arc has a had a really good pacing and flow to it overall. I once again highly recommend this issue and the series as a whole. You should definitely be reading this one.

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9.0
Iron Fist (2017) #77

Feb 9, 2018

Iron Fist #77 brings this epic to an exciting and satisfying conclusion. With tons of action, good leads, and phenomenal art, it earns itself a strong recommendation. Give it a read.

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6.0
Iron Fist (2017) #78

Mar 24, 2018

Iron Fist #78 is unfortunately the weakest issue of the series so far. Its a decent tie-in to Damnation, but the flashback bogs down the comic. The action and character returns in the back half make up for it somewhat, but it still leaves roughly half a good comic. I can still tentatively recommend it to anyone following the series or generally a fan of Danny Rand. However, its not a must-buy.

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6.5
Iron Fist (2017) #79

Apr 6, 2018

Iron Fist #79 is slower than it needs to be and doesnt throw any unexpected or fresh plot developments at the reader. That said, it is still fun, the characters are entertaining enough, and Couceiro and Troy make sure the comic, especially its fight sequences, look good. This one gets a recommendation, though its not required reading. Feel free to check it out though.

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9.0
Isola #1

Apr 3, 2018

Isola #1 is visually stunning first outing for Brenden Fletcher, Kerschl, and MSASSYK. The story is interesting and leaves just enough clues to leave you wanting more. The art is beautiful and weaves a world both familiar and wildly distinct from our own. The pacing is good, and the world of the book brings the term atmospheric to a new level. This one gets a recommendation. Check it out.

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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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9.0
Jessica Jones #18

Mar 30, 2018

Jessica Jones #18 is another concluding issue for Marvel legend Brian Michael Bendis, and its a heartfelt farewell at that. It does justice to both Jones and the Armadillo, and it brings in some old friends for brief appearances. Gaydos and Hollingsworth make the comic as beautiful as ever. This one gets a strong recommendation. Give it a read.

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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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6.0
Jimmy's Bastards #6

Jan 15, 2018

Garth Ennis brings something of a mixed bag this time around. Much of the comic is telling jokes that fall flat, but the plot progression and development of the relationship between McEwan and Jimmy works really well. The art remains quite good thanks to Braun and Kalisz. It doesnt really give you any new information though. I can tentatively recommend it, but you could skip this one and come back for #7 if you desired. I dont know many people who would do that, but that option is on the table. Take evaluation for whatever its worth.

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8.0
Jimmy's Bastards #7

Mar 31, 2018

Jimmys Bastards #7 swings the series back into my good graces with delightfully gory action and character growth for a character that deliberately makes James Bond look like a monk. The issue manages to balance its satire with a slightly touching narrative against all odds, and it earns a recommendation. Give it a read.

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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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9.0
John Carpenter's Tales of Science Fiction: Vortex #3

Feb 20, 2018

Vortex #3 gives the characters and the readers time to ponder what has happened in the previous issue while advancing the plot in subtle and unnerving ways. Sizemore and the Kennedys present another compelling sci-fi horror entry, and it comes highly recommended. Check it out.

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9.5
John Carpenter's Tales of Science Fiction: Vortex #4

Feb 20, 2018

Vortex #4 ramps up the fear and violence in a way that feels natural after #3s slower burn. Sizemore and the Kennedys do it once more with this issue, and it Vortex receives another recommendation. Check this one out.

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8.5
John Carpenter's Tales of Science Fiction: Vortex #5

Mar 4, 2018

John Carpenters Tales of Science Fiction: Vortex #5 is another good entry in the saga. While action takes priority over character development, we still get good moments with our cast. They are compelling enough so that you dont want to see them die, and that is a trick a lot of horror fails to pull off. The art continues to be rock-solid, and the overall comic earns another recommendation. Check it out.

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8.0
John Carpenter's Tales of Science Fiction: Vortex #6

Apr 3, 2018

John Carpenters Tales of Science Fiction: Vortex #6 continues the gripping crescendo of this miniseries with this intense issue. The world-building and character development has done a good job of leading to this macabre installment, and the art, while flawed in some ways, does a good job of making the book visually appealing too. This one gets another recommendation. Check it out.

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9.5
Judas #2

Jan 14, 2018

Judas #2 is a beautifully grim telling of the Betrayer and Lucifer. It questions the nature of their actions, whether they were truly their actions, and if they are evil at all. The art is beautiful and plays with the older artistic tropes in relation to these characters. This one comes highly recommended. Give it a read.

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6.5
Judas #4

Mar 16, 2018

Judas #4 brings a thoughtful if weak ending to this story. It is still greatly enjoyable and leaves a lot to think about. The uplifting nature of the ending is still functional, even if the narrative aspects are questionable. That said, I still recommend this ending to the Loveness and Rebalka miniseries. Pick it up.

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4.0
Jughead: The Hunger (2017) #4

Mar 13, 2018

If this is your kind of trash, I can completely understand why. However, it just came off as equal parts silly and melodramatic while I was reading it. I personally cant recommend it. Give it a pass.

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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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9.0
Justice League (2016) #34

Dec 19, 2017

Priest and Woodss first excursion into the Justice League title is compelling and exciting. It shows an interest in looking into how the League functions on a day-to-day basis and how each member copes with this massive responsibility. I highly recommend checking it out and hope for a great tenure from this creative team. Give it a read.

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8.5
Justice League (2016) #35

Dec 27, 2017

The above-mentioned flaws aside, Justice League #35 is a fun continuation to last issues heavier narrative. While the fallout of last issue is present and yet to intensify, this issue is a slightly more lighthearted disruption in what will likely put a rift in the League. This issue comes recommended, and you should give it a read.

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10
Justice League (2016) #36

Jan 8, 2018

Of course I recommend this. Justice League #36 is one of the most insanely daring comics to come out of the Big Two in years. Its brilliant, unnerving, and insanely compelling all at the same time. You need to read this. If you like superheroes and wonder what their limits are, this is the encyclopedia of their limits. Give it a read.

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9.0
Justice League (2016) #37

Jan 20, 2018

Priest, Briones, and Eltaeb bring another powerful issue of Justice League that leaves me thinking and with a lot to talk about. All the while, the creative team still manages to keep its characters straight and well-represented. The art is strong. The overall book leaves an impact. Im left really looking forward to where it goes from here. I highly recommend this issue. Give it a read.

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8.5
Justice League (2016) #38

Feb 8, 2018

Justice League #38, while not the height of this arc, is another intriguing addition to the story. The team has to cope with its internal issues, and the Flash lives out the plot of Gravity. Santucci and Solazzo contribute some great artwork, and this book continues to be one of DC's powerhouse series under Priest. This one gets a recommendation. Check it out.

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8.0
Justice League (2016) #39

Feb 22, 2018

Justice League #39 picks up in some ways from last issue, even if there is less action and the pacing is slowed. The art of Churchill and Sollazzo is truly quite gorgeous, and the returning prominence of the Fan and public perception of the JL brings the story back to the more central aspects that have kept this arc compelling.

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8.5
Justice League (2016) #40

Mar 8, 2018

Justice League #40 is a slow-burning and thoughtful continued deconstruction of superheroics and the team itself. Not everyone will like what all it has to say, but there is undoubtedly a respectable amount of audacity in saying it. The art is shaky but not outright bad. This one is definitely recommended. Check it out and see what you think.

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9.5
Justice League (2016) #42

Apr 5, 2018

Justice League #42 is not a feel-good or high adventure tale for DCs seminal team. Its rough, loaded with social commentary, and wavers into Watchmen-level nihilism. However, its still absolutely enthralling, and I cant recommend it enough. 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
Justice League of America (2017) #22

Jan 8, 2018

Ive had mixed feelings about Steven Orlandos Justice League of America run. It has an awesome cast and has made use of great League villains, but the dialogue and plotting hasnt been where it should be. With #22, its swung back into my good graces, and this arc looks very promising. This one gets a recommendation. Check it out.

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8.0
Justice League of America (2017) #23

Jan 12, 2018

While the pacing and the depiction of Frost does detract this comic somewhat in comparison to the previous issue, Justice League of America #23 is still a good read. The Queen of Fables rocks as an antagonist, and Ray has more than a few moments to shine. This, along with the great art, earns this comic a recommendation. Give it a read.

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7.0
Justice League of America (2017) #25

Mar 1, 2018

Justice League of America #25 is a solid issue. There is a lot of dialogue, and not a lot of action is included. However, its plot setup is a decent amount of fun, the art is fantastic, and I can recommend the comic. Give it a read.

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8.5
Justice League of America (2017) #26

Mar 15, 2018

Justice League of America #26 finishes out the Extremists and Angor story with a thoughtful and even emotional conclusion. The plot is solid, the characters show depth, and the art is great. This one is recommended. Check it out.

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8.5
Justice League of America (2017) #27

Mar 29, 2018

Justice League of America #27 is another compelling issue in the Steve Orlando series. Chronos makes for a fun and classically evil antagonist, Petrus and Hi-Fi kill it on the art, and the pacing is handled very well. This one earns a recommendation. Give it a read.

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8.5
Justice League of America (2017) #28

Apr 12, 2018

Justice League of America #28 is another impressive installment from Orlando, Petrus, and Hi-Fi. The story flows well, has a lot of action, and even edges out a couple of thoughts about the superhero genre. Chronos is a great villain, and his dynamic with Ryan Choi is compelling. This one gets a recommendation. Check it out.

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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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10
Kaijumax: Season 3 #6

Feb 3, 2018

Kaijumax Season 3 #6 is an excellent closing to this volume of the series. Each angle is explored, each plot comes to a close, and each character has to make choices to decide the kind of person/monster they are. This one gets a strong recommendation. Give it a read.

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6.5
Kick-Ass (2018) #1

Feb 15, 2018

Kick-Ass #1 is heavily flawed and in the exact ways you probably expected. Theres no guarantee those flaws will go away, and I can completely understand if they turn people off to this comic. That being said, Patience is a compelling character, and Romita and Steigerwald bring their A-game to the art. I can tentatively recommend this one. Check it out if you are up to it. No judgement if youre not.

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3.5
Kid Lobotomy #6

Mar 30, 2018

Kid Lobotomy #6 is probably not my thing to begin with. However, the surrealism is so hard to follow that anyone just wanting to give the comic a try will be lost and likely frustrated. There is no sense of common reality amongst the characters, and the book turned me off. Perhaps Ill revisit the series on my own time some day and return with a different opinion, or Ill feel validated in the one I have now. In any case, I cant recommend this one. Give it a pass.

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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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6.5
Legenderry Red Sonja (2018) #2

Mar 16, 2018

Legenderry Red Sonja #2 is just that: solid. Its fun, Sonja is a good lead, and there is some excitement to be had. The art is good, and the book earns a recommendation. Feel free to check it out.

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8.5
Lord of Gore #1

Feb 6, 2018

Lord of Gore #1 is a compelling dive into the nerd culture-oriented portion of big budget filmmaking. With a compelling protagonist and almost too many good plotlines to follow, Lord of Gore #1 makes for a great opening to the series. DB Stanley and Daniel Leister are really onto something here. Check it out.

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8.5
Lord of Gore #2

Mar 5, 2018

Lord of Gore #2 is another fascinating installment of the series. While it doesnt have as many dives into the hybridized world of entertainment and fan culture, it is more exciting and fast-moving than its previous installment. Plus, the characters and art are both still great. This one gets another recommendation. Check it out.

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8.0
Lord of Gore #3

Mar 19, 2018

Lord of Gore #3 provides another deep dive into Hollywood procedure and the more underhanded processes therein. This has turned into a compelling entertainment industry-based detective story, and it earns a recommendation. Check it out.

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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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4.5
Luke Cage (2017) #168

Dec 28, 2017

While the plot has been good to Caged! for the most part, and Sannas artwork has done wonders for the book visually, Luke Cage #168 is easily the weakest issue of David F. Walkers series with the character. Its slow, uninteresting, and doesnt have much of a payoff. Unfortunately, I have to recommend giving this issue a pass and coming back with #169. I trust Walker, Sanna, and company to make that one a better comic.

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8.5
Luke Cage (2017) #169

Jan 29, 2018

One more issue of David F. Walkers Luke Cage awaits us, and I am quite sad for it. The series has had its ups and downs, but I always looked forward to the latest adventures of the Power Man. This was definitely one of my favorite issues of the series for just how fun it was, and I definitely recommend it. Pick this one up.

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9.0
Luke Cage (2017) #170

Feb 25, 2018

Luke Cage has been one of my favorite heroes since I started reading comics around the time of the original Marvel Civil War. While this series wasnt perfect, it was still great to get an ongoing solo series about the Power Man for the first time since in my lifetime. This was a personally important series to me, and it will be sorely missed. Mr. David Walker, Mr. Nelson Blake II, Mr. Guillermo Sanna, and Mr. Marcio Menyz, if any of you get to read this, know that this series was greatly appreciated and enjoyed. The same goes for Power Man and Iron Fist, Mr. Walker.

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8.0
Lumberjanes #47

Mar 4, 2018

Lumberjanes #47 is not my general cup of tea, but its a cute and endearing read with plenty of positivity and fun for the audience that it aims for. The characters are charming, the art is solid, and I can recommend it. Give it a read if this is your jam.

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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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7.0
Marvel Two-In-One #1

Dec 22, 2017

To close things out, yes, most of what Marvel does is fueled by corporate mandate. The trick is finding the strong writing and art in that miasma. However, this is good storytelling completely overshadowed by the corporate mandate, and it doesnt help that it came out the same week that Marvel slaughtered a decent portion of their decently diverse book catalogue. Yes, Marvel Two-in-One #1 is a good book, but its been tainted by its purpose. I do recommend it on its merits as a comic, but its hindered by its status as a product.

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7.5
Marvel Two-In-One #2

Jan 28, 2018

I want to love this comic so badly, and I may yet come around to it. I hope so; Zdarsky, Cheung, and company really do some great work. It is an objectively good comic; its just the shallowness motivating the title that drags it down. In any case, I do recommend it. If you can get past the cynicism, you will probably enjoy it.

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7.0
Marvel Two-In-One #3

Feb 15, 2018

Marvel Two-in-One #3 stalls out the story already, even if it is still a decently fun read. The art is alright, but it has some that don't look particularly good. The slow pacing leaves a comic where very little is accomplished. However, I can still recommend it based on the Thing, the Human Torch, and Hercules's chemistry keeping most of the book entertaining. Feel free to give this one a read.

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8.5
Marvel Two-In-One #4

Mar 15, 2018

Marvel Two-in-One #4 shows the book getting into universe-hopping groove that its been promising since the first issue. It has some heavier moments, but there is enough fun to balance that out. The art is solid, the characters are largely enjoyable, and the book gets a recommendation. Give it a read.

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9.0
Marvel Two-In-One #5

Apr 5, 2018

Marvel Two-in-One #5 continues to improve the series with an emotionally taut and narratively absorbing issue which brings together a Fantastic Four from disparate worlds to battle a threat more immense than anything they could previously imagine. Between Zdarskys competent storytelling and Schiti and Martins excellent artwork, this one definitely earns a recommendation. Give it a read.

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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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9.0
Mata Hari (2018) #1

Feb 27, 2018

Mata Hari #1 plays out like the introduction to a biopic in comic form. We jump around to various points in Haris life, we learn what others thought of her, and we get some hints at her as a person. Its intriguing storytelling, and its bolstered by the artistic stylings of Kristantina and Masioni. This comic is recommended. Check it out.

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9.0
Mata Hari (2018) #2

Mar 26, 2018

Mata Hari #2 is another absorbing installment of this miniseries, delivering a far more focused and easy-to-follow narrative with the second issue. Mata continues to be a mysterious and compelling protagonist, and Kristantina and Masioni continue to make the comic look great. This one comes strongly recommended. Check it out.

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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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9.5
Mech Cadet Yu #6

Feb 20, 2018

Pak, Miyazawa, and Farrell bring another delightful and exciting read with the sixth installment of Mech Cadet Yu. This issue flows like a well-oiled machine, showing the tense danger and now-natural teamwork of the protagonists in a highly engaging manner. This issue definitely earns a recommendation. Check it out.

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8.0
Mech Cadet Yu #7

Mar 13, 2018

Mech Cadet Yu #7 is another good issue in this Greg Pak series. The storytelling is solid, the art is great, and the resulting comic is compulsively readable. This one earns another recommendation. Pick it up.

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8.0
Mech Cadet Yu #8

Apr 6, 2018

Mech Cadet Yu #8 is another triumphant issue from Greg Pak, Takeshi Miyazawa, and Triona Farrell. Its fun, fast-moving, and looks damn good. This issue has its hangups, but they are far overshadowed by what the book does right. This one gets a recommendation. Check it out.

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7.5
Mega Man Mastermix #1

Jan 27, 2018

Despite a rushed feeling to the action beats, the harsh abbreviation of the story, and my need to turn this into Blade Runner, Mega Man Mastermix is an undoubtedly fun and upbeat recreation of the original game. Arigas original understanding of the world and setting, his rendition of the world of the game, and Perezs popping color addition makes for an enjoyable read. I can recommend this one. Give it a try.

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7.5
Mera: Queen of Atlantis #1

Feb 28, 2018

Mera: Queen of Atlantis #1 is a flawed comic, but what it does right ends up far outshining its pitfalls. Mera is still a compelling character, even if she is presented as a little lovesick. Ocean Master is at an interesting crossroads. The art is good, and the narrative promises to be interesting. This one gets a recommendation. Check it out.

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6.5
Mera: Queen of Atlantis #2

Mar 29, 2018

Mera: Queen of Atlantis #2 still has some problems hobbling what could be a great story from a great creative team. Abnett still comes off as uncomfortable with this setup, but theres still plenty to love from the villain to the pacing and fight sequence. In fact, I do recommend this one; just be aware of its flaws before checking it out.

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8.5
Milk Wars: Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye/Swamp Thing Special #1

Feb 22, 2018

Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye/Swamp Thing Special #1 is a comic that definitely leaves me thinking. It is ponderous about its own creation in a way few other comics are, but its still unclear if Milk Wars can stick a good landing with this self-reference. That aside, this particular issue has enough charm and fun to carry itself as a standalone product. The art is solid too, and this comic earns a recommendation. Check it out.

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8.5
Milk Wars: Mother Panic/Batman Special #1

Feb 7, 2018

Mother Panic/Batman Special #1 is a vast improvement on the previous installment of 'Milk Wars'. With a cohesive narrative theme and a more poignant satire at its core, this comic is an enjoyable read accompanied by good artwork. This one comes recommended. Check it out.

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9.0
Milk Wars: Shade The Changing Girl/Wonder Woman #1

Feb 18, 2018

The Shade/Wonder Woman Special #1 brings an engaging and bizarre tale of emotional balance, intelligence, and control. The stream-of-consciousness flow gives it a unique and strange pacing that ties into its themes very well. The art is good to match, and its backup story takes an interesting turn. This one is definitely recommended.

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5.5
Milk Wars: JLA/Doom Patrol Special #1

Feb 1, 2018

In any case, the JLA/Doom Patrol Special #1 is alright at best and frustrating at worse. Again, Ill admit that Ways Doom Patrol is really not my thing, but even beyond personal taste, this comic feels pretty self-congratulatory despite using a very well-worn premise of weirdoes in the Leave it to Beaver/Father Knows Best nightmare. Its not awful. There are some fun moments and good character interactions. However, the whole venture wavers towards mediocrity more than anything else. If youre a big fan of Ways Doom Patrol, you may still be entertained and engaged. Otherwise, I don't recommend it, and its certainly not a must-buy.

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2.0
Milk Wars: Doom Patrol/JLA Special #1

Mar 1, 2018

Metanarratives can be interesting, but they have to mean or do something, otherwise youre just breaking the suspension of disbelief for no reason. Doom Patrol/JLA did that. I could not begin to be engaged with this story. The moments of emotional resonance were view. Eagleshams artwork at least made the pages look good, but it couldnt make up for the utter nonsense drowning out anything resembling a coherent plot. Stay far from this one. Give it a hard pass.

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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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7.5
Monstress #13

Jan 30, 2018

Monstress #13 is a challenging but overall intriguing read set in a deep and complex world with complex politics and driven characters. Its hard to get into it, especially with its liberal use of its own arcane terminology. However, I still find myself recommending it for how interesting the world is and the beautiful art by Sana Takeda. Give it a try.

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5.5
Monstro Mechanica #1

Dec 13, 2017

There are some sparks of potential in this comic, but the first issue is heavily flawed. From an insufferable protagonist to a tone that could use with some lightening up, Monstro Mechanica was a disappointment. While the character of Isabela and the solid artwork give some hope to the future of the series, I cannot recommend this first issue. Perhaps check back in a few issues. Perhaps da Vinci will be jettisoned by then. He could also become the antagonist; that would be quite interesting, too.

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8.5
Monstro Mechanica #2

Jan 6, 2018

Despite my myriad complaints about the first issue, Monstro Mechanica #2 is a great read. It improved on many of the complaints of the first book, and it kept the bits that worked. I recommend this one. Check it out.

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7.5
Monstro Mechanica #3

Feb 7, 2018

Monstro Mechanica #3 slows up the plot somewhat, but it doesnt dip down to the quality of the first issue. It is a fun read, and the book has something to offer even if the pacing is far slower than it needs to be. It still earns a recommendation on its charms and artwork, and you should feel free to check it out.

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5.0
Monstro Mechanica #4

Mar 6, 2018

Monstro Mechanica #4 is a mediocre chapter of an otherwise solid sci-fi/historical fiction series. While its not bad, it makes a few too many missteps to be considered genuinely good either. I cant say stay away, but its not a must-buy. If youre deeply invested in the series, feel free to pick it up. Otherwise, wait for next issue to give it a try.

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7.5
Monstro Mechanica #5

Apr 7, 2018

Monstro Mechanica #5 deepens the plot in the shadow of recent issues, and it succeeds in being a compelling read with solid leads. Evenhuis and Weijers artwork continues to bring Paul Allors story to life well. This book earns a recommendation. Check it out.

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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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9.0
Moon Knight (2017) #190

Dec 30, 2017

Bemis and Burrows made quite a splash in Moon Knight #188, and theyve continued their hot streak through this issue. I continue to highly recommend this comic. Give it a read. You definitely should be on the Moon Knight train.

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8.0
Morning Star #1

Mar 6, 2018

Morning Star #1 is a compelling magic-detective story which weaves a coldly atmospheric world. The premise is interesting, and the story drives itself forward well. Massimo Rossi and Paskal Millet are onto something here, and I look forward to seeing how it will develop. Check this one out.

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7.0
Morning Star #2

Mar 20, 2018

Morning Star #2 is slower and more text-heavy than its predecessor, but it still has the foreboding charm, enjoyable leads, and good artwork to hold it through to the end. This one gets another recommendation. Feel free to check it out.

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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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8.0
Ms. Marvel (2015) #27

Feb 18, 2018

This issue of Ms. Marvel manages to delight and charm even with an absentee protagonist. Zoe, Red Dagger, Mike, Nakia, and Gabe all make it a fun read, and the Inventor proves to be a surprisingly serious antagonist for this lineup. Leon and Herring give their distinctive and appealing style, and the overall book is recommendable. Check it out.

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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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5.5
New Mutants: Dead Souls #1

Mar 14, 2018

New Mutants: Dead Souls #1 is fine. Its not great. Its not bad. It frustrates at times, and some of the dialogue is outright bad. Other times, its fun and even threatens to become distinct from other middling Marvel output. Its better than X-Men Blue and Astonishing, but its not as good as Red or the better issues of Gold. I can recommend it to someone dying for New Mutants content, but I wouldnt call it a must-buy for anyone else.

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7.5
New Superman #20

Feb 18, 2018

New Super-Man and the Justice League of China disappointed me with its lack of creativity regarding its membership, but it was still a charming and fun enough read so that I didnt walk away unhappy. This one isnt a must-read, but it is a fun time if you choose to pick it up. Feel free to give it a try.

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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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6.0
Nightwing (2016) #35

Dec 31, 2017

Nightwing #35 isnt what I hoped it would be. I had high expectations of Sam Humphriess introduction to the title after his phenomenal work on Green Lanterns. Where that book was heartfelt and fun, this one feels mean-spirited and cruel. I can tentatively recommend it to the die-hard Dick Grayson fan, but I would wait and check out next issue if I were you.

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8.5
Nightwing (2016) #36

Jan 15, 2018

Nightwing #36 has returned my confidence in Sam Humphries future with the Dick Grayson. The comic was paced well, the Judge is turning out to be a great villain, and the seeming heartlessness of last issue has been buried. Plus, Chang and Maiolo make for a great artistic team. This one gets a recommendation. Check it out.

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8.0
Nightwing (2016) #37

Jan 22, 2018

While I still have some hang-ups about this new arc, Humphries is slowly rewarding my faith in his ability to right Nightwing with #37. It has a lot of fun and a lot heart, and he begins to dive into Dick Graysons psyche a bit more. Janson, Campbell, and Sinclair bring some talent to the aesthetics, and I can recommend the overall product. Check it out.

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9.0
Nightwing (2016) #38

Feb 9, 2018

Nightwing #38 continues the steady rhythm Humphries is getting into with Dick Graysons comic. Each issue gets better and better, and hopefully that trend will continue. This comic gets a recommendation. Pick it up.

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7.5
Nightwing (2016) #39

Feb 26, 2018

While it arguably overcomplicates the story of the Judge, Nightwing #39 is another solid entry in this series. The artists put in some great work, and Sam Humphrieskeeps the Judge creepy and compelling despite the backstory. This one gets a recommendation. Check it out.

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7.0
Nightwing (2016) #40

Mar 9, 2018

Nightwing #40 has its issues, especially regarding tone and Dicks joyless behavior, but the action and the Judge himself manage to make up for most of the drawbacks. This one gets a recommendation. Check it out.

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7.0
Nightwing (2016) #41

Mar 24, 2018

Nightwing #41 brings a solid if unexciting ending to ‘The Untouchable'. It closes off the story well, but the story was badly flawed from the beginning and ran far too long. However, I enjoyed this conclusion and can recommend it. Feel free to pick it up.

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8.0
Nightwing (2016) #42

Apr 6, 2018

Nightwing #42 is a fun and gimmicky one-off comic with a light heart, great action, and enjoyable one-liners. With a solid understanding of its inspiration and solid artwork from Corona and Lopes, this one earns a recommendation. Check it out.

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9.0
Ninja-K (2017) #2

Dec 27, 2017

Ninja-K #2 is a great, action-packed, and engaging read. The lead is interesting, the plot is absorbing, and the art is phenomenal. This one comes highly recommended. Give it a read.

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8.5
Ninja-K (2017) #3

Jan 23, 2018

Ninja-K #3 presents a gripping confrontation between Ninja-K and Ninja-C filled with great action and startling revelations. The team of Giorello, de la Torre, and Rodriguez bring it to life in a stunning fashion, and Christos Gages story continues to excite and intrigue despite some pacing issues. This one comes recommended. Pick it up.

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8.5
Ninja-K (2017) #4

Feb 21, 2018

Ninja-K #4 provides another entertaining installment to the series, fleshing out the world and introducing a pair of great characters. K himself is given more depth, and the artwork is solid.

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9.0
Ninja-K (2017) #5

Mar 26, 2018

Ninja-K #5 is a high-energy and brutal finale to the first arc of the revived series. Ninja-K and Ninja-C have a great rivalry, and the finale, while not perfect, does leave the comic on a thoughtful note. Giorello and Rodriguez keep the visuals near-perfect, and this book earns another strong recommendation. Give it a read.

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6.0
Ninja-K (2017) #6

Apr 15, 2018

Ninja-K #6 is almost certainly the weakest issue of the series thus far. It shows the danger of using a highly-elaborate premise for your big superhero/supervillain smash up. The story may elaborate further on the ideas behind its premise, but this issue just leaves it hanging while diving into Colin fighting a montage of Valiant rogues. That said, it is still fun, and Juan Jose Ryp and Jordie Bellaire make the comic look damn good. As such, I can still recommend it, even if it has its flaws.

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6.0
Ninjak vs. The Valiant Universe #1

Jan 13, 2018

Ninja-K vs the Valiant Universe #1 is a shaky start for the story. It gets straight to what you want to see, but some proper story building feels lost in the process. The dialogue is very spotty at times, and some lines wander into the realm of groan-worthy. The art is great though, and the action scenes are very well-orchestrated. In the end, the good outweighs the bad, but its not a landslide victory by any means. I can recommend it to the Valiant fan, but, if youre not familiar with these characters, this one could drive you away pretty quickly.

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8.0
Ninjak vs. The Valiant Universe #2

Feb 27, 2018

Ninjak vs. the Valiant Universe #2 is a vast improvement on the first issue. With more life, action, and excitement to go around, this comic begins to make good on the promises of its title. This one is recommended. Check it out.

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4.5
Ninjak vs. The Valiant Universe #3

Mar 17, 2018

Ninjak vs the Valiant Universe #3 unfortunately backslides the miniseries quite a bit. It complicates the story with a very shallow ruse on the part of the heroes, the dialogue is quite bad, and there are other simple logic and flow issues that hurt the book. If youre following this book, you may as well pick this issue up. Its not terrible; the fight with Archer and Armstrong is entertaining, and the art is great. But, if youre just wanting to check out some Valiant fair, this is not the way to go.

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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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7.0
Oblivion Song #1

Mar 9, 2018

Oblivion Song #1 is an intriguing start. It does have structural flaws; the premise stresses the suspension of disbelief and the narrative gets lost in its own world-building while failing to grasp how best to convey some of its own themes. However, there is enough interesting material to warrant a recommendation. Plus, the art is solid despite some of its own problems. Feel free to check this one 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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3.5
October Faction: Supernatural Dreams #2

Apr 15, 2018

October Faction: Supernatural Dreams #2 is a very underwhelming magic-wielding and demon-hunting comic. The story is thin, the characters are bland, and the art is the only thing that gives the comic an identity. I cant recommend this one. Give it a pass.

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9.0
Old Man Hawkeye #1

Jan 12, 2018

Old Man Hawkeye #1 delivers an engaging and promising start for this maxi-series. Hawkeye is as fantastic as ever. The other characters relate to him in interesting ways. The art is incredible. This one definitely gets a recommendation. Give it 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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7.5
Old Man Logan (2016) #37

Mar 30, 2018

Old Man Logan #37 is a nice plot that gives an excuse for a brutal fight between Logan and Bullseye. The fight is well composed and fun, and Talajic and Lopez do a decent job of bringing it to life. This comic earns a recommendation. Feel free to check it out.

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4.5
Pacific Rim: Aftermath #1

Jan 22, 2018

Pacific Rim: Aftermath #1 is a very unexciting tie-in comic. It tries to go for a different tone and aesthetic from the movie, but its lead character is incredibly dull. On top of that, the plot does little to excite, and its theme is lost in its presentation. The art is good, but it doesnt save the comic. I cant recommend this one. Give it a pass.

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7.0
Pathfinder: Spiral of Bones #1

Mar 26, 2018

Pathfinder: Spiral of Bones #1 is a solidly enjoyable fantasy tale. It doesnt do anything unique, but it has plenty of charm to ride upon. I can recommend this one. Feel free to check it out.

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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
Pestilence #6

Jan 6, 2018

Pestilence #6 is an intensely fun, fairly flawed romp. However, the good outweighs the bad by quite a bit. Frank Tieri, Eric Bromberg, Brandon Auman, Oleg Okunev, Rob Schwager, and company have made a really fun horror tale here. As such, this one gets a recommendation, and you should certainly check it out.

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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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6.0
Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #300

Feb 28, 2018

Spectacular Spider-Man #300 isn't a bad read. It has enough fun parts to ward of the boredom that can come from the exposition. The fact that it doesn't even conclude its story is insulting and could justifiably kill it for your average reader. However, given the current state of Amazing Spider-Man, not bad is in short supply for the Web-Slinger. This is far form a must-buy, especially at $4.99, but I can recommend it to anyone looking for a decent Spider-Man read.

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9.0
Planet of the Apes: Ursus #1

Jan 14, 2018

Planet of the Apes: Ursus #1 is a powerful opening salvo for this series. Walker, Mooneyham, and Wordie do some phenomenal work with this comic. Its emotional, has excellent pacing and tone control, and the art is damn good. This one gets a recommendation. Pick it up.

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7.0
Poser #1

Mar 31, 2018

The Waxwork website is the only place I could find the comic for purchase currently. It comes with a soundtrack, which is why its $14.95 for a physical copy. Im not sure if there is a way to purchase the comic alone; Im going to research that and update the article with my findings.

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9.0
PumpkinHead #1

Feb 27, 2018

Pumpkinhead #1 is a fantastic opening for this miniseries of murder, vengeance, and demons. The story and players are set up well. The pacing is brisk, and the dialogue is very solid. This one gets a recommendation. Give it a read.

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6.5
PumpkinHead #2

Mar 17, 2018

Pumpkinhead #2 isnt as grabbing as the previous book, but its still fun. Theres some good action, and the pacing is swift. It goes in and out quickly. The art is a little less impressive due to the inking, but the comic still looks decent on the whole. I can recommend it to the action-horror fan, so feel free to check it out.

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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
Punisher (2016) #219

Dec 14, 2017

Rosenberg, Vilanova, and Loughridge have put together quite the arc for Frank Castle. Its violent yet pondering. It kicks ass, but it also has some heart. With a strong story and great art, Punisher #219 earns itself a recommendation. Give this one a read.

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9.0
Punisher (2016) #220

Jan 15, 2018

Punisher #220 is another really fun entry in the saga of Frank Castle, and it makes full use of the War Machine in both potential and creative usage. The art team fires on all cylinders, too, and this comic comes recommended. Pick it up.

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8.5
Punisher (2016) #221

Feb 19, 2018

As an addendum, I was torn on whether or not to cover this book given the Parkland school shooting last week. Cards on the table, talking about this book at all still feels like a lapse of tact. Frank Castle, though I like him, his still a hero-like character who employs arsenals of killing machines to deal with crime and evil. I dont prescribe to the good guy with the gun argument. What I tell myself to justify this review at all is that Im contributing to the wider cultural conversation about guns and the extent to which we should have the right to be armed, if only on a tiny, tiny, minute and miniscule level. At least, thats what I tell myself.

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9.0
Punks Not Dead #1

Feb 26, 2018

Punks Not Dead #1 brings a great showing to the table with a unique premise and plenty of potential. Fergie is a repressed teenager, Sid is a dead and drunk punk rocker, and the artwork is incredible. This one is highly recommended. Give it a try.

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8.5
Punks Not Dead #2

Mar 26, 2018

Punks Not Dead #2 continues to deliver on the promise and potential presented by the premise and the premiere issue. No, I dont know why that was so alliterative, but thats not the point. The point is that Barnett, Simmonds, and Cunniffe deliver a damn solid comic, and it is definitely recommended. Give it a read.

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8.0
Quantum and Woody (2017) #1

Dec 27, 2017

Quantum and Woody #1 brings the series to a great start with a good plot, a good amount of humor, and great artwork. It is a solid read, and I can easily recommend it despite the slow middle section and the not-insignificant amount of bad jokes. Give it a try.

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9.0
Quantum and Woody (2017) #2

Feb 3, 2018

Quantum and Woody #2 delivers on many of the promises of the first issue, resulting in funny, engaging, and gorgeous comic well-worth a read. Daniel Kibblesmith and Kano do some great work. This one gets a recommendation. Check it out.

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8.5
Quantum and Woody (2017) #3

Feb 27, 2018

Quantum and Woody #3 is a more emotional entry than the previous two installments, and it triumphs for it. Plus, Portela and Dalhouse keep things solid in the art department. The usually cynical comic grounds itself and shows some heart, and it earns another recommendation for it. Give it a read.

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8.5
Quantum and Woody (2017) #4

Mar 26, 2018

Quantum and Woody #4 is a fun and funny installment in this promising series. Our heroes get to be short and snide with one another, the villains are entertaining, and Kanos art looks great. This one gets a recommendation. Check it out.

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8.0
Rasputin: The Voice of the Dragon #3

Dec 29, 2017

Rasputin: Voice of the Dragon #3 is a dark yet fun exploration through the war-ravaged world of the ever-mystic Mignolaverse. Leads Sandhu and Bruttenholm are quite enjoyable, the threats are intimidating, and the art is solid. This one gets a recommendation. Give it a try.

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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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7.5
Red Sonja (2017) #12

Jan 18, 2018

Despite a couple of issues, Red Sonja #12 was a lot of fun. Sonja herself is a really fun character. The story is entertaining, even if not much seems to be going on. The action sequence towards the end is fun and well-constructed. I can recommend this one. Give it a try.

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8.5
Redneck #9

Jan 30, 2018

Redneck #9 brings a tale that quickly absorbs the reader and doesnt let go until the final page. Donny Cates continues to prove his ability to tell a compelling occult story, and the artistic of Estherren and Cunniffe keep the visuals appropriately grimy and bloody. This one gets a recommendation. Check it out.

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8.5
Redneck #11

Mar 30, 2018

Redneck #11 is a hard-bitten issue of betrayal, lies, and macabre origins. Cates, Estherren, and Cunniffe do some great work here, and it leaves the reader riled for the next issue. This one earns a recommendation. Check it out.

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7.5
Regression #8

Mar 26, 2018

Regression #8 is an intriguing and oddly beautiful story of reincarnation and cults. It has a lot to offer the supernatural aficionado, and it once more shows how great a writer Cullen Bunn can be. While the b-story is a little lackluster, the main plot is a weird bit of morbid fun. This one gets a recommendation. Check it out.

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9.5
Rick Veitch's The One #1

Mar 3, 2018

The One is a blast from the past that could easily find its place in the present. A comic that aims to be perceived as ugly and trashy, the brilliance of its themes and narrative outshines all attempts to come off as just another pulpy rag. This one gets a strong recommendation. Pick it up.

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6.0
Rick Veitch's The One #2

Mar 16, 2018

The One #2 is less engaging than the first, but the characters and the world are still interesting and have a lot of potential to go places both fascinating and unnerving. I can recommend this one if youve read the first, but I wouldnt hop on here.

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8.5
Rick Veitch's The One #3

Apr 16, 2018

The One #3 is a bizarre installment that shows how creative and weirdly compelling the story can be. Its hard to get past its surrealist barrier to feel especially attached to many of the characters, but the characters are unique and layered. Plus, the narrative is grabbing on many levels. This one gets a recommendation and should be an interesting talking point for those who didnt read the original run. Check it out.

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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
Rise of the Black Panther (2018) #1

Jan 4, 2018

Rise of the Black Panther is a very underwhelming comic. Its dull, slow, and has you waiting for the end in a way no comic ever should. Give this one a pass. At least the Marvel Wiki is free to access.

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3.5
Rise of the Black Panther (2018) #3

Mar 8, 2018

I do wish that I could recommend this one, but the appalling about of text and the massive damage it does to the pacing is unforgivable. Give this a hard pass. Even the presence of the Winter Soldier can't save it.

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8.0
Robocop: Citizens Arrest #1

Apr 15, 2018

Robocop: Citizens Arrest #1 is an impressive first showing for this Boom! Studios miniseries. It captures and updates the satirical elements of the original while maintaining the themes. The art looks downright great. Not every joke or drawn comparison lands, but it is successful far more often than not. This one gets a recommendation. Check it out.

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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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6.0
Rogue & Gambit (2018) #1

Jan 4, 2018

If you really do like these two X-Men as a couple, then you should definitely check it out. It will likely give you exactly what you want. However, if youre looking to be sold on them as a couple, then, like myself, you probably wont get much out of it.

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7.5
Rough Riders: Ride or Die #1

Mar 3, 2018

Rough Riders: Ride or Die #1 is a fun enough comic about turn-of-the-century figures joining together to solve a supernatural problem. While its nothing particularly extraordinary, I can easily recommend it. Check it out.

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6.5
Rough Riders: Ride or Die #2

Mar 31, 2018

Rough Riders: Ride or Die #2 introduces a little action into this story, and it injects a little life into the story. This is far from the most compelling or interesting comic to have come out this past week, but it does have its charms. Its not required reading, but I can recommend it. Feel free to check it out.

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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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6.5
Royals #12

Dec 15, 2017

While an uninspiring finale, Royals #12 is good as a more general issue of the series. There are some neat reveals, Maximus gets a lot of page space, and the art holds up. I can recommend it to the Inhuman fans who have been following the series, and, hopefully, it will be a good bridge between Royals and Inhumans: Judgement Day.

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7.0
Saga #50

Mar 30, 2018

Saga #50 is not a bad comic. Its slow and uneventful, but the characters are great and can carry a low-key issue like this. Staples art is as beautiful. I can recommend it (to a mature audience, obviously). Check it out.

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9.0
Savage Dragon #230

Dec 29, 2017

Savage Dragon #230 was a pleasant surprise for me. It was fun, entertaining, and endearing. The characters are great, the art is solid, and Nazis get the right hook they deserve. I gladly recommend this one. Give it a read.

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3.0
Scarlett's Strike Force #2

Feb 7, 2018

Scarletts Strike Force #2 didnt really do anything to sell me on the G.I. Joe franchise. The characters are one-note. The conflict isnt really given any tension or drama. The good guys are good because they are. The bad guys are bad because they are. The most nuanced character is the Transformer because he actually has an arc. Daniel and Hill contribute good art, but the comic isnt saved by it. I cant recommend it. Give it a pass.

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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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8.0
Secret Warriors (2017) #12

Jan 12, 2018

Matthew Rosenberg sends the Secret Warriors off in a cute and fun tale of mending bridges and respecting differences. It has its flaws, and its not exciting or action-packed by any stretch of the imagination. However, it was still endearing, and I can recommend it. Pick it up.

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8.0
Secret Weapons: Owen's Story #0

Mar 17, 2018

Secret Weapons: Owens Story #0 is a fun portrait of where the titular character is at in his weird life. Its about a young man adrift and trying to find direction, and help comes from an unexpected place. That, plus some good artwork, makes this a comic I can recommend. Give it a read.

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9.0
Sex Criminals #23

Apr 9, 2018

Sex Criminals #23 was my first excursion into this series, and it did not disappoint. It was funny, interesting, and looked great. This one gets a recommendation. Check it out (if youre old enough).

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8.5
Shadowman (2018) #1

Mar 30, 2018

Shadowman #1 is a stellar new start for the Valiant character. The opening is interesting, the characters are engaging, and the art team give some great work. Andy Diggles revival of this character looks promising. This one gets a recommendation. Check it out.

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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 enou